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Online Survey Tool Aims to Reduce HighRisk Drinking Logan Curti

Contributing Writer


Robert Kringler and Walter Lanza co-coordinate their newly formed organization, TEDxNDSU, which will launch its premier event Monday.

TEDxNDSU Brings ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’ to NDSU Campus world,” co-coordinator of TEDxNDSU and freshman music major Robert Kringler said. According to TED’s

Lisa Marchand Staff Writer

A group of students are on a mission to share inspirational ideas through their newly formed organization, TEDxNDSU, a branch of the world-famous nonprofit TED. The mission of TED, an acronym for Technology, Entertainment and Design, is to remain dedicated to “Ideas Worth Spreading.” Conferences and events take place around the world, many of which are filmed and published online. “A certain type of people are attracted to TED: people who really are curious. They want to know how we’re going to create our future. They want to see change happen in the

together with people that share the same ideas as you, that share the same goals and aspirations as you is a very powerful thing,” Krin-

“I want them to go and be inspired to do something here, like maybe start a new project, maybe just help someone, maybe just pursue their dreams.” – Walter Lanza website, the global nonprofit recently launched its TEDx program, an independent chapter for communities wishing to organize “TEDlike experiences at the local level.” Kringler explained that the inspiration for TEDxNDSU came to him after attending TEDxFargo’s first event about a year ago. “I was really blown away by some of the talks [at TEDxFargo]. Being

gler said. Fellow co-coordinator and junior economics major Walter Lanza was first introduced to TED by a former professor and soon became an avid fan of the TED Talks that are featured online. Lanza also credits his experience at TEDxFargo for paving the way for TEDxNDSU, which has a similar mission in mind. “At TEDxNDSU, we passionately believe in the

spirit of TED and the power of Ideas Worth Spreading to change attitudes, lives and ultimately the world. Our events aim to ignite deep conversation and spark curiosity,” the TEDxNDSU Facebook page states. Kringler, Lanza and their team will bring the spirit of TED to NDSU’s campus beginning Monday, when their first official event will take place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Alumni Center. “[TEDxNDSU hopes] to get people engaged, talking about daily issues and about the speakers and what they hear,” Lanza explained. “I want them to go and be inspired to do something here, like maybe start a new project, maybe just help someone, maybe just pursue their dreams.” Seven guest speakers will share their personal in-

sights in 20 minutes or less with the crowd Monday evening. Special guests include several current and former philanthropy-driven students, one international yoyoing superstar, the director of the Memorial Union and an extreme runner. Lanza said TEDxNDSU aims to challenge the audience to “love more, give more, play more.” Each of the speakers has a unique story to share that touches an aspect of this challenge. Freshman management communication major Nicholas Conner, who plans to be a pastor, began the NDSUbased charity Hands and Feet. He went homeless for 10 days in 2012 to

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A free online survey administered to incoming freshmen has contributed to a decrease in high-risk drinking outcomes among students. The eCHECKUP TO GO program consists of two separate surveys—one concerning alcohol use (known as eCHUG) and the other regarding marijuana use (known as eTOKE). Upon completion of each of the 10-minute surveys, students are instantly provided with personalized results about their alcohol and marijuana use, a comparison of their behavior to that of other U.S. and NDSU college students, and practical suggestions of how to reduce highrisk behaviors. Laura Oster-Aaland, director of the Office of Orientation and Student Success, has been directly involved in eCHECKUP’s introduction at NDSU. She defined the program as a “brief intervention,” which is intended as a tool for self-reflection. “If you simply ask students to reflect upon their own drinking behaviors and compare those behaviors to others and what they perceive others drink, that is enough in itself to get them to moderate their drinking,” Oster-Aaland said. She added that “college students consistently overestimate how much their peers drink.” This misconception may lead to students

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Theta Chi Serves Community During ‘Days of Giving’ Josie Eyers

Head News Editor

Theta Chi fraternity is giving back to the community this week during its Days of Giving event. Days of Giving is a week filled with various volunteer projects the fraternity carries out in Fargo-Moorhead. “Everyone is giving back,” Theta Chi Public Relations Chair Kyle Mason said. “That’s one of the main reasons I joined Theta Chi. I get to see other people investing their interests in others and see them working together to accomplish something.” Days of Giving is orga-


nized around Theta Chi’s founding anniversary. The fraternity celebrated its 57th anniversary on Wednesday. “We needed something to commemorate when we were founded that was meritorious of our motto, ‘Brotherhood of the Assisting Hand,’” Mason said. The week of service will end with the CharFest (pronounced “care fest”) event that will feature a pasta feed and music from NDSU artists at 4 p.m. Friday at the University Lutheran Center, 1201 13th Ave. N. Theta Chi has held food benefit events in the past, but this year they have added music to the lineup.

“We thought it would draw more people,” Mason said. “Sometimes it takes that extra effort to bring more people to an event.” Suzy Cavalier, a junior music major, will perform at 4:45 p.m.; Zach Johnson, NDSU Delta Tau Delta member and future 2013 contestant of “America’s Got Talent,” will perform at 6:15 p.m.; and Blue Magic, NDSU student band, will perform at 7 p.m. A $5 cover charge for the event will raise funds for the fraternity’s new philanthropy recipient Charism Family Centers. For the first service project of the week, 14 Theta Chi

members volunteered at the Red River Zoo Monday afternoon. The zoo staff gave them a special tour, and they spent time cleaning, raking and getting the zoo ready for spring. Theta Chi hosted a blood drive in its fraternity house Tuesday. Several fraternity members donated blood, and the event was open to other students and the community as well. The blood drive, which was sponsored by United Blood Services, amassed 50 units of blood – 7 units more than its goal.

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Trevor Haugdahl gave this goat some attention while the Theta Chi members volunteered at the Red River Zoo on Monday.

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Construction Management Unveils DCE Online Program

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QUACK QUACK Why can ducks swim in freezing water? I like to observe areas when I photograph them. As I photographed a river one day it was freezing outside and watching the ducks swim in the water made my chin quiver. Why can ducks swim in freezing water and not get frostbite? According to Koeslag JH, an author of physiology, ducks have a system called countercurrent mechanism. It means that their secret is a warm blood flow system. Their veins and arteries run very close together so they maintain warmth better. In other words, their vein system can be described as a web of veins. Its warmth allows the foot tissues to stay warm enough when they are paddling across icy water. However, ducks are not the only mammals with countercurrent mechanism. Whales, dolphins and seals are other marine mammals with a web of veins. Humans do as well, but our countercurrent system is deeper in our arms in legs, so we still are prone to frostbite. Too bad we can’t be a Quacker. By: Mataya Armstrong



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empathize with some of the many groups he wishes to help. Conner will be one to drive home the message of “love more.” Kayla Houchin, a physical and health education major, is one of several speakers to address the “give more” challenge. Houchin has spent her life giving back to various charities and nonprofit organizations, for which she has managed to raise more than $42,000. This year’s Mr. NDSU, John Narum, will also speak at Monday’s event. Narum was the youngest person

ever to win the World Yo-Yo Championship and will focus on the “play more” facet of TEDxNDSU’s challenge. Although TEDxNDSU is in the beginning stages, Kringler and Lanza have big plans for its future. They hope to hold at least one large event every year by eventually expanding the audience size and inviting more local and national speakers. “With such a strong student-lead initiative, TEDxNDSU is limitless,” featured speaker and Memorial Union Director Steve

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the new program nationally and internationally. Jadrny said there is a niche market for NDSU since there aren’t many construction management programs offered online, and the online program will increase program enrollments. Currently 24 master students are enrolled in the DCE program, and 20 master students are enrolled on campus. There is currently an oncampus Master of science in construction management, for which students must write a thesis to achieve the master degree, Bai said. Students interested in either of these online programs for fall semester should submit an application as soon as possible.

