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President Richard Davenport, Centennial Student Union and Student Activities Director Mark Constantine and Joan Roca, Dean of Library Services were the first to walk through the connection between the Centennial Student Union and the Memorial Library at its grand opening Wednesday, followed by librarians with carts and eager students looking to test out the new walkway.

Bringing the holidays to those in need

ECHO food shelf brings Thanksgiving meals to many in the area. MIKELL MELIUS Staff Writer Thanksgiving is only a couple weeks away. Many of us will be heading home to spend time with our families and stuff our faces with all sorts of delicious food and making any form of movement impossible. For some, however, this is not a luxury that is available, but a Mankato organization is helping make this unacheivable luxury a reality. The Emergency Community Help Organization, ECHO, is giving away Thanksgiving baskets November 18-22 to resi-


dents of Blue Earth County and North Mankato. A photo ID and proof of residency are the only requirements to receive a basket. ECHO has been an emergency food assistance provider in the Mankato community since 1981. They started in a church basement and expected to only be a short term food assistance program. After relocating several times to accommodate the growing need, their new home is on 1014 S Front St. In May 2010, ECHO became a client choice food shelf, where the clients can choose their own groceries instead of receiving a standard

food package. The Thanksgiving Basket Distribution is an annual event put on by the ECHO food shelf. “The event has been growing every year,” said Daisy De Leon, manager at ECHO. “We are expecting about 1,400 families this year.” Each basket will contain a ham or turkey, mashed or regular potatoes, squash, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie mix. On Tuesday, November 14, ECHO food shelf is holding a fundraiser, “Give It To The Max,” for the Thanksgiving Basket Distribution. Prizes are

given out to the leading donors. While there is no set goal for the donations, ECHO only hopes to get as good of a turnout as last year. “We distributed baskets to over 1,000 families last year,” De Leon said. With an estimated turnout of 1,400 for this year, it appears they will reach their goal. Many Blue Earth County businesses have already donated to the event. “This year were getting apples from Irish Mountain Orchard,” De Leon said. She said there has been wonderful support from the community and businesses, such as Cub West


who is donating bags. “Everyone should be able enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner with their family,” De Leon said. The Thanksgiving Baskets are $18 and can be dropped off or mailed. ECHO is also welcoming volunteers to help distribute baskets November 18-22 during their regular business hours, Mon-Wed 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Thursday 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., and Friday 12:30-4:30 p.m. “If anyone is interested in helping just give us a call,” De Leon said. If interested in volunteering you can stop in at the ECHO office or call 507-345-7508. ED/OP



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Aviation class teams up with airline Program teams up to provide students real-world experience. ALEX KERKMAN Staff Writer




First year Professor Jeff Peterson may be new to MSU, but that didn’t stop him from coming up with some creative classroom ideas. Professor Peterson teaches Aviation Safety (AVIA 437), and three months into the program the class has already worked with Sun Country Airlines, an airline based out of Mendota Heights. Thanks to a current students’ connection to the airline, an idea was born. “I had a student who had interned in the safety department at Sun Country. I asked her to see if one of her bosses would be willing to give a lecture to the class. Along with the lecture we were also able to come up with a great class project,” said Peterson. The class was briefed on the project in October. That project was to conduct research on the new SMS program implemented by the Federal Aviation Administration that would be required at airlines throughout the country. SMS, which stands for Safety Management System, is a brand new safety program, whose main focus is putting each company CEO in the front and center of the program. The Safety Management System, according to the FAA, “is an organization-wide comprehensive and preventative approach to managing safety. An SMS includes a Safety Policy, formal methods for identifying hazards and mitigating

risk, and promotion of a positive safety culture.” Students in Professor Peterson’s class were divided into 6 groups and asked to collect and analyze data for the CEO of Sun Country Airlines, and to organize it in an understandable fashion. From there the groups gave presentations to the class and members of Sun Country Airlines on Monday. According to Peterson, the groups were judged based on understanding of SMS, creativeness and graphic content. The winner has yet to be announced, and the judges from Sun Country will announce their decision next week. One group of students can expect a pretty special first prize. According to Peterson, the entire class is taking a class trip to the Minneapolis airport, but the winning group will be the only ones allowed to test out the airlines flight simulator. The simulator is a full-motion Boeing 737 flight simulator, located at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport. It was the first time this project was done in Aviation Safety, but hopefully not the last. “The project went great,” said Peterson. “And building a relationship between a program and a business in the community is always a positive. Sun Country Airlines was founded in 1982, and currently has 31 flight destinations. These destinations include cities in 14 states, including five cities in Mexico, as well as the Caribbean countries of Costa

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Events mark a week of diversity at MSU Speakers, Documentaries highlight a week of culture.

SAM WILMES News Editor Diversity & International Education Week is taking place this week, signifying the significance and richness the unique blending of cultures has brought to this campus. Today at Noon, in the Centennial Student Union, Room 238, “Brown Bag Lunch” will take place, involving faculty member Annelies Hagemeister. She will be speaking on “Help seeking Among Immigrant Women who have been Victims of Domestic or Sexual Violence.” At 2 p.m., in Memorial Library room 45, “International Poetry Recital” will be taking place, an event in which faculty members, students, and other people from within the city of Mankato will be reciting poems in various languages. The week of diversity and international education will conclude tomorrow with a presentation at 6 p.m. in the CSU Ballroom. The 43rd annual event, titled “We are Family Diversity Dinner,” will focus this

year on celebrating lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, gay and allied individuals, along with their families. Tickets for individual students will be $12, Student Table tickets, totaling eight, will be $80, Individual Non-Student will be $35, and Non-student table totaling eight tickets will be priced at $215. This week has already kicked off with some big events. Monday included a speech by Kenyan native Marko Cheseto. Cheseto, a two-time AllAmerica distance runner at the University of Alaska-Anchorage, spoke on overcoming adversity and making a positive impact on others. Cheseto has overcome his fair share of adversity in his lifetime. He has previously suffered frostbite in the Alaskan wilderness in 2011, resulting in multiple limbs being amputated. Cheseto currently speaks to groups related to his experience, and is an award-winning recipient of the 1st Inspirational Student Award winner, as well as being an Emmy nominee. Monday night in the CSU

Ballroom featured “Latin Dance Night,” which included free Zumba lessons, salsa dancing and a live DJ Latin Dance Party. Tuesday featured free coffee samples from Latin American countries and a presentation in the CSU Ballroom titled “Transitions: African Voices of New Americans,” a mere piece in the puzzle of events related to the book “Strength in What Remains,” by Tracy Kidder.

