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MSU grad Gieseke running as independent Former city council member putting MSU education to use.


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A bonus election is being held today and will pertain to both Minnesota State University, Mankato students and Mankato residents alike. Due to the retirement of Minnesota House District 19A representative Terry Morrow, a bonus election will be had between Clark Johnson (DFL), Allen Quist (R), and Tim Gieske (I). The independent candidate, and a former member of the city council, Tim Gieske, is no stranger to the MSU campus. In fact, he graduated from MSU in the early 90s with a bachelor’s degree in Biology, and obtained a master’s degree in Environmental Science shortly after. He also wrote for the MSU Reporter during his time as a student in Mankato. “I rely heavily from my education from Mankato State to provide a foundation for how I look at environmental and economic issues,” Gieske said. “I farm with an economic model as well as an ecological model. Eco commerce is really what integrates those two concepts.” What sparked Gieske’s interest in running stems from his company, Ag Resource Strategies. It works with control and governance in environmental issues all over the country. The company works with livestock farmers, along with others, trying to figure out a proper business model, and how it pertains to current and up-to-date environmental issues. “It really takes into the new tools, smart technology we have today,” he said. ”It really folds


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How the traditional 4-year degree has fared in the current ecnomic climate staff writer

into the business of government in a way that I think the rest of the world has done with business, but our state government has yet to adopt.” His plans are to use this “shared governance business model”, and apply it to what he wants to do if elected to the house. One major issue that Gieske has pinned down as something that he would plan on implementing quickly and earnestly was his education plan, which includes a

major integration of technology from kindergarten, all the way to the higher learning college level. This includes some pre-k investment as well. “Teachers can tell which kids have been read to growing up and which haven’t.” He said. “And it’s hard to catch up. Pre-k investment is good.” Gieske’s plan is to incorporate technology as a big way to helping speed up the learning process for those kids who may

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Re-evaluating the Bachelor’s degree


web photo Gieseke is the owner and founder of Ag Resource Strategies, the author of EcoCommerce 101 and an active farmer.

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As spring draws near, another batch of freshly-minted degrees will be bestowed upon college graduates eagerly awaiting employment. Once regarded as a skeleton key which could unlock any professional door, the bachelor’s degree has recently become more akin to an admission ticket. That is, it can get you into the show, but it doesn’t necessarily guarantee you a seat. First, the good news. Although unemployment rates among college graduates have increased between the past two jobs reports, the 4.2% unemployment rate among college graduates reported in the Labor Department’s most recent report stands at right around half the national rate of 7.9 percent. Furthermore, the college wage premium – that is, the pay-increase a college-educated worker can expect for holding a degree – remains stellar, with average premiums of 50 percent for men and 40 percent for women. Jared Bernstein, former Chief Economist and Economic Adviser to Vice President Joe Biden, maintains that a college degree still provides workers “a solid leg up, both in terms of earnings and jobs.” Other recent economic indicators, however, don’t


suggest as much reason for optimism. Headlining the issues currently plaguing college graduates is debt. 2011’s college seniors graduated with an average of $26,600 of debt, the highest level in the seven years that such a report has been published by the Institute for College Access & Success’ Project on Student Debt. Augmenting the difficulties of repaying such historically high debts is the issue of underemployment; workers not being fully utilized with regards to their skill-set. “I work in such a completely different industry, it’s a joke amongst co-workers that I have a master’s in education,” explained Jen Smialek, a 31 year-old internet marketer from Boston. “If I could go back, I wouldn’t earn the education degree again. It was a good personal enrichment activity, but for someone like me who does Internet marketing, my career would benefit more from an MBA.” The Center of College Affordability and Productivity found that upwards of 48 percent of the employed college graduates in the U.S. are presently working jobs which the Bureau of Labor Statistics categorizes as requiring less than a bachelor’s degree. Finally, global labor arbitrage is also believed by

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Gustavus students, faculty urge school president to step down Students and faculty site lack of transparency, personel decisions in push to remove President Jack Ohle.


