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Tuesday April 15, 2014

Volume 131 | Issue 46

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Wiz Khalifa to perform at Alerus Center By Ashley Marquis The Dakota Student After a semester of working hard, UND students will get a chance to play hard at the annual Spring Jam concert held at the Alerus Center, May 3 at 8 p.m., featuring Wiz Khalifa. University Program Council announced the headliner April 9, and tickets were made available to students last week at the UND Student Government office located in the Memorial Union. Tickets are free for UND students and $30 for the public. UPC music coordinator Jordan Cespedes said that when planning the concert, UPC intended to pick a different artist, but because things were planned a little too late, it did not work out. The original finalists for Spring Jam were B.o.B, Flo Rida, Fall Out Boy, The All American Rejects and Hot Chelle Rae. “Last year we brought in country, so I thought hip-hop would be nice this year,” Cespedes said. Students packed the Memorial Union last week to grab tickets to the event, and by the end of the week, floor tickets were sold out.

Cespedes said she thought most people were looking forward to the chosen artist. “I am excited,” UND student Lindsay Young said. “I wanted B.o.B. out of the five, but I like (Khalifa's) music. It is upbeat and enjoyable.” Khalifa, who was born in Minot, N.D., is a popular rapper and is known for his songs “Black and Yellow,” “Young, Wild, and Free” with Snoop Dogg, “Work Hard, Play Hard” and “No Sleep.” Khalifa has worked with many artists including Miley Cyrus, Adele and Juicy J. Despite the big-name artist on his way to Grand Forks, not everyone was happy about the decision. “I’m very disappointed,” UND student Amy Halvorson said. “I was really hoping we would get someone more neutrally popular, someone basically everyone can enjoy. And I feel like Wiz has a very specific audience.” Cespedes said she has not heard any concerns about Khalifa from students but, either way, UPC is ready for the concert. Ashley Marquis is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. She can be reached at

Wiz Khalifa. Photo Courtesy of Nathan Wind (flickr).

Meeting called after veto

By Megan Hoffman The Dakota Student

Tensions ran high during an emergency senate meeting on April 10 to discuss Student Body President Nick Creamer’s veto of a bill that would allocate an additional $2,000 to UNDIA for its buffalo feed on April 12. The buffalo feed is an annual event held during the UNDIA’s Time Out Week Wacipi Powwow. Although the issue was voted on twice, the veto was not overturned. The bill was brought up at the senate meeting on March 30 and approved after the senators compro-

mised the bill from an original allocation of $4,000 down to $2,000. Creamer vetoed the bill on April 7 and an emergency meeting was scheduled for later that week after the AIS was left to try and find funding with less than a week before the event. Creamer cited two reasons for vetoing the bill:, the first being the initial $20,000 allocated to UNDIA came with an understanding that this would be sufficient to cover the costs of the powwow. The second reason that this amount was already two and a half times the amount other student orga-

nizations are allocated when they ask for funds. “I think it’s important to override this veto,” senator Kyle Thorson said. “We had great discussion Sunday, but everyone left unhappy because we compromised. I don’t think it’s fair to veto something in such a short time frame.” Senator Brian Tschosik was against overturning the veto because of feedback he received. “I’m voting ‘no’ in respect to my constituents,” Tschosik said. “They are against the bill, not the veto.”

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Sorority banner sparks controversy By Emmy Erbes The Dakota Student Gamma Phi Beta sorority found itself skating on thin ice after hanging a controversial banner to support UND Men’s Hockey in the Frozen Four. The sorority created the banner to participate in the “Tweet Your Sheets” campaign by NoDak Nation, in which students were encouraged to decorate and hang a bedsheet to show support for the hockey team. Participants were supposed to adorn their bedsheet banners with a catchy slogan and pictures, and then post a photo of it on Twitter. Gamma Phi Beta’s banner, which read, “You can take away our mascot, but you can’t take away our pride,” was interpreted by some as an insult to Native Americans and was quickly taken down. UND President Robert Kelley sent an email to all students and faculty the next day, apologizing for the stir the banner caused.

“The banner and the timing of the banner — at the beginning of Time Out week, sponsored by the UND Indian Studies Association — demonstrated a lack of sensitivity,” Kelley said in his email. Time Out week is a celebration of Native American culture at UND, and the week culminated in the 44th annual powwow on campus. UND student Rachel Richter did not believe the sorority made the banner to target Native Americans. “I don’t think they meant any harm. It was geared toward the NCAA, not Native Americans,” she said. “I do think it was poorly timed, and they didn’t think it through.” Gamma Phi Beta’s international headquarters issued a statement Tuesday to apologize for the incident.




