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Plight at the Polls NDSU Student Denied Opportunity to Vote Josie Tafelmeyer Head News Editor

Yasser Shaikh| The Spectrum The annual Miss NDSU pageant is hoted by the NDSU chapter of Alpha Theta Omega. This year’s crown went to bison Lauren Wilvers.

Miss NDSU Raises $3,500 for Nokomis

Contestants Line Up to Win Danny Klecko’s Heart Emilee Ruhland Staff Writer

The race was on to win the Miss NDSU crown and Danny Klecko’s heart. The theme of the event, held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Festival Concert Hall, was Grease.

In an opening video, Danny and his best friend Kenickie, played by Shane Hofer and Kyle Dillon, go searching for Danny’s new girlfriend after Sandy chooses UND instead of NDSU. They interview many ladies, and even a guy, before deciding to hold Miss NDSU in order to choose the lucky

girl. Sixteen ladies stepped up to the stage for the honor to become the next Sandy. Peter Sauser-Denesia, the special events and philanthropy chairman for Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, emceed the event. Nominating forms were given out to all student organizations

with a mailbox in the student activities office, and as long as a candidate is nominated by an organization, “we don’t deny anyone,” Sauser-Denesia said.

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For many NDSU students, this year marked the first opportunity to vote in a presidential election, yet for some, the voting experience was very perturbing. Meghan Bennet, a senior in biological sciences, was eagerly anticipating the opportunity to exercise her right to vote on Nov. 6, but she “had that right taken away,” she said. Bennet said she was “very offended” at being denied her right to vote. “They told me I should not come to their poll misinformed,” Bennet said. “I literally researched the entire ballot.” Bennet, originally from Ely, Minn., and her two roommates have been students at NDSU for five years. This was their first time voting, so they searched online for the polling location closest to their residence, which was Knollbrook Covenant Church, 3030 Broadway N. Bennet and her roommates produced the voter identification letter from Secretary of State Al Jaeger to a poll worker as a form

of identification. The poll worker did not accept the letter as proper identification and did not allow them to vote. North Dakota law states that if an individual offering to vote does not have appropriate form of identification, he or she may vote as a “challenged voter” by signing a Voter’s Affidavit that maintains the individual is a legally qualified elector of the precinct. However, the poll worker did not ask Bennet to sign the affidavit. This being her first time voting, Bennet said she had “never heard of an affidavit,” and was not aware that she could ask to sign one. Instead, three poll workers advised her not to vote because it would cause her to file taxes as an independent, Bennet said. “First they said I couldn’t vote, then they said I shouldn’t vote,” Bennet said. “They convinced me I would be kicked off my parents’ health insurance.” The poll workers pulled Bennet and her roommates aside and convinced them not to vote.

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NDSU celebrated the value of freedom by observing Veteran’s Day with various events last week. Lt. Colonel Barry Bridger, a Vietnam veteran, spoke about his experiences in one of America’s most brutal wars. Bridger related his experiences as a prisoner of war in northern Vietnam to a packed audience on Nov. 7 in Century Theater. Bridger exposed the gruesome realities of being in a P.O.W. camp. He stressed that the “price of freedom is high, but the value of liberty is priceless.” Bridger also ran a small presentation showing the Yasser Shaikh| The Spectrum different forms of inhumane tortures meted out to the prisLt. Colonel Barry Bridger, a highly decorated U.S. Air Force veteran, talked about his experience oners in Vietnam during the in North Vietnam on Nov. 7.

war. He explained how his plane was shot down during a mission and he spent six hard years in a camp with other loyal American soldiers who would rather break than bend. The soldiers were not only tortured and threatened, they were also forced to apologize for their actions and help in propaganda. However, as expected of a true American soldier, not a single soldier complied, he said. Bridger is a highly decorated U.S. Air Force Vietnam War veteran with more than 200 hours of combat flight times during the war. Bridger was shot down over North Vietnam on Jan. 23, 1967. He was captured by the northern Vietnamese and imprisoned. For more than six years, Bridger was one of the 350 Americans held at the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” prison, where a fellow captive was


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U.S. Senator, John McCain. Bridger spoke about valuing the ideals that America stands for. Taking freedom for granted, some people forget that protection of human rights was a serious responsibility for these soldiers. NDSU has its own contribution to the American Defense forces with men and women listing in the Marines, National Guard and the Air Force. Students and community members also had the opportunity to write letters to soldiers at a letter-writing booth organized by NDSU, which saw a huge turnout. These were letters being written to a unit of Marines that had many NDSU students serving in the Middle East. Many veterans also came out to the booth to compliment these young soldiers and share their experiences with them through letters.

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A World of Foods

vice president of the ISA. “The charges to attend this event are extremely nominal, with members donating three dollars, and non-members donating five dollars. It is a six-hour event, and we do provide To-Go boxes for people in a hurry.” The event is open to all students and faculty. Deosi also stresses the importance of everyone participating and sharing their culture’s food, regardless of whether they are members of ISA. “Though our name says we are an organization for international students, we do encourage native students to join our organization too in order to better share and learn about each other’s cultures,” Deosi said. “The main motive of this organization is to bring people from different cultures closer to each other. [We] love working together to promote diversity, cultural sharing and having fun at the same time.” Students involved in ISA are also able to earn

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The International Student Association will host its annual International Food Festival to encourage students and faculty from NDSU to learn about other cultures through the food they prepare. International students are asked to prepare a traditional dish from their culture to share and the festival. In the past, foods have been featured from Japan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Iran, Korea, China and Morocco. In addition to the students who prepare the dishes, the ISA asks volunteers to cook and serve the food during the festival. “This is a great experience for the volunteers as well as the attendees of the event to taste and know more about different cultures prevalent around the world,” said junior Navneet Deosi,

scholarship hours by volunteering in the festival. “Students should care about this event because it helps them share their culture with other students, faculty and staff of NDSU and also learn about different cultures,” said Deosi. “Being a part of this event is a two way experience. It also helps students enhance their communication and team working skills.” Deosi enjoys experiencing such a wide variety of food on campus. Additionally, Deosi believes it is a great learning experience, especially for students majoring in Cross-cultural Studies and other related majors. Regardless of race or ethnicity, Deosi encourages everyone to participate. I would really like the non-international students to come and join us in this event,” said Deosi. “We do want to include them, and having them being a part of it would just further the success of the event.”

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Two freshman students show interest in the NDSU Summer Europe booth at the study abroad fair in Barry Hall Atrium Tuesday.

NDSU hosts global business week Events focus on study abroad and a global mindset Hannah Dillon Staff Writer

NDSU hosted Global Business Week, an event for undergraduate and graduate business students who will be dealing with global business, something becoming more and more prevalent in our globalized society. All of the events for Global Business Week were held at NDSU’s Barry Hall, the downtown campus building dedicated to business classes. “This week is designed to expose students to many of the issues they will face in their future business careers,” Dr. Newell Wright, director of the Center for Global Initiatives, said in a press release. The event featured a

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study abroad fair in addition to other things. Wright said in the press release that students who study abroad become more aware of other cultures and have an easier time of crossing cultural boundaries and become more globally minded. Global Business Week featured a variety of events that occurred Tuesday through today. The first event was the study abroad fair on Tuesday. At this event, students were able to look at photos from other Center for Global Initiatives study abroad trips, as well as plan for future trips in 2013. Applications for study abroad scholarships were also available. On Wednesday, Benji Smith of MSUM gave a presentation about a 500-mile pilgrimage walk in Spain that takes 38 days to con-

tinue. Mike Peterson, an assistant professor of the College of Business, also gave a presentation about global accounting standards. Today, a panel will be held with students who have gone on study abroad trips with the CGI at 11:30 a.m. in Barry Hall room 140. They will talk and answer questions about their study abroad experiences. The last event of Global Business Week will be a presentation by Ralf MehnertMeland of Intelligent Insites of Fargo today at 2:30 p.m. in Barry Hall room 126. Mehnert-Meland is originally from Germany and has a background with international business. For more information regarding the College of Business or the Center for Global Initiatives, visit http://www.

