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A twist on contemporary art New exhibits at the Walker Art Center call for pensive thought MEGAN KADLEC

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When most students think of an art museum, they picture large, white-walled rooms with paintings they don’t understand. What they don’t think of are interactive exhibits, intense movies and sculptures you can play with. The latter is not the latest contemporary art gallery in New York or Paris; it is the Walker Art Center, located on

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the northern edge of Minneapolis. Featuring contemporary pieces from many of today’s great artists, the Walker is the ideal backdrop for a stimulating artistic experience. Over the past few months, the Walker has installed many new exhibits sure to catch the attention of art enthusiasts, or simply those individuals craving a new experience. Cleaning house, rewarding

troublemakers and inviting crashers, John Waters is the Walker’s very own “Absentee Landlord.” His new exhibit, which spans three of the Walker’s eight main galleries, was designed to challenge beliefs about modern art. Waters muses, “Getting along is the enemy of contemporary art, isn’t it?” In an attempt to blur the lines between what art is and isn’t to different people,

Waters has created an exhibit where an abstract sculpture can sit next to a classic painting, where a wall can hold works from both Mike Kelley and Cameron Jamie. Essentially, Waters was hired to mess with the Walker, make an otherwise boring, cohesive gallery of pieces with similar style into a gallery where different mediums and styles can habitat peacefully, and in this case, beautifully.


“Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera” is an exhibition dedicated to displaying photography as an invasive act. Since the permanent photograph was first developed in 1827, the camera has been used to capture images, regardless of whether or not the subject was aware a photograph was being taken. With the invention of the portable camera, stalking and surveillance became acces-

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Thursday, September 22, 2011T

Organization targets predators St. Peter hosts walk to stop child trafficking


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More than 30 million individuals throughout the world are being forced into slavery; while this may seem like a phrase from a history textbook, it is far from history. This is the estimated number of enslaved individuals across the globe right now. 89 percent of these individuals are sex slaves, and 80 percent are women and children. In an attempt to decrease this number, Stop Child Trafficking Now, is organizing more than 30 walks around the United States to help enslaved children across the country. The closest walk to end child trafficking will be held Saturday in St. Peter. The event, starting at 9:30 a.m will take place at Minnesota Square Park. Registration for the walk is free, though a T-shirt will be given to every individual who raises at least $100. While the organizational team for the St. Peter walk does not know how many individuals are going to participate at the present time, they expect their numbers to be high. “Many people haven’t signed up online yet, however, it appears that there may be as many people as 300,” said Sonja Swanson, ambassador for the St. Peter event. Money raised will go to-

wards funding Special Operative Teams, sponsor awareness events across the U.S. and benefit partner organizations. “Our advanced donor software system ensures contributions are properly accounted for and disbursed to these Special Operative Teams and partner organizations,” said Thuy Huynh, a student involved with the walk. “Because SCTNow is a campaign of grassroots volunteers, administrative and fundraising expenses are kept to a minimum.” Special Operative Teams, comprised of former Navy Seals and FBI agents, are hired to stop child trafficking in its tracks by means of arresting and eventually prosecuting the predators themselves. “We also have partnered with Homeland Security for our cyberspace operations where we are now tracking predators on social networking sites such as Facebook,” Swanson said. While human trafficking occurs around the world, it also occurs throughout the United States. SCTNow is dedicated to stopping child trafficking specifically across the nation. In Atlanta alone, 500 girls are trafficked for sex in order to service 7,200 men in a month’s time. SCTNow is attempting to decrease these numbers through targeting sexual preda-

MS U students w i n s State Fa i r ta lent sho w REBEKAH ZENS

staff writer Imagine walking onto a stage to perform where there are more than 10,000 people waiting for you to begin singing. Many words to describe one’s feelings in this moment come to mind—nervous, afraid, freaked out, intense, etc. For senior guitar guru, Connor Engstrom, it’s just a number. “I’ve been playing [guitar] for 13 years and in contests since I was nine,” Engstrom said. “I’d rather play in front of a large audience rather than a group of 10 people.” His first competition was at a music store in his hometown, Mountain Lake, Minn. He took first place and won free music lessons on the instrument of his choice. “I really didn’t want to learn piano,” Engstrom said. “So I decided to take guitar lessons.” Engstrom expressed that it was one of the best things he’d ever done in his life. “There’s almost nothing I love more,” Engstrom said.