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“The members of (UND) Chapter sincerely apologize for the lack of respect they displayed by hanging an insensitive banner on their chapter facility,” the statement read. “Gamma Phi Beta sincerely apologizes to the University of North Dakota community — we do not condone behavior that violates the policies and values of our organization." The sorority got in trouble for a similar situation in 2007 when it hosted a “cowboys and Indians” themed party. The chapter said it will undergo sensitivity training in response to the banner incident. Because the banner was taken down quickly, most students and faculty had no knowledge of the situation until the email was sent by Kelley. This led some people to believe the email should not have been sent at all. “I think the email was unnecessary,” UND student Alex Martinson said. “It would’ve been a hush-hush deal because the banner was put up and taken down at about the same time.” Rachel Richter acknowl-




Twelve senators were able to make it to the emergency meeting and spent fewer than 10 minutes discussing the bill before voting. The motion to overturn the veto failed, and the floor was opened to public comment where many members of the community and senate voiced their opinions. “There are deep tensions related to the American Indian populations,” Thorson said. “Tensions are running high both ways. There were words said that were very hurtful. We need to build community rather than tear it down.” Thorson said he would be making a personal contribution to help raise the money for the feed. After the veto, several private donors stepped up to help cover costs, but with the bill not going through, UNDIA was still left short. “Whether or not you voted for or against it or vetoed it, we’d like to see you at the event,” Robert Rainbow said. “But why do we have to fill this room? Let’s have more conversations. It’s about relationships. What can you do on each of your levels? I’m honored to come here and be allowed to speak.” Rainbow also brought up fights on Twitter after Creamer’s veto. Both supporters of the bill, opponents to the bill and members of senate took to the social media site to voice their opinions. “It’s difficult to correspond in 140 characters or less,” Government Affairs Coordinator John Mitzel said. “When we get everyone in one room to talk about complexities of this year, it’s more

edged that the email was necessary and thought President Kelley handled the situation correctly. “Some people were upset about the banner, and it is his job to step up and say sorry,” she said. “I think a lot of people don’t understand why it needs to be an issue. They think that President Kelley was targeting the sorority. The Fighting Sioux nickname was dropped for a reason, and the student body needs to be better educated on that.” Kelley concluded his email statement by advising students and faculty to be more cautious with their actions in the future. “UND has a long-standing respect for the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment, which we teach in many of our academic programs,” he wrote. “Along with that, we have a critical responsibility to promote respect and civility within our campus community. We teach and model respect for others. It is imperative that, through our actions, we demonstrate respect for all.”

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productive. I want to thank everyone for coming and giving their input.” Mitzel and Creamer also announced they would be making personal contributions to the buffalo feed. After debate between members of the audience and senate, Thorson asked members of senate to reconsider previous action, making senate eligible to vote on the issue again. “Nothing about this has been ideal,” senator Philip Jensen said. “In the future, hopefully, we have better dialogue. It starts today with $2,000. I beg you to do the right thing.” Thorson pleaded with the senators to consider overturning the veto and to think about the issue of hospitality on the UND campus. “It must be disheartening to see funds chipped away year after year after year,” Thorson said. “We can especially so when we spend $250,000 on a concert. Say yes — we want to be hospitable.” After another vote on overturning the veto, senate members once again voted against it. Conversations between senate members and community members opened new doors and hope for future conversations to be productive. “I will not quit. I will be back every year, and I hope to turn a new leaf and start new,” UND Indian Association Vice President RJ Morin said. “Be our friend. Lets start that conversation. We are one school, one UND.” Megan Hoffman is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. She can be reached at


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— Spring Jam offers an exciting experience for all students, not just those who are already fans. By Larry Philbin The Dakota Student

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Choosing own beliefs necessary The harder you push something, the more likely someone won’t want to be a part of it ... If you honestly believed something to be true, you wouldn’t need to force that belief on anyone else. Michael Rauser staff writer

Michael Rauser The Dakota Student Indoctrination is always a bad concept. Indoctrination is defined as teaching someone to fully accept the beliefs of a group without considering any others. Parents want their children to be like them, and religion often intensifies that feeling, especially since many religions prescribe horrific punishments in the afterlife for failing to believe in them. Understandably, this raises a protective instinct, which causes parents to do everything in their power to save their child from this perceived threat by trying to get them to convert as early as possible. There are many parents that don’t give their child an opportunity to choose their beliefs. This is often the cause behind the horror stories Christianity has produced involving enraged parents disowning their children for the crime of having different religious beliefs. It’s no secret there’s a greater number of youth leaving religion now more than ever. Some have credited this to the Internet and ease of access to information that easily disproves some of the more ludicrous religions like Mormonism. However, some religious parents blame themselves for their children abandoning the religion and not push-

ing doctrine enough. These people seem to be blind in seeing that it was pushing these things as hard as they did that caused these kids to abandon the faith in the first place. Many people that attend this college likely came from a Christian background. Some do keep their original beliefs 100 percent as taught to them by their parents. Others start to comprise them based on convenience. For example, the Catholic church might teach contraceptives are bad, but it’s just not safe to have sex without protection. Some abandon the religion entirely once they start to honestly question what they believe. You might be familiar with the stereotype of the sexually repressed youth that will be more sexually courageous than anyone because she’s been repressed her whole life and finally has a chance to do what she wants. While it is a stereotype, the underlying principle behind it applies to religion in general. The harder you push something, the more likely someone won’t want to be a part of it. These types of religious people, the ones that demand everyone be exactly like them, are the most insecure in their beliefs of anyone. If you honestly believed something to be true, you wouldn’t need to force that belief on anyone else. The other problem with indoctrination is that it negates faith. The main defense behind beliefs that can’t be proven is usually faith. Faith is often treated as a virtue among religious groups. Yet, if a child doesn’t choose his or her belief, then there is no faith, and it’s simply compliance.

