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for NDSU.” At the 2011 National Championship, the bison dance team was disappointed after a second place finish in the Division I pom category and fourth place in the Division I jazz category. “Instead of letting that get us down, we used that as motivation to push ourselves beyond our best abilities as athletes; that’s how our team works. Finally receiving that national title this year was the greatest feeling in the world,” Steichen said. “Considering this is the second national championship title for NDSU this year, it shows that our school is all around dedicated; we don't settle for any less than we deserve,” Steichen said. “NDSU has so many accomplished athletics and clubs that are unrecognized, but be
Overlooking the south entrance of the Memorial Union is a familiar sight, now returned and restored after approximately a month of absence. The bison statue, titled A Foot in the Past, An Eye to the Future, made its debut in Fargo in 2006. Since then, it has endured the abuse of students and nature alike, which both prompted its most recent restoration. Don Larew, the artist behind the Butte Lounge bison's design, has had a history with both the NDSU community and the molded statue. He was chiefly responsible for the latest restoration as well as the original conception. “I, at the time, was doing a whole lot of research on the history of the theater. I taught here for 40 years, and that's what really prompted me, I think, to start thinking about a past and then the future and the current in terms of the look of the bison,” Larew said. To accomplish this, the bison has two very unique sides. One side features an Aggies shirt, knee-high socks, a beanie and vintage spectacles to capture the history of the university; the other features a flip-flop shoe, dynamic sunglasses, a replica iPod, a nose ring and an earring to celebrate the present and future. “So, it's got the look of the early bison, when we were known as the Aggies, so that’s the more historic part, and then the other side has a more contemporary look to it,” Larew said. In December, the Memorial Union Gallery took in the
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The bison dance team grabbed the championship title for the pom category and third place in jazz over the weekend during the Universal Dance Association College National Championship.
Bison team places nationally in Division I dance categories Cate Ekegren Co-News Editor After crafting a new team in April and practicing sometimes more than twice a day, NDSU’s bison dance team took home the title after a stellar performance in the 2012 Universal Dance Association College National Championship. Coach Meghan Wabner explained the difficult road to the national championship in Orlando, Fla. Jan. 13-15 where the team finished champion in Division I pom and third in Division I jazz. “These championships are the most prestigious competition in the country,” she said. “To be able to compete, teams must attend spirit camp, send in a video audition and put together a spirit tape which highlights a team's role within
their school, athletic department and community. Once at nationals, each dance goes through a preliminary round where after half are eliminated, then it is onto the final competition.” “All the dance teams stay together in the Disney All-Star Resorts during the competition,” sophomore and dance team member, Sasha Steichen said. “There are no studios or gyms to practice in, so we pick a secluded part in the parking lots and practice there for a couple hours before bed.” “We bleed green and yellow,” bison dance team captain and junior Emily Sumpmann said. “That is why we worked so hard each and every day, so that we could fulfill our own dreams and bring back another title to our school.” Kristen Oldyn, also a captain on the dance team and a senior, said “the only time
anyone gets to see us dance is at football games, which is only one-tenth of what we do. Football games are easy, crowd-appealing dances while our competition dances are some of the hardest dances made; and they have to be to win.” “This season alone, we’ve had two torn meniscuses, one girl with severe plantar fasciitis so bad she can't walk, three girls with previously fractured spines and so many torn muscles I couldn’t count them all,” Oldyn exclaimed. “We all danced through it though because we knew when the championship came, we were going to win and none of us wanted to sit out on that.” “You almost forget that a world exists around you,” Wabner said. “Christmas becomes something that’s more ‘in the way’ and all your family and friends hear is ‘I can’t, I have practice.’”
Wabner started with the Bison Dance Team in 2004 and served four years as a member and one year as a cocoach before graduating from NDSU. Wabner also assisted the team with nationals in 2010 and has been the head coach ever since. “The entire nationals experience is just awesome, especially when you get to make your mark. It is a passionate and intense competition, but it also breeds camaraderie,” Wabner said. “All who compete at this competition do so for two reasons: their love for the sport and their love for their school.” “These women are incredible athletes that endure some of the most intense physical practices I could possibly come up with,” Wabner said. “They are stand-up representatives of their school and have truly been my dream team, as well as a dream team
Innovation Week prompts involvement with NDSU research and tech Hannah Dillon News Writer The 3rd annual NDSU Innovation Week will take place from Jan. 23 to Jan. 27 across campus. The NDSU Research and Technology Park puts on Innovation Week. According to Executive Director of the Research and Technology Park,Tony Grindberg, the Park has been bringing students and businesses together for both business and educational reasons for nearly 11 years. Innovation Week ‘12 is comprised of two main components, and the second is the competition.
The break out sessions has speakers who teach the audience about different aspects of business and how to find and take charge of opportunities. These break out groups are taking place all day on Tuesday, Jan. 24 and Thursday, Jan. 26. This is the first year that the Research and Technology Park has implemented a competition into Innovation Week. Each group must create a presentation that is central around an innovative business idea. These presentations will be given to a panel of judges whom are involved with entrepreneurship and business. There are 20 groups that consist of a broad selection of students. The competitors
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range from sophomores to graduate students, are from all over the world and study an array of majors. This competition isn’t just for engineering or other technology-based students; some students on the list are studying zoology, English, education, finance, and even university studies. The competition consists of an oral element and a visual element, and will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Posters can be viewed at 9 a.m. in the Memorial Union Prairie Rose Room. Contestants will be judged on the object, purpose of their idea, their methods and application, and the outcome. Bonus points will be given for style. First place winners will
receive $5,000. Second place winners will receive $2,500 and following suit, third place winners will receive $1,000. The winners will be announced on Jan. 26 at 4 p.m. in the Great Room. Another one of the judges, and also the keynote speaker, is Tom Walker, the CEO of Tasty Catering. Walker is from the Chicago area and speaks nationally about leadership, employee engagement, entrepreneurship and brand image. He has been in business for 40 years and in that time has started 29 companies and acquired three. He is still a principle in nine of those companies. His speech will be given on Jan. 26 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Great Room.
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Brenda Wyland, Associate Director of the NDSU Research and Technology Park, stresses that all students should get involved with Innovation Week. “Innovation Week provides a platform for NDSU students to see firsthand how innovation drives entrepreneurship and that leads to opportunity,” Wyland stated. Students will be able to attend the break out sessions and listen to what successful entrepreneurs have to say about innovation and business. Bruce Rafert, NDSU provost, agrees with Wyland. “We all live in a global knowledge economy, and higher education is on the front lines. At NDSU, innova-
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Healthy Mondays help students improve quality of life Emma Heaton Co-News Editor The Wellness Center is launching Healthy Mondays â€“ a way for students to renew their possibly dwindling New Yearâ€™s resolutions at the beginning of each week. Each Monday, a different challenge will be posted on the Wallman Wellness Center website. Students are then asked to take a quiz on Blackboard and are entered in a drawing to win prizes. The Healthy Mondays campaign started from research done by Johns Hopkins University. Research has shown that people are more likely to back up their healthy habits at the beginning of a new week. Healthy Mondays is a part of the Monday campaigns,
which include a variety of different ways to start your week off right. Participants can take a part in Meatless Monday, Quit & Stay Quit Monday, Move It Monday, Man Up Monday and Caregiversâ€™ Monday. Individuals and organizations take a part in the movement nationwide. â€œMondays are the day of a fresh start,â€? Stacey Holm, certified health educator from the Wellness Center, said. â€œItâ€™s kind of like resolution Monday, except you have 52 Mondays a year to keep reinforcing your goal.â€? The challenges will focus on different areas such as financial health, time management, exercise, diet and tips on how to reduce stress. Studentsâ€™ financial situations are major causes of stress for many at NDSU. Holm hopes
that Healthy Mondays can provide tools to assist students in this area, beginning the first Monday with â€œMoney Monday.â€? The first Healthy Monday provided tips to use while incorporating a budget into your spending and how this can be beneficial for struggling college students. Healthy Mondays can be used as an incentive for any type of unhealthy behavior. Students may be consuming too much alcohol, eating unhealthy foods or spending too much money. â€œIt gives you a reason to be healthier on Mondays. If you start off the week healthy, you will be better for the rest of the week,â€? Danielle Simenson, sophomore in the pre-Nursing program and participant of Healthy Mondays, said. The Wellness Education
Leaders are also contributing to the Healthy Monday experience. They will be rotating between the Union and the Wellness Center, giving resources with information regarding abstinence, relationships and how to protect your sexual health. â€œWe are excited to be able to offer this to students, and hopefully help improve their quality of life,â€? Holm said. Prizes will be awarded to participants every week and include gift cards to the NDSU Bookstore. Students can register on Blackboard to take a part in the campaign. To receive more information on the Monday campaigns, students can visit the Wellness Center website or www.mondaycampaigns.org.
