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MSU graduate starts delivery business in Mankato Delivery business ran by former MSU hockey player. ALEX KERKMAN Staff Writer

Web Photo Former MSU hockey player Tyler Elbrecht (16) played with the MSU hockey team from 2009 to 2013.

A former MSU hockey standout has proved he can run just as well as he can skate, though not in the way you may think. MSU graduate Tyler Elbricht was a familiar face on campus. The former hockey star served as captain for the Mavericks for the past two years before graduating this spring. Although he left for Idaho to pursue his hockey career, his impact can still be felt in Mankato, albeit through something you might not expect. Elbricht, who graduated with a degree in Marketing and a minor in business administration has formed the Mankato-based

company Runners, which he operates from Boise, Idaho. Runners is a delivery system for just about anything you could want or need. All you have to do is place your order by call or text, and Runners will have your purchases delivered to your house. If you don’t have enough time to pick up groceries during the week. Runners will deliver just about anything for you, from Taco Bell to Wal-Mart. All you have to do is pay for the cost of the items and the delivery fee. Otherwise you never have to leave your house. Deliveries can be made from 11 am to 10 pm seven days a

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Day of the Dead celebrated at MSU SAM WILMES News Editor

Different costumes and people marked the uniqueness of the Dawn of the Dead celebration that unfolded in the Ostrander Auditorium yesterday. The three-day Mexican celebration runs contrary to the seemingly descriptive title. Instead of worshiping the dead, the festival involves worshiping the lives the now deceased lived. The main elements of the celebration involve things that cut to the core of what it means to be human. Nov. 1st this year features a remembrance of the little ones that have passed. The speaker of the event, Ancient Wisdom Scholar Roberto Dansie, spoke of the need to acknowledge people for their deepest contributions to your own life.

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Dansie challenged people to thank the ones closest to them in their lives for being there, for being a part of their existence. Dansie, who won the World Championship of Martial Arts in Pussan, Korea in 1981, spoke of the consistency of humans, from every corner of the world, to worship those who have come before them. “From the four corners of the planet, humans have always honored the dead and ancestors,” Dansie said. The stage of the CSU featured 400 petals and lit candles to give further homage to loved ones gone. “I wish you today my dear friends that you lead a life that leaves a long trail of flowers,” Dansie said. Dansie, who, according to his website, has received The National Award for Community

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Web Photo Martial arts champion and Ancient Wisdom Scholar Roberto Dansie spoke in Ostrander Auditorium yesterday.

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The collegiate list of DOs and DO NOTs for Halloween Everyone knows Halloween is a great weekend full of fun, here are just some simple pointers to help you enjoy the weekend even more. REECE HEMMESCH Editor in Chief What is Halloween anyway? Is it a holiday with actual implications like Thanksgiving or Christmas, or is it just another reason for us crazy college kids to get dressed up in a ridiculous costume and go out with the intentions of putting back a few beverages? Either way you look at it, Halloween is a great time at our age, considering all the

candy to kids if you live in a house Come on, we all know that one guy on the street you lived on as a kid who just refuses to give out candy to the kids on Halloween. Nobody likes that guy, nor does anybody want to be that guy. So even if you want to play the broke college kid, you can still afford to get a big bag of candy to hand out to the trick-or-treaters. It’s a simple gesture that will make you appear as a better neighbor and you know the kids

ing for candy (or other products) tonight, do not be one of them. Halloween is a great time of year, but our time for trick-or-treating is over. I’m not saying we all have to be responsible adults, just stay off the streets when the kids are out. All you’re going to do is bring attention to yourself and that will only end with someone becoming disturbed at the grown-ups walking around in costumes looking for candy.

only one who didn’t dress up for the occasion, it might be uncomfortable, I understand that, but it still needs to be done. So buck up, put on a costume and get out there and have some fun. DON’T dress up as something nobody will understand Dressing up like a buddy of yours or possibly a character from a low-rated TV show that no one watches is always great and makes for a possibly hilarious inside joke, but you have to take into consideration the 100 other people you are going to see who won’t have a clue what you are dressed up as. Then comes the awkward

conversation where you have to explain to them what you are and why that is so funny, which as far as explaining things goes, never works out too well in the middle of a party at 10:30 at night. Make your costume something hilarious, but make sure most people would understand it. Otherwise, you’re going to be spending a lot of your night trying to tell people what exactly you are. I made that mistake sophomore year going as my roommate and I will never make it again.

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things that go on this particular weekend. It is always a lot of fun no matter where you are in town and I don’t see that changing this year. The latter might be correct about just another reason for us to go out, but let’s be honest, we’ve been getting crammed with midterms and other projects the entire month of October, so it’s perfectly fine to use it as an excuse to go out and have some fun. So here are some Halloween dos and don’ts when it comes to this time of year in college. DO

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will enjoy it. That guy who doesn’t give out candy is probably in his late-60s and doesn’t want to be disturbed after dark, you on the other hand are a college kid who can’t be more than 10 years removed from trickor-treating yourself. Think if a 21-year-old denied you candy when you where there age, you wouldn’t have a lot of good thoughts for that kid and with good reasoning. DON’T go trick-or-treating if you are in college. Mankato is a college town, I get that and there will be collegians out on the streets look-

DO go out in costume For those of you thinking you’re not really a costume person and can’t stand this weekend because you have to wear a ridiculous get-up around town, I’m right there with you. I also am not the most fond of getting dressed up for Halloween, I was even like that as a kid, hoping that maybe I could just trick-ortreat in regular clothes and nobody would notice. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that in the trick-ortreating world and it doesn’t work here either. Nobody wants to be that person in a group of 10-or-so who is the

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New York bus driver saves woman from jumping off bridge

