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One dead, three injured at local event SAM WILMES News Editor Chaos and tragedy ensued early Sunday morning at the Kato Entertainment Center. One person is dead and three are injured after gunshots erupted outside the center, located at 200 E. Chestnut St. According to the Mankato Free Press, police were called at 1:53 a.m. as a party was concluding and learned that four people had been shot. According to Mankato Public Safety Commander Jeremy Clifton, police had been called to the Kato Ballroom shortly before the call was received. According to Clifton, the staff was called back and told not to come because the situation was under control. All victims were transported to the hospital where one person died and three treated for apparently non-life threatening injuries. A handgun was recovered and a person arrested in connection
with the event. Kim Tong Yik Dolumony, 21, was arrested for carrying a pistol without a permit. Diland Nhial Dat, 20 and Nyeyoup David Gach, 18, were also arrested for disorderly conduct and all three are currently in the Blue Earth County Jail. According to Tania Cortes, the event was for the South Sudanese Club. “There was no alcohol served at the event and only approximately 140 students attended,” Cordes told the Free Press. According to the statement released by Cordes to the Free Press, “At that point, a scuffle broke out amongst some of the students. Ballroom security called 911 asking for police assistance in escorting those students outside and was in the process of breaking up the fight when gunshots were heard.” “We believe that the shooter went to his car and retrieved his weapon. All of the shootings hap-
pened outside the ballroom after the party was over.” “We have had a very close and positive relationship with the students of MSU. In fact, we’ve hosted three other MSU events this year with no issues what-
soever, including a 700 student celebratory party for the African American Student Association of MSU in March.” “Our hearts go out to the family of the young man that lost his life. We commend the police
for their quick response and are working with them to assist in the apprehension of those responsible.” Evidence tags lined Pine Street, behind the center on Sunday.
Web Photo The Kato Ballroom was the site of a deadly shooting on Saturday evening.
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SAM WILMES News Editor Minnesota State University, Mankato has appointed the current Interim Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, Barry Ries permanently to the position. Reis will also become the new Associate Vice President For Research at MSU. After a nation-wide search
was completed, Ries’ new positions were announced on May 22 by Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs Linda Baer. Ries will officially begin working in the new positions July 1. Reis has served as the interim dean of the College of Graduate Studies at MNSU since 2011 and has worked in research roles since coming to
Mankato. He plans to build on an already respected reputation MSU has in Minnesota for their College of Graduate Studies, as well as their scholarly and creative works. “We already have an excellent reputation in the state as the providers of graduate education,” Ries said. “It is my goal to continue to build on that excellence, and to continue to develop programs that will help meet the needs of the state, the nation, and also globally with regards to graduate training.” “With regards to research, again we have an excellent reputation of being producers of scholarly works and creative works,” Reis said. “I hope to be able to continue to support of the production of research and scholarly activities.” According to a University press release, Ries is excited for his new position. “I look forward to continuing my work with Minnesota State Mankato by contributing to the advancement of graduate education and research,” Ries continued. “I am honored to be given this opportunity to work
with the excellent faculty, staff, students and administrators on strategic initiatives to enhance the university’s reputation as an educational leader in the state of Minnesota.” Before naming Ries to the positions, a nation-wide search was conducted by Baer and the soon to be provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Marilyn Wells, who starts her duties at MNSU July 22. “I want to cngratulate Dr. Ries on this appointment,” said Baer. “We look forward to his continued leadership of our outstanding graduate programs and research at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.” Ries began working at MNSU in 1996 and has since worked several positions for the university and other private organizations. One year after working as a professor at MSU, Ries began serving on the University Institutional Review Board. Ries served six years as the Director of Clinical Training for the Clinical Psychology Master’s Program at MNSU. He also
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served as the Chair of the Psychology Department from 2008-2011. Ries has taken advantage of his Anxiety and Phobia Research Laboratory at MNSU to complete research and help teach and train graduate and undergraduate psychology students. He has also pursued his interest in international education by creating opportunities and partnerships with the Ministry of Education and the University of Belize, which he plans on building on while working in his new position. Ries received his master’s in counseling psychology from the University of Central Oklahoma and earned his doctorate in psychology from Oklahoma State University. Ries and “co-principle investigators,” Melissa Polusny were awarded with the Douglas R. Moore Faculty Research Lectureship for their research in 2000. The lectureship is selectively given out to people that highlight excellence in research and scholarly activity at the university. ED/OP
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Dean of Arts and Sexual assault Humanities set to leave month
ALEX KERKMAN Staff Writer
Walter Zakahi, Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Dean of Arts and Humanities for the past four years, will be leaving MSU to take a job at Keene State in New Hampshire as new provost and vice president for academic affairs for the university. Zakahi will take over his new position effective of June 30th. MSU President Richard Davenport spoke highly of Zakahi in a press release Thursday announcing the dean’s upcoming departure. “Dean Zakahi has provided imaginative and solid leadership throughout his tenure at Minnesota State Mankato,” Davenport said. “Walter quickly learned the culture of the campus and was able to made great strides in working with all departments in the College of Arts and Humanities. It was clear from the start that Dr. Zakahi would be up to the task of following legendary Dean Jane Earley and he met everyone’s expectations. We will miss Walter, but wish him success in his new position.” Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Marilyn Wells also took the time to wish the best to Zakahi. “We greatly appreciate Dr. Zakahi’s exemplary leadership in advancing the prestige of the academic programs in the College of Arts and Humanities, as well as his commitment to faculty
and teaching innovation and his support for student engagement and diversity,” she said. “Walter also has been a valued member of the Council of Deans, a welcome mentor to new colleagues, and respected throughout the University and community. Our University is better as a result of Dean Zakahi’s leadership, and I am confident that Walter will be outstanding in his new post. We wish him well.” Zahiri has been received numerous accolades throughout his career, included being awarded Hispanic Faculty Member of the Year at New Mexico State University in 2006, and being named to the American Council
on Education Fellowship in 2008 and 2009, and to the Golden Key Honor Society in 2000. Prior to coming to MSU, Zakahi worked as associate professor of Communication Studies, and Academic Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at New Mexico State University from 1991 until 2010. Zakahi earned a BS in Speech Communication at Bradley University in 1978, and an MA and PhD in Communication Studies at Bowling Green State University in 1979 and 1982, repesctively. MSU’s Department of Arts and Humanities contains eight departments and four programs at the university.
Photo Courtesy of College of Arts and Humanities College of Arts and Humanities dean Walter Zakahi.
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EMMA DEPPA Staff Writer April is National Sexual Assault Awareness month, initiated by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. It is a month to raise awareness about sexual assault by pooling together resources to educate the public on how to prevent sexual violence. This is a major public health, human rights, and social justice issue; hence it is crucial to reinforce the need for prevention efforts, according to the cause’s homepage. Last week, Minnesota State University showed its support by holding its first Sexual Assault Awareness week, sponsored by Maverick Greeks. Everyday from April 14th to 18th, the Maverick Greeks tabled in the CSU Mav Ave area. Their efforts included a campaign for individuals to sign that pledged them to help stop sexual assault, and passing out buttons and teal, the color for sexual assault awareness, ribbons. The ribbons were generously made and donated by the women of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. Throughout the length of the
week, there was a shoe drive in the Greek Office in which shoesa were collected and donated to thee Salvation Army. Over 200 shoest were collected over the five days!t To conclude the week, they host-e ed a women’s self-defense classa p that was a huge success. Jasmine Shipman, the Vice-y President of Risk-Managementt on the MSU Panhellenic Coun-o cil, was one of the main contribu-f tors to bringing Sexual Assault Awareness week to campus.d When asked why it is impor-e tant for students to acknowledges awareness events, especiallym Sexual Assault Awareness week,t she replied, “It’s important forN students to pay attention to weekse such as these because the statistics and numbers are shocking.E Every year on a campus this sizel there are roughly 600 sexual as-t saults. To me that’s crazy. If stu-e dents educated themselves morev on topics like these maybe weo could stop the issue all together.” p The Maverick Greeks intendm to perpetuate this tradition and bring an end to sexual violence.o Miss Shipman concludes, “Itt was a great week and I hope ther Greek Community continues ands U improves it every year.”