Final decision made regarding UND nickname Fighting Sioux apparel disappearing from shelves Cate Ekegren Co-News Editor During the North Dakota Legislature Special Session in November, a law directing UND to continue using the â€œFighting Siouxâ€? nickname and logo was abolished, meaning the Fighting Sioux apparel can no longer be sold in stores. A new law passed during the November Special Session allows UND to now begin the process of transitioning away from using the controversial nickname and logo. Sean Johnson, senior associate athletics director at UND, recently wrote an email to officials of athletic conferences UND teams compete in. The email stated that UND will discontinue using the Fighting Sioux nickname and
logo as of Jan. 1, 2012 and asks for the UND athletic teams to now be referred to only as the University of North Dakota. Although the transition process is mostly complete, items such as new team uniforms are not able to be completed until February sometime. Some exceptions to the future use of the â€œFighting Siouxâ€? nickname and logo remain. Use of the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center, a facility that is not owned or operated by UND, and the Ralph Engelstad Arena will be allowed and the â€œFighting Siouxâ€? nickname and logo will be allowed in historical references, among other exceptions. The transition will not include a ban on wearing Fighting Sioux apparel at athletic events. However, March 31 has been set as the last day
that licensed vendors are able to produce Fighting Sioux gear. After that, licensed vendors will have three months to liquidate their stock of Fighting Sioux apparel. â€œI havenâ€™t noticed as many people buying Fighting Sioux merchandise lately, but when the name dilemma was first announced, it got crazy! People were buying Sioux stuff like it was already the last day it would be available,â€? Nikki Schneider, a senior at NDSU and long-time employee at Scheels Sporting Goods, said. Sarah Anderson, a recent NDSU alumnus, frequently attends UND hockey games and wanted to make sure she got Fighting Sioux apparel before itâ€™s picked over. â€œThe shelves were getting very limited and a sales person at the store I went to said all Fighting Sioux apparel they had left in stock was al-
ready out on the floor,â€? Anderson said. â€œThere were still tons of people wearing Sioux gear at last weekendâ€™s hockey games too.â€? â€œOur customers will definitely be upset when our stock of Fighting Sioux apparel is out,â€? Schneider said. â€œAny sports fan can understand the anger one might feel when your favorite teamâ€™s (usual) apparel is no longer available.â€? â€œA family member of mine who has never even been to or watched any UND sporting event in his life heard about the loss of the Fighting Sioux nickname and bought a jersey with the old logo on before the end of the year,â€? Anderson added. Despite rumors, the iconic Ralph Engelstad Arena and Betty Engelstad Sioux Center will not be required to remove all Fighting Sioux logos. The
Co-News Editor Students attended the Student Involvement Expo on Jan. 18 in search for their place on campus. With over 275 student organizations at NDSU, students are able to get involved in a variety of different ways. The expo allowed an overview of the options available. There was a great turnout of organizations with 93 booths set up in the Memorial Union Great Plains Ballroom. Students were able to eat popcorn and handfuls of candy as they explored the array of opportunities. Organizations at the event ranged from fraternities and sororities to the Gaming Guild, and many student organizations created for studentsâ€™ majors in mind. Information for the organizations was provided to inquiring students. â€œWe have gotten waves of settlement agreement allows championship banners, photographs, trophies and more featuring the Fighting Sioux logo to still be displayed as well as the Sitting Bull tribute state and the granite Sioux logos embedded in the floor. There has been no new nickname and logo chosen yet. The law passed during the November Special Sessions states that neither UND nor the State Board of Higher Education may adopt a new nickname or logo before January 2015 as a matter of respect. More information and current updates can be found on the UND nickname and logo blog online at www.nickname.und.edu/logo.
people who are interested in joining. The people that are seeking it out are the people that are really want to get involved on campus,â€? Lauren Wilvers, executive commissioner of congress of student organizations, said. Joseph Mettler, a senior studying crop and weed science, and president of Circle K International, stressed the benefits of getting involved. â€œIt provides an opportunity to volunteer, which looks great on resumes. It is also an organization that helps build up leadership,â€? Mettler said of Circle K International. Circle K is an organization that presents volunteer opportunities to NDSU students around the Fargo-Moorhead community. It also provides a great opportunity to receive scholarships. One of their upcoming events is the Kiwanis Pancake Karnival, which will be held on Feb. 11 in the FargoDome. Getting involved in organizations such as Circle K International allows students to build on their leadership skills. Other groups focus on other skills. The Model United Nations Club, another organization featured at the event, represents the United Nations on a smaller scale and is involved with competitions at two different conferences held over the academic year. â€œThis is a great way for students to learn about the political issues going on in the world,â€? Shalin Rathnasighe, graduate student studying food safety and member, said. The Model United Nations Club also allows students to hone in on their public speaking skills. The expo provided only a portion of the opportunities that are available through student organizations at NDSU. To receive more information and a complete list of student organizations, visit http://ndsu.orgsync.com.
Dance continued from page 1 cause of these recent wins, each student can share the pride of achievement with us even if they aren't a part of the team or club,â€? Sumpmann said. â€œI know I'm speaking for the
Bison football team as well as the dance team in saying the fight doesn't stop just because we have the ring on our finger; the finish line is just the beginning of a new race,â€? Steichen added. â€œBring on 2013.â€?
â€œ[Our university] is the pride of North Dakota, and bringing multiple national titles home gives the university and the state yet another reason to be proud,â€? Sumpmann said.
Bison continued from page 1 statue for repairs. The beanie, glasses, earring, nose ring and replica iPod had disappeared, and the bison was in need of restoration. Larew was the right person for this job, as he had previously worked on the statue for other reasons. â€œInitially, it was outside. It was located outside by South Engineering and it was damaged some, and I fixed it,â€? Larew said. â€œAnd, when they had it outside, northwest of the Union, it got more banged up
there, so that's when they moved it indoors. The idea was they wanted to get it refurbished and back again. I said that I'd done it enough times, so they took on the task here.â€? Larew, along with the help of Leroy Grant and other students, spent the past month collaboratively restoring the bison. The statue will remain in the Butte Lounge on the second floor of the Memorial Union for the foreseeable future. It
currently has velvet ropes around it in hopes that it will not need another restoration any time soon. The ropes, however, are temporary. â€œWe're going to do a sign next to it that says, â€˜respect the bison,â€™ and has the history on it, and we're hoping that can kind of push that as a way of saying, â€˜don't touch,â€™ without saying, â€˜don't touch,â€™â€? Amy Nash, a graduate student involved in the restoration project, said.
