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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Study up Couples struggle for equality Ellis is all for study Defense of Marriage Act still in place smiles Singer rocks bucks Coffee Hag

Maverick mentors reward students at one-minute clinics


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If you happen to walk by the lobby in Gage towers on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday afternoon, you may notice a group of two or three students by the main entrance taking academic related questions from other students and handing out what they call “study bucks.” They’ll provide brief, yet valuable, information and a question-answer session will last about a minute on average. If you stop by one of these “one-minute clinics” for a question or two, you might be lucky enough to have some candy too. Maverick Mentors, the conductors of the oneminute clinics, are a group of undergraduate students living in Maverick Tower (B Tower) in Gage Residence Community, one per floor. They are dedicated to the

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courtesy of the los angeles times Many states in the U.S. have few rights for same-sex couples, with only six states performing marriages. JENNY POLLOCK

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Today is the 14-year anniversary of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). DOMA legally defines the federal government’s position on marriage as a union between one man and one woman. Heterosexual married

couples are given more than 1,000 rights that are not granted to same-sex couples. “Basically, DOMA is a federal law that says if you’re married in one state, the other states don’t have to recognize it,” said Jessica Flatequal, the program coordinator of Minnesota State’s LGBT center.

Though some states do allow same-sex marriages, the couples are not allowed federal rights such as filing a joint tax return. “Even LGBT people don’t understand that they are not fully married,” Flatequal said. Connecticut, Iowa,

Equality / page 3

On Sunday, the Coffee Hag was filled with echoes of cheering fans as Ellis, singer and songwriter, opened with “Coming Home to You.” When Ellis stepped to the stage, she was all smiles and energy. One of her fans, Melody Taylor, a previous Coffee Hag employee, said “She’s really energetic and moves easily through deep and thoughtful to silly and goofy.” Taylor also said that Ellis has “great stage presence” something that some other musicians lack. Artists like Dolly Parton, Cat Stevens and Patty Larkin are what Ellis said guided her music into what she calls her “folk and pop, with a bit of country” style. Fans like Elizabeth Nelson and Shanna Zuelch said it is her “personality, her laugh and her style” that they like most. “I might make you laugh, and at some point make you cry,” but that is what makes her writing so special.

Ellis / page 11

Construction begins on Gage towers replacement Groundbreaking ceremony for new residence hall Thursday


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Minnesota State will have a huge change on campus by 2012 as it builds a new residence hall and demolishes Gage towers.  The groundbreaking for the $23.8-million, 118,000-squarefoot residence hall is scheduled for Thursday. It will accommodate 300 students when it’s completed in 2012 The ceremony will be at 10 a.m. in the parking lot next to Carkoski Commons. Legislators, MSU President Richard Davenport and other

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administrators will participate. Students, faculty, staff and the public are invited. Residential Life’s preparation to build a new residence hall started in 2003 when it estimated the costs for renovating the Gage towers. The 12-story towers were built in 1965 and 1966 each, and maintenance for the windows, plumbing and elevators has since become too much to keep them. “We have been maintaining them very responsibly,’ said Director of Residential Life Cynthia Janney, “but to

New hall / page 6

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submitted photo The artist’s rendering of the new residence hall, located next to McElroy, that will be completed in 2012.


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Changing children’s lives Opportunities Sigma Sigma Sigma hosts BBQ to raise money for hospitalized youth


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Philanthropy thrived among college students this weekend in Highland Park when the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority at Minnesota State hosted its first annual barbeque in support of the Robbie Page Memorial. Family, friends, community members and fellow Greek chapters were in attendance to help assist in changing the lives of children. Robbie Page died of polio at the age of five in 1951; his mother was Tri-Sigma’s National President. In 1954, the Tri-Sigma sorority established the memorial to commemorate the loss

of a fellow sister’s child. The original purpose of the memorial supported polio research projects, including the Salk vaccine trials. After a cure for polio was discovered, Tri-Sigma shifted its compassion and efforts to help play therapy programs for hospitalized children. Play therapy is a natural selfguided, self-healing process for children to express their feelings and experiences, focusing on the developmental needs of children. Today, the Robbie Page Memorial raises money for play therapy at Children’s Medical Center Dallas in Texas and North Carolina Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill. The Tri-Sigma BBQ

submitted photo Other fraternities and sororities helped support Tri-Sigma at the BBQ.

raised $900 to contribute to the cause of changing lives of children. “Sigma Serves Children,” the motto of their organization, is living up to its words by the success of the event through the strong bonds of sisterhood and philanthropy. Erin Bruesehoff, a member of Tri-Sigma Sorority at MSU, said, “Supporting children through our philanthropy is important through the Memorial’s two hospitals and raising money locally brings awareness to the community.” The Minnesota Gambling Control Board revised nonprofit organization laws on generated revenues in May 2010, putting taxexempt restrictions on these organizations to fill out extra paperwork, obtain permits and follow fundraising guidelines. The challenging part is that it takes about six months to fill out the paperwork and receive the proper permit to conduct fundraising events as a nonprofit organization. There are lawful ways for nonprofit organizations to raise money without a permit; however, those organizations which have the status to be recognized as a nonprofit should not have to wait for half a year to have raffles or bingo at a philanthropy event to support admirable causes for helping others. Challenges made the Robbie Page Memorial event success that much sweeter.

BBQ / page 6

across oceans Fall Study Abroad Fair today


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Minnesota State will be hosting the fall Study Abroad Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday on the main floor of the Centennial Student Union. Seventeen different organizations and faculty members who are leading programs will be present to talk to students about study abroad opportunities. Faculty members from the modern languages and business departments will be presenting several international opportunities. Presented by the Kearney International Center, the fair will feature several prospects for students to study internationally, including programs in Italy, France, the UK and South Africa, among numerous other countries. Spanish majors can study in Costa Rica and Ecuador, while business students can participate in exchange programs in Finland, Germany and the Netherlands. “The reasons [for organizing this fair] are twofold,” said Director of the International Center, Caryn Lindsay. “One, to promote study abroad as an option to students and two, to let them that to faculty leaders and program organizers face to

face.” The possibilities for studying abroad are endless. Students can travel to nearly any country they wish. The only limitations come when a country is either deemed unsafe or it has not been accredited for study abroad programs. Both Lindsay and her office worker, Sheena Sovell, believe that studying abroad is an excellent experience to learn. “You learn so much about yourself. You really change as a person, and it’s always for the better,” said Sovell, a student in the biology department who recently travelled to Ecuador for an ecology and conservation program. Students have the opportunity to choose the length of their international stay, as programs range from merely 10 days to an entire academic year. Lindsay would like to reinforce the idea that there are study abroad programs offered that will work for any budget. Whether a student has the money to spend a year in Australia, or 10 days in Mexico, the fair offers something for everyone. “It’s great to just have the option to dream about different possibilities,” said Lindsay.


