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A record-setting crowd watches the Mavericks prevail over the Winona State Warriors.

Building community and sculptures Homecoming Can Drive benefits Mankato JENNA WENDINGER

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jenna wendinger • msu reporter Students participate in the annual Homecoming Can Drive and Sculpture Contest

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The Homecoming Can Drive and Sculpture Contest has become an annual event at Minnesota State University, Mankato reminding students how important the University is to the Mankato community. Once again MSU teamed up with Echo Food Shelf to donate food for people in need. Their goal this year was to raise 2,000 pounds of food. “Homecoming is not always about a campus celebration but a community celebration. Echo Food Shelf is a wonderful opportunity for us to connect [with the community],” said Associate Director of Student Activities Gregory Wilkins. Twelve of the 23 Homecoming competition teams used their creative thinking skills to design and construct Homecoming-themed sculptures built out of the dona-

tions they collected. Donations were secured through door-to-door soliciting, local business donations and monetary donations from team members. “Homecoming is all about school spirit, but it’s important to bring it back and focus on making a difference,” said Sigma Sigma Sigma member Christina Miller. While the Greek community remained a large part of Homecoming events, smaller groups also made their presence known. “Our university can give back to the community as well as promote our organization,” said Hmong Student Association President Jeff Lee. Kayla Lynam and Paul Creger, members of Mav Upper, said their group was just there to have some Homecoming fun while helping out a good cause. “It’s not so much about winning as helping people out,“ said Lynam. Sculptures were judged on

creativity, presentation and overall thoroughness of design. Teams were eligible to win up to 200 points to contribute to their Homecoming event totals. This year, points were based on a tiered system to encourage a variety of donations. Teams were rewarded for including canned fruits and cranberries in their sculptures. ECHO Food Shelf requested these items because they are in short supply with Thanksgiving quickly approaching. Monica Oberle and Macia Olavson, Echo Food Shelf board members and volunteers, helped judge the sculptures in addition to representing Echo Food Shelf at the event. Echo Food Shelf serves approximately 50 – 100 individuals and families per day and with this number on the rise, donations from Homecoming will be gone in no time at all. Olavson stressed that it

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A royal affair Coronation and Lip Sync entertain audiences ELISE KONEZRA

staff writer The Taylor Center echoed the chants of fraternities and sororities as well as organizations and groups of Minnesota State University, Mankato Thursday night. The annual Homecoming Lip Sync and Coronation was held to boost Maverick pride before Saturday’s football game against Winona State University. The MCs, Will Malloy and Melissa DeBoer, kicked off the night introducing judges Greg Wilkins, Kimberly Huynh and Katrina Wheeler-Floyd. Audience members were asked to look under their seats for a special gift, and some found a $10 Weggy’s gift card. Songs featured throughout the event were both old and new, as audience members and organizations grooved to “The Lazy Song” by Bruno Mars and “Jump” by Kris Kross. Audience members also joined in on the dancing. One organization featured the song “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor, in which a battle was played amongst two members in chess that received many laughs from the audience members. The Vietmanese American Student Association held a “Get Ready to Rumble” sign to “YMCA” by the Village People. Before each organization prepared to take the stage, Malloy and DeBoer spoke of what happened during the Homecoming week and what was to come.

After each group had performed, the judges totalled the scores and the winners were announced. In third place were Gamma Phi Beta and Lambda Chi Alpha while VASA took the second place position. The first place title went to Sigma Nu and Alpha Sigma Alpha. The Lip Sync contest was followed by the coronation of MSU’s 2011 Homecoming royalty. The 2010 Homecoming King and Queen, Babatunde Awoyinka and Alesha Sullivan, crowned the new royalty. Each candidate was announced by the MCs and was noted of their achievements and involvement in clubs, organizations and volunteer work within the community. Candidates were required to wear formal attire. Malloy noted that Homecoming king and queen were a strong and important tradition to MSU. Cody Buechner and Yadira Salinas were crowned 2011 Homecoming King and Queen. “The Lip Sync concert was really fun. I didn’t know our school had so many fraternities and sororities. It made me really excited for the homecoming game,” said MSU Student and Lip Sync attendee Brianna McLaughlin. The competition teams who participated in the event received points to add to their overall Homecoming scores for placing in the event. The fireworks show, which was postponed from Monday’s Block Party, was canceled due to strong winds and will not be rescheduled.