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Making the world a ‘litter’ better, one person at a time Writer provides easy ways to help our earth become more green.
MIKELL MELIUS Staff Writer
n One day every year, people sare encouraged to engage in eenvironmentally friendly acstivities and are reminded to par!ticipate in protecting our plan-et. You guessed it; I’m talking sabout Earth Day. Planting trees, picking up trash and watching -your car usage are generally the tthings highlighted, especially -on every “10 Things you can do -for Earth Day” list. t These activities are great to .do, and without a doubt help the -environment, but in the grand escheme of things there is so ymuch more you can do to help ,this spinning planet we live on. rNot only on Earth Day, but evsery single day. - April 22 has officially been .Earth Day since 1970. Gayelord Nelson, a U.S. Senator at -the time, thought there wasn’t -enough attention put on the enevironment. He created a group eof 85 senators to promote his plan of improving the environdment. d On April 22, 1970, thousands .of college students protested tthe deterioration of the envieronment, making Earth Day a dsuccess. This day inspired the United States Environmental
Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. Many efforts have been made to protect our environment since the first Earth Day. As students, as human beings, as residents of this planet, it is our responsibility to take care of our home. So, since the guilt trip has been laid, here is yet another list of ways to help out, not just on Earth Day, but every single day: 1. Don’t litter This may seem trivial but makes a huge impact. Instead of picking up trash once a year on Earth Day, prevent it everyday by not littering in the first place. My friends constantly make fun of me because if they litter, or if I see someone litter, I will pick it up. However, after some time I noticed that they were more aware of littering and even stopped littering themselves. The best way to live is by example—if you don’t litter, others will notice. 2. Recycling It doesn’t take any more time than throwing something in the trash. The city of Mankato also has a recycling system setup; if you go to the government center, they will give you
as many recycling bins as you want. Separate your paper products from your bottles and cans, set them out with your garbage every week and boom, you’re recycling. Lists of what you can and cannot recycle are available on Waste Management’s Think Green section of their website: wm.com/thinkgreen. 3. Using the bus I was just going to say walk, but I myself would never walk up the Warren Street hill for a morning class, ever. Minnesota State University, Mankato has a great bus system that goes to multiple places on and off campus. The full route can be seen at mnsu.edu/parking/bus_shuttle.html. 4. Paying bills online A lot of utility companies have the option for people to pay bills online. You have multiple bills (water, gas, electricity and cable) sent every month. To save on paper you can set up online payment—not only does it save paper, but if you procrastinate like me, you don’t have to worry about getting the check in the mail ahead of time. You can pay the day it is due. Convenient and environmentally friendly. 5. Enjoy it We do a lot to keep our plan-
et beautiful, enjoy it. It was a nasty winter but the weather is starting to brighten up. Get outside and take advantage of everything our planet provides us. It doesn’t have to be hard
and it doesn’t have to happen only once a year. If we all do a little bit everyday, or make small changes in our lifestyles, we can say we’re doing our part for the environment.
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Letter to Time heals the Editor: most things football team out of line REECE HEMMESCH Editor in Chief
Dear Editor: I am an alumna of Mankato and must write that the behavior of the football team regarding the return of Mr. Hoffner to his rightful position of head coach was both disgusting and immature. The team leaders in this had an opportunity to alert the staff and request a meeting with the athletic director about their preferences for a coach and their plans to make this statement before confronting Mr. Hoffner in such a shameful, rude manner on the practice field. Today (April 17) the team claims that they did not mean any disrespect to Mr. Hoffner. It is unimaginable that they could not understand that the way they went about making their feelings known was the most disrespectful action they could have taken. And if they could not understand that, it reveals that they are not such “outstanding community citizens” that they claim to be. What it does show is a clear lack of comprehension that no matter how they “feel” about who they want for a coach, that the position of hiring and maintaining employees is simply not the players right nor responsibil-
ity. It also shows that they do not know how due process and arbitration work. All they seem to be concerned about is their own self-interests. College officials and the county prosecutor in Mankato failed to do their duty in the handling of the issue from the beginnings, and the college certainly did not all any due process in regard to their treatment of Mr. Hoffner. They have nothing to be proud of either. We expect adults in leadership to do better and they have failed not only the Hoffner family, but the greater public. So, maybe, given the lack of leadership by President Davenport, one should not be as surprised that the student football players think that being an “outstanding citizen” is to completely disregard the dignity and right to Mr. Hoffner to be treated with respect. One can only hope that in the future when these young players are mature, that they will look back on their actions of this week and cringe with embarrassment and maybe even write to him apologizing for their insolence. Sincerely, Kathleen Thorsell
MSU head football coach Todd Hoffner explained to the press last week that he felt that accepting his old position as head coach of the Mavericks was the best scenario for delivering his family back to normalcy after the hard times brought upon them, despite over 20 months of wrongdoing by the university. Instead of rebuilding a new life in Minot, N.D. with his family alongside of him for the new journey, Hoffner opted to return to a place filled with just as many bad memories for him as there were good, thinking the continuity of a Mankato lifestyle was the best way to heal the matter. Though nobody truly had any idea how much the Hoffner family had to go through in the past two years, time should be able to heal their woes, not in the sense of
helping them completely forget this situation which I am sure is impossible, but to try and fill their heads with all those good memories combined with good memories of the future that will help them return to as close of a customary lifestyle as you can possibly have given their situation. Now that most of the legal proceedings are in the book and the midweek feud between Hoffner and his returning players that shaped last Wednesday has been reconciled, all he and his family need now is time to move into the future and try as hard as they can to forget the ugly, nearpermanent black mark that has been on their name. Another university group that can be healed with time is the players, the ones that spoke out against Hoffner last Wednesday by saying they would choose not to practice underneath the
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In Thursday’s issue, in an article titled, “Senator accused of sexual assault,” the Reporter listed that a recently elected MSU senator was charged with one count of sexual imposition on April 10th. It has come to our attention that Taylor Pederson, the
alleged MSU student, is not a senator with the Minnesota State Student Association, rather a member of the Centennial Student Union Board and Athletic Advisory Board. The Reporter apologizes for any inconvenience this has caused.
“Was it a good idea for the players to return to the football team?”
ABSHIR QANYARE, SOCIAL WORK “Yes, it was a good idea.”
ELLIOT WATERBURY, LAW ENFORCEMENT “No.”
CORTEZ HOLLIS, ETHNIC STUDIES “Yes, he’s good for the program and the school, and both coaches are now working with one another.”
FAIAS HOSSAIN, FINANCE “Yes, Todd Hoffner had been great. There is no reason to refuse training.”
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TIME “Now that most of the legal proceedings are in the book and the midweek feud between Hoffner and his returning players has been reconciled, all he and his family need now is time to move into the future and try as hard as they can to forget the ugly, near-permanent black mark that has been on their name.” continued from 4
Hoffner return unjustified Embattled coach returns amidst clouds of uncertainty
HANNAH KLEINBERG Staff Writer
Joey Denton • MSU Reporter (From left) Sam Thompson, Todd Hoffner, Aaron Keen and Kevin Buisman during their press conference Thursday when the players agreed to play for Hoffner in the upcoming season.”