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EQUALITY Same-sex couples do not have any rights in emergency situations, voting is the best way to help couples gain equal rights continued from 1 Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Washington D.C. allow same-sex marriages. New York, Rhode Island and Maryland recognize samesex marriages but do not perform them. Same-sex couples are often subject to discrimination in states that do not recognize their marriages. “President Barack Obama, as a candidate, mentioned his disagreement with DOMA but to my knowledge web photo nothing has happened on the federal level yet,” said Maria Kate Fleming died two minutes after Strong was allowed in to see her. Bevacqua, a professor of gender and women’s studies. Still, 30 states have told her debris had fallen constitutional amendments on the basement door and that protect traditional she was trapped with water man and woman couples. rushing in. Marriage in Minn. legally Firefighters had to cut has to be between a man and through the floor to get a woman. Fleming out of the basement. Despite the lack of change She was rushed to the at the federal level, many hospital in an ambulance, states are working to make and Strong was not allowed changes. to ride with. Charlene Strong is an At the hospital, Strong advocate for the rights was not allowed to be with of homosexuals. She was Fleming in the emergency influential in getting federal room until she got legislation passed that permission from Fleming’s allowed more rights to same- family. sex couples. When Strong was finally Strong experienced a allowed to see Fleming, tragic event in a Seattle they had only two minutes storm in Dec. 2006. Her together before Fleming died. partner of 10 years, Kate Strong was not allowed to Fleming, died after becoming make funeral arrangements trapped in their basement. and the funeral director Fleming called Strong and directed questions to

Fleming’s mother instead of Strong. In the month after Fleming’s death, Strong told her story to the House and Senate. It gave a personal touch to the legislation being considered. In April 2010, Obama signed a directive to give same-sex couples extended visitation rights. Strong made a documentary about her experiences with injustices called “For My Wife: The Making of an Activist for Marriage Equality.” The film gives viewers a new perspective on the situation. “Most of all it’s a love story. The documentary tried to be logical and exposes double standards,” Strong said. Strong encourages people to get involved with their campus LGBT center and to vote. “There is a civics lesson here. Voting is the number one thing you can do to help with equality,” Strong said. According to Strong, the next step is having a voice. She wants people to get involved with political campaigns they believe in. “I’m asking you to become an advocate for change,” Strong said.

web photo Charlene Strong’s documentary chronicles her experiences while becoming an activist for marriage equality after the tragic death of her partner made her realize how few rights she really had.


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Letter to the Editor: Enough Politicking, Future Too Important

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


DOMA is stupid, and so are you

As Robin Williams so eloquently put it in his political satire film Man of the Year, “You want an amendment against same sex marriage? Anyone who’s ever been married knows it’s always the same sex!” “But them Gays are gonna ruin the sanctity of marriage,” cries out DOMA’s proponents. Really? That’s an interesting case you bring up seeing as most divorce rate data suggests that heterosexual couples are legally separating at a rate ranging from 40 to 50 percent. “But in the bible it says no man should lay with another man. Don’t be mad at me, that’s God’s law, not mine. And the founding father’s made this a good, Christian country for a reason, right? I mean we got God on our money for chrissakes!” says the majority of people I grew up with in Southern Illinois. Well first of all Mr. Mason-Dixon Line, the founding father’s had absolutely no intention of integrating religion with regulation. While most were considerably atheist, even the religious understood your religion is your own, private belief, not something to be forced on someone. Secondly, if your God is the one to judge, why are you doing it? Are you your God’s assistant? Did he/she/ it ask you to persecute a sect of people who mean you absolutely no harm nor care about your sexuality? When I learned the “Golden Rule” in Catholic school, it said to treat all people the way you would like to be treated; does this mean you don’t think you should be married either? And if you believe they’re

going to die and be ordered to an afterlife of fiery, eternal damnation anyway, isn’t that enough punishment without their ability to get married being taken away from them? “But if we start lettin’ them damn queers marry, who’s to stop people from marryin’ goats and dogs and stuff?” People who argue that beastiality is the same as homosexuality should be removed from society, committed to an insane asy andum with their argument as testimony proving their incapability to coexist with the rest of the human race. Do you understand how asinine, arrogant and irrational that argument is? It’s like saying eating fried chicken is human cannibalism, but one million times more idiotic. Go to next year’s Pridefest and ask 100 homosexuals if they have ever screwed an animal (“bears” don’t count). I will give you $1,000* if one of them actually has. But at this argument’s core is the question: who does Gay marriage actually hurt? You? Unless you’re the one not allowed to be married, no, it hurts you zero percent. On this, the day of the 14th anniversary of the Defense of Marriage Act, originally signed into law by President Bill Clinton after being heavily voted for in Congress, I come to you with a favor: try treating people like people, no matter the color, creed, sex, sexual orientation or economic status. Mind your business, not theirs. *I’m a journalist. $1,000 is like winning the lotto to us.