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China’s ban on social networking sites International students find legal ways to stay connected Houda Abdelrahman Contributing Writer Social networking is rapidly progressing in China as users seek legal ways to stay connected since some globally popular sites have been banned. “Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter are all blocked, but we can [still] use MySpace,” shared Zhengyang “Jeffrey” Ruan, a sophomore majoring in marketing. Ruan is an international student originally from Jinan, the capital city of the Shandong province in Eastern China. “It’s weird,” Ruan said. “It’s just a government policy. It could be because the government wants people to use Chinese websites more.” Ruan believes that these site bans will last for a long time, but he does not think that they are very effective. Despite the fact that these websites are blocked, it is no surprise that some Chinese individuals do have accounts on them. However, Ruan suspects that the ban on Facebook will eventually end. Instead of the illegalized Facebook and YouTube, many Chinese students have taken to using legal websites that are
very similar to the banned sites. Renren, a popular Chinese social networking site, is one of many from the country. According to Ruan, the name “Renren” is suitable for the website because it means “people.” Although Renren may seem small compared to Facebook’s massive popularity, the booming website is expected to grow tremendously and gain more users. According to Ruan, one of its most attractive features is that it is legal and safe to use. Weibo, another Chinese website, is a unique fusion of the services offered by Twitter and Facebook. Users can upload pictures or videos and post comments. “Weibo” means “microblog.” Social networking is popular in China for the exact same reasons that it is popular in the United States and all around the globe. “Social networking makes you part of life. It connects you,” Ruan said. As new Chinese social networking websites blossom on the web, their lingo is becoming more widespread. Some of the new lingo is Chinese, but English lingo is sometimes incorporated as well. For example, the classic LOL is very recognizable. Although there is definitely
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One World brings trendiness, affordability to Fargo Variety for community found downtown Brian Koenig Contributing Writer
The recent campaign by the city of Fargo has people flocking downtown uttering the quotes “Downtown, Baby!” Shopping downtown has flourished in the past couple years filling storefront windows with clothes, artwork and furniture. One World stands out from the crowd claiming its place as long time resident of block six on Main Avenue. Monte Schmidt, the owner of One World, considers the store as a funky boutique. One World opened its doors 25 years ago and has been successful ever since. Schmidt emphasizes the success has been due to the uniqueness and huge client base of univer-
sity students and community members. “We are trendy, unique and affordable,” Schmidt said. “It is different than any store in Fargo-Moorhead and even Minnesota.” The character of One World does not stop at the façade of the historic building. Walking through the doors, customers are transported to a one-of-akind shopping experience. Courtney Schure, store manager, has been working at One World for five years since she was a freshman in college. She explains the store has a little something for everyone. “[One World] caters to a lot of different people,” Schure said. “We have customers from all over the world and everyone can find something here.” The merchandise filling the shelves consists of original pieces. Schmidt states that the
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Schmidt describes that the new items will be decorative pieces such as statues, candles and other worldly items. “We are worldly and will have a lot of cool stuff for apartments,” Schmidt said. One World is a great option for college students on the look out for new and unique items. Whether going out for the night or decorating an apartment, One World continues to provide conversation pieces that attract new and returning customers. “We have a very trendy following, so I have to keep up with them,” Schmidt said. In order to continue being a Fargo legacy, Schmidt relies on the word of mouth and his clients to be his advertising. One World is located at 614 Main Ave. and can be found on Facebook at One World Boutique.
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Nick Proulx A&Eâ€ˆEditor This past weekend, â€œMusic for Hopeâ€? took place at Theatre B to raise funds and awareness for the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center. NDSU student Michael Weiler put the event together with Shape Then Shift, which he describes as a collaborative effort of area musicians. â€œItâ€™s basically me playing with a bunch of other musicians,â€? Weiler said, explaining that while he writes the compositions, different musicians offer their own instrumentation and unique voice to the music. â€œPeople come in and out all the time and itâ€™s basically a hodgepodge of different musicians, but they know my songs and other stuff too,â€? he continued. Performers that played over the weekend included Deb and Mike Jenkins, Sarrah Morrau with Tim Hoffelt, Mark Proulx, Morgan Ranstrom, Amanda Standalone and the Pastry Shop Girls, Darrin Wentz and Brooks West. Weiler admits that it was an opportunity for these musicians to show off their talents, but the overall focus was on who would benefit from the event most: In this case, the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center. The motivation for organizing the event came from a tragedy Weiler experienced a few years ago when he lost his sister to suicide. Naturally, the first event that he put on like this was geared toward suicide prevention. â€œIt kind of started with the idea that music was very important to her, and I took the idea that music can bring hope to people as well,â€? he said. â€œI didnâ€™t do it right away, but in 2011 I decided that I had to go ahead and do it.â€? Theatre Bâ€™s stated mission is to engage regional audiences through innovative theatrical productions that are culturally and artistically invigorating. Carrie Wintersteen, executive director at Theatre B, says that coordinating with Weiler to put on â€œMusic for Hopeâ€? plays right into the non-profit organizationâ€™s goals. â€œWe try to invite a lot of conversation within the community. We try to get people to think differently about assumptions they may have,
and we see storytelling as a great way to do that,â€? Wintersteen explained. Itâ€™s not the first time Theatre B has opened its doors to an initiative like this. In 2008, they collaborated with the Soroptimist Clubs in both Fargo and Moorhead to raise funds for the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center. Theatre B casted and directed readings of â€œBody and Soldâ€? by Deborah Lake Fortson, helping Soroptimist spread their message of awareness toward violence, exploitation and sex trafficking of women in Minnesota. In all, over $6,000 was raised for the Center that year. In much the same way, Theatre B offered their building free of charge for Weilerâ€™s efforts to support a variety of non-profit organizations. While Weiler brought in the musical talent for â€œMusic for Hopeâ€? via Shape Then Shift, Theatre B promoted the event to their usual audience. Wintersteen says it was delightful to see a number of regular theatergoers come out for it. â€œIt was a pretty informal and relaxed atmosphere. The musicians and the audience were able to have a comfortable relationship because of the intimate seating we have here,â€? Wintersteen said. The event only brought in around 100 people and just over $600, but Weiler says heâ€™s just getting his feet wet. â€œHalf the battle is that most people donâ€™t even know about Theatre B, so weâ€™re fighting basically a two pronged battle,â€? he said. â€œWe are having good responses though, and even if we werenâ€™t, itâ€™s all about taking action,â€? he noted. Two more â€œMusic for Hopeâ€? events are planned for this year: one on March 9-10 benefitting the Jeremiah Program, which helps single mothers, and another on May 6 for the North Dakota Autism Center. Weiler sees supporting autism efforts as a way to give back in particular to one of his biggest supporters, someone that has two autistic children. He also plans to continue next year with a total of four shows. For more information, find Shape Then Shift on Facebook.
