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It’s the Final Countdown

Library hours extended to compensate for high amounts of end-of-semester stress

Phoebe Ellis Staff Writer

Amanda Booher, communications and programs coordinator at the North Dakota State library, said starting at 12 a.m. Sunday, these changes may help relieve the stress and provide space. Booher is in charge of communicating all events, including dead week events. The library will remain open for 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for two

weeks starting Sunday, to give students a space to finish their work and study, especially to those students who may work in the evenings and do their homework at odd hours. The 24-hour service is made possible by the Blue Key Honor Society, who volunteer at the library in order to keep it open for all 24 of those hours. There is a slight change of operations while the Blue Key Honor Society runs the library. Students won’t be able to check out materials while

the normal library staff is away; no headphones or books can be checked out, as well. Study rooms will be unlocked and may be used on a first come first serve basis during the extended hours. Because of the increased hours, security will also be increased. Students who don’t feel safe walking to their car or residence halls at 3 a.m. have the option of being accompanied back. In addition to the extended hours, the library

is also providing stress relief options, including puppy therapy. At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, dogs will arrive from F-M Obedience for students to see, pet, enjoy and relieve stress for a couple hours. Late night snacks will be offered sporadically to keep students motivated and on task; this year it may even be ramen noodles. This will be announced via social media. The Blue Key candy fairy will also make appearances. Booher said an Instagram

has been created for the library. A feelings frame will be available at the library so students can release their emotions and hashtag it with #NDSU247. Students who use the hashtag will be entered to win a $25 gift card. The drawing for the gift card will happen on Dec. 14. There will also be a stressfree zone complete with a large word find, coloring pages, puzzles and other thoughtful activities. The Healthy Heard

NDSU’s main library will remain open on weekdays throughout winter break.

Champions, a student group on campus, will be bringing DIY stress balls for students to make. All of these activities are important to the library because it’s tradition. It is also “a great way to support students during a very stressful time,” and to get away from distractions like the refrigerator. The extended hours are a great way to reach out and support students, which Booher expressed as being important to her personally.


Hourly Operations Limited by Break

NDSU will remain open with altered hours for winter break

Amanda Johnson Staff Writer

Finals week is quickly approaching and with that comes the long awaited winter break, which for most starts Dec. 16. The North Dakota State campus is not closed for the entirety of winter break. Commencement ceremonies

will take place on Dec. 16 at the Scheels Center, located within the Sanford Health Athletic Complex. Campus offices will be closed on Dec. 26 and on Jan. 2 for Christmas and New Year’s Day, respectively. Residence halls will close at 6 p.m. Dec. 16 and will reopen Jan. 8



at noon. Students that need break housing must submit a winter break housing request form to the department of residence life no later than 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9. Students will be charged $13 per night for winter break housing. The Memorial Union will be open over winter break

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from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and will be closed Dec. 26 and Jan. 2. From Jan. 3 until Jan. 6, the MU will extend its hours to 6 p.m., and will resume regular in-semester hours Jan. 9. The Residence and Union Dining Centers will close at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16. The West Dining Center


will close on the same day at 3:30 p.m. All dining centers will remain closed through Jan. 7, with RDC opening from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Jan. 8. The dining centers will resume regular hours Jan. 9. Over winter break, NDSU’s main library will remain open Monday through Friday from 7:30

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a.m. until 5 p.m. and will be closed on weekends. The library will be closed on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2 as well, and will resume normal hours Jan. 9. Fall grades can be accessed online beginning Dec 21. Classes for spring semester will start on Monday, Jan. 9 at 4 p.m.

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News Giving Day the Bison Way THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2016


Philanthropic day raises *thousands* for NDSU Hannah Keogh

Contributing Writer

North Dakota State raised a total of $ XXXXX on the inaugural NDSU Giving Day. Nov. 29 marked the inaugural NDSU Giving Day. The event is a 24-hourlong online fundraiser encouraging philanthropic support of NDSU. Giving Day joins cyber and social media movements that give back during the holiday season. Philanthropy efforts are a large part of NDSU’s connection to past, present and future students, and this year that connection is

expected to only grow. The NDSU Foundation and Alumni Association creates opportunities to advance education, research and service at the university. The organization’s website states its mission is to raise funds, manage assets and administer other privately funded resources to stimulate continued development at NDSU. Existing developments made possible by alumni donations include the Fargodome, NDSU’s Equine Center, the Newman Outdoor Field, the renovation of Minard Hall, as well as other academic and athletic facilities’


Giving Day T-shirts were distributed to raise awareness of the day. renovations and building projects. This year, NDSU Giving Day hopes to capitalize on past success and partner with alumni and friends of the university to raise

funds to continue NDSU’s student-focused dedication. “Colleges and other university entities identified several funds for alumni and friends of the university to give to,” Sara Wald,

Red River Valley Historic Tours Digital tours of local sites coming soon Alex O’Reilly Staff Writer

At 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12 in the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead, students of the fall 2016 digital history class, taught by Angela Smith, will present the Red River Valley Historic Tours to the public. “This a digital history project and the main focus was to research different sites around Fargo and Moorhead and come up with a walking tour that people can enjoy,” Courtney Johnson, an NDSU student and athlete double majoring in public history and social science education, said. “We are working with PocketSights, which is an app that anyone can download to their smartphone and take tours around the country. It uses

the GPS in the phones to get you a step-by-step experience.” The Red River Valley Historic Tours are set to take place across Fargo, West Fargo and Moorhead. “We have a prohibition tour of Moorhead, Riverside Cemetery Tour, Island Park Tour and a tour of the sites that were burned in the Fargo fire of 1893,” Johnson said. The tours are free to roam for the most part and are available as walking tours or driving tours. “The easiest way to see what the students have created is to download the PocketSights app on your smartphone. The tours nearby automatically appear when the app is opened,” Smith said. A feature of the project Johnson and fellow student Jackie Stifter have been

working on is a historic walking tour of the NDSU campus. “There is just so much history here that many students, faculty and alumni don’t even know about,” Johnson said. “We talk about some of the oldest buildings on campus, some of the university’s most influential people and talk about more cultural aspects that have happened on campus. We actually have an opening video with President (Bresciani) in it and we explained the project to him and he loved it.” The central goal of creating the Red River Valley Historic Tours was to create a tour future generations of NDSU students, alumni and those interested in history could enjoy and actively take part in.

