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Homecoming budget cuts
After a decrease in funding, an impactful homecoming week is underway. HANNAH KLEINBERG Staff Writer This year’s homecoming budget has taken a significant blow. The budget for last year’s homecoming (Maverick Territory: Stomp the Yard 2012) was an estimated $55,000, but after Student Allocation Committee’s cuts, homecoming will now be operating with $36,000- a $19,000 decrease. In comparison to previous years, the cut is relatively severe. Despite the cuts, Advisor of IMPACT and Homecoming Bill Tourville, and Student Homecoming Chairman Leanne Walterson are not worried. The Student Allocations Committee is the organization on campus that creates budget recommendations and passes them on to the Minnesota Student Senate Association for approval. Once approved, these funds are used by departments across campus, which connects to student activity fees. While it may seem that the
school itself is coming down on homecoming festivities, Tourville makes it clear that SAC represents the student body, and that while the caliber of the homecoming may suffer some, it must be what a good portion of the student body wants. By spending less on homecoming, more money in the student activity fees will go toward other things, mainly bigger and better events throughout the school year. Initially the concert was estimated to be $19,000. After the revised budget, however, the Homecoming Committee had to go in and pull strings. Tourville and Walterson agree that of all the events that suffered from the cut, the concert was the one that took the biggest hit. The concert, the marquis event of the week, is also the hardest to cut. However, since it was the most expensive thing on the budget, they decided it was the very thing that had to be adjusted. In fact, after the budget was
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released, the student committee wasn’t sure if they’d be able to hold a concert at all. Tourville thanks the Student Homecoming Commission for their great passion for the project, allowing the concert to be salvaged. While the concert, featuring the band Scarletta, won’t be as famous as other bands brought in the past, Tourville and Walterson contend the band will be a success. They explained that they discovered the band at a NACA (National Association of Campus Activities) regional conference, and after speaking with them they managed to recruit the band for a great deal. The band does a variety of songs, from country to modern-day covers. Despite the lack of funds, Walterson says that this year’s homecoming is projected to have the highest amount of campus involvement in years.
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HOMECOMING “Tourville gives credit to a wonderful team but most of all Walterson, who he says has worked tirelessly to help the homecoming acheive success.”
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Local businesses prepare for homecoming
Everyone in town is gearing up for heavy business as homecoming comes once again. PRATAKSHYA BHANDARI Staff Writer Web Photo
32 teams have registered for the homecoming competition, and there’s a spike in residential hall participation due to the heavy encouragement done within. Again, Tourville gives credit to a wonderful team, but most of all Walterson, who he says has worked tirelessly to help homecoming achieve success. Tourville and Walterson also give thanks to the Student Alumni Association and Foundation. This Saturday they will be hosting a carnival to help
raise funds for Homecoming. Alumni will be providing a third of the money for the event, and the carnival will include 5 large, free rides for students and staff. While admission is free, there is a suggested $5 donation to contribute to the Alumni Scholarship Fund. Tourville says that while the overall loss of funds is unfortunate, the sole mission of this is to increase spirit and pride during homecoming.
As MSU students and faculty brace for a week of adventure and events, local area businesses are gearing up for a busy weekend. The town is filling up with students and guests for homecoming week, providing an economic surge for the city of Mankato. A lot of businesses around campus were already enjoying the rush of students as early as Friday night. Chipotle, a restaurant that is packed with students at any given time, even when it is not homecoming week, is preparing for its busiest week of the semester.
Manager Calib Wolters is gearing up for an extremely busy week. “It is going to get busier leading up to Saturday and then it is just going to be crazy,” Wolters said. This will be the third homecoming at MSU that he has worked for Chipotle, and he has seen the crowd get bigger and better every year. Weggy’s Manager Steve Wegman has a similar story to tell. “It gets better every year. It starts at homecoming and then it sort of stays the same through the semester,” Wegman saidSimilar to Wolters, he is looking forward to a busy week leading up to the weekend, and then a steady rush of students through the semester. One of the few restaurants
to open as early as 6 A.M., Weggy’s is even giving out a special on breakfast for homecoming weekend. With a lot of parties, games and events lined up throughout the weekend, these restaurants are equipped with staff ready to handle the rush of hungry and enthusiastic students. One business you would not expect to also be gearing up for homecoming weekend is the FedEx copy and print store located on Warren Street. Surprisingly, not only is the staff expecting a lot of students walking in, they are hoping to catch some of the homecoming spirit in their daily sales as well. Store employee Laura is anticipating a large
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Reliving the riots This year marks the 10th anniversary of one of the worst school riots in Minnesota history.
JAMES HOUTSMA A&E Editor While us Mavericks celebrate this Homecoming weekend with parades, football and merriment, it’s worth remembering that our former Mavs 10 years ago on homecoming were in a much different circumstance – they were “celebrating” with bricks, pepper spray and absolute chaos. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Minnesota State University, Mankato’s most notorious moment – a moment that gained national notoriety. Starting at 10:30 p.m. on the evening of Saturday, October 4th, 2003, the Monks Place apartment complex became ground zero for one of the most infamous campus riots in recent history. Raging on for nearly six hours, the scene quickly turned from an out-of-control party to sheer pandemonium. A group of 200 rowdy partiers in the Monks Place parking lot inflict-
ing damage on vehicles soon turned into an estimated 2,0003,000 individuals reportedly involved in the event, spectators or otherwise. Outnumbered Mankato police officers called in 160 officers from 41 total agencies to quell the blaze of students. Brandishing full riot gear and armed with tear gas and rubber bullets, police eventually contained the wave of students throwing bricks, bottles and other assorted objects, but not without a dozen people treated for injuries at Immanuel St.Joseph’s Hospital, and nearly 45 charged with disorderly conduct. “I don’t even want to call it a scene from a movie,” said Myron Medcalf, former editorin-chief of The Reporter. “It was more like a scene from a third world country.” Medcalf, who now writes for ESPN.com, recalls arriving at the scene just after midnight to instances of fellow classmates
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MSU Reporter Archives A burned up car marks the destruction caused in the 2003 Homecoming Riots, which left dozens arrested..
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BUSINESSES “Chipotle, a restaurant that is packed with students at any given time, is preparing for its busiest week of the semester. continued from 3
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Quotes from the riot Taken from the Oct. 7, 2003 issue of the MSU Reporter compiled by Ben Malakoff Nick Williams “The cops came and pushed me with a shield and pointed a taser at my head. It never would have happened if they (police) had been cool with us.” Tim Buzick “Everyone just started running. I was trying to get into my car. I was sober and a cop told me to leave.”
crowd on Saturday. “Students will walk in. They will look around and they will buy stuff.” The Verizon store, located in the same complex as Chipotle, Weggy’s and FedEx, is bracing for a completely different type of enthusiasm. Verizon Store manager Brian is expecting a large crowd, but not necessarily due to homecoming. “We are expecting more traffic but it might be due to the recent iPhone launch rather than homecoming,” he said. A lot of students come into the store specifically when they need phones, and therefore homecoming has little effect on their business. With The iPhone launch coinciding with homecoming, however, they are hoping for a busier weekend than they’ve had in previous years.
Katie Oestriech “The cops came and had the road blocked off and started throwing tear gas. And then these people walked out into the street and started a box on fire. It started from there.” Andy Riley “It started at Monks Place. The police came down in riot gear, but I didn’t see any squad cars. It looked like they came out of the woods.” Anonymous “I got here at 10. I was standing in between Highland Campus View. I’m standing there watching this s*** happen and these cops are there. Honest to god, I wasn’t doing anything. I was standing there and watching and they shot me and, like, three other people. I saw one guy get shot with a taser and he fell to the ground and they tasered him again. People just quit driving by ‘cause people started throwing s***. It was crazy, some guy jumped through a window at Monks.” Gavin Winters “I don’t want my car blown up. I’m visiting buddies and they’re not going to have much of a Homeconing next year. This is crazy, like something out of the movies.” Adrian Barnett “I got home and I found out there was a party going on in Monks Place parking lot. I went over there and and there was 400 or 500 kids over there, throwing bottles in the air. I went home to get something to drink and the cops had thrown tear gas into the parking lot. The whole street was lined with police. I saw one kid get hit by a car on his bike. He just got back up and kept on riding.” Person destroying a fence in Campus View “This is basically what it comes down to, we were not causing any trouble. We were just drinking, having a good time. Most of us were 21, and the cops just hit us with tear gas. No warning, no nothing. The sad part is this was peaceful until the cops came.”