There’s also a lot of parents that insist they don’t indoctrinate their children, while their actions prove the opposite. I’m talking about families that hide in their own corner of society watching only Christian movies, listening to only Christian music, reading only Christian books, while sending their children to Christian schools. They create an environment that’s exclusively Christian, thus causing any who disagree with religious claims to become outcasts, rejects and ostracized from any and all social groups. Even though there is no demand to believe this religion, it’s still indoctrination because it doesn’t allow any opposing viewpoints to ever be heard. For those of you who are religious and plan on having children, this is something to keep in mind. It’s fine to take your child to church and explain to them the religion that’s important to you. But it’s a terrible idea to try to convert a child early on. Young children will believe all kinds of things like Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy. If you try to convert your children to your religion while at the same time telling them about these other mythical figures, they might just add your religion to the pile of other myths they were told about as children. Parents shouldn’t do everything in their power to silence any and all voices that might disagree with them, especially if those voices are coming from the children themselves. Michael Rauser is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. He can be reached at

As I’m sure everyone already knows by now, Student Government recently announced that rapper Wiz Khalifa will be coming to Grand Forks and that students had the opportunity to get free tickets to the event. I’m excited this will be a great experience for students of UND. While not everyone is equally excited that the performer is Wiz Khalifa, at the very least, you have to acknowledge how cool it is for an artist as big as Wiz to come to Grand Forks. Not to say we don’t get some good shows here in Grand Forks, but not very many big artists pass through here while on tour. Usually, if we’re lucky, we have the opportunity to drive an hour south to Fargo to see performers on tour, two and a half hours north to Winnipeg or 5 hours east to the Twin Cities. Furthermore, everyone has a different taste in music, so there isn’t going to be one performer that pleases everyone. But with free tickets, there’s really nothing to lose by going to the show. Personally, I’m excited to see Wiz Khalifa perform. Although I haven’t listened to much of his music recently, I experimented with Wiz a little more back in high school and went to one of his concerts in 2010, right before he became really famous in 2011 with the release of “Black and Yellow.” I can say he’s a great performer and puts a lot of energy into his shows. Even if you aren’t the biggest fan of his music, you might still enjoy the experience of being at one of his concerts. I think this concert will be a great way of bringing the whole campus together for something to get excited about. Immediately after the announcement he was coming, you could already feel the energy and excitement on campus. I was surprised how many people were lined up outside the Student Government office so early in the morning to get their tickets, and I heard people talking about it in class all day long. With all the dramatic talk recently about issues with the library, rising tuition, allegations of racism and everything else, it’s nice we all have something common — and something good — to rally around for a change. This will be a nice way to end the year and enjoy ourselves right before the stress of finals week, so lets all get together and end this year on a high note.

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Free contraceptives a necessity for universities Margaret Upton

The Dakota Student Health care providers always advise students to abstain from sex. However, we all know that advice isn’t usually heeded. Many women in college exercise their newfound independence from their parents and explore their sexuality. One of the most responsible steps a female college student can perform is to acquire and consistently use birth control. Currently, UND offers free male condoms at the Student Health clinic. However, the purpose of student health services providing all the free condoms is not for the purpose of providing contraception, it is to prevent STDs. UND’s student health services should offer free birth control options to female students as well. Presently, birth control is only prescribed if a student has the UND health care plan offered by student health services. The cost of this plan is $1,212 per school year. This cost can either be paid at enrollment for fall semester

or a payment plan of $737 in spring and $475 in summer. Some students simply can’t afford to purchase this plan and therefore go without health care services. After completing a free wellwoman exam at student health services, a female student should be able to receive a prescription for a contraceptive and have it filled by UND’s pharmacy free of charge. There are numerous options of birth control available. According to the American College Health Association in their 2013 report, birth control pills, the male condom and withdrawal are the most practiced forms of contraception among undergraduate college students. Most females do not use birth control as perfectly prescribed. Therefore, the effectiveness is only 91 percent. According to the Guttmacher Institute for sexual and reproductive health, contraceptive implants such as Implanon or an IUD have a failure rate of less than 1 percent and are the most reliable forms of birth control. Some argue the cost of free contraception would be unrealistic due to university budgetary constraints. Providing free birth control would require a student health services budget

Ohio State students host a rally to support free contraceptives. They purchased $600 in Ramen to represent the amount spent annually per woman on contraceptives. Photo courtesy of

increase. However, wouldn’t the cost to UND be higher in both lost tuition and a decreased graduation rate due to unplanned pregnancies? Others claim handing out free contraceptives would encourage students to behave more promiscuously. I would argue most female students who choose to be on birth control are responsible adults and don’t plan to be exceedingly promiscuous. In 2005, the Deficit Reduction Act was enacted by the federal government. An unforeseen casualty of

this Act was that drug providers were no longer required — or able — to sell their drugs to colleges at deep discounted prices. Prices for the most basic of birth control pills rose from an average of $3 to $10 a month to $30 to $50 per month. Colleges have passed this price increase on to students, but most students are not able to cover this increase on a low-income budget. This increase in contraceptive prices has encouraged students to use less reliable forms of contraceptive.

