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Newly appointed dean runs Boston Marathon Nicole Woolridge Staff Writer

As I walked into the office of Dr. Priscilla Romkema, I encountered a person who loves life and everyone in it. Dr. Romkema is the Director of the Center for Business and Entrepreneurship and a professor at BHSU. She was recently named the Dean of the College of Business and Technology and ran in the 26.2 mile-long Boston Marathon. Her Dr. Priscilla Romkema students describe her as out going, enthusiastic and encouraging, as well a person with great knowledge in business and a teaching style that is relevant to today’s society. Her experiences in the business world as a student, a professor and as Director of the Center for Business and Entrepreneurship make her the perfect candidate for the Dean of Business and Technology. “It will be an honor and a privilege to serve the college and the university in this role,” Romkema said. Romkema started teaching at BHSU ten years ago and she was asked to help develop the new entrepreneurial program. Over time, Romkema has helped establish a solid program that allows students to innovate new business ideas. “Entrepreneurship allows the students to explore their creative side and to develop a skill set that will enable them to approach their business with more confidence and knowledge,” Romkema stated. She will take over her new position in July 2007, establishing and furthering relationships with the business communities both in Spearfish and the region. “I look forward to working with faculty, students and staff to further the mission of the college and to engage in new initiatives in the region,” Romkema explained. Her past experiences have opened her eyes to the area of entrepreneurship. She has served as an

Entrepreneurial Instructor at the Independent Institute of Russian Entrepreneurship in Moscow, Russia, and has been involved with a Russian environment project funded by the United States Agency of International Development. This was an opportunity for Romkema to learn about another culture and business in a different country. On April 16, 20,000 people—including Romkema and her husband Fred—ran 26.2 miles in the Boston Marathon. Romkema finished in four hours and eight minutes. “Running the race gave me a sense of accomplishment, the desire to run another race and the joy of running the marathon with Fred,” Romkema expressed. Fred has been Romkema’s running mentor, helping her train for races and encouraging her along the way. “Fred inspired me to start running and with his encouragement, support and love of running. We have found an activity that has opened new opportunities of friendship,” Romkema said. Entrepreneurial BHSU student Adam Jones explained Romkema’s classes as upbeat and challenging. “The material she teaches is relevant to what is happening in today’s world. I could walk away courtesy photo from her classes and use what I Dr. Pricilla Romkema along with her running partner and hushave learned tomorrow in a busiband, Fred Romkema, compete in a marathon in San Diego. ness,” Jones said. When Jones first came to Currently Romkema serves on the Spearfish BHSU, he was unsure of the area he wanted to pur- Economic Development Corporation Board of sue. After speaking with Romkema about his aspira- Directors and is the President of the National tions of owning his own business and creating new Association for Business Teacher Education, an organideas, Jones learned about the entrepreneurial pro- ization that works with colleges all over the nation that gram offered at BHSU. offer business education. “Pricilla is an inspiring professor. She gets Romkema looks forward to her new position as involved in the class and encourages discussion,” Dean and hopes to make BHSU more visible in the Jones stated. business community.

Student writers Caylen Groen Staff Writer

Concrete, concise and clear writing. These three objectives only provide a summary to what Dr. Bellman taught his students. He not only taught them to write in the specific requested manner, but he also taught them to feel what they write. He was a great role model to every upcoming student and faculty member and is greatly missed.


The 8th annual Stewart Bellman Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Writing was held this past Wednesday. The ceremony is presented each year to honor and recognize Dr. Stewart Bellman. Deaver Traywick, Writing Center Director, and Professor Kent Meyers presented this year’s award ceremony. These two faculty members represent the English department here at BHSU. The writers they presented at the ceremony



created excellent works. Abby Jorgensen, “A New Breed of Professors, you should be very Trailers”; Dan Maher, “New Center for proud! Academic Success Opens on BHSU Composition finalists were: Brian Campus”; and Nicole Woolridge, Engler, “Salvation in a Cardboard “Alpine Coffee Company.” The honorWafer”; Rachel Hendricks, “An Earned able mention for Mass Communication Respect: Single Parenting”; and Hillary was awarded to Samantha Schmitz, Schwab, “I Only Stayed a Moment.” “Vietnam Veterans Get Long-Awaited Honorable mention for composition was Homecoming.” awarded to Jon Black, “Skills of My Life”, and Kimberly Ulmen, “Outsiders Bellman Awards ... continued on page 18 Provide Valuable Knowledge.” Mass Communication finalists were:

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Work begins again day after powwow ends Leah Gibson-Blackfeather Staff Writer

This year’s 25th Annual Lakota Omniciye Wacipi caused excitement and gathered many people from American Indian communities all over the Midwest. The powwow kicked off the weekend of April 20-22 with a grand entry at 7 p.m. As the dancers gathered around the indoor track at the Donald E. Young Center for the beginning honor songs, the crowd sparked with anticipation and camera crews snapped portraits of the multi-colored regalia. The announcer’s voice echoed throughout the arena, upping the excitement for onlookers and participators alike. B H S U ’s L a k o t a O m n i c i y e Club and Center for American Indian Studies teams up every year to raise funds for the powwow through Indian taco sales and donations from the school a n d c omm unity. Each year, the club and Indian center works diligently before, during and after

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After the Grand Entry all the dancers regroup for the intertribal dance where anyone is allowed to join in. the event to ensure its success. This year’s powwow included a feast of buffalo stew on Saturday and hand game competitions throughout the weekend, as well as giveaways and several dance specials. It even included a “switch dance”, in which the men dancers traded their regalia with the women and attempted to perform women’s dances. By the end of the weekend, the

$9 million approved for student union expansion Tara Arsaga Staff Writer

The South Dakota Board of Regents unanimously approved $9 million in funding for the Student Union expansion project. The project includes a new dining services area, expanded bookstore, increased student program space and additional lounge space throughout the building. The university is planning to relocate student health services as well. “It will be a wonderful thing that many students will enjoy,” says Dr. Tad Perry, South Dakota Board of Regents Executive Director. “BHSU is the fifth South Dakota campus to update their Student Union. SDSM&T will be the last.”

exhausted but joyful crew from Lakota Omniciye finished cleaning up long after every vendor and dancer had already packed up and left. The last night of the powwow ended with pizza and congratulations before the club members stumbled off to bed. Yet, just when they began to recover from the exhausting work that weekend, the work for next year’s powwow had already begun.

The very next day, the club’s lead officers began working on their fund requests for next year. “We already have to start planning for next year,” said Urla Marcus, the assistant director for the Center for American Indian Studies. “We have to be on top of it from the very beginning to make sure that we put on the very best powwow we can every spring.”

Last spring, students voted in favor of an increase in student fees to help pay for the construction. Williams and Associates of Spearfish have been chosen as the architect for the project. “Williams and Associates were not chosen because they are local, but because of their time to devote to the project. We are very comfortable with their knowledge of both the campus and architecture.” said Perry, “Being local gave them bonus points because of their knowledge of the environment.” However, the project will come with a significant price tag. Though student senate members said they plan to keep construction costs to a minimum, at least a third of that price will come out of student pocketbooks. The financial impact for students will come out of the General Activity Fee, which all on-campus students pay along with tuition at the beginning of the semester. Those fees would go up by about $3.50 to $4 per credit hour. For the average full-time student, that amounts to approximately $64 per semester. Designing for the expansion should be complete next spring. Construction should begin spring of 2008, with completion slated for summer of 2009.

Today Trivia Challenge Congradulations to all of the winners this semester. Today will resume next semester with new challenges and news. Good luck to those graduating and to those moving on. We hope to see the rest of you in the fall. Enjoy your Summer!

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Make an informed decision: Compiled by Garrett Sheldon

Barack Obama (D)

Hilary Clinton (D)

Date of Birth: August 4, 1961 From: Illinois Previous Occupations: • Business International Corporation. • Non-profit project assisting local churches • Lecturer of Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago Law School • Senator.

Date of Birth: October 20, 1947 From: New York State Previous Occupations: • U.S. Senator from New York State. • Co-Founded Arkansas Advocates for • Children and Families. • Served on board of Arkansas children’s hospital Legal services. • Held positions on board of directors of: TCBY, Wal-Mart and Lafarge.

Barack Obama, like Hilary Rodham Clinton, has one major adversity to overcome before he even stands a chance at winning. The fact that Barack is African American puts him at a disadvantage because simply not everyone has an open enough mind to accept him.

Hillary Rodham Clinton is a very intelligent woman with a very impressive background. This would make her a very tough competitor if not for the fact that this country might not quite be ready for a woman president.

