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MSU’s Financial Planner program gets crucial recertification from Washington. CHRIS HOUCK

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With Minnesota State University, Mankato being comprised of many studies within the school’s academic colleges, there are some programs that require a high level of achievement for them to be a part of the system. Recently, MSU has been awarded for its continuous striving for improvement with a recertification for its Certified Financial Planners Program. Recently, the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc., in Washington, D.C., decided to renew MSU’s certification that allows the school to prepare students for the Certified Financial Planning (CFP) exam. The news of the recertification comes as good news to the university, as it is being recognized as a national influence in educating students about the financial world. Leon Chen, a professor from the College of Business’s finance program, spoke about the recent approval from Washington and its impact on MSU. “Our program is one of the oldest in the country. I don’t think the recertification is a major issue. The main issue is how we can make the program better; how we can continuously stay on a high level of recognition,” said Chen. “It is an achievement but I don’t think it’s a huge achievement, personally speaking. From the school’s perspective, it is a good achievement because it gives students options. It

brings value to their future career, especially for business and finance students.” While the renewal of the university’s role as a member of the Financial Planning Certificate Program is an accomplishment the whole school can recognize, the impact of the recertification will be seen mostly with college of business students who are looking to become certified in financial planners. The programs MSU offers, which will be affected by recent renewal of membership are the Financial Planning Track, the Financial Planning Certificate Program, and the Online Financial Planning Certificate Program. “In the professional world, CFP certification is arguably the most popular and penetrating certification in the financial planning industry today,” said Chen. “It’s probably, in the future, going to be the standard of a professional if that person wants to work in the financial planning industry. It’s definitely getting more popular, so I think it’s very important.” The program’s goal is to be able to teach incoming professionals further about the skills in order to succeed in that area of study through face-to-face classroom work, as well as online options being available as well. The recertification for the programs are a result of a extensive examination that the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards subjected the school to, with

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MSU students “own their role” with anti-bullying campgain Anti-bullying campaign looks to raise awareness, fight bullying in area elementary schools schools.

msu reporter Members of the MSU chapter of the Public Relations Society of America used presentations at schools and a themed MSU men’s basketball game to promote their “Own Your Role” anti-bullying message. KATIE FEIND

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A team of five Minnesota State University, Mankato students participated in a nationwide anti-bullying campaign this month, impacting hundreds. The campaign is part of the Bateman Case Study Competition, conducted annually by the Public Relations Society of America and aimed at Public Relations students. The team of five PRSSA students formed a memorable campaign entitled “Own Your Role” that affected hundreds of students at the local elementary schools in Mankato.

The Bateman competition challenges participants to research, plan, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive public relations campaign; a process that takes months of hard work and preparation. Bullying has been on the rise in recent years, due to the increased utilization of social media and differences in religion, socioeconomic status and culture. To address this increasingly prominent issue, the competition strives to exercise participants’ creativity while coming up with a way to inform children, teens, parents, and other key audiences of the actions they can take to address any bullying situation

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they may encounter. Three finalists will be chosen to receive scholarships and will be recognized at the PRSSA National Conference. The campaign was kicked off by seniors Shannon Turner and Leah Samuelson, along with juniors Blakeley Derrick, Elise Konerza, and Lindsay Peterson, who are all mass media majors at MSU. The group made appearances at the Franklin and Garfield Elementary Schools in Mankato, doing presentations and skits depicting the four roles involved in bullying situations: the bully, bullied,

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Dayton to expand Medicare, despite divided opinions

web photo SAM WILMES

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The state of Minnesota has added more citizens to its Medicare program. The revamped Medicare program

will include 35,000 more low-income Minnesotans. The costs, however, will not be shifted onto the state immediately. The federal government will cover all of the costs for the first three

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years, then 90 percent in the following years. The expansion is part of the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010 by President Obama, and confirmed last June when the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the law. Adults with no children who make less than $15,000 a year will also now be eligible for Government-sponsored Medical Assistance coverage. Dayton insists that the expansion is needed. ”Minnesotans who will be covered by this legislation desperately need better quality health care,” Dayton said. “Instead of taking their health crises to emergency rooms, thousands of lowincome children, families, and individuals will be able to see doctors sooner and live healthier lives.” The expansion won’t take effect until 2014. Kathy Sheeran, a Democrat from Mankato who

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MSSA talks bands, bowling CHRIS HOUCK

