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Students, faculty show support for Heitkamp BY JASMINE MAKI


Bill Clinton visited Fargo to rally support for U.S. Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp Oct. 29 at the Fargo Civic Center.

When a president comes to town, people don’t need a lot of notice. With less than 24 hours to clear their schedules, about 3,500 people made time to see former President Bill Clinton at the Fargo Civic Center on Oct. 29. Due to Hurricane Sandy, several East Coast appearances were cancelled, allowing time for Clinton to stop in Fargo to rally support for U.S. Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp. Known supporters, including some students, faculty and staff, were contacted and asked to help with the event. Ryan Quinn, president of the College Democrats, said he was contacted by Heitkamp’s intern and asked to volunteer. He and three other MSUM students arrived early to help fold t-shirts and set-up chairs. “I got there and I never stopped doing something,” Quinn said. “Everyone was very focused.” Josh Boschee, assistant director of leadership and organizations at MSUM, helped direct attendees CLINTON, BACK PAGE

Lincoln Exchange offers New special education license offered immersion program BY MEREDITH WATHNE

Imagine. Packing your bags, saying good-bye to your friends and family and traveling to a strange land to study for six months. It’s something not everyone can do, but it’s growing in popularity. Since 2000, MSUM has been participating in an exchange program with the Media Studies Department at the University of Lincoln in Brayford Pool, Lincoln, UK. Wayne Gudmundson, mass communications professor at MSUM, started the Lincoln Exchange and the program is slowly growing in popularity. In the fall, the University of Lincoln typically sends four students, this year six, to MSUM for the semester. In response, about four MSUM students travel to Lincoln in the spring to study. It’s a way to give our students the

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experience of studying in another country, meeting other students, traveling around and enjoying the culture, Gudmundson said. “It’s also nice for the faculty, and we’re hoping that this will ramp up a bit so that we can start to exchange curriculum.” Every semester, a professor from the visiting school comes to campus and gives a lecture. This fall, David McSherry will be at MSUM. He is presenting his lecture ‘There’s something very un-British about electronic music,’ at 1:30 p.m. today in Music Room 266 in the Center for the Arts. Beside his teaching duties, McSherry is well-known for his two-man, electronica group, Fila Brazillia, a collaboration from Kingston upon Hull in the UK. In Spring 2013, four MSUM students will head across the pond and spend six months in Lincoln. Seniors Joe Lepp, film production and graphic communications LINCOLN, BACK PAGE


The School of Teaching and Learning has been approved to offer Minnesota’s new special education license for Academic Behavioral Strategist. The new license is a mild disabilities license, which covers four mild disability categories including learning disabilities, emotional behavioral disorders, mild developmental cognitive disorders and high-functioning Autism. It’s a broad license that will prepare our students to work with a broad range of students, said Keri DeSutter, professor of education. MSUM received early approval to start offering the coursework this semester. “A lot of students have shown a great deal of interest,” DeSutter said. Some students, like junior Jacy Borgen and sophomore Megan Stratmoen, are completing

Keri DeSutter

the coursework for the ABS certificate because they want to be better prepared for teaching in a small town. “I wanted to make sure that I was receiving education about all the different aspects of special education rather than just specializing in one particular aspect,” Borgen said. “The ABS certificate simply gives me a background knowledge of LD, EBD, DD and Autism, which, if you are going to teach in a

small town, you might end up having caseloads with all four categories.” Stratmoen, who wants to teach in her hometown rural community, echoed that. “There’s a little bit of everything in the rooms back home since there are not as many kids, and this degree will allow me to better meet the needs of the different types of disabilities,” she said. “Ideally, I would like to teach high school special education, but any job opportunity would work for me since they will be limited back home.” DeSutter explained how the certificate would benefit regular education teachers, as well as special education teachers. “(Students with mild disabilities) are often included in classrooms because they might struggle with just one academic area or their social skills, but they’re still in the classrooms,” she said. DeSutter and other faculty want their students to be prepared ABS LICENSE, BACK PAGE Like us on Facebook /MSUMAdvocate

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Dems sue to extend early voting Fights over voting are getting an early start: Florida’s Democratic Party filed a lawsuit early Sunday seeking to extend early voting in three counties, including Miami-Dade because extremely long lines kept voters away. “The extraordinarily long lines deterred or prevented voters from waiting to vote. Some voters left the polling sites upon learning of the expected wait, and others refused to line up altogether,” the suit states. In Miami-Dade, voters were outraged on Sunday when the elections department closed its doors after becoming overwhelmed by the turnout. After chants of “Let us vote,” the county announced voters would be able to request and cast absentee ballots at the station after reopening. Officials: Damage won’t stop vote With two days to go until the presidential election, officials are doing all they can to minimize the damage from Hurricane Sandy. In New Jersey and New York, organizers say there will not be major problems for voters in the areas hit hardest. Hundreds of generators will power polling stations, though the number in some areas has been cut down. New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg estimated pollingplace changes would impact 143,000 New Yorkers, even though only 59 of the 1,256 polling locations will close. 40,000 New Yorkers may need new housing Restoring power is just the first step. Thirty to forty thousand New York City residents may require housing for some period after the monster storm ravaged the East Coast, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The city’s mayor said that the number of people in need of housing “may have been similar in Katrina.” A number of large housing developments in the city will be “out of commission for a very long time,” Bloomberg said. About 730,000 people remained without power in the region on Sunday. After Sandy, climate change l ooms Scrap the 100-year storm, cities may need to prepare for the 500-year storm after Hurricane Sandy, some experts say. As authorities hustle to restore power, pump out subway tunnels, and alleviate gas shortages in New York city, some say that after the historic storm, mere recovery may not be enough. To prevent a Sandylike disaster again may require putting in place protections for the next monster storm. With the total bill for Sandy recovery expected to be in the tens of billions of dollars, New York and similarly vulnerable cities may not be able to afford not to invest in precautionary measures. world news from

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MSUM Briefs MSUM hosts China in Transition The School of Business is hosting China in Transition: Business Opportunity and Risk from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 15 in the MSUM Center for Business atrium. China in Transition is designed to help professionals understand business opportunities and risks that exist between China and the United States. There will be a research presentation and panel discussion with regional experts. The discussion will revolve around China’s legal, educational, manufacturing, labor, and cultural elements and how they affect regional business. Professor performed on the stage of the world-renowned Franz Liszt Academy of Music Terrie Manno, music professor, has returned from Budapest, Hungary, where she and her piano partner Michael Dean, assistant professor of music and coordinator of keyboard studies at Oklahoma Baptist University, performed for a sold-out audience on the stage of the world-renowned Franz Liszt Academy of Music. This is the second season of performances for the Manno, Dean Piano Duo. The recital featured solo piano and piano duet repertoire, including works by Mozart, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Griffes, Debussy, Granados, Dvorak and Gershwin. The Franz Liszt Academy of Music is a concert hall and music conservatory/university that was founded by legendary pianist and composer Franz Liszt in 1875. The great masters of Hungarian music all had their start at the Franz Liszt Academy. As guests of the Liszt Academy, the Piano Duo was treated to an evening of folk music performed by world-class violinist Lakatos Miklos and his Gypsy band. Manno and Dean also went to the historic Hungarian State Opera to hear the production of Erkel Ferenc’s opera Hunyadi Laszlo. Sweat lodge to be built on campus A sweat lodge is being built on campus in honor of American Indian Heritage Month. Donated blankets will be used to cover the structure of the lodge. Blankets can be dropped off at Karen Branden’s office in the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department located on the second floor of Lommen Hall. All are welcome to help build the lodge from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. All are welcome to use the sweat lodge at approximately 7 p.m. on Friday.

