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KMSU calling for support Campus radio station to hold 24-hour Shuffle Function Pledge Marathon today as part of 10-day fundraising event. SAM WILMES News Editor To draw attention to the needs of their organization, the KMSU radio station will be holding their annual 24-hour Shuffle Function Pledge Marathon today. The event will consist of Shelly and “Shy Boy” Tim, the hosts of a 6-9 AM weekday radio show, playing CDs and raising money. The day is part of a 10 day fundraising drive that will take place until Friday, May 2nd. According to Shy Boy Tim Lind, the goal amount for this year is their “largest ever,” and the motivations, according to Tim, are serious. “The transmitters here are dying,” he said. Equating the situation with a car’s engine, Tim stressed the importance of raising the money. “It’s critical that we raise this amount.” The greatest reward during the day-long shift to Tim won’t

be a healthy shot of caffeine or the expectancy of sleep. “When the phone rings its better than caffeine because it shows that us staying up all night is not futile and it’s good to know that people out there know and care about the station.” Shelly stressed the uniqueness of the station. “That’s who we are as a station, the volunteers that come up and play whatever they like, that’s really rare on the radio dial, but yet it exists right here at KMSU.” “We are a known commodity with our listeners,” KMSU General Manager James Gullickson said. “We let people in the greater community know about what is going on across campus.” Gullickson stressed the necessity of the transmitter, proclaiming it the “mission critical goal of the station, something everybody can get their heads around.” Many aspects of the radio station will be improved by the transmitter. While ice and other

weather factors have frozen the current transmitter on several different occasions, the new one will able to adjust to any situation. According to Gullickson, the 24-hour drive won’t be like the typical “boring” fundraiser. Numerous events will sprinkle the day with fun and color, some-

thing needed on air. He mentioned karaoke, which will take place from 2-4 p.m. KMSU usually raises 80-90% of their goal amount in the spring fundraiser. They have two fundraisers – one in the spring and one in the fall. “We should be in great shape if we can raise the entire amount

of $40,000,” Gullickson said. “We should have the transmitter in by this time next year.” In the end, Gullickson and the crew at KMSU will rely on those who are the lifeblood of the radio station. “We have to trust that people will be motivated to give,” Gullickson concluded.

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MSU, MnSCU requests legislative evaluation regarding Hoffner case University president alongside MnSCU Chancellor Rosenstone asks for a review of the process regarding head football coach Todd Hoffner. REECE HEMMESCH Editor in Chief One week after head football coach Todd Hoffner’s public decision to return to MSU, the university is now looking to evaluate the case through the eyes of the State of Minnesota’s Office of Legislative Auditor. In a statement sent to all university staff and students via email, President Richard Davenport explained Wednesday that he has gone to MnSCU Chancellor Steven J. Rosenstone to request that a review of the process used in the case regarding the head football coach be conducted by the Office of


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Legislative Auditor. Rosenstone took it one step further yesterday morning at the MnSCU Board of Trustees meeting where he

explained that he delivered the request to Senator Roger Reinert and Representative Michael Beard, the chair and vice char of the Legislative Audit Commission. “Because of the concerns that have been raised, President Davenport has requested that we seek a review by the Office of Legislative Auditor of the processes involved in actions taken by Minnesota State University, Mankato with respect to this matter,” Rosenstone said. In Davenport’s email to faculty, staff and students, he continued to sound off his support for Hoffner returning to Mankato, before explaining the

case would be reviewed. “Last week I sent a message to the campus community expressing my full personal

support to Mr. Todd Hoffner in his return to Minnesota State University, Mankato as Head Football Coach,” he said. “First, I want to reiterate that support and emphasize that we welcome Todd back to campus and look forward to his leadership of our football program moving forward.” Rosenstone’s remarks at yesterday’s MnSCU Board of Trustees meeting emphasized that due to Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, it is “frustrating” to comment on or explain the university’s actions to the public.

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Newman Center welcomes all to ground-breaking mass 12,000 square-foot center will provide for growing fellowship and faith. SAM WILMES News Editor The St. Thomas More Catholic Newman Center will hold a groundbreaking mass and reception this Sunday at 7:00 p.m. The new building, located at 1502 Warren St., will be the site of the new student center and chapel for the Newman Center and the Campus Ministry at MSU. Around 12,000 square feet of space will be acquired by the new facility, a number far surpassing the current confines of 1,200 square feet. The new center will expand what’s possible for the Newman Center, including a chapel with seating capacity of 250, a social hall, lounge, and classroom space. Vanman Architects and Builders Inc. served as architects and the General Contractor was Robert W. Carlstrom Co. Inc., of Mankato. According to the Newman Center, they are a “Ministry of the Diocese of Winona.” The St. Thomas More Newman Center offers thousands of college students various opportunities for ministry on a weekly basis, including Sunday Mass, Daily Mass, Bible Studies, Theology Classes, Discernment Groups,

Sacramental Preparation, Social Justice Outreach, Fellowship and more. Administer Michele Folk contends that with the Newman Center experiencing leaps and bounds in growth in the last ten years, this expansion was needed. “With Fr. Tim Biren and focus missionaries being brought

to campus to help, the building we currently reside in is too small,” Folk said. Folk sees the Newman Center in terms of the services the center provides to MSU students on a daily basis. “We serve MSU students in a way that we can bring our faith to the every day life of students across campus, regardless of the

race, color or faith.” According to Folk, over 200 students visit the current Newman site every day for a variety of reasons: studying, praying, daily masses and socialization. ”People come to feel safe, because we provide a safe and comfortable place for students,” Folk said. Folk stressed that the new

center will also not be only a place for Catholics. “We invite students of all faiths to come and feel comfortable,” Folk said. Folk wrapped the services they provide around the catholic ministry. “We keep the mission of the catholic ministry, that’s what we are providing,” Folk said.

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Mankato to host Highly-esteemed annual literary VP to speak conference in upcoming lecture


This Saturday, English Graduate students from all across the MnSCU system will be presenting written material geared toward technology and how it may improve voices globally. Our university will be hosting this annual event in the Centennial Student Union. Jen Rogers, President of the GSEA (Graduate Scholars of English Association), elaborates: “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to present the English Graduate Conference this year and anticipate a day of inspiration, new ideas, and building great connections,” Rogers said. This will be the second year of the conference and the theme will be “The World As I See It.” Schools from all across the MnSCU system are invited to join the festivities, which includes 31 state institutions from all across Minnesota. Graduate students will read their own literary works, all directed toward communication with the world through our extremely advanced technology. These pieces are fictional, bibliographical and non-fictional. In addition to Graduates’ works, Ed Bok Lee, author and playwright, will be present to speak. In 2012, he was the win-

ner of the American Book Award for his piece “Whorled.” Over the years, he’s also won several other awards, such as the AsianAmerican Literary Award and the Minnesota Book Award for Poetry. Co-President of the GSEA, Ellen Zamarripa, couldn’t be happier with this year’s keynote speaker. “After seeing Ed Bok Lee present at a conference last year, a few of my colleagues and I really wanted to ask him to speak at MSU, so we’re especially excited that he agreed to do so. We hope anyone and everyone who is interested will take advantage of this opportunity.” “This year the conference is supported by the College of Arts & Humanities, the English department and the College of Graduate Studies & Research, “ Rogers said, “The English Department, College of Arts and Humanities and the College of Graduate Studies & Research have generously supported us in making this possible.” The conference is free to the public and will be located in the Centennial Student Union. A book sale to support the Graduate students and the function will also take place—$2 for hardcovers, and $1 for paperbacks. For more information on the conference or a schedule, please visit