A once-in-a-lifetime show is arriving to NDSU that is sure to bedazzle the people who attend. The Golden Dragon Acrobats, the worldâ€™s most premiere traveling group based out of China, is coming to the Festival Concert Hall Jan. 24. According to their website www.goldendragonacrobats.c om, the Golden Dragon Acrobats have been in existence for more than 25 centuries, and have made a name for themselves all around the world for their fine display of award winning acrobatics, their traditional and ancient music, their spectacular costumes and their theatrical techniques. The event is sponsored by the CA Lively Arts Committee who take pride in their efforts to bring the Golden Dragon Acrobats to NDSU. Sarah Nitschke, who works with Campus Attractions, weighed in on how the Lively Arts Committee brought such a world-renowned group into NDSU. â€œThe CA Lively Arts Committee had a lot of open bookings, plus we are always in contact with other agencies who work with groups such as the Golden Dragon Acrobats. Past performances from other schools around the area always play a factor in bringing events such as this to campus as well,â€? Nitschke explained. Another big part in why the CA Lively Arts Committee brought in the Golden Dragon Acrobats was for students to experience an event like this that they have probably never seen before. Nitschke explained that the Golden Dragon Acrobats will provide students with entertainment that is out of the ordinary, and that hopefully an event like this will be appealing to the students here on campus. Matt Zimmerman, president of Campus Attractions, shared a preview of the upcoming show. â€œThe Golden Dragon Acrobats have not been here to NDSU for some years now, but expect to see a lot of different floor dances and routines from them,â€? Zimmerman said. â€œThe event will also consist of more than one performer at a time; the Golden Dragon Acrobats perform as a group.â€? If you are someone who enjoys seeing the art of music and dance at its finest, or someone who enjoys acrobatics performed in a unique way with performers who are dressed up in unimaginable fashion, then this event is a must-see. The event is open to the public. It is free for students with a valid student ID and $5 for the public.
Internet blackout denounces new anti-piracy bill Wikipedia, Google and Facebook voice opposition Steven Strom Staff Writer Millions of students, scholars, businesspeople and average individuals might have noticed on Wednesday when large parts of the Internet, including Wikipedia, suddenly went offline for 24 hours. The worldwide silence was in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its counterpart, the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), and much of the free world is not happy about either one of them. SOPA and PIPA are antipiracy legislation designed with the intent to stifle Internet copyright infringement. Under these new laws, websites caught hosting pirated content or content that has not been licensed for public use would be subject to full lockdown by order of the U.S. government. For example, a website like Youtube could be totally and indefinitely shut down in the event that a copyright holder noticed that someone had posted a video of themselves singing karaoke to a song that they did not have the license for. If someone used a non-li-
censed song in the background to their latest cute cat video, Youtube would be just as liable and just as restricted. While many agree that measures should be taken against Internet piracy, many feel that the bills go too far in terms of allowing the government to regulate what can and canâ€™t be seen on the Internet. This draconian level of punishment and information restriction has had many experts dismayed, from some of the very founders of the Internet to Twitter, Google and Facebook. While many high level companies still support the bills (or at the very least have yet to speak out against them), the bills have been losing more and more supporters as public opinion has violently swayed against SOPA and PIPA. Many organizations and individuals stand out against the ignorantly proposed bills on general principle. The proliferation of free information as we know it would be heavily changed and even restricted. Other opponents of the legislation realize that the bills could be damaging to small businesses and largescale entertainment. The blackouts no doubt wit-
nessed by millions are meant to simulate what the effects of the bills may look like should they pass. Many of the websites involved in the blackout, including Wikipedia, also contained links to antiSOPA/PIPA organizations, or simply directed users to contact their local representatives about the issue. While this is certainly a heartening development for those against SOPA and PIPA, others are less happy. The Motion Picture Association of America, which regulates movie ratings and content and has famously been incredibly strict with their rights management, has now spoken out against those sites supporting the blackout. Not all hope is lost for those against the laws, however. Just before Wednesday morningâ€™s Internet blackout, SOPA was put into suspension thanks to the heavy opposition against it while representatives discuss the issues with the bill. Only time will tell which camp ultimately wins the issue, but with more and more experts and industry leaders flocking to denounce both SOPA and PIPA, we can all hope that the laws will eventually be put to rest.
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Features An international exchange student’s perspective My recent experience in the Tri-College program lots of courses in Chinese, which is lacking at NDSU. In Contributing Writer general, this is a program about sharing course resources. There is only one Have you ever heard about limit attached to it: students the Tri-College program? Can can only take one course per you imagine taking courses in semester from each university. other colleges? What do these colleges look like? What do Campuses: different designs you need to prepare for your The campus of Concordia trip? How are the teachers and College is very beautiful. the quality of the classes There are large bells on the there? This article about my spire of Campalle, a tall buildrecent experience in this pro- ing right behind the front door gram may give you some of this little college. All kinds ideas. of finely designed houses are dispersed everywhere amongst trees and meadows, Basic Information just like the tranquil countryBefore I chose courses from side. To study in such a marthe Tri-College program, I re- velous place is fun and searched and got some basic exciting for me. information about the proThe building I have been to gram. Tri-College is a pro- on the MSUM campus is quite gram amongst three interesting. It is a large builduniversities: Concordia Col- ing with various hallways and lege, Minnesota State Univer- seemingly disordered room sity—Moorhead and NDSU. numbers. It took me a while to Through this program, stu- finally locate my classroom, dents in each of these univer- but I do enjoy this tortuous desities can pick courses that sign. Also, there is a classicaltheir own university may not style café right next door of have. the classroom. It’s great to For example, Concordia pick up a cup of coffee beside College has its own Chinese the red-colored wall and the department and thereby it has big window with an obstructed
view of the outside after class took it for “Th.” I went for this and read some books. class on Thursday and of course the room was dark because there was no class. Time spent on the bus: prepare in advance Matbus 1 and 2 can help you Teachers & student body: go to the other two colleges I give them five-stars from the transit station GTC. As a Chinese exchange stuYet the two routes don’t run dent whose major is English respectively after 6:15 p.m. and education, this semester I and 6:45 p.m. However, there chose one course in Chinese are two special evening routes: civilization from Concordia Matbus 7 and 8 for students College and one course in secinvolved in this program. ond language acquisition from Have a careful arrangement of MSUM. I hope the Chinese your time in advance to take course here in this country is the bus. different from China and can Don’t confuse Matbus 13A give me a different perspective with 13X. When I went for my in learning Chinese culture, first class, I thought 13X, and the course about language which looks like 13A, could acquisition can give me some take me to GTC to get trans- theories and practices in lanferred, but it didn’t. This led guage teaching. me to take the next 13A, The teacher of Chinese civiwhich was almost half hour lization is a Chinese native. later and I missed almost half What has impressed me the hour of my class! most is his patience with his Also, don’t confuse the students. From a perspective schedule day “T” with “Th.” I of an education major, I found don’t know if this is a situation that he uses various teaching for American students, but I strategies to engage the studo believe that this point may dents into the lecture. He be a problem for some interna- brings the unique “Chinese tional students like me. In fact, friendliness” to his students the scheduled day for my class and makes the class an exin MSUM is “T” while I mis- tremely warm and harmonious
Indoor and outdoor activities to enjoy environment. As for the students in this class, they are quite fluent in Chinese. Most of them have never been to China, but one student has traveled in China four times. Other than that, there is also a student who just came back from France. The students here have various cultural experiences, which can contribute to their greater cultural tolerance. I missed the first class of my language course at MSUM because I was confused with the day. Yet the teacher later replied to my email and she not only gave me all the materials used in the first class, but also gave me some information of another student from NDSU who was in this class and helped me contact her. The teacher seemed to be quite understandable. Moreover, this is an upper-level course open to both undergraduate students and graduate students, which means it requires almost the same work as that for graduates. I appreciate that because this way it can be more challenging and definitely more fun.
