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MSU professor dies Saturday Holocaust survivor urges students to cherish history

Biological Sciences Professor Ned Williams died Feb. 19. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; daughter, Alison; and cat, Sammy. He was born July 29, 1946, in Wilkes-Barre, Penn. He graduated from Kingston High School in 1964 and Wilkes College in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science in biology. After teaching high school biology for four years, Williams continued his education at Middlebury College and the University of Vermont, then earned a Ph.D. in anatomy from Emory University in 1980. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the Rockefeller University in New York, N.Y., and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Williams married his wife, Carolyn Herr Williams, on July 12, 1975, in Summit, N.J. They have one daughter, Alison Brook Williams, born in 1981. He worked as an anatomy professor and researcher at the University of Virginia Medical


School from 1983 to 1990. In 1990, he and his family moved to North Mankato, and he began his 20-year career at Minnesota State Mankato, where he taught human anatomy, embryology and endocrinology. For many years he enjoyed music, running, bird-watching, cooking for his family and traveling to 48 states. But most of all, he loved teaching and interacting with his students. Donations in Ned’s memory can be made to the Ned Williams Biology Scholarship Fund, which provides money to students who plan to pursue careers in medicine. Checks should be made to the Minnesota State Mankato Foundation, Attn: Ned Williams Biology Scholarship Fund Acct. # 335754, and mailed to Joann Jaqua, gift receipting manager, Minnesota State University, Mankato, 126 Alumni & Foundation Building, Mankato, MN 56001. Michael Bentley, chair of the biological science department,

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said the faculty is having a tough time with Williams’ passing. “The best way to describe it is the department is in shock,” he said. Williams was set to teach classes but became ill early this semester. The faculty hoped he would improve by March. “It will be a tough [spot] to fill because he was so highly regarded by students and faculty,” he said. A visitation will take place today from 4-7 p.m. at North Mankato Mortuary-Northview.



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When Nazis started bombing Belgium May 10, 1940, Fred Gross’s life was changed forever. Now, 71 years later, Gross shares his story with students across the U.S. to show them how important it is to know their own story and cherish history. He spoke at Minnesota State Mankato Tuesday to an auditorium packed with eager listeners. Despite numerous technical difficulties, such as microphones malfunctioning, Gross’ story still rang with poignant honesty and strength. Gross was three when

Germany began bombarding his home country of Belgium. “That’s where my story begins,” he said. Gross said he does not remember much of the beginning of the war, but he did remember how drastically his life changed after Belgium was attacked. He said his usual trips to the grocery store, vacations to the beach and even leisurely walks stopped. “Our life ended on May 1940 — the good life,” he said. Gross and his Jewish family fled Belgium, along with thousands of other Jewish families, and headed toward the

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Rally Day calls for lower tuition Ballroom renovation MSU students go to capitol begins over break


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Minnesota State Manakto students had the largest turnout of all colleges at the partnered Rally Day between the Minnesota State University Student Association (MSUSA), and The Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA) on Feb. 16. Both organizations represent students’ needs and voices on a larger scale. The Rally Day called for lowered tuition for colleges and universities across the state, and showed representatives that students do care about funding for higher education and the potential cuts to schools and programming in Minnesota. According to MSCSA’s website, 450 students showed up to the biennial event, and 40 of those were from MSU. “Rally Day had a similar turnout to years in the past,” said Matthew Lexcen, Minnesota State Student Association’s Arts and Humanities senator who organized MSU’s portion of the rally. Lexcen said the day was all about battling the apathy myth the current college generation has been given. “Students do care a lot about funding for higher education,” he said. “We’re a busy generation. A lot of students work in order to

pay for tuition, and a three-and-ahalf hour trip for a two-hour event represents the commitment of students.” Students hopped on a bus on Rally Day and went to St. Paul College where they then marched on the capitol. “We met with the organizer, and they talked to us about why we’re going to rally, and we marched on the capitol from there,” said Amanda Blomgren, MSSA’s undeclared senator, who went to Rally Day. “I think it’s important for us to be heard. We are a state college so what they do affects us.” The atmosphere of a rally was one that Lexcen described as a pumped-up, caffeine-induced, organized chaos, with lots of positive energy flying around. At the capitol, speakers, legislators and a Mark Dayton advocate addressed the crowd throughout the rally, with participants chanting responses. Students could lobby, but since MSU President Richard Davenport, MSSA President Tom Williams and MSSA Vice President Brett Anderson went to the capitol again Wednesday to lobby, representatives from MSU did not feel that it was necessary. The speakers were from all the colleges represented, including

Williams. Most of the messages from the speakers were about students paying too much for tuition. Lexcen mentioned one of the speakers said that the funding for college education has decreased from 60-70 percent of tuition being covered by the state in the 1980s to 30-40 percent of tuition being covered by the state today. The day was not without some conflict, however. One chant Lexcen remembered that conflicted slightly with MSUSA’s view was one from MSCSA. MSCSA supports a tuition cap for students and the chant was, “Tuition is a tax, keep it off our backs.” “MSUSA neither opposes nor supports a tuition cap,” Lexcen said. “We are still exploring the possibility of what it could be, and we take no strong stance.” Governor Dayton’s proposed budget, which cuts $171 million from higher education and was a 6 percent reduction from what state higher education officials were expecting to receive next year, was released early last week. This may affect students in the very near future if it passes, but Lexcen said he hopes an increased presence of students at the capitol will lead to fewer cuts later on.

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New voter identification bill


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The ceiling in the Centennial Student Union ballroom will be coming down very soon, without an increase in student fees. Student Union Board Chair Alexi Roskom and Director of Centennial Student Union and Student Activities Laurie Woodward said there was a backlog in the maintenance budget, which is approved by MSSA, of $5.7 million. The Student Union Board will use $2.5 million of the maintenance budget for that renovation, and it will be done in five different segments. According to Roskom and Woodward, the new ballroom will be divided into five sections, four of those will be turned into meeting rooms leaving the center portion as the main ballroom, but there will be partitions to allow the full use of the ballroom for large-scale events. Aside from a need for an updated design, Roskom’s main concern that was that the ballroom is the only place that has asbestos left on campus so it needs to be taken down because of health concerns. Over spring break, the ballroom lobby will be taken off-line to

remove the asbestos, which will cause some students to reroute paths to classes in connecting buildings, though there will be access through the hallways near CSU 201-204. Later in the semester students may not have access to other portions of the hallways near the ballroom. Offices will be moved, and the stairs will be worked on during the summer term. The renovation is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2011. Also reported in the budget was that due to an increase in enrollment, the CSU Board expects credit hours to increase by 3,267. They also expect a 5 percent growth in commissions from University Dining. According to Roskom and Woodward, a 3 percent salary increase for professional staff was included in the budget as a precaution but is not expected to occur. All bargaining union contracts are expected to be negotiated in the fiscal year of 2012. MSSA voted on opposing potential bills that aim to require voters to have a voter I.D. card for their current place of residence and removes the option of a vouch system in order to avoid voter fraud.