The following years Engstrom continued to enter local contests in the area and finally took the step to enter at the Cottonwood County Fair this past August. “I had performed there and took first place,” Engstrom said. “At the State Fair, I won several times and escaped elimination, and the next thing I knew I was moving on to perform in the grandstand.” Engstrom’s family has always been supportive of his music. He does a solo electric guitar act, but enjoys playing the acoustic every now and then. “My cousin is a phenomenal drummer,” Engstrom said. “Whenever he’s visiting home we enjoy getting together and jamming.” The performer has won many online competitions as well. “I won a solo competition held by Lincoln Brewster,” Engstrom said. “A couple of years ago I was a runner up in a contest hosted by AC/DC.” The senior is surrounded by mathematics and statistics, but hopes that he can make a career out of music in the future.

• web photo A Stop Child Trafficking Now Walk/Run in Times Square is sure to be a bit different than the one to take place on Saturday in St. Peter.

tors and stopping the crime at its source. A large majority of victims have previously been abused, and in many ways, this has put them at risk for being trafficked for sex. “Perhaps they lack a strong support system at home, or they have run away from a bad situation to find an even worse one,” Swanson said. “And the abuse they endured prior to being trafficked has surely taken its toll, creating a mindset in which sexual exploitation is acceptable, even deserved.”

While kidnapping victims is common, teenage girls and women are often lured into performing sexual acts by promise of modeling or acting jobs. “The Hollywood dream of obtaining fame and fortune at a young age through television and movies has become an obsession,” Swanson said. The victims are locked in back rooms and sold to countless customers for sexual acts, abuse and to appear in pornographic films against their will. They are often drugged,

starved, abused and threatened by death if they attempt to escape. Though SCTNow may not be helping victims of trafficking in a direct way, they are impacting both current and future victims of the industry by taking out the predators who target these innocent children. Students interested in joining the fight against child trafficking should register for the St. Peter walk by visiting


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Thursday, September 22, 2011


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Re - living history Histor y conference tour s Dakota War Sites


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Minnesota State University, Mankato and the Department of History welcome keynote speaker, Gary Clayton Anderson, to the Northern Great Plains History Conference (NGPHC) Wednesday through Saturday. Anderson, a Pulitzer Prize nominee and nationally renowned scholar of American Indian History, will speak about the Dakota War of 1862 at the conference banquet. Anderson is a George Lynn Cross Research Professor of History at the University of Oklahoma. As a nominee of the Pulitzer Prize in History for his 2005 book, “The Conquest of Texas: Ethnic Cleansing in the Promised Land,” Anderson is a perfect fit for the banquet. Held at the Mankato City Center Hotel in downtown Mankato, the banquet draws the biggest audience for the conference, according to Conference Coordinator and Professor Emeritus of History, William E. Lass. Anderson’s address is just one of the many events featured at NGPHC. More than 50 sessions led by some of the nation’s forefront experts on Great Plains history will take place at the City Center Hotel Thursday and Friday. American religion, Norwegians in America, Midwest labor history, gender and education are just some of the nearly four dozen discussion topics that will bring scholars and students together. “There are a lot of different ways to study past events. This is a new way of looking at history,” said Department Chair of

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History, Matthew Loayza. Loayza said the conference is beneficial not only just for students studying history or social studies but also for all students. “I think everyone is a historian even if you don’t want to admit it,” Loayza said. NGPHC is a way to learn about history outside the classroom, and it can give students a deeper understanding of regional history. The Women’s History Interest Group (WHIE) representative and associate professor of history, Lori Lahlum, said it is a treat to live in the location of the conference this year. Lahlum said she especially likes the close-knit community the conference brings. “This conference does attract some major scholars. [Students] can meet some of these scholars, and they will gladly talk with them,” Lahlum said. “Students can witness the conversations historians have with each other about their research.” WHIG sponsors a discussion session at NGPHC. WHIG and the Society for Military History (SMH) are sponsoring luncheons Thursday and Friday. SMH is sponsoring four of the discussion sessions. A new feature of the conference includes handouts of historical sketches of MSU and Mankato created by Lass. The historical sketches are also available at the NGPHC website: history/ngphc. This will be the fourth time Mankato has hosted the conference in its 46 years. Lass coordinated every NGPHC conference held in Mankato.

Various Midwest universities and historical societies sponsor the conference each year. Locations range from Canada all the way back to Mankato. To highlight the history of Mankato, the conference features a Dakota War Site Tour Saturday. Minnesota historic site expert, Steven E. Osman, will guide attendees through prime war locations such as the Lower Sioux Agency, Birch Coulee, Fort Ridgely and New Ulm. “The purpose of the tour is

to see where history actually happened,” Lass said. “There is a lot of difference between reading and seeing, and that gives you insight.” Lass, Lahlum and Loayza agree that learning about history is important in garnering a better understanding of how societies unfold. “It gives you the analytical tools. We’re not trying to teach [students] what to think, but how to evaluate,” Loayza said. Analytical tools students can use to understand today can also be used to look to the future. “At some point in life, everybody gets interested in history,” Lass said. “History is the study of past life: family, towns, states, what have you. Hypothetically, it is something instructive. It should enable you to better understand where you are today.” In addition, the Department of History is hosting a poolside reception in the City Center Hotel from 5 p.m. to 6:30 Thursday. Registration is still available at the conference for a fee of $60, but reservations for the banquet and luncheons ended Monday. For more information about the Northern Great Plains History Conference, contact the Department of History at 507-389-1618 or visit Armstrong Hall 110B.