Amazon offering free music downloads Review: ‘Contraband’ Matt Paulsen Staff Writer It doesn’t matter who you are; young or old, everybody likes music. Once in a while a friend or someone you know is the first person to discover a new artist or song and everyone is impressed. They all ask who this artist is, and where you heard about them. Now you can be that person, and to make it even better all the songs are free. Amazon is officially offering over 200 albums for free. Just go to the Amazon MP3 store and scroll down to the bottom where you will find “Featured in the MP3 Store.” Once there, look underneath and you will find a button that says “Free MP3 Albums.” Just click on it, and you are good to go. Before everybody gets excited, you are not going to find any top 40 songs or artists here. However, these albums are a great way to experience and find new music. Instead of your standard radio fare, the free compilations consist of
up-and-coming or under-theradar indie bands. All of these bands are still trying to hit the main stream. It may take a while to sort through over 10 pages of songs and artists, a lot of which you probably have never even heard of before. However, if you stick with it you are sure to find some familiar names sporadically thrown in the mix including songs by “The National,” “Flogging Molly,” “Spoon,” “Deer Tick,” “Of Montreal” and others. If you enjoy indie rock or just like finding new artists, then it is worth checking out. The compilations predominantly consist of indie rock, but there is a good amount of classical, country, rap, heavy metal, reggae, and even a few foreign tracks thrown in for good measure. Each compilation contains one or two songs from multiple artists all on the same label. All the albums are different, so if you don’t like one it doesn’t mean you won’t like the next one. In a time in which indie rock stations and just rock stations in general are becoming more
and more sparse, this is a great way of keeping the genre alive. As a lot of people know, there is more to music than the three or four songs repeatedly played every hour on your local radio station. For some reason, these artists don’t seem to be able to break out into the mainstream. For Amazon, this not only brings more traffic to their own music store as they try to establish themselves in a highly competitive market, but it also helps all of these smaller bands find a larger audience. By listening to one song and hopefully going back to check out the band’s previous work it allows these smaller bands to become known. Amazon giving these songs away for free not only helps the site and the bands but also the listener. This is something all indie music fans or just music fans in general should check out. The next time you are with your friend,s you can be the one to play an obscure song that people like and be the center of attention. Your time is now.
A slightly better-than-average action flick Christian Dubzik Contributing Writer After the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, “Contraband” is now currently at the top of the box office across the nation, and it may be due to vast popularity of the actor in the lead position, Mark Wahlberg. His character, Chris Farraday, has recently retired from the “business,” which one assumes is smuggling a variety of items from cocaine to counterfeit money into New Orleans. The conflict begins when his brother-in-law Andy (Caleb Jones) botches a drug-run and is put into the hospital by the dealer (Tim Briggs), who was expecting the drugs. Farraday takes the responsibility for Andy and reluctantly agrees to make up the money that was lost so that Briggs doesn’t kill Andy or Farraday’s wife and kids. He assembles a team of former fellow drug-runners to smuggle counterfeit money from Panama back to New Orleans by ship. As you can guess, the trip doesn’t go as planned and Farraday is forced to use his fast-acting and clever skills to arrive back to the States alive, with the money, and doing so by safely avoiding the ever suspicious border patrol. A series of close calls, minor twists, and betrayal closes out the movie where you find out if Farra-
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day makes it back safely to save Andy, his wife and his kids. I personally value a little originality in movies, and I can honestly say I was not surprised to see the main character was classic Wahlberg. His character was handsome, quick-witted, confident, and the overall alpha male with a bad and risky attitude. He had the answer and solution for every problem and always seemed to be in complete control of the situation. You sort of expect that from the main character in most action and adventure thrillers. Director Baltasar Kormakur seemed to put forth an effort for this movie to be more focused on the plot than a lot of extreme action, but it fell short. For a majority of the movie, I noticed a number of clichés from the main character going above and beyond to protect his family to the “bad guy” dealer intimidation techniques, among others. The twists at the end seemed to be a little too much, messily put together and leaving a few holes in the plot. This made many of the viewers ask themselves, “How did that happen?” All the negatives aside, it was still a decent story with decent action, and Mark Wahlberg did well with what he was given. To me, this all added up to an average movie that left me hoping for something a little better.
Alysia Larson Contributing Writer Sadly, our mild winter has turned bitter. Probably just the thought of going outside fills you with chill, and if it weren’t for classes or a job, you probably wouldn’t leave your warm bed. The weather may be frightful, but there is still more to do than sit on the couch in front of the TV with a blanket. According to allwomenstalk.com, here are some fun ideas to try when winter is giving you the blues. Throw a themed party. Hanging out with friends is something most people do on a regular basis, so amp it up a bit and have a themed party. Reuse those old Halloween costumes that you never thought you’d be able to wear again or pick some other theme and have everyone figure out their own way to incorporate it at the party. Create your own holiday. Find something that you love and celebrate it. You don’t need a national holiday doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate your own. Invite your friends to celebrate with you and make sure you make traditions that you can keep for years to come. Have a rock band/ guitar hero night. Who hasn’t dreamed of being a rock star at some point in their lives? Live out the dream by playing with your friends and seeing who is the biggest rocker of them all. If you’re more of a dancer, there are games for you too, such as Dance Dance Revolution and Dance Central. If you search for it, you can certainly find a game that would be fun for all the people involved. On the occasion that some winter days will be warm enough that you won’t want to stay cooped up inside, here are some ideas to enjoy the winter outdoors. Go ice-skating. If you’ve never gone or aren’t very good at it, take the opportunity to have a great new way to get some exercise while having fun. Pretend you’re a professional skater and show off your moves to all your friends. Have a snowball fight. If you’ve never had a massive snowball fight with all your friends, now is the time. Pick a prime location such as a park (just make sure you warn others that might be there) and make sides. Start with a stash of snowballs and let ‘em fly. Losers treat everyone to hot chocolate when it’s over. Winter can be depressing at times with the cold weather, but there are plenty of things to do inside and out. Take advantage of doing things that you won’t be able to do during the warmer months.
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rights and of the great strides that have been made in this area throughout America’s history. Despite this, Jan. 22 will mark 39 years of legalized abortion in the United States. The approaching anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision of the Supreme Court is a glaring reminder that America still has far to go in recognizing and protecting the rights of all persons. What many fail to realize is that the movement toward civil rights for all persons and the prolife movement are necessarily intertwined, for they both strike at the same problem. That is, they both deal with the failure of society to recognize the human dignity of all persons. From the issue of slavery, to segregation in schools, to the legality of the killing of unborn children, this problem has plagued America throughout its history and con-
tinues to do so in the present time. Just as slavery long ago disregarded the right of every person to “life, liberty and pursuit of happiness” as stated by the U.S. Constitution, so does abortion. Both of these practices are rooted in the regarding of a certain class of persons as sub-human. At one point in American history, slaves were counted at only three-fifths the value the freedmen in the evaluation of congressional districts before the amendment of the Constitution. Now abortion poses a more sinister affront to human dignity, as living, growing and developing unborn children are passed off as mere “blobs of tissue.” To end such error, the true value of every person must be acknowledged and respected entirely, throughout every stage of life. Therefore, in
order to be a true advocate of civil rights, one must also be a defender of the unborn. Slavery has long been abolished, and while surely not wholly eliminated, the influence of racism in American culture has been greatly diminished. However, the issue of civil rights issue is not simply a phenomenon that occurred up until the 1950-60s when the rights of people of all races increased in recognition by society; it is a cause that requires a continued effort. The dream of Martin Luther King Jr., as well as all others who value human dignity, that all people be treated with justice cannot be realized until all persons, born and unborn, are first allowed to live.