Yesterday was “International & Diversity Dress Day, a day in which participants wore trends related to the fashions of their country, or those that they had visited. Group photos were taken. “Faculty International Encounters,” was also put on by the Global Committee and the College of Business. The seminar was conducted in a way that allowed faculty to share international memories with the

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College students need to think twice before owning a pet Owning an animal is harder than many assume.

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even themselves financially. Animals are costly and require ongoing veterinary fees, food, bedding, toys, etc. Before purchasing or adopting an animal, it’s important for students to ensure they have the financial resources to care for it. The costs add up. Many college students neglect to think about or face the longterm commitment that owning an animal requires. Animals such as dogs, cats and rabbits have life expectancies of over 10 years. It’s important for students to realize that owning such an animal will require years of

responsibility that will extend after college. It’s unfair for an animal to be casually passed on to another owner or household because the owner grew tired of caring for it. Many students who own animals don’t properly care for them. I’ve witnessed this firsthand. Animals are often restricted to small (sometimes dirty) cages or crates throughout the day and can only eat, drink and urinate when and if their owners “remember” or allow them to. I encourage the rescue of animals from shelters, and if someone understands and accepts the

sacrifices they must make to own an animal, then I’m all for it. There are plenty of loving, devoted animal owners out there; however, before adopting an animal, I ask that students truly consider the implications of doing so. Are you adopting to satisfy a selfish desire to have an animal and receive love from it, or are you adopting to give an animal a better life? I don’t expect all college students to eliminate pets from their life. I just ask that they think of their motives and aspirations before adopting.

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LISA STEVENS Staff Writer Pets are a prevalent commodity among students at MSU. Cats and dogs, rabbits and fish, and even rodents and small reptiles can be found in students’ houses and apartments. Just today, I heard one of my friends gush, “I’m going to get a kitty!” while she was figuring out her living arrangements for next year. It’s no doubt that animals bring us joy and entertainment. There’s also no doubt that some students have the time, responsibility and financial resources to properly care for them; however, from personal observation, these types of students are the exception, not the norm. Many students who purchase animals are ignorant to where such animals actually come from. Animals sold in most pet stores come from mass-breeding facilities, such as puppy mills, where they are abused and denied proper care. Purchasing animals from pet stores supports this inhumane industry and denies homes to animals in animal shelters. Pet stores operate for profit, not for the well-being of animals. Many stores don’t screen buyers and will pawn animals off to anyone with enough up-front cash. When it comes to money, many college students are broke. Some struggle to provide for

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Decision on controversial nickname should ultimately lie with Native American Nations With citizens of North Dakota voting to end the nickname ‘Fighting Sioux’, who should decide what is controversial in American sports?

REECE HEMMESCH Editor in Chief Controversial nicknames in sports have been a problem in America for about the last halfcentury with teams like the Chicago Blackhawks, Cleveland Indians and the Atlanta Braves being the standard bearers for this type of problem. Though the fight has been going on between sports franchises and Native Americans’ rights groups for quite some time, the recent objections have shifted toward the capital of the United States and their NFL franchise, the Washington Redskins. This controversy with nicknames in sports began in the late ‘60s when the National Congress of American Indians began a campaign to address stereotypes found in print and other media. Later in the ‘60s, First Nations students at the University of North Dakota began increasing their efforts in an attempt to retire the ‘Fighting Sioux’ nickname that had been given to the University in 1930. The fight was taken to the next level in 1988, when the Minnesota State Board of Education adopted a resolution, calling mascots, emblems or symbols depicting American Indian culture unacceptable. It also encouraged public districts to proceed to remove such mascots, forcing schools like Monticello,

Grand Rapids, and Sauk RapidsRice to change their nicknames into something more suitable. The ‘Redskins’ nickname was coined in 1933, when the team opted to change their nickname from the Braves to the Redskins in order to avoid confusion with the Boston Braves in Major League Baseball. It is still there almost 80 years later but has been the object of protest by numerous groups in the country, including President Obama, who recently met up with tribal leaders and stated “nostalgia is not a good enough reason to keep a name that offends ‘a sizable group of people.’ “ I am in agreement with the President on the thought that a group of diehard fans who do not want to see their favorite team get there nickname dropped is not a good enough reason to keep the controversial name, but I also feel the final decision should come down to the tribal leaders of the area, not protest groups and the President. The groups have been making their way across the country this fall for the Redskins season, as members of the American Indian Movement have been present at most of their away games this season, rallying outside the stadiums with hopes of reaching out to people all across the country to put an end to the ‘Redskins’ name. Past that, the National Coalition on Racism in Sports and Media has also taken a stance on the name, asking for the change to occur as well. But what these groups and the President lack

is the actual thought of feeling offended by the name, one that can only come from the Native American population, mostly through the American Indian Movement. When the University of North Dakota began to process the thought of changing their nickname in 2012, they left it in the hands of voters in the state of North Dakota to decide what should be done. A statewide vote on June 11, 2012 showed that 67.35 percent of North Dakota voters opted to retire the ‘Fighting Sioux’ nickname and their controversial American Indian head logo. Three days later, the North Dakota Board of Higher Education voted the Sioux name out along with the American Indian head logo and will choose a new team name in 2015. I feel that this was the wrong approach in deciding whether or not the name should stay or go. In this argument, who are the real victims? Is it the state as a whole or the entire Native American population in this Country? I say neither; the decision should have been rested with the Sioux tribes of America who would feel the general effect of the name. The same goes for the Seminole tribes in regards to Florida State, and the Illinois Confederation who take the moniker Illini, used by the University of Illinois in intercollegiate activities, the

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members of that Native American nation should be the ones to decide whether the name stays or goes, after all, it is their name they are using in the first place. In regards to the ‘Redskins’ of Washington, a 2013 USA To-

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Toronto mayor admits having used illegal drugs Amidst calls to resign, the mayor remains and shows no signs of quitting.

