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Students to temporarily redesign Fargo Library entrances Matt Severns Spectrum Staff Next week, NDSU landscape architecture students will have an opportunity to see some of their designs come to life at the Fargo Public Library. This will be the fifth year that students have been given the chance to actualize their designs in the community, and though the theme is different, the practical reality of the experience remains the same. Stevie Famulari, assistant professor of the studio course that is having students temporarily redesign the library, says the project is rewarding and exciting. “It gives them an opportunity to really understand space by building it, and by going through contracts and construction documents and the media and working with the clients, it gets them closer to a real life opportunity,” Famulari said. The designs this year focus on communication between the library and its users because the facility will be undergoing a survey to assess its future very soon. Landscape architecture students Nathan Stottler and Bailey Krause were selected to be project managers, each heading a team of seven to eight students. Their designs, which are each unique interpretations of the central theme, will fuse together to create one long double-entry design. Stottler's design focuses on light and how it represents knowledge. He used prisms to work with the light metaphorically inside the library. “Part of the prism is light outside of the library and that represents knowledge, and the entrance to the library itself represents the seeking of knowledge, be-

cause you're going into the library,” Stottler said. “And then the library itself serves as the prism, so as the fabric enters into the library, it becomes colored fabric, and that represents the finding of the knowledge.” Starting from the west entrance, Krause's design is a take on Fargo's long history. Entering into the library, guests will be greeted by scents and sounds as they walk by tall grasses, charred wood, industrial tools, crops and tractors. The designs are fused together by a collection of podiums, to be used to encourage communication. “There'll be different podiums for different heights so we can get different age groups,” Krause said. To both Krause and Stottler, this project is a delicate balance of busyness and reward. “I really want to start my own firm, so this really helps me -- especially being project manager -- realize where people need an extra push or where I need to back off,” Krause said. “I think for everybody else, just the amount of work involved in it ... is sort of what is striking home for people,” Stottler said. The designs, titled “Exist. Observe. Compose” and “Avenues to Illumination,” will be featured at the Fargo Public Library Oct. 17-21. A reception will be held Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 3 5 p.m. to recognize and celebrate the project. Though the designs are only temporary, their educational effects will remain. “Normally when we design, it's just our design itself and different aspects of it and what you have to do, but actually dealing with real people instead of just imagined situations, it gets to be really intricate,” Stottler said.

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NDSU library additions approved Emma Heaton News Reporter


Two reserve requests were unanimously passed for new renovations in the NDSU library. A library coffeehouse and a graduate learning center will be integrated into the facility. Students displayed great interest in including a coffeehouse in the library according to surveys and interviews conducted by library staff, and the NDSU community can expect to see both of these projects incorporated in the library by spring semester. Work will begin on these projects as soon as pos-

sible. The reserve request passed with ease when brought forth by senators from student government. It received full recommendations from the finance committee. “We both knew that they were necessities and things that students really wanted,” student government’s Executive Commissioner of Public Relations Aimee Sugden said. Since the library does not have sufficient funds to supply the start up cost of the coffeehouse, student government will be covering the essential cost. Students will be able to buy reasonably priced coffee




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Cate Ekegren Co-News Editor The Wellness Education Leaders of NDSU (WELs) hosted the annual Wellness Fair in the Memorial Union Great Plains Ballroom Wednesday. Featured at the Wellness Fair were companies and organizations from all over the Fargo-Moorhead area and the NDSU campus. The Wellness Fair was “catered to every type of student,” Derek Gaffney, president of the Wellness Education Leaders said. “We especially want nonhealth majors, anybody unfamiliar with health and

wellness.” Stacey Holm, health educator at Student Health Services and adviser for the WELs, said the goal of the annual Wellness Fair is to “promote overall health and give [students] resources not only from NDSU but in the community.” The fair focused on the seven dimensions of wellness: physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, occupational and environmental. Booths featured everything from samples of healthy foods, gluten intolerance education, square dancing, free chair massages, financial wellness counseling, a very popular

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driving simulator, drunk goggles, free blood pressure testing, a rowing competition, United Blood Services blood drive and much more. Only NDSU students were allowed to attend the Wellness Fair. The students who visited at least one booth covering each of the seven dimensions of wellness were able to enter their name for a raffle. Prizes to be given out in that raffle include an iPod Touch, a bike, a Nook Color, a Nike GPS watch, iTunes gift cards and NDSU Bookstore gift cards. Representatives from United Blood Services said they had more than 22 Rylee Nelson/The Spectrum

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News Group hosts Respect Life Week Rylee Nelson Spectrum Staff The Collegians For Life organization will be hosting its annual Respect Life Week Oct. 17- 21. Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King Jr. is scheduled to speak on how abortion affects our society. She will be presenting Tuesday night. The feature of the week will be Tuesday night’s presentation by King entitled “How can the dream survive if we murder our children?� The presentation is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Great Plains Ballroom and will address pro-life issues. Focusing on political and societal problems, King will present on the harmful effects of abortion and its connection to the vision of Martin Luther King Jr. Collegians For Life Secretary Matthew Byers said the group is hoping that they can target a larger audience by inviting King to speak. “When people hear that Martin Luther King, Jr.’s niece is going to be here, her title is going to attract all people to come hear her pro-life message,� Byers said. King’s visit is a part of her North Dakota tour that includes visits to Dickinson and Bismarck as well as Fargo. The other main event scheduled for the week is a cutest baby picture contest running Monday and Tues-

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day. Both the submissions and the judging of the contest will be open to all students. Picture submissions of a baby under 2 years old will be accepted in the student activities office until the end of the day today and judging will take place Monday and Tuesday from 11 a.m. until noon in the Memorial Union. The winner will be announced at Tuesday night’s presentation. The Collegians for Life is a NDSU student organization that is dedicated to addressing life issues on campus and in the community. The organization promotes several events throughout the year, including the Genocide Awareness Project, which displays graphic pictures on campus comparing abortion to genocide. The group also promotes community events such as 40 Days for Life, a 40-day prayer vigil outside the Red River women's clinic and the First Choice Clinic’s “LifeWalk.� Byers hopes that this year’s Respect Life Week will expose more people to the Collegians For Life on campus. “This is a week to really promote the aspect of life on a college campus ... and show that there is a pro-life group on campus offering plenty of options,� Byers said. For more information, contact Collegians for Life on OrgSync.

Sentiments resounding on national and global stages will find place in FargoMoorhead on Saturday. The Occupy Wall Street movement, which has spawned to other cities and countries around the world, will find itself in downtown Fargo during an event called Occupy Fargo-Moorhead. Justin Vega, a senior in veterinary technology and an active member of the Occupy Fargo-Moorhead movement, describes his involvement in the event as coming from years of disappointment in and disapproval of the current political system. “When I started learning more and more about how

our system is working and how that is in contrast with the ideals that the justice system was founded on, I’ve become increasingly upset over the years,� Vega said. “When I found out about this movement, what the foundation of its ideals are, it was, well, right up my alley,� Vega continued. “It’s exactly what I’ve been waiting for.� While other movements around the country and the world have spun off of Occupy Wall Street’s fundamentals toward other facets of social injustice, Vega says Occupy Fargo-Moorhead will remain focused on corporate influence on the political system. He says that money, and the access to it, has become such an influence on how justice works that average

people are denied representation. “Legislation should reflect the needs and views of the people, not just of the wealthiest 1 percent of this country,� Vega said. Occupy Fargo-Moorhead exists as a movement rather than as an organization. Vega stresses the importance of the idea that the uprising has no leadership. He says that in the movement, everyone is considered a leader. The movement has not followed suit with other large cities in that they have not acquired any permits for their demonstration on Saturday. Instead, they plan on it falling short of an ongoing occupation, which would require city approval. Nonetheless, Vega is hopeful the protest will help bring an end to what he and

followers of the movement identify as corporate collusion. “This is our next civil rights movement. It’s happening right now,� Vega said. “This country was founded on people who protested the way we’re protesting, and all the major changes we’ve made in this country have come from people who were protesting the way we’re protesting.� Occupy Fargo-Moorhead will begin Saturday at noon at the U.S. Bank Plaza. However, since it is private property, Vega expresses concern that it may be moved to the Civic Center or surrounding sidewalks. “We have come so far because we stand up and fight as a unit, as one people, and it is important that we reproduce that,� Vega said.

Bronze bison to become campus landmark Brian Koenig Spectrum Staff The NDSU campus is getting a new landmark to greet prospective Bison, alumni and students. The donated bronze bison, featured in the homecoming parade, will soon be finding a home on the main campus. The idea originated when individuals from the community, including President Dean Brescani, spotted the bison at the Wholesale Sports liquidation sale. Jason Wohlman, associate executive director of the

NDSU Development Foundation, approached Jim and Sandra Roers of Roers Construction about funding the bison. The Roers purchased the bison and donated it to NDSU. Jim Roers often takes an active role on campus by being part of several committees and is an avid Bison supporter. “Everyone agreed that the best place for the bison was at NDSU,� Wohlman said. “It’s a wonderful addition to campus regarding Bison pride.� While discussions about the bison’s final resting place

are ongoing, Cam Knutson, student body president, is hoping a barren patch of grass in front of South Engineering Hall can be turned into a home for this distinctive and memorable campus landmark. Knutson explained one of his goals for campus is increasing Bison impact with more imagery. “We are hoping to collaborate and find funding for the surrounding landscape,� Knutson said. “It’s about making an impact.� With positive feedback after seeing the bison in the parade, there is still a lengthy process that will

delay the completion of the landmark. With the bison donated and the campus ready to display it, the wait will pay off when the bison is installed and finally on home turf. “The discussion is still ongoing,� Wohlman said. “The Roers have the bison in their possession until decisions are finalized.� The project currently has no timeline regarding the location and placement of the statue. Details are being worked out in order to fulfill the wishes of the donor and the NDSU campus.

