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Students take part in making kits for sexual assault survivers

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F EATU R E S

Second winter is as bad as the first one this year.

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Students talk sex trafficing and how to spot the signs

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As the snow caused the city of Fargo to close April 11 and 12 and forced North Dakota State to close early April 11, NDSU students had something to say about this second winter. NDSU issued the closure of the university at 12:38 p.m. that Thursday, and shortly after sent out a notice that the public transit MATBUS services would also end early at 4:15 p.m. that same day. Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney issued an emergency declaration to close all city offices Friday, April 12 as a result of the “blizzard conditions.” The press release stated: “All Fargo City Hall departments will be closed on Friday.” NDSU students had the following to say about the springtime snow. “The last time there was this much bulls— in the air it was election season,” said Bradley Foster, president of Students for Sensible Drug Policy at North Dakota State. “I just want it to be done snowing. I don’t want to have to break out the ice scraper when I go to my car. I just want to wear shorts,” Tyrel Iron Eyes, anthropology major, said. “I’m very sad and confused,” Lauren Algyer, political science major, said.

“It was a bad year to buy white shoes,” Jamal Omar, microbiology major, said. “I think it’s pretty funny because of course this winter had to have one last big storm, just when we thought winter was over,” Cedar Remmen, theatre design and tech major, said. “Second winter is always expected. It’s like I never really get my hopes up at the first sign of spring. But this is way worse than what I expected. It’s pretty annoying,” Robert Watson, natural resources management major, said. “I feel very annoyed and frustrated about it. It also makes me worried about flooding, but I’m just really upset about it because I don’t want to have to scrape my windshields and worry about icy roads anymore. Like it’s April; this shouldn’t be happening,” Brandt Ronningen, elementary education major, said. “It’s really sad after have multiple 60 degree days in a row that we now go back to December weather, but don’t have the benefit of Christmas,” Anna Lundstrom, nursing major, said. “Sadly, I am tired of seeing the snow, and I wish it was summer already,” Abdi Sufi, business administration major, said.


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KITS FOR KARE

NDSU students make kits for victims of sexual assault Contributing Writer

Students were able to make cards and give donations to the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center at the Kits 4 Kare event April 10. The event was hosted by North Dakota State students Desirae Shanahan-Silva, Jacob Dybwad, Maggie Scullin and Cameron Hernandez. Though the event was free to attend, students were encouraged to donate hats, gloves, socks and toiletry items. These donations made up the care packages that were then delivered to the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center of Fargo-Moorhead. The organizers said they wanted to make at least 25 care packages by the end of the day and were able to come close to their goal with all the donations they received.

The event started with an hour-long self-defense lesson given by NDSU campus police officer Gennifer Baker. Throughout the hour, students were taught some of the basic stances, kicks and punches to use when being attacked. Baker explained how you should always be aware of your surroundings and not let your phone distract you from any potential hazards. After the hourlong lesson, Baker encouraged students to look into taking one of NDSU’s R.A.D. selfdefense classes for women that are offered to female students twice a year. Shanahan-Silva, Dybwad, Skullin and Hernandez then played a 30-minute documentary about survivors’ stories of sexual assault, rape and domestic violence. While the documentary was playing, students

could make cards that were also delivered to the crisis center along with the care packages. Students could

the center. Julia McKay was one of the students that attended the event. “I’m here to

“I feel like there is more this university can do when it comes to resources students can go to regarding sexual assault.”

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- JULIA MCKAY, NDSU STUDENT

write personal messages and words of encouragement to those at

support my peers,” McKay said. “I feel like there is more

this university can do when it comes to resources students can go to regarding sexual assault,” McKay said. Shanahan-Silva, Dybwad, Scullin and Hernandez said they all share an interest and passion for helping those in the community that have been affected by sexual assault, rape and domestic violence. “In a way, we are all feminists,” Hernandez said when asked what led them to start this event. “We know someone who has either been sexually assaulted or abused,” Shanahan-Silva said. When asked why they believe there is a stigma concerning sexual assault, the organizers all concluded there is often a fear of rejection from society. Other incidents either on or off campus could also deter victims from speaking

up about what happened to them. “There might be more negative effects over good effects that can come from them speaking up,” Shanahan-Silva said. This is the first year the Kit 4 Kare event has taken place. The students put it together for an activism project. “I hope in the years to come there is another event like this here at NDSU, even if we aren’t a part of it,” Dybwad said. “Maybe we’ll inspire someone else who wants to help.” Dybwad also encouraged all the attendees to wear denim on April 24 to support Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Students that want to volunteer and learn more about sexual assault can look into the events and presentations the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center offers.

Finding the food labeling Are you paying more for the same item Jimmy Kim

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The North Dakota State Collegiate Future Farmers of America and NDSU Collegiate Farm Bureau hosted a food information forum to discuss pertinent topics in the agriculture and food industries as part of Ag

conventional, organic and all-natural farming. One of the panelists, Dahltin Pahl, a recent agricultural economics graduate of NDSU, spoke about some major concerns that he said he sees in modernized fear-based labeling. “There isn’t a lot that is actually made with GMOs that we consume directly,

“A lot of the consumer products that say non-GMO don’t have GMOs in them in the first place.”

- DAHLTIN PAHL

Week on April 10. A panel of four experts discussed how modern U.S. labeling uses a confusing system. The panel and audiences discussed differences between genetically modified organisms (GMO) and non-GMO products, specific definitions of agricultural products, different laws between states about product labeling and differences between

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Students learned about where their food really comes from.

but everything is labeled non-GMO,” Pahl said. “The reasoning behind that is so they can charge a premium with (the label).” Pahl expressed his concern behind the modern issue of fear-based labeling and the matter of how important it is for consumers to be educated about the product they are consuming. “The GMO movement, especially, isn’t necessarily

labeled the right way,” Pahl said. “A lot of the consumer products that say non-GMO don’t have GMOs in them in the first place.” Currently, the U.S. only allows 10 crops to be genetically modified. They are squash, soybeans, corn, cotton, papaya, canola, alfalfa, sugar beets, potatoes and apples. Panelists also discussed problems with food labeling

laws that go beyond GMOs. Currently, there is no federal law that restricts the labeling of the food product. All four panelists agreed that consistency is important and the process of proper labeling will take time due to the paper process. “I live right along the North Dakota and South Dakota border. So, if I’m in one state buying something and if it’s labeled differently,

then it’s exactly the same product in South Dakota, I’m going to assume there is a difference in the products when there isn’t,” Pahl said. Mark Jirik, director of Northern Crops Institute, pointed out the flaws of organic labeling. He shared the story about an organic farmer he used to do a business with. “There was a loophole in the organic law. If you could

not get enough organic feed to feed your cows, then you can still label them as organic,” Jirik said. “If you’re looking at 10,000 cattle, (this farmer) was getting enough organic feed for maybe 500 of them, and this went on for multiple years.”