John Edwards (D)

Joe Biden (D)

Date of Birth: June 10, 1953 From: South Carolina Previous Occupations: • Headed the Clinton Impeachment special investigation committee. • U.S. Senate • Senior Advisor for a Wall Street investment from Fortress Investment Group.

Date of Birth: November 20, 1942 From: Delaware Previous Occupations: • Six-term senator • Committee of Foreign Relations • Committee of the Judiciary • Judiciary sub-committee on Crime and victim’s rights • Senate Caucus on International Narcotics

Due to his extensive background in politics, John Edwards would make for a tough contender in the 2008 presidential race. He has been active in politics for quite some time and when you mix that with his economic know how, John will be able to campaign well.

Joe Biden has had a lot of experience in the world of politics and knows the ins and outs of government. His experience in government and popularity with his home state and extensive record of re-election will make him a strong candidate.

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Know the presidential candidates Rudy Giuliani (R) Date of Birth: May 28, 1944 From: New York Previous Occupations: • American Lawyer • Prosecutor • Two-term NYC Mayor Other Awards and Achievements: • Times 2001 person of the year • Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II •Known post-9/11 as America’s Mayor Not only is Mayor Giuliani one of the most popular mayors in the history of New York City, but his long and successful political career will give him a strong base and make him a tough candidate.

Fred Thompson (R) Date of Birth: August 19, 1942 From: Alabama PreviousOccupations: • Actor • Senator • Author OtherAwards andAchievements: • Three television shows • Twenty-one movies Three movies that Thompson was involved in include: Die Hard 2, Days of Thunder, Hunt for Red October. Fred Thompson has two things in common with two of the most important presidents inAmerican history. He,likeRonald Reagan, is an actor, and like John F. Kennedy, he knows how to appeal toAmericans’ visual appeal.

John McCain (R)

Mitt Romney (R)

Date of Birth: August 29, 1936 From: Arizona • Previous Occupations: • Naval Aviator • Naval Officer • House of Representatives • Senator

Date of Birth: March 12, 1947 From: Massachusetts Previous Occupations: • Governor • Vice President of Bain & Company • Co-Founder of Bain Capital

Other Awards and Achievements: • Survived a Vietnam POW camp and became a national hero. • Senator McCain ran in Presidential primary against George W. Bush. Senator McCain’s heroic status because of is war record, matched with his impressive political record, Senator McCain will bring forth a good campaign.

Governor Romney not only is an accomplished businessman, but also a man with political know how. He knows how to run an economically sound state and he can uphold the rights of the people along with the long standing traditions that are a part of what makes America great.

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May 4, 2007

Walt Disney Company named ideal employer in recent student survey

Tara Arsaga Staff Writer

Recently, a nationwide survey of more than 37,000 undergraduate students named Walt Disney Co. as the No. 1 ideal employer. The survey was conducted by Universum Communications. Disney has also come in at the top of BusinessWeek's first-ever ranking of "Best Places to Launch a Career.” As a part of the Disney College Program at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, or Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida, participants can take part in the internship of a lifetime. While working in front line roles at our Theme Parks and Resorts, participants network with leaders, learn transferable skills, gain real-world experience and are a part of a team of cast members from hundreds of job disciplines. Participants on the Disney College Program also custom design a learning curriculum that best suits their needs and interests, complete education courses and specialized learning activities and can possibly earn college credit while doing so. The Disney College Program at the Walt Disney World Resort is a one-ofa-kind, Disney-designed combination of education and work experience.

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Students want to work for Mickey. Disney College Program cast members have several opportunities. They build transferable skills that include relationship building, problem solving, and written and verbal communication. Obtaining and embracing these skills will help make participants an asset to any employer they have in the future.

These skills also will be helpful in their personal development. Participants have numerous opportunities to meet Disney leaders, attend learning activities hosted by Disney executives and make vital connections. All participants have the opportunity to take courses and possibly earn

college credit. These classes provide additional insight into leadership and management concepts learned in the workplace. The Walt Disney World Resort has an international reputation for excellent Guest service and training, in addition to its popularity as the number-one vacation destination in the world. Senior mass communications major Sarah Lynde thought the experience at Disney was a great addition to her photography experience. She did the internship Spring 2005. "I took anywhere from 500 to 1000 pics in a day, depending on where I was working," said Lynde. "I got to interact with many different types of people from all over the place. Disney has great expectations from their cast members to keep every guest as happy as possible. I recommend anyone who gets the chance to do this that they take charge and do it." Junior tourism and hospitality management major Elaine Prellwitz started the internship this spring and loves it so much that she extended to August so she can further her internship opportunities. "I am having an AMAZING time here in Florida. I have met so many people that have made my experience worth while. You definitely get out of this internship what you make of it!"

Virginia Tech vigil held on campus Brittany Iler Staff Writer

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Students guard their candles against the wind.

On April 18, BHSU students and faculty joined the nation in a vigil to extend compassion to the victims, their families and friends, in response to the April 16th shooting where a gunman killed 32 students—including himself—at Virginia Tech. On a windy night, close to 100 students dressed in maroon and orange to commemorate Virginia-Tech students, gathered on the green for the 30-minute vigil. There was a deep sense of calm as the students quietly talked before the service. The faculty and students were encouraged by Jill Kary, the new Vice President of the Student Senate, to uphold the Virginia Tech motto: “That I may serve.”

As candles were lit, students were asked to pause for a moment in silence. The silence was eerie, and students started to cry as they thought about the event that had just occurred. The flames started to blow out and many students started to lose hope in keeping their candles lit. Following the motto, they helped one another to stay lit. “Let our candles be a beacon of peace and light,” said Jane Klug. The students have also joined a nation-wide movement of around 500 other schools in which they signed a card to be sent to Virginia Tech that will be hung on display during their graduation. Ribbons were distributed to students to wear throughout the week. Towards the end of the memorial, some teary students left early to regain composure—which was quite different from how the vigil started.

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CorpuS sweeping the nation Corinne Leir Staff Writer

A rock band known as CorpuS is touring the Black Hills and Midwest region. They are setting their sights high and are on their way to accomplishing great things in the music industry. Members include lead singer Tucker Tonkel, bassist Chris Schmoker, guitarist Mike Haynes and newly included well-known drummer TJ Snow. CorpuS was formed over three years ago by Tonkel, Schmoker and Haynes. Since then they have hit the Midwest region by storm with their CD debut “Show Me Somethin’” in 2005. They have been touring around playing the bar and club scenes. In October of 2006 CorpuS came across and amazing drummer TJ Snow and decided he would be the newest member. CorpuS has many great influences including Godsmack, Seether and Chevelle. Seeing CorpuS live is an extremely high-energy, mind blowing experience. They really know how to work the crowd—you can see how much at home they are on stage. CorpuS has opened and shared the stage with bands such as

Drowning Pool, Jackyl, 32 Leaves and Skindred. Tucker Tonkel, a BHSU graduate, never dreamed that he would be in one of South Dakota’s hottest bands. Tucker went back to Wyoming and got his start after running into a couple of his old high school buddies, Mike and Chris. Haynes and Schmoker were already in a band and looking for a new lead singer. It was fate that Tucker tried out—and to Mike and Chris’ surprise, he rocked! They’ve been playing together ever since. Mike Haynes is a self-taught guitar player and has been playing for the past seven years. Mike started out by playing the bass; then, during his freshman year at BHSU, he decided to learn the guitar. He went on the Internet and found sheets of music. The rest is history. Chris, aka “Smoker”, the founding member of CorpuS, believes it was fate and luck that brought the group together. Chris has been playing bass since middle school, but sometimes the band feels as though he could be a drummer at heart. He’s always quick to jump on the drums for sound checks or just to bust out some beats. Chris’s cool, comfortable demeanor shines through while on stage. TJ Snow, the newest member of CorpuS, has been

