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Mike Liudahl News Reporter If running out of cake is a good way to measure success at a grand opening, then all expectations were exceeded at the NDSU Main Library last Thursday afternoon. Approximately 250 students, staff and faculty attended the open house that celebrated the establishment of the Library coffee house and the Graduate Learning Center. “Both of our cakes went in about 20 minutes. We weren’t quite expecting that, but it was very heartening,” said Michele Reid, dean of libraries. “One student even left a message in our comment box saying that the coffee house was a ‘brilliant’ idea.” The two new facilities are the result of an NDSU Libraries initiative that was made possible through funding provided by student government for furniture and equipment. The Graduate Student Association contributed further financial assistance for the initiative. Representatives from all three organizations were on hand to assist with the two-hour event, which included a ribbon cutting ceremony. Planning for the project began early in the fall 2011 semester when Reid decided to

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Students line up in the Library Thursday afternoon for the open house of the new Graduate Learning Center and coffee house.

repurpose space in the Main Library. The coffee house now occupies the former rare-book room, which was moved to the libraries’ remote-storage archives. Since federal and state documents are now largely born digital, the Graduate Learning Center replaced the former documents workroom. With an emphasis on comfort, students were involved in

designing the spaces to be taken over. This included the securing of high quality, durable and easily included furniture that should provide years of service. The planners wanted something for everyone, such as soft seating, tables with chairs and power sources for electronic devices. To ensure accessibility for all students, ADA compliance was another of their priorities.

The coffee house is the first in the Fargo area to offer gourmet self-serve Keurig K-Cups of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. The coffee house is also able to boast the cheapest cup of coffee on campus at only $1. Having a place to take a study break without leaving the library is another added convenience. The intent is to offer this as a very low overhead type of service to the NDSU community rather than

to generate a profit from it. During Reid’s graduate student focus group session last spring, it was indicated that they didn’t have a dedicated space for study, collaboration and meetings. Before the opening of the Graduate Learning Center, the Graduate Student Association was relegated to meeting in different locations each week throughout the Memorial Union. Story continued on page 2

Battle of the Cents-es benefits local charities Colleges ask students to put up their Lincolns Emma Heaton Co-News Editor Two NDSU colleges face off in a coin battle to benefit their selected charities. The second annual Battle of the Cents-es will continue for the rest of the week to raise money for local organizations. “This year we decided to do it again and move it up a little bit,” Tyler Rogers said. Rogers is a pharmacy student and president of the College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Sciences Ambassadors. The competition is between the College of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied Sciences and the College of Engineering and Architecture. Each college will have collection booths set up in the Memorial Union and the colleges’ buildings, the Engineering Center and Sudro Hall, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All coin donations will count as positive points for each team, while all bill dona-



tions will be subtracted from the total points. The organization with the most positive change will take the win. All money collected will benefit local organizations. “It’s really unbelievable how much change can add up, and I don’t think people realize it. It would be so easy for kids walking through the Union to drop whatever change they have in their pockets in the jugs,” Alyssa Emerson, pharmacy student and special events chair of the College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Sciences, said. The colleges choose charities that relate to their respective majors, with the College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Sciences’ donations benefiting the Cullen Children’s Foundation. The organization aids local families and children with medical needs, placing an emphasis on cancer. The foundation also provides donations to Hope Incorporated, a local organization that makes activities available for children with disabilities.

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Students with the College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Sciences collect donations in the Memorial Union.

“All the money stays here in Fargo-Moorhead, and we really like that aspect of it as well,” Emerson said. The Minot State University Flood Families fund will receive donations from the College of Engineering and Architecture. The charity supports the faculty and staff affected by flooding in Minot. Rogers says the competition is friendly and brings the students out of their colleges. “We don’t get out of Sudro Hall very often. This just brings us out and gives us an

opportunity to interact with students across the whole campus,” Rogers said. Last year, the advisers of each college started the competition. The two groups raised over $1,250, with a tight finish of the competition. The ambassadors of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Sciences were victorious by a mere $27. Their earnings of $643.33 benefited the Dakota Medical Foundation. The College of Engineering and Architecture Ambassadors raised $615.50,










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which was donated to Habitat for Humanity. The ambassadors of each college have put in a substantial amount of time organizing the event and hope to raise even more money during this year’s battle. “It doesn’t require any other time and not a significant amount of money, but it can go a long way,” Emerson said. For more information about the benefiting charities, visit and _2011_donate.shtml.

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The local chapter of the Blue Key Honor Society went to a national conference in January and took home awards that reflect the service they provide to the FargoMoorhead area. Last semester alone, NDSU’s chapter logged 748 hours of service, which, given its size of just 30 members, allowed it to stand out from the rest at the Illinois conference. Because of the work of its members, NDSU’s Blue Key took home the Outstanding Chapter Award, the Certificate Merit Award and the Chapter Marathon award. Jace Beehler, president of the local chapter, says the organization’s successes are driven by the motivation each member has to better the community. “Blue Key at NDSU embodies its motto, ‘Serving I live,’ and I think it is clear with almost 750 volunteer hours that our organization was, and is, dedicated to serving NDSU, the cities of Fargo-Moorhead and the State of North Dakota,” Beehler said. Blue Key dedicates its work to any and all programs in the F-M area. Toward the end of the fall semester, though, efforts were focused on helping the Salvation Army. For their work, the Salvation Army recognized Blue Key as a PartDay sponsor during the Red Kettle Campaign. This semester, the local chapter of the Blue Key Honor Society is even more ambitious, with a goal of 800 hours set. Six new inductees will help the organization reach this goal. Rachel Black, Eric Estes, Emily Grenz, Dane Johansen, Sarah Schaaf and Jacob Williams were selected as new members, replacing two fallsemester graduates. Together, the new and returning members helped out at the Ronald McDonald House over the weekend, and they look forward to helping out at Bethany Homes this weekend. Additionally, the members are beginning to prepare for Bison Brevities, which is one of the organization’s annual fundraisers. “Our focus will continue to be to serve as many organizations and people in the FargoMoorhead area as we can,” Leah Nygaard, the chapter’s philanthropy officer, said.

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News Library continued from page 1 “This new room will provide us with an essential location that is in the same place every week. Having our own space is going to help our organization grow because people will now know where to find us,” said GSA president Trista Manikowske. “It will also be a place for graduate students to easily network with each other and share their research because so many of them frequently utilize the library.” Manikowske noted that, as a central place to present research, the Graduate Learning Center should be helpful in developing cohesiveness among graduate students from all de-

partments. She also mentioned that it ought to be conducive to the formation of mentoring relationships, such as a doctoral student guiding somebody new to a master’s program. “Being on the main level of the library, the location for both the coffee house and the graduate learning center is great,” said Cam Knutson, student body president. “It’s exciting to be part of turning two rooms that weren’t getting used very much into two that now will.” The money that was designated for the purchase of multi-media equipment, coffee machines and furniture came from the student govern-

ment reserve fund. This is where the prior year’s unused portion of the student activity fee goes to potentially be put to use in the following year. “A project like this where it’s a one-time unique expense can qualify for a reserve fund request,” said Knutson. “It perfectly fit the guidelines for that.” Reid added that the new services are welcomed enhancements to the Main Library building and are sure to be attractive to members of the NDSU campus community. “Thank you to everyone who turned out for the grand opening. I look forward to seeing students studying, collab-

Open House Door Prize Winners: orating and relaxing in these new social spaces,” said Reid. “The libraries invite comments about the coffee house and Graduate Learning Center or any of our services.” You can place your written comments in the suggestion box located inside the coffee house, post them online at or visit the dean in the main library administrative office. To learn more about the Graduate Student Association, visit or to find how student government can help your campus organization check out their website at http//:www.ndsu.orgsync. com.

