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Green and Golden Globe Awards Recognize Diversity at NDSU
NDSU Army ROTC puts on first FM Zombie Run Hannah Dillon Staff Writer
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Chicks with Sticks, a group that knits winter gear for international students, received the Vice President’s Green and Golden Globe Diversity Award.
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The Green and Golden Globe Diversity awards ceremony acknowledged efforts of staff, faculty, students and community members to create a hospitable, secure and broad environment where al people can learn and work. The fourth annual Green and Golden Globe Diversity awards ceremony took place on Monday in the Ballroom of the Memorial Union. The ceremony began with a brief performance from Cantemus, NDSU’s women’s chorus, and an introductory
speech by Eveadean Myers, the vice president for equity, diversity and global outreach. “The goal of the Green and Golden Diversity Awards is to create a welcoming, safe, and inclusive environment to live and work,” Myers said. Following Myers’ welcome, President Dean Bresciani spoke about the growing diversity at NDSU’s and the positive impact it has had on the campus. “We value diversity on our campus,” Bresciani said. “We celebrate being an inclusive community that respects and supports individuals and the rich and diverse culture.” International students and those who have studied
abroad and have achieved the Dean’s List the past semester were recognized following the welcome speeches. Faculty, staff, students and community members received Green and Golden Globe Diversity Awards for outstanding achievement affiliated with their respective departments. Those receiving other awards came from a variety of organizations, including the Tribal College Liaison Initiative, the Office of Multicultural Programs, Office of International Programs, and the Equity and Diversity Center. The Diversity Impact Award was given to Shahryar Kianian, professor of plant sciences, for demon-
strating a significant contribution to advancing diversity in the community. This award has been given since 2007. Kianian furthered his $500 gift to students and split the award between four student organizations as a way to give back and say thank-you. Chicks with Sticks, a group that knits winter gear for international students, received the Vice President’s Green and Golden Globe Diversity Award. This award is chosen by the vice president of equity, diversity, and global outreach and awarded to the individuals who have worked towards improving the climate of diversity at NDSU. A series of scholarships were also awarded at the
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ceremony. The Annexstad Family Foundation Scholarship was given out to four students: Adam A-Hammad, Nicholas Nelson, Samantha Nelson and Duncan Swanson. Al-Hammad said he feels grateful to have received the scholarship. “Based on the fact it is a full ride,” he said, “I could have been someone else or at a different place in life if it wasn’t for this scholarship. Thank-you.” This scholarship is designated to those students who have been mentored by the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization and have green and gold awards continued on page 3
Step aside, vampires. Zombies are getting their 15 minutes of fame in the pop culture spotlight. The zombie trend has been the feature of recent and wildly popular TV shows and video games across the United States. Now, zombies are invading the real world. No, there isn’t a zombie apocalypse on the horizon, but the NDSU Army ROTC is hosting an event that will get your adrenaline pumping: a zombie 5K marathon. The FM Zombie Run starts at 11 a.m. April 23 at MB Johnson Park in Moorhead, Minn., offering live music, food, games and more, as well as the main event—a 5k walk/run through a muddy, wooded trail infested with zombies. Bryce Johnson, a senior in finance and a member of the Army ROTC, said that the zombie run is one of the fundraisers put on by the ROTC to help pay for training events. “Some of these training events are the buddy ranger challenge, the baton death march in El Paso TX, and the Army 10 miler,” Johnson said. “It is the fund raising committee’s responsibility to ensure we have the funds available to send these future leaders to those quality training events.” Johnson explained that each runner will be given a belt with a number of flags on it. For anyone who has zombie run continued on page 2
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Words are profoundly important. Have you thought of how effective they are for communication? Words are normally taken for granted because we’re forced to learn them in school and grammar is just another story. However, its invention is simply a miracle. Words allow us to talk in person, talk through email, texting and writing. Yes there are over ten different languages in the world but it all comes down to words. For the English language, it took over 1500 years to arrive the modern English alphabet. Aren’t you glad you weren’t in that time period? That sounded like a lot of work. So, the next time you think deeply about words and the alphabet, cook some alphabet noodles and indulge its taste (I forgot to mention how tasteful words can be).
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seen a zombie show or played a zombie game knows that keeping your health is important, and that’s exactly what these flags represent. Throughout the course of the run, zombies will chase runners and attempt to steal the flags, thus depleting the runner’s health. If all of a runner’s flags are taken they are no longer living, but can still complete the race, Johnson said. Runners will be released
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at 15 minute intervals to “make it easier for [the] zombies to feast on the runners,” the FM Zombie Run website said. Anyone who registered before April 1 gets a free tshirt at the race; registrations after April 1 can pick up a free t-shirt at a later time, Johnson said. Runners will also get a gift bag. Registration is $35. All of the proceeds will go to the ROTC’s fundraising efforts.
As there has been such a huge success with the first run, Johnson said that another run is tentatively being planned for Halloween. To get involved and volunteer, call Bryce Johnson at 701866-7607. For more information about the run and links to the registration page, visit http:// fmzombierun.com/.
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Graduate students presented projects of graduate research, teaching, outreach and creative projects at the NDSU Graduate Research and Arts Forum. “The research and arts forum gives our students an opportunity to showcase the high level of scholarly activity that takes place on our campus,” David Wittrock, dean of graduate and interdisciplinary studies, said in a press release. The Graduate Student Association sponsored the event Thursday in the Me-
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama said Tuesday the deadly Boston Marathon bombings were an act of terrorism but investigators do not know if they were carried out by an international or domestic organization, or perhaps by a “malevolent individual.” In his second public statement in less than 24 hours since the explosions, the president said, “Clearly we are at the beginning of our investigation.” He urged anyone with information relating to the events to contact authorities. Obama said investigators “don’t have a sense of motivation yet” as they begin to evaluate the attack in which three people were
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attitude. “She marched to the beat of her own drum,” a member of Weitgenant’s family said. “She didn’t care what others thought.” The Gates Millennium Scholars Program, established in 1999, awarded scholarships to minority students with significant financial need to help them reach their highest educational potential. The Prem and Raj Jauhar Book Scholarship and the Ram Lal Jauhar memorial scholarship were also awarded to students with excellent academic standing.
Deena Dahal, recipient of the Prem and Raj Juahar book Scholarship, said receiving the award was an “inspiring” moment. “I’m glad someone has recognized my hard work, and I just want to say thank-you!” she said. The Sudhir Mehta Memorial Study Abroad Scholarship, established in 2010 in memory of Dr. Sudhir Mehta, who has helped increase NDSU’s international student population, was awarded to students committed to studying abroad.
