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Maze of tunnels connect campus buildings, student use not an option Gubernatorial candidate GRACE WEBB

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As Minnesota State Mankato students walk along campus sidewalks, few realize that there is a labyrinth of underground tunnels buried beneath them. This criss-crossing maze of tunnels, two feet underground, runs under nearly the entire campus, from Wiecking Center to the Gage Towers — nearly 7,000 feet of tunnel in all. Yet resourceful students won’t be able to head underground during cold winter months, since these tunnels are strictly for facility use. The tunnels house highpressure steam piping, high voltage streams, hot water pipes and more, all crammed within 2-3 feet-wide concrete tunnels so narrow students would need to take turns

squeezing through. At some sections of the tunnels, the corridors erode into holes that an adult would need to get onto their hands and knees to crawl through. “[There’s] a lot of hot and dangerous stuff [in there],” said Paul Corcoran, the MSU physical plant director. “[They’re] not for public walking.” The tunnels were constructed as the campus expanded. Every time a new building, such as Julia Sears, is built, the existing tunnels are expanded to that new building. In fact, a new tunnel will be coming in the spring because of the new dorm construction plans, according to Steven Ardolf, the physical plant’s chief engineer. The only areas not connected to the tunnel system are the Alumni Foundation Building,

Blakeslee Stadium and the new campus recreation building behind Gage. The main reasons for using tunnels to house the utility systems, according to MSU Planning and Construction Director Larry Kohanek, are the ease of maintenance and the dry environment. “Having utilities in tunnels is much preferred over [a] direct bury in the ground,” Kohanek said. “In tunnels, if there is a need for maintenance on a system, it can be easily done.” Kohanek said the dry environment of tunnels helps preserve utility pipes and circuits, especially in the winter when frost can cause damage. “Bottom line, the life of the systems in tunnels is much longer,” Kohanek said.

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submitted photo The tunnels, which connect almost every building on campus, are there so maintenance workers can have easier access to the utility systems.

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Tom Horner visits MSU GRACE WEBB

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Independent gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner visited Minnesota State Mankato Wednesday to receive a walking tour. Sitting in a booth at Jazzman’s, Horner was all easy charm and down-toearth openness. He answered questions liberally and even seemed interested in students’ opinions about politics. The main focus of the interview was Horner’s take on education. The Independentparty candidate said education would be one of his prime issues if he were elected governor. “We have a great opportunity [this coming year],” Horner said. “[There] will be a new president of Minnesota State University, a new governor… We need to use that to have a state-wide conversation for what we need [educationally].” Horner said he wants to take another look at the current education system and perhaps change how education is offered in Minnesota. He said it might be more reasonable to expand pre-college education to grades K-14 instead of K-12, using technical colleges as a bridge between high school and university education. He said that he would want to ensure that students who took courses at technical schools could transfer credits when moving on to a 4-year school, much like PSEO students now can take courses to fulfill general education requirements. Horner also said it is important to study how Minnesota universities function. He raised the question of whether universities try to offer too wide a range of majors, saying perhaps it would be better if certain universities became the best at one area of study,

internet photo Horner is running for governor of Minnesota as an Indepedent.

which is how many universities in Wisconsin function. “These are tough issues,” Horner said. “We need a governor who’s willing to take on all the challenges. I really want to be the governor who takes a new approach to education.” In addition, Horner stressed the importance of life-long learning, saying everyone needs some form of post-high school education, but not everyone needs the same type. He said there needs to be more room for creativity and initiative in the classroom, not the rigidity caused by No Child Left Behind. “[It] sapped all of the creativity and energy out of the schools,” Horner said of the law, adding that is important for students to be able to create their own learning system. He said schools haven’t changed much since he himself attended school almost fifty years ago, asking, “What other institution has remained that static that long?” Horner stressed that, unlike some people have been accusing, it is not teachers’ fault. “[We] have great teachers,” he said. “[It’s] the system [that]

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inside Dating Seminar stresses asking (2) Dealing with midterm stress (2) D.A.D.T. up for review (3)

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Midterm stress Advice on how to cope half way through the semester

ALEXI ROSKOM

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“Midterm exam” is often a term associated with stress brought on by the requirement to retain large quantities of material for certain college courses. Some professors create heavily weighted exams, projects and papers to incorporate copious amounts of material and gage the amount learned during the duration of the course. High importance is often placed on a midterm exam because the weight has the ability to radically alter the grade of a student. Graduate student Amanda Kack is pursuing a Masters of Arts in Teaching degree and a Master’s degree in French forcing her to be organized and focused when midterms roll around. As a student, Kack knuckles down on course material by using study guides, flash cards and group study sessions. “The best way to study is to develop your own study guide, form a study group and test each other on the information valued of high importance through shared agreement to obtain focus structure,” Kack said. From her perspective as an instructor, her advice remains the same, suggesting group studies,

