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NEWS BRIEFS STATE BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) North Dakota's House is likely to be debating two bills that would require the University of North Dakota to keep its Fighting Sioux nickname and American Indian head logo. House Republican majority leader Al Carlson of Fargo is introducing a bill that orders UND and the Board of Higher Education to keep the nickname and logo. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The federal government proposed Thursday to reward farmers who use crop insurance and demonstrate good management practices that limit their losses. The awards under the Good Performance Refund plan would average about $1,000 per eligible farmer, and payments would go out in the first quarter, in time to help with spring planting, said William Murphy, administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency. More than 67,000 farmers would be eligible, he said. FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The Highway Patrol has concluded that a big vehicle pileup on Interstate 94 near Fargo started when a semitrailer truck jack-knifed and blocked the eastbound lane. The patrol said what followed in the Dec. 30 snowstorm were many separate crashes, sometimes involving multiple vehicles on glare ice in near zero visibility. The NDHP said there were 35 property damage crashes, four injury crashes and one fatal crash. One man died several days after being struck by a vehicle when he left his truck to help other motorists involved in a 15-vehicle pileup.
NATIONAL ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Sarah Palin posted a nearly eight-minute video on her Facebook page early Wednesday, accusing journalists and pundits of inciting hatred and violence in the wake of a deadly Arizona shooting that gravely wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Last spring, Palin targeted Giffords' district as one of 20 that should be taken back. Palin has been criticized for marking each district with the cross hairs of a gun sight. HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A powerful winter storm buried the Northeast in nearly 2 feet of wet, blowing snow Wednesday, smothering highways, halting trains, and causing thousands of homes and business to go cold and dark. The storm, which iced over much of the South before sweeping up the East Coast, wreaked havoc on the morning commute across southern New England. Hundreds of flights were canceled, and government officials pleaded for drivers to stay off the roads.
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Students returned to campus Monday evening only to be greeted by the type of winter Fargo is famous for. According to the National Weather Service, 2010 was the 12th snowiest calendar year on record for the area, with greater than 45 inches having fallen since autumn. A double storm system plagued the region just before the year's end, causing dangerous conditions that led to an approximately 100-car pileup on I-94 near Fargo. As classes start back up, campus officials are working to keep the roads and sidewalks of the university safe for students, faculty and staff. Ray Boyer, director for the University Police and Safety Office, works with facilities management toward providing a less hazardous campus environment. Although he reported having dealt with some incidents of slips and falls as well as motor vehicle accidents, Boyer maintained confidence that the season is and will continue to be manage-
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Students like Andrew Thorson, a sophomore studying economics, ﬁnd many ways to keep warm on campus.
cally change conditions on the able. “While variables such as the campus, NDSU has, for many weather can oftentimes radi- years, used a proactive ap-
proach to addressing these changing conditions in a timely manner,” Boyer said. The University Police and safety office department answers calls and responds to reports of dangerous conditions whenever they arise. Alongside facilities management, the University Police and safety office department makes decisions regarding which crews should be called out to deal with issues related to snow and ice. The general protocol for dealing with winter conditions on campus involves the distribution of three separate products designed to ensure campus safety. Before snow falls, a liquid chemical is applied to roads and walkways to prevent sticking to the pavement. Once the snow has fallen, ice melt is distributed around building entrances while a sand and salt mixture is spread on sidewalks and street entrances. After sidewalks and roads are cleared of snow and ice, the piles that accumulate as a result of the clearing must be removed.
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More than a year ago, NDSU’s Minard Hall collapsed leaving students and faculty second guessing the safety of the classrooms.
Minard Hall Update NICOLE ROBERSON News Reporter
A little more than a year has passed since the collapse of the northwest side of Minard Hall. This collapse has greatly slowed the progress of expanding NDSU’s largest aca-
BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanon's year-old unity government collapsed Wednesday after Hezbollah ministers and their allies resigned over tensions stemming from a U.N.-backed tribunal investigating the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The walkout ushers in the country's worst political crisis since 2008 in one of the most volatile corners of the Middle East. RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -Torrential summer rains tore through Rio de Janeiro state's mountains, killing at least 99 people in 24 hours, Brazilian officials said Wednesday. Rescuers using heavy machinery, shovels and bare hands struggled to dig through tons of mud and debris in a search for survivors.
Michael Ellingson serves as the director for facilities management and makes sure that hazardous conditions are appropriately dealt with. As director, he experiences firsthand the difficulties associated with unusual snowfall. “Considering our size of campus, work force, budget and the quantity of snowfall we receive ... it can take a couple of weeks to remove all of the piles,” Ellingson said. While ground conditions affect student life on campus, many of NDSU’s students, faculty and staff face potentially dangerous commutes to get to the university daily. With 2011 having not yet broken the freezing threshold and having already seen temperatures as low as -16 degrees, campus officials urge students to practice a reasonable level of winter preparedness. “Be aware of the type of winter environment common to this region and to NDSU and ... exercise extra caution when outside, not only as you walk or drive, but also as needed to be prepared for the cold,” Boyer said.
demic building. The project was originally scheduled to be finished in May of 2012, but the end date is currently unknown. The damage from the collapse itself is not what is slowing progress, however NDSU officials are still awaiting re-
sults of the forensic investigation aimed to determine the cause of the collapse. In the meantime, construction crews have been continuing work on the project by performing more minor tasks, such as installing windows on the parts of the building that were not
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affected by the accident. Work on Minard’s addition is “on hold until the forensic study is complete,” NDSU Media Relations Director Najla Amundson said. “The whole project has to be
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COOPERSTOWN, N.D. (A.P.) -Authorities said a felony murder charge was filed against Daniel Evan Wacht in the death of North Dakota State University researcher Kurt Johnson. The 30-year-old Wacht had been arrested earlier in the week on a probation violation from California. The Forum reported that Griggs County authorities said at a press conference Friday that Johnson's head was found in the basement of Wacht's home in Cooperstown. Authorities said he had been shot and his body had not yet been found. The 54-year-old Johnson worked out of his Cooperstown home. He was last seen leaving a Cooperstown bar on New Year's Eve and was reported missing on Tuesday.
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“To say that some of them ended up in closets would not be a dramatic understatement,” NDSU President Dean Bresciani said in a recent Fargo Forum article. The Forum also reports that the original budget of the project was to cost $18 million, but so far at least an additional $1.3 million has amassed. With everything as tentative as it is now, it is hard to know just how long it will be before NDSU sees its newest addition to Minard Hall.