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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- A major earthquake flattened homes and offices on both sides of the Iran-Pakistan border Tuesday, rattling buildings as far away as New Delhi and Dubai. Iranian state media said at least 46 people died, but later Iranian reports offered a far milder picture. The discrepancies and apparent backtracking in the Iranian reports could not be immediately reconciled, but Iran has faced two large quakes in less than week and authorities could seek to downplay casualties. Iran’s state-run Press TV initially said at least 40 people were killed on the Iranian side, but later removed the figure from its website and news scroll. Other state-controlled outlets, including the official IRNA news agency, mentioned no deaths and only injuries, quoting a local official. The website of Tehran Geophysics Center said the quake, measured at least magnitude 7.7, lasted 40 seconds and called it the strongest in more than 50 years in one of the world’s most seismically active areas. Press TV called it “massive.” It also was the second deadly quake to hit Iran in less than a week after a magnitude 6.1 temblor struck near Bushehr, on Iran’s Per-
sian Gulf coast, killing at least 37 people and raising calls for greater international safety inspectors at Iran’s lone nuclear reactor nearby. Press TV said the quake was centered near Saravan, about 50 kilometers (26 miles) from the Pakistani border. The U.S. Geological Survey put the preliminary magnitude at 7.8 and at a depth of 15.2 kilometers (nine miles). Press TV said least 40 people were killed, but gave no other immediate details on the extent of damage or casualties. Later, the reference to the death toll was dropped from Press TV’s website and the news agency IRNA said only that at least 27 people were injured. State-run Pakistan Television, meanwhile, said at least six people were killed on its side of the border and at least 47 others were injured. Up to 1,000 mud homes were damaged, it added. A Pakistani police officer, Azmatullah Regi, said nearly three dozen homes and shops collapsed in one village in the Mashkel area, which was the hardest hit by the quake. Rescue workers pulled the bodies of a couple and their three children, aged 5 to 15, from the rubble of one house, he said. The Pakistani army ordered paramilitary troops to assist with rescue operations and provide medical treatment. Additional troops are being moved to the area,
and army helicopters were mobilized to carry medical staff, tents, medicine and other relief items. In Iran, the Red Crescent said it was facing a “complicated emergency situation” in the area with villages scattered over desolate hills and valleys. The quake was felt over a vast area from New Delhi - about 1,500 kilometers (900 miles) from the epicenter - to Gulf cities that have some of the world’s tallest skyscrapers, including the record 828-meter (2,717 -foot) Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Officials ordered temporary evacuations from the Burj Khalifa and some other high-rises as a precaution. A resident in the quake zone in Iran, Manouchehr Karimi, told The Associated Press by phone that “the quake period was long” and occurred “when many people were at home to take a midday nap.” Pakistani news channels showed buildings shaking in the southern city of Karachi, where people in panic came out from offices and homes. In a message posted on Twitter, British Foreign Secretary William Hague sent condolences to families of those lost in the Iran earthquake. In 2003, some 26,000 people were killed by a magnitude 6.6 quake that flattened the historic southeastern Iranian city of Bam.
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displayed excellent academic achievement. The Annexstad Family Foundation, an organization established in 2000 for helping underprivileged youth attend college and obtain an education, sponsors the scholarship. The Equity and Diversity Center honored Amanda Weitgenant’s family with the LGBTQ Scholarship for Weitgenant’s hard work and activism. Weitgenant passed away during spring break unexpectedly in her sleep. The Equity and Diversity Center wanted to continue to honor her because of her determination and positive
act of terrorism. Any time bombs are used to attack innocent civilians it is” a terrorist act, he said. Still, he cautioned that it was not known who or what organizations might have carried it out. The president praised those who had come to the aid of the injured. “If you want to know who we are, what America is, how we respond to evil, that’s it: selflessly, compassionately, unafraid,” he said. Obama stepped to the microphone after receiving a briefing at the White House from Attorney General Eric Holder, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and other top aides. The bombs exploded on Monday afternoon near the finish line of the famed Boston Marathon, an annual 26 mile race through the neighborhoods of the city
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killed, including an 8-yearold boy, and more than 170 were wounded. Despite the loss of life and limb, Obama declared, “The American people refuse to be terrorized.” As he had on Monday, he said those responsible for the attacks would be brought to justice. The president had avoided labeling the incident a terrorist attack when he stood at the same White House lectern shortly after the explosions, but lawmakers quickly said that’s what it was. White House officials had said the FBI was investigating the attack as a terror incident. Appearing before reporters on Tuesday, Obama said the events in Boston were a “heinous cowardly act, and given what we now know about what took place, the FBI is investigating it as an
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that she had at the end of last summer to an upper-intermediate or advanced level.
ing year or two, she wants to teach English abroad, probably in Turkey.
“I’m really looking forward to being with a host family again and to get back into the culture and use the language again,” she said. “I really really like the language. It’s distressing to me that I have lost so much being here.” Turkoz is excited that his friend gets to go back to his home country again. “I’m happy for her because she loves Turkey,” he said. “It’s something that will be amazing for her.
She said Turkoz has come a long way in his English already, but he’s had awkward instances at restaurants where he’d unknowingly use a word that has a double meaning and the waitress would react. Grenz can relate, as she has many similar stories about her time in Turkey. In her first week or two there, she would say what she thought were the words “look at me” to get a waiter’s attention. It turns out that she was actually saying a similar sounding phrase in Turkish: “Are you single?” Or there was the time she asked for a peach at a store, and people were offended. The problem was that the word “peach” is very similar to the Turkish word for “bastard.” As these stories show, going to an unfamiliar country and being immersed in its language and culture can be challenging, but it’s something Grenz highly recommends. “I really encourage students to study abroad and push their own boundaries because it’ll make you a better person,” she said, “and to avoid stereotyping people and places because you will often be surprised what you can learn from them.” And like Grenz, you just might return home with a newfound appreciation and love for another culture and its people.
“I hope she won’t get lost in Istanbul,” he adds since Turkey’s largest city is close enough to Bursa that Grenz is planning to visit there. In the meantime, Grenz is having trouble focusing here because she just wants to go back now, but she’s been doing all she can to stay connected to the country she loves. She keeps in touch with Turkish friends through Skype and Facebook, studies a Turkish textbook in her rare moments of free time, listens to Turkish music, and watches Turkish movies. “My poor friends are very tired of watching movies in subtitles,” she says with a chuckle. She also meets with Turkoz at the Center for Writers about twice a week to give him English conversation practice, something that’s only fitting given her future plans. In the upcom-
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In our technologically advanced society, more people than ever are meeting their significant others through the Internet. In fact, according to eHarmony. com, one in five couples meets online. While that number is a little high to use as a model for collegeaged couples, people are still meeting through online forums, virtual realities and social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Access to all of these sites gives us a greater chance of finding people with the same likes and dislikes as us. And chat rooms, messages, tweets and emails allow us to get to know a person without ever seeing them in person. This can be great in terms of networking and getting to know new people. But in terms of relationships, it can lead to disappointment if not handled properly. We have all seen those online predator shows and heard about the 18-year-old guy who turned out to be a 46-yearold woman. Unfortunately, most people believe that those sorts of things will never happen to them. There are also some people who totally disregard online relationships, claiming that they cannot be real relationships if the two people have never
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Going into a study abroad adventure you’re told the experience will noticeably change you and before you know it has. I’ve begun to fully realize this after being in Fiji for just a couple of months, as I no longer feel much like the foreigner I was in the beginning. Thanks to recent visits by relatives I discovered just how far my adaption to the culture here has progressed by comparing how I now react to the way they did. My initial impressions of the cultural differences were probably similar to my guest’s, but witnessing theirs made me realize how much my way of thinking has already changed. Shortly after landing in Fiji one learns that reasonable South Pacific expectations are stark in contrast to those in the United States. This goes for the most of the resorts on the islands as well, which aren’t “Americanized” like they are in places such as Mexico or the Caribbean. Despite still feeling my own occasional frustration
with the way things are done here, I quickly realized the different levels of acceptance and toleration between my visitors and I. During their time here I often needed to utter the phrase, “This is what I’ve become used to and it’s best to just roll with it.” Although you will eventually get some form of what you ask for, there’s a good chance it may not even be close to what was expected. Rolling with nearly everything is practically mandatory for an overseas student and playing tour guide for Americans is a quite effective way to remind a person of that. We citizens of the U.S. are known for our relentless planning and if those plans don’t unfold as drawn up, it can be upsetting. I can’t yet claim immunity to that sort of thing. However, it was interesting to compare my morphed attitude with that of the vacationers I showed around. Just as soon as you think an entire vacation has been properly pieced together plenty of surprises are bound to arise. It’s tough to put my finger on it, but perhaps the barriers of English pronunciation/word use
or the casual Fijian passing on of information are likely the most common reasons for occurrences of travel glitches. For example, if you ask for two beds that can be construed as two people in one bed and if you don’t inform the person that actually records reservations you may not actually get one. I’ve come to the conclusion that the only way to eliminate these types of problems is to reconfirm several times and whenever possible make sure to speak directly with the staff who are responsible for etching you onto the books. While my failure to follow through in this manner understandably caused my relatives to be irritated during accommodation checkin, I surprisingly didn’t feel much concern at all. A few weeks earlier I may have gotten a little angry and could have started demanding answers within a matter of seconds. During these moments of interaction I came to realize that my acceptance of Fiji’s slow pace and unpredictable service had grown a considerable amount since early Febru-
ary. Dependence on public transportation is significantly higher in Fiji than most areas of the United States and not having a vehicle at your disposal is definitely an adjustment to be reckoned with. Unless you dare, luggage can’t be leisurely be thrown into a trunk at the time you choose to be on your way. Cars can be rented here, but I as well as my visitors likely would have struggled with driving on the left side of the road, when seated in what we would call the “passenger side.” Constantly dodging potholes would have undoubtedly added to the challenge. Therefore, we toted our luggage in and out of busses and taxis from one end of the big island to the other along with shorter trips in between. For this reason I’m completely convinced it’s best to travel light by carrying only one backpack or bag. This isn’t necessarily the easiest thing for U.S. citizens to do who are traveling a week or more at a time. The temptation to max out the 50-pound limit for checked airline baggage
is tough for them to resist. There was a definite degree of freedom and suitcase-related discomfort for my relatives as we rode around the countryside and through villages, which led me to notice that I no longer care much about whether others are transporting me on their set periods of time. Although my personal schedule doesn’t match up well with that of the bus timetables, I’ve become quite happy to wait or show up early for its cheap short and long distance service. Maybe the people I was responsible for could have eventually felt the same way. Considering the types of things I forced on my visiting family, they actually did quite well in putting up with the package I put together for them. Even though their short time here likely wasn’t life changing they unknowingly showed me that my lengthier stay truly has been thus far. At my current rate of change, roles could be reversed and they may need to tell me, “It’s just best to roll with it,” while adapting to the culture back home.
