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Children get a close-up with a Shetland pony during the Kiddie Days event Tuesday. The event was held by the Saddle and Sirloin club.
agriculture industry when one incident gets blown out of proportion and is spread quickly through new forms of fastmoving media,” Larson said. “We like to use this event as an opportunity to make an impression on the kids that we treat the animals well, and they live in a safe and healthy environment.” The kids mostly range from two to seven years old and although their parents are encouraged to bring them in too, they are normally part of groups such as daycares who pre-register to let them know that they are coming. A time can be reserved for each group
and the large ones get broken down into groups of about ten. Maidl says it is best to show them around in smaller groups so that they all get a chance to touch the animals and hear what we have to say “Some of our group will take away the actual information that is being given out, and for the others it will be a sensory experience,” Laurie Johnson, a West Fargo High School special education faculty member, said. “Knowing that our students would get to see and touch the animals is why we are here.” Both Maidl and Larson emphasized that they would like
to see more campus-wide participation in the annual event. Larson says that we are all kids at heart, and NDSU college students who may have never gotten a chance to be up close with farm animals are welcome to stop in for a look around each year. Maidl added that you are never too young to learn about what agriculture means to you and to perhaps even become involved in it someday. A variety of agricultural organizations and commissions provided giveaways like coloring books, crayons and informational bookmarks. The event co-chairs are apprecia-
tive of the entities they contacted that were willing to donate educational materials that the kids could take home with them. “We would love to hear about more groups or individuals that would like to come next year so that we can put them on our invitation list,” Maidl and Larson said in unison. “The more people we can show that we are doing things the right way, the better it is for both them and the industry.” For more about the Saddle and Sirloin, visit http://www. ndsu.edu/pubweb/s_s/.
Bison Brevities raises $1,800 for local charity Emma Heaton Co-News Editor The Bison Brevities Talent Show, which took place April 3, did not quite meet expectations, due to attendance levels. The event featured various performances with proceeds benefiting a local charity. “I think there is a lot going on at NDSU, so it could have been a better turnout or has been a better turnout in past years,” Jace Beehler, president of Blue Key National Honor Society, said. “But we kind of put that to so much going on at NDSU at that time. That’s kind of the big reason why it wasn’t as full as it usually has been.” The numbers of tickets sold this year were slightly less than last year with 245 tickets. Adam Fuller, a co-producer of Bison Brevities, also says that the upcoming Easter break during the time of the event
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The Saddle and Sirloin club successfully held another annual Kiddie Days event Tuesday through Friday last week at Sheppard Arena. More than 1,800 area kids got the opportunity to get up close with a variety of farm-related animals and learn about the impact they can make in individuals’ lives. “We invite kids from the community…that see animals used by farmers or producer in things such as books or movies, but they never get actually see them up close in person or touch them,” said event co-chair Andrew Maidl. “Our biggest goal is to educate the kids on the basic information about where their food comes from.” As tour guides, club members tell the kids things they probably don’t know about each of the animals. The guides let them know facts such as how old the animals are or how much they weigh, as well as the kind of food that comes from them like milk, pork chops or hamburger. The Saddle and Sirloin club feels it is important to stress that farmers and ranchers treat the animals humanely. Event co-chair David Larson says it is good for the children to see that the animals are happy and fed well, because it displays how today’s American producers are taking care of their animals. “People can get some negative ideas about the animal
Bison Brevities had more participants for acts than previous years. Some people wishing to participate in the talent show were turned down due to the length; producers did not want the event to be longer than two hours. “It was a good problem to have, but you also don’t like to turn anyone down,” Beehler said. Along with the increased number of participants, the event still raised approximately $1,800 to benefit the local charity Churches United for the Homeless. Churches United was the chosen charity by Blue Key members and is one of the largest shelters that supply homeless individuals, both male and female, shelter in northwestern Minnesota. Matt Severns | The Spectrum “Churches United for the Students bike around campus, spreading the word by yelling and bell ringing about Bison Brevities. Homeless will put the money right back into the community contributed to a decreased tremely busy with class, work turnout of people, but will cer- and help out those families turnout. and organizations,” Fuller tainly look into better dates for that need their services,” “It was two days before said. “But all things consid- next year.” Easter, so everyone was ex- ered, we were happy with the Despite the meager turnout, Story continued on page 2
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NDSU administration announced last Monday that the search for a permanent vice president and CIO of Information Technology is suspended until further notice. Due to the denial of the 0.5 percent tuition increase, the funding of $450,000 is missing. These funds will be provided by various sources within academic affairs. These sources include reduced IT expenditures and extra sections funding for courses campus wide. Students may see differences in some academic programs in the upcoming year with the cuts, although administration’s objective is to choose academic programs that will have minimal impact. The funding needed to resume the search is allocated to the vice president of Information Technology’s salary. However, this will not suspend hiring. Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Bruce Rafert, says the vice president of IT’s salary and benefits, amounting to a total of about $250,000, will be reduced to acquire the funds. It is not certain when the search will be resumed, but according to Rafert, they hope to have the position filled by next fall. The search committee has reviewed 58 applicants, and they were able to create a short list of qualified individuals for the position. “[We] will wait and see what the financial position of the university is this fall following the final meetings of the State Board of Higher Education, NDUS, legislative committees etc.,” Rafert said. Marc Wallman obtained the position of interim vice president Feb. 1. His salary will be funded by normal source funding with a salary as assistant vice president of IT. His salary will not be affected by the lack of funds. Wallman has been dealing with a variety of issues related to the position such as budget planning for the 2013 fiscal year and planning for projects six to nine months in the future. Wallman says that the extended position will not have a huge impact on how he has been approaching the interim position.
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Spectrum Staff Memorial Union staff have partnered with a local company to provide students, faculty and staff with access to phone chargers in case they find themselves in a pinch while on campus. A LastCall charger station was installed in the lower level of the Memorial Union last week in reaction to the realization that phones are or are becoming an essential part of everyday life. Paul Wraalstad, associate director of the Memorial Union, decided to bring a station to campus after having seen an article about them springing up in Fargo. "Obviously, students and staff feel that their phone or iPod is critical for regular use during the day," Wraalstad said. "If a battery is going dead and a student does not have a charger, it can be very frustrating for them. This gives them an opportunity to catch a quick charge while grabbing a bite to eat or relaxing in the lounge." Including NDSU's station, LastCall has four phonecharging units set up in Fargo. The other three are at Dempsey's, the Hub and the Jefferson Bus station on 45th Street. Ross Brandborg is a co-creator and part owner of LastCall. Realizing the hassle that a dead phone can cause gave him the idea to create the stations a few years ago. It wasn't until phone chargers became more universal, however, that he was able to actualize his plans. "The problem with a couple of years ago was everyone had a different charging connection," Brandborg said. "Now there's really only the Apple and the micro USB. It really became feasible to put something like this together, and so that's when we took action." Brandborg works two other associates, one in Fargo and one in Minneapolis. As of now, the units are largely
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The LastCall charging station is located in the lower level of the Memorial Union, across from International Cuisine.
hand-made, but a lot of thought goes into their design. "We've built the unit to avoid any [security concerns]. We put a lot of time and effort and thought into what people are going to be worried about," Brandborg said. The units are made of aluminum and require the swipe of a credit card to deposit and retrieve the phone. The unit is set up as a series of lockers, each functioning as a secure and independent charging station. Furthermore, the creators perceived that there would be a fear associated with access to data. The stations have a CPU unit in them, but Brandborg says he and his associates designed the station to keep computing separate from charging. "The CPU in there doesn't have any ability to talk to your phone, to access your phone, it doesn't know anything about your phone. There's a real hard-wall division between what you're plugging your
phone into and how the rest of the machine is operating," Brandborg said. The station caters only to phones that use the Apple or micro USB plugs. However, the station does allow users to back out of the transaction if they find their phone to be incompatible after opening the locker. The station costs $1.95 for the first 30 minutes to use. After that point, users get charged an additional 10 cents per minute, with a maximum cost of $10. Wraalstad says the installation of the unit is in exploratory phases right now, but anticipates that it will be a service that proves valuable to Memorial Union frequenters. "While many students carry their chargers, I think this will slowly be recognized as a great emergency backup in cases where a charger is forgotten or a battery is drained unexpectedly," Wraalstad said. "I think this service will be valued in the long run."