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Panic Alarm activation in Owens, false-employee error.

Property damage reported in G-2 Lot, Moorhead Police Department contacted.

Requested Welfare Check in Dahl, contact made. 10.28 Alcohol violation in G-7 Lot, one cited by Moorhead Police Department for minor consuming, referred to Campus Judicial. Suspicious person in Dahl, unable to locate. Found tobacco item in Ballard, destroyed on site. 10.29 Hit & Run reported in G-1 Lot. Suspicious activity reported in the Center for Business. Smoking violation reported on the Campus Mall, gone on arrival. Theft of gasoline in G-1 Lot.

Suspicious activity reported in G-1 Lot. Marijuana odor complaint in Grantham, one cited by Moorhead Police Department for possession of paraphernalia, referred to Campus Judicial. 11.1 Trespassing at MacLean, one male referred to Campus Judicial. Alcohol violation in South Snarr, four cited by Moorhead Police Department for minor consuming, referred to Campus Judicial. Harassment report taken via phone at Public Safety Department. Marijuana odor in West Snarr, unable to locate source.

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A weekend of entertainment at the Hub


Providing entertainment and booking big acts in the Fargo-Moorhead area is what this venue is all about. This past weekend The Venue at The Hub had three great acts to perform: Bassnectar, Dropkick Murphys and Roster McCabe. The shows all being vastly different from each other provided diverse entertainment for music lovers of different genres like electronic, freestyle, punk rock and electro rock.

Friday, Nov. 2: Bassnectar with special guests Gramatik and Gladkill Selling out just a few hours before the show began Friday, it was clear that the electronic musician known as Bassnectar was expected to provide a great night of dance and excitement for ravers and electronic fans. Opening for Bassnectar first was DJ and electro musician Gramatik. Beginning at 8 p.m., Gramatik set up the mood for dance with a good, steady flow. With little-to-no breaks for set-up and take-down the next opener was Gladkill. Though the two openers had a very different style, it wasn’t a bad change. The main difference between the two opening musicians wasn’t so much their techniques, but their own personal tastes in music, with Gladkill doing more remixes and

Gramatik using more of his own samples. With what seemed like a long break after the opening musicians, ravers were starting to get antsy as they waited for Bassnectar to hit the stage. It was easy to tell when Bassnectar finally got on stage. The lighting changed, the bass grew louder, fans screamed, the hands went up and the dancing began once again. Bassnectar’s music covers almost every genre of electronic music. He uses a wide spectrum of sonic style that morphs into a synthesis of intense hypnotic soundscapes and wobbling basslines. Seeming to know exactly what

After the show was over, if you weren’t exhausted, energized and covered in sweat, I would say you the crowd wanted at all times, Bassnectar gave the fans relaxing breaks in the music without stopping, but made slower beats for people to breath and relax but only a little. By the middle of the show, if fans weren’t sweating they were probably at the bar or buying a T-shirt. Looking at the audience, there wasn’t a single person who didn’t seem to be moving with the music. A big factor in Bassnectar’s presentation is lights. The show is almost equally about the lighting along with the music.

probably didn’t have a good time or this kind of show and music is not for you.


Ravers dance at Bassnectar electronic concert.

Saturday, Nov. 3: Dropkick Murphys with Mahones and Teenage Bottlerockets Loud. Energetic. Destructive. Three words that could pretty much sum up this whole concert. Whether you like moshing, crowd surfing or simply listening to punk rock music, this show provided all of the above and then some. Starting off with a band that has been opening for the Dropkick Murphys for a few years was the popular Irish punk band The Mahones. Bringing some fun and cheer right from the beginning, The Mahones were a hit and had a very good chemistry with the audience. The next band to perform was another crowd-pleasing, but more aggressive band, Teenage Bottlerockets. They started off their set with a random guy walking around with a black mask over his head holding a red painted sign with a skull on it, who continued to walk around throughout their set bringing cheers and laughs from the crowd. The two opening bands were very different from each other but lined up perfectly with Teenage Bottlerockets in getting the crowd amped up for Dropkick Murphys. After the openers left the stage, the crowd started chanting for Dropkick Murphys to come on screaming, “Let’s go Murphys,” and clapping their hands. A huge applause greeted the

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Teenage Bottlerockets open for Dropkick Murphys at The Hub.

Dropkick Murphys when the band opened with one of their more aggressive, energetic songs and the crowd immediately started reacting with aggressive movements. Touring after their seventh fulllength studio album, “Going Out in Style,” the band was ready to hit the road. “We had written and recorded ‘Going Out in Style’ it took about a year,” band member, Jeff DeRosa said. “The audience can expect to have a pretty awesome time and hear a couple new songs we just finished.” Dropkick Murphys are trying something new with new punk rock energy using folk soul and Irish spirit to create a crowd-pleasing album. “It’s a feel-good album,” DeRosa said. “We just all wanted to get away from (concept albums), get on the road and make songs that the crowd would enjoy.”

Wednesday, Nov. 7 The Venue @ The Hub 6pm Doors • All Ages

WOOKIEFOOT w/ John Wayne & The Pain

Saturday, Nov. 10 The Venue @ The Hub 8pm Doors • Ages 21+


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Punk rock band Dropkick Murphys performing at the Hub on Nov. 3.

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Host a hooping good party


Looking for a unique party idea? Want to save some money on holiday gifts? Are you and your friends experiencing the winter blues? Look no further. Hosting your own hula hoop party is the answer. Hula hoops have made a comeback. Ask anyone who grew up in the mid-20th century about hula hoops and their likely response is, “I loved hula hooping as a kid.” Hooping is no longer just for children, adults are beginning to see hula hooping as more of a sport and less as child’s play. Shar Berns, co-owner of Inspire Dance in Fargo and hula hoop instructor, has been making hoops for a little over six years and boasts quite a few benefits of the simple physical activity. “Hula hooping is fun, helps you feel centered and balanced and tones muscles while burning calories,” Berns said. “All in all, it’s a great physical activity that’s also very low impact.” Not only is hooping great for mind, body and spirit, it can also be inexpensive if you get a group of seven to 10 friends together and host a hoop-making party. For less than $15 per person, you and your friends can each have a customized hula hoop to provide you with years of physical activity and personal enjoyment. The necessary supplies to make seven to 10 hoops costs less than $100. If hula hooping sounds like the perfect start to your fall break, then it’s time to compile a list of your most privileged friends to invite to your hoop making party. Once your invites are sent, it’s time to buy the necessary supplies.

