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Public ceremony comes late Ribbon cutting for the ballroom takes place a week after first unveiled ceremony to the University’s excitement of the completion of the project. “I think we’re going to have a number of openings. We had a grand opening at the beginning of the week,” Davenport said. “It’s simply another point of pride that we give credit to our students for.” When Davenport saw the CSU more than 10 years ago, he recognized three spaces he wanted to renovate: key areas in the CSU needing a touch-up, Ostrander Auditorium and the ballroom. “All of my wishes and dreams have come true thanks to the leadership of megan kadlec • msu reporter the students and staff that Faculty, staff, students and community members gathered for the public ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday. made this happen,” Davenport said. “This is kind Ballroom at Minnesota State renovated ballroom. MEGAN KADLEC of a public doorway to the news editor University, Mankato. Many attendees comment- institution, and you’re going Before the event officially ed on why the public ribbon Pinatas were broken, ribto see it used in variety of started, university officials, cutting ceremony was so late ways.” bons were cut and thanks professors, students and in comparison to the opening was given at Wednesday’s Davenport said he thought members of the community of the ballroom last week. Public Ribbon Cutting Cerit was fitting that the ballPresident Richard Davemony for the newly renovat- mingled and enjoyed refreshroom was opened at this ments while discussing the enport attributes the official ed Centennial Student Union point in the University’s

history. “This year, we moved forward as the largest state university in Minnesota with the largest number of full time students. We’re on the move,” Davenport said. “We’re building the campus of the future.” In his time at MSU, MSSA President Matt Lexcen has seen the renovation of Ostrander Auditorium and now the ballroom. “I get to travel to a lot of other schools with this [job] and its always nice to come back and see what we have,” Lexcen said. The design team, led by Kass Wilson Architects from Minneapolis, made the idea of a renovated ballroom a reality. “We started this process with just an idea. A lot of those great ideas came from staff and students,” said Link Wilson of Kass Wilson Architects. “We were inspired by what was here before, but

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College of Business discusses plans for a new facility ELISE KONEZRA

staff writer The College of Business Global Solutions Center is one big idea for Minnesota State University, Mankato’s college of business. October 27th marked the kickoff event for the College of Business’s Big Ideas Campaign. The event was well attended by about 500 people. It featured speakers Douglas Mayo, the Vice President of University Advancement, alumnus Randy Zellmer who is also the Chairperson of the Foundation Board, as well as two MSU students who voiced their Big Ideas, Lorrain Trevino and Kurtis Malecha. The new building will primarily be centered on the students first, creating a mod-

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ern learning environment. The project has encompassed hopes of creating an interactive and exciting learning environment for students to be engaged. Veering away from traditional lecture taught class, it is the hope that hands-on learning will create beneficiary learning for MSU students. The building will house the new Maverick Student Investment course, developed by the Foundation Investment Committee, where real money will be invested by students into a variety of companies and businesses. An investment lab which has the technology to serve as a database researching companies is expected to be implemented into the building. This idea developed after Brenda Flannery, the dean of

the College of Business, said that even the University of Minnesota, Duluth has had an investment lab for sometime already. A new idea Flannery had recently discovered, was a sales laboratory. This gives students the opportunity to practice their sales skills on others, while being videotaped and critiqued. She not only wants to open this up to students, but the Mankato business community as well, so that they may vitalize the resources of the university. Flannery hopes the building will create a welcoming space, yet still sustain a business professional environment. A common space will aid in the comfort to talk with business

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Celebrating death Multicultural affairs recognizes Day of the Dead JUAN AYALA

staff writer Like Mexico and other Central American countries, the office of multicultural affairs celebrated the Day of the Dead. Guadalupe Quintero, the Latino Affairs director and Thomas Gjersvig, Director of International Student and Scholar Services, brought traditional decorations from their trip to Mexico last

month to promote Minnesota State University, Mankato and bring more international students to the University. This event, organized annually, celebrates life. The Aztecs believed that when you died you were going to have a better life. “To them it was like waking up from a dream and it was the beginning of real life,” said international student from the state of

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Michoacan, Julian Adame. While individuals in the United States see death as something you should be scared of, people from Central America believe it symbolizes something good. One of the symbols of this celebration is the “Catrina,” an elegantly dressed, deceased woman meant to represent the goddess of death. This celebration is divided in two parts. On Nov. 1 is the celebration of the “angelitos,” which means little angels. “It is when we do an altar for the dead children. The next day is for the adults,” said Quintero. On these days, people build an altar for the deceased with the belief that its soul will come to visit the family every year. The altar is decorated with fruit and food, usually the favorite food of the deceased. They also create small paths with the Cempasuchil flower, a traditional flower that has a really strong smell and grows in November. This flower has 400 petals. “We call the flower of the 400 lives,” said Quintero. Just like the flowers’ smell attracts the dead, candles illuminate the way where the soul has to walk to get to the altar. The altar also has a pitcher so the soul can wash his hands before eating. Every year a new tablecloth and new dishes have to be used. It is a tradition where people save money. On the table located on the office of multicultural affairs, Quintero has a picture of

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her husband. “My husband loved poetry, that’s why I brought his poetry book that he read every night,” she said. While people hand out heart shaped chocolates on Valentine’s Day, on the Day of the Dead people give skull shaped chocolates. “In our culture it is something so normal. I tried to give these chocolates to some Colombian students, but they rejected them. They see it as something negative. It is just tradition,” Quintero said. The tradition is especially strong in the southern part of Mexico and Central America. It is a national holiday and schools are closed. To Mexicans, it is something separate from Halloween, which is seen as something negative. It is a celebration of life.

