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Anthropology Department hosts third annual Anthropology Day Study of humans celebrated with trivia, contests, food-shelf donations, and more.

LUKE LARSON Staff Writer The Anthropology Department is celebrating the third annual Anthropology Day today. Anthropology Day is a global event hosted by the American Anthropological Association (AAA) as a way for “anthropologists to celebrate our discipline while sharing it with the world around us,” according to the AAA’s website, www. The AAA notes that it will be celebrated by over 150 colleges and universities this year, in addition to K-12 schools and other organizations. One of the original planners of the AAA’s inaugural Anthropology Day in 2015 was MNSU alumnus Joshua Anderson. Today’s celebration at MNSU will be held at the Anthropology Department office, Trafton North 359 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will feature prizes, a trivia contest, cake, snacks, and

tours of the department at 10, 11, and noon. Community service is an important part of Anthropology Day and this year the department’s goal is to collect $150 in donations and 150 pounds of food for the ECHO Food Shelf. Food donations can still be dropped off today and tomorrow outside Trafton North 359. This year’s Anthropology Day is being celebrated as part of MNSU’s sesquicentennial celebrations. Last year’s event featured a talk entitled “Women and Power in African Communities: The Case of Tanzania” by Dr. Rosemarie Mwaipopo. Anthropology Day is aimed at creating awareness for the study of anthropology. Dr. Chelsea Mead says that “a lot of times students [and] people in the general community have never heard of anthropology before. The point of the day is to share what anthropology is, get people to have an awareness of what the discipline is about, have some fun, share what we do, and celebrate our discipline.” Dr. Kathleen Blue explains that anthropology “is the study of all humans in all

times and places.” “Almost anything has a human component,” she says. She notes that anthropology is divided into four subdisciplines: a r c h a e o l o g i c a l , cultural, biological, and linguistic. Archaeological anthropologists try to understand how humans lived in the past by analyzing the physical clues they left behind. Cultural anthropologists s tudy contempor ar y human culture. Biological anthropologists, says Blue, study the “biological aspects of the human.” Linguistic anthropologis t s are concerned with how humans use language. Dr. J. Heath Anderson puts anthropology this way: “[It is] the most scientific of the humanities and the most humanistic of the social sciences.” Dr. Anderson, who has a focus in archaeology, is working on a site in central Mexico to understand the ancient Toltecs, a civilization that predated the Aztecs. His research focuses on how complex societies reorganize following collapse. He says that “one of [his] favorite things [he] gets to do” is

Photo courtesy of the Anthropology Department speak at high schools about his research and the study of anthropology in general. “What distinguishes anthropology from other social sciences is that it is holistic,” he says. “We’re not just interested in economic behavior like economists, we’re not just interested in what’s going on in people’s heads like psychologists, we’re not just interested in things that are written down and things about the

past like historians. We are interested in all aspects of human behavior, all aspects of humanity, and, crucially, we don’t think you can understand human beings unless you take all of that into account.” More information on MNSU’s celebration of Anthropology Day can be found at the Anthropology Department’s webpage, w w anthropology.

Maverick profile: Meet Stone-Andy Ngale Nguenkam

MARJAN HUSSEIN Staff Writer “Work will be tough, life will be tough, friends will be tough. Everything will be tough at some point, but the one thing that will never


be tough throughout one’s lifetime is time and truly being yourself; find who you are and be that,” are the wise words of Stone-Andy Ngale Nguenkam, a remarkable individual who is keen on making his mark in the world. Nguenkam is a phenomenal leader, currently the president of his fraternity, Tau Kappa Epsilon, and a bank teller at the Wells Fargo on campus. He was also heavily involved in various

clubs last semester, such as the Accounting Club and the Black Intelligent Gentlemen, holding a leadership position in all of them. Nguenkam’s diverse perspective on issues, his cool attitude, and his energetic outlook on life truly make him stand out from the crowd. Nguenkam is a senior pursuing a degree in accounting and business law. “As far back as I can remember I have always

wanted to do something related to accounting,” Nguenkam said. “My mother always tells the story of how every time we would drive by my uncle’s bank as a child, I would always scream about how we should stop and pop in to do so many countless things.” Nguenkam actually finds it funny that he is now living his childhood dream of working at a bank. Nguenkam also stated that he had always

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performed exceptionally well in math when he was younger but could not correlate mathematics with other subjects like physics or chemistry. When he stumbled upon accounting it was as if he had finally found something he clicked with. Nguenkam is originally

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Continued from page 1 from the West African country of Cameroon, having travelled numerous times to and from America before finally settling in the U.S. in his late teens. He completed high school in the U.S. and is grateful that he was introduced to accounting courses during his senior year. Nguenkam chose to work at Wells Fargo when he came to college. The bank provides services to students all year long and is located right on campus. “Working at Wells Fargo is like being at the forefront

also likes the buzz of always being on campus and says that seeing friends, faculty, and staff all going about their daily business is also unique. “Wells Fargo is a prestigious organization with hardworking people who are down to earth, empathizing with any situation one is going through. It has become like a second family to me,” Nguenkam said. “There are so many bonds I have formed while working at Wells Fargo and every day I get to learn something new, making the job experience extraordinary.”

“Knowing that I can provide some type of solution to people’s numerous number of problems is really what drives me to come to work each day.” of the bank,” Nguenkam said. “Plus, being able to recognize any needs beyond what I can provide and having the knowledge of directing individuals in the correct pathway is pretty cool.” He

“Knowing that I can provide some type of solution to people’s numerous number of problems is really what drives me to come to work each day,” Nguenkam said. “Creating that vibrant

atmosphere and spreading it to everyone I see is also a vital aspect in my life.” Nguenkam spoke very highly of Wells Fargo bank for having taught him several things, and he plans on carrying these life lessons with him everywhere he goes. However, balancing his work life with his social and academic life is not a walk in the park, he says. Every area he is involved in requires his undivided attention and full dedication. Nguenkam also has a lot of responsibility on his shoulders as the leader of his fraternity. “The code of TKE is to build better men for a better world, and as a senior on my way to complete college, I believe this is the golden opportunity given to me to truly make a change before I move on to greater things,” Nguenkam said. He considers becoming president of his fraternity one of his greatest achievements. Nguenkam strives to make everything he does fun while still maintaining a professional standpoint, which makes things a bit easier for him. He also tries his best to hit the gym to blow off some steam whenever he gets the time.