The event at the Hjemkomst Center will showcase each individual tour that is being offered through the PocketSights app, with each tour giving a short presentation explaining the contents of their respective tour. The Hjemkomst Center, the Moorhead museum where the opening event is set to take place, is approximately a five-minute drive from NDSU’s main campus. For more information on the Red River Valley Historic Tours, you can follow the group on Facebook, on Twitter @ rrvht or visit fargohistory. com. With any questions pertaining to the Red River Valley Historic Tours project, contact Smith at

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vice president of outreach for the NDSUFAA, said. “The funds identified are the highest-need areas of the university including scholarships, research and other identified needs.” “Alumni benefit from Giving Day by enhancing experiences of current students and paying it forward to produce successful graduates,” Wald said. Current students that act as ambassadors is a major part of the success of philanthropy efforts. “We would welcome more students getting involved with philanthropy. They can contact me or Amy Ouren,

Bison Ambassador Adviser, to find out how,” Wald added. Bison Ambassadors is a student public relations organization sponsored by the NDSUFAA. The organization worked closely with the NDSUFAA to ensure a successful NDSU Giving Day. Current Bison Ambassador RaeLyn Leier spoke about the organization’s hope for future alumni, saying, “We hope all students consider giving back after graduation. Even small donations can have a big impact on future generations of students.”

In A Nutshell Casey McCarty Head News Editor

New MATBUS app

Public transportation company MATBUS has released a new mobile app. The app, available through Google Play and Apple’s App Store, features “live bus tracking, realtime detour information, digital brochures, how to ride information and fixed route trip planning with Google Maps integration,” a MATBUS press release said. MATBUS will also be able to notify passengers of weather-related delays or cancellations, emergency situations and security concerns.

New engineering dean

North Dakota State’s college of engineering has begun a search for a new dean, NDSU reported. The college’s current dean, Gary Smith, will return to his position as a faculty member in the department of construction management and engineering after his term expires July 1. A hiring committee formed by Provost Beth Ingram is anticipated to review potential dean candidates in January, with the goal of initially interviewing candidates in February. Candidates would then be expected to visit campus in March.

Evacuation of DAPL camps

North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple has ordered an emergency evacuation of Dakota Access Pipeline protestors on the Army

Corps of Engineers’ land, KFYR reported. The order comes with the threat to lives in the area, which do not have proper shelter for the harsh winter conditions. It follows a notice from the Army Corps released Friday, stating the camp must be closed by Dec. 5.

Trump’s Cabinet

President-elect Donald Trump has begun to choose his cabinet members in advance of his inauguration. Some of his choices are, according to the New York Times at press time: For United Nations ambassador, Trump has nominated South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. Haley is currently in the second year of her second term in the position and has served in the spot since 2010. Haley said she will remain in office until the United State Senate grants approval of her nomination. Haley’s job, if approved, will be to represent the United States on every front at the United Nations, taking second place in representing America only to the secretary of state. For education secretary, Trump has nominated Betsy DeVos. DeVos is the former chairwoman of the Republican Party of Michigan. Her job, if approved, will be to oversee education quality and aid. For White House chief of staff, Trump has nominated Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus. Priebus’ job will be to organize the president’s agenda and to tend to the relationships the president has.






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Renaissance Entertainment and Baroque Music Madrigal Dinners and Handel’s ‘Messiah’ return to NDSU to celebrate holiday season Kaitlyn Grube Staff Writer

The 42nd annual Madrigal Dinners return to the Reineke Performing Arts Center Challey Atrium on NDSU’s campus this December. The Madrigal Dinners are a Renaissance-style dining experience. The night includes the Madrigal Singers performing holiday carols, herald trumpets and a jester to provide some laughs. This year, the Madrigal Dinners will also include a juggler to complete the medieval evening. A complete five-course dining experience will also accompany the entertainment. Traditionally, each course of the meal is introduced with a song sung by the Madrigal Singers. Dinner begins with Fanfare the Firste: a house salad with an announcement of the lords and ladies of the evening. Next up is Fanfare the Second: the passing of the wassail bowle. The wassail bowle is traditionally filled with hot, mulled cider and passed around the table to ensure a good harvest. Fanfare the Third includes the announcing of the soups. Wild rice soup will be served at this event. Fanfare the Fourth is the beginning of the main meal. This year the meal options are rotisserie chicken, roast beef or veggie kabobs, garlic smashed potatoes, Key West vegetable blend, dinner rolls and chocolate caramel cake. The meals have been researched for authenticity to complete the medieval experience. Fanfare the Fifth is the last fanfare and announces

The 42nd annual Madrigal Dinners bring all the fun of the Renaissance era to NDSU Dec. 8 – 10. the performance of “Sack Theatre.” The play is traditionally done after the main course of the meal is served and contains comedic material generally surrounding princes and princesses reminiscent of King Arthur legends. A choral concert will conclude the experience. Seats fill up quickly, so reserve a spot by Dec. 2. The Madrigal Dinners will be Dec. 8-10 and dinner will be served at 6 p.m. each night. The event is open to the public and tickets are $40. On Thursday, Dec. 8, NDSU students with ID can be entertained and fed for only $10 but tickets must be reserved in advance. The Madrigal Dinners

aren’t the only holiday entertainment of the season. Over 200 students in five NDSU choirs and the Baroque Festival Orchestra will perform Handel’s “Messiah,” a holiday tradition throughout the world, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at First Lutheran Church Friday. This event is open to the public. Adult ticket prices are $17, seniors $12 and students $7. The performance is free for NDSU students with a valid ID. Both Handel’s “Messiah” and the Madrigal Dinners are NDSU traditions and bring celebration of the holiday season with beautiful music and irresistible entertainment.



The elaborate costumes make the Madrigal Dinners a sight to behold alone, but the wonderful sound and delicious food make it even better.

