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Citizen Forum: Voice your environmental concerns

Spring 2013 bares changes to Hendrix


The Minnesota Environmental Congress will hold a Citizen Forum from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday in the CMU Ballroom. State agency commissioners will give a brief presentation about Minnesota’s Environment and Energy Report Card and then lead a facilitated discussion on air, water, land, energy and climate. The forum will be the last of six held around the state to get an idea of Minnesotans’ environmental priorities. “It’s a really great vehicle for citizens, because it’s open to the public, to voice their concerns,” said Joe Herbst, sustainability coordinator at MSUM. Herbst, along with several students, is helping to promote the event and encouraging students to attend and voice their concerns.


Students returning to MSUM in spring 2013 will see some changes around campus, one being Hendrix Health Center’s new billing process. Hendrix Health Center will start billing students’ insurance for office visits effective Jan. 14, when the spring semester starts. “After a yearlong discussion and student conciliations, we are going to start billing health insurance companies for the office visits,” said Carol Grimm, director of health and wellness. “Office visits are only for the physician and nurse practitioner. It’s not the nurse visits or mental health visits.” This new process may require students to pay a co-pay of roughly $15 to $20 depending on their insurance plan. However, the co-pay would be on the back

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Voice your concerns effectively

Herbst will be holding a workshop at noon Thursday in CMU 203, so students and community members can learn how to communicate their concerns effectively. “It’s really easy to sit around with your friends and complain about things, but this is an opportunity to actually take some action,” Herbst said. If attendees are too radical and off-track, they may not be taken seriously. “There is a time and a place for radical environmentalism,” Herbst said. “Radicalism is good to get attention, but they’re already listening.”

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Citizen Forum When: 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday Where: CMU Ballroom Why: Learn environmental state of Minnesota & voice concerns

Workshop When: Noon Thursday Where: CMU 203 Why: Learn how to voice concerns effectively



FM Ballet enriches community with ‘Nutcracker’ performance

Change Africa: Students rebuild African dream

This year, students can celebrate the holiday season with tickets to a ballet classic: “The Nutcracker.” The FM Ballet, based out of Gasper’s schools of dance, is running the production for their first time. Matt Gasper, director of the school, said that he hopes it will become an annual event. “If you’ve never seen a ballet, ‘The Nutcracker’ is the best one to start with. It is a holiday tradition,” Gasper said. “The music you’ll recognize, the story is very easy to follow and the show is exciting throughout the whole thing.” For one MSUM student, “The Nutcracker” will be a dancing debut. Mark Radcliffe, a senior pursuing a degree in

There are plenty of negative stereotypes surrounding Africa. MSUM’s African Student Union (ASU) hosted the event Rebuilding the African Dream, hoping to shatter some of those stereotypes. The event took place Friday in the CMU. Event organizer and ASU secretary, Iseunife Oyebanjo,


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advertising, began his journey in dance when he was asked by a friend to attend a class taught by Craig Ellingson, chair and director of theatre and theatre dance. “My friend didn’t want to go alone, so I went with,” Radcliffe said. Attending the class was an eye-opener for Radcliffe. What was merely a practice class for many of the attendees was a crash-course for the Fargo native. “It was one of the most embarrassing days of my life,” Radcliffe said. Challenged by the class, he wanted to keep learning the art, so he continued to go. The following semester Radcliffe danced in a ballet class taught by Matt Gasper. “I just fell in love with it,” Radcliffe said. “I was so comfortable dancing, and it was such a nice outlet from what I’d been doing – which was nothing.” NUTCRACKER, PAGE 3


Zacharie Petnkeu

“Our generation is the last hope for Africa. If you think you can change it alone, you are sleeping.” - Iseunife Oyebanjo sophomore mass communications student, hopes that the event helped bring students together to solve some of the hardships Africa faces. “Our generation is the last hope for Africa. If you think you can change it alone, you are sleeping,” Oyebanjo said.

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The event featured four speakers and a performance by the African drumming group, Atmosphere. Ileri Oyebanjo, senior political science student, was the first presentor. He spoke about aiding Africa’s Recovery. Zacharie Petnkeu, the adviser

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Wrestling vs. Augsburg College, Nemzek 8:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Open Swim, Nemzek

12.12 Study Day - No day

classes/Wednesday evening classes meet for final exams 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Final Stretch, Wellness Center games, fitness and activities 9:30 p.m. - Kise Late Night, study day breakfast

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Aussie radio station: Backlash ‘Unfair’ Two Australian radio hosts who made a prank call heard around the world are being made the subject of a “witch hunt,” a rep from their station said. “Prank calls have been going on for 50 years in the radio industry,” said Sandy Kaye, a spokeswoman for Southern Cross Austereo. “It is not designed to humiliate or embarrass.” Jacintha Saldanha, a nurse at the King Edward VII hospital, was found dead after receiving a prank call from two 2Day FM DJs who pretended to be the queen and asked to speak with Kate Middleton. George H.W. Bush remains hospitalized Former President George H.W. Bush remains in a Houston hospital for the third week in a row. The 88-year-old is in stable condition but suffering from a bronchitis-related cough. Methodist Hospital doctors said Bush’s health is improving but that they aren’t in a rush to release him. Jean Becker, Bush’s chief of staff, said the illness isn’t lifethreatening, but there were fears it could turn in to pneumonia. First Wash. same-sex couples marry Three days after picking up their marriage licenses, couples celebrated Washington state’s first same-sex marriages early Sunday morning. Courthouses in some counties opened at midnight to accommodate the happy couples, and judges conducted ceremonies pro bono at Seattle City Hall. In November, Washington, Maryland and Maine became the first states to pass a law allowing same-sex marriage by popular vote. On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would take up the issue of gay marriage in the coming year. Father’s gun goes off, kills son A 7-year-old Pennsylvania boy died in a parking lot Saturday after his father’s handgun went off accidentally, police said. Craig Loughrey and his father, Joseph, were climbing into their truck after a brief visit to a local gun store when Joseph’s 9mm suddenly fired. The father told police that he did not know there was a bullet in the chamber, and no charges have been filed against him. The young boy reportedly died instantly after being hit in the chest by the bullet. Three shot dead on Indian reservation A blaze of gunfire left three people dead and four more wounded on the Tule River Indian reservation in California on Saturday night. Police responded to a 911 call on the reservation shortly before 8 p.m. and found two bodies in a trailer and a third in a nearby shed. The man believed to be responsible for the shooting, Hector Celaya, attempted to flee with his two daughters. After a low-speed chase, the suspect was stopped by Tulare County detectives. World news from

