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Stoynoff named Interim Dean for Academic Affairs SAM WILMES News Editor The Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Office of Academic Affairs has appointed Stephen Stoynoff as Interim Dean of International Affairs. Stoynoff is an English professor and director of the university’s Teaching English as a Language center. Stoynoff’s contract runs through June 30, 2014. He will report to Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Marilyn Wells. Stoynoff’s apointment was completed after an extensive search. He will provide strategic leadership for the Academic Affairs division in the International Affairs area. Responsibilities will include include study abroad and international exchanges,

international recruitment and enrollment, international partnership initiatives, faculty exchange opportunities, international travel, and other areas. Stoynoff will also lead MSU’s Elizabeth and Wynn Kearney International Center. Stoynoff has more than 25 years of experience in the field of international education. He has been to over 60 countries, and has spent more than five years working and studying overseas. Stoynoff attended the University of Oregon, where he obtained a doctorate degree in education in 1990. He obtained a Master’s Degree prior to that from Portland State University in 1984 in Teaching English. Stoynoff received his Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental

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Web Photo Professor Stoynoff brings more than 20 years of experience to the field of higher education to his new position of Interim Dean for Academic Affairs.

Shrikhande to speak on achieving success in work-related projects Biotechnology researcher and Developmental scientist is well-known throughout the country.

LISA STEVENS Staff Writer Certified Project Management Consultant Ulka Shrikhande will speak at Minnesota State University, Mankato on Thursday from 6-7:30 p.m. in Room 101 of the Centennial Student Union. Her speech, “Influencing without Authority,” is about how to achieve success in work-related projects. The event is free and open to the public. It is put on by the Southwest Outreach Program, an organization developed to encourage professionals and non-professionals to get involved with project manage-

ment. Before Shrikhande’s speech, there will be dinner and networking opportunities. People who wish to attend the prespeech dinner can RSVP by emailing pmswoutreach@pmimn.org prior to the event. Shrikhande shares her expertise through volunteering and teaching. She is the founder of Resonate Now, a non-profit organization that serves families by providing resources for personal and professional wellness. She is a biotechnology research and development scientist. She has worked with various companies such as the National Center for Cell Science, the National Chemical Laboratory and

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BioBridge Collaborative. She received her Project Management Certification Series from the University of St. Thomas in 2010. The Southwest Outreach Program was created by the Minnesota Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI-MN). PMI is a non-profit, international organization based in Pennsylvania. Dr. Mohamed Diab, an assistant professor for the Department of Construction Management at MNSU, is the manager of the Southwest Outreach Program. “We want the program to be recognized in Minnesota as a provider for project manage-

ment classes and learning opportunities. We need more and more people to get involved,” Diab said. He encourages members of the community and students of any major, but especially engineering and business majors, to attend Shrikhande’s presentation. Project management pertains to many careers, such as careers in industry, medical, software and construction. The PMI website, which can be found at http://learning.pmi. org/, explains the benefits of project management. “Nearly 75 percent of executives believe their company’s performance could improve if their employees gained certain

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key skills. One of these critical skills—project management— can enhance your marketability and give you the flexibility to move across projects, organizations, industries and geography,” the website says. The Southwest Outreach Program puts on four sessions at MNSU. Shrikhande’s presentation is the third session. The fourth session is on Nov. 14. The sessions are used as a tool to expand knowledge and skills that improve the quality of the workplace. The goal is to “expose students to the environment of the project

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SHRIKHANDE “We want the program to be recognized in Minnesota as a provider for project management classes and learning opportunities. We need more people to get involved.” continued from 1

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STOYNOFF “This is an exciting time for Minnesota State Mankato. The University if committed to preparing its students to be global citizens who are prepared to live in a world that is increasingly interconnected and interdependent.” continued from 1

management profession and try to get them involved to increase their opportunities to get a wellpaying job,” Diab said. “We tried to choose more experienced professionals to share their experiences with us and highlight the important things in the profession,” Diab said. “We are excited to have Ulka Shrikhande be here.” Diab said PMI certifies people to become project managers.

He is in the process of preparing a partnership between PMI and MNSU so people interested in project management can become certified. Diab said he also encourages students to explore the construction management section in the Memorial Library. People interested in this section of the library can find more information.

Lisa Stevens • MSU Reporter Dr. Mohamed Diab, Assistant Professor for the Department of Construction Management and manager of the Southwest Outreach Program.

