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Two-day job expo to take place this week at CSU Ballroom Expo has helped students get jobs and internships in the past. HANNAH KLEINBERG Staff Writer Tomorrow and Thursday, Minnesota State University’s annual Career and Internship Expo will be taking place. The Expo has been happening for over 15 years, and every year it helps students find a foothold in their future. The Expo will be in the CSU Ballroom from 9:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. on both days. Registration isn’t required. Assistant Director for Student Activities Gregory Wilkins is excited for the event. “It’s a great opportunity to meet future employers and potential internships for next spring and summer,” Wilkins said. He spoke of how in his college career those internships were essential in the success that followed his graduation. He told
of how months were spent planning his next move, and every summer he’d have an enviable internship lined up, thanks to events like the Career and Internship Expo. The Career and Internship Expo is an event that features employers offering jobs and internships. The employers come and give their information as well as connect to those who are interested. The expo gives students a chance to explore their options and navigate the possibilities. Both days of the fair are open to students of all majors, however both days will be geared toward different focuses. On Wednesday, employers involved in Business, Communications and Health Services will be present and on Thursday
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MSU student arrested on drug charges in Crawford Residence Hall Freshman arrested after attempting to sell a gram of cocaine to an informant. SAM WILMES News Editor A Minnesota State University, Mankato student has been charged with two felonies for allegedly conducting drug sales from his dorm room. Jason Guillaume Marshall, 18, of Nashotah, Wisc., was arrested after an agent reported listening to a conversation in which an informant had arranged to buy a gram of cocaine worth $100. The bust began when an informant told a Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force agent last month
that a student was selling drugs from room D323 in the Crawford Residence Hall. The sting continued when an agent met with the informant on Monday the 7th, showing him a picture of Marshall’s Wisconsin drivers license. According to the criminal complaint, the informant had told the agent Marshall was the drug supplier, according to the criminal complaint, filed in the Blue Earth County District Court. Strong odors, detected as marijuana by the agent were detected when the agent entered the dorm room.
When the informant and agent entered the room, they informed Marshall that they were there to buy a gram of cocaine for $100. According to the affidavit, Marshall then pulled a bag of cocaine from a pocket in a shoe and used his knife to measure a gram. After that he put the content in another bag. Marshall had a larger supply than the amount he attempted to sell to the agent- it is estimated that the amount attempted to sell was only a third of the amount he had. According to the com-
plaint, with the cocaine in the bag, the bag weighed almost two grams. Officials obtained a search warrant on Tuesday the 8th and the search occurred later that day. When investigators arrived, Marshall was not there- but someone was. Officials contend that while there the person there received a text message from the defendant, questioning whether the police were looking for him. Upon Marshall’s arrival to the room, he was arrested. According to a Mankato Free Press article, investigators found nearly $600 in cash in
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Marshall’s wallet, including $20 that had been used in the sting. Other drugs were also found in Marshall’s room. Investigators found stamps they suspect were laced with LSD, baked goods possibly containing marijuana and a suspected drug ledger were also removed from the room. Marshall was charged on the 10th with one count of third-degree drug sales and one count of fifth-degree drug possession. His bail was set at $2,000, provided that he follow several provisions, including to stay away from the MSU campus. ED/OP
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JOBS FAIR “It’s a perfect way to not only connect with a huge number of employers in one place, but you will also gain confidence in your abilities to interact face-to-face with employers.” continued from 1 those in the field of Science, Engineering, Healthcare, Technology and Construction. There will be 72 employers present each day, and a list of the employers is available at www.mnsu.edu/cdc/expo. According to Assistant Director of the Career Development Center Deenna Latus, it’s smart to consult the list and see what day would be beneficial for you to attend. The Career Development Center does more than hold job fairs. They’re dedicated to helping students forge their futures and give students an idea of where they could go with their lives. They can polish resumes, cover letters and graduate school applications and they can
also have appointments with students and figure out employment and internship opportunities. You can either schedule an appointment or walk-in. They’re located in the Wigley Administration Building, room 209, and are open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, but hours are cancelled on the days of the Expo. “I think that this is a fantastic way for all students to gain insight on their career path,” Latus said. “It’s a perfect way to not only directly connect with a huge number of employers in one place, but you will also gain confidence in your abilities to interact face-to-face with employers.”
