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International Mavericks standing up to bullying Center hosts MSU student athletes are using their study abroad pull in the community to fight bullying in schools. fair

Kearney International Center aims to inform students about merits of studying abroad. JENNA SCHLAPKOHL

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A sea of people meander their way through the multitude of tables strategically placed amidst the busiest hallway on campus. Purple and yellow balloons dance above student’s heads, yearning to grab someone’s attention. The tables support various posters and brochures; vital information covering every open space. Knowledgeable eyes peer around the displays, prepared to unveil their pride and joy. A world of intelligence taxiing at the tip of their tongues. Running from 10am-2pm on Tuesday, Feb. 12, the Study Abroad Fair, hosted by the Kearney International Center, took over the CSU. Faculty and program representatives graced the halls with an abundance of knowledge regarding the opportunities for students to take their studies outside these walls. Within the string of tables, students were able to explore programs most suited to their wants and needs. Whether drawn to a specific country, time frame, or price range, there was a booth available to address those desires. Programs can last from a few weeks to a full academic year, and MSU has partnerships with many companies to offer more opportunities. Traveling through a study

abroad company is not the only route, however. Many faculty members host trips of their own geared towards certain majors and minors. This option allows students to travel with their class, and teachers to tailor the trip to their specific program. Among the booths presenting trips, financial aid representatives were there to help break down the money barrier that seems to deter many students from traveling. They made it known that scholarships and lower cost programs were available, making studying abroad that much more appealing. Mandy Prorok, Education Abroad Advisor and world traveler, is a huge advocate of embracing the chance to study abroad. As the main person in charge of the fair, she explained that it is “the best opportunity all semester to find out what all of your options are.” With all the information f loating around the CSU, the International Center uses their annual photo contest to show, rather than tell, what studying abroad can do for a person. Photos from around the world decorate the “fishbowl, “ the nickname give to CSU 123, showcasing the endeav-

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web photo MSU’s student athletes have come together to fight bullying, giving talks to area youth, and asking them to sign an anti-bullying pledge. The results have been largely positive. REECE HEMMESCH

sports editor Athletes are normally portrayed in the media world as the bullies within schools across the country. Try telling that to the Minnesota State University, Mankato’s athletic department, which has just launched a new Mavericks Stand Up Campaign in an effort to stop bullying within elementary schools in Mankato. The campaign hopes that this new program, which is shown to fifth graders at elementary schools in the city, will help raise student awareness to what bullying is and show them the best way to stand up against it. Stephon Walter, a graduate student at MSU first got the idea for this campaign from professional football player Ray Rice, who began his own anti-bullying campaign in October. When he presented the

idea to Nathen Christensen, the director of Marketing and Sales at MSU, Christensen jumped on the opportunity. “It’s an issue but no one has really stepped up and done anything through college athletics departments,” Christensen said. “We are teaching these kids to stand up for themselves and for their peers to these bullies. We teach them to not give the bully credit for what he is doing.” Walter believes that this program has a positive effect on these kids not just because athletes are the ones that are teaching these kids, but also due to the prominence of MSU athletics in the area. “With how close MSU is to the community, any type of Maverick involvement gets them really excited,” Walter said. “It really helps get their attention for what we’re trying to teach them.”

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Every seminar the athletic program does runs for about a half an hour, which features a video and a demonstration on bullying, put on for the kids. Mavericks mascot, “Stomper” also comes to all demonstrations along with MSU junior forward Courtney Vallarelli, a prominent role on the perennial powerhouse women’s soccer team who scored three goals in MSU’s 2012 campaign. Vallarelli has had to go through a lifetime of bullying herself due to her small stature at a younger age, which she incorporates in her story to the kids, something that on one occasion was truly grasped by the kids. “One of the seminars we were at she told her story about being picked on for being small and a girl in the

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Obama pushes for immigration reform in second term

Troubles within immigration agencies, controversy over use of drones impacting discussion.

web photo Democrats and republicans are sharply divided over the immigration issue, as Obama continues to make immigration reform a priority during his second term.

ELISE KONERZA

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President Barack made a second-term commitment to pass immigration reform and enforces it at the top of his agenda for the year. However, like all other red and blue issues in politics, his immigration reform does not

lack controversy. Obama’s own plan is almost parallel of the plan created by a bipartisan group of senators labeled the “Gang of Eight.” The plan makes it possible for 11 million illegal immigrants to attain citizenship in the United States. It would include granting “probationary legal status” for those eligible

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undocumented workers, learning English and paying taxes. However, conservatives are hesitant to agree entirely with Obama’s immigration reform as it diverges against the “border security plan.” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said he “will not be supporting any law that does not ensure that the enforcement

things happen.” The showdown over security was highlighted last week when Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano declared U.S. borders secure. She continued saying Republicans have a flawed argument about border security and that they have failed to recognize the border’s yearly improvements in contraband seizures and the number of illegal immigrants crossing the border. According to a Feb. 1 report by the U.S. Border Patrol, in 2012 nearly 365,000 people attempted to cross U.S. borders illegally – roughly a 50 percent drop since 2008 and a 78 percent drop from its peak in 2000. Border agents also apprehended more than 4.2 million pounds of narcotics and $100 million in unreported currency over that period, the report states. President for the union for Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, Chris Crane, told a House committee Tuesday that agency morale is draining because the country is allowing illegal immigrants to stay. Agents

are not able to make arrests because of overstayed visas because it’s not illegal anymore. “The agency is falling apart,” Crane said. The Senate or “Gang of Eight” plan calls for more border agents, improved technology – including the use of unmanned drones, a new national adaptation and controversy. Christopher Dorner, the homicidal former cop allegedly killed by the LAPD on Tuesday, is the first human target of airborne drones on U.S. soil. Senator Rubio wants to ensure that border security is worked into the plan to track the 11 million admitted into the country. Pat LaQua, an engineering student at Minnesota State University, Mankato thinks drones are a part of our future for both war and surveying in general. With capabilities they already have, combined with new and future technologies, drones make the possibilities virtually endless. “This can keep law en-

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Boy Scouts brass delay decision over gay membership

Differing opinions within organization and amongst sponsors prompt scout leadership to delay their decision. SAM WILMES

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The decision on whether to allow gays into the Boy Scouts of America has been postponed until May. The reason the decision was delayed is due to dissent among members — particularly among conservatives within the organization. The Boy Scouts of America website explained the decision. “After careful consideration and extensive dialogue within the scouting family, along with comments from those outside the organization, the volunteer officers of the Boy Scouts of America’s National Executive Board concluded that due to the complexity of this issue, the organization needs time for a more deliberate review of its membership policy,” the website declared. The 1,400 members of the voting council will make the final decision. Fear of mass defections came into play when making the decision, according to several sources. The

Boy Scouts receive a lot of financial assistance from religious groups, and the group’s overall message isn’t embracing to the prospect of homosexuality. “In a free society, organizations fail or f lourish according to the private choices of innumerable families, a society in which each and every organization must be equally diverse is a society which has destroyed diversity,” the organization argued during Boy Scouts V. Dale. The Supreme Court Case pitted the organization against James Dale, a gay Eagles Scout who was removed from his position of Assistant Scoutmaster in New Jersey after he came out. Dale filed suit against the organization, saying that the Boy Scouts had broken state law by discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation in places of public service. A student at Rutgers at the time, Dale won his suit in the New Jersey Supreme Court. The Boy Scouts appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. A sharply divided Supreme Court ruled for the

web photo The group’s governing body delayed their decision until May due to controversy, largely from associated religious groups.

