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Hoffner back at MSU REPORTER Staff Report “I am a football coach,” Todd Hoffner said teary-eyed after making the decision to return to his former team and resume his head coaching job at Minnesota State University, Mankato Tuesday afternoon at a press conference in Minneapolis. Hoffner was joined in front by his wife Melodee, and attorney’s Chris Madel and Jim Fleming, where the head coach stated his interest in returning to his roots in southern Minnesota. “My family lives there, we have roots there, I’ve helped a program to a national power, and through this whole process, the community and civic leaders and all of Mankato has been extremely supportive for my wife and I and our kids,” Hoffner said. “The past two years have been a nightmare for my family and me, and it does not change the fact that I want to coach college football at Minnesota State University, Mankato.” When making this decision, which was decided 20 minutes prior to the 3 p.m. press conference, he strongly considered his family, and his family’s interests. After making his statement, Hoffner had a rough time, stopping multiple times to hold some happy and relieved tears. “This isn’t an easy decision.

JOEY DENTON • MSU Reporter After almost 20 months of uncertainty, Todd Hoffner (left) along with his wife Melodee (right) announced his return to MSU as the head football coach Tuesday afternoon at a press conference in Minneapolis.

“I have the opportunity to go back, and I think it’s the right thing to do.”

- Todd Hoffner, MSU head football coach

I will remain forever grateful to Minot State for taking a chance on me. It will never be forgot-

ten,” Hoffner said. “I’m not interested in revenge, and I’m not a spiteful person. Despite the past

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YOHANES ASHENAFI • MSU Reporter Disgruntled members of the MSU football team issued a public statement Wednesday saying they stand behind former acting head coach Aaron Keen and would not practice.


two years, I know Minnesota State University is a great place. We love the Mankato community. We want to be apart of this university and the city.” The university had not yet formally apologized to Hoffner when the press conference occurred, which Madel and Fleming pointed out as their biggest concerns for the condition, alongside the idea that those involved be reprimanded for their stance. “What has been done to these people (Hoffner) and their family is wrong and for people to stand behind the institution and to do this to a family is wrong,” Madel said. “Somebody needs to be held accountable for this, and I hope it’s not them (the university), but I hope frankly that someone in legislature does it and asks ‘why we are spending our resources, our tax dollars on this.’ ” “I believe that Todd Hoffner is owed an apology from the Blue Earth County Attorney office as


well,” Fleming added. “Whether that will happen I don’t know, but they had every opportunity to end this prosecution after it came to light that there was no child pornography.” In light of the situation, the university formally apologized to Hoffner in a statement sent immediately after the press conference concluded. “We have learned that Mr. Hoffner intends to return to Minnesota State Mankato tomorrow (Wednesday) and we welcome him back to his position as head football coach. This has been a difficult journey for all involved.” The statement continued: “We extend our apologies to Mr. Hoffner and deeply regret the difficulties he and his family have experienced this past year and a half. It is our sincere hope that all concerned can now find ways to move forward for the sake of the Hoffner family, student athletes, the university, and the community.” “This entire process had certainly injured my family and I believe that resuming my duties as head football coach will help heal that injury and put my life and my family’s life back on track,” Hoffner said. When asked about any awkwardness or weird feelings, Hoffner stated: “If you went through what I went through the last 20 months, nothing can be in comparison to that.” “I can handle it.” When being asked what he wants to get out of the position: “A whistle and a hat with the Maverick logo on it.” Hoffner was arrested for charges of child pornography on August 21, 2012, after employees at the MSU information technology department discovered video clips of Hoffner’s three children on his university-issued phone. Three months later, Blue Earth County District Judge Krista Jass dismissed the charges due to lack of probable cause. After serving a 20-day suspension and being reassigned as MSU’s Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities Development, Hoffner was fired last May by the university.







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Students react to Hoffner’s reinstatement

EMMA DEPPA Staff Writer Last year, Coach Todd Hoffner was dismissed as head football coach due to allegations of “child pornography” on his work computer. After much struggle and strife, the accusations were dropped and Hoffner was identified as an innocent man. Kole Dudley, a junior Sports Management major summed up the what happened bluntly. “Basically, the university wrongfully fired him for having pictures of his own children running around naked. The lawyers later went on to find out that it was a wrongful firing,” Dudley said. “He took the head coaching job at Minot State for the same position. After the arbitration, he found out that he could return to his head coaching duties.” “If he couldn’t, we would have to pay the remainder of his salary as well as his salary at Minot, which would be in the ballpark of $200,000,” he added. Despite all the scandal, many

students welcome him back. Kaitlyn Kanne, a sophomore in the Sports Management program commented on how she thinks Coach Hoffner’s return will go: “In our class we talked about how it’s going to be a long process to get back to ‘normal’. There’s going to have to be constant updates with his reinstatement,” Kanne said. “The biggest part he’ll have to face is the players and gaining their acceptance again because it was as big of a shock to them as it was to anyone. There’s going to be many obstacles for him but I think it’s possible he will have success, but if he doesn’t have success, he will have more pressure on him than he has ever had before.” A past member of the football team that quit after the incident declined to comment. From a Public Relation major’s point of view, Bridget Fisher asserts: “Basically I believe that Hoffner was unjustly fired in the first place. The university had every right to investigate the situation, but unless they had

planned to search every university issued phone for indecent content that violated the university issued phone policy, they had no right then to fire Hoffner and he therefore is completely deserving of his position.” Haylee Sieben, another student in the Sports Management program defended Hoffner. “I think the event that happened was blown out of proportion and some of the repercussions of the event weren’t handled in the best way possible,” she said. “I’m glad to see that he is coming back and I think it will be really good for not only him, but the team and the football program.” For those of us who aren’t sports buffs, Kirsten Malcolm, a senior Sociology major concludes perfectly her thoughts on the situation. “I don’t follow football, but I fully support Hoffner’s reinstatement as coach,” Malcolm said. “I can’t give a fully educated comment, not having seen the video, but it seems to me that things were blown out of propor-

tion. Child abuse is a very real problem, so the school was right in investigating. However, the Hoffner family was put through a media circus and were unjustly

uprooted from their lives. “If Hoffner wants to come back, that is the very least we can do.”

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SAM WILMES News Editor A newly- elected MSU Senator has been accused of raping a Minnesota State University Moorhead woman at a Fargo hotel. Taylor Jerrod Pederson, 22, a newly-elected Centennial Student Union and Athletic Advisory Board student senator, was charged last Thursday in Cass County District Court with one count of gross sexual imposition, a Class A felony. “The MSSA condemns any act of sexual or physical violence. However, we also affirm an individuals right to a trial by a jury of their peers,” MSSA said in a public statement. “The MSSA will not be making any judgment on the individuals continued involvement with the organization until a verdict has been reached in the court case.” According to the FargoMoorhead Forum, Fargo Police officer Amy Kingzett was dispatched to the Sanford Medical Center March 5 just after 1:30 p.m. According to the Forum, the woman told Kingzett she was at a sorority formal the night before

