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Maverick alumnus speak about leadership and their success

MARIA LY Staff Writer To celebrate 70 years of success since its founding in 1948, the College of Business hosted an event this past Thursday on October 4th, “Maverick Icons: Leaders with Big Ideas.” Four former alumni spoke about their experiences in a fireside chat style interview with the Dean of the College of Business, Brenda Flannery, as the host. The event was equal parts inspirational, informational, and insightful with four big guest speakers: Daren Cotter, Rhoda Olsen, John Frawley, and Robyn Waters. The Dean took the stage and presented the first speaker with a video introduction. The first speaker was Rhoda Olsen, class of 1981 and owner/CEO of Great Clips, who spoke about her experiences at

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MNSU and what led her to her current position. Majoring in sociology and psychology with an intention to go into counseling, she was told by her psychology professor that she’d make an awful counselor because of her bossy demanding nature. However, she claims

that her major in sociology and psychology influenced her career in business and ultimately aided her in building relationships. She was recruited into Great Clips by her brother and became president of the company in 1998. Her story showed that even though she

began with a different future in mind, connecting the two helped her build strong relationships that helped in her success.


Holocaust survivor recounts life under Nazi rule members, including his young cousin, then not even four years old, to the death camps. He himself came to the US as a child, in 1939.

JOSHUA SCHUETZ Staff Writer The Ostrander Auditorium was packed to the brim on Tuesday afternoon for a presentation by Fred Amram. Amram is Holocaust survivor and storyteller who has traveled to numerous universities to recount his experiences under the Nazi rule. Amram lost many family

Holocaust. He noted that much of the focus in discussions about the Holocaust tend to focus on the death camps. “When you hear about the

“At first, Jewish people weren’t allowed to use the same benches at the park. Then, they weren’t allowed to use the park at all.” In his presentation, Amram sought to change how students perceive the

Holocaust, you tend to talk about Auschwitz.” While that is an absolutely

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vital part, Amram said that such a focus can obscure how Germany got to that point, with all of the little steps taken by the German government, one by one, to segregate, dehumanize, and eventually kill the Jewish people living under their rule. “We don’t immediately come to Auschwitz,” Amram said. Instead, the first stages of the Holocaust had been economic and social. The Nazis encouraged the boycott of Jewish businesses and institutions to disenfranchise


Congress recently passed a bill allocating funds for drug addiction treatments in the wake of the worst addiction crisis in American history. The opioid epidemic has, since the late 90s, killed around 700,000 Americans, but that’s likely an underestimate. It’s not getting better, either: in 2017, over 72,000 people died of drug overdoses. It’s worth asking, why such high numbers? And will the new bill do much good? The short answer: Because of the increase in fentanyl use, and no, probably not. Our popular image of an opioid epidemic victim is a middle-aged, blue collar worker who was injured on the job, was prescribed opioids by a physician, and was unable to stop using them after treatment ended. The problem is that this image is misleading. Middleaged and elderly people are more likely to become addicted to prescription painkillers, which has been the focus of most media attention and policy thus far, but opioid deaths are being driven by the illicit use of heroin and fentanyl. Why? Heroin is cheaper, fentanyl cheaper still. Young people are less likely to be able to get opioids through legal means. Heroin and fentanyl are also much stronger than garden-variety painkillers. Statistics bear this out. The CDC reported 72,287 deaths from opioid overdoses in the US in 2017. Of those, 29,418 were from fentanyl, versus 15,950 and 14,951 from heroin and prescription painkillers, respectively. But most policies have to do with restricting the supply of opioid painkillers. This isn’t a bad thing, but it won’t do much good for those addicted to heroin or fentanyl. It might backfire, by leading those taken off of prescription drugs (including chronic pain patients) to try more dangerous drugs.


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Ted Paul Theatre gets a whole new makeover

EMMANUELLA SHOKARE Staff Writer Ted Paul Theatre for Performing Arts was built in 1967 and since then, there have been few renovations, such as replacing the seats and changing the carpet. But this time, the Ted Paul Theatre was given a full makeover. The renovation has been long overdue since the theatre first opened more than 30 years ago. The renovation started over the summer and was done this October. Although, when the season series was launched, the theater was not complete. The Theatre & Dance Department spent over 500,000 dollars to renovate the theatre. “We have already raised $225,000 through private donations— and we are still “selling seats” for $1,000

each. We are covering the rest with donations that we have received over the past 20 years. The total bill will be just over 500,000 dollars,” said Dr. Paul Hustoles, Chair of the Department of Theatre & Dance. Thanks to the donations we now have a more beautiful theatre that both MNSU students and community members can enjoy while they watch the shows. The new taller, larger seats will include back support for audience members to comfortably watch the shows. The new carpet and huge velvet curtain that hides the stage adds aesthetic pleasure to overall enhance the viewing experience. “We have a new wall separating the orchestra pit from the audience and a new sound booth in the back. We have also greatly increased our handicapped accessibility,” said Dr. Hustoles. The first show to open the newly renovated theatre was “The Music Man”.

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One thing I believe about theatre is that it’s not only the shows but the beauty of the theatre. The beauty of the theatre itself will bring more

attention to people coming to watch to the shows and add excitement to the overall experience. This renovation and celebration came at a

good time as the university celebrated its 150th anniversary.