Boy Scouts 5-4 on June 28, 2000. “We are not, as we must not be, guided by our views of whether the Boy Scouts’ teachings with respect to homosexual conduct are right or wrong; public or judicial

disapproval of a tenet of an organization’s expression does not justify the State’s effort to compel the organization to accept members where such acceptance would derogate from the organization’s expressive message,”

Chief Justice William Rehnquist ruled. “While the law is free to promote all sorts of conduct in place of harmful behavior, it is not free to interfere with speech for no better reason

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Why you should spend your Valentine’s Day listening to women talk about vaginas

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When I tell people I’m headed to Vmons rehearsal, they give me a quizzical look. I quickly follow up with, “Oh, it’s short for The Vagina Monologues. I forget that people don’t know that.” The individual I’m speaking to will occasionally nod in recognition, but more often than not, they still look completely confused. Feminist Eve Ensler wrote the full-length play after conducting interviews with more than 200 women. The play is a culmination of some of the most poignant interviews. The monologues presented are at times sweet and innocent, but can also be bitter and depressing; they showcase all sides of what it means to have a vagina. The Vagina Monologues are based on the real experiences of women across the world. They give women who have never had a voice the chance to speak up and tell their story. After seeing some of the women in my life struggle with physical, emotional and sexual abuse, I wanted to do something

to help them. When I was in high school, my cousin and I attempted to start our own non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence. We struggled through the planning stages of the organization for months, and once we finally got everything figured out, I graduated and moved to Mankato for college. We planned benefit concerts and poetry slams, but we never drew in large crowds or achieved our goals. After I moved, everything fell to pieces. When I came to Minnesota State University, Mankato, I realized that I missed the activist work I did in high school, and I also craved the adrenaline rush I received from performing in live theatre. I joined PEACE, a peer education theatre troupe dedicated to teaching the MSU community about sexual assault, bystander intervention and intimate partner violence in a fun, relaxed manner. I heard about the Vagina Monologues through the former PEACE coordinator, Megan Rae, during my first semester at MSU and after reading the entire script in the course of about two hours, decided I would be missing out if I didn’t audition. This year, I am a part of two monologues: the Introduction

to the show and The Vagina Workshop. The show’s introduction is a simple, informative and fun piece I get to perform with two lovely ladies. The Vagina Workshop is a solo piece that focuses on one woman’s experiences and fears while participating in a workshop where the women were asked to examine their vaginas with hand mirrors (Don’t worry, no one in the show will ask you to examine your vagina, nor will you see anyone else’s vagina.) These two pieces represent the carefree, light side of the collective female experience, along with monologues that rant about the evils of tampons or scream about a particular, perjorative, word they have decided to reclaim. Other stories focus on sexual assault, domestic abuse and the difficulty of being transgender in a society that doesn’t accept difference. Audiences in the past have gone from laughing one minute to being near tears the next. It’s quite an emotional rollercoaster, though it’s definitely worth it. While I love seeing the impact the production has on audiences, I almost love the impact the monologues has on the extremely powerful women involved. When attendees leave the

auditorium in our student union having learned something while also being entertained, we have done our job. The sense of community I feel with the actresses in the cast is phenomenal. When we’re not on stage, we are sitting in the dressing rooms talking about love, life, sex and everything in between. Long after the performances are over we stop and greet each other in the hallways and we support each other, no matter what. The show isn’t intimidating. It isn’t scary. I know that if I had troubles memorizing my lines or perfecting my pesky British accent, I could talk to my directors or fellow cast members. We’re not here to be perfect performers; we’re doing this to flaunt our sexuality, to embrace it and to show others that we are proud to be women and we are going to fight for equal rights, for the future of all women across the planet. We are a part of One Billion Rising, a global movement to eliminate violence against women. The Vagina Monologues are powerful, and I am so excited that I get to be a part of such a powerful movement to reclaim what it means to be a woman. Sound interesting? Why don’t you stop by and see one of the performances? (Also, for

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the record, we do allow men to attend the performance.) I can guarantee that you won’t be disappointed. Performances are Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased in the Women’s Center or at the door. Student tickets are $5, while regular admission is $8. What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than eating a chocolate vagina, which are available to purchase at the show, while watching a bunch of women talk about their vaginas? In a relationship? Drag that boyfriend of yours along. He’ll enjoy it. Besides, it’s Valentine’s Day. Isn’t that when girls are supposed to get everything they want? (I’m totally kidding about that. Valentine’s Day is for guys too.) Single? Even better. Make it a girls’ night out. Dress up and go see a play. Afterwards, go out blues dancing at the Savoy or trudge home to eat ice cream and watch chick flicks. Either way, I’m sure you’ll have a great time. Oh, and did I mention that you could get your picture taken with one of the fabulous cast members, or even one of our directors or male supporters, in a vagina costume? ‘Cause you totally can. Hope to see you there, Mavericks.

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forcement officials off the front-line as well as allow them to gain an aerial view of an arising situation,” LaQua said. “Drones can land survey for construction projects, unmanned aerial attacks, search and rescue, underground facility detection, forest fire detection and deliver supplies to troops in need – all of these benefit by keeping lives from potential danger.” Adam Wambeke however, a Spanish student at MSU reflected on the notion drones being self-responding. “I’m absolutely not okay with that,” Wambeke said. “Empathy and sympathy are required to make a decision whether to hurt or attack someone in any way. Assuming these drones use violence, I think that would be inhumane and ineffective.” “No more money or at least not that much should be spent in the same issue about immigration,” Ivan Gonzalez Espinoza, a native born of Mexico and student at The University of Texas-Pan American said. “You’ll never stop them and for what I know, they are not hurting anybody.” Senate plans make affirmative that border control most be strongly enforced and perfected. “Then we are going to be right back here again in five

to 10 years with another, three, four, five million people who are undocumented,” Rubio told conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt. Southwestern farmers are in strong support of immigration reform as Mexico immigrants have come to a near-standstill, inhibiting crop picking. Farmers have long reported shortages in labor – predating the recession. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nearly half of hired crop farm workers came to the country illegally. Of all workers, about 7 of every 10 are from Mexico. Mexico has provided a steady supply of farm laborers since the 20th century. President Obama addressed his immigration reform Tuesday in what was arguably his most important State of the Union Address saying to date, saying “it is time” and “let’s get it done.” He proposed fixing the legal immigration system “to cut waiting periods” for skilled workers who can potentially create jobs. The United States is in a state of their own waiting period for a final bill to be signed by President Obama that may come quicker than a drone strike.

