Tuesday April 9, 2013
Volume 130 | Issue 45
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Activity rule pushes students to the skies
[KEISUKE YOSHIMURA] THEDAKOTASTUDENT FLYING Students have mixed results in course grades due to new requirements. Rachel Hill
A new requirement in the aviation department has students walking a thin line between passing and failing in
certain courses. While not a department-wide policy, many faculty adopted a rule last semester that requires aviation students to attempt two flight lessons per week or risk failing the course. Mark Dusenbury, an associate professor of aviation at UND is a supporter of this rule. “Acceptable progress is defined as an average of two attempted invoiced lesson activities per week through the last day of finals week,” Dusenbury
said in his course syllabus. All aviation students unable to meet this requirement in his Aviation 325 course are issued a failing grade. Invoiced activities include flying, simulator use or flights canceled due to maintenance problems. Students who cancel an activity due to sickness or other personal reasons are not granted invoiced activity approval. Dusenbury is not alone in
adopting this new standard — Associate Professor Leslie Martin employs a similar requirement in her syllabus. “Acceptable progress is defined as a satisfactory grade in the academic classroom and an average of two attempted invoiced lesson activities per week through the last day of finals week,” Martin said. “A failure to do this will result in a failing grade.” The requirement is not lim-
ited to flying twice per week, Dusenbury’s syllabus explained. The general hope behind the requirement is that students will make every effort to attempt a minimum of “two-invoiced activities” and achieve maximum flight time. Despite higher numbers of failed courses, not all aviation students object to the new rule stating that it helps aviation stu-
Senate: Wacipi, Breathing life into zoning resolution everyday ceramics MONEY Senators allocate additional funds to Wacipi for a split drum. Kaitlin Bezdicek THEDAKOTASTUDENT
At their Sunday meeting, Student Senators passed a spending bill to fund the annual UND Indian Association Wacipi (Powwow) and a resolution to encourage a community of arts and entertainment.
Powwow To fulfill their mission to ‘’improve student cultural, social and physical welfare,” Student Government supports the annual Wacipi powwow event held in the Hyslop Sports Arena. This year, Student Government allocated $10,000 for the event in their yearly budget, yet organization members came to Senate in need of more money. The
funding bill requested $10,000 for a split drum. “The drum is the heartbeat,” Robert Rainbow, past president of UNDIA said. “Without the drum, we cannot have a Powwow.” The bill also included a $4,000 expenditure through the Projects Account for a community buffalo feed to serve attendants. Due to language in Student Government bylaws, this account does not allow money to be spent on food and Senators eliminated it from the bill. Last year, 420 UND students were reported to have attended — a decrease of nearly 200 students from 2011. This may be attributed to counting student volunteer attendees one year and not the next. “We can’t make people come to an event,” UNDIA member Janie Schroeder said. “Sometimes we really have a good turn-
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Ceramic artist Amy Smith made a visit to the Hughes Fine Arts Center Friday to give a free guest lecture at the Paul E. Barr Memorial Lecture Room. UND students and friends listened as Smith shared her career experiences and work. Smith is the James Rosenquist Artist in Residence at NDSU and has been featured in “Ceramics Monthly.” She has also collaborated with working potter Simon Levin.
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students get ahead in their course work. “I think it is a good motivator so you can get your flying done early and focus on ground school,” Aviation 323 student Alicia Pauling said. According to the Fall 2012 grade distribution report, almost 50 percent of students enrolled in Introduction to Aviation finished with a grade of Incomplete, indicating that they had completed ground school but not their flight instruction. According to that same report, over 12 percent failed the course completely. “I understand weather can be a huge factor and puts students behind; however, flying is not something to put off,” Pauling said. “If the weather is nice, go fly and get it done. If your instructor can’t fly, have them find someone to fly with you.” UND student Maurice Kalaygain believes the new requirement, “keeps (students) on top
of their game.” However, other students question the necessity for such a requirement. Senior Troy Merrit expressed that it pressures students into flying under circumstances — such as sickness and weather — that compromise the interests of public safety. “Our biggest goal is for students to be successful,” Elizabeth Bjerke, associate chair of the department said, adding that any change in aviation course requirements are intended to benefit the students. Failing to make satisfactory progress could result in a failing grade for students in particular aviation courses. Students confused by similar requirements should contact their instructor directly for further clarification and course specific information. Editor-in-chief Christen Furlong contributed to this report.
Rachel Hill is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. She can be reached at rachel.hill @my.und.edu
Tuesday April 9, 2013
COMMENTARY DSVIEW Noise
LOUD Student Senate passed a resolution that supports new city zoning measures for weekend commotion.
[KEISUKE YOSHIMURA] THEDAKOTASTUDENT College students have ample opportunity to give out personal information that can put them at greater risk of identity theft.
Students face identity threats THEFT Stolen information can cause problems long after graduation.