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A -bus driver is being hailed as a hero for preventing a woman dfrom jumping off a Buffalo highway overpass. About 20 McKinley High School students had just stepped aboard Darnell Barton’s Metro bus Oct. 18 when he spotted a woman who had climbed over a guardrail and stood leaning over the afternoon traffic zipping along the Scajaquada Expressway below. With cars and an occasional pedestrian continuing to pass by her, Barton wasn’t sure at first that the woman was in distress. He stopped his bus, opened the door and asked if she needed help, at that moment conflicted between the rules of his job, which required him to call his dispatcher, and his training as a former volunteer firefighter and member of the Buffalo Special Police, which told him that if he made contact, he shouldn’t break it. “It was an interesting situation, knowing what you know and knowing what you have to do,” he said by phone Wednesday. “Dispatch picked up. I remember giving my location and saying, ‘Send the authorities, this young lady needs help’ and then dashing the phone down.” The bus video system captures Barton, 37, leaving the bus and the 20-something woman looking back at him. Her gaze then returns to the traffic below. “That’s when I went and put my arms around her,” said Barton, a father of two. “I felt like if she looked down at that traffic one more time it might be it.” With the woman in a bear hug, Barton asked if she wanted to come back over the rail. She hadn’t spoken up to that point

but said yes. The video shows Barton tenderly helping her climb back over the guardrail and sit down. Then he sits next to her on the concrete. He asked her name and other questions to distract her, he said, learning she was a student. “Then she said, ‘You smell good,’” he said. A corrections officer and a female driver who’d been behind the bus came to help, speaking to the woman until police and an ambulance arrived. “While I was holding her, listening to their questions, I just prayed,” the bus driver said. “Whatever was on her mind, it had her. It really, really had her.” When the ambulance drove away, Barton got back on his bus — and received a standing ovation from the high school students and other passengers who’d been watching through the windows. He finished his route, wrote up a report and went home. “Being the humble individual that Darnell is, he didn’t write it in a way that was going to call attention to himself,” said C. Douglas Hartmayer, spokesman for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. “It was: I did it, got back on my bus and continued. That speaks volumes about his demeanor and character.” Barton wishes he could speak with the woman again to make sure she’s OK. “Things like this put what’s important in perspective,” he said. “You hug your kids a little tighter, kiss your wife a little bit longer. You’re grateful. “Things may not be perfect,” he said, “but as we say, they’re a little bit of all right.”

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Business “Besides running his own business, Elbrecht currently plays for the Idaho Steelheads of the East Coast Hockey League, an affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars.” continued from 1 week. Runners will not deliver alcohol, tobacco or pharmaceuticals. Meal deliveries to Mankato cost only $3.50, $5.50 to North Mankato, $7 to Madison Lake; and $10 to St. Peter. The price jumps to $13.50 in Mankato if getting five items or more (such as groceries). However a 100item list will cost just as much as a 5 -item list. Most of Runners advertising is done through word of mouth and through social media. About 70 percent of the com-

panies business is with college students, although they do get a portion of work from other members of the community. Always looking at how to improve his company, Elbrecht also has a special courier service for law firms and other small businesses. Elbrecht has also looked into branching out into a car service for special events. Besides running his own business, Elbrecht currently plays for the Idaho Steelheads of East Coast Hockey League, who

are an affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars. The former Maverick enforcer leads his team in penalty minutes through the first four games this season. Runners was established in May of 2013 as a Limited Liability Coorporation. Deliveries can be made by calling 340-1564. For more information about the company, you can visit www.runnersmankato.com, or view the business’s Facebook page or Twitter account.


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Sometimes, an apology is just not enough

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Actions speak louder than words, which is why the government should be taking action instead of apologizing over the faults in the new Obamacare website.

REECE HEMMESCH Editor in Chief Like former president Ronald Reagan getting up in front of the entire nation to apologize for his involvement in the Iran-Contra affair, once again the nation sees one of their leaders getting up in front of a group of people to say sorry. The newest member of the ‘I apologize’ club comes in the form of Kathleen Sebelius, the United States Department of Health and Human Services Secretary. Many of you have probably been hearing her name in the past couple of days, but cannot figure out who she is or why she stood in front of a house committee Wednesday and apologized for her actions. Her wrongdoing comes in the form of a website, a very crucial website for this country that has been down since its inception about a month ago. Sebelius’ responsibility as the H&H Services Secretary was to develop and launch the Obamacare website at www.healthcare.gov. When the site was supposed to launch over a month ago, glitches were prominent and the site was unusable to those attempting to do so. Again, that was one month ago. The site can be accessed now but is still not at 100 percent in terms of use. As Sebelius told the House Energy Commerce Committee yesterday, she

believes that most consumers should be able to shop online for health insurance by late November with all the problems being swept away. “In these early weeks, access to healthcare.gov has been a miserably frustrating experience for way too many Americans,” Sebelius said. “You deserve better, I apologize, I’m accountable to you for fixing these problems.” As decent as it was to see Sebelius apologize for her actions Wednesday, I do not think this problem can be just relieved because she said she was sorry. This is a big deal, this website was the cornerstone of the Patient Proetection and Affordable Care Act. Whether you are in favor of Obamacare or not, the truth of the matter is it will happen and without a fully functioning website to back that up, it cannot happen until all the glitches are worked out of the website. Sebelius had one job, get the Obamacare website up and running so that people could begin to shop for new health insurance online, a big step up in the world of politics. So when Sebelius told the President that the site was ready to go on October 1st, I believe she should have been packing up her things October 2nd. This site needs to be up and running and with the government shutdown taking the toll it did, the gov-

ernment cannot afford another month of the site being down. I commend Sebelius on not giving up and continuing to work through the pressures to get the site going, but another month of it down cannot occur, and that should be the price of Sebelius’ job. But instead of merely apologizing and promising to get the site up as soon as possible, Sebelius took it a step further last Friday, blaming the Republican Party for the site not being able to fully function, another pathetic stab at the GOP for all the wrongdoings in politics. Was the bulk of the government shutdown on them? Yes, but

for Sebelius to blame the GOP for her website failing for a full month, possibly two, is just idiotic in nature. She claims she was rushed to the go-date of October 1st, but even if she was, you have to step up and tell somebody it will not be done by then and we still need a few more days to get all the kinks worked out. Instead, they rushed the date and the website continues to delay the Affordable Healthcare Act. If you ask me, something does not need to be done with Sebelius’ system, but Sebelius instead. Her apologies are enticing, but simply saying sorry is not going to cut it when you screw up in that big of an arena.

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The case for abolishing the death penalty Inequality and frequent errors call the death penalty into question. SAM WILMES News Editor What does China, Yemen, Iran, North Korea, and the United States all have in common? These countries are pretty much the only contributors to capital punishment deaths. Why do we continue to execute people when evidence continually proves that the poor are disproportionately affected by it? The death penalty definitely needs to be eliminated because of cases like Troy Davis, a Georgia man who was put to death for a murder in Georgia in 1989, even though he had pretty much proven he had not done it. By the time he was executed seven witnesses had recanted their earlier testimony. It was also revealed that Davis was not allowed to use a polygraph to prove his innocence. Amnesty International, as well as some congressmen supported Davis, but to no avail. He was executed on September 21, 2011. One would have to wonder if he would have been executed if he had the money to hire a good defense team. The case of O.J. Simpson also gives credence to this. O.J. was very wealthy when he stood trial for the murder of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. The case was considered the trial of the century, and public opinion was heavily against Simpson. In a decision that angered many, Simpson was acquitted. He could have faced the death penalty. Would Davis, a man with hardly any money have gotten off? Personally I don’t have a stake in this debate, and I understand if someone killed a member of my family I would want the same for the person who did it. But it takes a special person to show compassion for a person, even in situations where it’s extremely difficult to. What makes us angry in the first place is the loss of a life we love, so why would we want to take another life- innocent or not? According to the website Death Penalty Facts, 138 people in the United States since 1973 have been put to death unfairly. I couldn’t believe that number

