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STATE VALLEY CITY, N.D. (AP) -A Valley City contractor is placing 2,800 feet of sandfilled barriers in anticipation of a rising Sheyenne River. Six D Construction and Excavation owner Paul Diegel says that he also expects to get a contract from the Army Corps of Engineers to raise existing dikes in the city with clay.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) -Overnight snowfall has made this winter the third-snowiest in the history of Fargo and neighboring Moorhead, Minn. The National Weather Service says the metro area got 1.5 inches of snow, bringing the total for the season to 83.6 inches. The Forum reports that the total passes the previous third-place mark of 82.3 inches in 1936-37.

NATIONAL YUMA, Ariz. (AP) -- Southwest Airlines mechanics were working Sunday to cut out a section of ruptured fuselage from a Boeing 737-300 that was forced to make an emergency landing at a southwestern Arizona military base.

ATLANTA (AP) -- The federal health care overhaul's core requirement to make virtually all citizens buy health insurance or face tax penalties is constitutional because Congress has the authority to regulate interstate business, the Justice Department said in its appeal of a ruling that struck down the Obama administration's signature legislation.

NEW YORK (AP) -- When child welfare worker Kelly Mares investigates an abuse case, she doesn't know what's going to greet her on the other side of the door. A ferocious dog. Or a gun. Or a meth lab, or angry parents who lash out violently.

WORLD TOKYO (AP) -- Engineers pinned their hopes on chemicals, sawdust and shredded newspaper to stop highly radioactive water pouring into the ocean from Japan's tsunami-ravaged nuclear plant Sunday as officials said it will take several months to bring the crisis under control, the first time they have provided a timetable.

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T-shirts, which each represent a victim of sexual abuse, will be on display in the Memorial Union Gallery through the end of this week.

T-shirts become emotional artwork The Clothesline Project makes a statement about sexual assault LAURA MUZ Co-News Editor

This week the Memorial Union Gallery will feature the Clothesline Project in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The Clothesline Project was started by a group of women in Cape Cod, Mass. in 1990 to “break the silence,” according to their website, and to provide women who have been affected by sexual assault a way to express their emotions. Approximately 500 projects have since developed internationally, and the organization estimates that between 50,000 and 60,000 shirts have been created. Women of the NDSU community had the opportunity to decorate different colored shirts according to their experiences related to sexual violence, which are hung on a clothesline in the gallery as a testimony of violence against women and its negative effects. The Clothesline Project’s website

lists many reasons for the use of shirts and a clothesline to spread its message. “The idea of using a clothesline was a natural,” the website said. “Doing the laundry was always considered women's work and in the days of closeknit neighborhoods women often exchanged information over backyard fences while hanging their clothes out to dry … by hanging the shirt on the line, survivors, friends and family can literally turn their back on some of that pain of their experience and walk away; finally it allows those who are still suffering in silence to understand that they are not alone.” The shirts are color-coded based on the type of abuse the decorator was affected by, and whether the victim of abuse is a survivor or deceased. White shirts represent those who have died due to violence, while yellow and beige are for victims of battery or assault. Red, pink and orange shirts represent rape/sexual assault survivors, blue and green for survivors of sexual abuse or incest, and

rium. Bingo and raffle tickets can be purchased for $1 at the Residence DinNews Reporter ing Center. Prizes include movie packages, a snuggie, a spa package, an iPad, This week, Weible Hall is hosting a blu-ray player and others. their second annual Cancer Awareness Week. The event began on Sunday and will end Saturday. Cancer Awareness Week will include a variety of different This week is a reminder events to raise money and awareness that we are not for cancer survivors and patients. Yesterday was dedicated to general can- invincible, but when cer, today to leukemia, tomorrow to people stand together, breast and prostate cancer and Thurs- we can make a powerful day will be dedicated to skin cancer. team. Friday will be Bison Pride day, as well as the day of the Relay for Life that will -Jessica Soucy be taking place from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. The wall against cancer will be made on Saturday at the Wellness Center. of paper bricks, and will be there for Other events include building a wall students to share their own stories against cancer at the Residence Dining about cancer. Center, as well as bingo and a raffle at Weible Hall decided to continue the 8 p.m. on Thursday in Stevens Auditotradition because they believed in the

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MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Two headless bodies are dumped on a street in suburban Mexico City along with a message sent by a mysterious group called "The Hand with Eyes." Days later, a severed head shows up in a car abandoned outside an elementary school in the same suburb.

purple/lavender are to remember women attacked due to sexual orientation. Finally, black shirts represent those women attacked for political reasons. Although several shirts are currently on display, those interested still have the opportunity to contribute to the project. There will be a shirt making

Weible Hall raises awareness of cancer KATERINA VORONOVA

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -Bahraini authorities lifted a ban on the main opposition newspaper Sunday after its three top editors resigned to save the paper from a campaign to muzzle anti-government media and crack down on the Shiite opposition in the Sunni-ruled Gulf nation.

By hanging the shirt on the line, survivors, friends and family can literally turn their back on some of that pain of their experience and walk away; finally it allows those who are still suffering in silence to understand that they are not alone.

session today and tomorrow from noon to 1 p.m. in the Meadow Lark room in the Memorial Union. The equity and diversity center will also host a session to make shirts tomorrow from 8 to 9 p.m. at the center. Materials are provided and can be picked up and dropped off at the office of student life until April 8. Those interested in viewing the display can visit the art gallery this week between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Volunteers will be available to answer questions and direct those in need a place to find additional resources. The NDSU project is sponsored by Greek Life, Sexual Assault Prevention Programs, Student Activities and the Memorial Union Gallery. For more information visit, then click on sexual assault prevention or prevention and awareness programs for more information on the Clothesline Project, other events this month or for sexual assault resources.









importance of raising awareness for cancer, since almost everyone has some kind of experience with the disease. Freshman Jessica Soucy, who was actively involved in planning Cancer Awareness Week, has had personal experience with cancer. “My family had a cancer scare this past year and I realized I could be planning this event for someone very close to me,” Soucy said. “It served as inspiration for me.” Weible Hall government followed a template of what was done in 2010. They decorated the windows in the hall as well as the windows connecting the Residence Dining Center, ReedJohnson and Weible halls. Weible is also having a bathroom-decorating contest, and a campus-wide raffle. Weible also decorated cards for the Roger Maris Cancer Center, and has listened to two speakers about their experience with cancer, as well as the im-

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portance of breast self exams. Weible Hall residence will also be making blankets for Project Linus on Tuesday. Project Linus works to provide children who are seriously ill or traumatized with blankets to provide them with love, security, warmth and comfort. The two biggest events will be bingo on Thursday, where students can win a variety of prizes, and Relay for Life on Friday and Saturday. Students can sign up their teams online to participate in Friday’s event. Weible Hall will donate all money made during cancer week to the American Cancer Society, and is hoping to continue this tradition in the years to come. “This week is a reminder that we are not invincible, but when people stand together, we can make a powerful team,” Soucy said.