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Let the rookie be a game manager


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The finger can be pointed in many different directions when it comes to the reason for the Minnesota Vikings’ 0-2 start, but even though the Purple’s defense blew a 17-0 halftime lead in Sunday’s home-opening loss to Tampa Bay, the offense remains the most puzzling area of the team. Once the lockout ended in late July, the Vikings went allout to bring a veteran quarterback to Minnesota because of the franchise’s never-ending desire to avoid rebuilding at all costs even when the roster calls

for it. They heavily pursued and obtained 35-year-old Donovan McNabb, who the Redskins had benched at the end of last season and were happy to get rid of. The Purple had just drafted former Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder in April’s draft to be the franchise’s next quarterback. However, with an antsy fan base and an aging roster full of big-name veterans with little or no game left, the Vikings didn’t feel comfortable handing the keys to the offense to a rookie quarterback who hadn’t been able to work with his receivers in the offseason. If what we saw the first two weeks is the offense, then by all means hand the rookie the keys. Two years ago, nearly 40-year-old Brett Favre came to Winter Park with the same chip on his shoulder McNabb supposedly has. Former head coach Brad Childress handed over, albeit stubbornly, the keys to the offense to Favre and let him run the show. So why should McNabb be any different? Instead, head coach Leslie Frazier and offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave have turned the former Pro-Bowler into a game manager, as McNabb has

thrown for only 267 yards in two games. This role is just as unfamiliar to McNabb as it is to Ponder. McNabb spent more than a decade in Philadelphia succeeding with mostly middleof-the-road wide-outs and was one of the elite passers in the league year in and year out. While his game has dropped off a bit, his skill sets and ego are still there. If the Vikings are going to pretend they are still Super Bowl contenders, they need to let their aging quarterback pretend like he is still one of the NFL’s best. Everyone knows that Bernard Berrian and Michael Jenkins are both below-average wide receivers at this point in their careers, but it is not their fault when the play calling is this conservative. I was as high as anybody on Musgrave taking over the offense, but I’m not seeing what the former Atlanta Falcons’ quarterbacks coach is supposedly known for. Musgrave’s offense was supposed to cater to tight ends, but Visanthe Shiancoe and rookie Kyle Rudolph have a combined four catches for 43 yards through two games. Berrian is worthless and

should not be holding a roster spot, but the one thing he can do is chase down a deep pass, as evidenced in the third preseason game against Dallas. While Percy Harvin is doing his usual damage underneath, the Vikings have no vertical passing game in a league where it is becoming the trend. The Purple say they are “oldschool” and revolve the offense around the best player in the league, Adrian Peterson. As Favre and Sidney Rice showed in ’09, Peterson is even more lethal when the threat of a deep pass exists. Instead the Vikings have become the most predictable team in the league. Why is McNabb here then? If the offense is going to run on first and second down and pass on third, Ponder should be starting. That is what teams with rookie quarterbacks do, not teams with expectations like the Vikings have. Rookies Cam Newton and Andy Dalton are making Vikings management look stupid for going after McNabb instead of starting Ponder’s development year one. Newton already has two 400-yard passing games in his first two NFL starts, as the Panthers 0-2

record looks a lot better than the Purple’s. Dalton, who was drafted a round later than Ponder, just passed for 332 yards and two touchdowns at Denver and has led a bad Bengals team to a 1-1 mark. Peterson, Harvin and the Vikings defense give Ponder a better situation than those two rookies have, yet he sits and rots on a team booked for the NFC North cellar. Losing games with McNabb as the starter is worse than losing them with Ponder. That being said, the Vikings chose to make this decision and can’t go back on it until it is way too late. Instead of acquiring a small-name guy who was the same age but had experience being a backup like they did with Brad Johnson and Gus Frerotte in the past, the Vikings acquired a big-name quarterback with an ego the size of his waistline who would sit and pout if benched. Once again, the 0-2 start is not McNabb’s fault, but every loss this season is going to hurt both the fans and the franchise further and further down the road as long as number five is behind center.

