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Minnesota State University, Mankato

MSSA talks non-faculty budget cuts

To tan or not to tan?


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dan moen • msu reporter An MSU student tans at Planet Beach in University Square. Millions of Americans use indoor tanning beds a year and more than two million are teens.

Students call tanning ‘relaxing’ and ‘rejuvenating,’ but are they risking their lives when they hit the bed? ASHLEY WALL

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As spring break approaches rather quickly at Minnesota State, many students have already been preparing for their warm destinations by heading to the tanning salon. Planet Beach Contempo Spa, located across the street from campus, has seen a definite increase in tanners within the last month. Briana Hinz, a Planet Beach employee for almost two years, says the business has been hit with spring break tannners.

“Everyone wants to try to get that base tan and I know that some people think it’s a myth, but what we’re essentially doing is not preventing you from burning when you go on a trip, what it’s doing is giving you a little bit more of a barrier to the sun,” said Hinz. “We’re not telling people that we’re going to prevent them from burning; we still always recommend that they use an SPF when they’re outdoors.” According to skincancer. org, nearly 30 million people

tan indoors in the U.S. every year and 2.3 million of them are teens, giving the indoor tanning industry an estimated annual revenue of $5 billion. “A lot of people, especially first-time tanners, come in here and find themselves very relaxed after they tan. So it’s a very relaxing and rejuvenating experience,” Hinz said. “Aside from the tan part, a lot of people don’t come in here to get the tan. They come in here for like a 20-minute break from their busy lives or whatever they’re doing.”

Moderation is key to good nutrition With obesity an epidemic in the U.S, students need to watch their diets


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Without a doubt, regular consumption of healthy food and monitoring of nutritional intake are tasks most college students readily ignore. From quadruple bacon cheeseburgers to Venti Mocha Orange Frappa Latte’s, there’s no denying the instantly available, delectable delights

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that regularly wrap their greasy fingers around the taste buds of Americans. The American Dietetic Association is working this month to inform the public about the importance of a healthy diet. March is National Nutrition Month, during which organizations nationwide work to provide information about the surprisingly rapid growth

of health issues related to diet and the ways in which people can work to minimize their risks when it comes to dietary health. “It’s all about moderation,” said Naomi Symm, a junior studying to be a dietician at Minnesota State. “All foods are nutritious, but the ways they are prepared, served or packaged is what can make or break them as ‘good for you.’ “A good rule of thumb is to

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Junior Pamela Janak has been tanning ever since she came to MSU in August 2007. She tans in a tanning bed one to two times a week but has tanned as many as six times a week. Janak said she tans not only for the look, but also to improve her mood.  “I prefer the look of being tan compared to having normal to pale skin. I tan because the beds are warm, so warm,” said Janak. “In the winter it’s really nice to just go tanning and be

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Minnesota State will still have to make more cuts outside of faculty and programs, according to the budget forecast presented Tuesday. The cuts will have to come from non-faculty and staff or non-salary items. This could possibly include equipment such as computers, or supplies like department paper budgets. Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Scott Olson said there is plenty of time for these cuts to be decided yet, so he encouraged MSSA members to gather information about what students would prefer to cut. “We want you to be the one student voice,” Olson said. Olson expressed his apologies for the pain the faculty and program cuts have caused the MSU community. “We tried to put the cuts in places where the harm would be the least,” Olson said. Even so, he said he understands that everyone views the cuts differently, and that they have affected many people. All of these cuts are in preparation for the 2012 fiscal year when the budget will have a $10 million deficit. The 2012

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Watching government in action

Honors students visit capitol, meet with state representives GRACE WEBB

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Minnesota State honors students had a once-in-alifetime opportunity to visit the Minnesota Capitol and watch their government in action Thursday. The eight students, plus honors director Christopher Corley and honors professor David Engen, arrived at the Minnesota Capitol building in St. Paul around 10 a.m. First, the students took a tour of the Capitol through the Minnesota Historical Society.  Their guide, a fast-talking and even fasterwalking young man, led them through all three stories of the building, from the Supreme Court to the Senate to the governor’s office.  Along the way, the guide shot out political questions and mentioned funny bits of trivia, such as how the huge, ornate pillars at the edge of the Capitol stairways hold up “absolutely nothing.” After the tour, the students ate at the Rathskeller café, the famous restaurant in the Capitol’s basement, before meeting with senators and representatives.  The first senator they were able to meet with was Kathy Sheran, with whom they discussed concerns over immigration and education.  Unfortunately, Sheran had been called off the Senate floor to come talk with the students, so

she could only spare a few minutes before she had to go back in. Balancing out Sheran’s Democratic views was Julie Rosen, a Republican senator.  She, too, talked to the students about immigration and cultural awareness.  She had a bit more time to sit down and talk, and students were able to ask her many questions. After speaking with the senators, students had a chance to meet some representatives.  First, they met Carlos Mariani, with whom they discussed their concerns over education, and then Kathy Brynaert, who spoke more about the Minnesota budget in general.  They also spoke with Rod Hamilton, who explained his support for offering in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants.  He and students were able to have a sit-down debate over the pros and cons of such an idea, and, while everyone did not come to an agreement, Hamilton summed up the discussion and the students’ feelings with the statement, “Don’t hate people who disagree with you —respect them.” Aside from senators and representatives, students had the opportunity to meet with David Zander, from the Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans, and Rosa Tock, from the Chicano-Latino




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TAN Tanning beds and the sun can both cause damage, though rays can be hard to avoid during spring break. Students are advised to use a sunscreen with at least SPF 30 as well as wear a hat and protective lip balm outdoors continued from 1 really hot for 15 minutes.” Dr. Amy Hedman, Coordinator of Community Health Program for the Department of Health Science here at MSU says there is no benefit of using a tanning bed from a health standpoint. “Psychologically, people may feel better or more attractive in the short-term, but the risks of use do outweigh the benefits. Artificial tanning is recognized as hazardous and carcinogenic,” said Hedman. “Repeated exposure can lead to eye and skin injuries, premature aging, and skin cancer.”  The American Cancer Society states that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with more than one million skin cancers diagnosed annually. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that ultraviolet radiation is a proven human carcinogen and that frequent tanners using new high-pressure sunlamps may receive as much as 12 times the annual UVA dose they otherwise receive from sun exposure. Janak said the dangers of tanning do not worry her and even though she knows skin cancer is a possibility, she tries not to think about it.  “There are risks for everything we do and it’s the risk that I guess I take. It’s

hard to think about the dangers of tanning when it’s become so socially acceptable,” Janak said. “It’s as normal as going to buy groceries, no one really thinks twice about it.” The days are gone when it was cool to bask in the sun for the sake of tanning alone, Hedman said. “Some young people may perceive that a tanned appearance makes them more attractive. But the norm is actually changing. More people are recognizing that tanned skin equals damaged skin and being orange in February or red in July is no longer a cool thing,” Hedman said. But Janak said no one influenced her to go tanning. “I kind of just decided to on my own. It wasn’t something I did because everyone else was doing it or because it was the cool thing to do. I just like being tan. I think everyone does to some degree,” Janak said. “It’s a personal preference — I mean you can if you want to, you don’t have to,” said Hinz. “I think a lot of people like to just be tan. You feel good and you look good. I don’t really think anybody should or shouldn’t tan; it’s just what you like to do. Just like anything else.” Both tanning beds and the sun can damage skin. But for many students, the rays are going to be hard to avoid

