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MSU makes efforts to stay energy efficient in spite of initial extra cost MEAGAN STEELE

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In our current state of economic crisis, “going green” is more difficult than ever.  A recent article was released about the top 15 greenest campuses in the U.S. Minnesota State was not on the list, and of the

such as Wiecking Center and Gage Hall, are not considered worth the money it would take to make them green.  “They were built at a time when no one cared,”said construction management department chair Brian Wasserman.  These buildings were so

We are doing about 95 percent of what would be expected of a campus that is aiming to be more energy efficient.”

-Paul Corcoran, physical plant director

colleges that did make it, a noticeable trend connected all of them: they were either universities that specialized almost entirely on improving the environment in some way or they were Ivy League schools.  In other words, the universities that made the list have the money to invest in economically friendly construction and practices. MSU does not have the funding to remodel every old building on campus that is not considered environmentally friendly.  Some buildings ,

poorly constructed that the best bet would be to just tear them down and rebuild. This plan is in the works for Gage Hall. Officials are doing what they can to better the MSU campus.  Ford Hall, the new science building, was constructed under Minnesota sustainable building guidelines.  These guidelines require a certain degree of energy efficiency for the heating, cooling and electrical infrastructure of a building.  In order to help with

electrical bills, each room in Ford Hall and other parts of campus include occupancy sensors that automatically turn lights off after no movement has been detected for a certain amount of time.  Ford Hall also uses energy efficient windows that help to trap heat in the winter and reflect heat outward in the summer so less air conditioning is needed.  These are important factors because heating and cooling are the biggest energy consumers. Going green is a greater investment up front, but the money it can save will make a significant impact in the long run.  According to MSU’s planning and construction director Larry Kohanek, about $847,000 of extra funding was put into Ford Hall for long term energy saving measures.  It sounds like a lot of money to spend up front, but the building has an estimated payback of 4.6 years. So even though MSU is not considered one of the greenest campuses, the available resources and funding are being used to renovate the campus to be more ecofriendly.

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New program gives back to designated drivers LYNN ZASKE

staff writer

The new “Whose your DD?” program has launched this homecoming that is making an effort to reward students for being safe. MSU students will be able to use their free cups at several local bars to receive free nonalcoholic beverages when they are abstaining from alcohol as the designated driver for their group. First, who exactly is a designated driver? Jolene Pedersen, a graduate assistant for Student Health Services who steered the program, clarified who the cups are meant for. “The program is designed

for someone who abstains from alcohol and someone who is assigned to do so at the beginning of the evening with the intent on getting his or her group home safely,” Pedersen said. This program was developed by Student Activities with the help of Laurie Woodward, Ryan Ihrke and Jolene Pedersen. Other sponsors include Student Health Services and the Reporter. “The program started here, but Jolene Pedersen really took the program and made it happen,” Ihrke said. The program is also supported by the Minnesota State Student Association.

Safely / page 12

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Editorial...................................6 Voices......................................7 Variety....................................15 Sports....................................21 Classifieds............................ 27

Second annual walk for autism to be held Sunday

Mankato woman at No.3 spot in Forbes online contest

MSU’s new production “Into the Woods” premieres

MSU football team takes down Winona 35-14

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Increasing awareness

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Stopping stuttering

Sunday’s walk for Autism seeks to Online conference will raise money, fund education efforts represent eleven countries MATT SAUER

staff writer

The Southern Minnesota Autism Coalition will be holding a charity walk this Sunday focusing on awareness and education about the range of symptoms that underlie autistic disorders. Autism is a brain development disorder whose symptoms include difficulties in social interaction and repetitive, sometimes obsessive behavior.   Most people living with the disorder are diagnosed before they are five years old.  Autism, Asperger syndrome and pervasive developmental disorder are known as Autism spectrum disorders (ASD’s), each of which displays symptoms that are specific to their subtype but share general characteristics.  For example, a child with autism might appear less socially comfortable than most children — infrequently speaking or making eye contact infrequently — and may find it hard to interact well enough to fulfill their daily needs for food or comfort.  A person with Asperger syndrome, on the other hand, may gladly begin speaking at length to

whomever will listen, but often will focus with no apparent reason on a single topic and will fail to realize why the person listening has lost interest.  Both disorders, however, involve a certain degree of habituation, either through their language, daily routines (like stacking toys), or body movements.  WalkDo II, SMAC’s second annual walk for autism, will take place along Mankato’s Red Jacket Trail between Mankato West High School and Mount Kato.  SMAC hopes this year’s march will gather donations aimed toward treatment and diagnosis of autistic disorders.  Donations will also provide funding to Project Lifesaver, an organization that funds search and rescue operations for people with autism or Alzheimer’s disease.  As many Minnesotans might remember, Project Lifesaver was involved in the tracking down of Keith Kennedy, an autistic man who went missing in the woods of western Wisconsin for almost a week early this summer.   “That was definitely a scary thing to hear,” said Marie Hathaway, the mother of an autistic child and participant in last year’s

WalkDo.  “My husband actually took the day off work to pick up Joshua from daycare when he heard about [Keith] in the news.” Joshua, Hathaway’s sixyear-old son, was diagnosed with a high-functioning form of autism early last year.  She says that although he has fewer problems with communication and speech than most autistic children, Joshua is easily distracted by the outdoors. “He has an obsession with trees and clouds,” Hathaway said.  “We really didn’t think it was a problem until he ran away from us one day.  We were playing outside one minute and the next he was just gone.  The police found him about an hour later tearing the bark off of a tree.  He didn’t seem to understand why everybody was so upset.”  Hathaway said that she still didn’t feel there was reason to be concerned until Joshua began speaking more frequently. “We started to realize that something was off,” said Hathaway.  “He would talk for hours about the same things: leaves, clouds, the way bricks were lined up on our house.  At one point he started

JOHN FRITZ

staff writer

The twelfth annual International Stuttering Awareness Day online conference will begin Thursday at Minnesota State. It ends Oct. 22, International Stuttering Awareness Day. The conference, “Stuttering: More Than a Tangled Tongue,” will feature papers, presentations, discussions, and other media from more than 70 individuals representing 11 different countries. Dr. Judith Kuster, professor of speech, hearing and rehabilitation services at MSU, began the conference and will host it again this

year. “People from more than 150 countries have participated in the conference over the years,” she said. Some noted contributors include Dennis Drayna, researcher at the National Institutes of Health, Walter Manning, professor of audiology and speechlanguage pathology at the University of Memphis, and David A. Shapiro, professor of communication sciences and disorders at Western Carolina University. Drayna, Manning, Shapiro and other professionals will answer questions in an online forum called “The professor is in.”

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In 2007, April Femrite had a change of heart. After having her second son, she took a year off her job as a career counselor and came across a concept that would become the basis of her new, green business — manufacturing clothing made from bamboo fiber. A sustainable, natural resource, bamboo fiber is hypoallergenic, absorbent and biodegradable among other renewable, environmentally conscious properties. “As soon as I heard about it I was like, ‘Wow, why isn’t everybody wearing bamboo?” said Femrite. Naturally Bamboo is an eco-friendly clothing company that markets itself as “ethical apparel” and has made its way to a top 20 spot on a Forbes. com contest with the chance to win $100,000 in cash and

advertising. Surpassing more than 1,500 applicants reviewed by Forbes’ judges, Femrite’s fate now depends on online votes. Currently she is ranked No.3 in the competition, but voting closes Sept. 30. The Minnesota business is the only finalist from the Midwest and only one of two bamboo-clothing companies nation-wide. “We are really working to be ethical and responsible in every aspect of the clothing manufacturing process from growing the bamboo to making the clothes,” Femrite, 34, said of her business standards. A Mankato woman who came from a family of entrepreneurs, Femrite said she always wanted to find a way to be an activist and start her own company. She is the CEO and founder of Naturally Bamboo, but Femrite is also the designer, manufacturing manager and oversees every aspect of the company from website content and sales to marketing and

accounting. Although the company is located in Mankato because that is where Femrite resides, the majority of sales are made online at naturallybambooclothing.com. The bamboo is currently grown on family-owned farms in China, but part of the reason Femrite applied for the Forbes contest is to get the money to be able to start growing bamboo in the U.S. She traveled to Mississippi in June to speak with farmers about growing moso bamboo, the one type out of more than 1,500 species that is used in the textile industry. Femrite said the climate and soil in Mississippi make it the ideal location to start a bamboo plantation. “I want to get a complete U.S.-based supply chain, from growing bamboo, to processing the fabric to making it into clothes,” Femrite said. “It’s a

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

News

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Cultural celebration Hispanic heritage month spreads awareness about Latino customs DANNIE HIGGINBOTHAM

news editor

Hispanic heritage is a rich blend of many different cultures, from indigenous and European backgrounds. Furthermore, the Hispanic population is one of the fastest growing in the U.S., but one many people are still unfamiliar with. During Hispanic heritage month, which began Sept. 15 and lasts until Oct. 15, Latino students at Minnesota State hope to showcase their culture and the influence Latinos have in the U.S. “We want people to know that our culture is very unique,” said Paulina Manzo, vice president of the Chicano Latin-American Student Association (CLASA). “Hispanics are very culturally oriented and we always try to show it and bring it wherever we go.”

