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Members of NDSU chapter Sigma Alpha Epsilon host a dinner for President Dean Bresciani, Vice President for Student Affairs, Prakash Mathew and Career Center Director, Jill Wilkey.
Emma Heaton Co-News Editor The men of an NDSU fraternity are working toward eliminating negative stereotypes associated with Greek Life by reaching out to faculty members. Cam Knutson has been a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity for four years and also serves as student body president on campus. He expresses the importance of maintaining a positive image of all Greek
life at NDSU, regardless of negative events happening at other fraternities and sororities. “[Administrators] can’t let their mind[s] get changed when they are making decisions, because they know it is way different here,” Knutson said. In order to bridge relationships with administrative faculty on campus, the fraternity hosted a dinner at their chapter house. President Dean Bresciani, vice president for student affairs, Prakash Mathew and career center director and faculty advisor for Sigma
Alpha Epsilon, Jill Wilkey, attended. “Like a lot of other places, they could have brushed it off and said they couldn’t make it…but they took the time and made it happen,” Knutson said. Sororities on campus have also hosted the university president for dinner at their houses. Knutson says that as a whole, Greek members are trying to become well known to the administration. “It’s not common to get any one of those guys to attend one of these dinners … it was a testament to NDSU that this is
a unique place,” Knutson said of the university. The event provided fraternity members an opportunity to ask faculty about past experiences, such as their favorite aspects of college. Mathew also spoke about his experiences as a graduate student coming from India and his decision to make Fargo his home. “We had the student body president cook for us – serving the people,” Muddi Kpohraror, public relations chair of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, said. Kpohraror has been a member for two years and is
currently a sophomore studying social science. Knuston says that this is a way for younger members to feel more comfortable communicating with administrators on campus. “From the beginning, [the dinner] wasn’t to offer any awards,” Knutson said. “It was more to bridge the communication between some top administrators on campus and the members.” For more information regarding NDSU Greek life, visit http://www.ndsu.edu/ mu/programs/greek_life/.
Campus considers bike share program Matt Severns Spectrum Staff Student government is looking at adding a bike share program to NDSU's main and downtown campuses next year. Student body President Cam Knutson's cabinet has been looking into how to best implement bike sharing, but before any money is allocated, they want to see if it's something students are interested in. This week, posters urging students to text in their input will go up around the Memorial Union in an effort to garner an ample response. "Early on, the discussion came up about this bike share program. Being that in the city there's a number of businesses interested in potentially doing it downtown … we'd have a whole network and we'd work together," Knutson said. Bike share programs involve a principal investment to purchase the bikes and dock. Alongside the original purchase are maintenance fees
that are required for upkeep. In cities that have implemented these programs, user participation fees have offset maintenance costs. At NDSU, student government hopes an approximately $4 increase in student fees will take care of the subscription for students. Under the program, students would get a set amount of time on the bikes -- 30 to 60 minutes -- for free, and they would then be charged for additional time after that. Student government is looking at placing bike docks at the Memorial Union, the highrises and Barry Hall. If their application for a pertinent grant is successful, they would get two or three additional docks to be placed wherever they're needed. Additionally, Knutson and his administration have been in contact with city officials who are looking at creating bike lanes on Fargo streets. "We've figured out logistically that we can make this happen, we've worked with Bison Card on campus, we've looked at locations and the nonprofit group that would run
the maintenance of it, but to move forward, we want to get [student] input," Knutson said. Knutson says the advantages of having a bike share program are numerous. In addition to the increased mobility, the aesthetics of the bike
docks would be appealing to prospective students. "I used to always give tours on campus," Knutson said. "It's another thing you can highlight to students as they walk by." The program, however, isn't
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The new proposed bike share program by student government will allow students to use NDSU bikes for no cost. The program will also increase student fees by approximately $4.
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without its drawbacks, according to Knutson. Expenses, both maintenance and principal, are still uncertain, and because Fargo is known for its long winters, bikes could likely only be used for eight to nine months per year.
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NDSU Student government delegates attended the Conference on Student Government Associations in Texas from Feb. 25-28. Each year, six delegates from student government attend the conference. In attendance this year were three executives and three student senators. Luke Brodeur, executive commissioner of finance says delegates attend the conference each year with expectations of improvement. “[We have] hopes that [we] will bring back ideas that will help [us] better serve the student body of NDSU,” Brodeur said. The conference is hosted by Texas A&M Student Government, and according to the COSGA webpage, “each year since its inception, the conference has grown in both size and scope.” The event consists of guest speakers, breakout sessions, where schools can present their own student government programs, and round-table discussions where students from schools all across the country get to interact. This year, NDSU’s delegates were fortunate enough to present on the Student Fee Advisory Board, Advising Resource Center and last year’s Legislative Luncheon during a breakout session. “Each [student] experiences different conversations and presentations, and each has brought back a different perspective on how [to] be more effective,” Brodeur said. As COSGA’s webpage states, “COSGA is the premier conference for student governments in the nation, [and] provide[s] a level of student involvement and professionalism that cannot be found anywhere else.” Brodeur says the best part of the trip for him personally was spending time on the campus of Texas A&M. “Their students, staff and faculty have more school pride than any university I’ve ever been to,” Brodeur said. “My hope is that we can continue to build a culture of pride, similar to theirs, over the next few years here at NDSU.”
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Members of the NDSU forensic team placed in this years Valley Forensics League Speech Competition Friday and Saturday. From the 11 schools that participated, NDSU placed third.
NDSU hosts Valley Forensics League Speech Tournament 11 surrounding schools compete in bi-annual event Emma Heaton Co-News Editor
Members of speech and debate teams from 11 colleges and universities around the area slipped into their business attire on Friday to compete in the Valley Forensics League Speech Competition. “We’ve got a pretty healthy and robust squad that will be competing,” Amorette Hinder-
aker, forensics director and a graduate student studying communication, said of NDSU’s forensic team. The team placed third on both days of the two-day competition. The event took place on NDSU’s campus Friday, and the remainder of the competition was hosted by Concordia College on Saturday. Surrounding schools from states ranging from Minnesota to Nebraska visited the campuses over the weekend to participate. Students compete in a vari-
ety of events such as interpretation, public address, limited preparation and debate events. Some include drama interpretation, after dinner speaking and persuasive speaking. Hinderaker says the membership of speech and debate teams allow students to practice essential public speaking skills. “I can’t tell you enough the value of speech and debate and what it does for students,” Hinderaker said. “It teaches them to research, to be articulate [and] use logic and rea-
soning patterns to create and to tear down an argument.” Competitors perform their speeches several times at the event to panels of judges. The judging panel is comprised of coaches from the area, faculty members and others with background in public speaking. After performing twice in the preliminary rounds, selected students move on to the final round. Hinderaker says that it is important for the university to host events like the Valley Forensics League competition.
“It brings other schools to NDSU, lets them see that we are a vibrant campus and that we offer these kinds of programs,” Hinderaker said. “We love to welcome other schools to campus to compete in this.” Members of the NDSU forensics team are active members of Pi Kappa Delta, the American Forensics Association and the National Forensics Association. As a team, they take part in several tournaments throughout the year. Undergraduate students with a variety of majors make
up the team, such as history and English. Hinderaker encourages students from all study areas to join if they have an interest in competing. “We are welcome to all, because it is a learned skill,” Hinderaker said. “We can take a student with no public speaking experience and teach them those skills.
Valley Forensics League Competition results Friday, March 2
Saturday, March 3
NDSU team: Third place
NDSU team: Third place
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killed and three others were injured in a head-on collision in western North Dakota. The patrol says 21-year-old Dustin Buess of Great Bend, Kan., was killed in the crash Thursday night north of Belfield.