Trend, Design, and Product Development for Target. Coming from a small town and a high school graduating class of 52, Mankato State was a big, brand new world for Robyn who double majored in business and textile clothing and design. While studying abroad in London, she developed

an interest in international business and so started her 10-year long career in the department store world. After these 10 years, when the retail market crashed, Robyn switched jobs and brought the Tar-jay to Target as she helped them become a national fashion destination. After 28 years she decided

to leave the corporate world and became an author/ speaker with two published books, and was even quoted on a Starbucks cup. Her story showed that big ideas don’t have a time limit and that big


Continued from page 1 The next alumni introduced was Darren Cotter, who graduated from MNSU in 2004 and is now the CEO of Inbox Dollars. He spoke about his experience starting a business in his dorm room and the valuable relationships he gained from his time here at MNSU. He met his wife during his 3rd year of college and his two close friends and business partners during his freshman year in the dorms. His big idea was to take an old idea, reward programs

that paid consumers to participate in online activities such as watching ads and make it better. What had gone from a dorm room hobby turned into a multi-millionaire business. His story showed, through teamwork, going after your passions, and perseverance, big ideas can turn into big things. Next to grace the stage was Robyn Waters, class of 1975, and founder and president of RW Trend, LLC and former vice president of

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Coming out to my conservative Asian mother Opinion

MARIA LY Staff Writer Rumbling stomach, teary eyes, and thoughts of running into the middle of the highway. These were my lowest moments after I sat through a grueling, at-home conversion therapy session with my mother. National Coming Out Day is today. When I think about coming out, I think about fear, strength, and probably the worst and best moments of my life. I remember sitting in my high school cafeteria when my sister told me that my mom found my diaries and that she called her. I remember crying in the counselor’s office waiting for my mom, begging the counselor to “please don’t let her take me.” I remember seeing my mom with no makeup in public for the first time. I remember the words of hate yelled at me from someone who was supposed to love me. I remember the tight grip she had on my wrist when she dragged me out of the school. I remember the sermons that spewed out homophobia my mother made me watch. I remember the videos of testimonies of women too afraid to speak their truth, claiming that they changed and that I could to. I remember the highlighted Bible quotes and the dry throat I got from reciting it aloud so many times. I remember the bruises on my knees from kneeling down in

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prayer for so long, my mother telling me exactly what to pray. Sorry God. I remember the pain in my heart when lying in my bedroom thinking of ways to kill myself. I remember telling my mom it was a phase. “Good,” she said. I remember my confidence and self-esteem being sucked out of me the minute she closed my bedroom door. I remember the years of trying to change and fear of people finding out. I didn’t want to be gay anymore because that meant my mom will never love me. I remember looking in the mirror and coming out to myself, and the wholeness

I felt. I remember her, her beauty, her laugh, her smell. I remember a lot of girls. I remember my first kiss, my first date, my first girlfriend. I remember saying, “Fuck it,” and telling my older sister. I remember the relief. I remember telling my friends, my younger siblings, my aunt,

my cousin, my classmates, and my coworkers. I remember that feeling of freedom and all that emotional burden falling off my back. I finally felt like I was living. I used to think the phrase, “things will get better,” was just something that people said but didn’t actually

happen. Just some lame motivational quote. For me things got better, but some things still suck. I think I’m ok with that. My coming out story is not over, in fact it feels like it just started. However, for once, I’m finally brave enough to say, “I’m so gay!”

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A continuous battle to overcome mental illness In wake of Mental Health Awareness Day student shares his story


KOLBY SPOMER Staff Writer Two days ago, I went into the Counseling Center on campus because I was having suicidal thoughts. I couldn’t see any reason not to just kill myself, but I figured I might as well see what the Counseling Center had to offer, since part of my tuition pays for my ten “free” sessions, and wasting money is really annoying when I don’t do it on purpose. I had been there before, but I didn’t find it very helpful, so I stopped going after a few visits. Maybe I just thought I didn’t do it right or give it a fair enough shake. Maybe I just didn’t want to die. Regardless, I found myself sitting in their office filling out a questionnaire about my life history and present state of mind. When I went to turn in my file, the receptionist said that I would probably be looking at a week’s wait, at least. I guess my reaction wasn’t very convincing, because she then said that if it was really bad, I could meet with someone within the hour. I told her I would prefer that,

as I could get everything in order sooner if it didn’t go well. So I left for the library and waited for my 11 a.m. appointment. When I got back, I was greeted by a counselor, who seemed nice. We then spent the next hour talking about why I felt the way I did, how I most likely have some sort of depression, and things we can do in between our next meeting to help me. I’m not going to give you all the details, but I will tell you how I felt. And it wasn’t better. I felt worse and worse throughout the meeting, and I didn’t really know why. I’m guessing now that talking about it makes you feel worse about it, which is infinitely better than feeling nothing, because it’s a feeling. Hopefully with the help of the next couple sessions and maybe some sort of pill, I can start feeling more and more, and get back to something close to how I was as a kid. Yesterday was Mental Health Awareness Day, coincidentally. This day is used to help acknowledge and raise awareness for mental health issues of all kinds, and then subsequently helping people with these problems feel okay about them and feel okay about getting help. As I’ve grown up, I’ve felt less and less okay talking about how I feel inside, be it because I have a masculinity


