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IMPACT brings reindeer games, holiday spirit to campus Reindeer event draws over 1,000 students, faculty

ryan lund• msu reporter Economic concerns have contributed to a substantial reduction the number of students traveling abroad to study, as much as 7.3 percent.

Hitting the books back home State-wide, fewer students are studying abroad


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ryan lund• msu reporter The deer were a huge success, bringing more than 1,000 students to the CSU fountain with over an hour remaining in the event, according to IMPACT Special Events Chair Nicole Marella. RYAN LUND

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Reindeer may be a famous part of Santa’s storybook sleigh team, but the Caribou-like creatures were very real indeed Wednesday, grazing calmly in front of the Centennial Student Union. The deer were on campus thanks to Impact Special Events Chair Nicole Marella, who thought that the iconic animals would bring some holiday spirit to campus. “When you think of Christmas, you think of

reindeer,” Marella said warming up during a quick break in the CSU, dressed in an elf’s cap and shoes. However, despite the chilly weather, the deer were a popular attraction, as word of the rarely seen mammals quickly spread across campus. Marella coordinated the event as part of this month’s holiday theme, which includes a “Winter Wonderland” themed Mavericks After Dark. This month’s MAD will include an ugly sweater dance and contest, as well

as stocking decorating. The reindeer are owned by handler Jeff Fritz of Osseo, WI, whose family raises the deer and takes them to similar events across Wisconsin and Minnesota. Fritz appeared at ease amongst the deer, cracking jokes about his elven attire and keeping students informed about the unconventional animals. “Basically, they’re a very unique animal,” he said. “They’re a little bit dif-

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They say that traveling is the only thing you can buy that makes you rich, which inevitably seems far out of reach for some Minnesota students as education funding slides, and even farther out of reach for those paying their own tuition. For others, taking a month, semester or a year in another country simply does not fit within a four-year goal of graduating on time. Yet for even a short amount of time, the cost can be shocking and unsettling, especially as the price of college continues to rise. According to a report released by the Institute of International Education, the number of students traveling abroad has decreased by 7.3 percent over the past three years. Minnesota has recently fallen out of the top ten states to send students abroad. Caryn Lindsay, Director of International Programs at Minnesota State University, Mankato said that although Minnesota has dropped from the rankings, other states with a larger population have


increased. She said economics also play a vital factor in a student’s decision to opt out of the study abroad experience. Jim Grabowska, professor and chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures at MSU presumptively agrees that finances and student debt minimize a student’s chance and choice to study abroad. Grabowska said that although, he has seen a slight decrease in sending students in a Spanish discipline abroad, it was not enough to note a trend in only one semester difference. This spring semester, Grabowska will be sending 11 students abroad, less than the usual 15 to 18 students – a couple of students opted out for reasons other than the financial aspect. Attributing a 2012 article in the College of Business at MSU, a survey had asked students what would be a reasonable amount to pay for a term abroad. Grabowska said the number was drastically and unrealistically low, resulting in some students not understanding all the costs acquired in the study abroad process.

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Remnants of MK-ULTRA: family sues CIA WASHINGTON (AP) — The sons of a Cold War scientist who plunged to his death in 1953 several days after unwittingly taking LSD in a CIA mind-control experiment sued the government Wednesday. They claimed the CIA murdered their father, Frank Olson, by pushing him from a 13th-story window of a hotel — not, as the CIA says, that he jumped to his death. Sons Eric and Nils Olson of Frederick, Md., sought unspecified compensatory damages in the lawsuit filed in federal court, but their lawyer, Scott D. Gilbert, said they also want to see a broad range of documents related to Olson’s death and other matters that they say the CIA has withheld from them since the death. Olson was a bioweapons expert at Fort Detrick, the Army’s biological weapons research center in Maryland. Their lawsuit claims the CIA killed Olson when he developed misgivings after witnessing extreme interrogations in which they allege the CIA committed murder using biological agents Olson had developed. The CIA had a program in the 1950s and ‘60s called MK-ULTRA, which involved brainwashing and administering experimental drugs like LSD to unsuspecting individuals. Olson consumed a drink laced with LSD by CIA agents on Nov. 19, 1953, the suit says. Later that month, after being taken to New York City purportedly for a “psychiatric” consultation, Olson plunged to his death.

At the time — when Eric and Nils Olson were 9 and 5 years old, respectively — the CIA said he died in an accident and did not divulge to his family that Olsen had been given LSD. But in 1975, a commission headed by Vice President Nelson Rockefeller released a report on CIA abuses that included a reference to an Army scientist who had jumped from a New York hotel days after being slipped LSD in 1953. Family members threatened to sue, but President Gerald Ford invited the family to the White House, assuring them they would be given all the government’s information. CIA Director William Colby handed over documents and the family accepted a $750,000 settlement to avert a lawsuit. In an email, CIA spokeswoman Jennifer Youngblood said that while the agency doesn’t comment on matters before U.S. courts, “CIA activities related to MK-ULTRA have been thoroughly investigated over the years, and the agency cooperated with each of those investigations.” She noted that tens of thousands of pages related to the program have been released to the public. In a statement, Eric Olson said that the CIA has not given a complete picture of what happened to his father. “The evidence shows that our father was killed in their custody,” he said. “They have lied to us ever since, withholding documents and information, and changing their story when convenient.”