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Kiwanis honors Studying abroad not as former member complicated as it seems


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The Mankato Kiwanis Club has been serving the Mankato community for 90 years, and now it has created an award to honor students who also serve others. The club created the Claire Faust Award to honor one of its members who recently passed away. Faust was an administrator at Minnesota State Mankato and longtime Kiwanis member. “He was a tireless volunteer in the club,” said Stewart Ross, director of MSU’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and one of 18 international Kiwanis trustees. After Faust died, Ross worked with Faust’s son, Doug, to create the new award. Doug Faust is a member of Circle K International, which is the college Kiwanis organization. Claire Faust was MSU’s Circle K liaison for many years. “Because Claire has done so much for our club… we thought it’d be best to come up with a Claire Faust Service Award,” said Scott Wojcik, president of the Mankato Kiwanis Club. MSU already has an award for faculty and staff in Faust’s honor, but this award will be given by

the Mankato Kiwanis Club to an MSU student each year (as long as there is a qualified recipient). It includes a $100 gift to the student, a $200 donation to the charity of the student’s choice and a plaque for the student. The Mankato Kiwanis Club Service Committee will select the winner. Ross stressed that the award was not a scholarship. “It is more a recognition for an MSU student who exhibits the ideals of Kiwanis,” he said. Students can apply for the award or be nominated. They must display the six objectives of Kiwanis, which include a passion for service and living the golden rule. Applicants also need to write a short essay about their service work and submit a letter of recommendation from someone not related to them. Kiwanis Club members serve the community through many projects, including reading to children, working with the elderly and cleaning up highways. Students who are interested in applying for the award can contact Ross at stewart.ross@ The deadline for submittal is March 15.

Many misconceptions about cost and credit transfer


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For American students who are interested in doing an internship abroad or an exchange program, it isn’t always simple. Finding internships abroad can be a problem for some because most of the time, students have to pay for them. However, Minnesota State Mankato’s Kearney International Center has been trying to find internships where companies pick students rather than students picking them. At an internship panel during the study abroad fair Feb. 15, providers and other companies talked about internship offers from their programs. Exchange students can choose from 13 different schools abroad through MSU, most of them European. Students studying abroad pay the same tuition as if they were studying at MSU, which can vary between $6000-$7000. Housing is also similarly priced. The purpose of the fair was to engage students to find study

abroad opportunities. A common misconception among students is that it’s extremely expensive to travel abroad, and others fear they will get behind with their studies. Although it can be a little bit expensive credit-wise, everything transfers. “Everything transfers, and we are trying to get that message out,” said Justin Bedore, student advisor at the Kearney International Center. “Everything is pre-set before you travel.” “Students can still graduate on time,” said David King, an intern at the center. Short-terms programs last from a week to a full year. There are programs for every major. For internships, there are summer programs from six months to a full year. There are also many modern language programs for one semester if students are interested in earning some language credits or just learning. In addition, some providers offer summer programs, like taking summer courses, where

students travel for about four or eight weeks. Length varies on the content of the program chosen. Cost also depends on the country and how long the program is. According to Bedore, students should travel regardless of their major. “Sometimes, when you get out of college, you may not have the opportunity to go abroad. This is really the time students have,” he said. “Seeing the world is amazing. It works for your resume as well.” For students who fear they can’t afford the trip, there are many scholarship opportunities. “There are tons of scholarships offered through the school,” Bedore said. “Students can also get financial aid from the government. A lot of cities have scholarships, too, that can pay for the whole program.” In order to have everything set up correctly, students should try to apply a semester ahead of time. “[The] application procedure is relatively simple,” King said.

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The deal with Mankato

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This town, it grows on ya. I grew up in Northeast Minneapolis; the land of Grain Belt, Ideal Diner and more Polish last names than any one person could handle. I loved living in that neighborhood, it was home. So when it was time to go to college, I had a decision to make. I could have either gone to school in the area, or I could take off and try some place totally different. Inevitably, I didn’t want to become one of those guys who sticks around his hometown, hanging out with the same friends, running around with the same girls, so I decided I needed change. I set my sights on Mankato. I didn’t know what to expect coming here. I had never even been in town before a summer tour of campus. My first impression of the city was that it was gorgeous. I remember the long drive through the valley in late summer; leaves green but considering turning, healthy river lazily chugging through trees. And when you get a first glimpse of the town from the highway, the historic buildings stand out

immediately. I thought I could dig it. Starting up classes, I could tell that Mankato had an interesting dynamic. I have later heard this attributed to the fact that Mankato is a “micropolis.” What I see is a city that’s big enough to house all sorts of culture and diversity, and keep a restless young kid like myself wellenough entertained throughout the days and nights. But I also see a city that is small enough to keep a communal tie throughout. The same people you drink with at night, you bump into them at grocery stores, public libraries, coffee shops or just hanging out in a park. You don’t get swallowed up in Mankato. When you’re here, you are part of it. And who’s not looking forward to the summers in this town? In Minneapolis, if we wanted to lose ourselves in some nature, we had to either drive a ways out of the city, or bum around the public parks that fill up with trash so quickly. Here in Kato, there is plenty to choose from. The waterfalls at Minneopa and down Judson Bottom Road are goddam great for sitting by (or under) and letting the water wash away your worries. We in Kato have been blessed with having two beautiful rivers that bubble into each other so gracefully. Rasmussen woods is a great circuit of trails to try and get lost in. You can drive ten minutes in any direction and quickly leave behind the buildings and concrete.
 Downtown is the heartbeat of the small city. Walking down Front Street, you don’t see a lot of corporate businesses. Rather, you see the old second-hand bookstore, the Fillin’ Station, the Mystic Emporium, the 410 Project, Smokes 4 Less and all the small bars you know so well;