when I first read it. Personally I believe that even one instance of wrongful execution should be a red flag. I believe as a society we should all be alarmed when we see someone wrongly executed. We need to examine our court system, who it favors, and make a good defense team available for anyone in death penalty cases. The same people who are for the death penalty are usually against abortion. Their reasoning for not allowing abortion is “Life begins at conception’, but then I would have to ask, isn’t the criminal alive? If you think that abortion is murder then you have to think capital punishment is too. This issue has become a very contentious subject. According to a Gallup Poll Two Thirds of Americans support the death penalty. And if I had a family member that was murdered I’m not sure I wouldn’t feel the same, but personally I feel that the right thing to do is to eliminate the death penalty and to make a conviction for first- degree murder an automatic life jail sentence, with no chance for parole. The thing that makes us really angry about murder is the loss of a life. So why would we kill another person when we are mad about that act in the first place. It’s kind of like being mad at someone for stealing a candy bar, so you steal one. The act itself is wrong, so why would we do it? When Rick Perry on live TV during one of the 2011 Republican presidential debates was cheered by the crowd for killing 234 inmates in the last ten years by the death penaltyby far the most in the countryhe said he lost no sleep over it. It just makes me wonder how he can claim to be pro- life and yet support killing people- all while taking pride in it. According to antideathpenalty.org, the cost of executing someone is four times as much as keeping them in prison (2 million to 500 thousand), so that blows the theory that keeping inmates alive is a drain to taxpayers. Having the death penalty in place has not brought the crime rate down. Murder occurs at 6 times the rate in the US than in Britain, a country that does not have the death penalty. As I said earlier we are the only wealthy

nation that has the death penalty in place. I don’t expect any of you to actually call your congressman and request that he take a stand against it. Most people disagree with me on this issue, but looking at all the facts I can’t help but feel that the death penalty needs to be eliminated, especially with this recent case of Troy Davis. Would he have been executed if he were a rich white person? Hard to say, but evidence suggests that he would not have. Web Photo

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New York City Council votes to make tobacco buying age 21 Cigarette manufactures are fighting the measure that some city councilman contend will save lives. NEW YORK (AP) — Smokers younger than 21 in the nation’s biggest city will soon be barred from buying cigarettes after the New York City Council voted overwhelming Wednesday to raise the tobacco-purchasing age to higher than all but a few other places in the United States. City lawmakers approved the bill — which raises from 18 to 21 the purchasing age for cigarettes, certain tobacco products and even electronic-vapor smokes — and another that sets a minimum $10.50-a-pack price for tobacco cigarettes and steps up law enforcement on illegal tobacco sales. “This will literally save many, many lives,” said an emotional City Councilman James Gennaro, the bill’s sponsor, whose mother and father died from tobaccorelated illnesses. “I’ve lived with it, I’ve seen it ... but I feel good today.” Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is a strong supporter of the tough smoking restrictions, has 30 days to sign the bills into law. The minimum age bill will take effect 180 days after enactment. “We know that tobacco dependence can begin very soon after a young person first tries smoking so it’s critical that we stop young people from smoking before they ever start,” Bloomberg said in a statement. With Wednesday’s vote, New York is by far the biggest city to bar cigarette sales to 19- and 20-year-olds. Similar legislation is expected to come to a vote in Hawaii this December. The tobaccobuying age is 21 in Needham, Mass., and is poised to rise to 21 in January in nearby Can-

ton, Mass. The state of New Jersey is also considering a similar proposal. Lawmakers who pushed for the change site city statistics that show youth smoking rates have plateaued at 8.5 percent since 2007. “We have to do more and that’s what we’re doing today,” said City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. “We have a real chance of leading the country and the world.” The city’s current age limit is 18, a federal minimum that’s standard in many places. Smoking in city parks and beaches is already prohibited as it is in restaurants. Advocates say higher age limits help prevent, or at least delay, young people from taking up a habit that remains the leading cause of preventable deaths nationwide. And supporters point to drinking-age laws as a precedent for setting the bar at 21. But cigarette manufacturers have suggested young adult smokers may just turn to black-market merchants. And some smokers say it’s unfair and patronizing to tell people considered mature enough to vote and serve in the military that they’re not old enough to decide whether to smoke. “New York City already has the highest cigarette tax rate and the highest cigarette smuggling rate in the country,” said Bryan D. Hatchell , a spokesman for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, which makes Camel and other brands. “Those go hand in hand and this new law will only make the problem worse.” A coalition of bodegas and tobacco store owners funded by tobacco-manufactures also slammed the council’s

vote Wednesday, particularly the bill that sets the minimum prices and bans tobacco product discounts and coupons. Ramon Murphy, president of the Bodega Association of the U.S., said the new rules will drive people to illegal sellers who do not care about the age of their buyers. Another anti-smoking initiative pushed by the Bloomberg administration was previously shelved ahead of Wednesday’s vote. The mayor proposed in March a bill modeled on laws in Iceland, Canada, England and Ireland to require shops to keep tobacco products in cabinets, drawers, under the counter, behind a curtain or in other concealed spots until a customer asked for them. He said the displays “invite young people to experiment with tobacco.” But a similar measure had been rescinded in suburban Haverstraw, N.Y., after cigarette manufacturers sued. They said it violated their companies’ free speech rights to communicate with consumers about their products’ availability and prices. The city Health Department said in a statement that the measure was taken off the table because “with the arrival of e-cigarettes, more time is needed to determine how best to address this problem.” E-cigarette makers say their products are healthier than tobacco, and a trade association leader bristled at the city’s proposal to prevent people under 21 from buying them. “Is 21 the right number? People can join the Army at 18,” said Ray Story, founder of the Atlanta-based Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association.

