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Officials weigh alternatives for student insurance offerings Matt Severns Spectrum Staff Having identified the current health care insurance structure as inadequate, student government is looking at revamping the system. Student body President Cam Knutson went to a North Dakota Student Association meeting last week to speak about the issue. What he’s proposing for NDSU and schools within the University System is a two-step reworking of how students receive health insurance: the first focusing on students and the other on grad assistants. Stemming from concerns in the international student
community, the inflexibility board was identified as an of the current plan offered issue. Though domestic students to students all across the can get insurance plans from the state office, international students are re“Right now, quired to, which often forces our students them to take on a plan that could leave them with unexhave one pected costs. health care “Right now, our students plan that they have one health care plan can get from that they can get from the state office. If you look at the the state office. specifics of that health care If you look at plan, it’s really, really bad,” the specifics of Knutson said. The current plan gives dothat health students $25,000 in mestic care plan, it's accident coverage, and really, really though international stubad.” dents see a slight variation due to federal law, it can -- Cam cause similar issues for Knutson them.
“We heard a story of a person who was in the hospital for 14 days after an accident and their bill was over $120,000. So, you can imagine for students, not only are they going to look at picking up loans when they’re done with college, but if something -- God forbid -- happened to them and they had to go to the hospital, they’re in a hole they'll probably never get out of because the state office right now is offering just this one plan,” Knutson said. Besides meeting with the North Dakota Student Association, Knutson met with Blue Cross Blue Shield and State Farm to discuss other options. Ideally, Knutson says, giving students a breadth of options will be-
come a reality. The second thing student government is looking at is being able to provide graduate assistants with health care insurance. “They’re treated like staff and faculty until money is involved, and then they’re treated like students,” Knutson said of graduate assistants. Graduate assistants at NDSU are currently often given a tuition waiver and occasionally some stipends, but failing to offer health care insurance turns people away from the university. “When we’re trying to get a very highly qualified student to NDSU and they’re between here and the U of M ... we’re offering a tuition waiver and maybe some
stipends, and these schools are doing that plus giving health care coverage. ... That’s a huge sell for them,” Knutson said. Knutson says a lot of faculty is on board because attracting qualified graduate assistants will help them with their own research. Bruce Rafert, NDSU'’s new provost, will play an active role in building the graduate assistant program. Using his experience jumpstarting a similar program at Clemson University, he will provide input and help build a framework for what needs to happen. As of now, both of these insurance programs are in the early planning stages and results are not likely for some time.
New library ‘just not going to happen’ for 2013 session Matt Severns Spectrum Staff
Among the facilities that draw criticism on campus, the library tends to stir up the student body more than most. For years, student government officials have run on platforms promising a new library, but the current Knutson-Hauff administration says plans for one are unlikely and inappropriate for the immediate future. After sitting down with deans of the colleges across campus, student government determined that a greater need rested in the addition of more classroom and lab space. Now, instead of a library replacement, NDSU is looking at a $20 million science and engineering facility that will provide general-purpose space. “This would be something that would literally help everybody on campus,” Knutson said. “A library would be helpful and I can see the benefits of it, but this, a facility with great labs, would benefit our campus, I think, much more.” The building to be proposed is in early planning stages, but so far a six-person committee has determined it will provide 100,000 square feet of additional space. The committee, led by science and mathematics Dean Kevin McCaul, consists of two students and other planners who are tasked with making plans for the facility concrete. “We’ve gone to these sessions and we’ve come there with a little bit of work, a little bit like an idea to the state and they’ve shut us down because we don’t ex-
plain the vision to them,” Knutson said. “We don’t show them the details, we don’t show them what it’ll look like.” The committee will develop plans for the facility through the spring semester. Planners will be taking advantage of NDSU’s status as an engineering and architecture school throughout the plotting process. In the meantime, student government is going to work on a bill to add basic improvements to the library. The bill will run through student government sometime in the next two weeks. Knutson is looking at adding a coffee shop and a graduate lounge to the existing library facility. The library project has been a daunting one since the want for it was first conceived. Renovation is projected to cost approximately as much as building a new one, which makes advocacy at the state level nearly impossible, according to Knutson. “As we looked at the facts of where our university is at right now, and with the political things going on in Bismarck, we learned that there is a very, very, very slim chance we'd have any success going into the next session … trying to get a new library for $60-plus million,” Knutson said. “You look at the facts, and it's just not going to happen.” Knutson is, however, optimistic about the prospects for this new facility being funded by the state. He says that though NDSU's proportional funding has been historically low, bringing a developed plan for a needed facility to legislators helps the university’s chances.
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The Masters of Success opening ceremony was attended by the 23 new participants, three facilitators, various businesses from the community and alumni of the Masters of Success program. The Masters of Success opening ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 14 welcomed 23 NDSU students into the 2011 class of the leadership program sponsored by the Memorial Union Division of Student Affairs. These students were chosen after a rigorous application process and will work all semester on a business project and learning valuable skills and leadership experience. The Masters of Success program is facilitated by Steve Winfrey, director of the Memorial Union, Amy Graff, associate director of the Memorial Union and Matt Skoy, assistant director of Service Learning and Civic Engagement. Have a story idea? The Spectrum welcomes all students and staff to submit story ideas for any section.
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News Sorority gets running start on homecoming Cate Ekegren Co-News Editor The women of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority will host their 7th annual Bison Breakaway 5K Race on Saturday, Oct. 1. Bison Breakaway begins at 8:30 a.m. the morning of homecoming. Participants are able to run or walk the route. “In the past, we’ve had participants finish the race walking, running, biking, running alongside their dogs or pushing strollers,” Gretchen Uselman, Kappa Alpha Theta service chairman, said. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. at the Wallman Wellness Center on the NDSU campus. Anyone interested in signing up for the race can find more information on Facebook or on the race website at www.bisonbreakaway.com. There will also be a booth in the NDSU Memorial Union from 10 a.m. until 3
p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26 snacks for all participants as through Friday, Sept. 30. well as prizes for the winStudents, staff and faculty ners,” Uselman said. Because of the large amount of donations received, all profits from registration will go to Court “Homecoming Appointed Special Advois all about celcates (CASA) and the ebrating your Kappa Alpha Theta Founschool and dation. CASA, a non-profit community...” agency focuses on the diffi–-Allison Well, cult transistion period for Kappa Alpha children going through difficult court battles. CASA Theta Vice trains volunteers to help President of these children from negliPublic Relagent families through the tions court systems. CASA is the Kappa Alpha Theta, Interwill be able to sign up at the national, philanthropy. booth with a paper applicaThe Kappa Alpha Theta tion or online at a provided Foundation is different from computer. There will also be the sorority itself. The misa donation jar for those un- sion of the foundation is to able to participate in Bison link sorority members and Breakaway but who would their surrounding communistill like to donate their ties with the resources to spare change. help them reach their fullest “Many local businesses potential and make a posihave graciously made dona- tive difference in the world. tions for us to provide This past year alone, the
National recall on birth control the card, reversing the weekly tablet orientation.” In lemans terms, this means that the order of the Qualitest Pharmaceuti- pills in affected lots is incorcals, a company based out of Huntsville, Alabama since 1983, issued a recall on multiple lots of oral birth control “As a result of pills. this packaging Six brands of oral birth control pills were recalled on error, the daily Friday, Sept. 16 by Qualitest regimen for Pharmaceuticals: Cyclafem, these oral conEmoquette, Gildess, Ortraceptives may sythia, Previfem and TriPrevifem. be incorrect...” An estimated 1.5 million --Kevin packs of these brands of oral Wiggins, birth control pills are afQualitest Pharfected by this recall. According to a statement maceuticals from Qualitest PharmaceuSpokesman ticals, “select blisters were rotated 180 degrees within
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rect and patients could be ingesting the placebos or “sugar pills” instead of the pills with medicine. Oral birth control is taken for many reasons including preventing pregnancies, regulating menstruation cycles and controlling acne. For those taking oral birth control pills to prevent pregnancies, patients should be sure to use alternative contraceptive options; condoms, for example. “As a result of this packaging error, the daily regimen for these oral contraceptives may be incorrect and could leave women without adequate contraception, and at risk for unwanted pregnancy,” Qualitest spokesman Kevin Wiggins told CNN.
Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation awarded more than $550,000 in scholarships. “This run is a perfect way to start off homecoming day,” Allison Well, Kappa Alpha Theta’s Vice President of Public Relations, said. “Homecoming is all about celebrating your school and community, so what better way to do that than starting off the day with a run around campus, helping raise money for an organization that makes a great impact in Fargo-Moorhead?” Well said. Uselman agreed that while homecoming day can be busy, “people should participate because all of the profits go to such a great cause. Also, it’s a great way to start homecoming day activities full of endorphins!” For more information, visit www.bisonbreakaway.com or stop by the booth in the Memorial Union the week of homecoming. A mix-up in placebos and medicated pills for those taking oral birth control pills for other reasons than to prevent pregnancies will not see much change, but it is still not recommended to change a cycle so dramatically. Please contact your pharmacist with questions. The graph to the side of this article outlines the exact lots of Qualitest birth control pills being recalled. Those taking any of the affected brands of oral birth control pills are urged to contact Qualitest at 877-3006153 or their pharmacist or doctor for more information. Qualitest Pharmaceuticals also recalled ten lots of various acetaminophen products in July, 2011 due to an error in labeling. For more information on drug recalls, visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website at www.fda.gov.
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Projecting pride in ‘Fargo’ Brittany Negaard News Reporter An outdoor screening of the movie “Fargo,” is scheduled to take place on September 29 in downtown Fargo. H2M Marketing, Forum Communications and the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau will host the event, Fargo Fest. This free event, open to all in the F-M community will not only include a free movie but there will also be a live DJ, food vendors, beer gardens and photo opportunities with the actual wood chipper used in “Fargo.”
“There are some really hardcore Fargo fans out there.” --Brian Matson
North 5th Street and 3rd Avenue will be blocked off for traffic to allow attendees to set up lawn chairs to enjoy the movie and music. Fargo Fest begins at 4:30 p.m. and the movie will be projected on the north side of the Radisson Hotel at 7:30 p.m. once the sun goes down. Love it or hate it, the Coen brothers’ Oscar-winning movie put Fargo on the map. Organizer Dan Altenbernd, of H2M Marketing, is hoping to do that again through “Fargo Fest.” Drawing inspiration from Lebowski Fest, an annual event celebrating the Coens’ cult film “The Big Lebowski,” Altenbernd hopes Fargo Fest will draw people to the area. “Five years from now, who knows what we can develop,” said Altenbernd. The idea came from Altenbernd’s partner, David Hanson, who was inspired to have a screening while looking out his office window at 5th Street. The first run at the event was five years ago, during a typical North Dakota winter. Despite the cold, community members showed up in true Fargo fashion -- bundled up to watch the screen-
ing behind a light snowfall. Hundreds lined the sidewalk and the former U.S. Bank parking lot to view the movie, said Altenbernd. Altenbernd has been working to give the event another go ever since. Altenbernd has worked downtown for 15 years and hopes to raise awareness and draw people downtown. He began planning this year’s event three months ago, partnering with Forum Communications and the F-M Convention and Visitors Bureau. “I’ve got to make it happen if I'm even going to do it, it has to be this year,” Altenbernd recalls thinking. The F-M Convention and Visitors Bureau (F-M CVB) is sponsoring the projection of the film, and was a natural fit for partnering in the event. The F-M CVB recently unveiled a display of the wood chipper from the movie at the Visitors Center on 44th Street in South Fargo. “The wood chipper was acquired from a cameraman who worked on the original set of the movie and had purchased it to use on his farm,” said Brain Matson of the F-M CVB. “We're already seeing some very good interest across the country ... there are some really hardcore Fargo fans out there,” said Matson. A number of downtown businesses will be vending food and beverages. Mosaic Foods, Broadway Dogs, The Pickled Parrot, Uncorked and Fargostuff.com will all have booths set up for the event. There will also be live auditions for the next Kroll’s lady, hosted by Kroll’s Diner. Altenbernd hopes to see the event grow; bringing visitors and revenue to downtown Fargo. “We’re hoping for the best. ... We hope everything grows.” said Altenbernd. While the event may not be as big as Lebowski Fest yet, the community can hope it grows into something even bigger. Attendees can take in the movie’s portrayal of our humble city with a grain of salt; it’s healthy to laugh at yourself every once in a while.
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Bison Life: I want to make an impact on campus A glimpse into the opportunity of one student to make a change Ty Wilson Contributing Writer If youâ€™re a student at NDSU, chances are youâ€™ve been required to complete a service-learning project, or will be asked to as you continue to enroll in classes. Many teachers use the projects to inspire students to volunteer their time and give back to the community.
â€œIâ€™m trying to learn as much as I can now because once youâ€™re in the profession, itâ€™s life-long learning anyway,â€? --Jake Berg
For Jacob Berg, volunteering is more than completing a class requirement; it is something he loves to do. As a seventh-year NDSU student with a triple major in landscape architecture, horticulture and environmental design, volunteering is a way to gain skills and experience beneficial to his future career. â€œIâ€™m trying to learn as much as I can now because once youâ€™re in the profession, itâ€™s life-long learning anyway,â€? Berg said. His volunteering started with an opportunity. Under former student
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Jake Berg has completed more than 300 volunteer hours since beginning a landscaping design project for the NDSU campus.
body president Kevin Black, one of the projects introduced was a landscaping design challenge for the college campus. â€œIâ€™ve always wanted to get involved with the campus design, so I saw this as a great opportunity to make that happen,â€? Berg said. Berg has now completed over 300 volunteer hours since February, excluding any meetings related to the
planning. Starting through the Capital Funds Committee with an initial plan encompassing the West Dining Center, Klai Hall and Bison Court Apartments, Bergâ€™s plan was selected after the removal of funding for Klai Hall since it was not a part of the main campus. Berg presented his case to student senators along with several other projects since
the capital funding originally allocated $20,000 for the project. However, the Finance Commission reduced the funding to $13,319 due to the removal of Klai Hall from the proposal plans. Despite the reduced funding, Berg is not at all displeased with the funding given for the remaining locations. He is also optimistic about a $7,000 landscape proposal for Klai Hall that he sent to John Klai II just this past week. This plan will help increase plant diversity, which is a main goal of his in addition to long-term planning. He plans on using this opportunity as a way to get the architecture students more involved in the planting and installation while Campus Grounds will be in charge of concrete edging, a small outdoor classroom and patio for the classroom. A decision regarding this new proposal is scheduled for October, when the Alumni Advisory Board returns to campus. What keeps Berg going is the encouragement he has received through these processes. He is dedicated to the long-term planning and is willing to put in the extra minutes since â€œthese minutes can add decades to trees along with other plants.â€? Berg said, â€œI love knowing that Iâ€™m making a difference that will be seen for years as I return as a future NDSU alumni.â€?