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MSU announces contract with LJP to retrofit school’s recycling system

ryan lund• msu reporter LJP and MSU hope to make their iconic purple and gold cans a staple on campus, where the bright color scheme should help to bring the issue to the attention of students and faculty. RYAN LUND

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Minnesota State University, Mankato might bleed purple and gold, but according to Building Services Director Jason McCue, a little bit of green could soon be in the mix as well. The noticeable change came after MSU announced Tuesday a new partnership with LPJ Waste and Recycle for Refuse Service of North Mankato, Minn. The university has contracted with LPJ Waste and Recycle in order to handle campus

refuse and recycling needs. Hundreds of shiny new recycling bins arrived on campus Tuesday morning. The new 96-gallon bins are branded with purple and gold, and will be positioned in campus buildings, in addition to new outside compactors and recycling containers that have been branded with a coat of purple paint. These branded containers will be visible to traffic when transported to the Minnesota Waste Processing Company, another way the university has found to increase their promo-

tions while still being environmentally conscious. The partnership will save MSU 25,000 dollars annually, while also increasing the school’s level of recycling and getting a return on recycled commodities and reducing the amount of waste going into landfills, according to Ron Fields, Assistant Vice President for Facilities Management at MSU. “We plan on doing an education campaign, campuswide,” said Building Services Director Jason McCue.

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STUDY ABROAD “Frequently study abroad is associated with languate,” Grabowska said. continued from 1 Grabowska said programs that are in relation with MSU have gone up less than two percent and tends to go up between one and two percent every year. “For a country like Spain, it is interesting that they didn’t look to raise the prices as a country in an economic downfall and with a 25 percent unemployment rate, instead they kept it under two percent,” Grabowska said. Lindsay said in order to keep costs down; expanding exchange options with direct partners and programs from seven in the past to now 15 have helped provide more options. Students need to keep in mind the different cost in living in the United States, to those like Australia, Europe and Japan. “A key factor is to advise students of the different options, like applying for scholarships,” Lindsay said. Grabowska also suggests applying for the few and far scholarships and stresses that although they are not huge in alotted amount they, “have them.” There are four scholarships for women in world languages for each at the University in Spanish, Scandinavian studies, French and German. Another allows for one month and all expenses in Madrid, Spain, not including airfare or tuition. Grabowska advises to at least apply for the scholarships. Statistics through the Kearney International Center show a slight uptick in MSU study abroad numbers. “Students are getting the message that it is an impor-

tant element in preparing for a career,” Lindsay said, “More faculty support studying abroad and are actively recruiting students.” If a student cannot afford to study abroad, Lindsay and Grabowska encourage students to get creative and interact with diversity students on or off campus. Lindsay said students can actively get involved, working with some of the international students, attending nationality nights, speakers or play intramural soccer. Grabowska said there are study away opportunities and since the Latino population in Minnesota has grown, students could look for internships or work experience with a diverse group of people. However, Latinos fill a lot of service areas that are not necessarily where college students are looking to maintain experience, so it can be more difficult. “Frequently study abroad is associated with language,” Grabowska said. “But that’s not always the case. In Scandinavian countries, English is used as a language of instruction.” Grabowska suggests trying to work with the immigrant population in the U.S. and Minnesota like the Somali, Hmong, Latinos or American Indians that live in the community who may provide an opportunity for a cultural experience. Finding this work is the hard part, and students can cue into social work, education, businesses or internships to find this cultural experience. Internships have been in-

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creasing as a way for students to practice not only course work but hands on activities with groups of different cultural backgrounds Grabowska said. Someday working with multinational companies, you may be called upon to work and resolve issues internationally and must be able to understand and respect cultural norms using it as a guide to form a collaborative process. This cannot be learned as a class course, but is best learned in experience. Grabowska adds that in countries like Spain, struggling with a tough economic downfall accompanied by rigorous political protests, there has been no effect to study abroad attendance. “Most students who come to me do not ask about the political or economic situation, it is students’ parents who ask me if it is safe,” Grabowska said. Grabowska tries to settle uneasy nerves by advising students to make common sense decisions, and hanging out with people at a protest is definitely not a good decision, as enforcement don’t really care if you are a citizen or not. The Kearney International Orientation sets out a day for students before trecking on their study abroad trip where they can come and ask a variety of questions and are cued in on how to stay safe in situations like these.

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MSSA talks football, dining CHRIS HOUCK

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With the semester rapidly drawing to a close here at Minnesota State University, Mankato, the topics addressed during this week’s MSSA meeting focused on upcoming housing costs for the next year, the events for this weekend’s football game and upcoming changes to the university. Senator Paige Sparkman spoke in front of the student senators, bringing with her the results of the recent Resident Hall Association’s voting on the possible changes to the budget. While no major increases in the cost for room and board are going to be implemented, the association voted to keep the dinning hall open between the two meals, from two to four in the afternoon, adding four dollars to the base rate. Vice President David Schieler, in his report, wanted to increase awareness of tailgating taking place before Saturday’s game in lot 20. Schieler also wanted it to be known that post-season games are not free to students,

which will cost three dollars, but MSSA and MSU’s athletics department have purchased 600 tickets for students. These will be given away at the Taylor Center, starting Thursday morning at 11:30 am. Off Campus Senator Michael Hanson reported that, in a Highland Park Neighborhood Association meeting, the issue of parking has becoming an issue, with non-residents taking available spaces away from people who live there. Hanson stated that a new program is in the process of being implemented at the university that would allow students to be trained by police officers to write official parking tickets for the vehicles in violation, as a part of an unpaid internship for law enforcement majors. Senator Butaka Lerdwutirong provided an update on the construction of a new clinical building during the meeting. Lerdwutirong reported that construction will begin in spring 2014 and be completed by fall 2016.