Student Involvement Expo introduces new opportunities LAURA MUZ Co-News Editor
As a new semester begins, new opportunities are available for students interested in geting more involved on campus. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 19 in the Great Plains Ballroom of the Memorial Union, students will be able to visit organization booths, learn more about student involvement at NDSU and win prizes for participating. More than 120 student organizations are expected to participate in the event in interest areas including student government, service, Greek Life, wellness, recreation, Campus Attractions, culture, and special interest groups. “NDSU has over 275 student organizations,” Jon Okstad, a junior majoring in management communication and the
executive commissioner of the Congress of Student Organizations, said. “This fall we had an increase of more than 15 new student organizations, and several of them will be participating in the expo.” According to Okstad, last semester NDSU welcomed the German Club, Lions Club, Nordic Skiing Club and the Dance Dance Revolution Club to campus, among others. These organizations will be participating in the expo next Wednesday. Although several new organizations will be present, students will also recognize several returning groups including the Amateur Radio Society, Armed Forces Association, Men’s Rugby and the Gaming Guild. Among the prizes being given out at this semester’s expo, individuals who participate in the event will be given the chance to win an Apple
iPad. can register on computers at Students must be registered the expo. for OrgSync to be entered in To register for the service, the drawing for the iPad. individuals can go to orgsync.com/login and click “register here,” find North Dakota State University under Student involvea list of schools, and then crement at NDSU is at ate a new account using their NDSU email address. an all-time high. It’s Once a member of OrgSync, never been easier students can create a profile for students to get and find the organizations they are a part of on the webinvolved. –Jon Okstad, Execu- site. According to Okstad, the tive Commissioner online resource can also help of the Congress of students find organizations they would like to become a Student Organizapart of if they are not already tions a member. Org Sync is a website used to “Student involvement at reach members of student or- NDSU is at an all-time high,” ganizations, which was intro- Okstad said. “It’s never been duced to students last spring easier for students to get inby student government. volved.” Students are encouraged to register for OrgSync prior to attending the event, or they
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“Turn your day off into a day on!” Students from around campus will be dedicating next Monday to serving different organizations in the FargoMoorhead area in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Some places that students will have the opportunity to volunteer include Rosewood on Broadway, Project Hero, Churches United, Dorothy Day Food Pantry, University Lutheran Church, the Ronald McDonald House and several others. Although the event is only days away, the list of organizations is continuing to
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which was inspired by a famous Martin Luther King Jr. quote, “Everyone can be great because everybody can serve,” has been shown to be a great success. “It was great to see NDSU students come out to serve the community on their day off of school.” Emmali Montazemi, a senior studying apparel and textiles and a participant in last year’s MLK Service Plunge, said. Montazemi, who volunteered at Bethany Homes with her sisters from Kappa Delta Sorority, explained how much fun it was. “We had the opportunity to play games with the residents and spend time with people who often have few visitors. I
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As a new semester begins, changes can be seen throughout the framework of the university for both organizations and students. The Bison Information Network (BIN) is starting the new semester with a bang. They are hoping to revamp their product and make it more appealing to the student body. By introducing new entertainment features, the BIN is hoping to create an image that students can relate to on a more personal level. “With every new semester, I'm most excited just to see what BIN is going to do next,” BIN General Manager Andrew Young said. “Every semester the BIN has
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A judge has dealt the doctor charged in Michael Jackson’s death two setbacks, bringing him a step closer to a trial that could end with him being sent to prison and also taking away his livelihood. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor on Tuesday told Dr. Conrad Murray that after listening to six days of testimony at a preliminary hearing, he thought there was enough evidence to support a possible finding of guilt at trial for the cardiologist to be convicted of involuntary manslaughter. The ruling sets the stage for a high-profile trial that will examine all aspects of the pop star’s death and try to finally place responsibility for his demise at the age of 50. Moments after he delivered the ruling, Pastor also suspended Murray's license to practice medicine in California, a move that the physician's attorney warned could prompt two other state where he has clinics to do the same. Murray has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s June 2009 death, with prosecutors accusing him of providing the singer with a lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol and other sedatives. The doctor has pleaded not guilty and is due back in court on January 25 for another arraignment. Pastor made minimal comments on his ruling that there
was enough evidence for Murray, 57, to stand trial. But the judge was clear that he thought Jackson's former personal physician may pose an “imminent danger” if allowed to keep his medical license. Murray’s attorney, Ed Chernoff, called the suspension the “nuclear option,” noting that Murray hadn’t practiced medicine in California since Jackson’s death. “If you do that, he's dead in the water,” Chernoff said. "He has no practice anymore. His patients have no doctor.” A prosecutor portrayed Murray in closing statements Tuesday as a doctor who showed poor medical judgment and who had cost the Jackson family dearly. “Because of Dr. Murray's actions, Michael is gone,” Deputy District Attorney David Walgren said. “Because of Dr. Murray's actions, Michael's children are left without a father.” On the final day of the preliminary hearing, another of Murray’s attorneys grilled experts on the possibility that Jackson somehow gave himself a fatal dose of propofol. A coroner’s official and a prosecution expert said that while it's possible Jackson swallowed propofol when his doctor stepped out of his bedroom, it was unlikely. Both said if that's what happened, it doesn’t change Murray’s culpability. Dr. Richard Ruffalo, an anesthesiologist who testified as an expert witness, said
Murray expressed concern about Jackson being addicted to the anesthetic in an interview with police two days after the singer’s death. The cardiologist told police he left Jackson alone to use the restroom, and when he returned the pop star wasn’t breathing. “It's the same as having a heroin addict and leaving the syringe next to him and walking away,” said Dr. Richard Ruffalo, an anesthesiologist who testified as an expert witness. He said Murray lacked the proper medical equipment to properly monitor Jackson, who was receiving propofol to help him sleep six nights a week for at least two months before he died. Ruffalo also didn't properly attempt to revive Jackson, calling his attempts to perform CPR on the singer’s bed “useless.” The technique must be performed on a hard surface. Compounded with Murray’s delay in calling 911, which prosecutors said could have been as much as 21 minutes, the doctor’s treatment of Jackson represented an extreme deviation from the standard of care, Ruffalo said. Walgren made the point in his closing arguments, during which he placed the blame for Jackson's death squarely on the doctor. “Michael is not here today because of an utterly inept, incompetent and reckless Dr. Conrad Murray,” Walgren said.
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Winter vacation is unfortunately over and school has begun once again. Besides the back-to-back blizzards that occurred, it was actually quite an interesting one. Of course Christmas gifts always make any day great, but this break was just a bit different. Why? Well, because in just three weeks so much happened in the world of celebrities. Usually around this time, celebrities are spreading lots of joy and sharing their holiday spirit, but somehow this time there was not much of it going around. Whether involving drug-related issues or breakups, drama stirred up and I have got the scoop. Remember that cute couple from “High School Musical?” Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron split up after a four-year relationship. According to the E! official website, “they are 100 percent still good friends.” These two had such great chemistry together; it is a shock that they will no longer be the young Hollywood golden couple. Get this! Apparently, Disney star Miley Cyrus was involved in an issue of her own and it is definitely not about a new episode of “Hannah Montana.” Cyrus was caught on tape (yes, on tape, what a surprise) smoking from a bong during a party in her Los Angeles home. The official TMZ website states that this happened only “five days after Cyrus’s 18th birthday” and that she was smoking salvia and not marijuana. Salvia is a natural herb, which has psychedelic qualities but possession in Calif. is legal. TMZ also states that the video was shot by “one of Cyrus’s friends- and the theory is that someone stole or copied the video from a friend’s camera.” Cyrus’s father, Billy Ray turned to Twitter for support after the incident. “Sorry guys. I had no idea. Just saw this for the first time. I am so sad,” Ray said. Perhaps next time, the video cameras should be put away before Cyrus ends up like former Disney star, Lindsay Lohan -maybe even her cellmate.