Immigrant workers, families to protest by staying home PHIL ADELPHIA (AP) — Organizers in cities across the U.S. are telling immigrants to miss class, miss work and not shop on Thursday as a way to show the country how important they are to America’s economy and way of life. “A Day Without Immigrants” actions are planned in cities including Philadelphia, Washington, Boston and Austin, Texas. The protest comes in response to President Donald Trump and his 1-month-old administration. The Republican president has pledged to increase deportation of immigrants living in the country illegally, build a wall along the Mexican border, and ban people from certain majority-Muslim countries from coming into the U.S. He also has blamed high unemployment on immigration. Em p l oye r s and institutions in some cities were already expressing solidarity Wednesday

with immigrant workers. Washington restaurateur John Andrade said he would close his businesses Thursday, and David Suro, owner of Tequilas Restaurant in Philadelphia and a Mexican immigrant, said he also planned to participate. The Davis Museum at Wellesley College in Massachusetts said it would remove or shroud all artwork created or given by immigrants to the museum through Feb. 21. In New Mexico, the state with the largest percentage of Hispanic residents in the nation, school officials worried that hundreds of students may stay home on Thursday. Students who take part in the protest will receive an unexcused absence, Albuquerque school officials said. Organizers in Philadelphia said they expect hundreds of workers and families to participate. “Our goal is to highlight

the need for Philadelphia to expand policies that stop criminalizing communities of color,” said Erika Almiron, executive director of Juntos, a nonprofit group that works with the Latino immigrant community. “What would happen if massive raids did happen? What would the city look like?” Almiron said that while community groups have not seen an uptick in immigration raids in the city, residents are concerned about the possibility. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney is among leaders in several cities nationwide who have vowed to maintain their “sanctuary city” status and decline to help federal law enforcement with deportation efforts. Many people who make the choice to skip work Thursday will not be paid in their absence, but social media posts encouraging participation stressed that the cause is worth the sacrifice.

Photo courtesy of Nguenkam “My advice to any individual going through hard times is to be yourself through every challenge and, during those rough hours, talk to people you can connect with on another spectrum, those closest to you,” Nguenkam said. “Whatever challenges you face today will be your strength tomorrow, so always keep a positive mindset in life.” Nguenkam’s future endeavors include starting up his own company or owning his own business at some stage in his life. Nguenkam is getting ready to face the world head on after graduation, beginning with a job at an accounting firm he managed to secure over the past year. Nguenkam

also stated that acquiring money should not be the main objective in people’s lives. Instead, money should be used as a tool to get to a higher level and achieve greater targets. Nguenkam clearly shows what true leadership is about by always keeping in mind that he must empower others and guide them to something better. Nguenkam is a special embodiment of Maverick pride, and without a doubt he will forever cherish all he has learned in his college years and will pass on his knowledge through everything he indulges in.










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Trump criticizes ‘fake media’ on Flynn story NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump stepped up his attacks on the “fake media” Wednesday but the media was fighting back, objecting to a presidential news conference that avoided tough questions and, in the case of one MSNBC program, banning presidential aide Kellyanne Conway from the air. Trump tweeted and voiced complaints about the media’s treatment of his ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn and the “criminal” leak of details on Flynn’s discussion with Russians. Flynn is out after less than a month, with White House saying Trump lost confidence in him for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about talks with the Russian ambassador. The president held a news conference prior to meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. As he did during the past week following meetings with leaders of Canada and Japan, Trump called on reporters

from friendly news outlets. On Wednesday, he chose David Brody, a columnist for the Pat Robertson-founded Christian Broadcast Network, and Katie Pavlich, editor of the conservative web site Brody invoked Flynn, asking if the national security job vacancy would affect the administration’s attitude toward the U.S. nuclear deal with Iran. Trump used that question to complain about unfair media treatment of Flynn. He blamed people upset with his victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton for being responsible for media leaks. Pavlich asked Trump about compromises he would seek from Israel and the Palestinians to achieve peace. The questions left other reporters frustrated by a lost opportunity to ask about

reports that the Trump campaign had been in contact with Russian officials before his election. Trump smiled and walked away when one reporter shouted out if he could ask about Flynn. “I wanted to jump up and say, ‘You fired him. Why did you fire him?’” said ABC News’ Jonathan Karl. CNN’s Jim Acosta said the administration was clearly trying to avoid questions, adding that Trump could “only be shielded for so long.” Conway, meanwhile, won’t be answering questions on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program, at least for a while. Show co-host Mika Brzezinski said Wednesday that Conway wouldn’t be allowed on the three-hour public affairs program, which has had a love-hate relationship with Trump over the course of the campaign. Brzezinski said she won’t book Conway, “because I don’t believe in fake news or information that is not

true. Every time I’ve seen her on television, something’s askew, off or incorrect.” It’s been a rough stretch for the presidential counselor. She said on MSNBC Monday that Trump had “full confidence” in Flynn, hours before he lost his job. A government ethics panel urged the White House to discipline her for urging Fox News Channel viewers to buy Ivanka Trump’s products. NBC’s Matt Lauer admonished her, “Kellyanne, that makes no sense,” during a “Today” show interview on Tuesday. Then there was Kate McKinnon’s portrayal of an unhinged Conway on “Saturday Night Live.” CNN said last week that it had turned down a chance to book her on Jake Tapper’s Feb. 5 program because she had credibility issues; Conway has said she told them she was

Photos courtesy of The Associated Press unavailable that day. Tapper then interviewed Conway on his weekday program two days later, although she hasn’t been on the network since. The White House has banned its officials from appearing on the network. N B C News said B r ze z i n s k i ’s statement reflected the views of one program, not the network as a whole. The decision is potentially confusing for both viewers and NBC executives, said Mark Feldstein, a journalism professor at the University of Maryland. What are viewers to think if a source is deemed not credible enough to be on one show but appears on the same network three hours later? While she wasn’t on “Morning Joe,” she was on NBC News’ higher-profile “Today” show on Tuesday. She’s not the only Trump administration of ficial who has clashed with the media over facts. Trump aide Stephen Miller was scolded by an angry George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday for not giving evidence to support a claim of voter fraud. White House press secretary Sean Spicer was criticized after his first White House briefing for giving untrue statements about the

inauguration. “Where do you stop?” Feldstein said. “Conway isn’t the only member of the administration who has a truth-telling problem. It starts at the very top. Can you stop putting Donald Trump on the air if what he says is false? You can’t. He’s the president of the United States.” CBS News “Face the Nation” host John Dickerson, while emphasizing he’s not talking about the “Morning Joe” decision, said it’s important to get the administration’s views on the record, whether or not they prove accurate. “Part of my job is allowing the administration to explain

itself to people and not interrupt them so much they can’t ever get their point of view across,” Dickerson said. “They say what they believe, and then you interrogate them.” He said he wished he could ask questions that came with a dose of the truth serum sodium pentothal “to get the perfect, truth-filled answers, but that is not going to happen.”