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America needs to realize the severity of mental illness MEGAN KADLEC

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Heart disease. Asthma. Rosacea. Skin cancer. Bipolar disorder. Depression. Alcoholism. Addiction. What do these all have in common? That’s right, they are all disorders and diseases. Wait, that isn’t what you were going to say? Why not? While many disorders have obvious symptoms and signs, others are not so apparent. Many mental illnesses fall into this category. Looking at an individual having a coughing fit and using an inhaler, one can assume they have asthma. Looking at an individual with tears streaming down their face, one assumes that they have had something go wrong in their lives; they do not assume depression. Looking at an individual with sunken eyes, shaking to keep warm, sitting on the street begging, one would assume they have made a string of bad decisions in their live; they do not assume that they were predisposed to alcoholism and slipped down a dark path from which they struggle to recover. Just because someone has struggled with substance abuse doesn’t mean that they are an awful person, never to be trusted. Just because a teenager

has had problems with selfmutilation doesn’t mean that they are trying to seek attention. These individuals have problems that can be explained by medical science: a chemical imbalance, family history, an addictive personality, the list goes on and on. The individuals with mental disorders are not faking their problems, though, often times, that’s what people assume, even close friends and family. When I was home for Thanksgiving, I went to visit a friend from high school who recently went through treatment for alcoholism and addiction. He told me, that while most of his friends were supportive and happy he was receiving help, some people just didn’t understand. One of his friends had told him that he didn’t have a problem: that he could stop whenever he wanted, that because he didn’t have any of the typical signs of addiction, he couldn’t possibly be an addict. Has a cancer patient ever been told that they don’t have cancer simply because they still have a full head of hair? No, of course not. So, why is it that mental illnesses are commonly seen as fake disorders, as something that just requires a little bit of free will? It is counterproductive to tell

someone that they don’t have a problem, especially because it often takes a lot of courage and strength for these individuals to admit that they have a problem. Take depression for example. When I was in middle and high school, I used to feel extremely depressed. Before I got medical help, I was told that I was just “taking things too seriously” and that I simply needed to relax. At the time, I believed the people who said these things to me; Why wouldn’t I? They were often my close friends and family. I was constantly trying to find ways to relax myself, even if it meant taking showers so hot that my skin was covered in burns or experimenting with other forms of self-mutilation. I began to lose hope that I would ever be “normal.” I stopped eating normally and I began to withdraw myself from those around me, scared that they would think there was something wrong with me if I showed any sliver of emotion. For three years, I believed every word these people fed me. I refused to talk to my family about my problems. I dealt with everything on my own, which in retrospect, was probably really dangerous for me. When I was diagnosed with depression and prescribed medicine for what the doctors

told me was a chemical imbalance in my brain, I began to feel better. I was able to sleep through the night, I wasn’t crying randomly and I regained a lot of the hope I had previously lost. Turns out, I wasn’t just going through a rough time, and there was no way that I could have relaxed. I felt relieved to know that there was a biological reason for what I had been feeling. An estimated 19 million Americans are currently living with major depression, according to WebMD. More than 17 million Americans were dependent on alcohol in 2010, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Millions of other indviduals have other mental disorders and diseases. Doesn’t it seem weird to refuse to acknowledge that these individuals don’t have a problem? These disorders and illnesses don’t just stop on a mental level either. Depression cam impact an individuals’ sleeping habits, chest pain, muscle and joint pain, headache as well as causing changes in appetite, weight and exercise patterns. Other mental disorders, including addiction obsessivecompulsive disorder and borderline personality disorder can also cause extremely physical

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symptoms. Many mental disorders, like heart disease or diabetes, can be influenced by genetics. Even though medical research is far from determining how genetics are linked to say, alcoholism, the chances that someone will become an addict are much higher if there is a family history of such behavior. Alcoholism and addiction, among other mental illnesses are not something the medical world has developed to make people feel better about their bad choices. They are real, and it’s time society begins to accept the individuals suffering from these disorders as having real, concrete problems that affect their life just as much, and maybe even more, than someone who has diabetes. In 2010, an estimated 23.1 million Americans needed help for a substance abuse problem. But according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, only 2.6 million people (about one percent) received treatment. If society were to be more accepting of these individuals, I’m sure the percentage of those who recieve treatment for their dependency issues would increase drastically. All we need is an attitutde adjustment.

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Security and exchange commission to stay the same under new leadership

WASHINGTON (AP) — The leadership of the Securities and Exchange Commission will change next month. Its approach to regulation probably won’t. Mary Schapiro will step down as chairwoman after a tumultuous tenure in which she helped lead the government’s regulatory response to the 2008 financial crisis. Replacing her will be Elisse Walter, one of five SEC commissioners, whose career path has tracked Schapiro’s for nearly three decades. Walter has served under Schapiro at both the SEC and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the securities industry’s self-policing organization. Both women worked at the SEC in the 1980s. Walter was also general counsel of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission when Schapiro led that agency in the mid-1990s. She’s expected to follow the approach Schapiro took at the SEC over nearly four years. President Barack Obama on Monday announced his choice of Walter, who will take over at a critical time for the SEC, which is seeking stricter rules for money-market mutual funds and must get into shape the so-called Volcker Rule, which would bar banks from making certain trades for their own profit. The agency is also pursuing enforcement actions against banks over their sales of risky mortgage securities before the housing bust. Obama can fill the SEC chairman’s job without Senate approval because Walter has already been confirmed through 2013. That means Obama can avoid a potential confirmation fight until after the White House and Congress address the package of tax increases and spending cuts set to kick in next year. The president will need to nominate a permanent successor before Walter’s term ends in December 2013. At FINRA, Walter was Schapiro’s “right-hand person,” said James Cox, a Duke University law professor and expert on securities law. As an SEC commissioner, Walter consistently voted with Scha-