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Horrific fall from Mall of America balcony

A boy was thrown 40 feet from a Mall of America balcony April 12, according to the Forum. The boy was thrown by Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda from a third floor. The police still believe that Aranda had no relation to the boy or his family. Aranda is being held on attempted homicide, and the boy is still reported to be in critical condition. “He is still receiving care. We just want to acknowledge that this is a horrific situation. The family and this child are in our thoughts and prayers,” Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts said. The incident happened around 10:15 a.m. in the southeastern corner of the mall, according to the Forum.

A governmnet override

Gov. Doug Burgum experienced

a first in his work as an executive. The state congress gained enough votes in order to override a veto on a bill concerning a budget section. The section would have established a committee that meets mostly between biennial sessions, according to the Forum. The new legislation would have granted the committee more oversight and power over budget measure. The governor agrees that this section should exist but said, “What’s clear in the constitution — and the attorney general agrees — is that the authority to carry out that spending and meet those conditions rests with the executive branch, not a mini-Legislature.”

Wiki arrest

Founder and former WikiLeaks director Julian Assange was arrested after years in the

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reported that the image was captured by eight radio telescopes over 10 days. The discovery certifies Einstein’s theory of relativity, which theorized the concept of black holes in the first place. “This is the first time we have an image of a black hole itself. This is a remarkable confirmation of more than a century of theoretical work,” Charles Alcock, a Donald H. Menzel Professor of Astrophysics and director of the CIA, told the Harvard Gazette. Katie Bouman, 29, was part of the team that made the algorithm and posted on Facebook: “Watching in disbelief as the first image I ever made of a black hole was in the process of being reconstructed.”

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Sex Trafficking in North Dakota

Woke Shop trains people to learn more about sex trafficking in the area Miranda Stambler Features Editor

There are many misconceptions and misunderstandings when it comes to human trafficking. Instead of continuing to be a clueless society, many people attended an event hosted at North Dakota State to become more knowledgeable about the indicators and definitions of trafficking in North Dakota. On April 12, the Sexual Assault Prevention and Advocacy and Violence Prevention Educators hosted the first ever “Woke Shop.” This event focused on human trafficking and had Megan Lundborg, a Youthworks Survivor Advocate, explain the reality of sex trafficking. Most of her clients are residents of North Dakota, so it does exist here. The difference between sexual exploitation and sex trafficking is easily confused. Sexual exploitation has two parties involved. Someone is the exploited (performing sexual acts) and the other is the exploiter (commanding the acts). Sex trafficking involves three parties: the trafficker/exploiter, the person being trafficked and the buyer. Each of these are used in exchange for something, but not always money. “It does not have to be money; that’s a very common misconception,” Lundborg said. The act can be for any goods and/or services to be considered trafficking. For example, rent, a place to stay, food or drugs could be exchanged. In North Dakota, advocates see a lot of “survival sex.” Due to the snow and the low temperatures, people need a shelter and a place to stay warm, so they exchange sex for a place to stay. Sometimes the trafficking involves four parties by including a “bottom bitch.” This is the person who advertises, recruits, manipulates to get someone who will be performing the sexual acts for the trafficker. By having this person, they are the ones who are doing the illegal activities, which means if they are caught, they get jail time and the trafficker is “clean.” Many people have an idea that being trafficked is a choice, but Lundborg explained how it is more like as if someone told you that you had to have sex with the next 10 people that walked through your classroom door. “There’s some underlying reason why they’re stuck,” Lundborg said. Due to society, there are stereotypes of what a trafficker may look like. When the audience was asked, they described them as “creepy” and wearing “a lot of jewelry.” Much to the surprise of those attending, traffickers can be anyone: a reverend, police officer, lawyer, social worker, male, female, young, old and so much more. “They look like everyone else — they can be in positions of power,” Lundborg explained. “No one is exempt.” Another problem is the idea that men cannot be sex trafficked. Most men do not report that they are being sex trafficked because of societal standards. “There’s this whole society telling them that ‘they should like that,’” Lundborg said. Women are barely believed when they come forward, and men are believed less often than that, so why would they come forward when they’re being told not to? When you simplify the idea of sex trafficking, it is defined as: “Someone in a position of power taking advantage of someone’s vulnerability,” according to Lundborg. This can be many things like age, low self-esteem, previous sexual abuse/ neglect, mental health, separation from family or not having a support system. “They will know those things, and then they will prey on you.” Lundborg explained the idea as trying to think of trafficking as though you’re 14 years old again. At that age, when you lie to your parents, you could see it as a big deal. For example, you lie and say there will be parents at a party. Now you’re at the party, and you can either stay there and sleep with someone you don’t want to, or you can go home and admit to your parents you lied. At 14, you would be scared to tell your parents, so it could end in a worse option. A tactic they use for recruitment is looking at a group of girls walking and picking the one who is in the back behind the two in front because she may feel more secluded, so it is easier to recruit. When someone is being trafficked, they are usually stripped from their identity by being given a new name and a story to memorize so they have a fake identity if they get caught. They are normally given multiple phones, and if they do not answer, they are punished by their “pimp.” Lundborg gave examples of punishments such as burning them, peeing on them, peeling their face, cutting them or putting them in dog kennels. The most common type of “pimp” advocates see is the “boyfriend pimp.” This is when people start off in a relationship and then they change the dynamic by saying, “If they don’t do that, they don’t actually love them.” There is also Stockholm syndrome, where it causes the person being trafficked to not want to leave or to go back because that person has taken care of them, even if they were forced to do something they did not want to do. According to federal law, there must be a process (recruiting, harboring, moving, obtaining or maintaining a person), means (by force, fraud or coercion) and end (for involuntary servitude, debt bondage, slavery or sex trade). North Dakota has now adopted the “Safe Harbor Law,” meaning for minors they do not have to prove “means.” There is also an expungement law where if there are any laws broken during the time of being human trafficked, then the person who was trafficked can work to get those expunged. There are resources at NDSU that provide assistance for any of those that are sex trafficked, harassed, abused, et cetera: Counseling Center: 701-231-7671 Student Health Service: 701-231-7331 Campus Escort Service: 701-231-8998 Megan Talcott: megan.talcott@ndsu.edu

Megan Lundborg spoke about the misconceptions of human trafficking.