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Cracks may offer clues to California dam’s troubles Six months before rushing water ripped a huge hole in a channel that drains a Northern California reservoir, state inspectors said the concrete spillway was sound. As officials puzzle through how to repair it, federal regulators have ordered the state to figure out what went wrong at Oroville Dam. Earlier inspection reports offer potential clues, including cracks on the spillway surface that could either be cosmetic or indicate deeper problems. In recent years, construction crews patched cracks — including in the area where water burrowed a huge pit last week. If past repairs were not done properly, water could infiltrate and eventually tear through the concrete. Damage to the main spillway triggered a series of problems that threatened to unleash a torrent of water on cities downstream. On Tuesday, officials said the immediate danger had passed, and allowed nearly

nation’s tallest at 770 feet, went into the half-mile-long spillway in 2014 and 2015 and did not find any concerns. “Conditions appeared to be normal,” the inspector wrote in reports from both years. Getting into the channel affords both a closer view of cracks as well as a chance to tap it with a special hammer, with the sound telling a trained ear whether the concrete is solid or there may be erosion in the earth below. Last August, a team of inspectors only checked the channel from vistas around it, not inside. They concluded that everything looked fine. The inspection came as California was enduring a five-year drought, and the channel rarely was used to relieve pressure on Oroville Lake, which is about 70 miles north of Sacramento. An extraordinarily wet subsequent six months changed that. Dam managers were

“Damage to the main spillway triggered a series of problems that threatened to unleash a torrent of water on cities downstream.” 200,000 residents to go home after evacuation orders scattered them for nearly two days. Inspectors with the state agency that both operates and checks the dam, the

draining water last week from the fast-filling reservoir into the Feather River below when the pit appeared. They temporarily stopped the releases and the reservoir kept rising — pushing

Rocks are loaded onto trucks as part of the efforts to repair the Oroville Dam Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, in Oroville, Calif. The Oroville Reservoir is continuing to drain Wednesday as state water officials scrambled to reduce the lake’s level ahead of impending storms. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) water over its lip and down a hillside, where erosion prompted concerns that a broader failure was imminent. Experts said problems like the cracks in the concrete spillway and spots in nearby areas where water seeped from the reservoir through a hillside were common issues with dams. What mattered, said John Moyle, New Jersey’s director of dam safety and flood control, was whether dam operators dealt with the problems carefully — patching cracks so they were watertight, and dealing with spots where water was leaking through so they didn’t grow to undermine the

Under Armour CEO responds to criticism of Trump praise BALTIMORE (AP) — The CEO of Baltimore-based sports apparel company Under Armour responded Wednesday to criticism he received after calling President Donald Trump “an asset to the country.” In an open letter to Baltimore published as a full-page advertisement in The Baltimore Sun, Kevin Plank wrote that he wanted to clarify what values he and his company stand for. “In a business television interview last week, I answered a question with a choice of words that did not accurately reflect my intent,” he wrote referring

to an interview on CNBC on Feb. 7. The company stands for equal rights and job creation and believes “immigration is a source of strength, diversity and innovation for global companies based in America,” Plank wrote. Also, the company opposes the president’s travel ban. “With an anticipated new executive order on immigration set to come out, we will join a coalition of companies in opposition to any new actions that negatively impact our team, their families or our community,” he said.

Three celebrities the company sponsors — NBA star Stephen Curry, actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and ballerina Misty Copeland — were among those voicing concerns about his praise of Trump. Johnson sent out a statement on social media last Thursday saying Plank’s words “were divisive and lacking in perspective.” Copeland wrote in an Instagram post she was so concerned about Plank’s comments that she spoke to him directly.

concrete. The Department of Water Resources declined to answer specific questions about the repair work, saying engineers were focused on ensuring public safety. Robert Bea, professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering at University of California, Berkeley, said it’s “obvious those repairs didn’t work.” “We don’t have details on the repairs, but they put cement into the cracks and troweled it over,” Bea said. “I call it ‘patch and pray.’” On Monday, federal regulators told the department it must enlist a group of independent consultants both to assess what went wrong and to recommend long-term fixes. Documents and interviews show that crews were patching cracks in 2009 and 2013. A water resources

department spokesman said it was normal for maintenance crews to be troubleshooting cracks in the channel during dry summer months. One resident of the region said he saw crews in the spillway at least once a year for the past several years. “When they have four or five trucks down there, the only thing they have to do is fill cracks,” said Don Reighley, a retiree and fisherman who several times a week drives past the channel to launch his boat into the reservoir. One of the state inspectors who went to Oroville Dam in August said authorities may never know exactly what destabilized the spillway. “Any type of evidence that might have been there is gone,” Eric Holland of the water resources department’s dam safety division said. “Everything has been washed away.”

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Pick for Medicare post faces questions on Indiana contracts INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — President Donald Trump’s pick to oversee Medicare and Medicaid advised Vice President Mike Pence on health care issues while he was Indiana’s governor, a post she maintained amid a web of business arrangements — including one that ethics experts say conflicted with her public duties. A review by The Associated Press found Seema Verma and her small Indianapolis-based firm made millions through consulting agreements with at least nine states while also working under contract for Hewlett Packard. The company holds a financial stake in the health care policies Verma’s consulting work helped shape in Indiana and elsewhere. Since 2011, her firm, SVC Inc., collected more than $6.6 million in consulting fees from the state of Indiana, records show. At the same time, records indicate she also received more than $1 million through a contract

released this week, Verma reported she has an agreement to sell SVC Inc. to Health Management Associates of Lansing, Michigan, within 90 days of her confirmation. A Pence spokesman did not respond to a request for comment. Verma faces a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Thursday. Democrats in Washington are aware of many of her consulting arrangements, and have broader concerns about her philosophy about government entitlement programs, lack of background in Medicare and inexperience leading a large organization. As a trusted adviser to Pence, she had an office in Indiana’s government center and took on duties usually reserved for state administrators. Verma was also widely respected for her grasp on policy and designed a federal Medicaid waiver that allowed Pence to undertake his own conservative

In this Jan. 10, 2017 file photo, Seema Verma, left, then President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, gets on an elevator in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York. Verma, (AP Photo/Evan Vucci File) work. Contractors have often replaced state employees in a GOP bid to drive down the number of public employees and distinctions between the

