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NDSU kicks off 4th annual Giving Tree program Ashley Fremder News Reporter
‘Tis the season to be giving, as the NDSU Giving Tree program kicks off its 4th season of helping NDSU students and their families. The Giving Tree program is specifically made to help students that are raising children while still taking classes by providing their children with gifts to open during the holiday season. This year, the Giving Tree program is sponsored by the NDSU Volunteer Network and the Office of Multicultural Programs. Beginning Nov. 23, stockings will be hung on a tree in the Student Activities Office located in the Memorial Union. Students, staff and faculty members can select a stocking, which will state age, gender and some gift ideas for a child in need. Those selecting a stocking can then sign it out through the Student Activities Office and go purchase a gift for the child according to the stocking they chose. Gifts should be brought back, unwrapped, to the Student Activities Office by Dec. 2. Last year, approximately 52 children were able to open gifts over the holiday season thanks to the generosity of the NDSU community. According to Sheila Watson, retention program coordinator for the Office of Multicultural Programs, the program has run the past four holiday seasons, and not once has there been a
stocking left on the tree. While many may be interested in supporting the Giving Tree program by selecting a stocking and purchasing a gift for a child, others may be on the other end, needing a little extra help for their children this holiday season. “I get a lot of students that in various aspects say, “Well, I can manage...”, and my question to them is this: If your car breaks down tomorrow, can you manage to fix your car and still provide something for your son or daughter? Let us as your NDSU family help you out with that. And then when or if the opportunity comes in future years and you are able, come get a stocking and help someone else out,” said Watson. If you are a student raising a child while in college, you are eligible to sign up for this program with no questions asked. The process is simple, and the only requirements for having a stocking for your child are that you are currently an NDSU student and you have children. Students can email Sheila Watson or Giving Tree program assistant, Stephanie Stassen, directly, stating interest in participating. Students may also stop by the Student Activities Office or the Office of Multicultural Programs and ask for a registration form. Forms will need to be returned to the Office of Multicultural Programs by Nov. 22. All names will be kept confidential, although age and gender will go on the stocking for gift purchasing purposes.
HandiWheels hosting fundraising event Organization will host ninth annual dinner and silent auction Emma Heaton Staff Writer
defense” also correlates with SG2U tours to be given in January, with their goal to create a good impression for potential students. Visual boards have also been installed in the Memorial Union to make daily events known. Knutson reaffirmed that the Memorial Union “is the hub of campus,” where there is a lot of traffic and people expect current and reliable information. Knutson describes his executives as “a team of absolute rockstars.” They have been responsible for advertising, public relations, faculty awards, Christmas lighting outside of the Union, academic advising, a new contract with Doyle taxi service for cheaper fares and a
Handi-Wheels Transportation Services will be hosting a pre-holiday benefit Nov. 19 at the Olivet Lutheran Church on University Drive. Handi-Wheels’ ninth annual event will include a spaghetti dinner and silent auction. It begins at 4 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. The dinner will include “all the spaghetti you can eat,” said Allan Peterson, an active member of the NDSU campus and board president for the Handi-Wheels organization. Salad, bread sticks and ice cream will also be served. “We have a cook that has been with us for eight years now,” Peterson, one of the primary founders of the event, said. “He has a great recipe and I think it’s some of the best spaghetti that can be found in the community.” Friends and supporters of the Handi-Wheels organization have donated all of the grocery items needed for the fundraising event. Additionally, advocates have donated over one hundred items for the silent auction portion of the fundraising. Items of value and cash donations are crucial for a successful event. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans of east Cass Clayhas also donated sufficient funds to aid the cost associated with putting on the event. The non-profit organization was founded in 1975 and provides transportation services to patients with disabilities and disadvantages, mainly to medical appointments. HandiWheels is a non-governmental organization and relies strongly on volunteers, fundraising events and grants. “We need to do the fundraising because we don’t get reimbursed for the entire cost of our services,” Peterson said. Many of the clients receive little or no income. The cost of the transit services average around $14 to $15. Medicaid insurance only covers $12 of
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Stockings will be placed on the Giving Tree, located in the Memorial Union Student Activities Office, for those interested in helping fellow Bison provide gifts for their young families this holiday season. Each stocking represents one child in need and features information to help find the perfect gift for them.
“As a community, I think it’s our responsibility to identify needs and to do what we can to create programs that are geared toward individual needs. That is what is so great about the Giving Tree program, especially at a time of giving, to identify those needs as a large community with
staff, faculty and students all involved,” said Matthew Skoy, the assistant director for Service Learning and Civic Engagement, who has been involved with the program for three years already. If any member of the NDSU community has questions regarding signing up to help
their young family or is interested in finding out how to sponsor a child in need, contact Sheila Watson at 701-2317383 or by email at email@example.com, or contact Stephanie Stassen at 701-231-1055 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org du.
Bison Update: Giving new life to old news Student government team still feels the VIBE Megan Toso News Reporter
In the spring of 2011, NDSU held elections for powerful positions in student government, including a new student body president and vice president. Presidential candidate Cam Knutson and vice presidential candidate Keenan Hauff were chosen by the students in a close battle to the finish. Their platform revolved around the acronym VIBE (vision, involvement, Bison pride and experience). Each category houses specialized subdivisions such as projects, outreach opportunities and events that promote the betterment of the university as a
whole. A large part of the “vision” includes the addition of a heavily criticized graduate assistant insurance program. Graduate students perform research in order to obtain a higher education while teaching classes as professors do. Student government has been advocating for these students to procure the same benefits that other staff members at NDSU already receive. Countless schools currently provide this advantage to their graduate students, while NDSU has lagged behind. Student body President Cam Knutson stated that “we should offer the same packages that other schools do” in order to compete effectively. Student government recently passed a resolution after work-
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ing with the Provost and other officials. Although the graduate assistant insurance program is behind schedule, Knutson stated, “Right now, we feel pretty good about it.” “Involvement” is composed of Greek Life in collaboration with student government events and organizational outreach. With more than 250 student organizations at NDSU, Knutson and his team “want to make this (student government) door more open to organizations than it has ever been.” A surge of Greek Life and other organizations working with student government this coming January and February can be expected by students who are seeking to become more active on campus. A sharp increase in the
amount of NDSU and Bison imagery around campus is related to the “Bison Pride” aspect of Knutson and Hauff’s platform. A resolution contemplating the placement of a donated 14-15 foot bronze Bison statue is being reviewed. If the resolution passes, it may be placed just south of the South Engineering building. Knutson believes, “When you’re on campus, you should know you’re at NDSU and in Bison territory.” “Experience” for student government, according to Knutson, means, “Letting them know we are a resource for them.” The “first line of defense” allows a student to approach student government officials with their questions, concerns and ideas for improvement. The “first line of
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Holiday meal plan caters to those staying on campus Hannah Dillon News Reporter
Dining Services has created a new winter break meal plan this year for all NDSU students. Starting on Dec. 19, the winter break meal plan will be effective for 13 days until Jan. 9, when regular food service will begin again. The NDSU dining centers will now be open from Dec. 19 â€“ 23 and again from Dec. 27 â€“ 30 and Jan. 3 â€“ 6. The dining centers will be open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. those days. Students must purchase this meal plan by noon on Dec. 16 in order to receive the benefits. This meal plan wasnâ€™t offered until now for several reasons. Amy Seward, support services manager for Dining Services, explained that NDSU wasnâ€™t ready for a winter meal plan until this year. â€œWith the residence halls being closed over winter break, we did not feel there
was enough demand or population to support a separate meal plan before,â€? Seward said. However, there was some outcry from students. Jack Donahue, director of Dining Services, described this with an experience he had last year. â€œI [received] an email last year from a student who contacted President Bresciani about more food options over the break. Although we had units in the Union open over break, it was clearly not enough,â€? Donahue said. A variety of options are now available to students who are not planning on traveling for the entirety of winter break. Students can pay by cash at the front desk of whichever dining center they choose and pay for each meal individually. Breakfast will cost $5 and lunch and dinner will each be $7. The full winter break meal plan costs $208. This plan is not just for residential students, either. All students, whether they live on or off campus are welcome to buy this meal plan or pay for
meals individually. Faculty and staff can also purchase the plan if they desire. There will be as many selections in this meal plan as there are in the regular semester meal plans. Seward believes this is an important factor when deciding to buy the plan or not. â€œIt is great option for those who spend their meal periods on campus to have such variety and selections to choose from, as well as the convenience,â€? Seward said. All menus and details can be found on the Dining Services main website, under the sidebar link entitled â€œNEW: Winter Break Meal Plan.â€? Students may sign up for the meal plan in either the Union Dining Center or the Dining Services Office located in the lower level of the Memorial Union near the food court and Union Dining Center. The regular spring semester meal plan will continue as normal on Jan. 9 for spring semester.