daily reviews and keeping up with course work. Over time, student schedules can turn into a full plate with heavy course loads, part-time jobs, campus involvement and extracurricular activities. Vincenzio Dontatelle, a freshman art major, has not yet faced the midterm week, but still shed light on good study habits. “Breaks are the best way to study, review information for approximately an hour and then take a 30 minute break to collect your thoughts before jumping right back into studying,” Dontatelle said. For the unlucky major who must battle with a midterm exam that could lower a grade average, impact overall GPA, Dr. Ann Kuzma has some advice. Kuzma, the marketing and international business chairperson, said she believes that course material should be grouped in a well-balanced form that is not overwhelming. She said it is more pratical to break up course work and spread the information across the sesmeter for increased retension of material. “Keep up with objectives weekly [and] balance time,” Kuzma said. “Organization is curcial. Divide chapters into weeks to spread out the material, and look into online resources.”

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Dating seminar stresses need to ask GRACE WEBB

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In a Thursday-night show that blended hilarious entertainment and sobering life-truths, dating expert Mike Domitrz gave a talk titled “Can I Kiss You?,” which focused on the need for romantic partners to ask permission instead of “making a move” on a date. Speaking to a jam-packed audience in Ostrander Auditorium (which was overwhelming female, with about eleven males scattered about), Domitrz touched on three relationship issues college students should consider: asking before making a move on a date, being a friend during parties and “opening the door” to friends so important conversation can happen. Using enthusiastic students in the audience as volunteers, Domitrz acted out various scenes familiar to all dating veterans. He asked one male volunteer to show “the look,” which, according to shouts from most of the audience, was the sign that a kiss should happen. He asked another female volunteer to act out a dating scene with him, where he showed different ways to ask permission to take things a bit further. All the while, he shot questions at the audience, pumping up the level of fun and excitement in this audienceparticipation show.

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Domitrz fielded questions from the audience, such as, “Doesn’t asking ruin the moment?” and “What if my date says no?” He worked past surface issues to explain why people wouldn’t ask first, showing that asking could actually create an even more special and romantic moment, since it would show how much respect the person had for his/ her partner. The night took a more serious turn as Domitrz merged into his next topic: intervention in potentially dangerous situations. He told students how important it is to stand up when they see something wrong going on, such as during a party if someone is trying to get someone else drunk so sexual activity can

occur. Domitrz said that, while in the past people were told the important thing to do in a dangerous situation was to remove the intoxicated friend, now it is most important to confront the perpetrator, so he/ she doesn’t simply move on from one victim to the next. The best way to diffuse a dangerous situation, especially if the person is intimidated by the perpetrator, is to find strength in numbers by gathering a group of friends for support, Domitrz explained. The last topic of the night was the most sobering. Domitrz let some of the hyper joviality fade from his routine as he started talking about how important it is for students to “open the door” to friends and family to encourage talk about sexual abuse. He asked students in the audience to pledge to go out and “open the door” to at least three people in their lives — sisters, mothers, friends, roommates, etc. Opening the door is when

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“Don’t ask, don’t tell” up for review RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge said on Monday that she is inclined to deny a government request to delay her order that immediately stopped the military from enforcing its ban on openly gay service members. U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips said she would review the arguments from Justice Department lawyers and issue a ruling as early as Monday, or by Tuesday. If she rejects the request, the Justice Department officials say they would appeal to what experts say are likely to be friendlier venues: the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in San Francisco and, ultimately, the U.S. Supreme Court. “The farther the decision gets from the presentation of evidence in the trial court, the more likely it is that courts will assume the military must have some critically important interest at stake,” said Diane Mazur, a law professor who opposes the policy. The military has promised to abide by the injunction against the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy as long as her order remained in place. Government attorneys had asked Phillips for the temporarily halt while they appealed, saying that forcing an abrupt change of policy could damage troop morale as they fought two wars. The judge declared the policy unconstitutional on Sept. 9, saying it violated due process rights, freedom of speech and the right to petition the government for redress of grievances guaranteed by the First Amendment.

Phillips said the policy doesn’t help military readiness and instead has a “direct and deleterious effect” on the armed services by hurting recruiting and requiring the discharge of service members with critical skills and training. At the time, she asked both sides to give her input about an injunction and, on Monday, called the government request “untimely.” She said the Justice Department had plenty of opportunity to modify her injunction before she ordered it on Oct. 12. Phillips also said the government did not present evidence at the trial to show how her order would cause irreparable harm to troops. Justice Department attorney Paul Freeborne told her the government had no reason to respond until her order came down. He said her nationwide injunction was unrealistic. “You’re requiring the Department of Justice to implement a massive policy change, a policy change that may be reversed upon appeal,” Freeborne told her. Richard Socarides, a former Clinton White House adviser on gay rights, said he does not expect Phillips to grant the request. “She seems to have lost her patience with the government’s position and I think that’s reflected in her ruling up until now,” Socarides said. “But they will probably go to the appellate court or Supreme Court and you’ll see in a couple of days that this order has been stayed.”