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Preparing for graduation CHELSEY THRONSON Co-News Editor

It is that time of year again. Seniors graduating in May are beginning preparations to walk across the stage and get their handshake and a piece of paper that will sum up their years here at NDSU. On the NDSU registration and records website, there is a checklist of requirements needed to graduate. Students can pick up caps, gowns and tassels in the Memorial Union Bookstore at anytime throughout the rest of the semester.

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A minimum of 122 credits are required and a grade point average of 2.0 is also necessary. All general education requirements must be fulfilled and at least 37 credits of upper-level classes in the 300 and 400 field. This semester’s graduating students need to submit their application for graduation in order to participate in commencement. In addition, a degree audit must be submitted by the student, in order to make sure all requirements have been accurately fulfilled. Seniors should do both of these during the last year of their educational experience, preferably one semester before they intend to graduate.

Diplomas are mailed about six weeks after the ceremony. All debts are to be paid and students must have a good standing with the university. Students with a GPA of 3.50 to 3.70 receive a Cum Laude honor, 3.70 to 3.90 is a Magna Cum Laude and 3.90 and above is Summa Cum Laude. For a complete list of requirements, go to the Registration and Records website at eqs/

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With bricks made of everything from shotgun shells to duct tape, a tower standing in Renaissance Hall highlights NDSU architecture students’ approaches to brickwork.

Students reinvent the brick MATT SEVERNS Spectrum Staff


It is a question of innovation, the tactile, the haptic, imagination and the fact that architects now are working after the industrial revolution. I think most people really like this assignment. -Regin Schwaen

A new tower made by 55 architecture students will stand in the Renaissance Hall lobby until April 15. Though a basic brick structure, this particular tower is built from special bricks, each a unique student's creation. Regin Schwaen, associate professor in architecture and landscape architecture, drew his inspiration for the assignment from Juhani Pallasmaa, a world-renowned architect who came up with the idea to have students create bricks. “When I first give this assignment, the students are always quite surprised. I ask them to do exactly 1,000

bricks and maybe they for a moment are surprised,� Schwaen said. The 1,000 bricks make for a satisfying final product that is meant to press the limits of architecture and demonstrate the union of differing concepts. “There is something interesting to that number. Something infinite and complete at the same time,� Schwaen said. With the large class sizes, most students needed to only make 12 bricks individually. While other classes have had students purchase bricks and then construct something, Schwaen found more value in having students make their own. “It is a question of innovation, the tactile, the haptic, imagination and the fact that architects now are

working after the industrial revolution. I think most people really like this assignment,� Schwaen said. Part of the reason Schwaen gives the brick assignment is because he wants architecture to be a rewarding experience on multiple levels. He brings the assignment with him to every institution he visits. “I was looking for an assignment that could be individual and bring everybody together at the same time. It was also important that the task would be great fun and have a significant pedagogical point,� Schwaen said. The tower will be removed from the Renaissance Hall lobby on April 15, at which point the bricks will likely to continue serving purposes as unique as their own design.

Though many students will take their own bricks home, Schwaen imagines many other possibilities for the unique bricks. “It is hard to say what will happen to the bricks. Probably most of them will be tossed away and might then be found one day if a future archaeologist would happen to excavate the big earth mound that is being made north of Fargo,� Schwaen said. Mentioning how bricks have taught us much about ancient societies in the past, Schwaen talked about how some bricks, even if they never get excavated or recycled, will continue to influence students’ lives. “I think this is one of the assignments that students will remember for the rest of their lives,� Schwaen said.

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS TO APPEAR ON ELECTION BALLOT Below is a list of proposed constitutional amendments to appear on this year’s student body election ballot.

Constitutional Amendment #1 The amendment would add the following section to Article I, SECTION 7 Student Fees

Constitutional Amendment #3 This amendment will change Article I Section 5 Subsection F to read as follows and add a new subsection to Article V Section 3 Subsection B.

“A majority vote in a student body election shall be required to approve a new student fee.� A “yes� vote means you approve of this proposed change. A “no� vote means you do not approve of this proposed change.

Constitutional Amendment #2 The amendment will change Article II Section 2 Subsection C to read as follows: “C. Composition and Representation The Student Senate shall be composed of student senators from two districts: academic and residential. Academic student senators: each of the undergraduate colleges and the graduate school may elect one student senator from its enrollment. One student senator may be elected for each additional 900 students or major fraction thereof enrolled (above the first 900) in said college and graduate school. Residential student senators: Each of the residence areas may elect from its residents, one senator. One student senator may be elected for each additional 900 students or major fraction thereof enrolled (above the first 900) residing in said residence area. The Student Court, with the approval of the Student Senate, shall establish the residential districts.� A “yes� vote means you approve of this proposed change. A “no� vote means you do not approve of this proposed change.

“F. The student body president, vice president, student senators and [members of the Board of Student Publications/a member of the Media Advisory Board]* shall be elected in April. The exact dates shall be set by the Student Court with the consent and approval of the Student Senate as per the dates and processes defined by the “Student Body Election Code� written by the Student Court and approved by the Student Senate. Article V Section 3 Subsection B: *Text in brackets to be determined by outcome of Constitutional Amendment #4 B. All guidelines pertaining to Student Body elections shall be established in the document entitled “Student Body Election Code.� All changes shall require two (2) readings and a majority affirmative vote of the Student Senate.

Constitutional Amendment #4 This amendment will make the various changes shown in the student announcement listserv email to be sent on Monday, April 4, 2011 and in the attached document. Examples include but are not limited to: Changing the percentage of student required for a ballot initiative or referral from 10 percent and 5 percent Changing the percentage of students required for a recall from 15 percent to 10 percent Allowing the recall of certain appointed officials Replacing the two elected members of the Board of Student Publications with one elected member of the Media Advisory Board to come into the compliance the “State Board of Higher Education Policy.� Changing the number of student court justices from five to seven.