TORONTO (AP) — Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted during a heated City Council debate Wednesday that he bought illegal drugs while in office, but adamantly refused to step down despite calls from nearly every councilor to take a leave of absence and get help. “I’m most definitely keeping this job,” the 44-year-old Ford said, insisting he was “a positive role model for kids.” The mayor made the admission under questioning by a former ally, Councilor Denzil Minnan-Wong. Ford publicly acknowledged last week that he smoked crack cocaine while in a “drunken stupor” last year, but his comments Wednesday marked the first time he admitted buying illegal drugs. Ford paused for a long time after Minnan-Wong asked him if he had bought illicit narcotics in the past two years. Then he replied, “Yes I have.” “I understand the embarrassment that I have caused. I am humiliated by it,” Ford said. But he then turned defiant, saying he was not an addict and rebuffing suggestions from council members that he seek help. “I am not leaving here,” Ford said. “I’m going to sit here and going to attend every meeting.” Moments earlier, all but two of the 43 councilors present for the debate voted to accept an open letter asking Ford to step aside. Most of them also stood up to urge the mayor to take a leave of absence. Although it was a stark demonstration of his political isolation, the vote was merely symbolic because the City Council does not have the authority to force the mayor from office unless he is convicted of a crime. “Together we stand to ask you to step aside and take a leave of absence,” Councilor Jaye Robinson said, reading the open letter. The packed council chamber erupted with applause when Robinson ended her speech, saying “Let’s get on with city business.” Ford later tried to move a motion directing all council members to undergo “hair drug and alcohol testing” by Dec. 1, but the council chair quickly ruled the motion out of order. Ford then suggested that many council members are on drugs and they all know stories about each other. But, he added, “I’m

not a rat.” Outside City Hall, hundreds of protesters chanted “resign!” while organizers of Toronto’s Santa Claus Parade asked that Ford not walk in the procession this year. Ford’s refusal to step down has confounded the City Council, where many members agree that his erratic behavior — from public drunkenness to threatening to kill someone in a videotaped tirade — has consumed Toronto’s politics and undermined efforts to tackle other challenges. But with no clear legal path to force him out, the Council is grasping for ways to shunt the larger-than-life leader aside and govern without him until next year’s municipal elections. The open letter was separate from a non-binding motion, also being debated Wednesday, that would formally call on Ford to take a leave of absence, apologize to Toronto residents for misleading them and cooperate with police. The council voted 37-5 to ask Ford to take a leave of absence on that motion. Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly, a Ford ally, announced shortly before the debate that he would

support the motion, introduced by Minnan-Wong. “I’m publicly advising the mayor to take some time,” Kelly said. One Ford ally, Councilor Giorgio Mammoliti, called the motion a waste of time. “We can’t tell him what to do. Only the electorate can tell him what to do,” he said. Toronto police said last month they had obtained a longsought video of Ford apparently smoking from a crack pipe but that it does not constitute evidence to charge him. Toronto Police spokesman Mark Pugash said Ford’s acknowledgment Wednesday that he bought illegal drugs would be passed on to investigators. News reports of the crack video’s existence first surfaced in May, but it has not been released publicly. Another proposed motion would curtail Ford’s powers, suspending his authority to appoint and dismiss the deputy mayor and his executive committee, which runs the budget process. It likely won’t be debated until Friday. Toronto’s mayor already has limited powers compared to the mayors of many large cit-

ies in the United States. He is just one voting member in the council and his power stems mostly from his ability, as the only councilor elected by citywide vote, to build consensus and set the agenda. That authority, many council members say, has evaporated in the crack scandal. Ford was elected three years ago, riding a backlash from suburbanites who felt alienated by what they deemed Toronto’s downtown-centric, liberaldominated politics. Despite his eroding political leverage, Ford promises to seek re-election. He maintains a hardcore of supporters he refers to as “Ford Nation,” who applaud him for abolishing an annual $60 vehicle registration tax, squeezing valuable concessions out of the labor unions and other cost-saving measures. More revelations about the mayor’s misdeeds surfaced Wednesday when a judge released documents from a drug case against a friend and occasional driver of the mayor, Alexander Lisi. Previously released documents revealed the mayor’s ties and covert meetings with Lisi.

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The police interviews with Ford’s staffers reveal their concerns about the mayor’s drug abuse and drunk driving, with one staffer alleging he saw Ford “impaired, driving very fast,” and frightening a female staffer who was in the car with him. In another incident, Ford was described by a former chief of staff as being “very inebriated, verbally abusive and inappropriate with” a female staff member on St. Patrick’s Day. Another former staffer reported seeing the mayor drunk in his office about 15 to 20 times in the year he worked for him. Earlier Wednesday, Ford was grilled by councilors about his links to a Toronto home where he was photographed with three suspected gang members. A police informant has described the residence as a “crack house” and police have said it relates to the crack video. “That is not a crack house,” Ford said. “Have you been in that house?” Councilor Michael Thompson retorted: “I have no interest in being in that house. I am not a crack user.”