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MSUM Briefs Children’s picture book sale A collection of children’s picture books published in 2011 will be for sale at 10 a.m. on Tuesday in the lobby of the library. Cost will be $3 per book or two books for $5. All books are in excellent condition and would make great gifts. Proceeds will help support the Comstock Reading Aloud Initiative. Spots still open for Tanzanian society and culture course Seats are still open for ANTH 390: Tanzanian Society and Culture this spring semester. This unique experiential learning opportunity is based on pre-departure preparation and a three week study tour to Tanzania. This course is open to students from all majors. Main topics will include: prehistory, history, environment, society and culture. Course dates are March 18 through June 15. Travel times are from May 20 through June 12. For more information, contact Janet Haak, at the study abroad office, 218.477.2996, haak@ or Bruce Roberts, anthropology and earth science, 218.477.2043, robertsb@mnstate. edu. BFA exhibit holds reception to showcase students art The department of art and design invites the public to the reception for the second fall Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition at 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. today, in the Center for Arts Gallery (CA 150). Artwork created by senior BFA candidates Jordan Bruhn, Justin Harris, Lauren Kracht, Megan Larson, Andre Pilch and Amanda Schlosser will be on display from Dec. 10 to Dec. 20. Students are working toward fulfillment of requirements for the BFA in Art and Design. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. For more information about the gallery or for special arrangements, email naomi. or call 218.477.2152. Mark your calendars for Wellness Center holiday hours The Wellness Center’s holiday hours are: Dec. 13-14, 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. Dec. 15, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Dec. 16, 2 p.m. -10 p.m. Dec. 17-19, 7 a.m. -7 p.m. Dec. 20, 7 a.m. -1 p.m. Dec. 21- Jan 1, CLOSED Jan. 2 - 4, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Jan. 5, 12 p.m.- 4 p.m. Jan. 6, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. Jan. 7 -10, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Jan. 11, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. Resuming normal hours Saturday, Jan. 12. MSUM Briefs are from Dragon Digest and submitted to

Greg Lemke 12.1


Noise complaint in West Snarr, three individuals warned.

Domestic assault in West Snarr, one transported to Sanford, referred to Campus Judicial.

Alcohol violation in Grantham, one cited by Moorhead PD for minor consuming and possession of drug paraphernalia. Referred to Campus Judicial for alcohol, drug and weapons violation. Motor vehicle crash in Parking Lot G-11. Fire alarm in the Center for the Arts, false, smoke from kiln. Moorhead Fire Department responded. 12.2 Alcohol violation in Grantham, three cited by Moorhead PD for minor consuming, five referred to Campus Judicial for alcohol violation.

911 Hang-up in the Financial Aid Department, false, misdial. 12.4 Escort provided for one individual from the CMU to West Snarr to remove property. Noise complaint in Nelson, contact made, no violation witnessed. 12.5 Marijuana odor investigation in Holmquist, unable to detect. Medical in Weld, individual fell down stairs, escorted to Hendrix Health Center.

Alcohol violation in Dahl, seven cited by Moorhead PD for minor Consuming, two referred to Campus Judicial.

Elevator emergency in Nelson, two individuals stuck in elevator, elevator company responded and repaired the problem.

Fire alarm in the Center for the Arts, false, smoke from kiln. Moorhead Fire Department responded.


Blue light phone activation in Nemzek Hall, false, gone upon arrival.

Smoking violation on north side of Science Lab, unable to identify. Hit and run crash reported in G-1 Lot.

Safety Tip of the Week Holiday Lights Use only lights that have been tested for safety by a nationally recognized testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories. Lights for both indoor and outdoor usage must meet strict requirements that testing laboratories are able to verify. On decorative lights available in stores, UL’s red holographic label signifies that the product meets safety requirements for indoor and outdoor usage. UL’s green holographic label signifies that the product meets requirements for only indoor usage.

To report a problem contact Public Safety at 218.477.2449

Final Stretch at the Wellness Center From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, students are encouraged to stop by the Wellness Center for free smoothies and chair massages. Students will also have plenty of games to participate in to win prizes, including a grand prize giveaway. The theme is ’80s, so wear your best ’80s costume. Also watch “The Wedding Singer” in the lobby starting at 5 p.m. 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. ’80s Rockclimbing 5 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Rad ’80s Ride (Cycle Class) 5 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Volleyball Tournament 6 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Plank & Wall Sit Challenge 6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Totally ’80s Yoga 6:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Pull-Up & Pushup Competition7 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. Back to the ’80s Zumba Party 8 p.m. Grand Prize Drawing, must be present to win

Santa is coming to town! Join the Advocate today and get your photo taken with Santa from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the CMU lounge.

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Submitted by FM Ballet

Mark Radcliffe, Justin Heim and Matt Gasper practice for the Russian dance.


Radcliffe began dancing at Gasper’s School of Dance and Performing Arts and was then asked to audition for the ballet company. As a result, Radcliffe will be dancing in “The Nutcracker” this weekend. Radcliffe will dance four parts during the 80-minute show. In Act One, he dances as a parent during the Christmas party. He then plays the nutcracker soldier during the battle scene. In Act Two, he is the Arabian center for the hula-hoop trio and then dances one of the Russian parts. “There is a lot to think about when you dance ballet,” Radcliffe said. “There are instructions for every part of your body. It’s challenging being on stage and remembering all those instructions to make it look effortless, but in the dancer’s mind, you’re pretty much flexing every part of your body.” Radcliffe, who is a full-time student, said dance has helped him develop personally and be successful in his academic life. Radcliffe is studying mass

communications with emphasis in advertising and public relations, a major he said allows him to be more “creatively free.” He said that doing dance on the side has been a great creative outlet and helped him mentally with school and other parts of life. “It engages my brain, it makes me sharper and I have a way better memory,” Radcliffe said. “I’m in better shape, and I have better self esteem.” Radcliffe said that in the future he would like to dance for a company, advertise for a dance or theater company or possibly pursue a career in the circus with his hula-hooping and fire-dancing skills. “I like to take things as they come; I don’t like to have a lot of plans,” Radcliffe said. “I feel that if it’s going to be, it’s going to be. If the opportunity presents itself, I am knowledgeable enough to take it.” “The Nutcracker” will show at 7 p.m. on Dec. 14 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Dec. 15. Tickets cost $10 for students and $20 for general admission. To buy tickets, go to or call 701.231.7969

Advo staff top picks during Christmas time Activity: DeGeest: skiing


McMullen: Sledding wrapping presents




Wathne: Decorating Knutson: Sledding or games with the family

Christmas Song:

Jasmine Maki: “All I want for Christmas is You”


Excuse My French

VanEps: Spoons competitions with my cousins Fleming: PRESENTS!

Saturday, Mar. 23 at the Fargo Theatre 7pm • Mature Audiences


Becki DeGeest: “What Child is This”

A Celebration of Bombtastic Arena Rock!