reinstated head coach. Once again, time cannot fully heal whatever vague memories they have of their head coach that played into their reluctance to play for him, but obviously with the statements Hoffner has made since, time should be able to fuse the team and the coach back together as Hoffner did not raise a fuss over the players and vowed he would try to make things better in the future. “He wants to change, he wants to adapt to us, he wants to come in and continue that success,” safety Sam Thompson told the press Thursday afternoon after agreeing to play for Hoffner in the future. Even if it is just words on paper, Hoffner is showing that he knows his style may have to change in the future, and hopefully the players will respond by giving the coach some time to make amends and change the way he is on the football field. After both parties give it a little time, they should be able to come back strong during the football season in the fall and try to bring the program back to its high merit and win count that it has consumed over the past two seasons. Though time can help heal the Hoffner family and help smooth things over in the future
between the coaches and the players, there is still one aspect that has not been touched on as much since the player rebellion that time can most definitely not heal, and that is how the university reacted to the information brought forth on Hoffner’s cellphone in August 2012 and their reactions in the months following. When the case turned to the courtroom in late 2012 and the charges were dropped in the Blue Earth County Courtroom that should have been the end of this case with his reinstatement being the next step of the process. Obviously, with registered events past seen in local, state and national newspapers over the past week, that was not the case. The Bureau of Mediation Services, who oversaw the arbitration ruling that surfaced two weeks ago, were highly investigative in how the university handled the situation. The report is public record, but it has been pulled off the Internet due to an uncertain interpretation of data privacy laws, although the Mankato Free Press and Minneapolis Star Tribune have both obtained a copy. According to the Star Tribune, school officials decided in October 2012 to fire Hoff-
ner, although they held off until Spring of 2013, citing the personal use of his university smartphone, his wife’s use of his university-issued computer and his children’s presence in the locker room as the reasons behind it. The ruling also showed the reasoning behind all these checks on Hoffner’s record, such as how it could not be proved that Hoffner looked at anything sexually explicit on his computer. All of this in the ruling shows how improperly the university handled the situation, something that time cannot change no matter how long it takes. Time can get the actions off Hoffner’s mind, but it cannot change the fact that the case was mishandled from the start and that this man was wronged. Though the reprimands that should be taken upon the university are unclear at this point, time should not be how this situation is taken care of. It would be a great mistake to let the university go unscathed after this ruling and let it all be ignored as time passes from the condition. In this case, actions, not the absence of actions, need to be taken.
I hadn’t known anything about the Hoffner scandal until this fall. As an employee of the Annual Fund, where we reach out to alumni and fill them in on everything on campus (as well as request donations for the University), it had to come up. Considering football has been a big thing at our University for a very long time, angry alumni often brought up the Hoffner situation, and by default I learned about all that had happened. And, admittedly, I’d felt bad for him at first. Clearly he was not guilty of any of the charges brought against him; everyone has those embarrassing bathtub photos when they’re kids, so what was the difference with Hoffner? Even now I feel as if he were wrongly punished by the University, who seemed so flustered by the bad image that they tossed Hoffner and his evidence as far as they could throw, though now that there’s hundreds of thousands dollars on the line, the school seems more than happy to re-initiate him to
the ranks. However, after the incident last week with the football players, my opinion has changed. While I still feel that Hoffner was wrongly punished for something he was very innocent of, I don’t think we should take him back. For one, after asking around the student body (some of which are very close to members of the football team), all I hear are bad things about Hoffner. Unfortunately, I’ve heard almost exclusively negative feedback on his time here; and if almost the entire football team feels strongly enough about Hoffner that they’d refuse to practice and potentially risk their scholarships, then he shouldn’t be brought back. There must obviously be a problem with how he ran things if so many people dislike him enough for mutiny. But the biggest issue still stands: money. Without Hoffner, we’d buy out his contract, and that’s $400,000 lost toward projects like the Gage towers area. And we also have to consider the alumni, who are outraged by Hoffner’s injustice. We will have to wait and see what this next year will bring for the community, the football team, and the school’s construction plans.
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Undergraduate Research Symposium draws favorable crowd
‘Big Event’ set for Saturday PRATAKSHYA BHANDARI Staff Writer
Yohanes Ashenafi • MSU Reporter Bradley Holtz directing attention to statistics at The Land of 4,000 impaired waters.
Yohanes Ashenafi• MSU Reporter Katie Westermayer, Lauren Bach, and Shelvy Flegl presenting board and information at Heroism: Gender Roles
“The Big Event” is an event where students, staff and faculty will go out into the community and help with various tasks. This year, MSU is coming together Saturday to continue the annual tradition of saying “thanks” to the community. As part of the event, Urban Activist and founder of “The Better Block Project” Jason Roberts will speak at Bresnan Arena at 8 p.m. about his mission to create and establish a community that people want to be a part of and interact in. Roberts will talk about some of the things he has accomplished and about ways to create an interactive community at MSU. Roberts will also talk about ways in which people can interact with each other to create better communities. Some of his past accomplishments include reestablishing transit systems, creating more green space in public places and creating bike lanes as well as park benches, according to Mechelle Poessnecke, Graduate Advisor for IMPACT and campus programs. Roberts will also kick off the activities on Saturday at 9 a.m. Volunteers will go out in small groups and perform activities like cleaning, raking leaves, painting and scraping garages as well as performing inventory for businesses and non-profits.
Volunteers will be matched to job requirements and groups will be established beforehand. The MSU community is willing to perform all kinds of jobs - big and small, according to Steph Stassen, Graduate Advisor for Recognized Student Organizations and Leadership. In 1982 Joe Nussbaum, the Vice President of the Student Government Association at Texas A&M University, started “The Big Event” as a way to say thanks to his community. Since then, the concept has inspired universities all over the country to come together for their own communities. Today, more than 72 universities organize the event annually. “It is an evolving event. We might change dates, we might change times but it is going to be an annual thing,” Stassen said. While the main event is on Saturday, the conversation has already begun. The days leading up to Friday will see floor decals and posters around campus. There is also a coffee house – free coffee at CSU between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday to inspire students to ask questions and encourage interaction. The conversation can be continued online, where students can use the hashtag #mnsucommunity to begin talking about ways to build a better community at MSU. “Students are encouraged to come Friday night and get inspired about how we can create our community a better community,” Poessnecke said.
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Minnesota homeowner goes on trial in teens’ deaths A Little Falls man who allegedly killed two burglars in 2012 now faces first-degree premeditated murder, though he claims self-defense. LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man on trial for killing two teenagers after they broke into his house had planned the killings, and was lying in wait in his basement with a book, some snacks and two guns, prosecutors said Monday. But a defense attorney countered that his client was terrified after several increasingly violent break-ins and hid after hearing a window break and footsteps upstairs. Byron Smith, 65, of Little Falls, is charged with firstdegree premeditated murder in the slayings of 17-year-old Nick Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kifer on Thanksgiving Day in 2012. The killings rocked the small central Minnesota city of about 8,000 and stirred debate about how far a person can go in defending their home. Smith has claimed self-defense, saying he feared the teens were armed and he was on edge after earlier repeated break-ins at his home. Under Minnesota law, a person may use deadly force to prevent a felony from taking place in one’s home or dwelling, but authorities have said Smith crossed a line when he continued to shoot the teens after they were no longer a threat.
“This is not a case of whodunit,” defense attorney Steve Meshbesher told jurors Monday. “Mr. Smith is the person who shot and killed those two people, but he is not criminally responsible for the deaths. He is not guilty of murder.” Assistant Washington County Attorney Brent Wartner told jurors that Smith thought a neighbor girl had been breaking into his home, so on that Thanksgiving Day, Smith sat in his basement, waiting. Evidence in the case will include Smith’s statements and audio from a recorder that Smith had set up in a bookcase the day of the breakin, Wartner said. “He’s down in the basement, in a chair, tucked between two bookcases at the bottom of the stairs. He said he was down there reading a book ... with his Mini-14, a .22-caliber revolver, some energy bars and a bottle of water,” Wartner said. Wartner said Smith heard the door of his house rattle at about 12:30 p.m., then someone walking across the deck, then a window breaking. “And he waited,” Wartner said. But Meshbesher said his client was hiding after breakins that had gotten increasingly
more violent. “He became frightened and scared to live in his own home,” he said of Smith, later adding, “He began to wear a holster and pistol in his own house. That is how afraid he is, and became.” Prosecutors say as Brady descended the basement steps, Smith shot him in the chest, then in the back while Brady fell, Wartner said. Smith fired a final shot into Brady’s head, the bullet passing through Brady’s hand, Wartner said. Smith put Brady’s body on a tarp so he wouldn’t get blood on his carpet, dragged the body into his workshop, reloaded his Mini-14 rifle and sat down again, the prosecutor said. A few minutes later, Kifer walked down the stairs and Smith shot her, Wartner said. He tried another shot, but his rifle jammed, Wartner said, and Smith told police he believed Kifer laughed at him. “He was angry,” Wartner said. He said that Smith then pulled out his revolver and he shot her twice in the head, once in the left eye and once behind the left ear. Smith dragged Kifer’s body into the workshop and laid it on top of Brady’s, Wartner said. Smith told investigators he thought he heard Kifer gasp-
ing, so he placed his revolver under her chin and fired what he told police was a “good clean finishing shot to the head,” the assistant prosecutor said. Smith is a retired security engineer for the U.S. Department of State. Kifer and Brady were cousins. The two were wellknown in the community, and both were involved in sports.