SAM WILMES News Editor A Senior Vice President of a major corporation will be the first executive in residence for the University’s College of Business today and tomorrow. Minnesota State University, Mankato alumnus Suresh Mathews is senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Pennsylvania- based global information technology company Unisys. The 2014 Morgan Thomas Executive Lecture will be hosted by Mathews today at 4:30 p.m. in the Ostrander Auditorium. His talk will include discussing the evolving role of technology in business. The event is free and open to the public. Mathews graduated from MSU in 1975 with a computer science degree. Mathews serves on the College of Business Advisory Council and his visit will include his placement as the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award, which will be awarded tomorrow. This is the end of a couple years of plans, as establishing an executive residency has been the goal of the University since 2012. “This will provide an opportunity for students and

faculty to engage deeper with industry executives,” College of Business Dean Brenda Flannery told the University. “The more exposure our students get to real-world thinking and real- world experience, the better they’ll be prepared to join the business community after graduation,” Flannery said. “The executive residency is a big step forward for the College of Business. We’re so pleased that Suresh Mathews gets to take that step with us.” During his stay, Mathews will discuss engage with faculty and students for two days. The event was created to honor the first dean of the College of Business, Morgan Thomas. “One of the great things about Mr. Thomas is that he is a College of Business graduate.” Interim Director for Communication and Events for the College of Business Elizabeth Johnson said. “He is a really cool guy, was an international student and has followed a unique path.” “His knowledge base was enormous,” Johnson said. “He is so warm, just a great story teller.” Johnson stressed that this won’t be a traditional lecture; instead, she described Mr. Thomas and Mrs. Flannery having a discussion on the effect technol-

ogy is having on business. Johnson stressed that this is not solely a College of Business discussion. According to Johnson, instead this is an issue pertinent to every major, since everyone will enter the world of business at some point. “We’ve booked him pretty full for the next two days,” Johnson said. “He’s really generous to give us his time and resources.” According to Unisys, they are a “worldwide information technology company. We provide a portfolio of IT services, software, and technology that solves critical problems for clients.” “We specialize in helping clients secure their operations, increase the efficiency and utilization of their data centers, enhance support to their end users and constituents and modernize their enterprise applications. To provide these services and solutions, we bring together offerings and capabilities in outsourcing services, systems integration and consulting services, infrastructure services, maintenance services and high-end server technology.” “With approximately 23,000 employees, Unisys serves commercial organizations and government agencies throughout the world.”

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Standardized testing needs individual pertinency Outdated testing leaves individuals in the dark, falls short in the ideals of education. RYAN BERNDT Staff Writer Since the mid-1800s, standardized testing in the U.S. has been used as a means of calculating the intelligence of students in the fields of mathematics, science and English. What once was a well- executed solution to a nationwide problem, now stands as a dull, useless and incompetent method of measurement. When Boston school reformers Horace Mann and Samuel Gridley Howe first modeled their tests off the Prussian school system, they believed that the tests would serve as a “single standard by which to judge and compare the output of each school,” which in fact they did, at first. Testing throughout the country went through a major overhaul, with tests such as the ACT being created and implemented. Despite standardized tests becoming popular throughout many school districts in the early 1900s, a national standard was not widely sought after until a 1983 report by President Ronald Reagan’s National Commission on Excellence in Education. This act was later reauthorized through the controversial No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 by President Bush. Although there was overwhelming bipartisan support

for when it was first enacted, the No Child Left Behind Act now faces a strong opposition composed of parents, teachers and concerned citizens; in fact, most teachers’ unions across the country have made efforts to show their opposition, citing the enormous amount of stress imposed on their students to reach good grades and on public school districts to meet the standard or face reductions in funding and even possible closure. As a nation, we need to realize that every student is different, with each child requiring different needs and assistance as they develop. Some students are more interested in English, some with mathematics and although teachers recognize this, there is nothing they can do. If their students don’t reach the standards set by the government, their job as teacher will be scrutinized, constantly evaluated and at risk. But let’s forget about the school districts as a whole and rather direct our focus on the individual, the student. It’s no secret that a large chunk of a student’s time is spent studying for tests and quizzes, making sure they can pass it to reach expectations laid out by someone they’ve never met; in fact, because of the large time allocated to allow students to study for these standardized tests, there is less time being spent on expand-

ing the student’s creativity. School is meant to foster the minds of our youth; to encourage them to achieve high and reach for whatever goal they have set for themselves. The knowledge we dispense to generations after should be to create a better world, one that will allow them to experience what we could not. Educationalist and TED speaker Ken Robinson said it

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Web Photo Former President George W. Bush instituted a policy that is now a heated source of debate in the educational community.

“Do you agree with standardized testing?”

NOEMI AGUILAR, SOPHOMORE BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE “It depends on the person. The test doesn’t define your intelligence.”

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JOSH WISE, FRESHMAN ECONOMICS “Yes, because it is standardized.”

AMR MOIRZA, GRADUATE STUDENT URBAN STUDIES “Yes, because it is standardized.”

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Amid Russian warning, Ukraine lies in a bind

Web Photo Troops stand at the ready as the situation in Ukraine deepens.

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russia’s foreign minister warned Wednesday that attacks on Russian citizens or interests in Ukraine would bring a firm response and drew a comparison to the circumstances that opened the war with Georgia in 2008. “Russian citizens being attacked is an attack against the Russian Federation,” Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, a day after Ukraine announced it was re-launching a campaign against pro-Kremlin insurgents occupying government facilities in the mostly Russian-speaking east. “If we were attacked we could certainly respond,” Lavrov said, speaking on the Kremlin-funded satellite TV channel RT. Lavrov’s warning came as the Russian Foreign Ministry issued a separate statement demanding that Ukraine pull its armed forces out of the crisis-ridden region. “If our interests, our legitimate interests, the interests of Russians have been attacked directly, like they were in South Ossetia, I do not see any other way but to respond in full accordance with international law,”

Lavrov said, referring to the 2008 war that led to the breaking away of the Georgian republic of South Ossetia. In that conflict, Russia launched an invasion of Georgia after it unleashed an artillery attack on the capital of the separatist region, where Russian peacekeeping forces were stationed. However, unlike the conflict with Georgia, Russia has denied having troops or agents in eastern Ukraine. The Russian warnings came as an accord reached last week in Geneva to defuse the Ukraine crisis continued to crumble, with pro-Russian insurgents in the east defying calls for all sides to disarm and to vacate the buildings they are occupying. On Tuesday, Ukraine’s acting president, Oleksandr Turchynov, ordered resumption of an “antiterrorist operation” against the pro-Russia forces. However, the highly publicized move produced little action on the ground Wednesday. A previous campaign to reclaim seized buildings showed few results before it was suspended last week. Ukrainian

forces claimed to have regained control of one small airport, but insurgents also seized armored vehicles and reports said some Ukrainian soldiers had switched sides. “Security forces are in a state of disorganization and demoralization,” said Kiev-based political analyst Volodymyr Fesenko. “Today, most of them don’t want to fight for anyone because they don’t know who is going to win tomorrow and how all of this will end.” The army is underfunded and poorly equipped after years of corruption and mismanagement under Viktor Yanukovych, the Russia-friendly president who fled the country in February after months of protests. Yanukovych’s ouster sparked wide anger in his support base in Ukraine’s east. The insurgents, who claim Ukraine’s post-Yanukovych government consists of nationalists who will suppress the east’s large Russian-speaking population, are demanding regional autonomy or even annexation by Russia, like the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea last month.