Manzo also hopes to clear up some common misconceptions about Latinos. “The big one is that all Spanish speakers are Mexican,” Manzo said. “ Another one is that all Mexicans are short, darkskinned and non-educated, and that we don’t have technology.” The month begins on the Independence Day for five Latin American countries: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Mexico’s Independence Day is one day later. CLASA doesn’t have many events planned for Hispanic Heritage month, but members have been working on informative posters and displays, to be hung after homecoming. The posters will show the contributions of Latinos to the U.S. “We also plan on setting

up a table to issue citizenship exams,” said Juan Muñoz, president of CLASA. Munoz added that CLASA hopes to team up with other political or ethnic groups on campus to issue the tests. “Those who pass the test will get some sort of prize,” he said. CLASA also recently worked with the Mexican consulate when it came to Mankato, helping Mexican citizens living in the area renew government-issued IDs and passports. CLASA hopes to bring about 20 members to travel to Metropolitan State University for the Minnesota Latinos in Higher Education conference, which will feature guest speakers and focus on issues surrounding the Latino community. The conference will be Oct. 9-10.

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Delegate a designated driver Students should take advantage of new DD cup program Happy homecoming, students. This week marks the 2009 week-long celebration of school spirit. There are so many activities and events on campus this week worthy of checking out, from the traditional lip-sync and coronation, to the new campus carnival and Maverick Midway. Ideally, all students would line up to attend these events and partake in the alcohol-free festivities with as much enthusiasm as they will have at bars and parties this weekend, but the reality is many Minnesota State students are

looking forward to drinking with their friends. So rather then try to shun the inevitable, the Reporter teamed up with the bars and other offices on campus to deliver a free incentive to encourage students to stay safe this week and in the weeks following. The “Who’s your DD?” program is giving out free cups for designated drivers to use at 13 participating bars for free soda. Drunk driving is selfish, reckless and can always be avoided. Walking and using public transportation are

Letter to the Editor In the Sept. 22 issue of the Reporter, Charlie Hurd’s personal phone number and e-mail address ran under his initial letter. The Reporter would like to apologize for printing this personal information. It was a mistake, so please disregard and do not attempt to contact him. Thank you for your apology for printing my personal phone number and email address. Twenty years ago, I wrote a similar letter and was verbally harassed and threatened by the head of the Women’s Center at the time, so I am fearful of harassment and threats. In a recent letter to the editor, MSUM Sexual Violence Education Coordinator, Lauren Pilnick,  still maintains that one in four college women experience sexual assault. She cites “The Sexual Victimization of College Women,” study. While I agree with Pilnick that sexual assault is a serious problem that needs to be addressed, I don’t think that it is

helpful to hype the issue with inflammatory statements. Most of us remember the “Wolf, Wolf” tale, and the effect that it had on the village.  And it’s hard to forget the travesty of justice surrounding the false rape charges against the Duke lacrosse team, and the college community’s leap to judgment. About the study that Pilnick cites. The study is not official Justice Department policy. The Justice Department keeps it’s own statistics based on actual reports of rapes to police. The study is actually the comparison of two different methods of surveying, with strikingly different results.   To be fair to Pilnick, the authors “project” data to achieve a 5-year rate of 25% from one of their survey methods. Apparently, the Justice Department didn’t totally buy this argument; probably because the Justice Department’s traditional method of  study, the National Crime Victimization Study indicates much lower rates. That survey showed a rate of 1.7% over five years.

viable options to avoiding this, but so is finding a designated driver. Rather than endangering yourself and others, alternate nights with friends so there is always a sober driver. The program is taking the first step for you. It is providing the cups and the bars will provide the soda — now all you need is a responsible friend who is willing to sacrifice a night of drinking to keep you safe. Or, step up for a night and become a designated driver for someone else.

Author of “The Campus Rape Myth,” Heather Mac Donald, criticizes the same study, writing that , “Sixty-five percent of what the feminist researchers called ‘completed rape’ victims and three-quarters of ‘attempted rape’ victims said that they did not think that their experiences were ‘serious enough to report.’ Those surveyed in the study were not asked the poignant question, “Did you report your sexual assault to authorities?” The Justice Department reports that there were 30.9 reports of forcible rape to police per 100,000 people in the United States in 2006. That is a rate of roughly one of every 3200 people. Readers can decide: Is there a campus rape epidemic, or is it mostly a politically manufactured issue? Is Pilnick serving the best interests of the college community by touting only the most inflammatory statistics available, or not?

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Putting together

the pieces of the puzzle The Reporter’s news editor talks about why she’ll walk for autism

give up on. There’s a huge difference About a year and a half ago, I wrote between pointing fingers, saying this a voices piece about my autistic brother person or vaccine caused the condition, and how annoyed I was that autism had and working to find a cure. The majority become the trendy thing to care about. of us aren’t scientists, we’re simply Not much is seen about autism in the affected by autism and want to help our news today. Not much more is known loved ones in any way we can. about autism and, as far as On Sunday, those affected we know, not much progress by autism, or those who simply has been made in the want to help, can walk in the development of a cure. Southern Minnesota Autism However, advances have Coalition’s WalkDo II for been made in the ways to Autism Awareness. take care of people with The coalition suggests a $20 autism. donation from participants, One such way is Project and all proceeds from the Lifesaver, which gives event will go to SMAC to help GPS bracelets to mentally Project Lifesaver efforts and impaired persons – including other awareness activities in the those with autism – so they Dannie region. can be found easily should Higginbotham Things have definitely they wander away. changed in the past couple My brother has had one of these bracelets for a while now. He has a of years. I’ve gone from living with habit of wandering away, even waking up my brother and seeing him every day to seeing him a few times a year, on in the middle of the night to unlock the holidays or when my mom makes it to door and escape. At first he hated the bracelet and tried Mankato. He’ll be 16 on New Year’s Eve and is set to graduate high school in 2015 to remove it with a nail clipper, but after at age 22, when he legally ages out of the a while he got used to it. Autism isn’t something we should just school system.

After, he’ll be set up with a job somewhere in the community doing whatever he can to help out. Since he’s not high-functioning, he’ll likely get a job doing something simple, such as crushing boxes. Thankfully, destruction is one of his favorite activities. There’s no saying what kind of relationship the two of us would have if he didn’t have autism. We could be best friends, or he could be a huge jerk, like most teenagers, and we could completely hate each other. I’ll never know. That’s why I’m going to walk. I’m going to walk for the brother I have and can’t know, for the kid I lived with for 14 years without ever being able to identify with. He is able to at least tell me thank you, but I shouldn’t ask for it. Raising money for autism research isn’t the right thing for me to do, it’s one of the only things I can do.


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Star Tribune saved from bankruptcy

Minnesota’s largest newspaper slashes debt, considers paid online content to increase revenue and make digital transition a reality MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Star Tribune emerged from bankruptcy protection Monday with its main lenders becoming the new owners and its debt slashed by 80 percent. Out from Chapter 11, the Star Tribune can now make decisions without a judge’s supervision, as Minnesota’s largest newspaper and the nation’s 14th largest on weekdays tries to ride out an advertising drought and boost revenue in print and online. The move was largely expected after a federal bankruptcy judge in New York approved the Star Tribune’s reorganization plan Sept. 17. The newspaper had filed for bankruptcy protection eight months earlier, saddled by debt from Avista Capital Partners’ 2007 purchase of the newspaper from the McClatchy Co. New board Chairman Michael Sweeney said Monday was “the first day of a new beginning” as the 142-year-old newspaper got “a new lease on our future.” In a note to readers, Sweeney acknowledged challenges ahead in “finding new ways to finance the quality journalism that you have come to expect of us” as the industry makes a transition to the digital world.

