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Attitude is everything for Soldier of the Year Antonia Kucera Production Editor

Black Hills State University junior Tricia Beringer didn’t plan on joining the National Guard. When she joined two years ago in March 2001, it was because she wanted to do something spontaneous and fun. That’s right – fun. Most people would not think of the word “fun” when it comes to military service, but with an attitude like Beringer’s, challenges become adventures. “I love the military lifestyle,” she said with honest enthusiasm. This upbeat outlook on life, along with some hard work, helped her recently earn the honor of South Dakota Soldier of the Year and has prepared her for the activation of her company, the 842nd Engineering Co. in Spearfish. Serving in the National Guard is only one of several challenges faced by this 22-year-old woman from Gettysburg, S.D. She is also a biology major at BHSU who hopes to someday become a physician’s assistant. Beringer started her college career at the University of Wyoming, but decided to make the move to BHSU after only one semester. As she started her first semester at BHSU, the benefits of joining the National Guard seemed to present the perfect opportunity for Beringer. “It was nice to know that I would have enough income to not have to carry a full-time job while I was in school,” Beringer said. She was confident she could handle the tough aspect of the Guard – she always handled getting picked on by her two brothers growing up. Beringer has been a strong and capable person physically her entire life; besides standing her ground against brotherly love, she competed in sports such as basketball, track and cross-country while attending high school in Spearfish. Going to college and joining the Guard were just new steps for her to take. Working one weekend a month and two weeks a year would be no problem for her. With a positive attitude, Beringer has charged through her college career and Guard duty with surmounting success. She works hard and is active in several student organizations, including the Newman Club and Scientia. She has also completed 1,000 hours of certified nurse’s assistant clinical work and plans to do the same amount of

emergency medical technician work. The extra work is not required for her degree at BHSU, but Beringer is planning ahead and hopes her ambitious accomplishments will help her get into graduate school. “It’s important that students aren’t just students,” Beringer said. She places high value on the benefits of getting involved in other activities and having a well-rounded social life. She feels this has helped her keep her head on straight. Beringer’s success at college only hints at her success in the Guard. An average person may just tackle a job she already knew how to do, but Beringer is not ordinary. She decided she wanted to try something different in which she had no experience – food preparation. Before joining the Guard, she was like many other college students, living on macaroni and cheese. Everything she knows now as an E-4 food specialist was learned first in basic training at Fort Jackson in South Carolina and then in specialized training at Fort Lee in Virginia. She was named Soldier of the Cycle in basic training and Leader of the Cycle at advanced training, both times


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eace marchers protest the imminent war with Iraq Feb. 15 in Spearfish. -News, Page 3


saac Waring plays Noah in the BHSU theater production of “Two by Two.” Check inside for the review. -Campus, Page 7

A&E …………………………………………11 Campus ……………………………………6-7 Feature ……………………………………8-9 Focus…………………………………………10 Forum ………………………………………13 News …………………………………………3 Sports ……………………………………14-15

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Deann Neuberger of Alpha Epsilon Xi pins together sections of yellow ribbon in support of soldiers preparing for war against Iraq. The yellow ribbon symbolizes hope and support for those who are away from home while at war. We can all remember images of yellow ribbons during the Persian Gulf War in 1990-1991. Although the symbolic yellow ribbon has returned, a new war may be unlike anything we have ever experienced with the increased threat of terrorism and biological and chemical weapons in today’s world.

A Letter to the Editor: Senate Response Dear fellow students of BHSU, This letter is in response to the Feb. 13, 2003 Letter to the Editor questioning allocation of the General Activity Fee to Student Organizations: Your Senate decided this year to administer a type of funding that would allow clubs and organizations to make use of the incentive policy. To administer the funds, the Senate held two budget meetings, one in the fall and another in the spring. Between the fall allocation and the spring allocations, groups and organizations were to fulfill their mission statement as well as a mission statement from the Senate. In early October the Senate held it’s first budget meeting. Organizations were alerted one week in advance and given a set of guidelines the Senate required for an organization to propose to the budget committee. The Senate stipulated that organizations would get seed money in the fall semester. This seed money was to be used to hold fundraisers for their organization, participate in community service, and attempt to strengthen their organization through active participation or greater group involvement on this campus. These goals of the Senate were loose and did not

constrict organizations to only do what we wanted and not fulfill their own message. We addressed organizations in a memo to do the best they could with the money given in the first semester installment because a review of each organization allotment of funds would be conducted through the Senate’s budgeting process in the Spring. Depending on how the organization spent their fall seed money, fulfilling their message and the Senate’s message, they would get more or less money in the Spring installment. This policy of the Senate allowed organizations to do more for more money from the senate. The incentive policy was highly effective. Organizations received fifty dollars on their ace cards one time only. All brand new organizations or organizations that had been a semester dormant received the same amount. This was in an attempt to be fair. I would also like to point out that this budget committee was not just a select few from the Senate, it encompassed the entire Senate. I was thoroughly impressed with the work the


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Help Support South Dakota Troops Alpha Epsilon Xi and United Ministries need you to help support our deployed South Dakota Troops. As most of you know, troops all over the state, and in all branches of the military have been deployed to defend our country. In order to show our support for our troops we are asking people to drop off donations, or help collect donations in order to send care packages to these troops. We need people to help work our booth, help us with collection of monetary funding for shipping and handling, and most of all we need your support. The collection started March 17, 2003 and continue until March 28, 2003. The drop off times will from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. There will be drop off boxes located in the Student Union the entire two weeks of collection. Items that may not be sent include anything in association with RELIGION, PORNOGRAPHY, CURRENT GOVERNMENT ISSUES, AND WAR. Yellow Ribbons will be given out at the drop off station for people to wear as a reminder for all those who are serving. Suggested items to be sent include, but are not limited to: Magazines, Books, Nerf Footballs, Beef Jerky, Pre-Sugared drink mixes, Decks of Cards, Game Books, and Letters to the Troops. If there is any way you are willing to help, or have any questions, please contact Becky at 605-717-5755.

Mardi Gras Fundraiser The Black Hills Summer Institute of the Arts will hold its annual Scholarship Fundraiser March 22 at the Matthews Opera House. Evening festivities will include dinner, dancing, and entertainment, all with a Mardi Gras theme. Masks are required (provided at door) and there will be prizes given for the Most Unusual Men’s and Most Attractive Women’s masks. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Ticket price for the entire evening, including food and beverages, is $35, with proceeds going toward scholarships for students in the Institute’s Vocal Arts and Opera Theater program held this year. Seating is limited. To reserve tickets or tables contact Kay Kerney or Holly Downing at 642-6420 or email Tickets will also be sold at the door, as seating is available.

Student Senate Presidential Elections An open forum between the candidates will be held on March 25 at 11:30 a.m. and March 26 at noon. Come hear what the candidates ideas and plans are for the next academic school year. Voting will be held on April 1 and 2 in the main lobby of the Student Union, and will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days.

4th Annual Stewart Bellman Writing Awards This year’s ceremony for Excellence in Undergraduate Writing will take place Monday, March 31 at 7 p.m. in the Market Place of the Student Union on campus. Guest speaker Rick Robbins will attend and sign copies of his book Famous Persons We Have Known after the ceremony. Reception to follow. For more information please call Dr. David Salomon, 605-642-6249, or email

Digital Shakespeare Society The BHSU Digital Shakespeare Society will premier its production of “All’s Well That Ends Well,” April 1, at 7 p.m. in Jonas 305. The movie will be free to all. For more information contact Roger Ochse at 642-6386.

Yoga and Chanting Workshop Erin Kamler (Mantra Girl) will lead students through a brief Kundalini yoga warm-up, followed by a series of meditations in a two-hour workshop. Erin will provide students with a full, in-depth translation of each mantra and its specific purpose, and will discuss the physical benefits of chanting. Saturday, May 3, 2 p.m; 628 1/2 Main St. (upstairs Black Hills Dance Center) Spearfish, S.D. Cost is $25. To register contact Telsa at 605-7223325 or email For more information, visit

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Local protesters march On Feb. 15 at 2:30 p.m., nearly 70 people gathered at the Student Union on campus to protest the impending war in Iraq. Students, faculty and area residents marched together throughout Spearfish. Photos by April Mol Student and protest organizer, Josh McDonald, is pictured below, center.