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HORNER Plans to take on economy continued from 1 doesn’t work. Teachers are ready for [change] — it’s the policy makers that need to be bold.” Horner also touched on another important topic that has been on college students’ minds — the economy and, most crucial, the potential job market after graduation. The gubernatorial candidate’s ideas for bolstering the economy included tax reform and investment in research. Horner said he wants to lower the sales tax by 1 percent but make up for it in consumption tax. He also said he would encourage investment in research and business. “We need to be a state where the government is an advocate for business,” Horner said. “We have the opportunity in Minnesota to still have a very strong, robust economy. Now we need to feed it.” Horner draws from his life experience as proof of his ability to lead Minnesota in the right direction. “I’m uniquely qualified [to be governor],” he said. “[I have] a blend of politics, business and community involvement [and I’m] open to innovation. I think what I have is the leadership Minnesota needs.” To learn more about Horner’s background and stance on the issues, students can visit his website at www.horner2010. com.

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TUNNELS Some students wish MSU had tunnels for public use continued from 1 Though all three men stressed that the tunnels are not a student option, MSU students have still been thinking about the feasibility and usefulness of tunnels just for student use. “[Student-use tunnels] would be a very welcome idea,” said urban-studies major Daniel Bonnell, who said he likes the compactness of the MSU campus, but wishes there were underground tunnels for student use. “I think that not having tunnels is an inconvenience, especially for handicapped people who might have a hard time wheeling themselves through snow, ice and slush.” Bonnell said he thought a good way to provide students

with the tunnel option would be to expand the utility tunnels into something fit for public traffic. He mentioned there would be challenges with construction and the costs could be high, but not as high as some recent projects at MSU. He suggested building over summer break when there is less student traffic. “MSU is one of the only state universities in Minnesota that lacks an extensive underground tunnel system,” Bonnell said. “Skyways might be another option, but would cost much more, and look tacky. Who wants a skyway going over the fountain between the library and the CSU?”

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EDITORIAL: Your vote can be the punishment Brady deserves

Oh, to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous unfortune within the judicial system. Well, a suffering you only may face if you’re not abundantly wealthy nor hold some semblance of celebrity or public office. Apparently in this day and age, people can be elected a mayors of medium-sized cities and proceed to involve themselves in two hit-and-runs, a DWI, possession of an open container of alcohol, evading police officers and get so drunk people think they’re speaking a foreign language, all in one day, and still consider the whole ordeal “a gift” since they know they won’t receive the same punishment as we commoners. Meanwhile, some 21-year-old is being made an example out of for barely being over the limit to legally drive after not drinking for hours and sincerely believing themselves to be sober. I’m of course talking about Mankato’s notorious mayor, John Brady, who after engaging in grossly reckless drinking and driving behavior, which essentially amount to attempted involuntary manslaughter, got off light by being sentenced to three days of community service, probation and fines totaling $500, even receiving zero penalties for his multiple hit-andruns or evading police officers. This lack of punishment is his real “gift,” allowing him to focus on his bid for re-election to the office of mayor of Mankato rather than paying his dues in a jail cell like most citizens of our city would be forced to. And I don’t label him notorious without merit. Gawker, the 6th-ranked blog in the world, labeled Brady “America’s Drunkest Mayor” upon his arrest. Search “Mankato mayor Brady” right now on Google and you will have to scroll to the 14th or further page of results to find a majority of pieces regarding Brady that don’t involve his arrest or the results of his “sentencing.” Furthermore, Brady’s sheer arrogance in the form of atonement is disgusting. If he were really dismayed and ashamed by his actions, he wouldn’t be seeking re-election, he would be dedicating time toward recovering from his “addiction,” not putting himself further into the public eye to get votes. It’s as if his approach thus far has been: “I am so ashamed of my actions, they are embarrassing, but remember to show your support for my recovery by checking Brady on Nov. 2nd!” I’ve caught word that his approach may turn out to be effective as well, with Mankato residents possibly lending their vote to our estranged mayor out of sympathy. Minnesota State Mankato students, you can not let this happen. You are 15,000+ adults with the power to vote. If our local watering holes and you receive the brunt of punishments and negative attention for the actions of others and Brady does not for his own (it’s his addiction’s fault, remember?), it’s up to you to do the punishing by pledging your vote to one of two MSU alumni, write-in candidate Chris Frederick or Eric Anderson. Mankato needs new blood in its offices anyway, this just confirms it.