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problem or because I just don’t want to feel like a burden. You may be asking yourself why, then, would I write about something like this. At first, I didn’t want to at all. I thought I would just feel worse and worse and everyone would see it as weak and I would be shunned. As I kept thinking about it, though, I also thought about how I would react to seeing an article like this. I’d probably see the Counseling Center as a new option, at least to check into, and I’d give them a shot. And that’s why I wrote this article. I don’t know if I will ever get better, but I know that the counselor’s will help

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me try, and that gives me something to be hopeful for. If you feel anything close to how I feel, or you just don’t feel anything at all, I hope you go to the Counseling Center before you do anything drastic. I can’t promise it will change your outlook at all, because mental health problems don’t just get fixed, but I can promise it’ll give you a new option. Plus, you wouldn’t want to waste those “free” 10 sessions. The Counseling Center is located in the CSU, room 285. You can also call them at 507389-1455 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the academic year.

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Congo suffering from Ebola epidemic Expect lots of fun this

JOSHUA SCHUETZ Staff Writer The Democratic Republic of the Congo is suffering one of the worst Ebola epidemics in history, and it’s likely to spread beyond the country’s borders, according to the World Health Organization. The DRC is already suffering from severe political instability and years of civil war, creating a “perfect storm” for the spread of the disease. Reuters reported that 100 people have died of the disease in the regions of North Kivu and Ituri, out of 150 cases. On Tuesday, the WHO hosted a news conference in Geneva. Peter Salama, the head of emergency response, stated that “several factors may be coming together over the next weeks and months to create a potential perfect storm.”

Unfortunately, the political situation in the DRC is not conducive to an efficient and well-coordinated response. The country has been embroiled in a series of civil wars and armed conflicts, many resulting from ethnic conflict and widespread poverty. There is a vaccine for Ebola, which is being deployed in the country. However, some people have resisted vaccination, distrusting the government and health organizations, and sometimes running into

“Reuters reported that 100 people have died of the disease in the regions of North Kivu and Ituri, out of 150 cases.” forests in order to avoid being treated. This has worsened the spread of the disease. The WHO said that 101 people have died thus far, with 151 total cases being reported, slightly higher than


Continued from page 1 them economically. Political disenfranchisement was achieved with the stripping of citizenship. Amram stressed the importance of segregation in setting the stage for later atrocities. “Separation, that’s how every genocide begins.” The picture of the Holocaust that Amram presented was not a dramatic, single event, but a series of insidious steps towards the eventual hell scapes of Auschwitz and the other death camps. At first, Jewish people weren’t allowed to use the same benches at the park. Then, they weren’t allowed to use the park at all. First, they were segregated on the trolley. Then, they couldn’t even use the trolley. Right after right, stripped away, systematically, slowly, methodically, and deliberately. “Could something like that happen in the US?” Amram asked the crowd. He turned and moved to the next slide in the presentation: a picture of a segregated water fountain in the United States. “When I came to the US, this is what I saw,” he told the crowd. But the Holocaust, according to Amram, could have been prevented, and should have been prevented.

the numbers provided by Reuters. The disease may soon spread to the neighboring country of Uganda, and there are fears that if the WHO is unable to control the epidemic in the North Kivu and Ituri regions, it may be impossible to do so at all. In the DRC itself, six regions are at risk for the spread of the disease. These regions are Bas Uele, Haut Uele, Ituri, Maniema, South Kivu and Tanganika. The WHO is taking precautions to ensure

“There was no reason why the stop couldn’t have happened earlier,” he said. Comparing Nazi Germany to the US, he said “Here, folks protested, folks said no, we won’t allow this, and today we sit in the same waiting room.” No such thing happened in Germany. Amram encouraged the audience not to be bystanders, but upstanders. “What you do matters,” he said, noting that if people had protested against what was happening to the Jewish people en masse, in a way akin to the Civil Rights Movement, the Holocaust might well not have happened, and Hitler might have been overthrown. By the time that the Allies put an end to the Nazi regime, it was too late; six million had died. “The takeaway is a call to action,” Amram said in his closing statements. “What I ask is that you not be bystanders, but that you be upstanders.” The Transfer of Memory photography exhibit, which depicts survivors of the Holocaust in the state of Minnesota, is located in the Centennial Student Union Art Gallery, and will be there from October 8 to October 23.

that people are vaccinated and treatments are available to combat the disease. The Red Cross has also mobilized experts to help treat people in the affected regions, according to the WHO. Ebola is an infectious disease spread through contact with bodily fluids, such as blood, saliva or semen. The disease has caused a number of epidemics in Africa in the past decade, including the epidemic of 2014, which killed over 10,000 people.