Photo courtesy of The Associated Press with Hewlett, the nation’s largest operator of state Medicaid claims processing systems. Last year, her firm collected an additional $316,000 for work done for the state of Kentucky as a subcontractor for HP Enterprises, according to documents obtained by AP through public records requests. A spokesman said Verma’s work for Indiana predates Pence by over a decade and includes service under both Democratic and Republican governors. Her firm was “completely transparent in regards to its relationship with HP and ... there was never a conflict of interest,” spokesman Marcus Barlow said in a statement. In financial disclosures

expansion of the program while still accepting money made available through the Affordable Care Act. However, legal and ethics experts contacted by AP say Verma’s work for Hewlett, and offshoot HP Enterprises, raised questions about where her loyalties lay — to the company, or to state taxpayers. Richard Painter, former President George W. Bush’s chief ethics lawyer, called Verma’s arrangement a “conflict of interest” that “clearly should not happen and is definitely improper.” Such arrangements are typically prohibited for rankand-file state employees under Indiana’s ethics rules and laws, but they’re murkier when it comes to consulting

two can be hard to discern. “She was cloaked with so much responsibility and so much authority, people thought she was a state employee,” said Debra Minot, a former head of Indiana’s Family and Social Services Agency under Pence who worked with Verma. Indiana University law professor David Orentlicher compared Verma’s dual employment to an attorney who represents both the plaintiff and the defense in a lawsuit. It’s also similar to federal contract negotiator with a side job for a company they regularly negotiate with, he said. “If you have one person on both sides of the negotiating, they can’t negotiate hard for

both sides,” said Orentlicher, a former Indiana Democratic state lawmaker. Verma did not specifically address how she would handle decisions related to HP in a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services that was released this week. The letter outlined her plan for managing potential conflicts of interest should she be confirmed by the Senate to lead the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. B a r l o w, Ve r m a’s spokesman, clarified Wednesday that she will recuse herself from decisions related to HP, as required by the Trump administration’s ethics pledge. In Indiana, contract documents show Verma’s duties to the state and Hewlett have overlapped at times. One agreement she held with the state’s social services agency required her to “provide

technical assistance” to state contractors, as well as the governor’s office. Another duty was “contract development and negotiation” with vendors, which included HP and HP Enterprises. Her relationship with HP was first reported by the Indianapolis Star in 2014. There was at least one instance where Verma crossed the line in Indiana when she was dispatched by HP to help smooth over a billing dispute, said Minot. “It was never clear to me until that moment that she, in essence, was representing both the agency and one of our very key contractors,” said Minot, who was removed as head of the agency by Pence over her disagreements with Verma. “It was just shocking to me that she could play both sides.”



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Colorado’s 834 million dead trees threaten to worsen fires DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s beetle-infested forests are peppered with an estimated 834 million standing dead trees that threaten to worsen wildfires and degrade vital water supplies that flow from mountains, officials said Wednesday. Roughly one in every 14 standing trees in the state’s forests is dead, with the total up 30 percent in seven years, the State Forest Service said in its annual report on forest health. “Is it something to be alarmed about? Of course it is,” State Forester Mike Lester said. “When they have this condition, you should be paying attention to it.” Infestations of mountain pine beetles and spruce beetles are the main cause of the die-off, Lester said. Beetles are native to the state but have caused far more damage than normal over the past 20 years, attacking more than 7,900 square miles of forest, or more than 20 percent of total forested land. Lester and others blame the beetle outbreak on a combination of warmer weather that allows beetles

The Colorado State Forest Service said Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 that the state has an estimated 834 million standing dead trees, up nearly 30 percent from seven years ago. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File) to survive the winter and trees left more vulnerable because of age and stress from severe droughts in the past. Although the pine beetle epidemic has subsided, spruce beetles are still spreading. The course of that outbreak will determine whether the tree die-off worsens or levels off, Lester said.

“I really couldn’t predict,” he said. “We’re not sure where the spruce beetle is going to go right now.” A combination of standing and fallen trees killed by beetles can make wildfires burn longer and in some cases hotter, the report said, making them harder and more expensive to control and putting firefighters in more danger.

A fire last year among dead trees in northwestern Colorado and southern Wyoming that burned for about five months on nearly 60 square miles could foreshadow what firefighters will face in the future, the report said. Wildfires, in turn, threaten to worsen erosion by killing trees that help keep soil in place on hillsides, the report

said. Erosion can load rain and melting snow with silt, change the timing of that spring runoff and reduce the capacity of reservoirs when the sediment settles to the bottom, the report said. Those effects can disrupt water supplies for cities and agriculture in Colorado and beyond. An extensive system of reservoirs, canals and pipelines depends on a massive inflow of water every spring from melting snow. The Colorado Water Conser vation Board estimates that 80 percent of the state’s population relies on runoff from forested watersheds, and 19 states and Mexico get water from Colorado’s mountain snows. Among other steps, the state is working with federal and local governments and with private landowners to thin out forests that are too dense and fire-prone and to replant hillsides stripped bare by fires. Dead trees also are a threat in California, where the U.S. Forest Service says drought has killed more than 102 million trees.

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Film review: The LEGO Batman Movie is a must see The LEGO Movie successor has humor for both children and adults.

DAVID PARPART Staff Writer Warning: This review may contain some mild spoilers. When he isn’t fighting crime as masked vigilante Batman, Bruce Wayne (Will Arnett) lives in recluse in his mansion with his butler, Alfred (Ralph Fiennes). His arch nemesis, the Joker (Zach Galifianakis), rallies together an endless group of villains to attempt to rid Gotham City of the Batman, all while new Police Chief Barbara Gordon (Rosario Dawson) proposes that Batman abandon his solo nature and work alongside the law enforcement. After a misunderstanding, Wayne also accidentally adopts local orphan Dick Grayson (Michael Cera), who he reluctantly takes on as a protégé. Eventually, it is down to Batman, Grayson, Gordon, and Alfred to battle the Joker and save Gotham City. Here we have a film that is not only zany and energetic, but also consistently funny, mindbogglingly inventive, nimbly structured, and genu-

(CC BY 2.0) by Brickset inely touching. While it loses the surprise effect that made The LEGO Movie such a treat and its conclusion doesn’t rival the sudden foray into live action that made its parent film so poignant, LEGO Batman remains a highly enjoyable film that puts a smile on your face from beginning to end. The jokes come thick and

fast, a large percentage of the film is more than prepared to drop at least three jokes per minute and they all land. There are digs at other recent Batman stories—most notably Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman, obviously—and multiple other references to other films, but LEGO Batman even finds room for more adult humor

and countless sight gags. The faux stop motion animation style carves the way for some brilliant little visual flourishes that add depth to the film’s comedy—it isn’t just content to run one joke into the ground, rather it consistently finds new comedic territory and makes every joke its own. The way LEGO Batman even lands on something

genuinely moving in its finale is even more impressive. You could make a case for the film’s central theme being a bit obvious when it comes to Batman—the whole film is pegged around isolation and loneliness and how you combat that to form a human relationship of any kind—but it handles it excellently. It’s written smartly enough to simultaneously act as a life lesson for small kids as well as a powerful sentiment to older viewers. The fact that it has a better grasp of Batman as a character than Batman v Superman did isn’t exactly surprising, but what is surprising is just how committed to this theme the film really is. It’s clever, interesting, and is looked back upon to help Batman develop as a character. The movie particularly looks into his character and emotions that also help set him up for development as a character.