Among other things, the Star Tribune is exploring charging readers for access to some or all stories on the Internet. Next month, it plans to launch a Minnesota Vikings premium package for $19.95 a year with photos, chat sessions and other football coverage not available on the free part of the Web site. “Ultimately, you get to decide what information you want, how you want to receive it and at what price,” he wrote. “The debate about the future of newspapers is really a debate about what you, as readers, are willing to support.” In choosing Sweeney as the new chairman in August, the new owners found someone with extensive experience in retailing, but not newspapers. Sweeney is the managing partner of the private equity firm Goldner Hawn Johnson & Morrison Inc. in Minneapolis and previously served as president of Starbucks Coffee Company (UK) in London. He spent several years developing and selling franchise companies for Blockbuster Video and Papa John’s Pizza. When his appointment to the Star Tribune board was announced, Sweeney told The Associated Press that he made a long-term commitment to be involved on the board. Sweeney did not immediately respond to

interview requests Monday. Senior lenders will now hold about 95 percent of stock in Star Tribune Holding Co., which is becoming Star Tribune Media Company LLC. under the new ownership. Those lenders, according to court filings, include Angelo, Gordon & Co.; Wayzata Investment Partners; Credit Suisse Group; CIT Group Inc.; and General Electric Co.’s GE Capital. A steering committee of main lenders already has named four new board members, including Sweeney, former Wall Street Journal publisher L. Gordon Crovitz and Michael E. Reed, head of the Fairport, N.Y.-based chain of newspapers GateHouse Media Inc. Current Publisher Chris Harte plans to step down, but a new publisher has yet to be announced. The company’s debt was slashed to $100 million, from $480 million when it filed for Chapter 11 on Jan. 15. Firsttier lenders are getting new common stock plus secured notes worth 32 cents on the dollar while most unsecured lenders are getting a penny. Avista, the majority stockholder, gets nothing. It already had written down to zero the value of the $105

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Downtown prowl series

A part of the community Pagliai’s pizza celebrates 40 years and countless contributions in Mankato LAUREN MEYER

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Pagliai’s is Mankato’s oldest pizzeria and this year the famous pizza shop is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Sam Pagliai opened the first Pagliai’s Pizzeria in Ames, Iowa, in 1957. The pizzeria then expanded their business to numerous states across the Midwest. These restaurants resided in Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky and Ohio. In 1969 Pagliai’s Pizza opened their doors in downtown Mankato. The Mankato location remained independently owned, only keeping the Pagliai’s name. The Pagliai’s family, along with their close friend Frank, only owned the restaurant in Mankato for five years before selling their business to Gary Flansburg.  Flansburg, along with his wife successfully owned the business for close to 25 years.  Flansburg kept some of Pagliai’s original recipes but made some alterations to the menu to make it his own. After 25 years of hard work and thriving business, Flansburg decided it was time to sell the shop and retire. The pizzeria was bought by Jim and Jan Downs in 2001. “Our family wanted to own

a local restaurant and when this opportunity arose we couldn’t pass it up,” said Jake Downs, manager at Paligiai’s and son of Jim and Jan. Cheryl Rueda, also a manager, has worked with Pagliai’s more than 15 years. Rueda is proud to work for such a family-orientated restaurant and is proud of the success Pagliai’s has had over the years. “Business has definitely boomed since the ‘70s,” she said. “Hiring a young staff has kept things lively and fun at work.” The restaurant has been a triumph for years because of the committed staff, popular recipes and fresh ingredients. The menu consists of a variety of specialty homemade pizzas, hoagies and spaghetti. There are many staples on the menu, including the Maverick meat pizza, Pagliai’s Special, and the Classic. Pagliai’s also offers a variety of services to make it more convienent for customers, including carry out, dine in, and delivery. “I ate at Pagliai’s before my football games at Mankato State University,“ said Dave Rice, a 55-year-old MSU alum. “Now when I come to visit my daughter at college, that’s where I take her and her friends.” Pagliai’s has sponsored Rice’s softball team since

1974. Jim and Jan have been very generous when it comes to helping out the community. Giving back to the city of Mankato has always been important to the Pagliai’s name, the Downs said. Recently, the restaurant has donated to local high schools and colleges and cancer walk benefits and sponsored softball and hockey teams. With the high competition in the pizza industry. Pagliai’s has always been set apart by engaging in the community and remaining family oriented. “We want to have a family feel when customers come in,” Rueda said. “Having strong relationships with customers and employees is key for success.” Pagliai’s is not only a hit pizza parlor for local residents, it also attracts the taste buds of people living in the Twin Cities.  “We get a group of regulars that travel all the way from Minneapolis and Iowa,” Jake said. Pagliai’s is proud to keep serving those that may have moved out of the Mankato area. The biggest crowds flock to the pizza shop over the weekend, with college students gathering for the famous pitcher of beer with the purchase of a large pizza.

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long-term goal of mine.” Right now, the bamboo and fiber is made in China and then imported to textile mills in Toronto and L.A. where Femrite purchases the fabric. The clothing is made in Prior Lake, Minn. and sold online or through the 20 retail outlets who have picked up the line, including stores in Hawaii and California and local places such as the St. Peter Co-op. “We were looking for bamboo socks for our store when we met April,” said Rob Thomas, the front end manager at the co-op. The store carries the Naturally Bamboo active wear and crew versions of the socks and said the product has been a successful seller. “I have had a pair for two years now and they still come out of the dryer looking and feeling like I just bought them off the shelf,” Thomas said. “They are unbelievably soft and bamboo is such a sustainable resource.” The co-op only carries Naturally Bamboo socks due to lack of space, but the company

creates its version of nearly every clothing item needed such as active-wear apparel and casual tees. If chosen for the final five, Femrite will receive a trip to New York to present for Forbes and the potential prize. Although her business has been down due to the meek economy, Femrite said she has seen a boom in recent sales due to recognition for the contest. Femrite was born and raised in Mankato. She graduated from Minnesota State in 1997 and pursued graduate school for degrees in psychology and counseling. Before starting Naturally Bamboo, Femrite worked as a career counselor at St. Olaf College. She is married with two sons, ages 3 and 6. Her connection to the community is strong and although she doesn’t have a store in town, she said she would love to be able to make Mankato the home to her apparel headquarters one day. “I would really like my business to benefit Mankato by

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“It’s an awesome chance to network and make contacts,” Muñoz said. The big focus for CLASA right now is Latino Night, which this year falls on Oct. 30. This is much earlier than usual, but the event caps off a conference that takes place

at MSU and South Central Community College Oct. 29-30. Manzo said the thing that makes MSU’s Latino students stand out is their spirit. “I think we truly believe in ourselves,” she said. “We have that Latino spice, we’re

a really happy group and we always try to have fun.” “We’re a united group, a big family,” Manzo said. “We all know each other, and there’s nothing going on if you don’t have that.”

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STUTTERING People with stuttering problems can access a support center in “Second Life” continued from 3 People who stutter will have a section of papers containing advice on how to reduce the fear of speaking. Their families and students in the field will also post papers and ask questions. During the conference, “Professionals and consumers connect with each other in unique ways and through user-friendly papers,” Kuster said. The most intriguing presentation could be “A Virtual World for Stuttering Support” by Grant Meredith, a lecturer in multimedia and games design at the University of Ballarat in

Australia. It will showcase the world he created for people who stutter within the online game “Second Life.” Players of “Second Life” interact with each other through avatars, their digital representatives in a virtual universe. Meredith’s creation features a virtual six-story building for people who stutter, The Virtual Stuttering Support Centre, within the University of Ballarat’s island campus. It contains a foyer, support room and social area to meet in and talk. There are also simulated interactions many stutterers struggle

with, such as telephone conversations, job interviews and ordering at cafes and restaurants. Anyone can access the conference, but MSU students can earn one credit hour by participating under the direction of Kuster. For those with communication disorders, the MSU speech clinic has support groups and individualized therapy sessions. Contact clinic director Jessica Jones for more information.

