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Vol. 116 Issue 43


F-M ‘Communiversity’ Offers Courses with NDSU Faculty


The plant science graduate student association at NDSU will host the Plant Science Graduate Symposium, where graduate students from three universities will present research on plant pathology, genetics, and agronomy.

Plant Science Graduate Student Symposium Expands Research Views Josie Eyers

Head News Editor

The annual Plant Science Graduate Student Symposium will bring graduate students from among three universities together to share and present research on Friday and Saturday. The NDSU Plant Sciences Graduate Student Association will host this year’s 29th annual symposium, which rotates locations among University of Manitoba, University of

Saskatchewan and NDSU. Graduate students in plant science from other universities are also invited to participate. Samira Mafi Moghaddam, a plant science graduate student and the 2013 symposium chair, said the goal of the symposium is to provide graduate students with the opportunity to exchange ideas and research. Twenty-one graduate students from NDSU, six from University of Manitoba and 14 from University of Saskatchewan will present their research on plant

pathology, genetics and agronomy. Each student will have 12 to 15 minutes for his or her presentation. Moghaddam, who will present her own research on a genome wide association study of agronomic traits in the common bean, said this presentation will enhance her studies by helping her gain a better understanding of the research. “I definitely see this event as an opportunity to improve my presentation and social skills, which can play an important role in my future,” she said.

For the first time, the plant pathology department at NDSU will also participate in the symposium. The plant pathology department is separate from plant sciences at NDSU, but it is included under plant sciences at the other two participating universities. Moghaddam said the PSGSA wanted students from the plant pathology department to participate in the symposium to expand research views.

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Pam Mork, associate professor of Chemistry at Concordia, instructs students in a forensic science course during a 2012 session of Communiversity.

Hannah Dillon Staff Writer

The three universities in the Fargo-Moorhead area combine to form a fourth university, the F-M Communiversity, for which three NDSU faculty are teaching courses. Ronald Ramsay, associate professor of architecture and landscape architecture; Donald Schwert, professor of geosciences; and Matthew Patnode, associate professor of music, are teaching during the Communiverity winter session, which began in February. The Communiversity, or “university of the community,” was founded in 1965.

Faculty from NDSU, MSUM and Concordia teach a variety of classes. Susan Wee, the Communiversity director, said that the classes at this university operate differently than the other three in the area. “There are no tests, grades or papers — just the joy of learning and the opportunity to engage in thoughtful discussion,” she said. The program was motivated by an article written in the early 1960s by a member of the ALC (now ELCA) Board of College Education, which said that church colleges like Concordia could

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Bison Students Spend Spring Break Giving Back


STLF members Jaime Jarmin, Marcus Almanza, Brennen Shorter, Jasper Asplin, and Holly Burke participate in a roadside cleanup volunteer project during their Pay It Forward tour to San Antonio, Tex. over spring break.

Lisa Marchand

Contributing Writer

NDSU students spent spring break giving back to various communities across


the nation during this year’s Students Today Leaders Forever Pay It Forward Tour. Three hundred students from NDSU, UND, MSUM, Minnesota State University Mankato and Illinois State

University were bussed from city to city until they reached one of three final destinations: Denver, Washington, D.C., and San Antonio, Texas. Between March 8 and

16, the spring breakers on each tour performed service projects in six cities. Meg Anderson, senior in human development and family sciences, traveled to San Antonio with 36 other Bison and five other students from MSU Mankato. She explained that the help they provided each of their designated cities added up to months, and even years, of work that the communities had been aiming to accomplish. Their first stop was Des Moines, Iowa, where they helped a local zoo fill Easter eggs for its annual Easter Egg Hunt, a job that typically takes three months for the zoo to complete. Next was Carthage, Mo.,where the students assisted in tearing down a garage that had caught fire and cleaning up the backyards of foreclosed homes. Their service in Carthage saved the city thousands of dollars, as well as a year’s worth of work.

“We do service projects which impact the community so much in ways we don’t even realize,” Anderson said. In Little Rock, Ark., and two more towns in Texas, they performed service projects that included assisting at a food shelter, painting and constructing at a therapeutic horse ranch, and cleaning the side of a road that had become an issue for local residents. Once all 300 students arrived in San Antonio to wrap up the STLF tour, they split up to complete projects with the Parks and Recreation Department as well as a local nursing home. Then they climbed back on their buses and returned home. “[My favorite part is] being able to understand what college students can do and seeing college students understand what they can do and how they can impact the world,” Tom Schwandt, a junior in Electrical Engineering, said.

For these philanthropydriven students, it is not all work and no play; they have plenty of fun on the long bus rides between cities and at night when the projects are finished. STLF leaders organize games to keep spirits high, such as Bus Twister, Bus Idol and other ice breaker activities. Schwandt said witnessing 40 strangers form “significant connections and friendships” by the end of one week is another major highlight of any STLF tour. The service does not stop at the end of the tour. STLF organizes local service projects year round. Bison students can get involved by joining STLF on OrgSync or attending one of its biweekly meetings at 8 p.m. in Sudro 24. “Come to the meetings. They’re fun, they’re weird, [and] they’re a little kooky. They very much embody what STLF is,” Anderson said. “We’d love to see new faces at the meetings.”

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“The integrity of all types of research related to plant sciences provides a larger collaborative network for the future of the attending students and broadens their view in their research,” she said. This year’s theme, “Supporting life through agricultural innovation,” reflects the symposium’s objective to provide an environment for students to share innovative research, Moghaddam said. “We believe attending students are going to be the innovative future scientists and leaders in agriculture MATAYA ARMSTRONG | THE SPECTRUM

A breathless, frozen view of Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis.


First of all, I am not a scientist and I am not going to go in depth (scientifically) on why water is blue. I’ll admit that I did a little research before I wrote this and I couldn’t fathom the explanation. Scientific vocabulary is way beyond what my brain cells are capable of. Moving forward, I want to share the epic trip I went on during spring break. This photo is a frozen waterfall. In fact, this capture is from behind a waterfall. I was not supposed to be walking behind it because it was not safe, but we all like to break the rules sometimes. I’d have to say it was totally worth the risk. This gorgeous blue was breathtaking. Even though the falls were white from the outside, a beautiful blue filled the inside. If you are interested in visiting this destination, it is called Minnehaha Falls. It’s a quiet family park close to Minneapolis. Please soak in its beauty.

and related subjects,” she said. The symposium welcome events will begin Friday, and research presentations will commence Saturday in Loftsgard Hall. Cash prizes and certificates will be awarded to the first, second and third place presenters in each category. The categories include agronomy, plant physiology and weed science; plant genetics and breeding; and plant pathology. The symposium will feature three guest speakers. Wes Jackson, president of The Land Institute, will give

the opening keynote address “When Ecology comes to Agriculture” at 4:15 p.m. Friday in the Prairie Rose Room. Justin Faris, NDSU graduate and research geneticist with Agricultural Research Service in Fargo, will present “Wheat domestication: Unlocking the secrets to agricultural revolutions past and future” at 8 a.m. Saturday in Loftgard Hall. John Soper, vice president of Crop Genetics Research & Development, will present “Next Generation Agriculture” during the symposium banquet, 6 p.m. Saturday at the Plains Art Museum.

