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Volume 129 | Issue 38
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Sioux logo forces NCAA sanctions Page 3
Men’s hockey preview Page 10
Space Robotics Page 7
Student fees debated ELECTIONS All three tickets tackle budgets, other topics during first of three debates. BRANDI JEWETT
Three presidential tickets squared off in the first debate of election season at UND. Held in the Memorial Union Loading Dock Tuesday evening, the debate drew a crowd of about 50 students interested to hear what potential Student Body Presidents and Vice Presidents had planned for the uni-
versity next year. The tickets — Logan Fletcher and Eric Watne, Nate Elness and Ryan Fitzgerald and Tyler McAllister and Tate Carlson — answered questions developed by the Elections Committee and audience members. Tuition and fees Student fees quickly became one of the most discussed topics among the candidates. Both the McAllister/Carlson and Elness/Fitzgerald camps said that altering the current student fee system would be one of the biggest changes they’d like to see on campus.
“We’re interested in redoing the student fee process,” Fitzgerald said. He and Elness want to see a system that allows departments to make fee requests tailored to their individual budgets and needs each year instead of receiving a set amount of fee money each year. The pair was also concerned about transparency. “We want you to know how your student fees are benefiting you,” Elness said. McAllister also wants to see
NCAA sanctions take effect A letter to Provost Paul LeBel outlines restrictions to UND athletics. See page 3 for more details.
UND alum, Dating hilarity at Union brewer speaks ENTREPENUER Counselor-turned-beer maker gives crowd business tips. KAITLIN BEZDICEK THEDAKOTASTUDENT
Mark Stutrud addresses the audience. Photo by William Gustafson.
Once a substance addiction counselor, now an award-winning brewery president, it’s without question that Mark Stutrud attracted many students and members of the community to the Center of Innovation Idea Lab this past Tuesday to hear his story and acquire some entrepreneurial tips. “I like Summit Beer,” Senior Will Ott said. “It would be cool to run your own brewery so I wanted
to hear what he has to say.” Mark Stutrud, a North Dakota native and UND alumnus, started his career working in the clinical social work field. After transferring to a Twin Cities hospital, Stutrud felt stuck in a place of inefficiency around incompetent coworkers. Having an interest in beer and brewery businesses, Stutrud took this as an opportunity to change his career path and started Summit Brewing. “There’s a discovery aspect to BREW page
LOVE Duo dole out advice, laughs in stand-up/sketch comedy routine. JAYE MILLSPAUGH THEDAKOTASTUDENT
Many people can remember going on a horrible or just horribly awkward first date at some point in their life. Comedians Dave Ahdoot and Ethan Fixell are on a mission to help people prevent these situations via their national tour as college dating coaches. Their tour made a stop at UND’s Loading Dock in the Memorial Union on Feb. 27. A typical show includes comedic re-enactments of horrible dates that audience members have been on, romantic songs, and interactive lessons about
everything from pick-up lines to kissing. Besides their usual acts, the show at UND featured a custom sketch about two female students who try to meet guys during lunch time at the Squires Dining Center, a hockey game at the Ralph Engelstad Arena and parties at Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house and Level 10 night club. There was also a mystery bachelor sketch in which a single female student taken from the audience had to choose from three single male students based solely on their answers to silly questions such as “what kind of breakfast cereal would you be and why?” She couldn’t see what the guys looked like because they were hidden behind a white board and she seemed to struggle with her decision but ended up choosing her male friend who
she’d been sitting with earlier. “We interviewed some students and the dating scene here seems nearly hopeless, but hopefully better now that we’ve been here,” Fixell said. Despite his observation, there are success stories on this campus. “I think it’s a nice place to meet people since you can go to the frats and stuff. I met my boyfriend at a frat party,” UND sophomore Martina Mlikota said. Dave and Ethan have some of their own personal success stories, too. During March of 2008, the duo posted a video on YouTube inviting pairs of women to double date them. “We were out one night together and decided to share
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Voting times set STAFF REPORT
The Student Government Elections Committee has announced the polling times for the upcoming election. Students will be to vote for Student Body President and Vice President, Student Senators and University Senators on Wednesday, March 7 from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Voting will be done via CollegiateLink, UND’s student involvement website. Additionally, the Election Headquarters will be located in the Memorial Union Leadership Room, on the first floor adjacent to the Student Involvement Office. The phone number for the Election Headquarters is (701) 777-2440. To login to CollegiateLink, go to http://involvement.und. edu/.
Dave Ahdoot (left) and Ethan Fixell perform a musical sketch on stage.
BSA adresses racial problems — page 3
Perfume Genius reviewed — page 8
Amtrak travel — page 4
Men’s basketball, hockey — page 10
Nickname: Letters to the editor — page 5
NBA All-Star game fair? — page 11
ND space robotics program — page 7
Wild make big personnel changes — page 12
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BSA addresses racial NCAA slaps UND queries in videochat with sanctions COMMUNITY Students offer answers about multiculturalism in Grand Forks. CULLEN DONOHUE THEDAKOTASTUDENT
When ignorance has become socially acceptable, people, students or not, have become afraid to ask the hard questions. They are afraid to make an attempt at learning. One student organization is trying to combat that, by providing a safe forum for students to ask those questions. Wednesday night the Black Student Association hosted a live videocast to engage students in the culture and prospective of the black community. “People are sometimes intimidated in the community in which we live,” Interim Director of Multicultural Student Services Malika Carter said. The Black Student Association wanted to provide a safe way for them to ask the questions they were afraid to ask. The event’s attendance was not fantastic, but the event had a lot of heart. “Ignorance is just a lack of knowledge,” Carter said. She described how people of the greater Grand Forks area feel intimidated and are afraid to ask the questions and learn. The first question was about when a united black community could exist. “Once we learn to be
more of a family and work together on different issues we can value community,” Yolanda Cox, president of the Black Student Association, said. Cox noted that once people leave their communities for education, they tend not to return to their communities. “People associate education with whiteness, that’s a huge mistake we can make. When we go back home, ‘Why you talking like you white?’” Carter said. BSA members discussed how this divergent culture and identity was brought on by a separation
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a change in the way fees are used. He spoke of his ticket’s $20 plan. “Under this plan, each student can designate $20 of their fees to an organization of their choice,” he said. According to McAllister, this plan would allow organizations to start the year off with extra money and would serve as a membership recruitment tool. Fletcher and Watne shared the concern regarding the transparency of student fees, naming it as one of their top three issues to address while in office. “I think we all know that student fees are a necessity when it comes to maintaining programs and services,” Fletcher said. “But students need to know where their student fees are going.” A potential tuition freeze was also on the minds of students. Each ticket stated it was in support of tuition freeze if it meant the university could still function and provide adequate services to students, faculty and staff. “We just hope that they don’t increase fees to make up for freezing tuition,” McAllister said. Stu Gov spending Student Government’s spending habits were also brought up in several questions. Each ticket
People associate education with whiteness, that’s a huge mistake we can make.