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While construction season looms closer, students across the nation can get a more in-depth experience with construction management through a new Distance and Continuing Education program. DCE and the Construction Management program now offers a graduate certificate in construction management online. This program is open to any student in the United States. An online master program in construction management has been reopened as well, according to a press release from DCE. Connie Jadrny, marketing, recruitment and public relations coordinator for DCE, said this program is good for students who are planning to work in residential, commercial, industrial,

highway, heavy and other types of construction. She also noted that both the graduate certificate and master program prepare students for the Associate Constructor Exam or the Certified Professional Constructor Exam. The graduate certificate in construction management will give students the opportunity to expand their skills with estimating, scheduling and project management at a higher level. The press release said that these three areas represent the fundamental core of construction management. The master of construction management will teach students new and expanding areas of programming, cost control and product management. Yong Bai, professor and chair of the Department of Construction Management and Engineering, said these programs will increase graduate enrollment and expose

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‘Days of Giving’ continued... “[The blood drive] is a really rewarding event, especially because it is in our own house,” Mason said. Yesterday Theta Chi members cleaned up trash around the NDSU campus. They also picked up trash along the ditches of a 2-mile section of I-94, for which

they are contracted with Minnesota Department of Transportation to clean twice a year. The fraternity members will also assist the sandbagging effort in Fargo. They are scheduled to volunteer on the sandbag shuttle crew from 4 p.m. to midnight tonight. John Narum, Theta Chi

philanthropy chair, organized Days of Giving events along with two committee members. Mason said that people in the community appreciate and recognize that the fraternity is “giving back instead of just taking and using resources.”

high-risk drinking continued... drinking more to “fit in with the social norm,” and often creates a distorted view of one’s personal alcohol consumption, she said. Oster-Aaland said eCHUG and eTOKE are effective for two main reasons. “The program reduces student’s perception of the amount that other students drink or smoke… and it also does reduce high-risk drinking outcomes in college students,” she said. “While we are not necessarily seeing a decrease in binge drinking, we are seeing quite significant decreases in negative behaviors as the result of drinking.” Oster-Aaland attributed this success to eCHECKUP and the numerous chemical health resources provided on campus for NDSU students. She added that one unique aspect of this program is that “it tries to find the points that might be salient with different students.” The eCHECKUP results include calculations of how much money students

spend on alcohol and marijuana, how many calories they consume as alcohol and how family history might play a role in their alcohol use. The goal is that one of these figures will resonate with incoming students or those who struggle with alcohol or drug abuse. Since fall 2009, all incoming freshmen have been required to complete the eCHECKUP TO GO survey during the first six weeks of the academic year, according to NDSU news. In addition, students who violate the code of student behavior—in particular, the oncampus drug and alcohol policies—may be required to complete eCHECKUP TO GO as part of their sanction. Oster-Aaland emphasized that while the survey is only required for these students, every NDSU student has the opportunity to take advantage of this free program. “People’s drinking behaviors may change over time. It is important to occasionally reflect on person-

al drinking habits,” OsterAaland said. The Office of Orientation and Student Success chose eCHECKUP TO GO over hundreds of other alcohol prevention programs, largely due to its cost effectiveness. “For $750 per year, NDSU can provide the eCHECKUP service to all of its students. Other programs similar to eCHUG but with lower outcomes can cost over $100,000 a year,” Oster-Aaland said. eCHECKUP TO GO was developed by researchers at San Diego State University. Nine peer-reviewed studies have indicated that this tool is effective in reducing high-risk drinking behaviors among college freshmen, college athletes, heavy drinkers and those partaking in other alcohol education programs, according to the eCHUG website. NDSU is one of over 600 college campuses worldwide that have chosen to utilize the program.

Moniz Backs Natural Gas ‘Revolution’ Matthew Daly Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -President Barack Obama’s choice to lead the Energy Department pledged to increase use of natural gas Tuesday as a way to combat climate change even as the nation seeks to boost domestic energy production. Ernest Moniz, a physics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said “a stunning increase” in production of domestic natural gas in recent years was nothing less than a “revolution” that has led to reduced emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases that cause global warming. The natural gas boom also has led to a dramatic expansion of manufacturing and job creation, Moniz told the Senate Energy Committee. Even so, Moniz stopped short of endorsing widespread exports of natural gas, saying he wanted to study the issue further. A recent study commissioned by the Energy

Department concluded that exporting natural gas would benefit the U.S. economy even if it led to higher domestic prices for the fuel. Sen. Ron Wyden, DOre., chairman of the Senate energy panel, called the DOE study flawed and said it relied on old data and unrealistic market assumptions. Moniz said is open to reviewing the study to ensure that officials have the best possible data before making any decisions. “We certainly want to make sure that we are using data that is relevant to the decision at hand,” he said. Many U.S. energy companies are hoping to take advantage of the natural gas boom by exporting liquefied natural gas to Europe and Asia, where prices are far higher. Nearly two dozen applications have been filed to export liquefied natural gas, or LNG, to countries that do not have free trade agreements with the United States. Consumer advocates and some manufacturers that use natural gas as a raw material or fuel source oppose ex-

ports, which they say could drive up domestic prices and increase manufacturing costs. Many environmental groups also oppose LNG exports because of fears that increased drilling could lead to environmental problems. Natural gas results in fewer carbon emissions than other fossil fuels such as coal or oil. But environmental groups worry that controversial drilling techniques such as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, could cause damage drinking water supplies or cause other problems. Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the panel’s senior Republican, pushed Moniz to support gas exports, which she would help her state’s economy. Moniz said he would decide on a case by case basis based on a “transparent, analytically based” review. Moniz endorsed Obama’s “all of the above” approach to energy and said that if confirmed, he also would push for renewable energy such as wind and solar, along with coal and nuclear power.


North Korea Urges Foreigners to Vacate South Korea Jean H. Lee

Associated Press


PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- Scores of North Koreans of all ages planted trees as part of a forestation campaign - armed with shovels, not guns. In the evening, women in traditional dress danced in the plazas to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the late leader Kim Jong Il’s appointment to a key defense post. Despite another round of warnings from their leaders of impending nuclear war, there was no sense of panic in the capital on Tuesday. Chu Kang Jin, a Pyongyang resident, said everything is calm in the city. “Everyone, including me, is determined to turn out as one to fight for national reunification ... if the enemies spark a war,” he added, using nationalist rhetoric common among many North Koreans when speaking to the media. The North’s latest warning, issued by its Asia-Pacific Peace Committee, urged foreign companies and tourists to leave South Korea. “The situation on the Korean Peninsula is inching close to a thermonuclear war due to the evermore undisguised hostile actions of the United States and the South Korean puppet warmongers and their moves for a war against” North Korea, the

committee said in a statement carried by state media on Tuesday. There was no sign of an exodus of foreign companies or tourists from South Korea. White House spokesman Jay Carney called the statement “more unhelpful rhetoric.” “It is unhelpful, it is concerning, it is provocative,” he said. The warning appeared to be an attempt to scare foreigners into pressing their governments to pressure Washington and Seoul to act to avert a conflict. Analysts see a direct attack on Seoul as extremely unlikely, and there are no overt signs that North Korea’s army is readying for war, let alone a nuclear one. North Korea has been girding for a showdown with the U.S. and South Korea, its wartime foes, for months. The Korean War ended in 1953 with an armistice, not a peace treaty, leaving the peninsula still technically at war. In December, North Ko-

rea launched a satellite into space on a rocket that Washington and others called a cover for a long-range missile test. The North followed that with an underground nuclear test in February, a step toward mastering the technology for mounting an atomic bomb on a missile. Tightened U.N. sanctions that followed drew the ire of North Korea, which accused Washington and Seoul of leading the campaign against it. Annual U.S.South Korean military drills south of the border have further incensed Pyongyang, which sees them as practice for an invasion. Last week, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un enshrined the pursuit of nuclear weapons - which the North characterizes as a defense against the U.S. - as a national goal, along with improving the economy. North Korea also declared it would restart a mothballed nuclear complex.


