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Fans in support of the Bison in Frisco, Texas storm the field after the 17-6 victory over Sam Houston State University last weekend.

North Dakota State wins first FCS Championship in Frisco, Texas Kyle Roth Staff Writer The North Dakota State football team held the nation’s top scoring offense to a pair of field goals, defeating Sam Houston State in a 17-6 slugfest to win the Football Championship Subdivision National Championship at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Texas on Saturday. The victory gives NDSU its first FCS championship, ninth national title as a program and first Division-I championship since becoming eligible in 2008.

“I thought our guys battled and certainly made big plays when they needed to,” Head Coach Craig Bohl said. “Typically we say we get a 24 hour rule, but we won't have a 24 hour rule on this one. We're going to enjoy this for a while.” Heralded as a defensive battle that pitted the top-ranked Bison defense against the second-ranked SHSU unit that helped propel the Bearkats to a 14-0 record, the game certainly lived up to expectations as both defenses made big plays all game. The first score of the game came on a Ryan Jastram field goal late in the first quarter

after a key pair of completed passes by quarterback Brock Jensen helped take the Bison to the SHSU seven-yard line with a first down. The Bearkats defense held, though, stopping running back Sam Ojuri on a third-and-goal from the one and forcing the Bison to go for the kick. SHSU responded in the second half by knocking in two field goals of their own, one of which was forced when a pass to Bearkats receiver Trey Dilfer left the speedy catcher with a wide-open field ahead of him, but an ankle tackle by redshirt freshman linebacker Carlton Littlejohn caught the receiver short of the first down

and forced a field goal try from the NDSU 13. The Bison went to halftime down 6-3. The tide turned, though, when a three-and-out on NDSU’s opening possession of the second half was turned into a first down by way of a fake punt. Senior punter Matt Voigtlander, a converted running back, saw an opening and ran with the ball up the left sideline for a 27-yard gain that renewed the Bison drive. “I looked to the outside,” Voigtlander said. “We got out of the box, came down, blocking down like we were expecting … just good blocking there, and it was wide open.

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H 18º H 28º H 33º H 22º So my eyes were wide open FRI SAT SUN MON seeing the open field, and I did what I could.” Voigtlander did enough, apparently, as the very next play resulted in a touchdown when senior running back D.J. McNorton caught a screen pass over the middle that went the distance for a 39-yard score. “We called the catch screen, Michelle Full hasn't worked for us this much this year, because we ran it a Spectrum Staff lot last year,” McNorton said. Cate Ekegren “A lot of teams were on to it, but [Offensive Coordinator Co-News Editor Brent Vigen] called it at the right time. Perfect timing.” The NDSU Volunteer NetThe score left NDSU on top work will be hosting the anwith a 10-6 lead that they took nual Martin Luther King, Jr. into the fourth quarter. Then, Service Plunge, Monday Jan. 16 as part of the 2012 Service Days. This week of meaningful service and fun will include several activities with nonprofit organizations in the of bisonCatholic Week: Fargo-Moorhead area as well "There are not more than 100 as informational speakers and people in the world who truly a movie. All NDSU students, hate the Catholic Church, but faculty and staff are welcome there are millions who hate to attend and participate. what they perceive to be the “By providing this opportuCatholic Church." nity for students, faculty and "What we're doing is pro- staff, we hope these activities viding an opportunity to see will give the participants a what Catholicism actually is, greater appreciation for civic as opposed to what common engagement and volunwisdom, which isn't so wise, teerism,” Matt Skoy, assistant says it is," Olson said. director for service learning For more information about and civic engagement, said. bisonCatholic Week, students More than 260 students parcan visit the bisonCatholic ticipated in the MLK Service stand on the Memorial Union's Plunge last year, and the Volmain floor. The stand will be unteer Network hopes that set up throughout the week. Bison continued on page 3

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Catholic students to hold week of events Matt Severns Spectrum Staff

The NDSU Catholic community will be holding a week of celebration and recognition of their faith beginning Monday. The event, called bisonCatholic Week, will feature a series of recreational activities, masses, adorations and speakers put on by bisonCatholic, FOCUS, St. Paul's Catholic Newman Center and Varsity Catholic. Though Catholicism is at the core of the week's activities,

organizers hope that the events will help open the eyes of people both inside and outside of the faith. "We just put on a bunch of events to students on campus and bring our knowledge of the Catholic faith out on campus," said Adam Diemert, head of the bisonCatholic committee. The events include everything from snow football and baking to a mass with Bishop of the Diocese of Fargo Samuel Aquila. "Roughly 25 percent of NDSU is Catholic, and it's easy to miss it," Tim Olson, team director of FOCUS at

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Jan. 21. Until then, notable events include a presentation by Sister Joseph Andrew Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Prairie Rose Room, a speech by author of "Could Protestantism Be True?" Devin Rose Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Great Plains Ballroom and the mass with Bishop Samuel Aquila Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Great Plains Ballroom. These events all culminate in an attempt to exhibit the Catholic faith in a more positive and informed light. Olson cited a well-known quotation by Archbishop Fulton Sheen when asked about the purpose

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News Students look to get involved this spring Over 275 student organizations to set up at student involvement expo

Emma Heaton Co-News Editor The spring semester student involvement expo is scheduled on Jan. 18 in the Memorial Union Great Plains Ballroom. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. With over 275 student organizations on campus, the student involvement expo is a great way for students to discover an organization that fits their personality, hobbies and interests. “This is a perfect way for students to get a snapshot of every organization,� Amy Graff, associate director of student activities, said. Organizations range from club sports, campus attractions, wellness, religious and academic organizations. There is something for everybody. Student government works with other students that are involved in organizations to coordinate the event. “It’s really their chance to put themselves out there at the beginning of the semester. All the different students can come through and see what we have to offer for involvement,� Drew Espeseth, graduate assistant for leadership programs, said. Attending the expo can assist students that wish to get involved or further their involvement on campus. Many students are able to meet new friends in student organizations, and upperclassmen can build their resumes and visibility on campus. Getting involved can also benefit students in other ways. “Studies have shown that students that are more involved outside of the classroom do well academically. They are able to take what they learn in the classroom and use it in outside situations,� Graff said. Furthermore, new student organizations can be created if students do not find what they are looking for. It only takes five students and an adviser to form a new student organization. Students will be able to search for an organization that fits them in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. “It’s a fun environment. Everyone is super excited for the new semester, and they get off to a good start with their organizations,� Laruen Wilvers, executive commissioner of congress of student organizations, said. There will be giveaways, popcorn and music to enjoy while exploring the many organizations available at NDSU. If you would like more information on the student involvement expo, contact Lauren Wilvers at 231-8460. The Spectrum is published Tuesdays and Fridays during the academic year, except during holidays, vacations and exam periods. Each enrolled student is entitled to one copy of The Spectrum. Additional copies are available by prior arrangement with the Business Manager for $1 each. The Spectrum is a studentrun newspaper published under the First Amendment guarantees of free speech and a free press. Opinions

Birmingham, Burnett join AHSS college as associate deans Improvements to be developed for AHSS college Emma Heaton Co-News Editor

Effective Jan. 9, Elizabeth Birmingham and Ann Burnett were appointed associate deans for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Burnett and Birmingham will work alongside of Kent Sandstrom, dean of the AHSS college. The associate deans will be developing several aspects of the college, such as working for external funding used for research, recruitment and retention of students and mentoring NDSU faculty. Burnett, professor and director of the women and gender studies program, has served NDSU since 1997 and was announced director of the Women and Gender studies program in 2002. In 2010, she was named professor. Birmingham joined the NDSU faculty in 2001 as an assistant professor; she was promoted to associate professor in 2007. “I couldn’t think of anyone else that could be better for this position, other than Betsy Birmingham,� Erienne Fawcett said of Burnett. Fawcett works closely with both professors in the women and gender studies program. Additionally, Birmingham and Burnett will be working on further developing the honors program and general education options. “Having classes in various areas such as communication or history are important to the growth as a college student,� Burnett said. “We are a cornerstone to having a well-

rounded education.� Along with strengthening the AHSS, this could also help the advancement of women faculty at NDSU. “This is a great step for women on campus, and they are going to work very well together,� Fawcett said. Both women have worked intricately with the women and gender studies department, with Burnett as director of the program and Birmingham teaching eighteen classes on English and gender studies over the course of her time at NDSU. Burnett is also the associate director of the NDSU FORWARD grant, which promotes issues involving women faculty through projects and research. Birmingham received her BA in literature and art history from Dominican University in Illinois and a master’s degree in creative writing. She earned a PhD from Iowa State University in rhetoric and professional communication. Birmingham is looking forward to working with new students and faculty to promote retention and first year experience. “There’s a learning curve. I am learning all of the things that the job entails, and I am really looking forward to it,� Birmingham said. Burnett earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from The Colorado College in Colorado Springs. She went on to receive a master’s degree in communication from University of Northern Colorado and a doctorate from the University of Utah. “It’s really just the diversity of their past that is going to create the foundation of the future of AHSS,� Fawcett said.