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Relieving the discord in Washington
Bipartisanship and other acts that made this country great need to be re-learned to return America to greatness. SAM WILMES News Editor With congress at a lower approval rating than even communism in this country, it may be time to evaluate the situation- analyze where things went wrong and how they can improve. Unfortunately for many who occupy the capital building, common sense and logic are nowhere to be found. A few small steps, if taken properly and in a bipartisan sense, can lead to a semblance of respect amongst the “American People,” elected officials claim to represent. “The American People,” – the term seems to indicate a hostage situation. Are politicians not American people? Why do many, including President Obama, use it? Going back to the standard us seems to make more sense. More so, involve the other side. Mention them in the “we.” Stop trying to make it like it’s a Vikings-Packers tilt in the NFC Championship game. Politicians in this country are so focused on being re-elected, that they can’t understand that they work for us- not their own
jobs. Take a stand- work with the other side, compromise on things you wouldn’t otherwise consider. Another thing that irks me is that the politicians who enact the rules, including the Affordable Care Act, are not using it themselves. Like it or not, they
or hate it, is the law of the land, even according to House Speaker John Boehner after the election last year. Governance by definition involves compromise. Part of the reason why compromise is not happening is the rigid ideologies. A lot of Republicans hate
“Until this and other mitigating factors are taken off the table, America will not be the greatest nation in the world- for greatness as a country is only achieved when all have an equal say and voice in the say of government.” work for us, on our dime. Living by the same health plans we do would make them at least seem to be one of us. There are too many games being played, with no solutions being proposed. The house has voted over 40 times to defund The ACA, which, whether you love it
government- why would you want to make government look good when you’re inside the machine you want to make smaller, or even in some cases destroy? Another problem is the special interests that permeate and dominate Washington. While gun control may not be the solution to the problem
of gun violence, it is important to at least have a discussion, and quite possibly background checks. Unfortunately after Sandy Hook the National Rifle Association put an intense stranglehold over many lawmakers, arguing that politicians voting against the NRA’s interests would face a challenger in the next primary. Two Colorado lawmakers quickly found this out. The two, who spearheaded tougher gun regulations in the wake of a theater shooting were recalled, all for something they believed in. This is not acceptable in a democracy. Powerful lobbyists shouldn’t have this kind of sway. Open discussions without money’s pollution would ensure that citizen’s voices would be heard. Until this and other mitigating factors and factions are taken off the table, America will not be the greatest nation in the world- for greatness as a country is only achieved when all have an equal voice in the say of government- not only the ones who line the pockets of the ones sent to serve us.
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COLTON LETO, SOPHOMORE SOCIAL STUDIES ED “I don’t feel like I have a voice in today’s government.”
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CALLIE SCHULTZE, SENIOR “Not really. My only voice is through my vote, which I don’t feel carries much weight.”
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GOP offers smaller budget cuts in debt measure WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are far less ambitious this week in their demands for spending cuts to erase new debt issued to pay the government’s bills than they were during a budget battle two years ago. The list of cuts under consideration now tallies up to a fraction of the almost $1 trillion in additional borrowing that would be permitted under a GOP proposal for enabling the government to pay its bills through December of next year. Two years ago, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, insisted on spending cuts totaling $2.1 trillion over a decade as the price to meet President Barack Obama’s demand for a like-sized increase in the government’s borrowing cap, also known as the debt ceiling. Those cuts involved tighter “caps” on agency operating budgets as well as the automatic, across-the-board cuts known as sequestration triggered by the failure of a deficit “supercommittee” to reach a deal. The problem now is that there isn’t a roster of big, politically palatable cuts ready to go. Instead, Republicans have put together a grab bag of smaller savings ideas, like higher pension contributions for federal workers, higher premiums for upper-income Medicare beneficiaries, caps on medical malpractice verdicts and reduced payments to hospitals that treat more poor people than average. A leading set of proposals comes from a House GOP leadership office and was circulating on Washington’s K Street lobbying corridor on Monday. It includes a plan to increase pension contributions of federal civilian workers by up to 5 percentage points and lowering the federal match accordingly, which could help defray the deficit by up to $84 billion over a decade. Another, to block immigrants in the country illegally from claiming the child tax credit, would save just $7 billion over the same period. Eliminating the Social Services Block Grant, a flexible funding stream for states to help with day care, Meals on Wheels, and drug treatment facilities, would save less than $2 billion a year. Taken together, these proposals and others could cut spending by perhaps $200 billion
over the coming decade. While GOP aides say details aren’t set, House leaders are looking at an increase in the current $16.7 trillion debt ceiling sufficient to cover the government’s bills until the beginning of 2015. According to calculations by the Bipartisan Policy Center think tank in Washington, that would require raising the borrowing cap by almost $1 trillion. Boehner insists that any increase in the borrowing cap be matched by budget cuts and other reforms to produce savings of an equal amount, though not on a dollar-for-dollar basis over 10 years like in 2011. It’s a somewhat nebulous standard because of the difficulty in quantifying how much any given “reform” is worth. Obama says he won’t negotiate concessions as the price for authority to continue borrowing to cover bills already incurred and promises already made and has demanded a “clean” debt limit increase with no conditions attached. The looming debt limit showdown is separate from the “defund Obamacare” fight occupying the Senate this week in the face of Oct. 1 deadline for completing a temporary spend-
ing bill and a averting a partial government shutdown. GOP lawmakers and aides say the debt ceiling measure will be paired with a one-year delay in requiring people to buy health insurance under Obama’s Affordable Care Act or face federal fines. They also plan to attach to it a tax reform package lowering rates and closing loopholes, an increase in offshore oil leases and approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. Boehner views tax reform and the Keystone pipeline as economy boosters that will produce new government revenues exceeding any debt limit increase. A boost in growth domestic product (GDP) of just one-tenth of 1 percentage point, for example, would increase the government revenues by more than $300 billion over a decade according to the Congressional Budget Office. “While we’re still working on the details, the proposal will comply with the Boehner rule in terms of reducing the deficit,” said Boehner spokesman Michael Steel. Still, the proposals pale in comparison to ideas in the non-binding GOP budget plan passed earlier this year, which
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promised a balanced budget in 10 years that was possible only with severe cuts to Medicaid, food stamps and domestic programs like health research, housing, education and others. The GOP budget promised $4.6 trillion in cuts over a decade, but didn’t give a lot of specifics about how deeply many programs would have to be cut. Other proposals listed in the GOP leadership’s list of options, include: —Eliminating the authority of the government to charge a bailout fee to big banks under the Dodd-Frank financial oversight law. The fee could only be charged it there’s a major bank
failure. The document claims $23 billion in savings. —Increase Medicare “means testing” to permit higher premiums for Medicare beneficiaries, raising $56 billion. —Cap “pain and suffering” damages in medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 and cap punitive damages at the greater of $250,000 or twice the economic damages in such suits. —Reduce a gimmick in which states levy taxes on health care providers as a way to game the Medicaid system and receive higher federal payments at a savings of $11 billion.
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Reliving the lives and innocence lost 10 years later
The shooting at ROCORI is a piece in the ever growing puzzle of violence sweeping the country, a country that seemingly has no answer. REECE HEMMESCH Editor in Chief
When your world is turned upside down, it’s the little things that make more of a difference to you than the big ones. Those little bits of life that make each day what they are can be soon forgotten after something takes your entire universe and changes it all. That’s how it was 10 years ago to this day when my small town was tossed in to the spotlight after two students at our high school were killed by a classmate of theirs who brought a gun to school in just another chapter of this countries problems of violence with still no answer. Before us, Columbine and Kent State were really the only names that came to mind when situations like ours arose. Now, just 10 years later, Red Lake, Virginia Tech and Newtown paint more vivid pictures of the actions that can occur, and how they can change an entire community, or a nation as a whole.