New director aims to share archives NDSU Institute for Regional Studies and University Archives appoints a new director Michelle Full Co-News Editor
This November, Michelle Reid announced Michael J. Robinson as the new director of the Institute for Regional Studies and University Archives. â€œMike brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the archives director position. Please join me in congratulating him on his well-deserved promotion,â€? Reid, the dean of Libraries, had said on the NDSU website. â€œHe will be joining the senior librarians and also play a crucial part in implementing new archives services and facilitating new collaborations with faculty and other university departments,â€? Reid added. In 1996, Robinson joined NDSU as the first archivist and coordinator to hold the position of the University Archives. After building 16 years of connections, Robin-
son served as interim records management coordinator by 2008-2009. The new archivist also held and taught, presented the histories of NDSU when it was known as North Dakota Agricultural College and supervised different student field experiences. Robinson still continues to administer the University Archiveâ€™s Flickr site. As the new leader of the Institute for Regional Studies and University Archives, Robinson hopes to generate more traffic to the institute so that the archives are used more often in classroom discussions and for academic use. â€œThe archives need to be proactive,â€? Robinson said. â€œWhy not use these documents for academic use or for anyoneâ€™s interest? Iâ€™d rather use them and loose a document then to have them sit here untouched.â€? Countless amounts of documentation about NDSUâ€™s history as well as North Dakota and Minnesota are held in the Skills and Technology Train-
ing Center dating from 1894 to present. As Robinson had stated, with how much information is present in the facility, many classes can use the information to benefit the studentsâ€™ knowledge. â€œProactive, proactive, proactiveâ€Ś weâ€™ve got to get the archives out there,â€? Robinson said. â€œI feel that not many people know about the archives and I strive to work on that. But if people know about the institute, itâ€™s hard for them to come here because they need a bus or car to get here.â€? The institute may be possibly moving to a closer location due to the achievement Michael Robinson hopes to fulfill. With the lack of space as well as potential to lose rent, the institute may be moved out by June 2012 Robinson hopes his plan is successful and wants to reach out to students, faculty and academic instructors soon. To contact Michael Robinson for more information or to look through the archives contact him at Michael.Robinson@ndsu.edu.
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Student body Vice President Keenan Hauff and President Cam Knutson constantly work on advancing their platform â€œV.I.B.E.â€? as the first semester of their term is quickly coming to a close.
student discount card. They also attend meetings about the funding formula and government relations. Thus far, Knutson feels as though his term has â€œgone very well.â€? He spoke for his team when he stated, â€œWe feel good about where weâ€™re at.â€? Knutson credits his accomplishments to â€œstaying committed to the platform, our guiding principle.â€? Despite the effort that student government has put forth,
it is apparent that students have mixed emotions about how they have performed this semester. Alyssa Lipseia, a junior majoring in management communications, acknowledges that student government has been effective this semester. â€œI feel like the student government has made their presence known and the university has made minor changes â€Ś and have bettered basic life for students on campus,â€? she said.
However, Eric Hebel, a a sophomore majoring in pharmacy, admits, â€œI havenâ€™t really seen any changes on campus. Maybe they are miniscule, but they havenâ€™t been big enough to notice.â€? Knutson and Hauff plan to work through the upcoming winter break, keeping their platform central to their achievements. Knutson desires to let students know, â€œWe want to finish strong.â€?
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vided by the Fargo Housing Authority. As an independent nonprofit organization, marketing for events such as the dinner and silent auction are communicated solely by word of mouth and recruitment of friends and family. Minimally paid staff, such as the director and drivers, helps keep the organization running. â€œWe would like to see as
many students come as possible,â€? said Peterson. It is a way to make a difference not only on campus, but in the FargoMoorhead community as well. Tickets will be sold at the event or can be purchased by calling 232-3231. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under. Students with a student ID at the door will receive a discount off their entry fee.
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NDSU Dining Services hosts the 36th annual Scandinavian Buffet
Club sells unique gifts in time for the holidays
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Geology Club Rock Sale features items for those with any hobby
NDSU Distance and Continuing Education hosts training sessions Michelle Full Co-News Editor
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On Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., NDSU students, staff and faculty had the opportunity to experience traditional cuisine from Scandinavian cultures that is popular in the Midwest. Judy Pearson and her husband, Paul Nelson, (shown above) are both from the NDSU communication department and were among those who attended the buffet. The bountiful spread cost $11 per person and featured traditional dishes such as pickled herring, captain’s salad, potato lefse and flatbread, potatoes steamed with butter called Smordanpete Nypoteter, a rutabaga and mashed potato blend called rotemos, torsk, Swedish meatballs called kottbullar and lutefisk. Desserts were also a dominating presence on the buffet and featured deep-fried rosettes, romegrot, a Norwegian wedding cake called krensakaka and a Swedish cranberry dish called giftisas.
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This month, Michelle Reid announced Michael J. Robinson as the new director of the Institute for Regional Studies and University Archives. “Mike brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the archives director position. Please join me in congratulating him on his well-deserved promotion,” Reid, the dean of Libraries, had said on the NDSU website. “He will be joining the senior librarians and also play a crucial part in implementing new archives services and facilitating new collaborations with faculty and other university departments,” Reid added. In 1996, Robinson joined NDSU as the first archivist and coordinator to hold the position of the University Archives. After building 16 years of connections, Robinson served as interim records management coordinator by 2008-2009. The new archivist also held and taught, presented the histories of NDSU when it was known as North Dakota Agricultural College and supervised different student field experiences. Robinson still continues to administer the University Archive’s Flickr site. As the new leader of the Institute for Regional Studies and University Archives, Robinson hopes to generate more traffic to the institute so
that the archives are used more often in classroom discussions and for academic use. “The archives need to be proactive,” Robinson said. “Why not use these documents for academic use or for anyone’s interest? I’d rather use them and loose a document then to have them sit here untouched.” Countless amounts of documentation about NDSU’s history as well as North Dakota and Minnesota are held in the Skills and Technology Training Center dating from 1894 to present. As Robinson had stated, with how much information is present in the facility, many classes can use the information to benefit the students’ knowledge. “Proactive, proactive, proactive… we’ve got to get the archives out there,” Robinson said. “I feel that not many people know about the archives and I strive to work on that. But if people know about the institute, it’s hard for them to come here because they need a bus or car to get here.” The institute may be possibly moving to a closer location due to the achievement Michael Robinson hopes to fulfill. With the lack of space as well as potential to lose rent, the institute may be moved out by June 2012 Robinson hopes his plan is successful and wants to reach out to students, faculty and academic instructors soon. To contact Michael Robinson for more information or to look through the archives contact him at Michael.Robinson@ndsu.edu.
On Nov. 10, NDSU Distance and Continuing Education announced a partnership with Atomic Learning, a technology learning solutions organization. This program is designed to help individuals learn about technologies used for professional development or teaching. Atomic Learning will also provide access to educational resources on software titles for all participants. On Wednesday, Atomic Learning held a session to discuss the basics of technology tools and more advanced features. This session was a learning opportunity for professional development as individuals learned to improve their skills, watched thousands of short videos describing basic and advanced knowledge of software applications and programs, and asked specific questions regarding the session. The session was held at the Fargo Ramada Plaza and Suites. The Atomic Learning organization hopes more students and staff will attend future sessions. The NDSU Distance and Continuing Education department also hopes the Atomic Learning site will be a great resource for academic use and for all departments at NDSU to use in the classroom as well as the office. If departments have any questions or would like to become involved with the Atomic Learning site, contact Lisa McNamara at email@example.com or call 701231-7015 to set up a customized training session. Registration is free and includes lunch, but space is limited. Registration is available online at www.ndsu.me/dceal. Access Atomic Learning by visiting the Distance and Continuing Education website, under Faculty Resources “Get Help” area located at the top of the website at www.ndsu.edu/dce.
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With one of two parts of the last installment premiering today for the Twilight saga, there is other buzz already about the second part of the film. For all of you “Twi-hards” out there I’ve got the scoop on what to expect in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2.” Still directed by Bill Condon (“Dreamgirls,” “Chicago,” “Gods and Monsters”), part two is currently in the post-production phase. Are you wondering which new actors will be part of the film? Expect to see quite a few fresh faces, including Mackenzie Foy, the young girl who plays the very important role of Renesmee. In the book, Renesmee is just a baby who progressively gets older as a child, so the big stir about Foy playing the part will definitely be something to wait for. It has been said in recent interviews with Robert Pattinson that much of the baby scenes are “full of CGI effects,” but that Foy does a good job of playing a vampire baby. Other actors to look out for are Rami Malek (“Night At the Museum”), Mia Maestro (“Poseidon”), Judith Shekoni (“Echoes of War”), Amadou Ly and Janelle Froehlich. But besides having an addition to the already large cast, the most shocking announcement is the addition of a new coven to the movie. Both Ly and Froehlich confirmed in an interview with Yahoo movies! Monday that Stephanie Meyer, author of the saga, wrote in a new French Coven into the movie. The French vampire coven does not exist in the books. Members of the coven consist of mates Yvette and Henri. Henri, the leader of the coven possesses the gift to flick people away with his index finger while the special ability of Yvette is still to be revealed. No announcement has been made whether the coven sides with the Cullens or the Volturi. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2” is set to release in theaters Nov. 16, 2012.
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Jordan Thornberg writes and plays his own music. He hopes to earn a career in music but enjoys playing for fun.