Adam Christianson THEDAKOTASTUDENT
Imagine applying for a job and being denied because of a poor credit score. What would you do if you tried to pay for your tuition with money you had saved and the money had vanished? What if you were notified that someone had used your information to take out huge loans while you were still in school? Identity theft is a growing trend that affects thousands of Americans each year. College students make up a large percentage of identity theft victims because they tend to have poor security habits and mishandled information. According to government statistics, there were approximately 15 million cases of identity theft in 2012. Of those reported cases, young adults — ages 18–24 — constituted the plurality of victims. While there is some protection in place for college students, attending school puts an individual at a greater risk of identity theft. For example, UND had a computer stolen that contained addresses, credit card numbers and the names of alumni who have donated money to the university. The problem of identity theft can affect anyone and the corrupt people that carry it out are ruthless. The most commonly compromised piece of confidential information is the social security number. Most colleges and universities ask for students’ social security numbers when first registering for classes, to request student financial aid and confirm the identity of a student. Any-
time a student is forced to give his or her social security number, the risk of identity theft increases dramatically. Colleges and universities are required to use a student’s social security number to request financial aid. Having thousands of social security numbers recorded in one location is probably one of the poorest security practices imaginable. Every month there are high profile breaches of confidential information at businesses that maintain large databases of such information. In addition, some colleges don’t issue student ID numbers and instead rely solely on students’ social security numbers as a means of identification. That is ridiculous. Asking students to repeatedly
Anytime a student is forced to give his or her social security number, the risk of identity theft goes up. Adam Christianson staff writer cite their social security number so the school can keep track of them is a lazy practice that puts students at risk of financial ruin. UND uses a student ID system in order to avoid the increased chance of identity theft that comes with using social security numbers. Most students receive a steady bombardment of junk mail, consisting of college offers, credit card offers and advertisements. Many times, advertisements and offers are from such companies the student has never contacted or with which they have never
done business. There are companies that sell information for income; and, if you receive junk mail, it means that more than likely one of those information companies has some of yours. These information companies can legally sell your information to other companies for a profit. In the digital age, when one breach of a computer system or a dishonest employee can cause irreparable damage to resulting identity theft victims, I don’t think it is wise or morally acceptable for companies to make a profit by selling individuals’ information without their permission. In many instances, the information sold contains errors that can damage a person’s reputation or credit score. Selling information is an unfair and dangerous practice that hurts millions of Americans each year. What can students do to prevent their personal information from being compromised? For students that attend schools that use social security numbers for identification, ask for an assigned number different from your social security number. When you get credit card offers, cut them up or shred them before throwing them away. Whenever you are asked to provide information, always ask yourself: “Is it really necessary that I provide this information?” Simply asking that question dramatically reduce the risk of identity theft. Students are not the most attentive people when it comes to personal information. Universities and information company practices can put students at risk of identity theft. The collection and storage of personal data without consent is wrong. However, until some action is taken, we will just have to look out for ourselves. Adam Christianson is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. He can be reached at adam.christianson@ my.und.edu
For the past few weeks, UND Student Government has been crafting a resolution to build support for the creation of a Grand Forks city zoning ordinance around part of the UND campus. This resolution was passed unanimously on Sunday evening by Student Senate and will later be taken to City Council for further planning and deliberation. By changing the current zoning stipulations, noise within the zone can to exceed the current 50 feet maximum after the 10 p.m. cutoff time. The resolution aims to extend this time on weekends to 2:30 a.m., to allow for university-run events, city performances and events on campus to occur uninhibited by noise level restrictions. In Sunday’s Student Senate meeting, Student Body Vice President Eric Watne said that the resolution would give UND the ability “to have entertainment and culture, more than currently established in the community.” The zone would cover a large chunk of the campus, extending from University Avenue to Sixth Ave North and University Park to Stanford Road. And, because the zone covers much of Greek and student housing, organizations and student groups can host late night events without express permission from University Police or the City of Grand Forks. This gives students so much more freedom to be what we truly are — college students. We are loud, rowdy and like having fun after 10 p.m. In the past, the residential area of campus was filled with families and retired couples with dogs and sleeping children. But, for the most part, these people have moved out of UND parameters. Now, these houses are filled with college students looking to enjoy their time on campus. During the regular school week, we study as any good students should, but the weekend is a time to relax and we like staying up late, playing loud music and hanging out with our buddies. Its great to see that organizations like Student Senate are attempting to make some changes that allow both student organizations and local residents more flexibility in this regard. Changing the city zoning would also allow the university to host more late night events that offer alcohol-free fun such as concerts, street dances or sporting events and would save City Police and UPD the trouble of addressing so many noise violations within the zone. Luckily, the university is divinely placed in a very isolated section of Grand Forks. To one side, we have industrial plants, another blocked by a train yard, the buffer of University Park and finally, a lot of nothing after 42nd Avenue. Other than the people who live within UND grounds, there really aren’t many residents who can get upset over loud noises after 10 p.m. on weekends. We say, go for it, Student Government! Help the student body gain more freedom on weekends so we can start living like typical college students without having to watch our backs every time we want to blast a great song or stand up and cheer after winning a heated race of Mario Kart.