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Why does cheating happen? LINDA VASQUEZ Features Editor

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He Said: “In our culture, everything is based on instant gratification. People begin relationships for the high of being in a relationship, but when that fades, they seek that high from something or someone else. People refuse to wait and put time into meaningful relationships, they take what they want and that’s not right.” -- Alan Maxwell, a senior majoring in civil engineering. She Said: “The partner isn’t sure of who they are. They need the acceptance and they find it elsewhere instead of discussing it with their partner.” -- Alli Petrich, a sophomore majoring in accounting. We have all heard the same story about cheating. The cheater is a jerk and the victim has no idea how it happened. With so many cheating scandals popping up with celebrities and in our daily lives, the question is, why does it happen? According to there are many excuses or reasons for why infidelity occurs. They don’t feel loved. We all feel this way at one point or another, but it is no excuse to go looking for greener pastures. As humans, we seek love and intimacy. Whenever you feel this way, go out with friends or go on a dinner date with your family. If your partner is making you feel this way, tell them. Their needs are not being met. Let’s be realistic. Not every need you have is going to be met. You also have to make sure you are communicating with your partner about what your needs are. Remember not everyone is a mind reader. They just need a friend. Find one at the local pet store. It will save a lot of turmoil. And some are really good cud-

dle buddies. If your partner is not meeting your friend expectation, let them know. There is nothing wrong with having friends, but when it gets to the point of more than just a friendship, this could cause conflict within your romantic relationship and can lead to potential regret. They are struggling with partner incompatibility. A simple way to find this out early on is to ask your partner questions about themselves. In most instances, relationships will continue after this stage. But if during the building of your romantic relationship the other partner just doesn’t meet your expectations, let them know. If it comes to ending the relationship, at least you had the respect and decency that everyone deserves. They are dealing with larger commitment issues. So instead of having one person you are committed to, you want more? Commitment is a big responsibility and takes a lot of effort. If you are not ready for commitment, tell your potential partner before anything continues. Tell them why you feel you can’t commit to them at the time, whether it’s because of a recent breakup or because simply you are just too busy. The number one way to avoid cheating is communicating with your partner. In a mature and responsible relationship you should be able to express your needs and wants. Compromise is a key in any relationship, but making sure to discuss these compromises with your partner is more effective. A relationship is a two-way street, so make sure that you are making time and meeting the needs of your partner. Excuses for cheating might be valid, but that doesn’t make it right. Be the bigger person and either end the relationship and be with the other person or have the courage to fight for your relationship and make it a lasting one.

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The Forensics team, also known as the speech and debate team, traveled to Portland, Ore. to compete nationally.

Forensics team tries for success JOSIE TAFELMEYER Staff Writer

The NDSU Forensics team placed ninth out of 84 competing teams in this spring’s Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament and Convention. The team was ranked in the top 10 coming into the tournament that took place on March 23-26 in Portland, Ore. “We were a single point away from the eighth place team,” Director of Forensics and Speech Coach Amorette Hinderaker said. “Nonetheless, we beat some strong competitors and this was a significant victory for our program.” Many individuals received “excellent” (top 20 percent) and “superior” (top 10 percent) ratings in their events to contribute to the team’s overall success. Timothy Bill, a senior majoring in history and president of the Forensics team, performed in the Persuasion Showcase event, for which only four out of 150 competitors were chosen. He also received excellent ratings in two events, superior ratings in four events, and the Brightest Star Award. Other individuals who received awards include Keith

Bistodeau, who received superior and two excellent ratings; Jenna Mueller, who earned two excellent ratings; Kristen Fennel, who received an excellent rating; and Anthony Herman, who earned an excellent rating. It has been several years since the NDSU Forensics team has seen this much success. In 1984, the team was ranked second in the nation, but the most recent previous national award was achieved before 1999. When Hinderaker took the position as director of forensics five years ago, NDSU’s speech team barely existed. She tenaciously worked to rebuild the team with the help of her students’ recruitment and fundraising. Hinderaker is a third-year Ph.D. student at NDSU who also teaches public speaking and other upperlevel communication courses. The NDSU forensics, or speech and debate, team now has 17 members that represent many different majors and years on campus. Each individual on the team puts in enormous amounts of work to become excellent in their event categories and keep up to date on current events. For the amount of work stu-


dents put into the speech team, you might think that they have less time for schoolwork. But Hinderaker affirms that this is not the case. “Without exception, students enhance their academic performances rather than hinder them by joining the forensics team,” Hinderaker said. “Speech and debate activities notoriously produce students that go places in life. Many of our senators, professors, and judges were active in forensics.” Bill also pointed out that being a member of the speech team gives students invaluable experience and helps them conquer the prevalent fear of public speaking. Keith Bistodeau, team vice president majoring in public relations and advertising, agreed. “Through speech events, we learn skills like argumentation, critical thinking, and effective writing that are applicable to all other academics,” Bistodeau said. The NDSU forensics team has many different categories of events that appeal to all sorts of interests, ranging from persuasive speaking to poetry or debate. Hinderaker says there is something for everyone, and no experience is necessary to

join. Bill, who shines in persuasive speaking, and Bistodeau, whose strength is extemporaneous speaking, were both recruited to the team by coach Hinderaker two years ago and have greatly contributed to the team ever since. Bill said, “What I enjoy most about being part of the team is the camaraderie and interacting with my teammates.” Bistodeau says the team “jokingly” call themselves “a weird little dysfunctional family” because they “spend so much time together practicing and travelling.” The team does indeed spend many hours together covering nearly 15,000 miles, traveling to about 15 competitions every year. The team has finished significantly in many of this season’s competitions, but even more significant is the steady improvement of each team member. Hinderaker said, “Trophies are nice and they look good, but they aren’t nearly as important as the personal growth of each student.” The team will conclude their fantastic year with the National Forensics Association National Tournament that takes place April 13-19 in Normal, Ill.


The legal drug: Nicotine Tying tie knots family, friends, your doctor, a counselor and a support group or the telephone hotContributing Writer line called QuitLine.” TEGAN BUCKLEY Nicotine is such a powerful drug that it may take several attempts to be successContributing Writer ful in quitting. On your quit date, change your enviIt reaches your brain in 11 seconds. It is a legal substance that when used cor- ronment and routines. Remove all the cigarettes and ashtrays rectly causes cancer. It is addictive. Every one shortens your life by 14 minutes. It is in your home, office and car. Ask for support from your family, the leading cause of blindness, and the friends and co-workers. leading cause of preventable cancers. When the urge to smoke appears, try to You may have guessed it by now, but this week’s article is about nicotine, which distract yourself or avoid the situations that you know are triggers to wanting is found in cigarettes. As harmful as nicotine is, the best way nicotine, such as stress or drinking alcoto avoid being sucked into the addiction hol with friends. Switch up your routine, drive a differis by deciding to stop putting into your ent route home, walk a different way to body. The most common form is through the work, drink tea instead of coffee and reduce the stress in your life. use of cigarettes. Excellent ways to reduce stress include When deciding to quit smoking (and the use of all forms of tobacco), may- hot baths, exercise, yoga, meditation, recommends “setting a stop avoiding the stressor, reading a good book, watching a comedy, light scented date.” They also recommend establishing a candles, getting plenty of sleep, calling up “quit plan that involves support from a good friend to talk to and controlling your work and home environPhoto Courtesy of Wikipeida ments. BRENDAN O’GORMAN