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Dorner car-jacking victim unharmed BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) — There was no question. The man standing before Rick Heltebrake on a rural mountain road was Christopher Dorner. Clad in camouflage from head to toe and wearing a bulletproof vest packed with magazines, the most wanted man in America over the last week was just a few feet away, having emerged from a grove of trees holding a large, assaultstyle rifle. Teams of officers who had sought the fugitive ex-Los Angeles police officer since last week were closing in. Dorner pointed the gun at Heltebrake and ordered him to get out of his truck. “I don’t want to hurt you. Start walking and take your dog,’” Heltebrake recalled Dorner saying during the carjacking Tuesday afternoon. Dorner, who wasn’t lugging any gear, got into the truck and drove on. Heltebrake, with his 3-year-old Dalmatian Suni in tow, called police when he heard a volley of gunfire erupt soon after. A short time later, the police had caught up with a man they believe was Dorner and surrounded a cabin in which he had barricaded himself and began a standoff that was broadcast around the world and ended with the man’s death in the burning building. By day’s end, the man had mounted a last stand in a shoot-

out in which he killed a sheriff’s deputy and wounded another before the building erupted in flames. A charred body was found in the basement of the burned cabin along with a wallet and personal items, including a California driver’s license with the name Christopher Dorner, an official briefed on the investigation told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation. The coroner’s office is studying the remains to positively determine the identity. It was not clear how the cabin caught fire. Recalling his encounter, Heltebrake said on Wednesday that he wasn’t panicked in his meeting with Dorner because he didn’t feel the fugitive wanted to hurt him. “He wasn’t wild-eyed, just almost professional,” he said. “He was on a mission.” “It was clear I wasn’t part of his agenda and there were other people down the road that were part of his agenda,” he said. Dorner, 33, had said in a rant that authorities believe he posted on Facebook last week that he expected to die, with the police chasing him, as he embarked on a campaign of revenge against the Los Angeles Police Department for his firing. The apparent end came in the same mountain range where his trail went cold six days earlier, when his burning pickup truck — with guns and camping gear inside — was abandoned and on

fire near the ski resort town of Big Bear Lake. His footprints led away from the truck and vanished on frozen soil. Deputies searched door-todoor in the city of Big Bear Lake and then, in a blinding snowstorm, SWAT teams, with bloodhounds and high-tech equipment in tow, focused on scouring hundreds of vacant cabins in the forest outside of town. With no sign of him and few leads, police offered a $1 million reward to bring him to justice and end a “reign of terror” that had more than 50 families of LAPD officers who were mentioned as targets in the rant under round-the-clock protection. If the body proves to be Dorner, the death toll in his rampage would be four, including two police officers, one of them killed on Tuesday. LAPD Lt. Andrew Neiman said the agency had returned to normal patrol operations but about a dozen of the targets would continue to be protected until the remains are positively identified. “This really is not a celebration,” he said. Neiman would not answer any questions regarding what occurred in the mountains the previous day, saying it was the investigation of San Bernardino County authorities. Just a few hours after police

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EU and US pursuing trans-Atlantic trade agreement Deal would be largest trade agreement ever.

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and the United States announced Wednesday that they have agreed to pursue talks aimed at achieving an overarching trans-Atlantic free trade deal. The 27-country EU said such an agreement, first announced in Tuesday's State of the Union address by President Barack Obama, would be the biggest bilateral trade deal ever negotiated. Any agreement could boost the EU's economic output by 0.5 percent and the U.S.'s by 0.7 percent, according to some estimates. That would be a highly desirable outcome when the EU and the U.S. are both struggling with slow growth, high unemployment and high levels of debt. "Both of us need growth," said Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, the EU's executive arm on Wednesday . "And both of us have budgetary problems." In a joint statement issued released simultaneously in Washington and Brussels, President Obama, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and Barroso said they were "committed to making this relationship an even stronger driver of our prosperity". "Through this negotiation, the United States and the

European Union will have the opportunity not only to expand trade and investment across the Atlantic, but also to contribute to the development of global rules that can strengthen the multilateral trading system," they said. Trade between the U.S. and the EU is already huge, reaching €2 billion ($2.69 billion) a day, EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht said. Gary Hufbauer, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, D.C., estimates that a comprehensive agreement could boost U.S. output by about 0.7 percentage points. A high-level U.S.-EU working group on jobs and growth said the goals of the agreement would include removing import tariffs, which average 4 percent, and getting rid of other barriers to trade such as the approval processes that businesses have to go through in order to sell products on both sides of the Atlantic. Beyond that, De Gucht said, "There seems to be a consensus that the cost of a product contains about 10 percent of red tape. If you can largely make away with that, you will have the same product for a lower price without anybody paying for it." "So it would certainly affect people's lives on both sides of

the Atlantic," he told The Associated Press. And that, he said, is one way in which such the trade deal would stimulate growth. If tariffs are removed and the red tape is reduced, the product would be cheaper. This in turn would increase demand — and more jobs as the manufacturer would need to hire more people to fill the orders. "So it's giving a boost to trade, but also to industry and to services," he said. In addition, he said, consumers would benefit from lower, and more uniform, prices. If tariffs are removed, he said, the price of a bottle of French wine would be roughly the same in the U.S. as it is in Paris. De Gucht said that initial talks should start by summer. The negotiations will cover a huge array of commercial and agricultural areas. Officials hope to complete them within two years. "For these negotiations to succeed, we need above all political will," Barroso said. "These negotiations will not be easy." But he added that a successful negotiation would result in a "win-win" situation, and be "a game-changer." One example of where the two economies could benefit

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from the talks is car making: If each side recognized the other's car safety standards — or if the standards were harmonized — an auto manufacturer would not have to satisfy two different sets of requirements. But there are other areas — such as agriculture — that will prove to be more difficult to negotiate. U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said Wednesday that the U.S. plans to push the EU to relax its ban on geneticallymodified crops. That's also a top goal of U.S. Senators Charles Grassley and Max Baucus, two leading members of Congress on trade issues. "For us ... everything is on the table across all sectors, including all across the agricultural sector," Kirk said. "We want to deal with many of these nontariff barriers that frustrate our trade." Gary Hufbauer, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, D.C., said harmonizing regulations would lead to a much bigger payoff from the talks than simply eliminating tariffs. "That's going to be a long, hard road to achieve that," he said. Immediate reaction to the announcement was highly favorable.

"The German government is convinced that such an agreement would be a valuable contribution toward more growth and jobs on both sides of the Atlantic," said Steffen Seibert, a government spokesman. France, too, welcomed the announcement, saying the stakes were huge. "I want a helpful agreement, a source of opportunities for our companies in the U.S. market and a creator of jobs on French soil," said Nicole Bricq, the French minister for external trade. BusinessEurope, a federation of European business organizations, also welcomed the announcement. Juergen R. Thumann, the organization's president, said an agreement would "significantly boost economic growth on both sides of the Atlantic, strengthen the competitiveness of our main industries and restore transAtlantic leadership in trade." Claude Barfield, a trade scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, supported the idea of a U.S.-EU trade pact but said the Obama administration should finish ongoing talks on a Trans-Pacific trade agreement with several Asian nations first. Otherwise, China will push an alternative trade pact that excludes the United States.

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ors current students have embraced. The contest is only open to international students and those who have studied abroad. However, voting is open to the public. Prorok knows all the good that studying abroad can do for a person. After spending a year in Sweden and a semester in Australia she was determined to make a career out of it. Since grad school she has traveled all over the world with her job and is hoping to offer the same opportunities to students. “People who study abroad come back with an extremely unique and life-altering experience, gaining independence, foreign language skills and the ability to interact with people from different backgrounds and cultures,” explains Prorok. A few nights out of the semester the ballroom transforms into another country, immersing attendees in traditional food, music and decorations of that night’s host. Middle Eastern and Nepal Night are recent countries MSU has had the chance to explore. With over 900 international students on campus, the notion to explore the world is an evident idea on campus. It may seem like an unrealistic thought with money and distance weighing heavy on one’s mind. However, the tools made available to students quickly put the “out of the world idea” right into the palm of your hand.