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vania found that 91 percent of American Indians surveyed in the continental United States find the name acceptable. More recently, 10 members of Congress asked Washington owner Dan Snyder to consider changing the name, which he replied with by stating “we will never change the name of the team.” Those that support the ‘Redskins’ nickname and all other possibly offensive nicknames in this country use the honor of the name as to why they would like to keep it the same. In their defense, using a nickname like ‘Seminoles’ or ‘Fighting Illini’ is honoring the people of this tribe, not mocking them. Since ‘Redskins’ is a derogatory term given to all na-

tive nations, not just one particular tribe, the name should ultimately be there choice on whether it stays or Washington finds a new nickname. If they feel that the nickname has done them no harm and are fine with it remaining as their nickname, then I say that it remains, as there has been a long tradition of football in Washington under the name ‘Redskins’. But if the Native Americans were to decide that they are tired of the moniker and want to see it buried, then it is time for Washington to be re-branded into a brand new franchise with the word ‘Redskins’ to be never uttered again in the National Football League.







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As one of the largest international community at MSU, the Nepalese Student Community (NeStCom) is all set to host a night of celebration and tradition on Saturday. With such a huge npresence on campus, the community has always managed to garner enthusiasm and accolade for its past events. As an International Student, I speak from experience when I say that being a part of a Student Organization is one of the best experiences I have had in the United States. While it can be easy to get lost in the humdrum of adjusting to everyday life and trying to build a home away from home, getting involved in and around campus helps students perform better in everyday life. The preparations are well under way. Last minute glitches are being ironed out. In spite of all the perseverance and hard work that it takes to organize an event, the euphoria that sets in as you get closer to the event is what makes it worth all the hard work. While it might not always be possible to be everywhere and do everything, it is the feeling of accomplishment at the end of it all, when the lights shut down and people go home, that makes it worth the time. Recognized student organizations on campus serve as a platform for students looking to belong to a group that serves their interest. RSOs at MSU range from academic to international student organizations, faith-based, special interest as

well as Greek organizations. Being part of a student organization while in college is an experience that is the best possible way to suit your needs. For International Students, as difficult it is to come to a foreign country and rebuild your life, having an RSO that understands your needs and is constantly working to provide you a feeling of having a home away from can be the difference between four years of loneliness and four years of learning experience.

There are currently more than 30 International and Multicultural Student Organizations at MSU. Every year, the MSU community looks forward to a multitude of events from these organizations that showcase various traditions and celebrate the rich diversity that makes this community so unique. The Nepalese student community (NeStCom) is one of the largest international student communities at MSU.

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Urrea, Duryee represent Oscar creative non-fiction at GTRS winner MIRANDA BRAUNWARTH Staff Writer Writers Angela Duryee and Luis Alberto Urrea will be visiting campus today for the Good Thunder Reading Series, a host for the Nadine B. Andreas Visiting Writer Residency. Both writers focus on creative nonfiction in their writing. The events start with Urrea being interviewed for KMSU 89.7 FM, on Authors in Transit. The interview will be aired today at 1:00 p.m. as well as Friday at 11:00 a.m. The series website will also create an archive of the interview. Urrea will lead a discussion, Talk on Craft, in the Centennial Student Union Ostrander Auditorium at 3:00 p.m. where he will talk about the craft of writing. Urrea is a storyteller who calls upon his culture growing up in Mexico with a Mexican father and an American mother. He uses themes such as love, loss and triumph to give body to his works.

Urrea has published works in numerous genres and is the author of 14 books. He has won awards including the Pacific Rim Kiriyama Prize, the Western States Book Award, the Lannan Literary Award and the Edgar Award. Urrea was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his acclaimed novel The Devil’s Highway, Published in 2004. It’s story about a group of Mexican immigrants lost in the Arizona desert. The book was also named best novel of the year by many publications. Queen of America is Urrea’s most recent novel. Currently, Urrea is living in Naperville, Illinois with his family, where he is a professor of creative writing at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Later tonight, Urrea will be joined by Duryee in CSU Room 253, where the writers will read from their works. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Growing up in southern Minnesota, Angela Duryee has always been an avid writer and

reader. She wrote a controversial fiction story in high school, The Hunt, which led to the shutdown of the school’s literary magazine. She has studied at Southwest Minnesota State University and received her BA in English at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She is currently pursuing her MFA in creative writing here at MSU where she is the Andreas Graduate Assistant for 2013-14. She is in her third year with a concentration in creative nonfiction. The Good Thunder Reading Series is funded by the MSU Department of English, a part of the College of Arts and Humanities. Funding also comes from the Office of Institutional Diversity, the Nadine B. Andreas Endowment, the Eddie B. Barber Visiting Writer Endowment, the Robert C. Wright Endowment and other individual donors. Other funds are awarded for the event through Minnesota grants. The MSU Library services and the Barnes & Noble Bookstore on campus offer ad-

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Begun the console wars have! PS4 or Xbox One? Which is best for you? ADAM MILLER Staff Writer Tonight as the minute hands on people’s watches or as the display on your digital device shows the time switch over from 11:59 p.m. Thursday to 12:00 a.m. Friday, people from across North America will finally get their hands on the next generation of console gaming as the Sony Playstation 4 officially launches. Those on the other side of the spectrum will still need to wait a week for their Microsoft Xbox Ones, as that system will launch worldwide on November 22. The war between Playstation people and Xbox people has raged since the two first went head to head in 2001 when the Xbox hit the market and attempted to take some people away from their Playstation 2. There is nothing much that you can do to sway the die hard fans from one side to the other but for those

on the fence about which system they want this holiday season, the decision can be daunting. Playstation started off with an early lead in the race for your loyalty and holiday dollars. Microsoft made many unpopular choices for their new system that had gamers shaking their heads. The two major issues were that Xbox One was going to need a constant internet connection in order to play any game, including those that had no online component and that you would not be able to borrow, lend or re-sell games for the system. Due to the backlash against these choices, Microsoft did away with them and started picking up fans once again. For the most part, the specs of the systems themselves seem comparable. However some of the major differences could help you decide on which way you want to go. According to gaming website, the first major difference, and possibly the tie-

