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Six Appeal hits high note in CSU Ballroom Student Events Team and Live Active Apartments host a capella event.

STEPHANIE VOGEL Staff Writer The a cappella group Six Appeal kicked off the semester with a performance in the CSU Ballroom from 8:30-10 p.m. on Jan. 9. The concert was organized by the Student Events Team and sponsored by Live Active Apartments. A full house of students turned up to listen, and many showed enthusiasm for the vocal band by swaying, snapping to the beat, and lip-syncing to the lyrics. Before the Six Appeal came to the stage, the men’s vocal group G-Sharp got the audience warmed up to a cappella with popular songs. The group G-Sharp consists of eight young men from Gustavus Adolphus College. They preluded the Six Appeal with jokes, a cappella standards, and high energy. The Six Appeal, made up of six guys from the Twin Cities, started off with an awe inspiring as well as hilarious performance of “The Circle of Life” from “The Lion King.” In this song and the rest of the songs, they utilized their bass, baritone, low tenor, mid-tenor, high tenor, and beatboxing vocal chords to the max. Throughout their performance, they demonstrated balance between the six parts and highlighted the vocal talent of all the members. All six guys were featured as soloists in different songs. Reuben Hushagen, the bass vocalist, got his solo in the song “Low Rider.” During this song, the background vocals shaped and moved their mouths to sound like trumpets or cowbells. The vocal percussionist, Andrew

Berkowitz (a.k.a. Berko) not only performed a solo beatboxing piece, but sang a solo in “I Want You Back” by Michael Jackson while the rest of the crew sang in the background. In this song, high tenor Jordon Roll doubled as the vocal percussionist, showing that the men’s talents reached beyond their chosen part. Berko’s talent as a vocal percussionist was appreciated by the other members of the group.

Michael Brookens, the midtenor and main emcee for the event, referred to Berko as a “walking and talking drum set,” which was “cheaper than the real thing.” The group engaged the audience with this and other jokes. The voices of Six Appeal mimicked different types of voices featured in popular songs. While singing “I Will Survive,” the soloist was able to sound like the female vocalist in the song. The mood of each piece

was also appropriately portrayed. They sang “And So It Goes” by Billy Joel using the “old style” (that is, without microphones). Brookens commented that, “This song is more serious,” and “It means a lot to us.” They mentioned that they were performing this song for Mankato because the students attending were a good audience. In remembrance of the crazy year of 2016, they sang “Where is the Love” by Black Eyed Peas. The cheering and enthusiasm of the audience motivated the musicians to perform with seemingly limitless energy. While singing “Billy Jean” by Michael Jackson, one of the singers did a moonwalk across the stage while the others danced in Jackson-like fashion. They did rhythmic and repetitive dancing while singing “Mama Rock Me” by famous Minnesota singer Bob Dylan. To learn more about Six Appeal, go to sixappealvoc, check out their videos on YouTube, like them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter @sixappeal.

Internships: The greatest tool for college students Expand your network and gain experience, all while building your résumé.

MARJAN HUSSEIN Staff Writer One of the worst feelings in the world is when one applies for a job with all its qualifications but is denied


due to lack of experience. The job industry today is becoming increasingly competitive with employers now looking for higher qualifications from graduating students. What may just set an individual apart from the herd is the internship they take in college. The main point of any internship is to gain experience in whatever career path one chooses to follow and build a strong,

professional net work. Everyone met in an internship is either a potential contact for one’s network or someone they can call upon for advice or referrals when job hunting closer to graduation time. Internships are one of the most important aspects of any college student’s success in future careers. Apart from building one’s network and gaining handson job experience, internships also have other benefits. One

of which is being able to apply classroom coursework material to the position they may be in. Lecturers may be confined to giving students a theoretical point of view to certain courses, even if some have some practical essence to it. Internships are where employers get to see what one can do. Thus, they become a real-life experience where one can learn from mistakes and sharpen their skills.

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Another excellent reason for completing an internship during college is to earn credit for a class. College is hectic most of the time, and classes can be very demanding. Doing an internship takes some of the weight off, letting one simply


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Top 10 places not to visit this new year Part two of two: Don’t let the Museum of Bad Art fool you.

LUKE LARSON Staff Writer In the last issue of the Reporter, I mentioned the first five places on the list of ten destinations NOT to visit in 2017: North Korea, the local landfill, ULAS J0744+25, prison, and Delaware. Without further ado, here are the rest of the places that never should’ve been on your bucket list to begin with. For your own benefit, please take the following suggestions into serious and thoughtful consideration. 6. 66.382365, -94.785700 For the outdoorsy type, the temptation may be strong to visit these remote geographic coordinates, located in the territory of Nunavut in northern Canada. Nothing quite says getting away from it all quite like being roughly 160 miles from the nearest human settlement, especially if that human settlement is a place called Gjoa Haven, population 1,446 (according to the official Nunavut Tourism website), located on King William Island. This is an adventure beyond the level of your average boy scout, however. Unless you’re a hardcore survivalist, you may find it

(CC BY 2.0) by Andrea Pokrzywinski difficult to enjoy your isolated stay in the raw Canadian wilderness. A little pre-trip research on obtaining food in the unforgiving, treeless tundra may prove handy, as would some basic knowledge of shelter-building methods. Close encounters with the local polar bear population are not encouraged. [Nunavut Tourism]. The recommended season to visit is summer, as temperatures hover around a brisk -30 degrees Fahrenheit, according to weatherspark. com. Early summer is ideal as it permits extra time to manage your escape. Individuals considering visiting 66.382365, -94.785700 are recommended to first

consult their sanity. While it may prove to be a trip of your lifetime, bear in mind that it will likely also prove to be the end of a lifetime. 7. Meade, Kansas The official website of Meade, Kansas, arrogantly proclaims that it is “a friendly place to visit, a great place to live.” Do not be fooled! Meade will only leave you disappointed. Be informed – don’t fall prey to such cunning advertising techniques. What they don’t tell you is that when you arrive in Meade you will likely say to yourself “I drove all the way to southwestern Kansas for this?” There are many reasons that you will regret your trip to Meade. Upon driving in


Continued from page 1 earns credits by practicing what they plan to do in the future. It also beats listening to a lecturer day in and day out. Most internships these days also pay students for their time, making them comparable to real jobs. The tasks in the internship will test your skills and knowledge but at the end of the day one gets to walk away with something in their pocket. Internships also enable an individual to take their career plan for a test drive to see if what they plan to do is really a good fit for them. Perhaps an individual has certain doubts about their career

path. There would be no better way to test these doubts than by doing an internship. Some other benefits of doing an internship are gaining confidence and developing one’s skills. An internship allows one to show their skills while also teaching various life skills to the student. Building motivation and work habits is something else an internship is superb at. There’s nothing like an internship where a student is required to be on their toes to succeed, instilling workplace characteristics students need after they graduate.