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Special: Dr. Glenn Gaesser vs. Dr. Oz SARA HERMANSEN Special to the Reporter A Professor and Director of the Healthy Lifestyle Research Center at Arizona State University went on national television to take on the popular Dr. Oz on his biggest fight yet; is fat the culprit of thousands of American deaths? Dr. Glenn Gaesser has studied this issue extensively for years and authored three books, including Big Fat Lies: The Truth about Your Weight and Your Health. He argues that being overweight can kill you, that obesity is the biggest threat in America today. According to Dr.Gaessner, your weight is not an indicator of your health but rather your cardiovascular levels, fitness levels, and diet. “Fitness is far more important than being thin,” Gaesser said. How does this relate to you? Let me ask you this, what is the first thing the nurse does when you go in for a check up at the doctor; take your height and weight. But how much does that really tell the doctor about you? The major issue
Dr. Gaesser is fighting for is the implementation of actual fitness assessments taken by the doctor, instead of just focusing on weight. He hopes in the near future, people will shift their focus from crash diets and losing weight to becoming healthy. Dr. Gaesser has also spoken against other big programs including The Biggest Loser television series. He argues that every weight-related health problem includes blood pressure
and diabetes, two major health issues ‘The Biggest Loser’ focuses on, can be improved with exercise and diet even without any weight loss. With type two diabetes rates increasing in the US, this can be a major break- through in getting people off medication and healthy. If you are interested in more information from Dr. Gaesser and his studies you can check out his book or come see him at MSU on October 22
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Opinion: Professors need to re-look at plagiarism False accusations of plagiarism are almost as damaging as plagiarism itself. JAMES HOUTSMA A&E Editor
The official Wikipedia definition of plagiarism reads as the “wrongful appropriation” and “purloining and publication” of another author’s “language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions,” and the representation of them as one’s own original work. It adds that the idea remains problematic with unclear definitions and unclear rules. We’ve all seen this word before – hell it’s in practically every syllabus we’re given as some sort of doomsday scenario for the worst of the worst. I’m sure we’ve all thought that we were immune to any accusation because we’re all good people and have no intentions of plagiarizing anything. We trust our teachers to know their stuff and recognize owhat is honest and dishonest. But the more students I talk to, the more I realize that professors are mercilessly hitting students with plagiarism accusations right and left, often without any intent of their own. I had a brush with the dreaded “p word” at the end of last
spring. A group I was in met to make a study guide for our final with the advance permission of our instructor. Two weeks after taking the exam and blissfully thinking my time had been served for that class, I received an email the night before grades were due saying that the instructor was reviewing our final exam for plagiarism due to the group study guide we all turned in. The professor added that he would be deciding whether we would all fail the class over the coming days. The info on the guide was mostly incorrect but it was based on our group interpretation of a musical piece and the form that came with it. There was no hard, external information to be cited beyond our own collective ideas and we gave forewarning that we were going to be doing this. Nothing ever came of it after the instructor made his final decision but it’s still a close call that I still believe had no merit. Compared to others, I got off scott-free. Someone I know recently opened her email to find that the professor had falsely ac-
cused her of plagiarism on her midterm take-home exam and automatically failed her without the chance of proving her case. This supposedly happened to at least two other students in the class. The ironic thing was that she had to fight to get into this class in the first place. The “evidence” this professor used against this person was that she had an incorrect page number in her citations, she cited one in-class lecture and quoted another and the computer program the professor used spat up a “suspicious sentence” warning. Ironically enough, the program didn’t provide any citation for what made the sentence suspicious. What seems to be going on is an apparent disconnect on what “wrongful appropriation” means. Wrongful insinuates some level of dishonest or malicious error, usually happening for some kind of self-gain to make it seem like your writings were the source of the info. This student still had either the correct materials in one of the cases with just the wrong pages or had the right source, just
Man indicted in Peterson murder case SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota man accused in the death of the young son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted on second-degree murder and manslaughter charges, prosecutors said Monday. Joseph Robert Patterson, 27, is expected to be arraigned later this week in the death of 2-year-old Tyrese Robert Ruffin, who died two days after being hospitalized with severe head injuries. Investigators allege that Patterson, the boyfriend of the child’s mother, assaulted Tyrese on Oct. 9 while the two were alone in a Sioux Falls apartment. Patterson was indicted by a grand jury on Friday, Lincoln County state’s attorney Tom Wollman said. He was initially jailed on charges of aggravated assault and aggravated battery, though prosecutors pursued
more serious charges after the boy’s death. A second-degree murder conviction carries a mandatory life sentence, while first-degree manslaughter carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. The charges accuse Patterson of intentionally or recklessly injuring Tyrese by causing brain damage or bleeding of the skull, from blows, shaking or making the boy’s head hit an object or surface. Patterson’s attorney, Tim Rensch, said his client is “absolutely and totally not guilty.” Rensch said he could not yet discuss the case in detail because he hadn’t received all of the paperwork. Peterson, who has said he found out the boy was his son only about two months ago, had been working with Tyrese’s mother to arrange a meeting
with the boy when he received a call that the child was hospitalized with severe injuries. Peterson said he raced to South Dakota and saw Tyrese for the first time a day before he died. Peterson returned to Sioux Falls on Wednesday to attend Tyrese’s funeral. Lincoln County court records show a July 2012 protection order was taken out against Patterson, in which he had to stay 1,000 feet away from a former girlfriend, their son and her two other boys for five years. The woman told the court that Patterson spanked her 3-year-old son’s bare bottom until it had welts after hearing the boy acted up at church. The woman asked the court to drop the protection order two months later, saying she wanted their son to be raised by both his mother and father.