NDSU Research Foundation seals deal with Elinor Emma Heaton Co-News Editor The NDSU Research Foundation has produced a license agreement in conjunction with Elinor Specialty Coatings of Fargo regarding the protective coating created on account of extensive research conducted at NDSU. Announced in late September, the agreement allows Elinor Specialty Coatings to supplement the development and market the product as BronzeShield. Elinor is currently distributing samples to companies nationwide, including one of the largest bronze companies in the United States. The protective coating was created to ensure the durability and longevity of bronze, a commonly used metal composed of copper and tin. The aftermath of many years of research will be a beneficial way to preserve history worldwide. The breakthrough liquid coating provides a choice between shiny or matte protection that can be removed without damaging the monuments. BronzeShield stands above the rest of the current clear STATE

coats used for protection on outdoor artwork, namely because it can be safely removed. “We needed a durable coating for these outdoor sculptures, but they also needed to be cleanly removed. The artists’ code is that everything can be removed,� said Professor Dean Webster of the coating and polymeric materials department. Mechanical procedures to remove traditional protectors frequently cause damage to the statues. Protection from the new product will prevent the high costs that go along with the restoration of damaged statues. The BronzeShield product will be able to protect outdoor artwork from extreme temperatures caused by harsh weather and pollutants. The statues will additionally be protected from salt, UV radiation and vandalism by preserving the original patina of the bronze. Elinor Specialty Coatings will be launching the marketing for the product. The company prides itself in introducing products that are environmentally safe and protect more efficiently than conventional practices. The development of prod-

ucts marketed by Elinor grows according to feedback from customers that use the specialty coating. Field trials for BronzeShield are being conducted through the end of the year. The NDSU Research Foundation was created to provide additional support to research conducted at the university. The non-profit organization adds value to products created through research by commercializing products such as BronzeShield. Researchers involved in the production of the specialty coating include E. RenĂŠ de la Rie, head of scientific research at the National Gallery of Art. Also involved in production is Gordon P. Bierwagen, director of the Center for Surface Protection and Dean Webster. NDSU graduate Tara Shedlosky administered the research for the project. “My role was mostly as a consultant. I helped with some of the formulation concepts and how to make this removable and durable,â€? said Webster. BronzeShield will be available for purchase in the upcoming year. For more information on the new product, visit www.bronzeshield.net. INTERNATIONAL

U.S. Health officials say the murder

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A Moorhead,

rate fell enough in 2010 to drop it out of

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia is hoping

Minn., man who pleaded guilty to three

the top 15 causes. Criminologists have

a failed space probe will fall into the In-

armed robberies at Fargo stores last year

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longing to its clients.

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man he would replace, President Barack

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journalist to be slain since the country's

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uprising began 10 months ago, officials

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Additional Live Real Mentor training sessions scheduled Ashley Fremder News Reporter The LIVE REAL Mentor Training Program, sponsored by NDSU, seeks to educate students, faculty and staff on issues related to alcohol and drug abuse, as well as equip them to educate others about these topics. This specialized training program began in fall of 2009 and since then, approximately 1,900 students, faculty and staff have completed the training, with the majority being students. Every year or two beginning in 2001, a survey has been administered to a sample of NDSU students regarding alcohol and other drug usage.

According to the most recent CORE survey completed in fall 2010, the percentage of underage students who abstain from drinking has increased to almost 38 percent. The average number of drinks consumed each week by students is also heading in a positive direction after hitting a high of 6.5 in 2005. That number is most recently down to an average of 5.1 drinks per week. Many organizations and departments on the NDSU campus have gone through the training, including a large majority of Greek Life, the Residence Hall Association, the library staff, as well as students from all over campus involved in various activities. “This program is not about alcohol being a bad thing, but about the consequences that

come when people abuse it,” said Erika Beseler-Thompson, assistant director of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention at NDSU. The program offers five training sessions each semester, and interested students, faculty and staff need only attend one. After having completed the one-hour training, those that participated can identify themselves as official Live Real Mentors. While the training sessions for fall semester have all been completed, there will be five more sessions starting spring semester. The following are dates and times of the spring sessions: Tuesday, Jan. 31 at noon in the Prairie Rose Room; Thursday, Feb. 14 at noon in the Arikara Room (this date will be a marijuana-

Bison serve continued from page 1 number will dramatically increase this year. “We hope as many people will participate in the activities as possible. The sky is really the limit,” Skoy said. The NDSU Volunteer Network works with more than 40 different non-profit organizations in the community and has serviced more than 25 other non-profit organizations in the past. This year, 49 nonprofit organizations were invited to participant in the service plunge. On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, activities will take place from 9 a.m. until noon and 1 until 4 p.m. Breakfast and registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Memorial Union for those participating in the first session. Lunch for all participants and registration for those volunteering in the second shift will begin at noon. The NDSU Volunteer Network will spend time working hard to place students in groups with different nonprofit organizations who are in need of help. Some groups may be combined to have a chance to experience the service project together. Following Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Tuesday, Jan. 17, speaker Dan Danielson, administrator at the New Life Center, will be discussing the problem of homelessness in

the Fargo-Moorhead area from 12:30 until 1:30 p.m. This presentation includes information regarding all the individuals who are impacted in the community by homelessness with over 350 documented on the streets each night. “We thought Dan Danielson would be a good speaker and would greatly contribute to the program during service days,” Skoy said. During the second half of Service Days, Jan. 18 through 21, the NDSU Volunteer Network is partnering with Campus Attractions to show the movie “Pay It Forward” in the Memorial Union Century Theater at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and 7 and 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. “This movie will hopefully show participants what its like to give to your community and how greatly it can impact the community, the organization as well as themselves,” Skoy said. In addition to the movie, representatives from various non-profit organizations will be available to discuss future activities and how to get involved with events happening within each organization at the Non-Profit Opportunity Fair on Thursday, Jan. 19 from 12:30 until 3:15 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Engaging in non-profit ac-

tivities could potentially provide an internship opportunity for some students. From 3:30 until 5 p.m. on Jan. 19, Mary Jo Lewis will be holding a workshop about servant leadership in the Memorial Union Arikara Room. Lewis’ knowledge and experience will provide a great opportunity for participants to learn about the significance of servant leading. Concluding Service Days 2012 will be one last project. On Friday, Jan. 20, Campus Attractions will host a service related event for MU Live, making fleece blankets to donate to the Linus Project. “We hope the participants will walk away with a greater understanding of how important non-profit organizations are to the community as well as recognize some of the talents, skills and how they can impact the community by serving,” Skoy said. Sponsors of the service plunge week include the Memorial Union, Volunteer Network, Dakota Medical Foundation, Impact Foundation, First Director of Volunteer Services, Firstlink and Campus Attractions.

specific training session); Wednesday, Feb. 29 at noon in the Prairie Rose Room; Thursday, Mar. 29 at 4 p.m. in the Room of Nations; and Wednesday, Apr. 25 at 4 p.m. in the Room of Nations. All rooms are located in the Memorial Union. The LIVE REAL Program is also able to cater to the needs of organizations and entire departments with specially scheduled trainings available to be completed during meeting times. For more information on the LIVE REAL Mentor Training Program or to schedule a training session for an organization or department, please contact Erika Beseler-Thompson at erika.beseler@ndsu.edu or by phone at 701-231-5478.

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Jan. 16 MLK Service Plunge – Memorial Union 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Jan. 17 Dan Danielson speaks on Homelessness in Fargo-Moorhead – MU Room of Nations 12:30 until 1:30 p.m. Jan. 18 Movie: Pay It Forward – MU Century Theater 7 p.m. Jan. 19 Non-Profit Opportunity Fair 12:30 until 3:15 p.m. Mary Jo Lewis speaks on importance of servant leadership – MU Arikara Room 3:30 until 5 p.m. Jan. 20 Movie: Pay It Forward – MU Century Theater 7 and 9:30 p.m. MU Live: Make fleece blankets for Project Linus – MU Lower Level 9:30 p.m. until 1 a.m.