Science from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, in 1976. To Stoynoff, his appointment confirms the ideals MSU has held all along. “I think the appointment affirms the University’s commitment to international and globalization,” Stoynoff said. “I believe by creating the new position the university is making a statement on how important it is to promote international partnerships, exchanges, and international students at MSU.” Stoynoff has already been adjusting to his new responsibilities. “We had a group of professors, faculty and administrators from Karlshrue visit campus and we hosted their delegation and discussed ways to deepen and broaden our partnership.” “We now exchange faculty and students- we are going to deepen and broaden the collaboration we have.” Stoynoff, a Mankato resident, is looking forward. “I am delighted to be able to serve the University this

year in the important position and advance the University’s activities in international activities.” “It’s a time of dramatic change in the world, and MSU has an important role to play”. “This is an exciting time for Minnesota State Mankato. The University is committed to preparing its students to be global citizens who are

prepared to live in a world that is increasingly interconnected and interdependent.” Past experience will help him in his new position, he said. “My experience working with international students, faculty, and staff from around the world will be very helpful in my new role,” Stoynoff concluded.

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Alvarez to spend year at Southern New Hampshire University Social Work professor Dr. Michelle Alvarez will spend the year teaching in New Hampshire through the American Council on Education.

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Minnesota State University, Mankato Social Work professor Dr. Michelle Alvarez has been chosen to spend the school year at Southern New Hampshire University. Alvarez, a tenured Professor, is taking place in this as part of the American Council on Education fellows who will spend a full academic year at a host location.

Alvarez has a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland, as well as a Doctorate of Education in Higher Education from Nova Southeastern University. Throughout her tenure, Alvarez has been considered a leader in the Social Work program. She is currently serving as President of the Board of the School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA), as well as the Associate Editor of Children & Schools. Alvarez has published more than 40 articles and books in the area of school social work, as well as presenting across the nation and in Singapore and New Zealand. She has also completed the HERS leadership training program, intended for women interested in higher education at the prestigious Wellesley College- Alvarez is currently trying to make her transition to senior leadership as an ACE fellow at SNHU. ACE fellows will focus on issues of concern to the nominating institution, while working with the college and university presidents, as well as senior officials at a host institution. During their stay ACE fel-

lows will have activities including retreats, interactive learning activities, campus visits, and placement at another institution to combine years of hands-on experience and skills into one year. Alvarez will also be attending a three-week long retreat on higher education issues organized by ACE- she will also read extensively into the field of education, and take part in other activities to advance knowledge about the issues- some positive, some negative, that are confronting higher education today. Alvarez will be included in the highest level of decision making at SNHU, taking part in administrative activities and learning about issues of benefits to Minnesota State University, Mankato. ACE was founded in 1918, the organization is the major body for the country’s higher education facilities, and represents more than 1,600 college and university presidents- as well as hundreds of related organizations nationwide. More than 2,000 higher education leaders have taken part in the program since the beginning of the program. More than 300 fellows have served as Chief Ex-

ecutive Officers at Universities, as well as 1,300 having served as provosts, vice presidents or deans. Alvarez was excited when she learned of her selection. “I could not believe I was selected for such a prestigious program. I was also so excited because I could go anywhere in the US or abroad. I took a long time to research what universities were innovative and working hard to increase access and affordability for students. Most of my searches led me to Southern New Hampshire University,” Alvarez said.

“It was my number one choice for my internship and I hoped I would be accepted for a Fellowship at SNHU. I was elated when President LeBlanc contacted me and said I was invited to complete my Fellowship at SNHU. Without the support of President LeBlanc and his belief in training the next generation of higher education leaders, I would not be at SNHU. For this I am very grateful.” Alvarez and her family are adjusting well to their new surroundings.

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Teachers are not the problem in education today RYAN BERNDT Staff Writer Every morning I clumsily hop out of bed and plop myself in my office chair. With haste, I unlock my computer and browse my e-mails and Facebook for the latest news. One morning I noticed an article posted by one of my peers entitled, “25 Universities with the Worst Professors,” by Lynn O’Shaughnessy. The article, taken from The Center for College Affordability and Productivity, lists MNSU as having the 13th worst professors. The descending comments on the Facebook were filled with rants exclaiming their mutual hatred of certain professors and agreeing that Teaching Assistants teach too many of the classes. Another person

commented on how teachers across the nation are overly compensated for their work and that their salaries are way too high for their positions. I disagree with all of that. The article includes a picture, most likely from some stock website, of a professor with his head against the chalkboard in frustration. Within the first paragraph is the reasoning and incredibly hilarious fallacy this article is based off of; all of the information obtained to this list is from the ratings at ratemyprofessors.com, a website widely used by students to check how their prospective professor is rated by peers who have taken classes with the professor before. It includes ratings on their homework, their lectures, and, humorously, on how hot they are.