Community loses esteemed $6,000 grant awarded to faculty choir and voice instructor Courtesy University Communications

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Adjunct BHSU faculty member C. Ronald “Ron” Wiley, 63, of Belle Fourche died of accidental injuries on Saturday, March 8, 2003. Wiley had a long history teaching choir and voice classes at BHSU but was not teaching on campus this semester. He was currently serving as the Belle Fourche High School vocal music teacher and remained active in musical productions held at BHSU. Funeral services were held in Belle Fourche March 11 for Wiley. Classes at the local high school were cancelled for the services. A scholarship in his honor will be awarded to a Belle Fourche student by the local school board. Wiley is survived by his wife Audrey, one son and one daughter.

Two BHSU faculty members, Vincent King, assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Ahrar Ahmad, professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, recently received separate $6,000 grants from the Chiesman Endowment for Promoting Democracy. The professors are taking very different approaches in their studies of democracy. Ahmad, a political science professor, will study a relevant and timely issue as he considers the intellectual and historical forces in “the continuing discussion about the compatibility of democracy and Islam in the world.” King, who teaches English classes at BHSU, will use the grant to show “that the antebellum romances of James Fenimore Cooper and William Gilmore Simms are nuanced meditations on American democracy.” Ahmad’s grant, titled “Islam in South Asia: Intellectual and Historical Forces in the Construction of Democratic Alternatives,” will suggest that while the local political culture and unique political experiences may have contributed to a distinctive developmental dynamic in Pakistan and Bangladesh, “It is the intellectual debates regarding Islamic reformism that created the basic foundation for the possibility of democracy in the region.” Ahmad notes that although there are about 56 countries that are members of the Organization of Islamic Conference, only about 10 or so have tried to institutionalize the principles and practices of democracy as understood in the West. “Of these small minority of countries, Pakistan and Bangladesh (which together have almost as many Muslims as there are in the entire Arab world) have tried valiantly, if at times fitfully, and with occasional lapses, to pursue democratic ideals.” Ahmad explained that the primary question examined in this research is to explore the reasons why the prospect of democracy appears to have a more optimistic future in South Asia than in many other parts of the Muslim world. Since Muslims constitute almost onefifth of the world’s population, occupy regions that are rich and volatile and have significant economic and strategic interests for Americans, and have generated many misunderstandings, it is “not only interesting but essential to understand both the spiritual and political aspects of this faith. An examination of the historical and

intellectual context in which two Muslim countries are struggling towards a democratic future will clarify the conditions in which democracy came about in these countries and indicate the possibilities of democracy in others,” Ahmad said. Ahmad earned a master’s degree from the University of Waterloo in Canada and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh. He has a Ph.D. in political science from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He has taught at the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh, at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, and at John A. Logan College in Illinois. He teaches courses in comparative politics and international relations. His research interests revolve around issues relating to the evolution and role of the Third World state, post-colonial studies, and comparative political economy. King’s research will focus on the canon of antebellum American literature established by seven central critical works published between 1941 and 1960. King explains that “American fiction writers eschewed realistic descriptions of domesticity in favor of outrageous tales of adventure. These tales invariably feature protagonists who flee the confines of society for the freedom of the wilderness or ocean. Unbound by the restrictions of verisimilitude, the American romance is the perfect vehicle to explore the myth of America.” “I wish to show that these classic romances are nuanced meditations on American democracy,” King said. “The cultural function of the romance in antebellum America,” King argues, “is to justify, amend, critique, and, on occasion, undermine pastoral conceptions of America that originated with the Puritans and that still have resonance today. In short, the romance is a meditation on the pastoral mythology that is the foundation of American democracy.” King received his bachelor of arts degree from Emory University and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. In addition to southern literature, his research and teaching interests include film and postmodern fiction. The Chiesman Foundation For Democracy, Inc. was organized to promote and support greater awareness of the meaning of democracy and democratic ideals by our citizens. The Chiesman Foundation For Democracy is a nonpartisan, nonpolitical and educational corporation.

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2002-2003 Allocation of Funds for BHSU Organizations Fall semester October 2002

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Senate did. All together the senate’s hearings and deliberations lasted about 25 hours. However the Senate never claimed to do a perfect job with organizational funds. We simply tried to give organizations a hand up and not a hand out. Hopefully, I have thoroughly explained this process. The Student Senate thanks all organizations for their efforts in working to make this campus better. On behalf of the Student Senate, John Fitzgerald, Jr

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Lucky listeners win big on KBHU-FM From Cancun to the ski slopes, prizes on the campus radio station have never been better Teresa Selland Staff Writer

Take time to tune in to the campus radio station, KBHU The Buzz, and you might be one of its lucky winners. During the past year, the station has held more contests and given away more prizes than ever before, according to Jennifer Walker who has worked at the station for the past four years. James Williams, the station’s general manager, reports that the station has given away way more than $4,000 in contest prizes already this year. Prizes have included a snowboard package, a trip to Cancun, and a semesters worth of books for one student. Williams and Walker attribute the station’s success, and it’s ability to host great contests and prizes to the student staff. “We all get along and the radio station is better than ever. It runs smooth,” says Williams. They are also fueled by the enthusiasm of each contest winner. “All of the winners were very excited, making the contests a lot more fun,” says Walker. Who's Footing The Bill? So where does the money come from for these pricey prizes? Many of the items such as the free trip, snowboard package and free meals are donated by local businesses as a tradeout for advertising on the radio. But the semesters worth of books came out of the station’s own pocket, according to Walker. BHSU student Jami Moore was the winner of the semester of books and says the station helped her out tremendously with the prize. Walker and Williams accompanied Moore to the bookstore when she purchased her books and unfortunately they cost more than the KBHU staff had estimated. Walker relates that they paid for them with the station Ace card but, had to put some aside and wait to purchase them at a later date. Despite the cost Walker says the experience was still fun. “The excitement Jami had for winning and knowing that we helped her so greatly was enough reward to definitely make it worth it,” she says. The Snowboard package, won by Jonathon Kathy, was donated to the station by Crocs, in return for free advertising. Walker tells that while this promotion was going on everyone kept asking the question “What if?” What if the snowboard and boots don’t fit? What if the contest winner is too small, and the snowboard is too large or vice versa? She says, “Nobody knew the answer. But the wise group of people at the radio station decided just to sit on it to see what would happen. When it was all over it was as though Jonathon was made for the snowboard, or maybe it was made specifically for him because it all worked out great.” Even though the book contest was the highest cost for the radio station. The trip to Cancun was by far the biggest. Sarah Dice and a friend packed their suitcases for the trip of their lives — a FREE trip to Cancun. It started on Monday March 3, 2003, with a limo ride from Spearfish to the airport in Denver. Dice said she was still in disbelief that she was actually on her way to Cancun. “Everything was so amazing, and I want to thank everyone who helped make this possible,” she says. She was especially impressed with the hotel in which they could walk out the back door, down five stairs and have a choice between swimming in the pool or the ocean. and no worries about cost of anything, except food and drinks. Dice said she had the time of her life, but “duh, why wouldn't she? She was in Cancun, Mexico.” The KBHU staff reports that this unique trip was made possible thanks to the advertising crew who went around town and “traded” free ad times for help in pay-

Cancun trip is student’s dream come true Amie Wolski Staff Writer

It was five beautiful days of sunsets, sand, warm temperatures, and fun that could only be experienced on spring break in Cancun, Mexico. BHSU’s Sara Dice was the lucky winner of trip through the KBHU-FM spring break contest. There were approximately 130 call-in contestant qualifiers in the contest. The contest included airfare, hotel expenses, and a limo ride to and from the airport in Denver. Dice's reaction to winning the trip was shock. “I was shocked! I usually don’t win things,” Dice said. But at first Dice, a 24-year-old education major, was unsure if she was going to be able to go on the trip because the school where she is student teaching has no spring break. Dice was unsure she would be able to leave for an entire week. However, everything worked out, and she was allowed to get away from the classroom to go on the trip. It was an easy decision for Dice to decide on who would accompany her on the trip. “I chose to take my fiancee Mark VandonBasch.” When Dice called him in Colorado to tell him the exciting news he was a little cautious. “He thought it was some kind of hoax,” Dice said. He soon found out the trip was indeed a reality. Dice and her fiancee enjoyed their luxurious limo ride. “We drank alcohol,

listened to the radio, and pretended to be rich. It was fun,” Dice said. They also enjoyed lounging on the beach and observing the Mexican culture. She said her favorite memory of the trip was hanging out on the beach with her fiancee drinking Pina coladas. The sponsors of the spring break trip were Triple A Travel, Applebees, Dominos, Phatty McGees, and Limos by Hess. Dice enjoyed her spring break and brought home a collection of seashells and memories.

ing for the trip. Walker also said that Triple A Travel booked the trip and gave them a great discount to make this all easier to accomplish. In addition to these great prizes, KBHU makes contests a regular part of their broadcasts. For example, every Wednesday afternoon they give one lucky caller a free meal from sponsoring businesses in the area, because they understand that college students are always hard up for a good meal and they want to help. The station’s next big contest is geared toward high school students, in which one lucky student and his or her date will go to prom for free – with everything paid for including the dress, tux, and flowers. Who knows what will be offered next as the station’s next big prize. Stay tuned to The Buzz on 89.1 FM for more details.

