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A Minnesota State University Student Association conference held April 13-15 gave two Minnesota State University, Mankato students the opportunity to serve the state for the 201213 academic year. Current Vice President of Minnesota State Student Association Moriah Miles was elected as the state chair for MSUSA. Matt Lindquist, a College of Business Senator, was also appointed as the MSUSA treasurer. Miles and Lindquist were elected at the statewide conference in Brainerd. MSU students now fill two-thirds of the state officer positions. Dea Price of Metropolitan State University was elected as the board’s vice chair. This is the second year in a row that two MSUSA officers were from MSU. Currently, Nikki Sabby is serving as vice chair while Tyler Ulferts is the treasurer. Sabby previously served as the MSUSA treasurer during 2010-11. According to Ulferts, more than half of the elected positions for MSUSA have been held by MSU students in the past three years. “I give a lot of credit to the University. When we go to these conferences, there seem to be a lot of issues that all these universities have,” Ulferts said. “We have a lot of issues of our own, but I think it’s how our students approach it. We talk about how we are going to fix [the issues] and go beyond that and improve our University.” Ulferts said that this attitude is unique among many MSUSA delegates from other universities. “They have issues that they just don’t think they can fix and they’re just complaining,” Ulferts said. “I think we have a lot more positive attitude about the University as a whole.” MSUSA represents more than 75,000 students, working on the local, state and federal levels with the Minnesota Legislature and Congress to represent students in the seven state universities. “My own personal goals were to try to find creative directions to take [MSUSA]. Not a lot of students know about it,” Ulferts said. “Just try to think of new fresh things to get the staff energized, because they have

moral issues and just bring it to the students.” Miles is an international relations major from Sioux Falls, S.D. She will be the chief spokesperson for the MSUSA before the Student Advisory Council of the Office of Higher Education and the MnSCU Board of Trustees. Miles hopes to serve MSUSA by striving to “reach new peaks of success” in the final year of its strategic plan, as written in her nomination letter. “Respectfully pushing the envelope has been a practice that has brought about significant changes in our time and a practice that I believe will be very valuable over this next year,” she said. Ulferts had only positive comments to make on Miles’ ability to serve as the Chair. “She has the work ethic, the go-for-it attitude, the peppiness,” Ulferts said. “She’ll do awesome.” Lindquist, a finance major, will be responsible for overseeing the organizations $742,000 annual budget and produce the yearly audit. “I’m the lead signature on all the checks,” Ulferts said. “I’m responsible for keeping track of all the finances throughout the year.” Ulferts said that the biggest duty of the job is preparing next year’s budget. He travels to the office in St. Paul at least once a week, and he also puts in roughly eight hours per week outside of the office. He stressed that the chair and vice chair positions have to put in much more time than he did. Ulferts believes that Lindquist has what it takes to take over his position and succeed. “Lindquist is energetic. He’s young. He’s very, very interested in this stuff,” Ulferts said. Lindquist said that in preparation for the position, he sought advice from MSU Vice President of Finance and Administration Rick Straka. “I talked for over an hour about budget planning and he told me not to worry,” Lindquist said. “He said bigger budgets have more line items for revenue and expenses but the major difference is more zeros. He eased my mind instantly.” As the treasurer, Lindquist expressed an interest in direction more

archive • msu reporter Matthew Lindquist and Moriah Miles were appointed last weekend to executive positions for MSUSA, an organization which represents 75,000 students on the six four-year university campuses in Minnesota.

funds to raising student involvement and awareness in legislative lobbying and MSUSA’s dedication to keeping tuition rates down for students who attend the seven MnSCU universities. Ulferts said MSUSA is a great organization for students interested in learning how higher education works. “I encourage students to go out get involved. It’s a really fun organization. The conferences are a really good time and you learn a lot about how higher education works from the top,”

Ulferts said. Ulferts said that having fun and learning how to have difficult conversations will be key for Miles’ and Lindquist’s time serving on the MSUSA board. “If you’re not having fun doing it, you’re not going to want to go to the office,” Ulferts said. “[Miles] is going to get to go talk to congressmen and lobby to the Governor and that stuff is probably going to be stressful.” In addition to elections for statewide positions at

last weekend’s MSUSA conference, decisions were made about the constitution bylaws and core lobbying goals. Ulferts said that next year MSUSA plans to lobby for the ability of graduate student’s to access subsidized Stafford Student Loans, lower textbook prices, the Voter ID bill as it could limit student’s ability to vote in elections and extending the eligibility of Pell Grants.

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First system-wide conference of undergraduate research MEGAN KADLEC

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On Monday, representatives from six different Universities across the state will travel to Minnesota State University, Mankato in order to participate in the MnSCU Undergraduate Research Conference of Scholarly and Creative Activity. The first conference of its kind, more than 180 students from Winona State University, St. Cloud State University, Metropolitan State University, Minnesota State University, Moorhead and Southwest Minnesota State University will be presenting more than 120 projects. “The purpose is to unite the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and provide an opportunity for all MnSCU undergraduates to present their research,” said Undergraduate Research Center Director Marilyn Hart. “In addition, that means we’re going to build connections with our sister universities and celebrate undergraduate research.” All involved universities have well-defined undergraduate research programs, though, according to Hart, some campuses have a more defined presence than others. The event will start with opening remarks from MSU President Richard Davenport and MnSCU Vice Chancellor Doug Knowlton. At 11:30 a.m., there will be a celebratory lunch featuring a keynote address from Anne Blackhurst, provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs at Minnesota State University, Moorhead. Blackhurst previously worked as the acting Vice President of Academic Affairs at MSU. “This was her baby. This was her idea two years ago, and we’re running with it,” Hart said. “It’s fitting that Anne is the keynote speaker for the luncheon. I’m thrilled that she’s coming.” There will be poster sessions where students present for up to an hour and a half

and answer questions about their projects as well as oral sessions organized by discipline. All participants in the system-wide conference also presented their projects at the 14th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium April 9. More than 270 students and 83 faculty members from MSU presented at the symposium. “When students submitted their abstracts to present for our symposium, they were also asked if they wanted to be considered for this [system-wide] conference,” Hart said. The system-wide conference is much more competitive, with fewer presentations from multiple universities. However, unlike other conferences of similar nature, there will not be awards given at the system-wide conference. Rather, judges will give students feedback on their projects, encouraging students to celebrate undergraduate research rather than competing against each other. “The judges are going to be providing helpful comments and suggestions which are going to be given to the students,” Hart said. “I think it’s very valuable.” Hart said that her goals included working on connecting and networking with individuals at other universities across the state. “We’re reaching out and building pipelines and building relationships with other campuses,” Hart said. “That will strengthen us overall.” While Hart admitted to planning the event throughout last summer and this academic year, she was quick to state that she couldn’t have done it without the help of coordinators from other schools. “It was the vision of administration and the Undergraduate Research Council,” Hart said. “Many, many people contributed to [the conference].” Hart said that the planning for this event provided challenges she hadn’t had to face in the past.

“There are many things that I don’t consider routinely,” Hart said. “Many aspects of this conference planning are unique to this in terms of what I have done before.” Planning for an event bringing together individuals across Minnesota provided a challenge as Hart had to coordinate hotels, transportation and parking, aspects missing from events that feature work from MSU exclusively. The Undergraduate Research Center provides students with information about research grants, advice for finding a faculty mentor, and information on summer internships and peer reviewed journals. Cindra Kamphoff, a professor of sport and exercise psychology said that the center facilitates everything regarding undergraduate research at MSU. “I think [undergraduate research] can launch your life. I’ve been mentoring undergraduate students who have been getting involved in research,” Kamphoff said. Kamphoff was the coordinator of this year’s symposium, and thus has a position on the Undergraduate Research Council, a group that chose projects to be presented at the system-wide conference Monday. The council is comprised of two faculty members from every college at MSU as well as two student representatives and past coordinators of conferences dedicated to the showcase of undergraduate research. “They’re my right hand,” Hart said. “A leader is only as good as the team. They’re involved in every aspect of [undergraduate research].” MSU will host the conference again next year. After the 2013 conference, Hart hopes to have a two-year rotation of the conference among the conference. “It’s not our conference, it’s everyone’s conference,” Hart said.