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Cate Ekegren Co-News Editor A large herd of Bison fans didn’t migrate to Frisco, Texas for the FCS National Championship game on Saturday, Jan. 7; instead, they came together in Fargo and all across the rest of the country to cheer on NDSU in their first ever NCAA Division I football championship. NDSU hosted a watch party for Bison fans in the Memorial Union Great Plains Ballroom during game time, offering free pizza, snacks and beverages while the football game was projected on three screens. More than 200 students, staff and faculty attended the watch party in the Memorial Union for the festivities. Seim Hall Director Carol Jergenson brought her husband and 9month-old son to watch the game and many new international students who hadn’t even begun their first class at NDSU were also present, proving it doesn’t matter how old you are or how long you’ve been at NDSU: Bison pride runs deep. Cam Knutson, student body president, also attended the Memorial Union watch party and cheered loudly from the front row. “It was a bit of a bummer not being able to go to Texas, but this is really cool seeing everyone get together on campus,” Knutson said. The first half of the watch party was fairly subdued. Bison fans cheered quite a bit, but it was during the second half when everyone went

crazy. After Travis Beck’s game-changing interception with nine minutes left in the game, everyone in the ballroom was on their feet chanting, “Let’s go, bison!” “It’s everywhere,” Knutson added. “It’s not just our little university. It’s much bigger than that and that’s amazing to be a part of.” The Bison football team pulled off an impressive display of defense in the second half, leading to victory. An announcement was made that there would be a welcome home celebration at the Fargodome as soon as the team’s flight landed later that evening. At approximately 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 7, more than 500 Bison fans stood outside the Fargodome entrance cheering as a caravan including three coach buses and police escorts pulled up. Governor Jack Dalrymple, NDSU Athletic Director Gene Taylor, Coach Craig Bohl and members of the Bison football team took turns speaking to the crowd of fans, expressing their gratitude for the abundance of support. “We have the best fans not only in North Dakota but in the entire country,” Taylor said. “You’re the reason why we got through the playoffs at home; this kind of crowd, this kind of noise.” “We went out there today to kick some ass and guess what; we just kicked some ass,” Taylor exclaimed.

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Features Everyone is talking about Blue

Linda Vasquez Features Editor On Saturday, Beyonce Knowles and her husband JayZ welcomed their baby daughter, Blue Ivy Carter. With all the buzz on the new celebrity baby, it seems as though Blue is on everyone’s mind, so I’ve come up with three ways to get blue in your wardrobe and have everyone buzzing about you. Keeping it small A great way to get blue in your wardrobe is by using it subtly. Most people would say that if the blue isn’t being flaunted through large pieces than why even bother wearing it at all, but what most people tend to miss is that the idea behind wearing blue subtly is to make the outfit look more sophisticated, yet spunky at the same time. Try mixing the color into your outfit by wearing blue shoes or accessories with blue hues. Many retail stores, such as Wet Seal and Forever 21, offer inexpensive jewelry that is always in style and carry lots of blue for the winter season. Keeping it moderate With the weather being on our side this time of the year, blues are a great way to incorporate a wardrobe transition from fall to winter. To do so appropriately, try to look for pieces that will wow the people around you without scaring them off. For example, an easy way to wear blue is through leggings or tights. Match them with darker color tops, such as black, gray or dark brown. Leggings and tights are also inexpensive because you can use them variously with different tops, and if the snow decides to pop up, you can always wear them underneath your jeans to keep legs warm. Keeping it blue Blue is perfect for any skin tone, but remember that too much of it will hinder the rest of your outfit. Avoid having blue overpower multiple parts of what you are wearing. Don’t ever combine blue leggings and a blue blouse, and avoid blue shoes and blue pants, unless one is a darker hue than the other. If you want to avoid having too much blue, simply stick to one piece. Wear a blue dress, or even try wearing a blue tank top underneath a blouse just to give the appearance of the blue hue. Go on and explore the color blue; there are endless possibilities. If you get stuck with color combinations, stick to neutrals and the blue will surely stand out.

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Keeping your New Year’s resolutions Alysia Larson Staff Writer

We’ve all been there: We make some goals for the new year and by mid-January, all those goals are forgotten. If you’re like me, you usually remember them in February when you’re eating chocolate hearts and tubs of ice cream, telling yourself it’s OK because it’s a holiday and next New Year’s I will lose those pounds. However, there are ways to keep your goals and even achieve them. Here are some tips from psyhchology.about.com to show your resolutions exactly who is boss. First off if you’ve picked a goal that’s unrealistic, such as

finding a unicorn horn to wish all your problems away (Give me a break, I was young), make sure you change that. You have to think realistically in order to achieve your resolutions because we live in the real world and I don’t mean the reality show. We’re humans and no matter what, that won’t change. Also pick one goal to focus on. It doesn’t help to work a little on a million different goals. Instead pick one and put all your effort into it. Once you have your realistic goal, make a plan. Deciding you want to do something and actually doing it are two very different things. If you make a plan on how you can achieve your goal, it will help you do it when it comes time to start. Seeing a plan in front of you helps make the goal real.

Next take small steps. Definitely put a hundred percent into achieving your goal, but remember that practice makes perfect. Small steps at a time instead of a big lunge can help you keep the habit and really change. When you bite off more than you can chew, it can be easy to fail, and when you fail you usually don’t want to keep going. Taking smaller steps helps you achieve the goal through small successes over time rather than a big fail. If your resolution is the same resolution you’ve had since you were 13, try to change it. If you’ve not kept your resolution for years, it will be easier to not keep it again. If you really want to achieve that resolution, then try to tweak it a little just so that the

resolution seems new, that way your brain can trick itself into thinking its new and therefore possible, instead of the same resolution that you’ve failed to do year after year. Remember that change is a process and no one can change life-long habits overnight. It takes time, and berating yourself for not changing fast enough isn’t helping you achieve your goals. It just makes you feel awful about yourself. Don’t let small or large setbacks take away your motivation; humans aren’t perfect and never will be. You need to allow yourself room to fail and not dwell on it. Just move on and go easy on yourself. Try to turn the negative into positive. Get support from your friends and family. Having a

support group around to keep you accountable to your goals and to encourage you is a great asset. When you’re having a bad day and want to get back on your goals, contact one of them and they can help remind you why you are going through this in the first place. Lastly, renew your motivation periodically. Remind yourself why you are doing what you are doing and how you will feel when you achieve it. Keep your eye on the prize. Don’t let yourself get in the way. Keeping a journal about your failures and successes can also be helpful to look back on and see just how far you’ve come. Good luck and go own those resolutions.

Local nursing home offers opportunity to give back

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Lacey Frank (left), a junior majoring in human development and family science, and Hannah Bakke, a senior majoring in human development and family science, are two of many student volunteers who give their time to residents at Bethany’s Retirement Living

Houda Abdelrahman Contributing Writer Many students already know the benefits of putting volunteer work on an application or résumé, but some do not realize the impact that community work may have on their personal improvement and the lives of those they help. From honing communication skills to helping others complete challenging tasks, volunteers from all fields of studies have much to gain from even a few hours of volunteering at a nursing home. “Skills that make a good volunteer are being social, being able to carry on a conversation, making others smile and simply being caring,” explained Laurie Schnabel, director of community life at Bethany’s Retirement Living on 42nd street.