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West RA impresses Dating across graduation DORMS UND tutoring center goes above and beyond to provide service. Mary Ochs
I don’t want to jinx it, but I haven’t had any troubles with my Resident Assistant so far. This is my first year at UND and the only year I’ll be living in the dorms … hopefully. While I’m not a fan of the overall “dorm experience,” I actually really like my RA, who keeps things running smooth for our floor of West Hall. I’m not particularly close to my RA, but she talks to everyone on our floor. Occasionally, she’ll come out and chat with us girls about classes, friends and family. She’s always
Maybe there is something different about West Hall. Maybe we are just the odd hall that happens to have a great RA. Mary Ochs staff writer been helpful and explained things when we have questions. Whenever we need her, she’s there — available and helpful. I’ve heard stories about RAs that are never around. Their residents rarely see them and, when they do, there is no communication. I may just be lucky, but my RA has always had a good presence in our hall — she seems to be there when we need her, but she isn’t overbearing either. Sometimes RAs tend to act more like parents. That definitely isn’t the way college life should be. I think my RA understands the difference between her job and parenting. She
tells us what we need to do when breaks are coming up, but keeps her distance and lets us have our space. Overall, there haven’t been many instances where my RA has needed to reprimand our floor. We have had a few write-ups for alcohol possession, but it’s not a regular occurrence. The most that she’s had to do is remind us of quiet hours. The girls that live on our floor can get pretty rowdy and excited over stuff — we’re girls, it’s bound to happen. Other than that, we’ve played it pretty straight. From everything my RA has said, her duties actually can be pretty strenuous. I give props to anyone who has the job of going and turning off the door alarm when someone opens it at 3 a.m. in the middle of winter. Not only does she keep up with her duties, but she’s creative, too. The door decorations that she puts up are always fun and unique. I actually want to keep some of mine at the end of the year. Being an RA is not for everyone: A while back, I received a letter encouraging me to apply for a position as an RA next year. It didn’t seem like the right fit for me, and, since I wanted to move out of the residence halls, I decided against it. My RA, however, told us being a resident assistant was a tradition in her family. All of her older siblings who had attended UND were RAs and it seemed predetermined that she would follow the same path. It’s a good thing, too, because she does an excellent job at it. Maybe there is something different about West Hall. Maybe we are just the odd hall that happens to have a great RA. Hearing stories about other buildings RAs or even RAs at other schools just makes mine seem even better. I’m not trying to make nice or butter anyone up; we actually did get pretty lucky with our RA. It’s nice to have and older RA who knows the school and campus. It’s helpful to us, especially when we first got here. Having a positive experience in the dorms had a lot to do with my RA and how friendly she’s been to everyone. I know I can speak for my whole floor when I say she really is a great person, and we Mary Ochs is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
TORN Things can get tricky when your boyfriend is in high school. Carrie Sandstrom THEDAKOTASTUDENT
Packing your bags and heading to college is like traveling to another world — you might as well be The Doctor in the TARDIS. Everything changes. You can do as you please, and you don’t have parents constantly asking where you’re going, whom you’re going with and why you’re wearing your purple top as opposed to the red one. However, there’s nothing that keeps pulling you back to the realm of high school and hallways lined with lockers than dating a high school kid. You are torn. You reside partially in the world of college students’ infinite maturity and class, and partially among high schoolers juvenile problems and shortsighted view of the world. As it just so happens, I am dating a high school kid. And I can tell you firsthand, it is both a blessing and a curse. One of the huge pluses of having a high school boyfriend is that you get to be a source of wisdom and insight to the world beyond strict schedules and school hot lunch. College is a great place to pick up all kinds of practical life skills, like how to pull a solid all-nighter and the best way to spend a Friday night. Basically, you feel like a genius. However, this also means that you will have to explain everything. Seriously, everything. Turns out, college comes with its own language — a language that requires decoding in order to be comprehended by the high school brain. Things that college students assume are common knowledge — what it means to recontract, the awesomeness that is Jan from Squires and the mixed pot from which GTAs come from — are all foreign concepts. Similarly, once you start picking up the “college code” all those little high school nuances start slipping from your mind. If asked what time lunch was during the three years I attended
Century High School, I would now struggle to remember something that used to be as easy to access in my memory as the names of the Kardashians. The college brain drain is intended to make room in your mind for more important things that you will learn at university — things like what time the dinner rush hits Marketplace
Turns out, college comes with its own language — a language that requires decoding in order to be comprehended by the high school brain. Carrie Sandstrom managing/opinion editor and which bathroom is always out of toilet paper. But it also makes it a lot harder to communicate with and date a high schooler. In a way, by dating a high schooler, you become a high school hybrid. Sure, you might not attend classes, but you still end up doing a lot of high school things: You have to attend high school sporting events, frequent high school parties and avoid getting grinded on at high school dances. And every single one of those becomes extremely awkward the moment you walk across stage and flip your tassel. What’s more, you still spend an awful lot of time worrying about curfews, getting caught by parents and overall “pre-graduation” fears. College is supposed to be a time when you can break out from the restrictions and watchful eyes of adult chaperones, parents and the like; not a time when you can send dirty texts with slightly bigger words instead of hanging out because your beef got grounded. Yes, a college-high school relationship is difficult, awkward and sometimes not all that fun. But then again, if you think about it, aren’t all relationships? Carrie Sandstrom is the managing/opinion editor of The Dakota Student. She can be reached at email@example.com
Lost keys, condoms and missed calls UNPLEASANT There are some things you just have to grin and bare. Brandon Becker THEDAKOTASTUDENT
There are certain things in life that are universally unenjoyable. Some of these require our participation, others occur without us having any part in them. Either way it’s not fun.
Losing your keys We’ve all been there, ready to go out and do something; we put on our shoes, jacket and are ready to go — except our keys are nowhere to be found. Not that big of a deal right? A simple little sweep of the area and you’ll be on your way. But this time, your keys are not where you think your keys should be. This time they aren’t in the crevasse of a couch littered with food crumbs and loose change or hiding in the
pocket of the pants you last wore. After searching all the logical areas, you begin to recheck everything, but this time even more thoroughly. Frustration starts to set in and, if you have to be somewhere, there’s a good chance you are throwing out some words of which your momma wouldn’t be proud. Soon, frustration will be replaced with rage followed by you ferociously searching through everything a third time. Instead of sticking your hands in the crevasses of the couch, you will pick it up Incredible Hulk style and shake it mercilessly; your keys still won’t be found but you will have enough change to buy a Happy Meal. Unfortunately, you will also need to vacuum. Just when you’ve given up hope, you will find your keys in an incredibly easy spot — like your back pocket, leaving you even more frustrated. Chances are you’ll take out that frustration later on some poor soul who had the misfortune to cross your path.