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Wellness Center hires new Searching for a cure NDSU Relay for Life fundraising kicks off fitness coordinator Allison Pillar Hannah Dillon News Reporter The Wallman Wellness Center has added a new face to their staff. Mandy OhmanZastre used to work for the Cass and Clay County YMCAs but has recently been hired by NDSU as a fitness program coordinator. The fitness program coordinator at the Wellness Center works with all of the fitness programs. This means that Ohman-Zastre is in charge of the fitness floor, the group classes and the personal trainers. “There are other things such as the kinesis classes and special events as well,” Ohman-Zastre said. She explained that kinesis helps train one’s balance, flexibility and stability. There is, in fact, an entire page on the Wellness Center’s website devoted to the kinesis program. Ohman-Zastre also works with the students who are employed at the Wellness Center. She describes that students can work as student coordinators, or can start as a regular floor staff, move up to a fitness specialist and eventually a personal trainer. “[The environment is] something that you won’t find at a lot of other work


“I am here to really make it a great experience for students… While I can’t implement everything, I like to know what our students are wanting to see and do my best to get something for them.” -- Mandy Ohman-Zastre

places -- the focus [is] on learning new things and getting to experience different types of jobs,” she said. Ohman-Zastre worked at the Cass and Clay County YMCA. There, she oversaw a total of over 125 classes per week as the group fitness coordinator. She has worked with people in all walks of life, from young children to adults to the elderly in the active older adult classes. Ohman-Zastre also has plenty of event-planning experience. She coordinated the Chase Race, a 5K and 10K run that the YMCA has been hosting for 30 years. She explains that it is “an integral part of the Live-

strong at the YMCA cancer survivorship program and all the proceeds go to that program.” However, Ohman-Zastre never wanted to work in the fitness field. She says that she was originally a psychology major and was also pre-med, and that she wanted to be a pediatrician. After trying out a few different majors, she got her bachelor’s degree in psychology from UND. Two years out of college, however, a neighbor who made fitness instruction videos sparked her love for health and wellness. This neighbor became her mentor and she went back to school, getting her master’s degree in health and kinesiology. Ohman-Zastre encourages students to go to the Wellness Center and try a fitness program if they haven’t before. “I am here to really make it a great experience for students. … While I can’t implement everything, I like to know what our students are wanting to see and do my best to get something for them,” she said. For more information on the Wellness Center and its programs, visit their website at

News Reporter On Friday night, students in charge of planning the upcoming relay event held a kickoff meeting aimed at creating teams and discussing fundraising for this year’s Relay for Life on April 20-21 at the Wallman Wellness Center. “A student wide movement to end cancer and find a cure,” is the mission of the NDSU Relay for Life Team according to Zane Frick, a junior at NDSU serving as this year’s team developer. As far as fundraising goes, “$30,000 is our goal, but the bigger the better would be awesome,” Frick said. “We want to try and get as many participants as possible,” Ashley Cole, Relay for Life event chair, said. “It would be awesome to get the faculty involved because they’re a huge part of this

campus too.” Feliciana Anaya, Relay for Life entertainment coordinator, explained that for many other schools, “it is a bonding [event] -- a school-wide community event.” With high hopes of getting the entire campus involved, the event committee’s planning is well underway. Throughout the night, many activities will be available in addition to just walking or running for the cause. According to Frick, “the Wellness Center does Zumba classes, the rock wall is open and there is usually yoga.” Cole and Anaya added that several other ideas are in the mix and it is sure to be a fun night for all involved. Teams can be any size from a small group of friends to a large group of 15. An emphasis is being placed on getting more than just campus organizations involved this year, as it has been in the past. In previous years, the

NDSU Relay for Life teams have participated in Daffodil Days, selling daffodils to the faculty to raise money for their team. New fundraising ideas include scratch-off cards with the full amount of the card equaling $100, the goal fundraising amount for each individual participating. For those who are not sure how to begin raising money, the Relay for Life committee has many suggestions and, according to Frick, “options are endless when it comes to fundraising. The sky’s the limit.” Frick mentioned that an important point to keep in mind when working toward a fundraising goal is that every bit counts and it can really make a difference. For more information on registration and participation in the event, contact or search NDSU Relay for Life on Facebook.

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The Fargodome floor was filled with dirt instead of turf this weekend for the 2012 Monster Jam, as people of all ages filled the seats with their earplugs in hand. Boasting more than 4 million fans around the world, the Monster Jam tour claims it is “the perfect sports entertainment brand that mixes racing, showmanship and the ultimate fan experience into one incredible show.” The featured monster trucks are an average of 13 feet tall and 13 feet wide and weigh in around 4 1/2. At a level of around 110 decibels, the noise the monster trucks produce is equivalent to a loud rock concert standing near the speakers

and full-body vibrations during the show are a common expectation of fans. Two different kinds of competition occurred at each of the three Monster Jam events this weekend at the dome: side-byside racing and freestyle. These competitions allow drivers to show off their moves through stunts and tricks sometimes more than 26 feet in the air and faster than 100 mph. Eight monster trucks were featured at the events in Fargo Friday, Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 4 at 2 at 7:30 p.m. The Grave Digger truck, team and driver Chad Tingler, celebrated their 30th year with Monster Jam and gave the best performance of the weekend. Grave Digger took first place in the racing tournament Saturday night and first in the freestyle competition both Fri-

day and Saturday nights. The Spider-Man truck, team and driver Bari Musawwir, made their debut in the Monster Jam circuit after much anticipated hype. Spider-Man narrowly finished first in the freestyle competition during Saturday’s matinee. Bounty Hunter and Ground Pounder also took first place titles in the racing tournaments on Friday night and Saturday during the day, respectively. Other monster trucks that delivered an impressive performance at the dome included Iron Outlaw, Ice Monster, Martial Law and Desperado. Casey’s General Stores sponsored this year’s Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam. For more information about Monster Jam and the results of the events in Fargo, visit their website at http//





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SHANNON McCAFFREY Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Now it's on to Colorado, Minnesota and Maine. With back-to-back victories fueling him, Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney is looking toward the next states that hold GOP nominating contests as main rival Newt Gingrich brushes aside any talk of abandoning his White House bid, all but ensuring the battle will stretch into the spring if not beyond. Shortly after losing big to Romney here, the former House speaker emphatically renewed his vow to campaign into the party convention in Tampa this summer. His goal, he said, was to "find a series of victories which by the end of the Texas primary will leave us at parity" with Romney by early April. Gingrich continued to shrug off Nevada's caucus results in an appearance on Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press." "This is the state he won last time, and he won it this time," he said of Romney. "Our goal is to get to Super Tuesday where we're in much more favorable territory." But first, Gingrich must make it through Colorado and Minnesota, which both hold caucuses Tuesday. Maine follows on Saturday during a month that promises to be as plodding as January was

rapid-fire in the presidential race. Romney will look to maintain his position of strength, if not build upon it, as his rivals continue working to derail him even as their options for doing so narrow with each victory he notches. The former Massachusetts governor held a double-digit lead Sunday morning over his nearest pursuer as the totals mounted in Nevada, where fellow Mormons accounted for roughly a quarter of all caucus-goers. Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul vied for a distant second. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum trailed the field. Santorum won the leadoff caucuses in Iowa and has trailed in the contests since then. He nonetheless insisted on Sunday that "our numbers are moving up continually." "I think we're going to show improvement. This race is a long, long way from being over," Santorum said on Fox News Sunday. And on ABC's "This Week," Paul maintained the results show voters are still up for grabs. "I get energized because I know there's a large number of people who are looking for another option," Paul said. With votes from 71 percent of the precinct caucuses tallied, Romney had 48 percent, Gingrich 23 percent, Paul 19 percent and Santorum 11 percent. Turnout was down significantly from 2008, when Romney also won the state's GOP caucuses. Romney's victory capped a week that began with his double-digit win in the Florida