The insurgents, whom Kiev and the West claim have Russian backing and direction, have occupied buildings in at least 10 eastern cities. It’s a strategy that Eugene Rumer, director of the Russia program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, says appears to be “spreading across the map like ink blots.” “They are a long ways away from merging into a large area, but this strategy is proving quite effective at challenging the power and authority of the Kiev government, undermining Ukraine’s territorial integrity and spreading the insurgency over a vast region that otherwise the Russian military would struggle to occupy and control,” he wrote in an analysis. In analyst Fesenko’s view, it’s impossible for Ukraine to restore control over the insurgent region by force. “Now the task is to block the spread of the separatist virus,” he said. The heart of the insurgent region — centered on the eastern city of Slovyansk, 100 miles (160 kilometers) west of the Russian border — has fallen into lawlessness. The Kiev government’s order to resume military operations in the east came after the bodies of two people allegedly abducted by pro-Russia insurgents were found in the area. On Wednesday, pro-Russia forces in Slovyansk said they were holding an American journalist, saying he was suspected of spying for Ukrainian ultranationalists. Simon Ostrovsky, a journalist for Brooklyn-based Vice News, has not been seen since early Tuesday in Slovyansk. The fluent Russian-speaker who also holds an Israeli passport has been covering the crisis in Ukraine for weeks and was reporting about

the masked gunmen seizing government buildings. Stella Khorosheva, a spokeswoman for the Slovyansk insurgents, confirmed that Ostrovsky was being held. “He’s with us. He’s fine,” she told The Associated Press. “(We) need to be careful, because this is not the first time we’re dealing with spies,” Khorosheva added, saying Ostrovsky is suspected of spying for Right Sector, a far-right nationalist group despised by the pro-Russia forces. She dismissed claims he was a hostage, saying the insurgents were not seeking to “exchange him for someone.” In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said U.S. authorities were “deeply concerned” about Ostrovsky’s detention. “We condemn any such actions, and all recent hostage-takings in eastern Ukraine, which directly violate commitments made in the Geneva joint statement,” she said. “We call on Russia to use its influence with these groups to secure the immediate and safe release of all hostages in eastern Ukraine.” The crisis in Ukraine has provoked clear anxiety in Western Europe. Poland, which borders Russia and Ukraine, conducted its first major security exercise in decades on Wednesday. In addition, Dutch, British and Danish fighter jets scrambled after a pair of Russian bombers approached their airspace over the North Sea. The Russian TU95 Bear jets were escorted by the NATO members’ aircraft until they departed. And the presidents of four post-Soviet republics and Ukraine’s foreign minister were meeting in Prague with EU nations Thursday to try to figure out how to stop Russia from blocking their increased ties.




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REQUEST “Because of the concerns that have been raised, President Davenport has requested that we seek a review by the Office of Legislative Auditor of the processes involved in actions taken by Minnesota State University, Mankato with respect to this matter,” Rosenstone said. continued from 1 “The data practices law limits our ability to even publicly acknowledge that there was an arbitration decision, much less to provide copies of arbitration decisions and underlying records or to discuss their contents,” Rosenstone told the board. “We have scrupulously followed the Act and will continue to abide by its requirements.” In the letter sent to the Legislative Audit Commission by Rosenstone and Davenport, they speak of the concerns being raised regarding the system’s and university’s actions taken almost 20 months ago when the situation came to light in August 2012. Since then, Hoffner has been given a new position with the university’s athletic department, fired, then rehired and given his old coaching job back after an arbitration ruling two weeks ago ruled in his favor. “Pursuant to the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, the university has been severely limited in its response to question about its actions and continues to be restricted by privacy laws in its response,” the letter said. “Nevertheless, given the questions and concerns raised, we think it is important that an independent body review whether the processes used were appropriate.” It continued: “Our objective is not for a review of the correct-

ness of the university’s decisions – the arbitration award is final. Further, we want to be clear that we do not wish to subject the employee or his family to further public conversation, but rather to focus the review on the processes used by the university and the system.” In Rosenstone’s talk with the MnSCU Board of Trustees yesterday, he reiterated that in his opinion, the university and President Davenport handled the situation in a satisfactory manner with making Hoffner’s return a “successful transition” back to his old post with the football team. “I want you to know since Mr. Hoffner announced last week that he would be coming back to Mankato, the university

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has worked hard to facilitate a smooth return,” Rosenstone said. “I want to be clear that throughout the series of events, President Davenport and his team have never deviated from doing what they thought the facts dictated would be best for the university, its students and others it serves. There has been absolutely no intentional wrongdoing by decision-makers.” “At this juncture, it is our hope that the Hoffner’s lives can return to normal and that the university can devote its full attention to doing what it does so well – serving students,” Rosenstone said to complete his message. “Again, with that commitment we have from those involved, I have confidence that we will succeed.”

Michigan affirmative action ban upheld WASHINGTON (AP) — A state’s voters are free to outlaw the use of race as a factor in college admissions, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a blow to affirmative action that also laid bare tensions among the justices about a continuing need for programs that address racial inequality in America. The 6-2 decision upheld a voter-approved change to the Michigan Constitution that for-

A bids the state’s public collegesS to take race into account. That change was indeed up to the voters, the ruling said, over oneD justice’s impassioned dissentS that accused the court of simplyt wanting to wish away inequal-R a ity. The ruling bolsters similarU voter-approved initiatives ban-w ning affirmative action in education in California and Wash-t H AA • Page 8 a e

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MADD applauds Mankato for prevention efforts MSU ‘House Party’ event awarded for attempt to reduce underage drinking.


Mothers Against Drunk Driving recognized Minnesota e State University, Mankato with t the 8th annual MADD Statewide y Recognition Award for underage drinking prevention for the rUniversity’s mock house party, -which took place last October. - Lori Marti, a Health Educa-tor in the department of Student Health Services, was quick to acknowledge the importance of everyone involved. “Even though my name is on the award, it absolutely was a group effort,” said Marti. “This award really belongs to and is deserved by everyone who was involved.” Among the groups at MSU who helped sponsor the event were Student Health Services/ Health Education, Health PROs, Residential Life, the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, Residence Hall Association, Eta Sigma Gamma Health Honorary, the Women’s Center, and the LGBT Center along with Mankato’s Department of Public Safety and the Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association. The goal of the mock house oparty was to educate students on the dangers of high-risk drink-

ing. Students were invited to take a tour of a “house party” off campus from a sober perspective. Student volunteers would then act out scenarios that are likely to be encountered at an off campus party. At the end of the tour, students were brought to a “processing” tent, which allowed the students to reflect and examine the scenes they had just witnessed. Overall there were around 500 people who attended the event, including the 90 volunteers who helped act out the party. This was the 11th consecutive year MSU has hosted a mock house party, which took place at the Phi Delta house on 639 S. Fourth St. Katelyn Anderson, a graduate assistant for Student Health Services and main coordinator of the event was not shy to hide her emotions over receiving the award. “Overall I was really pleased,” said Anderson. “The event was a lot of fun and for a great purpose, so it’s nice to know it made a difference.” The event was anonymously nominated at the MADD website. Marti wasn’t aware they were being nominated when they were first informed. “Honestly, I thought it was

a piece of junk mail,” Marti laughed. Both Marti and Anderson were invited to attend the MADD award ceremony at the Minnesota Science Museum in St. Paul two weeks ago. There were about 250 people in attendance. The plans are already in the

works for next year’s house party, and event organizers will begin planning this week. The students and scenes acted out change on a year-to-year basis, giving the event a breath of fresh air each year. Anderson is already very excited. “The house party is such a worthwhile opportunity. It is

something for students, planned by students, and it really brings the campus closer. I encourage everyone to attend next year,” said Anderson. Anyone interested in volunteering or attending next year’s house party should contact Student Health Services, located next to Carkoski Commons.

