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THREE-PEAT FOR SIOUX Congratulations, North Dakota, you earned a top seed in the NCAA tournament. Your reward is a trip to St Paul for the West Regionals, where the CCHA playoff champion — Western Michigan — stands in your way on Saturday (12:30p.m., FSN). The winner faces either the second place team in Hockey East (Boston University) or the WCHA regu-
lar season champion and host (Minnesota) for a spot in the Frozen Four in Tampa, Fla. “I would take seedings and throw them out the window right now,” Dave Hakstol said. It sure might look like the deck is stacked against UND, but this year’s tournament field is as wide open as any in every regional. One extra win or loss for basically any team in the field could make the difference between being a top seed and a bottom seed. For instance, had Western Michigan beaten Minnesota Duluth once instead of losing both games of their January series, they’d be in seventh. Instead, they’re perhaps the scariest four seed in the tournament, coming off a defeat of
Michigan in the CCHA tournament a week ago. “When you look at their performance through the year — outstanding in terms of their competitive consistency,” Hakstol said. “They were in the hunt right till the very end for their league championship and coming off of right now [five] in a row, 7-2-1 in their last ten games and a league playoff champion. A good team playing extremely well. It will be a highly, highly competitive game and very tough opponent for us.” The Broncos are 21-13-6 and earned a tournament appearance for the second year in
Up next: regionals
UND will travel to St. Paul, Minn., as the number one seed in the West Regional. They will face Western Michigan in the first round on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at the Xcel Energy Center. The game will be televised on FSN and ESPN U.
If UND advances to the next round, it would play the winner between Boston University and Minnesota. That regional championship game will be played Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at the Xcel Energy Center.
CHAMPIONS WCHA championship win propels men’s hockey to NCAA tournament. Timothy Boger
[GRAPHIC BY NATHAN TWERBERG] THEDAKOTASTUDENT
UND will hang their 16th — and third straight — WCHA men’s hockey championship banner early next season.
Logo legal battle Q&A panel sheds light on military issues
POLICY Four armed forces officers explain objectives, details with civilians. Jaye Millspaugh THEDAKOTASTUDENT
The statue of Sitting Bull outside of the Ralph Engelstad Arena is one of many Native American-themed decorations on campus. Photo by Nathan Twerberg.
Amidst three men’s hockey victories and one women’s hockey defeat, the debate over the Fighting Sioux nickname debate sees its twists and turns deepen. Between the validation of petition signatures, a defeat, three wins and the beginning of the North Dakota Supreme Court debate, the nickname debate has heated up, and the NCAA sanctions against UND have affected for the first time. Spring Break week saw many new developments in the nickname debate. After the law requiring UND teams to be known as the Fighting Sioux was repealed last November, petitioners began gathering signatures to force a referendum in June. LOGO page March 13 ended a 35-day valida
CULLEN DONOHUE THEDAKOTASTUDENT
Many operations within the United States military are very secretive, so lots of details aren’t always available to the public. Four U.S. military leaders were the exception to this rule when they participated in a question and answer panel in UND’s Clifford Hall last Monday. The panel is part of the Eisenhower National Security Series, which is a communication and outreach program based out of the United States Army War College (USAWC). The event was hosted by the UND Center for Community Engagement and was moderated by Professor Larry D. Miller from the USAWC. Three out of the four speakers are current students at the school and none of them have ever been
to North Dakota before. “This program is designed to promote dialogue and interaction on national security and public issues,” Miller said. “They are free to share their personal opinions with you. That is rare while a person is in uniform.” The first panelist to speak was Colonel David Morrissey from the U.S. Air Force. Morrissey is a command pilot and he spoke about the NATO operations in Libya. NATO was founded by the U.S. in 1949 and currently has 20 nations as members. The authorized member nations established a no-fly zone over Libyan air space on March 17, 2011 with help from non-member nations Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Sweden. These nations formed a coalition, which was the second topic of the event and was explained by Lieutenant Colonel Curtis Mason of the U.S. Marine Corps. Mason is an infantry officer who has served in the Marines for over 18 years. According to Mason, military
environment overseas is becoming more coalition-centered. “The U.S. is not acting unilaterally,” he said. “Coalition provides legitimacy to our operations. The lack of legitimacy drove the world to view the U.S. as selfish.” The U.S. military now provides as much foreign language and cultural training as possible to all troops before they leave for deployment. The United Nations is the starting point for coalitions, and then nations will search around for other countries that have the same values and missions as them. Many countries join just to have a political foot within the United States. The Big Five (the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, and China) nations control what the coalitions will actually do. Some of the work done by these coalitions has included battling pirates in the Horn of Africa. This was the third topic of the event and was explained by U.S. Navy Commander Mike Matis.
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UND softball drops four in tourney- Page 11
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Friday March 23, 2012
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[EVENT] Comedian Jim Tavare preforms at the Loading Dock, 9 p.m. Hosted by UPC. [FILM] Movie Madness at the Firehall Theater, “The Golem” at 8 p.m. $5 admission. SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 2012
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tion period for the petition signatures. North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger certified that there were enough signatures to put the nickname referendum on the ballot. The Committee for Understanding and Respect, a Spirit Lake Sioux tribal committee, collected 14,901 qualified signatures. The group only needed 13,452 signatures. Less than 48 hours later, the North Dakota Supreme Court found the case of UND’s nickname at its doorstep. The constitutionality of the law is the primary concern of the justices on the Supreme Court. The justices faced a number of argu-
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ments including whether or not another legislature has picked a school’s nickname; whether the legislature’s control would continue onto school colors, or team schedules; whether the debate is a religious issue, and if the legislature has control over it in that aspect; and whether evidence exists or could exist in these arguments. The court’s ruling is not expected immediately, but it could come within the next couple weeks. While the court stands without an answer, the NCAA women’s ice hockey championships commenced. March 10 marked the first time a Fighting Sioux team was required to compete without their logo. The women’s
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hockey team took the ice in Duluth for the opening round of the NCAA tournament and lost to the eventual champions, Minnesota, 5-1. Although the team had used their new jerseys in the past, both at the Ralph Engelstad Arena and on the road, it was the first time a UND team would have faced tough NCAA sanctions by wearing the Sioux logo or nickname. The men’s hockey team faces those same sanctions this weekend as they kick off the men’s NCAA tournament in St.