For us, we all thought probably the exact same thing that many think while under these circumstances- it can’t happen to us. Our town was just under 3,000 at that time, the type of place where everybody knows everybody and you can walk from one end of the town to another without a single fear going through your head. It just can’t be us, not in our tight-knit community, it can’t be us. For me, it was going to the bathroom that changed the most. I was just a lowly sixth grader at the time of the shootings in our district, going to classes just across the street from the high school where the events took place. Although it was not my exact building that was attacked, life was scary for the couple years or so afterwards when we were all still trying to get back in the groove of things. When it came to going to the bathroom, it was so easy beforehand; you just asked to go and that was that. Then, even that miniscule task was not as easy as it should have
been. I can remember walking the empty halls a few days later, heading towards the restroom during class, when the thought of another attack overtook my mind and left me petrified among the lockers. My brain raced; what if there is another shooting today? What if they decide to come to this school instead of the high school? What if they come in while I’m in the bathroom and the school goes into lockdown; leaving me as an easy target out in the halls while everyone else is locked in their classrooms? That was life for a little while, not even being able to go to the bathroom without terrorizing thoughts running through my head. As simple of a process as going to the bathroom is, I could not even force myself to go during class until about a year later. Any time in between that period, my hallway walking was almost in a dead sprint as I caught myself constantly look-
ing over my shoulder, waiting for someone to be there with a gun. After the shooting, the next year was all about the ways we could try to stop the violence and bullying in our schools. It was more school security, more awareness of how to react during the events and more school assemblies-discussing topics like violence in school and maltreatment of fellow students. Though I believe many in our area like myself quickly got the message that was being portrayed, it is quite clear that the rest of the country still has a ways to go when it comes to figuring out how to stop the violence that is shaking up this nation. Just when we think a certain situation might be the last straw, one more strikes and leaves us soul searching in figuring out what has become of our society. Even outside of schools, where incidents like Tucson, Aurora and the most recent D.C. naval yard massacre has left this generation still feeling the pain of shootings and de-
A structions everywhere we look. S As a whole, I believe my community has fought through L the struggle and has not left too much of the past haunt the n t future. b It has been 10 years, but w time should not be the only thing driving us to forget these disheartening events- it should g also be hope, a hope that we r can live in a universe where S a these things do not happen w regularly. After these events, there is s a moment of mourning before our attention turns to the next s one that is occurring, a never- o ending circle of instants that a keep us in the same spot I was d in that elementary school bathroom 10 years ago: waiting for w f the next one to strike. If we keep up this pace, we a will be sitting here in another b 10 years, recollecting on an- v other dozen or so events that l m shaped that decade. The time has ended for us to a try and get back to being normal; it is most certainly time o t for a change. d i
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Baking that truly delivers Insomnia Cookies delivers cookies that are hot, fresh and available for parties of any size.
ALEX KERKMAN Staff Writer
Late night eaters in Mankato now have a new store in town that not only delivers on taste, but delivers to your house as well. Insomnia Cookies, a bakedgood store, opened their most recent location at University Square on September 9, 2013, and have been an immediate hit with Minnesota State University, Mankato students. Not only can you eat at the store, but you can have your order delivered to your house as well, as late as 3 a.m. seven days a week. The name may include the word cookies, but the menu also features brownies, ice cream and milk, as well as a few combinations of delicious treats. A variety of flavors include chocolate chunk, double chocolate mint, and peanut butter chip, along with many others. Customers who place an order to the store online can track its process from baking to delivery with Insomnia Cookies’ “Cookie Tracker”. Insomnia Cookies was found-
ed in 2003 by Seth Berkowitz, a college student who would bake and sell cookies to his peers out of his dorm room in Pennsylvania. Since then, the company has expanded in size to 30 locations in 14 different states, mainly in the Great Lakes region, but also as far away as Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. The companies main focus is on college students, and Insomnia Cookies have sprouted up at high profile campuses across the country, such as Harvard, Yale, Cornell and Syracuse. The store also has deals specifically for residence halls, that come in boxes of 50, 100, 200 and 300 cookies, along with deals uniquely named the Sugar Rush and Major Rager. In the past, pizza and sandwiches dominated late night delivery, but as Berkowitz found out back in college, many students have a sweet tooth after midnight. Besides helping students fill their late night sugar cravings, the company has donated portions of their proceeds in the past to student organiza-
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Kenyan officials claim last push to end Mali seige As dozens are left dead in battle, Minnesota remains at the center of investigations into the recruiting for Al-Shabaab, a Somali cell of Al-Qaeda. NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan security forces battled al-Qaida-linked terrorists in an upscale mall for a third day Monday in what they said was a final push to rescue the last few hostages in a siege that has left at least 62 people dead. While the government announced Sunday that “most” hostages had been released, a security expert with contacts inside the mall said at least 10 were still being held by a band of attackers described as “a multinational collection from all over the world.” Kenyan Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed said “two or three Americans” and “one Brit” were among those who attacked the mall. She said in an interview with the PBS “NewsHour” program that the Americans were 18 to 19 years old, of Somali or Arab origin and lived “in Minnesota and one other place” in the U.S. The attacker from Britain was a woman who has “done this many times before,” Mohamed said. U.S. officials said they were looking into whether any Americans were involved. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Monday that the department had “no definitive evidence of the nationalities or the identities” of the attackers. The security expert, who insisted on anonymity to talk freely about the situation, said many hostages had been freed or escaped in the previous 2436 hours, including some who were in hiding. However, there were at least 30 hostages when the assault by al-Shabab militants began Saturday, he said, and “it’s clear” that Kenyan security officials “haven’t cleared the building fully.” Flames and dark plumes of smoke rose Monday above the Westgate shopping complex for more than an hour after four large explosions rocked the surrounding neighborhood. The smoke was pouring through a large skylight inside the mall’s main department and grocery store, where mattresses and other flammable goods appeared to have been set on
fire, a person with knowledge of the rescue operation told The Associated Press. The explosions were followed by volleys of gunfire as police helicopters and a military jet circled overhead, giving the neighborhood the feel of a war zone. By evening, Kenyan security officials claimed the upper hand. “Taken control of all the floors. We’re not here to feed the attackers with pastries but to finish and punish them,” Police Inspector General David Kimaiyo said on Twitter. Kenya’s Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku said the evacuation of hostages had gone “very, very well” and that Kenyan officials were “very certain” that few if any hostages were left in the building. But with the mall cordoned off and under heavy security it was not possible to independently verify the assertions. Similar claims of a quick resolution were made by Kenyan officials on Sunday and the siege continued. Authorities have also not provided any details on how many hostages were freed or how many still remain captive. Three attackers were killed in the fighting Monday, Kenyan authorities said, and more than 10 suspects arrested. Eleven Kenyan soldiers were wounded in the running gun battles. Somalia’s al-Qaida-linked rebel group, al-Shabaab, which claimed responsibility for the attack, said the hostage-takers were well-armed and ready to take on the Kenyan forces. An al-Shabaab spokesman, Sheik Ali Mohamud Rage, said in an audio file posted on a militant website that the attackers had been ordered to “take punitive action against the hostages” if force was used to try to rescue them. The attackers have lots of ammunition, the militant group said in a Twitter feed, adding that Kenya’s government would be responsible for any loss of hostages’ lives. A Western security official in Nairobi who insisted on not being named to share information about the rescue opera-
tion said the only reason the siege hadn’t yet ended would be because hostages were still inside. Westgate mall, a vast complex with multiple banks that have secure vaults and bulletproof glass partitions, as well as a casino, is difficult to take, the official said. “They are not made for storming,” he said of the labyrinth of shops, restaurants and offices. “They’re made to be unstormable.” At least 62 people were killed in the assault Saturday by some 12 to 15 al-Shabaab militants wielding grenades and firing on civilians inside the mall, which includes shops for such retail giants as Nike, Adidas and Bose and is popular with foreigners and wealthy Kenyans. The militants specifically targeted non-Muslims, and at least 18 foreigners were among the dead, including six Britons, as well as citizens from France, Canada, the Netherlands, Australia, Peru, India, Ghana, South Africa and China. Nearly 200 people were wounded, including five Americans. Fighters from an array of nations participated in the assault, according to Kenya Chief of Defense forces Gen. Julius Karangi. “We have an idea who these people are and they are clearly a multinational collection from all over the world,” he said. Al-Shabaab, whose name means “The Youth” in Arabic, said the mall attack was in retribution for Kenyan forces’ 2011 push into neighboring Somalia. It was the deadliest terrorist attack in Kenya since the 1998 al-Qaida truck bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, which killed more than 200 people. An extremist Islamic terrorist force that grew out of the anarchy that crippled Somalia after warlords ousted a longtime dictator in 1991, al-Shabaab is estimated to have several thousand fighters, including a few hundred foreigners, among them militants from the Middle East with experience in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. Others are young, raw recruits from Somali communities in
the United States and Europe. For years Minnesota has been the center of a federal investigation into the recruiting of fighters for al-Shabaab. Authorities say about two dozen young men have left Minnesota since 2007 to join the group. Minnesota’s Somali community is the largest in the U.S. Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said the attack showed that al-Shabaab was a threat, not just to Somalia, but to the international community. Mohamed, the Kenyan foreign minister, said her country needs to work with other governments to fight the increasing terrorist threat and “much more with the U.S and the U.K., because both the victims and the perpetrators came from Kenya, the United Kingdom and the United States. “That just goes to underline the global nature of this war that we are fighting,” she said. Reports that some of the attackers may have been Somalis
who lived in the United States illustrate the global nature of the militant group, the Somali leader said in a speech at Ohio State University. “Today, there are clear evidences that Shabab is not a threat to Somalia and Somali people only,” he said. “They are a threat to the continent of Africa, and the world at large.” As the crisis passed the 48hour mark, a video emerged that was taken by someone inside the mall’s main department store when the assault began. The video showed frightened and unsure shoppers crouching as long, loud volleys of gunfire could be heard. Kenyans in many parts of the country stood in long lines Monday to donate blood to aid the nearly 200 people injured in the attack. Fundraisers raised hundreds of thousands of dollars, though government officials warned of scam artists taking advantage of the tragedy.