Lifelong Learning Classes offered to campus, community Classes teach about health, e-mail and small business basics Courtesy University Communications

Black Hills State University is offer ing a variety of lifelong learning courses this spring. Classes offered include: Take Two Apples, Exercise and Call Me in the Morning; Outlook Email; and Small Business Basics. Take Two Apples, Exercise, and Call Me in the Morning is a nutritional class to be offered Mondays, April 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center. This class will focus on using food to restore and protect your health. Cost is $59 with an option for a Young Center pass during the class times for $10. Instructors are Michelle Buxton and Kyle Atchley. Topics in the Outlook Email class include an introduction to email; signing

up for an account; logging into the account and checking email; composing email; using address books; junk mail filtering; using folders; and performing account maintenance. This class is scheduled for Saturday, March 29 from 9-11 a.m. in Jonas Hall room 201. The cost is $19 and Ryan Ogan, computer support analyst at the BHSU computer center, will be the instructor. Small Business Basics includes three separate classes: Business Plan, Tuesday, April 8; Basic Forms, Tuesday, April 15; and Understanding Financial Statements, Tuesday, April 22. All classes will be held in Jonas Hall room 110 from 7-9 p.m. The cost is $19 per two-hour class. Participants may register for as many of the classes as they wish. Instructors for these small business classes are BHSU College of Business professors Priscilla Romkema, Liz Diers and Verona Beguin. Sheila Aaker, coordinator of extended services at BHSU, encourages interested people to register early for the classes. “Early registration helps avoid disappointment when classes fill quickly,” Aaker said. Students may register for classes up

until one week before the class is scheduled to start. Tuition fees must be paid when registering. Students may register by phone at 642-6771, by fax at 642-6031, by

mail at BHSU, Extended Services, 1200 University Unit 9508, Spearfish, SD 57799-9508, or by stopping in the office in Woodburn Hall room 219.

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Math and Science scholars program created Vanessa Kitzler Staff Writer

Recently the Center for the Advancement of Mathematics and Science Education (CAMSE) at Black Hills State University established a new program to benefit students with particular interests in math and science. The program entitled “The Distinguished Scholars Program” is a means for BHSU undergraduates to further their knowledge of math and science. The program is directed primarily towards current and prospective math, science, and education majors, but any student with an interest in math, science or education is encouraged to participate. The “Distinguished Scholars Program” is administered by CAMSE and is based on a series of

thought provoking, informal seminars. The seminars offer examples of innovative teaching and learning techniques; they focus on a variety of topics varying from building an electric motor with simple supplies to critiquing videotaped class instructions. Two-thirds of the discussions will focus on math and science concepts; the remaining one-third will target learning related issues. “Distinguished Scholars is a handsprogram where students get to try out different math and science problems,” explains Vicki Kapust, the assistant director of the program. Kapust, who specializes in innovative math teaching, works along side Director Ben Sayler, and Assistant Director Andy Johnson, who both specialize in deeper science learning, to produce the seminars.

The purpose of this new program is to introduce fundamental issues in math and science and also to provide a suitable environment for scholars to meet one another and get aquainted with the faculty. There are various benefits to students enrolled in this program. “I think the program is very beneficial, we look at how we teach and learn ways to make it better,” explains program participant Katrina Jensen a junior at BHSU. Participant Elizabeth Verhey, a BHSU sophomore, says, “The program is wonderful, I love the fields. It has helped me better deal with students and people.” Participants in the program also are eligible to apply for special CAMSE scholarships and receive first priority work-study and summer employment opportunities at the CAMSE center. Students who attend 36 hours of semi-

nars (24 sessions) during their undergraduate careers and who graduate with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher will be deemed Distinguished Scholars upon graduation. In addition, students who participate in at least 4 sessions within a given semester will receive a stipend of $10 per session. Thus far the program has had a good response, “We have received positive feedback from the program. Students are bringing their friends” remarks Kapust. The program is viewed as a valuable asset to teachers at all levels from K-12 and beyond. There is a constant need for higher quality of math and science teacher in today's schools and Black Hills State University's Center for the Advancement of Mathematics and Science Education is working toward meeting those needs.

“Two by Two” floods audience with laughs and music Vanessa Kitzler Staff Writer

Recently the Black Hills State University Theatre and Music Department performed the musical “Two by Two,” a musical that chronicles the biblical story of Noah and the Ark before, during, and after the flood. The musical was performed Feb 20 through 23 at the BHSU Theatre in Spearfish. The cast was comprised of a talented list of eight players from the Black Hills State area including: Isaac Waring as Noah; Kristine Anne Schaffer playing Noah’s wife Ester; Nic Hansen, Mike Waring, and Jonas Lynch playing Noah’s three sons Japheth, Shem, and Ham; Teresa D. Addington, Andrea Farr, and Sara Goeden portraying their wives Leah, Rachel, and Goldie. Packed with laughs and some tears, the program included nineteen different musical numbers and even had the aid of a small orchestra. The set was adorned with impressive, life-like scenery ranging from a simple farm scene to an actual on stage ark. When asked about the intricate set of “Two By Two” senior BHSU cast member Teresa Addington, who also acted as the Crew Chief of Scenery for the musical, explained, “There were a lot of people working on the set: students, artists, and cast members. It took a lot of Saturdays to build.” The actors performed with Theatrical Direction by Al Sandau and Musical Direction by Steve Parker. When asked about his overall experience with the musical, cast member Isaac Waring, a junior at BHSU, stated, “This musical has been my favorite production at BHSU thus far because of the interaction of the cast. There was perfect chemistry on and off stage.” Waring also added, “Everyone had a wonderful sense of humor.” Truly, this musical was a product of much time spent. With its showcase of talent, array of scenery and great direction both theatrically and musically, the audience was given quite a treat.

Job fair to be held on campus March 27 Emily Varland Staff Writer

Ahh yes, the sun is shining and Spring is in the air, which means Summer is creeping up like that pair of undersized underwear you insist on keeping. And it is the perfect time to begin looking for a summer job or internship. For most college students summer consists of little fun and a lot of work. But, what if your summer job allowed you to actually have fun and relax and you still got paid for it?! Oh yes, these jobs are out there and the first place to look for them is at the Black Hills State Career Center. The Career Center, located in the downstairs of the Student Union, offers mounds of information on summer jobs from camp counselors to McDonald’s employees and everything in between. The Career Center also has a website linked off of the BHSU website, where every job listing is available to browse and learn more about. The website also includes listings for internships and jobs nationwide. So about these “fun” jobs, there will be a Summer Fun Job Fair on March 27 in the Jacket Legacy Room, located in the Student Union, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Many different businesses, restaurants, and parks will have booths at the fair to interview and speak with students interested in a “fun” summer job. Booths will include: Black Hills Mining Museum, Black Hills Passion Play, Children’s Home Society, Custer State Park, Midnight Star, Wall Drug, and Spearfish Canyon Lodge.

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In late February talented BHSU students teamed up to present the musical “Two By Two,” a spin on the biblical story of Noah and the Ark. The production included 19 musical numbers and a small orchestra.