primary. That contest was as intense as Nevada's caucuses were sedate, so quiet that they produced little television advertising, no candidate debates and only a modest investment of time by the contenders. A total of 28 Republican National Convention delegates were at stake in caucuses held across the sprawling state. Romney won at least 10, Gingrich at least four, Paul at least three and Santorum at least two. Eight were still to be determined. That gives Romney a total of 97, including endorsements from Republican National Committee members who will automatically attend the convention and can support any candidate they choose. Gingrich has 30, Santorum 16 and Paul seven. It will take 1,144 delegates to win the Republican nomination. Preliminary results of a poll of Nevada Republicans entering their caucuses showed that nearly half said the most important consideration in their decision was a candidate's ability to defeat President Barack Obama this fall, a finding in line with other states. About one-quarter of those surveyed said they were Mormon, roughly the same as in 2008, when Romney won with more than a majority of the vote in a multi-candidate field. The entrance poll was conducted by Edison Research for The Associated Press at 25 randomly selected caucus sites. It included 1,553 interviews and had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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Professor profile: Brian M. Slator A computer sciences icon Andrew Koch Staff Writer A person has to really love their work in order to be engaged in it at all times. Brian Slator is a professor at NDSU who specializes in the area of computer science and operations research. He is an example of someone who cares about his work, and considers working a full time lifestyle. Slator first attended college at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse with the intent of receiving a degree in business. It was after taking a few classes that corresponded with business that Slator realized being in business was not for him. Slator was an older-than-average college student and had been previously employed working in a computer room as a computer operator. The opportunity to purse a degree in computer science arose, and Slator decided to pursue it and never looked back. In 1983 Slator graduated from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, and with a second major in English. From that point on Slator’s life would happily revolve around working with computers.

Slator was driven to further his education. In 1988 he graduated with a doctorate from New Mexico State University in computer sciences and specialized in the area of natural language understanding. After receiving his Ph.D from New Mexico State University, Slator wanted to move back to the Midwest. Shortly after applying and being accepted to NDSU, Slator began his first stint here as an assistant professor. Slator’s first trial at NDSU only lasted a couple of years, but after serving six years as a research scientist at Northwestern University in Chicago, Slator became a full-time professor at NDSU in 1996. The welcome back to NDSU party was not such a good one for Slator as he described coming back into one of the worst floods in recent history. “I came back to NDSU in 1996 during the time of one of our worst floods. My family came back with me and I was sandbagging that spring,” Slator explained. Everyone has a time when they are proud of what they have accomplished in their line of work, Slator is especially proud and excited about a few things that he has done

He said, she said Would you rather have a significant other be too passive or too controlling in a relationship? Alysia Larson Staff Writer

He Said: “I wouldn’t want either, but if I had to choose I’d pick too controlling because I’m a laid back, more passive person myself. So if my significant other were more controlling, things would get done. Two very passive people together probably wouldn’t be a good idea.” --Joel Dammeier, a junior majoring in computer science. She Said: “I’m very independent, so I don’t think I could handle someone being too controlling. I would rather have someone be too passive. I also think it would be easier for someone who is too passive to become more assertive than for someone who is too controlling to let go. If it was a huge problem, it’d be easier to solve if my significant other was passive.” -- Rachel Hagen, a senior majoring in university studies. Relationships can be tricky to balance. Two people with unique personalities coming together will always butt heads at one point or another, but being too passive or too controlling can really damage a relationship and become un-

healthy. According to, passivity or control in a relationship is a result of a fear. Passivity in people usually means they are afraid of making the wrong decisions, so they don’t make decisions at all. Controlling others usually is a sign that people are afraid that if everything isn’t controlled that a huge irreparable mistake will be made. These are both unhealthy fears. If you find yourself in a relationship with one of these types of people, communication is key. Sometimes when you grow in a relationship these traits can become less pronounced as two people interact with each other and learn how to communicate better. In other instances, this trait of passivity or control doesn’t go away and can be very serious. This might mean that you should engage in couple’s therapy or try to persuade your partner to go to counseling. Passivity can turn into an unhealthy dependency on the other person and control issues can turn into abusive situations. Make sure that you try to resolve a problem before it gets to out of control. NDSU offers free counseling to students, so utilize these services if need be. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

and is currently working on. “I was part of a research group, The World Wide Web Instructional Committee (WWWIC). We worked in a cross-disciplinary way to develop a bunch of different educational situations,” Slator said. “For many years this was a very successful group. We got some federal funding to pursue that development, and did quite a bit of interesting developments.” All of that research done in the WWWIC research group led to the invention of a company called the WOWIE Instructional Co. Slater is the president of the company and also noted that WOWIE Instructional Co. has a small business grant and has offices in the incubator. Slator also is the co-author of two books. One could say that Slater is a very involved individual with his work on all levels. “I find my job is my hobby, I like teaching and I like the educational simulations. I build games for a living,” Slator confessed. As the department head of computer sciences, Slator confesses that he does not have time for himself. Participating in film festivals is one thing that corresponds with computer

sciences in Slator’s area of interest, but is also considered a hobby for Slator. “We have developed some short animations. Right now we have one under development that is about a Native American village that is connected to one of the education simulations that we have worked on. We are working on submitting this one to film festivals,” Slator explained. Slator has had luck in the past in submitting animations to film festivals. The group had an award-winning animation in 2009. The award was called the Gold Flamingo for Education. As far as teaching goes, Slator lives by the philosophy of “learn by doing.” Slator explains how he puts this philosophy into action. “I like to get the facts out of the way during the first part of Submitted Photo

Professor Brian M. Slator commits his life to the research of computer science and seeks to help develop students’ skills in the area.

the semester, and get the projects out of the way during the last part of the semester,” Slator shared. Slator also says that he likes to get his students involved in the class by doing interesting projects. Individualizing projects is also something that is seen in Slator’s classes.

“I individualize projects so everyone is doing something different, or has a piece of something that is a little bit larger,” Slator said. Dedicating a person’s entire life to teaching students, doing research and developing products and software would be a daunting task for the normal

individual. However, for Slator, who strives to make a difference in the world of computer science and in the lives of all of the students he teaches at NDSU, it’s just part of his everyday life.

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Dear Alysia, My ex-boyfriend will not stop trying to contact me. We have some of the same friends and when we first broke up, he never wanted anything to do with me. It’s been about three months and suddenly he wants to see how my life is going. I feel like I had finally moved on when he decided he wanted back into my life. I’m not sure what I should do. Help! Sincerely, Already Gone

Dear Already Gone, You need to determine what you want out of this. I know it might be hard to do especially since situations like this can mess with your head. Try to focus on what your options are and how they will pan out. What happens if you start talking to him? Will it cause you to flirt with the idea that things might start up again for you two? And what if you think things will start up and it doesn’t, will that be more damaging for you in the long run? Think through the scenarios. If you have a friend who will be unbiased to talk this out with, do that. You could be too close to the situation and not see it for how it really is. Talking to someone who doesn’t already have an opinion on the situation can help you to realize things that you might not want to have acknowledged. If you think that you have moved on enough that being acquaintances wouldn’t be a setback in your healing process, then it probably would be okay to see how things are going for him. You should also try to figure out what your motivations for talking or not talking to him are and determine if those are positive or negative reasons. Ultimately, you need to do what’s best for you. It may be tempting to talk to an ex but make sure that you go into it thinking rationally. Don’t let this be a setback to you moving on. Be strong!