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Wonder bread returning to shelves
Web Photo After nearly a year off the shelves, the world-famous wonder bread is back on the shelves. Along with the brand’s return is retro packiging, important for the brand’s image change.
(AP)-Wonder bread is back almost a year after it vanished from shelves. Flowers Foods Inc., which bought Wonder from the nowdefunct Hostess Brands, said the bread started returning to supermarket shelves Monday. The company, which also makes Tastykake and Nature’s Own bread, snapped up five bread brands after Hostess went out of business late last year. The $355 million deal included Butternut, Home
Pride and Merita, which are all returning to shelves along with Wonder. Keith Aldredge, vice president of marketing at Flowers Foods, said the company is still deciding the fate of the Nature’s Pride bread brand, which was also acquired from Hostess. The demise of Hostess Brands, which had been troubled by years of management turmoil, sparked an outpouring of nostalgia for treats such as
Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Ho Hos. Soon after the company said it was shutting down its factories last November, people headed to shelves and wiped out supplies of Twinkies and other cakes. Flowers is apparently hoping to tap into that nostalgia. Aldredge said the company decided to go back to retro packaging for the relaunch of Wonder bread. He also said Flowers decided to use a Wonder recipe from “an earlier
time,” although he could not provide details on what that meant or how the bread would be different from what was on shelves most recently. Despite the nostalgia certain brands may evoke, it’s not unusual for companies to tweak recipes and ingredients over time. The Twinkies on shelves today, for example, have a shelf life of about 45 days, which is nearly three weeks longer than a year ago. Flowers said Wonder bread
is being made at that company’s existing plants. The 20 Hostess plants the company acquired as part of the deal were closed, Aldredge said. The bread is being distributed in the areas where Flowers currently distributes its products, with hopes of expanding over time. Flowers Foods, which is based in Thomasville, Ga., said it reaches about three-quarters of the country.
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SAM WILMES News Editor With homecoming here, I would like to make a suggestion to students. As a senior who will hopefully graduate this spring, I have done things I am proud of in my three years here. I also have many regrets. My main regret revolves around my tendency as a freshman and sophomore to go home every weekend. Doing so not only cost me gas money, but in a more important sense it robbed me of life-long friends- friends I could have made if I were more adaptive to change. Homecoming is all about putting down roots- meeting people, giving yourself the opportunity to start a new life in a new place. I would strongly suggest everyone take advantage of every opportunity this week- sign up for the dodgeball tournament, invite the person you don’t
normally hang out with to join in on your celebrationmake this week a week you will remember. Go to the homecoming game, attend the concert, join in on the festivities. From the eyes of someone with not much time left here, the only regret you can ever leave from college is not partaking in all college has to offer. These four years are the most unique of our lives. College is a special place- a place where everyone is finding themselves. If you’re not here on at least some weekends, especially homecoming, as I found out, you won’t find yourself- since going home and hanging out with people you knew from high school will just be a reminder of where you’ve been. Freshman- invite different people than those in your social circle to hang out. Expand your horizons. Another important lesson you learn in college-
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the scars and reminders of a not so distant past can be healed by being accepted. The kid who lies a lot and is told not to be trusted? Maybe he was the one who was picked on and teased for being himself in high school. That’s the best part of this place- finding yourself, and helping others in their journey to the same place. Always ask people about themselves. Ask about their past- a lot of people you meet here just need someone to listen, someone to sound off on, because deep inside we’re all broken- we all need someone to piece together certain parts of us to make us whole. So, at least for this weekend, I would highly recommend everyone to implement these steps- make everyone feel welcome, take advantage of every opportunity, and last, but certainly not least, have a great weekend.
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INSOMNIA “The company has received a lot of attention in the past few years, most notably being featured on the today show.” continued from 9 tions, including fraternities, sororities and clubs. Insomnia Cookies has in the past donated cookies at discount prizes for some student organizations, as well as fund raising events at universities located nearby. College students can apply to be a campus representative with the store through the Insomnia Cookies Marketing Rep Program. The company has received significant attention in the past few years, most notably being featured on the Today Show and becoming Zagat rated. The cookies have also been publicly promoted by the New York Mets and ABC News as well. Insomnia Cookies opens daily at noon, and is open until 3 am. It is located next to Fantastic Sams in University Square at 1600 Warren St., just across the street from the Taylor Center. The Mankato store is one of two brand new Insomnia Cookies opening in Minnesota in 2013. The other is located in the University of Minnesota’s Dinkytown neighborhood.
HOMECOMING “The funny thing is we hadn’t won anything.” continued from 4 destroying signs, an elderly community member nearly running over students with his vehicle in an attempt to escape the madness and police using pepper spray inside of Campus View apartments. Blame still flies from various sources to this day on what exactly started the event from excessive alcohol indulgence to overly aggressive police presence in dispersing the initial party. Whatever the reason, MSU has since adapted its handling of homecoming week. Assistant Director of Student Activities John Bulcock says that, in addition to heightened security at on-campus events, communication between campus officials/security, city officials/ police and apartment complex property managers has strengthened for the sake of providing a safer environment. Rather than plugging our ears and pretending it never happened, it’s far more beneficial to remember the reason it happened – or, more accurately, the lack of reason. “The funny thing is we hadn’t won anything,” said Medcalf. “I don’t know why it started.”
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Taking advantage of turnovers leads to ending a long streak in Duluth Since 2009, the UMD Bulldogs haven’t had their opponent take a win from them under their lights during the regular season, until MSU came to town on Saturday. JOEY DENTON Sports Editor The Minnesota State University, Mankato football team achieved something on Saturday that took 41 tries to do—defeat Duluth on their home turf as an NSIC team. The no. 2 Mavericks ended the University of Minnesota, Duluth Bulldogs 41-game NSIC home winning streak after defeating them 21-17, and of course, it was a heart stopper. With six minutes left in the game, the Bulldogs were trailing 21-17 and charging down the field. They made it all the way down to the Mavericks’ five-yard line and started a fresh set of downs. After run-for-loss and false start penalty, the Bulldogs came back with a 16-yard touchdown pass to receiver Joe Reichert. With 41 seconds left, the Mavericks sat there in disbelief, but looking down at the field, a little yellow piece of cloth lied on the ground. The Bulldogs were caught holding, and the Mavericks’ perfect season was still alive. The Bulldogs still had two downs to punch it through the end zone but couldn’t get it done. After throwing 17-for-21 for 173 yards, quarterback Drew Bauer couldn’t complete his next two pass attempts, handing them their first home loss since 2009. It wasn’t the prettiest way to win, but the Mavericks are now 3-0. “It wasn’t our prettiest game offensively and defensively, but when you play a good football team like Duluth it’s going to be that way,” interim head coach Aaron Keen said. It was expected to be a physical and low scoring game, but the Bulldogs put up the first 10
points of the game before the Mavericks could really get anything going on offense. With 10 minutes left in the first half, the Mavericks found themselves down by 10, but just like they have been doing since last season, they didn’t give up. MSU marched right down the field on a seven-play, 73-yard possession, leading to a sevenyard touchdown pass by senior quarterback Jon Wolf to sophomore receiver Kyle Riggott. After MSU’s defense forced a punt, the offense said thank you with a 75-yard drive, capped off with a 19-yard rushing touchdown by Wolf, giving the Mavericks a 14-10 lead at halftime. Ever since coach Keen has taken over, this football program has been able to overcome such obstacles and to not only stay in games, but win the close ones. “There’s a lot of things that are a direct result of the mental toughness or our guys and the resiliency that have and belief in themselves,” Keen said. The Mavericks found themselves in the same situation in the second half. After Bauer completed his second touchdown pass of the game, the Bulldogs took a 17-14 lead with 8:51 remaining in the third quarter. The Mavericks forced two turnovers in the third quarter and they started on UMD’s next drive. Senior linebacker Kris Fleigle stripped the ball out of receiver Logan Lauters’s hands and in to the hands of junior safety Nathan Hancock, giving the Mavericks the ball on UMD’s 34-yard line. On the very next play, the Mavericks regained
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David Bassey • MSU Reporter Senior receiver Dennis Carter (pictured) led the Mavericks in receiving with 44 receiving yards and a touchdown reception. After three games in to the season, Carter has 10 catches for 181 yards and three touchdowns.