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Oakdale shooter charged Nhan Lap Tran charged with second-degree murder after gunning down child.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man accused of standing in the street and firing at passing cars — killing a 9-year-old boy — had roughly 200 rounds of ammunition stuffed into his jacket pocket, a backpack and the fanny pack he wearing when arrested, prosecutors said Wednesday. Nhan Lap Tran, 34, was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder and other counts in Monday's shootings in the St. Paul suburb of Oakdale. Fourth-grader Devin Aryal died in the shootings, and his mother and another woman were injured. Two other motorists escaped as they were being fired upon, according to the criminal complaint. Authorities said Tran, of Oakdale, admitted shooting at the vehicles but did not say why. A Washington County District Court judge ordered Tran to undergo a mental health examination. Tran has no criminal record, and authorities have said they don't know of any past mental health issues. "This case is simply a senseless tragedy," Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said. "We cannot comprehend a situation where a parent loses their child in any manner, much less in this way." Along with bullets, Tran was carrying two loaded 9 mm magazines and two large knives when he was arrested. A loaded 9 mm handgun, with a bullet in the chamber, was found just feet from him. He admitted he tossed the gun aside when he saw authorities closing in, the

criminal complaint said. Fred Fink Jr. , chief of the Washington County Attorney's Office Criminal Division, estimated Tran had close to 200 rounds of ammunition in his jacket and packs when arrested. Devin Aryal had just been picked up from daycare and was riding home in a minivan when he was shot multiple times, including in the head. He died from his injuries. His mother, 39-year-old Melissa Aryal, was shot in the arm. According to the complaint and in an interview, Melissa Aryal said she was driving Monday evening when she saw a man on foot shooting at her minivan. She realized she was shot and, while injured, drove to the parking lot of a nearby Rainbow Foods. She then noticed Devin was slumped over — and she held him until an ambulance arrived. "He didn't deserve this. He was just a baby," she said Tuesday. A witness told The Associated Press that the gunman appeared calm as he walked down the block, firing his weapon. "He was nonchalant," said Cheryl Russell, a neighbor who saw the shooting. "Just walking like he was out for a stroll. It was crazy." Tran is charged with a total of six counts, including one count of second-degree intentional murder and one count of second-degree murder during an assault. He also faces charges of attempted murder and assault. Bail was set at $2 million.

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A relatively short MSSA meeting took place Wednesday night, which saw the return of a number of senators from a rally day that they, and other members of the education system, attended earlier in the afternoon at the state capitol, in order to be vocal about increasing education funding. The meeting started of with Bill Tourville, Assistant Director of Student Activities and Campus Programs, highlighting the past and future events that IMPACT provides the university. Tourville stated that, currently, IMPACT is focusing on bringing larger-scale concerts to the college, while still trying to bring in local artists as well. As the presentation went on, Tourville explained the financial aspects of campus programs, saying that they are not looking for any budget increase for next year. Senator Blake Grotewold gave his report to the student senators, speaking about a new study guide option at the Barnes

and Noble in the Centennial Student Union. Grotewold explained that the study guides are their to help students prepare for standardized chemistry tests, but stated that other classes that have standardized tests may want to look into the idea of including study guides as well. Senator Beth Madsen recounted the delegates meeting that the senators and officers attended over the weekend, mentioning a bill that is being supported by Governor Mark Dayton. Vice President David Schieler touched on the issue, saying that the bill is asking for $80 million in a budgeted allocation in order to provide up to 1,000 internships, renovating grant programs, as well as build better classrooms for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. Schieler stated that the goal is to return to the amount of state funding that the Minnesota provided in 1999, saying that tuition basically doubled for students in a four year period that began in during that time because a fallout in the state’s contribution.


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BOY SCOUTS “If you cannot stand for something, you will fall for everything. This is not about judging others, but it has everything to do with what has worked all these years.” continued from 3

than promoting an approved message or discouraging a disfavored one, however enlightened either purpose may strike the government,” Rehnquist concluded. The Boy Scouts also don’t allow atheists or agnostics — those who question God’s existence — to join. The immediate aftermath following its announcement that it was considering allowing gays prompted some organizations to end their support. Fifty United Way groups, including those in Cleveland, Miami, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle — have withdrawn funding. In a letter to the Augusta Chronicle, William Getha argued that no offense is meant to the homosexual community. “The Scout Oath calls for members to do their duty ‘to God’ and to stay ‘morally straight.’ The Scout Law states that a Scout is reverent. The majority of Americans adhere to the beliefs of the Holy Bible, in which the God of this Bible speaks against the homosexual lifestyle. Therefore, if the BSA changes its membership policy to include the gay agenda, then it must change its Scout Oath and Scout Law. If not, confusion would rule the BSA world,” Getha argued. “If you cannot stand for something, you will fall for anything. This is not about judging others, but it has everything to do with what has worked all these years. And it is about fighting for one’s beliefs,” Getha said. American public opinion seems to support lifting the ban. A Quinnipiac Poll found that 55 percent of Americans support lifting the ban and 33 percent support keeping it in place.

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SHOOTER “He took a close look at the driver and realized it was the suspect.”

BULLYING “Moving on to junior high school next year, maybe they’ll take their ideas with them.”

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announced Tuesday that they had fielded more than 1,000 tips with no sign of Dorner, word came that a man matching his description had tied up two people in a Big Bear Lake cabin, stole their car and fled. Lt. Patrick Foy with the California Fish and Wildlife Department, which aided the search, said two housekeepers surprised Dorner in the cabin when they came to clean it Tuesday morning. The women were tied up but one freed herself and call 911, Foy said. Fish and Wildlife wardens spotted the Nissan that had been reported stolen going in the opposite direction and gave chase, Foy said. The driver looked like Dorner. They lost the car after it passed a school bus and turned onto a side road, but two other Fish and Wildlife patrols turned up the road a short time later, and were searching for the car when a white pickup truck sped erratically toward them. “He took a close look at the driver and realized it was the suspect,” Foy said. That was Heltebrake’s truck. Dorner, who allegedly stole the pickup truck at gunpoint after crashing the first car, rolled down a window and opened fire on the wardens, striking their truck more than a dozen times, he said. One of the wardens shot at the suspect as he rounded a

curve in the road. It’s unclear if he was hit, but the stolen pickup careened off the road and crashed in a snow bank. The driver then ran to the cabin where he barricaded himself and got in a shootout with sheriff’s deputies and other officers, two of whom were shot, one fatally. LAPD officers used the Internet to monitor radio chatter during the shootout. “It was horrifying to listen to that firefight and to hear those words. ‘Officer down’ is the most gut-wrenching experience that you can have as a police officer,” Neiman said. With the standoff under way, officers lobbed tear gas canisters into the cabin. A single shot was heard inside before the cabin was engulfed in flames, said a law enforcement official who requested anonymity because the investigation was ongoing. Police said Dorner began his run on Feb. 6 after they connected the Feb. 3 slayings of a former police captain’s daughter and her fiance with his angry manifesto. Chief Charlie Beck, who initially dismissed Dorner’s allegations, said he would reopen the investigation into his firing — not to appease the ex-officer, but to restore confidence in the black community, which had a long fractured relationship with police that has improved in recent years.

audience stood up and said, ‘I have that same problem,’ it was neat to see them interact,” Christensen said. “It makes a difference that these are student athletes who have stories to tell, not just some average Joe speaking to them. The seminar ends with students being given the opportunity to sign a pledge stating that they will do what they can to stop bullying. So far, every student involved in the seminar has signed it,

which also gets them an orange wristband (official color of anti-bullying) that says Mavericks Stand Up. He hopes that the ideas given to these kids will not just end in the classroom either. “These kids are the oldest at their current schools so we’re hoping that this makes them lead the rest of the school to do it as well,” Walter said. “Moving onto junior high next year, maybe they’ll take their ideas with them.”