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Annual leadership awards announced ALLISON MATTHEWS

staff writer Minnesota State University, Mankato students and student organizations were honored for contributions and leadership Sunday at the Leadership Awards 2012 ceremony in the Centennial Student Union. Each year, the CSU Student Activities Office awards students and student organizations that give a lasting impact on the MSU and Mankato community. This year, Matt Lexcen and Sara DeBoer received the Outstanding Collegian Award, which honors students who exude the ideals of MSU. Lexcen, who is the Minnesota State Student Association President, is graduating May 5 after a long journey of leadership at MSU. Lexcen works actively with his fraternity, Sigma Nu, along with previously acting as the campus coordinator for Minnesota State University Student Association. Now, after years of school, Lexcen finds his journey to be

bittersweet. The speech communications major says that the award is the second to last stop before the pinnacle: graduation. “Now, I generally think awards are what they are: pieces of paper or plaques with writing on them, Lexcen said. “But the Collegian award was actually pretty big for me. Not really because of the physical award, but more so that I had set the attainment as a benchmark.” As the IMPACT President, DeBoer, a math major, has worked with the organization for five years. DeBoer said she was in shock when she received the Outstanding Collegian Award. But after the initial shock, DeBoer said it was an honor to be given the award. Minnesota State Student Association Vice President Moriah Miles received the Strength and Service Award due to her active work on student senate along with her part in planning the Arrowhead Model United Nations conference. Next year,

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Provost VP for Academic and Student Affairs Scott beginning of Earth Day Olson considered for assistant news editor Winona presidency It may be hard for our ELISE KONERZA

generation to imagine a sky not blue, but instead hazed by gray and black smoke amassed from large industries. Earth Day is considered to be the anniversary of what many consider the birthday of an environmental movement that eventually groomed the planet to a healthier state. Embraced by the hippie and flower child culture, the 70s brought about many monumental dates and events that went down in history. For instance, the death of Jimi Hendrix, the last Beatles album and the raging Vietnam War that was opposed nationwide by many college students. Protests were vital and active everywhere. With so much going on in the world, saving the planet was the last thing to come to mind – being it not a tactical impact or issue. Until further study and research was produced to identify the harmful effects of Americans breathing in fumes of leaded gas from massive V8 vehicles – the environment took a cold shoulder. Industries paid little attention to the legal consequences and bad press that may result. As a matter of fact, air pollution was commonly viewed as a sign of prosperity to many big industry markets, which reflected upon American consumers. Silent Spring, sprung about


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• web photo This 1962 book gave rise to an environmental approach to politics.

magnificent awareness. Author, Rachel Carson’s book eventually became a New York Time’s bestseller with more than 500,000 copies in 24 countries and up. Readers were convinced and created a genuine concern for the environment and public health. Silent Spring generated the most public awareness and environmental concern to initiate some sort of movement. Earth Day hoped to channel the anger and anti-war emotions and eventually put environmental concerns to the

forefront. Founder, Gaylord Nelson, a United States Senator from Wisconsin, witnessed the massive 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbra, Cali. Nelson infused the anti-war energy to create public interest in pollution so that eventually the environment could be put on the national political agenda. Nelson constructed a team to create a “national teachin on the environment.” The 85-member team promoted environmental events across the nation, creating a strong

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Minnesota State University, Mankato’s provost Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, and Professor of Communication Studies is one of the three finalists up in the search for a new university president at Winona State University. Olson came to MSU in 2003 and has served the University well in those 11 years. He’s served as an interim vice chancellor for academic and student affairs for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities; acting president of Minnesota State University, Mankato; dean of the College of Communications; Information and media at Ball State University in Indiana; associate and assistant to the dean of Arts and Sciences, director of graduate studies in the Department of Communication; and professor at Central Connecticut State University. Olson has clearly built upon a strong foundation as a leader for college students nationwide. Olson has attained a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, and a Ph. D from Northwestern University in Illinois. Among the other candidates, is Anne Huot, the

provost of academic affairs and professor of the State University of New York’s Brockport campus, as well as Jim Spectar – the president of the University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown. Candidates were recommended by a national search advisory committee compiled of students, faculty, staff and community leaders and chaired by Earl Potter, the president of St. Cloud State University. Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system announced Monday that three semifinalists are under consideration to become WSU’s new president. MnSCU Board of Trustees is expected to act on Chancellor Steven Rosenstone’s recommendation on a final candidate at the meeting on May 16. The new president will begin the position July 1, according to the Mankato Free Press. On August 15, WSU’s president Judith A. Ramaley announced her decision to step down from presidency at the end of the 2011-2012 academic year. This will be the University’s 15th president. MSU wishes Olson good luck on his prospective missions.

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With the school year winding down and my college career slowly coming to an end, this is one of the last articles that I will write in this lovely paper. Either you’re super happy about this, or a little depressed... I’m just going to imagine you’re depressed. Enough with the sentimental junk, let’s get into the randomness:

1.) Clete Thomas: The Man, The Myth, The Player You’ve Never Heard Of

Clete Thomas is a 28-yearold outfielder who wears one batting glove. The Twins picked up Thomas off waivers, which resulted in them demoting Ben Revere. My first thought? Are you freaking kidding me? We just sent down one of our top prospects for a guy named Clete? What the hell is going on here? Then I saw Clete. No offense to the name Clete, but, well, he looks like a Clete. Since the Twins have picked good old Clete up, he’s hit .333,

with one home run and four RBIs. Maybe the Twins and their scouts know what they are doing after all... Or maybe this just proves the fact that the talent that we have on our team isn’t very good. I mean, if Clete can just walk right in, insert himself in the heart of the line-up and hit bombs to right field at Target Field (you know, something that Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer haven’t been able to do), isn’t it likely that there are other guys that could do the same? In Clete we trust. Someone get me a link to buy his jersey. No, I don’t want “THOMAS” on the back. I want it to read “CLETE.”

(yes, you just read 10 numbers there). Last week, the same movie was re-released in theaters, but this time in 3D. So far, the film has made more than $15 million at the box office. What the hell is going on here? I saw this movie 15 years ago and my parents made me close my eyes when “Rose” stripped down. Little do they know, I was peaking through the covers. I became a man that

2.) Why Would I Pay $14 To Watch A Movie That I Can See On TNT Every Weekend? The film Titanic was released in 1997. James Cameron directed it and up-and-coming actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet were the stars. It was released Dec. 19, 1997 and made $2,056,912,941

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night. Side-note: How was this film able to avoid the rated R label? I’m confused. I can watch this movie anytime I want. I can rent it, buy it or watch it on TNT when it replays for the 40th time on the anniversary of when the real Titanic going down. Why would I pay $25 for oversized glasses, overpriced popcorn and a chance to sit by kids who think this is the first release of the movie? “OMG, Leo looks so young!” Well, whatever makes money, I suppose. P.S. If anyone wants to go to this with me, I’m game. Bring the tissues. I’ll never let go, Jack. 3.) I’m Sick Of Adele. She Doesn’t Influence Me. CNN released its list of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.” Before reading this, realize that I’m a single, sports loving, video game playing nerd.

There’s no way around it. I don’t know who makes this list, but how in the world did Jeremy Lin, Tim Tebow and Adele make this list? When I think of the word “influence,” I think big. Like, influencing me to be a better person, influencing me to go to church or influencing me to make better financial decisions. Lin influences me to pick him up on my fantasy basketball team. Tebow influences me to never watch him play quarterback again. And Adele influences me to sing really loud in my car and pray to Tebow that nobody is watching. I think as a society, we need to raise our standards to what exactly influences us in our everyday life. If athletes and singers are at the top of this list, I think something is wrong. As always, thanks for reading. Enjoy your weekend. You can follow Kyle on Twitter @Kyle_Ratke or email him

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How to not waste Preparing for the your Earth Day Real MADELINE GREENE | staff writer


Questioning Yourself

• web photo April 22 marks the anniversary of the birth of Earth Day, a day where citizens of the Earth show appreciation to what they call home. ELISE KONERZA

assistant news editor In 2011, more than 2 billion people around the world joined in on the Earth Day movement by turning off their lights and appliances for one hour. While reducing the amount of electricity consumption for a minimal period of time is effective in reducing our carbon footprint, does it really impact the earth? Consumption is a natural act of life. However, wasteful and greedy consumption is what is causing all of the concern and damage to the planet. Looking at Earth Day as a “celebration” is cause for people to generate galas or parties. But what exactly are we celebrating? This is just cause for more garbage and pollution. Greenhouse gases are increased as people drive to said celebrations. These celebrations create a greater carbon footprint for the day then our positive actions can counter. There are simple things we can do in our own homes to change our consumption habits. While shopping, try to purchase items with less packaging, like they say, “less is more.” As we are rapidly adapting to a world of technology it’s easy to adapt to something that is both convenient with an added bonus of being eco-friendly. Vitalizing paperless technology, e-readers, nooks and tablets is a great way to ditch the paperbacks taking up room in your backpack. Adopt a chemical free lifestyle at home. Whether it is switching cleaning supplies or deciding to purchase only organic foods – you can slowly be converted. Sometimes the cost of an organic item is a little more, but outweighing

the costs of a polluted planet must be a value instilled in our minds when thinking about the future and heavy consumption use around the world today. Or if you still prefer the musty smell of an old or new book, consider planting a new tree for every book you read. “Going organic is great for the environment because they do not use pesticides in the soil, which means less polluted groundwater and soil,” Brianna McLaughlin, a sophomore studying dietetics at MSU said. “If you get locally grown food you are also helping the planet by saving fuel that it would take to transport food all across the states.” The weather is slowly warming up and that means fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables are right around the corner. The Mankato farmer’s market is a great place to purchase locally grown food, which will eliminate the need for fuel-guzzling transportation. Plastic bags from grocery stores end up as litter and end up killing thousands of marine mammals every year. The mammals mistake the f loating bags for food. Plastics bags also end up buried in landfills that take ultimately up to 1,000 years to break down, and in the process breaks down into smaller particles that contaminate soil and water. Paper bag carry their own set of environmental problems while many people believe that they are better. The American Forest and Paper Association concluded in 1999 that in the United States alone, approximately 10 billion paper grocery bags were used – which you can imagine amounts to a lot of trees. Instead, opt for reusable cloth bags that are sold typically for $1, just remember