During the course of the year, the NDSU Compass Foundation, along with other departments on campus, sponsors Brown Bag seminars. These seminars are named as such because the seminars occur over the lunch hour, so attendees can bring their lunches in brown bags and eat while they listen to the program. Brown Bag seminars have been a part of the Compass Foundation since the 1980s. They usually occur every Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in rooms in the Memorial Union. These seminars cover themes that pertain to students, though faculty, staff and the community are encouraged to attend, as these seminars are free and open to the public. The Compass Foundation at
NDSU has been around since 1902, but it was known as the YMCA of NDSU until last year when the name of the program was legally changed. The YMCA of NDSU’s Board of Directors changed the name as the focus of the national YMCA had differed from what they wanted the focus of their program to be. “[The foundation] serves the NDSU community through programs that address the physical, social, occupational, environmental, spiritual, intellectual and emotional dimensions of wellness to promote lifelong learning, social awareness and ethical leadership,” Executive Director of the Compass Foundation Sue Andrews, said. There are two Brown Bag seminars left for this year. Both seminars will feature students from Honors Public Speaking; these students will be reflecting on their service learning experiences. During the semester, students in this
class had to volunteer at a Fargo-Moorhead non-profit organization. Robert Littlefield, the instructor of this course, explains that service learning is an integral part of a student’s education, stating that it allows students to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom. “As a way to reflect upon the experience and share how this service learning activity enhanced their course experience, the students are presenting brown bag seminars to the campus community,” Littlefield said. These brown bag seminars will be conducted on April 18 and April 25 in the MU Arikara and the MU Meadow Lark rooms, respectively. For more information about the Compass Program, please v i s i t http://www.ndsu.edu/wellness/compass_program_foundation/.
Sigma Nu plans 3rd annual fundraiser French toast feed proceeds to benefit Red River Zoo Hannah Dillon Staff Writer
On April 28, the Sigma Nu fraternity will be hosting its annual French toast feed. This event has been going on for three years, and the proceeds benefit Fargo’s Red River Zoo. The event is happening from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in
Fargo. Peace Lutheran Church is located on 12th Avenue right off of NDSU campus. The admission to the event is $5. Robert Latham, a sophomore in landscape architecture and a Sigma Nu member who works with the fraternity’s public relations, says that attendance has risen from the first to second year of this fundraiser, and that they hope to get even more people attending this year. He stated
that they’re expecting about 200 people to attend this event. “It’s good food, it’s a good time to come together with the community and meet some new people and support a good cause,” Latham said, encouraging students to attend the event to support a local business. For more information about the Sigma Nu fraternity, visit http://ndsu.orgsync.com/org/si gmanuetatheta/home.
Brevities continued from page 1 Fuller said. “Their goal is to get as many families back on their feet again.” The event included a variety of talents, ranging from college-age singers to a 9-yearold baton twirler. Four out of 13 acts were awarded. Best individual act was awarded to Emily Black, the judges’ choice and best overall awards were given to Jones Boat, the sardine award went to Steffani Johnston and the PIE award was awarded to Students Today, Leaders Forever. Along with the talent awards, Blue Key also gave out three scholarships, each worth $400. The Leitouriga Scholarship,
which is based on service to the community, university and church, was presented to junior psychology major, Danielle Bauer. Trent Sprenkle, a senior studying biochemistry, was given the Doctor of Service Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to a student nominated by the current doctor of service. Additionally, the Prairie Rose Achievement Award was given to Holly Christian, a senior pre-pharmacy student. This award is based on service, athletic ability and academics. Bison Brevities is one aspect of the Blue Key National Honor Society. The group rec-
ognizes junior- and senior-status students outstanding in leadership, academics, service and character. According to Beehler, events like Bison Brevities are important to create a positive representation of NDSU. “It’s just a chance for NDSU students to give back to the community, which I think is something extremely important,” Beehler said. “We come here and 14,000 students come to Fargo-Moorhead, and sometimes are a nuisance to some of the community. Doing things like this really shows the community that we do care and can help them out.”
Search continued from page 1 “We have a challenging year ahead of us, especially in light of the fact that NDSU did not get the 0.5 percent tuition increase that we asked for,” Wallman said. “In spite of that, I’m really looking forward to extension of this interim as-
signment. We have a great staff in the division of IT, and I have a lot of confidence in the administrative leadership of the president and provogt are providing to NDSU.” Bonnie Neas, past IT vice president, announced her
plans for retirement last March. Until the decision to resume the search is made, Wallman will continue in the position as interim vice president.
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News briefs STATE New Town trailer park residents protest evictions NEW TOWN, N.D. (AP) — Protesters marched through New Town Saturday to call attention to the eviction of mobile home court residents. Residents of 45 trailers are being forced to move after the northwestern North Dakota park was sold to make way for housing of oil field workers. A Three Affiliated Tribes spokesman says the residents are some of the poorest members of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation. Mother sues company, alleges sex discrimination SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Sioux Falls mother who once worked for Midcontinent Communications has filed a federal lawsuit against the company alleging sex discrimination. Donethia Harris filed the suit last week in U.S. District Court in Sioux Falls, saying
she was fired when complications with her pregnancy forced her to take an extended leave of absence, according to a report in the Argus Leader (http://argusne.ws/HERlMg). Man with knife arrested for attempted break-in FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Fargo police say they arrested a 21-year-old man for climbing onto a second-floor balcony and trying to break in to an apartment. Sgt. Mark Lykken says the man had a knife and was trying to use it to open the balcony door to the apartment. The apartment's female resident saw the man and called police just before 2 a.m. Friday. Brian Lee Pfeifer of Park Rapids, Minn., was arrested and taken to the Cass County jail on suspicion of criminal trespass.
NATION Forecasters say Saturday storms 'life threatening' OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — In an unusually early and strong warning, national weather forecasters cautioned Friday that conditions are ripe for violent tornadoes to rip through the nation from Texas to Minnesota this weekend. As states across the middle of the country prepared for the worst, storms were already kicking off in Norman, Okla., where a twister whizzed by the nation's tornado forecasting headquarters but caused little damage. Police: Guns show CA suspect set for confrontation MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — Police investigating the death of a man suspected of gunning down a California sheriff's deputy and a civilian say they've found equipment indicating he was preparing for an armed confrontation: a ballistic vest, a gas mask and several weapons including a
high-powered assault rifle. The man's body was found in the burnt ruins of an apartment building following a fiery standoff with law officers. The fatal shooting Thursday morning of the deputy and a locksmith during an eviction led to a day-long standoff that ended when the four-unit apartment building caught fire. Coast Guard: 2 dead in shooting at Alaska station ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Two Coast Guard members were fatally shot Thursday at a communications station on an island off Alaska in what officials said appeared to be a double homicide. They have yet to identify a suspect. The victims were found at their work areas inside the Kodiak Island station early Thursday by another Coast Guard member, spokeswoman Sara Francis said.