communiversity continued... connect with the community to spread liberal arts and sciences to the people. The first seminar was called “The World and the Church” and 18 people attended. Since then, there have been 42,000 course registrations, Wee said. However, it wasn’t until 1970 that the “F-M Communiversity” moniker was adopted. The course topics come in a wide range. Past courses have included Shakespeare, opera and the U.S. political climate. Wee said that the biggest difference between the Communiversity and a commu-

nity education program is that the Communiversity offers classes that might actually be offered on a college campus, minus the coursework. Most classes meet on the weekend, but Wee said that there are some classes that meet during the week, and locations vary between Concordia campus and other offcampus sites. Ramsay is teaching “Jewels of Europe: Showcasing the Beauty and Culture of its Cities,” and the last course is from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Schwert is teaching “The Geology and Geography of Surface Waters in North Da-

kota” from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. Patnode is teaching “Miles Davis — Kind of Blue” from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday. He will be joined by a variety of musicians from NDSU, MSUM and Concordia. Wee said that the F-M Communiversity hopes that people will always be interested in life-long learning so that the program can stay on the forefront of the community. For more information about the F-M Communiversity or to register for courses, visit

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ASU Delegation Receives NATIONAL NEWS ‘Outstanding’ Award at Defiant Teen Gets Life Sentences in Ohio Shootings After he came in, he upon him “an extremely, “The way the text mesThomas J. Sheeran Model African Union calmly unbuttoned his blue slow torturous death.” She sage was phrased to his sisAssociated Press

rican Union works, as well as diplomatic rules in order to be able, in the future, to bring upon fundamental changes to the African continent,” Assumani said. The conference aims to teach students how the African Union functions. It also portrays action from behind the diplomatic scenes to the delegates. Students learn how to mediate conflicts, solve arising crises, and write and debate resolutions using parliamentarian rules. “Winning the outstanding delegation award in the executive council was a great honor to NDSU as well as ASU,” Assumani said. “It is a proof that we represented well NDSU and portrayed its good image of excellence. We hope that this will help other students understand that even in extracurricular activities, it is imperative that we keep the culture of excellence that NDSU emphasizes.” The Model African Union conference took place Feb. 21 through 24 at Washington, D.C.

Yasser Shaikh Staff Writer

Members of the African Students Union at NDSU received the Outstanding Delegation Award in the executive council at the Model African Union conference. The Model African Union conference, a simulation of the African Union, attracted 53 students from across the United States. Students Rafiki Assumani, Adil Mohamed, Oluchi Okakpu, Ahmed Suleiman and Ahmed Abdille comprised the NDSU delegation. These students represented Southern Sudan in their third visit to the conference this year. They drafted resolutions and presented their case to the Model African Union regarding social and political problems plaguing the newly formed independent state. They also discussed issues related to the oil-rich region of Abeyi that North Sudan is attempting to annex. “We wanted our students to understand how the Af-

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) -- Wearing a T-shirt with “killer” scrawled across it, a teenager cursed and gestured obscenely as he was given three life sentences Tuesday for shooting to death three students in an Ohio high school cafeteria. T.J. Lane, 18, had pleaded guilty last month to shooting at students in February 2012 at Chardon High School, east of Cleveland. Investigators have said he admitted to the shooting but said he didn’t know why he did it. Before the case went to adult court last year, a juvenile court judge ruled that Lane was mentally competent to stand trial despite evidence he suffers from hallucinations, psychosis and fantasies. Lane was defiant during the sentencing, smiling and smirking throughout, including while four relatives of victims spoke.

dress shirt to reveal the Tshirt reading “killer,” which the prosecutor noted was similar to one he wore during the shooting. At one point, he swiveled around in his chair toward the gallery where his own family members and those of the slain teenagers were sitting and spoke suddenly, surprising even his lawyer. “The hand that pulled the trigger that killed your sons now masturbates to the memory,” he said, then cursed at and raised his middle finger toward the victims’ relatives. A student who was wounded in the rampage dismissed the outburst. “He said it like a scared little boy and couldn’t talk slow enough that anyone could understand him,” said Nate Mueller, who was nicked in the ear in the shooting. Dina Parmertor, mother of victim Daniel, called Lane “a pathetic excuse for a human being” and wished

said she has nightmares and her family has been physically sick over the crimes. “From now on, he will only be a killer,” she said, as Lane’s smile widened. “I want him to feel my anger toward him.” Prosecutors say Lane took a .22-caliber pistol and a knife to the school and fired 10 shots at a group of students in the cafeteria. Daniel Parmertor and Demetrius Hewlin, both 16, and Russell King Jr., 17, were killed. Lane was at Chardon waiting for a bus to the alternative school he attended, for students who haven’t done well in traditional settings. Six days before the rampage, Lane had sent a text message to his sister, who attended Chardon High school, and mentioned a school shooting, Geauga County Prosecutor James Flaiz disclosed after the sentencing. He gave no details about what the message said.

ter, I’m not sure she would have taken it as anything. I think only when you look at it in retrospect does it really have the impact that it does now,” Flaiz said. Lane had pleaded guilty last month to three counts of aggravated murder, two counts of attempted aggravated murder and one count of felonious assault. Life imprisonment without parole was the maximum sentence Lane faced. He wasn’t eligible for the death penalty because he was 17 at the time of the shootings. Relatives of the slain students indicated earlier they wanted Lane to get the maximum sentence. In addition to three life sentences without chance of parole, Geauga County Common Pleas Judge David Fuhry also gave Lane sentences totaling 37 additional years for attempted murder and felonious assault and using a weapon in the crimes.


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this shows Bergoglio was behind the curve in the Catholic church’s global struggle to deal with sex abuse by its priests, which began in 2002 after thousands of cases became public in the United States and around the world. “We would be alarmed if the archbishop Bergoglio had done this in the `60s or `70s. That would be sad and disturbing. But the fact that he did this just five years ago, when other bishops in other countries were meeting victims and implementing tough reporting laws, it puts him behind some of his American counterparts, that’s for sure,” Doyle told the AP.

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Fijians are Everywhere Avoid the Second Semester Slide in the Rugby World Stephanie Stanislao Features Editor