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Graduate students win awards for research

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Third annual GSC Symposium gives students a chance to feel a part of campus Features Editor

Graduate students have a tough job of always doing research, so receiving acknowledgement for their findings is appreciated. Being able to present their findings to a large crowd gives students a way of learning more and feeling more a part of campus. On April 3, the third annual Graduate Student Council (GSC) Research Symposium took place to highlight the research being done at NDSU. Adrienne Antonsen won for her oral presentation on “determining spatial and temporal distributions of grassland butterflies through statewide monitoring.” For the poster presentation, Ana Magallanes Lopez tied for first place with her presentation of “Can We Remove Vomitoxin From Wheat by Wet Milling?” with Nik Snyder who presented “Seasonal Trends In Nesting Physiology Of Adult Laughing Gulls (Leucophaeus Atricilla).” Each contestant was shocked to hear they won and excited for the accomplishment. “I definitely didn’t expect to win,” Antonsen, entomology graduate student, said. “It took me by surprise.” Antonsen entered the symposium to gain better public speaking skills and left explaining that it was all worth it. Not only was she able to win and share her findings, but she also found it interesting to learn more about what is happening behind the scenes at NDSU. Many students do not know all the research that is being conducted by graduate students because there is just so much. Antonsen explained how she got

“such a bigger perspective on campus, research wise.” “I think it kind of helps make me feel a part of a bigger thing,” Antonsen said. Lopez agreed with this feeling. She was able to show the world what she was doing rather than being inside the lab working like she usually is. “Whenever you have a chance to show your research, just go for it because it’s a very good opportunity to feel that your research is important,” Lopez said. Before Lopez entered the competition, she felt like as though she couldn’t compete with those who were talking about cancer and diabetes because her research seemed important but did not compare to something so large like that. She has won multiple awards through competitions and conferences, and yet she still wondered if she should participate in the symposium. After almost two years of research, she felt compelled to share her findings at with the GSC. When explaining how lengthy research is and how one must truly love what they are studying, Lopez explained the importance of studying different aspects in the world. “I think that’s the important thing of doing research — to have an impact,” she said. While some studies have an impact on those learning, the symposium had an impact on Snyder. “GSC Symposium acts as a great cheerleader for graduate students and reinvigorated me, reminding me why I love my research,” Snyder said. Many graduate students spend hours in their lab and years on their study, making them sacrifice parts of their lives for what they love to research, which is why

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were becoming too heavy on their shoulders.

“It definitely made me feel more of a part of NDSU”

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why they are doing the study, even if they ever felt as though it

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continue,” Snyder said. Because the symposium is not as intimidating as other competitions, it allows for students to practice for something that may have higher stakes. Snyder appreciated “the diversity of judges because this reaffirmed for me that I can still effectively communicate my science to a broad range of scientists.” The symposium is a way to become more involved at NDSU, share research with others and practice communication skills for future events. The event helps prepare graduate students to share their research with the world and spread the word.

“Graduate work is tough. The award has encouraged me to

A Bison Abroad | Bunjilaka artwork represents stories Melbourne artist uses art to show culture and history Erin Thostenson Contributing Writer

The Melbourne Museum is dedicated to showcasing the art, culture and history of the Australian city as well as the country itself. There is no section of the museum in which these ideas are explored deeper than in Bunjilaka, the Aboriginal Cultural Centre. This section was created by a collaboration of the Melbourne Museum with members of Aboriginal communities in Victoria and indigenous communities across Australia.

Bunjilaka strives to share and preserve the stories of these diverse groups. Their stories in Bunjilaka are told through historical archive, artifacts, oral history, artwork and more. One especially thoughtful addition to Bunjilaka is the mixed photography, writing and audio art exhibit created by Jim Berg, a seasoned photographer and Gunditjmara Elder. The exhibit is called “Silent Witness: A Window to the Past.” The focus of the exhibit is Scar trees found on Wotjobaluk Country in western Victoria. “Silent

Witness” consists of about a dozen photographs of these trees, interspersed with written commentary from Berg in the form of several poems and some prose and scored by atmospheric audio recordings of the forests these Scar trees come from. Together, these elements of photography, writing and sound combine to create an experience that demonstrates how deeply Aboriginal groups in Wotjobaluk Country are connected to their traditional land; a person can actually see, in markings on Scar trees, visual evidence of how these groups lived

and used their land in past generations. Berg writes in his prose introduction at the beginning of “Silent Witness” that for some Aboriginal groups in Victoria, “Trees were the supermarkets of the Land. They provided food, shelter, transport, medicines, tools and weapons.” After years of harvesting trees for these supplies, the trees become permanently marked and are called “Scar trees.” Scar trees go beyond just being a necessary part of living for these groups historically. Australian author and activist Tony Birch shared

that Scar trees not only show factual evidence of historical Aboriginal life, independent from settler-colonial life, they also tell the stories of these indigenous people —stories that, perhaps, are not typically told in written records. The work of Tim Berg in “Silent Witness: A Window to the Past” is a record, both artistic and historical, of the intimate relationship that Aboriginal groups of Wotjobaluk Country have to their country. His art not only shows the histories of these groups, but it also anchors these histories in the present.

Their stories are not just ephemeral memories; they can still be seen on the Scar trees on their country today. Even in the future, if the Scar trees are lost to time, Berg’s photography, poetry, prose and soundtrack will still remain to preserve them in archives to come. The artwork of Tim Berg helps frame a person’s mindset as they enter the Aboriginal Cultural Centre, making a visit to Bunjilaka in the Melbourne Museum an introspective and powerful Australian experience.


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‘Before She Knew Him’

Picking book s solely on their look s Brittany Hofmann Staff Writer

Behind closed doors and pulled shades, our neighbors may be hiding more than we think. For Henriette (Hen), she knows exactly what her neighbor Matthew is up to. After a friendly dinner party with their new neighbors, Hen and her husband Lloyd are given a tour of Matthew and Mira’s home in quaint Massachusetts. When Hen spots an old fencing trophy on the mantle in Matthew’s office, she discovers that her new neighbor is far from an innocent school teacher, but in reality — he’s a serial murderer. Immediately, a connection is made between the two. Hen knows, and Matthew knows she knows. When Hen alerts the police to save anyone else from becoming the victim at the hands of a self-proclaimed vigilante, Matthew knows how to cover his tracks — by digging up some dirt on Hen from when she was in college. Hen suffers from bipolar disorder in which her symptoms peaked in college when she believed she was in danger of being killed by a fellow classmate. To avoid harm, Hen threw a brick through her classmate’s window and was arrested for assault, which she had thought wouldn’t come back to haunt her. Now that the police suspect she’s “psycho,” they don’t believe

her when she says her neighbor is a serial murderer. Not even her husband believes her. One day, Matthew approaches Hen and asks to confide in her given their special relationship, and after much thought, she agrees, especially when Matthew confesses to her that he thinks her husband is unfaithful. At this point in the book, it seemed utterly predictable. No one would believe Hen until the book reached a “thrilling conclusion” in which her husband’s life is on the line and she is the only one who can save him because the police won’t believe her. Just as someone is about to die, the police converge, Matthew is taken into custody and Hen can finally say, “I told you so.” But “Before She Knew Him” went in a different direction from this prediction. In fact, Hen and Matthew form an unlikely alliance — a relationship in which both individuals completely understand each other like no one else has before. Matthew can confide in Hen without ever being worried about being caught because no one would believe a word she says given her delusional past. Soon enough, Hen begins to understand exactly why Mathew does what he does. He protects women from evil men that are just like his father. Killing these men are his way of avenging his mother’s horrific abuse from his father. “Before She Knew Him” is a short, simple read, but mostly because it’s impossible to put down.