met in person. That is not true though—creating an emotional relationship online can feel and be just as real as creating one faceto-face. Heartbreak hurts just as much, and the two people feel a real emotional connection, which is said to be the basis for love. Because of this, anyone planning on searching for or continuing a relationship online needs to be extremely careful. Do not give out personal information (e.g. your address, cell number, important passwords or financial info) unless you are absolutely sure about who the other person is. Those precautions are what we always hear, but they keep our physical possessions safe. As for emotional safety, be wary. Check out the person’s profiles on other sites besides the primary one on which you communicate. Notice their friends and followers. If a guy is only friends with girls named “Hailey,” it is safe to say that it is a bad idea to form a relationship with him. Also, even though it is easier to disclose personal information from behind a screen, understand that a relationship will start to form with every secret and thought that you share. You would not forge that type of relationship with a random stranger on the street, so do not do it online.
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orth Dakota State University senior Emily Grenz has a second favorite country. But being that she’s a white woman from the culturally homogeneous small town of Eureka, S.D., you probably couldn’t guess what it is. It’s not our neighbor to the north or a nation that’s a tropical paradise. It’s not Germany, though Grenz says that country takes a close third. It’s Turkey, the country she loves so much that she’s going back for the second straight summer. But why Turkey of all places? It all starts with an email Grenz received during her junior year, asking if she wanted to study a language and go abroad for free. What sounded too good to be true is actually an initiative of the Department of State. The Critical Language Scholarship Program offers scholarships to American students to learn languages that the government thinks will be important in the future due to conflicts and economic dealings. Most destinations required previous experience in the language, but Turkey did not. Plus, it seemed safer than the other options, so Grenz applied and got accepted. Grenz arrived in the city of Ankara last summer unprepared and terrified, but she left the country with the realization that she had made the best decision of her life. “I fell in love with it,” she said. “I love Turkey so much. I love the language, I love the people and I love the food. I’m crazy about it, fully realizing that there are things about it that are flawed. It’s a vibrant culture that’s very different from here.” Her favorite part was living with her host family, which consisted of a young woman named Buket, her mother, her brother and her boyfriend. They became like a second family.
In their home, Grenz was treated as a valuable guest, being fed Turkish food for sometimes four or five hours straight and having her dishes and laundry done for her. “Some Americans feel like they lose all their independence,” she said, “but I recognize it as a symbol of how much they wanted to make you comfortable and feel welcomed.” Grenz’s friend Cihan Turkoz understands firsthand why she likes Turkey so much. Turkoz, who is at NDSU to study English, is from Istanbul. “I think she likes Turkish foods first,” Turkoz says, laughing. And like Grenz, he mentions the hospitable nature of the Turkish people: “Usually Turkish people are so warm to foreigners. They try to share their culture and help them as much as they can. Maybe this is the thing that impressed her.” Having had such a lifechanging experience the first time around, Grenz knew she had to apply to go back again this summer. Grenz was at NDSU’s Center for Writers, where she works as a writing consultant, when she found out she was accepted. “I was so excited,” she said with a smile. “I was sitting at this desk [at the CFW], and I was like ‘Yeah!’ yelling, and then I went home and jumped around my apartment for like a half hour. It was awesome.” Mary Pull, the director at the Center for Writers, wrote a letter of recommendation for Grenz’s application. Pull said Grenz “was extremely excited to share her joy” after getting accepted, an excitement that rubbed off on Pull. “I was thrilled but not surprised because Emily was and is an outstanding candidate—just the type of student the program was seeking!” Pull said. Grenz will leave for Turkey on June 20, this time to stay in Bursa, a city in the northwestern part of the country. Her goal will be to move from the intermediate low level of Turkish fluency
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AMC Developing ‘Breaking Bad’ Spinoff certainly not a sure thing. Goodman originally appeared in a season two episode, and was so well received that he eventually became a part of the regular cast. He has mainly been used as comic relief throughout the series, so it will be interesting to find out just what the tone of the spinoff will be. One would presume it would be comedic. Currently AMC’s original programming are hour- long shows, but the possibility of a thirty minute show cannot be ruled out. This wouldn’t be the first time that a breakout character from a popular television show got his or her own spinoff. Just because it seems like a good idea on paper, past experiences tell us that all spinoffs don’t exactly work despite the popularity of the character. In a case of drama to comedy quite like we have here, the X-flies ran for nine seasons back in 1993 to 2002. The drama followed two FBI agents who investigated the strange and unexplained. The show found comic relief in three computer hacking conspiracy geeks who would help the main duo.
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This summer, after five seasons, 62 episodes, and seven Emmy Awards, AMC’s hit show “Breaking Bad” will come to a close. The gripping drama may be over, but that doesn’t necessarily mean fans of the show have to say goodbye right away. AMC is currently developing a spinoff centered on corrupt lawyer Saul Goodman played on “Breaking Bad” by Bob Odenkirk (Mr. Show). News on a potential plot have yet to be released, but if anyone on “Breaking Bad” was going to get a spinoff, they could have done worse than picking Odenkirk’s Goodman. One could see how delving into his past and finding out how he became a smarmy criminal lawyer would be intriguing. The real question now is whether the show would be set on Goodman’s past before “Breaking Bad” or in the future after the show. A lot will depend on whether or not Goodman survives Bad’s final season, which is
These three geeks were so popular they got their own spinoff titled “The Lone Gunman.” Unfortunately, it was determined that the trio was better off as sidekicks, as the show was quickly canceled after only 13 episodes. Interestingly enough, the spinoff was co-created by none other than Breaking Bad’s own Vince Gilligan. On a more successful note, Kelsey Grammar appeared in over 200 episodes of the popular show Cheers. Grammar’s character was so well received that he got his own show. “Frasier” ended up running for eleven seasons, winning 37 Emmys in the process. As seen above, breakout characters getting their own spinoffs are a risky proposition, but at least the show is being developed by Bad creator Vince Gilligan and producer Peter Gould. The duo should be able to capture what made Goodman the standout he was, and find a tone similar to Bad. Hopefully Gilligan has learned from his past mistakes with the “Gunman.” Only time will tell if Goodman can hold his own solo. There’s only one thing left to do. Better Call Saul.