As we saw in 2008, the youth of America plays a huge role in the outcomes of elections and the same will be true this November. The energy that surrounded the 2008 Presidential election was enormous. Students nationwide banded together to help elect President Barack Obama because he realized the importance of our generation. President Obama and the United States Congress have worked tirelessly to help introduce, and pass, important legislation to help protect and ensure a bright future for our generation. This fall, it is important for students to realize that the work is not over. Although there is not a Presidential election, there are key congressional races that need our attention. In Southern Minnesota we have a choice between incumbent Congressman Tim Walz (D) and Representative Randy Demmer (R). The choice should not be made based on parties; it should be made based on the candidate’s ideas and views for Southern Minnesota and our nation. Congressman Walz has worked hard to represent the first Congressional District, he has voted on key, historic bills that will not only change and affect our lives, but also the lives of future generations. Two weeks ago Congressman Walz aired his first televised commercial. The

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NEW HALL This is no Lord of the Rings, Gage’s two towers coming down soon, no matter what Aragorn says

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reinvest for the next 15 years would be really expensive.” One example of Gage’s long history is its elevator. Gage resident Samantha Besemer, who lives on the tenth floor, said elevator malfunction is something that most Gage residents have witnessed. Besemer said it’s slow and makes noise and that she once had to use the stairs for a week when the elevator was out of order. The building’s height is another thing that bothers some residents. Gage dorm rooms have eight-foot ceilings, which is two feet less than Julia Sears. As students call for more space to put their belongings, the need for renovation arose, but Janney said the structure of the towers makes it hard to renovate. “The walls in the buildings can’t be rearranged because they are part of structural support of the buildings,” she said. Janney said Stadium Road’s heavy traffic made the residents uncomfortable as well because they have to cross it to go to class. The only crosswalk is right behind the end of an upward slope, which makes pedestrians and drivers uneasy because they can’t see each other until they get close. The last reason to demolish the two towers is its size, which makes it more difficult for residents to create a community, said Janney.

“In a four story building, you can get to know people and feel the sense of belonging,” said Janney. “It’s much harder in a 12 story building to have the same feeling of belonging.” Despite Janney’s reasonings, many Gage residents screamed in lament when they learned their residence hall will be demolished in two years. Current Gage B tower resident Joseph Vanderwiel said he loves his place and never wants to leave. “If you want to meet people, Gage is the place to live,” Vanderwiel said. Despite the number of floors the towers have, Vanderwiel said he thinks his residential community is livelier than any other. Gage towers have two more years to stay. When the new residence hall opens, the towers will turn into a parking lot as a part of the university’s master plan to reorganize its campus. Parking has become a major campus concern, with less than 40 percent of students being able to park on campus. The new residence hall will be a four-story, semi-suite-style facility. Less than 10 percent of the rooms would be single rooms. The rest of the rooms will be double rooms. In keeping with the university’s strategic priority for a sustainable, pedestrianfriendly campus, the new building will be built next

to the McElroy Residence Community, specifically next to I Hall, connected by classrooms and the First Year Experience office. It will be the second new residence hall on the MSU campus in the last two years. As in Julia Sears, the new residence hall will have bedrooms with individually controlled air conditioning and heating, tile floors and sound-resistant walls, loftable beds, dressers and desks with lockable drawers, upholstered office chairs, closets, plentiful electrical outlets and dual Internet, telephone and cable TV jacks. It also will have a number of environment-friendly features, including water-saving toilets in bathrooms. Janney said the new residence hall would have the same room rates as Julia Sears. The new residence hall’s double room will likely be $1000 more per academic year than a basic double room in the older dorms. The new building will be financed with revenue fund bonds, paid for by residence hall room fees. Residence halls are self-supporting; funds to build them come from fees paid by the students who live in them. Residential Life will also renovate McElroy E and F halls in limited scale to improve ventilation by summer 2011.

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The barbeque had a wide variety of activities to explore. A silent auction was held with prizes donated by members of the community, with a chance to win a spring break trip to Mexico donated by Value Priced Vacations, food for the barbeque was donated by local stores as well as made by members of Tri-Sigma sorority. The fun continued throughout the afternoon with yard games, volleyball and an

eating contest. There were 141 people at the event and among those were not only sisters of MSU’s Tri-Sigma chapter, but Sigma Sigma Sigma sisters from Gustavus Adolphus College and Winona State University. Katie Bur, a member of Tri-Sigma Sorority at Winona State University, said, “It was worth the drive to support sisters from another chapter.”

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Minneapolis man missing Called wife to say he was kidnapped

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man who called his wife days ago and said he’d been kidnapped by two men who he believed would harm him had withdrawn $1,000 in cash from a local bank just a half hour before he was last seen, authorities said Monday. Matthew Anderson, 29, of Shoreview, appeared to be alone when he withdrew the money about 1 p.m. Friday, according to the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office. Anderson was last seen a half hour later at the Roseville apartment complex where he worked. He called his wife that night, saying he’d been kidnapped and was somewhere in Iowa. His maroon minivan was found Sunday in downtown Chicago, but as of Monday evening, there was still no sign of Anderson. “We’ve tried contacting the phone. Texting. Calling. There is nothing,” said his brother, Andy Anderson, of Star Prairie, Wis. When Matthew Anderson called his wife Friday night, he told her in a hushed whisper that he’d been kidnapped, and then said “oh no, no, no” before the called ended, his brother said. According to a national crime alert issued Saturday, Matthew Anderson’s cell phone was traced to the Wisconsin Dells area at some point, but its location hasn’t been picked up since. “I’ve been just looking for anything, any clues,” Andy Anderson said Monday, adding that he’s been scouring the Internet for reports of men with amnesia or unidentified people found by the side of the road. “You don’t know what to do. Every phone call that comes your heart races at one second, it seems to stop the next. You don’t know if it’s good news or bad news,” he said.

Andy Anderson and his father, Bill Anderson, both said Matthew is the type of person who would help anyone in need — and they believe he might have helped the wrong person. “Matt is such a happy-golucky, affable person,” Bill Anderson said. “If somebody saw him in a parking lot and they were looking for transportation, they probably thought they could dupe him. ... He’s a very sweet kid.” Matthew Anderson is charge of maintenance at the Rosewood Village Apartments, his brother said. Matthew and his wife also volunteer at the local Humane Society and Matthew has a soft spot for stray dogs. When asked if something in Matthew Anderson’s life may have led to his disappearance, Andy Anderson said that would be the best-case scenario, because then family members would know he didn’t face an outside danger.