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A lot of people like to sing, whether they are very good or not. In the shower, in the car, in their room, with their friends, or wherever they might feel most comfortable. But not many people jump at the chance to get up on stage and sing all by themselves in front of an audience of hundreds of people. Nor do many people take the time to put professional-quality videos of their singing on the Internet for millions of viewers to see and critique. Jordan Thornberg has no problem with those last two. The senior majoring in business administration with a music minor has been performing for people and trying to get his work out any way he can. He has the immense talent and the confidence to try and achieve what so many people today dream of. Thornberg eagerly accepted such an opportunity to perform at the NDSU Bison Brevities talent show. “This was my third year in the show, and it was always a lot of fun to be a part of,” he said. Previously, Thornberg had performed cover songs in the show. It was not until his third year, however, that he finally won an award in the show. Thornberg received the Best Individual Act award in last year’s show for his performance of his original song, “As Beautiful As You.” Thornberg says he got
started in music as a young child in fifth grade when he started playing trombone in band. As a sophomore in high school he joined choir, and he has been in choirs ever since. Since coming to NDSU, he has been a consistent face in the NDSU concert choir. He says he hasn’t played trombone much since high school. These days he puts a lot more focus on his vocals and playing the piano and guitar. He also writes a lot of his own music. Most of the pieces he writes are for piano, and the inspiration for his work comes from just about anywhere. Some of his music comes to him quickly, and he gets the music down in his head then adds lyrics later. Other times he comes up with lyrics and puts them to music afterwards. And then there are times things just do not come very easily and he works on a piece for months at a time. “There was one song I wrote called “Stoplights” that was pretty quick. I was on the bus to a concert and saw a stoplight and just started singing the chorus and writing it down and I probably had the lyrics done in about fifteen minutes,” he said. Jordan says his personal favorite song he has written is “As Beautiful As You,” the very song that he performed in Bison Brevities last year and won. He had been working on the song for a long time, and it was just kind of grinding along at a painfully slow pace, but then one day it finally clicked. “I was on my way to the Wellness Center one day and decided to stop by the music
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building and practice piano a bit first. I sat down and was just kind of plunking keys and happened to stumble on some notes that made me say, ‘Hey, this sounds pretty good,’” he explained. “Needless to say I didn’t make it to the Wellness Center that day; I ended up sitting there playing for a while, and four hours later I was leaving the music building with a finished song.” Jordan has high hopes for his future and his love of music. “Ideally it would be fantastic if this turned into a career for me. I know it’s really hard to get into the music business, but if I could get out there, that would be amazing,” he said. Indeed the music business is a difficult one to get your name out in, but if anyone has the talent and the drive to make a run at it, it’s Jordan. He has been working to try and get his music out there and entertain people enough that word might spread. He has a few songs, including his Bison Brevities performances, posted on Youtube already, and he hopes that he will be able to post more soon. “I’ve been working on getting the equipment to record my songs and hopefully get them out there more,” he shared. “ It’s a slow process, but I’m slowly piecing together what I will need to really get my music out there.” Jordan is working hard to share his love for music and spread his work as far as he can. Maybe someday the music news will include the release of Jordan Thornberg’s latest hit song. Until then, look forward to seeing him around campus.
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games and porn. I believe each of Zimbardo’s statistics and theories because I see it all around me. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to argue his theory that men are underperforming because porn and video games are creating a world that reality simply can’t keep up with. Most of the men I know play video games, and it is my belief that doing well in these video games give them such a false sense of accomplishment that they begin to lose sight of real accomplishments. In my mind all they’ve really done is sit there for four hours literally twiddling their thumbs, but they believe they have been wildly successful. I think this is a very timely topic since “Modern Warfare 3” and “Battlefield” recently came out and it’s more apparent now than ever. I’m positive that most college-aged men won’t care about this article. Men seem to be proud about the number of hours they devote to video games. I can’t even log onto Facebook or walk around campus without hearing men brag about how many hours they played “COD” last night or how they beat their friend in “Battlefield” 12 times in a row. Zimbardo concluded that these arousals and addictions have an enormous impact on American culture. He says that boys’ brains are being digitally rewired and as an effect men are totally out of sync in traditional classes and romantic relationships. As a feminist, this news does not excite me, in fact I find it depressing. Women are still underrepresented in positions of power, regardless of the fact that they are educationally outperforming men. The fact is that as a culture we need to address this issue and stop supporting what is truly becoming an epidemic.
There is an organization called TED that I am slowly but surely falling in love with. It offers videos of forward thinking professionals speaking on a wide range of topics. Ted.com’s tagline is “Ideas worth spreading,” so I figured I’d spread an especially interesting idea that I came upon recently on the site. I’m always drawn to information about statistical differences between men and women, so when I came upon a video entitled “The demise of guys?” by Philip Zimbardo, I was intrigued. Zimbardo is a world-renowned psychologist who was the leader of the famous Stanford prison experiment. His speech centered on many startling statistics of the male species. He began by stating that boys are falling behind in many areas. He pointed out statistics including the fact that boys are 30 percent more likely to drop out of school and girls are outperforming boys at every level, from elementary to graduate school. Two-thirds of all special education students are boys, and men are five times more likely to have ADHD, according to Zimbardo. So, what do these statistics mean? Zimbardo concludes that they are responsible for the male fear of intimacy. He also suggests that men prefer male bonding to female mating. Zimbardo says that men are beginning to “prefer a synchronistic Internet world to the spontaneous interaction in social relationships.” Causes of this new phenomenon, according to Zimbardo, are excessive Internet use in general, along with excessive gaming and “porning.” He states that the average boy watches 50 porn clips per week, and he concludes that To watch the full video go to many men have arousal addic- www.ted.com and search “The tions in regards to both video demise of guys?”
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Coffee for the people, by the people Brittany Negaard Contributing Writer
What drives people to become regulars at their favorite coffee house? Is it the friendly baristas or the quality of coffee and espresso? In Fargo, the way the business is run is the force bringing customers to the Red Raven Espresso Parlor. The Red Raven Espresso Parlor is much more than a place to get a great cup of coffee. A first-time visitor might notice the physical differences that separate this shop from your run-of-the-mill corporate coffee house. The walls are decorated with local artwork, there's a library of books and games to entertain guests and colorful knit tagging and painting decorate the back patio. A general lack of inyour-face advertisements and promotions also make for a nice atmosphere. However, the Ravenâ€™s uniqueness is beyond surface level. The Raven is an employeeowned and managed cooperation. In other words, every employee at the shop is an owner or has the opportunity to work toward part ownership in the business. All employees vote and have a say in how the shop is run. The shop also opens its doors as a community eventâ€™s space, inviting locals to bring their ideas and talents to be showcased. The Raven wasnâ€™t originally a co-op but has been operating as one since Jan. 1, 2010. The idea floated around for a few years, but current owners Joe Curry, Erik Meyer and Sara
Watson Curry were instrumental in the shop's change. The shop was originally located on Roberts Street in downtown Fargo but moved to its current location at 916 Main Ave. in December 2010. The Raven's new, larger space allows for a bigger kitchen and more space to host events. The location has also allowed the business to offer handicapped accessibility and parking in the back. In addition to hosting a variety of events and running dayto-day business, the shop has been working on setting up bylaws and rules of worker ownership and membership over the last year. Each employee or â€œmemberâ€? has an equal vote in all business decisions. There are advantages and disadvantages to running a business this way, says coowner Joe Curry. â€œThere isnâ€™t really a hierarchy. No one is constantly pointing a finger,â€? Curry said. The bylaws and rules for the shop are an effort to keep the business running as a co-op for years to come. â€œSomeday none of us will be involved, but the business will still be set up,â€? said Watson Curry. For now, the immediate benefit of the co-op style of business allows employees to design the business they want to be a part of. Employees also have a say in the type of products they want to offer. The menu boasts various original beverages and all vegan or vegetarian meal and desert options. Where else will you find a mock duck sandwich or a â€œyella-bellied-chick-pea sandwichâ€? in Fargo? Running as a co-op has fostered the Ravenâ€™s growth into a community space and center
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for events. The Raven hosts numerous recurring events and hopes to add more with time. All events at the Raven are free and open for the public, and many allow for the audience to be a part. The Raven regularly hosts a comedy night for the community. Anyone who has a joke or act to perform is allowed to participate. Jazz nights have also been arranged, and guests need not be limited to simply listening. Anyone can bring an instrument and join in on the event, which owners say is similar to a jamming session. The â€œMakers Market,â€? is held monthly for local artists and craftsmen to sell handmade items such as food, crafts and jewelry. The Market often has musical performances or poetry readings in addition to local vendors. â€œThe Really Really Free Marketâ€? is another monthly event that draws guests who bring any items they wish to get rid of or are no longer using. However, unlike a rummage sale or flea market, the items are not to be bartered or sold; they are there for anyone to take. Leftover items are donated to local thrift stores after the event. The Raven currently has three part-owner employees and two member employees. Part-owner Erik Meyer says this allows new employees to get used to the business style before they take on the responsibility of buying into ownership of the business. New employees might take a pay cut initially, but the goal of the co-op is ultimately to purchase the building. Therefore em
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Sodbuster, San Isidro is currently stored in the basement of the Plains Art Museum. The museum plans to display the sculpture as early as next fall.