Soccer back to their winning ways on the road After losing their first game of the season, the MSU women’s soccer team bounces back and wins two games on the road this past weekend, including a victory over an undefeated Bemidji State team. LUCAS RYAN Staff Writer The Minnesota State University, Mankato women’s soccer team won 3-1 in both Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference games over the weekend to improve their record to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the NSIC. With the wins, the Mavericks
have extended their conference winning streak to 23 matches, which is tied for 17th in NCCA Division II history and currently is the MSU record. The Mavericks knocked off the unbeaten Beavers of Bemidji State in the first game of the weekend, scoring three unanswered goals. MSU fell behind just two minutes into the match when BSU scored on a break-
away goal past Mavericks goalie Molly McGough. The Mavericks answered back in the 27th minute when senior forward Courtney Vallarelli scored her third goal of the season, with junior midfielder Sydney Temple recording her second assist of the season on the play. Just six minutes later, junior midfielder Emily Moris gave MSU a 2-1 lead when she
buried a rebound from sophomore forward Korey Kronforst’s shot in the back of the net. The Mavericks capped off the match with their third unanswered goal from Kronforst in the 89th minute to clinch the 3-1 win. “We had to overcome some adversity in the first game,” MSU head coach Brain Bahl said. “We actually got down 1-0
against an undefeated Bemidji team on the road and getting out of there with a 3-1 win was I think very encouraging to see just that we were able to fight through it and overcome it.” The Mavericks traveled to the University of Minnesota, Crookston Sunday where they recorded another NSIC-road
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MSU fall sports update: Mavericks back to contending for Northern Sun titles
Photo Courtesy of Maverick Athletics Just like football, volleyball and women’s soccer, both cross country teams, golf teams and tennis have been competing at a high level in the NSIC.
REECE HEMMESCH Editor in Chief For MSU to continually compete with not just the likes of the NSIC but the entire nation, every sport has to pull its weight. Needless to say, last season every MSU squad definitely pulled their own and a little more to give the school a fourth place finish in the Directors Cup, given to the university with the highest rated athletic program in that year. So far in the fall, all teams have been showing they are back and stronger than ever in 2013, giving the rest of the seasons something to set their goals for as the fall has surely done what they are supposed to do early. Golf The men and women of the links have been busy over the first month of the school year, both squads are coming off respectable campaigns in 2012 and bring a load of talent back for their matches in 2013. The men began their operations Sept. 4 with a dual against Gustavus Adolphus College, falling to the Golden Gusties by 10 strokes at the Le Sueur Country Club.
Tyler McMorrow of GAC took home medalist honors as the only individual to finish under par while sophomore Corey Muenzhuber finished the highest of all Mavericks, ending the day shooting an even par (70). Freshman Casey Anderson finished a stroke and a place behind Muenzhuber, and sophomore Michael Greenberg tallied a fourth place finish after shooting +2 in the dual. After their round in Le Sueur, the men headed north for Brainerd and the NSIC men’s fall preview, finishing fourth out of 10 teams in the conference. MSU was third after the first round, shooting a 306, but were dropped a spot after shooting 315 in the second round to finish 45 strokes over par. Junior Ross Miller took home the highest finish for MSU, ending up tied for ninth place after shooting back-toback 77s to finish +10 on the event. Senior Bennett Black, sophomore Jason Edstrom and Greenberg took the next three spots in the rankings as Black finished 11th and Edstrom and Greenberg tied for 12th. The women began their 2013 competition at the Augustana Invitational held at Bakker
Crossing in Sioux Falls, where the Mavericks took home the top spot after back-to-back team rounds of 301 to finish no. 1. Three Mavericks tied for the medal as juniors Tabitha Kunst and Dani Selberg and sophomore Kanyapak Sethasompobe all ended seven-over for the tournament. Sethasompobe, a native of Thailand, looked as though she would edge the competition with a first round score of 74, but Selberg and Kunst came roaring back in the second and final round to plunge the trifecta into a threeway tie for first. Senior Alyssa Kalthoff also finished in the top 10 for MSU, shooting a total of 155. From there, MSU took part in the Holiday Inn and Suites Lake Elmo Invite in mid-September, finishing fourth out of 15 teams. They would not take home an individual medalist here, but the Mavericks would see strong performances from Kunst (ninth place), Sethasompobe (T-15th) and Kalthoff (T-22nd). After their round in the cities, the women took home the Mustang Invite over the past weekend in Marshall, placing 32 strokes ahead of Concor-
dia St. Paul for the team title. Sethasompobe would be the individual medalist with a total of 145 (1-over) on the weekend. Kunst would finish third at +10 and Kalthoff wound up tied for fourth with a round of +12. The MSU women’s golf squad will next be in action this weekend as they get set to host the MSU Women’s Golf Scramble. Cross Country Under newly appointed head coach Loren Ahonen, the MSU men’s cross country squad has competed twice in 2013, finishing fourth in the Oz Memorial in early September and sixth this past weekend at the St. Olaf Invitational. At the Oz Memorial, senior Devin Allbaugh finished the closest to the top with a time of 19:43, edging out his teammate, senior Jacob Ball, who finished a half-second behind Allbaugh to finish 10th. Junior Josiah Swanson also finished in the top-30 at “the Oz” with a time of 20:53. At St. Olaf, Allbaugh and Ball once again were the top two finishers from MSU, finishing in third and eighth with times of 25:09 and 25:33
respectively. Though those two yielded high finishes for the purple and gold, the likes of host-squad St. Olaf and Sioux Falls would be too much for the Mavericks as they brought in the top-two team finishes with a balanced running attack from all. Amazingly, six of St. Olaf’s runners finished in the top-30, giving the Oles the crown. For the women, they also competed at “the Oz” and the St. Olaf Invite, finishing fifth in both competitions. Under the tutelage of head coach Jen Blue, junior Samantha Soupir produced the highest finish for the Mavs, ending in 16th with a time of 24:29. Five seconds later, sophomore Emily Knapczyk crossed the finish line as the 18th person to do so. MSU competed well, but could not hang with the likes of the Division 1 University of Minnesota, who produced the top seven finishers in the event. At the St. Olaf invite, Knapczyk and senior Sarah Bowler’s times of 23:27 and 23:37 were the two highest finishes for MSU, giving them 18th and 22nd place finishes as the tournament was won by conferencefoe Minnesota Duluth.
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Women’s hockey team invited to play in the Hockey City Classic
Web Photo After having the Hockey City Classic in Chicago last year, it has been relocated to the state of hockey. The MSU women’s hockey team will take on the University of Minnesota, starting at 4:30 p.m. on Jan 17.