WORLD Prayers and silence mark Titanic centenary ABOARD MS BALMORAL (AP) — With prayers, a hymn and a moment of silence broken by a ship's deep whistle, passengers and crew on a memorial trip marked 100 years to the moment since the Titanic sent more than 1,500 people to a watery grave. As the 1912 disaster was commemorated around the world, the city that built the vessel — Belfast, Northern Ireland — looked back on the tragic sinking with a distinctive mixture of sorrow and pride. No launch from N. Korea; no backing down, either PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea's first chance at a rocket launch passed Thursday with no word of a liftoff, but also with no sign that Pyongyang intends to abandon what the U.S. and its allies consider an attempt to test long-range
missile technology. The launch window for what North Korea says is an observation satellite opened during a week aimed at celebrating Sunday's centennial of the birth of Kim Il Sung, the country's late founder. Events also include highlevel meetings where new leader Kim Jong Un has received at least three new titles to further cement his rule. Israeli PM says nuclear talks gave Iran 'freebie' JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister says Iran got a "freebie" from the world's big powers at nuclear talks this weekend. Officials from the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany met with Iran in Istanbul to discuss the country's nuclear program. The talks were described as positive, and they agreed to meet again on May 23 in Baghdad.
New executive team prepares for office Matt Severns Spectrum Staff
Student body presidential elections have concluded, and the elected candidates are now putting in place the framework for next year. From hiring a new staff to overcoming the excitement associated with having won, Luke Brodeur and Jace Beehler are keeping themselves busy in an attempt to feel confident and comfortable the day they are sworn in. Brodeur, the president-elect, says that the obligation associated with the presidential position is guiding much of what he is doing now. "The initial reaction was obviously some relief that the election process was over. But I think ultimately it gave us a feeling of responsibility," Brodeur said. "The student body selected us to take on these roles for next year, and it's up to us to do everything we possibly can to make
NDSU better than it's ever been before." The first thing Brodeur and Beehler are working on is filling the open executive positions. These are the people who will work alongside the president and vice president, managing various niches of student government's domain. "These are 10 people that will be absolutely vital for the success of the university next year. We've already started to lay the groundwork for our platform, but the biggest thing we need to do right now is put together a team that is going to set us up for success," Brodeur said. While hiring is taking place, Beehler says that he and Brodur are meeting with people across campus in order to prepare for the responsibility of leading them. "We have scheduled meetings with both Cam and Keenan, as well as other university officials, to make sure that we are ready to serve the students the day we are sworn in," Beehler said.
Besides building the framework for next year, Beehler says that overcoming the excitement associated with having won has been a unique experience. "I was overwhelmed by the tremendous opportunity that was given to us, and now I am extremely excited to work with Luke and the rest of the students, faculty and staff to improve all aspects of our university," Beehler said. Though Brodeur and Beehler won the election, they still acknowledge the efforts of their opponents, Mike Paolini and Sydney Hull. "We felt great about our incredibly hard-working team and all that we had done, but Mike and Syd deserve a lot of credit. We never allowed ourselves to get comfortable because they were doing a lot of good things," Brodeur said. Applications for the open executive positions are Due Friday by 5 p.m. Applications can be found at https://orgsync.com/22012/for ms/show/48332 .
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Student body President-elect Luke Brodeur (left) and Vice-President-elect Jace Beehler (right) are working on laying the ground for what they aim to accomplish once their term starts at the end of this year.
Freeze mob to reassemble Initiative aimed at spreading word of sexual violence to return Thursday Matt Severns Spectrum Staff
In observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Sarah Dodd of sexual assault prevention programs has paired up with students, faculty and staff to make visitors to the Memorial Union more aware of the realities of sexual violence. In the Memorial Union Gallery is an exhibit called the Clothesline Project, but for students who don't pass by it regularly, the advocacy came to them during a flash mob exhibition April 3. For the display, 100 volunteers stopped what they were
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doing and froze themselves in place for two minutes. "The purpose of the freeze mob was to draw attention to both the issue of sexual violence in our community and prevention efforts on campus," Dodd said. "All 100 volunteers wore T-shirts with prevention tips on the back." A core group of dedicated students who underwent training to become violence prevention educators came up with the idea for the flash mob while contemplating innovative ways to capture the attention of the campus community. "I think this was a great opportunity for students who deeply care about violence prevention to take an active stance, together. My impres-
sion from the volunteers was that they felt they had really sent a message during the freeze mob and felt good about taking part," Dodd said. In addition to a practical purpose, the display also serves a symbolic role. The mob freezes for two minutes because there is a sexual assault every two minutes in the United States. "I think that the freeze mob impacted other students on campus by drawing their attention to the issue and showing the campus community that a critical mass of people care about the issue and are actively working to prevent violence," Dodd said. The mob will reassemble Thursday at 12:22 outside the Memorial Union.
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Features A shot to win it all: NDSU marksmanship team shines at nationals Marksmanship team finishes 7th
He said, she said Do you recommend meeting with your adviser? Alysia Larson Staff Writer He Said: “I guess I don’t think it matters one way or the other. I am smart enough to figure out what classes I need to take and when to take them.” Joseph Pine, a junior majoring in math. She Said: “I wouldn’t recommend it. My adviser doesn’t help me at all. I just ask other people who might have taken the class if it’s a good idea or not.” A sophomore who would like to remain anonymous.
The NDSU Marksmanship team placed 7th in the 2012 NRA Intercollegiate Championships.
Andrew Koch Staff Writer Many people may have overlooked that fact that the NDSU marksmanship team went to nationals in March. Qualifying for nationals is a chance-in-a-lifetime event, but coming out near the top is something that will go down in the books. The marksmanship team did not finish in first place, but the team gave it their best shot and in the end finished seventh. Next season, the team feels that they have the ability to go down in history by winning it all. Heading into Fort Benning, Georgia the site of the 2012 NRA Intercollegiate Championships, each member of the marksmanship team, senior Allan Johnson, a fifth-year pharmacy student; junior Robert Nelson, majoring in biology; junior Jake Oster, majoring in zoology and freshman Brandon Godbout, majoring in computer engineering, who are coached by Richard Butler, Mitch Godbout and Ashley lane, felt entirely confident that they would shoot at their best. The results did not lie as NDSU placed in the upper echelon in both air rifle and small bore shooting. Members of the team also notched personal best scores in each category. NDSU placed eighth in air rifle out of 15 teams with a score of 1999, 50 points higher than their qualifying score to get to the championships. As individuals, Godbout placed eighth with a score of 562 out of 600 and was named to the second allstar air rifle team. Oster placed 34th with a score of 516, Nelson placed 42nd with a score of 489 and Johnson placed 44th with a score of 432. Oster, Nelson
and Johnson all shot personal bests in the match. NDSU also placed eighth in small-bore rifle out of 15 teams, with a score of 1858, 17 points higher than the qualifying score. In individuals, Godbout placed eighth with a score of 532 and was also named to the second all-star small-bore team. Marksmanship team member Oster placed 29th, with a score of 481, Nelson placed 31st with a score of 468 and Johnson placed 38th with a score of 377. For Nelson, Oster, and Johnson, these were personal bests. As a combined total from air rifle and small bore, the team placed seventh with a score of 3857. With this being the second year the Marksmanship club has been shooting, the club has progressed at a very high rate. Coach Butler was proud of his shooters and noted that three of the four had never shot on the national stage before. “It may have been a little nerve racking to get used to all the modern technology of scoring, the number of competitors and the level of competition. But they all settled in and did a great job,” Butler stated. Godbout enjoyed national prominence in being named an all-star in both categories. This was Godbout’s freshman season, but he is no amateur to marksmanship shooting. Godbout was previously part of the Junior Olympic marksmanship teams. With that experience under his belt, and a long ways to go as part of the NDSU marksmanship team, Godbout will continue to get better and better. Having a shooter with that much talent will surely help carry the team to the top in coming years. Johnson considered it an honor to shoot in nationals.