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If students of Minnesota State University, Mankato view their school as a part of the Minnesota State Colleges and University family, which reaches across the state, then Gustavus Adolphus College could be viewed with a curious eye as the kid down the block. And recently, that household can be heard

having some pretty heated arguments. Gustavus Adolphus, a Lutheran college, has been a topic of tension in Minnesota’s educational system, with much of the trouble being roused by the conflict between the college’s student body and its president, Jack Ohle. Recently, the actions of Ohle have sparked an outcry from the students, as well as the faculty at Gustavus, to the

extent that an anonymous take on WikiLeaks, calling itself GustieLeaks, has sprung up furthering the controversy. The website is dedicated to informing the students of Gustavus on the president’s administration and the inner workings of Ohle’s actions, which have been long thought of as not being transparent enough for the students and faculty to fully understand what is going on in the system.

The topic of Gustavus’s quarrel between its executive and the students has garnered a lot of attention across the state with such news outlets as the school paper, the Gustavian Weekly, as well as the Star Tribune and the St. Peter Herald all keeping tabs on the story, reporting on the question of the amount of involvement that a student organization, or its input, can have on the decision to oust the school’s president. The complaints and frustration have not been solely from students, however. In a letter that the faculty senate posted on its website, they express a large amount of concern over Ohle’s leadership. “This work requires that all members of this com-

munity exercise disciplined, trustworthy, and respectful stewardship of both its fiscal and its human resources…. We believe he has not done so. In particular, the president’s unilateral personnel decisions over the last two years with respect to the Chaplains’ Office have caused tremendous consternation and suffering for many in the Gustavus community- outside of as well as within the Chaplains’ Office.” An issue of concern was found in the powers granted Ohle on campus. According to the St. Peter Herald, in an email to the Mankato Free Press, a faculty senate member, Eric Dougdale, stated that the

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Pope resigns, search for successor begins

Vatican may look in a new direction in wake of Benedict XVI’s resignation. VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation opens the door to an array of possible successors, from the conservative cardinal of Milan to a contender from Ghana and several Latin Americans. But don’t count on a radical change of course for the Catholic Church: Benedict appointed the majority of cardinals who will choose his successor from within their own ranks. There’s no clear frontrunner, though several leading candidates have been mentioned over the years as “papabile” — or having the qualities of a pope. So, will the papacy return to Italy, after three decades of a Polish and a German pope? Or does Latin America, which counts some 40 percent of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, deserve one of their own at the church’s helm? Will a younger cardinal be considered, now that future popes can feel freer to resign? Or will it again go to an experienced cardinal for another “transitional” papacy? The 110-plus cardinals who

are under age 80 and eligible to vote will weigh all those questions and more when they sequester themselves in the Sistine Chapel next month to choose Benedict’s successor, a conclave that will likely produce a new pope by Easter. Some said Benedict’s resignation presents an opportunity to turn to Africa or Latin America, where Catholicism is more vibrant. “Europe today is going through a period of cultural tiredness, exhaustion, which is reflected in the way Christianity is lived,” said Monsignor Antonio Marto, the bishop of Fatima in central Portugal. “You don’t see that in Africa or Latin America, where there is a freshness, an enthusiasm about living the faith.” “Perhaps we need a pope who can look beyond Europe and bring to the entire church a certain vitality that is seen on other continents.” Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of South Africa agreed. “I think we would have a better chance of getting someone outside of the Northern

hemisphere this time, because there are some really promising cardinals from other parts of the world,” he said. Despite that enthusiasm, more than half of those eligible to vote in the College of Cardinals hail from Europe, giving the continent an edge even though there’s no rule that cardinals vote according to their geographic blocs. It’s also likely the next pope won’t radically alter the church’s course, though surprises are possible. “Given the preponderance of cardinals appointed by popes John Paul and Benedict, it is unlikely that the next pope will make many radical changes,” said the Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit author. “On the other hand, the papacy can change a man, and the Holy Spirit is always ready to surprise.” A handful of Italians fit the bill, top among them Cardinal Angelo Scola, the archbishop of Milan. Scola is close to Benedict, has a fierce intellect and leads the most important archdiocese in Italy — no

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DEGREE “I work in such a completely different industry, it’s a joke amongst co-workers that I have a Master’s in education.” continued from 1 some to have an adverse effect on the employment prospects of recent college graduates in the United States. Often times, prosperous nations such as the United States will incorporate the labor markets of developing nations such as India or Mexico for cheaper labor. “[A college degree] doesn’t inoculate you against global wage arbitrage,” warns Bernstein. It hasn’t been doom-andgloom for every graduate, however. The job market merely seems to have a way of mysteriously picking and choosing who it desires most, a la Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand.