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AA “This case is not about how the debate about racial preferences should be resolved. It is about who may resolve it,” Kennedy said. continued from 6 ington state. A few other states have adopted laws or issued executive orders to bar race-conscious admissions policies. Justice Anthony Kennedy said voters in Michigan chose to eliminate racial preferences, presumably because such a system could give rise to racebased resentment. Kennedy said nothing in the Constitution or the court’s prior cases gives judges the authority to undermine the election results. “This case is not about how the debate about racial preferences should be resolved. It is about who may resolve it,” Kennedy said. He stressed that the court was not disturbing the holding of a 2003 case from Michigan —which gave rise to the 2006 Constitution change — permitting the consideration of race in admissions. A Texas affirmative action case decided in June also did nothing to undermine that principle, Kennedy said. In a separate opinion siding with Kennedy, Justice Antonin Scalia said Michigan residents favored a colorblind constitution and “it would be shameful for us to stand in their way.” Strongly dissenting from the majority, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the decision trampled on the rights of minori-

ties, even though the Michigan amendment was adopted democratically. “But without checks, democratically approved legislation can oppress minority groups,” said Sotomayor, who read her dissent aloud in the courtroom Tuesday. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sided with Sotomayor. Michigan voters “changed the basic rules of the political process in that state in a manner that uniquely disadvantaged racial minorities,” Sotomayor said. Judges “ought not sit back and wish away, rather than confront, the racial inequality that exists in our society,” she said. She is one of two justices, along with Clarence Thomas, who have acknowledged that affirmative action was a factor in their college and law school admissions. Sotomayor attended Princeton University and Thomas is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross. They both attended law school at Yale University. Thomas is a staunch opponent of racial preferences. At 58 pages, Sotomayor’s dissent was longer than the combined length of the four opinions in support of the outcome. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Stephen Breyer,

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Activists accuse Assad of more gas attacks Accusations come in a time of violence in Syria.

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent weeks and months, leaving men, women and children coughing, choking and gasping for breath, according to Associated Press interviews with more than a dozen activists, medics and residents on the opposition side. Syria flatly denied the allegations and they have yet to be confirmed by any foreign country or international organization. But if true, they highlight the limitations of the global effort to rid President Bashar Assad’s government of its chemical weapons. Witnesses near Damascus and in a central rebel-held village told the AP of dozens of cases of choking, fainting and other afflictions from inhaling fumes that some said were yellowish and smelled like chlorine cleanser. Some of those interviewed said they believe the gas was responsible for at least two deaths. They said the fumes came from hand grenades and helicopter-dropped “barrel bombs,” which are crude containers packed with explosives and shrapnel. Activists have posted videos similar, though on a far smaller scale, to those from last August’s chemical weapons attack near Damascus that killed hundreds of people and nearly triggered U.S. airstrikes against Syria. The new footage depicts pale-faced men, women and children coughing and gasping at field hospitals. The U.N. Security Council called for an investigation Wednesday. Council members expressed “grave concern” over the allegations, said Nigeria’s U.N. Ambassador U. Joy Ogwu, council president. It’s an accusation that carries high stakes, and the Syrian opposition has an interest in pushing such claims in hopes of spurring the world to take stern action against Assad, who has been locked in a civil war for three years and faces a Sunday deadline for handing over all his chemical weapons for destruction. Chlorine is a potentially lethal chemical with a multitude of ordinary civilian uses, including laundry bleach and swimming-pool disinfectant. In high concentrations, it can attack the lungs and asphyxiate victims. While chlorine was first

deployed on the battlefield in World War I, it is no longer officially considered a warfare agent and is not among the chemicals declared by Syria. It is not as effective at killing as sarin — the nerve agent that was apparently used last summer — and experts say it is difficult to achieve high concentrations of chlorine by dropping it from the air. Still, any toxic chemical is considered to be a chemical weapon if used for military purposes. Consequently, Syria’s use of chlorine-filled bombs, if confirmed, would be a violation of the chemical weapons treaty that Assad’s government signed last year as part of a deal to hand over its stockpile. On Wednesday, Syria’s U.N. Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari said his government categorically denied the use of chlorine gas. Ja’afari further disputed that chlorine gas could be categorized as a chemical weapon, saying “it is a mundane substance used for bleaching clothes in the laundry or disinfecting swimming pools.” U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Monday that officials were still trying to determine what happened. On Sunday, French President Francois Hollande told Europe 1 radio station there were “elements” suggesting recent use of chemical weapons, but no proof. Both countries bluntly accused the Syrian government of using sarin against civilian areas in the August attack near Damascus. “I can understand the reluctance to undertake any firm action right now because the big priority is to get the other chemicals out of the country,” said Jean Pascal Zanders, an independent chemical weapons consultant and disarmament expert. “Once these are out of the country, we can probably see a completely different dynamic with regards to Syria emerge. People will be less deferential to the Assad regime.” Zanders, who remains skeptical about the claims emerging from Syria pending more proof, said nobody wanted to upset the Assad government to the point that it would cease all cooperation, particularly with the relationship between the U.S. and Russia strained because of the Ukraine crisis. Russia was a main sponsor of the deal to strip Syria of its chemical weapons. Syria has

shipped out 86 percent of its declared stockpile so far, according to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the watchdog agency overseeing the process. Syrian opposition forces have accused the government of using small amounts of poisonous gas over the past few months in several incidents affecting more than 100 people. The Violation Documentation Center, a Syrian group that tracks human rights violations, issued a detailed report last week in which it claimed to have documented the use of chemicals in 15 instances since the beginning of the year in suburbs of Damascus, in Hama and in Idlib. The main Western-backed opposition group, the Syrian National Coalition, said it identified at least nine cases in recent months where the government used poison gas. The most serious episode appears to have occurred in Kfar Zeita, a rebel-held village in Hama province some 200 kilometers (125 miles) north of Damascus. Three activists and a medic gave similar accounts of how several bombs containing a chlorine-smelling gas were dropped on the village of some 20,000 people starting on April 11, triggering severe coughing, muscle contractions and choking. “It smelt like eggs, then after a while it became like chlorine,” Muaz Abu Mahdi, a Kfar Zeita activist who filmed a falling bomb, said in a Skype interview. He said it killed a girl and an elderly man. He said he saw dozens of stricken people at a field hospital. “They were lying on the ground of the clinic. ... Most of them had fainted. Others were shaking, and they couldn’t flex their muscles. Others woke up dizzy. Others were coughing blood,” Abu Mahdi said. Adham Raadoun, a journalist working for a Syria-based opposition news network who lives on the edge of Kfar Zeita, said the bombs were dropped on residential areas. He said they released a yellowish smoke and smelled like chlorine cleanser. Videos posted by activists showed rooms full of men, women and children who appeared to have serious breathing problems and were being fed oxygen by medics. One man lay on the floor, choking, as a medic

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rubbed his chest. The videos corresponded with AP reporting on the incident in Kfar Zeita, although it could not be established what caused the symptoms. Four activists near Damascus said Syrian forces had also used small amounts of poison gas in at least four incidents in clashes in rebel-held towns around the capital since December. They said it was typically packed in grenade-style weapons that could be hurled into rebel hideouts. Syria’s government accused the al-Qaida rebel group called the Nusra Front of releasing the chlorine gas in Kfar Zeita. But some experts said Assad’s forces are most likely responsible, because of the reports of canisters dropped from helicopters. The rebels are not known to have military aircraft. “You can never be certain, but it’s pretty close to certain

that it was the Syrian military,” said Paul Walker, who works for Green Cross International on chemical weapons disarmament. He added, however, that chlorine is easily obtained and easy to use. “You can just open it and leave it blowing in the right direction,” he said. Zanders said very high concentrations would be needed to kill, something not easily achievable through barrel bombs dropped from helicopters. He said chlorine as such would not have a major effect on the battlefield but could be used to terrorize the population. OPCW spokesman Michael Luhan said the watchdog group could not get into verifying the claims without a formal request from a government entity with credible information. “So far, no state party has asked for an investigation,” he said.