with a group of friends, including Pederson, who was a date of one of the attendees. The alleged victim didn’t have a date of her own, according to the officer. The group left the hotel to go the Old Broadway, leaving Pederson’s under-21 date at the hotel. According to the women who were with the alleged victim, they were shocked at how quickly the drinks had hit her and they were worried that she would collapse at the bar and get kicked out. According to the alleged victim, she didn’t recall anything besides going to the Old Broadway and throwing up and dryheaving in the parking lot of the LaQuinta inn, where the group was staying. She said she went straight to bed, which she was supposed to be sharing with another woman. The alleged victim, however, told police that when she woke up Pederson was sexually assaulting her. She tried to roll away, but according to her account to police, he wouldn’t stop. She passed out and woke up to find bruises and blood on her body and went to the bathroom

to try to escape Pederson who, according to her, was trying to kiss and cuddle the alleged victim. Several witnesses have varying accounts on the night at play. One woman said that Pederson seemed interested in the alleged victim and the two were flirting back and forth all night. Another woman told the officer Pederson and the alleged victim kissed at the bar and she described warning him not to do anything because the victim was too drunk. According to the woman, Pederson replied “I know, I know, she’ll just go to bed.” According to the Forum, Detective Matthew Ysteboe reinterviewed one of the witnesses who denied that there was kissing between the two at the bar. Ysteboe interviewed Pederson at the Mankato Police Department where he claimed that the women was passed out when he got into the bed occupied by her. The alleged victim has since graduated from the university. Pederson’s next court date will be April 22.




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SAM WILMES News Editor A project management expert with more than 40 years of manufacturing experience will be providing a presentation tonight from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Room 101 in the Centennial Student Union. Prior to the presentation a free, light dinner will be offered, giving attendees the chance to network. Tom Fenton, an operations engineer and project manager for MEDIVATORS, a medical device group stationed in Plymouth, MN has extensive experience as a machinist and moldsmaker, ProE CAD designer of plastic injection com-

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Hoffner and players crash, society speaks REECE HEMMESCH Staff Writer Over the past few days, reinstated head football coach Todd Hoffner has been called his fair share of monikers whether they be negative or positive. Either way, there seems to be a split when it comes to judging whether or not the coach made the right decision to come back. Some people on the side of Hoffner called him brave and valiant for standing up to the university the way he did, a university that wronged him quite some time ago for something that should have never amounted to anything more than an oral reprimand. The way he fought and clawed and forced his way back into the position that he always wanted is something anyone can appreciate for the idea of fighting back in life. Others say the coach’s demeanor towards higher officials within the university is also something that deserves praise. To not be head-hunting, nor looking for an apology, nor looking for any kind of sympathy shows that Hoffner really just wanted what he said he wanted all along: his old job back. “A whistle and a hat with a Mavericks logo” is all the coach wanted in return for a year and a half of abuse brought forth by the very institution that he ended up returning too. He could have came out guns blazing in his press conference Tuesday, damning everybody in sight for the injustice put on him and his family,

but he refrained, remonstrated, and kept with his simple plan of wanting nothing more than to be the head football coach at MSU. So when Hoffner returned to the practice field yesterday afternoon for the first time in almost 20 months, one more obstruction lay in his way, the only obstruction in this writer’s opinion that deserves to be standing in the way of Todd Hoffner continuing his dream to coach the Mavericks: his players. While three dressed for practice Wednesday, the majority didn’t, instead entering the field a few minutes after the scheduled start time in street clothes and ‘Maverick football’ sweatshirts, showing solidarity and reading from a previously-written statement. “As a collective unit, we’ve all agreed that we will stick together and show our support in having Aaron Keen as the head football coach at Minnesota State University, Mankato” the statement said. Although I can’t argue with the players in their stance, the legal proceedings following the case require MSU to fully reinstate Hoffner if he so desires, which of course, he has. Where I do agree with the players that decided to not practice yesterday is the way they handled their business throughout. They showed class by preparing a written statement to the coaches, instead of showing up like a bunch of privileged brats all shouting at once. Many onlookers took to online blogs and twitter last night,

calling the revolting players babies, childish, and spoiled. It is their consent that these players should have absolutely no say in who their head coach is, much like any player ever has not had a choice on who runs the team. As many said, these boys should turn in their uniform, and scholarship money, and show the university its stance by quitting MSU football altogether. These players have been through a lot the past couple of years, and I think it is safe to say that nobody should be arguing against their point that this constantly circling carousel is starting to make them dazed and even more confused on the situation. They watched their head coach get taken off the field by university officials, only to reach the top of the Division II ceiling the past two years under a more-favorable acting head coach. Now, they watch as said acting head

coach will more than likely find a new position elsewhere as they are forced to revert back to their previous coach. In lieu of all this, the players were left out of earshot of the athletic department on the ongoing situation regarding the arbitration hearing, finding out their team’s fate of head coach via news sources like the rest of us. This is what has the players upset, that they had to find out from the associated press on who there head coach would be for the upcoming season. Time will tell who wins this battle of labor between the coaches and players. The players seemed as if they had no intention of playing under Hoffner yesterday, which will be discussed in the near future by members of the athletic department as they begin to put back together the pieces of a disassembled squad.

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Nixon: America’s diamond in the rough into office, considering a pillar of his voters are people between the ages of 18-24. But most importantly, he bettered our relations with the Soviet Union (now Russia) and China. With the help of Kissinger, they strategically mended bridges with Russia by smoothing things over with China, and since China and Russia were at odds at that point, they had no choice but to play nice. Without China, a large quantity of our products wouldn’t be available, and where else would we borrow our money from? Russia is pretty self-explanatory, considering we were at a heavy arms race at that point.

And let’s not forget the pingpong tournaments with China; not only is that a clever way to promote foreign relations, but where would ‘Forrest Gump’ be without that wonderful sequence? Sure, Richard Nixon was almost impeached, and he pressed a lot of buttons. But you have to applaud him on his guts. There aren’t many other presidents who had the chutzpah Nixon did, especially during that time. You have to appreciate a person who’ll stick to their guns, despite the fact that he evaded impeachment through resignation. But can you blame him? I’m sure you’d do the same.

Web Photo Nixon hard at work while serving the public. A hard worker, Nixon deserves more credit than has been given.

HANNAH KLEINBERG Staff Writer When people think of the late, great president Richard Milhous Nixon, the first thing they think of is the Watergate scandal. The second thing they remember his famous resignation speech, where he cried on public television, said goodbye and then climbed into a helicopter and flew away. For reasons that are very understandable, he receives a lot of criticism, even from today’s generation, who can’t even begin to fathom what things were like back in the sixties. However, too many people in America dismiss the great success he brought to this nation, and are even ungrateful of all he did for this selfish, troubled nation.