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Russia warns against Iranian missle tests MOSCOW (AP) — Russia voiced concern Monday about the latest Iranian missile tests and urged Tehran to fully cooperate with a U.N. nuclear watchdog and answer questions about its secret nuclear facility, news reports said. Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after meeting with his Iranian counterpart at the United Nations in New York that he urged Tehran to be “maximally cooperative” in its contacts with the International Atomic Energy Agency regarding its previously undisclosed uranium enrichment facility. Last week, Iran disclosed that it was developing a new

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SAFELY Recent statistics show many MSU students are responsible and use a designated driver when drinking

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Hundreds of Indians blocked Ecuador’s Pan American highway in several provinces Monday with rocks, tree trunks and burning tires to protest new water, mining and oil laws. Their leaders suspended the protest late Monday, saying the government had promised to talk about their objections. The Indians contend the proposed the laws threaten their lands and will privatize water

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resources. Leftist President Rafael Correa disputes that view, and the ruling partycontrolled legislature has been expected to approve the laws. The leading Indian group, the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador, split with Correa in 2008 when he refused to grant Indians the right to veto concessions to exploit natural resources on their lands under a constitution approved last year.

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replacing bulbs in exit signs with more energy efficient ones, are being taken

continued from 1 “We are doing about 95 percent of what would be expected of a campus that is aiming to be more energy efficient.  It’s a good statement of what we are doing and what we should be doing,” said the director of the physical plant, Paul Corcoran. According to Corcoran, even small steps are being taken to reduce energy usage.  Just replacing the bulbs in exit signs around campus with more energy efficient fixtures can make a significant impact because they are constantly on.  And not just school officials can make a difference concerning energy usage. “The best thing students can do to help with energy costs is to turn it off when you’re not using it,” Corcoran said.  Even unplugging a cell phone charger or computer when you’re not using it can make a little bit of a difference for those dreaded electric bills because they use up energy just by being plugged in. Storm water management is another factor that contributes to a greener campus and community.  When it rains the water runs off the roof into gutters, down through the sewer system and into lakes, rivers and streams.  The sewer system does not act as a filter, so the sediment from rooftops and sewers is washed along with the rainwater into the bodies of water surrounding the community.  According to Wasserman, one way to help this problem is to build a rain garden.  These could be put in around campus and also at home.  A rain garden is a place for the rainwater to soak into the ground and on the way through the sediment that is not wanted in our water is filtered out.  It can be a fun and aesthetically pleasing

way to better the environment one step at a time.  All you need is to find out where the water is flowing, what plants would be appropriate for a rain area depending on the area in which you live, and an afternoon open to dig and plant.  Other solutions for this problem include installing an underground storage tank or using pervious asphalt that allows water to go through the tar instead of run off into storm drains.  MSU does not have a system like that, nor does it have the funding for it at this time.  A rain garden would be a less expensive way of accomplishing the same idea.

Sen. Jenny Crane said, “This program is designed to help reduce binge drinking and to encourage students to have a safe ride home from the bars.” A recent article in the Mankato Free Press titled, “Progress seen on drinking problem” said this program might be the best thing to happen to MSU homecoming in years. According to an NCHA survey for 2009, 85.6 percent of MSU students use a designated

driver. “This statistic shows that many MSU students are already being responsible,” Pedersen said. “Students will be rewarded for being responsible through this program.” Pedersen said that she hopes that after this program is launched, that percentage will go up. The cups will be handed out to students all week and are available in the Reporter office and at the

13 local bars supporting the program throughout the year. Participating bars are listed on the back of the cup. Pedersen also said that the bars that wouldn’t pay the $20 charge to get their names on the cups may still be willing to support the program. “It will be up to each individual bar to implement the program their own way, but in general most locals bars have been supportive,” Pedersen said.

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About seven in 1,000 children are diagnosed with an ASD. continued from 3 talking about cloud types like cumulonimbus.  We asked him where he learned about the stuff, but he wouldn’t tell us.  We’d never heard him read before, and he couldn’t read to us then, but he knew all about these things.  I had to look the stuff up to find out what he was talking about.”  Hathaway’s story is not unusual. According to the Center for Disease Control, approximately 7 in 1,000 children are currently diagnosed with an ASD, with that number continuing to grow.  Researchers have yet to decide whether the sudden rise in autistic disorders is because of environmental factors like pesticides in food, or simply a stronger consensus of what autism is. These are topics this week’s WalkDo hopes to shed increased light on.  “Last year’s walk was a blast,” Hathaway said.  “Joshua came along and made us walk the trail twice.  I think he liked meeting some of the other kids the most.  The trees and orange leaves didn’t hurt much either.”  WalkDo II is scheduled to begin on Sunday at Mankato West High School.  Registration begins at noon while the walk itself is set to take off at 1 pm.  Participants will walk along the Red Jacket Trail to Mount Kato where children’s activities, informational booths, and food will be available until most walkers have left. 

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Local artist of the ‘Nobody’ week: Forever Dumb connects with everybody NATE BRENNAN

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nate brennan• msu reporter Mankato’s Forever Dumb (L-R drummer Micah Dorfner, singer Jordan Carr and bassist Christian Olsen) sat down with the Reporter at their pad to discuss the current state of local music and the four chords that changed Mankato forever. NATE BRENNAN

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Forever Dumb is a veteran local band that has maintained a persistent presence in Mankato for its infectious, keyboardtinged brand of pop-punk and drunken, high-energy performances. I sat down with the Forever Dumb at their Mankato triplex to discuss and joke about the local music scene, the four chords that changed Mankato forever and finally finding their niche. Nate Brennan: How long have you guys been playing as a band? Jordan Carr: The day after Thanksgiving marks the threeyear anniversary of Forever

Dumb’s first show, but Christian has only been with us for about a year and a half. Christian Olsen: I’d like to think my joinage signaled a shift from bad to glory. From just another drunk punk band to something where people actually like the notes. JC: Yeah, we initially gained a pretty decent 21+ following from getting just super fucked before for shows and playing this one song called “The Gold” that Christian actually played the synth on. Then some 45year-old guy got pushed off the stage at one of the shows and he unsuccessfully tried to sue the What’s Up Lounge. CO: The day four chords changed Mankato forever. JC: The club told us we’re not

allowed to play the song at live shows there anymore. NB: So what happened to make the switch to Christian? JC: Well the former bassist would get too drunk. One time he played one song and couldn’t continue the rest of the show. Micah Dorfner: Yeah, that was one of the determining factors. JC: Another was how pretty he is. We’d like to think we’re the prettiest band in town. CO: Yeah, I think our legacy will be our visual flawlessness. NB: So what do you think of the official Mankato music scene then? CO: The structure sucks, but the bands are good. JC: The Tank has proved

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It’s rare to find a comedy that truly resonates with an audience on a level deeper than humor. The new Twin Cities-centered film “Nobody,” however, hopes to change that by touching on a topic everyone can identify with. “I think on the surface [the film] is about finding inspiration, but it’s also about finding identity,” said Rob Perez, the film’s director. “‘What is my identity?’ is a question most of us have struggled with and [the film] is going to let you know asking the question is okay and that’s comforting.” Perez, who wrote the Josh Hartnett vehicle “40 Days and 40 Nights,” exclusively features the Twin Cities with beautifully representative imagery from Porky’s restaurant, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the Uptown library, among others. Perez said the backdrop of Minneapolis gives the film a very distinct vibe. “It’s like Gotham City for the ‘Batman’ movies, where the city adds tension and drama,” Perez said. “But because the film is set in Minneapolis, whether it’s the colors, the angles or the architecture, the city adds a positive vibe to the whole film.” Perez said part of that vibe comes from how they chose to shoot, the lighting, backdrops, etc., but that Minneapolis itself was the antithesis of Gotham City, in that deep in your bones,

you feel like everything is going to be okay. But it isn’t just camera angles and skylines that give the film its lighthearted atmosphere. Minneapolis theatre veteran Sam Rosen turned out to be the perfect man to carry the film with his comedic chops. “No amount of fancy directing or great writing is going to help a leading man engage the audience,” Perez said. “Sam is funny on his own and he brings that to the part, you feel bad when he feels bad and that’s what a great actor does, he gives you someone to identify with.” The film’s cast primarily consists of Minneapolis actors, but long-time character actor Mark Margolis (“The Wrestler”) adds a unique dynamic to the film. “Mark is a true professional in every sense of the word and it was an honor to work with him,” Perez said. “If you’re just silly there’s no pathos, but Mark grounds the character in something real and to his credit, Mark is still finding different ways to attack the questions posed in the film with his subtle comic timing.” Recently, Perez spoke with and previewed the film to Twin Cities-area high schools whom he considers his target audience. Apparently the message is getting across as the film already has more than 14,000

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Minnesota native Sam Rosen stars in Rob Perez’s new Twin Cities-centered film, “Nobody.”

