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NEWS BRIEFS STATE BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -Production at Tesoro Corp.’s refinery in North Dakota has been reduced about 10 percent due to a fire that damaged a gasoline-making unit at the factory, the company said Friday. Tesoro spokesman Leif Peterson said the refinery continues to provide an adequate amount of fuel products to its customers after Wednesday’s fire. BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -North Dakota’s constitution still refers to paupers, idiots and the insane - but lawmakers are trying to erase that language. The state Senate voted 46-0 on Friday to approve putting an amendment on the ballot. It would delete a paragraph that gives the Legislature power to levy an annual poll tax of up to $1.50 on every male resident between the ages of 21 and 50. The paragraph exempted “paupers, idiots, insane persons and Indians not taxed” from the poll tax.

NATIONAL WASHINGTON (AP) -- A continuing weak economy and last month's bipartisan tax cut legislation will drive the government's deficit to a record $1.5 trillion this year- a new government estimates predicts. The eye-popping numbers mean the government will continue to borrow 40 cents for every dollar it spends.

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Campus community lives United MATT SEVERNS Spectrum Staff

NDSU's university-wide United Way campaign for 2010 has just ended, having raised approximately $122,400 for local residents in need. This year's amount was greater than the 2009 campaign's, which despite being less, helped 140,000 men, women and children in Cass and Clay counties. United Way of Cass-Clay's mission is simple: “Make the community a better place to live, work and raise our families.” While established as a branch of a larger parent organization, United Way of Cass-Clay is focused on the counties from which its donations come. Regionally, the United Way of Cass-Clay raised more than $5 million, including the university’s contribution. Despite having run an increase from 2009, the university came up just short of their goal, which was set at $128,000. Nobody takes shortcomings more personally than NDSU Employee Campaign Coordinator Char Goodyear. “We’re never quite happy with what we get; the campus could do much more. We are happy we made more than last

year, and we saw a lot of very generous donations ... it helped the community a lot,” Goodyear said. A publication put out by university relations revealed that 522 donors contributed to the university’s United Way campaign this year. “[The contributors were] mostly employees who live in Cass or Clay county, plus others on campus who are paid through NDSU but aren't part of NDSU ... anyone who works with NDSU and lives in Cass or Clay county,” Goodyear said. Pledges accounted for the overwhelming majority of the money earned, but additional support came through fundraisers and other gifts. United Way of Cass-Clay focuses on targeting issues at their source. Nationally, United Way looks to address issues related to education, family stability and health, but United Way of Cass-Clay strives to help children learn to help themselves, which will in effect preemptively address potential community malignancies. The programs toward which raised funds are distributed include supporting emergency shelters and services, offering community grants, and providing counseling and mental

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NDSU’s 2010 Live United raised approximately 122,400 dollars for local residence in Cass-Clay counties.

health services, among numerous others. Fund allocation is broken into a three-part system that can be adjusted to a specific community's needs, such as in the case of Cass-Clay. Right now, the wheel is calibrated with 45 percent of funds being put toward prevention and development programs, 28 percent toward lasting change and 27 percent left for provid-

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The fourth annual Valentine ball is scheduled for Saturday, February 5th 2011 in the Great Plain’s Ballroom from 7:30pm until midnight. The cost for NDSU students is $5 per ticket or $8 per couple.

Staff Senate hosts annual Valentine Ball CHELSEY THRONSON Co-News Editor

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The Staff Senate is once again hosting a Valentine Ball for all students, faculty and staff, inviting them to come socialize and have fun. The fourth annual Valentine Ball is scheduled for Saturday Feb. 5 in the Memorial Union Great Plains Ballroom from 7:30 p.m. to midnight. Each year, attendance seems to increase as the ball becomes more and more popular. Last year, the Valentine Ball attracted approximately 300 at-

tendees and this year’s turnout is expected to be about the same. Entertainment at the Valentine Ball includes door prizes, dancing exhibitions, beverages, hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Music will be provided by DJ Nola and Corey Mackey with Platinum Mixxing Productions and will feature big-band-era tunes in addition to music requests. Tickets for the event will be sold in advance at a contact table in the Memorial Union from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Jan. 26 through Feb. 4. The price for staff, faculty and

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MOSCOW (AP) -- President Dmitry Medvedev fired a federal transport police chief Wednesday and lashed out at “passive” officers who guard Russia's airports and rail stations after an airport suicide bombing killed 35 people. Medvedev, often criticized as hesitant or ineffectual, appeared eager to assert his power after Monday's attack at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport, which also left 180 people wounded.

ing basic needs services. A United Way news release detailed the focus of this year’s campaign earnings. “The dollars raised from the 2010 campaign will make an impact by providing support to more than 42 local nonprofit agencies, 66 programs, and other education-based initiatives,” the release noted. Alongside NDSU, locally invested businesses such as

Scheels, State Bank and Trust, Border States Electric, American Crystal Sugar and Sanford health contributed to help United Way of Cass-Clay reach their goal. With United Way campaigns on campus having been successful every it has run, Goodyear anticipates that it will return again next fall with even higher expectations.

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ATLANTA (AP) -- U.S. health officials have raised their estimate of how many Americans have diabetes to nearly 26 million. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the new estimate Wednesday. It means about 1 in 12 Americans have diabetes, a disease in which the body has trouble processing sugar.

CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian antigovernment activists pelted police with firebombs and rocks in a second day of clashes Wednesday in defiance of an official ban on any protests. Beefed up police forces on the streets quickly moved in and used tear gas, beatings and live ammunition fired in the air to disperse any demonstrations.

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Student spokesmen for North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota argued Tuesday about a proposed two-year tuition freeze that would require about $19 million in added state aid to carry out. Evan Andrist, a student lobbyist for UND, told the North Dakota House Education Committee during its hearing on the legislation Tuesday that the proposal would help keep tuition affordable for college students. “Invest in these students now, so that they can someday invest back into North Dakota,” Andrist said. However, Robert Vallie, an NDSU student lobbyist, said the measure was not specific about how the Board of Higher Education would split up the tuition aid among North Dakota's 11 public colleges. “It leaves a lot of uncertainty in the whole process,” Vallie said. Using the $19 million for academic building improvements and maintenance, or for hiring new faculty, “would help to ensure greater gains for the institution and for students overall, both in the short term and the long term,” he said. The committee did not act on the legislation Tuesday. It is sponsored by two Grand Forks Democrats whose district includes UND — Sen. Mac Schneider, who is the Senate's assistant Democratic leader, and Rep. Corey Mock, who ran unsuccessfully for secretary of state last year. The Project on Student

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Debt, based in Oakland, Calif., ranked North Dakota 27th in student debt in 2009. The organization estimated that North Dakota's 2009 college graduates carried an average debt of $22,030, and said 71 percent of graduates had some debt. Mock said the two-year tuition freeze would help relieve the debt load and provide some hope.

We truly are pricing many college (students) out of an education, and really putting them at a disadvantage when they enter the work force. –Rep. Corey Mock “North Dakota is below average on starting salaries in most industries,” Mock said. “We truly are pricing many college (students) out of an education, and really putting them at a disadvantage when they enter the work force.” Gov. Jack Dalrymple, in his budget recommendations to the Legislature, said he included enough aid to North Dakota’s university system to keep tuition charges at the state’s five two-year schools level for the next two years. His proposed college aid budget was large enough to limit tuition increases at the state’s six four-year schools to 2.5 percent annually, Dalrymple said.