Internships also build a student’s resume. Any kind of experience on one’s resume is helpful, but career-relevant internship experience will make a better impression on employers. College is where students find out what exactly they want to do in life. Internships will strongly aid in defining what a college student chooses to do in life, and just like footprints in the sand, each will signify the journey taken to reach the destination.

town on Highway 54, one of the first things you’ll notice is Bob’s Drive-In. As Bob’s – or any other restaurant in town, for that matter – hasn’t received any prestigious international ranking nor been featured in any major publications, it makes one seriously question the quality of food in Meade. Similarly, the town’s three lodging establishments – Moon Mist Motel, Dalton’s Bedpost Motel, and the Circle O Motel and Camps – have not received any significant international recognition. O l d m e a d e c o u n t y.c o m explains that Meade’s main attraction is a rickety old house (known as the Dalton Gang Hideout) with an underground tunnel, which as “legend has it […] was used by the [infamous 19th century Dalton Gang] to come and go undetected by the law.” This unsettling legacy of criminal activity is another great reason to steer

clear of Meade. Meade is not known to have any trendy hipster neighborhoods and there is no cool indie music scene to speak of. In fact, it is surrounded in all directions by miles of agricultural fields. In addition, Meade apparently is not home to any major professional or university sports team. In fact, the highest level of competition in the town is the Buffaloes, the high school team. In conclusion, Meade’s reputation of gangs, sketchy local dining and lodging institutions, and lackluster attractions directly contradict its assertion that it is “friendly” and “great.” Rest assured, the best kind of trip to Meade is the one that is never made. 8. The Hadal Zone On the surface, visiting the Hadal Zone may seem like a cool idea. But roughly four miles beneath the surface, it may not seem so cool anymore. Much like Meade, Kansas, the dark and foreboding Hadal Zone is a place that you most definitely don’t want to find yourself in this year. A YouTube video by RealLifeLore entitled “The Ocean is Way Deeper Than You Think” explains that the Hadal Zone – named after Hades, the lord of the underworld in ancient Greek mythology – begins at 6,000 meters (about 20,000 feet) below the ocean’s surface. It is shrouded in utter darkness, populated by a variety of mysterious sea creatures,




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Combative Trump concedes Russia’s role in election hacking NEW YORK (AP) — In a combative and freewheeling news conference, Presidentelect Donald Trump said for the first time Wednesday that he accepts Russia was behind the election year hacking of Democrats that roiled the White House race. Looking ahead, he urged Congress to move quickly to replace President Barack Obama’s signature health care law and insisted anew that Mexico will pay the cost of a border wall. The hour-long spectacle in the marbled lobby of Trump’s Manhattan skyscraper was his first news conference since winning the election in early November, and the famously unconventional politician demonstrated he had not been changed by the weight of his victory. He defiantly denied reports that Russia had collected compromising personal and financial information about him, lambasting the media for peddling “fake news” and shouting down a journalist from CNN, which reported on the matter. His family and advisers clapped and cheered him on throughout. Trump’s transition has been shadowed by U.S.

Photo courtesy of The Associated Press intelligence assessments that Russia not only meddled in the election, but did so to help him defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton. After spending weeks challenging that idea, Trump finally accepted at least part of the intelligence conclusions. “As far as hacking, I think it was Russia,” Trump said, quickly adding that “other countries and other people” also hack U.S. interests.


Continued from page 2 and experiences a level of pressure 1,100 times greater than that of the surface. Not exactly the kind of place for a pleasant family vacation, huh? Hadal Zone tourism information is seemingly nowhere to be found on the Internet. I strongly recommend against planning a trip to the Hadal Zone in 2017. 9. Museum of Bad Art – Dedham, Massachusetts Need I say more? 10. The Bahamas via the free cruise that you “won” Thinking of taking up that automated voice recording on those two free tickets for a cruise to the Bahamas? Before you dial in those credit card digits, think again! That cruise, much like unicorns, fairies, krakens, and other such mythic creatures, is not real. I would advise you not to go, but it wouldn’t really matter because you wouldn’t have been able to go, anyway. It’s okay.

You probably didn’t want to spend a week out of your January on warm, sandy beaches, anyway. Keep telling yourself that – it will help. Just think of all the things that could have gone wrong. The cruise ship could have become a modern Titanic and capsized in the ocean. A foreign spy could have mistaken you for an enemy operative and taken you out. Maybe you would’ve run into an old acquaintance from high school and had to awkwardly say hello and make small talk. The Bahamian government could’ve been toppled by an unexpected coup d’etat while you were there, leaving you helpless in the ensuing chaos brought on by the violent military dictatorship. You wouldn’t want any of that, would you? No, of course not! Aren’t you thankful now that it was a scam?

Still, he kept needling the intelligence agencies, saying it would be a “tremendous blot” on their record if officials were leaking information from his classified briefings. One U.S. official told The Associated Press Tuesday night that intelligence people had informed Trump last week about an unsubstantiated report that Russia had compromising personal and financial information about him. Some media outlets reported on the document, which contains unproven information alleging close coordination between Trump’s inner circle and Russians, as well as unverified claims about unusual sexual

activities by Trump. The AP has not authenticated any of the claims. Wednesday’s news conference was initially billed as a chance for Trump to answer questions about his plans for distancing himself from his sprawling, familyowned real estate and licensing business. Lawyer Sheri Dillon stepped to the lectern midway through the event to announce that the president-elect was relinquishing control of the Trump Organization to his adult sons and an executive, as well as putting his business assets in a trust. While new international business deals will be banned, the company

will be allowed to start new projects in the U.S. The move appears to contradict a previous pledge by the president-elect. In a tweet last month, Trump said that “no new deals” would be done while he was in office. With dramatic flair, Trump aides piled stacks of manila folders on a table next to the lectern - in front of 10 American flags - before the news conference began. Trump said the folders contained documents he had signed formalizing the new business arrangements, though journalists were not able to view and independently verify the materials. Some 250 journalists crammed into the Trump Tower lobby for the news conference, which was not only Trump’s first since the election, but his first since July. Journalists shouted for his attention. At times, he skipped past questions he appeared to not want to answer, including an inquiry about whether he would keep in place sanctions Obama slapped on Russia in retaliation for the electionrelated hacking. Until Wednesday, Trump had spent most of his two months as president-

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New Year’s resolution, party of one This year, set goals for quality, not quantity.

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When Jan. 1 hit, everyone may have become overwhelmed with the new resolutions that they set and must keep for the rest of the year. Sometimes, while it may be fun to challenge yourself with outrageous resolutions, it is best to keep your life simple and focus on only a few areas of self improvement. Contrary to popular belief, it is best to examine your weaknesses and be honest with yourself about them. Once you acknowledge these weakness, you can adjust according to what you can handle. Sometimes, you can also stress yourself out too much over lofty resolutions, and that’s why you may find reaching your goals very stressful and challenging. “You can’t say no until you’ve said yes,” a spiritual and motivational writer and speaker Rob Bell informed his audience two years ago on his podcast, called The RobCast. His reason for stating that rests in his belief that a person’s life is sacred. Unfortunately, he said he had observed people today who move far too fast and don’t set enough limits for themselves


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POLICIES & INFO and are distracted. In the process, they don’t take the time to enjoy life for what it is, even if it is work. I found that to be especially true for me. Everyone is most definitely different and responds to their situations in their own way. But speaking for myself as a person who tends to become anxious from wanting to succeed, when too much piles up, I can explode. It is difficult for me to admit my own struggles and setbacks when I want to do it all. As a college student who is passionate about learning, even about the courses that I struggle with or sometimes


frustrating professors, I still want that 4.0 GPA. I also would like to take on another part-time job so I can start paying off my loans and will have less to worry about later. I’m trying to find at least a couple times a week where I can work out the gym consistently. And then I have my personal but long-term aspirations like making short films with my colleagues and continuing to work on my books. But aside from all that, I would like to spend time with friends more outside of class or pursuing passions. I’ve made a mental note of these goals, and I recently made a post to generate discussion in asking if I was already asking too much

of myself in regards to the limitations I’ve realized I have. How will I accomplish all of these goals? I don’t have an answer, except that I do plan on making my tentative schedule flexible. It may vary and likely will vary every week, and some things may get put behind more than others, especially the more the semester picks up. But what I do not plan on, is to lose focus on my studies and not to fall behind in the homework or the reading so I understand enough I can

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‘Yes we did” Obama bids farewell in nostalgic last speech CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama has bid farewell to the nation in an emotional speech that sought to comfort a country on edge over rapid economic changes, persistent security threats and the election of Donald Trump. Forceful at times and tearful at others, Obama’s valedictory speech in his hometown of Chicago was a public meditation on the many trials the U.S. faces as Obama takes his exit. For the challenges that are new, Obama offered his vision for how to surmount them, and for the persistent problems he was unable to overcome, he offered optimism that others, eventually, will. “Yes, our progress has been uneven,” he told a crowd of some 18,000. “The work of democracy has always been hard, contentious and sometimes bloody. For every two steps forward, it often feels we take one step back.”