Dickinson St. pres quizzed on enrollment problems BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The president of Dickinson State University says a program that awarded degrees to Chinese students who didn't earn them has 1 killed, 3 injured in west- been shut down. ern ND head-on crash D.C. Coston spoke to the BELFIELD, N.D. (AP) — Legislature's Higher EducaThe North Dakota Highway tion Committee Friday. Patrol says that one man was
NATION NJ CVS mixed up cancer meds with kids' fluoride TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The state attorney general's office has begun a preliminary investigation into a CVS pharmacy's mistaken distribution of pills for the treatment of breast cancer to children instead of the fluoride pills that were prescribed. The attorney general's consumer affairs division on Friday ordered a CVS pharmacy in Chatham to explain the mistake and provide the names of all its employees along with all emails, telephone calls, complaints and other information related to the mix-up.
coordinator Bill Whitlock there's "extreme damage" in the area of Henryville, a town of about 3,000 people just north of the Kentucky border. Destruction can be seen for miles and a school district spokeswoman says heavy damage has been reported at Henryville High school.
Bail set at $2M for Ariz. school shooting suspect WILLCOX, Ariz. (AP) — Bail was set Friday at $2 million for a man accused of firing a rifle at a southeastern Arizona high school, injuring a 17-year-old boy who was watching a baseball game. The student suffered minor cuts from flying glass when the car he was in was shot at Ind. tornadoes cause 'ex- Thursday afternoon, authoritreme' damage ties said. JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Tornadoes have left widespread damage in southern Indiana and a sheriff's official says at least one town of about 1,900 people is "completely gone." National Weather Service
Worst train tragedy in Poland in years kills 16 SZCZEKOCINY, Poland (AP) — Two trains running on the same track collided head-on in southern Poland in a shower of sparks, killing 16 people and injuring 58 in the country's worst train disaster in more than 20 years. The crash near Krakow turned cars at the front of each train into heaps of mangled metal and toppled others on their sides. Neighbors in the town of Szczekociny alerted by what they said sounded like a bomb rushed to the scene to smash open windows, and survivors emerged in a state of shock, many crying out for help and carrying baggage.
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Denmark charges suspects in terror plot COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish prosecutors on Friday charged four people with terrorism for allegedly planning a shooting attack on a newspaper that had printed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. The four men — Swedes living in Denmark — wanted "to seriously frighten the population" and destabilize Denmark by planning a shooting spree inside the Copenhagen offices of the Mexico City to retire last Jyllands-Posten newspaper, iconic VW 'Bug' taxis Svend Ulrik Larsen, DenMEXICO CITY (AP) — mark's top prosecutor, said. Mexico's capital is ready to stomp out its iconic Volkswagen "Bug" taxis. Officials said Friday that the last of the old-style VW
Student government seeks new recruits Allison Pillar Contributing Writer
Recruitment is underway for student government members for the 2012-2013 academic year. Aimee Sugden, executive commissioner of public relations, says they are currently looking for people to fill the
ballot for the upcoming election. Paperwork to have names listed on the ballots is Tuesday, March 6. “It is a great way for people to get involved and make a difference on campus,” Sugden said. NDSU’s student government is composed of three branches: executive, legislative, and judicial. Each branch has a different function, but they work together to help ad-
dress issues and make changes on campus. “Our student senate is composed of senators representing both academic and residential districts,” Sugden said.Students interested in leadership can get involved by filling out an application available in the student government office or online. To get names on the ballot, applicants must get at least 25 signatures of supporting students in their same res-
idential or academic district. Jake Williams, assistant public relations commissioner, explains that after a two-week application window, applications go through a selection committee. The committee is made up of senators, members of student government and an advisor who choose applicants that would be a good fit for student government and be able to represent the students. “We want leaders,”
Williams said. “You can be a freshman, you can be a sophomore, you can be a super senior. It doesn’t matter your age.” For recruitment this year, student government members had a booth in the Memorial Union with informational pamphlets and brochures to educate students and encourage them to apply. “Student government was a way [that I] could get both ex-
perience in [my] major and a way for [me] to give back to [the] university and the students,” Williams said. “It’s really helped me love NDSU and build bison pride.” For more information about the application process and getting involved with Student Government at NDSU, visit the Office of Student Government in the Memorial Union.
Odney, Waldron and Peltier award winners announced Students acknowledge NDSU faculty for hard work on campus Hannah Dillon Staff Writer
Later this spring, Yeong Rhee, Wenfang Sun and Sivaguru Jayaraman will be awarded with the Odney, Waldron and Peltier awards respectively. The Odney award is given to a professor based on student nominations, the Waldron award is presented to a professor based on his or her research and the Peltier award is bestowed upon a professor who has made innovations in teaching. Rhee, an assistant professor
of health, nutrition and exercise science, was nominated by her students to receive the Odney award. She states that receiving an award for her teaching was not part of her goals, but she feels honored to have received it. “It is the most honorable award I have ever received, because the students nominated me,” she said. Rhee has attended seminars and luncheons regarding new teaching methods and has employed the things she has learned in her classroom. She states that she teaches students ways to apply the things they’re learning in class with real-life applications.
Professor Sun is awarded the Waldron award based on her research. She has been conducting research at NDSU for 10 years on a variety of subjects in her field, which is chemistry and biochemistry. Additionally, she has written numerous articles and papers for academic journals, as well as given a number of presentations on her research. She also has been successful in receiving funds for her work, and says she works actively to achieve the funding. Sun has acquired over $4 million for her research efforts. Sun says that this award means a lot to her, who has been working in this field for
quite some time. “It indicates the recognition and support from my colleagues, NDSU community and peers from my research field,” she said. “I feel my hard work has been rewarded.” Jayaraman, associate professor in the chemistry and biochemistry departments, is presented with the Peltier award for his work with innovative teaching methods. Two major things he brought up were an electric note pad system and virtual office hours. By implementing an electric note pad into his Power Point presentations, Jayaraman was able to draw out chemical
structures and other class subjects onto his presentation, allowing his classes of over 250 students to learn in a more effective way. He also states that his students liked his virtual office hours, which were held in addition to his regular office hours. It created a more flexible schedule for students to work around if they had questions. Another accomplishment Jayaraman has completed is implementing a graduate course in photochemistry and photophysics. This course was created in conjunction with professors from Columbia University and the University
of Miami. Jayaraman and other NDSU chemistry faculty also work with area high school students, along with parents and teachers, in a program called Parents Involved with Children Nurturing Intellectual Curiosity in Sciences. “To be chosen as a representative of NDSU faculty, all of whom strive to teach students in an innovative way making their learning experience both educational and informative, is really humbling,” Jayaraman said of his award, also stating that it only inspires him to help students better in the future.
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Bison Life: The Marksmanship Club
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The Marksmanship club will compete in the NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships March 13-16. Five members will be competing.