Yolanda Cox president, BSA
of education and class that holds them back in the present. The next issue that came up was the concept of the “n-word,” and is it appropriate, in what cases? “It depends on the context in which you’re using the word, if we don’t use it for the sake of our children not knowing the context in which that word came,” Carter said. She says if we teach our children how the word was used and why it shouldn’t be used, they can better understand it in the future. “Sure you’ll have a few knuckleheads, but that’s free speech,” had its own take on the matter. “This year’s senators have been very critical of the bills that have come before them,” Elness said. “Senate has been wise about spending fees.” McAllister and Carlson felt differently. “Student Government is pretty much broke,” McAllister said. He contended if Student Government does not stop its spending then student fees may have to increase to compensate. Fletcher pointed out that Student Government is not “broke.” “It has $100,000 between its investment accounts,” he said. Fletcher and Watne said they were in favor of Student Government spending money as it receives it. “If we don’t spend what we have now, the fees we pay will benefit students in the future and not us,” Fletcher said. He and Watne think that changing how student fees are distributed in Student Government would help it spend them more efficiently. They suggested combining the Fees Account and the Projects Account to create a larger pool of fees to pull from. Increasing outreach All candidates agreed that Student Government could communicate with its constituents
Carter said. The third question was whether or not segregation was bad. “When I think of segregation I don’t only think of black and white, I think about how within a culture we are segregating. Even here on campus between Black Americans and African Americans,” Cox said. Segregation exists amongst many different walks of life. The issue should be addressed on those lines as well. Though Carter wanted to think about segregation in broader ways, she discussed how, when she grew up, teachers would not be able to teach in colleges and universities. “Because those teachers couldn’t teach in those places, they were teaching young children. I can only imagine how strong a sense of community and awareness and self pride that this instilled in me,” Carter said. The final discussion point was about the concept of a post-cultural world. “Your skin color isn’t on the forefront, but its behind the scene,“ Cox said. The people of our world are trying to ignore race rather than accept people for who they are. “This post-racial world has more ignorance behind it,” Carter said, and that is the major issue. “Sometimes you don’t have anything to say, you just say hmm, hmm, hmm.” Cullen Donohue is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. He can be reached at cullen.donohue@ my.und.edu
better than it currently does. Elness said it could provide more outreach through its 30 Senate and executive members and groups like SWAG (Student Working Advisory Group), while Fitzgerald suggested live-streaming Student Senate meetings and posting these videos online for students to watch at their leisure. Student Government needs to get out and visit student organizations, according to Carlson. It also must get involved in all the academic colleges to make sure it is aware of all necessary issues on campus he said. The solution for Fletcher and Watne is simple. “Student Government needs to take more time to talk to students.” Watne said. “It should be reaching out instead of expecting students to come to it.” Next round The final Student Government debate will be held in the Memorial Union Loading Dock at Monday 11 a.m. The second debate took place Thursday in the Memorial Union River Valley Room. Look for coverage of the Thursday debate in the March 6 issue of The Dakota Student. Brandi Jewett is the Editor-in-Chief of The Dakota Student. She can be reached at brandi.jewett.1@ my.und.edu
NICKNAME Teams not permitted to use nickname during NCAA tournaments, must play all postseason games at opponents’ venues. Staff Report
In a letter to Provost Paul LaBel, the NCAA outlined sanctions against UND as a result of continued use of the nickname. The letter states that UND teams will not be allowed to use the nickname or logo during any NCAA postseason play. In a press conference on Wednesday, athletic director Brian Faison and women’s hockey coach Brian Idalski addressed the effect these sanctions will have on the school. “We had a great season,” Idalski said. “Then to be told ‘regardless of what you do, you’re going on the road.’ That kind of stinks. “This is real, and our kids our going to suffer for it, and that’s unfortunate.” Faison said that the parameters of the sanctions did not come as a complete surprise. “Going in, this was a possibility,” Faison said. “But now it’s in black and white. It’s very clear what will happen.” “To think that the NCAA was going to take their stance and relent because we are passionate? It’s not going to happen, it’s not real,” Idalski added. The letter defines three sanctions that take immediate effect: 1. No University of North Dakota team may host an NCAA championship round. If a North Dakota team is selected as the lower-seeded team in a championship competition, North Dakota would be designated as the “home” team but would be assigned to play at the higher-seeded institution’s venue. 2. If the university accepts an invitation to participate in any postseason competition, the NCAA policy requires that studentathletes, band, cheerleading, dance and mascot uniforms and paraphernalia not have hostile or abusive racial/ethnic/national original references during the NCAA championship competition. 3. If an invitation is accepted and the university must forfeit competition because it has not adhered to this requirement, the NCAA reserves its right to seek reimbursement for expenses incurred by the Association for travel, per diem or other expenses in connection with the championship.
