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The voice of Chadron State College since 1920 Chadron, Neb. | Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010 | Issue No. 29

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Jesse Duncan, freshman of Lingle, Wyo., hangs mid-air on a pole as he attempts to vault over the bar in the pole vaulting competition Thursday at the Cardinal and White Meet in the Nelson Physical Activity Center.

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Peru student missing Tyler “Ty” Thomas, a Peru State College freshman of Bellevue, has been missing for almost a week. The FBI, Nebraska State Patrol and the Nemaha County Sheriff ’s Office are among teams currently collaborating on a team effort to recover the 19-year-old. Thomas was last seen early Friday

morning, after leaving a party three blocks north of campus. Thomas’s friends reported her as missing when she had not returned to her dorm by 3 a.m. Sheriff Brent Lottman said on Monday that there was no new information to release. Peru State has increased its security. Officials urge students to be aware of their surroundings and report any sus-

picious behavior. Thomas is black, 5 feet 5 inches tall, 140 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a teal shirt with green sweat pants, a scarf and ear muffs. Any information pertaining to Thomas’s disappearance should be relayed to the Nemaha County Sheriff ’s Thomas Office at (402) 274-3139.

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Senate discusses decrease in credits for graduation Adrie Ashford Lifestyles Editor

Trevor Dietrich, student trustee, consulted Senate members about the possibility of reducing the required credit hours for a four-year degree from 125 to 120. Many schools across the country have a 120 credit hour policy, both Dietrich and Randy Rhine, vice president of enrollment management and student services said. Dietrich also said that the reduction may help students earn their degree with less difficulty. “Five credits won’t change the years of schooling, but the hope is that it would help financially,” Dietrich said. “One of things driving this conversation nation-wide is the cost of education. “It’s something that’s very important to you, and I would encourage you to get involved,” Rhine said. See SENATE Page 3

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Senate Continued from Page 2 Susan Schaeffer, Senate sponsor, said that faculty is looking at all classes required for a degree. “Elements of Music, what do I need that for?” Emery Dye, senator at large, said. Riley Machal, constitutional court, said it would be beneficial if classes were offered at more varied times. “I feel like maybe you can get [the needed classes] worked out with our credit hours, but not with our class schedule,” Machal said. “We want not a committee, but a community, and I think that would be a great time for students to join,” Schaeffer said. Jacob Karmazin, Senate president, said while five credit hours may make a small difference to the individual, the whole of the lost hours may hurt CSC financially. “That’s a lot of money the institution would be losing. I think we should keep it at 125 [credit hours],” Karmazin said. Senators asked if tuition and fees would be raised to compensate for the reduced credit hours. Rhine said while he could not speak for the administration, he did not anticipate that happening. “I doubt we would turn around and make cost increases to make up the loss.

That would be self-defeating. “In my humble opinion, I would be very surprised if that would be the case,” Rhine said. The issue goes to vote in January among Nebraska State College System board members. The credit hour discussion prompted conversation about the cost of online summer courses. Karmazin said that, according to the registrar’s office, in-person on-campus courses are less expensive to ameliorate the costs of commuting. Karmazin said that he felt this reasoning was poor. Rhine listed the expense of hosting classes online as a major factor for the higher cost. Dietrich referred senators to the NSCS’s website, nscs. edu, for more information. Karmazin, who sits on the technology fee committee, said that to clarify from last Senate meeting’s discussion, specialized labs, not general labs, may have their funding cut. At the Nov. 15 meeting, Travis Doht, senator at large, said that funding may decrease, and while computers may not be taken out of labs, they would also not be upgraded. Karmazin also said that because the student body is saturated with surveys, a

student forum might be established as an alternative method for obtaining feedback. Department heads and professors would nominate students they feel would perform well and create a forum where students could express specific opinions and answer questions posed by administration and the committee. Doht said that plans for a redundant internet connection, which would increase wireless connection speed on campus, will move forward in January. Senate approved a new decorating scheme for the Student Center, presented by Sarah Kingsbury, senator of B.E.A.M.S.S. This plan dictates that the north and east walls would be painted CSC maroon, while the south and west walls would be done in tan. Kingsbury said that the Student Center’s current decorating scheme has been in place for about 15 years. Senate executive board members also agreed to write a letter of approval that would give the go-ahead to place a glass case in the alcove that currently houses the ATM. Senate allocated $400 from its foundation account for its Christmas party. Leon Swiftbird, senator at large, resigned his position.

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CAB discusses Student Center’s decor Adrie Ashford Lifestyles Editor

CAB voted in a new secretary and heard about improvements to the Student Center at its meeting Tuesday. Members of CAB unanimously approved the presentation. CAB members voted Jamie Keller, Pit representative, as the body’s new secretary. CAB reps Mariah Cook and Kylie Kindred also wrote letters of intent for the position. Former secretary and graduating senior Savanna Wick resigned at this week’s meeting. Sarah Kingsbury, senator of B.E.A.M.S.S., presented a proposal to CAB about a new decorating scheme for the Student Center. Under the new scheme, the north and east walls would

be painted CSC maroon, while the south and west walls, in addition to supporting columns would be done in tan. The pool tables and overhead lamps would also be switched to maroon to correspond with Chadron’s colors. Kingsbury said that the Student Center’s current decorating scheme has been in place for about 15 years. Kingsbury emphasized the need for representatives obtaining student support for the change. “If there is student push, we could see some painting done over break. Otherwise it’ll wait until summer,” Kingsbury said. CAB allocated $200 for snacks to be available in the Student Center during finals week. Late Night at the Pit will feature board games as a low-key closer for the semester, Keller said. The event is set for 9 p.m. today.