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For every Cricket-playing nation, if there is any occasion more prestigious than the Olympics, then it’s the Cricket World Cup, which is just knocking at the door. The beautiful game of cricket started in England in the early times of the 16th century, and it has gone through a lot of modification from then to now. The founding members of International Cricket Council (ICC) were England, Australia and South Africa in 1909, and now, after more than a century, it is about to launch again in the South Eastern part of the globe, where the ICC World Cup 2011 is about to be held. Bangladesh, one of the proud hosts of ICC World Cup 2011, along with India and Sri Lanka, has its arms wide open to welcome the world and enjoy the treat with the colorful extravaganza of Southeast Asia. The opening ceremony was held in Bangladesh on Feb. 17. It was the most beautiful thing that could ever happen to the cricketplaying fanatics all over the globe. There were performances by some of the big guns in the world of entertainment such as Bryan Adams, ShankarEhsaan-Loy, Arnob, Runa Laila and many more. The opening ceremony was a huge success. The program was full of colors and performers had the chance to show the world the rich culture of Southeast Asia. The program consists of Aerial Cricket, fireworks and folk dance from Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka. The most unforgettable, moment was when all the captains were brought in on cycle rickshaws. They came out alphabetically, Australia first, with one exception — Bangladesh was saved for the last, and more importantly, Shakib-Al-Hasan (the captain of the Bangladesh team) for the very last. Few present at the Bangabandhu Stadium will ever forget the applause that Shakib walked out to. For Bangladesh, moments like this allow it to stand with its head held high. A great privilege has been passed onto the cricket-worshipping nation of Bangladesh, and after a long wait, Bangladeshis are presented with a chance to show the world the love and adoration it nurtures for cricket. It stands proud today, fully equipped with

high spirits and soaring hopes for the challenges ahead. No matter how heavy the burden, Bangladesh had staged the biggest event in the world of cricket, the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, as it promised. There is no other sport that better unites the nation in a mixed sense of pride, jubilation and frustration than cricket. No other sport creates a victory march that consumes entire cities in its grasp. It is quite exciting to find the same craze for cricket over here in the United States, where hardly any people know about the game. Surprisingly, MSU has been the proud host of the Midwest’s biggest Cricket tournament ever held. Now MSU is hosting the biggest cricket tournament in the Midwest every semester. Last semester, out of 21 applicants, MSU was selected as one of the 10 best teams for the event. Shoeb Mohammad, President of the Mankato Cricket Club, who carried the legacy of Mankato Cricket Club and took it to the height of success by qualifying for the U.S National Cricket League, shared his feelings how he, along with Irfan Bangash, started this club. He even mentioned the problems they faced when they took the initiative to introduce cricket in Mankato since few people knew about it. He thanked Todd Pfingsten, Director of Campus Recreation, for the support he

gave in putting up the huge event and all the members of the Cricket Club. Mohsin Kamal Churchill, another student from MSU and member of Mankato Cricket Club, told how he misses watching the cricket world cup with his friends and family, missing the roars at the sixes and fours of his home team, cursing the opponent, enjoying the craziness at the stadiums with drums and trumpets. “Cricket is a religion for us, and we know how to keep our Gods happy,” Churchill said. The team will be representing MSU at an upcoming tournament in St. Cloud and is looking forward to having a successful tour.

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Minn. union supporters rally at capitol ‘This is not Wisconsin’

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Hundreds of state workers, teachers and union allies jammed Minnesota’s Capitol rotunda Tuesday to show solidarity for fellow workers in Wisconsin and to vow that what’s happened there in recent days won’t be repeated in Minnesota. “I feel like there’s been this huge turn in the nation in the last few days, and people are realizing that we’re at risk of losing rights that were won for us by previous generations,” said Kathy Hoglund, a database architect at the state Department of Human Services. “The large corporations that control the money want to take them away little by little.” The rally, organized by several public employee unions, mirrored similar events at state capitols around the country as the stalemate continues in Madison over Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s move to eliminate collective bargaining rights for Wisconsin teachers and state workers. Union leaders in Minnesota expressed relief that they have an ally in their state’s governor, Democrat Mark Dayton, who spoke at the rally. Dayton drew strong cheers by promising that the ability of public workers to organize and bargain collectively, and to preserve their pensions, are safe under his watch. “This is not Wisconsin,” Dayton said. “This is Minnesota. Drastic measures will not become law here. They won’t become law here because I’m here.” Dayton suggested that the Wisconsin effort is being financially supported by “rightwing billionaires.” The threat of a Dayton veto hasn’t prevented members of the new Republican majorities at the Minnesota Capitol from proposing bills that would chip away at public employee pay, benefits and union rights. Sen.

Dave Thompson, R-Burnsville, sponsored a bill that cleared the Minnesota Senate earlier this month to freeze the pay of all public school workers for the next two years. “I’m here to try to help Minnesota succeed economically, in education and every other way, and I think power has been disproportionately invested in unions — particularly public unions,” Thompson said. “So if you don’t think that power structure needs to be changed, then yeah, you probably have something to fear.” Bills to freeze all public worker pay and to reduce the state work force across the board have cleared House committees. Another, yet to get a hearing, would send voters a constitutional amendment to make Minnesota a “right to work” state. That would allow striking workers to be permanently replaced by workers willing to accept a lower wage.

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Health insurance requirement violating religious freedoms? Judge throws out challenge of new law

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday threw out a lawsuit claiming that President Barack Obama’s requirement that all Americans have health insurance violates the religious freedom of those who rely on God to protect them. U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler in Washington dismissed a lawsuit filed by the American Center for Law and Justice, a Christian legal group founded by evangelist Pat Robertson, on behalf of five Americans who can afford health insurance but have chosen for years not to buy it. The case was one of several lawsuits filed against Obama’s requirement that Americans either buy health insurance or pay a penalty, beginning in 2014. Kessler is the third Democraticappointed judge to dismiss a challenge, while two Republican-appointed judges have ruled part or all of the law unconstitutional. Kessler wrote that the Supreme Court will need to settle the constitutional issues. Three of the plaintiffs are Christians who said they want to refuse all medical services for the rest of their lives because they believe God will heal their afflictions. They say being forced to buy insurance would conflict with their faith because

they believe doing so would indicate they need “a backup plan and (are) not really sure whether God will, in fact, provide,” the lawsuit said. The two other plaintiffs have a holistic approach to medical care and prefer to pay for their health services out of pocket, in part because insurance often doesn’t cover their chosen methods of healing. The lawsuit argued that Congress does not have the power under the Constitution to require health care purchases and that the mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. Kessler rejected both arguments and ruled that Congress has the right to regulate health care spending under the Commerce Clause and that the individual mandate must be viewed not as a stand-alone reform but as an essential part of the law Obama signed 11 months ago aimed at reducing overall costs. She also said that anyone who objects to having health care for religious reasons can choose to pay the penalty instead — as the lawsuit said all five plaintiffs plan to do. Kessler also expressed doubts that they can really determine whether they will never require health care. “Individuals like plaintiffs who allege now that they

will refuse medical services in the future may well find their way into the health care market when they face the reality of illness or injury,” she wrote. Judges George Steeh of Michigan and Norman Moon of Virginia — like Kessler, they were nominated to the federal bench by President Bill Clinton — dismissed suits against the individual mandate last fall. George W. Bush-appointed Henry Hudson in Virginia ruled the insurance purchase requirement unconstitutional in December, while Ronald Reagan appointee Roger Vinson in Florida ruled the entire health care reform act unconstitutional last month. The Justice Department, which has been defending the law in court, noted that the law has now been upheld more times than not. “We welcome this ruling, which marks the third time a court has reviewed the Affordable Care Act on the merits and upheld it as constitutional,” said spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler. “This court found — as two others have previously — that the minimum coverage provision of the statute was a reasonable measure for Congress to take in reforming our health care system.”