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a set of goals, yet stay true to ourselves.” Stutrud’s entrepreneurial move was an uphill battle. He didn’t have a lot of money, nor was he seen by the community as someone with the background to run this type of operation. “It came down to stubbornness, which is a really important characteristic,” Stutrud said. After taking out a loan and finding enough investors, his brewery began. Since its start in 1986, Summit Brewry Co. has expanded twice, has won awards at a local and national level, and even went through the past recession without much trouble. “Anything really is possible if you put your mind to it,” Stutrud said. “I chose to follow this wacky fantasy of mine and start a brewery.” Some of Stutrud’s success can be credited to the connection between employees and the company. Summit utilizes an open book management system which essentially gives employees the opportunity to understand the business as an insider when given information on the cash-flow and company performance. “When someone joins our organization we can sit down and mentor the employee and tell them where they fit in the business,” Stutrud said. “This individual can make a big difference on a daily basis.” Also, employees are able to buy
stock in the company for a discounted rate through an employee stock purchase plan. Stutrud isn’t scared of competition in the brewery industry. “When someone leaves the brewery I know they have been well trained and will be a solid competitor,” Stutrud said. “Having good competition out there is a positive thing.” Matt Dunlevy, a UND graduate student and small business owner was impressed by Stutrud’s versatility. “He is clearly a genius,” Dunlevy said. “Usually you don’t expect a dependency counselor to open a brewery. Or you wouldn’t think someone with his incredible public speaking skills would have a career in owning a brewery. It just goes to show the smarter, better-rounded you can be, the more successful you will be. He’s made all the right decisions in life.” Aviation management student Marry Wallace found Stutrud’s advice applicable to her studies. “He shows that when you stick to something and put your mind to it, you can make it happen,” Wallace said. “In my major, I have to learn how to take a task I’m assigned to and step up and do it.” Stutrud’s story may inspire many entrepreneurial hopefuls on this campus as well as provide a great product. Staff writer Elizabeth Erickson contributed to this report. Kaitlin Bezdicek is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. She can be reached at kaitlin.bezdicek@ my.und.edu
Friday March 2, 2012
COMMENTARY DSVIEW Dickinson
SCANDAL Events at DSU over the last several years have North Dakota University System worried about image.
Amtrak: an enjoyable alternative for travel two reservations on file. Check and double-check your reservations. Try and purchase your tickets as far in I took my first train ride this advance as you can. Ticket prices weekend from Grand Forks to Min- rise as the train becomes more and neapolis. Somehow the Amtrak was more full, therefore if you purchase on time, loaded in no time and soon your tickets a week in advance, you chugging down the rails. Despite could be spending half as much what I’ve heard in the past, the train money as what you would pay if ride was not as horrible as I had you bought for your tickets an hour been imagining as I waited in the before the scheduled departure. Trains take longer than a car to ridiculously long ticket line. I experienced good and bad with Amtrak reach its destination, not because of this weekend, and I have a few tips its speed, but because of the numfor those of who have never ridden ber of stops it makes. However, this difference in time can easily before. Tickets; they are checked and be worth your money; depending double-checked before you board on what model of car you drive, a the train, and they are checked again round trip ticket sometimes adds up to less than the before you get of one off. ThereSomehow the Amtrak price tank of gas. fore, having was on time, loaded in Train cars are your ticket is and spaextremely imno time and soon chug- long cious allowing portant. Don’t ging down the rails. for more than think you can enough leghop on and jump off again Christen Furlong room and rebefore the columnist clining space. If you are like porter notices most other you’re hitching your way home; they’ll find you. Be travelers who find airplane seats to sure to buy your ticket in advance. be tight, uncomfortable and nearly When you arrive at the station, es- impossible to sleep in, you’ll be depecially in Grand Forks, the line to lighted with train seats. On trains, the ticket counter will be long and you are free to stand, walk and use excessively slow. You cannot print the bathroom at any moment duroff your tickets online, so you’ll ing the trip. This is a huge bonus have to stand in line regardless. If when you compare the experience of you’ve already paid for your ticket, sitting in a car for 300 miles without chances are you’ll only spend a few a bathroom break to the experience moments with the attendant for her of sleeping on a train where you can to look up your name and print it also get up and move through cars, off. Also, call Amtrak and speak to drink in the bar car or grab some an agent before you leave for the snacks in the dining car. One of my biggest worries station. Amtrak lost my brother’s reservation and he had to buy an- about taking a train was the moveother round trip ticket for nearly ment I would be experiencing. You twice what I paid for mine. This see, I tend to be one of those people was the attendant’s error, because who easily find themselves getting when I later called Amtrak, he had sick on planes and in cars; motion
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sickness is one of my most loathed foes. After boarding the train, while waiting for it to depart, I took a few Dramamine to prevent motion sickness. Trains are smooth, but tend to sway and bob with bends in the railway. Not only did Dramamine kick the motion sickness out the door, it also made me drowsy enough to sleep the entire length of the trip. I fell asleep shortly outside of Grand Forks, and awoke when the Porter informed us we were approaching Minneapolis. This is another fantastic perk about train travel. Upon boarding, porters hand you strips of paper with your destination abbreviation written upon them. You stick these strips above your seat, so that the porters, who move about the cars before and during each stop, can inform sleeping passengers that they are approaching their destination. This way, you can sleep the entire way without the worry of missing your stop. The staff aboard the train are very thorough in verifying which passengers are going where and if their tickets are valid so that each passenger can be guaranteed a safe and successful trip. While car trips can be faster than train travel depending on the number of stops, they can often be cheaper and more comfortable. They are also far safer for travel during bouts of bad weather such as rain, sleet and heavy wind. I encourage anyone looking for transportation back home, to Chicago, or even out west for a spring break ski trip to check out Amtrak for station locations and fares. Plus, if you’ve never traveled by train before, it might be something you could check off of your bucket list. Christen Furlong is a columnist for The Dakota Student. She can be reached at chisrten.furlong@ my.und.edu