For example, Engineering majors can expect to generate about twice as much income as social work or education graduates by mid-career, reports the Center of College Affordability and Productivity. Furthermore, the demand for college graduates has been particularly strong in the fields of Nursing, Business and Information Technology. At any rate, with CNN Money reporting a 5 percent increase in the hiring of all college graduates since 2010, that skeleton-key-turned-admission-ticket may still prove worth its cost.

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Twitter, His Holiness and why you should care

web photo Pope Benedict XVI formally delivers his first tweet via iPad. “Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart.”


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Well that happened. Somewhere, sandwiched between our collective obsession with Kim Kardashian’s 32nd marriage and Katy Perry’s cleavage-heavy Grammy’s ensemble, we found time for the historically significant resignation of a man who

historically can’t resign. Yes, in the age of posting and tweeting and liking and plus-one’ing, the Pope, the leader of the Catholic world, is the number one topic on Twitter, beating out such enduring favorites as #IfRapWasHighSchool and #WeCantTextIf. Curious, I dove a bit deeper into the time-sinks that are

real-time trend viewing pages, only to discover a particularly curious trend; for all of the satire being thrown around in this wake of this papal upheaval, there was a genuine amount of interest being generated as well. The usual suspects were out there of course (the hilarious hashtag #popecombine imagines the selection of a new Pope

as being similar to the NFL Draft), but the vast majority of incoming tweets were being composed by people legitimately interested by the goings-on in Vatican City, and concerned Catholics. The satire was of course rising to the top (concerned sentiment or philosophical questions rarely generate interest the way that a solid Pope joke does), but the bulk of the buzz was legitimate. At the rate of a solid 2,000 tweets-per-minute, the world is currently voicing its opinion on the first ex-Pope since 1415. It’s a distinction worth noting, that the World, not the Internet, appears to be weighing in via the micro-blogging juggernaut. Twitter is no longer an internet hive-mind, churning out cat photos and memes, but a global one that is truly living up to it’s billing as both a measuring stick of the world’s interests, and a gauge of it’s reactions. To be fair, memes and cats are still the order of the day for certain segments of the Twitterverse, but much like the Internet itself, Twitter has undergone a substantial evolution over the last few years.

Twitter is finally living up to the lofty expectations of its creators, as every athlete, corporation and celebrity worth their salt has joined the everexpanding network. We’ve seen celebrities built on Twitter, in the form of Phoenix Coyotes forward Paul “Biznasty” Bissonette, who spends many of his games watching from the press box, but whose blunt approach to tweeting has generated nearly 500,000 followers and a line of designer hockey apparel. By comparison, Bissonette is just 100,000 followers shy of 2013 NFL MVP Adrian Peterson, further confirming that celebrity can be earned via the latest way to increase your online footprint. You’ll even find your favorite cereal on Twitter, and although I’m still trying to work out how General Mills convinced 10,000 people to stay abreast of their most recent cereal-related goings on, a cereal company just convinced 10,000 people to put the maker of Lucky Charms in the same feed as their friends. That one will likely go down as the marketing coup of the century.

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Image courtesy of Twitter That’s right, per day. That’s a lot of tweeting, and while some it may be meaningless, much of the noise is actually pretty useful. The Holy See might not spend all day hashtagging, but quite a few of you appear to be. So get out there and network, microblog, find your own group of followers. Everyone else is doing it.