Corrections: In the September 12th edition of the Reporter in the article titled, “Crossroads creating and serving a community on campus” the abbreviation, ECLA was used. The article should have read, ELCA, which is the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. We also realize the picture shown with the article is not the Crossroads Campus Ministry, but instead the Hosanna Lutheran Church. A picture of the Crossroads Campus Ministry can be found on page 6 of this issue. The Reporter apologizes for any inconvenience this has caused. CROSSROADS CAMPUS MINISTRY • Page 6

This means all of the information gathered is from a third-party website, from students who are not experienced in professionally rating their academic experience. Another off-putting piece of information in the article is how West Point and the Air Force Academy are amongst the highest ranking in bad professors on this list, yet consistently rank near the top of lists of the schools with the best professors. The site is full of conflicting data. Why is this organization taking information that hasn’t been proven, nor known to be completely truthful? How easy is it for a distraught student to log into the site and write a horrible review of a professor who, in reality, could be an amazing instructor, yet criticized by a student who received a poor grade for something that could be his or her own fault? Now that we discussed the article, it’s important to debunk the fallacy that teachers are overpaid. For starters- take a look at MSU professor salary information available available on the web at http://www.mnsu. edu/hr/publicinfo/secb.pdf While glancing at this, I noticed that very rarely is there someone paid a six-figure salary. Even more surprising is the fact many of the people who are receiving higher salaries than that aren’t actually ‘faculty members’, but administrators on campus. People who hold posi-

tions that require time consuming degrees and a large amount of experience to obtain are the ones getting paid the most. Hmmm, doesn’t that sound logical? Many professors that I’ve been taught by hover around the $50,000-$75,000 range. Elementary, middle and high school teachers often get paid much less than that. In fact, teacher salaries have become a subject of heated debate amongst parents and city officials. What’s with the lack of good teachers? It’s because nobody wants to be a teacher when they are only getting paid $40,000 a year. Facing nation-wide budget cuts for education every year, as well as having to put up with government-issued standards instructors are supposed to reach, the role of an educator is a tough one to fill. There’s something to be said for those who take money out of their own pockets for the sake of their students to get a better education. What we must realize is that professors aren’t responsible for our education- we are. Consider them as mentors, guiding you in the right direction and providing you with the stepping-stones towards a greater future. The choices you make and the effort you put in will reflect who you’ll become after this short stage in our life- make your education worthwhile.

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Opinion: high athletic attendance could lead to higher ground for MSU The school has shown it is elite when it comes to athletics, but regular attendance numbers at a high level like Saturday might thrust the school ahead even further. REECE HEMMESCH Editor in Chief Walking towards Blakeslee Stadium Saturday night for MSU’s gridiron clash with Minnesota-Crookston, I did not expect a whole lot in terms of attendance from both the students and the general population rooting for the purple and gold. Though my presence at MSU’s football games have been less than impressive in my tenure here, it seems that besides the homecoming and playoff bouts, there never really has been an overriding crowd at “the Blake” in my three years here.

So naturally, when the skiyturned gray and the drizzling rain began Saturday night, I figured the usual MSU occurrence of an under-attended game would be in the works. Though it was the first home game of the season, which naturally boasts more of an attendance showing, I presumed the less-than-worthy opponent of Crookston would knock that down significantly, considering the Golden Eagles have won just four games in their past three seasons. So you can imagine the shocked look on my face when entering the stadium only to find a strong display of students and others toughening out the storm