The benefits of quitting smoking: • Within 20 minutes: blood pressure and heart rate drops and blood flow increases. • Within 24 hours: foods taste better and breath, hair and clothes won’t smell like smoke. In addition, better quality of life, more stamina and extra spending money. • Within 48 hours: carbon monoxide level in the blood returns to normal. • Within two weeks: blood

circulation and lung functions improve. • Within one year: risks of heart attacks decrease by half. • Within five years: the risk of heart attacks are almost the same as someone who has never smoked. • Within 10 years or more: the risk of lung cancer is half that of a smoker’s. After the decision to quit, symptoms will peak within 48 hours, but will gradually decline over the next four weeks. The symptoms include depression, irritability, insomnia, frustration, anger, restlessness, weight gain, fatigue, lack of concentration, anxiety and an increase in appetite. All of these symptoms are normal, but may be unpleasant at first. If these become very bothersome, ask your doctor what they can recommend to help curb the symptoms. One important tidbit of information is to decrease the amount of caffeine that is ingested if you do decide to quit. This is due to the body’s metabolism and enzymes. There are several options for smoking cessation including gum, lozenge, patch and Chantix. You can sit down with your doctor and figure out which will be the best way to quit smoking. Once you have decided to quit, congratulate yourself on adding 10 more years to your life! For more information about the Tobacco Cessation Program at NDSU, contact Health Educator Stacey Holm at or call the Student Health Service at 701-231-7331. For counseling along with proper medication use call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

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Step three: Next, bring the wide end of the tie around, passing it across the front of Ties are complicated. the narrow end. For most men, being able to Both ends should now be tie a tie knot properly is very facing top side up. difficult. But the key to tying a knot in Step four: This step is cruthe best fashionable way is cial for the knot. being able to pull it off. Make sure to bring the wide There are four different end behind the narrow end, styles when tying a tie, but but up into the loop that lohere are six easy steps to the cated right above the cross you one way to tie knots the easifirst made in step two. est. The top side up of the wide end of the tie should be facing The four in hand knot: an you. asymmetrical tie knot, good for button-down shirts. Step five: For this step hold the knot (the cross that you Step one: Place the tie have been holding since step around your neck. two) loosely and pass the wide Start with the wide end (the end down through the front of wider part of the tie) on your the loop of the knot. right and the narrow end on the left Step six: You can now let go Extend the tie about 12 of the cross, but hold the narinches below the narrow end row end of the tie and slide the of your necktie. knot up snug. The tie should now be comStep two: Cross the wide end plete. of the tie over the narrow end, and back underneath. This type of tie knot can be Do not let go of this cross used for presentations, until the tie is complete. speeches and interviews. The wide end should be So, remember wearing a tie showing the back side of the -- the right way at least -- can tie, whereas the narrow end give you extra points with facing the top side up. your audience. Features Editor

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Not too early for barbecue JUSTIN HARKEN Contributing Writer

As April has arrived and snow still covers the ground, I have developed a burning desire for barbecue. Nothing screams summer more than the aroma of ribs roasting on an open flame and steaks sizzling on a grill. Around this time of the year I get anxious after having been cooped up for the last five months and needed to find a place that reminded me of the better, warmer days. That's the release I found Spitfire Bar. I chose Spitfire for a couple reasons: First off they are locally owned. I like to help out our local economy and small business owners if I can. Second, they are reputable. Spitfire has won dozens of barbecue competitions at various levels. The highlight of their accomplishments would be their sixth-place finish in the 2009 Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational. Needless to say these guys know their way around a barbecue. Of course, several of these awards are displayed at their entrance, and why not? If you’ve got it, flaunt it. When you think of a barbecue restaurant, you might conjure up images of a greasy backwoods cook basting meat. Let me assure you that Spitfire is nothing like that. This restaurant screams class while featuring modern styling with brick walls and oversized booths. There is also a large bar area that is somewhat separate from the dining area with several televisions in case you want to watch a game while you dine. I have nothing but nice things to say about the service. My fiancÊ and I were seated

promptly and given the option of sitting in a booth or at a table. The friendly server greeted us shortly after we were seated and began to rattle off the large selection of beers they have on tap while also making several food recommendations. Between ordering and receiving our meal, the server brought us a loaf of Spitfire’s homemade bread and a dish of seasoned butter. The bread was absolutely wonderful. It was soft and fresh and carried a fragrance that made it irresistible. A fantastic feature of Spitfire is that all of their food is homemade. This process requires an attention to detail and adds a personal flare to the food. My fiancÊ enjoyed a chicken club sandwich topped with avocado with a side of fries. There were no complaints from her side of the table other than her not being able to finish it. I chose the barbecue brisket because of the amount of work required to cook it. It’s slow cooked for 10 hours after being dry rubbed with a secret blend of spices. If cooking a brisket is an art form then Spitfire should consider changing its name to Picasso. The brisket was utterly tender and full of taste. Spitfire may have outdone every other brisket that I have ever had. I wasn’t a big fan of the homemade brisket sauce that was served on the side, so the friendly server was quick to get me a side of regular barbecue sauce. I also enjoyed the sides of garlic mashed potatoes and Spitfire beans. All in all, Spitfire was excellent and the prices were reasonable, as you could expect to pay between $10 and $15 per meal. The service was both friendly and helpful while the quality of the food was unparalleled. This fantastic barbecue was just what I needed to ease the winter blues and it is a place that will be seeing more of me in the near future.


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Filmmaker finishes first movie JAIME JARMIN A&E Editor

Brian Douglas, an awardwinning independent filmmaker originally from Los Angeles, Calif., had always dreamed of one day making his own movie. Just recently, those dreams came true with his movie, “I’m Just Saying.�


The reason I made it is because college students are willing to hear other peoples’ perspectives on life without turning their minds off. -Brian Douglas Douglas wants college students to believe it is possible to create their own movie. “If you want to go out there and make a movie, just do it. Life is too short to wait around for someone to make it for you,� Douglas said. For Douglas, who now resides in Arlington, Va., the journey toward making his first full-length independent film started out as a couple ideas that were jotted down during college that later developed into a book entitled “Hypocrites and Curls.�

Although the book is a little darker, it acted as a springboard for the movie. “It was a lot easier to write the screenplay after I wrote the book,â€? Douglas said. With the help of some friends and a Mac computer, Douglas was able to create, from scratch, his first film. “I felt like with the right people we could do this movie ourselves ‌ we can say what we want to say and do what we want to do, unlike in Hollywood,â€? Douglas said. “I’m Just Sayingâ€? has received numerous awards including the Gold Kahuna Award for Excellence in Filmmaking at the 2010 Honolulu International Film Festival, Director’s Choice — Bronze Medal for Excellence at the 2010 Park City Film Music Festival and Feature Films Finalist at the 2010 Moondance International Film Festival, among others. “The movie is powerful and upbeat. It talks about politics, societal norms, religion and sexuality,â€? Douglas said. “The way the cast members address this is very honest. We’re all a product of how we’re brought up, and nobody likes to be told that their beliefs are wrong.â€? Douglas believes that college students will especially appreciate this movie because the main characters are also in college going through similar trying moments and circumstances. “The reason I made it is be-

cause college students are willing to hear other peoples’ perspectives on life without turning their minds off,â€? Douglas said. Douglas was fortunate to find some extremely talented actors from Los Angeles for this film. “We auditioned a lot of people and went through an entire casting call,â€? Douglas said. “Most of the actors had just graduated college and the talent was amazing.â€? As well as having a solid cast, this film also has an incredible soundtrack that features musicians such as Mike Malinin from the Goo Goo Dolls and bands such as The Green Car Motel, who had their music featured in the films, “Seven Poundsâ€? and “Collateral.â€? “I saw the music as its own emotional character and we were really lucky because we had some really amazing musicians,â€? Douglas said. Even though this up-andcoming filmmaker has received a lot of praise for his first movie, the awards and nominations are not the things that mean the most. “The feeling of my friends, family, cast and musicians believing in each other to get it done ‌ the cast and crew worked so hard,â€? Douglas said. “I’m Just Sayingâ€? is now available on and, and will eventually be available on Netflix.

As I went into the Fargo Civic Center last Saturday for my very first FM Derby Girls bout, an infatuation was born. My excitement came from these fishnet-clad, stripedtube-sock-wearing women being the epitome of confidence. But I guess you’d have to be confident if you were wearing booty shorts in front of a crowd of 1,700. Watching this event for the first time made me realize that roller derby isn’t only about how fast you can skate, how hard you can hit or how many points you can score for each bout. Roller derby is all about women’s power. The skaters exemplify the image of Rosie the Riveter by displaying their strength on the track while living up to names such as “Maulflower� and “Shock Therapy.� I wouldn't want to come faceto-face with some of the derby girls who were checking each other like hockey players. Before I had witnessed an actual roller derby bout, I assumed that most of the tricks and stunts were somewhat staged. Needless to say, I was mistaken. The derby girls are incredibly athletic, winding and weaving between each other with frequent nudges to throw each other off the track. These fierce skaters range in age from early twenties to midforties and most of the time I could hardly tell the difference. I felt inspired as I was watching these women skate around the track embodying their strong femininity. I was not the only one who felt this way either. There were many little girls decked out in derby gear chanting cheers throughout the entire bout. For these young girls to see how confident the derby girls are about themselves is something they need, especially when it is such an easy way to deal with low self-esteem. These women are doing more than just skating around a track. They are empowering women like me.

Search for Fargo's best coffee: The Red Raven Espresso Parlor

KEITH BISTODEAU Contributing Writer

The Red Raven Espresso Parlor is, without a doubt, a hidden gem on the Fargo coffee scene. Located at 916 Main Ave. in downtown Fargo, it is a coffee shop, music venue and bookstore. Needless to say, the Espresso Parlor has all the necessities to properly spend a day off of work, live through a hard study session or enjoy a relaxing night out with coffee

and music. Walking into the Espresso Parlor is like taking a step back into a kid's basement in the ‘80s. There are couches, chairs, booths and posters that give the place a vintage and laid-back feel. This was my first time experiencing the Espresso Parlor and I was instantly hooked and intrigued just by the decor. I ordered a double espresso latte and sat down to enjoy the music in the parlor and get some homework done. Out of all the places I have been to in Fargo on this search to find the best coffee, the Espresso Parlor takes the title so far. The coffee was absolutely amazing. It had a rich boldness with a very strong and enjoyable flavor. The environment in the building itself also added to the whole experience.

The amazing baristas and fellow coffee drinkers added to the eclectic environment from their friendly attitudes and willingness to start up a conversation. I was able to keep to myself while enjoying my coffee if I wanted as well. The added bonuses at the Espresso Parlor involve the performances that are held in the store. On certain Fridays, different local musicians and poets around the area come to perform and add an artsy environment to the Espresso Parlor. Overall, I had a blast due to the outstanding coffee and neat environment this coffee shop had to offer. I will visit again on April 8, ready to listen to local musicians perform their music with a delicious coffee in hand.



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Opinion This will inevitably change your life

RYLEE NELSON Opinion Editor

This article will inevitably have some effect on how you see me, yourself, or some obscure worldview you have, so you should probably just go ahead and read this. In a recent conversation with a friend, we discussed certain views on college that hinge on the inevitable. In a disgusted tone she exclaimed, “I don’t understand why everyone assumes that these things are just going to happen, so we just give in.” That quick comment sent me into a deep moment of selfreflection that brought the realization that I, myself and we, as a society do a lot of inevitable decision-making.

Inevitability is what screws over gamblers and aids the house. If you don’t brush your teeth, you will inevitably get a cavity and if you eat more fruits and vegetables, you will be generally healthier. If you steal enough times, you will eventually get caught and if you speed long enough, you will inevitably get a ticket. In general, this type of thinking gets the typical human through life. In decision-making, we pick the decision that is most likely to give us a desired outcome. However, we will always take into account what is probably going to happen. Inevitability is what screws over gamblers and aids the house. By the nature of the game, casinos will always win at the end of the day and if you keep throwing your money down, the dealer will keep taking it. It is this kind of thinking that has been the glasses I have been looking through while pondering this thought. Sure we as individuals seem to love this idea, but how about as a society and a country? We rely on the fact that our kids will have sex so we try to get them ready for it. We undoubtedly have set up a society where kids will cause trouble and rebel. Teenagers will break stuff, get drunk and be otherwise worthless piles until society forces them to grow up and become respectable people. I offer that maybe we rely on the inevitable. Maybe, just maybe, we have created the teenager by focusing on what will inevitably happen instead of giving them false ideas of what are expected of them. North Dakota legislators assume that the wheels of higher education system will keep turning and that things will inevitably work themselves out. They assume that students will inevitably come to the state because of our promising economy or our booming oil industry but they refuse to look at growing a future in higher education.