Multimillionaire values NDSUâ€™s MOS program Courtney Simons Contributing Writer Randy Stanbury is this yearâ€™s main sponsor for Masters of Success leadership training program, which got underway last week. Stanbury owns and operates Service Freight Systems and Warehousing, a major logistics and supply chain agent operating in Canada since June 1995. This multimillion-dollar operation had humble beginnings. Stanbury remembers having to sell his car and get himself a mountain bike. Putting together his modest savings, he began running his operation out of his bedroom office. While this might have appeared to be risky, Stanbury was very strategic. He spent a year and a half before starting his business while attending night school to learn the tools of how to run a business. With meticulous planning, he was able to survive for the first six months without paying himself. In a year he
made â€œa small profitâ€? but since then the business has grown exponentially seeing â€œdouble digit growth for the last 11 years.â€? Stanbury believes his success has a lot to do with the quality people he has been privileged to hire. Qualification such as degrees obtained is not the first thing
â€œA candidate with both the qualification and the qualities we are looking for is a much more powerful candidate and will always be put on the forefront of getting the job above anybody else.â€? --Randy Stanbury
he looks at. He is always on the lookout for people with the right personal qualities that will enable him to succeed. Characteristics of honesty, loyalty, energy and passion to learn are highest on his radar. Stanbury says that it is too late to discover these people in an interview. Every interaction for him is an opportunity to network and to recruit anywhere from the business environment to even a trip to the grocery store. He thinks that students should bear this in mind as they interact with people daily. However, Stanbury says that students â€œshould strive to be their authentic selfâ€? while they meet people. â€œIt is more important what people say when they are not trying to impress than when they are,â€? Stanbury said. â€œA humble spirit is more desirable, coupled with a passionate drive to do whatever it takes to get to where they want.â€? Because of his philosophy, Stanbury has hired people outside of their trained ex-
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pertise. â€œSometimes people in the business think too narrowly,â€? he said. â€œDonâ€™t get me wrong,â€? Stanbury clarified, â€œa candidate with both the qualification and the qualities we are looking for is a much more powerful candidate and will always be put on the forefront of getting the job above anybody else.â€? Last year Stanbury was a guest at the MOS retreat and final ceremony and was impressed with both the quality and credentials of the participants he met. This is the reason he is investing his time and resources at NDSU this year. Twenty-three students will be engaged in a 12-week leadership challenge to develop a business proposal for a new venture Stanbury is starting. â€œThe program had some amazing students last year. I was grateful to have been involved,â€? Stabury said. â€œI saw the benefit and helped the students give to the nonprofit it worked with, and I am extremely interested to be involved again.â€?
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He said, she said Is it OK to date a coworker? Why or why not? Alysia Larson Contributing Writer He Said: â€œThatâ€™s tough, but I think itâ€™s OK. There just needs to be a balance in the workplace at all times. By balance I mean there canâ€™t be a change in what you would normally do to someone your not involved in a romantic relationship with.â€? - Aliba Kalema, a sophomore majoring in criminal justice. She Said: â€œDepends on the job, but overall I would say no. The drama and complications that could arise, if you had to break it off wouldnâ€™t be good.â€? Danna Roen, a senior majoring in marketing. Dating at work is always a tricky situation. The first thing you should want to do if you are interested is to find out what your companyâ€™s policy says about dating a coworker. There probably are different rules depending on what title the person you are interested in has. According to askmen. com, another thing you want to think about is to really consider the pros and cons of dating a coworker. While it may be exciting to
work with the person you are infatuated with, it can end up a total disaster if you break things off and have to see each other every day. If the job you work at has a small employee count, this could also make it awkward, but itâ€™s natural to be attracted to and admire someone who you work closely with on a daily basis. You just have to make sure you arenâ€™t misreading your own feelings and thinking something could happen when it shouldnâ€™t. Getting involved with someone at work also could ruin your chances of being promoted or just your standing with managers or bosses in your company. And while having a career might not seem as important as a relationship, sometimes you have to let your head make the decision instead of your heart. Ultimately, if you decide that you can handle juggling your personal life and work life in the same hand, then go for it. But most people like to keep them separate and dating someone in your workplace could be a recipe for a disaster. But who knows? It could end up being the best decision you have ever made. You have to be the one to decide. Just make sure that you think carefully about it and donâ€™t go against the companyâ€™s policy.
Backlight Underground impacts students Andrew Koch Staff Writer The Memorial Unionâ€™s lower level, which is aptly named Thundarâ€™s Den, hosted the third edition of the NDSU Backlight â€œUnderground Dance 3: Mighty Houseâ€? dance party Saturday night. â€œExcellent, bomb and dank,â€? were the words used to describe the event by
â€œThe dance this year was solid. Last year I really did not enjoy myself as much as this year, but if next year could be any better I will most definitely make an appearance, no doubt.â€? - James Johnson, a junior majoring in engineering.
Jordan Hagness, a senior majoring in political science. The NDSU Residence Hall Association put on Blacklight Underground, and students with a valid Tri-College ID were also allowed to attend the event. The event offered 2,000 free glow sticks and 100 free T-
shirts to the first attendees while supplies lasted. â€œI really liked the free glow sticks, and the DJ [Favard] was awesome. He played all of my favorite music to dance to,â€? Eric Sundreal, a junior majoring in zoology, said. As the head DJ of this event, Favard really brought his A game, along with five other DJs who filled the night with a unique sound of music beats and intense mixes. Blacklight Underground produced House, Dubstep, Techno and Electro remixes on the dance floor with tons of speakers, lasers, strobe lights and black lights. According to Hagness, President Dean Bresciani should also be acknowledged for â€œputting a great event like this on campus.â€? â€œProps to Dean Bresciani for putting on a dance like this. It really lets us students be ourselves,â€? Hagness said. â€œMore events like this dance in the future would be appreciated.â€? The second edition of Blacklight Underground in 2010 brought 850 students, but according to James Johnson, a junior majoring in engineering, the event last year left him hesitant to make an appearance in this yearâ€™s dance. â€œThe dance this year was solid. Last year I really did not enjoy myself as much as this year,â€? Johnson said. â€œBut if next year could be any better I will most definitely make an appearance, no doubt.â€?
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You were sitting with 4 other girls and I was just sitting with one of my guy friends around 12 ish. We made eye contact and then as you were all leaving you smiled at me. You are super attractive and have a phenomenal smile.
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Alysia Larson Contributing Writer Dear Alysia,
My family and my boyfriend don’t get along. They haven’t liked him from the start just because of their own prejudices and misconceptions. I know it hurts him to be treated unfairly, and it hurts me because I feel like it’s my fault. I love my family, but I love my boyfriend and I want everyone to accept each other. Help! Dear “caught in the middle” girlfriend, This situation unfortunately is not uncommon. Many parents don’t like their child’s significant other. It’s a hard thing to go through, but like in any relationship, communication is key. Try talking to your parents alone without your boyfriend there. If he is there, they might think he’s just forcing you to say these things. Being alone to talk with your parents lets them know that you are speaking for yourself. Try talking to your boyfriend as well. Make sure he understands that even if they are unfairly judging him, being rude to them will only give them more reason to dislike him. Remind him that in the end they are your parents and if he wants them to approve of him, disrespecting them will not gain him that approval. After you’re done talking, ask if it would be OK if everyone got together to talk. If everyone is willing then it could definitely help bridge the gap. Perhaps your parents don’t realize what a great guy your boyfriend is and maybe your boyfriend doesn’t see how awesome your parents can be. Try to highlight everyone’s good side. If your parents or your boyfriend don’t want to meet, try to keep being positive and telling each group why the other is so great.