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Meeting discusses construction, security concerns PRATAKSHYA BHANDARI Staff Writer The MSSA meeting yesterday was focused on Residential Life Director Cindy Janney’s RHA Base Rate proposal presentation. The presentation was a snapshot of the Residence hall association’s expenses, projected rate increase for 2014-2015 and future projects. Residence life hopes to further renovate and renew the residence halls, including building a new dining hall and parking lot. Designing of the new dining hall is projected to start next summer and be completed by 2017. Proposed amenities that might significantly affect the RHA’s 2014-2015 rate include extended lunch and dinner hours at Carkoski, increased flex rates, air conditioners in some of the existing laundry rooms and more ice machines as well as print stations. The RHA’s end goal, according to Janney, is to be able to provide the most amenities for the lowest price possible. However, Janny mentioned that students prefer lower costs to increased facilities; therefore the RHA does not have any plans in its near future to add, for example, air conditioning to the Residential halls that do not have air conditioning at this point. In spite of some complaints

during the summer, according to Janney, students are generally happy with the comparative lower cost of these buildings. Security concerns at Stadium heights apartment complex were also addressed during the RHA presentation. Vice President Ben Shakespeare expressed his concern over the increasing absence of security at the complex. Janny, however, was unaware of incidents where security concerns were being directed back and forth between apartment security and Residential life, and hoped to be more informed as well as opened herself to hearing such complaints and working to provide better services. During the course of the meeting, Margeret Neeck was appointed Senator for Undeclared majors. Graduate Studies Senator Sonja Holmberg spoke about many possible changes coming to the Graduate Assistant and stipend program. The Department of Graduate Studies is looking to bring some changes to policies regarding graduate credits for scheduling as well as flexibility purposes. According to Holmberg, the department is looking to add new professional science programs, including Manufacture engineering, Cyber Security and Global Information Systems as well as further reconstructing the Graduate credits structure.


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Development from the Department of Health, and the distinguished “Mounted Medallion Award” from the National Indian Health Board for his work in Native Health, says that we all share in each other. - “In a certain way we all live in each other,” Dansie said. He also knows the importance of honoring your mother. “If you honor your mother, you honor the whole earth.” Dansie spoke of an experience with someone who had changed -his life, Mario Quintero, a man whose picture was placed on the altar. Dansie spoke of Quintero -in glowing terms, describing how the now-deceased man had led him to Mankato 18 years ago. He spoke of the last moments of Quintero’s life, an extremely touching moment. “Roberto, you being in my life has made it a good one,” the man said. Dansie contends that men sheal by crying, whereas women -cry by laughter. Dansie said that the greatest action one human can show totwards another is compassion. While Dansie and many oth-

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ers have left their place of birth, he knows that there will always be a connection between a person and the place they were born. “You can leave your original land, but your original land will never leave you,” he said. He spoke of an old lady that said something memorable before she passed away. “She said, you are a sacred being, honor yourself and others.” There were lighthearted moments amongst the heavier ones. Tamales were lined on the altar to further honor the deceased, and Dansie made no secret that he makes plenty of use from them on the special three day ceremony. “I usually gain three pounds from the Day of the Dead,” Dansie quipped. Senior Ashley Stier went to satisfy educational obligations. “We needed to go to different diversity events, it seemed interesting, so I came.” A Life Science Education major, Stier said her friend told her about the event.

A new online auction business is being opened in Mankato. Bid Kato has been started by Eric Weiss, a South Central College graduate who has been exclusively involved in only auctions for three years. He saw other businesses like his, but knew Mankato doesn’t have anything like it in the area. On September 15, 2013, Weiss and three others opened BidKato.com, an online auction business that allows people to drop off items to sell as well as pick up. It is open to the public so people can come in to inspect the items that are up for bid on the website. This isn’t offered by other auction websites that offer pictures and descriptions. The first auction started on October 1st. “Hopefully the company can expand into other communities, but we want to keep the home base in Mankato,” Weiss said. The second auction ended Wednesday night. Featured items included a washer and dryer set, bookshelves, tools and sporting goods. Bid Kato is currently taking

items from the community. “We do well with tools, sporting goods, small furniture and household items,” Weiss said. These items sell for the most and are most requested. Items are gathered from people wanting to sell. The owners also gather items by personally buying and selling or going to storage auctions. Most of the storage auctions they attend are in Minnesota. The company plans to have more themed auctions with Christmas items, business liquidations and college items. There will be an upcoming tool auction with items from a retired plumber. Hopefully by next spring, Bid Kato will also be able to obtain licenses and permits to start selling firearms and vehicles. Items that do not sell include old couches, entertainment centers and mattresses. Bid Kato is trying to help community members to sell their products for the best price and give credit to the sellers. Items wanted to be sold should have a worth of at least $15 for best results. “The company wants to keep building to service the community,” said Weiss. With expansion they want to add employees, appealing to a college community with college items and ex-

pand to other communities and auction sites. “We want to work with the college student market,” Weiss said. Soon there should be one auction a week that will last for two weeks. Sellers pay a fee of $1 per item that sells over $20 or $3 per item that sells under $20. All sellers will also be charge a 10 percent commission fee for each item sold. Bidders can register through the website. If the bidder wins, they can pick up the item at the business. All items will be charged the local sales tax applied on every item. Items can be viewed online or at the business, which is located at 777 South Victory Drive close to Highway 83. Bid Kato is open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bid Kato is also having an open house on Friday from 3-7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 507-387-7600 with questions or stop in. Weiss wants to help educate anyone who is interested, and show the possibilities of online auctioneering. “Online auctions can be a lot of fun.”

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New six-week program designed to help homeschooled

October 23rd MSSA meeting features pedestrian safety, construction

Program helps K-12 homeschooled, college students preparing for a career in education. SAM WILMES News Editor

Vice President Straka introduces building project between Warren Street and Ford Hall. RYAN BERNDT Staff Writer With last month’s elections completed, MSSA is in full swing and looking for new ways to improve campus. Last Wednesday’s meeting sbegan with Vice President Richard Straka introducing a new building project between Warren Street and Ford Hall. With financial help from the State, the new building will house clinical sciences classrooms and bring new features to students. Construction is tentatively scheduled to start next fall and end around Fall 2016. PJ Piotrowski was sworn into office as a Senator representing the College of Allied Health and Nursing, filling a previously vacant seat. There are still spots open, and those wishing to get involved should head over to the MSSA office for more information. Vice President Ben Shakespear encouraged Senators to get involved with different groups on campus. Shakespear mentioned his participation with Men Against Violence, and was featured in a video promoting the organization. MavGuard, the new campaign to promote safety to students, is going well and on plan Senator Katie Bobich said. Expect the project to start later this semester. Later in the meeting, Bobich also presented the idea of creating an adhoc committee to discuss issues relating to pedestrian safety. Bobich mentioned that she has had constituents complain of poorly lit streets and dangerous intersections. Before the end of the meet-

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ing, Senators discussed a motion proposed by Senator Ken Kovac to look into the idea of having a taxi-like service for students. The service, as Kovac described, would be beneficial to those on the weekend who need help safely going to a near-by location. Kovac stressed that MNSU was behind when it came to programs already implemented by other Universities in the area. Although the motion failed, Kovac said that he would be going over his plan in the future and talk to students to see what they want.