“It was one of the greatest moments of my life. To experience shooting at nationals for your school is definitely a dream come true,” he said. Nelson enjoyed being in the national spotlight. It was an experience he will never forget. “Overall I’d say this trip made for the best spring break I’ve ever had. It was an amazing opportunity to compete against other shooters as well as get some help from professionals. All our practice definitely paid off,” Nelson said. Spending free time with teammates was also something Nelson enjoyed. “Besides the unbelievable learning experience, the activities available to us in our free time also greatly added to the trip. We got a chance to do such things as visit the Infantry Museum, watch a Rangers-in-Action demonstration, airborne demonstration, and an AMU shotgun demonstration,” he said. “We also got a chance to shoot some of their weapons, such as a Berretta 9mm in a fast steel competition. During an event called ‘HOT EX’ we got a chance to shoot a Barrett .50 cal sniper rifle, an M110 sniper rifle, M4 Carbine, as well as a few other firearms,” Nelson added. Much work and preparation went into the season. According to the team, they were prepared mentally to shine at nationals with the support and encouragement of each coach. Next year when March rolls around take the time to lookout for the NDSU Marksmanship team. They are a group filled with young and relentless shooters that are only going to get better. Maybe next year the marksmanship team can join the ranks of all the other great NDSU teams and go down in history with first place honors.
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Figuring out what classes to take each semester can be kind of intimidating. You want to make sure that you get all the requirements for completing your degree while doing it in the shortest amount of time possible. But there are other classes that you might be interested in as well that have nothing to do with your major. When you aren’t entirely sure what you should do, that is the benefit of having an adviser. They can help you with finding the best classes for you that will also help you succeed. You can also take some time to use NDSU’s own career counseling center to help you as well. If you go to www.ndsu.edu/career/students you can find all types of resources to help you figure out what type of majors would really suit you. You can also make an appointment with an academic or career counselor as well. These are professional services that you would have to pay quite a large amount outside of campus, but as students we get to use them for free. So take advantage of a good opportunity that will help you make wise decisions that affect your future. Start by talking with your adviser. If you feel like he or she is not giving you the advice that you want or need, then set up an appointment with the career center. Almost everyone in these positions wants to help you succeed at NDSU, so utilize their help. Who knows, you might end up with the perfect job someday and a lot sooner than most people because you went through what seems to be a hassle now.
Health Talk: with a Spring cupcakes nutritious twist Jessie Battest Contributing Writer With the spring season finally here, there is no time to waste getting in the spirit. Start your spring-cleaning, put away your winter clothing and make some delicious treats for your friends and family. These cupcakes will not only be tasty and easy to make, but they will give your body the added health benefits of fruits and vegetables. What you need for the cupcakes: What you will need for the frosting: 1 box of Pillsbury chocolate cake mix 1 cup of vanilla Greek yogurt 1/3 cup of applesauce 1/2 cup of powdered sugar 3 eggs 1 tsp. of clear vanilla extract 1 zucchini, finely chopped or grated Green food coloring 2 muffin tins Wire whisk 24 paper muffin cups What you will need for the decorations: 24 marshmallow Peeps bunnies 24 pieces of licorice (red or black) 1 bag of Starbursts jelly beans Step one: Prepare the cupcake mix following the directions on the back of the box, substituting applesauce for the oil. Once it is mixed, fold in the grated zucchini, being careful not to overmix. Spoon the batter into each muffin cup, filling about half to two-thirds full. Bake at 350 degrees for about 23-27 minutes, or until a toothpick or knife comes out of a cupcake without any unbaked batter on it. After the cupcakes are done, allow them to cool completely before frosting them. Step two: To make the frosting, mix the Greek yogurt, vanilla extract and powdered sugar together in a bowl with a wire whisk. The frosting will become slightly thick, but to thicken it even more, put it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Add green food coloring so that the frosting will imitate grass once it is spread on the cupcakes. Step three: The finishing touches are simple and a lot of fun to create. Immediately after frosting each cupcake, simply begin by placing one Peeps bunny in the center. Then take a piece of licorice and fold it in a “U” shape over the bunny, sticking each end into the cupcake. This will establish a basket-like effect. Lastly, stick three jellybeans into the frosting in front of the bunny. Step back and appreciate your end product! As you bite into your festive creations, remember that every chocolaty bite is packed with a punch of fruits and vegetables and topped with a yogurt frosting, which will give your body some extra protein and calcium, along with many other healthbenefiting vitamins and minerals. Enjoy!
Ask Alysia Alysia Larson Staff Writer Dear Alysia I can’t decide if I should take summer classes or not. If I did, I could graduate sooner. But I want my summer to be summer, not school. It would be nice to get some of these classes out of the way but I’m not sure what I should do. Sincerely, Summer Fun Dear Summer Fun, I say, suck it up and take the classes. I understand the whole want your ‘summer to be summer’ thing. It might be annoying to still have classes while others have a break but just remember the ultimate goal, you’ll be done with school before everybody else! If you are taking required classes in the summer, that would also help leave your fall and spring semesters more open to take classes that you might be more interested in and make the semester more enjoyable. Being able to be in more classes that you prefer is definitely a bonus. I would also recommend looking into the classes that you want to take during the summer. Some classes are better in the summer because the class size is smaller so you get more one-on-one with the professor. Other classes are horrible to take in the summer because it’s a difficult class and you have a much shorter period of time to learn everything. So make sure you do your research for what classes you want to take. The decision is yours to make but if you really look at the pros and cons of the situation. I think you will be able to make the best choice for you. Summer school might not seem like the ideal way to spend your summer, but it could make it much more interesting and one step closer to graduation. Sincerely, Alysia
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by presenting bold, innovative works of theatre. The board as Spectrum Staff a whole helps select plays that fit this mission. We also take into consideration who we have that may be cast in the In its current selection, the show as well as if there are Newfangled Theater Com- technical requirements that we pany presents “Treefall,” a will not be able to do.” play that examines the AmeriQ: What has been chalcan culture and its effect on gender, identity and family lenging about it? Eberle: “One of the most stereotypes. Newfangled Theater Com- challenging things has been pany chair and “Treefall” di- the fact that the actors all have rector Seth Eberle, a senior to stretch to do things that majoring in theater arts, and might normally be outside of “Treefall” costume designer their comfort zone. However, Jeffrey Gion, also a senior ma- they have risen to the chaljoring in theater arts, share in lenge and are working very a featured Q&A a look into the hard. The other challenge has world of Henry David Murray. been to put a pool of water onstage that actually splashes.” Q: How does newfangled Gion: “The biggest chaltheater company work? Eberle: “The newfangled lenge is delving into the world theatre company is completely and minds of the characters to student run. There is a board determine what they would that chooses each year's pro- have available for clothing and duction season and ensures justify why they are doing that the process goes what they do.” smoothly. All designers, acQ: What do you like most tors, directors, etc are student peers working together to cre- about the play? Eberle: “I think that the ate a production. However, the faculty invests a main themes in the play are what stage budget into the show so make it really relevant to that we may do whatever we today: family, environmental feel necessary in order to put impact we have on the earth the production up. Student and relationships.” submissions are taken for each Gion: “The reversals of season, and we especially want to encourage playwrights roles the characters go through or creative writers. We give from the beginning of the play special consideration to plays to the end.” written by students to be proQ: What do you want the duced.” audience to take away? Eberle: “I think that the Q: How and why did they decide to go with this play? main thing that the audience Eberle: “The mission of the will take away from this procompany is to strive to chal- duction is that they will ask lenge and enlighten audiences themselves, ‘What is a fam-
“Treefall” is set to run April 19-22 at Walsh Studio Theater. The production examines gender, identity and family stereotypes in American culture.
ily?’ At the beginning of the play, the three boys form a makeshift and odd family. At first it is a bit overwhelming, but when you consider their situation and everything that has happened to them, you understand why they are doing what they are doing, and what is truly important about family.”