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When I attended one of the first Bison football games of the season, I was swept away with the Bison pride the fans at the Fargodome displayed. However, I was not moved, and quite frankly embarrassed, by the “Sioux suck shit” chant our student section is so proud of. The chant shouldn’t come as a surprise to me due to its Ryan is a freshman majoring prevalent appearance at almost in the college of engineering every athletic event our university has to offer, but I just and architecture. don’t understand why our students find it necessary to scream it when we’re not even playing the Fighting Whioux. The reason I don’t agree read: “Drinks, dinner, deci- object of these men becoming micro-economies such as the Rylee Nelson with the chant is not that I sions. Arrive a guest, leave a “legendary.” It promotes Department of Tourism. This have no school pride or I don’t Contributing Writer legend.” North Dakota as a place of appeal to sex, in hopes to win acknowledge the infamous riThe Forum’s story on promiscuous activity and a over otherwise uncooperative valry between the universities; Thursday indicated that the place to come for a sleazy audiences, is cheap because it in fact I quite enjoy the UND objectifies parties involved North Dakota has a legend Department of Tourism took scene. vs. NDSU debate. I just think Besides being rather un- (such as the women pictured) and wants people to know it, the ad down from its prelimithat NDSU as a whole should but it is doing so in the wrong nary release on Facebook characteristic of this gener- and loosens respect due to an ditch the monotonous mantra way. The North Dakota De- after several individuals re- ally conservative state, the ad economy that invests in partment of Tourism has de- sponded with negative senti- suggests that this nightlife meaningful tourism. It is safe when we’re not playing UND. You don’t have to think too veloped a series of 10 print ments of disgust and scene may be among the de- to say that North Dakota is hard to realize that most of the ads to boast the legendary na- displeasure toward the ad’s sire of the future of North above this ploy and owes its time the chant just gets us into citizens a reputation of deture of this apparently not so depiction of Fargo’s nightlife. Dakota tourism. trouble rather than motivating Most feared the ad disNorth Dakota does need to cency and respect. ordinary Peace Garden State. our players on the field or the North Dakota has a good It was peaceful until the played North Dakota and be more creative than most court. tourism department released specifically Fargo as sleazy; states in promoting their state thing going with its “legThe “Sioux suck” remark a rather uncharacteristic and it was an image that most did- as a desirable place to visit endary” series of ads but made by Bison cornerback incredibly suggestive ad n’t feel accurately repre- due to its lack of curb appeal. needs to bear in mind its latMarcus Williams seemed to about the apparent racy sented North Dakotan values Appealing to the younger est flub up and subsequent cast a negative shadow on our nightlife to be found in North or how they wanted North crowd by emphasizing a hap- public response when planuniversity as well as our stuDakota. The ad sparked soci- Dakota to be presented to a pening nightlife is a smart ning its future ads. dents after an incredible win move by the Department of North Dakota is worth etal backlash and inevitably national audience. for the Division-I FCS ChamThis “legendary” ad pro- Tourism and having options more than objectification and led to the revocation of the ad as indicated in the Thursday motes a dangerous and sug- for the younger crowd is es- cheap advertising. Substance pionship a few short weeks edition of the Fargo Forum. gestive theme that relays to sential to maximizing tourism and real legends are what ago. Instead of the community brings people to North reveling in the victory over The ad in question depicts prospective visitors that if revenue in the state. However, this recent ad has Dakota, not a promiscuous Sam Houston, most were pretwo men inside the Hotel they visit North Dakota, they occupied with the infamous Donaldson in downtown will be guaranteed to experi- crossed lines of decency and nightlife. UND remark. Fargo, exchanging smooth ence a rather promiscuous has taken with it a wholeUND students and supportRylee is a senior majoring flirtatious glances with three nightlife. The ad’s themes some appeal to enjoyable soers, as well as some NDSU women outside on the side- also objectify the women pic- cialization. It is a cheap road in communications. supporters, were littering local walk. The words on the ad tured identifying them as the to rely on sex to sell for news stations with their dis-
On Aug. 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. gave his renowned “I Have a Dream” speech in which he called out to America and the world for equal rights protection for all people, no matter what their race. Earlier this week, upon Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the nation once again commemorated the life and work of this influential leader. This public holiday also serves as a reminder of the issue of civil
Catching true criminals Fargo Police need to focus on real crime Lukas Croaker Contributing Writer Crime in the Fargo area must have been rather slow this weekend considering part of the force was prowling outside of downtown bars for hardened criminals to make their move. Turns out I was one of these criminals on Sat-
urday night. My friend invited me on a party bus for her 21st birthday, and like the good friend I am, I told her I would happily join. After making a few stops to rural bars, the bus hauled us to the Hub and then downtown. I will admit, at this point I had a few drinks and was not ready to quit. I waited for my friend to get off the bus, which was fine and dandy, except I
was doing the waiting on the street. The police officer did not think this was a good idea for my safety, which I agree. She called me over and told me I was impeding the right of way traffic. I told her I was sorry, but that was not enough for this officer. She then asked if I had any dangerous weapons that I could harm her with. First of
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all, who carries dangerous weapons on a party bus? And second, why would I use it on her for calling me off the street? But we are still not done. She then proceeded to pat me down and put me in the back of her cop car (for a minor traffic citation, mind you). After she asked me five minutes worth of entertaining questions, she let me out of the car with a $20 ticket. Yes, I got a $20 ticket for walking across the street in downtown Fargo. What I do not get is why wouldn’t she just tell me I can’t cross the street in that
manner and let me go with a warning? Instead she took 10 minutes of her and my time to give me a meaningless citation. I can tell you right now that ticket is not going to stop me from crossing the street again, and I think the Fargo Police Department should invest their time in more serious police work. Lately we have heard of multiple robberies at banks, hotels and gas stations, but maybe if our police force was patrolling those areas instead of the downtown scene they could stop these robberies
gust following Williams’ “Sioux suck” comment. I suppose the comment would have made more sense if we actually played UND, but we didn’t. There was literally no reason the phrase “Sioux suck” had any significance toward our football team winning the national championship title. Even though Bison athletic director Gene Taylor apologized to UND’s athletic director Brian Faison for Williams’ remark, the “Sioux suck” incident took away from the hard work the players put into the season, as well as the fans’ dedication to the team over the past few months. I wonder what our opposing teams and fans think of us when we’re incorporating Sioux chants during games? If I were on the other side I would probably think NDSU’s student section needs to learn the importance of relevance. There’s a time and place for UND chants, and that would be when we’re playing UND. At the NDSU vs. UND men’s basketball game this past Tuesday, the infamous rivalry heated up and the “Sioux suck” chant unsurprisingly made news again. Although the chant is obnoxious, the relevance was there: We were in fact playing against the Fighting Whioux. I’d like to bet that every person on the NDSU campus would agree that our school is simply better in comparison to UND. How about we make our chants that way as well. Jaime is a junior majoring in English education. from taking place. Cops are also spending a good amount of time chasing minors around north Fargo hoping to catch young college students drinking. Most of them drank in their college years, which makes these citations quite hypocritical if you ask me. I guess the true criminals (which is apparently the college students) need to watch out for the Fargo Police Department because they are definitely watching us. Lukas is a junior majoring in political science.
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Volunteerism as a pastime Anne Debner Contributing Writer
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Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and all over the United States thousands of people volunteered. President Barrack Obama and his family volunteered. USA Today reported that the President said there was no better way to honor King than to do something on behalf of others. The President, along with his wife and daughter, volunteered at the Browne Education Center in Washington to build bookshelves and a reading nook for students. I also volunteered Monday morning and learned a few things about volunteering. I volunteered through the Bison Service plunge, which was held at the Memorial Union. I was assigned with my group to work at the Family Life Center on campus. Of course, you couldn’t really say it was work. I worked with a friend in organizing the shelves for textile objects for the children as well as their shelves of paper, and later we went through puzzles to organize them and match missing pieces. To call it work would be inaccurate. I had more fun than going to a movie or sleeping in as I had originally intended. I felt like I had accomplished something, and I also had a great deal of fun. Those who assigned us the tasks at the FLC understood that working in groups always makes a job more fun. If volunteering can be such a positive experience and if the leader of our nation takes time out of his busy schedule (and I can guarantee that his schedule would beat yours any day), then why don’t we do it Anne is a sophomore majormore often? ing in communications.