If you and your boyfriend are going to have a long-lasting relationship, perhaps your parents will come around once they realize he is becoming a permanent part of your life. Try to put yourself in their shoes. Your boyfriend probably feels hurt and not good enough for your parents, which can be a real blow to his self-esteem. Make sure he knows that even if your parents don’t approve of him right now, you do. Your parents might be feeling as if they are losing you to a guy they might not truly know. Assure your parents that the only way to know him is to actually give him a chance. Remember compassion goes much further than anger in the long run. I know this is probably a difficult time, but just continue to keep the communication open and diffuse the tension when your parents and boyfriend do have to see each other. Hopefully soon everyone will be on the same page. Just remember that even if they don’t accept your boyfriend, that doesn’t mean your parents are horrible people or that your boyfriend is. It just simply means that everyone has different opinions. Good luck! Yours, Alysia Larson
Cleaning tips to simplify your life
Cate Ekegren Spectrum Staff Cleaning your house or your apartment can be a huge chore, but with these simple tips and tricks, you'll have more time for the fun stuff! Microwave •When microwaving, make sure packaging has a vent so hot air can escape. If there is no vent, your package and food could explode. What a mess! •Invest in a splatter cover! It’s a plastic dome that sits over the plate, bowl or whatever you are microwaving. A splatter cover not only steams and cooks your food more efficiently, but if your food makes a mess, it is easier to clean a splatter cover than your entire microwave. Splatter covers can be found at your favorite dis count stores (such as Wal-mart and Target) for under $5. •When you do need to clean your microwave, place a bowl of water in the center of the microwave and heat for two minutes. The steam created will help lift tough stains so they can be wiped out with a towel. If that doesn’t work, try your favorite brand of all-purpose kitchen cleaner.
Stovetop •Designate a small plate to keep on your stovetop or near it. It will come in handy when you are cooking some thing and need to set a stirring spoon or other utensil down. When you’re done you can rinse the plate off in stead of having to scrub the counter or stovetop. •Line each burner pan with aluminum foil. Lift each burner up and pull out of its socket. The burner pan will lift out easily then cover in foil. Tuck all excess foil under the edges, poke a hole in each void, and fold the foil under those edges. Place the burner pans back in and stick each burner back in its socket. The foil will catch all spills and is easy to clean up and line again whenever you need to. •If food or liquids leak under the burner and burner pans, most stovetops lift up like a car hood when you have all burners out of their sockets. When the stovetop is up, spray underneath with some all-purpose kitchen cleaner and you’re set!
Sink •If you have a garbage disposal, always run water while you run the disposal-- it keeps the garbage running down and makes sure nothing gets stuck. If you notice a funky smell coming from your garbage disposal, try throwing an orange rind down it; that should freshen it right up. •If you do not have a garbage disposal, make sure you use a drain guard so only water will enter the drain, and remember to clean the guard out frequently.
Dishwasher •If you don’t have a dishwasher, wash your dishes right after you use them. Everyone has been guilty of leaving a pile of dirty dishes in the sink, but don’t do it! Less scrubbing is required when food isn’t dried on. On the extreme side, mold can grow if dirty dishes are left too long and that is a major health hazard. •To save energy and lower your utility bills, use the air-dry setting on your dishwasher. Dry dishes with a floursack dishtowel instead. They are very cheap and can be found at most discount stores. •If you don’t run your dishwasher frequently, make sure you rinse dishes off first. If you put them in the dish washer with some leftovers still on and then don’t run the machine for another day or two, the leftovers will not come off as easily and you might have to wash those dishes a second time.
Other •Empty the crumb tray in your toaster frequently. If crumbs pile up they can burn. •Don’t leave coffee in your coffee pot too long; it will stain your pot and is practically impossible to clean. •Wipe condiment bottles off after each use so they don’t leak in your fridge. Syrup and other sticky things can transfer onto different bottles and make a big mess. •Many brands now offer green cleaning products and cheap reusable towels. Do your part for the environment!
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Review: ‘Sky Drift’ isn’t your average racer
Nick Proulx A&E Editor Fall is a hard time of year to justify time wasted playing video games; just ask the dusty, unfinished games that litter my bedroom. With the first round of tests looming in the next week or two, the last thing I imagined myself doing this past week was buying a new title for my Playstation 3. Along came “Sky Drift,” an ambitious little project with just enough promise to tempt further inquiry.
“No romp through the Mushroom Kingdom is as satisfying as opening up your machine guns on another aviator.”
After only ten minutes with the demo, I bought the full game. “Sky Drift” is like the best flight levels from the Nintendo 64 classic “Diddy Kong Racing,” with developer Digital Reality adding a real sense of speed and actual danger into the mix. The courses have armchair pilots careening through tight spaces and around natural obstructions that require a fair amount of fancy flying made fluid with solid yet simple controls. Throw in a slew of power-ups and the end result is a fresh, delightful arcade shooter that is something of its own. This is not a flight simulator, nor is it your average racer: It’s something beautifully chaotic. The first race of the game is simple enough employing plenty of straight-aways and just one hairpin corner. However, you’ll soon discover that your opponents are a handful to deal with, each eager to dish out fiery death. More planes become available as you progress through the game offering different specs that may help you through the game’s more punishing races. Overall, the difficulty walks a delicate balance between being challenging enough, while not becoming absurd, making victorious finishes all the more fulfilling. Fast-paced and unpredictable elements from series like “Mario Kart” are present ensuring that no match is truly finished until you cross the finish. That being said, no romp through the Mushroom Kingdom is as satisfying as opening up your machine guns on another aviator and blasting them out of the sky into burning bits. All of these things contribute to the finished product and make “Sky Drift” an addictive game that keeps you at the edge of your seat. It’s an easy $15 decision, and one you won’t soon regret. Don’t let this gem fly under the radar.
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The truth behind dizziness The actual causes go beyond a swivel chair Andrew Tran Contributing Writer Dizziness is commonly associated with spinning. A long time in a rotating chair can be very entertaining, although not for the rider of course. Why can dizziness occur from just spinning? And for that matter, why does dizziness strike when driving or eating too much or even just standing up? Each form of dizziness is unique because each is caused by a different set of circumstances. In short, getting dizzy requires a confusion of the senses, but the way each sense gets confused may vary. The most common form of dizziness comes from spinning in circles. This involves the sense of motion. The organ responsible for this sense is located just behind the ear and is filled
with fluid and nerve cells. The organ basically follows the principle of inertia: The fluid has a tendency to move in the same way that the body moves, and the nerve cells (better known as hair cells, which are not related to hair on a head) detect the changes in this fluid. From there, the brain will process all the signals to de-
"The last common cause of dizziness is simply standing up. It might sound unusual, but the cause of this is actually good health."