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The Side Effects of ‘Warm Bodies’

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y some celestial alignment, it’s February and there’s not one but two movies in theaters right now that aren’t so awful they make you want to melt your brain with a f lare. But assuming this is in fact Highlander, aka a situation where

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there can be only one, the choice is a complicated one. Warm Bodies comes to us courtesy of the creator of 50/50, the funniest movie about cancer, if there ever was one. After eating her boyfriend’s brain, R, a former slacker turned member of the f leshhungry undead during the zombie apocalypse forms an attraction to Julie, a human survivor, which

starts the process of reversing the zombie-ism. Now if only Julie’s zombie-hating, general father were as understanding. When it comes to the neutering of horror figures by way of sappy love story, vampires are really a safe choice, having a long association with sexuality dating back to 1931’s Dracula. But zombies!? Literal rotting, carnivorous corpses have never invoked the titillation of their more metaphorical cousins. It’s these kinds of thoughts that are the big hump to get over in enjoying Warm Bodies, mainly the questions “Why does this movie exist?” and “Was a zombie love story necessary or even a good idea?” If you’re resistant to the very concept of this movie, it’s easy to overanalyze the situation and point out the plot points like what happens to the zombies that are turned human that have been shot or dismembered or whatnot. At which point you are to promptly pull yourself back and remember that this is a zombie movie, and despite all the half-baked science we’ve scrounged up to convince ourselves a zombie apocalypse is coming (it’s not), nothing about zombies makes sense in the first place!

The thing that keeps Warm Bodies a safe distance away from the regrettably comparable Twilight movies is that it is genuinely funny (as opposed to unintentionally) as well as charming. The cast all do a fine job (even Kristen Steward doppelganger Teresa Palmer), the soundtrack choices nearly all match, the parallels to Romeo and Juliet are cute, and the movie’s feel good attitude is, dare I say, warming. And while there are small things like the CGI on the ravenous breed of zombies looking cheap, not enough John Malkovich, or a slow start that are noticeable f laws, the main barrier is just opening up to what could be an off-putting concept (especially to hard-core zombie fans). Once your acceptance is revived, it’s not hard to recognize Warm Bodies as one of the more clever genre-benders. Warm Bodies is not devoid of brains, but compared to Side Effects it may as well be the Scarecrow from Wizard of Oz. Steven Soderbergh’s supposedly final film sees the wife of a recently released financial criminal

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Mankato’s Own Phenom:

Local DJ comes out with newly recorded mixtape, ‘Northern Versatility’ a call towards the end complaining to his friend who has heard the complaints before. Once the second track “P.H.E.N.O.M” starts up, we are thrown into an automatic partystarting anthem. You’ll recognize the beat being used as “Otis” by Jay-Z and Kanye West, but that’s the beauty of a mixtape; anything goes. Pulphus’ high energy and word play seriously took me be surprise. The fourth track “See Me Fall” features rapper Double Oh!. To be fair, the singing isn’t as crisp as could be during the chorus, but Phenom brings the heat during his verses, proving he’s more than capable of handling high-powered and fast lyricism. This rapping isn’t found in the lyrics of many up-andcoming rappers these days, so having it present on Northern Versatility deserves a lot of attention. What I enjoy about this mixtape that is generally overlooked, is the

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t’s not easy to put out a successful mixtape. Often times, they are not crafted well enough to make the rapper standout from a seemingly unlimited number of mixtapes that come out every year. MSU student Brandon Pulphus, better known by his stage name Phenom, is making some noise around the Mankato area with his new mixtape Northern Versatility. The title says it all. 14 songs make up the track listing on Northern Versatility; each one showcasing the multi-faceted rapper in a new light. As the intro track “We Got Work To Do” plays, we can hear Phenom f lipping through various radio stations, becoming more and more irritated with the lack of real hip-hop receiving air-play. He then makes

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First Lady Considers Oscar Nominated Film a Power Piece

Michelle Obama says film ‘Beasts of the Wild’ is “Most powerful and most important”

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama on Wednesday gushed over the Oscarnominated film “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” calling it one of the “most powerful and most important” movies in a long time in a ringing endorsement delivered less than two weeks before this month’s Academy Awards ceremony.

The first lady commented during a Black History Month workshop at the White House for about 80 middle- and highschool students from Washington and New Orleans. The movie was set in Louisiana. Students saw the film, then got to question director Benh Zeitlin and actors Dwight Henry and 9-year-old Quven-

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zhane Wallis. Wallis stars in the mythical tale of a 6-year-old girl named Hushpuppy struggling to survive in the southern Delta with her ailing father as a storm approaches. Her world consists of a tight-knit, shantytown community on the bayou with wild animals, both real and imagined. The film won four Oscar nominations, including for best

picture, best actress and directing. Mrs. Obama said she saw the 93-minute film over the summer with a large group of friends and family who ranged in age from 3 to 73, and they were enthralled by it. “It’s rare these days to find a movie that can so completely and utterly captivate such a broad audience and that was one of the things that struck me about this movie,” she said. “It managed to be beautiful, joyful and devastatingly honest.” The first lady said “Beasts” makes viewers “think deeply about the people we love in our lives who make us who we are” and shows the strength of communities and the power they give others to overcome obstacles. “It also tells a compelling story of poverty and devastation but also of hope and love in the midst of some great challenges,” she said. Mrs. Obama also said it was “cool” that “there are so many

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important lessons to learn in that little 93 minutes.” “That a director and a set of writers and producers can say so much in just 93 minutes,” the first lady told the students. “And it doesn’t always happen in a movie, quite frankly, but this one did it, and that’s why I love this movie so much and why our team wanted to bring it here to the White House and share it with all of you.” Mrs. Obama also used the film to inspire her young audience, noting that Wallis was just 5 years old when she auditioned for the part and Henry, who runs a bakery, had never acted a day in his life. “You all have to really be focused on preparing yourselves for the challenges and the opportunities that will lie ahead for all of you. You’ve got to be prepared,” she said, urging them to go to school, do their homework every day and follow her husband’s example by reading everything they get their hands on.


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compared to Side Effects it may as well be the Scarecrow from Wizard of Oz.” continued from 11

suffering from a bout of extreme depression. After visiting a psychiatrist and getting on the newest prescription meds, an accident occurs, and everyone involved gets thrown through a blender of twists and turns. If it sounds like a basic outline, that’s because trying to discuss much more than that guides you right into the minefield of spoilers. The plot from there on is a mystery that’s dense with surprises and revelations and giving too much description would ruin most of the movie. Just know that it is worth it to know as little as possible. What can’t be said about the plot can be made up for

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PHENOM “What I enjoy about this

mixtape that is generally overlooked, is the playfulness of it. Phenom can be heard hanging out with his friends watching Fear Factor while snickering and debating if they would be up to trying the challenges on the show.” continued from 11

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with praise of the execution. Soderbergh’s trickery in hiding the twists and surrealistic style of filming evoke memories of Hitchcock’s films. Jude Law and Rooney Mara give exemplary performances, with Mara being as enigmatic as the plot. Soderbergh’s musical choices are usually uncommon but always fitting, Side Effects being no exception. The thing to realize about Side Effects is that it is a movie that is more commendable in how well made it is and stimulating to ponder upon than it is to watch and get instant gratification. There are at least two small sections where the pacing takes a breather to let you see what’s going on with

these characters, which may be a bitter pill for some. Yet the turns the story takes are so interesting and well done that by the end you’re almost grateful they took it as deliberately as they needed. Returning to the assumption that only one can be seen the answer is a fairly simple one: it depends on what you’re looking for. If a good time is all that’s required, Warm Bodies fulfills that need, being the kind of crowd-pleaser that fits right at home with our current holiday and if you’re looking for an all-around great example of filmmaking, Side Effects is just what the doctor ordered.