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CAN DRIVE “When people in their college years become aware of the needs of others, that is the biggest benefit,” said Macia Olavson, ECHO Food Shelf board member. continued from 1 is not just about the short term goal of collecting food but the longer goal of teaching students to help people for the rest of their lives. “When people in their college years become aware of the needs of others, that is the biggest benefit,” Olavson said. Olavson encouraged students not to view the people they help according to typical stereotypes. The people that Echo Food Shelf help are next door neighbors, people struggling through trying events in their lives or individuals that have fallen through the cracks. Echo Food Shelf is willing to help them until they get back on their

feet no matter what the reason for their need. IMPACT Homecoming Chair Kelsey Busch was pleased to see overwhelming student participation in Homecoming events this year. Busch started making homecoming preparations in January, creating a theme, making contacts, and planning events. “It’s nice to see everyone coming together as one,” said Busch. This year, MSSA gave Homecoming a $15,000 one-time increase in student activity funds. Extra funds were used to provide higher quality concerts, hire Reza The Illusionist and give students

with Homecoming trinkets that they could take with them as a reminder of MSU Homecoming 2011. Many MSU students are concerned that the Homecoming committee was given an extra $15,000 while their tuition is on the rise. However, Wilkins noted outstanding turnouts at Homecoming events this year, making hard to say whether this one-time funding was beneficial to the University or not. Wilkins hopes that MSSA will see the difference the extra funding has made and grant these funds again in the future.

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MSU loses plaque, re-honors Robert Brunner

Elevator re-dedication raises questions about disability services

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The Robert Brunner elevator re-dedication took place Friday in the CSU. CASSIE RAYMAN

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Minnesota State University, Mankato graduate Robert Brunner was honored for the second time Friday in an elevator re-dedication in the Centennial Student Union. Brunner graduated from MSU in 1976 and was an advocate for student disability services. After Brunner’s graduation, he worked in disability advocacy for the state of Minnesota prior to his death in 1979. Brunner was instrumental in the installation of the first elevator made available to students in the CSU.

The elevator was dedicated to Brunner in 1979, but during renovations MSU lost the plaque that had been originally assigned to honor Brunner. On Friday, MSU students and faculty honored Brunner and the Brunner family once again for the remembrances it had temporarily lost. Prior to the installation of this first elevator, the only elevator on campus was in the kitchen, making it difficult for students with disabilities to gain access. The struggles students with disabilities had to face, and are still facing today inside and outside of MSU have been vast.

Disability services have become a necessary part of MSU and, quite possibly, other universities across the nation. “The number of individuals with disabilities is growing due to aging populations, returning veterans, more types of devices and assistive technologies and more integration of individuals with disabilities into the mainstream public educational system and higher education,” said MSU Student Disabilities Director, Julie Snow. Twenty-four percent of people age 18 and older have a mental illness, 38 percent of people age 18 and older have some form of hearing loss, 20

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programs, services, and activities accessible to people with disabilities. One-time reinvestment funds were designated in spring 2011 at MSU for ADA improvements to physical and programmatic access. As Snow said, MSU is challenging its inner-workings and Disability Services is asking the University as a whole to step-up to the needs of students with disabilities. Whether these needs are being met or not can only be determined by the students and faculty at MSU. As MSU makes a point to honor Brunner again, students should take the opportunity themselves to examine MSU’s student disability services, just as Brunner did, and possibly rise to the occasion just the same. Should MSU not being doing enough, there could be another story just like this years from now about an individual like Brunner who made a major stride for students with disabilities. Present challenges could determine MSU’s future in relation to Disability Services.



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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Random Tuesday Thoughts: Homecoming, Vikings and Top TV Shows


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What a crazy weekend, folks. It was Homecoming Weekend. I’d be willing to bet roughly half of the people reading this don’t remember much on Saturday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Here’s my Saturday in a nut shell: Breakfast, Bloody Mary, friends from St. Cloud visited, played cards, football hits cop car, I hit the bed, I wake up, we go downtown, Rumplemintz. That’s all you need to know about that. Here are some random thoughts from the weekend: 1. Homecoming Weekend Thank Baby Jesus You Only Happen Once a Year. I included a slight description of my Saturday, and I have a feeling many of yours went the same way. If you saw me downtown on Saturday, chances are we didn’t have a real great conversation. Or you probably made fun of my Justin Bieber haircut. I can’t help

it! That’s what cheap shampoo does to a guy’s hair! Hopefully you had a great weekend and didn’t do anything too stupid, like hit on a girl with her boyfriend right next to her. Good thing I’m strong and intimidating... In totally unrelated news, the MSU football team beat Winona State 24-14 in front of a recordbreaking house. Don’t look now, but the Mavericks are becoming a force in the NSIC. 2. Well, It’s Been a Fun Season, Vikings. The Minnesota Vikings lost to the Kansas City Chiefs, Tim Brewster apparently landed a job with Fox and goes by “Coach Brew” (I used to love you Gus Johnson), and Bernard Berrian is getting into Twitter fights with politicians. Yeah, this sounds about right for Minnesota sports. Donovan McNabb doesn’t look horrible, but there is no flow to the offense. I thought maybe McNabb could work for the Vikings - back in 2004. The Vikings need to start rookie Christian Ponder and they need to start him now. If Ponder plays decently this season and impresses the organization, they don’t need to address the position next season. If he sucks, they take Andrew Luck with the No. 1 overall pick and tank the rest of the season.