You will need: • one inch, 100 psi PolyFlex

piping in 100 foot increments • seven to 10 connectors or “couplings,” one for each attendee • a pipe cutter • a hair dryer or pot of boiling water; water for hoop fillers • 15 to 20 rolls of colored electrical tape. All of these supplies can be

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purchased locally at home improvement stores like Lowes or Menards. The first step is cutting the piping. The piping will come in 100-foot rolls and will need to be cut according to a person’s height. “If you are making a hoop for yourself it should stand up and the top should fall somewhere between your hips and natural waist,” Berns said. Hold the potential hoop against your body and make sure you have the correct length before cutting the piping. This is where your pipe cutter comes into play. You can either use a mini hacksaw or an actual pipe cutter, which looks like a giant, funky pair of scissors. Cutters can range from $8 for a hacksaw to $17 for a ratcheting pipe cutter. Don’t try to save money on this end. “Having a good pipe-cutter makes it fast,” Berns said. Once the piping is cut, it’s time to insert the connector. If you have access to boiling water, this will be the quickest and easiest way to get the connector inserted. Place the end of the tubing, about three to four inches, in your pot of boiling water for 10 to 15 seconds. Once you pull the tubing out of the water, immediately insert the connector up to the middle point. The connector should easily slide in the tube. If not, heat the tube up for a few seconds longer and try again. If you don’t have access to boiling water, you can heat up the end with a hair dryer. This process is longer and more laborintensive, but with some patience and strength, it will work out just the same. Before you close up the hoop completely, add a little weight to

it. Other than the size, the added weight is the difference between a child and adult hoop. The easiest and cheapest way to add extra weight is by using water. Start by pouring a couple cups of water in the open end. Before you seal it completely, push the open end on the connector just enough so you can hold the hoop around your waist and see if you have the amount of water that feels right for you. Too much water will cause the hoop to be uneven and heavy; too little water will require quicker movement. Once you feel you have the proper amount of weight added to your hoop, it’s time to seal it. Repeat the steps above by placing the open end in a pot of boiling water and then insert the connector until flush. Be careful not to tip it down too far while heating up the end or you will lose the water inside. Once completed,

you will have your own hoop. The final step is taping the hoop. You’ll want to first tape the four-to-five inch area around the connection to be sure it’s stable. Once that’s done, you can begin the creative process of taping. Menards has a large selection of various colored electrical tapes, all for $2 a roll. Tape is usually the most expensive supply needed, with expected spending of $40 to $50 on the 20 or more rolls necessary for 10 hoops – but it’s also what adds the most character. If you’re feeling extra creative, Berns suggests looking online. “Some of the specialty tapes that I have used come from the website,” Berns said. Some people use anywhere from two to five colors per hoop. Alysia Larson, MSUM graduate and hoop-maker, suggests using brighter colors and mixing it up.

Alysia Larson, MSUM grad, is in the growing number of hoopers in the F-M area.

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“Varying the direction of the tape and giving it more depth and layers makes it stand out more,” Larson said. “I love the way it makes you feel physically and mentally.” Now that you have an innovative tool for de-stressing, it’s time to take that new hoop of yours to a local park or even your living room, turn on some music and start hooping. Any time you’re feeling down and out, pick up that hoop and set yourself free. Now that you know the necessary steps, feel free to be creative with your hoop making. Maybe you want to experiment with a smaller hoop that you’re able to do more tricks with, or maybe you want a hoop that makes sound and you decide to fill it with beads. You can also wrap your hoop in fabric, rather than tape, to give it a softer feel. Allow your creativity to flow and find what works for you.


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MSUM teams up with Make-A-Wish Foundation BY MEREDITH WATHNE

Recent grad Mike Alexander poses in front of Mt Fuji.

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Graduate lands dream job BY JESSICA FLEMING

A recent grad is saying “sayonara” to America and “konichiwa” to Japan. Michael Alexander graduated with a bachelor’s degree in international studies and a minor in East Asian studies in May 2012. Now, he has decided to leave the country to pursue his love of Japan. Taking four years of Japanese language at Minnetonka High School and two years at MSUM, Alexander has always had a love for Japanese culture. He spent a semester studying abroad at the Asia Pacific University (APU) in Beppu, Japan, from 2011 to 2012. “I enjoyed adapting myself to a completely new surrounding, which is so different than what we are used to here in the United States.” Alexander said. “To experience and appreciate how others around the world, how (their culture) differs from what we are used to. That was such a honor to experience,” Alexander, said. Going to a different country provided a much larger view of the world than Alexander anticipated. APU supports about an equal Japanese-to-exchange student ratio from all over the world. “I knew I was going to make multiple friends during my visit to Japan...but I had no idea that I would make that much,” Alexander said. “Not only meeting Japanese friends, but I had no idea I would meet so many people from around the world. I met people from such countries as: Botswana, China, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Korea, Mozambique, Norway, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Uzbekistan and the United Kingdom to name a few.” There are many options and places for students to go abroad when they are in school and Alexander is a huge advocate for it. “Do it,” Alexander said. Think about what country you would want to study at and why you want to study in that particular country. “It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be able to step out of your comfort zone and learn how others live around the world and open up your eyes and truly appreciate about different cultures and customs, and respect the lifestyles on how other people live around the world,” he said. When he returns to Japan, Alexander is going to be an assistant language teacher with Interac Co., a private business helping to bring together teachers from around the world. He will not only be teaching young Japanese students about the English language but also about global culture. Although he said he isn’t nervous about moving back to

Japan, he has some concerns ahead of him. “I guess the one thing that worries me is whether I will make a good impression to my students, teachers and co-workers I will be working with,” Alexander said. “First impressions in Japan are taken very seriously and can take months or years to change one’s opinion about yourself if you were to present yourself in a negative way at first.” Although he is looking forward to his future, Alexander will be missing a lot of family and friends he leaves behind. “I am ecstatic. I am really happy for him,” Ed Alexander, Michael Alexander’s dad, said. “From the instant he was in high school, he told me he wanted to be in Japanese, but I didn’t think it was a good idea. It’s too hard, I couldn’t help him with it and I thought it was a bad choice. But Michael really stuck with it, and he loved it. From the instant he got home, he wanted to go right back to Japan, and he found a way. When this job came through, I just praised God it really happened. I hugged him and told him ‘I’m just so happy for you.’”    Alexander’s friends are also excited for him. “I am excited for him,” Matthew Sorenson, who studied Japanese with Alexander in highschool, said “Of course I am sad he’s leaving, but glad he has an amazing opportunity. He really truly loved having studied there, and I suspect he’ll have an even better time of teaching and tutoring.” Alisen Chellen echoed that. “The one thing I think of when I think of him going to Japan, he thought very outside of the box by going overseas,” Chellen, longtime friend of Alexander, said. “You can go out of the country and his dream was all things Japanese and although he had a lot of challenges, he got turned down by a few companies, but he really has a passion for it and he fought for it and now he’s going there again. He’s doing what he loves, and I am so jealous and it’s an inspiration for me.”   Alexander will move to Japan in March to start his first year of teaching, but he already plans to make the move an extended one.   “I am excited to start a whole new life again,” he said. “It is sort of the same feeling I had when I left for Japan last year... This time, instead of being a student, I will be working. I am excited to live the Japanese lifestyle again.”