Features Water Can be Worth its Weight in Gold Mike Liudahl

Contributing Writer

Whiskey’s for drinking and water’s for fighting. These are the wise words of my uncle Jim who is a decades-long member of the North Dakota Water Board. Until my recent visit to a resort on one of Fiji’s tiniest islands, I didn’t quite understand what he meant as well as I do now. For those who don’t have access to fresh water, the cost of making it increases its value exponentially. At Fiji’s Beachcomber Island this manufactured, yet vital resource’s worth is equal to that of a precious metal. Every time you step into any shower within the resort’s shoreline, there’s a sign somewhere on the wall that reads, “Our water is imported from the mainland and is like gold so we know you will help us preserve it.” There’s nothing like being guilted into a quick, cold shower to make you think a little more about just how valuable the water we all depend on really is. Believe me when I say that the longer the cold shower, the more soothing it is in hot and steamy Fiji. Although the in-shower signs lead Beachcomber guests to believe that fresh water is hauled in, it is actually sucked in from the sea. Despite its constantly operating salt-water purification equipment costing millions of dollars, it is the safest and most feasible way for it to sustain a viable operation. Shipping fresh water to the island would be much more expensive and the lack of storage space wouldn’t be conducive for keeping up with demand. An ability of the resort to turn ocean water into a consumable version of the liquid probably should be an attraction in itself, but that all happens away from the stretches of white sand. As long as the beer, alcohol and bottled water doesn’t run out on the world renowned “party island,” the guests don’t re-

ally seem to care where their plumbed in water is coming from. It definitely is tangy to the tongue and noticeable to the nose, but that’s the only effect it had on me after drinking plenty of it. “We make about 14,000 gallons of drinkable water each day by first running sea water through highly efficient crystal filters and then a secondary treatment machine,” Beachcomber general manager Ashnil Deo said. “From there it is pumped to storage tanks and then a pressurizing tank that pushes it throughout the island’s water supply system.” After running down the drain, captured wastewater goes through a treatment process as well, but for reuse as toilet water only. It may become free of bacteria, but is still a bit discolored and seems to have a smell of its own. However, there are essential environmental and financial reasons for this type of practice. “We try to recycle as much water as we can and then ship the separated sludge back to the mainland so that nothing goes into the sea,” Deo said. “We have three waste chambers with one containing all sludge with the next consisting of both water and sludge and the third is all waste water. The water then gets retreated and eventually makes its way back to wash room facilities.” Having always lived in areas where near perfect water cheaply flows into the toilet or out of the tap, it’s easy for me to take the life sustaining necessity for granted. I may never treat it like gold again, but getting a taste of that feeling has its own sense of worth. It made me wonder what would happen on the island if it somehow became permanently isolated from the rest of the world. The remaining whiskey could likely end up still just for drinking, but once it was gone the fighting for fresh water would most likely begin.

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Foods Guaranteed to Doom Fitness 6 Snacks to Shun Pre- and Post-workout Jessie Battest Staff Writer

As a sequel to last week’s article about foods that will complement your workouts, the following article outlines several foods for you to avoid in order to fully reap the hard-earned rewards from your workouts.

6. Foods high in fat

French fries, pizza, burgers and other fast-food items—especially those fried in a bubbling vat of oil or grilled in a sizzling pool of hot grease—are excellent examples of foods to avoid. Not only can the greasy complexion of these American fast-food staples cause an upset stomach or bloating mid-workout; their most detrimental effect on your health is that they add immensely to those stubborn fat stores you are trying to eliminate by working out. Registered dietician Manuel Villacorta states that “even healthy high-fat snacks, like string cheese and almonds, can make you feel sluggish…because fat is turned into energy much less efficiently than carbs and protein.”

5. Citrusy fruits or drinks If you are attempting to summon an acid reflux reaction mid-workout, try guzzling orange juice or lemonade before heading to the gym. Devouring a grapefruit or gulping down a limeinfused flavored water may seem healthy, but avoid doing so previous to beginning an intense workout.

4. Sugary foods

Villacorta reveals that foods and beverages high in sugar can trigger an upset stomach and even diarrhea. “While these simple carbo-

hydrates are great for a quick boost, they won’t provide sustained energy,” so moderately regulate your intake and pair sugary foods with “solid carb options” prior to working out. Furthermore, high-fructose juices and snacks can slow your metabolism post-workout, cancelling out the elevated levels of fat-burning energy that your body produced during your workout.

3. Salty Snacks

According to online weight loss journal Fitday, foods high in salt will deplete your storage of potassium, a muscle-relaxing mineral, which can cause cramping mid-workout. Avoiding the consumption of salty foods before a workout can also help your body maintain its water supply, staving off dehydration during and after exercise.

2. Carbonated beverages

Professional fitness writer Chelsea Bush informs U.S. News readers “while research has found that caffeine can provide an energy boost before exercise, espresso or a small black tea might be more stomachfriendly than a caffeinated cola or carbonated energy drink.” Gas and bloating can be caused by the latter, while their sugary ingredients can delay your metabolism, as discussed previously.

1. High-fiber veggies

While you might consider lettuce, spinach, cauliflower and broccoli to be excellent nutrient-dense snacks, their high-fiber configurations cause gastrointestinal discomfort during a workout involving running or biking. Villacorta reports that fibrous foods are challenging for the body to digest and that they do not contain adequate amounts of energy-producing carbs to support a workout.

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“Is it okay to fart in front of your significant other? Meghan Battest

Contributing Writer

He Said: “Yes, it’s okay. She freaks out, calls me a stinky butt and I find it super cute when she freaks out in her cute little way! I haven’t scared her away yet,” Drew Lueck, a freshman majoring in agronomy and weed science, said. She Said: “It all depends on whether you are comfortable with it; if you have no problem with it, then it should not be a big deal,” Samantha Baierl, a freshman with an undecided major, said. Farting: one of the biggest faux pas in our society. One fart can clear out a room or make an elevator ride extremely awkward. Yet for some, passing gas can be a sign of ultimate closeness in a relationship. Being able to fart in front of one another all depends on the individual relationship. Some people, especially women, think that it is disrespectful to fart in front of one another, while others find it downright hilarious. Passing gas is one of the

most personal and embarrassing bodily functions humans possess. When we feel close enough to someone to pass gas in front of him or her, it actually can show that we trust him or her on a deeper level. It is one of the last things that people in relationships do in front of each other, and once they do, it shows that they truly want the other person to see every side of them. Even though both people in some relationships may accept it, a double standard does exist. Many guys think that it is perfectly acceptable for them to fart, but are completely disgusted when women do. So make sure you know the other person’s feelings before you let one go. Farting can be an awkward subject to bring up, but it never hurts to ask your significant other’s opinion on the topic. In general, if you have been together for a long time and you fee completely comfortable in each other’s presence, it really should not be a huge deal. It shows that you trust another person with an awkward, yet very regular, bodily function, and that you really have nothing left to hide.

Help Me, I’m Poor Tips for the Broke College Student Stephanie Stanislao Features Editor

It’s a Friday night, and all of your friends have decided that they want to go out for pizza and then head to the local bowling alley. They ask if you want to go, and respond immediately with an enthusiastic “yes!” There’s only one problem. You go to look at your checking account online, and notice you’re B-R-OK-E…Broke! You decide to go along, but realize that you need to start managing your money better. Don’t worry you are not the only person that this happens to. Trouble with finances can add a whole lot of extra stress to your life when you already have enough to be thinking about with schoolwork, student organizations and working at your part-time job. However, there are many ways to save money and still be able to join your friends for that funny night out eating that deliciously cheesy piece of pizza and knocking down pins. Here are a few simple tips on ways to save your cash. Prepare a budget & stick to it. This may seem like an easy thing to do, but it can prove to be a challenge. With a certain amount of your

paycheck allotted to each of your monthly expenses, it will be easier to keep track of your bank account and curve frivolous spending. Skip the fast food. With a busy schedule, it can be pretty easy to resort to the dollar menu, but in the end eating out often enough can definitely start to affect your bank account. Instead, go to the grocery store and pick up items that will last you more than just the day. Chances are this will be a healthier option as well. Give your car a break. Let’s face it; your gas tank is probably the last place you want to be investing your hard earned dollars. Park your car and try a different more cost-effective, mode of transportation. Take the bus, ride your bike or walk to your destination. This might save you that devastating feeling after you pay at the pump. Look into specials or discounts. Many places around town offer specials for certain things, some of which may be at your favorite restaurant or hangout. Check out dollar bowling. Go to a movie at the cheap theater. See if a friend wants to go get buy-one, get-one burgers and shakes. You may be surprised at all the ways you can spend your time without breaking the bank.

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Cast members rehearse a scene from “Vinegar Tom,” which debuts tonight at Concordia’s Frances Frazier Comstock Theatre.

