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MSU awarded Honors Conference Announcement comes at a time of great success for the program. SAM WILMES News Editor Minnesota State University, Mankato will host the 2015 Upper Midwest Regional Honors Conference, a yearly event in which regional honor students present scholarly, research and creative projects. “Confluence and Conflict,” will be the theme of the 2015 version that will include talks by Shannon Fisher and Gwen Westerman, both MSU faculty members. Fisher, the director of the Water Resources Center, will lecture on regional river systems while Westerman, director of the University’s Humanities Program, will discuss Dakota culture and history. The Conference will be a three-day event and will be

held from March 26-28, 2015. Over two hundred students will present projects from varying states, including: Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska and Wisconsin. According to Director of MSU’s honor program Christopher Corley, the program will be a positive one for the University. “Hosting the Upper Midwest Regional Honors Conference will allow other universities and colleges in the region an opportunity to visit MSU and learn about what we are doing to serve highly motivated students,” Corley said. “Students and faculty members from many universities will be here for almost three days, which will allow time

to learn about our campus and about the Mankato community.” Corley contends that the conference will be open to students in a variety of ways. Sessions will be free of charge for students and the schedule will be released ahead of time. Corley suggests that student interest be met with a visit to a sitin at a lecture or panel hosted by either Dr. Westerman in the Humanities/English department or Dr. Fisher in the Water Resources Center. The two will be hosting public lectures on the Thursday evening and Friday afternoon of the conference. “The MSU community is invited to hear these experts speak about the latest research in their fields,” Corley said.

MSU students will be organizing the event; something that Dr. Corley says will provide leadership, organizational and teamwork skills. Corley contends that the best way for students to get involved is to present their work at the conference. “Getting feedback on their developing projects will be great practice before the NCUR (National Conference on Undergraduate Research) national conference and our own Undergraduate Research Symposium,” Corley said. Both events will take place next April. “Honors students will gain experience in planning, organizing, and hosting a conference—skills not often taught in a formal classroom,” Corley said.

“Honors students also have opportunities to network with their peers at other institutions and to learn about what their programs are doing to foster their students’ learning and growth. In my experience, informal interactions among the students are part of the conference that students appreciate the most.” MSU has celebrated a number of first in the last few years. In 2012, the Honors Program published their first article in a national journal, the Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council. Lauren Bach was named to the Board of Directors for the National Collegiate Honors Council earlier this year, which, according to Corley, was a first for the University.

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SAM WILMES News Editor Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon will conduct a listening session in correlation with The Minnesota Olmstead Subcabonet today from 1:00-3:00 p.m. to discuss how the state can improve services for people with disabilities. The session will take place in rooms 253 and 254 of the Centennial Student Union. The session is seeking to improve Minnesota’s Olmstead plan. The Olmstead federal plan requires state elimination of unnecessary segregation of disabled people. A series of listening sessions are taking place in correlation with the event across the state. Anybody from off-campus that attends will receive a parking pass for the MSU visitor parking lot as they leave the session, as well as additional accessibility parking stalls, which will


be available in lot 11. People with disabilities and their family members as well as supervisors and advocacy organizations are encouraged to speak. Pertainable topics that will be discussed include housing, employment, transportation, services, support and community engagement. Those wishing to partake in the festivities are asked to email and include their name, session date they want to attend, and whether they are interested in a general or specific topic in relation to the session. The Olmstead requirement stems from a 1999 ruling from the Supreme Court that decided that states needed to provide an adequate setting for the disabled in terms relative to their individual needs. Minnesota’s plan was crafted last year and is seeking input for how to improve under the leadership of Salon.







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Four to be presented alumni awards CEO’s Vice Presidents and other difference makers will be recognized

Web Photo 1975 graduate and honoree Suresh Mathews.

ALEX KERKMAN Staff Writer Since 1961, Minnesota State University, Mankato has honored 227 former students as distinguished alumni to the university. This year, MSU is set to add eight more to this prestigious group. The University’s Alumni Association will present its Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards to four MSU graduates. Additional awards will be presented to four other graduates in recognition of humanitarian

work, successful young alumni and service to Minnesota State Mankato. The awards will be presented at 5:30 p.m. on Friday in the Centennial Student Union ballroom. This year’s recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award are Dirk Derksen (Class of 1967), Cindy Firkins Smith (’81), Robert Gebhard (’69) and Suresh Mathews (’75). The University’s Alumni Association deemed that all of the award winners have achieved high rank or honor in their professions, had widespread effect on their

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communities and are recognized for their achievements over the course of their careers. Derksen, a biology graduate of Anchorage, Alaska, recently retired as Chief of the Wetlands and Terrestrial Ecology Branch of the United State Geological Survey (USGS) Alaska Science Center. In 1996, Derksen received the USDI Meirtorious Service Award for his research on wetlands and water birds on the North Slope of Alaska. Smith, a biology and psychology graduate of Spicer, Minn, runs her own dermatology practice in Willmar, Minn. She also serves as president of the Minnesota Medical Association and works part time as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota, teaching dermatology. She has also given more than 100 educational presentations and is a published author. Gebhard, a 1969 physical education teaching graduate of Centennial, Colo, worked towards his degree while playing minor league baseball. Gebhard broke into the majors on August 2, 1971 with the Minnesota Twins, and would go on to pitch in parts of three seasons with the Twins and the Montreal Expos. Today Gebhard is the vice president and assistant to the general manager for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Mathews, a 1975 computer science graduate from Plano, Texas, is an elected officer at Unisys Coorporation a global information technology firm, where he is senior vice president and chief information officer. He

has also held several management positions at notable companies including Quaker State Oil, PepsiCo and Booz-Allen. The Harold J. Fitterer Service Award, presented to graduates who have given distinguished service to Minnesota State Mankato through work preserving and promoting university programs, was awarded to Todd Pfingsten and Patrick Sexton. Pfingsten, a 1989 accounting and finance graduate, is MSU’s Director of Campus Recreation, a program he helped start. Sexton, a 1985 physical education graduate is the director of the University’s Athletic Training Program. The Distinguished Alumni Humanitarian Award recognizes graduates whose lives exemplify service to humankind, and who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to humanitarian causes. This year’s recipient is Geraldine Hansen Colby, of

Phoenix, AZ, who received her master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Minnesota State in 1972. Though she retired following a long career in helping people with disabilities, she continues to volunteer in service to low-income families. The Distinguished Young Alumni Award honors graduates who are 35 years old or younger, and who’ve reached personal or professional achievements early in their careers, positively impacted their communities, and show promise for continued success. This year’s recipient is Aaron Owens, of Hopkins, Minn. A 2005 mathematics and engineering graduate, Owens works in bio-mechanical engineering for the Bose Corporation in Eden Prairie, Minn. More information on the awards can be found by calling (507) 389-3235 or at http://www.

Web Photo Robert Gebhard (Podium) accepts the 2012 Roland Hemond Award, which recognizes baseball executives that excel in scouting and development.

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Campus beautification set for next month to accommodate summer months MIKELL MELIUS Staff Writer

Spring is here, which means it’s time for the annual campus beautification day. Every year new flowers are planted and everything’s spruced up here on Minnesota State University, Mankato’s campus. The Facilities Management team needs volunteers to ensure that all the new flowers get planted and campus is looking its best before students leave for the summer to leave a good impression on all. Planting day will depend on the weather, but May 6, 7 and 8 are the targeted dates. A free hotdog lunch will start the day at 11:30 a.m. on the lawn of the Performing Arts building, courtesy of the Facilities Management Staff. At 12:00 p.m., the volunteer teams will be assigned an area on campus for their designated “beautification” task. The Facilities Management team at MSU provides the campus and its students and faculty with a variety of services. Beautification day is just one of the many services. They plow sidewalks, mend leaking roofs and pipes, deal with environmental concerns and much more. On October 18, 2012, the Facilities Management team received a corporate award by Mankato Area Council for Quality, and in 2013 Blakeslee Stadioum won Minnesota Field of the Year Award, which is directly linked to the MSU grounds crew.

Campus beautification day is one way the Facilities Management team gets others involved. Tony Francour, Administrative Specialist for the Facilities Management Office, said there are 49 volunteers already signed-up for this year’s beautification day, but they are hoping for a minimum of 60. “That is just the minimum though,” Francour said. “We could always use more than that. It makes it go a lot quicker.” Francour participated in his first beautification day last year. With 75 volunteers, a mixture of students and faculty, he deemed it a success. “It [last year] went well and the people really enjoyed it,” he explained. “It gives them a nice break.” A few other things Francour said are great about beautification day are getting people to contribute to the university, the satisfaction volunteers can have by coming back in the fall and seeing their handy work, but mostly how it helps out the grounds crew. “Our grounds crew puts in a lot of hard work and they really appreciate it when people help,” Francour said. “If people aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty it’s a great way to contribute to the university.” The date for beautification day will be announced closer to May 6, when weather may be factored in. Those interested in volunteering can do so individu-

ally, with a group of friends, or with an organization. To signup for beautification day, or for more information, contact Tony Francour, anthony.francour@ Beautification day is right in the middle of finals week, but the opportunity provides students a last chance opportunity to help,

Francour said. “It is a nice memory to have before leaving for the summer, or before graduating.”

Web Photo Ron Fields of Facilities Management (Right) partakes in the 2012 campus event.

Web Photo Students participating in campus beautifying, 2006.

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Ground breaking mass celebrated

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Web Photo Student seated in new jet simulator, guided by a teacher.