this spring break. And even though being in the sun can be harmful, there is no need to be a hermit. Hedman says everyone should enjoy the outdoors, but it is important to apply at least SPF 30 sunscreen to exposed skin daily and to reapply sunscreen if out in the sun for more than two hours. UV exposure is the most hazardous between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. so Hedman suggests scheduling activities and gatherings before or after that time period. For many spring breakers, this is not an option. However, wearing protective clothing over exposed skin along with sunglasses and a hat and also applying protective lip balm and sunscreen can guarantee students a fun, burn-free and skin-healthy spring break. Hedman urges students to stop tanning. She suggests sun-less tanning methods if the tanned appearance is what is important. But Hinz believes anything in moderation is fine. “If you’re controlling it and you’re smart about it, it’s not anything different than anything else we do as humans,” she said. For some tanners, moderation may be key, but as for moderation for the other unhealthy habits done to a student’s body on spring break, well, that is a whole other story.  

How tanning happens The sun’s rays contrain two types of ultraviolet radiation that reach the skin: UVA and UVB. UVA rays make people tan. They penetrate to the lower layers of the epidermis, where they trigger cells called melanocytes to produce melanin, the brown pigment that causes tanning. information from

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MODERATION Obesity has beat smoking as the No. 1 preventable cause of death continued from 1

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eat a lot of different stuff,” said Symm. “Don’t just eat fast food or pizza, make sure you eat fruits or vegetables, too, and stop eating when you’re full.  And eat on a schedule, so you don’t get used to snacking all the time.” Poor nutrition and regular intake of fried, processed and preserved foods have been linked to a myriad of short- and longterm health issues, ranging from obesity and its related effects on the respiratory and circulatory systems, to anorexia, which results in a person’s body literally “eating” itself to stay alive.  According to a recent study by the World Health Organization — which declared obesity a global epidemic in 1997 — the population of the United States is roughly 30 percent obese, meaning that 30 percent of people in the

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said Cruhl. “My gym teacher said ‘you might as well put that to work and lose some fat at the same time’.  After my doctor told me I might end up dying before I was [50], I did.” On the opposite end of the spectrum, anorexia has recently caught the attention of national media outlets as a result of the stereotypes enforced by televised personalities, who often possess thin body types. People suffering from anorexia are often highly malnourished, and their bodies reflect that. Ultimately, a regular and varied diet is the most important weapon in the fight against nutritional wellbeing.  While each person is unique in his or her body type, by adhering to a regular schedule of healthy dining and exercise, all people can lead healthy, happy lives.   


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continued from 1 budget shortfall will not be a quick fix, Olson said. With the baby boomers retiring, everyone else is looking at a permanent budget problem. Many senators missed the meeting to lobby for the budget crisis at the capitol in St. Paul. President Murtaza Rajabali thanked them and reminded senators that many students from programs that were cut still need to finish their degrees. Some programs cut, such as computer science, are already running into problems because some companies have stopped recruiting because of the suspension. Students from Winona State University proposed that MSU become a plastic-bottle free campus. They suggested MSU look at replacing the plastic bottle vending machines with aluminum cans. “Plastic bottles take 700 years to decompose in a landfill,” Winona State student Johanna Gillard said. “Plastic is not recyclable.” Plastic bottles can be recycled into many different plastic items and usually end up in landfills. Aluminum cans take only 35 years to decompose in a landfill, and use less energy to recycle them into new cans.

U.S. have body weights that adversely affect their health, quality of life, and life expectancy. An additional 40 percent are considered overweight, meaning their body mass index — determined by dividing one’s weight by their height — is higher than expected.  Ten years ago, only around 19 percent of Americans were considered obese, while current estimates place the number of obese Americans at 40 percent by the year 2015.  Today, obesity is the no. 1 modifiable lifestyle factor contributing to early death, a title long reserved for cigarette smoking.  Life-threatening health problems with obesity involve primarily the cardiovascular system, with much higher incidences of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol, stroke, and dysfunction of digestive organs such as the liver,

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The week of indulgence college students deserve Students encouraged to take full advantage of break

At last, the stress reliever we have all been waiting for has arrived. It’s spring break time for Minnesota State and students can finally put their books and laptops to the way side for a week of indulgence. Some will travel to the warmer regions of the world, while others might simply choose to stay and chill in Minnesota. From volunteering to help the less fortunate to boozing in a best friend’s basement, students’ spring break plans are as varied as they come. But that’s the beauty of it.

The week is yours, so do with it what you will, but make your decisions wisely because March 15 will arrive before you know it and it will be back to the same academic routine we are all so eager to escape from. So, put the pause on stress this week and enjoy yourself. The possibilities are endless, so even if you aren’t flying out to Mexico or some other exotic destination, it’s still possible to have an awesome spring break. If you’re staying in Mankato, look forward to the blazing hot 40 degree

weather and watch the ice and snow melt away and flood the sidewalks. Make the most of the projected heat wave and try to refrain from the indoor hibernation we have grown accustomed to this time of year. As always, make sure to take care of yourself and be in control of what you do. Spring break should be about enjoyment and although there are many other things to do, many people will probably spend the week drunk. If that’s the case for you, be aware of your situation — who is

around you, what you have and where you are — and stay safe. It would be a true shame for the Reporter to have to cover the news of missing, indangered or seriously injured students when we return,. If you are going to drink, give the keys to a sober friend. If you are going to hook up, use protection. And if anything too crazy comes to mind, it’s probably time to for you to go to bed. There’s a fine line between indulgence and overindulgence.

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Brittney Newberger• So • Social Work “Yes, to stay fit and feel better about myself.”

Letters to the Editor

Paying respects to track and field, cross country

I realize there are a lot of Minnesota State sports to cover in February/March but when there’s an MSU team that wins a conference I think they deserve coverage from the Reporter. As an MSU Track and Field/ Cross Country alumni I am frustrated that the

Reporter isn’t giving the MSU Track and Field teams the recognition they deserve for the outstanding seasons they have had. For instance, where is the coverage for the men’s indoor track and field, which won the NSIC meet this last weekend? Mark Schuck being named NSIC Coach of the

Year (second year in a row)? And where is the coverage for the women’s indoor track and field team that finished a very respectable third? Brittany Henderson, who won two events in conference? Five pole vaulters who have met the qualifying heights to compete at nationals? Again,

I would like the Reporter to cover all the MSU sports. And I would like the Reporter to cover all MSU’s sports equitably. Roger Spee MSU ‘69-’73 Track and Field/Cross Country alum

Kelli McCulloh • So •Bus. & Psych “I do so I won’t feel as lazy because I don’t exercise that much already.”