(and the lopsided scoreboard) to cheer on MSU as they began building off their successful 2012 campaign. There were students everywhere, Blakeslee does not have a true student section, but every which way I looked, an array of black followed my eyes as fellow Mavericks poured in to root for MSU and set up a true college football atmosphere. I was astounded. MSU has proven itself in the past with a bevy of winning seasons, Blakeslee is a decent enough collegiate atmosphere where the stadium itself does not discourage fans from attending and MSU should be among the

elite teams in 2013, so why was I aghast to find so many people at the game? I figured with perennial bottom feeding Crookston in town, the weather not playing a decent part and the start time of the game being 6 p.m. (a hamstring to colleges everywhere due to less time for postgame beverage consumption), a smaller crowd would be in the makings. Though the actual attendance figures begged to differ, it was a sizeable crowd that stormed the stands of “the Blake” Saturday night and could translate into high attendance numbers all season for every MSU sport. The MSU athletic commu-

nications department bills the total attendance from Saturday at 3,407, slightly underneath the usual crowd at an MSU football game, but one cannot look past the fact that about 50 total fans made the trek from Crookston to Mankato to see the Golden Eagles get slaughtered, playing into the low total attendance though MSU’s side of the field was rocking. With MSU’s recent success in collegiate athletics, many have begun to wonder if the move to Division I would be more appropriate for the university. The

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ALVAREZ “I want to learn how to be an effective and innovative leader in higher education. I will spend time with senior administrators across campus in addition to the many faculty and staff that contribute to the success of SNHU.” continued from 3 “My family and I love New Hampshire. The University and community have so much to offer. During the week I explore all the wonderful things offered on campus and on the weekend I explore the beauty and history offered by the State,” Alvarez said. Alvarez is looking to enhance her leadership capabilities

during her stay in New Hampshire as well. “I want to learn how to be an effective and innovative leader in higher education. I will spend time with senior administrators across campus in addition to the many faculty and staff that contribute to the success of SNHU.” She only plans on going

back to Minnesota once before returning for good in May. She has already met people with similar goals. “I have already met a lot of wonderful professionals that are committed to student success. I will take with me what they have each taught me about their specialty areas and use it to make a difference.”

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ATTENDANCE “There were students everywhere, Blakeslee does not have a true student section, but every which way I looked, an array of black followed my eyes as fellow Mavericks poured in to root for MSU and set up a true college football atmosphere.” continued from 5 only thing possibly handicapping MSU’s chances of moving up in the ranks has been mediocre attendance at sporting events over the years. I know when a big game occurs the stands are packed, but its games like Saturday night that should prove as more of a precedence to a bump up than the playoff and homecoming matchups. For a bad time, bad weather, and

overall bad game, the crowd was relatively wholesome and if that keeps occurring in MSU sports, the skies the limit to how far this athletic program can go. Good facilities, great teams and even better crowds could finally be the winning catalyst for turning this university into one of the top athletic programs in the state of Minnesota.

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Maverick Invitational madness Three Mavericks were named to the all-Tournament team as the squad finished 1-2 in the Maverick Invitational. JOHN HECKT Sports Editor It is safe to assume that the Minnesota State University, Mankato women’s volleyball team didn’t enter this weekend’s Maverick Invitational with hopes of going 1-2. However, the young squad displayed the potential for success moving forward. The tournament started off well for the Mavericks as they defeated Illinois Springfield 3-1. They would later fall 3-2 to Black Hills State, and then again 3-1 to Northern State. The performance of a few individuals has contributed to a sustained feeling of optimism for the rest of the season. Junior outside hitter Jenna McNallan of Andover, Minn. tallied a total of 37 kills, four assists, four blocks and 21 digs. As one of the team’s few veterans, McNallan’s solid play set a muchneeded example for the team’s seven freshmen. Of those seven freshmen, defensive specialist Haley Fogarty was a standout. She posted 52 digs and three assists on the weekend. On the season, she already has 115 digs. The Mavericks will look for her to remain consistent throughout the year. Such consistency was seen in 2012 from Sophomore setter Ellie Van De Steeg. Last season, she led the team with 1,234 assists. Simply put, she has kept the trend going into 2013. She had 132 assists this weekend alone. She also added 14 kills, 19 digs, and six service aces. Van De Steeg and McNallan are joined by junior outside hitter Tiana Runck to form a group of three Mavericks who were named to the all-tournament team. Runck, the junior out of Springfield, Minn., finished the weekend with 32 kills, 4 digs, and 4 blocks, giving her 66 kills, 8 digs, and 13 blocks on the season. Runck and McNallan will use their experience to help the team evaluate their strengths and weaknesses, a process that Head Coach Denis Amundson feels confident about. “The things that we need to work on got magnified,” Amundson said. “Just like they did last weekend. We know exactly what it is we need to work on in practice and we’ll work hard and get better at it.” Hopefully those weaknesses will be turned into strengths by the time of Thursday’s match against Winona St. The Warriors are coming off of two losses this weekend during the Peggy Martin Challenge, a tournament hosted by Central Missouri. Emporia State beat the Warriors 3-2, while Pittsburgh State beat them a bit more handedly with a score of 3-0. For Thursday’s match, MSU cannot rely heavily on the recent struggles of Winona St—they lost to the Warriors in 2012. However, this week’s match is in Mankato, and the Mavericks hope the rematch will produce a different result. One can safely assume that when the clock strikes 7 p.m. on Thursday, Coach Amundson’s squad will be ready to play.