Bison Bits: What do you think of the Occupy movement? It is noticeable but I don’t know how effective it is.

It is admirable but I don’t think it will do anything.

If they think its helpful... go for it.

They can occupy my lawn anytime.

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Jacob Markson Junior in Mechanical Engineering

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Week Without Violence promotes abuse and assault awareness Matt Severns Spectrum Staff Next week, the YWCA of Cass-Clay will be promoting a weeklong campaign aimed at raising awareness of sexual assault and domestic abuse. Because of its location in the F-M area, the surrounding college communities largely influence the YWCA’s operations, whether it is by volunteers or by college-aged victims needing support. Erin Prochnow, executive director of the YWCA of Cass-Clay, says that though the YWCA itself is a very tangible place, the campaign has very transcendent aims. “We just ask folks to

speak up, to volunteer, to give back if they’re able and to advocate and help us say, ‘enough,’ to violence in our community,” Prochnow said. The YWCA of Cass-Clay helped 1,353 women and children last year. This means that the facility has run at or over capacity 58 percent of the time. Helping to alleviate this problem is volunteerism and other support systems throughout the community. Prochnow works very closely with Greg Diehl, executive director of the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center, and Sarah Dodd, NDSU’s assistant director for sexual assault prevention programming. Together, they, with the help of student and commu-

nity volunteers, work to address the issues related to sexual and domestic abuse. Though the YWCA is the only organization formally recognizing next week as uniquely special in terms of awareness, both NDSU and the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center agree that advocacy is the best way to help out. “If we raise the awareness of it and get people all on the same page to say violence is not appropriate in any shape or form – nobody deserves to live in a violent situation – perhaps we can and will do something about it,” Diehl said. Diehl works with men and women alike to reach the ultimate goal: to end domestic violence and sexual abuse completely. He also works closely with NDSU and

Dodd to help college students, who are particularly vulnerable to these issues because of developing brains, drug and alcohol influences and social pressures. “If you brought the definition of domestic violence to include those that are in a relationship – you know, it’s emotional, psychological and physical – certainly a great percentage of college students are going to experience that,” Diehl said. This is where Dodd comes in. As assistant director for sexual assault prevention programming, her job is to connect students to the resources they need to get the help they are seeking. Again, for her, advocacy is absolutely essential. “The biggest thing that we

do is that when we talk with students, we talk about believing that person when they first come to you, because that first person that someone goes to has a huge impact on the victim’s ability to process what happened to them, to reach out to other people and get the resources they need,” Dodd said. Building this awareness is the central drive behind recognizing the Week Without Violence, though volunteerism and the lessons learned from the week carry on year-round. Ben Nicholas, a member of Theta Chi, a fraternity that dedicates many hours to the YWCA of Cass-Clay, says that though their involvement is limited due to the fact that the YWCA has

a focus on women, the work they can do with the organization is invaluable. “We care about women and we care about treating women respectfully, and it portrays a different image for us, if you see a fraternity guy at a battered women’s shelter,” Nicholas said. Volunteer opportunities are always available with the YWCA and the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center, but for those who don’t have time to give, just being aware is a way to help. “People are always saying, ‘well, what can I do?’ but the reality is, being aware and arming themselves with either some statistics or some facts or taking some action is a step in the right direction,” Prochnow said.

New Herd Club makes waves on campus Hannah Dillon News reporter The Herd Club is a new program that was put together by the Bison Ambassadors this fall. The club is centered around NDSU Athletics, but there are no athletic requirements to join. The Herd Club is like a fan club and was designed to let students better support their university, sports teams and general Bison pride. Sarah Schaaf, president of Bison Ambassadors, emphasizes this. “The program is designed to promote athletic events and foster a spirit of Bison pride throughout campus,” Schaaf said. It costs $20 to join the Herd Club, but the benefits far outweigh the costs. Upon

joining, members will receive a free Herd Club Tshirt and a Herd Club wristband as well as a chance to win cash prizes at NDSU sports games. There are other benefits, too, that are still to be decided. If you wear your Herd Club shirt to a game, you have a chance of winning more prizes, such as free popcorn vouchers or two front-row 40-yard-line seat tickets to an NDSU football game. The $20 subscription lasts for one year, and students can easily renew their membership. All benefits will last for the entire year, so students can take advantage of them whenever a Bison sports game comes around, no matter what season. The Herd Club will be having informational booths in the Memorial Union this

week to promote both the club and the trip to the upcoming game against SDSU. At these booths, students can sign up to be a Herd Club member, and current members can sign up for the bus trip to SDSU. The Herd Club will be taking 94 members to this weekend’s football game in Brookings, S.D. If students can’t make it to the Union to sign up for the Herd Club, there will also be a sign-up sheet at the Alumni Center for the SDSU bus trip. The NDSU Alumni Center is located on University Drive just east of Ceres Hall. The Herd Club is great for students who want to get involved, meet new people and support their university sports teams. “Membership allows students the opportunity to get

On belay! Fall Crawl Climbing Competition coming soon NDSU to host fall climbing competition Ashley Fremder News reporter Each fall, the NDSU rock wall, located in the Wallman Wellness Center, hosts a climbing competition that draws people from the Fargo-Moorhead area, the Twin Cities, North Dakota and Minnesota. This year’s Fall Crawl Climbing Competition will held at the Wallman Wellness Center on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 11:00 a.m. More than 40 participants are expected to compete in their appropriate categories: novice, intermediate or advanced. “It’s really exciting to see people come to compete from different areas of North Dakota and Minnesota,” NDSU climbing wall staff member Marie Kastella said. Kastella, a fifth-year stu-

dent majoring in zoology, has been working at the climbing wall for the past three years. “The beginning of the year is always neat because there are so many people that are interested in learning to rock climb,” Kastella said. With three different categories of difficulty, the event aims to be a fun and exciting challenge for all involved. Students all over campus are getting excited for the event. Emily Imdieke, a junior majoring in mechanical engineering, shared her thoughts on the competition. “I really got into climbing late last fall and I’m kind of scared to climb in front of people, but I’m really excited to challenge myself in a new way,” Imdieke said. The challenge of climbing is a major lure for many avid climbers. Standing at

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Wellness continued from page 1 people donate blood during the five hours the Wellness Fair was held. More than 15 of those were walk-in appointments, which Andrea Kaspari of United Blood Services said was “great to see.” There are currently 15 Wellness Education Leaders, all of whom had to go through a rigorous application process at the beginning of the year before being se-

lected for the organization. According to Holm, the WELs not only work at the Wallman Wellness Center, but they also gain professional work experience, plan fundraising activities and promote wellness across campus with presentations and serving as peer educators. Other Wellness Education programs the WELs and Wallman Wellness Center

staff focus on are the monthly “On A Roll” educational flyers, the intense “Healthy U” lifestyle program for students who have been diagnosed overweight or obese, the Get Yourself Tested (GYT) Campaign, the Tobacco Cessation Program and the Brown Bag Seminar series of educational presentations.

Library continued from page 1 Story continued on page 3 in the convenient location. This production is not intended to turn a profit; it will be completely self-sustaining. “During winter finals week, you don’t have to walk all the way to the Loaf ‘n’ Jug to get coffee; you can just get something right here,” Sugden said. The total cost of this project will amount to $14,595 including the furniture, facility modifications, coffee vending machine and appropriate marketing. The cost for these areas is broken down into $10,249, $2,043, $1,706 and $600, respectively. Second, a reserve request was approved to fund a graduate learning center that will also be located in the library. Graduate students at NDSU play a big role in ongoing research activities, and many students expressed interest in this as well.

This space will be used for graduate students to discuss and exchange ideas regarding research, collaborative research of both graduate and undergraduate students, thesis discussions and feedback, job searching and also networking opportunities. The graduate learning center will be used primarily by graduate students, but is also available for undergraduate use. Undergraduate students will be able to use the space as an open forum to ask questions for their prospective graduate studies. The student activity fee paid by graduate students does not benefit as many programs specifically for graduate students, which is why the funding for this project will come from their activity fees. The cost of the graduate learning center totals $9,764. The cost of furniture accounts for $6,027 of this budget, $3,137 is credited to

media and another $600 to marketing the project. Michelle Reid, dean of libraries, and Laura Rizzo, who is also involved with the library, were a big help in the passing of this request. Reid presented at both meetings for the project, and they will be working with student government on the marketing of the graduate learning center. Students involved in the passing of this bill include several senators of student government: Ian Godfrey, David Vining, Zachary Peterson, Sarah Kuntz, Stanley Kweicien, Walter Lanza, Kevin Walsh, Debjyoti Dwivedy, Nathan Todd and Trista Manikowske. For more information on the new library coffeehouse and graduate learning center, contact Aimee Sugden in the Memorial Union’s student government office or by email at edu.