We are down to days before the election. There is a confusing array of information and misinformation surrounding candidates. We are lucky in Senate District 24. Our choice is very clear.  In my work with people with disabilities, I became convinced, these past four years, that my personal impressions of Senator Kathy Sheran were correct. In all my forty years of work and advocacy there has never been the level of attention, caring and intelligence in the responses we received than those from her.    She is balanced.  She expects outcomes for expenditures and she is particularly interested in employment outcomes from Dear Editor, I think it is important to remind ourselves that Senator Kathy Sheran kept her promise to be civil, serve with integrity, and respect. Sheran has worked on many bills that have had bipartisan co-authors including the Freedom to Breath Act. The Freedom to Breath legislation is heralded as the most significant life saving and cost saving legislation since we began treating water. Senator Sheran understood that this legislation pitted two important values against each other. One was the value of rejecting government interference in individual behavior and the other value is protecting the public’s health and reducing health care costs. This was difficult legislation that received Dear Editor, In these times of sound-bite “solutions” to complex challenges, I so appreciate Senator Kathy Sheran’s thoughtful, no-nonsense approach to balancing the state budget.  I am impressed with her grasp of what drives the deficit, and with the way that she defines the root causes of the problem rather than resorting to political blaming and simplistic slogans.  Sheran says we have a complex problem that will require a multifaceted solution, with both shortterm stop-gap measures and longterm change in what we do and how we pay for it. She is open to a variety of ideas, and is a skilled listener who excels at bringing people with divergent viewpoints

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Do you think mayor Brady’s sentencing was unfair?

Andrew Schueller • Jr • Econ “Yes it was unfair. For being a political figure it seems pretty light.”

Pam Year Madison Lake State wide recognition, but it was lead by Sheran with civility, integrity and respect for all perspectives. No matter our view on this legislation, Sen. Kathy Sheran’s behavior during conflict is a source of pride for our district. In addition, she has represented our district with enthusiasm and commitment to the citizens. She is willing to share her time and show support for endless community events supporting causes that are important to us such as the Walkdo (Walk for Autism) and the YWCA Girls on the Run 5K. Many thanks to Sen. Sheran for serving our community with such commitment and integrity.

Dan Mizejewski • Jr • Poli. Sci. “It’s bullshit because I know a guy that just got a DWI and got his license taken away for a year and his car impounded. It just shows politicians get off free in America.”

Liz Ulman North Mankato to the table. But she opposes pushing the problem off into the future, which will only make it more difficult to solve. Senator Sheran’s approach is to move away from crisis budgeting and from focusing only on survival without preparing for the future.  Mr. Thurn’s assertion that Senator Sheran has not been effective at addressing the budget dilemma cannot be supported if a person takes time to learn of Sen. Sheran’s record.  She  has introduced and helped to pass legislation that calls for the state to do more with less, and to make real reform in what government does and how we pay for it.   Chris Johnson St. Peter  

Christina Miller • Jr • History “I don’t think it was fair because I think the perception and punishments would have been harsher had it been a student.”

Brittany McDowell • Jr • Music Ind.

“If it was anyone else they would have been harsher. Because he was the mayor they let him off easier.”

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DATING continued from 2 someone tells a friend/family member that they will be there for him or her and open to talk if the person has been or does get sexually assaulted. From the enthusiastic cheers of the audience, it appeared that MSU students agreed with Domitrz’s message. Erika Koenig, a sophomore who attended the event, said she had a great time and thought a “positive message” was conveyed to the student body. “I really liked it,” Koenig said. “The speaker appealed to all audiences, whether that be gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual… and all faiths. It was very informative but also funny and engaging. It just made me more aware of actually asking before you kiss somebody and knowing that if you can’t ask it, you shouldn’t be doing it.” Rachel Tenney, another MSU sophomore, was also in the audience. She, too, said the talk both entertained her and made her think. “[Domitrz] was a very good speaker [and] very enthusiastic, so he really got the crowd going,” Tenney said. “The information he shared was… something different and really neat for people to hear. Most people think [asking first] sounds silly, but he was making the point that it’s not a silly thing to do.” Tenney said she learned from the talk and thinks more talks on this subject would be good for MSU students to hear. “I think that speakers within this subject area, relating to sexual topics, [are] a really good event for people to see because it opens new doors for people that they normally aren’t used to, and it gives them a chance to see a different perspective. [MSU] should definitely bring more speakers like that to campus.” Domitrz is a nationallyknown dating expert whose talks are sought after by countless high schools and universities across the country. To learn more about him or find his speaking schedule, people can visit his website at www. canikissyou.com.