I’m not kidding. I know Leslie Frazier said he’s sticking with McNabb, but he might want to start thinking about his own future. Here are some words from the fans: “Our new team motto: Suck for Luck!” - Michael Holbrook, St. Peter, Minn. “Sometimes it’s better to be LUCKy than good. Play Ponder and see what he’s got.” - Andy Schmidt, Mankato, Minn. “Start Ponder. See what he can do. It gives us more options. If we can get a chance at Luck, then Ponder would be good trade bait if that is what we decide to do.” - Keith Brewers, Mankato, Minn. “Assuming we go 2-14 and get the No. 1 pick, do you take Luck? If so, what do we do with that Ponder character?” - Eric Beals, Montevideo, Minn. Me: I think we put Ponder in right now and make our decision from there. If Ponder plays well this season, or shows any kind of promise, we keep him and trade the pick. If he sucks, well then, we take Luck and trade Ponder for a 10th round pick. “I need the Packers to stop

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having career-long, recordsetting quarterbacks that I fall in love with. Why am I a Vikings fan again?” - Zach Braegelmann, Richmond, Minn.

regardless. Moving Andy to Regional Manager makes about as much sense as making me editor-inchief... Oh, wait. Never mind.

3. My Top TV Shows

B. Up All Night

This spot was saved for Amanda Knox, but I wanted to give you guys a list of my favorite TV shows instead. Mostly because I blew up Twitter with my thoughts on the Knox case early Monday. Side-note: Very interesting case, though. I was leaning towards her being innocent and I think if the trial had been held in the United States we would have found that out three years ago. I digress. Here are the top-3 shows I’m looking forward to during the fall season:

Will Arnett was hilarious in “Arrested Development” before the show got canceled. I’ve watched three episodes so far and I have high hopes. Now that I think about it, Arnett would have been a perfect character for “The Office.”

A. The Office Steve Carell is gone, and I don’t have much faith in the show being anywhere near where it was, but I’ll be watching

C. Modern Family One name: Claire Dunphy. If I don’t marry someone like her in 20 years, things won’t end well. (Things won’t end well.) As always, thanks for reading. Enjoy your week. You can email Kyle @ Kyle. or follow him on Twitter @Kyle_Ratke.

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In Response to “Feminists Seek to Reclaim ‘Slut’”

To the Editor: I think the article “Feminists seek to reclaim ‘slut’” from the September 29 edition mischaracterized the position of Toronto Constable Michael Sanfuinetti when he said that “Women should avoid dressing like sluts in order to not be victimized.” I don’t believe that anything he said even implies

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that women dressing like sluts DESERVE to be assaulted. I think he is making the case that there are steps that women can take to reduce their likelihood of being victimized.  Much in the same way that nobody DESERVES to get cancer, heart disease, or AIDS, but there are things that we can do to reduce our likelihood.  I was

disappointed that the article didn’t present that point of view at all. It is never acceptable to sexually assault a person, but we need to be aware that there are unethical people in our population that are going to do it anyway.  I think it would be a real disservice to stop telling women that getting wasted at a party increases the probability

that they will be assaulted. In a way, the feminists in the article are proposing an abstinence-only approach to sexual assault: rather than educate women about steps they can take to reduce their likelihood of being victimized, we’ll just tell everyone to stop assaulting each other and that will be enough. That approach

has not been very effective at fighting teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, and I would offer that it might not be effective at reducing sexual assaults either. - Kevin Thompson




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F ro m g r e e n e r y to e a t e r y Farm fresh food trend hits Mankato


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When it comes to the typical grocery list of a college student, fruits and vegetables retain a pretty low status on the list. Yet consumers, grocers and high-paid chefs are flocking to local farmer’s markets to find the best greenery to produce a fresh taste. Communications Director of “Eat Local: Simples Steps to Enjoy Real, Healthy & Affordable Food” Michelle Barbara gave tips about producing, purchasing and storing home-grown food. Buying locally-grown food

is a new and fresh outlook on environmental friendliness, with a push toward healthy eating. It has become a hot market that is a rising trend many people are resorting to these days. Since these fruits and vegetables come straight from the farm, there are noticeable health, nutrition and taste benefits to buying locally. Environmental stewardship and the support for local family farms and rural communities are ensured, as well as animal welfare. To conservationists, transporting food across the world has left an environmen-

tal footprint on the planet. Cutting shipping costs have shown to influence carbon emissions as well. Buying direct from a local farmer recycles most of the money spent on the produce back to running the farm where it was grown. This money should, in theory, stay on the farm to produce more food and keep the local economy alive as well. Because there is no middleman, the costs are kept low. Often times, buying locally-grown food results in peace of mind for the consumer. Farmer’s markets provide the opportunity to meet with local