Formal provides chance to dance the night away Jennifer Schnabel Staff Writer

Girls in beautiful dresses, guys in suits, a live band and a catered dinner all have one thing in common. No, it is not a flashback to high school prom, it is BHSU's first semi-formal dinner dance. A night of dinner, dancing and fun is planned for Saturday, Mar. 22 in the Jacket Legacy Room of the Student Union. The Residence Hall Association has been playing with the idea of a formal dance for a couple of years. “The idea for a formal has been circulating for a few years,” Jennifer Riehl, RHA president and Dinner Dance chairperson said. “We know that many other Universities have formals, but we were missing one.” The doors will open at 6 p.m., with dinner served at 6:30. Students have the option of ham or prime rib for dinner. Baked potatoes, salads and bread will also be served. The band, Straight, No Chaser, will start playing at 6 p.m. and will play through the dance, which ends at 10 p.m.. The local band was chosen after RHA members had a chance to listen to them play. They play a combination of jazz, swing, soft rock and country music. The BHSU photography club, Shutterbuzz, will also be taking and selling pictures at the dance as a fundraiser.

“I am looking forward to getting dressed up,” Rachel Bratten, a freshman planning to attend the dance said. “It will be fun to have something different to do on a weekend.” Tickets for the event went on sale on Feb. 24, and as of Mar. 10, there were only 13 tickets remaining. Prices for tickets are $20 for a couple and $11 for an individual, but this amount only covers dinner; RHA is contributing approximately $1,000 to fund the dance. RHA had 120 tickets produced for the event, but does not think there will be any problem selling the remaining tickets and are expecting the event to be completely sold out. “I am not surprised at the response,” Riehl said. “I was expecting this kind of interest in the dinner dance and I am really excited for it. I personally guarantee fun for all who attend. Next year, the ticket prices will probably be a little higher; hopefully we can turn it into a fundraiser.” If you are looking for a reason to get dressed up, a special event for your significant other or just something different to do on the weekend, stop by the Residence Life office in Woodburn and pick up your tickets before they are sold out. But, if students looking to attend the dance find that all the tickets are gone, they should not give up. The Buzz, BHSU’s radio station has tickets to give away to 10 lucky students.


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earning the highest physical fitness scores. She also earned the state of South Dakota Distinguished Service Award. As a food specialist, her main job is to make sure the soldiers are fed, which may seem like a small task, but it is of utmost importance. She is responsible for making sure there are enough rations for everyone and she determines whether the soldiers eat a hot or cold meal. She keeps the troops healthy by keeping them fed, and she boosts morale with her optimistic attitude. It is no surprise then that Beringer was nominated to participate in a competition that would lead to being named South Dakota Soldier of the Year. She started the challenge at the company level and advanced through the battalion and group levels, facing a new military board of judges each time, to get to the state level. Beringer is the first soldier from the 842nd Engineering Co. to make it to state. Here she competed against four other individuals in an intense question-and-answer review by leading sergeants and majors, who Beringer refers to as “The Big Wigs.” She was judged not only on her past work and how she answered difficult questions requiring advanced knowledge of military information; she was also judged on what is known as military bearing – her ability to present herself professionally and live up to the military’s reputation. Beringer was nervous and it was a challenge to keep her composure throughout the barrage of questions, but, she says, it is “always a good feeling when it’s over.” She obviously did well and was deservingly honored as Soldier of the Year. Beringer is proud of the accomplishment and, of course, the positive effect it will have on her resume. She has also made some valuable connections through the experience. There were some difficulties getting to the competition, such as weather prohibiting helicopter transportation and engine trouble in a Suburban on the way to Pierre, but Beringer was in good hands all the way. South Dakota State National Guard Command Sergeant Major Michael Birnbaum got her to the competition safely; throughout everything, Beringer made a good impression on Birnbaum and he is making it possible for her to get an early promotion to an E-5 sergeant. It usually takes Guard members about five years to reach that promotion; Beringer is on her way after only two years. The promotion comes along with new circumstances, however. Beringer is one of more than 20 university students in her unit who have been activated. Beringer will be promoted when she is deployed. The sudden orders have hindered some of her plans; she was scheduled to continue on to San Antonio, Texas, and compete to become Soldier of the Year for the western United States, but she will now be unable to meet that particular challenge. The special circumstances may allow her to compete next year if she is back in time. Beringer has also had to

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drop all of her classes this semester at BHSU; students can sympathize with the frustration at working half way through the semester and then having to drop it all and receive no credit. Beringer just takes it all in stride, though, and keeps on going with a smile. “There’s nothing you can do about it, so why be upset about it?” she asks. Instead, she looks ahead to the new challenge with anticipation. She said she is physically and mentally prepared. “I’ve decided I’m just going to make an adventure out of it and do everything I can to keep a positive outlook,” she said. Even though she sees deployment as a new adventure, she wants people – especially war protesters – to realize that the threat to America’s safety is not a matter to be taken lightly. “We (soldiers) are not doing it for the fun of it – we’re doing it so [future] kids can have freedom.” South Dakota’s Soldier of the Year and other soldiers are willing and ready to do all they can to prevent any danger to America’s safety.

Clockwise from top left: Black Hills State University junior and South Dakota Soldier of the Year Tricia Beringer is a member of the 842nd Engineer Company of the S.D. Army National Guard that was activated in a ceremony at the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center in Spearfish March 14, 2003. Beringer salutes Commander Wyatt Hansen after accepting her promotion to an E-5 sergeant. The promotional ceremony was held later that same day. Beringer stands proud to accept sergeant status while Hansen (right) and her father, Jim Beringer, attach pins to her lapel. Beringer reached the sergeant level after only two years of service in the National Guard.

BHSU student eager to pursue S.D. National Guard commitment Junior Wellness major Amber Fitzpatrick plans to sign on with the S.D. National Guard this October, a decision prompted by recent events overseas. Tyler Hoffart Assistant Editor

Her small, foreign-made car digs pathetically at the heavy snow. A blinding white covers the ground in every direction and a periodic buzz from the small engine fills the air. Amber Fitzpatrick, BHSU junior, is stuck in the Donald E. Young Center parking lot. A recent storm has blanketed the area with snow and now Fitzpatrick rocks her Hyundai Accent back and forth, inch by inch. Then a nudge – slight, but noticeable. She glances up and her rearview mirror is painted with camouflage. And soon two members of the Army National Guard 842nd Engineer Company have helped Amber Fitzpatrick find traction and perhaps, a new direction.

“I thought that was pretty cool,” For your country? says Fitzpatrick, smile wide as usual. “I “Yeah.” ended up talking to them for awhile Fitzpatrick has not officially signed about the Guards. I had been thinking on however. For the Army National Guard about it some, then one one must be day I decided I needed to under a certain do it.” level of body fat As we all attempt to percentage, and ’m not about the money. continue normally I want to do this for myself, for Fitzpatrick was through our daily lives less than one perduring a wary time, there the experience.” cent over the are those who pause for limit. ~Amber Fitzpatrick longer than usual on “They were CNN. There are those really great about who feel something withit,” she says. in them, something that “They were still tells them what they need to do. happy and said they had faith that I “I was watching T.V. one day and could do it.” all the things [war events] going on,” Fitzpatrick, now on a workout to help says Fitzpatrick. “And I got this intu- her lose a little weight, plans on signing ition that I should do something, that I in October of this year and will go to should get into it.” basic training next summer. She looks to So Fitzpatrick, a wellness major from be a bridge crewmember. “We get to blow Sturgis and BHSU track member, went to stuff up,” she laughs. recruiter Todd Otterberg a few week ago Yet there are those who doubt she will and told him she wanted to join. even go through with this. “Todd seemed surprised,” says “That is going to drive me a lot,” she Fitzpatrick. “He said not many people says. “I want to prove to everyone that I come in not asking about benefits and can do it.” just wanting to do it. I’m not about the She pauses for a moment; the honesty money. I want to do this for myself, for finds the right words. “I respect them the experience.” [soldiers] so much, just because they are


over there, they left everybody. They are defending our country.” Fitzpatrick, while looking forward to the benefits of joining, insists that no benefit is the reason for her decision. “It’s the experience of it. You can get out and broaden your friggin’ life by doing all this stuff. Why hold back, why not just do it?” While she remains steadfast on joining, Fitzpatrick admits this will be a great challenge. “I’m not a very adaptive person to change, and this is going to change things a lot. I’m going to have to leave for a whole summer and maybe more, when all my friends are here.” She continues, “But I’m still trying to find my place in the word, why not try everything that I can?” For now Fitzpatrick will continue school and looks forward to fighting fires again this summer for the Bureau of Land Management. Last summer she was part of an initial attack team in the Deadwood fire. “What’s up yo,” Fitzpatrick’s voice is heard around every corner of the Young Center, where she spends much of her time. “Hey Amber,” replies voice after voice, friend after friend. The snow is falling again and she walks out into the white, finding her traction, keeping her direction.