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Gay flight nurse takes stand Discharged from Air Force Reserve, no one in unit concerned about sexual orientation

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A decorated Air Force Reserve flight nurse discharged for being gay took the witness stand at her federal trial Monday and told the judge it “kills me” not to be able to care for wounded soldiers while the country is at war. Former Maj. Margaret Witt has sued the Air Force in hopes of being reinstated. No one in her unit or any of her patients ever expressed concern about her sexual orientation, she told the judge. “It’s what I’ve spent over half my life training to do,” Witt testified, her voice breaking. “I miss being able to be the one that that soldier looks at and I can do something for him. I’m not complete, and it kills me to

not be there.” The case has been closely watched by those on both sides of the gay rights debate. Proponents believe another big legal victory would build momentum for a congressional repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” the 1993 law that prohibits the military from asking about the sexual orientation of service members but requires discharge of those who acknowledge being gay or are found to engage in homosexual activity. Earlier this month, a federal judge in California ruled that “don’t ask, don’t tell” violates the due process and free speech rights of service members. That opinion has no direct bearing on Witt’s case.

Witt joined the Air Force in 1987 and later became a flight nurse, helping to care for and evacuate soldiers wounded in Afghanistan. She was suspended in 2004 when the Air Force investigated her for violating “don’t ask, don’t tell.” She was discharged three years later, while just short of becoming eligible for a full pension. Her lawsuit challenged the constitutionality of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” In 2008, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals considering the case held that the military couldn’t discharge someone for being gay unless it demonstrated the firing was necessary to further military goals.

Sweden not so tolerant

Nationalist group makes accusations against immigrants STOCKHOLM (AP) — A far-right group’s election breakthrough has shattered Sweden’s reputation as a bastion of tolerance after years of being seemingly inoculated against the backlash on immigration seen elsewhere in Europe. Sunday’s election showed that the country’s welcome to refugees is not universally accepted: Nearly 6 percent of the population voted for a nationalist group that accuses immigrants — especially Muslims — of eroding Sweden’s national identity and its cherished welfare state. It’s a bitter pill for a nation

that frowned upon Denmark’s vitriol toward Muslim immigrants, Swiss attempts to ban minarets and France’s crackdown on Gypsy camps. “The banner of tolerance has been hauled down and the forces of darkness have finally taken the Swedish democracy hostage, too,” the Expressen tabloid wrote in a post-election editorial. “It’s Monday morning and time for Swedes to get a new self-image,” read a bold frontpage headline in Svenska Dagbladet. Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt’s coalition won the

election but lost its majority in the 349-seat legislature, weakening its ability to push through crucial legislation. The Sweden Democrats, a small nationalist party, entered Parliament for the first time, winning 20 seats to hold the balance of power between the 172 seats captured by the fourparty center-right bloc and the 154 seats won by the three-party leftist opposition, according to preliminary returns. Hardening attitudes toward immigrants have helped farright radicals gain influence elsewhere in western Europe.

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Rap music from the middle of nowhere

Sioux Falls hip-hop outfit Soulcrate Music the voice of small-town rhymes JAKE BOHROD

Falls face a disadvantage when it comes to the business?

Midwest hip-hop is no longer a myth. Groups and artists such as Atmosphere, Brother Ali and P.O.S. are nationally known acts, and living proof that rhyming isn’t exclusive to the coasts. Now, in a world where the micro-cosmos is quickly reflecting the macro, areas outside the metropolitan have the opportunity to say their peace as well. And in comes Soulcrate Music. The three-piece hip-hop outfit consisting of brother MCs Wes and Dan Eisenhauer, aka Attn: Def and Dirt Dee respectively, and beat engineer Corey Gerlach, aka DJ Absolute, made a name for itself from an unlikely hometown: Sioux Falls, S.D. Mixing a classic sensibility with a youthful spirit and dreamy overtones reflective more of sunny L.A. than desolate S.D., Soulcrate Music represents a rising generation of nowhere rap pioneers. Facing his upcoming Sleep Awake Tour with Des Moines, Iowa, hip-hoppers Maxilla Blue, which will stop in Mankato at the What’s Up Lounge on Wednesday, Wes Eisenhauer spoke to us about suburban music, surviving as an indie artist and what all of it means for the future of Soulcrate.

I wouldn’t really say ‘disadvantage.’ I mean, definitely you have to work a little harder to network with people (when you’re) outside the city, but as far as a ‘disadvantage’ goes, I really don’t think about it that way in this day and age with technology and all of the social networking. It’s pretty easy to connect with a lot of different people in a lot of different places. It’s not as difficult as it once was. (And sometimes) I feel like we have an advantage from being from Sioux Falls. I think it has helped us a little bit, because people are curious, (thinking), “Oh, a rap group from Sioux Falls, S.D.” And we promote that very hard, the fact that we’re from a small place and kind of that it’s in the middle of nowhere. I think people expect us to, you know, suck.

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Do you think musicians from smaller towns such as Sioux

throughout my life and it’s very similar wherever you would go. It’s what you make of it in a lot of places. You can live in Sioux Falls, S.D., and be a very bored person, but you can also make the most of things and get active and get creative. I don’t think (where you live) affects too much. What’s your take on the state of popular hip-hop today? I’m not hating on it. It’s like anything: there’s a lot of crap out there and there’s a lot of gimmicky stuff, but at the same time, I think when it comes to mainstream, that’s where a lot of the best things are coming from. I’m not completely loyal to the underground, you know? I think there’s good things everywhere. You take the good and you take the bad.

In what other ways does coming from Sioux Falls influence you: musically, or lyrically, or however?

While many popular hip-hop artists and groups begin to focus heavily on new-school catchy choruses and bubbly beats, your group seems more influenced by classic rap. Why is that?