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Here it is. You’ve spent the semester preparing for the real world by getting involved, working on your resume and other application materials, perfecting your interview outfit and applying for every job and internship known to man. The hours you’ve waited by the phone, the number of times you’ve refreshed your email and the double and triple checking of every online application has led you here. The phone rings, you get the email and your application has been accepted. You’ve landed your dream job or at least a job that can be a stepping-stone to your dream job that won’t necessarily leave you broke for the next three to five years. You’ve done it… Now what? Before you accept the position, it is important that you look at all the facts and fine print in order to ensure it is the right position for you. I’m not necessarily telling you to be picky, but I do think it is important to truly understand what you are getting yourself in to. When looking over the job description, hours and wage make sure you aren’t settling just because this is the first job you’ve been offered. I know

that sometimes you just want to take the position because you are afraid that nothing else will come along. But if you are really unhappy in this position and quit after a short period of time… wouldn’t it be easier to not start the job at all? Go over the expectations the employer will have of you right away so that you know exactly what you need to do. Check the hours you will work and ask ahead of time if extra hours will be needed so that you can plan ahead for the possibility of overtime. Ask about the final wage and when the opportunity for a raise will be. Make sure you are going to get paid enough to survive. If you feel as if the position deserves more than what they are offering, express your concern in a manner that shows your curiosity. Another thing to ask is whether or not there is the possibility for growth within the company. If you start in an entry-level position and there is no possibility for you to move up in the company, shouldn’t that be a red flag? Check with the employer about items you will need to purchase for the job such as a computer or cell phone. These things are good to get out of the way as soon as possible. Dress code is another hot topic and if you ask right away, you won’t have to risk coming in wear-

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ing something inappropriate or uncomfortable. Knowing what to wear is going to be key in ensuring that you start the job off right. Also knowing about breaks and lunch hour may ease some stress of the first day. Once you’ve gone over all of these items and any others you think of, think through your decision. Jobs are important and take up a lot of the time in our lives. If you aren’t happy then what is the point. Be sure to find something you actually enjoying doing. 
Here are a few tips before your first day: Take the route you are planning to take to work at the time you would normally do it. Knowing what traffic is like is important to be sure that you aren’t late. Buy a notebook and/or planner. Having something to write your appointments in and a notebook to take notes or jot down ideas can be crucial to so many jobs. Make your office/ cubical your own. Add a few photographs and personal items. I’m not saying go crazy and paint your office pink but if you are comfortable in your space then you will do better work. See you next week, Mavericks. Until then, accept jobs that make you happy and do what is best for you. Down the road, it’ll be more important that you are happy rather than rich. I promise.

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Redefining gender

web editor Equality and self-awareness were the subject of discussion in the CSU Ballroom Tuesday night, as self-proclaimed “Gender Outlaw” Kate Bornstein spoke as a guest of the Carol Ortman Perkins Lecture Series. Bornstein acted every bit the part of that “outlaw” moniker on stage. While hundreds of people filed into their seats and the ballroom’s projectors ran slides of images ranging from catchy gender-related slogans and quotes to a picture of Bornstein face down on a bed with no clothes on, Bornstein casually bounced in her chair on stage, dragging on an e-cigarette and letting the vapor curl around her tattooed arms, all while singing along to a punk rock cover of Cole Porter’s “Let’s Fall in Love.” And though the title of her talk was “World Peace,” the lofty subject matter did nothing to detract from the speaker’s sense of humor. 
“The title of this is ‘World Peace,’” Bornstein said, “because I always wanted to be a beauty queen, and that’s what they’re supposed to wish for, right?” Bornstein emphasized the need for inclusiveness and a balanced approach to compassionate living, repeating the phrase “don’t be mean” throughout the night. “You do whatever it takes to make your life more worth living,” Bornstein said. Bornstein particularly decried the use of “binaries,” or the sort of “either/or” categorizing that can be reductive and exclude people who don’t fall into simple one-or-the-other labels. “When binaries break open, there’s chaos,” she said. “I learned that the day I stopped calling myself ‘not a man’ or ‘not a woman.’” Bornstein also called people who make either/or distinctions “bullies.” The noted author and speaker

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christian hagen • msu reporter Kate Bornstein was brought to MSU as part of the annual Carol Ortman Perkins lectureship. CHRISTIAN HAGEN

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has many books to her credit, including Gender Outlaw, My Gender Workbook, and her newest work A Queer and Present Danger, a memoir. 
While Bornstein did not spend much time Tuesday night relaying her personal history, outside of off-handed references to being a male Scientologist before becoming a woman and then doing away with those terms altogether, Bornstein did spend a great deal of time explaining why she believes gender identities can be very problematic. “Gender is a system that gives us rules,” she said. She noted that the three areas that she believes make life worth living (identity, desire, and power) are hindered or “regulated” by gender. How can a person combat gender and other categorizations that threaten the things that make life worth living, in her opinion? According to Bornstein, it comes down to Gender Anarchy and Sexual Positivity, or GASP. GASP is essentially a system by which a person lives according to their own labels, and not anyone else’s, and treats sex as a good thing. This, Bornstein explained, is not a moral code, but rather a code of values. “I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with morals,” Bornstein said. “You just don’t need them all the time.” The lecture was followed by a short Q&A that saw many tearful confessions from students revealing how much Bornstein had affected their lives. One person, in particular, credited Bornstein’s work with the “It Gets Better” campaign for gay teens as well as her book Hello, Cruel World with helping to dissuade him from suicide. Afterwards, the crowd was greeted with a foyer of smiling faces. As Rasmus Knobbe, a junior IT student who came to the lecture for course credit, said, “It was interesting. ‘Don’t be mean’ is one of the best mantras I’ve heard at one of these things.”

presence in the minds of citizens living in an obstructed and polluted world. On April 22, millions of Americans took to the streets, parks, auditoriums and anywhere in the general public to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment. The coast-to-coast rallies shaped inspiration among friends, neighbors and politician to take action. Groups found unison in values they were fighting for whether it was oil spills, pollution factories, power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, loss of wilderness or extinction of wildlife. Earth Day aligned political support from Republicans and Democrats, farmers and city dwellers and the wealthy and the poor. It was not an issue that impacted just one group of people, but rather all of the citizens of the world. Creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act

and Endangered Species Act were just a few of the steps political leaders initiated to make a change. Earth Day eventually globalized to 200 million people in 141 countries. In 1990, Earth Day gave a big boost to recycling efforts and is still heavily emphasized today. President Bill Clinton awarded Nelson the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1995. This is the highest honor that can be given to the civilians of the United States. Earth Day wanted to focus its efforts on global warming with a push for clean energy. With the use of the Internet to organize activists, it was concluded that people wanted quick and decisive action on clean energy in the pursuit for a healthier world. The message was made known to world leaders. The 40th anniversary of Earth Day, 2010, was considered to be a great challenge for the environmental community.

Due to negative comments from climate change deniers, oil lobbyists, quiet politicians and a disinterested public it was a challenge to reach out to a passive public. Yet, the Earth Day Network rallied with 225,000 people at the National Mall, amassed 40 million environmental service actions adding to the goals of A Billion Acts of Green, and launched a one million tree planting initiative with the director of Titanic and Avatar, James Cameron. The 42nd anniversary, 2012, plans to unite voices to motivate legislative leaders to take quicker action to intervene with unethical pollution practices. Many environmentalists believe that society owes great appreciation to the (what seemed to be then) outlandish protests of the hippie and flower child culture. Without their passion, our skies wouldn’t be able to blissfully illuminate each day.

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HOW NOT TO WASTE “Switching incandescent light bulbs to hybrid light bulbs in a home or office is an easy way to save energy.”

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to bring them along with you before you grocery shop! We see them everywhere on campus, Camelbak water bottles that is. For nearly $15 you can cut back on the mass waste of 40 billion single use plastic water bottles sold each year in the United States alone. More than 80 percent of those water bottles will end up being littered or trashed and not recycled. This is conducive to the fact that we have a substantial plastic garbage patch the size of Texas in the ocean. Just the manufacturing of these bottles requires more than 17 million barrels of oil, amounting to enough petroleum to power 620,000 automobiles a year, not including the transportation price to consumers. Touch base with your creative side and convert waste materials into new things that are functional or beautiful, or even better – both! There are many websites online that are dedicated solely to utilizing waste materials into new uses. Pinterest has many Do It Yourself projects relative to recycling old objects as well. Ditch the car! Plan a few minutes ahead of time before you leave for the day to walk, bike or ride the bus. The Green Transportation fee will make it much easier for students at MSU to do so. Switching incandescent light bulbs to hybrid light bulbs in a home or office is an easy way to save energy. Hybrid bulbs are expected to last longer and provide a

30 percent energy savings in comparison to incandescent bulbs. Reduce the use of phantom energy – phantom energy is relative to chargers, toasters or hair straighteners. Unplug appliances that are not being used will help to reduce your carbon footprint as well as your electricity bill, thus only complying as a win-win situation. And don’t forget to turn off all the lights in the house when leaving for the day. Yes, you may be busy – but is it really necessary for a vacant house to be illuminated eight hours out of the day? Probably not. When washing laundry, opt for the cold-water wash cycle option. This will save you about $60 a year. If you really have the time and want to conserve energy, instead of using the electric dryer, hang laundry outside on warm days. MSU will have its own Earth Day Celebration, Wednesday, May 2 at the Earley Center for Performing Arts. At 12 p.m. hot dogs and chips will be served and following, participants will be planting and cleaning up campus. “I have been wanting to pick up College Town for a while but I don’t even live there, but it’s sad,” Tice James an MSU student said, “Actions speak nothing without the motive.” What’re you doing on Earth Day 2012 to protect and appreciate the planet?