Concordia Theatre Closes with Theatrical Look at Female Oppression Jack Dura

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It is finally here. The end of the college theatre season is edging closer and closer for Fargo-Moorhead, with the first of the last performances starting tonight at Concordia. For its season finale, Concordia College Theatre has chosen the socially historical “Vinegar Tom.” Penned by Caryl Churchill and first performed in 1976, this play offers both entertainment and a history lesson. Staged in 17th century England, “Vinegar Tom” concerns the social positions of women of the day. In a time when women’s social roles were clearly defined, any defiance against such mores led to a rebellious female being branded a witch. Witch hunts ran rampant in those dark days of the past, and “Vinegar Tom” sets the stage as a platform to discuss the past and present social positions and problems of

women. “It [“Vinegar Tom”] allows the audience to reflect on the position of women in modern times to see how far we’ve come and how far we have yet to go,” said director Jen Thomas. Sprinkled in and all around the 90-minute performance are songs that tell of the similarities between the witch hunts and women’s positions today. Composed by Helen Glavin, the halfdozen songs in the show are of a modern musical sound and illustrate their points quite clearly. Behind the songs and story is a 12-member cast that has been honing their theatre’s final production for some time now. “The high point in this show has been watching the cast take ownership of the material,” said Thomas. “They started out somewhat hesitant and shy, but they did find their legs and courage.” “Vinegar Tom” is, in fact, the senior thesis project of senior Maggie Larrivee, who has a starring role in the pro-

duction as Alice, the daughter of a woman presumed to be a witch. At its heart, that is what the plot of “Vinegar Tom” is all about: witches. But the point of “Vinegar Tom” is something much more important than a tale of long ago. It aims to get across to its audience an idea of the past oppression of women and how that oppression continues to this day, albeit in different ways than witch hunts. “This isn’t an easy play to digest in any means,” said Thomas, “but it’s a very important play.” “Vinegar Tom” is presented by Concordia College Theatre and performed at the Mainstage at Concordia’s Frances Frazier Comstock Theatre. Performances are at 8 p.m. from Apr. 11 to 13 with a 2 p.m. matinee on Apr. 14. Tickets are available at the Concordia Theatre Box Office, and are $7 for adults and $4 for seniors and students.

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There’s a period of time at the beginning of the Evil Dead, a remake of Sam Raimi’s seminal cabin-horror classic, where you think the movie is outsmarting you. “Of course,” you tell yourself after the decidedly off-brand CGI opening “The dialogue and plot are only this bad because the movie is setting me up to play with my expectations. I’ve seen Cabin in the Woods. This genre is self-aware enough and smart enough to know what it’s doing these days.” That feeling lasts, in earnest, for about five minutes. For the next ten minutes after that, while the idiotic characterization and complete lack of tension become suffocating, you give the movie the benefit of the doubt. Finally, about 30 seconds after the big “reveal” you realize this isn’t an intelligent send-up of the genre, or a clever reimaging of a well-worn classic. No, what it is is... really not much of anything at all. The true success of the Evil Dead franchise didn’t flower until its two sequels, Evil Dead 2 and Army of

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Darkness, brought a blend of horror and comedy that hadn’t really been seen up until that point. The first film had its fans, of course, mostly those who appreciated its almost obscene level of gore and violence. It’s the first film’s line of thinking that this remake tries to emulate. That is, it has primarily sold itself in marketing as one of the most imaginatively brutal displays of violence committed to film. It was originally so unnerving (apparently) that the film had to make significant cuts in order to receive an R rating instead of its prior NC-17. After seeing the theatrical release, I’m left wondering if that cut footage includes the film’s entire sense of personality or style. I say that because this film is so bereft of any visual language, character identity and thematic surprises that I have to wonder what the production team spent the last few years working on, exactly. Even the much-spokenof gore never gets that crazy in comparison to most modern horror films. In fact, I’d go so far as to say it’s quite tame. If you’ve seen the twominute red-band trailer for

the film online, you’ve pretty much seen the worst of it. The rest is more-or-less just 90 minutes of women mutilating themselves (which opens up a whole other line of questioning regarding the movie’s questionable, “traditional” portrayal of horror movie women in general). The film isn’t even aggressively bad exactly. It’s just undeniably boring, not just in comparison to Raimi’s trademark bombastic aesthetics, but also in comparison to most horror films in general. There’s no sense of fun, as each actor seems to be taking their remarkably stereotypically horror-movie-brain-dead roles so seriously that it almost seems like they think they’re in a different movie. By the time the movie finally does play with your expectations just the slightest bit it feels like a complete cop-out, topped only by the rather anticlimactic conclusion, which follows almost immediately. And that’s the real curse of Evil Dead; it’s not good, but it’s not bad either. Bad might have at least been interesting. Rather, it’s just boring from start to finish, which is a far more damning criticism of any movie.

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Seth Meyers Reported Front-runner for Late Night Show who spent three years as a writer for the show before taking over Late Night for 16 years. Fallon was a cast member on SNL from 19982004, before taking over Late Night from O’Brien in 2009. For those wondering if Meyers has what it takes to host a conventional show, they just have to look at this past summer. Meyers received fairly positive reviews when he guest hosted Live! With Kelly Ripa. For a time he was even considered as a possible replacement for the incumbent Regis Philbin, before the role went to former New York Giant Michael Strahan. Outside of his run on Saturday Night Live, Meyers does not have many other credits to his name. His credits include a few bit parts in movies such as American Dreamz, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and New Years Eve. Other hosting opportunities include the 2010 and 2011 Espy Awards, and he was even the keynote speaker at the 2011 White House Correspondents Association Dinner. If Meyers does end up getting the Late Night job,

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Last week it was officially announced that Jimmy Fallon would replace longtime Tonight Show host Jay Leno starting after the Winter Olympics next February. The next question on everyone’s minds, is who will replace Fallon? It looks like another Saturday Night Live veteran has the inside track as of now. It would appear that current Saturday Night Live head writer and Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers is the front-runner to replace Fallon as host of NBC’s Late Night show. Meyers joined the Saturday Night Live cast back in 2001, and became head writer and update host in 2006. Further adding to the speculation of Meyers getting the job, is the fact that Late Night is produced by none other than Lorne Michaels, best known as the creator of Saturday Night Live. Meyers would be the third straight host with ties to the late night comedy show, following Conan O’Brien

then the hunt is on for not only a new head writer over at Saturday Night Live, but also a new Weekend Update anchor. Of course, with Michaels in charge of both, one has to assume he has replacements in mind if he gives the job to Meyers. None of this even mentions CBS, where David Letterman could eventually get swapped out as well. If CBS does make a move, the logical choice to replace Letterman would be Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson. However, if they do go with Ferguson, there is no telling whom CBS goes with as a replacement. Clearly the moves are far from finished, but at least the pieces are starting to fall into place. Meyers may not be the most obvious choice to be the next host of Late Night, but with his background in comedy, years of writing experience and favorable turns as a host, he should be able to hold his own. With two hosts down, time will tell what happens next as the late night shakeup moves on.