termine which direction the head has spun. This organ is normally very stable, but if it is exposed to continuous spinning, the fluid in the organ gains more momentum. Eventually the fluid gains so much momentum that when the body stops moving, the fluid is still pressing on the hair cells, tricking the brain into believing everything is still spinning in the same direction. This dizziness fades away quickly only because the cause (spinning) goes away quickly. Getting dizzy other ways, however, often does not have such a simple end. There are some forms of dizziness that can persist after the cause is gone. One such form is motion sickness. In the case of motion sickness, dizziness is not a front and center symptom. It is a result of the brain believing that it is hallucinat-
‘The New 52’ arrives DC Comics' reboot is finally here Steven Strom Staff Writer After the better part of a century, comic book megapublisher DC Comics has finally rebooted their entire universe. Bare in mind, these comics have started some of this decade's biggest movie and TV franchises. After DC’s universal reality wipe, nearly every franchise has started from scratch. Iconic heroes like Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman are all starting out from the beginning with no extraneous, convoluted continuity to hamper accessibility for new readers. The most notable exception is the “Green Lantern” series that, while still connected to the new continuity, will be continuing more-or-less unchanged thanks to some cosmic interference... or something like
that. Dubbed “The New 52,” the 52 brand new and newly branded series, all of which will be restarting at issue number one, have already garnered some of the biggest sales in comic book history. According to one of the founders of Paradox Comics and Cards, a small-time comic book shop located in downtown Fargo, not only are they selling out most of their more popular series, but the first issue of the rebooted “Justice League” also is actually the best selling book in the entire history of the store. The store manager said the store is selling copies of books by the hundreds for series that they would normally have only stocked around 25 total. It’s really interesting to see this often stigmatized medium performing in such record numbers, both in stores and online. DC has
progressed even further into the 21st century by releasing digital copies of the books on the iPad and other tablet computers, day-and-date with their hard copied counterparts. It remains to be seen whether or not DC and the rest of the comic book industry can sustain this renewed interest in the medium, but with such modern advances as these, as well as television advertising and higher quality books then ever, it certainly brings hope to a neglected corner of entertainment. Writer's note: I would particularly recommend “Action Comics,” “Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E.” and “Swamp Thing” to new readers interested in getting into the comic scene to round out more obvious choices such as “Batman” and “Justice League.”
Imitating movie violence Matt Paulsen Contributing Writer It’s the middle of the night and you decide to throw in a movie. You think to yourself, “I wish I could do that.” Little do you know, some people actually do. With the recent resurgence of pop cultureinspired crime, people need to do a better job of distinguishing fact from fiction.
“In the movies you jump out a window and walk away, but in real life we pick up the pieces.” -- George Moyer, Philadelphia police chief
Over Labor Day weekend, a 19-year-old male tried to rob a 7-Eleven store in San Diego while wearing a Gumby suit. The store clerk told police that Gumby threatened to pull a gun, if he did not hand over some money.
The guy claims it was all a joke, and that he never said anything about a gun. One random guy in a Gumby suit doesn’t exactly seem like resurgence, but he was not alone. In Denver, two men are accused of driving around with a dead friend using his account for a bar tab and using his ATM card a la “Weekend at Bernie’s.” According to reports, Robert Yong arrived at his friend’s house and found him unresponsive. He then threw his dead friend into his car. After watching the movie, I’m sure plenty of people wished they could pull a stunt like this off, but they really should have thought about the consequences before they went ahead and did something this stupid. Sadly these two incidents are not isolated. For years, people have been impersonating pop culture acts to various degrees of stupidity, resulting in injuries and even death. Students had to cover their necks in Iowa in 2009 when a 13-year-old boy bit 11 classmates. The boy’s father claimed the boy didn’t mean to hurt anyone and was inspired by the movie "Twilight." If he didn’t intend to hurt anyone, then what exactly was
he intending to do? I never knew biting someone in the neck didn’t hurt. In the 1993 football movie “The Program,” the lead lies down in the middle of a busy highway to show how much of a man he really was. Michael A. Shingledecker Jr. convinced his friend to lie with him wearing all black clothes on a Philadelphia highway. The two were hit by a truck when the driver didn’t see them. Shingledecker died instantly and his friend was critically injured. In a statement after the incident, head police chief George Moyer made an announcement: “In the movies you jump out a window and walk away, but in real life we pick up the pieces.” No one should have to say these words, especially not a police chief. The hard reality is that in this age, as movies get grittier and more realistic, people are going to do stupid things. The next time you watch a movie, realize that it is a piece of fiction. Some scenes may look like fun and you may want to recreate them, but you have to refrain and leave the fantasy to the screen.
ing because what it sees and feels contradict. (For example, in a ship you see no movement but feel the ups and downs of the waves.) The brain then signals the body to vomit in order to get rid of any toxin that may be causing the hallucination. The process of vomiting causes a drain in blood from the head, which causes dizziness. The only known cure for motion sickness is medication. After motion sickness strikes, however, there is not a good chance of a swift recovery because the brain has to be convinced that it has not been drugged. Thus, it will continue to force nausea on itself and prolong the symptoms. The last common cause of dizziness is simply standing up. It might sound unusual, but the cause of this is actually good health. While standing up, blood in the
head flows down quickly due to gravity. This flow is countered by rapid heartbeats, but a healthy heart has fewer heartbeats when the body is at rest. Even though each beat is stronger, a healthy heart will not beat fast enough to counteract the sudden drop of blood pressure in the head when standing up. This causes light-headedness, which in turn causes dizziness. There is no way to fix this form of dizziness, but there is one small comfort to take into consideration: Getting dizzy while standing up is almost always a sign of low blood pressure and, in many cases, good health. Dizziness is often an unwanted side effect. Fortunately it comes in very few forms that are harmful, so it is an experience to be savored... well, so long as no vomiting is involved.
Review: Nichole’s Fine Pastry A comfy spot for sweet indulgences
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Nichole’s Fine Pastry is located on 8th Street in Fargo.
Nick Proulx A&E Editor Nichole’s Fine Pastry, a cozy shop nestled on 8th Street, offers a pleasant break from gloomy autumn weather. I recommend treating yourself to one of their quality desserts whenever you have a spare moment, especially if you have yet to discover it. The look and feel of the store is both fun and contemporary, with lighting that complements everything from the food to the hanging art. Pastel colors and retro-chic furnishings make it easy to unwind after a cool, cloudy day. Glenn Miller’s “Moonlight Serenade” fittingly topped off the pleasant evening I spent there. While Nichole’s boasts European-style pastries, they also offer an assortment of salads, sandwiches and soups throughout the day. You’ll need to grab these early though, as quantities
dwindle as nightfall sets in. Pricing may seem steep when buying by the slice, but it’s fair when you consider the quality product you receive. I bought a slice of chocolate peanut butter crunch cake for a late night snack and walked away satisfied. As expected, it had plenty of chocolate and peanut butter, but it also had a soft, fluffy texture. The iced tea, on the other hand, was a different story; I’ll try something else next time I drop by. That’s not to say all was bad though – far from, actually. I loved the cake, and I have another option now when I don’t want something on 19th Avenue. All things considered, I’ve only scratched the surface of what they offer too. Nichole’s Fine Pastry is open Tuesday through Saturday during the week, and is located at 13 S. Eighth St. Give it a try and let it be an escape for you and good company.
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Opinion Getting shucked
Jaime Jarmin Opinion Editor Maybe Concordia should take a lesson or two from the green, gold, proud and bold Bison. And I’m not talking about our intimidating mascot compared to their ear of corn, either. Instead, when it comes to enrollment numbers, NDSU tromps Concordia. Just last fall, our enrollment jumped to 14,189 compared to 2009’s fall enrollment of 13,229 according to the NDSU website. That is little over a 7 percent increase altogether. According to WDAY News, Concordia’s enrollment for this fall semester has shrunk since last year. “The college reports 2,772 students enrolled for fall classes,” WDAY said. “That is down 38 students from 2010.”