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Album review: Kehlani’s SweetSexySavage R&B artist expresses her past struggles in debut album.

KRISTINA BUSCH Staff Writer 21-year-old R&B singer Kehlani is blunt, bold, and badass. The tatted-up vocalist grew up in Oakland, California. She went from broke and homeless to establishing herself as a successful artist. Kehlani now has millions of hits on her SoundCloud, and an even larger fanbase. She has collaborated with singers like Zayn and Charlie Puth, and was even featured on the soundtrack for the movie Suicide Squad. Last year, her mixtape You Should Be Here scored her a Grammy nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album. Kehlani released her first mixtape, Cloud 19, in 2014 and You Should Be Here a year later. By then, she had gained popularity on urban

(CC BY 2.0) by thecomeupshow hip-hop stations all over the country. Her debut album SweetSexySavage was released on Jan. 27, and is free to listen to on SoundCloud. Her quick launch of a mu-

sic career may sound like a dream come true, but in all reality, Kehlani had a tumultuous past couple of years. She openly talked about her battle with depression in inter-

views and on social media. At her lowest point (last March), Kehlani was hospitalized following a suicide attempt. She posted a photo on Instagram of her arm hooked up

to an IV, accompanied by a caption, some of which read, “Everyone is hurt and everyone is in a place of misunderstanding...but as of today, I had no single wish to see tomorrow…but God saved me for a reason, and for that I must be grateful…” After that post, Kehlani deactivated her social media accounts for a short while as she moved toward recovery. When I heard about SweetSexySavage’s release, I did not expect it to happen so soon. Kehlani’s resilience is amazing and this album is proof. The new album is smooth, catchy, and just has something refreshing about it. Part of why I think that may


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Trevor Cokley focuses on a new opportunity across the Pacific Student inspired by Italian neo-realism films for New Zealand photography. RACHAEL JAEGER Staff Writer Trevor Cokley, who left Minnesota State University, Mankato in July of last year to further pursue his studies in New Zealand, has continued his love for imagery through photography. His favorite subjects, to name only a few, include his other adventures in nature, but expand into the skies and capture breathtaking lightning thunderstorms, the moon, stars, and auroras. While he had not completed qualification for his graduation requirements before he left, he’s explored beyond the box of ideas and has recently used his connections he’s made. “I’ve begun a little project to explore all the different departments at the University of Otago,” Cokley informed his friends in a recent status. “I love science and the other week I thought, ‘Hey, Otago does a lot of theoretical science and research. Why don’t I see what they’re up to and tag along on their research

Photo courtesy of Trevor Cokley the best way I know how?’” So, Cokley emailed all the departments and their directing professors to see what they had to offer and received some responses. “And I’ve realized that I’ve just done something that’s made me very excited,” Cokley added later in his status. “Of course all of the professors and departments are eager to show off their research

and work, but the obvious hadn’t really hit me until now that this is a wonderful way for me to learn more about everything.” His activities in high school prepared him for his later work. “I was the yearbook photographer, I worked with the local newspaper, and I ran my own website,” Cokley wrote. He enjoyed photograph-

ing the Aurora Borealis from his parents’ home in Mora, Minnesota, but he’s also traveled hundreds and even thousands of miles to catch photogenic thunderstorms when he still lived in the area. “A better answer would be that thunderstorms are my favorite thing to photograph as my fascination with them was a catalyst to me getting into photography,” Cokley

said. “If I had to pick a place though, it would be here in New Zealand, specifically around the small inland tourist town Wanaka. The stars there are bright, the air is clean, the water while cold is clear, and the snow-capped mountains just hypnotize me.” As the photo editor for The Reporter last year, Cokley learned what it’s like organizing photography assignments and what he needs to do in order to find new and interesting things to photograph. “The most important thing that I took from my experiences in Mankato was the confidence to meet people, ask them about their day, and to photograph their story without hesitation to the best of my ability,” Cokley said in an email. Before Cokley left, he wrote and directed a short


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Netflix picks: Victoria shot in one continuous take Follow a couple on their dangerous one night out in Berlin.

CALEB HOLLDORF Staff Writer Victoria (2015) is a whirlwind of a film, packing a devilish punch in this German heist thriller with a splash of romance. Shot in one continuous take in the course of 138 minutes, Victoria follows the film’s lead character Victoria (played by Laia Costa) on her wild night of unexpected turns that lead to sorrow. With a pulsating strobe light mixed into throbbing, heavy techno, psychedelic music is sure to give you a stroke if you don’t turn away, the film starts out in an underground club somewhere in Berlin. Victoria is a Spanish girl dancing alone with no friends or ties to the city except for a café where she works in the morning. There’s a sense of longing in Victoria’s character which we feel through Costa’s perfor-

(CC BY-SA 2.0) by theglobalpanorama mance. It’s getting late and we see Victoria go to grab her jacket to leave. A group of rowdy, drunken German guys start hitting on her on her way out, and they start stumbling up the stairs to follow. Getting caught into sly conversation with one of them named Sonne (Frederick Lau), Victoria follows the gang for an adventure down the street. When it’s time for Victoria to head back for the night in order to get some sleep be-

fore work, Sonne drives her back on the bicycle Victoria rode. They make it back and Victoria sees if Sonne wants to have a quick coffee. The two go inside to settle down and Sonne notices a piano sitting in the corner. He boasts sarcastically about how great of a musician he is, yet it’s Victoria who steals the show. Victoria is a brilliant talent on the piano, dashing at the keys like fire and letting her soul get lost in the music. The audience learns she

failed a music competition and is now just finishing up her music degree. In sharing stories with one another, Sonne gets a call from his buddies and it’s time for him to head home. They pick him up and take him away, only to return a few minutes later with an offhand favor to ask Victoria. She agrees to go with them, unaware of the misery that lies ahead. The first hour of the film drags on for a while since

nothing really happens except for some drunk, late night shenanigans. A small romance between Victoria and Sonne sparks, but that doesn’t pick up until later in the second half. It’s not until the group meets the dangerous gangster in which they owe $10,000 to for an old favor, where we see the film’s tension flow in. With no other option but to pull off the bank robbery as a means of swiping away the debt, they take a few hits of cocaine to ready their senses. From here, the film epitomizes a roller coaster with the highs and lows the characters and the audience feel until the very last plummet. Authenticity is found in Victoria unlike any other film that has come along in a while. Done in one fluid take, the cinematic feat this film accomplishes is undeniable and, although it may feel dreary and long, the experience is worth the watch.