After their deaths, authorities said a car linked to Brady and Kifer contained prescription drugs that had been stolen from another house, apparently the day before they were killed. Court documents from another case show Brady had burglarized Smith’s property at least twice in the months before he was killed.
Photo Courtesy of Associated Press In this Nov. 26, 2012 file photo, a keep out sign stands at the property of Byron David Smith, in Little Falls, Minn. The Little Falls man who claimed he was defending his home from teens who had been terrorizing him for months went on trial yesterday for their murders.
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In show of defiance, thousands run Boston Marathon BOSTON (AP) — Under heavy security that included a battery of surveillance cameras and police officers on rooftops, nearly 36,000 runners hit the streets Monday in the first Boston Marathon since last year’s deadly bombing, sending a powerful message of resilience. In what some saw as altogether fitting, an American won the men’s division for the first time in more than 30 years, dominating a field that included many athletes who were prevented from completing the race last year. “I showed up, I’m back, and I am going to finish what I didn’t finish last year,” said Mary Cunningham, 50, of St. Petersburg, Fla., who was stopped a mile short of the finish line by the explosions on April 15, 2013. The two pressure-cooker bombs that went off near the end of the 26.2-mile course killed three people and wounded more than 260 in a hellish spectacle of torn limbs, smoke and broken glass. This year, police were deployed in force along the route, with helicopters circling above and bomb-sniffing dogs checking trash cans. A total of 35,755 athletes were registered to run, the second-largest field in its history, with many coming to show support for the city and its signature sporting event. “Boston
Strong” — the unofficial slogan adopted after the terrorist attack — was everywhere. “I think I’m going to start crying at the starting line, and I’m not sure I’ll stop until I cross the finish line,” said Katie O’Donnell, a doctor at Children’s Hospital who was stopped less than a mile from the end last year. At 2:49 p.m., the time the bombs went off, spectators observed a moment of silence at the finish line. It was followed by some of the loudest cheers of the day as people whooped, clapped and rang cowbells. Joe Ebert, of Hampton, N.H., was cheering on his son-in-law near the spot in downtown Bos-
ton where the bombs went off. He was there last year, too. “Just wanted to let them know that they can’t beat us
down. I think it makes us all stronger when something like that happens,” he said. Also among the spectators near the finish line was Jeff Bauman, who lost his legs in the bombing. It was the first time he had returned to the area since the attack. “It feels great” to be back, he said. “I feel very safe.” Sabrina Dello Russo, 38, of South Boston, was running her first marathon for a good friend, Roseann Sdoia, who lost her right leg in the bombing. “She is my inspiration from day one last year when I saw her in the ICU. Every run I do, she is in the back of my head, and she will be keeping me going today,” Dello Russo said. While Gov. Deval Patrick said there had been no specific threats against the race or the city, spectators at the 118th running of the world’s oldest annual marathon had to go through tight checkpoints before being allowed near the starting and finish lines. Police along the route examined backpacks, particularly outside subway station exits. And runners had to use clear plastic bags for their belongings. More than 100 cameras were installed along the course in Boston, and race organizers said 50 or so observation points
would be set up around the finish line to monitor the crowd. Runner Scott Weisberg, 44, from Birmingham, Ala., said he had trouble sleeping the night before. “With everything that happened last year, I can’t stop worrying about it happening again. I know the chances are slim to none, but I can’t help having a nervous pit in my stomach,” Weisberg said. Race organizers expanded the field from its recent cap of 27,000 to make room for more than 5,000 runners who were still on the course last year at the time of the explosions, for friends and relatives of the victims, and for those who made the case that they were “profoundly impacted” by the attack. Kenya’s Rita Jeptoo won the women’s race in a course-record 2 hours, 18 minutes, 57 seconds, defending a championship from last year. She had been hoping this year for a title she could enjoy. “It was very difficult to be happy. People were injured and children died,” she had said of last year’s marathon. “If I’m going to win again, I hope I can be
happier and to show people, like I was supposed to last year.” American Meb Keflizighi won the men’s title in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 37 seconds. Cheers rose up as word of the first American man to win in Boston since 1983 spread through the pack of runners. Keflizighi had the names of last year’s victims written in black marker on the corners of his race bib. On Twitter, President Barack Obama congratulated Keflizighi and Shalane Flanagan, the top American finisher among the women, “for making American proud!” “All of today’s runners showed the world the meaning of #BostonStrong,” Obama wrote. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 20, is awaiting trial in the attack and could get the death penalty. Prosecutors said he and his older brother — ethnic Chechens who came to the U.S. from Russia more than a decade ago — carried out the attack in retaliation for U.S. wars in Muslim lands. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died in a shootout with police days after the bombings.
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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia has “days, not weeks” to abide by an international accord aimed at stemming the crisis in Ukraine, the top U.S. diplomat in Kiev warned Monday as Vice President Joe Biden launched a high-profile show of support for the pro-Western Ukrainian government. Russia in turn accused authorities in Kiev of flagrantly violating the pact and declared their actions would not stand. Biden, the highest-ranking American official to visit Ukraine during its conflict with Russia, planned to meet with government officials in the capital of Kiev on Tuesday. The vice president also planned to announce new technical support to help the fledgling government with energy and economic reforms. Biden’s trip comes days after the U.S., Russia, Ukraine and Europe signed an agreement in Geneva calling for Moscow to use its influence to get pro-Russian forces to leave the numerous government buildings they now occupy in cites throughout eastern Ukraine. The U.S. asserted on Monday that publicly available photographs from Twitter and other media show that some of the troops in eastern Ukraine are Russian special forces, and the U.S. said the photos support its case that Moscow is using its military to stir unrest in Ukraine. There was no way to immediately verify the photographs, which were either taken from the Internet or given to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe last week by Ukraine diplomats. In Moscow, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov rejected charges that Moscow was behind the troubles in eastern Ukraine and failing to live up to the Geneva agreement. “Before putting forth ultima-
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Ukrainian and Russian officials each blamed the other for instigating the attack. The White House said it was still trying to determine who was responsible and had no independent verification of what transpired. “Overall, we are concerned about the situation there, and we urge paramilitary groups throughout the eastern and southern parts of Ukraine to lay down their weapons and depart the buildings that they have occupied, as was called for in the accord signed in Geneva last week,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said. Even as officials sorted through this latest disturbance, the State Department sought to build a public case against Russia for the wider unrest. The photo images released Monday show militants brandishing Russian weapons and wearing uniforms similar to those worn by Russian forces. The militants look similar to the forces that moved into Crimea in March, ahead of a referendum there that resulted in the peninsula being annexed by Russia. Secretary of State John Kerry and Lavrov spoke by telephone Monday but appeared to break little new ground. Russia’s foreign ministry said Lavrov told Kerry that the Ukrainian government was unable and unwilling to stop what the Russians call extremists in eastern Ukraine. Biden planned to meet Tuesday with government leaders who took over after pro-Russia Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted in February following months of protests. He will speak with Arseniy Yatsenyuk and Oleksandr Turchynov,
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the acting Ukrainian prime minister and president. The vice president is also scheduled to meet with legislators from across the country and democracy activists before returning to Washington Tuesday night. He held a series of meetings Monday with U.S. Embassy officials, members of Congress also in Kiev for an update on the crisis and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s chief monitor in Ukraine. A senior administration official told reporters onboard Air Force Two en route to Kiev that Biden planned to announce new technical support to the Ukrainian government to implement energy and economic reforms. The official, speaking on a condition of anonymity to allow Biden to publicly announce any agree-
ments, said the vice president also will follow up on recent U.S. commitments of non-lethal security assistance and discuss what more Washington can offer to help. Biden also planned to discuss preparations for next month’s Ukrainian presidential election and the latest developments in eastern Ukraine, where insurgents are accusing leaders in Kiev of aiming to suppress the country’s Russian speakers in the region. The Obama administration official told reporters that the assistance Biden will announce includes technical expertise to increase production and boost energy efficiency to reduce reliance on oil imports from Russia. The economic help includes advice to make sure international funding is allocated effectively and that all parts of the country are benefiting.