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Miles will serve as state chair for MSUSA. “I wouldn’t be where I am at if it wasn’t for the support of those I am surrounded by,” Miles said. “Your support system, team, network whatever you want to call it is important and I think that anyone who wins this award will know how important that community or the facilitation of that community really is.” Megan Rae was presented with the 2012 Leadership in Action Award. Rae, a graduate advisor in the Women’s Center and coordinator of the Peer Education Theatre Troupe, Rae was recognized for work that showed her commitment to diversity. Rae also directed the 2011 and 2012 productions of The Vagina Monologues at MSU. “I couldn’t have made the impact I did without the students who supported my programs and dedicated their time and energy to raising awareness for sexual assault,” Rae said. The Scott Hagebak Centennial Student Union Hall of Fame Award honors students and staff who help to fulfill the CSU mission of making the space more welcoming as a community hub for MSU. Francis Goettl was one of the four recipients due to his 27 years as the building maintenance worker. Having just retired last month, Goettl said he was honored. Amy Chin, served as building manager for six years as student staff, also got

archive • msu reporter Matt Lexcen, President for the 79th MSSA, won the Outstanding Collegian Award at a Sunday ceremony.

the CSU Hall of Fame Award. Sam Glubka worked as the CSU student graphic along with the student activities student staff and Erika Masias, CSU board member and CSU Communications intern collected Hall of Fame Awards as well. The Leadership Awards also recognizes student organizations. This year, The ChicanoLatin American Student Association landed the Oustanding Registered Student Organization Award. The group contributed to many 2011 Homecoming activities and continuing programming of student events. The Muslim Student Association took home the Service Program of the Year Award for its

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‘American bandstand’ host Dick Clark dead at 82 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dick Clark stood as an avatar of rock ‘n’ roll virtually from its birth and, until his death Wednesday at age 82, as a cultural touchstone for boomers and their grandkids alike. His identity as “the world’s oldest teenager” became strained in recent years, as time and infirmity caught up with his enduring boyishness. But he owned New Year’s Eve after four decades hosting his annual telecast on ABC from Times Square. And as a producer and entertainment entrepreneur, he was a media titan: his Dick Clark Productions supplied movies, game shows, beauty contests and more to TV, and, for a time in the 1980s, he boasted programs on all three networks. Equally comfortable chatting about music with Sam Cooke or bantering with Ed McMahon on “TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes,” Clark had shows on all three networks for a time in the 1980s and was listed among the Forbes 400 of wealthiest Americans. Clark, who died of a heart attack Wednesday at a Santa Monica hospital, also was part of radio as partner in the United Stations Radio Network, which provided programs — including Clark’s — to thousands of stations. “There’s hardly any segment of the population that doesn’t see what I do,” Clark told The Associated Press in a 1985 interview. “It can be embarrassing. People come up to me and say, ‘I love your show,’ and I have no idea which one they’re talking about.” One of his later TV projects, “American Dreams,” served as a fitting weekly tribute to Clark’s impact. Airing from 2002 to 2005, this NBC drama centered on a Philadelphia family in the early 1960s and, in particular, on 15-year-old Meg, who, through a quirk of fate, found her way onto the set of Clark’s teen dance show, “American Bandstand.” The nostalgic “American Dreams” depicted a musical revolution, which Clark so reassuringly helped usher in against the backdrop of a nation in turmoil. While never a hit, the series was embraced by older viewers as a warm souvenir of the era that spawned Clark, and as an affectionate history lesson for their children and grandchildren. President Barack Obama noted the nostalgia. “More important than his groundbreaking achievements was the way he made us feel — as young and vibrant and optimistic as he was,” Obama said in a statement. Clark bridged the rebellious new music scene and traditional show business. He defended pop artists and artistic freedom, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame said in an online biography of the 1993 inductee. He helped give black artists their due by playing original R&B recordings instead of cover versions by white performers, and

he condemned censorship. “It still wasn’t acceptable for them to dance with white kids, so the blacks just danced with each other. We were waiting for the explosion, but it never happened,” Clark told Pennsylvania Heritage Magazine in 1998. “The wonderful part about our decision to integrate then was that there were no repercussions, no reverberations, no battles at all — it just happened right there on a television screen in front of millions of people.” He joined “American Bandstand” in 1956 after Bob Horn, who’d been the host since its 1952 debut, was fired. Under Clark’s guidance, it went from a local Philadelphia show to a national phenomenon, introducing stars from Buddy Holly to Madonna. The original “Bandstand” was one of network TV’s longestrunning series as part of ABC’s daytime lineup from 1957 to 1987. “I played records, the kids danced, and America watched,” was how Clark once described the series’ simplicity. In his 1958 hit “Sweet Little Sixteen,” Chuck Berry sang that “they’ll be rocking on Bandstand, Philadelphia, P-A.” As a host, Clark had the smooth delivery of a seasoned radio announcer. As a producer, he had an ear for a hit record. He also knew how to make wary adults welcome this odd new breed of music in their homes. Clark endured accusations that he was in with the squares, with critic Lester Bangs defining Bandstand as “a leggily acceptable euphemism of the teenage experience.” In the 1985 interview, Clark acknowledged the complaints. “But I knew at the time that if we didn’t make the presentation to the older generation palatable, it could kill it. “So along with Little Richard and Chuck Berry and the Platters and the Crows and the Jayhawks ... the boys wore coats and ties and the girls combed their hair and they all looked like sweet little kids into a high school dance,” he said. Clark suffered a stroke in 2004 that affected his ability to speak and walk. That year he missed his annual appearance on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.” He returned the following year and, although his speech at times was difficult to understand, many praised his bravery, including other stroke victims. “I’m just thankful I’m still able to enjoy this once-a-year treat,” he told The Associated Press by email in December 2008 as another New Year’s Eve approached. Ryan Seacrest, who subsequently took over main hosting duties on the countdown show from Clark, said in a statement Wednesday that he was “deeply saddened.” “I idolized him from the start,” Seacrest said. “He was a remarkable host and businessman and left a rich legacy to television audiences around the world.” Record executive Clive Davis

called Clark “a true pioneer who revolutionized the way we listened to and consumed music. For me he ranks right up there with the giants of our business.” Clark was honored at the Emmy Awards in 2006, telling the crowd: “I have accomplished my childhood dream, to be in show business. Everybody should be so lucky to have their dreams come true. I’ve been truly blessed.” He was born Richard Wagstaff Clark in Mount Vernon, N.Y., in 1929. His father, Richard Augustus Clark, was a sales manager who worked in radio. Clark began his career in the mailroom of a Utica, N.Y., radio station in 1945. By age 26, he was a broadcasting veteran, with nine years’ experience on radio and TV stations in Syracuse and Utica, N.Y., and Philadelphia. He held a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University. While in Philadelphia, Clark befriended McMahon, who later credited Clark for introducing him to his future “Tonight Show” boss, Johnny Carson. When Michael Jackson died in June 2009, Clark recalled working with him since he was a child, adding, “of all the thousands of entertainers I have worked with, Michael was THE most outstand-

ing. Many have tried and will try to copy him, but his talent will never be matched.” Clark kept more than records spinning with his Dick Clark Productions. Its credits included the Academy of Country Music and Golden Globe awards; TV movies including the Emmy-winning “The Woman Who Willed a Miracle” (1984), the “$25,000 Pyramid” game show and the 1985 film “Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins.” Clark himself made a cameo on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and a dramatic appearance as a witness on the original “Perry Mason.” In 1974, at ABC’s request, Clark created the American Music Awards after the network lost the broadcast rights to the Grammy Awards. He was also an author, with “Dick Clark’s American Bandstand” and such self-help books as “Dick Clark’s Program for Success in Your Business and Personal Life” and “Looking Great, Staying Young.” His unchanging looks inspired a joke in “Peggy Sue Gets Married,” the 1986 comedy starring Kathleen Turner as an unhappy wife and mother transported back to 1960. Watching Clark on a black and

white TV set, she shakes her head in amazement, “Look at that man, he never ages.” Clark’s clean-cut image survived a music industry scandal. In 1960, during a congressional investigation of “payola” or bribery in the record and radio industry, Clark was called on to testify. He was cleared of any suspicions but was required by ABC to divest himself of record-company interests to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest. The demand cost him $8 million, Clark once estimated. His holdings included partial ownership of Swan Records, which later released the first U.S. version of the Beatles’ smash “She Loves You.” In 2004, Clark announced plans for a revamped version of “American Bandstand.” The show, produced with “American Idol” creator Simon Fuller, was to feature a host other than Clark. He was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1994 and served as spokesman for the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Clark, twice divorced, had a son, Richard Augustus II, with first wife Barbara Mallery and two children, Duane and Cindy, with second wife Loretta Martin. He married Kari Wigton in 1977.

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Sports Thursday, April 19, 2012



MSU enacts revenge on SCSU, extends shutout streak to six JOEY DENTON

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With four games left of the regular season and the conference tournament around the corner, there couldn’t be a better time for the Minnesota State, Mankato softball team to be playing its best softball of the season. The team has won 19 of its last 20 games, including a sweep over St. Cloud State on Tuesday. The Mavericks took the first game 2-0, out-hitting St. Cloud eight to one, then the Mavericks took game two by another 2-0 score to finish the double-header sweep. MSU head coach Lori Meyer was thrilled about beating the Huskies. “It was nice to be able to sweep them. They got us earlier in the season over at the Winona State Tournament,” Meyer said. This double-header was a great example of how this season has gone, with MSU combining great pitching and clutch hitting. “We had solid defense, very good pitching and we came through with key hits when we needed to,” Meyer said. The dynamic duo, pitchers Kendra Huettl and Courtney McKelvogue, came in and took care of business against the Huskies on Tuesday.