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Supergroup lives up to its name on album CHRISTIAN HAGEN

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Few things instill a greater mix of anticipation and trepidation in music fans than a supergroup. We hype them to the point of God-like status long before they’ve written a note together and then find ourselves shocked when the gods we’ve lauded are really men struggling to merge their inflated artistic egos. We are the arbiters of our own misfortune, and the supergroup is the catalyst for our collective disillusionment. Thus, a healthier way to view Monsters of Folk, the act that combines the prowess of indie rock icons Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis of Bright Eyes, Jim James of My Morning Jacket and M. Ward, is not as a supergroup’s album, but rather as a mixtape. The mix starts off with two of the best songs to come out of the indie scene so far this year. The heartfelt “Dear God (sincerely M.O.F.)” finds the singers each getting their chance to address the creator of the universe. James, Ward, and Oberst, respectively, beautifully showcases their vocal and lyrical styles in the context of a swirling, melodic strain that connects to the deepest emotional center of the listener.

web photo Oberst, Mogis, Ward and James come together to become Monsters of Folk.

Next, the mood shifts brilliantly to upbeat roots rock ala The Traveling Wilburys with “Say Please,” where the singers harmonize and trade back and forth lead vocal duties, not to mention some thrilling guitar work. The resulting song is endlessly catchy and the energy of the band is infectious. These two collaborative tracks are a perfect example of hooking the listener early, of jumping

out the gate to a start so great that it makes you want to keep listening all day long. From here, the concept of a mixtape becomes more applicable while the quality becomes more debatable. While the first two tracks give every member of the group ample opportunity to be heard, the rest focus mostly on one person at a time with the others providing simple backup. In these songs,

personal preference will be the key to the listener’s enjoyment. Each artist clearly brought several songs apiece to the table for this project and how you feel about the music will probably be based on how you feel about each songwriter. Jim James, for example, is very prominent on “The Right Place” and “Losin’ Yo Head,” each of which bear the mark of My Morning Jacket’s early albums down-home alt-country vibe. He is also alone for most of “Magic Marker,” a soft campfire jam. For Oberst fans, Monsters of Folk contains gems akin to his recent solo work. “Temazcal” is poetic and meditative, while “Ahead of the Curve” is large and rocking. His lyrics continue to impress: “Pain was hunting me down, but I gave him the slip/I left the city through a tunnel and I headed for the sticks/With oregano oil and a morphine drip/Pain was hunting me down, but I gave him the slip” he sings on “Man Named Truth,” painting the perfect image of the troubled vagabond that he has evoked for years. It’s the songs by M. Ward that may give listeners the most trouble on the album. Ward’s voice is like a humid summer’s

day; thick and warm and beautiful, but prone to putting people to sleep. It doesn’t help that most of the tracks he’s written for this group creep through the speakers at a snail’s pace and a mouse’s volume. “Slow Down Jo” is haunting and sweet, but so slow that an impatient listener will feel as though they’re swimming through molasses. Still, a lot of the fun that can be had listening Monsters of Folk comes from picking out the intermittent backup vocals and moments of creative juxtaposition, when one member or another inserts himself into a song at the most unexpected of moments. James’ signature falsetto graces several songs so softly you might not notice until the tenth listen that he’s been there all along, hovering above the rest of the group. And it’s in these moments that Monsters of Folk are at their absolute collaborative best, three of the most distinctive voices in independent music coming together for the purpose of making brilliant sounds rather than inflating their heads. Integrity and fun over marketing and egotism? If only we could be so lucky with every would-be supergroup.

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MUSIC The Reporter sits down for a Q and A session with Forever Dumb to be a great thing. It’s an allages place right down town, so you got the minors hiding in their cars and drinking their beers and then coming out and smoking a ton of cigarettes outside between sets. Then you have the 21+ crowd whose wondering what all these kids are doing downtown, but still get to see great local music right near the bars. MD: The Tank gives me hope of what could possibly happen. A lot of people just want something to do and if they come and like us just from hanging out a show, it’s a great thing.

CO: I think for the first time, bands are remaining active and taking it serious. It’s the first time since I moved here that I’ve been semi-enthusiastic about the local music scene. NB: So are you planning on a new album sometime soon? JC: I’m really excited about writing a new record. Sometime just before or after our threeyear anniversary show at the Tank in late November, we’re going to take a few of the winter months to sit down and really write something good. CO: Everything is going to be continually scrutinized and gone over with a fine-tooth comb.

We’re going to listen to every song until we hate it to ensure the album is perfect. NB: What can listeners expect it to sound like? JC: It’s going to be a simple, awesome pop record. We’ve developed a fairly good writing process. Christian really fills in all the missing pieces. CO: I’m coming from a dance, electro kind of background. So the sound will be two worlds converging to make the dynamic of a great hook with some bizarre electronic stuff thrown in. Yet, we know it still has to flow as an album and be cohesive.

JC: We want it to be a true album. We want to make songs that connect. An album that has songs to listen to when you’re happy and ones you want to just sit at home wasted and alone and listen to. An album where you can listen to it over and over and find a new favorite song to where it kind of just keeps living on in your collection. NB: If you could play a dream gig with any three bands, who would they be? JC: I’m going to say four. Meat Loaf, Billy Joel, Third-Eye Blind and NWA. MD: Blink 182, the Lawrence Arms and Milli Vanilli.

continued from 15 CO: Brainiac, Faith No More and Lady Gaga. MD: Doesn’t Lady Gaga have a penis? JC: That’s why he started to like her. Forever Dumb was slated to play a free show at the Sugar Room Saturday, but the show has been postponed due to Homecoming. Catch them in Mankato next at the What’s Up Lounge for the “Less Than Three Festival” October 23.

NOBODY Writer of ‘40 Days and 40 Nights’ returns with film about identity fans on Facebook. Perez started writing the screenplay with friend and Guster guitarist Ryan Miller in 2003 after playing with the idea of how artists struggle with the blank canvas. “Any group that takes itself as seriously as artists deserve to be made fun of,” Perez said. “We’re included in that group, so it’s important to remember to go ahead and laugh and take it easy once in awhile.” Miller, who currently works in Los Angeles as a studio musician and producer, wrote the score for “Nobody.” Perez jokingly stated he was initially angry with Miller after hearing it. “When I first heard the score developed piece by piece and the main theme, I was so moved and kind of mad because I feared his score might be better than the whole movie,” Perez said with a laugh. “It all works together

— the music, the images, it’s so good and evocative. His score captures the tone and all the little things in such an amazing way the film is 10 times better because of it.” Yet all this could have been for naught as Perez initially had trouble financing the film, even with the help of executive producer and Hollywood actor/Minneapolis resident Josh Hartnett. Perez said after choosing Rosen for the lead role, he flew back and forth between Los Angeles and Minneapolis to meet with potential investors, but found it hard convincing them this was for real and that he wouldn’t portray the city negatively. “They were probably worried I’d take their money and flee to South America, so I had to convince them I was one of them,” Perez said. “I threw everything into storage and took a suitcase full of clothes

to Minneapolis to live, so the investors understood I was here to make this movie and they could tell I was fond of the town. After that, we raised the money in just a few months.” Before starting production on “Nobody,” Perez was working in Hollywood as a screenwriter with major studios. However, he decided to leave it behind and make this film. “I wanted to make movies that make people feel,” Perez said. “Screenplays are for the industry, but movies are for the people, so I checked out (of Hollywood) in order to make a movie that would connect with audiences.” “Nobody” will have its world premiere at Hennepin Theatre District’s State Theatre in Minneapolis Thursday Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. According to Perez, this will mark the first time Minneapolis has played host to a world film premiere since

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‘Pandorum’ plunges the viewer into fear

JACOB BOHROD

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“Pandorum”, directed by Christian Alvart, is the latest telling of a sci-fi soap-opera. Two men wake aboard an enormous spacecraft with no recollection of their mission, and even littler knowledge as to where the rest of the crew went. As it plays out, “Pandorum” feels more like a video game than a film, as it providing exhilarating action sequences and skilled camera work, but lacking on character development and dialogue. The film starts with a timeline of mankind’s landmarks in space exploration with the corresponding population of the earth. The date is 2174, the year the protagonists’ ship is sent out into space; earth’s population is more than 20 billion. In this early scene, space is shown as mankind’s refuge, our chance to start anew. Space, despite its ominous presence, is a lifeline. Throughout the rest of the film, Alvart and screenwriter Travis Milloy upend this ideology, proving to a horrific measure how unforgiving space can be and how much we should cherish the world we have. “Pandorum” exhibits a plethora of innate human fears, each of which space and the spacecraft, which serves as the film’s only physical setting for nearly the entirety, prey upon throughout the film. Viewers are tossed quickly

into the nightmarish fray, as our protagonist, Bower (Ben Foster), violently wakes half-covered in ice. He screams wildly in vein as the camera pulls away from his frozen pod to reveal only darkness. This is an early example of Alvart’s ability to relay a feeling of terror. He does not back us into the experience, he plunges

film. Soon Bower is released and helps one more crew member, Payton (Dennis Quaid), Bower’s commanding officer, wake up. The rest of the film follows Bower as he journeys through the ship in search of the engine room, where the ship’s reactor must be manually reset in order to avoid certain death.