playfulness of it. Phenom can be heard hanging out with his friends watching Fear Factor while snickering and debating if they would be up to trying the challenges on the show. Honestly, I wish there was more of it. It’s what makes mixtapes truly embraced by the fans and gives the rapper that much more character; it adds a sense of “realness.” Nearly every rapper who has any sort of following has had this element in their mixtapes. A rapper who I believe has done this better than anyone else is Curren$y. Every single one of his mixtapes has had a different theme and it compliments the brand of rap that Curren$y has created for himself. Phenom has made a good effort trying to do this, but it isn’t present throughout the course of Northern Versatility. During Northern Versatility, the beat selection is either spot on, or off the mark a little bit. The beat used in “Mofo” was made famous by Trick Daddy; originally titled “Shut Up” and featured Duece. There seems to be

a strong reliance on trap music beats, which did turn me off to some of the songs on the mixtape. The genre has been making a come back into the public eye, but I believe if it didn’t emphasize trap as much, Northern Versatility would have been that much more dynamic. That being said, it’s a big step in the right direction. Phenom has been working hard the last year. He has been getting bookings in the Mankato area on a regular basis and deserves the recognition that will be coming his way. The groundwork has been set by Phenom with his first mixtape. There’s a lot to be proud of. But he knows just as well as anyone, the work never stops and the grinding never ends. On March 1, Phenom will be jumping on The Joyride Tour when it hits Mankato. He’ll be joining the stage with Ecid. Sean Anonomous, Prymary Others and J Mose. Tickets are $3 for presale and $5 at the door. So be sure to be at the What’s Up Lounge when doors open at 10 p.m.

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9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis: The Oscar’s Youngest Nominee

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Beasts of the Southern Wild” star Quvenzhane Wallis is an actress of talent, poise and maturity well beyond her years. She was only 5 years old when she auditioned and 6 when she played the part of Hushpuppy, a little girl of fierce strength and resourcefulness living with her daddy in a squalid slab of Louisiana swampland known as The Bathtub. She was just a regular kid from nearby Houma, La. — she’d never even acted before, and actually pretended to be a year older than she was to be considered. Now, at only 9, Quvenzhane (Kuh-VAHN-zuh-nay) is the youngest-ever actress nominee at the Academy Awards. Altogether, “Beasts” has four nominations at the Feb. 24 ceremony, including best picture. While her presence is undeniable, Quvenzhane’s nomination raises the question: How young is too young to compete for an Oscar, the film industry’s highest honor, which has eluded performers with decades more experience and acclaim? Is a child really capable of acting, with craft, or do these performances reflect uncanny instinct? Director Benh Zeitlin doesn’t think 9 is too young for such an honor. Zeitlin, who is up for a best-director Oscar himself with just his first feature, praised Quvenzhane for the incredible sense of self she displayed from the beginning. But he also recalled one day when she seemed to be struggling on set, and he took her aside to ask what was wrong. “’I know. I can’t snap it today. Normally I can snap it,’” he remembered her saying.

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“The fact that she had an internal sense of when she’s in character, when she’s getting the emotions right and feeling it, is really special even in experienced actors, but especially someone of her age to have that sort of self-awareness.” Justin Henry, who remains the youngest-ever Oscar nominee in any category for 1979’s “Kramer vs. Kramer,” said that in some ways it’s a purer form of acting at this age. Henry was just 6 years old and had never acted when a casting director came to his Rye, N.Y., school looking for someone to play Billy, the little boy at the center of Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep’s custody battle. He was 7 when he shot the film and 8 when he was nominated for best supporting actor; he lost to 78-year-old Melvyn Douglas for “Being There.” (Tatum O’Neal is still the youngest Oscar winner in any category; she was 10 when she earned the supportingactress Oscar for 1973’s “Paper Moon.”) A voting Academy member, Henry said he thought it was “awesome” to see Quvenzhane get nominated for the acclaimed Fox Searchlight indie drama, which he called the best movie of the year. Now 41 with a 7-year-old daughter of his own, he looks back at his own nomination and acknowledges: “I didn’t even know what it meant. ... I just remember being nervous as hell about having to give a speech in front of 3,000 people.” “That’s the great thing about acting: In some ways, it’s a child’s game,” said Henry, who

went on to play Molly Ringwald’s wisecracking younger brother in the John Hughes classic “Sixteen Candles” and now specializes in web video distribution. “You’re just pretending, so sometimes it’s easy when you’re a kid. You just kind of follow your instincts.” Tracy Tofte, who was only 11 when she was chosen to play daughter Heather Owens on the 1980s sitcom “Mr. Belvedere,” agreed that she didn’t understand the enormity of what she was doing. She’d started acting at 9 under the stage name Tracy Wells and booked 17 national commercials in her first year, including a Pepsi ad in which she danced with Michael Jackson. “From the adults around me, I took off their energy that it was a big deal,” Tofte, now a 41-year-old real estate agent in Santa Clarita, Calif., said of being cast in the series. “As an adult, I look back and I totally get it but as a kid, no. You’re just, ‘Wow, my mom and dad are happy and my agent’s happy and this’ll be fun.’” Tofte hasn’t seen “Beasts” but said of Quvenzhane: “I’m sure this young girl did a phenomenal job and deserves the nomination, but there are veteran actors and actresses who have never had those accolades and they’ve been working their craft and dealing with the ups and downs of this industry.” Intriguingly, Quvenzhane is up against the oldest-ever best actress nominee, 85-year-old

French veteran Emmanuelle Riva of “Amour.” Rounding out the field are Jessica Chastain for “Zero Dark Thirty,” Jennifer Lawrence for “Silver Linings Playbook” and Naomi Watts for “The Impossible.” The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences declined a request to comment on Quvenzhane’s youth. Thelma Adams, contributing editor at Yahoo! Movies and a longtime awards prognosticator, points out that Shirley Temple was already well on her way to a career by the time she was 6, the same year she earned an honorary juvenile Oscar. “There was a lot of craft to what she was doing,” Adams said. “With (Quvenzhane’s) performance, it’s kind of a life force. They’ve captured this wonderful little girl ... but it’s not an acting performance.” “I’ve seen her at parties,” added Adams, the mother of two teenagers who perform. “I know she can get up in her party dress and charm, but I also saw a little girl who’d rather be riding a pony at a kids’ party. ... To have her nominated, it’s not good for her, no matter how great she was in the movie — and she was terrific — but this red carpet thing is a grind.” But it’s exactly that kind of passion that drives such extraordinary kids, said John West, headmaster at The Mirman School for highly gifted children in Los Angeles, whose alumni include actors Crispin Glover, Masi Oka (“Heroes”) and David

Dorfman (“The Ring” movies). “I’m not sure they fathom the importance of the honor. They fathom the importance of the work they do — that’s far more important,” he said. “Any of our students who have been engaged in the arts don’t do it because they’re looking for approval or glory. They’re doing it because the work itself in some unique way touches them in their own lives.” West has no problem with Quvenzhane’s nomination: “People throw around all the time that someone is an old soul packaged in a very young body, and as cliched as that may be, it’s true.” But Zeitlin said Quvenzhane was still very much a little kid on the set: “She would say things to me like, ‘Benh, I’m only 6 years old, you need to use smaller words,’ or ‘I’m gonna get cranky sometimes.’ She had this awareness almost like an observer of a child.” He also points out that Quvenzhane is nothing like the girl she played. “Hushpuppy as a character is going through unbelievable circumstances. She’s damaged, she’s morose, she’s contemplative, she’s quiet, she has this great burden on her shoulders,” Zeitlin said. “Quvenzhane Wallis is the most carefree, fun-loving, goofy, playful person you can imagine, and she had to put herself in that skin on a consistent basis.”