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Push for U.N. probe into violation of human rights in Libya

Killings, arrests and torture of protestors can’t go unacknowledged GENEVA (AP) — The European Union pushed Wednesday for an independent U.N.-led probe into the killing of protesters and other human rights abuses allegedly committed by Libyan security forces, saying they “may amount to crimes against humanity.” The proposal was contained in a draft resolution tabled by EU members ahead an emergency meeting Friday of the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council. If approved by a majority of the council’s 47 members it would be the first time the frequently criticized body has acted against one of its own. Libya gained a seat on the council last year despite strong opposition from the United States, EU and human rights groups. “It’s an excellent signal that the council was able to react in realtime to a situation,”

said U.S. Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe. The draft resolution condemns “extremely grave human rights violations committed in Libya, including extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests, detention and torture of peaceful demonstrators, which if widespread and systematic, may amount to crimes against humanity.” It calls on Libya to cooperate with U.N. investigators whose task would be to “ensure that there is full accountability for those responsible for violations.” The wording goes beyond that of a U.N. Security Council statement late Tuesday, which condemned the crackdown and called for an “immediate end to the violence.” In Brussels Navi Pillay, the U.N.’s top rights official, said she hoped Friday’s meeting would resolve to probe the bloodshed.

“From the level of the violence, (the crackdown) may constitute crimes against humanity and should be investigated,” she told The Associated Press. Pillay backed the idea of a no-fly zone over Libya to protect the population from aerial bombardment by the country’s air force. African and Asian members of the rights council have in the past blocked criticism of abusive governments except when it has been directed at Israel, which has been the subject of six emergency meetings in five years. The call for Friday’s meeting was signed by several Muslim governments — including Jordan, Qatar and the Palestinian Authority — indicating a crumbling of traditional bloc-support for the regime of Moammar Gadhafi.

China shuts down online call for protest Tries to prevent Middle East-style movement

BEIJING (AP) — Officials in China rounded up Internet users who had reposted a call for protests and charged them with subversion as the authoritarian government continued its campaign to crush any Middle East-style democracy movement, activists said Wednesday. Though only a handful of people responded to the call to demonstrate in 13 cities across China this past weekend and were met by a show of force from authorities, the unidentified organizers issued a renewed appeal to gather peacefully in parks or near monuments at 2 p.m. on Sundays. For the protest-shy, it said people could participate by simply taking an “afternoon stroll” at the appointed time and place. Because of China’s pervasive Internet censorship, few people were likely to know about the campaign. Twitter and Facebook, instrumental in Egypt’s protests, are blocked in China. Tech-savvy Chinese can circumvent controls using proxy servers or other alternatives, but few of the country’s Internet users seek

out politically subversive content. Apparently undeterred, organizers said in an online posting that sustained action was needed to show Beijing that its people expect accountability and transparency absent from the current oneparty Communist system. “We invite every participant to stroll, watch or even just pretend to pass by. As long as you are present, the authoritarian government will be shaking with fear,” said the announcement posted Tuesday on U.S.-based Chineselanguage news website Boxun, which is blocked in China. In addition to well-known activists who apparently remained in custody after being taken away ahead of the planned protests on Sunday, at least three people were detained on charges of “inciting subversion of state power,” according to the Hong Kongbased Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy. China often uses the vaguely worded charge to lock up outspoken government critics. The detentions indicated Beijing would not tolerate any

dissent, even by people merely reposting information gleaned from overseas websites. Liang Haiyi, an unemployed 35-year-old woman in the northeast city of Harbin, was taken away Saturday after putting information about the call to protest on Chinese websites or chatrooms, said lawyer Liang Xiaojun, who was not representing Liang but had spoken to her ex-husband about the case. She was questioned and taken away in handcuffs, and her ex-husband has received an official notice saying she has been charged with subversion, said the lawyer, who is not related. “I don’t think she’s broken any law, she only reposted someone else’s writings on the Chinese Internet and it wasn’t her own writing,” Liang Xiaojun said. “Anyone overseas can see these materials.” Also detained for spreading word of the planned protest online were Hua Chunhui, from Wuxi city in eastern China, and Chen Wei from Suining city in the southwest, the Hong Kong rights group said a statement.

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Woman finds alligator behind couch after flood Son was playing with it

SAO PAULO (AP) — After floodwaters receded from her home, a Brazilian woman was shocked to find a most unwelcome house guest: a 5-foot (1.5-meter) alligator lying tamely in the living room as her 3-year-old son petted the reptile’s head. The animal apparently was washed inside by the high water Monday night, said Luiz Claudio Farias, a captain of firefighters in the northcentral city of Parauapebas. When the woman went to clean up the following day, she saw the boy playing with something behind the couch, Farias said. It turned out to be a gator. “She snatched the boy

away and called us,” he said. Farias said it was lucky the reptile apparently wasn’t in the mood for a meal: “If he was hungry, he could have seriously hurt or even killed the boy.” Firefighters trapped the alligator and took it to a nearby environmental preserve, where they set it free. “Cities in this region were built very near rivers and the rain forests, which is why it is not uncommon to see animals like alligators and snakes entering people’s houses,” Farias said. He declined to identify the woman or her son.

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HOLOCAUST Gross asked his brothers to explain their family’s story, published book about journey continued from 1 English Channel. “That’s where the terror began,” Gross said. “[Nazi planes] just came swooping down, gunning us down. We were lucky to survive. I don’t know how we did.” Gross’s clearest memory of the terrifying flight was when his mother threw him into a ditch and hid him underneath her own body. The Gross family escaped into France, hiding in hotels along the way. Many refugees were fleeing to Spain, but Gross’s mother refused to go because of rumors that the Spanish government was forcing young men to be in the army, and she didn’t want Gross’s older brothers to be drafted. Instead, the family moved around France, hiding in small villages, a barn and even a gymnasium. Throughout the journey, many people helped hide Gross and his family. “They made a difference in our lives,” Gross said. “They had the moral courage to stand up and defy their country.” While the Gross family was at the school gymnasium, the village mayor said all Jews

would have to leave the area. French police officers ordered Jews to board school buses for other villages. However, the buses really transported the Jewish refugees to an internment camp. Gross and his mother were sent to one part of the camp, while his father and two older brothers were sent to the other part. However, Gross’s older brother, Sammy, escaped the camp less than two weeks later by telling a guard he didn’t feel well and walked out of the unguarded entrance on his way to the infirmary. He hitchhiked to a nearby town and asked the mayor for help. The mayor sent him to the head of the entire region, who took pity on the young man and gave him release papers for the Gross family. “Sammy is one of my heroes,” Gross said. Gross said in 1942, the Jews in that internment camp were sent to Auschwitz and other concentration camps. The family hid in an abandoned castle for a few days before fleeing to another part of France. However, once France was taken over by Germany

and began passing anti-Semitic laws, they knew they needed to escape to another country. Gross said they were lucky, because they weren’t frisked in the internment camp. Gross’s father, who dealt in diamonds before the war, had smuggled diamonds out of Belgium. These diamonds allowed him to support his family by dealing on the black market as they ran across Europe. They stayed in France until 1942, still using different hiding spots and being helped by courageous families and loving nuns. Gross said it was in France, when he was five, that he realized how serious his family’s situation was. “I began to realize at that moment that we were in danger,” he said. The family escaped from France when a relative provided them with forged passports and they were able to take a train to Switzerland. They stayed there until 1946, when they came to America. Gross said he didn’t start writing his story until years later — in 1988 — since he didn’t remember a big part of