The Call of the Wild Just Got a Whole Lot Scarier Animals are taking over the world in CBS’s new series, ‘Zoo’ COLUMN

Bruno Lozano Staff Writer

Almost everyone has a favorite animal. Most of the animals can be found in many of the zoos in America, but James Patterson might have ruined those favorite animals with the CBS show “Zoo.” This show is based on the No. 1 best-selling novel by James Patterson and is about violent animals that strategically plan to attack humans. Yeah, those monkeys are no longer that cute. The story focuses on Jackson Oz, a young

American zoologist who works at a safari in Africa. Oz teams up with news reporter Jamie Campbell, Mitch Morgan, an offkilter veterinarian who rather’s to hang out with animals than people, and Chloe Tousignant, a French investigator. They all pair their efforts to stop the attacks on the human population. The show is intense and really catches your attention. It doesn’t really follow logic like I would like it to. For example, would a zoo be open after a lion escaped? Would a zoo with crazy animals be open and full of people? Would two characters fall down a


James Patterson’s thriller is adapted into a thrilling TV series following an animal takeover of the world. cliff but walk away? Those are just a few of the things that catch the

attention of the viewer. This show also has the “destined” romance that

blockbusters seem to have. Jamie and Mitch and Jackson and Chloe are

“destined” to be together, if they don’t get trampled by a stampede of ferocious animals. “Zoo” has its level of scary, but it’s not as scary as it could be. The ominous music and parts we can’t see add to the scary factor. There is speculation that, as the show continues, one of the characters might have to die for the stakes to be higher. Overall, this show excels with character development and action in every episode. While this show may change your perspective on visiting the zoo, there are plenty of interesting elements to the story that make it a great watch.



‘The Goldilocks Zone’ Takes the Stage After an entire weekend of sold out shows for their first show of the season, “Peter Pan,” Theatre NDSU continues to impress throughout their 2016 - 17 season with their next production, “The Goldilocks Zone.” A performance devised by actors throughout the rehearsal process, “Goldilocks Zone” is sure to deliver a show unlike any other when it opens on Dec. 1. To celebrate the grand opening of this new work, Chelsea Pace, director of “The Goldilocks Zone,” was kind enough to answer some questions about this piece. Abigail Gilbert: What is “The Goldilocks Zone” about? Chelsea Pace: “The Goldilocks Zone” is a devised performance piece that takes us into a world of make believe to help us better understand what is actually happening to our planet. It’s a story told through the eyes of our imagined younger selves.


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We invite the audience to play along with us, but it’s not a show for children. AG: What constitutes a “devised” piece? CP: Devising is the process of making a piece of performance, but instead of a playwright coming up with the story, the whole cast creates it. It takes a little bit longer, but every member of the ensemble has had the chance to have a voice in the show. AG: How do performers devise a show? CP: There are a million ways to devise a piece of theatre, but for this ensemble, it was all about play. I helped them develop some skills for generating material. Then, I would prompt them to create something from a list of ingredients. Those little bits were then developed together into the show. AG: What has surprised you most about this cast? CP: Devising is hard work and their positivity and willingness to leap into the unknown has been such a tremendous, wonderful surprise. They are so generous with their time


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Editor’s Choice: An Article on Essays


Essays collections give perspectives on multiple areas of life, all in one book Paige Johnson A&E Editor

Essays are usually associated with boring assignments teachers give just to annoy you. Usually lengthy with plenty of long words and difficult language, essays are probably not what you consider when looking for your next read. But I argue that essays are perfect reading material, especially if you love a variety of genres, because they’re basically mini books within a book. Romance? Yep. Science fiction? You betcha. Thrillers that leave you on the edge of your seat? Of course. And sometimes, all these can be found in one brilliant book that gives you plenty of excitement for whatever mood you’re in. Romance? Yep. Science fiction? You betcha. Thrillers that leave you on the edge of your seat? Of course. And sometimes, all these can be found in one brilliant book that gives you plenty of excitement for whatever mood you’re in. The following are my favorite collections from authors ranging in experience and expertise. The next time you’re looking for a good book, look no further than a collection of essays. “The Empathy Exams” by Leslie Jamison Jamison’s collection mainly focuses on human empathy and the different ways in which it can be expressed. Jamison uses her own experiences to explain this concept. She describes danger tourism in gang-filled cities and mines that affect the lives of full communities. She uses her knowledge in the medical industry to explain female pain. When some people push their bodies past what’s natural, she breaks down our

But I argue essays are the perfect reading material, especially if you love a variety of genres, because they’re basically mini books within a book. Romance? Yep. Science fiction? You betcha. Thrillers that leave you on the edge of your seat? Of course.


Romance and Rogue Assassins December releases star-studded films hoping to impress during the holidays Andrew Fugleberg Contributing Writer

Snow has fallen and some of the year’s biggest movies are dropping with the temperature. Head to the theaters to see some of these exciting movies ranging from heartbreaking romance to spine-tingling action.

“La La Land”


Roxane Gay’s “Bad Feminist” describes her experience as a woman in today’s society using popular culture references. relationship with ourselves. Without getting too heavy or intellectual, Jamison concisely explains her feelings and the feelings of others with vivid imagery and multiple perspectives. “And Yet …” by Christopher Hitchens After an illustrious career in journalism, Hitchens combines his published work into one book giving readers a well-researched and interesting variety of thoughts. Hitchens has been praised for his sharp wit and criticism of dominant society. Spanning years and events, Hitchens provides unique perspectives on historical, political and wholly modern issues. Unfortunately, Hitchens died in 2011, so his essays lack a conversation on events facing the country today. But his perspectives on past events that are

irrevocably linked to today let readers reconsider the modern world. “Bad Feminist” by Roxane Gay Witty, funny and insightful, Gay’s work reflects her experience as a woman in today’s culture. Gay uses popular culture references (including “The Help” and “Girls”) to discuss what it means to be a woman and how society interprets that aspect of her personality. Gay is not just a writer for women, however. Her insight into the world we live in gives all readers a chance to reflect on their own perceptions of society, culture and identity, as well as giving insight into another’s perspective of the same concepts. “The Opposite of Loneliness” by Marina Keegan Featuring essays in both

nonfiction and fiction, Keegan’s writing is something we, as college students, can relate to. Keegan wrote her works during her time as a student, making her work more relatable than some other collections. Within fiction, Keegan writes about the effect growing up has on our perceptions of family, how love can change and explores relationships in high-stress situations. In nonfiction, Keegan discusses her relationship with her car, a personal interview with an exterminator and how comparison puts passion in context. This collection is especially poignant for college students. Keegan’s work reflects relevant thoughts college students have without judgment.