Sure, buying condoms isn’t that big of a deal, but if we could all buy them in private, I’m sure we would. It always seems when buying condoms it’s impossible to find a younger cashier to check you out. Nope, it’s always got to be the 60 to 70-year-old woman who sneers at you as she notices you do not in fact have a wedding ring on your finger. I know what you’re thinking — go to Walmart and use the self-checkout lane. Great idea. Except the last time I went to Walmart and used the selfcheckout lane, it was later in the evening and half of the staff was hovering around the area on the off chance I needed assistance. This is why online shopping is the way to go.
or it’s your grandparents. The voicemail has been rendered pointless thanks to text messaging. A text is one of the first things you’ll see when you check your phone, whereas listening to a voicemail is essentially a chore. Nobody wants to receive a voicemail that consists of someone babbling on about how you should call them back when you can send a two word text to accomplish the same thing as your minute and a half message. Thankfully, the voicemail is slowly dying out between friends and family members, but there still are those who haven’t joined the year 2013 yet — you know who you are.
Being dumped Getting dumped is an ex-
Getting pointless voice- perience no one wants to go through, but everyone benefits mails OK, maybe this one isn’t universally disliked because there are people out there who still leave voicemails. However, the only acceptable voicemails from those you know are when they are intoxicated, it’s an emergency
from. I once said I’d rather get dumped than have to break up with someone because the latter is miserable, but then I got dumped. And it sucked. It’s especially sad when you
look back on how pathetic you were after the breakup; most likely listening to sad and depressing tunes, moping around and eating far more than you should. There’s also plenty of awkward moments when you’re out and about with a group and someone asks where your ex is and you inform them you broke up, which is followed by that person feeling uncomfortable and issuing an apology. That’s a lose-lose for everyone who has to experience it, but it happens multiple times. Not only are you the one who got canned, you’ll also have to be reminded of it in social settings. It’s a joy. The good news — yes there is good news — is you will emerge a better person and you’ll be single. It may take awhile to enjoy it, but when you get there you’ll like it.
Brandon Becker is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. He can be reached at brandon.becker2@ my.und.edu
Tuesday April 9, 2013
Campus briefs Wellness Center gets national attention The UND Wellness Center has received national attention lately from publications such as Greatist, MSN Fitbie and Best College Reviews as one of the top college wellness centers in the country. To help stand out among its national competitors, the Wellness Center boasts a Culinary Corner, circuit deck, spin studio, indoor track, rock wall and student study area. Rankings listed on Greatist.com were based on student submissions and polls and in other lists, the Wellness Center hit within top 25 and even within the top three. “We listen to our students — constantly trying to improve our space to meet their needs,” Wellness Center Director Yvette Halvorson said in an interview with University and Public Affairs. UND and its Wellness Center collaborate on many aspects of wellness education on campus, including the “Guiding Stars” program and the Wellness Expo.
43rd annual Time-Out Week approaches The Hyslop Sports Arena will once again host the annual Wacipi powwow this year from April 19-21 with Time-Out Week bringing in dozens of events and lectures to set the tone and mood for the 2013 theme: “Seven Generations of Native Identity.” The Wacipi is attended by indigenous tribes from all across the United States and Canada and provides UND’s American Indian students the opportunity to express and share their respective cultures. Sponsors of Time-Out events include: American Indian Student Services, Department of Indian Studies, Cultural Awareness Committee, Office of the President, city of Grand Forks, Student Government and the Student Organizations Funding Agency (SOFA). According to a UND press release, the Wacipi is considered, “a weekend of song and dance” and will feature a basketball tournament, music, dance and informative events.
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out and sometimes we don’t.” All UND students may attend the Powwow held from April 19 to 21 for free with a student ID.
Noise Senators unanimously voted for a resolution to commit to
Chip Brown to give UND Hagerty Lecture The 2013 UND Hagerty Lecture will take place in the Grand Forks Herald Community Room in downtown Grand Forks tomorrow, featuring New York Times writer Chip Brown. Brown published a cover story for the Sunday Magazine of the New York Times titled, “North Dakota Goes Boom,” which draws an account of the developments occurring in the western North Dakota oil fields. In his career, Brown has contributed to more than 30 media publications including “The New Yorker,” “Vanity Fair,” “Vogue,” “GQ” and “National Geographic Adventure.” Richard Aregood, associate professor of communication said, “It may be the best thing ever written (about North Dakota) by a visitor not named Meriwether Lewis.” The Hagerty Lecture was established by employees of the Grand Forks Herald in recognition of the late Jack Hagerty — former Herald news editor, managing editor and editorin-chief.
working with the city council to change regulations on noise ordinances through campus and the City of Grand Forks zoning. Vice President Eric Watne presented the resolution and said it aims to extend UND’s ability “to have entertainment and culture, more than currently established in the community.” Current regulations prohibit
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noise loud enough to be heard from 50 feet away after 10 p.m. The resolution aims to extend this time to 2:30 a.m. on weekends in an effort to support student organization events and use of University Park, along with art and entertainment in the city. “College students bring a lot to the City of Grand Forks and I think this is something they could do to help us out,” Senator Jennifer Vetter said. The resolution would encompass much of campus, including what was specifically cited in the resolution: University Ave to Sixth Ave N and University Park to Stanford Road. Residence Hall Senator Joe Kalka brought the idea to the Association of Residence Halls and members were concerned about the increase of noise outside of the halls that would be out of control. Senators decided that this was a legitimate concern, but did not change the time they are aiming for. “We aren’t just making up this arts and entertainment idea, this has been implemented across the country,” Interfraternity Council President John Mitzel said. “It won’t be a free for all.” Mitzel said this would not inhibit police efforts to combat crime. President-elect Nick Creamer said this time extension would increase the consistency in monitoring different events. “A lot of the university sponsored events are technically in violation of current policy but often aren’t cited by university police,” he said. Since it was passed, Student Government will work with Grand Forks City Council to change this regulation.
