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International students and the issue of integration Page 12 Whispering words of wisdom Page 11 Learning the language of technology page 19 Erman Xia/The Hawk

Left: The DSU mascot along with members of CAB in the Homecoming parade. For more Homecoming pictures turn to pages 6-7. Dara Anderson/The Hawk

Right: DSU quarterback Cody Holland, No. 11, goes back for a pass in the first quarter against Jamestown. Holland went 11-for18 and 169 yards and no interceptions. The Blue Hawks went onto win 26-16 to move to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in league.


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Mark your calendars! October 7th and 8th, 2010

Arts and Humanities Summit

Peter Schjeldahl Keynote address “Of Ourselves and of Our Origins: What the Humanities are For� October 7th, 2010 7:30-8:30pm Beck Auditorium

Featuring NDUS faculty and students in the arts and humanities including:

Bronze Pour Music and Dance Performances Dramatic Performance Poetry Readings Panel Discussions Faculty & Student Art Show For full agenda, session descriptions and registration, please log onto:

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Wisdom From the Wise

College experiences shape your life

By Stuart Savelkoul DSU Alumnus Your college experiences will shape the rest of your life. Your classmates today will be your colleagues, coworkers, and contacts tomorrow. If I have learned anything since graduation, it is that. Consider my experiences… I married one of my SOAR Leaders. My best friend today was my best friend in college.

I spent four years working for DSU, as Housing Coordinator and as an Adjunct Lecturer of Communications. I have a job that I love today, that I got because my college rival put in a good word for me with his boss. Since my graduation from DSU in 2004, I’ve written countless letters of recommendation, and have hired three of our alumni to work for NDPEA. Because you’re reading this and cannot tell me otherwise, I am going to choose to believe that I have made my first point. Today matters. College is a place to network. College is a place to define yourself. Whoever you were in high school, you aren’t anymore. This should be true for all of you, and trust me when I say, it’s a good thing. Submit to the urge to be yourself, the alternative is tiring and unnecessary. You’re no longer

“So-and-so’s son,” or “What’s-hisname’s little sister.” Now, you will be defined by the choices you make and the company that you keep. That isn’t to say that the values and beliefs that you embraced in high school must be abandoned. Sometimes, they are enhanced. Students at DSU are given ample opportunity to travel for schoolrelated activities. Get involved and take advantage of this! Immediately after graduation, most of you are going to be broke. After that, responsibilities (family and work) make traveling difficult. My biggest regret of my college career is that I did not take advantage of an opportunity to study abroad in England, like several of my classmates did. Extra-curricular involvement will do a lot to enhance your resume and separate you from a pack of job-seekers. Figure out what you like to do, and

then figure out a way to get paid to do it. Me? I like to talk. As a student I was active in theatre, speech, and debate. After graduation, I got to coach the speech and debate team. Today, my job allows me to travel across the state making speeches to North Dakota’s public employees. As a lobbyist, it is my job to be a vocal advocate for the membership of NDPEA. When your high school guidance counselor told you that you should look forward to going to work every morning, she wasn’t lying to you. My experiences at Dickinson State have had a profound and positive influence on my life. Today matters. Find yourself. Make friends. Have fun. Then join me in the working world, where you should find that former Blue Hawks are always welcome.

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INFUSION OF WRITER AND MUSE By Diona Osterman-Api Reporter It may seem farfetched, living 1200 miles from the nearest seaside bungalow, crashing waves or rocky-cragged corner that I would uncover the brainstorm to ward off Writer’s Block. Surprisingly, it is hiding in my own “backyard” in these landlocked great outdoor states in which we live. The wonder of water affords more than physical sustenance; it stirs the creative nectar to move us to reflection and insight. With gratitude it shares its elusive brilliance with me on this

misty afternoon. The remarkable pulpit for this writer’s breakthrough is a weekend trip to Fort Peck Lake just south of Glasgow, Montana. The reservoir’s man-made lake and earthen dam boast more than 1,500 miles of shore line and offers the well-loved host of outdoor activity accompanying a lake area. The impressive Museum and Interpretive Center and the quaint Fort Peck Theatre add to the lake’s appeal. My focus, however, strays from the more traditional activities (the ever-elusive 10-pound lake trout was claimed by my husband).

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COMPUTER I have the answer to the question on everyone’s mind. Do we really need all those F-keys, what’s the point? Okay, maybe maybe not on everyone’s mind, but I thought I’d share anyway. Keep in mind that these combinations may not work in all programs because some functions are program specific. Shift + F1 = Shows documents format (MS Word) ALT + F1 = Go to next field ALT + Shift + F1 = Go to previous field CTRL + ALT + F1 = Display Microsoft System Info CTRL + Shift + F1 = Change font. Shift + F2 = Copy Text CTRL + F2 = Print preview

command (MS Word) ALT + Shift + F2 = Save command (MS Word) CTRL + ALT + F2 = Open command (MS Word) Shift + F3 = Changes text case in MS Word ALT + F3 = Creates a MS Word building block Shift + F4 = Repeat a find or Go To action (MS Word) CTRL + F4 = Close the active window (MS Word) Alt + F4 = Close the active program. If you don’t have any programs running, you can use this function to shut your computer down Shift + F5 = Move to a previous revision (MS Word) CTRL + F5 = Unconditional Refresh (Refreshes Internet Ex-

It has drift-wooded toward writing, after a too-long hiatus. And when I say ‘writing’, I mean writing anything. Pray, give me an article, a narrative, a poem. Give me a sentence, I beg of the sky. A description of lake life doesn’t seem quite adequate. An intimacy unfelt at previous visits is striking me more intimately and something more murmurs in the damp air. Is it the idyllic lakeside cabin, with its grey wood deck and rustic steps that lead directly to the shore? The nautically spirited feel here that creates enchantment? But now, intrusive of the bright sun, but ultimately welcomed, approaches a grey rolling cloud with tell-tale dark blue streaks, turning bright blue water to sea green; the smell of the rain that no one has ever justly captured with words: that damp slight chill that sets your pajamaclad-self scampering for your fisherman’s sweater. “Montana’s version of the New England shore!” I cry. The laptop comes out, and melancholy tinged with hope (the

TIPS plorer from Internet, not cache) CTRL + F5 = Restore document window size (Apparently not functional) CTRL + F6 = Cycles forwards between open windows within a program CTRL + Shift + F6 = Cycles backwards between open windows within a program Shift + F7 = Opens the Thesaurus command in MS Word. CTRL + Shift + F7 = Updates linked information in a Word document. ALT + F7 = Finds the next misspelling or grammatical error. Shift + F8 = Shrink current selection (MS Word) CTRL + F8 = Resizes the project window (Microsoft Project).

contradiction is intentional) sets free the romance of the open “sea”. Here is water. Lake water, sky water, rain water. Here is the call that the sailor cannot help but answer. I stop trying to guess the source of this spring, and grasp eagerly at a fresh awareness: It doesn’t matter from whence it came- it is where I navigate that matters. It is in the journey of doing that we find ourselves becoming. This, the reason authors and lovers of literature isolate themselves for the sake of their work becomes imperative to the creative process. Nature, in its own solitude, facilitates that charm through the whisper of the pine, the crunch of a gravel road, the vast of the prairie, the majesty of mountains. This afternoon, my charm comes calling through the lakeshore, the blue-gray clouds, the refreshing chill that is tendered only by early morning lake air. I have owned a newfound love for the outdoors. I have trusted the gamble of incorporating written word, personality and passion among the splendor that surrounds


me. The water whispers with its softly lapping waves, “Write, write, write.” And so I do. As my eyes grow misty with this gift, I lounge on deck in the chilly morning air, wrapped in my navy sweater, and nibbling biscotti with my coffee. I am enveloped in my giddy brooding (the contradiction is intentional). On one side of my lounge chair sits a Norton Anthology and on the other, a well-loved copy of Roget’s Thesaurus and as always at its lofty perch in the center, sits my trusty laptop. Here as I breathe deeply and wait patiently for the melancholic lake rain to stir the words within, I ponder the genius of Mark Twain’s Mighty Mississippi, Hemingway’s Key West and Poe’s Kingdom by the Sea. A harkened romance for the fashionably antiquated (the contradiction is intentional) mood coupled with the light drizzle from those mesmeric blue-gray clouds moves me to shiver. And it is that shiver that washes the Writer’s Block gracefully from the mind and fuses the writer with the rain.