the wrong lecture by the same person. There is a difference in the severity between “wrongful appropriation” and “mistaken appropriation” that in many instances is not properly being observed. Between MLA, APA, ASA, Chicago and whatever other style of sourcing that realistic employers don’t actually give a rat’s ass about, I guarantee we all have messed up in the sourcing game at one point. Yes, there are definitely those who knowledgeably plagiarize others for gain or laziness. No one is arguing there aren’t. The tragic thing about all these situations that is being overlooked, though, is that plagiarism is a serious accusation that has lasting professional consequences and can inflict severe emotional distress if brandished carelessly (as in, doing what a computer program tells you without looking any further into it on your own), especially when there are still such vague parameters for what defines it. I was very lucky in that my professor was willing to speak with the group and seek counsel from his fellow faculty mem-
bers on the matter. This other professor never even gave my friend a chance to prove she had done nothing wrong and was too good to even provide the time of day to speak with her. I’m not sorry to say this but if instead of meeting and discussing with your students to hear them out, your first impulse is to automatically fail them, tell them to drop the course and then say you’re “too busy” to talk about it, then you have absolutely failed in your duty as an educator and would best serve everyone by retiring this very instant. No student deserves to be the victim of your lack of recognition anymore. If you find your self in this situation and you know you’ve done nothing wrong, don’t let yourself be victimized – always fight back against it. Schedule a meeting with someone in student affairs and plead your case. Always fight back. Because if you let someone tarnish your reputation based on false info or uncaring or malicious scrutiny, there’s another word you should be looking into – it’s called slander.
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The case for marijuana legalization in America
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MIKELL MELIUS Staff Writer The legalization of marijuana has been a hot topic for years. While there have been obvious negative opinions on it, some states have made this topic a reality. Nearly a year ago, Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize recreational marijuana. However, details of how the pot can be grown, sold and taxed were just finalized. While the two states are taking different approaches on how their residents can get high, the rest of the country is watching. There are many reasons why lawmakers are against the legalization of marijuana. On balancedpolitics.org they give a list of the top reasons. A few include the increase of stoned driving, the physical damage that could be done to users and the dangers of second-hand smoke to bystanders. I’m not sure on the seriousness of these reasons since there are things worse than marijuana that are, and have been legal for decades. We all know the harsh dangers of drinking and driving. Every day, almost 30 people in the United State die in motor-vehicle crashes involving a driver who is under the influence of alcohol, which equals to one of these deaths every 48 minutes,
amounting to the annual cost associated with alcohol-related crashes of $51 billion. In simulated studies, it shows that while marijuana has a mild effect on users motor skills, it does not play a significant role in motor vehicle crashes, especially when compared to alcohol. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website has a brief overview on the health effects of smoking. It reads, “Smoking harms nearly every organ in the body.” Smoking causes many diseases and reduces the health of smokers in general. The adverse effects of smoking cause one in five deaths in the US. This includes those affected by second hand smoke as well. While cigarettes cause cancer, marijuana has been prescribed to help those diagnosed with cancer. Not only has it been prescribed but there are established businesses that specialize in medical marijuana as pain management. It appears that Colorado and Washington have realized the mild dangers of marijuana. The two states are using different approaches with the legalization, but both are giving their residents the opportunity to show responsibility with this drug. Heavy taxation is one thing Washington chose to do. Colorado on the other hand is
allowing their residents to vote on the taxing of marijuana. Colorado is also applying a law where in order to own or invest in a marijuana business you need to have been a resident for at least two years. These states are examples of different ways marijuana can be regulated. While these states have decided to move forward with legalizing marijuana, many
are choosing not to. With the statistics of alcohol fatalities, as well as tobacco fatalities, it’s hard to see what the reasoning is. If states allow these harmful things to be legal what is holding them back from legalizing marijuana? It appears that for now, except in Colorado and Washington, the most harmful thing about marijuana is having it.
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“Do you believe in legalizing marijuana?”
MAHLET MEHARI, JUNIOR SOCIAL WORK “I don’t care.”
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“No, because many people misuse it.”