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The MSSA meeting that took place this week was an unusually short one, spanning a timeframe of little more than ten minutes. The student senators decided last week to cut the meeting short so that they may attend a bowling match, pitting students against members of the school’s staff. The meeting began with MSSA president, Soyal Shrestha stating that the school will soon host several candidates for the provost position for the university. Shrestha encouraged the senators to attend the meeting with the candidates, as well as stating that the names of those visiting for the position are still confidential. Vice President David Shieler spoke to the student senators, saying that a major focus for him has been to get a marching band to campus. Schieler stated that it would cost around fifteen cents a credit for a sustainable program, but the main focus still should be to continue looking for ways

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to lower tuition, textbook and residential rental costs. Speaker Chris Collins revealed to MSSA that long-time Senator Lazarus Jackson had never officially been sworn in and was immediately thrown into the half-minute process of taking his oath, making his job title official. The presentation, which usually is usually given to MSSA every week by an important person to Minnesota State University, Mankato, was replaced by the efforts of Senator Blake Grotewold to get the student senators ready for their bowling game. Grotewold rose from his chair, stripped off his jacket, revealing a makeshift MSSA uniform, complete with a headband and muscle shirt as he ran behind the podium. “Let me see you get down!” cried Grotewold as he attempted to lead senators in a bout of stretches. “Let me see you get down! M-A-V-E-R-I-C-K-S!” The warm-ups concluded with a round of clapping and Grotewold wondering aloud why many of the senators were not taking part in some of his stretches.

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5 reasons that it pays to learn a foreign language

elise konerza • msu reporter ELISE KONERZA

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My Spanish endeavors conclude shortly at the end of this semester. Although bittersweet, I’d like to extend a few things I’ve cultured along the way since learning a foreign language for 11 years and studying abroad in Madrid, Spain. This may inspire you to sign up for a couple classes and opt for that

Bachelor of Arts degree instead of a Bachelor of Science before graduation. Global Understanding Diving into the context and syntax of another language allows you to open the door into understanding customs and aspects of a culture. Nations and people have become more dependent upon each other in terms of goods and services, politics and international secu-

rity. Intercultural understanding starts with language abilities and delves into an insider’s view and appreciation of foreign cultures, news stories and insight of international situations, current events and art. The United States is the only industrialized country that routinely graduates students from high school who lack knowledge of a foreign language. 52.7 per-

cent of Europeans are fluent in both their native tongue and at least one other language. Only 9.3 percent of Americans are fluent in both English and another language, according to the CIA World Fact Book. The absence of foreign language competency does not bode well for the future of America in a global society and should significantly increase in order to keep up with other countries. Competitive Edge for Employment For businesses to effectively compete in the global economy, their employees must understand the cultures and business norms of others. As business continuously leads toward expanding relationships abroad, employers are searching for bilingual applicants now more than ever. In fact, after doing a recent CareerBuilder.com search, more than 6,000 job postings seek bilingual applicants. With your competency you may be able to command a greater salary. According to Salary.com, bilingual pay ranges differentiate between 5 and 20 percent per hour more than a position’s base rate. So, being bilingual can literally “pay off.” Knowing a foreign language can bridge the gap and open new doors for companies looking to expand their business. However, it’s not only business

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where bilingual applicants are needed. Government agencies, industries in travel, engineering, communications, education, law, economics, public policy, publishing, advertising, entertainment, scientific research and human resources are some of the broad sectors that are in need of foreign language skills. Employees who are bilingual in English and Spanish are in high demand as Latinos are now the nation’s largest minority group. Since April 2001, they have accounted for nearly half of the nation’s population growth, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Improve cognitive and life skills “We have strong evidence today that studying a foreign language has a ripple effect, helping to improve student performance in other subjects.” - Richard Riley, U.S. Secretary of Education under Bill Clinton While learning a foreign language, the brain uses a variety of different learning skills that can enhance mental flexibility, memory, reading, creativity, problem solving and reasoning skills. Language learners have to deal with unfamiliar cultural ideas and new norms they must hurdle over to defeat the

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MEDICARE “It just doesn’t make sense for the governor LANGUAGE and the current state legislature to say we should burden continued from 4 future Minnesota budgets.” continued from 5 authored the bill, contends that the extension plays into fairness. “Our goal is to offer access to quality healthcare to everyone in Minnesota,” Sheeran said in a press release issued through the official state website. “This legislation gets us one step closer to that goal by covering healthcare for persons earning less than $15,000 a year and will mean a cost savings of $1 billion to the state over the next couple of years. Saving those dollars will help us expand access to care for even more Minnesotans.” According to the Star Tribune, House Republicans have a slightly different view of Medicare expansion. “This bill is another example of Gov. Dayton’s reckless government spending and is a gimmick,” Senate Minority Leader David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, said. “It just doesn’t make sense for the governor and the current state legislature to say we should burden future Minnesota state budgets.” A prominent Republican however, disagrees. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who may have his eyes set on a possible 2016 presidential run, is broadening his state’s Medicaid program. It’s simple.