In the central and northern part of Mexico, the Day of the Dead is celebrated differently. “In Mexico City we use this day as an excuse to go out and party just like in Halloween,” Alejandro Chacon said. The celebration is less strong in the northern region of Mexico “To us, it is just a holiday. Of course we build the altar and everything. I think because we are closer to the United States, the tradition is not as strong as the south,” said Maria Cruz from Monterrey, located two hours away from the American border. The office of Latino affairs offered traditional bread with the shape of bones made at a bakery in Saint Paul. This celebration has become so strong, that even the offices of Asian, NativeAmerican and African affairs put pictures on the altar.


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RATKE: HUNTING, HOCKEY AND HUMPHRIES

KYLE RATKE

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It’s already November? I feel like it was just yesterday I was walking through Gage Hall handing out my number to freshman girls. Wait, that was just yesterday. Silly me. Luckily, the weather hasn’t gotten horrible yet, but before we know it we’ll have snow. With snow comes cold. With cold comes 38 percent of our campus not going to class. Ah, Minnesota winters. Aren’t they the best? Here are a few random thoughts: 1.) Why doesn’t anyone think I go deer hunting? I’m the man’s man, dammit! Girl Who Likes Me (not really, but seriously. But not really): “Kyle, what are you doing this weekend?” Me: “I’m going home for deer hunting.” GWLM: “You hunt? You do NOT look like a hunter at all…” What the hell does that mean?! I’m 5’10, 145 pounds and I can’t grow facial hair. If that’s not a hunter, I don’t know what is. Okay, that’s not helping my case, but yes, people, I go deer hunting. Big deal if I don’t look like a hunter and wear camouflage hats and jackets everywhere I go. Does the gun bruise my shoulder when I shoot it? Maybe. Is my favorite part of deer hunting drinking Mountain Dew at 4:45 a.m.? Absolutely. Did I shoot a fox by accident once? Mmm…. I go hunting in a town

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called Buckman. Coincidence? I think not, being that I won my group’s big buck contest last year. Might as well call me Ted Nugent. 2. No NBA? This is my nightmare… Fine, hockey. You win. I’ve been notorious for my dislike for the NHL. It’s not that I hate hockey, because I don’t. I’ve just never considered it to be a top-4 sport in America (and based on ratings, it’s not.) On Wednesday morning, I tweeted, “I watched the Wild game last night. I kind of enjoyed it. Uh-oh.” The responses were mixed, but the majority of people seemed happy that I “finally came around.” That’s false,

because I didn’t’ come around. There’s no coming around. I don’t hate it. I don’t love it. It’s like America and the Black Eyed Peas. There was nothing else on and in my defense, I only watched the last 10 minutes of the game (the Wild were down 1-0 and scored a goal in the third and in overtime for the win.) “But Kyle, we live in the state of hockey…” Do we really, though? How in the world does the “State of Hockey” allow its team to leave for a decade before getting a new one? Something to think about… 3.) Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries. Ah sweet love! Wait, what? They broke up? These two got divorced?

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What? You’ve gotta be kidding me? It seemed a lot like love to me from what I saw on Keeping Up With The Kardashians… As much fun as it is to make fun of this, it’s almost getting old. Why is Kim Kardashian famous? The only celebrity-ish thing she’s done in her career is make a sex tape and was appeared in a Sketchers commercial. Her TV show doesn’t count. I refuse to acknowledge it. Quick thought: Want to be a celebrity for doing nothing at all? Make a sex tape. That seems to do the trick. Funny thing: Kim filed for divorce. Humphries said in a nutshell that he intends on doing anything he can to make this marriage work and hasn’t given up yet… It’s time to give up, Kris. Don’t be the weird

guy drunk at the bar calling your ex-wife at 4:40 p.m. Just say, “Well, that sucked. Her sister sucks. Her family sucks. She wasn’t even that hot. Okay, she was pretty hot.” And move on. Side-note: I am upset about this divorce for one reason. It takes Minnesota back off the map. Humphries was a Minnesota boy. It gave all of us hope and now Kim has ruined it! Damn you, Kim! You couldn’t have gone a few more months? As always, thanks for reading. Enjoy your weekend. You can follow Kyle on Twitter @Kyle_Ratke.