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“Locally, Mankato isn’t in the worst boat,” Lexcen said. “Students can expect a slight increase in class size, a few retrenchments, but very few program cuts [in] academic and extracurricular departments and possible tuition increases.” Tuition increases, as reported last semester, could be as high as 12 percent over the next two years. But Lexcen believed lobbying students could make a difference. “Lobbying is important. Legislatures only see lobbyists, but if they see the faces [of students] and see them change throughout the years, we can get less cuts,” Lexcen said. “It’s better than sitting back and letting the 30-somethings do the work that we should really do.” Lexcen believed the students did make an impact on Rally Day. They received press from media outlets throughout Mankato and also from media outlets in the Twin Cities. “All of that press gives us a visibility and helps us to drive the situation and create energy to make a change,” he said. Two similar events will take place in late March and late April. If students have an interest in lobbying or want to learn more, they should contact Matthew Lexcen via e-mail at matthew.

This would make it difficult for off-campus students, as many have their parents’ address listed on their driver’s license and some don’t have a utility bill because of all-inclusive leases. Because both of these are accepted forms of identification for same day registration, these bills would remove some students’ opportunity to register to vote in their precinct on the same day. Off-campus senator Matthew Lexcen said that this year, even with the vouch system in place, it was a nightmare trying to get everyone who wanted to vote to vote. “I am in opposition to opposing these bills because Minnesota isn’t the first state to be doing this,” said Julia Sears Senator Braeden Hogie. He also said the bills are focused on preventing voter fraud in Minnesota. College of Education senator Dan Kromer said that various media outlets have reported that there has been no proof of voter fraud in Minnesota. “We are here representing the students and their needs,” Gage-A Senator Ted Gibbons said. “The way I look at it, anything outside of the bubble of this university should have no impact on our decisionmaking.” Most senators were in agreement that taking identification sources away from students does not make it any easier for students to complete the important duty of voting.

“People should not think they will be rejected from universities. It is more you apply, you will get accepted if all your papers are in order.” The visa procedure is simple, but it also should be planned ahead of time. In order to get a visa, some students will have to go to Chicago, depending on the country they are planning to travel. Regardless of the intended area of study, everyone needs a passport, which takes about a month to get. Students should not worry about the process of application since all universities are pretty good at contacting students and providing step-by-step information. Maddy Matre is an MSU student with plans to study in Australia. She said she hopes her trip to Australia this coming fall will finally make her mind up about majoring in Environmental Science. “I hope to see if it gives me more interest in environmental science. I know they have great programs over there. It is my first time going overseas, so I’m crossing my fingers that everything works out.” Students interested in studying abroad can visit the Kearney International Center at Centennial Student Union 250.

wale agboola• msu reporter Fred Gross tells the story of his family’s life during World War II.

the journey. However, when he and his wife were visiting his brothers, she began asking them about their experiences during the war. Initially reluctant, the brothers eventually agreed to talk to Gross and tell him their family’s story. Gross used interviews from his brothers and his mother (his father had died by that time) to begin piecing together his history. He published his book, “One Step Ahead of Hitler: A Jewish Child’s Journey through France,” in 2009. Gross said it’s important for students to remember the past. “Soon, it will come from

your memory, so we must continue to tell the story,” he said. After his talk, Gross answered questions from audience members and signed copies of his book. One student who attended, Elizabeth Lohrenz, said she was glad to hear a first-person account of the Holocaust. “It was amazing,” she said. “It’s always interesting to hear a first-person perspective. It helps us understand what went on in order to not repeat history.” Copies of Gross’s book are available at the campus Barnes and Noble Bookstore.

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Ready to clinch

shannon rathmanner • msu reporter

Currently with a one-game lead over the University of Mary, the Mavericks have the opportunity to win the NSIC outright this weekend, along with clinching the Central Region. KYLE RATKE

sports editor When a team has had as much success as the Minnesota State men’s basketball team has had, there is no such thing as an easy game. The Mavericks have won five conference titles in the last six seasons. Teams are bringing it all for the purple and gold. “Without a doubt, the last eight years, we’ve gotten everyone’s best game,” said MSU head coach Matt Margenthaler. “With our tradition, our guys need to expect that. It makes it tougher, but it’s more rewarding.” Don’t expect this weekend to be any different for the No. 6 Mavericks (22-3, 18-3 NSIC) as they travel to Southwest

Minnesota State (12-13, 9-12 NSIC). The Mustangs, who currently sit in eighth place in the conference, will need a win to ensure they get into the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Tournament (only the top-8 teams are invited). “Honestly, it’s not any different than any other game we’ve played,” Margenthaler said. “It’s been a must-win for [every team we’ve played]. If they wanted to continue, they needed to win... We just want to make sure we get the NSIC championship ourselves.” With a win or a University of Mary loss, the Mavericks clinch their second consecutive NSIC title. The Mavericks also sit atop the Central Region, and a win would solidfy their position on top and give them

the opportunity to host regionals for the second straight season. MSU leads the all-time series with SMSU 31-11, including an 84-76 win earlier this year at the Taylor Center. The Mustangs are led by senior forward Scott Roehl who is averaging 15 points and 10 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Jordan Miller is second on the team with 14 points per game. “It’s senior night, they have a couple of seniors that have been there for a while,” Margenthaler said. “...We just want to make sure that we finish the season on the right note and have the confidence.” The Mavericks — perhaps the most versatile and athletic team in the NSIC — has an

arsenal of offensive weapons. Jefferson Mason leads the way with 19 points and eight rebounds per game. Marcus Hill averages 16 points per game and leads the Mavericks with 58 3-pointers on the season. Add in Cameron Hodges’ 12 points per game, and the Mavericks have a very dangerous offensive attack. The Mavericks have a short weekend, as they only play against Southwest —the season finale — on Saturday at 8 p.m. “I think it helps,” Margenthaler said. “It gives us an extra day off not only for Saturday’s game, but for the NSIC playoffs that start next week Wednesday.”