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Lacey Frank, a junior majoring in human development and family science and minoring in gerontology says communication is very important when working with the elderly population. “Sometimes it is hard to understand what they want or need, but with time you eventually learn. Also, I have learned to not judge people right away,” Frank shared. “At first you may think that they are just old people that just live there, but once you get to know them and their life experiences, it brings a whole new outlook on life.” Frank is currently working on completing her internship required for the gerontology minor. Students interested in volunteering can look at a calendar of the nursing home’s monthly events and choose the activities that appeal to them. “Piano players are especially needed in church but

there are many other opportunities. Volunteers can shop with residents or simply sit by them while watching a movie,” Schnabel said. “Other activities include, but are not limited to, Bingo game nights and manicures. Some residents prefer visiting with one person rather than attending large activities. This type of volunteer work could be the toughest for new volunteers. Starting a social conversation with a stranger is not something everyone can easily do. Residents love to reminisce about the past and discuss current events, so many volunteers will find visiting enjoyable. According to Schnabel, lonely residents who have outlived all their loved ones appreciate having someone come in to chat. Some residents have lost their eyesight and have difficulty reading. Volunteers can bring new excitement to a resident’s after-

noon by simply reading a book and making the story come alive. Hannah Bakke, a senior majoring in human development and family science, has completed her gerontology minor and now works as a community life assistant at Bethany’s. She advises students who would like to spend one-onone time with residents to ask who likes visits and when is the best time to visit. “Many residents have a daily schedule and so it is best to find a time that fits their schedule,” Bakke said. Schnabel also feels that young adults have much wisdom to learn from the elderly. “Just getting to know that person and learning what it was like growing up is unique,” she said. According to Schnabel, volunteers also witness the wide variety of diseases that the elderly population faces. Some residents suffer from memory

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problems and will not remember everyone they meet. Volunteers who come across this should simply politely reintroduce themselves. Other residents have dementia and physical problems, so volunteers must be aware and sensitive at all times. “This is not to scare away volunteers,” Schnabel pointed out. “However, it is important to remember the reason why the resident is here.” Considering all the help that volunteers contribute, it is hard to imagine what a nursing home would be like without volunteers. Volunteering turns out to be far more than just another admirable quality to add to an application. The satisfaction from helping a resident complete a simple everyday task and perhaps even becoming part of his or her life will give meaning to your own life.

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Gold Star Marching Band: ‘Frisco or bust’

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Members of the Gold Star Marching Band perform in front of a gathered crowd in Frisco, Texas last weekend for the FCS Championship game. The band’s travel became possible only after donations and community support.

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All eyes were on the Bison football team this past weekend as they competed for their first Division-I title. Among the roughly 4,000 Bison fans who traveled to Frisco, Texas was the Gold Star Marching Band, a group of dedicated students and staff who have followed the herd past the regular season and into the playoffs. There are obvious reasons for having the band tag along for those couple of hours when NDSU shined in the national spotlight; after all, bands are practically a staple of college football games. But because the band’s travel budget was exhausted on a trip to watch the Bison victory over the University of Minnesota Go-

phers in September and the championship game was during semester break, heading south proved to be a headache. Sigurd Johnson, associate professor and director of athletic bands, said he spent his entire winter break trying to organize the trip. He said that planning got underway when President Dean Bresciani and Athletic Director Gene Taylor approached him expressing a desire to have the band travel to Frisco with the team. Johnson then got to work contacting bus and rental companies along with hotels. In all, three busses, two vans and 52 hotel rooms were needed to facilitate the exodus of 172 Gold Star members. Meanwhile, the NDSU Foundation got underway raising the money needed to cover expenses. Additionally, an effort sprang up on Facebook to pursue the same cause. Though no one is quite sure who started the group, it managed to gather a significant following and amount of attention from students, alumni and some band parents. Johnson mentioned being asked to join it at one point, but de-

clined in favor of working through the university. While a number of major donations were made, individual contributions were made as well. Johnson mentioned that one donation came from a fan who regularly attends Bison basketball games. Fifty dollars were enclosed in an enveloped inscribed with the words “Frisco or bust.” “People really did want the band to go; the Bison fans did,” Johnson explained. He describes the show as great public relations for the band, adding that donations are still coming in. Another hurdle to overcome was the journey itself. The band departed Fargo that Thursday at 6 a.m. and made it as far as Wichita, Kan., the first day. A rehearsal and pep rally were packed into Friday’s schedule along with checking in, and the band was out of the hotel by 8 a.m. Saturday morning. “It was a long time in the buses, but we did fine overall,” Johnson said. “Everyone who went wanted to go. It wasn’t mandatory, and I had already given them grades for

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the semester.” The presence of both bands didn’t go unnoticed either. “Sam Houston [State University] has a fine band too, and I know the NCAA and organizers were really pleased to have two full bands there,” Johnson noted. While both teams engaged on the gridiron, the bands were busy battling it out in the stands. “There was definitely competition, a little friendlier, naturally, but they wanted to show us up and we were trying to show them up too,” he said. Both teams were allotted six minutes for a halftime performance, during which the band performed a modified, shortened version of their usual pregame routine. Johnson commented that is generally what happens at those types of events though. “I think it worked pretty well; it gave us a chance to march and be in formation, and it got the fans energized. Everyone stood up and clapped during the fight song and ‘On Bison,’” he mentioned. He also reassured that the band was up to the same zany

antics that can be seen at any game in the Fargodome. Additionally, while adhering to NCAA rules prevented them from playing “Wipeout,” it didn’t stop the band from singing it anyway. While the band isn’t alone in their optimism that the football will be competing in another championship soon, Johnson said that most of the students saw this as the opportunity of a lifetime. “They worked really hard this season and this is the payoff: to be part of history. Everyone wanted to be there. It was just so exciting to be down there, a chance to be right in the center of it,” he said. For Chase Miller, a senior drum major, it was a culmination of his four years in the band. Those four playoff games offered him what was essentially another half-season of marching, and he and other seniors finished out reflecting on memories made and a shared pride. “People took a lot of pride in the trip,” Miller said. “There was nothing left on the table, and we didn’t hold anything

back,” he added. Miller was one of a handful of tri-college band members this year. Attending MSUM has attracted a heckle or two over the years, but otherwise, the only real difference has been when each university schedules classes. Miller affirmed his status as a die-hard Bison fan though, pointing out that his parents have been season ticket holders for years. “You couldn’t go down there with a better group of people to ... be a part of Bison history,” he claimed. “If we had lost, it still would have been a good time, but of course winning makes the experience a whole lot better,” he added. The band members wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. “When they got the trophy, the band was on stage right next to them,” Johnson said. “There was a focus on the team, and rightfully so, but I feel it was appropriate symbolically that we were there too, and I think the students know that.”

iTunes Match now available Matt Paulsen Staff Writer There is a good chance it has happened to everyone at one point or time in his or her life: You have a huge music collection, and suddenly your hard drive crashes. So what do you do when you suddenly loose thousands of songs? You can re-burn whatever CDs you own or get what you can from friends, but in the end your music collection will never be quite the same as it was before. Thankfully, this doesn’t have to be an issue anymore. Getting lost within all the holidays and breaks of the past couple of months, iTunes made an announcement helping out those trying to re-piece what once was. Thus came the creation of iTunes Match. For just $25 a month, music lovers can relax knowing their music is safe. Not only is it safe, but also your whole collection of music can be transferred to 10 other devices that run iTunes including both Mac and PC, computers along

with the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Apple TV. Guaranteeing that your iTunes library stays intact is great, but it is not the only advantage of signing up for Match. iTunes scans your music library and matches your songs to songs they have on file. This means if you have a poor quality song not obtained from iTunes, as long as they can find a match you can go on to re-download a better quality version of the same song for free. Not all songs will be matched, but a majority of them should be. As great as Match may sound, it is not without its disadvantages. You are only allowed so many songs not obtained from iTunes. Match has a 25,000-song limit. This means that the thousands of songs you bought from iTunes will not count toward your limit. Nevertheless, all the songs that you obtain from outside sources such as burning CDs will count toward your 25,000-song limit. Those people who have over 25,000 songs in their libraries that were not bought from iTunes are out of luck, at least for the time being.

Another downside is that Match won’t work for the majority of your media beyond music. Sadly, any TV shows, podcasts and movies are unlikely to be compatible. This could be annoying for some people who have expansive movie collections, but normally music takes preference so it should not be that big of a deal. If you primarily use movies and other media besides music, Match may not be for you. With that being said, music videos can be matched so you don’t have to worry about losing them. It should be said that iTunes Match is not perfect. Like most everything else it has its advantages and flaws. However, at just $25 a month, it will get interest from people who don’t want to lose their massive music libraries. It seems a small price to pay when it comes to the money put into acquiring songs in the first place. Now, when your hard drive crashes, instead of bugging your friends or resorting to downloading, you don’t have to panic because your hardearned music isn’t going anywhere.


