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Shoulder to Shoulder and Room to Grow?

MSU plans to expand its enrollment with new accommodations ADAM KRIESEL

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Total enrollment at Minnesota State University, Mankato on our campus has been steadily increasing over the past five years, and some students think it is becoming an issue. University staff; however, say everything is going as planned. Between 2008 and 2011, MSU has seen an increase of roughly 1,802 students. “Yes, we’re growing,” Brian Jones, director of admissions, said. “But it’s intentional.” With the recent decommissioning of the Gage towers, it may seem to many like there is no plan for immediate growth, especially considering the decreasing number of students able to live on campus. According to the University’s residential life website, a plan was put in place in 2003 to gradually fill the void that Gage would eventually leave.

This plan included the construction of the Julia Sears Residence Community in 2008, as well as the newly opened Margaret R. Preska facility. This fall, the University also added the Stadium Heights Apartment Community to their campus housing program. “We have a five-year enrollment management plan that includes modest but continuous growth,” Jones said. “We’re making plans as an institution to have an increase in total students, and to accommodate that increase.” Part of this plan is to update current facilities in order to attract potential students. Giving prospects a tour of the Preska facility as opposed to Gage will play a large role in their decision. “Moving forward, the new residence hall space will positively impact our enrollment,” Jones said. “We will have an easier time recruiting more students to campus by being able to show up-to-date,

newer facilities.” Still, some students find it hard to believe we are expanding while pushing students off-campus at the same time. Senior Anthony Laudenbach has lived in an apartment near campus for the last two years, and now sees more freshmen than ever occupying his complex. “It almost feels like I’m living on campus again because there are so many freshmen in surrounding apartments,” Laudenbach said. “This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it’s confusing to think that we are planning to expand while getting rid of Gage at the same time.” When viewing the university enrollment numbers as a whole, it is important not to overlook the fact that the vast majority of students live off-campus. So while a small number of prospective students may have gone elsewhere because of the lack of on-campus housing, that number is microscopic when

elise konerza• msu reporter During MSU’s heaviest traffic hours, it can be difficult for a student to find a computer in the Memorial Library that is not already occupied.

compared to the total enrollment of 15,703 in 2011. Official enrollment numbers for the Fall 2012 semester are not yet available, but a decrease in total enrollment is expected. The estimated number shouldn’t throw the university off their plan for growth, and Jones expects

numbers to hit 17,000 in the near future. “Ultimately, the goal is 17,000 students by 2017,” Jones said. “The goal for recruitment is to bring in about 1.5 percent more new undergraduate students every year,

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Finding truth in politics

Political conventions have caused people to check the facts ROMAN EPPERS

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• web photo Mitt Romney and Barack Obama have gotten a hefty amount of criticism after their convention speeches for false factoids.

Fifty-three percent of Barack Obama’s political claims since 2007, and 70 percent of Mitt Romney’s, have been anywhere from only half true to blatantly false, according to PolitiFact. com, a 2009 Pulitzer-prize winning product of the Tampa Bay Times. With an election looming and candidates promising a stark shift in the direction the country, it is important to attain accurate political information prior to Election Day. Although there are numerous political, fact-checking websites that help the public sift through lies and manipulations made by candidates and the media, politi-

cians continue to bend the truth. Presidential candidates are quick to promise boosts in the economy and job market, and a solution to the national debt. Yet, according to Dr. Joseph A. Kunkel III, a professor in the Department of Government at Minnesota State University, Mankato, many candidates, “runs are promising. They’re going to provide leadership and action, but the reality is, the president is not as powerful as people think.” In a recent New York Times article, the director of, Brooks Johnson, said politicians from both sides have been found repeating statements already known to be false. He said these politicians blatantly lie because they know


their statements will afford them votes. According to Kunkel, factchecking websites can be good tools, but their effects are often minimal. Most voters do not seek out this sort of information because most voters are only looking to reinforce what they already believe. This is why politicians can tell known lies and still get votes. There are also flaws in factchecking sites. In December 2011, released its lie of the year, which turned out to be true. According to its website, does not check opinions and acknowledges “That in the world of speechmaking and political rhetoric, there is license for hyperbole.”

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Booming for Business


Mankato’s economy shows exponential growth CHRIS HOUCK

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The city of Mankato has seen continuous growth in economics and population in recent years. Whether it is the opening of new restaurants, expansions on the mall or construction, like the project that consumed Madison Avenue this past summer, the city of Mankato has been continuously extending itself, as well as creating programs and efforts to facilitate the growing population, in order to help accommodate the city’s continued success. Despite recent economic downturns in the United States, the city of Mankato has continued to grow. The city’s website, devoted to updating the public on the current status of Mankato, summarizes the increasing stature of the Greater Mankato area its experience; “Mankato and North Mankato has experienced tremendous growth over the past decade, evolving into a regional center that provides services to a population of 1.6 million within a 60-mile radius.” The economic growth of Mankato has not been one of rapid change, but rather one of a steady transformation. The United States Census Bureau reports that there has been a stable

increase in the population of the Greater Mankato area, stating that there has been a 0.6 percent increase in the population of Mankato in the year, 2010 and 2011. That statistic is a welcome sight to the local employers. With the inflow of an increasing population, the workforce in the city has also increased with the unemployment rate down to 4.2 percent, from 5 percent in 2011, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Mankato has enjoyed a comparatively lighter load on the unemployment rate as well, with the United States’ total reaching up to 9.6 percent earlier this year. There’s no doubt that the city of Mankato is an area of great growth. The 44 percent increase in Greater Mankato’s total payroll in the last ten years, which amounts to an additional $5.2 billion, has been added to facilitate the growing market in the area as well, according to the Greater Mankato Growth organization. As the population of the Greater Mankato area grows, Minnesota State University, Mankato has already seen the effects of the ever increasing inflow of people, with such additions as the new residence hall