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Students Nora Ulmer and Corey Evans have each been awarded the Agricultural Leadership Scholarship from the Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho (AGR). Each received $1000 for displaying “exceptional participation and leadership in agriculture-related activities as well as high academic achievement,” as stated in an AGR press release. Ulmer is a sophomore from Lake Park, MN and is majoring in biology. Corey Evans is also a sophomore, from Le Sueur, MN, majoring in agriculture engineering. “In total, Epsilon distributes $6,000 in scholarship and award dollars annually to encourage students to improve

their academic performance, pursue leadership development opportunities, and to explore agricultural careers,” the AGR press release stated. According to the AGR press release, “Alpha Gamma Rho is a social as well as professional organization for young men pursuing an undergraduate or post-graduate degree in agriculture, food, fiber, life sciences, natural resources, forestry, environmental or related agricultural fields.” AGR will celebrate its centennial in 2013. They were established on March 24, 1913 and there are 70 more AGR chapters across the United States. Those interested in submitting a scholarship application can do so at Submitted Photos http://agrfargo.org/scholarAlpha Gamma Rho, Epsilon Chapter, awarded the 2010 Agriculture Leadership Scholarships to Corey Evans and ship-information. Nora Ulmer.

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NDSU Team Makers donate more than 2 million dollars to the NDSU Athletics on Jan 22nd.

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Big Event awareness Those who sign up as individuals will later be placed with News Reporter others who signed up individually to form small groups. Students will soon have an Community members are able opportunity to partake in a to seek help by filling out recampus-wide service event. quest forms that are sent out. The Big Event, which is to take place Apr. 26, is a chance for students to once again give back to the community. Next week, from 11 a.m. Awareness week is through 1 p.m. each day, the to help recruit, but Volunteer Network will have is also like a save booths set up in the Memorial Union for the Big Event the date. awareness week. –Stephanie Stassen “Awareness week is to help recruit, but is also like a save On the day of the Big Event, the date.” Stephanie Stassen, a students will be dispatched in student involved with the Voltheir small groups, working unteer Network, said. different shifts throughout the Students will be able to acday to assist community memquire more information at the bers in a very broad array of booth, as well as sign up for tasks. These tasks could inthe forms to register. clude yard work, springOfficial sign up for the Big cleaning or even helping out Event will begin in March, with agencies from around the and the Volunteer Network area, such as Bethany Homes will once again have booths in or Riding On Angels’ Wings. Memorial Union. Students “Anything you can imagine will then be able to fill out the people would need, we’ll have participation forms with a you doing it,” Stassen said. small group or individually. NICOLE ROBERSON

The Big Event at NDSU was inspired by a service day by the same name that takes place at Texas A&M University. This year, as highlighted on their Web site (http://bigevent.tamu.edu), Texas A&M will have its 29th annual Big Event. Other universities around the nation, including the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Oklahoma also host the Big Event at their campuses every spring. Last year, NDSU’s Volunteer Network was approached with this service idea. “We started our group off of Texas A&M’s model,” Stassen said. While roughly 350 students volunteered last year, the Volunteer Network hopes to have at least 500 this year. They also hope that this will become an annual event at NDSU, and that someday students will be able to have a day off to help out. More information about the Big Event will be released in February or March.

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The Study Abroad Fair will give students the opportunity to explore international study and travel options.

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The Study Abroad Fair will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Plains Room of the Memorial Union. The event is sponsored by the office of international programs and will feature returned study abroad students and staff members from countries such as Spain, Australia, Uganda, Argentina and the United Kingdom. “It will be a gathering of all the study abroad experts who have firsthand, real knowledge of the subject,” study abroad adviser Tanya Kramer said. The study abroad program is available for all majors, and programs range from one

week to as long as a full academic year. Many engineering majors and humanities majors study abroad during their time at NDSU. Students have the opportunity to travel to many different countries in Europe, as well as China, Korea, and some other countries. Kramer’s advice to study abroad students is that no matter what country or program they pick, they will end up loving the program. “Even if you can’t choose between two programs, either one you pick will always be the right fit,” Kramer said. According to Kramer, the most popular destinations for NDSU students to visit are Australia and the United Kingdom. Spain and Argentina are also popular picks

for those studying Spanish. Kramer thinks that college years are the best time to travel abroad because students can do so for a long period of time and are not tied down by jobs or families yet. “Students can experience culture for a longer period of time and they can learn on their feet,” Kramer said. “It’s a great life experience.” “Students not only take classes that count toward their majors and minors, experience new cultures, and meet new people; they sometimes even pick up a new accent,” Kramer said. The office of international programs offers information sessions Monday through Thursday at 4 p.m. for students interested in studying abroad.

PHOENIX (AP) - Twenty people face federal firearms charges for participating in a ring that bought more than 700 guns to be smuggled into Mexico for use by a drug cartel, according to an indictment unsealed Tuesday. The charges target two suspected leaders of the ring and “straw buyers” who authorities say were recruited to buy guns on behalf of smugglers. Most of the guns identified in the indictment were sold by one gun store in suburban Glendale. The store and its operators weren’t charged. One man is accused of buying 239 assault rifles and pistols for the ring. Another was told by ringleaders to try to get back 20 AK-47s that had been confiscated by police, the indictment states. Dennis Burke, the U.S. attorney for Arizona, said “straw buyers” believe their purchases are harmless but should know their help for gun traffickers is contributing to violence in Mexico’s drug war. “The drug cartels go shopping for their war weapons in Arizona,” Burke said. Authorities said the ring is

believed to have supplied the Sinaloa cartel with guns, and that some of the weapons bought by the group were used in shootings in Mexico. In all, 560 guns were recovered, a third in Mexico and the rest mostly in Arizona. Many guns recovered in Mexico come from America's four southern border states. Drug smugglers seek out guns in America because gun laws in Mexico are more restrictive than in the United States. Mexicans must get approval for a gun purchase from the Mexican defense department and are limited to guns of .38caliber or less. Larger calibers are considered military weapons and are off-limits to civilians. Most of the guns identified in the indictment came from Lone Wolf Trading Co. in Glendale. A man who answered the phone at the store declined to give his name and said the store and its owner had no comment. The indictment states that Uriel Patino, who is accused of buying 239 weapons for the ring, bought all but nine from the Glendale store. The indictment states that some of the guns bought by Patino were found in Febru-

ary in an SUV abandoned near the US-Mexico border on the Tohono O’odham Nation land, where smugglers exploit vulnerabilities at the international line. No lawyer was listed in court records for Patino. Candice Shoemaker, an attorney for Jaime Avila Jr., a suspected leader of the ring, declined to comment on the indictment. Authorities say there is nothing illegal about gun shops selling guns to people who meet the requirements for owning a weapon. But Burke expressed frustration at the willingness of some dealers to sell guns to suspicious buyers then cooperate with investigators. “Sometimes it might be a gun shop owner saying, Hey, I just sold this guy 10 AK-47s. Of course I sold them, and now I'm going to tell you that I'm a little suspicious about it,” Burke said. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has asked the White House to require gun dealers near the Mexican border to report the sales of two or more higher powered rifles to the same customer within a fiveday period. The agency's request has yet to be approved.

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SAG awards honor fellow performers

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This weekend as I searched through channels trying to find something interesting to watch, I caught a glance at an announcement for the 17th annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards. The Screen Actors Guild is an American labor union, representing over 200,000 film and television principal and background performers worldwide. It first began in 1933 to stand up to studios to break long- term engagement contracts. According to the SAG website, the award show is unique in the size of its voting body, for which “two randomly selected panels of 2100 SAG members each from across the United States choose the nominees for television and motion pictures. The final ballot then goes out to the full guild membership -- approximately 100,000 members -- who select the outstanding performances of the year.” In other words, this is an award show where the actors and actresses choose who win. They get to choose who they believe were the best in their performances. The award show also honors stunt ensembles, both in film and television. One of the major highlights of the SAG awards is the Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is presented to an established performer for “fostering the highest ideals of the acting profession and tributes to the varied talents within the Guild’s membership.” Last year’s Lifetime Achievement Award went to Betty White. This year, Ernest Borgnine (“All Quiet on the Western Front,” “SpongeBob SquarePants”) will be receiving the 47th Lifetime Achievement Award. Other awards given include Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture and more. “Black Swan,” “The Fighter,” “The Kids Are All Right,” “ The King’s Speech” and “The Social Network” are all up for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. My chips are placed with either “The Fighter” or “The Social Network” to win this category. “The Social Network” won at the Golden Globes and the Critics Choice Movie Awards for best motion picture. If they win this one, they might just have the Oscar in line. The SAG awards will be simulcast live at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 on TNT and TBS.