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breaker for the broke college student, is the price tag. The Playstation 4 will launch with a price tag of $399.99, while the Xbox One is launching at $499.99. So why is the Xbox more expensive? The Xbox One console comes with the Kinect 2.0 included in the price of the system. If this camera add-on for motion gaming is an important point for you, then it brings the price of the systems closer together. The Playstation camera will be sold

separately for an addition $59.99. Beyond that, a gaming console is not just that anymore. Even in the current generation Netflix, Hulu and even web browsing gets done on the gaming consoles. In the next generation all these features and more will be available on both systems. However, you do need to be an Xbox Live Gold Subscriber in order to view things online with the Xbox One. The Playstation 4 has adopted a similar stance when it comes

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JAMES HOUTSMA A & E Editor As part of Diversity & International Education Week at Minnesota State University, Mankato, MSU will be hosting Academy Award-winning filmmaker Chris Tashima. Tashima will be screening his film, One Day on Earth, Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium, followed by a discussion afterwards. The new documentary showcases diversity and chronicles a single 24-hour period seen through the eyes of different cultures all around the world. The acclaimed actor, screenwriter and director will then host a discussion Thursday night after screening two short films about the unknown events in World War II. The presentation will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tashima has a resume that spans over 20 years. The Japanese American filmmaker has been known for both his contributions behind the screen and in front of it, acting in several short films and stage roles. Tashima won the Academy Award for Live Action Short Film for his direction on the 1997 short film Visas and Virtues, about an official in WWII who must choose between humanity and career. All events are free and sponsored by MSU’s Department of Geography.

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CONSOLE WARS “According to, the first major difference, and possibly the tie-breaker for the broke college student, is the price. The Playstation 4 will launch with a price tag of $399.99, while the Xbox One is launching at $499.99.” continued from 10 to playing your games online -you will need to be a Playstation Plus member in order to play games online. With the Playstation Plus membership, however, you also receive discounts and free games on other items on the Playstation network. In the end, no matter how many stats you throw at the systems, it all comes down to the games and, more specifically, the exclusive games and content. It has been confirmed that Xbox One will continue to get

new maps and downloadable content for a lot of the first person shooter games before it will be available on the Playstation 4, making the Xbox One a good choice for those who enjoy Call of Duty and other popular first person shooters. In addition, the Xbox One has more exclusive games available at launch than Playstation 4 will have, at least when you look at the retail stores. When you look at the digital games that are available to download

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the first day, the two systems seem to be matched in exclusives. It is far too early to tell which system will be declared king of the new generation. However, the competition between the two does mean that both companies will strive to provide gamers with the very best in order to win their loyalty. The only question left is which side will you choose -- or will you choose both?

Flick Switch! Kerkman selects comedy classic Caddyshack for Melius to watch. Will hilarity ensue? [(Note from Alex Kerkman) Caddyshack is an American classic, staring Bill Murray, Chevy Chase and the everlastingly funny Rodney Dangerfield. Every viewing is guaranteed to be a laugh riot and if Mikell doesn’t find it hilarious, I will have lost all faith in humanity.] Caddyshack MIKELL MELIUS Staff Writer I had never seen Caddyshack before but when I saw Bill Murray’s name in the opening credits I had high expectations. I love Bill Murray. Even if a movie is awful, I will probably enjoy the movie if he is in it. So you can see where my expectations were. However, after the opening credits were done rolling, all to be seen was a large family argue until a young boy, Danny, ride off to his job at a local golf club, Bushmill. No Bill Murray so far. Bushmill, the main setting for Caddyshack, is a high class golf club where the rich members order around the golf caddys, who seem to live in their own world within Bushmill. With all the drinking, sexcapades and smoking going on, it was hard to keep track of what the main concept of this movie exactly was. Plus, it wasn’t until a little ways into

the movie that I even got to see Murray’s character, Carl, start a full-on war with a gopher that is wrecking the golf course. Let me add, the animatronics of this gopher clearly show you when the movie was made. Sadly, I only got to see Murray’s eccentric character a handful of times within the movie. His acting might have been the best part of the movie! Most of the screen time, however, was given to the pompous Judge Smails, who appeared to be the owner of Bushmill. His rich, white man routine soon got old as he ordered around everyone at the club, including the only black man in the movie. The illegal activities that the golf caddy’s participate in was the highlight of the movie for me. They take over the club’s swimming pool, only to have it cleared out and sanitized due to a candy bar mistaken for fecal matter, make bets on things happening around the course and smoke every chance they get. It was a kind of, “we can do what we want” type of attitude towards the rich club members. With the caddy’s shenanigans aside, the movie was all over the place and I found myself asking, “what the hell?”, rather than laughing. It could have been the forced acting within the movie or the in-your-face humor but it wasn’t the comedy I


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CADDYSHACK “With the caddy’s shenanigans aside, the movie was all over the place and I found myself asking, “what the hell?”, rather than laughing.” continued from 11

thought it would be. Most of the movie I found myself wanting to see Bill Murray more, while surprisingly also thinking to myself how attractive Chevy Chase was when he was younger, who plays the bachelor of the film, wooing women left and right. The fact that I could only think about Bill Murray and Chevy Chase throughout this movie should show the quality of it. However, I would recommend watching it. It’s a classic, it has Bill Murray in it, and you should see these what the hell moments for yourself.