Before I totally school all of you on the commendable Mr. Nixon, let me remind you of one thing: the terms ‘liberal’ and ‘conservative’ have morphed extremely throughout the decades. Therefore, when hot-blooded college students think of conservative republicans today, they immediately imagine Mitt Romney, all gnashing teeth and hellfire, backhanding Americans with his bible and stomping on the gays and women. What they forget is that fiery republicans of the past were the heroes, promoting environmental rights and social justice. Richard Nixon, for example, created the EPA, our Environmental Protection Agency. Thanks to Nixon, people in the federal government heavily regulate and enforce the best policies that strive toward environmental safety. Without the EPA, there would be far less resources

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to combat against increasing dilemmas like global warming. He also ended the draft. While he didn’t do well at controlling his thirst for war, he did do his part in working toward the better good for peace by ending the draft. And, as anyone in their right mind should believe, he felt that active volunteers built a much more structural military than those who were bullied into it by the law. And before Obamacare was the hot topic in everyone’s mouths, Richard Nixon was pressing for universal healthcare. That’s right; Nixon was volleying for healthcare reform before Obama, and Romney before him (who simultaneously turned against it, as he did with his stance on abortion). Nixon even lowered the voting age. Without his signature on the twenty-sixth amendment, Obama wouldn’t have made it

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Hoffner case requires moving on

SAM WILMES News Editor It’s over. MSU Head Football Coach Todd Hoffner has been reinstalled into the head football coaching position. The road, tedious and long is perhaps unprecedented in Collegiate sports. A head coach, shunned by the same University officials that were front and center through all the wins

Hoffner gained on the football field, were no where to be found when the charges dropped. Although fences still have to be mended and reputations still need to be repaired, the best we could do as a university is move on. Move on from the constant swirl of speculation evident in the last 20 months. Move on from the clouds charges like those dished against Hoffner can bring. When the Maverick football team opens on September 4th against St. Cloud State, show up, give the coach a standing ovation and then let

it pass. Hoffner deserves all the credit in the world for coming back to a place where not too long ago he was practically shoved out the door. It takes a lot of courage to do that and Hoffner must possess it, courage to not only do what is best for himself but for his family; his four kids and his wife and the community. If Hoffner would’ve stayed at Minot State, this story would have lasted longer than it will be by him coming back. Although initially wrong, the justice accomplished by this decision

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EMMA DEPPA Staff Writer According to a Graduate Survey coordinated through MN State Mankato’s Career Development Center, recent graduates of MSU are finding employment more than ever before. The latest report of this survey shows over a 10% increase of alumni finding jobs within their first year of graduating. For the graduating class of 2011-12, 91.8% of students reported finding a job, compared to 87.9% for the 201011 class, and 80% for the 2009-10 class. This survey is admitted to every alumni of the university within one year of their graduation. To ensure that the sample size is adequate, at least 80% of the target population must respond. Of the highest achieving class in recent years, 2011-12, 87.8% of the target population of 3,300 students responded. This sample represented all types of students,



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from all of the university’s colleges and programs. Graduates are not only finding more jobs, but they are finding more relevant jobs to their education. The class of 2010-11 experienced 78.2% of related employment, whereas the 2011-12 class rose to a high of 84% of students finding employment within their field of study. The colleges rank as following for graduates finding jobs in their field: 1. College of Science, Engineering and Technology: 89.9% 2. College of Business: 88.4% 3. College of Education: 87.5% 4. College of Allied Health and Nursing: 85.4% 5. College of Social and Behavioral Sciences: 76.4% 6. College of Arts and Hu-

manities: 76.2% For those of us continuing our studies into post-graduate schooling, 16% of the 2011-12 graduates continued on to higher education, which is a 2% increase from the class of 2010-11. Graduate students are considered to be a part of the sample related to employment. That leaves us with only 8.2% of recent graduates looking for employment, available for employment, and still unemployed. One student who will be graduating this upcoming May contributed, “These results make me feel reassured about my future, knowing that my education at MSU will make a difference in my future.”

will whither away resentment and anger still bubbling. It may take months, it may take years but the time will come when this will be a forgiven, dark chapter in the school’s history. If Hoffner would’ve left for Minot State, things wouldn’t have turned out the same. Like a nasty disease, the constant jokes and inquiries about the case would have never left. Coach Hoffner would have never been able to have closure. He would have always been the coach who had these accusations brought against him.

Beyond this, there are also big differences between the Universities. This is a program that Hoffner had a major hand in developing. This was his baby. Although Coach Keen did an outstanding job and never lost a regular season game in his two seasons, Hoffner had a major hand in bringing in the talent that has won so many games. With this dark chapter closed, lets hope we can move past this and enjoy another season on the gridiron. That’s the best justice Coach Hoffner could ask for.

HOFFNER “My family lives there, we have roots there, I’ve helped a program to a national power, and through this whole process, the community and civic leaders and all of Mankato has been extremely supportive for my wife and I and our kids,” Hoffner said. continued from 1 More recently, Hoffner accepted the head coaching position at Minot State, a position he held until Tuesday afternoon when he announced his return to MSU. Since then, a 72-page arbitration ruling by Gerald Wallin of the Bureau of Mediation Services last Thursday ruled that the university was wrong to fire Hoffner and that they should reinstate him immediately, which was done after

Hoffner’s acceptance of his old role at MSU. “Two years ago, I sat in a jail cell overnight, in an orange jumpsuit, wondering why,” Hoffner said. “First there was shock, then there was fear, then there was anger, then ultimately I pulled myself together to work toward results, and that’s where we are today. I feared that I’d never get to do what I love to do, which is coach football, ever again.”


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SAM WILMES News Editor A former senior meteorologist at the Weather Channel will discuss “Communicating Severe Weather: The Convergence of Social Sciences and Meteorology,” in the annual Truman Wood Memorial Lecture at 10:30 a.m. on Friday in the Ostrander Auditorium. Daniel Dix, currently the air quality dispersion modeler at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, will be discussing the science of communicating and getting the message out when severe weather is in the immediate forecast. Dix also serves as a volunteer “Metro Skywarn” severe weather spotter trainer.

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Dix served for 16 years as a senior graphics engineer/program coordinator and senior meteorologist for The Weather Channel in Atlanta. Dix served in multiple capacities with the Weather Channel, including graphics design, weather and presentation, specifically weather alerts, forecast weather, satellite and radar imagery as well as online map products. MSU’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Advisory Board is responsible for the Lecture series and the event features alumni speakers.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Western countries on the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday slammed what they called Russia’s “fantasy narrative” on the crisis in Ukraine after a new report on the human rights situation there. Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic warned the council that the violence in eastern Ukraine risks “seriously destabilizing the country as a whole.” The meeting came a day before the top diplomats of Ukraine, Russia, the United States and the European Union hold high-level talks in Geneva on an increasingly chaotic situation in which pro-Russian insurgents have seized police stations and government buildings in at least nine cities in the region. Russia has 40,000 troops massed on its border with Ukraine. Western countries on the Security Council said the new report undermines Russia’s claims about the events that led to its recent annexation of Crimea, and they warned of a similar situation unfolding now. “A new fantasy narrative,” British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant called Russia’s stance on the latest phase of the crisis. “Virtual reality,” French Ambassador Gerard Araud said. “A well-orchestrated professional campaign of incitement,” U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power said.