We’re putting people first,” Christie explained, “which is why after considerable discussion and research, I have decided to participate in Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.” Govs. John Kasich of Ohio and Susana Martinez of New Mexico, both possible Republican candidates for 2016, have also signed onto the expansion. Republican Governor of Texas Rick Perry and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker have both vetoed Medicaid expansion- creating a possible further rift in the Republican party. Families USA, an organization that according to it’s website is “a national nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans,” contends that division amongst Republicans only stands to strengthen Medicaid’s cause. “The fact that Republican governors have opted into the Medicaid expansion are game-changers,” Ron Pollack of Families USA told California Healthline last week, after Florida governor Rick Scott, a Republican, signed onto Medicaid expansion. “I think the dominoes are going to fall into place fairly soon,” Pollack added.

Junior Political Science major Katie Bobich is not sold on the proposal. “In theory, the Medicaid expansion looks like a solution, however there will not be enough funds to cover those added by the expansion in the long run,” Bobich said. Bobich also serves as Vice Chairwoman of the Minnesota State University, Mankato College Republicans. Fellow Minnesota State College Republican David Tapper argues that Dayton is misleading Minnesotans on the issue. “The expansion as worded by Mr. Dayton is misleading. He claims that the expansion will be covered by the federal government, which is not totally true,” Tapper said. “The federal government will be covering 100% of the initial costs, but what he does not advertise is that they will only cover 90 percent of the future costs. If all goes as planned, which I do not see happening whatsoever, it could potentially save the state money,” “Will the federal government be able to uphold their word by covering much of the costs? We will have to wait and see, but they clearly do not have the funds. They are writing checks they cannot cash,” Tapper concluded.

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CAMPAIGN “After speaking with Nate Christiansen we knew we wanted to involved the men’s and women’s basketball teams as positive role models,” Peterson said. continued from 3 bystander, and cycle breaker. ”We created the “cycle breaker” role, which is someone who would step into the situation, tell an adult, or model respectful behavior. We wanted to introduce a role that would break the cycle and begin the change” described Lindsay Peterson, the Vice President of the PRSSA chapter at MSU. A couple weeks later, the group returned and encouraged all students to sign a pledge that they could personalize by stating how they will “own their role” and do their part to take a stand against bullying. Their pledge also served as a free ticket to the

men’s basketball game on February 23. The MSU student team creatively formed a campaign and collaborated with MSU Athletics, who donated “Own Your Role” campaign shirts to the men’s and women’s basketball teams, in addition to a number of shirts to raffle off. “After speaking with Nathan Christiansen, we knew we wanted to involve the men’s and women’s Basketball teams as positive role models,” Peterson said. The basketball game on the 23rd was an “orange-out,” influenced by the nationally recognized color of anti-bullying awareness.

The basketball team showed their support by warming up in orange, and Stomper rocked his orange shirt with the signatures of students who pledged. This participation sparked curiosity and drew attention to the table that was set up at the game, allowing people to pledge. The pledges were displayed on a board as a symbol of unified change and agreement to the cause. During half-time, principals from each Elementary school were presented with basketballs signed by the men’s and women’s teams. Despite some minor technical difficulties before

presenting at Franklin, the MSU campaign team took the opportunity to converse with students in the front rows about their experiences with bullying. Some students opened up, expressing that they had been bystanders of bullying that very morning. As a result of the student feedback, the team altered their presentation to influence positive behavior in similar situations, and encouraged the kids to take the role of the cycle breaker. “They really resonated with having college students relating to them” said Peterson. It’s safe to say this campaign was a success.

The PRSSA students are currently wrapping up a month of hard work dedicated to the campaign, and are enthusiastic about their next endeavor; an upcoming fundraiser they are planning in April for a non-profit backpack food program which provides meals to students whose only meal each day might be at school. Although it is still in the works, a plan has been developed for a “Vintage Vegas Gala” themed event at the AmericInn. This is the second antibullying campaign to debut at MSU this semester.