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Oh no! There goes Tokyo! Gearing up for the newest installment, we look back on previous incarnations of Japans’ most popular monster: Godzilla. teach them a lesson. Its American adaptation, which inserted scenes of news reporter Steve Martin (Raymond Burr) describing Godzilla’s reign of terror in excruciatingly exuberant detail, omitted the themes and symbolism associated with the radioactive beast and instead neutered it to a more standard sci-fi affair. Regardless, both in Japan and in the states, Godzilla left a lasting impression that would guarantee the monster’s longevity, even if his symbolic existence was thrown to the wayside.
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ANDREW SIMON Staff Writer 2014 marks the 60th anniversary of Godzilla’s reign, and also the debut of a new American adaptation of the legendary behemoth, slated for May 16th. Spanning 28 films produced in the land of the rising sun, Godzilla has endured turbulent times and many an identity crisis. From personifying the dangers of atomic testing to mankind’s savior, from savior to a father and friend of children, and from a cartoony baboon back to his original brute might. In 1998 there was an American interpretation, handled by Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin (Independence Day), which featured a giant lizard in lieu of a radioactive dinosaur; it’s best left forgotten. What follows is a list of notable Godzilla films in his sixty
year career. It’s both meant to enlighten readers of the symbolism of these films and also spark interest for any party to seek out these titles – most readily available on DVD/Blu-Ray – for consumption before next month’s CG return. GODZILLA (1954) In the forties and fifties, the public had an appetite for mindless sci-fi creature features that could be not quenched. Oftentimes a movie would be conceived around a title made on a whim; one look at the bargain bin at Best Buy would easily confirm this practice. Flying saucers, creatures from the sea, oversized insects, and space aliens crash-landing on earth all made for popular sci-fi of the era. Around this time period, inspired by the special effects work in King Kong (1933) and the mutated dinosaur-monster in The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms
(1953), Japanese executives combined the world’s creature feature fever with the horrors of the atomic detonations of Hiroshima and Nagasaki only years before. Titled Godzilla, the creature would be a lumbering, walking instrument of chaos that was seemingly indestructible, immune to all forms of man-made weaponry, and boasting a blue jet of atomic fire breath. Awoken and empowered by atomic bombs, Godzilla was Japan’s answer for the call of disbandment of nuclear weapons globally, the embodiment of all the death, destruction, and fear they caused. In addition to Godzilla’s path of destruction, a subplot involving a scientist conceiving a device of immense deadly power is meant to mirror Oppenheimer’s Manhattan Project, leading to a tragic, but heroic, end. The theme is clear: mankind creates powerful weapons of mass terror, and nature rises from the depths to
KING KONG VS. GODZILLA (1962) Originally conceived by special effects guru Willis O’Brien as King Kong vs. Frankenstein, one conversation led to another, eventually bringing this epic match of popular monsters from different countries to reality. By his third outing, Godzilla’s persona as monster was lessening to a more subdued, family-friend merchandising opportunity. Nevertheless, it’s difficult to deny the exceptional level of fun King Kong vs. Godzilla presents. Godzilla tramples over Japan with little resistance, and their answer is to travel to Faro Island and retrieve the mythical Kong, an oversized gorilla that gains strength from electricity. This leads to a climactic battle royale on Mount Fuji, as these two iconic punch, claw, kick, and smash into one another, using all their gifts and talents to try to best the other. It’s neither Godzilla at his best or worse (that would be imminent), but it’s one of the more entertaining entries that should be either celebrated for being one of the first “vs” type of movie, or mocked for its exaggerated wrestle-match and performances. MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA (1964) The last Godzilla movie with a message for a long while, Mothra vs. Godzilla entered the theme of nurturing a healthy environment. Whereas Godzilla preached the dangers of nuclear
weapons, this title took aim at pollution and industrial interference in nature. More to the point, and probably of higher importance, it features the first of many engagements between the giant moth of Infant Island, Mothra, and Godzilla. The greediness of businessmen upturning soil for profit juxtaposed against the unrelenting path of Godzilla’s terror and Mothra’s fight for monster liberation makes for one of the last truly great Godzilla films of the early era. Following this outing, Godzilla transformed from a symbol to a child’s action hero, thwarting alien plans to take over the planet, fighting monsters, and enjoying a relationship with his son (which, to the filmmakers credit, became a story about bullying that would appeal to kids). The concept of pollution would rise again in Godzilla vs. Hedorah, a monster manifested by the filth of mankind, but for the most part, save Godzilla’s fight with his robotic counterpart in Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla (1974), these weren’t Godzilla’s best years, and usually the source of his bad reputation.
THE RETURN OF GODZILLA (1984) Godzilla returned to his atomic roots in this reboot of sorts. Black scales, vampire teeth, blood-shot eyes, and a haunting roar, Godzilla had shed his good-guy persona and become the villain again. The goal was to forget the twenty years of light-hearted fun and rekindle the themes of the original Godzilla, going so far as to have a lengthy scene involving a debate over the use of nuclear weapons to stop Godzilla. In another scene, a Soviet submarine launches a nuclear missile heading directly to Japan that needs to be stopped before impact, creating a ticking-clock to the film that heightens the intensity. One of the few titles unavailable on DVD in the U.S., The Return of Godzilla (or Godzilla
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Transcendence review Error 404: movie has failed to connect. JAMES HOUTSMA A & E Editor With technology, we have endless gateways for the advancement of the human race. Likewise with Transcendence, we have every opportunity for a fresh, smart and engaging sci-fi thriller about the dangers of said technology. But like nanobots and super-sentient artificial intelligence, the goals of Transcendence have not been realized. After being critically attacked by an anti-technology group, computer scientist Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp), at the urging of his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall), uploads his consciousness to a super computer before he passes away. Overjoyed to have her husband back, Evelyn helps Will get connected to the web, allowing him untold amounts of information and the ability to push technology forward exponentially. But as their good friend Max (Paul Bettany) tried to warn her, Will’s new ambition to “better” the world is proving very dangerous for the entire human race. Everything about Transcendence sounded like an instant winner. A hugely hyped script
that had been on Hollywood’s unproduced blacklist of favorites, acclaimed cinematographer Wally Pfister picking the film up as his directorial debut, and a powerhouse cast lineup – it all made for an incredibly exciting
prospect. Appearances can be deceiving though, as Transcendence cannot get past its unsure script and glacial pacing to allow the ideas it has to truly, well, transcend. The themes in Jack Paglan’s
GODZILLA “The greediness of businessmen upturning soil for profit juxtaposed against the unrelenting path of Godzilla’s terror and Mothra’s fight for monster liberation makes for one of the last truly great Godzilla films of the early era.” continued from 15
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1985, as it was released here) made Godzilla legitimate again, a beast to be reckoned with, and aided by the best in special effects. GODZILLA, MOTHRA, KING GHIDORAH: GIANT MONSTERS ALL-OUT ATTACK (2001) With a culture deeply immersed in spirituality and mythology, it’s hard to believe it took nearly fifty years for the series to go that route. Featuring two of Godzilla’s classic foes, Mothra and King Ghidorah (a three-headed golden dragon), they, along with the underground burrower Baragon, are spiritual defenders of Japan against Godzilla, the embodiment of evil and atomic power. Ruthless, intelligent, and powerful, Godzilla has never been a more oppressive figure since the 1954 original, causing a level of chaos with great impact and allegory. In one spine-chilling scene, Godzilla’s atomic ray creates a mushroom cloud ef-
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The summer five Writer Madeline Zafft looks at five hot trends in hair and makeup to make the summer sizzle.