Dickinson State University can’t seem to catch a break. This Wednesday, students were evacuated from three buildings on campus after an unidentified individual called the campus’s Alumni Foundation and told them that bombs had been placed in the buildings. Though the threat appears to be empty, it doesn’t help DSU’s current standing in the North Dakota University System – a standing tarnished by more bad news that has broken over the past few months. The university’s president, Richard McCallum, was fired by a unanimous vote by the State Board of Higher Education in December 2010. Earlier this year, North Dakota residents were alerted to the fact that DSU awarded hundreds of degrees over the past eight years to foreign students who didn’t earn them. The same day the accusations of DSU being a “diploma mill” began flying, Doug LaPlante, DSU dean of the college of education, business and applied sciences was found dead died in Dickinson’s Memorial Park. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. This tragic series of events could not come at a worse time for the NDUS. With a body of legislators that already view the university system in a suspicious manner, this scandal in all likelihood will keep quite a bit of funding out of university hands. With the overspending debacle surrounding the NDSU and UND president’s houses still fresh in their minds, the legislators have become mistrustful of the higher education system. We, as members of the university system, need to hold our heads up and continue working with the legislature to rebuild this broken trust. The best way to do this is to band together as a university and continue to make strides in the areas of academics, research and athletics. Success in these areas will hopefully prove to the state that we are benefiting the world while we’re in college instead of just coming here to receive job training. UND’s enrollment continues to increase, many of our programs are ranked high nationally, we continue to award more money through scholarships and grants to students and are experiencing an overall growth promotes a higher standard of education that aligns with the goals of the NDUS. We feel that UND should take the lead and be proactive in addressing concerns legislators may have about the institution and the university system in general. By leading through example, UND can remove the stain tarnishing higher education’s reputation and put the university system on a path toward success.
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Letters to the editor: nickname and logo retirement To the Editor, The retirement of the Fighting Sioux nickname must continue. For me, the name has always been a source of pride, tradition, honor and excellence, and always will be. As a letter winner and part of a family of four generations of UND athletes, the Fighting Sioux will always be a part of who I am and those close to me. But those feelings and pride are not the focus of this matter any longer. In 2012, the issues have extended themselves far beyond the sanctions imposed by the NCAA on teams that use American Indian imagery. Institutions in desirable conferences, in addition to other universities we, by tradition and aspiration, want to compete with, have clearly made known their absolute unwillingness to compete with UND as the Fighting Sioux. It is beyond naïve and inaccurate to suggest these facts are wrong. Given this evolving reality, during the special session last November, state lawmakers reversed an earlier vote requiring UND to remain the Fighting Sioux. The State Board of Higher Education followed by voting to end UND’s use of the nickname and logo, starting January 1. Two recent petition drives seek to reinstate the name through statewide votes. The petition turned in on Feb. 7 would repeal the Legislature’s November vote, reinstating the law requiring the name. The second would put the Fighting Sioux nickname in the state constitution. While I respect those who choose to fight for the name, there
are very real, dire consequences if the petitions are successful. The future of UND, athletically, academically, in stature and in reputation is at stake. The following facts guide my opinion: 1. Without a quality Division I conference, UND will be isolated. It is absolutely clear the Big Sky Conference will not accept us as the Fighting Sioux. This clear message was repeated again this week by Big Sky Commissioner Doug Fullerton. The presidents of Big Sky member institutions do not want a university on NCAA sanctions. They don’t want to alienate nearby American Indian tribes. The message is clear: “We don’t want your problems on our campuses!” The Summit League also took a similar stance during earlier conference discussions. It is not a stretch to suggest we could find ourselves homeless athletically. 2. Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa all have institutional policies that won’t allow their athletic teams to compete with schools under NCAA sanctions due to American Indian imagery. They each reiterated this in formal terms this week, and this trend appears to be gaining ground. Many have commented on the magical atmosphere at Ralph Engelstad Arena during the January men’s hockey series with Minnesota. With Minnesota moving to a different conference, this legendary rivalry will likely never return to Grand Forks if UND is still the Fighting Sioux. 3. Top student-athletes come to compete against the best. As
the Division I transition concludes with our entry into the Big Sky next fall, and the National Collegiate Hockey Conference begins play in 2013, UND reflects its academic reputation, traditions, and accomplishments through athletics. If we lose the Big Sky and the great competitive history of the Minnesota and Wisconsin hockey series, recruiting will be a nightmare for our coaches. UND’s coaches, administrators, and fan base have combined to put us into an attractive competitive situation. It would be tragic to throw that away, and would effectively reduce UND’s stature. 4. There is no doubt in my mind this great University will be harmed academically. Recruitment and retention of top faculty, administrators and students is difficult when our academic excellence is overshadowed by controversy. These facts were not created by someone in North Dakota. They are simply a reflection of our competitive environment if we want to contend for championships in Division I. We are past the point where we must put this issue behind us. The traditions of the Fighting Sioux will always be celebrated, and will always be an important piece of our history. We have spent too much time focused inward, dividing teammates, friends and families while depleting UND’s tremendous potential. I am completely opposed to the petition drives. Their potential outcomes are not in the best interests of UND, and they especially
ignore the student-athletes of today and those we will be proud of in the future! At times in life, personally and professionally, we have to cut our losses and move on. That time has arrived for the name and logo. Together, we can continue to accomplish great things. Divided, we diminish our potential and significantly damage our future. Sincerely, Tim O’Keefe, ’71 Executive Vice President & CEO UND Alumni Association & UND Foundation
To the Editor, As an alumnus of UND (’83, ‘85), I, like many others, have an extreme passion for the Sioux nickname and logo. I am and always will be a Fighting Sioux. While I still hold out some hope that the nickname will remain, it is becoming clearer with each passing day that keeping the name may not in the best interest of UND. While I hate to give up our logo, I find that I am having a more difficult time giving up our nickname. I cannot see myself yelling something other than “Sioux” as I cheer on UND Athletics. The name is not only a part of our school songs and cheers and history, it is deeply imbedded in our psyche. We have such passion for the nickname, in part, because it is unique and powerful. When sports fans around the country hear “Fighting Sioux”, they think “University of North Dakota”.