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FINANCE “In the professional world, CFP certification is arguably the most popular and penetrating certification in the financial planning industry today,” said Chen. continued from 1 some of the areas investigated including the academic and educational standards the board adheres to while keeping in code with the code of ethics that the CFP Board employs. “What we do is we send in an application for recertification and that application shows that we cover all the topics,” said Chen. “We still have to make sure to document the steps that we do to improve and continuously improve, not only to fulfill the topic covered, but to find ways to coordinate with different instructions and make sure some of the topics are covered multiple times.” The Financial Planning Certificate Program was brought to MSU in 1998 and is a part of the university’s Continuing and Professional Education Program, which is dedicated to educating people who are looking to refine their skills as well as gain

some additional experience in the area of their career. “I think the certification will prove valuable to students in their career,” said Chen. “If a student tells an employer that they are eligible to take the CFP exam, that student is more likely to be hired.” There are also some requirements that an individual must achieve in order to take the CFP exam, which is held in the Twin Cities area for Minnesotans. According to Chen, a student must have a bachelor’s degree and have completed the 11 courses that the program CFP program requires in order for the participants to take part in the exam. “From historical numbers, we don’t see a lot of people taking the CFP exam,” said Chen. “So, I would definitely encourage students to see CFP as an option. I do think it’s a valuable option.”

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Jazz Band Kicks Into Overdrive Renowned artist Terell Stafford to perform with the Jazz Mavericks this Saturday

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or the past several weeks, Minnesota State university, Mankato’s Jazz Mavericks Big Band has been under the gun to get back into the groove of things after winter break. Now, after the gauntlet was set and numerous rehearsals were hurdled over, the week for the group to show their stuff has arrived. Last week the Mavericks, along with the MSU Jazz Singers and the Jazz Combo “Biscuits and Gravy,” represented the university at the Elmhurst Jazz Festival in Illinois. Under the direction of Dr. Doug Snapp, MSU brought the ( joyful) noise to the four-day festival, including the Singers performing a gospel arrange-

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ment of “Amazing Grace” and the Big Band cooking on an arrangement of Pat Metheny’s progressive rock tune “See the World.” Vocalist Chelsea Bode and drummer Ryan Vee were both awarded recognitions of excellence by the festival for their work on these respective pieces. “It was such a great experience to be surrounded by so many great musicians and hear what other schools around the country are playing,” said trumpet player Todd Alle when asked about the trip. “It’s easy to get wrapped up in what you’re doing here in Mankato but it’s always good to get out and see what other groups are doing. I think this trip helped us all grow as musicians and grow closer as an ensemble as well.” The real show begins this Saturday. Right off their return, the group is already

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finalizing everything for the upcoming annual MSU Jazzfest. Open to the public, the festival consists of several area high school in-

strumental jazz ensembles voyaging to MSU’s inviting campus to perform and gain some insightful tidbits from the festival’s guest judica-

tors. And that’s just what the day consists of. Each year the festival

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Woodie Awards Stir Up Competition Quality rappers battle for prize

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The much anticipated 2013 mtvU Woodie Awards are just around the corner, recognizing artists that make a permanent mark on the music scene each year. The Woodie Awards Festival returns during the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin in mid-March, to honor and highlight the music voted the “best” by college audiences. The Woodies incorporate the hottest up-and-coming artists on the radar each year. Categories include Breaking Woodie, Tag Team Woodie, FOMO Woodie, Woodie of the Year, Best Video Woodie, and the new Chevrolet Sonic College Artist Woodie, which recognizes artists from Universities around the country.

Since its establishment in 2004, the Woodie Awards have propelled artists to their peak on countless occasions. Last year, Machine Gun Kelly took in the Breaking Woodie, and Mac Miller won the Performing Woodie and Woodie of the Year. Others were given to Calvin Harris and Best Coast. Last year, performances created memorable stories, including MGK climbing a three story pole and rapping his heart out to hyped-up fans. This year’s Woodies should be bigger and better than the last, utilizing innovative ways to involve the audience and ensure a buck-wild experience full of fun stories to come home with. There will roughly be