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MADELINE ZAFFT Staff Writer Spending tons of time on your hair and makeup is one of the last things you want to do and with summer vastly approaching we all want to achieve this daily task as fast as possible, easy and fun styles that look effortless. A list comprised of five summer hair trends and five summer makeup trends are below. Check out these five great ideas for summer looks, starting off with your gorgeous locks. 1. First off we have our braids and twists. They are all here: fishtail, mermaid, waterfall and the classic French -- you can’t go wrong with a braid in the warm summer weather. Throw your
hair in a braid and it instantly adds a pop to your hair. Sometimes braids can be a little tricky, but have no fear; thanks to Pinterest and YouTube you can pick up the hottest braid trends in a few minutes. If braids aren’t your thing? Try throwing in a couple twists instead. I find that twists are perfect for when I really don’t have a lot of time and need to get out the door in a hurry. 2. Waves are next up on the list. Waves are perfect for that beachy, effortless look. Everybody’s hair has a different texture and length, so this one can take a little time to find the method that works for you. There are loads of different techniques on this old school look on your DIY sites as well.
3. The low-pony is such a time saver; throwing your hair in a low pony is a great way to get your hair out of your face, especially for hot summer days. Pop in a hair accessory like a headband or a cute hairpin to dress it up. This trend has been spotted on the runway quite a bit this season, as well and even on a more than a few celebs on the red carpet. 4. This is my personal favorite; the half-up, half down look. It takes only about five minutes to style and it works great with straight, wavy or curly hair. It can be worn on dressy occasions or just a casual day out. Ariana Grande, who has been one of my latest obsessions, can be found sporting this look often and killing it -- but honestly what doesn’t she look good in? As a little extra “something”, she also throws a braid in her bangs to give her hair some extra depth. 5. Last in the hair department, but certainly not least, we have a trend for those of you who are more on the daring side. Pastels -- yes you read right -- lavender, baby blue and cotton candy pink are the biggies. Celebs from Kelly Osborne, Katy Perry and Demi Lovato have rocked the look. Not ready to take the permanment plunge, but want to spice up your hair? You can find hair chalk at any beauty store or online for a temporary pop of color. Lets get on to the makeup portion of this style spotter. Now, we all know when the glow from the summer heat warms us up and really gives us the desire to go makeup free and greet the world with a naked face; but it’s always fun to try out bright and colorful looks that we can’t al-
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TRANSCENDENCE “Appearances can be deceiving though, as Transcendence cannot get past its unsure script and glacial pacing to allow the ideas it has to truly, well, transcend.” continued from 16 nonetheless a thought-provoking basis to build on. For the most part, they are the redeeming quality in this effort. The aesthetic Pfister uses in complimenting these ideas is admirable, as his unquestionable skill in cinematography comes across clearly when we’re treated to some standout camera work, echoing, in some spots, the look of Inception. The film hits the mark early on when Will’s consciousness first is uploaded and the antitechnology cell, RIFT, is desperate to shut the Depp-puter down before he can reach an online network. It’s an area of real potential but the film does away with it early on to go in another direction. Alas, it’s a direction that is far too flat. The rest of the film finds itself battling between two story arcs: humanity’s struggle to stop the machine before it’s too late and Evelyn’s realization that her husband is not the same. Both of these stories could potentially work but there is
not nearly enough genuine tension and suspense to give the thriller angle life (they literally give the ending away in the first three minutes) and the tragic love story doesn’t have the heart and genuine, dimensional characters needed to invest in it. Great actors like Depp, Hall, Bettany, and Morgan Freeman are left to just… exist, in a world as cold as the mechanics that run it. For the hour and 15 minutes after Depp becomes Max Headroom, the film never successfully blends the two story ideas, making for pacing issues that drag things down until the end. Transcendence came with the promise of a high-concept, intelligent experience but, due to its problems, ended up being an example of wasted potential. Too basic for intellectuals and too boring for popcorn audiences, Transcendence ends up being another bland, unfortunate component in the Hollywood machine.
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Celebrity baby craze in full spring MADELINE ZAFFT Staff Writer
April showers may bring May flowers, but in this case they also bring pregnant celebrities. There are a handful of celebs who are sporting their baby bump as their best accessory -- from Kerri Washington to Tila Tequila, you can spot the bun in the oven from a mile away. One of the most talked about celeb baby bumps is Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ latest announcement. Even though her baby bump is barely there, the media has pounced all over it -- especially at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards when she wore a dress that flaunted it. Kerri Washington just wrapped up the filming of Scandal and feels like she is free to let the bump fly. While filming, the actress talked about the challenges of hiding her new asset. “It’s been an awesome challenge for me as an actor because so much of how I access character is through my body,” Kerry said. The two best buds from the MTV show Jersey Shore are pregnancy pals as well: Ni-
cole “Snooki” Polizzi and Jenni “JWoww” Farley are in this together. Both are pregnant at the same time -- Snooki is pregnant with her second child and JWoww with her first. You may know this mommy to be from her reality show A Shot of Love With Tila Tequila. The show was a dating show much like The Bachelor. Tila Nguyen, who goes by her stage name “Tila Tequila”, has been in magazines such as “Playboy” and “Maximum.” The model posted to Facebook last Wednesday with a picture sporting her new baby bump. The caption read “Surprise!! I’m 10 weeks pregnant!” The news came in a little bit of shock, mostly because she has been off her Facebook for a couple months now keeping a low profile. Her Wednesday post lead fans believe that she had been gone to get sober as she wrote “Hi Everyone! I have missed you all so very much, but I had to disappear for a while to get my act together and enjoy my newfound happiness with sober living!” In the picture she uploaded she is wearing a white bra and plaid pajama pants to show off the baby bump.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
SUMMER STYLE “Now, we all know when the glow from the summer heat warms us up and really gives us the desire to go makeup i - free and greet the world with a nae ked face; but it’s always fun to try d out bright and colorful looks that we y can’t always pull off in the colder A . seasons.” w
a continued from 17 e n ways pull off in the colder sea” sons. l 1. The first way to greet - the upcoming summer season r is with bright lips. You really n can’t go wrong with orange, s pink, coral and red. A splash of a color on your lips can be just e the accent your outfit needs. k I would suggest going in and - trying on lipsticks, so you can y get one that goes with your e skin tone perfectly and you s don’t end up looking like you e are trying out for the clown act t at the local circus -- this trend o can be turned into a no-no in y the glide of a lipstick. r 2. Who doesn’t like the - dewy look? In the summera time this is a no brainer; a w great dewy finish can give your face a great glowing look that embodies the words “sunkissed goddess”. I love tinted moisturizers for the summer because they are much lighter and most have a great SPF built in them. SPF is very important for maintaining youthful skin and tinted moisturizers can also give you that great natural look. 3. Colored eyeliner can be a no or a go trend as well -- you just have to make sure it is done right. I love to see turquoise or a blue eyeliner for
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summer. I tend to wear both of these are colors for my everyday look. Just changing the color of eyeliner can transform a day look into a style suitable for a night on the town. 4. We all need a little color on the apples of our cheeks and a great blush or bronzer is the perfect way to accomplish this. Coral is great for summer time. In my opinion your look is not completely finished without a great blush or bronzer. Bronzer can just play on your great tanned skin. 5. Of course waterproof makeup is on the list! With the hot weather, pool parties, and Fourth of July celebrations we all are guilty of wearing makeup to events. Waterproof makeup is a basic essential to summer time fun. It’s such a relief to get out of the pool and have your makeup on your face and not floating on top of the water. All of these ideas and trends can be found on Pinterest and on YouTube tutorials. Both of these sites are great resources to help you achieve the above looks. If anything, have fun when experimenting with your hair and makeup and add a little something that makes it your own.