Graphic Novel Review: ‘MIND MGMT Vol. 1: The Manager’ ing her search, she and the reader begin to unravel the subversive conspiracy of an organization known as Mind Management, and all of the great and terrible things it’s done to the world. Kindt’s world is thick with dramatic irony as Meru unravels the plot with excruciating slowness, while the reader is practically flooded with information. Almost every page is scribbled with “secret” passages from the Mind Management field guide; each panel is filled with imagery invisible or just out of sight to our protagonist. Each issue practically begs rereading in order to connect seemingly innocuous past events with major plot revelations. That mentality is hindered, however, by Kindt’s art. While some will no doubt dismiss his impressionist watercolors out of hand for being too “sloppy,” the real disappointment is in the details, or lack thereof. There’s usually very little going on in with regards to the art, meaning there’s very little reason to follow through with the same microscopic comb as the text. The incredibly subtle move-
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Matt Kindt’s “MIND MGMT” joins books like Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staple’s “Saga” as part of the comic industry’s push back against traditional monthly series. Together, these properties and other books like them represent a growing shift in the industry away from the “safe,” publisherowned superhero titles. For many readers and creators, they represent the medium ability to finally escape the creative squalor imposed by mid-century censorship. That largely hinges on whether or not series like “MIND MGMT” are actually any good. Happily, I can report the answer to that question, at least in regards to the first volume, is an emphatic yes. “MIND MGMT” is a difficult book to talk about, considering it’s at its most effective when you know the least about it. I can say that the book follows a true-crime novelist named Meru on the trail of a Henry Lyme. Dur-
ment of the action is interesting as a frame on the first pass, but rarely warrants the second pass. What will require a bit more chewing over after reading is the story itself. The twisted tale of arrogant sociopaths is brilliant in its mundane presentation. Things that would, in other books, wear out their uniqueness with deafening overuse – things like psychic assassins and talking dolphins, government conspiracies and “amnesia flights” – are instead subdued in the way they most likely would be if brought into the real world. Kindt’s presentation gives the reader time to chew things over and realize just how horrible unsympathetic a world he has created, something that is mirrored by Meru’s eventual character arc. What’s not to be understated, however, is just how gorgeous this first hardcover collection is. “The Manager” is presented in a textbook-sized, gloss-finished volume with 200 thick pages and a foreword by “Lost” cocreator Daemon Lindelof. The front features a gorgeous and subversive
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Student-produced Time Travel Tale Ends NDSU’s Theatre Season Jack Dura
All good things must come to an end, and NDSU’s theatre season is no exception. Rounding off the herd’s 2012-2013 theatre season is “The Transdimensional Couriers Union,” a play of intricate proportions. “It’s a pretty complex show,” said director Jordan Christie. “Being slightly confused is part of the experience.” Behind “The Transdimensional Couriers Union” is the Newfangled Theatre Company, NDSU’s studentbased theatre institution whose productions are all directed, designed and produced by students. With the finale of NDSU’s theatre season resting on their shoulders, those involved have the honor of presenting this complicated play as the ending to a satisfying year (although “9 to 5” could be tough to follow up). In essence, “The Transdimensional Couriers Union” is, yes, a complex play, but its plot can be broken down into simple terms. The show cover by Kindt while the back features “hidden” embossed text. It’s absolutely one of the most attractive collections I’ve ever seen, and avoids the inscrutable pricing of most collections at just $20 (another benefit of being a small, creatorowned property). “MIND MGMT” will likely be remembered as an important creation in the years to come. However, that should in no way obscure the fact that it is also an incredibly unique experience in its own right. You’d do well to find a copy of the first hardcover while you can, but you can’t really do wrong in whatever format you choose.
“The message of this show is quite apparent even though the plot and structure can be confusing,” said Christie. “It has a comfortable amount of uncertainty but is all about coming to terms with that uncertainty.” Christie admits that the show will leave the audience feeling satisfied even though the show seems to end on a cliffhanger with no sequel in sight. “It’s kind of one of those ‘Ooooh!’ moments, but I don’t want to spoil it,” said Christie. “The Transdimensional Couriers Union” is presented by NDSU’s Newfangled Theatre Company at the Walsh Studio Theatre and runs from Apr. 18 to 20 at 7:30 p.m. and on Apr. 21 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for non-NDSU students and $5 for NDSU students. Tickets are available by phone at 701-231-7969, online at tickets.ndsu.nodak.edu, in person at the Division of Fine Arts Office, and at the box office prior to each show.
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revolves around six people and the circumstances inflicted upon them by time travel. “The circumstances [in this show] are easy to relate to and painfully familiar,” said Christie. “The interpersonal conflicts of the characters are the main part of the show.” Ten people comprise the cast of characters, with four people playing multiple roles while six actors make up the main characters. Those characters wrangle with the touchiness of time travel that plays out over the 150-minute show. “One thing visually interesting is the time travel sequences,” said Christie. “The lighting and sound are very visual – it’s stylized and it’s looking like it’s going to be pretty cool.” Jumping through time is, essentially, the backbone of “The Transdimensional Couriers Union,” but there is much more to the show than just lights and sound and stellar visual sequences. Every theatre performance has some message or meaning to take away from it, and this show is no different.
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Plains Art Museum Plays Dress-Up at ‘Gypsy’ Can be Long, Loud, but This Year’s Spring Gala Steven Strom A&E Editor
In case you’re just too impatient to wait for Halloween, the Plains Art Museum has decided to give you an opportunity to play dress-up this spring. The museum will be holding its 17th annual spring gala at 7 p.m. on May 4. The theme of this year’s event will be “15 Minutes of Fame,” in reference to the organization’s Warhol exhibit, “Andy Warhol: Creating Myth and Icon.” The fun part comes with the museum encouraging guests to come dressed as their favorite icons, whether they be subjects of Warhol’s own work, like Marilyn Monroe and The Beatles, or their own favorite celebrities from throughout history. Socializing with imitations of historical socialites isn’t all that’s going on that evening, however. The night will also play host to a silent art auction and “the area’s largest wine tasting” courtesy of Happy Harry’s Bottle Shops. Mosaic Foods will provide other food and drink, with desserts by Nichole’s Fine Pastry and coffee from Dunn Bros.
Coffee Co. And, presumably, to make the most out of your night dressed up as a famous celebrity, Black Tie Photobooth will be on hand to provide their titular services. Andy Warhol’s interests didn’t just include art, of course. He was also heavily involved in the music community, making the choice of an appropriate band for the event quite important. The Plains Art Museum’s answer has been to hire Diane Miller and the Silver Daggers. The local band plays a blend of original folk, bluegrass and alternative tunes. Perhaps that isn’t exactly in keeping with the Andy Warhol theme, but it should be quite entertaining nevertheless. Also featured will be the classic rock/horn/cover band, Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome. Their job will be to provide background for all of the mid-century celebrities to dance to. Finally, the gala will also host a segment called “15 Minutes of Fashion.” The segment will be presented by Stevie Famulari, Revolver and Salon Why? For those interested in going, tickets for the show
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will run at regular price for $100. However, anyone purchasing between now and the end of tomorrow can snag them at plainsart.org for the discounted price of $90. The show will, understandably, be held at the Plains Art Museum and run
from start till midnight. This will be your last chance to attend the gala for at least another year, but there’s no telling when you’ll have another valid opportunity to dress up as John Lennon without a getting some funny looks.