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Paul. “It’s pretty simple,” UND Athletic Director Brian Faison said in the March 20 edition of the Grand Forks Herald. “We have to wear the new uniforms or we forfeit.” The new men’s hockey jersey design is being kept under wraps, and will not be made public until the team skates on to the ice Saturday afternoon. The men’s hockey team won three straight games over conference foes St. Cloud State, Minnesota and Denver to capture
their 16th WCHA conference championship. The team’s return trip to the Xcel Energy Center pits UND against Western Michigan. A Saturday win for the Green and White would give UND a second round match-up against either Boston University or Minnesota. News Editor Robb Jeffries contributed to this article. Cullen Donohue is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. He can be reached at cullen.donohue@ my.und.edu
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Addressing equality RIGHTS UND professor discusses discrimination, harassment in keynote speech. KAITLIN BEZDICEK THEDAKOTASTUDENT
UND professor Dr. Jeffrey Langstraat passionately articulated contemporary issues facing the GLBTQA community in the Memorial Union Ballroom on Monday night. In conjunction with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum exhibit of the Nazi persecution of homosexuals, Langstraat’s keynote address focused on three primary issues: marriage equality, discrimination in the workplace and harassment affecting this select minority. Langstraat’s field of study is sociology with a specialization in sexual politics. His knowledge and experience ranges from studying the injustice in media of same-sex couples to creating rural LGBT support networks. Two occupational therapy students, Jason Zacharias and Chris Johnson, were drawn to the Langstraat’s address because of a multicultural class they are currently. “This subject is something I have never heard about,” Zacharias said. “I hope to broaden my understanding of different types of people so I can give the best care possible without being biased.” Johnson agreed. “We don’t always think about how a specific group is affected in our society,” he said. “I want to expand my cultural diversity.”
Prompting this address was the prevalence of GLBTQA issues this election year. “This has been the most active year for marriage equality in history,” Langstraat said. “This nation is the worst at protecting the rights of samesex marriage.” Langstraat’s agenda has been most successful at the state level. Various legislatures have legalized marriage beyond one man and one woman, created civil union statuses, or employed various protections for homosexual individuals the workplace. These progressive states have
union between one man and one woman. As a gay man without the privilege to marry, Langstraat believes he is not a full citizen but says he believes this will change. “We are demanding the right to exist with full and equal membership as citizens,” Langstraat said. “The path may be long and difficult, but we will be citizens.” In addition to the political issues, Langstraat believes there is an economic disparity placed on same-sex couples. While acknowledging data that shows gay couples often have higher income levels, Langstraat attributes this to men typically makmoney than women. This nation is the ing more “LGBT citizens suffer from worst at protecting economic disparities because of relationship status,” Langthe rights of same- their straat said. sex marriage. Langstraat fervently spoke about the problem of harassment Jeffrey Langstraat affecting this community. “I feel lucky that I have only assistant professor of sociology had death threats, I haven’t had physical assaults,” Langstraat said. faced uprising from what Langstraat “Harassment and bullying play a role deemed the conservative religious in many students school life.” movement. Langstraat hammered In the future, encouraging hovarious organizations for intolerance, mosexuals to “come out of closet” is such as Catholic Charities, who re- the key to their success according to sorted to closing their adoption ser- Langstraat. vices because states have forced them “It doesn’t just get better, we have to recognize a definition of marriage to make it better,” Langstraat conthat differs from traditional marriage. cluded. Currently, the state of North The Holocaust exhibit, which Dakota reads much differently than has been on display since March 1, Langstraat feels about the legality of will close March 25. same-sex marriage. In North Dakota, same-sex couples are not recognized Kaitlin Bezdicek is a staff writer for in marital or relationship status. That The Dakota Student. She can be state constitution was even amended reached at kaitlin.bezdicek@ my.und.edu in 2004 to define marriage as a legal
Scott of the U.S. Army. He’s been a member of the Army FROM PAGE since 1990 and his last assignMatis has spent 18 years serving ment was with the security staff from the National Counterterin various naval assignments. “Modern-day pirates are not rorism Center. Scott spoke about inner-govthe same as they are in movies such as Disney’s Pirates of the ernment agency culture and its Caribbean series,” he said. Pi- differences compared to military rates operate in teams of about culture. One example is how six to ten people and most of members of the military wear them are young boys, ages 14-17. specific uniforms with name They often use high-speed boats tags, but inner-agency memand automatic weapons and will bers don’t wear name tags and won’t retarget anyveal much thing that Modern-day pi- about who moves on the high rates are not the theyTare.h e seas. same as they are in m i l i t a r y T h e also always U.S. Navy movies... has a plan strives to and an inprotect this Mike Matis s t r u c t i o n right of inCommander, U.S. Navy manual for nocent paseverything sage, so that they do, anyone will be able to travel worldwide with- but the inner agency is generout any trouble. This is done by ally much more impromptu yet providing equipment and train- always has a back-up plan too. ing to the Somali government so This was shown in the successful that young fishermen won’t have takedown of Osama Bin Laden in 2011. “If it weren’t for the into resort to piracy for survival. Ninety percent of the world’s ner agency preparing for whatcommerce travels by sea and the ifs, it wouldn’t have happened,” cost of insurance for a vessel Scott said. “It takes the whole destroyed by pirates is roughly government’s effort to make $50,000 each. “It affects Wal- things work.” Mart, which then affects the rest Jaye Millspaugh is a staff writer of us,” Matis said. for The Dakota Student. She The last speaker of the event can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org was Lieutenant Colonel Brian
Clinton returns to GF
Former President Bill Clinton returned to Grand Forks Saturday, 15 years after touring the devastation caused by the 1997 flood. The president toured areas of East Grand Forks and Grand Forks that were rebuilt after the flood, and delivered the keynote address at the North Dakota Democratic-NPL State Convention at the Alerus Center (left and below). Also pictured is Heidi Heitkamp (below, left), the democratic candidate United States Senate. Photos by Nathan Twerberg.