Ultimately, the council is powerless to take action on Ukraine, as permanent member Russia holds veto power. Russia’s U.N. ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, called the human rights report “biased.” He emerged from the meeting declaring in Russian, “Eleventh! Eleventh!” That’s how many times the council has met on the crisis. The human rights report, based on the findings of visits to Ukraine by Simonovic and by a U.N. monitoring mission there, declares the arming of protesters in eastern Ukraine must end and encourages “an inclusive, sustained and meaningful national dialogue.” The report also takes aim at Russian claims that the large ethnic Russian minority in the region has been under attack there. “Although there were some attacks against the ethnic Russian community, these were neither systematic nor widespread,” it says. It adds that the mood remains “particularly tense,” with fears by ethnic Russians that the country’s new government doesn’t represent them. Ukraine’s new leaders have struggled since taking power after protesters wanting closers to ties with the European Union instead of Russia forced President Viktor Yanukovych

to flee. Ukraine’s U.N. Ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev told the council Wednesday that his country is determined to hold elections on May 25 “under all circumstances.” What his country needs to break from the corruption and other bad ways of the past, he said, “is that Russia leaves us in peace.” The new report warns Ukraine’s new government against “the advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred by some political parties, group and individuals.” In his comments Wednesday, Simonovic singled out the largely marginal hardcore nationalist Right Sector movement. Looking back at Russia’s rapid annexation on the largely Russian-speaking Crimea just weeks ago, Simonovic said “the presence of paramilitary and so-called self-defense groups, as well as soldiers in uniform without insignia, was not conducive to an environment in which voters could freely exercise their right to hold opinions.” He also criticized the “media manipulation” that helped create a ‘climate of fear and insecurity in the period preceding the referendum.” A second human rights report on the Ukraine crisis is set to come out May 15.

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Beyond The Horizon PART 6 Do you still believe in the idea that all men should be gentlemen? Today, Russian international student Anya Zhukova shares with us her thoughts on gender equality, and how people in different countries perceive this topic. ANYA ZHUKOVA Special to the Reporter My roommate and I are sometimes having interesting conversations on quite serious topics. Today’s topic was the concept of gentlemen, in America and Russia. It all started this morning, when she had to leave for the cities to work for her dad during the Easter weekend… But let’s move a little further to the past. The first day I came here I had to take a Land to Air shuttle bus from the Minneapolis airport to Mankato. You won’t believe it, but I was excited to even see how the shuttle would look like here in America. I don’t know what exactly I expected, but, after all, there opened to be a thing that surprised me. The van looked ordinary, I could imagine taking the exact same one in my hometown, but the driver, a middle-aged lady immediately offered to carry my heavy bag and a suitcase. So there we are, two other MSU students and I, with quite a few heavy suitcases, standing in front of a full trunk with that lady driver asking if we want

her to get those bags inside. “So, wait a moment, she, a lady in her forties, was going to get all of our suitcases, lift them and put them in the van’s trunk? Also, the trunk is almost full already. Does it mean that she loaded it herself?” The next thing I know, the guy who looked 20 and was going to MSU with me hands his enormous suitcase to the driver. She takes the bag and, when he offers her help, she immediately refuses. End of scene, I get on the bus, totally shocked. There’s probably nothing wrong with the situation if you’re American, but I’m looking at things from the Russian perspective. Things, that would not be common in Russia, and there’re several reasons why. Women do not really choose to work in places where they’re expected to lift heavy things and such. I’m not saying it doesn’t happen, but let’s say, when you dream about you future career as a little girl you think about singing, or dancing on stage, or maybe writing; not so much about unloading big trucks all day long. If by any chance a girl got

that kind of job, all her male coworkers/just the guys around would try and help her out with everything that involves lifting heavy things or just using strengths. Most likely, they’d start doing it for her (which eventually would leave that girl without a job). It’s a proven fact that lifting and carrying heavy items is not healthy for women, even dangerous. For instance, it can result in serious problems while giving birth to children. Now, coming back to my roommate and I’s morning conversation. I told her the same story I told you, and her response was along the lines of: “I want to move to Russia.” But the thing is, I think America has its gentlemen, too. They just hesitate to expose themselves. It sounds weird, but my feeling is, American gentlemen are sort of scared to show how gentle they actually are. A friend of mine told me once that he’d love to be more gallant with women, open the doors for them, offer to carry their bags and sometimes even pay for them, but he’s faced a lot of negative reaction in the past and doesn’t want to hurt

the feelings of those with the strong “feministic” approach, who think that such kind of behavior insults the equality of men and women etc. Is there a place for gentle-

men in America? How many guys you know that could fit in that category? Share your thought/questions/comments with me on anna.zhukova@ .

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Fears rise in South Korea accident as well as the dead and missing, fluctuated throughout the day. As of early Thursday, South Korean authorities estimated 475 people were on the ferry. Of that total, there were 325 students and 15 teachers from Danwon High School in Ansan, a city near Seoul. They were headed to Jeju for a four-day trip, according to a relief team set up by Gyeonggi province. Authorities said the dead included a female member of the crew and two male students. Details on the others were not immediately known. Kang Byungkyu, a government minister, said 55 people were injured. Coast guard officials put the number of survivors early Thursday at 179. Many South Korean high

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MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — Fears rose Thursday for the fate of 289 passengers still missing more than 24 hours after their ferry flipped onto its side and filled with water off the southern coast of South Korea. A coast guard official said the death toll was now confirmed at seven, but that is expected to rise sharply because the missing have now spent more than a day either trapped in the ferry or in the cold seawater. There were 475 people aboard — many of them high school stuodents on a class trip — and frantic parents have gathered at their school near Seoul and in Mokpo in the south of the country, not far from where the ferry slipped beneath the surface until only the blue-tipped, forward edge of the keel was visible. Divers, helicopters and boats continued their search Thursday for survivors, but the high number of people unaccounted for — possibly trapped in the ship or floating in the chilly water nearby — raised fears that the death toll could increase drastically. Coast guard’s spokesman Cho Man-yong said Thursday morning that rescuers in a vessel had found another body floating in the sea, raising the confirmed death toll to seven. It was not immediately known whether the body was male or female. It was still unknown why the ferry sank, but coast guard officials were interviewing the captain and crew. The Sewol, a 146-meter (480-foot) vessel that can hold more than 900 people, set sail Tuesday from Incheon, in northwestern South Korea, on an overnight, 14-hour journey to the tourist island of Jeju. The ferry was three hours from its destination when it sent

schools organize trips for first- or second-year students, and Jeju is a popular destination. The students on the ferry were in their second year, which would make most of them 16 or 17. At Danwon High School, students were sent home early and parents gathered for news about their children. Park Ji-hee, a firstyear student, said she saw about a dozen parents crying at the school entrance. The Sewol, which travels twice a week between Incheon and Jeju, was built in Japan in 1994 and could carry a maximum of 921 people, 180 vehicles and 152 shipping containers, according to the Yonhap news agency.

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a distress call after it began listing to one side, according to the Ministry of Security and Public Administration. Passenger Kim Seong-mok told broadcaster YTN that after having breakfast, he felt the ferry tilt and then heard it crash into something. He said he was certain that many people were trapped inside the ferry as water rushed in and the severe tilt of the vessel kept them from reaching the exits. Koo said many people were trapped inside by windows that were too hard to break. “The rescue wasn’t done well. We were wearing life jackets. We had time,” Koo, who was on a business trip to Jeju with a coworker, said from a hospital bed in Mokpo, the nearest major city to the site of the accident, where he was treated for minor injuries. “If people had jumped into the water ... they could have been rescued. But we were told not to go out.” Oh Yong-seok, a 58-year-old crew member who escaped with about a dozen others, including the captain, told The Associated Press that rescue efforts were hampered by the ferry’s severe tilt. “We couldn’t even move one step. The slope was too big,” Oh said. The Sewol’s wreckage is in waters a little north of Byeongpung Island, which is not far from the mainland and about 470 kilometers (290 miles) from Seoul. “We cannot give up,” said South Korean President Park Geun-hye, after a briefing in Seoul. “We have to do our best to rescue even one passenger.” White House spokesman Jay Carney said the U.S. and its 7th