Family Weekend

MADISON DIEMERT News Editor Family Weekend starts on Friday, October 12 through Sunday, October 14. Kicking off the weekend the Student Events Team has free cosmic bowling and billiards in the Maverick Bullpen that everyone can join in on. Later on in the evening there will also be a performance by Wacky Chad at 8 p.m. Wacky Chad is a stunt comedian who will be telling jokes and doing tricks on a unicycle, pogo sticks, a skateboard, and much more. He will also be doing juggling, riding on a tiny bicycle, and other impressive tricks. Wacky Chad has been on America’s Got Talent twice, and this will be his first time performing at MNSU. On Saturday the 13, students and families can start off the morning right with a 5k run/walk at 9:30 a.m. starting at the Fitness Trail, near the softball fields. Afterwards, there will be a fun carnival at 10:30 a.m. in the Myers Field House until 1 p.m. The carnival will include a photo booth, an opportunity to have your

caricatures drawn, rock wall climbing, inflatables, and a lot of other great stuff to participate in. The rest of the day offers a ton of other great activities to take advantage of, like showings of The Incredibles 2, an ultimate frisbee tournament, women’s rugby, the football game against Minot State, and so much more. There will also be a game of The Price is Right from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. with over 2,000 dollars in prizes. Everyone is welcome to play. Sunday has many activities as well, perfect for a nice relaxing day. Families and students can participate in a free, day-long book festival near the Civic Center off campus starting at 10 a.m. This event includes more than 40 Minnesotan authors and everyone will have the chance to meet and connect with them. There will also be open swim, another showing of The Incredibles 2, and a chance to watch the Vikings game at noon in the Bullpen. Everyone should come and participate in MNSU’s Family Weekend and take advantage of all the fun activities and games. There’s no better way to spend time with your friends and family than on Family Weekend!

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“You don’t know what you don’t

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know” - Storm says goodbye

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If you have ever had the inkling or passion to start something new, or perhaps you were looking for a way to adapt to an increasingly diverse campus? Then, I bet you have come in contact with Ashley Storm. The fun, welcoming and energetic corner office of the Student Activities Office is saying her farewell to the University as she takes on a new role. At the Reporter, we sat down with Ashley to speak about her time here on the MSU campus. “One of her star factors is her infectious ability to get other people involved and interested in making a difference.” Remarked Greg Wilkins, Associate Director of Centennial Student Union – Student Activities. What drew you to MNSU? To be honest, MSU was never really on my radar. I got my bachelor degree and master’s degree at St. Cloud State University and probably never would have thought about applying to MSU. The Universe seems to have had different plans for me though. I had just turned down a position in Admissions at Jamestown College in North Dakota and was feeling pretty nervous about the future. Shortly thereafter, William “Bill” Tourville, Assistant Director for Student Events Team (classmate of mine during graduate school), messaged me on Facebook about the interim role as Assistant Director for RSO’s, Leadership, and Nontraditional Students, and the rest is really history. It’s funny the way things work out sometimes. I’ve really enjoyed my time and experiences in Mankato. What have you learned during your time at MNSU Student Activities? Oh gosh...this is a BIG question haha! I’ve learned and grown immensely as a result of working in this role. The greatest lesson I’ve learned though is that “you don’t know what you don’t know.” What I mean is I accepted the position thinking, “Oh yeah...I planned events in undergrad as I served in leadership roles within organizations, and I helped develop and teach during the summer bridge program at St. Cloud State during graduate school, this will be easy!” And oh boy was I wrong. Conceptually I understood the position and

what I thought it would be, but experientially, I learned

sector experience with my public sector experience as I

Major Biomedical Sciences What does undergraduate research mean to you? Undergraduate research is an opportunity to apply knowledge from classes while being pushed to learn many new skills and concepts. It’s about being mentored by faculty who are eager to help you explore areas of

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that “knowing” and “doing” are two different things, and I didn’t yet have all the skills I needed to perform the job well. It took the first year and a half to really get into a groove and I’ve been growing and learning ever since. This lesson really humbled me and I am so grateful for that. What will you miss about the University? I will miss the students the most!! We have some exceptional talent here at MSU and I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside many wonderful young people. I will miss the vibrant energy of a traditional campus, the idealism of the students who make the campus come alive, and the growth I get to witness every day! I’ve also been lucky enough to work with and learn from some great colleagues on campus as well. People...there are many people I will miss! What are your plans for the future? This is a difficult question. The older I get the less attached I am to any specific future outcome or idea of what my future will be. I started my professional life in the private sector with C.H. Robinson Company (2007-2009) and have since worked in higher education. I’ve learned that there are many differences between the private and public sector, and that there are pluses and minuses in each. I am excited about blending my private

take on the program advisor role at Capella University (private, for-profit, higher education) in Minneapolis. I like the freedom in the private sector to implement changes quicker and strongly value education and learning, so this will be a great “next step.” I am open to whatever the Universe may bring thereafter.

medicine, as well as other disciplines. I had no idea it was something I could get involved in at college, but thankfully I became aware of opportunities here at MNSU through the Undergraduate Research Center, Honors Program and Fellowships Office. Through my experiences, I have realized that research of many kinds is critical in order to continue

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knowledge that are unfamiliar to you. Undergraduate research is exciting, rigorous and rewarding How does research fit into your long-term goals? I plan to become a physician, and coming into college I was completely unaware of how prevalent and important research is in

improving outcomes for patients. I have an interest in working at an academic health center and conducting medical research in addition to seeing patients. The skills I have acquired while conducting undergraduate research have set a strong foundation for me to make meaningful impact throughout my career.