Friday March 23, 2012
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Hope Generation: drop the Kindle, pick up a book Jon hamlin
There are many things about our generation that make absolutely no sense. Our sense of entitlement and the wearing of shorts in the winter (which I am guilty of ) are both cases in which the generations of years past would look at us, scratch their head and then utter something in a language totally unfamiliar to us. Our consumption of coffee and alcohol seems one of the only things that connect back to the generations that came before. But, there is another big difference among our generations and those that came before and it may be best summed up in this rather irreverent question: Why the hell don’t we read?! Who knows, it may become the most baffling scientific question of our time. I jest, of course, but only with the goal of pointing out how astonishing it is that just two generations ago, reading was alive and strong. I don’t think it’s entirely inappropriate to say that the desire to read is somewhat lessened as of late. My dad, who is not exactly the type of guy you would picture reading, is never without a book or two in his sports backpack. I know this because I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve taken a book out of his backpack only to see the cover destroyed by the myriad of metal tools and heavy equipment he keeps in there to fix one of several adrenaline death machines (motorcycles, mountain bikes and so on) he owns. My stepmother always reads in the bathtub and is famous for going through an 800 page book in several days. Don’t even get me started on my grandparents. Not only do
they read, but they keep every- ally digest it; we never really think thing they do read. One room in about it critically. their basement is a veritable arThat and technology promotes chive of newspapers since 1946. a kind of information sharing that But this certainly isn’t the case is concerned with how brief it can for us in the “Hope”, “Z”, “Tech be. Twitter is a fine example—160 Gen” generacharacter tion or whator less, and It depresses me that that’s all you ever the hell the sociologists in my generation, get. We are happen to be used to the a 300-page book is things that calling us this week. we do read considered long. No…I darebeing brief, say most of us only Jon Hamlin and scoff at books. containing managing/opinion editor the most relMost of us are downright hosevant infortile to reading. mation. Maybe this has something to Now, I by no means am calldo with the fact that as time has ing for a boycott of technology. I gone on, we’ve gotten more stu- love technology; I find it fascinatpid…our test scores are lower; ing and an absolutely necessary we’re less productive and retain form of communication for the less knowledge. future. However, we must make I, for one, see a link there. sure that it does not come to deOne of the words that contin- fine the way in which we interact ually comes up in conversations I with one another and the way in have with older folk to describe which we share information. our generation is “lazy” and one In fact, it is us who should be of the common phrases is “don’t using technology to define those know what a day’s hard work is”. things. But all that is beside the point. It’s our dog… let’s not let it The point is this: READ MORE! off the leash. Information doesn’t It depresses me that in my need to be trimmed down to an generation, a 300-page book is anorexic, skeletal frame. considered long. We need to make sure that the What’s more depressing is way we present information and the story I heard from a friend of the way we take it in and retain it mine at UC Berkeley. are done in a way that promotes She was a professor and she one critically engaging and anatold me she once had a student in lyzing the source material. class who didn’t even know how Books are wonderful things. to open a book because the stuNewspapers, magazines, and dent had become so reliant on so on, all have digital incarnaelectronic and digital versions tions. But, don’t let the invisible whatever she read. technological divide keep you There is something to be said from digging a little deeper. for the role that technology plays in “dumbing us down.” Because of technology we are Jon Hamlin is the used to having information at our Managing/Opinion Editor for fingertips… it’s all about how fast The Dakota Student. He can be we can get it. But, we never re- reached at email@example.com
In the next couple of months, we will see a number of candidates for university leadership positions visit our campus. These individuals are vying for employment positions that will (hopefully) make your time at UND more enjoyable from academic, information and involvement perspectives and less frustrating on numerous levels. We encourage you as students to make the effort to meet these individuals at their various open forums and give them your feedback. This is a rare chance for a student to sit down and ask questions of people who potentially become vice presidents and deans of colleges and programs. You have the ability to shape their agendas and any plans they had for the position and the university. Why not take some time to stop by and voice your comments or concerns? There’s no calling ahead, waiting in line, getting through secretaries and waiting for a response. It’s VIP access to university administration. Take the opportunity while it’s knocking on your door. Assistant Dean of Students for Involvement candidate visits are this week and next. The candidates are Michelle Black and Cassie Gerhardt. The student meet-and-greet for Black, currently Assistant Director for Residence Life and Dining Services at the University of Wyoming, is March 22 from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Student Involvement Office at the Memorial Union. Her community forum will be March 23 from 2:30-3:30 p.m., in the Lecture Bowl in the Memorial Union. Gerhardt’s forum is March 28 from 2:30-3:30p.m. in Swanson 10-12. Her student meet-and-greet will be March 27 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Student Involvement Office. She is currently the Program Director of Student Involvement at UND. Candidates for the Vice President of University and Public Relations will be visiting during the month of April. Derek Hall is currently the Vice President for University Relations & External Affairs, Jacksonville University. Pete Haga serves as the Community/Governmental Relations Officer for Grand Forks. Susan Walton is currently the Associate Chair for Student Media, Department of Communication, for Brigham Young University. More information about these candidates visits will be released closer to their arrival.