14 performances this year, including Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Jake Bugg, Alt-J, Joey Bada$$ and more to be announced. If you watch the Grammys, it’s been described that they are the “who’s-who of Woodies from years past”. Simply put, many artists have “Started From The Bottom” only to continue on their fame and career with music after winning a Woodie. During a press call with A$AP Rocky, MGK, and Dylan Francis, more insight was provided on the Woodie Awards including what the artists had in store for the upcoming year. Harlem hip-hop hit maker A$AP Rocky was the highlight, confidence exuding out of the phone speaker while

he spoke. When asked about what legacy he wants to leave behind, Rocky calmly replied, “I AM leaving behind a legacy. I’m teaching the youth, man. It’s a new day and age, people need to get high and get along like they did in the 70’s… like putting everyone together and closing the gaps between discrimination.” He followed by expressing his excitement on his next production which he will be creating all his own beats for. “Just give me a couple months and it will be perfected” he assuredly stated. A$AP released Live Love A$AP in 2011, an album I still bang on the regs. He released his mixtape Deep Purple shortly after, and recently came out with Long.Live. A$AP, which skyrocketed his

fame. From an artist’s perspective, performing at the Woodies takes a lot of energy and endurance. Rapper MGK agrees. “It was nerve-racking to perform last year, but I just do what I do,” said MGK. The Woodies helped MGK get more recognition, which is one of the objectives of being chosen to perform at the festival. “It’s good for independent artists. I like how they keep it at a certain level. It’s very category appropriate and artist appropriate”. He went on to speak about his loyal fanbase, which he feels was shown at his performance at the 2012 Woodies. He takes pride in his fans, describing his music as “the

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‘Beautiful Creatures’: Romance with Witches

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After the explosive success of Twilight, an onslaught of imitators invaded the young adult books marketplace. From vampire/ human romances, the entire spectrum of paranormal love has left no stone unturned, even going so far to angel/human love affairs that bring with it celestial wars. Bringing things closer to home planet, Beautiful Creatures is one of these titles that saw the light of day in a post-Twilight world, substituting vampires for witches and changing narrative perspective. Ultimately, the most pleasing thing about Beautiful Creatures

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is that in one movie, it boasts more creativity and character work than all five of the Twilight titles, and is highly entertaining to boot. Set in Gatlin, South Carolina, Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich) has been having nightmares of an oncoming storm and in the middle of it, a gorgeous, enigmatic, dark-haired girl whispering to him. Next day at school, a new girl joins his class, a new girl who just so happens to be his dream girl. Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert) is the brunette in question and despite her refuting his

advances, Ethan can’t quite seem to leave her alone, and a mutual attraction starts to set in. As their friendship turns into a relationship, Lena’s dark secrets are being brought out in the open: Lena is from a long line of Casters (aka, witches), and in seventy days, on her sixteenth birthday, Lena will be claimed for either the light or the dark. Ethan, refusing to accept that her destiny is set in stone, pleads to Lena to fight and find some way around this. The days tick by, edging closer to her birthday, and Lena begins to feel the darkness taking over. Will Lena give in to her dark side, will she choose her own path, or can Ethan save her? Taking the plot purely based off that, Beautiful Creatures would appear to offer nothing interesting to its audience and this reviewer is more than guilty of picking up the novel, reading the jacket, and putting it down due to lack of interest, but this movie has remedied that. By following the narrative of Ethan and the hiring of the uber-charismatic Mr. Ehrenreich, Ethan is an instantly likable character, a half over-themoon smitten love monkey and

half strong-willed geek. As a character and actress, Ethan finds his match with Lena/ Miss Englert, who brings vulnerability, intelligence, and unmanageable power to the movie making for a powerful couple that makes sense and is entirely engaging. These characters care about each other immensely, not because of destiny, but because they work well together, and their feelings for each other may be the only thing to change what appears to be an inevitable course of events. Ehrenreich and Englert have chemistry and because of that, even if the plot went to outrageous feats, the characters are believable and likable and thus, we become immersed in their journey. Acting veterans Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson give marvelous performances as powerful Casters, especially Thompson who shows a wide range here. At one point she’s playing a mildmannered God-fearing community member, in the latter half she’s a sinister, manipulative hell-witch that enjoys causing chaos.