Fine arts on campus Jamie Crowe Staff Writer

Spearfish may not be the center of tion will run through May 13. the art world, but the BHSU Division McTighe was also one of 19 stuof Fine and Applied Arts is working to dents to take part in the senior show at be noticed. the Matthews Opera House this April. There are four main areas to find art The students in the photography on campus. There is the Photographer’s department, as well as alumni, have Gallery, Meier Hall, the Ruddell had many shows this spring. Gallery and thrid floor Woodburn. Instructor Steve Babbitt’s photograThe Ruddell Gallery is located on phy program has helped promote many the second floor of the Student Union, of the student photography shows. He near the skywalk. The Ruddell has the encourages the community to come and same hours as the Student Union and view all of the student work. has art up year round. Babbitt was very happy with the The Photographer’s Galley is photography shows both on and off located in the basement of Jonas. The BHSU campus. “They have good editMeier Hall Gallery is located on the ing and sequencing, attention to detail second floor of Meier. Both are open to and attention to the small things that the public can make a and are big differaccessible ence,” said as long as Babbitt. the campus Jerry is open. Rawlings, Student who is shows can teaching sometimes the photogbe found raphy’s off-campus advanced as well. photo by Tara Arsaga s t u d i o This spring, Photographs on display in photography lighting shows have gallery located in the basement of Jonas. class, said been held at he was the Spearfish Art Center, the Chop impressed with how strong the photogHouse and Roma’s-as well as some raphy was and with the number of venalumni work at the Dahl Fine Arts ues up in Spearfish and Rapid City. Center. There are shows currently in the In the past few months the art Photographers Gallery, as well as department has had two gallery show- Meier Hall. Both shows will be up ings in the Ruddell Gallery. through the end of the school year. “Hello my name is…” was an “Having a show is a good experiexhibition which consisted of painting, ence because you get publicity—and multi-media and photography. Junior it’s a good thing to put on your Leah Cleland thought that the pieces resume. Everyone gets to see what worked well together and created a you’ve been working on. Plus, then very strong body of work. you get to see what it all looks like in Currently up in the Ruddell a sequence,” said Tara Arsaga, a junior Gallery is the Juried Student majoring in photography Exhibition. Students submitted work Most of the time a reception is and then Cory Knedler, chair of the art held to either open or close a show. It department at the University of South provides a fun night out with food, Dakota, selected 40 pieces to be exhib- drink and a chance to meet the artist. ited in the show. Teri McTighe, a senWith all of the work being shown ior, said that it is a huge honor to have this spring, students have no excuse work up in the exhibition. The exhibi- not to attend a show.

playing the drums since he was thirteen. TJ is known for being one of the best drummers in S.D., which isn’t anything for TJ because he’s pure talent. He has the ability to hear a song and instantly pick up his sticks and play it. TJ is a very soft-spoken individual and doesn’t give himself all the credit he deserves for the amazing job he does. TJ’s played with a few bands in the past including Silicone Monkey, Gummy and Sons of Poseidon. He has had past success in the music industry and is excited to go to the top again—this time with CorpuS. Corpus released their first album “Show Me Somethin” in 2005 and has been working really hard on releasing their second one. “The first album was more or less putting something together. Since then, we’ve grown and shaped who we are as a band and what we want to sound like,” says Tucker Tonkel, lead singer. This new album is full of great originals and also includes the newest addition, TJ Snow. Watch out for CorpuS’ new album and check them out online at, or where you can purchase their first CD and view dates for upcoming shows.

“ F R A T U R E ”R e v i e w Nick Berg Staff Writer

A neatly written, smartly directed mystery, “Fracture” is a departure from most thrillers in that the audience is told from the beginning who actually committed the crime. It’s the chess match that plays out between the suspect and the attorney prosecuting him that sets Fracture apart from the typical legal drama. I n “Fracture,” Sir A n t h o n y Hopkins stars as aeronautics engineer Ted Crawford. An eccentric genius who attempts to pull off the perfect murder after discovering his wife Jennifer ( E m b e t h Davidtz) is having an affair. Assistant District Attorney Willy Beachum (Ryan Gosling) is about to take a job in a prestigious law firm when Crawford’s open and shut case winds up on his desk. Willy reluctantly takes the case after hearing that Crawford has already confessed. The twist is that everyone knows Crawford murdered his wife, but he’s meticulously planned every detail so that no one can prove he‘s guilty. The film makes you wonder, step by step, how Hopkins did what he did? Where is the key piece of evidence that could condemn Crawford? By far the best sections of the film are when Gosling and Hopkins are onscreen together. They bring out the best in each other and have some great

onscreen chemistry. I found myself liking both characters equally, even though it is an obvious good vs. evil scenario. Although Hopkins is the villain, he has some funny scenes in the courtroom that make you almost root for him to succeed. This is not a fast paced, edge of your seat thriller, but instead a clever battle of wits between two men. The story gets a little slow at times but not so much that it detracts from the film. Those with short attention spans may have a little trouble staying involved all the way through the film. I found the love story between Gosling and Rosamund Pike unnecessary and more than a little cliché. She almost instantly courtesy photol falls for Beachum even though she is his boss and he is quickly spiraling out of control. Director Gregory Hoblit may not be a household name, but he has crafted several notable works over the past decade including, “Primal Fear.” “Fallen” and “Frequency,” with “Primal Fear” leading to an Oscar nomination for then newcomer Edward Norton. In Fracture, Hoblit delivers a compelling thriller that will keep the audience guessing till the very end. It probably won’t win an awards but it’s a nice departure from the typical murder mystery film. “Fracture” is rated R for language and some violent content. Run time: 1 hour, 53 minutes.

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After 15 years geology professor moves on Some of Steve’s research interests include mis- when I do. conceptions in the Earth Sciences, particularly the I don’t believe in chitchat and sitting around development of textures and structures on lava flow between projects. If you are at work, then work. If I’m not working, I’m not in my office.” Steve Anderson, our local volcanologist and geol- surfaces and studies of planetary lava flows. Some of the new research he will be doing at the Steve has a need to be challenged and continually ogy professor at BHSU, is relocating to the Rockies at University of Northern Colorado will be heading up have room to grow. the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO. “I’m a builder. I had the opportunity to build the He has taught at BHSU as the only geology professor one research program on cognition in geological science. How do students learn geology? geology program from scratch, but it can’t grow a lot for fifteen years. How effective are different teaching more with just me. My duties here at BHSU were “I think I’ve taught fifteen different styles in helping students learn? keeping me from being challenged and growing.” classes at this school,” said Anderson. Considering Anderson’s competitive Steve will be continuing his planetary volcanolo“I’m the only geology professor so I spirit, it is not surprising that he likes a gy research and will also be on staff as a director of have had to become a jack-of-all-trades.” challenge in the workplace as well. Over new and old programs that are already running sucStarting at 28 years old, he has manthe last fifteen years, Anderson has cessfully on the UNC campus. aged to stay young and in good health— brought in over $2 million dollars in Something that most people don’t know about in part due to his passion for biking and grant money to the school for research Steve is that he was married his senior year of his running. Anderson has competed in six projects. He has also headed up the undergrad and had a baby boy during grad school. Ironman triathlons. If he’s not at home or entire geology program, creating and “It forced me to focus, and learn to be very effiat work, you can find him outside enjoyteaching classes he had to learn along the cient with my time. I just didn't have any time to ing the ride or run. way himself. waste at all because I was so tired all the time! I think Steve can seriously say in a joking Geology is a very broad field where those skills are one of the main reasons I've been sucmanner, “I don’t run, bike or do most people specialize in certain areas. cessful in managing my time as a professor.” triathlons for my health. I do it to beat Anderson is a volcanologist, which means Aside from the teaching, research and publicapeople!” he had to spend a lot tions, Steve has managed to find Steve Anderson Although he does it for the competiof time learning time to come alongside his stution, it hasn’t hurt him when he goes out about the different dents and really push them for his field research. Some of the expeditions require sides of geology outside of his toward their goals and dreams. walking many miles in difficult terrain. don’t run, bike or specialty—to the extent of being “My best experience at “My research is all field-based. The people I work able to teach them as advanced BHSU, without a doubt, has do triathlons for my health. with are also fit, which has allowed us to go places college classes. been watching a handful of my where most researchers won’t go, either because of “The hardest part was to I do it to beat people!” best students go to the best grad the location or because they aren’t willing to carry the make the classes from scratch. I schools in the country. They equipment needed for the project.” ~Steve Anderson start out not having a major and don’t mind that it’s been hard. His team isn’t afraid to carry seventy-pound packs then move on to do very well in or more during a good hike to do the research that is That’s why I came here. I came their field.” needed. Steve has been to fourteen different countries here hoping to build something special. I don’t know if it’s there yet, but it has As a great teacher, experienced researcher and a including Guatemala, Indonesia, Italy and Australia moved that way—especially lately with the new hard working, good-natured guy, Steve Anderson will for his research on volcanic lava flows. administration.” be missed greatly by his students and fellow colleagues. “I enjoy the field research. It could be considered “My job here, with such a heavy teaching load, “I really enjoyed my time here, especially the stumiserable to some people to be walking through deserts and getting all hot and sticky, but it’s better has forced me to be very efficient. I don’t force myself dents. I enjoyed the people I worked with and the to work when I don’t want to, but I work really hard people I worked for.” then sitting behind a desk.” Stephanie Sigman Staff Writer