and renovations to the Centennial Student Ballroom. The city itself has seen some additions such as new restaurants as well as many additions and renovations to the mall and its stores. Such amount of renovation and construction in the last three years has totaled to approximately $237 million, according to Greater Mankato Growth. To ensure the continued growth of the Greater Mankato area, such programs as the Envision 2020 incentive have arisen. The goals of Envision 2020 are primarily set around improving education, economic development, transportation, health and human services, livability and community planning or regional governance. The plan includes goals like improving the quality of life for all residents and updates the public of its progress through their website to reach their vision of Mankato in 2020. With the city of Mankato showing no signs of slowing down in its ongoing pattern of steady growth, many programs and institutions have implimented to ensure that the city of Mankato continues to grow and be able to accommodate the varied and limitless potential of its residents, with many more changes to be seen in the future.

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MSSA Ratifies Senators


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The third MSSA meeting of this semester included discussing such issues as the aftermath of the fall elections and new senators joining the senate. Minnesota Senator from District 23, which includes the Mankato area, Kathy Sheran, spoke to MSSA in order to introduce herself to the senate. Sheran spoke along side State Representative Kathy Brynaert. The two spoke about the importance of their communication between institutions like Minnesota State University, Mankato in order to influence decisions made at the capital, “It really makes a difference,” said Sheran. They also spoke on the voter-ID laws, saying that the proposed amendments to the state constitution are murky and encouraged people to visit the Office of Minnesota’s Secretary of State’s website to get the actual language of the proposal. This week’s meeting also saw the ratification of new senators from Tuesday’s election. The ratifications included

College of Allied Health & Nursing Senator, Daphne Drossart, College of Behavioral Science Senator Sam Turner, College of Arts and Humanities Senator David Rosencrance, Undeclared Majors Senator Lazarus Jackson, Graduate Studies Senator Ganisher Davlyatov, Julia Sears Senator Skeeter Rogers, Stadium Heights Senator Gabriel Ignacio and Off-Campus Senators Beth Madsen, Elizabeth Jacobsen, Stacy Klinkhamer and Michael Hanson. Two more senators were voted into office but are awaiting their official application before ratification. Mike Ramirez, the Elections Committee Chair, gave his report on Tuesday’s elections, saying that 361 students voted in this year’s election, which is a vast improvement over the estimated 80 students they had the year prior. He also said that MSUSA is currently providing early registration to students for this year’s election. Ramirez was also elected to a still vacant Allied Health & Nursing senate seat by a single write-in vote, but declined the position during the meeting.

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How work-study works

Growing international student population has many people asking where jobs are ERIC PERRINE

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The Minnesota State University, Mankato Student Financial Services, department in coordination with the federal government and Minnesota Legislature, employ a long-standing formula and participate in a state Legislature program in order to receive and then divide campus work-study awards. Both the federal government and state Legislature provide MSU with 75 percent of the amount needed to create the work-study awards. MSU must then provide 25 percent of the amounts received from the federal and state governments, according to Sandra Loerts, director of financial aid programs at MSU. “There’s two sources of work study funds, one is federal, so from the federal government and the other is state,” Loerts said. For the current academic year, the federal government provided MSU with $665,228 and the state Legislature provided $746,140, both amounts are 75 percent of what is needed to pay work-study students. MSU must then provide $166,307 toward the federal award and $186,535 toward the state award, which totals nearly $1.8 million in work-study dollars, according to Loerts. The money provided by the federal government is determined by a long-standing formula known as the full-time equivalency formula, which calculates the number of full-time students based on a 12-credit minimum, and the financial need of the students. Each year Loerts must provide the federal government with a report detailing the total number of fulltime students and the financial need and income category each student falls into. These factors then determine the amount of money the federal government will provide. “Each year I have to file an annual report to the federal government that gives a layout of how many students apply, what their need is and what income category they fall into,” Loerts said. “And then that’s how it’s determined how much federal work-study money you have.” Depending on how long the school or institution has been receiving financial aid, it may be eligible to receive a guaranteed amount of money each year regardless of the amount of full-time students, according to Loerts. “We’re guaranteed a certain amount every year regardless

of our number of students,” Loerts said. “So, for the federal government, the $665,000 that we’ve been getting is what we’ve been getting as long as I’ve been director and even before that. That’s a set amount for us.” Having the guaranteed amount of federal money is good, as long as there is no drastic increase in full-time students who demonstrate the proper financial need to receive a work-study job. “If we would have a big increase in enrollment and a large number of students with low need it wouldn’t increase,” Loerts said,” “All of our numbers have stayed pretty consistent.” The state Legislature divides the work-study dollars in a fashion similar to that of the federal government. The total number of enrolled students is reviewed for each school participating in the state Legislature program and then the money is divided amongst the schools. The amount received each year varies based on the amount available. MSU’s size helps guarantee a larger amount. “They look at our enrollment and what the need is and then what they have is the overall pot of money they get from the state legislator and they divide that amongst all the schools in the state of Minnesota that want to participate in the state Legislator program,” Loerts said. “So that could vary, but since we’re one of the larger institutions, we usually get one of the larger amounts.” Loerts, along with Student Financial Services, has assigned nearly 630 work-study students this year, a total that could reach 700 once start dates are determined and contracts are finalized. “Right now, for this current year we have assigned approximately 630,” Loerts said. “I hope that by the time the assignments are done, and some are still in flux with the departments, and when the students can start, and if they’ve picked up their contract, I’m hoping that we’ll have a total of about 700.” In order for a student to receive work-study, he or she must demonstrate high financial need, turn in the financial aid application by March 15 and check the box on the application stating that he or she is interested in receiving work study. When the financial aid package is received he or she can then accept the work-study award. Once a student receives a work-study award, his or her employment is determined by a