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Flick Switch! Melius chooses P.S. I Love You for Kerkman, who learns the value of an Irish accent and shirtless guitar playing. (Note from Mikell Melius) I chose P.S. I Love You for Alex to watch. With its sappy love scenes and array of hunky men, he should have a lot to say. Throw in Hilary Swank and any guy will love the movie, right? P.S. I Love You ALEX KERKMAN Staff Writer P.S. I Love You stars Gerard Butler and Hilary Swank. It’s clear which sex will enjoy the movie. On one hand, a chiseled hunk sporting a dreamy Irish accent. On the other...Hilary Swank. Though I love horsefaced actresses who whine consistently, she didn’t enhance my film experience. Swank and Butler start out arguing, pettily, before re-proclaiming their love. Before I could enjoy their chemistry, disaster strikes -- Butler succumbs to a brain tumor as the credits finish. I assumed my emotions died long ago from cynicism and potty humor but Butler’s death proved otherwise. Butler once survived thousands of Persians

warriors before dying heroically. This death scene was downright depressing. Swank’s friends and family gather at her mother’s bar to pay respects. I was impressed watching those in attendance taking numerous shots in Butler’s honor. My funeral should be in similar fashion to show that Germans are as talented as the Irish. Afterward, Swank sinks into seclusion, until a surprise birthday party from her friends and mother. The subdued celebration changes with an unexpected message from Butler. Despite dying a month earlier, he wrote a series of letters to his wife. The following thought pattern would occur often: “Damn, he’s good.” “Hopefully women don’t have similar expectations.” That night, Swank fights down the hiccups in her mother’s bar closet, where she meets Harry Connick Jr., a bartender with Aspergers. The awkwardness of his taboo comments are surprisingly charming. I laughed heartily when he commented that Butler (whose remains were in an urn) looked like he lost weight. [Authors Note: My roommate

walked in on me alone on a Friday night laughing to this scene. Add another tally to the list of people who’ve disowned me.] As the film continues, so do Butler’s letters, along with numerous flashbacks of Butler and Swank’s relationship, 90 percent (rounding down) involving Butler shirtless or playing guitar. Besides being a god in human form, he continues consoling Swank through his letter’s, even sending her on a prepaid vacation to Ireland with two friends. Damn, he’s good. Hopefully women don’t have similar expectations. In Ireland the trio hit the town, where Swank meets another hunky Irish singer. Despite unsure feelings of Irish Dude #2, Swank sleeps with him. How did this happen? Thank this next conversation which actually takes place. (I wouldn’t try this): ID #2: “You’re very sweet.” Swank: “The last time I heard that it was followed with ‘I don’t date 13-year-olds’”. ID #2: “Luckily for you, neither do I.” Before I could vomit, Irish Dude #2 post-coitally says Butler would understand, revealing

the two were friends. Wow. No friend of mine will ever have permission to sleep with my wife after my demise. Granted, my friends are horrible people and I’m single, but that’s irrelevant. After her vacation, Swank returns home to find her life’s next step. One excruciatingly painful shoe designing montage later (seriously), Swank reconnects with her mom, who admits delivering all of Butler’s letters, despite not liking him. Swank realizes she can move on thanks to Butler’s final letter. At film’s end Swank again visits Ireland. Adding insult to injury, Swank runs into Irish Dude #2, as they flirt outside Butler’s parents’ house at movie’s end. Two hours of my life are wasted. However the film taught me three lessons that may help me out: 1 Work on the abs. 2 Learn to play guitar. 3 Move overseas and gain an accent. On second thought, never mind. Who wants to spend 10 years becoming the epitome of manliness to end up with Hillary Swank?

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DEREK LAMBERT Staff Writer Would slaying the giant be an appropriate metaphor heading into this weekend? With the Minnesota State University, Mankato men’s hockey team’s success against the University of Minnesota in recent years, that might be a bit much. But the Gophers are still the most intimidating team in all of college hockey. No longer a member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, the Gopher men’s hockey team now belongs to the Big Ten. While Maverick fans

will miss the most anticipated series’ of the year in what used to be a great WCHA matchup, this weekend should prevail as a great nonconference series in what we hope is a yearly dual between the Gophers and the Mavs. Year in and year out, whether it’s a good year or a down year, everyone wants a piece of the Gophers. And why wouldn’t they? Minnesota is ranked in the top ten in the nation annually, nearly almost in the top five. Currently the Gophers sit as the top team in the nation at number one, so it makes sense that every team they play wants to be the

team to dethrone them. “You get prepared just like any other week,” said senior captain Johnny McInnis, “but I think it’s natural that we want to beat the best team in the country, which they have been when we have played them before.” Even a few years ago when the Gophers had a couple of down years by their standards, they were still among the top-ten rankings throughout this stretch, and sports analysts and writers were just waiting for them to find their stride. Regardless of the season, because of the storied history of the Gopher hockey

program, Minnesota is always the most watched and scrutinized team in college hockey and always carries the biggest target on their backs. After the Gophers lost top players in Nick Bjugstad, Erik Haula, Zach Budish and Nate Schmidt, who all signed NHL contracts after last season, the thought was the Minnesota lineup might be a little thin compared to last season. However, the Gophers don’t rebuild their roster, they reload it. With the highly skilled freshmen class and the emergence of junior forward Sam Warning this season, the Gophers are right where they want to be at this point in the year. With a record of 6-1-1, Minnesota, along with St. Cloud State, were the last two unbeaten teams in college hockey until last Friday when Miami-Ohio took down the Huskies and the Gophers fell 4-1 to Notre Dame. Both teams would rebound to gain a series split on Saturday. Also, beating Boston College, a team who is a favorite for the national championship, adds some more credibility to Minnesota, especially since they steamrolled the Eagles 6-1. Where the Mavericks have really struggled this season is scoring. The Mavs have no trouble getting shots to the net but have had issues with finding the back of the net when they need goals, which was something they excelled at last season. “We haven’t started the way that we would have liked, but we also understand that it is about the process and are continuing to