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RIBBON CUTTING “Nine months ago, if Underage drinking and driving can result in hefty consequences you had walked in [the Ballroom] individual or prepare to take on ELISE KONEZRA staff writer the consequences. you’d see a moonAfter being convicted of The Not a Drop Law has scape. the crime the person’s drivers been commonly discussed

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among many as a subject matter that people do not know much about. Sometimes people question its fairness among the age demographic of individuals over the age of 18. The Not a Drop Law is defined under the Minnesota State Statute 169A.33: “It is a crime for a person under the age of 21 years to drive, operate, or be in physical control of a motor vehicle while consuming alcoholic beverages or after having consumed alcoholic beverages while there is physical evidence of the consumption present in the person’s body.” A driver can be cited for this offense if he or she is under the age of 21 and has a blood alcohol level of lower than the legal blood alcohol content limit of .08 percent. It is commonly known as the “Not a Drop Law” or the “Zero Tolerance Law.” Zero Tolerance laws were established in order to pursue further protection on the roads of young and inexperienced drivers. Currently all states have adopted some form of the law. However, the law may not be recognized by some people in other states because the consequences differ in different states. The Public Safety Commander of the Mankato Public Safety staff Matt DuRose said he could not comment on the fairness of the laws but proceeded to say that it is the law and that it will be carried out and should be followed by each

license or operating privileges will be suspended for 30 days, or for 180 days if the person has previously been found to have violated their court appointed statute or ordinance. A driver under the age of 21 may refuse to take the test or if they test at .08 percent or more, even longer revocation of the driver’s license will be imposed. Underage drinking while driving is a misdemeanor in Minnesota which is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and will add up to a $1,000 fine. This is the maximum amount the citation could be fined. The approximate fine amount would be $377. The Mankato Police Department has cited 22 individuals for underage drinking and driving in 2011, according to DuRose. If an individual were to blow a BAC level above a .08 percent, they would be arrested and cited under the DWI charge. The court proceedings for underage drinking drivers are held in regular adult court unless the driver is under the age of 17, in which case the matter is handled in juvenile court. Because the ticket is a misdemeanor, a student would be required to go through one year of probation. Any minor convicted is forced to keeping a clean record for a year and not getting any other citations similar to the event, for example a traffic ticket or a minor consumption ticket. In the state of Minnesota, the probation costs approximately $300.

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• web photo Underage drinking while driving is considered a misdemeanor in Minnesota and may result in probation and up to $1000 in fines.

The misdemeanor also marks your record as unable to travel out of the country for a year. You will be expected to call your probation officer to let them know you are leaving the state even if just for a few days. You will be instructed by the court to take a medical examination to diagnose your alcohol use, as well as attend a DUI Victims Impact Panel. Individuals convicted of this misdemeanor can expect to see their car insurance rates increase dramatically. It will leave a permanent mark on one’s record meaning that marketability for jobs will suffer as compared with someone who does not have a citation under the Not a Drop Law. Some students infer that the

law intensifies the question of when and how to treat 18 year olds as adults and the 21 minimum legal drinking age. Some argue that the Not a Drop Law consequences are close to severity with a DUI citation. “I feel that if a minor is caught driving a vehicle under the BAC level of .08 percent they should not be charged with worse than a minor,” said Minnesota State University, Mankato student Ton Billington. Billington said he feels this way because if a person is 20 years old and another person is 21 years old it isn’t fair for one to drive at a BAC of .04 percent legally while the other individual gets slammed with a huge bill.

also by the ideas we heard.” Wilson said that in 1965, plans for the CSU were developed, and eventually executed. During this time, the country was competing in the space race with Russia. “Nine months ago, if you had walked in here and looked up to the ceiling, you’d see a moonscape,” Wilson said. “Why was it here? It was because we looked up at the heavens and were inspired by what the possibilities of this great nation could be.” Wilson said that although the space race is over, there is a race far greater students must focus on. “Today we’re no longer in a space race. We are in a race for innovation, connectivity. We’re in a race for sustainability,” Wilson said. “And when I look out at the students out here today, that race is going to take up a good portion of your energy for the rest of your lives.” The race has changed, and Wilson said that the ballroom ref lects that change. “I think we’re in a race today that is much more strategic and much more powerful than the space race ever was,” Wilson said. “I think that’s what this space is about, what this ballroom is about.”


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individuals and students. “Talk of building a new business building has been in the making for the last eight to nine years,” said Flannery, “It is reported that MSU is one of the last schools in Minnesota to have a modern business building.” MSU has a high need to construct a new business building and use advanced technology in order to carry out students’ Big Ideas. The faculty of the college of business has teamed up with Paulsen Architects, a firm located in Mankato, to design the new building. You can recognize Paulsen Architects through their work in creating the Centennial Student Union. Perkins and Will will design the interior space of the building. This month, faculty will discuss with the interior design company possibilities in the new business building at upcoming workshops. The building is expected to be located in parking lot six, between the Otto Recreation Center and Morris Hall. A skyway is planned to be connected to Morris Hall. Possible renovations of Morris Hall are

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staff writer being discussed as well. “The College of Business Global Solutions Center is intended to be funded by private dollars from alumni and corporate donors,” said Douglas Mayo, the Vice President for University Advancement, “We have already received generous commitments and gifts for this project.” The cost of the building will not affect student tuition rates at MSU, but may increase student enrollment. The campaign is about raising awareness of the university’s presence while telling the stories of how Mankato faculty and students are changing the world, according to Mayo. The 18 month campaign is expected to raise enough money to move forward with the project. Already reaching their primary goal of $57 million, Mayo believes it is possible to make this big idea into a reality with a new goal of $18 million more, reaching an overall $75 million goal. The campaign money goes to the business department where they then utilize the money for scholarships, and projects such as this. The

building cost will vary. A small building might cost $12 million, where a large building may cost $25-30 million. The College of Business Global Solutions Center is a fresh look on new possibilities. Though we already have a business building, it is outdated. To move toward a new curriculum revolved around team work and real-world thinking the space MSU has now simply does not do it justice. Granted, faculty are making the best of it vitalizing sources in order to be as creative as possible with teaching and learning methods in the classroom. Yet, there is not enough space to enact team-based learning. The technology is ineffective as well. “I feel that MSU is making a smart move in building this addition, the business department is in need of more space,” said MSU Marketing junior Shane Seeman. The purpose of the building fits into Flannery’s strategic plan for the college of business to enhance and diversify resources. The building is the first step into creating a revolutionized and up to date curriculum for big idea thinkers.