If you could have one wish, what would it be? The M a k e - A - Wi s h Foundation, with help from the MSUM Art Department, granted the wish of a lifetime for 14-year-old Daniel Hamilton of West Fargo. Hamilton, who lives with Hodgkin’s disease and nodular sclerosis, wished to have something that he could enjoy everyday: a zombie apocalypsethemed laser tag arena. To make this wish a reality, Make-A-Wish enlisted the help of art students at MSUM, and construction on an abandon city taken over by zombies began. “MSUM has always been known as a great art and theater department,” Dana Altendorf, director of community relations for Make-A-Wish said. “They were willing to help and we were so grateful.” Laser tag is something that Hamilton can do to get his mind off his condition and stay active. He currently holds the high score in laser tag at Thunder Road Family Fun Park in Fargo.

The zombie apocalypse is set up in his garage and backyard, so he can play whenever he wants year-round, Altendorf said. All in all, roughly 20 students, mainly art educations majors, were in and out of the Center for Arts to assist in construction of the zombie apocalypse. “I had so much fun; I helped build a foam car and paint it,” said Alisha Hagen, an art education major that helped work on the props. “My friends were helping too, so that was fun, but knowing that someone was going to be using (arena props) was really a nice feeling.” A lot of the students that helped with the project are members of the National Art Education Association, or NAEA, a student organization on campus. The NAEA is a club for students aspiring to be art teachers. “We look for opportunities to help out in the community whenever we can, and this was a really nice fit,” Brad Bachmeier, a professor in the MSUM art department and adviser of MSUM NAEA said. “It was clearly a pretty worthwhile opportunity and something you

The zombie apocalypse laser tag arena built by MSUM art students.

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Daniel takes in his personal laser tag arena.

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couldn’t really say no to.” The MSUM students got creative with the project. Half a dozen life-sized zombies were constructed, along with a foam car, a dark forest and other props for the kids to hide behind. “Every time someone came in they said ‘oh that looks so cool,’” Hagen said. “So I hope Daniel thought it looked really cool too.” In North Dakota the MakeA-Wish Foundation grants 30 to 35 wishes a year to children between the ages of two-and-ahalf and 18 that have not had a wish granted to them from any other organization. Any child, parent or guardian, or doctor can refer a child for a wish, but before the wish can be granted, a doctor has to approve the program to assure the child’s safety. Daniel’s zombie apocalypse laser arena was unveiled at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 26 at his home during the family’s annual Halloween party. The Cass County Youth Commission sponsored Hamilton’s wish. “It felt good to be involved in something so worthwhile,” Bachmeier said.

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On Nov. 2, The Forum reported on the possibility of Moorhead mitigating flood waters of the Red River to Woodlawn Park, effectively creating a lake adjacent to downtown Fargo. A committee, consisting of community members and two city council members, are preparing ideas like this one to effectively use the now public land at Woodlawn Park. Many students use and enjoy this park, including the disc golf course, which is popular among MSUM students. The committee deciding on how to best use the land welcomes public opinion. If students want their voice heard call the office of Mayor Mark Voxland at 218.299.5307 or email him at mark.voxland@

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In protest, this series of three a seven-week-old fetus being a person, and would nod in essays was begun with only unquestioning agreement that a baby is fully human the day a vague thesis driving them; before her due date.” the conviction that human life When did the fetus suddenly become a person? In Stenberg should not only be cherished, but v. Carhart, doctors and politicians discussed a method of written about. abortion where the baby is born and killed after birth to This third and final installment prevent possible complications that might injure the mother, was wanting for a topic until bone fragments, accidental cutting of the uterus and the in the late afternoon hours of possibility of a “free floating fetal head.” Reading the court Thursday. This piece is only a case, it didn’t take Jennifer long to realize that the babies in brief introduction to another question here were the same age as her friends pre-mature essay I stumbled across. The baby, born at 25 weeks. If her friend’s baby were killed, there essay in question, written by would be national outrage, yet there on paper were those Jennifer Fulwiler, outlines how involved with Stenberg v. Carhart, unflinchingly discussing BY JOHN GOERKE she, after the pregnancy and the most effective means to kill a baby that age in the womb. abortion of her friend’s child, Finally, there came the issue of sex itself. Among the list found her way to a place she never from the Guttmacher institute of reasons why women have expected to arrive at: the pro-life movement. abortions, Jennifer noticed an odd omission. “It immediately Her journey started when another friend, who was pregnant struck me that none of the factors on the list were conditions due to failed contraception, asked her how far her baby would that we tell women to consider before engaging in sexual have developed at this point. Being pro-choice, Jennifer activity. began to look at women’s health and feminist websites for Don’t have the money to raise a child? Don’t think your information about pregnancy boyfriend would “On our own campus at the ‘Condoms and and the development of the be a good father? baby. She didn’t find any. Cupcakes’ events, we are asked to consider a few Don’t feel ready All that was available was to be a mother? “insulting euphemisms.” questions before engaging in sexual activity. None Women were There was no talk about of them pertain to the considerations of the possible never encouraged the baby itself. Even the consider these child; all of them have to do with putting plastic in to descriptions of abortion factors before they the right place without compromising pleasure.” had sex; only before talked about the “contents” of the uterus. I can attest that they had a baby.” On the Red River Women’s clinic is also guilty of this fudging of our own campus at the ‘Condoms and Cupcakes’ events, we language in their online abortion descriptions. Jennifer noted are asked to consider a few questions before engaging in that as far as informing women honestly about medicine, the sexual activity. None of them pertain to the considerations avoidance of certain words was dishonest at best and insulting of the possible child; all of them have to do with putting at worst. In her words: “I felt like I had been transported back plastic in the right place without compromising pleasure. to Victorian England, where women weren’t supposed to be At the heart of Jennifer’s leaving the pro-choice told hard facts, even about their own bodies, because they movement, was the realization of the one underlying might get all flustered.” assumption of that ideology. “The fundamental truth of the The only place scientific information was available about pro-choice movement, from which all of its tenets flow, is the stages of pregnancy was on pro-life websites. The same that sex does not have to have life-altering consequences.” is true here in town. First Choice Clinic has available the Sex has massively unpredictable consequences. The modern Minnesota Department of Health: Information on Fetal fallacy alluded to at the beginning of this paper, that of our Development, Abortion and Alternatives. need for a clear conception of destination, has an ugly side Another glaring problem crept into Jennifer’s mind effect. If we don’t like the destination of our journey, or the concerning personhood. She and her friends had joked baby that we conceived, we rebel against it. When will we about how silly it was to think a three-day old zygote was a learn?  person. But nowhere was the issue tackled head-on. “Folks Read Part One and Part Two of John’s essay at within the pro-choice movement would scoff at the idea of To read full Jennifer’s full essay visit