Texting while walking could be dangerous JAIME JARMIN Spectrum Staff

While walking on the way to class, you notice your phone starts to buzz in your pocket. What do you do? Some whip the phone out as fast as they can and begin to read it. As well as reading the text, they are probably likely to respond back to it. According to many new statistics, this could be just as dangerous as walking with your eyes closed. Our campus sidewalks have been extremely icy lately, so it is easy to slip and fall. Everyone has seen at least one person fall a time or two. But don’t laugh quite yet; the tripping or falling on the ice is more likely to occur if you are engrossed in reading a text message. Amy McConnell, a sophomore majoring in agricultural communication, admits to texting while walking. “I do occasionally walk and text at the same time, even though I know it’s dangerous,” McConnell said. “I have almost run into a wall once when I wasn’t paying attention because I was to busy texting. … One time, a girl walked straight into me while she was texting on her cell phone.” This just shows that although the dangers of texting while walking are known; people are likely to keep doing it. Aaron Montplaisir, a sophomore majoring in range science, talked about the dangers

that can occur when texting while walking. “I walked into a glass wall at the Verizon store,” Montplaisir said. Even though Montplaisir has walked into a wall while texting and walking, he still can’t seem to stop. “I’m pretty aware of all the possible things that could happen, but I don’t text and walk where anything could be potentially dangerous,” Montplaisir said.

One time, a girl walked straight into me while she was texting on her cell phone. -Amy McConnell According to the MSNBC website, Valarie Jarrett, Barack Obama’s advisor, fell off a Chicago curb while texting and walking at the same time. She had been texting on her Blackberry and ended up twisting her ankle from the fall. “It was a nice wake-up call for me to be a lot more careful in the future, because I clearly wasn’t paying attention and I should have,” Jarrett told MSNBC. Not only are you more likely to trip and fall on the ice, but also the dangers could be worse than just bumping into another person. Some of the dangers include

being hit by a bus or a car. Some drivers may not be able to stop on the ice for someone too busy texting and not paying attention while crossing the street. ABC News online reported that in Sept. 2008, a “14-yearold boy named Christopher Cepeda was killed in Orlando, Fla. because a car hit him while he was texting and walking. Cepeda was too distracted to look up from his phone and notice the car driving on the highway he was about to cross.” Stories like these are becoming more and more common due to people being overly confident while they are walking and texting. According to Time Magazine online, a charity in the U.K. called Living Streets, which helps make cities more pedestrian-friendly, conducted a study that revealed that “6.5 million people in the U.K. had injuries due to texting and walking.” In reaction to this statistic, London had lampposts covered in cushions on a street for one day. This comical tactic was to protect people from injuries caused by texting and walking. Perhaps our sidewalks should be covered in cushions to prevent injuries while texting and walking? Still can’t shake the habit of checking your texts while walking? The Apple App store has created a new application called “Type and Walk” for the iPhone that makes it safer

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Will Schoen, a junior studying mechanical engineering, checks his cell phone as he replies to his friends while walking through the Memorial Union.

to text and walk. The application uses the camera on your phone as a video to watch in the background while you are texting. This helps reduce the chances of running into anything while you are texting because you are able to see what is in front of you. Although this application

may be extremely handy, it may not keep you from falling on the ice, even when you are not texting. Even though the urge to grab your buzzing phone is oh-so tempting, be careful out there because you never know when you may be the one on the frozen ground.

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Extreme cold conditions may result in hypothermia BRENDAN O’GORMAN TEGAN BUCKLEY Contributing Writers

Though it is bitterly frigid this time of year, many of us still enjoy partaking in outside activities or, if nothing else, need to make the long and perilous walk to class. As we are currently amid the coldest month of the year, it is prudent to be aware of the more common injuries that can result from prolonged exposure to the elements and use a little caution so as to not freeze off any extremities this winter. One of the most dangerous conditions that can result from prolonged exposure to the cold is hypothermia. There have been an average of about 1500 cold-related emergency department visits annually, as well as approximately 650 deaths per year in the United States attributed to hypothermia. Hypothermia is a condition wherein the victim’s internal body temperature has fallen below 95 degrees Fahrenheit, just a mere few degrees below the normal human body temperature of 98.6. There are a number of factors that can contribute to hypothermia such as thyroid disorders and blood sugar regulation issues, but the most profound to us is the temper-

ature of our surroundings. Anyone can get hypothermia if exposed to prolonged cold or wet conditions and it should always be treated as a medical emergency. Even a small drop in body temperature to 95 degrees can cause fatal complications, especially in the elderly. Hypothermia is generally categorized as mild, moderate or severe depending on the severity of the symptoms and how low your body temperature has fallen. Symptoms of mild hypothermia are somewhat ambiguous insomuch that they, in many ways, simply resemble the way someone would behave if he or she was a bit uncomfortably cold. Shivering, increased heart and breathing rates, a climb in blood pressure, contracted blood vessels in the extremities, and increased urine output all result from mild hypothermia. As body temperature drops further, moderate hypothermia sets in and shivering becomes more violent and muscle coordination becomes difficult, often leading to stumbling. Surface blood vessels continue to constrict so as to shunt blood back to the body’s core. This results in pale skin and potentially blue lips, ears, fingers, or toes. At this point, one of the most

frightening symptoms of hypothermia may begin to show itself: confusion. Mild confusion can occur at even early stages of hypothermia, but as body temperature drops further, the confusion can get very profound.

One of the most frightening symptoms of hypothermia may begin to show itself: confusion. This can lead to slurred speech and strange behaviors such as undressing despite the freezing conditions, hiding or burrowing, or just a general stupor. This makes hypothermia especially nefarious because the disorientation often puts someone in a position where he or she has less of a chance of being rescued or finding help. Ultimately, major organ fail-

ure and death can occur if someone does not receive the medical attention he or sheneeds in due time. One of the major contributing factors to hypothermia is alcohol. The problems alcohol can have are many. First, alcohol dilates your blood vessels, allowing for more heat to be lost through the skin (where your body already loses 90% of its heat) and makes you feel warmer in spite of the heat being lost from your core. Alcohol in high amounts also tends to cause your hypothalamus -- the part of your brain that controls body temperature, to stop working correctly -- which can lead to a further drop in body temperature. Also in high amounts, alcohol can lead to some impaired judgment, which can influence such activities as wandering without proper attire in the cold or choosing to sleep while exposed. The lesson to be taken from this is to not wander alone while inebriated. The buddy

system might not be a bad idea. Because hypothermia is a medical emergency, you should seek medical help immediately if you or someone you know is experiencing what you suspect to be hypothermia. While you wait for help to arrive, there are a number of things you can do for first aid: First, get the affected person to shelter. Monitor breathing and if it stops begin CPR if you know how to properly perform it. Replace wet clothing with dry garments and very importantly, do not apply direct heat such as with a hot water bottle or a hot bath; this can cause serious heart problems. Do not give someone who has hypothermia alcohol, as this can further lower their body temperature. As always, we are not doctors and this article is not intended to serve as medical advice, but functions purely for informational purposes.