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Free trade, a necessary expense

Two dollars will buy a bottle of pop from the pop machine, or a candy bar, (anybody want a half-gallon of gas?). Two dollars is a pretty small amount of money, so why not skip that extra bottle of Mountain Dew and put it towards helping out others by purchasing products that are Fair Trade Certified. When we go to the grocery store or buy coffee from Jazzman’s, the last thing we think about is, “where did this coffee come from?” Or, “I wonder if the farmers that

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made these coffee beans live a good life?” These are valid questions though; ones that need to be asked. The Fair Trade movement started because someone asked these questions and found out that the farmers of products we use daily such as: coffee, chocolate and bananas are grossly underpaid and exploited. Products such as coffee, cocoa and bananas come from farmers in developing countries. For most of these farmers, opportunities are limited

and their education is minimal at best. Corporations involved in the food industry are well aware of this situation and use it to their advantage. So many middlemen are involved in the process of exporting food; the farmers who actually grew it are paid pennies on the dollar for their hardship. This model of doing business has created modern day serfdom for the sake of corporate profiteering. Fair Trade’s goal is to end this disparity in profits and to ensure farmers earn a fair and livable wage for their

efforts. Fair Trade initiatives have provided clean drinking water, built schools and have restored a sense of dignity to people who deserve nothing less. The Mankato Area Fair Trade Town Initiative is a group of progressive-thinking and caring individuals whose efforts have put Mankato on the verge of becoming the first Fair Trade Town in Minnesota. However, our job is not done yet and before we go to the city council with this initiative we would like to get

as many names on our petition as possible. If helping others live with dignity sounds like something you support, please stop by our website at http:// and sign our on-line petition. Every little thing you do to help make the world a better place will make a better life for those in need. So, stop by our website and show your support! THE PETITION CLOSES ON SEPTEMBER 24.

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Paws for a cause

Humane Society walk benefits animals

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MSSA plans to outreach to community ALLISON MATTHEWS

staff writer KRISTINA MORITZ

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The long winter months are just around the corner. Before you know it we will all be bundled up in giant coats and powering through the ice and snow. In the meantime, it is essential to get outside and enjoy the autumn air while time permits. What better way is there to do this than having a cute canine by your side? The seventh Annual Great ArfWalk Festival will be held at Land of Memories Park Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is a free fundraising event held by the Blue Earth Nicollet County Humane Society shelter, also known as “BENCHS.” “It’s a way to bring the community together and celebrate BENCHS while having fun and raising money,” Paige Schuette, event support specialist for Greater Mankato Convention and visitors Bureau, said. “In the past years it has been more of a walk to raise money with pledges and donations. This year we have turned it into more of a festival, which still includes a walk, but now encompasses a festival atmosphere with vendors, carnival


rides, raffles, live music and much more.” All of the proceeds from the raffle tickets will go directly to BENCHS. If you are interested in purchasing one or many the cost is $10 and can be purchased in advance at Pet Expo, Hy-Vee, Geeks2U, JLong Clothing, Starr Cycle, Karl’s Appliances and Clark Gas Stations in Mankato and St. Peter. For those who choose to attend the fundraiser last minute, there will also be raffle tickets available at the festival. The raffle ticket drawings will take place at Land of Memories Park at 3:30 Saturday. You do not need to be present to win the raffle. Prizes include, but are not limited to, a trip to Las Vegas, a Blu-ray DVD player and a Kymco agility scooter. “There will be some adoptable dogs from the shelter at the park and people are welcome, in fact encouraged to bring their own dogs to the event. It’s going to be a beautiful day so bring out the pooches for a fun day in the park,” Schuette. “If you don’t have a pet, that’s fine too, come on down and play with one of the shelter dogs, they will appreciate it.”



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Strategic Business, Educational and Regional Partnerships will work to help build Minnesota State Student Association’s internship engine project. Vice President of Business, Education and Regional Partnerships Bob Hoffman spoke at MSSA’s Wednesday meeting about the effort to increase strategic partnerships with Minnesota State University, Mankato. “Our mantra is to skate where the puck is going,” said Hoffman. “MSSA is jumping on the bandwagon,” said MSSA Vice President Moriah Miles. MSSA President Matt Lexcen said the internship engine project now has a clearly stated timeline, purpose and scope. Lexcen said bringing internships to MSU is one of the MSSA’s big projects for the year. More than 90 businesses collaborate with MSU to bring more opportunities for students. Strategic Partnerships and MSSA want to make a “southern sweep” across Minnesota looking for businesses offering more internships for students. “It’s about connecting knowledge to the real world,” said Hoffman. “We