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Two soldiers from the last effort to oust Saddam Hussein and his regime from Iraq speak about their experiences and firsthand memories from a time much like now, with war on the horizon. The details of their stories serve as a reminder of the permanent scars of war.

Soldier recounts experience of distorted reality Mark Watson Staff Writer

It was Christmas Eve, 1990, and at 4 a.m. Spc. Stefan Maciech, now with the 235th Military Police Company, Rapid City, was standing in formation with his fellow soldiers. “They came out and asked for volunteers,” he recalled. “Three of us volunteered, the next day we were gone.” Maciech and the two other MPs filled vacant positions within the 92nd MP Company, already in Saudi Arabia. From there, he and his fellow MPs performed a variety of tasks from inspecting vehicles to pulling security, but his mission changed the day the ground war began. He became part of the “big left hook,” the force that swept around Iraqi forces in the 100-hour war. He got a taste of war as he followed the tanks of the 3rd Armored Division and was called upon to clear enemy bunkers time and time again. “We were always on the go,” he said. “We were right up there in the thick of things, it was definitely not what I expected. I thought it’d be great. I’d be able to see a different country. I didn’t realize at that young, 20 years old, I could die. Coming across T-72s (the Iraqi main battle tank) with a few bodies hanging out was an every day occurrence. There were some harried moments. I certainly don’t want to get shot at again.” He remembers the first time he got shot at. “If you’ve never been shot at you don’t know what it actually sounds like,”

Maciech said. “We could see the shooters, about 150 to 200 meters out but didn’t realize what was going on until someone told us we were being shot at and to fire back.” Maciech and fellow soldiers returned fire, but he didn’t elaborate whether or not the Iraqis were hit or not. He did say there were some good moments while he was over there. “When we were in Safwan which is just north of thought it would be the Kuwaiti border I went to an Iraqi wedgreat. I’d be able to see a ding,” he said. “There were a lot of good different country. I didn’t realize people in that town.” His high point of the war came when at that young, 20-years-old, I left the sand for a cruise ship, just off he could die.” Bahrain. After two and a half months without a shower and little sleep he said ~Spc. Stefan Maciech the ship was a enormous relief. “I was on the ship for three days,” Maciech said. “I was able to sleep in a real bed and eat real food. It was a big boost of motivation.” Finally, in early June 1991, Maciech returned to Germany. “The best memory I had over there was coming back,” Maciech said. “I stepped off the plane and thought, ‘Man, I’m back in reality.’ Iraq didn’t seem like reality to me.”


Gruesome memories from one soldier stationed in Saudi Arabia Mark Watson Staff Writer

The adage ‘war is hell’ is reality to Sgt. 1st Class Cres Tumangday. Mixed with several serious, near deadly events that can only be laughed at after the fact, Tumangday’s deployment to the Gulf region was miserable, dirty, and a memory he’d rather forget. His journey to the Saudi Arabian sand began on Christmas day, 1990. “It was late December and there was no kind of alert, so we didn’t think we would be going,” Tumangday said. “We got called on December 25. At the time we thought it was a joke. We thought, ‘who would give us the order on Christmas.’ The next day we went back to work and found out it was real.” For the next three days Tumangday and the 12th Engineer Company, 8th Infantry Division, worked around the clock, preparing their equipment and themselves for war. On New Year’s Eve the first flight of Tumangday’s unit left their home base in Germany and landed in Saudi. “We were excited and ready to go,” Tumangday said. While in the air, a scud alert was issued for the area where the planes were to touch down. They were sent to Jerusalem for the night. The next day they traveled the rest of the way to Daharan and landed at 9 p.m. “We down loaded at the wrong time,” he said. “It was then that the scud finally showed up. We all saw it coming and get hit by the patriot missile.” Although the missile was destroyed, the warhead exploded several miles from the airstrip. “We couldn’t find our MOPP gear (protective suits and masks),” he said. “Our masks were all in our duffel bags, and the bags all look the same, so it took us two hours to get on our gear. We thought we were all dead meat, in a body bag because if the scud was NBC capable, we would all be dead. We just didn’t have time to react.” Fortunately the missile did not carry chemicals and the soldiers traveled to an acclamation area where they would get used to the desert heat and cold. “The first night there, in Cement City, another scud came in and we struggled to get our gear on,” Tumangday said. “After that, we got smart. Before we went to bed we would get into our MOPP suits, so if a scud came in we only had to put our masks on and go back to sleep.” With the ground war growing closer, Tumangday was attached to the 1st Armored Division and left Cement City to a staging area where for three weeks,

he and his fellow soldiers practiced maneuvers, shooting, demolitions and the unexpected. “All day long we rehearsed,” he said. “If we weren’t shooting, we were blowing things up. We practiced everything in the day and then again at night. We practiced all the what if’s. ‘What if he gets hit, what if we lose that piece of equipment.’ Every single soldier knew what to do in every case.” Finally the day of the ground war came. The taskforce assembled into a formation as soon as the sun went down, Tumangday said. “When the division moved in formation, the ground shook,” he said. “I was in the front of the formation, and they told us that if you see tracks in front of you, that is the enemy.” When the taskforce came close to an enemy position, the A-10 Warthogs and the Apache helicopters would attack the Iraqis. he thing that “When they went in still gets me the most you could see the tracwas pulling out a ers and it looked like a woman still holding city with all the lights onto her baby.” from the explosions,” Tumangday said. When daylight ~Sgt. 1st Class Cres Tumangday came the soldiers stopped and held their position. Tumangday and his squad of engineers went to work destroying the enemy equipment. “All day long we would blow up every single vehicle,” he said. “We would have to blow the warheads and casings separately and then blow several parts of the vehicle at the same time. At the time we were rusty and on the first day we only destroyed a company sized element.” The combat engineers soon discovered a better way to destroy the enemy tanks. The Iraqi tanks are designed with the ammunition laced around the back of the tank, Tumangday said.“We put an incendiary grenade on a casing, so when it began to burn it would melt a casing,” Tumangday said. “That casing would begin to leak powder onto other casings and start them to melt. It started a chain reaction, and the entire tank would literally melt.” Now the squad could destroy a company in an hour. After the 100 hours of combat, Tumangday spent three more days destroying equipment before being sent to Kuwait City for a miserable job. “We had to clean up the highway of death,” Tumangday said. “It was a long road full of dead


bodies and burnt vehicles,” he said. “There was a mix of military and civilians in the vehicles.” Tumangday speculated that when the A-10s attacked military targets on the road civilians became mixed between enemy targets and a chain reaction occurred destroying both soldiers and civilians. “We saw a lot of dead bodies,” Tumangday said. “The first day there we didn’t want to do it. It is hard to tell a soldier to do it. This is the most difficult job to do. You are pulling charred bodies out. You are pulling bodies apart. It is not fun, but the more we complained and did nothing the longer we would be there.” For an entire week Tumangday and fellow soldiers pulled body after body from the destroyed vehicles. “The thing that still gets me the most was pulling out a woman still holding onto her baby,” Tumangday said. A morbid bit of humor came one day when Tumangday saw a dead Iraqi. “He looked just like one of our soldiers,” Tumangday said. “We were like, ‘What are you doing here?’ They looked alike. Their hair, the color of their skin looked the same. The only thing different was the uniform, so we made a joke of it saying ‘you’re dead but you are still here.’” Making jokes was the only way to maintain their sanity Tumangday said. For an entire month Tumangday said he could only eat bread and crackers. Any meat reminded him of the horror. Finally, in late April he and his troops returned to Germany. “We had no one killed or hurt in our unit, so that was good,” Tumangday said. “I hated that place. I hated Saudi. I hated our mission. The only thing I brought back was my uniform. I just want to put it to the side and forget about it.” The soldiers said there are several things that soldiers who are heading to the Gulf region can do to make their comfort level greater. “Bring plenty of baby wipes,” Maciech said. “You don’t know when you are going to get your next shower.” And after two and a half months of nothing but baby wipe baths he said he was more than ready for a real shower. He also said drink plenty of water. “At one point or another, half the platoon was laid up for two or three days with an IV in their arm.” Tumangday said to get ready before an alert. “Keep up on your paperwork,” he said. He gave more tips for the threat of chemical war. “We know Saddam is NBC capable,” he said. “I know it’s a pain in the butt, but keep your survival equipment handy. In Vietnam, the rule was always keep your weapon within an arm’s reach. Now, keep your ICE bag with-