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Miss NDSU continued from page 1 Once nominated, the ladies must organize a group dance, individual lip sync skits, sport some Bison pride, and answer questions on stage. Finalist Leah Johnson, sponsored by Alpha Gamma Rho, danced and lip-synced to “Feel Like a Woman” to start off the skits once the candidates were all introduced. Three girls danced to “Greased Lightning,” and many skits included men in dresses –including a group of Spice Girls, with semifinalist Hilary Haugeberg as the only female. Once the skits were

through, there was a short intermission before SauserDenesia invited Nokomis Child Care Centers of Fargo Director Jane Greminger up to the stage with Hannah Reichel, the 2012 ATO Sweetheart and semi-finalist. Reichel has been a parttime teacher at Nokomis for over a year and shared some stories of children Nokomis has helped. With the outrageous skits, the bad, or very good, lip-syncing, and all the crazy dancing, it was easy to forget the real reason for hosting Miss NDSU each year. For thirteen years ATO has held the event in order

to raise money for Nokomis. This year the event raised $3,500, Sauser-Denesia said. Greminger thanked ATO and the Miss NDSU candidates in her speech. “I want you to know how much I appreciate them,” Greminger said. “All children deserve quality care.” With the money ATO donates they are able to make sure they can keep their doors open to all families in need. The center provides scholarships for families with special needs, whether they are financial or emotional. After the speech, eight semi-finalists were chosen. Along with Haugeberg,

Johnson, and Reichel; Bailee Blaeser, Molly Shultz, Lauren Wilvers, Mindy Ouren and Allison Haider were chosen to move on to the next round. The semi-finalists were each asked a question – “To properly test my compatibility,” Danny said. Pulling from a hat, the candidates had to answer questions including Coke or Pepsi, a date with Thundar and Team Edward or Team Jacob. When asked about what candy she was, Blaeser said, “Probably a Skittle, because they are a little sweet, a little sour and they’re great.” While Danny decided on

News the contestants, a raffle was held for gift cards to Spicy Pie, iTunes, Tutti Frutti, Starbucks, and four party subs at Subway. Then it was time for the crowning of Miss NDSU. “They all deserve to win,” Danny said to Keneckie. However, he narrowed it down to Johnson, Ouren and Wilvers for the final round. “As Danny’s best friend,” Keneckie said, he had the honor of the last question. “What has had the most impact on your NDSU experience?” Each girl gave a response that stressed the importance of becoming involved at the

university. Then Danny—in reality, three judges—had to make the final choice. Junior Stephanie Osowski was declared Miss Moneybags for raising the most money and Miss Congeniality was finalist Wilvers. Then Miss NDSU 2011 Erika Haglund came on stage to crown the 2012 Miss NDSU, Lauren Wilvers. “I’m so overwhelmed and honored,” Wilvers said. “I’m about to explode with love.” Wilvers is a senior majoring in family and consumer sciences and was sponsored by Blue Key National Honor Society.

Student denied continued from page 1 “I was originally told I could not vote…because our proofs of address were insufficient,” one of Bennet’s roommates Austin Owings said. “They then proceeded to tell us that we should not vote because we wouldn’t be able to claim dependency from our parents anymore.” Owings was not offered the option of signing the affidavit, but he went to a different poll worker who approved of his form of address without question and allowed him to vote. The poll workers claimed to have turned others away from voting as well, Bennet said. Whether individuals file taxes as a dependent or in-

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dependent is not related to voting, said Cass County Auditor Michael Montplaisir. “We never talked about any of that in the training [for poll workers], because that doesn’t apply,” Montplaisir said. “It’s not your place to give tax advice at the polls,” DeAnn Buckhouse, Cass County election coordinator, said. The identification letter for college students was also part of the training program. “If she had a letter, they should have just accepted that as a form of I.D.,” Buckhouse said. “I’m kind of at a loss, because that’s not how we trained them.

We specifically talk about college students in our training.” Buckhouse intends to talk with the election board to follow up on the issue to make sure it does not happen again and use it as a “training tool,” she said. There will be no repercussions for the poll workers who made this “human mistake,” Buckhouse said. She also stressed the importance of making sure students understand their rights as a voter. Individuals cannot be denied the right to vote if they fill out an affidavit. Voters can only be denied if they refuse to fill out the affidavit. Montplaisir explained

that even homeless individuals, who live in North Dakota 30 days prior to an election but may not have identification of residence, can vote. “[Bennet] should have insisted” to fill out the affidavit, he said. “When you come into a polling place and they say something you don’t agree with, it is okay to stand up to them and say, ‘I don’t agree. I’d like to talk to the inspector,’” Buckhouse said. The individuals working the election polls at Knollbrook Covenant Church were unavailable for contact.

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Annual Film Festival to Take Place in January throughout Utah Malorie Midtraune Contributing Writer

While many students choose to top their summers off with one final camping trip with family or a stop with friends at the beach for some last minute rays, James Cavo, a freshman majoring in musical theatre, ended his with a script in hand for a role in a film that would someday make it into the Sundance Film Festival. It all began in August 2011 when Cavo was approached by a friend with a script and an idea for the movie “Brother.” In a span of only eight months, the film was captured and taken off the production floor. After taking a chance and sending the film into the Sundance Film Festival, an annual American film festival centered in Utah, the group was notified within just a few short weeks that their film was selected. “We were all ecstatic,” Cavo said. “Brother” is a suspense thriller based off of true events, closely following an imaginary world run by the government’s Big Brother program. The story takes place in a small town in the United States, much like one that you would find here in North Dakota. Cavo’s character, Brain Moelbricht, faces the tragedy of an “accidental” death of his wife. This causes Brain to develop a case of depression. After checking the oil in his car and finding a hidden camera under the car’s hood, Brain discovers that there are actually hidden recording devices placed all around the small town. In a surprising turn of events, people of the town then begin to disappear. Cavo is nothing new to the acting scene. “I’ve been performing ever since I could walk and talk,” Cavo said. His first gig was in a production of Cinderella, playing the beloved character of Prince Charming. After knowing Cavo for a few months now while sharing the same arts and humani-

ties community in Thompson Hall, I can honestly say that he would be the perfect fit for that enchanting role. With his charm, wit and intelligence, who wouldn’t want to cast him? With dreams of someday becoming a performer on Broadway, Cavo has a large collection of productions un-

“Who would have ever thought that a bunch of kids from a small town in North Dakota would have a movie in the Sundance,” said James Cavo, a freshman majoring in musical theatre. der his belt. Throughout the span of his high school career, Cavo performed in 13 productions and was honored with numerous acting awards on the regional and state levels of North Dakota. Not only was he involved in acting, but he was also a tough speech competitor, winning five regional titles, two state titles and qualifying three years in a row for the National Forensics League. Cavo has taken his unmatchable acting abilities with him here to NDSU, landing the lead role for the campus production of “Anonymous.” This performance has earned him a nomination for an Irene Ryan Award, which Cavo will forever cherish. “The NDSU theatre department is full of talented performers whom I am very excited to work alongside in the coming years,” he said. “Working on the production was an amazing experience that I will never forget.” James will unfortunately not be making the trip to Utah for the Sundance Film Festival, which will take place in January, but he is honored that the film was accepted. “Who would have ever thought that a bunch of kids from a small town in North Dakota would have a movie in the Sundance?” Cavo said. “It’s some pretty crazy stuff.”