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Those who grabbed lunch in the Memorial Union basement Thursday surely remember a performance by Dan Rodriguez, who made a quick stop at NDSU as part of his first trip to Fargo. The singer/songwriter put on display his unique blend of music he describes as pop rock mixed with a little touch of blues. He says the show on campus proved to be a lot of fun, and people stayed out all night when he performed later at a packed HoDo. In fact, he went through all the CDs he brought with him. “It was a new thing for them. The people listening to me were hearing this kind of music for the first time,” Rodriguez said. “In those situations, you have to prove to the audience that you are worth listening to. Fargo definitely proved that they are worth the drive up,” he added. Rodriguez got involved with music when he was very young as a product of being homeschooled. He started with the violin when he was seven years old and began taking voice lessons at age nine. He would eventually pick up a guitar at 15 and start a band with some of his friends two years later, though Rodriguez admits they were just plain bad. He started a solo gig in 2006 and while his music is mostly just for fun, he says there is definitely a message to be found. “I definitely write from my own experience,” Rodriguez stated. “I have this song called ‘We Need Love,’ and it’s about taking your eyes off

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Singer/songwriter Dan Rodriquez performed over lunch Thursday in the basement of the Memorial Union. Some consider his music to be a crossover between John Mayer and Johnny May, Jr.

yourself and focusing on those around you. We’re not on Earth just to be ourselves, and we need to love those around us. Our job is to bring a little life into one another, and if we all love each other, we can reach that go together,” he explained. Though he has his own idea what his musical style is, Rodriguez claims there are a ton of different takeaways people can have from his songs. Often though, he says people liken him to a crossover between John Mayer and Johnny May Jr., or as falling somewhere along that spectrum. “The most difficult part is all the administrative work,” Rodriguez admitted, mentioning that he does all of his own promotions. “I feel the singer/songwriter part comes easy at this point, but I learn something every day, from

every show about how to promote.” The effort seems to be paying off though, as a few people are starting to notice. “I’ve had a few people come up to me now and tell me my promo is great, and they have asked how they can do it,” he continued. Rodriguez currently lives in Minneapolis and hopes to one day be able to make a living off of his music career. It wouldn’t matter to him whether the shows are big or small, just so long as the audience is engaged. He has two EPs on the market along with a Christmas EP, and is currently working on writing enough music for his next release to record a full record. To follow Rodriguez, visit http//

Film review: ‘Chronicle’ Christian Dudzik Contributing Writer “Chronicle” begins with the main character Andrew Detmer (Dane Dehaan), his cousin, Matt Garrity (Alex Russel), and Matt’s popular friend, Steve Montgomery (Michael B. Jordan), stumbling upon a cave with a peculiar noise coming from within. With the “liquid courage” from the rave party they had been attending, they decide to investigate the cave. With a video camera in the hand of Andrew, the three enter the cave and discover an enormous crystal-like rock emitting blue light. Shortly thereafter, something happens which kills the power in the camera, and the boys are next seen playing with a baseball in the yard. After coming in contact with the blue rock, they find they have gained incredible telekinetic powers. Their new powers give them the ability to move small things with their mind. Like young, high school boys would, they thoroughly enjoy playing with their powers and strengthening them so that they can move bigger and larger objects. Through all of this, Andrew constantly has his video camera

rolling and capturing everything. It all seems harmless and exciting until Andrew uses his power to push a honking, tailgating truck off the road, which almost kills the driver. From there, Matt decides it is necessary to make rules for using these powers: two of which are not using the powers on other living things and not using them when you’re angry. As the movie progresses, the boys’ abilities increase to the point where they can move object such as cars and even fly. Even with these newfound powers, the problems with his dying mother, his drunken father and his school peers push Andrew to the edge. It’s here when the viewer sees whether he can control his power or let it corrupt him. I only had a few problems with “Chronicle”: First, and foremost, the use of the “found-footage” filming technique. An example of “found-footage” technique is like that of “The Blair Witch Project.” It’s meant to give the impression that it’s more realistic rather than cinematic. It was not terrible, but at the beginning of the movie I was hoping the whole film would not be presented like that. The next thing I noticed

were the scenes where the characters were flying, and they seemed a little too ‘green screen’ to me. I understand it’s hard to make humans flying look realistic, but it was slightly distracting. Besides those two things, “Chronicle” was the best movie I have seen in 2012. The young, unknown actors did very well with their characters and were quite believable. I thought the movie as a whole was an extremely insightful look into human nature and the human mind. When Andrew started to discuss the “apex predator” in the theory of evolution towards the end, it showed how when given power, a person can become corrupted and become careless to others’ lives. In summary, “Chronicle” is a very interesting, gripping and a must-see thriller.

Regarded by many as one of the greatest science fiction films ever made, 1982’s “Blade Runner” has had quite a storied past. The film, written and directed by Ridley Scott (“Alien,” “Legend”), has been redone, remixed and re-released enough times to make George Lucas think twice. However, despite its menagerie of director’s cuts and supplemental Harrison Ford voice-overs, the film has never gotten a proper followup. It seems that now, nearly 30 years after the Phillip K. Dick inspired tale about techno-ziggurats, cyberpunk and what it means to be human, Scott will be returning to helm the sequel. Hollywood has been toying with the idea of making a re-

turn trip to “Blade Runner” for quite some time now. It’s no secret that there is an ever-increasing trend for movie studios to resurrect old intellectual properties for a quick buck ripped straight from movie-goers’ nostalgia. However, Scott’s involvement lends quite a lot of much needed legitimacy to the project for fans. Of course, writers and directors wanting to turn back the clock on some of their older projects isn’t exactly new either. These projects don’t often end up much better off than their cash-fueled counterparts. However, while Scott’s return to the franchise has been public knowledge for some time now, there is a new development to get “Blade Runner” hopefuls talking. Harrison Ford, who starred in the original film as the titular blade runner Rick Deckard, seems to be considering attaching himself to the movie. According to an article on, Ford "has

entered into early talks to join the new Blade Runner. While this is still very early stages and it is quite possible that things won't work out the obvious implication is that what we are looking at is not a reboot but a direct sequel to the original." This is a bit of an odd development as Ford and Scott have made no effort to cover up their friction over the development of the sci-fi classic in the years since its release. However, with Ford and Scott publicly stating that they’ve put the past behind them, it might finally be time for the duo to work together again. Both the actor and director have shown an increasing interest in returning to the cult, science fiction genre; Ford by starring in the lukewarm “Cowboys and Aliens” and Scott with his “Alien” side-film which has since become the upcoming “Prometheus.” Filming on the cyberpunk sequel is set to begin no earlier than 2013.

‘Touch’ pilot review Matt Paulsen Staff Writer “These patterns never lie but only some of us can see how the pieces fit together.” This quotation from David Mazouz’s Jake Bohm in the new Fox show “Touch” does a fine job of summing up the show. “Touch” is about a widower and single father who is haunted by an inability to connect to his emotionally challenged 11-year-old son Jake. But when he discovers that Jake can predict events before they happen, everything changes. To make matters interesting, Jake doesn’t speak, instead electing to narrate the show for viewers. Kiefer Sutherland stars as Martin Bohm. The role of concerned father is a departure for Sutherland best known as Jack Bauer on the hit show “24.” As Bohm, he is more vulnerable, but he is still hard working, and at the end of the day will do whatever it takes to save the world. From director Tim Kring

(“Heroes”), the show is somewhat reminiscent of the 2006 best picture Oscar nominee “Babel” in that it takes seemingly unrelated people from around the world and finds a way to connect them all in the end. The pilot does a solid job of keeping the viewer engaged and guessing what will happen next. You have all of these separate stories and it takes a minute to figure out what exactly is going on. The show also has a fair amount of emotion and heart with the struggling relationship between father and son. This emotion can be a great thing for the show, but if they are not careful they may run the risk of becoming too sappy and over the top. If they can pick their spots wisely they should be fine. All of the separate story lines are also engaging and have emotional and ethical ties. This is a plus because when you have separate stories, you have to worry about one being dull or underdeveloped. This was not the case, at least in the pilot.