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Huettl pitched a one-hit complete game, with the hit coming from the first batter of the game. After that hit, she retired the next 20 batters, fanning 11 of them. McKelvogue took the mound for the second game and earned her 18th win of the season as well. In her completegame shutout, she only allowed three hits and struck out eight Huskies to finish the doubleheader. But it wasn’t just pitching that got them the sweep, the Mavericks had some clutch hits that drove in two runs in both games. In the first game, sophomore infielder Lindsay Erickson went 2-for-3 with two doubles, and one of those brought in the game-winning run in the third inning. In game two, junior infielder Abby Sonner scored the team’s first run on freshman catcher Chelsea Riordan’s single to leftfield. Due to injuries, the Mavericks have had to change up the lineup the last few games, but that hasn’t stopped them from coming away victorious, and Coach Meyer is impressed with her players’ ability to play many different positions and excel at them.

0 2 “The injuries we have had between fingers and quad strains and pulls, it’s been very critical to our success,” Meyer said. Between its practices last fall and its games this spring, the team has suffered five finger injuries that forced the players to miss game time. This weekend, the ninthranked Mavericks are playing host to the University of Mary and Northern State, who both come to Mankato. The 21-16 University of Mary Marauders are coming to Mankato with a 12-10 NSIC record and are currently sitting in sixth place in the NSIC standings. The 23-21 Northern State Wolves are bringing in a 12-8 conference record and are fifth in the conference. Both Mary and Northern are in the middle of the NSIC standings and they are trying to play at home to start the conference tournament. Assistant coach Kristie Wolcott knows they need to come out and play MSU softball. “We are going to have to come out and play MSU softball at the highest level to finish out the regular season and shannon rathmanner • msu reporter get us prepared for the confer- Mavericks sophomore catcher Lindsay Erickson went 3-for-6 with two ence tournament and possibly doubles and an RBI in Tuesday’s double-header sweep of St. Cloud. postseason,” Wolcott said. Erickson now has 18 doubles, two shy of the school record she set last season.


Mavericks salvage split with Augie thanks to Kuchenbecker’s late-inning heroics TIGE HUTCHESON

staff writer

It took them a little while to get going offensively, but better late than never. The Minnesota State, Mankato baseball team (13-3 NSIC, 25-7 overall) was unable to put up a run for 14 innings before managing an eighth-inning surge in game two, splitting Tuesday’s double-header by scores of 0-2 and 3-1 against the Augustana Vikings (16-6 NSIC, 21-12 overall) in Sioux Falls, S.D. Game one was a showdown on the mound, with Augustana’s Derek Hansen finishing just barely on top of MSU senior starter Ben Kincaid. Hansen pitched a complete game and gave up only four hits and two walks, frustrating the Mavericks at the plate and refusing to back down. The game was scoreless until shannon rathmanner • msu reporter Senior second baseman Matt Kuchenbecker’s two-run homer propelled the bottom of the seventh inning MSU to a 3-1 victory in Tuesday’s series finale against the Vikings. when Augustana’s Brian Voigt hit a walk-off two-run home run.

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Kincaid (4-1) took his first loss of the season despite pitching so well, recording seven strikeouts and refusing to give up a single base-on-balls. Junior centerfielder Lucas Skjefte and senior second baseman Matt Kuchenbecker (two hits apiece) led the offense. The offensive drought continued into game two. The Mavericks trailed 1-0 entering the eighth inning before Kuchenbecker finally broke the silence with a go-ahead two-run homer, tallying the first runs of the day for MSU and stealing the lead from Augie. The lead would be pushed to 3-1 later that inning on an RBI single by senior first baseman Matt Odegaard, and the Vikings were unable to respond. MSU senior Nick Sutherland (3-0) picked up the win after coming in to replace

3 1 sophomore Jason Hoppe in the bottom of the sixth. Fellow sophomore Tyler Ockuly (two hits and five walks allowed) made the start, but was replaced after stringing together a series of wild pitches in the fifth inning. Kuchenbecker again led MSU on offense, going 2-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored, while Skjefte also chipped in a run scored and two hits of his own. The Mavericks will return to the diamond this weekend with a four-game series against the Bemidji State Beavers. Offensively, the Beavers are led by a pair of junior utility players in Jaryd Marks and Logan Kalis. Marks leads the Beavers (entering Wednesday night’s double-header against

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NBA Commentary

Although they have entertained us, Wolves must part ways with their enigmas Lee Handel • sports editor

What a difference a year makes. At this time last year the Minnesota Timberwolves were putting the finishing touches on an NBA-worst 1765 record, they had the worst head coach in NBA history in Kurt Rambis and the only bright spot on the roster was 265-pound Kevin Love, who seemed to have reached his potential with averages of 20.2 points and a league-high 15.2 rebounds per game. As far as the local sporting landscape was concerned, the Wolves had a small cultlike following, but were still considered to be behind the Vikings, Twins and Wild in Minnesota fans’ hearts. At this time last year, the Twins were kicking off their 2010 AL Central title defense, Target Field was the hot ticket in town and you couldn’t look left or right without seeing somebody sporting Twins apparel. Once again, what a difference a year makes. First Spanish sensation Ricky Rubio made his glitzy arrival at MSP-International airport, then Arizona Wildcat beast Derrick Williams was drafted with the second overall pick just days later, bringing instant hope to the franchise. Rambis was finally canned after weeks of the move being inevitable, and T-Wolves General Manager David Kahn searched long and hard for months for the right head man for the team, ultimately landing his top choice in former Rockets boss Rick Adelman in mid-September.

The longer the lockout dragged on, the more the hype built for the Wolves. Everyone knew they would exceed last season’s 17 wins, but by how much? Rubio was a complete mystery. Would he be a savior or a bust? That question was answered the very first week of the season, as Rubio Fever officially struck when the Wolves went blow-for-blow with NBA powers Oklahoma City and Miami in two exhilarating home losses. Rubio and co. followed with home wins over defending NBA champion Dallas and San Antonio, bringing the Target Center and Wolves Nation back to life in the process. Rubio finally cracked the starting lineup after dazzling off the bench during the team’s 3-7 start. Minny went 18-13 with Ricky in the starting five before a torn ACL ended his stellar rookie campaign. The team has won just four of its 22 games since Rubio went down, dropping its last 11 straight. With Rubio fully healthy, the Wolves likely would have snuck into the playoffs this season. After winning the NBA’s Most Improved Player award last season, Love got even better, returning to work after the lockout 25 pounds lighter and with a lethal three-point stroke integrated into his game. The All-Star forward has since developed into one of the league’s premier scorers and a go-to closer in the fourth quarter, averaging 26 points per game and winning

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the three-point contest on AllStar weekend. Couple the team’s coMVPs with the emergence of the Balkan Bulldozer, Nikola Pekovic, and Kahn has three solid pieces to build around. Guards Luke Ridnour and J.J. Barea have earned the right to stay, and Williams, Malcolm Lee and Wes Johnson (gulp!) will likely be back next season as well. Adelman has made Rambis look like a complete goofball, turning the Wolves from a laughingstock into a contender in just months on the job. That being said, the man is a winner, meaning he wants “winning” players that fit his system both offensively and defensively. Unfortunately for Wolves fans, that might mean saying goodbye to Target Center favorites Michael Beasley, Darko Milicic and Anthony Randolph. Milicic and Randolph will almost certainly not return next season, but BeasWeb Photo ley’s status is up in the air. Milicic had a golden opportunity to revive his career with the T-Wolves, Parting ways with Darko but doesn’t appear to be in their future plans. He appeared disinterested and AR will be easy for both at times this season and recently said he may retire from basketball. the Wolves and their fan base, but Beasley leaving is more While Beasley is a great guy Webster and Johnson over difficult to swallow. in the locker room and wants Beasley. Given his track The former second overall to do all the right things both record, if Adelman can’t see pick averaged a career-high on and off the court, he simply the need for Beasley, neither 19.2 points last season, albeit doesn’t. should we. playing in what turned out to Adelman clearly is not As the Wolves become be meaningless pick-up games comfortable giving the merwinners, we as fans must for most of the winter. He has curial forward the playing accept that “winning” playall the tools of an elite player, time needed to justify $8.172 ers are not always the most but doesn’t use them to the million, sitting him even with talented or entertaining ones. best of his ability. He is also Love out, Pekovic hobbled All that we ask, Mr. Kahn, set to make $8.172 million and options limited as this is that you replace Web and next season. season comes to a close. Wes with some wings that can Everybody loves B-Easy Whether we agree with actually shoot the ball. (Skittles, The Great Eight, him or not, Adelman is deadChase Budinger anyone? etc…), but Adelman does not. set on playing wings Martell