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A key component to horror film making is setting a tone, and “Pandorum” does this well. The combination of freezing movieweb.com temperatures, still darkness Ben Foster gets grimey and battles and silence warn audiences of vicious monsters in “Pandorum.” one thing: lifelessness. Viewers are not called upon to simply watch these Along with isolation, Alvart opening events take place, but introduces claustrophobia are forced to live them. The in an early scene in which camera’s sporadic movement Bower crawls through the inside the pod as Bower ship’s ventilation system. This struggles to escape lends to a incremental introduction of sense of panic, a subjectivity challenges and terrors is simple, that will remain throughout the but effective.

As the vent becomes tighter and darker, Bower begins to panic once more. His claustrophobia becomes the audience’s, as the camera is pushed in on by piping and darkness. With only the threat of a cold room and a tight squeeze, these two opening sequences illustrate how simple it is to instill a sense of horror through film making; this opening is a refreshing reminder that film can create horror as long as an ideology of fear is present. The rest of the film, I’m disappointed to say, does not continue along the same path as it starts. Following the two opening sequences, much of the horror comes from freakish, humanoid monsters that hunt Bower. Adding monsters to an already frightening experience only dulls the suspense the film works to achieve in the first place. As Bower and company run away from and do battle with the beasties, it feels strange to not be holding a video game controller. One particular scene near the end of the film is laughable in how close it resembles a

video game in pacing and composition. Developed as leader of the monsters, the strongest creature corners one of Bower’s friends who finds himself unarmed. In the classic “boss battle” format, the two square off head-to-head from opposite sides of the shot (think “Mortal Kombat”), but not before the monster throws his foe a weapon, as a true gentleman should. The overall story arc is underdeveloped and poorly delivered, but remains to hold on viewers’ attentions to the very end—an end that is halfway unique and halfway predictable, but wholly satisfying. “Pandorum” will not be the sleeper hit of the year that it very well could have been, given a less central reliance on cliché sci-fi monsters and more character background and development. However, for those seeking cheap thrills with an attempted backbone, you can’t go wrong.

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‘Into the Woods’ not so happily ever after ASHLEY JOHANSEN

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As children, we grow up learning about fairy tales and those elusive happy endings that are undoubtedly inundated into our minds. But what if there never was a happy ending for our fairy tale heroes? What if they all found that happy endings don’t really exist? This is something that is examined in the new Minnesota State musical “Into the Woods.” “Into the Woods” originally opened in 1987 and is one that features many old fairy tale friends such as Rapunzel, Cinderella, Jack, Little Red Riding Hood, the baker and his wife. Act one begins with the characters in their familiar settings. Each character is trying to pursue their “happily ever after.” Cinderella pursues her prince, Jack climbs the bean stock and finds his treasure, Rapunzel lets down her hair for her prince to climb the tower to save her and Little Red Riding Hood escapes the big bad wolf. The Baker and his wife are also trying to pursue their dreams. After having been

cursed by a witch, the couple cannot have children and desperately want to lift the curse. This begins Act 2, where we meet up with the characters after they find their “happily ever after” and realize that every action has a consequence and that maybe their happy ending isn’t so happy after all. With music and lyrics written by Stephen Sondheim, who also wrote the music and lyrics to “Sweeney Todd,” you can bet that the play will have a sort of dark undertone. “I think he’s one of the best composers of American musical theater in the 21st century,” said Theatre Department chair Dr. Paul J. Hustoles. “It is very typical for him to show a fairy tale that is more adult oriented, these woods are very scary.” Hustoles, who has been at MSU for 25 years, said that the theatre department does four major productions every year and 17 other productions, more than any other university in the nation. Along with an impressive number of productions, the actors chosen for this musical have quite the credibility as well. Every year the theatre

department loses their veteran actors for new faces that will take on the departments numerous play and musicals main characters. “We’re like a sports team, every year we lose our main players,” Hustoles said. “But a couple students in this musical are very seasoned and there are also two brand new actors to MSU. It is a wonderful mixture

of old talent and new talent.” The players in this show include Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship-nominee Megan Volkman-Wilson as the witch, Mathias Becker, who was awarded the Ted Paul Theatre scholarship and also nominated this year for the Kennedy Center American College

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Japanese animation fan group turns campus into your parent’s basement JACOB BOHROD

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It’s 9 p.m. Wednesday and Morris Hall is abandoned. Silence blankets what is normally a busy intersection of college life throughout the day, but one sound remains to be stifled— the voice of Japanese animation. It’s Anime Club night. The Society for the Appreciation of Japanese Animation and Culture (SAJAC) celebrates the entertaining aspects and opportunities for academic study presented by Japanese animation, called anime, and comics, or manga, and while it may not be the most talked about club at Minnesota State, that doesn’t mean its members have any less fun. “It really exists to gather people of similar interests to hang out and share in our common [tastes],” said Nathaniel Sexton, SAJAC president. Sexton, a junior at MSU, said he’s been a fan of anime for years. “I have been interested in anime and manga since eighth grade,” he said. “I really like a broad spectrum of anime.” As foreign as anime and manga may seem to those of us outside of Japan, many popular forms of animation in the U.S. are quite comparable. For instance, just as the “X-Men” originated in comic books and expanded to television and movies, popular mangas, such as “InuYasha,”

get converted into television series in Japan. The signature animation style and variety of genres in Japanese animation remain to be the main differences between eastern and western animation. Thousands of manga and anime series exist, some being what SAJAC secretary Mike Engen calls “gateway animes.” Engen, a senior majoring in software engineering, said series’ such as “Dragonball Z” and “Pokemon” can lead people to explore more of what anime has to offer. Engen said he became interested in anime after seeing “Princess Mononoke,” a film directed by Hayao Miyazaki, who became more popular stateside after his film “Spirited Away” won the 2002 Academy Award for best animated film of the year. Cody, an automotive engineering student whose last name was kept private, said he discovered Japanese animation through the MSU library. Shortly after enrolling at MSU, he began to read manga the library had to offer and he’s been a fan ever since. No matter what level of devotion each member has for Japanese animation, their lighthearted approach makes SAJAC meetings feel more like a group of friends getting together than a formal club session. “On the average day, people start coming in around 9 p.m.,”

Sexton said. “Everyone typically chats and catches up until 9:30. If we have any club business to take care of we do it right at the beginning of the [meeting]. Then we show whatever people voted for.” Before everyone takes their seat, conversations on different subjects can be heard — some members talking of the thematic and aesthetic qualities of their recent anime favorites, while others laugh over other matters. Soon enough, the walls of Morris Hall seem to melt away, replaced by scenery of a friend’s basement or living room, created by the fun-loving informality of the meeting. When all are ready, the club

views two episodes of their current anime series, followed by a short break and discussion, and then another two episodes. Rarely do they get to play films, which prove difficult to obtain licensing for. “At least once a month we do something different,” Sexton said, “such as planning cosplays (costume based off of a character) for Anime Detour.” Every year SAJAC members look forward to Anime Detour, an anime convention held in the spring in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. One year, a group of members went dressed up as characters from one of their favorite animes, “Bleach.”