It was a solid pilot, but it didn’t end without some reservations. The show has the potential to get repetitive and boring if they just have a different case every week. It runs the risk of just going through the motions every episode where Jake finds some connection and then Martin saves the day, father and son hug, and in the end they just do the same thing all over again next week. Hopefully the show expands on the mythology of Jake and how he became who he is. By going more in depth with the characters back stories and lives, it has a shot to avoid becoming redundant. A larger story arch adding intrigue would also be advised. In the end, the pilot does enough to compel viewers to tune in for episode two, which is all they could hope for. It will be interesting to see where they end up taking the show. “Touch” premiers Monday, March 19 at 8 p.m. on Fox. If you missed the sneak preview you can go ahead and download the pilot for free on iTunes.

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Money-driven nation Don’t attack petroleum: Renewable energy needs the oil industry Jaime Jarmin Opinon Editor It’s hard to believe that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is doing as well as he is, considering the traumatic back wounds he suffered last week. It turns out that “The Donald� chose to endorse Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney instead of Gingrich, and hopefully Trump didn’t ruin his expensive suit while stabbing old Newt in the back. In what I thought was a tasteful “bromance� between Gingrich and the real estate mogul only turned out to be a flavorof-the-week kind of relationship. Although Trump was adamant on remaining friends with Gingrich, being dumped, or should I say trumped, never leaves a good aftertaste. As some of you may recall, Gingrich was one of the few politicians eager to participate in the December primary that Trump was supposed to mediate. It seemed as though the dynamic duo, or “Team Tingrich� as I like to call them, were inseparable. However, the super glue adhering these two together did not hold well. Now the only things motivating Trump to endorse Romney are dollar signs. Romney has proven to be an extremely successful businessman with lots of money, and this is exactly what attracts Trump to most things. That being said, money is what motivates us as well. The main reason the majority of us are sitting through grueling lectures, writing hundreds of academic papers and taking out thousands of dollars in student loans is to potentially get paid more in the future. Unless you’re planning to be a teacher, that is.

But is it OK when money motivates major moguls to endorse already prosperous Massachusetts politicians? Last week proved to be a popularity contest for whichever candidate had the most money, and Trump was handing out the crown. No matter how you look at money and what motivates people toward it, one has to realize the huge imbalance of wealth in our country. On one hand there are people like Romney and Trump who make in a day what the average American seems to makes a year; on the other hand there are struggling Americans waiting in line hours before the food pantry opens to ensure they will be bringing home a pound of ground beef to their family of six. As Americans, we are infatuated with money. The most revered individuals in our country, such as Bill Gates or Warren Buffet, are wealthy. I’d like to bet that the most important reason people are on the Romney bandwagon is simply because of his wealth; however, I wouldn’t be able to bet $10,000 on that like Romney was willing to throw down with another candidate a few debates ago. Perhaps these Americans think that if he was able to make himself affluent, our country will become affluent as well. Too bad Gingrich’s worth isn’t higher than Romney’s. Perhaps then he’d still have a good friend and a stab-woundfree back. Jaime is a junior majoring in English education.

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The energy debate has recently surfaced anew with the refusal by the Obama administration to allow the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The project has met with opposition from environmentalist groups who have fought it partially because of supposed negative impact upon alternative energy exploration. According to one such group, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the U.S. government should reject the Keystone project because such expansion “perpetuates America’s addiction to oil, and undermines the clean energy alternatives that would bring genuine energy security.� The idea presented here is that petroleum expansion impedes the development of new energy technologies and that it must be stifled in order to

make room for alternatives. This idea, however, is incorrect because it fails to take account of several important aspects of renewable energy development. In fact, the attack on petroleum industry poses a threat to such alternative resources in the long term, both directly and indirectly. Renewable energy, like other technologies, requires extensive research in order to develop a well-functioning product. Research, in turn, requires a large amount of financial resources from interested business entities. An unstable economy is an unsuitable climate for such business endeavors, as people become more conservative with their money and less likely to take part in new ventures. High energy prices contribute to unfavorable economic conditions. Prohibiting the expansion of oil sources restricts the supply of energy, consequently reducing its availability. While many factors play into the cost of fuels, a strained supply can be a major cause of high prices. As seen in recent years, these high prices adversely affect the entire economy because of how intertwined


As seen in recent years, these high prices adversely affect the entire economy because of how intertwined energy cost is in the operation of commerce.

ished product must be hauled to retail locations by rail and truck, which both utilize diesel fuel. High petroleum prices greatly impact this process, making the biofuel more expensive to obtain. Therefore, the failure to allow the procuring of traditional energy directly affects the making of alternative fuels. Consequently, it must be understood that the renewable energy industry is not ready to fully take over the energy market in this economy. Huge advances have been made in this area, and there is great promise that such technology is developing into products superior to petroleum fuels. However, because modern commerce is built upon fossil fuels, the transition must be allowed to be gradual as more energy hurdles are overcome. Thus, it stands that petroleum expansion projects such as Keystone XL should be permitted, for strangling the petroleum industry will stunt the growth of renewable alternatives.

energy cost is in the operation of commerce. Thus, restraining the production of petroleum can indirectly damage the advancement of renewable energy. Also, it is of great importance to recognize that the production of renewable energy, namely bioenergy, is currently dependent on the use of petroleum fuels. Corn ethanol, for example, takes much energy to produce. Farmers must fuel their tractors with diesel as they cultivate, plant and harvest the crops from which ethanol is obtained. Raw crop material Ryan is a freshman majoring must then be transported to in the college of engineering processing centers and fin- and architecture.

We can’t afford it Lukas Croaker Contributing Writer A current hot topic issue in North Dakota is Measure Two, which was proposed to eliminate property taxes. According to Ballot Pedia, the measure was drawn up by the lobbyist group Empower the Taxpayer. They claim that with the removal of property taxes, it will make the state look more attractive to businesses that want to put roots in North Dakota. This all sounds fine and dandy, but our state cannot afford to lose $800 million annually in property taxes. The state government would have to replace these losses with higher income and sales taxes

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as well as oil and gas extraction taxes. A similar proposal to remove property taxes failed in 2009. Opponents to the measure say these replacements could be higher than the actual property taxes. Measure Two is up for vote this June, and if passed, property taxes will immediately be removed. North Dakota does not need to make such a drastic move that would change our state’s constitution. If they want to rid property owners of taxes, they should lower them first and see if the state can make up the lost revenue through a higher sales tax or income tax. Either way the state has to raise the $800 million a year to fund elementary and secondary schools, political organizations and our transportation



If they want to rid property owners of taxes, they should lower them first and see if the state can make up the lost revenue through a higher sales tax or income tax.

When voting time comes in June, constituents of North Dakota should vote no on Measure Two. Businesses will be attracted to our state by our thriving economy and low unemployment rate. Property taxes will not discourage business owners from opening up shop in North Dakota. The whole proposal is only switching the system around. It removes property taxes but increases other forms of taxation. The North Dakota Legislature is wasting their time on this measure when they could be dealing with other issues like flood control, annual increases to college tuition and the crumbling infrastructure in western North Dakota.

system. And like I have said before, if North Dakota wants more money, they should increase oil and gas extraction taxes on the companies that are coming into our state and Lukas is a junior majoring mining our oil and natural gas. in political science.