Friday, Dec. 28 at The Venue @ The Hub 8:30pm • Ages 21+

Sarah Tyre: “Silent Night” Jessica Fleming: “Carol of the Bells” - Trans Siberian Orchestra


Meredith Wathne: “Sleigh Ride”

An evening with

April Knutson: “Dreaming of a White Christmas”

Christmas Dessert:

Collin Boyles: “Elf”

Wathne: chocolate

Christmas Movie: Fleming: “Charlie Brown Christmas” Maureen McMullen: “Bad Santa” and “A Christimas Story” DeGeest: “Jack Frost”

Maki: Any cheesy Christmas movie on Lifetime Kayla VanEps: “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”


McMullen: Lefse



Fleming: Pecan pie Boyles: Cookies Maki: Rock candy Knutson: Festive chex mix

Thursday, Dec. 6 Fargo Theatre 7pm Doors • All Ages


Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013 The Venue @ The Hub 6pm Doors • All Ages

LISA LAMPANELII Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 Fargo Theatre 7 & 10 Shows • Mature

UMPHREY’S MCGEE Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 The Venue @ The Hub 6pm Doors • All Ages

Tyre: Homemade carmel VanEps: Puppy chow


McMullen: Watching “A Christmas Story” and making lefse

DEUCE/NEW MEDICINE • Friday, Dec. 7 • Ages 21+ • House Of Rock @ The Hub SOULFLY • Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 • Ages 21+ • House Of Rock @ The Hub THAT 1 GUY • Saturday, Apr. 13, 2013 • Ages 21+ • The Aquarium

DeGeest: Going to my home church’s candle-lit ceremony with my whole family Maki: Making Christmas candy with my mom Knutson: Seeing all the pretty lights out in my area Wathne: Spending the day with family

Tickets for all shows are available at (located at 300 Broadway; open Monday-Friday 12-6PM), by phone (866) 300-8300 & online at:

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Opinion Advocate Editorial Board

Slow down to get home this holiday break She was on her way home. She was late, so she was in a hurry. She was only five miles from home when her car slid on the ice and flipped over. She died instantly. This story is only too familiar. Every winter, icy winter roads and attempts to shave minutes off our commute home cause fatal car crashes. As you leave MSUM’s campus this winter break, remember to slow down. Take that extra minute to buckle up. Drive accordingly, pay attention to the weather. If it’s icy, windy or visibliy is low, slow down. All of us are excited to take a break for the holidays. Make sure you arrive safely by paying attention to road and weather conditions. The opinions expressed in The Advocate are not necessarily those of the college administration, faculty or student body. The Advocate encourages letters to the editor and any submissions. They should be typed and must include the writer’s name, signature, address, phone number, year in school or occupation and any affliations. Letters are due by 5 p.m. Friday and can be sent to MSUM Box 130, dropped off in The Advocate office or emailed to

Life after college, what now?


In nine days, I will walk across the stage in the Nemzek Fieldhouse, accept my diploma from President Edna Szymanski and move the tassel from one side of my mortar board cap to the other, thus ending my undergraduate degree here at MSUM. (Insert flailing limbs and obscene language here.) I have been working for the past three-and-a-half years up to this very moment. And, my friends, this is not how I thought I was going to feel.

See, I was always under the that maybe obtaining a job with my impression that when I got to this favorite non-profit organization is a point, I’d have all my poop in a group, something I want much later in my and I’d be ready to take on the world. life. I’m not letting go of my dreams, But I’m I’m changing telling you: them. And I’m My poop “Have I found out happy to say that is far from I’m applying for being in a the big secret that the graduate school group and I’m right back here at not nearly as graduates keep from us?” MSUM for next ready to take fall to make these on the world dreams happen. as I would have hoped. I’m ready to face what is ahead But I’ve recently been told by of me, even if it means that I’m still someone who I have a great deal scared out of my mind. And perhaps of respect for, and who was in my the next time I walk across that same same shoes this past May when she stage in the Nemzek Fieldhouse to graduated, that adults in “The Real accept my diploma for my master’s World” don’t have it all together and degree, I’ll be a little less frazzled and that they never, ever will. a bit more sure of myself. So where does this leave someone But until that happens, I encourage such as me who has been looking all of you to enjoy the time you forward to a time in my life when I’m have left in your undergraduate days no longer confused about what I’m of college. Because one day you’re going to be doing? Have I found out going to wake up and notice that the big secret that the graduates keep it’s your graduation day and wonder from us? where the time went. So leave the Maybe this was just the opportune “important” things to those so-called time for me to actually realize that adults and go discover who you want I don’t want to be a publisher and to be while you’ve still got the time.

Make the holiday season special behind stacks of books in a controlled panic, while the models on the winter advertisements smile serenely with their ridiculous clothes. Kids stand in line with their parents at the mall to see Santa. The kids are crying and kicking and perhaps, screaming. The parents are stressed. Yet the elves (forever ruined for me by David Sedaris) stand there with elastically tight smiles, trying to express as much happiness as they possibly can. The natural symmetry is missing. The superficial jolliness doesn’t naturally spread, it just sticks out. Luckily, if any of you have noticed the same hollowness as I have concerning the season from Thanksgiving until New Years, there is another way of doing things. Now is not the season of Christmas, it is the season of Advent. Advent is not celebrated the same way as Christmas-at all.

and then die at the hands of an angry mob. Believers and non-believers alike have found this strange story arch to be fascinating. The same baby who appears to be serene and innocent in every manger scene, is only there so that he might be stretched out on the most torturous device ever created. Advent is a time to remember that it took a deicide to save us from our problems. Expounding on the metaphysics of it all would take years. The simple point is that there is a way to mark this time of year as special without BY JOHN GOERKE having to fake enjoyment in the standbys of secular consumerism. While my classmates and I didn’t At this time of year especially, learn much in grade school, those Christianity meets us people right years spent in a cycle of summer, where we are. The difference classes, Christmas, classes, spring Christ makes in this season is the break, classes, summer… gave each transformation of the mundane and of us a sense of wonder at how wellthe everyday into an anticipation of coordinated all the seasons were. glory. You don’t have to fake it, it As we said goodbye to comes naturally. the joys of summer, the So, even if you weather began to reflect “The simple point is that there is a way don’t believe in our mood. As we neared God becoming the end of our notebooks to mark this time of year as special without man, (don’t rush and our (previously fresh) it, it’s a lot to take stack of loose-leaf paper, having to fake enjoyment in the standbys of in) you may find the other leaves that once some peace in the shaded our time at recess secular consumerism.” way Christians were now turning to mulch handle the time in the dirt. The last days of approaching the semester, those of gloom and fear Advent is a four-week reflection Christmas. Whether your darkness (what will Mom say when she sees on God’s becoming man and is just a few difficult exams, or (in my grade?) matched up nicely with especially the reason he had to. the case of a friend of mine) your sunsets before 4 p.m. and sunrise During Advent, Christians reflect life has recently been threatened, after breakfast. By spring, we were on their shortcomings in all areas the season of Advent will match up bursting like the buds on my maple of life. This is not done to depress a little better with what is actually tree to get out and enjoy the summer us or shame us. Rather, Advent is a happening. Advent is a season of sun. Thousands of bad songs have time where we can honestly evaluate hope, not happiness. Hope can only made the exact same point. ourselves and acknowledge that be present when you could just as I raise the issue because that without God, we can’t do a whole easily fall into despair. There is no awkward division between the common-sense timing of seasons lot. Advent is also a time to remember natural melancholy of the semester’s and periods of life seems to be missing from the older members that God is not coming into the world end and the expectation of Christmas. of American society, including us for a good time. Jesus was born with Even a grade-schooler can tell you collegians. Take a few examples: a very specific vocation: to take on that natural harmony of seasons just at Moxie Java, students are buried the worst of the human condition makes sense.