Q: What's the most rewarding aspect about designing? Gion: “Working with a very talented cast and crew to create the pieces and images onstage” Q: What should we expect from “Treefall?” Gion: “To laugh, wonder, and learn.”
is to see what their peers are doing in different majors and departments, but also to challenge themselves with the messages of this production.” Eberle: “Students should attend because this is their production company! If they want to see any particular type of show, they should talk to any member of the company and suggest what they would like to see. If they do not like the show, they should talk to someone too. That way we can continue to select a season based on what students wish to see. The cost to attend for students is only $3.”
Gion: “Who these people Eberle: “You should expect are. They will explain their acthe unexpected from tions themselves.” ‘Treefall.’ It is a play that Q: What's the most re- takes place after horrible natwarding aspect about per- ural disaster, but I do not think that you will leave completely forming? Eberle: “A live perform- depressed. There is still a ance is very rewarding be- sense of hope for humanity.” cause, as a performer, you get Q: What has been the best Q: Why should students part direct audience feedback. You of working on can know almost immediately attend? What is the cost to “Treefall?” if the audience is watching and attend? Eberle: “The best part of Gion: “One simple answer working on ‘Treefall’ has been interested or not.”
the production team and actors. Everyone has worked together to create a wonderful, moving production.” Gion: “This production is designed, directed, and acted by the the students in the theatre department. We worked together for countless hours to get this production on it's feet. Without the support of each other, this would never come to fruition, and that's the best part of this show. The designers need the actors who need the director who needs the designers and vice versa. It's reciprocal.” “Treefall” premieres April 19-22 in the Walsh Studio Theater located in Askanase Hall. For more information or to purchase tickets visit, http://www.ndsu.edu/finearts/t heatre/LCT/treefall.html
Review: ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ Valve explains ‘wearable computing’ Riley Donnelly Contributing Writer “Cabin in the Woods” is the new thriller/horror to send your minds reeling this weekend. Starring a powerful cast including Chris Hemsworth from “Thor” and a plot that will make you thirst for more, this show will easily captivate your attention from beginning to start. These are one of the few shows to actually stick to its promise: It. Will. Blow. Your. Mind. In the beginning, it starts out like any other “Cabin in the Woods” flick; a few friends are planning a “super-awesome” trip out at some cousin’s cabin in the middle of nowhere -- no cell phone service, no signs of civilization, that kind of thing. But when they decide to go down into the cellar, this is where things get very
interesting very fast. Spoiler alert: These friends choose their own fates in an ironic way. I won’t delve into it any further; you’ll have to see it for yourself to understand everything. This meta-horror sets the bar for new horrors for the future. It has created the insanely idealistic environment where it can be funny, creepy and scary at the same time. The crowd could be laughing one second and then quickly be startled the next by the many horrors that populate the show. How this show really sets itself apart from all the others is that it’s not afraid to take clichéd horror movie themes and incorporate every single one into it, and then completely change the situation so the audience will never have a clue what the show’s going to do next -- the perfect environment for any movie to mature in. Leaving the theater I felt a
great feeling of satisfaction, something far from what I usually feel after watching a horror movie. This show challenges you to think in new ways and to prepare for anything. While the show brings a lot more to the table from the horror movie genre, it still has some flaws in it. Sometimes the show tends to get trapped in its own clichés and thus becomes the butt of its own joke, but the situation thankfully changes so frequently that this shouldn’t bother too many people. Another thing I didn’t like was that when the action started to build it quickly devolves into a gore-fest, which should please some but easily turn off many others. Finally, I’ll give this show an easy A for reengineering my concept of horror albeit a few, minor flaws. Best horror of the year, here we come.
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Remember those murmurs concerning computing hardware coming from Valve Software? Well, while it doesn’t seem as though anything of particular note will be coming out of those rumors, we’ve all got something else to get excited about. And then promptly unexcited once again. A couple of months back, Valve CEO Gabe Newell teased a project concerning wearing computer hardware as well as some of the talent they were hiring to work on it. A blog post by company researcher Michael Abrash cleared up Newell's intentions. “By ‘wearable computing,’” Abrash explains, “I mean mobile computing where both computer-generated graphics and the real world are seam-
lessly overlaid in your view; there is no separate display that you hold in your hands (think Terminator vision)." Google has recently announced that it is working on a similar piece technology called ‘Glass.’ “To be clear, this is R&D -it doesn’t in any way involve a product at this point, and won’t for a long while, if ever -- so please, no rumors about Steam glasses being announced at E3.” So, it doesn’t sound like Valve is announcing anything concrete just yet. However, one has to imagine that even a company as ridiculously rich as the proprietor of the Steam digital distribution platform doesn't throw this much money and talent behind something without purpose. If something does come of this burgeoning wearable computer fad, you can probably expect Valve to handle things in a traditionally Valve way.
“So we’re thinking of trying to figure out how to do the equivalent of the [Team Fortress] incremental approach in software design and try to figure out how would you get something similar to that in the hardware space as well,” Newell said in his original quote. “Well, if we have to sell hardware we will,” Newell said. “We have no reason to believe we’re any good at it; it’s more we think that we need to continue to have innovation and if the only way to get these kind of projects started is by us going and developing and selling the hardware directly then that's what we’ll do.” So there you have it. The next time you feel like getting upset about the lack of “HalfLife 2: Episode 3” or just plain old “Half-Life 3,” remember that it's because Valve is working on the first step towards holo-decks -- presumably in the interest of science.
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Rape in the military: Where is the ‘duty, honor, country’ in that?
If any of you check your emails on a regular basis, you may have received a few from the Counseling Center at NDSU at some point this year. They offer many different and beneficial services to individuals on our campus and have proven to be a great asset to those whom have taken advantage of the help they offer. However, they might have to wait five to seven business days to speak to someone. A few weeks ago my friend decided to seek some help from the Counseling Center on campus. He wanted to simply talk about some issues that were hindering him from focusing on homework, his internship and other everyday tasks. When he got there, he was unable to speak with someone right away because he was put on a waitlist. There were too many individuals seeking help, not enough staff and matching times for availability was also a problem. It takes a lot of courage for a person to muster up enough motivation to seek help through a program like the Counseling Center. When someone needs to speak to someone about an issue they may be facing, chances are that they may not know anyone else that they can speak to who won’t sound like a high school guidance counselor. Like many of the high schools we students attended before coming to NDSU, if we needed to speak with someone about problems we may have been facing, we were pointed into the direction of the guidance counselor. And if your high school was anything like mine, it seemed as though the moment the guidance counselor knew about your problems, the rest of the town knew about them as well. However, now that we are in college and at NDSU, there are outlets for students to speak their minds and therapeutically deal with problems they encounter while having it remain confidential -- and one of them is the Counseling Center. That means that if a student needs to talk about concerns they may be facing, NDSU should provide prompt help without a waitlist. Our university is one of the top employers in the state, which also means that hiring a few more counselors would be willing to listen my friend.