Mike Liudahl

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Mike Liudahl is a senior journalism major completing his final semester at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji. Each week he will be sharing the experiences and challenges of study abroad students who have chosen that part of the world. Many countries around the world have established well-known identities in which they take pride. The source of this can range anywhere from age-old traditions to food or even to the beautiful scenery that comprises its landscape. In some nations, however, world-renowned success in sports can play a big role in determining what they are known for. From an avid sports fan’s perspective, I always assumed that Fiji was big into soccer and not much else. Plenty of athletes do take that seriously throughout the island group, but it gets nowhere the attention that Rugby does. In fact, Fiji can legitimately be considered as the world leader in developing the sport’s top grass roots talent. Last fall I had the opportunity to cover the NDSU Rugby team’s new bleacher dedication ceremony. Little did I know at the time how that would serve as a prerequisite to the much more in-depth education I’m receiving on the game right now. It’s rough, it’s tumble and an enormous amount of emotional effort is poured into it by players and fans alike. It’s more like an obsession here though. Comparable to NFL media coverage in the U.S., there is always a dose of Fiji’s national team on a daily basis and you can’t avoid stumbling across fans talking about it. Considering their consistent success on a global level, there is good reason for their grabbing the sort of attention they do in both the South Pacific and beyond. It would be interesting to see how good they could be if money didn’t lure their top players away. To help put into perspective just how integral the country of Fiji is in terms of manufacturing talent for professional teams around the world, I needed to come up with an analogy. The best I could muster is that it means roughly the same to rugby worldwide as Latin America does to Major League Baseball. More often than not anymore the superstar baseball players hail for countries

such as Venezuela, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. When you analyze the rosters of top national rugby teams other than Fiji, they normally include Fijian players who play important roles on their teams. For example, the New Zealand All Blacks, who are usually despised as a New York Yankees type of evil empire, are happy to employ several sons of Fiji. Australia is another popular destination for local stars, all of whom were more than ready for the bigger stages and paychecks they only once dreamed of. Some have even left the international dateline to play for teams going by Greenwich time in the British Isles. For the first time ever a Fijian will represent Scotland in the highly reputed Hong Kong tournament this weekend. Fijian Waisale Serevi, who is regarded as one of the best rugby players ever despite his small stature, often electrified Hong Kong and many other venues during his long career. In 2010, he established Serevi Rugby Nation, which financially supports Pacific Islander players and conducts rugby training for youth in the Seattle area. Maybe he could eventually end up benefitting team USA, which has also figured out how adding passionate players from Fiji can begin to make them internationally competitive. Their respectable performance at the recent Rugby World Series tournament in Las Vegas has given them some promise. Since the sport will reemerge as part of the 2016 Rio Olympics, the American squad is now moving forward with a greater sense of urgency. There are different types of highly competitive rugby ranging from seven players per side up to 15. But, the wide open sevens style of play is easily the most popular in these islands appears to be on planetary level as well. With coverage of it always in my face, I’ve begun looking forward to the tournaments from now until the World Cup finals, which are set to take place in Moscow during June. Although my interest in rugby will likely dwindle after my return to the U.S., respect for Fijian players is bound to stick with me for a lifetime. Their passion is a huge contribution to Fiji’s identity and the international impact they make is almost bigger than the game itself.

It’s game time. No, I’m not referring to March Madness, although that is truly a glorious time of year. And I’m not referring to the upcoming spring football game in April. No, I’m referring to the second half of the spring semester. DUN-DUN-DUNNNN! A time of year that, for some, seems to be a greater challenge than climbing Mount Everest. After coming back from a weeklong get away, it can be more than slightly difficult to get back into the routine of waking up early, attending classes and studying. However, this is the time of the semester that students need to be focusing on their studies the most. With less than two months left in the 20122013 academic year, it is crunch time. The papers and

projects are being to pile up, and finals are starting to become more of a reality. The pressure to finish all of these assigned tasks can leave one feeling stressed, and can also make trying to complete these tasks seem nearly impossible. But, now is not the time to get discouraged. No, it is a time to buckle down and cowboy up. To help make the second half of the semester less stressful, I have compiled a few helpful tips: Break out your planner. Chances are you have not looked at your day planner since before you left for spring break. Check to see what assignments you have coming up, when they are due and make a plan to complete them. Writing down a schedule will help you stay on task and help you finish your assignments on time. Even if you fail to follow your study schedule to a tee, you are more likely to

complete your assignments. And, it is always a wonderful feeling to cross something off of your to-do list.

Prioritize. Once you know what work needs to be done, it is important to decide what task is most important to complete first. For instance, you might have a 20-page term paper due at the end of the month and a five-page paper due next week. More than likely you should try to finish the five-page paper first, while periodically working on the larger paper. This way you are not waiting until the last minute to finish one assignment, and you are still getting work done for your other class. Make time for yourself. With all of the schoolwork on your horizon, it can be easy to forget to take care of yourself. Make sure to give yourself a break. If all of your time is committed to working on your studies, you

are more likely to become burnt out and give up. So, take an hour to go work out. Turn off your computer for a bit while you watch your favorite TV show. Or call your best friend from back home and catch up while you take a break from studying for your stats exam. Stay positive. Keeping a good attitude this time of year is pertinent to ending the semester successfully. Although you might be struggling in one class or may get a poor grade on a quiz, try to remind yourself of all the positive things that you have done. Like the praise you received from your instructor for coming prepared to lecture or the amount of time and effort you have put into your final project. It can be difficult to keep a positive outlook when you receive a bad test score, but it is important to remain optimistic about the road ahead.


Spring Cleaning Calorie Countdown Jessie Battest Staff Writer

Chirping birds, melting snow, sunny skies… and football-sized dust mites lurking around heaps of unwanted clutter? Now that the first official day of spring has come and gone, it is time to start constructing your game plan for tackling the inevitable task of this season: spring cleaning. In an article on Fitbie, MSN’s interactive fitness website, health and fitness journalist Jessica Chia highlights the benefits of various spring cleaning tasks, comparing their calorie-busting capabilities with those of conventional gym workouts. Chia focuses on the most popular cleaning concerns, basing her figures on a 150-pound individual. Pick from the following activities to start off your spring cleaning, and save time by fitting in an impressive workout simultaneously.

Make your bed and do the laundry—two common, daily cleaning tasks—to burn over 140 calories. If you add ironing to these,

ories! Moving your furniture burns the majority 205 calories, while shopping burns 78, hanging pictures burns 51, and other forms of deco-

Making your bed, doing the laundry and ironing “will wipe out about 50 more calories than the 170 you’d burn during an hour-long hatha yoga session.” – Jessica Chia, health and fitness journalist you “will wipe out about 50 more calories than the 170 you’d burn during an hourlong hatha yoga session.” Sweep. Taking a broom to a large area of floor—garage, dining room or porch, for example—can help you burn up to 136 calories. Do some dusting, maybe not because it is your favorite chore, but because it will burn about 85 calories. Vacuuming or mopping can rid your body of 119 calories each, while scrubbing your floors and countertops can burn more than 130. Get in a feng shui mood to burn a whopping 436 cal-

rating can burn 102. Organize. Burn almost 120 calories by performing organization tasks, such as rearranging items on book shelves or swapping dishes into different kitchen cupboards while standing up. Packing or unpacking boxes and then moving them can be the equivalent of doing ten minutes of aerobics or jumping rope. You will burn about 119 calories and end up with a cleaner, more organized home. Taking out the trash is not so bad if you keep in mind that you will burn 107 calories while doing so.

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Host a yard sale. Collecting unwanted items, setting up tables, and walking around during the sale can help you burn over 82 calories. Wash your car. Gathering materials, scrubbing, soaping and hosing down every inch of your vehicle nearly brings your calorie-burning total to 155. Paint a sign and call up some friends to get a car wash up and running. The reward: burning almost 160 calories per car wash… and possibly several generous tips from customers. Plant a few flowers. Help spruce up your yard, your neighborhood or your city by planting bright springcolored flowers. The digging and planting process burns about 170 calories. Mow the yard…or a neighbor’s! Using a push mower rather than a riding version can help you burn over 200 calories.