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Down ble 45. ___ and Span (cleaner brand) 46. When doubled, a dance 49. "Between you, me and the ___" (secret) 51. Soap (up) 53. One of Genghis Khan digits? 56. In different places 59. Arctic Ocean hazard 60. Analogous (to) 61. Poem division 62. Son of Isaac 63. Arctic gull 64. Cafeteria carriers 65. "Seeing red" feeling 66. Christmas carvings

1. Man, in Havana 2. Maintain meagerly 3. Brunch cocktail 4. Fishes for 5. Lady-killer 6. Succulent houseplant 7. Brass component 8. Duncan toys 9. Plan B 10. Severe criticisms 11. L'___ de Triomphe 12. Biblical suffix 13. Encl. with a manuscript 21. Unstable 22. Cries of surprise 25. Olive or apple 26. Metallica drummer Ulrich 27. The past, in the past 30. Albatross 31. Seedless plants 33. All-male gathering

34. Send via DHL, say 36. Something to pick 37. Sir Geraint's wife 38. Words after "The end" 39. Coffee for bedtime 40. Center of a ball? 43. Guiding maxims 44. Friend of Misty and Brock 46. Polo period 47. The Large Hadron Collider requires 96 tons of it 48. Gladiators' locales 50. Water chestnut, e.g. 52. Something that's pitched 54. Mini-plateau 55. Toot one's horn 56. Not delay 57. Links figure 58. Santa ___ winds

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Newest edition of Blacklight Underground features first ‘White Out’ 5 DJs to bring a mix of various music Andrew Koch Staff Writer Imagine over 900 students wearing white clothing who are covered from head to toe in glowsticks, jumping up and down to the beat of hardcore electronic hip-hop music put on by five of the finest DJs around town. On Saturday night, this scene is making its way back to NDSU. The fourth and newest edition of Blacklight Underground is coming to town. The newest edition is called Blacklight Undergound IV: Whiteout!!! According to DJ Vincent Favard, this edition is sure to blow students minds. Five DJs will provide the music for the event. The DJs include Batl Ratl, the winner of Blacklight Underground 3's DJ contest, who will play house music; Econ, originally from Florida, who will play breaks; Jordash, from the local music scene, who will play techno and bass music; Dextrious, his brother, who will play Fidget house and about anything that fits the situation; and Vincent Favard, originally from France, who will close the night with a set mixing Electrohouse and Dubstep. The head DJ, Vincent Favard, explained that the music in this edition of Blacklight Underground will be similar to the previous editions. “Music-wise it will be relatively similar to previous events as our goal is to introduce students to electronic music,� Favard said. “And students seem to enjoy it since we never had any other complain toward music than to ‘please play hip hop.’" The curveball of this event comes with the part

of the audience. This edition of Blacklight Underground will feature a white-out crowd in which everyone who attends will all be wearing white clothing. The sea of white clothing, combined with the effects of the 3,000 glowsticks that will be handed out, the strobe lights and the beat of the electronic music, will give this rave a surreal effect that one can only experience to put into words. Favard expects this event to top the 900 people who attended the last edition. Two hundred free shirts will also be provided, so if you show up and forget to wear white clothing you may be in luck. The event is open to all NDSU and Tri-College students with a valid student ID. The event will run from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14.

  

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Features An international exchange student’s Christmas with an American family Dandan Chen Contributing Writer As an exchange student from China, I just finished my first and last winter break in NDSU. At the end of this break, I can still remember the day when I finished my finals and checked out of my dorm room to spend my winter break with Maia Randklev’s family in Grand Forks. Randklev, my best American friend, and her family are so generous that they tried their best to present various aspects of Americans’ real lives by having a traditional Christmas with me. From this experience, for the first time I have come to know that Christmas is not merely about piled food and mounted gifts. In fact, Christmas is more about sharing with others and appreciating what people already have in their lives, which can be exhibited by the

Randklev’s celebrations this Christmas. Dec. 24 — Christmas Eve First, we went to church on Christmas Eve to meet other people in the local community and to have a religious celebration of Jesus Christ’s birthday. The Randklevs served as volunteers to help conduct the communion rituals. Instead of simply sitting and listening to the sermon, Maia, her sister and their parents wore white robes and worked in front of the church. They were standing and handing the “flesh� and “blood� to the rest of the church. They were also passing white candles to everyone and contributed to lighting candles dispersed everywhere. When all the man-made lights were off in the church, I could see these little wild fires sparkling and twinkling, tingeing this quiet night with a mild, warm orange. It was an extremely beautiful night decorated by

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the Randklevs. In the church service the Randklevs devoted their time and energy to the community, shared their service with other people and even unintentionally shared this Christmas spirit—devoting and appreciating—with me. After church, it was time for people to go back home to put the gifts under the Christmas tree. I had no expectation of receiving Christmas gifts this time. In China we don’t have the custom of giving gifts on Christmas Eve. I can totally accept another Christmas without gifts. Besides, this was the time for family gathering and sharing, not for an outsider like me. On the way home I was visualizing the scene in which I sat aside without a gift, while the gifts in front of this family piled up. I kept telling myself that I was OK with that and I shouldn’t feel awkward. Yet to my surprise, there

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about this carol album “The Canadian Tenors,� saying that Maia bought it and she really loves its songs. She also told me that it was traditional for Americans to play the carols during this whole Christmas season. I was amazed at its beautiful tunes, which gave me some sense of holy spirits and really made my day. Later the Randklevs drove me to Moorhead to gather with their relatives. There waiting for us were other family members: Randklev’s grandma, uncles, aunts and cousins. In fact, Nicole Fridgen, one of Randklev’s cousins, was going to pick me up there to go skiing with her family in Big Sky, Mont., for the next week. She told me I didn’t need to prepare anything because they had already prepared all the stuff I needed. I felt a little bit dizzy at that moment; everything tended to be magical and I couldn’t help suspecting if I

was in a fairy tale. This was another generosity given by this big family. Christmas at Home Recalling those Christmas Days I had back in China, I couldn’t see any special meaning of Christmas other than eating and playing. In fact, most Chinese know little about Christ, and most of the time these Christmas celebrations are merely due to Chinese people’s curiosity in American cultures and their own eagerness to get a chance to have fun and enjoy themselves. Just as most of the Chinese food here in America has lost its original Chinese style, most Christmas celebrations I have seen in China have already lost their original meanings, especially their meanings about sharing and appreciating, a main part of the Randklevs’ celebration for Christmas.

Plains Art Museum receives $500,000 toward new annex Nick Proulx A&E Editor Just as students were winding down the end of a semester, the Plains Art Museum was gearing up for something big: Half a million dollars. Representatives from the museum and Fargo Public Schools, along with Doug and James Burgum, were on hand Dec. 15 to announce that the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center was donating $300,000 toward the museum’s initiative to create a Center for Creativity, a project with a $2.85 million price tag. This is in addition to a $200,000 gift given by the trust in 2008. Further, members of the Burgum family offered a $200,000 challenge grant that day, and the museum has since raised matching funds through other means fundraising. The project will add an annex to the west side of the museum, using a skyway as a link between both buildings. The goal is to replace the Creative Arts Studio being used at Clara Barton Elementary, expand on what is being offered currently and offer it for public use. Kris Kerzman, communications manager at the museum, said that while the center will prominently be used as a studio space, it will serve a number of other functions as well. The museum plans to include a project space that it envisions as a cross between a stu-

dio and a traditional gallery to allow artists to see each other’s work and collaborate before completion. A digital hub will also be in place to allow artists to utilize new media as different means of expression. “It’s sort of a recognition of the way most museums and ours have been moving recently,� Kerzman explained. “Art is changing, thanks in part to new media, and the role of the museum has to evolve as well,� he continued. In addition, the Center for Creativity will house a ceramics studio that the museum announced would be named for Bob Kurkowski, who taught at the Creative Arts Studio for nearly 30 years. The announcement was made on Dec. 21 after receiving $80,000 from an anonymous donor nine days after Kurkowski passed away on Dec. 12. Plans for the center also incorporate classrooms and meeting spaces to be used by the public in the hopes that it will be used for what the museum describes as a democratization of skills. “The new role our museum has taken on is the idea of facilitating creative work and ideas. We want to help artists at the beginning of the project,� Kerzman said. “Working with entities like the city, theater and schools plays into it,� he added. These spaces also allow for the museum to bring in more

artists in residence in the hopes of bringing different perspectives on art to the community, as well as a broader view of the art world. While these efforts are largely in very early stages, Kerzman said they are contacting artists from the Twin Cities area and neighboring Wisconsin. The center is part of a greater effort by the museum to get the public involved in the area’s art scene. “In terms of what the artistic community in town is doing, we want them to keep it going. We want to offer more opportunities for them to share their practice, and I’m hoping we end up with a more creative population as a whole,� Kerzman commented. He also cites the notion that as Fargo plays up its advantages, it offers entrepreneurs a more attractive environment to start up companies. The museum plans to start preliminary construction on the annex in the coming weeks, using the funds raised thus far. The Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity is currently slated to open its doors this fall, and the museum will continue to work with faculty from the Creative Arts Studios once its programs are replaced. It is projected to provide services to 6,000 Fargo Public School students and 2,000 others in its first year alone, and is expected to serve 8,000 K-12 students and 12,000 total participants in subsequent years.