Minnesota State Student Association learned about the latest updates in Intercollegiate Athletics and Student Affairs at Wednesday’s meeting. Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Kevin Buisman spoke about the successful fall athletic season at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Men’s and women’s cross country teams are heading to Denver for the NCAA Division II Central Region meet Saturday, as the fall sports seasons wind down. “Very high hopes for the men’s team to advance out of the regionals,” Buisman said. “They are currently ranked 14th in the country.” Women’s soccer was rated fifth in the nation during the season. The team advanced to the semi-finals after Wednesday’s game against Bemidji State University. The volleyball team has two home matches coming up this weekend again Northern State at 7 p.m. Friday and against University of Mary at 4 p.m. Saturday in Taylor Center. The team is ranked 20th in the country. Attendance at sports event is on the rise, which includes the recordbreaking attendance at Blakeslee Stadium of 7,011 spectators at the homecoming game Oct. 1, accord-

ing to Buisman. The football season saw its second highest attendance in the past 25 years. Buisman said the nationally televised home football game against Augustana College on CBS Oct. 25 was a great way for MSU to make its name known and to connect with prospective students and alumni. The team will be playing at Southwest Minnesota State University at 1 p.m. Saturday. Buisman thanked student leaders and MSSA for all the work in helping to promote events. MSSA is the single biggest investor in Intercollegiate Athletics by contributing more than $1 million in support, according to Buisman. “You play an important part in creating a positive and exciting game atmosphere,” Buisman said. “We’re seeing student attendance and interest growing.” Student Affairs coordinators Hilary Geesman and Sarah Koenen spoke about the goals of the Student Affairs for the rest of the year. Geesman, a College of Education senator, said one of the main goals for Student Affairs is to not let any ideas go unnoticed and left without follow-up. Koenen said Student Affairs is looking for ways professors can become more acquainted with technology in the classrooms, so the equipment does not go unused.


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“I love the atmosphere here, and the support they give us every It hasn’t been an ideal game is great.” No. 16 Michigan Tech start for the Minnesota State, The Mavericks haven’t had When: 6:07 p.m. Fri. and Sat. their ideal start this season with Mankato men’s hockey team, but they are encouraged that Where: Houghton, Mich. a 1-5 record, including two road they can turn things around losses against No. 3 Denver two and be competitive against weekends ago to start conference ers. We room with each other on other teams by being competitive play 0-2. the road, so we are good friends. against each other. “Our team hasn’t exactly gotBut we are competitive on the One of the undetermined ten off to a great start. There are ice,” said Cook. “This competistarting positions on the team is plenty of games left to be played, tion doesn’t affect our friendat goalie. Two guys, one spot. so we are looking to turn things ship at all. I go out there and Junior goaltender Phil Cook around,” Lee said. “We have worry about myself and stopping and senior goaltender Austin only played two games in the pucks. When he starts, I support Lee having been competing this WCHA, so there is still an ophim and I feel there hasn’t been season for the top spot in front of portunity to turn things around.” any tension between us.” the net. The Mavericks have been One of the things these two Cook, who played in 28 infected by the injury bug to start have in common is that they love games as goalie last season, realthe season, with as many as six playing for the Mavericks. izes that head coach Troy Jutting players injured at times. On the “It’s a great community here, is looking for consistency and trip to Denver, the team didn’t and there is great support,” Cook leadership in his starting goalie. have a full roster due to the numsaid. “I’m from Chicago, so I’m “Coach wants us to steal a ber of injured players. The good not used to Minnesota where it’s game for [the team] and start news is the Mavericks plan to all about hockey. My favorite playing consistent, and that’s have three regulars coming back part of being a Maverick is what we need to show to have a this weekend. winning at the Verizon Wireless main guy as our starter,” Cook Cook feels like this is a time Center.” said. for the older players to lead the Lee was highly recruited as Even though they both are team back to the WCHA race a senior in high school, being very competitive on the ice and and for the younger players to named an Associated Press First know there is only one spot to step in right away and help the Team All-State goalie in 2006. fill, they haven’t let this comteam any way they can. He decided to come here for petition get in the way of their “It’s time for us older guys many good reasons, such as the relationship off the ice. to bear it out and help the team tough WCHA competition and “It’s competitive on the ice, through this,” Cook said. “We for his major. but off the ice we have a really know we can win games, we just “There was a combination of good friendship,” said Lee. need to find a way to get an ugly factors. Playing in the WHCA Cook agrees. one first and then we can get on wale agboola • msu reporter was one of them and getting a “We are all one big family, a roll.” Goaltenders Phil Cook (left) and Austin Lee (right) will be fighting for starts chance to play some of the best and we are all a bunch of brothin net for the Mavericks this season, but want wins more than anything. teams in the nation,” Lee said. BREAKDOWN / page 10 staff writer

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angela kukowski • msu reporter Junior outside hitter Chelsea Fogarty led the Mavericks with 22 kills in Tuesday’s 3-2 win over Crookston at the Taylor Center.