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The Kid’s NFL Mock Draft

Top three picks pretty much set in stone, mass chaos could follow 1.) Indianapolis Colts – QB Andrew Luck – Stanford Team needs: QB, WR, DT, TE, CB Andrew Luck looks like an NFL quarterback, acts like an NFL quarterback and looks like a giant nerd. Sounds like another guy who played in Indianapolis not too long ago. Throughout the last year, Luck has been praised for being a “once-in-a-lifetime” quarterback prospect. But here’s the thing: he’s still just a prospect. History tells us that Luck has about a 50/50 shot to make it as an NFL quarterback. I’m not ready to call him a sure thing, because when your best weapon after Reggie Wayne offensively is Austin Collie and Donnie Avery the odds are already against you. Side-note: Is Joseph Addai still their running back? Do the Colts have a running back? Is Edgerrin James still there? I’m confused. Where is Marshall Faulk? Overall, we knew this move was going to happen and it’s probably the right decision. Does Robert Griffin III have a higher ceiling? Maybe, but I also believe that Luck has a higher floor. Hell, maybe they’ll both be great. It’s not impossible. (I went from hating Colts owner Jim Irsay for getting rid of my favorite quarterback in a “7th grade girl dumping a boy” kind of way. It almost seemed like Irsay tweeted Peyton Manning and ended things. But after the press conference, you could tell that it was best for both sides. In related news, Irsay recently tweeted, “Tannehill is a hidden gem in this draft, a quiet secret who was always sneaking up to No. 3. You want him, you better talk to Zigi The Biggie!” Do Wilf and Irsay talk frequently? Has Irsay seen Wilf in the shower? What if Irsay’s never talked to Wilf? Isn’t calling him “the Biggie” a little up front? Mmmm. 2.) Washington Redskins – QB Robert Griffin III – Baylor Team needs: QB, S, OL, CB, LB Everyone is telling us that both of these quarterbacks can’t work out. It feels like no matter what, there will be a bust, and there will be a Hall of Fame player. There’s no in-between. This is garbage. Our only proof of this is the 1998 draft with Manning and Ryan Leaf, so really, our logic makes no sense here. We are stupid. Here are the draft hits, misses and the “well, they are okay, but I still kind of want someone else” quarterbacks drafted in the

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top-10 during the last 10 years: 2002: Hits: 0, Misses: David Carr, Joey Harrington, In-between guys: 0 2003: Hits: Carson Palmer, Misses: 0, In-between guys: Byron Leftwich 2004: Hits: Eli Manning, Phillip Rivers, Misses: 0, Inbetween guys: 0 2005: Hits: 0, Misses: 0, Inbetween guys: Alex Smith 2006: Hits: 0, Misses: Vince Young, Matt Leinart, In-between guys: 0 2007: Hits: 0, Misses: JaMarcus Russell, In-between guys: 0 2008: Hits: Matt Ryan, Misses: 0, In-between guys: 0 2009: Hits: Matt Stafford, Misses 0, In-between guys: Mark Sanchez 2010: Hits: 0, Misses: 0, Inbetween guys: Sam Bradford 2011: Hits: Cam Newton, Misses: Blaine Gabbert (Yes, I’ve given up), In-between guys: Jake Locker So, over 10 years, we have six hits, six misses and five guys that we kind of like. What’s my point exactly? THAT WE HAVE KNOW EFFIN’ IDEA WHO IS GOING TO WORK OUT AND WHO WON’T! THERE’S NO SCIENCE! HISTORY PLAYS NO FACTOR! THERE’S NO SURE THING! TIM COUCH! AKILI SMITH! BUBBY BRISTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Personally, I think both of these quarterbacks will be really good. Luck is mature enough where he’ll be able to survive playing for a shitty team for two to three seasons. RGIII is a smart dude, athletic as hell, and has a better team than Luck to begin with. If Rex Grossman can throw for more than 3,000 yards and 16 TDs, I’m at least putting RGIII at 3,300 and 20. Will there be a learning curve? Sure, but both of these guys are good character dudes. They aren’t going to pull a Leaf and head to Vegas the night after the draft, blow $100,000 and show up to his first press conference sounding worse than a Mel Gibson voicemail. By the way, we have another Vegas dude in the draft. Keep reading… 3.) Minnesota Vikings – LT Matt Kalil – USC Team needs: LT, CB, WR, DT, S It isn’t a sexy pick, I know, but the only other picks that make sense here are Justin Blackmon and Morris Claiborne. After the Vikings signed Zachary Bowman and Chris Carr in the offseason, it appears as if they’ll stay away from drafting a corner in the first two rounds. The starting corners will be Antoine Winfield and Chris Cook,

with Bowman, Carr and a few marry Matt Kalil. Everyone knows Tannehill rookies playing the nickel. isn’t worth a No. 4 pick and the Blackmon, listed at 6-3, 4.) Cleveland Browns – RB Browns would rather not reach only measured at 6-1. He is a Trent Richardson -Alabama for him. Who will he throw it really nice receiver, but he’s to? Who will he hand the ball not the Calvin Johnson, Larry Team needs: QB, T, RB, WR, CB to? Fitzgerald or A.J. Green of the In my mind, the Browns have As for Blackmon, we know draft. He doesn’t have speed that three options with this pick, he’s good. But he’s not the type can blow the top off a defense, not including trading it. If they of receiver that’s going to make something that would give more could trade the pick, I’m sure your offense THAT much better. opportunities to Percy Harvin they would love to. But if they Especially when Colt McCoy and the tight ends. Plus, there can’t, they have to go offense, is the quarterback. If McCoy are tons of receivers in this draft. right? Name three players on starts more than four games next In the second round, there will this offense… season, I’ll be shocked. still be guys like Stephen Hill Don’t go to Google, you Then we’ve got Richardson, or Alshon Jeffery around. If I’m cheater! Exactly. This offense a guy who some think is the drafting a WR at No. 3, he better freaking stinks! most talented player in the draft. be a game-changer. I’m not sure I think the Browns are lookYes, I know. The running back if Blackmon is that guy. ing at Tannehill, Blackmon and position is starting to suck in Also, remember watching Richardson. Ideally, they Christian Ponder die last season? would love to trade down. Ratke’s Mock / page 16 Like, it was painful watching him take a snap wondering how long it would take until Clay Mathews was running at him full speed. That’s hard to get used to. Having Kalil on his blind side will help, and will improve the rest of the line if the Vikings can move Charlie Johnson to right guard, something that seems pretty probable. With this pick, the Vikings go from having a brutal offensive line, to a slightly above-average one. Sexy? Maybe not. But it’s like marriage: Sexy matters when you’re in high school or college. You start to dig the sexy lingerie. You marry someone because it makes sense – you don’t care if your significant other dresses like they’re homeless. Or you’re doing it for the money. But mostly, you’re doing it because it makes the most sense. (Or because of something they call love…) Web Photo Blackmon and Claiborne will sell more jerseys. Kalil will help Former Oklahoma State star Justin Blackmon is projected to be the first wideout off the board, but could fall due to “character issues.” Where us win more games. I want to does Ratke have him going?

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BASEBALL RECAP continued from 13 Minnesota-Crookston) with a .327 batting average and 36 hits, while Kalis enters with a teambest five home runs, as well as a .305 batting average and shares the team lead in RBIs with Marks at 23. On the mound, the Beavers will likely look to junior ace Phil Bray (7-2 entering Wednesday) to once again lead the charge. So far this season, the left-handed Bray has been one of the best starting pitchers in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, sitting near the top of the NSIC in wins, opposing batting average, strikeouts and innings pitched. Rounding out the rest of

Bemidji’s four-man rotation are right-handers Marks, Kalis and sophomore Miles Campbell. With most of the NSIC’s titans behind them, the Mavericks will face a new challenge beginning this weekend: finding ways to keep improving as a team despite the strength of the schedule slowly starting to decrease. While wins and losses will start to become less and less important to MSU’s postseason picture, there’s still a lot that needs to be done for the Mavericks to reach their potential, and every game will present an opportunity to continue the climb.

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MSU Track and Field

Juell wins St. John’s Decathlon, NSIC honors


Erickson recorded MSU’s top finish on the women’s side, capturing fifth place with a score of 3,170 points. Erickson’s highest individual finish came in the 100-meter hurdles, with a time of 16.27 seconds. Junior Moriah Miller finished in sixth place, recording her highest finish in the high jump, earning second place. The Maverick women also won the 11th-annual Lee Krough Invitational. MSU’s most impressive performance of the day came in the 1,500-meter run, where junior Jenny Rodgers, freshman Mary

Erickson, sophomore Laura Hughes and sophomore Jesse DeJong swept the top four spots. Junior Lauren Beukelman finished in first place in the 800-meter, recording a time of 2:28.15, while fellow junior Annie Dahl took home her own first place finish in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:05.87. Freshman Kaitlyn Seberson continued MSU’s dominant streak with a first-place finish in the 200-meter dash, finishing with a time of 25.50, before junior Sarah Sannerud took home the final first-place finish of the day in the 100-meter hurdles.

Time will only tell.

week one to be a starter in the NFL, but instead two or three years. If you’re the Patriots, Broncos, Chargers, Steelers or a team with a proven quarterback, it would actually make sense to take Tannehill and try to develop him. But for the Dolphins? They need to develop a quarterback now or draft a quarterback that is NFL ready. Tannehill isn’t the guy,but after losing Flynn, they are left with no choice. For what it’s worth, I think Tanehill will be horrible in the NFL and won’t make it past five seasons. That statement will probably come back and bite me in the ass.

lina? Yeah, that seemed to work out pretty well. Despite some attitude problems, Coples still had 7.5 sacks last season while being double-teamed constantly. Coples could go as high as Jacksonville, but won’t fall further than No. 12.

staff writer Junior Tandy Juell cruised to another first place finish in the St. John’s Decathlon, while fellow junior Christina Erickson took fifth place in the St. Benedict Heptathlon, held last weekend in St. Joseph, Minn. Juell, who won four events of a possible ten, finished with 5,969 points. MSU swept the first three finishes in the event, as junior Robert Gunderson finished in second place with 5,598 points, followed by senior Lucas Torres, who finished in third place with 5,285 points.