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From those I saw at the Memorial Union on Monday, I doubt more than 10 percent of the student population volunteered on Monday. Though the importance of volunteering is stressed over and over again, why do students remain reluctant to do it? My answer: Recent generations have become self-serving -- they think about themselves first and others second. They would rather have a nice, relaxing day of doing nothing than using the free time they have been given to serve others. Yes, your life can get hectic, and it is hard to find time to volunteer. I understand this, but we were given Monday off completely free. What did you do Monday? Sleep in, hang with friends and do nothing? You could have gathered a group of friends and went to the Memorial Union and volunteered. It would have been way more fun than sitting around doing nothing. This admonition comes too late, but then again maybe not. Spring semester gives us a few Mondays off. Presidents’ Day, which is Feb. 20, is another upcoming free Monday. I challenge you to use this free day to serve others. It is an extra day with no classes that you can make use of. There may not be another service plunge, but check out the volunteer network in the Memorial Union and they will find a place for you and your friends to volunteer and have fun. Don’t waste it, go give back to the community. Get out of your selfish rut and think of others first. Climb out of your warm bed on Feb. 20, and you will be glad you did.
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UND, NDSU rekindle flame at Ralph Engelstad Arena Leave it, North Dakota tops North Dakota State on strength of second-half shooting Travis Jones Sports Editor The rivalry that was born in 1905 was on display for the 285th time on Tuesday night in the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks. The “Ralph,” which holds 11,640, wasn’t full, but it was loud, and it certainly felt like a long-time, heated rivalry as 7,169 fans were on hand in the UND hockey arena. A hard foul delivered by North Dakota’s Patrick Mitchell to North Dakota State’s Taylor Braun late in the first half was seemingly the lone highlight of the first half. After the foul, Braun got up to exchange words with Mitchell, which led to technical fouls for both players. “It’s just two guys playing basketball,” Head Coach Saul Phillips said after the game. “A lot of people handled this [rivalry] really good, including our players and their players.” For a rivalry that seemed to lack something that it used to have, especially during the game last season in the Fargodome, the two schools, both fans and teams, seemed to have a little more emotion on Tuesday night. “It means so much to not only the guys in that locker room,” North Dakota Head Coach Brian Jones said, “but to the community, the student body and the administration.” Both offenses came out of the locker room looking like totally different teams on their respective ends of the floor. Early three pointers for Mitchell and guard Aaron Anderson of North Dakota set the tone early on in the second half. Mike Felt had a three of his own to start the half, and the Bison found their way into the
paint to get back to their brand of basketball. “I think most of the time we’re getting shots that we’d like,” Felt said of the team’s offense in the second half. “We need to get back to work and try out best to bounce back.” Coach Phillips went to his sophomore center to try get back some of the momentum that UND gained following an alley-oop from Jamal Webb to Patrick Mitchell and an Aaron Anderson layup. “They were pretty physical down there,” Marshall Bjorklund said of the low post play. “They played well down there all night.” Two free throws from Bjorklund pushed the Bison to a 50-45 lead, but UND was able to pull even with NDSU on the strength of their low post play and a Josh Schuler three with just over five minutes to go in the game. Fargo native Jordan Allard hit two free throws with three minutes to go to give UND a 52-50 lead. Taylor Braun hit two free throws to tie the game at 52, but an intentional foul by Dylan Hale with just over two minutes remaining set the stage for an exciting finish. “We were in that position a year ago down in there building,” Jones said of his team’s adjustments. “The Bison are killers out of halftime, they come out and really just put it on people offensively.” UND held the ball until the final seconds of the shot clock on two straight possessions with under two minutes to go. A missed three by Patrick Mitchell on the first stalled possession led to a stop on the defensive on by North Dakota. On a third try on the next UND possession, North Dakota got the tip-back to go down and took a 55-52 lead. Aaron Anderson sank two
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TrayVonn Wright puts down a dunk against South Dakota last weekend in the BSA. Wright and the Bison will host Summit League rival South Dakota State on Saturday at 7 p.m.
free throws to give UND a 5752 lead with 19 seconds left. NDSU’s TrayVonn Wright hit a baseline six-footer to bring the score to 57-54, but Schuler hit two free throws with six seconds left to preserve the win for North Dakota, as they won the Interstate-29 rivalry 59-54. “Our coaches emphasized on making our free throws,” sophomore guard Aaron Anderson said following his
team’s win. “The second half we just settled down.” Marshall Bjorklund finished as the leading scorer for the Bison as he threw in 13 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had two blocks. Mike Felt had 12 points on 4-12 shooting for the night, all of those coming from behind the three-point line. Three players had eight points for NDSU in Taylor Braun, TrayVonn Wright and Lawrence Alexander.
North Dakota was paced offensively by Cavalier, N.D. native Brandon Brekke with 17 points. Aaron Anderson, Josh Schuler and Patrick Mitchell were all in doubledigits for UND with 12, 11 and 10 points respectively. The Bison will continue their stretch of former NCC foes with a Summit League rivalry against South Dakota State on Saturday in the Bison Sports Arena starting at 7 p.m.
school’s history. Taking first in the 200 meter run with 25.40 seconds was Brittany Page, triumphing in the 60 meters with 7.72 was Antoinette Goodman, and Paige Stratioti pulled away with the win at 57.15 in the 400 meters. Toni Tollefson cleared the high jump at 5 feet 7 inches, leading in a Bison sweep. Winning the 4x400 relay in 3:55.16 was the team of Stratioti, Melissa Kitching, Brittany Schanandore and Ashlynn Simon. Both teams will be competing this weekend to take part in the Jack Johnson Classic in Minneapolis, Minn. Wrestling Going 2-1 on the competi-
tion’s final day, the NDSU wrestling team finished sixth at the Virginia Duals last weekend. In the first match against Arizona State, No. 19 Trent Sprenkle earned a pin at 125 before Arizona State took a 96 lead. No. 11 Steven Monk, the only Bison to go undefeated through the weekend at 5-0, gave NDSU the lead at 157 pounds with an 18-0 technical fall. Following at 165 pounds with a pin was Tyler Johnson. A 10-6 decision at 184 gave Mac Stoll a win, and a 5-4 win at 197 was earned by John Gusewelle. Winning five of the first six matches in the second match, the Bison took a 15-3 lead on
The Citadel, advancing the team, based on criterion 1, to the fifth place bout. Taking on No. 20 Rutgers, the Bison dropped the first three bouts to them and a 10-0 lead, before winning the next three. Winning a 5-3 decision at 149 was Mark Erickson followed by Monk at 157 with a pin. With an 8-1 victory, Johnson was able to give the Bison a 12-10 lead before Rutgers would go on and clinch the win in a major decision. The wrestling team will continue their season with a match at Boise State on Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. and a match at Idaho State on Sunday, Jan. 22 at 2 p.m.