HANNAH KLEINBERG Staff Writer An exciting new addition has been made to the University’s Aviation department; the department will be introducing their latest enhancement to the public this Thursday. A jet simulator was recently donated by North Star Aviation, who agreed to install it on campus for the students’ benefit at MSU. The jet flight simulator is an Aerosim CRJ700 Flight Training Devise. The impressive model will promote the learning of Aviation students of now and to come. “We are grateful to North Star Aviation for helping to enhance the educational experience of our aviation students by working with us to place this simulator on campus,” Haar said. The model will include a wrap-around visual system, HD cameras for recording and reviewing during sessions and a

mobile instruction operating station (IOS). “Aerosim is proud to have been selected as a Minnesota State University, Mankato and North Star partner,” said Kristin Schmidt, commercial director for North America. “Throughout a rigorous evaluation process, Aerosim was able to demonstrate the value of its high-fidelity simulation and both expertise and history in providing similar solutions for airline training.” Flight demonstrations will be given this Thursday during the open house at the Wiecking Center in Room B133. The feature will last from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and will also include conversations and light snacks. This event is free to the public, on and off campus. Free parking will be available in Lot 18 on Ellis Avenue, just a short walk from the building. Signs and other guides will be posted to help visitors get around.


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Yohanes Ashenafi • MSU Reporter A mass featuring music and fellowship enveloped the CSU on Sunday night to mark the groundbreaking of the new complex.


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Siemens awards grant to MSU School receives record amount of money from software company. SAM WILMES News Editor

Siemens Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Software has provided Minnesota State University, Mankato with a $325 million in-kind software grant. Students will be granted the same technology that companies around the world rely on a daily basis to develop innovative products in industries including aerospace, automotive, shipbuilding, high-tech electronics, machinery and many more. r Graduates with software training in this field are highly recruited candidates for ad-

vanced technology jobs. Provided by Siemens PLM Software’s academic program, the in-kind grant delivers PLM Software to more than one million students yearly at more than 12,000 locations around the globe. More than 77,000 customers worldwide are served, delivering open solutions for customers to make smart decisions that result in better products. “Minnesota State Mankato is pleased to partner with a global corporation that is on the leading edge of product lifecycle management (PLM) technology,” Brian Martensen, interim dean of of the College of Science, Engineering & Technol-

ogy at MSU told the University. “Our school could not develop the next generation of engineers without the support of this state-of-the-art technology from Siemens PLM Software.” “As product complexity continues to grow, students who are able to use PLM Software technology are expected to be highly recruited,” Senior Director in Partner Strategy at Siemens PLM Software Bill Boswell said. “Siemens PLM Software is honored to have Minnesota State Mankato as one of our academic partners to help build the next generation of engineers.” According to Dr. David

Guerra- Zubiaga, this is the largest grant of its kind in the state of Minnesota. This gift speaks directly to several of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology goals. “One of our goals as a program is to “seek solutions by promoting quantitative, technological and analytical solutions that focus on regional issues with global connections,” Guerra-Zubiaga said. “With respect to this gift, we aim to provide state of the art virtual collaborative engineering tools to a variety of CSET programs in engineering, manufacturing, automotive and construction,” he said.

“We also aim to prepare faculties and students in PLM tools and give to them better access to global companies using this technology. Manufacturing is southern Minnesota’s largest industry and it is important for us to serve the needs of the region by having a world class manufacturing engineering technology program, “ he said “Using this tool to integrate different engineering disciplines by participating globally in relevant academic projects with collaborations between professors, students and industry makes this an exciting opportunity for us,” Guerra-Zubiaga said.

Out of space T-shirt given to university Presentation to be hosted Thursday night. HANNAH KLEINBERG Staff Writer This Friday, a stellar gift will be presented to Minnesota State University, Mankato officials. The gift is a t-shirt that has made a big journey from home. Courtesy of Bruce Neischwitz, a Minnesota State University, Mankato alumni, this shirt has been to the International Space Station and back. Bruce Neischwitz graduated from MSU in the mid-

1990s. He is an athletic trainer for NASA, in a team called ‘NASA’s Astronaut Strength, Conditioning and Rehabilitation.’ In this team, he prepares astronauts for a number of things, such as suiting up and navigating zero-gravity circumstances. He also helps keep their health and fitness in check. This far-out gift is currently encased in a frame, along with a picture of the shirt inside of the International Space Station. It will be presented at 1

p.m. in the Centennial Student Union, downstairs in the Hearth Lounge. Neischwitz will also be giving a lecture about his work and his time in Mankato this Thursday. The presentation will take place in room 245 in the Centennial Student Union at 7 p.m. The lecture will be open to all audiences, on or off campus and is free of charge. The presentation of the SpaceOut Souvenir will also be open to all and free of charge.

Yohanes Ashenafi • MSU Reporter The t-shirt and plaques that will be given to the university on Friday.

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The end of the road brings the beginning of the journey REECE HEMMESCH Editor in Chief So that whole concept of the “real world” and what it all entails, I’ve had it on the back burner up until two nights ago when it started to sink in that I was on the cusp of leaving this university and the entire college lifestyle in less than two weeks. With truly no lag between college and my envisioning of when the real world begins for this young journalist, it is a tough concept to realize that at this point, I have just 12 more days to fully call the city of Mankato home and MSU my school until it is time to pack up and head toward St. Cloud where a summer internship awaits, just two days after the commencement ceremony. It’s cliché and kind of bogus to admit, but it really has been a long, strange journey and now that it is coming to an end, the four years I have spent in college are now becoming one big blur of memories, school and many other extra curriculars that shall remain nameless. When I entered this university four years ago, I was about as far away from the person I am now as someone can be. I came in from the rural side of Minnesota and really wasn’t sure what to expect from this culture shock everyone began to talk about when the time inched closer and closer to the moment school would be starting. Throughout my first semester in the fall of 2010, a feeling of homesickness and alienation

crossed my mind, as not only the notion of MSU began to sink in as a possibly bad choice in my life, but also the whole concept of four years at one institution, which began to seem like the scariest thing in the world to me. I played with the idea of a two-year or specialty program school when I was in high school, looking to possibly take the easy way out of higher learning and still get a degree in something, as everybody told me then a high school graduate without a degree is basically the new high school dropout. At the suggestion of my parents and because of my inner self I began to question whether a relocation back home would be better.

ter sense of who I was. A change in majors, a job opportunity and a couple promotions later, here I am, no longer a scared kid from Cold Spring who constantly worries about the future and wonders if this college gig was really for him, but now, truly a man, who has put a lot of hard work and dedication into the past four years to get where I am today. I am still worried about the future; unfortunately, some things never change, but now I greet it as the next step in my life and know that it is a necessity to keep moving forward and to close the current chapter and open up a new one in the bright new world. Hopefully, I can look back at the first

When most of you were coming close to your high school graduation, you probably had the same mindset as me, which you are extremely excited for the next step to begin and are happy to be moving on. Most of you probably got to college and realized too late that the good old days of high school are now out of the way and many of us long to go back to that point in time. Unfortunately, it can’t happen; but I can assure you this: I spent half of my senior year of high school waiting for college, only to get there and realize what I had left behind. Now, as I enter the final two weeks of my collegiate career, I look back at college with the same remorse that its over, only this time, it is not six months down the road where I want to return, it has already begun, as I ponder whether to flake a final or two just to be able to stay in college for just one more semester. That cannot and will not happen, but you get the idea, don’t start looking into the next step before you completely finish this one. As I stand at the beginning of the end, or the end of the beginning, however you want to look at it, I hear all those older folks telling me from day one that college will be the best four years of your life, and let me end this as simply as I can to let everybody know my stance on the matter of college: it was.

“It’s cliche and kind of bogus to admit, but it really has been a long, strange journey and now that it is coming to an end, the four years I have spent in college are becoming one big blur of memories...” As the homesickness lingered further and further, I decided to get my neck out there for the rest of my first semester and try to have some fun before fully making a decision on any life-changing decision. What ended up occurring was the past three and a half years of my life, where the blur came into play. Suddenly the feeling of waiting for the weekend so I could go back home turned into even more love of the weekend as I began to stay for longer periods of time in the Mankato area and developed a stronger base of friends and a bet-

part of my career outside college and know that I have found happiness, or success, but unquestionably the former is the most important for me in my next step of life. To the entire freshman class who is entering their last week of their first year in college- I envy you. I know that you have probably been hearing that from senior stiffs like myself all year long, but it is the truth; you have three of your best years ahead and I will be damned if you don’t come to the conclusion after reading this piece that they should be enjoyed thoroughly.

“What is your stance on Internet privacy?”

BRENT ESSER, COMMUNICATION STUDIES “If something is private to you, don’t put it online! Some things should and shouldn’t be monitored.”

BRIA NOON, UNDECIDED “Some things should be accessed for monitoring and other cites and private information should not be.”

SUNIL POUDEL, IT TECH “I believe that there should be Internet privacy.”

LAMAR GAYE, SOPHOMORE CORRECTIONS “Everyone needs privacy. You can’t pass certain limits.”

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Internet, beacon of truth, lacking in the United States

RYAN BERNDT Staff Writer Without Internet access, our lives would be inefficient, boring and to many, purposeless. We have come to a point in our society that the Internet has become a necessity, not a commodity as it once was. Yet, as long as monopolies such as Comcast and Time Warner exist, our country will remain lagging compared to the rest of the developed world. Mark Zuckerberg and Google understand that change is needed on a global scale. Just last month, Zuckerberg and his team at Facebook expressed their interest in investing money to a set group of wireless carriers to offer weather apps, Facebook and search functions for free to users with smart phones. This idea, though bold, is actually quite viable. In fact, Paraguay and Philippines already boast free access to Facebook, nationwide, for anyone with a phone capable of loading the site. Though Zuckerberg has a long ways to go before that kind of advancement can spread globally, Google is working towards providing high-speed Internet access with the use of its Google Fiber program. Offering speeds of 100 Megabits, or 1 gigabit per second (compared to the average 5 megabits per second speed), and a low standard price of $70 a month, Google is sending mainstream internet providers a run for their money.