We speak about real life experiences regarding our surroundings and try to be very honest about everything. Basically, our experience is similar to most people; whether you’re in an urban environment or not, we’re all kind of doing the same things. I’ve lived in many different places

I don’t really know; it’s just kind of what we’ve always done. We don’t really go too hard on saying, ‘Hey, let’s go for this sound.’ We just kind of do what we do and whatever comes out comes out. It’s the process I suppose. (DJ) Absolute keeps making music and making beats and

we just go from there. We never (planned) to have a certain kind of sound. What’s the hardest thing about working in the independent music arena? The hardest part is probably also the most rewarding: doing everything yourself. We handle everything. We handle most of the business side of things, we make fliers for our shows, we all do art stuff, we’re constantly booking our own shows and working with people, (and we’re) maintaining our own Web site. It’s hard, but we really wouldn’t have it any other way. It goes back to that old saying, ‘You want something done right, do it yourself.’ Are you the kind of group that’s eager to play sold-out stadiums? Oh, I mean, yeah, why not? We always want to keep progressing. Our goal is to always do better than the time before. Like most groups, we started with basement shows, coffee shops, but then we moved up to 300-, 400-capacity clubs. And we’re kind of in a transitional spot where our local shows are bringing in 6-700 people a pop. So, we’re not yet to that big, couple thousand spot, but luckily we graduated out of that 2-300 level show. The sky’s the

limit and I would never want to say that we just want to do (small shows), (because) the more people we can get in front of the better. And wherever that takes us, I just wouldn’t want to limit (it). Is it important for indie artists such as yourselves to tour, or has social media replaced the need to tour? I think touring is probably the No. 1 thing you need to be doing if you’re trying to be a serious artist. It’s the best way to get your stuff out there. I mean, for a group like us, it’s 1000 percent necessary. Honestly, it’s where a lot of the money is coming from. People can go download your music for free, so for the most part it’s out there, but (touring) is where you make connections with the fans. We’re very social with our fans, so we’re down there talking with them and having a beer with them and I think that’s (a part) of the shows. And people — however they hear your music, whether it was free or not — hopefully will come and pay for a show and a T-shirt. You can’t download a T-shirt at this point. Soulcrate will play at the What’s Up Lounge at 10 p.m. on Wednesday. The show is 21+. This article ran in the Sept. 16 issue of The Free Press.


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pick-ups, “Halo: Reach” now grants players special abilities they retain in battle, which only After almost 10 years and adds more depth to the game’s more than 20 million units sold, combat mechanics. Jetpacks the “Halo” franchise that first allow players to take their fights put Microsoft on the gaming to new heights, one of the more map returns for its final send-off exciting new features that feels from Bungie Studios. “Halo: right at home in the game’s Reach,” the prequel to “Halo: inventory. Holograms are also Combat Evolved” that was a new addition that allows playreleased as part of the original ers to deceive their foes with Xbox’s launch line-up, comes replicas of themselves, keeping as one of the best titles of the enemies guessing at which to series. open fire on. A pop culture phenomenon, The multiplayer of “Halo: the “Halo” series reinvented the Reach” is flawless and addictfirst-person shooter genre and ing. Gamers will find a handful presently sets a new standard of different maps, including of quality and consistency that remakes of old favorites in is rarely addition matched to some within the exciting industry. originals. “Halo: The mulReach” tiplayer feels as feels wellif it were balanced 10 years and comin the petitive, making, requiring borrowplayers to ing evey use their aspect strengths thing that internet photo to their worked in “Halo: Reach’s” top-tier graphics help to make it a truly captivating experience. advantage previous Bungie Studios says “Reach” will be its last “Halo” project. in order titles and to get expandkills. It ing them. read fine print on the side of is the best online experience to As fans can attest, players go their weapons. This helps add date and should be the game to “Halo” titles for the campaign to the experience and gives the of choice for online fraggers and stay for the multiplayer. planet of Reach a healthy dose growing tired of their “Modern The “Halo: Reach” campaign, of realism. Warfare 2” affair. although short-lived, is a worthWhile the narratives of “Halo: Reach” is the soundwhile experience that adds to the previous “Halo” titles may have est, most fulfilling experience original trilogy and introduces been thinner than desired, the of the series. Longtime fans of a new set of characters to the series’ game play has always the series should be happy to see “Halo” universe. Assuming the been second to none. Revamped this franchise, which has enterrole of Noble 6 as part of a team and tightly configured, “Halo: tained gamers now for almost a of elite super-soldiers, players Reach” continues this trend by decade, leave on such a positive must defend the Earth-like plan- allowing players to approach note. It is a must-buy for Xbox et of Reach before it is destroyed battles creatively with new 360 owners and should entertain by the alien Covenant. features and weapons at their its online community for years The levels of the “Halo: disposal. Gone is the dual-wield- to come. Reach” campaign seem to take ing chaos of “Halo 2” and the on their own identities by offeroverpowered weaponry of “Halo ing a nice variety of different 3,” giving room for players to game play. Whether it’s shooting use weapons they may never from the turret of a helicophave had before. ter, flying a spaceship into a Rather than offering special fire-fight or racing through hot DEAN GORDEN

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longtime friend, and sometimes reckless accomplice, of MacRay. Hall gives a fine performance as MacRay’s love interest, although her character isn’t given sufficient screen time to invite the same intrigue as “Gone Baby Gone” (Affleck’s directorial debut) actress Michelle Monaghan’s performance. Where the shortcomings of “The Town” are redeemed is in Affleck’s style. Borrowed from his critically acclaimed debut are the raw action scenes and downtrodden atmosphere that first made Affleck a director to take seriously. Gun fights are explosive and frantic, with empty shells vividly dropping from every weapon. The traditional car chase scenes of lesser movies have been intensified and crashes made more brutal. Human casualties are bluntly displayed, their realism holding a grave weight throughout the film. Following up from “Gone Baby Gone,” Affleck has now proven himself as a director and has grown up since his days of playing with animal crackers in “Armageddon.” So too have his films, since “The Town” could find itself in Oscar contention in a year where quality movies have been few and far between. With Affleck, writing what he knows may not earn him any points for originality, but still works thanks to a gritty style that should have his audiences excited for his new-found career behind the camera.