Yet Obama argued his faith in America had only been strengthened by what he’s witnessed the past eight years, and he declared: “The future should be ours.” Brushing away tears with a handkerchief, Obama paid tribute to the sacrifices made by his wife — and by his daughters, who were young girls when they entered the big white home on Pennsylvania Avenue and leave as young women. He praised first lady Michelle Obama for taking on her role “with grace and grit and style and good humor” and for making the White House “a place that belongs to everybody.” Soon Obama and his family will exit the national stage, to be replaced by Trump, a man Obama had stridently argued poses a dire threat to the nation’s future. His near-apocalyptic warnings throughout the campaign have cast a


Continued from page 3 elect doling out policy pronouncements, attacks on critics and boasts about his victory in 140-character increments on Twitter. His preferred mode of communication has left some of his positions vague - an approach that is often by Trump’s design. The president-elect set some concrete policy markers Wednesday, though specifics continued to be in short supply on some of his major campaign promises. He promised that a replacement for Obama’s sweeping health care overhaul would be offered “essentially simultaneously” with a congressional vote to repeal the measure. The complexity of the policy changes makes quick passage of a new health care law virtually impossible, and Trump is yet to detail what he wants included. He said his team would send a plan to Congress after Rep. Tom Price, his pick to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, is confirmed. Turning to his plans to build a wall along the nation’s southern border, Trump vowed that Mexico would “reimburse” the cost of the project through an unspecified tax or

payment. He said that while his administration would begin negotiating with Mexico after his Jan. 20 inauguration, he did not want to delay the work until an agreement was reached, raising the prospect that U.S. taxpayers could ultimately bear the costs. “I want to get the wall started,” he said. “Mexico will pay for the wall, but it will be reimbursed.” Following Trump’s remarks, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said his country “of course will not pay” for a border wall. Trump also moved to complete his Cabinet picks, announcing his intention to nominate David Shulkin to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, elevating him from his current role as VA undersecretary. He suggested that Shulkin may work with major private hospitals to help address issues that have plagued veterans’ health care. Trump said he would move quickly to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. He said he had been interviewing candidates and seeking input from conservative groups and planned to name someone about two weeks after the inauguration.

Photo courtesy of The Associated Press continuing shadow over his post-election efforts to reassure Americans anxious about the future. Indeed, much of what Obama accomplished during his two terms — from health care overhaul and environmental regulations to his nuclear deal with Iran — could potentially be upended by Trump. So even as Obama seeks to define what his presidency meant for America, his legacy remains in question. Even as Obama said farewell — in a televised speech of just under an hour — the anxiety felt by many Americans about the future

was palpable, and not only in the Chicago convention center where he stood in front of a giant presidential seal. The political world was reeling from new revelations about an unsubstantiated report that Russia had compromising personal and financial information about Trump. Obama made only passing reference to the next president. When he noted he would soon be replaced by the Republican, his crowd began to boo. “No, no, no, no, no,” Obama said. One of the nation’s great strengths, he said, “is the peaceful transfer


of power from one president to the next.” Earlier, as the crowd of thousands chanted, “Four more years,” he simply smiled and said, “I can’t do that.” Still, Obama offered what seemed like a point-by-point rebuttal of Trump’s vision for America. He pushed back on the isolationist sentiments inherent in Trump’s trade policies. He decried discrimination against Muslim Americans and lamented


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Rusty patched bumblebee now an endangered species TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The rusty patched bumblebee has become the first bee species in the continental U.S. to be declared endangered after suffering a dramatic population decline over the past 20 years, federal officials said Tuesday. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service first told The Associated Press it was adding the bee to the endangered list before a news release was issued. That means there will be a recovery plan to encourage people to provide more habitat and reduce pesticide usage — many steps that could help other struggling bees and monarch butterflies, which pollinate a wide variety of plants, officials said. “Pollinators are small but mighty parts of the natural mechanism that sustains us and our world,” said Tom Melius, the service’s Midwest regional director. “Without them, our forests, parks, meadows and shrublands, and the abundant, vibrant life they support, cannot survive, and our crops require laborious, costly pollination by hand.” The decision drew praise

Photo courtesy of The Associated Press from environmentalists but criticism from the nonprofit American Farm Bureau Federation, which acknowledged the role bees play in pollinating crops but contended the listing could lead to costly regulation of land or chemical use. “I think we can do better in the private sector, where landowners working collaboratively can come


Continued from page 4 analyze and advance as a critical thinker for society. On a flip side, it would be fair to say that some people can handle more than others. Our brains work at faster or slower paces based on who you are. But that is okay! Another question you might want to ask yourself is how much will what you take on affect others around you? In the future, your professional attitude is everything and if you’re a good-natured person, your company and customers or clients will appreciate you, so being pleasant to your peers and elders is pivotal to future success. You might also want to speculate how much time it will take for you to get your daily activities done, especially in homework outside of class. You’re spending all your money for your classes right now,

why not pour most of your energy into taking advantage to learn what you can? You may discover another path in which you can fulfill your purpose with your passions and interests or at the least, you’ll learn more about a subject you didn’t know much about. Who knows, you may find out it may come in use when you’ve established your job or career. In conclusion, by devoting your concentration on just a few things, no matter what they are, you also accomplish more than you think you might. When you’re stressed out, you cannot have the same quality as you would otherwise. When you have taken the rest you need, you have more energy to give the focus you need to be present in what you are doing.

up with protection for these species without intervention and bureaucratic red tape of the federal government,” said Ryan Yates, the group’s director of congressional relations. The Endangered Species Act prohibits significant modification or degradation of habitat that leads directly to death or injury of listed species. The Fish and Wildlife Service said it hadn’t yet developed a strategy for dealing with private landowners regarding the rusty patched bumblebee, which it said already has disappeared from large-scale farming areas and is found mostly in yards and gardens. Officials said they would seek cooperation from landowners and local organizations on “beefriendly practices,” including use of native flowering plants for landscaping, planting flowers and trees and avoiding use of pesticides that harm bees. Notable for the rustcolored marking on its back section, the rusty patched bumblebee buzzed across the East Coast and much

of the Midwest in high numbers as recently as the 1990s. Today, only scattered populations remain in 13 states — Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin — and the Canadian province of Ontario. The bee’s historic range and the number of observed colonies have plummeted by about 87 percent since the late 1990s. The crash happened so quickly that few researchers took notice until the damage was largely done. They’re investigating a number of potential causes, including disease, pesticide exposure, habitat loss, climate change and the domino effect of falling populations making it harder for bees to find suitable mates. The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, which petitioned the government to list the bee as endangered, previously said the population decline probably was caused by the spread of bacteria or viruses from bumblebees raised