Senior Alli Rice records 18 kills in new role.

It’s been over a month since the Minnesota State, Mankato volleyball team dropped a pivotal match to underdog Minnesota-Crookston. Since then the Mavericks have been improving their game and trying not to let a loss to the Golden Eagles happen again. “We really need to stay focused,” senior setter Brittany Stamer said before Tuesday night’s matchup. “We are definitely not underestimating them this time around. Revenge would be nice.” Revenge the Mavericks got, defeating Crookston 3-2 Tuesday night at the Taylor Center. It was a big win for MSU, who is now trying to pad its resume heading into the final weeks of the season as participating in the Central Regional

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Tournament is still well within reach. The win puts the No. 20 Mavericks at 16-8 overall and gives them a 9-7 conference mark. The first set started out with both teams going back and forth point-for-point, then MSU went on a 9-0 run to give them a big lead. They would not look back and take set one 25-15. The second set again saw these teams going back and forth as they fought to a 17-17 tie, but this time Crookston would come out victorious with a 25-22 advantage. Set three was taken by the Mavericks, as junior Chelsea Fogarty led the way with six

kills in the set. She would finish with 22 on the night, allowing MSU to win set three 25-15 and take a 2-1 lead in the match. But the Golden Eagles would fight back in set four with their backs against the wall, winning a close set 25-21 to force a decisive fifth set. In the deciding set it was again Fogarty who drove the Mavericks to victory, as she collected nine kills in the final set to give the Mavericks a 15-10 win, capping the revenge on the Golden Eagles. Fogarty wasn’t the only Maverick who came up big in Tuesday night’s match. Senior Alli Rice, who is normally known for her defensive specialties,

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Bemidji State (6-2-2, 3-2-1-0 WCHA) at Minnesota State (4-6-0, 0-4-0-0 WCHA)

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The Mavericks have been paced on offense so far this season by newcomer Jean-Paul Lafontaine, who currently leads the team in goals (3) and points (4) through the first six games of the season. Senior captain Michael Dorr has battled the injury-bug early on for MSU, and has zero points so far this season. Fellow senior Justin Jokinen (3 pts) also figures to see a lot of time up front for the Mavericks this season. Freshman Matt Leitner has also been a surprise for MSU early this season, leading the squad in assists (3) and shots (16) while filling in for numerous injured Mavericks such as Adam Mueller, Eriah Hayes and J. P. Burkemper. Freshman Johnny McInnis and junior Eli Zuck will also contribute this season.

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Senior Cameron Cooper is serving as an assistant captain this season for MSU and is a threeyear letterwinner who won the team’s Most Improved Player award last season. Cooper has been one of the few key Mavericks to play in all six games this season and has stabilized the MSU defense against some tough competition. Senior captain Tyler Elbrecht also figures to anchor the defense, but has been hampered by injuries and missed the series against Denver two weeks ago. Freshman Zach Palmquist (2 pts) has played well filling in for the likes of Elbrecht and sophomore Danny Heath, who should contribute here when healthy. Junior Evan Mosey (2 pts) also figures to see substantial time on the blue line this season.

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Goaltenders Austin Lee and Phil Cook have started four and two games, respectively. Lee, a senior, has allowed 11 goals for a 3.29 goals against average and is 1-3 on the season. Cook has allowed 14 goals for a 5.39 GAA while going 0-2. Each goaltender will have to play aboveaverage for MSU to have a chance in WCHA play.

LEE COOK OUTLOOK: The Mavericks are currently 1-5 and have already been decimated by injuries in the early going this season. MSU was picked to finish in the bottom-half of the WCHA standings before the season, but is more than capable of beating any team in the WCHA on any given night when healthy. Until then, Lafontaine and Co. will have to get the job done.

contributed greatly for MSU on offense by achieving 18 kills on the night. Junior Jill Storlie tallied 15 kills as well for the Mavericks, and Stamer recorded a gamehigh 59 assists. With Rice doing a lot on offense this matchup, MSU called upon junior Sam Dale to help out on the defensive side of the ball, and she would end the match 20 digs. Stamer and Fogarty also added double-digit digs with 14 and 10, respectively.

RECAP: Although the Minnesota State, Mankato women’s hockey team is only four games into WCHA play, this weekend’s series at home against Bemidji State has already become a critical one. The Mavericks have mustered only one goal in the four conference losses, which came last weekend against the Ohio State Buckeyes. MSU dropped last Friday’s contest 2-1, missing out on numerous quality opportunities that could have changed the outcome. Junior forward Lauren Zrust scored the Mavericks lone goal in the loss. MSU’s offense continued to struggle in Saturday’s setback, as the Mavericks were shut out 1-0. The Beavers are coming off a big 2-1 home win over the University of Minnesota last weekend. Bemidji fell in the other contest 4-1 to the Golden Gophers. The Beavers have won five of their last six games. HISTORY: The Mavericks fell to Bemidji in all four matchups between the teams last season, but every game was close. The Beavers beat the Mavericks 2-1 in overtime in the opening game of the series in Mankato. The two teams tied 1-1 in the second game of the series, but Bemidji won the shootout. MSU was swept in Bemidji by scores of 2-0 and 3-1.