Fleet stood ready to assist, including the USS Bonhomme Richard, which was in the region. The last major ferry disaster in South Korea was in 1993, when 292 people were killed. TV stations broadcast live pictures Wednesday of the listing Sewol as passengers clambered over the side, jumped into the sea or were hoisted up by helicopters. At least 87 vessels and 18 aircraft swarmed around the stricken ferry. The water temperature in the area was about 12 degrees Celsius (54 Fahrenheit), cold enough to cause signs of hypothermia after about 1½ hours of exposure, according to an emergency official who spoke on condition of anonymity because department rules did not allow talking to the media. Lee Gyeong-og, a vice minister for the Public Administration and Security Ministry, said the ocean was 37 meters (121 feet) deep in the area. The survivors — wet, stunned and many without shoes — were brought to nearby Jindo Island, where medical teams wrapped them in pink blankets and checked for injuries before taking them to a cavernous gymnasium. As the search dragged on, families of the missing gathered at a nearby dock, some crying and holding each other. Boats circled the sunken ferry into the night, illuminated by red flares. Angry shouts could be heard when Prime Minister Chung Hong-won visited a shelter where relatives of the missing passengers waited for news. Some yelled that the government should have sent more divers to search the wreckage. The numbers of passengers,

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Humanity attained Syfy series Being Human finishes its fourth and final season.


The path to being human is a turbulent road, full of setbacks and difficult choices. It’s when humanity is compromised or lost when people best try to keep it. Syfy’s Being Human, based on a British series by the same name, developed by Toby Whitehouse, centered on three supernatural entities trying to regain their humanity and resemble something that could pass for human. After four seasons, the Canadian drama finished its journey through fire with an electric and compelling final year last week. The series focused on three housemates: Aidan (Sam Witwer), the two centuries old remorseful vampire, Josh (Sam Hungtington), the newly turned werewolf who believes his full moon nature a curse over a gift, and Sally (Meaghan Rath), a ghost stuck in this realm after being murdered by her fiancé. They all participate in a self-imposed experiment: see if three supernatural beings can not only work together, but attain humanity. Through four seasons of soul Reapers, blood binges, vampire and werewolf clans, deaths and resurrections, and so much more, Being Human never stopped pushing the envelope creatively, even with a micro budget. It was the little genre show that could, and in the wake of a mass cultural hysteria for movies and shows featuring vampires, werewolves, and zombies, there wasn’t a series on television quite like it. In this current state of vam-

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pire/werewolf saturation, the idea of a series centered around these types of creatures would likely seem redundant and uninteresting, and to a certain degree there is absolutely validity to such a fear (e.g., Syfy’s other supernatural drama, Bitten). A vampire feeling the burden of his countless victims, tormented by the need to drink blood and the desire to overcome his urges; the reluctant werewolf who bemoans his lot in life and sequesters himself from people as not to pose them harm; and the ghost who, well, just haunts – it all appears very been there, done that, but as per any story that takes recognizable icons for their own purposes, it’s all about what they do with them, and Being Human doesn’t like playing anything safe. Season 4, the culminating chapter in this supernatural saga, dealt with the repercussions of all Sally’s done by cheating proper death on numerous occasions, and being piggy-backed through time because of unwisely wielding magic. Josh became victim to his own wolf as his animalistic traits seeped through to his human side in vicious ways, alienating him from wife Nora (Kristen Hagar) and friends. Aidan faced even more ghosts from his past and a new threat to his blood sobriety. These are characters that strive to be better, but keep failing. They make choice after choice to their detriment but with the right intent. For these characters, being human means the monotonous routines of everyday life – school, work, traffic, picnics, etc. Whatever attitudes or

actions that symbolize the typical individual, that’s what they strive for, but it’s either their innate darkness that intercedes or the supernatural forces around them that setback their goals. As the final episodes itch closer, the question is asked if these characters even deserve redemption anymore. In his years, Aidan has a line of bodies miles long in his wake, and Sally has pushed the boundaries of natural law. Josh, the most sympathetic character of the bunch, has nearly become one with his animal side, and Nora has more than once succumbed to her darker urges. These characters are monsters in human form, and although the characters are under the illusion they’re anything but, the series doesn’t. Excellent writing and boundless creativity make for exciting episodes, but thanks to an allstar cast of fantastic actors, these characters have a life of their own, outside of their supernatural existence. Sam Witwer may have taken a couple notes from David Boreanaz from the shortlived but superb series Angel, about a vampire with a soul saving citizens in Los Angeles, but he infuses Aidan with enough humor and old age to make him a unique case. Sam Huntington has kept his boyish charm in every work he’s done, and this series is no exception, although his Michael Cera-esque shtick for being a bumbling caution sign grows tiresome. The real standouts are Meaghan Rath and Kristen Hager, who are the rock and strength


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Pictured: “Acceptable” violence.


A few stray bullets here and there, knocking out someone holding a gun, broken bones, torturing for information, and endless numbers of deaths off screen. Whether turning on any regular primetime TV show, popping in the latest Call of Duty or gearing up for the summer blockbuster season, violence is a cornerstone of our entertainment media. For now, let us run on the wellgrounded assumption that violent media, good or bad, will not be going anywhere for a while. There are papers written about papers written about papers about the effects of media violence on our psyches and childhood growth. For the foreseeable future, there will be a considerable back and forth on whether or not violent media has a direct impact on our society’s violent tendencies. I, for reference, am not so sure on the whole “media violence begets real violence” argument but it’s important to look at all the ways representations of violence play into our society. Specifically, if you want to utilize violence, you’ve got to have character. In a recent article by NPR’s

2 Chris Klimek, the newest Marvelm installment Captain America:a The Winter Soldier and the in-c ternational sequel The Raid 2( were stood side by side and com-o pared for their different uses ofp violence. Klimek concluded that while The Raid 2 was, by far, they more graphically violent film, ita was also the film that was moreF respectable in its representationi of violence as gritty, unappealingt and unflinching. Winter Soldier,f meanwhile, was deemed less ap-f propriate for its decision to keepc most of the consequences of vio-h lence (death, mainly) off screenb L or only implied. For his argument, Klimekh makes a great point. Violencet without consequence is a mythT and choosing to downplay theM true costs of violence, be it gun-s play or hand-to-hand combat, cana seem a little irresponsible. WeB saw this just recently when muchg stink was made last summer overh the vast death and destructiont in Man of Steel’s final act and the careless attitude towards thep death toll when all was said andt p done. But it’s hard not to look at thisb situation, as well, from a differ-t ent view. How a film chooses toi frame and treat the violence onc i VIOLENCE • Page 14 a

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Believe in not being cancelled NBC’s new series is a spark of light that will likely vanish soon.