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Contributing Writer There once was a time when very few college students had the luxury of access to an automobile whenever they wanted. Thus, enough campus parking was probably never much of a concern then. As enrollment increased at NDSU, dependence on cars grew while more of them continued to be put into circulation it was likely inevitable for parking availability and ticketing issues to become a recurring problem. I learned this the hard way back in 1993. Although it was a direct result of my own stubbornness to not pay the newly increased $35 on-campus annual parking fee, the writing of a $100 check for the release of my vehicle from an impound lot stung quite a bit. The annual charge had more than doubled from the previous year, but I had effectively found a way to multiply it by over seven times. Despite having to cough up a century note, it really helped me put into perspective as to how much of a bargain we residents were getting. If there’s any consolation for those of us who have been ticketed or even towed, maybe it can be the fact that 50 percent of the revenue collected by the city comes back to campus. Until student government requested a cut in 1990, NDSU wasn’t seeing any of it. I suppose that makes me feel a tad bit better about my past civil disobedience in that a portion of my contributions were for the benefit of other students as well as faculty. With that said, I highly

doubt that anybody who ends up with a campus parking ticket is willing to take that risk for charitable rather than convenience reasons (especially when it’s 30 below zero in January). During the early ‘90s, mostly students who lived away from campus showed much frustration. They felt that the lack of opportunity to park near their destination was inadequate, which caused some to throw the dice by parking in an unassigned lot that would give them a shorter distance to walk. “Students’ problems with parking aren’t because of a lack of space, but with students who think they should be able to park unreasonably close to their classes,” said then acting NDSU police chief. “This is simply not feasible as there’s substantial parking on the lots around campus.” During my time back on campus over the past few months I’ve noticed that the current chief could make the same claim as Lee did 20 years ago if some grumbling arose. It appears to me that NDSU has done just fine in providing enough parking with more than 8,100 available spots for faculty staff and students. Yes, enrollment now tops 14,000, but still not everybody has a car or the same class schedule. Not to mention, how many now take most if not all of their classes online? In order to keep up with demand, it’s noticeable that some lots have been expanded and new ones have been constructed. The FA lot north of the Niskanen complex was still old farmland when I left in ‘97 and the HR, R and T lots had not yet been added onto. Curiously,




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though, some of the R lot addition has now been claimed by the new indoor track and field complex. When parking lot additions and maintenance get approved, the cost has to be passed off somewhere and, a lot like a toll road, the users generally help pay the cost. In 1999 the parking permit fee nearly doubled again to $60 and then shot up to $80 in 2003, which was still a pretty good deal compared to many other universities. Both of those amounts were also still considerably less than the triple digit amount I chosen to donate to the student government fund toward the end of the ‘94 spring semester. Other than the rising price of a mirror-hanging permit, some of the aforementioned complaints lingered into the new millennium. According to a Spectrum report, the struggle for commuters to find parking in their assigned lots was still about as challenging as it was a decade earlier. There were even suggestions made that a multilevel ramp should be built to solve the problem once and for all. An anticipated construction estimate of up to $10,000 per spot quickly struck down any further thoughts of pursuing such a project. In reality, the sea of parking spots surrounding the Fargodome is just as good as any massive ramp as long as busses are there to consistently shuttle students to

their classes on time. I’ve actually been very impressed with amount of permit holders along with many others who take advantage of this service. As far as I can recall, there was a lone short bus that tooled around campus and up to the University Village 15-20 years ago. Ridership seemed to be quite sparse throughout that span and we often chuckled about how it almost always drove by with nobody aboard. Now I can’t even begin to come up with a count when the bodies pour off and on at most stops. Both then and now, my commute to class has always been less than a mile, so I can’t relate to those who can’t find a spot in the lot that they have paid for. It must be infuriating to look for alternatives when it is completely full. However, whether you pay the $155 or the $60 to park and ride the bus is always an option. I was recently surprised to find out that City of Fargo impound lot release fee still rests at $100, which for a ridiculous split second caused me to think that was a better deal than buying a permit. It’s sometimes kind of nice to find out some things like that haven’t changed, though. Another thing that hasn’t changed since 1994 is how getting that piece of permitting plastic sooner rather than later is the best way to go.


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Brain games, Part II: 13 brain-fueling foods Jessie Battest Staff Writer

In last week’s “Brain Games” article, the importance of keeping our brains young and healthy was discussed. Here are tips six through ten, continuing on with ways in which you can remain mentally active:

No. 6: Eat right

Antioxidants found in berries, leafy greens, tomatoes, carrots and grapes help prevent cholesterol from clogging arteries and reducing healthy blood flow to the brain. Also include two sixounce servings of fish, walnuts or flaxseed oil, all rich in omega-3 fatty acids, into your weekly diet.

No. 7: Chew gum

A new study led by researchers at the University of Northumbria finds that chewing a piece of gum “has a positive effect on thinking, memory and other cognitive functions.” This is attributed to a slight heart rate increase and boosted oxygen delivery to the brain.

No. 8: Drink a cup of tea

As a stand-in for coffee, tea helps improve concentration and memory -- especially a peppermint or lemon flavor, or if it is from the green or black tea family.

No. 9: Aromatize your life

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While brushing your teeth, stirring your food, or writing down a quick reminder on your to-do list,

try using your non-dominant hand in order to keep those brain cell circuits from becoming stagnant. The answer to last week’s Brain Game is: I understand you undertake to overthrow my understanding. A second brain game can be found at the end of this article, its answer in the issue to follow. As first touched on at the beginning of this article, eating right is a foolproof way to preserve your mental youth. Cassie Shortsleeve, a writer for Men’s Health, shares her list of “the thirteen best foods for your brain,” stating that they help improve memory, alertness, blood flow, concentration, the reduction of inflammation and overall brain power and functioning: Walnuts Coffee Fish Spinach Olive Oil Flaxseed Mussels Dark Chocolate Greek Yogurt Asparagus Peppermint Oranges Berries

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Brain Game No. 2: “Mr. Simpson met a friend whom he had not seen for many years. The friend said, “I married, shortly after I last saw you, someone you never knew. And this,” presenting a young girl, “is my daughter. Her name is the same as her mother’s.” Mr. Simpson patted the child on the head and said, “I am glad to meet you, Margaret.” How did he know the child’s name was Margaret?”

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“What Words Best Describe a Good Relationship?” Meghan BattestContributing Writer

He Said: “I think the simplest answer is communication. I think communication is a basis for a good relationship,” Sean-Tom Garry, senior majoring in civil engineering, said. She Said: “Trust, honesty, communication and devotion to each other,” Sammi Baierl, a freshman majoring in architecture, said. Thousands of terms have emerged over the years to describe grand moments in relationships: butterflies, love at first sight, head over heels, unrequited love, swept off your feet, puppy dog love, infatuation, etc. According to, the English language contains, at the minimum (since the language constantly changes) 250,000 distinct English words. Yet sometimes, we still come up short when it comes to describing love. Luckily, other languages around the world have created terms to perfectly describe certain instances. These words cannot be directly translated into English; however, the situations they describe are universal. So if you ever come across a situation where you are having trouble explaining yourself to a significant other, refer to the list below. Mamihlapinatapei (Yagan): The meaningful although wordless gaze two people share when they want to initiate something, but are both hesitant to begin. This term defines the moment when neither person has found the courage to make the first move. While we may call it “sexual tension,” it is not purely sexual; instead, it is the desire to begin a deeper relationship with the other person—you are currently just too chicken. Yuanfen (Chinese): A fated or destined relationship. This concept is hard to fathom. In daily usage, it describes the “binding force” connecting two people in any relationship. The hard part is that “fate” does not hold the same meaning as “destiny.” So even if you are fated to marry a Victoria’s Secret model or Ryan Gosling, it

may not happen. Cafuné (Brazilian Portugeuse): This one word describes the entire act of running your fingers tenderly through someone’s hair. Retrouvailles (French): The joyous feeling of seeing someone after a long parting. Couples everywhere try to do long distance, and sometimes, this one moment can make it all worth it. English has no equivalent; leave it to the Romantic French to find the perfect term. La Douleur Exquise (French): The pain of desiring someone you cannot have. While this term is similar to unrequited love, it is not exactly the same. This phrase explains a state of mind, while unrequited love is a state of a relationship. To further explain, unrequited love would be when you have a mad crush on your professor, and he or she knows about it and is not reciprocating. The French term specifically describes the emotional heartache you feel when your love is not reciprocated. Ya’aburnee (Arabic): Simply, it means “you bury me.” If you use this term, it basically means you hope that the other person will die before you, because you cannot live without them. While we would actually say “I cannot live without you,” this word combines the entire concept into one meaningful term. Forelsket (Norwegian): The euphoric feeling of first falling in love. Surprisingly, one single word does not exist in the English language to explain this feeling. We use cliché phrases and explanations, but have nothing to capture the wonderful moment. Lucky for us, Norwegians have it covered. The next time you want to cut down on wordiness or sound suave and sophisticated, feel free to throw in a foreign word if you cannot enunciate exactly how you feel. You will never be “at a loss for words” again. Next week’s question: “How do you make a long distance relationship work out?” Have an answer? Email it plus your name, major and year in school, to