In a 2007 New York Times article, a UND student voiced her opinion that this cost increase creates the reality, “... that women will stop taking it, and whether or not you can pay for it, that doesn’t mean that you’ll stop having sex.” Universities have seen a dramatic climb in the use of the volatile morning after pill, and, on a smaller scale, an increase in unplanned pregnancies. Planned Parenthood made the following announcement about birth control coverage saying, “For many women, especially college students, birth control is not only a health care issue, it’s a financial issue. Covering birth control with no co-pays means college students will not have to choose between paying for tuition and books, or for paying for basic health care like birth control.” The matter of the availability of free birth control is not about university expenses and promiscuity, but it is about responsibility — both a female’s responsibility to herself and the university’s responsibility to support its female students. Margaret Upton is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. She can be reached at

Registration not so difficult UND supports Mary Ochs

The Dakota Student It’s about time again to register for classes. While the thought of it’s extremely stressful, the actual process doesn’t have to be. In the five semesters I’ve had to register for classes here, it has been a fairly smooth ride. Naturally, there will be bumps in the road when we are trying to figure out the next semester of our lives, but in the grand scheme of things we have pretty good advisors. Advising is perceived to be one of the most stressful and dreaded time periods at college. While there’s no doubt that’s true, it could still be far worse. The stress is brought on by the anxiety of not knowing if the classes and times you want are going to be open when your time to register rolls around. It’s also nerve-wracking to decide what Essential Studies courses to take. You don’t want to take something too time consuming, and you

also don’t want to take something so uninteresting your GPA is affected. I’ve had all of these stresses during registration, but in the end they’ve all worked out. I can’t say the same has happened for friends of mine who attend different universities. I’ve gotten calls with an anxious friend on the other end, just hoping and praying those three empty seats will still be open when they register. The biggest misfortune is when I get a panicked text saying my friend’s class is full, and she needs that for her major. So far my classes have all registered smoothly. Even though I’ve switched majors and had to retake classes, my advisor has been very helpful. For the Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) program, there’s only one advisor for undergraduates. That sounds hard to manage, and there’s no doubt it is. However, our advisor is excellent and I applaud her for the patience and organization she must have when registration rolls around. She’s good at what she does and I feel lucky to be part of the MLS program.

Throughout my five semesters of registration here, I’ve had my ups and downs. There have been classes I’ve needed to retake, which throws my time line of classes off track. I’ve also switched majors, which requires me to play a bit of catch up and adjust my schedule. I came into college with credits from taking CIS (College in the Schools) classes in high school, and had to figure out what they transferred as. This made me take a few online classes, in which I need to iron out extra details with my advisor. With the different hiccups in my registration processes, I still consider it smooth. There could always be a much worse circumstance. Overall, I’ve had a positive experience with advising. Maybe it’s just my program, or maybe it’s all programs at UND. I sincerely hope this advising season can go smoothly for everyone. From the experience I’ve had with most of the staff on campus, I know we’re in good hands. Mary Ochs is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. She can be reached at

Letter to the editor


There are still questions about our library, but we certainly have a new football coach. If our university had to choose between the “student” and the “athlete” in the proverbial “studentathlete,” would it thus choose the latter? And if it had to choose between paying for online library databases and an updated dining hall… I fear the issues surrounding library funding are but microcosms of a larger problem — one that has to do with the priorities of our university. Tuition is on the rise. Sports facilities are glorious.

The humanities are under threat. With these in mind, is it fair to say that student learning is the goal? Or is a business model, with its own army of costly consultants, taking over? I don’t intend to blame only the administrators for our decadent priorities. As students, we must pose difficult questions, and we must try to answer them. Are we satisfied with a four-year graduation rate under 25 percent? With a decrease in our academic resources? I am not. Student learning should be the priority. A thriving library re-

flects this more than a new football coach or dining center. Professors can help by modeling the discussions on which flourishing academic life is based. Does the environmentalist, then, respectfully question the petroleum engineer? Does the economist remind the environmentalist of the oil-driven economic growth that can be used to fund, say, a university library? Together, we can question our way to better priorities. Ben Davis international studies major

student needs Kjerstine Trooien The Dakota Student In February, I caught a cold. I missed a few classes to keep from getting worse. After about two weeks, it developed into one of the worst cases of pneumonia I’ve ever had. I spent over a month in bed. I nearly lost my two jobs. I still can’t walk up a flight of stairs Right now, I’m operating at about 50 percent normal. I’ve had health problems in the past, but I’d never missed this much school all at once in college. I was at a loss; how on Earth can I catch up? It’s entirely possible I won’t. Even if I were to quit all my jobs — the only obligations I still have — there’s over a month to make up. All of my classes are discussion based. It’s one thing to miss one class and catch up with a friend’s notes, but when a large amount of the learning takes place in the classroom through participation, it’s entirely different. After meeting with my advisor, I started the process of petitioning for a special circumstance withdrawal. It was something I’d thought about, but I was determined not to give up. I’m a good student, I had straight A’s so far this semester and I wasn’t going to let it all go to waste. But the fact remains that I’m not really better yet, and it was time to make the hard, but right, decision. I felt like a failure. It wasn’t my fault I caught pneumonia, but I felt like it was my fault it hit me so hard. When I returned to school, I was determined to be in full force. After one class, I could barely stand. It be-