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Next month awaits one of the most anticipated music award shows of the year: the American Music Awards (AMAs). Here’s the scoop on whose songs made the cut and what artists will go head-to-head competing for the top titles. “Rumor Has It” the “Hometown Glory” girl will take it all With the most nominations for the 38th annual AMA’s, Adele is up for Favorite Female Pop/Rock Artist, Favorite Pop/Rock Album, Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist and Artist of the Year. After breaking into the music industry at a relatively young age, this British pop sensation is expected to not only win all the categories she was nominated in, but also beat out the “Mother Monster” herself, Lady Gaga. Will the Lady “Monster” be crowned and be on the “Edge of Glory” or will she be left “Speechless?” Lady Gaga is up for Artist of the Year, Favorite Female Pop/Rock Artist and Favorite Pop/Rock Album. Mostly known for her contagious hits, will Gaga be able to sweep all the categories again this year? She definitely has a chance, but it won’t be easy with the rest of her competition. “Fearless” country sensation may have “The Best Day” In the past, Taylor Swift has swept many of the titles she has been nominated for, and with her catchy tunes this year may not be any different. Up for Artist of the Year, Favorite Female Country Artist and Favorite Country Album, it’s possible that this young artist will win her deserved titles. Will the “On Fire” rapper “Knockout” his contenders? With three nominations, Lil’ Wayne is up for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist, Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album and Artist of the Year. Being the only male nomination for Artist of the Year, he might just have to fight a bit harder to beat his competitors. But Lil’ Wayne’s golden Midas touch makes his collaborations top hits on the billboard charts, and now it might be enough to get him the title he has been waiting for. The “California Gurl” may just get her “Teenage Dream” Also up for Artist of the Year, Katy Perry is nominated for Favorite Female Pop/Rock Artist and Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist. Yet to win an AMA, her 2011 MTV Video of the Year win certainly opens the opportunity for a step closer to getting her first AMA, but will it be good enough to beat out both powerhouses, Adele and Lady Gaga? And will she have the chance to be the winning contender against Lil’ Wayne and Taylor Swift? The 2011 AMA’s will broadcast live on Nov. 20, on ABC at 7 p.m. Other nominees include Justin Bieber (Favorite Male Pop/Rock Artist), Jennifer Lopez (Favorite Latin Artist) and Wiz Khalifa (Favorite New Artist of the Year). For the full 2011 AMA’s nominee list visit

Professor profile: Kevin Thompson James Jonson Contributing Writer Criminology. When people hear that word, many right away think of police work and crime scene investigations. TV shows like “CSI” and “Law & Order” may come to mind, but those kinds of jobs are only the tip of the iceberg. NDSU’s department head of criminal justice and political science, Kevin Thompson, can attest to that. Aside from being a professor of criminal justice, he participates in and spearheads numerous research projects and studies on topics such as the effectiveness of juvenile detention and the impacts of child maltreatment on adolescent behavior. One of his primary projects over the last six years has been on the effects of high-risk drinking among college students. But how did Thompson get here? The son of a teacher and a bricklayer, Thompson discovered as a junior in high school that he had a great interest in teaching and learning. He also had a profound interest in things such as problem behavior, juvenile delinquency, and the cause and prevention of substance abuse. Thompson had his “eureka” moment when he took a research methods course. “I had the interest in teaching and the interest in criminology. That class gave me the tools I needed to combine those two interests into

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Professor Kevin Thompson is the head of both the criminal justice and political science departments. Thomposon enjoys the ability to work with students and their future career goals.

the career I have today,” he said. He went on to graduate with a B.S. in sociology at the University of MinnesotaDuluth in 1978. He then attended the University of North Dakota and earned his M.S. of sociology in 1982. Later, he earned a Ph.D. of sociology at the University of Arizona in 1986. Thompson got his first teaching job as an assistant professor at the University of Texas in Dallas. He found that the job was bittersweet for him. “I loved the job, but I hated living in Texas,”

Thompson admitted. Being a native of Duluth, Minn., Thompson decided to move back to the Midwest in search of the sense of what he says is the “value of school, family, and community that I had grown up in, but had not found in Dallas.” It was then, in 1989, that he found himself at NDSU as a professor of criminology. During his time at NDSU, Thompson has noticed a recurring theme year after year. With every new class of incoming freshmen, he notices that they are full of energy and excited to be ar-

riving at a new stage of their life with the whole world in front of them. He said, “I find great joy and excitement in the chance I, and all the other staff and faculty at NDSU, have to help craft and motivate these young people in their search for their careers and the beginnings of those careers.” Aside from his time spent teaching classes and working on research projects, Thompson has written and published numerous journals and articles about his research. His work has been published in sources such as “The Journal of Interper-

sonal Violence,” “The Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry” and “The Journal of Sociology, Social Problems, Deviant Behavior, Criminal Justice & Behavior, Child Abuse & Neglect.” He also serves on several boards and task forces around the Fargo-Moorhead area that deal with issues related to at-risk youth and the topics that he researches. On campus, he is the Criminal Justice Club adviser. Thompson is driven by “new research puzzles” and Story continued on page 7

National Apple Month has arrived Apples bring great benefits for your health Apples help build your immune system.

Jessie Battest Contributing Writer In the race to the top of the “best fruit” charts, apples rank second in the category of fruit most widely consumed by Americans, following oranges. Along with my effort to convince all of you to start regularly eating apples, I am hoping that the efforts made by National Apple Month will help a little, too. Apples have abundant amounts of health benefits, and the objective is to educate you on a number of these benefits so that you can be motivated to include apples in your daily diet. National Apple Month is

all about increasing consumer awareness and overall sales of apples throughout the year. In October, awards are given to the retailer who has the best store display involving apples, and also to the foodservice provider who used the most apple products in their menu over the course of the year. This relentless desire to advocate for apples exists because, hang on, here’s the shocker: They are healthy for you! Research by Razena Patil, an organic farmer and former chemistry professor in India, reveals a few of the many reasons why apples are so nutritious and essential to your health.

According to his article “Health Benefits of Apple,” vitamins and nutrients in natural fruit juice, such as that of apples, help to build up your immune system, improving your likelihood of blocking out unwanted illness and infection. Apples are also given to cancer patients on a regular basis so that they will have extra strength to rid their bodies of infectious microorganisms. Apples add energy and intensity to your overall strength. If you are feeling weak, recovering from a cold or needing to rejuvenate after a rough night, a difficult test or a stressful day at work, eat an apple!

Apples are also heart-healthy. Cholesterol-lowering foods seem to be “the new thing,” and apples are a tasty way to lower cholesterol.

Apples can help your eyesight. It is believed that apples make your eyesight better and help to keep those particular organs strong and healthy. Due to the massive array of apple brands sold in stores all across the United States (there are 100 varieties sold, to be exact), you have plenty of choices to feast those healthy eyes on.

Apples aid digestion. To you peelers: don’t do it. Two-thirds of the fiber and antioxidants in an apple are found in its skin, along with almost half of the apple’s Vitamin C. Because they are full of fiber, apples help immensely with digestion.

Apples assist with your body’s dental care. Apples feature antiviral mechanisms that give your teeth and gums a decent cleaning. Please, however, continue to brush your teeth, even though apples will also help in carrying out toothpaste’s bacteria-fighting job by doing things like preventing cavities.

Apples are here to help us, not harm us. They understand that oranges are wonderful for our health as well, but all they’re asking is for a little “r-e-s-p-e-c-t.” Find out what it means to you to have apples in your diet. While they longingly sing Cheap Trick’s “I Want You To Want Me” to you from their place on the store shelf, keep in mind that all they want is to win your heart, and protect it too. However you like them — juice, sauce, cider, or sliced — apples can be enjoyed, not only in celebration of the industry during their honorary month, but in celebration of the substantial nutrition they give to your body throughout the rest of your life.

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Events happening on and off DJ Favard’s Underground Fridays campus this weekend Artist of the week: Bonobo Vincent Favard Contributing Writer Every Friday, DJ Vincent Favard will be introducing an upcoming underground electronic artist to NDSU students. After DJing and producing music for seven years in Europe, he now moved to NDSU to study education. He is the electronic music reference of the Fargo-Moorhead 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. Last weekend, Minneapolis hosted a concert of the legendary Pretty Lights. One of the openers, Bonobo, was yet still unknown to an important part of the crowd. This is why I have decided to introduce this amazing artist to NDSU students. In this week’s Underground Friday I will present Simon Green’s (aka Bonobo) fourth album, “Black Sands.� In contrast to the artist’s first three CDs, which constituted mainly of assembled samples, this album proves Green’s capacity to realize a self-instrumented installment. He also chose Andreya Triana to interpret three of the vocal tracks,

possibly trying not to focus the attention on a more popular lead singer. Away from the mainstream electro scene, Bonobo succeeds at making an “easy to access� but still underground trip hop/downtempo album. According to Paul Clarke, BBC, even though this LP sounds similar to artists of the same kind of music, the album is a reference in the genre. It is in fact the beautiful result of a work away from publicity and pressure. Green chooses the path of an artist, tending to stay away from demanding producers and publicity, therefore making the CD’s success even greater, standing alone as proof of quality. Although the LP is bass oriented, giving it a “dark� sense, we notice the presence of high-pitched violins in his tracks, their treble sound offering the idea of “brightness.� The title of the main track, “Kiara,� possibly explains Green’s intention to illustrate this contrast in music, the word having two different meanings in two different languages: “Little dark one� in Gaelic and “Brightness� in Italian. As Estella Hung suggests, the power of “Kong,� “El Toro� and “Animals,� (the third, fifth and eleventh songs of the album) is to offer a large and complete layout of instruments playing together without sounding disorganized. The instrumentals give “Kong�

an entity by maybe comparing it to “King Kong.� With “Kong,� Green personifies the strengths of multiple instruments used into a powerful animal. Triana discretely appears in the fourth track, “Eyesdown.� Her soft and peaceful voice makes her appearance very natural and smooth to the ear of the listener. The same feeling comes out of two other songs, “The Keeper� and “Stay The Same.� Whereas other artists use guest singers to give energy to their music, in this album Andreya more assumes the role of an instrument in harmony with the other instrumentals, rather than the role of a guest singer; she manages to keep the attention on the work done in the background by Bonobo. In 10 years, Bonobo evolved at his own speed from the status of sampler DJ to trip-hop master. Green succeeded at creating an album that he fully instrumented, with the help of Triana’s vocal chords, a yetto-discover singer that assumed her role to perfection. The success of this CD relays the artist’s intense work, and the lack of massive publicity behind this installment proves that Simon Green cannot be anything less than a self-made artist.