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With only two weeks left to play, MSU is right on the brink of advancing to post-season play. This upcoming weekend brings in Northern State and the University of Mary to Mankato. Even after this big win against Crookston, the Mavericks will need two more wins to add onto their record and both should be attainable this weekend. They have not played either of these two teams yet this season, so it should be a great weekend of volleyball.

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MSU NOTES: The Mavericks have been in search of their offense since nonconference play. Being shut down in Minneapolis against the Golden Gophers is understandable, but the team certainly expected to score more than one goal against the Buckeyes last weekend in Mankato. MSU’s lone goal by Zrust was her second of the season and her seventh point. Despite the 1-0 loss Saturday, sophomore goaltender Danielle Butters played outstanding in net spelling senior starter Alli Altmann. Butters saved 31 shots for the Mavericks and kept them in the game. MSU has outshot its opponents this season, but is converting at a lower rate. The Mavericks have eight less power play opportunities than their opponents, but the MSU blue-liners have done a nice job killing opposing power plays, allowing a miniscule .186 conversion rate. Junior forward Lauren Smith assisted on Zrust’s score last Friday, giving her a teamleading eight helpers and nine points. Head coach Eric Means has also been impressed Danielle Butters with the play of sophomore forwards Nicole Germaine and Kari Lundberg, as well as defenseman Emilia Andersson. BSU NOTES: The Beavers currently sit in fourth place in the WCHA with 10 points. They are led on offense by junior forwards Sadie Lundquist (16 pts) and Emily Erickson (15 pts), who lead the team with six goals and apiece. Defensemen Montana Vichorek (14) and Erika Wheelhouse (10) also have double-digit points for BSU. The team’s biggest strength is senior goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova, who had 41 saves in BSU’s 2-1 win over the Golden Gophers last weekend. Tomcikova has 32 career wins in net for the Beavers, and could tie and break the school’s record of 33 this weekend against the Mavericks. PREDICTION: The Mavericks desperately need a win at home this weekend. The Beavers also lost a pair of games to the Buckeyes earlier this season, so they are beatable. If MSU can somehow get out to an early lead against Tomcikova in one or both of the games, expect the Mavericks to gain at least a split.


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With UMD showdown two weeks away, Mavericks focus on Mustangs TIGE HUTCHESON

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As much as everyone would love to bask in the memory of last Thursday’s win over Augustana, football in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference can be pretty unforgiving to teams that refuse to move on. And even though this week’s opponent—the Southwest Minnesota State Mustangs—boasts an unimpressive 3-5 conference record, they could present a tragic upset. “I think they’re a very good team. They’ve just been unfortunate and haven’t won a lot of games, but they’re definitely capable of success and beating teams,” said Minnesota State, Mankato head coach Todd Hoffner. The Mustangs are pesky and

seem to be only a few plays short of an upset every week. Just ask St. Cloud State, who the Mustangs were within one touchdown of taking into overtime up until the final horn. “Southwest presents a very explosive offense,” Hoffner said. “They can score from any part of the field. On defense they make you work at it, grind it out and they make you play mistake-free football, and if we make mistakes on the road we’re going to be in trouble.” SMSU’s problem all year has been its defense (or lack of it). The Mustangs are second-to-last in the NSIC in total defense, giving up an average of 461.8 yards per game behind less-thanaverage passing and rushing defenders. The best the SMSU defense can do is try to bend without

UP NEXT Southwest Minn. St. When: 1 p.m. Saturday Where: Marshall, Minn. breaking while the Mustang offense outscores the opponent, which is something they definitely have the talent to achieve thanks to one of the NSIC’s best quarterbacks, Tyler Peschong. Peschong currently leads the NSIC in passing yards per game (233.6), as well as total offense (270.8), and is near the top of the conference in passing efficiency (122.1). With Peschong behind center, the Mustangs rank third in the NSIC in passing offense with an average of 233.6 yards per game. But what makes these stats even

more impressive is that, to be honest, Peschong doesn’t have a ton of offensive firepower to work with other than a wellabove-average offensive line. His favorite receiver is Tyler Erickson, despite his ranking seventh in the NSIC in receptions per game. Erickson averages only 43.3 yards per game and has scored only one touchdown so far this season. Lining up on the other side, Cody Condon, has five touchdowns this season and is a bigger threat in the red zone, but averages only 32 yards per game. In the backfield, SMSU uses both starter Warren Matthews (69.3 rushing yards per game) and reserve Gannon Moore (43.8) pretty regularly, but neither one of them presents anything special that the Mavericks haven’t seen and contained before. But after giving up an average

of over 500 yards of offense over the past two weeks, it will be important for MSU’s defensive line to create cracks in SMSU’s offensive line and put pressure on Peschong while the secondary tries to keep the number of big plays to a minimum. Another big piece of the equation is the location of the game. With the final two conference games of the season set to be played on the road, the Mavericks (2-2 on the road so far) will need to finish strong without the comforts of Blakeslee Stadium. A victory in Marshall would be a great first step. “Bottom line is that life on the road is really, really difficult, and for us to travel over there and compete we’re going to have to play our best football to come out of there with a victory,” said Hoffner.