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UND students need Grand Forks and UND more study breaks foster great community not extend Easter Break? I know that we just got a week off for spring break, but Hello everyone, and a happy think of how many appreciative late St. Patrick’s Day to all! students there would be if we I hope your time was full of were given a full week off instead laughs, clovers and green beer. of four measly days. Now we’re back; 47 days left, and Student happiness would inthen freedom. crease, and students could choose Unless you live up here, or are if they wanted to stay on campus staying because of work, that is. or go home for the holiday. StuThe only time we have off from dents would have the luxury of now until the last final exam is mom’s cooking and playing catch Easter Break, a four-day weekend with the old man one last time. of rest, relaxation and worrying Okay, I can see that one about getting better grades. may not fly either, but you have However, for some us, Easter to admit, it is more plausible is just too far away. Why do we than the aforementioned idea. have to wait so long without a Maybe we could have a one break? It seems like every other day break here and there. It just week last semester we had some seems weird to have such a long sort of holiday, so why not this unbroken stretch of school when semester, too? we are used to having so many I mean, I really like this breaks. Maybe if we got a few university, but even the most three-day weekends in there, hardcore lovers of UND need a things would go better. break once and a while. Yeah, we Students would have more just had Spring Break, but there time to study, and teachers needs to be something more. would have more time to grade Forty-seven days just won’t cut and relax. If that doesn’t work, it. I’m calling Japan and telling I propose, yet again, that them to unleash Godzilla on the Student m i d - We s t Government Even the most hard- ern states. meet and The choice core lovers of UND is up to you. discuss the possibility A l l need a break every of extending right, I may once in a while. spring break not go that to fall on far, as much Patrick Cavanaugh as I may the days of the NCAA columnist want to. I Men’s Hockguess that ey Tournasince this ment. The school could even rambling has fallen on deaf ears, transport people to the games for I will have to do what all of us a reduced price. college students will have to do; Think about it; if the option suck it up and deal with it. was on the table for students to I guess this means doing go watch UND beat up on some homework when it is assigned pompous ivy-league school, I and, God forbid, actually openwould imagine several people ing my textbooks (did you just taking the offer. And with as get a cold shiver down your many students that would go, spine?). think about how much money Forty-seven days can’t be all the school would bring in. that bad. I mean that’s only a Of course, the school would month and a half. I suppose it have to shut down because only will be fine. ten students remain on campus, As long as our hockey team but that may be a good thing. wins it all this year. At least we That way, we know who to send have the tournament and anback to NDSU; if you are not a other season of “Jersey Shore” fan of UND hockey, you are ob- to look forward to. Have a great viously a Bison fan. Friday, everyone. Once the non-believers have been removed from campus, Patrick Cavanaugh is a columnist then college life may even befor The Dakota Student. He can come better for students. No takbe reached at firstname.lastname@example.org ers? Okay. How about this: why
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and elders, parents, children and students waited together to get their share of the food. But, no matter how many people attend the I am very much in love with the community French Fry feed or UND football games, attenof Grand Forks. Never before have I ever seen dance cannot compare to that of Fighting Sioux a city more dedicated to its college than Grand hockey. I was lucky enough to snag season tickets Forks is dedicated to UND. During my short for both Friday and Saturday games at the Ralph time here on campus, I have been witness to a Engelstad Arena, and the experience was unlike rather unique sense of togetherness that I’ve been any collegiate sporting event I had ever attended. searching for during my last few years floating A friend of mine put it simply, “If a fire startthrough various college communities. ed in the Ralph and no one could leave, over half My first football game at the Alerus Center the city of Grand Forks would be wiped out.” was a fantastic experience and truly opened my Sadly, that observation is very true. I’ve been to eyes to the passion Grand Forks has for UND Twins games with less attendees. athletics. Coming from a DIII athletic school, Alumni and city residents are very dedicatI was accustomed to a lack of interest in student ed to the school and its athletics. The Fighting athletes as well as variSioux has become an honored ous athletic events. But it among students, facNever before have I tradition wasn’t until that football ulty and the population alike. game that I saw what real ever seen a city more It really is an amazing feeling collegiate athletics bring to see so much loyalty and dedicated to its col- to the table. There were famisupport in one area. lies, alumni, children, lifeMy previous school lacked lege... long Grand Forks residents not only loyalty, but attendees and fans who traveled hunChristen Furlong as well. The only outside atdreds of miles all gathered columnist tendance I ever saw were partogether to cheer on the ents of the players. Compared Fighting Sioux to victory. to devotion paid to UND athMy only wish at that moment was for my letics, that outcome was downright depressing. friends back in the Twin Cities to see such a sight. I love being a part of a school with tradiMy previous university holds events every tions, loyalty and passion behind its programs year, encouraging residents from the surrounding and emblem. Our athletes are proud to say they neighborhoods to participate in order to increase are from UND, and the city of Grand Forks is university-community relations. These events proud to support our school and be involved in usually turned out to be failures due, more or our events and programs. less, to the lack of student involvement. I am proud to be a student at the University The French Fry feed was probably the big- of North Dakota, and I am very thankful for all gest surprise for me this fall semester. I attended the opportunities I have been given that were not unaware of what the event was all about or why available to me at my previous university. I love the Potato Bowl was a tradition of UND, but left cheering on my Fighting Sioux at sporting events with a great appreciation for the people of Grand with the surrounding community. Forks. Grand Forks, here’s to you. There was representation from all areas of the Christen Furlong is a columnist for community, and I have never seen anything like The Dakota Student. She can be reached at chrisit. The line for fries was nearly an hour long, email@example.com
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Live with a little procrastination while you can still enjoy it I’ve put off minor assignments this year to make room for fun things like hanging out with peoWe’re halfway through the se- ple I will probably never see again mester, leaving midterms in the after graduation. Call me crazy, but creating dust—along with a lot of ambition memories and sharing meaningful and motivation. The affliction senioritis is life experiences with people who spreading around campus at a have transformed my own life for pacefaster than it was before Spring the better ranks higher on my list of priorities than reading a few Break. Procrastination is the name of chapters for a class. After being in school for the game as the semester marches four years, on. Like many seniors, I am I plan on embrac- enough is enough. I’ve thinking I ing fun as it comes learned all should really go pro in this instead of dodging it that I can about my event...but with excuses. craft in the that will never classroom happen beBrandi Jewett without excause I’ll just end up puteditor-in-chief periencing it firsthand ting that off in a profestoo. Unlike the countless study tips sional environment. This woman is raring and that will be distributed as finals approach, I will persuade you to put ready to get out into the real world and put my skills to the test on things off. I’m not talking major things things that matter. Since I have given up on ablike your thesis or assignments worth 60 percent of your overall sorbing nonessential knowledge, I grade. I’m advocating fun here, not figure this would be an appropriate time to have a few lazy days. irresponsibility.