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If you are not interested in walking or interacting with the dogs, it is encouraged that individuals of all ages and interests stop by and enjoy some live music and delicious fair food. “We will have typical fair kind of food, like hotdogs, burgers and tacos-in-a-bag. There will also be a bake sale going on for those who have a sweet tooth,” Schuette said. The music line up will include bands such as: Jason Helder and Friends, Good Night, Gold Dust, Schmoejoes, 69 cents and Mystery Moth. In addition, The Dance Conservatory will be doing performances in between the band changes. So whether you are a student, professor, or have a family with young children, enjoy a fun-filled day at Land of Memories Park Saturday. The park is located at Amos Owen Lane off Interstate Highway 169. “We have tried to turn this event into one that caters to everyone: dog lovers, families, and those who just want to hear some good music. So please come on down and spend the day with us,” Schuette said.

can enable the external community to enhance or develop skills.” In addition to expanding partnerships, Hoffman spoke the new focus of extended learning. It plans to expand online programs, continuing education and MSU’s Edina location, 7700 S. France Ave. Dean of the College of Business, Brenda Flannery, spoke about the College of Business 2011-2014 strategic plan. Flannery introduced the plan to integrate block courses similar to the College of Education’s program. The block courses will take students on a path to create their own business with other students. They would gradually develop the business through the courses and even present their business to banks for loans. Students will then conduct their business and give their proceeds back to the community. Interim Dean of Institutional Diversity Henry Morris spoke plans to improve retention rate through developing connections between students and advisors. MSSA, Strategic Partnerships, the College of Business and Institutional Diversity all believe communication is key for bringing maximum potential to their programs.


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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Sports Thursday, September 22, 2011


Mavericks take a set, still fall to No. 1 Concordia Tied 1-1, MSU struggled mightily in dropping the pivotal third set 25-6 to the Golden Bears. REECE HEMMESCH

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The Minnesota State, Mankato volleyball team could not get the job done Tuesday night as it lost its second consecutive conference matchup, this time at the hands of the No. 1 team in the country: Concordia University. The Mavericks had the odds stacked against them, going into the Gangelhoff Center to face a squad from St. Paul that had dominated its opponents in every match this season, and the Golden Bears remained undefeated by beating MSU 3-1. The one highlight that MSU could take out of this loss is the fact that Concordia had not allowed a set victory since the Central Region tournament last season. After 10 months and 33 set victories in a row, MSU finally ended the Golden Bears’ streak by winning the second set of the match. You hate to throw the phrase “mental victory” around for MSU in the matchup; especially with head coach Dennis Amundson within earshot. “I don’t like those,” Amundson claimed. “That never means a real victory.” A good point made by Amundson, even though they were facing almost unbeat-

able obstacles Tuesday night at Concordia’s Gangelhoff Center, a gym where the Golden Bears haven’t lost in 55 matches. Even better, Concordia has not lost an NSIC regular season match since 2007; 75 games ago. They also have not lost in 33 matches. “It was David vs. Goliath out there,” Amundson said about the matchup. “They are truly that good.” After losing the first set 25-19 to CU, the Mavericks fought back and denied the Golden Bears a late rally in the second set, scoring the final two points and winning 25-23. After the win, the Mavericks more than likely gained a little momentum coming out of the locker room. But any signs of that were crushed right away, as MSU only notched six points in the entire third set. The Mavericks fought hard in set four, but could not force a deciding game, falling 25-22. “That third set was all on us,” Amundson said. “We were just that bad.” With the loss, the No. 14 Mavericks now drop to 1-2 in the conference, and 8-3 in regular season play. The Mavericks were led on offense by junior Chelsea Fogarty, who contributed 16 kills and was the only Maverick

to achieve more than 10 in the match. Senior setter Brittany Stamer also marked 32 assists in the contest for MSU, but she was out-assisted for the second match in a row, as CU’s Amanda Konetchy added 52 helpers for the Golden Bears. CU also had four players receive double-digit kills. It was a tough draw for MSU to start off its NSIC schedule with Concordia University and Southwest Minnesota State, but even Amundson said he would not have it any other way. “I want to play the best teams all year, that’s what makes it fun,” he said. Amundson will get his wish, as MSU will have to play the top-ranked Golden Bears at least one more time this season; not to mention Minnesota-Duluth, Southwest Minnesota State and Wayne State. All of these teams are ranked higher than the Mavericks and will be played at least once more as well. This weekend brings in Bemidji State Friday night and UMD Saturday afternoon, who are currently ranked No. 5 in the nation. “We need to keep working hard every day,” said Amundson. “Our first-ball attack needs a lot of improvement, so that’s what we’re going to work on.”

angela kukowski • msu reporter Senior Brittany Stamer led the Mavericks with 32 assists and 17 digs against the Golden Bears in MSU’s 3-1 loss Tuesday night in St. Paul.