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Prince re-signs with Warner Bros. Minnesota musician strikes a deal with old record label after years of conflict. NEW YORK (AP) — Prince now owns the rights to the music he recorded on Warner Bros. Records after years of disputes and battles with the record label. Warner Bros. announced Friday it had reached an agreement with the pop icon, who was signed to the label from 1978 to the mid-1990s, during which time he released key projects like “Purple Rain,” ‘’1999,” ‘’Diamonds and Pearls” and “Around the World in a Day.” Financial terms weren’t disclosed. Prince’s new partnership will include the release of “previously unheard material” from his nearly two-decade tenure on the label. A 30th-anniversary edition of “Purple Rain” will be released this summer. Prince, 55, said in a statement that he’s “pleased with the results of the negotiations” and looks “forward to a fruitful working relationship.” The agreement comes years after Prince’s relationship with Warner Bros. soured as he failed to gain possession of the music he recorded for the label. He
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changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol and wrote the word “slave” on his cheek. He also vowed to rerecord the 17 albums he released on the label and sell them on his own. After Warner, Prince began releasing music in 1996 over the Internet, but didn’t match his previous successes. He struck deals with Arista Records and Columbia Records, where he saw
a comeback with the Grammywinning “Musicology” in 2004. The singer has also released many albums through his own label, NPG Records, following his split with Warner. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also said he’s working on new music apart from Warner Bros. Prince has recently been performing with the all-female trio 3RDEYEGIRL.
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Let’s play some football After the decision and all of the drama, the Mavericks can get back to what they do best: playing football. JOEY DENTON Sports Editor It’s time to start playing football in Mankato. Last Wednesday, the MSU football team unanimously decided they didn’t want to practice on coach Hoffner’s first
day back and read a statement, which hence they wanted assistant head coach Aaron Keen to stay as head coach. Mankato, let alone the country, was in shock. But coach Hoffner and the team
remained calm and took action Thursday morning. After a 7 a.m. meeting Thursday morning with the Maverick football players, coaches and Athletic Director Kevin Buisman, all of their concerns and questions were answered, and according to junior safety Sam Thompson, “As a team, we are ready to get back to playing football.” The meeting ended with former linebacker Marcus HallOliver putting his two cents in. After sitting for an hour and 45 minutes, the 2012 First-Team allNSIC Division Defensive team member told the team to set all differences aside and play football. At the press conference that took place Thursday, both Thompson and Buisman sincerely apologized and welcomed head coach Todd Hoffner back to Minnesota State University, Mankato. “Undoubtedly it’s been a difficult time for everyone involved, including for our football program, the student-athletes, coach
David Bassey • MSU Reporter For those who are looking ahead, the Mavericks get to host the first game of the 2014 season as St. Cloud State, who knocked the Mavericks out of the playoffs this season, comes to Blakeslee Stadium on Sept. 4.
Keen and many others. But no one suffered more than Todd and
his family, and with that I want to offer my very sincere and heart-
felt apology to that,” Buisman
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New direction in recruiting shows promising future for men’s hockey program DEREK LAMBERT Staff Writer With good recruiting, the Minnesota State University, Mankato men’s hockey program is continuing to grow into a contender on the national stage. Since head coach Mike Hastings took over behind the bench almost two years ago, the recruiting focus has shifted. When Troy Judding was the bench boss of the Mavericks, he often recruited players who were unheard of in the Midwest, or came from non-traditional hockey programs. Though that landed him a couple of hidden gems in former captains Eriah Hayes and Johnny McInnis, who both are now playing professionally in the American Hockey League, more often it left the Mavericks behind in the conference standings. Hastings’ approach is fairly simple, given his background as a coach. Coaching the Omaha
Lancers of the United States Hockey League for 14 seasons, Hastings never had a losing season, and won three league championships. The USHL is widely regarded as the top junior A league in the world, sending over two-thirds of the players in the league to division one schools. While Hastings isn’t biased to the USHL as he is getting recruits elsewhere as well, he is picking up some of the best junior players in their respective leagues, and following the trend of college hockey powerhouses in taking recruits who have been seasoned by junior hockey instead of straight from high school. Recently, three of Hastings’ recruits have signed their national letters of intent, readying them to begin at MSU next fall. With the success the program has had the past two seasons, MSU is now a program that has become very appealing to some of the top
junior prospects in North America, and Hastings has found some good ones. The most impressive recruit of the recent three is Stratford, Ont. native Brad McClure. A forward, McClure comes from the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League, the same team Maverick sophomores Bryce Gervais and Nick Buchanan won a national championship with in 2012. Like Gervais did in 2012, McClure led the BCHL in goals, totaling 51 through 69 games and finishing second in the league with 101 points. A natural scorer, McClure looks to be a player that could come in as a freshman and have an immediate impact on the offense to help fill the hole left behind with seniors Zach Lehrke and McInnis graduating. Another BCHL recruit join-
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Web Photo Ontario native Brad McClure scored an unprecedented 101 points in 69 games last season for the Penticton Vees of the BCHL.
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MEN’S HOCKEY “Hastings landed an impressive duo from the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL for next fall in C.J. Franklin and Zeb Knutson, who were the Stampede’s top two scorers.” continued from 11 ing the Mavericks in the fall is defenseman Jaden Schmeisser, a native of Qualicum Beach, B.C. Schmeisser played parts of five seasons in the BCHL. In 20132014 he posted 29 points in 41 games split between the Victoria Grizzlies and the West Kelowna Warriors. With only one defenseman graduating for the Mavs, it’s tough to say how much ice time Schmeisser will see in his rookie campaign, though at a minimum he will provide needed depth on the blue line for the Mavs. Rounding out the newest of the recruits is a goaltender. Bismarck, ND native Aaron Nelson joins the 2014-2015 freshman class from the Bismarck Bobcats of the North American Hockey League, where he has played the past three seasons. Through 111 regular season games in the league, Nelson posted a career .919 save percentage to go along with a 2.2 goals against average and nine shutouts. Though the goaltending situation looks fairly set for the Mavericks with 2014 WCHA Goaltending Champion Cole Huggins returning for his sophomore season and the 2013 WCHA Goaltending Champion Stephon Williams returning for his junior season, Hastings expects Nelson to push them for playing time. So while Nelson will come in theoretically as the third string goaltender, he has the potential to play a considerable amount of minutes down the road in his collegiate career. Though these three provide
FOOTBALL “It’s clear there has been a shift in the culture and I look forward to adapting and integrating many of those positive changes into my leadership of the program and pursuit of the ultimate goal of winning a national championship.” continued from 11
Web Photo The Mavericks look to see forward C.J. Franklin make an impact right away next fall.
an impressive incoming class on their own, they join two other players who earlier signed on to join the Mavericks next fall. Hastings landed an impressive duo from the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL for next fall in C.J. Franklin and Zeb Knutson, who were the Stampede’s top two scorers. A Forest Lake, Minn. native, Franklin joined the Stampede
Web Photo The Victoria Grizzlies will miss defenseman Jaden Schmeisser’s 29 points from this past season.
after graduating from Forest Lake High School, where he captained the Rangers in his senior season. As a rookie in the USHL, he posted veteran numbers, tying current Maverick Zach Stepan for fifth in the league with 32 goals and adding 28 assists for 60 points. This past season, Franklin posted 51 more points in 53 games. He is a gritty, old school style player who will bring a physical presence to the Mavericks, but can also bury the puck. Franklin is a type of player that could thrive under Hastings and be a great asset on the power play in front of the net. His teammate, Knutson, is no slouch either. The Sioux Falls, S.D. native finished right behind Franklin the past two seasons with 48 and 51 points, and notched 27 goals this past season. A skilled player, Knutson’s style of play compliments Franklin’s hardhat style of play, and both players could be regulars in the Maverick lineup next season. Though still climbing their way towards the top of college hockey’s elite, the Mavericks are on the right track. They finished this past season ranked no. 12 in the nation, and if they continue to land top recruits, a Frozen Four appearance may not be too far away. Championship teams aren’t built overnight, but rather over the course of a couple of seasons. With the way MSU’s last couple of seasons have gone, the time may be nearing where the Verizon Wireless Center in downtown Mankato is raising a National Championship banner.
said. The players also cleared up what their intentions were for their actions on Wednesday when most of the players decided not to suit up for Hoffner’s first day back. “We stand behind our actions and statement made, but in no way did we want our actions to undermine Coach Hoffner’s return,” Thompson said. The two-hour meeting this morning was enough for every party to agree to resume spring ball practice tomorrow afternoon. “I think that everybody that’s up here in front of you today is committed to working together through a complex, dynamic and very challenging situation,” Buisman said at the press conference. Players were concerned about coach Hoffner being able to adapt to the new culture that coach Keen brought to the program, but after one day, Hoffner already knew about the culture shift. “It’s clear there has been a shift in the culture and I look forward to adapting and integrating many of those positive changes into my leadership of the program and pursuit of the ultimate goal of winning a national championship,” Hoffner said. The biggest concerns the players last Wednesday was how involved coach Keen is going to be in the future. The decision was made that he will resume his position as assistant head coach and also be the offensive coordinator. According to Hoffner, he will “more than likely” be calling the offensive plays from the sideline for the 2014 season. Hoffner described his relationship with Keen as a very positive, working relationship. “The relationship we had before I was removed from the field is the one we want to get back to in moving the program forward,” Hoffner said. While a lot of the players have just met Hoffner, they not only have to adjust to his coaching style but also show him what they can do on the field with the 2014 spring game coming up on April 26. Kickoff is at noon in Blakeslee Stadium.