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BHSU grad studies in Antarctica explained that one form of nematode that most people recognize is the heartworm, which is a less desirable form. The nematodes are dormant in the soil Jennifer Mercer, a 1997 graduate of Black Hills State University who recently until the conditions are warm or moist earned her Ph.D. in earth sciences from enough, then they wake and feed, accordDartmouth, is now doing post-doctoral ing to Mercer. “So, we just collect big research in Antarctica. Mercer’s studies bags of soil and bring them back to the lab. Then we put some water on the soil and focus on organic geochemistry. Her latest travel adventure is one of wake the worms up. When we put them many far away sites she has visited to con- under the microscope, they are moving around and feeding on whatever they duct research including can find! They are quite cute under a Hawaii and the microscope,” she said. South China Mercer started out her new year t first glance Sea, as well as it seems that there is near the South Pole, which has been sites all over the an interesting experience for her United States. no life anywhere in already. Besides the actual research, She once spent a Antarctica.” she has also made time for other month on a unusual activities there. She ‘sur~Jennifer Mercer vived’ survival school which includFrench vessel collecting ocean ed a night in a snow hut, ran in a 4.5sediment along mile road race and participated in a the western Pacific margin (in the areas of alternative arts gala that featured art pieces Taiwan, Japan, China and Russia). and costumes made from trash. A native of Mercer, who is originally from South Dakota, Mercer compared the Spearfish, is in the frozen continent for six weather during the road race to conditions weeks studying the dry valleys that are she remembers in her home state. believed to be the one place on Earth that ‘The weather wasn’t the greatest since may be most like the planet Mars. it was snowing and the wind was blowing Dr. Steve Anderson, BHSU profes- in our faces for the 2.5 miles of uphill sor, credits Mercer for her achievements [running]. It was exactly like a winter in and encourages other students to, “Think South Dakota,” Mercer said. big and make the most of their educaMercer said sleeping in a snow hut tions.” He remembers that Mercer first was very cold at first but after changing came to BHSU to, “Learn something into dry clothes and eating a ‘bumper bar,’ about photography,” and in the process she was nice and toasty the rest of the discovered her interest and passion for night. “A ‘bumper bar’ is some sort of science research. New Zealand concoction like a power bar, “Jen never limited herself,” Anderson but the first ingredient is butter, followed said. “Before she knew it, she was a sci- by several types of sugar – it’s pure enerence major and ended up doing ocean gy. To stay warm you have to eat and drink research in Hawaii, the South China Sea, constantly so that your metabolism has and has traveled the world. In the process something to burn and so that you’re propshe was able to not only do the science, but erly hydrated,” Mercer explained. kept her interest in photography and has Mercer returned to her alma mater last photographed some of the most interesting semester to speak to Anderson’s geology landscapes anywhere on Earth.” students before heading to Antarctica. She Anderson said that only a small num- plans to continue this research, eventually ber of scientists ever make it to Antarctica, extend her studies to the Arctic, and is which is a significant place to do research looking at the possibility of teaching colfor a number of reasons. lege courses in the near future. “Antarctica contains over 90 percent Mercer said she always enjoyed sciof the planet‘s fresh water, despite being a ence classes as an elementary student and desert environment,” Mercer said. became especially interested in geology in Ironically it is also quite possible to die the eighth grade. However, she started from dehydration if you do not have the BHSU with plans for a journalism major. tools to thaw the plentiful water. “It was during the spring of my freshMercer is studying organic com- man year when I realized that I should pounds in the dry valleys of Antarctica to really become a scientist,” Mercer said. figure out where the organic carbon that She was taking Dr. Steve Anderson’s supports the modern-day ecosystems orig- physical geology class at the time and inally comes from. after a period of serious consideration, she “At first glance it seems that there is changed her major and the course of her no life anywhere in Antarctica; in fact, the life. morphology has been compared to that of “I’ve the planet Mars. However, there is a very always ‘ve always felt interesting microscopic community where felt that that my education at a nematode (a microscopic worm) is the my eduBHSU was an integral cation at king of the food chain. It is unclear where part of my success.” the organic material that supports the B H S U ecosystem originated. I can extract the was an organic compounds from the soils and ~Jennifer Mercer i n t e g r a l look for signals from ancient plants that part of have been eroded out of rocks by the glacmy suciers, or signals from algae, oceanic matercess. I ial and particles from dust that may have had professors in the arts and sciences blown over from other continents,” Mercer who were phenomenal in the classroom said explaining her work. and supportive of students interests. She is currently involved in a project Faculty at BHSU are among the best prowhich focuses on the collection and study fessors I’ve seen anywhere. They far surof three species of this microscopic worm. pass the quality of my Ivy League profesThe project is part of a Long Term sors in graduate school,” Mercer stated. Ecological Research (LTER) program and Mercer also credits the university for is under the direction of Dr. Diana Wall at providing exceptional research opportuniColorado State University and Dr. Ross ties to undergrad students. “One of the Virginia at Dartmouth College. best things about BHSU is that there is a “Nematodes are everywhere on the lot of opportunity for students to get planet, even in all plants and animals. Yes, involved in research and hands-on experieach of you has nematodes in your body, ence. These types of experiences are usuand you can’t deny it – you even have sev- ally given to graduate students at larger eral species,” Mercer writes. She schools, so students from BHSU have a Courtesy University Communications



leg up on research experience by the time they graduate,” Mercer said. As Mercer looks back on her educational experience, she encourages other students to explore their options, make the most of their experiences and not limit themselves. “Take every opportunity you have to expand your experiences in life. You’ll be amazed at the times when some past experience comes in handy and gives you an advantage,” Mercer said. Courtesy Photo

Jennifer Mercer braves the cold of Antarctica for the sake of science. She has spent many nights camping in the frigid weather, while doing research. Mercer compares the arctic weather to South Dakota winters.

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Small-town relationships through a photographer’s eye knew - her family, who were always there and willing. She quickly focused on her 16-year-old sister Brandy, a “troubled America has a stereotypical idea of teen” who shaves her head and wears what life in a small town in the Midwest spiked collars. She also photographs her should be like: lots of farms, strictly reli- 18-year-old sister Josie, who she calls gious families, and good, wholesome, Mo, and whose face is not seen in the down-to-earth children. But photographer current show. Polenz was originally interested in her Jessie Polenz grew up in the small town of Hill City in the Midwest state of South sisters’ relationships with themselves, Dakota, and life was actually quite differ- especially the rebellious Brandy. She expanded to study relationships between ent from the standard stereotype. Polenz photographs people she calls two people when her sisters started dating equally as interest“troubled teens” and ing boyfriends, shows the truthful Casey, 17, and image of what she sees ith photography, I Quincy, 19. Polenz as life in a small town. like people (as subject matter) photographs the Her latest work is curcouples together and rently on display in the because I think they show also the young men Photographer’s Gallery more emotion.” individually. Quincy in the basement of Jonas on the Black Hills State ~Jessie Polenz can be distinguished by his curly hair and University campus. crystal necklace, Polenz is a 21-yearold senior at BHSU with a double major in while Casey stands apart with dark makeart and English and minors in photography, up and black tape covering his nipples. writing and philosophy. She found her Polenz is not only interested in her sisters’ interest in photography through her art relationships with men, but also her own major when she was required to take the relationship with her sisters. “I’m just trying to get in and underbeginning black and white class with Associate Professor Steve Babbitt. She stand them,” she said. She is not used to continued to pursue the art form and has thinking of her younger sisters as having developed her own distinctive style that boyfriends, so she wants to understand stands her apart from other photographers. how they feel in a relationship. But what do these pictures of young “I think art is pretty subjective,” Polenz said. “For me, and especially in rebels say about small-town life? “Life in Hill City is really not all that my art, there has to be some sort of content there. Completely abstract (art) just fascinating,” Polenz said, “and I think doesn’t do it for me... With photography, I they’re rebelling against that and trying like people (as subject matter) because I to get somewhere and do something, and think they show more emotion. I think be somebody.” Polenz likes how her images contrathere’s more in the photograph if there dict the small-town stereotype, because are people in it.” Polenz started off like any other pho- people in Hill City do not wander around tographers by taking pictures of what she in farmer overalls. The people she pho-