“If Concordia is raising tuition that drastically, they are just asking prospective students to say no to the beanies. I know that if I were a wide-eyed freshman at Concordia this semester, I would definitely fear the year’s first tuition bill.”
with earlier this year. The increase resulted in students forking out an extra $2,200 just for their tuition, according to inforum.com. But this increase was not the first Concordia has put its students through. From the time my Cobber friend started at Concordia in 2009, her tuition bill has increased from $32,836 all the way to $36,300 in 2010. No wonder Concordia is nicknamed “Can’t-affordia.” If Concordia is raising tuition that drastically, they are just asking prospective students to say no to the beanies. I know that if I were a wide-eyed freshman at Concordia this semester, I would definitely fear the ear’s first tuition bill. I do admit that when I was on the college prowl during my senior year of high school, I definitely considered Concordia as an option. Not many of my peers planned to attend Concordia, which made it even more appealing to me. But then, after some careful thought, I was brought back to the reality that I couldn’t afford the tuition because I would be paying for school on my own. Some of the factors influencing my decision to attend NDSU were not only the great value of education I’d receive, but the price at which I’d receive it. One of the best perks about NDSU is the ability to take classes from either MSUM or Concordia. Not only do I get to exchange classes that may not be offered at NDSU, but I get to take them at NDSU’s cheap tuition rate. In other words, instead of paying $1,145 per credit at Concordia, I would only pay $255.63 for the same course through NDSU’s tuition rate. I heard once that it isn’t uncommon for milk producers to package the same milk—name brand and offbrand—at the same location and simply slap a different sticker on the jug. Well, the same goes for the Tri-College course exchange: either way you’re getting the same milk. Perhaps if Concordia stopped shucking the life out of their Cobbers, they might see an enrollment increase rather than a tuition increase.
If you’re beginning to think that 38 isn’t a substantial number, think again. Considering Concordia’s entire student body enrollment averages out to be about the same as NDSU’s freshman alone, that’s a pretty big number. This could be attributed Jaime is a sophomore to the 8 percent tuition in- majoring in English educacrease Concordia was faced tion
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The GOP has to go with Perry
Matt Severns Spectrum Staff Now that the GOP is past its superstar stage and is starting to get serious, its contenders are getting analyzed for who they are as politicians. While the field is technically still very broad, the sole long-term viable candidate is becoming more obvious: Rick Perry. Looking at the field while neglecting to consider the context of the race, other viable candidates would include Mitt Romney, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul and arguably Michele Bachmann. Each of the candidates could win if this election
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Stephanie Stanislao Spectrum Staff Last week, after leaving my cell phone provider’s store, I asked myself, “Does customer service exist anymore?” Customer service is a lost art. Although some businesses continue to pride themselves on providing customers a great experience and making sure that customers know they are valued, many businesses are losing sight of what is really important and what makes them successful: their cus-
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Romney, who is largely accepted as a leading challenger, has a stable history but draws criticism for implementing a version of universal health care in Massachusetts. Healthcare is, for the 2012 election, a toxin for any GOP contender. Besides the healthcare issue, Romney is also getting blasted for raising taxes during his term as governor -the second-worst thing a Republican candidate can do. Huntsman would be a fantastic nomination if Obama's prospects in 2012 were lower. Obama will be a challenge however, so the GOP is favoring a focus on the staple social and conservative issues. Huntsman's international experience is unparalleled and his tax plan was proven in practice. However, his shift toward supporting civil unions and complimenting Obama's leadership abilities taints his deeply conservative image. Bachmann would win if the GOP voters were foolish enough to vote for someone who relies on strictly antiObama sentiments, but holes
in her true political hull have appeared as her campaign ages. A few factual slip-ups, an unflattering Newsweek cover and an unfortunate encounter with a corndog in Iowa make it impossible to take her seriously. Perry's weaknesses include a controversial program called the Texas Enterprise Fund and his dangerously traditional views on evolution and climate change. The Texas Enterprise Fund, however, is part of his broader economic suite, which has undoubtedly performed well during his tenure as governor. His views on evolution and climate change are still well received by the deep conservative base and won't likely be enough to offset his breadth of appealing features. Though Obama will give him a run for his money in 2012, Perry is the only candidate the GOP can support who will be able to participate as an active contender in the race. Matt is a senior majoring in English education.
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were to take place in a year of their choosing. However, this election will be in 2012, a year preceded by the reign of a frightening DFL superstar, economic realities and a stubborn -- though effective -- House. The distinguishing aspect of Perry's presence is his maintenance of a state during the same time the nation has been handled perceivably poorly. Both Romney and Huntsman have been governors, but their terms were marked by easier times. Perry also has the same Texas swagger that (sort of) won the hearts of the nation in 2000. His down-South demeanor is complemented with a farm upbringing, military service and evangelical Christianity, topped off with a light sprinkling of disdain toward everything Obama. Perry's contenders have merits of their own, but they also carry on their shoulders heavy weaknesses. Fundamentally, Ron Paul might be able to grab the ticket; however, when it comes to practicality, his rough edges make him unelectable.
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tomers. I had been having difficulties with my cell phone and decided that it was time to get it checked out. Upon entering my cell phone provider’s store, I was greeted by staff and then was asked to wait. Once called up to speak with the technical staff, I began to explain the defects that my phone had recently developed. The woman helping me quickly looked at her computer screen and told me that my warranty was up, and the insurance that I had would not do me any good because they did not carry my phone any longer. She then went on to explain that I would have to buy a cell phone at retail price, and of course she pushed me toward the most expensive phone in the store. I listened politely but felt cheated and upset. I left the store feeling helpless and frustrated. Every customer who leaves a store or business should feel that his or her experience in the store was positive and enjoyable. This
was definitely not the case. However, my cell phone provider is not the only business or office that I have noticed such shortcomings from. I notice it at restaurants, clothing stores and even on campus. Being friendly, knowledgeable and providing the best service possible is part of all jobs and should be a priority. As I continued about my day, I decided that it would be best if I were to try another one of my provider’s locations to see if they would have anything different to say, or if they actually have a more reasonable solution to my problem. Although I had to wait a little longer for help at the second store, I received a much more friendly and personal experience from the staff. The manager even thanked me for my patience, which is something that would have never happened at the previous location. The woman that helped me actually took the time to check my account and noticed that I had an extended warranty, as well as made the neces-
sary phone calls to their company to double check if my phone was available to order. Within minutes, I found that I was going to be receiving a new and working phone in the mail by the following Monday. After finishing my order, I explained to the manager how grateful I was for the help I was given by his staff and how frustrated I had been before walking into his store due to the false information I was given at the first location. He then gave me a gift certificate for using his store to thank me for my business. This is how businesses and stores should operate, and it gave me hope that not every business has forgotten the importance of customer service. I hope to keep having more experiences like the one I had at the second store and less of the negative experiences like the one that I had at the first. Stephanie is a junior majoring in journalism and public relations
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Opinion To choose or not to choose There is no question
Rylee Nelson Spectrum Staff A recent Forum article stated that a new blood test to be introduced next fall would tell pregnant mothers whether or not their babies have Down Syndrome. The test would inevitably lead to mothers having a more indepth insight into their not yet fully developed babyâ€™s makeup. The Forum article continues by saying that this knowledge would likely increase the number of abortions preformed. These actions would introduce a new age of designer babies. In times of such rapid technological advance, the human race is coming close to starring in a much more active role in playing God. Beginning with the introduction of contraceptives and widespread abortions, people have become more