Club overwhelms local charity with volunteers T.J. Thomson Design Editor

The CSC Public Relations club coordinated with Closer to Home Soup Kitchen, an organization affiliated with the Northwest Community Action Partnership, to raise awareness of the soup kitchen and to assist those in need. Lucyann Kerry, assistant professor of social and communication arts club sponsor,

said the goal of the recently formed PR club is two-fold. The first part of the club’s goal is to “raise awareness of professional field of public relations,” and the second part is to “create goodwill on campus as well as in the community.” Over 70 volunteers turned out to assist the club and Closer to Home staff. Among the volunteers was a contingent of youth from the Pine Ridge Job Corps and students from the

department of communication arts classes. The club solicited donations from local businesses Walmart and McDonald’s, as well as received donations from communication arts faculty. Closer to Home is open 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday. Monetary and food donations are accepted, but canned goods are the most needed.



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College assesses the quality of students’ general studies experience

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Kevin Oleksy News Editor

Chadron State College recently completed four years of work assessing how well the General Studies program provides a high quality education to students. The work was part of the Higher Learning Commission’s (HLC) Academy for the Assessment of Student Learning. The HLC evaluates and accredits CSC’s academic programs. Accreditation is critical to most colleges and universities’ operations, as it is what regulates the transfer of credits between higher education institutions. “CSC’s last visit from HLC was in 2007 and we did extremely well,” Charles Snare, dean of the school of liberal arts, said. Snare said the academy presented a way for the college’s faculty and administration to keep the visit’s momentum going, get a better handle on what students are graduating with, and learn how to alter program offerings to ensure that students are getting skills necessary for future success. Since 2007, CSC has been one of eight schools working through the HLC academy. On Oct. 1, Mary Jo Carnot, associate professor of counseling, psychology and social work, Wendy Jamison, assistant professor of physical and life sciences, Joel Hyer, professor and department chair of communications and social sciences, Kathleen Kirsch, associate professor of communications, and Snare presented the results of the four years of work. After that, the HLC presented certificates of completion to the eight schools.

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Mary Jo Carnot, associate professor of counseling, psychology and social work, Joel Hyer, professor and department chair of communications and social sciences, Kathleen Kirsch, associate professor of communications, and Charles Snare, dean of the school of liberal arts, present CSC President Janie Park, center, with a certificate commemorating CSC’s completion of the Higher Learning Commission’s Academy for Assessment of Student Learning. Throughout the process, CSC received praise for faculty involvement and a willingness to identify and address problems. “We were honest and relentless about parsing out parts that didn’t work and coming up with a plan to fix them,” Snare said. “We couldn’t have asked for a better outcome.” A by-product of completing the academy was learning how dedicated the college’s faculty are to student’s education. About 80 percent of current faculty took leadership roles in the identification, assess-

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ment, and improvement of general studies. “I don’t think you find faculty who care like that in many organizations,” Snare said. “Faculty here have the highest standards for others and themselves. That illustrates what’s unique about CSC. This is the kind of place you want to be.” Snare said the academy peer mentor often told him CSC was one step ahead of the curve, during the process. Snare also said CSC was prudent to get into the academy soon after it formed in 2006. Lois Veath, vice president for academic af-

fairs, astutely submitted an application, which was granted in 2007. The HLC academy process is quickly becoming the norm. After the initial eight, the academy has accepted applications from 156 higher education institutions, Snare said. Members of the team who presented the college’s results in Chicago presented the certificate of completion to Janie Park, CSC president, Monday. “Everyone was really impressed. I’m really proud of you all. It’s just fabulous,” Park said.

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Left: Raymond Doud, senior of Rapid City, S.D., gestures during his group’s presentation Monday night, titled “Legalization of Marijuana: A College’s Perspective.” Top: Matthew McNeil, senior of Heidelberg, Germany, shakes the hand of James Wada, assistant professor of justice studies, after being awarded with an honorary medal by Associate Professor of Justice Studies Tracy Nobiling.

Two students honored at research showcase Adrie Ashford Lifestyles Editor

Legal studies and criminal justice honors students, presented their research Monday night in the Chicoine Atrium of the Sandoz Center. The class, taught by Jamie Wada, assistant professor of legal studies, created surveys and submitted them to the Institutional Review Board for approval. After administering the surveys, the students complied the information and presented the research. All research conducted was purely for theoretical and learning purposes, and does not influence school policy in any way. Surveys were administered by the students in a variety of academic settings, including classes in the Math and Science building, Old Admin, and Memorial Hall. Shawna Brown, junior of Rapid City, S.D.; Adam Burling, [ ] of Powell, Wyo.; Rebecca Chasek, junior of Chadron; Amy Jo Janssen, senior of Gordon; and Kelsey Weber, junior of Rapid City, S.D., presented “Cheers: A Study of the Influence of Alcohol on a College Campus.”

This group surveyed students about their opinions regarding the sale and consumption of alcohol on CSC’s campus. Using the Likert scale, which asks questions on a scale of one to five, 213 students, or about 7.9 percent of the student body, were asked questions regarding potential safety concerns in conjunction with alcohol use. Of those surveyed, the majority of females believed the presence of alcohol would increase violence, while the majority of males felt that they were more likely to engage in behaviors that they would later regret if under the influence of alcohol. About 41 percent of the sample disagreed that alcohol would negatively impact their academic performance. The group concluded that if they could do further research, they would hone their questions toward binge drinking, and ask more questions. Kylie Kindred, junior of Morrill; Katrina Mundt, senior of Hemingford; John Sandlian, senior of Torrington, Wyo.; and Mathew Templar, senior of Torrington, Wyo., presented “Perceptions of Firearms on Campus.” This group emphasized the anonymous nature of their survey. Of their sampling, about 46 percent said