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The Spectrum Thursday, March 21, 2013

CBS’s Big Brother to Hold an Open Casting Call in Fargo Saturday Matt Paulsen Spectrum Staff

Could the next reality television superstar be right here in Fargo? CBS sure seems to think so. An open casting call has been announced this Saturday for CBS’s long running summer reality show Big Brother. For those unfamiliar with the game, Big Brother sees a group of houseguests from all over the United States living together 24 hours a day in the Big Brother house. Houseguests are isolated from the outside world and are under constant surveillance with no privacy for three months. Houseguests will then compete in competitions and eventually vote each other out until a jury of evicted houseguests vote for a winner consisting of the final two. The winning houseguest will receive $500,000. For those interested in applying, Big Brother is looking for outgoing people who are not afraid to be under constant watch and are willing to compete and live

in a house with strangers for up to three months. For people thinking of trying out, there are a few restrictions. Unfortunately not everyone can apply. Applicants must be at least 21 years old and a citizen of the United States. Callbacks will be held throughout May and June. Unlike other reality shows, Big Brother is completely live at all times of the day and night. A common complaint with most reality shows is that producers can edit the show however they want. This can include taking contestants’ words out of context to incite drama and suspense. However, with Big Brother, viewers don’t have to worry about questionable editing. Before the season starts in June, viewers are able to go online and purchase live feeds. These feeds allow viewers to see and hear everything that goes on in the house uncensored. This includes everything from waking up in the morning to going to sleep at night. So if you are not concerned about random people watch-

ing you sleep and watching your every move from their computer screens across the country, this is the game for you. For those who want to audition but can’t make the open casting call, there are other options to apply. Anyone interested can make a video and submit the online application form. For more information, just visit the official Big Brother website on Big Brother and reality television in general may not be for everyone, but it is great for those who want to meet new people, try new things, and win a decent amount of money in the process. For those interested in a once in a lifetime opportunity, the open casting call is this Saturday March 23, from 12 to 3p.m. at Fargo Billiards and Gastropub. Who knows; if things go well, Fargo just may get to cheer on one of their own. Whatever happens, it should be exciting. The premiere of Big Brother 15 is scheduled for June 26 at 9p.m. on CBS.

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Kid Rock commands the Fargodome stage during his opening for fellow rock-and-roller Bob Seger on Mar. 16.

Intersecting Tours Bring Together Kid Rock, Bob Seger for Whirlwind Night Jack Dura

Staff Writer

Bringing two legendary singers together for a powerpacked concert is something very special. Bob Seger and Kid Rock, both on separate national tours, united for such an occasion at the Fargodome on Mar. 16, the second of only two concerts with both singers. Kid Rock, on his Rebel Soul Tour to promote his new album, threw down his hits, new music, a striking duet and more for an audience nearly 20,000 strong. From the moment he jumped up from under the stage like an excited raccoon, the thousands in attendance knew that Rock had something spectacular up his sleeve. And they were not disappointed. “God Bless Saturday” was a pinnacle of Rock’s performance, as was “Rebel Soul,” the title track of his

latest album, released in November 2012. Rock was on top of his game during his whole performance, never missing a beat and even laying it down at one point as DJ Robbie Shazam, smoking a cigar to boot. He also hauled in huge applause for slipping “People wanna fight and now I can’t hang out at the waffle house” into a song, a reference to his 2007 Waffle House brawl. Backing Rock was his band, the Twisted Brown Truckers, a great group of folks that proved two guitars are better than one. Shannon Curfman, Fargo native and backing guitarist in the band, came together with Rock for “Picture,” a highhitting duet that Rock took to the top with Sheryl Crow in 2002. An eclectic artist to the core, Rock drew from rap, rock, hip hop, and country for his stellar set list that ended with the blowout “Born Free.” Having brought the audience to boiling, Rock

gave the stage to Bob Seger to take over the top. Seger and his Silver Bullet Band, here in Fargo for the first time in their over 40 years as a band, began with new material from a forthcoming album due out in August and then eased into their hits and more. From the solid “Like a Rock” and a stellar sax on “Turn the Page” to the shining “Hollywood Nights,” Seger and his band kept an uproarious audience at bay in a beautiful bedlam. Then, just as it seemed time to leave and go home to bed, things took a turn down a different street. Rock united with Seger and the Silver Bullet Band for a half-hour encore of duets just as the crowd began to wonder “What’s next?” Duets on Seger’s “Night Moves” and Rock’s “All Summer Long”

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tour continued... shot to the sky with raucous approval from the audience. The pair’s collaboration on Rock’s “Forever” was as surprising as it was exciting as it found the 67-year-old Seger rapping alongside his opening act. Seger’s “Rock and Roll Never Forgets” was offered up as an ending duet between the two rockers, one that proved the power of the Silver Bullet Band and left those in attendance with a spectacular sort of sensory overload. Rock and Seger left the Fargodome blown open and

walked away from the scene of the crime with showgoers making known their approval and appreciation. Both hailing from Detroit, Rock and Seger’s hometown connection added a special dimension to the show and brought sentiment to songs like “Cowboy” and “Detroit Made,” a song off Seger’s upcoming album. What may be Seger’s first and last time in Fargo will certainly not be forgotten anytime soon, and having a mortar shell like Kid Rock along for the ride made sure of that.

Lovesick Bridesmaids Bare all in Likable ‘Five Women’ Jack Dura

Staff Writer

There is nothing wrong with being average. This is the case with Concordia College Theatre’s recent production of “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress,” which was nothing to get too excited over. Just to clarify, “Five Women” was perfectly fine. It had laughs, it gave its audiences something to smile about, and had a real crackerjack of a plot; overall it was good, and that is about it. Some shows are simply not made to win Tonys, and this was one of them. With an eye-catching title like “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress,” this show had enough intrigue to reel in any people puzzling over its name. First thoughts after seeing such a title may lead

one to believe that it is actually about five women literally wearing the same dress, but no, this show is about bridesmaids. Yep. Five bold-as-brass bridesmaids with a bone to pick take refuge in the bride’s sister’s bedroom, where the entire show takes place. Meredith (the bride’s rebel sister), Frances (the goody-goody cousin), Georgeanne (the heartsick housewife), Trisha (the sophisticated slut), and Mindy (the groom’s raunchy lesbian sister) bounce the good, the bad, and the ugly aspects of their lives off each other while hiding out from the wedding reception. Meredith cannot take anymore of her sister and mother’s fussing, while Trisha is simply bored and Georgeanne cannot face a former lover at the reception. Mindy and Frances join them just to hang out, and the laughs start to roll

as each bridesmaid brings up some problem or persistence in her life that never seems to go away. Tommy Valentine, the embodiment of all that is wrong with men, is the guest that all the bridesmaids take issue with. Georgeanne was wrung out, strung out and hung out to dry after a sex romp with him ten years before, after which she aborted a resulting pregnancy. Meredith herself was bedded by him when she was 12 and he was engaged to her sister. These two little tidbits are enough to make Tommy Valentine lower than dirt in the eyes of all the bridesmaids. Besides the scum that is the men in their lives, the bridesmaids debate love, sex and how they got to where they are today. Pot and liquor make the rounds (except for Frances: “No, thanks, I don’t smoke. I’m a Christian.”), and by the end of the night,

each bridesmaid has found something to keep herself going in life. Georgeanne resolves to leave her husband, Meredith makes plans to move far away, and Trisha takes interest in Tripp, an usher who offers two very different sets of late-night plans to her. Humor abounded, jokes jumped out from the bridesmaids’ eccentric exchanges, but about half of them received the laughs they were looking for. Many lines must have seemed funnier in playwright Alan Ball’s mind than they did to the audience’s ears. However, not everything fell flat, and this show did brighten up a very cold night, if only for two hours. “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” ran at Concordia College Theatre’s Lab Theatre from Mar. 14 to 16. A donation drive for the Rape & Abuse Crisis Center was held after the show.