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Sodbuster, San Isidro: Standing about seven feet tall and measuring 24 feet long, the 1,300-pound sculpture embodies down-home values of hard work, strength, tradition and pride. Two mighty oxen drive as a rugged man guides his plow, parting the earth. Having stood for 20 years at the corner of Main Avenue and Broadway, Sodbuster now lies in the basement of the Plains Story continued on page 7 Art Museum, bearing scars from exposure to Fargoâ€™s extreme climate. The sun has left its surface faded, and both vibrations from the railroad and seasonal moisture have cracked it in numerous spots. The future of Sodbuster was the topic of last weekâ€™s public forum at the Plains Art Museum on Nov. 10. Itâ€™s their goal to one day put Sodbuster back on display in a public ROSANNE CASH place to fulfill its role as a "O&WFOJOH8JUI piece of public artwork. â€œIt has kind of been in the 4BUVSEBZ /PWFNCFS back of the communityâ€™s 'BSHP5IFBUSF mind,â€? said Kris Kerzman, QN4IPXt"MM"HFT communication manager at the museum. â€œWe had about 50 or 60 people at the forum, GEAR DADDIES and most of them remembered X.JMF0OF5IF3PDLGPSE.VMFT when the Sodbuster was on display. The public wants to Friday, November 25 see it back and the community The Venue @ The Hub misses it,â€? Kerzman added. QN%PPSTt"HFT
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unusual work at the time. Rather than using traditional sculpting materials like bronze or stone, Jimenez opted to use fiberglass, which allowed for a creative use of color. It pays tribute to the heritage of the area, specifically early immigrant plains farmers, and it is named in honor of the patron saint of agriculture. The piece was funded in 1977 by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and by the Broadway Mall Construction Fund, both contributing $20,000 to the project. The City of Fargo commissioned Jimenez in 1978 and the final version was unveiled publically in 1981. Perhaps whatâ€™s most impressive about Sodbuster is Jimenezâ€™s ability to turn such an ordinary concept into something heroic. â€œSodbuster evokes some of the history and culture of the area, but itâ€™s not really meant to work with the environment. Itâ€™s meant to be looked at and to make an impact,â€? Kerzman explained. However, continued pressure from the elements challenged the sculptureâ€™s integrity. The molding process used to create Sodbuster left holes its surface, and over time cracks spread from these holes due to moisture. Vibrations from trains nearby made the cracking worse and water collected in the bottom of the sculpture at one point. Fargo formally gifted Sodbuster to the Plains Art Museum in 1991 and it was moved from
its previous location in 2002. Itâ€™s currently in storage at the museum and rests in two pieces. â€œOverall weâ€™re going through an initiative. Weâ€™re asking the community to examine public art, the meaning to them as individuals and as a whole community. [Sodbuster] has been a test piece for seeing the communityâ€™s role in public art, and how big of an impact they have,â€? Kerman said. Restoring Sodbuster is an uphill battle that has already suffered major setbacks. An assessment done in 2002 produced an estimated repair cost of $48,900, and plans to repair the work halted when Jimenez died working on another piece in 2006. Since then, the estimated cost to restore Sodbuster has risen to around $75,000. Still, the museum hopes that Sodbuster can be part of an exhibit as early as next fall, and they further plan to put it on display outdoors once they feel itâ€™s safe to do so with the piece. â€œReally, what we want to do is what the community wants with it. We want it to be seen by people and filling the role it used to have,â€? Kerzman said. For more information on the their efforts, contact the Plains Arts Museum by calling 701232-3821 or by emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org. The museum is located at 704 1st Ave. N.
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If you've never seen â€œCommunity,â€? possibly one of the greatest comedy TV shows in the last 10 years, you're missing out. And you're not alone. While the NBC communitycollege-based sitcom has garnered the praise of fans and critics alike, the show has struggled to find a wider audience. It would seem that the much-loved comedy could be in danger. If you follow TV news at all, this should sound like a familiar story. After NBC announced their new midseason schedule, fans noticed that â€œCommunityâ€? was strangely absent. As it turns out, the second half of the showâ€™s third season will not be airing in the usual time slot. While the show has not been cancelled (all 22
episodes of the show will be airing eventually), this postponement doesn't speak well for NBC's confidence in their cult hit. In contrast, the upcoming midseason schedule features a new show created by Chelsea Handler. As you can see, the network is undoubtedly desperate. The removal of â€œCommunityâ€? from the upcoming timeline could also be the result of fellow comedy show â€œ30 Rock.â€? â€œ30 Rockâ€? was similarly postponed up until this new schedule due to Tina Fey's real-life pregnancy. While fans seem to have gone into red alert, the show's stars don't seem to be too outwardly worried. The starsâ€™ Twitter accounts have been full of jokes and ribs about the shows worries. While no official word from the people involved with the show has been given, their confidence does help to mitigate concerns.
Then again, it could just be the showâ€™s staff keeping up appearances. While the showâ€™s troubles are certainly disheartening, theyâ€™re not entirely surprising. NBC has been struggling with flagging ratings on most of their high-profile shows for quite some time now. Longrunning series like â€œChuckâ€? are just now coming to an end and the network's budget isnâ€™t what it used to be. It's not hard to imagine that they would be wary of any show that isnâ€™t pulling in huge viewing numbers. Itâ€™s a sad fact of life that networks are becoming less tolerant of new TV shows that just canâ€™t bring in viewers. We will have no choice but to wait to find out just what sort of shape â€œCommunityâ€? is in and when the rest of season three will be airing. Hopefully, â€œCommunityâ€? will be able to find its audience sooner rather than later.
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Week 5: Sovereign Sect DJ Vincent Favard Contributing Writer
Every Friday, DJ Vincent Favard will introduce an upcoming underground electronic artist to NDSU students. After DJing and producing music for 7 years in Europe, he moved to NDSU to study education. He is one of the electronic music references of the FargoMoorhead area and is going to share his passion for underground music throughout weekly presentations of his favorites underground producers. Genres will vary throughout the weeks, exploring the different sub genres of electronic music.
After presenting international artists for the past four weeks, I feel like it is time to bring some recognition to the Fargo electronic music scene. Sovereign Sect is a glitch-
hop band composed of four members. With all sorts of different backgrounds, this group based in Fargo has been contributing to the most energetic events of the area. They are most known in the area for their participation at the parties at Johnson’s Barn in Arthur, N.D. Sovereign Sect’s performances cannot be considered as the work of a DJ but more as a live performance. With a live drummer and live effects, they play a show that seems always new in a way, still keeping the melodies and harmonies they are loved for producing. They define the band as a fusion of “traditional jam bands with the dance-friendly, musical-riotinducing elements of hiphop, and bass culture music.” The term “eclectic” can define these one-of-a-kind producers. My personal favorite installment from them is their album “Fourtunate.” Starting right off with “Bucketgrinder,” which could most likely be their anthem, they take the listener straight into their world filled with be-
witching melodies and inharmony rap samples. From there, Sovereign Sect takes the auditor on a musical rollercoaster by alternating very melodious, high pitch tunes that catch my attention due to the importance of details, with heavy bass tracks like “Puff it Pass it,” where it all becomes about letting yourself go and just letting the bass guide your body. Sovereign Sect, on the album as well as on live performance, succeeds at establishing trust between the group and their fans, who know that they will never be disappointed. I encourage you to jump on the wagon that Sovereign Sect is leading in the Fargo-Moorhead area by checking out their music at http://soundcloud.com/ sovereign-sect. If you feel seduced, you will have a chance to see them Saturday, Nov. 19 at The Venue at The Hub. I will have the chance to open the show, and Sovereign Sect will be followed by the legendary Kraddy from California.
Coffee continued from page 5 ployees agree that the wages they earn are what the business can afford plus their tips, not what many consider “minimum wage.” Brian Washburn has been working at the Raven for about a month. While he believes the wage will go up as more people find out about the Raven, he still finds many benefits of working at the shop. “I feel like I have a say and I have a voice. I'm capable of having more of an impact,” Washburn said. Washburn enjoys the dynamics of the business, including what he describes as “good communication and verbal appreciation.” He hopes to see the shop add educational classes, skill trading and work trading. Washburn also hopes to set up a permanent spot for local artists to sell handmade items in the shop. “The overall goal is to help support local people. That's the driving force behind the things that we do. We're the only coffee shop [in Fargo] that does that,” Washburn said. The co-owners also hope to see the shop use all of its space
to its maximum potential. The Raven shares building space with a housing co-op on the second floor, and a former owner has an office on the main floor. The coffee shop is located on the main floor, which has seating and a stage for live performances. The building also houses a media studio, a green room for bands, an art studio in the basement and a meeting room that will open up for community use this month. Watson Curry believes the new location has a lot of potential. “We want to create something meaningful for people,” Watson Curry said. “We don't aggressively advertise. We rely on a lot of word of mouth and events. We want to be more of a destination place rather than a drive through,” said Curry. “But we can cater to both,” added Watson Curry. While the Raven doesn’t have an actual drive through and probably won’t add one, the owners want customers to feel comfortable stopping in for coffee even if they can’t stay to enjoy the atmosphere.
With time, the owners and members are learning what works for the business. The cooperation style allows some decisions and changes to be made quickly, while others can take months. Owners are working to create manuals and rules for the shop that ensure the business stays consistent. “As we've worked toward developing the success of the business, it demands a different process of thought,” said Watson Curry. “We have to come up with our own rules, but we have to the freedom to make them,” said Meyer. The business will celebrate its one-year anniversary in its new location on Dec. 1. As the business expands, owners invite community members to check their Facebook page, The Red Raven EP, for upcoming events. Anyone interested in performing or hosting an event is welcome to submit ideas to the Raven, and anyone interested in participating in the markets can arrange a space online or over the phone.