they own a firearm. Many were comfortable with others carrying weapons, but would not carry a firearm themselves. The majority of students surveyed were fine with recreational firearms having a controlled storage unit on campus. Fifty-eight percent of those who said they were opposed to firearms still said that decisions about firearms on campus should be left up to individual institutions, rather than the state legislature. Raymond Doud, senior of Rapid City, S.D.; Lynette Ebert, senior of Rosthern, Saskatchewan; Dean Fankhauser, senior of Chadron; Matthew McNeil, senior of Heidelberg, Germany; Jessica Roit, senior of Ohiowa; and Kelsey Warren, senior of Rawlins, Wyo., presented “Legalization of Marijuana: A College’s Perspective.” This group had a sampling of 208 students, 60 percent of which were female. About 60 percent of the entire sampling had not tried marijuana, and out of that figure, only six percent would try the drug if it was legalized. Political orientation proved to be a factor, as Democrats were more likely to have either

tried the drug, or be more likely to try it if legalized. Sixty-six percent of all surveyed were in favor of marijuana for medicinal use, while 55 percent were opposed to recreational use. The survey also found that males were more likely to have tried taking the drug. In addition to research presentation, two students were also honored. McNeil and Doud, as graduating seniors, received honorary medals for work done over two years in the legal studies and criminal justice honors classes. McNeil said the process of compiling and presenting research most helped him with his public speaking and communication skills. “Once I get into a rhythm, it makes it so much easier to talk in front of people.” Doud said his experience in the honors classes helped him understand application of academic exercises. “It brings the stuff you learn in class to your audience,” Doud said. Both students are on track to graduate in December. McNeil wants to continue his education at Chadron and ultimately receive an MBA, while Doud plans on pursuing a law enforcement career in Salt Lake City.


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BUG IN YOUR EAR — ­ WITH LAURE SINN Mardi Gras Parade and Masquerade Ball The date has yet to be set in stone, but plans for a Mardi Gras parade and masquerade ball sometime in late February or early March are in development. Like any traditional Mardi Gras parade, there will be plenty of colorful beads and festive costumes. The parade will start at the Dean’s Green, travel past the NPAC, and end behind Andrews Hall. Students are encouraged to make and wear masks since “masque,” the French word for “mask,” is the root word, and indeed the point of a masquerade. Joseph Persac, Kent Hall resident director, is encouraging resident advisers to promote a maskmaking evening, where students can bring out their creative sides and make original masks. Materials will be provided, but students are also encouraged to bring decorative items from home. The masks will then be judged during the Masquerade Ball. The ball itself will take place in the Ballroom of the Student Center. Plans for a decoration scheme include faux-Spanish moss and multi-colored lights, black tablecloths,


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and themed centerpieces. Entertainment plans revolve around traditional Cajun music and a jazz band. Instead of this being a one-night event, it might be spread out over two or even three days. A Mardi Gras feast is set for one of the celebration’s days. Dishes for the meal include crawfish, Jambalaya, king cakes, and other Louisianan foods. A mock-tail bar at the masquerade ball will offer non-alcoholic drinks such as margaritas and hand grenades, a drink made with melon and rum flavors. Competitions for the ball include the crowning of a Mardi Gras king and queen. Prizes will be given out for each event. One prize, if it is approved, will be two plane tickets to New Orleans. Students are encouraged to start thinking of costume ideas and bring items from home that can be helpful in sprucing up their costumes. — Compiled by Ashley Swanson

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Steve Overshiner, 21, junior of Alliance, stacks cups in the third stage of the Average Joe Olympics Thursday night. Overshiner went on to win the event overall.

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Campus urged to wear purple for tolerance Laure Sinn, coordinator of student activities, hands out literature and stickers to students passing through the central hallway of the Student Center. The event was an effort of the CSC Diversity Committee in order to promote awareness for the recent bullying epidemic. Over 220 stickers were passed out to students, faculty, and staff.

Late Night at the Pit presented the Average Joe Olympics Thursday night in the Student Center. The event was co-sponsored by the Residence Life Association. Roughly 65 people attended the event, and 47 competed in the six different stages. The stages included a marshmallow eating contest, Dance Dance Revolution, cup stacking, pull-ups and pushups, arm wrestling, and tug-of-war. “We decided to introduce two new events we were unsure how the students would respond to, Dance Dance Revolution and ‘official cup stacking,’ but the events turned out

the be the crowd’s favorites,” Jamie Keller, 21, senior of Scottsbluff, and Pit coordinator, said. PepsiCo Inc. provided refreshments for viewers and participants. The sponsors also provided door prizes for students who did not participate. Keller also said each ‘Joe’ went all out for every stage. Enthusiastic students make putting on these events worthwhile. Steve Overshiner, 21, junior of Alliance, won this year’s Average Joe Olympics and received a Flip™ video camera donated by PepsiCo Inc. and CSC Dining Services.

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Mike Schmidt Columnist

Why is it that, in today’s media, issues are so quickly boiled down to a matter of an individual’s political affiliation? I hesitate to stamp a party’s brand on my forehead because I can say for myself that there is no one party in existence today that coincides and aligns with every exact value I have as an individual. If I were a member of any political party, I would be a fool to tell you. I would soil my opinions with predispositions made by you before you ever got past the first sentence. I would also tarnish my topics, which are hopefully above the political squabble that

we see too often in the media today. So why would I injure myself by association with a party? As Emerson said, “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” Who is to say that I won’t completely change all my political views in a day’s time? Why anchor myself to a party, if I realize that at any day my viewpoints can grow, mature, and change? When you tag yourself as liberal or conservative, you unnecessarily bind yourself to the values and representatives of that political party. You wall off the other side and refuse to even acknowledge their opinions. To paraphrase Nietzsche, “The only thing that is more harmful to the truth than a lie is a conviction.” What if you were to change your mind? What if you were to grow as a person, and realize a fallacy in one of your beliefs? If you were an honorable person, you would make your opinion known. However, you would be shunned by the class you affiliate yourself with for “flip-flopping.” Why put such an avoidable pressure to