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Give a gold star to the Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre – their production of “Gypsy,” a real gem of a musical, is as laudable as it is classic. Critically acclaimed and even boasted to be America’s greatest musical, “Gypsy” touts the triple threat of acting, singing and dancing, all of which FMCT was able to carry out neareffortlessly. Set in the vaudeville and burlesque eras of America, “Gypsy” centers around obsessive stage mother Rose (Jennifer Kapitan) and her daughters, aspiring starlet June and second banana Louise. Stage agent Herbie (Keith Steinberg) enters the equation when the girls start making it big, and after several years and many miles, Rose believes she has groomed June (Anna Rice) into the first-rate star she has every right to be. That all comes crashing down after the perfect venue wants to sign their act into a less-than-perfect show. June throws in the towel and elopes, leaving Rose, Herbie and Louise (senior theatre major Katharine Strom) to take stock of their situation. To make matters worse, the vaudeville era is at its end, leaving Rose and Herbie to sign Louise (now front-and-center) wherever they can. Herbie unknowingly signs her act up for a two-week stint at a shady burlesque club, the kind of joint Rose detests. Upon realizing vaudeville is dead and after sampling her new surroundings, Louise takes up the stripping styles of burlesque. Eventually winding her way to the top of the heap, Louise becomes the very thing her mother never wanted, even though she is a star. That, in a nutshell, is “Gypsy.” Its story was a fa-
miliar one and so were its songs. Even the most unfamiliar attendee could probably pick out a tune they recognize from this show. From the rousing “Everything’s Coming up Roses” to the delightful “You’ll Never Get Away From Me” and the wildly memorable “You Gotta Get a Gimmick,” “Gypsy” packs the heat with its catalog of songs. A live seven-member band delivered the music throughout the three-hour performance, one that proved to be too long and too loud at times. Starting a three-hour show after 7:30 p.m. may not be in the best interest of some of its attendees. Yes, it may be the weekend, but a lot of people are usually in bed when the “Gypsy” cast members take their bows. If inspired to attend, make a mental note that “Gypsy” is a solid three hours. And that Jennifer Kapitan can be very, very loud. Kapitan, the wonderful woman behind the character of Rose, has several scenes that call for her to raise her voice. Short, succinct moments (mere seconds, actually) are sprinkled in every now and again where Rose wells up with anger and screams her head off in the blink of an eye. Kapitan’s screams are reminiscent of someone on fire and it was a factor that greatly detracted from the show. As a whole, “Gypsy” is terrific and is another feather in the cap of the folks of FMCT and The Stage at Island Park. “Gypsy” continues its run at The Stage at Island Park tonight through Sunday. 7:30 p.m. shows are Thursday through Saturday with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults, $12 for students and seniors and $6 for children. Tickets are available on The Stage and FMCT websites and at 333 4th Street South.
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Macklemore: ‘Deep’ Cuts
Mainstream Music Takes a Turn for the Lame “A Thought Less Traveled”
NATHAN STOTTLER Opinion Editor
Why are we addicted to cruddy music? We complain about it all the time. The lyrics are either morbidly shallow - enter Ke$ha and Pitbull – or they don’t seem to make sense at all – enter
“For every talentless, worthless Pitbull out there, I would like to hope there is an artist like Macklemore.” Nicki Minaj. Some people complain about the amount of auto-tuning and the lack of real talent, some people complain about the lyrics, some people complain that the non-vocal music in songs just isn’t what it used to be. And yet I am willing to bet that nobody bothered to go ask the DJ at the Old Broadway last Friday to go change the song when Ke$ha’s ‘Die Young’ came on. No, we simply accept that the Frank Sinatras and Bob Dylans and Journeys and Blink 182s are dead and gone and never coming back. Is talent completely gone though? Or is it simply the mainstream media forcing us to listen to this crap? Let’s look at one of the most popular and successful songs of the year so far: Thrift Shop. Ahh, yes, I can hear you all rolling your eyes already. Stop it, I’m serious. I know you’ve heard it on the radio a million times. I swear I heard the DJ at Y94 come over the radio last month saying, “And that, folks, was Thrift Shop by Macklemore. Up next after the commercial break, we’ll be hearing Thrift Shop by Macklemore.” So I’ll give you that – the song is overplayed. A good song, yes – it’s catchy, funny, and even somewhat dance-able. But is it really that deep, that fantastic? Is it ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ reincarnated? Probably not. Yet, it’s what the mainstream media puts on the platter and slides under the door for us to salivate over. To illustrate my point, let’s look at the record that Thrift Shop comes from:
The Heist. Now, I won’t claim to be on top of the music world. I’m not that guy that listens to the radio and rolls my eyes at every single song that comes on, saying “Oh my god, I heard this song like a year ago, it’s so old, how are you people just now listening to this?” And I know that The Heist has been enormously successful for Macklemore. But I will say that I wish the media would dig in a little deeper. Thrift Shop, for all its humor, is about ditching designer brands and ‘going thrift shopping.’ Funny, catchy, and actually kind of a cool point. But it gets better. ‘My Oh My’ is about Macklemore’s childhood in Seattle and loving him some hometown baseball – as American a hip-hop song as I’ve ever heard. ‘Jimmy Iovine’ is about scorn for record labels and their domination of the music industry, and their harnessing and exploiting of artists talents – an incredible point, and a great slapin-the-face song for an artist that made it big on his own. There’s more. ‘Wings’ is about our crazy consumerist culture, telling us to ditch our brand loyalty and get back to what’s real – good luck finding another hip-hop artist willing to not talk about money and brands. ‘Thin Line’ addresses Macklemore’s former song ‘Otherside,’ which was about getting clean, and how he regressed afterwards. And ‘Same Love’ is about marriage equality – a kind, bold move in an industry that has shied away from addressing the topic. So here we have Macklemore, who became a household name because of a song that had a weak message yet has songs that are so much more impactful. I refuse to believe that music is dead, that all of the tunes coming over the airwaves are junk. For every talentless, worthless Pitbull out there, I would like to hope there is an artist like Macklemore. Perhaps it means I’ll have to turn off the radio and start finding my own music, but it would be great if the radio could just wise up and start playing the good stuff.
The Spectrum Thursday, April 18, 2013
Finding Good in Tragedy “Simply Holland”
Holland Lind Contributing Writer
As thousands of proud runners cross the finish line they have worked for months preparing for that very moment, their goal of the finish was extremely disturbed for all of the racers. If you did not see the news or extreme support among social media, the Boston Marathon finish line was bombed twice on Monday during the 4th hour of this famous race. The two bombs set off in the spectator section two blocks apart. Thankfully a third bomb was found and they were able to disarm it. Obama spoke to the public at 6:10pm to the country and assured we
will find the people who are responsible. The videos that streamed the news stations, made my heart drop and horror at the people who committed this crime. And I am sure many share these emotions with me. However I want to try and bring some light to the subject. In days of darkness we must remember to see the light. While viewing the videos I was amazed at how many people rushed to peoples aid, even though they may be injured in the process. Citizens immediately started pulling away gates, calling for help, and tearing their clothing to help the wounded. Sirens and officers were there within minuets to help the public. After this happened I saw many tweets and Facebook statuses sharing peoples
view on the subject. Sending out support and prayers for Boston. Sadly though I saw many opinions that I do not agree with. Sometimes in despair we like to blame anyone who is in our path, so it did not surprise me when people started lashing out. But I would have to say the worst part is when we start blaming “people” as a whole, I saw many statements such as “what has the world come to” and “people are so horrible today”. I want to disagree with all of it. There are millions of wonderful people on our planet, but it only takes one to hurt many. One person could have placed both those bombs, therefor one has offended and hurt our country and our people, we must not start saying that there are no more good peo-
ple. Because I am confident that there are more good than bad, it is just easier to notice the bad. I am not hinting that we should not be upset or assume everyone is good, but remember that there are good people even when terrorist attacks like this occur. It is just like the terrible gun attack that happened earlier this year, it took only one lost man to destroy many lives and families. I show no love for anyone who kills the innocent, but I do remind myself that there is good. Which is what I want us to remember. So let us keep our thoughts and prayers with Boston, and hopefully soon they find the source of the attack.