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In only their second year of existence, the NDSU Marksmanship club is heading to the 2012 NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships. The team is taking five individuals down to Fort Benning, Ga., on Sunday to participate in the national air rifle and small-bore championships March 13-16. The Marksmanship team has made positive strides all year long through good coaching, team chemistry, positive thinking and intense focus on taking the right shots. There are five individuals participating: Robert Nelson II, a junior majoring in biology, Richard Fritz, a senior majoring in civil engineering, Allan Johnson, a fifth year professional in the pharmacy program, Brandon Godbout, a freshman majoring in computer engineering and Jake Oster, a junior majoring in zoology. Each are excited to participate and represent the Bison at nationals. The team has collaboratively focused all year long on certain techniques that help them succeed in each event. Brandon Godbout describes what steps the team takes during each match to ensure the best result. “Having a mental focus is something that is very important when shooting. Coach always tells us to wait for the best shot, and that is something that we do,” Brandon explained. “Focus in rifle shooting is definitely key.” Natural point of aim along with breathing is something that coaches Richard Butler and Mitch Godbout instill in their rifle shooters. The team describes natural point of aim as being a very crucial part of shooting in every match. Natural point of aim is a process where shooters relax their bodies and move the body in position with the target, rather than just moving the gun itself. Intense focus and good breathing techniques are also important when shooting. “A general rule of thumb when shooting is to follow through and not pull the trigger out fast. If you pull the trigger too fast, the shot will
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stray. Through breathing and focus, this does not happen to us anymore,” Brandon shared. Nelson adds that the team focuses on the fundamentals of marksmanship also. “We focus a lot on the fundamentals in practices,” he said. “If you cannot master the fundamentals, then shooting is very difficult.” So many small techniques go into marksmanship, but the team has learned fast and has progressed. Coaches Butler and Mitch Godbout both explain what they have done to help the team make a charge to nationals. Butler shared things that he has done to help his shooters progress. “Going over the basic techniques in both air-rifle and small bore shooting is the first step we took this year. I tell my team that every shot matters, and to always keep their heads in the game at all times,” Butler said. “Giving my shooters the confidence and encouragement that they need to succeed has also played a big role in our successful season.” Lots of improvement has been seen with three new shooters, two (Fritz and Johnson) of which successfully made it to nationals. Mitch Godbout is glad to see his new shooters progressing at such a high rate. “The reason for our success this season was the hard work on the different shooting positions, finding out who is better at what shooting position, keeping a positive attitude and also the encouragement that each teammate gives one another during every match,” he said. “As coaches we also ask our shooters how they feel. We truly care as coaches about our shooters and how they are doing. This has all paid off this season.” If you ask the five individuals if they are nervous about going to nationals, well you will find that they are quite excited to bring their shooting skills to Georgia over spring break. With a coaching staff that is dedicated to making their shooters better, a positive team bond that goes beyond the shooting range and the confidence embedded in each and every shooter that they can win at nationals, the NDSU Marksmanship club is set to make us all proud.
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2. Sesame Seed Green Beans What you need: •2/3 cup of sesame seeds •1/3 cup of vegetable oil •3 (10 ounce) packages of frozen green beans, thawed •1/3 cup of soy sauce •Black pepper, to taste
Directions: In a medium saucepan over high heat, combine all of the ingredients and stir, bringing to a boil. Reduce to medium heat and keep boiling the mixture (without covering it) for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until the carrots are tender and the liquid in the pan has almost completely evaporated. Recipe serves four to six.
Directions: In a large dry skillet, toast the sesame seeds over medium heat until they turn a golden brown color. When finished, spread them out onto a plate to let them cool. Next, put the vegetable oil in the large skillet and heat it over a mediumhigh temperature. Stir in the green beans and soy sauce, and continue stirring for about 10 minutes, which is when the beans should be hot and tender. Remove from heat and season with black pepper if you would like, and toss the beans with the sesame seeds. Recipe serves eight.
3. Creamed Corn What you need: •1 (10 ounce) package of frozen corn kernels, thawed •½ cup of heavy cream •½ teaspoon of salt •1 Tablespoon of granulated sugar •1/8 teaspoon of ground black pepper •1 Tablespoon of butter •½ cup of milk •1 Tablespoon of flour •2 Tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese Directions: Combine the corn, cream, salt, sugar, pepper, and butter in a skillet, and put over medium heat. In a separate bowl, whisk the milk and flour together, and then pour it into the corn mixture and stir. Keep stirring over the heat until the mixture thickens and the corn is completely cooked (about 10 minutes). Finally, remove it from the heat and add the Parmesan cheese, stirring until it is melted. Recipe serves four.
4. Cheesy Peas What you need: •1 package of frozen peas, thawed •Your choice of cheese, sliced or shredded (I like Kraft American Cheese Singles) Directions: Place the peas in a microwave safe bowl or on the stovetop in a saucepan. Follow the directions on the package for how long to cook the peas. Then stir in your desired amount of cheese right after the peas are finished cooking. This recipe can be repeated with any type of vegetable, including cauliflower or broccoli.
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‘Vagina Monologues’ to premiere Mar. 7–9 Nick Proulx A&E Editor
Services. Q: How do you earn money besides the show?
“The Vagina Monologues” are something I’ve strayed from because, among other reasons, I have a penis. Thankfully, Krista Padgett, who is promoting the play this year, took the time over lunch this weekend to give me a rundown on what to expect.
A: Every year we have chocolate vagina suckers made, so we sell those, and we make buttons and sell those. This year, we had t-shirts made that we’re going to sell. We also go around and ask for donations. A lot of the colleges and offices on campus will chip in; one will pay for our Q: How exactly does “The printing costs for posters, proVagina Monologues” work? grams and stuff, another office will pay for random other A: There’s this lady named stuff. Eve Ensler, and she went around an did hundreds of inQ: When NDSU does it, do terviews with women of all they add their own monodifferent ethnicities, all differ- logues or stick to the tradient monetary wealth, different tional ones? professions and from different areas. She created these monoA: [Ensler] has pretty strict logues from these interviews guidelines about what you can about the experiences that do. She creates the play every women had with their vaginas year and what monologues to and all these kinds of things, include, and every year there’s so that’s what the show is a spotlight piece and she’ll add comprised of. From there, she that. Usually it’s about the started this benefit for it that global beneficiary, though everyone could perform this sometimes it’s not. This year’s show and that 10 percent of spotlight is about the women your profit goes to the global in from Congo, and it’s called beneficiary -- which is the “What If I Told You I Didn’t women of Haiti this year -- Have a Vagina?” There’s usuand then 90 percent of the ally an optional piece or two profit is to go to an organiza- that you can choose to add into tion of your choice in your your show or not, this year we area. This year we chose Rape did choose to add it in and it’s and Abuse Crisis Center here about trans-gender issues. in Fargo, North Dakota Council on Abused Women’s ServQ: Who is putting on the ices and Minnkota Health show at NDSU?
A: There’s a group of five of us that were involved with it last year that said we were going to take charge and kind of get things planned. We are sponsored by an organization on campus called Serving for Change, because we do have to go through an organization at NDSU. [The four other women involved are Michelle Gaffaney, Mercedes Lee, Courtney Schaff and Elizabeth Schenfisch] Q: You said this year you chose Rape and Abuse Crisis Center. Have you worked with different ones in the past? A: We’ve done various other ones, but usually Rape and Abuse Crisis Center is included in there. It’s been kind of a standard because they do so much awesome work in the community. It’s wonderful working with them. They are totally supportive of what we do and they obviously love any help that they can get. One thing they said is it’s nice to see the initiative in college students. It’s something that we can do on our campus because it does happen on our campus as well.
is getting people to talk about it because we live in a culture where it’s really awkward to talk about sex and vaginas. In almost every other culture on the planet, it’s not that confined and it’s not meant to be so taboo to speak about it. Part of it is getting people to talk about it and getting people to talk about sexual violence and rape, and things like that that do happen and that we choose not to think about in our culture. The other is to get that money for those awesome organizations that do work for those kinds of things and who are trying to create change.
A: No, I don’t. Statistically speaking, a very small percentage of males will commit sexual violence. It’s not creating any blaming of them or anything. We want males to feel comfortable coming to the show too; it’s just that ideal that when women get together they gang up on men, which totally isn’t true. We love any help that we can get from men. It’s in the guidelines that you can’t have men in the show just because they wouldn’t be able to relate to it and it would be sort of awkward. But there is a section on V-Day that you can choose to do for the moveQ: If you ran into someone ment that’s called “V-Men,” on campus that was against which actually is a movement the monologues, what would that men can do on their own and is awesome as well. you say to them?
A: We have a few times, actually. We get people who come to us and say, ‘How do you think this dignifies women?’ Theater is a great medium for that and it allows for a little bit of artistic license, and that’s part of the entertainment of the show. These monologues aren’t far off from what really happens, so for people who go and say they’re outrageous or crass, well, they might be a little bit but the subjects are a little bit crass in their nature. It breaks Q: What kind of ends do that boundary of what people you see these monologues are comfortable with. trying to meet or achieve? Q: Do you think it porA: The big goal, a lot of it, trays men negatively?