piro on rule making and other initiatives. Cox said he wasn’t surprised that both of Obama’s choices to lead the SEC have come from an industry selfregulatory organization. The Obama administration “is not an eager regulator of the securities markets,” he said. John Coffee, a professor of securities law at Columbia University, said Walter’s leadership would likely resemble Schapiro’s. She was Schapiro’s “close assistant” and “has positions almost identical with Schapiro,” Coffee noted. Walter, a 62-year-old Democrat, was appointed to the SEC in 2008 by President George W. Bush. Earlier, she was a senior official at FINRA, which Schapiro led before becoming SEC chairman in January 2009. Schapiro’s challenges have probably been the most difficult any SEC chairman has faced, Coffee said. She took office after the financial crisis and the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme had eroded public and congressional confidence in the SEC. Since then, the agency has struggled with budgetary shortfalls. “The Madoff scandal made Congress reluctant to fully fund the agency,” Coffee said. Schapiro “has to be commended for working incredibly hard and against high odds” to maintain the agency’s budget, Coffee added. Still, the agency is “underfunded and overworked, and that’s not about to change.” Schapiro will leave the SEC on Dec. 14. She was appointed by Obama in the midst of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression and is credited with helping reshape the SEC after it was accused of failing to detect reckless investments by many of Wall Street’s largest financial institutions before the crisis. She also led an agency that brought civil charges against the nation’s largest banks. In a statement Monday, Obama said, “The SEC is stronger and our financial system is safer and better able to serve the American people — thanks in large part

to Mary’s hard work.” But critics argued that Schapiro, 57, failed to act aggressively to charge leading bankers who may have contributed to the crisis. And consumer advocates questioned her appointment because she had led FINRA. Under Schapiro, the SEC reached its largest settlement ever with a financial institution. Goldman Sachs & Co. agreed in July 2010 to pay $550 million to settle civil fraud charges that it misled investors about mortgage securities before the housing market collapsed in 2007. The Goldman case came to symbolize a lingering critique of Schapiro’s tenure: No senior executives were singled out. The penalty amounted to roughly two weeks of Goldman’s earnings. And Goldman was allowed to settle the charges without admitting or denying wrongdoing, as were other large banks that faced similar charges. Among the SEC’s leading critics was U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff, who questioned how the agency could let an institution settle serious securities fraud without any admission or denial of guilt. Rakoff later threw out a $285 million deal with Citigroup because of that aspect of the deal. Lawmakers and experts say Schapiro made the SEC more efficient and fought for increased funding needed to enforce new rules enacted after the crisis. She often clashed with Republican lawmakers who had opposed the 2010 financial overhaul law and wanted to cut the SEC’s budget. Schapiro also faced criticism over a decision she made in response to the Madoff scandal. Madoff had been arrested a month before Schapiro took over at the SEC in January 2009. Schapiro allowed her general counsel at the time, David Becker, to help craft the SEC’s policy for compensating victims. It was later discovered that Becker had inherited money his mother had made as a Madoff investor. Schapiro acknowledged in 2011 that she was wrong to have allowed Becker to play a key role in setting the policy.

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REINDEER “We do lots of charity work, as much as we can,” Fritz said. continued from 1 ficult to raise, so you don’t see a lot of them in the zoos.” Their rarity was on full display Wednesday, as a steady stream of students kept Fritz and Impact busy through the early afternoon. “Right now we have over a thousand people,” Marella said. “And we still have an hour and a half to go, so turnout is pretty great.” Fritz is accustomed to the crowds however, as his deer make are a common sight this time of year. “We’ll do 30-plus events in a season,” he said. “We do lots of charity work, as much as we can.” Despite their Siberian heritage, Reindeer were brought to North America relatively recently. “They were brought over by the U.S. government into Alaska for the Inuit people, to subsidize their living,” said Fitz, waxing comfortably on the animals’ unique history. “They’re actually a subspecies of Caribou, and they will crossbreed with North American Caribou” he said. “But it’s not like you can

just tame a caribou down and call it a reindeer.” Fritz’s reindeer included two adults, as well as a younger deer and several sets of antlers. Reindeer were first domesticated the Sami people of northern Siberia, says Fritz, where the Sami made their living herding the deer. “They’ve actually been domesticated longer than cattle,” he said. “They’ve been domesticated for about 5,000 years.” “There are actually still about 30 or 40 Sami people that still travel with the reindeer yet,” Fritz said. “They’re a nomadic tribe that travels with the reindeer.” Fritz’s technical knowledge of the deer is clearly up to speed, but his love of the job is equally apparent. “You’re never to old for reindeer,” he laughed, watching his deer relax in their pen, calmly observing the throng of students that turned out to meet them. You’re never to old for Santa.”