DEREK LAMBERT Staff Writer Back to the roots of where the game got its start, playing hockey on a frozen pond. Well, not exactly a pond, but outdoor hockey games have become an annual event around the country for teams from the youth level all the way to the NHL with the Winter Classic. It’s an exciting event that is mostly for the experience more than anything. The way a regulation sized hockey rink fits into a football stadium leaves spectators much farther away from the action than they are used to inside a standard arena. Also, past outdoor games have shown that weather conditions can make for poor ice conditions and alter the game speed a bit, but it’s not about that. It’s about the players enjoying the experience of an outdoor game in front of more fans than there are people in Mankato, and for the fans to enjoy an event that only happens a couple times a year, and has yet to take place in Minnesota. Now one of the most exciting events in the game of hockey will now include a team from MSU. The Maverick women’s hockey team will play outdoors at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium in the 2014 Hockey City Classic. The Mavericks will face-off against the University of Minnesota women’s team at 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 17 before the headlining Gopher Men’s Hockey game versus Big Ten rival Ohio State at 8 p.m. The Mavericks will conclude the two-game series on Jan. 19 at All Seasons Arena in Mankato. The Hockey City Classic is an incredibly exciting event being played at a great venue. TCF Bank Stadium seats 50,508 seats, not including standing room. While that seems like more than enough seating for a hockey game, last year’s attendance eclipsed this number. The 2013 Hockey City Classic featured a double-header that included Miami-Ohio against Notre Dame and Minnesota against Wisconsin and drew 52,051 fans at Soldier Field in Chicago. Those four teams are some of the biggest names in men’s college hockey and that is an incredible crowd, yet it seems likely this year’s event could see a sellout crowd for many reasons. Last year’s Hockey City Classic was played in Chicago, a neutral location to all of the schools participating. While many fans drove to Soldier Field to take in the event, many simply watched the games on television. This year’s Hockey City Classic features two games with the host school participating. The Gopher women’s team has won the last two National Championships, including an undefeated season in 2012-2013, and the Men’s team is a team that is constantly on everyone’s radar. University of Minnesota students and fans alone will most definitely bring a crowd larger than the capacity of Mankato’s Verizon Wireless Center, home to the Maverick men’s hockey team. Factor in all of the colleges in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area, whose students will want to see this event, and also the fact that this game is being played in Minnesota, the state of hockey. The turnout should be incredible and make for an unbelievable experience for both the players and the fans. Aside from the college hockey double header, the Hockey City Classic will include events for fans to use the ice, and for youth teams to play as well, over the course of the weekend. Tickets for the double header will go on sale to the public on Oct. 22 and start at $15 per ticket, which are good for both games; a pretty good deal for an event of this magnitude. The Maverick women open the 2013-2014 campaign at home on Sept. 27 in a two-game series against Mercyhurst at All Seasons Arena before beginning conference play at the University of Wisconsin on Oct. 4.
FOOTBALL “It was expected to be a physical and low scoring game, but the Bulldogs put up the first 10 points of the game before the Mavericks could really get anything going on offense.” continued from 13 the lead, 21-17, with Wolf completing a 34-yard pass to senior receiver Dennis Carter. Once again, this squad never gave up and their positive attitude helped them keep the undefeated season alive. “There’s a lot of things that factor in it,” Keen said. “Our guys put a lot of work in and they want the results out of that work, so they are going to fight very hard to make sure they get a win.” Statistically, both teams were even except for one—turnovers. While UMD fumbled the ball twice and threw one interception, the Mavericks came in to the game with three turnovers on the season, and that number stayed the same. Hancock, who was named the NSIC Defensive Player of the Week, took part in all three turnovers with an interception, forced fumble and recovering a fumble. He also added 10 tackles to his stats, second on the team behind sophomore linebacker Tyler Henderson with 11. After being redshirted at Nebraska-Omaha in 2009, Hancock brought his playmaking skills to Mankato. In three games, he has tallied 18 tackles and has two interceptions, one of them returned 72-yards for a
touchdown. He’s the definition of a ball hawk. “He’s a playmaker,” Keen said. “He’s one of the best athletes on our roster, I think he might be one of the best athletes in the conference.” Offensively, the Mavericks used the momentum they had after those turnovers and turned them in to points, something that an experienced offense does. They finished the game with 269 yards of total offense, 154 rushing and 115 in the air. Wolf led the team in both categories with all 115 passing yards and 72 rushing yards. He completed 9 of his 17 pass attempts and threw two touchdowns, while rushing for one on 15 carries. For the third straight week, Carter led the squad with 44 receiving yards on three catches, one of them gave the Mavericks their 21-17 lead. Carter has caught 10 passes so far this season for 181 yards and three touchdowns. As much as people would like to celebrate an NSIC conference championship already, this was only week three. There is still a lot of football to play. “This win is going to mean a heck of a lot more if we do something with it down the road,” Keen said.
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SOCCER “With the wins, the Mavericks have extended their conference winning streak to 23 matches, which is tied for 17th in NCAA Division II history and currently is the MSU Record.” continued from 13
David Bassey • MSU Reporter Senior forward Courtney Vallarelli (pictured) leads the Mavericks with three goals scored and is tied for fourth in the NSIC.
win. Freshman forward Maddy Smith scored the first goal of her college career in the final minutes of the first half to give the Mavericks a 1-0 lead at half. The Mavericks added to their lead with goals from junior forward Rebecca Pederson in the 56th minute and from senior
midfielder Tori Meinhardt in the 70th minute, which are their first goals of the season. The MSU defense limited both opponents’ opportunities over the weekend allowing only five shots on net and two corners in both games. “Just in general we are hold-
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ing down the fort, doing pretty well defensively making sure we do not give up a lot of opportunities,” Bahl said. “I think Bre Steele has been very consistent in our back line for us in both games over the weekend.” The scoring was spread among six players over the weekend, including first colligate goals for Smith, Pederson and Moris. “It was nice to see some variety in who was putting goals on the board for us,” Bahl said. “Our attack is coming along. We are creating opportunities. We just need to I think capitalize and finish off those opportunities a little more consistently.” The Mavericks play two NSIC games on the road this weekend to make it a six straight games the Mavericks have played on the road. MSU will travel to MSU-Moorhead (0-5, 03 in NSIC) for the Dragons’ homecoming on Saturday. “I am really proud of how they kept their focus and have been able to keep things going in the right direction despite playing so many games on the road,” Bahl said. “Any time you go on the road in the NSIC you’re going to be in for a battle. Every place is tough, and if you don’t bring your very best you could get a result you’re not happy with,” The Mavericks will finish the weekend with a match in Aberdeen So. Dak. when they play Northern State (5-1, 2-1 in the NSIC) Sunday at Jerde Field with kickoff slated for 1 p.m. “We just need to be focused, capitalize on our opportunities and make sure we hold down the fort, and I think we can hopefully come back with two wins,” Bahl said.
Photo Courtesy of Maverick Athletics Currently, the Maverick tennis team sits in fourth place in the NSIC with a 9-3 conference record and a 10-9 overall record.
Photo Courtesy of Maverick Athletics After placing fourth at The Classic at Madden’s with a 621 team score, the Maverick men’s golf team took seventh at the SCSU Husky Classic.
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Melancholy and Misery (the good kind) JAMES HOUTSMA A&E Editor As the saying goes, misery loves company. Or perhaps great stories work harmoniously with a sense of hopelessness. Either way you spin it, all facets are on display in Prisoners and if you feel a sense of misery while watching, well, you’re probably in similar company. Believe it or not, this is meant as high praise. After a tranquil Thanksgiving gathering, two young daughters from two families simply vanish off the face of the earth. The stoic detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) works to track them down and return them to their grieving families but as the days tick on, the disgruntled father of one missing girl (Hugh Jackman) decides to take a more aggressive approach than what the law provides. After kidnapping the person he thinks is responsible for his daughter’s disappearance, a young man with the
IQ of a 10-year-old, the lines quickly blur regarding who is the real monster in this escalating situation. Prisoners is not a light watch, for certain. There is no wading into this exploratory pool of sadness – instead, some endurance is needed for the long laps. But despite being totally depressing, the story’s exploration of what people will do in the worst situations (be it force, ignorance or otherwise) is gripping throughout. If that doesn’t get you, the well-concealed twists scattered throughout the plot will. The story finds a whole new layer of life with the help of Roger Deakins’ gloriously melancholy cinematography, perfectly capturing the gloomy, rain/snow soaked stage of lower middle class Pennsylvania in early winter. Not a ray of sunshine is to be found but Deakins’ masterfully crisp capturing of the image is, oddly enough, its own form of opiate. The cast members are all given enough to work with in
Aaron Guzikowski’s realistic script and guided surely by director Dennis Villenueve but of all the players here, Hugh Jackman is due for some serious accolades. Jackman’s portrayal of a religious, if arrogant father driven to the brink of madness by this tragedy carries so much resonance that we actually start to fear him at some point in the story. It’s still fairly early in the awards season but from here, it seems inevitable to hear Jackman’s
name among the best acting contenders. Prisoners is oddly reminiscent of another crime thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Zodiac. But whereas Zodiac is based on true, unsolved events, Prisoners has the benefit of being allowed an actual conclusion. What it does unfortunately share in common is an extended run time. The slow burn feel of the movie mostly works, due to its assisting in our basking in the sadness, but
occasionally feels like there’s not enough thematic material going on to justify such a stretch of time. It may be languid in parts, but on a whole the effect comes full circle as the movie absorbs its dulcet tones into your mind. Some will reasonably avoid it for the purposes of not having to reach for the Celexa but for those who can look past that, Prisoners is a well-realized, gripping look into darkness.
aimless subplots, the necessary and unnecessary characters, the emotional through line and, most importantly, Dexter’s journey from beginning to end. Fair notice -- detailed spoilers of every episode follows, including the series finale. From appearance alone, with his bright button-up shirt, white cargo pants and delightful smile, Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) seems to be a well-rounded, laid back character, nice and innocuous. Lurking beneath the carefully crafted exterior, however, is the real Dexter Morgan: monster and murderer. Abiding by the “Code of Harry”, a set of rules established by his deceased adoptive father (James Remar) to prevent being caught, Dexter dispenses with Miami’s murderers and most wanted. Dexter works in blood, both in daylight and night.