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Pre-law society revamped

RSO put back together after years of inactivity HEATHER MOELLER

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Minnesota State Mankato’s Pre-Law Society reinvented itself to provide better service to pre-law students. According to one of the organization’s co-presidents, Jordan Heinrich, the society was remade as an active RSO last year after years of inactivity. Heinrich said the society serves as preparation for students for the legal studies admission process. Heinrich also said the society is open to anyone. The only requirement is an interest in law school. “[The society] tries to be informative for those on the fence about law school,” Heinrich said. The organization meets bi-weekly on Mondays at 4 p.m. in Morris Hall 210, with the next meeting on Nov. 1. Heinrich said the meetings have had speakers talk to students about their experiences in being admitted to law school, attending law school and working in a legal field. Heinrich said apart from the

speakers the society brings to MSU, it tries to plan a tour of two law schools a year. Last year, members of the society toured the University of Minnesota and St. Thomas law schools. Heinrich said there are plans to tour the Hamline and William Mitchell law schools this year. “Law students are good at showing up,” Heinrich said. Even though there are two

presidents for the group, Heinrich said it isn’t a problem. The other president, Jenny Pollock, takes the initiative during meetings for the fall semester while Heinrich helps with maintaining the society’s mailing list and billboard in Morris Hall. Heinrich said in the spring both will switch roles. According to faculty advisor Kevin Parsneau, the Pre-Law Society is one of the important

wale agboola• msu reporter The society is open to any student with an interest in law school.

aspects of MSU’s Pre-Law program. Parsneau said the program on campus is just a selection of classes that various law schools have recommended for students who are thinking about attending. “The best resource for pre-law students are the other pre-law students,” Parsneau said. Parsneau said because most pre-law students declare a major in political science, a member of the Political Science Department needed to be the adviser. Parsneau said although he isn’t a lawyer himself, he is one of the few members of the department with more than a basic understanding of law. “The job fell to me by default,” Parsneau said. Parsneau said even though he is the official adviser of the PreLaw Society, he is co-adviser with business law professor Dan Levin. He said Levin is a lawyer and also has many contacts in legal fields. “I feel [Levin and I] can help students more now than last year,” Parsneau said. presents

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Put some clothes on Silly Bandz invade campus, along with nostalgia, bewilderment

Abby Holst

If elementary kids are the only ones obsessed with wearing bundles of mysterious-stretchy-rainbow-animalshaped silicon wristbands, then why have I witnessed my fellow collegiates snapping and showing off their new dinosaurs and Scooby-Doos in class? The recent explosion of Silly

Bandz is all thanks to Robert Croak of BCP Imports and his ingenious theft of the idea from a Japanese artist who first crafted the cutesy rubber band. The rest is history, literally. Remember slap bracelets? Or those suggestive jelly bands of the ‘90s where each color supposedly represented a different ‘favor’? The new Silly Bandz rage brings me back to a time of trading accessories with pals at the lunch table (then immediately getting them taken away). Schools all over the country have banned Silly Bandz on the grounds of distraction and cutting off the circulation of one too many blue-fingered students. Dr. Gregory Simonian told Fox News that, “These bands could cause what we call a tourniquet effect, that can cause your veins to get congested.

The bracelets could cause blood clots to form in some of the veins, giving someone a phlebitis, which is an inflammation and clotting of the vein.” Whoa. Despite health risks, I jumped on the Silly Bandzwagon this summer, sporting a pink guitar, green turtle and orange number seven. After a few weeks of fun, it dawned on me: Hey, I’m in college. Is this…silly? “I think Silly Bandz aren’t just a stupid thing, but a way to express yourself,” said Carla Uber, vocal performance major and fanatic Bandz-wearer. “Sometimes you need a rubber band, you know what I mean? Why not make it cool?” Maybe the reason college kids are digging them so much is because of the ‘suggestive’ lines of Silly Bandz out there. They have gone so far as to abby holst and peter phung• msu reporter Far right: MSU sophomore musical theatre major Bridgette Karl (left), and sophomore human biology major Hadier Jassim don’t mess around with their Bandz. Right: Excited interviewee Carla Uber can’t get enough Silly Bandz. Left: MSU’s concert choir has more Silly Bandz than an entire kindergarten classroom. Right: Wearing Bandz that reflect one’s personality and favorite things is a popular trend.

make different body parts and shapes (available at Spencer’s), but most of the craze is innocent. “My favorite Silly Band is the peace sign one I stole from my little brother, “ said junior music education major Tyler Jaeger. “He’s 11.” Uber and Jaeger aren’t afraid of revisiting their childhoods, but others aren’t so enthusiastic about the trend. “I think they’re dumb,” said an anonymous Minnesota State Mankato senior. (The student withheld his/her name in fear of receiving attacks from Silly Bandz wearers.) “Wear a Livestrong bracelet or something that sends a message, not something for 5-year-olds.” “My friends are really into them,” said art education major Abby Daleki, “but I choose not to conform.”