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Theater NDSU unveiled the play ‘Servant of Two Masters’ at Walsh Studio Theater last week. This is the second and final week of the showing and the tickets are almost sold out. The famous play by Carlos Goldoni, adapted and translated by Jeffery Hatcher and Paolo Emilio Landi, was presented to packed audiences and was received with thundering applause. This play uses the comedia dell’arte form of Italian theater. Director Hardy Edward Koenig, Asst. Professor in Theater Arts, also added improvisation to the play, better known as ‘improvs’. In improvisation, certain parts of play do not have set actions or dialogues. It calls for impromptu

action by artists on stage in such situations for these parts. All artists handled the play so well, that it was impossible to tell which portions were scripted and which ones were improvs. The plot of Servant of Two Masters revolves around the life of a blundering servant who gets caught in the middle of two masters simultaneously and how he juggles between them while nearly escaping out of tight situations. This romantic farce is a comical joyride for young and old alike and covers everything from sword fights to food fights. The plot, although fictitious, is very much real in the lives of today’s youth believes director Koenig. “It’s not very unusual to see students juggle between their responsibilities in life and ironically we find ourselves in such situations, often more frequently than we would expect” says Koenig.

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The play which was adapted, cast and rehearsed in merely six weeks turned out beautifully with all ninety-two seats of Walsh Studio Theater full in all shows so far. This is the second time Theater NDSU has left its audiences spellbound. The first time, we all remember, was with Anonymous a play

based on ‘social identity of immigrants in USA’. These plays are part of Fall Theater Shows that NDSU Theater organizes each year. When asked if theater is dying a slow death, Hardy smiles and replies, “How can theater ever die? It is, after all, the basis for all entertainment forms we enjoy today.” In fact, Hardy feels

theater has seen a revival in the recent years. The theater department of NDSU has always worked towards introducing its students to variety of talents and skills while entertaining its audiences to the maximum and Hardy feels it is necessary for a stable society. Last year the department had a guest artist from Japan

teach the classical form of Japanese theater to NDSU students. Theater NDSU hopes to keep such shows going and keeping the campus a fun place. They expect to attract similar crowds as last week for the showings this week as well, especially as it is the final week of the play.

‘Skyfall’ Review

High Profile Games Shipping You were expecting something else? with the Wrong Discs Both Call of Duty and Lego Lord Steven Strom A&E Editor of the Rings have been affected. In the year of the 50th anniversary of Ian Fleming’s James Bond, it’s only fitting that we have now received the best Bond film to date. If all you’re reading this review for is to know whether or not you should go see Skyfall, that opening sentence should just about sum it all up for you. If you’re at all interested in the franchise, you might as well just go and see it immediately. However, if you’re interested in knowing why it’s the best Bond film to date, keep reading. Skyfall is without a doubt the most personal film in the franchise thus far. Expanding on some of the concepts introduced in Casino Royale, the script takes us much deeper into the life of Bond as a human being -- rather than just a tool of the English government – than we’ve ever seen. From the opening moments that show us James’ life without Mi6, to the conclusion that reveals the surprising meaning of the film’s title, this is a tale of Bond the man, not just Bond the spy.



For as much as Skyfall centers in on its primary protagonist, an equal amount of time and care has been given for Judi Dench’s M. Her past, her choices and her relationship with James absolutely steal the show, even as the brilliantly choreographed action scenes do their valiant best to outshine character development. The triangle of interacting characters is closed by Javier Bardem’s highly effective Mr. Silva. Silva is confident, scary, remorseless, unhinged and, ultimately, somewhat sympathetic. In short, he’s everything that a good Bond villain should be, and fills in the one piece that has been missing from the franchise for so very, very long. Without getting too specific, Silva is Bond’s equal, and his foil. He is the vice that constantly pressures M and Bond into believing that they are antiquated. Ironically, this idea mirror’s M’s own sentiment concerning Bond from her first 007 outing, Goldeneye. That sort of full circle thinking is inherent to the film. References to the characters’ pasts and futures are mirrored in the plot, as it sets up a brand new fiction for



this Bond reboot by digging deep and wide into the franchise’s 50 year past. If there is one fault with the movie, it’s with the franchise’s trademark “Bond Girls.” Berenice Lim Marlohe and Naomi Harris certainly seem to enjoy themselves onscreen, and do their best with what they’re given, but what they’re given isn’t very much. Bond Girls have almost always been objectified and largely disposable (with the obvious exception being Casino Royale’s Vesper). However, here they seem to serve no greater purpose than to move forward a pair of plot points and, of course, have sex with James. Luckily, Naomi Harris’ character will very likely be returning in future films, so there will likely be more depth added to that character when less time is being spent on M. Skyfall is a surprisingly character-driven film, with action that is all the more tense because the breathing room that gives it. It provides the deepest, most insightful view into the world of James Bond that audiences have ever seen, and as a result, it may also be the best.

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In what may be just about the weirdest story in the video game community this week, high profile releases are being sent out with the wrong discs in their boxes. The games that have thus far been spotted with incorrect discs are Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Lego Lord of the Rings. Customers who purchased disc-based, PC versions of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 have found their second installation discs replaced with another game, while the first disc remains unaffected. According to Joystiq and various other media outlets, the secondary discs are labeled as Black Ops 2 installation discs. However, after being prompted to insert the discs, it is revealed that they are actually loaded with Mass Effect 2 installation data.



This is particularly odd, considering that Mass Effect 2 is published and owned by Electronic Arts, while Call of Duty is owned and published by Activision. The two companies have nothing to do with one another, and are actually top competitors. Why Mass Effect 2 data would be on these discs of all games is still unclear. In the case of Lego Lord of the Rings, the issue is at least somewhat understandable. Customers and media outlets alike are reporting that upon opening their review and retail copies of the game, they have instead found the game’s demo disc inside. The discs are marked with black labels reading “demo disc not” followed by “not for resale.” Game Informer and IGN are reporting that several retailers have recalled their shipments of the Xbox 360 version of the game. Thus far, it is unclear as to whether or not the discs are actually demos, or merely improperly labeled. So far, the issue seems to


only be affecting the Xbox 360 version of the game. It is worth noting that discs are not printed and produced internally by game publishers. Instead, that duty is outsourced to third-party disc manufacturers hired by the outside parties. It is currently unclear whether or not both of these games had their discs printed by the same manufacturer, but the media has reached out for details. In the meantime, Black Ops users can still use the codes included with their copies of the game to download digital versions of the game online. However, anyone without an internet connection may be forced to try and return their copies to the retailer at which the game was purchased. The same goes for Lego Lord of the Rings customers, as the Xbox 360 copies of the game do not come with similar codes for download.

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KNDS Album of the Month AMC’s Killing finds new life

‘We Don’t Even Live Here’, by P.O.S. Review Alex Hoffman

Contributing Writer Every once in a while, the NDSU radio station KNDS likes to present Spectrum readers with their choice for the best album of the month. That tradition continues this month with their choice for 2012’s best album of October, “We Don’t Even Live Here� by P.O.S. and its review. The review that follows was written by DJ Alex Hoffman of KNDS. Minneapolis rapper P.O.S. continues to rock his punkrap style with his October album “We Don’t Even Live Here�. Snares characteristic of P.O.S. are complimented

by electronic sounds that we haven’t heard before on any of his previous albums. Track one, Bumper, tells you right away that this is going to be a different flavor of P.O.S than you’ve tasted before. Perhaps the most singleworthy track on the album, Get Down, carries the electronic sounds that we see trending throughout the rest of his latest and greatest. This crowd starter will be the song you’ll remember got the fans jumping if you made your way to First Avenue in Minneapolis for a night of Rhymesayers entertainment. A collection of rebellious, subdued rage lyrics and suspenseful beats makes listening to parts of “We Don’t Even Live Here� feel like he’s reached the edge. The

album closes with Piano Hits, a collaboration with Marijuana Deathsquads’ Isaac Gale. The background vocals will push you next to P.O.S. on the edge, leaving you with silence and wanting more after the disc stops spinning. Other featured artists include Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and some friendly Doomtree face Sims. P.O.S. demonstrates his talents on his new album, disproving the title of his 2009 work Never Better. He has indeed gotten better with the exciting addition of edgy lyrics, electronic beats and interesting collaborations. “We Don’t Even Live Here� is definitely worth a listen for existing Rhymesayers fans or someone interested in watching an artist develop.