commercially to those in the wild. The group, based in Portland, Oregon, also blamed widespread use of long-lasting insecticides. “Addressing the threats that the rusty patched bumble bee faces will help not only this species, but countless other native pollinators that are so critical to the functioning of natural ecosystems and agriculture,” Rich Hatfield, the society’s senior conservation biologist, said Tuesday. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists agreed there probably were overlapping factors behind recent declines of bumblebees, honeybees and monarchs — raising concern for all 48 bumblebee species in North America. The agency in September placed seven species of yellow-faced bees in Hawaii, that state’s only native bees, on the endangered list. A study continues on whether to list the monarch butterfly, agency spokeswoman Georgia Parham said. Bees and other insects provide billions of dollars’ worth of pollination each year, benefiting crops such as tomatoes, cranberries and peppers. Even plants that can pollinate on their own generate bigger fruit when bumblebees do the job instead. The bees also support growth of flowers and wild plants that produce fruits, seeds and nuts essential for natural food chains. Listing the bee is “the best — and probably last — hope” for its survival, said Rebecca Riley, senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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Continued from page 5 politicians who question climate change. And he warned about the pernicious threat to U.S. democracy posed by purposely deceptive fake “news” and a growing tendency of Americans to listen only to information that confirms what they already believe. Get out of your “bubbles,” said the politician who rose to a prominence with a message of unity, challenging divisions of red states and blue states. Obama also revived a call to activism that marked his first presidential campaign, telling Americans to stay engaged in politics. “If you’re tired of arguing with strangers on the internet,” Obama said pointedly, “try to talk with one in real life. “ With Democrats still straining to make sense of their devastating election losses, Obama tried to offer a path forward. He called for empathy for the struggles of all Americans — from minorities, refugees and transgender people to middle-aged white men whose sense of economic

Photo courtesy of The Associated Press security has been upended in recent years. Paying tribute to his place as America’s first black president, Obama acknowledged there were hopes after his 2008 election for a post-racial America. “Such a vision, however well-intended, was never realistic,” Obama said, though he insisted race relations are better now than a few decades ago.

The former community organizer closed out his speech by reviving his campaign chant, “Yes we can.” To that, he added for the first time, “Yes we did.” He staunchly defended the power of activists to make a difference — the driving factor behind Obama’s optimism in the face of so much anxiety, he said. Though the coalition of young Americans and

minorities who twice got Obama elected wasn’t enough to elect Democrat Hillary Clinton to replace him, Obama suggested their day was still ahead. “You’ll soon outnumber any of us, and I believe as a result that the future is in good hands,” he said. Steeped in nostalgia, Obama’s return to Chicago was less a triumphant homecoming than a


bittersweet reunion bringing together loyalists and staffers, many of whom have long since left Obama’s service, moved on to new careers and started families. They came from across the country — some on Air Force One, others on their own — to be present for the last major moment of Obama’s presidency. Unexpectedly absent was Obama’s younger daughter, Sasha, who had been expected to join sister Malia at the speech. The White House said Sasha stayed in Washington due to a school exam Wednesday morning. After returning to Washington, Obama will have less than two weeks before he accompanies Trump in the presidential limousine to the Capitol for the new president’s swearing-in. After nearly a decade in the spotlight, Obama will become a private citizen, an elder statesman at 55. He plans to take some time off, write a book — and immerse himself in a Democratic redistricting campaign.


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Inauguration planner says event features one celebrity: Trump NEW YORK (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump will take the traditional ride from the White House to the Capitol with his predecessor before his inauguration next week, but he will break from some of the day’s other customs, trading traditional celebrity appearances for the “soft sensuality” of the historic event. Tom Barrack, a longtime Trump friend serving as his top inauguration planner, told reporters Tuesday at Trump Tower that the presidentelect instructed him to make the swearing-in “about the people, not about him.” “So what we’ve done, instead of trying to surround him with what people consider A-listers, is we are going to surround him with the soft sensuality of the place,” Barrack said. “It’s a much more poetic cadence than having a circus-like celebration that’s a coronation. It will be beautiful. The cadence of it is going to be, ‘Let me get back to work.’” Inauguration organizers have been rebuffed by

Photo courtesy of The Associated Press several celebrities, among them British singers Charlotte Church, who wrote Tuesday on Twitter that while Trump’s “staff have asked me to sing at your inauguration, a simple internet search would show I think you’re a tyrant. Bye.” Rebecca Ferguson, a runner-up on “The X Factor” in the U.K., wrote on her website Tuesday that she,

too, had declined to take part. She wrote that she would have only performed at the Jan. 20 inauguration if she were allowed to sing Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit,” a song that protested racism and the lynching of African Americans. The entertainers who have agreed to take part in the festivities are Jackie Evancho,

of “America’s Got Talent,” the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Radio City Rockettes. No details have been announced for the official welcome concert on the eve of the inauguration, beyond a promise to feature “a diverse group of performers.” Barrack, a private equity real estate investor, said Trump has opted to make the

inauguration a celebration of everyday Americans and the military. He added that inauguration planners are “fortunate in that we have the greatest celebrity in the world, which is the presidentelect.” Since his election, including on his raucous “thank you” tour to states that helped deliver him the White House, Trump has made little effort to reach out to those who didn’t vote for him. But Barrack said the president-elect wanted his inauguration to be a unifying event. “’The campaign is over, I am now president for all the people,’” Barrack said Trump told him. “’I want you to build a bridge and tie them back in. I was to heal the wounds and I want to get back to work on Saturday morning.’” Barrack also confirmed that Trump and his wife Melania would visit with President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama at the White House on Friday morning before riding together to the ceremony at the Capitol.

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Movie review: Barry tells the story of Barack Obama Netflix original movie details outgoing president’s collegiate life and hardships.

CALEB HOLLDORF Staff Writer Barack is riding in an air plane with a cigarette burning in his hand and his father’s letter to him in the other. The lights flicker out, and he takes one more puff before getting ready to land in New York. Barry is a biographical drama film about a young Barack Obama attending his junior year in the fall of 1981 at Columbia University. Back then, Barack was Barry and he experiences the tug and pull of his diverse ethnic background as he tries to make sense of society and where he fits. The first night Barry is in New York, he goes on campus to look around and find his roommate. School hasn’t started yet for the transfer student and he’s still new to his surroundings. Barry sits down on a set

Photo courtesy of The Associated Press of stairs outside of campus, where a night time patrolling police officer interrogates him. Barry is simply smoking a cigarette and reflecting, yet the officer asks for his student ID. Since Barry just got there, he has no ID to show him, and therefore moves along. Later in the semester Barry

goes to a party one night. He comes back to campus, and is once again confronted by a police officer for questioning. Barry knows why he’s stopping him: because of his skin color. He doesn’t back down this time though. In fact, Barry flips the table and starts

questioning the police officer. Barry understands the way the world works and he slowly starts finding himself as the film progresses. What Barry saw and how he saw it, moved him in ways that often left him spaced out and lost deep within his own thoughts. He cared a

lot about the world around him, in fact some might even think too much. But an inner demon is what’s driving him, or drove him to where he is. People surrounding Barack didn’t feel the same passion he did. The fire that was burning in him all the time made him unique, it’s probably what makes him able to perform the job he does. Barry was able to experience city life hands on, seeing exactly what the government does to house “his people.” A graduate student from Columbia was showing Barry around one night before they went to a party. He brought Barry to the projects and the run down fungus-infected apartment complex, where all sorts of wrongs were being carried out. He sees the bad in the world, he experiences the anxiety that comes with being different. But he also sees the good in it, and keeps his


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Album review: Old Salt Union’s Cut and Run Illinois bluegrass band’s album is about accepting immoral ways.