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Opinion Small business supports products and people Recently, I had the opportunity to explore several local businesses in the Fargo-Moorhead area. I was researching a feature story about local crafters for Home and Living magazine. One of the most surprising things I learned about these businesses was their passion for the community. Some of these business owners have lived BY APRIL KNUTSON in the area all their lives. Others relocated here for school or their current business venture, but however different their pasts looked, they all believed in one supreme truth: the importance of supporting small business. “It is important to shop local and support local artists and craftsman. The quality and care put into the item is top notch,” Linda Johnson, owner of Home Sweet Home gifts, said. The convenience of shopping at the big chain stores is

tempting. It is easy to find the item that you are looking for and jet off to your next task. However, when you purchase items at these stores, what are you sacrificing?

“However different their pasts looked, they all believed in one supreme truth: the importance of supporting small business.” The quality of items purchased at a small business versus items in a large retail store is an endless debate, fueled by our sentimental opinions. Instead, we should look at the business’ track record in supporting the community as we all continue to support their pocketbooks. In November, Wal-Mart was denied a permit to build a supercenter in California due to a petition signed by local citizens. In May of this year, the Department of Labor ordered Wal-Mart to pay $4.8 million in back wages to workers who were denied overtime pay. Sadly, there are endless examples of how corporate greed chooses their bottom line over the employees’ welfare; employees who work hard everyday to contribute to the business’ success.

This holiday season, think long and hard before deciding where to shop. What are you contributing to when you choose to buy from a particular business? There are numerous vendors in the Fargo-Moorhead area that require our support. Take advantage of our vibrant community, check out local stores like C. Lizzy’s, Freddy’s Lefse or any other small business that has a passion for its products and its people.

Do you plan to shop local? Tell us on facebook.

Be cautious on campus roads Every year, I have observed countless crashes and close calls, watching people slide on the slick roads, and I wonder who is supposed to be taking care of this? Most of the roads I travel on from my apartment in Fargo into Moorhead are pretty decent. I may encounter one or two slick spots but nothing compared to the grid of streets around our campus. From the turnoff of Eighth Street to the 11th Street oneway, those corners are especially dangerous and slick. I usually witness BY JESSICA FLEMMING a number of drivers having trouble moving their cars across the street or fishtailing dangerously, but no one I have been a student at MSUM puts salt or sand down. Is that the fault of the city, for four years, and I have lived in Minnesota my whole life. Winter is a or our school? Is there a basic part of my blood as much as a season, misinterpretation of one thinking it’s and I am a true lover of the bitter cold. the other’s job, or is it a feud that we Sure, I might complain when the first are getting the punishment for? J u s t brush with remember cold shocks “Every year, I have observed w h e n me, but my countless crashes and close calls, y o u ’ r e heart will driving secretly watching people slide on the slick a r o u n d sing at the sight of the roads, I wonder who is supposed to be c a m p u s , getting taking care of this?” frosted trees ready for and the the end of beautiful the semester and hurrying to finish snow-covered lands. But for all of my joys of winter, your finals, be careful and considerate driving is my least favorite activity of other drivers. Don’t drive too fast or and that is especially scary for me tailgate behind another driver or you around the streets of our campus. might get into an accident yourself. “PROCRASTINATION IN PROGRESS” HEATHER WALKER •


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F-M area offers a variety of winter activities BY SARAH TYRE

As temperatures in the FargoMoorhead area drop, activities begin to heat up. Winter weather provides different opportunities to get out and play. There is something for everyone this season.

For the Coordinated

Ice skating is a fun and inexpensive way to enjoy the brisk winter air, so throw on a hat and mittens, and lace up those skates. There are 17 outdoor ice skating rinks in Fargo-Moorhead. Elmwood Park and Herb Tintes Park in West Fargo are popular ice skating locations. Both are complete with warming houses and are open 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays. For a full list of outdoor skating rinks, visit If the weather outside is too frightful for outdoor skating, Veterans Memorial Arena in West Fargo has a surplus of open skating times. For a detailed list of open skating times, call 701.433.5370.

For the young at heart

Sledding is a great way to let loose your inner child. There are a variety of places to take part in this celebrated pasttime.

For the skiing enthusiast

While Fargo-Moorhead doesn’t exactly provide the ideal landscape for down-hill skiing, cross country skiing can be a satisfying alternative. A recreational 5k classical cross-country race and 5k and 10k skating style races are available for adults. The race will begin at Edgewood Golfcourse on 9 a.m. Jan. 12. The registration deadline is Jan. 4. To register go to www.

The Dike West is always an option for those looking for the perfect sledding playdate. The best part about the Dike, other than the fact that it is historically one of the best sledding hills in town, is that sleds are free. Many of the area golf courses are open for public sledding. Edgewood Golfcourse even has a warming house with a snack bar. Snow shoes are also available for rent at this location.

For the easily chilled

Sometimes it’s just too cold to be outside, but that isn’t a reason to stay coopedup indoors. Pack some hot chocolate, warm up the car and take a leisurely drive around the neighborhood. Cold nights are ideal for an excuse to check out all the area houses decorated with lights. For those in search of a more extravagant light show, the Holiday Lights in Lindenwood Park is the perfect solution. Local businesses participate in the event by assembling various Christmas light displays and decorations in Lindenwood Park. The park is open to drive through from Dec. 1 to Dec. 31. Admission is $6 per car. A discounted price of $5 is offered with a canned good donation for the food pantry.