Women’s basketball The MSU women’s basketball team faces off against Southwest Minnesota State at 6 p.m on Friday. The Mavericks (12-13, 9-12 NSIC) and Mustangs (7-18, 6-15 NSIC) are both eliminated from any kind of postseason play and are simply playing for pride. It will be point guard Andrea Walsh’s last game in a Maverick uniform. Walsh is second on the team with 10 points per game, second with 50 steals, first with 119 assists and was a key part of the 2008 NCAA DII Championship team. The Mavericks are also led by sophomore Ali Wilkinson who is averaging 12 points and nine rebounds per game.

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Individual time for MSU wrestlers DREW CLAUSSEN

staff writer

After closing out its regular season schedule last weekend, the Minnesota State Mankato wrestlers are set to compete in the NCAA Division II Regional Sunday in Sioux Falls, S.D. “It’s a great region,” said head coach Jim Makovsky. “I mean, it’s shaping up to be dynamite with Augustana and St. Cloud being up there. We’ve competed against them three times now, we know we’re right there, so now it’s just a matter of busting through.” This year the regional will be held at the Elmen Center on the campus of Augustana College. Individuals from 11 schools will compete in their respective weight classes with the top four from each class advancing to Nationals, which will be held March 11-12


NCAA Regionals When: Sunday Where: Sioux Falls, S.D in Kearney, Neb. Three new teams will be at this year’s region, which is sure to provide an X-factor with wrestlers not being familiar with each other. “I’m very optimistic. I think my team is battle tested,” Makovsky said. “We’ve have a very tough schedule, we’ve had ups and downs but I think we’ve learned a lot.” One thing that was stressed above all else by Makovsky was that everyone on the team had to be excited about the opportunity they had. “The biggest key right now is that they have to be excited about this opportunity,” Makovsky said.

“It sounds dumb, but that’s really what it comes down to because they’re going to have to go through a lot of adversity and a lot of chaos to get to the next level.” The four Mavericks that are currently ranked individually should have a strong chance of moving on to Nationals. Senior Andy Forstner finished the season ranked No. 4 at 125-pounds and senior Ben Becker finished ranked No. 6 at 174-pounds. Juniors Aaron Norgren and Pat Mahan finished ranked sixth and seventh, respectively in their classes. When asked who else had a strong chance of moving on Makovsky named off essentially the rest of his roster. “All those guys are right there and it’s within their reach, all 10 of them,” Makovsky said. “It’s within their reach but they have to

enjoy performing on this stage.” According to Makovsky one of the keys for this weekend for each wrestler is simple believing in himself. “I believe in my guys, I believe in them 100 percent,” Makovsky said. “I don’t listen to the pundits, I don’t listen to the naysayers, I just believe in my guys and hopefully they believe in themselves.” As for this week’s practice, it is important to not reinvent the wheel one week before regions. The coaches focused on everything from the chin up working on the wrestlers minds and focus. “We’re in a peak phase, which is an unusual place for these guys because it’s all about hard work,” Makovsky said. “In a lot of cases the hay is in the barn as far as your conditioning and all that kind of stuff.”

The team did work on some small technical things but mostly focused on keeping everyone healthy, happy and hungry. “Going hard and training hard and taking nagging injuries and turning them into something major is just not smart,” Makovsky said. “They have to be fresh, in some cases they go out and enjoy a sunny day rather than come in and practice.” The Regional has a start time of 10 a.m. Sunday in Sioux Falls. “As long as they’re excited, which they appear to be, I look forward to bringing a big group of guys down to Nationals,” Makovsky said. “Belief system and excitement, I can’t say those two words enough. You’ve got to believe and you’ve got to be excited.”


Trade talk: Selling the future for now Even though Denver traded away one of the best players in the history of their misfortunate franchise, the trade honestly works out pretty well for both sides. The Knicks, of course, finally get their man in Anthony. Denver, on the other hand, simply managed to make the very best out of an awful situation. They knew there was zero chance of Anthony coming back next year and made the smart move of trading him now and getting something in return rather than wait and take their chances this summer. Just ask the Raptors and Cavaliers how that strategy worked out last summer. But that’s not to say that it was a perfect trade for either side by any means. New York risked violating the age-old rule of “if it’s not broke, don’t try to fix it”, and leaves themselves searching for stopgaps at center and shooting guard. Also, trading away Raymond Felton, who was a well-kept secret behind the success of Amare’ Stoudemire, may end up being a bigger folly than estimated. And while I applaud Denver on making the most of the little leverage they had, only got one first-round draft pick

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out of the deal. And while it’s not like New York had any more to give them, the Nuggets are now in rebuilding mode without enough first-round draft picks to immediately satisfy fans. The Deron Williams trade also appears to be a win-win, with the Jazz sacrificing their present for the future (Derrick Favors, Devin Harris and two first-round picks) and New Jersey finally nabbing a superstar. Even after losing the LeBron sweepstakes this summer and barely missing out on Anthony, you have to admire Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov for his relentless pursuit of a player

good enough to market. Deron Williams badly needed a change of scenery and could flourish with a second-chance in New Jersey. Just like in the Anthony trade though, one has to wonder if New Jersey gave up a little bit too much. Derrick Favors, while not the immediate impact some expected him to be, has had a successful rookie season and has a ton of potential in his future. Devin Harris will be a solid starting point guard for many years to come, and in a less-thanglamorous city like New Jersey, first-round draft picks are the most important tools to use when




staff writer By now, you’ve all heard about a certain basketball star being traded to a certain East Coast team and shifting the balance of power from West to East. And no, I’m not talking about the Raptors’ trade for James Johnson. Yes, even though the trade deadline isn’t until 2 p.m. Thursday, there has already been a lot of tantalizing movement in the NBA. Two of the Western Conference’s top players, All-Stars Carmelo Anthony and Deron Williams, have packed their bags and will play the second half of the season out East. The much-anticipated Carmelo Anthony trade has received most of the attention, with New York’s already promising future getting even brighter. The Knicks received Anthony, starting point guard Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman from Denver in exchange for Most Improved Player of the Year candidate Raymond Felton, starters Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari, rookie center Timofey Mozgov and a handful of draft picks.



building a team. It’s just too bad the timing didn’t work out better so that New Jersey could’ve shipped off Williams before Jerry Sloan resigned because of his frustrations with the point guard. Who knows what else will happen before the 2 p.m. deadline, but for now, it appears the East has gotten immediately a lot better. But keep in mind over the next few years how much both the Knicks and Nets had to part with to make it happen. They both have a lot banking on immediate success — a gamble which has proved costly in the past. Behind Maverick Bookstore

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MSU Women’s Hockey Gameday WCHA Tourney Edition Lee Handel • staff writer