Zion I Hits Fargo This April Steven Strom A&E Editor

There’s something special about Bay Area hip-hop as opposed to most other examples of the genre. Perhaps it’s the occasional splashes of optimism and self-awareness often apparent in the sub-genre’s genes, or the larger than life antics of some of its biggest stars. For whatever the reason, that particular subset of music has always held a special place in my heart. One of the better examples of the more optimistic and social conscious groups from that musical category, Zion I, will be dropping by Fargo to share a piece of that

world with the Midwest. The musical duo’s members originated from Oakland, California and are comprised of producer and DJ AmpLive alongside MC Zumbi. Zion I has released nine full albums since their inception, beginning with May 2000’s “Mind Over Matter.” Since then, the group has collaborated with fellow area rappers like The Grouch, Rasco and Planet Asia. The duo has also opened for such legends of the genre as Rakim, De La Soul and RunD.M.C. While AmpLive and Zumbi both originate from California, currently working out of Berkeley, the group itself has early ties in Atlanta, which technically

makes it difficult to define as strictly Bay Area hip-hop. Further adding to the confusion is Zion I’s difficult to categorize style. The group utilizes elements of the more classical roots of the genre, pulling inspiration from A Tribe Called Quest, Run-D.M.C. and Kurtis Blow. However, the duo’s sound also shows influences of other musical flavors, including drum ‘n’ bass, trance and reggae just to name a few. In spite of this (or more likely because of it) Zion I has been met with a high degree of critical acclaim over the years. Music website Spin discusses their album “The Take Over,” stating in its review “even when he dismisses haters (“Burning

incense, yeah, they tried to call us yoga”), he sounds optimistic.” That’s a pretty good definition of the band in general. Even while they experiment on the musical side of things with AmpLive’s tunes, the band maintains an underground, socially conscious tilt largely thanks to Zumbi’s lyrical styles. If you’d like to experience all of this for yourself, you’ll get your chance next month. Zion I will be performing at 8 p.m. on April 30 at The Aquarium on Broadway. Tickets go on sale this Friday and will cost $15 ahead of time or $17 at the door. The show is for ages 21-and-over only.


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Devolved: Recycling on Campus Trash Bins Don’t Complete the Cycle By Nathan Stottler Recycling was, perhaps, every child’s introduction to environmental activism. We first learned about it in school, and probably during the upcoming Earth Week,

it feels like my gears are jamming. I have a subconscious reluctance to throwing bottles and cans in regular trashcans, yet in some instances I simply don’t have an option. My roommates and I here in Fargo recycle everything we can. Paper, card-

“Schools – the institutions that ingrained the habits of recycling in us in the first place – should, therefore, be the main facilitators of such actions.” maybe in a science class. We learned about trash – how some things are biodegradable, how some things aren’t. We did “experiments” in class, to see how soon certain materials turn back into dirt. The result? Banana peels: one week. Plastic Coke bottles: like, never. Our schools did a decent job of ingraining the advantages of recycling in us at an early age. So much so that, over a decade after “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” was introduced to us, at least one of the Three Rs has become second nature. Recycling recyclables is as natural now to many of us as any other daily routine – putting on pants, brushing your teeth and locking your car doors. Personally, recycling is such a normal part of life that when I am forced to not recycle recyclable goods,

board, glass, plastic, aluminum, and tin – each have their separate bin in our back yard. So when I come to campus and find a severe lack of recycling facilities, it never ceases to make me balk. Schools – the institutions that ingrained the habits of recycling in us in the first place – should, therefore, be the main facilitators of such actions. All through elementary and high school, bins for the recycling of all the various goods were always available. Yet here at NDSU, we have a distinct lack of opportunity to engage in this most basic form of environmental activism. Right here in the Union where my office sits, is perhaps the best place for recycling on campus. There is an ample number of bins placed strategically throughout the

building. Some bins even have signs placed above them, quoting some seemingly admirable stats about how effective the Union’s recycling program is. One of these signs recently caught my attention. Summed up, it said that the Union contributed to a very outsized portion of all recycling on campus last year. While that statistic looks great for the Union, it does not say much for the rest of campus. For the Union itself is only one building on a campus that has dozens – surely it should not have such a weighted portion of the whole campus’ recycled goods? But then I began to think as I walked through a few other buildings. There was a distinct lack of recycling bins in other places. The more I thought, the more I realized that the Union was far and a way the only good place for recycling on campus. It’s a problem I have encountered in two places that I frequent. I serve a workstudy job at the library as a student assistant at the circulation desk. As a part of my job, I am required to complete tasks all over the library building. In my daily routines there, I have come to the realization that the one and only recyclable good at the library is paper. Though hundreds of students, staff


and faculty move through the library every day, they are forced to throw away all of their glass, plastic and aluminum. The other place I find myself most often is the downtown campus, particularly in Klai and Renaissance Halls. Here, we once again see a distinct lack of recycling facilities. Facilities Maintenance in both the architecture and landscape architectures studios, the students have gone so far as

to use their own initiative to recycle. Both AIAS and ASLA have set up recycling facilities – for all recyclable goods – and also maintain and empty the bins they have set up. This should not be a job for student groups to take care of. While the efforts of AIAS and ASLA are admirable, they should not have been necessary in the first place. There is no reason NDSU should not make the necessary adjustments to fa-

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Ridden a bike at all this winter? Saving the environment? Saving Gas Cash? Keeping physically active in spite of the “robust” ND climate? Good luck finding a NDSU approved bike rack to string up to. Many are completely inaccessible and bordering on invisible under a mound of snow. Most are under mountains (some plow created) of snow. A few can be conquered but only with proper

mountaineering equipment (ice pick, pitons, etc.). Once you have scaled Mount Bikerack, good luck getting down. I did it once the hard way, and I am not talking about glissading. My right ankle still bears the Badge of Harm. The University does a great job of moving the snow off the walkways, quick and clear. I am drawn to the SU sidewalks even if I am not heading to class or a function on campus. They are a guaranteed snow-free route for

at least a portion of my trip. Clear sailing. Kudos. But, finding a place to “legally” tether your ride once you are on campus? Good luck. There are even scary signs (IACC) informing you that any bikes not at an approved rack will be, well, not exactly towed but something bad. Taken? Im-

cilitate as common and necessary a habit as recycling. And if you don’t think recycling is necessary, allow me to refer you to the third grade teachers at, well, every elementary school in the country. I’m sure they could give you a refresher. Nathan is a senior majoring in landscape architecture. Follow him on twitter @nwstottler.