Q; Could there ever be a “Penis Monologues”? A: Everybody asks that [chuckling]. I haven’t seen that, but if somebody wants to write one, go for it. Q: Do you think it portrays women negatively? A: I don’t. I think this gives people a clear view of what women go through. A lot of the really hard-hitting things that we do discuss, such as the mass raping that happens sometimes during war and things like that, are things people don’t hear about because the media won’t portray it.
You don’t talk about it because you don’t want to believe it happens. Q: What’s the positive message that comes out of the monologues? A: The positive message is that we have this big movement and we can all work together to end these things. It’s all about changing our thinking and the way we approach these issues that can get us to a better place, where we can all be equitable and happy. Q: What’s you pitch to people who might instinctively avoid it? Why should they come out and see it? A: Fifty-one percent of our population has vaginas, and the other 50 percent we hope would be curious about them because you came from one ultimately. It’s about getting equal respect, and if they’re totally opposed to it we’re not going to force them or anything. The whole point of the monologues is ending the violence so we don’t want to keep perpetuating it by forcing people to come. FOR MORE INFO When: Mar 7–9, 7:30 p.m. each night, music starting at 7 p.m. Where: Askanase Hall Cost: $8 for the public, $5 with student ID, $7.50 for student couples and $12.50 other couples
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The 1000 paper cranes exhibit is featured in the Memorial Union Gallery. Inspired by Asian culture, the cranes were folded by hand by students Erik Heitkamp and Solgi Choi.
An exhibit of playful aspiration Matt Severns Spectrum Staff The Memorial Union Gallery is now home to 1,000 paper cranes that together represent the wishful thinking of two zoology students. Erik Heitkamp and Solji Choi saw a conversation evolve from a joke to a challenge to an art exhibit as they spent more
than a month folding paper cranes. "Solji explained how when she was younger she had started to fold 1,000 paper cranes because in Asian culture, folding 1,000 cranes grants that person one wish," Heitkamp said. "We joked that since we are both pre-med students we should fold the 1,000 cranes to get into med school." Choi and Heitkamp both work in plant pathology labo-
ratories, and they often share whimsical conversations while conducting research under the lab's hood. “We were working underneath the hood when we started a conversation about the differences in our cultural backgrounds, Korean and American,” Heitkamp said. “We have no idea how cranes came up.” This conversation happened in the fall semester. Over win-
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ter break, Choi went home to Korea, where she picked up the paper necessary to create the cranes. When she returned, the two had a daunting task ahead of them. "When she returned in January, we began the extremely long and time-consuming folding process," Heitkamp said. The two didn't expect the project to grow into an exhibit or even to put them on display.
However, after seeing the cranes come to life, they met with Memorial Union Gallery Coordinator Esther Hockett to see if it was a possibility. "As to how to display the 1,000 cranes was a complicated issue all on its own," Heitkamp said. "One doesn't realize how many there really are until you have hung them one by one and bead by bead." A month and a half later, and after 175 hours of folding and
stringing, Choi and Heitkamp finished their work. The exhibit can be seen hanging in the Memorial Union Gallery. Though they had fun with the project, Heitkamp joked about the process afterword. "Only after we finished the entire project and our hands finally stopped bleeding did Solji tell me that you can buy 1,000 pre-folded paper cranes in Korea," Heitkamp said.
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He said, she said Alysia Larson Staff Writer It’s probably not the best idea to dictate who should wear what, even if you might think it’s awful. Clothing is a very personal, in depth, security blanket of sorts. The reasons behind why we wear our clothes can be very emotional. This is why you always have to be careful with your wording when telling someone about the way they
dress. According to wikihow.com many people dress to cover up their insecurities. Don’t add even more to their insecurity by messing up your words. If this person asks for your opinion, tell them your honest answer but do so in a gentle manner such as that (insert article of clothing) doesn’t show how great you really look, let’s try something that will really enhance your already amazing features. Let them know that it isn’t them personally that is making the clothing
Should you tell the opposite sex how to dress?
look bad, but rather the clothing isn’t suited for them. Also, sometimes you just have to get over it. If the way the person is dressing isn’t offensive or demeaning to them, but you just don’t like that style, it’s not your place to tell them that what they are wearing is bad. They might feel the same way about your style. Everyone is entitled to dress to his or her personal preference.
Contributing Writer Dr. Seuss has again come to a theater near you with the film “The Lorax.” It begins in the thriving metropolis of Thneedville, a completely industrialized city free of any form of “icky” nature. A young man (voiced by Zac Efron) finds that if he wants a shot at the girl of his dreams (voiced by Taylor Swift), then he will need to get a real life tree from the Once-ler for her, all the while escaping from the devious leader of the city, Mr. O’Hare and his goons. This movie goes wrong in so many ways. I can understand that to make a book as short as a typical Dr. Seuss story last an hour and a half, you’re going to have to amp it up somehow to make it last. But when you completely change the original book in order for your film to make money, it really ticks me off. There are way too many new characters with one-liners and sappy plot elements added in. Dr. Seuss’s message
quickly gets lost in this mess. Staying true to their nature, Hollywood has chosen appearances over substance. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you. Speaking of appearances, the brilliant animation of the film is enough to mesmerize the attention span of many of the kids watching the film, but that should not be the goal of filmmaking. If a kid has a higher chance of remembering how cute the little bear was in the film than remembering the message of “Going Green,” something should definitely be changed. The worst part is yet to come. “The Lorax” is a huge hypocrite. During the previews, it shows all of the “Lorax-approved” SUV’s, chemically produced pancakes and even disposable diapers. It’s perfectly understandable to find advertisers to help market your movie, but come on; how much of a sell-out can you be? Dr. Seuss would be rolling over in his grave over such a catastrophe. It’s almost as if they didn’t even attempt to reach any green companies, while the characters are tree-
She Said: “No. You shouldn’t tell people how to dress. But it’s okay to give suggestions. I would never force someone to wear what I thought they should wear if they didn’t like it.” —Kate Savageau, a sophomore majoring in history.
Cuba Gooding Jr. signs on for television pilot
Review: ‘The Lorax’ Riley Donnelly
He Said: “Only if they ask for an opinion. I wouldn’t just say it because I don’t like something they are wearing. For example, I’m not a fan of the Ugg boots, but I know that most girls wear them and I would never just walk up to someone wearing them and say they are ugly. It’s their choice.” — Andy Nelson, a senior majoring in horticulture.
hugging by nature.
There are some redeemable aspects in the film, however. Brilliant voice-work comes in throughout the show with many headlining actors, especially Betty White, taking on their roles with a satisfactory determination. Apart from that, most people should enjoy seeing the “Seussian” architecture breathing life into the theatrical landscape. The introduction of musical numbers was also fun to have in the film but much too simplistic to ever be remembered. Overview: I give it a D+, and that’s being optimistic. I was really looking forward to see one of my childhood favorites reach the big screen, but now I hope that all of the others can escape this fate. Please leave kids’ movies to Pixar, Hollywood, and think of the children.