came obvious I was in over my head. It can be hard to admit we can’t do it all. It comes as no surprise that college students have a bit of an invincibility complex. We have to feel like we can do anything because we have to do everything. I’m not trying make us out to be more important than we are — or encourage a sense of entitlement — but we have all sorts of pressures on us to give 160 percent all the time. Admitting we are human and that we have limits is not admitting defeat. Sometimes the best way to keep afloat is to stop struggling and just let the water support us. Things go wrong. We’re lucky UND understands this and has ways to help students get through the curves life throws. There are many bad things I could say — and have said — about UND, but I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge that they do good too. Even if I don’t agree with every decision made, I can’t deny the decisions are made with students in mind. We are lucky to have ways to ride out the waves of life without losing our place in the school system. After receiving approval for a special circumstances withdrawal, I’m grateful I had the option. I’m also grateful for my time at the Dakota Student. But because I’m essentially dropping out of school for the rest of the semester, I will also be leaving my jobs. It isn’t easy for me to do, I love working at both. I will miss it more than I can say. Maybe someday I’ll be back — I’m certainly returning to UND — but for now it’s time for me to say good bye. Kjerstine Trooien is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. She can be reached at

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Young dancers perform Sunday during the final day of the annual Time Out Week Wacipi in the Hyslop Sports Center. The three-day event put on by UNDIA included dancing and singing contests and a basketball tournament.



Annual Hagerty Lecture based on journalistic beliefs — Missouri professor explains compassion, shares ‘war stories’ from reporting career By Misti Meads The Dakota Student

Missouri Professor Jacqui Banaszynski speaks at annual Hagerty Lecture on Thursday evening in the Grand Forks Herald Community Room. Photo By Jennifer Friese/The Dakota Student.

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jacqui Banaszynski opened the annual Hagerty Lecture with real stories from her past and the journey she has taken to become the journalist she is today. The lecture took place Thursday night in the Grand Forks Herald Community Room, where Banaszynski focused on compassion and caring in journalism and how she found “the courage to care and the faith to believe.” Banaszynski is not only a 1988 Pulitzer Prize winner, but she also a professor and Knight Chair in Journalism at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. She has been a journalist for 30 years. “I really believe in this, and I believe in the value of it, and if people want to hear about it and are gracious enough to say we will listen to you, then I will go,” Banaszynski said. According to Banaszynski, compassion and caring in journalism is important for readers to understand that journalist don’t always like what they have to do, but it has to be done.

“She puts the lie to the notion that all journalists are cynical, uncaring, heartless vultures who feed off bad news,” retired journalist Chuck Haga said. “In fact, most journalists that I have worked with or competed with have hearts, and you can’t help but be affected when dealing with the parents of a child who’s been killed, for example. Those stories need to be told, and it’s important that they be told by people with sensitivity.” When deciding what to talk about at the lecture, Banaszynski said she had talked to UND professor Richard Aregood to figure out who the audience was going to be and what it needed to hear. “Because so many people have presumptions or attitudes about the media and the press, I like to say, ‘wait a minute; we do care about what we do,’” Banaszynski said. “You might not recognize it because we have to do things people don’t like, but we care about it. And I wanted to not just tell war stories, but to sort of have a message that this matters and you have to find a way to respect and honor and keep journalism alive.” Junior Kelsey Knox wasn’t expecting to learn about true “war”

stories of journalists and things they have to go through in order to get the story out to the readers. “I thought it was pretty neat. I was originally expecting it to be associated with Native American culture, because it’s ‘Time Out Week,’ but I was surprised by how entertaining it was,” Knox said. “I really liked how she wrote about the gay men. I think it’s really neat that she took enough time and energy to convey that it is okay to be gay. I mean, the whole thing was pretty cool.” Haga found importance in her talk of how maintaining a staff of professional storytellers — people who have standards and abide by those standards — is important. “There are a lot of people who think they get all the news they need from a few blogs or maybe TV, but most of what they skim (initially) came from newspapers to start with and were stolen,” Haga said. “If newspapers all shrivel up and die and go away, what is going to take their place? So, it’s important that the craft be sustained.” Misti Meads is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. She can be reached at


Tuesday April 15, 2014

Expo prepares graduating seniors Parody — Students order caps and gowns, begin transition out of college premieres tonight By Adele Kieger The Dakota Student