The entire principal cast leave nothing to be desired; they could have easily shoe-horned in their work, especially the higher caliber actors, but they all took the story seriously and played it as such. Beautiful Creatures is a romance but it’s also interested in investigating the good. and dark sides within ourselves, and that’s where the interesting meat of the narrative emerges. Concepts of destiny and the inevitability of fate are discussed and unresolved, the movie trying to be much more than just a teen romance and it deserves kudos for that. The performances are phenomenal, the script is solid, the story engaging, and it easily became more than just another Twilight rip-off. Unfortunately, due to its dismal box office performance, it’s doubtful the four-book series will see the light of day on the big screen. But for now, teen paranormal romances like these are a step in the right direction in creating clever, interesting stories instead of, well, Twilight.


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WOODIES “Rocky calmly replied, ‘I AM leaving behind a legacy. I’m teaching the youth, man. It’s a new day and age, people need to get high and get along like they did in the 70’s… like putting everyone together and closing the gaps between discrimination.’” continued from 9

voice of our generation. The voice of those kids working at the gas station to come up with the money to come to a show.” What’s MGK’s next project? His upcoming mixtape, Black Flag, which he described to have the sound of the unsigned MGK. “That hunger I had when I was unsigned -- a mixture of cocky, but cocky towards the right people. Not cocky towards fans, but cocky towards the industry. The title

is Black Flag, so it’s like were not surrendering, not stopping”. He modestly expressed his gratitude for the opportunity at the Woodies, and that every award he’s received genuinely means a lot to him. Coming up on March 17, winners for all categories will be announced in-show on MTV and mtvU at 8/7c. Everyone is encouraged to have their voice heard and vote, so hit up the website at woodies. mtv.com by March 14.

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JAZZ “It was such a great experience to be surrounded by so many great musicians and hear what other schools around the country were playing.” continued from 9 calls it a wrap with a bang – a mega concert starring Big Band playing with a featured guest artist in the evening. Stellar guest artists in past years have included saxophonist Eric Marienthal and composer/ band leader Gordon Goodwin. This year the MSU Jazzfest is proud to welcome trumpeter Terell Stafford to the stage. Stafford is a legend on the jazz circuit, having been a member of The Tonight Show and You Bet Your Life big bands, re-

cording six feature albums and accompanying on more than 90 other albums. Stafford is also no stranger to the education scene, being the Director of Jazz Studies at Temple University in Pennsylvania, and serving as a clinician for several jazz programs. “Terell is one of the leading trumpet players around. He plays with both beauty and fire,” said an eager Snapp. Past concerts have proven to be a knockout and regularly sell out quickly. Jazzfest 2013 – Featuring

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2:07 pm WOMEN’S HOCKEY.................................... @ North Dakota 8:00 pm WOMEN’S TENNIS.......................... vs. Minnesota Crookston 8:37 pm WOMEN’S HOCKEY.............................. @ Colorado College

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2:00 pm MEN’S BASKETBALL.................................vs. MSU Moorhead 2:07 pm WOMEN’S HOCKEY.................................... @ North Dakota 8:07 pm MEN’S HOCKEY.................................... @ Colorado College

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Mavericks cruise to first round victory over Minnesota Crookston, 86-60

The MSU men’s basketball team used double digit nights from three players to blow past the Golden Eagles of Minnesota Crookston and advance to the quarterfinals of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference tournament. Minn. Crookston No. 7 MSU

JOEY DENTON

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They didn’t get the start they wanted, but the Minnesota State University, Mankato Mavericks showed why the won the NSIC regular season title and found their way to advance to the next round of the NSIC conference tournament after defeating the University of Minnesota, Crookston 86-60 last night. The Mavericks didn’t fire on all cylinders at the start of the first half, but with some fast breaks and three-point shooting, the NSIC regular season champions found themselves with a 43-32 lead going in to the locker rooms. Both of the Mavericks point guards led the way offensively in the first half as sophomore point guard Zach Monaghan put up 12 points and redshirt freshman Jaymeson Moten came off the bench and provided nine points of his own. They combined for 5-for-8 from behind the threepoint line before halftime. Even though the Mavericks started slow offensively, they finished out the first half shooting 12-32 from the field, 5-10 from the