Conformist or not, these bracelets are cheap – one word all college kids can understand. Priced around $2.50 for a pack of 12, TIME calls Silly Bandz “a cost-conscious trinket in tough economic times.” Creator Croak claims, “They’re the right product at the right time.” Dudes can show dedication to their fave team by wearing the sports-themed bands: hockey, baseball, football, badminton, you name it. College football teams like the Alabama Crimson Tide have even branded their own line of Silly Bandz in their respective school color. Purple-horned Mav bands, anyone? In a society where high-tech gadgets seem to be the only new toys that get our attention, it’s refreshing to see something so simple make a wave. Now there’s a stretch for you.


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“Here Now,” “Life is a Mystery,” “Twice in One Day” and “Follow Your Happiness” are a few of the songs that truly embody Monroe’s philosophy and passion for life and nature. Monroe grew up with folk music, big names like Peter, Paul and Mary, James Taylor and Cat Stevens, as well as listening

with a loop pedal. None of the music at the concert was prerecorded or accompanied by Michael Monroe performed another player. The loop pedal alhis style of authentic and lows him to play individual parts enchanting music Thursday to his songs and then loop and night for an intrigued audience layer them so it has the effect of a at Minnesota State Mankato’s multi-part ensemble. Elias J. Recital Hall. Monroe’s Monroe is also an avid “Tree mesmerizing music is a creative Hugger,” as he calls himself. He orchestration of hand-made constructs his world of wooden guitars, wooden and music around his englass flutes, harmonica and vironmentally friendly smooth vocals all working lifestyle. in synchronization to give a “Being eco-friendly unique and rustic sound. came out of necessity Monroe’s serene lifestyle to me,” Monroe said. and beautiful surroundings “We had no electricity are what inspire the Emmyor running water on winner to create. the north shore at our “The places I have been, cabin.” where I live now,” Monroe He started using said, referring to his solarsolar energy in 1996 powered log cabin on the to power his home and north shore of Minnesota. “I his recording studio. do a lot of hiking and cross In turn, it allowed him country skiing up there and to share his enchanting lyrics or a melody will come sounds and meaningful into mind and I will go back lyrics with the world. to my log cabin and flush it He wanted to record out.” the songs in the setting Monroe is passionate they were inspired in about the environment and jenna schlapkohl• msu reporter and did so with success, clearly reflects it in his Monroe’s music can be heard in the PBS docuhaving produced two music. What also inspires the mentary “Chased by the Light.” vinyl records and nine themes of his music is his CDs along the way. philosophy on life. to jazz and Caribbean Reggae. From the serene vibrations “I believe that you should do These have been inspirations of the guitars to the enchanting what feels the best to you. Pay at- for his unique style and have flutes, the harmonious vocals and tention to your gut feeling. Make presented themselves throughout inspiring lyrics, Monroe’s perfordecisions on what feels right and his musical journey. mance was a journey of the soul. not what society tells you. Follow Monroe accomplishes playing “Life is not about the destinathat individual tug that you feel,” each instrument in his live show tion, it’s about the journey,” he Monroe said. through ingenious techniques said. MELISSA ZINS


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WIth last weekend’s Sweep, MSU is now 7-1-1 in NSIC play LEE HANDEL

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shannon rathmanner • msu reporter Sarah Schellinger (9) and the Mavericks are now 9-4-1 overall

It was a memorable weekend for the Minnesota State Mankato women’s soccer team, who took care of business against Minnesota-Crookston and MSU Moorhead at The Pitch amidst a weekend filled with festivities. The Mavericks triumphed 7-1 on Saturday and 3-0 on Sunday, extending the team’s season-high winning streak to six games. While being heavily favored in both matchups, the Mavericks grabbed control of each game early and were simply too prepared and talented for their opponents to keep pace on the scoreboard. Senior forward Laura Leber set the tone for the offense early against Crookston, finding the back of the net just a minute into the game to put the Mavericks up 1-0. The Golden Eagles answered quickly, knotting the score 1-1 less than a minute later. The rest of the contest was primarily played on Crookston’s side of the field, with the Mavericks getting one quality opportunity after another. Leber exploded for two more goals in the first half, which more than doubled her goals scored on the season, giving her a total of five. “We needed to show them right away that we were the better team and we did that by getting ourselves into the game early and coming ready to play,” said Leber. Later in the first half, fellow senior Ann Kincaid was finally