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Fans of AMC’s murder mystery The Killing are in luck, as the show looks to be brought back from the dead for a third season. The previously cancelled show followed the police investigation of the murder of a high school girl in Seattle while tying together three interlocking stories as investigators chased a variety of leads. Not only did the show look at the investigation, it also followed the drama and inner turmoil of the murdered girl’s family. Season one started strong for AMC, with the show finding a solid fan base trying to figure out the mystery. The show ended up being nominated for six Emmy’s in its first season including nominations for Mirelle Enos, and Michelle Forbs in both best actress categories. Unfortunately all good things must eventually come to an end. Some fans were turned off after season one ended without resolution, and although the killer was

eventually revealed at the end of season two, ratings couldn’t avoid dropping. With the initial mystery all wrapped up, and tumbling ratings no one could blame AMC for canceling the show. However, even with the ratings going down, the show still attracted a core audience. Not only that, but the show is still a known brand. Netflix hopes that these positives will be enough to make a third season worth it. Speaking of Netflix, the video streaming and rental giant is the one behind the decision to bring back the Killing. In the proposed deal, Netflix would split the cost of producing the show with AMC. The show would then air on AMC; before quickly moving to the streaming sites watch instantly catalogue shortly after. It may seem odd having two separate sources come together to save a cancelled show, but it certainly wouldn’t be the first time. Back in 2008, DirecTV came together with NBC to save the critical and fan favorite Friday Night Lights. In danger of being cancelled by NBC after season two, the show ended up airing for

three more seasons on DirecTV. As part of their deal the show aired on NBC months after airing on DirecTV. The move marks another aggressive push by Netflix to become a force in original programming. The site saved another cancelled show Arrested Development, and has original shows set to debut in the upcoming years. For AMC, the move allows the channel to have a relatively cheap known show that still has an audience. It could be a solid placeholder as the channel develops new shows considering the ending of hit show Breaking Bad coming to a close after five seasons. Time will tell if the move will pay off for AMC and Netflix. The Killing may find new life, and run for another few years, or ratings may keep falling and never come back. The good news out of all this though is the possibility of bringing back cancelled shows. In a world where shows are not generally given a fair chance before they are cancelled, another source to keep quality shows on the air can never be a bad thing. Succeed or fail, the move opens up definite possibilities for the future.

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A Renewed Urgency for Environmental Issues “A Thought Less Traveled”


My first post-election column is here! Bet you’ll never guess what I am going to write about. Okay, fine you guessed it – the environment is still right there in the front of my mind, as always. In an election that was dominated by a struggling economy, growing government deficit, and social equality issues, the environment turned up right at the end to play a pivotal role. You know of that which I speak – Hurricane Sandy, of course. According to Grist, 41% of voters said their vote was, to some degree, influenced by the affects wreaked on the eastern seaboard by the superstorm. It is unfortunate that, with all of the other dire environmental situations sitting upon our very doorsteps, a hurricane had to come along to ultimately raise awareness of the issue. If, at this point, you still have to ask ‘what other dire situations do you speak of?’ then I must sincerely ask you just how large the rock is that you have been living under. With the expiration of wind energy tax credits set to take place on Jan. 1 (a major part of the ‘fiscal cliff’ we hear so much about), the warmest year on record (once again) coming to a close, the arctic ice cap reaching it’s smallest size in recorded history this past summer, the explosion of natural gas fracking across much of the continental United States, and the impending decision on the building of the Keystone pipeline hanging over the President’s head, you would have to be ignorant indeed to not recognize the growing sense of urgency surrounding the environment in this day and age. With more and more massive storms taking place, with sea level on the rise, with CO2 levels ever climbing, with energy prices sky-

rocketing, with ground water pollution running rampant, and with Americans ever delaying the day on which they finally turn and face these very real, ever present issues, President Obama and the congressmen and women whom he will work with over the next four years need to begin feeling pressured to address global warming, sustainable energy production,

“ “The President will face two pivotal environmental decisions in short order, shortly into his new term.” and pollution control as serious, security-breaching and life-threatening issues. The President will face two pivotal environmental decisions in short order, shortly into his new term. Indeed, the decision to extend the wind energy tax credits must come before his new term even begins. And the decision to block the Keystone pipeline must come shortly after. If the electorate that selected him can convince him of how pivotal these decisions are, and he actually executes them, he can set a tone for his second term that could determine the course of the future for generations to come. These two issues are the very beginning. From the base of two successful decisions such as these, the President and his grassroots supporters can garner attention for more drastic, possibly more pressing environmental issues. Are you wondering what they are, still? Then you really ought to begin looking into it. And stay tuned – the environment never leaves my column alone for very long.

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Healing From Self-Harm harmer, an accidental nick in the shower or slip of a knife “Miss Adventure” when cutting vegetables TESSA TORGESON evokes a vivid, red searing Staff Writer pain in the crevices of the mind. Cutting and burning was a ritual of self-hatred. I have wanted to write The lacerations upon my this article for a long time, but fear has rendered me silent. Yet with only a few weeks left before I graduate, “I needed to translate I decided to write this article the hieroglyphs of my to shatter my fear and hopeemotional anguish to fully illuminate something about a little-spoken of sub- physical anguish.” ject. I struggled with self-harm on and off for about eleven years. Self-harm has a few skin are echoes of the past, different names - self-mu- of the trenches of my deprestilation, self-injury, cutting. sion, and what I deemed as According to NPR, nearly crippling failures at perfec2 million Americans have tion. My romance with the struggled with self-harm. razor blade began when I Despite the fact that we selfwas 13. I was captivated and harmers carry our skin like magnetized at the possibility canvases- lined with scars of punishing myself. This is and burns, the subject itself where myth one enters: selfis one that society buries harmers are just crying for deeply, beneath the subcuattention, such as ‘emo kids’ taneous layer of consciouswho cut themselves in some ness. We hide behind long sleeves and bracelets, behind sort of ‘trendy’ solidarity to secrets, shame, and myths. suffering. The reality is that Many myths remain - myths my self-harm was an island painfully private and lonely. I hope to dispel. Last night, I was play- I hid beneath long sleeves ing bass when I clumsily and a constellation of lies to knocked my laptop off my cover up the truth. It was albed. It gouged my skin fairly ways a friend’s cat, a soccer deep, rivulets of crimson game gone bad, a kiss to the danced down my skin and pavement. Another myth: all cutleft deep nick in its wake. ters are suicidal. No, I was It’s odd how as a former self-

not suicidal. Mostly I needed to translate the hieroglyphs of my emotional anguish to physical anguish. Inga Muscio poignantly describes her bout with cutting in her essay “Slash an’ Burn” saying: “My cut up body was a secret, sacred garden of grief. It kept me alive and filled with a kind of wonder… so I slashed and burned and watched myself heal.” It may sound crazy to those who do not understand the allure of the blade, but it is really exists as part of a continuum of ways people deal with painful events. Like other self-harmers, I simply did not possess the ‘coping skills’ to deal with my cataclysmic rift of pain. I did not know how to talk about it or deal in healthy ways. I definitely wish I could have just been one of those people who gravitated towards exercise or music or some other outlet, any outlet but my skin. Yet the allure of the blade or the flicker of the lighter to my skin was always floating as a haunting specter in the back of my mind. I reluctantly went to counseling at 18 after my family and friends encouraged me to get help, but the romance with suffering was still there, the specter lingered. I was grateful for their help and caring, yet I was not ready to quit. For a few years later I

vacillated between cutting, burning, and hiding. I cannot honestly pinpoint one specific event when I decided to quit. I think I finally started listening to my family, my friends, my therapists. Finally, I no longer see my body as a canvas for inflicting harm and punishment. My scars still web across my upper arms, my wrists, my thighs, but no longer do they define my identity. I would like to end with a few bits of advice, because I feel like it is my responsibility writing on this subject to do so. If you know someone who is struggling with cutting: offer to listen, ask questions, but do not probe or make the person feel ashamed. I will always remember when one nurse at the Emergency Room literally said, “shame on you” as she frowned while bandaging my wrists. Please don’t do this. We live with enough shame as it is. If you are struggling with self-harm, I encourage you that recovery is possible. Reach out, because there are so many wonderful resources, such as the NDSU Counseling Center which offers free services to students. Tessa is a senior majoring in English.