Reach your resolution LINDA VASQUEZ Features Editor
A new year has finally approached and this is a time when many individuals begin to set goals for the upcoming year. These goals can range from losing a bad habit to making a change through a supporting cause or specifically, a personal change. Many students are already setting their goals for 2011. Taylor Poss, a freshman majoring in criminal justice, wants his health and wallet size to improve. "My number one new year resolution this upcoming year is to quit chewing tobacco," Poss said. Randy Kirkevold, a senior majoring in English, got himself thinking about the immediate future. "I think the one thing I'm most striving for is to get into grad school," Kirkevold said. Other students are setting goals
with friends in order to create a better support system. Teresa Chavez, a sophomore majoring in political science wants to make more time to spend with her daughter and become a healthier parent. "Every single year I say I want to lose weight, but I never do it. This year will be different," Chavez said. “I’ll have a gym buddy to go with- we will motivate each other. Plus, I want to be healthy for my child." There are so many different resolutions that can be set for this new year. It may seem like every year you set a goal and you never seem to accomplish it. Here are a few tips to make that change in 2011. According to the official Livestrong website, "Setting resolutions at the start of a new year can be effective if you create goals that are realistic and you make them fun in
some way." Try brainstorming different ways to accomplish the goals or recruit a friend to help you do it. For example, to lose 10 pounds, think of different ways to lose the extra weight, such as taking up a new dance or martial arts class and asking a friend to be your workout buddy. Always remember to maintain a healthy sense of humor when striving for goals. Successfactors.com states: "The more rigid or extreme the goal is, the less likely it will be that it will be attractive or attainable. Allow yourself to make mistakes and enjoy the process as much as reaching -- or even surpassing -your new goals." The easiest way to get started on your New Year's resolution is to create a list. List all the projects and goals that you would like to complete during the next year. Don't hold back; this is a chance to
Old winter trend makes a comeback New knitted headband replaces hat hair JAIME JARMIN Spectrum Staff
Baby it’s cold outside, so what better way to dress appropriately for the weather than by sporting a funky headband? It’s a new year, so now would be the perfect time to start wearing a piece of a new fashion trend. I am not talking about a headband with the only purpose being to keep hair out of the face, but I am talking about the type that functions both as a cute hair accessory and a cold weather necessity. The boring winter headband has made a thrilling comeback. Even celebrities have been seen wearing these chic knitted headbands. According to MTV’s “The Hills” star Whitney Port’s website, these knitted headbands have helped her rock a new look. Headbands are now emerging back into the trend scene in an exciting form: knit. Micah Zimmerman/The Spectrum The knitted headband is unlike Celebrity drama Beth Anton shows off the new winter trend. the fleece headband, which used to on Page 7 >> be very popular. Many students, like Morgan Bindas, a sophomore majoring in political science, wore them when they were younger. “I remember fleece headbands being most popular when I was in elementary school” Bindas said. Some may think that wearing a headband was so ten years ago, but the knitted headband has become a cute winter weather staple. There are many students walking around campus unprepared for the cold. Headbands can help prevent frostbite caused by the freezing weather North Dakota is prone to. Knitted headbands can also reduce the amount of hat hair winter hats can cause. Not only can knitted headbands do those things, but they can also make a very sophisticated fashion statement. Finding knitted accessories for winter such as hats, gloves and scarves is not a hard task, but findPhoto Courtesy of Wikipedia ing a knitted headband might be a Fargo became a tourist destination for celebrities this winter break. Fergie and Josh Duhamel visited relatives in Fargo little more difficult. over the holidays.
put everything on paper and get ideas out there. After you have jotted down all your goals, cluster them into different groups. Then trim goals to the top five most important -- or desirable -- goals. Work on these goals for the first six months of the year and once they are completed, go back to your master list and set five new goals for the following six months. If you get tired of one goal, drop it and then replace it with one more exciting, or with one that gives you a desire to accomplish it. If your workout buddy bails, replace him or her too. Whatever your goal may be -dropping ten pounds, buying a new car, taking a surfing trip to Hawaii or simply meeting new people -know that you can get it done. Feel confident with yourself and just make it your New Year's resolution.
Knitted headbands can be found in places around Fargo-Moorhead such as Hair Success and Walmart. Another great place to find knitted headbands is online where they can be bought at affordable prices. Knitted headbands found at these places include colors such as tan, purple, blue, brown, pink, yellow, green, and black. According to Elle magazine, “the different colors make it easy to coordinate with winter coats and other winter accessories.” In addition to the wide variety of colors that can be paired with winter gear, knitted headbands can
Headbands are now emerging back into the trend scene in an exciting form: knit.
feature a button and loophole so the headband can be easily wrapped around the head and clasped together. This is very helpful because there is no need to slip it over the hair, which would otherwise increase the chances of ruining your ‘do. Some knitted headbands include a knitted flower on the side with a gem sewn in the center of the flower, making them both casual and elegant. Be adventurous and try on a sophisticated knitted headband. Retire that old hat to make a fashionable statement for the new semester and the new year!
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From Broadway to small town EMILY HANSON A&E Editor
It's not every day that students in the NDSU theatre department get a chance to work with a successful Broadway composer. Then again, it's not every day that a successful Broadway composer leaves the hustle and bustle of New York City to spend time in frigid Fargo, N.D. Andrew Lippa, the awardwinning Broadway composer of the current hit Broadway musical "The Addams Family," will be an artist-in-residence at NDSU this spring. Lippa is not only famous for his Tony-nominated musical "The Addams Family." Amongst many other things, he is a known for his musical contributions to "Asphalt Beach"; Aaron Sorkin's Broadway production, "The Farnsworth Invention"; "The Wild Party" (book/music/lyrics), for which he won the 2000 Drama Desk Award for best music; and his song contributions to the Broadway version of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." Lippa has also been the music director for Tonyaward winning Broadway actress Kristin Chenoweth ("You're a Good Man, Char-
lie Brown," "Wicked" and "Promises, Promises") who students may recognize from her guest appearances as April Rhodes on the hit TV series "Glee." Many may wonder what would bring someone of such caliber to the below-freezing temperatures of Fargo. While here, Lippa will be working on a new musical alongside playwright John Logan ("Aviator" and "Gladiator"). While they aren't releasing any information about the show, Lippa did reveal why he chose to work in Fargo. "I wanted to go somewhere where I didn't know anyone and felt isolated and as far away from everyone I know," Lippa said. "Fargo fell into my lap. It's exciting to be here in the frozen time of year. It helps me to focus because I have to be indoors." Working on his new musical isn't the only thing Lippa will be doing while in Fargo. As an artist-in-residence, Lippa will be working with students in the theatre department including three master classes/workshops, teaching several theater classes and hosting a live concert. "I want to be isolated to work on my new project where I won't be distracted," Lippa said. "But I don't want to be too isolated, so I asked if it would be beneficial to come and work with the students." Lippa came into contact with NDSU Musical Theatre Specialist Dr. Katherine