cause the more people that watch and read their material, the more their ratings go up, and the more they get paid. But when did facts and the truth not become a good enough reason to watch the news? Today to be charis– Mike Schmidt matic is to be right; reaconform on yourself? Why give someone son is cast aside. Logic is else a reason to accuse you of inconsistency? replaced with snobbish humor. There is one industry that understands In today’s media you are only right if your this drama in politics and utilizes it for their speech is perfect and your teeth are whitown profit: the media. People follow the ened. If your high-brow, clever witticisms media as religiously as they follow a soap are not up to par, then you may as well quit opera. now and save yourself the trouble. The media is an arena where facts are So I ask you: behind all this, where are hardly discernible behind thick veils of the facts? They are so processed and burpolitical affiliations, and where humor is ied that it almost seems too much work to an appropriate logical defense of a serious find them. I urge you to be your own persubject. I see an awful example of what it son, have your own ideas and if they change, is to be informed any time I watch a news then so be it. That may be a sign you are channel. growing as a person. Politics and the media are so interwoven Don’t let the media sway you; find the because politics are a sure fire way to raise facts on a subject and form your own opinan individual’s blood-pressure and atten- ions. Don’t let people who only want your tion. Of course the media loves this, be- ratings form them for you.

You would be shunned by the class you affiliate yourself with for ‘flip-flopping.’

Civil disobedience: violence should be a last resort Columnist Mike Schmidt addresses misinterpretations, seriousness of his Nov. 18 opinion Mike Schmidt Columnist

I would like to address some concerns regarding my last column, “Don’t be Livestock; Take A Stand Against Government Violence,” which was published three weeks ago. First, I would like to apologize for the unclear wording in my article that led my readers to misinterpret my meaning. This is ultimately my fault and I take full responsibility for it. Because I was not present during the article’s editing process, it lost its hypothetical

inclinations and instead took on a definitive literal slant. I intended my article to be strictly hypothetical. I did not intend in any way to encourage anyone in today’s America to consider violence as an appropriate form of protest against our current government. Likewise, using the example of a successful pacifist movement—like the one organized and lead by Martin Luther King Jr.—to validate a call for violence against our government would be insane. Violent resistance should only ever be realized when all other means have been exhausted—a worst-case scenario, an “Or-

wellian society” as Tim Streasick aptly said. My opinion was meant to explain what we should do as citizens, if an oppressive government were to come into power. Again, I blame myself for not being present during editing to prevent this mistake. While I understand my critics’ concerns and reasoning for voicing their opinions, I must comment on the way they went about critiquing my article. It is my opinion that the use of humor and witticisms has no place in a debate over a serious political issue. The topic of my last article is a

serious political issue. I enjoy watching The Daily Show just as much as the next person, and while it may only be wishful thinking on my part, I assume the news parody show is not my critics’ primary source of political wisdom. I hope that The Daily Show’s use of satirical humor is not the model used by anyone constructing a serious political argument. As humorous-yet-informative as Stewart may be, I think it is unprofessional to use a comedian as a means of explaining opinions on a serious political matter. I encourage anyone reading

this to voice your opinions in a serious, logical way—especially when addressing an article or opinion you disagree with. If you can’t refrain from using humor while discussing a serious topic, I politely ask you to keep your letters or articles to yourself until you have properly devised a professional argument.

Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed belong solely to the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of The Eagle editors, staff, or adviser.



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Fight the war on Christmas before it starts WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Aaron Gonzalez Columnist

Layers of snow have fallen, the decorations are up, and the almost Big Brotherlike ritual music of the season is now upon us. It is the season of Christmas! As an atheist, I still appreciate the Christmas carols, the old hymns (“Adeste Fideles”, especially sung by the Mormon Tabernacle choir, is my favorite) and all of the decorative bits of the month. As we all get older, though, the commercialism means less and less but we almost all seem to retain the feel of Christmas as a special time. Our friends and family, especially, are perhaps the most important part of the holiday. On the other hand, Christmas seems to be “that time of year again” where one gets dressed for battle. The continuation of the “war on Christmas” is back!

What is this, you may ask? Why, it’s a fight against the EVIL liberals and secularists who are trying to take Christ out of Christmas, and force everyone to say “Happy Holidays!” Much to the dismay of the charade that is the “culture-warrior,” there is no war against Christmas. Celebration over the alleged virgin birth of an espoused savior has not been destroyed, and Christ Mass is still strong. The problem is that many of the culturewarriors are trying to push on everyone else the notion that lit trees, holly, St. Nicholas, and reindeer are exclusive property of Christendom. Were anyone to look up the history of Christmas (as we know it) one would find the holiday to be far less appealing to the doctrines of the faith. The celebration of parties, lit trees, and other such joys are pagan in nature and origin. In the Roman Empire/Republic, Dec. 25 (the alleged date of the birth of the Nazarene was said to be in spring) was reserved for winter festivals celebrating the pagan gods. Get-togethers for gift-giving, merrymaking, and even sexual indulgences were what everyone looked forward to, with the greenery, lights, and charities of Roman New Year lighting the way. After Christianity (in the form of the Ro-

man Catholic Church) was proclaimed the state religion, the celebration of the birth of the Savior was moved to Dec. 25 to suppress and absorb the old ways of worship. Later Germanic (Yule logs) and Scandinavian (mistletoe) influences in the form of illuminated fir trees entered the scene. The practices of indulgences still remained, however, and the debauchery got so bad that Oliver Cromwell, a devout Protestant and leader of the short-lived English republic, banned festivities altogether in the 1600s. In Europe today, as I saw during my year in France, the season is much more subdued, less commercialized, and familycentered. Father Christmas, gifts, and even church activities tend to play a less major role than in the U.S. No true defender of the First Amendment would allow the government to ban Christmas, nor would a corporation pass up the chance to make a buck off of it. But one must be able to face off against the corollary. Perhaps due to the increasing decline of religiosity in America, and other factors, the insecure culture-warriors find it necessary not only to force upon everyone the public display of Christmas imagery and declare it religion-sanctioned only, but also to force such measures against the private sector. There are also rather stupid and immature calls to boycott shopping at stores that don’t say “Merry Christmas” or those which ban the quasi-charitable Salvation Army (actu-