CHRIS BERTRAND Staff Writer There’s a new bluegrass band to turn your frostbitten ears to. Well, not new in the sense of time, but new to my catalogue, so it still counts. Old Salt Union is a bluegrass/folk band from Illinois and man, do they rip. I produced an article about Horseshoes and Hand Grenades a few months ago saying that they were the best bluegrass group I’d ever seen, and now I’m thinking the same for Old Salt Union, but for different reasons. I first heard of Old Salt Union when my friends and I bought tickets to see local legends The Last Revel at the Mankato Brewery on Dec. 16 of last year. Expecting a fantastic show, I’d nev-

(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by Nina er considered how good the opening band from Illinois would be. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised. The current live makeup of Old Salt Union consists of

five string-picking members: Justin Wallace on mandolin, Ryan Murphy on banjo, Jesse Farrar on upright bass, Dustin Eiskant on guitar, and John Brighton on vio-

lin. Each member does their share of singing, most portray knowledge of different instruments on their recordings, and each of them are fantastic musicians. I had

the great honor of joining the members of Old Salt Union in their giant RV after their set at the Brewery. We chummed around about the local music scene and I received a free copy of their most recent album, Cut & Run which, despite having a mere six songs and much like Horseshoes and Hand Grenades’ Middle Western, hasn’t left the CD player in my mini-van for months. Preshow, roaming around the Mankato Brewery with as much pride as if he were wearing a suit of armor, Farrar showed off the shiner he received the previous night from an angry patron who didn’t appreciate Farrar’s


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‘Obama Out’: President ending reign as pop culture king 44th president had deep connections with Hollywood and celebrities. WASHINGTON (AP) — From his campaign fist bump to his theatrical mic drop at the last White House correspondents’ dinner, Barack Obama ruled as America’s pop culture president. His two terms played out like a running chronicle of the trends of our times: slow-jamming the news with Jimmy Fallon, reading mean tweets with Jimmy Kimmel, filling out his NCAA basketball bracket on ESPN, cruising with Jerry Seinfeld on “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” “I’m appreciably cooler than I was two minutes ago,” Obama declared after taking the wheel of a 1963 Corvette Stingray with Seinfeld in 2015. And, months before the end of his term, he delivered what could be his with-it farewell line as he ended his remarks at the correspondents’ dinner by embracing a gesture popularized by rappers and comedians. “Obama out,” he deadpanned, as he dropped his microphone and left the lectern. Michelle Obama matched the president on-trend moment for on-trend moment: She strapped on a seatbelt for “Carpool Karaoke” with James Corden, beat Ellen DeGeneres in a push up contest and rapped with a turnip. It wasn’t just frivolity.

Photo courtesy of The Associated Press In an increasingly fragmented media world, the Obamas turned niche pop culture platforms to serious ends. There he was in Alaska, warning about the dangers of climate change on “Running Wild with Bear Grylls.” There she was on the “Tonight Show,” pushing exercise by challenging Fallon to a sack race in the East Room. The president turned up on “Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis” to get millennials to sign up for his health care law. “OK, let’s get this out of the way, what did you come

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here to plug?” Galifianakis groused. “I think it’s fair to say that I wouldn’t be with you here today if I didn’t have something to plug,” Obama shot back. “Have you heard of the Affordable Care Act?” Some conservatives called that appearance undignified. But within days, it had snagged 18 million views, on par with Justin Bieber. And health care signups ticked upward. The president tossed a “Mad Men” reference into his 2014 State of the Union address — calling out wage disparities between men and

women — and Twitter went wild. He paid a 2015 house call to comic Marc Maron’s garage in California to talk terrorism, racial politics and gun control on Maron’s “WTF” podcast. For all the fascination with Obama’s pop culture finesse, there was a downside. Eric Dezenhall, a Washington crisis management consultant and former Reagan administration official, contends that Donald Trump’s election “can be traced almost solely to the domination of the popular culture that Obama and Obama-ism

had.” Obama’s cultural identity was intertwined with a liberal agenda that was a turnoff to many voters. “A lot of Trump’s supporters said, ‘I’m tired of hearing about this,’” says Dezenhall. People “got sick and tired of hearing that Islam is a peace-loving religion and that there’s nobody braver than Kaitlyn Jenner.” Of course Trump, too, is in large part a product of pop culture, with decades of movie cameo credits as a billionaire businessman and a long run as the Richie-Rich “Apprentice” boss. “But he spoke more to the heartland, whereas Obama’s success was very coastal,” says Dezenhall. The president’s melding of policy and pop culture started early, when he promoted his economic stimulus plan to Jay Leno (remember him?) on NBC’s “Tonight Show” in 2009. Past presidents had done late-night shows, but only as candidates, not after they took office. Think of Bill Clinton, in sunglasses, wailing “Heartbreak Hotel” on his sax on Arsenio Hall’s show in 1992. Or Richard Nixon’s labored “sock it to me” soundbite on “LaughIn” in September 1968. (It took six takes for Nixon to get the four-second quip right.)

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Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds lived through each other One writer pays tribute to the late stars and their familial impacts. RACHAEL JAEGER Staff Writer In the year 2016 we lost many who have contributed to the media world today, including a wide range of renowned musicians, singers, and writers. It has broken our hearts and we have recognized how much they have helped shaped the world as we see it now over their years with us. We lost a number of Hollywood’s stars, including two women in particular. One voiced a compassionate spider who befriended a pig named Wilbur to save him from his fate and the other spent all her energy into a therapeutic performance as a stubborn princess who also determined to free the galaxy from an evil emperor and a dark lord. These two are Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, a mother and daughter. Reynolds became most known for her musicals, including Singin’ in the Rain, Two Weeks with Love, Skirts Ahoy!, Give the Girl a Break, and Hit the Deck, among several others. But Reynolds started her career participating in beauty pageants. A film scout from Warner Bros. discovered her and she played a small part in June Bride, released in 1948. A few years later, she played a bigger role in The Daughter of Rosie O’Grady and shortly after that she signed on with MGM. Admittedly, I did not initially recognize her name at the time of her death after Christmas, but as articles appeared on my Facebook newsfeed, I became overwhelmed with devastation. I had grown up with the animated film Charlotte’s Web and on election day this past

Photo courtesy of The Associated Press year, I had a dear friend who died. She had reminded me of Charlotte the spider because of her kind words, the time she took to cultivate those words as a means for encouragement. So in a way for me, it felt like a double loss, and I experienced grief for my friend all over again. Despite that a character who someone plays in a movie does not encompass who the actress really is, sometimes personality can still come out. It depends on how the actress, Reynolds in this case, conducts herself in her personal life and similarities people on the outside may notice. From the looks of various news articles via the web Reynold’s sensitive nature ran even deeper in her personal life and as she died a day after her daughter. Like Charlotte wove her webs, Reynolds engaged herself in her career, but she created a space so she could enjoy her children. But regardless, neither her daughter Carrie Fisher nor Todd felt like the weekends

she spent with them was not enough, according to an online Vanity Fair article called “Inside Carrie Fisher’s Difficult Upbringing with Famous Parents” from Dec. 27, 2016. The article also said that her father Eddie left Reynolds for Elizabeth Taylor and Reynolds remarked that she realized that she was not necessarily a passionate woman interested in sex and added she “was more interested in raising my children, not in pursuing my husbands.” Meanwhile, Fisher desired to follow the image of her mother. When Fisher grew older and the two women would have outings, Reynolds had such a mass of fans that Fisher felt like she still had to share her mother and confessed she didn’t like it. At the same time, Fisher admired and envied Reynolds. “She was so beautiful, and I dreamed of looking like her one day,” Fisher wrote in her memoir Wishful Drinking in 2008. “I think it was when I was ten that I

BARRY Continued from page 11 head about him while doing so. The film tries a little hard at times to address the feelings Barack feels, or more so, the problems the world has at this time. These societal issues eat away at Barack, and we see in the film how those issues get in the way of his personal life. In fact they prevent him from falling in love with Charlotte, a pretty girl from his Philosophy class.