BHSU Wildlife Club continues to expand Angela Duvall Staff Writer

The BHSU Wildlife Club is getting ready for its second year. Plans for next year include a trip to the wild horse sanctuary, a birds of prey lecture and more fundraising. The Wildlife Club recently held its officer elections, re-electing President Rebecca Bingham, Vice-President Angela Duvall and Treasurer Lori DuBry. The new addition for next year is the Secretary Mark Mazza. A May Day raffle is currently being held, the drawing for which will be on Monday, April 30. There are several prizes to be given away. This is the Wildlife Club’s

first year—yet, they have done many different activities. In the fall, they volunteered at the Wildlife Sanctuary and the humane society. During the winter they had weekly meetings and a raffle. This spring, they sponsored a rattlesnake lecture by Dr.Smith, held a hike and also sponsored the current raffle. Anyone who hasn’t heard of the Wildlife Club should consider attending a meeting next year. Many fun events will be added to the list. For more information about the Wildlife Club contact Rebecca M Bingham or Angela M Duvall. Students may also visit the new website at

Westcore/CCBR lab can get involved with the lab a couple of different ways. One can simply be to approach Sarver personally or go through The Westcore and CCBR joint lab- an undergrad fellowship program. Westcore/CCBR lab does work for oratory, located in Jonas Hall, specializes in animal forensics, but also many different organizations including offers a wide variety of other DNA the South Dakota Game Fish and Parks and The National Science Foundation. associated services. The Westcore/CCBR lab was first Along with working with these large introduced in 2003 and would not exist organizations, the lab also does work for today without the help of federal grants private citizens, professors, local scienawarded to them by the National Institute tists or anyone who needs NDA research of Health. Westcore/CCBR is a non-profit done. The lab has to charge for their servorganization that concentrates on testing ices in order to cover the cost of equipanimal DNA. Their services include any- ment and employees, but since it is a thing from canine paternity tests to non-profit organization they are able to wildlife forensics, where they have helped perform their services for a lower price and sometimes even in the conviction free of charge. of many poachers “Our goal here in the area. at the lab is to build a The lab is solid scientific infradirected by structure here in Professor Shane South Dakota,” says Sarver, who works Sarver. The in the lab full-time, We s t c o r e / C C B R along with 22 laboratory is a great other highly organization who’s trained employees. commitment to the Of these 22 paid employees, 12 of photo by Jesse Brown Nelson advancement of science is prevalent. It them are students DNA testing is often done in the is a great opportunihere at BHSU. ty for any student D i r e c t o r Westcore/CCBR lab at BHUSU. with an interest in Shane Sarver explains, “The experience in research the science to get involved in. Raeann Metler, lab offers is invaluable.” He encourages a grad student in the integrative genotypanyone with an interest in research or ing program at BHSU said, “Working in DNA testing to get involved. Sarver goes the lab is a great experience. Not only do on to add, “About 83% of the you learn new research techniques, but the Westcore/CCBR employees move on to mentors I gained in the scientists I work be very successful in the field.” Students with are invaluable.”

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Chi Theta Xi helps to clean up highway for Earth Day Stephanie Hotchkiss Staff Writer

On April 22, people all around the world celebrate what is known as Earth Day. Earth Day is a day dedicated entirely to the environmental health of our planet. Communities, high schools, colleges, and demonstrators all come up with ideas and activities to participate in on this extraordinary day to improve human behavior—when it comes to the environment. The girl’s sorority on campus, Chi Theta Xi, happened to be one of many organizations on campus to partake in special events for the day. Chi Theta Xi does at least two community service projects each month. Since this month included Earth Day they decided to pick up trash alongside one of the highways in town to make up for one of their activities. With about 15 girls, hard work and determination, the

organization collected over 20 bags of garbage in one ditch alone. This only proves that the amount of litter in our environment is a much bigger problem than most would believe. Sister Courtney Kling stated, “I will never litter after this experience, not even banana peels or apple cores!” The girls had originally planned to start at the ditch in front of the Mercantile and move along side the road all the way down to Dairy Queen. However, they had encountered much more litter than they had expected. They spent over two hours picking up trash and had only covered a few miles of ditch. Chi Theta Xi, which was founded in January of 2003, has made a huge impact in the community and at school since its origin. They contribute to many groups like W.E.A.V.E. (Women Escaping a Violent Environment) and the Make-A-Wish foundation by donating used clothes for women and children and raising money for sick children’s

biggest wishes. Not only does the sorority make it a priority to involve themselves in community activities, but they also get the students involved. For the W.E.A.V.E. activity, the sorority got the dorms on campus involved by holding a contest to see who could gather and donate the most used clothes. The winning dorm got to engage in a free pizza party and got to choose from many fun prizes to be donated to that dormitory. With the dorms’ help and donations made by the sisters, Chi Theta Xi ended up with eight plastic tubs filled with clothes. These clothes will be donated to help women and children dealing with abuse and neglect. For all of their excellent accomplishments this year, Chi Theta Xi received the Board of Regents Award for Community Service and the Student Organization Achievement Award.

Top 10 things found in a ditch 1. Styrofoam 2. cigarette cartons 3. cardboard 4. milk jugs 5. paper 6. candy wrappers 7. diapers 8. plastic bags 9. banana peels 10. lids and straws

photo by Stephanie Hotchkiss

Chi Theta Xi sisters picking up litter for Earth Day.

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BHSU offers new course in American Indian Studies for next semester Justin Varland Staff Writer

Discover how John Wayne, Buffalo Bill Cody, dime novels and captivity narratives all influenced the 20th century American film industry. View and analyze classic film clips, media portrayals and see how American Indians have been variously portrayed as the century advanced. Learn about contemporary film directors, such as local filmmaker Chris Eyre, and see how their work is changing perceptions about American Indian life and issues. Students registering for the fall semester will have the opportunity to enroll in a new elective to be offered at BHSU. The Board of Regents has recently approved an experimental course, AIS 399— American Indians in Film and Media. The course is not listed in the BHSU catalog, so instructors Jace DeCory and Bobbi Looney hope to get out the word that this interesting class will be offered on a trial basis for the fall semester only. The class aims to attract any student desiring a stimulating and largely visual elective. Enrollees need no previous exposure to American Indian studies. The course is structured to draw upon multiple disciplines: history, social science, communication, literature and philosophy. The class will also address how stereotypes develop, become entrenched, skew human understanding and require time and perseverance to unravel. The instructors believe their contrasting backgrounds but common interests will enrich course discussions. A traditional Lakota woman, Jace DeCory is a longstanding BHSU faculty member who has taught numerous American Indian related classes. Newcomer and non-Native Bobbi Looney has a critical background and experience teaching American Indian literature and poetry. DeCory and Looney hope that students seeking a provocative course for their fall schedule will join them in AIS 399.

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What is the honors program...and is it for you? of 25 or higher to join. Additional consideration goes into evidence of a commitment to achievement beyond Many students at BHSU have grades, lifelong learning and service, heard there is an honors program here according to Dr. Fuqua. Incoming stuon campus, but most don’t know what dents are also required to submit a sample essay that must be approved. it is or what they do. Continuing or transfer students The honors program must have a GPA of 3.3 or above. started in June 2003. They must subIt’s a program that’s mit two essays designed for students Most honors courses are and have a nomiwho are academically comprisd of 25 students or nation from their motivated and looking major departfor a way to prepare fewer and are taught by ment or current themselves for graduselected faculty members participation in a ate school. who are dedicated to the Amy Fuqua, direchonor’s concept of challenge college or university honors tor of the Honors and individual attention.” program that is Program, said that the in good standing. program allows top~Honors website As a general level students to rule, students are “…tailor their educanot eligible for tion…” to fit their speadmission into the cific interests. Students complete a research project that is done with a program after completing their sophoprofessor of their choice and they are more year. Students who wish to maintain also given the option to take other classes for honors credit that are not their membership in the program must maintain a GPA of at least 3.3. They offered as honors courses. The Honors Program includes and must also receive a minimum of a B in accepts students from all majors on any course taken for honors credit. If a campus. All current and incoming student’s GPA drops below a 3.3, they members are subject to varying gener- are automatically placed on probation. al requirements for obtaining and Those that do not bring their GPA up keeping a membership in the program. after two semesters are discontinued Incoming students are required to have from the program. Students start out the program by a GPA of at least 3.5 and an ACT score Carrie Noble & Shelley Mitchell Staff Writer