David Bassey • MSU Reporter Jenna McNallan (bottom) posted 37 kills, four assists, four blocks and 21 digs to earn herself on the All-Tournament team this past weekend.

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The Maverick’s weekend started out with a 1-0 victory over Concordia, then allowed their first two goals of the season that translated to their first loss of the season in a 2-0 contest against Grand Valley State. LUCAS RYAN Staff Writer

David Bassey • MSU Reporter Korey Kornforst scoried her first goal of the season in the Mavericks’ 1-0 victory over Concordia last Thursday.

The Minnesota State University, Mankato women’s soccer team opened NSIC conference play with a win Saturday, but suffered their first loss of the season in their Sunday game. The Mavericks began a stretch of six straight road games as they opened NSIC play last Thursday when they traveled to St. Paul to play Concordia University. The Mavericks pulled out the 1-0 victory with the only goal coming from sophomore forward Korey Kronforst in the first three minutes of the match. “It feels really good. It’s making me excited for the season and excited to just keep moving on and working towards our goals as a team,” Kronforst said. “It doesn’t really matter who scores the goal, but it felt good to get it.”

The game’s only goal materialized after Courtney Vallarelli’s shot was initially blocked by a CU defender, but ended up on the foot of Kronforst, who finished it in the left side of the goal. The goal was the first of the year for Kronforst and gave the Mavericks the 1-0 lead, which they kept the remainder of the game. The Mavericks out played the Golden Bears in the second half, amassing 11 shots and only allowing one shot from CU. MSU was unable to find the back of the net the rest of the contest, but Kronforst tallied a match high six shots and junior goalkeeper Molly McGough recorded five saves to earn her 20th career shutout in league play (which is third best in NSIC history.) With the win, the Mavericks extended their NSIC unbeaten streak to 21 wins and their overall unbeaten streak to 24

matches. A streak that lasted more than a year and 24 straight games came to an end for the Mavericks Sunday when they suffered their first loss of the season in a nonconference matchup to Grand Valley State University. MSU lost 2-0 loss to the No. 2 ranked Lakers. The Mavericks did not play up to their potential in the loss, and if they meet again, McGough is confident that the outcome would be different. “I know that we did not play them to the best that we could, so it was our loss and not them beating us,” McGough said. GVSU scored in the first five minutes and never gave up the lead while adding another goal in the 70th minute. McGough made nine saves for the Mavericks who were outshot 20-10, letting up 11 shots on net, and senior forward Tori Meindhardt

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SOCCER “With the win, the Mavericks extended their NSIC unbeaten streak to 21 wins.” continued from 7 accounted for half of the Mavericks four shots on goal. “We just got to learn from it and we’ll keep moving on and working harder and keep it in the back of our heads that we don’t want to feel like that. It was a hard loss, but Garand Valley State is a good team,” Kronforst said. MSU will continue their sixgame road trip with two NSIC conference games this weekend. the Mavericks put their unbeaten

streak of 21 games in NSIC on the line when they travel to Bemidji State Saturday and will end the weekend with a match at Minnesota Crookston Sunday. Both games are set for a 1 p.m. kickoff. The Mavericks have done well against both teams in the past. MSU owns a 6-0 all-time record against Crookston and are 7-1-1 when playing Bemidji State.