I don’t plan on taking it to the extreme and skipping all my classes for the next two weeks or turning in a test blank—I do want to graduate after all. Instead, I plan on embracing fun as it comes instead of dodging it with an excuse. So what if I put off writing a paper for a few hours to have a couple of lawn beers? In five years, that paper (if I even remember it existed five years from now) isn’t going to matter. The memories I created and shared over a few can of brew will last a lifetime, even if the relationships with the people I forged them with don’t. While I don’t suggest putting off every paper for beer, video games, whiffle ball or whatever your hobby is, doing once in a while won’t hurt. You’ll be able to leave college with a small rebel streak in you, and who doesn’t like sounding like badass every once in a while? So embrace senioritis, you never know where it will take you. Brandi Jewett is the Editor-in-Chief of The Dakota Student. She can be reached at brandi.jewett.1@ my.und.edu
Friday March 23, 2012
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Everyone has a reason for going on a tour, but for sophomore biology student Keane Fink, the adventure turned out to be much more than he expected. “I decided to go on a Pay it Forward Tour because I thought it would be good to do service, Elizabeth Erickson THEDAKOTASTUDENT but it turned into a lot more,” Fink said. “You meet 40 amazing While some were tanning people on your bus and on top on the beach or parasailing over of that, there are so many other the Atlantic, 118 students from people that you meet along the UND spent their spring break way.” Not everyone knows what “paying it forward” across the they will gain from the tour. country. Each year, Students Today It could be a resume builder, a Leaders Forever (STLF) sends chance to meet new friends or out hundreds of students who a way to make a change in the world — but will reveal the end, leadership You really get to in it’s worth it. through “You service, reknow people in a way can’t lationships that you could never a r o u ngod and action looking for on Pay it imagine... something Forward Tours. Keane Fink when you go Orgatour participant into a situation. You nized by a just have small group of college students, the first tour to go with the best expectawent out in 2004. Since then, tions and you will find so much over 350 Pay It Forward Tours more than you could have ever have taken place throughout the dreamed of,” Fink said. Senior political science/comUnited States. This year, the UND STLF munication student Taylor Brost chapter sent out three buses: one decided to go on his second tour, bound for Washington, D.C., not knowing too many others and two headed to Dallas, Texas. and found the experience to be enjoyable. “Nobody really knows each other, so the best part of the trip is when everyone wakes up one morning and they are completely themselves,” he said. “It’s great. All of the sudden everyone is comfortable around one another.” Each bus served in six different communities and took on service projects ranging from clearing out dead trees in forests to selling basketballs in grocery stores in order to raise funds for special needs camps. Whatever the project, it is clear that volunteering for each
CHARITY Scores of UND students travel across the country to volunteer their time.
Above: Ryan Sundberg, Joe Moen and Adam Svercl work on shingle repairs during the tour. Below: Tour participants bag beans for the hungry in Roswell, New Mexico.
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organization or group of people is a humbling experience. “I would really like to get further involved in volunteer work. It’s not just something I want to do only nine days out of the year,” Brost said. A typical tour day consists of a service project, tourism, travel to the next city and night activities build friendships with everyone on the bus. “Some of my favorite memories were the long bus rides and late night chats,” junior social work student Sarah Bulger said. “You really get to know people in a way that you could never imagine and it’s amazing how close you can get. The tour is such a great way to see the country while giving back to the community.” Elizabeth Erickson is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Friday March 23, 2012
CULTURE&MEDIA iPad 3 dazzles some, burns others Page 8
UND students react to viral video campaign
Story by Emily Aasand It only took the KONY 2012 campaign video four days to go viral. The video took over Facebook newsfeeds and coveted the top five trend spots in the United States on Twitter. The 30-minute video has an emotional appeal that raises awareness to the issues going on in Uganda. Specifically, it condemns the actions of Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army. Sophomore UND student Liesl Carlson was one of the many students who had the KONY 2012 video pop up on their newsfeed. This campaign holds a special place in her heart. “I went to Sierra Leone this past summer, a country torn apart by a giant civil war, run by rebels. I have met countless numbers of children, children, who have seen their parents murdered in front of them at the age of five and are now homeless,” Carlson said. “If making people aware of Joseph Kony has even a remote chance of preventing more children from watching their parents get slaughtered in front of them...then I am all in.” Jason Russell, the maker of the video, paired with the non-profit organization Invisible Children to create a campaign that aims to stop Kony andthe Lord’s Resistance Army. According to Russell, this campaign started after he befriended a Ugandan boy by the name of Jacob. After hearing how Jacob had to watch his brother die trying to escape the rebels, Russell says he made a promise to do everything in his power to stop this. “Who are you to end a war? Who are you not to?” Russell said during the 30-minute campaign video. Russell, with the assistance of an organization called Invisible Children, took his campaign to the internet. Invisible Children is a non-profit organization that initially started in 2003 when three young filmmakers went over to Africa in search of a story. What they found was Africa’s largest running war: a conflict where children were being used as both weapons and victims. The group focuses on advocacy and inspiring
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The faces of Kony 2012 The KONY 2012 campaign seeks the arrest of Joseph Kony (pictured immediate right). Kony is head of the Lord’s Resistance Army, a guerilla group operating in Uganda. Creator Jason Russell (pictured far right) teamed up with the organization Invisible Children for the campaign. Photos courtesy of Computers4Africa.com and Independent.co.uk.
Friday March 23, 2012
Newest iPad dazzles some, burns others TECH Apple puts out latest tablet, Windows will not be far behind this summer. MATTHEW ROY
On March 7 almost a year after releasing the iPad 2, Apple announced that on March 16, 2012 they would be releasing the iPad 3, the next in line of the popular tablet device that does everything from playing music and watching movies to browsing the internet. The new iPad 3 comes with three different options of memory: 16, 32, and 64 gigabytes. One of the biggest updates from the iPad 2 to the iPad 3 is the size of the internal memory is almost doubled. Where the iPad 2 only had 512 megabytes of RAM, the iPad 3 has one gigabyte of RAM. On their website Apple brags that they have “the best display ever on a mobile device”, attributing this to the Retina Display on this new model “features a 2048 x 1536 resolution, 44 percent greater color saturation, and an astounding 3.1 million pixels” and all of this is on a screen the same size as the iPad 2, even though it’s “four times as many pixels as the iPad 2” according to Apple. Other new features to the iPad 3 include Apple’s five megapixel iSight camera that features “built
The latest version of the iPad (left) sports more pixels and internal memory than its predecessor, the iPad 2. For those holding out for Windows tablets, rumors tell of a Nokia Windows 8 tablet set to debut in June 2012. The interface is pictured above (right). Photos courtesy of Selectism.com and Techradar.com respectively.