“McClendon says she was aboard a Navy destroyer at sea when a superior raped her on the midnight to 2 a.m. watch. After reporting the attack, she was diagnosed with a personality disorder and deemed unfit to serve.” This is just one of several gut wrenching examples of female military members being taken advantage of and then retaliated against once they speak up to defend themselves. CNN released an article Friday discussing the many women that have been raped while in the military and then discharged due to a “personality disorder diagnosis” after they report the attack. By the time I reached the end of the article I was sick to my stomach. Not only was I upset for what these women had experienced, but also I was furious that the people who are supposed to be representing our country are acting so disgracefully and getting away with it. According to the article written by David S. Martin, a discharge based on a personality disorder does not constitute a service related disability: “That means sexual assault victims with personality disorder discharges don’t receive benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs to help with their trauma.” As far as I’m concerned, the people responsible for these women’s traumas are an embarrassment to not only the military but to our country. These men and women are supposed to be the representation of our country. If they treat their own subordinates this way, what’s to say they represent our country any better when dealing with people in other countries? “Duty, Honor, Country” is imbedded in the military’s coat of arms. Apparently the military needs to drill this phrase into some of their members much better. This is an extremely dishonorable act. Not only do these women have to recover from the trauma of getting raped and destroying such valuable trust, but they are punished for it. They are retaliated against by getting discharged for being “crazy.” And on top of that, they receive no benefits and are being forced to repay part of the signing bonus because they didn’t fulfill the years they promised. One of the women even lost her pension. I am so thankful for the military and everything that those men and women do for our country and me. I respect their sacrifice and am humbled when I meet a member of the U.S. Armed Forces. However, hearing of something like this happening within such an honorable institution makes me sick. I hope that someday we are able to fully put our trust in all of the men and women protecting our country. Unfortunately, for now the best we can do is be supportive for the men and women who are victimized by the few corrupt individuals and bring them to justice.
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Away with candidacy exams
Courtney Simons Contributing Writer Perhaps the most important juncture in the life of the doctoral student is the candidacy exam. Having completed all his course work, the trembling and fear-struck soul stands before a jury of committee members who have come to make an inquest into whether or not he is deemed worthy to venture one step closer to their coveted platform. With intensity, they search to determine if the mind of the student has evolved to deeply understand the fundamental theories of his subject. Is he knowledgeable? Can he communicate this knowledge well? Is he worthy to join our sacred ranks? Accompanying the oral inquisition is a written exam that
Let the farm kids work
Ryan LaPlante Contributing Writer
The Obama Administration is showing that it is out of touch with the American people and their way of life once again as the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) proposes new Jaime is a junior majoring regulations of youth labor on in English education. farms. This new proposal severely restricts the ability of minors to work in agricultural jobs and to help on family farms by limiting the labor activities in which they can participate. With rules such as the outlawing of the operation of power machinery by those under the age of 16, the proposals which the DOL outlines on its website have harmful potential. This is an uncalled for intrusion by the Obama Administration into the lives and businesses of rural Americans. As many from this region know from personal experience, farms are often operated Amanda is a sophomore maas a family endeavor. Parents in public relations and and children alike contribute email@example.com joring advertising.
the doctoral student must also do in order to raise to candidacy. Here they are expected to satisfactorily answer a wide range of questions submitted by each of his professors. I question the candidacy exam in both its oral and written forms. Are these adequate determinants of candidacy? Many students are so scared of it that they keep putting it off. By the time some decide to do the exam, it is so late that the committee may feel compelled to let them through, just to purge them out of the system. We need to move to a stage where the advisory committee actually plays more of their true role of advising and less of a jury function. In practice, we find that one person advises the student: the chairman of the committee. In preparing the scholar for today’s world, the student needs a multi-advisor relationship with his committee where each member substantially contributes something to the intellectual growth and profes-
to the maintaining of livestock and production of crops. In many cases, parents count on their children to operate machinery and tend to animals. Yet, as told by Senator John Thune (R-South Dakota), the new restrictions prohibit youths from performing many everyday tasks with livestock. The proposal, says the senator, puts involvement in farm work and in educational organizations such as 4-H and FFA at stake. This endangers the future of family farms across the nation. I can personally attest to the value of youth farm labor from experience. I know many families who work together on their farms. I also worked on a dairy farm myself a few years ago for my first job. I enjoyed that opportunity, and it helped me to form my work ethic as well as save money for college. However, the mandates of these new regulations would have made that job impossible for me had they been in place at that time. If these become the law of the land, future generations will be deprived of that valuable experience. Besides their potential harmful effect these proposals can have on rural life, the rea-
sional mentorship of the student. This will require having more purposeful apprenticeadvisor contacts with committee members over the period leading to candidacy, during which he receives regular guidance and feedback. At the time of candidacy consideration, readiness should be measured based on a set of evidence that the student has gathered. Evidence can be collected and stored in the form of a digital portfolio which would include: résumé/curriculum vita, statement of research and teaching philosophy, course grades, videos of seminars and other public communications, copies of papers written and published, books or chapters written/co-authored, student evaluation of classes taught, grants written and documented feedback from members of advisory team. These pieces of evidence collected over a long period of time are a better measure of competence and readiness for
candidacy than the traditional one-shot candidacy exam. Some universities have replaced the candidacy exam with a requirement that the student presents to his committee a research project proposal that is significantly different from his research. This also is a better indicator of candidacy readiness, as it marks how the student will be able, as a scholar, to create novel ideas, design projects, develop research budget, identify sources of funding and convince an audience that their research deserves attention. I know we do not live in an ideal world and professors have multiple roles to play, which makes the call to mentor and transform the student from apprentice to scholar a difficult one. Regardless, this must be the direction that we look, if we are serious about setting ourselves apart.
soning for promoting them is unsound. Yes, farm labor can often be hazardous. Care should be taken to ensure safety for youth workers. But situations where accidents happen on farms are the exception, not the rule. Most farmers know their business and its hazards. They know how to avoid them and to teach others how to. Farm kids grow up around animals and machinery, so they learn about their dangers from a young age. To have distant Washington officials, who know little of individual situations in rural America, control-
ling the functions of a family farm is nothing short of absurd. The parents who have their children work on the family farm care about their kids more than anybody else does. Shouldn’t they be the ones most trusted to teach and look out for them? In a clumsy effort to regulate safety on farms, the Obama Administration is only succeeding in stepping on the toes of the American farmer and his family.
Courtney is a graduate student in the cereal sciences department.
Ryan is a freshman majoring in the college of engineering and architecture.
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Opinion Things to remember as Santorum exits Look at the moon, don’t pursue it
Keith Bistodeau Contributing Writer
While this Republican primary season has been a little unexciting, there have been a large number of people who have called it quits: Michelle Bachman, Donald Trump, Rick Perry and now Rick Santorum. While some people might turn their heads to this, Santorum dropping out has a drastic impact on the Republican field. While the beginning of the Republican Primary race saw frontrunners in Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, Santorum asserted himself as the number one or number two candidate in almost every state during
the last few months. His decision to end his campaign puts a huge momentum shift in favor of Romney. The biggest question surrounding Santorum’s exit is: why? With the momentum his campaign has been gaining and his stance in the race, many are confused to his exit. I believe there are, however, some key reasons to his exit. First and foremost: money. While Santorum was gaining momentum on Romney, his funds were running low. Romney had out-fundraised Santorum by almost a ten-to-one margin in the last month. We have all heard the phrase, “Time is money,” and this could not have been truer for Santorum. The second reason behind his decision: his family. While much of the media focus is on the politician, we must remember that there is a family behind Santorum. The large amount of time on the road
and the stress took its toll on not only Santorum but also his family, not to mention his ill daughter. The last big reason to consider in Santorum’s decision: time. Santorum needed roughly 70 percent of all remaining delegates in order to beat Romney for the nomination. With the ever-shortening political calendar, there just was not enough time. While Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich might stay in until the end, Santorum decided to bow out. While some people may call this decision ill advised or might even not care, it does change the climate of the Republican race. Regardless of your affiliation or stance on politics, just remember, whoever gets the nod could be your next president. Keith is a senior majoring in public relations and advertising.