Physical education benefiting Mankato children was brought to the light yesterday as approximately 27 home-schooled families were on the Minnesota State University, Mankato campus, participating in an hour-long physical education class, taught by students at the university. The program, created by Assistant Professor of Human Performance Matt Buns, will last six weeks. The stated purpose of the program is to allow home-schooled students to be able to come to campus to participate in classes that are aligned with national content standards for physical education. Every age group will be focusing on developing appropriate learning objectives that will provide guiding instructions. According to a University

press release, Buns knows the importance of physical education in a well-rounded curriculum. “The program helps home school families make physical education an essential part of the total curriculum,” Buns said. “A goal of the program is to provide these students with the knowledge, attitudes, motor skills, behavioral skills, and confidence to participate in active lifestyles that continue into and throughout their adult lives.” “It is my belief that the home school physical education program helps our pre-service teachers to gain insight into teaching physical education because of the course’s content ability to provide immediate applications to the field. It allows dents to apply research on best practices in physical education and demonstrate main concepts and methods in real-world settings.” The students teaching the

seminar are mostly prospective teachers seeking a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health, a joint degree made possible through collaboration between two departments in the Allied Health and Nursing program- the Department of Health Science and Department of Human Performance. The program will be extended into the second semester, with an eight- week session also scheduled. The program, amongst many other benefits, gives students the opportunity of gaining practical experience while teaching the home-schooled K-12 students under the supervision of university instructor, Buns explained. It also allows MNSU students to learn more about the teaching profession, including being able to communicate in an effective manner and to evaluate themselves and students in the physical education program.

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TV Line: American Horror Story: Coven Third season of anthology horror series casts its spell beautifully. ANDREW SIMON Staff Writer It’s Halloween time again, and theatrically, that normally means the newest installment of the Paranormal Activity franchise, but on television, that means the return of FX’s wacky, spooky, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink series American Horror Story. Each season is a self-contained entity, tackling one primary subject (a haunted house, a mental institution) while branching off into multiple bizarre subplots (e.g., the Antichrist, aliens), and this third year is no different. American Horror Story: Coven follows a private school of witches in New Orleans, set up to help the young girls hone their uniquely individual powers and keep the existence of their kind under wraps. Led by Cordelia (Sarah Paulson, AHS alumni), the school currently protects and

teaches four girls: Zoe Benson (Taissa Farmiga) literally kills with sex, Madison Montgomery (Emma Roberts) can move objects with her mind, Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe) can act as a human voodoo doll and Nan (Jamie Brewer) has the power of clairvoyance. In addition to the stories of these girls – which already include a killer party and Frankenstein-esque resurrection of the dead – the series also includes a megalomaniac witch (a “Superior”) hellbent on maintaining her beauty (Jessica Lange), a centuries old sadistic woman who tortured slaves (Kathy Bates), a Minotaur, an incestuous mother-son relationship, and a grudge match between opposing witch tribes, one led by the Superior, the other by a New Orleans original clan, governed by Angela Basset. And that’s only the first three episodes. Coven is out-of-this-world

Web Photo Bates, Bassett and Lange play three of the most powerful female characters on television.

crazy, swerving through several plots and subplots in a 45 minute running time and because of its use of so many oddball ideas and unique storytelling, this is one bloody compelling series. Hav-

ing not watched most of the last two seasons, it’s clear this was a sin and should be remedied immediately. The amount of creativity brimming just from this handful of episodes alone is as-

tounding. One of the show’s many strengths is its ability to throw multiple unconnected concepts

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Beyond: Two Souls boasts excitement and empathy ADAM MILLER Staff Writer It was 2008, or maybe 2009. I was sitting watching E3 coverage on television when I first heard about a game being developed by Quantic Dream called Heavy Rain. It was basically an interactive story telling game where your choices would change the outcome of the game. It was the first time I had heard about this style of game and I was entranced. Heavy Rain became a great success and the genre of interactive story games grew and resulted in possibly one of the best video game adaptations ever made, The Walking Dead. Now, the development team that brought this genre into the spotlight has released their next interactive story, Beyond: Two Souls. The story of the game revolves around the life of a woman named Jodie Holmes.

Jodie’s problems in life, as well as her triumphs, revolve around the fact that she has a spirit that is attached to her. This other soul, Aiden, is bound to Jodie by a spiritual umbilical cord which prevents Aiden from getting too far away from Jodie. The story is told through different scenes, scattered throughout Jodie’s life. You get to play her as a small child, as a rebellious teen, as a kick-ass CIA agent and as an adult fugitive. Jodie is trying to piece together her memories, so these scenes jump around and you won’t be playing the same time frame twice in a row. This aspect of the story adds tension to the story. They will tell you about an event that happened to Jodie but they make you wait to find out exactly what happened at the point in her life until you get to that chapter. One thing that has been greatly improved over Quantic

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Web Photo Ellen Page in the photo-realistic lead role of Jodie in Beyond: Two Souls


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COVEN “Coven is out-of-thisworld crazy, swerving through several plots and subplots in a 45 minute running time and because of its use of so many oddball ideas and unique storytelling, this is one bloody compelling series. Having not watched most of the last two seasons, it’s clear this was a sin and should be remedied immediately.” continued from 9

into one barrel and somehow weave them into a fully organic and logical story – for this show, anyway –where one can’t exist without the other. A pack of witches, a Minotaur and a Frankenstein creation -- all unrelated items and yet wonderfully intertwined to add an original, fresh, and completely interesting story. Another success of the series is that this is an almost-entirely female cast and to have a show on air that has a dozen or so strong, independent and absolutely powerful women at the forefront deserves kudos. The cast take this material seriously, and deliver fantastic performances likewise. Evan Peters has played a nice guy and a deranged serial killer before on this anthology series but here he gets to experiment being a confused animal, not truly alive, not truly dead and the void of life in his eyes when he grunts and growls is as terrifying as watching two recently shot and very dead alligators come to life and eat their murderer (which happened in episode two). Emma Roberts seems to have veered into the horror genre as of late and this series suits her just fine. An image obsessed, slutty actress in hiding thanks to her newly manifested powers, Roberts just needs to be a hot snot and in that regard, one would think she’s barely acting. Kathy Bates and Jessica Lange are seasoned actresses and the power they have over the screen during their scenes truly must be witchcraft. Bates and her racist quips brought down to size by the sheer venomous glances from Lange are both threatening and a humorous highlight. Lange’s ability to switch between a comforting mentor and out-ofher-mind powerful Superior is also just as terrifying and im-