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Gaming News: Finally some name changes

All the things from the gaming industry last week Max Borman

Contributing Writer

As another week flew by, a fresh set of news from the gaming industry came with it. For your convenience, here is a quick rundown of all the things that happened last week in gaming,

New Xbox subscription

A leak on Twitter may have revealed a new subscription service from Xbox. The rumor is both Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass will combine into one fancy bundle, called Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. The new subscription is rumored to be priced at $14.99 a month. This would make it $5 cheaper than if you were to pay for both subscriptions separately. If the rumor is true, it would give gamers access to online play and the huge library of Xbox Game Pass games for one low monthly price. It is surprising it took this long to actually make this service a reality.

Nintendo VR

Nintendo is taking another crack at the virtual reality market.

Its last attempt was all the way back in 1995 with the Virtual Boy. The Nintendo Labo VR Kit, a couple of cardboard pieces, will allow users to play some of their games in VR. Both “Super Mario Odyssey” and “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” will receive free updates to make them VR compatible. The updates will come out April 25, so be prepared to enjoy these wonderful adventures in VR.

right call to not bring the game to Steam first. Considering the poor reception Epic Games has received, perhaps Gearbox may want to rethink their current attitude toward Steam,

‘Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’

Gearbox responds

After the announcement that “Borderlands 3” will be exclusive to the Epic Games Store for the first six months of release, people began to “review bomb” the previous games in the franchise on Steam to show their anger. People were purposely giving them bad reviews to try and drop the overall score and fight back. Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford responded on Twitter by saying this proved the company made the

Blizzard announced a new event coming to “Overwatch” titled “Storm Rising.” It’s a new “Archives Event,” which will have players playing through the history of the world of “Overwatch.” This new event expands on the conflict between the Overwatch team and the character Doomfist. The new mission will have players getting involved in some type of corporate takeover with the possibilities of a hurricane.

which could mean no more games from them launching on Steam.

‘Overwatch’ event

Electronic Arts is teasing the next Star Wars game being made by their studios, which will be titled “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.” The publisher released an image with a broken weapon and the game’s logo, promising more information soon. This will most likely come at Star Wars Celebration, a fan event that celebrates all things Star Wars. The game will follow a Padawan who survived Order 66.

By the time this article is posted, the trailer will have been shown off to people in at a special panel.

Long-awaited feature

PlayStation

Finally, after years of asking for it, PlayStation users can finally change their user names. The first name change is free, but any after that will cost $9.99 or $4.99 for PS Plus members. You can switch back to your old name at any time for free if you really miss it. However, any game made before April 2018 may not be compatible with your new name, and you may also have a chance to lose DLC. It’s strange that it took this long for the feature and that it’s still having problems when every other video game service has had name changes for a while without these problems. That is all of the important news that came out this week in gaming. Every week is different, and some more interesting than the last, so stay tuned for next week’s rundown.


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Review: ‘Missing Link’ may be stop motion, but there is no stopping its charm

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Laika lets their uncommon artistry shine once more Laura Ellen Brandjord A&E Editor

The Sasquatch in “Missing Link” doesn’t look like a sickly werewolf, and he won’t try and sell you jerky, but he’s great for a laugh or two. Of course, when your visage is voiced by Zach

Galifianakis, that is bound to be the case. The jury is still out on if Galifianakis was chosen for his comedy or his likeness to the Sasquatch. “Missing Link” follows a rejected adventurer named Sir Lionel Frost (Hugh Jackman), who wants nothing more than to be accepted into the prestigious and stuffy

Adventurers’ Club. After losing his evidence of the Loch Ness monster due to an unfortunate accident, Frost receives an intriguing letter. The anonymous author offers to show Frost the location of the Sasquatch if he were to meet him in Washington state. Little did Frost know at the time, the letter was written by the

furry biped himself. The Sasquatch (later known as Mr. Link and Susan) was lonely, and in exchange for giving proof of his existence to Frost, he wanted the explorer to take him to his cousins in the Himalayas so he wouldn’t be alone. What ensues is an adventure across the globe

Review: ‘Captain Marvel’ P roves women can be superheroes too Great actors and engaging storyline make latest Marvel film a hit Kelsey Young?

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“Captain Marvel” is not your typical superhero origin story. The latest iteration of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and its first solo female superhero led film, focuses on Carol Danvers, AKA Captain Marvel, (Brie Larson) as she tries to regain her memory and establish who she wants to be as a person and as a hero. Captain Marvel has her powers right from the start of the movie, meaning that we are immediately thrown into the action, with her past being the mystery. It was a nice refresher to watch Carol’s past unfold alongside her instead of watching how she got her powers in a linear way. But before she is Captain Marvel, she is Vers, a Starforce member fighting for Hala, the capital planet of the Kree Empire, in an intergalactic space war. There, she suffers from recurring nightmares. Her mentor, Yon-Rogg (Jude Law), warns her to control her abilities while the Supreme Intelligence, an AI, urges her to keep her emotions in check. While working with Ronan the Accuser (you may remember him as the bad guy from “Guardians of the Galaxy”) to rescue

an undercover spy, Vers is abducted and subjected to a memory probe by a group of Skrulls. The Skrulls are alien shapeshifters with whom the Kree Empire is at war. Vers escapes from the Skrulls’ ship in an escape pod, and ultimately crash lands on Earth. Her presence quickly attracts the attention of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), whose investigation ends up being interrupted by a Skrull attack. The rest of the movie then becomes a buddy-cop film of sorts, with Nick Fury and Captain Marvel searching for answers. Never quite trusting the other, the pair must quickly learn to do so as both S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Skrulls are after them.