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Minnesota Beatle Project Volume 4 Album Drops in December Minnesota artists pitch in the help revitilize Minnesota’s music program

• courtesy of vega productions EMRE K. ERKU

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ets pretend the Beatles never existed. Yellow mattered custard didn’t drip from a dead dog’s eye, Jude made it bad, the sun never came, and no man sailed to sea on a yellow submarine. The pain of the world would certainly sting a bit more if it hadn’t been blessed with the infinite gift of The Beatles, and love would

only just be another four-lettered word. In a world where educational budget cuts are aimed at public musical programs, the non-existence of The Beatles, or any other artist for that matter, would be plausible. To deprive one’s talent at youth can deprive one’s future. If John Lennon didn’t have music in his youth, a revolver would just be a gun. This is why Mark Gehring, Minnesota State University, Mankato alum and executive

director of Vega productions – a non-profit organization aimed at reconstructing Minnesota’s art and musical education system, has made it his job to make sure the students of this state are granted the opportunity to pursue music without any constrictions. Musical education in the land of 10,000 lakes is financed by statewide property taxes. Money from home and business owners accumulates then the cash is compiled into one pie. But when the pie is inadequate, high school bands are the first ones to be left out in the rain. This when the true talent is wasted. Without the proper funding, a kid from Minneapolis doesn’t get to play guitar, a teacher in Duluth doesn’t have the right tools to teach his or her students, and parents don’t get to see their children grow up to be the next Yo-yo Ma or Stevie Ray Vaughn. This can and will be avoided. Since 2009, Gehring and his colleagues at Vega have put together an alternative way to help fund Minnesota’s art and

musical education – programs that usually lean on the funding provided by state taxes. By encouraging artists to come together and perform for the benefit of our state’s youth, a new form of support has entered Minnesota’s musical funding. The Minnesota Beatle Project is a series of musical albums that incorporate Beatle’s cover songs performed by artists who all have ties to this state. Bands like Trampled by Turtles, DeVotchKa, Caroline Smith and The Goodnight Sleeps, and many more record their own versions of Beatle classics such as “Mean Mr. Mustard” and “You never Give Me Your Money,” compile them into albums, and use the proceeds to fund and strengthen Minnesota’s musical and art education. But the new source of proceeds doesn’t just fund the programs, it has also helped erect a new website, Instruments in the Cloud, that, according to Vega, allows schools to organize, catalog, and share their musical instrument inventories. Simply put, schools now have

the opportunity to help support each other’s inventories. “[Instruments in the Cloud] is a great way to organize every school district so they’re aware of what they have,” said Gehring, expressing his enthusiasm for the program. This year marks the fourth volume of the project, which is a lovely display of musical genius. Yes, they are Beatle’s songs, but when a talented group or artist puts their own spin on it, it’s like the song turns into something new and original. That is what Minnesota Beatle Project Volume 4 is – a recycling of the old into new, and all the bands and artists did as so. Trampled by Turtle’s version of “Baby’s in Black” reflects the true style of Turtle and how they came to be. Caroline Smith & The Goodnight Sleeps version of “Cry Baby Cry Baby” turns the song into a beautiful serenade that you would likely hear in gospel church. Haley Bonar’s version of “Mean Mr. Mustard” is even trippier than the original. And Last but not least, the Bloomington Jefferson

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Caught in the Grips of the ‘Twitterverse’ More people staying connected through Twitter

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Do you use it? You should. By now you’ve at least heard of it, right? Those little hashtags on your TV screen during the premiere of a show or a football game should have made you curious by now. Or, maybe you have a friend on Facebook who insists on hashtagging things… Sorry, bro, hashtags only

work on Twitter. No one can click on your “#blonde #selfie #babes #college #drunk #yolo #party” tags unless you’re in the “twitterverse.” Twitter background information: it’s an online social media site where users “tweet” up to 140 characters. A man named Jack Dorsey created it in 2006 and it has been a big hit ever since: there are more than 500 million users and over 340 million tweets per day. If you still don’t know what hashtags are used for, here’s a quick brief. It allows users to find tweets of a common topic and read what is being said about them. For example, if you searched for “#MAVNATION” you would be able to read every other tweet about “#MAVNATION”

The use of Twitter increases during major events. A presidential debate between President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney set a new record for being the most tweeted about event in history: over 10 million tweets were sent during the debate. You know the amazing pilot who landed his plane on the Hudson River? That news got out to America because of a picture that was tweeted by one of the people riding the ferry that picked up the passengers. How did you find out about the death of Osama bin Laden? Many people found out after checking their Twitter accounts. Most college students check social media sites every ten minutes and rarely check the news, but Twitter has the capability of reaching the masses with a

140-character tweet. But why do we use Twitter? To stay connected with our friends, see what our favorite celebrities and musicians are thinking and to creep on strangers you’ll never meet in real life. When one tweets, it shows up like this: Trish Bjerke (@trishbjerke): I really love working for the Reporter. Your followers then have the ability to retweet it, favorite it, reply to it or simply ignore it. It’s quite beautiful, actually. You get the unfiltered ideas and opinions of those you follow, and like life, can just ignore it if you want to. Sometimes, it’s hard to ignore all of that, though. Ever heard of subtweeting? It stands for subliminal tweeting. It’s where a person talks

about someone but doesn’t tag him or her in the tweet. For example, “Like, MY GOD! Pick up your all of your crap that’s in the living room!!!!” This would be a subtweet from one roommate to another. It would usually be followed by the victim saying, “I remember when I was five and couldn’t tell someone what was bothering me and had to post it on the internet. #pissed #immature” If you have Twitter, you’ll understand what is meant by “Twitter idols.” A Twitter idol is a person that you try VERY, very hard at getting their attention. The idol may be a celebrity, a music group or that kid from high school who you really liked but had an ego the size of Canada. You spend vast amounts