combination of factors. Each department supervisor of student workers is contacted and provides Student Financial Services with the number of students he or she wants and what type of jobs the students will perform. The job descriptions provided by the supervisors are then compared to the answers students provide on the work-study questionnaire. If a match is not made students are then assigned to any open spots in the departments who requested student workers. “We go out to all the supervisors of student workers on campus, so any department that employs student workers can be considered for work study, they give us each year, how many students they want and what kind of jobs they’re going to be doing,” Loerts said. “All the departments make their request. Then, also, the students get their award letter, they then accept the work study and they go out to our site and fill out a questionnaire as to where they’d like to work. We do our best to make those matches, and if there isn’t a match, then we start going through the departments, who needs students and assign them accordingly.” Federal regulation requires

that MSU attempt to place work-study students in offcampus locations. Businesses interested in obtaining an MSU work-study student must contact the school and provide the additional 25 percent of funding not provided by the federal and state governments and operate as a nonprofit organization, according to Loerts. The work-study programs are limited to citizens of the United States and permanent residence. International students can find work; however, their jobs are funded through “general student help dollars,” according to Thomas Gjersvig, director of International Students and Scholar Services. Since international students don’t possess a social security number, Gjersvig assists them with the proper paperwork needed to obtain employment while attending MSU, paperwork which most U.S. employers are not familiar with. Businesses such as Wells Fargo and Barnes & Noble have the ability to employ international students since they are outside companies that have on-campus locations, according to Gjersvig.

EXPANSION “At this pace, the campus would see the largest enrollment in school history in 2015” continued from 1

over the course of five years.” Since no current enrollment numbers are available, it is hard to project the university’s anticipated numbers five years down the road. However, assuming there was a 1.5 percent increase from last year’s total number of students, enrollment would eclipse the 17,000 mark right on schedule. At this pace, the campus would see the largest enrollment in school history in 2015. Official enrollment numbers were first recorded in 1940, and the largest number this campus has seen was in 1990, when the enrollment was officially 16,526 students. So while MSU is inching closer and closer to setting new enrollment records, a detailed and thorough plan is already in place to accommodate the growth.

KASOTA PRAIRIE DAY September 15, 2012

Save the Kasota Prairie, Prairie Restorations, and Unimin Corporation are extending to the public an invitation to visit Unimin's Kasota Prairie site. The public is invited to tour the prairie and view the progress being made in restoring the area. Tours will be provided by professionals in the fields of prairie restoration, wildlife, and Minnesota Prairie plants. The event will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2012. Guided prairie walks are available from 8:00 a.m. to Noon. There is no admission fee. Directions to the Kasota Prairie: One mile south of Kasota on Le Sueur County Highway #21, then west one mile on the gravel Towhnship Road T140.

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Is a college degree really worth it? While student debt continues to increase, so does the unemployment rate among recent graduates under the age of 25


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I plan on graduating next summer, after only three years at Minnesota State University, Mankato. If you asked me how I was graduating almost a year early, I wouldn’t be able to tell you. If you asked me what I felt about graduating early, I’d tell you that I’m insanely scared and debating picking up another major just to stay in school, even though I have no reason to do so. Let me tell you why I’m scared to graduate: in the current economy and workforce, it is insanely hard for a recent college graduate to find a business that will take a chance and hire someone with little experience in the real world. When I was graduating high

ELLIE RIFFE, COMMUNICATION DISORDERS SENIOR “Finishing my Ph. D. and moving into my career field!”

school, the adults in my life told me that getting a college degree was essential to finding a good job. But, in this day and age, is a bachelor’s degree all it takes to land a job? Everyone I talk to who has recently graduated is either still struggling to find a job or working as an unpaid, or lowly paid, intern. With the level of student debt increasing, how do you expect a student to pay off their student loans while working as a waiter at a dive bar or doing an unpaid internship? Why bother even attending a University if you aren’t going to benefit from the experience in the long run? According to a study reported by the Associated Press, 53 percent of college graduates under

the age of 25 are unemployed or working a job that doesn’t require a bachelor’s degree. Almost a quarter of these graduates are unemployed. What doesn’t make sense to me, however, is the fact that, as of December 2011, only 20 percent of 16-to-19 year olds could find work. Even now, as the Editor-inChief of a college newspapaper, my younger brother, who is 18, makes more than I do during the hockey season working as a referee for youth teams. How is it that recent college graduates are faring worse than their high school educated counterparts as well as their college degree-holding elders, who have an unemployment rate of 4.2 percent? Is it possible that the value of a college degree has decreased? Well, yes. According to the latest United States census, the number of citizens under age 25 with a bachelor’s degree has increased 38 percent throughout the last 12 years. Not only are there more Americans with bachelor’s degrees, there are also more baby boomers reaching the typical age of retirement who will not, or cannot, step down from their positions, allowing for 20-somethings to take their place as members of the American workforce.