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KEHLANI Continued from page 10 be is because I started listening to it last week, just as the weather was getting warmer. Topping my favorites is the song “Piece of Mind,” where Kehlani expresses an openness about her past struggles, singing “Tryna get back to all the hobbies from my old days / Tryna forget all the unnecessary / Thoughts from my head man, it was pretty scary.” The song is both sassy and sincere and I love everything about it. Another notable song is

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“Everything is Yours,” which has all the elements of a classic R&B song, but with a modern sound. With a chorus like “I love you shawty, shawty / You know you my shawty, shawty / I need you to make me happy / there will never be nobody,” it’s hard not to go wrong in an R&B ballad. As a whole, SweetSexySavage is a gamut of several elements of the adult experience. The songs “Piece of Mind” and “Advice” focus on self-care, “Undercover” and

“Distraction” are about relationships that are kept secret, “Do U Dirty” is about lust, and most of the other songs are just high energy and empowering, in general. The album has a great sound and features depth in the lyrics. It’s self-assured, but also fun and, honestly, it’s hard not to fall in love with it.

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Thunderstorms in Milford Sound, New Zealand. film called Those We Leave Behind. He based it on his experience that ran parallel to his internal struggles as he considered his decision to go to New Zealand. While he had spent the previous five years building his new contacts and had a stable income that covered most of his expenses, but excluded tuition, he found it difficult to leave. He was already doing what he loved, especially in his job as a photographer at The Free Press and The Reporter and other freelancing enterprises. “The important thing to know about the year leading up to me leaving is that, emotionally, it was a trial,” Cokley said in the same email, “and so the film represented that. I was interested in art film at the time and I wanted to make something surreal while grounded at the same time.” The influences that inspired Cokley’s ideas were the French New Wave and the Italian Neo Realism films, but at the same time he also contributed his own original thoughts. “I also wanted to put a surreal spin on things and make it so you’re not sure what this world really was that you were watching,” he said. He revealed a secret in a scene he shot that he deemed “the most important shot in the

Photo courtesy of Trevor Cokley

film” that likely no one would catch onto, but he still included it because he found it meaningful to him. “After the time lapse two minutes in when Roy (who’s the main character) is walking down a path with a fork with the old clock tower over her with the other path leading to a new construction site. It’s the path I took home every day after class,” Cokley said. “I’m going to be ambiguous here and not say exactly what that shot means, but it sums up every feeling I had at the time. The main thing about art films is the nuance placed within each shot. As far as the story is concerned, it’s complete.” Cokley added how helpful professor Steven Rybin was and that he enjoyed Rybin’s willingness to work with him, his expertise, and his laid back calm approach. “Perhaps it was because he’s still pretty new to the university, but I found it easy to connect with him,” Cokley added. Even now he has his times when he misses his friends and family, including his cat. Currently, Cokley is not sure when or if he will be coming back since he is finishing his degree in New Zealand at Otago. “I’m sort of just riding the wind at the moment seeing

how things go,” Cokley wrote in a Facebook message. “I’m just in New Zealand bumming around on financial aid, putting future me in debt. Haha! Exploring New Zealand is worth it.”

The film doesn’t just form around Batman. Young Dick Grayson feels the same emotional distance, Barbara Gordon only wants to do well in her first challenge as the new Police Chief, Alfred wants to help his adoptive son refocus his life, and even the Joker just wants to comfortably know that he really is Batman’s arch nemesis. It all sounds silly, and of course it is, but LEGO Batman excels whenever it combines the silly and the thoughtful. Thankfully, that’s most of its run time. The voice acting is faultless all around, too. Arnett remains the obvious highlight for too many reasons than can be explained, but Michael Cera, Ralph Fiennes, Rosario Dawson, Jenny Slate, and Channing Tatum are all delightful as well. This is the best theatrical film based on DC property that WB has put out in years. The LEGO Batman Movie surprises us yet again with a fun piece of imaginative work. It has the humor, the action, the animation, and, surprisingly again, the heart. This movie encompasses everything you know about Batman, and I mean everything. The script is a hilarious tribute to arguably one of the greatest superheroes of all time, and, surprisingly, the most


emotional. The focus of the film actually deals with a critical factor of Batman on his isolation and loneliness, his fear of becoming part of a family again, and the special relationship Batman has with the Joker. It hits all the emotional beats just right with all of its themes. It utilizes its imagination of Legos to its potential. And it produces a fantastic message for kids, as well as a touching tribute to fans of Batman. Seriously, this movie had a smile on my face except for the parts when it really hit home for me. The film is dazzlingly inventive and unrelentingly funny. The LEGO Batman Movie adds another enjoyable and surprisingly moving entry to the ever-impressive LEGO Movie franchise. The LEGO Batman Movie was filled with Batman singing his made up songs. It is a movie that made me finally feel like a kid again, awesome from start to finish! Batman was very innovative, had a gripping story with a heartwarming message, and clever jokes. If you loved The LEGO Movie or anything with Batman, you will absolutely love The LEGO Batman Movie.