With almost a full semester done, NBC has officially released their midseason schedule. With a few new shows, some familiar favorites and time changes, things will be looking a little different on the station come the new year, especially with some cancellations and one show’s status up in the air. Mondays lead off with the return of last year’s breakout singing competition “The Voice.” Following “The Voice” at 9 p.m. is a new show called “Smash.” Fitting in with the music theme of the night, “Smash” stars Debra Messing and is about the making of a Broadway musical. The shows debut Feb. 6. Tuesdays mostly stays the same with “The Biggest Loser” running from 7 to 9 p.m., and “Parenthood” following from 9 to 10 p.m. However, a new competition show called “Fashion Star” is starting March 13. This reality competition show will feature designers competing for a contract. On Wednesday nights, things start getting interesting.
Beginning Jan. 11, freshman comedy “Whitney” moves to a new time leading off the night at 7 p.m. “Whitney” will then be followed by the new Chelsea Handler show, “Are You There Chelsea?” The new sitcom is based on Handler’s book about a 20-something woman, which is based loosely on Handler’s life. The show stars Laura Prepon (“That ‘70s Show”) as Handler, and Handler herself even has a role in the show. The two female comics seem to match up well together, but time will tell if the pairing works out. Following the comedies will be “Rock Center with Brian Williams” starting Feb. 8 and “Law & Order: SVU.” Thursdays will get a complete overhaul. Beginning Jan. 12, “30 Rock” returns to the schedule and gets the 7 p.m. slot against CBS’s “Big Bang Theory.” “Rock” will be followed by “Parks and Recreation” and “The Office,” which remain in their same time slots. Following “The Office” at 8:30 p.m. is another freshman comedy, “Up All Night,” which switches slots with “Whitney.” Closing out the night at 9 p.m. is a new show, “The Firm.” Based on the John Grisham novel and film starring Tom Cruise, the show stars Josh Lucas and be-
gins Jan. 12. They have a twohour premier for the show planned for Sunday, Jan. 8. It was a popular book and movie, so it should be interesting to see if the audience gives it a shot as a weekly TV show. At this point, you may be looking at the schedule and wondering what happened to fellow Thursday night shows “Community” and “Prime Suspect.” Although nothing is official at this point, it would appear that the low rated “Prime Suspect” is canceled. “Community,” however, will return at an undetermined date. Fridays lead off with “Who Do You Think You Are?” beginning Feb. 3. The returning show features celebrities digging deep into their ancestry. “Grimm” will follow the show from 8 to 9 p.m., and later “Dateline” from 9 to 10 p.m. Finally, Sundays will be the new home to “Harry’s Law.” The Kathy Bates starrer returns on Sunday, March 4, and is on from 7 to 8 p.m. Following “Law” will be the return of Donald Trump in “Celebrity Apprentice,” which will run from 8 to 10 p.m. and debuts on Feb. 12. NBC is the first network to roll out their midseason schedule. The others are sure to follow in the coming weeks.
Tips for acing a job interview Six easy steps to get you through the process Alysia Larson Staff Writer
Someday, maybe sooner rather than later for some of us, we’ll graduate from college and be looking for a fulltime job with a company that hopefully will be somewhat related to what we studied for all these years in college. The big part of getting a job is the interview, and for most people the interview is the most daunting part of the process. If you are one of these people, follow these few tips from ehow.com to help make sure you have a better interview experience and give you a better advantage to land the job you really want. Do the research Make sure you research the company. The employer wants to see that you know something about the business. Researching usually shows some type of commitment because you actually care enough to know about the company you’d like to work for. Make sure to remember what the company’s strengths and weaknesses are. Also know their competitors. But don’t just know these things,
figure out what it might mean to you, so that way when asked about how you relate to specific things, you will have an answer to give. Be prepared Prepare a short description of your strengths and weaknesses, what makes you a good fit for the company and any other characteristics about you that you think an employer would want to know. Most interviews have some type of question asked about you and your personality. Having already thought this out will be much more beneficial than not having anything to come up with on the spot. Also, make sure you don’t memorize or sound forced; having a ready answer makes you look prepared. Dress to impress Dress appropriately, this usually means professionally. You don’t want to appear like you’re a slob or that you are so lazy you couldn’t take time to look presentable. Most professional jobs have some type of dress-code, so showing up looking like you could work on the spot definitely would be a better advantage than showing up looking like you’re ready to go back to bed. Share your knowledge
Whenever you see an opportunity to insert a comment about the company from the research you’ve done, take it. Don’t overly state things that are basic knowledge or generic comments about how you would fit with the company, but really take the time to learn about things that you would like if you worked there. After all, this is a job that you will probably be working at for at least a year or more, so you will want to enjoy it as well. Impress after the interview After the interview, write a thank you note. Keep it brief, but insert a few comments about key points where you think the interview went well. This will help the employer remember you and those key points as well. Be yourself Finally, the most important tip is to remember to relax and be yourself. You need to be appropriate, but most employers want to know whom they are employing, so show off things about you that make you unique. Don’t forget that even if this job doesn’t work out, that doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world. As the saying goes, when one door closes, another opens.
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Opinion Sanctity of marriage is gone
Republicanism dead in the Republican Party
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Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries, as well as the rest of Hollywood, need to take a few lessons on the sanctity of marriage. Recently, you may have heard that after a short, 72-day marriage stint, Kim and Kris are now preparing to get a divorce. After all the money they wasted on everything wedding-related, a divorce was probably one of the best ways to compensate and gain even more press. Surprising, right? Not only are these young people in the public eye on a daily basis, but they are also sending a message to the world that marriage isn’t any more important than buying a new car. It’s not only Kim and Kris that need to recognize that marriage is a sacred institution; it also seems as though celebrities like Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez are striving to obtain more divorces than they can count on one hand. Perhaps the infamous 72day couple should have consulted with Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords and husband Mark Kelly when they first began to notice problems in their marriage. After all, Gabby and Mark should be the face of persevering through “for better or for worse” and “in sickness and in health.” For those of you living under a rock the past year, Gabby is a congresswoman from Arizona who had been shot in the head at point-blank range in early January. She was speaking at a public gathering when Jared Lee Loughner began his shooting rampage, injuring 19 people and killing six. On Monday night, ABC News’s Diane Sawyer exclusively featured Gabby’s recovery to regain her basic motor skills and language acquisition. A major theme of the feature highlighted the strong bond of marriage between Gabby and her husband Mark. The only strong bonds that Kim and Kris shared together were their strikingly good looks as well as their ability to continually grace the tabloids. During the hour-long ABC segment, the unconditional love Mark has for his wife was apparent as he continued to encourage and stick by Gabby every day for the past 11 months of her recovery. He mentioned in the segment that their wedding vows “in sickness and in health” never became so true until the tragic incident changed their lives forever. If couples like Kim and Kris would have experienced the same struggles as Gabby and Mark, I doubt each newlywed would have stood by the other’s side amidst the struggles. Instead, Kim and Kris probably would have used it as an opportunity to create a new reality TV show entitled “Kim and Kris: Divorcing with Brain Injuries.” Jaime is a sophomore majoring in English education.
Less than a year away, the presidential election of 2012 next November seeks its infamous counterpart, a Republican National Committee nominee, to take on President Obama. There are several candidates for this nomination, namely and alphabetically Michelle Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman Jr., Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. Needless to say, all the candidates are Republican, but what is a Republican? Wouldn’t a Republican, conservatively speaking of course, merely be an advocate of a republican form of government? That would mean President Obama is a Republican, along with generally every other citizen in the United States. What defines a republican form of government? Traditionally a republican government allocates control to,
theoretically, a significant portion of a democratically elected population, i.e. all offices of a state. A democracy is where every citizen of a state has equal say to every other citizen. In the United States, there is a federation (or a union) made up several other sovereign states, united by and under one central government. The reverse form of federation would be a confederation. Therefore, the United States is a republic, which in America’s case translates to a representative democracy. This means that there is a federation comprised of other republican sovereign states. According to Frederick Merk in his book “Manifest Destiny and Mission in American History,” republicanism means freedom. Merk further describes republicanism as fundamentally embodying a classless society. This is in contrast to a monarchy, which was the form of government ruling over the British colonies before the American Revolution. American Republicanism was prevalent among both the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists. Therefore, does republicanism make up the American spirit? Its counterpart, democracy, enables republicanism. However, in republicanism
Beauty pageants Ruining young women Kristen Fennell Contributing Writer
watching and encouraging that? One scandal was a 3-yearold dressed up similarly to Julia Roberts from “Pretty Woman,” who had happened to play the part of a hooker. The judges loved it. How messed up is that? If she were Julia Roberts in a pretty dress, what would be wrong with that? At least a 16-year-old girl is more mature and can think for herself. The legal age for emancipation is 16, so she could make those kinds of decisions for herself, whereas a 3-year-old child only does what her parents tell her because she doesn’t know anything else. If parents are so sure that this is what their kids want to do, why not let them decide for themselves? Granted, some girls do love the pageants, but why put them in so young? All they are learning is that they need to be prettier than the girl beside them to be the best. This also leads to hostile competition. The girls do not even like each other, so how is that even encouraging any bonds? The mothers in this show always talk about the fierce competition, but little girls should not already be learning to be so cutthroat with each other. With no educational value, no positive merit and no life teaching skills, pageants basically do nothing for girls under the age of 16. I cannot personally think of a single reason to have little girls in a beauty contest other than to destroy their self-esteem or encourage them to think that they are better than other girls. I think it is sick that we are parading young girls around and showing off their bodies in an inappropriate manner. It is really sad that we are teaching our daughters that being fake will make them beautiful.