Families: The New Normal
They Can No Longer Be Defined By Others Amber Zolondek Contributing Writer
I was sitting in class last Friday as our instructor Nancy DiTunariello asked us, “What is a normal family?” The class fell silent. “Does a normal family even exist?” Still no response. As a few mutters and glances were thrown around the room Nancy finally asked us, “Are you guys confusing the word ‘normal’ with the word ‘perfection’?” It finally had struck me that she was seeking a reaction from us on how everyone perceives family, normalcy, and routine life with blood-relatives. We’ve certainly become accustomed to the idea of a stereotypical Leave it to Beaver-esque family Sunday dinner with Grandma and Grandpa talking about how the neighbors are painting their house or just got a dog. But in reality, everyone
knows that type of evening doesn’t exist unless they’re putting on a huge front, or have an explosive argument alongside the seemingly harmless discussion. We just choose to ignore the dysfunction and controversy that goes on in everyone’s line of relatives and accept it as life and/or routine. Some also have the struggle of accepting the family normalcy is not the definition of “perfection” either. While some family backgrounds and secrets may be more shocking or unsettling than others, that’s just what comes with the package. Acceptance to things like divorce, death, and disagreement are crucial, although unfortunate elements to deal with. But, in truth, what is a normal family? In reality, it’s any sort of family. From a single parent with kids to a homosexual couple with kids. It could be a mom
and a dad with adoptive children. The opportunities even range to just a couple in a relationship with their pets in who they consider their family. The Webster Dictionary defines the word “family” as “a person or people related to one and so to be treated with a special loyalty or intimacy.” But does not limit that idea to just a simple definition. Family can be defined by blood, marriage, friendship, and even pasts and occurrences. Now, although family may be able to be defined, the term “normal family” cannot. What we accept as normal is not always traditional, perfect, or even routine. Author of Norweigan Wood, Haruki Mrakami writes: “What makes us normal is knowing that we’re not normal.” The importance of accepting our own idea of normal is the same importance as the idea of family in
itself. While it is a struggle to get along or understand each other’s points, a family is forever. Whether your family is only you and your cat, maybe a significant other, or a spouse and your own children, families come from a wide spectrum. The idea of “normal” differs just as often. And when you put the two together, you get a hundred thousand ideas of what it is and how you describe it before you shortly realize that it has never and never will be able to be described as a lone idea. Normal will never be attainable until you realize that it depends on personal tastes, circumstances and most importantly, the acceptance of it. Amber is a freshman majoring in journalism and public relations.
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9 The Spectrum OPINION Thursday, April 18, 2013
The News is Ruining the News
Sex Ed. Can’t Be Dead
Voyeurism Dominates Crisis Coverage JOSHUA HAIDER Spectrum Staff
As most people had probably heard at some point on Monday, two small, homemade explosives went off at the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring over 100. I heard about it as I left the Regis-
something like this once every four months isn’t something I or anyone else ever gets used to. More so, I am struck by how soon, after a tragedy like this happens, the cultural concern and conversation turns both into morbid obsession with the event and digression into irrelevancies which pale in comparison to the significance of the event itself. The news is a particu-
“…video and commentary on tragedies takes on an almost-pornographic nature.” tration and Records and saw breaking news on CNN, just moments after it happened. A look online later in the night yielded easy access to video of the event, including several repeats of the key ten seconds within one clip from ABC. Merely six hours after the event, there were speculations on who had committed the crime, a somber address from the President, regretful reports that an eight-year-old boy was among the dead, and Facebook comments which blamed God, debated His existence, speculated as to which terrorist organization was responsible, insulted the intelligence of others, and various other comments which were barely related to the event. I am not so much struck by the frequency of these type of events as of recently; this is not to say that these aren’t shocking, and I hope and pray that hearing about
larly guilty offender in this category. After a month of following the asinine musings of NBC in relation to the recent election of Pope Francis I (I once heard the Catholic Church referred to merely as “a religious group of social conservatives” by way of introduction- way to boil it down, Brian Williams), I had heard enough crap to demand an entire box of Q-Tips. Yet not even half a day has passed and already the coverage has devolved into an argument over security policies. More simply, while being notified of an event is important for finding out whether family members are safe or how best to supply support and prayers for the victims of the event, replays of this and other events go way beyond the necessary. Here’s the deal- sometimes it’s legitimate and necessary to see tragedies caught on film. With things like 9/11
or a Holocaust museum, they serve the reminder of what happened, how it was allowed to happen, and that everything possible should be done to prevent something like it from happening again. However, especially with 24-hour news coverage, video and commentary on tragedies takes on an almost-pornographic nature. For example, when Nodar Kumaritashvili was killed in a luging accident while practicing for the 2010 Winter Olympics, graphic footage of the accident was shown repeatedly, sometimes once right after another, and over and over again in the days after his death. While his death, of course, was incredibly sad and senseless, the video of his death, as it occurred in real time, was entirely irrelevant to a full necessary knowledge of the circumstances surrounding the event. And in case there is nothing to be gleaned from low-resolution cell phone files, the media will take the liberty of a high-definition animated reenactment. In this case, I saw Diane Sawyer of ABC show the footage of the first bomb going off from a camera positioned in the middle of the road; right after this was shown once or twice, she said, “Let’s show that again in slow motion so that the viewers really get a sense of the nature of the explosion.” I have to wonder what exactly this would accomplish. I wouldn’t feel any worse
for seeing exactly how the smoke billowed from the site of the explosion; no one is any more edified for having seen lines of people with bloody faces. Chris Hedges, a journalist and author, famously coined the phrase, “War is a force that gives us meaning.” We react to conflict like a hit of heroin. Instead of being able to consider the real loss of people, people of dignity who won’t be able to enjoy life or enrich those of others any longer, we are addicted to the voyeurism of detailing the scene of the crime like a less-funny, more perverse case of schadenfreude. This shouldn’t be the case; however, I understand what it’s like, and I would be lying if I failed to implicate myself in it. Aurora, Sandy Hook, and the Boston Marathon should not remain words that gather dust in our memories or procure some manufactured, distant sense of guilty sympathy. They should inspire the thought in us of what our world has come to that someone would get it in their head to do something like this, and what we can do, personally or collectively, to ensure that individuals are considered intrinsically valuable enough to warrant protection before disaster strikes.
stay are welcome vacancies. No longer do I fret whether there is a police officer hidden behind the next hill. No, hills are not places of hidden tickets waiting to happen. Any hint of an incline for the Fargo bicyclist is a welcome change from the horizontal nature of the plains. And downslopes offer moments to coast. I’ve become more in tune with the layout of our streets, different businesses, homes and the trees. Even if it is “that sidewalk crack by the print shop,” the spaces between destinations make the route an experience. When traveling by bike on cold days, there’s an en-
ergy that swells within upon reaching your destination. Like a tall glass of ice water, the refreshing oxygen from a deep cyclic breath is enough to propel your legs and mind forward. So when people ask “how was your bike ride today?” on the especially frigid days, I can’t help but ponder how different this winter would have been if not for my ’77 Raleigh. I contemplate seeing the stars and moon on a clear black night on the way home from painting class in Moorhead and say with a reserved grin “just fine” and head to class.
Joshua is a senior majoring in philosophy and sociology.