(7) Minnesota State (8-23-3, 7-20-1 WCHA) at (2) Minnesota Duluth (20-7-3, 18-7-3 WCHA) Best-of-three series 7:07 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday (if nec.) Amsoil Arena, Duluth, Minn. PREVIEW: The Minnesota State Mankato women’s hockey team will try to keep its season alive this weekend in Duluth. The Mavericks would probably agree that they have underachieved this year, but can still make the season memorable with a monumental upset of the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs this weekend. MSU enters the WCHA playoffs as the seventh seed, while UMD was able to fend off Minnesota for the second seed. The Mavericks are coming off a rough series last weekend in Mankato, as they were swept by top-ranked Wisconsin by scores of 4-0 and 9-1. The Bulldogs, on the other hand, are rolling. UMD has won eight straight games and dominated WCHA bottom-feeder St. Cloud State last weekend, sweeping the Huskies by scores of 8-0 and 9-0. HISTORY: Although the Mavericks dropped all four previous contests this season to the Bulldogs, many players remain from the squad that beat UMD 3-2 in Duluth last season. This recent triumph should provide MSU with some much-needed confidence as they head to Duluth this weekend, as the Mavericks are a mere 4-42-3 against the Bulldogs all-time. In the four losses to UMD this season, the closest margin of defeat was three goals and the Mavericks were shutout in three of the contests. The Mavericks scored only two goals in the four defeats, coming from junior forward Emmi Leinonen and freshman forward Kathleen Rogan. Senior forward Nina Tikkinen has had some success against the Bulldogs, with three goals against UMD in her career. MSU NOTES: The Mavericks closed the regular season last weekend in Mankato, which served as the final home series for seniors Amy Udvig, Lisa Edman and Tikkinen. All three were honored before Saturday’s game. Rogan finished the regular season leading the team in goals and points, with 12 and 21 respectively. Sophomore forward Lauren Smith led the team in assists and shots, with 11 and 101 respectively. Joining Rogan with double-digits in points were Smith (15), Tikkinen (12), junior forward Moira O’Connor (12) and freshman forward Tracy McCann (10). Junior goaltender Alli Altmann led the team in net, posting a 3.04 goals against average and .901 save percentage in 21 starts. The Mavericks struggled mightily on the power play this season, going just 9-108 with the extra attacker. The rookies made their mark offensively for MSU this season, with the freshmen recording 26 of the team’s 53 goals scored in the regular season. UMD NOTES: The Bulldogs are solid in many areas and have outscored their opponents 121-49 as a result. They are led on offense by senior forward Elin Holmlov (16-30--46) and junior forward Haley Irwin (18-24--42). Senior goaltender Kim Martin has also been solid in net for UMD, with an impressive 1.42 goals against average and .945 save percentage. KEY: The Mavericks are 8-0-0 this season when scoring three or more goals, and will need to scratch and claw for that many in every game this weekend if they want to be in position to bounce the Bulldogs. PREDICTION: While it is highly unlikely, the Mavericks can win this series if they can give Altmann an early lead to protect. She has proven before she can beat the top teams when given offensive support. That being said, the best MSU can likely do in this series is extend it to Sunday.



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Creatures of the Night

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Atmosphere opens tour at MSU

•photos courtesy of Department of Theatre & Dance Count Dracula (Dustin Guy Jackson) kisses the hand of Lucy Seward (Charisse Danker). MEGAN KADLEC

a&e co-editor

nate brennan(1/2) and wale agboola (3)• msu reporter (Top) Atmosphere’s Slug takes the stage and opens the show with “Puppets,” (middle) An Amtosphere fan surfs the crowd, (bottom) Stophouse Music Group’s Prof opens for Atmosphere.

There is no denying the fact that our society is obsessed with vampires and other creatures of the night. While Bram Stocker’s Dracula did not create the vampire myth, it did bring about the canon. The classic story of horror and romance has now made its appearance at Minnesota State Mankato. The Department of Theatre and Dance’s latest is a frighteningly wonderful stage production of Dracula. When audiences filed into the Ted Paul Theatre, they couldn’t help but notice the striking, twolevel set. The first level was set in an average mid-century gothic living room. The second, placed below the first in the pit, held a graveyard. The two-dimensional set was perfect to visualize the differences between the living and the dead. When the show began, the walls of the set lit up and patients from the lunatic asylum appeared as a creepy background for the classic horror story. The use of strobe lighting and the sounds of thunder and howling dogs also added to the overall ambience of the production. Oftentimes in theatre, set changes are done in a lengthy manner, allowing the audience to become distracted. In this show, however, scene changes were done smoothly and almost

mechanically. Dustin Guy Jackson played the role of Count Dracula with an eerie elegance that entrances audiences. His Transylvanian accent is spot on. It wasn’t overly dramatic and he never slipped back into his normal speech, an incredible feat for most amateur actors. Jackson’s hand gestures and creepy mannerisms were also perfect for the character. Andy Gullikson stole the show as R. M. Renfield, a disturbed inmate at the lunatic asylum who insists upon eating flies and spiders as a life source. His portrayal of the character is so perfect that the audience members can’t tell if Gullikson is actually acting or if he is certifiably insane. Other memorable performances were given by Mina Marie Koch Johnson, who played the role of Mina, Dracula’s silent first victim, and Kayla Bartlett, playing Miss Wells, the easily frightened maid. Both female characters add a sense of alarm and terror to the show through their ear-shattering screams. The action of the show is utterly fantastic, but the dialogue slowed the production at points. It was as if the actors weren’t completely invested in the play’s less important conversations. It seemed as though they weren’t thinking about the meaning behind what they were saying, but focused instead on simply saying

the line. If reading the stage adaption of the classic story, one is under the impression that instead of a creepy story of lunatics and creatures of the night, they are reading a cheesy horror and romance story. Heather E. Hamilton, who directed Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Evil Dead: the Musical earlier this season, was able to create a set that distracted from the abnormally-cheesy dialogue provided in the script. While most individuals would kill for first or second-row seats for a production, I would advise against it for this particular play. The use of fog throughout the play creates the perfect atmosphere for the storyline, but because I sat in the second row, it got into my nose and eyes, irritating my contacts and messing with my breathing. Though the play was utterly fantastic, the fog ruined the overall experience. For fans of vampires, this adaption of a classic story is superb. For those who are sick of seeing vampires in modern culture, this play is perfect to recapture a love of these creepy, blood-sucking creatures. As a vampire, Count Dracula does not sparkle in the sun like the popular teenage vampires of our modern culture. That’s reason enough to see the production, right?

Atmosphere fails to live up to standards NATE BRENNAN

editor in chief Atmosphere MC Slug may be starting to live up to his namesake. While Tuesday night’s performance in Mankato’s Centennial Student Ballroom was nothing short of lively from start to finish, the same can’t be said for Slug’s stamina or newer material, which was predominately performed throughout the night

in favor of the standards that put Minnesota hip-hop on the map. Dubbed the “Welcome to Minnesota” tour, the performance felt more like the “Welcome To The Decline of Atmosphere.” I imagine in our front-page photo, Slug is calling himself from ’98 and asking what having an edge feels like. Slug even seemed to display a lack of confidence surrounding the new

material, saying he wasn’t sure about it before asking the crowd what it thought. Amidst nonsensical screams, one fan gave a “so-so” hand gesture and the MC seemed to agree with him. With that said, the show was a good one. Hosting Atmosphere was a major step up in entertainment from the Reel Big Fishes we’ve grown accustomed to seeing since Ok Go performed in the center of campus in 2007.