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Your Mom Knew Best Tattoos and Piercings with Some Extras An Alternative Case for Free Will, Pt. 1 JOSHUA HAIDER Spectrum Staff

Whenever the average Joe is asked his or her opinion on laws or morality and what guides their own moral actions, it is very common to hear an answer like, “I just think, like, people should just be able to do whatever they want, ya know? Like, who can say that they’re right and I’m wrong? I can’t say that someone else is wrong.” As a thinking person, it angers me to think that this passes for a moral code which some would deem “deep.” I first encountered this general idea one day when, after a speech team meeting, one member had some people from a self-help seminar come in to sell their wares. This essentially consisted of a simplified “know, don’tknow, don’t-know-youdon’t-know” exercise and the assertion that each person is “perfect, but flawed.” Anyone who knows a little philosophy, or even anyone whose brain functions consist of more than involuntary reactions, knows the Principle of Non-Contradiction. Basically, two contradictory statements cannot be true at the same time, in the same respect. It’s five o’clock somewhere and four o’clock here, but not 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. in Fargo at the same time. The PNC is a very basic and intuitive rule that the vast majority of the sane world agrees with. There are three kinds of people who take issue with it, to be sure, but they are either a) People with serious intentions, but arguments that are ultimately faulty; b) Pseudo-intellectual New Agers who freebase cocaine and shouldn’t be taken seriously; or c) People with difficulties comprehending language and don’t understand what exactly is being said. None of these is in a position to mount a significant challenge to Non-Contradiction. However, this notion, called individual relativism, while easily disprovable, is not uncommon among even the college-educated. Outside of this group are people who acknowledge a simple truth when they see one. These chosen ones would see immediately that claiming two opposing statements on right and wrong to be simultaneously true is ludicrous. I personally think that those who say things like this don’t even believe it themselves. If they gave it some thought, they’d realize that holding this view means that someone could steal your stuff, kidnap your mom, or kick out your kneecaps for disagreeing with them if they had a mind to, and you could say nothing morally about it. The idea quickly loses its appeal and its logic.

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It seems that this line of thought, when it results in the idea that you should be able to do whatever you want without interference, is more the result of a very American sense of entitlement and a notion of “freedom” which has been blown out of proportion, rather than any actual reflection on the matter. Any reasonable person would realize, for example, that nuckin’ futcases shouldn’t have access to guns, and maybe applying for a permit and giving up a Saturday to learn where the safety is on your brand new AR-15 isn’t such a big sacrifice in the long run. Regulations and restrictions exist for a reason. However, on another level of less heated debate, I think there is a moral and practical case to be made for allowing people to use their free will without hindrance, for the most part. I have noticed a strange tendency in myself to agree with some things for much different reasons than those with which they are usually defended, and this is one of those times. I’m not a libertarian in the sense that I think there should be limited regulation, if any, and that people should be able to do mostly anything they want. However, I think free will is essential to the human experience and should be so to the fullest extent that it can. If I were a philosopher of ye olde tymes, I might be inclined to give this argument a name like “The Argument for Free Use of Free Will from Experiential Pedagogy” or something like that, but in English this would basically mean that life is the best teacher. Check the Opinion Section next issue when I give my reasoning. Joshua is a senior majoring in philosophy and sociology.

Know What You’re Doing

SUZY CAVALIER Contributing Writer

Every year I get the urge for a new tattoo, new piercing or hair color just to mix things up a bit. I have six tattoos, more than eight pierc-

“I can’t stress enough that researching shops is the key to having good, clean work done.” ings and dye my hair at least once every year or two. Having learned a few things here and there I’m going to share with you some tips on what to look for and consider in body modification. Regardless of your location or job, if you are considering any form of body modification there are a few things you should really keep in mind.

Hair dying isn’t as serious as tattoos or piercings, but I will say a few things about it. Try to avoid ammonia and/or peroxide in the dye itself, for it can really fry out your hair without you being able to see the damage. Also, make sure you aren’t allergic to any ingredient used in the product for obvious reasons, so you don’t break out in a rash or have any other harsh reaction from it. There is such a thing as a henna hair dye that has just a couple natural ingredients in it that really enriches your hair instead of frying it out. Plus, it’s half the price of a regular box of hair dye, so that’s definitely a bonus! As for tattoos and piercings, that it a whole new checklist of things you need to look out for. Go around to each tattoo shop and make sure the place is absolutely spotless. Legit shops also have their certificates on the wall as well as their licenses. Check the dates and make sure they are all up to date, approved and officially certified by the state. Also make sure your profession or work

place will allow such body modifications, to save you money and effort. Piercings are generally best to have done at an actual tattoo shop, not a boutique or a shop that the application online doesn’t need you to have a certificate to pierce. Tattoo shops should do piercings with hollow needles so that the extra skin from the puncture doesn’t heal with the piercing causing infection and disastrous scar tissue. As far as care is concerned, the shops should suggest antibacterial soap, foam preferably, and natural sea salt as cleaning agents. If the shop doesn’t offer those instructions it may not be the best place to go. Another thing is if you pay more than 50 dollars for a single piercing, you have paid too much. Tattoos follow the same basic principles with certification, cleanliness and up to date licenses. If they’re not posted on the wall, ask to see their certification and license. Average shops cost about 100-125 dollars an hour. Check out the artists’ portfolios to see which style you like best and work with

the artist and be flexible. Keep an eye out for shaky lines, inconsistent color and reused tools. While in the shop, again check out how clean the place is and if someone is getting some ink done check and see if they used new needles and have the proper cleaning materials set out on the tray they are using. Aside from knowing what you truly want tattooed on your body the rest of your life or the scars you can get from piercings, I can’t stress enough that researching shops is the key to having good, clean work done. Look around at different shops, set up appointments with the artists, be patient for they are very busy people and make sure they are licensed and certified. Also listen around town for those who have had experience with certain places. And by all means take your time in deciding what you want. Suzy is a junior majoring in music.

Human Beings: We are One Amber Zolondek Contributing Writer

Spring break is a time to go new places, try new things and have a time of relaxation and adventure. It’s also a time of recuperation from the stressful semester. Over this past spring break, I took a trip to Chicago and just explore around the Windy City. There were so many different kinds of people and families, new foods to try, shows to see and museums to stroll around. But, one thing I noticed consistently throughout the entire visit was the diversity and how refreshing it was. The colors, the ages, the clothes, the scents of their perfumes and colognes; It was intoxicating to take it all in, and I couldn’t take enough

pictures to capture the moments that took my breath away. One moment of beauty that struck me as most beautiful was when I was walking through the Chicago Institute of Art. I had just passed the corner when I noticed an older gentleman who held a worried look on his face and seemed to be reaching out his hand as if he were grasping for something beyond his reach. Then all of a sudden he started to speak, saying, “Don’t leave me. Don’t leave me, now.” I looked towards the direction he was reaching and noticed another man his age coming to console his friend. “Now, now,” he said, “I’m not going to leave you. I’m right here.” And those words spoken aloud were so comforting to hear; it made me want to

weep. It didn’t matter if these men were brothers, life-long friends or lovers. It was two beings that searched for each other in a crowded room, and that was the most beautiful piece of art I saw throughout the entire trip. What this moment sparked was a thought that occurred to me as peculiar. If we are just people and we all share the same emotions and fears, why do we find it proper and excusable to treat each other with animosity sometimes? In downtown Chicago, it killed me to see people on the street brush by every homeless person whether they were scamming or truly that unfortunate. We have desensitized our society to think that whatever task is relevant to ourselves is the one with the highest priority, no ifs, ands or buts. What happened at

the Institute was brief enough to help me have a moment between my conscience and myself, and helped me realize that I am one of six billion individuals on this planet where we all share the same struggles and successes. We often forget that we are one. We cry and we laugh, we have both friends and enemies, but we fail to realize that something we all strive to have is someone that just understands that personal craving. Someone to hold your hand or listen to your troubles, whether it is a family member or friend, lover or stranger, we need others to take the time and be there.