Handlebar Views TROY RÄISÄNEN Spectrum Staff
Another Tuesday morning, I pedaled onto campus through the 12th avenue gate, behind the presidential mansion, across the pay lot and to the parking rack just outside the Union entrance. It was a cool morning; a steady wind was coming from the Northwest and there was a dusting of snow on the ground. Most of this was routine, but today I took extra notice of the parking meter, with the line
up of fellow Bison paying their dues for a windshield receipt. It is little reminders like that, which have kept me on the saddle through this incredibly extended winter. And with the latest dumping of snow, any optimistic reminder is graciously embraced. Paying for parking is just one of the things I haven’t missed this year, in my quest to live car free in Fargo. I’ve been equally fine without the oil changes, new tires, insurance and fuel pumps. The mental stress and anxiety associated with wondering which streets are legal parking zones and whether I’ve extended my 90-minute
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Why Our Schools Need Sex Education Emily Driscoll
Abortion: It’s a word that makes most everyone uncomfortable, a subject that many disagree on, and a pro-
“Some people are under the impression that teenagers are completely accountable and responsible for their mistakes.” cedure that no one wants to get. The good news is that it is possible to prevent unintended pregnancies from occurring as often, and it’s been right under our noses the whole time. There is a solution that makes outlawing abortions entirely unnecessary, and leaves it open for those with health problems who need it. When you have a problem, the solution is to find the root. The root of abortions is unintended pregnancies. The root of unintended pregnancies is unprotected sex. The root of unprotected sex is usually the lack of knowledge or availability of preventive methods, or simply carelessness. What can we do to solve this problem? It’s simple: improve sex education for developing teenagers who are beginning to take an interest in sexual activity. This stage of development does not occur at the same time for anyone. In fact, the first time you have sex usually ranges from age 15 to late 20s, and can even be later in life, but usually averaging at 16 or 17. It is important to let teenagers know these facts so that they are not urged by their peers to have sex before they are ready. Knowing that abstinence is an option is the first step to prevent unwanted outcomes. The next step is to in-
form those that feel ready with their partner to engage in sexual activity. Thinking back to high school, I do not remember being taught that condoms actually prevented some STIs from being transmitted. I was also taught that they only worked to prevent pregnancy “some” of the time. These ideas are completely biased and based on an abstinence education program, or a “make teenagers afraid to have sex” program. Sex happens, but what doesn’t need to happen is an unwanted pregnancy, or the contraction of an STI. Teenagers need to know that these things are 99.9% preventable, but not entirely. They should also be aware of the prevalence of various infections and diseases, and how to get their partner tested if they’ve had previous partners. They should know that they can openly talk about these things before engaging. They should be aware of all the pitfalls of their risks, and all the peaks of their possibilities. If teenagers know the real facts and statistics, they are actually less likely to engage in sexual activity as soon. Why am I preaching this? Some people are under the impression that teenagers are completely accountable and responsible for their mistakes. Are they really responsible and deserving of contracting HIV if they weren’t properly informed and urged to use a condom, or taught to ensure that their partner be tested before sex? Did that 14 year-old really deserve to get pregnant because her friends told her that sex was normal at her age? And do you really think that every parent takes the responsibility to give his or her kid the “sex talk?” Mine certainly didn’t. Why should we have to learn these things the hard way, when it’s far too late, and the damage has already been done?
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A Somber Day in Boston
Where do large sporting events go from here?
The NDSU baseball team battled Fort Wayne Sunday in a doubleheader that saw both games come down to the wire. NDSU’s comeback in the first game fell short in a 4-3 loss but the Bison came back and rallied for three runs in the top of the ninth to win the second game 6-4. John Straka fanned 10 batters in the opening game while IPFW (15-16, 3-5) committed four errors. Those errors almost cost IPFW the
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A peaceful day turned tragic. A historical event made history for wrong reasons. The Boston Marathon ended Monday afternoon with sirens, screams and confusion. After two small-package bombs went off near the finish line, killing three and injuring over 100, it still is hard to reflect on what actually transpired. The Boston Marathon is one of the richest traditions in the sports world. The annual marathon takes place in Boston’s cherished Patriots’ Day on the third Monday of April. First ran in 1897, the Boston Marathon draws in over 500,000 spectators and over 25,000 runners. The marathon has transformed into a worldwide spectacle, something everyone knows about because of its continued and successful tradition. But now, the cowardly act of placing two bombs may be more memorable than the race itself. And that’s just sad and unfortunate. For the runners, finishing the 26-mile race should be a sense of accomplishment. Instead, several runners witnessed the bombs going off, some even being taken off their feet from the force. Others heard from the distance and found they couldn’t finish the race, because there was no race to finish anymore. The race instead turned into police and medical officials rushing the injured to nearby hospitals. For the city of Boston, their day of celebration turned into tragedy and despair. As host to one of the best athletic competitions in the world, how do you get through this? Competitors and spectators should not feel at risk when taking part in an event, especially one as prestigious as the Boston Marathon. Does the participation level go down next year or will more security diminish the worries of
safety? And that raises a question for the sports world as a whole. These events draw in thousands of people into one place. Bigger stadiums, domes and courses pack in huge audiences. It is scary to think that the two smallpackage bombs, small enough to fit in a backpack, caused so much destruction. One begins to think, after unfortunate events that took place in Boston, how this doesn’t happen more often? A simple backpack resulted in two citizens losing their lives. That’s a scary thought and tough to comprehend. And that raises another question of heightening the security at these premiere events. Hundreds of sporting events take place every year with no safety concerns. But after Monday, do the host sites of these large sporting events enforce higher security? That is a debate that will be discussed in the coming weeks. Competitors and spectators shouldn’t be afraid or concerned with their safety. And at the same time, security at these games or events that resemble an airport can raise levels of discomfort. It really is unfortunate that something so devastating causes these discussions to go up. Awareness is high and safety concerns are topics of discussion. Where does this leave the sports world? Where does this leave the Boston Marathon? Where does this leave the city of Boston? These questions are maybe too soon to answer. But the public needs answers to feel at ease. Confusion on how such an act can occur at a big-time event is still setting in. For now, let’s hope everyone involved recovers mentally and physically. Times of need are when everyone works together for the greater good. Nothing is a better example of that than the runners who finished the marathon at the hospital to help donate blood to those runners that finished the marathon injured and in a wheelchair.
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game in the seventh. Up 4-2, NDSU’s Jon Hechtner lined an RBI single after back-toback-one-out errors. But the Bison couldn’t capitalize, ending the game with a fly ball and ground ball. The Mastodons had a 2-0 lead when NDSU got on the board in the second. Michael Leach, who went two-forthree with two RBI, drove in Kirk Kenneally, who led the inning off with a walk. IPFW recorded a run in the third and the Bison answered with one of their own in the fourth. Blake Turbak reached on an error to start the fourth and came around to score off
of Leach’s two-out hit. The Mastodons extended its lead to 4-2 in the sixth. Straka took his first loss of the season, dropping to 5-1 while allowing seven hits and walking two. The Bison offense came out strong in the second game, racing out to a 3-0 lead. Tim Colwell, Kyle Kleinendorst and David Ernst each recorded RBI singles in the third inning. But a couple of Bison errors in the sixth allowed IPFW to score four unearned runs. Two throwing errors by reliever Simon Anderson allowed two of those runs.
The Bison staged their comeback in the ninth. Ernst recorded a one-out single that started a four-hit chain. Pinch hitters Nick Altavilla and Paul Funk recorded a double and single, respectively, to tie the game at four. Hechtner bunted in pinch runner John Skrbec and then Funk scored on a two-out hit from Colwell to decide the game at 6-4. NDSU (15-16, 3-3) is scheduled to host Summit League doubleheaders against Western Illinois on Friday and Omaha on Sunday.