JESSE OKOI, GRADUATE STUDENT SOCIOLOGY “No”
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Bullying: not just a serious issue, now a major problem Memories of days gone by and a certain youth capture the mind. SAM WILMES News Editor With the girl bullied to the point of killing herself in Florida making front-page headlines, memories of days gone by and a boy who had been bullied mar my brain and cloud my past. The kid, a small, curly haired boy with a goofy demeanor and a friendly smile, faced the treatment expected out of an outcast- a loner that never fit the stereotypical mode of cool. Maybe it was the way he carried himself, maybe it was the goofy things he said at odd times. At any rate, nobody showed any mercy toward the child. My senior year of high school the boy had been named captain of the week for the football team, an honor given to every senior on a week by week basis. Upon receiving the captainship, chants of “Dog Shit! Dog Shit!” enveloped the boy. I did nothing- neither told the tormentor off nor stuck up for the boy experiencing it. The memories of the boy haunt me to this day. Maybe it was the pictures lined of the kid across the wall on the last day of Junior year in an ugly fashion, maybe it was the constant demeaning and telling the kid that he wasn’t as good as others, that he was too slow, too short, and too dumb to do anything with his life. Surely Dog shit wasn’t the
only name the kid had been called. The kid was called a dumb-ass on a nearly daily rate. Featuring a smile that covered the eyes, the kid was often told to open his eyes and called a derogatory term for his smile. Kids would walk down the hall closing their eyes to mock the boy. Why didn’t I say something to the tormentors of the boy? Surely he had spent nights crying off the long days in back and ahead of him. I remember the first day the boy had experienced bullying- the elementary school reminder of everything the boy had lacked, the learning disability that had impaired his ability to tie his shoes. Why hadn’t I done anything then to protect the boy? Could I have stopped it? I remember when the boy had been playing baseball in 8th grade. He was the second baseman at the time, a position he failed to hold on to in high school. The tormentor, a class clown, began calling him Radio- a mentally handicapped man featured in a movie. Why hadn’t I stepped in to stop it? What was wrong with me that I couldn’t stop the endless torment of the boy? Who could have ever forgotten the times we hung out together, side by side? The time when someone, high on pot, had broken a GPS someone lent for our trip to a basketball game. Once smashed, nearly everyone piled on the boy. “It was you, it was all your fault!” “How could you be so worthless?”
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Why didn’t I step in, why didn’t I stop what surely must have been hell to the boy? Maybe it was the gum thrown in the boy’s hair, maybe I was too dumb to see that for what it was. And the times at bonfires when embarrassing text messages were sent from the phone stolen from the boy- I could have stopped it, I could have prevented the boy from being psychologically tortured. I never understood why the boy had never moved away, maybe transferred, maybe had a
blowup, maybe lost his cool, if for just a second. Surely the memories didn’t end with his high-school diploma. I had joined the boy in a pilgrimage to see the same tormentors- again, I thought, what drew the boy to continue to see these people? Maybe it was his own personal weakness, maybe he needed acceptance, maybe he was too stupid to see the truth right in front of him. The trip was surely hell for the boy, but I can’t say I felt sorry for him.
Curse words and signs mocking him and perhaps unknowingly the boy ’s disabled sister surely pierced him- I remember when the kid asked someone why he had laughed at such a cruel gesture, his response was it was funny. Why hadn’t I grabbed the kid and left? Why, in a situation like this, couldn’t I rise to the occasion and become the boy’s only friend? Why? The answer, unknown to this day, still haunts me.
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Student kills two, injures two in Nevada school shooting A nation already besieged by gun violence loses two more lives at the hands of a gunman. SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — A student at a Nevada middle school opened fire on campus just before the starting bell Monday, wounding two boys and killing a teacher who was trying to protect other children, Sparks police and the victim’s family said. Twenty to thirty students witnessed the tragedy at Sparks Middle School that also left the lone suspected gunman dead, police said. It’s unclear whether the student committed suicide, but authorities say no shots were fired by law enforcement. Police said between 150 and 200 officers, including some from as far as 60 miles away, responded to the shooting. “In my estimation, he is a hero. ... We do know he was trying to intervene,” Reno Deputy Police Chief Tom Robinson said of the teacher who was killed, who initially was identified only as a staff member. Family members identified him as math teacher Michael Landsberry, a 45-year-old military veteran who leaves behind a wife and two stepdaughters “To hear that he was trying to stop that is not surprising by any means,” said his sister-inlaw Chanda Landsberry. She added his life could be summed up by his love of family, his
students and his country. On his school website, Michael Landsberry posted a picture of a brown bear and took on a tough-love tone, telling students, “I have one classroom rule and it is very simple: ‘Thou Shall Not Annoy Mr. L.’” “The kids loved him,” Chanda Landsberry said. The names of the suspect and two other victims have not yet been released, and the motive for the shooting is still unknown. “As you can imagine, the best description is chaos,” Robinson said. “It’s too early to say whether he was targeting people or going on an indiscriminate shooting spree.” Students from the middle school and neighboring elementary school were evacuated to the nearby high school, and classes were canceled. The middle school will remain closed for the week. At the evacuation center, parents comforted their children. “We came flying down here to get our kids,” said Mike Fiorica, whose nephew attends the school. “... It’s really chaotic. You can imagine how parents are feeling. You don’t know if your kid’s OK.” One of the students injured in the violence that erupted around 7:15 a.m. is out of surgery and