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Silence your cell phone in class THOMAS BLUESTONE Contributing Writer

On the first day of classes each semester, the instructor or professor will almost always explain their syllabus. One part always grinds my gears. Everything is going smooth while they are explaining the textbook used, their email and office hours, grading scales, etc. Then come the class restrictions. I am personally insulted when professors ban the use of cell phones in class. Each student is faced with balancing a difficult daily schedule and phones are tools that help us navigate our way through. The use of phones should be allowed if they are completely silenced. The first reason that I think prohibiting the use of cell

phones is unwarranted is a fundamental one: money. I am not a financial guru, but my general train of thought always leads me to believe that our tuition and fees pay the faculty’s salaries. I would also like to think that we are paying faculty for their services instead of their restrictions. In our capitalistic society, shouldn’t we want the most for our money? If we don’t like what we are paying for, shouldn’t we (the students) have a say? For this reason alone, it should be the students’ choice whether we actively use their money to learn or utilize our smart phones. The common argument is that cell phones cause a distraction to the other students around them as well as the instructor. Well, you could apply

this “distraction” theory to anything in the class setting. Some things that distract me include coughing students, hard typing computer users and students walking in late, just to name a few. In comparison, a silenced phone is far less annoying than someone stepping over you to get to an open seat. It’s far less annoying than the person in front of you on Facebook running their mouth about the party last night. On my list of seriousness of distractions, phone users are second to the bottom, right next to sleeping students (who are not snoring). A simple fix would be to treat the phone like a laptop and advise students to use it for nonrecreational reasons. Another reason why silenced phones should be allowed is

life. Each student’s life can be generalized as busy. To go along with our busy lives, we have surprises and emergencies. I fortunately had a pleasant surprise at the end of February. I welcomed my beautiful baby daughter into this world. Prior to this happening, I informed my instructors that my family was expecting and there was no way my phone was ever going out of my sight. Most of my instructors didn’t have an issue. Unfortunately, I said most. To summarize, phones are the greatest invention in communication ever. Students and their families depend on this form of communication to inform them of surprises, changes in schedules, and unfortunate events such as illness and death.

Our society has evolved in almost every way, shape and form in the last 50 years. Sociologically speaking, we have a cultural lag between the norms of the students and the instructors. Students have embraced cell phone technology and it is imprinted as part of our daily lives. Instructors are still not treating the cell phone with any optimism. I will be the first to admit that there will be students who are going to use the phones for recreational reasons during class, but this fact is negated by the 1 percent of students who will use it for reasons that are actually important. Just some food for thought, you can do the dishes. Thomas is a sophomore in exercise science.

Single awareness: Riding solo SARAH CHAMPA Contributing Writer

Some of the coolest people in the history of the world were single: Jesus, Galileo, Gandhi, and that sweet sounding R&B singer, Jason Derulo. You all know what I am talking about. There is something good about being single. Don’t feel like, in your college experience, that a significant other is necessary. Be confident in your singleness and all the splendid perks it has to offer. I have recreational freedom

as a single lady. I can watch Hallmark Channel original movies without grunts and groans from the man section. Yes, I know these flicks are predictable. Yes, I know I will cry. And yes, they have terrible actors. But, I am a girl for goodness sakes! I need a good chick flick once and while. Single guys, it can be the same way for you. Just think about the NFL, The Matrix and Mr. Jason Bourne without a gripe from your girl. Recreational freedom is huge but individuality is better. I am looked at as individ-

ual, not a part of a whole. I walk into a room and people don’t ask me where my other half is. The people are like, “Sarah, that conservative/liberal weirdo is here,” not, “Sarah is here. Where is her beau? Why aren’t they together?” This is really a good thing. Before you enter a relationship, you should know who you are and be willing to stand up for it so you are and won’t be completed by the other person. You must be complete before you enter a relationship. I can wear whatever the

heck I want (of course modestly so). Sometimes boyfriends, and especially girlfriends, want to control the dress habits of their significant other. Single guys, instead of wearing a purple and lime green argyle sweater vest, jeans with “fashionable” distress in them and a clean shave instituted by your girlfriend, you have the freedom to sport tapered ‘90s jeans, an NDSU t-shirt, and the epic facial hair that we like to call chops. If you are going to be single, be single. Don’t just try to get

someone at your side but embrace all the good things the single life has to offer. Remember, you have the rest of your life to be in a relationship. Don’t regret getting into a stupid love match that shouldn’t have occurred in the first place, only to break up in the end. “As for today, I’m lovin’ cloud nine, my heads in the sky, I’m ridin’ solo.” Sarah is senior majoring in university studies.

Editors’ Corner BRIANNA EHLEY, Editor-in-Chief

RYLEE NELSON, Opinion Editor

The most important issue facing next year’s student government administration will be funding. It is important that whoever wins this week’s election keeps their fellow students in mind when working to distribute funds from the student activity fee, as well as fight for money from the state legislature. It is important that the student voice is taken into consideration when proposing major projects like a new library. Although construction on this wouldn’t occur until after the next legislative session, it is vital to make sure that this is what students want and not simply a project to prove long-lasting accomplishments. It will also be important for the new administration to look at recent implementations such as the Advising Resource Center, to judge whether or not this has actually proven to be helpful to the student body. If students aren’t actually taking advantage of this service, it might not be wise to invest more money in it. Overall, funding is the issue that next year’s student representatives will need to focus on. When making crucial funding decisions and advocating on behalf of the university at the state legislature, our student leaders need to remember that the interest of the student body comes first.

The ARC is a heaven send to the student population. Personally, I was super relieved to hear that student body was trying to make the hassle of student advising into a little bit easier of a project. By setting up a center for the interest of advising students, any question or otherwise unsolved problem takes a simple stop by the center to be resolved. However, it is more simply said than done. It has been a semester since opening and it will take work to keep it open and productive to students. It has been a discussed topic among the future candidates and I believe rightfully so. It is important that this center is open for students when they need the services and so I think that it is in its best interest that it be open more than simply during advising sessions. It would be a great aid throughout the year. However, it may be simply unrealistic to keep the center staffed and efficient throughout the first year. This debatable issue amongst several others is what would make this center more than simply a one and done setup. It will take years for this center to fully establish and I hope that the next elected student body officials will take this into special consideration here at NDSU.

LINDA VASQUEZ, Features Editor


Personally, I think that one of the important issues that the running candidates are discussing is the issue of constructing a new library for NDSU. Of course who wouldn’t want a new library built on campus? That means a new building and possibly new books for all of us. But realistically, do we really need a new library at this time, especially when Minard Hall is still half gone? This issue is a complicated one. I think that the candidates are trying to promise something that may not occur until years in the distant future. And if they are suggesting striving for building a new library, they should instead be promoting the fact that they would work to get enough student manpower to make it possible. The North Dakota government would have to approve the construction of a new library on our campus, since essentially they would be paying for it. That is unless of course, student government would be willing to give up all the money that they have saved from past years, which includes all of our student fees. At this moment, a new library would be unnecessary spending when NDSU has one that is adequate enough for the student population.