But there’s more to it than the economical factor; the Internet, in its essence, is a tool for human discovery. Revolutionaries in Egypt and Syria used Twitter as a central means of communication, serving as a hub for planning events and showing the rest of the world the atrocities committed by their governments. After the President of Turkey banned access to Twitter in the country he’s supposed to serve, the youth found a way to bypass the block with the help of surrounding countries. In a recent visit to Turkey, German President Joachim Gauck said “Is it necessary to ban Twitter or YouTube? Does this really further democracy?” With the spread of the Internet, the United Nations is pushing towards protecting the privacy of all users, with UN Special Rapporteur Frank La Rue submitting a special report stating that UN members have an obligation to protect the privacy, anonymity, and data transfer of its Internet users. Despite Mr. La Rue’s recommendation, the United States lags behind what the report said should be standard. The NSA continues to track nearly every movement online, corporations refuse to spend the resources on customer’s data and internet providers refuse to provide faster internet access while charging absurd amounts for data usage. The change for a secure, fast, and cheap Internet will come from our generation. If we fail to achieve what the UN believes is standard, innovation will slow and creativity will plummet.

Web Photo Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, already a pioneer, is seeking to pioneer different technological ground.

Web Photo Protestors near Capitol Hill protest NSA spying.

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Bundy comments uncalled for Comments come as the flames of racial issues heat up.

SAM WILMES News Editor Cliven Bundy’s comments on African-Americans have once again stirred the pot on the contentious issue of race relations. Bundy is known for having his cattle graze on government land since 1993 all while never paying a dime in taxes. Late last month, Bundy began sending letters titled “Range War Emergency Notice and Demand for Protection,” to officials. Earlier this month, the United States Bureau of Land Management began rounding up cattle owned by Bundy on public land. On April 10, Bundy’s sister was allegedly struck to the

ground by a law enforcement officer and a protestor blocked the way for officers. The cattle grab was suspended, but the government pledged to do their best in getting Bundy to pay back the $1 million he owes in grazing fees. Bundy, an older man that looks like something out of the old west, is quoted as saying to CNN: “I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a publichousing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for

their young girls to do.” “And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.” Bundy’s comments are ignorant, racist and highly idiotic. This guy had the support of Sean Hannity, he could have made millions off of his scheme. Why was Sean Hannity applauding this guy for living on the government dollar without paying anything? I thought Hannity was against free load-

ers, leaches and people that were too lazy and self-entitled to pitch in and contribute, or does this only apply to poor people? Bundy is gaming the system

and using shock value to expand his message of racism and intolerance. He should be forced to pay what he owes; we all pay our share, why shouldn’t he?

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Web Photo Cliven Bundy (Foreground) and his supporters during the standoff earlier this month.

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VILONIA, Ark. (AP) — The sky turned black as the funnel cloud closed in and Maggie Caro rushed with her husband and two children to a community shelter at a Vilonia school, where they were among the last to get inside the fortified gym before the doors were shut. “They were screaming, ‘Run! Run! It’s coming!’” Caro recalled. And then all hell broke loose. The half-mile-wide tornado carved an 80-mile path of destruction through the Little Rock suburbs Sunday evening, killing at least 15 people, flattening rows of homes, shredding cars along a highway and demolishing a brand-new school before it even had a chance to open. Officials said the death toll could have been worse if residents hadn’t piled into underground storm shelters and fortified safe rooms after listening to forecasts on TV and radio, getting cellphone alerts or calls or texts from loved ones, and hearing sirens blare through their neighborhoods. Also on people’s minds: memories of a weaker tornado that smashed through on April 25, 2011. It took nearly the same path and killed at least four people. “You had people breaking down because they were reliving three years ago,” Kimber Standridge said of the scene inside the community shelter, which

she said was packed with perhaps more than 100 people. Standridge and a friend had gathered up seven children they were watching and sped through the streets just minutes before the twister hit. “When they shut the doors, we knew it was on us,” Standridge said. “Everybody hunkered down. There were a lot of people doing prayer circles, holding hands and praying.” Caro and Standridge said the shelter was so solid they barely felt or heard the tornado. It was among a rash of twisters and violent storms across the Midwest and South that killed 17 people in all on Sunday. With forecasters warning of more of the same Monday across the South, at least three tornados flattened homes and businesses, flipped trucks over on highways and injured an unknown number of people in Mississippi and Alabama. Most of the dead in Arkansas were killed in their homes in and around Vilonia, population 3,800. Firefighters on Monday searched for anyone trapped amid the piles of splintered wood and belongings strewn across yards. Hospitals took in more than 100 patients. The tornado that hit the town and nearby Mayflower was probably the nation’s strongest so far this year on the 0-to-5 EF scale, with the potential to be at least an EF3, which means winds

greater than 136 mph, National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Hood said. It wrecked cars and trucks along Interstate 40 north of Little Rock. Also among the ruins was a new $14 million intermediate school that had been set to open this fall. “It’s amazing to me how wide it was,” Mayflower Mayor Randy Holland said. “It was the loudest grinding noise I’ve ever heard.” Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe said officials didn’t yet have a count of the missing. He said the dead included a woman who was in a safe room but was hit by debris that went through the door. “Mother nature and tornadoes, sometimes you can’t explain how that works,” Beebe said. Three people died when the tornado tore a Paron home down to the foundation. Emily Tittle, 17, said her family took shelter under the stairs of their twostory home before the twister ripped the walls away. She said her father, Rob Tittle; 20-yearold sister Tori and 14-year-old sister Rebekah were killed and her six other siblings were taken to hospitals. In Vilonia, Raella Faulkner and Bobby McElroy picked through their demolished home, searching for family photos and a bow-and-arrow kit belonging to McElroy’s son. The two had taken refuge from the storm in an underground storm shelter




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about 10 feet from their home. “We were going to get married. Now I guess we’ll have to wait,” McElroy said. Homes in the South are frequently built on concrete slabs, without basements. Slabs are cheaper and easier and the need to protect pipes from freezing by putting them below ground is not as great as it is in the North. For storm shelters, many people in the South and other parts of Tornado Alley in the nation’s midsection have holes dug into the sides of hills with a door attached to the front. But these tend to be in older homes. Hall Sellers, 53, was in the Vilonia home he built a decade ago when the warnings grew more intense. He had been through plenty of storms, including the twister three years ago that damaged the house, but this time he and his wife scrambled across the street to another home that he owns, an older one with an oldfashioned storm cellar. “I don’t know,” Sellers said.

“I don’t usually go to the cellar, but this just felt right this time.” A neighbor wasn’t so lucky. Sellers said his body was found 300 yards away in a field. “If I’d have known he was home, I would have gotten him into the cellar,” Sellers said. Sara Sutter, 23, was at her brother’s home when the storm hit. When the home was built a year ago, the builder urged construction of a safe room. On Sunday, Sutter, her mother, father and brother huddled in the safe room until the twister passed. “Building the safe room was a great decision,” Sutter said. A separate twister killed one person in Quapaw, Okla., on Sunday evening, then crossed into Kansas, where it destroyed more than 100 homes and businesses and injured 25 people in the city of Baxter Springs. A farm building collapsed in Iowa from either a tornado or powerful straight-line winds, killing one woman.

Photo Courtesy of Associated Press Destruction and tragedy strike Vilonia, Ark. as houses lay in ruin.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Representative charged with tax evasion

Photo Courtesy of Associated Press New York Rep. Michael Grimm, who has been charged with concealing more than $1 million in taxes.

NEW YORK (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm, a former Marine and FBI agent who’s been the target of a campaign finance investigation, was instead charged on Monday with evading taxes by concealing more than $1 million in sales and wages while running a small Manhattan restaurant — a case he called a political witch hunt meant to drive him out of office. Grimm surrendered to FBI agents early Monday following a two-year investigation that initially focused on alleged attempts to bypass contribution limits. He pleaded not guilty through his lawyer in federal court in Brooklyn to mail, wire and tax fraud charges and was released on $400,000 bond secured by his Staten Island home. The lawmaker, using a World War II memorial across the street from the courthouse as a backdrop, later accused prosecutors of leaking “all kinds of innuendos and accusations to support a political witch hunt” intended to “assassinate my character.” He vowed to return to work in Congress while fighting the charges. “I know I’m a moral man,

a man of integrity,” he added. “And I also know I have a lot more service and leadership to provide this country, and that’s exactly what I intend to do.” Grimm, though, stepped down from the House Financial Services Committee. He told Republican House Speaker John Boehner he should be removed from the panel but said he plans to return once his legal issues are resolved. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi had sent a letter to Boehner saying Grimm should be removed and a Boehner spokesman said the speaker believes the decision to step down was appropriate. U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said investigators uncovered the restaurant fraud as they conducted the campaign finance probe. She denied the prosecution was politically motivated and suggested more charges were possible. “We follow the evidence and see where it goes. ... The investigation is broader and ongoing,” she said. Grimm “was anything but an upstanding citizen,” said George Venizelos, head of the FBI’s

New York office. “He cheated, evaded and then lied.” The 20-count indictment alleges the tax fraud began in 2007 after Grimm retired from the FBI and began investing in an Upper East Side eatery called Healthalicious. It accused him of trying to evade payroll, income and sales taxes by paying his workers, some in the country illegally, in cash. Grimm “physically handed out cash payments to his employees on numerous occasions,” the indictment says, with money taken from the restaurant’s daily receipts. Authorities say Grimm left the business in 2010, the year he won his first term in Congress. A House Ethics Committee announced in November that he was under investigation for possible campaign finance violations. During the 2010 race, Grimm acknowledged receiving $250,000 to $300,000 in contributions from followers of an Israeli rabbi, Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto. Some members of Pinto’s congregation subsequently said they made tens of thousands of

dollars in illegal contributions, including gifts passed through straw donors. The Israeli businessman who had served as Grimm’s liaison to Pinto’s followers, Ofer Biton, pleaded guilty in August to an immigration fraud charge. Three days after that, the FBI filed a sealed criminal complaint accusing a Houston woman, Diana Durand, who had been romantically involved with Grimm, of using straw donors to make illegal campaign contributions. Grimm, 44, made headlines in January after confronting a New York City cable news station reporter who tried to question him about the campaign finance inquiry. After reporter Michael Scotto finished his report from a balcony in the Capitol, Grimm stormed back, leaned into him and said: “Let me be clear to you. If you ever do that to me again, I’ll throw you off this (expletive) balcony.” Grimm’s legal troubles, while embarrassing to his fellow Republicans, were unlikely to de-

termine the balance of power in the GOP-dominated House. Republicans have the majority in the House by a margin of 233 to 199 seats, with three vacancies. Democrats, meanwhile, have been eyeing Grimm’s seat. The Democrats’ favored candidate, former New York City Councilman Domenic Recchia, has been hammering Grimm over his ethics and has impressed Washington Democrats. News of the charges drew a mixed reaction from constituents on Staten Island. “This is supposed to be someone who respects the law, and that’s certainly in question at this point,” said Marc Patrick, a retired teacher. Eddie Garcia, who’s also retired, said he had voted for Grimm and credited the congressman with helping Staten Island recover from Superstorm Sandy. Grimm is being prosecuted “because he is a rising star in the Republican Party,” he said. “They think they got him. I hope justice will prevail.”