RATKE’S MOCK continued from 15 the NFL. The good teams don’t need good running backs. In related news, your Vikings just gave a running back a $100 million contract. This isn’t good. Back to the Browns. Why not draft a potential top-5 running back in the first round, a receiver with the No. 22 pick and a quarterback, say Brandon Weeden, with the No. 67 pick? You start Weeden from the get-go (an NFL ready QB), hand the ball to Richardson 30 times and accept that you’re going to be a bad team. If Weeden isn’t your guy, you’re gonna have a top-5 pick next season and can pull the trigger on a worthy QB. It’s not like anyone in Cleveland is in some sort of crazy rush to win… 5.) Tampa Bay Bucs – CB – Morris Claiborne – LSU Team needs: CB, RB, LB, DL If Richardson falls, there’s no way new, run-happy head coach Greg Schiano doesn’t take him. Claiborne is the draft’s best defensive back and with Ronde Barber turning 98 this season, the Bucs could use him. If the Bucs still want to go after a running back later on, they can. My sources tell me that although LaGarrette Blount is talented, the team needs to get rid of him. Blount doesn’t like to block and can’t catch out of the

backfield. The Bucs were 4-12 last season and trailed a lot. That means they passed a lot. That doesn’t bode well for a player who can’t catch or block. Random Thought #1: I’m not worried that Claiborne got a four on his Wonderlic. The Wonderlic score doesn’t matter. What worries me more is that if you know you’re not smart, you shouldn’t take the test. You aren’t forced to take the test. Here’s my tweet after hearing about Claiborne’s score: “You know you’re dumb when you don’t know if you’re dumb.” Random Thought #2: If the Bucs land Claiborne, they would have drafted a top cornerback, signed a top guard (Carl Nicks) and a top receiver (Vincent Jackson). That’s not a bad offseason… 6.) St. Louis Rams – WR – Justin Blackmon – Oklahoma State Team needs: WR, OL, LB, DB This seems pretty perfect. Sam Bradford has no targets after losing Brandon Lloyd. The Rams also need a lot of help on the offensive line – expect them to address that in the second and third round. Blackmon is the best receiver in this draft, but I’m not sure if he’ll end up ever being great.

7.) Jacksonville Jaguars – LB/DE – Melvin Ingram South Carolina Team needs: DE, WR, OT Here’s what we know about the Jags and this pick. 1.) Blaine Gabbert is really, really bad. 2.) There are no offensive weapons (WR or RB) that they can justify taking this early. 3.) Riley Reiff is the only offensive option. 4.) Their linebackers on the roster are Russell Allen, Kyle Bosworth, Stephen Franklin, Paul Posluszny, Clint Session and Daryl Smith. I see them taking Ingram or Quentin Coples with this pick. I also expect Chad Henne to start more games than Gabbert this season. 8.) Miami Dolphins – QB – Ryan Tannehill – Texas A&M

9.) Carolina Panthers – DE – Quentin Coples – UNC Team needs: DT, DE, CB, WR Remember the last defensive end the Panthers took out of the University of North Caro-

10.) Buffalo Bills – LT – Riley Reiff – Iowa Team needs: LT, WR, CB, LB The Bills just stupidly gave Ryan Fitzpatrick $65 million last season after he had three good games. Talk about premature shooters… I see the Bills taking Reiff to protect Fitzpatrick or possibly taking Michael Floyd to give him another weapon. By the way, is there a bigger fall-off from an elite quarterback than in the AFC East? Brady to Fitzpatrick to Sanchez to whatever Miami has. That’s disgusting.

Team needs: QB, WR, LB, RT, S How Joe Philbin and the Miami Dolphins dropped the ball during the Matt Flynn sweepstakes, I have no idea. Flynn signed a three year/$26 million contract, which isn’t much more than a top-10 quarterback would receive with the NFL’s new CBA. Most scouts agree that Tannehill won’t be ready by

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Band Of Skulls

innesota has a long and impressive musical heritage that binds together with its sincere approach, humble personage and understated talent. We can boast about our state’s musical achievements such as Bob Dylan, Prince, The Replacements, The Jayhawks, and the list goes on. But in a conversation about this generation’s tonal contribution to the North Star State,

it’s impossible not to mention Trampled By Turtles. For the past decade, the band has been on the iPods and CD players of anybody proudly considering themselves Minnesotan, and there’s a reason for it. The group’s unique and profoundly talented approach to the bluegrass genre has dropped our jaws and blistered our feet with every release. And it’s been fun watching these guys grow with us. If you talk to anyone with ties to Duluth, you will most likely hear a story about watching them play house shows and drinking with them until dawn. Even in Mankato (singer/ songwriter Dave Simonett’s hometown) you’ll hear anecdotes from one of their early back-barroom escapades and • web photo

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he rock revival of the early 2000s gave fans of the American staple-genre a slew of bands like The White Stripes, Jet, Wolfmother and the Hives, all of which came packaged with ‘70s era rhythms and oh-so-nicely distressed album art and production that teens and their fathers finally found common ground in “will you turn that noise…up!” After the heyday of rock revisited, many of the bands either fell away or evolved with a consumer

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base that demanded more than simply generic songwriting and nostalgia. In the past 10 years similar acts have bubbled up and nailed a hit or two before sinking into the backdrop of the new era of music. Upon the first looks and listens to England’s Band of Skulls, it appears yet another Rolling Stones callback has surfaced, but after looking deeper, the notion begins to unravel. Band of Skulls’ 2009 debut, Baby Darling Doll Face Honey, found sustained airplay with songs like “Death by Diamonds and Pearls” and “I Know What I Am.” But it wasn’t hard to put them back on the shelf with your pre-faded jeans after the record had been fully digested. However, 2012 finds the trio of Russell Marsden (guitars, vocals), Emma Richardson (bass, vocals), and Matt Hayward (drums) releasing a new set of songs, and Band of Skulls appears

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True West

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rue West will be landing right here in Mankato as the Theatre season comes to a close. Contrary to common thought, True West illustrates a production based on the American dream. Instead of cowboys, hay bails and ranch dressing, which are usually tagged with western culture, Sam Shepard’s True West is a popular drama that made its world premiere in 1980.

True West has taken fire since its first production and swept many stages across the country. True West is full of irresistible drama, humor and irony. The story begins with two brothers, Austin (a puttogether screenwriter) and Lee (the not-so-successful drunken criminal). Without talking for years, the brothers end up in the same household once again. Austin was housesitting during his mother’s stay in Alaska, while Lee had intentions of stealing household appliances from the home. The brothers clash

instantly and realize a compromise is crucial. Lee begins to steal Austin’s dream of becoming a successful writer by convincing Austin’s producer to sign him instead. Lee suddenly wants to move to the desert, just like Austin had desired before. The production is filled with witty bets and their fight to sort out their own characters. True West made its appearance in 1992 for the first time on MSU’s Theatre floor. True West will be directed by firstyear MFA directing candidate

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Alabama Shakes CHRISTIAN HAGEN | web editor


ostalgia has played a large part in the rock music of the last few years. Maybe it’s a longing for a past when rock and roll was still the dominant musical form. Maybe it’s the juxtaposition of classic rock styles in a modern musical context that evokes a sense of sincere rebellion, as though it’s defiant to party like it’s 1969 in 2012. It also seems like the nostalgia gets further and further in the past as we progress into the future; it’s only been a few years since Arcade Fire and The Hold Steady drew comparisons to Bruce Springsteen, since Coldplay and Kings of Leon copped U2. Much was made about ‘90s throwbacks like Yuck last year, but less blatant, and far more prevalent, were the rise of ‘60s and ‘70s rock records from the likes of Cults. Alabama Shakes are the latest to grasp at wistful rock classics, digging for the blues-rock vibe of many ‘70s bands but also making album space for slow, burning love songs that could have flown in the ‘50s. The guitars on “Rise to the Sun,” the fourth track on Alabama Shakes’ debut full-length, Boys and Girls, perfectly illustrates this dynamic. A laid-back strum lopes underneath a simple picking line, reminiscent of oldies like “Earth Angel,” before the chorus breaks through with a speedy surf-rock riff. What makes Alabama Shakes different from, and better than, most of their throwback peers is the ebullient intensity

of lead singer Brittany Howard, who brings a Joplin-esque strain of soul to every song. Even as she seems lyrically obsessed with the same love-story problems that have been soaked into popular music since its inception, she sings like she means every single word with all her heart. It’s Howard’s powerful tone that helps raise tracks like “You Ain’t Alone” and lead single “Hold On” above the bonds of otherwise straightfoward bar band rock. The edge the group has over similar acts is squarely in her spirited energy, which makes the group’s aesthetic believable instead of sounding like a crass retread of the past. This isn’t to discount the rest of the band, certainly. They can really play, and on Boys and Girls, they do just that. Drummer Steve Johnson’s simple backbeats keep plenty of the songs from


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THEATRE “ In the director’s words; ‘Everyone will relate to True West, no matter their age or gender.’” continued from 17

Rusty Ruth. Ruth expressed the duality of this performance to “parallel a two-sided coin.” Main characters Lee and Austin will be played by third-year MFA acting candidate Anthony Depoto and sophomore theatre generalist John Jacobs. Rusty had no issues finding the perfect candidates for characters and has enjoyed using this performance to express their talent. Rusty also commented, “This show is not only entertainment, but I have hopes that the audience will take something away from this performance.” At the Andreas Theatre, shows will start at 7:30

p.m. Wednesday April 18th until Saturday April 21st. Tickets may be purchased at or at the box office in the Earley Center, open MondayFriday 4-6 p.m. $10 regular priced, $9 for senior citizens, youth and groups of fifteen or more and $8 for MSU students. To receive your student discount, purchase tickets the box office instead of online. This show is expected to be a refreshing performance to an old classic. In the director’s words; “Everyone will relate to True West, no matter their age or gender.”