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Step three Do the same for the other side but this time, pull the strand of hair out from the outside of the second section and over the second section and under the first. Make sure to make it as tight as you can, especially if this is your first time. Keep repeating the steps until you reach the end of your hair’s length. Finish the braid off by tying hair with the hair tie or elastic.

Being in college can be very expensive. Sometimes so expensive that getting your hair done is out of the question. However, there is a solution to still being able to have gorgeous hair and not spending big bucks on it. What is it? Doing it yourself. Some of you may be thinking: “No way! I am Step four (optional) horrible at doing styles on Put bobby pins in hair to my hair” or even “Are you secure the braid into place crazy? I don’t have time for and apply hairspray to the that!” Here is a style that is fast, simple and inexpensive: the fishtail braid. Yes, you read right- the fishtail braid. Have I gotten you interested?

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Gabriel KrumpJohnson Contributing Writer It is all too easy to hate Fargo weather. In fact, Fargo was recently voted the worstweather city in the United States by the Weather Channel. And more often than not, I hear a snide remark or some sort of negative comment after I tell people I live in Fargo. “Why on Earth would you live there?” and, “It’s so flat and boring,” are comments made by people who have lived in the same southern, mild-climate towns for their whole lives. These people have not experienced the beautiful color

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change of fall. They know not the drifts of snow we “Fargoans” fight four months out of the year. They have never seen the preciously rare porcupine effect of hoar frost clinging to each and every twig on the trees. I have lived, climbed and hiked in the rocky mountains of Colorado. I have swam in the Gulf sea and road-tripped across almost the entire nation. I have seen beauty in the extreme. Fargo contains a beauty that I have seen in no other place, a beauty that can only be found in the harsh winds of a winter snowstorm or in a sunset spanning across miles of flat farmland. Beauty is in the challenge brought on by Fargo weather each day. People living in

other places have to work to find that challenge. For example: In Colorado, there is beauty in the challenge of climbing a mountain. In a Fargo winter, that same beautiful challenge can be found by simply attempting to walk down the street. That same beautiful challenge is found in people pulling together every spring to fight the flood. And the beauty of it is these challenges make each and every one of us “Fargoans” strong -- strong in heart and in mind. So be proud of where you are from, people of Fargo. Be loud! You are a part of the lucky few who find beauty where others find nothing. Gabriel is a junior majoring in psychology.

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Oral Roberts outlasts NDSU Bison can’t break barrier late, fall to top-seeded Golden Eagles Travis Jones Sports Editor Oral Roberts didn’t start off their trip to the Dakotas the way they wanted to, falling to SDSU last Thursday. They did, however, end it the way they planned with an 85-76 win over North Dakota State. Nearly 4,500 fans were on hand, as NDSU was seemingly one shot away in the late stages of the game. “We have a hard time stopping these guys,” Bison head coach Saul Phillips said. “That is a classy group of kids, a classy program and a really good basketball team.” Oral Roberts head coach Scott Sutton and his team came to Fargo for possibly the last time, as the Golden Eagles will be leaving the Summit League for the Southland Conference. The Bison were in the game throughout the entirety of the 40 minutes, but it seemed like NDSU couldn’t pull within two possessions. “They’re a real good team,” Taylor Braun said following the loss. “Every time it seemed like we started to make a run they would come back and answer it.” “We talked about keeping our composure, I was very disappointed [Thursday],” Sutton stated. “This is a veteran bunch, we’ve played in big games. Every time they made a run our guys responded. That’s what a good basketball team does. That’s what a veteran team does.” The Golden Eagles and the Bison were neck-and-neck

throughout the entirety of the first half. The Bison led by as many as five in the first half on two separate occasions, but a late first half run by ORU sent the top ranked team in the Summit leading by six at halftime. “We couldn’t figure out Morrison and we couldn’t figure out Bell-Holter,” Phillips said. “We better get better at that if we ever see them again.” Dominique Morrison started off the game slow, shooting just 4-10 from the first half and totaling nine points. Damen Bell-Holter was having his way down low despite Morrison’s struggles. BellHolter was 6-9 in the first half for 12 points, as his team scored 24 points in the paint during the first 20 minutes. Morrison took off in the second half, as he shot 6-7 from the field, including one three, but he also connected on 1415 free throws to end up 36 points on the night. “There’s four of five guys in this league you could pull out of a hat to be MVP,” Sutton said of his player. “He’s a tough matchup in so many different ways.” Not allowing Bell-Holter to get set up in the paint was something Phillips and his staff had to address at halftime. They did just that as Bell-Holter only scored four points in the second half, all coming on free throws. In the second half, NDSU couldn’t seem to bring the gap below two possessions. Six different times NDSU had the gap closed to two possessions, but only once, early in the sec-

ond half, were they able to pull within one score. “We couldn’t get enough stops,” Phillips said. “We’d get momentum going, but if you’re going to start making up ground you’ve got to have some empty possessions on their end. North Dakota State shot above fifty percent for the third straight game, as they were 51 percent from the field on Saturday night. The turnovers were down as well. Coming off of a win Thursday night where the team had 18 turnovers, they committed only 11 on Saturday and just three in the second half. “It’s just going back to fundamentals,” freshman point guard Lawrence Alexander said. NDSU had five players in double-digits on the night with Mike Felt leading the way with 19 points, as he went 5-6 from behind the arc. Alexander had 15 points and nine assists for the Herd, Braun threw in 13 points, Marshall Bjorklund scored 12 and Eric Carlson added 10. ORU was led by Dominique Morrison with 36, Bell-Holter added 16, Roderick Pearson had 12 and Warren Niles threw in 11 to round out the scorers in double-figures for the Golden Eagles. “If you would’ve given me some truth serum before the trip I would’ve taken a split in a second,” Scott Sutton said of the Dakotas road trip. His team got the split, and Sutton seemed more than pleased with the effort.

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Lawrence Alexander drives baseline Thursday night against Southern Utah. Alexander nearly had a double-double Saturday against Oral Roberts as he scored 15 points and nine assists.

Bison fall to ORU but earn bigger win in game Coach DeHoff, Jill Henning donate $1,690 to Roger Maris Cancer Center Kalani Bertsch Contributing Writer

The North Dakota State women’s basketball team hosted second place Oral Roberts University Saturday night in the Play4Kay cancer awareness game. The Golden Eagles outscored the Bison 84-75 with the help of Oral Roberts junior guard Kevi Luper, who took charge on the court breaking the Summit League all-time scoring record with 41 points in the game. “Honestly I wasn’t really aware of it until about two minutes ago,” Kevi Luper said following the game. “I didn’t hear the announcement during the game. Overall, I feel like this is a team effort and a team award. I know I’m the one receiving it, but without them and without the coaches, it wouldn’t be possible.” Within the first five minutes North Dakota State (8-16, 5-7 Summit League) knocked down four of their first five three-point attempts. At the 15:12 mark, Hanna Linz gave the Bison a 15-11 advantage with a long range three-point

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Katie Birkel drives the ball against Oral Roberts Saturday night in the BSA. The team wore pink in recognition of the Play4Kay cancer awareness game, during which $1,690 was earned for the Roger Maris Cancer Center.