get better as a team every day in practice and I like the direction we’re heading” said McInnis. A Boston, Mass. native, McInnis leads the Mavericks in scoring with six points in eight games, while also tied for the team lead in goals at three. Sophomore forward Dylan Margonari is right behind him with five points, and sophomore forwards Teddy Blueger and Bryce Gervais are tied with McInnis for the goal scoring lead at three. More importantly is who is going to start in goal for the Mavericks this weekend. Last year, sophomore goaltender Stephon Williams emerged as the best goalie in the WCHA, adding such awards to his trophy case as WCHA Goalie of the Year, WCHA Rookie of the Year, and First-Team All-WCHA. This year has been different for Williams. In six starts this season, he’s posted a goals against average of 3.40 and a .867 save percentage, far below his season statistics last season of a goals against average of 2.00 and save percentage of .924. Despite Williams proving that when he is on his game that he can be one of the best in the country, we may be watching a freshman start in goal this weekend versus the number one team in the country. Freshman goaltender Cole Huggins played the second half of Friday night’s matchup against Bowling Green, stopping all nine shots he faced. He then started the game on Saturday night and finished with an impressive 33 save shutout, the first of his ca-

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Volleyball earns first weekend sweep of the season Before their last two games of the regular season, the Mavericks collected two NSIC wins with two sophomores achieving career highs at the Taylor Center. LUKE CARLSON Staff Writer A pair of thrilling victories this past weekend highlighted an exciting finish to the season at home for the Minnesota State University Mankato volleyball team. Two conference schools visited Mankato and neither of them made it out of the Taylor Center with a victory. The hometown team and its leaders came up big in crucial moments to take both tilts and improve to 13-13 overall and 8-10 in confer-

ence play. The Mavericks started the weekend hosting the Minnesota, Crookston Golden Eagles on Friday night, and the visiting squad came on strong in the first set. The Mavericks struggled to get their offense going consistently and fell to the Golden Eagles in the first round by a score of 2517. Sophomore outside-hitter Chandra Honebrink, freshman middle-blocker Lexi Platz and junior outside-hitter Tiana Runck each contributed three kills in

the opening set. Trailing in sets already, the Mavericks found themselves in an ultra-tight and ultra-competitive showdown in the second set. Hanging on late into the set with excellent kill play from Honebrink (eight kills), the Mavericks eked out a victory in an extended round of play, taking the second set 30-28. Runck and freshman middle-blocker Krista Hassing each added five kills in the set. With an epic win under their belts from the previous set, the Mavericks met tough resistance

from UMC but held the lead throughout the third set and won 25-20 to take a 2-1 match lead. Honebrink remained a consistent source of offense with five kills in the set while sophomore setter Ellie Van De Steeg added 15 assists. Head coach Dennis Amundson has been impressed with the way Van De Steeg has elevated her game as the season has progressed. “Ellie’s improved all facets of her game. She’s blocking, she’s serving… everything about her game has been great,”

said Amundson. The fourth set saw far too much inconsistent and errorfilled play from MSU, as the Golden Eagles evened the match up at two sets apiece with a 2518 set win. The Mavericks managed 14 kills in the set, but committed 12 attacking errors, and finished the round with a .049 hitting percentage. But the Mavericks found their way in the fifth and final set of the night and won the match with


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Mavericks pounce Cougars, head to Iowa to finish regular season For the last three weeks, the no. 1 Mavericks have streamrolled over their opponents and plan on continuing that trend against Upper Iowa. JOEY DENTON Sports Editor Unfortunately for the Sioux Falls Cougars, they were caught in the middle of the Minnesota State University, Mankato football team’s best stretch of football this season. After winning their three previous games by an average of 33.6 points, that trend continued in the Mavericks’ 52-17 victory in Sioux Falls with yet another great display of how to run the football. In the team’s 346 rushing yards, sophomore running back Connor Thomas added his third 100-yard rushing game of the season with 135 yards and a touchdown. Junior running back Andy Pfeiffer provided 66 yards with three touchdowns, including a 39-yard score with under a minute left in the first half. What would be a Maverick football recap be without senior quarterback Jon Wolf’s stats? As well as completing 86.7 percent of his 15 pass attempts for 217 yards and two touchdowns, the Oak Forest, Ill. native rushed for 82 yards on 13 carries. Senior receiver Dennis Carter received six of those passes for 144 yards and a touchdown and the WolfRieder connection continued with three receptions for 36 and a touchdown, making it three games in a row these two have connected for six points. With sophomore linebacker Tyler Henderson’s team-leading eight tackles, all solo, the Mav-

ericks allowed 346 total yards, the most given up in their last three games. The squad tackled the Cougars behind the line of scrimmage nine times, including six sacks. Senior linebacker Ryan Saumur led the pack with a tackle-for-loss and a sack to go along with his four tackles. This stretch the Mavericks are on has been building up like a snowball heading down a mountain as they continue to get better and better. Unfortunately for the Peacocks of Upper Iowa, they sit at the bottom of the mountain, also known as the end of the regular season. Ever since going into halftime down 7-6 against Augustana on Oct. 12, the Mavericks have outscored their opponents 207-60. The squad came out of the locker room for the second half of the Augustana game with a ‘we don’t have to hang around with this team’ attitude, and that has stayed with them for their next three games. “I think we play up to our abilities right now regardless of competition, and a true championship team believes in the process of playing a championship level,” interim head coach Aaron Keen said. “I think that’s a key sign, and it’s something we have been looking for our guys and over the last four weeks we have certainly seen that.” Still no. 1 in both AFCA and polls, the Mavericks will spend their last game of the regular season down south in Iowa.