As a job, he works at Miami Metro Homicide in the blood splatter department, working with his sister Debra Morgan (Jennifer Carpenter), the likes of the hotheaded Doakes (Erik King), detective Angel Batista (David Zayas) and led by Lieutenant Maria LaGuerta (Lauren Velez). To complete his cover as a normal person, Dexter maintains a relationship with Rita Bennett (Julie Benz), a mother of two, who is damaged in her own way and doesn’t suspect a thing. Season one is about one thing: who is Dexter Morgan? It’s a question that the writers, the show, and main man Michael C. Hall tackle exceptionally well, making the freshman outing truly the show at its best. Often the strongest element cited as being interesting to the series is the dichotomy of man
and monster, but there is another facet of the Dexter character that is just as compelling: Dexter’s complete dissociation to humanity. He does not think, feel, or relate to anything like anyone else – for a suitable comparison, he’s like an alien, biology aside. He needs to impersonate the emotions and thoughts a commoner would have in order to blend in. By virtue of this, Dexter’s interactions, reactions, nuances, and continual voice over allow the viewer a unique perspective of experiencing how someone so thoroughly detached from humanity views humanity. Everything he does outside of his work in bodies is an act: arriving with a box of doughnuts, faking emotion, his relationship with Rita, even his familial bond with Deb. So with his lack of humanity established, what this season drives to do is evoke
emotion out of him. Enter the Ice Truck Killer. His victims are drained of blood, frozen, and limbs are severed, placed in broad daylight in some artistic display. It’s in showing Dexter’s genuine giddy fascination with the Ice Truck Killer that the first glimpse of Michael C. Hall’s talent really shines. Dexter isn’t the type of character to break into a smile often but the antics of the Ice Truck Killer, who begins leaving clues specifically for Dexter to find, bring out the excited child in him. All this leads to an exploration of Dexter’s past, how it’s formed who he is and how it dictates the present. The Ice Truck Killer isn’t simply an interested party wanting to trade serial killing tips, he’s Dexter’s biological brother, beckoning
Dexter: A final farewell feature: part 1
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On Sunday, Dexter completed its 96-episode, eightseason run on Showtime with a finale that divided audiences in two distinctive ways: those that thought it was a worthy send off and those who thought it was a deliberate spit, kick, and slap in the face. Throughout its run, the series had had moments of success, captivating viewers with a central character who borders the line of homicidal maniac and anti-hero, but as the years went on, the show experienced a decline in success, both critically and creatively. This feature will give a thorough assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of each season – the brilliant plot threads, the
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him to come out and play – and Dexter wants to play. Dexter is an empty shell. He gravitates to Rita because he knows that, after suffering the wrath of an abusive ex-husband, she won’t want anything from him. He fails at providing comfort to his friends or sister because he doesn’t feel anything but he knows the expected words. Bringing Dexter’s past into the equation stirs up emotion for the first time. Hall is brilliant at playing up the monstrous side of Dexter that yearns for the kills and messes with his victims before plunging the knife but the finale brings a whole new level of nuance to Dexter. Forced into deciding between his adoptive sister and biological brother, Dexter surprises himself and saves Deb, killing his brother Rudy to ensure her safety. It’s the first act in a long line of tragedies that befall Dexter from here to the series climax. This moment also crystallizes a key stance of the show that doesn’t necessarily get followed by its own writers – that Dexter can’t be a killer and a hero. The killer side of Dexter, the lethal monster he’s coined as “the Dark Passenger”, is truly creepy to behold. As the blood splatter analyst, Hall gives Dexter a restrained demeanor but when he’s in hunting mode, he smiles, he taunts, he moves with exactitude and precision. He’s every bit the monster he’s been told he was. In this, the series seems to embrace that their titular character is not an anti-hero -- he truly is a reprehensible creature who kills because he needs to. Unfortunately, as time goes by, this interpretation falls to the wayside. Season one is a rousing success in regards to Dexter
Morgan, but already the signs of the series disturbing trends can be seen. The supporting characters – Deb, Batista, LaGuerta, Masuka, etc. – are given plots which feel like they were pulled from some online story generator. Masuka, the lab geek who works in Dexter’s department, is the comic fodder and Deb is regulated to nearly always one arc: her complicated and messy love life. Sergeant Doakes is the only character that has anything qualifying meat, and that’s because he’s the only one in all of Miami Metro who notices something is off with Dexter. Alas, his characterization boils down to two ingredients: (1) he’s always, always angry at someone or something. Showtime would not be amiss to adding digital steam broiling off his bald head, as every scene he’s in he always seems agitated, and (2) he’s weirded out by Dexter. With the essentials of Dexter established, season two attempts to attack Dexter’s morals and actions as his body of work is discovered on the ocean floor and he becomes the target of a man hunt. Dexter’s freedom is on the line and with Doakes breathing down his neck, it’s increasingly more difficult to save himself before the special task force, led by special agent Frank Lundy (a charismatic Keith Carradine), close in on him. Dexter’s sophomore outing is often heralded as the best the series had to offer, and for good reason: this is a personal attack on Dexter. The noose is tightening around his throat and time is running out, leading to more and more desperate measures. For a season so reliant on escalating tension, it fortunately doesn’t fail to further explore Dexter’s darkness. The first two episodes deal with the emotional aftermath of killing his brother,
as he’s rendered unable to do what he does best. Accepting that loss, understanding the necessity of it and saying goodbye – this is the first in a long line of deaths that Dexter is responsible for that he actually feels guilty over. The remaining arc for Dexter is simply accepting the darkness within him. For all his life, he was taught to conceal it by Harry and with the introduction of the genuinely insane Lila (Jamie Murray), he’s encouraged to give into it, to openly be the monster, but once that door opens, consequences abound. The writing and characters are at their strongest this season, although the finale leaves much to be desired, another instance of the road not taken being more interesting than the story given to the audience. By the end, Dexter is relieved of a difficult choice that would directly interfere with the “Code of Harry” and everything returns to the way it was before, with seemingly no development accomplished. If such criticisms can be handed to a season with such a high magnitude of accomplishments, the third season is easily the most forgettable and inconsequential. Dexter’s arc comes in two: with news of Rita’s pregnancy, Dexter is fearful of what his life will become as a family man and father, and with the introduction of Miguel Prado (Jimmy Smits), Dexter once again flirts with the idea of forging a friendship with someone who shares in the same darkness as he. On paper, the story of season three seemed promising, but in execution, it’s very flat. Deb is once again given a new romantic interest, Batista is having romantic issues, Quinn (Desmond Harrington) is the new Doakes, as in always angry (but at least he has hair) and LaGuerta remains relatively unchanged. And that’s the prime rub of season three – it doesn’t matter. If anything, the season emphasizes the importance of the “Code of Harry” in that not everyone can control their darkness, and this path Harry set Dexter on is the only thing keeping Dexter at bay. Before moving on from the topic of Harry Morgan, with no flashbacks to work with here, the show opts to use Harry as a ghostly figure to guide and lecture Dexter. At his worst, he becomes an exposition device, as later seasons would show: stating the mundanely obvious, in
the off-chance viewers weren’t clever enough to understand a ridiculous plot point. Here and through season five, Harry serves the important function of helping viewers get into Dexter’s state of mind, which could, at times, be difficult to ascertain. The most irritating part of this new apparition is that he’s never properly explained. In the FX series Rescue Me, Tommy Gavin’s visitation of those long dead is attributed to his rampant alcoholism. With Dexter, he’s a killer but that’s not enough to justify the sudden appearance of Harry, who never acted as a guide the two seasons previous. The journey of Dexter and Miguel Prado is a rocky one. Miguel wants to use Dexter to enact justice in a quicker, more efficient way than the court system will allow and Dexter wants to experiment with friendship. As with any season boasting a special guest star, Miguel’s fate is obvious from episode one but if the writers made any attempt to make Miguel relatable and likable, a worthy friend to Dexter, than perhaps his story would have been widely accepted. By season’s end, Dexter is married, two serial killers are dispatched and Deb has a new boyfriend. All is well, according to the Dexter writers, who seem too scared to mess with the status