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JOEY DENTON Sports Editor Nobody expected the Minnesota State University, Mankato football team to have any trouble with the University of Minnesota, Crookston Golden Bears on Saturday and the game followed suit with the Mavericks winning 68-26 at Blakeslee Stadium. Within the first five minutes of action, the Mavericks were already up 14-0 after a four play, 70-yard drive with sophomore running back Conner Thomas capping off the drive on an 8-yard touchdown run. On the Golden Bears first possession, quarterback Kyle Larson’s third pass attempt of the day landed in junior safety Eric Clark’s hands and took it to the house for the Mavericks second touchdown of the night. The Mavericks never looked back with a 37-point second quarter, then the offense brought in the second and third groups for the second half. Throughout the whole game, the Maverick’s offensive line established the line of scrimmage, which they had some problems with in week one. On Saturday, the offensive line gave MSU running backs plenty of holes to run through and get the offense in rhythm. “Some of the improvements we made from week one to week two we’re very pleased with and part of that was establishing some dominance up front and develop some confidence there with those five guys playing together,” Interim head coach Aaron Keen said. Thomas and junior running

back Andy Pfieffer will always get their load of carries, but the second half displayed some great running back play from sophomore running Chad Zastrow with 84 yards on 11 carries and junior running back Anthony Lewis, who added 53 yards on seven carries. Thomas finished the game with 75 rushing yards. “We focused on getting our running game on track last week and it definitely paid off,” Pfieffer said. “I felt like we ran the ball well and showed improvement.” There weren’t any weather delays in week two, but the weather certainly wasn’t pleasurable for the passing game. Even though it rained on and off throughout the game, senior quarterback Jon Wolf continued where he left off from week one, completing all seven of his passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns before he sat out the second half. He also added 32 yards on the ground. The defense for the Mavericks looked fast and played really physical with redshirt sophomore Sam Thompson and senior linebacker Isaac Kolstad leading the way with six tackles each. Once again the front seven dominated the line of scrimmage, giving up 98 rushing yards, and they never gave Larson any time to look at multiple receivers. Sophomore defensive end Josh Gordon led the line with 1.5 sacks and four tackles. For the most part the secondary made it very difficult for Golden Bear receivers to get open but had some breakdowns in coverage to give Larson some easy throws. With some new guys in the starting lineup this

year, those kinds of things are bound to happen. The 2013 Mavericks will have their first true test this season on Saturday as they travel to play the No. 7 University of Minnesota, Duluth Bulldogs. Like the Mavericks, this squad takes pride in grasping the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. UMD sits in second place in the NSIC with 538 rushing yards while the Mavericks are behind them with 454 yards in their first two games. “Our programs are so similar. We’re both big, physical programs up front, on both sides of the ball. We both try to establish the run,” coach Keen said. “We both try to shut down the run defensively, so it’s really going to be strength on strength and who can take any perceived weaknesses and minimize those things” The Bulldogs possess two of the top ten rushing leaders in the conference in running back Austin Sikorski and Quarterback Drew Bauer. Sikorski is a proven bruiser who won’t break the 80-yard touchdown runs but he is a challenge to take down. Like Wolf, Bauer is a tall, athletic guy who can run but also use his arm when he needs to. Between the two, Wolf has the edge because he has shown to have a more accurate arm and Bauer just made his collegiate debut two weeks ago. It’s the same story on the other side of the ball with the Bulldogs only allowing 104 rushing yards in their first two games, leading the NSIC, and the Mavericks are right behind them with 120 yards.

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Stomper Sound showcases area talent IMPACT brings in Mankato artists and more for festival last friday, held at the Crawford lawn.

JAMES HOUTSMA A&E Editor The sound around campus Friday didn’t simply trot about the eardrums – it stomped all over them. Throughout the afternoon and evening last Friday, hundreds of Mavericks swung by the Crawford lawn and attended the Stomper Sound Music Festival. Sponsored by IMPACT, the free music festival boasted plenty of area talent on display. “I wanted to have kind of a mini Warped Tour here on

campus,” said Cassie Urbano, concert coordinator for IMPACT. The product of months upon months of planning and a partnership with radio station Hot 96.7, Stomper Sound provided an opportunity for local, MSU-based music groups to show their stuff, as well as to bring in some big names from the cities. The line-up for the daytime consisted of regulars such as Boardwalk Arcade, the Mankato-based rock group, folk/bluegrass/Americana band The Last Revel (formerly known as The

Bitterroot Band) and highenergy pop/rock cover band Neon Nights. As the sun fell and night took over, the headliner for the entire event took center stage – Quietdrive. The Minneapolis-based rock group blew the imaginary roof off and could be heard by listeners miles away. Minneapolis musician Ari Herstad followed the headlining group with his solo musical talents to close out the successful festival. Dave Bassey • MSU Reporter Minneapolis Musician Ari Herstad brings the day’s festivites to a close.