I think it is crucial to implement the different areas around campus to pick up your Bison football tickets. Soon. I would have gone to so many more games these last few years if tickets were more accessible to students. I know this seems minimalistic in comparison to other issues that could be addressed, but I think it is completely necessary. Don’t get me wrong, I care about other things the candidates are working on, but I think it is completely necessary to make this change in order to keep morale up and students excited about going to watch the Bison play. Most students are just angry when they have to walk to the BSA to pick up their tickets. It should be made as easy as possible to get tickets so we can keep our student section full. It is a common theme throughout campus; students would go to more games if tickets were easier to pick up.

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Healthiness by numbers MATT SEVERNS Spectrum Staff

I always know that a meal is going to be bad if I can order it by mentioning a number. Never once have I ordered a number one, for example, and felt good about it after finishing. The number system, which has for years effectively distracted our consciousness from realizing that we are ordering a quarter-pound of seemingly ungraded beef covered in a lucrative special

sauce, might soon get a bit more complex as the FDA has proposed a mandatory labeling of calorie counts for items served at restaurant establishments. As an attempt to curb obesity, the FDA hopes that forcing consumers to realize what they are going to eat (and invariably regret) before they order will help them eat less. For example, an Angus Bacon & Cheese offered by McDonald's sounds tasty, but does it still sound appealing when it is effectively re-marketed as the 790-Calorie Angus Bacon & Cheese? Personally, if confronted with that fact, I might opt to go with something a bit healthier, which in this case could be a Big Mac. Of course, if I am truly looking to eat with health in mind, I am not going to order a Big

Mac, even if it is healthier. When in a health-conscious state of mind, I am far more likely to head to a friendlier place like Jimmy John's. There, at least, I can order a sandwich and feel better about myself. If I order the Pepe, I will certainly feel all right, especially comparatively -- at least in the pre-calorie-labeling era. Post-regulation, however, that innocent-seeming Pepe isn't so nice after all. If I chose to order it instead of a Big Mac, I would actually have increased my calorie consumption by 74.3. That's right. At 614.3 calories, the Pepe at Jimmy John's is higher in calories than the Big Mac, which sits at a digestible 540. The point of this hypothetical excursion is to demonstrate that though requiring


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That's right. At 614.3 calories, the Pepe at Jimmy John's is higher in calories than the Big Mac, which sits at a digestible 540.


Craig Culver, who brought his own numbers to the table, suggesting that “the lost space would have cost each outlet in his chain $82,000 last year.” $82,000 seems like a lot of money, but when compared to the $147 billion that obesity burdened the medical system with in 2008, it is just pocket change. Though not perfect, if labeling food makes me forego the Pepe, the Big Mac or the Angus Bacon & Cheese even once, it will have done its job. Even if not enough to entirely end the obesity epidemic, passively discouraging people from eating unhealthy foods is the first step in promoting better health. If in doubt, just take a look at the numbers.

restaurants to label calorie counts isn't a conclusive solution to the obesity epidemic, in some cases it will help. Critics against the proposal suggest that calorie labels will disallow restaurants from posting entire menus on menu boards and that such a revolutionary shock to the system could confuse consumers of food. Matt is a junior majoring in The Chicago Tribune cited English education. fast food franchising executive

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We as a nation go to war and become peacekeepers because the world will inevitably get so out of control that we will be the only ones who can control it. Other countries will want to harm us and so we need to go prevent what will inevitably happen, searching for “weapons of mass destruction.” Now this may seem like an open condemnation of helping others or watching our back, but I am rather just pointing out reasons for these conflicts. We live on the inevitable and most of the time we make decisions or at least form our decisions with taking the inevitable into consideration. So now that I have met you at the bottom, I assume you took my above-mentioned advice. Now take this as your last inevitable decision, let’s form our decision on facts, not on the most likely among several others. Rylee is a junior majoring in communication

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They might be right but...


TRAVIS JONES Contributing Writer

As you could probably imagine, being on a D-1 college baseball team in Fargo, N.D. requires a little more traveling than it would in other states. Trying to balance schoolwork and baseball while being on the road for at least part of the week can be difficult. Nick Colwell is one of many Bison who go through this grind. Even though they are on the road a lot, Nick is still able to find time to relax and just be himself. Nick, a junior from Shoreview, Minn. started off his collegiate career with a different school. “I went to Iowa Central Community College for two years,” said Colwell. “I basically came to NDSU to prolong my baseball career.” When asked about the differences between the schools, Colwell shared that they were

very different. “(NDSU is) definitely a lot harder academically,” stated Colwell. “Baseball-wise I think you see a lot better pitching, a lot better off-speed stuff.” Another part of adjusting from college to college was the traveling. “I didn’t fly on an airplane for two years,” Colwell said. “And we’ve already been on three or four I think. It’s definitely a higher class than junior college.” Even with the erratic weather, Colwell still knows NDSU was the right choice for him. “I wish the weather was warmer, but this is basically the place I wanted to be at,” said Colwell. Colwell, a biology pre-medicine major, has a future with many openings ahead of him. When asked about future plans, Colwell made it known that baseball is very important to him. “Just play ball as long as I can,” stated Colwell. “I’ll try and get something with my biology degree, not really sure what I want but probably med school.” When it comes to med school, he thinks home is the best place for him to get his degree, but working in the fu-

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ture is a tossup. “Well actually I wouldn’t really mind it here. I like Fargo, but I wouldn’t mind going back home either.” Another reason why Nick likes being at NDSU is that his younger brother Tim, a freshman for the Herd, is also on the team. “It’s been good actually. I

liked it a lot having him here. He’s developed pretty well and grown accustomed to the D-1 game,” Colwell said. As with any brothers, there’s always a bit of sibling rivalry but it doesn’t seem that way with Nick and Tim. “I don’t really give him a hard time at all, I think he puts enough pressure on him-

self as it is.” Although Nick and the Herd haven’t started off the season on the right foot, there is still definite optimism. “The biggest thing we have going for us is that conference hasn’t started yet,” Colwell said. “I think if we just get a big hit here or there we’ll be fine.”