It’s OK... Laugh a little I am so glad that the elections are over! Twitter and . . Yes, and pictures of Facebook are no their cats and tweets longer plastered with about how drunk they politics. were last night is sooo much more compelling..

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Brought Together or Ripped Apart LETTERTO THE EDITOR SUZY CAVALIER Contributing Writer

This year has definitely been a big year for many issues to be brought to light and battled against or for. As many know, the elections were last week on who would reside in office for 4 more years, as well as whether or not to legalize Marijuana in Washington and Colorado and for Minnesota the voting for Voters ID and the marriage amendment. Facebook news feeds have been blowing up with nothing but religious rants to angry spites towards a persons’ least favorite candidate. What you think is wrong may be just right to someone else. What you think is immoral and disgusting may be moral and beautiful to someone else. I’m not a very political person, but have exercised my right to vote as many

other students have that I saw at the polls, and have my own beliefs and personal system that will minimally change with time. But politics and differences can definitely bring out the worst in people, as most of you know from personal experiences. There is a fine line between voicing one’s opinion and just being outright disrespectful and spiteful. Just because someone supports gay rights doesn’t make them an immoral person, let alone make them any less intelligent than someone who believes in a relationship between a man and a woman. You don’t hear the gay community rattling the fences of the straight community bashing out how we live our lives do you? It’s barely heard of how wrong they think it is that straight people are the way they are. It’s disgusting how much hate there is out there for people who just want to be treated equally and with respect. As far as the campaign was concerned - oh my goodness, people have big-

ger claws and teeth than I have ever seen in my life! It’s definitely understandable that everyone has their own beliefs and preferences; it’s what being an American is for the most part. To have an incredible amount of freedom, and how fortunate we are to live in such a country - that is something that some seem to forget about. It’s not the best, but it is still a very very young nation that we are molding as the next generation. So much hate expressed towards someone with opposing beliefs and reasons doesn’t seem to be necessary. Friends have been lost, bridges burned, families question who shares their same blood. All for what? An election? You have GOT to be kidding me! Legalizing marijuana has been a very large issue and will continue to be. In all honesty, big deal, it’s weed not meth or cocaine. Who cares? That’s all I have to say about that one. Given it’s against the law, it alters some parts of the thinking

process and has slight effects on the reproductive system but surprisingly there are very few negative effects of partaking in such a habit. No one ever dies from it, unless it was laced with something because it wasn’t regulated. We are all human beings with our own thoughts, feelings, and beliefs and take part in making our own decisions. Whether or not people respect that is 100% up to that person, but humanity’s classy attitudes and words have wavered and floundered to the lowest of the lows, over an election; over everyone’s different beliefs, religious affiliations, views of legalization and other endless topics that the entire nation will not agree upon as a whole. As said many times, can’t we all just get along and come together like true human beings and just accept one another and uphold the society that is in our hands?

Petty Party Disappointment “Simply Holland”

Holland Lind Contributing Writer

Open-heart surgeries, space travel, organ transplants, and smart phones. Our country is among the greatest in the world for technological achievements. I am simply astounded with how far technology has traveled in my short 21 years of life. I remember when my home had its first computer, and how I thought it was simply amazing. But now, I have something with even more power and excellence that can fit in the palm of my hand. How far we have come in such short time; it seems that the skies are the limit with how far we will go. However, I cannot help but wonder if are we putting this amazing brainpower and technological miracle-work to good use. Are we so consumed by our consumer world that we only focus on what will bring us profit, such as phones, iPods, video games and travel? All these things

“Friends have been lost, bridges burned, families question who shares their same blood. All for what? An election?” 44th president of the United States. I am not writing about the election and am blaming no side, but making a general observation of the election itself, completely unbiased. I want to talk about the voting itself and how it is counted and decided, with one major point that I think is important. Before the actual Election Day, many rumors and problems spread about polls being rigged and voting machines being tampered. Both parties have been accused of cheating the system. This to me is unacceptable. If we are able to do such magnificent

things in the U.S., then how do we not have a reliable voting system? I am not saying that President Obama won because of cheating, or that Romney tried winning with such methods. But we cannot deny that this sneaky cheating has been going on for many elections, with fake ballots, rigged machines and many other unjust acts. One consequence of our voting system is the relationship it makes between the two political parties. Now the two parties are already tense and ready to take each other down, but when we start hearing about rigged voting, both sides become fierce and tensions reach an all time high. Our country doesn’t need the divide between red and blue to become more severe. What we need is to solve some of the problems that come between the two. And the voting system is one. The election is one of the most important things that occurs in our country every four years; it decides how our country will be run and where it will go forward. You would think this would take a high priority in the country, yet I see no techno-

In his response to my earlier letter, Mr. Jim Steele raised a few objections to the reasons demonstrating the moral evil of LGBTQ relations. Additionally, the two-fold purpose of my letter also caused some confusion in Mr. Steele’s mind. The first part of the letter laid out how tolerance is not the absolute good that society makes it out to be. It is a means to an end, namely the common good. Tolerating something implies that it is unpleasant or even evil. Good things are not unpleasant, and by their nature cannot be evil. So it should be abundantly clear, as I said before, that you never need to tolerate a good thing—you accept it gladly. You only tolerate evils for the sake of a greater good, or in face of a greater evil i.e. society tolerates divorce (an evil) for the sake of preventing a spouse from possibly murdering the other (a greater evil).

Regarding LGBTQ relations, Mr. Steele asserts my argument was based on an “essential unfounded assumption” that individuals engaging in LGBTQ relations are seeking pleasure and emotional satisfaction as the primary goal of sex. Considering natural heterosexual intercourse, the only apparent goods are A) children, B) physical pleasure, and C) emotional satisfaction. LGBTQ relations are completely incapable of producing children naturally, which leaves only two possibilities: physical pleasure and emotional satisfaction. Thus, the original assumption is a perfectly reasonable conclusion to draw from natural experience. It is interesting that Mr. Steele was unable to propose any alternative motives for engaging in LGBTQ relations other than those listed in my supposedly unfounded assumption. There is nothing Suzy is a junior majoring wrong with two men or two women being friends, but there is no reason why sexual relations should be essential to such in journalism. a friendship.

The Problem With Voting bring us a form of revenue. I love these advancements; however, I think we are leaving some pretty large gaps that are left back in the ‘70s as far as technology. As you all should know, we recently reëlected our

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logical advancements in the area. Yes, we may have switched to some computerrun counting and machined voting, but they still have their flaws. A man just parachuted from space, but we still need to have recounts? A recount should never be necessary in my opinion - if we had a reliable source. Maybe the system will never be perfect, being that there are some horrible people in the world who find cheating okay. But I think we could make some major improvements, we should take the time to create a great voting system and make the tensions of the political parties maybe a little less intense. I know it is hard to count millions of votes. But when I download thousands of songs, Skype my friend in Australia, and can Google almost anything under the sun, it makes me feel that we are not trying our best during the election time. Holland is a senior majoring in Apparel, Retail Merchandising and Design.