in face detection that automatically balances focus.” The five megapixel camera also gives the iPad 3 the ability to record video in 1080p High Definition unlike the iPad 2 which could only record in 720p HD. The camera also features automatic video stabilization so “your recording is free of bumps and shakes”. Of course with every new piece of technology there are some problems right out of the gate. Many sources are reporting that the iPad 3 runs much hotter than the previous iPad. According to a study done by ConsumerReports.org, using thermal imaging cameras “the new iPad gets up to thirteen degrees hotter than the iPad 2 while playing a game.” It also found the iPad 3 reached
a high temperature of 116 degrees. Not exactly what one wants to be holding in their hands or to have sitting in their lap. Trudy Mulder, a spokeswoman for Apple has come out and said that “I have been using the iPad for almost two weeks—a week before it was released to the public—and I’ve had no heat issues.” Some users on the electronic/ gaming website GameZone.com have reported that allowing the bat-
tery to reach zero percent and then fully charging it got rid of any heating problems. The new iPad is priced at $499.99 Not an Apple fan? Microsoft recently announced that later on this year, alongside the release of Windows 8, they will release their own line of tablet devices to compete against Apple. According to TechRadar.com one of the many ways these Windows tablets will be
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able to strongly compete against the iPad is that there will be the option to see apps side by side. Whether you’re an Apple fan or a Microsoft fan, very soon everyone will be able to find a table that uses an operating system that they like and feel the most comfortable using. Matthew Roy is a staff wrtier for The Dakota Student. He can be reached at matthew.roy.2@ my.und.edu
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Moorman. “If we help one country, does that mean we’re going to need to help all of the countries? Is that even possible for us to do?” While on the NBC “Today” show, Russell addressed the some critics’ concerns about the campaign and the methods Invisible Children is using to promote it. “Our model is threefold — the movie, the movement, and the mission. The mission is to end the war and rehabilitate these child soldiers, so it’s a three-pronged approach,” Russell said. “We think different. It’s unorthodox on purpose.” Invisible Children has been criticized for spending more of their
resources on advertisements and filmmaking rather than on actual humanitarian work. Invisible Children broke down how they spend their profits: 37 percent goes directly to central African-related programs, 20 percent goes to salaries and 43 percent goes to awareness programs. “Government officials weren’t interest in getting involved unless our national security or financial interest were at stake, so that’s when I took to the schools,” Russell said. For the past few years, Russell and his team went from school to school speaking to students and showing them this video. After raising awareness through
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YEARS OLD AND PAID $700. PLEASE CALL 218-230-3251. 2007 Cadillac Escalade ESV V8 6.2 liter engine, AWD, leather, Bose premium sound, navigation system, DVD system, backup camera, front and rear side air bags, running boards, towing package, oversized premium wheels and rims, two way auto starter, extended warranty, 126,700 miles. $24,300 OBO. 218-230-3251. was not confirmed by responding police officers. “The past two weeks have taken a severe emotional toll on all of us, Jason especially, and that toll manifested itself in an unfortunate incident yesterday,” said Invisible Children CEO Ben Keesey. “We will always love and support Jason, and we ask that you give his entire family privacy during this difficult time.” Raising awareness Despite Russell’s recent slipup, the campaign seems to be going strong. According to Russell, one of the main goals in this campaign is to make Joseph Kony a household name. “We don’t want to celebrate him, we just want to bring his crimes into the light,” Russell said. Russell says the group is targeting 20 pop culture figures, such as celebrities, athletes, and billionaires, and 12 political figures such as congressmen and senators. Oprah, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, and Tim Tebow have all spoken up about supporting the KONY 2012 campaign. All of these celebrities are encouraging their fans and supporters to take part in Invisible Children’s Cover the Night Event, which is taking place in April. The Cover the Night event starts at sundown, Thursday April 20, 2012, and everyone across America is encouraged to cover his or her city with campaign material. Everything from posters to stickers, yard signs and fliers are available for people to place around their city. Action kits are available for purchase and those come with posters, stickers and bracelets. Proceeds made from the action kits go towards building schools, creating jobs, and towards building an early warning radio network on the front line of the war to warn people about impending danger. A Facebook group has been started for UND students interested in joining the campaign. Plans are also in the works for students to participate in the Cover he Night event, more details will be available on the Facebook page as the event nears. For more information about the KONY 2012 campaign, visit www. kony2012.com. Emily Aasand is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. She can be reached at emily.aasand@ my.und.edu
Friday March 23, 2012
vs. Idaho St. 3/23 @ 11 a.m. Las Vegas, Nev.
GWC Softball Cluster 3/23-25 Farmers Branch, Texas
Men’s Basketball Claims GWC title Page 11
vs. W. Michigan
MHKY 3/24 @ 12:34 p.m. St. Paul, Minn.
Softball drops four in Indiana Page 11
SPORTS Troubled Saints in the NFL Page 12
A comeback worth remembering Sioux overcome deficit vs. Gophers in WCHA tourney
has ever seen. The Gophers staked themselves to a 3-0 lead after thirtyfive minutes, and led 23-7 in The story reads like this: Halfway through a fierce shots when UND was forced battle, UND found itself on the to take its timeout at 14:07 of brink of defeat. With little hope the second. That timeout was of bouncing back, and little originally meant to let the Sioux reason to believe that the Sioux rest after icing the puck, but would triumph amidst all of the from that point on, everything adversity they’ve faced, most had changed. The comeback began at counted the Sioux out. But what happened next shocked the col- 14:51 with Lamoureux feeding Derek Forbort for a seeing-eye lege hockey world. That story could be an in- sniper shot from the point to troduction to UND’s unbeliev- make it 3-1. That little goal set things in able come-from-behind 6-3 victory over the Minnesota Golden motion. Minnesota had just two Gophers last Friday night at the shots-on-goal from that point WCHA Final Five in St. Paul, forward. North Dakota had 21. “Once we got that first one, Minn. But that improbable rise from the ashes is also a fit- we got a little confidence in ourting description of the Fighting selves,” Lamoureux said. “And I Sioux’s 2011-2012 campaign so think once that happened, the game became a little more fun. far. “I think that’s kind of the Once you’re out there having fun story of our season,” captain and making things happen, it’s a Mario Lamoureux said of Fri- pretty easy game.” Carter Rowney’s wraparound day’s game. “Early on, we weren’t playing well and a lot of people attempt was actually knocked in by Parks’ were counting us out. Once you’re out there skate at 5:31 of the third We’re a team having fun and mak- to cut the that’s not going to give ing things happen, lead to 3-2. Then thirup.” its a pretty easy game. ty seconds On Nov. later, Brock 20, followMario Lamoureux N e l s o n ing a 1-0 loss to scrapUND forward made the arena erupt py Bemidji with the tyState, the Sioux were 10th in the Western ing goal. Lamoureux made it 4-3 Collegiate Hockey Association and not even an afterthought at 9:42, finishing a chance in the national picture. With a that linemate Stephane Pattyn lineup devoid of last year’s fire- ground out behind the net bepower and devoid of consensus fore finding Lamoureux right Rookie of the Year candidate out front for the game winner. It was a long time coming Rocco Grimaldi, UND looked to be in bad shape, and that was for the physical third line, which with series’ against Colorado Hakstol said has played very well College, Denver and Minnesota- in spite of only rarely finding the scoresheet. Duluth looming. “Those guys are so unheraldThe road didn’t get any easier for the Sioux. Injuries mounted ed with us,” Hakstol said. Hakstol also added that the for a team that already had begun the season shorthanded and line has played especially well UND played most of the second the past three weeks. “They half without filling out a full didn’t have a lot to show for it offensively,” Hakstol said, “but lineup card. But just as Friday night they were hard to play against, went, the Sioux have found a they were generating some opway, inexplicably playing them- portunities. But hey, tonight, selves into the conversation for right time, right place for those a national tournament favorite goals to go in.” Goals from Lamoureux and after winning their third consecutive Final Five championship Corban Knight finished off the and Broadmoor Trophy at Xcel scoring, sending Gopher fans — not Sioux fans — out the doors Energy Center UND won the Broadmoor by early. Hakstol said his team’s menwinning an anti-climatic 4-0 affair with Denver Saturday night, tality was simple. “‘Let’s try and but the real memory for years to get one and see where it goes.’ come will be of that warm Friday Well, this is where it went.” night in St. Paul that provided Timothy Boger is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. He can one of the most bipolar and inbe reached at timothy.boger@ tense hockey games this reporter THEDAKOTASTUDENT
Freshman forward Stephane Pattyn tangles with a Gopher defender.