Releasing Dec. 9, “La La Land” stars actors Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling as lovers in this romantic musical dramedy (drama/ comedy). Stone and Gosling are two aspiring artists in Los Angeles trying to hit it big in the intimidating city. Stone plays Mia, an aspiring actress serving coffee and Gosling as Sebastian, an up-andcoming jazz musician. Both of them meet and fall in love in an idyllic romantic story; however, as success eventually comes, their large dreams threaten their precious relationship.

“Rogue One”

Everyone loves a good “Star Wars” movie, right? Luckily, there’s no shortage of this series especially with a new stand-alone anthology film coming Dec.16. The premise is simple: the movie takes place between “Episode III: Revenge of the Sith,” and “Episode IV: A New Hope.” The Rebel Alliance recruits Jyn Erso to work with others to steal the blueprints of the Empire’s superweapon, known as the Death Star. This film promotes a strong female character to face down danger, but diehard fans should be ready to walk into the theater with an open mind.



AG: What themes should we expect to see opening night? CP: We use imagination and simple playground games that tell a story about friendship, childhood and hopes for the future. There is a lot of talk about the planet and what we can do to make it a better place to live. AG: Why is this show relevant? CP: There is a lot of conversation about climate change, climate science, global warming, or my favorite, “global weirdness,” but the ideas about it have been politicized. We take a step back from all of that for an evening and look at the issue from the strange, beautiful, scary perspectives of how a child might see it. “The Goldilocks Zone” will hit the Walsh Studio Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 - 3 and Dec. 7 - 10. All shows are free for NDSU students to attend with a valid ID. There are only 50 seats available per performance, so get your tickets early to guarantee a spot.

On Dec. 21, Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence hit the silver screen with an intergalactic romance. Jim and Aurora (Pratt and Lawrence) are two

people out of 5,000 sleeping in suspended animation on a ship heading to a completely different galaxy. Unfortunately, the two wake up 90 years early while all of their fellow travelers are still sleeping. Unsurprisingly, the two fall in love and must work together to save the ship from grave danger. Moviegoers should expect an original love story with plenty of humor and danger to interest audience members of all kinds.


Also coming out Dec. 21, “Sing” follows the success of Disney’s “Zootopia,” but with music. Koala Buster Moon is the owner of an extravagant theater that has been struggling recently. Being an eternal optimist with a seedy side, Buster is willing to do anything to return the theater to its former glory. He sets up an intricate singing competition and five main contestants emerge, each with a diverse and interesting background — ranging from a criminal gorilla to a punk-rock porcupine. Several stars lend their voices to this project, including Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey and Scarlett Johansson.

“Assassin’s Creed”

A video game comes to life on Dec. 21 when this film hits the big screen. Michael Fassbender stars as the main character, a criminal inevitably put to death by law enforcement. However, he is resurrected and enrolled in the animus project where he relives the experiences of his ancestor, an assassin during the Spanish inquisition. Fassbender learns his role as a shadowy killer while doing death defying stunts and fighting hundreds. Fans of action and violence should be pleased with the film and this comes as a highly-anticipated hit for “Assassin’s Creed” gamers.




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View of the Alhambra, a Spanish fortress, and Granada from San Miguel Alto, a scenic overlook.


Caves, Flamenco and Million-Euro Views Flamenco music fills the caves of Sacromonte in Granada

Jordyn Meskan

Contributing Writer

Every city has its own culture and characteristics that make it special in its own way. Granada is no exception. One of the things that make Granada so unique is the diversity from neighborhood to neighborhood. You have the hustle and bustle of the city center and the winding roads of Albaicín, but one of Granada’s most unique neighborhoods is Sacromonte. Sacromonte sits on the east edge of Granada and stretches across one of the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. This neighborhood, however, isn’t your typical Spanish neighborhood. Sacrmonte is filled with caves turned into homes.

Split into two parts, the lower part of Sacromonte is filled with modernized caves and restaurants. On any given night, one can hear the lively music of flamenco shows coming from the caves. Flamenco, a dance native to Andalusia and southern Spain, is one of the highlights of the Sacromonte caves. Visitors are welcomed into the caves to experience an authentic part of Granada’s culture. The flamenco caves span deep into the hillside in narrow corridors lined with a row of chairs on each side. The live music bounces off the walls while the rhythm of the dancers’ shoes accompany it. Climbing higher up the hillside are the caves inhabited by gypsies. There are no paved roads in this part of the neighborhood,

BISON ABROAD Tori Stefonowicz Contributing Writer

Over the last few months I have traveled, done my best to experience the local culture, both in Madrid and the other cities I have visitied and shared many of my experiences with you. However, the reason I am in Spain is to study. Yes I know, it was a bummer for me too. Let me start off by explaining the differences of a college education at North Dakota State versus here at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M).


Attendance is mandatory, even when it isn’t you will not succeed if you skip class on a regular basis. Finals are the most stressful time of the semester, even after doing 1-3 homework assignments per class per week (at least), going to class and taking some form of notes, you are still uneasy. You constantly have homework and deadlines, as mentioned, and tests every three weeks or so. Your social life

usually comes with a trade off.


For courses meeting twice per week, there are two different types of classes: lecture and magistral. Lecture is optional, though suggested, and usually combines two or more sections of the same class. (Classmates are also much more willing to share their notes with you.) Magistral is a smaller group designed to go more in depth, though usually ends up completely off topic, in my experience. Finals are taken at the end of January, after a relaxing Christmas break and two weeks of in-class preparation, with the option to retake them at the end of spring semester. It is a nearly stress and pressurefree atmosphere. You may have one homework assignment per class every 2-3 weeks. There aren’t unit tests, maybe a few quizzes depending on the class, but the final is generally 50-80 percent of the overall grade. Social events are organized, encouraged and advertised by the campus itself or various

Entrance to a cave home in Sacromonte. only worn footpaths made from years of foot traffic. Some of the inhabitants have even created pasture space for horses and livestock. While the outsides of the cave homes

are intriguing, the interiors remain a mystery. From this part of Sacromonte, inhabitants are gifted with million-euro views of Granada and the distant mountains. Some



caves have been purchased by wealthy Spaniards and other Europeans, and have been completely modernized the interiors with running water, electricity and who knows

what else. And for those of us who don’t have the luxury of waking up in Sacromonte every morning, we still can enjoy the incredible views from San Miguel Alto, a scenic overlook. From San Miguel you can see the Alhambra, the entire city of Granada, the Sierra Nevadas and other distant mountain ranges. On any given night, a small crowd can be found sitting on the half-wall watching the sunset, as a musician strums away on a guitar. Once nightfall hits, the lights of the city sparkle. While it’s a bit of a climb to reach Sacromonte and San Miguel, you can catch your breath taking in the views. You’ll need twice as long to take in the views as you’ll need to catch your breath. I guarantee it.