Response to Tuesday’s voices ‘The search for truth’ I want to point out a spelling error in the recent article “The search for the truth and the never-ending quest for answers.” I believe it was supposed to read, “the search for a warm and fuzzy feeling and a quick acceptance of ignorance.” Before I get into explaining why the title was so misleading, I have to sincerely compliment the author for a couple of her opinions. Mainly, the idea that Morality is a completely innate human trait, and has nothing to do with Christianity. I also want to applaud the fact that she actually decided to consider that perhaps the faith she grew up with isn’t necessarily true, and to investigate other

religions. I don’t think anyone realizes how truly rare that is. Unfortunately, taking a class on a couple other religions is in no way giving them proper consideration. “I have done some reading on other religions and forms of spirituality, which sound like they have a perfectly solid basis.” If you had given it your best to remove your own bias when trying to learn these ideologies, I can’t believe that they had no effect on how you see your own faith. My main quarrel with your writing is simply how it was not at all what it appeared to be. You led me to think you were after a solution and some truth about the universe

around you. I read it because I am on a similar quest, and a search for that same truth. Yet the truth and facts that lead you to accept the story of Jesus as truth, were that it makes you feel better. The truth and facts that lead you to accept the Abrahamic god as truth, were that you just want to believe. Lastly, you end your “never-ending quest for answers” after acquiring nothing that even resembles an answer. By using the title you did, you directly insulted myself and people like me who are willing to spend more than 10 minutes skimming a textbook to find logical answers. Some of us take this seriously. So when an editor




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who claims to have looked into more than just the religion they were raised with writes, it comes from a position of authority, and someone might ignorantly accept their conclusion as dignified. I want to reiterate that I really respect her opinion, I respect her feelings and most of all I agree that there isn’t a better way to live your life than the way that feels right to each person. I want to thank her for sharing her story, but please understand why that story is in no way a thorough or complete quest for answers. Ryan Hirsch Information Technology

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It’s March, which means it is National Nutrition Month. So what does this have to do with you? Although it’s easy to consider eating a mundane day-to-day task, it’s worth it to take some time to really think about what you put into your body. Proper nutrition can improve your health and well-being, and healthy habits cultivated now will benefit you as you age. Developing a daily routine that includes a healthy breakfast is a simple way to improve your intake. Breakfast is important because it allows you to break the fast that your body has been experiencing, as it has likely been eight or more hours since your last


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National Nutrition Month and You Guest columnist and dietetics major Lindsay Dalluge offers up nutrition tips for students meal. What you eat should be substantial enough to provide energy to last the morning and should include protein, whole grains and fruits or vegetables. Breakfast does not have to consist of the typical fare — go ahead and get creative! Studies have shown that people who eat a healthy breakfast are less likely to be overweight and are more likely to make smart choices throughout the rest of the day. In addition, fueling your body each morning will improve your ability to concentrate and could help to improve your grades. Another tip is to get to know a registered dietitian. They are the foremost experts on nutrition and can

be an indispensible resource for all your specific needs. If you are into exercise and sports, contact a registered dietitian to develop a meal plan that will maximize your efforts. Same goes if you need to gain or lose weight, or are simply interested in optimizing your intake. Of course it can be tempting to take all your nutrition advice straight from the Internet. Why not? It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s free. Well, it can also be very easy to find a lot of misinformation. If you do choose to use the Internet, try this Web site from the American Dietetic Association www.eatright. org. This is a great site to bookmark, as it is reputable and features a daily tip, a

daily question, pages of information and even a tool to help you find an area registered dietitian. This month, set a goal to become more interested in your well-being. Taking a few extra moments each day to consider your food choices and how they affect your body will benefit you in multiple ways. It’s your body and Lindsay ultimately you make the final decision between healthy and unhealthy choices. Get acquainted with the nutrition facts labelled on foods and learn exactly what

it is that your individual body requires each day to maintain health.    Our university has a dietetics program that prepares students for careers as future dietitians. Many of its students are members of the Food and Nutrition Club and, in honor of National Nutrition Month, the club will have a table set up in Dalluge the Centennial Student Union March 23. Stop by from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. to ask questions, get tips for healthy eating, and pick up a free goodie.

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HAVANA (AP) — A dissident journalist who has refused food and water for a week was rushed to the intensive care unit of a hospital in central Cuba after losing consciousness, then returned home when doctors said they could do nothing for him if he refused to eat, a spokeswoman for his family said Wednesday. Guillermo Farinas, who files Internet dispatches in defiance of state control on nearly all domestic media, was hospitalized near his home in the central city of Santa Clara around midday, said Licet Zamora, a spokeswoman for the family. He had complained of headaches and foot pain and Zamora said the family was waiting for him to lose consciousness before they had him hospitalized. She said doctors rehydrated Farinas and sent him to intensive care. When Farinas regained consciousness, doctors told him he must eat. When he refused, they eventually sent him home because there was nothing they could do for him. “He is conscious but very weak,” said Zamora. “He is continuing with the hunger strike.” Farinas has held at least 24 hunger strikes since 1997 and said this time he was prepared to go until he dies to honor Orlando Zapata Tamayo, an imprisoned construction worker who died Feb. 23 after refusing food for weeks. Amnesty International listed Zapata Tamayo as a “prisoner of conscience.” He was arrested in 2003 and charged with disrespecting authority, but had his sentenced extended to 25 years for activism behind bars. Zapata Tamayo’s death energized the island’s small dissident community. Farinas was one of five government critics — four of whom are in prison — to stop eating in his honor. All four of the other inmates have since suspended their strikes, said Elizardo Sanchez, head of the Havana-based Commission on Human Rights and National

Reconciliation. Farinas said his hunger strike was also to demand the release of 33 political prisoners who are in poor health. Cuba’s government did not immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment. In Geneva, meanwhile, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez refused to say if a U.N. torture investigator could examine Cuba’s prisons, despite international protests over Zapata Tamayo’s death. He said Cuba has invited the U.N., but wants to negotiate conditions for its visit. U.N. investigators reject restrictions on whom they can talk to and what prisons they can see. That has blocked them probing Russia and the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay. Rodriguez called Zapata Tamayo a common criminal, but did not refer to him by name. Cuba’s government dismisses all dissidents as paid agents of Washington, out to topple the island’s communist system. President Raul Castro took the unprecedented step of expressing public regret for Zapata Tamayo’s death last week, but said he was treated by top doctors and not tortured or executed. Authorities later said the victim originally stopped eating because he wanted a TV and other comforts in his prison cell.