While I would like nothing more than the name to continue, I also do not want any harm to come to the university. So, what do we do? Is there a way to have both the Big Sky and our nickname? I believe there may be a nickname that would allow us to continue our full emergence into Division I without penalty while at the same time keeping the name (well, sort of ). While the nickname may be farremoved from North Dakota, it’s really no different than the nicknames for the Utah Jazz or L.A. Lakers. As a nickname, it’s both powerful and unique. I believe the University of North Dakota “Tsunami” could have potential. While the Miami Hurricanes are also known as the ‘Canes, we could be known as the “Tsu”. Even if this nickname is not considered, the point is we can come up with something unique that would not hurt our university. Personally, I like Tsunami and think it has potential. Also, as an aside, I feel the NCAA and, to a lesser extent, the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin have created hypocritical, arbitrary and self-serving policies with regard to the Fighting Sioux name and logo. While they may be forcing us to get rid of our incredible logo, I don’t want to give them the satisfaction of also taking away the proud tradition of our name (no matter how you spell it). Go ‘Tsu! Jeff Houdek
Elton John: the last and DSU scandal best musician of our time shakes NDUS
today’s pop and rap stars are called “artists” instead of “musicians”; there is a big difference. Tickets to go see Sir Elton When you put a program into a John went on sale this past Mon- computer and have it create difday, and I am sure that they will be ferent sounds, that is not music. gone in a few weeks. Who wouldn’t When you sit down and take the time to learn want to go instrusee one of Who wouldn’t want an ment like a the greatest musicians of to go and see one of guitar or a then our lifetime? the greatest musi- piano, you have If I had the the ability to money, I cians of our time? produce muwould be holding on Patrick Cavanaugh sic. Anyone to a ticket columnist can sit down, download a myself. Then DJ app, get again, I am a lover of what you might call good at it and be called an artist. “older” music. However, what Few people have the patience to become musicians. you call old, I call real. I think there may be a reason Elton John is, in my opinion, one of the last few professional that so many musicians are going musicians. Now, before you de- on tour this year. They want us cide to storm U Place and string to remember what real music was me up for treason, let me explain. like. Back in the day people gathWhat makes music? Is it simply a ered to see musicians play their rhythmic beat? If you knock your instruments, then smash them knuckles on the counter, can you on the stage while the drummer call that music? Some say yes, drained his glass of Morgan. If others say no. I myself believe you watch footage of other bands that something as simple as that from back in the day, they are all is more musical that what a lot of doing this. They are having fun. today’s top “artists” are produc- They are on stage because they care about music, and they genuing. I have to say, I am glad that inely love what they do. Today it
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seems like people only care about the money and recognition. Back to the concert; it was amazing to see what concerts were like when bands like Led Zeppelin, the Who and the Rolling Stones were the biggest names on the music scene. Even those of us who listen to classical music can tell the difference between music and today’s, um, sounds. The absolute musician is someone who plays in band, orchestra or choir. I’m sure that many of the choir students we have here hate the idea of an auto-tuner. It takes so long to learn and perfect all these skills, and these new artists use technology to do everything for them. Talk about lazy. Unfortunately for me, the decades of rock and roll are long gone, though this year may be the biggest for touring musicians; Roger Waters (bassist and singer of Pink Floyd), Iron Maiden, Van Halen, Elton John and the Rolling Stones are just a few names that are going to be hitting the stage in 2012. I hope that many of our generation give some of this music a chance, and remember what real music was like. Patrick Cavanaugh is a something for The Dakota Student. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyone who pays attention to what goes on in the North Dakota University System (NDUS) will have heard about what is happening at Dickinson State University. An audit recently done on the university showed that 400 foreign students who had received four-year diplomas since 2003 did not complete the graduation requirements. The scandal doesn’t stop there either. The school faces massive fines from the Department of State for student visa violations, and sanctions from other federal agencies. Add to that the tragic new that, DSU professor, Doug LaPlante, 59, was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound and it’s not all that difficult to understand that Dickinson State University is hurting and in many different ways. But, the situation at Dickinson State doesn’t stop casting its shadow in Dickinson itself; the shadow extends across the entire state and is a blemish, a terrible, terrible blemish, on the once reputable track record of the NDUS. Now the Department of Education and Department of State will be keeping a close eye, not just on Dickinson State, but on all universities
that are a part of the NDUS; not to mention the pressure that the State Board of Higher Education and North Dakota State Legislature will be putting on universities across the state. There is a concern that what happened in Dickinson State will hurt enrollment and the image of universities like the University of North Dakota. But, is that a valid concern? Of course it is. But, we, collectively and as a university system, must realize that this just as easily could have happened anywhere else… but, it didn’t, it happened at Dickinson State. The NDUS dragging its feet isn’t going to help anything. Yes, we are— and should be—mourning for the death of Dr. LaPlante, and the damage this scandal has done to the NDUS; but, the point is not to get stuck in that mode of thinking. What do we do? The only thing we can do. The NDUS continues to strive to provide the best education it possibly can to students both in the state and out of state, both in and out of the country. To move forward, you’ve got to be looking forward and that’s what the NDUS has got to do. Jon Hamlin is the Managing/ Opinion Editor for The Dakota Student. He can be reached at email@example.com