Those in the baby boomer generation, who reached the typical retirement age of 65 in 2011, are no longer deciding to retire. According to a recent survey done by AARP, 40 percent of baby boomers plan on working “until they drop.” My grandparent’s on my father’s side retired years ago, but within the last few years, they’re taken to working parttime because they’re bored in retirement. Many of these individuals who would have retired at 65 in the past are continuing to work because, according to CNBC, 36 percent of Americans aren’t contributing anything to their retirement goals. Health may also be a factor: medical technology and average life span are positively correlated. Americans are staying healthier longer, which means that they might not need to retire the day they turn 65. Thus recent graduates are competing for jobs held by those who have far more experience as them. No wonder they can’t seem to find the job of their dreams, or any job for that matter. So how can you make sure you will find a job after graduation? According to the Associated Press, graduates who earned their degrees in science and vari-

“Where do you see yourself in five years?”

JORDAN SMERUD, POLITICAL SCIENCE SOPHOMORE “Out of this country, I don’t know where, but somewhere.”

LEX VORAVONG, BUSINESS JUNIOR “Making lots of money and being wellknown.”

DYLAN EATON, MICROBIOLOGY junior “In a career field related to my degree, makin’ bank.”

ous other technical fields, like accounting, are far more likely to find jobs than those who majored in arts or humanities. So, engineering, information technology and computer science majors, good for you. You have a better chance of finding a job in your field after graduation. If you’re a senior in the College of Arts and Humanities, like me, and reading this article makes you feel depressed, it’s okay. There is one thing you can do to increase your chances at gaining relevant and meaningful employment after graduation. Beef up your resume: join clubs and organizations, volunteer anywhere that will take your services, do an internship (or five). The more related work experience you have, the better. If you’re looking for a job in, let’s say, marketing, no one is going to hire you if the extent of your work experience is working as a fry cook at McDonalds. Even I’m worried about this one. I have an almost full time job at a newspaper and I still don’t know if anyone in the media business will want to hire me come August 2013. The future looks bleak, doesn’t it? We’ll find our way somehow, I promise. At least we don’t have to worry about it quite yet. And hey, at least there’s always grad. school.

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HIV prevelant and persisting, says speaker Duane Grandgenett spoke with MSU Tuesday on the HIV/AIDS problem


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In honor of Barbara Olson and Joyce Anderson’s father, Leonard A. Ford, the Trafton Science Center held another Lectureship, Tuesday evening, on one important issue that continues to make its fatal appearance. Ford received his bachelor degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1925 and his doctorate from University of Iowa in 1931. He was chair of the Chemistry Department at Minnesota State University, Mankato from 1939 to 1947 and chaired the Division of Science and Mathematics from 1947 until 1965. Among his multiple projects and achievements, Ford wrote Chemical Magic, a book noted for its entertainment and contingence with scientific principles. “[The] Leonard A. Ford legacy is truly worthy of its celebration,” said chemistry and geology professor Jeff Pribyl. Pribyl introduced the night’s speaker, Duane Grandgenett, a professor of Molecular Virology at St. Louis University. Grandgenett graduated with a degree in chemistry from MSU in 1966 and received his doctorate degree in microbiology from the University of Iowa in 1970. Grandgenett has received various awards and honors for his work in cell and molecular science. Grandgenett said that he has been doing research about retroviruses since 1970, before AIDS had been discovered. A robust background of research ultimately lead to a later discovery that the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is one of the world’s biggest problems. Grandgenett explained that he chose the title of his lecture, “The HIV problem: it is still here and will not go away soon,” because his research has shown that HIV and AIDS are reoccurring viruses that have affected society for decades. He explained that HIV is a global problem. According to demographics in 2007, there are 33 million cases of HIV/ AIDS throughout the world. The United States houses 1.2 million cases while South Africa is home to 17 percent of all recorded cases. The United States statistics reflect many college-age individuals infected with the virus. The virus’ epidemiology, the

study of health characteristics, originated in Cameroon and has been a topic of study by the scientific community from 1993 to this year. The results of this study claim that an estimated 2.7 million were infected and 1.8 million have died as a result of the virus. The historical background of the HIV virus states that one strain of this virus was found in a chimpanzee is similar to the to a human’s HIV 1-strain. Grandgenett stated that in most cases studied, HIV is consistently spread by sexual contact. The virus was previously spread through blood transfusions, notably before anti HIV-reagents were developed. However, since 1997, HIV has rarely been spread through blood transfusion. In certain countries, HIV co-infects with hepatitis B, hepatitis C, tuberculosis and other compounding treatment problems. Grandgenett said that many individuals are unaware that they are infected with HIV. He claimed that it is possible that up to 20 percent of the infected population in the U.S. do not know they have HIV. Symptoms are slow to appear; it may take months for the HIV virus to spread to the entire body. Because these individuals are unaware the health issue, the vi-

rus can easily be spread to those they are sexually involved with. Grandgenett said that, in order to reduce the prevalence of HIV, the public must be aware of the virus and the possible consequences. They should also know that using an HIV inhibitor in early detection while maintaining treatment will result in a decreased risk of AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome), improved life expectancy and reduced transmission. HIV is a parasite and as a pathogenic it spreads in our immune cells and kills those body defensive cells causing AIDS. This HIV virus hides variably for an extended period of time in a cell. It conceals its identity in the brain and tissues preventing inhibitor interactions; its integration produces a permanent pool of infected cells requiring a lifetime use of anti-HIV medication. It affects the human body directly as well as indirectly by the dysfunction of immune cells and creating opportunistic infections respectively. Grandgenett took perfect command in his explanations, simple language and logical reasoning making his discourse clearer and easily digestible, even to an audience from different fields of study.

