Volume 130 | Issue 43
Tuesday March 26, 2013
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Fletcher and Watne Kushner a hit at conference prepare for goodbye YEAR REVIEW President and VP reflect on goals and outcome of term in Student Government. KAITLIN BEZDICEK THEDAKOTASTUDENT
Student Body President Logan Fletcher and Vice President Eric Watne are nearing the end of their term in one of the most visible leadership positions for UND students. In reflection, Fletcher and Watne say they used their term to fulfill a platform that would hopefully bring a new energy to Student Government through reinvestment, involvement, support and experience. “We brought in years of experience with Student Government and other organizations and put the knowledge we have to use,” Fletcher and Watne said in a joint email response. “A lot of the changes might not be visible for students until next year, but laying the groundwork for these changes is necessary.” Throughout the course of their term, the two saw a lot of accomplishment in reinvestment. Fletcher chaired a committee to evaluate
how student fees are allocated within Student Government programs as well as throughout the grander university system. “Taking part in this process was a great step along the way to Student Fees going to the essential areas of campus to benefit students,” Fletcher said. “I believe our Student Senators did a much better job of communicating fee spending to their constituents than has been done in the past.”
Putting fees to use A student body survey aided the team in determining students’ interests for the Readership Program — a program that uses fees to purchase newspapers for students. “We feel we did very well working to rein-
The witty, charming and down-to-earth Tony Kushner appeared at the 2013 UND Writers Conference last week. In his career, Kushner has received a Pulitzer Prize for his best-known work, “Angels in America,” followed by a primetime Emmy and a Tony Award for its screen adaptation. He also has been nominated for a Golden Globe and was recently given his second Oscar nomination for his most recent work: the screenplay of the Steven Spielberg film, “Lincoln.” Kushner visited UND as a guest writer and appeared Friday at the Chester Fritz Auditiorium for “A Conversation with Tony Kushner” opposite philosophy professor, Jack Weinstein. For the full story, turn to page 7.
UND event encourages Senate funds concert, busing and website youth interest in science CHEMISTRY Children from Grand Forks elementary schools conduct experiments at UND. JAYE MILLSPAUGH THEDAKOTASTUDENT
A large group of local elementary school students gathered in Abbott Hall on Saturday afternoon to witness and try their hand at science. UND’s chemistry department hosted the fourth “Chemistry Fun Day” for local
children in grades 4-6 as a way to raise interest in chemistry and science. Complex experiments were demonstrated by UND chemistry students and faculty in Abbott Hall's lecture bowl, followed by simple hands-on experiments done in small groups in the lab so that the children could participate. “It's really fun. I love the part when we get to do stuff and see chemical reactions,” Viking Elementary fifth grader Tucker Mosely said. Mosely was in the same experiment group as Caden Dahl, a fifth grader at Lake Aggasiz
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UND student Kolten Paryzek helps a local elementary student complete an experiment at Abbott Hall Saturday.
MONEY Senators approve funding for various projects across UND. KAITLIN BEZDICEK THEDAKOTASTUDENT
More than $60,000 was allocated to various events and programs by student senators last Sunday.
Senators allocated $45,000 from the student fees account to fund a concert to be held at the Chester Fritz Auditorium on April 26. The University Program Council — the group responsible for organizing the event — will release the performing band name to the student body in the coming weeks. All UND students can attain a free ticket ahead of time or pay $10 at the door the day of the event. “This will be a great event that UPC has put a lot of effort into planning,” Sen. Kalka said. “It’s an event that a lot of students would appreciate.” According to UPC Chairman Matt Finley, students can check the UPC Facebook page for upcoming ticket information.
Senators granted $500 for the continued funding of “The Talon,” a monthly newsletter written by members of the Air Force ROTC program. Following Treasurer Derek Rood’s recommendation, Senators allocated $15,000 from the Senate Projects Account to the Cat Prowler program. This program provides free busing for students to travel around the Grand Forks and East Grand Forks area. With increased popularity, including nearly 5,000 riders, the current money would not have sustained the ridership through the rest of the year. Senators also unanimously passed a bill to fund up to $3,000 worth of food, beverages, prizes and advertising for the Spring Study-AThon to be held on May 5. “It’s the same money, same breakdown,” Sen. Osterman said as he encouraged senators to continue funding what he deemed a successful event in the past.