Noone and the plan for an
Lippa is hoping to give the pertly train the students in a much more artistic nature," Noone said. "I look forward to him pushing our students in their acting and singing in ways they have not been pushed prior, making them risk more, truly asking them to dig deep within themselves to access their personal talent and bring it to the surface. I believe our students are excited to meet this challenge with Mr. Lippa." While he will be busy working on his new musical and spending time teaching students, Lippa hopes personal gain will come from his time in Fargo. "Practically, I hope the quiet time will bear fruit creatively so I will get a lot written," Lippa said. "But it's a different way of life here than where I live. I hope to soak up the different kind of life and be able to be reminded that I'm taken out of my own life. It's good for my soul." Aside from the fact that New York City and Fargo are culturally polar opposites, Lippa has taken notice to a few specific differences. Submitted Photo Award-winning Broadway composer Andrew Lippa will serve as "New York is great and a lot faster," Lippa said. "Here, artist-in-residence at NDSU this spring. people are just nice and pleasartist-in-residency was set into theater students, who have lit- ant and approachable. It's a motion. tle experience with people nice change." "I just want everyone to who work in the world of proLippa took notice that peoknow what a huge deal this is fessional theater, insight on ple in the gym would strike up to have someone of this mag- how they perform, how they conversation with him about nitude here on campus," focus and how they work on a the weather and people at the Noone said. "He chose to be song, along with providiong grocery store would stop and an artist-in-residence at answers for their practical talk for no apparent reason. NDSU as opposed to any questions. "I was in the grocery store, other college in the area." "I trust Mr. Lippa will ex- zipping through the place and
I had to stop and ask myself why I was going so fast," Lippa said. "I don't want to sound like the big city guy who comes to this smaller place and sounds dismissive. I'm saying it in the pleasant." Although he grew up in suburban Detroit and resides in New York, Lippa has already found the benefits of smaller city life. "It's wonderful to be around such a slower pace and slower way of life. It's a really healthy way to be, it seems," Lippa said. "It was part of my coming here. I wanted to connect with people who live like this rather than a big city." For those interested, here are the Andrew Lippa events coming up this semester: Broadway Masterclass from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29 in Askanese Theatre (Free and open to the public) Andrea Lippa LIVE in Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 18 in Askanese Theatre ($15 Adults/$10 Students) Theatrical Workshop from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 25 in Walsh Studio Theatre (Free and open to students) All Lippa Songs Masterclass from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 16 in Walsh Studio Theatre (Free and open to the public).
“Tron: Legacy” (Re)Enter The Grid STEVEN STROM Contributing Writer
With the release of “Tron: Legacy,” Disney took a big risk in creating a full-on sequel to a cult film well over 25 years old, rather than simply creating a remake. On one hand, they risked alienating fans of the original film and on the other hand it’s quite difficult to say that there are that many fans of the original “Tron” out there. Thankfully, I can report that Disney’s risky move played out well … for the most part. “Tron: Legacy” takes place around 30 years after the original film. Kevin Flynn (played with relish by a returning Jeff Bridges), the protagonist from the first film, has disappeared leaving behind both his son and a multi-billion dollar software empire. Kevin’s son, Sam, divides his time between performing daredevil stunts and harassing a greedy board of directors that now runs his father’s company in his name. From there, it doesn’t take long for Sam to follow in his
father’s footsteps and enter The Grid, a slick and cyberpunk world existing within the heart of all computers, populated by walking, talking software. The original “Tron” was heavily reliant on its visual aesthetic and the sequel is no different. The graphic designers certainly deserve a medal for this, as the world is gorgeously sleek; it’s composed of the deepest blacks and neon colors, all pulsating around shining black and blue glass. Buildings are massive monoliths composed of sharp right angles and vehicles are smooth and rounded airstreams cutting through the spectacle. This world is truly brought to life by the techno soundtrack provided by the legendary artists Daft Punk who have crafted quite possibly the best musical score of 2010. And while the newly updated Grid has a much finer mirror finish (in fact, most of the world has a literal mirror finish) then the original, it is still recognizable as the world that all good “Tron” fans know and love. Speaking of recognizable, it’s nice to see that the script wasn’t completely devoid of references to the original. It’s a bit surreal to hear someone shout “Greetings, programs!” after all these years or to hear
Disney's new ﬁlm "Tron Legacy" is sure to please audiences.
the titular character of Tron proclaim, “I fight for the Users” (Yes, the actual character Tron plays a role in the film, although not in the way that you might expect). Light Cycle battles and fights with glowing discs take up a large portion of the film’s runtime and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s likely that the majority of “Tron: Legacy” patrons will enter the theatre expecting lasers lights and particle effects amidst the
play of battling soldiers for good and evil (made comprehensible by the oddly welcome re-introduction of color-coded villains and heroes). Smartly, it’s not all explosions and high-speed chases. The greater arc of the story involves the never-ending chase for perfection that our society strives for and the lines that some will cross to achieve it. CLU 2 (also played by an uncanny valley spelunking, digitally enhanced Bridges) is
actually a fairly effective villain, both representing the less emotional side of Kevin Flynn and that part within all of us that is always searching for the ‘better’ way of doing things through technology. “Tron: Legacy” isn’t completely spotless, however. Like its predecessor, the film makes little attempt to try and actually adhere to the logic of computers. Also, while the sequel does not move at as plodding a pace as the original, there
are moments in the plot that seem to slow down to a crawl. That being said, “Tron: Legacy” is a fun ride. It will take you places and you will more than likely enjoy the ride if only you’ll let it. It’s rare for an adventure movie to give an audience both mindless action and something to think about, but “Tron: Legacy” pulls it off quite nicely. I think that we can all be excited for the next level in the Tron franchise.
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8 cups water 6 potatoes, peeled and sliced thin 1 onion, chopped 4 stalks celery, chopped Salt and pepper to taste 4 cups half-and-half 2 tablespoons margarine 2 cans condensed cream of cheddar cheese soup In a large pot add water, potatoes, onion, celery and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer until potatoes and vegetables are tender. Once tender, mash soup with a potato masher and add butter and cream. Gradually bring mixture to a simmer. Add condensed cheese soup and blend.