taking special honors sections of gen- of projects that could come out of the eral education requirements. Students program,” said Dr. Fuqua. Fuqua would can satisfy additional honors require- also like to simplify the requirements ments through individualized for general education classes so all honresearch, field experiences, intern- ors students wouldn’t have to take the ships and “honors options” within same classes. She would like students to other courses. be able to take courses in their area of In addition to these requirements, interest instead of general courses. honors students are also required to According to the honors page of take two colloquia courses throughout the BHSU website, “most honors their four years at BHSU. Colloquia courses are comprised of 25 students courses are taught by a team of profes- or fewer and are taught by selected facsors who teach interdisciplinary sub- ulty members who are dedicated to the jects, using math, history and science honor’s concept of challenge and indiamong other disciplines. These courses vidual attention.” take on specialized topics such as “God The Honors Program is also good and Science” and “Sex and Violence in for its social aspects. They do volunteer Victorian England.” work, have regular These courses are meetings and they picked by the advisory also have a lounge council of the honors that is exclusively for ’m really excited program with input about the kinds of projhonors students. The from the Honors stu- ects that could come out program also helps to dents based on what the of the (honors) program.” give incoming freshstudents are interested men a sense of comin learning about. upon coming ~Dr. Fuqua munity Honors students are to BHSU. also required to write a The program curthesis that is done with rently has about 90 a professor of the student’s choosing. students, but Dr. Fuqua has a goal of This can either be a major piece of increasing membership to eventually original research or creative work. include five to eight percent of the However, Dr. Fuqua would like to campus. So if you’re a freshman or change this requirement and have the sophomore and are looking for an students do a service project instead of extra challenge along with a resume a thesis. booster, check out the Honors “I’m really excited about the kinds Program here at BHSU.


Exit Bones Anime Club-enter Imaginos BHSU Bones Anime Club undergoes major change to simple name Imaginos Vorlage had just recently returned back to the Black Hills after a year-long stint in the “frozen tundra” of northern North Dakota and is currently workIt was the student organization that many ing with Lee Enterprises. The club activist wanted to believed wouldn’t last a semester. It not only tripled make sure the group would return. “For me, the group was and is extremely in size in less than a year, but was also recognized by important. This was my release from my the South Dakota Board of Regents. Now, three years after its inception, the BHSU crazy work and class schedules,” said Bones Anime Club has undergone its first major Vorlage. “I know it was the same for a lot of change and will reemerge in the Fall 2007 semester— other members. To let this club fade away would be taking away a great opportunity for under the new guise of simply Imaginos. “The name is in reference to a manga—the other college students.” The Bones Anime Club, as is self-eviJapanese equivalent of Western comics—entitled Battle Angel Alita. The main heroine, Alita, after dent from the group’s name, is centralized barely surviving an explosion, is essentially reborn in on the appreciation of anime. Anime is a new body called Imaginos. For us, this is a new defined as Japanese animation as well as Japanese culture. Those unfamiliar with beginning for the club,” said Nick anime might think it is all shows like Vorlage, co-advisor for Bones Pokemon, Sailor Moon and Dragonball Z. Anime Club. They might be surBut for such a large group, prised to find out that what would be the point of a there is a lot more behind the rebirth? According to Vorlage For me, the group was and is action lines and the giantand Kathren Hunter, the new extremely important. This was saucer eyes. That is what the President of Bones Anime Club, my release from my crazy work BAC, now Imaginos, hopes to it was just the right time. Many portray. and class schedules. I know it of the former members had “We’re looking at anime was the same for a lot of other moved out of the area or were much like the English Club unable to attend the club meetmembers. To let this club fade would analyze [Robert] Frost or ings because of class constraints. away would by taking a great a philosophy class would anaIt got to be so severe that the club opportunity for other college lyze Nietzsche,” Vorlage said. took a semester-long hiatus in students.” “We discuss what we the Fall 2006 semester. watch, the good and the bad. According to Hunter, a jun~Nick Vorlage We discuss the voice acting ior at BHSU and former secreand the character development. tary of the BAC, the affect of the MIA organization was felt with a number of students. In the more serious titles, we discuss the philoso“I had people coming up to me almost every phies the show is presenting,” Hunter added. Outside of anime and discussion of the media, the week asking me when the club was starting up again,” group also opens every meeting with what they call said Hunter. Justin Varland Staff Writer

the “Hyperion News Flash,” a take off the group’s former monthly newsletter, Hyperion Flash. In the “Hyperion News Flash,” both Vorlage and Hunter perform a half-hour news show that reports on the anime industry and Japanese culture, whether serious or comical. At the end of e a c h “Hyperion News Flash,” they conclude with some form of weekly trivia and an open group discussion. In the upcoming Fall 2007 semester, Imaginos plans to broaden their horizons to reach out to more of the college community. Along with building an interactive, animated website, the club also hopes to spearhead a bimonthly charity fund-raiser called “Gamer’s Night.” “We still have a lot of work to do over the summer, but we’re excited to see what we can do,” said Vorlage. “We want Imaginos to be something anyone interested in anime, even those slightly interested, to feel welcome to check out,” said Hunter. The final meeting of Bones Anime Club was held on May 1. The group will return as Imaginos beginning in the Fall 2007 semester. If any group or individual is interested in learning more about the club and what they offer, they should contact Hunter and Vorlage at

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Recipe: Healthy & delicious Fusilli chicken salad Ashley Lee Staff writer

This is one of my favorite recipes to make for company during the spring and summer. This salad is delicious, healthy and refreshing. It is full of nutritious ingredients and is sure to be a hit! It has all four food groups and is packed with protein, which helps build muscles. This salad can be easily thrown together--you don't even need to measure anything if you don't want to. Here are the measurements to make a meal fit for 6-8 people. This is what you need: Fusilli noodles (1 bag) 3 chicken breasts Bag of shredded cabbage Celery Green onions Garlic clove Sliced almonds Dressing: Sesame oil Sesame seeds Rice wine vinegar Soy sauce Start by boiling your fusilli noodles. Next, start toasting one cup of almonds

in a pan with a little oil and a tablespoon or so of garlic. Turn heat to medium and stir frequently. Then, chop one stock of celery in bite size squares. Chop about 3 green onions, so that when chopped it is the equivalent of a handful. Add the chopped ingredients and cabbage to a large bowl. For the dressing, combine equal amounts of sesame oil, sesame seeds, rice wine vinegar and soy sauce. I do 1/ 4 cup of each. About now your noodles should be finished cooking--strain and rinse with cold water, thoroughly shake remaining water out of noodles and then add them to the bowl of veggie ingredients. Once your almonds are done take

them off the stove and add the mixed dressing ingredients. They will bubble--stir them together and when the almonds are thoroughly coated add the contents of the pan to the large bowl. Finally, we cook the chicken. I like to cook the chicken in the same pan as the almond/dressing mix because the chicken absorbs the flavor. Store the salad in the fridge while the chicken cooks. Shred the chicken either in the pan or chop it when it is fully cooked. Stir the chicken in the salad. Eat it once it is chilled or eat it right away--either way tastes great!


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Bellman Awards ... continued from page 1 Humanities finalists were: Allison Coin, “Rudyard Kipling: Commentary on the Empire”; Leonard Crosby, “Transparent Foliage”; and Cody Winchester, “From Romanticism to Nihilism: Tracking the Course of the Western Hero.” The honorable mention for Humanities was awarded to: Randi Anderson, “Carolyn Fourche and the Fight Against a Collective Amnesia”; Allison Coin, “Romeo and Juliet: Disparate Levels of Maturity”; and Ashley Rives, “Reciprocity in Puritan Society.” This award honors students for their excellent use of campus writing. The award also encourages students to become actively involved in their works. Essays were written from each of the following courses: Composition (English 031-033, 101 or 201), Humanities and Mass Communications (recently added). Student submissions were considered accordingly to specifications requested by judging faculty members. Students had to provide five copies of each essay and one cover sheet. The cover sheet also required students to provide specific information addressing themselves and the paper. The writers chosen for the contest accurately describe the type of writing Dr. Bellman appreciated throughout his 30 years at BHSU. Dr. Bellman was a distinguished individual who has inspired campus professors and students year after year. From 1966 to 1996, he worked tirelessly as President of the South Dakota Council of Teachers of English. He soon advanced himself to a chair position on the South Dakota Humanities Council and was founding member of the Dakota Writing Project. He also served as the faculty advisor to the Green Bowl Review, a distinguished student publication put together by the English Club. In 1995, to award him for his excellent work for students and other faculty members, Dr. Bellman was awarded the BHSU Distinguished Faculty Award. A friend and fellow faculty member Steve Dempsey had this to say about Dr. Bellman, “His intense effort sometimes makes me believe he gives too freely of himself.” Mr. Dempsey provides a short, accurate description of Dr. Bellman. He was honored and loved to everyone who worked with and for him. After 30 years of hard work, Dr. Bellman retired in 1996.