Higher education legislation
Once again, the State Board of Higher Education was subject of discussion for senators. The future of the Board faces uncertainty, especially in light of N.D. House Concurrent Resolution 3047 which would reconstruct the positions to
Becker: Greek confusion page 4
Christianson: web woes page 5
Classifieds page 9
Ochs: Kushner a catch page 5
Lexi Hanson profile page 8
Men’s hockey falls to CC UND softball wins in Big page 10 Sky page 10
UND gets Big Sky win
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reinvest Student Government resources,” Fletcher said. “Bringing in the New York Times instead of The Star Tribune and USA Today managedto save over $10,000.” An even larger figure, $60,000, was saved through eliminating the “Cab Crawler” program of old and adopting the new Student Safe Ride program. Instead of subsidizing cab prices through a contract, the Nodak Cab company offers affordable rates as a service to keep students safe. More recommendations will be made after a consultant from the American Student Government Association releases an evaluation of
UND’s Student Government. “We know that most students won’t credit those changes to our term, but doing the research and investing in that partnership may be the most beneficial thing we’ve done for the future of UND students and Student Government,” Fletcher and Watne said. While campaigning last year, the two underestimated how much time their positions demanded and therefore, their goals to meet with students and student organizations weren’t fully met. “We realize we could have done better and are working with the president-elect and vice presidentelect to help set realistic goals and expectations while developing ways to achieve improved outreach during their term,” Fletcher and Watne said.
Like many years in the past, Student Government struggled to fill its 23 student senate positions. “Moving into spring semes-
“Next year will continue to show an increased energy, excitement and passion for the work.” Logan Fletcher and Eric Watne Student Body President and Vice President
ter, my focus was truly more so on recruiting students who would run for next year’s term to stay involved then,” Fletcher said. Next term, Senate will begin with each position filled and Fletcher said this “is a position we never found ourselves in.” Preparing a path for a better future for students at UND has always been an overall goal. The biannual state legislative session provided opportunities for the
team to fulfill the promise of supporting students at the state level yet provided for a busy term. “It’s still difficult with how the legislative schedule works because we are often given short notice of when we are needed in Bismarck,” Fletcher said. “But Shane Gerbert, the governmental affairs commissioner, was exceptional at keeping us informed and making time to travel to Bismarck himself when we couldn’t make it. “Tyler Herbst, the chief of staff, has done an excellent job helping us with tasks on campus when we are not able to be here also.” Under Fletcher-Watne leadership, resolutions to support a tuition freeze and state funding for a new medical school and law school renovations went to Bismarck. At the local and campus level, the promise of support came through fighting for intellectual property rights for students and working with the city officials to create internships. The students who did serve in Student Senate seemed to bring the new energy Fletcher and Watne wanted. From heated discussions in senate meetings and increases in student feedback and participation in the current election, there was a
more engaged and energized sentiment. “While we always prefer collaboration and cooperation, I think that passionate conversation shows that students are becoming aware of policies, procedures and the work that Student Government is doing,” Fletcher and Watne said. “Next year will continue to show an increased energy, excitement and passion for the work.” Fletcher and Watne came into office building the relationships with administrators and staff that they secured in their past positions in Student Government. They hope to transfer these relationships over to president-elect and Nick Creamer and vice president-elect Lexi Hanson. “The sooner those relationships are created, the stronger they can become, so we’re making that a priority,” Fletcher said. Fletcher and Watne have already begun working with the new team and will officially transfer the position to Creamer and Hanson on April 28. Kaitlin Bezdicek is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. She can be reached at kaitlin.bezdicek @my.und.edu
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UND students and faculty (matching shirts) help kids from the community perform chemistry experience to encourage education learning and an overall appreciation for science.
Elementary who came to the event to find ideas for his school’s annual science fair. He placed third in last year’s fair after completing an experiment about the effects of different-colored lights on an object. “Some of the kids are very inquisitive. They really have a knack for knowing what’s going on,” UND volunteer Adam Martinson said. Although participation and enjoyment was high for the kids attending Chemistry Fun Day, many children in the United States and Western Europe lose interest in science and math during middle school and high school. According to a June 2012 report done by the United Kingdom’s Daily Telegraph newspaper, 35 percent of 14-year-olds surveyed in the U.K. claim to enjoy science, compared to 42 percent of nine-year-olds. Much of this decline is because of complicated learning materials. As scientific learning material gets more advanced, many adolescents avoid the field citing lack of inter-
est, difficulty and social pressure as reasons. Reversing this decline is one of the main reasons behind the creation of “Chemistry Fun Day.” The event is geared toward encouraging children to study science by showing them how cool and fun science can be, organizers said.
“My favorite part is just watching the UND students be excellent ambassadors and enthusiastic helpers.” Julie Abrahamson UND chemistry professor According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, more than one million of the jobs that require specialized science or technology skills will open up within the next seven years — a time when young students like Tucker Mosely and Caden Dahl will be graduating from high school. Some of the experiments in
which kids could participate included: placing dry ice in acid base indicators, crushing soda cans, shooting hydrogen peroxide out of a bottle, making soap bubbles out of dry ice and the final surprise at the end: playing with balloons filled with dry ice. When shaking the balloon, it sounded like it was full of noisy powder. The kids excitedly shook their balloons and threw them up and down. UND emphasized that all experiments performed on Chemistry Fun Day were safe and done with proper supervision by UND students and faculty. “I’m a parent, so I definitely don’t want to endanger anyone else’s kids,” UND biological chemistry professor and event organizer Julie Abrahamson said. “My favorite part is just watching the UND students be excellent ambassadors and enthusiastic helpers. They’re such good sports and they’re all interacting so well,” she said. “The kids are having such a blast, small and tall.” Jaye Millspaugh is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. She can be reached at jaye.millpaugh.2 @my.und.edu
Tuesday March 26, 2013
COMMENTARY DSVIEW Kushner
CONVERSATION Screenwrite Tony Kushner brought a unique gift to UND through his talent and warmth.