Photo Courtesy of Associated Press Grimm was also caught on tape threatening a reporter.

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Clergy members file lawsuit over gay marriage ban



Photo Courtesy of Associated Press North Carolina clergy members arguing for legally- recognized gay marriage.


Greater Mankato Transit is inviting the Public to an Open House for information on proposed bus route expansion. Photo Courtesy of Associated Press Michigan ACLU has also filed a lawsuit. claiming that the state of Michigan owes more than 300 couples their marriage licenses.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A coalition of clergy members filed a novel federal lawsuit Monday against North Carolina’s constitutional ban on gay marriage, saying it violates their religious freedom. The clergy members said that they’d like to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies in their congregations, but that they can’t because of the “unjust law.” Their attorney, Jake Sussman, says it’s the only case to bring the First Amendment religious freedom claims among the more than 60 marriage equality cases pending in the nation’s state and federal courts. s “North Carolina’s marriage laws are a direct affront to freedom of religion,” said the Rev. J. Bennett Guess, executive minister with the Cleveland-based United Church of Christ, which is a plaintiff in the lawsuit. “We feel that it is important that any person that comes into community life of a United Church of Christ congregation be afforded equal pastoral care and equal opportunity to religious services that clergy provide.” But in North Carolina, clergy are often faced with a troubling decision: “whether to provide those services or break the law,” he said. “That’s something no clergy member should be faced with.” Along with United Church of Christ, which has more than 1 million parishioners, a dozen clergy members and same sexcouples who want to marry were listed as plaintiffs. The defendants included North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper and several county district attorneys as well as five registers of

deeds. Noelle Talley, a spokeswoman with the attorney general’s office, said officials there hadn’t seen the lawsuit yet. Wake County Register of Deeds Laura Riddick said she was shocked to be named as a defendant. Her office handles marriage licenses. “It’s ridiculous for any registry to be sued over same-gender marriage, which is a matter of state law, not county policy. Only the legislature or the courts can change the law. Our job as county administrators is to apply the law as it is, just as we will apply the law if it changes. Suing us misleads the public, wastes county taxpayer dollars and creates unnecessary conflict,” she said. This isn’t the first legal challenge to North Carolina’s law banning same-sex marriage, which was approved by voters in 2012. The American Civil Liberties Union earlier this month launched a new legal assault on the state’s ban on recognizing same-sex marriage, urging a federal judge to quickly negate it to help children and gay couples suffering from urgent health problems. The civil rights group said it was seeking to speed up a decision in a lawsuit filed in 2012 by citing the urgent health needs of a child who suffers from cerebral palsy who was adopted by one of the lesbian couples involved in the case. The ACLU also filed a new lawsuit on behalf of three other lesbian couples struggling with health conditions made more difficult because they lack legal recognition of their marriages performed in other states, said

ACLU staff attorney Elizabeth Gill. The ACLU and the same-sex couples they represent argue a judge should act quickly to suspend North Carolina’s marriage ban because they are suffering immediate and irreparable harm. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year that the federal government must recognize marriages of same-sex couples. Seventeen states allow gay marriage and federal judges have struck down bans in Michigan, Utah, Texas, Oklahoma and Virginia. “This lawsuit introduces a First Amendment claim that the marriage ban in North Carolina violates the right to the free exercise of religious beliefs by denominations, clergy and congregants who believe that same sex marriages are theologically valid and want to perform marriage ceremonies,” Sussman said. But NC Values Coalition executive director Tami Fitzgerald, who helped lead a coalition of Christian and conservative groups supporting the state’s 2012 constitutional amendment, said the lawsuit is an attempt to void the will of voters who backed traditional marriage. Six in 10 voters backed changing North Carolina’s constitution. “This is sadly, and predictably, the ‘lawsuit of the week’ filed by those who want to impose same-sex marriage on North Carolina,” Fitzgerald said. “Moreover, it’s both ironic and sad that an entire religious denomination and its clergy who purport holding to Christian teachings on marriage would look to the courts to justify their errant beliefs.”

It will be held Wednesday, May 7th at the Intergovernmental Center, 10 Civic Center Plaza in the Minnesota Valley Room from 11:00 to 12:30.

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Closings set for Minnesota man charged with killing two

Web Photo (From L-R)- 18-year-old Haile Kifer and 17-year-old Nick Brady, who were killed on Thanksgiving Day, 2012.

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man charged with fatally shooting two teenagers who broke into his home on Thanksgiving Day in 2012 chose not to testify in his own behalf Monday and his defense rested after calling three character witnesses and a private detective who sought to bolster the homeowner’s claim of self-defense. Byron Smith, 65, of Little Falls, told Morrison County District Judge Douglas Anderson he understood his rights. He’s charged with first- and second-


degree murder in the deaths of 18-year-old Haile Kifer and 17-year-old Nick Brady. The retired U.S. State Department security officer told investigators he was defending himself when he shot the two cousins in his basement because he feared for his life after several break-ins. The case has fueled debate over how far people can go in defending themselves in their homes. Smith sat downstairs and waited for the two cousins. Prosecutors argue that he went too far when he continued to shoot


the unarmed teens even after they posed no danger. Smith also waited a day to report the killings to police. The defense says Smith was fearful in part because some of his guns were stolen in earlier burglaries. Anderson set closing arguments for Tuesday morning. The judge told the jury that Minnesota law allows people to use deadly force in self-defense if they fear death or great bodily harm, or to prevent a felony from being committed in one’s dwelling. He said a defendant has no duty to retreat, but that a defendant’s actions must have been “reasonable under the circumstances.” He also told them to follow the law as he explained it, “even if you believe the law is or should be different.” Private detective Ross Rolshoven, of Grand Forks, N.D., studied the layout of Smith’s basement for the defense. He testified Monday that if someone coming down the stairs was carrying a shotgun, shouldered and ready to fire, Smith could not have seen it until that person was most of the way down because the ceiling was in the way. Defense attorney Steve Meshbesher showed the jury a photo of Kifer’s red purse, which

was found at the scene. The private investigator testified it was empty except for a drug pipe but was big enough to hold weapons. “You could have had three or four handguns in there if you wanted,” Rolshoven added. The jury also heard from Smith’s brother, Bruce Smith, 67, of Little Falls, who testified that his brother has a reputation for honesty in their central Minnesota community of 8,000. “He’s highly regarded by everyone that has known his family,” Bruce Smith testified.

The defense also called two of Byron Smith’s next-door neighbors, Kathleen Lange and her 16-year-old son, Dylan Lange. Smith has been living with them since the shootings. Meshbesher asked for a mistrial when prosecutor Pete Orput asked Dylan Lange whether it was “well known around here that you don’t mess with this guy.” Anderson sustained the defense’s objections, so Lange didn’t answer, but allowed the proceedings to continue.

Photo Courtesy of Associated Press Byron Smith being led to court during the case that has spotlighted himself and self-defense laws.

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Woman on trial for killing her two kids

f r .TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A milimtary wife whose husband was deployed to the Middle East shot -her 13-year-old son twice in the thead for talking back, authoritties said, then returned home eand shot her 16-year-old daughster in the face as she studied. eNow she’s on trial, and whether eshe spends life in prison hinges eon a key question for jurors: After years of profound mental illness, was she unable to realize what she did was wrong, as her defense attorneys say? Or did she plan the January 2011 killings over at least several days, as prosecutors say, complaining at one point that the three-day wait to buy a gun would “delay the massacre”? Jury selection began Monday morning in Julie Scheneker’s case. She is charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Those on the jury will see many disturbing images and hear hours of troubling evidence. They will see several sides to Schenecker, a former military linguist and wife of a colonel. They will see an attentive suburban mom, cheering from the sidelines as her kids played soc-

cer. They will also see a woman who bought a gun the weekend before the killings — and who complained in a letter that a three-day waiting period would “delay the massacre.” They will see the handcuffed inmate, escorted by officers, who walked rigidly into jail following her arrest, her face contorted and eyes empty. Schenecker, 53, looks older and vastly different than pictures that emerged of her as a blonde, athletic mom in the years before the crime. She sat in the courtroom Monday, flanked by her public defenders, who plan an insanity defense. Her ex-husband, Parker Schenecker, also was in the courtroom. Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty, but if convicted, Schenecker could face life in prison without the possibility of parole. If Schenecker is found not guilty by reason of insanity, the judge could still order her committed to a mental hospital until it is determined she is no longer a danger to others or herself. According to Tampa Police,