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POPE “It’s time for there to be a Latin American pope, because Latin America the greatest number of Christians,” said the Rev. Juan Angel Lopez. continued from 3

small thing given that Italians still dominate the College of Cardinals. On Monday, Scola, 71, donned his bishops’ miter and appeared in Milan’s Duomo to praise Benedict’s “absolutely extraordinary faith and humility.” “This decision, even though it fills us with surprise — and at first glance it leaves us with many questions — will be, as he said, for the good of the church,” Scola said. Other leading Italians include Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, head of the Vatican’s culture office and another intellectual heavyweight who quotes Hegel and Neitzsche as easily, and almost as frequently, as the Gospels. He has climbed into the spotlight with his “Courtyard of the Gentiles” project, an initiative to enter into dialogue with the worlds of art, culture and science — and most importantly atheists. Veteran Vatican analyst John Allen Jr. has labled the 70-yearold Ravasi as quite possibly “the most interesting man in the church.” Raising his profile further: Benedict appointed him to lead the Vatican’s spiritual exercises during Lent, giving Ravasi a visible forum in the weeks leading up to the conclave. Benedict’s onetime theology student, Viennese Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, 68, has long been considered to have the stuff of a pope — multilingual, affable and, most importantly, Benedict’s blessing. He has been dealing, however, with a difficulties in Vienna, where a revolt of dissident

priests has questioned church teachings on everything from women’s ordination to celibacy for priests. His decision to let a gay Catholic serve on a parish council raised eyebrows among some conservatives, who said the move clearly sealed his fate as too liberal for today’s College of Cardinals. There are a handful of candidates from Latin America — and by Monday their backers were in full force touting their attributes. “It’s time for there to be a Latin American pope, because Latin America has the greatest number of Christians,” said the Rev. Juan Angel Lopez, spokesman for the Catholic Church of Honduras. His man, Honduran Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga, however, is considered far too liberal to be elected by such a conservative bloc. Leading Latin American possibilities include Brazilian Cardinal Odilo Pedro Scherer, the 63-year-old archbishop of Sao Paulo, and Argentine Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, 69, head of the Vatican’s office for Eastern rite churches. Sandri earned fame as the “voice” of Pope John Paul II when the pontiff lost the ability to speak because of his Parkinson’s disease. Brazilian Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz, 65, has earned praise as head of the Vatican’s office for religious congregations, even though he’s only held the job since 2011. He has had the difficult task of trying to rebuild trust between the Vatican and religious orders that broke down during his

predecessor’s reign. His deputy took that effort too far in reaching out to U.S. nuns who were the subject of a Vatican doctrinal crackdown, and was subsequently sent back to the U.S. Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson of Ghana is one of the highest-ranking African cardinals at the Vatican, currently heading the Vatican’s office for justice and peace. But he is prone to gaffes, though, and is considered something of a wild card. Cardinal Antonio Tagle, the archbishop of Manila, is a rising star in the church, but at at 56 and having only been named a cardinal last year, he is considered too young. North America has a few candidates, though the Americans are considered longshots. These include Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York and Cardinal Raymond Burke, an arch-conservative and the Vatican’s top judge. Canadian Cardinal Marc Oeullet is a contender, earning the respect of his colleagues as head of the Vatican’s office for bishops, a tough and important job vetting the world’s bishops. Michele Dillon, a University of New Hampshire sociologist who studies the church, said no “radical transformation” is expected in the direction of the church and that a “tweak” here and there would be more likely than an overhaul. “The church obviously is well regarded for its continuity,” Dillon said. “I’m not personally expecting a transformative change, but change is always possible.”


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GUSTAVUS “[The funds] removal, will have real, serious, and negative effects on the excellence of the academic experience we offer our students. continued from 2 president attempted to change the university’s bylaws in order to weaken the authority of the faculty senate. A large complaint that the community of Gustavus has had with Ohle’s actions, while he’s been in office in recent years, has been the cutting of programs’ funding. In the letter from the faculty senate, the frustrations of the college’s budget were also expressed. “This is why we have expressed and will continue to express our dismay regarding the removal of restricted department and program budgets totaling several millions of dollars. Their removal will have real, serious, and negative effects on the excellence of the academic experience we offer our students- which

is, after all, our reason for being as a College.” On the site GustieLeaks a petition was formed, calling for the resignation of the college’s president, a survey which showed largely negative feedback on Ohle’s performance, as well as a statement from the faculty senate requesting him to step down as Gustavus’s executive. In a statement from a recent workshop with the school’s Board of Trustees that took place in late January, it was said that the Board’s Presidential Review Committee will undertake a comprehensive review of the president and his actions, while the board’s executive committee agreed to delay any discussions about his presidency until the board’s June meeting.