Letter to Editor: Women’s rights are important I don’t think anyone can deny the sometimes blatant lack of respect toward the women, and men who stand in the Forty Days for Life protest prayer. After all the people gather right outside a medical office where a woman might face the hardest, most difficult decision she has ever had or will ever have to make in her life. This protest shames women as they enter and exit possibly the hardest moment of their entire lives, and because of this the protesters should expect some form of rebuttal. For the opposing side, being pro-choice is not part of something that just encompasses all women’s actions, it’s a matter of defending women’s rights in public, and private spheres, while continuing to show the necessity for this equality. We must recognize that because of engrained sexism, some women shame other women, and because of basic morality some men actually do believe in women’s equality, and the rights women have to their bodies. Upon driving by to see the protesters myself (like I’ve seen them many times before, usually opposed by no one) I decided to stop and have a chat. I asked them if they ever felt disrespected standing there on the street, and was answered with a “No, I don’t think so. My brother got yelled at a little bit last night, but that might have been the time of day”. I talked to them about why they thought women shouldn’t be able to choose the right, and what if they didn’t have the right but still seek that kind of care? One of them answered, “we only pray that it stops”, then me with a “sorry, it’s not going to stop”. I ended up asking them questions about their religious views and how those religious views seem to silence women, and oppress other minority groups. They were very nice people, I shared my spiritual personal views with them, and they kept telling me I should pray to God and find answers, I assured them I had been down that route. I told them I was queer and that I wasn’t going to pray to a God that made me gay just to send me to Hell. They told me that me being gay was just me being tempted by the devil, and that I could choose not to do that. To me that’s very disrespectful, to my entire being. At one point a woman looked at me, and reached out saying, “I am so sorry about whatever it is that happened to you when you were younger, if your father molested you…” I took a step back from the woman and put my arms in a stopping motion at her to separate me from her and to make her stop.

“Nothing bad happened to me when I was younger. Nobody molested me.” I probably should have gotten much angry at this point. I didn’t even realize how downright awful it was until I repeated it to a friend later. I don’t think I immediately noticed how hateful it was because she was covering it up with her niceties. I can’t help but wonder where these people get their thoughts and why they think they can shove there evil words into my brain like it’s okay; first I’m being tempted by the devil, then I must be a victim of sexual violence. I don’t want these people attacking my sisters who need the power to have the choice of getting safe abortions. I must shout for my voice to continue to be heard. I left our conversation feeling disrespected, powerless, and shamed when I’ve felt nearly nothing but pride for the last five years of my life; and for a couple hours they took that from me. This had led me to the open realization that no, you don’t win rights, and make change by being respectful, you win rights by getting in peoples faces and shouting to be heard, because when you’re silenced by society that’s the only way to get heard. If we silently go about doing things then people will go on silently thinking the things we’re fighting against are okay. The people I talked to at the Forty Day for Life prayer shame the majority of people with their close-minded ideas about how women should and shouldn’t be, as well as how the rest of the world should and shouldn’t be. I experienced it first hand. It is an attack on women specifically and their right to choose when they can or when they want to start a family. If it’s not think about the last time anyone stood in a hospital protesting vasectomies. Those poor semen only have one goal, and we are allowing men to take that goal from them! I told the protesters that should be their next stop; to make sure men really think about their choices, and to save the potential of life that comes from their semen. I was told that wasn’t their priority. Kate Lucero 4826 12th Street South Fargo, North Dakota 58104 701-412-6537 Junior-Campus Feminist Organization

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Dragons team captian hopes to lead by example BY JANAE BOSWELL

There has been a lot of talk about the Dragon men’s basketball team as the season approaches with attention particularly on key players, one of which is transfer student Anthony Tucker. Tucker started his college career debut at the NCAA Division I level after being recruited out of Minnetonka, Minn., to play for University of Iowa. He was recognized in high school after leading his team to a Class 4A Minnesota state championship basketball title in 2008 during his senior year. As the career leading-scorer and record-setter in his high school, Tucker followed his dreams to play Division I basketball and was recruited by the Hawkeyes. Putting in two seasons as a guard, Tucker played in 25 games and averaged 11 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists. Speculations rose about the guard’s decision to transfer due to an alcohol-related event after Tucker announced that he was relocating, but the circumstances were much different. “We had a coaching change, unfortunately, after my sophomore year and I wasn’t really interested in

sticking around to see who was going to get the coaching job,” Tucker said. “There was a lot of rumors about different people getting it and it’s hard when you get a new coach because you don’t know their style, and you don’t really get to pick who you’re playing for, which is kind of the point of recruiting.” The Hawkeyes’ previous coach, Todd Lickliter, was released in 2010 after Tucker’s last season with the team. “It’s just kind of an uncomfortable situation to have to sit and wait to see who comes in, and then see how you fit in to what they do,” Tucker said. After leaving the Hawkeyes, Tucker moved on to play for NSIC division rival, the Winona State Warriors as a junior guard. Tucker stayed only one season with the Warriors, playing 26 games, which he averaged nearly 16 points each game. However, the change wasn’t permanent as Tucker soon realized Winona was not for him. “It just wasn’t a great fit for me,” Tucker said. “It was a lot different in Winona. It’s such a small town and I had a tough time adjusting.” Tucker finished the remainder of his school year at Winona State before taking his finals early and packing up in search for another

school. Tucker set his sights on MSUM after a coaching change for the Dragons men’s basketball team. “Coach Walthall was my assistant coach at Iowa and was one of the guys who recruited me,” Tucker said. “I actually would have come here from Iowa, but he got the job after I was going to Winona.” Being hired in May 2010, Chad Walthall is the men’s basketball head coach. As the head coach, Walthall guided the Dragons to the second round of the NCAA Division II tournament last season. That success has recently led them to being chosen this year to finish first in the North Division of the NSIC. “I’d say (Walthall) is probably the only reason I came here,” Tucker said. “I was looking at going back to a Division I school, leaning towards the U of M, but coach Walthall and I talked extensively, so I decided to come here.” Tucker kept in touch with Walthall while at Winona State and chose to transfer to MSUM last year, but had to redshirt the 2011-2012 season due to division regulations. Tucker admits that the transition to MSUM was a lot easier than when he was in Winona. The size of the Fargo-Moorhead area, with the addition of knowing

the coach and some of the players made him feel more comfortable. Still, he admits it was hard coming to Moorhead knowing he wouldn’t be able to play and would have to sit out the whole season. Though this is Tucker’s first time playing in a Dragons jersey, he still wants to bring everything he can to the team. “I hope to bring experience after playing in the Big 10 (Conference) for two years then with Winona,” Tucker said. “We have a lot of new guys and some of them haven’t even played college basketball before.” The Dragons have added 12 new players this season, eight being freshmen. “I think we have a good enough team this year that we can go far in the NCAA tournament,” Tucker said. Only three other teammates have experience playing in the NSIC, senior forwards Alex Novak and Eric Olson, and sophomore guard Jordan Riewer. Though the team may be young, Tucker believes they are still full of experience. He hopes for a good last year, as it would

be beneficial for his plans after graduation. The sociology major admits that he also has aspirations to someday coach. “Ultimately I want to coach college basketball,” Tucker said. “I’m taking in as much as I can from coach Walthall while I have the opportunity and hopefully continuing my playing career after this year.” Being a team captain, Tucker is confident to take on the responsibilities that come with the role and will continue throughout the season to lead by example. “I think we have a pretty closeknit team this year,” Tucker said. “We all hang out off the court together. I just want to make sure that I am a good captain and a good leader everyday, like in practice and in games.” Tucker will get his opportunity as the Dragons men’s basketball team opens up it’s first season game against Lincoln University (Mo.) at the Southwest Baptist Classic in Bolivar, Mo., on Nov. 9.