Save money, purchase a cheap printer BY AUSTIN RAU College costs can be a nightmare. Books, food and rent can turn a plump checking account into a lean piggybank. With all the studies and extracurricular activities, printing costs should not be a concern. For now, students at MSUM have full access to free printing in nearly every building across campus. Next semester is a different story. Students will be limited to 500 free sheets per semester before they have to pay 5 cents per additional page printed. Having a printer can save time and stress, but saving money can be a difficult subject. Printers fall into two schools, inkjet printers and laser printers. Inkjet printers use a variety of ink cartridges to produce black text as well as color. Laser printers use toner, a chemical powder and lasers to produce text and images. Both have advantages, but cost is a touchy subject. “If you want a cheap beater, then get an HP,” said Mark Hastings, an employee at Minneapolis Office Depot. “It’ll get you through a couple of years, but it’s nothing special.” Low-grade inkjet printers can be purchased for less than $70 dollars at retail stores. They provide solid printing for assignments and papers but little else. It will get your through an undergraduate degree with ease. You’ll just be waiting for slow print jobs. Inkjet printers are criticized for being slow. They print legibly but not always crisply. Low-grade inks easily run and can distort on the page. Also, as the ink is a liquid, rain or sweaty fingers can cause the text to smudge. Anyone can pick up a new ink cartridge

for next to nothing. The cost of Genuine OEM HP 750c Ink Cartridge in black is $35, not so with toner cartridges. The cost of Genuine OEM HP 2550 Toner Cartridge in high capacity black is $85. In fact, laser printers are more expensive

printing,” said Kobby Appiah, graduate of Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Laser printing is great for text. The letters are more crisp and precise, but images are not as vibrant as those printed

“If you want fast printing, pick a laser. They’re cheaper in the long run and will last forever.” - Mark Hastings as well. On the low end, a laser printer can easily cost more than $150. Toner cartridges can be two to three times more expensive than the cost of a single inkjet cartridge. But there is an unseen value. Toner lasts much longer than the standard ink cartridge. The average toner cartridge can print between 1,000 and 5,000 pages. Comparing the HP ink cartridge to the toner cartridge, the ink prints 830 sheets while toner prints more than 5,000. The average ink cartridge is around 500 pages. In the long run, laser printing saves on the cost per page. But there is always a way to save with an ink and toner. Office Max, for example, offers a variety of ink options. Consumers can opt for third-party ink and toner. These third-party manufacturers offer ink and toner at one-third the cost of the original equipment manufacturer. Many companies also offer remanufactured cartridges, cartridges from the original equipment manufacturer that have been refilled with lower grade ink or toner. Neither of these options is as good, but they work just fine for printing reports. Laser printing is good for the environment. Laser printers can print double-sided without having to have the paper fed back through the printer. This cuts your paper cost in half as well as saves on future paper waste. “Laser printing is awesome for reports, but you can forget about photo

on inkjet printers. But that is referring to higher-end inkjet printers. You would never print a family album on a bottomof-the-line Hewlett-Packard Company product. “If you want fast printing, pick a laser,” said Hastings. “They’re cheaper in the long run and will last forever.” A reliable low-end laser printer, though initially more expensive, can last a decade. It will print faster and more precisely than an inkjet on the low end. Toner cartridges can print up to four times more pages than ink counterparts. If printing essays, readings and assignments are the goals, a laser printer is the most logical choice to save money.

Places to print in the F-M area Office Max 4360 13th Ave., Fargo UPS Store 4302 13th Ave. S., Fargo 403 S 8th St. Moorhead 3120 25th St. Southwest Fargo Copy 2 Print MSUM CMU Fargo Public Library Downtown 102 3rd Street N., Fargo Fargo Public Library 32nd Ave. 2801 32nd Ave. S. Fargo FedEx Kinkos 3302 13th Ave. S., Fargo Sir Speedy Printing Center 123 University Dr. N., Fargo Minuteman Press 745 45th St. S., Fargo

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REBUILDING AFRICA, FROM FRONT to Concordia’s ASU chapter, was the second speaker. Iseunife Oyebanjo heard him speak at a similar event at Concordia. “I heard him speak and was enlightened,” Iseunife Oyebanjo said. “It showed me all the ways Africa is stereotyped.” Petnkeu’s presentation focused on the state of the African Dream. He spoke about the dangers of the direction he feels it is taking. To Petnkue, the African Dream involves getting rid of stereotypes that Western cultures have of Africa. “The African Dream is in a lifeless condition today. Other people dream for Africa,” Petnkeu said. “Westerners assume that Africa can’t survive without Europe or America. They see Africa as a land of suffering.” Petnkeu’s presentation provoked questions about the lost African Dream and solutions to that problem. He ended his presentation with a prediction.

Wemimo Samson Abbey

founder of New Afrique, spoke next. New Afrique is a youthled organization that strives to empower Africans to become self-sufficient. “Our vision is to create a sensational and worldwide movement that will encourage and empower African youths to unleash their potential and rise to the pinnacle of leadership and entrepreneurship, thereby ushering in the next chapter in Africa, the new Africa,” Foudjet said. As a New Afrique member,

“I’m sick and tired of the Western world making Africa into the poster child for poverty.” - Wemimo Samson Abbey “If we don’t get at the root of this problem and restore the pride of Africa, and continue to try to be like the west, we are lost,” Petnkeu said. Cedric Foudject, president of Concordia’s ASU branch and

Foudjet travels and speaks to youth, hoping to restore the prospect of a brighter Africa. Like Petnkeu, Foudjet believes part of the solution is banding together. “Unfortunately, some

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Wemimo Samson Abbey visits a school in Lagos, Nigeria.

Africans have decided to follow the path of division rather than that of unity. Some Africans have lost pride in their heritage. Unfortunately, many more have lost hope for the ability of the African people to stand up together under one common accord: to write the African Dream,” Foudjet said. Part of the New Afrique’s mission is to improve the state of healthcare, education, agriculture and leadership. New Afrique members believe that changes within these

institutions must happen within Africa itself. The final speaker, Wemimo Samson Abbey, founder of Change Africa, agrees with the mission of New Afrique. He also agrees that Western stereotypes of Africa need to be demolished. “I’m sick and tired of the Western world making Africa into the poster child for poverty,” Abbey said. Change Africa is an organization that aims to encourage college enrollment and free enterprise among

African youth. Some of their projects include: building schools and adequate learning facilities in places such as Mali and Nigeria, raising awareness about human trafficking associated with the cocoa bean industry and building business leaders in the Congo. Iseunife Oyebanjo said he hopes that the event helped inspire audience members to take action toward a better Africa. He plans on hosting more events like this one in the near future.