Alt + F8 = Opens the macro menu (MS Word) Shift + F9 = Switch between field code and it’s result (MS Word) CTRL + F9 = Insert and empty field (MS Word) CTRL + Shift + F9 = Unlink a field (MS Word) ALT + F9 = Switch between all field codes and their results (MS Word) Shift + F10 =Displays the shortcut menu (MS Word) CTRL + F10 = Maximizes the document window (MS Word) ALT + F10 = Maximizes the program window (MS Word) Shift + F11 = Go to previous field (MS Word) CTRL + F11 = Lock a field CTRL+ Shift+ F11 = Unlock

a field ALT + F11 = Display Microsoft Visual Basic Code ALT + SHIFT + F11 = Display Microsoft Visual Studio Code Shift + F12 = Save Command (MS Word) CTRL + F12 = Open Command CTRL+ Shift+ F12 = Print Command

Illustration by Lydia Camp

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Second annual Community Field Day to be held Oct 5 This second annual Community Field Day is scheduled to take place on October 5, 2010. The event was created by the Strom Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation with support from Dickinson State University. The purpose of the event is to showcase what communities are doing to grow and succeed! It highlights community development projects and provides an opportunity to network with those interested in community growth. Key areas to be highlighted by panel discussions are youth, leadership, entrepreneurship, and resources for community and nonprofit development.

The day will be facilitated by community development expert, Don Macke, who spoke at our first Field Day. Speakers include Kim Huston, Economic Developer of Bardstown, Kentucky and author of Small Town Sexy: The Allure of Living in Small Town America. Huston has been named the “Kentucky Economic Professional of the Year� and is proud to boast that Bardstown has been named one of the 100 best small towns in America. Come listen to her presentation and purchase a copy of her captivating book. For more event information visit the www.StromCenter.Com.



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It’s just not homecoming without a good parade. Various community members and numerous campus clubs wowed those who came out to watch this years Egyptian theme impressively applied to their floats and costumes. Above: The two mascots put on a staged battle. Left: This year’s king and queen. Below: The floats line up in anticipation of the start of the

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Saturday morning parade. Below Right: University Players put on a good show. Above Right: Members of the science club advocate using ones brains to defeat the enemy. Dara Anderson/The Hawk

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Hawk like an Egyptian

Above: The President and his wife toss candy to eager children. Left: The accounting club float whips those Jimmies into line. Below Left: DSU Cheerleaders carry the flags. Below: The nursing program float puts their medial knowledge to good use, mummification. Right: Members of CAB walk the parade route in their homemade Dara Anderson/The Hawk cab.

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Go to class. You paid for it. Dara Anderson/The Hawk

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What brings you to North Dakota?

By Kevin Mtandwa Contributor “So what brings you to Dickinson, North Dakota?” This is a question that has become synonymous with an international student and people from other states. As school starts, we see people from various nations and states carrying bags and other accessories. The distance travelled by people to come to Dickinson can shock

you. Dickinson State University gets students from Africa, Europe, Asia, South America, and the list goes on and on. The start of a new semester is probably one of the best times for businesses in Dickinson; students go to buy phones, groceries, and any necessary things to make their lives comfortable. Some of the students are here for a year and others have no clue of how long they will be here for. When you go around and you meet people, this is the question that is asked an international student: “so what brings you to Dickinson, North Dakota? For the most part the answers are: “they gave me a scholarship and it is affordable.” These answers are true, but they are just a whisker on Santa Claus’s beard; the answers give a glimpse into the life of an international student. The answer to the above ques-

tion is simply the “American Dream”. That is the answer for many students that have come here to attend college at Dickinson State University. The “Dream” is what brought our forefathers to America, the freedom and opportunities that America presents to people. The dream is what brought people to the Virginia colony, Massachusetts colony, and Pennsylvania colony. The dream to accumulate wealth, practice religion, and convert non believers to believers. Life is not easy in other countries, poverty in America can be considered as wealth in other countries. Families sell their houses and property just to bring their children or their spouses to Dickinson, North Dakota. The American dream causes people make huge sacrifices to come to Dickinson, North Dakota.

North Dakota After the Oil Boom By Kevin Mtandwa Contributor The oil activities in North Dakota are creating a frenzy of excitement and fear amongst community residents and businesses. Houses are being built and businesses are experiencing the effect of an oil boom. The population is increasing and so is the revenue to the state. Oil related businesses are offering highly competitive wages to attract employees. An article in the August 6, Dickinson Press featured three major businesses in town: Baker Boy, Fisher industries, and Wal-Mart. All the businesses where citing the shortages of labor and the increased turnover of employees. This is a simple supply and demand issue and its effects are being felt across the state. As oil activities increase, so will the demand for labor, and so will the wages demanded and offered by companies. With such competitive wages, small companies are finding it hard to hire and retain their employees; this will eventually force businesses in town to start increasing their wages and in turn pass the cost to

the final consumer. Eventually, some counties are going to experience slight inflation or an increase in prices of general commodities. This article is not against the oil activity; the oil activity is great for Dickinson and the state. This article is meant to help people look into the future: after the oil activity. Let me first giving you an insight into what is going on in Dickinson, North Dakota. People are coming in to Dickinson, North Dakota, at a rate that is beginning to put a strain on some of the resources that this city has. If nothing is done to address this issue, we will experience a stiff competition for resources like one never been experienced before. Another bad side of the current economic activity is that it might end up affecting the enrollment of local students at DSU. Believe it or not, but people without a university degree are earning way more than those with a degree. Now, this is not a good thing for the state and our city because it provides less motivation for some people to earn a degree. Again, remember this article is

not against the oil activity or oil field workers; the oil activity is great for Dickinson and the state. The traditional thinking is that people with a university degree earn “double than those without one”, but now that statement might be revised by adding “unless they work in the oil fields”. Property is increasing in prices and so is the rental cost for housing. Not everyone is experiencing an increase in income because of the oil activity. Most people’s income is still at the same level it was two years ago, and these people are finding things difficult. The demand for housing is causing a housing crisis which in turn is leading to higher demand for housing. College students are being squeezed the little income they have by the rent charges they have to pay. If you take a tour around Dickinson, you will see that housing is not a laughing matter, there are RV’s and campers filled with people waiting for a place to live. Well this is not the focus of this article. This article is focused on “North Dakota after the oil boom”. The attention right now is on the oil

It is that dream that will continue to bring more and more people to America. The hope of students is to earn an American degree that will increase their earning power when they graduate. The hope for some is to be employed by an American company and be able to work for it for as long as they can. People travel thousands of miles to follow their dreams. With the current increase in oil activities in our state, people will continue to come to Dickinson, North Dakota, to provide for their families, to acquire an education, and to experience a different life style. People come to Dickinson for different reasons. The conversations I have had with some mothers have given me a new answer to this question. People are coming to Dickinson, North Dakota, to raise their children. “Dickinson is a safe place to

raise my kids…They are not exposed to violence and drugs,” one mother said. Even though there have been cases of burglary and violence, Dickinson still remains a safe place. During winter, some people leave their cars on outside, and others do not lock their doors. With the unemployment rate at around 9%, people will continue coming to North Dakota to get jobs and bring their families here. Most Americans forget or have forgotten the opportunities that surround us, and the influx of international students will help remind us of how blessed we are. If we trace the history of the question above, we will be surprised that the same question was asked Christopher Columbus when he came to America, and the answer is still the same: the “American Dream”.