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Senior guard Anthony Tucker looks to make a pass in the Dragons’ 78-45 exhibition win against Northwestern College (Minn.) on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

MSUM, NDSU take exhibition into OT BY COLLIN BOYLES

With only three returning letter-winners from last year’s team, the Dragons overtime game against the Division I Bison felt like a success. Head coach Chad Walthall led his young team into the Bison Sports Arena in Fargo to take on NDSU in an exhibition match that ended as a 72-67 loss. The early goings of the game showed the inexperience of the Dragons squad, but the second half showed the potential that is waiting to be unleashed. “Our execution wasn’t always there which is pretty normal this early in the year,” Walthall said. “At times, our execution was really good and at times we got really loose. We’re just going to have to continue to work and we’ll have a chance to be a decent basketball team.” Poor early shooting plagued could both teams as nobody

sink an open jumper. It was senior Alex Novak that took matters into his own hands and scored the Dragons first six points, all in the paint. Senior newcomer Anthony Tucker then began his scoring tear. From deep behind the three-point line, Tucker sank his first of five three-pointers for the night. Two three-point field goals in the first half along with solid defense helped keep the Dragons within eight going into halftime, 29-21. Walthall ensured changes in the gameplan were made in the locker room. “We slowed the pace a little bit and ran some sets and that got us into a flow,” Walthall said. The Dragons started the second half on a 21-10 run thanks in part to Tucker’s hot hand. It was from the hand of Tucker at the end that the game was almost put away. The Dragons held a two-point

lead with about 30 seconds remaining. Tucker held the ball at the top of the key and put up a three-point shot which bounced off the rim, leading to a Bison score to tie the game. NDSU began the extra period on a scoring run that the Dragons could not overcome, falling 72-67. Walthall said his biggest takeaway from the night was the defensive effort, along with the ability to shoot the ball. He added they still need to work on mastering their style of play. “We’re still very new to our system, a lot of new faces so we’re going to continue to learn from it and get better,” Walthall said. The Dragons travel to Bolivar, Mo., for the Southwest Baptist Classic on Thursday when they will first face Lincoln University followed by a game against Southwest Baptist University on Friday.

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Sustainability Center hosts sculpture contest BY APRIL KNUTSON

The Sustainability Center is encouraging students to create scultures with recyclable materials. The center, located in Owens 208B, is committed to decreasing MSUM’s environmental impact and increasing people’s knowledge of sustainability throughout campus. “When I tell people I’m majoring in sustainability I am almost always asked ‘Oh, well what exactly is that?’” said Natalie Jacobs, leader of the student group Green Dragons. “So, I don’t think people have quite the right idea about sustainability in this area yet. But with the formation of the sustainability program at

MSUM and through the work of the student group Green Dragons, we hope to give F-M a better understanding of what sustainability is and how to practice it.” The center has hosted events like the Discover Woodlawn Park event in October. At this event, students gathered to clean up the disc golf course at Woodlawn Park in Moorhead. Students enjoyed hot chocolate and few rounds of disc golf while decreasing the amount of waste at Woodlawn Park. On Nov. 2, the Sustainability Center held a virtual Green Force Initiative summit from noon to 4 p.m. in Hagen 116. The summit showcased the great work being implemented by other campuses across the country in developing green career pathways and

connecting campus sustainability to hands-on teaching and learning. The event encouraged the participants to brainstorm ideas about creating new green programs. To take part in the Sustainability Center’s latest program, start making your recyclable sculpture today. Entries must not be higher or wider than two and a half feet. Voting for the best sculpture will start on Nov. 20. On Nov. 28, Sustainability Coordinator Joe Herbst will choose a final winner. The top three entries will be displayed at the sustainability open house on Nov. 28. The winner of the contest will receive a $100 gift card to MSUM’s bookstore. Second place will receive a massage gift card. All entries are due Nov. 19 to Hagen 111. 



into the gym and overflow room. Emcee Joel Heitkamp, Heidi Heitkamp’s brother, kicked off the event with a full arena and excited crowd. “There was someone getting people to do the wave,” said Regene Radniecki, professor of mass communications. “It was absolutely remarkable.” Clinton was the main speaker at the event, but Heidi Heitkamp and U.S. House candidate Pam Gulleson also got the crowd excited. Many attendees held Heitkamp signs and cheered in support. Some supporters and volunteers had the chance to meet the candidates and Clinton. “It was my first time meeting Pam Gulleson,” Quinn said. “I recognized her and I just said, ‘Pam,’ and she turned around and gave me a hug.” Radniecki said she was interested to hear that Gulleson is a breast cancer survivor. “Being a cancer survivor myself, I really pick up on that quick,” she said. Radniecki was also impressed with the diverse crowd. “There were children, teenagers and elderly,” she said. “It was so diverse in all aspects: age, race and gender.”

major, and Chuck Miller, film studies major with an emphasis in production, and junior mass communications majors Becki DeGeest and Maureen McMullen, will study various aspects of the media and take in British culture. “I want a different experience,” Lepp said. “I want to get out of

ABS LICENSE, FROM FRONT for whatever challenges they may face in a classroom, and that includes being able to teach students that have mild disabilities. Any elementary inclusive education student can earn the ABS certificate by taking the 30 additional credits. “When they graduate from MSUM, they would be qualified to apply for K through six regular ed. license and K through 12 special ed. license in ABS,” DeSutter said. “With the 30 extra credits, they can graduate with two licenses.” The School of Teaching and Learning is in the process of getting approval for a new Autism license as well that will be offered at the graduate level.

With kids cheering from their parents’ shoulders and elderly people holding signs from their seats, everyone contributed to the positive energy in the room. “Everyone was really enthusiastic,” Quinn said. “Everyone seemed really hopeful for Heidi. This could really push her over.” Quinn said that having Clinton come to Fargo was a smart choice because many North Dakotans can relate to him, unlike President Barack Obama. “Heidi needs to distance herself from Obama in order to get splitticket voters,” he said. Quinn explained that many North Dakotans don’t agree with Obama’s decisions, and as a democrat, Heidi Heitkamp will need to distance herself from him in order to get North Dakota’s vote for Senate.