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Video Game Review: “Assassin’s Creed Odyssey” New installment is a beautiful and accurate depiction of history and mythology

JOSHUA SCHUETZ Staff Writer I’ve always been a fan of mythology and history. After playing, and loving “Assassin’s Creed: Origins” last year, to say I was hyped for a trip to Ancient Greece in the next game was putting it mildly; I was ecstatic. If Ubisoft did as good a job with this as they did with Egypt, it would be spectacular. I wasn’t disappointed. The scenery of ‘Odyssey’ is beautiful, and accurate to history and mythology, to a degree far beyond what we expect from most games. The most unique feature of the game, as well as its most controversial, is the choice system. Not only can you choose your character’s gender (you choose between

Alexios or Kassandra at the beginning), but you can also make choices in the game, both in the gameplay itself and the dialogue, that have direct impacts on the ending and which questlines you can pursue. This is much like “The Witcher”, and it is a welcome addition. Without spoiling anything, I’ll say that the game forces you to make difficult choices. At the beginning, for instance, you see a plague-ridden town where some priests have tied up a local infected family in order to stop the plague from spreading. You can kill the priests to save them, as many would do, but if you do this, another town that you visit later ends up getting destroyed by the plague. On the other hand, if you let the priests go, it’s implied that they kill the family. This system is good. It provides the player with more agency and more incentive to care about the different missions and sidequests that are featured in the game. The sid-

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equests themselves are an improvement from the previous game; they are varied, and have a number of different rewards. Some of them even affect the main story.

‘Odyssey’ is a long game, with the main story clocking in at well over 50 hours. This is good, but it might be a bit


Movie Review: “A Star is Born” Lady Gaga is reborn into a phenomenal actress also used Gaga’s own life and journey as an entertainer for inspiration, which I’m sure helped her meld into this role completely. Her turn from extremely talented musician to extremely talented actress is finally completed with this movie, as she gives a performance for the ages. Ally is as believable a character as I’ve ever seen, reminiscent of Emma Stone’s Oscar-winning performance for 2016’s hit “La La Land”. Her talent as a musician was well known, but it was still breathtaking at moments, like when she first takes the stage in front of a

KOLBY SPOMER STAFF WRITER “A Star is Born” is fantastic. The story itself is extremely simple, focusing on two people and their love for each other, and the ups and downs that come with love. This ends up being a major strength for the film, making it feel more grounded in reality and letting us relate to the main character Ally as she is rushed into a whole new, volatile existence. The movie is the fourth re-

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make of the original “A Star is Born”, a movie made in 1937. This take is more close-

ly related to the version released in 1976, taking much of the same story beats, but

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A plethora of concerts on campus


The Department of Music at Minnesota State University, Mankato is a small but mighty force. Packed with 14 different ensembles, the department puts on one to two shows almost every week for the entire semester. These ensembles represent a huge variety of styles, from the Community Orchestra to the three different jazz bands to the acapella group Maverick Vocal Precision.Every music student is in an ensemble and most are in two or three. They also take pri-

vate lessons on their primary instruments to hone and perfect their skills. Dr. Joseph Rogers, director of the Community Orchestra, transformed the University’s orchestra by adding community members, quadrupling the size and creating a unique way to experience orchestral music. The jazz bands have a very different feel. Directed by David Schmalenberger, the Jazz Mavericks play everything from classic to contemporary jazz, and even some pop tunes. Vocalists also have many options. The University Choral Groups are three ensembles. The Concert Choir and Chamber Singers are directed by Dr. David Dickau while the University Choral is directed by Rodney Urtel. For more contemporary

vocalists, there are two acapella groups: Maverick Fusion and Maverick Vocal Precision, both directed by Dr. Stephanie Thorpe and Dr. Douglas Snapp. “Maverick Vocal Precision and Maverick Fusion vocal ensembles feature a cappella stylings of vocal groups such as Pentatonix, Rockapella, and Backtrack,” says Performance Deries director Dale Haefner in a press release. There are many other incredibly talented ensembles in the department including the percussion ensemble, the wind ensemble, the concert band and the Maverick Machine Athletic Band. These groups work


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ISA hosts DANCE WORKSHOP TONIGHT Have you ever walked by and heard your favorite tune and didn’t know the moves? Or perhaps, your friend sent you a dance challenge but you were too ashamed because you didn’t know the moves? Well, tonight is your lucky night! The International Students Association (ISA) is bringing a special edition of ISA Connect featuring a dance workshop from all around the world. The event is set to begin at 5 p.m. at Highland North 225 and will feature dance instruction from students all over the world. This event will feature a 10-minute workshop on dances from Ivory Coast, Nepal and the African Students Association. Interested participants do not need any prior experience and refreshments will be provided. Expect to have fun.

“Besides the three main dances, there will be time for some salsa and trending dances like the Kiki as a group,” added event coordinators Annabel Sampson and Dominik Drabent. So, come with your dancing shoes and get ready to deuda!

TOKiMONSTA takes over First Avenue MONSTA returns to the stage after a battle with a deadly disease KJERSTIN HALL STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

First Avenue has shown over 400 up and coming bands and singers. Everything from Eminem, to Prince, and even the GooGoo Dolls. On October 9, 2018 two more artists were added to the ever-growing list. TOKiMONSTA took the stage at about 9:15 p.m. and was an immediate hit. So much so, that she debuted a new song that had not yet been released to the public, a mix from “Odesza”. During this song, she took a picture with everyone. The crowd went wild for it and was raving with her all the way through her last step on the stage. TOKiMONSTA has surprisingly gone through a lot more than most people know. In the fall of 2015, she was diagnosed