Golden Bears a challenge for MSU on both sides of ball


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After galloping past Northern State and Minnesota-Crookston without much difficulty, the Minnesota State, Mankato football team is about to enter a three-game stretch against some of the best teams in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. As good as they’ve looked early on, the Mavericks are going have to be ready to finally face some challenges, beginning this Saturday on the road against Concordia-St. Paul. The Golden Bears represent MSU’s first conference road game of the season, waiting with a 1-1 conference record (2-1 overall) smudged only by a blowout 41-13 road loss to St. Cloud State. Despite its inferior conference record, MSU head coach Todd Hoffner is urging his team not to take

Concordia University When: 12 p.m. Saturday Where: St. Paul, Minn. Concordia lightly on either side of the ball. “Concordia’s offense is very explosive,” said Hoffner. “They’re putting a lot of points on the board, and they have a lot of very gifted and talented players on the perimeter and in the backfield, and their line is absolutely fantastic. So they have a lot of explosive ability.” Similar to MSU, the Golden Bears find much of their offensive explosiveness in their wide receiving corps, led by senior Charles Gilbert. “Charles Gilbert has been a very gifted player and he has the ability to score from a distance,” Hoffner said. “They like to throw to him deep, even

on a post or a go pattern. He’s a very good football player.” Gilbert ranks sixth in the NSIC with an average of five receptions per game, and should be considered a threat anywhere on the field, including as a kick returner. Along with Gilbert, Tre Mason and Cordell Smith form a formidable trio that the MSU defense will focus on shutting down. It’s unclear who will be making the start for Concordia at quarterback. Sophomore James Peterson made the start in Concordia’s first two games of the season, but was replaced by redshirt freshman Jared Russo in last weekend’s 27-22 victory over Northern State. It appears Russo will make the start again, but it’s hard to say why or how long Peterson will be out and whether or not he’ll get his job back when he returns. Either way, a priority for the Mavericks will be to

get past that fantastic offensive line and pressure Concordia’s quarterback right away. The majority of the problems presented by Concordia, however, will be on the defensive side of the ball, where MSU’s offensive line will finally get a chance to step up and prove its doubters wrong. “They’re going to be very aggressive and our offensive line is going to have to deal with that and pick up all of the different stunts and blitzes and also know which gap guys are going to be in when you’re blocking too. So it creates a little bit of a problem for us but we’ll have to continue to move forward and get things right,” said Hoffner. Left tackle Cordell Bell represents MSU’s only senior offensive lineman, and one of the biggest questions heading into the season was whether or not the rest of the line could

stand up despite their lack of experience. The Mavericks offensive line hasn’t had much of a chance to prove itself in the first two weeks of conference play, but the Concordia pass rush should finally put it to the test. Led by linebacker Nathan Maher and defensive lineman Thomas Flack, the Golden Bears rank second in the NSIC with six sacks so far this season, and are expected to get after MSU’s offensive line right away. The Mavericks have played well so far this season against some of the lighter foes in the NSIC, but a road game against the hungry Golden Bears represents a new test for the Mavericks. The comforts of winning big at home are out the window, and it’s time for the Mavericks to finally show the league just how dangerous they really are.

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Mavericks return for NSIC home opener on a roll

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Senior Adam Noll • Cross Country Entering this season, Adam Noll was the lone senior on the Minnesota State, Mankato men’s cross country roster. The Alexandria, Minn. native has accepted the leadership role and has MSU off to a great start. They have placed first and second in their first two meets. At the UM Oz Invitational, Noll and the Mavericks placed second out of 16 teams. The Mavericks won the team competition at the St. Olaf Invitational, placing first out of 14 teams. Personally, Noll has placed 49th and 30th in the respective races. Q & A with senior Adam Noll Q: What were you looking for in a college out of high school and what attracted you to MSU? A: I was looking for a small campus that felt like home and MSU fit just right. Q: How have you progressed as a runner in your four years? A: Running takes a lot of discipline and I feel that I have developed, yet I am always working to achieve more. It takes a lot of patience too. I keep working everyday to get stronger and become more fit. Q: Has your training in the off-season changed since high school? A: Summer running, for me, is my favorite time to train and prepare for the upcoming cross-country season. The intensity and volume of miles have increased during summer over the years. I run all my summer miles based off how I feel. If I feel good, I try and increase the pace of my runs, but some days I just don’t feel it. Summer running is all about consistent running. Every summer has been different for me depending on my health. Q: What is the mindset of a cross country runner in the days leading up to a meet? A: Every runner is different. The thing about running is trying not to think too much about your race, but just going out there, getting it done and having fun doing it. With me, it’s all about going out there and doing my best. Q: What is going through your mind before, during and after a race? A: It’s all about mind over matter before and during the race. Along with setting your goals higher than you believe you should. Those are two things coach (Mark) Schuck has continually stressed throughout my collegiate career. It’s tough to think about anything during the race other then to keep telling myself that I need to keep pushing myself. Q: How do you and your teammates work together throughout a grueling race? A: It is all about passing people together, side-by-side. Q: Do you have any pre-race rituals? A: Outside of our regular warm up routine, I don’t really have any pre-race rituals. I just try and not think about the race until after our warm-up run. The guys do a good job of keeping things relaxed before a meet. Q: What is your fondest memory of cross country? A: There are way too many memories of cross country for me. Some of my fondest memories of cross country have been traveling to the meets with the team, particularly big meets, and having preseason cross country camps. Q: What does it mean to you to be the only senior on the squad this year? A: It has been a lot of fun so far this year training with the younger guys. It is kind of different being the only senior but our team has a lot of character and makes me feel like I am not the only senior. Q: How much of a head start would you need to beat Usain Bolt in a 200 meter dash? A: Well....I would say pretty far.