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arch and a perfect 14-14 from the charity stripe. The Golden Eagles kept themselves relevant half way through the second half, but the no. 7 Mavericks kept extending their lead to as much as 31 points. From then on it was just counting down the minutes for the Golden Eagles’ season. Monaghan continued his shooting ways with another two three-pointers in the second half and finished with 18 points. Junior guard Jimmy Whitehead provided an offensive surge off the bench and finished with 16 points and shot 5-for-6 from the field. For the Golden Eagles, Ashton Harrell finished with a team-high 12 points shooting 5-11 from the field and Broderick Schmidt provided eight points and eight rebounds. The Mavericks came in to this matchup with an expected W, but they knew they were going to have to play hard for it. “We came out and played really hard tonight. We played and came out with a W against a team

we are supposed to beat and we just got to keep going forward,” junior guard Gage Wooten said. Wooten finished the matchup with six points and eight rebounds. The Mavericks finished the first round win shooting 50.9 percent from the field (28-of-55), 55.6 percent from behind the arc (10-of-18) and 83.3 percent from the foul line (20-for-24). The bench really gave the Mavericks a big push last night as they put up 38 points with Whitehead, Moten and Brown leading the way. Along with Moten’s nine points, sophomore guard Lucas Brown tallied four points, four rebounds and swatted the ball deep into the stands late in the second half. Being the number one seed in the tournament, the Mavericks will play host again on Saturday at 4 p.m. against the Minnesota State Moorhead Dragons, who defeated the Southwest Minnesota State Mustangs 87-78 last night. Even with a new opponent, the Mavericks know what they need to do to keep pushing through the NSIC tournament. “Same thing we always do,” Wooten said. “We got to play as a team, we got to play defense and keep rebounding the ball.”

shannon rathmanner • msu reporter Junior Jimmy Whitehead was 5-6 from the field coming off the bench to tally 16 points in MSU’s convincing win over Minn. Crookston, 86-60.

Mavericks struggle with the sticks; split pair versus Bemidji State

MSU’s pitching might have came to play Tuesday in a doubleheader against Bemidji State, but the hitting was not up to par as MSU moves to 4-2 after the split to the Beavers. REECE HEMMESCH

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the go-ahead run and giving pitchers duel with BemiBSU their last lead of the dji State’s Logan Kalis, as game. neither team could find the MSU got Olson winning run in extra sacrifice fly scored junior into scoring posiinnings. Stetson Olson to put the tion in the bottom MSU’s closest Mavericks up 1-0. of the inning, but chance at a run would The game stayed that could not get him come in the ninth inscore until the sixth inning across the plate as ning with Olson on when junior Tyler Ockuly, in the Mavericks were third and Lindner, his second inning of relief denied by a final when pinch hitter John work, let up a leadoff double Jason Hoppe Flattery went down score of 2-1. to BSU’s Zach Braun, who Olson and junior swinging, sending the would score two batTodd Standish were the only game even further ters later off of an Mavericks with multiple-hit into the night. Ockuly wild pitch, games, both going 2-4 in Bemidji State tying the score at one the process with Standish finally broke the apiece. tallying a double in the fifth 1-all tie in the top Ockuly would be inning. The loss would go to of the 11th inning relieved in the sevSutherland, his first of the after Sutherland enth by senior Nick hit two consecutive year for MSU. Sutherland, who would Stetson Olson batters with two Game two was not pretty enter into a late-inning outs, bringing in

Bem. State (F/11) 2 Bem. State No. 12 MSU 1 No. 12 MSU

MSU would tally only eight For the no. 13 Minnesota hits in two games against the State University, Mankato Beavers, with just two extra baseball team, pitching is base knocks during the name of the game. that span, giving In convincing fashion, the Mavericks a 4-2 the Maverick pitching overall record early staff let up just two in the season. runs in 18 innings to Game one put the Bemidji State Beasenior ace-man vers in a doubleheader Harvey Martin on Tuesday night at the the bump for the Hubert H. Humphrey Harvey Martin Metrodome. Mavs, who would Unfortunately for go four innings, MSU, their offense could striking out seven and earnonly accumulate two runs, ing a no-decision. MSU’s dropping game one 2-1 in 11 lone run in game one came innings before grinding out off of the bat of junior Scott a 1-0 victory in game two. Lindner, whose fourth inning

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NBA full of suprises in 2013 season