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Arts and Entertainment

Local Art House Cinema continues to thrive AMANDA HILLIER Contributing Writer

Nestled in downtown Fargo sits a building rich in history and thrilling entertainment; a building that, for over 85 years, has inspired the minds of Fargo-Moorhead residents. One would think they were walking into a museum rather than an 85-year-old movie theater. With its high ceilings and large art moderne deco-styled interior, the Fargo Theatre is truly a masterpiece. Built in 1926 by Finkelstein and Ruben of F. & R. Entertainment, the theater was deemed the most modern play house in North Dakota and was originally classified as a cinema and vaudeville with a fully operational vaudeville stage, fly lift, and $25,000 WurliTzer theater pipe organ; “a rare find,” according to the theater’s Film Programmer Emily Beck. “Back when [the Fargo Theatre] was a vaudeville, there used to be a series of acts shown together, like a collection of traveling shows, that would include actors, singers, musicians, comedians, films and more.” Beck said. “That is how we got the stage. Now we are considered more of an art house cinema.” According to Beck, the WurliTzer theater pipe organ was originally used to bring sound to silent movies. The organ is still used today for the occasional silent film showing and as a sort of matinee before weekend and special films, with performances by the Red River chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society. “The entire theater was valued at $350,000 when it was built in 1926,” Beck said.

Over the years, numerous film icons have graced the theater’s screens and a number of celebrities, including Babe Ruth, Janet Leigh, and Tom Mix, have made guest appearances on the Fargo Theatre’s stage. Today, The Fargo Theatre is a downtown hot spot for concerts, plays, comedians and other live events, as well as independent and foreign films. “We show an average of 30 to 50 live events a year,” Executive Director Margie Bailly explained. “Our film niche is mostly made up of small independent films that you normally wouldn’t find at a larger theater.” The theater has undergone a number of renovations over the years. One caused it to be closed from May 1998 through March 1999, which was the longest the theatre has ever gone unused. The most recent renovation took place in March 2009 when the Off Broadway Theatre was added. The Off Broadway Theatre is a state-of-the-art screen that seats 76. The Fargo Theatre also has an On Broadway Theatre, which is a restored art deco style theater with a stage and organ; the On Broadway Theatre seats 870. “We really have a lot to offer, especially for college students. It’s a great place to go to see a movie then enjoy the bar scene and downtown,” Bailly said. “We show edgy, funny, provocative and beautiful [films].” The theater offers a number of benefits, including a special student membership for $25. With the membership, students will receive the Fargo Theatre newsletters and emails, four first-run film passes, and a punch card for

five midnight admissions. Students can still save if they aren’t a member however, by showing their student IDs at night films. A number of other memberships are offered by the theater as well. The Fargo Theatre is open 364 days per year. Special events include the Midnight Movie Series, Classic Film Series and Silent Movie nights. They also host the annual Fargo Film Festival every March. This year’s festival will take place March 1-5. “This year we have an incredibly strong narrative feature category for our Film Festival,” Beck said. The winner for this year’s film festival is a World War II drama from Russia. The two honorable mention films include a romantic comedy from Ireland and a horror film from California. “No matter what kind of movie you like, there’s probably something for you at the Film Festival,” Beck said. Upcoming live events include the Comedian Louie Anderson and Chelsea Lately, the 14th Annual Celebration of Women and Their Music, Martin Sexton, Leo Kottke and more. The film “I Love You Phillip Morris” starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor will premier at the Fargo Theatre on Friday, Jan. 28, 2011. Box-office hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 701-235-4152 to reserve tickets for live events. Visit www.fargotheatre.org or www.fargofilmfestical.com for more information on the Fargo Theatre, upcoming events and ticket prices. The Micah Zimmerman/The Spectrum Fargo Theatre is located at 314 Broadway in Fargo, N.D. The historic Fargo Theatre remains a hot attraction in downtown Fargo.

The Fantastic Three Death comes to America’s first super family

STEVEN STROM Contributing Writer

In Nov. 1961, two relatively unknown comic book creators, young writer Stanley Lieber and the more experienced artist Jack Kirby, created the first issue of a series that would change the world of comics forever. That series was "The Fantastic Four," the first superhero team title to be produced by Lieber (now better known as Stan Lee) that would prove to rocket the then mostly

fledgling Marvel Comics in to modern day media dominance. Stan Lee would go on to provide many contributions to graphic fiction including Spider-Man, the X-Men, Iron Man and the Hulk. However, it was the Fantastic Four that acted as the catalyst for Stan Lee’s now worldwide fame. Also, despite not providing as strong of a showing in film and television as some of Lee’s later work, it is the Fantastic Four that many hold as the first great Marvel series. Now in the year 2011, nearly 50 years after the series began, "The Fantastic Four" will be coming to an end with the release of issue #588. Although the series will not officially be ending until the release of that issue, the Fantastic Four can officially be considered to be no more with the already released second-to-last issue dis-

playing the death of one of the team’s titular members. Johnny Storm, better known to most as The Human Torch, has perished within the panels of the penultimate pages. Fans of Marvel comics or the films will know that Johnny Storm represented reckless optimism in the face of danger, making his demise doubly sad, as it represents the loss of hope apparent both in the Marvel universe and the world in which we live. When asked in an interview with IGN.com about the decision to kill the character, current series writer Jonathan Hickman said “…Johnny represented the child-like idealism, and he probably had the most utopian ideal. Taking him away adds a narrative push, a resistance, to what the book is actually about and what Reed (Mr. Fantastic) is trying to achieve. He made sense thematically. Story wise, there's also some other stuff going on in the background of this issue that will make a lot of sense in the future. The events surrounding Johnny's death are pretty key in all of that.” Despite the end of the current series and a certain discrepancy between the team’s title and the number of actual members, the remaining members of the Fantastic Four will continue to feature in the regular Marvel lineup. A new series featuring the characters title, simply "F.F." will be on store shelves sometime in the future and while it is fairly common for comic book superheroes to return from the dead (Captain America, Batman), moving the characters over to a completely new series and canceling the original is a pretty uncommon occurrence as well as a possible sign of a major

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Space Aliens Different is not always better

JUSTIN HARKEN Contributing Writer

This week I decided to go in a different direction with a franchised restaurant. I picked Space Aliens because it has local roots, originating in Bismarck with Fargo being the second location, and it might also not be a place that very many people have gone. When I think of a great dining experience, Space Aliens doesn’t come to mind, and I found out there is good reason for this. I was not very impressed with this establishment. Space Aliens tries to create an environment that is friendly for everyone by combining an arcade for children and a full bar for mommy and daddy. This makes it awkward, as you are trying to enjoy your drink while kids are running around screaming. I can equate it to combining a VFW with a McDonald’s Playland. This might be great for someone who has kids and can let them loose while they drink away their regrets of being a parent in the first place, but I thought that’s

what babysitters are for, or the television. Space Aliens does have a separate bar section, which is where I sat, but the music seemed to be playing at a loud volume, and with the hum of chatter throughout the restaurant, conversing was difficult if the person with whom you were speaking wasn’t right next to you. Additionally, maybe I’m just not into themed restaurants, but the whole space theme seemed tacky. Most of the food on the menu had a space theme to it. Fries were “Outer Space Fries” and a regular burger was an “Alien Burger.” It’s like going to Zorbaz, where all S’s are replaced with Z’s. This is cute and funny for about a minute but then it just becomes annoying. I realize that the restaurant is trying to appeal to children in an effort to empty their parents’ wallets, but at least show some dignity while doing it. A burger is a burger and fries are fries. Kids know what these are and the unthemed versions will appeal to them. While the server I had seemed friendly, she was quite slow. After ordering our drinks -- which wasn’t a great deal because apparently kids pumping quarters into games they can’t win doesn’t bring in enough money -- the waitress said that she would be right back to take our food order. Fifteen minutes and one empty mug later the waitress wasn’t in sight and my stom-

ach seemed to be eating itself. When the waitress finally arrived and took our order, the food came out promptly which could be due to the fact that everything was deepfried. The food wasn’t anything to write home about. The chicken tenders were about as good as the ones served in my high school cafeteria and the side of fries was not worth the $2. In a nutshell, Space Aliens is at the bottom of my list of good restaurants in Fargo. I couldn’t get over the atmosphere and average food.