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I really appreciated that Captain Marvel is a female superhero and that she is seen as someone who is strong. The film is a superb example of what positive representation looks like. She did not need the help of a man to fight off the enemies. By fully using her powers, she took down the enemies within no time. Brie Larson was a phenomenal Captain Marvel — I cannot picture anyone else in the role. She brought her to life and made her seem real. I appreciated that the idea

that emotions are powerful and can cloud judgment was present throughout the movie. Emotions are extremely powerful, and people need to be able to control their emotions to avoid doing something they may regret. Another thing that was particularly enjoyable about “Captain Marvel” is Goose the Cat. Goose definitely provided comedic relief throughout the movie, especially his various interactions with Nick Fury. The Skrulls have the ability to shapeshift, which make them seem like they would be the perfect villain for Captain Marvel to encounter throughout the movie. However, in war, things are rarely what they seem. Continuing on the same topic of character choices, Jude Law was superb as YonRogg. It is safe to say that Jude Law certainly has the talent to play a complex man of war. He seems like the perfect fit to play the self-assured mentor to Carol. I think it goes without saying that I highly recommend that you see this movie in theaters to get the most out of your moviewatching experience. There are some significant tie-ins to the larger MCU, so if you’re planning on seeing “Avengers: Endgame,” you should definitely see “Captain Marvel.”

with a hitman on their tail. There are those back in England that will do anything to prevent Frost from success. With a twist ending you won’t see coming, “Missing Link” teaches you that family is more than blood. Laika, the animation studio that produced critically-acclaimed hits

such as “Coraline” and “Kubo and the Two Strings, has always been a master of artful stop motion, and “Missing Link” is possibly their most charming yet.

Join the fight for humanity in ‘World War Z’ New post-apocalyptic game from Saber Interactive releases April 16 Nathan Wetrosky Contributing Writer

With the eventual zombie apocalypse coming, as preceded by the spring snow storm last week, Saber Interactive is releasing “World War Z” Tuesday, April 16 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and the Epic Game Store for PC. This should help us prepare for one of the scarier versions of zombie invasions created. Much like the zombies from the 2013 action-thriller starring Brad Pit, the depiction of the zombie apocalypse in “World War Z” is that of large hordes of sprinting people that want to bite and infect you with the mysterious virus ravaging much of the world’s population. “World War Z” provides four-player cooperative play and massive swarms of dynamic zombies that will do anything to get at their prey. The overall game is focused on quick reaction gameplay with an emphasis on not getting bitten by a zombie. Exploring parts of the world where the movie did not cover in depth or not at all, “World War Z” the video game features four survivor stories in different locations across the globe. The locations highlighted are Moscow, Tokyo, Jerusalem and New York. There, you must fight with a group of survivors to reach safety or to see at least one more day of life.

To fight the infected there are six unique classes to play as. These are the Gunslinger, Hellraiser, Slasher, Medic, Fixer and Exterminator. All of these classes are armed with an assortment of guns and items to use, which can be upgraded with more playtime. While the stories are nice and different classes to upgrade are cool, the real stars of any zombie game (or movie) are the zombies themselves. The zombies in “World War Z” behave and die in dynamic and amazing ways. As mentioned, the zombies act like physical beings. They will get stuck in hallways and stumble over each other to reach players. They will even clamber on top of each other as they did in the movie, a really cool mechanic they will use if a player is on a higher level than them. In addition, the zombies are equipped with “advanced gore and dismemberment systems,” according to the game’s website. Basically, the zombies feel good to gun down. “World War Z” appears to be an exciting addition to the many, many zombie titles on the market. If you are getting ready for this kind of apocalypse, or currently ready and want to hone your skills, “World War Z” will allow for an exciting and gripping time as you mow down hundreds of zombies.


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The uncertain future Why the future may unclear moving forward

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Jacob Elwell Opinion Editor

A question that crosses every young adult’s mind at least once every so often is: “What does the future look like? Where will I be in 1020 years?” These powerful questions can strike both excitement and anxiety into us. The reason we get anxious about these kinds of questions is because the answers are uncertain. We don’t actually know where we’ll be or what we’ll be doing in the next decade. However, we can use clues about ourselves and what our interests are to make an educated guess about what we might be doing. Your major should be a good signifier for what the future might hold, but overall we don’t know exactly what we’ll be doing. The thing I can’t get over is how many more generations this planet will have to sustain. Technology is playing a huge role. Kids born in 2010 and after grow up with a tablet or phone to play on. They ask for video

games or computers rather than toys for Christmas. As more and more children are born, there will be a steady increase in the reliance on technology. Our parents didn’t grow up with this kind of stuff. Heck, if you were born before 2000, your early childhood didn’t solely consist of technology. I think with the emergence of technology there becomes less expectations of kids. Everything can be done online, and there are so many ways to cheat in high school and even college. Frank Martin, the head basketball coach at the University of South Carolina, had one of the better and more accurate quotes about present day kids. “You know what makes me sick to my stomach? When I hear grown people say that kids have changed,” Martin said. “Kids haven’t changed. Kids don’t know anything about anything. We’ve changed as adults. We demand less of kids. We expect less of kids. We make their lives easier instead of preparing them for what life is truly about. We’re the

ones that have changed. To blame kids is a cop-out.” Everything about this quote is entirely true. While he didn’t mention technology as a reason for

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future. You look at where animals were on the map 40 years ago and now, and the comparison isn’t even close. There are so many animals on the verge of extinction,

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can’t say for certain future generations won’t achieve as much as our ancestors, but I think there are signs that suggest we won’t.

less expectations of kids, I think it’s still a contributing factor. I think parents use this technology as a mechanism to give kids something to do when they’re being annoying. It works, but there comes a point where the kids then rely on technology for entertainment. At the rate we’re going, there’s going to be so many extinct species in the

such as various rhinoceros and tiger species. Poaching is still a thing and people are constantly leaving their garbage everywhere except the trash. You wonder how much longer earth will realistically be able to sustain human life. The emergence of new ways to get “high” is also a reason kids today might not achieve as much. When I say

high, I don’t just mean weed, although I do partially. There are “dab pens” now, which are little vape like devices that contain THC. It seems like almost every high schooler has one now, and before you know it, middle schoolers will be using them too. It’s too easy to catch a high with those things. You can easily get high in the bathroom at school or work now. New nicotine devices also defeat the purpose of e-cigarettes, which were made to help people stop smoking cigarettes. Now, there’s things like Suorin Airs, Juuls and Mini Fits that can get you buzzed in a few short puffs. There are already middle schoolers using these, and it’s only a matter of time before elementary school students experiment with this stuff. Given this information, it just seems like it will be harder to sustain the quality of life that our ancestors experienced. This is part of the reason I think the Rapture could happen in 2019. I’m not going to go

in depth on the Rapture because I don’t want to get religion involved, but I will say what it is. It’s essentially the second coming of Jesus Christ. You always hear about God coming back and taking his followers with him to heaven to cherish and have eternal life. You can read more about it by searching “Rapture 2019.” It’s interesting stuff and worth reading a little about. I can’t say for certain future generations won’t achieve as much as our ancestors, but I think there are signs that suggest we won’t. In the direction the world is headed, this is what I see. I would love for me to be completely wrong and people to be smarter than ever before and save the world. As long as we keep bettering ourselves every day and pay attention to detail, we should be fine. Hard work and ambition can get you anything in this world, and while it seems like future generations aren’t maintaining that, that doesn’t mean you can’t. There is hope for everyone.