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with an extremly-rare disease called Moyamoya, a brain disease in which one or both of the main arteries that carry blood up to your brain is restricted and therefore forces the blood to take smaller veins as a passageway to

the brain. It’s diagnosed through a Magnetic Resonance Angiogram (MRA) or other brain scans and presents itself as a smoke like image due to the blood taking an alternative route to the brain. When she was diagnosed, the

report showed that her left stenosis had diminished to 90 percent blockage 2 separate areas. This means that on the left side of her brain there were two shrunken zones due to the poor blood flow. The report also showed the

same thing on the right side of her brain. The only treatment to


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Quests involves hunting creatures like the Cretan bull or Nemean lion. The other is a series of quests that leads you to high-level boss battles against monsters like the Minotaur. I’m not ashamed to say it: I love “Odyssey”. I love its characters, its story, its magnificent scenery. However, every game has its flaws. The main flaw in this game is that of many other RPGs: grinding. For the uninitiated, grinding is when you have to do a number of sidequests and small errands within a game in order to level yourself up enough to take on the next story mission. A limited amount of this is actually good; it helps pace the game.

The problem is that in “Odyssey”, as the story heats up later in the game, the amount that you have to do to level up becomes more and more onerous. Another problem is the save system. Although you can quick save wherever you’re at from the menu, it seems that the auto save feature of the game is all over the place. Sometimes it sends you quite a bit farther back from your objective if you die, unlike in the previous game. All in all, I think that “Assasin’s Creed Odyssey” is a tremendous success. It’s fun and varied, with a wide variety of outcomes to your choices, the game really manages to be your personal odyssey.


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STAR Continued from page 10 packed crowd, or her heart wrenching final song. On the flipside, her costar and the director of the film Bradley Cooper more than holds his own as Jackson Maine. Cooper plays a deep voiced rock star with an emotional side he hides away from the world with the help of bottle upon bottle of alcohol. His interactions with Ally are really well written and advance in a very believable way, from nervous flirting in the beginning to heartbreaking confessions in the end. However, what shines most are his interactions with his brother/manager Bobby,

played by famous mustache Sam Elliott. Bobby deeply cares for Jackson but disagrees with a lot of what he chooses to be, making for a well-developed relationship that feels realistic. You may have noticed that I’ve repeatedly been saying things like “realistic” and “believable”. And that’s because this movie, while focusing on such an unbelievable story, feels real. The direction by Cooper makes the film feel like a personal look into the lives of star crossed lovers, the cinematography adds to this tremendously, and the writing reads and

sounds like normal everyday conversations, complete with people talking over each other, repeating what they said, and having awkward misunderstandings. I think it is safe to say this film will be nominated for a good amount of awards this coming winter, and will be looked back on as an achievement in acting. This movie proves that keeping a story simple works wonders when that story is backed by extremely emotionally resonant acting.

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hard, rehearsing countless hours every week, to bring the joy of live music to the University. The concert season has already begun with the jazz bands playing Tuesday night. On Oct. 11, the Contemporary Vocal Groups will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Halling Recital Hall in the Earley Center for Performing Arts. Following that, the University Community Orchestra will perform on Oct. 16, the Concert Band on Oct. 21 and there will be a songwriting show-

help with Moyamoya, though it does not cure it, is brain surgery in which the doctors rearrange the arteries that way they are laying across the top of the brain and use gravity to help with the blood flow. She had the surgery the first week of the following January. Though the surgery was meant to help her in the long run, Tionesta was left with almost no language com-

case featuring singer-songwriters who are students at the University. Tickets for University ensemble performances are $7 at the door for students and $9 for general admission. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchases are encouraged. Tickets can be bought at For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.

prehension and it also affected her ability to make music. In fact, she wasn’t able to make new music for about a month due to the impairment of that part of her brain. Though, about 3 months later, she had recovered rapidly and was a performer at Coachella, performing in front of a crowd of about 15,000 people, and not a single one of them knew about her hardships because she

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never made them public throughout the ordeal. At the end of the day, TOKiMONSTA claims that she decided to share her story because she wanted to bring light to Moyamoya and remind people that artists are people too and they endure their own hardships. She also shared that it was something of an inspiration and that “If I can do something like this, anyone can.”


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Men’s hockey faces off against Boston University JOHN LAFOREST STAFF WRITER After opening the season with an exhibition win, the Mavs men’s hockey team will look to build on the exhibition win with a pair of season opening home games against Boston University. The Mavericks first exhibition game of the season delivered great signs for the Mavs as they look to compete for a championship this season. The Mavs took out Mount Royal University with a convincing 7-3 victory. The team did an overall job sharing the ball with goals coming from seven different players, and 12 total team assists. The team had a great 20172018 campaign, winning the conference and earning an at-large at berth for the tournament. The Mavericks will look to bounce back from last year’s tragic first-round overtime loss to the eventual champions Minnesota-Duluth. The Mavericks will have another pair of home games coming this weekend against

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Jared Spooner (left) brings the puck up the ice in the Mavericks’ exhibition game from last Saturday. Boston University. These two teams have only played twice in their program careers with MNSU winning both games 6-3, 3-0. Minnesota State has high expectations for the season being ranked number one in the country. The team was ranked first in both the media and coaches preseason poll, earning 13 and seven

first place votes respectively. The talent on the Mavs hockey team is undeniable, with five players receiving votes for the all conference team and four who actually were selected for the first and second teams. This weekend marks the official start to the season for Boston as well. They won their previous game in exhi-

bition action over Acadia Saturday. This matchup is sure to be a challenge for the Mavericks, as Boston went 2214-4 last year while earning a NCAA postseason tournament berth and advancing to