The Spring Graduation Expo — the one-stop event to help seniors get ready for graduation — was held Thursday at the Loading Dock. Director of Ceremonies and University Events, Fred Wittmann, helped in the planning of the Spring Graduation Expo and graduation ceremonies. “The Spring Grad Expo is the time when we invite all of the eligible graduates coming up on May 17 to come into the Union,” Wittmann said. “They have a chance to check in with the Registrar’s Office, verify their degree posting, check the spelling on their name for accuracy and connects with the bookstore, the Alumni Association, Career Services, with the photographers and other kinds of vendors and services connected with the ceremony.” Prospective Spring graduates used the Expo to explore options within the School of Graduate

Studies, and they used Career Services to help in their job searches. Senior accounting major Nate Rich attended the Spring Graduation Expo and made sure his name was accurately spelled on his diploma. The Expo also gives graduates the chance to order their commencement attire through the university’s bookstore. “My high school graduation gown is the same color as the UND gown, so I will be using that one,” Rich said. “I did order a cap, and I also plan to order a frame for my diploma.” UND’s Alumni Association booth offered services for new graduates and provided ways to stay connected with UND after graduation. The expo also offered ways to help students manage their finances and transition into life after graduation. Aside from visiting the Spring Graduation Expo, seniors need to take several steps to be eligible for graduation. “A number of things that

By Will Beaton The Dakota Student

Senior Dan Jacobson (right) seeks advice at the Spring Grad Expo on Thursday at the Loading Dock. Photo by Shae Bonifacio/The Dakota Student.

deal with financial aid with making sure that all of the appropriate and needed classes are done, a lot of it has to deal with the academics of course,” Wittmann said. Seniors must turn in their graduation applications to the Registrar’s Office by February 11. “I had to first turn in my application for graduation,” Rich said. “After that, I had to wait for my transcript to be audited, and then I received a letter thanking me for applying that also had many important dates that I needed to know about graduating.”

Attending the ceremony is not mandatory, but it’s expected that most, if not all, of the Spring graduates will take part. “The final number for graduates last year was about 1,700,” Wittmann said. “The number for this has already surpassed that.” Spring Commencement will be held May 17 at 1:30 p.m. at the Alerus Center. “Now it’s just a waiting process,” Rich said. “I’m hoping to finish out strong.” Adele Kieger is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. She can be reached at


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For out-of-state UND students, who decided to move to North Dakota maybe knowing nothing about the North besides what you watched in the Coen Brothers’ Academy Award winning film “Fargo,” I wonder how your expectations of silly accents, aggressively agreeable natures and murderous impulses panned out when you showed up. Though “Fargo” was an awesome movie, most of us natives remember it best for exaggerating the above traits more than necessary. For better or worse, the Coens are set to release “Fargo” — a 10-episode television series — tonight on FX. Aside from the cast of characters, not much has been spilled about what the story will actually entail. A string of wordless, 30-second trailers depict seemingly ordinary but uncannily disturbing scenes of everyday North Dakota life — like scraping ice off car windows, drilling ice-fishing holes and dumping bodies on snowy highways. As in the movie, it seems the only characters unafflicted by the sing-song accents in the TV show are the outsiders — like Steve Buscemi’s villain from the film. Billy Bob Thorton stars in the series as violent (non-accented) drifter Lorne Malvo, whose teaser trailers are definitely the most creepy. It’s still the dopey cops and gossipy, distracted townsfolk in the trailers who come off as innocent, blinded and — the whole point of the show — accidentally funny. What should make these caricatures acceptable and inoffensive to us northerners is the fact that the Coen brothers are themselves northerners; they grew up in the Twin Cities. The settings of the franchise — primarily Minneapolis and Brainerd, Minn. in the film and Duluth, Minn. in the new TV series — are

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make fun of themselves. And that gives us natives an opportunity to laugh along with them instead of scoff and say, “We don’t sound like that!”

At the very least, the show should force us to examine who we really are. If we truly don’t “sound like that,” then what do we sound like? If you think we’re being por-

trayed incorrectly, then tell me what would be appropriate. These are questions I hope we North Dakotans and Minnesotans will be made aware of and come up

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seniors set a tone that echoed belief and resilience all season, despite contradicting opinions. Words after the game were hard to come by, but for a coach that watched a team slowly turn the pages of a once-broken season into a chance at the ultimate prize, it was simple to recognize the efforts of a hard-working and determined group. “Really proud of the effort of our hockey team today from top to bottom,” UND coach Dave Hakstol said. “You get into these games — if you walk away from it at the end we’re walking away on — it’s real important to know that you left everything out there, and our guys did that today. Obviously, it’s a bit of a numbing feeling to be walking away at this point in time on a good bounce of the puck that our opponent took advantage of right at the buzzer. “I really want to commend our group of seniors. They’re a small group, they played vary-