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the other is doing well, according to police. The shooting happened on the school’s campus and ended outside the school building itself, according to police. “I was deeply saddened to learn of the horrific shooting at Sparks Middle School this morning,” Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval said in a statement extending his thoughts and prayers to those affected. About 700 students in 7th and 8th grades are enrolled at the school, located in a working class neighborhood. “It’s not supposed to happen here,” Chanda Landsberry said. “We’re just Sparks — little Sparks, Nevada. It’s unreal.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, offered his condolences to those who experienced a “traumatic morning.” “No words of condolence could possibly ease the pain, but I hope it is some small comfort that Nevada mourns with them,” Reid said in a statement. The violence erupted nearly a year after a gunman horrified the nation by opening fire in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., leaving 26 dead. The Dec. 14 shooting ignited debate over how best to protect the nation’s schools and whether armed teachers should
be part of that equation. In a statement on the website of Sandy Hook Promise, a gun control advocacy group, Nicole Hockley, whose son Dylan was killed in the shooting said, “It’s moments like this that demand that we unite as parents to find commonsense solutions that keep our children — all children — safe, and prevent these tragedies from happening again and again.” The Washoe County School District held a session in the
spring in light of the Connecticut tragedy to educate parents on what safety measures the district takes. Sparks, a city of roughly 90,000 that sprung out of the railway industry, lies just east of Reno. Mayor Geno Martini spoke at a morning press conference to assure residents that the community was safe. “It’s a tragic day in the city of Sparks,” he said. “This is just an isolated incident.”
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Mavericks run past Mustangs With two great rushing performances by Connor Thomas and Jon Wolf and the defense forcing six interceptions, the Mavericks proved their worthiness of the top spot in Division II football in their victory over Soutwest Minnesota State. JOEY DENTON Sports Editor As the Mustangs provided one of the most explosive offenses in the NSIC on Saturday, the Minnesota State University, Mankato football squad showed how explosive their offense can be in their 52-27 victory in Marshall, Minn. The Mavericks couldn’t have gotten off to a better start. Sophomore cornerback Patrick Schmidt tallied his third interception of the season on Charlie Kern’s pass in the first play from scrimmage and brought it back to SMSU’s one-yard line. Sophomore running back Connor Thomas then punched it in on the ground to put the Mavericks up a touchdown, just 17 seconds into the game. SMSU’s next three possessions all ended the same way—turnover on downs then Maverick touchdowns. Senior quarterback Jon Wolf started the three touchdowns with a nineyard touchdown pass to senior receiver Dennis Carter. After junior defensive tackle Bryan Keys and senior linebacker Isaac Kolstad sacked Kern on fourth down, the away team just needed a 33 yards and got it on the next play with Thomas scoring his second touchdown of
the night. The Mustangs didn’t have too much trouble moving the ball downfield in the first half, but once they reached Maverick territory, the defense wouldn’t allow the Mustangs to convert on third or fourth down. After the home team’s third turnover on downs, Wolf was given some space and everybody in the conference knows what that means—a big play was about to happen. Wolf took it to the house from 65 yards out and bumped up the Maverick lead to 28-0. It took another Thomas rushing touchdown before the Mustangs were on the board, but by then it was too late for them to get back into the NSIC game. The most talked about running back in the NSIC wasn’t getting any recognition on Saturday. With 1,175 rushing yards in just six games, Tyler Tonderum only ran for 61 yards on 19 carries, giving him a 3.2 yards per carry average. It’s not a terrible average, but when you average seven yards a carry in your previous six games it is. This defensive line has proven time and time again they can take on any NSIC running game. Why? “The defensive line is so good because we understand
that we all have our own special traits,” Keys said. “Kaleb Wendricks is great at destroying a double team, Jeff Raymond is amazing at defeating a reach-to block from the 3 tech and Barry Ballinger is phenomenal at inside pass rush.” Those are just the interior lineman. Keys didn’t think there was enough space in the paper to talk about how good their defensive ends are in senior Chris Schaudt and Josh Young. After being second in the NSIC in opposing rushing yards per game with 84, this Maverick defense ranks ninth in the country in rushing defense, right behind the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Keys played a huge part in controlling Tonderum’s off game with his seven tackles (2.5 were for loss), 1.5 sacks and an interception. His efforts awarded him the NSIC Defensive Player of the Week, but to him, that was a team award. “I find this award with great honor, but I’m not naïve,” Keys said. “I know none of this would be possible without the many efforts that came from this team.” The defensive line for the Mavericks doesn’t just stop the run, they also put great pressure on opposing Quarterbacks. They put so much pressure on both
David Bassey • MSU Reporter The defense of the Mavericks only gave up 92 rushing yards, and 61 of those were from Tyler Tonderum, the leading rusher in the NSIC.