Few new shows to debut the 2013-2014 season have generated much in the way of interest or left an impression. Believe, a series co-created by Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity) and Mark Friedman, is one of a small number that shows promise. Bo (Johnny Sequoyah) is a ten year old girl with extraordinary abilities, primarily, telekinesis. Found and encouraged by an institution determined to wield these people’s gifts and use them for military gain, Bo is taken from their grasp before they could do irrevocable damage to her. A task force is designed, led by Dr. Milton Winter (Debroy Lindo), to protect Bo and keep her from the forces who want to use her and people like her. They recruit William Tate (Jake McLaughlin), a death row inmate serving time for two wrongful accounts of murder, to protect Bo by any means necessary. Together, on the run, Will and Bo help each other as forces around them threaten to tear them apart. The premise may not sound particularly original, after all, there’s a good many stories about people with abilities that need to be protected from organizations that don’t have their well-being in mind, but Believe has a certain charm and intelligence to it that is quite enchanting. Creators Cuaron and Friedman have sprin-

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kled enough mystery into their narrative to keep the series interesting week by week, and with Bo, a child whose abilities seem to be greater than others like her, they seem to be crafting a sort of Messiah-esque story around her. Bo is moved by compassion and a desire – nay, a need – to help people, no matter the cost, and Milton and his ghost group of Bo protectors have hopes that her gifts can inspire the world, when she’s ready. Understandably, all the stuff involving the organization after Bo and Will is less evolved and therefore falls into the category of stereotype. In Bo, they see a military asset, not a little girl, and the head honcho of the organization is a bullheaded, singular-minded villain with little in the way of depth. To the credit of the series, however, it does craft a surprisingly palpable sense of tension and jeopardy as the entire New York police force and the villain’s telekinetic cronies are on Bo and Will’s trail, making each episode a genuine thriller regarding whether or not Bo and her escaped convict protector will be captured. The premiere, directed with the signature shaky cam style of Alfonso Cuaron, is engaging from the opening minutes. Milton’s plan to extricate Will from prison, a fatal car crash captured in one shot, and the ruthless pursuit of a powerful assassin (Sienna Guillory)) are all signature moments of a stellar introduc-

tory episode. Five episodes later, Believe has concentrated on the expansion of Bo’s gifts, the difficulty and stress that comes with staying one step ahead of the police and the seedy organization, and Will attempts to find the truth behind his incarceration – but foremost, the relationship between Bo and Will is undoubtedly the show’s strength and strongest arc. Will is all action and anger, angry at where his life has led him and wanting to fulfill his part of the agreement of protecting Bo and nothing more, while Bo will stop everything – including being chased by the police – to help someone in need. Their push and pull, their arguments and silent smiles, all make for a magnetic friendship that grows even stronger when a deeper revelation of their connection comes to light. Believe has style and substance, a simple story about the good guys and the bad fights in conflict with the added value of two compelling characters and one inspiring future, and it’s one of the most promising freshman shows on TV now. With declining ratings and airing on the axeheavy NBC network, it could be very likely the series will be canceled by the time this review goes to press (R.I.P 1600 Penn), but hopefully this smart and engaging show will have many more seasons and story to tell. Believe airs Sunday at 8PM on NBC.





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VIOLENCE “Klimek concluded that while The Raid 2 was, by far, the more graphically violent film, it was also the film that was more respectable in its representation of violence as gritty, unappealing and unflinching. Winter Soldier, meanwhile, was deemed less appropriate for its decision to keep most of the consequences of violence (death, mainly) off screen or only implied.” continued from 12

screen is decidedly important but so too is how reliant a film is on violence to tell its story. Even more troubling is the degree to which some films use it as their bread and butter. When reading about the differences between Cap 2 and The Raid 2, the natural first thing that comes to mind isn’t to what degree violence is shown in each movie: it’s which movie depends on it more. Captain America boasts three or four huge action set pieces but also excels in terrific character interactions, is wonderfully acted and has a timely plot that goes beyond the standard superhero tropes. While the action-packed parts of the film is viscerally exciting, in truth, the film could coast by with the strengths it already has. The original Raid, on the other hand, was an hour and 40 minutes of pure fight choreography – no character, story intrigue and points of connection. Just fights -- no more, no less. If word is to be believed, The Raid 2 continues that blood-soaked traditional and bumps it up to two and a half hours. And it’s been like that for years. You can’t honestly say you go to an Expendables film for the story and nuanced acting, can you? Perhaps the nuanced fake blood and machismo? Say what you will about how much blood and bone hits the screen (or doesn’t), if you don’t have the character to back it up, it’s just a cheap trick. The violence of Winter Soldier, be it embraced, skirted around or highly stylized like just about every comic book movie, packed a punch because the characters the film bothered to develop felt truly in danger by the overwhelming

BEING HUMAN “Excellent writing and boundless creativity make for exciting episodes, but thanks to an allstar cast of fantastic actors, these characters have a life of their own, outside of their supernatural existence.” continued from 12 of the show, giving fantastic performances with exceptionally wide range. Being Human wasn’t the most talked about series or for that matter critically acclaimed, but genre television has never been more popular than now, and for any interested parties who have an invested interesting in supernatural beings and what makes them tick, this series is practically mandatory. It may not live up to its title completely from beginning to end, but the examination of what it means to be

these creatures is undoubtedly the most interesting part, next to the insane chemistry these actors have with one another. Being Human’s four seasons are spectacular in conception, writing, performance, and creativity, and their journey from the darkness of their vices into the light of humanity is strongly recommended. Being Human (U.S.) seasons 1-3 and Being Human (U.K.) series 1-5 are on Netflix Streaming now. Season 4 (U.S.) is now On Demand.

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threat they faced, not because it went all out. Even the most graphically violent of comic book adaptions still find some interest point beyond their own carnage. Dredd, the 2012 adaption of the Judge Dredd character, held a similar premise as The Raid (tall building to climb, mob boss to take down, thugs to kill) but ended up being more memorable than its Indonesian counterpart. Not be-

uct on the cheap, visceral thrill of slaughter and how much destruction people can inflict on each other, but those who even suggest violence is an acceptable solution to problems. It’s what makes the films of Quentin Tarantino and Michael Bay so reprehensible. Time after time, these two set us up to root against villains who commit appalling acts and side with heroes that are just as vicious and sav-

“But make no mistake; violence in entertainment media is the hearty side of potatoes in a complete meal, not the whole narrative plate.”




cause it had better choreography or action – because it had something, anything more than that. The characters and dark humor of the film shone through where almost no one familiar with The Raid would be able to name more than two characters off the top of their heads. Violence has its purpose in entertainment media. It’s an excellent means of building and releasing narrative tension and moving story along. But make no mistake; violence in entertainment media is the hearty side of potatoes in a complete meal, not the whole narrative plate. Violence without injury or consequence is what the Media Education Foundation describes as “Happy Violence”. This is where the real problems of violent media come in. Not only does the true issue stem from filmmakers who rest their prod-

age. At the end of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the audience cheered when the Autobots came out victorious against the murderous Decepticons, ignoring the fact that they just witnessed Optimus Prime rip Megatron’s head and spinal cord from his body, while shot gunning his former mentor to death, gangland style, as he pleaded for mercy. But they’re the good guys, so it’s all right, apparently. In my mind, this attitude is far more damaging than not keeping a realistic tally of who’s been killed so far. A film can be as graphic and gruesome as it wants to, or as hidden and guarded about its content as it wants to be – if there’s no content at the heart, then it’s all just empty. But you must remember this, a kick is just a kick, the fundamental things apply, as time goes by.