Approximately 13 percent of UND’s student body is Greek. Photo by Keisuke Yoshimura.
Greek life: Lost in translation FRATS Non-Greek students struggle to understand its allure. Brandon Becker THEDAKOTASTUDENT
The Greek community is one I have never understood. The allure of it has never appealed to me. Living in a dorm on an all-male floor for one year was enough for me. I couldn’t even fathom living in a fraternity. But that’s not why I don’t understand the Greek community, it’s just one of the reasons I chose not to become a part of it. I remember being “recruited” my freshman year. I remember going to the parties, meeting some quality people and then those relationships ceasing to exist after I said I wasn’t interested in joining. From an outsider’s perspective, I’ve often gotten the impression that Greeks stick together. There’s always seemed to be a bit of a divide between Greeks and non-Greeks. Not a divide in terms of dislike, but rather a disconnect that exists. It’s like going to dinner with a friend who invites a coworker and then the entire dinner you listen to them discuss work stories you can’t possibly relate to. There’s a sense of exclusivity that exists between the coworkers and you. I don’t have many friends who are or were apart of the Greek community, and I largely believe this is because the houses mostly hanging out with each other. It’s a hard social circle to break into. This isn’t a new phenomenon by any means; people tend to hang with groups and individuals they relate to, have shared activities with
and are around a lot. Living in the same house is going to forge strong bonds and friendships. If I were in a house, I guarantee this would be the case. It’s the same reason why you’ll see a lot of roommates out and about together. By now, Greeks are probably thinking I think they don’t have any friends outside of the Greek community, but that is not the case. I wouldn’t disagree with the assertion that Greeks have more Greek friends than non-Greek friends, though. When I chose not to become a member of a fraternity, I didn’t really understand what it meant to be Greek, and I still don’t. This is
Maybe Greek life is like Fight Club — you don’t talk about it; or at least not to non-members who aren’t possible recruits. Brandon Becker staff writer
where the disconnect between the Greek community and those not involved lies. What exactly does being Greek mean? When I think of fraternities I think of parties. This is in large part because of “Animal House” and how film and television have portrayed them for decades. When I think of sororities I don’t really think of anything. Chalk this up to me never being in one and getting back to my point of not knowing what goes on with-
in the Greek community. I get the occasional invite to a Greek event — but I have never attended nor have I really paid attention to what these events were centered on. What I do remember is food being offered, which leads me to believe they were raising money for a cause. Until a couple days ago, I wasn’t aware of the fact that each house actively supports a charity. These are things I’m guessing not many people are aware of. Either that or I live in a cave. It seems the houses have received a bad rep, especially fraternities for some less-than-reputable behavior that has taken place in the past. I’m not excusing that behavior at all, but it’s unfair to judge an entire community off a few bad apples. I know I did for the majority of my college career, then I proceeded to meet a few Greeks in the past few months and have since changed my tune. Even with a new view of the community, I still have no idea of the inner workings of Greek life. I don’t know what goes on throughout a normal week or the duties a house has, if such duties even exist. Maybe Greek life is like Fight Club — you don’t talk about it; or at least not to non-members who aren’t possible recruits. Maybe all I had to do was ask a member and my questions would answer, but I haven’t and the result is this column and my musings on how clueless I am in regards to the Greek community. Maybe, just maybe.