In no way, shape or form should a three-year-old child be viewed as sexy. Ever. The popular TV show on TLC called “Toddlers in Tiaras” is just another example of women being exploited as sex figures. It all starts from a young age. Parents who put their children in beauty pageants argue that these competitions are for “scholarships,” but why would a 3-year-old even be focusing on that yet? Why can she not wait until she is sixteen when she has matured a little more? I think it is positively sick that we are teaching our daughters from a young age that she will be judged by her beauty alone. Worse yet, it is not even her natural beauty she is being judged on. Fake teeth, fake hair, fake nails, fake tans, fake eyelashes, fake butts, fake boobs -- you name it, these little girls wear them. Not to mention being drenched in so much makeup that she looks like a plastic surgery victim. Sadly, most of these little girls do not even get a choice. Mothers and fathers are throwing their daughters into these pageants as young as babies. These girls do not even realize that it is not natural to look the way they do, which is fake. Even if some of the girls do not want to be in pageants, they are forced to anyway. I watched a clip of a girl crying and screaming while her mother held her down to have her eyebrows waxed. The little girl had previously had her skin ripped off, so was terrified to have it done again. Parents in the show jeer in the crowd, telling their daughKristen is a sophomore maters to “shake it.” Tell me: joring in journalism. What are they supposed to be shaking, and why are you
the people essentially, indirectly and democratically control the government and the elected state officials have supreme authority, only submitting to the Constitution of the federal government under this federation. So, by indirect democratic rule, republicanism is facilitated. This may seem very confusing and even more so with candidates every four years identifying with either the Democratic or Republican Party. Nevertheless, here we are amid the confusion and currently so along with various Republican candidate conjectures baring no meaning toward democracy and republicanism itself. The RNC’s main goal is to oust President Obama and elect a candidate. It may be Rick Perry, who is notoriously close to the loony tendencies of President Bush and with his “oops” episode, may be the dumbest politician to ever feel entitled to the presidency. Perhaps it will be Michele Bachmann, who believes by divinity she is destined to become president. Another would be Herman Cain, who could perhaps be as sexist as Andrew Jackson was racist. Maybe it will be Mitt Romney, who can’t decide whether more socialistic healthcare is right or wrong in a given set-
ting and audience. It could be Newt Gingrich, who is now leading in the polls and selling more books. It could be Ron Paul, who separates himself from the pack with intense notions of isolationism, “legalized” capitalism and limited government. And lastly, it may be the remaining candidates, Jon Huntsman and Rick Santorum, who nobody seems to be talking about. During the Lincoln administration, the Republican Party was highly progressive, and now the party is highly conservative. Progression would essentially mean a continuous climb upward on the ladder of democracy. Republicanism is democracy dumbed down to a level that I would argue is highly disproportionate with the country’s population of citizens. With the general Republican economic policy of supply-side tax breaks for the capital owners, all the while making the rich richer and the poor poorer, this is undeniably a lack of not only republicanism but also democracy. With their social policy of stripping socialized relief to citizens in need (even if many do collect unjustly), this is a rejection of democracy. With the general Republican environmental policy, this is a rejection of democracy due to
the unavoidable negative externalities on citizens and noncitizens. With the seemingly unanimous policy of never giving into universal healthcare, a basic need of all citizens, this is a lack of truth in democracy. With the general consensus among most Republicans and some Democrats, homosexuality shouldn’t ever be recognized under the Constitution, which essentially was built on the establishment of freedom of religion; this is a contradiction of democracy. With the Republican refusal to compromise with Democrats, the President or the people, this is a denial of democracy. Republicanism in the Republican Party is dead. Democracy in the Republican Party is dead. America’s aftermath of its policies for the past 30 to 40 years, especially during the Regan administration, will culminate in its destructive path of so-called democracy, rather imperialism (not excluding Democrats), to potentially complete collapse. Furthermore, people believe in “Republican” nuts whose only excuse to being such is, “oops.” Josh is a junior majoring in history.
Diversity reversed Anne Debner Contributing Writer One thing that I have noticed while attending NDSU is that this university is huge on promoting diversity. As an RA, I work for the university, specifically for Residence Life. We have ongoing training that is largely focused on diversity, whether it is diversity based on race, culture, sex or physical ability. We learn about those who are different from us, what makes them different and how to understand those differences. We are also encouraged to have programs that promote diversity and that help others to understand it as well. Also, I am a communications major, and in all the communications classes that I am taking I am learning a lot about diversity, especially cultural diversity. I enjoy learning about cultural differences and how to effectively communicate with those from different cultures. I love developing an under-
standing of those from cultures not like my own. I love that we are challenged by our university to be better intercultural communicators. It is important that the modern university include diversity in its training because it is important for the modern citizen of the world to understand diversity and those who are different from us. However, I think that in all this diversity education and emphasis on diversity, our university is forgetting one important fact. Yes, we are all different form one another. Yes, it is important to learn about these differences and come to respect and understand the cultures of others. Yet we are forgetting amidst all this emphasis of diversity to also remember that even though we may have many differences, we also have many similarities. Although love and relationships may be different in the various cultures, they exist in all. We all need to eat, we all need to sleep, and we all live under the same sun that continues to rise and set over us,
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and the same stars that light the night sky. We may have different names for them, but we see the same thing. As much as we are different, we are the same. The next time you are discussing or learning about diversity, keep in mind that underneath all our cultural differences we are similar. Yes, learn about other cultures and respect them, but don’t solely focus on those differences. Instead, remember to also focus on the similarities. This is especially important in the United States. We need to focus on what unites us, not on what divides us. We should focus on what brings us together, not on what separates us into different categories. Diversity is important, but I think to fully understand diversity, we must first realize that those who are different from us are also equal to us. Then, and only then, can we fully respect and understand those who are culturally different from us. Anne is a sophomore majoring in communications.
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Opinion ‘Lord of the Rings’ offers life lessons Sarah Champa Contributing Writer
Lord of the Rings has been prodding at my heart, or shall I say God has been prodding at my heart, to write about “Lord of the Rings.” Either option works. This prodding about a good, moral movie and book series isn’t weird in itself, but what makes it weird is that I feel I should tie it into the message of living order. How does “Lord of the Rings” and living a life of order produce a good opinion article? Thank the Big Man upstairs for the idea. You may scratch your head and ask, “What the heck is living order?” Ultimately, it means to live and to live with order. I know that doesn’t help. Think about this: Do you feel good and energized? Are you doing well in classes and in your social life? Are you healthy and happy? If you say yes to these things then you probably are living order. Every time I watch “LOTR” I want to get better at living order. I don’t know why -subliminal messages perhaps. Here is a long-winded example: To hit the snooze button is kind of giving up on life. I do it. We probably all do it,
but when I don’t, I am alive. Frodo didn’t hit the snooze button when he became weary on the journey to Mordor. Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli didn’t hit the snooze button in the middle of their orc slaying. As a result of their order, take a look at what happened to Middle Earth: The good reigned victorious. We all know what happens after we snooze it for an hour: We skip the hearty breakfast we need and rush out the door looking like a dirty, Ke$haesque, grungy college student. By the way, Legolas and Aragorn, though sweaty and spattered with blood on occasion, never looked gross. They always looked good (if you catch my drift) and were always prepared for battle. After this, chances are we show up to class, or “late as usual,” as Frodo said to Gandalf in “The Fellowship of the Ring.” Gandalf replies, “A wizard is never late, nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to.” This may be an arrogant example of living order, or not a good example at all because we aren’t wizards. To eliminate the usage of the snooze button, analyze your night prior to morning. Did you stay up obscenely late studying for a test you could have studied for a week ago, did you play “Just Dance” on
the Wii for hours and hours (that would be me), or did you drink a bit too much? I know Merry and Pippin did not have homework or play the Wii, but they did drink plenty. Though enthralled by “the pint” (I assume they were of age), they always woke up and did their thing, which was saving Middle Earth with their wee little hearts and wee little courage, orderly indeed. Finally, “me time” is essential to the life of order. It is the time where we wind down, regain sanity and organize our many thoughts. Gandalf had a great deal of me time when Saruman flung him to the top of the Isengard tower. Just think how much contemplation took place. I am sorry if you have not watched “Lord of the Rings.” You should be ashamed. I suggest you watch it right now but do it orderly. Split the series up into one-hour increments, and don’t stay up late watching it while drinking, playing “Just Dance” on the Wii or studying. That is not orderly. I want to live order because it makes me happy, awake, sane and healthy. Also, if it exists, I want to know I could save Middle Earth. Sarah Champa is a senior in university studies.