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GIESEKE “Most of the jobs in the future will require education. How can we educate everyone from rich to poor, all demographics?” Gieseke said. continued from 1 not have been read to growing up, including the idea of using tablets, with apps that teach the child to read and spell. His plans for the K-12 range of students is more to even out the students who have more of a natural ability, compared to those who need more time to learn a particular subject over a long period of time. With this said, he sees the biggest implementation being in higher education. “Most of the jobs in the future will require education. How can we educate everyone from poor to rich, all demographics?” Gieske said. His idea is to use a program called MOOCS, also known as Massive Open Online Courses. The idea is to incorporate online learning from universities from all over the country, making it easier and more cost-efficient for students to obtain a degree, by removing some of the on-campus requirements and necessities from the main picture. In a United States government where the majority of elected job

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vacancies are filled by either a Democrat or a Republican, Tim Gieske is attempting the somewhat rare feat of winning the seat as an Independent. “There are a lot of people in the countryside who recognize themselves as a Republican or Democrat, and in a broad spectrum of issues, but the two party system has a tendency to win out when they pick the more extreme ends of their party” Gieske said “Then, at that point really, the choice is one party or the other.” Gieske’s hope is to take parts from both parties and implement them into his own unique policy that will help bring some economic and environmental stability to the area. That is why he is running for neither party, and rather independently. “I could not express myself openly on a new business model for the state.” He said. “I assume

neither party would allow an individual in their party to speak on that.” This will be the first time multiple candidates will be competing for this particular chair in the state house in a number of years. Allen Quist ran against Tim Walz in the Minnesota District One race in November. He did not secure the seat. Previously, he served three terms in the Minnesota House of Representatives for District 23A. Clark Johnson currently works at MSU as the Student Relations Coordinator in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. He has 30 years of experience working with the DFL on various campaigns. With MSU alum Tim Gieske right in the mix with both Allen Quist and Clark Johnson, it should make for an interesting vote.

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TWITTER The Pope is on Twitter, seriously. continued from 4 Those of you that haven’t hopped on the bandwagon might want to reconsider, because it is no longer a trend, but a modern form of societal interaction. Odds are that your future employer is on Twitter, they expect that your are too, and if not, well you might not be hip enough for the office that they’re selling.

“But Ryan, I don’t have a Twitter account!” Well Pope Benedict XVI does. And let’s face it, if the 85year-old leader of the world’s Catholics has a better grasp of social media than a supposedly Internet-savvy twenty-something does, well, than you’re probably doing it wrong.

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david bassey• msu reporter Senior forward Eriah Hayes helped MSU to a sweep over Minnesota Duluth with a one goal, two assist night on Friday and followed it up with a hat trick Saturday night.

It’s been nearly two years since the University of Minnesota, Duluth opened the luxurious AMSOIL Arena with a championship banner, two years since Alex Stalock and his bleach-blonde compatriots won their way through the WCHA playoffs and shocked contender after contender, before toppling Michigan in St. Paul. Oh how the times have changed. Senior Eriah Hayes scored a league-high seven points on the weekend, keying a 9-goal weekend that saw the Minnesota State University, Mankato men’s hockey team record a critical sweep of the rival Bulldogs as the WCHA season builds to what should be a thrilling finish. Freshman forward Dylan Margonari continued his explosive rookie campaign

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at 4:26 of the first period, beating UMD goaltender Mark McNeely on a centering pass from Hayes to make it 1-0. The goal, Margonari’s sixth of the season, was the freshman’s first since December 14. The Bulldogs’ Austin Farley responded with the equalizer at 12:37, deflecting a Tim Smith point shot past freshman netminder Stephon Williams, capitalizing on a defensive zone turnover by the Mavericks. A long shot by UMD’s Mike Seidel gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead midway through the second period, but a dominant third-period effort by MSU ensured that the lead wouldn’t last. Junior Zach Lehrke kicked off the period with a goal at 3:27, beating McNeely to tie the game, before freshman Teddy