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Getting to class Mental illness creates barriers to student learning Delaney Halloran Contributing Writer

According to College Board, the average college or university student will skip 240 classes by the time they graduate. For many students at North Dakota State, those classes may be missed due to social engagements, disinterest in the class material or the perceived notion that attending class is unnecessary. Those affected by illnesses such as anxiety or depression miss for entirely different reasons. One freshman student, who chose to remain anonymous, explained her experience this year. Depression kept her from attending three of her classes for over a month. “The classes I missed were

the most interactive, the most mentally taxing. I couldn’t focus,” she said. As she explained, it was impossible to attend classes that required so much social interaction when she could hardly interact with her closest friends. When grades started to become an issue, this individual contacted the professors directly. “For the most part, they were understanding,” she said. However, one of her professors simply replied with the following email: “You should consider withdrawing from this class.” Even with the support of several faculty members, there was no guidance in place to help the professors or this individual come

back from a month of missed classes. This student plans on dropping out of NDSU following the end of the spring semester. Issues with p r o f e s s o r s understanding are not the only hurdles students with mental illness face. It appears that the programs in place to help students aren’t always successful either. Three separate students all recalled similar experiences of making appointments at the Counseling Center, being promised someone would follow up after the appointment and never hearing back. As one student recalled, “It’s hard enough when you’re feeling depressed to ask someone for help, but then they

promise to be there and they aren’t. You feel hopeless.” It cannot be the expectation that when a student is incapable of getting out of bed in the morning they should be responsible for consistently reaching out to the people on campus meant to help them. The failures are not just occurring at a departmental or student level, but are a campus wide problem that needs to be addressed. The university needs to educate professors on how to handle the needs of students with mental illness, similarly to how professors are legally obligated to accommodate students with disabilities. Additionally, if a student hasn’t been to class in weeks,

they should not be treated like deviants. While some students may skip class out of negligence, every individual case should be treated with the understanding necessary to help those who don’t come to class because they are mentally unable. The Counseling Center and other programs in place at NDSU need to improve their outreach and follow through. It is one thing to email the entire student body encouraging them to come make zen gardens and another to try to get in contact with students on an individual basis that may be scared to ask for help. Finally, and this is the big one, students need to try their best to recognize when someone needs help.

While few individuals on campus are trained professionals capable of providing the advice needed to those with mental illness, any person is capable of dialing the phone. Whether it’s a friend, roommate or stranger, calling a mental health hotline for advice is never a bad idea. Reach out to professors for advice on how to help a classmate you’re concerned about. Even if you’ve had issues with the Counseling Center, try to get in contact with them again and see if they can reach out to that student. Mental illness touches the lives of every person within the NDSU community, therefore it is the responsibility of everyone to do better.

Memento Take your accomplices with you Grant Gloe

Contributing Writer

They say not to cry because it’s over, but to smile because it happened. As it happens, this is terrible advice for someone who shuts a door on their finger. If you give that advice to someone who shuts a car door on their finger, they hit you hard enough to redefine another cliché: “This is going to hurt me more than it hurts you.” Even so, many of us are heading away from campus for the summer or a lifetime. You know the feeling

by now. Summer always feels long, but a lifetime isn’t long enough. Either way though, you’re leaving. That is inherently sad. Some of you might be taking it well. Others might chain themselves to their dorms like the local business tycoon is trying to tear it down and build a luxury resort for the rich and snotty with orphan tear hot tubs. There’s also maybe some middle ground there. Movie tropes aside, let’s talk about mementos. That is, whatever memento you are bringing with you. This is a part of your life now. You should really bring something back, big or small.

Now, I would never condone stealing, but I have, through various means, acquired an assortment of dining center mugs. It’s only

the ones in the dining centers, but I assure you it is not. My salt and pepper shakers also look strikingly similar to those at Herd and Horns.

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t is nice to have something you can look at and remember the good times.

fitting because college gave me a pretty bad coffee addiction. Also, my napkin dispenser may look like

While you psychology majors see an underlying habit that may exhibit itself other ways throughout

my life, possibly in the form of designer shirts or excess after dinner mints, I hope the rest of you pick up on the true sentiment. It is nice to have something you can look at and remember the good times. All those days you sat around the dining center enjoying a meal or doing homework. The nights out you wouldn’t trade. Most importantly, you’ll remember the people you met over a familiar chicken patty or a sticky bar table. They make this whole town what it is, and they are what you’re really taking with you. The best crimes come with an accomplice.


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Men in Blazers embrace the Minnesotan fans, history Subhed Celebrate a next chapter of the story Taylor Schloemer Sports Editor

There is a uniqueness of being a Minnesota sports fan. One of the more difficult things to try to put down in writing is the feeling of being a Minnesotan fan. It is a feeling of nothing good can last, and that three years of solid play will inevitably end with little if any success and will be followed by five years of basement-dwelling sadness. Celebrations come few and far between. For Minnesota United fans, on the eve of the shining stadium on the side of the interstate opening, an evening out to the theater to watch a live show of the Men in Blazers was going to be the kickoff of the celebrations. However, as the evening went on, it became more than that. The show became a celebration of Minnesota as a whole, and it took two bald blokes from England to warm the hearts of the Minnesota faithful. It also helps that the story of soccer in the state is just as wild as the name of the hockey team

that played just a few yards away from the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Those familiar with the Men in Blazers would already know how the night was likely to go. Hosts Michael Davis and Roger Bennett cracked jokes and told stories with a wide variety of guests. It was a night of fun, and a bit of laughing at your own expense. It helped that Rog, as Bennett is affectionally known, is an Everton fan. Everton is pretty much the Premier League equivalent of all Minnesota sports teams. Often stuck in the middle of the table, unlikely to win any hardware, and if the opportunity arises, then it will be cruelly taken away at the eleventh hour. Heartbreak game recognizes heartbreak game. But the thing with Minnesota is that even despite all the historical evidence of the contrary, the fans still have hope. And that hope was exemplified by the first guest, who could have single-handedly fixed the hole in the Loons’ defensive midfield, Harrison Smith.