Nick Proulx A&E Editor NDSU’s Little Country Theatre is debuting their latest production the weekend: “The Wild Party.� It is a provocative, scandalous musical about a party in Manhattan that quickly gets out of control. Despite having a story set in the roaring twenties, director Hardy Koenig describes the play as very modern-contemporary and hard hitting. Theatre students even had an opportunity to work firsthand with the playwright last year, while composer Andrew Lippa was NDSU’s theatre artist in residence this past spring. Koenig calls the play difficult and one not often performed in this area, claiming you shouldn’t miss this chance to see it. “The Wild Party� runs Oct. 13-15 and 2023 in Askanase Auditorium, with show times at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for senior citizens, NDSU faculty, staff, alumni and non-NDSU students, and $8 for NDSU students. The Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra begins its 80th season this weekend with a concert titled “Bernie’s Fond Farewell,� as they prepare to part ways with conductor Bernard Rubenstein. The concert features dramatic music from Ludwig van

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Last month, in a blog post emailed to all current Netflix members, Reed Hastings decided to split streaming and DVD options because, “We need to let each grow and operate independently.� This might have been a good idea in theory, but users were against the move, mainly because both websites would not be integrated, which basically meant you would have to maintain credit card and email information on two separate sites. Also, rating movies on one site would not show up on the other. This would have been annoying, because rating movies is an important tool when it comes to the sites suggestions of movies you may enjoy based on what you have previously rated. Users would have also had to check two separate websites to find out if a certain movie or show was currently streaming, or had to be rented. One thing about the switch was intriguing though: In the original blog post, Hastings talked about video games. “One improvement we will make at launch is to

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Features Feminism: The F-word Celebrate Coming Out week Carissa Suter Contributing Writerz Oct. 11 marked the 13th annual Coming Out Day, and this week NDSU is celebrating Coming Out Week. This is a time when the LGBT community and allies celebrate diversity and acceptance. My guess is that this week means something different to everybody. As a feminist, I consider myself a strong ally to the LGBT community. My fight for equality is one for all oppressed people and groups. I have always been adamant about supporting the LGBT community. For those Bison who think that this week is an inclusive celebration limited to those who have experienced the coming out process, they are wrong. This week’s celebration is one of solidarity. Together we celebrate the LGBT people who have been an active voice in our own community, we celebrate the voices that have resulted in both political and social change and we celebrate NDSU for being an institution of diversity and acceptance. Now I know that this week NDSU students are asking themselves “How can I take an active role in the celebration of Coming Out Week at NDSU?” and I have the perfect answer. Go to a football game. You can watch the 5-0, undefeated Bison play Missouri State on Saturday while celebrating Coming Out Week. This is a challenge. The reason that we need to organize this challenge is because for years there have been Bison student football fans who have not exhibited Bison pride at home games. I’m sure most people are aware of the fact that there is a wildly homophobic and

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pejorative chant that gets tossed around at games. This chant is in reference to a player on the opposite team who is wearing a jersey number two. Not only does this chant reflect negatively on NDSU by making us look homophobic and extremely closed-minded, but also it makes us look so stupid. It’s an unoriginal chant and I’ve heard it at games where the other team doesn’t even have a player with a number two jersey on the roster. I’ve heard people ask questions like: Is that directed at the Bison? Whose number two? Where did this chant originate? Are they really saying that? Don’t get me wrong, I love a good, loud chant. Chants like “move those chains,” “first down” and even replacing “home of the brave” with “home of the Bison,” while rude to the musician, still motivate fans and players alike. These chants make us feel connected and proud to be NDSU students. This is why this pejorative chant needs to go. It doesn’t make us feel connected, it is offensive and homophobic, and it doesn’t reflect the values of NDSU. I’ve approached these offensive chanters at games in the past and told them that what they are saying is not okay. At times I’ve responded high-spirited to say the least but I do so because the LGBT community and NDSU deserve better than to be trampled on by unoriginal and offensive chants. At Saturday’s game I will be sitting with the Gay Straight Alliance to rally together and celebrate the week and combat these chants if they begin. It would reflect phenomenally on NDSU if many students joined us in this celebration.


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Honest Truth Dear Bison Pack, I really have a crush on this guy I have class with. During class I will talk to him and I get a good vibe that he thinks I’m a cool girl. I’ve tried so many things to kind of give him the hint that I’m interested in him, but I think he still doesn’t get it. I’ve tried inviting him to events with friends and he never budges, and I feel that if I ask him out on an actual date, he will reject me. I mean, do guys even like it when girls take the first step? Plus I haven’t really known him for a long time, but there is something about him that catches my attention, and I’d really like to get to know him more. Is there a low-key way of finding out if he is interested without actually telling him how I feel and being so obvious? Is there a way of him viewing me as more than just that “girl from class?” Please give me some advice! Sincerely, Crushin’ Dear Crushin’, There’s never an easy way to tell someone how you feel without having the fear of not getting the desired result, but there are some things that you can try that can help your fear. The next time you go to class, keep to yourself. As a guy, I can say that sometimes we don’t realize what’s happening in front of us. So not initiating conversation could be an easy way to figure out if he’s interested. If he goes out of his way to talk to you then you know he probably is feeling the same way. Even though you haven’t gotten him to go to any social events with you don’t give up. Here’s the easiest way to get him to hang out with you: Figure out his class schedule through conversation, and see when he has lunch. Guys never like to eat alone, so inviting him to lunch in the Union could be a great way to get an unofficial date. Most importantly, don’t budge. If you get the vibe that he thinks you’re cool, eventually he’ll give you a shot. - Bison Zen Master

Bison Life: I work at the bookstore Andrew Koch Staff Writer Brenna Adams, an employee of the NDSU bookstore, is a fun-loving and hardworking individual who always strives to do her best at everything she does, while taking the time to assist others.


“I work as a cashier, I help students locate textbooks, I work in the clothing area and the arts and crafts section.” -- Brenna Adams

Adams, a junior majoring in anthropology, has been working at the bookstore for three years. Some people would lose satisfaction working at the same place for three years, but she looks at it differently. Adams gave a few good reasons on why she has been working at the bookstore for so long. “The job is on campus, and plus I save tons of money by not having to drive to work everyday,” Adams said. Saving money on gas and having a job on campus are two valid reasons why anybody would stay at a job for so long, but in most cases you need to be working with amazing people who make the job fun and exciting. Adams also had some positive things to say about the staff at the bookstore. “The people who work here are awesome. If it were not for my co-workers being nice, this job would not be as

First of all, speaking as a member of the male persuasion, I will admit that we are pretty ignorant to the potential woes of the opposite sex. So don’t take his apparent act of ignoring your flirts personally; he was probably thinking about football or something. Now as far as what you should do in the future: Be yourself but be bold. We are in college; you should be able to go up to him and ask to grab a cup of coffee, even if it is just to “study.” In order for anything to progress, he has to know you exist, so let him know that there is more to you then just another girl in class. If that doesn’t work, then find out what he likes to do and find something you have in common. A guy really enjoys being his desire to “improve proable to share his favorite activities with someone who likes grams on and off campus them as well and won’t try and take him away from the and to prevent the problems things he loves. The sooner that you can show him that you [he] researches.” He hopes are that girl, the sooner he can find interest in you. that through his efforts as a teacher and adviser he can - Bison Burger help students to leave their Bill Shakespeare once wrote, “Brevity is the soul of wit.” respective NDSU programs He should have written, “Brevity is the soul of man.” In with strong leadership, comshort, just get to the point with this guy, because we’re all a munication, critical thinking bit dumb when it comes to this obvious stuff. It’s more than and problem solving skills. understandable not wanting to stick your neck out too far, He hopes that graduating but just be blunt from now on; this specimen clearly isn’t students, some time down the road, will find reason to as well versed in chivalry as other potential Romeos. That being said, don’t move too far too fast until you look back and thank their know he’ll chomp at the bait. As you are already aware, you professors at NDSU for givare the girl in class. If things don’t work, it can be awkward ing them the tools and skills for the rest of the semester (if not longer). Give him a bit to succeed in life. “Just a few days ago, I got more and see what he does with it, as it is probably an indian email from a student who cation where he wants things to go. If he comes to you for graduated 10 or 11 years more, reel him in; if not, double your efforts elsewhere. It’s ago,” Thompson said. “In pretty obvious when a guy likes a girl, so if he still seems the email he thanked me for distant, he’s not worth pursuing further. teaching him and helping him develop the tools and - Bison 1997 skills he needed in his career.” Thompson says he feels that his greatest achievements in life come when he can make a change. “Any times I can find a way to have my research make a difference and have an impact in helping provide answers and guidance to the questions I face in research,” he said. When he is not teaching or researching, Thompson enjoys staying physically acOFFICE & SALES STAFF NEEDED tive. He plays hockey in the TO ASSIST IN SETTING UP & winter and golf in the spring, PROMOTING OUR LOCAL ENTERTAINMENT & as well as doing some weight training and running. CORPORATE BUSINESS EVENTS. “Staying physically active, in my mind, is really very important in any academia,” he stated. When asked if he had any advice for students at NDSU, Thompson had plenty to FUN WORK & EASY $ & LEARN A NEW BUSINESS!!! provide for any and all students, both new and graduCALL LYNN NOW @ (701) 282-8333 ating.