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Sports & Health

Swimmers travel far to join Dragons BY KAMIE ROESLER

The MSUM swimming and diving team added two new foreign faces this season. Freshman Viviane Nagasaki and sophomore Marisa Yasuda are the first international swimmers to be a part of the Dragons swim and dive team. “It’s a lot bigger than Moorhead,” Nagasaki said of her home city San Jose Dos Campos, Sao Paulo, Brazil. She was looking for a school in the United States, and an agency in Brazil helped her find MSUM. Yasuda is from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. She studied in California before coming to MSUM. The biggest difference for her is the climate. Richmond is north of Washington state, so Yasuda is used to rain. “I’ve never really had a lot of snow, so this year might be quite exciting,” Yasuda said. Both Yasuda and Nagasaki are used to swimming in 50-meter pools, so transitioning to 25-yard pools in America is quite different to them. It is much shorter, and that is something both women said they enjoy. Head coach Todd Peters, who recruited the two, hadn’t met with either before they

committed to the team. “It’s quite a process, and other teams can learn from us,” Peters said. He stressed that the advancement in technology was a big help for reaching students outside of the country. In fact, coach Peters said he is working to bring on another international recruit but has to wait to make any annoucement of whom. “We’re always open to international swimmers,” Peters said. “We have to wait (to announce) until it is official.” The two women fit well at MSUM and Peters said they bring a lot to the team. He thinks it’s a great learning experience to have people from other parts of the world on the team. Not only do their teammates learn about other cultures, but they also learn how thankful international athletes are for their opportunity to be here. “It’s been a great experience having them on our team,” Peters said. The two most recently took part in a meet against Northern State University (S.D.) and MSU Mankato. They helped the Dragons win and improve their record to 5-0 in dual action this season. The Dragon Invite on Jan. 18 is the next home event for the women’s swim team.


Vivianne Nagasaki listens to head coach Todd Peters during practice.


Vivianne Nagasaki swam in the Dragon’s meet against Northern State and MSU Mankato on Saturday.

Dragons fall in Minot before stunning buzzer-beater in Bismarck BY COLLIN BOYLES

A Dragons 3-point buzzerbeater capped the women’s basketball weekend split at Minot State (N.D.) and the University of Mary (N.D.). Friday night’s matchup between Karla Nelson’s Dragons and the Beavers of Minot State ended as a 73-57 loss for the visiting Dragons. Senior guard Marisa Yernatich gave the team their only lead on the night by making a 3-point shot. Eleven turnovers and a 29 percent field goal percentage put the Dragons into a hole during the first half. The Beavers slowly built their lead, setting the score at 40-26 at halftime. After being outscored by 14 points in the first half, the Dragons kept the second half

scoring The lead was and cut down toclose. nine points twice reached as high as 19 points in favor of MSU. Second half scoring was consistent between the two teams, as MSUM scored 31 points compared to MSU’s 33. Yernatich led MSUM with 15 points while shooting 6-of-11 in MSUM MSU

26 40

31 - 57 33 - 73

(Points, Rebounds, Assists) MSUM: Boegeman (2,1,0), Charette (3,2,3), Handevidt (1,4,0), Hebert (2,3,0), Miller (4,2,0), Noreen (5,2,2), Roehrich (5,2,0), Strese H. (0,0,0), Strese M. (12,7,0), Thomforde (2,1,2), Yernatich (15,3,2), Zabel (6,5,2) MSU: Boag (16,5,1), DeAngelis (4,0,0), Haley (6,2,0), Jones (12,4,1), Kingsbury (0,5,1), Klose (4,3,2), Lester (0,0,0), Mano (2,0,0), Molina (23,8,2), Rice (0,0,0), Safranski (4,7,5), Sansaver (2,0,0)

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30 minutes played. Morgan Zabel scored 17 points against the University of Mary Marauders Saturday night, none bigger than the 3-point buzzer-beater that gave the Dragons a 63-60 win in Bismarck, N.D. It was a comeback effort that led to the last-second win over the Marauders. The Marauders took and kept the lead during the first half, leading by as many as 13 points. The halftime score was 37-26 with the Dragons trailing for the second straight night. U-Mary’s lead was up to 12 points before MSUM went on a scoring streak. A 15-4 run brought the Dragons back to within one point with just above 10 minutes remaining in the game. Yernatich sank the 3-point shot that gave her squad the lead for the first time in the game. The Marauders quickly took the lead back before Zabel took a pass from freshman guard Kyleigh Hebert and sent up a prayer as the buzzer sounded. The 3-point shot went in and the Dragons earned the tough road win. Junior forward Megan Strese led the team in scoring with 23 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for her third double-double of the season. Yernatich became MSUM’s all-time leading 3-point shooter while making two shots from behind the arc. MSUM U-Mary

26 37

37 - 63 23 - 60

(Points, Rebounds, Assists) MSUM: Charette (10,3,1), Handevidt (0,4,0), Hebert (0,3,2), Miller (0,1,1), Noreen (0,3,2), Roehrich (0,0,0), Strese (23,15,1), Thomforde (6,4,6), Yernatich (7,4,2), Zabel (17,4,1) U-Mary: Clark (2,1,0), Collins (15,12,9), Dietz (6,0,0), Foster (6,2,0), Haag (11,7,0), Knife (15,12,0), Luke (1,5,0), Peltier (0,1,0), Petersen (3,3,1), Sand (1,2,2)

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Sports & Health Men sweep weekend with two Novak double-doubles NSIC Divisional Standings


Conf. Record

St. Cloud State Northern State MSU Moorhead Bemidji State Minnesota Duluth U-Mary Minnesota, Crookston Minot State

3-0 3-0 2-1 2-1 1-2 1-2 0-3 0-3



Sophomore Evan Holt attempts a 3-point shot over a Valley City State University defender on Nov. 27.

Dragons men’s basketball brought home two wins after traveling to Minot, N.D., and Bismarck, N.D., to take on Northern Sun opponents. Head Coach Chad Walthall’s squad first took a 84-53 win against the Beavers of Minot State on Friday night. High percentage shooting and solid defense helped the Dragons begin the game on a 23-7 run over the first seven minutes.




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46 23

38 - 84 30 - 53

(Points, Rebounds, Assists) MSUM: Akason (0,0,0), Filipek (19,5,0), Holt (0,0,0), Jorgenson (0,1,0), Novak (22,14,1), Olson (9,3,0), Reinke (0,0,0), Riewer (19,3,5), Tucker (9,2,5), Vaughan (0,0,0), Wohler (4,4,4) U-Mary: Dorr (11,7,3), Jaspers (12,2,2), Jensen (0,0,0), Johnson (8,2,5), Ledger (0,0,0), Maslonkowski (6,0,0), Musungayi (25,12,1), Robinson (0,1,1), Stewart (0,1,5), Turner (5,4,1), Tyler (3,0,0)

in scoring with 16 apiece.