Maybe I'm not just into themed restaurants, but the whole space theme seemed tacky. If a restaurant promotes itself as being different then they should go all-out and come up with some new food ideas, not just decorate the place with some bad movie props and disguise an Applebee’s menu with alien clip art and cheesy names.


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Features Does makeup make females more attractive? not wearing makeup but I think for the most part as long as you A&E Editor don’t ‘cake’ it on it can help you out.” Tali Johnson, a junior maHe Said: “I would say yes, joring in art and marketing when done in moderation. If they wear it well and it doesn’t In this time and age, almost really stand out too much, it’s every female you see wears some good. If it’s really noticeable form of makeup. then it gets to be a bit too much.” Whether it is a lot or practiJoel Dammeier, a sophomore cally nonexistent, does this make majoring in computer science females seem more attractive? In a way, it does. She Said: “Yes it can. I think According to Michelle Wilkinsome women can get away with son, beauty and style expert at ALYSIA LARSON

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Helium.com, most women believe that wearing makeup does indeed make them look better. “When females wear makeup, they will act with more confidence. This influences men to find a female much more attractive,” Wilkinson said. In a sense, women can trick themselves into believing that wearing makeup actually does make them much more attractive. While wearing makeup can enhance certain features of a

<< Fantastic from Page 5 paradigm shift. While I wouldn’t recommend anyone completely ruling out the possibility of a later appearance of The Human Torch, I would say that the creators seem to be trying to make it pretty clear that they

Around Town Friday (1/28): Comedian Gabriel Iglesias from shows like "Last Comic Standing" and "My Wife and Kids." 8 p.m. Fargo Theatre 314 Broadway. To order tickets, visit Tickets 300 located at 300 Broadway, Tickets 300 Kiosks in downtown Atomic Coffee locations, call 1-800514-3849 or go online to www.tickets300.com. Saturday (1/29): Broadway Masterclass with Andrew Lippa. Observe the award-winning Broadway composer discuss vocal and acting techniques with area college students. 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Askanase Auditorium, NDSU. This event is free and open to the public. Sunday (1/30): Edgewood Chalet and Dike West Sledding open for season. Edgewood offers crosscountry skiing, ski rentals, snowshoe rentals and sledding hill. Dike West has sledding hill and warming house. Open 3:30 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Edgewood Chalet located at 19 Golf Course Ave. N. and Dike West located at 310 4th St. S. Tuesday (2/1): Fargo Swings! Come learn the East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Shim Sham and more. Every Tuesday night from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Dance lessons begin at 8:30, with dancing beginning at 9:30. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students. Located at the Avalon Ballroom at 613 First Ave. N. Fargo. Thursday (2/3): Outdoor Skating Rinks and Warming Houses Open. Offer both public skating and hockey facilities. All rinks have heated warming house and rink attendant. For rink locations and hours of operation, visit www.fargoparks.com

mean business. With comics more popular than ever thanks to the movie industry, it’s quite possible that this event could garner some media attention. Whether making such a big change to such an

established franchise will be a complete failure or absolutely fantastic remains to be seen.

face or cover up features that a female may not like, makeup does not necessarily make women more attractive. “Men like to know what the woman they are attracted to looks like, they aren’t attracted to layers and layers of makeup. They are attracted to the girl,” Wilkinson said. So ladies: don’t be afraid to go without makeup once in a while. Having real confidence in yourself is the most attractive trait of all.


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Rylee Nelson Opinion Editor Phone: 231-6287 | Email: opinion@ndsuspectrum.com

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Movies; an iconic past

Spatial problems cause for a chilly climate HILLARY CLIFTON Contributing Writer

RYLEE NELSON Opinion Editor

A few things come to mind when thinking of things that are life shaping. Our first steps, first day of school or our infamous breakthrough into the teenage years are all obvious list toppers. Even things like a first kiss, first breakup, first beer or when we finally turned 18 make the list. These are all times we look back on with fondness. All these things in one way or another contributed to the person staring back in the mirror. No doubt the development of media through the years has played a role in our own development. Granted we can’t quite claim the 8-track years or the legend of vinyl, but we do remember good ole’ Brittany, Third-Eye Blind, Green Day and who can forget the sensation the Backstreet boys created. However, arguably more iconic than the music greats of the ‘90s were the films that focused more on epic story lines and dramatic plot twists. We have majorly lost this way of movie magic. In its place we have a competition to deliver the biggest bang for the buck, literally. What was once a thing of screenplay genius is now a showdown of special effects.

In its place we have a competition to deliver the biggest bang for the buck, literally. I’m not saying that movies like “Avatar” or the “Transformers” series can’t move a person but there’s no way these movies could be put in the same arena as “Forrest Gump,” “Titanic” or the likes of “Good Will Hunting”. This is an art that has been a major loss to the youthful generation below us. Personally, I can draw to mind the specific times when I first saw these movies and many of their contemporaries. These specific instances also changed and contributed to my personal coming of age tale. I was greatly relieved to have personally experienced the Disney classics, namely “The Lion King,” “The Little Mermaid” and “Beauty and the Beast” still being preserved safely in home cupboards and daycare centers around the country. I would be remiss to not mention recent greats such as “The Boondock Saints” or the effective blend of masterful plot and intense graphics in “Inception.” These films still attempt to preserve what was once a flourishing species of movie. But the truth is that these movies are endangered and on the borderline of extinction. I am not criticizing those movie-makers who have seen the movie market move to special effects and have simply attempted to meet that need. However, what I am saying is that we need to not forget those movies that have helped to shape us to be who we are today. Maybe in a few years, with a baby at the hip, we can reach over to our special collection of greats and pop in Forrest Gump. It’s never too young to teach a child what true movie-making is all about.

It’s 8 p.m. on a Tuesday night and as usual I am completing my run at the Wallman Wellness Center. Every cardio machine is taken and I just happened to be lucky enough to get the last treadmill. As usual, I walk the last quarter of a mile, remove my knee brace, take a swig from my Nalgene and determine what my next course of action will be. I pass my treadmill to the next lucky individual and head over to the section of free weights on the second floor. I stop: the area is saturated with muscle bound men, as well as one lonesome female looking rather nervous and a little out of her element.

This is a typical scenario that one can encounter when going to the gym during the busiest of hours. It is also something that has bothered me since coming to NDSU as a freshman. This is not a sex issue, nor is it a gender issue, but a spatial issue. Whether it is recognized or not, many women do not participate in strength training because it is considered something that only men do. However, strength training is beneficial to both groups of individuals, and there are some who feel comfortable enough lifting alongside their male counterpart. I have been lifting for a number of years. I like that it has the ability to make me feel strong and confident, but even I become a little apprehensive lifting with the boys. I have felt

on occasions the staring, the judgment and the passing comments from those around me. It makes for a chilly climate. If I recognize it, then I

I have felt on occasions the staring, the judgment and the passing comments from those around me. know many of the girls must feel the same way. The Wellness Center needs a place that is strictly for female strength training. An addition does not seem necessary; however, the upstairs free weight area should be designated for women only. If you are not fa-

miliar with the Wellness Center, it is broken into three parts: Part one is weight training; part two is comprised of cardio, floor work, the basketball courts and the smaller area for weights that I referred to earlier; finally, part three is the track. Although it is not stated, it has been made clear to me that the larger weight training area is for the men. Women are not comfortable working out in this overpopulated area, even if the allotted space is quite large. With such a large space, one could assume that the weight training area upstairs would make for a pleasant strength training experience, but the second you get upstairs you quickly realize that men also take up the second strength training area.