‘All This Talk of Love’ Gives Relatable Experiences in Full Circle Story the suicide of their oldest son Tony nearly 30 years ago, Antonio especially. Maddalena’s personal troubles are many, but none as heavy as the onset of Alzheimer’s. The disease has her sister Carolina dying in the home village in Italy. Maddalena’s daughter Prima throws together a plan to reunite the sisters before they both lose each other forever in memory and in life. Prima’s plan is met with opposition by her mother and younger brother Frankie. Maddalena does not want to soil her memories of her early years by returning to a village where her relatives are sick, dying or dead. She deplores speaking to her dying sister, who married the man Maddalena first loved. Frankie opposes the return to Italy just like his mother. He has enough to worry about at the present moment; whether it is sorting out the mess that is his scholarly dissertation, an affair with his older, married advisor or starting a romance with a spunky Catholic girl, his plate is full. Frankie also has the shadow and enshrinement of his dead brother hanging over his head, as Tony’s death is the only reason he is alive today. But Frankie pushes on. So do his sister and her husband with their pre-empty nest life,

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Staff Writer Sometimes the best book to read is one we can all relate to. Christopher Castellani’s “All This Talk of Love” is a prime example. Painting a portrait of an Italian-American family from 1999 to 2003, this 340page beauty bears the ups and downs of family life and more. Most of those experiences are situations that the average person will meet and struggle with at some point in their life. For the younger generation, it will be moving away to college and first sexual encounters. Those in middle age will be able to relate to the loss of youth and the dread of an empty nest. Some of the harder life struggles will be relatable to the older generation, struggles that include the loss of a child, dementia and regrets about past actions. There are characters to fill each of these generational slots in Castellani’s familial tale. Family forebears Antonio and Maddalena Grasso, the first of their family to come to America, have had a hard life since leaving their Italian village over 50 years before. The couple struggles every day with

the last of their four sons graduating high school. In addition to that, Prima contends with one of her sons’ overly chatty girlfriends, a girl who puts Prima in circumstances that lead to a tragic event. But Prima pushes on. When it becomes clear that Maddalena’s mind is slipping away, Prima makes the command decision to return to Santa Cecelia, the village where the last remnants of the Grassos’ family remains. It is an emotional reunion for the reader and the subjects of the story. This excerpt is enough all by itself to tug at the heart: “In the morning, Maddalena will leave and Carolina will stay and they will never see each other again. To Prima, it seems cruel not to tell them this so then can say good-bye, but then again, it’s all been cruel. The years of silence between them. The ocean that kept them apart. Their minds rotting before their bodies.” Castellani’s tale does come full circle in the end, and, good or bad, the four Grassos learn to live with the hand life has dealt each of them. Perhaps the biggest lesson to learn is that death is a part of life and, beginning to end, life is a battle, but the sweet moments along the way make it all worthwhile.

Next Xbox News and a Possible Announcement Date tech news site The Verge seems to agree with this tentative date. New consoles have traditionally been announced at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, in June. That trend seems to have been well and truly bucked, along with the usual wait multi-year wait time between announcement and launch, with the PlayStation 4 having been announced at a private Sony event for release “this holiday season.” So why has Microsoft waited so long to announce its hardware successor, currently rumored to be codenamed “Durango?”

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We’ve officially known about the PlayStation 4’s existence for a while now. However, so far it’s seemed like Microsoft has been sitting on its hands, waiting, perhaps, for this year’s E3 to make the big announcement regarding the next Xbox. Now, however, rumors are circulating that we’ll see the successor to the Xbox 360 on May 21, according to technology writer Paul Thurrott in an interview on What The Tech. Meanwhile,

Well, as opposed to the somewhat out of control hype train that preceded Sony’s announcement, public perception of the American company’s upcoming game console has been... tepid, to say the least. First, independent game developers began a very public internet tirade against the company’s draconian business practices, which opened the door for Sony (and, to a lesser extent, Nintendo) to give the small developers the start treatment with cheaper development costs, greater technical support, free advertising and an unsaturated market on Vita.

As a result, indies have been very vocally throwing their weight behind the PlayStation brand, with Braid creator Jonathon Blow even appearing on-stage at the PS4 announcement conference. Even while that talk has continued, things have gotten worse for Microsoft’s Xbox image. A series of tweets from Microsoft Studios Creative Director Adam Orth regarding always-online gaming got the internet into a furor. “Sorry, I don’t get the drama around having an ‘always on’ console,” he said. “Every device now is ‘always on.’ The tweet was

followed with a #dealwithit hashtag, which has since become a running joke among the gaming community. In the aforementioned interview with Thurrott, the writer corroborated what many believed Orth implied with his tweets. Thurrott stated that, as far as he knew, the new Xbox will require players to have an active internet connection to play their games, and will shut down if the connection is lost for more than three minutes. So, it seems entirely possible that Microsoft could be waiting for this storm of bad publicity to die down

before dropping any news --perhaps so that the public can forgive and forget, or perhaps in order to alter their plans based on the reactions to the leaks. Either way, it seems entirely likely we’ll see the system some time before E3. How we eventually react to that announcement seems to be entirely up to Microsoft at this point.

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The Case for a New Library at NDSU By Nathan Stottler There have been a lot of exciting developments at NDSU lately, especially in the way of campus improvement. The Minard Hall expansion is finally nearing its long-expected completion, the student body is to vote on a raise in student fees to accommodate the building

Yet, the library at NDSU fails to stand up to that expectation. As a student who frequents the library to pursue my studies, as well as an employee of the library, I know the ins and outs of the library building as well as anyone – and I am thoroughly unimpressed with its condition and the environment that it forces students to work in and its employees to operate in.

“It cannot serve the students in the way it ought to, and it forces its employees to work in run-down conditions.” of an Aquatic Center, and the design of a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) building is in the works. All these signs point to the growth and flourishing of NDSU – enrollment is on a steady rise, our faculty and researchers have been gaining recognition and our sports teams have seen unprecedented success in recent years. Yet with such growth should also come the improvement and pruning of the less successful parts of the university. I am talking, as you might guess, about the Library. On college campuses across the world, libraries have been the go-to study spot for those seeking a quiet place to study and direct access to the resources they need to complete their work. Libraries are a symbol of knowledge, the storehouses of thousands of years of human experience. Libraries are at once representatives and instrumental tools for everything that a university does stands for – the seeking, recording and sharing of information.

Outwardly, the library stands out on campus – not as a shining beacon of the quest for knowledge, but as the only bland, shabby building in a part of campus populated by attractive, historic architecture. The oldest parts of campus – the buildings between the Union and 12th Avenue – give a certain charming sense of place to campus. Perhaps it is an air of nostalgia; perhaps it is simply the feeling of age and wisdom that emanates from the old buildings. Whatever it is, the library certainly does not contribute to it. The lack of windows, unclean brickwork, and tinted glass entry are no more than a precursor to what awaits inside, and they combine to form a façade that makes students want to turn around and walk away rather than invite them in for a quiet afternoon of studying. The exterior of the library should be bright, clean and inviting. More, larger windows give the library that inviting feel – it provides glimpses of the interior rather than hiding it behind stacks of bricks. This type of façade would turn the library


into the representative it needs to be – a bright beacon for the spreading of knowledge, rather than a dark dungeon for the trapping of students. This same type of façade could also transform the interior of the library by giving it what it most desperately needs – light. The library is dark, dank and dirty. Its plethora of fluorescent lights and whitewashed walls turn it into a sterile environment more suited for autopsies than studying. All of the most recent “improvements” to the building – which date to decades ago – were clearly cop-outs at best. The older portions of the building have a brick veneer on the inside and more windows for natural lighting,

creating an overall pleasant, if slightly dated, effect. The newer portions made no attempt to match this – bare rafters, whitewashed walls, ratty carpet, and a total lack of windows make over half of the library a place that nobody would want to inhabit. Finally, the library is completely stuffy. The ceilings are low, the spaces are cramped, and there is just no room to breathe. A more open floor plan with an atrium that was open to all three levels would not only relieve everyone’s claustrophobia, it would also turn the library into one of the most attractive spaces on campus The library is, in its entirety, a dump in need of repair. It cannot serve the students in the way it ought to,

April Showers Bring... Prozac Prescriptions? Doctors Overprescribing Meds Emily Driscoll