Strength in What Remains review Tracy Kidder’s novel an identifiable, hopeful read.

SUNNY SHRESTHA Staff Writer When I first entered the ballroom in Centennial Student Union building last Wednesday, I was amazed and fascinated by the crowd of people gathered there. We were all in that hall to see Tracy Kidder, the author of Strength in What Remains, a common read for Minnesota State University, Mankato this fall. Dressed in simple attire, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author looked like a studious but regular person, one who could easily get lost in the crowd. While I had already completed the book myself, I was eager to listen to Kidder talk about his own experiences with the story of the book. “I spend most of my years as a writer looking first of all, not for subjects but for characters,” Kidder said. He explained that he stumbled upon Deogratias, the main character of Strength in What Remains, while working with Paul Farmer, on whom his previous book, Mountain Beyond Mountains, is based on.

In his own words, he described how he was interested by Deogratias’s story, that of an African refugee who found his way from living as a homeless person in Harlem to attending an Ivy League University within two years. The storyline of Strength in What Remains unwinds from the international airport at Bujumbura, where a younger Deo is boarding on a flight to get away from Burundi. Along with his dreams, his family and his life as a medical student, he is also leaving behind his country caught up in chaos of civil war between Hutus and Tutsis. With the help of a rich friend, he is able to arrive at New York City with $200 in his pocket, no English, no contacts and memories of horror still fresh in his mind. Fortunately, he comes in contact with an airport-staff that knows French, the only language Deo knew besides his native tongue. With the help of this friendly staff, he finds a place to live and a job that pays him just $15 a day. The author does a remarkable job in putting the readers in Deo’s shoes and getting

them a glimpse of how Deo, a poor African refugee, would see this foreign city and the people living in it. With every page of the book, the readers are pulled along with raging emotions of sympathy and anger when Deo is poked by his employer with a stick “sometimes, it seemed, just for fun”. There’s a hopelessness when Deo admits that the city makes him feel like he is not human anymore. However, as Kidder later told us in his speech, this story is not about failure or giving up, it is about opportunities and second chances. Just when we think that Deo has lost his battle, he finds a ray of hope in the form of Sharon McKenna, a nun who helps him to get out of his sadness. McKenna decides that Deo needs a family and after several failed attempts, she finds him one. An elderly couple, a sociologist and his wife, an artist in Lower Manhattan, adopt Deo into their life and home. Deo is reintroduced to his dreams and within two years, he finds himself going to Columbia University for pre-medical education. Right

here in this part of story the reader can see Deo’s promising future. But the story is not done quite yet. Up until this point, the story is unraveling itself, it is as if some part of Deo’s brain that takes care of his memories is telling this story. The second half takes the reader right into hell. Here we get the full experience of a grim genocide that Deo escapes, but not without scars. In this part Kidder really unleashes his skill in painting what Deo endured and survived back in Burundi. If Deo in New York is a helpless African lost in the complexities of modern America, then Deo in Burundi is the portrayal of a vulnerable and frightened human being who cannot save a dying baby because he cannot even save himself. The book reveals the reality of terms like genocide, civil wars and death, while we all know that they exist, we are sometime blissfully unaware of the horrors these words entail. Strength is What Remains is, in my view, a must read. Not because it is a book about

humanity but because, more than anything, this book is about an ordinary person with very simple dreams and ambitions. It is about Deo and who can identify with him more than myself, a student. In addition to his excellent writing skills, Kidder has shown a confidence in Deo’s character by putting it out there in plain view. Deo is not a holy man, he is a person who is bold and sincere, insecure and confused, afraid but determined, immature and at the same time kind and humble. His admiration of libraries and books, his constant aim to be a doctor and his praise for the “thinker” statue is what makes him approachable. He has problems (who doesn’t, when your mind is tainted with terrors of massacre?) but his consistency is what makes him stand out. Even in his poor conditions in New York or his run in the wilderness of Burundi, he doesn’t give up. I feel like I can find a Deo here in MSU too, somewhere working on his goal searching for his answers in books of philosophy.