great,” Adams said. Working at the bookstore is not an easy job. The job enables you to do a lot of things. Adams said she has “moved up the ladder at the bookstore” and can now say that she “can do it all.” She explained a little bit about what she does at the bookstore. “In essence, I really do everything that you could here. I work as a cashier, I help students locate textbooks, I work in the clothing area and the arts and crafts section,” she said. Adams says her ability to do everything at her job impacts the students at NDSU in a positive way. She is able to help students find things, and she can explain things that they may be unsure about. “I am here to help students with anything that they need,” Adams shared. “Not only me, but everyone who works here can help.” Working at the bookstore has also positively impacted Adams’ experiences at NDSU. She said working at the bookstore has helped her know where everything on campus is located. “Three years working at the bookstore and you know where every building on campus is, and you know all the buzz going on around campus,” Adams said. “You also get to know lots of people while working here. Adams shared that the bookstore also offers its workers some job perks. “We obtain points by selling things, and helping students find things,” she said. “A certain number of points can get you a free gift card at the bookstore.” During the interview, Adams self admittedly described herself as “fun-loving.” There are many bright, young people who work at and attend school at NDSU, and she certainly can be categorized as one.

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For the new students, he feels that they should start thinking about their career sooner rather than later. He offered that, “Students should really get involved on campus right away and start building leadership skills.” For graduating students he offered up this advice: “Find some way to give back to NDSU and your professors. Even if it is just an email or a thank-you card 10 years down the road, as professors we really do appreciate those kinds of things.” But perhaps his most important advice goes for everyone. “Do anything you can to avoid harmful behaviors, like high-risk drinking. Not only does it put you in immediate and physical danger, but it can put your future and your career at risk as well,” Thompson said. “For example, if an employer has two students who look the same on paper, they will go with the student that has a clean record. Even minor violations can make it a lot harder than it needs to be to find a job after graduating.” Whether it is in his career in the classroom, his work on research projects and surveys, the journal articles he writes or his talking to students, everything professor Thompson does revolves around one main goal. He wants to find ways to solve the problems that plague today’s youth, ranging from behavior and violence to substance abuse. He wants to find out why these things can remain so prevalent and help make it so these problems stop causing pain and suffering.

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Jaime Jarmin Opinion Editor There is a saying that pregnancy is like running a marathon, but for Amber Miller of Chicago this is especially true. On Sunday, Miller completed the Chicago Marathon with a time of 6:25:50. Even though this was already feat, she was almost 39 weeks pregnant the day of the race. Moments after Miller crossed the finish line was when she began to feel contractions. Only a few hours after feeling the contractions Miller gave birth to a healthy baby girl named June. Publications, such as The Forum at have been criticizing Miller saying, “Parenthood is all about making sacrifices, and holding off until next year’s marathon probably would have been a wise decision for Miller to make.” But, before you begin to judge her about how selfish and crazy she must be, try to consider that she may be onto something that other pregnant women only wish they could do: Speed up the birthing process. Every pregnant woman I have encountered during her last few weeks of pregnancy is miserable and wishes the baby would hurry up and pop out already. So, when women like Miller are able to complete a full marathon and then within hours deliver their child, good for them. I’m assuming that most of you reading this have not completed a full marathon, but for those of you who have, I sincerely congratulate you. The closest I came to running a marathon was running a 6.2-mile leg of the marathon relay with three other people, and it was enjoyable but definitely not easy. I can’t possibly imagine what it would be like to run 26.2 miles with a baby bouncing around in my womb. Apparently Miller’s doctor gave her permission to run the first 13.1 miles and then walk the remaining 13.1 miles. “For me, it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary. I was running up until that point anyway,” Miller said to The Associated Press. “I am crazy about running.” If I were pregnant and running, it would only be because I was in need of a bathroom. You may be thinking that Miller was going to regret this decision afterward, but this wasn’t the first marathon she had run while pregnant. She had previously run not only one, but two marathons while pregnant. In case you are wondering, her other two children are also doing well and healthy. I’m not a doctor, but I do know that exercising while pregnant can be healthy for most mothers; that being said, pregnant mothers like Miller are onto something. If they are able to complete not only one, but three full marathons while pregnant, more power to them. And if, by chance, the mother happens to deliver the child only hours after completing the race, even more power to her.

Now I’m not sure about you, but I hate thinking that there are people living scared in this country. America is supposed to be the land of the free and a land of new opportunity, and yet we have managed to strike the fear so productively into the hearts of immigrants that they consider signing away their children or even going back to their land of brutally murderous drug cartels because they’re scared of our government. One of the saddest parts of the article to me was what happens to the children who were born in America to illegal parents, but are legal citizens. The article tells a story of Maria Patino and her husband who are illegal immigrants but have two young children who are American citizens. If the Patinos are caught, they have no friends or relatives to take the children, so they will more than likely be thrown into foster care. Some children who are old enough will simply be left to care for themselves, according to the article. I think that this is simply atrocious. I feel our government should be doing more to help these children. I also feel that we should be doing more to help the immigrants. Many of them are too poor to obtain a visa but desperately want a better life for themselves and their families. Instead of throwing them straight out of the country we should help them become citizens. America shouldn’t make anyone feel unwanted.

Imagine being a 15-yearold who has spent his or her entire life in the United States, minus the first few months after being born in Mexico, and living every day in the constant fear that you will be caught and sent back to a country you don’t know. Well, according to an article distributed on Sunday by the Associated Press, this is exactly how Jose Perez from Ala. spends every day: under the constant worry that he or his parents will be deported to Mexico since they are technically illegal immigrants. Though they have spent 15 years here, the fear of incarceration or deportation is very present in the lives of the Perez family, as well as many other families in Alabama. Alabama legislators recently passed a bill that has intensified the crackdown on illegal immigrants in the state. I understand the government is trying to save jobs for the Americans during these tough economic times, or whatever reason they use, but I feel that this new law is sending all the wrong messages. This law is forcing many illegal couples and parents to sign documents that give friends or family or even acquaintances such as bosses Amanda is a sophomore or neighbors, legal custody of their children if they are majoring in public relations and advertising. caught.

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Well, last time I checked, we should have some high powered lawyers on our own side that should be able to back us up; that is why we pay our taxes. If they can sue us, why can’t we defend ourselves? Another problem we are bound to run into is the federal government, who as we know has no money, not wanting to bail us out every time we have a flood. State and federal governments are paying billions of dollars to fix roads, move schools and build dikes around Devils Lake and in communities downstream such as Valley City, Lisbon and Kindred. These communities want the high water to magically disappear with the flick of a wand rather than forcing the water downstream the Sheyenne River. So where do we go from here? North Dakota’s next legislative assembly is set for Nov. 7. State officials will be talking about the catastrophic problems with Devils Lake, and hopefully they come up with a cure to the situation on hand. It is their duty as political figures to take care of their constituents and collectively find a solution. Our state has billions of dollars saved up from the oil industry, so I don’t see why they can’t use that money for infrastructure and flood mitigation in Devils Lake. We need to fix the problem while we actually have money in the bank. It is Devils Lake that should be a bigger concern to North Dakotans rather than a Red River diversion.

Last week’s windy weather brought ocean-like white caps to area lakes causing some damage to roadways and dikes. One lake in particular that caused some significant structural damage is Devils Lake. This makes me wonder: When will we figure out as a state that we need to fix the rising water problem in Devils Lake? This has been an issue in our state since the water started to rise in 1993. In the past few years, we have dealt with tragic flooding that is in part due to Devils Lake. On June 27, 2011 the lake hit a record height of 1,454.4 feet as stated by the State Water Commission. This does not bode well for us in the Red River Valley, unless we are all willing to get house boats and become expert fishermen. The State Water Commission is in the process of constructing three water outlets from the lake that all flow into the Tolna Coulee and then into the Sheyenne River. The two main outlets let out water at 600 cubic feet per second, which barely scratches the surface. The other outlet is a gravity flow outlet that only lets water out if the lake reaches 1,452 feet above sea level. However, communities downstream do not want this water, so where do we send it? North Dakota, for some odd reason, is afraid of neighboring Minnesota and Canada, who threaten to sue Jaime is a sophomore ma- our state if we let the water Lukas is a junior majoring joring in English education. flow into the Red River. in political science.

other adults and children. You will be the parent, not the friend. As the parent, you are allowed to tell your child, “No.” Stick to your guns. If you do tell them no and then give in anyway, that word will mean nothing, and they will walk all over you. You do not need to completely and totally control and dominate your children to make them listen. Children actually like boundaries. Break your own rules, and they will not know where they stand with you. Plus, when you give them anything and everything they want without earning it, they will start to expect it, not only from you, but from others too. When they do not have to work for anything, they will believe that they do not have to earn it, but that it is their right. When they start holding out their hand for everything, I am pretty sure you are not going to like it. When you give it to them and they do not even appreciate it, you will start to feel disrespected. Parenting is not mean. It is called being an adult. You are going to be a role model for someone. They will look up to you, try to do the things you do, and idolize you. You, as their parent, will be their heroes. So why not teach them to do the right thing? Set a good example for them because they will watch everything you do, and most likely will want to be just like you. Kristen is a sophomore majoring in journalism.