activity and the problems it is causing. City officials are working hard to attempt to address the housing crisis caused by the oil activity. Let me take you on a slippery slope. So let’s look at it this way; eventually we will be having enough housing to cover the demand created by the oil activity (maybe close enough), increased population will mean increased businesses. The North Dakota economy is going to grow because of the increase in population and business activity that will follow that, but the problem is that this boom in the economy is going to be based on “OIL”. Oil is not a renewable resource, so at one point it will run out. The question is what are we going to do when the “OIL Activity” slows down or is no longer available. Experts predict that the oil activity in North Dakota is not going anywhere for about 10-20 years and others predicting the number to be higher than this. What are we going to do after 20 years when that oil activity is no longer there or has slowed down? Picture it this way: Iran’s economy depends on oil and if there is no more oil or when demand is lower, the economy will be toast. Where

will all the people being employed by oil related companies go to? Right now, President Obama and congress are working on reducing our country’s demand for oil. Even though right now “Business is good”, North Dakota needs to use the revenue from the oil activity to create new business and build a solid foundation for sustainable future growth. We need to start looking into alternatives that will keep the economy growing after the oil boom. The thought of “after the oil boom” is hard to digest for most people and we would prefer hiding it under the rug, but 10-20 years is not a whole lot of time in terms of economic growth and slow down. It only takes a few events and a short time to lose all the growth experienced over decades; look at our economy ten years ago and now. Look at the deficit then and now, look at the employment rate then and now. The important thing is that: enjoy the current growth in the economic activities, but remember also to take a moment to look into the future to shape your current behavior. Whether we like it or not there will be “North Dakota After the Oil Boom”.

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DSU enrollment declines

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College Software Essentials By Brian Kopp Contributor Starting or continuing a college education can appear to be an expensive endeavor due to technology requirements. This does not have to be the case. Many companies offer discounts to students, you just have to know where to look. Office suites include programs for writing papers, creating spreadsheets, and designing presentations. The most commonly used suite is Microsoft Office. Currently, the newest version is 2010 and available from for the educational price of $79.99. To get this reduced rate software you must sign up at the aforementioned website using your @my.dickinsonstate. edu email address. From there, simply follow the directions to purchase the software and install it on your computer. Looking for an even more economical alternative? Then Open Office might be right for you. Open Office is open source software, meaning the code behind the program is freely available to anyone. What this means to you

is the software is generally free! By visiting you can download and install the latest version of Open Office. The program has a similar look and feel to Microsoft Office Suites and can open documents created in Microsoft’s formats like .doc and .xls. There is a small to moderate learning curve because of the slightly different presentation of icons and features when compared to Microsoft Office. Keeping all of your priceless work safe is another important part of owning a computer. Security software is sometimes overlooked and forgotten about until it is too late. There are many free alternatives to the paid antivirus programs you see advertised. As a DSU student, faculty or staff member you are entitled to download McAfee 8.7i from aspx. Simply follow the instructions displayed on the web page. Microsoft released their own free antivirus last year called Microsoft Security Essentials. It is free to anyone with a legal installation of Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, or 7 and does not require any registration. The address for MSE is Other companies, who provide free antivirus software, usually only requiring a free registration to be completed, are AVG (, Avast ( among others. The compliment to security software is a computer’s built in firewall and updating features. To make sure your firewall is on (in Windows XP) click on “start” aka the “Windows Button” and go to “Control Panel”. Then navigate to “Security Center”. In Vista or 7 Click on the “Windows Button” and type “security” in the search box and click on “Check security settings” when the option becomes available. Windows XP updates can be manually found by opening Internet Explorer and then clicking on “Tools” > “Windows Updates”. Windows Vista and 7 updates can be found by clicking the “Windows Button” and typing “updates” in the search box and selecting “Windows updates”. I do not endorse any of listed software. I am simply dispensing this information for you to consider.


DSU TR symposium unites scholars from around country By Connor Cunningham Reporter

Students enjoy themselves at the Homecoming game. Figures released last week by the University show an overall decrease 3.5 percent. At the same time there is an increase in Native Americans and North Dakotans.

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There aren’t very many events in Dickinson that bring in a crowd of people that represents 15 states, but that’s exactly what the Theodore Roosevelt Symposium did. The TR Symposium is a 3 day event where all kinds of people from all over gather on the campus of Dickinson State University to listen and learn about who Theodore Roosevelt was and the sort of impact he had on America growing into a world power. Speakers from major universities headlined the weekends list of speakers, those speakers were Peri Arnold from the University of Notre Dame who was the keynote speaker Thursday night, Julie Green from the University of Maryland who spoke about the Panama Canal and Roosevelt’s influence to becoming a world power, and David Godshalk from Shippensburg University who spoke about Theodore Roosevelt and Race. There were also several

panelists that teach here at DSU. The TR Symposium is a great place for locals and DSU students to learn about the man that is so often talked about in this neck of the woods. Most students who come to DSU know who Roosevelt is but they often wonder what his significance is towards the Badlands area. “Coming from Montana I didn’t understand why Dickinson loved Theodore Roosevelt so much, I didn’t understand why I received a scholarship in his name. After attending the Symposium I have a better understanding of President Roosevelt and why North Dakota loves him so much,” said freshman Zach Edward. So if you didn’t attend the symposium this year or if you did attend the symposium and want to go next year I suggest you mark the dates of October 27th-30th, for the sixth annual Theodore Roosevelt Symposium. You too can become an expert on President Roosevelt.

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OPINION Hawk Welcome Back, Help! The Hawk

Talk Compiled by Marie Dukart and Dara Anderson

What do you think about the diversity of cultures at DSU?

“Interesting” Samantha Holzer Art Education

“Very good, Know each other’s culture” Louize Addo

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By Marie Dukart Editor in Chief Hey everyone at Dickinson State University! How is the first month of school going for you? Stressful, crazy, fun? All of the above? That is how my semester is going so far. Professors seem to think all students have to worry about is school. We should only have to worry about homework, but sadly and thankfully there is much more involved in our lives as college students. Welcome back to the crazy, up and down life of college. Welcome, also the freshmen who never experienced college beforeit gets better. Welcome students from other countries and cultures-you might get used to us loud, outspoken, Americans. Welcome students from other states- yes, North Dakota is as Mid-West as you can get. Finally, welcome my fellows in arms, true blood North Dakotans. What can I say, but praise the Lord some people understand what it means to live in North Dakota. I don’t have to explain the weather to you or the lack of places to go, you guys already know. If the term ‘you guys’ seems strange, you are probably not from the Mid-West. It is part of the regional flavor of North Dakota. The term is equivocal to the

South’s ‘you all.’ Okay, now to introductions. I am the new editor of the Hawk, Dickinson State University’s very own newspaper. Marie Dukart is the name and I am not at all qualified to be editor, but I will try my hardest to overcome my lack of experience and give you guys the best possible newspaper I can. Of course, I am not on my own in this undertaking. Mr.. David Schreindl, our faculty advisor, Lydia Camp, the assistant editor, the faculty who help us in numerous ways, the many writers, copy editors and graphic designers, and finally, the readers, all come together to make this publication possible. Without you guys to read, we would be a hoax. The job of this newspaper is to inform you on serious issues and to make you aware of amazing things happening

on Campus that, without us, you wouldn’t know about. Now, to make those of you aware of some things you might not have known, I am going to give a crash course about North Dakota. First, we are a tiny state, population wise. I’ve heard people say that the state has over a million people living here. That is false information; we don’t even have 170,000 people inhabiting the state. Secondly, when you go

driving on state highways people might wave at you even though they don’t know you and it probably won’t be the middle finger. They are just being neighborly. Thirdly, and finally, we are friendly, yes, but we also like to talk about people. It is the small town syndrome: to know everyone else’s business. The Hawk will be more discreet, I promise. Thank you for reading and good luck with college!