• web photo Sam Shepard (above) wrote the popular drama True West, which originally premiered in 1980. Shepard has also written The Late Henry Moss, States of Shock, and The God of Hell through his impressive career.

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TBT “Stars and Satellites picks up where Palomino left off; a dynamic listen that switches back and forth from ‘holy-hell’ lightening-picking stompers to ‘gee-whiz’ tear-jerking ballads.” continued from 17 stunning performances. Since their 2010 release, Palomino, the boys have earned a national name for themselves. The fifth record of their set, Palomino maintained a top-10 position on the Billboard bluegrass charts for an impressive 52 consecutive weeks. The single “Wait So Long” was in regular rotation on cable TV’s Country Music Television (CMT). And the band is currently slated to hit the festival circuit this summer at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Newport Folk and All Good. Following the success of Palomino, Trampled by Turtles released Stars and Satellites on April 10, 2012. The new record features the familiar lineup of Simonett (guitar, vocals), Tim Saxhaug (bass, vocals), Dave Carroll (banjo, vocals), Erik Berry (mandolin) and Ryan Young (fiddle). Stars and Satellites picks up where Palomino left off; a dynamic listen that switches back and forth from “holy-hell” lightening-picking stompers to “gee-whiz” tear-jerking ballads. The first single released of the record, “Alone,” falls into the latter of the categories. The playful, rambler picking between guitar, banjo and mandolin set the stage for Simonett’s heartfelt vocals and melancholy love lyrics, supported by beautiful vocal harmony from the rest of the guys. The chorus is an inspiring build of cello and sharp fiddle with Simonett howling heart-brokenly on top of the mix, all before roaring into a cathartic and stunning finish. “Walt Whitman” brings the group back to where they started, intimate lyrics and a sing-along chorus. Young’s fiddle work continues to astound with his solo, the breakneck notes and wild flourishes of his violin would surely tear the fingers off of a lesser player. Trampled By Turtles is in full form. Where their earlier records were filled with the novelty of a bluegrass band, and the clever, youthful songwriting of Simonett, Stars and Satellites shows the awesome competence of these musicians. Each member of the group has achieved bona fid “master” status with their respective instruments. Some similar bands are fun to listen to because it’s neat to hear folks with old-world instruments in today’s backdrop, but Trampled By Turtles is fun to lis-

SHAKES “ If a listener’s attention can be sustained, or even piqued, by their tried-and-true brand of old rock, they’ll find Alabama Shakes more than able to bring down a packed night club.”

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ten to because they are extremely talented at what they do. The songwriting has improved in cleanliness, but the earnest pathos remains the same. “High Water” calls back to the sorrow and yearning of “Methodism in Middle America” from 2008’s Duluth, but reflects the current maturity of the group. Engineer and mixer Tom Herbers captures the feel of the band wonderfully. As with any other Trampled release, Stars and Satellites listens like it was being performed in front of you. Recorded in a cabin in Duluth, the songs sound like somebody snuck up on the guys with a microphone while they played in a small northern bar for an intimate and appreciative audience. Stars and Satellites adds to the pile of reasons that Minnesotans can be proud to claim our roots of genuine music. Trampled By Turtles may gain even more national success with this release, but one thing can be certain; they will always know where their hearts are.

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continued from 18 becoming stale, even as guitarist Heath Fogg’s guitar attack keeps a nice balance between in-yourface deftness and melodic backdrop. Unfortunately, the band is held back by a lack of originality; there are no sounds here you haven’t heard before, time and time again. They do manage to keep things moving better than many bands in their sphere. “Heartbreaker” follows the rather dull and forgettable “Goin’ to the Party,” and at the start, it feels like a continuation of the same slow-jam banality. But within seconds, the song kicks into gear, and it splashes along with abandon. When the band tries to calm down, they fail pretty miserably, as on the aforementioned

“Goin’ to the Party.” Howard and co. really can’t pull off slow songs without sounding tired. As a result, Alabama Shakes are easily pegged as a one-note act. Still, the “one-note” in question is an energetic sincerity and a talent for live performance, which is perfectly captured in this production. If a listener’s attention can be sustained, or even piqued, by their triedand-true brand of old rock, they’ll find Alabama Shakes more than able to bring down a packed night club. And, even as rock music has delved further and further into its past, that’s one quality that has always been in high demand.

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SKULLS “Sweet Sour is full of swells and releases, highs and lows and topnotch instrumentation. What Band of Skulls has done here is more than revivalist.” continued from 17 nothing short of genuine. Sweet Sour, released late February in the U.K., contains 10 tracks that feature sweeping aesthetics to match the record’s title. The songwriting here, shared between Marsden and Richardson, is beyond what one would expect from a band that could easily be pegged as “throwback.” The album’s opener (and namesake), “Sweet Sour,” pounds with thumping guitar/bass reverb and ballsy low-tom as it cracks and flourishes into a steppy headbanger with Richardson and Marsden’s beautiful vocal harmonies playing on top. If the first track of a record is supposed to set the tone of the following work, “Lay My Head Down” tears it apart at the fiveslot. The song shimmers and glistens carefully into a truly well written ballad, all while keeping appropriate distance from the “ballad-feel.” Marsden’s guitar work is exemplified here as he cascades a chorus riff with artful delay pedal skills and haunting beauty. The twist comes about three-minutes in as the group explodes into a dub-step inspired break that shatters what was expected of the song, all done through the capable strings of Marsden.

But if straight, ass-kicking rock and roll happens to be just what you’re looking for, “You’re Not Pretty But You Got It Going On” will do more than appease. Blistering guitar, intricately booming drums, and scumbag-detached lyrics should be enough to satisfy. As with any band choosing to rely on an assemblage of conventional rock instruments, the performance and use of the wellknown guitar-bass-drum combination has to been on-point and professional. Hayward drums creatively and fiercely, and Richardson is able to recognize that, if you’re not going to be a stellar bassist, you need to play into the strengths of your drummer to make one, cohesive rhythm section. Marsden’s guitar fluctuates competently between impressive pedal innovation and stripped-down loved-up guitar. Sweet Sour is full of swells and releases, highs and lows and top-notch instrumentation. What Band of Skulls has done here is more than revivalist. In a genre that has been picked through and rummaged clean, Band of Skulls is able to muster the innovation and cleverness to say; “there’s still something more here!” And they do so with Sweet Sour.

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en Kinglsey is in final negotiations to play a villain in Shane Black’s Iron Man 3, scheduled to shoot next month for a May 13, 2013 release. Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, and Scarlett Johansson are all returning. Even with no director chosen or script finalized, Marvel announced an April 4, 2014 release date for Captain America 2. The story appears to follow after the events of The

with original director Matthew Vaughn onboard, has been pushed back to shoot January 2013 to accommodate Jennifer Lawrence’s schedule (in which she plays the enigmatic Mystique). Taylor Lautner is joining Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, David Spade, and several others for Grown Ups 2, set to film later this year. Universal is actively developing ways to keep the Snow White and the Huntsman franchise alive, and are now looking into a spin-off series with just the Huntsman (played by Chris Hemsworth of Thor fame). And finally, after years of development hell, Dimension Films has officially announced production on a sequel to 2005’s Sin City, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller will return to direct, although no stars have officially signed on for roles. In the realm of remakes, the original writer of Prometheus, Jon Spailhts, has been blessed by Universal to develop a remake of The Mummy, without Brendan Fraiser and the gang from the 1999 film, this time concentrating on the darker elements the story possesses.



enewals: FOX has ordered a fourth season of Glee, a second helping of New Girl, an eighth year for Bones, and a third outing for Raising Hope. HBO got in the game and quickly renewed Game of Thrones for a third season, which will tackle the third book of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice series; A Storm of Swords. Unlike previous seasons, where a full book was condensed into 10 episodes, series developers D.B. Weiss and David Beinoff are looking into expanding Swords for both third and (a presumably guaranteed) fourth

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season. Also entering its third season is AMC’s The Walking Dead with a 16-episode order, likely to be divided into two parts as its sophomore run. Actress Lauren Cohan, the only daughter at Hershel’s farm to survive, has been promoted to series regular. AMC’s Breaking Bad, similarly boasting a 16-episode order, will follow the pattern: the first eight episodes tentatively scheduled for July, and the final run of the series finishing in 2013. And NBC’s Smash has been renewed for a second season, minus season one showrunner Theresa Rebeck returning, instead heading back to Broadway to pursue her theater career.

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• web photo The second book of the Hunger Games saga will be set to film in the fall. Director Gary Ross will not return, but the film has been pegged to be release Nov. 22, 2013.

Avengers (opening May 4), making visits back to WWII unlikely. More sequel news: The Hunger Games director Gary Ross will not to return to the directing chair for the sequel, Catching Fire, which will shoot this fall and already has a Nov. 22, 2013 release date. The X-Men: First Class sequel,

• web photo Robert Rodriguez (above) will start production on the follow up to 2005’s cult classic, Sin City.



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