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shot. Linz had a total of five first half three-pointers. As the first half furthered into play, the Golden Eagles went on an 8-2 run to take the lead. “Well, because I knew of the cause I figured I might as well launch a few,” Linz said following the game. For every NDSU three made during the game, StateFarm agent Jill Henning donated $100 to the RMCC. “Especially since they played zone, there’s always opportunities to shoot threes.” In addition to Henning’s donations, Coach DeHoff donated $1 for every fan in attendance. Oral Roberts held the lead going into halftime with a score 44-36. Luper claimed 19 points in the first period and came out of the locker room to score seven straight points giving ORU a 53-41 edge with 14:58 in the second half. North Dakota State cut the deficit to seven points, at 7568, with 2:17 left on the clock but it wouldn’t be enough for the home team. The NDSU team had trouble turning over the ball, allowing 23 turnovers become an avenue for Oral Roberts to add 34 points to the scoreboard. The Bison shot

43.1 percent while the Golden Eagles shot 45.1 percent on the night. ORU improves to 15-8, 9-3 in Summit League after the win over NDSU. The Bison were led by Linz with 18 points. Three other players also had double figures including Janae Burich with 15 points and Jamie Van Kirk adding 11. Dani DeGagne registered 15 points and 10 rebounds, the first double-double of her career. Luper now has 2,120 career points surpassing the previous Summit scoring record of 2,105 points set by ORU’s Krista Ragan. The two-time All-American also broke a 27year-old Bison Sports Arena record for single-game scoring. “Has she graduated yet?” Coach DeHoff said entering the press conference on Saturday. “I think we saw the best player in the league tonight. There’s a reason why she’s been the three-time Summit League Player of the Year.” NDSU will host last place Southern Utah on Monday before getting back on the road for more Summit League play verse South Dakota and UMKC.

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Sports Bison herd round-up Corrie Dunshee Contributing Writer Men’s Track and Field At the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational last Saturday, the men placed four Bison into NDSU’s all-time top 10. Ranking fourth all-time was Andy Lillejord, finishing the heptathlon at a personal best of 5,467 points. He also took second in the pole vault, giving him his best finish of the day of 16-6.5. Lillejord finished fourth in the 1,000 meters and eighth in the 60 meter hurdles, as well. Ranking ninth in school history in the mile was Tyler Leverington, completing it in four minutes and 10.61 seconds to put him in second at the Invitational. Also ranking ninth all-time is Travis Fitzke, who finished fourth in the 800 meters special section at 1:51.77. In three different events he now sits in the top 10 in a career, which are the 800 meters, the mile and the 3,000 meters.

Casey Orgon tied for 15th in the shot put, giving himself a personal best of 52 feet 7 ¼ inches, which ranks Orgon seventh all-time at NDSU Matt Tetzlaff finished third in the 60 meter hurdles at 7.96. Donté Smart took second in the 60 meter consolation at 6.88 and fourth in the 200 meter consolation at 22.11 Women’s Track and Field At the same Invitational on Saturday, the 4x400 was won by the relay team of Brittany Page, Brittany Schanandore, Ashlynn Simon and Paige Stratioti. Coming in at 3:45.87 seconds, the team led the whole way and is now ranked seventh all-time in school history. Amy Jo Thorne finished third in the mile at 4:55.48, placing her sixth in school history. Maddie McClellan came in right behind Thorne in the mile finishing fourth and placing seventh in school history. Finishing eighth in the shot put was Katie Johnson, who came away with a personal best of 46 feet 8 ¼ inches. Tying for fifth all-time in the

pole vault, Caitlin Mack finished 10th at the Invitational, clearing with a personal best of 12-0 ¾. Leslie Brost cleared 13-0 ¼ and tied for fourth. Brittany Schanandore ran in the special 800 meters and came out at 2:11.17, putting her in sixth, while Jordan Krahn ran in the special 3,000 meters and finished at 10:02.10, putting her in seventh. Wrestling On Sunday, the wrestling team fell to rival Northern Iowa 22-18 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The Bison lost their twelfth straight to UNI, and their first loss in the conference falling to 5-7 overall and 2-1 in the Western Wrestling Conference. Giving the Bison a 5-0 lead early on was Trent Sprenkle. Using two takedowns and a two-point near fall in the first period, an escape, takedown and two near falls in the second, Sprenkle clinched a 17-2 win with a technical fall with 45 seconds remaining. At 141 pounds, a 7-5 decision was let go in sudden vic-

Under center Kyle Roth Staff Writer

With the football offseason inevitably comes discussion of next year's chances and, perhaps more poignantly, the legacies of key players and how they fit into the 117-year history of the North Dakota State football program. A month after leading the Bison to their ninth national title, that discussion now brings the spotlight onto sophomore quarterback Brock Jensen. First, a little history lesson is in order. NDSU has had some tremendously talented athletes play at the quarterback position since the “Title Era” began in 1960. Perhaps the most historically successful would be Jeff Bentrim, the man who led the 1983, '85 and '86 teams to national championships, won the Division-II equivalent of the Heisman Trophy in '86, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in '98, and broke nearly every rushing record set by legendary running back Walter Payton in his college career. More recently, a man by the name of Steve Walker helped to put an exclamation mark on

the tail end of the transition to Division-I by leading NDSU to a pair of 10-1 seasons and set pretty much every passing record the program had. Without a doubt, Walker was a large part of the success that helped to pave the way for the eventual title run this past season. Add in names like Kevin Feeney, Arden Beachy, Chris Simdorn and Mark Speral, and the tradition of quarterbacks at NDSU is certainly a strong one. Now, the necessary disclaimer - to put a sophomore in with historic names like these would probably earn me a late entry into Dan Cole's Preposterous Statement Tournament. But when a quarterback makes the kind of improvement in a single year like Jensen did and breaks a 21-year title drought, the idea can begin to take hold. An undervalued facet of Jensen's place in the history of NDSU quarterbacks is that most of those historic figures were tremendous rushers, particularly Feeney and Bentrim. NDSU has always been a runfirst school and probably always will be. Hand-in-hand with that is the fact that Jensen had nearly the greatest statistical season a passer at NDSU has ever had. He set the record for consecutive completions and season

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The Bison men and women placed well at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational. Four of the men made their way into NDSU’s top 10 all-time, and the women took first overall, placing themselves at seventh all-time.

tory to UNI. With a 2-1 lead, Tyler Diamond gave up two takedowns for a UNI tie. With 13 seconds remaining, UNI pulled ahead in sudden victory with a winning takedown. With three takedowns in the first period, two in the second and two in the third, Joe Garner extended the lead at 174

pounds. In a 15-7 major decision Garner would raise NDSU to 18-11. Sealing the dual win with three straight wins was UNI. With a 16-1 technical fall at 184 pounds and an additional 7-1 win at 197 pounds, the Panthers took a 19-18 lead. The overall outcome of the

match came around in the heavyweight bout. After a scoreless first period and early reversals in the second, UNI got an escape and a takedown to take a third period lead. With the late third period takedown, UNI would clinch the win at 7-3.

Dreading the Dakotas passing yards, and fell a completed pass short of the singleseason record. His season completion rate of just over 68-percent had him consistently as one of the most efficient passers in the nation in 2011. And, with all due respect to Warren Holloway, Ryan Smith and the rest of the Bison receiving corps, he did it with a group of receivers that was effectively dashed in half as the season went on. One thing that stuck with me all season while watching Jensen was a remark made by former WDAY sports director Steve Hallstrom when Jensen committed to play for the Bison back in 2009. “Jensen sounded like USC offered him when I talked to him last night,” wrote Hallstrom. I thought he was going to jump through the phone and try to get to Fargo right now ... there's no question that [this] guy is going to come to NDSU and feel like he's the luckiest kid on earth.” While it might be premature to ink number 16 in the history books just right now, there's no doubt that he's a good part of the soul of this very good football team, and the best part is that he's got two years with a stacked roster to fortify his position as one of the truly elite quarterbacks to ever play for North Dakota State.