active in the deciding of who experiences this life and who does not. Now with the choice to potentially â€œrelieveâ€? someone of what we see to be a burdensome disease, we can permanently change what could have been. We see worldwide sins against our brothers and sisters daily. We are inclined to concupiscence that no one can deny. We screw up. We make decisions that we would take back in retrospect. Do we then assume a confidence that we could in good faith take a human life into our hands? Do we have the knowledge and foresight that flows beyond ourselves into the fate of another? How can we reasonably expect our decision to have any legitimate virtue or rightness if we cannot trust ourselves? A life begins at conception. We have the obligation as rational beings to protect that life in the same way that our life was protected allowing us to inevitably make this choice. It is a scary thought to think that my life could have been ended if my mom had thought that I had an unwanted disease. Potentially, this page would have been blank and my seat in class empty if my mom thought I had Down Syndrome. Do we know with absolute
Letter to the editor I sat down to peruse the last issue of The Spectrum and was flipping through its pages when I noticed the words â€œGirls Gone Wild.â€? Now, I was quickly going through the paper and this bold print ad did not really register. I just saw the words and continued quickly on my way. About two seconds later, my conscience came to a screeching halt and whispered in my ear, â€œSarah, that ad wasnâ€™t right. Donâ€™t ignore it.â€? So I returned to the â€œGirls Gone Wildâ€? ad and noticed on my second viewing not only those infamous words, but the image of young ladies in immodest bikinis posing for the camera. At this point, after the shock left me for a second, I gagged a bit in dismay. Pardon me if that wasnâ€™t ladylike. My first rational thought, after my gag reflex stopped consuming me, was why would The Spectrum deem it appropriate to put this ad in its paper? I donâ€™t know about everyone else, but I see NDSU as a solid university with solid people. All those things within NDSU reflect its nature. The Spec-
trum should not allow such ads to poison its pages, and thus, poison the solid and hearty NDSU. Second, I worry about the men looking through The Spectrum. This â€œGirls Gone Wildâ€? ad is just another way for men to not be men. Temptations for impurity are everywhere. Itâ€™s not right that guys should struggle with such temptations in a campus newspaper ad, let alone anywhere. This â€œGirls Gone Wildâ€? ad is not the end of the world. And some of you may think I am making mountains out of molehills. It simply reflects the moral obligation, which we didnâ€™t take, to keep out hearts and minds free of the chains of impurity. I am not serving any sort of judgment on the girls in the ad, the guys gawking at them or The Spectrum. I simply care about whatâ€™s right and whatâ€™s not. â€œGirls Gone Wildâ€? is not right. Maybe everyone should come to a screeching halt by looking away or doing something about it when immodest and immoral images are put before them. It is absolutely the right thing to do. -Sarah Champa
certainty that the person within the womb would rather never lived at all than to have the ability to bear the disease? We as humans have never naturally had an active role in deciding humanityâ€™s fate, but now we could potentially unlock doors to determining a â€œperfect raceâ€? that no human on this planet will ever fully understand. Who chooses? What is undesirable? How much is too much? This new test is not inherently a bad thing. It could possibly make a family more prepared for otherwise unexpected difficulties. But when introduced to a culture of death as we have now, the implications are enormous. It puts in the hands of men the potential abilities that could bear troubles beyond any of our imagining. I myself donâ€™t even want to think of what could be with the misuse of this new technology. If we donâ€™t start realizing our responsibilities as human beings -- namely to ensure everyone the same rights that we ourselves expect -- then we are headed down a long road of humanmade consequences. I donâ€™t know about you, but I am not ready to be god of someone elseâ€™s life. Rylee is a senior majoring in journalism.
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Sports Once and only once Bison vs. Gophers preview: Part 1
Kyle Roth Contributing Writer
Travis Jones Sports Editor This is the only time I’m ever going to write a column about this topic. It’s a topic that has been gone over numerous times, but it is one of my biggest pet peeves that I see every day. I’ll go straight to the point: Don’t wear Gophers gear this week on campus. I take a lot of pride in being a part of NDSU and the Bison tradition of athletic excellence. If I had a quarter for every piece of NDSU apparel that’s hanging or folded in my room, I might actually be able to afford to do laundry in my apartment. I’ve noticed something different about campus this year compared to last; I haven’t seen nearly the amount of rival schools’ gear this year. This is a huge week for NDSU. As we all know, the troops are going to be heading down I-94 at the end of the week to take on the Gophers at the oneyear-old TCF Bank Stadium. If there’s one week to not put on your maroon and gold, please make it this one. You’ll do yourself a favor, because if the right person sees somebody wearing maroon, it could get pretty embarrassing. I think that the sense of school pride is back on campus, however. Last year, I didn’t see it. Even at the athletic events, that hostile environment created by students who are in love with the teams out on the field or court just wasn’t there. This year I see it. The student section at the football game filled rather quickly in those first two weeks and the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse has been hopping in just about every home volleyball match we’ve had so far. It sounds as though there’ll be another good showing of students in Minneapolis this weekend, and I personally can’t wait to see it. That leads me to my final request. If you are -and I hope you are -- going to the game on Saturday in the cities, wear green. Yes, we always wear yellow shirts to every game, but so does Minnesota. If Bison Nation wants to stand out and be noticed this weekend, then make sure you grab a green shirt. If you don’t have one, I would encourage you to purchase one where green NDSU shirts are sold. As promised, this will be the only time I’m going to stress school pride and stress not wearing another team’s gear. It’s Bison vs. Gophers game week on campus, so let’s start the week off right by representing our school and our teams with our gear throughout the week.
Week four of the college football season arrives this weekend, and the Bison find themselves facing one of the most anticipated matches of the season as the team heads to Minneapolis Saturday to face off against the Big Ten's University of Minnesota Golden Gophers. The two teams are 1-1 in their two meetings in 2006 and 2007. Curiously enough, this will mark the third consecutive time that the Bison have played a Football Bowl
Subdivision opponent with a newly-minted head coach (Iowa State in '09, Kansas in '10), and thus far, Head Coach Jerry Kill's tenure has not been exactly sterling. The Gophers started the season at Southern California and performed admirably in a 19-17 defeat that ignited a quarterback controversy as starting quarterback Marqueis Gray, a run-first athlete in the same mold as Northern Iowa star Tirrell Rennie, was replaced midway through the game by backup Max Shortell. The Gophers' next fall
came the following week to perennial FBS doormat New Mexico State, who has won just five games since 2009. The Aggies were able to successfully exploit a soft Gophers' defense to pass for 288 yards, a weakness the Bison will be hard-pressed to similarly take advantage of. The NMSU game had a particularly tainted memory, though, as coach Kill collapsed near the end of the game and was carted off the field. In addition to being a cancer survivor, Kill also has been historically prone to seizures under duress and suffered one that Saturday.
Kill has since been released from medical care in good condition and was on the field Saturday for the next game. The Gophers were finally able to claim their lone win against Miami (Ohio) in a 29-23 final that saw the Red Hawks drive the field in their final possession and have a potential game-winning pass slip through the fingers of a receiver in the end zone. Following the victory, which perhaps should have been assured in the first place, coach Kill's summary of his team after three weeks was succinct, calling
it simply "where the program is at." It speaks poorly of the state of the football team left in the wake of former head coach Tim Brewster, infamous for his loss to the Bison in 2007 foreshadowed by his calling the team "the little guys in green." With those results in mind, it is difficult to determine precisely where the Gophers lie in terms of overall talent. Kill described the team as "a bare cupboard" upon an evaluation of the roster after his arrival on campus, and that lack of talent has certainly evidenced itself in three games so far.
Bison open Summit League play with two wins Lambertson returns in a big way Travis Jones Sports Editor The defending Summit League Champion NDSU Bison opened their conference schedule this weekend in the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse with matches against Western Illinois and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis on Friday and Saturday.