Bison herd roundup TRAVIS JONES Contributing Writer

Softball The softball team started off their conference season on the right foot. The Bison were in Fort Wayne, Ind. and Omaha to kick off the 2011 conference schedule. The reason for playing in Omaha is because the series against Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis got relocated. It was originally supposed to be played in Fargo, but was moved due to field conditions, according to Combined in the two series, the Herd went five and one, dropping one game to Indiana Purdue-Fort Wayne. After the sweep of IUPUI, the Bison currently sit in fourth place in the Summit

League with a 5-4 conference record. NDSU will continue its Summit League Schedule this week as they take on Oakland starting on Friday. Golf The men headed to Macomb, Illinois Monday and Tuesday to compete in the Western Illinois Beu/Mussatto Invitational. Nathan Anderson finished only two shots behind the individual champion as NDSU placed two golfers in the top-10. Zach Stensad took sixth as he went three over for the tournament. As a team, the Bison finished fourth. Baseball NDSU traveled to Omaha, Neb. on Monday to take on the Creighton Blue

Jays. NDSU was looking to build some momentum heading into the conference season, but were unable to come through. Creighton’s Trever Adams homered in the eighth inning to give the Jays the lead and eventually the 3-2 victory. Nick Colwell went two for five and Tyler Steen went two for four to pace the offense for the Bison. Zach Wentz, NDSU’s seventh pitcher of the game, ended up taking the loss, dropping him to 0-4 on the year. The Herd open up conference play on Thursday against Southern Utah. The Bison are currently 2-16 overall.

Vance Butler Invitational. There were no first place medals for the Bison, but they did compete well. Logan Hollenkamp, Casey Orgon and Sam Soholt all finished in the top eight for the hammer throw. Keith Bennot and Ryan Jenson both closed the meet out with fifth-place finishes in the pole vault and long jump respectively. On the women’s side it was a story similar to that of the men -- no first place finishes -- but the team competed extremely well. Nikki Iverson took seventh in the triple jump while competing and taking 35th in the 200 meters. Peggy Ronke won ninth place in the pole vault while Ashlynn Simon took 11th Track and Field The Herd traveled to Sioux Falls, in the 400 meters. S.D. on Saturday to compete in the


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This year’s men’s NCAA tournament has been as entertaining as watching Jersey Shore. You never can predict it, but you know somebody is going to get upset. The person who is enjoying this tournament the most is NCAA President Mark Emmert. Reason being is that it makes his BCS look amazing. Let me explain. Chances are you will get a few fans that are not hardcore basketball lovers that watched the VCU vs. Butler game. This is good, but you make money from ratings and without a big time team in the first game, you are losing viewers. There is no huge following like there would be with Kansas or Florida. (Which is the game I picked.) With the BCS, sure the fairness might not be there, but the money will be. And, is that not what the NCAA is always concerned about? The allmighty dollar? As a fan, though, what would you rather have? A Final Four stocked full of future NBA draft picks and bigtime colleges? Or would you rather have what has happened in this tournament? Only one number-one seed made it to the Elite Eight. The Southwest region looked like my math assignments, a whole lot of red marks. Thank you Virginia Commonwealth for making VCU sound more like an actual school and less like a sketchy disease. “Bro, I think I have VCU.” Butler out of the Southeast snuck by not because they were so good, but because while everyone was falling in love with Matt Howard, they forget about Shelvin Mack. The guy is probably the best player in the Final Four and all you ever hear about is Matt Howard’s toughness. Great, he hustles, but the last time I checked, that only gave me scars and floor burns, not points. UConn and Kentucky are your only two legitimate powerhouses left in this thing. The NCAA is so happy that these two made it, they’re practically crying. Just think if San Diego State and Marquette would have made the Final Four. Emmert would have been looking to make a college basketball BCS. While this tournament has been fun in the eyes of the fan, you have to believe the NCAA cringes every time a big named school gets dropped from contention. You may have thought that the NCAA would have liked to see Butler win the national championship last year. I tend to believe they were happy with Duke taking the title instead. I don’t think they really bought into the whole underdog notion until they saw it sold. This was probably Emmert’s conversation with his board of trustees. “I don’t care where they are from! They are costing me money by beating better teams! What? Oh. So, we are making a killing in the ratings cause of this team? Of course I’m happy about it! Why wouldn’t I be? They are the Cinderella story and that is what the NCAA tournament is all about!” So while Butler gets another crack at a title, they not only have to take on UConn and Kemba Walker, but they also have to take on the entire NCAA and their belief in money. Of course, what would an underdog story be without somebody trying to stick it to the man?

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NBA playoff predictor DANIEL GUNDERSON Sports Editor

With the NBA playoffs rapidly approaching, it is time to take a look at the best four teams in each league and their chances of winning an NBA title. I am picking the top four teams based off of their current standings. Western Conference 4. Oklahoma City Thunder Chance of winning the title: 33 percent Why do I have them so low? Well, if you look at the conference they are in, then you already can assume why. Second, they don’t have a lot of depth. While Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are a great one-two punch, who is next in line? Sorry, but when you go against teams with depth in the frontcourt, you’d better start packing your bags. 3. Dallas Mavericks Chance of winning the title: 25 percent Reason this team doesn’t really strike me as title worthy is because they don’t have the “it” factor. I know that sounds like really stupid logic, but tell me the last time you watched the Mavs and thought they could win a title. Too soft and without Caron Butler, they just don’t have a player who can take over games besides Dirk.

2. Los Angles Lakers Chance of winning the title: 85 percent They are super hot right now. They’ve lost once since the all-star break. And it is not like they are beating up on awful teams either. Of their 17 wins, 10 have been against teams with winning records. Also, they have this guy named Kobe Bryant and chances are, he is going to win.

3. Boston Celtics Chance of winning the title: 50 percent Again, they are old and the original three may be on their last hurrah. However, Rajon Rondo is a guy who can take over games without even scoring. While I think trading Kendrick Perkins was a mistake, I still like this team because they have proven that the team comes before the player.

1. San Antonio Spurs Chance of winning the title: 60 percent Losing six straight is not helping their chances. Even more disconcerting is the fact the Lakers are nipping on their heels. They have a great mix of veteran and youth players. I just don’t like this team in a seven-game series against the Lakers or a young Eastern Conference team like the Heat.

2. Miami Heat Chance of winning the title: 75 percent So they’ve had a tough time of it in Miami or at least tougher then we thought it would be. I still see this team in the finals because in a seven-game series, they would be tough to beat four times. If they figure out that Chris Bosh is strictly your post, Dwyane Wade is your clutch man and LeBron James is everything else, they should be all right.

Eastern Conference 4. Orlando Magic Chance of winning the title: 15 percent Dwight Howard is a complainer who shows little toughness when the going gets rough. This team has so much talent that they should be making a serious push for the number-one spot. They had one good stretch in late December early January when they won nine in a row. Of course, that was after they had lost eight out of nine.


1. Chicago Bulls Chance of winning the title: 55 percent The reason I have these guys so low is because I don’t think they are ready yet. I know Derrick Rose is the MVP, but what about the rest of this team? No one on the roster has made a deep playoff run. And while Joakim Noah might be the ugliest man alive, his intensity does not scare veteran teams like the Heat and Celtics.



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ONLINE CLASSES Introduction to Visual Arts ART 110 (Fall 1139) | 3 credits

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