MSU women’s soccer advances

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staff writer one felt so lifted up and ready to Not scoring in the last three go when we got that goal in.” games of the regular season Head coach Peter McGahey did not set the Minnesota State, knew this was going to be a tough Mankato women’s soccer team game because playoff games are back one bit. always tough, especially in the Instead, the Mavericks came NSIC. out and beat the Bemidji State “Hats off to their goalBeavers 1-0 Wednesday keeper and their team,” afternoon to advance out McGahey said. “I thought of the first round of the they did a tremendous job NSIC tournament. in the second half. They MSU ended its scoremade finding a second less streak with a goal goal very difficult.” from junior defender The Mavericks (14Lauren Somers off a 2-3) will be taking on corner kick at the 32:15 Lauren Somers the 11-5-1 University of mark of the game. The Minnesota-Duluth Bullscore turned out to be dogs on Friday, and the Mavericks the game-winning goal, as the are ready for them. Mavericks shut out the Beavers “We just need to stay focused the rest of the game. “I thought if felt so amazing to on being connected as a whole. finally score a goal,” Somers said. If we keep doing that, then goals will come and we will be ready to “We have had a couple games without scoring, but I think every- go,” said Somers.

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The Sound of Music Audio Formats Battle It Out For Your Eardrums BRIAN ROSEMEYER | a&e editor

T his fall has bestowed upon music consumers a number of precious gifts. In the past few months listeners have enjoyed new material from a number of high-profile artists within different veins of the biz. Primus, Tom Waits, Wilco, Kelly Clarkson, Bjork, DJ Shadow, Coldplay, Young Jeezy, J Cole, and even William Shatner have weighed in on the autumnal audio barrage. With all this new material and legions of fans to back each one of these album drops, you’d expect major record companies to be sitting comfortably on top of high stacks of money. But is the recording industry holding a steady pattern of profit? In today’s record industry, we see the big-label companies struggling and scrambling to keep a grip on the quickly evolving tastes, needs and methods of the modern noise-junkie. When an artist decides to produce an new record, the general public has a few different options in receiving the music. Option 1 : As obvious (possibly even nastaglic) a method as it seems to be, people still do purchase a physical copy of the music. The companies use the radio to advertise its artists’ songs by releasing a single. The single is then broadcast over the airwaves and is enjoyed for free by audiences. This single is intended to hook the listeners into buying the complete record. Option 3 : Illegally downloading. Torrents have become a part of household language in the western world. These are files shared over the internet and made available for download and use through any number of free clients that allow for the reception of the files.

Option 2: Another legal form of consumption is buying a digital copy of the release. This can be done on iTunes, or even directly from a band’s website. Option 5: Burning. Nearly all are familiar with this means. Find someone with the record, copy it to disc, rock out. This is also considered illegal.

Option 4: Within days (or in some instances even prior to a release) a new record is posted as video on YouTube. The audio is played streaming over a static image or text and can be accessed by anyone with internet available. The sequence of videos containing the songs can even be placed on a playlist, effectively producing the album in full.

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Verbal Hearables Hit Internet Waves

Christian Hagen and Brian Rosemeyer Bring a New entertainment Podcast from the Reporter “It’s words, that you can hear. We don’t always know what we’re talking about, and we don’t always form complete or coherent sentences. But this... this thing is bigger than either of us. Listening to it means you are a connoisseur of recorded voices intended to entertain as related to a topic. Recording it means there’s something wrong with you.”

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The Verbal Hearables Podcast is released every Thursday, and can be heard by visiting themsureporter.com and clicking the link. This week’s topic; Highbrow/Lowbrow

“Each week, two unique (often unusual) perspectives on issues of local, national, and international interest. It can be funny, but I think what sets our podcast apart is the mix of news and editorial content; Brian and I can banter for hours, but we’d rather say something worthwhile.... and then we’ll banter for hours. Priorities, priorities. But honestly, it’s exciting to have a show where every episode could be totally different, and neither Brian nor I knows exactly what will happen.”

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FORMATS “Music is constantly changing; in sound, in look, in meaning, and as we see, in format as well.” continued from 12 So with all these methods, how is the record industry fairing? Most of us remember the raging legal battles over copyright infringement over the website Napster. But those headlines are long gone. We don’t seem to hear about copyright infringement as it pertains to music anymore. Has the industry given up the fight? Torrentfreak.com suggests that the industry is simply whining. The website, which claims more than 150,00 regular subscribers and has been ranked as one of the top 100 meme blogs on the Web, states that since the digital takeover of music, the major companies have tuned in, causing their digital single download sales rates have increased 669 percent in the latter-half of the past decade.