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Kelly Kirk elected new Student Senate President look forward to what this year’s petition for the Student Senate. group can achieve. Petitions can be picked up in the Jill Kary, Vice President; Senate Office adjacent to SU Donald Wolkenhauer, 124 or feel free to contact Executive Administrator; Scott Donald Wolkenhauer at Luikart, Minister of Finance; DonaldHWolkenhauer@st.bhsu and I were sworn in two weeks .edu for more information. ago as the new executive team Even if you are unable to for the Student Senate. Crystal join the senate, we still welStatler, College of Arts and come your input. We want to Sciences; Brittany Fanning, be your student voice. If you College of Business and have any comments, questions Technology; Kyle Roth, or concerns, please let us College of Education; and Mary know. Feel free to contact me Foster, Partat KellyJKirk Time Senator, were also sworn and I will try to in as well. find an answer e have What does more seats open, and for you. this mean for we would love to have Also, stop by you as students? the Student For one, we have YOU fill them !” Senate office if more seats open, you have time. ~Kelly Kirk The and we would senators love to have serve office YOU fill them! hours and would We would like many diverse enjoy some company. They are student voices on the senate. eager and willing to listen to Being part of Student Senate is your input. The Student Senate a great way to learn more about is extremely excited for this the campus and the community. upcoming year, which we hope It is a great networking opportu- will be successful for all. nity and is a fun team to join. Good luck on finals and Please consider putting in a enjoy the summer break!


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This year has flown by and I think this campus can be proud of what it has done. Decisions have been made and goals have been achieved. Now is the time of transition for many student organizations on campus. The Student Senate is also in its transition phase, as we thank last year’s senate for the wonderful job they did. Now we

I’ve never been alone Caylen Groen Staff Writer

I have recently realized the broken impact that comes from siblings attending separate colleges. My college experience has been fueled by will and determination, but I’ve always known that I was missing something that has been in my life for the past 20 years. I realized this past week that no one can live alone without visiting their little brothers, sisters—and thus the comfort of their own home. My situation feels almost completely wrong compared to other cases of homesickness. Distance is one boundary siblings need

to further reconcile before breaking. my friends at Tech. Most importantly, I My situation sounds and feels dif- feel completely separated from my sisferent because not only ter—just because of a am I miles away from simple rivalry between my sister, but I also feel the only large schools in he past three as though I am thouthe area. sands of students away. Many times I have years, I’ve encounThe feeling rattles attended a football or around throughout the tered many different basketball game against neurons and electrons opinions & thoughts Tech and felt wrong within my being. It just shouting horrific phrasof the rivalry doesn’t go away. es across the room. I between these I talk about the feelknew that I was shoutschools. ings I receive while ing to the crowd my sisother students in the ter could be standing in. area discuss reasons It just doesn’t seem why Tech is so hated. I feel separated right to shout obscenities to someone between my friends here at BHSU and who has been so close to me.


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The past three years, I’ve encountered many different opinions and thoughts of the rivalry between these schools. Never once have I not been asked that same simple question, “What do you think of Tech?” My personal opinion is that I don’t hate Tech. To me, hating Tech would be the same as hating my sister. So my impression of anyone who hates the Tech way of life and the people from Tech is that they need to realize that even though the rivalry may be a joke and for fun, people still attend the school. These people do have feelings. For BHSU students who are stuck in-between cheering for both teams: Keep up the spirit!

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Professor Profile Dr.Campbell brings history to life Karen Chau Staff writer

Professor Robb Campbell’s passion for history brings a healthy challenge into the classroom. Rather than asking students to memorize meaningless dates, Campbell helps them understand historical concepts and apply them to contemporary issues. The knowledge and comprehension gained from his courses are sure to remain imprinted in the student’s mind well past the point of an exam. Areas of Expertise: Environmental history, U.S. history Started at BHSU when: Fall of 2005 Hometown: Spearfish, S.D. Education: Ph.D. University of Kansas M.A. Augustana College, Sioux Falls, S.D. B.A. Harvard University What teacher had the greatest impact on you? “Dr. Brian Libby, tenth grade, Modern European History. I saw him lecture on the French Revolution while simultaneously singing and translating the Marseillaise, all while wrapping himself in a big French flag he had hidden in the podium. Unbelievable.” As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? “Absolutely nothing. I don't think many kids actually do-- I think it's just a cliché that adults keep throwing at them” If you could live in any other time, when might that be? “The nineteen-ohs.” If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Paulette Goddard, five

What do you get when you add suits, food and a lot of sitting? Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) attended the Governor’s Economic Development Conference in Pierre, S.D., on April 18. This conference was designed to gather business and political leaders together to discuss the economic development in South Dakota. The group attended several work sessions throughout the day. The first session of the day involved the topic of different generations and how they should get to know the differences in each in order to create a more efficient workforce. This session discussed the mature generation, baby boomers, generation-Xers and the millennium generations. All of these genera-

tions have distinct strengths and weaknesses that, if harnessed, will allow the workplace to thrive. Other sessions throughout the day included topics like housing availability and research in the universities. The Governor’s Housing project was discussed as well as the troubles small bedroom communities are having with providing housing for the work force that big businesses bring to the community. Research in science and technology in South Dakota’s six universities has been the focus of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED). Scott Meyer, Vice President of South Dakota’s Board of Regents, spoke at this event, along with the president of SDSU. Tourism was discussed as a way to increase awareness of communities. The

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times. Hubba hubba.” What do you like most about your job? “Getting to know students, getting to do research.” What do you like least? “The last five exams.” Heroes? “Chuck Barris” Fave type of literature? “Joseph Heller. Sad funny Jews seem to be my favorites. Randy Newman, Leonard Cohen. Chuck Barris.” Fave movie/type of movies? “Something chewy. Same for the snacks.”

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Department of Tourism was there to ask for campaigning ideas and to share the upcoming campaigns already established. Dakota Roots, a project to bring young South Dakotans back to the state, was also a topic discussed in a session. This project has created a website for people to connect with jobs and for businesses to connect with potential employees. The Dakota Roots staff said that there are currently 10,000 jobs available and 400 potential employees registered with 59 people already hired and moving back. However, only about 1,000 of these jobs are available for employees with a secondary education. The final session of the day involved personal development and focused on keeping the residents of South Dakota united and motivated to grow the economy.

The day ended with a banquet hosted by the Governor Mike Rounds. He spoke about his pride in the progress that the state has made to increase economic development and encouraged continued efforts in that area. The day was full of brainstorming and learning. The SIFE team was allowed to network and establish a presence of youth in the political eyes of South Dakota’s government. “The Governor's Economic Conference gave the BHSU SIFE students insight as to where the state is headed and how it will get there. Our team is better equipped to address the local economic challenges of our community and has the tools to make a better impact,” said SIFE President Don Wolkenhauer.

Most Improved Student Organization Rodeo Club Outstanding New Student Organization Alpha Kappa Delta Gamma Outstanding Community Service Project Reading Council – Reading is Fundamental Thomas Hall Government – Food Drive Student Organization Achievement Award Theatre Society Chi Theta Xi Thomas Hall Government Fantastic Phalanges Heidepriem Hall Government Residence Hall Association (RHA) Student Senate Student Ambassadors Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Collegiate Outdoor Leadership Program (COLP) National Organization for Women (NOW) Rodeo Club Outstanding Program or Activity Residence Hall Association (RHA) – Sib Weekend National Organization for Women (NOW) – Voter Registration/Vote on Campus Outstanding Student Organization Honor’s Program

Individual Applicants Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Tom Wheaton – Student Ambassadors Outstanding Residence Life Involvement Jamie Richey Outstanding Leadership in Residence Life Kelly Kirk Outstanding Freshman Kyle Roth Outstanding Volunteer Jill Kary Vice President for Student Affairs Rising Star Erin Dugan Outstanding Student Leader John Williams Excellence in Leadership Lindsay Bruckner Brandy Sickler Lily Bruckner Amber Faiman Student Leadership Scholarship Nominees Polly Hall Josh Roadifer James Stith Jamie Richey Tiffanie Gebhart