Putting the ‘Study’ in Study Abroad Let’s talk about that hot topic everyone’s dying to know about organizations. And, because classes are relatively low maintenance, there isn’t a trade off associated with participating, so events are attended in large numbers. Granted, because there are fewer deadlines and everything is cumulative, it is even more crucial to stay organized. For those that don’t know, I’m a planner nerd. As in I researched my current planner for months before committing and I just spent another $25 on Amazon for stickers and inserts to further customize and maximize its productivity. Having a planner and a system customized to what I need has been a priority since middle school, but I honestly don’t know how I could have survived this semester without one. All assignments and due dates are included, as well as smaller tasks associated with those classes to stay on top of everything, and are color-coded based on the class. I also have sections for budgeting and planning trips. For those studying abroad in the near future, or just

wanting to improve their overall organization, I highly suggest getting a planner if you don’t have one, or a different one if yours isn’t working for you. I will always recommend a paper planner over a digital one because an app update or glitch could wipe everything you have spent

weeks perfecting. Plus you can’t decorate a digital planner, and that isn’t as much fun. As far as coursework though; stay up to date and go to class, required or not. Take notes in a format that works for you and review them often. Now that I am closer

to finals I am taking all my notes and compiling a condensed topic outline for each class. This helps reinforce the ideas as I go over the notes, or increase understanding by researching those topics I didn’t quite get the first time. It also makes it easier to study on the plane.



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Be Careful with that Detox

Just because the ingredients are healthy doesn’t mean it’s good for you Regina Schimek Contributing Writer

Some of us may have overindulged this Thanksgiving weekend. It may have you thinking about how you’re going to get back on track before the Christmas season starts. Maybe you are already looking for your quick fix. Perhaps you are looking on the Internet to find a detox diet that looks pretty tempting. It promises you that you’ll feel and look healthier and you’ll shed X amount of pounds. Cleanses seem good for you in theory, right? Detox diets give you a schedule of juices, laxatives, lemon water concoctions and strict diets of only veggies or fruits to eat over a certain number of days. So you’re eating only foods that are low calorie so it has to be good for you. The idea is based off the fact that you are cleansing all the “toxins” out of your body from eating badly by eating only certain items to eliminate them. However, I urge you to reconsider before you start. The FDA does not regulate marketing for detoxes and other supplements. This means companies can tell you anything they want about them to make it seem like you will lose weight. Additionally, manufacturers do not have to hold clinical trials to test for harmful effects on people before they sell them and the FDA cannot stop sale of a product until it is proven harmful. Also, they don’t give a straight

It’s the Homestretch: Here’s How to Survive

You can sprint or crawl over the finish line — at this point there’s barely a difference Rio Bergh

Features Editor

Ah, yes, finals are quickly approaching. A dark cloud hangs over campus. Students look eerily like the walking dead, powered only by unhealthy amounts of coffee. But yet, the homestretch of the semester is a time of manic highs and lows. Students bounce between happily humming Christmas songs and flying into a murderous rage at the drop of a hat. Some people DERRICK BRUTEL | FLICKR.COM fly into murderous rages While detox diets seem healthy, you may be missing important nutrients that could negatively impact your health. because of the Christmas answer to what they are only drink juices. flushing you out. As soon as been made out to be bad, we songs, the weirdos. The end is in sight, and supposedly ridding your Many detox diets ask you you stop your detox diet you need fatty acids in our diet hope springs in the hearts body of and how, so why to eliminate an entire food will gain all the fluid weight from protein and other food of students everywhere, do we need them and how group for a few days or up right back. sources like dairy. We just would a cleanse be helpful to a week. This can deprive However, when you are have to train ourselves to be it’s true, but the cautious student is wary. With if it doesn’t tell us? your body of essential trying to get your body back mindful of what’s in it and Your body is made to macro and micronutrients on track after a day or two how much we eat. We need senses honed by years of pop quizzes, the cautious “cleanse” itself. The liver needed from each food of bad eating you can, and to fix our eating habits to student is skittish heading and kidneys are built-in group. With this lack of should, continue to eat each be consistent with healthy into the homestretch. machines that help filter nutrients, your body is food group. Drink plenty eating, not going to extreme It has learned over the and excrete unwanted losing sources of energy of water, make sure you eat measure for a quick fix. years that an inordinate substances in the body. so it then tries to conserve plenty of fiber from fruits This is part of the amount of work and nasty Though detox diets claim it by lowering you basal and veggies to give your nutrition world that is surprises hide in the final they remove the toxins metabolic weight. This body the essential vitamins miscommunicated. There weeks of the semester. from your body, there are actually makes it harder and and minerals it needs to are many articles out there So close, and yet so far. no hard facts on this and takes longer for you to lose excrete any bad substance written by people who are The cliché rings true. The most results from detox weight. and consume products that not actually certified to be cliché about ringing true diets can be achieved by Weight loss using these contain probiotics like giving accurate nutrition also rings true. So meta. simply avoiding foods that systems is usually from yogurt and kefir that help information. If you really As a cautious student are processed or high in fluid loss. Diets that have the good bacteria in your feel a detox diet will be who has survived many a fat or sugar for a few days, you take a laxative or drink gut. beneficial to your health you homestretch, let me offer some advice on how to without having to fast or a water concoction are just Lastly, though they have should talk to you doctor. make it through alive. Always wear a sweater. People will think you are professional, but not full-blown-pedal-to-themetal professional. Just professional enough to give off an air of competence. Plus, it’ll make you feel more productive than a sweatshirt. I’ve dubbed my favorite cardigan the sweater of productivity. It’s seen me through many a paper. After realizing your final essay is much too long, email your professor and include the phrase “it’s preposterous, and furthermore, pedantic.” Hopefully they’ll be so amused with your words that they’ll give you a break. Don’t turn your brain off yet. Winter break is just around the corner, but coasting isn’t advised. Nobody wants to leave a final feeling like they’ve just been bludgeoned by a rusty mallet. Never beg. You’re way too proud for that. But do consider bribing. Looming essay and no time? Easy: ghostwriter. But I have to warn you. I’m not cheap. But don’t despair, dear student. The end is near. Go find a therapy dog in the library. Go find a shoulder to cry on. We can all suffer and survive together.