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Five facts about Mike Posner Get to know IMPACT’s featured artist before Monday’s concert. MIRANDA BRAUNWARTH Staff Writer Up-and-coming artist Mike Posner should have your attention as he climbs to the “Top of the World”. A singer, songwriter and producer, Posner focuses mainly on pop/rap music and although he is busy with tours, many people are unaware of him in the celebrity world. Here are five things you may not have known about Posner that place him at the top. Posner Keeps Things Cozy Posner began his career as a producer, and has worked with big names such as Big Sean, Justin Bieber, Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, Nelly, and Big Time Rush. He’s toured with big names, but when it comes to his audience he’s not afraid to make things cozy--he once brought a rug onto the stage to help with the mood—and likes to explore the cities that he performs in. “Airspiration”

Posner gets much of his inspiration from traveling among the clouds. He’s written songs about flight and planes having a song on his album, Delta 1406, named after the flight he wrote it on. Although he is a native of Detroit, Posner has no plans on staying out of the air and has written a majority of his songs while traveling.

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His college experience makes him relatable. Posner went to Duke to study sociology while always making time for music in his life. He spent time working with the drums, piano and guitar Before being signed, he wrote songs specifically about fraternity culture, dorm life, and being a young adult. He’s a nerd deep down with a love of sociology Posner believed getting an education was important and graduated with a 3.59 GPA—releasing his debut album soon after. Even though he now focuses on his touring, he still makes a point

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to stick to his academic side. He enjoys art museums and tries to explore as much as he can in cities. He writes love letters to cities he performs in, making a point to be grateful for all his fans.

He wants to help. His song “Heaven” was written for Sandy Hook Elementary—he wanted to give victims something that would touch their

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MSU faculty to close out Good Thunder Reading Series

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RAE FRAME Staff Writer Two award-winning authors and Minnesota State University, Mankato faculty will bring

a writing residency series to a close this afternoon. Professor Candace Black and Dr. Roger Sheffer will be presenting the final installation of the Good Thunder Reading Series, which has featured poets, creative fic-

Theatre calls it a wrap with Maverick Musings

tion and non-fiction writers, and young adult writers from all over the country. The campus radio station KMSU 89.7 will interview both Professor Black and Dr. Sheffer at 1:00 p.m. today on the Authors in Transit show; the interview will be available in the series website archive. The two authors will lead a writing discussion at 3:00 p.m. in CSU Ostrander Auditorium, followed by a reading of their work at 7:30 p.m. in CSU Room 253. Candace Black, a creative writing professor at Minnesota State University, Mankato, has won awards for her book of poems The Volunteer, and for her chapbook, Casa Marina. She has also published her creative non-fiction with The Blueroad Reader, Turnrow, and War, Literature and the Arts. For the Good Thunder Series, Professor Black will be reading poems that she

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The Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance will conclude its academic year play roster with “Maverick Musings,” an evening of six original short plays written by students in the Playwriting class taught by alumnus Bruce Jones of Minneapolis. Performances are 7:30 p.m. April 23-26 in the Andreas Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. The plays are a combination of 10-minute and one-act originals selected from both last spring’s and this fall’s classes. Directors are the three Master of Fine Arts students who directed the previous shows in the Studio season: Matthew Caron, Rusty Ruth and Michael Sheeks. Shows were cast during the most recent departmental auditions. The shows and their authors are: “Three Months” by Jake Sullivan, a sophomore BFA Musical Theatre candidate from Andover, directed by Caron, a first-year MFA Directing candidate from Mankato—Mitch Taylor has just found out he has three months to live. He realizes how important every second he has lived has been. “Perennial” by Sullivan, directed by Ruth, a third-year MFA Directing candidate— Clara and Luke, a young couple, discuss the life of a perennial and what it means to take your life into your own hands. “Hearing God Laugh” by Jordan B. Wolfe, first-year MFA Acting candidate from East Grand Forks, directed by Sheeks, a first-year MFA Directing candidate from Roseville—A retired priest, Steve, and a man who has lost touch with God, Brandon, confess to

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A newer, deadlier Game Game of Thrones’ fourth season wastes no time in delivering a shocking series of events.

MUSINGS “The plays are a combination of 10-minute and one-act originals selected from both last spring’s and this fall’s classes.” continued from 10

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ANDREW SIMON Staff Writer It’s April, and for fans of Game of Thrones, that means another ten episodes of fantastical stories, excessive sex and violence, beautiful CGI dragons, an edgy white-haired queen, and more weddings—Westeros style. When last viewers left Game

of Thrones, the Lannisters and Walder Frey struck a deadly blow to the Starks, victorious and now without heavy opposition. Daenerys Targaryen amassed a legion of warriors, the Unsullied, and made it her mission to release all slaves from bondage, to the pain of their masters. Jon Snow still knew nothing, Jaime Lannister returned to King’s Landing minus a hand, and the White Walk-

ers continued making their very, very slow march towards, well, something bad. Season three’s shocking turn of events meant that there would be blowback, and that’s precisely was season four seems to be concerning itself with -- the ramifications of the Red Wedding and how it affects the seven kingdoms and its myriad of characters. But not for House Lannis-

ter at King’s Landing, which has its own wedding to worry about. Season four spoilers begin now. With the union of King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) and Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) and their victory over the Starks, the Lannisters are enjoying themselves copiously. Father Lannister, Tywin (Charles Dance) has

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a bartender, Christoff. “The Girl” by Joshua Helgeson, a senior Theatre Generalist from Sioux Falls, directed by Caron—Old mementos trigger memories as The Girl tells a story of love and the tragedies that come with it. “Robbing Death” by Mark Deel, a senior transfer Theatre Generalist from Fridley, directed by Sheeks—A man who thinks he has nothing to live for has a crazy encounter with a burglar. “Forgiveness” by Amanda Forman, a senior BFA Acting candidate from Tiffin, IA, directed by Ruth—What happens to cause an individual to take his or her life? Matthew discovers himself in a strange new world. Tickets for the full night of short plays are $10 regular, $9 discounted and $8 for current Minnesota State Mankato students, and are available online at or by calling or stopping by the Theatre & Dance Box Office from 4-6 p.m., Monday-Friday, in the lobby of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. Call 507-389-6661.