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farmers and ask them questions about their produce. “In [the] Ukraine we ate all-fresh vegetables. I would rather eat local grown because it’s healthier, but I don’t have the time to go to the market and get fresh local grown food,” said Minnesota State University, Mankato student Demyan Trofomovich. If you can’t make it out to a farmer’s market, a small tip for the supermarket is to buy a product that is produced within the United States. Local food sources are not as well advertised or even as visible as your chain supermarkets might be, but you can find out where they are located by mingling with locals, or on the internet. Farmer’s markets have been proven to be less expensive than supermarket produce. Don’t be afraid to buy in bulk; if you have the proper storage techniques, your newly purchased local farm fresh food will last longer. Lettuce should be refrigerated and stored in a perforated plastic bag. Some people are starting to use mason jars for their greens. Keep them away from fruits to avoid deterioration. Store celery in aluminum foil and not the plastic bag it comes in. Wrap the aluminum foil around the celery tight to retain freshness. When buying bananas, take them out of the plastic bag immediately. The bananas bruise faster when in a closed up space. Being that it is early October, there are many fruits

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and vegetables currently in season. Buying seasonal foods ensures that you get the most freshness because they are grown well according to the climate and weather. Some of those foods in Minnesota include apples, broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, onions, potatoes, pumpkins, raspberries, snap peas, sweet potatoes and turnips. The Mankato Food Coop is an organization that supports locally grown food operatives and is striving to open a natural food cooperative in Mankato, as well as making farm fresh food options readily available to the community. The group has 38 members contributing to the local food movement and hope to someday open a year-round venue for the community and local products. The Mankato Food Coop suggests becoming a part of the local food movement, shopping at the Mankato farmer’s market when it is in season, and the year round St. Peter Co-op. “Consider becoming a member of the Mankato Co-op Initiative. Student memberships are available and are a low cost way to support the goal of establishing a year-round store for local producers,” said the Mankato Co-op’s Acting Director of Communications Becca Gad. You can still catch the Mankato Farmer’s Market for a few more weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30-5 p.m. on Madison Avenue.

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lately-absent Missy Elliot comes in for the track “Nobody’s Perfect” where she delivers an excellent performance and chorus, that makes us all look forward to the moment that she should fully return to the music world. Trey Songz is featured on the mainstream radio cut “Can’t Get Enough” and Drake makes for an excellent assist on the song “In the Morning” which was also featured on Cole’s Friday Night Lights mixtape. “Dollar and a Dream III” is passionate and unadulterated, with sweeping chords serving as the background. “So much on my mind I wonder how it fit in my brain” he says, signifying the pressures and thoughts that the artist holds. “Never Told” touches on turmoil in relationships and what type of interactions can take place. J Cole’s best asset as an artist and songwriter, on this album in particular, is that ultimately honesty and talent pay off in the end and make for a much more compelling listen. While his contemporaries often vie for the crossover single for mainstream radio, Cole sticks to what he does best, and the formula has been tried and true. This album is a statement that the genre is not completely lost, and that in fact with artists like J Cole it should enjoy a bright future. On the track “Breakdown” Cole states “Quicksand is what this life feels like.” One can’t see J Cole sinking anytime soon.

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“We still kids ourselves, how we gon’ raise a kid by our self?” J Cole questions to a partner on the topic of abortion on the song “Lost Ones” off his debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story. Passionate, deep and introspective; topics like these are never few and far between on the album’s 16 tracks. Whether it is the tug-ofwar of emotions from not seeing his father for years, the struggles of his mother’s addiction to drugs or the plight of the black community, Cole gives the listener more through his talents while also tapping into common dreams and sentiments. In a day in age where so many rappers are trying to be pop’s next star, J Cole fills a void that has long since been lost. J Cole, born Jermaine Cole from Fayetteville, North Carolina, is a 23-year-old artist, the first to sign to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation record label. After three successful mixtapes and critical acclaim, he now releases his debut, which is nothing less than superb. Handling the bulk of the album’s production by himself, the instrumentals bleed with feeling, giving the listener a full experience of rich sound layered with Cole’s excellent lyrical display. Standout tracks include “Rise & Shine,” a bold song with bursting drums that pulses with eminence. On the track, Cole addresses critics of his music when he