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Mitt Romney blasts Obama in new book

Former Republican presidential candidate gives President Obama an ‘F’ for his first year, dismisses outreach efforts BOSTON (AP) — Once and possibly future Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney says in a new book that President Barack Obama’s international outreach efforts during his first year in office have been “kindling” to the “antiAmerican fires burning all across the globe.” In a wide-ranging policy book none-too-subtly titled “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness,” Romney says the Democrat’s efforts to reconcile with foreign powers, Muslims and others angered by President George W. Bush’s administration have weakened the country’s stature instead of enhancing it. “And of all people, we should expect our president to understand these things, to expect that his bonds of affection for our country would be obvious and unbreakable,” writes Romney. “In a world composed of nations that are filled with rage and hate for the United States, our president should proudly defend her rather than continually apologize for her.” He writes: “There are antiAmerican fires burning all across the globe; President Obama’s

words are like kindling to them.” The Democratic National Committee disputed that assessment. “In the last election, the American people overwhelmingly rejected a radical foreign policy authored by Dick Cheney and wholeheartedly adopted by Mitt Romney that alienated our allies, emboldened our enemies, depleted our resources, distracted our focus and made the nation less secure,” said DNC spokesman Hari Sevugan. “What’s sorry is that Romney doesn’t think that deserves an apology. The president, on the other hand, has repaired much of the damage done by these failed policies, rebuilt our capacity to fight terrorism around the world, and kept our country safe,” Sevugan said. Romney kicked off his book’s marketing campaign Tuesday with a blitz across the TV dial, starting with NBC’s “Today” show, where he gave Obama an “F’’ for his first year rather than the B-plus the president recently gave himself. The former Massachusetts governor then moved to ABC’s “The View” and Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” before

concluding on CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman.” Fellow Republican and potential 2012 White House rival Sarah Palin was booked as a guest on NBC’s competing late-night program, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” During the next two months, Romney’s book tour will take him to 19 states, the District of Columbia and across the border to Toronto, where Palin recently promoted her own book. His itinerary reads like a presidential primary schedule, with stops in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida, Missouri and Nevada. Romney’s 323-page tome is less personality-driven than Palin’s book, “Going Rogue.” Instead, it reflects on why great societies have declined and suggests ways to improve the U.S. economy and restore its military and diplomatic might so it remains both a superpower and an independent arbiter of freedom around the world. “I don’t wish challenges and hard times on this nation, even though I believe they have made us the country and people we are

today. But neither do I fear them,” writes Romney. “My sole concern is that Americans will choose not to act, not to face our challenges head-on, not to overcome them.” Among the challenges Romney wants to confront is national health care, though not with the same plan outlined by the president. Obama has proposed a national policy modeled after the Massachusetts universal health care plan Romney signed into law in 2006, including a mandate that all get insurance of some kinds and the government provide coverage or subsidies to those who can’t afford it. Nonetheless, Romney tried to disavow it. “No. 1, let states resolve these issues rather than have a federal government, one-size-fits-all plan,” he said on “Today” when asked about the plans. “That’s what we did. No. 2, don’t raise taxes. Don’t need to do that. No. 3, don’t cut Medicare on senior citizens. His plan does all those things. That’s why it’s wrong.” The DNC replied in a statement: “To no one’s surprise, Mitt Romney is rewriting the facts on the health care reforms he

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passed as Massachusetts governor. Numerous independent analysts, however, confirm that Romney’s plan is actually quite similar to the president’s proposal and note that the distinctions Romney did attempt to draw during his interview this morning on the ‘Today’ show are simply false.” Romney was asked whether he planned to run for president in 2012. He said he would make a decision after this year’s midterm elections.

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The top-seeded Mavericks were upended by a team with its back against the wall KYLE RATKE | sports editor

The Southwest Minnesota State basketball team is fighting for their NCAA tournament dreams. They are fighting to push their seniors last game, one game longer. They were not ranked in the latest Cenral Regional poll, meaning they need to win the NSIC tournament to get an invite to the big tourney. The Mustangs passed the first test as they upset the Mavericks 80-78 at Bresnan Arena Wednesday night — a place where the Mavericks are almost unbeatable. “It was tough to match their intensity,” said guard Cam Hodges. “They played like they had nothing to lose. We played soft.” The Mavericks led 17-14 10 minutes into the game, but looked shaky offensivley as they were 1-8 from the 3-point line early on. Southwest took its first lead with six minutes left, leading 25-24, but the lead was short-

lived as Hodges hit two big threes before the half. A huge Jermain Davis block brought the Mavericks into half leading 42-37. Davis started the second half with a three followed with one from Hodges. Hodges, not normally a 3-point shooter (he had five total before Wednesday’s game), was 5-6 from the 3-point line Wednesday night, keeping the Mavericks in the game. “I guess I was just playing with some confidence,” Hodges said. “The shots were falling.” Unfortunately for the Mavericks, the shots were falling for the Mustangs also. The Mustangs shot 66% in the second half, finding themselves tied with the Mavericks at 58 with 10 minutes remaining. Back-to-back threes from Hodges and Clark put the Mavericks up 66-62 and it looked as if the No. 8 team was going to pull away with

dan moen • msu reporter Cam Hodges (3) scored a season-high 17 points, but the Mustangs proved too much for the Mavericks.

the game. The two teams went back and fourth and the Mavericks led 78-77 with 1:22 remaining. After a quick make from the Mustangs, a missed shot from the Mavericks, followed by a free-throw from the Mustangs, MSU suddenly trailed 80-78 going into the final seconds.

Senior center Travis Nelson went up for the last-second shot, and appeared to be fouled, but no call was made. The game had ended with fans, coaches and players wondering if the correct call was made. “If the ref didn’t call it, I guess it wasn’t a foul,” Hodges

said. “I am not going to really talk about that.” Nelson finished with a team-high 18 points, as Davis and Jefferson Mason both has 12 points. The Mustangs will now try to continue their journey as

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Loss likely last straw for Mavericks

dan moen • msu reporter Tiffany Moe and the Mavericks were unable to reach the same heights as they did last season.

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staff writer The Minnesota State women’s basketball team struggled on the road this season and entered the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference tournament with a 4-9 record in away games. The poor road record was a big reason MSU almost didn’t make the conference tournament. But once in, the Mavericks put aside their struggles long enough to almost knock off Concordia University, the No. 19-ranked team in the nation. MSU lost 81-74 to No. 1 seed Concordia in the first round of the NSIC tournament Wednesday, but not before battling the Golden Bears down to the final minute. “You can’t say we didn’t play hard the entire game,” MSU coach Pam Gohl said. “We just didn’t make a couple of shots in the second half.” MSU ends its season at 15-13

(10-10). The teams exchanged leads early. A Tiffany Moe 3-pointer eventually put MSU up 15-11, but the Mavericks soon surrendered the lead to Concordia, which hit nine of its first 11 shots, including three of four from beyond the arc. MSU trailed for most of the first half, in fact, falling behind by as many as eight points. The Mavericks rallied before the break, however, and a Lauren Barber jumper before the buzzer cut their deficit to 40-39. Barber was also the one to give MSU the lead, as her 3-pointer only 30 seconds into the second half put MSU up 42-40. Two more 3s, one from Barber and one from Moe, helped MSU to a 53-47 lead. Concordia closed the gap, however, eventually tying the score at 70 with four minutes remaining. The Golden Bears then took a 77-72 lead with a minute to go and hit four free throws in the final 34 seconds to preserve the victory. They shot nearly 50 percent

from the field, including 8 of 15 from beyond the arc, and hit 15 of 16 free throws. Those were numbers the Mavericks, who shot 41 percent from the field and made 17 of 21 free throws, couldn’t quite duplicate. “It’s pick your poison with [Concordia],” Gohl said. “Some nights they knock shots down and some nights they don’t. They knocked them down tonight.” Laura Weber led five Mavericks in double-digits with 18 points and nine rebounds. Noreen scored 13 points while Moe added 12, Barber 10 and Ali Wilkinson 11. Gohl, who coached a seniorladen team to the Division II national championship a year ago, called 2009-10 a “tough” season. But considering the team’s youth – Moe and Liz Trauger were the only seniors – she indicated such a season was necessary. “We had to go through a season like this,” Gohl said. “I was proud of our effort in most games.”