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Looking past the party Ambitious resolutions for a new year Cate Ekegren Spectrum Staff

Jaime Jarmin Opinion Editor Lately I am beginning to think I may suffer from seasonal affective disorder. The reason I say this is because when election season begins, I struggle with what I feel are symptoms of election depression. I don’t have any energy to turn on my TV in fear that I will witness another awful, backstabbing campaign advertisement. I also don’t want to see any more Republican presidential hopefuls forgetting what three federal agencies they’d want to eliminate as president, as well as viewing their ads that disrespect service men and women who happen to have different sexual orientations as the candidate. OK, maybe I’m exaggerating, but it’s hard not feeling a little overwhelmed trying to sift through all the junk presidential hopefuls are throwing back and forth in an attempt to sway us potential voters. The past few months have made it evident that the sole goal of the GOP candidates is not aiding Americans and their interests. Instead, their only concern is defeating Obama in the upcoming 2012 election as well as opposing anything affiliated with him. While this seems like an antiquated approach toward winning an election, there are people crazy enough to get onboard with this simpleminded course of action. According to a CBS News poll, 33 percent of New Hampshire primary voters were looking for a GOP candidate that could potentially defeat Obama. If a GOP candidate were to defeat Obama, what would happen next?

Those involved in politics today seem more concerned about the party they support rather than real issues at hand. The proof is in the inaction of Congress. Members have been, for the most part, unwilling to side with anything that isn’t representative of their party. The almost-federal shutdown a few months ago was the painful reality of that truth. This black and white approach (or should I say blue and red approach) to politics is hurting GOP candidate Jon Huntsman. Despite the sudden surge of the former Utah governor’s poll numbers, the fact that Huntsman previously worked alongside Democrats is considered taboo among fellow Republicans. Staunch Republicans seem to have a hard time trusting Huntsman just because he previously worked alongside Obama. It’s almost as though they believe Huntsman crossed enemy lines by working with the “other” party. If Huntsman were to end up in office somehow, although the chances of that happening are becoming more dismal every day, perhaps he could become the bridge that our government needs to actually accomplish anything with Congress. Our country needs to look beyond the label of whether or not someone is a Republican or Democrat. Instead we should strive to make sure the politicians we choose have the ability to get the job done. Perhaps only then will my election depression go away. Jaime is a junior majoring in English education.

It’s New Year’s Eve! The champagne is flowing and you’re eating as much junk food as you possibly can before your long list of resolutions begin tomorrow. Popular New Year’s resolutions include saving money, breaking a bad habit, getting organized and stress free, learning or doing something new and exciting, spending more time with family and friends and of course, losing weight or “getting healthy” as those too ashamed to admit they ate too much during the holidays say.

Do we make too many resolutions? The answer is obvious: yes. Sure it’s a new year. It’s exciting, full of hope and a clean slate for most people, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to change your entire life. It’s just not realistic. Television commercials and advertisements placed everywhere would disagree. However, their goal is to take advantage of all the naïve individuals who would gladly squander all of their leftover money from the holidays on that one “miracle product” that supposedly will make you lose 60 pounds without exercising or the one money tip that will keep you debt-free for life. If it was that simple, don’t

you think you would have heard of it or done it by now? It’s all in the fine print. The testimonials of people who used the miracle weight-loss products lost their 60 pounds after well more than half a year of hardcore dieting and exercising and those in debt who miraculously found money had to declare bankruptcy or take out another mortgage on their house before they got their heads above water. Resolutions are no easy feat. Many people can’t follow through with them because they don’t understand there’s hardly ever an immediate solution to their problems. Resolutions should be made throughout the year instead of

just on New Year’s because you have guilty feelings about all the food you ate, alcohol you drank, money you spent, mess you made in your home and time spent wishing you didn’t have to deal with your dysfunctional family. Set goals you are actually going to follow through with instead of making a long list of ambitious resolutions. Resolutions should be thoughtful, realistic and definitely attainable. You are more likely to succeed if you focus on one goal at a time and make a true lifestyle change because it is what’s best for you. Cate is a senior majoring in hospitality management.

Irritations on the way to Frisco Lukas Croaker Contributing Writer On the recent trip to Frisco, I ran into a few transportation issues that I find to be quite inconvenient. These issues included tolls, speed enforcement cameras and roads that look like they were straight out of a Dr. Seuss book. Road trips like the one to Texas really make me appreciate the simplicity of North Dakota transportation. It all started in Kansas. When we crossed the Kansas state line, we noticed we needed to drive through a tollgate, which would charge us for driving on their turnpike. This is a great way for them to take your money or give you an alternative route that will increase the time it takes you reach your destination. Considering we were driving across the country to watch our Bison win a national title, we agreed to

take the turnpike to save us some window time. Once we were on the road, we quickly realized that they had very few off ramps, which forced us to stay on the road. The only stops they offered for many miles were Phillips 66 gas stations with an adjoining McDonald’s. Hopefully everyone is into really healthy, delicious Mickey D’s because that is your only option for many miles in Kansas. And if you did not like this option, you could find a pleasant town along the way and get charged to exit the turnpike. My next disappointment was in Texas when we tried to find our hotel. They find the need to have extravagant architecture in their ramps. In one area of town they have five layers of ramps, which is slightly confusing. I also found Texans to show their love of NASCAR through their personal driving. I felt like

I was racing against Jeff Gordon and Dale Jr. while trading paint going 50 mph in town. Everything really is bigger in Texas, including their speed limits. By the end of our little stay in Texas, I was driving like Tony Stewart in the Buick Park Avenue we took on our trip. Finally on our long, exhausting 17-hour road trip back to the great state of North Dakota we had a little incident in Iowa. I had trouble determining the speed limit in Sioux City, so I had my co-pilot look on the TomTom GPS we had available. TomTom told us the speed limit was 65 mph, but the Iowa speed enforcement camera thought differently. It took two pictures of our car as we were going 68 mph. Mind you, the flash on these cameras is bright enough to blind someone wearing a welding mask. Now if it was an actual police officer, I could have

told him our story and more than likely he or she would have given us a warning. Now we are going to have to try and explain ourselves to someone at the Iowa department of motor vehicles who more than likely hates his or her job. We should feel very lucky to live in such a simple, yet efficient state like North Dakota. We do not have to deal with tollgates taking our money every time we drive somewhere. Our roads are easily accessible and transportation is quick and easy. And finally we do not have cameras watching every little mistake we make, even if it is TomTom’s fault. The trip, however, was well worth it. There is nothing better than winning a national championship against a state that ranks football right after church and right before NASCAR. Lukas is a junior majoring in political science.

The players can’t have all the credit Joe Kerlin Contributing Writer NDSU brought in the new year with a bang late last week as the Bison football team capped their storybook season with the ultimate prize: the national championship. The victory Saturday ended a 22-year drought without a national title for the football program, and its first at the Division I level. Ever since moving out of Division II ball, the Bison and

their fan base have been hungry to prove they have what it takes to compete with some of the biggest programs in the nation. Mission complete. It’s easy to give credit for the success of this season to the players. They played their hearts out together for this final goal: to be number one. We also have to credit Craig Bohl, for taking a team that finished just 3-8 two short seasons ago to a national title. However, NDSU’s x-factor all season has undoubtedly

been us, the fans. Bringing the 12th man to the Fargodome every Saturday has made opponents despise the trip up to Fargo even more. It is safe to say that the x-factor was brought to Frisco on Saturday. Countless faithful Bison fans made the almost 20-hour trek down to Texas to watch the Herd. A shocking 50/50 split in the crowd was not expected by Sam Houston State, located only a few hours down the interstate from Frisco. Surprising for the announc-

ers on the television, but living in the area I wouldn’t expect anything less from the Bison family. Being the son of an NDSU alum, it’s in my blood from the day I was born. Being a Bison means that we are to rally behind our family in times of success or in times of failure. It is a simple observation that the city of Fargo and surrounding areas in Minnesota and North Dakota have made this football team part of their family, like they do every year.