pressive as the Minotaur. Setting the show in New Orleans gives the visual a very gritty, dingy look, where the houses are, for the most part, rundown or cloaked in dark colors (or red -- there’s lots and lots of red in this series). From the setting to the color decoration, the series feels odd and unique because it’s like entering an unexplored world and once establishing a bizarre world, it allows the possibility for anything to happen. Cinematography has always been erratic on AHS, with the famous “Dutch” camera angle (made famous by the ’66 Batman TV series) and long tracking shots, making it one of the most visually stylish shows on the air. Best of all, Coven is gripping from the very beginning and doesn’t let up, making the weeklong wait for new episodes all the more excruciating. By going the anthology route, the show isn’t held by the same principals of the other 99% where the main character can’t die or some series-altering event can’t come to pass until its last season. No, American Horror Story plays by a different set of rules, where anything can happen at any time, and that – coupled with the truly inspired and bizarre subject matter – makes this such a thrilling series. American Horror Story: Coven is delightful horror fun, with an opening credits sequence that will inevitably frighten and chill the viewer and a cast of unique, powerful witches with so many interesting storylines. Give the series a chance, as it’s probably one of the best on cable right now, and, most impressive of all, does true justice to the horror genre while being easily accessible. Highly recommended.

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BEYOND “The story is told through different scenes, scattered throughout Jodie’s life. You get to play her as a small child, as a rebellious teen, as a kick-ass CIA agent and as an adult fugitive. Jodie is trying to piece together her memories, so these scenes jump around and you won’t be playing the same time frame twice in a row.” continued from 9

Dream’s first game Heavy Rain is the quality of graphics. Heavy Rain was a beautiful game, but the character models fell a little flat once you got past the faces. Meanwhile, Beyond: Two Souls does an excellent job on even the most minor of characters. Even the random sheriff in the beginning of the show has such great detail in him that you can almost forget that you are playing a video game at some point. This is enhanced even more with the talent they have hired to portray the two main characters. Ellen Page (Juno and Inception) plays Jodie and Willem Dafoe (Boondock Saints and Spider-Man) plays Dr. Nathan Dawkins. The characters look just like the actors and the use of these A-listers also fixes some of the character performances issues that were a problem in Heavy Rain. All the lines that are delivered in the game

make you feel for the character delivering them. The gameplay comes down to a sequence of quick time events that progress the action. Simply put, there is a lot of holding down R1, L1 and square at the same time or tapping the joystick in the correct direction at the right time. Anyone who has played these interactive story games will find the controls simple and straightforward, while new players may take some time to get used to them. However, the game does do a good job of integrating the tutorials into the flow of the story. One nice aspect that is added to the game is the addition of more action-based sections. In one CIA level, Jodie will be using stealth and combat to complete a mission. Of course, she’ll be utilizing her ghost friend Aiden as a scout to find the bad guys and maybe posses

one or two of them. One of the aspects that interactive story telling games excel at is replayability. The entire game is a series of choices, so when you replay the game you get to choose a whole new way the story unfolds. While the main storyline stays the same aspects of the story change, including the introduction or exclusion of certain scenarios. Beyond: Two Souls is a great story that will keep you entranced as you play. I sat down to play for an hour or two and quickly noticed that well over four had passed by the time I stopped playing. Like a good book, you will find this game hard to put down. Beyond: Two Souls is available now for the Playstation 3 on either the Playstation Network or as a physical copy at any place that sells video games.

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Punches and dips and meatballs, oh my! Dishes and treats for Halloween parties of all kinds perfect for the spooky season. Directions: Heat and cook ingredients (not toppings) in saucepan on low heat until cream cheese is melted, about 15 minutes. Put whatever toppings you wish on top and serve.

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It’s finally arrived, the day when we put on a fun costume and get ready to party the night away. With Halloween here and parties loaded into the weekend to come, here are some party foods that will impress your guests, when your Miley Cyrus twerking costume has them shaking their heads. So get out your punch bowl, warm up your saucepan and get ready for some spooky treats that will keep you ready to party late into the night. Spooky punch is always a hit at a party, and this green punch has great flavor. A mixture of pineapple, lime and ginger ale will give your party a bewitching touch. How can it not with the name Brew-Ha-Ha Punch.

dry ice. This will make your punch truly bewitching. Make sure that dry ice is not placed in punch or consumed. To aid in starting the night right make sure you have yummy snack food for guests to munch on. This Goblin Dip with Bone Crackers has a Tex-Mex flair you can’t resist, pair it with the yummy bone crackers—recipe below—or use store bought crackers or tortilla chips. Goblin Dip

1 (16-ounce) can chili without beans 1 (16-ounce) can refried beans 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese 1 (8-ounce) jar chunky pico de gallo 1 (4.5 ounce) can chopped green chilies, undrained ½ teaspoon ground cumin Toppings that you can add include any shredded cheese, peppers, chopped black olives, green onions.

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[Note: From Southern Living] 2 cups sugar 2 quarts water 2 (0.13-ounce) envelopes lime drink mix 1 (46-ounce) can pineapple juice 1 quart ginger ale

Directions: In large punch bowl stir two quarts of water with sugar until the sugar has dissolved. Stir the rest of the ingredients in. Chill before serving. For an added spooky effect place your punch bowl inside of a larger bowl. In the larger add

Web Photo Warning: Please don’t drink dried ice.

Bone Crackers [Note: From Southern Living] 2 (13.5 ounce) packages 9 inch flour tortillas ½ cup butter melted ¼ teaspoon garlic salt Directions: Using bone shaped cookie cutter (or any spooky Halloween cookie cutters) cut shaped out of tortillas. Put on a baking sheet and put mixture of butter and garlic salt on tortillas. Put in oven at 250 degrees for 30 minutes. With starters for you party ready, you’re sure to have a good start to your night. If you plan on serving a dish, along with some delicious appetizers, consider serving these Monster Meatball Sandwiches. These meatballs have a zip with hot relish as well as a tang with mango chutney. Your guests will not have to worry about going hungry with these

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[Note: From Southern Living] 31 bite-size frozen meatballs 1 (9-ounce) jar mango chutney 1 cup chicken broth 16 fresh dinner rolls 1 (16-ounce) jar sweet-hot pickle sandwich relish Directions: In a sauce pan stir meatballs, mango chutney and chicken broth. Bring these ingredients to a boil, on medium heat. Once at boil reduce to simmer and continue stirring occasionally for 25 to 30 minutes Once done put your meatballs in cut dinner rolls and add desired about of relish. With a spooky punch, a bone chilling, or in this case bone heating appetizer and spicy meatball sandwiches your guests will be enjoying great food and having a great night. Weather you’re having a large party or a simple get together these yummy creations will have you in the Halloween spirt.