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staff writer After coming off its first and only loss this season against Metro State on Sept. 9, the Minnesota State, Mankato women’s soccer team has started a threegame winning streak, including two road Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference wins to start 2-0 in the conference. The Mavericks kicked off last weekend with a 1-0 victory over Concordia-St. Paul. In that game, freshman goalkeeper Molly McGough recorded her first shutout and junior forward Brittany Henry continued to tally up goals with her fourth of the season, with an unassisted goal 8:53 into the game that turned out to be the game-winning goal. MSU kept the momentum going the rest of the weekend, as they defeated St. Cloud State University in a 4-1 contest. Junior forward Nicole Dooher had a huge impact with two goals and an assist in the game, her third and fourth goals of the season. Freshman Emily Moris scored her second goal of the season and sophomore forward Courtney Vallarelli scored her first goal of the season to complete the scoring. “We got two wins on the road, so we did what we had to do,” said senior defender Sarah Schellinger. Junior midfielder Cassie Weik thought MSU played well, but left room for improvement. “Overall, I think we did a pretty good job. On Saturday when we played Concordia we left a few goals on the field, but a wins a win,” said Weik. “We played much better as a team on Sunday. At half, it was 2-1 and we came out right away and put

away two goals. Our intensity coming into the second half was high and won us the game.” The team is currently on a three-game winning streak and it plans on continuing that streak this weekend against Northern State and the University of Mary. “The streak started when we came out in our game against Regis ready to play Maverick Soccer,” Schellinger said. “We saw what we were able to do against good teams and immediately set the standards even higher for ourselves. We’ve kept the streak going by playing one game at a time. Our goal for the season is to be 1-0 after each game, and the end result will be a record we’ll take.” The Mavericks (4-1-1, 2-0-0 NSIC) will be taking on 4-3 NSU first, who just came off of a 2-0 victory against Wayne State. The Wolves freshman goalkeeper, Shaina Stein, is coming off her first career start and shutout. The game will be at The Pitch this Saturday at 1 p.m. On Sunday, the Mavericks have the Mary Marauders coming to town for another 1 p.m. game. The 4-2 Marauders have had some offensive struggles, with only nine goals in their first six games, but their defense has held up its end so far this season, allowing only four goals in six games. It will be a challenge for MSU to get the ball in the goal, but the players are certain that if they play their game, good things will happen. “When we play Maverick Soccer we are unstoppable. Staying connected as a team is when we are the most successful,” said Weik.


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St. Vincent, aka indie musistaff writer cian Annie Clark, has always had a voice of velvet beauty, a soft, sensuous tenderness in her singing that has remained, in many ways, the only constant in her career as a solo artist. Her debut, Mercy Me, gained notice for its dramatic uses of classical instrumentation, with thunderous symphonies and subdued piano ballads. However, that album’s follow-up, Actor, found significantly more use for unusual electronic experimentation, sounds sometimes too grating to really carry a song, ranging from distorted saxophones to squealing guitars. In the transition, her elevated beauty seemed CHRISTIAN HAGEN

missing, supplanted by half-baked, or perhaps over-baked, ideas. The question was raised whether she could return to her simpler songwriting focus or whether she would continue delving into ever-stranger territories. Strange Mercy, her latest, answers this question with an unexpected third option: Rather than returning to humanity or getting lost in a machine, Clark has discovered a way to bring the humanity into the machine, creating a fusion of the best qualities from both her previous sonic identities and melding them into something extraordinarily moving, even brave. For all the aforementioned sweetness of her vocals, Clark’s never used them in quite the same way she does on “Chloe in the Af-