Schenecker shot her 13-yearold son, Beau, twice in the head with a .38-caliber pistol in the family car “for talking back.” Officers at the scene found the boy still in the passenger seat, with his seat belt on. The report said Schenecker then shot her 16-year-old daughter, Calyx, in the face as the high school cross-country star studied on her computer at their upscale home. After Schenecker sent her mother a disturbing email, officers went to the house and found her drenched in blood on her back porch. They then found the teens’ bodies, a scene that was so troubling that a stress team was called to counsel them. Julie Schenecker was born in Muscatine, Iowa. There, she was an athlete and that continued in college, where she played volleyball for the University of Northern Iowa. Schenecker eventually joined the Army, advancing to the rank of sergeant as a Russian linguist. While she was stationed in Munich, Germany, she met and married Parker Schenecker in the late 1980s. She left the

service a few years later. Col. Parker Schenecker was a career military officer and the family moved around. At the time of the killings, he was attached to U.S. Central Command in Tampa. He had been deployed to the Middle East a few weeks before the killings happened. He has since divorced his wife and filed a wrongful death lawsuit against her. In part, prosecutors declined to pursue the death penalty because they think there is enough evidence to prove Schenecker is mentally ill, but not legally insane. Under Florida law, the burden of proof will be on Schenecker’s lawyers to prove she is insane. They will have to show that she was so mentally ill that she could not understand that killing her children was wrong. “They have kind of an uphill climb,” said Bob Dekle, a University of Florida law professor and retired prosecutor. It will be especially difficult for Schenecker because she purchased a handgun five days before the shootings, then picked it up after the three-day waiting

period and soon used it to kill. But court documents show that Schenecker has a long history of mental illness. In the early 1990s, she was diagnosed with depression and treated with medication. From 1997 to 2001, she was medicated daily except for when she was pregnant and nursing, records show. In 2001, she suffered a debilitating bout of depression and was hospitalized for nine months. Documents also show that she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, schizo-affective disorder and severe depression. A few months before the killings, Calyx called the police on her mother, saying she had hit her. Police closed the case as there were no marks on the girl. The family was in counseling about a month before the killings. Dekle points out that “being mentally ill doesn’t prove someone is insane,” and the two terms are not interchangeable in court. “Mental illness is a medical concept,” he said. “Insanity is a legal concept.”


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Ohio expands lethal injection doses

Photo Courtesy of Associated Press Denis McGuire’s son, Denis and his wife, Missie, announce their planned lawsuit against the state in his father’s execution.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio said Monday it’s boosting the dosages of its lethal injection drugs even as it stands by the January execution of an inmate who made snorting and gasping sounds that led to a civil rights lawsuit by his family and calls for a moratorium. The state’s new policy considerably increases the amount of the sedative used in its twodrug combination and raises the amount of the painkiller, which are injected simultaneously, according to a court filing. The state said it was making the changes “to allay any remaining

concerns” after the last execution. The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said its review of the Jan. 16 execution of Dennis McGuire determined he was asleep and unconscious a few minutes after the drugs were administered and his execution was conducted in a constitutional manner. “He did not experience pain, distress or air hunger after the drugs were administered or when the bodily movements and sounds occurred,” the state said. The department said it “finds no harm in increasing the dosage

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levels of its drugs,” after consulting with its medical expert and examining other states’ practices, spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said. The state’s policy change comes 30 days before the next scheduled execution on May 28, when a man convicted of killing a Cleveland produce vendor in 1983 is set to die. McGuire’s fitful 26-minute execution was the longest since Ohio resumed putting inmates to death in 1999. His adult children complained it amounted to torture, with his son saying: “Nobody deserves to go through that.” The McGuire family’s attorney criticized the state’s report, saying it relied on a medical expert who predicted before the execution that McGuire wouldn’t experience air hunger, desperate attempts to catch one’s breath while suffocating. “That causes some concern as to whether they looked at it from both sides,” defense attorney Jon Paul Rion said. Lawyers challenging the constitutionality of Ohio’s two-drug method, the only such procedure in the country, also criticized the report. The state’s execution policy calls for it to use a specialty dose

of the powerful sedative pentobarbital, made by non-federally regulated pharmacies, as its first choice. If that can’t be obtained, as has happened twice, it goes to a backup method of midazolam, a sedative, and hydromorphone, a painkiller. The state said its review found high doses of hydromorphone commonly cause people to stop breathing, as does midazolam. With the drugs given together, it said, the effect “is much greater.” In about two weeks, the state must say whether it has found pentobarbital for the May 28 execution of Arthur Tyler or must

Web Photo A Dayton, Ohio couple protest the death penalty outside the Florida State Prison near Starke, Fla.



go to the backup method. In a rare move, Tyler’s attorneys and prosecutors are asking for him be spared, though for different reasons. States are in a bind for two main reasons: European companies have cut off supplies of certain execution drugs because of opposition to capital punishment in Europe. And states can’t simply switch to other chemicals without triggering legal challenges. Texas has struggled to obtain execution drugs and has had to change its three-drug protocol to a dose of pentobarbital.


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Make it three JOEY DENTON Sports Editor For the third year in a row, the Minnesota State University, Mankato softball team can call themselves the best softball team in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Finishing the regular season with a 41-9 overall record and 25-3 conference record, senior outfielder Anna Cole said this title was “well deserved.” After sharing the title last year, it certainly was a different feeling this time around. “We worked hard in the preseason, and knowing last year we tied for the regular season champs, because we had a few losses that we shouldn’t of had on our record. So this year we really focused on staying in control and staying in the drivers seat,” Cole said. There were some mixed feelings though. The same day the no. 8 Mavericks earned their third straight title, the senior class suffered a 6-2 loss to University of Minnesota, Duluth in their possibly last game at the Diamond behind Gage, depending if they host the NCAA Regional Bracket. “It doesn’t feel good to lose,” Cole said. “Nobody was happy

about it, but we were able to see the big picture and see that one loss does not define our conference season… finding out we were outright champs put the loss in the rearview mirror.” Looking back at the regular season, the Mavericks just straight up got the job done. They beat the teams they were suppose to beat and at one point accumulated a 22-game winning streak and helped head coach Lori Meyer surpass 1,000 career wins in Purple and Gold. Offensively, the squad finished second in the NSIC in batting average (.339), first in runs scored (325) and RBIs (296) and fifth in home runs (37). Senior catcher Lindsay Erickson did end up with the conference batting title with her .445 batting average. She also ended up third in RBIs with 50 and tied for sixth in home runs with 10. Meyer and the Mavericks loved having senior shortstop Samantha Holien transfer from North Dakota State, ending her last season with a .415 batting average, seven home runs, 37 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. Cole explained that the second spot in the lineup is so diverse and their main goal is to either get on base or move the leadoff batter if the leadoff batter gets on base. Sometime during

Photo Courtesy of Minnesota State Athletic Communications MSU softball celebrates a home run in one of their 25 conference wins that brought them their third NSIC regular season title in three seasons.

the season, Erickson, the greatest hitter to wear a Maverick jersey, ended up with the spot. That move ended up moving senior infielder Kelly Wood and Cole up and now the lineup reads in or-

der: Holien, Erickson, Cole and Wood, arguably the hardest to of the order in not only the NSIC, but possibly the history of MSU softball. “At some point, our coaches

just decided to put the four big dogs right in a row,” Cole said. “We like it, because we are all


Mankato MoonDogs 2014 preview LUCAS RYAN Staff Writer

Web Photo So far this season for the Creighton Bluejays, sophomore Taylor Elman pitched 52 innings with 33 strikeouts for a 2-4 record.

Summer is almost here, which means MoonDogs Baseball will soon return to Franklin Rodgers Park. Expectations have remained high for the Moon Dogs staff, even after missing the playoffs a season ago. The most successful manager in MoonDogs history, Mike Orchard, will return for his 6th season for the Dogs. Orchard has made the playoffs two of the three years at the helm. “The team looks really good. We are excited for the guys we have coming. We have Coach Orchard back, which I think is the biggest part for us as far as the on field product,” General Manager Greg Weis said. “He has been very good at putting together rosters in his tenure.”

Sam Clay is the Moon Dogs’ only returning player from a year ago. Clay is a sophomore pitcher at Georgia Tech that has recorded 60 career strikeouts in 56 innings for the Buzz. He has struggled with his control at times last year, but appears to have made major improvements this season at Georgia Tech. “To get innings at a school like Georgia Tech as a true freshman says something about the talent level that that kid has,” Weis said. “He had a lot of strikeouts and a really good opponent batting average, but he just walked too many batters…. He looks like he has taken that next step.” The rest of the team will consist of new players, which is not strange given the turnover in the Northwoods League. Among the


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2014-2015 WCHA Preview DEREK LAMBERT Staff Writer

After the first season in the new college hockey landscape, things weren’t as bad as most had anticipated. While the National Collegiate Hockey Conference and the Big Ten Hockey Conference were competitive as could be expected, the WCHA was surprisingly competitive after all the departures from longtime members of the league. Minnesota State University, Mankato was picked as the preseason favorite to win the conference in both the coaches and media polls. Though the Mavericks didn’t win the regular season, they did win their first WCHA Final Five tournament as playoff champions, propelling them into the NCAA tournament for the second straight season. Ferris State cruised through the confer-

ence for much of the season on their way to winning the MacNaughton Cup as the WCHA regular season champions, and they and MSU look to be the favorites for 2014-2015. Though FSU loses their top two scorers Garrett Thompson and Cory Kane, they return FirstTeam All-WCHA goaltender C.J. Motte along with 75 percent of their scoring from their Mac-

Naughton Cup winning season. The Bulldogs have been a team on the rise the past few years, and were one win away from the Frozen Four this season, losing to North Dakota in the NCAA Midwest Regional final. Junior Justin Buzzeo tied Kane and Thompson for the team lead in scoring, and he will return to lead the offense for FSU. With a 29-11-3 record, Ferris ended the season as the no. 6 team in the nation, and though they will reload for next season, they might not be as dominant in conference play as they were this winter. Minnesota State should be the clear favorite to win the WCHA next season and finally make it past the first round of the NCAA tournament. The 26-14-1 Mavericks ended the season as the no. 12 team in the NCAA and return nearly everyone in their lineup.