Brandon Becker is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. He can be reached at brandon.becker2@ my.und.edu
The 44th annual UND Writers Conference was considered a huge success this year, not only because of the quality of discussion, readings and subject matter, but because of the quality of the guests. Among these guests was the prestigious Tony Kushner, a man who has accomplished things many could only dream about. With two Tony Awards, a Pulitzer, a primetime Emmy and two Academy Award nominations, Kushner gave UND students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet someone who has received international attention for his work: “Angels in America” and the “Lincoln” screenplay. Those who walked the frigid sidewalks to the Chester Fritz Auditorium the night of March 22 were in for a real treat when Kushner stepped on stage and surprised the room with his personable humor, warm smile and dedication to his fans. The event, “A Conversation with Tony Kushner,” drew a fairly large crowd and entertained the audience for 30 minutes longer than scheduled. Despite shoddy discussion on the half of Jack Weinstein — a philosophy professor at UND who joined the stage with Kushner — the overall atmosphere was relaxing, pleasant and highly entertaining. Kushner, who is seen as one of the most influential writers of the 21st century, was an absolute delight Friday night as he spoke not only about his writing, but also about his experiences, his political motivators and his artistic choices for character and plot. His mere presence and approachability was one of the highlights of the year for UND in terms of campus guests and provided students with a remarkable opportunity to meet someone who has not only excelled in his field but has remained humble and geared toward making the world a better place. Weinstein, who was there to facilitate discussion and introduced topics, only hindered the atmosphere by asking Kushner lengthy questions that often spewed for so long that they detracted from his original point. The questions also seemed more directed toward Weinstein’s own knowledge of Kushner’s work as he introduced his own theories, interpretations and ideologies, which Kushner promptly disregarded at every turn. The entire event would have gone smoother had Kushner sat on stage by himself and took audience questions for the alloted time. Despite these very meager downfalls, the presence of Kushner at UND was absolutely fabulous and provided an opportunity that we as students rarely find — the chance to speak to professionals who have exceeded their own expectations. It was clear after listening to him speak, that Kushner’s work has always reflected his personal morals, beliefs and struggles and that he writes not for recognition — although he has found it many times over — but for his own personal satisfaction and voice. We hope that UND will continue the tradition of supporting the Writers Conference and that they will continue to bring such remarkable people to campus to inspire and encourage its students to flourish and succeed.
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Kushner convo a catch NDUS website TALK Event offers new perspective and opportunity for students. Mary Ochs
To be honest I didn’t know what to expect. I had heard about him and some of his work, but screenwriter Tony Kushner — the writer of “Lincoln” — wasn’t a man I saw as any sort of legend. When I attended “A Conversation with Tony Kushner” on Friday — part of the UND’s annual Writers Conference — it opened my eyes to a new way of looking at politics and literature. I wasn’t sure if I should get there early or not — I had no idea how many people would be there. Luckily, no one was busting down the doors — no worries on crowd control. Although people weren’t swarming to the event, those who did attend seemed truly interested
in the conversation — not something you always see. I understand why I didn’t see more UND students at the conversation. It was on a Friday evening, when most college students are thinking about a party or a date. It also wasn’t the type of itinerary most students wouldn’t find intriguing unless they happened to be into plays or politics. Turnout could have easily been increased if the event took place at a different time. Asking college students to give up their Friday nights is somewhat similar to asking a professor to give everyone an A — it’s not going to happen. Quality of event turnout however is a not a comment on the quality of the content. Kushner was surprisingly informative and interesting. He made me think about politics and literary work from angles I had never considered. All in all, the experience was pleasant. I also was surprised by how funny the program was. Kushner has a great sense of humor that really
captured the audience’s attention. I was glad I went and tried something new, as usually I wouldn’t attend a function like this. It just isn’t the kind of thing that generally interests me. I’m happy to say that, on this occasion, I was proven wrong. While the conversation was sophisticated — it took a lot of focus for me to keep up — I was glad I went. It would be great if UND could have more events like this. Having people like Kushner come to UND is fantastic for the student population. The more variety there is among speakers, the more students who will be impacted. Although I didn’t expect it when I sat down in the Chester Fritz Auditorium to listen to Kushner, I can say from experience that events like this open your mind and help you see things in a new way.
Mary Ochs is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. She can be reached at mary.ochs@ my.und.edu
fails to connect GLITCH Campus Connection creates as many problems as it solves.
Adam Christianson THEDAKOTASTUDENT
It is used to register for classes, pay tuition and track grades, among other things. I am talking about Campus Connection and — love it or hate it — we have to deal with it. The overlying problem with Campus Connection is that in order for everything to work as it says it should, the student using the system is supposed to use Internet Explorer. Who uses Internet Explorer? The only thing Internet Explorer is good for is downloading other Internet browsers such as Google Chrome or Firefox. The most noticeable side effect of using a normal browser like Google Chrome is when attempting to generate an unofficial transcript. After navigating the various menus the button appears to process the request for the transcript. When using Internet Explorer, a new window opens up with the transcript. When not using the lamest browser ever conceived, the loading icon appears. After an annoying long wait the icon disappears with nothing having happened. Besides fighting with annoying browsers, the system is down routinely for maintenance. Maintenance is unavoidable with a system as complex and extensive as Campus