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NSIC BASKETBALL Men’s NSIC Tournament Results (8) SW-Minnesota State 89 (1) MAVERICKS 78 (5) Mary 57 (4) Winona State 76 (7) Concordia 61 (2) St. Cloud State 76 (6) Wayne State 75 (3) Augustana 52 WOMen’s NSIC Tournament Results (8) MAVERICKS 74 (1) Concordia 81 (5) Winona State 54 (4) Minnesota-Duluth 61 (7) Northern State 55 (2) Augustana 67 (6) MSU-Moorhead 70 (3) Wayne State 77

MEN’S HOCKEY School WCHA PTS (1) Denver 18-4-4 40 (3) Wisconsin 16-7-3 35 (4) St. Cloud State 15-8-3 33 (12) Minn.-Duluth 15-10-1 31 (7) North Dakota 13-10-3 29 (15) Colo. College 11-12-3 25 Minnesota 11-13-2 24 Alaska-Anchorage 8-16-2 18 MAVERICKS 8-17-1 17 Michigan Tech 4-22-0 8 this weekend’s games 7:37 p.m. Friday St. Cloud State vs. MAVERICKS 7:07 p.m. Saturday MAVERICKS vs. St. Cloud State

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Anenson and Mokaya. Junior Nicholas Ramber will be the alternate for the squad.

The NCAA announced that 10 Minnesota State track and field athletes will be participating in Baseball the NCAA Division II indoor On Tuesday, the MSU men’s championships in Albuquerque, baseball team swept the Bemidji N.M. State Beavers in a two-game set The women will be sending at the Metrodome. senior Brittany Henderson, who The Mavericks defeatwill be participating in ed the Beavers 6-0 in the the 60 and 200-meter first game and won 3-1 in dash events for the third the second behind a strong straight season. showing from sophomore Seniors Kelsey right-handed pitcher Blake Leonard and Whitney Schwartz. Kroschel will be comSchwartz pitched a peting in the 400-yard one-hitter with the only hit dash and the pole vault coming in the sixth inning Henderson event respectively. to Dan Bennett. Junior Lauren It took Schwartz (2-0) Stelten will also be competing in 73 pitches to get through seven the pole vault event. innings of work. The men are led by senior The Mavericks have five batDenise Mokaya, who qualified ters hitting over .350, including for the 800-meter run. This is the Josh Simon, Zach Rowles, Ben third year in a row he has qualiKincaid, Pat Dockendorf and fied for this event. Aaron Berner. Sophomore Dan Novak took MSU shortstop Kosuke Hatsecond last year pole vaulting, tori was named NSIC Player of and will look to build on that this the Week, going 6 for 7 in the year. two wins over UW-Parkside last MSU is also sending its week. He had two doubles and distance medley team, which two triples. includes seniors Jonathan StoltThe Mavericks lost both man, Sam Lance, freshman Eric games to the Beavers on Wednes-


day and are 6-3 in non-conference play this season. They will travel to Florida on Sunday and are scheduled to play a total of nine games. Men’s Tennis The MSU men’s tennis team lost to Montana State Billings on Tuesday evening, 5-4. The Mavericks opened with a pair of wins as doubles partners Chris Webber and Marco Vazquez earned a 9-7 win. The Mavericks also won the No. 2 flight as freshmen Mitch Barr and Cole Jensen earned an 8-3 win. In singles play, Billings won at the No. 1 and No. 6 flight, while the Mavericks won the No. 3 flight. The Mavericks (1-3) will travel to Florida on Sunday to open up a five-match swing. Handball The MSU handball club won the U.S. Handball Associations DII National Championship, which was held Feb. 24-28. There were nine men and two women that combined for 937 points, winning the title for the Mavericks. This is only the third year the


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Minnesota State (12-18-2, 6-17-2 WCHA) vs. No. 4 St. Cloud State (20-10-4, 15-8-3) 7:05 p.m. both games Verizon Wireless Center (Fri.) — National Hockey Center • St. Cloud (Sat.) TV: Charter Main Street (Ch. 14) • Radio: 1420 KTOE

RECAP: Minnesota State looks to end the regular season on a high note and upset No. 4 St. Cloud State after suffering a sweep at the hands of top-ranked Denver last weekend. A confidence-building win or two would be perfect heading into the WCHA Playoffs, especially since the Mavericks are battling Alaska-Anchorage for the No. 8 seed.

HISTORY: MSU is 57-42-9 all-time against the Huskies but 11-18-3 in Division I play dating back to 1998. The Mavericks have the upper hand in the series lately, owning a 9-4-2 record against SCSU since 2004. MSU ended the 2009 regular season with a 5-1 win against the Huskies at the National Hockey Center and a 4-4 tie the next night at the Verizon Wireless Center.

SO CLOSE, SO FAR: The Mavericks took Denver to the limits last week, outshooting the No. 1 Pioneers 69-56 for the series but the difference was on special teams. Denver scored on four of its nine power play chances while the Mavericks went 1 for 13.

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they will now play Winona State. As for the Mavericks, they will have to wait until Sunday to find out if they will remain the No. 1 seed in the region and if they will be hosting during the regional tournament. A certain loss will work to the Mavericks’ favor. Third-seeded Augustana, a team that beat MSU twice this season, lost 75-52 against sixth-seeded Wayne State. The Vikings are the only team that likely had the chance to surpass the Mavericks in the regional rankings. “We are just going to have to practice this weekend and see where we are on Sunday,” said MSU head coach Matt

Margenthaler. “We will need to refocus. We need to know that if we lose in the next tournament, our season is over. These guys have been great so far, but they know what they are capable of.” MSU is currently 24-4 this season along with a 17-3 regular season conference record. “If we have to hit the road, it doesn’t change,” Hodges said. “We still have to do what we have to do. We will know everything on Sunday.” Regionals will run from March 13-16. If the Mavericks were to get the No.1 seed, the games will be played at Bresnan Arena. The NCAA Elite Eight is scheduled for March 24-27.

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Jerad Stewart leads the Mavericks in goals with 13 and is third on the team in points with 22. Ben Youds is MSU’s assists leader with 21 and is second on the team in points with 23. Zach Harrison leads the Mavericks in overall scoring with 24 points (eight goals and 16 assists).