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Four Films to See Over Winter Break


staff writer

Winter is coming. Correction, it’s technically here. And assuming we’re not all to be crushed under the weight of several global-warming fueled snowfalls, a great way to keep ourselves from being crushed with boredom over this upcoming break is to check out what’s coming up at your local movie theater. The recent holiday seasons have gradually rising above the summers in knockout films they deliver and seeing how this recent fall’s movie crop has been kicking the ass of this summer’s movie crop, good things are expected.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (12/14): I’m unfamiliar with this Lord of the Rings thing you speak of. Tell me more. Said no one ever. Bilbo Baggins is a regular old hobbit, secure in his ways, until a meeting with Gandalf the Grey leads him off on an adventure to assist a troop of dwarves to reclaim their home and riches. Over the course of this journey, Bilbo will meet people and acquire an item that will change the fate of Middle Earth. After a decade long game of hot potato with finding a director, Peter Jackson returns to take the reins of the franchise he established at the turn of the century. And as popular as the Lord of the Rings books are, an argument can be made that The

Reacher’s biggest obstacle is overcoming the mediocre reputation of movies named after the main character (Alex Cross, John Carter, Larry Crowne).

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Hobbit is just as beloved. Having many of the principle players from the first three movies return was a smart movie and another great way to tie the two series together. What remains to be seen is if the decision the split the single book, first into two, and now into three films (due to “filming too much footage” - sure) was wise or if The Hobbit series can reach the acclaim its predecessors reached in their day. Jack Reacher (12/21): Yep, Tom Cruise is crazy and not in the fun, Nicolas Cage way. But given his last film and the source material, this one gets the benefit of the doubt. After a mass shooting, ex-military investigator Jack Reacher believes the suspect was set up and is now interjected into the middle of a case that is more than it seems. This one could probably go one of two ways. We forget it even existed by Christmas or it may actually be pretty good. Lee Child’s series of novels (this movie being based off the first, One Shot) are quite popular and will bring in some built-in fans. Add to that, how impressive Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (another collaboration by Cruise’s production company, Skydance Productions) was last December and the badass trailer that’s been showing recently, and Jack Reacher might just satisfy the action itch for next month. But by far Mr.

Les Miserables (12/25): Do you like musicals, kids? No? Well do you like movies that are going to take home a barrel of Oscars three months from now? Based off the immensely popular stage show, Les Miserables tells the story of Jean Valjean, a criminal who starts his life anew, despite the persistent pursuit of Inspector Javert. Through the course of the movie, he and many other characters are caught in the tide of the French Revolution. Often referred to as one of, if not the best stage musical of modern times, Les Miserables is an incredibly tricky one to translate to the big screen due to its scale, length, musical complexities, and devoted fanbase. But now that it’s happening, it’s doubtful they could have found a better group to bring it to life. Director Tom Hooper fresh off his best directing win for The King’s Speech, with strong Oscar hopefuls Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and Amanda Seyfried in the cast, and all songs being sung live in take (no lip-synching). Merry Christmas to us. Django Unchained (12/25): Before he calls it quits, Quentin Tarantino is giving us another entry in his wacky, vengeful, blood-soaked filmography for Christmas. After his wife, Broomhilda, is kidnapped and sold to plantation owner Calvin Candie, former slave Django teams up the bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz to track down the Brittle Brothers and then rescue Broomhilda. Despite Tarantino’s tendency to be an annoying egomaniac, his movies usually hit a lot of right notes. It would be foolish at this point not to expect slatherings of visual style, obscure homages, and Tarantino-esque dialogue. Hopefully it is not as foolish to look forward to some good humor, showy performances from Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Christoph Waltz, and good deal of fun from the madcap material, which, going by the trailers, looks to be the case. With any luck, enthusiasm for this movie will not be like the D in Django: silent.

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BEATLE PROJECT continued from 7 High School Band performs “She Loves You” like a seasoned Ivy-league ensemble, the album’s best piece in the opinion of yours truly. But whether it’s Jefferson’s school band performing, or a lonely sax player spitting out his sorrows under a streetlamp on a cold Minnesota night, the fact is that all were practiced in the glory days of youth. Therefore, the underfunding of Minnesota’s musical and art education programs is truly tragic. No one in this world – especially in this country – should be disallowed the opportunity to experience

and pursue music. So, fellow Mavericks, Dec. 4, when the album hits the shelves of Target and Mankato’s own independent record shop, Tune Town, make it a priority to purchase this wonderful collection of music. The proceeds effect more than 20,000 students across Minnesota, and for each sale made in Mankato, seven dollars for every cd and five dollars from every vinyl will be contributed towards the city’s public schools. If that’s not convincing enough, ask yourself, “what would John Lennon do?”

TWITTERVERSE continued from 7 of time trying to prepare the perfect tweet; rough draft after rough draft after rough draft. Then you send out something like, “Dude I can’t wait for the @DOOMTREE blowout! You guys are awesome!” Or, even worse, you draw their name in hearts on your phone cover and tweet them a picture while you are drunk (personal experience, don’t hate). These attempts are usually failed: The person never re-tweets or even acknowledges that you tweeted

at them. To that, all that can be said is… YOLO! To wrap it up, Twitter is great. You can say whatever you want and don’t even have to use your real name. Currently, my name is Porkchop Bjerke and I follow a bunch of really funny Minnesota State University, Mankato students who I don’t even know. I laugh out loud at their tweets daily and never have to see them in real life. How perfect is that?