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Baseball team stomps Wolves in four-game series Minnesota State University, Mankato improved their overall record to 34-7 and 22-4 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference over the weekend. Sweeping Northern State University in two sets of double headers, MSU extended their win streak to 11 games.
Arnold Bagamba • MSU Reporter Junior pitcher Mathias Butala possesses a 2.52 ERA with 24 strikeouts and five walks in 25 innings pitched.
ADAM PIERSON Staff Writer After sweeping Bemidji State University last week in a double header, 7-4 game one and 8-0 game two, MSU traveled to Aberdeen, S.D. over the weekend to square off against the Wolves. Winning all four games, MSU outscored NSU 43-8. April 18 Game one entailed an early offensive surge from MSU that held up throughout the stint. Posting three runs in the first inning, MSU topped NSU 6-2 in seven innings of play. Junior Max Waletich put the Mavericks on the board in the first inning with a RBI single through the right side, scoring freshman Eric Peterson. Two batters later, junior Connor McCallum earned a RBI by grounding out to the second basemen, brining Waletich across home plate. The next batter, senior Stetson Olson ripped a RBI single to center field, driving in junior Nolan Johnson. In the second inning, senior Todd Standish laid down a sacrifice bunt to the pitcher, bringing sophomore Taylor Branstad in to score. Waletich drove in the next run for MSU with a RBI single to left field, allowing Peterson to score. Again in the fourth inning, Waletich laced a RBI double to right field, bringing Standish in and increasing MSU’s lead to 6-0.
In the second half of the fourth inning, NSU scored on a sacrifice fly to center field. NSU scored once more in the sixth inning on a ground out to the second basemen, but ultimately fell short to MSU 6-2. Waletich led the Mavericks with four hits, three RBIs and
one run scored. Senior All-American Jason Hoppe earned the win for MSU with his seven innings of work on the mound. Hoppe allowed two runs on six hits, one walk and hitting one batter with a pitch while punching out seven Wolves. Hoppe improved his overall record to 8-1 this season with the win. Game two deemed no different for the Mavericks, trumping the Wolves 6-1 in nine innings of ball. NSU’s lone run was scored in the second inning on a RBI single up the middle of the field. MSU earned the run back and
then some in the third inning. Standish started the three-run inning with a RBI double to left field, bringing in Peterson. Three batters later, Johnson cracked a RBI double down the left-field line, driving in Standish. The next batter, McCallum added a RBI double of his own down the right-field line sending Johnson across home plate. In the eighth inning, Branstad connected on a RBI single up the middle of the field. MSU capped off the ninth inning with two more runs. First, on an error by the second baseman and finally on Johnson’s RBI double to center field, bringing the score to 6-1 where it would remain through the next half inning. Johnson led MSU with three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored. Senior Bryce Bellin earned the win for MSU in his six innings of work. Bellin allowed just one run on seven hits and one walk while sending nine Wolves back to the bench on strikes. Freshman Mitchell Bauer tossed two innings for MSU, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out four batters. Junior Matt Geislinger closed the game for MSU, striking out two of the three batters he faced. April 19 A power surge swung MSU past NSU in game one of the day. Posting five doubles and three home runs while stomping the Wolves 18-3 in seven innings.
MSU wasted no time, posting four runs in the first inning alone. Peterson started it off with a solo shot over the left-field fence. Later in the inning Jonson walloped a double, scoring Standish. Two batters later, Olson launched a two-run bomb to left field before the end of the first half of the inning. NSU gained two runs back in the bottom of the second inning with a two-run single to rightcenter field. MSU snatched both runs back in the top of third inning. McCallum laid down a sacrifice bunt to the first basemen, allowing Johnson to score. Three batters later, Branstad earned a RBI and reached on a NSU second baseman error, bringing Olson in to score. Johnson posted the only run in the fourth inning with a sacrifice fly to right field, bringing Standish across home plate. MSU was back at it in the fifth inning. Standish started the fun with a RBI single to left field driving in sophomore Kevin Kramer. Three batters later, Johnson drove in two with a single to right field. Two batters later, Olson ripped a tworun double to left-center-field, scoring Johnson and Waletich. Kramer added a run two batters later with a RBI single, driving in Olson. Branstad followed him with a RBI single to center-field to end the seven run fifth inning.
Waletich drove in sophomore Jon Heiderscheit with a RBI ground out to the shortstop. Two batters later, Johnson sent a two-run shot to left field with
Standish on base. The Wolves posted their last run in the sixth inning on a RBI single to right field. Hoppe grabbed the run back with a RBI double down the leftfield line, securing MSU’s 18-3 victory. MSU was led by Johnson who had four hits, six RBIs and scored four runs, Olson who posted three hits, four RBIs and scored three runs and Standish who scored five runs and posted two hits and one RBI. Senior TJ Larson earned the win for MSU in his four innings of work. Larson allowed two
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BASEBALL “After sweeping Bemidji State University last week in a doubleheader, 7-4 game one and 8-0 game two, MSU traveled to Aberdeen, S.D. over the weekend to square off against the Wolves. Winning all four games, MSU outscored NSU 43-8.” continued from 13 runs on six hits and one walk while punching out three batters. Larson improved his overall record to 5-2 with the victory. Game two, the final game of the four-game stint was no different than the last three. MSU posted 13 runs and allowed just two in seven innings of play. Peterson scored on a wild pitch in the first inning to put
MSU on the board. NSU gained the run back in the second half of the first inning with a sacrifice fly to left field. NSU took the lead with a RBI single in the second inning. After the second inning it
was all MSU. Olson got the ball rolling with a two-run double down the right-field line. McCallum followed him up with a RBI single up the middle, bringing Olson in to score. Standish reached on an error in the fourth, allowing Peterson to score. Waletich followed with a RBI double to left-center field, driving in Standish. Standish got it going in the sixth inning with a double to right-center-field scoring Peterson. Two batters later, Johnson connected on a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Standish. Olson followed that up with a tworun bomb to right-center field, with Waletich on base. Standish once again started the scoring in the seventh inning with a two-run single to rightfield, scoring Peterson and Sullivan. Waletich followed with a RBI single up the middle, scoring Standish. MSU was led by Standish, who posted three hits, four RBIs and scored four runs, Olson who posted three hits, four RBIs and scored two runs as well as Waletich who connected with three hits, two RBIs and scored one
Senior Taylor Nawrocki earned the win for MSU in his seven innings of work. Nawrocki allowed two runs on five hits, two walks and one wild pitch while striking out two Wolves. Nawrocki improved his overall record to 6-0 this season with the win. MSU looks to square off against St. Cloud State University Wednesday in Mankato. The double header is set to start at 1:30 p.m. St. Cloud is currently third in the NSIC with a 28-7 overall record and 17-4 in the NSIC.
Arnold Bagamba • MSU Reporter Senior outfielder Parker Sullivan went 3-for-14 this past weekend against Northern State.
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The Department of Economics invites the University and the Mankato communities to its Annual Economics Lecture Series featuring Dr. Alex T. Tabarrok
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