Connection. Dozens of schools across the nation use the same program so it figures that changes need to be made every once in a while — but it doesn’t make it less of a hassle. Probably the most important use for Campus Connection is registering for classes. This is potentially also the most frustrating because the system is not exactly user friendly. The system gets better after a few semesters of practice, but for incoming freshmen, the system is extremely awkward. Usually, a large number of students either need help to finish the registration process or don’t notice holds on their accounts before selecting “enroll.” The best way to fix this would be a better layout of the vital information needed to register. All of the information needed is located on the system, but the presentation is not that great. The only way to tell if classes are added correctly is when the user tries to enroll in the desired classes. If he or she has not missed any holds, prerequisites or schedule conflicts the program should work. Although, occasionally a manual
override is still required, making the system almost useless in some cases. That said, Campus Connection is a huge leap forward in running a college campus. The horror stories of students standing in line to write their names down to register for a class are over. Campus Connection allows students to register quickly and from any location with Internet. Campus Connection prevents errors in recording, which student enrolls in what class and gives instant feedback as to how full classes are. I could not imagine waiting in line for hours to register for a class, eventually only to realize that the class is full. All of the irritations of Campus Connection pale in comparison to spending an entire day registering for class. The other nice, yet annoying, feature of Campus Connection is the payment feature. Students can now avoid swarming to the student financial services and writing checks to pay their tuition. What makes paying on Campus Connection a hassle is
The only think Internet Explorer is good for is downloading other Internet browsers like Google Chrome or Firefox. Adam Christianson staff writer
factoring in financial aid. When financial aid is reported on Campus Connection, the total amount of financial aid is not subtracted from the total tuition costs. This is not a serious problem except that in my experience, after paying the balance due minus the financial aid, there is always some money left over to pay even though financial aid, and my payments should have taken care of the entire balance. Perhaps I am just missing something, but the system seems to incorrectly report payments or financial aid. Campus Connection is a program that does many things, but none very well. The troubles with the program make the system an annoyance, but one that is still a much more viable option than reverting to the old manual payment and registration systems. Let us hope in the future that improvements are made to make the system more reliable and user friendly for UND students. Adam Christianson is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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be appointed by the governor. Senators took a stance to encourage legislators to continue a provision of a student member through a resolution that Governmental Affairs Commissioner Shane Gerbert called proactive. “We want our seat at the table,” Gerbert said. The resolution passed to set the advocation for student positions as a lobbying goal for the upcoming legislative session. “It’s important to keep that student presence on every governing body,” Senator Joe Kalka said.
Assistant Program Director of Student Involvement Missy Burgess came to Senate to encourage Senators to continue the CollegiateLink contract for the upcoming budget. CollegiateLink is a website is used by student organizations and notably,
eases the process of keeping an up-todate roster of organization members. The Involvement Office saw increased use of the website during the student body election and senators voted to recommend to the Presidential Finance Committee the continuation of a contract for the next three years of $14,425.84 for each year of use. “If you want to be nice to the election committees next year, keep CollegiateLink,” Senator Osterman said.
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Kushner conversation ends Writers Conference Academy Award nominee speaks about the purpose of performance art, life during the 1980s and bad theatre. The Chester Fritz Auditorium hosted Academy Award nominee Tony Kushner March 22 as part of the Great Conversation series during the 2013 UND Writers Conference. A few hundred people came to hear the discussion between Kushner and moderator Jack Weinstein, a UND philosophy professor. Kushner, who was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for “Lincoln,” had been sought to attend the Writers Conference for some time, according to conference co-director Crystal Alberts. “Tony Kushner was suggested a couple of years ago,” she said. “I know that we hadn’t had a playwright in a while, I know that there’s interest in film, and so I thought it was a good way to sort of bridge the Literature — capital L — with Film, which is also a scholarly pursuit.” The topics of the conversation fluttered between film, theatre, gay culture and philosophy — topics some might not associate with North Dako-
ta. Alberts said this divulgence into each topic exemplifies the conference. “One of the things about the Writers Conference is to be exposed to different things that you might not agree with,” she said. “It’s a chance to expand horizons, meet people who you might not meet in North Dakota. “The idea is to learn something.” Weinstein gave Kushner a few philosophical topics to talk about to begin the evening. At one point, Weinstein asked about the purpose plays have in today’s society, which Kushner described as “a great method of teaching critical consciousness in a pleasurable way.” He also called stage productions “a mysterious non-object,” citing the difference between seeing Charles Ludlam, a New York actor during the 1980s, on stage rather than on screen. Kushner noted while the fluid nature of theatre performance allows it to be entertaining and educational at times, it also allows it to be meaningless
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Tony Kushner speaks with fan Andy Gustafson after his conversation March 22 at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Photo by Keisuke Yoshimura.
and downright bad just as often. “It’s anxiety-making when an actor sucks or an actor’s in a terrible play and can’t help but sucking,” he said. “When you’re in a room with some schmuck who’s up there trying to make a terrible play work, there’s nothing more horrible
Tony Kushner (right) and Jack Weinstein speak March 22 during the Great Conversation series.