Though MSU loses senior captain and leading goal scorer Johnny McInnis to the Colorado Avalanche organization upon graduation, leading point scorer Matt Leitner returns for his senior season in a year that could see him as a potential favorite for the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s top player. Another senior to be, Jean-Paul LaFontaine will return next fall, coming

off a career best season where he posted 20 goals and 20 assists to go along with the second highest power-play goal total in the country. These two along with sophomore Bryce Gervais who had a breakout season, make a pretty deep offensive lineup to go along with what will be a veteran defensive core. The biggest return next season for the Mavericks will be in goal. Freshman Cole Huggins was named the WCHA Goaltending Champion and Second-Team All-WCHA in his rookie season, finishing second in the NCAA in overall goaltending statistics. He, along with 2013 WCHA Goaltending Champion Stephon Williams, provide a great deal of comfort for the Mavericks. MSU will likely be named the favorite to win the WCHA next fall, and almost certainly should be a lock

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Arnold Bagamba• MSU Reporter With the late run the Mavericks made this season and most of the top players returning, there’s no question MSU is next year’s WCHA favorite.

for their third straight NCAA tournament appearance with the impressive lineup they return. Another team that should be in the mix for the WCHA title is Alaska-Fairbanks, who placed third in the WCHA standings behind Ferris State and MSU. The Nanooks are a team that has been okay in recent history; not great, but not a team that can be taken lightly either. At 18-15-4, Alaska had a solid year that will help them build for the future. Though they lose the 2014 WCHA Player of the Year in senior Cody Kunyk, who signed with the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning, they return 78 percent of their offense in a very underclassmen-heavy lineup. Though they missed out

on the Final Five after losing the first round playoff series to Alaska-Anchorage, their luck should change next season, as Anchorage returns less than two-thirds of their offense for next season. The biggest surprise from this season, perhaps, was the Bowling Green State University Falcons. Bowling Green came into the WCHA after a rough stretch of years in the CCHA, where they had failed to make the NCAA Tournament since 1990. This season, the Falcons finished with an 18-15-6 record, their first winning season in nine years, and


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WCHA PREVIEW “Another team that should be in the mix for the WCHA titel is Alaska Fairbanks, who placed third in the WCHA standings behind Ferris State and MSU.” continued from 16 finished tied with Fairbanks for third in the WCHA. BGSU also made the Final Five, so the expectations for next season have been set. Though the only player who averaged over a point per game, junior forward Ryan Carpenter gave up his senior year to sign with the San Jose Sharks of the NHL, the Falcons return eight of their top ten scorers and both goaltenders for next season.

put up a fight to get into the Final Five tournament. Michigan Tech and Bemidji State are teams that should be much more competitive next season. Though Tech finished fifth in the conference and Bemidji in eighth, both teams return the main core of their lineup next fall. BSU returns 84 percent of their offense and veteran goaltender Andrew Walsh, who has


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Bowling Green almost certainly won’t be picked for a top two finish in the league, they definitely have the potential to be a dark horse and squeak their way towards the top of the league. The rest of the league is where things get a bit tricky. Northern Michigan University was a team that struggled this season, finishing with a record of 15-21-2, but they did have some big wins over MSU, Fairbanks and Bowling Green. The Wildcats are a team that won’t dazzle anyone, but could maybe creep up into the middle of the conference and

been their go to man between the pipes for the past two seasons. Michigan Tech on the other hand returns their top seven scorers and all three goaltenders on their team, and also return 84 percent of their scoring. Rounding out the conference is Alabama-Huntsville and Lake Superior State University, who finished as the bottom two teams in the conference. At 2-35-1, Huntsville finished 58th out of the 59 teams in Division I NCAA hockey, and with the worst record in college hockey. Though the Chargers return 94 percent

of their scoring, their leading scorer only averaged .39 points per game on a team that had the worst team offense in the NCAA at 1.08 goals scored per game. UAH also had the worst team defense in the country, averaging 4.37 goals against per game, so the Chargers may be in a rebuilding phase for the next few seasons. LSSU didn’t have a terrible season, but it wasn’t great either. At 16-19-1, the Lakers finished ninth in the WCHA standings and lose some of their key players. With two of the top three LSSU scorers graduating and top defenseman Kevin Czuczman leaving early for the New York Islanders, the Laker lineup may be a little thing next season. Also, the 47th ranked defense in the nation, LSSU loses both of their goaltenders to graduation, so they will be looking for a rookie netminder to come in and make an immediate impact. Where all these teams will finish next March is still up in the air. There is always the possibil-

ity of incoming freshman coming in and being game changers, as well as veteran players performing below expectations, though fans should have a good idea of how things will go. Ferris and MSU will be the likely favorite for the top two in the WCHA, with Bowling Green and Alaska-Fairbanks right behind them,

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and of course the possibility of teams finding their niche and being a dark horse such as Michigan Tech or Bemidji. Regardless of how things come to be, the WCHA should be very competitive next season, carrying on the longstanding tradition of excellence as a premier conference in college hockey.

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Minneapolis hosting world’s greatest baseball game of the year; who’s suiting up? Even though it’s still early, excitement for best game of our nation’s past time coming to Minnesota is rising by the day. Sports writer Luke Carlson puts his two cents in on who will not only be apart of the 25-man roster, but who will start in the field and on the mound. Even while facing pressure from the great Albert Pujols, 2013 AL MVP and Detroit’s own Miguel Cabrera should make his ninth All-Star game showing. Cabrera has been the stuff of legend for the past several years, winning two MVP awards, five Silver Slugger awards and the AL Tri-

ple Crown in 2012. Pujols looks set to back him up in his first ever AL appearance. 26-year-old Paul Goldschmidt from the Arizona Diamondbacks

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LUKE CARLSON Staff Writer For the third time in franchise history, and first time ever at Target Field, our home state Minnesota Twins will host the 2014 MLB All-Star game on July 15th between the American League and National League. And even though it is still early on in the baseball season, already there are frontrunners poised to take their place around the diamond in Minneapolis.

After an appearance with the NL in last year’s game with the Atlanta Braves, New York Yankee Brian McCann might become the first catcher in league history to go to the All-Star game for both the AL and NL. The eight-time All-Star has hit at least 20 home runs in seven of his last eight campaigns and leads the field of AL catchers by a wide margin over other candidates such as Cleveland’s Yan Gomes and Kansas City’s Salvador Perez, who will look to back

him up. Arguably the best catcher in baseball, St. Louis Cardinal Yadier Molina should take the back of the plate for the NL once again. The five-time AllStar will have stiff competition from the likes of young Colorado phenomenons Wilin Rosario and San Fransisco’s Buster Posey, who has also seen action in the Midsummer classic three times before. There is no question who should take first base for the AL.

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ALL STARS “If paying homage is important to the voters, we might yet again see Yankees legendary shortstop Derek Jeter start for his ninth and final All-Star game.”

park of consideration as Ortiz, and could take the reserve DH role. After shutting out the NL last season, six of the seven starters from last year look like nobrainers for this year’s AL starting pitching lineup. 2013 AL Cy Young Award winner and Detroit Tiger Max Scherzer, Texas’s Yu Darvish, Seattle’s Felix Hernandez, Tampa Bay’s David Price, Chicago’s Chris Sale and Scherzer’s teammate Justin Verlander are all favorites to reprise their roles. New York Yankees rookie Masahiro Tanaka might take the last reserve spot on a star-studded AL pitching roster. Starting at the mound for the NL, Miami’s Jose Fernandez leads the charge with the likes of San Fransisco’s Madison Bumgarner, San Diego’s Andrew Cashner, L.A. Dodger Clayton Kershaw, Philadelphia’s Cliff Lee, Washington’s Stephen

Strasburg and St. Louis’s Adam Wainwright following right behind. Detroit Tiger and former Minnesota Twin Joe Nathan should be the AL closing pitcher, while current and only Twins All-Star hopeful Glen Perkins, New York Yankee David Robertson, Oakland’s Luke Gregerson, Kansas City’s Greg Holland and Boston’s Koji Uehara are all candidates for the AL bullpen. Atlanta’s hard-throwing Craig Kimbrel, St. Louis’s Trevor Rosenthal, and Colorado’s Rex Brothers round out the probable All-Star bullpen for the NL. This year’s All-Star game will undoubtedly return many of the game’s greatest stars from last year’s competition. But there is no doubt that on July 15th,Target Field will be filled to the brim with the best talent and fireworks the game of baseball has to offer.

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looks to lead an impressive lineup of All-Star NL first basemen. After making his first appearance in the game last summer, Goldschmidt has proved he belongs among the NL elite, along with probable All-Star backups in Cincinnati’s Joey Votto and Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman. The Seattle Mariners might see their first starter in the AllStar game since Ichiro Suzuki in 2010 if second baseman Robinson Cano continues his infield dominance this spring. But the five-time-consecutive AL starter could face a close voting race from Boston’s Dustin Pedroia and Cleveland’s Jason Kipnis. Cincinnati Red Brandon Phillips does not hit for a high average, but shows premier skills on the diamond and is a potential ofavorite as the NL starting second baseman as the season wears on. Other contenders include San Diego Padre slugger Jedd Gyorko and Arizona Diamondback Aaron Hill. Third base has missed the likes of Baltimore’s Manny Machado, who started in last year’s All-Star game but is out so far this year due to offseason knee surgery. Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria should thus make his first starting appearance at the hot corner since 2010. Longoria looks to be backed up by Texas’s Adrian Beltre and Oakland’s Josh Donaldson. The heart and soul of the New York Mets, slugger David Wright is the probable starter as NL third baseman, which would see him return for his sixth AllStar game. But Pittsburgh Pirate Pedro Alvarez is emerging as the game’s premier hitter at third base and, along with Colorado’s Nolan Arenado, could give Wright a run for his money as the starter. If paying homage is important to the voters, we might yet again

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AL shortstop contenders include Boston’s Xander Bogaerts and Baltimore’s J.J. Hardy. Expect to see L.A. Dodger Hanley Ramirez back in the fold as the NL starting shortstop, followed closely by

Atlanta’s young Andrelton Simmons and Colorado slugger Troy Tulowitzki. Much of the same AL outfield from 2013 could be back this year. Baltimore’s consistently dominant Adam Jones, Toronto’s mega-slugger Jose Bautista and L.A. Angels surprise hit star Mike Trout look to take the reins again this year. 2013 NL MVP Andrew McCutchen, Colorado’s power hitter Carlos Gonzalez and Washington’s second-year sensation Bryce Harper all look to return to the big summer game as the NL starting outfielders. By virtue of its own rules, the AL will also bring a designated hitter to the All-Star game in July. Boston’s soulful and intimidating David Ortiz looks to take the starting spot. Toronto’s Edwin Encarnacion is the only other candidate in the same ball-







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Tuesday, April 29, 2014 some guest, which we do every opening day and do the fireworks and do the whole big show.” While working for his undergrad in sports management at Minnesota State University, Mankato, Weis gained valuable experience through the program and internships with the Vikings and the Timberwolves. Likely in large part due to his experience, Greg was hired as the assistant general manager of the MoonDogs out of college before being promoted to general manager. “The success that I have had so far is really a credit to the experience I got at MSU,” Weis said. “I had a diverse background of experiences to draw from. I was a

22-year-old when I got hired, but I do not think I was a typical 22-yearold in terms of work experience.” The experience of watching baseball outside on a summer night is something that all Americans should do at some point in their life. Because of MoonDogs baseball, those living in Mankato this summer will be able to catch a quality baseball game without breaking their wallets. “It is a couple of hours of really cool entertainment value out at the ball park; so any summer evenings that students have off that want to get over to Franklin Rodgers. It is a cool fun atmosphere where the ticket is not expensive and neither is the food or beer,” Weis said.