So one has to decide: Do I squeeze in and suffer through the stares, or do I skip it all together? Unfortunately, many write it off altogether, and by doing so, they are missing out on a crucial part of working out. We shouldn’t have to sacrifice part of our workout because we do not feel welcome working out with the men. Many public gyms have a womenonly area; I would assume that a facility as nice as the Wellness Center would also offer this to the female student population. Women deserve this space so they too can have the best workout possible without feeling unwelcome or out of place. Hillary is a sophomore majoring in advertising.

Berg doesn’t know what he’s talking about DEREK GAFFNEY Staff Writer

“My wife is a family practice doctor and when this law first passed our first concern was this puts government between a patient and their doctor. We need to repeal this law and put those health care decisions back between the patient directly and their doctor.” That is a quote made by N.D. Rep. Rick Berg. He, of course, was talking about repealing the Affordable Care Act, which was passed last year. I can respect his personal opinion in being against the law, however I cannot respect him for using scare tactics and hyperbole to manipulate people into thinking the government will become any more intrusive in healthcare deci-

sions than it already is. First off, the main way the law gets the uninsured insured is by offering tax credits to people so they can afford to buy health insurance from a private company. The tax credit for individuals is pretty much identical to the tax credit given to people who bought their first homes in the past couple years. Did anyone say that the government was “between the buyer and the realtor?” No, because that would be ridiculous. Now, if Rick Berg were con-

would completely agree. That is exactly what insurance companies do every single day. I’m going to get a little wonky here, so pay attention. You go to your doctor and find out you have high cholesterol. No biggie, lots of people have high cholesterol and you have insurance. Your doctor writes you a prescription for Lipitor because it is the best drug on the market. You bring your prescription in to the pharmacy and your insurance company rejects the claim, asking for something called a prior authorization. You find out the insurance company wants you to try a cheaper drug called Zocor, To say that the new which has a mechanism of aclaw will create any tion quite similar to Lipitor. The insurance company will more roadblocks not help pay for the drug your between a patient doctor prescribed until your and their doctor is doctor writes them a letter, or not just misleading prior authorization, explaining why you need that specific but rather simply drug. They will help pay for dishonest. Zocor, but you need a written prescription from your doctor cerned that the bill allows for that drug, which you don’t someone to come between a have. patient and a doctor then I You can’t get your doctor on

Behind closed doors SARAH CHAMPA Contributing Writer

This week in Washington D.C., a quarter of a million people are gathered to silently protest the diabolical nightmare of abortion. It is called March for Life, an event that has taken place for 38 years. Despite the large scale of the event, I know what some of you are thinking: "the March for what?” This is not at all surprising because the media likes to ignore it year after year. On the day the march happened, I desperately searched on CNN and MSNBC for some sign of life (no pun intended) about the march, but found nothing. I looked at Fox News and was excited that they were doing a live broadcast of the event. My heart definitely seared with hope, but the other media either failed to deliver or completely downplayed the enormity of the March for Life. Why is turning away from such magnanimous spirit for the unborn acceptable to the majority of media? A quarter of a million people were there! Rylee is a junior majoring in That is the same amount of communication.

people that showed up to Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream” speech, which was a speech against racism and against the destruction of the human spirit. This current protest is against the destruction of a physical and spiritual human and against murder. Martin Luther King Jr. Day always receives serious hoopla from America as it beautifully should, but why doesn't this march as well? This is a march that upholds the same human respect values of Martin Luther King Jr., but in a different form. On Saturday, my friends and I decided to protest the si-

Why is turning away from such magnanimous spirit for the unborn acceptable to the majority of media?

peaceful protest against abortion though we were half way across the country. Thirty of us went down to the only abortion mill in N.D. on Saturday night at 11 p.m. in the negative-degree weather to pray. It was the most precious sight I have ever seen: thirty college students, all at the prime age range when most abortions occur, huddled around each other with rosy smiling faces bowed in prayer. No one complained, we just shivered and were thankful for the prayer. The media put their heads in the sand when they hear about abortion, but sooner or later they will not be able to ignore a quarter million people gloriously protesting murder. They can't even ignore thirty college students praying in the freezing cold on a Saturday night. I am not ashamed of writing this opinion to all of you. Shame is one thing that will keep this pro-choice outrage going, and let me tell you: many are not ashamed to protect life.

lence the media has put on such a dynamic subject. We Sarah Champa is a senior decided to honor all of our majoring in university studies. friends in D.C. attending the March for Life. We wanted to become spiritually one in the

the phone, and you can’t afford the cash price for the Lipitor, so you decide to wait until the next day to get everything figured out. I imagine everyone would agree that some decisions are definitely not “between the patient directly and their doctor.” Do government-run health insurance programs use prior authorizations? Yes, but to act like this new law changes the dynamic between a patient and his or her doctor is just wrong. Insurance companies stand between patients and doctors every day, and they al-

ways will. To say that the new law will create any more roadblocks between a patient and their doctor is not just misleading but rather simply dishonest. Berg probably knows this, at least I hope he isn’t completely ignorant, but to put fear into the American people to get what you want works much better than telling them the truth. Derek Gaffney is a secondyear professional in the college of pharmacy.


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A Balancing Act Emergency Management LETTER TO THE EDITOR

KEITH BISTODEAU Contributing Writer

As it was brought forth in an article written by Kristen Fennel, published in the Jan. 21 issue of The Spectrum, we as college students more often than not fail at the balancing act that is our lives. No matter if we think about it or not, we are always giving certain actions in our lives precedence over others. We have the choice to sleep in or to go workout, the choice to study an extra hour or watch TV. Although these decisions may seem small now, they will ultimately dictate how we function in our jobs and lives after college. Most college students feel they can balance their lives without writing things down or falling behind in school or in their social lives. However, all of us have seen or experienced a day when we or someone else looks like they will fall asleep in class from a lack of sleep. Caffeine is the only thing keeping them going and all the people who want to spend time with them haven’t had the chance in ages because they

are too far behind in everything else. Our generation has the fatal flaw of trying to do as much as we can in a short period of time. Although this may seem like a great idea or goal to have in life, we more often than not end up spreading ourselves too thin or end up suffering from “the burnout effect.” Rather than trying to pile as much onto our plates as we can possibly handle, we need to take a step back and evaluate what is really important to us.