Ant, the genius behind Atmosphere and arguably the architect of what we know Minnesota hip-hop to be today, still continues to produce top-notch beats in droves, but Slug might be at the age and sensibility where he can’t keep up with the punches he used to deliver at will. Rhymesayers handed us a great show, but Slug just painted that shit old.

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Saying that Mankato’s music scene is communal-based wouldn’t have the complete effect without referencing this week’s Local Artist of the Week: Good Night, Gold Dust. GNGD is somewhat of a “super-group,” housing members from Shotgun Fiction, the Style Biters, the Devilles and the Oshkosh, WI music scene. The group is comprised of Laura Schultz (vocals, rhythm guitar), Colin Scharf (lead guitar), Eric Albion Blake (bass) and Josh Willaert (drums). The genesis of the group arose when Schultz began playing open mics around town, performing

angela kukowski • msu reporter Top: (from left) Josh Willaert, Eric Blake, Colin Scharf and Laura Shultz gather over good wine and good music looking just about classy. Left: Good Night, Gold Dust seen around town cheesin’.

songs she had coming out of the Oshkosh music scene. Scharf was impressed with the music and recruited fellow Shotgun Fiction band mate, Blake, and Willaert, from the Style Biters, to form the current GNGD lineup. Currently, the group has a six-song EP out entitled Between the Click of the Light and the Start of a Dream. The songs on the EP are a synthesis of songs from Schultz’s catalog with input from the rest of the group. “Some of the songs we play, I played in Oshkosh,” Schultz said. “But also, I’ll have a song written as sort of a skeleton and I’ll bring it to the gentlemen to fill out.” GNGD has a unique sound, which is accentuated in its live shows. The group has a smooth approach highlighted through conscious dynamic flourishes. It understands the nuances that go into a well thought-out song. “We’re kind of alt-folk,” Blake said. “There’s some rock in there, more ethereal rock. In Good Night, Gold Dust, my energy is spent on finesse.”


“Good Night, Gold Dust is definitely worth listening to,” Willaert said. “It’ll make you dance and make you think.” Fans of GNGD agree. “They’re very talented and fun to dance to,” said Cassie Violet of Mankato. “They’re full of energy and their music is original.” Each member of the band comes from a different musical upbringing. Schultz claims a more folkbased background, a la John Prine, Woody Guthrie and Gillian Welch. Blake and Scharf cite influence from artists such as Neil Young and the Clash. Listening to the other projects the members of the group are in, it would be difficult to imagine that the result of their fusion would turn out GNGD. The band prefers to keep its music in-step with the newfound Minnesota-music tradition of do-it-yourself. Its EP is completely self-produced by Scharf, the EP’s packaging is done by Blake, and the band mates distribute collectively. All the added work that goes into the music can be heard, and


appreciated. “The process of the whole D.I.Y. thing is very rigorous,” Scharf said, “but it’s reflected in the music.” The new EP is available at Rhapsody Music on Madison Ave., as well as the North Mankato Taylor Library. Also, you can hear the songs on Facebook, Myspace and ReverbNation. There’s no excuse not to check these guys out. GNGD has been receiving very positive energy from the local music scene and has its eyes on growing in the future. “We’re currently shooting to record a full-length album,” Scharf said. “We’ve been focusing a lot of our time on rehearsal and writing new songs.” The Mankato scene is grateful to have GNGD on its roster, and GNGD is grateful to be here. “[The Mankato scene] has gotten a lot better,” Scharf said. “I’ve been here since August of 2007, and the scene lacked cohesion then. When the Red Sky came together, the scene came together.” “The Mankato scene is very eclectic,” Schultz said. “You can see any number of types of music at a single show.” Get out and see Good Night, Gold Dust at its next show. You’re gonna dig it. And when you do see it, let them know what you think. “We’d love to see people out,” Blake said, “and when they do come out, we’d like them to come up to us. Talk to us. We’re friendly.”

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The Sugar Room punks out Punk Rock Night features three bands sure to blow your mind MARGARET STECK

staff writer Punk Rock: no authority, no prisoners, just high energy and fast-paced music. Throw away your

Fall Out Boy CDs and bring out the liberty spikes, ’cause kids, it’s punk rock night at the Sugar Room. Just to shed light on the talent gracing the stage and

blowing your mind, here is a brief spotlight on the three bands performing tonight: Body Politic, Forever Dumb and Real Sluts Fuck.

The Body Politic

Forever Dumb Forever Dumb has been a recluse since its “4 Years of Being Dumb” fourth anniversary performance in November, but it is back with new material to light up the stage. The band is comprised of Jordan Carr on vocals and guitar, Christian Olsen on bass and keyboard and Micah Dorfner on drums. Dorfner, 21, is a senior public relations student at Minnesota State Mankato and is known for tearing it up on his set. “We just like playing catchy, fast punk rock,” Dorfner said. “We like jumping aroundwe’re all about having fun and showing the crowd a good, energetic time flying around stage.” The band has two CDs, Gold and BOOMSHAKALAKA!, and has

a third, unreleased album, Let’s Get Dangerous, with another local band, Evasive Maneuver. “Buy our record if you really want to listen to our music,” Dorfner said. “The show is going to be all about the performance.” For those of you who would prefer to listen to their music prior to purchasing the album, you can check them out on Facebook, Myspace or Reverb Nation. Word from the wise, their live shows never disappoint.

This band’s unpredictability is in line with the guitarist and lead singer’s, Trent Fast. If you saw Fast, 21, on the street, it would be difficult to imagine the hardcore energy he exudes while performing. The Body Politic mashes volatility with heavy grooves and off-kilter rhythms. Influenced by hardcore punk band Black Flag, post-hardcore Fugazi and the minimalistic rock trio Shellac, The Body Politic has been raging since 2006. The current

Real Sluts Fuck A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Or something like that. Punk Rock Night will be this fresh group’s first show around town.

The group is spearheaded by vocalist/guitarist Dani Sevigny, who is backed by Eric Blake on bass guitar and Josh Willaert rocking drums. If the promise of good

punk music doesn’t drag you out, the name should. Hey, while you’re there, you can ask them how they got the name, because we sure can’t figure it out.

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lineup of Fast, Dylan Steiner on drums and Jake Willaert on bass has only been in place since May 2010. The Body Politic has its first full-length album coming out soon, which is tentatively titled Say Uncle. “[It] will annihilate anyone willing to give it a chance,” Fast said. To listen to their music and keep up with their live shows, find them on Facebook.

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