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Blueger notched his fourth goal of the season at 8:57 to give the Mavericks the lead for good. A timely swipe from Eriah Hayes with less than five minutes remaining sealed the win for MSU after a goalmouth scramble made it 4-2. The Mavericks would save the real offensive guns for the encore, however. A goaltending change by head coach Scott Sandelin brought UMD goalie Aaron Crandall in for the finale, but it didn’t matter to Zach Lehrke, who beat the junior on a breakaway just 3 minutes into the game. A pair of goals just 109 seconds apart to end the opening stanza gave the Mavericks a 3-0 lead before the first period was out, as Blueger’s tipped drive beat Crandall, before Hayes net-

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Mavericks fall to Beavers, demolish Minnesota Crookston

MSU’s men’s basketball team dropped their third game of the season Friday night to Bemidji State before taking down Minnesota Crookston. JOEY DENTON

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With the Minnesota State University, Mankato men’s basketball team looking for two wins this past weekend; they came up short as they lost to Bemidji State 82-74 on Friday night. But the Mavericks bounced back and won convincingly 93-55 over the University of Minnesota, Crookston on Saturday. As the Mavericks shot 45.5 percent from the floor and produced nine points off turnovers, the squad started the second half with a 3631 lead Friday night. The Beavers quickly turned that deficit in to a one-point lead at the 18:28 mark and never looked back. The Mavericks made several pushes to regain the lead, and came as close as a five-point deficit, but the Beavers held their own by making six of their seven free

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throws in the last two and a half minutes of regulation. Bemidji State’s Dermaine Crockrell, who is 12th in the NSIC in points-per-game with 14.1, went off for 22 second-half points shooting 66.6 percent from the field and 3-for-5 from downtown. Crockrell finished the game with a career-high 29 points. Junior guard Gage Wooten proved to the Beavers that he could produce an offensive punch as he completed the game tying a season-high 19 points and shooting 5-for-5 from the line. Right behind him, senior guard Jarvis Williams had 15 points, his 15th game reaching double-figures, and junior forward Connor O’brien tallied his 11th career double double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. The Mavericks left the Taylor Center with a bad

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taste in their mouths, but as soon as the ball was tossed in the air on Saturday, it was all business from then on. Even as the Mavericks’ offense was on cue in the first 17 minutes of the first half, the Crookston Golden Eagles, who were looking for their first NSIC victory of the season, stayed in the game. Once 3:00 showed on the game clock, it was all Mavericks from then on, ending the first half with a 6-0 run to give them 45-29 lead at the break. The Golden Eagles didn’t have an answer for sophomore forward Assem Marei in the first half as he put in 14 of his game-high 18 points to go along with his eight boards. If a team shoots above 50% from the field and the three-point line and 100%

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shannon rathmanner • msu reporter Junior forward Connor O’Brien earned his 11th career double double Friday night with 11 points and 12 boards in a losing effort to BSU.

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MSU Hockey “Senior Eriah Hayes MSU Basketball “The Mavericks left the Taylor Center with a bad taste in their mouths, but as soon as the ball scored a league-high seven points was tossed in the air on Saturday, it was all business.” on the weekend, keying a nine-goal continued from 7 weekend that saw MSU record a critical sweep of the rival Bulldogs as from the line, it makes it a dence. To get it all back. To ting hot here and start to find get back on track and on the our groove,” Monaghan said. long half for any opponent the WCHA builds to what should be a win train,” Moten said. With some momentum and the Golden Eagles got to thrilling finish.” Sophomore point guard from Saturday, the squad witness the Mavericks comcontinued from 7 ted yet another power play goal with 1:33 left to play. UMD’s Tony Cameranesi ruined Williams’ shutout bid at 16:45 of the second period, netting a powerplay goal late in the frame, but it did little to derail the surging Mavericks. Eriah Hayes netted his league-leading 15th and 16th powerplay goals of the season in the third period, completing the route and vaulting MSU into fifth place in the WCHA, and no. 10 in the PairWise. Elsewhere in the WCHA, St. Cloud State solidified

it’s position atop the conference, earning a home split with Minnesota, while North Dakota swept Omaha following an oft-delayed outdoor game in Nebraska to take sole ownership of second place. The Mavericks now sit 6 points behind the leagueleading Huskies, and will host tenth-place Michigan Tech this weekend, before traveling to Colorado Springs the following week, and finishing the season with a home series against North Dakota.