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Career night for Honebrink helps Mavericks add to win column After the win on Tuesday night, the volleyball squad gets to stay home this weekend to host two NSIC opponents. LUKE CARLSON Staff Writer On an energetic and intimate evening at the Taylor Center Tuesday night, the Minnesota State University, Mankato volleyball team trotted confidently onto the court to face a conference foe in the Upper Iowa Peacocks. In what would turn out to be a career night for one of the Maverick’s leaders, sophomore outside-hitter Chandra Honebrink, the Mavericks got down to business, wearing pink uniforms to support Breast Cancer Awareness Night. The home team seemed to be determined to stomp their presence onto this game when they came out early in the opening

set with excellent kill play from the offense and from Honebrink in particular. The defense was able to maintain a solid presence up front, with plenty of kill attempts by the Peacocks blocked down by the crowd of Mavericks swarming to the net. The Mavericks went on to dominate the set 25-17, maintaining their lead throughout the opening round of play. Honebrink led the Mavericks in the set with seven kills and a stellar .545 hitting percentage. The beginning of the second set saw much more even play between the two teams, as the Mavericks found themselves in a 7-7 tie. But despite great kill play from Honebrink, the Peacocks

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David Bassey• MSU Reporter The Mavericks kept their error stat in single digits in three of the for sets in their win on Tuesday night, including just two errors in the second set.

Mavericks look for two wins to start the new WCHA DEREK LAMBERT Staff Writer The Minnesota State University, Mankato men’s hockey team begins conference play in the newly constructed WCHA conference this weekend when they head to Bemidji State University to play the Beavers. The Mavericks carry a 2-2 record heading into the weekend with a sweep over the University of Connecticut, a weekend after being swept by Providence. Last weekend the Mavs did not play and remain the no. 16 team in the nation in this week’s college hockey rankings. Unranked Bemidji State holds a 2-3-1 record that includes a sweep last weekend over fellow WCHA opponent AlabamaHuntsville. This will be the first conference series this season for the Mavs, but Bemidji is a familiar opponent. The Beavers have been a member of the WCHA since 2010. Last season, the Maver-

icks outscored Bemidji 9-1 en route a two game sweep at home. The Beavers are hoping to turn things around this season in the new look WCHA and return to national prominence as they

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made the NCAA Frozen Four just five seasons ago, but have failed to make the NCAA Tournament since. With a considerably weaker conference schedule this season, Bemidji should find

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themselves among the middle of the pack in the WCHA, as opposed to the bottom three as they have in each of the past three seasons. A couple of wins this weekend would be huge for the Beavers in conference standings, as well as beating a nationally ranked team. The Mavericks have a little more weight on their shoulders heading into conference play, though. In the two WCHA preseason polls, one voted on by WCHA coaches and the other by members of the press, Minnesota State was voted to finish first in both polls. The Mavs want to make a statement early on this season that they are the team to beat in the WCHA and can do that with a sweep on the road at Bemidji. “It’s great to be named the preseason number one team, but at the end of the day, it’s just a poll,” sophomore forward Bryce Gervais said. “The league is still very competitive and there are a

lot of good teams in the league. To be a number one team you need to outwork the opponent every game and look to get better every day during practices.” The Mavericks are led by Gervais and sophomore forward Dylan Margonari who each have two goals through the first four games, and senior captain Johnny McInnis who has three assists. The Mavs carry a pretty deep lineup this year, though. Thirteen players have found themselves on the score sheet through the first four games, including three freshmen that scored their first career goals in the UConn series. “I believe every line can score and also play very well defensively. Depth is going to be big for us this year and will help us win games” Gervais said. Stephon Williams also performed well two weekends ago, only allowing two goals on the

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Ponder through the Division II football rankings over the past few weeks and you will see a familiar pattern. In the American Football Coaches Association Poll, Minnesota State University, Mankato reigns over anyone else, as they are now no. 1 in the country for the third straight week, obtaining 25 first place votes out of 32 eligible voters. Taking the last seven votes and coming in at no. 2 in the AFCA poll is Northwest Missouri State, who hasn’t lost since last year’s 38-35, last-second defeat at the hands of the Mavericks in the second round of the NCAA Playoffs. In the d2football.com poll, compromised of staff members through the website with beats on familiar conferences and regions of the country, MSU takes the top-spot once again, edging out the Bearcats to be considered the best team in the country in yet another poll. The irony here is that unlike Division I athletics, where a media and coaches poll take precedence over any other ranking system, Division II does not have a true poll to take their rankings off of. With that being said, it is a lot like Division I where the polls and rankings do not matter until it is time for a different poll to take over halfway through the season, one that truly says where a team will be when it comes to the postseason. D-I has the BCS, an oftencontroversial ranking system that is computed to mathematically decide who goes where. In D-2, the regional rankings decide the outcome of the playoffs, where conferences are placed into four

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Rebuild and restructure before new stadium is built After a 1-6 start for the Minnesota Vikings and sitting last place in the NFC North, Minnesotans are disgruntled that their tax dollars will fund nearly half of the $975 million operation to build the Vikings a new stadium.

Web Photo Seven games into the season, the Minnesota Vikings have already started three quarterbacks and the only one with a win is Matt Cassel (middle).

ADAM PIERSON Staff Writer Unable to reach a deal before the trade deadline Tuesday, the Minnesota Vikings decided to push through the rest of 2013 with their current coaches and players. Despite the popular idea that the Vikings could benefit from trading players such as Adrian Peterson or Jared Allen and allowing them to do more with their money, the Vikings have chose to remain as is. After the 44-31 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, trade rumors traveled through the media carrying Allen’s name. Allen is making $14.28 million this year and has been a key part to the Vikings’ defensive success. While it may not appear successful, you must factor in the fact that the Vikings are last in the league in offensive possession. Only having the ball on offense 41.4 percent this season bids for a heavy job for the defense, which has shown signs of greatness. Instead of getting into the specifics of how much the Vikings stadium will cost Minnesotan’s and how much revenue it will create, let’s talk about the one thing that should happen for a team to get such a lavish new stadium deal. Winning.