Approvals Junior Ross Lien was approved for an open University Senate position. “I have a lot of leadership qualities that would be great for University Senate, and I would like to help lead students,” Lien said.
Kaitlin Bezdicek is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. She can be reached at kaitlin.bezdicek @my.und.edu
Tuesday April 9, 2013
The ups and downs of coming out: Freshman’s coming out tale gives insight into one of the biggest challenges LGBT people have.
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Story by Cole Britton If people learn one thing from listening to Xanthe Kuhn, it’s that honesty is the best policy — most of the time.
Getting personal Speaking from behind a pair of glasses and beneath a large afro, Kuhn spoke to a small group of people Saturday morning at the third annual NDLGBTQA Conference. The UND freshman said that she began coming out in Rockford, Ill. during eighth grade — not an ideal place or time to do so. “Middle school’s already tough enough,” she said. “But when you’re in one of the biggest failing school districts in Illinois, when you have no control over the student population, when your population is mostly urban and this is a way of life that is extremely foreign to them, this is a problem.” Speculation of Kuhn’s sexuality among her classmates wasn’t pleasant. Often, she was abused — mostly verbally but once physically. “When I began to find out what the rest of my peers and my student body thought about me, it began to hurt,” she said. “I would talk about anything in class, it’s like ‘oh, it’s the gay kid, it’s so funny.’”
Officially out Kuhn decided the best thing to do was acknowledge it. In a school theatre production she wrote, she confirmed her sexuality to the school through a joke, which the audience responded to with laughter and applause. The moral of the story, Kuhn said, is that regaining control of a situation after you’ve lost it isn’t hard. “You just have to be forceful and take the step and tell people that that is who you are,” she said. “You should own that. You’re going to have to acknowledge it, especially if it’s the truth.” Coming out to her mother, a conservative Christian, was a different kind of challenge. After initially denying her orientation when asked by her mother, Xanthe accidentally came out to her when she turned off “The Rush Limbaugh Show” after Limbaugh used a term that touched a nerve. “I had to stop at ‘lesbian feminazi.’ I had to turn it off,” she recalled. “I said ‘I’m sorry, I can’t keep listening to him anymore, I don’t like how he talks about us — I said us.” While her mother ignores the issue for the most part, Kuhn said she is slowly coming to terms with it. Kuhn said that while she was accepted at the University of Oklahoma and Northern Illinois University, she chose to attend UND so that she could continue to come out. She wanted to
learn about what she called “the other side of the world that’s extremely conservative.” Her journey of coming out isn’t finished, however. Kuhn has family in Ohio that she hasn’t come out to yet because she feels their conservative views could cause them to reject her. “It hurts when you learn that you need to begin assigning, basically, risk values to your family, to human relationships,” she said. But UND has welcomed Kuhn. She remarked that students are educated and the Ten Percent Society has been a group she enjoys being a part of. “They’ve been very supportive,” she said. “I feel like I know them and for me that’s very important. “It’s not a very superficial thing, like ‘oh, we’re here because we’re gay and we should stick together,’ it’s like ‘we’re here because we’re gay and we like each other.’” Kuhn noted that we’re lucky to live in a time and place where you haven’t got to stay in a place where you’re being abused because of who you are. “If something is so horrible, you do have the option that you can travel,”
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You just have to be forceful and take the step and tell people that that is who you are. Xanthe Kuhn UND freshman she said. “You might just need some time for yourself before you’re really able to attack these issues. “You might just need to distance yourself, honestly, from the people you love, as much as it hurts. But just to find out a little bit more about you, maybe find out a little bit more about them and what they actually think about you.”
Conference draws from far and wide
The conference drew just under 50 people, slightly less than last year’s turnout. Alexandra Lord, Co-Chairperson of the conference and Vice President of UND TPS, said the conference gave these people a chance to find out more about current topics in the LGBT community. “People seem really happy and they’re learning, so that’s exciting,” she said. Registrants came not only from the Red River valley but from places like Oklahoma and Montana. Chelsea Kerr came from Duluth, Minn. to welcome
Top: Xanthe Kuhn (right) speaks at NDLGBTQA 2013. Center: The ﬁrst panel of NDLGBTQA commences April 5. Bottom: NDLGBTQA ends with a drag show, like the one above.
people at the registration desk, an experience she enjoyed. “Meeting people and getting to see all the different people who are coming to listen to the different workshops is really cool,” she said. “To see the large range of people that are interested in coming and learning or hearing more or supporting is a lot of fun.” The conference welcomed speakers such as North Dakota state legislators Joshua Boschee and Kylie Oversen, UND’s Malika Carter and Natalie Clark, a Minnesotan speaker on LGBT issues.