ally a church of which one of its preachings is for “unacceptable” homosexuals to adopt a life of celibacy which is working SO well in other churches). With the help of fundamentalist ministers and Fox News pundits, America risks etching away the separation of church and state by (among other things) trying to force through legislatures sanction of Christianity as America’s official religion (which it has never been) via the culture wars. What the Bill O’Reillys and Sean Hannitys do not want to hear, in respect to the “taking ‘Christ’ out of Christmas” groups, is that one cannot keep Christ in an annual celebration that wasn’t Christian in the first place. If anything, all the politically-correct fanatics could be seen as doing is returning the festivities of ornamented trees, lights, and feasting back to its non-Christian roots. Even to the non-theist, this is rather hilarious at best and pointless at worst. We say “Merry Christmas!” By all means do. One also has the right to say “Happy Holidays” (as cliché as it may be) or “Seasons Greetings” or “Bah, Humbug.” The idea that a greeting should or should not be said just because someone doesn’t feel the same sentiments is no reason to try to change or ban speech, and this extends to the PC crowd especially. So, please don’t bother marching onward ye Christian Soldiers, the “war” was over before it began. Merry Christmas!

Cleaning someone’s dirty loo is not volunteering to help needy

Sara Labor

Lifestyles Reporter I was excited when I saw that the Public Relations club was inviting other students to help serve food Saturday at the local food pantry. I quickly signed up, ready to give up a couple of hours of my Saturday

for those in need. I arrived with a positive attitude. When I walked in, I filled out a quick survey. While I was doing so, more volunteers kept arriving, all with a positive look much like my own. Then the front room began rapidly filling up. There were roughly 15 volunteers, and only about seven people eating. The food was cooked, and the people had been served. We had nothing to do. We were told that we could grab something to eat. I did not feel hungry, so instead I stood against a wall waiting for direction from someone, anyone.

Finally, after about 10 minutes of standing around gawking at one another, Sharon Pile, director of the facility, told several volunteers that she had some work for us in her office. At this point, she asked us to organize her desks, dust the ceiling fan, and wipe things down with Clorox wipes. Then, looking directly at me, she told me that I could clean her bathroom, and explained to me where I could get some gloves. Grumbling, several of us set to work doing the office work that could have been accomplished without us. Ten of us were stuffed in a tiny of-

fice, almost unable to move, doing work that we hadn’t at all expected. After wiping down a filing cabinet, I placed the Clorox wipes on her desk and left. No one was going to miss me, and I certainly wasn’t going to miss that. Now, perhaps it’s not the nicest thing for me to say, but I have to. Seriously? I signed up to help serve food to people who needed it. I did not sign up to clean someone’s office and bathroom. I’m certain that she could have done that on her own. I left the facility feeling disgusted and annoyed. I had really hoped to do something that would have an impact on our community, not play

maid. After I left, I spent at least an hour complaining about what had happened. Several people simply told me that at least I should be grateful that there were more volunteers than people who needed to be fed. However, I was still left feeling annoyed at the fact that so many like myself had signed up with the hopes that they would be doing something that really mattered, and ended up cleaning some random person’s office. This experience made me realize that the next time I want to do some sort of charity, I should really look into it first, and I encourage others to do the same.


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Letters Dear Editor: When students think of college athletic sports, they think of volleyball, football, basketball, softball, and baseball, but they often overlook a very competitive and enthusiastic athletic sport: track and field. College track meets boast twenty-seven events for spectators to watch. These events include sprints, middle distance races, long distance races, hurdle events, relays, jumps, and throws. There is something for everyone to watch, but with lack of recognition and luster, many college students do not view track meets as being a go-to, exciting event. For those who do not know very much about track meets or have been given false information about their entertainment value, actually attending a Chadron State track and field meet may change their minds about the value of track. In high school I was a three-sport athlete for four years. Looking up into the stands before a volleyball or basketball game and seeing all my friends and family was something I looked forward to. Their cheers filling the gym helped me focus and concentrate on the game. It helped knowing that the people in the stands were on my side, and wanted me to do well. When I compete in track meets, the only people I see in the stands are the occasional enthusiastic parents. After all the hard work I do week after week, it is diminishing to not be able to share my success with others and be cheered on. It makes me question why spec-

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tators enjoy watching volleyball or basketball, instead of track when it is such an intense sport. Track meets do host very exciting events that anyone can enjoy! Track events deserve just as much support as any other college sport, so it is disheartening to see so many college students brush it off as unimportant. When I asked college students why they do not go to track meets, almost all of them replied, “It’s boring!” I agree that if you do not know someone who is competing, track meets can be difficult to enjoy. There are over 80 athletes on the Chadron State team and these athletes are known all over campus. Almost all students know track athletes, so they should be there to cheer them on. Another reason college students may not attend track meets is that they cannot relate to the event, or they do not know anything about the sport. When you look back through middle school and high school, whether you played a sport or not, almost all of you have had to run at least once. It may have been easy for you, or very hard, but since most of you have done it, it is easy to relate and enjoy watching track events. People who have run know that it takes so much time and hard work to train the body to be in its best shape. They know how hard it can be to be very fast, or run long distances in short amounts of time. The Chadron State track team practices everyday and is in the

weight room three times a week, just as much or more than other teams at CSC. Each of us strives everyday to make ourselves faster and build stamina. Without spectators at meets to see the products of our hard work, dedication, and passion for the sport, blood, sweat and tears go unnoticed. We are not respected. Just like every other Chadron State athletic team, the track and field athletes deserve an audience of loud and enthusiastic fans. We have earned it. As an NCAA Division II athletic event, Chadron State College track events deserve the respect and attendance of Chadron State students. There are only two home meets this season. So, on December tenth and eleventh and February third and fourth there should be a record number of people in the PAC cheering on their fellow student athletes. If you have never been to an event, these indoor track meets will be a warm and exciting place to learn to love the sport. The men’s track team has been chosen in the RMAC preseason polls to finish third of all the teams and the women’s team has been chosen to finish seventh. Come to the Chadron State track and field events; enjoy a competitive and exciting environment, and cheer for the athletes who are going to win! —Cyndi Thomas, freshman of Omaha Editor’s Note: Thomas’ letter in its entirety can be found at

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A glimpse into the past . . . v Keeping the library open extra hours fails - Dec. 9, 1993 - James Soester, interim director of library services, said the committee to review library hours did not want to push plans to expand library hours on the institution. The same idea of allowing the library to remain open later was tried three years ago when the library was kept open until midnight, but was unsuccessful. About 14 students came in during the expanded hours, but when 11 p.m. came around, any remaining students were not using the library for studying purposes.