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GOOD THUNDER “Reading to the public lets me hear how the work sounds in a larger space than my study, lets me hear it bouncing off an audience.” continued from 10

has completed in recent years. “The MSU Creative Writing Faculty residencies are opportunities for us to share our work with students and the literary community of Mankato,” said Black, explaining why she enjoys working with a public audience. “Reading to the public lets me hear how the work sounds in a larger space than my study, lets me hear it bouncing off an audience.” Roger Sheffer, a creative fic-

tion and literature professor, is a celebrated short-story writer, and has won many national competitions in recent years. Dr. Sheffer will be sharing some of his writing in the reading series: “I will be reading two short stories in their entirety…they are both fairly light in tone (even a bit satirical), and neither has much dialogue,” said Sheffer. “One of the stories takes the form of a multiple-choice personality test.” “No audience participation

will be required,” he humorously added. The Good Thunder Reading Series is free and open to the public, and will return with the 2014-2015 season next fall. For more information, please contact Richard Robbins at the MSU Mankato Department of English at 507.389.1354 or on the department website

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POSNER “When it comes

to his audience he’s not afraid to make things cozy--he once brought a rug onto the stage to help with the mood.” continued from 10

THRONES “Arya has lost all sense of love and childhood and has been evolving into a stone-faced killer, concise and remorseless, consumed by an inner fire of revenge.” continued from 11

forged two swords out of the late Ned Stark’s blade, giving one to Joffrey, and the other to Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), who’s learning to adapt with his left hand. For every horrible atrocity, however, the Gods in the world of Game of Thrones seems to have a sense of just rewards, as particular characters receive their comeuppance for their dark deeds in highly satisfying, brutal fashion. Character-favorite Daenerys is continuing her march towards large capitals and demanding the freedom of all the cities slaves, giving her the nickname the Breaker of Chains. With each slave freed, and each person pledging their allegiance to her, her army of warriors and fanatics are becoming a formidable force. Another fan favorite, Tyiron Lannister (Peter Dinklage), is in

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hearts and help them carry on. In his new album, Pages, which is set to release this year, he plans on feeding a child in need with every copy sold through NYC’s Food Bank. Posner is a down-to-earth Detroit native who hopes to give his fans music that they can really connect with. His background in sociology and a love of travel will help him connect with fans worldwide, and to help those in need. Mike Posner will be holding a concert through MSU’s

Impact on Monday. The concert will take place in Bresnan Arena at 8 p.m. Tickets are still available for purchase. Student tickets are $22 and general admission are $30. To buy a ticket go to or in person at Centennial Student Union Room 173 Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please have credit card and if applicable MavCard ready at time of purchase. For more information contact morgan. or 507-3896076.

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a less positive position, the suspect of a crime that could very well lead to his execution. Alas, even in these circumstances, Tyiron hasn’t lost his charm and smug attitude. The most interesting subplot of the last two years has been the journey of young Arya Stark. Trained in the way of swordplay in season one, Arya has been on the run since her father’s death, and is now in a loosely-defined partnership with the Hound, a tall, ruthless warrior with a facial burn. Arya has lost all sense of love and childhood and has been evolving into a stone-faced killer, concise and remorseless, consumed by an inner fire of revenge. Her actions in extinguishing the life of those who have done her family wrong elicits a punch-the-air sense of victory, but it’s only later when the horror

of a 11-year old girl becoming a proficient killing machine really hits home. Wherever Arya ends up in the following seasons, her darkness, though tragic, makes for a compelling storyline. Only three episodes in, and Game of Thrones continues to push its characters to the breaking point, pivoting left and right until they become something darker and mutilated, either in body or soul, than where they started from back in the beginning. Massive in scope, unlucky in weddings, strong in will, and merciless in its taste for revenge, season four continues the streak of fantastic storytelling where anything could happen. Game of Thrones airs 8 p.m. on HBO. Episodes also available via the HBO Go app.

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Celeb splits a-plenty Contrary to the celebrity baby-boom of April, a handful of celebrities are calling it quits.

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MADELINE ZAFFT Staff Writer Along with the previously discussed celebrity pregnancies, celebrity breakups and divorces have also taken Hollywood by storm. While some of the latest reports regarding splits are true and heartbreaking, there are a few that are making the celebs laugh. For example, country singer and a popular coach on the hit show, The Voice, Blake Shelton and country singer wife Miranda Lambert took a different route when addressing divorce rumors swirling about their marriage. Sending tweets off

of their highly followed Twitter accounts, the duo set the media and the public straight. “Me and @mirandalambert are reading about our separation. S--t! I hope I get all the liquor in the divorce!!!,” Shelton tweeted out, while his blonde bombshell tweeted “AND the imaginary baby?!” Shelton also set the media straight at the American Country Music Award’s when an interviewer asked him about it. Lambert was talking about a Life & Style report that she wanted kids and was waiting on Shelton to “get his act together.” This isn’t the first time the two took to social media to debunk a divorce rumor

“I just read back to back NEW stories that @mirandalambert and I are having a baby, divorcing, cheating and feuding with @cher. Must be true!” It’s always nice to see celebrities make rumors into jokes instead of lashing out. Another celebrity divorce that has been buzzing around the gossip mill is that of Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott—with this matrimonial bond, things are always up in the air. You think it would be a little more than concerning when McDermott checked into rehab for a sex addiction, but just after six days of being admitted, Spelling started filming for her

Lifetime docu-series True Tori. Spelling later learned of Dean’s infidelity from her publicist. Of course, no Hollywood divorce would be complete without details and so. Emily Goodhand, “the other woman”, came forward to reveal details about the torrid affair between herself and McDermott. She says the affair happened in Toronto, Canada and lasted two days. True love? Neither Spelling nor her husband has filed for divorce yet, but it is reported that McDermott is threatening Tori with an end to their seven-year union. Keep in mind that the couple has four kids to consider in this whole mess. “I could never give him

enough sex,” Spelling said. “He’s never going to be happy with just me.” True Tori premiered this past Tuesday night. On a final note, Uma Thurman also split from her fiancé, Arpad “Arki” Busson. London’s Daily Mail was the first to report the split after spotting a barehanded Thurman at an event in NYC recently. Surprised? Don’t be. This wouldn’t be the first time these long distance lovers split up. In 2009 the duo called off their engagement—third time’s not the charm in this situation, since Busson would have been Thurman’s third husband. Thurman was previously married to Ethan Hawke and Gary Oldman. Good luck Uma.

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‘Lori Legend’ hits 1,000 win mark The 3-2 over Wayne State win wasn’t only the hall of fame coach’s 1,000 win of her career, it was also the spark the players needed to get back on track as the NSIC Tournament approaches. JOEY DENTON Sports Editor In the bottom of the seventh with two outs, freshman pitcher Coley Ries received a groundball and hurled it to first. As soon as it hit first baseman Abby Whritenour’s mitt, the no. 8 Mavericks won 3-2 over Wayne State and history was made. But it was more than just history; it was a game that the Mavericks needed. The loading to head coach Lori Meyer’s 1,000 win had to buffer for a few days. After winning 22 in a row, the squad sat on 999. Their next twogame series against Minot State was cancelled, and they had their chance to celebrate in Winona against their NSIC-rival Winona State, but their winning streak came to a close and had to wait to celebrate in Wayne, Neb. The team knew this game was a much-needed win, and since number 1,000 came in the first game of a doubleheader, the team had to keep their composure until they competed the sweep.

“Obviously we were pumped for her and Wayne’s a good team too, so we didn’t want to be too excited that first game and lose focus for the next,” senior Lindsay Erickson said. “We just did a ‘hey great job coach Meyer, win the next game’ and then have more fun time with her after the games.” “Honestly, I was feeling relief,” senior Kelly Wood said. “That’s one goal down, now we can focus on the next thing.” The win brought the team back on track and back to streaking, capping off their sixth straight win Tuesday 11-3 against Sioux Falls. Having to get to know “Lori Legend”, it doesn’t come as a shocker that she just saw it as another game. She’s been there before—in fact she’s been there 1,005 times now. She was even puzzled to see all of the tweets and social media congratulating her on her success. “I never really got into it,” Meyer said. “That’s my 1,000th win, but I’ve coached thousands.”

Photo Courtesy of Minnesota State Athletics Gold glover Kelly Wood (13) has played a big part in one of coach Meyer’s most impressive stretch of seasons in her 30 seasons at MSU.