David Bassey • MSU Reporter Senior quarterback Jon Wolf (pictured) has rushed for at least 100 yards in three of their last four games, including 112 yards on Saturday.
Mustangs quarterbacks, they combined for six interceptions, which is the most since 1997. “The pressure from the Dline caused their quarterback to rush his decisions and the linebackers and secondary were able to pick up on their cues and execute,” Keys said. The offensive line also dominated the line of scrimmage with 383 rushing yards to prove it. Thomas’s career day consisted a team-leading 153 yards on 19 carries and three rushing touchdowns. Wolf finished second with 112 yards on 15 carries. Their ability to run the ball is also nationally known as they rank 13th in the country, averaging 270.1 yards per game. Wolf and Thomas are side-by-side in rushing yards in the NSIC with Wolf ranked at 12 with 570 yards and Thomas in 13th with 499. In their win against Augustana, one of the biggest concerns was not transforming turnovers
in to points. In the second half of that game, the Mavericks picked off two passes in a close contested matchup, but failed to capitalize on both, which would of put the game out of its misery. On Saturday, the Maverick offense put together four straight touchdown drives after the defense intercepted a pass and forced three turnover on downs. The Mavericks return home this weekend with the 5-2 Winona State Warriors traveling to Blakeslee Stadium. After a slow 0-2 start, the Warriors have put together a five-game winning streak, including a 45-41 win over Wayne State last weekend. This matchup will feature both the defensive and offensive player of this week as Warrior’s freshman quarterback Jack Nelson was given the NSIC Offensive Player of the Week award for completing 21 of 28 passes for 347 yards and five touchdown passes.
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Men’s hockey opens home schedule with sweep over UConn The Mavericks took care of business at the Verizon Wireless Center, outscoring the Huskies 8-2 over the weekend. DEREK LAMBERT Staff Writer The Minnesota State University, Mankato men’s hockey team redeemed themselves over the last weekend when they returned home to face off against Connecticut. The Mavericks opened their season at Providence, going 0-2 in the series while being outscored 8-1. While disappointed with the series, the Mavs looked ahead and took care of business against the University of Connecticut, winning both Friday and Saturday night to complete the two-game sweep.
Friday night saw the Maverick power play finally get on the board when sophomore forward Teddy Blueger jammed home
a goal from in close to put the Mavericks up 1-0 with the man advantage. Senior forward Johnny McInnis and junior forward Matt Leitner received assists on the goal. That would be the only scoring of the first period, and it sent the Mavs to the locker room with the lead going into the middle period. The second period included the eventual game-winning goal from sophomore forward Dylan Margonari at the 6:02 mark of the period. Margonari redirected a shot from senior defenseman Josh Nelson past UConn goalie Matt Grogan. McInnis was also credited with an assist on the play, his second of the night. Connecticut’s Jordan Sims recorded the only third period tally to bring the score to 2-1 in favor of the Mavericks. Mavs sophomore goalie Stephon Williams made 16 saves on 17 shots and received the win. Saturday night featured a much more exciting game. The Mavs were dominant on Saturday, cruising to a 6-1 victory over the Huskies. Junior forward Jean-Paul LaFontaine struck first when he found the back of the net on an assist from freshman defenseman Casey Nelson. Sophomore forward Bryce Gervais extended the lead to two with his second goal of the season, which turned out to be the game-winning goal.
David Bassey • MSU Reporter Senior forward Johnny McInnis tallied two assists in the Mavericks’ 2-1 victory over UConn on Friday.
UConn would answer back with Jordan Sims scoring a power-play goal for the Huskies to bring the score within one. Margonari scored his second goal of the weekend with 14 seconds remaining in the period to give the Mavs a 3-1 lead after a period of play. The second period saw no scoring, but the third period was a dominating frame for MSU. Freshman defenseman Casey Nelson scored his first goal as a Maverick early in the third period to cushion the lead to 4-1 with assists from Gervais and freshman forward Jordan Nelson. Later in the third, Leitner
recorded his second assist of the night, assisting on junior forward Chase Grant’s first tally of the year to give the Mavs
another insurance marker and a 5-1 lead. With 45 seconds remaining in the game, Jordan Nelson recorded his second point of the night and first career goal when he buried a power play goal past Grogan. Sean Flanagan and Max Gaede recorded the assists on the goal, which completed the scoring of the game for a 6-1 Mavericks win. Williams performed well, again recording 16 saves on 17 shots for the win in front of a Maverick crowd of 3,911. MSU men’s hockey is off next weekend, giving them time to continue fine-tuning their game for their opening WCHA series at Bemidji on Nov. 1.