Mr. Steele paraphrases me stating that LGBTQ individuals are irrational and unnatural people. To be clear, an irrational and unnatural person is simply one who intentionally and habitually acts irrationally and in a way contrary to nature. If you open any human anatomy book and turn to the reproductive organs section, you will find that these organs are in fact for reproducing (surprise?). The human mind is quite capable of discerning the purpose of these organs, just as it can see that ears are for hearing, and eyes are for seeing. Thus, to use these organs in a way contrary to their clear natural purpose is to act contrary to reason and nature i.e. irrational and unnatural. This is not to say these individuals are without reason, but it does mean they are failing to exercise that reason. The fact that some people don’t feel these emotional inclinations is no more a proof that reproductive organs are not for reproducing than blind people are a proof that eyes are not for seeing. Finally, Mr. Steele’s defense of the legitimacy of LGBTQ relations is a clear example of how even the most obvious truths seem false to someone who attempts to defend such acts. Mr. Steele asserts that natural heterosexuality is likely just a social custom. The falsehood of this assertion is so patent that it hardly needs refutation. But since he has asserted it, the following simple facts show his statement to be false and entirely contrary to reason. First, societal customs are, by definition, those things that vary by society. An example would be handshakes as a form of greeting—some do it and some do not. But some things are independent of society and are therefore found in every society, such as smiling. This is because smiling is natural. Now, the inclination of males and females to reproduce is found in every human culture and society, which again indicates that this activity is natural and independent of society. Secondly, babies cannot come from societal customs—they come from the natural and complementary abilities found in the heterosexual relations of a human male and female. There is no societal power on earth or custom of any culture that can give two men or two women the ability to produce children. Finally, and which was most disheartening, Mr. Steele ignored the blatantly obvious fact that every human society is composed of people! In order to get people, you need males and females to reproduce. So the very existence of a society (and hence social customs) depends upon natural heterosexuality. To put societal customs before heterosexual inclinations is to put the cart before the horse. In contrast, LGBTQ unions are entirely fabricated by and dependent on society to even exist—let alone be accorded their supposed rights.

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The NDSU men’s basketball team saw two very different levels of opponents within four days. The Bison opened their season Friday with a decisive 93-47 win over NAIA opponent Valley City State and then traveled Monday to No. 1 Indiana and suffered a humbling 87-61 loss. The Hoosiers were the highest ranked team the Bison have ever faced. The Bison came out of the gates firing Friday, taking a quick 22-7 lead nine minutes into the game after five straight Taylor Braun points and one of many Mike Felt 3-pointers. VCSU could not mount any comeback as the Bison played stifling defense and knocked down shot after shot, hitting 59.0 percent of their shots on their way to a 93-47 win. The Bison looked to bring their hot start and then some Monday as they squared up

against the top ranked team in the nation, Indiana. NDSU challenged the Hoosiers in every facet of the game and were never quite out of it until midway through the second half when Zeller, the preseason player of the year, took over the game. “We had some fight in us, but not enough,” NDSU head coach Saul Phillips said. “It’s amazing to me, they just kept coming at us in waves. Eventually, they leaned on us and a leg went out.” The game plan for NDSU was simple: contest every shot and knock down jumpers. That strategy kept the Bison right on the heels of Indiana. With 15:55 left to play, NDSU was only down 48-38. That was when the Hoosiers went on an 8-0 run and NDSU ran out of juice to climb back, losing 87-61. NDSU (1-1) will return home Saturday for a 5 p.m. matchup with Mayville State. Quotes courtesy of


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The NDSU women’s basketball team started their season campaign with a hot start. The Bison defeated Harvard 81-72 Friday to open the season and followed up with big 111-75 win over Mayville State Sunday. NDSU then suffered their first loss of the season Tuesday at Boise State, 80-61. Harvard proved to be a tough test for the Bison. In a tight contest, the largest lead of the first half was seven when Hannah Linz nailed a 3-pointer at the 6:43 mark to put the Bison up 25-18. Harvard battled back and cut the deficit to one, but NDSU did not give up the lead. The Bison went into

halftime with a 38-33 advantage after center Janae Burich snagged an offensive rebound and laid the ball in at the buzzer. The second half was a continuation of the tight battle. Harvard remained on NDSU’s heels and answered every Bison score with one of its own. NDSU gradually pulled away by scoring off of Harvard miscues. The Bison gained their first double-figure lead of the game at 71-60 with 3:12 left after a Marena Whittle offensive putback. NDSU hit free throws down the stretch to dash away any Harvard hope for a comeback, ending the game with an 81-71 victory. The Bison continued their hot offensive play Sunday against Mayville State, scoring 111 points, led by

Katie Birkel’s 18. NDSU shot 56.1 percent from the field in the first quarter to hold a 55-34 halftime edge. NDSU started the second half on an 8-0 run, indicative of how the second half would play out. Both teams hit shots but the Bison did not falter their large lead once, winning 111-75. “I think a lot of things were working for us early on today,” Liz Keena, who finished the game with 14 points, said after the Mayville State game. “We looked to get (the ball) into our posts, we really looked to move the ball, and just play our game.” The hot start the Bison were accustomed to did not occur in their loss to Boise State. The Broncos scored the game’s first nine points and led by as many as 24 in

a dominating 80-61 win over NDSU. Following the run to open the game, the Bison battled back to reduce the lead to 15-10, but Boise State produced a 14-0 run and NDSU never got the game back to a single-digit deficit. Getting shots off wasn’t a problem for the Bison, who only committed eight turnovers. The problem was knocking down those shots. NDSU shot a poor 28.2 percent from the field. Dani DeGagne led that Bison offensive performance with 19 points. NDSU (2-1) will be in action again at 3 p.m. Saturday as they host Northern Iowa. Quotes courtesy of highlight video



Bison Cross Country Finish out Season in Springfield Colton Pool

Contributing Writer NDSU’s cross country season closed out for the men and women Friday at the NCAA Midwest Regional in Springfield, Mo. The women finished a school high seventh place at the meet while the men placed 26th. For the women, it was a very close team race. As a team, the Bison were only behind the sixth and fifth place teams by less than 15 points. NDSU was led by redshirt freshman Brecca Wahlund, who finished in 14th place among 211 runners with a time of 21:06.60 on a six-kilometer course. Wahlund was second among all freshmen. Juniors Heidi Peterson and Maddie McClellan were NDSU’s second and third best finishers, respectively. Peterson clocked out at 21:46.20 for 36th place and McClellan finished just over nine seconds later, finishing in 21:55.25 for 46th. Sophomore Abbi Aspengren ended her run in 52nd place with a time of 21:59.57. To cap the race off for NDSU, fresh-

man Tarin Lachowitzer finished at 22:38.49, which was good enough to be in the top half at 90th. For the Bison in the team category, the women took seventh place as a team, which was their best finish in the Division I era. For the men, NDSU took a 26th place finish as a team to complete their season. Freshman Bryon Schuldt was the first Bison finisher on the 10K course at 32:45.29. Schuldt finished 94th overall out of 190 runners. Sophomore  Brett Kelly was the second Bison finisher,  who ended his run with a time of 33:16.02 for 120th place. Redshirt freshman Brendan Skime came in 23 seconds later at 33:39.57, giving him 136th place. Sophomore Lucas DeGree followed Skime and took 162nd in 34:27.19. To round things up for the Bison, sophomore Grady Anderson got 166th place at 34:39.59. In the team category, the men’s Bison team was 586 points off of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State’s first place finish.

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Bison Volleyball Win, Still Eliminated from Conference Tournament Pace Maier

Contributing Writer The Bison Volleyball team went into their game Friday against South Dakota State needing a win and some help from other teams to get into The Summit League Tournament. NDSU got their win but the victory was bittersweet after hearing Kansas City also won, elimi-

nating the Bison from the four-team tournament. The Bison lost the first set 24-26 and then rolled over the Jackrabbits in the next three sets 25-22, 27-25 and 25-21 before 1,059 fans at the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse. Andrea Henning led the way for the Bison with a school record 39 digs. Henning broke her own four-set record of 36 digs, which she had in September, and also passed Janet Cobbs

for fourth in career digs at NDSU with 1,508. Jenni Fassbender had a big night as well with a career-high 18 kills. Teammate Megan Lambertson added 18 kills and six blocks Senior Brynn Joki had 22 digs and six blocks. The Bison improve to a 12-16 overall record and an 8-8 record in the Summit League. NDSU will miss their first Summit League Tournament since 2007. The tournament is set to take

place this weekend at the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse here on campus. For the Jackrabbits, Kelli Fiegen had 16 kills and teammate Shay Birath had 29 digs. The Jacks drop to an overall record of 16-13 and an 8-8 record in The Summit League. Despite being eliminated from the tournament, the Bison will still compete Tuesday against Pepperdine in Malibu, Calif.