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Imagine four little kids running around breaking things in a store screaming at the top of their lungs. Annoying, right? Oh, and there is mom and dad, not paying one bit of attention. I bet you just had a mental cringe. We have all seen this type of behavior and can bring a certain incident to mind. Some people do not even want to go out anymore, and restaurants have to put signs up to remind parents to actually pay attention to their kids. The only question now is why? One simple reason: parents. Parents of today seem to not know how, or just do not want to parent anymore. What I want to know is how we got so lost in being able to communicate and relate with children. We now need television shows that teach us how to raise our kids like “SuperNanny.” We should not even need to have TV shows like that. If you will not be able to talk to your kids and have them listen, how will they survive the world? It all starts from a young age. There is no catching up once the damage is done. So, how can we avoid this in future generations? First, when you become a mom or dad, do not be the parent who just ignores their children while they are wreaking havoc, as that only makes it worse. If the child does not know that what

they are doing is wrong, how will they ever learn how to act in public? Another thing is try to avoid buying them the toy or candy bar that they are screaming for, just to shut them up. Doing so teaches them that screaming is the correct way to get what they want. Then they will keep acting up because they found out they can. Guess what future parents: You just got played. Reward them for good behavior instead of bad. Also, screaming at your children or pulling them by the arm is not a good teaching technique. You are allowed to communicate with your child—they probably understand more than you give them credit for. You do not have to baby them and you do not have to speak over their heads. Just talk to them and they will get the message. Second, your job will not only be to grow their bodies and send them out of the house in 18 years. It will be your job to help them grow in intelligence, values, beliefs, morals and everything else valuable in life. How you teach them matters. What they learn from you – and they will learn from you – they implement into their own lives every day. Think about your parents and how you still do some of the things they taught you. How your kids will treat you is also an indicator of how they will treat others. If they are disrespectful to you, they definitely will be disrespectful to their teachers and

Contributing Writer I’m living in a sport fan’s fantasy. With the heart of the football season arriving, baseball’s post season heating up with every pitch and the start of the hockey season this past week introducing its newest franchise just

north of the border in Winnipeg, my excitement would be an understatement for many sport fans. With the success of the NBA last season many of these fans, including myself, are eager for another breathtaking, drama-filled winter soon to come. One problem, though: The basketball season is currently locked out.

The question I hear most from casual observers of the NBA like myself is, “So, the lockout means no games, but why?” I want to clarify right away that the term lockout means a work stoppage for all employees directly involved in a company. In this case it’s the NBA. Story continued on page 9


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Unforgettable season continued from page 8 This particular lockout is due to the contract for a labor agreement that has expired, and the players and owners have yet to agree on a new one. The ability to reach a new contract has been stalled because of the dispute of revenue sharing between the players and owners. I’m not here to bore you with the details; I’m here to tell you that the owners of the teams need to stop being greedy with the revenue before they put the whole season in jeopardy. According to NBA commissioner David Stern, the NBA experienced a boost in revenue during last season. The lockout is preventing the NBA from building on last year’s success. Without a season, last year might as well go to waste. Last season, we witnessed star players like LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and

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F-M Symphony celebrates final year With conductor 80th Season Kicks Off This Weekend Nick Proulx A&E Editor As the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra opens its 80th season this weekend, it prepares to bid farewell to their current music director, Bernard Rubenstein. With the orchestra’s first concert, titled “Bernie’s Fond Farewell,” Rubenstein begins his ninth year working with professional musicians from this area. “I’ve worked on my ability to work with the community, with all the aspects of a community,” he said, reflecting on his time in Fargo-Moorhead. Rubenstein commutes from Santa Fe, N.M. to work with the orchestra, but cites his work as an experience that has helped him grow closer to this area. “FargoMoorhead is a great community with a very rich culture. I have very much enjoyed working with different parts of the community, and as a result, I feel very much a part of the community,” he continued. Monday afternoon, members of the orchestra and community figures celebrated this shared culture of fine arts with a ribbon cutting ceremony at NDSU Festival Concert Hall. Ambassadors from the F a r g o - M o o r h e a d - We s t Fargo Chamber of Commerce later presented the orchestra with a plaque commemorating the 80 years of continued success

the symphony as enjoyed in spite of economic downturns: Formed at the height of the Great Depression, the orchestra strongly perseveres while many others face financial woes nationwide, some even folding. In fact, the symphony was named the 2011 ChamberChoice Small Not-for-Profit of the Year. “Bernie’s Fond Farewell” will feature the very dramatic “Symphony No. 4” by Ludwig von Beethoven, along with iconic American compositions “Appalachian Spring” and “Outdoor Overture” from Aaron Copland, as well as “Four Sea Interludes,” a composition from Benjamin Britten’s Germanic opera, “Peter Grimes.” All of this is prepared in just one week, while Rubenstein is in town. “It goes very smoothly,” he noted. “It gives an intensity and a focus to the week. Everyone has to concentrate, and over the course of the week we shape and come up with a really excellent performance,” Rubenstein said. All performers in the F-M Symphony Orchestra are all professionals, many of who are music faculty from colleges in the surrounding community. Those who play in the orchestra are selected through a competitive audition process, which produced about 80 musicians for the symphony this year - a handful of them are students. “It really fluctuates,” men-





tioned Linda Boyd Coates, executive director of the orchestra. “Sometimes they audition and get in, they play for a while and then they leave,” she said, in reference to student performers. Young adults interested in the symphony are invited to “Urban Overture,” free parties at Studio 222 on Broadway the orchestra puts on Wednesdays prior to one of their Masterwork Series concerts. The orchestra’s musicians use these informal meetings to answer questions like what is appropriate to wear, when to applaud, and more simply what to expect. The symphony temps their target audience with complimentary wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres, as well as discounted concert tickets. As part of further involvement within the community, musicians perform twice a month in the atrium of Sanford Health Center on Broadway, in an initiative called the “Music for the Heart” series. Additionally, citing education as part of their mission, the symphony invited the Fargo-Moorhead Senior High Youth Symphony to perform side-byside during this weekend’s concert. “Bernie’s Fond Farewell” will take place Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 16 at 2 p.m. at NDSU Festival Concert Hall. Tickets can be bought online at, or by calling 218-233-8397.



Chris Bosh take pay cuts to play together for the Miami Heat and try to win a championship. Like it or not, this created a buzz around the sporting world and gained a lot of attention from the media. There is no doubt that this tremendously helped the league’s popularity. Other teams around the league are currently in the process of trying to duplicate what the Heat did before they are left in the dust. Creating a competitive market for free agents translates to more competitive games throughout the season. Last year, I saw a lot more players playing with heart on the court and actually giving it their all on both sides of the floor, which makes for better entertainment for everybody. The unfinished storylines of last year remain in many minds, making this season impor-

tant for basketball as well as their fans. Fans want to see their favorite athletes compete here on American soil, but with the possibility of no 20112012 season, players are seeking contracts to play in various professional leagues in other countries. This creates a problem when it comes to the marketability of players in America. Ultimately, this will cause less interest in the sport of professional basketball here in the states. The bottom line is that the owners need to give their fair share of the revenue to the players so the sport of basketball remains popular here. Think about it: fans fill up the arenas to watch the athletes compete, not to watch the owners sit in their luxury boxes. Joe is a sophomore majoring in journalism.

Midterm dilemma Tips to help keep stress down Alysia Larson Staff Writer We all know when this time of the semester hits. Suddenly everything seems unbearable and you have a million and one things to do. You can’t even fathom making a list because there wouldn’t be enough paper for all the things you have to get done. When you’re so overwhelmed you just don’t know what to do anymore follow these steps from Do something physical. Whether it’s just walking or joining an intramural team, moving and getting the pent up energy released will help you focus and be calmer when having to sit

for hours studying or doing homework. Get alone time. It might seem like a good idea to do homework with others but at times, you just need time to get things done by yourself. Working with others can be distracting which makes it longer to get everything done. Do something for yourself. It might be tempting to bury yourself in homework and studying for tests just so you can get it all done. But putting your brain on overload won’t help you recall all the information you studied when it comes to test time. Take breaks and do something for you. Get ice cream, play a video game, or just

watch TV. Being organized during midterms is a must to help dealing with stress. Try to organize everything by class. Making lists for each class will help you manage your workload better. Using certain colors for one class is another way to keep things separate. Midterms might seem like they are unmanageable and will never end but there is a way to get through the storm. It’s hard to juggle regular homework, studying for tests, jobs, social life, getting enough sleep, and other activities that make up your life, but take a deep breath and know you will get through this.