Forward Mario Lamoureux.
Goaltender Brad Eidsness (31) makes a save earlier this season.
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UND drops four Sioux basketball wins consecutive GWC title in Ind. tourney SOFTBALL North Dakota could not muster a winning effort over the past weekend. Mariah Holland THEDAKOTASTUDENT
Losing four straight is not the way the Fighting Sioux women’s softball team wanted to come out of the Indiana tournament this past weekend. The first of the games on Friday was against Illinois-Chicago and the game started out well for the Sioux. UND began with a four-run lead in the first inning of the game but the outcome of the game would flip as it continued. UIC scored three runs in the bottom of the first to bring the game closer, then tied it up in the second inning before UND could do anything to stop it. The Sioux did get two runs in the third inning to pull back into the lead, and held the lead through the inning, but UIC rallied back with five runs in fourth inning to make it 9-6 in their favor. North Dakota added one run to get within two, but that was it for the Sioux. UIC scored three more runs to close the game, and the Sioux were handed their first loss of the tournament with a final of 12-7. The Sioux were not done on Friday however; they had another game to play shortly after concluding their first. This game did not start out as well as the previous. The Sioux could not manage to find the scoreboard the entire game. Central Michigan did not score until the second inning, when they put four runs up. The next inning they added two more to increase the lead to six runs over the Fighting Sioux.
One more run was added in the next inning and made it 7-0 for Central Michigan. The Fighting Sioux were dealt their second loss of the day and the tournament, but they still had two games to go. On Saturday the Sioux faced Wright State and the game started off with a run by UND. That run however did the Fighting Sioux throughout the whole game score the only one. Wright State answered back with three runs in the second inning to take the lead. They added one in the third inning and then three more in the sixth inning. 7-1 was the final and added a third loss to the Fighting Sioux’s season. There was one game left of the tournament for UND to try and turn around their losing streak. The last game of the tournament for the Sioux was on Sunday against Michigan State. This game turned out to be the closest score game for UND in the tournament. The Sioux started the first inning off well with four quick runs, and they held the lead. They added another run in the fourth inning and Michigan State had yet to score. That changed in the sixth inning when Michigan State recorded four runs to make it 5-4 in favor of the Sioux. They were not finished scoring, however, and added four more runs to take the lead away from North Dakota in the final inning of play. UND was able to add one run to their score and pull within two, but it wasn’t enough as they lost their fourth straight to Michigan State , 8-6.
Mariah Holland is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. She can be reached at marholl99@hotmail. com
SUCCESS The men’s team finished their final year in the Great West Conf. as champions. Brandon Becker THEDAKOTASTUDENT
After winning the Great West Conference tournament for a second consecutive season, the Fighting Sioux men’s basketball team was granted a spot in the CollegeInsider. com Tournament, where they took on the Drake Bulldogs. But UND’s season would not continue any further after the Bulldogs rallied in the second half to down the Sioux 7064. It was the second consecutive season that the Sioux went out in the first round of the CIT. Junior Ben Simons was too much for UND to handle as he scored 13 of his gamehigh 24 points in the second half to lead the Bulldogs to the victory. Sophomore Rayvonte Rice was even more impressive in the second half as he scored all 19 of his points after the break.
The Sioux were led by sophomore Brandon Brekke — who had arguably his best game of the season — as he finished with 18 points and 15 boards respectively. Senior Patrick Mitchell finished his career at UND with 13 points and sophomore Troy Huff finished with 15 points and six rebounds to wrap up his season. UND took the lead going into the locker room after a Brekke putback gave the Sioux a 26-24 lead. The rebound was Brekke’s 10th of the game and gave him his fifth double-double of the season. Drake was able to overcome a seven-point second half deficit behind the stellar play of Simons and Rice as the two made big plays down the stretch. The loss snapped a sixgame winning streak for the Sioux and put their record at 17-15 for the season. It was the second consecutive winning season for the Sioux as they will now transition into the Big Sky Conference next season. Past and present The wait is finished and the Sioux are going to be a member of a conference next season that will allow them to enter the NCAA DI
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tournament if they are able to win the Big Sky postseason tournament. It won’t be an easy task but UND fans can now dream of the possibility of their team being a part of March Madness one day. This year’s Big Sky representative was the Montana Grizzlies, who were ousted by the Wisconsin Badgers 73-49 in the tournament. UND defeated Montana in a thrilling overtime game earlier in the season at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center by a score of 88-81. The Sioux also beat South Dakota St. — another team that made the NCAA tournament— at home by 19 points. On the year UND went 2-2 against teams that made the field of 68, which shows that the program is progressing in the right direction and may not be as far off as some may think. The competition will become stiffer and the stakes will be higher, but for the players and fans this has been a long awaited move that will reinvigorate basketball at UND. Brandon Becker is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. He can be reached at brandon.becker2@ my.und.edu
Senior Center Mike Mathison.