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You Rule! “It’s good to learn more about Western culture” Nipez KC Chemistry

“I think it’s great” Debbie Dietz Elementary Teaching

You rule. Just ask... well, don’t ask anyone. The opinions of others, considerable or not, whether they know or don’t know, almost never take into account the significance of the person that you are, if for no other reason than the simple fact: they don’t know you like you know you. So go ahead, ignore them. Ignorance is bliss, is it not? Each day you wake up in a universe of your own creation, with your own rules, agendas, do’s and don’ts, etc. You are the most important person in your universe, the master of your own domain. Be suspicious if someone tries to convince you otherwise. They may be trying to control you. Be very suspicious if someone tells you that you are the most important person to them. By Darren Roth Reporter

They should be the most important person to themselves, as it is themselves who need to be responsible, self-respecting, and in control of their actions, or at least following any other rules they created for themselves. Those obligations fall on no one but the self, which, along with the act of survival, leaves you in a pretty powerful position in your universe. There are some common instances in which people may try to tell you otherwise. Institutions, teams, companies and the like all try to convince people that the team is more important than any one player, that the collective goal is more important than the singular. This is acceptable if you are alright with the possibility of being used or being taken advantage of. The team goal does not take into account the goals, personalities, or sometimes even the

well-being of the individual. To be a part of a team is to be temporary, to be replaceable. The team will go on without you, because it is not THE individual that is an integral part, but generally simply ANY individual. Again, if you enjoy being a machine cog, then you probably are alright with this. Realize, however, that the team/company/ country does not recognize you as master of your own domain, but instead sees you as an unstable, interchangeable part of the mass assembled to tend to the conceived wishes of the so-called leaders, people who can mistreat you and sell it as some sort of lesson. People who can control you if you let them. Being a part of that is up to you. In the end, you rule. We are in control. Well, we might be in control. I like to tell myself that.

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Whispering Words of Wisdom By Amy Magstadt Reporter I do a lot of studying. I’m in college. It’s pretty obvious that this would be the case for 90 percent of Dickinson State University students. I am in my fifth year of college. So I will repeat again: I have done a lot of studying. When I like to study, I like to go to the library. When 90 percent of DSU students want to study, they go there as well. During my college career, I have had the opportunity to be both a Blue Hawk and a Bison. I like to classify myself as a “buffalo wing.” Going to two different colleges means that I also studied in two different libraries. However, if I had the choice to study at a library on a campus of over 12,000 students or the library at Dickinson State….I would pick Option 1. Why you may ask? I would pick it for one simple reason only: noise control. Our library has an excellent staff that is extremely helpful and

friendly. It is not their responsibility to walk around and tell a bunch of twentysomethings to keep their voices down. They are busy enough helping students and working behind the scenes on things we don’t even know they do for us. The next time you see them as you walk into the library to buy your mocha skinny, say “thank you” for all they do for our campus. As for the rest of the student body, we have made it this far to college. The hand holding stops. We are big boys and girls who can control our voices in the library. Do you sit and chat with your friends in your “normal” voice at the public library about what you are doing this weekend? I didn’t think so. We are all taught in Freshman Seminar how to use the library to most benefit our needs. We are also shown that there are study rooms in the basement for us to use. Here are some helpful hints on how to keep noise down in our library.

1. If you receive a phone call from mom, go out in the hall and talk to her. People are trying to study. 2. If your best friend wants to talk to you about how she and “so and so” are going out on Friday night and they don’t know what to wear so they need your help and then they are starting to freak out and should we do dinner first before the basketball game??, etc. Go out in the hall and talk to her. People are trying to study.

3. If you are working on a group project, try using a study room in the basement. If that doesn’t work, use a table in the front or the back of the library BUT…remember to keep your voices down. What more can we ask for Blue Hawks? We have an excellent library staff, a coffee bar, multiple computers for anyone to use, study rooms, large tables and let’s not forget books. Let’s keep it down so we can keep our grades up.

By Marie Dukart Editor in Chief Eighteen is the age, according to the United States laws, a person becomes an adult. An eighteen year old can now buy a car, real estate and stock. The “adult” can also inherit property, get sued and enter into binding contracts. New actions an eighteen year old can do include buying tobacco products, go to jail, get married without permission, vote and drive without restriction. All of the list is important and makes the eighteen year in charge of his or her destiny. One huge aspect of the law is missing here and that is the legal drinking age in the U.S. It is not, as some might have guessed, at eighteen, but at that awkward number: twenty one. I understand the reasoning behind the legal age being at twenty one, but I do not agree with it because of principle. Since July of 1984, when the law was changed from 18 to 21, an estimate of 25,000 lives have been saved in regard to drinking and driving. Yet, this statistic does not take

in account the amount of lives lost because of binge drinking and high school kids drinking in out of the way places so not to get caught. How about under age kids dying because of where they were or their friends being too frightened to take them to the hospital? I disagree with the legal drinking age not because of these reasons, but because at eighteen you can die for your country but you won’t be able to drink when you lie dying. I know that is probably a faulty argument, but it makes you think. I am in charge of my life and all responsibilities at eighteen, but being a responsible drinker. Don’t get me wrong, I do not want to see an increase in drinking and driving deaths or any deaths related to alcohol, but I also want all or nothing when it comes to being an “adult.” I have an answer that might make both sides of the issue happy. Choose Responsibility is an organization to promote discussion and public debate about how best to reduce alcohol abuse. They think that states that choose to lower the legal age to 18

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Learning to become an Adult in College should not be penalized, but made to monitor statistics and submit them to Congress to see how well the new law works. Also the organization thinks there should be a program similar to Drivers’ Education in regard to alcohol. The program would be taught by a certified alcohol educator and the material covered would include legal, ethical, health and safety issues. To be able to drink at 18 the individual would have to pass a final examination and have at least 40 hours of instruction involving

classroom learning and sessions including community involvement. The program would help with teaching responsible behavior concerning alcohol, but also other substances including tobacco and illegal drugs. The program probably wouldn’t be a huge success, but it would help with more issues than just alcohol. By incorporating this program in the U.S. we might solve more problems than will be made by lowering the drinking age and we will give 18-year-olds full adulthood.

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How To Integrate Cultures At Dickinson State University college. To have this many cultures at a relatively small university is incredible. Ronnie Walker, director of multicultural affairs, said, “Every student is diverse. The multicultural office is open to everyone, but the international students need extra attention because of the difference of cultures.” The university tries very hard to help the international students feel at home and become adjusted to the American culture, but this does not mean the domestic students are any less important to DSU. Walker said, “Every student

is important; I was a student abroad and I got extra help. I didn’t know the culture as well as the students who were from the country I studied in and I needed help.” The domestic By Marie Dukart students might feel Editor in Chief like they are not as Dickinson State University important because of has different cultures from all over the extra attention the the world. Twenty six countries, university gives interfive provinces and forty states colnational students, but laborate to make up the two thouthe domestic students sand six hundred and sixty eight are the reason the unistudents who are enrolled at the versity has over two thousand students enrolled. Sixty five percent of the , ,QFRQMXQFWLRQZLWKWKH'68)RXQGDWLRQ 2GG)HOOR M WL LWK WK '68 ) G WL 2GG ) OO ZV/RGJH / G enrollment is 35(6(176 students from the great state of North Dakota. Erman Xia/The Hawk Without home $FRPHGLFSOD\ZULWWHQE\3HWHU6KDIIHU Two of the nearly 200 Chinese students who attend Dickinson State University yearly walk grown students the university down the sidewalk outside May Hall. would be hurtsity has already taken many strides DSU to become a united school, ing for enrollment. The domestic students in integrating the cultures at DSU. but it is not the university or even The multicultural office invites students, who have friends who are also might have a problem anyone to be part of activities, the from different cultures, who need with the diversity on camclassroom of many professors are to make the first steps. Prejudice is pus. How do Americans in- bent on making diverse cultures prevalent on campus. Division can be seen. Racteract with people from all work together on projects and acism is not yet dead. The blame is tivities, the Theodore Roosevelt different parts of the globe Leadership program is open to ev- not on one group or one culture. ',&.,1621+,*+6&+22/ and be integrated with stu- eryone, all clubs are inviting any- Many cultures or ethnic groups on dents who have thoroughly one and everyone to participate in campus have a “better than you” $8',725,80 diverse cultures? attitude. Certainly not all students Humans are usually various activities on campus. Emily Bollinger, a student as- have this attitude, but some do. frightened of change and This is the problem. The intesistant director of the Theodore domestic students might regration of cultures will never hapRoosevelt Leadership program, act with dislike towards inpen, totally, on campus unless stusaid, “ The TR program is conternational students because of this fear of the unfamiliar. stantly striving to eliminate barri- dents can look past prejudice and How can the university and ers between not only international see a person instead. Integration the students work together students and TR scholars, but also of cultures does not mean students to begin integrating cultures between TR scholars and the cam- have to get along and everyone has to be best friends. and differences so the new- pus at large. It means that students will As the program has grown and ness of cultures becomes start treating people, who are difdeveloped, we’ve seen these barnormal? ferent than them, with respect. riers come down as we work with How can we, the whole of Dickinson State Universi- all sorts of students through vari- Ronnie Walker believes one way ty, come together to become ous events that the TR program to do this is to, “Open the dialogue between students.” a united school? The univer- puts on.” This way students can see for All the pieces are in place for