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rattles off the lyric “The hate in your blood can’t stop your soul from vibing with it.” On “Breakdown,” the album’s most personal track, J Cole tells of seeing his father for the first time since he was young and after meeting, contemplating about his youth and how situations in his past would have turned out different if he would have had a father figure to guide him. The sentiment and worry is ever present as he then watches his mother

overcome with addiction. In the track’s chorus, the repeated words “I can’t help but breakdown” echo in the listener’s head long after the song is finished. The album features few guest appearances giving the floor to mainly J Cole himself. However, the guests that do appear are more than welcome. Jay-Z makes an appearance for the club-laced “Mr. Nice Watch,” which features a pounding beat with the two artists both in sync for a solid collaboration. The



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The Conkling Art Gallery, located in Nelson Hall, is currently featuring some stunning threedimensional visual art. The exhibit, displaying works by James Tanner (former art faculty at MSU), Robert Finkler (former art chair at MSU), and Janice Tanner, will be on display in the gallery until Oct. 14. The eye-catching pieces draw inspiration from architecture, nature and other concepts of form and flow. As always, the showcase is free and open to the public. Enjoy!

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Few sports inspire greater underdog stories in film than baseball. Whether it’s Bull Durham, Major League, or even The Sandlot, something about America’s Pastime has given movie audiences an excuse to cheer for the little guy. Moneyball, the latest in the grand tradition of great sports films, reveals that this dynamic can really be boiled down to two factors: Money and heart. Billy Beane, a character that marks the return of Charming Brad Pitt (not to be confused with Crazy Brad Pitt or Slumming Brad Pitt), is the General Manager of the Oakland A’s, the team with the biggest money problems in all of baseball. When he loses his team’s three biggest players to large market teams like the Yankees and Red Sox, he changes his entire strategy for signing talent based on the advice of one young accountant, played by Jonah Hill, flexing surprising dramatic muscle. But what may sound like a dull exercise in both sports movie tropes and statistical nonsense succeeds wildly because Moneyball is one of the most true-to-life interpretations of baseball ever captured on film, bringing real human emotion into every seemingly business-like backstage decision. The film’s got great actors to burn, all of whom bring a little something extra to their performances, no one more so than Parks and Recreation star Chris Pratt, who is delightfully subdued as a young player with one last shot to make his mark. But of course, the star of the show is Pitt, and he carries the film with an edgy swagger that belies his gentle nature. It’s refreshing to not only enjoy a sports film but to honestly care about every character without cheap Hollywood tricks or emotional cheats. For viewers who aren’t fans of baseball, it may not hold your interest, though with a production this beautifully put together, it’s be worth it for you all the same.


Drive is a far more complicated film than its trailers and promotions could possibly convey. It’s hard to sell a gangster movie that’s less about action and mayhem (though there’s plenty of both) than it is about the mythical nature of heroism, the dark realities behind our filmic desires, and whether or not redemption by blood is redemption at all. In short, Drive is an action movie for the arthouse crowd, meant to be analyzed and puzzled over. This isn’t to discount the film. Far from it; Drive has more intensity in a few scenes than some films can claim to have in their entire running times. But anyone who’s looking for easy answers or quick solutions should steer clear. Ryan Gosling, as the film’s unnamed protagonist, is a mysterious mechanic and movie stunt driver who moonlights as a getaway driver for hardened criminals. When he meets a new neighbor, played lovably by Carey Mulligan, he takes

an interest in her, her son, and her imprisoned husband. The film’s early moments are dotted with strange and frustrating musical montages that bathe everything in an 80s day-glo. But music aside, the production is gorgeous and the actors are so compelling that their characters shine through. However, when things go wrong in the characters’ lives, the film takes a dark turn. Drive is one of the most graphically violent movies I’ve ever seen, and the majority of that violence takes place in the second half. But all the violence has a purpose and a place, horrific though it may be; no drop of blood is spilled without tremendous meaning and weight behind it. This is the difference between Drive and a typical gangster movie: When guns and knives come out, there is always consequence, always heartache, always fear. It’s a gut-punch of a film that will stick with you for days after it’s through.


Cancer is a tricky subject to film. It brings up a lot of emotions and personal associations that can lead to melodrama and a feeling of disingenuity. Making cancer funny is even harder. Which is why it is so surprising that 50/50, inspired by the real-life experiences of writer Will Reiser, is such a triumph, a hilarious, cathartic, sweet-hearted