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Quotes Find the familiar phrase, saying or name in these arrangements of letters.

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” - Henry Ford (1863-1947)

“Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t” - Erica Jong (1942-)

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Savala, Udell take second at Fort Hays tourney CSC grapplers compete against hundreds at Bob Smith Open Jamie Keller

Sports reporter Jimmy Savala, senior of Clovis, Calif., and Sam Udell, senior of Colorado Springs, Colo., both won second place in their weight classes Sunday at the Bob Smith Open at Fort Hays State University. Savala defeated his first opponent Tyler Anderson, University of Nebraska-Kearney, with a 9-4 decision. Savala won by technical fall over his next opponent Kyle Jaquess, Labette Community College, with the score 21-6. Savala then won his third round match, 124, over Casey Rowell, Central Oklahoma, and then won his fourth round match against Kaleb Cradduck, of Central Oklahoma, with the score of 8-3. Savala soared his way into the finals match but ended up losing 3:55 into the match by pin to Josh Kindig, Oklahoma State. This loss gave Savala second place for the 141-pound weight class. The other outstanding wrestler, Sam Udell,

battled every match of the way to get into the final match for his weightclass. He won his first round when he shut out C.J. Collins, of Fort Hays, with the score 7-0. Udell took control in his second round bout with a 1-point decision Savala Udell win over Jacob Welch, of Air Force Academy Prep., 2-1. His third bout went into overtime, but Udell came out on top with a 2-1 Debus, freshman of Mitchell. win over Cody Dauphin, of University of NeThe tournament was open to all wrestlers braska-Omaha. who have graduated high school and signed up Udell won in the semifinals by taking down to compete. Pat Carey, of Colorado State University-PuebThe last matches of the semester will be held lo, with another 1-point decision victory, 4-3. this Saturday at the Univeristy of NebraskaBut, Udell also lost in the finals against Ben Kearney Open Tourney. Hohensee, of UNK. Hohensee pinned Udell During winter break, the team will compete in 3:40 into the match. Udell also took second at the Grand Canyon University Duals in Phoeplace in the tournament. nix Jan. 1. The Eagles also travel to Las Vegas, Briston Brenton, junior of Casper, Wyo., N.M., for a dual meet against New Mexico Mikah Kadera, junior of Sheridan, Wyo., and Highlands University Jan. 4. This is their first Chris Leak, sophomore of Omaha, all took RMAC meet. The team will be in Alamosa, home wins for the Eagles along with Jake Colo. for their second RMAC dual meet Lords, senior of Rexburg, Idaho, and Jordan against Adams State College Jan. 5.

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Mountaineers trip-up women’s basketball Kristina Harter Sports reporter

Photo by Kinley Q. Nichols

Sadie Waugh, (34), freshman forward of Paxton, blocks Mountaineer Katie Hall, (15), sophomore guard of Hazelton, Idaho, as she takes a shot during Saturday’s game in Armstrong Gym. The Eagle women’s basketball team lost to Western State College of Colorado 72-58.

The Chadron State women’s basketball team faced the Western State Mountaineers, but could not pull through without two starting players, Kaitlin Petri, senior guard of Kearney, and Marla Munsen, sophomore guard of Hershey. Both of these star players are still on the injury list and did not play against the Mountaineers. Despite a seemingly-even contest between the two teams, the Mountaineers responded with a victory after a cold offensive night for the Eagles and a game-high, 18-point performance from Mountaineer Nikki Trujillo, junior guard of Thornton, Colo., edged out the Eagles by a final score of 72-58. Two other Western players also scored in double figures. Michelle Dobbs, junior guard of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., with 16 points, and Katie Hall, sophomore guard of Hazelton, Idaho, with 14 points, elevated the Mountaineers to their victory over Chadron State. The Eagles could not catch a rhythm for the entire game, but still managed to stay within a 15-point gap throughout the first half. The Mountaineers jumped out to an early 4-11 advantage after Trujillo sank a 3-pointer, and Hall added two more good shots at the 13:16 mark. The Eagles trailed the whole first half and struggled with a cold-shooting game throughout the second half. Chadron State had the last word with 5 seconds left when Jasmine Clark, sophomore guard of Alliance, shot a 3-pointer that tightened the gap for the Mountaineers, but Western State still won by 14 points, 72-58. Lexi Smidt, sophomore of North Platte, Neb., led Chadron with 10 points for the game, while Kattie Ranta, redshirt freshman guard of Rapid City, S.D., and Betsy Moler, sophomore guard of Rapid City, S.D., contributed 9 off the bench. Outshooting the Eagles (9-25, 36.0 percent) from beyond the arc in the first half, the Mountaineers posted a 44.4 percent from the 3-point line off of 16-36 shooting. The Eagles (1-4) will be traveling to Colorado for their next four games starting with the Regis University Rangers in Denver Friday. The tip-off is slated to take place at 5 pm. The team will also play Metro State College Roadrunners in Denver Saturday and travel just north to Colorado Christian College in Lakewood, Colo., Dec. 17 followed by a short trip to Golden, Colo., to the Colorado School of Mines Dec. 18.