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May 4, 2007

How the Virginia Tech massacre could affect you Zach Davidson Staff Writer

At the forefront of the recent tragedy in Virginia is the meaningless loss of life and the resulting grief. It is important that our thoughts and prayers be with the victims and their families. Unfortunately however, politics are always brought into light following such an event, and I am as guilty as anyone in making the following points. Our nation’s gun laws have been put into question yet again after South Korean-born Sueng-Hui Cho, a Virginia Tech student, used two handguns to methodically murder 32 of his fellow students, wounding 15 others in the process. Some nations have used the tragedy to ridicule us and our “lax” laws. Many are asking if the devastation could have been prevented had our gun laws been more stringent. The answer is no. A broken and irrational individual like Cho is not easily deterred. Restricting the purchase of firearms only prevents law-abiding citizens from obtaining them. Existing laws make it clear that it is illegal to commit murder. Cho did it 32 times that morning. Believing that gun laws would have prevented the incident is naïve and ignorant. Further contributing to the problem is those who place the blame for such instances on the gun. Many view a firearm as a weapon simply made to kill people. This ignorance is the driving force behind much of the anti-gun legislation that takes place today. To call something a weapon is to name it based on its use to inflict injury on another being. Is my pocket knife a weapon when I use it to cut the twine on a bale of hay? A knife is simply a tool to cut with. Similarly, a gun is a tool used to fire a projectile. The placement of that projectile is strictly dependent on the individual with the gun. Let’s not forget that, in these cases, guns don’t kill people; people kill people. Many will also debate what our nation’s founders meant when they wrote the second amendment. It reads as follows. “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” Attempting to tamper with our constitutional rights is tricky business, especially when the meaning of the words is so clear. The argument is that the right to bear arms was intended to reference the aforementioned militia. However, the sentence structure and the fact that the phrase “the people” is used and not “militia” indicate clearly that the right belongs to everyone. Many who have grown up in this part of the country are comfortable with firearms and see their value. There are responsible ways to use firearms, and these include using a gun to defend oneself against attack. Those of us who value our constitutional right to bear arms have a responsibility to stand up for our beliefs. Doing this involves educating others about guns. We must set an example of how guns can be safely handled, and demonstrate all the lawful ways a firearm can be used.

photo by: Ashley Bruce

Lance Palmlund legally rides his longboard downtown

Longboarding to be banned on campus Ashley Bruce Staff Writer

I am so frustrated with the stereotypes that are given to skateboarders and longboarders. Riding a skateboard does not mean you are going to go break things or deface property. I remember several years back when skateboarding was banned in Spearfish. People would actually get tickets for riding a skateboard down the street. That law is no longer in effect. Today, I called the police department and was told there are not any specific regulations on skateboarding on the sidewalks or roads besides giving the pedestrians the right of way and to not loiter in marked areas. The BHSU campus has nothing posted around campus or on their Internet site about the ban. The BHSU Internet site does state, “Pedestrians shall at all times have the right of way. Skateboards, bikes or rollerblades may NOT be used on the outdoor track, tennis courts or in the University’s own facilities. Stunts on university property are not allowed. You may park mopeds on the bike racks. Mopeds may NOT be driven on sidewalks.” So why is it that, when nothing is posted, people have still been getting asked to not ride on the campus? I understand that the ban is going to go into effect and has just not yet been made official. So you cannot actually get a ticket—you will just be asked to carry your board. I feel that this is SO very unfair. If they are to ban skateboards, then why not ban bikes as well? If all

healthy economical modes of transportation are eliminated from the campus, then the campus is sure to make more money on parking passes. We, as a school, could also be increasing global warming—by encouraging driving as a primary mode of transportation—and in no way trying our best to promote a healthy lifestyle. Also, if the ban goes through, you might have to buy a parking pass. Are we not all “starving college students”? For those of us who chose to walk, bike or ride a skateboard or long board, we are choosing to spend our $47.40 more wisely. Some students, who are commuters and do not live in town, obviously do not have an option. I talked with Lance Palmlund, who rides his long board on campus to class from the dorms. Recently, he was asked by Myron—the official transportation rule maker—to carry his board across the campus and to no longer ride it. Myron could not be reached for comment. Lance just did as he was told, but did question the rule and wonder if skateboarding was, in fact, banned. Lance told me, “I seriously consider it a mode of transportation. It is difficult to even do tricks on a long board. Most people who ride them are just using them to get around.” If BHSU is planning on banning these alternative modes of transportation, I am seriously concerned. I am graduating in 2 weeks. I don’t have to worry about this ban because I do not plan to be on the campus much after I graduate, but you students who will be should speak out. Make your voice be heard, talk to you school president and make sure this doesn’t happen!

Vaccine to safeguard females from ovarian cancer causing HPV Jodi M. Boese Staff Writer

Gardasil® from Merck & Co., a vaccine recently approved by the FDA as a safeguard against four of the most common strains of the human papillomavirus, is causing waves of distress as well as relief among various women’s groups, as well as medical and religious groups. Though many are thankful that a vaccine has come along for one of the most common viruses to cause cervical cancer and genital warts, many are distressed by the early age of girls receiving the vaccine and the consequences that could come from it. The vaccine is most effective in

women and young girls between the ages of 9-26 years of age who have not had sexual intercourse or physical contact with a partner infected with HPV. Those in opposition of administering the vaccine at such an early age claim that it will only increase promiscuity in young women and lead to an increase in premarital sex and unplanned pregnancy. Considering that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that of the approximately 6 million new cases of genital HPV in the United States every year—it is estimated that 74% of them occur in 15 to 24 year olds—, the Gardasil® vaccine should be a welcomed advancement in modern medicine! The idea that such a vaccine should be required

alongside vaccines for polio and MMR is yet to be argued. Currently, there are no federal laws that require children or adolescents to get vaccinated early on. All school and daycare entry laws are state laws and vary from state to state. The current retail price of the vaccine is $120 per dose ($360 for full 3-part series). While federal health programs such as Vaccines for Children (VFC) will cover the HPV vaccine for children under the age of 19 for free, any woman above the age of 19 will have to fund the hefty bill on her own. There is often a short lag-time after a vaccine is recommended before it is available and covered by health plans. And while some insurance companies may cover the

vaccine, others may not. Gardasil® is known as the only vaccine that may help guard against diseases such as cervical cancer, cervical abnormalities that may lead to cervical cancer and genital warts that are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) types 6, 11, 16, & 18. HPV types 16 & 18 cause 70% of cervical cancer cases, while HPV Types 6 and 11 cause 90% of genital warts cases. If interested in receiving more information on Gardasil and what it offers, visit or contact your medical provider. The website also has a wealth of information regarding the latest health research. After all, knowledge in prevention is key to a healthier, betterinformed world.

CORRECTION: “General classes waste valuable time” by Amanda Bakle / “Additional Discretionary dollars ...” by Page Entringer. Sorry for the mistake

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Faces in the Crowd Crystal Statler Major: American Indian Studies and Sociology Minor: Psychology

Questions: 1. What’s an odd statistic you know?

1.)77% of squirrels have a sexually transmitted disease

1) There are more pink plastic flamingos in people’s yards then there are alive 2.) 24, House or Prison Break 3.) If it is true that we are here to help others, then what exactly are the others here for?

2. What’s your favorite TV show? 3. What’s your favorite rhetorical question?


Mark Mazza Major: Wildlife Management Minor: Management Information Systems


In just the last few years, artificial energy has become a widespread demand in our extremely tired world. Overcome with work, children and sleep deprivation, people in the world are aching for motivation and energy to keep going. Since coffee and sugar aren’t working to keep people awake anymore, energy drinks and pills are becoming the new way. Energy drinks such as Red Bull, Sprint, Whoopass, Rockstar and Venom contain a large amount of caffeine and other legal stimulants to boost energy without sleep. These common drinks may contain up to 80mg of caffeine—which is 2-3 times the caffeine in an average can of soda. The consumption of energy drinks is becoming higher than soda as well. In just the last year, more than 500 new energy drinks have been launched worldwide. The energy drink market is now a 3.4 billion-a-year industry and is still growing. The teen consumption of these drinks has jumped from 4.6 million to 7.6 million in the last three years. The overwhelming amount of stimulants and caffeine in these energy drinks causes a number of health problems in regular drinkers. This includes high blood pressure, nervousness, insomnia and vomiting, along other side effects. Over the past three years, a high number of cases involving caffeine abuse have been reported, including around 12 percent who required hospital care. The average age of the victims was around 21. The energy drink corporation’s main market is people under 30, including mostly college students and kids. The constant publicity and popularity of these “cool” energy drinks are influencing young kids and teens to buy and drink them. With college students pulling “all-nighters” and their strenuous study schedules, they are also a prime target. Even many adults in their late 20’s, early 30’s are consuming a large amount of energy drinks.

2.)Ren and Stimpy 3.)If love is blind then why is lingerie so popular?