Contributing Writer

Many people in North Dakota suffer Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) for obvious reasons, and the rest of us probably experience plain old winter blues. It’s that time of year when we’re asking ourselves why we live here, and our doctors are handing out more meds than ever before. Consider the scenario: A person goes to the doctor for a regular checkup. He or she answers “yes” when the doctor asks if they have been feeling more sad than usual. The doctor gives the patient a depression survey to determine the severity. Oh, it turns out the patient is severely depressed. The doctor prescribes Prozac without a blink of an eye, and sends the patient on their way, and maybe suggests a local psychiatrist for additional help. There might be a problem here. Is it just me, or are doctors prescribing way too many anti-depressants these days? I’m not totally antianti-depressants in certain cases, but I’m no advocate for suggesting that as the first option when someone is feeling down in the dumps,

as we all do from time to time. According to the Center for Disease Control, 11 percent of Americans ages 12 and up are taking anti-depressants. But how many of these people are benefiting from taking this medication? Even more importantly, how many were potentially misinformed about the facts behind these medications prior to taking them? Those that are severely depressed and have tried other options first are the most eligible, and will benefit most from taking antidepressants. However, some with more mild to moderate depression could have benefited just as much from other treatments, depending on the levels of the medication’s effects in correlation to the severity of the person’s disorder. Shockingly enough, therapy with a psychiatrist has proven to be just as effective for those with depression and anxiety symptoms, and it doesn’t inflict any physical harm on the body. Antidepressants work to increase levels of serotonin, which is a chemical in the brain that helps to regulate mood. What many don’t know is that serotonin affects not only mood, but also digestion, clotting in wounds, re-

production and fetal development. Because anti-depressants affect these biological processes, there can be negative side effects when taking medication for extended periods. The elderly are more likely to have health complications sooner. It’s possible to experience diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, bloating, developmental problems in infants and problems with sexual stimulation. If you are experiencing symptoms of depression, I strongly encourage you see a mental health professional or even your school counselor before your medical doctor. They will pay closer attention to what is happening inside your brain when medical doctors will focus on the biological process. In my personal experience, a mental health professional will evaluate your symptoms and causes for concern and go from there. A medical professional will simply administer a short depression/anxiety survey and then determine whether or not you “should” be prescribed medication. A short survey and a series of numbers added up do not determine who you are and what you’ve been through. You should be able to trust the person handing

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you medication that could have negative effects on your body later in life, and you should take time to assess whether you need it or not. There are other options that could benefit you just as much as medication, and they should be given a fair shot before you unknowingly turn yourself into a pseudo-zombie vegetable that pops pills out of a Pez dispenser on an hourly basis. suggests four questions to ask your doctor before taking antidepressants. 1.) Is there a physical problem or medication that could account for my symptoms? 2.) Do you have a lot of experience in treating depression? 3.) Will you be consulting with a psychiatrist or another mental health professional about my diagnosis? 4.) Would you rate my depression as mild, moderate or severe? During this cold, wet and disgusting part of the year, be weary for your well being when it comes to differentiating winter blues and severe depression. Seek help if symptoms are continuous and severe…but know that summer will be here before you need it. Emily is a freshman majoring in French.

and it forces its employees to work in run-down conditions. The services rendered by the employees are vital to the function of the library – whether students notice it or not, the library’s employees do a lot of behind-the-scenes work every day to keep resources flowing to students and professors alike. A new library, laid out in a more efficient format, with a clean interior, more light, and more room to breathe, would serve not only to improve its services to students and faculty, but would also improve the abilities of the library’s employees to provide those services. Furthermore, it would become the representative of the university’s mission, and serve as a recruiting tool for

prospective students – a destination that the tour guides would lead their students all the way through, rather than just stopping in the entry and briefing them on the library’s function. All of the new additions to NDSU of late are wonderful. But I sincerely believe that the university needs to begin improving or pruning and replacing some of its existing facilities in order to keep our campus functioning at the highest level it can achieve.

Nathan is a senior majoring in landscape architecture. Follow him on twitter @nwstottler.

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Where did All the Good Music Go? Rock Your Summer

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Musings of a Disenchanted Radio Listener constructed rhythms. Good jazz standards aren’t really promoted like that terrible SUZY CAVALIER pop song played 10 times a Contributing Writer day on the radio or that rap song that is all about booze, Sitting in class trying to sex, drugs and poppin’ caps. pay attention to the lecture, I I don’t understand the enpop in my headphones with joyment in what “kids” call an iPod that has a slice of music these days. Maybe I’m battery left to be drained. I getting old, but it seems like raid my library trying to find a bundled wad of crap noise. The 90s, I must say, are something that matches my my favorite genre to get ear buds’ beckoning and I pumped up to. Blind Melon, come across Dave Matthews Nirvana, Smashing PumpBand: one of my most cherkins, The Toadies, Bush and ished and appreciated bands many other bands seem to I can never get sick of listenhave died out as well as clasing to. There are many bands sic bands such as Chicago, out there that go underappreciated and underplayed; The Eagles, Def Leppard maybe that is a good thing. and many, many more I can’t I’m sure many people are seem to name off the top of on the same page I hope in my head. To me, those were wondering, “where did good the good old days of music. Even better was the point in music go?” In the last nine months time of jazz standards and or so, I haven’t touched the that funky stuff. Classical music has also radio dial in fear of my ears seemed to fade to many; one getting pumped with terrible power chords, bumping classical instrument that has bass, disgusting vocals or ill- also seemed to be pushed to

the side is the classical guitar. Segovia, York, J. Williams and many fantastic guitarists are insanely underrated and underappreciated for what these musicians can do and what affect their music and playing abilities have on people. Someday I hope to hear a fellow student bumping to Prince, DMB, Floyd, CCR, KC and the Sunshine Band, Earth Wind and Fire, Miles Davis, Dizzy G., Molly Hatchet, ZZ Top, York, Williams, Segovia, the list can go on and on. Maybe by this article many of you can branch out your music libraries to more beautiful music than what is broadcasted and overplayed on every station hooked up to the outside world. Enlighten yourself, and maybe you can spread the art of music to others and make the world and media a better place!

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As spring comes forth in its deceivingly cold and rainy disguise, the time has come to prepare for the summer of 2013’s music festival lineup. Unfortunately, I don’t have enough article space or time to list off every potential festival and artist performing over the next upcoming months. So, instead of a long proclamation of how and why this limitless list of music festivals is so extraordinary, I’ve created my top five list for you fine folks in case you’re feeling a tad adventurous this summer.

#5: Bonnaroo - As the modern approach of Woodstock, Bonnaroo lures around 80,000 festival-goers every summer and with good reasoning. The jamboree includes a wide selection of about 150 performances from artists like Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, and indies like Wolfgang Gartner and The xx. While Bonnaroo is a widely known festival in Manchester, Tennessee, the name is also tied along with the wholistic approach of well-being, education on political issues, and even vendors with healthy, vegetarian or vegan options and plenty of specialties to offer. #4: Summerfest - Although this festival may not be considered among the said genre, it certainly lines up as one of its competitors. Summerfest takes place during the weekend of June 2630 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Enjoy views of Lake Michigan and downtown Milwaukee with a grand ingress on the Sky Glider while listening to hit concerts like Aerosmith, Death

Suzy is a junior majoring in music.

LETTERTO THE EDITOR To the Editor: The reason I am writing you this letter is on behalf of your article about wrestling not being an Olympic sport. The article was a nice story; however, you made some small yet important mistakes in your argument. These mistakes caused, at least for me, a loss of credibility. The first point I would make is when you said “[T]he sacrifices they endure, the dedication they put forth, and the […] physical punishments they bear in the name of competition are unmatched by any other athlete.” When you say they are unmatched by any other athlete, your readers could make the assumption that you have played every single sport competitively, which is nearly impossible. I am not saying what you said is false; wrestlers may have great “dedication” and may have many “sacrifices,” but that does not mean wrestlers are the only athletes that go through those. For example, other people could say that hockey is a very hard sport because it takes a while to be able to get good at skating alone, not including stick handling and the vision on the ice, to name a few. The big picture is that wrestling is not the only sport that has challenges along the way. The second point I want to make is when you said how wrestling is the underdog to the boring basketball; saying that basically took out most of the basketball players that could have been drawn to your argument. They could have been agreeing with you, but then after that comment, there is a good chance you could have lost them. A good way to avoid that is to respectively keep them in the argument and not put them down, if that is down there is a good chance you will have more believers. The last point I feel is necessary to make is when you said wrestling has “[T] the best fans, the best of people, the best of athletes, the best of our nation’s children behind our beloved sport.” This goes back to my first point; do not make comments you cannot prove. Even though that comment may be true to you, some other people are not going to want to agree. So to be on the safe side, consider others’ feelings and bring them into the argument. Try using the pathos, as in emotional appeal, to get at your readers’ heartstrings and make them feel what you do. Overall, I feel it is important for you to write this article because it is a big change and it is something that affects your life and it is something that you care about a lot; however, I am only making these points to help your argument and make it more meaningful to the reader. You should be proud of what you wrote, and I hope that you take my advice into consideration.

Cab for Cutie, Young the Giant and Train. Summerfest even provides an area for childcare and has the vibe of a local community.