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Jacks Move Past UND as MENS BASKETBALL NDSU’s Most Heated Rival Tremendous Season Comes to a Close “Herd’s Hunches”

SAM HERDER Sports Editor

After watching the exciting and intense Summit League championship game, one thing became very clear that many have probably already realized and more will come to realize: South Dakota State has surpassed North Dakota as NDSU’s most heated rival. The old-school folks that saw the days when the NDSU-UND rivalry was prime may hate that statement, but in the eyes of the NDSU student fan base today, it is the truth. The Jacks defeating the Bison to advance to the Big Dance last week added a bit more gasoline to the tank that is about to explode. The 2012-2013 year has catapulted this rivalry beyond the desperate attempts to keep the UND hatred alive on the NDSU campus. Just think about it. If both a Jacks fan and a UND fan came up to you and said, “Bison suck,” which person would you turn to first to defend your team? The SDSU fan obviously, because there is no logical argument between the two North Dakota schools except for the irrelevant statement of “our hockey team is better than your football team” or vice versa. The argument can go on all day between a Bison and a Jackrabbit fan. Just look at the games these two schools have played in this year, most notably in football and men’s basketball. The Dakota Marker game on Nov. 10 between the two ranked teams was a hostile one that saw some contact after the whistle was blown. Fans were riled up and were even more riled up after the Bison win after finding out Leevon Perry’s season was

finished from a late blow to the knee from SDSU’s Alex Parker. Just one month later, the Jacks returned to the Dome for a second round FCS playoff matchup that had the two states buzzing for weeks. The basketball matchups this year didn’t disappoint either. With both teams on top of the Summit League, the BSA packed in 5,064 fans when SDSU came to town on Dec. 29. That’s a high number considering students were on winter break and was just below the 5,168 attendance when UND came to the Fargodome on Dec. 9. The energy level for the SDSU game was off the chart while the UND had some mediocre crowd noise. The evidence is there; fans get more hyped up for the SDSU rivalry games. UND games are nothing more than a nonconference matchup between two schools that have history. But that history is done. The rivalry is barely kept alive by the people that were actually a part of the rival and the students today who think the hatred is still there. Ask the players today which game would be more exciting to play. Yes, a football game between the two is what many are begging for, but do you really think the players are going to be at each other’s throats? The players obviously know about the bitter rivalry, but that doesn’t mean the game will be played like one. SDSU brings that intensity to games that make an environment players want to play in. Fans get more amped up because the games are more meaningful. UND just doesn’t have that effect anymore. Will the old rivalry be renewed one day? It’s definitely possible. But right now, SDSU owns the spot as NDSU’s most heated rival.

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NDSU Men’s Basketball Team Falls Short in Championship Game By Joe Kerlin Nate Zastrow came into the Bison basketball program in the fall of 2009 following the NDSU men’s basketball team’s only trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Bison haven’t been back for three years and made it clear that their goal was to get the senior Zastrow to the big dance. The (24-9) Bison fell one game short of their goal, losing to (25-9) South Dakota State in the Summit League Championship, 67-73, and missing out on their last chance to get Zastrow dancing. “That kid put his heart and soul into our team,” junior guard Taylor Braun said. “I just feel bad that we couldn’t make enough plays for him because I wanted to send him to the tournament one time.” Zastrow played in 31 of the possible 33 games this season for the Bison, averaging 7.7 minutes a game. He had a big game on senior night back on Feb. 26 against


Utah Valley when he scored ten points while hitting two big three-pointers in the second half to pull away from the Wolverines. Zastrow ended his career with 105 total games played, scoring 369 points in his career and hitting 82 percent of his free throws. As Zastrow moves on to the next chapter of his basketball career, Braun and the rest of the Bison know the loss their bitter rivals will be tough pill to swallow going into next season. “They made a few runs and I felt like we answered each one, they just made a few more than we did,” Braun said. “Definitely a terrible feeling right now, it’s tough to go out like this.” Braun was magnificent

throughout the tournament in Sioux Falls, scoring 64 combined points in the three games. That mark was only one point less than the tournament MVP, Nate Wolters, who had 65 for SDSU. Braun was nearly perfect from the free throw line nailing 28 of his 30 free throw attempts, including the 16 he poured in to put away Kansas City, 69-58, in the first round. Braun was quieted by the stifling defense of Western Illinois but was still able to score 14 points during the semi-final upset over the No. 2 seeded Leathernecks, 5543. Wolters and the heavily favored Jacks were too much for the Bison in the championship game, answering the

bell every time it looked like the Bison were going to start a scoring run. “I’m in love with this whole team,” head coach Saul Phillips. “They are terrific and it hurts I couldn’t get them seven more points.” The outlook next season is very promising for the Bison as they will be returning their top six scorers including first team all-Summit League performer Marshall Bjorklund, two second teamers, Braun and Lawrence Alexander and Summit League Sixth Man of the Year Mike Felt. The 24 wins for the Bison this season was the most since 2009 when they won 26 games.

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The NDSU baseball team spent their Spring Break in Florida, going 4-4 in the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational. The Bison started the trip out in exciting fashion in its first game Saturday, March 9 against Bowling Green, rallying for four runs in the top of the seventh inning to flip a 5-2 deficit into a 6-5 lead and went on to win 8-5. NDSU was shut out the next day, dropping a 3-0 game against Bucknell. The offense came alive again Monday against Navy and the Bison went on to win 5-1 after scoring the game’s first three runs in the top of the second. Miami (Ohio) trounced the Bison Wednesday, beating up on the Herd 18-1 in seven innings. NDSU returned the heavy beating against Yale, punishing them in a 17-2 win with a seasonhigh 17 hits. The Bison lost a tough one Friday against Northwestern, 3-2 in 11 innings.

NDSU faced Army the next day and were in another tight battle, this time pulling out an 8-7 win. The Bison dropped its last game of the Invitational to Dartmouth, 6-0. NDSU is now 8-9 on the season.


The Bison softball team had a successful trip to California, going 5-2 over the break. NDSU started the Long Beach State Invitational with a tight 1-0 victory over UNLV in nine innings. The Bison won its next two games on Saturday, defeating Weber State 3-0 and UC-Santa Barbara 7-1. Host Long Beach State handed the Bison a 5-4 loss on Sunday. The Bison took on UCLA Tuesday in Los Angeles and dropped a 7-1 loss. NDSU responded in a strong manner the next day, beating Northern Illinois 9-7 and Loyola Marymount 5-0 to finish out its trip. The Bison are now 1212.