Bison herd round-up Corrie Dunshee Contributing Writer Track and Field On Sunday, Jan. 15 the men’s track and field team came away with six event titles at the Bison Invitational. Winning the 60 meters in 6.81 seconds, Donté Smart’s personal best ranks seventh alltime at NDSU, while Matt Tetzlaff took first in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.01 seconds. Coming in first in the 800 meters at 1:54.37 was Alec Espeland, and claiming first in the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:19.42 was the team made up
of Smart, Andy Lillejord, Jerome Begin, and Jason Duchscherer. With a mark of 23 feet 7.25 inches, Lillejord also walked away with first place in the long jump. With a personal best in the triple jump, Nick Williams leaped 44 feet 11.5 inches to take home the win. Winning seven titles at the same event as the men, the women’s track and field team was led by Emily Lesser, who took home the weight throw title with a 55 foot 11.25 inches mark, a personal best for her and ranking sixth alltime at NDSU. Lesser also had a personal best in the shot put with a throw of 47 feet 0.75 inches, ranking seventh in the
I first really started following North Dakota State athletics when I was in the sixth grade. My brother had set his sights on this school, and he introduced me to all that it had in store during his college tenure and my high school days. The only thing that I seemed to know, the rivalry with the University of North Dakota, he wasn’t able to tell me a whole lot about. I think it’s safe to say that most students at NDSU don’t know the passion and the history of this rivalry that dates back to the early 1900s. Unless a student comes from a family that lives, eats and breathes NDSU, they probably don’t appreciate this rivalry and respect the history driven behind it; this includes myself. There has been so much talk swirling around about what to do with scheduling North Dakota in all sports, most notably football. Would it be nice to see these two teams strap up the pads and battle it out on the gridiron? Of course it would be; I would love nothing more than to see that, but it’s not going to happen any time soon. It’s more than simply taking the Interstate-29 trip and playing. It’s much, much more than that. After Tuesday night’s men’s basketball game at the Ralph Engelstad Arena, there was more talk about how the scheduling between the two schools needed change, and fans seemed to have strong opinions on how it should be done. I’ll be the first to admit that I love the way it is right now. For starters, North Dakota State doesn’t play any other non-Summit League opponent more than once in a season unless they happen to meet in a tournament somewhere along the line, but it will most likely never happen. I understand that the fans would love to see the two teams meet up for a home-athome scheduling. Why not? The biggest rivalries in college basketball do it, such as Duke and North Carolina or Kansas and Missouri. The reason they meet up more than once is because those rivalries are within the same conference, for one more season at least. Until UND and NDSU are in the same conference, which won’t happen for a while, at least not in basketball, there is going to be one meeting between the rivals and they will rotate hosting rights. My last thought on it is that I love the way the two athletic departments are promoting this basketball game. Instead of the Bison Sports Arena, the Bison hosted last year in the Fargodome. On Tuesday, I was sitting courtside of a hockey arena watching a basketball game, and if you would have sat me down as a complete stranger clueless to anything about North Dakota, I would have said it was an awesome basketball environment. Keep it the way it is, the rivalry means something again.
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Sports UMKC rolls past Bison in Fargo Thomas leads the way for ‘Roos as the Bison fall to 4-4 in Summit Travis Jones Sports Editor
After going through a rough stretch in December and producing a record of 2-6, the North Dakota State women’s basketball team has seemed to have found their groove in January, winning three out of their first four games of the month and five of their last six overall. The Missouri-Kansas City ‘Roos came to a chilly Fargo on Tuesday night looking to move into a tie for third place in the Summit League with a league record of 3-3 heading into the matchup. UMKC is second in the Summit in scoring offense, averaging just over 74 points per game, and continued that performance as they cruised passed the Bison 76-58. LeAndrea Thomas was seemingly unstoppable early on for the ‘Roos, as she fin-
ished the game with 24 points, 22 of those coming in the first half. “LeAndrea Thomas was very, very hot in the first half,” UMKC Head Coach Candace Whitaker said. “She has the ability to do that, she can go when she wants to.” Thomas entered the game averaging just under 10 points for UMKC and surpassed her previous career high in points in 20, so the scoring outburst was something the Bison hadn’t expected. “She got into a groove and she got into a groove fast,” Bison Head Coach Carolyn DeHoff said. “It’s not like we hadn’t seen her before, but it got out of hand in the first half.” The loss puts NDSU at 7-13 (4-4 Summit), but most notably the Herd looked like a different squad on the floor than they did in the previous six games. “UMKC is a very talented team,” DeHoff said after the game. “Something from the start of the South Dakota game to the start of
this game we lost something.” UMKC left a small window open for the Bison in the second half, as the ‘Roos put North Dakota State in the bonus with 15 minutes remaining in the half. Two trips to the line and a pair of turnovers gave the team a surge of energy, but the ‘Roos were able to shut the door with points in the paint to quiet the NDSU run. “I think that we started to hustle more [during the run],” Brittany Gaines said after the game. “We picked up our energy more that we didn’t have in the first half.” Gaines had 11 points on 3-6 shooting from the field. Gaines was the only player for NDSU to hit a three, as she went 2-5 from behind the arc. Abby Plucker moved into the number 25 spot on the NDSU all-time scoring list during the game as she surpassed Jayne Boeddeker (1997-2001) who previously held the position with 1,080 points. Plucker finished the
Reflecting on renewal
Kyle Roth Staff Writer
There are a few facts about a rivalry that just don't change, and at the top of the list is the idea that when you lose, it just isn't fun.
The men's basketball team found that out the hard way on Tuesday when they dropped a 59-55 decision to UND in Grand Forks. Watching the final seconds tick away made me flash back to the last few years before my time at NDSU. It was 2003, and following an overtime win for UND over the Bison, the announcement came that North Dakota would keep the Nickel Trophy and end the series between the two schools, one that had run nearly the length of the two schools' existences.
Across North Dakota, there was outrage, confusion and that smug satisfaction from the party that thought they'd gotten the better of the other. Then, the unthinkable happened. NDSU moved on. Maybe a place was still held in the hearts of Bison Nation for the state's chief sporting event, that being anything NDSU-UND. Whatever the case, and whatever an individual's views on that diminished rivalry might be, the competition became solely institutional as the schools ceased to
game with 12 points to lead the Herd, and she grabbed six rebounds, four of those coming on the offensive end. Janae Burich and Dani Degagne were the only other players in double figures, as they both threw in 10 apiece. Burich also grabbed seven rebounds, a team high on the night. Thomas lead the ‘Roos in scoring with 24. “It felt good to put the team on my back and get the win,” Thomas said. “I was a lot more focused.” Thomas was one of four ‘Roos who were in double-digits for UMKC. The Bison will close out their three-game home stand on Saturday with rival South Dakota State coming to town on Friday night. It will be the last time that senior Abby Plucker will play against the Jacks in Fargo. Senior Jennifer Lopez will also get her first taste of the rivalry, having joined the team last month.
meet on just about every level of athletics. Half a decade later Bison fans found themselves at the Fargodome after the football team dropped a heartbreaker to Eastern Washington in the FCS playoffs. Depleted after that, it was hard for anyone to buy in to a basketball game, even one that renewed the series between NDSU and UND. The fire from that rivalry, at least for Bison fans, was gone for now. A year later that fire is building back up, but it will take time to get it back to where it was. Make no mistake; Tuesday's basketball game meant far more to UND than it did to
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Janae Burich puts up a hook shot against South Dakota last weekend in the BSA. Burich and the Bison will host rivals South Dakota State on Friday night.
NDSU. It showed on the court, and it shows on paper where the Bison's conference record is still solid at 6-2. UND Head Coach Brian Jones called it his team's signature win in transition. NDSU's signature wins came by way of victories over ranked teams Wisconsin and Marquette. When NDSU defeated UND by 26 last year in Fargo, it was business as usual. When UND pulled the upset on Tuesday, their fans stormed the court in celebration. Those factors go to show the levels the two schools are at right now, and for those keeping score at home, NDSU has left its rival in the dust.
Maybe UND will catch up in a season or two, or maybe it will take years for them to replicate the successes NDSU has had in its short time as a Division-I institution. Whatever the result in that particular race, it's clear that right now, though the rivalry is back on in a few sports, the fire is gone from it, and it won't be back until UND can compete at the level NDSU does. The bottom line? Until there's more on the line for both schools, rather than one or the other, the rivalry simply isn't the same.
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