The 6-4 Peacocks come into Saturday’s matchup with one of the best offenses in the NSIC, averaging 491.5 total yards a game. Junior running back Chris Smith is currently second in the conference in rushing yards with 1,672 and rushing touchdowns with 16. Through the air, the Peacocks possess an efficient passer in junior quarterback Cole Jaeschke. The Moorland, Iowa native has thrown for 2,787 yards, the most in the NSIC, with the third best passing percentage (61.7). Just like the Mavericks, Upper Iowa can put up a wall against their opponent’s running backs but sometimes struggle against the pass. Out of their 30 touchdowns given up this season, 18 of them were through the air. One player to look out for is linebacker Ethan Douglas. As the team’s leader in tackles and tacklesfor-loss, Douglas is a good size linebacker with a burst of speed, which can produce problems for the Mavericks to run outside. So this squad numbers-wise stacks up as one of the most difficult opponents the Mavericks will have this season, but the Peacocks do have a kryptonite that has kept them at 6-4—turnovers. In 10 games, the squad has thrown 15 picks and has lost 13 fumbles. “This is a good defensive football team, a team with the ability to run it. We’ve got to generate turnovers from them. We’ve got to make sure we secure the football, and we’re going to be okay,” Keen said.

VOLLEYBALL “Two conference schools visited Mankato and neither of them made it out of the Taylor Center with a victory. The hometwon team and its leaders came up big in crucial moments to take both tilts and improve to 13-13 overall and 8-10 in conference play.” continued from 13 a 15-9 set win. Platz took the lead on offense with three kills in the final frame while Hassing and Runck eached tallied two kills. Van De Steeg reached a career-high in the match with 72 assists. And for the second straight game, Honebrink had 21 kills, matching her career high from the previous game. “Chandra has been a warrior out there for us,” said Amundson. Saturday afternoon, MSU was in full flight against the visiting Bemidji State Beavers. The Beavers came out fighting in the first set, but the Mavericks battled to the very end, earning a 25-23 opening set victory. Honebrink had nine kills to lead the Mavericks in the set. The Mavericks jumped out to a 13-4 lead early in the second set with excellent defensive play as well as key offensive plays from the home team’s leaders. MSU cruised to a 25-18 set win and hit .224 with three blocks in the set, climbing to a 2-0 set lead. Efficient and aggressive on the attack, the Mavericks were able to down the Beavers in the third and final set by a score of 25-20 to earn the match sweep. MSU posted 16 kills while hitting .462 and committed only four attacking errors in the final round. Honebrink finished the night with 14 kills, while Runck added 10 kills on 16 kill attempts, good enough for a .562 hitting percentage. Freshman defensive-specialist Haley Fogarty led the Maverick defense with 22 total blocks. As a team, MSU hit .283 and had nine total blocks on the night against the Beavers. MSU wraps up their regular season schedule this weekend, hitting the road to take on the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs, Friday night at 7 p.m. The Mavericks’ last game of the season comes Saturday evening when they roll into St. Cloud to take on the St. Cloud State Huskies at 7:30 p.m.

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reer in only his second start. Huggins’ other start was the Saturday game two weeks ago at Bemidji where he gave up only one goal and recorded his first win. So the freshman goalie who is 2-0 may have earned himself the right to start on Friday, but we’ll see if Hastings will go with the starter in Williams. On the other side of the rink, the Gophers have an extremely potent offense. Sam Warning is among the top five scorers in the nation with 15 points through eight games. His line mates, freshman forward Hudson Fasching and junior captain Kyle Rau, have 11 points and nine points, respectively. The Gopher lineup also includes freshman forward Justin Kloos, who has ten points through eight games, and senior captain Nate Condon, who is one of the fastest players in all of college hockey. Also thrown into the mix is sophomore goaltender Adam Wilcox, who was just behind Williams for WCHA Goalie of the Year. Wilcox is a solid goalie and has a good mix of defenseman in front of him that includes sophomore Mike Reilly, junior Ben Marshall, and freshman Michael Brodzinski, all of whom are a threat to score from the blue line. “I think it is safe to say that we respect the type of game that the Gophers like to play and they have been very successful with,” said McInnis. “While we are well aware of their explosiveness to this point, I think that we have been continuing to focus on our game and getting better at things that we need to; getting pucks to the net, using our speed, and playing good team defense.” While Minnesota is atop the college hockey world for the fourth straight week, Minnesota State has fallen out of the top 20 rankings for the first time since nearly a year ago. Should this be a point of concern for the Mavericks? Not necessarily. In the 2010-2011 season, the unranked Mavericks swept the Gophers in Mankato in a two game WCHA series and last season split both series with Minnesota. Even one win this weekend would certainly put Minnesota State back in the top 20, and a sweep would likely see them closer to the top ten. While at 4-4, the Mavericks may have anticipated a better start, but their incredible season last year started out much similar. Ten games into last season, the Mavericks were 3-5-2 before they swept Wisconsin in Madison, and that’s where they found their groove. The Mavericks are hoping Saturday night’s overtime win will have a similar effect on their season. “Saturday night was a step in the right direction for our team this year. It’s definitely something that can springboard us for the rest of the season” said McInnis. “Momentum is huge and nothing sparks that more than a tough overtime win at home in the WCHA.” Minnesota State has a tall task in taking down the number one team in the nation, but as recent history shows, the Mavericks play the Gophers tough for a full 60 minutes. A win or two would propel the Mavericks back into the top 20 rankings, as well as give them some serious points for the NCAA tournament rankings when March comes around. Friday and Saturday night’s games are scheduled for a 7:07 p.m. puck drop at Mariucci Arena at the University of Minnesota. Both games will be televised on Fox Sports North Plus, with pregame coverage starting at 6:30 p.m. Be sure to follow Derek Lambert (@Derek_Lambert_) for live twitter updates this weekend from Mariucci Arena.

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