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Easy tips to shed winter break weight JAIME JARMIN Spectrum Staff
Someone who has indulged in too many sugar cookies over winter break may experience high levels of guilt once the tree and lights come down. The shame of eating too much and not exercising over the holidays can far outweigh any excitement when starting a new year. Many people who have overeaten and neglected to exercise will most likely not be motivated to begin working out. The cold weather plays a
huge hand in the ability to exercise outside. Although this may cause most people to stay indoors and remain a couch potato, there are many fun ways to get outside and shed that winter weight. According to the official USA government website, “even if you have not made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight or get fit, it is still a good idea to step outside and make the most of this weather.” Not every person may want to hit the gym during the winter. Instead, they may want to utilize the snow on the ground
and the snow pants in their closets. Even though it is extremely cold, it is possible to have fun and stay active outside. These opportunities involve finding activities that are outdoors around the Fargo-Moorhead area. The official Fargo Parks website shows many different ways to get rid of excess weight by stepping outside. They include a wide variety of activities that could suit just about any preference and provide the opportunity to get moving, such as ice skating, playing hockey, sledding or
skiing. One way they mention to get active in the wintertime in FM is by “going cross country skiing.” No need to travel far; there is a course at the Edgewood Golf Course to satisfy the need to go skiing without having to go a long way to hit the slopes. The calories consumed during the holidays are sure to melt off while cross-country skiing across North Dakota’s flat tundra. There are also opportunities to go sledding at the DikeWest, going ice-skating or playing hockey either indoors
HE SAID, SHE SAID ALYSIA LARSON Contributing Writer
Do certain eye colors make people more attractive than others? He said: “ I see eye color as if they were just wearing it; I would say it is attractive considering what you are looking for in that person.” -Elliot Montana, sophomore majoring in English. She said: “ I always had a thing for blue eyes, but then I fell in love with a brown eyed guy. His personality is much more
attractive than the color of his eyes.” – your favorite eye color in others.” Denyse McClelland, junior majoring in All in all, certain eye colors don’t mean psychology. that you have a certain personality and the color that is most attractive is practiResearch says: It all depends what you cally non-existent. Everyone has his or are attracted to. her own preference and even when someAccording to the official Ego Develop- one has a preference, eye color isn’t usument website: “Your feelings about each ally the determining factor in a long time eye color – and what you feel they say relationship. about the people who have them – are So rest easy readers, your eyes, no matbased on your own personal experience. ter what color, are still windows to your If your first boyfriend had brown eyes, soul and who you really are is what you maybe you still associate them with that should want to be attracting people with. time – sweet, innocent, carefree. If you have blue eyes yourself, maybe that's
or outdoors. Exercising should be fun, so do not go alone. These activities are very fun to do with a group of friends and can help you stay active. While exercising outside in this winter wonderland, dressing appropriately is key. The official Mayo Clinic website states that in order to properly exercise outdoors in the wintertime you have to “dress in layers” and “pay attention to weather conditions and wind chill.” They also state that even if you dress appropriately, there still may be a chance that you
are not safe from the extreme cold. By following these simple suggestions for keeping fit and getting outside in the winter, you will be able to get rid of holiday weight. It is a new semester to become healthier, and it begins by getting outside. Even though there really aren’t many slopes to hit and the weather is not so sunny, having fun is still possible.
<< Celebrity drama from Page 4 But like any drama, it is not always the bad kind that makes headlines. How many of you knew that Stacy Ferguson (Fergie) and husband Josh Duhamel (Transformers, Life as We Know It) were caught taking a flight from Los Angeles International Airport to no other than precious Fargo? Duhamel, who was born in Minot, decided to come to Fargo along with Ferguson for the holiday season. According to Star Magazine, they were on their way to visit Duhamel’s dad, Larry, who lives nearby. “I’m going to go make snow angels and a big snowman,” Ferguson said.
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Opinion A warm up Time for change
A Republican year DEREK GAFFNEY
RYLEE NELSON Opinion Editor
Some universities have cacti. Some universities have beaches. Lots of universities have snow. Most of those universities have ski resorts nearby. NDSU has incredible temperatures and lots of snow, but none of the above. I guess on the upside, we don’t have to worry about an influx of crazy college students trashing our town over spring break. The other day while traveling down the road, I hit a patch of black ice while accelerating and began a simple fish tale. In that moment, I realized that if I had grown up in South Carolina, where plows are considered an endangered species, I would have possibly destroyed my car due to my lack of experience on ice. Instead, I instinctively centered out my wheel and eased off the break until I was again in control; I wasn’t even late to my class. Even though I had dodged one of North Dakota’s winter joys, I arrived to my class in a classic shade of winter red and lacked feeling in the tips of my toes. It was hard not to notice the similar state my classmates were in. It’s needless to say that NDSU students
As I rang in the New Year with a few close friends at the VFW, I had a few moments to ponder the decisions I had made in November since the Republicans had won the House. I decided that I would make my decisions to mirror theirs. They were obviously the best for the country, therefore the best for me. The first thing I did was to give myself a break on the personal “tax” I previously imposed on my paychecks, which would then go into my savings account. I figured that since I made a lot of money, if I did not withhold as much of it
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was happy to make a decision that made me feel like a “real” American. Even if it did cost me down the road, I would not have to justify that extra expense either- just because. The first real test for my new decisions was when I was forced to buy new tires for my car. I knew I had to cut my expenses in other areas, but I couldn’t find an easy expense I could cut, so I decided to axe my milk and cheese expenses for the next year or two, as well as my calcium supplements. For the next month, I stopped buying milk, cheese and calcium supplements in attempt to get my savings account back to where it was before I purchased new tires. Everything was going great; my savings account was slowly, but surely gaining back the money I had spent, and life was good. I thought about all this as I danced and counted down the sec-
onds to a bright 2011. As the clock struck midnight, my friend threw his lemon drop into the air, and as I stepped forward to kiss my girlfriend, I slipped on his spilled beverage. I fell to the ground, with my arm outstretched to break my fall, and as I hit the ground the calciumdeprived bones in my forearm gave out with a sickening crunch. As my friends rushed me to the ER I immediately started rethinking my decisions. I had no health insurance and I had very little savings to pay for my medical bills. I eventually had to pay the hospital using my credit card. At a 16.9 percent APR, I will be in debt for much of my early adulthood. In the end, the decisions I made ended disastrously for me, but I’m sure these same decisions will work out well for my country. Derek is a second-year professional in the college of pharmacy.
The lonely 21st century JESSE SCHUERS
In that moment, I realized Contributing that if I had grown up in Writer South Carolina, where plows There is a psychological test called the naked photo test. The are considered an endantest is quite simple and you can gered species, I would have participate right now. Suppose possibly destroyed my car. brave their fair share of winter challenges. With this being said, there are no more than a handful of tunnels and skywalks on campus to furnish students with a more comfortable walk between classes. This dismal number of indoor walks is definitely a problem at NDSU. When the month of February is locked into the -10 to -20 degree range, making room temperature a good 70 or more degrees away, the need for more tunnels is pretty obvious. Think of all of those on student visits that are turned away when they see the potential barren walk they would have from class to class, devoid of any warm tunnels or skywalks. I never took a college visit to NDSU but if I had, the idea of walks exposed to the conditions of a North Dakota winter would certainly have been fiercely intimidating. A more student-personal effect of not having tunnels between buildings is the influence that cold has on our academic achievement. I would estimate it takes me at least 5-10 minutes to thaw out from walks between classes. During my “thaw-out time,” I am at best at 50% participation and attention to the subject I am studying. It would simply promote a better mentality to students and teachers to have covered walks to class. Having a more comfortable walk to class would do nothing but improve daily interactions with students and faculty. The simple remedy of putting up walking structures between buildings would certainly put everyone in a more learner-friendly atmosphere. I choose to be a student at NDSU, and for most of us, that is the case. I realize that I made the choice to live in an ice chest. However, we all know that the cold is harsh enough as it is, and we could all live with a little temperate comfort. The people here are really nice, but the cold is just mean.
from myself I would help create prosperity for the people around me who didn’t make as much. I didn’t know how that would work, but I was certain it was the correct thing to do, since that’s what the Republicans said was correct. I then decided that if I spent any extra money on anything, I would justify that by cutting my expenses in other areas to not raise my personal debts, except for the tax cut I gave myself; I didn’t have to justify that expense to my savings account. I don’t know why, but it felt right. Then, in anticipation of health care reform repeal, I decided to not be covered by health insurance. I figured that since I was an American and we did not want health care reform, I would respect the wishes of the Republicans. So I chose to forego any sort of insurance, no matter who said it would actually save me money down the road. I refused to believe them and
there is a picture of you doing something that would deeply shame you or make you uncomfortable if revealed, such as a picture of you being naked. How many people would you trust this photo with? Over the last 20 years, this test has been administered by various universities (no, not this one). Over the years, they have found that the number of people that would be comfortable with disclosing themselves to others has been shrinking rapidly. In 1970, the average person said they could trust five people with the picture.