“No words can even describe. I was so excited.” --Megan Lambertson
Friday night, the Bison squared off against the Fighting Leathernecks, and the Herd had no problem shutting down Western Illinois as they swept the match 3-0. Freshman sensation Lauren Cammack had probably
her best match of the year as she led the team in kills with 15 and 17 points. Cammack also added four digs and two aces. Brynn Joki had another solid allaround match as she put down nine kills and had 11 digs. Jennifer Lopez had 37 assists on the match as well. Saturday night’s match against IUPUI, who had just taken SDSU five sets on Friday but fell short, had a little different look than Friday’s match. The Jags and Bison went five sets, but NDSU came out in the end with the 3-2 match victory. The win was big, but the Herd had something bigger to be excited about as junior Megan Lambertson was back on the court for the first time since spraining her ankle against UND two weeks ago. “No words can even describe,” the junior hitter Lambertson said. “I was so excited. The team played great and I just wanted to get out there.” Lambertson did just that as
she had 16 kills and 18 points for the Bison. Brynn Joki led the team in kills and points with 18 and 21 respectively. Joki also had 12 digs to go along with two aces. Jennifer Lopez had her season high in assists with 61; she also dug out 10 serves in the match. Senior Paige Nash had five kills on the match but was energizing the crowd with her high velocity attacks coming off the net. With two big wins to not only start the conference schedule with victories, but also end their three-match losing streak, Head Coach Kari Thompson was pleased with the results. “Winning a five set is always going to come in handy later in the season,” Thompson stated. “IUPUI fought hard; they played some good volleyball.” The Herd will be on the road for the better part of the next month, but will return to Fargo Oct. 7 to take on Southern Utah.
Look out for Bison wrestling Ryan Nelson Contributing Writer With the release of their 2011-12 schedule this week, I have since put a lot of thought into the Bison wrestling team, a team that seems to always find success while flying under the radar. This season, the Bison will host four teams that finished in the top 25 last season including Nebraska, Minnesota, Boise State, and Oregon State. On top of that, they must also compete in their conference duals, which sees top teams such as Utah Valley and Wyoming, who finished 28th last season. This may seem like a tough schedule, but for some reason I’m not worried. This is packed with experience and lots of young talent led by 125-pound Trent Sprenkle, who last year had a rollercoaster of a finish. In the last dual meet of the
year, the Bison were up against a tough Utah Valley team including 125-pound Ben Kjar, who at that time was ranked 13th in the country in his weight class. Sprenkle and Kjar battled it out. In the end Sprenkle earned an 8-4 decision, and when the horn sounded, the normally quiet Sprenkle let out a fury of emotion. Sprenkle then came to the NCAA West Regional with a chance to get into the NCAA Tournament. He dropped both of his matches eliminating him from the regional and sat on pins and needles waiting to see if he would earn an at-large bid, and he did. Sprenkle and Vince Salminen were off to the NCAA Tournament in Philadelphia. Facing the top wrestlers in the country each and every match, Salminen and Sprenkle both dropped their opening matches, making them only one loss away from elimination. In their next match, Salminen was defeated elim-
inating him from the tournament, but Sprenkle wasn’t done. In one final push to try and reach his goal of becoming an AllAmerican, Sprenkle won three straight matches, advancing to the Consolation Quarterfinals where he met Ryan Mango from Stanford. Sprenkle would lose the match by a 12-7 decision. However, did I mention that it was only his sophomore season? Sprenkle is back, looking for another chance to get into the top eight and become an AllAmerican. Now under new leadership, this is a team to watch out for. Roger Kish, an assistant coach, took over for Bucky Maughan after a retirement announcement at the end of last season. Watching Kish coach, you can tell he has a strong wrestling passion and is determined to make this a season people will talk about for a long time.
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Lauren Cammack goes up for the serve against IUPUI on Saturday night. The Bison will be on the road for the next three weeks, but return to Fargo on Oct. 7.
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Sports Soccer opens home schedule with two wins Travis Jones Sports Editor With the volleyball team opening their conference schedule at home, the soccer team also opened a home schedule of their own. Friday, the Bison took on Montana and finished out the weekend with a match against Nebraska-Omaha on Sunday. A cold, windy Friday evening at the Ellig Sports Complex was the conditions, but that didn’t slow down the Herd as they shutout the Grizzlies 3-0. Kalani Bertsch recorded her fourth shutout of the season for NDSU. The Bison were aggressive at the net all night as they had eight shots on goal compared to Montana’s three. Stephanie Jacobson, Brooklyn Dyce and Anisha Kinnarath were the three different Bison that scored goals on the match. North
Dakota State did deal with some sloppy play, however, as they committed 14 fouls compared to Montana’s four. After a day off on Saturday, the Herd was back at the Ellig Sports Complex Sunday afternoon for their final match of the weekend against Nebraska-Omaha. The Bison controlled the net once again as they cruised to a 3-1 victory. Holly Christian paved the way for the Herd as she scored twice in the match, the third goal being scored by Katie Tallas. The Bison outshot Nebraska-Omaha 22-5 in the match, 13 of those being on goal. Bertsch recorded her sixth win of the season for the Herd. The Bison are now 6-2 on the season and will take on Drake in Fargo 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Ellig Sports Complex. Looking ahead, UND will come to town on Sunday for a noon match up.
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Holly Christian (left) goes for a header and Danielle Boldenow (right) drives the ball during Sunday’s game against NebraskaOmaha at the Ellig Sports Complex
A year to forget for the Twins Travis Jones Sports Editor After a Central Division Championship last season, it looked as though the Twins were poised to take the Central once again this season. That obviously will not happen as the Detroit Tigers have clinched already and Minnesota is sitting at the bottom of the division living life in the cellar. What happened to this season that many had such high hopes about? There were two big reasons why this team put on such a dismal performance on the field: injuries and pitching. We all know the golden boy Joe Mauer didn’t have the year we expected him to have after we decided to pay him $184 million over the next eight years. But, give a Joe a break. He struggled with bi-lateral leg weakness (which nobody seems to know what that even is) and some days was just too tired to play baseball. Joe’s miserable, pathetic performance this season is a whole different topic. Justin Morneau is showing strong signs that his career is over.
Morneau is a different story than Mauer, for at times it seemed as though Mauer didn’t want to be out on the field whereas Morneau was fighting a very serious, threatening injury and was out there at first base every chance he got. Injuries to Jason Kubel, Delmon Young, Tsuyoshi Nishioka and Denard Span didn’t help this team’s chances either. Now with Delmon playing for the Tigers and a strong possibility that Kubel and Cuddyer will be testing the free agency market and leaving Minnesota, it could be a long stretch for the Twins in the future. The pitching hasn’t helped the Twins’ chances at all either. In fact, they’ve diminished them considerably. The pitching staff has an earned run average of five runs per game. They’ve been outscored by opponents by nearly 200 runs so far this season; this is why they’re going to lose 100 games. The mangled pitching staff and awful bullpen need work. Liriano showed glimpses of a solid starter this season, but he also is battling the injury bug and
struggled mightily at times during the season. Carl Pavano is not having the year everyone expected he’d have coming off a 17-11 2010 season where he pitched 221 innings and gave up less than four runs a game. The only thing similar to this year is that he’s going to pitch around the same amount of innings. The bullpen was nothing like any Twins bullpen we’ve seen in the past. Matt Capps was, to put it plainly, awful in 2011. Joe Nathan didn’t look to be the pitcher of old, but that’s expected coming off Tommy John’s surgery. It’s going to be a tough stretch for the boys of summer in the upcoming years. There won’t be any reloading for a while; it’s a rebuilding period with Kubel and Cuddyer likely leaving and Morneau possibly having his career cut too short. The front office may have to get creative for once instead of running to the farm system because that’s obviously not panning out. The Twins still have something to strive for, however, 100 losses is still in sight.
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