Clark, who was the conference’s keynote speaker, identifies as a cis-gender femme bisexual queer. Lord says that hosting a speaker with that many titles is a good way to show people that more orientations exist than what people think about. “I think it helps bring to light the fact that it’s kind of like a spectrum — there’s all sorts of different identities out there. You don’t know all of them,” she said. Cole Britton is the features editor of The Dakota Student. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday April 9, 2013
“Snapshots” entertains on the fly IMPROV Original production featuring UND students pokes fun at North Dakotan culture. JAYE MILLSPAUGH THEDAKOTASTUDENT
The end of the world doesn't have to be a serious topic. This was the message conveyed by the original and partially improv play, “Snapshots from Armageddon: An Apocalyptic Sketch Comedy.” The content referenced the TV shows Star Trek and Doctor Who but also poked fun at the state of North Dakota — particularly the accents — Norwegian culture and the oil boom in the western part of the state. A local barbershop quartet made up of four older gentlemen, the Minnkota4, performed
silly songs about their Norwegian heritage in between a few of the scenes. The play was performed at the Firehall Theater in downtown Grand Forks on March 23, as well as last Friday and Saturday as part of the theater's Late Night Series. Tickets to all late night shows are $8 each and are targeted at an 18+ crowd. “I love that the Firehall is a place where people can experiment,” Firehall Theatre Director Kathy Coudle-King said. One of the play's directors, Howie Korsmo, presented the idea of “Snapshots” to CoudleKing last fall, and she gave him her blessing. The only financial cost was advertising — the cast did all the labor of building the set and creating props and costumes. Approximately half of the play was scripted and the other half was improv, so the show will
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From left: Kevin Amser, Howie Korsmo and Amy Driscoll peform a scene in the original production “Snapshots from Armageddon.” Photo submitted.
never be the same. The whole cast worked together to write the scripted parts, although some scenes were specifically written by the actor performing them. Actor Kevin Amser wrote and performed an original song about what it's like to work as a dentist. He goes on a blind date during the play and tells his date that he's a doctor, but she angrily leaves the room after finding out the truth. “I actually work as a dentist in real life, but this play was a way for me to do something different,” Amser said.
Amser was even listed as “The Dentist” in the play's advertising, instead of using his real name. The rest of the cast included: Korsmo, William Pankratz, Amy Driscoll, Jeff Beach, Tony Baker and Kjerstine Trooien. All of the cast members were UND students or alumni, except for Beach and Amser. The cast has been rehearsing regularly since February. “It's been intense, but in a good way,” said Trooien. “There's been a lot of transitions and revisions, a lot of
smoothing out,” Baker said. The process has been one of change and growth for the actors and the show. Korsmo was especially overscheduled since he was both an actor and director. “I'm never doing that much as a student again,” he said. Among the cast, the sketches involving the “Williston Ten” strippers and the Apocalyptic News Network, or ANN, live broadcasts were most popular. The Williston Ten featured Baker, Trooien and Driscoll as awkward strippers at a bar in Williston, N.D. performing for some very eager men. The ANN live broadcasts featured Pankratz as a TV news anchor providing updates and survival tips for the end of the world. He even provided the voice for a TV infomercial selling an endof-the-world survival kit full of weapons and condoms. Despite the randomness of some of the sketches, the whole show maintained its themes of preparing for the apocalypse and life in North Dakota. “Everyone has given so much of themselves for this show. It was brilliant. Everyone was brilliant,” Korsmo said. Jaye Millspaugh is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. She can be reached at jaye.millspaugh.2 @my.und.edu
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Christus Rex sends students to help pack food FMSC Organization sends food to children across the world in need of daily meals. JAYE MILLSPAUGH THEDAKOTASTUDENT
Multiple daily meals are something many people take for granted — yet it’s a privilege that not everyone has. “Feed My Starving Children” is a Christian organization helping to fix this problem around the world by packing large quantities of food into plastic bags and sending them wherever needed. They have multiple permanent locations throughout Minnesota, Illinois and Arizona but also tour around the country hosting “MobilePack” events, including one that took place in Grand Forks’ Public Works warehouse building last weekend. Their mission, according to their website, is to “feed God’s starving children who are hungry in body and spirit.” “This is our third time coming to Grand Forks and our goal is to pack our millionth meal by the end of the weekend,” FMSC co-chair Jodie Storhaug said. Approximately 2,000 volunteers, including Storhaug and her husband who is the other co-chair, made this happen. Each volunteer signed up to complete a two-hour-long shift doing whatever task they wanted. The event ran from Friday morning until Sunday evening. Tasks included scooping food into plastic bags, applying label stickers to each bag, packing finished bags into cardboard boxes and carrying the packed boxes to a delivery site. The volunteers were divided into groups depending on which task they chose and completed the project in an assembly line fashion. This event packed “Mannapack Rice bags,” which included vitamin powder, hydrolyzed vegetables, soy protein powder and white rice. “This year we had 41 churches, 21 businesses, three schools and many families and service groups send groups of volunteers,” Storhaug said. “A group of seventh graders from Val-
ley Middle School was bused here on Friday during their school hours.” UND sent groups from Christus Rex on Saturday and the Student Association of India on Sunday. “It sounded like a good cause since a lot of children are not eating every day,” UND doctoral student and SAI member Sanghita Sarkar said. “We are really enjoying the event. It’s our first time here and we’re very excited.” This enthusiasm even motivated some people to work for FMSC fulltime. The MobilePack event in Grand Forks was led by a few full-time employees from the FMSC permanent site in Minneapolis, Minn. “I volunteered for them during high school and I loved what they did and stood for. I didn’t get hired my first time but I really wanted to try again,” Multipack Team Leader Bridget Babcock said. “I think this is my ninth MobilePack event.” Babcock also has worked at events in California, Ohio and throughout
Minnesota. She especially loves the positive atmosphere, her co-workers and meeting with the volunteers. Besides needing help from fulltime employees, FMSC MobilePack events also require a lot of fundraising — which makes it difficult for Grand Forks to host more than one per year. “We did all the fundraising ahead of time and have been working very hard since August,” Storhaug said. “We needed to raise $90,200 or 22 cents per meal.” The funds were raised through donations from local businesses and individuals, and through fundraising events at local churches and middle schools. There was also some money left over from last year’s event, which exceeded its fundraising goal. For this event, FMSC partnered with City of Dreams, a mission program providing education, orphanages and nutritious food to children in Kenya. “My biggest thing I got out of
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MacWilliam, Kristo and Forbort sign pro deals CONTRACTS North Dakota hockey standouts sign their first NHL entry-level contracts. Elizabeth Erickson THEDAKOTASTUDENT
[FILE PHOTO] THEDAKOTASTUDENT North Dakota senior defenseman Andrew MacWilliam signed a two-year entry level contract with the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs. He will start his career in the AHL but will soon play alongside former UND star Matt Frattin with the Leafs.