NSIC CHAMPS “We want conference tournament,” Cole said. “We want to win it for the third year in a row.” Web Photo In 43 starts, Ridge Smith owns a .313 batting average with four home runs and leading Austin Peavy State with 36 RBIs.

MANKATO MOONDOGS “The most successful manager in MoonDogs history, Mike Orchard, will return for his 6th season for the Dogs. Orchard has made the playoffs two of the three years at the helm. ” continued from 3 new faces is Tony Skjefte. He is the brother Lucas Skjefte, who played four seasons for the Mavericks. The Eden Prairie native has 21 doubles with 1 home run and 21 RBI’s at the University of Minnesota this season. With the season less than a month away and the roster nearly complete, management is optimistic about the team’s potential. “We absolutely expect to make the playoffs this year. That is al-

ways the goal of any team that you put together, and we have had some success at it in the past.” Weis said. “We expect good things from this team.” The Moon Dogs will begin the marathon of 65 regular season games in 76 days, on Tuesday, May 27. The Dogs will then return home the next day for opening day at Franklin Rodgers Park. The MoonDogs have planned an opening day

celebration, but have not announced who the special guest will be as of now. “I am excited for opening day personally. That is my favorite day of the year.” Weis said. “Going into my fourth year, opening day has been a different experience each time and that’s what I love about it; but it always reminds me this is why I do what I do,” Weis said. “It is always cool to bring in an awe-

continued from 15 seniors, we’re very connected and we know if one person doesn’t get it done, the person right behind them is going to.” In the circle, the Mavericks have lost their ace to graduation the past two years, but they seem to find their next ace. This season wasn’t any different. Freshman Coley Ries found her way to the top of the NSIC in almost every pitching category. The Eagle Lake native finished first in ERA (1.59) and opposing batting average (.187), second in strikeouts (205) and wins (21). Junior Brittany Lauterbach following Ries created the best one-two punch in the NSIC. The Savage native finished the 2014 regular season with a 2.85 ERA, 125 strikeouts and a 18-5 record. With injuries plaguing the team early this season, these two kept the Mavericks rolling. “Starting the season off, we were a little skeptical with injuries and what not, and they have really stepped up,” Cole said. “The senior class thanks them so much cause they really stepped up and kind of taken the team on their shoulders.” What’s next? The NSIC tournament takes place this weekend, and even though the Mavericks sit well in the regional rankings, they want their third consecutive tournament trophy. “We want conference tournament,” Cole said. “We want to win it for the third year in a row.”

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (May 2)

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To this writer, the first Friday of May might as well be Christmas morning. Better yet, getting a new Spider-Man movie to kick off the summer is the equivalent of checking under the tree to find a pogo stick that flies and spouts quips at the dumb neighborhood kids. It’s strange, because the Spider-Man movies, for the most part, have never been transcendently good films. They all have their strengths but they also have inherent problems that seem ingrained in their very being. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will no doubt have its own imperfections (overstuffing, anyone?). And yet, there is something about them that is so damn entertaining. With Marc Webb’s latest take on the wall crawler, the real, sympathetic characters of the previous film return in a setting that looks to fully embrace its vibrant, “off-the-page” comic book origins. Having Spidey take on the likes of Electro, Rhino, and Harry Osborn’s Green Goblin, while Peter Parker tries to make his relationship with Gwen Stacy work, may seem exhausting. But the thing that makes Spider-Man so endearing in the end is that he is a hero who loves what he does. And so do we.

Godzilla (May 16) Giant monster movies have had their ups and downs recently. Same goes for remakes. But if you’re going to try for both of them, make it big and make it bad. Gareth Edwards’ take on the ‘Terror of Toho’ does not look to be messing around. Rejecting even the slightest notions of the campiness Godzilla can sometimes fall into (or even that of the recent Pacific Rim), this year’s update of the classic monster radiates doom and gloom. Not content to put all focus on the monster of the hour, the film has a powerhouse cast lineup with Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, Avengers 2’s Aaron Taylor-Johnston and Elizabeth Olsen, and Ken Watanabe to drive home the fact that this may be humanity’s final hour.

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SUMMER ‘14 “These days, comic book movies are all about building the bigger universe and DOFP has a very unique way of doing this: adapt one of the most iconic story lines from the comics involving time travel and dystopian futures for an opportunity to showcase an acting juggernaut (pun intended).” continued from 21

X-Men: Days of Future Past (May 23)

If there’s one film that is desperate to succeed this summer, it’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. Since it’s beginning, the X-Men franchise has been stuck in a holding pattern, providing mutant action thrills but never attaining the massive blockbuster status the material is capable of. Days of Future Past is their ticket to the big leagues. These days, comic book movies are all about building the bigger universe and DOFP has a very unique way of doing this: adapt one of the most iconic storylines from the comics involving time travel and dystopian futures for an opportunity to showcase an acting juggernaut (pun intended). As exciting as the prospect of seeing the X-Men travel in time to take on the deadly Sentinel robots and stop the end of all things is, the real draw is the chance to see the classic X-Men lineup of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, Patrick Stewart’s Professor X and Ian McKellan’s Magneto share the screen with the returning First Class trio of James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence. Even if the film’s story completely implodes, there are more than enough supplements to keep you in for the ride. With an effort this ambitious, the possibility of delivering a crowd-pleaser seems more than in reach. Web Photo

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Maleficent (May 30)

Disney has been putting out quality live-action films. Placing the production designer of Alice in Wonderland in the director’s chair is a great idea. People love seeing villains sympathized. None of those statements are true and they are what’s weighing Maleficent down ahead of release. For all the obvious things that scream “derivative” about the untold-story of Disney’s most memorable villain, there are real areas of opportunity in the new Sleeping Beauty spin. Angelina Jolie looks to be having a blast as the mistress of all evil, inhabiting the elegant, dangerous nature of the character (and adopting the character’s razor sharp cheekbones in full). A recent preview showcasing Lana Del Rey’s new, haunting take on Sleeping Beauty’s signature song, “Once Upon a Dream”, hit a perfect tonal chord, saying this adaptation, if done right, could have some bittersweet staying power.

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A Million Ways to Die in the West (May 30)

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Confession time: Ted ended up being so much funnier than it looked beforehand. The raunchy manchild comedy kept the irreverent jokes coming for the runtime and hit home on many of them, proving Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane can successfully translate his comedic stylings from small screen to big. Please let this be the case with A Million Ways to Die in the West. McFarlane takes center stage as himself a cowardly sheepherder who must go up against an infamous outlaw (Liam Neeson) in a duel. McFarlane’s irreverent humor looks to return in full force, overtaking the western setting and acting as more of a modern day machismo sitcom in the outer territories, launching off jokes about shooting at cans and how people die at the fair. And, by all means, this could work great in the context of the film. From how it appears now, as snippets and ideas, it seems… odd.

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Girls just want more character development Viewers anticipate complex plots, characters in the show’s upcoming fourth season. Web Photo

ANDREW SIMON Staff Writer Lena Dunham’s Girls is one of the most polarizing shows in the last decade, equally brilliant and mind-bogglingly frustrating – putting it in the same lot as LOST and Alias, but nearly as good. For two seasons, this reviewer watched in disbelief as the series went to ridiculous extremes, placed a narcissist and uber-annoying character as the lead, and featured repugnant, spiteful characters sparring with one another about seemingly nothing – all the while waiting to see where in the filth of rotten characters and venomous dialogue was this show every critic was raving about. There are no good words to be spared for seasons one and two of Girls, a laborious chore of monotonous monologues and self-centered characters and selfimportant plots and declarations. The experience of watching the first two seasons is akin to selfflagellation – ten episodes of deliberate torture to characters and story. The recently finished season 3, however, now that’s something to offer a good word or two. Girls follows four twentysomethings in New York trying to live life to the fullest and find success, however that may be. Hannah (Dunham) is the lead, a wannabe author who fancies herself the “voice of a generation”, willing to capitalize on any opportunity for her brilliance to be heard. Marnie (Allison Williams) defines herself by her relationships, while the only relationship Jessa (Jemima Kirke) wants is whatever the next thing is that will give her a high. Rounding off the female leads, Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) is entering college with a sexual frenzy after, she feels, having gotten a late start compared