Smith has better things to do, being one of the best safeties in the NFL included. But Smith talked about the passion that all the fans here have. They want a championship. They crave one. And it has been that way for a while. Allen Merrick was playing for West Bromwich Albion in the English First Division in the late ‘80s and came to Minnesota on a three-month vacation that turned into a lot longer stay. Merrick became the backbone of the old Minnesota Kicks, a team with a Korn Flakes “K” in their logo, back in the heyday of the North American Soccer League. Those were the days of Pelé playing in the States and occasionally rolling on the grass in pain from a Merrick challenge. And that was just the beginning of the complex soccer history in the state. The Kicks folded in 1981, and three years later were reincarnated into the equally aptly named Strikers. That club played in what wound up to be the last season of the NASL before the league collapsed.

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The Ordway in St. Paul was invaded by crazy soccer fans for the evening. The club miraculously survived and found haven in the Major Indoor Soccer League for three years before relocating. Upon the reincarnation of the NASL in 2011, it was the turn of the Thunder, who then transformed into the Stars. That club faced such financial trouble that it was actually taken over by the league in order to stay afloat. Enter Dr. Bill McGuire, who bought the team with an admittance of “lack of due diligence” and rebranded the club into the current guise of Minnesota United in 2013.

Now, six years later, the Loons are up in MLS, a process that might have gone sooner had MLS commissioner Don Garber tried a Juicy Lucy before Rog gave him one on stage (it was from Matt’s), and built a shining star of the north of a stadium. Besides Dr. McGuire and Garber, guests included Sean “Slug” Davis, a hiphop artist who could attest to Minnesota often being overlooked as a hotbed of talent and passion, and Loons manager Adrian Heath.

Heath also had the honored distinction of being on a poster of young Rog’s room back in his Everton playing days. Heath was brilliant on stage, significantly more brilliant than he was the following afternoon at Allianz Field. But throughout the evening, there were laughs and good times. The perfect way to kick off what is a new chapter in Minnesota sports history.

Bison split two on Bison golf closes out unplanned final regular season road swing

Defending Summit League champions turn toward the repeat Madison Schill

Contributing Writer

The regular season for both the men’s and women’s golf has come to a close after one last tournament out of each. The men finished their regular season at the Richland Country Club in Nashville, Tennessee as part of the Ryman Hospitality Intercollegiate Tournament. After one round, the Bison were in 13th place with 304 strokes, a place they would stay after the second round. However, there would be no third round due to weather constraints. The team ended with a combined 609 strokes. The tournament was won by University of South Carolina Upstate with a combined 573 strokes. The Bison were led by Van Holmgren. After day one, Holmgren was tied for second with 69 strokes. Although he did drop down to seventh place in round two, it was still an outstanding performance by the sophomore. Holmgren ended with a score of 142 and his sixth 10th-place finish on the season. Behind Holmgren were both Andrew Israelson and Lucas Johnson. The pair both finished with 155 strokes, earning them a tie for 57th place. Nate Deziel and Will Holmgren placed 69th and 87th, respectively. The team will have their next tournament,

the Summit League Championships, the last weekend of April in Newton, Kansas. The women were further west in Maricopa, Arizona at the AK-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club for the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic. After three rounds, the NDSU women finished 17th out of 20 with a combined score of 922. Their best round came in the third when they scored 306. The tournament was won by the University of Texas El Paso with a score of 883 and a best round of 286. The women were led by Emma Groom. With an overall score of 228, Groom tied for 44th place. Her best round came in the third along with the team when she scored 74. Groom was followed by Sierra Bennion who tied for 56th and an overall score of 230. Next came Taylor McCorkle who scored 231, tying her for 63rd place. Alexis Thomas and Maddie Herzog scored 236 and 237, respectively. The women will continue to the postseason on April 21s in Newton, Kansas. There they will play in the Summit League Championships a week before the men’s team. Both teams claimed Summit League Championships last season. The men return to the same Sand Creek Station course where they won the title. The women’s event last year took place in Oklahoma.

NDSU beat Jacks in Omaha after weather in Fargo Madison Schill

Contributing Writer

Baseball does not stop for anything, unless there is a blizzard in April. The winter storm forced the Bison and the Jackrabbits to meet in Omaha instead of Brookings. The Herd were able to come away with a split, winning the second game of a doubleheader Saturday. The Bison were able to strike first in the first game when Ben Tallman scored on a wild pitch in the third inning, but the Jacks quickly responded. SDSU was able to string together a few one and two-out hits to in the bottom of the third and fourth to go up 4-1. Outside of a Jack Simonsen RBI single in the sixth inning, the Bison could not seem to muster anything up offensively, dropping the first game 5-2. Winning the night cap would be very important for the Bison. A loss would put

the Bison a full two games back of the Rabbits in the Summit League and put NDSU in sole position of next to last in the conference. The Bison were able to come out firing, as Simonsen, a freshman catcher, put the Bison up early with an RBI groundout in the first. A two-out infield single by Jayse McLean scored Brock Anderson from third to put the Herd up 2-0. The Bison kept it rolling in the second when Anderson singled to score Jake Malec and Carter Thompson as the lead grew to 4-0. After a few scoreless innings by both teams, the Bison were able to add one in both the fifth and sixth innings via RBI singles from Charley Hesse and Peter Brookshaw. The Jacks were able to add two in the seventh, but Mandan native Parker Harm shut the door in the final two innings to secure the split. The Bison moved to just 9-16 overall, but are 7-7 in conference. The Jackrabbits

moved to 15-14 overall and 8-6 in conference. Once this series with SDSU wraps up, the Bison will only play one more road game, an April 30 date with the Minnesota Gophers in Minneapolis. This may prove to be very important, as the middle of the Summit league is very crowded right now and not having to travel can make all the difference, especially for a team that has yet to play in front of a home crowd. The Herd’s schedule also looks to break favorably as the season winds down. A three-game series with Summit League dwellers Purdue Fort Wayne followed by a three-game series with SDSU may allow the Bison to make up some ground quickly if they need to. Every game from here on out can make the difference come tournament time.


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Allianz Field becomes Loons’ nest Draw with NYCFC christens new digs

Allianz Field is a well-deserved emblem of Minnesota’s soccer history.