‘Office’ cast shakeup for upcoming 9th season Matt Paulsen Spectrum Staff Everyone’s favorite paper company may be looking a whole lot different come next fall. After losing Steve Carell last season, NBC’s top-rated scripted show could be set for a complete overhaul heading into its ninth season. Starting back in 2005, “The Office” is about a group of typical office workers, where the workday consists of ego clashes, inappropriate behavior and tediousness. Although the show has been struggling in the ratings due to Carell’s departure, it still remains one of NBC’s top-rate scripted shows. With the network struggling to bring in the ratings as it is, it would be hard to say goodbye to one of their top-rated shows. It has already been announced that this will be the final season for Mindy Kaling, who is leaving to star in a new FOX pilot set to air in the fall. Kaling plays customer service representative Kelly Kapoor. Along with acting Kaling has also served as co-executive producer for
the show and has written some of the shows best episodes including “The Dundies” and “Niagara.” She left her mark on the show, and will be hard to replace in front of and behind the camera. There is also talk of NBC picking up a new pilot for next fall, which would focus on Dwight’s farm. Thus would mark the end for not only Rainn Wilson’s Dwight but also show runner Paul Lieberstein, who along with running the show plays human resources rep Toby Flenderson. Lieberstein would leave to focus on running the Dwight spin-off. If that wasn’t enough, John Krasinski (Jim), Jenna Fischer (Pam) and Ed Helms (Andy) are currently without contracts for next season. Helms, who has found success with the “Hangover” films is primed to make a move to the big screen. If “The Office” does get renewed, which is likely, executive producer Greg Daniels is considering completely rebooting the show with the majority of a whole new cast. It wouldn’t be the first time a long running comedy went this route. Medical comedy
“Scrubs” ran for eight seasons, before branching off into focusing on the interns for a 2009 season that could never capture the original shows magic and was quickly cancelled. In 1993, “Saved by the Bell” decided it was time to bring in a new class. The spin-off, which saw a new group of students attending Bayside High School, recycled a lot of old plots with a new cast, with the only holdover being Principal Belding. The show fared a little better running for seven seasons but it was critically panned and ran on Saturday mornings. There is no telling how “The Office” shakeup will affect the show. Best-case scenario it lasts a few more years until NBC can find a new toprated show. Worst case it goes the way of “Scrubs” and is promptly cancelled. At the very least, if the network is desperate to keep the show on the air they should make the ninth season a sort of finale for the core cast and give the show a proper ending after nine seasons. “The Office” runs on NBC Thursday nights at 8.
Matt Severns Spectrum Staff Growing up in the '90s, anything was possible. I could say to my mom that I wanted be an astronaut, and she could encourage me to pursue my dreams. Kids of today, however, have their ambitions curbed. Their parents can rightfully tell them they will never be astronauts, and worse, they might never see the triumph of human exploration beyond the confines of the planet. Over the weekend, the space shuttle Discovery headed to the Smithsonian, where it, along with the manned space program, will be heralded henceforth more as a memory than as a reality.
Though going to space isn't a feasible career choice for most of us, it is important to understand the program for its implications. What did it mean to know that there were real people who went to real alien lands? We went to space to challenge the Soviets, and going to space made us better Americans. The American dream became truly limitless as we proved to the world that we could do anything we set our minds to. Our grandparents' and parents' kids inherited this can-do optimism, and we all came together to celebrate the triumphs and mourn the catastrophes associated with manned space exploration. There was, for the first time since the times of the Louisiana Purchase, a real
frontier that could challenge the ambitions of even the most determined person. There was an unknown and an excitement associated with it, yet in pursuit of frugality, we've turned our backs on infinity and beyond. What does it mean to have canceled the space program? It means that our kids can be told they can't be whatever their dreams lead them to want to be. There's a saying that goes, "Shoot for the moon because even if you miss, you'll land among the stars." Our kids can't even do that. Matt is a senior majoring in English education.
Digital privacy Hindering acceptable stalking Andrew Tran Contributing Writer Digital privacy has only been an issue concerning the great web titans such as Google and the infamous Facebook. These companies may be questionable in their actions, but on some level we have to thank them for their efforts. We may not want to admit to this, but we benefit from the controversial actions of online tracking. This is not to say that these companies are justified in their shady practices; it will never be right that they are able to take private information without us knowing or approving. However, the idea that encompasses online tracking is a beneficial one. Appealing to people based off of who they are is something that we do every day. For example, you would never walk up to someone random and start talking about something that you are interested in without knowing if they share the same sentiment for said topic. You would need to get to know this person first. There are two ways to go about doing this: The first way is the normal, accepted friendship-trust method where you talk and slowly build trust and understanding of each other. The other method is to spy (effectively stalk) another person and get to know them without their consent. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Which way is faster?” Of course spying/stalking is
faster -- you don’t need anyone’s permission to get to know him or her. It is also morally unacceptable (as it should be) and likely to get you in legal trouble, but I bet if you had the resources you wouldn’t mind so much. This is the exact case of big web corporations -- they want to know you, but they don’t have time to take surveys or ask each one of us what we like (let alone build trust with us prior), but they have vast resources and are more than willing to use them. Now, once again, I’m not saying that online tracking is okay, and I am most certainly not saying that stalking is fine by any stretch of the imagination. What is important is to understand these actions. Online corporations want to know more about us so that they can appeal to us. The competition for the knowledge of who we are drives these companies to extremes that we are often uncomfortable with. However, all of the efforts are for our benefit. Imagine a Google search that gives us results that are relevant to our intended search and our own personal tastes. Taking that into a literal sense: If you search for “cake recipe” you instead get ”strawberry shortcake recipe,” or whatever your favorite flavor is. Getting to know us would give the web titans the ability to serve us better, but perhaps their methods are not ideal for their goals. As they continue to take measures to stay ahead of the competition, we are left wondering if they care about
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our personal concerns. It should be obvious that they care about us; we are their business. Without our approval they have nothing to give or sell to us, and that is not in their best interests. They probably don’t understand this as well as they should because in their minds they think that we will approve of their actions and thus approve of their means. The key here is that they think we will approve, and no one said we would. This is where the logic comes full circle. If the company wants to improve, they have to find out more about us, but in the process they can’t violate our privacy and that means they are left with surveys or direct input. This means that it will take too long for them to get us what we want the way we want it, so they instead try to track what we do without us knowing it and end up breaking the moral rules that we are so ready to call them out on. We want these companies to improve but not at our expense. Certainly they have the ability and resources to get what they need in a less intrusive and more approvable way, even if it does take longer), but as long as their goals are benign, we should be willing to give the company the benefit of the doubt and most importantly be patient with them as well. Andrew is a freshman majoring in the college of engineering and architecture.