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The Five Stages of Thanksgiving If you don’t hate yourself, you haven’t eaten enough And so it begins ...


Grant Gloe Staff Writer

Thanksgiving is a holiday that has only one rule: eat until you are no longer thankful. While other holidays may celebrate the birth of a nation, religious figure or person of historic


significance, Thanksgiving is less about what comes from humans and more about what goes in them. That is why I have crafted a Thanksgiving manual that will hopefully let you anticipate and capitalize on the five stages of Thanksgiving.

Nothing like watching the Vikings lose to encourage eating away the pain. Stage Two

Eating. Not an option. No limits. Eat. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, the whole nine yards. Now is the time to feel like a king.

Stage One

Football is an optional stage, but it’s a timehonored tradition in many households. If you’re a Minnesotan, it sets up dinner perfectly. Nothing like watching the Vikings lose to encourage eating away the pain.

Stage Three

Regret eating. Now is the time to feel like Icarus flying too close to the sun and crashing hard. You should not feel good about yourself by now. If you do, you are still in the

“eating” phase and should continue stuffing your face. If you have achieved this phase, self-loathing and all, it is a sobering moment. You start to think about changing your eating habits to balance out this meal. Hell, why don’t you just tone down the eating altogether? You don’t need to eat once you are not hungry and yet you always eat until you can’t take one

more bite. Ya, this is a good thing. This change.

Stage Four

Eat some more. Ya know, for good measure.

Stage Five

Hit the streets. While this used to belong to the most avid Black Friday shoppers, stores opening on Thanksgiving have changed the game. Trade your turkey leg for a tire iron and head to your nearest electronics store. If a tire iron is not available, anything you can slide down your pant leg and cover with your shirt will

do. For these deals, what’s a few teeth? People donate blood all the time. The next day belongs to you. You can spend time with your family, nurse your wounds and eat leftovers. Thanksgiving belongs to the five stages. It’s an experience, an emotional roller coaster. Just be thankful you weren’t on the business end of the tire iron and you can watch Christmas commercials (that didn’t miss a beat, Christmas season starts the day after Thanksgiving) on your new 72” TV with minimal bite marks.

Thanksgiving is Actually The Worst How one of the best holidays has turned sour

Cierra Steffensen Staff Writer

Thanksgiving — the only holiday that makes it completely okay to eat our weight in mashed potatoes, turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie. A holiday now dedicated to making sure Americans

understand that it isn’t really about what we are thankful for and how our nation came to be, but really about how much food doused in gravy we can shove into our mouth as we hang around family and get drunk off wine. Why has this holiday become one based on the food we consume and what we receive? Thanksgiving is supposed to remind us what we are thankful for. Some people don’t have the luxury of returning home to have their laundry done, house heated and plates full. Why is it that Thanksgiving has turned

Why is it that Thanksgiving has turned into a holiday where the tweet with the most favorites is more important than a conversation with grandparents that haven’t been seen in months? into a holiday where the tweet with the most favorites is more important than a conversation with grandparents that haven’t been seen in months? Or the Instagram post that has the best caption reflects the love we have for our families instead of actually spending time with them? Thanksgiving has become the worst holiday. Yes,

there is a lot of great food, thanks may be given and it kicks off the holiday season. Why is this holiday not celebrated accordingly? Why is the Thanksgiving day football game treasured instead of ensuring that those players will be able to spend this wonderful day with their families? Why do stores open at 3 p.m., pulling family

members away from the celebration to go sell their souls to large corporations who only care about the money they are making? Why is Snapchat full of pictures of food, which really turns into an implicitly understood competition of whose food beats whose? Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time filled with

love and gratefulness, not competitions and disappointment. Thanksgiving should be a time where friendship, family, good health and good fortune are celebrated not revitalized. Thanksgiving is now the worst holiday because it has turned into a day of profit and social media competition. A day where people receive pleasure through social media likes and the amount of food on their plate. It is no longer about being thankful for life, health and love. Instead, it celebrates money, greed and a large meal.

2016 Election Recap: Measure Four Oppositions Andy Peterson of the North Dakota Chamber of Commerce speaks about stance on measure four

Erik Jonasson II Opinion Editor

Measure four was a proposed cigarette tax increase for North Dakota. This measure failed and was the only measure on the ballot to fail. The opposition was able to raise a large amount of

money to make sure that people attributed a tax hike when thinking of measure four. I reached out to the opposition to get their side of the story. Of the four major entities that opposed measure four, I found it integral to talk to two. The North Dakota Retail Association and the Greater North Dakota Chamber of Commerce (NDCC). The other two that opposed measure four were large tobacco companies. It seemed to me rather obvious why there were

I reached out to the opposition to get their side of the story. backing the opposition. I interviewed Andy Peterson, president and CEO of the NDCC, in a phone call. “We opposed it on very narrow grounds,” Peterson said. Peterson told me the opposition came mostly from the wording of the measure, and where the funds were going to be spent. When asked about the other opposition, Peterson knew of the tobacco

companies but affirmed the NDCC raised no money and took no money in the wake of their opposition. Rather their opposition was on their own grounds, because of their own research into the bill. Peterson had no comment about whether tobacco companies may have tried to sway voters. I reached out to Mike Rud, president of the North Dakota Retail Association, but he was unable to get

back to me. These two individuals and the subsequent organizations they represent have their own grounds for opposing measure four. I am thankful to hear Peterson’s side, and I hope to hear back from Mike Rud. Staying informed and talking to all sides is important for today. It is how we progress and learn more about our state and what it wants collectively. For North Dakota, I

still believe large tobacco companies donating large sums of cash in opposition to a tobacco tax is not right. With that being said, a well-founded, thought out opinion can lie on either side of the debate. To clarify, my last article regarding measure four had a typo in the title. I incorrectly said opposition “spent $3.6 million to sway voters.” That is how much money was raised for the opposition, they only spent about a $1 million. The revision would be to change spent to raised.