Winona State was the start of their toughest strand of games; featuring four of the top five teams in the NSIC standings— all on the road. After Tuesday’s sweep, the Mavericks won six out of eight. After being hired for the bench boss job at MSU, she couldn’t have imagined staying

here for 30 years. “The nature of the athletic world is not to stay put for 30 years. There are revolving doors, whether people are choosing to leave on their own or institutions are choosing to release people,” Meyer said. Of course, when bringing a program to the peak of their

conference and appearing in the NCAA Division II tournament year-in and year-out, Meyer had her chances to move up to Division I. It just wasn’t her cup of tea. Being a Division I coach would have specialized her in

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Mavericks sweep in-state rival The no. 3 Mavericks complete a two-game sweep with some timely hitting in the sixth inning for a 3-1 win in game one and an offensive explosion for a 12-2 win in game two over St. Cloud State. ADAM PIERSON Staff Writer The Mavericks baseball team defended their home dirt yesterday, winning a close battle 3-1 in game one and blowing the Huskies out 12-2 in game two. MSU is 4-0 at home this season with two more away games before finishing their regular season on a four-game stint at home. Game one was a pitchers dual, both starting pitchers lasted the distance. MSU pulled off the win with a sixth inning rally and dominant pitching from senior, All-American Jason Hoppe. The game remained knotted it at zero until SCSU scored an

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unearned run in the fourth inning from a ground ball to the second basemen. In the sixth inning, junior

Max Waletich started the surge of hits with a double to rightcenter field. Junior Nolan Johnson trailed with a RBI triple to right field. Senior Stetson Olson followed with a RBI triple to right-center field. Junior Connor McCallum gave MSU their last run in the next at-bat with a RBI single to the pitcher. Hoppe went the distance for MSU on the mound, shutting the Huskies down in order in four of his seven innings pitched. Hoppe allowed one run, not earned on three hits while punching out five batters. Game two deemed no different for MSU, toppling SCSU 12-2 in a scattered array of runs

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scored through the eight-inning game. Johnson gave MSU their first run in the first inning, ripping a

RBI triple to left field, bringing senior Todd Standish in from second base. In the second inning, SCSU gained the run back on a RBI single. In the bottom half of he inning, senior Mike Andries connected on a sacrifice fly to center field, bringing McCallum across home plate. In the third inning, Johnson launched a home run following Waletich’s single to center field, giving MSU the 4-1 advantage. McCallum was the second to step up to the plate in the sixth inning, hitting a one-run home run

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With the eighth pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings will pick...

Web Photo Just like every other NFL team, the Minnesota Vikings have some doubts about taking Johnny Manziel in the first round, but there’s no doubt America is ready to see Johnny football play on Sundays.

Even though there are some pretty good quarterbacks in this year’s draft, there are numerous can’t-miss players in the other 21 positions. LUKE CARLSON Staff Writer They often say that a quarterback makes a football team. Especially in today’s game, NFL squads are required to have their signal caller be a difference maker week after week in order to be competitive. But they don’t seem to know how monumental of a task finding the right signal

caller is for the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings reached for quarterback Christian Ponder with the 12th overall pick in 2011. It turned out to be a decision that bit Vikings GM Rick Spielman in the behind and ultimately got former Head Coach Leslie Frazier fired at the end of this last season. But 2014 should be the year to erase the sickening

memories of last season. Two weeks from today, the 2014 NFL Draft will commence at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Just like it has in recent years, Minnesota will be looking to add some supreme talent onto its roster with the eighth overall pick in the first round and its seven picks after that. Spielman will have his work cut out to find a young quarterback to learn

new offensive coordinator Norv Turner’s system and to fill some glaring needs on defense. The Vikings defense that so successfully shut down the running game and sacked the quarterback better than few other defenses for the last six years is now finally broken up. Star defensive end Jared Allen has moved on, signing a four-year, $32 million dollar deal with the NFC North rival Chicago Bears. Talented but much maligned cornerback Chris Cook also bolted for a oneyear deal with the San Francisco 49ers. Defensive end, cornerback, safety and linebacker are all in need of being shored up. Luckily for Spielman and the Vikings, this year’s draft is heavy with defensive players, especially in the early going. Highly-touted defensive end Jadeveon Clowney will be off the board by the eighth selection, but other playmakers will undoubtedly be available. Buffalo outside linebacker Khalil Mack is a high-status prospect who demands attention. Playing the position with both fury and intelligence, Mack can be a difference maker in all areas, providing outstanding abilities of rushing the passer, playing the run and dropping into coverage. There happens to be a demand for edge rushers before the Vikings pick, but if he slides, Minnesota would do well to pick up his services. The Vikings also cut middle linebacker Erin Henderson after a lackluster season and thus might want to think about filling the middle of the field with a defensive dynamo such as C.J.

Mosley. The Alabama player does everything you’d want out of an elite middle linebacker, including setting the “D”, diagnosing plays, and delivering big hits. Experts liken Mosley to a smaller version of Carolina Panthers All-Pro Luke Kuechly. Minnesota allowed the second most passing yards per game to offenses in 2013 and desperately needs to plug up holes in the defensive backfield. Top-rated Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert might just be the ticket towards improving that horrendous backfield. Gilbert is a tall, lengthy defender who can run, act quickly in press coverage, and hawk balls from time to time (two pick sixes in 2013). Other big defensive names most likely available around the Vikings’ eighth pick include UCLA outside linebacker-defensive end hybrid Anthony Barr and dynamic Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. As far as the offense goes, the Vikings seem to be set at many positions on the roster. The offensive line has been solid the past two seasons, delivering two years of protection for various Vikings quarterbacks and helping 2012 MVP running back Adrian Peterson to run for 3,363 yards in that span. Pro-bowlers Jerome Felton and Kyle Rudolph, as well as wide receivers Greg Jennings and budding star Cordarelle Patterson round out Minnesota’s offensive attack. Think the Vikings are set at wide receiver with Jennings and


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Chance to put Wolves over the hump After three seasons of trying to turn the Timberwolves franchise around, Adelman leaves the next bench boss a 40-42 team on the uprise and uncertainty of Kevin Love’s duration in the Twin Cities. DEREK LAMBERT Staff Writer After three seasons as the head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Rick Adelman has stepped down from the position, retiring from coaching after 23 seasons as an NBA head coach. In his 23 seasons, Adelman racked up 1,042 wins—the eighth most of all-time—and 16 playoff appearances, which included a streak of ten years straight between the Sacramento Kings and the Houston Rockets. Though the Timberwolves failed to make the playoffs during Adelman’s three year stint in Minnesota, the team drastically improved and reached the 40win mark for the first time since the 2004-2005 season. Almost a certain future Hall of Fame coach, Adelman spent his coaching career leading the Portland Trailblazers, Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets and ended his legendary career in Minnesota with the Timberwolves. He made the NBA Finals twice in Portland and was a three-time NBA All-Star game head coach. At age 67, Adelman decided his time has come, and it’s time to let someone else take over. With such a high profile coach, the expectations are fairly high for the next bench boss coming into Minnesota. Current Washington Wizards assistant coach Sam Cassell is in the mix for potential candidates to take over for Adelman. Cassell spent two seasons in Min-

nesota as a player, including his only NBA All-Star game appearance in 2004, and also won two NBA championships in his career. The appeal with Cassell is that he can bring the best out of his players’ game, as he’s done with star point guard John Wall in Washington. Also on the Timberwolves’ radar is University of Florida head coach Billy Donovan. As head coach of the Gators, Donovan has won two NCAA National Championships in four Final Four appearances. In 18 years in Florida, Donovan has also led his team to the NCAA tournament 14 times and accumulated a 451-169 record over that span. While Donovan is a staple of the Florida basketball program and the Timberwolves may not be the most appealing NBA team to take over, it could be a good opportunity for the Gator coach to make his jump to the NBA. Another college coach that could be a good fit in Minnesota is Michigan State University head coach Tom Izzo. In 19 seasons leading the Spartans, Izzo has won a national championship, made six Final Four appearances and made 17 NCAA tournament appearances while securing a record of 468-187. Izzo would be a big name coach coming from the college ranks, though he seems like an unlikely candidate as he has expressed his desire to remain coaching in the NCAA. Izzo isn’t the only longshot that Minnesota may pursue, though. Iowa State Cyclones