Natasha Koseki Major: American Indian Studies Minor: Mass Communications

Brandy Sickler Major: Sociology, Social Sciences, Human Services with emphases in Gerontology and Community Service

1.)35% of people using online dating services are already married. 2.)Miami Ink 3.)If people from Poland are called Poles, then why aren’t people from Holland called Holes?

1.) The average person will produce 15 gallons of tears and 39 gallons of vomit in their lifetime. 2.)Grey’s Anatomy or Flavor of Love Charm School 3.) If you throw a cat out a car window does it become kitty litter?


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Even though energy boosters are a nice and easy way to gain a little strength for the long day ahead, they are not the healthiest way to do so. Doctors say that a little cat nap during busy days and a cup or two of coffee is a far healthier way to stay awake. Many researchers state that when artificial energy is used while immobile, the energy is not used and it causes the drinker to crash as an end result. They say that athletes and other physically involved people will get a large benefit from the artificial energy, considering they are using the energy to its fullest. This is said to prevent the crash that occurs after the drink or pill wears off. Now, this is just one opinion of the effect of artificial energy. Others say that drinking energy drinks or taking energy pills while exercising can dehydrate the user a great deal from the mix of fluid loss and caffeine. So who is right in this matter? Well they both seem to be correct, it is apparent that these artificial energy products are not the best alternative to sleep. In today’s society, it is also very popular to combine energy drinks with alcoholic beverages. This is a terrible combination, considering alcohol is a depressant and energy drinks are stimulants. It causes drinkers to consume more alcohol without feeling the effects because of the boost from the energy drink. Drinkers become unaware of how much alcohol they have consumed. Dehydration is another problem caused from combining the two. Energy drinks are becoming too common in many people’s diets. Over-consumption is becoming another problem. It is a popular mentality that if one energy drink gives a nice boost for the day, four or even five a day is much better. More drinks equals more energy. This is not a good mentality to have, considering that 4-5 energy drinks equals about a twelve pack of soda a day or more. Not many would drink an entire pack of soda without feeling at least a little guilty, but energy drinks are known to be a healthy form of energy with vitamins and minerals filling the can.

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However, too much of a good thing—such as minerals and vitamins—are not really such a good thing; they can actually be very dangerous in high doses. Along with all of the caffeine and sugar that comes in energy drinks, it just adds to the dangers. Another interesting fact about these wide-spreading energy drinks is that they aren’t regulated by the FDA. This meaning that nobody knows just how safe these drinks really are or if the ingredients on the labels are even accurate. This means that if you are an active energy drinker; make sure to do research before you buy. The widespread demand for artificial energy in the busy world today is becoming larger and larger. Until the world can slow down and get the real rest they need, this epidemic will continue to spread. So what will come next? Will we someday be bathing in caffeine to stay awake? Well, it’s true. The new “Shower Shock” soap has recently been released on the market, containing 200 mg of caffeine that is absorbed into the skin during showering. It is definitely an easy way to get up for work in the morning and get the day going. But didn’t our mothers tell us not to have any caffeine before noon? This apparently isn’t the case anymore, considering people consume a very scary amount of sugar and caffeine each day. The next step will be a way to survive without sleep so we can keep up with the busy world. But for now, remember that artificial energy is un-safe, un-healthy and is overtaking the world. When the world can finally rest again, so can this controversial case.

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May 4, 2007

Top Teams Battle for Stanley Cup

Justin Bollock Staff Writer

The race for the Stanley Cup has begun again. With one round of the National Hockey League playoffs already completed, we look forward to the next level of competition. The second round of the playoffs includes the top four rated teams of the West and the top three rated teams of the East. The Western Conference pairs the top rated Detroit Red Wings against the fourth rated San Jose Sharks. The Anaheim Ducks will face the Vancouver Canucks in the other semi-final game. The Eastern Conference matches the top team

with the Buffalo Sabres against the New York Rangers. In the other series, the New Jersey Devils will play the Ottawa Senators for the right to advance further on. The first round of this year’s playoffs unfolded with only one surprise—the number six New York Rangers advanced past the third ranked Atlanta Thrashers in a clean sweep of four games. They beat the Thrashers with heart and hustle. Drive and passion pushed them past what seemed to be an unmotivated but skilled Atlanta team. The Rangers seem to be playing the best hockey of all the teams and could be the one to watch for in the next few weeks. The East also watched the offensively dynamic Buffalo Sabres move through the first round with difficulty as the New York Islanders gave a valiant effort. The Sabres are by far the most explosive team with speed, control, playmakers and an underrated defense. The Tampa Bay Lightning battled the New Jersey Devils until the final defeat in six games. The Devils’ suffocating defense was just too much for a tired and injury-depleted Tampa Bay team. The other series in the East pinned number four against number five. The Ottawa Senators played the Pittsburgh Penguins. This series was expected to be the most exciting in the East, but was short lived. The Senators out-hustled and out-matched the young Penguins team, resulting in a rather easy four games to one victory. The first round of the Western Conference went accordingly without any major upsets. The top team of the regular season, the Detroit Red Wings, advanced with ease against an underpowered but dangerous Calgary Flames team. The most exciting aspect of this series was the rough and dirty penalties Calgary dished out in game five. The second ranked Anaheim Ducks marched through the Minnesota Wild without missing a beat. The Ducks exposed every weakness of the Wild and

advanced without breaking a sweat. The Dallas Stars gave the third ranked Vancouver Canucks a battle. That particular series was the only one in the entire first round to go the distance of seven games. Vancouver dominated the final game after the Stars won the fifth and sixth games by delivering brutal punishment to several Canuck players. The Sharks from San Jose eliminated the fastskating Nashville Predators in five games. The Sharks equaled the Predators’ speed and countered their attacks with strength and size. They controlled the puck in both the offensive and defensive zones— capitalizing on most of Nashville’s mistakes. This should be a great playoff season for any hockey spectator. The top teams are in position to battle for the cup and it is anybody’s chance. This will be an entertaining few weeks as the remaining eight teams fight to raise the cup on center ice.

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The battle for the for the cup heats up between the eight remaining teams.

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ODD NEWS Postmen find poison snakes in express mail BRASILIA (Reuters) - Postal workers in a Brazilian border town knew there was something suspicious about the shipments from Argentina and were stunned to find scorpions and poisonous snakes in the express mail. The contraband animals, which also included iguanas, tortoises and lizards, were discovered when the workers had the boxes X-rayed. A spokesman for the federal police in Foz do Iguacu, the town on the border with Argentina and Paraguay where the incident occurred, said animals shipped into the country often end up in Europe "where they charge three, four, five times as much." Courtesy Photo Television stations broadcast images of A Copperhead snake rests at a brightly colored tropical snakes coiled snake farm in Vinh Son, northand stuffed into plastic containers, the west of Hanoi kind typically used for take-away orders at the deli counter. The contraband animals had crossed the border from Argentina and were being express-mailed to Brazilian cities, police officer Emerson Rodrigues told TV Globo. Animals are trafficked in from several countries and often cross into Brazil from Argentina or Paraguay in the tri-border region near Foz do Iguacu, authorities said. "Traffic also goes the other way, which is to say the animals come from Brazil and go to other countries, including to Europe," Rodrigues told Globo. Police suspected the express mail case was linked to an international trafficking ring and were using the addresses on the boxes as leads.

Woman saved by pile of poo ( A CHINESE woman survived a plunge from a sixth-floor balcony thanks to a convenient pile of excrement which broke her fall, local media said. The accident happened when the woman was hanging out laundry on Monday in Nanjing, capital of the eastern province of Jiangsu, the Kuaibao tabloid said on its Web site ( "Workers happened to be emptying the building's septic tank, which had not been tended for a long time and had regularly blocked sewage pipes," the newspaper said. "She probably stretched out too far and fell ... right on to a 20cm-thick heap of excrement." The woman suffered only slight injuries, the newspaper said. In March, a sixyear-old girl broke only her left leg when she fell six floors on to a pile of snow in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang.

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BHSU Student Facebook Profiles “‘It's so hot in my nose right now!!’ -Alex Hanson” “‘I like nuked food.’ - Arnold Schwarzenegger”

Hillary Wittenhagen’s Wall

Kristina Hank’s Wall

“‘I'm in psychoville and Finkle's the mayor.’ -Jim CarreyAce Ventura Pet Detective” “‘I know this song! This is the song I want played at my funeral!’ - Luke Peterson”

Chris Baddy’s Wall

Kristen Kuhns’ Wall

“‘When you're in jail, a good friend will be trying to bail you out. A best friend will be in the cell next to you saying, 'Damn, that was fun.’ Anonymous” Ross Koehler’s Wall

“‘Man is nothing else but that which he makes of himself.’ -J.P. Sartre” John Gesk’s Wall

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