Alec Baldwin, Dustin Hoffman, Zooey Deschanel, Steve Buscemi and Holly Hunter. What do these five individuals have in common? All five have had long standing movie careers, only to find success in television. Another Academy Award winner is set to join them this fall on the small screen. Cuba Gooding Jr. has recently signed on to star in the new FOX drama pilot “Guilty.” Gooding, who won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor back in 1996 for “Jerry Maguire,” stars in “Guilty” as William Remz. Remz is described as a brilliant, morally questionable defense attorney. After he is falsely convicted of fraud and stripped of his legal license, he looks toward getting revenge on the people who set him up while taking on cases he has been barred from working on. The move to television could be just what the doctor
ordered for Gooding. You have to go back to 2003’s “Radio” for Gooding’s last big screen starring success. Since then, he has had supporting roles in 2007’s “Norbit” and “American Gangster.” After that he had a number of direct-to-DVD films. Gooding finally resurfaced on the big screen back in January as a part of the World War II Tuskegee pilot film “Red Tails.” Gooding went from starring alongside names like Robert De Niro, Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson to Christian Slater and Dolph Lundgren. That is a far cry from the man who was in “Boyz n the Hood,” “A Few Good Men” and “Outbreak” in the ‘90s among others, along with “Men of Honor” and “Pearl Harbor” in the early 2000s. It was not too long ago that actors would start out in television and pay their dues until jumping to the silver screen. In the past few years people are starting to realize that cable shows such as AMC’s “Breaking Bad” and HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” with their shortened seasons and less restrictive content, can deliver some meaty roles and
potential job security that are unavailable by doing films. Because of this recognition, television is no longer considered an insult or beneath actors. As witnessed by Alec Baldwin’s turn as Jack Donaghy in “30 Rock,” a strong television role has the potential to resurrect careers and put actors back in the spotlight. Gooding could use a spark and has nothing to lose by going this route. With “House” on it’s way out, the questionable return of “Terra Nova” and “Fringe” appearing to be on its last leg, Fox has room on their schedule for a solid new drama. “Guilty” has an interesting premise, and Gooding has proven himself to be likable and charismatic enough to hold his own in a starring role. Depending on who else is cast in the show, it will be interesting to see how Gooding fares in his television debut. If Gooding can join his fellow movie stars by successfully making the jump into television while simultaneously resurrecting his career in the process, the big question will become: Who’s next?
‘PXL Mag’ promises future of game news
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Steven Strom Staff Writer In a world where news and information takes only as long to access as the time it takes you to click a link, printed magazines are having a tough go of it. However, most people that consider such things would agree that the magazine format has a lot to offer. In terms of aesthetics and accessibility of long-form editorial content, there really isn’t anything better.
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That’s where PXL Mag intends to come in. PXL bills itself as “a new multi-format games magazine designed exclusively for
tablets, including iPad and Android, that is a new beginning for the format in this increasingly digital age.” Basically, it’s an electronic video game magazine, and it’s pretty awesome. Part of what sets PXL apart is the talent that is backing it. PXL Mag boasts talented writers with backgrounds at PSM, Nintendo Power, Next Generation, Official Xbox Magazine, PlayStation: The Official Magazine, Joystiq and more. On top of all that, the whole operation is being run by former PSM executive editor Randy Nelson. The whole thing works like this: You buy a monthly issue of PXL Mag for 99 cents in the App Store or Android Marketplace. After that, you’re free to enjoy
your long-form editorial content as you wish. Then, whenever a new game review or major piece of news goes live after you have that issue, you will receive push notifications informing you that the new material has been added to the issue that you already own. On top of all of that, you get special features like expandable screenshot galleries and extended content. For the record, most video game magazines on store shelves these days cost around four to five dollars per issue. So, for less than a quarter of that price PXL gives you all of that content as well as the regular news and reviews, you would get from a blog-style site. It’s a very novel concept, in
theory. The idea of being able to subscribe to a service that brings the news and content you want directly to you is exciting. It’s just about the only way that I can think to shave even more time off of the news gathering process. While other news sites have created applications for the iPad and other tablets, most are really just mobile versions of the already existing websites. PXL is actually designed from the ground up to make use of the format it exists on. In many ways, this feels like the future that everyone else will eventually move towards. Whether or not PXL will live to see that future and how soon it comes really depends on how well the service is received.
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7 Jaime Jarmin Opinion Editor Phone: 231-6287 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Opinion Contraception is like bacon
Jaime Jarmin Opinion Editor When I was serving at a local diner in Fargo a few years ago, a man ordered a plain double cheeseburger. Once I had set the plate down, I immediately noticed that the cook had put bacon on the burger. After my apology, the man then explained to me very kindly that he could not eat pork because of his religion. I was then able to return to the kitchen where the cook simply remade his burger without bacon. Just because our diner had bacon available for our customers, it didn’t mean that we forced our customers to eat it. The same is true with the contraception controversy happening today; even though some employers under the 2010 health care law disagree with providing contraception, it doesn’t mean that it should not be available for women employees who may choose to use it. The women are also not obliged to take it. The Senate recently shot down a Republican attempt that would have made it possible for employers to deny coverage that included contraception. This decision by the Senate was based on the people of America’s best interests, and that is having the choice to decide what’s best for their bodies. Our country boasts about our freedom, however, it’s hard seeing the freedom for women to get their contraception covered when bills such as these try to get passed. Although the thought of providing contraception to women may be against certain employer’s religious beliefs, who’s right is it to say contraception should fall under religion? President Obama has now stated that he is not filing this contraception issue under religious freedom but rather under women’s rights. Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown University law student, recently tried rallying for women’s rights with the contraception issue and was recently called a “slut” and “prostitute” by conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh. Is Limbaugh really ignorant enough to think that the only reason women use contraception is to have sex? Better yet, are his show producers really ignorant enough to keep him on the air? A few of my friends who take birth control do not do it for the freedom to sleep around; instead, these young women have been encouraged by their primary physicians to take it on account of medical issues they have experienced. Such issues include severe, debilitating cramps, an intense menstrual flow or persistent acne. I’m happy to say that since my friends have begun taking birth control, they have been relieved of their painful – and for some, embarrassing -- medical ailments. Therefore, Limbaugh should not be shooting his mouth off with statements that are judgmental, incorrect and degrading to women regardless of whether or not they take contraceptives. He is not only insulting women like Fluke, but he is also insulting my good friends. If only people could understand that just because there is bacon in the kitchen, the server is not shoving it down their customer’s throats. Jaime is a junior majoring in English education.
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Recovery as a college student Tessa Torgeson Contributing Writer
As a new NDSU student, I was immediately intrigued by the red cup “BEFORE ONE MORE” slogan plastered (no pun intended) across t-shirts, posters and flyers across campus. “One more” is a foreign concept to me. It was 10 or 20 more until alcohol created chaos and despair in my life. I am a 25-year-old recovering from chemical dependency, bulimia, depression and selfharm. I promise this is not another lecture that “drugs are bad, kids” or a “Lifetime”-esque movie rife with cheesy clichés about my journey. Instead, I write this to share my experience, strength and hope with other students who might be struggling or have a friend or
family member who is struggling. College is a difficult, yet exciting, time of transition for all students. It’s a balancing act between deciding what to do with one’s future, the barrages of papers, research, exams, working, friends and often missing home. During my first time at college seven years ago, I was inundated with stress, depression, body-image issues and a traumatic, painful situation. I found my best friend in substances. They were an anesthetic for me, a way of numbing my pain. It was easier to take refuge in the warm, familiar blanket of intoxication than face my pain. Substances also created an illusion of connectedness and masked the sense of isolation and alienation I really felt. I surrounded myself with friends who partied as hard as I did, but looking back I real-
ize our bond was forged over a bottle or a substance, not over interests, passions, humor, pain and the in-betweens of life. Some of the loneliest times I spent were ironically in a room full of people. I never really felt like I fit in, so alcohol became my gateway to belongingness I had never felt. Fast forward to a few painful years later, I hit my bottom and decided to check myself into treatment. The second time in college, I began my quest for recovery and it felt like a lonely, painful endeavor immersed in a campus and broader American culture that revolves around partying. I felt like I was on the margins, disaffected and alone. Yet I found hope to grow, heal and form genuine connections with others in recovery. I began seeing a Licensed Addiction Counselor and at-
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tending a recovery group “Alcohol and Other Drugs” group at the NDSU Counseling Center. Here I found my home, connecting with other students who are abstaining completely from substances or concerned about their usage and trying to cut back. We support and talk to each other about being in recovery and some serious, heavy issues, but we also joke and laugh together a lot. Through attending group and Alcoholics Anonymous, I have meaningful friendships with people who relate. Contrary to popular stereotypes, we don’t just sit around and talk about feelings all the time and wipe each other’s tears away. I’ll admit we drink vats of coffee, but coffee rocks! We also play games, go bowling, have girl’s nights, go to movies. I even have friends who are sober ravers. Recovery is not all fun: It
definitely takes strength, courage, willpower and often changing major aspects of life. It is worth it though, because of the friendships I’ve made, growing as a person, improved health, being able to hold down a job, and most of all, I finally started liking and accepting myself. I did enjoy parts of my first college experience; I just wish I had known life did not need to revolve around blackouts, partying, chaos and grief. Neither does yours. Remember that you are not alone. Remember that there is a campus full of students in recovery or abstain, the NDSU Counseling Center and a community full of Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous support groups. “Before one more,” know there is a better life possible. Tessa is a senior majoring in English.