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plete a 48-point second half. “It was a fun game. We just got out and started running, started playing high pressure defense again. We got a lot of turnovers, got the ball around with a lot good shots with a lot of guys. It was overall a good win for us,” Redshirt freshman guard Jaymeson Moten said. Moten finished with nine points going 3-for-4 from behind the arc as the Mavericks added another tally in the win column. “It’s good for our confi-

Zach Monaghan finished Saturday with nine points to go along tying his season-highs in assists (9) and steals (5). With just two more weekends of regular season play, the Mavericks continue to push through some fatigue and are looking for some momentum as they head to the NSIC Tournament. “We just got to stay together. It is a long season; everyone’s body is aching a little bit. We just have to hit the grind and get through it. Hopefully we can start get-

travel this weekend for two key games with Upper Iowa on Friday and Winona State on Saturday. The Peacocks of UI came to Mankato on Dec. 8th to quiet the Taylor Center as their guard Jake Hughes hit a layup as the final buzzer went off to secure a one-point win. On Saturday, the Mavericks will be tested offensively as they take on Winona State. As both teams are tied for first in the NSIC, the Warriors possess a 21-4 overall record and a tough defense.

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staff writer Once upon a time, an aspiring writer went back to her hometown of New Ulm for an 26th annual celebration called Bock Fest. All she knew was that thousands of people gathered at Schell’s Brewery with as many layers as possible and as big of cups as possible. The main focus on Bock Fest is to find one of the seven “bocks,” which are wooden cutouts hidden on the grounds. Bocks are similar to goat heads. Ones who find a bock are given between $35 and $150. Picture a wooded area, covered with snow and

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people and spilled beer. Everyone is happy and smiling and enjoying their local beer. Doors opened at 11 a.m. and there was a mile (probably more) long line to get in. If you had advanced tickets, you could walk right in whenever the gates opened so she and her friends had breakfast at one of their houses. Breakfast actually means bloody mary’s, Ice Hole, UV and Absolute. One of the people having breakfast with them was a cop, and he allowed the festers to breathalyze whenever they wanted. After about an hour of being there,

she blew a .17 BAC and didn’t even feel that drunk. Another guy in their party blew a .24 and he was still functioning fine. “Wow,” she thought to herself, “My friends and I are all alcoholics.” I think they all took shots for that. Around 11:30 a.m., they began gathering necessities to head to the brewery. Thousands of people wore snowmobiling jackets, furry hats and any other bizarre headwear they could find .750-milliliter bottles of Ice Hole, Schnapps, vodka and rum were all hidden in boots, coats and pants. People came from as far as Nebraska to stand in a wet puddle of slush covered with saw dust. Her initial thought was to record in case she couldn’t remember exactly what happened when it was time to write about it. The Brewery is a beautiful place that holds peacocks and deer in the summer, along with sprawling gardens and the gorgeous August Schell Mansion. A New Ulm tradition is Narren, which mean fools. The Narren walk around with wooden masks and ratty outfits; the description doesn’t justify how creepy they actually are. “It’s 12:10. I just got to Bockfest. There’s a sign that says limiting four beers per person at one time. There’s… uh… a lot of really enthusi-

astic people getting f**kin’ wasted. I see a lot of neon colored hats. There’s a lot of people, but not as many as I expected. There’s a lot of Porta Potties. There’s a guy in a stars and stripes outfit with helmet. Okay, trying to get some beer now,” the recording said. You could get a sheet of beer tickets for $10. She was advised to do that, but it only got her three beers. She quickly chugged one so that her remaining two could be poured into her Bubba Keg and carried around. When she remembered she had a bottle of Bacardi in her vest pocket, things looked up. All festers held bubba kegs, pitchers and giant water bottles filled with either light or dark Schell’s beer. Throughout the grounds there were heated tents where people were able to warm up. The only reason you would need to warm up is if you dressed for style rather than warmth. Carhart jackets and NorthFace vests were spotted wherever you looked, along with the rosy drunk-cold color on people’s faces. Bands were playing on different stages; no bands that you would have heard of, but typical New Ulm German Polka Music. The next recording said, “What the f**k is going on right now?” and a