Huff named All-American AWARD Junior guard becomes North Dakota basketball’s first D-I All-American. THEDAKOTASTUDENT
North Dakota’s junior guard is the program’s first AllAmerican since Jerome Beasley. File Photo.
a coaching career that spanned 41 years. The top 25 players eligible to win the award are the best of MidMajor collegiate basketball and are named All-American while the winner will be selected at the 2013 CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet in Atlanta, Ga. Huff is the first North Dakota player since former Miami Heat forward Jerome Beasley to win an All-American Award, whereas Beasley won the award at the Division II level, Huff is the first to win it at the Division I level. In addition to his place on the
Lou Henson Mid-Major AllAmerican team, Huff also earned unanimous All-Big Sky First Team Honors along with a place on the All-Big Sky Tournament Team for the 2013 season. Along with his Big Sky accolades, Troy also earned second team NABC All-District 6 honors, which along with 241 other Division I basketball players he will be eligible for NABC AllAmerican honors as well. David Butz is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. He can be reached at david.butz @my.und.edu
UND baseball worked by HBU PITCHING UND starter Alex Twenge goes the distance in throwing a complete game.
After turning in one of the best seasonal performances seen by North Dakota basketball in recent years, junior guard Troy Huff was one of 25 players named to the 2013 Lou Henson All-American Team — becoming the first UND player to garner the honor at the Division I level. Huff led North Dakota basketball in scoring after netting 481 points for a 19.2 points per game average while also leading the team in rebounding with 6.9 per game. In January, Huff also reached the milestone of 1,000 career points in a conference win over Eastern Washington. Huff’s scoring figures also led the entire Big Sky Conference while his rebounding average was fifth in the Big Sky. “Troy had a fantastic season for us and this is more positive attention for both him and our program in what was a special first season in the Big Sky Conference,” UND coach Brian Jones said. “To be recognized as one of the top players at this level and have your name mentioned along with Lou Henson is truly special.” In 2010, the award was named in honor of former Illinois and New Mexico State head coach Lou Henson, who won 779 games over
It wasn’t long after their college careers ended that seniors Andrew MacWilliam and Danny Kristo bounced into the big leagues. Last Wednesday afternoon, MacWilliam signed a two-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs while Kristo signed a two-year deal with the Montreal Canadiens — the two biggest rivals in professional hockey. Junior defenseman Derek Forbort also signed a three-year entrylevel contract Saturday with the Los Angeles Kings and chose to opt out of his senior year. It’s a big step — but after four years, new opportunities provide excitement for the players. “It’s pretty nerve-racking but exciting at the same time,” MacWilliam said. “New opportunity for me and I’m excited but a little bit nervous too; but I guess I have
to move on from playing here after four great years.” While playing in 163 games at North Dakota, MacWilliam, an Alberta native, scored four goals and added 27 assists as a defenseman while accumulating a +37 plus/minus rating. His 327 career penalty minutes rank seventh in program history. During his senior year, MacWilliam was named to the NCAA West Region All-Tournament Team. The success he attained can be traced along a path of learning and guidance from coaching staff. “I’ve learned so much from being here,” MacWilliam said. “Obviously with the coaching staff, they’ve done such a great job over my four years to prepare for next level and I’ve also been fortunate to play with so many great guys.” MacWilliam was the team’s captain his senior year while Kristo was named an alternate. The leadership roles that both undertook allowed them to showcase their abilities and build preparation for the future. “It’s been a lot of responsibility, but it’s helped me learn my leadership qualities and teaching
The University of North Dakota men’s baseball team continued its 2013 campaign with a four game stand against Houston Baptist in Texas over the past weekend. The Green and White fell to the Huskies in the series opener Friday afternoon (9-5) before dropping the second game as well (2-1) Saturday afternoon. North Dakota struck back in Saturday’s second game, winning 3-1 and losing 19-4 Sunday. The Huskies picked up a huge offensive spark from a three-run homer in the sixth inning of the opener to break a 4-4 tie and down the Green and White while handing them their first conference loss of the season. “We didn’t finish innings today,” UND coach Jeff Dodson said on the loss. North Dakota gave up eight of HBU’s nine runs with two outs left in the inning and stranded 15 of its own runners on base. Offensively, UND picked up multi-hit performances from Taylor Peterson, Patrick Vandoorne and Jeff Campbell, who finished with two knocks each to account for six of North Dakota’s 11 hits in the game. Saturday’s games were dominated by solid pitching performances by both sides as North Dakota split a
doubleheader with the Huskies. The first game was barely taken by HBU (2-1), as it pushed the deciding run across the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning to etch a win past a strong outing from UND starter Tyler Ruemmele. North Dakota got even in Saturday’s second game behind the arm of Alex Twenge, who pitched a complete nine-inning game for the Green and White to help them pick up their first conference win of the season. Twenge scattered seven of the Huskies hits over his nine inning game in what UND Head Coach Jeff Dodson called “an amazing performance.” Twenge struck out four batters to shut the door on HBU. The win was Twenge’s third of the season as he improved his record to 3-1 on the mound for North Dakota. UND was able to etch out the win on just three runs, as the team went a combined 6-32 at the plate against a strong HBU pitching staff. Jacob Threlkeld, Ryan Reese and Taylor Peterson carried the only RBIs in the outing but it proved to be enough behind Twenge’s hard work on the mound. Sunday’s matchup didn’t fare as well for the Green and White as HBU’s offense exploded for a 19-4 win, dropping its record farther below .500 (10-12-1). North Dakota’s next series will kick off this Friday at 4 p.m., against UNC in Greeley, Colo. David Butz is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. He can be reached at david.butz @my.und.edu