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Opinion Not caring about anyone Joe Kerlin Contributing Writer Up the road there has been controversy swirling around Grand Forks about the University of North Dakota and their ongoing tussle with the NCAA about the school’s nickname. As the dust settles, the NCAA is on top and our little brother to the north needs a new nickname. For the past few years, the NCAA has been harassing UND on their school’s nickname and now forcing them to ditch the “Fighting Sioux.” This isn’t the first time the NCAA has forced a name change due to its Native
American origin. UND will officially lose their “Fighting Sioux” nickname amid the threat of NCAA violations. Among these penalties include forfeiting games and losing the Big Sky conference affiliation. UND has no choice but to give in and give up the Fighting Sioux title after 80-plus years. Another university bites the dust. Team nicknames have been up for some debate dating back to the ‘60s when the NCAA made its policy prohibiting Indian nicknames for university sports teams. The NCAA has been cracking down intensely to try and remove all negative depictions of Native Americans in its
university nicknames, UND being the latest to fall. Safe to say, they didn’t go down without a fight, causing uproar over the stupidity of it all. The Fighting Sioux name and logo have been the face of the university for years and now with the NCAA taking it away, UND will have to cough up some money to change something they don’t want to. The tragedy in this whole situation is that UND doesn’t have the money to fully remove the logo from everything. The estimated amount of money to pull off the name change is approaching $20 million dollars, including the renovation that will have to be made at Ralph Engelstad Arena, where the
men and women play hockey. While the university waits for the money to come in, they get to keep the nickname, but unfortunately, face the harsh penalties given to them. Congratulations NCAA, you have once again cornered a university, gained the upper hand and made them your puppet. I would have to say the NCAA is running a sneaky, no-nonsense business, but where is the consistency? The NCAA allowed Florida State University to keep their Seminole nickname because of the good relationship and deep tradition between the Seminole Tribe and the university. Both local Sioux tribes are all for keeping the name, so why doesn’t UND get to keep
its name again? In 1930, UND was given the nickname “Sioux” by one of the local tribes. Since then, the school has done nothing but honor the nickname and now watch hopelessly as the NCAA takes it away. What should we do with this policy? Throw it away and start over. There will be no harm done if the NCAA simply lets this nickname issue go and UND can keeping calling themselves the Fighting Sioux. Race isn’t as touchy as an issue as it was when the NCAA created these rules, and in no way is UND’s nickname giving a bad rep to the Sioux people. The tribes, Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe and Standing
Rock Sioux, are proud of the fact they are represented as the face of UND and would be offended by the NCAA for taking it away. Isn’t the policy they created and enforcing supposed to make relations better with the Native American community? The harsh reality is, the Fighting Sioux name will be no more and left for the history books. It is going to take years to remove the scars left by the NCAA’s terror and to get use to the new nickname. Ladies and gentleman, your UND Flickertails! Shame on you, NCAA. Joe is a sophomore majoring in journalism.
College: the time to explore who you are Ethan Drew Contributing Writer This past weekend while scanning Netflix’s seemingly infinite list of films it has available to watch instantly -which, if you ask me, is God’s greatest gift to man since buttered toast -- I came across an interesting independent film called “Cherry.” In a nutshell, the story follows a naïve college freshman as he goes through the motions of college, including
meeting girls, struggling with his virginity and eventually getting involved in an out of the ordinary love triangle with an older woman and her teenage daughter. According to the protagonist’s overbearing mother, out of every 10 college students: Seven are having sex, four are doing drugs and one is gay. While I’m not sure how valid this vague information really is, for the sake of argument, let’s just assume the information is true. To most out-of-college adults, such as our parents,
this information probably seems pretty shocking considering there’s a good mathematical chance that every single one of us fulfills at least one of those categories. But personally, I don’t see anything wrong with any of these things -- within reason, of course. College is not only a time for us to discover who we are professionally and educationally, but also to discover who we are personally as well. This is the phase of our lives for us to explore different opportunities and experiment
with the different things the world has to offer. Now, this does not mean that I think college students -or anyone for that matter -should be doing hard, dangerous drugs like meth, cocaine or heroin and getting so wasted that they need to get their stomachs pumped. But I do, however, believe that it’s healthy and normal for college students to be exploring who they are personally, socially and sexually. As long as people aren’t hurting themselves or others, I say rock on.
You have only one life to live in this world. While I don’t agree with ruining it through overindulgence, addiction or irresponsibility, I don’t see anything wrong with people exploring their options while they are still young and able to do so. Because once we graduate and have real world lives with a career and family, experimenting is not going to be nearly as easy or socially acceptable. By that time, we’re supposed to have already explored our options and learned what’s right for us.
Bottom line: Do what you have to do to figure out who you are. In the end, the only person left to please is you. Don’t be worrying so much about pleasing society. Everyone was young and stupid once, even those overbearing parents like the one in “Cherry.” Live your life, be (mostly) responsible, keep your priorities straight and be happy. Everything else will fall into place. Ethan is a junior majoring in English education.
Don’t judge a person by their clothes
Keith Bistodeau Contributing Writer
The other day I was walking on campus and walked past a group of girls who were having a very interesting conversation. Normally I try to avoid eavesdropping because not only is it not my business to be concerned about others conversations, but it is also quite rude. This particular conversation, however, could not go unnoticed. It went something
like this: “Girl 1: Oh, my God. Did you see what see was wearing today? Girl 2: Oh, I know! It’s like she doesn’t know where to shop or how to dress. Girl 1: Seriously. Who doesn’t own any brand name clothes!? How else would people know where you shop or how much you are worth? Girl 2: I know. It’s like she doesn’t care.” In my attempt to avoid being slapped by two separate women, I decided not to put my two cents in the middle of the Memorial Union. Yet, as the day went on, that particular conversation kept eating at me. When I arrived at home that night, I sat and thought
about the culture on own campus and became utterly disgusted. When I first came to NDSU five years ago, I was just an oblivious kid who didn’t pay much attention to the things going on around me. But now as a senior, I can honestly say I am disappointed with my campus. Our student body has become way more obsessed with how people look and what they are wearing than with who someone really is as a person. For those of you who have not seen me or had me in class, I don’t fit your stereotypical graduate school-bound mold. I have eight tattoos, ear gauges and dress in clothes that would make most
“preppy” students scoff. Now, I have come to accept this over time, but it still bothers me to see our own campus slipping deeper and deeper into corporate America’s grasp. We as a campus need to move away from judging people on the clothes they wear or how much makeup they have on and look at who they are as a person. What you bring into the classroom and to this campus speaks higher volumes to who you are as a person than how much your jeans cost. I can almost guarantee my entire wardrobe on most days costs less than a pair of jeans from Hollister, but that doesn’t change who I am as a person. We are not alone in this slippery slope. Many major cam-
puses around the United States are faced with this sort of “student profiling” on their campus. In high school, we all developed social statuses in different ways, and one of those ways was through dress. One would hope that issue would go away in college, but sadly, it does not. I am not saying you need to stop shopping at brand name stores. What I am saying, for lack of a better way of putting it, is stop being so shallow and judging people based their clothes and appearance. There are much better ways to find out who a person really is than just looking at them. Most of us make our initial assumptions about a person within five seconds of meeting
them. There is not a single person on this campus that is so busy that they cannot devote even one minute of their day to find out who someone really is. This is my challenge to you, NDSU. Find out about someone new every day. Don’t just let their appearance dictate your view of that person. Find out what makes them tick and what they truly think. We are supposed to be one of the most accepting campuses in the state, so go out there and prove it.