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photo by Jessie Polenz

This photograph by BHSU senior Jessie Polenz was selected in a college competition for publication in a book by Nikon and Photographer’s Forum. The image shows Polenz’s sister, Brandy, and her boyfriend, Casey, in an intimate moment. Polenz and three other BHSU photographers will be included in the book, but Polenz’s work can currently be seen in the basement of Jonas. tographs are the opposite of the stereotype of life in Hill City, and she likes that because it is different. With the particular people she photographs and her gritty, black and white prints, Polenz displays a collection of provocative images that most find intriguing and others may find offensive. Though she does not find her own work offensive, she does realize that others may not approve of the unintentional message implied by nudity, spiked collars, piercings, and the way in which the subjects are posed or lighted. Besides, these are not normal relationships seen in most photographs. Polenz and Babbitt even decided to cut some pieces in the show that could be seen as too suggestive due to the fact that South Dakota is a pretty conservative state and since there was also an open house for the new Jonas basement while

her work was on display. Besides any possible controversy, Polenz’s show has been otherwise successful and has received positive feedback. Polenz has also recently gained national recognition by being selected for publication by Nikon and Photographer’s Forum in a college photography competition. The piece selected is included in the Jonas display and shows Brandy lying next to Casey, kissing his shoulder. The image captures a very intimate moment, but is somewhat disrupted by Brandy’s spiked collar. Polenz is one of four BH students to be accepted for the highly-reputable publication; other students accepted are Mandi Mutchler and April Mol, and John Engelbrecht received an honorable mention. A more in-depth story on this competition will be in a later issue of the Today Newspaper.

Everclear proves more to follow “Afterglow” BJ Jurgenson Staff Writer

Where do all the porn stars go when they get old and gravity sets in? A question that has no doubt plagued the philosophy club at BHSU. One theory comes from Everclear’s sixth Album ‘Slow Motion Daydream.’ The Portland postgrunge rock band is a quick listen the first time around. It’s easy to tell an Everclear song by the power chords and harmony in the beginning of the song. Hearing the beginning of a CD never listened to before, one can already tell Art Alexakis is behind it. If you are a fan of Everclear, you will already like this album. If you hated their last two albums like most everybody else did, you need to forget about them, and pretend that ‘Slow Motion Daydream’ starts where ‘So Much for the Afterglow’ (their fourth album) left off. There is no over produced violin murdering this album, thank God. Somebody must have sat the band down and made them listen to their first three albums, reminding them that they are a rock band, not a pop band. The songs themselves have the same four count, straight rock harmony that made ‘Santa Monica’ famous. But listening to the words, Everclear put out an album that is mature, but doesn’t put the band in the “please retire” group yet. Their first single ‘Volvo Driving Soccer Mom’ tells the story of an ex-stripper turned housewife that makes you feel like watching a John Hughes movie. The song even digs at Republicans, which is always a plus in my book. And as usual, there is as always a song about drug addiction, this time being ‘Sunshine’ with lyrics that sum up addiction in “you know I never thought a good time would turn into a lifestyle...” reminding us that eventually we need to put the bong down. All in all they keep up appearances in their latest album, but it still sits behind the glory of the good old days.

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Letters to the editor Last edition of the Today newspaper contained an ad submitted by the Socialist Party of South Dakota containing the phrase “If you AREN’T in the Service, DO NOT JOIN! If you ARE in the Service, DO NOT FIGHT!” Following are some comments made in regard to the ad:

What are your thoughts about President Bush’s speech on 3-17-03?

Statement depicts traditional Socialist Party USA stance

These problems exist all over the world and the United States does nothing about them. It is about something far more insidious. It is about nationalist ambition, where the United States desires to dictate to the world the course the world will take Dear Editor, from now on. National ambition is In response to the controversy responsible for the carnage of both surrounding the advertisement placed World Wars, as well as in Vietnam, in the name of the Socialist Party of Korea, Iran, Kuwait, and etc. As South Dakota in the last issue of the members of a society that claims to Today Newspaper, I have a few things love peace, it is our obligation to to say. oppose offensive military action for First, the recent advertisement did the purpose of extending our hegemonot reflect the views of all the mem- ny over other parts of the world. Here bers of our Party local. The decision is the opportunity for the people of that was made to place the advertise- this nation, (who will not gain a single ment as printed was made to meet a thing by having an American General deadline, and merely represented the in charge of Iraq for AT LEAST two opinion of the Chairman and several years, propped up by the poor who members of the State Party. However, serve in the ranks of our military), to the advertisement accurately reflects stand up and say “ENOUGH.” the TRADITIONAL position of the Last, as a member of a free sociSocialist Party USA. This has been ety, I have the “social responsibility” the stance of the Party from at least to voice my opinion and encourage World War I, where the Secretary of debate on the topics that my governour Party was incarcerated for pub- ment chooses to pursue, as vigorously lishing pamphlets that urged people to as I deem necessary. To not voice my resist the draft. concerns and question the policies of Second, having been a Non- the Government apparatus of this Commissioned Officer in the Marine Nation would be far more treacherous Corps, I believe that it is the duty of than any fifty advertisements of the all those sworn to protect and defend sort in question. Free speech is what the Constitution to also defend the is at issue here, not whether I caused spirit of that docuany sort of disment. It is the obligaruption in any tion of ALL under sort of war s a member of a effort, as notharms to resist illegal and unjust orders. free society, I have the ‘social ing I say will This is a precedent set responsibility’ to voice my change the in both Nuremberg opinion and encourage debate course of this and Vietnam, and on the topics that my governG ove r n m e n t , holds to this day. I ment chooses to pursue...” determined as firmly believe that the it is to go to coming war is illegal war. Anyone and unjust, and I have seen no evi- who seeks to stop me from practicing dence to the contrary, as my these freedoms, whether it be other Government is deliberately keeping citizens, the police or the Government all that evidence secret. I firmly is treating me exactly the same way believe any order to fire on Iraqi peo- that the current Administration demople to be illegal and unjust and there- nizes Saddam Hussein for treating the fore have a moral obligation to call all citizens of Iraq. of those in service to do their duty and resist all unjust orders. Serenely, Third, I do not believe that the William Stodden coming war is about oil, or weapons BHSU Senior and Member of the of mass destruction, or genocide. Socialist Party of South Dakota

The President seemed pompous, and I don’t agree with him going against the UN, but he is our President and I still support him. ~Renae Summers Junior Pretty predictable. I wasn’t too suprised by his comments. It was an overall bummer. I also don’t like the fact that they played the speech during the Simpsons. ~Mike Munro Senior I thought the speech went fairly well and that Bush is doing his job and that the UN is not living up to their function.


Ad lacked Party approval; response not unanimous Dear Editor, In the last issue of the Today Newspaper an advertisement was placed under the auspices of the Socialist Party of South Dakota. This ad was not approved by all or a majority of the members of the Socialist Party of South Dakota or the local Spearfish chapter. Instead, the advertisement was placed and paid for solely by one member of our party who attached our group’s name to it. That said, the local Spearfish chapter of the Socialist Party of South Dakota unanimously supports

~Jeremy Alley Junior

I don’t agree with Bush speaking for the entire world as a whole. ~Paige Miller Senior

every part of the advertisement, but does not show same page as the separate Lorax Society ad, advocatunanimity with the line “if you are in the service, do ing peace and that week’s peace march, this decision not fight.” Some of us agreed was made by the two individuals with the line, and some of us who placed the ads and was not a did not. This line may have decision of the Today Newspaper n the end, we feel that it was or the Lorax Society (itself not a made people think or emounfortunate this ad was not cleared socialist organization) as a group tionally jump sides. In the end, we feel that it through the proper channels.” itself. was unfortunate this ad was However, the real issue here is not cleared through the proper channels. However, it is not the advertisement or the one line. It is the possibilstill an exercise of free speech, and not efforts should ity of an unjust war and the attempt to impose the will be made to curb that right. Freedom of speech is not of a few elites in this country on a weak country by pitjust a right guaranteed by the constitution, but we ting working class people against one another. believe it is an innate and natural right which should be exercised to its fullest. Socialist Party of South Dakota As far as the advertisement being placed on the Official Response of the Spearfish Local


Sports BHSU Today

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March 20, 2003

10 earn All-American in track Chelsey Anderson Staff Writer

photo by Toni Kucera

Greg Starr pulls ahead in the mile to finish second at the DAC-10 indoor track meet on Feb. 21.