shown that a ten- or twentyminute mental break once or twice a day can not only help you relax, but can help you become more organized as well. When you slow down to evaluate what all you have to do and what needs to be done first, you can gain a clearer view of where you really stand. You can organize your day or week to best fit your needs and incorporate some “you time” to make sure you stay on track. Another tip involves rewarding yourself when you get things done. It is hard to balance school, work, homework, a social life and student organization duRather than trying ties when there are only so to pile as much many hours in the day. The beauty of it is that we all have onto our plates as the ability to make the most of we can possibly each day and to be successful handle, we need to in what we do. Your friends take a step back will understand if you need to put off a movie night so you and evaluate what can study or take a day off is really important work to finish a project. Just to us. breathe. College can be as stressful or as fun as you want All of us can benefit from fif- to make it and that choice is all teen minutes to ourselves up to you. everyday, just to relax and organize our own thoughts. Keith is a senior majoring in Studies from schools such as public relations and advertising. Harvard and Penn State have

students ready for flood Students in the emergency management department are gearing up for another spring flood fight. Forecasters say the Red River in Fargo could meet or exceed the record crest set in 2009. This may scare many people, but it does not daunt seasoned students majoring in emergency management here on campus. During both the 2009 and 2010 spring floods, students played a critical role in providing FirstLink -- a volunteer management resource -- with people whose duties included information and volunteer management during sandbagging efforts. These students also helped check-in volunteers during the Extreme Home Makeover build last fall. This year, students and professors will again be offering their assistance. New in 2011 is a leap into the social media realm by emergency management students who will be

working with the Cass County emergency management office on creating and updating pages devoted to emergency notifications. The social media tools currently being looked into are Facebook, Twitter and the Area Voices blog page. The goal is to maximize information distribution by keeping the community linked to updated information in the popular social networking world. The National Weather Service cites heavy autumn rainfall, above-normal snowfall (56.1 inches compared to 46.7 inches normally), and unusually high river levels as the main reasons a potential flood could occur. On Jan. 18, the National Weather Service issued a spring flood outlook that appeared pretty grim. It reports that Fargo has a 90% chance of reaching 32.3 feet, which is two feet above major flood stage. It gives the Red a 20% chance of reaching 41.2 feet, which is nearly a half-foot

higher than the record crest in 2009 that peaked at 40.84 feet. In 2009, NDSU extended spring break by two weeks to help fight the record flood battle. Many say that made the difference between winning and losing the fight. Hopefully the rest of the winter is snowfree and our thaw is slow so we have less to worry about. At this time though, it is not looking good. It seems we replay this scenario every year, however we must be prepared for the worst. The city is starting to mobilize, and it may not be long until students other than those in the emergency management department are called upon for help. So keep a weary eye on the horizon and hope for the best. BLAIN JOHNSON junior, emergency management

The Honest Truth: Relationships Dear Honest Truth, Last year I started seeing this guy semi-regularly. At first it didn't matter if my family liked him or not because we lived so far away from them. But then my dad moved to town here, and my brother had to move in with me. So now they all know him and they really don't get along at all. I try making a joke about it when we are all there but neither my boyfriend nor my brother think that it's funny.My brother finally told me I would have to choose between him and my boyfriend and my dad told me the same thing. I really think I love my boyfriend and don't want us to break up because of this. I would also hate to lose my family. Sincerely, Difficult Decision

Dear Difficult Decision, People have run into this issue since the dawn of time, and it is mostly the girlfriend's family that has the issue. So, your story is a run-ofthe-mill type of scenario. How do you deal with it? Well, you say you are in love with your boyfriend, but my guess is you are probably in your late teens, even early twenties. You can say you are in love, but are you really? Or, is just an infatuation with your first college boyfriend? Second, you may feel close to your guy because your family is driving you closer together. They probably see this kid’s main flaws, while you are so blinded by "love" that you refuse to see the truth. Verdict is… Break it off. If it is so much of a struggle to decide between your family and some guy, then you have issues of your own. It is your family, and while they should not give you an ultimatum, they are always going to be there for you. This guy could find some other "hot thing" and dump you like last night's Taco Bell run. Also, doing the breaking up will allow you to get over him more quickly and then get back to dating sooner as well. So, do the smart thing and just let this guy go because there will be plenty more to choose from in your lifetime.

Dear Difficult Decision,

Dear Difficult Decision,

I know that having to deal with a relationship, along with school and other commitments can be incredibly hard, and the added issue of a conflict between you, your family and your boyfriend probably raises that level of stress. I’m sure that this has probably taken a toll on you and it’s coming to the point where a decision must be made. I would really encourage you to speak with your family and ask what is it about your boyfriend that they don’t approve of. Family will be honest with you and I’m sure there is more than likely a reason as to why they feel like he isn’t right for you. Family will always be there for you, but a boyfriend may not. I know you’ll make the right decision. Good Luck! -Bison Blondie

Making hard decisions is a very important part of growing up. However, being forced to choose between two things that matter most to you is never going to result in a winning situation. Relationships are complicated not only between the people in them, but also between the people who are around them. Although it might seem like it’s none of your family’s business whom you choose to date, it really is. It’s unfortunate that your family and boyfriend don’t get along right now, but who says that can’t change? Instead of struggling to decide what matters more to you, inevitably hurting at least one, if not both parties involved, why not try to have the best of both worlds? It might seem impossible now, but if you make clear to both your boyfriend and your family that their relationship matters to you, they might try to mend it. Before you make a decision that you will regret, try to avoid making a decision all together, and instead rectify the problem at hand. -Wise Bison

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How you know it does not matter