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rewarded for her strong play this season with her first two goals, giving the Mavericks a commanding 5-1 halftime lead. “It felt good to get a goal,” said Kincaid. “But I was pretty happy mainly because I want our team to do really well.” The Mavericks’ team depth stood out in the second half, as they controlled play and kept taking it to the Golden Eagles. Sophomore forward Nicole Dooher notched her fifth goal of the season to pad the lead and sophomore defender Lianna Morrow capped off the scoring for the Mavericks in the romp with her first goal of the year. “We have a really deep and talented bench that is one of our strong points,” Kincaid said. “We have it and other teams in our conference don’t, which should help us a lot heading into postseason play.” Sunday’s 3-0 victory was a little bit more laid back after the Mavericks jumped on the Dragons early in the first half and rode on to victory from there. Sophomore forward Brittany Henry capitalized on a mistake by Moorhead’s goalkeeper to put the Mavericks ahead 1-0. Like in weeks past, Henry got on the scoreboard once and was not done scoring for the day, adding another goal in the first half to double the Mavericks’

lead. Dooher registered an insurance goal on a penalty kick to cap the scoring for the home team. Once again, the Maverick goalkeepers split time in net both Saturday and Sunday, each playing one half. Freshman Brittany Cygan played the first half and earned the win against Crookston and sophomore Chelsey Eley did the same against Moorhead as the two combined for the shutout. “I am very comfortable with either of them in net and they both deserve the opportunity to play,” said head coach Peter McGahey. On Friday, the team held a clinic for youths with special needs through the Mankato United Topp’s Soccer Outreach Program. “You could tell in the kids’ eyes that it made their day,” said Leber. Saturday’s game was the Mavericks’ Breast Cancer Awareness game, with the players wearing pink uniforms to show their support in the fight against not only breast cancer, but all forms of cancer. The cause was near and dear to many Mavericks, with coach McGahey’s mother in remission from breast cancer and Kincaid losing her mom to cancer when she was in high school. “It was a really cool weekend to not only be able to win, but to play for such a good cause and give back to the community and balance out what is really important in life,” said Kincaid.

Football

Finally getting back in the win column PAT DELANEY

staff writer

There was a big sigh of relief when the Minnesota State Mankato football team walked off Blakeslee Stadium Saturday. After three straight losses, the Mavericks were able to leave the field with a 48-14 victory over Upper Iowa. “Success is never permanent and failure’s never fatal,” said head coach Todd Hoffner. “Hopefully today is the start of a new season for us.” The Mavericks got off to a good start when sophomore quarterback Will Brogan connected on a 33-yard touchdown pass to sophomore receiver Cody Rose. It was Rose’s team-leading fifth

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receiving touchdown of the season and the Mavericks jumped out to a 7-0 lead. It looked like the MSU offense would again stall until a little trickery was used during the first quarter. The Mavericks lined up to punt, but instead a direct snap to sophomore running back Chris Echols resulted in a 64-yard touchdown run. The Mavericks would never look back from that point. “We have been working on that all week,” said Echols. “When I saw it coming, I knew it was going to be a good play.” That was one of many big runs

Echols had throughout the game. Echols has a power running style that makes it nearly impossible for one man to bring him down. It was working for him all game against the Peacocks as Echols consistently drove defenders back and delivered hard blows to opposing defenders. Echols, along with the rest of the offense, didn’t put the ball on the ground and Brogan threw just one interception compared to three the game before. Winning the turnover battle is a huge factor in whether the Mavericks leave the field with a victory and Saturday was a perfect example. Along with the offense only turning over the ball once, the defense forced the Peacock offense to turn the ball over four times.

One of the turntotal yards and appears to overs was a Jesse have turned a complete 360 Hamilton intercepdegrees in their play the last tion that would be six quarters. returned 42 yards into “We kind of got lacksaUpper Iowa territory. daisical in the beginning, The junior safety was like no one could touch us,” perhaps the most said Hamilton. “Then we dominant player on got touched. We picked it up Will Brogran the field Saturday, in practice, everybody husboth on defense and tled. We took no exceptions. special teams. We practice like we play Along with his interception, and if we have a horrible practice, Hamilton had two kick returns for we’re going to play horrible.” a combined 108 yards and also Hamilton and the rest of the was a one-man wrecking crew on Mavericks are preparing for a the kick-off team. On two occatough stretch. sions, Hamilton lit up a Peacock The schedule will only get return man which would set the harder in the coming weeks, starttone for the following series. ing with their next opponent, 5-2 The Mavericks defense held Wayne State. the Upper Iowa offense to 245


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Volleyball

MSU falls to defending champs, 3-1 TIGE HUTCHESON

staff writer

And just like that, the Minnesota State Mankato volleyball team has been stripped of their role as “giant slayers”. The No. 14 Mavericks went 1-1 over the weekend, but were unable to make victims of their second top-10 team this weekend, losing a 3-1 contest to No. 6 Concordia-St. Paul on the road Friday night. “We had our ups and downs,” said MSU setter Brittany Stamer. “We played well at times, but then at other times we didn’t play MSU volleyball. Concordia-St. Paul exploded on offense early, taking the first two sets by scores of 25-14 thanks to Concordia-St. Paul’s dangerous duo of Emily Palkert