quo. But that’s what season four brings to the table -- a new vibrant energy, a new direction, and a finale with lasting consequences which succeeded in giving Dexter something is needed greatly – surprise. This is the season of the Trinity Killer, as played to meticulous creepiness by John Lithgow (3rd Rock from the Sun) and the return of Frank Lundy (guess what Deb’s storyline is this year). For Dexter, a new father himself, he sees in Trinity the possible answer of how to juggle life as a family man and life as a serial killer. It’s Dexter’s decisions and desire to know that leads the series down such a dark path in the later episodes. Next to season one and two, this is the series at the top of its game. Although Deb is again basking in romantic problems, she becomes propelled by revenge in the second half, giving her more dramatic weight than the last three years combined. Nearly all the characters are given proper coverage and respect, save Batista and LaGuerta, whose only notoriety to season four is that they’re romantically involved. But this season shines for Michael C. Hall and John Lithgow, as this curious friendship/ mentor dynamic evolves and
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ADAM MILLER Staff Writer It has been a long four years for the online game Final Fantasy XIV but, with the launch of A Realm Reborn, it looks like Square-Enix has finally made the game worthy of the title Final Fantasy. When Final Fantasy XIV first launched in September 2010 the game was not good and fans let the developers know. The development team tried to fix the game but ultimately decided the best course of action was to close down the servers and restart fresh. This happened when Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn launched Aug. 27, 2013. The game did have a rocky launch in August. The servers were overloaded with log in requests and, to prevent them from crashing, Square-Enix implemented a login limit. This resulted in a large amount of players unable to log in when they wanted to play. Since launch, however, those problems have been fixed. The game, at its core, is a traditional massively multiplayer online (mmo) game. Players will be killing monsters and doing quests all to level up and get better loot. And they will be doing this with friends. The game is currently available for PC and Playsta-
tion 3. The game has also been announced for the upcoming Playstation 4 but the release date for that version is currently unknown. The two platforms have combined servers so friends can play together regardless of what platform they want to use. Players who are fans of the Final Fantasy name will find plenty to link this installment to the franchise. The classic jobs are back with a new twist, there are chocobos for your traveling needs, fans of Final Fantasy VI will be excited to see magitek armor and, of course, there is a version of Biggs, Wedge and Cid. The first thing former players will notice when starting up A Realm Reborn is that it is not a traditional reboot. The loyal fans that played the version 1.0 of the game still got credit for the work they did in the fantasy world of Eorzea. The game even has legacy servers that allow people to play the same character, albeit under a changed design. The story line of the game revolves around the Garlean Empire who is once again trying to take over Eorzea. While fighting them, players also have to keep the beastmen and their primal gods in check. The storyline is well written and will keep fans wanting more, all the way until the end when they leave off with a bit of a cliffhanger for the expansion that is surely going to
be released at some point in the future. One complaint that the development team received was that there was not enough to do in the original game. With only a handful of quests, players found themselves having to grind out levels more than desired. This has been fixed in A Realm Reborn. With the main story line, quests, dungeons and Full Active Time Events, known in the game as FATEs, there is more than enough to get multiple classes to max level. The game also has a good learning curve to it. They make running dungeons mandatory to finish the main story line quest but make those dungeons easy enough that players can learn the ropes of the game. By the time players reach the level cap of 50, the dungeons have become a challenge even for experienced players. Currently the game is miss-
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ing a few features that most high profile mmo games headline. Player verses player content, for example, will be added to the game when the first major patch hits along with player housing and the first 24-person raid. The game, like its high profile rival, World of Warcraft, requires a subscription cost in order to play. Some people are questioning this decision in a market that is seeing fewer subscription-based games in lieu of free-to-play games, like Perfect World’s Neverwinter, which is free to download and play but makes its money off of in-game shops and items, or buy-to-play games, like Arenanet’s Guild Wars 2, which has no subscription cost after buying the game. Only time will tell if Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn can survive in a market place full of competition or if it will fully be trusted by loyal fans of the Final Fantasy brand.
Lithgow’s Arthur Mitchell (aka the Trinity Killer) becomes more and more unhinged, the series is absolutely riveting. For as good as Lithgow is, and the actors’ interest in playing every facet of this monster is quite evident, the writers don’t seem to understand their own creation. What Arthur Mitchell wants, or how he acts, seems to change episode by episode. First he’s this methodical, detached killer, then he acts like a cowering child, and then displays suicidal tendencies, and then slips into full on villain mode. In the end, Arthur Mitchell doesn’t hold the secret Dexter’s looking for. Arthur is a wretched father, abusive and controlling -- his family lives in fear of him. But the most interesting aspect of season four is that Dexter, a character who is empty and emotionless, comes to genuinely love his son, Harrison. Even through the layers of death his Dark Passenger brings, Dexter’s compassion for his own overrides his dissociated state. As the seasons progress, Dexter becomes less and less the single-minded monster introduced in season one and evolves into something more human. Now he’s being repositioned into the role of the antihero, the “Dark Avenger” who takes out Miami’s trash. This change becomes even more 9 pronounced in the fifth season, where he takes it upon himself to save a damaged soul, same as himself. Dexter’s initial reticence to end Arthur Mitchell leads to the season finale and the haunting final two minutes of the fourth season which the writers seemed to mean that they’re ready to take risks, they’re ready to push the story forward, or maybe begin the process to bringing it to an end. Rita, the last victim of the Trinity Killer, dead in the bathtub and Harrison sitting in the middle of a pool of blood, a stark reminder of Dexter’s own beginnings. Four seasons in, the Dexter writers have repeated the same cycle of storytelling each year, with only marginal changing variables. With Rita’s death, and furthermore the effect it would have on Dexter, the series was in prime position to rattle the cage and push the story in unexpected directions. Next issue, the analysis of seasons 5-8 will explore the aftermath of this death and Dexter’s future as a serial killer.
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Arctic Monkeys impress with new album, AM
ERIK SHINKER Staff Writer With the release of their new album, AM, the Arctic Monkeys are back with a vengeance. Now, before you begin locking up your house and preparing for an attack by primates from the frozen tundra, some explanation is needed. For those unaware, Arctic Monkeys are a quartet from Sheffield, England. I was first introduced to them back in 2005 when I heard the first single off of their freshman release, What-
ever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not. They first came to prominence in the “post-punk” movement of the early 2000s and have continued to grow and mature since. To be honest, the Arctic Monkeys fell off of my radar after that first album and I was rather apprehensive about reviewing their new release since I hadn’t heard any of their subsequent albums post-2006. While I have matured as a listener since 2005, the band’s sound has done so as well. The album begins with the rolling “Do I Wanna Know?”. Starting
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with bass drum kicks infused with synthesized claps and foot stomps, the tune moves into a sexy guitar riff that then is accompanied by the first verse. Moving into the catchy chorus, the tone is set for a sonic experience like no other. AM is an album that grooves and gets your foot tapping. With addicting guitar riffs, bombastic rhythm section, and Alex Turner’s sultry vocals, there isn’t a single song on this album that disappoints. The best of these jams are “R U Mine?”, “I Want It All” and “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?”.
The verse in “R U Mine?” where all instrumentation drops out and Turner takes control with the verse shines through as a memorable moment on this outstanding album. However, that’s not to say that the album is all good time tunes, for there are a few times where the Monkeys pump the breaks and show a softer side. On tracks such as the ironically named “No. 1 Party Anthem”, “Mad Sounds” and “I Wanna Be Yours”, this change in tempo and subject matter is both welcome and surprising at the same time. Maintaining the maturity
of the record and band itself, this ability to write songs that mean more than just a three-and-a-half minute, fast paced radio single puts Arctic Monkeys high above the rest. Drawing inspiration from multiple artists spanning a diverse variety of genres, AM is a perfect concoction of head bobbing singles and indie music dynamics. As a modern listener, AM is thoroughly impressive and I highly recommend purchasing this album to anyone who is a fan of good music.
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