I would be willing to bet that the first answer that popped into your head was, “Bullies are too stupid to get into college.” Unfortunately, this is not entirely true. This stereotype is a generation old and reinforced by several television shows, but the fact is some of the most popular and well-educated individuals have admitted to being the bullies of their schools. Why would people that have such a good standing in their community commit to harassing others in such an unnecessary way? It has nothing to do with the fact that they can “get away with it.” Their assumed immunity to punishment can only enable them, not encourage them. While every case may have a different reason, I believe that there is an underlying factor in all cases of bullying. This reason is the very same one that keeps the detestable act out of colleges and universities: prestige. Prestige is what gives bullies the idea to harass other people. They believe that they can solidify their standing in the community of school by
“making an example of other people” and “putting others in their place.” It makes sense that this ideology is abandoned in college: People have the ability to brag abut scholarships, internships and their respective field of education. People in college have a place and they can all prove their worth by how well they do. Does this mean that there is less prestige in public grade school? Yes, of course there is less. Everything is standardized, and more often than not, any outstanding award that one person gets others can easily get as well. Just remember the time when everyone lined up in the gymnasium to get his or her academic letters. There should have been such a high percentage of the school receiving the award that it was worth less than it should have been. “What about sports?” you might ask. I am certainly not implying by any stretch of the imagination that a trophy in sports is easy to get. Sports teams have high prestige in both grade school and college. That being said, it is the
team that gets the honor, not the individual. This means that even a rare and very honorable championship trophy may leave the individual (but not likely the team) wanting more in terms of respect from others. Whether or not a way to get more prestige into public schools is possible is a difficult question. Without a doubt, the standardized way of teaching -- even in AP classes -kills the idea that people can earn more from a class and subsequently the school. Perhaps if certain policies that cause more advanced students to conform were removed, or if high school were limited down to two years or if more strict requirements were made for awards like the academic letters, then it would be possible to remove an element of bullying from public schools. Of course there are other factors to bullying, but any attempt made to reduce it would help the individual affected by this unnecessary phenomena. Andrew is a freshman majoring in the college of engineering and architecture.
Keith is a senior majoring in public relations and advertising.
Bullies no longer dumb brutes Andrew Tran Contributing Writer
Several cases have been filed for bullying in the past few years. Enough cases have been filed, in fact, to achieve national attention. Most cases of bullying happen in middle
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school and high school, but there are seldom any cases in college. Why is this, and is there a way to bring antibulling procedures down to the grade schools?
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Travis Jones Sports Editor With the opening salvo of March comes the time of year where everyone’s a basketball fan. The college basketball season is nearing its end, but it’s not going to go down quietly, as there’s no better time of the year than the tournament stretch. The consensus is that the madness only happens in conferences like the ACC, Big 10 and Big East. The consensus is wrong. Looking at the mid-major conferences throughout America, the likes of the Missouri Valley, the Mid-American and the Mountain West comes to mind. I think there is another one that’s reaching the top: The Summit League. With the likes of Oakland, Oral Roberts, South Dakota State and North Dakota State putting the conference on the map by playing the toughest schedules in the league, the RPI of the conference was as high as 13 at one point in time this season. The teams not only play a tough non-conference schedule, but the grind of the Summit League schedule is as tough as any other you’ll find in a mid-major. The conference tournament has proven itself to be the exact same way. The conference tournament has also proven itself to provide an electrifying atmosphere.The Summit League sets up shop in the Sioux Falls Arena every March, which, prior to my first appearance at the tournament, I thought was going to be a dull atmosphere in a Mid-Western town. That was until I saw the amount of fans Oral Roberts and Oakland brought. Then the IPFW fans showed up, and soon nearly every session had at least 3,000 people there. The arena holds just over 6,000 for basketball games and is home to the NBA DLeague Sioux Falls Skyforce. It’s hosted the tournament for consecutive seasons since 2010, and I don’t see it moving anywhere in the near future. It’s a manageable travel for every school in the league, with Southern Utah having the furthest hike. It’s not just the atmosphere inside the arena that gives it the big-time mid-major feel; it’s the level of play as well. The league is undoubtedly going to take a huge hit next season when Oral Roberts splits the Summit and heads for the Southland Conference. With the University of Nebraska at Omaha joining and new member South Dakota being competitive, the slack will be picked up a bit after the ORU departure, but not enough to put it at the spot it is right now. Make no mistake about it though, the level of play in the league will still be high, but the reputation of having a school leave your conference takes its toll. Nevertheless the Sioux Falls Arena will still be rocking every March. Hopefully, the league realizes the same thing everyone else that goes to the league does. Take a glance at some other midmajor schools and compare what they’re doing to what the Summit is doing. The league is a notch above.
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Abby Plucker shoots to score giving her eight points against IUPUI Sunday at the Summit League Tournament in Sioux Falls. The Bison women lost 80-64 during the quarterfinals.
IUPUI gets revenge in Sioux Falls NDSU women lose in quarterfinals of Summit League Tournament for second-straight season Travis Jones Sports Editor The NDSU women’s basketball team had 232 miles and three wins separating them from a Summit League Championship and a spot in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Last Monday’s thrilling win against Indiana Purdue-Indianapolis started a two-game series between the two teams, as the Bison battled with the Jaguars in the quarterfinals at Sioux Falls Arena. Last Monday’s game, a buzzer-beater victory for the Herd, had plenty of storylines that would be followed up on Sunday afternoon. Two of those included injuries to NDSU’s Jamie Van Kirk, who tore her ACL, and Abby Plucker, who missed last week’s game with an ankle
injury. The last storyline between the two this season is an 80-64 victory for IUPUI. “We did everything we were supposed to in that game,” Bison coach Carolyn DeHoff said. “We got the shots that we need to take, we got the offensive boards, we got the ball to the right kids and the ball just didn’t fall for us.” Mid-way through the second half, IUPUI started to play the tempo that they’re most accustomed to playing: Fast-paced and transitional basketball. The first ten minutes of the second half look nearly identical to their previous meeting, as the Jags had a tough time pulling away from the Bison, who end the season with an 11-20 record. “Last week you could feel that,” IUPUI coach Austin
Parkinson said. “We came out of the gates and played good defense. I was worried we’d be too excited, but they played loose and made some plays.” Abby Plucker’s last game in a North Dakota State uniform came in her home state of South Dakota, but the strength of her left ankle hindered her performance. Plucker sprained the ankle against Western Illinois in Fargo on Feb. 25. “It’s a huge difference,” Dani Degagne said of the injury. “Everybody’s a huge part of the team and having anyone down is tough.” NDSU’s depth was tested during the game with IUPUI playing at their usual fast pace. With Van Kirk sitting and Plucker injured, the Bison had difficulties at times keep-
ing up with the Jags. “As we started missing some shots we were scrambling,” DeHoff mentioned. “When you get back in transition you don’t always have the right matchup, they then put pressure on us and took it to us.” The Bison led by as many as seven points in the first half, but the poor shooting in the second half and late turnovers in the first twenty minutes doomed them down the stretch. Coach DeHoff and her team have now lost out in the quarterfinals of the Summit League tournament the past two seasons, losing to eventual 2011 champion South Dakota State last year. NDSU loses two seniors in Abby Plucker and newcomer this season Jennifer Lopez.
IUPUI was led by a balane scoring attack with Emily Phillips leading the way with 17 points and three assists. Dawn Luster and Nevena Markovic had 16 and 15 points respectively for the Jags, and Katie Comello rounded out the double-digit scoring with 10. IUPUI was 47 percent from the field and 8-16 from behind the threepoint line. Dani DeGagne led the way offensively for the Herd, as she tossed in 18 points while grabbing five rebounds. Hannah Linz added 17 of her own, and Janae Burich had her seventh career doubledouble with 12 points and 14 rebounds. Abby Plucker finished with eight, Danielle Muri had six and Britney Gaines finished the scoring with three.