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POLITICS“The president does not have much effect on whether jobs increase or decrease, he added.” continued from 1 This license is prevalent as candidates often mention presidential influence on the economy. Presidential policy effects on the economy are not easily proven or debunked, but a growing number of Americans believe that the president has little or no control over the economy. According to an Associated Press-Gfk poll conducted in June, 50 percent of Americans said neither candidate will substantially effect the economy, and 60 percent said the president will have little or no effect on unemployment. Associate Professor of Economics, Dr. Kwang-Il Choe, agrees. He said the business cycle in America is very volatile and it is hard to predict the ups and downs. The president does not have much effect on whether jobs increase or decrease, he added. Boosting the economy in the short run is possible Choe said, but short-term improvement relies on inflation and interest rates, which are controlled by the Federal Reserve. The president does appoint governors of the Federal Reserve as one term expires each even-numbered year. Also, the chairman and vice chairman are appointed by the president every four years. All appointments must be approved by congress. As for fiscal policy, which boils down to taxes and spending, the president has more

control over this part of financial reform, Choe said. The president’s policies must first go through congress, and even when they are passed, fiscal policies have little effect on the short-term economy. Choe said fiscal policy can take 20 or 30 years to have an effect, and in order to have positive results these policies must usually focus on infrastructure or education spending. According to Choe, the economic boom in the ‘90s was not due to President Clinton’s economic policies, and the Bush era bust was not directly linked to President George W. Bush’s policies. The former can be mostly attributed to the advent of information technology and upgrades to system infrastructures, and the latter to the low, long distorted interest rates kept by former Federal Reserve Chair Alan Greenspan, Choe said. The president does not act as an omniscient entity. He merely chooses which policies to push, bills to sign and appointments to make. According to Kunkel, the president is more like a general trying to define the best strategy to move the country forward. Kunkel said the reality is the president is limited in how much he can affect the economy, but he tries to make a difference. As for political rhetoric and hyperbole, “Nobody gets elected president by lowering expectations,” he said.

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Where our wicked desires take us


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ttention fellow Mavericks: its quitting time for the week and time to punch in for the weekend. Grab your I.D.s and head to the liquor store for it’s your turn to blow off some steam and let lose. Guzzle your stress down in the form of Keystone Light and flounder around your beer stained living room like an intoxicated fish. Max out your stereos and give your neighbors a good jolt through the walls, and if you don’t own a stereo – steal your neighbors’. Then, afterwards, hail a Kato cab or drunkenly stagger down that curvy hill we call Warren Street to the fascinating sin that is downtown Mankato. Why, you ask? Besides drinking away your hard earned wages and possibly getting arrested for heinous acts of belligerent stupidity, there are some dignified positives. For one, if you do decide to go out, you’ll prove to yourself that you’re not just a studious machine whose only aspiration in college is to graduate and grow old. This doesn’t necessarily mean you should binge drink (you should), it means you should enjoy the company of your fellow Maverick, whatever their color or creed may be. Also, it means enjoying the life that downtown has to offer: drinks, food, people and music – is there anything they can’t do? Mavericks, after your pre-game rituals inside your humble abodes this Thursday and Friday night, keep in mind that 2 for 1s at The Underground is always an excellent choice for a pleasant session of swilling down spirits. You literally only need around 8 dollars in order to catch a buzz off some stiff rail drinks or domestic lagers, so prepare yourselves for pandemonium. Remain there for a while and get your money’s worth until the inevitable Rounders rush takes place between 11:15 and 11:30 p.m., then quickly quaff down the last of your drinks and join the mid-evening push to the bar next door. Rounders is an establishment for the .14 BAC crowd. People who’d just shoveled out of Underground with 2 for 1s in their systems are a bit more rambunctious as they wait in line to get into the new bar. Therefore, fellow Mavericks, please treat the bouncers and bartenders/servers with the utmost

respect because they do deserve it. Not only that, guys, many of the female servers and bartenders have a beautiful, angel like presence, so tip well. And ladies, if a guy starts sloppily hitting on you, don’t point them in the wrong direction – exploit them for what they got! Guys are truly mesmerized by a woman’s company that it doesn’t matter, but in the end, when the clock strikes 12:15 p.m., guy or girl, its time to swerve on over to South Street Saloon for a frenzy of drunken, animalistic anarchy. Maybe it isn’t such a good idea to go to South Street when you stumble across Cherry Street crosswalk like a village drunkard, but you’re probably not the only one, and it makes for a great atmosphere at Saloon. Inside this establishment people bump into each other like a swarm of bumper cars, and yet, with how obnoxious and crowded the bar may get, the service is always top-notch. All the men behind the bar franticly scramble around serving drink after drink as if their lives depended on it. Their impressive display of service is beyond sufficient for adhering to the continuum of drunken orders. Hats’ off to the bartenders at South Street Saloon, yours truly looks forward to yet another year of their impeccable service. Let’s all be honest Mavericks, after a fine drinking session at South Street, we’re teetering between the levels of a .24 and .28 BAC, and, as we disregard our presumptions about how mainstream the music is at Red Rocks Bar & Nightlife, we make our way over there for the nights last hoorah. Face it, Red Rocks is extremely fun for dancing out the late night jitters, and it’s a great place for the last resort hook-up. One-night stands, though frowned upon in today’s society, are abundant after late visits to Red Rocks. We jump up and down to the beats of the powerful stereos and, by chance, bump into people that we eventually dance with. The feeling is wonderful – knowing that no matter how shy you may be, you’re having fun and you have the courage to dance with your fellow student body. And remember Mavericks, after a fun Mankato night, never drive home. Either take a Kato cab, the 1 dollar drunk bus, or cautiously walk home. Not to mention, always practice safe consensual sex – herpes is for life, kid.