Something the Vikings’ have failed to do consistently throughout their existence. The Vikings should be focused in on bringing a Super Bowl to Minnesota. Of their four appearances, the last Super Bowl the Vikings reached was in 1976. The Vikings are 82-85 in the past decade while the Minnesota Twins are 904-880. After two awful seasons, the Twins are getting peppered with questions. Residents are wondering why there has been such an investment placed for a losing team. The same will happen to the Vikings if they don’t start winning games. Peterson and Allen are making an excess of $13 million a season and are both approaching the decline of their careers. In three years, neither one of them will be worth that kind of money. The Vikings can take a couple of routes. Restructure Peterson’s contract, who is set to earn approximately $13 million through the 2018 season, or trade him while he is still the league’s most explosive player. Allen will be a free-agent next year which should give the Vikings some urgency to structure a contract with him before other teams can start bidding Allen’s salary up or let him go. Obviously, I think we all understand Christian Ponder and most of the coaching staff needs

to go. Since head coach Leslie Frazier and offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave took over in 2011, the Vikings are 14-25. With big name players like Peterson, Matt Kalil, Kyle Rudolph, Greg Jennings, Jerome Simpson, Cordarrelle Patterson and recent acquisition Josh Freeman on your offense as well as defensive players like Allen, Kevin Williams, Harrison Smith, Xavier Rhodes, Chad Greenway and Brian Robison the Vikings should be winning, even with their current injuries to some of those listed. That list of impact player goes on further than I took it. Unfortunately for the Vikings who have already won a game this season, it’s looking like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars may complete the season without a win. Meaning, throwing the season and hoping for a high draft pick is probably out of the question considering both Buccaneers and Jaguars are without a quarterback for the future. Personally, I believe the Vikings need to reevaluate their situation and plan for the future. Who will be a dynamic player in three years from now and what positions do they have to fill before then, should be their main tasks at hand besides acquiring new, aggressive coaches who can fit the on-the-field style of the Minnesota Vikings.

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super regions where they are then ranked by the committee to decide the first few rounds of playoffs. Last season the Mavericks could have easily called themselves the second-best team in the country after losing one decisive game to the eventual national champions, Valdosta State, and are carrying on that legacy this year, being the no. 2 team in the country until Valdosta’s loss three weeks ago put the Mavericks no. 1. They have answered every call so far this season, obliterating opponents they are supposed to and being victorious every time they have stepped on the field and the AFCA and d2football.com poll has taken notice of that, giving them the honor of being no. 1. The problem lies in the first regional rankings of the year released earlier this week, where MSU is behind Northwest Missouri State, coming in at no. 2 in the region. That’s right, this means that if these regional rankings were to not change, the top-ranked Mavericks could be on the road in the playoffs at the end of the

season. This is a travesty. Imagine next year when the college football playoff takes priority in division I football, if top-ranked Alabama had to spend the playoffs on the road somewhere, even though they are clearly the best team in the country. This takes even more of a parody in D-2, where a road game in Missouri would only yield a handful of Maverick faithful, giving the Bearcats a full home-field advantage in the playoffs, whereas Alabama on the road in the playoffs would still bring a lot of crimson faithful. Now relax, I know we had the home game last year, but we were ranked higher, we deserved to play at Blakeslee Stadium in front of the purple and gold. Now we boast as a topranked university in football, yet may have to hit the road at the end of the year in a oneand-done scenario. NCAA, if you’re going to make the regional rankings your only means of classification in football, at least do it right.

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VOLLEYBALL “The defense was able to maintain a solid presence up front, with plenty of attempts by the Peacocks blocked down by the crowd of Mavericks swarming to the net.”

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MEN’S HOCKEY “13 players have found themselves on the score sheet thought the first four games, including three freshmen who scored their first career goals in the UConn series.” continued from 12

continued from 12 beat the Mavericks with strong kills and blocks and took advantage of Maverick hesitancy. The Mavericks would hang around late into the set, but the Peacocks took the set 25-19 to even the match score at 1-1. Honebrink once again led the Maverick offense with six kills, while junior outside-hitter Tiana Runck contributed three kills and a .500 attacking percentage in the set. MSU came out for the third set on a mission when they went on a 7-0 run to obliterate an early lead by the Peacocks and take the lead for their own by a score of 10-4. Upper Iowa couldn’t recover from blazing kills and service aces by the Mavericks, who stormed to a 19-7 lead. The Mavericks played well as a team and had good rhythm on the court on their way to a 25-13 rout of the Peacocks, giving MSU a 2-1 set advantage in the match. Runck tallied four kills on eight kill attempts in the set. Several Mavericks stepped up to the challenge in the intense fourth round of volleyball action. Freshman defensive-specialist Rissi McNallan had several key service aces that kept MSU neck and neck with the Peacocks late into the set. 11 tie scores and five lead changes took place as the set went back and forth. It wasn’t until the game was tied at 20-20 that the Mavericks went on a 5-1 run to close out the set 25-21, and the match three sets to one. Freshman middle-blocker Lexi Platz and Runck each had five kills in the final bout. Honebrink finished the contest with a career-high 19 kills, with Runck and Platz adding 16 and 11 kills, respectively. Sophomore setter Ellie Van De Steeg contributed 52 assists on the night and freshman defensive-specialist Haley Fogarty led the Maverick defense with 13 digs. Head coach Dennis Amundson was impressed with how his team responded to adversity that the team has been facing the last couple weeks. “They’ve been responding well all along but it just hadn’t been showing up in games lately, but now it’s starting to show up so that gives us a little bit of momentum heading into the weekend,” Amundson said. The Taylor Center will be lit up for volleyball action once again this Friday night when the Mavericks host the No. 23 Northern State Wolves at 7 p.m. “With a steady and consistent lineup with some steady and consistent play, we should be able to surprise a few people,” Amundson said.

David Bassey • MSU Reporter After four games, the Mavericks possess a 2-2 record with a sweep over UConn. they have been outscored 9-10.

weekend versus UConn. He will need to have another big weekend in goal to keep the Beavers top scorers in check. Bemidji is led by former Academy of Holy Angels star and Minneapolis native Danny Mattson, who has six points through the Beavers first six games. The Beavers also have a couple of goal scorers in Edmonton, Alberta native Markus Gerbrandt and Cory Ward who each have four goals on the season. The only Nevada native in college hockey, Ward was a highly touted freshman last sea-

son, finishing with nine goals and six assists as a true freshman. These players should see ample amounts of ice time this weekend against the home team Mavericks. The Beavers are looking to make a name for themselves as a competitor for the WCHA crown. “They won both games at Huntsville last weekend so have got to be feeling good heading into the matchup this weekend. We know how hard they work and need to match that,” Gervais said. “This will be a big test for

us and we’re looking forward to our first WCHA matchup.” If the Mavericks can contain the Beaver scorers this weekend, their depth should be able to bring them back to Mankato with a pair of wins and a great start in conference play. After the series at Bemidji, the Mavericks return home next weekend in another conference dual versus Bowling Green State University. The puck drops in Bemidji Friday night at 7:37 p.m. at the Sanford Center and at 7:07 p.m. on Saturday night.

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