Operation Rainfall Steven Strom Staff Writer Operation Rainfall, a fan driven, grassroots effort to get several recent triple-A Wii titles localized for Western audiences, saw a small victory this week as one of the games in the project was officially classified for Australia. Operation Rainfall started earlier this year as an attempt to get Nintendo to support its once popular and now all but abandoned console here in the States. The operation is focused specifically on acquiring localizations for "The Last Story," "Xenoblade Chronicles" and "Pandora's Tower." Earlier this year "Xenoblade Chronicles" was translated for an English release. Now

"The Last Story" appears to be joining the ranks of the now-in-English-but-not-theright-kind-of-English games in Operation Rainfall's lineup. Those who really want to support Operation Rainfall, or are just in desperate need of a high quality title on the mostly barren Nintendo Wii, have the option to import either game for play in the United States. However, there are some issues. First of all, as any localization team can tell you, just because a product has technically been localized in the same language, it doesn't always offer the optimal experience for people outside of a particular region. Use of common slang, references to cultural touchstones and the usage of particular dialects all conspire to make an experience less-than-optimal for

those that aren't familiar with the specific region of localization. Furthermore, importing games can be considerably more expensive. No doubt some will view this news as a beacon of hope in regards to a true North American localization for Operation Rainfall games. It wouldn't be the first time a game was announced for release in one major country before being released stateside (e.g. "No More Heroes: Hero's Paradise”). However, it's probably more likely that this is an isolated incident and should probably be acknowledged as a turn of the knife for those who haven't given up on the Wii just yet. To those who fight for Operation Rainfall, I wish you luck. You are most likely going to need it.

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What’s the best sports movie ever made? A lot of variables can factor into that question such as what your favorite sport is or even the actors in the movie. In the newest feature of my column, the monthly top five, I’ve decided to start it off with one of my favorite things to do in my down time: watch movies. Here are my top five sports movies of all time. 5. “Bad News Bears” This is the starting of a theme; baseball is by far my favorite sport. The 2005 version, a re-make of the original movie in 1976, is by far the better of the two movies. In the movie, former major league pitcher Morris Buttermaker (Billy Bob Thornton) takes over a little league team with little to no talent, but resurrects the team and winds up getting second in the championship. The different characters of the children are what make the movie. With Tanner Boyle and Timmy Lupus being my favorite, there are many other characters that make this movie great. 4. “Caddyshack” The 1980 masterpiece starring Rodney Dangerfield and Chevy Chase is singlehandedly the greatest golf movie of all time; “Tin Cup” is right behind it. Between a crazy country club owner, a college kid trying to make money and get to school and a dancing gopher, there’s nothing bad about this movie. 3. “Space Jam” The 1996 movie starring Michael Jordan and an array of stars and basketball players is many kids’ childhood favorite, and still to this day it’s my favorite basketball movie. In the movie, Jordan agrees to help the Looney Tunes to play a game against aliens and save their planet. Other stars in the movie aside from Jordan are Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing and Larry Bird. From ages young to old, this movie is always good to sit down and watch. 2. “Remember the Titans” Hands down, this is the best football movie of all time. In a time where racial segregation was still prominent, a school combines white and African-American students into one team, and they have troubles coinciding on the gridiron. After a long summer camp and a turmoil-filled fall practice schedule, the team comes together to win the state title. Denzel Washington, head coach of the TC William’s Titans in the movie, put together one of the best acting performances of his career for this movie. 1. “Major League” No surprise here, a baseball movie tops not only my favorite sports movies, but my favorite movie of all time. An ex-showgirl is the owner of the Cleveland Indians and tries to turn the team into a fan-repellant, last place club so she can relocate them to Florida. Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger and Wesley Snipes head the cast and make a movie so full of one-liners that not even a superior, movie-quoting pro like myself can remember them all. There it is, that’s my top five; but I want to hear your top-five sports movie list. Send me your list at and I will publish three random lists in next week’s issue.

Hoping to continue their best start since 2007, the 5-0 Bison football team will look to keep their momentum into this Saturday’s face-off against the Missouri State University Bearcats at the Fargodome. At 0-6, the Bearcats seem to be an easy check in the W column at first glance, but the game promises to be more of a challenge than the match up looks on paper. Two of their losses come from Football Bowl Subdivision juggernauts Oregon and Arkansas; three come from what may be the top half of the Missouri Valley Football Conference in Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois and Illinois State, and the sixth comes from Ohio Valley member Eastern Kentucky. Bison fans still retain the devastating loss to the Bearcats in Missouri last season when NDSU, fresh off their playoff-qualifying seventh victory, had the opportunity to get an eighth win that would have all but guaranteed a first-round bye in the playoffs. Instead, playing for nothing but pride, Missouri State edged the Bison in a 3-0 emotional win that nearly knocked the Herd out of the playoffs entirely, prematurely ending the burst of momentum the Bison gained coming into 2011. “Last year at this time we had everything in the world to play for … and we were defeated,” Bison Head

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Marcus Williams returns one of his five interceptions of the season against Illinois State during the homecoming game. Williams and the rest of the defensive backs will have their work cut out against MSU this Saturday.

Coach Craig Bohl said. “We’ve got a bad taste in our mouth from last year … but we’ve got a lot of work to do, and this will be an important game for us.” The Bears’ defensive scheme is similar to that which has given fits to the Bison offense the past two games, and extending back through Bison Offensive Coordinator Brent Vigen’s tenure since 2009. The same 3-4 scheme (three down linemen and four linebackers) is the same favored by Illinois State and Southern Illinois, NDSU’s previous two opponents, and the Bison offense

scored just 23 points across those two games. “Many times there were guys that were unblocked at the point of attack,” Bohl said of last week’s performance against the 3-4. “We can’t have that if we’re going to be successful in the long haul. In the end, we’ve got to run better.” The Bison will look to quarterback Brock Jensen to lead the passing attack that has covered for a comparably pedestrian rushing attack. Jensen, completing 70 percent of his passes on the season, will face a defense that has allowed 229

yards through the air per game to opponents and almost 72 percent completion to opposing quarterbacks. Despite the problematic defensive scheme MSU employs, the Bison do have the advantage of an underwhelming pass rush and defensive secondary to face off against. Offensively, the Bearcats have had little success, averaging just under 14 points over three conference games so far. With the Bison defense claiming five interceptions in their two MVFC games thus far, one can expect that the defense will

continue its role in setting up viable drives for the offense, while defenders like Marcus Williams and Christian Dudzik lock down Missouri State’s lone playmaking receiver, sophomore Jermaine Saffold (505 yards, 6 touchdowns receiving). Ultimately, while this is a very winnable game, the Bison know better than most that MVFC teams can’t be overlooked. All things the same, this is an opportunity for the Bison to make a statement in Valley play, and all indications are that they should take care of business on Saturday.

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Chrissy Knuth, senior middle-hitter for the Bison and two-time Summit League Player of the Year, has made quite the name for herself on the volleyball court in her four years in Fargo. Aside from the booming kills and records on the court, Chrissy has a normal life off the court; just the

same as any other college student trying to figure out their path. “I’m from Brooklyn Park, Minnesota,” Knuth said of her general background. “I chose NDSU because of the people here. Everyone was so nice and I really liked the campus; they had everything I was looking for.” Fargo wasn’t the only place that Knuth visited when trying to find a school; volleyball enabled her to ex-

Bison set for final home games of season NDSU undefeated in Summit League play Ryan Bendixson Contributing Writer The NDSU soccer team has not lost a game since early September, and will look to continue their winning streak with the last two

home games this weekend. The Bison are coming off two road wins and three straight shutouts, and will look to continue their streak while hosting IPFW on Friday and Oakland on Sunday. NDSU is currently sitting

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Morgan DeMike attacks the net on Oct. 2. The Bison will host their final two home games of the season this weekend.

in a tie for first place in the Summit League with their 40 record, their best start to a season since joining the league in 2007. They were on the road last Friday facing IUPUI, where they came out on top 2-0. Senior Morgan DeMike and junior Brooklyn Dyce each recorded a goal against IUPUI last Friday, both assisted by senior Abbey Moenkedick. The Bison also took home a win on Sunday at Western Illinois, outscoring the Leathernecks 4-0. Senior Danielle Boldenow scored two goals, along with scores by seniors Michelle Gaffaney and Aubrey Bot. Abby Moenkedick added another assist on the weekend, her seventh of the season. Dyce added to her weekend resume with two assists during Sunday’s matchup, which helped her take home Summit League Offensive Player of the Week. Dyce has now recorded at least one point in all but one of the Summit League matchups. NDSU has been home to the Story continued on page 11

plore other options for school. “I went out to Long Beach in California,” Knuth stated. “I had an offer in the cities [Minneapolis-Saint Paul] from a smaller, private school. I just didn’t like the locations, it just didn’t feel right.” It seemed as though Fargo was the perfect fit for Knuth, not only location wise, but also for her desired path of study. “Exercise science and I’m minoring in business

and sociology,” Knuth said of her studies. “I haven’t really decided for sure [on a career path]. I’m debating on going to grad school, but I figured I’d find out after the season.” Where her graduate school or career would take her is narrowed down between two choices. “I’d either stay here or find somewhere close to home,” Story continued on page 11

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Joshua Borchardt navigates the Red River of the North.