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Men’s hoops to play final regular season games

COREY YUMAN Staff Writer The Minnesota State men’s basketball team will be playing in their final two home games of the regular season this upcoming weekend. Although the regular season has come to an end, the Mavericks secured a first-round home game in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) tournament on Wednesday, Feb. 22. The Mavericks are coming off a weekend where they split games, including an overtime loss and a one-point victory. They are going to be looking to finish strong as they continue their attempt for an NCAA tournament bid. MNSU welcomes Southwest Minnesota State to Bresnan Arena on Friday. The

Mustangs enter the weekend 20-5 overall and 15-5 in the NSIC South, which ties them with Upper Iowa for the best conference record. SMSU was riding a three-game winning streak before being dropped by Augustana by double-digits, 97-79. “Southwest State is winning the conference right now and is a team we feel we let slip away at their place earlier in the year,” head coach Matt Margenthaler said. On January 21, the Mavericks and Mustangs collided in Marshall. The Mavericks built a 19-2 lead in the first eight minutes, but the Mustangs built a comeback and hit the game winner with 12.3 seconds left. The Mustangs’ Mitch Weg leads in scoring, averaging 12.5 points per game while adding 7.2 rebounds. Joey Bartlett is close behind with 11.8 points per game, and Ryan Bruggeman is adding 10.5 per game. “We just need to be ready to go. For us, it’s just about

showing up, dialed in, and ready to compete. When we do that, we give ourselves a chance and I’ll take our chances every single night if we show up ready to go,” Coach Margenthaler said. The Mavericks will hold ‘Senior Night’ on Saturday as they welcome Sioux Falls to Mankato. The Cougars will come into the weekend holding a 13-5 record and 9-11 in the NSIC. Sioux Falls plays Concordia-St. Paul on Friday and will be looking to break their current six-game losing streak before they get to Mankato. While they are on the negative side of a streak, Sioux Falls still has a lot of firing power with five athletes averaging double-digit scoring. Drew Guebert leads with 15.5 points per game, Mack Johnson is averaging 14, Daniel Hurtt with 12.7, Clint Thomas 10.3, and Zach Wessels is at 10.1. The last time the two teams met was on January 20 in Sioux Falls. The Mavericks

Photo by BoHyun Ahn escaped with a 68-67 win after Cole Harper hit a last-second layup for the victory. “Our goal is to win the conference tournament. That would be a great goal going into the postseason and that gives you an automatic bid if you win the conference tournament so that’s something we want to do and we want

to continue playing well in this final stretch going into the conference tournament,” Coach Margenthaler said. Minnesota State takes on Southwest Minnesota State at 8 p.m. on Friday and Sioux Falls at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Bresnan Arena.

Timberwolves still in the hunt for last spot Minnesota may find themselves in an uphill battle for a playoff birth this season.

COLTON MOLESKY Staff Writer As we draw closer to the All-Star Break, the teams just outside the playoff bubble get evaluated on whether

they can make a run for the seventh or eighth spot in the Western Conference, or if the time has come to wait out the year in anticipation for a loaded 2017 NBA draft. After a rocky start to the

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season, the Minnesota Timberwolves emerged from their first positive month, going 8-7 in January. They now sit 4.5 games outside the Denver Nuggets and the 8th seed in the West. After a dismal start, Minnesota is showing signs of life, so why now? And do they have a shot at the playoffs? January was a rebound month for the Timberwolves and has put them in a spot, before the break, to potentially make a push. One of the key factors is grabbing away wins, as this team has struggled on the road but found tight wins away from the Target Center. But the bigger factor is winning, or even being in, close games. Despite the record, this team has only had three losses by double-digits. They keep games close with great offense and while their efficiency was lacking in the fourth quarter early, they have been able to come up with wins in close games over the last few months. On de-

Photo courtesy of The Associated Press Point guard Ricky Rubio remains a viable trade option as the deadline approaches. fense, Karl-Anthony Towns averaged 12.9 rebounds a game while Andrew Wiggins amounted 2.8 steals a game. These extra possessions are huge in tight games, especially when the Timberwolves have shot 46 percent from the field and .338 percent

from three-point land in January. Those numbers have bumped up to .512 percent and .371 percent in February.


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Individual perfomances pace Mavericks MNSU competed at the SDSU Indoor Classic and displayed talent all over.

RYAN SJOBERG Staff Writer The Minnesota State men’s and women’s track teams took their talents to Brookings, South Dakota this past weekend to participate in the SDSU Indoor Classic. For the ninth-ranked Lady Mavs, the distance runners ran extremely well. Senior Haley Kruger took third in the women’s 600-meter run with a time of 1:34.56, as well as fourth in the 800-meter run (2:12.09). Joining Kruger in the top 5 of the 800-meter run was junior Megan Allen, who took fifth (2:12.37). Allen also finished second in the women’s 1000-meter run with a time of 2:54.43. Head track and field coach Jim Dilling spoke highly of the two runners. “Two of our women’s middle distance runners, Haley Kruger and Megan Allen, had very good weekends,” Dilling

said. The Lady Mavs weren’t done, however as they had a couple of standouts in the field events. In the women’s long jump, Brieanna Puckett jumped her way to first place with a leap of 19’4 – good

Haley Kruger

enough for the eleventh best mark in the country at the Division II level. In the women’s triple jump, senior Ariel

Thomas took third place with a jump of 38’8.25. The fifth-ranked Mavericks men also had a strong showing up in Brookings this weekend. In sprints, sophomore John Schuster took third in the men’s 400-meter dash with a time of 48.13. In middle distance, Morris Dennis finished third in the 600-meter (1:20.77). Junior Austin Pasch led the way in long distance, finishing third in the 3000-meter (8:32.16). Finishing second in the men’s high jump was Michael Sandle with a mark of 6’9.5. Stealing the show perhaps was the men’s triple jumpers. Responsible for three of the top four finishes, Minnesota State was very well represented in this particular event. Finishing fourth was sophomore Elijah Calderon-Pitchford with a jump of 48’, finishing third was senior Alex Campbell (48’4.75) and winning the men’s triple jump

was senior London Thurman (49’3). Dilling had some encouraging words about the group’s concerted effort at SDSU. “Our men’s triple jumpers probably had the best collective effort as we had three

in the country,” Dilling said. The indoor track season is winding down which means the team may have had some goals in mind for the weekend. “The goals we had for the weekend were to continue improving our performances and rankings at the conference and national levels. Many of our athletes did have those types of performances,” Dilling said. The Mavericks have one more meet at home before ramping up competition at the end of the season with the NSIC Indoor Championships and the NCAA Indoor Championships.

London Thurman

finish in the top four highlighted by London Thurman’s winning jump of 49’3” which is currently good for fifteenth

Minnesota State’s tennis team earns first win The ladies picked up a victory over the Sioux Falls Cougars last weekend.