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Tuesday, September 21, 2010 This year, the ACP, Dean and the mentors have made a significant change with the oneminute clinics. Every week, the one-minute clinics will focus on a certain topic, and they will be more activity based. “This week’s focus will be tutoring,” said Dean. Next semester, more activities alongside the one minute clinics are to be expected. Dean believes bowling might be a possible activity during clinics. The mentors have come a long way with Dean’s encouragement and guidance. Last year, the clinics had an average of 100-200 students attending them a week. With only about a month into the school year, the average has grown to 200-300 students each week. “Every week, I feel like I have to cut out more study bucks”, said Dean. According to statistics, the mentors have positively impacted students’ GPAs. The average SAT scores of students living in the residential halls are approximately the same. But the average GPA of residents living in Maverick Tower are higher than that of any other hall in MSU Residential Life. With most of the school year yet to come, the mentors are bound to stand out as a resourceful tool on campus.


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academic success of students not only living on their floors, but also other floors, including Gage A Tower. They play an important role in helping residents adjust to the campus academic environment and make the necessary changes during transition from high school to college. Though their main focus is academics, their duties also include contributing towards residents’ personal success by closely working with other residential life staff members such as community ddvisers. The one-minute clinics are just one of the many academicrelated programs conducted by the Maverick Mentors. A lively, cheerful and plaidclad Alisa Dean, the Academic Programming Coordinator (ACP) for Minnesota State, sat down with the Reporter to share her thoughts on working as the mentors’ immediate supervisor and the implementer of the idea for oneminute clinics. “The ACP before me, Steve Fox, came up with the idea,” said Dean. “He sat in the lobby, handed out Smarties and answered questions for students.” Fox’s initial attempts were developed into a plan to be executed on a much larger scale, and Dean was the first to implement it.

It’s everyday life that gives Ellis her inspiration. “There is so much to write about the human experience and the searching for understanding,” she said. Alyssa Niedenfuer, another fan, said Ellis’ “really honest song writing” is what she likes most. “What people really respond to my music is the hope, which is really grounded in the truth that life is hard,” Ellis concurred. It is true that music can really make a difference in people’s lives, and that is the type of feedback that Ellis said is generated from her new and previous albums. “Right on Time” is to be a more “intimate” album, she explained, because fans said they wanted more intimate songs from her. The idea behind the title track is that “we are not behind schedule,” Ellis said. She explained in her performance that everyone is on his/her own timelines and that “we need to remember that we are not on someone else’s timeline.” Fan Shelia Hoy said “Right on Time” is her favorite Ellis song, because it “tells us all to slow down,” which is something that

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Reporter • Page 11 everyone needs to do at some point. Ellis lived in Texas until she was 16 years old, and then she and her mother moved to St. Louis Park, Minn. She did not always want to be a musician; when she was 8 years old she wanted to be a vet, but that dream quickly ended when she saw her cat get surgery. “I wasn’t cut out for blood,” she said. After that, she did a internet photo little writing in middle The folksy singer/songwriter Ellis hosted school that was more a CD release show at the Coffee Hag in to “entertain herself,” downtown Mankato Sunday night. but turned her into the “bandroom songwritshe also is exploring the idea er.” In high school, Ellis joined of putting a band together for a the band The Unfinished. record. She said that she doesn’t “Everything led me to doing see herself touring with it and has this,” Ellis said, because, “I fell not agreed to anything yet but is in love on stage; it felt like home: looking into it. the universe telling me, ‘This is In the future, Ellis said that your job.’” she would love to go overseas and Now that “Right on Time” tour. She said that she would like is completed, Ellis is putting to start in the U.K. or possibly together a video for her new hit, Canada, because “there is such “You are Royalty to Me.” She a rich community of artists” in wrote it for her grandmother and those places. is gathering photos for the video Ellis’ next performance will of others and their grandmothers be 6:30 p.m. Thursday, for those to display as a back-drop in the who can make it to Christopher video. St. Coffeehouse in New York. Ellis said that she does have another album up her sleeve, but

Sports Tuesday, September 21, 2010



Starting NSIC play on the right foot LEE HANDEL

shannon rathmanner • msu reporter Senior Jessie Audas (13) scored the Mavericks first and only goal against the Huskies. The Mavericks started off their Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference schedule off with a 2-0 record.


staff writer Coming off two lackluster performances the previous weekend at The Pitch, the Minnesota State women’s soccer team bounced back in a big way at home this weekend, winning its first two conference contests. The Mavericks were off to a slow start heading into their NSIC opener, beginning the season 1-3 in non-conference play. Aside from the poor record, the Mavericks’ offensive attack seemed to have gone missing and the squad’s defense had been anything but sharp. That all changed over the weekend, as the Mavericks put forth two inspiring efforts, defeating St. Cloud State and Concordia University to kick off conference play on a high note. Saturday’s tilt against rival SCSU was a physical game, as the two teams combined for 21 fouls. The game figured to be a defensive struggle and it lived up to the hype. After a scoreless first half, the Mavericks finally broke through 12 minutes into the second half when sophomore Nicole Dooher found senior Jessie Audas for the go-ahead goal.


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Despite three near misses off the crossbar in the game, Audas’s second-half shot managed to ricochet off the post and into the net. “I think we forgot about tactics and just came out and played for each other,” said Audas. “We finally were able to find a goal and then we finished.” The most impressive aspect of the game was the grit displayed by the entire team, especially on the back line. Junior Marissa Santana led the way on defense by shutting down one of the top players in the NSIC, Alexandra Pafko, and the rest of the team followed. Sophomore goalkeeper Chelsey Eley made five saves while picking up the victory in net. “We really needed to find a win and it was good to get one after a quality performance in a close result,” said head coach Peter McGahey. After the big win the previous day, there were some worries of a hangover for the Mavericks

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Mavericks demolish Crookston, remain unbeaten Despite throwing for three interceptions, quarterback Will Brogan and the Mavericks were able to easily defeat Crookston on the road PAT DELANEY

staff writer The defense has been the big story for the Minnesota State football team this year and it continued its dominance when it headed to Minnesota-Crookston Saturday. The Mavericks 42-3 victory over the Golden Eagles was the second time this season the defense has held an opponent to fewer than seven points. Through three games, the MSU defense is allowing just 218 yardsper-game, good for second in the NSIC. It trails only Augustana’s 154 yards-per-game. The defense also scored its first touchdown of the season when senior linebacker Matt McQuiston sacked Crookston quarterback Josh Parea, causing the ball to come lose. Junior defensive back Jesse Hamilton picked it up and ran it 25 yards for the touchdown, giving the Mavericks a 14-0 lead shortly before halftime. Hamilton also played a role in the Mavericks first touchdown