It’s hard to communicate, but it’s necessary to keep speaking about it, so if a play helps provide witness to that time, I think that’s great. Tony Kushner Playwright/screenwriter
Tuesday March 26, 2013
Hanson’s experience complements Creamer VP Grand Forks native’s love for UND drives her to tackle student issues. SARAH ERICKSON THEDAKOTASTUDENT
UND Junior Lexi Hanson is the kind of person that usually
works behind the scenes. With a passion to serve and a desire to cause positive change, her wide range of Hanson experiences and connections made her Student Body President-Elect Nick Cream-
er’s first choice of a running mate. “Nick first mentioned the idea to me following the annual Greek Awards presentation,” Hanson said. “To be honest, at first I just thought it was his way of congratulating me on an award that I received.” However, after a lengthy email with compelling reasons as to why Hanson would make an effective student body vice president, she accepted the opportunity. “I would have never put myself in a position such as this if it wasn’t for the potential to truly make a difference,” Hanson said. “I want nothing more than to work for the changes that students want to see and I am passionate about having a positive outlook and always improving what exists around us today to make it something better in the future.”
UND born and raised As a Grand Forks native, Hanson didn’t expect she’d attend college at UND. Growing up around UND sports and other universitysponsored activities, she felt like she already knew everything about campus. “I was originally adamant that I would not be attending UND,” Hanson said. “Because I knew campus so well, I felt like I had already experienced all the university had to offer.” After a last-ditch effort by her parents — UND alumni themselves — to go on a few campus tours, she finally decided to attend
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UND with the idea that after one year she’d transfer to a school of her choice. However, much to her surprise, Hanson fell in love with the university atmosphere and the many new people that had come into her life. Since her first semester, the thought of transferring hasn’t crossed Hanson’s mind once. “I never expected to be so drawn to this university and the people here, but the friendly nature and engaging atmosphere can hardly be compared to that of other places,” she said.
Not one for the limelight Hanson, a pre-med student majoring in philosophy with minors in visual arts and biology, has her own set of experiences that complete the Creamer-Hanson ticket. While Creamer is president of Sigma Chi fraternity, Hanson is the chief officer of operations at Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. In addition, she is a member of several honors societies including Phi Sigma Tau and Gamma Sigma Alpha and serves as secretary of the Student Health Advisory Committee. Another unique contribution to the ticket is her membership in the Calvary Lutheran Church Honduras Mission Team. As a freshman, she raised money to go to El Triunfo, Honduras, over Spring Break to do both medical and construction work. “I have not had a chance to return to Central America since this
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(We want to ) move forward with the ideas and suggestions that are brought forth to us. Lexi Hanson student body vice president-elect is something I am less than thrilled about, making positive changes for our student body and community certainly does excite me,” Hanson said.
Looking forward Hanson believes the male/female team of herself and Creamer provides “a much better perspective on many issues, such as sexual assault prevention.” As a result, sexual assault prevention is one of the first initiatives Hanson and Creamer want to press. “This is an extremely important topic for us to address and is one that will require a lot of work on our part and the university as a whole to make the necessary changes,” Hanson said. With Creamer’s previous experience in working with administrative personnel, and her own ability of relating with students on a personal level, Hanson thinks they will be able to find common ground between the two groups to make their initiatives and suggestions by students possible. “(We want to) move forward with the ideas and suggestions that are brought forth to us,” Hanson said. “It is then our responsibility to make those ideas a reality in the most effective way possible.” Sarah Erickson is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. She can be reached at sarah.e.erickson @my.und.edu
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than that feeling. Who knew that a 90-minute play could take four and a half years off of your life?” Kushner discussed how his writing ages and wondered about the ability of future generations to relate to a play like “Angels in America” despite never having lived in New York during Ronald Reagan’s presidency. “Angels,” arguably Kushner’s most famous play, is the story of the struggles of a few New York gay couples who are visited by spirits. It won the Tony Award for Best Play in 1993 and 1994 and is regarded as one of the most important plays of the 20th century. The content of “Angels” features both social and political commentary of the 1980s. This combination of literature and politics is “really difficult to separate,” according to Alberts. Kushner relayed a similar sentiment to Weinstein. “It’s difficult to convey to people who weren’t even born at that point what that moment was like,” he said. “It’s hard to communicate that, but it’s necessary to keep speaking about it, so if a play helps provide witness to that time, I think that’s great.” Kushner also described his feelings on the fight against AIDS, lamenting that it didn’t become a national issue until many members of the gay community had died because of it. “One of the terrifying things about our species is that we learn by holocaust,” he said. The conversation was one of the last events of the Writers Conference, which Alberts called a really wonderful experience. “(The authors) thought it was great, they’ve been saying how much fun they’ve been having,” she said. Cole Britton is the features editor of The Dakota Student. He can be reached at cole.britton @my.und.edu
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North Dakota falls to Tigers in OT DEFEAT UND is unable to finish a comeback against Collorado College, getting upset, 4-3. Elizabeth Erickson THEDAKOTASTUDENT
Since their freshman year, the UND men’s hockey seniors have skated in the championship game of the WCHA Final Five and returned to Grand Forks with the Broadmoor trophy. But this year, they saw the end of a cycle, as North Dakota’s 4-3 loss to Colorado College on Thursday evening silenced the celebratory cheers of fans and erased a chance at claiming the Final Five Broadmoor trophy for the fourth consecutive year. For senior forward Danny Kristo, the loss was a bitter alternative to playing in the championship game Saturday. “I don’t even know if it feels odd,” Kristo said. “I’ve never felt like this before. Obviously we won the last three (Final Five champi-
onships) and that was our goal coming in this year. Obviously we wanted the four-peat but we’re just going day by day.”