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t’s been a while since a movie has made an interesting story this boring. There are no explosions, magnificent twists, or anything that would commonly be considered exciting about The Words, but it does have a story well worth telling, one with characters facing difficult and tragic choices and the drama that originates from that – but either through uninspired directing or poor editing, this riveting script with phenomenal performances ends up being a dud. The Words appears oddly complicated with three related stories constituting the narrative: Clayton Hammond (Dennis Quaid) is a weathered author whose book, The Words, details the story of the second narrative, one Rory Jenkins (Bradley Cooper) who is an aspiring author living in New York, and can’t quite cut it. He stumbles upon a briefcase, and hidden in it, he discovers a manuscript that changes his life. The manuscript is published and Rory takes credit as the author until the real author makes himself known, an old man (Jeremy Irons). This leads to the third narrative: a series of flashbacks

detailing the old man’s journey and how the book came to be, culminating in Rory confronting a difficult choice, and Clayton seeking a happiness that doesn’t come from the bottom of a bottle. If there’s one thing The Words has going for it, it’s the brilliant ensemble cast. Bradley Cooper proves himself a competent actor, shedding the belligerent and drug head’s he’s known for playing in the likes of The Hangover or Hit and Run, and instead delivers a nuanced, torn man angry at the world and himself. Accompanying Cooper is Rory’s wife, played by Zoe Saldana, who is impressive in her role, but regrettably has so little to do that she becomes lost in the shuffle of much more engaging folks. One such performance would be Jeremy Irons, whose scratchy voice and broken heart makes for riveting scenes, infusing each word with enough gusto to make audiences cling to everything he says. To his credit, the film certainly livens up when Irons is onscreen. Dennis Quaid and Olivia Wilde court each other at a book press conference – Wilde the perfect young, impressed girl fancying the author, and Quaid

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playing yet another man with a drinking problem and demons in his past. Were it not for Wilde, this would be the most uninteresting thread of the narrative. Two most astonishing performances, though, come from two relative unknowns playing the parts of Irons’ tale of love and loss: Ben Barnes (Chronicles of Narnia) and Nora Arnezeder (Safe House) play a young couple who, in only a handful of scenes, the entirety of their relationship is exploited onscreen and complimented with the monologue from Irons, creates the film’s most solid twenty minutes of uninterrupted brilliance. With a talented cast and a script that balances all these characters and narrative threads so well, it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly why The Words is such a mediocre feeling affair. First time directors (and writers) Brian Klugman and Lee Sterntha manufacture lifeless visuals, adopting a point-and-shoot philosophy that relies on the performances to hold the audience. The best contrast that can be made is Good Will Hunting, a heavily dialogue-oriented movie that is riveting in its own regard as far as performances and the script are concerned, but becomes so much more exciting with Gus Van Saint’s visual style. At least, Words doesn’t become as bland as Doubt, where even the star power of Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Meryl Streep failed to make for a halfway decent movie. The Words has a grand story to tell of love and loss, good people making bad choices, and the necessity to move on. Perhaps it would work best as a play to emphasize performance over the visual, or a novel to allow the reader to make it all up as they went along, but The Words has enough strength in the two most important elements, the script and performances. If not a theatrical experience, The Words is definitely worth renting when it hits home video.


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#5. The Avengers Of all the composers that have worked on Marvel movies, Alan Silvestri was not one I was eager to see return to score The Avengers. Don’t get me wrong, he’s delivered some incredibly iconic scores in the good ol’ days. But that was then and this is now. A lot of his recent compositions tend to instantly fade from memory. His score to Captain America was one of the biggest flaws of the movie, being bombastic without any drive and momentum, in addition to being unmemorable. While his score to The Avengers isn’t an instant classic, it gets the job done well. The bold, heroic style fits the fun and jaunty comic book tone of the movie like a glove and frequently enhances the excitement of what’s happening on screen, like a good score should. While I still have some distaste for certain aspects of his action music style (how he starts one musical idea, only to end it soon after with a “bum Bum BUMMM” moment, then start a new idea and repeat), the action music here felt much more like it was escalating or at least heading in a determined direction. Add to that a theme for the movie that is eons more hummable than his last effort and you have yourself a success of a score. #4. Snow White and the Huntsman James Newton Howard frequently scores bad movies but his scores are almost always the best thing about them. And while, Snow White and the Huntsman doesn’t even approach the level of bad recent Howard-scored movies

like Green Lantern or The Last Airbender have set, it can be argued that one of the movie’s biggest keys to success is Howard’s beautiful score. It’s clear from the beginning of the movie when the music starts us off, with the noble french horn line and the dreamlike piano melody, that the fantasy elements are going to be strong and the music plays an integral part in setting up a lush fairy-tale world. Other highlights that re-enforce the setting include a malevolent theme for the evil queen, at least three epic action tracks, and a surprisingly effective song during one of the more mournful moments of the movie. For a movie that can seem a little slow at points, the music is responsible not only for moving the film along in appropriate places, but also slowing it down in points to admire the scenery. Howard excels at what I would describe as emotional action music, which this material calls for. But, like the visuals in the movie, the score is incredibly beautiful and hypnotic and effective at pulling the audience into the world of the movie. #3. The Dark Knight Rises Whether you think it should be number one or not even on this list (yes, there are some fools out there), Hans Zimmer’s scores to the Dark Knight trilogy are now to the point of being iconic and his music in The Dark Knight Rises provides more than enough moments to shine. Heavy in the brawn department, Zimmer’s score to The Dark Knight Rises is often a freight train to your senses; a metaphorical piece of massive shrapnel blowing your cranium to pieces. And that is absolutely what he does best. Very few action scores reach the levels