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Macabre Mankato: a guide to Mankato’s most-haunted attractions Those looking for a spooky time will find plenty of spine-tingling areas and historical events in town. JAMES HOUTSMA A & E Editor The lovely town of Mankato has made itself known as a vibrant community suitable for bikers, Vikings fans and everyone in between. While it can’t be denied there’s plenty happening on the surface, Mankato has its share of twisted history and supernatural spots existing outside the light. Perfect for this season, the strange, tragic and unexplained occurrences that happened here can prove to be just as thrilling as a football game or walk in the park – albeit more unpredictable. If you’re looking for the hairs on the back of your neck to stand up, make sure to pay some of these spots a visit… if you dare. Excessive Execution Any hopes of Mankato being known only as a hilly, quasi-urban university town were dashed
in 1862. That was the year Mankato was forever branded as the town with the largest single instance mass-execution ever. Taking place right in the center of the Dakota Uprising of 1862, more than 300 Dakota Native Americans were sentenced to hang in December 1862 for their parts in the uprising. President Lincoln intervened and pardoned 265 of the accused (not a popular action back home in Mankato) but left 38 to face the noose. A massive, multi-person gallows was constructed to accommodate all the accused and, in one push of the lever, Mankato was forever stained as the town that hanged 38 people at one time. Two commemorative statues can be found at Blue Earth County Library and Reconciliation Park, serving as a remembrance of one of the regions darker moments. Vice Presidential Pardoning
Just 23 years after the Dakota hanging, Schuyler Colfax, former vice president under Grant and senate speaker under Lincoln, was travelling through Mankato to reach a speaking engagement in Rock Rapids, Iowa. After walking a distance in Mankato’s brisk January weather (estimated to be a wretched -30 degrees, F), Colfax reached the Omaha station off Front Street. Minutes later, he collapsed of a heart attack brought on by the extreme cold and died. One might say Mankato gave the former vice president one hell of a cold shoulder. Cemetary 66 A few miles past Mount Kato, there is a cemetery that if you didn’t know it existed, you may have never even guessed. If you did know it exists, it’s not likely due to positive reasons. Holberg cemetery just off of highway 66 near Rapidan is practically hidden from the world. Located on a gravel road
James Schuyler Houtsma • MSU Reporter Visiting Holberg cemetery by Rapidan? Expect a chill to stay with you for the rest of the day.
and tucked away in an area of forest on a steep slope, Holberg barely contains more than 20 graves. But what it lacks in permanent residents it makes up for in chilling atmosphere. The sign on the cemetery gates gives forewarning of the use of security cameras in
the graveyard. However, what Holberg has to offer can’t be recorded on film. In its secluded space, all activity seems to stop within the gates. Sound is so scarce that anything that makes noise is sure to be of
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Carrie’s bloody return ANDREW SIMON Staff Writer The biggest sin Carrie commits is that it doesn’t entirely justify a remake. With technology the way it is, promising actresses popping up all over the place and fan demands for darker, nuanced stories, the timing seems right for a proper version of the tragedy of Carrie White. Alas, this isn’t it but the real disappointment is that there’s enough signs that director Kimberly Pierce really wanted it to be. Carrie White (Chloe GraceMoretz, Kick-Ass) is bullied and teased around school. She wears clothing one would see out of Little House on the Prairie, hunches and averts eye contact, and doesn’t have any friends, making her a prime target for the preppy school girls. Carrie lives with her hyper religious
mother (Julianne Moore, Don Jon), who views everything as a sin and regrets choosing her maternal instinct over spiritual revulsion when she didn’t kill her daughter immediately after birth -- now more than ever, as she sees Carrie growing into a woman. Her religious views resulted in lessons in text but no forewarnings of puberty. An incident at school leaves Carrie traumatized as she endures her first period, the entire gym class laughing at her and publishing a video that quickly goes viral. What they don’t know and what Carrie quickly discovers, is that along with puberty, she begins to manifest telekinetic powers. All the verbal abuse from her peers and the nonstop talk of carnal sin from her mother comes to a head on prom night. Based on the book by Stephen King, this film doesn’t cover much in the way of new ground, so what matters, then,
is how the adaptors present it. To its credit, the use of contemporary technology/software is used to powerful effect in the legendary prom scene, heightening the level of embarrassment bestowed upon Carrie that other versions just couldn’t bring. The prom sequence is perhaps the best argument for the remake, as special effects are the film’s best asset in bringing Carrie’s powers to life. The carnage that unfolds on prom night – hardly a spoiler for a book thirty years old and three movies in – is beautifully done with the right amount of brutality and menacing creativity from a scorned and hurt teenager. Carrie’s abilities never come off hokey or badly rendered, instead quite spectacular, both in when she’s first discovering them, and later, when she wields it with vengeful precision. Next to the digital work, Carrie had another thing going
for it – Chloe Grace-Moretz. In the last four or five years, Moretz has proven herself a capable young actress, able to handle a lot of heavy emotional work and bring the funny, often simultaneously. Expectedly, her work here is splendid. Moretz brings a humanity to Carrie in a variety of amazing emotional whirlpools – the trauma of the locker room bullying, the inner