In 2011, UND claimed the McNaughton cup and WCHA regular season title and went on to win the WCHA Final Five championship game. With an NCAA championship run in sight, the team neglected to touch the trophies in hopes of winning it all. The 2012 season yielded similar success with the clinch of the Broadmoor trophy and a spot in the NCAA tournament, but the season ended before the team could reach its ultimate goal. This season, a solid third place finish in the WCHA regular season and chance to once again compete for the Final Five championship has allowed the team to prepare for what is next to come. Thursday night, the battle with the Tigers was what was to be expected in the high level of competition of the teams competing in the tournament. “Overall, we played a pretty good hockey game,” UND coach Dave Hakstol said. “But pretty
North Dakota freshman forward Drake Caggiula (9) had a great game in St. Paul Thursday evening, scoring two of UND’s three goals against Colorado College. File Photo.
good doesn’t get it done this time of the year against quality teams that are here. Tough ending for us tonight but that’s our fate.”
Battle for goals
UND showcased its talents Thursday as it rebounded from a power-play goal by the Tigers early
in the first period with a goal from freshman forward Drake Caggiula at 14 minutes, 23 seconds of the first after freshman forward Rocco Grimaldi received a pass from the corner and made a feed to Caggiula in front of the net and tied the game.
The freshman forward’s first goal triggered a response from Kristo, who netted the team’s second goal after stealing the puck from the corner and sniping one in past Tigers’ goalie Joe Howe.
Men’s basketball season ends UND gets first LOSS North Dakota falls to UNI in the CollegeInsider.com tournament, 77-66. David Butz
The North Dakota men’s basketball team’s season came to a grinding halt Wednesday night after a 77-66 loss to Northern Iowa in the opening round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. UNI rode big offensive performances by Seth Tuttle and Marc Sonnen, each scoring 19 points and Anthony James who paced both teams with 24. The Panthers held North Dakota in check throughout the night, leading 19 points at the beginning of the second half and ensuring that the Green and White would never gain the upper hand. UND trimmed the game to within nine in the closing minutes, but late free throws by James kept the lead out of reach and handed North Dakota its second loss to the Panthers this season. The loss ends UND’s season and puts their final overall record at 16-17. Northern Iowa (20-14 overall) had a strong season and finished third in the Missouri Valley Conference. Two teams from the MVC (Wichita State and Creighton) have already won games to advance in the NCAA Tournament this year, while Northern Iowa has still been famous for upsetting the heavily favored Kansas Jayhawks in the big dance three years ago.
“I thought we played like we have been down the stretch here in those closing 15 minutes, but we needed to play the entire 40 minutes like that if we were going to beat a talented Northern Iowa team,” UND coach Brian Jones said. North Dakota played a lot more competitively than their first encounter with the Panthers, a game they dropped 72-47 earlier in the season thanks in part to some big performances. Troy Huff paced the Green and White in scoring with 22 points on the night while Jamal Webb added 11 of his own. In addition to scoring, Webb picked up three steals to finish the season with 74, falling just one shy of UND’s single season record, while his career steal total of 183 is an all-time best at North Dakota. Josh Schuler kept UND in the game early on, coming off the bench in the first five minutes, hitting two quick three-pointers and adding a pair of free throws, however those would be his only eight points of the night. Aaron Anderson and Lenny Antwi also netted eight points in the game while Anderson, by no means the tallest player on the court at five foot nine, also paced UND with six rebounds. North Dakota’s shooting was cold in the first half as the Panthers out-shot the Green and White 57.1 percent to 39.1 percent and led 4128 at the half. UNI’s accuracy from behind the arc was razor sharp as it hit seven of 13 to start the first half. “We knew we needed to defend the three-point line, but we didn’t do a good job of that in the first half,” Jones said. The second half saw UND improve its accuracy in the field and from behind the foul line after it
shot 41.9 percent and hit 10 of 13 free-throw attempts. North Dakota never found a rhythm shooting the long ball as it managed just 31.3 percent on the game, hitting only two three-pointers down the stretch in the second half. Northern Iowa was able to snub out any hopes of a North Dakota comeback with accurate shooting of its own in the second half — outshooting UND 51 percent to 40.7 percent on the night. Huff finished the 2013 season with 1,353 points to close his junior year, a figure that is 11th all-time on UND’s scoring charts. Huff also ended the season leading the team in points per game with a 19.2 average and rebounds per game with 6.9. Anderson closed the season with 440 points, a second best figure for the team, while averaging 13.3 points per game and adding 3.3 assists per game. Webb led the team in assists with 4.2 per game while adding his 74 steals and Mitch Wilmer finished his senior season leading the team with 47 blocks. Overall, North Dakota found success in its inaugural season in the Big Sky Conference. The Green and White became the first group in Big Sky history to make the conference tournament in their first year after being accepted into the conference. Next year will surely be full of excitement as seniors-to-be Anderson, Webb and Huff will attempt to lead UND to its first ever NCAA tournament berth.