Like a fair for anime fans, Sexton said Anime Detour offers “discussion panel, anime music video contests and a dance every night.” Not only a source of entertainment and fun, Cody said the convention allows the club to learn even more about the culture it’s representing. SAJAC aims to turn what can be a rare interest forced to solitary confinement into a social event that sparks students’ minds and introduces them to new levels of thought and entertainment. SAJAC meets at 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays in Morris Hall 102 and anyone is welcome to attend.

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35-14 victory over Winona State. Saturday’s win marks the first time Winona State has lost to a conference opponent at home KYLE RATKE sports editor since 1999. “Regardless of what happened Just more than three weeks with the injuries, we knew that ago, backup quarterback Steve we had the depth and talent,” Pachan probably thought that it said Pachan. “We want to would be another learning year build off of it and keep moving for him. Another year under forward. I think we can continue his belt before possibly the trend.” becoming the starting The game started quarterback for the out with the Mavericks Mavericks is what the striking first, taking the plan was for Pachan. Warrior’s fans out of the How things have game early, as Pachan changed. hooked up with standout After Ryan Fick broke receiver Vinny Flury his tibia in week two for a 4-yard touchdown Pachan against Bemidji State, pass. Pachan has taken over The early success as the man under center for the was short–lived for the Mavericks. After last weekend’s Mavericks. Pachan hooked 34-13 victory over Winona State, up with Flury once again, but it would be an understatement to Flury fumbled the ball and say he has done an adequate job. Winona State’s Lucas Wolf Pachan has gone 3-0 as a took advantage of it — taking starter for the Mavericks, and it back 54-yards for a Warrior the squad 4-0 in games he has touchdown. appeared in, including Saturday’s Both teams would hit the

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wale agboola• msu reporter The Mavericks defense allowed just six total points on Saturday against Winona State.

end zone again in the next four minutes to knot the game at 14-14. It looked as if it would another close game for the Mavericks and Warriors. Fortunately for the Mavericks, Pachan led the them down

the field again before half and hooked up with Omaar Balton for a 22-yard touchdown. “You could probably put our receivers as the top-3 in the nation for Division II,” Pachan said of Balton, Flury and Chris

Nowlin. “Week in and week out they help me out. They are up there for sure.” The trio of receivers combined for eight catches, 204 yards and four receiving

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staff writer A month long road trip leaves the Mavericks soccer team with their first two losses of the season. After starting 5-0, they Mavericks have dropped two of three and land themselves in the middle of the pack in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. “After two losses we go into practice knowing that we have to keep pushing ourselves and our teammates to play to the intensity of Maverick soccer that we are use to,” said senior goalkeeper Sheila Reynolds. “We can’t just give up because we’ve faced two losses and we all know that.” On Saturday, the Mavericks traveled to the metropolitan Photo courtesy of Sports Pix area to take on the Golden Bear Senior Lauren Butters (15) and the Mavericks are 2-2 in their last of Concordia University. The four matches after starting the season 5-0. Bears took the early lead with a goal in the 23rd minute. After

fighting hard racking up five shots on goal in the first period, the Mavericks scored off the foot of senior defender Abby Maxson, sending the game into a 1-1 dead lock. The goal was the first of Maxson’s career. In the 75th minute junior midfielder Jessie Audas gave the Mavericks the lead off a penalty kick and giving them their sixth win of the season. “Compared to the past the conference teams seem to be better. They definitely step it up when they come out to play us,” Reynolds said. After a big win, the team traveled up Interstate 94 to swap elbow blows with the St. Cloud State Huskies. In a highly competitive, highly defensive battle between two preseason front runners in the conference, both teams let little get to the posts. The two teams combine for a total of 10 shots on goal, six for the Mavericks and four for the Huskies.

An 0-0 mark ended regulation time and with little time left in overtime the Husky’s Alexandra Pafko found the nylon and ending a month long Maverick’s road trip with a loss. “The month long road trip has allowed our team to face several challenges early in the season,” said senior midfielder Gina Paletta. “I believe it has given us experiences that will help us later this season.” The team will have their first home came since Aug. 30 on Friday at The Pitch against Northern State at 3 p.m. “It means a lot to finally have a home game,” Paletta said. “We have such great fans and are very comfortable on our home field.” “It’s been a long month with a lot of ups and downs so hopefully we can play our best at home and get some wins to bring our confidence level back up,” Reynolds said.


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STANDINGS FOOTBALL NSIC North School Bemidji State (8) Minnesota Duluth St. Cloud State Mary MSU-Moorhead Minnesota Crookston Northern State

Div. OVR 2-0 4-1 1-0 4-1 1-0 2-3 1-1 2-3 1-1 2-3 0-2 1-4 0-1 0-5

NSIC South School (7) MAVERICKS Augustana (22) Wayne State SW Minnesota State (25) Winona State Upper Iowa Concordia-SP

Div. OVR 2-0 5-0 1-0 4-1 1-1 4-1 1-1 3-2 1-1 3-2 0-1 2-3 0-3 1-4

VOLLEYBALL NSIC School Conf. OVR (1) Concordia-SP 6-0 17-0 (11) MAVERICKS 5-0 15-2 (10) Minnesota Duluth 5-0 12-3 Wayne State 4-0 16-2 MSU-Moorhead 3-2 13-5 Augustana 2-2 7-9 SW Minnesota State 2-3 12-5 Bemidji State 2-3 5-10 Winona State 2-3 4-12 Northern State 2-4 7-7 St. Cloud State 2-4 6-12 Upper Iowa 1-4 10-9 Minnesota Crookston 0-5 3-14 Mary 0-6 6-11

SOCCER NSIC School Conf. OVR (7) Minnesota Duluth 4-0 6-1-1 St. Cloud State 3-0-1 4-2-3 Winona State 3-0 6-3 Bemidji State 3-1 7-2 Mary 2-0-1 4-3-2 Concordia-SP 2-1-1 5-4-1 MAVERICKS 2-2 6-2 Augustana 1-1-2 4-4-3 Northern State 1-1-1 3-4-3 Upper Iowa 1-2 5-5-1 MSU-Moorhead 1-3 4-4-1 Minnesota Crookston 0-4 2-7-1 SW Minnesota State 0-4 0-7 Wayne State 0-4 2-8

There are five individuals that are set to be inducted to be inducted to the MSU Hall of Fame. The 1970-71 will also be inducted, being the first volleyball team from MSU to ever make an appearance in the national tournament. Lynell (Anderson) Senden will be induced for her contributions to basketball from 1990-1994. She was a 1993-94 AllNorth Central Conference First Team pick. She averaged 17.2 points and 8.3 rebounds per

game as a senior. Tony Kenning will be introduced for his contribution to wrestling from 1994-1996. The Luxemburg, Minn. native went 77-7 and won the 1995 and 1996 NCAA Division II national championship at 285 pounds, even though he weighed in at 210. Heather Hillstrom will be inducted for her contributions to softball from 1993-1997. Hillstrom played in 214 of 222 games in her career. She earned first-team AllNCC three times and also appeared on the Dean’s list six

times and was named Scholar Athlete by NFCA in 1994 and 1996. Michelle (Clarke) Oman will be introduced for her contributions to cross country and track and field from 1995-1997. She was named the school’s top senior female athlete in 1996-97. She also finished second in the mile at the 1997 NCAA Indoor Track Championships. She earned All-American Honors. Dean Bowyer will be inducted into the Hall of Distinction for his contributions to

baseball from 1977-2008. Bowyer won 20 league championships and posted a record of 1064-527-8 during his career. Bowyer is also a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Hall of Fame and the Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Bowyer has coached three All-Americans and there has been a total of 28 MSU players that have been drafted into the MLB. He has led MSU to the NCAA post-season tournament 21 times in his career.