Today one out of four people report they would trust no one. The number of close friends we have has dropped tremendously since 1970. I know what your question must be: Why? We don't have enough annoying strangers in our lives. That's not sarcasm. Annoyance is something you build up a tolerance to, like alcohol or a bad smell. The more we're able to edit the annoyance out of our lives, the less we are able to handle it. The problem is we've built an awesome, sprawling web of technology meant purely to let us avoid annoying people. Do all your Christmas shopping online and avoid the fat lady ramming her cart into you at Target. Spend $5,000 on a home theater system so you can see movies on a big screen without a toddler kicking the back of your seat. Hell, rent the DVDs from Netflix and you don't even have to spend the 30 seconds with the confused kid working the register at Blockbuster. The sad truth is that these annoyances were what allowed people to have friends. All of this leads to a stun-
ning conclusion: We are more depressed in the last 10 years than years previous. Having online friends is one of those contributing factors. There's one advantage to having mostly online friends, and it's one that nobody ever talks about: They demand less from you. Sure, you emotionally support them, comfort them after a breakup, maybe even talk them out of a suicide, but knowing someone in meatspace adds a whole, long list of annoying demands: Wasting your entire afternoon helping them fix their computer; going to funerals with them; toting them around in your car every day after theirs gets repossessed by the bank; having them show up unannounced when you were just settling in to watch the Dirty Jobs marathon on the Discovery channel, then mentioning how hungry they are until you finally give them half of your sandwich. But this creates a feeling of need. Your friend could have call a taxi, but he asked you to drive him around. He wanted your sandwich,
even though he knew how to make one. Whatever you end up explaining the reasoning for this as, it still in the end makes you feel needed, something that most of our jobs don’t even do. This is what makes us feel like we have worth, at the most basic levels, and creates happiness even if it’s for something small. So help out your local NDSU student. We could all use a bit more interaction, whether it is just a chat on the bus, a comment on their clothes or simple a random, “Have a nice day.” The fact is that we are social creatures, and we all seem so convinced in this need for convenience of texting, Facebook, and Twitter. But the act of pulling out your ear buds, saying hi and listening to somebody could mean more than a thousand texts, hundreds of “likes” and your entire Twitter feed. Jesse is a freshman majoring in criminal justice.
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“Sledding on snow drifts.” Alycia Woodard Dietetics Junior
“Snowmobiling and the frosted trees.” Katie Heinsen Radiological Sciences Sophomore
“Getting a long break from school.” Colin Hulm Exercise Science Sophomore
“The pretty snow.” Amber Lockwood Apparel & Textiles Junior
“The snow on the trees.” Sarah Kloster Undecided Junior
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Bipartisan politics TIKA LAMITARE Contributing Writer
Since President Obama took office, the lame duck session proved to be the most successful, historical and beneficial legislative session. Clearing the doubts about the legacy of the lame duck session, the Democrats and change-oriented Senate Republicans overwhelmingly stepped into successful bipartisan politics by focusing the session on the needs of the American people. In the positive aisle of bipartisan politics, our democratic President compromised with the Republicans to extend the Bush tax cuts for all income levels. Along with it, the congress also passed the unemployment benefits extension to all unemployed Americans. Despite being criticized from the left for his loyal tax dealings with the Republicans, the President strayed from his own policies and compromised with the right. Similarly, the discriminatory policy of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was repealed. The Senate Democrats worked with Republicans to repeal that policy. Now, homosexuals will not be denied the opportunity to serve in the military due to voicing their sexual orienta-
tion. Following that, with the impressive support of 13 Republicans, the Senate was able to vote in favor of the ratification of the START treaty between the US and Russia. That compromise between the liberals and conservatives will make the world safer from the excessive use of nuclear weapons and dangerous arms. The bipartisan efforts also lead to the passage of health care benefits for 9/11 rescuers. Definitely, these reforms were possible only due to the bipartisanship between the Democrats and some Republicans who wanted change. These Republicans stayed away from their filibusterous tactics and supported the President’s agenda. If those Republicans were devoted only to the party politics and unworthy political filibuster, then these reforms would be impossible. Despite not having support from party leadership, the change-oriented Republicans were elevated toward the national interest rather than their personal party interest. In the negative aisle of party politics and partisanship, the Republicans are clear with their legislative priorities. From John Boehner, House speaker to Rick Berg, a freshman representative from North Dakota, some are clear
with their intention to repeal the health care reform act. To me, their intention seems disastrous, ineffective and useless. Without bipartisanship, the Republicans in both chambers will fail to repeal the health care reform act. The repeal is not a solution. If repealed, the Republican-controlled House and Democrat-Controlled Senate will be able to bring such a historical reform. The divided congress should not divide the interests of the American people for the sake of their personal party interests. Because of bipartisan politics, the Congress was able to accomplish the important legislative tasks, even in a lame duck session. The new Congress is capable of carrying the same bipartisan step to solve our national problems, but the politicians, both Democrats and Republicans should stay away from the hopeless nature of party politics. With this bipartisan step, the Congress will move forward to prove that whoever the politicians are, either Republican or Democrat, they are always motivated to furnish the mandates given to them by the American people. Tika is a freshman majoring in political science.
Ridiculous claims cloud real issues behind tragedy BRIANNA EHLEY Spectrum Staff
It wasn’t long after the attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D) of Arizona and 19 others in Tucson last Saturday, before critics began pointing fingers. However, blame was placed not only on the gunman who committed these horrendous acts, but on Sarah Palin and the Tea Party movement. Months prior to the attack, Palin released a “target list” of Democrats to defeat in the midterm elections. All representatives that appeared on the list voted in favor of healthcare reform. The list was accompanied by a graphic that contained crosshairs over the targeted Democrats’ congressional districts, including Rep. Gifford’s.