SCSU NOTES: MSU’s poor scoring defense — the Mavericks allow 3.38 goals per game — will go up against the WCHA’s second-best scoring offense in SCSU — which coincidentally scores 3.38 goals per game in WCHA action. The smallest explosive combo in terms of height — Garrett Roe (5 feet 9 inches) and Ryan Lasch (5 feet 7 inches) — lead the Huskies offense. Lasch has 17 goals and 22 assists for 39 points and Roe has 14-23—37.

SCSU also has a duo in net. Junior Dan Dunn typically starts Fridays and freshman Mike Lee is usually the Saturday starter. Dunn has the 14th best save percentage in the nation at .918 with a 12-2-1 record.

KEYS TO THE SERIES: The Mavericks could do themselves a big favor by shutting the SCSU offense down in the first period because the Huskies have trouble finishing games. SCSU scores more first period goals (31) than everyone besides Wisconsin but the Huskies have one of the league’s lowest third period goal totals (23) and have allowed 26 goals in the third period, third highest in the WCHA.



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Chasing something outside of just baseball End of the season awards Arizona is 30 times Jared Hensch and myself better than Minnesota. decided to tour Chase That’s what I learned Field, the home of the in the last week. Great Arizona Diamondbacks, weather, women hoping it would get us wearing sundresses ready for Target Field. In year-round (my perthe end, I felt jealous and sonal favorite), strange depressed. homeless men that We walked into the Kyle Ratke bark at people and a tour and a guy named great baseball field. Rook was leading it. Wait. Note on the barking man: This A guy named Rook was leading guy was in a wheelchair barkour tour? Could have he picked ing at people while asking for 83 a better profession? What a great cents. Why not a dollar? You’re name. This tour was off to a great homeless, go big or go h... Wait, start already. Fucking Rook. What never mind. a guy. If you’re a sports fan living Actually, he wasn’t that cool. somewhere, you need a place that Just had a cool name. bleeds sports. Sure, a football There was a couple that was field is nice, but there is only 16 also from Minnesota. There were games. Basketball is played inside only six people on the tour, small and just doesn’t interact with the world. community in the same way. A One lady on our tour looked baseball field, a sport meant to like a bowling ball. People talk play outside, is something that about round people, and to be involves more than 80 games and as sensitive as I can, this lady is something where everyone can had round everything. If I am get involved. her husband this is what’s going Ex. When I was 11 years old, through my head: “Her mother former Minnesota Twins center was round too wasn’t she? I knew fielder Torii Hunter caught the it. Damn it. Well, I am 70 now. No third out and was running back going back. I didn’t sign up for into the dugout with the rest of this though, really, she walks like the team. Chubby Kyle Ratke was a duck... Damn it.” standing above the dugout anticiThere was also a man in our pating Mr. Hunter throwing him group from Michigan. He was the ball. Well, he did, but Ratke completely normal up until the couldn’t decide between the ball point Rook started trying to make and the helmet of ice-cream in his jokes. Rook said something about hand. Needless to say, he dropped putting fans in “timeout” if they the ball (this is my life story.) aren’t behaving in the stands. The I will remember this forever. Michigan guy goes, “Haha, timI was 11 years old. Hell, I have eout. Haha.” I couldn’t take him trouble remembering what hapserious. Even Rook looked it him pened last week. But I rememlike, “That wasn’t that funny. I am ber that moment in the Dome. Rook. I should know.” Baseball can involve everyone, Wait, there is more from crazy trust me. Michigan guy. According to Nate Back to the story. and Jared, the guy grabbed and/ The Reporter sent a few of or snorted the dirt from the field. us to Arizona for a convention. Yeah, I said snorted. You are a On the second day there, variety 40-year-old man, leave the dirt editor Nate Brennan, ad salesman alone.

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No wonder Miguel Cabrera drinks so much. He has fans like this. Rook did a great job of explaining how the D-Backs like to stay “fan-friendly.” Most of the concession stands are facing the field so the fans can still watch the game. I stared in awe when I saw this, through the eyes of a Twins fan who literally has to leave the game to go get something to eat. But I do get to watch it on a 12inch HD TV, so it makes up for it. Thanks Pohlad family, you’re the best! Rook explained to us that the D-Backs had over 700 huge HD TVs in the stadium for fans to watch the game. When we “toured” the home-team locker room (they wouldn’t let us in the locker room for security reasons) we had to watch a tour of it on a 1996 Zenith TV. Maybe Rook shouldn’t have told us about those 700 other HD TVs. I felt cheated. We also had a look at the Diamondbacks “trophy case.” Okay, the Diamondbacks won the 2001 World Series and it obviously belongs in a trophy case, but it looked like I made this case in my ninth-grade shop class. And the trophy wasn’t even in there. I don’t get it ... Where is the trophy? What is the point of this uneven case? I need answers Rook, and I need them now! For photos and the rest of Kyle’s blog, head to thekidstake. com. Become a fan of The Kid’s Take fan page on Facebook. You can also follow the Reporter on Twitter @MSUReporter along with Kyle’s @kyle_ratke.


staff writer Now that the Minnesota State women’s hockey season has come to a close, it is time to look back on the year and hand out individual awards to some of the main contributors for the Mavericks. Offensive MVP: Ashley Young The senior forward from South St. Paul paced the Mavericks offense this season, leading the team with 24 points. Although she did not match her output from the 2008-09 season, Young tallied nine goals and 15 assists, ranking second on the team in both categories. There were also many games, especially early in the year, where Young was the only Maverick coming through on the offensive end of the ice. She finished her Maverick career with 76 points, good for fourth all-time. Most Improved Offensive Player: Moira O’Connor The sophomore forward from Chicago really stepped up and gave the team a much-needed boost on the offensive end of the ice in her second season as a Maverick. After only notching two goals and two assists in her first year with the program, O’Connor more than tripled her production in her sophomore campaign. She wound up with seven goals and eight assists while finishing fifth on the team in scoring with 15 points. Defensive MVP and Most Improved Defensive Player: Alli Altmann The sophomore goaltender from Eagan really came on in her

Rookie of the Year: Lauren Smith Fresh off winning Player of the Year honors as a senior at The Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield, Smith had little difficulty adjusting to life in the WCHA. The freshman forward was a huge bright spot for the Mavericks in her first season with the program, accumulating seven goals while leading the team in assists with 16. Her 23 points were also good for second on the team. Smith will most likely lead the Maverick offensive attack for the next three years. Olympian of the Year: Nina Tikkinen Okay, this wasn’t a real award, but it’s hard to ignore the fact that Tikkinen was the first ever Maverick to win a medal at the Olympics. Tikkinen helped Finland take bronze at this year’s Olympics.