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when he returned the opening kickoff 44 yards, setting up great field position for the MSU offense. Three more turnovers caused by the Mavericks defense had head coach Todd Hoffner pleased after the game. “I think it’s who we are as a defense,” said Hoffner. “We want to create as many turnovers as we can.” However, Hoffner wasn’t happy with the amount of times his offense gave the ball away, especially early in the game. Despite having good field position for most of the first half, the Mavericks continued to struggle with turnovers. Sophomore quarterback Will Brogan threw three interceptions, in the second quarter. It was Brogan’s first three interceptions in an MSU uniform and all came at times when the Mavericks were threatening to score.

“I think the biggest thing is having good instincts on drives,” said Brogan. “We had some good drives early but we need to finish them. We need to continue to take the next step.” Bogran wasn’t the only player leaving points on the field. Sophomore kicker, Sam Brockshus missed two first quarter field goals and is now 0-5 on the season. This is a concern for the Mavericks since Brockshus was 11-14 a year ago and led the team in scoring with 84 points. Despite the first half struggles, Brogan and the MSU offense turned a corner in the second half, scoring 28 points, more than it scored in their first two games combined. Brogan continued to find sophomore receivers Cody Rose and Adam Thielen, who both scored for a second consecutive week. Brogan’s five touchdown passes have all gone to Rose and Thielen. The Mavericks

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sports pix • msu athletics The MSU defense forced four turnovers on Saturday against Minnesota-Crookston.

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The Kid’s Take

The Twin Killers: A premature look at the AL playoffs The most hated team in America is lined up to play the Minnesota Twins right now. Be as confident as you want, Ratke isn’t exactly thrilled about playing the Yankees


Last season I went to the classic Game 163 at the Metrodome when my Minnesota Twins played the Detroit Tigers to lock up the final American League playoff spot. It had the chance to be the last meaningful game at the Dome, and to be honest, it was. I went to the game with my buddies AC, Beau and Matho. After a fantastic game and a view that would have made most people insane, we said to each other, “Hey, we’re in the playoffs ... It was a good year. Now we don’t have a shot.” The Twins sent out rookie pitcher Brian Duensing into Yankee Stadium for Game 1, it seems like they said the same. Me in the living room watching Game 1, “Are you kidding me? Brian effin’ Duensing? He is our Game 1 pitcher? We don’t deserve to be here right now.” In essence, that seems to be the mentality year in and year out with the Twins. We make up the excuse that, “We are a small market team, we are going against the odds by even getting in the playoffs. That’s enough, right?” Not this year it’s not. From

2006-2008, the Twins averaged 87 wins per year and were 24th ($67 million) in payroll. Compare that to the Mariners, who paid $110 million and finished with an average of 75 wins over those same years and its saying something. But with Target Field exciting fans more than an all-you-caneat buffet excited William Taft, the Twins had to put quality on the field. In 2010, the Twins increased its payroll to $95 million, which is good for tenth in the league and a 49 percent increase from last season. The Twins are 10 games up in the Central right now because WE are winning. Notice how every year the Twins bank on someone else blowing it (Ex. 2009 Tigers) in order for us to get in. This year it seems like we are creating our own destiny. Nod your heads accordingly Twins fans, we deserve this. Minnesota is also only one game back from the Tampa Rays for first place in the AL aka homefield advantage throughout AL playoffs. This is great, but as a Twins fan, something is always in the back of your head, and if it’s not, you aren’t a Twins fan: The New York Yankees. Oh, what’s that overly optimistic fan? You don’t think I should be worried? Fine, read up.

2009 – Lost in ALDS to Yankees 3-0 2004 – Lost in ALDS to Yankees 3-1 2003 – Lost in ALDS to Yankees 3-1 So, in 10 playoff appearances in their history, the Twins have lost to the New York Yankees 30 percent of the time by a combined record of 9-2. Not even close. web photo “Ratke, you are so negative,” said Girl With The Joe Mauer Throughout history, the Yankees have dominated the Twins, just like Jason Giambi (No. 25) and Alex Rodriguez (awkward guy jumping) dominated the roids. Facebook Status. No, I am not. May I remind right? Wouldn’t it be more fair to out on the playoffs if they lost you that for the majority of my out and if Ozzie Guillen sold his the No. 1 seed, who earned that life I have been a fan who has third child to the devil for the spot, that they play the league’s been fine with just making the title. Don’t put it past him. worst team? playoffs? Getting swept against (If the Twins really do miss Something to think about. the Yankees was alright by us. out on the playoffs, I am never You might be saying to yourAt least we were in. self, “Ratke has no confidence in writing a premature preview There are many scenarios that this year’s club. Some Minnesota again. And someone can come could happen, but if the Rays finto my house and throw bricks fan this guy is. What a joke.” ish higher than the Yankees, we through my windows.) Don’t get your undies in a would play the Yankees (this is Let’s preview this... bundle. If there was any Minassuming that the Rangers and nesota team that can beat the Twins play consistent baseball.) To read the Premature Yankees, it is the 2010 team. My theory: If they are the two Nothing is set in stone yet, Playoff Series Preview, head to best teams in the AL or NL, they and the Twins could still miss would play each other any ways,