Over spring break 10 BHSU Track Athletes earned All-American Honors at the 2003 NAIA National Track Championships in Johnson City, Tenn., accumulating 16 honors total in seven events. Coach Walkinshaw felt that the teams exceeded their expectations and did an outstanding job. The women’s team had a strong finish with 12th place. “We had some great performances,” commented senior Jesse Palczewski. The women’s Distance Medley Relay team of Nikki Underwood, Jenna Bachand, Lisa Collogan, and Jesse Palczewski earned All-American Honors for the third year photo by Toni Kucera by placing 5th with the time of 12:29:06. Freshman Leah Willard flies in the women’s pole vault at the DAC-10. The women’s 4x800m relay team of Ashley Cordell, Nikki Underwood, Lisa Collogan, and Michelle Edwards also and Greg Starr earned All-American earned their third consecutive All- Honors by placing 6th with the time of American Honors by placing 3rd with 10:17:76; it was the third consecutive the time of 9:18:21. year the men’s DMR has earned AllFour school records were broken by American honors. Senior Starr had an outstanding individual performances. outstanding race placing 5th in the mile defensive tackle, played for Coach Scott Jesse Palczewski took 2nd place in the with the time of 4:16:52, earning his Allwhile in high school in Gillette. “I think 3000m with the time of 10:16:94. Nikki American Honors. that Coach can really turn the program Underwood placed 6th in the 1000m “Everyone seemed to step up to the around. His mindset is on his goals, and with the time of 2:59:05. Lisa Collogan competition and compete well,” said he will push us,” Didier said. placed 5th in the 600m with the time of Trent Mack. Walkinshaw felt that all of Coach Scott has already begun build1:36:96. Jenna Bachand placed 7th in the the Athletes had an outstanding season. ing the new program with team meetings, triple jump by jumping 37’1/2”. The Track Athletes will open their outrecruitment efforts and team workouts. When asked about her performance door season on March 22 in Rapid City. Coach Scott stated, “The weight program Nikki Underwood said, “I had some Prior to national action, the teams is the core commitment in football, that is tough competition, but I reached most of performed very well in the DAC-10 why we will lift as a team.” It is evident my goals. I feel I had a good end to my indoor track meet on Feb. 21. The that Coach Scott has a strong commitindoor track career.” women placed second, losing out on a ment to his team. “I know everyday I get “The men’s team competed well,” top spot by 10.5 points, and the men finup, I’m trying to do something to make commented Walkinshaw. The men’s ished third, despite one of the best disthis football team better,” he said. Distance Medley Relay team of Luke tance runners in the nation, Dennis Chris Albers, a junior defensive back, Watkins, Trent Mack, Patrik Moriarty, Newell, not running. has high hopes for this upcoming season. “I think Coach Scott is going to be a great coach. He already has us in the weight room and he has a hard work ethic. I think he has brought a brand new attitude to BH football,” Albers said. Scott has a set of his own goals for this upcoming season but said “Our team leaders will form the goals of this team and the direction they will go.” Those team leaders will be the returning seniors who will ultimately enforce the goals so they are achieved. The team has already started their workout program as well as regular study sessions to help improve academics. Scott feels that hard work and discipline on and off the field are extremely important. “Once my athletes leave the doors of Black Hills State University, I want there to be another set of doors opening for them in life because of the academic and football experience.”

BHSU gets new football coach Nikki Underwood and Lauren Beyersdorf Staff Writers

With the recent resignation of the Black Hills State University football coach Bob Majeski, who was coach for four years, BHSU was in serious need of a coach to head a program that was in limbo. That coach turned out to be Coach John Scott (above), a man with a history of coaching football and an empowering attitude towards his players. Coach Scott grew up in Kemmer, Wyoming where he was an active participant in high school sports. After graduating in 1977, Scott went on to play college football at the University of Sioux Falls, which eventually opened the doors to his first coaching job. He attributes his love and inspiration for coaching to his high school football coach. “I love it,” Coach Scott stated in regards to his passion of football. Scott coached for three years at the University of Sioux Falls before receiving his Masters degree at the University of North Dakota. Not only does he have college level experience but Scott has coached for Kemmer High School and Campbell County High School in Gillette, Wyoming, and constructed a program for a new high school in Colorado. Chris Didier, a sophomore

Sports BHSU Today

March 20, 2003

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photos by Toni Kucera and courtesy of University Communications

Sadly the basketball season has run out of steam. The men’s basketball team had a good run, earning them second place in the DAC-10 and a spot in the national tournament. Unfortunately, they were knocked out in the first round of national play. They finished the year with a record of 19-12. Photos of three seniors on the men’s team are, from top left: Lonni Gines, Aaron Valentine, and Josh Griffeth. The Lady Jackets played tough but had less success than the men this season. They were knocked out early in the DAC-10 playoffs, fell short of nationals, and completed the season 11-17. Players pictured are sophomore Joni Lunney (left) and senior Linn Jansson (far left). Even though the men’s last home game was a playoff over spring break, two fans (left, middle) still showed up all decked out.

Need a new body? Spring is the perfect time to get fit Amy Edwards Staff Writer

Spring will be upon us before we know it. Any plans on what to wear? How about a new body! Now is the time to start training and get fit for spring. Take the first step and set some fitness goals for yourself.

Next take a look at your diet. The Food Guide Pyramid can help you maintain a healthy and balanced diet. This plan recommends consuming six to 11 servings from the bread group, three to five servings from the vegetable group, two to four servings from the fruit group, two to three servings from the milk group, and

photo by April Mol

The Donald E. Young Center is a great place to get in shape for the Spring. The weight room is open from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.

two to three servings from the meat and poultry group, all on a daily basis. It is also recommended that the body receives eight to ten glasses of water daily. Now you are able to begin training. If you have already completed health and fitness classes at school, then use them to your benefit. If you have not completed beginner health information classes, stop waiting and get enrolled. It is important that you form a routine and stay motivated. Depending on your goals, your program may include weight training, a cardiovascular routine or both. Before you begin your workout, you should schedule a warm-up for five to ten minutes first. If you want to start weight training, it is important that you take it slow and ease your body into it. By keeping a record of your daily routine, you can track your progress. The following program was suggested by BHSU associate professor Rob Schurrer, who is also the acting chair

for the Department of Health and Physical Education: begin with weight training two to three times a week and schedule 30 to 40 minutes per session. You have the option of using free weights or machines; for beginners, weight machines are recommended. Start with three to five sets and complete ten to 15 repetitions (reps); again, start out light. Let your body rest in between sets. As you progress, you will be able to increase the weight or the number of reps. A cardiovascular workout should be included two to three times a week for 30 to 40 minutes per session. In a cardiovascular workout, be sure to increase your heart rate. If you are serious about getting in shape and dedicated to your routine, you should be able to see results in about four to six weeks. You will reach a point in your routine where you stop seeing results, indicating that you are in need of a new routine. For the best results, switch your routine every four to six weeks.

Farewell to the 842nd

Friends, family, and students were present on Friday, March 14, for the Activation Ceremony of the 842nd Engineering Company of the South Dakota National Guard. The event was held on campus in the Donald E.Young Center gymnasium. From top: the large crowd applauds the company after roll call; Mike Tiffany, Jade Harney, and Tim Johnston are three BHSU employees being sent with approximately 150 members in the units; Governor Mike Rounds delivers a speech to honor the soldiers; and the unit stands in formation while soldiers receive promotions in the field house later that day.

Photos by Toni Kucera Background by Mandi Mutchler

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Today. March 13, 2003. Student newspaper of the Black Hills State University.

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