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[ ] “Avatar” [ ] “The Blind Side” [ ] “District 9” [ ] “An Education” [ ] “The Hurt Locker” — This is the closest race of the awards, and the most coveted prize to boot. Despite the fact that “Avatar” won the Golden Globe for best drama, “The Hurt Locker” has gained enough momentum — and holds enough sway with the stuffier Academy — to take home the grand-daddy of all Oscars. [ ] “Inglourious Basterds” [ ] “Precious” [ ] “A Serious Man” [ ] “Up” [ ] “Up in the Air”

Best Director

[ ] Kathryn Bigelow “The Hurt Locker [ ] James Cameron “Avatar” [ ] Lee Daniels “Precious” [ ] Jason Reitman “Up in the Air” [ ] Quentin Tarantino “Inglourious Basterds”

Best Actor

[ ] Jeff Bridges “Crazy Heart” [ ] George Clooney “Up in the Air” [ ] Colin Firth “A Single Man” [ ] Morgan Freeman “Invictus” [ ] Jeremy Renner “The Hurt Locker”

Best Actress

[ ] Sandra Bullock “The Blind Side” [ ] Helen Mirren “The Last Station” [ ] Carey Mulligan “An Education” [ ] Gabourey Sidibe “Precious” [ ] Meryl Streep “Julie & Julia”

Best Supporting Actor [ ] Matt Damon “Incvictus [ ] Woody Harrelson “The Messenger” [ ] Christopher Plummer

“The Last Station” [ ] Stanley Tucci “The Lovely Bones” [ ] Christoph Waltz “Inglourious Basterds”

Best Supporting Actress

[ ] Penelope Cruz “Nine” [ ] Vera Farmiga “Up in the Air” [ ] Maggie Gyllenhaal “Crazy Heart” [ ] Anna Kendrick “Up in the Air” [ ] Mo’Nique “Precious” — Of all the locks, this is the lockiest. Mo’Nique’s powerful performance as an abusive inner-city mother was the stand-out performance of 2009.

Best Animated Feature

[ ] “Coraline” — While Disney/Pixar has ultimately been handed this category whenever in the running over the past decade, “Coraline” is finally here to dethrone the kings of cartoon due to it bettering its counterpart in 3-D visuals, voice acting and story. [ ] “Fantastic Mr. Fox [ ] “The Princess and the Frog” [ ] “The Secret of Kells” [ ] “Up”

Best Original Screenplay [ ] Mark Boal “The Hurt Locker” [ ] Quentin Tarantino “Inglourious Basterds” [ ] Allessandro Camon and Oren Moverman “The Messenger” [ ] Joel and Ethan Coen “A Serious Man” [ ] Peter Doctor, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy “Up”

Best Adapted Screenplay [ ] Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell “District 9” [ ] Nick Hornby “An Education” [ ] Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche “In the Loop [ ] Geoffrey Fletcher “Precious” [ ] Jason Reitman “Up in the Air

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Best Foreign Language [ ] “Ajami” Israel [ ] “El Secreto de Sus Ojos” Argentina [ ] “The Milk of Sorrow” Peru [ ] “Un Prophète” France [ ] “The White Ribbon” Germany

Best Original Score

[ ] “Avatar” James Horner [ ] “Fantastic Mr. Fox” Alexandre Desplat [ ] “The Hurt Locker” Marco Beltrami, Buck Sanders [ ] “Sherlock Holmes” Hans Zimmer [ ] “Up” Michael Giacchino

Best Original Song

[ ] “Almost There” from “The Princess and the Frog” Music and Lyric by Randy Newman [ ] “Down in New Orleans” from “The Princess and the Frog” Music and Lyric by Randy Newman [ ] “Loin de Paname” from “Paris 36” Music by Reinhardt Wagner, Lyric by Frank Thomas [ ] Take It All” from “Nine” Music and Lyric by Maury Yeston [ ] “The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)” from “Crazy Heart” Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett

Best Documentary

[ ] “Burma VJ” [ ] “The Cove” [ ] “Food, Inc.” [ ] “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers” [ ] “Which Way Home”

Best Documentary (Short)

[ ] “China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province” Jon Alpert and Matthew O”Neill [ ] “The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner” Daniel Junge and Henry Ansbacher [ ] “Music by Prudence”

Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett [ ] “Rabbit a la Berlin” Bartek Konopka and Anna Wydra

Best Live Action Short

[ ] “The Door” Juanita Wilson and James Flynn [ ] “Instead of Abracadabra” Patrik Eklund and Mathias Fjellström [ ] “Kavi” Gregg Helvey [ ] “Miracle Fish” Luke Doolan and Drew Bailey [ ] “The New Tenants” Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson

Best Animated Short

[ ] “French Roast” Fabrice O. Joubert [ ] “Granny O”Grimm”s Sleeping Beauty” Nicky Phelan and Darragh O”Connell [ ] “The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)” Javier Recio Gracia [ ] “Logorama” Nicolas Shmerkin [ ] “A Matter of Loaf and Death” Nick Park

Best Art Direction

[ ] “Avatar Art: Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg; Set: Kim Sinclair [ ] “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” Art: Dave Warren, Anastasia Masaro; Set: Caroline Smith [ ] “Nine” Art: John Myhre; Set: Gordon Sim [ ] “Sherlock Holmes” Art: Sarah Greenwood; Set: Katie Spencer [ ] “The Young Victoria” Art: Patrice Vermette; Set: Maggie Grary

Best Cinematography

[ ] “Avatar” Mauro Fiore [ ] “Harry Potter and the HalfBlood Prince” Bruno Delbonnel [ ] “The Hurt Locker” Barry Ackroyd [ ] “Inglourious Basterds” Robert Richardson [ ] “The White Ribbon” Christian Berger

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The Super Bowl of entertainment

Parties, new drinks, museums, closed streets and two hosts in 2010 LOS ANGELES (AP) — If the Academy Awards are like the Super Bowl of entertainment, then it's game week in Tinseltown. There are cocktail parties in every corner of the city. Gift lounges have sprouted up like spring flowers. Calendars are crammed with dress fittings and shoe fittings and diamond fittings, not to mention countless lunches and dinners in honor of various nominees. Meanwhile, rehearsals are going on inside the Kodak Theatre. All of Hollywood is gearing up for Sunday's big game — the Oscars. Here's the latest: ___ THE KODAK COMES TO LIFE: Just outside the Kodak Theatre, a giant golden Oscar stands wrapped in plastic, waiting for his big day. Meanwhile, inside the theater, rehearsals are in full swing. The Kodak has become an intimate speakeasy, its traditional seats replaced with a new arrangement that brings guests closer to the stage and to each other. Clusters of seats are set apart with a railing dotted with tiny lamps, lending to the nightclub feel. Cardboard placards sit where the stars will on Sunday.