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Mavericks split over weekend, snap four-game losing skid

MSU could not find the offensive explosiveness to earn a sweep over Minnesota Duluth but would leave UMD with a win for the first time in February.

peter menke • msu reporter Junior forward Kelsie Scott scored a pivotal goal in MSU’s 2-1 victory over Minnesota Duluth last weekend. She now has three goals and two assists on the weekend.

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The Minnesota State University, Mankato women’s hockey team had a .500 series this past weekend, splitting a two-game series with the No. 10 ranked University of Minnesota, Duluth Bulldogs. The Mavericks ended a four-game losing streak Saturday, as they were able

to pull off an intense 2-1 victory in the first of two games. The Mavericks got off to a good start with the first two goals of the game, scored by Kelsie Scott and Lauren Smith respectively, giving them enough cushion to secure the victory, even after a third period goal by UMD’s Jenna McParland.

The second game showed a rejuvenated Mavericks team, but it also featured a Bulldogs team that was hungry for revenge. The Mavericks put up a valiant effort, but the scoring power of Brienna Gillanders and the rest of UMD’s offensive attack was too much for MSU, as they fell in the second game

at a final score of 4-2. “We had great goaltending and special teams that allowed us to win,” Head Coach Eric Means said, as he summarized his team’s performance over the weekend. “I thought we played better on Sunday, but just gave them a couple goals that cost us the game.” After this weekend, the Mavericks currently sit sixth in the WCHA standings, with a 10-17-3 record overall, and a 6-15-3 in conference play. With the regular seasons quickly dwindling, only one home series remains for the Mavericks and it is slated for this upcoming weekend, as they face off against the St Cloud State University Huskies. The Huskies currently sit in last place in the WCHA, with an 8-20-2 record overall and a 4-19-1 mark in conference play. When MSU and SCSU faced off in early December, it was yet another split decision for the Mavericks. In the first game, the Mavericks pulled off a 2-1 victory. In the second game, things were much different, as the Huskies put together a wellrounded offensive performance, scoring five goals to the Mavericks’ two. The Mavericks hope to pull off a pair of wins this

weekend, and with this being the last home series of the regular season, and the last chance the seniors of the team will have a chance to play in front of the home fans, the amount of motivation and drive has a chance to be at a higher level than usual. “I think with this being the last home games of the year, you always have more motivation to play well.” Means said. Only two weekends of hockey remain for the Mavericks. They face off with St. Cloud State this weekend, and follow with their final series of the regular season, taking on the Ohio State Buckeyes from there. The Mavericks are pretty set with their sixth place spot in the standings, with not enough time remaining in the season to move up or down. With senior Lauren Barnes continuing to pile on her already-stellar season, along with the hope that some of the younger players on the team can continue to gel and make strides for what lies ahead next season, the Mavericks have big plans not only for what remains this season, but also for the future. There is a lot of work to be done to this point, and a lot to look forward to as well.

NBA just misses on All-Star Weekend If the National Basketball Association wants to make a move regarding performance and ratings during their coveted All-Star Weekend, a simple change must be made: let the big-time performers perform. JOEY DENTON

staff writer For the enthusiastic sports fans like me, the month of February is a great month for the world of sports. There’s the Super Bowl to start the month off right, followed by the Daytona 500, which is basically the only NASCAR race I watch from start to finish, and there’s the NBA all-star game. The basketball fan-favorite weekend starts on Friday night with the All-Star Celebrity game featuring some of the best actors, musicians and

other athletes competing on the hardwood. Once I saw that comedian Kevin Hart and former NBA All-star Dikembe Mutombo were going to be on the same court, I already started to laugh. Following the game, the future all-stars of the NBA take the court, and this season coaches Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley drafted the best rookies and sophomores in the NBA to show off their creativity and athleticism. Even though Saturday night isn’t usually the night to stay at home, one of the most exciting

events happens that night with the Skills competition, 3-point shootout and dunk competition. Then on Sunday it goes down. The world gets to witness the greatest pick-up basketball game in the world with famous people watching these superstars play around for three quarters then end strong in the fourth quarter. Even though defense isn’t a priority in the game, the glamorous passes and acrobatic dunks are a sight to see. Throughout the years of watching the best of the best go at it in every sport, the NBA

does the best at making the All-Star weekend a celebration of the game. Minus defense and rebounding, the league demonstrates how athletically gifted these players are in every aspect of the game with passing, shooting, dunking and scoring. It amazes me every year what these human beings can physically do. Also, with all the games and competitions, the idea of having the best point guards in the world show off their playmaking skills, some of the best athletes in the world showing their

athleticism by flying in the air during the dunk competition and the best three point shooters showing how hard it is to make threes under pressure is a thing of beauty. Whether it’s a good thing or not, the NBA also does a great job of getting more players involved with the weekend. With the combination of the rookie challenge, the competitions and the actual game, the number of athletes competing during the weekend are around 50. Even with all the glamour

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MSU’s final three weekends

Michigan Tech (10-14-4) at Minnesota State (18-9-3)

If MSU plans on hosting a first-round matchup in the WCHA or heading to the Final Five in St. Paul, they’ll have to perform in their last three weekend series’ against these squads:

Friday and Saturday • Verizon Wireless Center RECAP: Minnesota State enters the series ranked a season-high ninth in the latest USCHO. com poll, the ninth week that MSU has appeared. The ranking is the team’s highest since the 2008-09 season, in which the Mavericks peaked at no. 10, and its second-highest ever. MSU was ranked no. 8 in a USA Today poll in 2003. The Mavericks currently sit in fourth in the WCHA, and trail league-leading St. Cloud State with just three series remaining. MSU will host Michigan Tech this weekend and travel to Colorado Springs for its final road contest of the year the following week, before returning home to face the red-hot University of North Dakota in both teams’ regular season finale.

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HISTORY: The 10th-ranked Mavericks will be hosting this weekend as Michigan Techcomes to try to the Verizon Wireless Center to try and knock the Mavericks down. The all-time series between these two has been a tight one with the Huskies owning the series lead on the Mavericks at a 25-16-4 clip. These two teams have yet to play each other this year but did try each other four times last year with the series going two apiece. The first series last year took place in Houghton, Mich. with each team earning a victory. The Huskies led off the series shutting out the Mavericks 1-0 in the first game with MSU following up with a 6-3 victory. Towards the end of the season the Huskies traveled to Mankato where an offensive weeekend took place with MSU taking game one 5-3 and Michigan Tech taking the second 7-3.