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7:00 pm WRESTLING........................................vs. Newman University

7:07 pm WOMEN’S HOCKEY........................ vs. Ohio State University 7:37 pm MEN’S HOCKEY.......................................... vs. Bemidji State 12:00 pm FOOTBALL.....................................vs. Missouri Western State 7:00 pm BASKETBALL....................................................vs. Concordia 7:07 pm MEN’S HOCKEY.......................................... vs. Bemidji State

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Missouri Western State (12-1) at Minnesota State (12-0)

12 p.m., Saturday • Blakeslee Stadium

The Mavericks are off to a quick 4-0 start to their season after an impressive showing in non-conference play, but can that translate to success in the mighty Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference? REECE HEMMESCH

sports editor

For those of you out there who have been keeping tabs on the Minnesota State University, Mankato men’s basketball team, there must be a sense of unfamiliarity out there. The 2012 MSU men’s team has just five members back from last season’s abysmal 7-19 squad that finished second-to-last in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. But the Mavericks and head coach Matt Margenthaler have turned the page from last year’s decline and have moved forward into their new campaign. So far, everything’s looking ship shape. The Mavericks are off to a hot 4-0 start thanks in part to a few top-notch transfers that were added between seasons to make this squad one of the best in the NSIC for the upcoming season. All in all, eight of the 13 players on MSU’s roster are newcomers to the program, five of which are transfers from all over the country and two incoming freshman from the southern Minnesota Area. MSU began their 2012 campaign with an all-out whooping on in-town rival Bethany Lutheran College, 100-42. It was an even scoring attack for MSU’s first win as sophomore forward Zach Romashko led the way with 19 points for MSU. Romashko was last season’s NSIC freshman of the year and will look to be a key role for the Mavericks this season. Sophomore transfer Zach Monaghan was second in scoring against the Vikings as he played his first game in a Mavericks uniform and finished with 15 points. Senior Jarvis Williams, junior Gage Wooten and junior Connor O’Brien all finished in double digits for MSU as well with 13, 12 and 10 respectively. Wooten, a transfer from Missouri State-West Plains also added 10 rebounds in the game for his first double-double

as a Maverick. From there the Mavericks hit the skies and headed west for the Sonoma State Tournament held in Rohnert Park, Cali. From there once again it was all MSU in their two games in California as they took down host-school Sonoma State, 75-68, before defeating San Francisco State, 86-78. In the first match of the tourney it would be the glasswork that would propel MSU to victory as it out-rebounded Sonoma State 38-26 in the victory. It was once again an even scoring attack as this time it was Williams who would lead all scorers with 14 points, including 10 rebounds for MSU’s second straight game with a double-double. Monaghan and O’Brien once again achieved double digits for MSU, as well as Assem Marei, a sophomore from Cairo, Egypt. Game two continued the trend of everyone getting a lot of touches as five players for MSU ended the game in double digits. O’Brien and Williams took the scoring over San Francisco State as they hauled in a combined 36 of MSU’s 86 total points with Williams finishing with his second double-double of the season. From there the Mavericks headed back to Mankato to finish out their non-conference schedule against the Mount Marty Lancers. The Lancer fought hard, but once again it would not be enough as MSU stole the show, 92-63. This would be the first game of the season that the Mavericks would not finish with a player tallying double digit rebounds, but it would not be needed as MSU shot 55 percent from the field to oust Mounty Marty and send them into the conference schedule undefeated. Marei would be the leading scorer this time as he hauled in 19 points, shooting seven of nine from the field and converting on all five free throw attempts, a feat not normal for a man of his

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shannon rathmanner • msu reporter