#3: Lollapalooza Get caught in the “Windy City” for a weekend and enjoy some sick music. Lollapalooza is bursting with great artists and offers some equally amazing after parties as well, all the while offering some incredible food and drink vendors that are kept at a pretty reasonable cost. Most music festivals are known for campsites and that organic feel, but since Lollapalooza is based in one of the biggest cities in the country, camping isn’t really an option here. Some of Lolla’s headliners are Red Hot Chili Peppers, Florence + the Machine, Passion Pit and The Weeknd. #2: Austin City Lim-

its - Known as the music

capital of the world, Austin City Limits certainly delivers for a wide range of diverse and entertaining music like Avicii, Gotye, The Black Keys and Neil Young & Crazy Horse. Like other popular music festivals growing in interest, ACL has expanded their performances and holding two separate festivals on two different weekends, October 4-6 and October 11-13, offering special impromptu shows in between weekends. If you plan on attending this shindig in the Lone Star State, make sure you book your hotels/campsites in time, given that they have sold out tickets for the past nine years.

#1: Coachella - California is widely known for the free, open-style living, and Coachella is no exception to that idea. Indio is

the place to be April 12-14 and/or 19-21. It is to be believed that the first weekend of Coachella is a better bet when seeking the environment of a true music festival, but if rowdy crowds and less parties is more your thing, seeking out second week tickets might be a better bet. Coachella offers a wide spectrum of musicians and artists performing such as Bon Iver, Swedish House Mafia, Frank Ocean and how could we forget Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg with the ever so popular Tupac hologram? Be sure to pack your sunscreen and sunglasses for this scorching hot jubilee, but don’t forget to meet the amazing amount of people attending and keep your eyes peeled for artists and other musicians that roam the grounds over the weekend. As you can see, these are just a handful of some considered the “best bet” music festivals that will get you more bang for your buck. With that said, also keep in mind that the adventure alone for any of these music festivals will certainly be a pretty penny. Festivals on average cost $150-$400 for tickets, not to mention campground and parking fees. While this may be a turnoff, remember that the chances of you finding a one-night concert featuring headliners such as those previously listed in the same price range will be slim pickings. These music festivals make memories and friends for life, which you simply cannot put a price tag on, so pack your bags, grab your friends and prepare for the festivities. Amber is a freshman majoring in journalism and public relations.

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Bison Drop Final Game of Series The Scare of Coaches Going to Bigger Schools is Gone, For now Joe Kerlin Staff Writer

“Herd’s Hunches”

SAM HERDER Sports Editor

Fargo may not sound like the most appealing place to live in many southerners’ eyes, especially when we can still see our breath in April. In fact, I faintly remember seeing a Sam Houston State fan down in Frisco with a sign that read “Win or Lose: At Least We Don’t Live in Fargo.” Well, one good thing for Bison fans: at least two very important coaches like living in Fargo. Football head coach Craig Bohl and men’s basketball coach Saul Phillips have proved their fondness of the Fargo community and the state of North Dakota by sticking with their lower-level Division I teams. Bohl, as I’m sure all Bison fans remember, has been rumored to be a candidate for several FBS schools in the last two years. He put an end to those fears by signing an eight-year contract extension in January that runs through 2021. Phillips interviewed with Ball State, although the reports didn’t say how far the discussions went and who broke off the discussions. Phillips, who built a 24-10 team this last season and returns all five starters next year, has a contract that expires later this summer. But the wiry coach that is liked by players and the athletic department says he looks forward to hammering out a

contract with athlete director Gene Taylor. This is a promising sign for Bison fans. All too often, highly successful FCS coaches or mid-major coaches jump at the opportunity for a bigger school. Just like players, coaches also have the goal to reach the highest level of competition that they can. Not to mention, money is always a high bargaining chip, no matter the occupation. The fact that Bohl and Phillips have invested into their athletic programs is a sign that the future is bright for the two most popular sports at NDSU. It’s also a sign that the two coaches truly love the school, the fans and the community here. And for those reason, Fargo sounds more appealing than other cities around the country for these head coaches. Let’s look at how easily these two could have made a complete opposite decision. Bohl has won two straight FCS national championships (he signed the new contract before the 2013 game). He did this with a program that transitioned into Division just a handful of years ago. He was awarded the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year award this year. Even with this success, Bohl hasn’t changed his blue-collar mentality of going to work every single day. And even with the lack of respect NDSU sometimes gets from the NCAA (the league mailed NDSU’s first national championship

The NDSU baseball team was shutout for the third time this season in the series finale in Brookings, S.D. losing to the South Dakota State Jackrabbits on Sunday, 3-0. The Jack’s Adam Bray and J.D. Moore combined for the shutout, allowing four Bison hits. Bray went seven scoreless, striking out seven with four coming in the first two innings. Moore closed the game without al-

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Snow is still on the ground in Fargo, but there is still golf going on in the state of Missouri. After two rounds of golf at the Kangaroo Invitational at Shoal Creek Golf Club, the NDSU women’s golf team was down by two shots and then surpassed Oklahoma City in the final round Tuesday to win the 10-team tournament. Oklahoma City had a team score of 604, the Bison were down by two, with a score of 606, Western Michigan shot a team score of 618, Kansas City was fourth with 619, and Eastern Illinois was in fifth with a score of 647. At the end of the first day NDSU had two players in the top five. Amy Anderson, the leader of the Bison, sat

ond on the team with a .318 batting average and leads the team in hits, runs, RBI’s, doubles and triples. The Bison were outscored 11-10 over a fourgame span last weekend dropping their record to 14-13 and 2-2 in Summit League play. The offense will look to rebound Friday when the Bison head to Rochester, Mich. for a double-header against (7-20) Oakland before heading to Indiana for a doubleheader Sunday against (1214) Indiana Fort Wayne.

Kish, Sprenkle Grab Postseason Awards The NDSU wrestling team continued its successful season even after the season has ended. Head coach Roger Kish was awarded the Western Wrestling Conference Coach of the Year last Thursday and 125-pound All-American senior Trent Sprenkle nabbed the WWC Wrestler of the Year.

Sprenkle, from Billings, Mont., went 34-6 in his senior year and capped off with a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. In the twelfth round, Sprenkle upset former twotime NCAA Champion and three-time NCAA finalist Matt McDonough of Iowa. Sprenkle went an impressive 6-2 at nationals to become NDSU’s first AllAmerican since the jump to Division I. The 125-pounder won

banner to UND), Bohl still hasn’t been drawn away by a bigger school in a bigger division. Phillips goes to work every day in the dumpy BSA. Yet he has still been able to recruit talent to come to NDSU, even with an outdated arena and a lackluster fan base that doesn’t devote as much attention to the pro-

gram as they should. Phillips is still a young coach, and after another expected successful season next year, more schools will know his name. But the fact that he wants to get a contract deal done, even without plans set yet for the renovated BSA, proves Phillips has his eyes set towards the future of Bison basketball.

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Anderson Swings to 18th Career Victory, NDSU Wins Invitational in second place with a score of 141 3-under par. Abby Knutson was tied for fifth for the Bison, 152 8-over par. The leader of the pack was Oklahoma City’s Jessica Schiele. Overall Schiele leads Anderson by three shots with 138 6-under par. The Bison shot a great four-player score of 300, the third-best round in NDSU history. Other members of the Bison had solid rounds as well. Sarah Storandt is tied for 11th place with a score of 12-over-par 156. Hailey Boner is tied for 14th, Cydney Hasselberg is tied for 43rd, Cassie Wurm is tied for 28th individual and Megan Swan is tied for 54th. The second day brought good things to the Bison. They beat Oklahoma City to win the Kangaroo Invitational by four shots. They tied a team record with their

by Reid Clary. Jaunich was tagged with his third loss of the season moving his record to 2-3 with an ERA of 4.11. The Bison’s best chance to score Sunday was in the sixth inning when Blake Turbak singled to right and right-fielder Splett threw Tim Colwell out attempting to score from second. The Bison were unable to get a runner past second base until Colwell in the seventh. Colwell went six-for-15 in the series while also reaching base twice via bases on balls. Colwell is sec-



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lowing a single Bison to reach base. The Jack’s broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the seventh when Paul Jacobson delivered an RBI single to left, scoring Eric Danforth. Jake Heck relieved Trevor Jaunich on the mound for the Bison. After a wild pickoff attempt and a strike out, Simon Anderson relieved Heck on the mound. The Jacks right fielder, Scott Splett, hit his second single of the game scoring Jacobson. The Jacks added another insurance run in the eighth on a two-out double

third win of the season. The Bison had 54-hole score of 919, which was second best for the Bison in school history. Amy Anderson won her third event of the season by two shots, giving her 18 career wins and passes the unofficial collegiate record of 17 by Juli Inkster of San Jose State. The Bison had four players who finished in the top 20 of the 10-team event. Knutson tied for 6th with 320, Storandt tied for 12th with 236, Boner tied for 19th with 240 and Hasselberg was 42nd with 255. The Bison individuals Wurm tied for 32nd with 247 and Swan 46th place with 259. The Bison tee it up next at the Creighton Classic next Monday and Tuesday at the Oak Hills Country Club in Omaha, Neb.