Bison herd round-up Corrie Dunshee Contributing Writer Men’s Track and Field In 1978 Mike Bollman set a record in the mile at 4:04.30. On Saturday, senior Travis Fitzke broke the 33-year-old record by finishing the mile in 4:3.35 seconds at the University of Washington Final Qualifier in Seattle, Washington. This sixth-place time was a personal best for Fitzke by three seconds.
The 4x400 relay team of Brittany Page, Antoinette Goodman, Brittany Schanandor and Paige Stratioti finished fourth with a time of 3:41.12. This broke the 3:41.58 record set in the 2002 Division-II NCAA Championships. Stratioti finished fourth at 55.07 seconds in the 400 meters, tying her for fourth alltime, while Page took seventh at 55.31, placing fifth with the fastest time in school history.
Finishing ninth in the mile with a personal best of 4:08.59 was Tyler Leverington, who now ranks fourth alltime at NDSU.
Ashlynn Simon finished sixth at 2:08.18 ranking sixth all-time at NDSU, while Faith Kruchowski finished seventh at 2:08.52, ranking eighth alltime in school history.
Winning the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.13 seconds was Matt Tetzlaff, while in the weight throw Casey Orgon took second with a 57 feet 3 inches mark.
Winning the pole vault with a season-best was Leslie Brost, marking 13 feet 11 ¾ inches.
Women’s Track and Field On Saturday at the Iowa State Qualifier in Ames, Iowa, Deborah John won the 60 meter hurdles with a personal best of 8.36, breaking her own school record, while taking fourth in the 60 meters at 7.61 seconds.
The final field will be released before long for the NCAA Division 1 Indoor Track and Field Championships. Baseball On Sunday the Bison lost a 6-5 win to Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville in Edwardsville, Illinois.
Devin Caldwell tied the game for SIUE in the seventh with an RBI single and a double to left-center in the ninth on two outs to clinch the win in their favor. NDSU starter Zach Wentz allowed four runs on eight hits in six innings, including one walk and one strikeout. Closer Kyle Kingsley took his first career relief loss, allowing two runs on six hits in the last 2 2/3 innings. Third basemen John Skrbec went 3-for-3 against Edwardsville, and left fielder Nick Anderson went 2-for-4, hitting his third home run of the season. First baseman Nick Colwell went 2-for-5 in the game, hitting a three-run home run in the five-run second inning. On Friday, March 9, 6-5 NDSU is planned to start a seven-game road trip to the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational. They are scheduled to play against Western Michigan at Lake Myrtle Park in Auburndale, Florida at 5 p.m. Softball On Sunday, a five-run first inning helped Bison softball
to an eventual 7-1 victory over Howard University in the final game of Arizona State’s Wilson/DeMarini Invitational at Farrington Stadium. Leading off with a triple was Taylor Mortensen. Amanda Grable hit a home run after following a walk and stolen base by Katie Tamayo. Both given walks were Cristina Borek and Brea Konz. Hitting a single up the middle was Jenina Ortega, scoring Borek. Konz would advance on a passed ball. In the fifth inning, Mortenson singled while Randi Parks tripled to score two more runs for the Bison. Picking up the win for NDSU was pitcher Whitney Johnson, who only allowed five hits and came away with four strikeouts and one walk. With a 12-8 record, the Bison finished the weekend at 3-2. On March 9, the Bison play their first game against Liberty University (5-3) in the Texas A&M Aggie Invitational in College Station, Texas. Wrestling
Leading the wrestling team to third place on Sunday, Trent Sprenkle and Steven Monk would go on to win titles at the NCAA West Regional in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Winning the 125 pound and 157 pound titles respectively, both earned automatic bids to the 2012 NCAA Championships March 15-17. Sprenkle won a 16-4 major decision over Utah Valley, a 17-3 major decision over the Air Force in the semifinals, and challenged Wyoming, scoring an early takedown, an escape in the third, and a riding time point for a 4-2 win. Monk only gave up one point in three bouts, opening with a 17-1 technical fall over Northern Colorado. With a 70 shutout win over Wyoming in the semifinals, Monk would top Northern Iowa in the final for the title. Also finishing third were Mark Erickson, Tyler Johnson, Mac Stoll, and Evan Knutson at 149, 174, 184, and heavyweight, respectfully. On March 7, at-large selections will be announced for the NCAA Championships.
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TrayVonn Wright attempts to score against a Western Illinois defender. The Bison men fell 58-53 to the Leathernecks in Sioux Falls Sunday.
Late 3-pointer lifts Leathernecks above Bison
NDSU men get bounced in third-straight Summit League Tournament, winless since 2009 Travis Jones Sports Editor
With their last Summit League tournament win coming in 2009 via a lastsecond shot by Ben Woodside, the NDSU menâ€™s basketball team was looking for a way to finally win in Sioux Falls. The answers to what went wrong for the Bison in the second half of the season will loom throughout the offseason as Western Illinois beat North Dakota State for the secondstraight time, 58-53. â€œEvery game we played North Dakota State was like that,â€? Western Illinois coach Jim Molinari said.
â€œWe were very fortunate to win that game. It took a terrific shot to give us a little breathing room.â€? The game was neck-andneck despite two runs made by Western and NDSU in the second half. NDSU led by one with 39 seconds remaining after a Marshall Bjorklund tip-in. The terrific shot Molinari talked about came when Ceola Clark was fouled by Dylan Hale on a made threepointer that put them up by three after he made the freethrow. â€œThe guy bumped me a little bit,â€? Clark said. â€œI turned, hit the shot and got fouled. Coach drew the play up to get the ball into my hands.â€?
The last time the two teams met on February 25th in Fargo, Western Illinois used the pick-and-roll and alley-oop with Terell Parks exclusively after they saw NDSUâ€™s struggles defending it. North Dakota State played probably their best defensive half of the season in the first twenty minutes. â€œYou have to credit Saul [Phillips],â€? Molinari added. â€œIn just a week he changed his teamâ€™s whole defensive identity. They were a good defensive team in the beginning of the season, sometimes it can get away from you; it got away from us too.â€? Instead, the struggles came from the free-throw
line in the first half. NDSU shot just 5-15 during their first 15 shots from the line, and finished the game with a less-than-normal 59 percent from the charity stripe. â€œIt wasnâ€™t in my head at all,â€? Bison sophomore Taylor Braun said. â€œIâ€™m trying to make all of them, the ball just rolled out tonight. I donâ€™t know what to say.â€? Two runs by both teams came back-to-back midway through the second half. Western Illinois pulled out by 7 points after an 8-1 run with 5:29 left in the game. TrayVonn Wright put together his best performance since coming down with an abdominal injury during the season, as he scored six-straight points
after Western went up by 7. â€œTournament time is a blast of energy,â€? NDSU sophomore TrayVonn Wright stated. â€œCoach asked me to come out and play my heart out, and I was just trying to help us stay in the game. My teammates got me the ball; it was a total team effort.â€? The work now comes for the Bison to turn their three-straight first round losses around to advance in the Summit League tournament. Coach Phillips looked directly at his two sophomores when he told them what he expects. â€œThis is a big offseason for both of you guys. I expect a lot out of this group,â€?
Phillips said to his players in front of the media. Western Illinois had three players in double-digits with freshman Obi Emegano leading the way with 19 points while grabbing five rebounds. Terell Parks and Ceola Clark each had 13 points, and Parks recorded a double-double, as he grabbed 11 rebounds. Injured sophomore TrayVonn Wright led the way with 14 points for NDSU, shooting 5-7 from the field and 2-2 from the free-throw line. Lawrence alexander and Taylor Braun both had 11 points, and mike Felt had 10. Marshall Bjorklund was the only other Bison who scored, putting up seven points.
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