Soccer kicks off week with win over the Golden Bears

Football rolls into the weekend undefeated The team looks ready to defend home turf vs. Minot State AARON YOUNG STAFF WRITER

KOLBY SPOMER STAFF WRITER The Maverick football team is nearing the end of their season, and they have yet to lose a game. On Saturday, they start the final stretch of the season against the Minot State Beavers and they look to head into the playoffs undefeated and at the top of the divisional seedings. Saturday’s game between the Mavericks and Minot State will be the fourth meeting between the two squads, with the Mavericks having never lost against the Beavers in all of their meetings against the team. MNSU squashed Minot State 35-7 during their last meeting back in 2016. Minnesota State improved to 6-0 last weekend as they

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defeated MSU-Moorhead 42-20 on the road. As a unit, the Mavericks are averaging roughly 42 points per game and 460 yards of offense a game this season. In comparison, opposing teams are only managing around 19 points per game and 305 yards of offense a game. Junior Nate Gunn leads a strong MNSU rushing attack with 620 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. Sophomores Justin Taormina and

JD Ekowa add 240 rushing yards and a touchdown, and 255 yards and two touchdowns, respectively. These amazing numbers would not be possible without one of the strongest offensive lines in the NSIC. Junior Ryan Schlichte has, as a result, not been forced


the NCAA Northeast regional championship game. Friday not only marks the start of the regular season for the Mavs, but this season marks the start of the 50th for the organization. The team will induct several players and past coaches into the Legends of Mavericks Hockey. Players and coaches who are set to be inducted including: former head coach Don Brose, Karl Ulrich, a captain on MNSU’s first team in 1969-70, Steve Forliti, captain on Minnesota State’s NCAA DII championship team in 1979-80, Tim Jackman, the first player from Minnesota State to play in the National Hockey League, and current Boston Bruin and two-time Olympian David Backes. The first game will take place this Friday at 7:07 p.m. at the Verizon Center, with the next game coming the following day against Boston at the same time.

A milestone was reached Tuesday when the Minnesota State Mavericks women’s soccer team defeated the Concordia-St. Paul Golden Bears 3-1. They are now 10-11 overall, 8-0-1 in the conference. This win marked head coach Brian Bahl’s 100th career victory. With six years under his belt, Bahl has an 85.8% winning percentage with the women’s soccer team. That percentage increases to 92.3% when the Mavericks play in conference against NSIC opponents. Well, this victory didn’t come without some adversity. Early on, Concordia struck the back of the net first after a cross from Hannah Pavek found J. Rowan-Stafford for the score. That was all the Golden Bears could muster up, as the rest of it was Maverick mayhem. Molly Riley scored first for

the Mavericks in the 19th minute of the game, in part to an assist by Dakota Wendell and a lucky bounce that freed her from a defender. Riley now sits at 5 goals for the year. About 10 minutes later, freshman Joel Vetter added on to the score column with a goal of her own. She not only put up the second goal of the

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game, but also her first career goal as a Maverick. Vetter was assisted by sophomore Molly Sarafolean. At the half it was 2-1 Mavericks. The girls ran back onto the field and came out attacking. Barely five minutes into the second half, Wendell shot a laser from 25 yards out that beat the goalkeeper and adds onto an individual team-


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UEFA Champions League 101

Staff writer Brady Olson explains the structure of the league to the common man who doesn’t follow the sport BRADY OLSON STAFF WRITER As the soccer season starts up around Europe, a time-honored tournament has hit the group stage and is about to make or break the dreams of 32 soccer teams

from across Europe. On October 3rd & 4th, 16 matches were played in the UEFA Champions League group stage, game two of six for all 32 teams involved. But for the casual soccer fan, or non-soccer fan, you may be unfamiliar with these terms. What is the Champions

League? The Champions League is a soccer competition organized by UEFA, the governing body of football in Europe. All 55 countries that are part of UEFA (except Liechtenstein) receive a minimum of one representative. The better your league is, the

FOOTBALL Continued from page 13 to throw a lot. When he does throw, however, he does so very well, throwing for 1,049 yards and seven touchdowns this season. He is completing nearly 62 percent of his passes as well. The Maverick receiving core is led by the duo of junior studs Shane Zylstra and Justin Arnold. Zylstra has gobbled up 525 receiving yards and six touchdown catches, while Arnold has snagged 20 passes for 265 yards and a touchdown himself. Juniors Alex Goettl leads an extremely tough Maverick defense with 36 tackles, including 7.5 for a loss and 3.5 sacks. Sophomore Chance Bowen has been a menace as a pass rusher, wrangling 18 tackles, including 9.0 for a

loss and 8.0 sacks as well. Sophomore Cade Johnson has also recorded 29 tackles, including three for a loss. Minot State enters the weekend the owner of an abysmal 1-5 record. The Beavers have lost three straight games, including a whopper of a beating last weekend, losing 44-9 to Upper Iowa. As a team, Minot is averaging just 258 yards and 17 points per game this season, with its opponents nearly doubling that averaging a massive 499 yards and 41 points a game. Ben Bolinske has thrown for just 739 yards and six touchdowns. He has also thrown six interceptions but leads the Beavers with 304 yards and three touchdown carries on the ground.