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Don’t hate appearances, appreciate the differences Holland Lind & Nathan Stottler Contributing Writers
We encounter people of every sort in our daily lives. Our crazy world has produced people of all shapes and sizes, of all personalities and typologies. We need all varieties of people in the world; without them, what would we be? That’s right -bored. The truth of the matter is that if we didn’t have such a variety of characters, our lives would be quite bland and lacking in the things that make our days the most interesting. With such a collection of people, we have been able to create all types of music, art, sports, clothing and food. It is amazing to see what is all out there when we really look. NDSU is no exception: We have many different types of students, ranging from the sporty to the artsy, quiet to loud, shy to obnoxious. Studying on such a big campus can be amazing. However, at times we do
rather poorly at accepting those people that are different from ourselves. It is not a rare occurrence to hear people complain about celebrities, music or someone else’s clothes. What is the point? Does complaining help the issue or solve the problem? Who, apart from yourself, really cares if you don’t like an outfit someone is wearing? Your opinions about someone’s appearance are likely far more hurtful to hear than they are enjoyable to say. It is quite easy to simply turn your focus to things that you actually do enjoy. Music is an excellent form of art and expression. There are millions of songs and hundreds of styles. Of course not everyone is going to like the same kind of music. However, people seem to have a need to let others know just how much they don’t like a certain song or genre. So what? Don’t listen to it then. Having an opinion can be a good thing, but you must choose carefully which opinions you voice outloud. You could possibly be hurting someone’s feelings or ruining someone else’s day -and at what expense? Is it just
to enjoy a few seconds of your own pleasure? The amount of negativity that is focused on all aspects of life becomes overwhelming when you examine it in detail. Each one of us is guilty of judging people based on appearance alone. There is truly no reason to do this. Different people have different styles; it really is that simple. You are only wasting your own time when you dwell on the shortcomings of others. They certainly do not care for your opinion, and your negativity will affect not only your own mood but also the mood of those around you. Speaking positively about others and maintaining a positive attitude in general can bring about so many more good days for you and all of the people you spend time with. Embracing a positive attitude may be just what you need to turn any bad day into a wonderful one. Holland is a sophomore majoring in apparel, retail merchandising and design; Nathan is a junior majoring in landscape architecture.
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NDSU to close out regular season Bison head to Macomb for share of conference title Kyle Roth Spectrum Staff
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Not to jinx it, but this could possibly be the last weekend we see Chrissy Knuth, Jennifer Lopez and Janna Deyle in a Bison uniform. There are actually five seniors on the team, the other two being Paige Nash and Katelyn Schwartzenberger, but Knuth, Lopez and Deyle played four years together at NDSU. Lopez and Knuth came in together in the same recruiting class, as Deyle redshirted her true freshman season. I had the privilege to watch these three play when they were freshmen and sophomores. I was used to Class B North Dakota volleyball when I first saw them at the Bentson Bunker; needless to say my jaw dropped the first time I saw these three play. Bison volleyball has a pretty rich tradition, but I have to say that this has to be the best class of seniors ever to come through this program. As freshmen and sophomores, this “Big Three” went 34-0 in regular season Summit League play. Together, they won two of the three Summit League championship games they played in, and they are looking for a third one in four years this weekend. The individual awards are numerous. Chrissy Knuth won the Summit League MVP her freshman and sophomore years. She has been an AllSummit League First-Team member in her first three years and will most likely earn a fourth straight title this season. Jennifer Lopez was an AllSummit League First-Team member in her freshman season with Knuth, and she was a second-teamer in her sophomore season. Lopez missed 14 matches last season with a lacerated liver that kept her out of consideration for most awards but was on pace to have another decorated season before she went down. Lopez is second in the Summit in assists this season. Janna Deyle was a walk-on in the Bison program, made it, redshirted her freshman season and turned into one of the most efficient players in Bison history. Deyle was a member of the All-Freshman team in 2008 and has been either first or second on the team in hitting percentage each season she’s played. Deyle has also been named to the Summit League All-Fall Academic team in each of her first three seasons. As a whole, these three have played in three-straight Summit League Championship games and could quite possibly make it a fourth. With a coaching change midseason last year, these three were the leaders and helped keep the team focused and led them to an NCAA tournament appearance against Minnesota. Regardless of what happens this weekend, these three will go down as the “Big Three” to many others and myself and also as one of the top classes to ever roam the halls of the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse.
Following their first loss of the regular season and the end of a nine-game winning streak, the fifth-ranked North Dakota State football team will look to rebound this Saturday as they face the 2-8 Leathernecks of Western Illinois with another chance to clinch a conference championship. “We got beat by a good football team,” Bison Head Coach Craig Bohl said of last week's opponent, Youngstown State. “Without question there's still a lot to play for ... we've got a challenge playing Western Illinois, a team that beat us last year.” Following last season's second-place finish in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Leathernecks have had considerably less success with the graduation of all-conference players like quarterback Matt Barr and linebacker Kyle Glazier. With the opponent so seemingly underwhelming, a legitimate concern is the team's mettle to close out the regular season with a victory. “We've always talked about the 24-hour rule,” Bohl said of the team's philosophy in dwelling on past games. “We need to learn from our mistakes, pay attention to detail ... and do everything we can to
go on the road to beat Western Illinois.” The Leathernecks have been plagued all season by disparities on both sides of the ball, most notably a 19-45 disadvantage in touchdowns scored versus touchdowns allowed, contributing to an average margin of defeat of almost 22 points per game. “I know Western's struggled with some injuries during the course of the year,” Bohl said. “They still play a strong, physical game. They still believe in running the football. I think at this juncture we need to recognize that we need to control the things we can and go out and play better Saturday.” One of the lone stars on the Leatherneck offense has been wide receiver Terrian Crump, who has stepped into the role of starter by catching 57 passes for 882 yards and six touchdowns, almost half the total receiving yards of the entire team. Crump has found his success via new quarterback Josh Hudson, who has found little success outside of his favorite target. Hudson's signature success came early in the season versus Southern Illinois, when he led the Leathernecks to a surprise homecoming win by throwing four touchdowns. For the Bison, the challenge is to return to a game plan that saw the team win those nine consecutive games; for that, sophomore quarterback Brock Jensen is the key. Following an out-of-character 11/22 day
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Marcus Williams returns his sixth interception of the season last Saturday against Youngstown State. Williams and the Bison will close out the regular season on Saturday in Macomb, Ill.
passing, Jensen will need to overcome a nagging toe injury with the promise of a bye week awaiting the team with a win. “Brock won't get healthy; he's going to stay about what you have,” Bohl said, referring to the toe injury that has ended sports careers. “There's going to be some other guys that, if we have a bye, that you can
look at returning. There's a whole long list of guys that, soon as the season's done, are going to have some surgery.” One point Bohl was sure to hammer home was that the team can still compete for a conference championship. With the late-October victory over second-place Northern Iowa, a victory for the Bison will clinch at least a share of
that conference title, the team's first since joining the conference in 2008. Northern Iowa, who plays at third-place Illinois State this week, could potentially offer NDSU the outright championship if the Panthers lose to a stingy Redbird squad. Regardless, the task falls to the Bison to take care of business on Saturday.
2011 Summit League Championship preview Volleyball team enters league tournament as top seed Travis Jones Sports Editor
The Bison head into this weekend’s Summit League Championship as the top seed in the conference with an overall record of 23-8 (15-2 Summit). This nucleus of this Bison squad has won two of the last three Summit League Championships including last season’s. It will be a different environment, however, as the Bison travel to the tournament instead of hosting it, which they’ve done the past two seasons. “Not really,” head coach Kari Thompson stated about traveling being a distraction. “There are actually a lot of distractions at home. When we’re on the road, it’s almost a little bit more focused.”
The Herd will travel to Fort Wayne, Ind., the home of the IPFW Mastodons, a team that has given NDSU trouble in the past. “It’s a great crowd,” Thompson said. “Hostile is a great word to describe it. Their fans sit right behind our bench; it’s hard to hear.” NDSU will open up the single-elimination, four-team tournament with Oakland on Friday. 4 Seed: Oakland Oakland enters the tournament as the fourth seed with a record of 18-10 (12-6 Summit), closing out the regular season on a five-match winning streak. The Golden Grizzlies are led offensively by juniors Meghan Bray and Allison Bell, averaging 3.5 and 2.5 kills per set respectively. OU also has two others averaging over two kills per set in senior Brittany Holbrook and freshman Taylor Humm.
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The NDSU volleyball girls celebrate after a kill Friday night in the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse.