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Erman Xia/The Hawk Members of DSU’s International club show their school spirit by dressing up and riding the float they made for the Homecoming parade.

themselves, even though someone might have a different color of skin or a funny accent, the person is like them in many ways. Talking to a person about things that are important to all will build common ground and universal interests. Ronnie Walker said, “Self segregation is not facilitated by the university.” And this means the students are the ones who have to end the segregation seen in the university. There are many differences that have to be understood and overcome.

Foods, religion, customs, points of view are all topics that are dividing students. When I lived in Woods Hall, the women’s dorm, I lived with a girl from China and the only huge difficulty for me was the smell of the food she cooked. This problem was prevalent throughout the whole dorm and it made many domestic women say cruel comments about the international students. Yet, they never thought about the international students feelings; food was one of their only ways

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to connect to their home life. Religion is another difference seen. Christian beliefs are prevalent around campus, but many international students either have no religion or religions that are far different from Christianity. This leads to misunderstanding. What students need to realize is that people who believe different things have the same right as they do. Tolerance is the answer here. Customs, such as not being as outspoken as Americans, lead also to misunderstanding ACADEMIC SUCCESS and division. Students need to be underCENTER standing about diverse cultures because their own culture is diverse too. Points of view DUI/MIC? need to change We Can Help You. also. We need to Alcohol and Drug Evaluations see the people from different DUI/MIC Classes backgrounds as Individual Counseling Blue Hawks and Reduced Rates for DSU students! not just as people Sacajawea Substance Abuse Counseling that are different 701-483-9150 from us. More unity and less diCALL US TODAY. vision will lead to the integration of cultures at DickErman Xia/The Hawk inson State UniSeveral visiting students show off their desire to be a part of DSU events by posing in front of the versity. school’s entrance with their Homecoming shirts on.



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By Joy Walter Contributor If you ask my nineteen year old son, I am one of five people left in the world who does not have texting on my cell phone, which means he does not have it either since I pay the bill. In fact, I have texting blocked on our phones. Since I can easily remove him from my plan, he does not complain. He does, however, get a little irritated about it because he has missed, or been late for, meetings on campus because the organizer sent text messages to everyone rather than calling or sending an email, and, of course, Eric did not get the message. People have sent me text messages as well and then called me later, after I have not responded to the text messages I didn’t know had been sent, to ask me why I didn’t respond to their text messages. When did we start assuming that everyone has texting? I don’t have an issue with people who have texting on their phones, or who prefer texting to speaking (well, actually, I am a little perplexed by the preference for texting

over speaking). My issue is with texting interfering with my personal conversations and with my work. Let me give you a couple of examples. Few things are more irritating to me than when I am in a conversation with someone and her cell phone alerts her that she has a text message. She immediately halts her conversation with me, without even apologizing for the interruption, to read (often laughing at the content), and then respond to, the text message. This will go on sometimes throughout the entire conversation. Back and forth with the texting partner whose messages, apparently, are more stimulating than my conversation because she will ask me, after replying to each text message, “Where were we?” And sometimes, even before I have a chance to remind her where we were, she will receive another incoming text. And off she goes again! Why am I in this conversation? I have hardly been able to get a complete sentence out of my mouth before she begins the work of sending the next text. Most of the time, she will repeat the text messages to me as they come in. I really don’t care what they say, by the way, because I am too focused on clenching my jaw, crossing my arms over my chest, and giving her my fiercest mom look. She in not phased, however, because, obviously, she does not understand how to read body language. Or maybe it is because she has not made eye contact with me for

more than a couple of seconds at a time during our entire conversation. Because if she had, she may not have survived the mom look. Just ask my son about the mom look. He will testify that I am the master of it. I’m curious: does the person sending the messages know that my friend is repeating their entire conversation to another person? Does that person even know that my friend is in the middle of a conversation with another person? And would that person even care if she did know? Maybe the person on the other end of the texting is also in the middle of a conversation with someone else, repeating every message out loud to her friend, neglecting to make eye contact, and totally oblivious to the body language of her irritated friend. Maybe I, along with the other four people in the world who do not have texting on their cell phones, are the only people who are not texting other people while having a conversation with a friend.

Maybe I should get their phone numbers and give them a call. It may be the only conversation I can have without worrying about texting interruptions. I work in a bookstore (a dream job for a lit major who is building her library), and I encounter hundreds of people every week. I enjoy the interaction with people, except when they come to my register and are texting throughout the entire transaction—interaction is nonexistent. On average, a transaction takes less than a minute to complete. Is the text message so urgent that the person can’t wait sixty seconds to send it? Again, there is no eye contact, no greeting, no “thank you” when the transaction is complete. Call me crazy, but I taught my

son to greet people, make eye contact when having a conversation— even if he is not interested in what is being said at least look as though he is, and say “thank you” when someone does something for him. It really comes down to common courtesy. The majority of the population has cell phones. And, apparently, all but five of us have texting. I am not opposed to texting. It absolutely has a place in the whole scheme of things—just not in the middle of my conversations. Just give me your full attention when you are spending time with me; the text messages can wait, I promise. Now, if you will excuse me, I am on my way to the Verizon store to change my phone plan to include unlimited texting. L8er.

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DSU Distance Learning—My 2nd, No 3rd, Okay 4th Chance By Joy Walter Contributor As I begin my final year at DSU, I have a few words to say. I’m a well-practiced student—when I graduate in May 2011, I will receive my fourth degree in nine years of schooling. When I finished my degree in 1999, I was convinced it was the last one. Time would tell a different story. My eight year career as a

massage therapist began to wane as my shoulders weakened. Although I still practice part time, massage is not the long-lasting career I had intended it to be. Just over three years ago, as I was working a temp job as a receptionist to supplement the decreased massage business, I became the office editor. Before any correspondence left the office it went through my hands. An offhand comment by a

coworker became the impetus for my return to college life. He asked me why I was answering phones in an office when I had such a talent for putting words together—I should be an editor or a writer. And I thought, He’s absolutely right! My mind turned to two of my other great passions—reading and writing. I knew the North Dakota universities were collaborating in an effort to give students more options for earning their degrees. The

idea that I could stay in Bismarck and earn a bachelor degree in English was quite appealing. My son was going to be a junior in high school at the time--moving was not an option. With just a matter of weeks before the 2007 Fall term was to begin, I registered for classes with DSU, submitted my financial aid, and was approved. The option of using both Bismarck and Dickinson professors was also a plus. It allowed me to

interact in the classroom as well as work around my schedule with online classes. Had I not had the opportunity to earn my degree while still in Bismarck, I would not have returned to school. I may still be answering phones in that office…And you would not have the pleasure of enjoying my stimulating words here in The Hawk : )

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Health is Personal Choice Wellness is first and foremost a choice to assume responsibility for the quality of our By Pattie Carr, Wellness Program Director life. The spheres of wellness often include physical, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, emotional, environmental, social and career. The overriding mission of the Wellness Program at Dickinson State University is to enable each of us to strive to be the best version of ourselves that we can be. To that end we offer a wide variety of programs. Last year the Wellness Student Directors established the Dickinson State University Wellness Club. The Wellness Club has a stated mission of offering “fun programs designed to help students choose a well lifestyle”. The Wellness Club is currently taking members. The projects that the