Friday March 23, 2012
Sainthood for Saints? Coach Payton banned from NFL
BOUNTY A defensive scheme within New Orleans is deemed illegal and unsafe. Joel Adrian
Despite the titanic amounts some NFL players are paid, the lust for money is still apparent. As of Wednesday, March 21, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams have been suspended for the 2012-13 season. The league has abolished Payton for one year whereas Williams will serve time indefinitely— waiting and praying NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell forgives him for a heinous act against human health. The act? Payton, Williams and Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis have been found to incorporate a bounty-ring for defensive players who maliciously injure opposing players. Loomis has been banned from the first eight games of the 2012-13 campaign. In addition to the heinous ring, Payton and Williams have been proven to lie when the NFL investigated. “We are all accountable and responsible for player health and safety and the integrity of the game. We will not tolerate conduct or a culture that undermines those priorities,” Commissioner Goodell stated. ESPN.com reports that the NFL has belittled Payton for choosing to “falsely deny that the program existed.” In other words, the top representatives for the Saints had lied. The fib about an existing program and the principle of malicious intent for victory seems fruitless. Has the Saints internal organization adopted a page from the disgraced Tonya Harding? Those Viking fans that are still fuming over the hits then QB Brett Favre took in the 2010 NFC Championship game should know that the 22-27 participating players targeted other QB’s such as Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton and Kurt Warner. The NFL is reporting that Saints captain Jonathan Vilma offered $10,000 of his own money to any player who knocked Favre
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out of the game. According to sources, “knockouts” garnered a $1,500 payout whereas “cart-offs” earned $1000. “While I will not address player conduct at this time, I am profoundly troubled by the fact that players—including leaders among defensive players—embraced this program so enthusiastically and participated with what appears to have been a deliberate lack of concern for the well-being of their fellow players,” Goodell said. The NFL warns against special performance payouts. Fumbles, interceptions and sacks are seen as part of the game and in no way should be measured on a tilted payout scale. The quick action of Goodell is to be applauded. The punishments are fair and should remind the other 31 franchises that illegal payments will not be tolerated. According to ESPN’s SportsNation, 66 percent of those polled believed that Payton’s punishment was too severe. For my uneducated fan-folk, a “Cart Off ” is a potential torn ACL, MCL or both. It is an injury where a father can’t provide an income for his family. It is an injury that ends storied or unknown careers. It is illegal. The NFL has handled the situation in an assertive and professional manner. All 32 teams have been sent reminders that underground betting pools are illegal and will not/never be tolerated. “I’d like to again apologize wholeheartedly to the NFL, coach Fisher, the entire Rams organization and all football fans for my actions,” Williams said in a statement. “Furthermore, I apologize to the players of the NFL for my involvement as it is not a true reflection of my values as a father or coach.” Reaction around the league has been mixed. Saints QB Drew Brees tweeted “I am speechless. Sean Payton is a great man, coach and mentor. The best there is. I
need to hear an explanation for this.” Brees will surely receive answers, as he only needs to ask his defensive teammates on the other side of the locker room. As recent as this year, Payton claimed he was unaware of any bounty pool. As the league presented him an email from his inbox stating “PS Greg Williams put me down for $5000 on Rogers (sic).” Payton immediately recanted his original statement and acknowledged it referred to QB Rodgers, whose Packers defeated the Saints in the initial week. Other penalties include a $500,000 fine, second-round draft choices in the ’12 and ’13 NFL drafts and participating individuals are to be partaking in programs that instruct on: respect for the game and participants, principles of fair play and the abolishment of bounties on any level within the NFL. It’s uncertain whether the league will investigate other teams, as numerous of trades have been made with the Saints from ’092011. It might be possible that former Saints players have incorporated this scheme within their new team’s defense, which would undoubtedly see more players unnecessarily sidelined. Is it farfetched that Steeler’s LB James Harrison—the league’s most fined player—has used this tactic within the Pittsburgh defense he works in? No, it’s not. There is a lack of compassion within the NFL. Yes, the game is physical and in no way should that change, but the attempt to injure another athlete in an opposing uniform is “totally unacceptable,” according to Goodell. Shining light to the act of malicious intent for money off the field; that’s deemed “assault” and results in a lengthy prison sentence. Joel Adrian is the Sports Editor for The Dakota Student. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. edu
Disgraced coach Sean Payton will now wait one year to be an eligible coach within the NFL after a two-month investigation that placed him directly within an illegal bounty ring.
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a row with an impressive late season run. That’s been thanks to a breakout season for their defensive core, which is backstopped by goaltender Frank Slubowski. Danny DeKeyser – one of the most coveted NHL free agents in college hockey – headlines the Bronco defense, which has allowed just 2.23 goals per game. “They come extremely hard,” Mario Lamoureux said. “They’re pretty big on the back end. They got some guys that really can shut guys down. They’re a pretty skilled team, they’re extremely gritty and they’re going to be a really tough team.” The Sioux, meanwhile, are firmly stuck in the right mindset for playoff hockey. Their season has depended on it to this point. “We were live and die,” junior Joe Gleason said. “If we would have lost to St. Cloud [Thursday], there was a chance
we were done. Now all of a sudden we’re a one seed – not that matters. Every game for us has been live or die. That’s how this team needs to play. I think we need to play on the edge. We can’t play relaxed or laid back, we just won’t have success that way.” For the second weekend in a row, the Sioux hope to have a home away from home atmosphere in St Paul, where many UND alumni call home. Hakstol said his team is excited to be in St Paul, but more than anything he’s happy that his team is still playing. “We’ve fought real hard to get to this point,” he said. “You could send us to the moon right now and we’d be excited to go and try to compete. It’s the same for everybody. Going into St Paul, it’s a great building, it’s an NHL-sized ice sheet which everybody is very familiar with, and it’ll be a great atmosphere.” Timothy Boger is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. He can be reached at timothy.boger@ my.und.edu