Anderson Continues to Dominate, NDSU Wins 4th of Year Pace Maier
Amy Anderson continues to dominate during her collegiate career. She won the Creighton Classic for the fourth time in a row on Tuesday at Oak Hills Country Club. The Bison had to overcome a four-shot deficit but they did and won their fourth title of the year, which is a school record. The Bison beat Northern Iowa by five shots for the title. They finished with a team score of 625, second was UNI shooting 630, Western Illinois finished
third with 649, Bellevue was fourth with 658, South Dakota State finished fifth with 659, and Omaha and South Dakota shot a 664 to tie for sixth. Bison leader, Amy Anderson finished the tournament at 2-over-par at 146. This win gives Anderson 19 career wins and her fourth of this season. In Anderson’s rear view mirror was Northern Iowa’s Kaylee Benson shooting a 10-over-par 154. All five Bison golfers finished in the top 15. Abby Knutson finished with 159 and tied for seventh, Hailey Boner and Sarah Storandt finished with 161 for a tie at 11th, and Cydney Hasselberg
finished with 164 and tied for 15th. NDSU individual Cassie Wurm finished in a tie for 26th with a score of 168. At the end of the first day Amy Anderson had a twoshot lead and the team was down by four shots. The players on the Bison had birdies on their mind the final day, because they pulled off the comeback. The first day Anderson shot a 2-verpar 74 and was in solo first place, leading Northern Iowa’s Sarah Boss and Maria Saavedra of Bellevue by two strokes. Maria Saavedra had a hole-in-one on the 165yard par three 12th hole. The Bison shot a team
score of 315 and was in second place. Leading the team tournament was defending tournament champion Northern Iowa with a team score of 311. Bison teammates Cydney Hasselberg and Sarah Storandt were tied for 14th place, shooting an 80 8-overpar. Abby Knutson was tied at 20th shooting an 81 after the first day and Hailey Boner was tied for 23rd shooting an 82. The Bison’s next tournament is the Summit League Championship April 2224 at Sky Creek Ranch in Keller, Texas. They will play one 18-hole round all three days.
Brodziak Nets 2 Goals, Wild Beats Oilers 5-3 EDMONTON, Alberta (AP)--Kyle Brodziak scored a pair of goals, and the Minnesota Wild earned another late-season win by topping the Edmonton Oilers 5-3 on Tuesday night. Charlie Coyle, Mikael Granlund and Zach Parise
also scored for the Wild (2416-3), who are 2-0-1 in their last three games after losing five of six. Minnesota remained in sixth place in the Western Conference playoff race. Nail Yakupov, Magnus Paajarvi and Shawn Horcoff
had goals for the Oilers (1619-7), whose slim playoff hopes took another hit. Edmonton has lost six in a row on the heels of a five-game winning streak. The Oilers again fell behind early as the Wild scored just over a minute
in. Brodziak sent a knuckler of a shot on goalie Devan Dubnyk and got in front to knock in the rebound.
Mauer’s 4 Hits Lift Twins Over Angels MINNEAPOLIS (AP)-Joe Mauer had another four hits and three RBIs to lead the Minnesota Twins to an 8-6 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday. Mauer sprayed four singles into the Target Field outfield, making him 8 for 10 in the series through two games and raising his average to .386. Brian Dozier added two hits and two RBIs
in his first career game batting leadoff for the Twins. Left-hander Jason Vargas (0-2) gave up five runs and nine hits with two walks in just 3 1-3 innings for the Angels, who are off to another slow start after spending big in the winter to chase a championship. They have lost 10 of their first 14 games thanks in large part to poor starting pitching.
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Meet-a-Bison: Leslie Brost StephanieStanislao Spectrum Staff
Senior pole-vaulter Leslie Brost will soon be jumping from her role as a student athlete, clearing the bar and landing on the other side, ready to take on the real world.
“I always want to feel like I still have involvement with it [track and field]-whether it’s coaching or anything like that.” –Leslie Brost
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with it [track and field]-whether it’s coaching or anything like that,” Brost said. After vaulting at the high school and collegiate levels, Brost feels that she would find a lot of enjoyment in offering up advice to those pole-vaulters that are just starting out. “I like helping other people. I like watching the vault and analyzing the vault. Seeing somebody else get better because of something
you told them to do. It is one of the most fun things about being in sports,” Brost said. Brost’s time at NDSU and her days clearing the bar for the green and gold might be nearing the end, but the knowledge she has gained competing at the Division I level will stick with her as she enters the next chapter of her life and for years to come.
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This Watertown, S.D. native, has been competing for NDSU track and field for the past five years, and has made a name for herself not only in the Summit League, but at the national level as well. Brost competed at the Olympic trials last summer, where she tied for ninth place in the women’s pole vault and was the top finisher for collegiate athletes in the event. “An experience that I know I’ll always take away and remember is the Olympic trials. It was really cool,” Brost said. “The whole time it was like just taking it all in, and competing in that setting. That’s a meet I’ll always remember.” In addition to competing individually, Brost also commented that conference meets have been some of the most memorable times from
her college career, as they were times in which the entire team competed together. Besides setting records and working towards improving the skills necessary for her craft, Brost works hard to keep up with her studies, and will be graduating with a degree in exercise science and minors in psychology and chemistry. In just a few weeks, Brost will be walking across the stage to receive her diploma, but said that her time competing for the NDSU track and field program has prepared her well for the road ahead. “Being relentless with your goals is something you kind of learn to do habitually,” Brost said. “You always need to have your goals in the back of your mind, because what you do, when you’re not training affects them. I think that’s a mentality that college athletes take into the professional world. They kind of learn to never slack. They don’t know how to not try there hardest at whatever they’re doing, because it’s the only way they know how to operate.” With countless first place titles behind her name, Brost’s pole-vaulting career is far from over, even though her days with the NDSU track and field team are coming to a close. Brost explained that she would, ideally, like to always be connected to the sport of track and field, and to not just be something she used to do. “I always want to feel like I still have involvement
Beef With One-And-Dones Stars always shine the brightest on the highest of stages. This cliché is not only one of the most overused clichés in sports, but it might not even be true anymore. Think back to last Monday and the National championship game and here are the top five players on the court: Trey Burke, Peyton Siva, Mitch McGary, Chane Behanan and Russ Smith. Now these are the guys that were the most talented on the court during the championship game, but it doesn’t necessarily mean they have the best pro potential; at least not yet. Burke had a great game, attacking the rim and consistently shot the lights-out from beyond the arc for the entire tournament. It’s true, he has the NBA range to play, but the catch with Burke is his lack of size and being listed at a not-so-towering 6’1. His lack of size is going to be a factor in his ability to get to the rim and his ability to get open for his moist jump shot. Both Burke and Smith have a lot of red flags for me. Suspect decision-making, lack of size and Sebastian Telfair parallels to name a few. I’m in the camp that would say both of these players need another year of college basketball to marinate their skill set. Both of these guards were stars in the NCAA this season, but were hardly in Kemba Walker or Kyrie Irving range. If they both stayed another year however, I believe it would help tremendously in their development in becoming better pro players. Another one of the players on the court that night, but as of April 15, hasn’t declared for the draft, is McGary. McGary had a breakout tournament and solidified his spot on a lot of NBA team’s maps for draft day. The freshman regis-
tered great numbers during the tournament, and if he chooses to come back to Michigan, may be a frontrunner for 2014 Player of the Year. McGary’s potential is through the roof and seeing him climb closer to his ceiling would be something the NCAA is dying to see from one of their players. Too many college basketball players are leaving too early with the one-anddone rule, leaving the talent pool for the NBA to pick out of extremely shallow. Sadly because the lack of talent in college basketball, the players I am eluding to will become top-10 picks. Someone like an Anthony Bennett from UNLV or Marcus Smart form Oklahoma State are fresh off their freshman seasons and are still working with raw talent that won’t get them anywhere in the NBA. The major point I’m trying to get at is this: with the lack of experience and willingness of these college players to ripen-up in college is correlating to a thin talent pool for the NBA draft. This season draft may go down as one of the weakest drafts in recent memory with, realistically, a bunch of rotation guys being selected in the first round. Why wouldn’t the NCAA want to make their brand of basketball better while guiding their athletes into making a better career decision? I could see them creating it into a Major League Baseball style. If you feel like you are ready to make the jump to the NBA right from high school, be my guest and enter your name in the draft. But, if you choose to go to college, you have to stay there for three years before you are eligible to leave for the NBA draft. This rule will help in protecting players from chasing the money without hitting their ceilings skill-wise and will also help athletes such as Nerlens Noel from wasting his time in college when he is ready to go pro.
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