When the image first surfaced, many were outraged at what it suggested. Of course, Palin said it was not to be taken literally. But now, after a tragedy as great as this, some members of the media have been trying desperately to link the coincidence. One weekly newspaper in Seattle, The Stranger, created a map graphic similar to the one that appeared on Palin’s Facebook page, and replaced the targeted congressional districts with prominent members of society who have been assassinated. Other major media outlets like The Huffington Post, began Palin coverage immediately after the attack. MSNBC aired a special installation of “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” speaking about the dangers of political rhetoric right after the shooting, not leaving out the chance to link Palin’s words and imagery to the tragedy. It is ridiculous to blame Palin and the Tea Party for the shootings in Tucson. Yes, this
country’s political rhetoric has gone completely out of control, and Palin and the Tea Party have certainly contributed to that, but they are not the only ones. And although the rhetoric has sparked a huge divide in this country, it did not fire a gun that killed six and wounded 14 people, and those accusing Palin’s rhetoric know that. As David Brooks pointed out in his column in The New York Times, “These accusations … are extremely grave. They were made despite the fact that there was, and is, no evidence that (the gunman) was part of these movements or a consumer of their literature. They were made despite the fact that the link between political rhetoric and actual violence is extremely murky. They were vicious charges made by people who claimed to be criticizing viciousness.” Those making these accusations are wasting the country’s time on what could be an opportunity for lawmakers to unite and create legislation
that could prevent a Tucsonlike tragedy from happening again. According to the Associated Press, the gunman, Jared Loughner, was a troubled man, who “was rejected by the Army after flunking a drug test and was considered so mentally unstable that he was banned from his college campus, where officials considered him a threat to other students and faculty.”
It’s astonishing how much time critics are wasting attempting to tie Loughner to Palin’s rhetoric, instead of using their soapboxes to question how this man was able to purchase a gun in the first place.
tempting to tie Loughner to Palin’s rhetoric, instead of using their soapboxes to question how this man was able to purchase a gun in the first place. Instead of letting talking heads taint the real issues behind this tragedy with their own personal distaste for certain female politicians, we should be focused on solving the problem that created this catastrophe in the first place. Congress must work to pass new gun control legislation. It is unfortunate that such a tragedy is needed to spark debate on an issue that tends to be avoided, but it is foolish not to use this opportunity if it means protecting innocent lives. We must not be distracted by ridiculous accusations and political catfights. This is a serious issue involving the safety of American citizens, and we cannot afford to waste any more time.
It’s astonishing how much Brianna is a senior studying time critics are wasting at- journalism.
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Bison split home games DANIEL GUNDERSON Sports Editor
DANIEL GUNDERSON Sports Editor
As Jay-Z would say, “Allow me to re-introduce myself.” My name is Daniel Gunderson and over the next four months, for those of you who pick up this paper, you will get a chance to read my opinions on sports. I will mainly be giving you my thoughts on NDSU athletics, but will talk about other things on occasion. I must say I missed out on one heck of a fall semester. NDSU saw three teams: football, soccer and volleyball, qualify for the national tournament. (Also, if you are wondering, the guy who blew the fumble call versus Eastern Washington, his name is Bill Fette. EWU gave him the Gatorade shower after winning the national championship last Friday. They also called him the MVP of the playoffs.) That is not to say I am upset I get the task of being sports editor for this semester. On the contrary, I think that spring sports will be just as exciting as the fall. Why? Well for some evidence, we have to go back to the fall. Way back on November 27th, the Bison wrestling team beat 9th ranked Central Michigan. While the wrestling team splits their season between the fall and the spring, I still consider them a spring sport since they end their season in the spring. How about the men’s basketball team continuing their dominance against South Dakota State and the women finally getting a win against the Jacks. Both of those wins indicate that those teams are ready for a solid playoff run. The track and field teams, both men and women, will try to continue their Summit League dominance in both the indoor and outdoor seasons. Of course the softball team will be looking for another trip to the national tournament and the baseball team is hoping to make the Summit League tournament. All across the board, NDSU athletics in the spring should be just as exciting as it was in the fall. And guess who has two thumbs way up and cares a great deal about the spring sports? This guy.
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Redshirt junior Abby Plucker (32) stares down a free-throw attempt while teammates Danielle DeGagne (4) and Hannah Linz (22) stand in the background. The Bison defeated Centenary 94-55 on Saturday, Jan. 8.
CAVIN BERUBE Staff Writer
After what may be classified as the most tumultuous season for any team in my remembrance, the Vikings have finally wrapped up their play this year. Brett Favre should not have come back. He got involved in a sexting scandal, Chilly finally got fired, the Randy Moss saga, Sidney Rice being completely selfish and the Tavaris Jack-
son experiment were all parts of a crazy NFL season that made the Vikings the laughingstocks of the league. So now Vikings fans may ask, “What is next?” What could this team do to re-up the 2010 season? Not much. This team is already in turmoil and the coaching change, numerous impending free agents and no quarterback has this team looking like it is going to get comfortable in the cellar. On offense, the Vikings do not even know what direction they are going. Adrian is their future but they are lost at the most important position, which is the quarterback. Joe Webb is probably not the answer and drafting a quarterback
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She (Plucker) has that mindset that every rebound is hers. -Head coach Carolyn DeHoff "She has the willpower to do it every single time." Monday would pose an entirely different challenge for the Bison women. ORU came into the game
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It is a long way to the bottom
Felt carries Bison Over the semester break, the NDSU Bison men’s basketball squad has been a tale of two teams. On the road, the Bison lost three straight before coming home to win two in a row. Over that stretch, the Bison traveled to Fresno State, University of Missouri- Kansas City and Southern Utah University. In Fresno State they battled a solid Bulldog squad, but came up short in a 13-point loss. Freddy Coleman continued his resurgence with 21 points and 7 rebounds for the Bison. After a quick trip to California, NDSU got back into the Summit League schedule. In UMKC the Bison took on an improving Kangaroos team, and lost a tightly contested game. NDSU’s de-
While everyone was enjoying winter break, Bison athletics were hard at work and the women’s basketball team was no exception. The Thundering Herd took on Duquesne, Creighton, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Southern Utah and Iowa State. All of these games were on the road and the Bison struggled mightily, going 1-4, with their only win over UMKC 71-59. They were happy to come home to face Centenary on Saturday and Oral Roberts University on Monday. The Bison women took on Centenary last Saturday, to open up the two-game conference home stand. Centenary athletics is in an odd position as they are making the transition down from Division I to Division III. It showed on Saturday as the Bison laid the wood to them, winning big 94-55. NDSU has won this season mainly through offensive balance and it was on display again Saturday. Redshirt junior Abby Plucker led all scorers with 27 points on 7-8 shooting. She also was a perfect 9-9 from the stripe and collected 16 boards for her
fourth double-double of the season. Both were career highs for the Parker, S.D. native. She was followed in scoring by sophomore Janae Burich, who had 18, and junior Katie Birkel, who had 12. The Bison as a team had 51 rebounds, 19 of them of the offensive variety. They also racked up 19 team assists. Head coach Carolynn DeHoff was impressed with her team's performance, specifically Plucker's. "She has that mindset that every rebound is hers," said DeHoff.
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Redshirt freshman Mike Felt (3) goes up for a shot while Centenary sophomore Leo Davis (2) tries to defend him. The Bison defeated Centenary 76-60 on Saturday, Jan. 8.
early only means a few years to develop him. By the time he is developed, Adrian’s knees could be shot. On the offensive line, age is starting to become more than just a number. Steve Hutchinson was injured at the end of this season and he is 32. Similarly, Bryant McKinnie is almost 31 years old. At the wide receiver position, they still have Percy Harvin, but Sidney Rice is a free agent and will be looking to make a lot of money. Fans do not even want to think about who is below those two on the depth chart. On defense, it is more of the same. Pat Williams will likely retire at the age of 37, while Ray Edwards will walk as a free agent.