MSU NOTES: MSU has won 15 of its last 20 games, and is 19-9-3 overall following a 4-2, 5-1 road sweep of conference foe Minnesota Duluth.Senior Eriah Hayes earned WCHA Offensive Player of the Week honors, after the right wing netted a league-high seven points, including a hat-trick on Saturday.Freshman Teddy Blueger took home WCHA Rookie of the Week honors, following a four-point weekend, including a pair of game winning goals. The Mavericks are led in points by Matt Leitner with 33 on the season, followed by Eriah Hayes with 28, JP LaFontaine with 27 and Zach Lehrke with 20. In the net MSU is led by Stephon Williams, who is 15-7-2 on the season.

MICHIGAN TECH NOTES: Michigan Tech is 5-4-1 in their last 10, including an 8-2 blowout victory over in-state rival and future WCHA member Northern Michigan and are 10-14-4 overall. The Huskies are led by sophomore Blake Pietila, a fifth round draft pick of the NHL’s New Jersey Devils, and freshman sensation Alex Petan. Pietila leads MTU with 14 goals, while Petan’s 26 points are good enough for 15th in the conference. The Huskies have made heavy use of freshman goaltender Phoenix Copley this season. The rookie has a .910 save percentage through 18 starts, while senior counterpart Kevin Genoe sits at .902 through 11 starts. PREDICTION: Although the Huskies dominated a depleted North Michigan last week, the series is a must-win for the Mavericks, who could still find themselves firmly on the bubble come tournament time, especially with a pair of tough opponents on the docket in Colorado College and North Dakota. Overall, Mike Hastings’ squad should have little trouble dispatching a disappointing Huskies team that has struggled on the road this season.

Archive photo Freshman forward Teddy Blueger will be relied upon heavily from here on out with only three series’ left on MSU’s schedule. From There it’s the WCHA playoffs where the Mavericks are currently fighting for a home matchup in the first round.

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All-Star Weekend continued from 15 and fun the weekend brings, every year the NBA fails to give the fans what they want. After looking at the lineups for the competitions taking place on Saturday, my first thought was why? Let’s look at the dunk competition, there’s Gerald Green, Terrence Ross, James White, Eric Bledsoe, Jeremy Evans and Kenneth Faried. What do they all have in common? They are not all-stars. How can the league even put together a dunk competition without the best dunkers and expect good ratings? So what if they are athletic, the world doesn’t want to see bench players take the stage. They want to see the players who occupy the SportsCenter top 10 plays every night such as Lebron James, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Even with Bledsoe in the competition, they are still miss-

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ing the biggest parts of the Lob City L.A. Clippers. Even with the 3-point competition, there’s no Ray Allen, Mario Chalmers, Kyle Korver, Kevin Durant or even James Harden. It’s understandable some of these players are having bad years, but these are some of the most well-known three-point shooters in the league and NBA fans want to see them. I understand that some of these all-stars want to use this weekend for fun and for relaxation, but this is still a business and for the stars to decline every year to compete in these events is not fair to the fans and the organization that have to watch bench players compete on Saturday. You have to give the NBA and the game of basketball some credit though. Back in the day it seemed that Michael Jordan,

Vince Carter and Dominique Wilkins took the dunk contest stage every year. Well, that was because they were the only ones who could do that. It is amazing how much more athletic these NBA players are these days. The dunks that even the bench players can do is astounding compared to even ten years ago when it seemed that Air Jordan and Vince Carter did the impossible. Those dunks are warm-up dunks to the NBA players today. There is nothing like NBAAll Star Sunday though. After working your butt off at school and your job during the week then working and recovering from the bar-muda triangle during the weekend, everything that was stressing you out just goes out the window for three hours to watch some great basketball.

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NCAA football looks into new rule regarding hits to the head After repeated attempts to try and make football more safe in the collegiate and professional world, the NCAA might have their new answer to the aging problem concerning football players and head injuries. (AP) -- A college football player who delivers a hit to the head of a defenseless opponent could be kicked out of the game next season under an NCAA proposal that took a step forward Wednesday. The NCAA Football Rules Committee said it had unanimously approved strengthening of the penalty for intentional abovethe-shoulder hits. The 15-yard penalty will now have an ejection tacked on, assuming the Playing Rules Oversight Panel approves the plan next month. Player safety was the theme of the committee’s three-day meeting in Indianapolis, with the ejection for targeting the most noticeable change fans will notice in 2013 across all NCAA divisions. The committee also tweaked the rule on below-the-waist blocks. Perhaps one of the stranger rule changes, and one Boise State fans surely will notice, would require teams to have either their jerseys or pants contrast in color to the playing field. The Mountain West had barred the Broncos from wearing all-blue uniforms on their blue turf during conference games last season.

As for the high hits, chairman and Air Force coach Troy Calhoun said the committee wanted to address clear instances where a defender is leading with the crown of his head to hit a defenseless player above the shoulders. “It’s a real problem in the sport,” he said, “and we need to eliminate it.” Last season, Calhoun said, there were 99 targeting penalties called in the Football Bowl Subdivision that, under the proposed rule, would have called for an ejection. He said the player on the receiving end of the hit in many cases sustained a concussion or other type of injury that caused him to miss significant playing time. “It’s not a gigantic number,” Calhoun said of the 99. “Ultimately, our goal is zero. Is that realistic? I don’t know if zero is. But I know any time you involve an ejection, we’re going to see that number go down drastically immediately.” If the penalty occurs in the first half, the player would be ejected for the remainder of the game. If the penalty occurs in

the second half or overtime, the player is ejected for the remainder of the game and the first half of the next game. The rule would allow for the ejection portion of the penalty to be reviewed through video replay. The replay official must have conclusive evidence that the penalized player didn’t intentionally target a defenseless player in order to overturn the call on the field. Calhoun said the 15-yard portion of the penalty would not be reviewable. The committee also attempted to simplify the blocking-belowthe-waist rule, which was found to be unevenly enforced and difficult to teach to officials, Calhoun said. Now low blocks delivered from in front of the defender anywhere on the field are legal and low blocks from the side or back are not. Previously, whether a player could block below the waist depended on his position at the snap, whether he was stationary or which direction he was moving after the snap. The contrasting colors rule would appear to target Boise State.

The Broncos like to wear all-blue uniforms while playing on their blue home turf. The rule would prevent players from being “camouflaged,” Calhoun said. Opposing coaches have complained that the Broncos’ all-blue uniforms make it difficult to prepare for games at Boise because it’s hard to differentiate Broncos’ players against the blue backdrop. The rule, of course, also would apply to teams that wear all green uniforms on green turf or, in Eastern Washington’s case, all red on its red turf. “Our whole point is we want to be completely respectful of those institutions that have differentcolored fields, especially ones that aren’t green, but still make sure there are some contrasting colors worn by that squad,” Calhoun said. The NCAA rule might clash with the agreement that Boise State reached with the Mountain West to stay in the league. The school previously said the conference agreed not to impose uniform restrictions on Boise State. Boise State coach Chris Petersen was not available for com-

ment, and an athletic department spokesman said the school does not have any immediate reaction to the proposed rule change. Other proposed rules from the NCAA include: Adding a 10-second runoff with less than a minute remaining in either half when the sole reason for the clock to stop is an injury. Calhoun said the intent is to prevent players from faking injuries to stop the clock. Establishing 3 seconds as the minimum amount of time required to be on the game clock in order to spike the ball to stop the clock. Allowing the use of electronic communication by the on-field officiating crew. Such devises were used successfully in an experiment in the Southeastern Conference. The equipment would not be required. Allowing the Big 12 to experiment with using an eighth official on the field in conference games. This official would be placed in the backfield opposite the referee and, according to Calhoun, would add another set of eyes to detect holding on the offensive line.


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