to her friends. Adam (Adam Driver) is Hannah’s friendswith-benefits-turned-boyfriend, a carpenter/actor with a freaky side, and Ray (Alex Karpowsky), a coffee shop owner nihilist who hates everyone, round off the recurring male cast. One of the biggest frustrations of seasons one and two is that the characters never seemed to learn from their experiences. Dunham can have all the kudo points she deserves for creating flawed characters that reflect reality, as people rarely learn from their mistakes and are doomed to repeat them again, but it makes for circular storytelling. Hannah remains self-important, Jessa keeps making bad choices, and Marnie’s worldview begins and ends with boys – that was the extent of character development for the first twenty episodes. Season 3 makes a gradual effort to allow change, and because of that, it makes for a more accessible, interesting, and most importantly, less laborious season. There are still instances where Hannah’s single-minded rudeness trumps any reasonable behavior – one standout example has Hannah inquiring about the status of her e-book while at her deceased publishers funeral – but there seems to be a small level of growth in the character that is reassuring that maybe Dunham knows what she’s doing. Adam, probably the second most deplorable character next to Hannah in seasons one and two, magically has transformed into one of the most relatable and interesting. Before his characterization amounted to being a sizable jerk with no shortage of sexual perversions, but through season three became a character with compassion towards Hannah and filled with self-doubt over a big-time acting job. Marnie has also enjoyed her own redemptive arc, dumped by the same guy twice, she’s now

renounced relationships and is concentrating on improving herself personally and finding whatever makes her passionate. Shoshanna’s arc also leads to interesting places, not only for the character, but for Zosia Mamet who has frequently been given mediocre material. For Shoshanna, a recently released from virginity prison, she becomes a sexually adventurous individual, trying to balance schoolwork and fun but with results she didn’t quite expect. While most of the characters – save Jessa, who still suffers as an underdeveloped person – experience sizable growth in this twelve episode third season, the series still hits a couple of pitfalls. One of the series’ most polarizing episodes was a season 2 side-story that was nothing but Hannah having a blissful fling with a man (Patrick Wilson) in his apartment, and season 3’s comparative outing is a beach vacation with the four friends which ends with every hurtful thought and repressed feeling coming out into the open. The first two episodes, picking up the pieces of where season 2 left everyone, are the weakest, although the return of Shiri Applebe as Adam’s ex-girlfriend chewing him out for his grotesque behavior sparks a certain amount of delight. The strengths, though, for once, outweigh the weaknesses, making season three the most coherent set of stories to date. Finally, this is the show that people were praising for two years. With interesting character beats and dialogue both funny and impactful (for a series categorized as a comedy, Girls rarely had a funny bone in its body), Girls’ third outing is its best. Are twelve decently good episodes enough to redeem twenty painful escapades? Not entirely, but for once, it’s a show to look forward to when it returns in January with season 4.

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Fashion for finals Essential attire for the semester’s most stressful week. MADELINE ZAFFT Staff Writer With the school year coming to a rapid end, the old adage “feel good, dress good, test good” might come to mind. While deciding what to wear for a final exam doesn’t exactly take priority over studying for a final, here is what I like to call “final fashion,” ideas to achieve the “feel good, dress good, test good” way to end the school year. A great idea is to select your outfits the Sunday before finals week. Put together clothes that can be mixed— when you wake up in the morning, you can just pick from those choices and be out the door. Graphic tees and jeans are an easy and cute option. Don’t forget to bring along a cardigan, your testing area could get a little chilly and that is the last thing that need on your mind to distract you. Loose fitting tunics can also be great a great choice and not restricting like tighter fitting tops; comfort is key when stressed during testing. Wear something comfortable, but skip the sweats or pajamas this week. I know, I know, a college kid not in sweats? You will feel more awake if you take the extra time to slide on your favorite pair of jeans and top. A great alternative to sweatpants is a pair of legging—if you have them in a pattern, than it is

even better; it is all the comfort with style. Everybody has their favorite pair of jeans that go with everything, those are perfect for this occasion—slip them on and leave the sweats on the floor instead. Make sure you choose comfortable shoes—no new finds on your feet! They’re just another thing to annoy you, new blisters and another opportunity to get your focus off of your test. Ballet flats are a great option and they are both comfortable and chic. Another great shoe choice is a pair of cute, brightly colored sandals, especially with the weather warming up. Again, break them in before heading out on test day, wearing new shoes on test day could make you more interested in your feet than the big exam. Don’t forget about accessories. We don’t need major bling-bling on testing day. Wearing a watch can be a great idea so you can keep track of time and add arm candy. A pair of studs is a great alternative to large hoops. Stud earrings can add a great pop and aren’t nearly distracting as big, heavy hoops. A short necklace is a great add-on. Make sure it isn’t going to be a distraction before hand and you aren’t playing with it all the time, like I usually do. Keep it simple for hair and makeup. Don’t spend too much time on either. For makeup keep it fresh with just mascara, blush and a quick sweep of eye shadow. Keep

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your hair out of your face. Pull it back and far from dangling in your eyes. Nothing is more annoying to me than pushing my hair back every five minutes while trying to focus. Using embellished bobby pins is a way to add a little spark to your outfit. When you get down to the nitty gritty, don’t spend more time on your outfit than you do studying. Make sure you dress in something comfortable, but not so comfy you can’t wake up. I wish you the best of luck with your fashionable finals.

Mankato, Minn. -- Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Department of English and College of Arts and Humanities are hosting a special screening and question and answer session with the director of the film “Winter in the Blood” on Tuesday, April 29 at 7 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom. The screening is free and open to the public. The film, based on the contemporary classic by Blackfeet novelist James Welch, was filmed entirely on the Hi-Line in Montana. It follows Virgil First Raise as he sets out in search of his missing wife and eventually the ghosts of his father and brother, both victims

of tragic deaths. In the end he must look inward for the strength he needs to survive. Key cast members are Chaske Spencer, David Morse, and Julia Jones. Welch was a favorite of Mankato audiences, having been invited three times to be part of the Good Thunder Reading Series. His last visit was in 2002. Alex Smith, one of the directors of “Winter in the Blood,” also directed the feature “The Slaughter Rule” with his brother Andrew. The two are currently developing series for television and are working on a number of new film projects. For more information about the film, click here. For information about the event, contact Professor Brian Twenter at the Minnesota State Mankato English department at 507-389-2117.

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Silicon Valley boasts successful start to first season Bold commentary, clever casting a winning combination.


ANDREW SIMON Staff Writer Silicon Valley is one of TV’s best new comedies. Created by Mike Judge (the head honcho behind Office Space and Extract), the HBO series follows six programmers living together in the highly competitive Silicon Valley, where they work vigorously to beat Hooli, the lead company in technological innovation, in creating and perfecting a lossless compression device. Richard (Thomas Mid-

dledtich) is the creator of the device, but doesn’t really know what he plans to do with his potentially billion dollar idea. He’s the stereotypical nerd, culturally personified by the perpetually awkward Michael Cera with a side of Napoleon Dynamite hair. His friends consist of Erlich (T.J. Miller), a cocky stoner who enjoys residuals off the marginal success of his own technological endeavors, programmer and Canadian Bertram (Martin Starr), loyal friend but skill-less Nelson (Josh Brener), accountant Donald (Zach Woods), and programmer Dinesh (Chugtai). The strength of this series is

the mix of high-brow and lowbrow humor. In the first four episodes, there’s a drug-induced journey Erlich goes through in the desert to find a potential new company name, and a massive party decorated with Roman attire and homages to Greek gods. This sort of exaggerated realism is complimented by the dry sense of humor celebrated in Judge’s Office Space and perfected in recent years by comedians like Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig. The jokes range from clever sexual innuendos to drug humor, but the best material is when the characters make flat-




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out observations of stereotypes. In the first episode, a Hooli executive remarks how almost all employees walk in packs, hitting the same number of people and the same token minorities. Look no further than the typical Hollywood vehicle with a group of nerds at the centerpiece, and it’s difficult to argue with the show’s mockery of these stereotypes. The obvious company Hooli stands in for makes for an amusing running joke, as is the inner hierarchy of the company and the deadly seriousness the employees take their positions – if the series were to take a page

from Dan Harmon’s out-ofthe-norm series Community, there could easily be a Hunger Games-esque battle royale with Hooli employees inside the company, killing for the job. This is a spectacular cast working with richly textured scripts, but if there could be one area for improvement, it would be adding more varied voices into the mix. In a maledominated cast, the only recurring female role is the assistant of Peter Gregory, the billionaire whose teamed with Richard in designing his device, Monica, played by Amanda Crew. Monica comes in and out, mostly working as a conduit between the nerds and the money, and has thus far escaped being regulated as a potential love interest, but it would be nice to have a larger varied cast. Silicon Valley may enjoy mocking and basking in the stereotypes, but real-world technological companies boast quite the diverse personnel that should be reflected here. Silicon Valley is at the halfway point of its first season (the series has already been renewed for season 2), and it’s knack for dry humor and cultural commentary easily makes it one of the most entertaining and funniest shows on the tube.

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SUMMER ‘14 “Smart, intuitive and unpredictable, 21 Jump Street was both a clever satire of buddy cop movies and rehashes and a laugh-a-minute comedy all in one. If 22 Jump Street can even match the level of craziness going on in the first film, then it’s mission accomplished.” continued from 22

22 Jump Street (June 13) Knock on wood, but at this point, Phil Lord and Chris Miller can do no wrong. Coming off of their wildly successful work on The LEGO Movie earlier this year, Lord and Miller are revisiting the address that brought them so much success before: 21 Jump Street. Smart, intuitive and unpredictable, 21 Jump Street was both a clever satire of buddy cop movies and rehashes and a laugh-a-minute- comedy all in one. If 22 Jump Street can even match the level of craziness going on in the first film, then it’s mission accomplished.

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Jersey Boys (June 20) Fans of musicals needn’t feel left out this summer as the coming months have one very notable release to get your toes tapping. Based on the 2005 Broadway musical chronicling the formation of music group The Four Season, Jersey Boys has been a smash on the stage and its big screen jump has been eagerly awaited. With a cast made of mainly TV actors and returning stage players (not to mention the ever-amazing Christopher Walken) singing the jukebox hits of The Four Seasons, the biggest name on the roster not in the cast but in the director’s seat. Clint Eastwood, the “chair talker” himself, in addition to being an acclaimed actor and director, has had a longtime affinity with jazz and the arts. Not that his directorial skills were ever in question but considering his love of music and adding it into the mix makes for a really promising adaptation.

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