joy in finding out about her powers, her equal love, fear and hatred towards her mother, the giddy teenager who can’t help but smile when being asked to prom, the strength to refuse being bullied by her mom and the final blind rage at the end that gives way to a scared little girl. Although the script does Moretz a disservice in wanting to get to
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CARRIE “To its credit, the use of contemporary technology/software is used to powerful effect in the legendary prom scene, heightening the level of embarrassment bestowed upon Carrie that other versions just couldn’t bring.” continued from 9 the prom too quickly, sacrificing several opportunities for more dramatic scenes, she does what she can with what has been given to her. Amongst the cast, Portia Doubleday (Youth in Revolt) is extraordinarily evil as Carrie’s prime tormentor. However, there are times where the character becomes cartoonish in her quest to destroy Carrie White, often reminding one of mustache-twirling villains from the thirties. Ansel Elgort (Divergent) is charming in every way possible, to the point even this reviewer was under his ‘good guy’ spell. Next to Moretz, Elgort is the real standout performance. Julianne Moore knows what’s expected of her – scary religious nut that self-inflicts pain to atone for her personal sins – and she definitely delivers. Quite immediately, she’s weird, freaky, and all around nutty. Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers) plays Sue, seemingly the only teenage girl at school who defends Carrie, spending most of the time open-jawed and trying to really trying to bring the sentimentality but not quite working. Where Carrie falters is the script – it just needs more in the
way of humanistic scenes. No telekinesis, no crazy mother, etc., just more sequences of who Carrie White is as a person, and where she is emotionally. Probably a ridiculous complaint to have about a horror remake in a time period where most remakes have very little to none in the way of deep characters but if there was any horror re-imagining that required some complex storytelling and thought process, Carrie would be the prime candidate. As it stands, it’s the strong performance from Moretz that helps the audience understand the titular character because the script does little to help. Overall, Carrie is a success. Nothing too frighteningly different from what’s come before, just good enough to spark interest and strong enough in performances to keep one entertained. Most viewers are likely heading into Carrie with the hope of seeing some fantastic third act destruction and in that regard, the movie doesn’t disappoint. Small gripes aside, it’s still a worthwhile movie and, thus, recommended. 7/10
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MACABRE “A massive multi-person gallows was constructed to accomodate all the accused and, in one push of the lever, Mankato was forever stained as the town that hanged 38 people at one time. Two commemorative statues can be found at Blue Earth County Library and Reconciliation Park, serving as remembrance of one of the regions darker moments.” continued from 9 note. A large gnarled tree just outside the grounds is protected by a fence. The remnants of a knocked-over headstone sit near the exit. The trees on the uphill side of the plot make you feel as if you’re being surrounded, no… watched. Then there are the legends. Stories of a white van following those driving on the gravel road leading to the graveyard are just the start of the ghostly happenings attributed with the centuries-old resting place. Somewhere in the cemetery rests a gravestone with a burned in pentagram. This is alleged to be the “witch’s grave”. From there, several people have reported seeing glowing red eyes in the area, growling noises and mocking laughter, mysterious gatherings of hooded figures and unexplained scratch marks on some visitors. Is Holberg cemetery home to a malicious spirit, an occult hotspot or something else? In the absence of certainty, it’s been recommended to circle the
graveyard twice in your vehicle and park 14 yards in front of the front gate… for security reasons, of course. Memorial Library Who hasn’t crammed at the library in preparation for an upcoming exam or project? More importantly, who would want to do that for all eternity? Room 113 in the Memorial Library is the focus of quite a few reported ghost sightings in recent years. Some students with special permission to use the room late after closing have claimed that they were approached around 2 a.m. by a female student wondering if they had seen her biology project. A supposed chill enters the room just before her arrival. Whatever the case may be, those who enter the room should always remind themselves of the possibility of a late night inquirer. The Scenic Escape Route Beside from a much-needed repaving, Highway 169 from
Mankato to St. Peter is a lovelylooking stretch of road. The storied-tall hills of limestone compliment the nearby river perfectly. It’s only once you realize what’s nearby that tensions start to rise. St. Peter Regional Treatment Center is renowned for overseeing some of Minnesota’s most unstable, sometimes violent inmates. That said, all the oversight in the world still can’t prevent the occasional escape. The asylum itself is a whole new topic of discussion but since its opening in 1866, there have been several dozen escapes of mental patients. Stories have been passed down for generations about dangerous mental patients who roam the highway, hiding in the ditches and storm drains or the nearby 7-mile park and lurking in the area farmer’s nearby fields. As pretty as the road may be, it’s strongly recommended to leave any hitchhikers be when driving through.
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