Web Photo Rick Adelman finished his career with the eighth most wins in an NBA coaching career with 1,042 wins.

head coach Fred Hoiberg is someone who the Timberwolves may try and bring back to Minnesota. Hoiberg spent the last two seasons of his NBA career with the Timberwolves, and later became Vice President of Basketball Operations for the team. His current position, however, seems to be one that he’d like to hold on to. An Ames, Iowa native, Hoiberg is back in his home town coaching the Cyclones to three NCAA tournament appearances in his four seasons behind the bench. A year ago, ISU

signed Hoiberg to a ten year, $20 million contract, so it seems he may be comfortable makings the big bucks in his home town as opposed to coming back to coach an average NBA team. George Karl is a name that may seem the most likely to take the reins as the Timberwolves’ head coach. Karl coached in the NBA for 25 seasons, making the playoffs in 22 of those seasons, and racking up 1,131 wins over his career. Karl split his career between Cleveland, Golden State, Seattle and Milwaukee

before being fired in Denver after nine seasons in the Rocky Mountains. Now an ESPN analyst, Karl could be someone who is looking to get back in the game, and the Timberwolves could be the right fit for the offensive minded coach. Lastly, there has been plenty of speculation on ESPN the past couple of days about hiring a coach from within. Minnesota Timberwolves PresidentJ



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BASEBALL “MSU swings back into action next Wednesday in St. Paul against Concordia University in a two-game series before finishing their season off the following weekend at home against Wayne State.” continued from 14

MSU Reporter Archives The no. 8 Mavericks are currently in third place in the latest NCAA Central Region Rankings.

SOFTBALL “It’s kind of special knowing that you have been that big of a part in it, with how many wins we have contributed to it.” continued from 14

Arnold Bagamba • MSU Reporter Junior utility player Max Waletich went 1-for-3 with one double and a run in the Mavericks’ 3-1 win over St. Cloud State yesterday.

to right field. Four batters later, senior Parker Sullivan cracked a RBI single to right field bringing sophomore Taylor Branstad in. Standish scored in the seventh inning off a SCSU throwing error, following a fielder’s choice. Three batters later, Andries laced a double down the right-field line bringing McCallum and Olson around. In the top of the eighth inning,

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the Huskies scored on a RBI double to center field.

MSU snatched the run back plus one in the bottom half of the inning. First Standish brought freshman Eric Peterson home with a RBI single through the right side of the field. Finally, Olson literally walked it off four batters later by taking ball four with the bases juiced, bringing Standish home and giving MSU the 12-2 win. MSU was led by Johnson who tallied two hits, two runs scored and three RBIs, Standish who posted two hits, three runs scored and one RBI, Andries who added two hits and three RBIs as well as McCallum who contributed three runs scored, one hit and one RBI. Senior Bryce Bellin earned the win for MSU, improving his overall record to 3-1 this season. In his seven innings, Bellin allowed one run on five hits, two walks, one hit batter and one wild pitch. Senior TJ Larson pitched the eighth inning, allowing one run on two hits and one walk while striking out one SCSU batter. MSU swings back into ac-

just being a coach, taking away her opportunity to be a mentor and guardian for her players. “When you go up to the next level, it was just going to be coach, and that was it,” Meyer said. “That level just wasn’t for me, and I wanted to keep building here… I like what Division II has to offer.” When asked if any wins stood out, Meyer first pointed out their 8-7 win over Winona State in the NSIC Conference Tournament back in 2011. Trailing 7-1 with three outs left, Meyer’s 54-16 Mavericks brought in

seven runs for the win. The win over Wayne State made Meyer the 26th NCAA (all divisions) softball coach to win 1,000 games and the seventh in Division II. She just learned that last stat yesterday. The Upper Iowa graduate has coached 19 All-Americans, 77 All-conference (between the NCC and NSIC) players and an unprecedented 104 Academic All-conference players. When high school seniors are looking to where to take their talents at the college level, it’s hard not to notice how much

attention to detail in not only the game of softball, but in academics and also in life. “She’s like a second advisor,” Erickson said. The senior class, four of them lead off their scary-good lineup, has been arguably the best class Meyer has brought in during her 30 years here. “It’s kind of special knowing that you have been that big of a part in it, with how many wins we have contributed to it,” Wood said.

tion next Wednesday in St. Paul against Concordia University in

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VIKINGS DRAFT Patterson? They might want to think again if top wide out Sammy Watkins is available. With the addition of Clemson’s Watkins, Minnesota would add to an already solid receiver core with a true No. 1 wide out whose talent can be breathtaking. Then there is the quarterback position. Whether Frazier’s firing was justified or not, the implosion at the quarterback position always results in the most negative consequences for a pro organization. But for a franchise that, outside of the legendary Fran Tarkenton, has long struggled to find the answer at football’s most important position. The time is now to finally get it right. The Vikings did well in resigning Matt Cassel to a two-year deal. Cassel can at the very least be a temporary game manager for the next couple of seasons as the Vikings develop another tal-

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ent to eventually take the reins. The top three quarterbacks mentioned in most first-round mock drafts include Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, Central Florida’s Blake Bortles and Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater. Manziel offers elite scrambling and playmaking abilities that could potentially translate into NFL stardom, but off-the-field issues put a question mark on his ability to adapt and thrive in the pros. Bridgewater’s intelligence and toughness are off the charts, but is his lukewarm pro day an indication of inconsistency and a weak arm? Bortles seems to be the surest bet out of the three, with excellent size for the position (6-5, 230), surprising running ability, pocket presence and good decision-making under pressure. There are also plenty of other

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Web Photo The 6-foot-1 Sammy Watkins can flat-out play football. As a junior, he caught 101 receptions for 1,464 yards and 12 touchdowns.

quarterbacks available that could be looked at in later rounds, including among others: Alabama’s A.J. McCarron, Eastern Illinois’ Jimmy Garoppolo, and Fresno State’s Derek Carr. If the Vikings do opt to take a quarterback with the eighth pick,

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they must keep in mind the draft busts that have doomed their franchise in the past. But whether they reach for one or wait for a potential diamond in the rough in later rounds, the Vikings are in need of a quarterback who will lead them into the future.

of Basketball Operations Flip Saunders has been discussed as someone who could take over. Saunders has plenty of history in Minnesota, as he played and coached with the Gophers and spent ten years as the Timberwolves head coach before being fired in 2005. Saunders has since coached the Detroit Pistons and Washington Wizards before returning to Minnesota in the front office. Though he is a respected coach and has history with the Timberwolves, it isn’t likely that Saunders gets another crack at the job, but rather remains in his front office position and Minnesota brings in a new voice for the team. With plenty of qualified coaches on the board, Minnesota isn’t so much looking for a savior as they are looking for someone who will fit in well with the players the Timberwolves have. Karl would be a good fit for a team that has struggled offensively, and as someone who has had Hall of Fame success could be a breath of fresh air in Minnesota. Still early on in the process, only time will tell what kind of coach the Timberwolves will bring in to lead Minnesota into the postseason after a ten year drought.




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