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NDSU Protects the Rock

Bison Defeat Rival SDSU to Win Dakota Marker and Share of Conference Title Sam Herder Sports Editor

Saturday’s game at the Fargodome had all the drama one would want in a football game. With the Dakota Marker, a guaranteed share of the Missouri Valley Football Conference title and huge playoff implications all on the line, a crowd of 18,721 watched the number one-ranked Bison outlast bitter rival and number 16 South Dakota State in a 2017 win. The wild game, which involved a battle of the nation’s top rusher versus the nation’s top defense, and saw an unorthodox penalty out of a timeout that may have changed the result of the game if not committed, was not finally decided until NDSU quarterback Brock Jensen recovered an onside kick. “It was a game like we thought it would be,” NDSU head coach Craig Bohl said. “South Dakota State has been playing with great focus and they have a great resolve and never-say-die attitude, and so it did not surprise me that the game is going to come down to one possession, which it did.” In a high-stakes game, defense and mistakes proved to be the deciding factor. The Bison held the nation’s top rusher in Zach Zenner to a season low 43 yards rushing and took advantage of several Jackrabbit mistakes to help them regain the 87-pound rock and their second straight conference championship. Zenner got a feel of how the number one-ranked Bison defense operated on the very first play. Defensive tackle Leevon Perry busted through the line of scrimmage and yanked the Walter Payton Award candidate hard to the ground for a loss. Two plays later, a draw to Zenner was also stuffed. “They keep on answering the bell,” Bohl said on his defense. “But it’s a team sport. Our offense, defense and the kicking game all pull

Jaganaath | The Spectrum The Bison defense was at its finest again, holding the nation’s top rusher in Zach Zenner to a season low 43 yards.

together.” NDSU forced a threeand-out on that possession, giving the ball into the offensive’s hands early. After the Bison crossed midfield, SDSU committed their first crucial mistake of the game. Quarterback Brock Jensen was sacked on a third down, but a defensive holding kept the drive going. The NDSU offense seized the fresh set of downs and drove down the field with runs by Sam Ojuri. NDSU eventually settled for a 19-yard field goal by Adam Keller to give them a 3-0 lead halfway through the first quarter. The Bison again pounced on another SDSU mistake just before the end of the first quarter. Bobby Ollman recovered a Jackrabbit fumble and Jensen hit tight end Kevin Vaadeland on the next play with a beautiful 24-yard strike to put the Bison up 100. SDSU showed why they are the number 16 team in

the nation and responded in the second quarter, scoring ten unanswered points to tie the game going into the half. Sparked by a 56-yard run by Jensen, the Bison regained their lead after a Keller 30-yard field goal with five minutes remaining in the third quarter. Both defenses stiffened until late in the fourth quarter. Still up three, NDSU began a lengthy drive downfield with the help of two costly Jackrabbit mistakes. A personal foul was called on SDSU after Jensen was hit late on his incomplete third down pass. This gave the Bison the ball at the SDSU 12-yard line with a fresh set of downs and three minutes remaining in the game. “When you hit the quarterback late, and I’m going to look at the film, that’s bonehead,” SDSU head coach John Stiegelmeier said. “That’s taking the other 59 guys on the bus and saying I’m more important than

you.” The Bison plunged their way to the five-yard line until they faced a fourth-andseven. After a timeout was called, the Bison lined up for a 22-yard field goal try when the back judge blew his whistle and threw a flag onto the field. SDSU was called for illegal substitution, their last crucial mistake that proved to be the dagger. The penalty put the ball half the distance to the goal, and after measurement, the Bison faced fourth-andinches at the three-yard line. NDSU sent their offense back onto the field and handed the ball to Ojuri, who bounced left off tackle and high-stepped his way untouched into the endzone. NDSU went up 20-10 after Keller’s extra point with two minutes and 29 seconds remaining. “If we don’t have 12 men on the field, maybe I’m smiling right now.” SDSU head coach John Stiegelmeier

said. “That’s how fickle the football game is.” The penalty proved to be even more crucial when quarterback Austin Sumner responded and led SDSU down the field with ease. Sumner completed a threeyard touchdown pass with 47 seconds remaining, reducing the lead back to three and putting the Dakota Marker and conference title back in site. SDSU lined up for the onside kick as a silent Fargodome watched. The kick took several bounces before being recovered by none other than Jensen, who thankfully took a pair of gloves from teammates Luke Albers before heading onto the field. “[Running back] John Crockett is usually on it and he wasn’t able to go out there today,” Jensen said. “And I had to step in on that second spot and you just gotta make a play.” After taking off the gloves, Jensen headed back

onto the field and took a knee to run out the clock. Before the clock hit zero, Bison players were already rushing over to hoist the Dakota Marker above their heads. “It’s huge,” linebacker Grant Olson said on winning this game. “[SDSU] is probably one of our biggest rivals, so anytime you get a win in one of your rival games, that’s big. Adding in with that was going for the conference championship, it was senior night, so there was a lot of things that made this an emotional game.” NDSU will travel to number 11 and second place conference holder Illinois State next Saturday for a crucial regular season finale. With a win, the Bison will be outright conference champs and will have a tremendous shot of gaining the number one seed in the FCS playoff field and having the opportunity to play every playoff game at the Fargodome. Kickoff is set for 12:05 p.m.


Wrestling Team Starts Season

Joe Kerlin Staff Writer

The NDSU wrestling team hit the mat Saturday, hosting their 42nd annual Bison Open. Colligate wrestlers from Minnesota, Minnesota State Moorhead, Concordia and South Dakota State flooded the BSA for the daylong event. The Bison have enjoyed great success in the Open in the past and Saturday the success continued. Over the past four years, the Bison have accumulated a grand total of five individual champions, a number they reached Saturday alone. The three national qualifiers from a season ago didn’t disappoint, as Trent Sprenkle, Steven Monk and Mac Stoll all won their brackets, cruising through Gophers on the way. Sprenkle was the first Bison to be crowned Saturday, sneaking past Minnesota’s Samuel Brancale 6-5 in the 125 pound championship.

Sprenkle proved his national ranking by pinning his first three opponents of the day, showing overall domination throughout the afternoon. Monk successfully made his move into the 165-pound weight division, winning the weight class Saturday. Monk defeated Minnesota’s Dylan Reel, adding to the Bison championship tally to four on the day. Stoll won the final championship for the Bison in the 184-pound division. Stoll stormed through the Gopher’s Brett Pfarr in the final, scoring 10-2. Much like his highly profiled teammates Sprenkle and Monk, Stoll put on a captivating performance being slowed by no one except for teammate and fellow-184-pounder, Kody Sorenson, losing to Stoll 2-0 in the semi-final match. True freshman and 133-pounder Josh Rodriguez also won his weight division, along with senior Joe Garner who won the 149-pound division. It was the first time since 2009 that the Bison won

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multiple championships at the Bison Open and also made it seven years straight with at least one individual title. Three Bison also claimed runner-up finishes. Truefreshman Justin Scherkenbach finished second in as many weeks in the

133-pound division, falling to teammate Rodriguez 7-6 in the final. Scherkenbach and Rodriguez will be an interesting duo for the Bison at the 133-pound division. Both true-freshmen have shown glimpses of greatness over the past two weekends. Last week in Brookings,

Scherkenbach and Rodriguez finished second and third, starting their Bison careers smoking hot. Senior Mark Erickson and sophomore Kurtis Julson also claimed runnerup finishes at 141 and 174 pounds, respectively. Minnesota cleaned-up

the rest of the championships, matching NDSU’s total with five on the day. The Bison will look to continue their impressive start as they welcome the Broncos of Boise State this Friday at the BSA. Opening match is set for 7 p.m.


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