Both Chad Greenway and Ben Leber are free agents, and Greenway will also be looking to ink a huge deal with his performances in the past. The corners are also a mess. Winfield is almost 34, Cedric Griffin is consistently hurt and Asher Allen cannot hold anyone’s jock. Do not even get me started on their safety play this season. The point of my ranting is this: The Minnesota Vikings are on a tough spiral downward, and it is hard to see the end of it. Until they shore up the most important position, get some consistent coaching and find their identity, it is hard to see them climbing out of the NFC North cellar anytime soon.
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TRAVIS JONES Contributing Writer
The wrestling team had a busy Christmas break as they competed in two tournaments. On December 19, the Herd traveled to Reno, Nev. to compete in the 2010 Reno Tournament of Champions. The Bison had ten different wrestlers hit the mat in Reno and the team finished 14th out of the 30 teams competing. Sophomore Trent Sprenkle
(125 lb) wrestled his way to a second place finish in the 125 bracket, which was the best individual place among the team. Sprenkle won his first five matches and advanced into the championship match. In the championship, Sprenkle grappled against the nation’s second-best wrestler for his weight class, Anthony Robles of Arizona State. Robles defeated Sprenkle 18-2 to earn the title. Vince Salminen (157 lb) took third place in the 157-pound bracket, the only other individual medalist for the Bison. Salminen went 4-1 in the winner’s bracket and won two straight matches in the consolation bracket to earn third
place overall. Other competitors for the Herd were Justin Solberg (133 lb, 1-2), Trevor Johnson (141 lb, 1-2), Mark Erickson (141 lb, 0-2), Steven Monk (157 lb, 3-2), Tyler Johnson (165 lb, 22), Mac Stoll (174 lb, 0-2), Kenny Moenkedick (184 lb, 41), and Drew Ross (197 lb, 12). On January eighth the Bison traveled to Raleigh, North Carolina to compete in the Wolfpack Duals. The Herd swept the duals winning all four of their matches against Mercyhurst (45-6 W), Campbell (49-6 W), Anderson (46-6 as the conference's top team W) and North Carolina State with the conference's top player in sophomore Kevi (27-18 W). Luper. The Golden Eagles won the game 84-74 over NDSU but the game had as many emotional swings as a Nicholas Sparks novel. The Bison came out on fire NDSU looks to bounce back from their 84-74 loss to Oral in the first half, shooting 63 Roberts despite leading by percent from the field and eleven at the half. Junior for- connecting on nine threes. Up ward Abby Plucker looks to 48-37 at the break, the Bison continue her recent scoring saw their lead diminish bitsurge. After putting up a ca- by-bit in the second half. reer high 27 points and 16 re- ORU came out with a trapbounds against Centenary, ping two-three-zone defense and adding another 17 against Oral Roberts, Plucker will look to keep putting up points in the double digits. Sophomore guard Hannah Linz also fense could not put a stop to had 17 points against Oral anyone as all five Kangaroo Roberts and looks to continue starters were in double digwith her great season as she is its. Bison freshman Taylor averaging a double-double Braun went 9-10 from the with 13.1 points and 10.3 re- floor as he scored 19 points to pace the Bison. bounds per game. After a day off, the Bison The Herd is currently ranked fourth in the Summit were in Cedar City, Utah to and will look to take advan- take on the Thunderbirds. tage of the road trip to move Yet again the Bison lost to a up in the Summit League SUU squad to end their three game road trip. The standings. Bison’s leading scorer was senior Michael Tveidt who scored 16 points and tallied four assists. After the long road trip, the Bison were able to play in front of 2,774 fans at the Bison Sports Arena for the conference home opener on January 6th. That night, the Bison took on the Golden Eagles from Oral Roberts University, and did not disappoint. The game was tight throughout and with the score tied at 72 and just 1:22 remaining, the Bison went on an 8-2 run to end the game. The run was aided
Women take the road TRAVIS JONES Contributing Writer
The Bison women’s basketball team will head out on a two-game conference road trip starting this Saturday evening with a contest against Western Illinois. On Monday the Herd will be in Indianapolis to take on Indiana University at Purdue University-Indianapolis to wrap up the road trip. NDSU (7-8, 3-2 Summit) has lost three out of their last four games and on Saturday will take on a Western Illinois team (4-11, 2-3 Summit) who has had their share of woes this season. Junior guard Sadie Webb, who is averaging 10 points and 4 rebounds per game, is the Leathernecks player to watch. Junior guard Kelly Valencia is the Leatherneck’s second leading scorer
who averages 9.7 points and 1.7 assists per game. Although the Bison have lost three of their last four games, this road trip is one the Herd is very optimistic about. Western Illinois and IUPUI are near the bottom of the Summit League and both teams are in the middle of losing streaks. IUPUI (3-12, 1-4 Summit) has lost its last six games and has only one conference victory coming against Centenary, a team that NDSU recently defeated 94-55. IUPUI is led by sophomore forward Kerah Nelson. Nelson is averaging 10.3 points and 6.6 rebounds per game for the Jaguars. Junior guard Janna Eichelberger is the team’s second leading scorer and leading rebounder putting up 8.9 points and grabbing 6.8 boards per game.
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<< Women’s Basketball from Page 12 that caused 15 second half turnovers. That, coupled with cold shooting and a Janae Burich injury, really opened the door for ORU. In a fourminute span, the Golden Eagles went on a 15-1 to erase a nine-point deficit and did not trail the rest of the way. Luper lead all scorers with 29 points, 21 of them in the second half. For NDSU, 26 turnovers and 39 percent shooting in the second half really told the story. "Catastrophic turnovers that ended up layups for
them," said DeHoff. "Not being able to get a very good look on the offensive end." The loss puts NDSU at 3-2 in the conference and 7-8 overall, while ORU is still unbeaten in conference play at 6-0. For NDSU, it is another road trip to Western Illinois on Saturday and Indiana University at Purdue University-Indianapolis. For the Bison to stay near the top of the pack in the Summit League, they need to prove they can get road conference wins.
<< Men’s Basketball from Page 12 by two technical fouls on Oral Roberts head coach Scott Sutton. From those fouls, Mike Felt was able to drain six straight free throws that would put the game on ice. The 80-72 win gave the Bison their second conference win of the season. Those six straight points were part of a careerhigh 22 for Felt, the redshirt freshman from Redwood Falls, MN.
Felt’s performance led to him being names Summit League Player of the Week. Just two nights later, the Bison took on the lowly Gents from Centenary College in Louisiana. Centenary had not won a game all season, and the Bison did not give them much of a chance. NDSU got off to a hot start and led by 21 at the
break. Mike Felt had 12 points on four three-pointers as he led the way at the half. The second half became more of the same for the Bison as Felt hit three more threes and ended with 21 points on the night. Freshman TrayVonn Wright also dropped 15 points with a few of those coming off of electrifying dunks from the freshman. At the end of the night the Bison got a 76-60 win, and were able to get their third conference win of the season. The Bison will now hit the road again taking on the Leathernecks from Western Illinois tomorrow evening after playing Indiana University at Purdue University-Indianapolis last night. At 9-6 overall and 3-2 in conference play, the Bison are right in the thick of securing a playoff seed for the Summit League tournament.
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