of pulse-pounding, “get up and kick something” excitement and panic quite like his. Incorporating massive kettle drums and thousands of voices chanting in Moroccan raises the heart rate and reaches a base level in mankind’s primal aggressiveness that could be described as near-genius for the result it is going for. This is likely the best action music that will be released all year. Had it not recycled so much material from the first two movies and had more of an emotional core, similar to what James Newton Howard contributed for the first two, it might just have been at the top of the list. Regardless, the music was imperative to the success of The Dark Knight Rises. Zimmer is telling the story as much as Christopher Nolan is and was there to match the movie at every beat. Good luck getting “Deshi, Deshi, Basara, Basara” out of your head, though. #2. Brave Disney movies in general are known for their stellar music, with even flawed efforts rising above most. Luckily, the music for Pixar’s Brave is not a middling example. Scottish composer Patrick Doyle provides an appropriately refreshing wave of Scottish flavor to the mix. The obvious choice of bagpipes makes appearances here and there, thankfully not enough to outstay its welcome, but it’s the use of other instruments like the fiddle and banjo, or the use of Gaelic singers, that solidifies the score’s Celtic feel. The most impressive thing about the soundtrack is how it maintains this theme throughout all of its diverse sounds, be it the jubilant and festive sections, the excellently light, playful and mysterious

parts, the sudden bursts of excitement and danger, the more tender areas, and even the three songs throughout the movie. As far as musical explorations of cultures go, the music to Brave isn’t terribly deep, but it does make for an interesting score that’s very pleasant to listen to. #1. The Amazing Spider-Man The success of this score can’t be overstated. James Horner had the daunting task of writing a score to follow a trilogy with a theme that was as close to being iconic as it could be. Yet somehow, he produced something that ended up being even greater. Everything in this score is practically spot-on for this iteration. Horner’s music finds a great balance between not being too heavy on themes and not being too scattered on ideas. His Spider-Man theme borrowed snippets of ideas from Elfman’s but sounded completely like its own thing. It also holds more power because we don’t hear it every thirty seconds like we did in the other scores. In a very old-school way, each scene has its own unique musical approach and no two scenes sound exactly the same. Take, for example, two comedic scenes: the basketball scene and the subway car scene. The basketball scene uses tubas and plucked strings while the subway scene uses a computerized beat underneath a bassoon/ orchestra part. They sound totally different, yet each scene’s music is still connected to the movie through subtle connective threads as to not stray too far from the happenings of the movie. Subtle is the key word here. Its hard not to admire Horner’s score and even harder not to call it the best of the summer.

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Maverick goalkeeper just keeps on winning MSU’s Molly McGough may be just a sophomore on the squad, but she has already proved herself as one of the leaders of the red hot Mavericks.

a new school record for goals against average, allowing just sports writer 0.51 goals per game. She allowed more than one Sophomore goalkeeper Molgoal only twice last season, exly McGough may have just one tending her streak into the 2011 season under her belt, but the NCAA Tournament, where she former freshman sensation is allowed just two goals in as poised to stand just as tall durmany games. ing her second campaign with However she remains the Minnesota State University, grounded despite the accolades, Mankato women’s soccer team. chalking much of her success McGough was a three-year up to her teammates and the starter at Arapahoe Senior High coaching staff that gave her a School, where her Warriors chance despite carrying two advanced to the Colorado 5A other goalkeepers already on girls soccer state championship the roster. during her junior year. “It was a lot to take in, but Her debut season at MSU I just took it one step at a time saw the Mavericks advance to and really had all the support the postseason for the first time of the coaches and the team,” since 2008, while recording McGough said. “It was an their highest winning percentinteresting, fun chalage in as many seasons. lenge.” Still, McGough’s McGough, a debut season was not member of the 2011 without its challenges. NSIC All-Academic “I was just nerteam, will feature vous, because I had to prominently on a make an impression,” Mavericks squad McGough said just hoping to build on before a rainy midMolly McGough last season’s sucSeptember practice. cess, starting with an “As a freshman I had early matchup against national to show that it was my spot, that runner-up Grand Valley State this is why I’m here.” University. The Colorado native wasted McGough handed the Lakers no time in claiming her spot, their first shutout since Noultimately recording 11 shutouts vember of last year, recording over her 22 starts and setting RYAN LUND

four saves in a scoreless tie that elevated the Mavericks to a season high 22nd in the NCAA coaches poll. “I think that was the best game of Maverick soccer that we’ve seen this season,” she said. “I know from there that we’ll just keep going.” The team has indeed kept on going, allowing just four goals through four regular season games this season, and with clear goals set for 2012, McGough wants to improve on her record breaking numbers. “It’s just a mix of pressure between being a sophomore, having the experience and knowing what I have to do,” McGough said. The pressure might be mounting, but Molly McGough appears to be enjoying the increased scrutiny. The team added freshman Lauren Hoeppner this season, an all-conference goalkeeper from Lakeville, Minn., alongside returning junior Brittany Cygan. “It’s just another challenge, that’s why I love it.” Between rewriting the record books and maintaining her nursing major, the incumbent middle child of the Mavericks’ goaltending corps should have plenty to love this year.

david bassey • msu reporter In just over a year in her career, sophomore goalkeeper Molly McGough has kept MSU in every game she has played in. Her freshman year included 22 starts and 11 shutouts to go along well with her 0.51 goals per-game-average.