This is unique from any other part of the country. Fargo, being located over 200 miles from Minneapolis, has no professional team to follow in town. Rooting for the Bison is different; it’s more personal, like family. We can relate to this team. Often overlooked, always underestimated but never lacking pride. That same pride that led this special group of players through some of the stiffest competition NDSU has ever seen. The

same pride is what steered them to a Championship this season. This victory may have well put Fargo on the map for years to come. Humble we will stay, but it’s nice having a football powerhouse for years to come. Knowing they are a major part of the community makes it even sweeter. Congrats to Fargo and to the team for a job well done. Go Bison! Joe is a sophomore majoring in journalism.

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As a new semester starts up again and we all take on the ups and downs, stresses and reliefs of a new set of classes, we are often so focused on the rigors of our own lives that we often become blinded to the lives of those around us. While we are feeling so strained, we may forget that the people instructing us are going through some of the same pressures as their students. Although they are the ones who give us our many tests and assignments, we would do well to consider all the work they struggle through. Lesson preparation, grading and evaluation, dealing with student crises, excuses and complaints, compiled with their own personal lives can create a situation that is far more stressful than any of their students’. Before you start vilifying

your instructors, give a thought to everything your professors or instructors will be doing for you this semester. Wishing them a good day or thanking them for their time with you during this semester will make you feel good and will most likely make their day. We believe that NDSU has an excellent faculty and staff of dedicated professors, instructors and employees. It is rare that you do not catch a smile from a stranger several times throughout your school day. During our tenure at NDSU we have noted just how helpful our instructors really are. Take a stroll through the Memorial Union at any point during the year, and you are bound to hear many people complaining about a certain class or a professor they are having a hard time dealing with. Have they never considered talking to the instructor, if not by email, during their office hours or after class? Professors have all been through school –- more school than

most of us -- and understand where we are, and believe it or not, they really do want us to succeed and become the best we can. So as long as you try your best, your instructor will notice and be there to help you through. We can say confidently that there is never a teacher that wants you to fail. We expect so much from our faculty sometimes: engaging lectures, quality notes, easy tests and a positive attitude everyday. Should we not give them the same respect? The double standard can be quite ridiculous, the way we expect a teacher to be in a great mood everyday, and the way most students show up for class half asleep and grouchy as can be. In a giant lecture hall, it is increasingly common to see people staring blankly into their computer screens, chatting with their friends, catching a quick nap or packing up early to dash out the door as soon as they are dismissed. This is unfair to whoever is giving the lesson, for they are trying to help you succeed in life. Not only do our profes-

sors have a great tolerance for this, they also adapt well to the unique atmosphere of a college campus. We have been in several lectures where a random student dressed in a pink monkey suit or there have been other distractions that intrude in class, and usually our professors take it as good college humor … even though it is disrupting their class time. If anything, please remember that professors are not out to make our lives into a homework hell. They want us to do our best and are willing to help you make it in life. As long as you give it your all, try granting them the respect that you expect back. So we wish good luck this semester to all of our NDSU faculty and staff, and thank you for all you have done and continue to do. Holland is a sophomore majoring in apparel, retail merchandise and design; Nathan is a junior majoring in landscape architecture.

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D.J. McNorton charges past Sam Houston State University defenders during last Saturday’s game in Frisco, Texas. McNorton scored the first touchdown of the game, which contributed to the 17-6 victory the Bison earned.

with just over 10 minutes left in the game, the tide once more swung in NDSU’s favor when redshirt freshman linebacker Travis Beck, a native of Munich, N.D., baited SHSU quarterback Brian Bell into throwing an interception that the freshman took all the way to the goal line of the SHSU endzone. The next snap went to Jensen, who punched it in for the dagger in the coffin, mimicking Green Bay Packers

quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ famous championship belt motion, as he knew the game was theirs to lose. “I saw a receiver coming behind me,” Beck said, who was named starter in the later part of the regular season. “I thought it was going to be a high pass; that I would have to jump for it. I don't know if it hit me right in the chest, and I decided I better catch this one or else I'll never hear the end of that.”

A 2-for-1 victory

With a double-digit lead, the defense held strong and senior safety John Pike caught a late interception on the sideline to kill the clock. Bison fans counted down the final few seconds, and when the clock read zeroes, hundreds of Bison fans streamed onto the natural grass field to herald their newly crowned national champions, and the roughly 11,000 fans in the stands did their part as well. “I joked that the last person

in the state of North Dakota needs to turn out the lights because I don't know if there's anybody left,” Bohl said. “What a great showing of support. I want to say thanks to all our fans. Not only fans that were from our region, but they flew in from all across the country … I think it just sets a tone that this championship can really be special.” The impact of the program’s ninth national championship isn’t lost on the members of

Bison herd round-up Ryan Bendixson Contributing Writer

Travis Jones Sports Editor By now, everyone’s Texassized hangover is gone and the fact that North Dakota State won the National Championship has sunk in. My guess is a good chunk of the Bison contingent that went to Texas didn’t really realize what that team accomplished until the 17-hour drive home. That wasn’t the only National Championship that NDSU won last Saturday, however. The following people won their first Division-I FCS National Championship last week: fans who stayed in Fargo, fans who went to Texas, fans who couldn’t watch the game but found a way to follow it and the fans all across the country that found themselves cheering for the green and yellow on Jan. 7. Congratulations everyone. Stand up and be recognized because I’ve never seen that much passion out of any FCS or FBS team that NDSU played this season. It’s exactly 200 miles from the campus in Huntsville, Texas to FC Dallas Stadium that the Bearkat fans had to travel. NDSU fans had nearly a 1,100-mile trip from Fargo to Frisco, and it was clear to me which team had the more faithful, loyal fans at the game. Think back to the first game of the season. It was the first

weekend of September and the weather was actually only 30 degrees higher than it has been this week. The Fargodome was packed. The game was against Lafayette, a team that NDSU expected to handle very well. It was a laugher, a beat down. To some it was probably a boring game. They showed up against another lower-quality opponent the week after that. They then showed up in Minneapolis and literally took that stadium over and turned it into Bison Nation. The fans traveled so well all throughout the year, which to me is a big sign that shows how good of fans a school really has. The playoff run was a big statement to the rest of the country that said, “Yeah, we’re from Fargo. We’re also better fans than your school could ever come up with.” I’m not one for bragging, but go ahead and say it to any school because there’s no hole in that statement. Fargo went down to Texas and they made that entire Saturday look as though it was North Dakota State’s house. The fans tailgated better, they were louder and they attended better than Sam Houston State. Congratulations Bison fans. Enjoy your National Championship, you earned it.

Men’s Basketball

Women’s Basketball

The NDSU men’s basketball team split a pair of road games last weekend as they lost to Oral Roberts on Thursday and defeated Southern Utah on Saturday. The Bison shot 67 percent from the floor and 73 percent from three point land on the night, but turnovers and offensive rebounds proved too costly to come home with a victory. Sophomore Taylor Braun led the Bison on Thursday with 25 points on 10-14 shooting. Dominique Morrison and Damen Bell-Holter scored 24 and 20 points respectively to help lead the Golden Eagles of Oral Roberts to an 89-80 victory.

The NDSU women’s basketball team also split their road games with Southern Utah and Oral Roberts last weekend. The Bison traveled to Southern Utah on Thursday where they were able to wrap up a double-digit victory, winning 80-68. Jamie Van Kirk led the team in scoring with her 17 points, with Abby Plucker, Hannah Linz and Britney Gaines all contributing in the victory by scoring in double figures.

The Bison then traveled to Southern Utah on Saturday where they took home a 72-69 victory in overtime. Braun once again led the way with 29 points on 8-12 shooting to go with his 11 rebounds. Sophomore Marshall Bjorklund added 13 points for the Bison and freshman Lawrence Alexander scored 12. The Bison will look to improve their 11-4 record on the season with two home games this weekend as they take on UMKC on Thursday and South Dakota on Saturday at the BSA.

The Bison then traveled to Tulsa, Okla., to take on Oral Roberts on Saturday. Janae Burich was the lone Bison to reach double figures, putting up 11 points to go with her eight rebounds. Despite a good overall team effort in the points column, the Bison were unable to shut down Kevi Luper of Oral Roberts, who scored 25 in the team’s 92-66 win over the Bison. The Bison women have started slow this year, currently sitting with a record of 6-12, but have won 4 of their last 5 Summit League games. They will look to continue their hot streak as they take on South Dakota this Saturday in Fargo.