view on life and death and what can happen to the former when we’re suddenly faced with the latter. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is spectacular as Adam, who, at 27, is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in his spine. His best friend, Kyle, the typically hysterical Seth Rogen, helps him cope with his illness through humor while his mother (Anjelica Huston) and girlfriend (Bryce Dallas Howard) struggle to keep it together. Oscar-nominee Anna Kendrick also stars as Adam’s fresh-faced therapist. To say a film about cancer will make you cry is no great statement, but for the most part the tears are reserved, even minimal, for the majority of the film. The heart and soul of 50/50 is in its pathos, the way it wrings laughs from the most serious subjects. Veteran actors Matt Frewer and Phillip Baker Hall soak up some of the best moments as Adam’s pot-smoking friends in chemotherapy. Truly, 50/50 is a film that anyone can, and should, see. It’s not only brilliantly funny, but it walks a tightrope so perfectly that its big laughs are never at the expense of cancer or its patients, but rather in support of them, as though our laughter and theirs is always one and the same, making us as much friends of these characters as they are of one another. 50/50 is a heartfelt, honest, and beautiful film that will make anyone with a heart laugh and cry, though much more of the former than the latter.

Sports Tuesday, October 4, 2011

MSU Golf: The Maverick men are currently tied for second place after the first two rounds of the NSIC tournament. The final two rounds will be played in 2012 on April 14-15. MSU Cross Country: The No. 12 men finished sixth at the SDSU Classic. MSU Men’s Hockey: The Mavericks defeated British Columbia 3-1 in an exhibition Monday night in Mankato.

Largest crowd ever at Blakeslee sees Mavericks down Warriors

After struggling in the first half, senior quarterback Jon Daniels and the MSU offense made the plays when they needed to in the second half to fend off Winona St. 24-14 on Homecoming. TIGE HUTCHESON

staff writer

After surrendering most of its 17-0 lead by giving up backto-back touchdowns to Winona State in the third quarter, the Minnesota State, Mankato football team faced fourth-and-nine with a little over seven minutes remaining in the game. The Warriors had managed to pull within 17-14 and had all of the momentum. If the game came down to one down, it was this fourth-and-nine. In front of a Blakeslee Stadium record 7,011 spectators, MSU head coach Todd Hoffner and offensive coordinator Aaron Keen made the decision to stay true to the theme the team had been preaching all week: just go for it. “We could’ve punted, but we thought ‘why not, let’s go for it.’ Our motto all week was to not feel the pressure, have a ‘just go for it’ mentality, to not be afraid to make mistakes and have the courage to give it all you’ve got and lay it on the line,” said Hoffner. Punting would’ve been the safe play, but whether it was because of confidence, intelligence or simple guts, Hoffner and Keen decided to practice what they preached and took the gamble.

MAVERICKS Winona State

24 14

It worked. “[The offense] was standing on the field and we weren’t ready to come off,” said wide receiver Adam Thielen, who caught the 14-yard pass from Jon Daniels to give the Mavericks a momentum-shifting first down. “We’ve been working on that play all week and in the past. We know that’s a good play for us and a big play for us, and we just gave it to [Jon] Daniels, who came back after that first half, and he put it on the money and we got the first down.” Daniels stepped up with clutch play late, connecting for first downs with Thielen and senior LaMark Brown three plays later, before punching in the game-breaking touchdown himself on a one-yard run, giving the Mavericks a 24-14 lead with less than four minutes to go. “I thought we were very charged, very excited and very fired up to play a great Winona State team,” Hoffner said. “I’m proud of our consistency throughout [the game]; we did have a couple of lapses, but our defense was outstanding all game long and we put them in some tough situations.” The toughest situation hap-

shannon rathmanner • msu reporter Senior wide receiver LaMark Brown shakes off a Winona defender in MSU’s 24-14 Homecoming victory Saturday afternoon in Mankato. A record 7,011 fans watched the Mavericks improve to 4-0 in conference play.

pened just before the start of the fourth quarter. The Mavericks had dominated from the very beginning until a Winona State rushing touchdown, a blocked punt return for a touchdown and a three-and-out by the Mavericks offense in the final five minutes of the third quarter put the Warriors in a position to take the lead. “You could definitely see the urgency pick up and we definitely started to get tight so we just had to make sure we got our energy up and our focus

back to 100 percent,” said MSU linebacker Marcus Hall-Oliver, who led all defensive players with nine tackles. MSU’s defense responded, forcing two straight three-andouts, before completely shattering any hope the Warriors may have had of a last second comeback with Hall-Oliver’s interception with 3:10 left in the game. As expected, the Mavericks finished with 228 passing yards compared to Winona State’s 92, walking all over the Warrior

secondary thanks to receiving touchdowns from juniors Dennis Carter (72 yards receiving) and Thielen (70). Daniels, who threw three interceptions in the first half, bounced back and finished with 228 yards in the air and two passing touchdowns. Freshman tailback Andy Pfeiffer also complemented the aerial attack with his fourth consecutive 100-yard rushing game, finishing with 101 yards on 23 carries.