DANIEL GUNDERSON Sports Editor

I would like to say that this will be the last time I write about how much I hate the school up north. Truth be told, this will not be. I will not cease to use my breath on this subject until I feel I have ticked off a significant amount of those fans. And by significant amount, I mean all of them. Micah Zimmerman/The Spectrum Every single one of them needs Katie Birkel (5) drives against Oakland's Sharise Calhoun (34) Saturday, Jan. 22 at the Bison Sports Arena. The Bison lost the game 60-48. to be ashamed for liking such an awful athletic school. Wait, you’re not an awful athletic school? Because what? You have hockey? I figured you would say that, so DANIEL GUNDERSON terworth went for 15. As a team, OU was 12 of 15 from that is why I have put together Sports Editor the stripe. a list as to why your sport does The IPFW game did not get not matter. Here are ten reaThe Bison women’s basketmuch better for the Bison ofsons in no particular order: ball team had a tall task ahead fensively. While Plucker again of them for the week. They was her outstanding self, going 1. Yale is your best team. played Oakland University on for 23 points and six boards, Yale is the top team in every Saturday, followed by Indiana the rest of the team was aneranking I have checked. Last Purdue-Fort Wayne. Both mic. Minus the 23 from time I checked, Yale’s most fateams were ahead of the Bison Plucker, the Bison scored 22 mous alumni are U.S. presicoming into the weekend, so it points on 12 of 37 shooting dents, not hockey players. was important that NDSU from the field. have a good showing. The “I think our effort was 2. Ninety percent of the Bison lost both games, first to there,” said Plucker after the teams are ones that you have Oakland 60-48, then to IPFW game. “Our execution was not never heard of before. 68-55. there, both offensively and deRhode Island Institute of fensively.” The Bison also had Technology made the Frozen a lackluster performance from Four last year. There is Ferris their top scorer, Birkel, who State, Lake Superior State, Alabama-Huntsville… Need I Our execution was was one of eight shooting and only had two points. continue? not there, both of“She (Birkel) is in a little bit fensively and deof a slump right now,” said 3. The Canadian Youth head coach Carolyn DeHoff. fensively. Hockey system has more tal“She usually plays well against ent. -Abby Plucker this team.” This has to be true, they are The Mastodons’ Stephanie Canadians. All they do is play The first game saw the Herd Rosado was a one-woman ofhockey. run into a buzz saw that was fense herself, going for 24 the OU defense. The Bison points on 12-18 shooting and 4. One conference has 57 shot 40 percent for the game, eight boards. In only the secpercent of all your national tibut only 18 percent from ond win ever for IPFW over tles. three, going 3-17 overall. Only NDSU, she came up with big The Western Collegiate scoring 17 points in the second shot after big shot for the Hockey Association (WCHA) half was the result of the poor squad. Her teammate Sydney has won 36 of the 63 national shooting, but that is not to say Weinert also had a solid game titles. Obviously there is no the Bison were never in this with nine points and a gameparity in Division I hockey. game. 5 1/2 minutes into the high 13 boards. second half, the Bison had a Not all things were bad for 5. There are only 59 teams in six-point lead at 41-35. Then, the Bison as they held the your division. a scoring drought of eight Mastodons to 2-19 shooting There is the main reason minutes ensued. It was all from the land of three and there is no parity in college Oakland needed and kept were 11-12 from the line themhockey. NDSU out of the scoring colselves. umn, building up to eventual After two hard-fought 6. Thirty-nine percent of five-point lead. losses, which leave the Bison at your schools’ main division afThe Bison were lead in scor8-11 overall (4-5 in the Sumfiliation is Division II or lower. ing by redshirt junior Abby mit), NDSU must regroup for In comparison, all FCS footPlucker, who had 14 points the second half of the season. ball schools are currently part and eight boards. Following However, the confidence of of Division I athletics. her was junior Katie Birkel this team is just another thing who had 11 points and eight that DeHoff is concerned 7. Your closest opponent is boards of her own. For the about. Bemidji State. Golden Grizzles, Sharise Cal“I would say our confidence You probably should sweep houn went for 18, including a is shaken a little bit right this team every year. Otherperfect nine for nine from the Micah Zimmerman/The Spectrum now,” said DeHoff. “We talk wise, give an automatic lost for charity stripe. Pre-season first Abby Plucker (32) goes up for two of her 23 points on Monday, Jan. 24 at the Bison about trying to keep your the season. team selection Bethany Wathead, but that is tough to do.” Sports Arena. The Bison lost the game 68-55. 8. Your last national-champion-winning head coach is trying to revive his career at Nebraska-Omaha. I know that he went to the NHL as a coach, as an assistant for the rough while letting go of Vikings to have his best year Bowl is definitely the ultimate Favre had a longer period of Columbus Blue Jackets, touchdown immortality to ever. He led the Vikes to the goal for Ted Thompson, but as time, which he did, and we which somehow are still in the hand one of the most elite NFC Championship Game fans, we are stat fiends. So let won’t know if Rodgers will do league. franchises into the hands of an where he threw a classic Brett us take a look at the first three it for that long. You can argue unproven, third-year quarter- Favre pass that killed Mission: years of starting for Favre and that Favre won three MVPs, 9. Your most famous alum won a Super Bowl and played back, who was passed on by 23 Miami. That same year, Rodgers. was not famous for his hockey other teams. Especially when Rodgers made the Pro Bowl, Rodgers has 12,394 yards, in an era where the passing skill (And as a Nazi backer). the Pack was just coming off and turned the Packers 99 total touchdowns and 31 in- game wasn’t as prominent. All Not only did Ralph Engelfrom a NFC Championship around, going 10-6 and mak- terceptions. Favre sat at very good arguments, but stad get rich from gambling, CAVIN loss. ing the playoffs. Even in a los- 10,412 yards, 74 total touch- Rodgers could do any of those he felt that students should BERUBE Then number four got hot ing effort in the Wild Card downs and 51 interceptions. in the near future. goose step into his arena after As for now, all we can say is with the New York Jets and it round, Rodgers put up five Ponder those stats a bit. Those it was built. Staff Writer looked like Teddy made the touchdowns in his first playoff numbers do not even include that Ted Thompson made the After Ted Thompson turned wrong decision. Rodgers’ insane playoff num- right decision. What they say Aaron game. 10. "Well, we have hockey." his back on Brett Favre back Rodgers, the guy asked to reThis year is where Rodgers bers. Rodgers had the almost is that it is definitely better to Yeah, and I just proved how that is an awful argument. in 2008, numerous Packer place Mr. Wrangler, put up has proven that Thompson impossible task of replacing a get rid of a cagey veteran a Now, you come and tell me fans, including myself, were a solid numbers in his first year made the right decision. legend on hand while Favre year too early rather than a why the sports NDSU plays -- bit puzzled. I had trouble be- as a starter, but the Packers Rodgers has led the Packers to basically took over a team in year too late, which is exactly and are really really good at -- lieving that Green Bay’s gen- still missed the playoffs. The the Super Bowl, a feat that rough shape, having gone 10- what Thompson did. do not matter. Your move eral manager, Teddy T., had next year, after Favre retired took Favre five years to ac- 22 in the previous two seasons. found that diamond in the yet again, he returned to the complish. Getting to the Super Now you can argue that slick.

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Meet-a-Bison: Fred Newell Bison sports "[I am] just trying to make the other players better defensively," Newell said. "[I] bring energy and excitement to practices as well as on the bench at games." If you have ever been a part of a team, you know that you need that guy constantly encouraging you. There have been some famous walk-ons throughout the history of sports. Clay Matthews, Darren Woodson, Santana Moss and Jordy Nelson were all football walk-ons. You also have to mention the most famous walk-on of alltime in Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger. The emotion he felt when he made the University of Notre Dame football team was probably comparable to the way Newell felt when he found out he made the team. "The day of tryouts, we had a scrimmage. After the scrimmage, the managers came and spoke to me and told me that the coach wanted to talk to me. They offered me to come back and scrimmage with the guys at an open gym. After that, they told me that they wanted me to be a part of the team," Newell said. "I was shocked, excited, surprised and blessed. It still gets to me when I come to practices."

DANIEL GUNDERSON Sports Editor

Chances are that everyone has a friend that will watch sports on television and say, "I could do that." You would respond with, "Prove it." Then, your friend will launch into the whole debate about how he has too much homework, too needy of a girlfriend and so on and so forth. Redshirt Freshman Fred Newell did not make any of those excuses when he decided to walk on to the NDSU men's basketball team. "I just really missed sports after high school," Newell said. "I told myself there was not much to lose so why not go out and try." This is the type of attitude most people need to have when trying new things. Newell, a Lakeville, Minn. native, had this attitude when just trying to join a Division I team. It has paid off for him. "I was not really sure what to expect when I first got here," said Newell. "I'm really enjoying it and I'm really glad I get to be a part of the team." Newell's jobs as a walk-on are not glamorous, but they do serve an important purpose.

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Bison wrestling had a big win Sunday against the University of Northern Colorado Bears Sunday at the Bison Sports Arena. This marks their first conference win defeating the 0-6 Bears 25-12. Senior Kenny Moenkedick started off the duel winning by forfeit in the first period over Eric Brennan starting the bison off with a 6-point lead on the Bears. Sophomore Trent Sprenkle had a 12-0 win over Sam Bauer putting the Bison up 10-6. Redshirt freshman Trevor Johnson had a victory by forfeit putting the Bison on a 16-9 lead over UNC. UNC’s Justin Gaethje then defeated sophomore Mark Erickson with a score of 11-5 putting the Micah Zimmerman/The Spectrum team score at UNC 12 to the Fred Newell, a walk-on for the men’s basketball team is Bison at 16. In the next round, senior Vince Salminen dehumbled by the opportunity to be part of team Bison. I f feated UNC wrestler Tanner That type of love and excitement for you are wondering if all that Welks by 8-2 giving the Bison the game is why walk-ons are time commitment is worth it, a 7-point lead over the Bears. The duel ended with sophoa cherished tradition at nearly just ask Fred Newell. more Mac Stoll going 7-1 over every campus across America.

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UNC’s Cody McAninch, resulting in a Bison victory over the Bears 25-12 for a big conference win. The Bison men and women's track and field teams were in competition last weekend at the University of Minnesota. There were some solid individual performances from the NDSU men's side. Travis Fitzke and Tyler Leverington finished third and fifth respectively in the one-mile run. Matt Tetzlaff had a great showing in the 60-Meter Hurdles, finishing in third place. On the women's side, Antoinette Goodman was outstanding. She finished third in the 200-meter dash and fifth in the 60-meter dash. They also saw Twila Moser finish third in the pentathlon with 3,040 points. No one, however, was more impressive then Whitney Carlson and Toni Tollefson. Tollefson finished first in the high jump, while Carlson finished first in both the long jump and the 60-meter hurdles.

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