Jeffrey Bauer & Joshua Borchardt Contributing Writers We planned to head out early Saturday morning, but decided instead to leave at 10 p.m. Friday night, putting in just north of Oak Grove Park under the glow of a nearly full moon. Josh and I are both seniors now, him studying biology, myself architecture. We’re both avid backpackers and outdoor enthusiasts of all sorts, yet we had never considered renting a canoe and taking advantage of the outdoor possibilities right in our own back yard: The Red River of the North. Never canoeing on a river at night before provided a range of new awakenings. Senses that had lain in a state of dormancy for quite sometime now quickly became our primary tools for navigating up the Red. I was on full alert as we wound our way through what seemed like an obstacle course of logs and branches. Not ten minutes canoeing and we were already seeing the glowing eyes and silhouettes of deer and raccoons. We could hear the calls of an owl and tail slaps of a beaver warning us of its territory. We couldn’t believe how alive the Red River was! Josh and I felt a sense of both calmness and eeriness toward our new surroundings. We were both glad to be encompassed by nature and its offerings - enabling us to learn more about the river and ourselves. At the same time, we were relying on an alternate set of skills, or senses, to safely navigate north. At 1:30 a.m. on the banks adjacent to a golf course, it was evident that our minds had removed us from our academic lives. Waking up in the morning and continuing our journey north, we reminisced of the times the fur trappers and Indians used this route barely over 150 years ago. It was a humbling feeling, knowing we were sharing the experiences of the first voyagers on our own pilgrimage through a history that helped create this place. Back then, there were nei-

ther docks nor farms, just tree lines and riverbeds. Josh and I reminisced, and peacefulness overwhelmed our senses while the paddle dipped into the fall-colored water. A blue heron lingered in front of us as if showing the way as we paddled past the occasional cat fisherman and abandoned homestead. Soon after, we spotted a pileated woodpecker searching dead trees for food. A bowl full of left over spaghetti and rice noodles for lunch on our behalf gave us a fresh dose of energy to paddle for another couple hours. Further upstream left us deeper in thought: The Red River is an organism of the upper Midwest that has strong influences on our culture. Today, those influences seem to have shifted from travel and admiration of the landscape to the antagonist of our Plains story. The river poses to be a threat to most of us, especially during the springtime floods. In our frenzy of dealing with its aftermath, we have overlooked the river’s offerings of beauty and time for reflection. For Josh and I, the acts of paddling through these winding channels felt like the canoe and paddle were extensions of the body. The thin layers of dried mud on our palms and paddle had connected us in a way too infrequently felt. Too often nowadays, the problems we focus on are in miles, rather than feet; years, rather than days. Our decision to navigate a small portion of the river switched our concentration from academic studies to keeping our aluminum safety shell from overturning into the frigid waters. This experience enabled us to focus on the present situation, which rejuvenated and cleansed our bodies from the busyness of college. We rounded another bend and a road sign appeared behind the tall shoreline grasses and young poplar trees, which had begun turning a mottled yellow. Waiting to be picked up, our minds wandered back through the day’s events. Sitting together mud-caked from the river’s edge, we appreciated the new sense of contentment and understanding the river had given us.

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Addicted seems to be a theme. Yes, I am that guy. Sprinting with jeans, a sweatshirt and backpack from campus to my house, so I can meet my fishing buddy, Doctor Jones, and his dad. Our goal is to get out on the water before moonrise. As I sit on my computer, we are flying down I-94 at speeds too fast to mention in hopes of reaching Detroit Lakes in time. I feel like a part-time astronomer, but in reality I’m a muskie fisherman. So this theory of moon phases is embedded into my mind. Do moon phases really affect the activity of fish? If we are talking about the biggest, meanest fish swimming in Minnesota waters, then you betcha. I have had days where I’ve fished all day long and then this mystical “moon phase” comes along and I will have three beautiful scaly ladies wildly throw themselves at me, right next to my feet. So my hopes tonight are to deflower a muskie virgin, my friend. Now this isn’t any normal virgin, I am talking a 23 year old, pursuing big fish with a passion for over 5 years. Now, those odds are terrible, I can only attribute his persistence to hormones or some weird chemical imbalance. Personally, I find it amazing, as he is just as enthusiastic about this outing as me. Let’s just say I have a pretty good feeling, with moonrise and sunset falling within 30 minutes of each other. Climbing back in the cab of the truck after our outing, my feelings are on the opposite end of the scale, sour. The muskie gods however, never leave you without a taste of sugar. We jumped in the boat during prime time, only to find ourselves without any juice for one of the most crucial tools to a muskie fisherman, the bow mounted trolling motor. At any rate, we came to fish and that’s what we did. The wind was whipping at a steady pace, and drifting structure was our only option. Jumping on the first spot I had something attempt to ravage my top water presentation. I didn’t need the action, but I knew a certain someone who did. Now if you want to talk about your first time getting a muskie, then I can only

suggest one thing, jerking the squirrely phantom. Now hold on, don’t get any ideas. If you are foreign to the muskie world, then this is by far the most vulgar thing you have heard in The Spectrum. But for the record, the squirrely phantom is a style of lure called a jerk bait and the “squirrely” part is for a soft plastic tail the Phantom sports. Now he was jerkin’ away at it, and suddenly his rod bows up, fish on! As the so-called muskie approached, it turned into a little northern. Better yet, he had managed to lasso the fish across the midsection. Upset at the little bugger, he put his head down and kept jerkin’. No more than 20 minutes later, a nice muskie smacked his lure and ran right toward him. The unfortunate thing was a little slack in the line created a perfect opportunity for the fish to become unlatched, a broken heart in the making. Once again, not the man to let a fish put him down, he kept jerkin’ away. Talk about kicking man when he is down, frustration was not in short supply as a sure to be muskie demolished his lure. A slightly heavier fish must mean a big ol’ muskie right? Nope, one more 8 lb. Northern Pike ended up in the net, and there lay a completely demoralized muskie-catching virgin. Leaving the water, there was still a sense of optimism in the autumn air… it’s mug night at Labby’s. From the pike-filled waters of Detroit Lakes: Ben Brettingen.

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Travis Jones Sports Editor As far back as recent memory can take, NDSU football has had a solid line of punters. Mike Dragosavich and John Prelvitz were the last two at the position, but it’s former running back Matt Voigtlander’s job now, and he seems to be settling in quite comfortably. “It was obviously a big change,” Voigtlander said about going from tailback to punter. “It went pretty well. It kind of happened toward the end of last season. Coach Bohl talked to me; punter was a big need.” Prelvitz, who graduated last season, picked up where Dragosavich, arguably the top punter in NDSU history, left off. Voigtlander was third in line, being Prelvitz’ “back-up” so to speak. “I knew that if he [Prelvitz] were to get hurt it would be the case, but at a position like punter you don’t expect injuries,” Voigtlander added. “I really didn’t take it seriously as to practicing on it, but I knew it could be an option.” Voigtlander isn’t totally new to the kicking game, but his experience is limited. “I did it in high school, but it was kind of because I just did it,” Voigtlander stated. “I didn’t know how to do it

really that well, and being here [NDSU] it was nothing more than just messing around at practice.” Stepping into the position, which has been dominated by talented players, could put extra pressure on Voigtlander, but he expected that coming in. “With Drago here for one year I was around and John the past three, it was big expectations and big shoes to fill,” Voigtlander said. Heading into his senior year, it would have been easy for Voigtlander to turn down the offer, but his team-first attitude led him into accepting. “That’s kind of how I look at it,” Voigtlander stated. “It was a big need with graduating and they didn’t know who was going to be there. I figured as long as I was able to do it, I should do it.” As the season has gone on, Matt has become more and more used to kicking each game. “Each week I’m becoming more comfortable,” the Minnesota native said. “Especially after this past week; I felt really good about it and we did really well.” Voigtlander’s punting, which can sometimes go unnoticed, was a huge factor in last Saturday’s win against Southern Illinois, as he averaged 44 yards per punt while putting two inside the twenty-yard line.

Soccer continued from page 10 offensive player of the week for four straight weeks. Although the Bison have yet to be beaten in Summit League play, this weekend’s games will not be easy. Both Oakland and IPFW will be bringing very respectable squads to Fargo, as both teams are sitting right in the

middle of the league standings. NDSU will look toward senior keeper Kalani Bertsch, who recorded 11 saves over the weekend en route to her third straight shutout and seventh of the season. The Bison currently are sitting in a three-way tie for

first place with UMKC and South Dakota State. They will have to face both these teams on the road, as they will have three more games remaining on the schedule after this weekend before the Summit League Championship the first week of November.

Knuth continued from page 10 Knuth added. “I could see myself staying here, too.” As mentioned earlier, Knuth’s volleyball career in high school and most notably at NDSU has been a decorated one, which leads to the option of continuing her career. “I’ve thought about it [continuing my career],” Knuth said of her potential volleyball career. “Maybe playing overseas for a year but depending on the


schooling, that would probably influence most of my decision.” Aside from the volleyball and schooling, Knuth has always done quite a bit of traveling. “I went to Mexico my senior year of high school,” Knuth said. “We went fly fishing for a team trip and it was the coolest thing ever. It was out in the mountains in Utah, and it was really nice out and the fishing was fun.”

Knuth will be graduating in the spring, but look for her and the rest of the Bison volleyball team as they make another run for the Summit League title. The Bison are on the road for two Summit League matches this weekend but will return back to Fargo next weekend for matches against IPFW and Oakland.




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