HOMECOMING / page 11


Mavericks dominate both sides of field in shutting down Mustangs With no elite teams in the NSIC this season, MSU has established itself as the team to beat.


staff writer

The Minnesota State, Mankato women’s soccer team kept the Homecoming magic alive, albeit on the road, with a 4-0 victory over the Southwest Minnesota State Mustangs in Marshall, Minn. on Sunday. The Mavericks seemed to be in control the whole game, but both teams had a hard time finding the back of the net in the first half, where MSU took 15 shots and had five corner kicks but failed to score a goal. The defense played as good as it gets for the Mavericks, not even allowing the Mustangs to take a shot the entire game. In the second half, MSU was finally able to get the ball past the conference saves lead-

er, SMSU’s Sonya Smith. Two and a half minutes into the half, junior forward Brittany Henry scored what turned out to be her fifth game-winning goal of the season on assists from sophomore midfielder Tori Meinhardt and sophomore forward Courtney Vallarelli. The Mustangs kept it close until the 60-minute mark, when the Mavericks scored two goals in six minutes. Junior midfielder Brianne West scored off a pass from junior forward Nicole Dooher for a 2-0 MSU lead, and Meinhardt topped that goal by bending a corner kick into the back of the net at the 66:13 mark. At the 79:06 mark, Vallarelli finished off the scoring with a goal off a pass from Dooher, her second assist of the game,

angela kukowski • msu reporter Junior forward Brittany Henry has a team-leading eight goals and 18 points this season for MSU, with five of the scores being game-winners.

giving the Mavericks a 4-0 lead that would be the eventual final score. The Mavericks led the game in every statistical cat-

egory, including shots by 37-0, and had 10 corner kicks with SMSU not having a single corner kick. MSU completely dominated both sides of the

field. Senior defender Marissa Santana was happy with how the Mavericks played the game. “Overall we played well. We controlled the game and found a way to win,” said Santana. “Each game we are finding the missing pieces to our puzzle and getting stronger and better as a whole.” This victory increases the team’s winning streak to six games, and they show no signs of slowing down. One of the senior captains, defender Sarah Schellinger, is liking how they are playing right now. “Our strengths throughout this six-game winning streak have been consistent. When

SMSU RECAP / page 11

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Mavericks shake off disappointing loss to unranked Crookston by slaying Dragons



NSIC North School

Div. Conf.

St. Cloud State Minnesota Duluth U-Mary MSU-Moorhead Bemidji State Northern State Minn. Crookston

2-0 2-0 1-1 1-1 0-1 0-1 0-2

3-1 3-1 2-2 1-3 3-1 0-4 0-4

MAVERICKS Winona State 5-0 Minnesota Duluth 4-2 Concordia-St. Paul 4-2 Bemidji State 3-2-1 SMSU 3-2 U-Mary 3-3 MSU-Moorhead 2-3-1 Augustana 2-3 St. Cloud State 2-4 Minnesota Crookston 2-4 Upper Iowa 1-3-1 Northern State 1-5 Wayne State 0-4-1

NSIC South School

Div. Conf.

MAVERICKS 2-0 Augustana 2-0 Wayne State 1-0 Winona State 1-1 Upper Iowa 0-1 Concordia-St. Paul 0-2 SW Minnesota State 0-2

MSU suffered a sweep at the hands of the Golden 5-0 7-1-1 Eagles, but still took care of Moorhead 3-1 the next day.

Conf. OVR

4-0 2-2 4-0 3-1 1-3 1-3 1-3

7-2-1 4-4-1 5-5 4-5-1 4-5 6-5 6-3-1 5-5 4-6 3-8 3-5-1 4-7 3-5-2

VOLLEYBALL (NSIC) School Conf. OVR Minnesota Duluth 8-0 16-0 Concordia-St. Paul 6-0 15-0 SW Minnesota State 6-1 12-4 Winona State 5-2 11-5 Wayne State 4-3 11-5 Augustana 4-3 10-5 MAVERICKS 3-4 10-5 Upper Iowa 3-4 9-7 MSU-Moorhead 3-4 5-9 Northern State 2-5 7-7 Minnesota Crookston 2-5 7-9 St. Cloud State 1-5 5-9 U-Mary 1-6 2-14 Bemidji State 1-7 4-11