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February 12 Home Video Release: Skyfall JAMES SCHYLER HOUTSMA

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One of the biggest themes present in Skyfall is resurrection. Appropriate really, because among a sea of franchises that just won’t stay dead, Bond’s 23rd outing is one of the definitive cases of a series living on to flourish into greatness. After a botched mission in Istanbul to retrieve a hard drive full of NATO agent identities leaves agent 007 presumed dead, James Bond uses the opportunity to retire to a corner of the earth. But when MI6 head M is targeted by a ghost from her past with a vendetta and a plethora of terroristic skills, Bond springs back into action to set things right, despite his now rusty skills and M’s apparent disregard of his safety. As someone who doesn’t believe in perfection, Skyfall is about as

close to perfect as they come. Acclaimed and unconventional director Sam Mendes delivers a suspenseful, slick, gorgeous, and thoughtful entry into a series that often shoots for more flash than bang, all the while paying adoring homage here and there to the best elements the franchise has to offer. Skyfall strongly showcases both sides of the cinematic coin. The core story provides a wealth of material ripe for exploration, like Bond’s fading invigoration with his job, his antagonistic, yet protective relationship with M, the origins of this iconic character, and a ruthless turncoat villain who sets the bar high for all baddies to come. All this story and character material may sound foreign given the status quo with these movies, but without it, the movie wouldn’t come close to reaching the lofty standard it has set. But this is a Bond movie we’re

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SKYFALL “This is the best James Bond movie yet.”

BOCK FEST “It’s the creativity of the attire, it’s unique, it’s the tradition and it’s the delicious beer.”

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talking about and for everything the script, director, and cast excels at, the production team is there to match with superbly staged action, stunning cinematography, and an integrally amazing soundscape. For the sake of obviousness, I may as well just say it: this is the best James Bond movie yet. If you’re not so much a fan of introspection and lean more towards constant explosions, there’s a good chance it may not be

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your favorite. That’s certainly fair enough. But on the grounds of a quality production with as much effort put into providing a deeper look into this universe as there usually is into which gadgets will be used, locales visited, or beauties Bond will seduce, Skyfall flies high. Skyfall is now available on Blu-Ray/DVD and VOD, with Netflix and Redbox adhering to the 28-day rule (3/12).

male voice says, “Well, we’re all standing around, listening to a DJ. There’s a lot of people rockin’ out and dancing.” In the background, it’s heard: “There’s people dancing, there’s food stands, everyone is f**king WASTED. It’s 1:01 p.m. I’m trashed. I already fell over once. Once again, I got separated from all of my friends and I’m okay with that. What I see now…. A lot of snow, a lot of trees and a lot of drunk b*tches. It’s like Red Rocks but with classic rock.” Two minutes later, she says, “Guy just requested a song by Kelly Clarkson and the DJ refused.” Apparently, you can only play 50’s to 90’s. Women are dancing all over. Heaters are stationed inside the tent but surprisingly not many people are standing by them Twenty minutes later,

twenty minutes of which she cannot remember, her friend and her were “walking through sawdust and a bunch of people. It’s cold as f**k.” Her friend adds, “I hate people.” She asks a random male what he thinks about Bockfest. He said, “It’s awesome! What do you think about it?!” “I think it could be better,” she replies. “How dare you!” he says. She says, “I’m not drunk enough!” only 10 minutes after saying, “I’m so wasted!” She approaches a group and says, “Hey! What do you guys think about Bockfest?! “ “We love it! Are you recording this? Cheers!” “Just tell me everything you like!” She says. “It’s the creativity of the attire, it’s unique, it’s the tradition, and it’s the delicious beer!” with lots of cheering in

the background. “There’s security and cops here this year which sucks f**kin balls because usually you can get away with anything,” said one fester. They went down into the ravine where there were more people. She biffed it down the hill but it didn’t really hurt her that badly. The next day it did. The recordings stopped after that, so when Bockfest ended, she was alone and called her dad to come and pick her up. He dropped her off at her friends where she passed out for four hours. When she woke up, she blew a .20, went downtown with her friends and called her dad for a ride home, where she passed out mid-conversation and was carried to her bed by her knight in shining armor. Bockfest: it’ll get the best of anyone.

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