RECAP: The Minnesota State, Mankato football team took their first NCAA Division II football playoff game in to two overtimes before finishing off Northwest Missouri State, 38-35. After redshirt freshman cornerback Justin Otto hauled in the Maverick’s fourth interception of the day in the second overtime, the Maverick offense set up a 27-yard field goal for junior kicker Sam Brockshus to end the game, and he came through, giving Blakeslee Stadium its first playoff victory. The Mavericks rush attack was led by sophomore running back Andy Pfeiffer with 120 of the team’s 236 rushing yards. Junior quarterback Jon Wolf continues to move the ball on the ground and through the air effectively with 68 yards rushing with a touchdown while also throwing 10 for 19 with 158 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, the Mavericks gave up 188 yards rushing and 169 yards in the air, but they came up with four interceptions, including the biggest turnover of the season so far. Junior defensive end Chris Schaudt led the way with seven tackles to go with his two sacks. HISTORY: The Mavericks have had one victory against the Missouri Western State Griffons, and that dates back all the way to 1999 when the Mavericks won 55-41 at home. MSU NOTES: The fifth-ranked Mavericks come into this matchup with a 12-0 and a NSIC conference regular season title. After their victory last weekend, the Mavericks ranked sixth in the country in run defense, giving up just 83 yards a game (2.6 yards a carry) and 33rd in pass defense giving up 190 yards a game. Senior linebacker Marcus Hall-Oliver and Schaudt have been consistently leading the Mavericks with Hall-Oliver leading the team 64 tackles with his two interceptions and Schaudt with his team leading 10.5 sacks. Offensively, the Mavericks have been moving the ball on the ground aggressively all season averaging 230 rushing yards a game, 17th in the country. Leading the way in their rushing attack is the three-headed monster in Wolf, Pfeiffer and freshman running back Conner Thomas. Pfeiffer leads all Mavericks with 717 yards. MWSU NOTES: It was a little longer journey for the 12-1 Griffons of Missouri Western to get to reach this round in the playoffs. In the first round they came out on top in a triple overtime 57-55 victory over the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Last Saturday the Griffons took control of the second half to defeat Henderson State 45-21. Just like Northwest Missouri State, the Griffons like to move the ball on the ground as they sit in eighth place in the country in rushing yards per game with almost 280 yards on average. Leading the way is senior running back Michael Hill with 2118 yards and is averaging 7.2 yards a carry. Their quarterback, Travis Partridge also likes to take off running as he leads the squad with 17 rushing touchdowns to go along with his 2,546 yards and 30 touchdowns in the air. With both threats in the running and passing game, the Griffons have put up 44 points a game, sixth in the country. Defensively, the Griffons give up 383 yards a game, surrendering 23 points a game. Linebacker Stephen Juergens and defensive lineman David Bass are two big time players who can mess up any offensive momentum. Juergens leads the team with 84 tackles, seven of them for loss, while Bass has been getting to the quarterback all season with 10.5 sacks. PREDICTION: Looking at the Griffons rushing attack, it will be the Mavericks biggest challenge this season for the guys up front. With having so much success moving the ball on the ground, it gives their offense seems and holes to throw to. If the Mavericks can stop the run like they have all season, it should close up the passing game. The Mavericks need to get off to a good start by creating turnovers and keeping the ball, and if they do that, we will see the squad move on in the NCAA playoffs.

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MSU Basketball

6’9 stature. Wooten once again found himself in double digits and freshman transfer Jayme Moten connected on four threepointers to finish the game with 14 total. So even though this Maverick team is quite unacquainted as compared to most schools in the NSIC, the Mavericks should have no problem crashing the boards and scoring this season, making them one of the bigger offensive threats in the conference early on. The Mavericks were picked to place third in the conference in the NSIC preseason coaches poll, behind Winona State and Southwest Minnesota State, two


MSU women’s hockey looks to rebound this weekend against Ohio State

continued from 13 perennial powerhouses in the south division. MSU will begin conference play this Saturday as they take on Concordia St. Paul at the Taylor Center. The Golden Bears come into this matchup with a 1-2 overall record on the season and have also yet to play their first conference bout. Concordia has been led early on the season by sophomore guard Terez VanPelt, who averages over 20 points a game for CU in 2012. They also see high offensive production from senior forward Isaiah Thomas, who has put up 14 a game through their first three games.


shannon rathmanner • msu reporter Sophomore guard Zach Monaghan, a transfer from SDSU has been impressive early in the season, averaging 10 points and six assists a game.


staff writer Starting off at a 5-9-2 mark, the Minnesota State University, Mankato women’s hockey team is slated to face off in a twogame series at home against the Ohio State Buckeyes this weekend. Ohio State, who just fell from No. 8 in the NCAA Division I AP poll last week, stand at an impressive 11-5 mark on the season. The Mavericks got off to a good start in regular season play, starting off with a 4-2-2 mark, but fell off quickly, starting with a sweep on the road against Mercyhurst College in Erie, Penn., followed by another pair of sweeps against the Wisconsin Badgers and No. 1 ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers. In their first game against the Mercyhurst Lakers, the Mavericks were blown out 8-1, halting every bit of momentum that they had going in. They played them tighter in game 2, but still fell at a convincing 3-1 final to round out their weekend. Following that series came one against the Wisconsin Badgers in Madison, where the offense had major issues, going scoreless in both games, losing a combined 7-0 between the two games. Lastly, going into Minneapolis against the heavily favorite No. 1 ranked University of Minnesota, the Golden Gophers didn’t disappoint their fans, shutting the Mavericks out 3-0 in the first game, and winning handily

at a 9-1 mark in game two. “We had a very good start and then fell into a funk starting in Mercyhurst. We need to get back to what allowed us to win in the first part of the season.” Fourth-year head coach Eric Means said. “And that was great goaltending, great power play, and contributions from everyone in the lineup.” Senior Lauren Smith leads the Mavericks with 15 points, including a team-leading 11 goals on the season. Fellow senior Emilia Andersson leads MSU with 10 assists, and is the third-leading point-getter with 12. They did manage to break out of their slump a week ago, splitting the series at home against the Bemidji State Beavers, winning the latter game of the series

4-1. With 18 games remaining in the regular season, the Mavericks still have plenty of time to make up what has been a slow start, and an especially rough last few weeks for them. They are hoping to ride the momentum of their win last Saturday, and bring it into All Seasons Arena as they face off against a very capable Ohio State Buckeyes team. Despite this start, head coach Eric Means has a high level of expectation and faith in his players, and is hoping for big things from his team this season. “My expectation is to win more games this year than any other year in program history. Our players set the team goals last spring and have worked hard to achieve them.”

photo courtesy of Minnesota State Athletic Communications Senior forward Lauren Smith currently leads MSU with 15 points on the season. MSU will need a big weekend from her if they hope to steal a few victories from the Ohio State Buckeyes.

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