NFL referees: please come back to us soon After just one game, NFL replacement officials are showing all of America that not just anyone can do the job. Meaning it’s time for the regular zebras to get back in the game. JOEY DENTON

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With the NFL finishing the first week of the 2012 regular season, the country got to witness the replacement referees that the NFL supplied due to the

actual referees refusing to work when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell proposed pay cuts for them. Are the refs really that bad? What should Roger Goodell do? Will these replacement referees affect how many people watch

and go to games? After watching a few games this season, all I could think was I am never going to complain about the referees when the actual officials come back to the NFL. That’s a lie. Of course I’m

web photo Regular NFL official Ed Hochuli is known for his gigantic biceps and tight shirts he brings to every game he officiates. He is also known for fair calls and being one of the better officials in NFL football.

going to complain about the referees calls, but I have never felt so appreciative to the real NFL referees. Here are a few of the mistakes the referees made during week one: the Seattle Seahawks were given an extra timeout in the second half against the Arizona Cardinals and after Denver cornerback Tracy Porter returned an interception for a touchdown right before the two-minute warning, the referees used the two-minute warning timeout right before the conversion, but the rules states they were supposed to use the timeout after the conversion. There was even a blown call on the very last play of week one when the Chargers defeated the Raiders on Monday Night Football. On the last play the,

Chargers decided to punt the ball to end the game, the ball landed on the Raiders 5-yard line when a Charger player landed on the ball. According to the “first touching” violation, the Raiders should have been given another play. The number of blown calls didn’t boggle me as much as the way the referees at times just looked plain confused. I lost track of how many times the head referee was about to announce the call to the crowd, but then walked back to his coworkers and discussed more. One of the stats that really stood out was the pass interference calls. The referees threw a flag for pass interference 29 times, more than the 2012 and 2011 week one combined.

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Former Patriots wide receiver Troy Brown said that this might as well be the “NFL version of the flop.” “Start flopping around a little bit and flailing your arms in the air and get a few calls. That’s what I’d be doing,” Brown said. Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams was anything but impressed with the replacement refs performance in week one. “Obviously, some of the officials on the field don’t understand what constitutes an offsetting penalty, and that’s disappointing,” Williams said. MSU student Andrew Osterheim believes Goodell should give the original refs their raises and bring them back to the league. “Give them a raise, because as we can tell these D-III, high school and lingerie league replacements are horrible,” Osterheim said. But you have to give the replacement refs some credit. It has to be difficult going from officiating on the high school or college level to the NFL. It’s like being a rookie in the NFL. Players are going to have turnovers and missed assignments, so why aren’t refs allowed some missed calls? Well, whatever your opinion is on the replacement refs, the fact is we are all going to have to make the best of it for the next four weeks as the NFL signed the replacement referees through week five on Monday.

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MSU golf squads start season with successful beginnings Women’s golf squad defeats Southwest Minnesota State and wins their first invitational to start their 2012 campaign off right.


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The Minnesota State University, Mankato men’s and women’s golf squads are just getting into the swing of their seasons and have already made big splashes Alyssa Kalthoff early on. The women’s team started off their season with their first victory, defeating Southwest Minnesota State University by seven strokes at the New Ulm Country Club. Sophomore Tabitha Kunst took home the gold in the match by shooting a 156 on the day including a 74 in the second round to finish off her day. MSU junior Alyssa Kalthoff, freshman Kanyapak Sethasmpobe, senior Taylor Post and freshman Bobbie Bohlig also finished in the top-10 for MSU as they took down the Mustangs by a total score of 660-653. MSU then headed north to the Concordia Invitational held last weekend at the Wildf lower Golf Course in Detroit Lakes where the Mavericks shined on by taking first place in the

event that featured schools would finish the highest from all over the state of among Maverick golfers in Minnesota and North Dathe invite, tying for secondkota. place with a total score of MSU would shoot a team 148 on the day, just three score of 660 on the day, strokes away from the top which was just enough to score. Junior Bennett Black get past Southwest once would be right on his tail again as they defeated the finishing tied for eighth Mustangs by four strokes. with an impressive 150. The two squads blew evThe Mavericks then eryone else out of the water headed up to Bemidji as the third place squad, this past weekend for the Concordia-Moorhead, Bemidji State Invite at the missed the top two spots by Bemidji Town and Country 42 strokes. Club. MSU played well and It was Kalthoff who wound up with a third-place performed well in this one finish out of 12 squads, as she shot a 159 on falling by a mere the day, taking home four strokes to the first-place and givchampions out of ing herself another Manitoba. top-10 finish. Kunst Sophomore Ross and Post would also Miller would take find themselves fourth-place at the on the leaderboard invitational with finishing fourth and Bennett Black his 148 finish while fifth with scores of Black would finish 164 and 165 respectied for 12th with a tively. 152 score. From the men’s tee, MSU The men now head to started out their season at the cities this weekend to the Bakkers Crossing Golf partake in the Wildwood Course in Sioux Falls, S.D. Lodge Golf Invite, which at the Augustana Invite takes place Saturday, where MSU placed fourth Sunday and Monday at the out of seven teams. The Tartan Park Golf Course in host squad Augustana Lake Elmo. The women’s team will would take home the hardware defeating second- next be in action on the 22nd of September at the place Bemidji State by 12 Mustang Invitational in strokes. MSU senior Greg Werner Marshall.

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