She isn’t the problem; she completely loves Barry the way he is, skin color and all. But he can’t get past a wall, or maybe a barrier society has involuntarily placed within his conscious, about being a black man with a white girlfriend. Barry keeps to himself, and we see the inner turmoil he faces in this coming of age story. With Barack now having said his farewell to the White House and his presi-

dential duties to this country, this film might give fans a taste of him before he was the president. The film is deep and thought-provoking and it makes the viewer wonder what a man of his stature must have been going through in order to develop into the person he became.

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realized with profound certainty that I would not be, and was in no way now, the beauty that my mother was. I was a clumsy-looking and intensely awkward, insecure girl…I decided then that I’d better develop something else—if I wasn’t going to be pretty, maybe I could be funny or smart.” But just as quickly, she became aware that she was a different person. She found her comfort place in

books and writing but whenever she left Reynold’s side, she overheard people who judged her. “’She thinks she’s so great because she’s Debbie Reynolds’ daughter!’” Fisher quoted to the New York Times. “And I didn’t like it; it made me different from other people and I wanted to be the same.” It may be that Reynolds sensed the unrest in her daughter and did what she believed was best in mind. Like Charlotte who spun webs in order to save Wilbur’s life, Reynolds may have wanted to preserve Fisher’s, except in a slightly different way. When Fisher was fifteen, Reynolds took charge of her daughter’s life direction and pulled her out of Beverly Hills High School to join her on Broadway. In a popular revival called Irene, Reynolds starred while Fisher debuted and sang on the show. However, writer Mike Miller from People said on Dec. 29, 2016: “Onstage,

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Movie review: Office Christmas Party

TRIBUTE Continued from page 13 the two seemed happy to be with each other, but inside Fisher was longing to escape her mother’s shadow.” Until her death, Fisher also struggled with bipolar disorder, which she had inherited from her father. The disorder may have been brought on from stress of the expectations she felt she must fulfill in order to maintain her relationship with Reynolds. In her life, Fisher struggled with drug and alcohol addictions and wrestled with it honestly as she played in movies. In addition to her memoir, she also wrote a novel, Postcards from the Edge, after she nearly died from an overdose. But she is most known as Princess Leia, the heroine from Star Wars. She was the one teenage girls worshipped for portraying such a strong female character among male actors.


Photo courtesy of The Associated Press “I’m not really one of those actresses like Meryl Streep. Those actresses travel outside themselves and play characters,” Fisher told CBS in 2016. “And I’m more of an archaeologist. I play what I am.” The public may never know the truth between the mother and daughter relationship, whether Fisher made time for her mother

to appease her or Reynolds felt guilty or pushed to push her daughter in the spotlight, or whatever the case may be. All we know for ourselves is that we know how complicated family relationships tend to be. As for our celebrated actresses, they both contributed to film history through their own unique selves.

OLD SALT UNION Continued from page 11 words to his girlfriend. The mango-sized bruise caught the light in a peculiar, ironic way as Farrar sang “Madam Plum, now I’m truly out here on the run, ‘cause these sirens and canines caught my scented gun” from the Cut and Run track “Madam Plum.” This track serves as an honest, but awful, explanation behind the protagonist’s involvement (intentional and not) in adultery. “Madam Plum,” along with Farrar’s black eye, personifies the thematic message in Cut and Run – make love and move on. Lyrically, however, “Madam Plum” greatly contrasts Wallace’s “Feel My Love” which opens the album. It’s a nice, sweet, beautifully simple song about travelling great distances, metaphorically and literally, to hopefully arrive at a love that potentially won’t reciprocate but nonetheless inspires movement: “I’m crossing rivers, jumping county lines to get to you, pretty girl. I count the days.” Not so much the raw, ruthless writing style of Farrar, but still somewhere on the spectrum of hopeful, unrequited love. Wallace’s meandering mandolin solos dance around his vocal melody and add a tinny grain of positivity to

the love-filled hope found throughout the album. But that high-pitched hope only goes so far. Tracks like Eiskant’s “Devil’s Got Friends” pull thoughts of love into the underworld with a spitting violin hook that reminds the listener of The Charlie Daniel’s Band’s “Devil Went Down to Georgia” and a driving force that redirects the theme of Cut and Run toward an acceptance of our devilish ways as humans. The repetition of the chorus’ lyrics, “the Devil’s got a way of making friends,” speaks of the fragility of morality and recognizes our abilities to side with immoral actions in pursuit of love. Additionally, the chorus acts as an acceptance of things larger than us and moreover that we are not always resilient to these larger things, positive or not. “Still Baroque,” the album’s sole instrumental track, bounces back and forth through these polar ends of omniscient mentalities by twisting around in major and minor keys and withholding any lyrical explanation as to why, setting up Cut and Run’s final track “Hard Line,” where the best lyrics are found: “There ain’t much pride in these bones but it’s just enough to hold

my weight./ There’s a fire in my soul and its flames will surely guide my way.” The fire that burns in the protagonist’s soul may certainly define their fate, but to leave that fate up for interpretation by saying that the flames will “guide my way” both allows the listener to reflect upon their own moral direction as well as allowing the listener to understand the protagonist’s struggle with their own direction. With Wallace leading the way vocally, the band thumps behind him in such a way that reminds me of an outlaw skipping town and leaving his loved ones behind just to save his own skin but then realizes that he must return if he doesn’t want his ways to bring his immoral demise. Overall, Old Salt Union’s Cut and Run possesses a power that is reminiscent of a yearning for positive moral values, but the true attraction that arises from this collection of songs comes from their sheer acceptance of immoral ways. As each protagonist struggles with direction and the loss of love, a clarity is found in their bad decisions.

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What would you do to save your job? What if the best and thorough pitch did not meet the standards of the potential buyer, and then what would you do? Why not throw the biggest office Christmas party to influence the potential buyer to purchase and close a deal to save your company. Office Christmas Party takes place in Chicago as we focus on the company Zenotek. When the CEO, Carol, (Jennifer Aniston) tries to close her hard-partying brother’s branch, Clay (T.J. Miller) and his Chief Technical Officer, Josh, (Jason Bateman) must rally their co-workers and host an epic office Christmas party in an effort to impress a potential client and close a sale that will save their jobs. This movie is another raunchy American comedy about partying hard and finding your inner cool. The film has plenty of wit with funny jokes, one liners

and comedy chemistry between the cast, all while they party with alcohol and drugs. Aside from a little bit of a serious plot and theme of saving jobs, the film is a laugh feast of good times and vices as sure subplots. It is overall a well-done comedy that does have a serious theme of keeping jobs yet it’s carried by the vices of good times and spiced up nice with sex appeal. It is fun and embedded with laughter. The movie is pretty funny, and the cast is awesome in it. It is well made and has a great premise. The cast includes Jennifer Aniston, T.J. Miller, Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, Kate McKinnon, Courtney B. Vance, Jillian Bell, and Rob Corddry. The movie is entertaining with its crude and adult humor. The movie did start off slow but as it progressed, it got much better by the end of the film.

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Tigers roll past Tide in NCAA Championship Clemson completed their revenge quest after losing the title game a year ago.

COLT JOHNSON Staff Writer The Clemson Tigers dethroned the reigning champions, the Alabama Crimson Tide, in a college football National Championship that many will remember for years to come. It was a heavyweight matchup for the ages, the likes of Ali and Frazer, or Tyson and Holyfield, with a story seemingly written by destiny. The beginning of this story does not start at kick off of the National Championship game, nor does it begin with the first game of the regular season. This story starts with Clemson losing the title game to the Alabama just a year ago.