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FOOTBALL “They did a good job of bending and not breaking ... all of those things were big,” Hoffner said. continued from 21

touchdowns. The second half was all Mavericks. Pachan would go on to throw two more touchdowns in the third quarter and that was enough to seal the win for the Mavericks. Pachan threw for 258 yards and four touchdowns, one of the best performances the Mavericks have seen out of a quarterback in quite some time. The Mavericks also continued the trend of scoring 30 points or more. MSU is now averaging a shade less than 35 points per game, all without starting quarterback Ryan Fick. But as impressive as the Maverick’s offense was on Saturday, it might have been the defense that was the most impressive. Besides the touchdown they allowed in the second quarter, the Maverick’s defense shut-out the Warriors offense during the second half. “They did a good job of bending and not breaking, stopping them in the red-zone, all of those things were big,” said head coach Todd Hoffner. “Those things were crucial for success last Saturday.” With four interceptions, it was easy to see why the MSU defense was so successful. Jesse Graves came away with two of them, while Troy Jones picked one and brought it back 80 yards to give the Mavericks exceptional field position. Even big defensive lineman Michael Robinson joined in on the action early in the third quarter. Although he didn’t get

quite the return Jones did, it did the job. “Our defense is always playing good,” Pachan said. “This week they probably played their best week so far, only giving up six points. It’s a very good accomplishment for them. The defense helps us, and we try to return the favor.” Dan Fehlberg led the defense in tackles with nine. The Mavericks are now 5-0 and will continue their attempt

to rewrite the record books throughout the season. The Mavericks were 5-0 in 1993 and in 1926. MSU is still ranked No. 7 in the nation and as impressive as that has been, the Mavericks aren’t looking to stop here. “Well, we feel good,” Hoffner said. “Last year we were 4-1 after five games, so we weren’t that far off. One game at a time, that’s what we are doing. One game at a time, we need to give it a ton of effort.”

THE RUNDOWN 17 First Downs 21 156 Rushing Yards 135 258 Passing Yards 278 267 Total Yards 267 14-17-1 Comp.-Att.-Int. 22-40-4 2 Turnovers 4 0-0/0 Punt Returns/Avg. 1-5/5 2-70/35 Kickoff Returns/Avg. 6-119/19.8 3-8 7-15 Third-Down Conv. 1-1 1-4 Fourth-Down Conv. 100% Red Zone Efficiency 33% 0-0 0-0 Sacks-Yards 0-0 0-0 Field Goals 28:14 Time of Possession 31:46

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Minnesota review rthy said Monday that Clifton’s injury is improving, and the team will try to work him back into practice this week in hopes of getting him ready for the Vikings. Clifton hurt his ankle early in the third quarter of the Packers’ Sept. 20 home loss to Cincinnati, and he sat out Sunday’s victory at St. Louis. A 10-year veteran, Clifton’s return could stabilize what has been a shaky Packers line.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — NBA Kurt Rambis is finally out of Phil Jackson’s shadow and has his own team to run. The longtime Lakers assistant was hired to coach the rebuilding Minnesota Timberwolves, and his work begins in earnest on Tuesday when the team opens training camp in Mankato. Rambis says he considers himself more of a teacher than a disciplinarian. And he’ll need to be with a roster full of youngsters who hardly remember him as the gritty glue guy on those showtime Lakers teams of the 1980s. Rambis says he will be demanding in his first camp at the helm. He wants to see his players “push themselves beyond the limits of what they think they can do so that their work ethic increases.”

NHL Minnesota Wild left wing Colton Gillies has been sent to the minors. Gillies was assigned to Minnesota’s AHL affiliate, the Houston Aeros. The move was made Monday, reducing the team’s training camp roster to 26 players. The list must be down to at most 23 players by Wednesday, the NHL’s deadline for the regular season. The Wild’s opener is at Columbus on Saturday. Gillies was Minnesota’s first-round draft pick in 2007. He spent last season with the Wild, scoring two goals and tallying five assists in 45 games.

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Mavericks spike the competition once again Junior Amanda Beekman and the rest of the MSU volleyball team lose just one match in fairly easy NSIC weekend MSU came back to win the next three sets by scores of 25-14, 25-18 and 25-13. PAT DELANEY The Mavericks made a simple staff writer adjustment to counter Northern State’s high-tempo play. The way the Minnesota “We stay focused on the State women’s volleyball team way we wanted to play,” said has been playing lately, it’s head coach Dennis Amundson. hard to even remember the last “We wanted to take the candy time they lost. The Mavericks away from them and dictate increased their winning streak the match.” to seven games on Saturday, The Mavericks have beating Northern State been getting solid in four sets. contributions from The last loss, by a lot of different the way, took place players. back on Sept. 11, in a Junior middle non-conference match blocker Kimber against Indianapolis. Kuhl had 13 kills Since then, the and a team best .476 Mavericks have been hitting percentage. Stamer dominant, winning six Sophomore setter of their seven matches Brittany Stamer was in just four sets. a key player in setting up kills. “To see how much Stamer left the match with 50 everyone has improved since assists. August, and knowing that we It was another good are on a mission this year is defensive performance as quite a deadly combination,” well. Kuhl led the team with said senior Kelly Sandstrom. five blocks. Senior rightThe Mavericks have been side hitter Ally Kwikkel and nothing but deadly since junior middle blocker Amanda conference play started. With Thompson both tallied four the victory against Northern blocks. State, the Mavericks improved Amanda Beekman looked to 5-0 in conference play, 15-2 like the best player on the overall. court. The junior outside hitter In their prior two matches, again led the team in kills with the Mavericks had not even 16. Her efforts this past week allowed a team to win a set. earned her the NSIC Offensive That would change early Player of the Week Award. Saturday, when Northern State The Mavericks have defeated MSU in set one. enjoyed the comforts of home That would be the only time so far this season. MSU is Northern State would have a undefeated at the Taylor lead. Center and will want to leave

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Straight from the blog: The Kid’s Take Sports editor Kyle Ratke wants to race Michael Vick

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I don’t actually want to race Mike Vick, I just thought it was a good subhead. Although, if I were racing Vick, I would run like there were dogs chasing me. What? Too soon? Thought so. In related news, Vick said last week that he didn’t envision is quest back to the NFL by starting off on the bench, saying that he thought that he could have gotten a starting job somewhere. Uhh … Say what? Mike, sorry to burst your bubble, but even when you were a starter in the NFL, you weren’t really all that good. To be honest, I don’t think you were a top-10 quarterback. Sure, you could run, but do you remember when you threw for 53 percent in 2006? That’s like JaMarcus Russell numbers Michael, who is arguably one of the worst quarterbacks in the league. You could argue that Vick brought a totally different dynamic to his team, which is true. The guy could flat out run, I will

admit it. But he was playing with Warrick Dunn in his backfield during the end of his prime. Having Dunn in his prime is like having variety editor Nate Brennan in his prime of fantasy football. Neither scares me. But lets put Vick on a team with a top-20 running back. What happens? A one-dimensional team. That’s what the Vikings are trying to snap out of. I know everyone is excited about you Mr. Vick, and hell, they should be. When is the last time a quarterback for an NFL team killed dogs? When is the last time an NFL quarterback came back after two years in jail to come back and play for another team? I give you credit for this, but I would honestly rather put Jeff Garcia as my quarterback instead of you, unless we are playing Madden of course. Kevin Kolb lit it up again for the Eagles, but then again, they were playing the Chiefs. Vick had seven total yards in the game on the ground. He threw two passes that weren’t all that impressive. Hopefully for Eagle fans, Vick

doesn’t have to throw the ball many times this year. I am sorry to all of you “second-chance” people saying the Vick should start, but I don’t think it’s realized that Vick was a very sub par quarterback to begin with. To be completely honest, I think that Michael Vick is the fourth best quarterback on the team. Argue with me, please. Is Vick a better quarterback than McNabb? Obviously not. Better than Kolb? Nice try. Better than Garcia? Look at what Garcia did two years ago for the Eagles and tell me Vick could have done that. I pick Garcia. So, yeah, maybe Vick should be a bit sour about being an

Eagle, because instead of being the starter, he is the fourth best quarterback on the team. Probably not exactly what he was envisioning while sitting in the pen with a guy named Hector. How delightful. Regardless to say, Vick is No. 3 on my list of jerseys to get. 1. Percy Harvin 2. Chad Ochocinco 3. Slick Michael Vick Vick is not a better quarterback than anyone on the Eagles roster, but I do think he is a more valuable weapon. You can line Vick up at honestly, any position that doesn’t include the offensive line and have the opposing team

worried about him. The only place they probably won’t be too worried is if he is behind center. So don’t think that I don’t think Vick is worthless. He is a great talent that makes plays, but not with his arm. I hope he proves me wrong. In my Madden franchise, he currently has 14 interceptions in 10 games. Thanks. And he and Adrian Peterson fumble about as much as well, two Adrian Petersons’. By the way, not a bad Vikings game last weekend eh? Peace out, Mike Vick. To check out more of Kyle’s blog, head to www.thekidstake. com.

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