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“I want to meet tons of people over there,” Lepp said. “I want to make connections that will last a lifetime.” This semester, there are 10 students studying from Lincoln, six are in the exchange program and four are studying as international students. Two of

stay for longer as I have made some really wonderful friends here. It will be sad to leave them in December.” In Spring 2013, Tony Adah a professor from the film department will travel to the University of Lincoln to give a university-wide lecture. Adah

“I love my experience so far, I have enjoyed everyday,” - Henry Willmott Fargo; I want to see the world.” Lepp is looking forward to the difference in class structure. “Over there, it’s mostly you learn and do lectures throughout the whole semester and then everything is compiled into one final project,” Lepp said. “That will be a nice change to see what it’s like to actually work on a project throughout the whole time.” Lepp will be studying cinematography and production on the trip but is also excited to travel and socialize.

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the exchange students, Alistar Pritchard and Henry Willmott, chose the program to broaden their horizons and meet new people. “I chose to go on the exchange to meet new people, broaden my life experience and generally have fun whilst I’m at University,” Pritchard said. “The culture overall is very different from the UK, but it’s been a learning experience.” Both students are enjoying their time on the exchange. “I love my experience so far, I have enjoyed every day,” Willmott said. “I wish I could

will catch up with MSUM students at Lincoln and speak with Lincoln students interested in participating in the exchange the following year. Even though the program is not for everyone, if you have the chance, it’s a golden opportunity. “You’re going kind of by yourself into this whole new environment,” Gundmundson said. “It’s more of an immersion program in a different culture. I haven’t talked to a student who didn’t say it was a great experience.”

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Locals host event to fight human trafficking BY MEGAN HAVIG

Gathering local educators, policemen, social workers and citizens, Women at Risk International and The FM Freedom Project hosted a human trafficking awareness event to equip locals to combat modern-day slavery. On Friday, Nov. 2, the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead was filled with more than 50 people interested in the rising domestic issue of human slavery. Human slavery can be defined as the trading and selling of humans. Victims of human trafficking are defined as anyone who has been taken, sold into or coerced into, a situation where someone “owns” them for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation or forced labor. They must perform duties for their owners or suffer consequences, which their captors have set into place. Often, victims of human trafficking are bound in their mind to their captors. Manipulated and abused, the victims often live in fear, unable to get out of the cycle. Victims can be anyone. Informers at the event stressed the importance of becoming aware that the issue can affect anyone. Nikki (last name withheld for safety reasons), a member of The FM Freedom Project, was pleased with the outcome of the event. “I think people from all walks of life and different professions need to keep coming together in

events like this and openly discuss and share ideas and stories about trafficking,” Nikki said. “We can begin to work together and share resources to combat this as a community.” To put the issue into context, The Polaris Project has placed states in four different tiers of anti-trafficking action. States with defined laws against trafficking warrant a place on tier one or two. States who have made less progress or have few laws established are placed on tier three or four. Having “safe houses” present in the state where rescued victims can live, heal and enter back into society also help a state’s ranking. According to The Polaris Project, Minnesota ranked on tier one, with its defined antitrafficking laws. North Dakota has a way to go, being ranked on tier three. The state is still in need of law enforcement training, a posting of a national hotline and asset forfeiture, to name a few. WAR Int’l had tips for combating slavery. Some things that responders can look for when dealing with those who are being held as slaves include: • Someone who does not have control over their schedule,

money or communications • Unidentifiable source of income (where they are being paid or given gifts for acts or favors, often sexual acts or favors) • Unexplainable absence from school or work • Vagueness about his or her whereabouts • Signs of a controlling partner, such as a person receiving angry phone calls or expressing concern about upsetting their partner • Isolation from friends and family • Self-blame or feelings of humiliation If any person sees something that seems awry and believes is a potential act of human trafficking, they can contact the following: • Law enforcement • Trustworthy authority figures if it is an incident in the workplace • National trafficking hotline: 1.888.3737.888 • U.S. Dept. of Justice Trafficking and Worker’s Exploitation: 1.888.428.7581 Finally, Nikki encourages anyone who is informed to start spreading the word. “Sharing the information you know is also imperative with others who do not know about this issue,” Nikki said. For more information on the issue or to out how you can help, visit The Polaris Project at www. or Women at Risk International

Film students present papers, win at conference BY MAUREEN MCMULLEN

Each year, less than 10 percent of undergraduate applicants are accepted to present their research at The Midwest Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference. This year, MSUM senior film students Simone LeClaire and Conor Holt were selected to present their research papers in Columbus, Ohio. The conference, generally attended by professors and graduate students, includes presentations pertaining to pop culture in America. The panels for these presentations included not only film, but various other forms of media such as dance and the transition of literature to film. Holt’s paper, “Cinema Go Bragh: Irish Cinematic Negotiations of Identity in a Global World” and LeClaire’s paper, “Eyes of the Lady: Perspectives and Cinematic Representations of Women in New Danish Cinema” were both selected to be presented at the conference. LeClaire’s paper was also awarded the MPCA/ACA Paper Prize. “I really liked the topic and it was very relevant to me,” LeClaire said of her paper, “Eyes of the Lady.” The paper, written about new representations of women coming out of Denmark, is particularly relevant to LeClaire as a woman in film, which is a predominantly male industry. Her paper focused on films by Susanne Bier, an Academy

Award-winning director known for her movies “Open Hearts,” “In a Better World” and “After the Wedding,” which won her an Academy Award. LeClaire was drawn to Bier’s movies because of her unique and complex representations of both women and men in her films. “It was awesome to watch all these successful movies by this awesome woman,” LeClaire said. “It was an unusual and progressive thing that mattered on a large scale.” Holt’s paper, “Cinema Go Braugh,” focuses on film during the Celtic Tiger Era, an economic boom in Ireland in the ’90s, reflected in bigger-budget, commercial films produced in Ireland. “The films portray Ireland in a

more positive light and look forward to a better future,” Holt said. Holt’s paper also held personal relevance because his mother is Irish, which he hopes was made apparent in his paper. “I have a personal connection to Ireland, so I am very interested in my topic and research, so I was more engaged in my research and hopefully that came off in my writing,” Holt said Both LeClaire and Holt said that their favorite part of the conference was seeing the presentations and interacting with people with similar academic interests. Presentations included topics ranging from Charlie Chaplin to Harry Potter and even media such as Burlesque and historical dance.

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Simone LeClaire, a senior film major, received the MPCA/ACA Paper Prize for her academic paper.