more spots you get. For example, Spain’s La Liga, England’s Premier League, Germany’s Bundesliga and Italy’s Serie A each get four teams in the UCL, while 39 of 54 countries involved only send one team. Additionally, teams from the lower leagues have to play in qualifying rounds. The


Lavante Bushnell leads the thin Beaver receiving core with 314 yards and four touchdowns. Chris Rivers leads the Minot State defense with an impressive 42 tackles and two interceptions. Kiante Goudeau has also tallied 35 tackles and three interceptions. Logan Krueger has notched a team-leading 4.0 tackles for a loss and two sacks. It’s safe to say the Mavericks should create carnage on the field, and the Beavers will hopefully be an easy win for the team. If you want to see the game, game time is at 1 p.m. this Saturday at the Blake.

lower your league’s standing is, the earlier you have to compete. San Marino’s champion would have to play immediately in the preliminary round,


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high seven goals on the year. Once it was 3-1, the game was smooth sailing for the Mavericks. The defense didn’t let up a scoring opportunity for the Golden Bears. When the game ended, Wendell and her supporting cast outshot Concordia 13-5, and had twice as many shots near the goal. Goalkeeper junior Alexa Rabune had two saves on three shots for the game. Em-

ily Nelson and Jordyn Clark combined for three saves on six shots. These girls are giving it their all on the field and it’s showing. This week, Minnesota State Mavericks soccer was announced #22 in the United Soccer Coaches top 25 poll. Only the Bemidji State Beavers and the Mavericks represent NSIC in this poll, as the Beavers are #5. Next up is a matchup with the University of Minnesota Crookston Eagles. Following that game however, is the biggest game of the year, a date with the #5 ranked Bemidji State Beavers. Both games are away but that doesn’t mean you can’t follow them online. Keep it up girls, and here is to success going forward.

















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CHAMPIONS Continued from page 14

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while Denmark’s champion would go straight to the third qualifying round. But, for the sake of time, we’ll skip the qualifiers and go straight to the “actual” Champions League. What is the group stage? The group stage is much like the FIFA World Cup’s group stage, but with a few tweaks. Like the World Cup, the UCL has eight groupings with each grouping fielding four teams. Unlike the World Cup, where everyone plays each other once, the UCL has everyone play each other twice, allowing for a home and away leg against each opponent. The top two teams from each group advance to the Round of 16. The third team in each

group is transferred to the Round of 32 in the UEFA Europa League, the secondary league for teams in Europe that has a similar format to the Champions League. Most teams that lose in the qualifiers get transferred to the Europa League. The 4th place team in each group is eliminated. The group stage is where money in the Champions League starts getting serious. The prize money for making the group stage is roughly $17.53 million. During the group stage, teams receive $3.15 million for each win and $1.05 million for each draw. Imagine the NFL having a system where a game-winning field goal could cost your team $2 million. If you lost in the playoff to

make the group stage, you get transferred to the Europa League group stage. They also dole out prize money, but their base fee for making the group stage is much less than that of the Champions League. What happens after group stage? After the group stage, we begin the knockout rounds. It is essentially the same format as the World Cup knockout rounds, or the NCAA Tournament. Winning the tournament would result in $58.62 million in prize money, plus whatever was won in group stage and prior rounds. Whoever wins the Champions League faces the Europa League champion in the UEFA Super Cup. The most successful Champions League club is Real Madrid, who have won the last three seasons and have 13 titles all-time. Now that we know what Champions League is, who are the favorites? The obvious favorites right now are Manchester City. City is coming off a stellar season where they won the Premier League and made it to the UCL quarterfinals before being bounced by Liverpool. They are favorites again to win the Premier League this year, and Vegas is putting City’s Champions League odds at 9/2. However, City has had a rough start in group stage, losing their first game to Lyon and needing a late goal to beat Hoffenheim on the road.



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Not far behind Man City are the two Spanish powers Barcelona and Real Madrid. Barcelona, led by Lionel Messi, is currently 2nd in Spain’s La Liga, and has easily dispatched both PSV Eindhoven and Tottenham Hotspur early on. Real Madrid is currently 2nd in their group, reeling off a loss to CSKA Moscow. However, they easily took down AS Roma 3-0 and look to be in a strong position to make the Round of 16. Real Madrid would probably have been the favorites to four-peat had it not been for them selling Cristiano Ronaldo to Italian-based Juventus. And now that Ronaldo is at Juventus, they have become heavy favorites in their group. They already have a five point edge over 3rd place Valencia, and they will look to cement themselves as contenders when they face an up-anddown Manchester United squad, who drew with Valencia at home.

One of the fan favorites on campus, Manchester United has had a rough start to the year. They are currently 8th in the Premier League, and have had recent losses to West Ham and Derby County. United, managed by Jose Mourinho, will have to make something happen against Juventus if they want to avoid a winner-take-all scenario against Valencia. When will the teams play next? Unlike the World Cup, which compacts its game into a very short time window, the Champions League plays throughout the season, simultaneous with the domestic leagues that the teams play in. All teams will play in their 3rd group stage games on October 23rd & 24th. High impact games to watch will be Borussia Dortmund vs. Atletico Madrid, Manchester United vs. Juventus, and Barcelona vs. Inter Milan.

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