Wellness Program organizes and presents are chosen by the Wellness Club members. Typically we offer exercise classes each semester. These classes include but are not limited to Yoga, Pilates, Dance Aerobics, Zumba, Fitball and strength training. The classes are usually taught in the Loft Studio in May Hall. We also offer the Alcohol Awareness through the Arts Program. The Alcohol Awareness through the Arts is an arts performances series exploring the impact of alcohol on students’ lives. The program involves students and faculty and annually presents a weeklong series of arts performances exploring the impact of the use of alcohol on students’ lives. The performances use creative writing, dance, music, poetry, theatre and the visual arts to give voice to the issues of binge drinking and alcohol abuse from the students’ perspective. The Wellness Program staff has presented the Clothesline Project several times. The Clothesline Project is a program started on Cape Cod, MA in 1990. The purpose of the program is to ad-

dress the issue of violence against women. It is a vehicle for women affected by violence and for those (women and men) who support them to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. You can red more about the Clothesline Project at In an attempt to address the topic of nutrition from a practical perspective, we offer the “Cook and Be Well” recipe series. Every week or so we send out a new recipe via the Dickinson State University email. We try to offer a variety of healthy, good tasting and easy to make recipes. We are also available to make wellness related presentations on many topics. The Wellness Program is a service program designed with the needs of the campus community in mind. We would love to hear from you as to how you would like to see the Wellness Program grow and develop. We are also very excited about the Wellness Club and would love for you to get involved. Please contact us at Pattie.Carr@ or 483 – 2194 to get involved or to offer suggestions.

Enjoying a Hot Dog -- Now and Then

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Two-Bean Soup with Kale This hearty soup warms up chilly nights. Use any type of canned beans you happen to have on hand, and add rotisserie chicken or Italian sausage for a heftier dish, if you prefer. Yield: 6 servings (serving size: about 1 1/4 cups) Ingredients 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup chopped onion 1/2 cup chopped carrot 1/2 cup chopped celery 2 garlic cloves, minced 4 cups organic vegetable broth, divided 7 cups stemmed, chopped spinach, or any leafy green (about 1 bunch) 2 (15-ounce) cans no-salt-added cannellini beans, rinsed, drained, and divided 1 (15-ounce) can no-salt-added black beans, rinsed and drained 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary Preparation 1. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add olive oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion, carrot, and celery, and sauté 6 minutes or until tender. Stir in garlic; cook 1 minute. Stir in 3 cups vegetable broth and kale. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 3 minutes or until kale is crisp-tender. 2. Place half of cannellini beans and remaining 1 cup vegetable broth in a blender or food processor; process until smooth. Add pureed bean mixture, remaining cannellini beans, black beans, and pepper to soup. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, vinegar, and rosemary.

Cole Zamira/The Hawk Students compete in the Campus Crusade’s hot dog eating contest as a part of DSU’s homecoming festivities.

Nutritional Information Calories: 250 Fat: 10.4g (sat 1.4g,mono 5.5g,poly 2.2g) Protein: 11.8g Carbohydrate: 30.5g Fiber: 9.2g Cholesterol: 0.0mg Iron: 3.8mg Sodium: 593mg Calcium: 189mg


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Hawks soar in Homecoming win

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Above: DSU Tight End Derek Pauley tries to haul in a Cody Holland pass in the First Half. Pauley would finish with just one catch but it was a 37-yard touchdown at the end of the first half. The Hawks would win 26-16 to remain undefeated in 2010. Upper Right: The band provides some entertainment music during the game. Right: The Dickinson Stat University band performs during halftime. Below: The players on the field all look up early in the first quarter on a DSU field goal attempt. However, the ball sailed wide right.

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Volleyball success

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Dickinson State University’s volleyball team picked up where the men’s football team left off in the afternoon with a convincing victory over visiting Black Hills State. Setting the offense was the superb hands of Kristina Eric with 19 assists and Whitley Abrahamson’s 14. Crystal Franklin had a career night in blocks with two solo and 12 assist blocks. Jennifer Hartman and Karen Almeida with six assist blocks, Ruth Johnson and Courtnie Trustem with four, and Iva Cepic with two. Backing up these frontline defenders was libero Rebecca Johnson with 13 digs, defensive specialist Katelyn Christianson with eight, and Brittney Keele with eight. Keele also establish a strong serving attack with five service aces. DSU (9-12, 3-1 DAC) followed up the win on Saturday with a victory over the South Dakota School of Mines. The weekend sweep moved the Blue Hawks from fourth to second. Leading the well balanced attack for the Blue Hawks was Ruth Johnson with nine kills (.363), Courtnie Trustem seven (.500), Iva Cepic six (.625), Karen Almeida five (.454), Jennifer Hartman three (.428), and Crystal Franklin three (.333). Dishing out the assists for the hitters was again performed by the talented setters Kristina Eric (16 assists) and Whitley Abrahamson (13 assists). Serving was another strong suit for the Blue Hawks with Karen Almeida earning three aces, Whitley Abrahamson three, Katelyn Christianson two, and Brittney Keele with two. In the backcourt Rebecca Johnson dug 13 attacks, with Katelyn Christianson and Brittney Keele each digging eight. It was also another superb night of blocking by the Blue Hawks front line.

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Sports Schedule: Football Oct. 2 at Valley City 12:30 p.m. Oct 9 at Mayville State 12:30 p.m. Oct 16 home vs Black Hills State 1:30 p.m. Oct 23 at South Dakota School Mines 1 p.m.

Volleyball: Oct. 1 home Mayville State 7 p.m. Oct. 2 home Dakota State 3 p.m. Oct. 6 at Minot State 7 p.m. Oct. 15 home Valley City 7 p.m. Oct. 16 home Jamestown College 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at Black Hills State 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at South Dakota School Mines 7 p.m.

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Cross Country: Oct. 1 at jamestown College Invite 4 p.m. Oct. 16 at Montana State-Billings Invite 10 a.m. Oct. 23 at Mount Marty Invite (Yankton, SD) 10 a.m.



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‘Festival’ to open DSU theater season By Haley Genzel Reporter The upcoming musical “Festival” is coming along so far so good, even though the cast has had a little of a bumpy start. A couple challenges arose including the issue of the music coming in late so things were a little rushed. But the cast is handling it

well and are not letting this set back keep them from working hard and putting on a great performance. Assistant Professor of Theater Ron Gingerich is in charge of directing “Festival.” Gingerich saw this musical many years ago in Los Angeles because had friends working in it. He has wanted to do this play for a while and decided this

was the year. One reason for doing the show now is that he feels he has the right students for the parts. The other reason for waiting until now because “Festival” is a very seldom done show and it took some time to gather the music. “I felt like this was the right time, that it’s new to people.” Gingerich said of another reason why he was waiting for the right time to

put on this production. There have been a number of large, more familiar shows over the past few years such as the “City of Angels” in 2007, “Suessical” in 2008 and the”Bakers Wife “in 2009.This year was time for a smaller one. This ensemble is a bit challenging because everyone has to play so many different roles. For a cast of 12 there are many shoes to be filled in the script. Everyone has to take part; no one can hide in the back. The challenge for the cast is to experience many different roles. Troy Kuntz, DSU Senior, is the troubadour or the main narrator. “This is a comedy, there is no real message being conveyed,” Gin-

gerich said. “This is something that most will not be familiar with.” Gingerich hopes that the talent of the students will be received by the audience; he said this truly is a musical comedy. His expectations for the performance is that the students have fun, work hard, and do the best they can. If they cast isn’t having fun either will the audience. He expects nothing less than any other performance they have done. “I am always amazed at how great of a job they do,” Gingerich said. “Festival” will be performed at the Dorothy Stickney Auditorium on Oct.28, 29, 30, 31.


Donated file photo from the Theater Department Jesse Kilwein, left, Deryl Matthew Butler-Porras, center, and Jordan Mork look at stamps as a part of last year’s play Mauritius.