Kristo receives award UND softball team HONOR UND senior forward named 2013 College Hockey News Player of the Year. Elizabeth Erickson THEDAKOTASTUDENT
He didn’t get to skate in the Frozen Four, but Danny Kristo will end his college career with college hockey honors. After arguably his most successful season at UND, Kristo has earned the distinction being named the 2012-13 College Hockey News Player of the Year. “Dan’s had a complete year,” UND coach Dave Hakstol said. “He’s had phenomenal offensive numbers, but I think what has impressed everybody the most of his game is how complete it is and he’s become a very good two-way hockey player and well-respected for that across the nation.” After being selected from the top 15 players in the country, Kristo was chosen for the honor based on his success in many aspects of
the game. He reached the score sheet in 31 games this season, the second most in the nation. With a career-high 52 points, the Eden Prairie, Minn., native claimed the No. 2 spot in the nation and scored 26 goals while tallying 26 assists for a +17 plus/ minus that led the team. “He had a career that followed the path of a lot of guys and developed over four years,” Hakstol said. “His junior and senior years he became a dominant player at a national level within our program.” In each of his four seasons at North Dakota, Kristo recorded 20-plus assists, becoming the first player to do so since former UND player Jeff Panzer did from 199798 to 2000-01. The success that Kristo gained in the national spotlight this season can be attributed to a learning process utilized throughout his years at UND. “I think it’s been a steady gradual growth,” Hakstol said. “Everybody goes through ups and downs through their careers and it’s a matter of sticking with it. I think Dan did a great job of that. He really matured as a young man and
as a player and he’s ready to go be a good pro player and it’s a great time in his career.” Although he didn’t crack the Hobey Hat Trick, Kristo was named a top-ten finalist and was twice named the WCHA Player of the Week. In addition to being named Player of the Year, Kristo also earned a spot on the All-CHN First Team, as well as the All-WCHA First Team and the NCAA West Region All-Tournament Team. In his collegiate career, Kristo earned WCHA rookie of the year in 2009-10 and assisted his team in punching a ticket to four NCAA post-season appearances. His team also won the Broadmoor Trophy three times and once claimed the MacNaughton Cup. While he will step up to pursue his NHL career and no longer skate at Ralph Engelstad Arena, Kristo’s time at UND will long be remembered, and his name will sit beside his statistics that have been etched into history books. Elizabeth Erickson is the web editor of The Dakota Student. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
falls to rival SDSU GAMES North Dakota loses both matchups in a double header against the Jacks. Mariah Holland THEDAKOTASTUDENT
The UND softball team played a double header against rival South Dakota State University last Wednesday. The first of the two games ended with UND down by one run to finish the game 8-7. The Green and White had their bats swinging in the matchup — slapping seven runs on the board against the Jacks. Senior infielder Cami Bennett and junior infielder D Jantzer each managed two hits and two runs as the team battled against SDSU. North Dakota started the first game of the day with the lead but couldn’t hang on, as SDSU scored five runs in the fourth inning to pull
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ahead and claim the win. The second game of the double header wasn’t quite as close as the first game, as UND fell 8-4. Only five players posted hits for the Green and White, with Jantzer making it to the score sheet yet again. UND grabbed an early lead but could not hang on to it as SDSU stormed back early in the second. Unable to build a comeback, UND tallied the day’s second loss. Despite the way players have been hitting, UND still can’t seem to string consistent wins. North Dakota’s overall season record sits at 10-24 with just two wins out of six conference games. North Dakota’s next meeting will be a conference game at home against Southern Utah. The first of the three-game series will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at the Apollo Sports Complex. Mariah Holland is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. She can be reached at mariah.holland@ my.und.edu
the young guys the best I can,” MacWilliam said. “That’s something I’ll be able to use not only on the ice but off as well.” There is no doubt as to whether or not MacWilliam will find success beyond UND. “I think that’s all part of the package with Andrew and that level of character that he brings with him is part of what has the Maple Leafs pretty excited about his future with them,” UND coach Dave Hakstol said. MacWilliam will report to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League, but is expected to quickly move up the ranks. Kristo, a native of Eden Prairie, Minn., will report to the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs after being drafted in the second round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He played Saturday night and tallied an assist on the game-winning goal in his professional debut. As a Hobey Baker finalist, Kristo’s standout senior season netted him 26 goals and 52 points. “It’s exciting,” MacWilliam said. “Obviously he’s been one of the best players in college hockey for quite some time now and he’s a dynamic special player, so Montreal is lucky to have him.” While they will soon have new places to call home and new teammates to skate alongside, MacWilliam and Kristo will remember their years at UND as some of their best. “It’s been the best four years of my life,” MacWilliam said. “It’s something that I’ll cherish for a long time and I’ll be back and I can still call Grand Forks home. And I’ll be around, that’s for sure. It’s a wonderful place and the people around here are so special. I’m fortunate to be a part of it.” For MacWilliam, Kristo and Forbort, preparation at the college level has readied them for the next step. Elizabeth Erickson is the web editor of The Dakota Student. She can be reached at email@example.com
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