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Photo by T.J. Thomson

ABOVE: Edward Gomez, freshman of Alliance, charges the bar during the pole vaulting event in the Nelson Physical Activities Center for the Cardinal and White Intersquad Meet Thursday. RIGHT: Kalen Prentice, junior of Arnold, prepares for hurdles in the NPAC for the track team’s opening Cardinal and White Intersquad Meet.

Photo by Kinley Q. Nichols

Intersquad meet determines top spots Christina Ferrero Sports Reporter

The Chadron State Track Team hosted its intersquad Cardinal & White Meet Thursday in the Nelson Physical Activity Center. The White team won the meet, 384-302 over the Cardinal team. Monique Fair, sophomore sprinter of Denver, Colo., won the women’s 55-meter dash with a time of 7.44 seconds and the 300-meter dash with 42.30 seconds for the White team. Ashley Riesen, sophomore distance runner of Chadron, won the 600-meter dash with a time of 1:44.55, and the 1200-meter run for the Cardinal team with a time of 3:54.83. Julia Bayer, senior jumper/hurdler of Stuttgart, Germany, won the women’s

55-meter hurdles for the White team in 8.75 seconds. Ashley Fanelli, sophomore jumper/hurdler of Arvada, Colo., won the women’s high jump for the white team with a jump of 5 feet. Kaeli Jelden, sophomore of Greeley, Colo., won the pole vault with a jump of 10 feet. Bayer earned another win for the White team in the long jump at 17 feet, 7 inches. Fanelli then won the triple jump with 37 feet, 3.75 inches. Jessica Horsely, senior of Basin, Wyo., won the shot put for the Cardinal team with a throw of 44 feet. Horsely also won the weight throw with a toss of 56 feet. The Cardinal “A” Team for the women’s 4x340-meter relay won with 6:10.36. The team included Riesen, Meghan Finney, sophomore of Almont, Colo., Kalen Prentice, junior of Arnold, and Sammie Green,

freshman of Cheyenne, Wyo. For the men’s division, Jacob Gruver, senior sprinter of Cheyenne, Wyo., won the 55-meter dash for the White team in 6.71. Brandon Segelke, redshirt freshman sprinter of Sidney, won the 300-meter dash for the Cardinal team with a time of 36.8. For the White team, Derek Wood, freshman distance runner of Green River, Wyo., won the 600-meter dash with 1:27.57. Also for the White team, Joe Shultz, senior distance runner of Alliance, took first place in the 1200-meter run with a time of 3:10.92. Karl McFarlane, sophomore of Montego Bay, Jamaica, won the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 7.54 seconds. Steve Richendifer, freshman of Sterling, Colo., won the pole vault, vaulting to a height of 14 feet. Jeff Brummer, senior jumper of Wilcox,

tied in the long jump with Jake Brunette, freshman jumper of Pinedale, Wyo., with a jump of 221 feet, 11 inches. Brummer won the triple jump for the White team with a jump of 42 feet, 9 inches. Cody Hunt, junior All-American thrower of Litchfield, threw the shot put 57 feet. Hunt also won the weight throw with a throw of 46 feet. For the men’s 4x340 meter relay, the Cardinal “A” Team won with a time of 2:55.33. Starting the relay for the team was Segelke, followed by Gavan Archibald, freshman of St. Ann., Jamaica, Lincoln Proud, junior of Pinedale, Wyo., and Kelly Troester, sophomore of Marsland. The team is scheduled to compete against the University of Nebraska at Kearney Lopers’ indoor track and field team Friday and Saturday in the Nelson Physical Activity Center.


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Sports editor The Eagle men’s basketball team earned its fourth consecutive win this season on Tuesday 73-6 over the South Dakota School of Mines Hardrockers. Moala Tautuaa, junior center of San Francisco, won the tip-off for the Eagles and gave his team the lead with the first 2 points of the game in the first 30 seconds. The team was ahead 4-0 before the Hardrockers scored their first point from a free-throw 4 minutes into the first half. SD-Mines took the lead over the Eagles 7-6, but the Eagles took back the lead from Sammy Hines, sophomore guard of Detroit, who shot a 3-pointer. The Hardrockers tied the score and took the lead again off of another free-throw and held the lead until just 3 minutes before halftime. Christian McGhee, junior guard of Pine Ridge, S.D., shot a 3-pointer that left the Eagles behind by 1 point and Kevin McClelland, ju-

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nior guard of Long Beach, Calif., dunked to give the Eagles the lead of 28-27. By halftime, the Eagles were ahead 33-28 over the Hardrockers. During the second half, the Eagles did not allow the Hardrockers to close the gap any more than 3 points and at the 5 minute mark were ahead by 21 points with a dunk by Eric Butler, senior guard of Long Beach, Calif. Both teams consistently fouled throughout the game. Hardrocker Lucas Nolan, freshman guard of Casper, Wyo., fouled out with 4 minutes still left in the first half. The Hardrockers had 14 fouls in the first half alone and nine in the second half. The Eagles also had 23 fouls, with 9 fouls in the first half and 14 fouls in the second half. Chadron State plays again at 7 p.m. Friday in Denver against the Regis University Rangers after the women’s team plays. The team is also scheduled to play in Denver at 7 p.m. Saturday against the Metro State College Roadrunners.

Photo by Kinley Q. Nichols

Kevin McClelland, junior guard of Los Angeles, Calif., dunks to take the lead for the Eagles 28-27. The Eagles beat the South Dakota School of Mines Hardrockers 73-63 Saturday in Armstrong.

CORRECTION The Eagle printed an inaccuracy in its Dec. 2 issue. The Eagle regrets this error. Tim Hiett’s name was spelled incorrectly and he is a junior

offensive guard of Arvada, Colo. Glen Clinton is not a running back, he is a freshman wide receiver of Cody, Wyo.

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The Eagles’ Sammy Hines, sophomore guard of Detroit, fights to keep the ball from two Western State players at the game in Armstrong Gym Saturday. CSC won with a final score of 84-63.