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our friendship with some ladies since we always have fun together,” Fixell said. As various women from all over the world responded, they began documenting their experiences via online video blogs. After about 200 double dates, they translated their education into a monthly comedy show at the People’s Improv Theater in New York City, N.Y. Many of their shows there have been for sold-out crowds. They’ve also been featured on TV shows such as The Colbert Report on Comedy Central and The Millionaire Matchmaker on Bravo. Their most recent project is their national college tour. The next show on the tour is tonight at 8 p.m. at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn. For more information on Dave and Ethan or to watch their online videos, visit their website at daveandethan.com, like their page on Facebook or follow them on Twitter. Jaye Millspaugh is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Exploring the final frontier Story by Emily Aasand
The May deadline is quickly approaching for UND’s North Dakota Space Robotics Program. The students in the program are feeling the pressure to create a CubeSat satellite prototype and have it ready to be launched in three months. The NDSRP is an inter-campus program that is sponsored by the North Dakota NASA Space Grant. Eight computer science students, four electrical engineering students, and one mechanical engineering student are participating in the North Dakota Space Robotics Program, resulting in a statewide effort to develop a CubeSat satellite-engineering prototype. “Right now we’re working with Dickinson State to create this prototype, but in the future we’re hoping to get multiple campuses across the state involved,” said Jeremy Straub, the student program director at UND. “We are fortunate enough to have one space study member, two electrical engineering faculty members, and one mechanical engineering faculty member helping us out with this project. Their expertise will really come in handy.” A CubeSat satellite is a miniaturized satellite utilized for space research. The NDSRP satellite is about four inches in length, height and width. It weighs less than three pounds. “This satellite does basically everything a normal satellite does. It has visual sensors and is able to take pictures of the earth. They aren’t as high quality as the regular satellite’s but the cost dif-
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Perfume Genius hits all the right notes with new album MUSICREVIEW “Put Your Back N 2 It”
***** MATTHEW ROY
“Put Your Back N 2 It,” Seattle-based artist Perfume Genius’s follow-up to his 2008 debut “Learning” is an album that should not be judged based off of its title. Given modern pop music’s sudden urge to use internet short hand in their song titles it would be easy to glance at the album’s name and assume it’s an album that is upbeat, emotionless and probably hard to get all the way through. “Put Your Back N 2 It” is the exact opposite. The brainchild of Perfume Genius, singer/songwriter Mike Hadreas, is a very emotional and personal project very much deserves to be listened to all the way through. The opening track “Awol Marine” opens the album with soft piano keys and Hadreas’s
haunting, almost inaudible vocals. Hadreas has an amazing voice and that is one of the main draws of this album. It’s almost some beautiful hybrid of Sufjan Stevens and Fleet Foxes’s frontman Robin Pecknold. It’s his vocals that give the songs on the album such a personal and intimate feel that it may almost be a little off-putting to the listener at first. During “No Tears” when he sings “I will carry on with grace/ see no tears/see no tears on my face” it sounds like Hadreas is in fact holding back tears and convincing himself not to cry. Because the album is so personal, it’s no surprise that a lot of these songs come from real life experiences of Hadreas. Hadreas has discussed his past substance abuse and the challenges that he went through being accepted as a gay man. The experiences play a big role in these songs. “All Waters” finds Hadreas wondering and hopeful for the future that doesn’t judge upon sexual orientation. “When I can take your hand/on any crowded street/and hold you close to me/
with no hesitating.” The track “17” which Hadreas has described as being a suicide letter the repetition of “I am done/I am done with it” is very haunting. Perhaps even adding to this is the length of the songs. The longest song on the album is 3:16, so each song almost seems like separate ideas, which eventually all come together. While most of the album is slow and downbeat, on the track “Hood” things build up wonderfully as Hadreas sings “I tick like a bomb” and the song transitions into a much faster-paced song than the rest of the album. “Put Your Back N 2 It” is not what many would consider to be an easy listen. Hadreas demands your attention with his personal and intimate songs. Give them your attention and you will discover the beauty behind these songs. Even though songs may deal with topics such as suicide and
Perfume Genius’s cover for “Put Your Back N 2 It.” Photo courtesy of www.stereogum.com.
substance abuse there is an uplifting feeling to the album as well.
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the ability to reach the level of intimacy with their songs that Hadreas has reached, thanks to his soft voice
and personal lyrics. While it may not be for everyone, those who feel music today lacks these qualities previously mentioned will no doubt love “Put Your Back N 2 It.” It’s the kind of album that rewards you for coming back as well as listening to it all the way through. For a complete discography and tour dates you can check out Perfume Genius’s MySpace page: myspace.com/kewlmagik.
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SPORTS Good Luck to the women’s Hockey team in Duluth tonight!
UND basketball outguns UTPA Broncs Senior center Mike Mathison
STRENGTH The men’s basketball team extended their homewin streak to nine. BRANDON BECKER THEDAKOTASTUDENT
Sophomore Jamal Webb keyed a 10-0 run to start the game for the Fighting Sioux with five points, as the University of North Dakota cruised to a victory over Texas-Pan American 86-60 this past Monday at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. The win was UND’s biggest of the season and it moved the Sioux (1414, 5-4) into a tie with the Broncs
(11-19, 5-4) for second place in the Great West Conference. The Sioux rode hot 3-point shooting from the hands of several players throughout the contest. Senior Patrick Mitchell and sophomores Aaron Anderson and Webb all hit three treys during the contest. As a team the Sioux shot 14-of-28 from beyond the arc, eight of which came in the first half to help give UND a halftime lead of 44-20. “Our offense was consistent all night. We did a great job with the tempo, pushing the tempo and really sharing the ball... This is how you want to be playing going into March,” UND head coach Brian Jones said.