The Dragons started Saturday in the same fashion as the night before by taking an early lead that would last throughout the contest. With just under five minutes in the first half, MSUM held a 32-17 lead over the University of Mary (N.D.) Marauders, their biggest lead of the game. The 39-26 halftime lead was cut down to five points with just under 13 minutes left in the game. Riewer scored eight points the rest of the way to help the Dragons finish off the win, 8270. Novak followed up his impressive Friday performance with 22 points and 14 rebounds. His point total led the team, followed by Filipek and Riewer with season highs of 19 apiece. MSUM MSU

3-0 3-0 2-1 2-1 1-2 1-2 0-3 0-3

Shot selections came early and often, as MSUM set season highs in field goal attempts (67), 3-point field goals attempts (34) and rebounds (46). A 48.3 percent shooting percentage through the first period set the halftime score at 46-23. Another scoring run came to build on the Dragons lead after outscoring the Beavers 14-2 through a six-minute span in the second half. The run gave MSUM a 34-point lead, their biggest lead of the night. Back-and-forth scoring ensued before the Dragons wrapped up their 84-53 win. Senior forward Alex Novak recorded his first double-double of the weekend with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Junior forward Taylor Filipek and sophomore guard Jordan Riewer led the team MSUM MSU


Conf. Record

Augustana Upper Iowa Minnesota State Southwest MN State Wayne State Winona State Sioux Falls Concordia-St. Paul

46 23

38 - 84 30 - 53

(Points, Rebounds, Assists) MSUM: Akason (0,1,1), Filipek (16,4,1), Holt (5,0,1), Novak (12,12,0), Olson (2,6,1), Reinke (3,2,0), Riewer (16,4,1), Sevlie (0,2,0), Tucker (13,7,7), Vaughan (11,1,0), Wohler (6,2,1) MSU: Crosby (0,0,0), East (7,7,1), Enriquez (12,3,1), Fraser (5,2,1), Gandy (0,3,0), Johnson (12,4,1), Korf (2,0,0), McDonald (7,4,0), Randall (0,4,1), Williams (6,1,0), Yale D. (2,2,0), Yale M. (0,0,0)

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Horizonlines named EPPY Award finalist BY KAYLA VAN EPS

Editor & Publisher has named as a finalist for the 2012 EPPY Awards for Best College/University Investigative or Documentary Report. This is the second consecutive year that the online magazine has been named as an EPPY finalist. Horizonlines is produced by upper-class mass communication students in professor Reggie Radniecki’s Online Journalism Workshop class. To be named as a finalist, entries must score in the top onethird of the average score across all categories in their division, meaning that some categories might not have a winner. “Horizonlines has won 65 awards regionally and nationally, and that includes individual awards. It’s pretty impressive,” said Charly Haley, mass communications senior and editor of the 2011 issue. “I was so happy that we won because this award is so prestigious. It made me so happy to see MSUM up there against these graduate schools and nationally-


Professor Reggie Radniecki with the Horizonlines EPPY Award.

recognized schools.” The school that won the award was the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. Other finalists included Temple University, Berry College, DePaul University and CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

Creating the online magazine

From writing to photography to designing the final online product, students take part in

multiple aspects of producing the online magazine. Each student had a hand in writing or photographing two stories, Haley said, but many times students crossed into working on other stories as well. The topic of the 2011 issue of Horizonlines was “To be Different” and included stories in three categories: Different by Choice, Different by Chance and Different Love. “We had to do some brainstorming because we had a lot more writers than usual, so we had to come up with some ideas,” Haley said. “But once we started working on the project, the themes kind of came out on their own.” The stories featured in the magazine include a woman with traumatic brain injury, a transgender man, an extreme couponer, a family with two disabled children, a Norwegian cook and many others. “I wrote a story about a lesbian couple who adopted a child together and a (story about a) transgender man,” said Kristin Kirtz, a mass communications senior. “It was really cool to talk to people and see what their

lives are like.” Kirtz said she enjoyed learning about people whose lives are much different than her own. Her favorite part of writing for Horizonlines was how realistically Radniecki ran the class. “Reggie kind of lets you go wild,” Kirtz said. “She assigns you to write two stories and once she OKs them, you are on your own. It opens your eyes to what it would be like to work in the real world.” Radniecki, who spent nearly 20 years as a photojournalist on

said. “The magazine, having now won 66 awards, creates an incentive for the (Horizonlines) staff to continue producing strong magazines.” Students who were not writing stories were taking photos to accompany them. A photo slide show is featured with almost every story. Students from the graphic communications department joined the class to help with the design process. “It’s really nice to be able to work with the (graphic communication) students,” Haley said. “It’s nice to have that

“Horizonlines has won 65 awards regionally and nationally, and that includes individual awards. It’s pretty impressive,” - Charly Haley the staff of the Star Tribune and two years as a managing editor for photo and graphics at the Naples Daily News in Florida, said it feels a little like being back in a newsroom. “The students who come into the class are driven to produce a strong magazine, and it is fun to watch them come up with story and photo ideas,” Radniecki

sort of other level of expertise from another department.” Kirtz said she thought it was great to work with the designers, editors and photographers and echoed Haley in her excitement in learning about Horizonlines becoming a finalist. “I am really excited,” she said. “We all worked so hard on it. Just knowing that we stood HORIZONLINES, BACK PAGE

CITIZEN FORUM, FROM FRONT By researching the issues and preparing for the event, people can be more effective with the opportunity and might actually get their voices heard. Natalie Jacobs, a junior sustainability student, said she’s going to have trouble voicing her concerns, but the workshop will help her learn how to amplify her voice without yelling.

Students will inherit problems

Herbst said the event is important for students because they have their whole lives ahead of them, and they will be the ones inheriting all of the environmental problems. “A lot of our environmental problems we can’t really see,” he said. “They aren’t in your face, and I think that’s important to take the time to learn and understand them because by the time we see them, it could be a real problem.”

Herbst is mostly concerned with energy. “Energy and the environment are just two things you can’t unhook,” he said. “Energy is tied to everything that happens to the environment.” Jacobs agreed and said she wants Minnesota to have a renewable energy goal. “Whether it’s 25 or 35 percent, I think it would be good to have a goal.” Herbst agreed that renewable energy is important, but said there’s more to the solution. “I’m a big fan of renewable energy, but unless we also start to use less, we really aren’t going to be able to make a serious effect on the climate,” he said. “We’re inheriting a lot of environmental problems, and the youth voice is critical.” For more information about the citizens’ forum contact Joe Herbst at 218.477.2280, or visit

All of the input gathered at the forums will be compiled and presented to the Dayton Administration at the statewide Environmental Congress.