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Bison start conference play with 4-game split
Saturdayâ€™s itinerary for Herd fans
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Travis Jones Sports Editor Itâ€™s not just going to be another lazy Saturday this weekend. One of the busiest Saturdays of the athletic season is on the slate, and there isnâ€™t any reason for student showing to be at an all-time high for the three home events. If youâ€™re not good with scheduling, Iâ€™ll be glad to help you in creating your personal itinerary for the weekend. With the spring football game, two baseball games and two softball games on the campus, there should be no problem of getting out there and showing some Bison pride. Start off the day by bouncing around locations to take in the opening salvos of each event. Softball opens the competition with an 11:00 a.m. first pitch against UMKC, baseball will throw their first pitch at Newman Outdoor Field at noon against South Dakota State and kickoff from the spring game will be at 1:00 p.m. from the Fargodome. Donâ€™t worry, there is a way to take in everything throughout the day, as I said earlier, follow the itinerary. To take in the entire football experience, start early: head to tailgating to start off the day before going to Ellig Sports Complex for the first few innings of the softball game. Get your fill of food and drinks at tailgating so that eating is taken care of for a little while. Head to Newman to see first pitch against the Jacks, as an important Summit League home schedule will be opening then for the Bison. Catch the first few innings in the sun (hopefully) before heading back to the Fargodome for kickoff. The national championship squad from last season is going to be honored during the spring game, and the dome is going to be full Iâ€™m thinking, so be sure to get there on time. Now obviously the level of football wonâ€™t be through the roof, as it is just the spring game, so be sure to catch the tail ends of either baseball or softballâ€™s second games of the day. Iâ€™m not telling anyone that this is the only thing to follow, what I am saying is that there is no better day to show off what kind of Bison pride NDSUâ€™s campus has. As many know, Iâ€™ve stressed pride and attendance all year for NDSU events, and itâ€™s picked up throughout the year, so donâ€™t stop now. Itâ€™s an exciting weekend to three successful Division I programs in action. With other campus events going on as well, there will be visitors at these events who are wanting to see what being a Bison is all about, donâ€™t disappoint them.
The Bison stormed into Macomb, Illinois Friday to kick off Summit League play with a four-game series against Western Illinois. The Herd split the series two games apiece with the Leathernecks on a wet weekend at Boyer Stadium. After dropping two straight ball games, the Bison were back to their winning ways Friday prevailing in game one 8-1. Ace, John Straka moved to 5-2 on the season with a dazzling performance, striking out five and only allowing one run over seven and two-thirds
innings. The Bison offense was sparked by a pair of Leatherneck errors in the top of the fifth scoring three runs, and jumping to a 4-0 lead. NDSU would go on to put their second three-run inning on the board in the eighth with a pair of back-to-back RBI doubles by Nick Colwell and Zach Wentz. Kyle Kingsley shut down the Leathernecks in the ninth, inducing a tailor-made 6-4-3 double play to end the series opener. A rainy Saturday witnessed Western Illinois pitcher Dustin Hunter manhandling a hot Bison line-up during game two. Hunter went the distance, holding the Bison to just three runs, all in the second inning before becoming nearly unhit-
table the rest of the way. The Bison started the scoring in the second with a pair of RBI singles from Nick Altavilla and Tim Colwell, but were silenced the rest of the game only advancing two runners into scoring position and ending the afternoon with a total of nine strikeouts and just eight hits. The Leathernecks took the lead in the fifth with a two-out rally off Bison starter Luke Anderson. Later, Western Illinois added some insurance runs in the seventh with a bases loaded RBI single by Steve Kedroski that scored two. The Bison failed to rally back losing the second game of the series, 3-7. Rain Saturday forced Saturdayâ€™s double-header to Sunday
with the Bison prevailing 104, and losing in a heartbreaker 2-3. No one could seem to get Bison lead-off hitter, Tim Colwell, out as he cruised to a 5-5 outburst in game one, scoring twice and driving-in two runs, and added his ninth triple of the season in the seventh. He wasnâ€™t the only Bison feeling it at the plate as Wentz and Nick Anderson both homered, extending their team lead to four each. The Bison began the scoring in the first inning scrapping together three runs off a wild pitch, a walk and a sacrifice fly but never looked back cruising to victory in game one. Bryant Larson improved his record to 4-1, pitching a solid
six innings giving up only five hits and two runs, all coming in the first inning. Both pitchers went the distance in the seven inning series finale, as the Leathernecks outlasted the Bison with a onerun victory. Western Illinoisâ€™ Dan Russell threw a gem, only allowing two runs off three hits and seven strikeouts. He also ended Zach Wentzâ€™s impressive 11-game hittingstreak handcuffing the Bison hitters all game. The Bison moved to 24-9 and 2-2 in league play this weekend. They will play rival South Dakota State on Tuesday in Brookings before taking on Dakota Weslyan in Fargo on Wednesday. First pitch on Wednesday will be at 4:00 p.m.
Bison men and women host Bison Invitational Men win 7 events, women take home 13 first-place titles Saturday
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Matt Tetzlaff takes the lead in the 110 meter hurdles Saturday. The Bison men earned seven titles at the Bison Invitational.
Corrie Dunshee Contributing Writer Menâ€™s Track and Field The menâ€™s track and field put two members into the alltime top 10 and brought home seven event titles at the Bison Invitational last weekend.
In 14.48 seconds, Matt Tetzlaff led a 1-2-3-4 Bison finish by taking the 110 meter hurdles. He also took first in the 400 hurdles with a time of 52.18 seconds. Tying for fifth all-time at NDSU, Brock Larson wont the pole vault, and marked a personal best of 16 feet 6 Âž inches. Clearing the high jump
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Maddie McClellan leads in the steepleechase event during the Bison Invitational Saturday. Her time set an Ellig Sports Complex record.
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in 6 feet 6 Âž inches was Jeramy Geditz, taking first place. Winning the 800 meters was Travis Fitzke, completing it in 1:52.13 seconds. Josh Hintz took second with a time of 1:55.67. Finishing first with a time of 41.45 was the 4x400 relay team of Tetzlaff, Nate Mattson, Jason Duchscherer and
Lee Dhein. The 4X400 relay was also won by Andrew Balzer, Begin, Alec Espeland and Duchscherer with a time of 3:20.05. Duchscherer finished second in the 400 meters with a time of 47.63 seconds, placing him seventh in school history Winning the javelin with a facility record throw of 236
feet 2 inches was former NDSU athlete Riley Dolezal, reaching the â€˜Bâ€™ standard for the 2012 Olympic Trials. The men will compete again next week in California in the Mt. SAC Relays, the Byan Clay Invitational and the Beach Invitational.
Womenâ€™s Track and Field The womenâ€™s track and field team took 13 event titles and three facility records at the Bison Invitational last Saturday. Winning the 100 meter dash was Antoinette Goodman with a time of 11.91 seconds. Completing the sprint double, she also won the 200 meters in 24.33 seconds. Goodman went further by winning the long jump with an 18 feet 4 Âź inch leap. Maddie McClellan took first in the steeplechase with a time of 10:35.75 seconds, setting an Ellig Sports Complex Record and breaking Veronica Sackettâ€™s 2004 record of 10:58.70. McClellanâ€™s time ranks second all-time in school history. Placing third on the all-time
performance charts, Amy Jo Thorne took second with a time of 10:39.93. Ashlynn Simon won the 800 meters in 2:10.00, breaking Kinsey Colesâ€™ 2004 record of 2:10.81. Setting a facility record in the 400 meter hurdles was Melissa Kitching with a time of 1:00.60, ranking fourth alltime at NDSU. This broke Sarah Kleinâ€™s 2004 record of 1:00.92. Taking the 400 meters was Paige Stratioti with a time of 54.52 seconds, ranking fifth in school history. Winning the shot put was Kayla Simpson, marking a 45 feet, 9 Âź inch throw, ranking 10th on the alltime charts. Brittany Schanandore took third in the 1500 meter run
with a time of 4:30.48, ranking fourth all-time. Tying for seventh in the all-time charts was Emily Lesser, finishing second in the discus throw with a 1444 mark. Winning the 100 meter hurdles was Twila Moser in 14.86 seconds, and claiming the high jump was Greta Zietz with a 5 feet 2 Â˝ inch mark. Taking first in the triple jump was Katie Dockter, marking at 37 feet 5 Âź inches. The women also took the 4x100 and 4x400 relays with the times of 46.45 seconds and 3:49.42 seconds respectively. The team will also be traveling to California next week to compete in the Mt. SAC Relays, the Bryan Clay Invitational, and the Beach Invitational.
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