Big Sky win CONFERENCE North Dakota softball takes one of three games from Weber State. Mariah Holland THEDAKOTASTUDENT
The UND women’s softball team claimed its first ever Big Sky Conference win over Weber State this past weekend in Ogden, Utah. UND had a rough opening to the weekend series, losing the first two games — but it managed to pull it together and win the final of the series with a score of 11- 4. The first two games of the series went in Weber State’s favor by scores of 7-3 and 6-3. UND found its stroke at the plate behind senior infielder Cami Bennett, who had two hits in the game and senior designated hitter Kenna Olsen, who knocked in three runs and scored one herself. “Just about everybody through the batting order got some hits for us, and that was crucial and it was really good base running,” UND coach Eric Oakley said, “Really everybody contributed in some way.” With a team effort, UND was able to do what it hadn’t been able to in the first two games of the series. North Dakota had a tough time keeping Weber off the scoreboard, giving up 13 runs in the
first two games. The losses weren’t blow out games, but UND certainly took its time getting comfortable in Ogden. “I think we calmed down a little bit, I think with this being our first experience in the conference; I think the team didn’t quite understand the intensity that comes from conference games,” Oakley said, “Everybody steps it up a notch, and I don’t think the team understood that quite as well yesterday.” After getting used to the idea of conference play, UND stepped up its offense and brought 11 runs across the plate to get its first conference win. Now with a win under their belts, the Green and White will be ready to face the Northern Colorado Bears in their next set of conference games this coming weekend in Greeley, Colo. “I think we need to make sure we come right out of the gate knowing that it’s a dogfight,” Oakley said, “I think the fact that now we have a couple games under our belt, we know more now what to expect.” Having settled down in the third game of the series against Weber State, the experience will help the team as it moves on to other conference opponents.
UND holds a 7-5 record against non-conference opponents, (S. Oregon is in the NAIA) since the DI transition.
David Butz is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. He can be reached at david.butz @my.und.edu
Mariah Holland is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. She can be reached at mariah.holland @my.und.edu
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“I didn’t see too much space,” Kristo said. “There were so many guys on the net so I just tried to get a quick snapshot on and luckily it went in, but it doesn’t mean much now.” The lead held until Colorado College lost control of the game at 12:45 of the third period as UND rallied back to tie the game. “It was kind of a fluky oneon-one goal and we’re losing 3-2 with 15 minutes to go and we kind of started to panic a little bit,” Kristo said. “We had a rough five minutes right after that, and I thought after that we came back and fought hard and, we had a good 10 minutes and, we got the game tying goal, and I think after that we pushed hard.” After a third goal to start the
third period, the Tigers saw one last spark from North Dakota as Caggiula scored his second goal of the night on a rebound shot
We definitely let a couple of the power plays go, especialy early. Danny Kristo Men’s hockey senior to send the teams to overtime. “It was nice to score a couple of goals in the game,” Caggiula said. “I would have taken a win over scoring two goals, and it’s kind of nice to get that monkey off my back. But taking a win would have been much better.”
When Peter Stoykewych’s launch through traffic hit the
back of the net and sealed a 4-3 victory, North Dakota’s dream of claiming the trophy for the fourth season in a row was crushed. “It was the second and third minutes where we kind of played down to CC’s level and when you go into (overtime) and you’re playing good teams this time of year, you can’t leave the game up to just a bounce,” Kristo said. “That’s what it was tonight so I think this one’s on us.” North Dakota’s 32 shots on goal couldn’t break through the solid goaltending of Howe, who made 29 saves and kept the Tigers’ defensive unit strong. A key weakness in North Dakota’s efforts was the power play. After six chances to capitalize with an extra man were missed, Kristo hopes to see improvement moving forward. “We definitely let a couple of the power plays go, especially early,” Kristo said. “Obviously, if
you go zero for six on the power play this time of the year, it’s tough to win games and special teams are so crucial. It was a rough night for the power play and we need to be better going on next weekend.”
Colorado College went on to the championship game, but fell in a 3-2 loss to the Wisconsin Badgers. With a solid position in the national rankings, North Dakota has clinched a spot in the NCAA tournament and will be sent to Grand Rapids, Mich., next Friday where they will take on Niagara at 5:30 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU. “We’ll regroup, get back to Grand Forks and get working on our next project and move forward next week,” Hakstol said. Elizabeth Erickson is the web editor of The Dakota Student. She can be reached at email@example.com
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