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the football program. “We have a great, rich tradition at North Dakota State,” Bohl said. “The school has won eight National Championships in football. And so we've got a lot of pride … Bison pride.” With that tradition now propelled by another championship, the question is what the team does now to pave the way for next season. “Well, I think you look at everything within your pro-

gram, and you're striving for excellence, how you're doing in the classroom, what kinds of things are you doing in the offseason, what's the team chemistry like,” Bohl said. “Margins for victory and losses are very slim.” “So it's about the process,” the head coach surmised. “And, like I said, we're going to enjoy this victory for a while. But where we go from here, maybe in a month I'll talk to you then.”


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Looking ahead to 2012 Kyle Roth Staff Writer

Even as the drinks started flowing in the tailgate lot after the Bison won their first Division-I National Championship on Saturday, some fans were already counting down the days to the team’s 2012-2013 season opener vs. Robert Morris in September. The obvious question that was asked by many a fan with that in mind was simply, “Can we repeat as national champions next season?” The first step in ascertaining the answer to that question is

to look at senior leadership. When I had the chance to chat with quarterback Brock Jensen and wide receiver Warren Holloway before the season kicked off, both cited a senior class that had gone through the best and worst of Bison football in the last four years. Most of this season’s senior class joined the team for the 10-1 2007 season as redshirts, then went 9-13 in the first two years, including a disastrous 38 regular season in 2009. However, that same class was then instrumental in leading the team to the playoffs for the first time in Division-I last season with a 7-4 regular season. More importantly, that same class was vital in this

year’s national championship run that’s set the program on the fast track to a dynasty in the Championship Subdivision. On offense, the task of replacing seniors like running back D.J. McNorton, receiver Holloway, tight end Matt Veldman, and offensive linemen Austin Richard and Paul Cornick is a tall one. While most of the offensive success of the 7-4 season was derived from McNorton’s 1,600-yard rushing season, the drop off in his production this year was due largely in part to returning sophomore Sam Ojuri, who figures to be the lock at starting running back next season. While Ojuri and

Operation Texas in review Travis Jones Sports Editor Fifteen games, 60 quarters, 900 minutes and 14 wins later, the football season is over and the Bison are on top of the FCS world. It’s not an uncommon place to be if you’re a Bison football history buff, but for the students it’s the first taste of glory they’ve had following this NDSU team. Think back to where it all started. It was September 3 in Fargo when Lafayette rolled into town. The frame of mind that seemingly all NDSU fans had was if Brock Jensen was going to be the answer at quarterback and how much anticipation they held for the third game of the season. The Bison handled their business in the first two games with lop-sided victories over Lafayette and Saint Francis. The next appointment on the agenda was to get through the next weekend, as North Dakota State had a bye week, and somehow get through school and work as Gopher game week was upon Fargo. Interstate-94 was littered with green and yellow rigs heading east to take down the FBS foe Gophers. Fargo

showed up, and they were loud and left with their team getting a victory. Highlighted by two Marcus Williams' touchdowns on defense, that game was the Super Bowl of the season, or so we thought. The fear of a hangover in the Missouri Valley opener was thrown out the window, as homecoming week rolled around and the Herd secured their first MVFC win and a 40 record. Matt Veldman and Marcus Williams were the players that stuck out in that matchup as Veldman blocked a punt and Williams had yet another takeaway on defense. Two straight wins lead up to the battle for the Dakota Marker in Brookings where the Bison entered with a 6-0 record overall and a 3-0 record in the Valley. Another strong showing of Bison fans traveled to Brookings to watch the seniors take the Dakota Marker and push to a 7-0 record. The most anticipated game in Fargodome history, to that point, highlighted the next week as the top two teams in the valley squared off with Northern Iowa coming to town. The dome was loud, it was intense and it was another Bison win and the week that National Championship talks

started to be installed in the fans’ heads. A narrow victory on the road against Indiana State put NDSU at 9-0 and brought them to Senior Day against Youngstown State. Although it wouldn’t be the last game those seniors would play in Fargo, it was still bittersweet. It quickly turned sour as the Penguins knocked off the top ranked team in the country and Fargo was stunned. The Bison traveled to Western Illinois in the final regular season game and took care of business to secure their share of the MVFC championship and earned home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. With wins against highpowered FCS offenses in James Madison, Lehigh and Georgia Southern, the Bison defense put on a clinic, giving up just three touchdowns total in the three games and they locked their spot to Frisco, Texas for the National Championship game. Frisco, the most recent memory, capped off an incredible season that Bison fans won’t soon forget. The road was a long one with many ups and a few downs, but the Bison ended up on top, which is where they expected to be.

McNorton both contributed over 1,000 rushing yards this season, Ojuri might’ve been the season’s breakout player as he led the team on the ground and averaged a stellar 5.9 yards per rush this season. Quarterback Brock Jensen will have the reins of the team more than ever next season, and will have a few new guns in his arsenal as sophomores Zach Vraa and Trevor Gebhart return from injuries suffered the past two seasons. Junior Ryan Smith will doubtless continue to play a big role in the short-yardage game and can be penned in as a starter in 2012. On defense, the losses are a bit graver, but the backup tal-

ent certainly stands ready. Losing defensive linemen Coulter Boyer and Scott Stoczynski, linebackers Chad Willson and Preston Evans, and defensive backs Daniel Eaves and John Pike takes away a lot of this year’s leaders in tackles and the lethal pass rush that helped hold playoff teams to just 27 points this postseason. The defensive secondary looks to be an early favorite for most returning talent, including do-everything corner Marcus Williams and punishing run-stopper safety Colton Heagle. Replacing the linebacking talent will be the biggest challenge to the team, but plenty of backups made

big plays this season, like Carlton Littlejohn’s pick-six versus St. Francis or Travis Beck’s key interception in the National Championship game. The 2012 league schedule isn’t a cakewalk, either. Going on the road to Northern Iowa, Illinois State, and non-conference FBS opponent Colorado State will mean every win needs to count. The challenges to the team are multitude, and the prospect of a repeat as national champions doesn’t come easily, but then, winning a championship in the first place wasn’t easy. This team will be poised to make another big run in 2012.

Weekend in Frisco Ryan Bendixson Contriuting Writer Having the opportunity to play in a National Championship game is something that does not happen very often. That is why when the NDSU football team won their final playoff game against Georgia Southern, four of my friends and I decided that we had to take advantage of this opportunity and buy tickets to the championship game in Frisco. The only problem, however, is that we would all have to sit through our Christmas break trying to hold back the excitement of our road trip. When the time finally came to load up our vehicle and take off to Texas, we were all more than ready to take on the 1,100 miles of road that was lying ahead of us. It just so happened that the Bison men’s basketball team was playing at Oral Roberts in Tulsa, Okla., that night. Despite a Bison loss, showing up to give our players and coaches a little extra support was a great way to spend the first night of our trip. The next day was when the fun really started, as we arrived in Plano, Texas around

3:00 to start celebrating what was about to take place the next day. Showing up at a hotel loaded with other NDSU students was the first time I realized that this was not going to be as much of a home game for the opposing Sam Houston Bearkats as what was expected, as the opposing fans only had about 200 miles of travel for the game. When we arrived at the stadium in Frisco the next day, the scene at tailgate town next to the stadium was very overwhelming. Thousands of Bison fans made the trip down to Texas, and the energy for the championship game was starting to build. As kickoff became closer and closer and the stands started to fill up, it was clear that a home game for the Bearkats was out of the question. Just as many if not more Bison fans showed up for the game, and the stadium was already buzzing with energy. Despite a low-scoring defensive game, the energy never died. Sam Houston fans would later talk about the energy the Bison crowd brought. Getting several defensive stops throughout the first half gave the fans something to cheer about, as NDSU went into the locker room only giv-

ing up 6 points to a very explosive offense. The Bison offense came out in the second half just as slow, but after a successful fake punt and a quick touchdown, the crowd was right back in the game. Another late Bison touchdown all but sealed the victory, as the Bison defense continued to stand strong by giving up zero second half points. The feeling when the clock finally ran out and the fans started storming the field was unbelievable. Running out to congratulate the players and celebrate with hundreds of other fans out on the field is something that will never be forgotten. The only thing we had left to do after celebrating a National Championship was take the trip all the way back up to North Dakota. Going on this road trip was one of the best decisions I have ever made as it led to an amazing weekend with great friends and fellow Bison fans. Now all we have to do is look forward to next year where we will hopefully be able to do it all over again.

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Sam Houston State University running back Tim Flanders gets stopped by a strong showing of Bison defense.

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Ryan Drevlow (left) and Coulter Boyer (right) celebrate on the field during last Saturday’s championship victory.


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