Travis Jones Sports Editor

“North Dakota Nice” and “Mid-Western Hospitality” have been coined phrases to describe the people on this chunk of dirt and grass that we call home. Tell that to the basketball teams around the Summit League, and I’m willing to bet the answer won’t be what you think it is. SDSU and NDSU have always been competitive since they joined the Summit League and Division-I specifically. Between the two there has been just the one NCAA Tournament appearance, North Dakota State in the 2008-2009 season, but the two teams are usually in the upper tier come tournament time in Sioux Falls. I was sitting in the press conference following the men’s game on Saturday night, and I asked Oral Roberts head coach how tough it was to make this trip when both teams are

playing well. His facial expression was one that screamed, “I’m glad this trip is done, and that we made it out alive.” His response was not those exact words, but the message wasn’t all that far off. He said that if you were to inject him with truth serum prior to this trip, he would’ve taken a split with the Jacks and the Bison in a second. However, his response made me come to the conclusion that this is by far the toughest road trip for any team in the Summit League to make. Reasons for that are, first and foremost, both SDSU and NDSU are really good basketball teams, men and women. Now we’re adding the University of South Dakota to make it a trifecta trip, and teams can’t be looking forward to it. I don’t think there’s times where schools ever dread games, but I do know that there are stretches on schedules that coaches simply don’t want to play. USD cannot be talked about in same breath as SDSU and NDSU, yet. I think they’ll get there because there is some basketball history down in Vermillion, and the transition years, which is what





South Dakota is going through right now, can be tough on teams and cause a decline in wins. Not only are there three really solid basketball teams in these two states, but they aren’t the most fun places to play either. I can’t attest to Vermillion, as I’ve never seen a game there, but I know firsthand that Frost Arena is a tough place to go in and get a win. The BSA, when full and when a good team is in town, could be the second toughest place to play in the league outside of O’Rena in Rocchester, Michigan, home of the Oakland Golden Grizzlies. Sutton mentioned that as well, the crowd here is on the players, they’re into the game and they’re loud. I think throwing in a couple wild cards, such as below-zero temperatures and 45 inches of snow piled on where grass is supposed to be could get teams to not enjoy making this trip as well. The biggest factor though is that when SDSU and NDSU are playing at a high level, it’s not an easy trip to make. In fact, it’s the toughest trip for teams to make in the Summit League.



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Labby’s Grill and Bar: Mediocrity on 19th

Public relations versus common sense Amanda Breen Contributing Writer

Ryan Buetow Contributing Writer Located at 19th Avenue and University Drive, right across the street from Happy Harry’s, is Labby’s Grill and Bar. When you walk inside it is pretty spacious, but can fill up easily on a Tuesday, which is “Mug Night.” The atmosphere is generic for what you would expect when you think of a sports bar. The menu has a wide variety with good appetizers and tasty burgers along with salads, sandwiches, wraps and pastas. The food is a little pricey for the quality that you get, especially compared to some of the bars in the area. They do have great specials every day of the week except Sundays, when they are closed. Senior Joey Pahl says of Labby’s, “I like the attitude there. I love the atmosphere there especially on mug night.” The bar has a wide variety of beer on tap along with a large shot menu. On my most recent trip to Labby’s I tried the

black and bleu burger with fries and enjoyed one of the beers that they had on tap. The burger did not really stick out as great, but it was not bad either. Senior Michael Schenfisch says, “Labby’s is a fun place to go if you like overpriced beer and average food.” The staff during lunch was very friendly and it was not hard to find a seat during the lunch hour like it can be at many of the places downtown. A downside of the bar though, depending on how you look at it, is that it is so far away from a lot of the other downtown destinations. If you are planning on bar hopping it is out of the way, but if you live on campus or in north Fargo it is one of the few bars that’s a short walk away. I do not plan on going to Labby’s often, but it is worth going to every once in a while for a change of scenery and is a nice, quiet place for lunch. Labby’s is an average bar with everything that you expect it to have. Everyone has their own favorite bars, but I would not rank Labby’s as one of my favorites.

I’ve been in the official communications program here at NDSU for a total of 4 weeks. In that time I have learned a decent amount. I plan to graduate with a degree in public relations, but so far I wouldn’t even know where to start with a real PR campaign. However, I can say with some certainty that I already know enough about communications to have helped out the Susan G. Komen foundation at least a little. But then again, maybe it’s not a budding education in communications that makes me feel this way but simply my experience with common sense. In case you aren’t familiar with the Susan G. Komen and Planned Parenthood fiasco that’s currently all over the Internet, I’ll give you a quick overview. Susan G. Komen was diagnosed with breast cancer. While receiving treatments she always focused on how to help other women with the same disease. After she passed away, her younger sister Nancy G. Brinker developed the Susan G. Komen foundation, which has become a worldwide fight to find a cure. In the past, the Susan G. Komen foundation has supplied Planned Parenthood with a yearly financial grant that allows Planned Parenthood to offer breast health services to

women. Shortly before Christmas 2011 the Susan G. Komen foundation informed Planned Parenthood that they were pulling all funding from them due to allegations against Planned Parenthood made by Congressman Cliff Stearns of Florida. The public was unaware of this decision until Wednesday when Planned Parenthood announced it. This is the first wrong step that Susan G. Komen took. Regardless of whether their choice to pull the funding was a good one or not, the Komen foundation probably wouldn’t be nearly as embarrassed as they are now if their PR had been on the ball. Not only did Komen PR representatives try and keep this whole situation under wraps by not disclosing it to the public from the start, they waited until Planned Parenthood made the announcement and then waited over 24 hours to respond. I don’t understand how Komen’s PR could possibly not have been more prepared. They had over a month to be the first ones to step up and explain the situation. This would have given them the control of the story as well as helped them save face. By waiting as long they did, they ended up looking scared and foolish. The public showed their blatant disgust for the decision and the way it was handled by immediately pulling financial donations from Susan G. Komen. The Komen founda-

tion lost millions of dollars in financial contributions from donors. As if this situation wasn’t bad enough, three days after Planned Parenthood made the initial announcement, Susan G. Komen reversed their decision to cut the funding. This is fantastic news for Planned Parenthood, but it is terrible news for Susan G. Komen. Thanks to their terrible PR “work,” Susan G. Komen has effectively shot themselves in the foot in regards to their credibility. Last semester I took a class taught by Michael Burns. At the beginning of the semester he made a comment that really stuck with me: “It doesn’t matter if you have an opinion other people agree with or if you’re all on your own. Have an opinion and stick with it. Don’t be wishy-washy.” Granted he wasn’t talking about this situation, but I feel this is something the Komen foundation could really benefit from hearing. I have trouble taking an organization seriously when they fold the second their decisions are questioned. The Komen foundation is a big deal, and they are doing an amazing thing trying to find a cure for such a terrible disease. However, in order to be truly taken seriously, they need to stick to their decisions. Backing out of something just because people don’t agree with what you’re doing is no way to make progress. Maybe their PR training taught them that creating the

least amount of waves possible is the best thing for an organization. On the contrary though, my common sense tells me that being straightforward and honest with the public is the best thing for an organization. PR isn’t always about preventing waves; sometimes PR is about managing the waves as well as possible. It was not a PR decision to cut or not cut Planned Parenthood’s funding. It was a PR decision to hide it. This decision was going to create waves no matter how the news broke. Susan G. Komen’s PR should have been the ones to address it first. It would have shown that they were taking responsibility for the choice they were making and given them more control of the story. I will never deny that the Susan G. Komen foundation’s passion to finding a cure for cancer is a very noble and honorable undertaking. They have saved many lives and are making great strides with the money and awareness that they have raised. However, I can’t help but lose a little respect for what I once perceived as a strong, dedicated organization. Hopefully the next time they face the public with a tough decision they have had to make, they stick to their guns and don’t attempt to cover it up and hope we don’t notice. Amanda is a sophomore majoring in public relations and advertising.


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