Twilight Golf


staff writer

In an unexpected turn of events, the Minnesota State, Mankato volleyball team dropped its fourth conference match of the season last Friday, getting swept by MinnesotaCrookston 3-0. With the loss, the Mavericks dropped to 2-4 in their NSIC schedule and No. 19 in the nation. “Crookston executed their plays extremely well,” said sophomore Jenna McNallan. “As a whole we did not respond to the pressure, which is one thing we need to work on.” The first set was a tight one, as the two teams found themselves tied at 25. But MSU would falter down the stretch and let Crookston score the final two points needed to Photo courtesy of Junior Kayla Berning’s team-leading 13 kills weren’t enough for the Maverwin 27-25. icks Friday against unranked Minnesota-Crookston, who upset MSU 3-0. “They came in as the underdogs and won that first set and that really gave them sweep the Mavericks. Friday night, the Mavericks some momentum,” McNallan “We really need to start responded with a much-needed explained. getting back to the basics at the win over MSU-Moorhead, 3-1. McNallan finished with four end of sets,” McNallan said. The first set saw the Mavkills and five digs. “We need to play fundamenericks tied with the Dragons at MSU would lose the second tal volleyball and get the job 11 apiece, but MSU turned the set by a convincing score of done.” game around and scored 14 of 25-18. With their backs against Junior Kayla Berning the last 18 points to win 25-15. the wall; the Mavericks had a finished with a team-leading They would drop the second chance to fight back, leading 13 kills for the Mavericks ofset 25-19 to even the match at 25-24 in the third set. They fensively, and senior Brittany one win apiece. staggered, however, and let Stamer added a game-high 32 Coming out of the locker Crookston go on a 4-1 run to assists for MSU. take the final set 28-26 and VOLLEYBALL / page 11 After a poor performance

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loss to Hastings we play fast, College. high pressure, The Cougars attacking Sioux Falls have a lot of soccer, we are When: 3 p.m. today veterans and reunbeatable,” turning players, said SchellWhere: The Pitch behind Gage but the up-andinger. “Our coming star on forwards and the team is freshman forward midfielders are finding the Desiree Parmenter, who leads back of the net and by having the team in points with 12 and a shutout mentality, we have goals scored with five. been able to find success. We However, it will be very have been focusing on playing tough for them to contain the our way no matter the circumhigh-flying MSU offense, as stances.” the Mavericks have outscored The Mavericks (7-1-1) will their opponents 21-4 during be finishing off their noncontheir six-game winning streak, ference schedule against the (4-5) University of Sioux Falls including scoring four or more goals in the last four games. Cougars today at The Pitch by the Gage Towers. The Cougars are coming off a 2-0


VOLLEYBALL room, the Mavericks kicked their game into high gear and took the next set in extra time 28-26. With a 2-1 lead, the Mavericks would continue to play solid volleyball and avoided losing their third straight match by winning the fourth set 25-18. “There was a new excitement that night in the gym,” McNallan said about MSU’s win on Saturday. “You could tell everyone was giving it their all and that we wanted to show everyone how we can play

HOMECOMING In the end, the Mavericks held on for a 24-14 marquee Homecoming victory over Winona State in front of the record number of observers. “It was live. To see this today, on both sides, it was definitely just a great environment for us to play in. We definitely felt the energy,” said Hall-Oliver. “The fans came out and they want to see quality football and I think we gave it to them,” said Hoffner. “Hats off to all of the people that came out and supported and cheered. It was definitely an advantage for us and we appreciated it and we’ll definitely need it again three weeks from now when we’re back home.”

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shannon rathmanner • msu reporter Senior quarterback Jon Daniels threw for 228 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score, bouncing back after throwing three first-half interceptions.

Women’s Hockey

continued from 10 together, with each other and for each other.” McNallan was one of the players Jenna McNallan who really stepped it up Saturday night, as the outside hitter finished with a career-high 21 kills. McNallan’s playing time has gone up in recent matches and she has really risen to the occasion.

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“I just try to do my best when my number gets called,” McNallan explained about her duties on the team. “I want my team’s trust and I will do anything to make the team stronger.” Junior Chelsea Fogarty added 15 kills, while fellow junior Jill Storlie supplied 14 of her own. Stamer also added a game-high 52 assists. The Mavericks will next be in action this Friday when they head to Wayne, Nebraska to take on the No. 10 team in the nation, Wayne State.

Mavericks sweep Lindenwood University


The Minnesota State, Mankato women’s hockey team took a pair of games from Lindenwood University last weekend at All Seasons Arena in Mankato to begin regular season play 2-0. The Mavericks took Friday’s contest 4-3, then completed the sweep Saturday afternoon with a 10-2 rout of the Lions. On Friday, sophomore Lauren Barnes, a transfer from Mercyhurst University, notched

the game-winning goal as MSU prevailed 4-3. Fellow sophomore forward Kathleen Rogan and junior forward Lauren Smith each added a goal apiece in the win. Rogan was at it again on Saturday, tallying four of the Mavericks’ 10 goals for a careerhigh game in MSU’s 10-2 blowout win. It was the first time an MSU player had scored four goals in a game since 2003. MSU resumes regular season play this weekend against Mercyhurst in Mankato.

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