Drunk College Student Debates Grandpa, Totally Wins He is really stocked on himself


Erik Jonasson II Opinion Editor

News out of your hometown is shocking as a college student who drank at Thanksgiving reports that he totally won that debate with his grandfather at the dinner table. “It was really mind opening,” Billy Bison, the student in question, said. Billy said he totally respects his grandfather’s point of view, but stills pointed out his success. “Not only did I get to drink with my family, but I educated them on socioeconomic struggles of the middle class and of course how being a

vegetarian means I am going to heaven,” Bison said. Billy said the dinner was going fine until a joke about Trump’s proposed wall was related to a wall around the mash potatoes. “It was then I had to check his privilege,” Bison said. Bison cited multiple, “what about that” moments that seemed to only befuddle and confuse his grandfather. “To a Trump question, my grandfather brought up Hilary’s email scandal,” Bison said. “I brought up how the DNC rigged the election to block Bernie from getting the nomination. He failed to see my point, granted this was half a bottle of wine into the night.” According to Bison, this was the first time he drank over the holidays with his family. “I told my family about my final for mechanical engineering 223 mechanics

“I love him, and most of the time he loves me. Except when I remind him I voted for Hilary.”

Grandpa eyes Billy before the first course. of materials, which the average final exam grade is a 30-40 percent, my parents quickly grabbed me a beer.” As far as debating, Bison sees no end in sight. “I love my grandpa,


he is an avid viewer of Fox ‘News’ (he added air quotation marks) so that means I have about 60 percent of debates in the bag right there.” Bison continued to say that by the end of the

night, he was preaching passionately about global warming. “I would be lying if I said there weren’t tears. What can I say I love penguins.” Bison’s grandpa couldn’t have been reached for

comment but the “burns” are quickly healing from that dreadful Thanksgiving night duel. “I love him, and most of the time he loves me. Except when I remind him I voted for Hilary.” Billy sees next Thanksgiving as a prime target to strike again. “Next Thanksgiving we will have the apocalypse to talk about if Trump and the Senate have anything to say about it.” “Next Thanksgiving we will have the apocalypse to talk about if Trump and the Senate have anything to say about it.” Billy is a sophomore in the mechanical engineering program and a devoted “Bernie-Bro.” He can be found most of the time playing guitar outside of the Union and is easily distinguishable by his complaining at the Union Coffee Shop over the lack of non-vegan options.

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Bison Set To Tango With Toreros University of San Diego makes first ever trip to Fargo PREVIEW

Thomas Evanella Contributing Writer

North Dakota State’s opponent for the second round of the FCS playoffs has been determined. The University of San Diego Toreros defeated favored Cal Poly by a score of 3521 to advance to the second round. USD’s trip to Fargo will mark the first time the two sides have met. The matchup will juxtapose two teams with very different playoff experience. The Toreros are making their second appearance in the FCS playoffs since joining the subdivision in 1993. In their previous appearance in 2014, they were trounced by Big Sky juggernaut Montana, 52-14. The Bison are searching for their sixth straight title. San Diego has fielded a football team since 1956, and played for two decades in Division III. Since moving up from Division III, USD has been a charter member of the Pioneer Football Conference. They have enjoyed great success, having won at least a share of the conference title eight times, including five times in the last six years. This season, the Toreros are led offensively by

senior transfer from Cal, running back Jonah Hodges. Hodges, from Santa Cruz, California, leads USD with 1,361 rushing yards this campaign, averaging 6.3 yards per carry and 123.7 yards per game. He has accounted for 20 touchdowns this year, and added 450 receiving yards. Quarterback Anthony Lawrence boasts a 68.4 completion percentage and has thrown for 24 touchdowns this season. The duo carried the Torero offense against Cal Poly, as they combined to score all five touchdowns. Hodges rushed for 171 yards, and Lawrence threw for 296; the two accounted for all but six of USD’s yards on offense. The Bison will have to contend with San Diego’s nationally ranked defense. The Toreros lead the nation in total defense and pounded their conference opponents this year. As a team, USD ranks sixth in the nation in rushing defense as well, allowing 88.8 yards per game on the ground. San Diego will rely on Jonathan Petersen to disrupt NDSU’s balanced offense. Petersen has recorded 11.5 sacks this season, and his ability to cause problems at the point of attack will be critical for

A mysterious San Diego team will get its first taste of the Fargodome crowd. USD. If Petersen can do so against the Bison’s stout offensive line, it will aid the rest of the ballhawks in the Toreros’ defense. USD has recorded 17 turnovers this season. Cornerbacks Devyn Bryant and Jamal Agnew both have two interceptions. Linebacker Alec Moreno and defensive tackle Spencer Hammitt both have two fumble recoveries. The success the Toreros enjoyed against Cal Poly will not be as easy to come by against the Bison. Their spread offense, while

successful in the PFL, will face its toughest challenge in NDSU’s indomitable defense. The Bison have conceded just 105.2 yards per game on the ground while playing in the far superior Missouri Valley Football Conference, proving Hodges will face tough sledding this upcoming Saturday. If the Bison can knock him off his game, handling the rest of the Toreros’ offense will be simple. As the Torero’s win over Cal Poly displayed, their offense is one-

dimensional. San Diego possesses weapons along the outside, but NDSU is familiar with strong passing attacks. The Bison have already squared off against Eastern Washington and South Dakota State this season. The Eagles and Jacks are two teams with highflying passing attacks. Once again, NDSU’s strength of schedule will prove to be advantageous. Lawrence will likely not be able to shred the Bison’s pass defense. The Code Green Crew has allowed opposing


passers to find the end zone on only fourteen occasions this season. USD will also face a twelfth defender on Saturday, as the FargoDome’s rambunctious crowd will crack 100 decibels with ease. Playing in the MVFC, the Bison’s class advantage should be obvious against their weaker conference opponent. With NDSU’s experience against tougher opponents, playoff pedigree and dome-field advantage, it will require a David-esque performance from USD to unseat the FCS Goliaths.