Photo courtesy of The Associated Press Clemson’s senior quarterback Deshaun Watson ran towards the sidelines celebrating after guiding the Tigers for the winning drive in the NCAA Football Championship game. as the slight favorites to win the title. An extremely physical game was expected, and

Photo courtesy of The Associated Press Clemson’s wide receiver Mike Williams came up with tremendous catches during Monday night’s victory over Alabama. The Crimson Tide were ranked as the second seed behind Clemson, who were believed to be the best team in the nation, and were seen

both teams along with the fans were expecting an allout war from arguably the top two teams in the Nation. The game became a shootout the

Tigers would not be able win, ultimately facing defeat by a 45-40 final. Instead of looking for some sort of victory in defeat, Clemson found the motivation that would propel the Tigers right back to the National Championship game. Clemson would go 13-1 through the 2016 regular season and playoffs, continuously trailing Alabama in the top-25 rankings. Clemson was led by senior quarterback and Heisman runner-up Deshaun Watson all season, who brought them back to the National Championship game where they were set to meet Alabama once again. Emotions were high; you could feel the tension and energy radiating from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida, as the game commenced. The stage was set for one of the biggest college football rematches of all time. Clemson won the coin toss and deferred to the second half, allowing the Crimson Tide to start the game on offense. Each half displayed a different plot of this two-part motion picture, as Alabama dominated the beginning of the game, scoring on a 25yard touchdown run by Bo Scarborough after Clemson committed a crucial penalty in roughing the passer.

The Alabama defense would continue their stingy ways, forcing Clemson to turnover

was able to pull the Tigers within one score, and the first half would end with a 14-7 lead for the Crimson Tide. The Tigers would receive the ball at the beginning of the second half, but the drive ended quickly with Clemson punting the ball after a three-and-out. On the ensuing drive, the Crimson Tide scored on a field goal, pushing the game to a 17-7 score. With eight minutes left in the third, the Tigers went on a four-play, 42-yard scoring drive that ended on a touchdown pass up the middle to wide receiver Hunter Renfrow. The touchdown pass brought Clemson right back into the game and only down by a field goal with more than a quarter left to play in the game. With 1:53 left in the third quarter, Alabama would score on a 68-yard touchdown pass down the sideline to last year’s offensive playoff MVP, tight end O.J. Howard.

“It was a heavyweight matchup for the ages, the likes of Ali and Frazer, or Tyson and Holyfield, with a story seemingly written by destiny.” the football on a fumble by Watson late in the first quarter. The Crimson Tide would score again, this time on a 37-yard run by Scarborough that would put the defending champs up by two touchdowns. The game was in question going into the second quarter of play. Clemson was down by two possessions and they had yet to put any points on the board, let alone a meaningful drive together. With a little more than seven minutes left in the second half, the Tigers drove down the field for a seven-play, 87yard drive that ended on a six-yard rushing touchdown by Watson. The Heisman-candidate

Clemson would quickly answer with a touchdown of their own on a 9 play, 72-yard drive that ended on a touchdown pass from Watson to wide receiver Mike Williams, making it 24-21 Alabama, just a minute into the fourth quarter. With six minutes left in the game, the Tigers scored again after driving nearly the entire length of the field, going 88 yards on just six plays. The drive ended on a oneyard touchdown run by Clemson’s running back, Wayne Gallman, giving the Tigers the first lead of the game



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Different storylines headline NFL playoffs Streaking teams will clash with bye-week teams in the second round this weekend. COLTON MOLESKY Staff Writer The first reaction to the Wild Card round of the playoffs is to roll with the “hot” team that has already played and started their momentum, but the teams to really watch out for are the top seeds coming in well-rested and at home. With that in mind, here is the break down of this weekend’s games, who the difference-makers are and what the end results will be. Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons - Saturday 3:25 p.m. While the experienced playoff team headed into the matchup is Russell Wilson and the Seahawks, the Falcons are the favorites in the Georgia Dome. The biggest statistic in this game is 15.5, which is how many sacks rookie edge-rusher Vick Beasley tallied in 2016 to lead the

in the final minute. Also in the Falcons’ favor is Head Coach Dan Quinn, who previously worked as a coordinator for Seattle, making him familiar with their system. Another advantage for the Falcons is going to come from their man under center, Matt Ryan. Ryan has played at an MVP level all season long, as his offense is the second-ranked total offense. The matchup against a banged up Seattle secondary will prove to be in Atlanta’s favor. Seattle rolls into town without their AllPro safety, Earl Thomas, leaving the middle of the field exposed. On offense, the offensive-line not only does Wilson experience constant pressure, but their running game also bottomed out at 25th in the league with 99.4 yards a game. With no Thomas, poor offensive-line play, and being on the road against a quar-

Photo courtesy of The Associated Press Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith is yet to reach a Super Bowl in his 12-year career. The former number one overall pick is hoping to change things this season, starting with a showdown with the streaking Steelers on Sunday. NFL. He will be coming up against an offensive line that allowed 42 sacks this season. This is also a revenge game for Atlanta, after the Falcons fell to Seattle early in the season. The 26-24 final ended with a controversial no-call when Seahawks’ corner Richard Sherman got tied up with Falcons’ receiver Julio Jones

terback that threw for 4,944 yards is a bad mix for the Seahawks. Prediction: Atlanta wins 31-21. Houston Texans at New England Patriots - Saturday 7:25 p.m. This will be the most lopsided game this weekend. The statistic of this game is

the 27-0 week four win the Patriots had against the Texans, with third-string quarterback Jacoby Brissett at the helm. Even defensive end Jadeveon Clowney cannot save Houston, as they are going up against a rested New England team at home. Let us also remember the Texans’ offense ranked 29th to finish out the season and Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick has had a week to prepare for a team that they already shut out. If the Oakland Raiders’ Connor Cook can throw a pair of touchdowns on this Houston secondary after riding the bench all season long, then three-time Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady will make short work of this squad. Prediction: New England wins 44-17. Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs - Sunday 12:05 p.m. This will be the game of the weekend, even though Pittsburgh soundly defeated the Chiefs in week four, 4314. Both rosters have grown healthier on the defensive line as Lawrence Timmons for the Steelers and Justin Houston for the Chiefs. While both defenses have made improvements, the statistic for this game is the 51 rushes over 10 yards that the Steelers have amassed over 2016. The Steelers had problems covering kickoffs and punt returns last week against Miami, so the Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill will have a big impact, but the three-headed monster of Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell will be too much to handle for a defense that depends more on causing turnovers than stopping the buildup of yardage. In a shootout game, the Steelers are far more built to win a high-point game. Prediction: Pittsburgh wins 38-35. Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys - Sunday 3:40 p.m. In the last six weeks of the regular season and last weekend against the New York Giants, Aaron Rodgers has looked like his old self in his ability to pick the opposition apart. The Cowboys are a different monster however, because not only will they not sit around and score only six points in the first half, they will also control the ball around 35 minutes on offense per game. That is the statistic of this game, because not only does that put far more pres-

Photo courtesy of The Associated Press Dallas Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott is two years removed from winning a National Championship with the Ohio State Buckeyes. Now he will try to win a Super Bowl. sure on Rodgers and company to make every drive count, it also helps keep the Dallas defense as fresh as possible. Throw in the fact that Packers’ star wide receiver Jordy Nelson is a game-time decision, Cowboys’ Dez Bryant will face an injury-filled secondary, and with Dallas hosting at AT&T Stadium, this

seems like an uphill struggle for the Cheese-Heads. Despite the lack of experience for rookie quarterback Dak Prescott in the spotlight, this will be the Dallas Show. Prediction: Dallas wins 34-21. `

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Fuqua leads Mavericks over Golden Bears Minnesota State will face Minot State and the University of Mary this weekend.