UTPA was unable to get past UND’s defense throughout the night as the Sioux clamped down and gave a defensive effort that had Jones happy at the end of the game. The Broncs shot just 34.4 percent from the field (21-61) and were even worse in the first half shooting just 29.6 percent. The surprise of the game was the strong play from little used freshman Lenny Antwi, who gave the Sioux a spark off the bench. Antwi scored seven points in the first half and finished with a career-high 11 for the game. “It felt like today was one of our best games defensively and offensively,” Antwi said. The Broncs also received a strong effort
off the bench. Josh Cleveland came off the pine and recorded a doubledouble finishing with 15 points and 11 boards, but his teammates were unable to give him much help. The only other Bronc to finish in double figures was senior Jared Maree, who finished with 10 points. UND was led by Webb’s hot shooting as he tallied a game-high 19 points and eight assists to go with a team-high eight rebounds. He was joined in double figures by teammates Mitchell (11), Anderson (15), Antwi and sophomore Josh Schuler (11). A look forward UND will wrap up its regular season schedule tomorrow at 2 p.m.
Junior guard Jordan Allard
Sophomore forward Brandon Brekke
against GWC foe Utah Valley. The Wolverines come into the contest 9-0 in conference play and have a chance to finish perfect within the GWC if they can beat the Sioux. There is plenty on the line for the Sioux too, who can gain at least a share of second place with a win over the Wolverines. A win would also give the Sioux a winning regular season and momentum as they look to win the GWC tournament for the second consecutive season. The tournament will take place March 8 through the 10 in Chicago, Ill. Brandon Becker is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. He can be reached at brandon.becker2@ my.und.edu
Sophomore guard Jamal Webb
[photos by CHESTER BELTOWSKI] THEDAKOTASTUDENT
Men’s hockey set to skate with Mavs’ FINALE The men’s Sioux team prepares for postseason with final home MSU series. TIMOTHY BOGER
In describing North Dakota’s perilous playoff situation with three weeks to go until college hockey’s Selection Sunday, the clichés pile up. “I think we’re right on the bubble,” captain Mario Lamoureux said. Or put another way—it’s crunch time. The Fighting Sioux (18-12-3, 14-11-1 Western Collegiate Hockey Association) will finish up their regular season slate this weekend against Minnesota State with work left to do in order to solidify their chances of
another NCAA tournament appearance in 2012. The mighty Pairwise Rankings peg the Sioux at 14th, and for now, that’s good enough. But three weeks is still a lot of time for UND to move up or down those ranks. Regardless, coach Dave Hakstol’s mind has another cliché in mind: One game at a time. “We control one thing: we control how we play Friday night,” Hakstol said. “That’s in our hands. I don’t spend a lot of time on the computer trying to figure out the numbers. I know where we’re at. I know that the best way to affect or improve where you’re at is by winning. We’re trying to spend our time worrying about having a good hockey game and how we prepare for Friday night.”
North Dakota went into its final regular season series last year assured of a first place seed in the WCHA (along with the MacNaughton Cup, of course), guaranteed a NCAA tournament berth and well on its way to securing one of the top seeds (which they ended up attaining). This season, nothing is guaranteed, outside of the fact that they will host a first round conference playoff series next week at Ralph Engelstad Arena. The Sioux are still in position to construct, or destroy, a playoff resumé in their final games. The complex Pairwise Rankings reign supreme, but Lamoureux knows there’s no reason to fret about what UND cannot change in the national picture. “If you start worrying about it too
much, you get away from what you need to do to solidify that,” he said. “So staying focused on the next game, next period, next shift is all you have to worry about.” This weekend, Minnesota State (12-20-2, 8-16-2 WCHA) plays the part of spoiler. Mathematically, the Mavericks can only make the tournament if they storm in as the WCHA tournament winner. That creates a bit of a catch-22 scenario for the Sioux; a sweep won’t get them to the next rung of the Pairwise ladder, but anything less than one might torpedo their hopes of controlling their own destiny. “We have to play with an attitude this weekend that we have to take both games or there’s a chance we won’t get in,” Lamoureux said.
That won’t be easy against the Mavericks, who have squeaked out a winning record of 7-6-1 in the second half. “Every week brings a different challenge and Minnesota State’s a real good hockey team,” Hakstol said. “They’re probably playing their best hockey of the year. “But I think for our team, it’s the same approach. We’re worrying about what we’re doing. We’ve got to improve our game. We’ve got to improve the consistency of our game from the drop of the puck through 60 or 65 minutes and that’s what we’re working on.”
UND holds a 7-5 record against non-conference opponents, (S. Oregon is in the NAIA) since the DI transition.
Timothy Boger is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. He can be reached at timothy.boger@ my.und.edu
All-Star game displays unfairness FAVORITISM Does the team affiliation determine playing time for athletes in the NBA? Is MN All-Star Kevin Love receiving the same credit as his peers?
Does All-Star Blake Griffin garner more favoritism for playing in Los Angeles?