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& field team competed in the Aztec Invitational, hosted by San Diego State on Saturday and drew in some place finishes. Jerome Begin finished third in the 400m hurdles in 53.66 seconds and Matt Tetzlaff was fourth in 53.95. Parker McKittrick finished in fifth place in the 110m hurdles while Tetzlaff took seventh. The 4x100m relay team of Emmanuel Dixon, Lee Dhein, Nate Mattson and McKittrick claimed sixth with a time of 45.52 seconds. The Bison women also competed in the Aztec Invitational and senior AllAmerican Leslie Brost highlighted the event for NDSU, clearing 13-02.75 to tie for the top mark in the pole vault. Caitlin Mack finished 12th in the event. Freshman Sierra Rosenau took seventh place in the javelin in her season debut, throwing 138-33 that ranks her No. 7 all-time at NDSU. Antoinette Goodman finished seventh in the 200m dash in 24.03 seconds.

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women competed in the South Dakota State Jackrabbit Invitational Tuesday, March 12 and were led by the Anderson siblings. Amy Anderson shot a three-under-par 69 in the final round to win her 17th collegiate tournament victory, tying the unofficial NCAA record. Anderson finished at sevenunder 209, an NDSU school 54-hole record. Cydney Hasselberg tied for 14th with a career-best 234 and Hailey Boner tied for 19th with a career-best 236. NDSU would have won the tournament, but two first-round scorecards were disqualified. Nathan Anderson led the men’s team with an eighth place finish, finishing the tournament at four-under 212. Bill Carlson tied for 30th with a three-over 219, Nate Varty finished tied at 34th with a 220, Trent Olson tied for 54th with a 226 and Connor Holland shot a 231 for a 63rd place tie. The men finished seventh in the 14-team field with an 874.

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Don’t Blame the NIT


Difficult Season Comes to an End Bison Women Bounced in the First Round by the Coyotes

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Joe Kerlin Staff Writer

The emotional rollercoaster that was the 20122013 Bison women’s basketball season came to a quiet end Sunday, March 10 in Sioux Falls. The Bison women lost in the first round of the Summit League tournament against South Dakota, 73-53. The Coyotes found themselves down early in the second half before using 18-0 run to take the lead and total control of the game. “The runs are a result of the kids coming off the bench,” Bison head coach Carolyn DeHoff said after the game. “They had other players being able to score for them and us not being able to have much production off the bench.” The Bison’s bench was outscored by the Coyotes 30-2 and was led by senior guard, Sam Mehr and her 14 points of the bench for USD. After being down by two at halftime, the Bison took the lead 35-30 after 9-2 run to start the second half. The Bison run was stopped when the Coyotes moved to a zone defense. “It’s pretty frustrating,” NDSU point guard Katie Birkel said after the game. “At times they were switching in-and-out of man so it was kind of hard and we had to slow it down. It isn’t good when you can’t attack right away.” Birkel led the Bison with

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20 points and was 4-6 from beyond the three-point line. It was the final game in a Bison uniform for Birkel and fellow seniors Dani Dagagne, Janae Burich, Hannah Linz and Brittany Gaines. DeHoff has grown a special bond with this group though the adversity they have faced over the past three seasons. “Jimmy Valvano said it best,” DeHoff said. “If you haven’t laughed or cried or got angry or something, you haven’t had a full day. I have to say with this group, on a constant day, there were many of those that happened. And I know with those seniors Katie Birkel, Jenae Burich, Hannah Linz, Dani Degagne have set, what I believe as a head coach, what

programs should entail in terms of high-character kids that are hard workers, show up every day you face adversity whether it’s an opponent or whether it’s a health issue, whether it’s an injury.” DeHoff has been the head coach of the Bison women’s basketball team for five seasons and got emotional after seeing this special group of women’s careers come to an end. “Katie said it’s been five years and you just do everything you possibly can for the better of the group,” DeHoff said fighting back tears. “You stay the course and you stay together and that’s what I can say about this group because they have kept me together.” The Bison finished with a

record of 10-19 in a season littered with setbacks. Senior Linz experienced a return of her Hodgkin’s lymphoma and missed every game since December 30. Burich also missed the majority of the season with an ACL injury and chose not to have a medical redshirt. The Bison will be returning three starters from the first round Summit League tournament game as they hope to return to prominence in the Summit League next winter. The Coyotes went go on to lose to SDSU, 56-53 in a thrilling championship game.

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The clock dwindled down and the final buzzer sounded as the dream of making the 2013 NCAA tournament died on that fateful night in Sioux Falls. The Bison were unable to dethrone the Summit League champs of a year ago and hung their heads as they walked off the court dodging ecstatic SDSU fans as they flooded the court. From my view in the crow’s nest of the Sioux Falls Arena, I could almost see the hopes and dreams drift away from the few Bison faithful that remained in the crowd, dumbfounded and caught in an unfamiliar place. Losing is something the Bison haven’t done a lot of this year and the foreign feeling of failure showed its mighty horns leaving disgust in every fan draped in green and gold. “It’s not over,” they said. “The NIT is in reach!” How silly they were. Selection Sunday came and Selection Sunday went. No call from the Big Dance or the NIT came and the Bison reluctantly accepted another invitation to the College Basketball Insider tournament. A terrific season will end with an anticlimactic finish. Disclaimer: Due to deadline dates and the ridiculously slow business we call the newspaper, this column was written Tuesday, March 19, a day before the Bison played Western Michigan in their first round matchup of the CBI tournament. But I guess it doesn’t really matter…much like the CBI tournament. The (24-9) Bison’s RPI to end the regular season was tied at 79 with (27-4) Stephen F. Austin, a school that will be represented in the NIT. Now it has come to my attention that

many Bison fans are upset about the disrespect shown by the NIT committee for the Bison not receiving a bid. When the bracket for the NIT was released Sunday night, fourteen teams in the tournament had an equal-orlower RPI than the Bison. Unfair, unjust or straight up ripped off, however you want to describe the Bison not being included; I’m going to have to disagree with you. As much as we want to complain about generated rankings on a computer, we have to realize that’s the way it is and we should accept it now before the BCS screws us out of a chance for the 2025 BCS Football National Championship game. There is nothing we can do about it. Out of the fourteen teams that have a higher RPI than the Bison, five are from the power conferences. It is difficult to argue with leaving a St. John’s or a Providence team out of the NIT, especially with the location of these schools. It’s all about location for the nine mid-majors that slipped in ahead off the Bison, too. We can take a look at a Northeastern team ranked 165 in the RPI or a Norfolk St. that is ranked 178, it doesn’t matter where they are ranked-- it matters where they call home. And that’s the east coast. The East Coast bias is very real in the NIT and it has always been that way. If we are looking for someone or something to blame for our lack of an invitation, it has to be the location of our school. Fargo isn’t exactly the biggest media market or a hotbed for basketball talent. Do we really want cameras in the BSA anyway? I, for one, would be embarrassed. Best of luck to the Bison in the CBI and get ready to dance next season, #BisoNation.

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