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JAMES HOUTSMA A&E Editor The MSU fall theatre studio season lifts off this week with the opening of Sky Girls. Sky Girls sees five women training to become Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) in WWII. Together they fight back against discrimination and sabotage for the love of country and flying, while the leader of the organization dukes it out in Congress to earn national respect for these women. Directed by Matt Caron, director of last season’s A Plague of Angels, Sky Girls is written by Jenny Laird. The opening show runs for a limited showing from September 18-21 at 7:30 p.m. in Andreas Theatre. Tickets are $10 regular, $9 discount and $8 for current MSU students. Tickets can be purchased at the Theatre box office or online at MSUTheatre.com.

Netflix Original Programming received a lot of notoriety and press in 2013 for premiering wildly successful and creative original shows, but the prime series talked about with nearunanimous acclaim wasn’t the one anyone anticipated. The miraculous return of Arrested Development was supposed to be the “end all, be all” of Netflix original series for the summer, but a dark prison comedy, Orange is the New Black, based off a book of the same title, instead took all the steam, becoming an instant sensation and deservedly so. Thirteen episodes a piece with nearly all being sixty minutes in duration, the writing and characters are so strong that the running time becomes irrelevant. For that, Orange is addictive. There are fumbles, but they’re small in comparison to all that works. All this to say, Orange is the New Black is one of this year’s must watch shows, deserving a spot in the same light as Mad Men, Breaking Bad and, for some, The Walking Dead. The series follows Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) as she’s sentenced to 15 months in prison for transporting drug money several years earlier. There, she becomes the object of infatuation of “Crazy Eyes” (Uzo Aduba), desiring Chapman as her prison wife. She finds that her drug dealer ex-girlfriend Alex (Laura Prepon) is locked up with her, faces the wrath of Russian cook “Red” (Kate Mulgrew) and religious zealot “Pennsatucky” (Taryn Manning), and tries, with varying success, to acclimate to her new life as an inmate. Seemingly a “fish out of water” tale, as Piper’s pushed into more and more ridiculous and extreme circumstances, the pampered Piper who first walked into the prison makes way for one who becomes, for lack of a more suitable term, a badass. Orange is the New Black is an ensemble series and quite

often in most other cases, the writers find themselves inept at balancing all these characters’ stories and making each of them distinctively unique. There is no such problem here. Before the fifth episode rolls around, the viewer will have the background of nearly every integral inmate, know full well their mannerisms and speech patterns, and even more, already will have fallen in love with them. This series boasts so many strengths but first and foremost that must be acknowledged is the writing. There are no less than five episodes that are startling in how well the words jump off the page and evoke emotion. Two monologues given by Piper are of particular note in how strong and captivating they are, worth remembering and repeating. Characters move and act logically, story grows organically, the dialogue is crisp, funny and heartbreaking and there’s a beautiful sense of symmetry from first episode to last. Taylor Schilling is a revelation as the main lead. Her previous work was regulated to Zac Efron’s girlfriend in The Lucky Ones but here she’s given some enormously juicy material to work on. Schilling is mesmerizing as Piper’s arc matures through the seasons progression. Laura Prepon and Jason Biggs (as Piper’s fiancé) are two actors usually glossed over by critics as serviceable but uninspiring -here, they prove every naysayer wrong, especially Biggs, who eviscerates all traces of his American Pie boyish charm and becomes something else entirely. Every actor, from a bit part to a series regular, recognizes the impressive scripts they have and each do them justice. The few minor hiccups that mark this freshman outing are nothing too severe, nor is it anything that first-year shows don’t unanimously suffer. There are points where the series finds itself lagging, particularly in the middle portion of its run, where the characters seem rather stagnant. Conversations seem repeated, dilemmas less severe,

situations more cartoonish and extravagant. Even the compliant about plot points feeling cartoony could be argued, as the series worked as a “dramedy”, frequently sporting the tone of a whimsical comedy with dramatic beats. To reiterate, these are not damaging nitpicks, for the season as a whole is immensely strong, and the payoff to these seemingly padded episodes is worth it tenfold. As the compliment goes, the worst thing about an addictive

series is the wait for new episodes and that holds sadly true for Orange is the New Black. The writers and actors are hard at work filming the second season, set to debut summer 2014, so the story of Piper Chapman’s evolution of self will continue as she serves the remainder of her 15 month sentence. Until then, this series lends itself to repeat viewings, so any fans can revisit Orange on Netflix for the year to come and interested parties can hop on the cellblock at anytime.

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