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It was a year where we kept proving people wrong. We’re a family in there, and I’m really proud of all the efforts of all the guys through the entire season. Dillon Simpson senior defenseman ing roles within our team, but they provided great leadership and I think really set a tone throughout our work. Right from back in September, all the way through tonight. So it’s painful to see it end this way for those guys, as well as for this particular group of players, who are just outstanding teammates that has really become an outstanding team.” Last weekend marked UND’s 20th Frozen Four appearance in program history, but an eighth championship banner remains a prize for a later time. Hakstol also had his sixth appearance in the tournament in his 10 years as North Dakota’s head coach. While the expectations of remaining one of four teams in the

nation didn’t look to be the case, the expectations of each player on North Dakota’s roster were high. “It’s tough to fall short of expectations,” UND senior Dillon Simpson said. “Coming to UND, the expectation is to win, but I can’t say enough about the guys in our locker room — the way we came together the entire year and fought together. It was a year where we kept proving people wrong. We’re a family in there and I’m really proud of the efforts of all the guys through the entire season.” Elizabeth Erickson is the sports editor of The Dakota Student. She can be reached at



at 3.51. The freshman also leads all pitchers with 33 strikeouts. He also has given up 13 earned runs in the six games he has appeared in this season. After the recent cancellations, UND will look to continue what has been a successful season so far. After a quick stop in South Dakota to play a nonconference game against South Dakota State on April 15, UND will play two straight weekends of conference games. On April 18-20, the Green and White will be in Chicago to take on Chicago State, which currently sits at 0-8 in conference play. On April 25-27, the team will come back home to Grand Forks to hopefully play its first home series of the season against Seattle. This will be an important series because Seattle is only a game behind UND for the No. 2 spot in the conference. Alex Stadnik is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. He can be reached at

Big Sky tourney up next By Mariah Holland The Dakota Student

The UND men’s tennis team was in action on the road this past weekend to face both Montana State and Montana. The women’s team had the weekend off with one final regular season tournament next weekend. Montana State dealt UND a 6-1 loss Saturday afternoon. UND’s Grant Bakke was the only singles player to pick up a point. UND double players Ryan McGuigan and David Bergstrom won their match, but Montana State won the other two matches for the point. It was UND’s second to last match before the end of the season. The men’s team’s regular season ended with the tournament in Montana as the next tournament the team will partake in is the Big Sky Conference tournament before the NCAA tournament in May. The Big Sky tournament will take place in Sacramento, California on Friday, April 25. The men’s record is 3-14 overall with conference wins over Idaho State and Southern Utah.

Women’s team

The women’s team was off this past weekend, but will take on Montana and Montana State this coming weekend in Montana. That will be the end of the regular season for the team and the next tournament will be the NCAA tournament on May 15. The women’s team record is 6-11 on the season with some big games coming against conference opponents such as Eastern Washington and Idaho State. Both teams will finish with the NCAA tournament in May and then will be done for the season until September when the teams start up again to begin a new season. Mariah Holland is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. She can be reached at




Intramural sportsmanship stems from students

— UND intramural sports refereed by students, new sports offered with varying competition levels

By Marie Monson The Dakota Student For more than 60 years, UND students have been participating in intramural sports, and students are just as involved today as ever, sometimes getting too into the games. Coordinator of Rec Sports and Special Events Patrick Marcoe said games are all run by students, and it’s more difficult to referee classmates than people think, which can lead to unsportsmanlike conduct. “Sportsmanship, in my opinion, can always be improved,” Marcoe said. “We do the best that we can with our officials, but they are students. Actually, a lot of the time, it’s their first officiating job — and officiating, especially for your peers, is really a different animal.” With nine different sports offered this semester, students have several options to choose from, including sports not played in high schools. “The one thing we’ve been trying to do is add more sports each year,” he said. “Some of the non-traditional sports like dodgeball, broomball and badminton.” Physical therapy student Kelsey Meyer, who is currently playing on a dodgeball team for her third year in a row, says people can take it pretty seriously, but that the referees perform well. “The atmosphere is intense,” Meyer said. “The games get pretty competitive. The refs aren’t super serious, but they do try to make it as fair as possible. There is so much throwing and dodging going on that it’s easy to miss a call. But overall they do a good job.” Dodgeball is one of the newer sports, according to Marcoe, and with eight teams in the league this year, he said the turnout is on par with what it’s been in recent semesters. “Dodgeball has kind of been

hit and miss, but we’ve been trying to have it each semester now as a league,” Marcoe said. After every night of intramurals, no matter what the sport, the supervisor and referees give every team a sportsmanship rating, with the lower numbers reflecting bad attitudes and higher numbers showing a better control of emotions. Only a couple times in the last few years have teams been suspended from playoffs due to unsportsmanlike conduct, and Marcoe says such rules help keep players in check just like in high school games. “We try to make these sports as well officiated as possible,” he said. “My feeling is that these games should be very close to a (junior varsity) high school game or an actual high school game, so we try to take the rules as seriously as possible.” The most popular of the sports is ice hockey, which has three divisions and over 50 teams total, making it one of the most competitive of the leagues. For the most part, students respect each other. “I’ve never really seen any players that were bad sports since I’ve been playing,” junior Mike Hjermstad said. “Maybe only a few on rare occasions.” One of the referees claims some of the other hockey referees don’t take it seriously enough, making it frustrating to officiate. “If you’re going to do intramural sports, you need to have knowledge about the game,” one ice hockey ref said. “You need to care.” Marcoe remains confident that intramural officials continue to get better at their job. “We’ve got a good group this year around,” he said. “And we’re improving our officials each and every year.” Marie Monson is the multimedia editor of The Dakota Student. She can be reached at

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Last-second heartbreak Spring

weather cancels games

— North Dakota’s season ends with goal from Minnesota

April 10 — Minnesota 2, UND 1 UND coach Dave Hakstol on weekend loss: “It was good playoff hockey. I think both teams played extremely hard. Both teams played discipline. I know our team played the way we want to play, so I’m sure there are some teachable moments in there for the youngsters. I’m happy with the way our team played. That doesn’t bypass the fact that our season ends tonight.”