CHELSEA DORVAL Staff Writer Minnesota State women’s tennis team bounced back with a 9-0 win against the Sioux Falls Cougars this weekend after losing to the Augustana Vikings 9-0 Saturday. The evening competition started off with Augustana winning all three doubles matches, starting with sopho-

sweep of the Mavericks winning all six singles matches. Ryan was the only Maverick to force a third set before falling to the Vikings’ Christine Olivo with the scores 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 [10-7]. “Even though we have been working really hard, after this weekend we realized that there are still things that we have to keep working on,” head coach Sofia Espana said of the team. “I’m really look-

“‘Even though we have been working really hard, after this weekend we realized that there are still things that we have to keep working on,’ head coach Sofia Espana said of the team. ‘I’m really looking forward to seeing what the girls can accomplish.’”

more Erin Streeter and senior Melissa Mashburn losing the first match 8-2. Senior Abby Schmidt and freshman Monkia Ryan finished the doubles matches with an 8-3 loss. Augustana finished their

ing forward to seeing what the girls can accomplish.” Minnesota State then went on to battle the Sioux Falls Cougars Sunday morning. The Mavericks came out of the gate strong, winning all

three double matches against the Cougars. Mashburn and Streeter lead the charge winning 8-2 in the first doubles match, while senior Kelly Spielman and freshman Kelly Lechowski won the second match 8-4. Finally, Schmidt and Ryan finished the doubles matches with an 8-1 victory over USF’s Cortney McCans and Kelsie Sanders. The Mavericks completed the sweep, winning all six of the singles matches to finish the day 9-0. Streeter started off the singles matches by sweeping Kylie Simons 6-2, 6-1 while Lechowski defeated Tianna Duda 6-2, 6-4. The third singles match was the only one to go to three sets with Mashburn eventually coming out with the win with final scores of 6-7 [2-7], 6-1, 1-0 [10-7]. Ryan completed the fourth singles match 6-2, 6-3 before junior Lisa Dobbelare won over Cougars Abby Seingenthaler 6-4, 6-1. Schmidt closed out the day with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over USF’s Marie Schmitz. The weekend improves the Mavericks record to 1-2 for the season and 1-1 in the NSIC. Last year’s matchup between the Winona State Warriors and the Minnesota State

Mavericks came out on top with a 9-0 victory, while the

2016 matchup. “I’m proud of the girls, they played very well and we are looking forward to the next couple matches,” Espana said. The Mavericks’ tennis team is headed to Winona this weekend to take on the Warriors Friday at 7 p.m. and Upper Iowa Saturday.

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Men’s hockey faces off against NMU next The Mavericks will look to finish their last regular season home series on a high note.

JAMES ANDERSEN Staff Writer The men’s hockey team will host their final series of the season this weekend. Fellow conference foe Northern Michigan comes into town. The Wildcats have been on fire as of late, as they are currently on a nine-game undefeated streak going 7-0-2 including a six-game winning streak. The Mavericks will look to break the Wildcats’ winning streak as they are battling for the second spot in the WCHA conference standings. Northern Michigan is currently tied for sixth place in the WCHA with an 11-17-4 overall record and a 9-12-3


conference record. This season, the Wildcats are averaging 2.31 goals per game while surrendering 2.47 goals per game. As of late, the Wildcats have played lockdown defense. In the past five games, they have outscored their opponents 14-0. NMU is led offensively by junior forward Robbie Payne and senior forward Dominik Shine. Payne has tallied 25 points so far with 12 goals and 13 assists. Shine is currently at 22 total points with 16 goals and 6 assists. They are anchored by sophomore goalie Atte Tolvanen, who is tied for the NCAA record of five consecutive shutout games. The Mavericks have had an up-and-down season this year. They split their most recent series against Alaska Anchorage. As the season is winding down, the Mavericks must step it up and catch fire if they want to make the NCAA

playoffs. They are currently third in the WCHA standings, close behind Michigan Tech. This series marks the final regular season home games for six Mavericks. Defensemen Carter Foguth and Sean Flanagan, goalie Cole Huggins, and forwards Zach Stepan, Jordan Nelson and Michael Huntebrinker. This group has been a part of some impressive seasons. Altogether they account for 92 wins, two MacNaughton Cups, two Broadmoor Trophies and two trips to the NCAA postseason. The games are slated to play at the Verizon Center on Friday and Saturday night at 7:07 p.m.

Twenty-one awarded by WCHA JAMES ANDERSEN Staff Writer Twenty-one men and women Maverick hockey players were selected to be WCHA Scholar-Athletes of the 2016-17 season. Selections from the men’s team included sophomore defenseman Daniel Brickley, sophomore forward Max Coatta, senior defenseman Sean Flanagan, senior defenseman Carter Foguth senior goaltender Cole Huggins, sophomore forward Chandler Madry, junior goaltender Aaron Nelson, senior forward Jordan Nelson, sophomore forward Ryan Schwalbe, and sophomore defenseman Alec Vanko. On the women’s side, sophomore forward Em-

ily Antony, sophomore goaltender Katie Bidulka, sophomore forward Corbin Boyd, junior forward Lindsey Coleman, junior forward Hannah Davidson, sophomore defenseman Lena Duesterhoeft, senior defenseman Anna Fiegert, junior defenseman Anna Keys, junior forward Amanda Martin, senior goaltender Brianna Quade, and senior forward Savannah Quandt were selected. Huggins, Fiegert, Flanagan, and Jordan Nelson received the distinction for the third time in their careers. Aaron Nelson, Keys, and Martin are second-time recipients of the award, while the rest earned the honor for the first time.


“...for the last two months with LaVine sidelined from injury, Wiggins has stepped up and made shots and been the crunchtime player the Wolves desperately needed.” More consistent defense and improved shooting always helps. The other key factor is the absence of Zach LaVine. While he is a popular and talented player on the Wolves’ squad, when he was in the lineup the team struggled down the stretch of games when they needed one player to step up. At the beginning of the season, the Wolves were looking for one player to be the main guy in the final five minutes of the game, a spot that revolved between LaVine, Towns and Wiggins from night-to-night. However, for the last two months with LaVine sidelined from injury, Wiggins has stepped up and made shots and been the crunch-time player the Wolves desperately needed. With that in mind, despite the poor February start, the Wolves still have a viable shot at the playoffs with Portland, Dallas, Sacramento and New Orleans in their way. The most potentially damaging contenders are Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers. Both Portland and the Wolves lack

consistent defense, as these teams will need to shoot their way out of the slump. If the Wolves do choose to go for the playoff push, the success with LaVine out makes him an interesting piece to move before the trade deadline. If this team could package him with Ricky Rubio and send them to a team like the 76ers

for a strong defensive piece like Nerlens Noel. Getting a great defender to pair with Towns and Wiggins is key for the squad and may be the difference in earning a playoff berth.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

February 16, 2017  

MSU Reporter (Minnesota State University, Mankato)

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