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his second straight West Regional/ WWC Tournament title at 125 pounds. Sprenkle went 16-2 in duals in the season, registered 10 pins and went 12-4 against ranked opponents. Sprenkle was NDSU’s highest ranked wrestler when he was ranked No. 4 earlier in the season and is second all-time in wins for NDSU with 109. In his second season at NDSU, Kish was named the 2012-13 WWC Coach

With the football and men’s basketball programs becoming solid each year, more universities with highlevel programs will begin to take notice. Bohl and Phillips don’t have a “stay away” tag next to their contact information. The rumors of bigger schools interested in the coaches won’t go away if successful seasons

of the Year. Kish led the Bison to its first regular season conference championship with a 5-0 league mark. The Bison also placed second at the West Regional/WWC Tournament. NDSU finished 10-8 while knocking off three ranked schools, No. 14 Wyoming, No. 24 Boise State and No. 25 Old Dominion. The Bison had four wrestlers qualify in the NCAA Championships.

continue. And when the rumor mills are turning, fans gets nervous. That’s what happens when you have great coaches in Fargo. But for now, let’s all relax and relish in the fact that these two coaches want to stay put, and maybe, just maybe, Fargo isn’t a bad place to live after all.

11 The Spectrum SPORTS Thursday, April 11, 2013

Meet-a-Bison: John Straka Sam Herder Sports Editor

John Straka has always enjoyed the pressure of sports. As a standout pitcher and quarterback at Chaska High School, Minn., the NDSU ace is used to having the spotlight on him come game time. “I think it has to do with having all eyes on you at a certain point in time,� Straka said. “You have a lot of control over what happens, whether it’s that play or the eventual outcome of the game.� Straka, a senior righthander for the 14-13 Bison baseball team, has been playing the game since he was five years old. He set his goals high at the age of 12 when his mother told him and his buddy that playing in the MLB was a one-in-a-million chance. “Both of us were kind of thinking Dumb and Dumber and at the exact same time went, ‘so you’re telling me there’s a chance,’� Straka said. “From that point on, that’s when I was really like, you know what, I’m going to try to make this goal realistic.� Straka grew up in an inhome education program, something he said did not present any challenges when he played sports with the public school, except for maybe a few more jokes here and there. His parents were both athletes at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota, Ronald played football and Elisa was a swimmer, and provided a competitive atmosphere that had Straka striving to be the best he could.

That competitive edge paid dividends in high school when NDSU and first-year head coach Tod Brown came calling after Straka’s junior year. Straka took a visit on the NDSU campus after his senior year in football ended, and immediately knew it was the right place for him. “I liked that it was a big campus but at the same time, not spread out all over the city,� Straka said. “And when I met with the coaches, I felt like their personalities and their coaching styles would go along well with my personality and how I respond to criticism and coaching. The team chemistry also, when I met a few new guys, I just knew it was the right fit.� Straka fit in just fine his freshman year in 2009, earning All-Summit League second team honors. “I knew I was going to decide on a school where I had the opportunity for a position right away,� Straka said. “I had no idea how many innings or what my role was going to be. I set high expectations for myself and so to come in and be a contributor was one of the goals I had.� Straka led the Bison in wins (4-3), ERA (3.49), strikeouts (54), innings pitched (59 1/3) and complete games (4) as a true freshman. But Straka suffered an arm strain in the last game of the 2009 season that turned into a significant tear in his elbow and forced him to take a redshirt and sit out the entire 2010 season. “That was really tough,� Straka said. “Luckily, I was able to be on the bench and cheer people on. But road trips were the toughest part when I was just sitting at

Timing is Everything “The Sports Czar�

JOE KERLIN Staff Writer


home and having to follow along on the game tracker.� After eight months of rehab, Straka tore a muscle in his shoulder right before he was cleared to face hitters. Straka had another five months of rehab and then was finally able to return to the mound with six weeks left of the 2011 season, going 3-2 after easing into the lineup. Straka’s junior year in 2012 produced big results, going 7-4 with a 2.61 ERA and breaking a 43-year-old school record with 92 strikeouts, resulting in an All-Summit League first team accolade as the Bison went 40-20. Transitioning into his senior year, Straka says the Bison have big goals in mind,

like winning the conference tournament and making it to a regional along with a regular season championship. The exercise science major won’t just be busy on the field this year, but off the field as well. Straka is the president of the NDSU StudentAthlete Advisory Committee and serves on the NDSU President’s Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs and the Presidents’ Panel. As for his future in baseball, Straka would love to keep playing and pushing for his goal he set as a 12-year old. “I’d like to play as long as I can,� Straka said. “I’m hoping someone gives me an opportunity this summer and if I get that opportunity, I’m going to play as long as I can. If not, I’ll go to [physical therapy] school, provided I get in, and go from there.� But right now, Straka’s focus is on this season, and his past accomplishments hasn’t put any more pressure on him than what he is used to. “My goal is to just go out there and be consistent and give my team a chance to win every time I pitch.� So far, so good. Straka is 5-0 on the season.

It has been said, “It is not how you start but how you finish.� And for the Bison baseball team, they have been spinning their wheels in the slush of this extendedFargo winter, struggling to keep their head above the flood line to begin the season. Bouncing back last season from years in the cellar of the Summit League, the Bison were the one of the most talented teams in the conference in 2012. Through the first 27 games of the season, the Bison had an exceptional record of 22-5 and riding a 16-game winning streak. They were led by a slew of great seniors that came together at the right time. Pitching, hitting, chemistry and great weather, it all lined-up. Fast-forward one year and the Bison are bottled-up in the BSA. Bad weather and inconsistent play has got the 2013 baseball team sitting at 14-13 record and second in the Summit League. It’s almost as if the baseball team stole the script of Mad Men from creator Matthew Weiner. The season starts off to a slow start with an extended two-hour premiere, lulling us to sleep much like the fact that there will be no outdoor baseball to be played in Fargo any time soon. Then Don Draper awakens us in the final five minutes with his tomfoolery much like the first Summit League series did last weekend getting viewer and fans amped for the rest of the season. Unlike Draper, who appears to be falling in a quicker tailspin than Amanda Bynes, the baseball team is

at a standstill. The performance of the players is just as suspect as the inclement weather. Coach Brown is still juggling the line-up trying to find the exact fit for the talent they have. Marque centerfielder, Tim Colwell, is doing his job well and is on pace for another phenomenal season. But a handful of the other returning players are struggling to get the bats going. Key returning players from last year’s team Michael Leach, Wes Satzinger and John Skrbec have all hit a wall in their progression. All three saw extensive playing time last season and coming into this spring, they were heavily leaned upon to carry the load offensively while the influx of young talent slowly figured out the college game. Collectively, Leach, Satzinger and Skrbec are hitting .234 and have been a shell of themselves from last season. The slow start can be contributed to the caged up feeling the hitters are feeling inside of the BSA. Nothing is worse than taking batting practice inside of a gymnasium while facing live pitching from a rubber mound. The unnatural feel of the game can carry onto the real diamond. It’s one of the many disadvantages schools from the north have to deal with in college baseball. Fair or foul, the Bison can’t complain. They need to take it in stride, and they have. Fans may be frustrated with the slow start but there is more than enough time to rebound. The Bison have 29 games remaining and as the temperature warms up, hopefully the bats can wake up and the Bison can catch fire entering into the heart of Summit League play.

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