COREY YUMAN Staff Writer Minnesota State’s Jon Fuqua scored 20 points, grabbed nine boards, and added five assists and steals in a 20-point victory over Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference opponent Concordia-St. Paul on Tuesday night at Bresnan Arena. Fuqua was pivotal in getting the Mavericks rolling on Tuesday, as he scored eight of the first 12 points to give Minnesota State a double-digit lead within five minutes after tip-off. A three-pointer from Joey Witthus got the scoring started while also giving the Mavericks a 3-2 lead. They would not relinquish that lead the rest of the game. With under five min-

utes left in the first half, the Golden Bears’ Sam Siganos and Max Keefe drained three-pointers to bring their deficit down to seven points. However, the Mavericks did not let up on the gas as the half expired. Minnesota State’s Aarias Austin scored four of the team’s last eight points to help close out the half with a 40-25 lead. Fuqua led the Mavericks in scoring with 14 first half points. An outmatched Concordia-St. Paul was not able to build any sort of a comeback in the second half. Witthus once again got the scoring started to build the lead to 17 points. Just under eight minutes later, he drained a three-pointer off an assist from Fuqua to put the Mavs up by 20 for the first time. The Golden Bears mounted their smallest come back of the game after Keefe and Bryndan Matthews combined for eight points to bring it within 12. 1:59 went by with neither team getting a buck-

et until Witthus broke the drought with a jump shot and the Golden Bears comeback hopes stopped. Witthus led the Mavericks with 11 second half points. Concordia St. Paul dropped to 4-13 and 1-9 in the NSIC after the loss. Bryndan Matthews led the Golden Bears with 13 points and six rebounds. Minnesota State improves to 11-5, as well as 6-5 in the NSIC. Witthus finished with 18 points and true-freshman Cameron Kirksey added 12 points. The home-stretch will continue for the Mavericks as they enter this weekend to play another set of NSIC games. This will be the fourth and fifth game of a five-game home stand for Minnesota State. The Mavs have gone 2-1 in this time frame. On Friday, Bresnan Arena will welcome Minot State for an NSIC match up. The Beavers are sitting on a 7-9 record while going just 3-7

Reporter Archives in the NSIC. Tyler Rudolph is leading the Beavers with 20 points and nine rebounds. Saturday brings the University of Mary to the Taylor Center. The Marauders (5-11, 3-7 in the NSIC) are currently on a six-game losing skid but could potentially break that the night before as they face off against the 1-9 Gold-

en Bears. University of Mary is being led by Bryan Jefferson with 15 points and seven rebounds. Damonta Henry is close behind with a 13-point average. Minnesota State takes on Minot State on Friday at 8 p.m. and the University of Mary on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Women’s basketball loses fifth in-a-row JAMES ANDERSEN Staff Writer The Minnesota State University women’s basketball team has hit a bit of a rough patch the past couple weeks. They are currently on a five-

MSU-Moorhead, 24th-ranked Northern State, and Wayne State, who are just outside of the top-25. Their most recent loss was on Tuesday to Concordia-St Paul, whom they had defeated earlier in the season. The Mavs couldn’t keep the Golden Bears out of the paint, where they were outscored 40-16. They were out-rebounded 51-40 and shot 28 percent from the field for the whole game. Those

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game losing streak with the last victory coming against Waldorf College on Dec. 19. The Mavericks then went through one of their tougher parts of the schedule, competing against 18th-ranked

statistics don’t tell the tale of a winning basketball team. Points were hard to come by in the first half as the Bears had a 29-24 lead. Both MSU and Concordia didn’t make a single three-pointer in the

first half as the Bears went 0-10 while the Mavs shot 0-7 from beyond the arc. The Golden Bears came out on fire for the third quarter as they outscored the Mavs 26-15. That gave the Bears a comfortable 55-39 lead heading into the final quarter. MSU made an attempt at a comeback in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Bears 22-17, but it was all for naught and the Mavs fell 72-61, giving them their fifth loss in-a-row. Senior guard Sammie Delzotto was MSU’s leading scorer and rebounder with 12 points and seven rebounds. Senior guard Britney Scherber had a decent game, as she finished the game with nine points, four rebounds, and zero turnovers. Monica Muth and Claire Jordan also added nine points each to round out the top performers for the Mavs. With the loss, the Mavericks currently stand at 7-7 and a 3-7 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) record. This Friday MSU will host Minot State and then University of Mary on Saturday. Minot State is currently last in the NSIC North Division at 3-13 on the year. Mary (9-9) is just like Minnesota State, sitting at .500 for the

season. They are currently fourth in the NSIC North Division. Tip-off for the Minot game is at 6 p.m. and the Mary game is at 4 p.m.

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“The ball was put into Watson’s hand, giving him an opportunity that he wasn’t afforded last time: to go down the field and win the National Championship after it was ripped from his hands just a year ago.” with less than five minutes to go in the game. Alabama needed to drive the ball downfield and score a touchdown, otherwise the game was going to be over for the Crimson Tide. With less than five minutes on the clock, Alabama gave the ball to their true freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts to go and win the Tide’s second-consecutive National Championship. Hurts delivered for Alabama, taking the ball all the way down the field and scoring on a 30-yard touchdown run giving the Crimson Tide the lead yet again, 31-28 with just 2:06 remaining. The ball was put into Watson’s hand, giving him an opportunity that he wasn’t afforded last time: to go down the field and win the National Championship after it was ripped from his hands just a year ago. On nine plays, Watson drove the ball downfield, getting the ball down to the two-yard line with single-digit seconds left on the clock. Resembling the classic 2006 National Championship between the Texas Longhorns and USC Trojans, Watson reminded football fans of Vince Young’s heroics 11 years later. Watson threw his third touchdown pass of the game to Renfrow (his second score) and the game-winning touchdown with a second left on the clock. The game was all but over. The Tigers tried an onside kick and ended up recovering the ball, solidifying Clemson’s second title in their school’s history with a 35-31 victory over the reigning champions. The quest for revenge was complete, and

Photo courtesy of The Associated Press Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban failed to win back-to-back championships for the second time in his career. The Crimson Tide will be looking for their fifth title in nine years come next season. Alabama was dethroned. Watson finished the game with 420 passing yards and three touchdowns, completing 36 of 56 passes and a quarterback rating of 67.1, while rushing for 43 yards and a touchdown. His performance earned him the award of offensive MVP for the game. Gallman finished as the team’s leading rusher with 46 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. Four receivers on the Clemson side finished with over 90 yards receiving, but the standouts in the receiving core were players like Renfrow, who finished with 92 yards and two touchdowns on 10 receptions, and Williams, who scored a touchdown and finished with 94 yards receiving on eight receptions. Receivers Jordan Leggett and

Deon Cain also stayed busy, with each recording over 90 yards receiving. Leggett tallied 95 yards on seven receptions, while Cain had 94 yards on five receptions. On the Alabama side of the ball, Hurts finished with 131 yards and a touchdown through the air, completing 13 of 31 passes with a QBR of 25.2. Hurts also finished with 63 rushing yards and a touchdown on 10 carries. On the ground, Scarborough led the team in rushing, with 93 yards and two touchdowns just in the first half. Unfortunately, Scarborough’s night was cut short as he was taken off the field early in the third quarter after suffering an apparent leg injury. Leading Alabama in receiving was the tight end Howard with 106 yards and


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a touchdown on four receptions. Other receivers like

Calvin Ridley and ArDarius Stewart tried to get more involved in the offense, but Hurts struggled throughout the night to consistently find open receivers. Now the Clemson Tigers are the new kings of college football. They climbed to the top and knocked off one of the greatest dynasties college sports has ever seen. The Tigers found the revenge they were searching for and gave the Crimson Tide the payback Clemson felt after their heartbreaking loss just a year ago. Now Watson and the rest of the senior class for the Tigers can ride off into the sunset with their heads held high. With the fall of Alabama, perhaps we will be seeing the next great college dynasty in the making. For one to rise, one must fall.

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