The Dickinson Museum Center is seeking Christmas trees to use in its winter exhibits. Anyone with artificial trees they are willing to either loan or donate is asked to contact Danielle Stuckle at 701456-6225 or Green trees without lights are preferred.

Also, older metal trees from the 1960s are being sought for a related display. The Dickinson Museum Center, adjacent to the Dakota Dinosaur Museum, is open weekdays from 9 am to 5 p.m.. For more information about programs and events, visit our website at

Cloudy-day M a l a i s e Darren Roth Reporter I wake up to the gentle embrace of a slamming door and the sun’s clouded-yet-still-blinding rays beating down upon my face. My gaze meets the window, and instantly I am burdened with that sickening cloudy-day malaise. Now, moving from my bed has suddenly turned into a monumental and epic struggle the likes of which haven’t been seen since the greatest epic struggle ever observed inside your head, if that helps you get a sense of this particular situation. It aint easy bein’ drowsy. Yet we overcome.

Well, at least some do. It’s really only a struggle if you want it to be. Sometimes I designate the pending day-duties to be less than nothing, mere trifles, a futile continuation of the humdrum conundrums that have plagued us since we deemed them plagues based on the contrived precedents of our past parrots, echoing the dead demands of generations whose roots and plans generated this plant we call planet. Speaking of day-duties, I seem to have missed my first class. Chalk up another unproductive morning to that cloudy-day malaise.


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Learning the language of technology

By Kathy Hanna Contributor I wander the DSU campus, and I see diversity everywhere I turn. I hear a dozen different languages spoken on campus. And yet, in the midst of all this diversity, I am an alien. I speak French comfortably, but I do not comprehend the one language every person on campus seems to speak. It’s the language of technology. Please understand. I love teaching. I hate technology. I would be happiest going into a classroom with a blackboard. Instead, I confront smart classrooms with computers projecting information and images. I am told to use Elmo. The last time I checked, Elmo was a ticklish, baby-talking character from Sesame Street. Now, there is talk of upgrading to something called a smart board. I wrote my first novel on a typewriter, and re-wrote it the same way, even though a Radio Shack TRS-80 crouched on my desk. I was afraid of it. When the publisher wanted further re-writes, I printed the manuscript on tractor feed paper before saving it on a series of 5-1/4 inch floppy disks. State-of-the-art technology had entered my life. Finally, I had caught up. Within two months, our TRS-80 was obsolete. Soon, tractor feed paper was a thing of the past, daisy wheel printers were a joke, and 5-1/4 inch floppy disks gave way to 3-1/2 inch disks. May years later, when disk drives became obsolete, I bought a flash drive. It took a classmate four sessions to teach me how to use it. I learned to use WordPerfect, a task I approached with the same

joyful anticipation I bring to a root canal. Then the academic world adopted Microsoft Word and I was forced to accept it. Even now, my computer works against me, telling me insistently that updates exist. I try to ignore the notices, knowing that any update will change the location of simple formatting tools. I do not want to install them, but the computer is insistent, and I know what it’s thinking. Its little motors are whining as it complains, “Give me the update, you big dummy. I want the new stuff.” Eventually, I always give in and click on the required box, but I have learned that as soon as I find the features I need, there will be yet another update. For years, I avoided using BlackBoard, but graduate school professors posted required materials, and I was forced to adapt. Later, under duress during an instructional technology class, I finally set up a BlackBoard site for one of the classes I taught. It took several sessions for an expert to train me to use it. I only had to call for help with about the same frequency as the sun rises. Then DSU switched to Moodle. I could learn to use it, or I could go back to photocopying handouts. I took a training class and focused only on posting documents: No announcements, no discussion groups, no e-mail. When I was ready to set up my class, I could not figure out how to log in, despite the large logo in the top corner of the page, and the two-inchtall words “Log In.” My difficulty with technology is not limited to computers. It’s not that I’m incompetent. I am neither stupid nor cowardly, in most situations. I can shoot the stray dog that’s killing the chickens I raised from hatchlings, but when my computer stops working, I unplug all of the cords and cables, and take it to someone else to fix. The gentlemen in Computer Services know my computer better than I do, and have done more to it. I’m only surprised that they don’t recognize my phone number and avoid my calls. I can raise the chickens the dogs

didn’t kill, clip their wings, gather their eggs, and when necessary wring their necks, pluck their feathers, clean their carcasses, and cook them for dinner. I just can’t set the alarm on a digital clock radio. I can handle a cordless nail gun, but not a cell phone. I watch my students using tiny phones that flip, slide, swivel, and contain apps that allow them to find favorite restaurants, check medical symptoms, and count the money in another student’s pocket. The walls of my living room are covered with a floral mural I painted, and I make canes that are colorful and varied. Meanwhile, the digital camera my daughter sent me sits in its case, while I use disposable cameras to record the moments of my life. I got a piano recently, and I’m learning to play it. But I cannot

make my iPod shuffle move on from Christmas music. I’m sure there has been an upgrade. I can change a flat tire on my car, add all of the necessary fluids, and install a new starter—if the vehicle was made before 1969. But for years, my VCR blinked a red 12:00, day and night. Eventually I found a solution. I put black electrician’s tape over the clock. In time, my VCR died. The one I got to replace it did not have a clock, for which I was grateful. However, there was an update, and videocassettes were soon replaced by DVDs. I held off as long as I could. Finally, I bought a DVD player, and my daughter set it up for me. On the box, it said that the machine would also act as an MP3 player. I did not even want to know what that meant. I moved into a new office re-

cently. One of the kind gentlemen from Computer Services installed Pronto on the office computer. I turned away from the computer to other tasks, and when I turned back less than 30 minutes later, I saw the dreaded box. There was an update available for Pronto, and I was asked to install it immediately. After years of embarrassment and frustration, I have come to a conclusion. My son may be able to deal with all of the intricacies of our technology-oriented world. My friends may spend their free time playing detailed computer games. My daughter may have an on-line scrapbook for all of her digital photos. I, on the other hand, have been acknowledged as the person most likely to survive in the wilderness. I’ll take my honors where I can-and no one will make me install any updates.

Winter Comes Early

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THE SUMMER I STUDIED ABROAD... By Paul Heidelberg Contributor This summer I studied abroad in Heidelberg, Germany. Heidelberg is a small city, 150,000 people, situated along the Neckar River. Heidelberg is home to Heidelberg University, the oldest University in Germany, and was founded in 1386. Here I lived and studied the German language and culture for six weeks. The teaching was built up of three main, but different portions. The most recognizable portion was a standard lecture, that I attended for about four hours during the weekday mornings. The second portion was the immersion portion of living with a host family, and among the German people. The last portion were the short study tours, where our class would visit other cities and areas to see different aspects of Germany’s history. The lecture portion of my studied abroad usually consisted of four hours of lecture in the mornings. This could vary some days from as little as two, to as many as eight. Generally, the lecture consisted of us going over different parts of German grammar. Our teachers would lecture us in German, and we would respond and ask questions in German. At first this was a little uncomfortable for me, speaking in a foreign language in front of a class of people I hardly knew, but as we

became acquainted with each other, and more comfortable with the language, it went easier. All twelve of us had at least studied German for one year, but some students had as many as six years, or had parents who had emigrated from Germany to the United States. I had studied German for two years, and began in the intermediate class, alone with the majority of the students. In some ways the lecture was very similar to an American counterpart; a professor lectured, sometimes making notes on the board, and we copied our notes, and asked questions. Some things that struck me as different were the lack of syllabus, the grading system, and how the language barrier affected the students and the teacher. The lack of the syllabus was frustrating for a few of us, as we were used to knowing the basic outline, the teaching method, and the grading scale, so not having it was different; I definitely prefer having a syllabus. The German grading scale is an odd thing for students used to the American alphabet grading scale, based on percentages. Their grading scale is a “note”, and is represented by a number 1-4. The language barrier could be the most frustrating, but also fun. Because I think most people would think the language barrier would be the students speaking German, but sometimes since the professor’s

native language was not English, they also had a difficult time understanding us when we used English to clarify something. Most of the time, the professor was able to clarify a word or an idea with us, by describing it another way in German, and vice versa, but sometimes we had to use English after several minutes of us not understanding each other. Overall, the lectures were interesting, and greatly increased my understanding of German, I didn’t learn as much from them, as I did from the my actual immersion in Germany. To make sure that we received a complete immersion into the German language and culture, we all lived with a German family. I lived with a very nice couple, two teachers, who have three adult sons. They were great people, and since the lady had taught English to elementary aged children, she was very strict about only using German, since she knew that the best way to teach a language was constant use. It was a bit of a shock for me at first to live with a strange family, especially since before this I’d never even had a roommate. Luckily for me, my host family had been hosting exchange students since the 1980’s, and made me feel at home. Once they knew I had an interest in German beers, they made a point to take a bike ride, and along the way point out the hop farms near Heidelberg.