Clinton rallies support for Heitkamp

F ormer President Bill Clinton stands with U.S. Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp on Oct. 29 at the Fargo Civic Center. After many East Lane Zyvoloski •

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Job Search 101 provides insight BY SAMANTHA STARK

After a typical job interview, students don’t get a call back informing them on why employers may not have chosen them and what areas they could improve. Now, students have the opportunity to get constructive evaluations and assistance from local businesses and potential employers. MSUM’s Career Development Center is hosting Job Search 101 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the CMU Ballroom. Job Search 101 allows students to encounter potential employers from local businesses and practice career professionalism. Students will have the chance to get resume critiques, practice interviews and receive immediate personal feedback from professionals. “It’s not just an ordinary career fair, not the typical interactions and it’s not done anywhere else,” said Cindy Norberg Boe, assistant director of the Career Development Center. Many employers report that a weak point for students entering the work force is first impressions. Businesses stated that students don’t show professionalism and have minimal confidence during interviews. “Students don’t know how much valuable information they could get from Job Search 101 – they didn’t know what to expect,” Norberg Boe said. The event will start with an orientation, where students

can circulate and network with businesses. Then, students will have one-on-one resume and interview preparation, followed by constructive advice from professionals about what executives are looking for in an employee. The last hour of the convention is hors d’oeuvres and visiting. Students will be able to network with businesses they may not have had contact with previously. Students in any major can benefit from Job Search 101. “Employers are either hiring for that major, worked with that major or interested in what someone with that major can contribute to their business,” Norberg Boe said. “College is major driven, but the work force is skill driven.” Every student can find importance and excitement from the experience offered by Job Search 101. According to a survey conducted by the Career Development Center, students that attended the previous job search said it should be a college requirement and felt passionate about the event. This is the second year that MSUM’s Career Development Center held Job Search 101. “I would love to do it every year for the rest of my career,” said Norberg Boe. “I hope to make it an annual event for future MSUM students.” The pre-registration deadline has passed, but students can still attend Job Search 101. The cost is $10 at the door of the CMU Ballroom.

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Your vote matters Thoughts jumbled by owner I am choosing to vote “No” on both issues for one reason: love. Love is often used in a romantic sense of affection to a specific person, but I speak in a larger sense: a love of people, of community, and my fellow man. My family and my Catholic Church taught me to love all people and to help them if they were in need. And in this election, people really do need your help. If I vote yes on the marriage amendment question, it means I do not support loving, committed relationships that want equal marriage rights. If I vote yes on the voter ID question, it means I do not support thousands of my fellow Americans who are elderly or students or for countless other BY CONOR HOLT reasons lack a photo ID. Some people say you can still love Most of us, including myself, are too homosexuals, but don’t want them to get busy with our own lives to worry about married, so they’re voting yes. Everyone other things. So when it comes to an has the right to their personal feelings, but election, it can be hard to support an issue to love someone but not support their equal that doesn’t directly affect you. If the issue rights is a pretty poor form of love. And if won’t make a difference in my life, why you believe in disenfranchising thousands should I care about it? of lawful voters in order to prevent a In this year’s election, two questions will “virtually non-existent” amount of voter be on the Minnesota fraud (News21 study Ballot. One asks if by Carnegie-Knight we should amend Initiative on the “ love someone but not the constitution Future of Journalism support their equal rights is a to only recognize Education) by pretty poor form of love.” marriage between voting yes, is that one man and one really “loving thy woman; the other neighbor”? asks if we should require photo ID to vote. This election may not mean a lot to you, If both of them pass, my life will not but it means a great deal to a lot of people, be affected. I am not gay, and I have a especially in our state. Please take the time driver’s license. So why should I care about to think about these issues, and decide if whether or not they pass? you’re making the right decision.

Kicking myself, the discussion will resume with my ill-fated points usually slithering past anyone’s comprehension, making me want to scream out to my fellow classmates and, most importantly, the Professor, “I swear, I have a most insightful and astonishing point!” If only I could articulate it. The best way I can continue to discuss my blonde syndrome is like a momentary memory lapse. Sometimes, the words escape in between my ears when a Professor chooses me to explain their origin. The burst of anticipation to share my reflections erases them entirely before they reach my mouth. Like a nuclear flash, the answer is gone. BY APRIL KNUTSON I’ve explained this predicament to friends. They are always so forgiving and say, “Oh Sometimes I get “blonde.” April, that is just your personality.” But it’s Let me explain this natural phenomenon not. I am the cheerful sort and that should to readers who may not know the sandy not compromise the confidence I have in colored syndrome that sometimes daunts my own ideas, opinions and beliefs, but it my daily routine. does. It’s a careful balance to be reasonable Sitting in class, listening attentively, I will with a strong backbone, especially during let my mind wander processing the critical this time in life where fundamental values information the professors dish out when are being questioned and cemented into the all of a sudden, core of us. they call on me Perhaps, “The burst of anticipation to share my to provide my it’s time for a reflections erases them entirely before the peers with my color change. thoughts on Remember to reach my mouth, like a nuclear flash.” the particular respect others’ subject. Instead ideas, beliefs of presenting and opinions my thoughts intelligently and eloquently I but more importantly remember to value often start off in a ramble that goes on and your own insights, even if they come out on, and on. Then end with a giggle and a jumbled. You’ll figure out eventually how statement that resembles; “Like, you know to communicate your brilliance. what I mean?” Like, you know what I mean, right?

“Fanboys” ZACK COLEMAN •

Birthday celebrates past experiences

November 6 is a special day for me, and not but then I realized it is a miracle people are even reading anything at all in the first because it is election day. November 6 is my place. The second most important is to write. Words are much better composed on a birthday, and I will be taking the office of 22-year piece of paper than in a thought of the mind. I feel that English is as important as Math, old men when either President Obama or Mitt and my thesis paper was going to detail how the two subjects are actually quite similar, Romney take theirs. but last Friday, an author for “The New Yorker” wrote an article beating me to it. No one asks a 22-year old for advice. There are few That provides a great transition to my next piece of advice; if you have an idea of doing things a man of this age could be wise about to teach something, do it. Now. Ideas are worth less than what comes from that idea, and an idea someone older or younger, that has nothing to follow is and one who thinks they an idea not worth having. I have a lot of things to teach have less regret about doing “I have less regret about doing something and failing, than are wonderful idealists, something and failing, than I have ever regretted never doing something at all.” if not foolish, wonderful I have ever regretted never idealists. doing something at all. That Then again, people of this being said, I’ve also been age are always keen on giving advice when it is not taught more by a thousand failures than I have been taught from one success.  asked  for, and that is my intention with this column. My last little recollection would be that work can be fun, but fun should never be BY ROSS PETERSON I’ve gone to MSUM for three years, going work. I have been given the absolute pleasure of meeting numerous friends and on four, and I learned a lot more in these few faculty in the CADT, and I’ve worked on several projects for student films. While short years of my life than I have learned in the some consider this work, I consider it rewarding entertainment, and I’m gaining previous eighteen. I write this with content rather than regret of those eighteen, valuable skills without even feeling under pressure like work often makes people because I know the pursuit of knowledge lasts as long as life itself, and I look feel. I feel if you make work fun, you will never have to work a day in your life.  forward to the roads that follow on the trails through graduate school and beyond. Your birthday is the most important day of your life, because it is the first day of your I think the most important, and shortest advice I can convey on what I learned through life, and you will never know what it was like. I know my 22nd will be one filled with my education in English, is to read. People like to discredit Twilight, myself included, accomplishment.

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