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and Amanda Konetchy. Palkert was named the NSIC Offensive Player of the Week after putting up 15 kills on the Mavericks, and Konetchy was named the NSIC Setter of the Week after putting up 61 assists. Even an offensive push led by Amanda Beekman’s team-best 20 kills wasn’t enough to slow the Golden Bears. The Mavericks kept it close, winning game three 28-26 and narrowly losing game four 2523, but were unable to leave St. Paul with the win. “What went well was that, at the end of sets, we’ve really been competing. When it’s close either way we’ve just

been outlasting the other team,” said MSU head coach Dennis Amundson. “What didn’t go so well is that we had a couple serious lapses in the way we play our game. We lost focus every once in a while and did that is uncharacteristic of our team, and we shouldn’t do that.” The Mavericks got back on their feet quickly, pulling off a 3-1 victory over to St. Cloud State Huskies on the road on Saturday afternoon. Beekman again led the Mavericks on offense, running up a team-best 17 kills. The Mavericks also got 14 kills and four blocks from Megan Ysker as well as 10 kills and four blocks from Kimber Kuhl. Defensively, the Mavericks received a team-high four

blocks from Amanda Thompson and 20 digs from Samantha Dale, pushing her weekend total to 37. But the biggest story of the weekend was Stamer, who became only the fifth setter in the history of MSU volleyball to join the 3,000 Assist Club. Stamer racked up 106 total assists on the weekend, putting her at 3,045 assists in her career. “[Stamer] has worked hard,” Amundson said. “She hasn’t played a match this year where she hasn’t worked her tail off. She deserves everything she gets.” “I was really excited, but you can’t get here unless you’re with a good team. With all of the good hitters I’ve had

since freshman year, I kind of expected it,” said Stamer, echoing the sentiment she left at the beginning of the season, that a setter is only as good as the team around her. The Mavericks will rush to prepare for a Tuesday night showdown on the road against No.5 Wayne State (Neb.), who the Mavericks dethroned from their No. 1 overall ranking just two weeks ago. “[Wayne State] is going to swarm all over the place like bees,” said Coach Amundson. “It’s going to be a typical Wayne State-Minnesota State match with a thousand digs on every side and two teams just trying to go after each other and see which one is left standing in the end.”

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The Minnesota State men’s hockey team took to the ice for its first WCHA series of the season at Michigan Tech. It wasn’t exactly a successful trip as the Mavericks were only able to leave with one point after losing 5-2 Friday, and tying 5-5 Saturday. The Mavericks got plenty of shots over the weekend, outshooting the Huskies in both games with 37 shots on Friday and 46 on Saturday. However, finding the back of the net was a problem, especially in the opener. The Mavericks had seven two-on-one chances on Friday but were only able to convert on one of them. “You gotta take advantage when you get your chances,” said head coach Troy Jutting. “If you get seven, eight two-on-ones in this league, you gotta score three or four goals.” Saturday’s game appeared to be going in the same direction with the Huskies again jumping out early with a 2-0 lead. This time the Mavericks would respond with three straight goals earning its first lead of the series. The Huskies wouldn’t go away though, tying the game in the second period before eventually

taking a 5-4 lead in the third. The Mavericks again came back when freshman forward, Chase Grant scored his first career goal. The game ended when neither team was able to score in overtime. A sense of frustration was felt by MSU players knowing they let both games get away from them. “We put ourselves in positions to be successful,” said junior defensemen Kurt Davis. “At times we broke down as a team and gave the other team opportunities and they happened to capitalize on them.” Davis had a goal and two assists during Saturday’s game and the defense appear to be the strong point early on. Women’s hockey The Mavericks had the daunting task of playing at defending NCAA champion Minnesota-Duluth over the weekend. Despite the tough draw for the Mavericks, the matchup also presented them with the golden opportunity to blemish the Bulldogs in their title defense while also setting a positive tone for their season. The Mavericks had a positive reference heading into the weekend, as they defeated the soon-to-be champions 3-2 in

Duluth last season in a thriller. Things got off to a great start for the Mavericks early in Saturday’s game, as they jumped ahead of the Bulldogs 1-0 on a power play goal from junior forward Emmi Leinonen just six minutes into the contest. Leinonen was assisted by sophomore Emilia Andersson and junior Moira O’Connor. The Bulldogs’ high-flying offense was too much for junior goaltender Alli Altmann to handle, adding a short-handed insurance goal in the third period for the 5-2 win. Altmann held her own in net, facing a whopping 42 shots and saving 37 of them. Sunday’s game was a bit more trying for the Mavericks, as UMD put them away early with two first period goals on 21 shots. The Bulldogs showed why they are the defending champs in the second period, putting the game out of reach with four goals while continuing to lock down the Maverick offense en route to the convincing 6-0 victory. Despite the two defeats, the Mavericks (1-2-1, 0-2-0-0 WCHA) battled and found out where they need to improve going forward. Pat Delaney and Lee Handel contributed to this article.

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