By Alex Stadnik The Dakota Student

UND senior Dillon Simpson: “Our guys had a really good mindset going into the game and did what needed to be done. I’m extremely proud of how hard they worked, both offensively and defensively. Like coach said, we left it all out there.

BASEBALL Next action: April 15 vs. South Dakota State at Brookings, S.D., April 18-20 vs. Chicago State at Chicago, Ill.

SOFTBALL Next action: April 15 vs. Iowa State at Ames, Iowa, April 16 vs. South Dakota State at Brookings, S.D.

MEN’S TENNIS April 12 — Mont. St. 6, UND 1 Next action: April 25, Big Sky Tournament.

WOMEN’S TENNIS Next action: April 19 vs. Montana at Missoula, Mont.

WOMEN’S SOCCER April 6 ­— UND 1, MSUM 0 April 6 — UND 1, Minn.Crookston 1 Next action: April 26 vs. Northern State at Aberdeen, S.D.


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UND sophomore forward Drake Caggiula skates against Miami earlier this season at Ralph Engelstad Arena. Thanks to a Wisconsin victory over Ohio State, North Dakota advanced to the Midwest Regional and clinched a Frozen Four berth, but lost to Minnesota in the semifinals.

By Elizabeth Erickson The Dakota Student It lived up to all the hype expected of a rivalry matchup, carrying with it a long history of six-goal rallies to move one step closer to a national championship, and single-goal games that ended in heartbreak — the latter written into UND’s history books last Thursday. Like many others, it won’t be easily forgotten. Minnesota’s celebrating skaters on the ice were joined by its bench as Justin Holl’s last-second shot slid past Zane Gothberg. After nearly 50 minutes, a no-goal game turned into a 1-1 battle for a ticket to play for the national championship. The clock read 0:00. Players

and fans anticipated a reaction as the puck might not have beaten the buzzer — but the six tenths of a second left in regulation was all Minnesota needed to end North Dakota’s season. That was it. “We left it all out there, and for whatever reason it just wasn’t meant to be,” Mattson said. “So it’s a pretty heartbreaking way to end your year.” The story of a hockey team that turned around its season in late November to post a 21-7-1 rebound record from a 4-7-2 start followed suit of preceding years. But the depth of this team only strengthened its will to end it differently. “These are my first words since leaving the ice,” sophomore forward Drake Caggiula said.

“Coming from where we did, back in November, we accomplished a lot of goals. Obviously, our goal was to win a national championship. We fell just a little bit short of that. But we have a lot of positives to hold on to for next season, and it’s just really heartbreaking to look back on the year and say we did so much positive stuff and end it the way we did.” North Dakota controlled the edge in shots with 37 over Minnesota’s 28 in a game that revealed no winner until the final second. Shot attempts soared to 83 for UND as the Gophers tried 52 times to put the puck in the net. The team of four North Dakota

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Just because the calendar says it’s spring, that doesn’t mean there is spring weather in Grand Forks — as the UND baseball team found out this weekend. The weekend conference series against New Mexico State was canceled due to the massive snow storm the Grand Forks area received the week before. As a result of the cancellation, four games were put on hold with no makeup games scheduled at this time. As disappointing as the cancellations are, there are reasons for fans to be happy about this team. Even though the Green and White have had a hard time in nonconference games this year (0-12), they are winning the games that matter in the Western Athletic Conference games. In WAC games, UND is 6-3, with a series win over Utah Valley and a UND record first-time series sweep over Northern Colorado in late March. The team’s winning ways in the WAC have put it in a far better position than previously predicted. At the beginning of the season, UND was projected to be the No. 9 seed in the WAC. As of now, UND sits in second place in the WAC Conference, right behind the 10-1 Sacramento State Hornets. While this team always has things it can do better, there have been some bright spots that have led this team to its surprising place in the standings. Ryan Reese has been UND’s most consistent hitter this season. Reese leads the team in batting average at .353, is tied for second on the team with 10 RBI’s and has an onbase percentage of .476. While Reese is the consistent hitter on the team, Jeff Campbell is the power hitter. Campbell’s batting average may be nothing special (.244), but the man still delivers in the batter’s box. Campbell is fourth on the team in runs with nine, and leads the team with four home runs and 13 RBI’s. Batting isn’t the only factor that has set up UND for success. Pitching has been key this season, and while some pitchers have disappointed, there are signs for encouragement. Zach Muckenhirn has been a consistent force on the mound this season. Of the team’s starting pitchers, Muckenhirn has the lowest ERA



The Dakota Student  

Volume 131 | Issue 46

The Dakota Student  

Volume 131 | Issue 46