My host family also introduced me to different German dishes, one of which I’ll describe, since it was a local specialty. This meal’s main ingredient was white asparagus, a very interesting vegetable from the area. This asparagus was grown in mounds, and once the asparagus began to poke through the top of the earth, a harvester would reach down, pull the asparagus out, and cut it. Since the asparagus was never exposed to the sunlight, it was white. I’ve never had regular asparagus, so I can’t really make a fair comparison, but everyone in Heidelberg loved it. It was usually boiled, and then served with a white sauce, sort of similar to an alfredo sauce. In general, we ate a lot more vegetables, and made from scratch meals; I never saw metal canned foods, or things like hamburger helper. I really liked the food, and became a big fan of the German potato salad. The third area of study was the short trips we took to different parts of Germany. My favorite program trip was the one to Berlin, where we stayed at a youth hostel for three days. Going to Berlin allowed us to learn the history of the wall, and gain an understanding of how Germany became split. Berlin is also home to many great museums, a few of which I was able to visit. We stayed at a hostel, which is similar to a hotel, just much cheaper and only the ba-

sics. All of the guys from my class stayed in one room, so we had two bunk beds, and a shared shower. A bed in a hostel is a very economical way to travel in Europe, as they average around $20 a night, and most only allow people under 30 to stay. In Berlin, we visited the few remaining sections of the wall, and our professor explained how it was built, and the devastation it caused. Something that was a lot more fun in Berlin, was the soccer games that were going on, the World Cup. The World Cup was not hosted in Germany this year, but Germany was still a contender. So, while in Berlin we went to an outdoor beer garden and watched Germany play. Now, usually most Germans are reserved, almost stoic, but when it comes to soccer they are crazy. We had a great time cheering and yelling with several hundred other people watching the games. Overall, my study abroad in Germany was great, and was just an amazing experience; it’s really hard to explain. It is something I would recommend to anyone, even if you don’t necessarily need to learn a second language because really, the language is a component, but living and learning about another culture is such a learning experience, it changed the way I look at the world, and some of my views.

Killers’ frontman releases new album By Diona Osterman-Api Reporter It is something akin to the confusion felt after hearing that the perfect couple is splitting up: what happened? Who left who? What ugly details created a rift between such a perfectly matched pair? Will the infidelity ever be repaired? Will they get back together? Have no fear, Mr. Brightside

fans, Brandon Flowers is not divorcing the band. The September 14, 2010 release of his first solo album, Flamingo, does not mark a hiatus for The Killers. In fact, if you were hoping for more of the Killers sound, this is still it. Most of the songs were written for the band’s next album; The Killers were ready for a break, Flowers was not. The homages to Flowers’ home town of Las Vegas wax

cliché throughout (especially in the album’s opening track of Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas), but the first single, Crossfire, carries the listener across the threshold to enjoy a surprise appearance by Rilo Kiley’s Jenny Lewis in “Hard Enough.” Like The Killers’ previous ventures, there is a morsel of haziness scattered in the lyrical tête-à-têtes of Flamingo. Life’s dark humor, akin to Todd Snider’s conversation-music, is found

showcased in ‘The Clock was Tickin’. An assortment of toe-tapping and head-bobbing selections is peppered throughout Flamingo. The highlight of this solo venture, however, is the solid beat and slightly redolent chorus of ‘Only the Young’ that piques interest and will surely become a radio favorite. The Killers’ glam sound resonates, and the oft-referenced influence of Bruce Springsteen

on Flowers’ sound is apparent, but an understated tone marks a slightly gentler version of Flowers’ romantic melancholy. It is the occasional obscure lyric and the wistful timbre in his voice that mark this work his own, and worth a listen. If not just for witnessing Flowers’ jumping off point for better things to come, this is a chance to recall The Killers’ sound while they are on ‘break’.

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The Blackberry Bushes String Band amazes

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This was a simply amazing performance! I was a little bit apprehensive about a fiddle, a banjo, a guitar and a stand up bass, but I was simply blown away. I am convinced that Kendl Winter on banjo, Jes Raymond By Tyler Houston on Guitar, Joe Capoccia on Reporter the Upright bass, and Jakob Brietbach on the Fiddle share one brain and a heart that loves music more than life its self. The soulful bluegrass sound grabbed the room and left them wanting more at intermission. This is a must see group of artists!

Creepy? Yes. Scary? Though The Last Exorcism poster shows a young girl in a decidedly Linda Blair pose, this isn’t some bloodsoaked fire-and-brimstone horror movie. The film revolves around Reverend Cotton Marcus, a southern preacher who’s made a living performing phony exorcisms for people who believe they are possessed by demons. The Rev, tired of the hypocrisy, intends to get out of the business, but first he hires a documentary film crew to follow him to his final performance in order to blow the lid off exorcism racket. Cotton and his crew, (a cameraman and soundwoman), accept an assignment at a farm deep in Louisiana, which the film sets up as a kind of religious melting pot. The daughter, Nell, is


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MAD MAX (1979) In This creative, original, exciting, Australian low budget film, a young Mel Gibson made his starring debut. Set in the near future, “Mad Max” presents a society falling into chaos. The forces of law and order are barely holding their own and the highways are terrorized by lunatic speed gangs. Gibson plays Max, a family man and good cop who’s fed up with his job. He’s seen too many his friends die from action and wants to retire to spend the rest of his days with his wife and child, but his Chief bribes him with a new, faster police car, and attempts to flatter him by telling him that he’s the last of the heroes. After spending a glorious week with his family on the beach, he decides to put away his badge

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and uniform for good. Instead, a psychotic road gang kills the two people he loves most in revenge for the death of one of their members. Left with nothing to live for, Gibson turns avenger, puts on his black leather uniform, fuels up his V-8, and hits the road. In many ways, the plot of “Mad Max” looks like a combination of vigilante cop thriller and western with some of the most stunning car-chase/crash-and-burn scenes ever put on film. Apart from dark tone, “Mad Max” succeeded because it was good movie. Mel Gibson was well-cast in the role of Max who was a civilized policeman that later turns into homicidal maniac. The family scenes seemed a little bit stereotyped, with the cheerfulness that’s unnecessary with its dark tone for the whole picture.

It’s nice to see Sneak Pique productions in conjunction with the Odd Fellows lodge are bringing culture to South West North Dakota. No one could have asked for a better venue. The intimate setting combined with the band performing at floor level made for a magical night. If you would like to broaden your cultural horizons I would suggest checking out sneak pique productions at http://www. and Join the 2.1 million associates who help people save money the Blackberry Bushes String and live better every day. A career at Walmart is more than a band at http://theblackberrybushjob. It’s a way to ignite your spark. When you become a mart associate, you can take advantage of a variety of benefits

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an innocent 16 year-old, home-schooled by her father after her mother’s recent death. It seems there have been issues of sleepwalking and slaughtered livestock down on the farm and it is suspected that Nell is the culprit. The Rev performs an impressive show for the family, and everything seems to go as planned. That is... until it really, really doesn’t. It falls apart during a prolonged cat and mouse ending that sees the whole possession angle tossed aside from something far more foolish. There’s no pea soup and no head spins. There’s just a lot of running and shouting, followed by a regrettable trek into the woods. Anyone old enough to actually remember how William Friedkin freaked out pop culture with his far superior The Exorcist will scoff at such silliness.

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