Thomas Evanella Staff Writer

Allianz Field, Minnesota United’s palatial 19,400seat stadium in Saint Paul, was merely minutes away from kickoff before a crisis struck in the stands. The 2,900 fans packed on the Wonderwall were gearing up to show off their latest work of art — a tribute to the state’s soccer history. At 20,000 square feet, the tifo was the largest ever displayed at a professional match in Minnesota. Five panels honored the state’s four former squads, the Kicks, Thunder, Stars and Strikers, with the fifth for MNUFC. The countless hours spent working on the

banners were erased in a matter of seconds, however. The center tifo honoring MNUFC ripped in half on its way up the wall, meanwhile the vertical banner depicting a loon never completely unfurled. The collective anguish in the crowd was palpable as Allianz Field was off to a rocky start. The ripped tifo fortunately was not a portend of the action on the field. No, there would be no “curse of the tifo” Saturday evening. Kickoff came and Minnesota was off, with a raucous crowd of 19,796 in support. The Loons opened with goals on their mind, attacking down the flanks and consistently causing trouble in the penalty box. The forward momentum

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paid off when Ozzie Alonso swung his foot through the ball and put MNUFC ahead. NYCFC would not roll over and die, scoring a pair of goals in front of the Wonderwall within the next five minutes to take the lead. After an electrifying start, the wind had been taken out of the building. The Loons responded through Angelo Rodriguez to tie the score two minutes later, and a gaffe from New York City goalie Sean Rodriguez gave MNUFC the lead at halftime. It wouldn’t last though, as Ismael Tajouri-Shradi sent an unanswered cross into the penalty area that breezed past Loons goalie Vito Mannone. Minnesota was unable to re-establish the attacking

prowess it showed in the first half and the result was a 3-3 draw. The final line on the scoreboard no doubt stung; it meant a rendition of Oasis’ “Wonderwall” would be put on hold. For many though, the score was never going to be the No. 1 takeaway from April 13 anyway. Yes, April 13 will always be the date of Allianz Field’s inaugural match. More importantly though, April 13 will always be the date that generations of Minnesota soccer fans got their due. It’s a date that will always carry special meaning for Minnesota fans, regardless of whether they watched the Kicks playing in the ‘70s or became a fan when the Loons moved to Major League Soccer. New or old,

it wasn’t lost on a single person in the building that they were witnessing the beginning of a new era for the sport in their state. As time wears on, the score on April 13 will long be forgotten. What was truly unforgettable, even for someone who only recently began to follow the team, was the atmosphere. The sensation of witnessing Alonso’s first goal and sharing in the ensuing ecstasy with thousands of others was an indelible experience. As a sports fan, Allianz Field is bucket list material. The crowd was raucous and relentless throughout. The stadium itself is a gem, standing out in the Twin Cities and illuminating Saint Paul’s Midway

neighborhood. That’s no small feat considering the Twin Cities is home to five other sports venues built or remodeled in this millennium. Allianz Field is all the more impressive when considering its place in Minnesota’s soccer history. It is a testament to individuals such as Buzz Lagos, former Thunder manager, and Dr. Bill McGuire, who purchased the Stars, rebranded the team and successfully bid to bring the franchise to MLS. April 13 won’t be remembered as the date of MNUFC’s first win at Allianz Field. That said, it will forever be the date that the Loons found a permanent nest.

NBA playoffs kick off first round

The annual Warriors crusade through the league Phillip Atneosen Staff Writer

Another NBA regular season is finished, and another Golden State Warriors’ championship is likely to follow. This might be the last year that we see Kevin Durant playing for the Warriors, so the playoffs could be interesting next year. But for this year, I’m expecting the same old Warriors story. At least the East is getting better, right? Any NBA fan could give you their rendition of the remaining teams after the first round of the playoffs, but most are going to be wrong. Even I will be wrong, but that’s not going to stop me from trying to guess. Without further ado, these are my predictions for the first round of the NBA playoffs.

The no-brainer

Per usual, I expect some teams to exit the playoffs without winning a single game. The first of these, which shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody, is the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers (8) have the misfortune of playing the Warriors (1) in the first round in the West. I would be pleasantly surprised if the Clippers could push the series to five games. The second team I expect to get swept is the Detroit Pistons (8). Blake Griffin has been having a career year, but he has been in and out of the trainer’s room toward the end of the season. Without him at 100%, I don’t think the Pistons can win a game against the leaders of the East, the Milwaukee Bucks (1). On Saturday, the Magic (7) surprised everyone

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by winning on the road in Toronto (2). I’m here to reassure you that it won’t matter unless you’re an Orlando fan. This is the Magic’s first playoff appearance and playoff win since 2012. This also might be Orlando’s only playoff win this year. I expect Toronto to bounce back and win the series in five games to move on to the second round in the East.

the probable winners

This next group of matchups include series that I expect to go five or six games. In the West, the Denver Nuggets (2) are challenged by the San Antonio Spurs (7). The Nuggets, led by head coach Mike Malone, had a breakout year after missing the playoffs last year. A Spurs team led by head

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coach Gregg Popovich has only been swept three times in the last 20 years, and it’s never happened in the first round. I think San Antonio will win a game or two, but the Nuggets will ultimately move on. The Portland Trail Blazers (3) have a better record than the Oklahoma City Thunder (6), but they’re expected to lose this series. During the regular season, the Blazers lost all four matchups against the Thunder. Furthermore, Portland is without starting center Jusuf Nurkic for the remainder of the season. I’ll take the Thunder in five games. In the East, the Boston Celtics (4) face the Indiana Pacers (5). Since Indiana’s star guard Victor Oladipo went down for the year in January, they’ve won just seven of their 19 games.

What might help their chances is that Celtics guard Marcus Smart is expected to be out for a few more weeks. Smart is a cornerstone of Boston’s defense. Ultimately, I still expect Boston to emerge victorious in five games.

The toss-ups

In the East, the Brooklyn Nets (6) shocked the Philadelphia 76ers (3) with a nine-point win on the road Saturday. The 76ers are still favored to win the series, but this loss is eye-opening to me. Both teams are healthy, but most of Philadelphia’s starters just didn’t show up. Jimmy Butler finished with 36 points, but the four remaining starters shot just 34% from the field. If they don’t bounce back, they’re going to be in trouble. I think they’ll come back, but the series is going to go six or seven games.

In the final matchup in the West, the Houston Rockets (4) are opposed by the Utah Jazz (5). The Jazz are anchored defensively by center Rudy Gobert. He’s an elite rim protector, but he doesn’t match up well against the Rockets, who are one of the league’s best 3-point shooting teams. The Jazz are a great all-around team, and I think they have a shot at beating Houston. In years past, James Harden has struggled in the playoffs. Last year, he shot just 41% from the field and 30% from the 3-point line, compared to 45% and 37% during the regular season. I have the Rockets winning the series in six games, but they’re dependent on whether or not Harden shows up.


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