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Mavericks get upended in Marshall The Mustangs handed the Mavericks their first loss of the season on Saturday TIGE HUTCHESON

staff writer Any athlete will tell you that losing is tough. But what’s even tougher is bouncing back from losses; a lesson the MSU volleyball team will need to learn quickly. “We weren’t going to go undefeate: Nobody is,” said MSU head coach Dennis Amundson. “We’re all going to get beat, but it’s good to get your learning and losing over with early. You might as well learn early what the problems are and then have the courage to fix them.” The Mustangs offense left the Mavericks’ heads spinning, refusing to settle or back down. Three Mustangs, Devin Diedrich, Brooke Burmeister, and Mary Groth, ended the game with double figures in kills, and SMSU’s setter, Cara Carson was named the NSIC Setter of the Week for her performance after running up 42 assists on the Mavericks. But while the Mustangs impressed, the Mavericks showed they have some things to work

apiece. With the Mavericks’ glitches evident and the Mustangs in the rear-view, on. MSU has only one day “We learned a lot of practice to prepare about ourselves and for its home opener we’ll be better because against the team many of it,”Amundson said. people consider the One of the biggest best Division II team areas of concern was in the country; The MSU’s defense against Concordia-St. Paul the Mustangs. While Dennis Amundson Golden Bears. Amundson admitted to The sixth-ranked making a few changes Golden Bears are led in the Mavericks’ defensive by NSIC Offensive Player of rotations, a number of things the Week Emily Palkert and hurt the Mavericks on defense, the explosive offense behind leaving the Mustangs open to her. Concordia ranks near the take advantage. top among NSIC statistical “I think if we just attack the leaders in hitting percentage ball, and from a digging stand(2.54), assists per game (13.50) point, don’t shy away from it,” and kills per game (14.58). said MSU defensive specialist As the saying goes, “the Alli Rice. “I think that will best thing about sports is that make a huge difference.” there’s always another game,” Rice carried much of the and that’s never been more defensive burden for the true for the Mavericks. The Mavericks, picking up a teamMavericks can choose to dwell best 14 digs on the afternoon. on Saturday’s loss or they can MSU also received defensive clench their teeth and prepare contributions from Courtney to take their best shot at GoliSteinhauser and Chelsea Fogaath. rty, who recorded three blocks


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come Sunday. Despite outshooting the Golden Bears from Concordia 11-3 in the first half, the Mavericks entered the half trailing 1-0 thanks to a free kick goal just four minutes into the game. It took 65 minutes of play, but the Maverick offense broke through in a big way in the second half, as the team scored three goals in a 12 minute span. The scoring barrage was started by midfielder Ashley Sykora on a pass from Dooher, which tied the score 1-1. Dooher then found the back of the net minutes later to put the Mavericks ahead for good. Fellow sophomore Brittany Henry padded the lead and capped the scoring for the Mavericks to make it 3-1, which was more than enough support for Eley.


“The motor finally got running and we found it and were able to play our style, our way,” McGahey said. Perhaps the biggest catalyst for the Mavericks’ offensive awakening was senior forward Laura Leber, who was making an impact all over the field in both wins. “I think Leber’s intensity in both games really helped take us in a positive direction,” said McGahey. The Mavericks finally got some concrete evidence that they are a good team that can score goals, which should benefit them throughout conference play. “It was a team effort both days,” said Audas. “They were both big wins and served as a big confidence booster for us.”

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also put up three rushing touchdowns in the second half, which capped off the Mavericks most lopsided win of the year. “We prepared all week to go there and dominate,” said Rose. Four running backs were used in the game for a total of 209 yards on the ground. Taylor Brookins led the way with 73 yards and a touchdown while sophomore Chris Echols found the end zone twice. “We established our run game

in the second half and that is something that is really important to our offense,” said Brogan. The Mavericks remain undefeated at 3-0 and will come home to Mankato for the first time since Sept. 2 when they beat Northern Michigan in an emotional victory that came down to the final minute. The Mavericks will welcome in NSIC South Division rival Concordia (2-1) Saturday.

Career and Internship Expo Events September 29, 2010

Expo Employer Panel

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

CSU Ballroom

October 6, 2010

9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Science, Engineering & Technology and Health Care CSU Ballroom

October 6, 2010

All We are lco me

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Expo Social for Students and Employers CSU Hearth Lounge (Lower Level)

October 7, 2010

9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Business and Communications CSU Ballroom

For more information and a list of registered employers go to Fairs and Events

It’s FREE Dress professionally Bring multiple copies of your resume

Tuesday, September 21, 2010



Help Wanted

For Rent

5 OR 4 OR 3 OR 2 OR 1 bedroom houses/ apartments available right now, some for next year. Many to choose from. Check out our website Owner/ agent or call 507-3403465. 12/2 NOW ACCEP TING APPLICATIONS for November rental at Gray Hawk Apartments 160 Homestead Road Check out our website at www.grayhawkapartments. com call 507 344 8646. 9/23 LIVE ALONE Single apt. for 1 lady student, grad student, or teacher in beautiful home near MSU. Separate entrance. Completely furnished. Owner pays utilities and garage parking. No smoking, no pets. Must have references. Rent: $300. 1-507388-7373. 9/23

For Sale

2001 SUBARU LEGACY AC and Cruise. Runs Great. $2,200. 507-221-3000. Nicollet. 9/21

HOCKEY REFS WANTED: Refs needed for Adult Hockey League in Mankato. For more information e-mail Nate at: mankatohockey@ 9/23 BARTENDERS WANTED! $250/ day potential. No experience necessary. Training available. Age 18+ OK. (800)965-6520 Ext 170. 6/22


HOCKEY PLAYERS/TEAMS WANTED: Adult Hockey League forming. If interested please send e-mail to mankatohockey@ Must be 18 years or older. 9/23


THE SUMMIT 1 BDRM W/ private bathroom available in 2 bdrm apt. Fully furnished, W/D, DW, patio. All utilities included in rent. $535/month 507-388-2543. 9/30

Help Wanted

S T U D E N T PAY O U T S . C O M Paid survey takers needed in Mankato. 100% FREE to join! Click on surveys. 12/2

September Workshops at the Mankato WorkForce Center

12 Civic Center Plaza • Mankato, MN Sept. 21: Resume I

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon

Sept. 21: Employment Networking

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Sept. 23: Resume II (Resume Writing I Prerequisite)

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon

Sept. 23: Career Exploration

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

To see available jobs, go to



Food & Talk Wednesdays @ 5:30PM Free, Casual, Comfortable

to worship at the



"Will the road you're on get you to my place?" EVERYONE IS WELCOME

(507) 625-6779

All workshops are open to the public and free of charge. Call 389-6723 to register.

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