MSU Baseball “Game two was not pretty for the Mavericks, but they would secure a victory and walk out of the dome with at least one win on the night.” continued from 12 by any means for the Mavericks, but they would secure a victory and walk out of the Dome with at least one win for the night. Junior Jason Hoppe took the hill for MSU in game two and got in a groove early, going six strong innings for the Mavs, letting up four hits and striking out five. The fourth inning was be a wild one for the Mavericks, gaining their lone run and hit off of BSU pitcher Jaryd Marks. Marks started the inning by walking Mavericks leadoff man Parker Sullivan, and followed that with another walk to sophomore Connor McCallum. Olson laid down a sacrifice bunt with nobody out, beat the throw to first base, and registered MSU’s lone hit on the evening. Lindner then hit a towering, catchable foul ball into right field which would have likely scored Sullivan from third, when the BSU dugout screamed for second baseman Cody Jenkins to let it go, halting Sullivan at third but giving Lindner another chance to bring in a pair of runs. Lindner would ultimately fly out to right field, forcing a play at the plate as Sullivan just beat the throw from right and narrowly got under the tag from Beaver catcher Riley Hirsch to give MSU their final lead, 1-0. Senior Mahlon Zimmermann would come in to close in the seventh, going three up and three down to record his first save of the season. Jason Hoppe tallied his second win of the season in the victor. He has now begun the season without giving up a run in his first 11 innings

of work on the hill, which includes eight strikeouts and six hits during that span. Now comes a bit of a break for the Mavericks, as they do not play again until they head to Winter Ha-

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ven, Fla. over spring break where they will play nine games in seven days, facing off against competition from all over during their week in the Sunshine State.

The aging San Antonio Spurs have the best record in the league, the Minnesota Timberwolves are back in the cellar of the Western Conference and Paul George is dazzling everyone out of Indiana, what more could you expect from the NBA?

One of the many great aspects of any sport, amateur or professional, is uncertainty. Whether it’s the 1980 United States Olympic Hockey team shocking the Soviet Union, or the Minnesota Twins going from the worst record in baseball in 1986, to a World Series title that very next year, to this year’s Lakers, filled with at least three, maybe even four Hall of Fame players, struggling to even make the playoffs. The 2012-13 NBA season has been filled with ups and downs, pleasant surprises, and shocking disappointments. The array of different stories that range from the beginning of the year to what’s happened in just the last week, make for some interesting banter. Odds are as the playoffs creep closer and closer, the storylines will continue to intensify. For now, we still have lots to look at.

Anthony was the NBA’s Most Valuable Player. After a while, he faded away and Kevin Durant took over the reins of what seemed to be his race to lose; that is, until LeBron James yet again entered the picture, took the lead, and will likely never look back. No player has ever had a year in terms of statistics that LeBron James is having right now. He is averaging 27 points, eight rebounds and seven assists while shooting 56 percent. No one has ever put up those scoring, rebounding and assist numbers, while still shooting over 55 percent. Only three guys have ever averaged at least 27-8-7 while shooting 50 percent, those players being Oscar Robertson, Larry Bird, and Michael Jordan. Not bad company to be in. Some people think it’s Kevin Durant’s “turn” to win the award, but if LeBron James doesn’t come away with his third Maurice Podoloff Trophy in four years, there is something seriously wrong.

LeBron Red Hot In Miami

Injuries In Minnesota

TIM FAKLIS

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shannon rathmanner • msu reporter Senior Nick Sutherland threw five strong innings in relief for MSU Tuesday, but two hit batsmen in a row would give Bemidji State the lead as they took game one from MSU 2-1 in 11 innings.

At the beginning of the season, it wouldn’t have been crazy to think that Carmelo

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NBA suprises “(On Lebron James) Only three guys have ever averaged at least 27-8-7 while shooting over 50 percent, Oscar Robertson, Larry Bird and Michael Jordan. Not bad company to be in.” continued from 13 gotten better for the Minnesota Timberwolves. With the exception of the return of the Ricky Rubio that Wolves fans have all grown to adore last year, finally getting his play back to a high level, nothing else has gone right for the Timberwolves this season. With injury troubles plaguing Kevin Love, Chase Budinger, Brandon Roy and now Andrei Kirilenko, the Wolves find themselves in familiar territory: towards the bottom of the Western Conference. The Timberwolves

have the talent to make a run in the playoffs, but they won’t ever get there if Kevin Love is injured this often, and his supporting cast decides to follow suit. The Spurs Still Rule The West The San Antonio Spurs, with the seventh oldest team in the NBA, and probably the oldest cast of stars in the league in Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker, continue to do what they did in the David Robinson era –

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Paul George Quietly Taking Over In Indiana Perhaps a name lesser known to the casual fan is Paul George of Indiana. Anybody who misses Tracy McGrady should watch a Pacers game some time. You won’t see a direct replica of TMac, but you will see something awfully close in 22-year-old Paul George.

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