Oakland opens up against North Dakota State on Friday night. Oakland lost the season series against the Bison, getting swept 3-0 in both matches in 2011. 3 Seed: Oral Roberts After leading the Summit League with two weeks to go in the regular season, Oral Roberts, 19-9 (12-6 Summit),
lost their final five matches of the regular season to drop to the third seed in the conference. The Golden Eagles feature a balanced offense with four ladies averaging 2-plus kills per set: Elizabeth McVicker, Tatum Fredeen, Shelina Fernandes and Olivia Ophus. Oral Roberts will open their
conference tournament against IPFW on Friday night. ORU slipped the season series, winning in five sets in the first meeting and falling in four sets last month. 2 Seed: Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne IPFW, 21-8 (14-4 Summit), Story continued on page 11
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How to deal with tired waterfowl
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Ben Brettingen Contributing Writer
Late-season hunting, a magical time, when mallards and honkers fly by the thousands. There are few things in life better than watching a tornado touch down right in the landing zone. If you have experienced this, you will agree it is something truly special. Now, have you seen the other half of the story? You get out the night before, scout your field, which was being used and abused and ready yourself the morning’s hunt. After setting up a spread in the middle of the plowed cornfield, you begin to wait
patiently. You wait and wait and wait, they finally jump off the roost and head the exact opposite direction. Finally, a mega flock jumps off the water and heads toward your honey hole. Thousands of mallards circle, only to shortly lose interest and wheel off into the distance. What gives? At least you may have a shot at decoying the geese right? They start chirping on the water, signaling their morning flight. They too jump up and head in your direction. After flagging and calling your heart out, they pick another area in the same field, completely ignoring your feeble attraction. If you have hunted late season, you know exactly what I am talking about. This weekend was a prime example, as almost everyone I spoke to
had a similar experience. How do we go about solving these late-season frustrations. From my experience, I have come up with a couple tips to deal with these stricken waterfowl. 1. Mega-spread. This is one of the best ways to attract these mammoth flocks of late-season honkers and mallards. The key to this approach is a big spread, I mean big! Throw the kitchen sink at them, every decoy you own, whether they are all fully flocked full bodies or silhouettes from the 1800s. In order to be successful with this approach, you need to have upwards of 350 decoys. The more the merrier. 2. Can you see me? If you don’t have the opportunity to get your hands on the mega spread, then go for being
seen. This means maybe skipping over a plowed field for something that hasn’t been turned over. It is much easier to discern a decoy spread in a field of golden stubble. Also, get yourself a flag and use it! Make some motion, and pull those honks into your spread. 3. Get wet! Find yourself a small transition slough, and set up camp for an all day slugfest. The trick to this is finding something small. If you get onto something too big, the ducks will inevitably find themselves piling into the opposite side of the slough. Make sure you are not on a roost, and go to town. If you set-up in the morning, the ducks will make their way back to loaf in the pond, and you will catch migrators on their way down to the gulf. 4. Be sneaky. If the going
gets tough, bend the rules. Now I don’t mean breaking any laws. What I am trying to say is when the ducks leave the roost in the morning, sneak in there with a few decoys and get ready. They will pile in and you can get on one heck of a shoot. Make sure to try to get in and out as fast as possible in order to keep the ducks in the area. Don’t be too concerned about busting roosts because this time of year waterfowl do not stick around for very long and might only be in an area for a few days. By incorporating some of these tips into your arsenal, the waterfowl may be a little more kind on your next adventure. From the frustrations of the late season, I’m Ben Brettingen.
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Advancing to Division-I athletics can be a new experience for a couple reasons, such as an unfamiliar school or campus. Those two reasons didn’t apply to Jenna Schulte, senior member of the women’s golf team. “I’m actually from Fargo,” Schulte said. “I kind of chose it [NDSU] to be close to family, but kind of have a little bit of a different atmosphere.” Schulte has been around NDSU athletics since she was born. “I knew that atmosphere and I was very familiar with it,” she said. Schulte’s father is the team chiropractor for NDSU athletics, so her family and friends almost assumed that NDSU was the obvious choice. “I actually had a joke with one of my dad’s friends since I was like 10,” Schulte said. “I always said I was going to NDSU and what not. I looked at a couple different places a little farther away from home, but the best opportunity for me was here.” Because North Dakota does not have ideal golfing weather all year round, Schulte looked at warmer climates, but she liked the idea of her home state’s golfing season. “Thinking about the fact that you only get that seven to
eight month outside period here was kind of nice,” the senior stated. “With those months off you don’t get burnt out as easily.” Jenna fills her time like most other college kids during her months off. “Hanging out with friends is probably a big thing,” Schulte mentioned. “Just kind of relaxing, nothing really huge.” Golf takes a disciplined work ethic as it’s mainly an individual sport, but Schulte feels as though it still has a large team aspect. “It’s not a team sport, but everybody pushes each other,” Schulte said. “You see someone doing better than you and you want to get to that point. You push yourself; it takes a lot. You have to put in a lot of effort and get together with the swing coach and get your swing set up right.” Schulte is a management information systems major with a little bit of a plan ahead of her. “I’ve started looking at maybe finding some computer company to go work for,” Jenna said of her future career. “Not necessarily with programs but with the business with computers. I like the Seattle, Washington area -- it’s really nice. I’ve looked at Arizona; I have some extended family down there.” Schulte and the Bison wrapped up their fall schedule and will start again in February of next year.
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Players from NDSU and Youngstown State gather in the middle of the field to pray after Saturday’s game in the Fargodome
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Over the weekend, the Herd took a hard, first loss, crushing hopes for a perfect season, as Youngstown State proved to be just three points too powerful. When quarterback Brock Jensen’s last-second pass bounced through the hands of wide receiver Warren Holloway, the Dome went silent and fans and players slowly left the field with heads hung low. The Bison were left defeated and hope seemed like a faded memory. However, in the middle of the field, almost in their own world, a group of both NDSU and YSU players remained for several minutes on one knee with heads bowed. While the janitorial staff began cleaning and the music maintained its blasting drone over the PA system, these players gathered for a common purpose. For them, it was time to pray. For a few moments, the players extended their gratitude to something outside of themselves. Postponing their celebration of personal success, these football players looked above to the source of their abilities. “We’re not playing for ourselves anymore
… we’re playing to glorify God,” NDSU Linebacker Preston Evans said. Starting with roughly six players at the beginning of the year, the group has reached more than 20 who gather at the 50-yard line after each game to give a few minutes of thanks giving. At both home and away games, they meet in the middle to pray, even inviting players from other teams to join in. “It’s something we want to incorporate … giving thanks to God as much as we possibly can,” Evans said. The stereotypical football player is associated with girls and popularity, not a life of prayer. However, these players “do their own thing” as quarterback Brock Jensen puts it, and place their talents in perspective, not worrying about what other people may think of it. In the midst of a winning season where the Bison still hold the top spot in the conference, it may be most impressive that these players would take a break from celebration to take a knee in prayer. “A lot of the time it can be overlooked … it is just a game, it’s a game that we play to glorify God,” Jensen said. “It’s always a really great feeling to take a knee in the center of the field and give thanks for the opportunity to go out there as a team and play together.”
These football players’ focus on God isn’t reserved just for the game. “On the field you try to be as physical as you can, but off the field, it’s another thing,” defensive back Marcus Williams said. “When it comes to the Lord, you forget about everything.” These players see not only a need to give thanks, but also to open this experience up to others on campus. Evans noted that members of the group, including him, extend their witness of faith to the campus setting. This includes a bible study that incorporates football players and other students as well as hosting Christian-themed events throughout the school year. Football is a game of high contact and high nerves. It is also a game that stresses winning and success, but Jensen says that even in the event of a loss, as seen this past weekend, the team will meet in the middle and “do the right thing” by keeping in perspective what matters the most to them. The praying Bison have left stereotypes behind them and are maintaining a perspective that can’t help but be commended. For these players, this game has left “just being a game” and has become an expression of their gifts that they see as more than just their own.
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In just their fourth game of the season, the NDSU men’s basketball team found themselves on the bigstage hosting Green Bay, a game that was televised on regional Fox Sports channels in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The home opener wasn’t a disappointment either, going down to the final minutes. After a Mike Felt three with 1:40 remaining in the game, the Bison took a four-point lead and would put the game away from the free throw line, grinding out the 65-61 victory. “We’re excited that we won,” head coach Saul Phillips said after the win. “What the game lacked for in style points I think made up for it in intensity. I like the way our guys competed.” Felt led the way for North Dakota State with 17 points as he went 5-8 from behind the three-point line. I feel like I’m getting a lot more open looks,” Felt, who had his third straight game in double figures said. “Especially with the guards’ penetration, it definitely helps.” The Bison led most of the way but closing out the game seemed tough, as the young squad had two fouls and a turnover within the last minute of the game. “One’s a pass and catch with Dylan,” Phillips said of the turnovers and inability of closing out the game. “It’s not going to be flawless.” Marshall Bjorklund ended the game with a double-double for the Herd going for 11 points and 13 rebounds, six of them on the offensive side. Lawrence Alexander had 12 points and seven assists, including an alley-oop to TrayVonn Wright.. Green Bay had two players who led the way with 16 points in Alec Brown and Steve Baker. The Bison defense forced 18 Green Bay turnovers with their switching on defense throughout. The Bison open up the 2011-2012 season at 4-0 for the first time since 2001. The Herd will be off until next Tuesday as they will host Nebraska Omaha and Fresno State on Saturday of the same week at the Bison Sports Arena. Those games will start at 8:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. respectively.
Volleyball continued from page 10 will host the tournament as the second seed in the Summit, winning six of their last seven matches in the regular season. The Mastodons are led by freshman sensation Emily Spencer, averaging nearly four kills per set during the regular season. Junior Jessie Manwaring is the only other IPFW player averaging over two kills per set, averaging just over 2.6. IPFW opens with ORU Friday night, splitting the season
series during the regular season schedule. 1 Seed: North Dakota State The Bison will head to Fort Wayne as the top dogs in the league with a 23-8 (15-2 Summit) record during the regular season, closing their schedule out with eightstraight wins. Junior Brynn Joki leads the team with 3.12 kills per set. Megan Lambertson, Lauren Cammack and Chrissy Knuth are each over two kills per set with 2.8, 2.7 and 2.5 respec-
tively. Jennifer Lopez is averaging nearly 11 assists per set and is second on the team with 26 aces during the season. NDSU opens the tournament with a match against Oakland Friday night, a team they swept twice in the regular season. Saturday night will be the championship game, as the winner of both matches will match up for a shot at an automatic NCAA Tournament bid.
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