“We’ve always said there are multiple reasons for the decline of the industry during the past 10 years: Competition for the entertainment dollar. Diversification of music consumption and access. But we also think people being able to steal music online is the primary reason. Not the only, but the primary.” -RIAA

Revenue has been on the decline. The Recording Industry Association of America, who claims to represent the industry, rebuttled Torrentfreak. com with the statement, “We’ve always said there are multiple reasons for the decline of the industry during the past 10 years: Competition for the entertainment dollar. Diversification of music consumption and access. But we also think people being able to steal music online is the primary reason. Not the only, but the primary.” This statement in mind, it is understandable to see the money spent on music drop because, in general, the economy is flailing. People don’t have as much spending money as they used to. And the “entertainment dollar” has to be stretched and allotted appropriately. So how do the companies manage to make money? Singles. People who purchase music these days are, more and more frequently, doing so digitally. In the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry’s 2011 report on digital music, it claims that the trade value of the digital music market worldwide sits at $46 million. It also cites a 31 percent decline in the value of the recorded music industry over the past decade. The IFPI caps this off by revealing that a 16.5 percent of Internet users in the US are purchasing music online digitally. This data suggests that the face of music is once again evolving. But walk into a music shop, say the Electric Fetus in Minneapolis, or Tune Town here in Mankato, and you will surely notice a counter to

these trends; vinyl. Audiophiles and collectors of music have rejected the notion of digital and have reverted into the original mass-produced audio medium. But this revived method of purchasing music isn’t limited to the collector or audio-perv any longer. According to the BBC, vinyl sales in 2011 have already increased 55 percent as compared to last year. As of October, vinyl sales had reached 240,000, as compared to the 234,000 sold in all of 2010. The holiday purchasing season hasn’t even arrived yet. This increase in vinyl consumerism can be attributed to the lure of the medium. The products look neat, they come in elaborate (and often limited edition) packaging. And as a current trend, copies of a new record on vinyl come with a download code used to access a complimentary mp3 copy of the album to put on CD, iPods or personal computers. Music is constantly changing, in sound, in look, in meaning, and as we see, format as well. Maybe the Doobie Brothers weren’t making as simple a statement as they thought when they penned the classic hook “Listen to the Music.” The song appeared on their second LP, Toulouse Street, which can be purchased on vinyl, cassette, CD, or digital download or it can be torrented. Either way you choose, it’s still a killer tune.

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To Jurors, Michael Jackson’s Doctor Remains Silent LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jurors hearing the involuntary manslaughter case against Michael Jackson’s doctor will not hear directly from the man whose fate they will soon be asked to decide. Instead the panel will have to choose whether to convict or acquit Dr. Conrad Murray of based on the testimony of 49 witnesses and hundreds of pieces of evidence, including one lengthy police interview with the cardiologist. The seven-man, fivewoman panel didn’t get to hear Murray announce his decision Tuesday, but were rather told by a judge after testimony from a pair of medical experts that there would be no more evidence presented to them. They were given Wednesday off, which prosecutors and defense attorneys will use to craft their closing arguments — the final words of the case before deliberations begin. Murray’s decision Tuesday came after 22 days of testimony and serious thought by the doctor, who told Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor the day before that he hadn’t ruled out taking the stand. In the moments before the announcement, with jurors still in the room and the judge huddling with attorneys at a sidebar conference, the doctor held his hands in front of his face, as if in prayer. Jurors were excused from the courtroom while Pastor advised Murray of his rights to testify or remain silent. Spectators, including Jackson’s mother, father, brother Randy and sister LaToya, watched from the audience as the judge asked Murray, “Have you made up your mind?” Murray paused, looked at all his lawyers, seemed to sigh and said, “My decision is I will not testify in this matter.” Pastor said Murray had properly weighed his options and added, “I certainly will respect that decision.” Murray, 58, has pleaded not guilty in connection with Jackson’s June 2009 death. He faces up to four years behind bars and the loss of his medical license

if convicted. Prosecutors contend Murray gave Jackson a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol in the bedroom of the singer’s mansion. Defense attorneys claim Jackson gave himself the dose when Murray left the room. Jurors were presented with dueling scientific evidence to support each side’s theory, although even a defense expert noted he would not have given the pop singer propofol in his bedroom for any sum of money. Murray told police two days after Jackson’s death that he had been giving the singer the powerful anesthetic nightly for nearly two months. After the singer’s death, police found bags with basic medical equipment and vials of propofol, but not the advanced equipment prosecutors and experts say the doctor should have had to be administering propofol. Pastor and attorneys spent Tuesday afternoon finalizing jury instructions, which will give the panel its guidelines for how to view the case. Prosecutors are saying that while Murray was engaged in lawful practices during his treatment of Jackson, he was criminally negligent in many of his actions. The panel will be told that they can consider whether Murray should have known

that Jackson’s death was a foreseeable consequence of his actions. Defense attorneys will be able to highlight the testimony of five character witnesses — which jurors will be told can be sufficient to create reasonable doubt — to illustrate seven traits they claim the doctor has displayed throughout his career: being attentive, informative, skillful, cautious, compassionate, loyal and knowledgeable. They can also consider whether the character witnesses demonstrated that Murray is selfless and not financially motivated. Prosecutors have cast him as greedy and eager to please Jackson, who had agreed to pay the physician $150,000 per month. The singer died before the contract was finalized. Although they won’t have any direct testimony from the Houston-based cardiologist to consider, the jury will be able to review the doctor’s lengthy police statement, in which he both detailed his treatments to Jackson and left out any references to his frequent phone use on the morning the singer died. It is just one of the more than 300 pieces of evidence that were presented during the trial, which so far has lasted six weeks.

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