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Chi Sigma Alpha inducts 11 students BY JASMINE MAKI

Chi Sigma Alpha, the counseling and student affairs honor society, recently held its third annual initiation ceremony, where 11 students were inducted into the organization. “Being inducted into Chi Sigma Alpha signifies quality work and commitment to counseling,” said Sarah Kenz, one of the recent inductees. Chi Sigma Alpha is a member of the international honor society, Chi Sigma Iota. Membership is by chapter

invitation to both students and graduates of the chapters’ counselor education programs, according to the bylaws of Chi Sigma Iota. Students must have earned a 3.5 or higher GPA and be recommended for membership by the chapter to qualify. Kenz was invited to join Chi Sigma Alpha by the chapter’s president Gabriel Hertler. After being invited to join, students must submit an application and $50 fee to the organization. Being a member of Chi Sigma Iota involves many benefits including professional

and leadership development opportunities and access to resources. “Members are able to attend one-hour webinars for free and obtain free (continuing education units),” according to Chi Sigma Iota’s website ( Kenz said by becoming a member of the honor society, she is able to receive more information about her field of interest and networking opportunities. Plus, it is an excellent addition to her resume. For more information about Chi Sigma Iota, visit

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Chi Sigma Alpha recently inducted 11 students into the organization.

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Student senate discusses change in student organization emails BY MAUREEN MCMULLEN

Student Senate has been discussing a change in the distribution of student organization news via email. Instead of each student organization sending out emails, Student Senate would compile promotional listings submitted by student organizations into a digest format that would then be sent out once a day. While the change is still being discussed and no decisions have been made yet, several members of Student Senate have shown enthusiasm for the change, which, if enacted, would take effect late spring, tentatively. “A few people on senate really like this idea but our official body hasn’t made a decision yet nor have we discussed it yet, so it’s still definitely in the process,” said Russel Ferguson, Student Senate president. Discussion of the change was prompted by an interest in making news distribution of student organizations more efficient. Because of the volume of emails being sent out to students on a daily basis, students expressed frustration with their inboxes becoming

bogged down with too many emails. “I think it’s a cool opportunity for Student Senate to do something like this,” Ferguson said. “I hate to say it, but a lot of emails get overlooked and deleted right away. Students would like to just get one email instead of tons of emails.” If the change was set in place, student organizations would submit news postings and promotions to Student Senate moderators, who would then filter through submissions. “There are things sent into the student listserve that don’t need to be there, so we’d have to filter it every day,” said Ferguson. The guideline for post rejections would have to be further discussed if the change was to be made but would rely on standards such as relevance to MSUM and whether or not it was deemed appropriate by the moderators. Rejected postings would be followed-up by a notification email explaining its omission. After the filtering process, members of Student Senate would compile the information into a singular digest style email. Along with content, another factor that would be taken into consideration

would be timing. Emails would probably be sent out between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., the time when student email accounts are most frequently accessed. The entire process would be carried out on a daily basis by Student Senate and would take about 45 minutes to an hour each day.

help set up on-campus polls during this year’s national elections and to explore opportunities for a local bike share program. Anderson enjoys the chance to make positive change on campus. “It’s more about seeing a need and then addressing it,” Anderson said. Anderson encourages students who are interested in serving

in a certain area to research committees. “If there is something you would like to do, there is probably a committee for it,” Anderson said. Anyone interested in serving in student government can visit their website at studentsenate or their Facebook page, MSUM Student Senate.

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Student Senate works to reduce email clutter by combining student organization annoucements into one email.


Election polls for Student Senate closed Thursday, revealing next semester’s legislative body. The positions up for election this semester included representatives for Snarr, Dahl/Ballard, Nelson/ Grantham, Neumaier/Holmquist and eight off-campus senator seats. The representative seats for

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“Our organization is ready to step up for the challenge,” said Ferguson. “There are things that still need to be worked out, but once those are all figured out with the new process, it should be easy sailing from there once everyone figures out their responsibilities.” Because compiling student organization news into one email would free up a

significant amount of space in campus inboxes, students have expressed a welcoming attitude to the change. “I would like the news letters to be sent out (this way),” said Andrew Odegard junior education major. “I get enough emails the way it is, it would be nice just to get one email about what’s going on around campus.”

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‘Sown’ continues to stir questions Throughout the semester, students,

faculty and staff dealt with the large construction site in the middle of campus. Many wondered “What is it?” Now that the construction is complete, many are asking, “Why?” The new design piece has finally been revealed and is available for everyone to enjoy. The project is titled “Sown” and features acorns and pinecones, which represent “nature as a metaphor for human aspirations and endeavors.” Whether you like it or not, the newly finished masterpiece is sure to be in the center of the campus mall for quite some time.


HENDRIX, FROM FRONT end of the process and would be billed to the student at a later date. Although an up-front payment method was considered, there is still no up-front fee for office visits. Other schools in the area, such as St. Cloud State University (Minn.), have an up-front cost of $35 per visit. Because MSUM requires all students to have health insurance, they decided to opt out of the up-front payment idea and not burden the students with a cash payment,

Grimm said. The average cost of a onetime office visit in Minnesota is $138. MSUM will not bill a student’s health insurance company that much, but the cost of each visit will depend on the services provided and individual insurance plan. “We wanted to make it easy for the student,” Grimm said. “The whole purpose is to keep it good quality of service.” A majority of students at MSUM do pay a health fee. Roughly $5 is charged per residential credit, but no more

than $65 per semester, which made it possible for Hendrix to not charge for office visits in the past. “We wanted to make this as painless as possible, we don’t want to turn any student away,” Grimm said. “Our mission is to serve students and keep them healthy. If a student has issues, we will work through those issues.” If you have any questions about the changes to the billing process, contact Carol Grimm at 218.477.2327 or grimm@


Beginning spring semester, Hendrix Health Center will start billing students’ insurance companies, which could result in a $15 to $20 co-pay per visit depending on patient’s insurance policies.

HORIZONLINES, FROM PAGE 10 out among hundreds of other edition of Horizonlines, which schools and that (Editor and receives hits from all over the Publisher) see our project as US, as well as from around the being one of the best, it feels globe from Germany, Norway, really good.” Japan and other countries. Haley said the end result of Some other awards the semester of hard work was Horizonlines has won include a mixture of seriousness and the first place Eric Sevareid lightheartedness. Award, multiple Mark of “To be Different” was the 11th Excellence awards from

the Society of Professional Journalists, North Dakota Professional Communications awards, a regional Emmy award for advanced media student production, and many others. To read the latest issue, visit All other issues of Horizonlines can also be found there.

MSUM Advocate December 11  

Horizon Lines receives an Eppy Award, changes are underway for student organization emails, new students are elected into student senate and...