ternoon.” Here, perhaps channeling her inner Bjork, her strained and twisted singing becomes another instrument on the stage, never quite taking the forefront. The tight gasps at the ends of lines in her first verse are like the sounds of fingers sliding on a guitar’s strings. The rhythmic near-chanting of the chorus dances like fingers on the keys. Clark takes many forms throughout Strange Mercy, appropriately travelling in and out of light and dark, pretty and harsh. “Surgeon,” one of the album’s best songs, begins smoothly, her presence calling out like a chanteuse in a darkened club, before the guitars and vocal layers compound through Mercy / page 10 the chorus, the

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WALKER “Whether playing with light exposure or synthetic cotton, there’s a painting, sculpture or film for everyone to enjoy at the Walker Art Center.” continued from 1 sible to the general public and there are, to this day, debates about privacy and its role in a modern post-9/11 world; This is the debate the exhibit attempts to highlight. The exhibit includes highly sexual images you wouldn’t want to look at with your grandmother, pictures of everyday citizens as if they were celebrities and important images featured in newspapers across the globe. Nathalie Djurberg’s “The Parade” was an exhibit I entered without knowing anything about the subject matter. What one encountered was bizarre: A large, white room with more than 80 handcrafted bird sculptures organized across the floor and five projectors depicting the artist’s Claymation techniques to explore human behavior and social taboo.

Set to music by Djurberg’s partner Hans Berg, the aura created is creepy and almost uninviting. One finds oneself attempting to run from the gallery, but there’s something holding them back, screaming out to them, “Stay! We intrigue you.” A Mexican architect by trade, Pedro Reyes’ latest exhibit, “Baby Marx,” explores ideology, mass entertainment and contemporary art using puppets made to look like important individuals in economic theory. Filmed in part at the Walker, the movie is set in a small town library where a group of children have unintentionally brought Karl Marx and Adam Smith back to life. For those attending this particular exhibit, make sure to read about it before entering the gallery. “Midnight Party,” which opened in March, will be on display through 2014.

The exhibit is a collection of artwork related to dreams and visions both magical and sinister. The gallery invites guests to enter a world where mystery trumps logic, where dreams are more important than reality. Featuring pieces like Susan Rothenburg’s “Night Ride” and Robert Mallary’s “The Parachutist,” the exhibit is nothing short of a menagerie. Whether playing with light exposure or synthetic cotton, there’s a painting, sculpture or film for everyone to enjoy at the Walker Art Center. That is, of course, only if you enjoy modern art, if you possess the ability to analyze the work rather than stare at the canvas, think “Huh,

that’s interesting,” and stroll to the next painting. Art forces one to delve into the mind, searching for meaning within a piece. Some pieces will disturb audiences while others will entrance the mind for hours on end.

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song building to a rather shrill but somehow still enjoyable keytar solo that concludes the piece. Clark certainly isn’t the first to find the proper balance between traditional instruments and computers, but her style is still indelibly clear throughout, taking surprising turns that, unlike those she attempted on Actor, add to a sense of cohesion, the explosions like that at the end of “Northern Lights” manic but contained and logical, like Mozart. The album’s title track is similarly diametric, with a calm ballad bolstered by distant synths growing into a rocking second half, grounded in an unusually aggressive lyric: “If I ever meet that/dirty policeman who roughed you up/oh, I don’t know what.” The almost deranged complexity of “Neutered Fruit” is startling, rhythmically confusing, and more than a little trippy, but its gentle intentions win out, keeping the listener planted firmly in place as the song dances about a wild

field. It’s interesting, considering the album’s relative success at bridging the best elements of Clark’s past, that the song that is most similar to her earlier, more muted tones, “Champagne Year,” is probably the weakest arrangement here. On its own, it might survive for its heartening restraint, but in the context of the rest of Strange Mercy, it’s a bit too low-key to be memorable. Cutting it and moving directly to “Dilettante” would have been a smart maneuver. That said, the slowed momentum is not enough to halt Strange Mercy’s grand journey. It’s refreshing to hear a song, in this case “Year of the Tiger,” that clearly belongs at an album’s conclusion, perfectly encapsulating the musical milieu of the album that precedes it while offering a sense of closure and wonder. The album’s title feels prescient; Clark has found a very different avenue for her particular brand of grace, but it’s still all-too-easy to

embrace, to find joy and misery even in the unique angles and divergent techniques she uses to express her soulfulness. With Strange Mercy, Clark reaches into the digital world and pulls out a spirit, an intangible power that is no less real.

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