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JOEY DENTON Sports Editor Dressed in street clothes and MSU football apparel, the bulk of the Mavericks football team made a public announcement in showing support of former acting head coach Aaron Keen and announced that they would not practice today — the first practice since the return of head coach Todd Hoffner. In a statement read aloud by junior safety Sam Thompson, the team spoke: “As a collective unit, we’ve all agreed that we will stick together and show our support in having Aaron Keen as the head football coach at Minnesota State University, Mankato.” Thompson continued: “We’ve all become outstanding community members, students and athletes in the last year and a half since the removal of Todd Hoffner. Throughout this process, we have been silent, it is time our voice is heard.” “We want information, we want answers, because this is our team. As a unit we have decided not to practice, because of the change-up in the coaching situation.” The last line from the statement made the player’s intention

clear as Thompson read aloud: “We want Aaron Keen as the head coach,” as the rebelled players stormed off the field. Only three players showed up in regular practice clothing, freshmen Kyle Schuh, James Anderson and Luke Wendricks. Hoffner and the mutinied members of the team declined to comment after the statement. Before Hoffner’s first “practice” at 3:30 p.m., there was a scheduled press conference to take place on campus regarding the next few steps in Hoffner’s return. Due to the to hold out, that press conference was cancelled with a statement coming from Minnesota State’s sports information director Paul Allan. “Kevin Buisman, Minnesota State Director of Athletics, met with student-athletes of the Maverick Football program this afternoon where they shared their concerns,” Allan stated. “Buisman said that another meeting has been scheduled for tomorrow at a time to be determined with the student-athletes, head coach Todd Hoffner, associate head coach Aaron Keen and other members of the coaching staff in attendance.” Even before just three players showed up for practice, there seemed to be some mixed feel-

ings, even some shocked, football players when hearing the four-year head coach decided to return to MSU. Junior offensive lineman Chris Reed, who was on his way to California for a track meet yesterday, knew it would be a hard transition for the coaches and team. “I was shocked that he wanted to come back to MSU,” Reed said.

“It will be hard to switch back to another coach. I myself being in football and track have had numerous changes in coaches, and you think you will get used to it but you don’t. It is stressful and after two years I have no idea what is about to happen.” Junior receiver Keyvan Rudd would agree, a lot of things change in two years. He too was

on his way to the Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, Calif. “It won’t be easy because he’s been gone for two years, and since then this program’s culture has changed,” Rudd said. “I hope he’ll understand how much things have changed in his absence and will put forth the effort to work with everyone to keep things even keel.”

Yohanes Ashenafi • MSU Reporter From left to right: Luke Wendericks, Kaleb Wendericks and Kyle Schuh were the only players to suit up for Hoffner’s first practice as their head coach.

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NHL Playoff Preview The Minnesota Wild earned the fourth seed in the western conference and will be taking on Gabriel Landeskog and the Colorado Avalanche in the first round. Duchene led the way with 70 points on the year, though fortunately for the Wild, he has been ruled unlikely for the first round of playoffs due to a knee injury. 21-year-old Avs captain Gabriel Landeskog finished with 65 points, two points ahead of rookie Nathan McKinnon who finished with 63. McKinnon is nearly certain to be awarded the Calder Trophy for Rookie of the Year at the season-ending NHL awards. What may separate these teams the most is the scoring. Minnesota has long been known as a defensive team and definitely not a high scoring team. The Wild have one player, Jason Pominville, who posted 60 points on the year. The Avs on the other hand had the fourth best offense in the NHL this season. Colorado’s top five forwards all posted 60 points or more and all tallied over 20 goals. Though, while their offense has been outstand-

Web Photo With 98 points, the Wild finished the season 43-27-12 overall and an astonishing 26-10-5 home record.

DEREK LAMBERT Staff Writer The Minnesota Wild is heading into the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second time in as many seasons, and their fourth appearance in the franchise’s 13 year history. After losing in the Western Conference quarterfinals last season four games to one to eventual Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, the Wild looked poised to return to the postseason this year. In their second best season in franchise history, the Wild collected 98 points from a record of 43-27-12. Though there were high expectations on the team this season which were reached, the way they got there was unexpected to say the least. Of course, star players like Zach Parise, Ryan Suter and Jason Pomminville were expected to contribute heavily, but it was the emergence of young stars that anchored the lineup. 2010 Wild first-round draft pick Mikael Granlund stepped up and had an immediate impact on the offense this season, going from eight points last season to posting 41 points this winter while being a top two line forward and playing minutes on the power play. Though, Granlund isn’t the only 2010 first rounder who has aided this budding of-

fense. Forward Nino Niederreiter came to the Wild last summer in a trade that dealt former fan favorite Cal Clutterbuck to the New York Islanders. In 56 games with the Islanders since 2010, Nino had only produced a measly three points. This season with the Wild, he finished third on the team in goals with 14, and produced 36 points. He finished one goal ahead of rookie Justin Fontaine, whose knack for finding the back of the net has been a pleasant surprise for Wild fans. What is most surprising about the Wild’s season has been the goaltending. Five different goaltenders have played in net for Minnesota this season, and four of them have been looked at as the go-to goaltender for stretches of the season. Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding, who have split time over the past few seasons, seemed to be the guys who we’d be seeing all season long. Early on, Harding saw the majority of minutes and even led the NHL in goaltending statistics. After injuries to both of these netminders, 23 year old Darcy Kuemper took over between the pipes. Kuemper had previously only played in eight games for the Wild, all last season. He played 26 games this season and did quite well in most of them, leading Wild fans to be-

lieve he would be the guy to lead us through the postseason. However, before the trade deadline the Wild acquired veteran goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov from the Edmonton Oilers for draft picks, and he has since taken over. Since coming to Minnesota, Bryzgalov has posted a record of 7-1-3 with a 2.12 goals against average, leading the Wild to the top wild card spot in the playoffs. With the top wildcard spot, Minnesota drew a pretty tough first round opponent in the Colorado Avalanche. The Avalanche were a perfect 18-0 in their first 18 games of the season, essentially locking up a playoff spot unless the rest of their season went horrendously wrong. It was a drastic change after they finished second to last in the NHL during 2012-2013. Under first year head coach Patrick Roy, the Avs finished the regular season as Central Division champions and second in the NHL with a record of 52-22-8 and 112 points. These two teams faced five times this winter with Colorado going 4-0-1 against Minnesota. With the success the Avalanche has had this season, they are a legitimate Stanley Cup contender. Similar to Minnesota, Colorado has a mix of veterans and youngsters leading the way for them. Leading scorer Matt

ing, their goaltending hasn’t been quite as good. Semyon Varlamov has been decent in goal for the Avs but not outstanding. He collected a 2.41 goals against average over the season, leading his team as the 15th best defensive team in the NHL, while the Wild are the 7th best defensive team. Still, both of these teams have something worth fighting for. Colorado has won two Stanley Cups in their franchise’s history, but haven’t won the Cup since 2001. Minnesota has never won the Stanley Cup, the closest being in the 1991 Finals when the Minnesota North Stars lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins. In what is referred to as “The State of Hockey”, Minnesota fans want the cup, and they want it soon. After last year’s first round bow out, the Wild look to make a deeper run this season when they start the seven game series tonight in Denver.