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The NBA All-Star game (ASG) 2012 tipped off last Sunday in Orlando, Florida. Some would call this year’s game the Kevin and Kobe show, referring to Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant. Durant, originally from the Oklahoma City Thunder, finished the game with 36 points and accomplished an MVP performance. L.A. Laker Kobe Bryant scored 27 points and broke Michael Jordan’s record of 262 AllStar points on a dunk with 4:57 left in the third quarter. He now has 271 points for his overall career. Bryant entered with 244 and passed Oscar Robertson with 246 points and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with 251 earlier in the game. The East had a tough time coming back against the West and lost the game 152-149. The NBA All-Star game occurs every year with the best players from the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference. The All-Stars are voted in by position, chosen by other coaches from particular conferences. Each team is coached by the coach of the team with the best record in each conference as of January 31. This years teams were filled with players who have appeared in multiple All-Star games. The starters from the East consisted of guard, Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat; shooting guard Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls, center Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic, forward LeBron James from the Miami Heat and forward Carmelo Anthony New York Knicks. The 2012 All-Star game
marked the third consecutive ap- gives consistent NBA fans an inpearance in the All-Star game for centive to become acclimated to Derrick Rose. For Miami Heat the league’s talent. stars Dwayne Wade and LeBron After the All-Star game is James, Sunday’s game marked played, the lesser-informed fan their eighth appearance. Car- gets a chance to be exposed the melo Anthony played his fifth NBA and pick favorites to watch appearance in the game but only for the second portion of the curhis second time representing the rent season. This makes sense. East. Dwight Howard received The ASG is essentially a the most votes this year, mak- teaching moment, a marketing ing it his sixth appearance in the tactic and a way to bring the best ASG. of the best together in one game. The starters from the West I would argue that having were filled with All Stars like 80-percent of the starters from Bryant, Durant, Chris Paul, a the same team, defeats the purguard from the LA Clippers, for- pose of the game. I think the ward Andrew Bynum of the LA players voted in the 2012 AllLakers and forward Blake Grif- Star all deserved to be there. fin from the LA Clippers. GrifThere is no doubt that credit fin played his second consecutive should be given to talent and game while Chris Paul made his hard work and consequently, refifth consecutive ASG appear- warded to the leaders. However, ance. at end of the day the match is a Yes I’m wondering the same meaningless scrimmage that dething, why does all of this matter cides nothing. and what is the point!? All of the starters from the Don’t get me wrong, being West were all from LA. Either chosen to play in an All-Star the Clippers or the Lakers. There game is a huge accomplishment is no doubt that Kobe Bryant for any player, and some play- deserved to play in the All-Star ers are even happy just being game after holding the title of reserves, but what does all this leading scorer in the NBA. really mean? To level the playing field, The NBA needs to learn how there should not be more than to turn the All-Star game into one person from each team on must see TV. As of now, the only each All-Star squad. relevancy Yes, Bryof the game ant and Chris To level the playing Paul are the is for all stars, to biggest field, there should two ultimately stars from the not be more than one Lakers, but show off. No one Chris Paul person from each did wants to really deserve team on the All-Star to be a startget hurt (Sorry Koing candidate squad. be’s nose) Steve Namara Kibira over and no one Nash from staff writer the Phoenix wants to jeopardize Suns? Nash is the remainder of the season. The averaging over two more assists lack of effort in the NBA All- a game than Chris Paul is, howStar Game is depressing. ever Nash only played 5 minutes The All-Star game is in place in the game. to showcase the most impressive, My question is why would talented and competitive players Blake Griffin get to start over an from teams in the NBA. up and coming player like Kevin A selection to the All-Star Love from the Minnesota Timteam, in turn, is valuable mar- berwolves? keting for your franchise and Love is currently averaging 25.0 points per game, more than Griffin’s 21.4 points per game, and leads the West in rebounds with 14.0 per game, significantly higher than Griffin’s 11.4 per game. Firstly I think that there should not be more than one player from each team in the NBA, and if there is, they should not all be from the same city. The game is pointless as it is. I truly believe that the success that the West had on Sunday was due to the team chemistry between the teammates within the team. With respect to all the players from L.A., I have never been a Lakers or a Clippers fan, which leads me to the conclusion of why people may not have tuned in last Sunday. The “All Star” game should have been advertised as the “LA stars” game, to be a bit more candid with its viewers.
Namara Kibira is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. She can be reached at email@example.com
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Wild trades in Minn. he was such a fan favorite, but these things happen in sports. Sometimes to improve the team, fan favorites have to leave the locker room. Hopefully this trade will work out best for both sides and Mariah Holland each player can contribute to THEDAKOTASTUDENT their respective team. The last Wild player to beIn the past week there were quite a few disruptions to the come part of the trading block “team of 18,000,” with players was defenseman Greg Zanon. being moved to different teams. He used to be paired with Marek The Minnesota Wild rebuilt Zidlicky, and Zanon was a shottheir blue line as the trade dead- blocking machine. He was the Wild’s leading line came and went. Sometimes to im- shot blocker for the time The first prove a team, fan fa- he was on the player to fall vicvorites have to leave team, and he sacrificed his tim to the the locker room. body many trading times to block was former Mariah Holland the puck. Wild deHe even fenseman staff writer played on a M a r e k broken foot Z i d l i c k y, who was traded to the New Jer- that he received when blocking a shot. sey Devils earlier in the week. Zanon brought true dedicaThe Wild received a lot for a little in the Zidlicky trade. They received two former Wild players defenseman Kurtis Foster, and forward Stephane Veilleux, plus new addition right winger Nick Palmieri. The Wild also gathered a second round draft pick for 2012 and a conditional third round draft pick in 2013. With the Wild receiving five players for one, it seems that they emerged victorious in this deal. Not to put down the playing ability of Marek Zidlicky, but he wasn’t performing the way the Wild wanted, and he also wanted a new opportunity with a new team. A few days later the trade deadline was about to arrive and the Wild’s general manager Chuck Fletcher wasn’t done making waves with the team. Veteran defenseman Nick Schultz was the next victim of the trade. He was sent to Edmonton in exchange for Minnesotan Tom Gilbert. Schultz had been a member of the Wild organization since the start and had always been a strong force on the blue line. He was also the leader in games played for the Wild and is very active in charities. Tom Gilbert went to high school at Bloomington Jefferson and was coached by Tom Saterdalen. He’s a strong, gritty defenseman that can hold his ground and can tally points. It was sad to see Schultz go, being
SHOCKING For team betterment, fan favorites depart and arrive in new environments.
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tion and experience to the Wild. He is now in Boston and the Wild received Steven Kampfer in return. Kampfer is a young and upcoming defenseman, who doesn’t have a lot of experience playing in the NHL yet. The fans will have to wait and see what the young defenseman can do when he has a chance to prove himself. Kurtis Foster, Tom Gilbert, Nick Palmieri and Stephane Veiulleux have all played in games for the team and look to make an impact as the Wild hopes to make playoffs. Hopefully with these new acquisitions the Wild can make a run for the Stanley Cup and have a great rest of the season. With Minnesota only eight points behind the eighth seed in conference play, it is not uncharacteristic to have a little optimism for the revamped squad. Mariah Holland is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. She can be reached at marholl99@hotmail. com
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