Photo by T.J. Thomson

FAR LEFT: Trey Mosby, senior guard of Portageville, Mo., dives for the ball as Mines’ Nathan Jacobson, junior guard of Rapid City, S.D., dribbles down the court at the Tuesday’s game in the Armstrong Gym.

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LEFT: Christian McGhee, junior guard of Pine Ridge, S.D., looks to pass the ball at Saturday’s game against Western State College.


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Art Guild set to host annual Christmas sale The Chadron State College Art Guild, a student art organization, has set its annual Christmas Sale fundraiser today through Saturday in the Lakota Room of the Student Center. Sale hours are as follows: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. CSC art students and local artists will sell their art work and handmade crafts at this event. Mary Donahue, sponsor of the Art Guild, said the profit from the sale goes towards the art students’ annual spring trip to view art galleries in different cities. This spring they might be going to Santa Fe. Artists who want to sell their artwork at the sale should contact Donahue at 432-6325.

CSC faculty dishes up breakfast for supper Photo by Cheslie Moreland

Actors take a test drive for student-directed play Erin Neal, 20, junior of Crawford, auditions for “How I Learned to Drive,” while Amanda Pintore, 21, senior of Omaha, listens Tuesday night in Memorial Hall. The play, written by Paula Vogel, set in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, centers around uncomfortable and complicated relationships. CSC’s production of the play, directed by Pintore, is set to run Feb. 10 - 13 in the Black Box Theatre in Memorial Hall.

The annual finals breakfast is set for 9 - 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. The meal will be prepared by CSC food services but will be served by the faculty and staff in the cafeteria. Though it is called the “finals breakfast,” the meal is served in the evening, in accordance with the school’s tradition. The idea of the finals breakfast is to give students relief from the stress of finals. “[The faculty puts the breakfast on] so students can take a break from all that studying,” Kathy Mason, office assistant for the office of enrollment management and student services, said. Mason said that all students are welcome. Students do not need to have a meal plan. Instead, they must only show their student ID to be admitted to the cafeteria.

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Tube Toppers Check out The Eagle staff ’s top picks for new remixes of “The 12 Days of Christmas”:


Straight No Chaser - 12 Days (original from 1998) - A capella singing doesn’t get any better than these crooning boys from Indiana.

Volunteers make Burk Lounge spic ‘n’ span

Open Mic thrills and chills like a fiftydollar bill

Wanna see basketball ‘snap shots’ in living color?

The recently opened Burk Lounge got a new coat of paint Wednesday afternoon. Don’t want to walk all the way to the hinterlands? Go to the website to see photos of it instead.

Craving some fresh Open Mic photos? We got you covered. You know where to go-the Lifestyle’s section of

Go to the Sports section of to view a full-color slideshow of men’s and women’s recent basketball games.


Jeff Foxworthy Redneck 12 Days of ChristmasEmbrace this video in all its awful goodness. And if you recognize some of your relatives? That’s just a bonus!


12 Days of Christmas Phantom- Broadway gets a little more festive with this overthe-top rendition. Now if only the Phantom would use his Punjab lasso on those annoying understudies!



“Dude, there is no way your chest looks like that. You shave that.” -Friday at the basketball game

Disclaimer: “Overheard at CSC” uses quotations obtained and verified by The Eagle staff and is for entertainment purposes only. Outside submissions are welcome.

Lifestyles CALENDAR

Dec. 9 - 11 - Art Guild Christmas Sale, 8 a.m., Lakota Room, Student Center

Dec. 14 - Chi Alpha Christmas Open House, Ballroom, 5-8 p.m.

Dec. 9 - Elf Workshop, 7 p.m., Red Room

Dec. 17 - December graduation, 5 p.m., Armstrong Gym

Dec. 11 - Holiday Concert, 7:30 p.m., Holiday Concert, Memorial Hall

Dec. 17 - Just Words Christmas Special,

7 p.m., The Bean Broker, 202 W. Second St.

Stand out in a crowd

“Are you really six inches taller than me? That’s like half a foot.” - Tuesday outside of Armstrong

Leave well alone

“We’re two seconds late. Dr. Park might be real upset.” - Monday on the sidewalk


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Seven ten-minute plays set for Saturday Adrie Ashford Lifestyles Editor

From left, Mollie Jones, 19, sophomore of Longmont, Colo., Lauren Yoder, 19, sophomore of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Kristina Harter, 19, sophomore of Colorado Springs, Colo., celebrate during the Christmas Bingo Party organized by the justice studies department Dec. 2 in Old Admin.

Bingo! Students rack up holiday cheer - Photos by Vera Ulitina Jamie Wada, assistant professor of justice studies, spins the cage containing bingo balls at the Christmas Bingo Party organized by the Justice Studies Department Dec. 2 in Old Admin.

Seven ten-minute plays are set to be performed 1 p.m. Saturday in the Black Box Theatre in Memorial Hall. The plays are directed by seven students in “Directing for the stage,” a course taught by Roger Mays, professor of visual and performing arts. While all student directors are theatre majors or minors, the casts of each show are from a broad range of disciplines. Rebecca Davidson, junior of Reno, Nev., has roles in both “Zachary Zwillinger Eats People” and “Do Overs.” The student directors had several responsibilities in addition to directing the actors, including auditions, casting, lighting, set design, and more. “It’s something that the student body has put a lot of work into,” Davidson said. The plays will be performed in an arena setting, where the audience completely surrounds the performing space. Davidson said the arena setting makes performing challenging, as actors must constantly be aware of their movements and the audience’s perceptions. “It’s a very three-dimensional experience,” she said. All seven plays offer a variety of experiences and characters. According to Davidson, “Fog” and “Zach Zwillinger Eats People” are dark pieces, while “Broken Hearts,” and “Do Overs” offer their characters second chances. For a full list of plays and their directors, see the Lifestyles section on

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