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Spring sports update: outdoor track starts, tennis enters postseason, golf team hot LUCAS RYAN Staff Writer

The Minnesota State men’s track and field team isa ranked n 14th in Division II Track and nField after several athletes post tqualifying marks over the week1end. e Jerrell Hancock was named ethis week’s NSIC Track Athlete eof the Week. Jerrell Hancock hautomatically qualified for the h200-meter dash at the NCAA gChampionships after posting a time of 20.86 at the K.T. Wood-man Classic over the weekend. - Jerrell Hancock’s 200-meter pdash time ranks third in all of rDivision II. Hancock also posted ta provisional qualifying time in nthe 100-meter dash with a 10.32, twhich currently ranks sixth in nDivision II. e Senior Chris Reed continues this impressive season with a second place finish in the Hamdmer throw and a third-place fineish in the discus. Reed broke his nown school record with a toss of s198’ in the hammer throw, which meets the Division II provisional-qualifying standard. Freshman Myles Hunter also provisionally qualified for the 110-meter hurdles after earning fourth place with a time of 14.34, while junior Khalil Jor’dan provisionally qualified in the triple jump. Several Mavericks began competition at the Emporia State Multi Thursday in Emporia, KS, including Nathan Hancock. Nathan Hancock earned fifthplace in the decathlon with 6,179 points, despite posting no height in the pole vault. Nathan Hancock set personal

best record’s in the 110-meter with a time of 15.86 and in the 1,500-meter with a time of 4:53.98. Nathan Hancock led after the first day of competition, but dropped to fifth after the pole vault. The Minnesota State women’s track and field team had several top finishes at the Lee Krough Invitational hosted by Gustavus Adolphus College over the weekend. The Mavericks earned the top four spots in the pole vault led by Junior Bryanna Sudman in first and freshman Nicole Larson in second. Both cleared 11’ 9 ¾” meeting the provisionalqualifying standard. Freshman Grady Keding finished in third and freshman Paige Clements earned fourth. Junior Bonnie Pickford earned first place in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:00.80, while junior Halee Peterson earned the top spot in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:54.82. Freshman Jena Heidman finished in second place in the long jump after leaping 16’ 5 ¼”. MSU men and women’s track teams will send a group of athletes to take part in the Cal State Los Angeles Twilight Open on Thursday and the Mt. SAC Relays and Beach Invitational on Friday and Saturday in California. The rest of the team will compete at the Carleton Relays Saturday in Northfield. The Minnesota State men and women’s golf teams are playing some of their best golf in the final portion of their seasons. The men’s team finished the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championship tied

for second place after the final round of the tournament was cancelled Sunday due to the weather at Tiburon Golf Course in Lake City. The Mavericks were led by a second-place finish from junior Ross Miller. Miller posted a three-round total of sixover par (222), just three strokes behind the winner Tyler Koivitso of St. Cloud State. The Mavericks finished the ten-team tournament in a twoway tie for third place. MSU and Concordia-St. Paul posted a total of 920 strokes, 30 strokes behind the winners St. Cloud State. The men will wrap up their season at the Bobby Krig Invitational Monday at LeSueur County Club and Tuesday at Sand Creek Golf Course. The MSU women earned third place at the Augustana Spring Invitational after the tournament was cut short due to the weather Sunday in Sioux Falls, S.D. The Mavericks combined for a one-round total of 310 strokes, eight strokes behind first-place Augustana. Junior Dani Selberg and sophomore Kanya Sethasopobe led the MSU with fifth-place finishes after both posting a 76. Junior Tabitha Kunsttied finished in ninth place with a 77. The Mavericks will play the final two rounds of the NSIC Championship beginning Saturday April 26 at Dakota Ridge Golf Course in Morton, Minn. The Minnesota State women’s tennis team are set to take on the No. 1 seed Augustana in the opening round of the Northern Sun Intercoligate Conference Tournament Saturday April 26 in Minnetonka. The Mavericks concluded

Photo Courtesy of Minnesota State Athletics The women’s tennis team takes on Augustana in the first round of the NSIC tournament on April 26.

their regular season with an 8-1 win over Bemidji State Sunday April 6. The win improved the Mavericks to 5-16 overall and 4-7 in the NSIC. No. 30 Augustana Finished the season 21-1 overall and 11-0 in the conference, including a 9-0 sweep of the Mavericks ear-

lier this season. If MSU defeats the Vikings, the Mavericks would take on the winner of the dual between Upper Iowa and Winona State on Sunday April 27. The winner of the tournament will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA central Region Tournament.


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Another season that didn’t go their way The Minnesota Timberwolves finished their season 40-42. LUKE CARLSON Staff Writer After last night’s 136-130 loss to a subpar Utah Jazz team, the Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman may be ready to walk off the court for the very last time. And after 1,042 career victories in over 25 years of coaching in the NBA that will most likely lead him to a spot in the Basketball Hall of Fame, who can blame him? Last night, the longtime NBA head coach and his Timberwolves hope to finish the 201314 season with their 42nd loss, which would put them at 40-42 on the year and give them their ninth straight season with a losing record and the tenth consecutive season when it ends at 82 games. But preceding tonight’s game, it has been a season of constant frustration for a Timberwolves

team that just never got the ball rolling enough to vie for playoff contention. The “coaching lifer,” as San Antonio Spurs head coach Greg Popovich describes Adelman, has not been able to come up with the right answers for a team that has talent but is still flawed. The Timberwolves have disappointed in their show of competitiveness. Minnesota did improve on their last few seasons to return to some relevance, but still appeared lackluster, posting a 7-8 record in divisional play, a 23-28 record in the conference, and a 16-25 record on the road. The frustrations of this year’s squad was culminated in not just another year of missing the postseason, but also in a franchise that now sits perilously close to losing Adelman, the faith of its fans and the gifts of its superstar player – power forward Kevin Love.

Love has two years remaining on his four-year, $60 million dollar deal that he signed in 2012, but has the option of opting out of the final year of the contract due to a clause that he and the team agreed to when the contract was signed. So instead of having Love locked down for the next two years, the Timberwolves might have to deal with the very real possibility of Love leaving after next season if he feels the Timberwolves are no longer competitive. One possible destination outside of Minnesota for Love is in his home state with the Los Angeles Lakers. Love has tried all he can to lead his team to relevance. But just like the offseason to come, this season has been one full of turmoil and inconsistency. In a Northwest Division that includes supremely talented teams such as the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Portland Trail Blazers, as well as a very competitive Western Conference to boot, it’s not like the road to the playoffs was paved with shiny yellow bricks. Nonetheless, the Timberwolves often failed to pull out victories even with a starting lineup that features the likes of Love, point guard and assist-stud Ricky Rubio, and stalwart center Nikola Pekovic. Love had yet another career year, posting 26.2 points and 12.5 rebounds per game in 76 appearances. That adds to a resume that includes three appear-

ances in the All Star game, the record for consecutive games recording double-doubles and a gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Shooting guard Kevin Martin follows Love with 18.8 points per game while Rubio has led Minnesota in the assists and steals category with 8.6 and 2.3 per game, respectively. Big bad Pekovic has contributed 17.4 points and 8.7 rebounds per game on

the year. If Adelman does decide to hang up the whistle, it will be up to the Timberwolves management to find a suitable replacement; maybe a younger coach who can light a fire under the Timberwolves’ behinds. Either way, the talent on this team is ripe for grooming. And with a solid draft to back it up, Minnesota may yet again be contenders in next year’s campaign.




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