Stand-ins wearing giant nametags that say which celebrities they represent walk on and off the stage, presenting and accepting prop Oscars while their colleagues clap. An invisible director guides the action, his voice booming over a speaker. Other workers, meanwhile, monitor how the stage appears on screen. Framed by a crystal curtain and anchored by three giant video screens, producers Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman say their set is the most high-tech ever seen on an Academy Awards show. And after three days of technical tests, the stage welcomed its first stand-ins Wednesday. ___ DRINKS WITH HISTORY: The week just started and the Oscar parties have already begun. Entertainment site held its Oscar soiree Monday night at the Four Seasons, and Los Angeles Times' awards section The Envelope celebrated the season Tuesday with a cocktail party at the Hollywood Museum. Costumes from Oscarnominated films filled the exhibition cases inside the historic Max Factor build-

web photo Long-time comedian Steve Martin (left) will join forces with ‘It’s Complicated’ co-star Alec Baldwin to host the 82nd Annual Academy Awards — presented on ABC Sunday at 7 p.m. CST.

ing. There were the military uniforms from "The Hurt Locker," Sandra Bullock's dress from "The Blind Side" and the romulan pistol from "Star Trek." Also on display: Meryl Streep's costumes from "Julie & Julia" and Brad Pitt's Nazi-killing garb from "Inglourious Basterds." The museum also holds such relics as Judy Garland's ruby slippers from "The Wizard of Oz" and the first Irving

Thalberg award, presented at the 1937 Oscar ceremony. Guests from the media, the actors union and nearby studios toasted Hollywood history as they geared up for the latest chapter at Sunday's 82nd Academy Awards. ___ HOLLYWOOD HALTED: Hollywood Boulevard — and its merchants — are martyrs

for the Academy Awards. The famous street shuts down for several blocks each year to accommodate Oscar's red carpet, fan bleachers and stages outside the Kodak Theatre. Hollywood Boulevard is closed between Highland Avenue and Orange Drive until March 9. The subway stop at the Hollywood & Highland complex will also be closed beginning Saturday.

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Baruchel battles Hollywood typecasting ‘She’s Out of My League’ star talks Canada/America film split


staff writer In “She’s Out of My League,” a new comedy from Jim Field Smith in his full-length directorial debut due out March 12, Jay Baruchel plays a familiar character. A nice, quiet, offbeat 20-something, Kirk Kettner becomes involved with a woman he’s not used to receiving even a passing glance from. This poses a unique challenge for Kirk, but for Baruchel, it’s what is becoming increasingly expected of him. Recognized for his roles in “Knocked Up,” “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” and the cult TV series “Undeclared,” the Canadian-born Baruchel has made a name for himself in the U.S. as the funny, awkward dweeb, and although in many ways this archetype reflects a large part of who he is, Baruchel affirms this stigma is not an accurate portrayal of who he is outside of acting, nor is it a testament to his professional preferences and range. “It’s like I’ve kind of had two careers for the past 10 years,” Baruchel said. “You know, for every big-budgety comedy I’ve made in the States, I’ve done a weirdo Canadian independent film. And some of those have been pretty dark, and so I don’t know that my American resumé reflects all of my tastes.” It’s true. Baruchel has returned to his native Canada to star in a number of films over

the years — dark comedies such as “Just Buried” in 2007 and “Real Time” in 2008 are recent examples. And while the actor is known for his sidekick status stateside, his career up north has given him plenty of practice as a leading man. “When I started when I was 12, I was the lead in two different TV shows,” he said, “so if nothing else I knew what it was — at least I thought I did — to carry a movie on my shoulders. The whole time that I’ve had a career in the States doing supporting stuff, I’ve been making some pretty cool [Canadian pictures], and I’ve been the lead in most of those.” Signs of the two halves of his career finally merging have reared their head with “She’s Out of My League,” in which Baruchel shares top billing with co-star Alice Eve. The film looks to prove the actor’s ability to command a feature to American audiences and potential casting managers alike, but at the same time, and with the same people, it may further ingrain his onenote image. Director Jim Field Smith’s insistence on creating something real, something directly tangible for audiences, had the actors bringing more of themselves to the parts, meaning Baruchel was left tapping that familiar vein. “I’d like to think I’m nice, and I’ve spent a lot of time by myself, so in those respects, I’m similar [to the character], I guess,” he said. But: “I think

I’m a lot crazier than people know, and I also grew up in one of the worst neighborhoods in Montreal, so I guess that also lends something to it. So, I think I’m close enough [to Kirk], but definitely that’s not me 100 percent.” Smith’s passion for authenticity, for his actors to fully flesh out their roles, played a major part in every aspect of the film. “We wanted to make it reality,” co-star Nate Torrence said. “I think a great testament to what we were trying to do is our lunch scene: we all got to choose what we thought our character would eat.” In that sense, even in this career-blending opportunity, it was Baruchel’s American image — not Baruchel himself in particular — that made Kirk his “perfect” fit, that set him up with a character seemingly so like himself. But it’s two steps forward, one step back, and Baruchel seems more concerned with taking jobs that he will most likely enjoy than with satisfying any grand professional ambition — for now. “If it sounds like I’m going to have fun doing it and I would pay money to see it myself, then I’ll usually do it,” he said. “And sometimes that’s drama, sometimes that’s comedy, sometimes that’s a weird slasher movie; it just depends... It’s just kind of awesome that what I do for a living and how I unwind on the weekend are one in the

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same.” “She’s Out of My League” opens everywhere March 12. Jay Baruchel can also be heard

as the voice of Hiccup in the upcoming “How to Train Your Dragon,” due out at the end of the month.

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5 or 4 or 3 or 2 or 1 BEDROOM houses/apartments available right now, some for next year. Many to choose from. Check out our web site owner/agent or call 507-340-3465. 4/29 ONLY 3 LEFT 2, 5 BEDROOMS (1 with large 2 stall garage) $360 (plus utils), 1, 4 bedroom, $375 (utils. included) per bedroom. Call 385-1999 3/25 3 BEDROOM APT. DOWNTOWN on 4th St. Rent $270 per bedroom. Water, garbage included. Call 3884722 for details. U/N 1,2,3,4,5 BEDROOM APTS FOR summer and next fall call 507-3825858 or visit www.mankatoapts. com. 4/8 3 BD, 2 BA, 5 YEAR OLD townhouse w/ 2 car attached garage 1.5 miles from MSU. $1,075/ month + Utilities. Available August 1st. Call 612-8651999 visit 4/1 AVAILABLE 08/01/2010 NEWER 4br/2bath town home, 1 block from MSU, Appl. Incl, free parking. 1435/mo + UTL. Call Shawn @ 382-2635/ 388-8428. 3/25 LARGE 3 BEDROOM OFF campus for fall 2010. Only 5 min. from campus. $295 per person, heat/water/garbage paid. Garage available, laundry on site. Dead end street in residential area overlooking the city. 507-4200576 or 507-931-6680. 3/30 LARGE 2 BEDROOM apartment upstairs duplex available August 1st. Big backyard & off-street Parking 528 S. Fourth St. $500/mo Call 507381-1723. 3/4 AVAILABLE AUGUST 1st. NEAR MSU on the bus route, big backyard! Heat & water paid, washer/dryer, off street parking & feels like home! 308 James Ave. $680/mo. Call 507-3811723. 3/4 AVAILABLE 2 BEDROOM apartment main floor duplex available August 1st. Washer/dryer hookups, big backyard & off street parking. 528 S. Fourth St. $600/mo. Call 507-3811723. 3/4 FOR RENT: 5 BEDROOM TOWN homes close to MSU $350 per person + util. Balcerzak Edge call Betty 507-995-8441. 4/29

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