Terrible Fantasy Advice: Week 13

Time for the Playoff Push


Jacob Watters

Contributing Writer

Did you lose by almost 80 points this week? No? Well that’s good, because I did. Hopefully your fantasy Thanksgiving was more about family and mashed potatoes anyway. All football aside, I hope everyone had a safe Thanksgiving and gave thanks to the ones they love most, because some things are more important than football. Last week was full of big performances. Who will continue their hot streak next week? Week 13 let’s go.


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rematch this weekend between Seattle and Carolina, expect both quarterbacks to show up. Especially Russell Wilson after his sad performance last week. While the Seahawks have been dreadful on the road, Century Link Field has been a safe-haven, expect more of that this week. If Kirk Cousins started this trend towards the beginning of the season the Redskins would maybe be undefeated, and Cousins could be the MVP of the league. The last two weeks he put up 30 and 27 points. He will continue that next week against a tough Arizona defense and for the rest of the season. Matt Ryan has played

good, but not like the first half of the season. Though the emergence of Gabriel Taylor may help him. NFC South compatriot Drew Brees threw five touchdowns, so what’s new? If you need a QB: Alex Smith, Phillip Rivers and Colin Kaepernick are all good pickups.

Running backs

David Johnson is still running like he’s playing against NDSU. He and the Cardinals have a favorable schedule for the rest of the season when it comes to fantasy football. He still has not had a game with less than 100 yards from scrimmage this season. Carlos Hyde is often the lone bright spot for the 49ers, he scored 20

points and had a reception touchdown. If Kaepernick can find his footing and loosen up defense, there will be more room to run. Mark Ingram had two total touchdowns and 146 yards, good enough for 29 points. Le’veon Bell was going to be a risk in the draft with a four game suspension. Those who stuck with him have been greatly rewarded. If you need a running back: Chris Ivory, James Starks and Terrance West can help you out.

Wide receivers

I called out the WR position a couple weeks ago saying they were being shadowed by the running backs. Well two weeks in a row I was proven wrong.

Mike Evans grabbed eight catches for 104 yards and two touchdowns. Michael Thomas had two touchdowns. Antonio Brown had a feast on Thanksgiving with three touchdowns. Davante Adams proves to be a solid choice, even as WR 1.5 behind Jordy Nelson in Green Bay. Odell Beckham Jr. continues to be electric. He trounced the lowly Browns with two scores. So once again, I apologize wide receivers, give some of the points back to the running backs. If you need a guy in your lineup: Willie Snead, DeSean Jackson and Tyler Boyd will work.

Tight ends

Jordan Reed is the best

pass catching tight end in the league. Yes, better than Gronk. Reed caught 10 balls for 95 yards and two touchdowns. Play him every week because it is worth the risk. Kyle Rudolph continues to have consistently average games, and his value in PPR league rises as the Vikings continue to throw short. Antonio Gates and Eric Ebron both put up a big goose egg, which doesn’t happen very often. Expect at least some action from that pair next week. Delanie Walker is never disappointing though, he had 50 yards and a touchdown. If you need a tight end: Zach Ertz, Jared Cook and Vance McDonald are good options.

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Men’s basketball

The men’s basketball team was in action this past Sunday as the Bison hosted Missouri State. The Bison fell to the Grizzlies Bears 64-50 after they could not crawl back from a 17-point half deficit. With the loss, the Bison fall to 5-2 on the year. Sophomore point guard Khy Kabellis led the team with 19 points, three assists and two steals. MSU jumped out to an early lead 15-0 and go ahead to lead 17-4 with

only seven minutes into the game. Another late 7-0 run gave MSU a 38-21 lead at the half. Alize Johnson led the Bears with 17 points and 10 boards for a doubledouble. The Bison were able to pull within 10 at 50-40 on a jump shot from Paul Miller, but a three-point play and a bucket from Johnson would put MSU back up by 15. The Bison outscored the Bears 29-26 in the second half. Miller finished just shy of a double-double finishing with nine points and nine rebounds. The Bison travel to Cincinnati, Ohio, to face No. 9 Xavier on Tuesday, November 29.

Women’s basketball

Women’s basketball was in action this past weekend at the Cal Poly #ShareSLO Beach Classic in San Luis Obispo, California. North Dakota State’s first game was the opening game of the Classic against host Cal Poly on Friday. The Bison would fell to Cal Poly with the final of 73-46. Junior Taylor Thunstedt led the Bison with 13 points, senior Emily Spier scored eight points of her own and came down with a team-high nine rebounds. Turnovers hurt the Bison as NDSU turned the ball over 25 times, which led to 30 points for the Mustangs.

The Bison were able to out-rebound the Mustangs, 45-44, but were outscored in the paint, 40-18. NDSU shot just 25 percent from both the field and behind the three-point line. Cal Poly shot 46 percent from the field while Hannah Gilbert shot 14-of-16 from the field totaling 29 points and leading all scorers. NDSU was back in action the next day to take on Central Michigan. The Bison fell again to the score of 77-55. With the tough weekend, the Bison fell to a record of 1-5. Thunstedt scored 15 points and went 5-of-10 behind the arc, while senior Brianna

Jones grabbed a teamhigh six boards. Freshman Sarah Jacobson and Spier both scored 10 points, as Jacobson would also lead the team in five assists. The Bison shot 33 percent from the floor and 36 percent behind the arc. They out-rebounded by the Chippewas, 43-32, and outscored in the paint, 48-20. The Bison were able to keep it close with only being down 35-25 going into the half before CMU took a 10-2 run to start the third and seize a 30-point advantage. NDSU could not get any closer than a 16-point deficit the

remainder of the contest. Tinara Moore led the Chippewas in scoring with 20 points from 10-17 shooting. Moore would come down with 11 boards for the double-double. Presley Hudson and Reyna Frost also posted doubledoubles. Hudson recorded 11 points while giving out 12 assists. Frost scored 18 points and grabbed a gamehigh of 15 boards. CMU shot 54 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3-point land. NDSU is scheduled to host Western Michigan Wednesday, November 30, at the Scheels Center. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.



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The Olympic Games in Rio were the gem of 2016.

Taylor Schloemer Sports Editor

Yes, there is a month left in 2016, but it is all but over in the sports world. All the major championships are done, so it is time to look back. 2016 may go down in history as the most forgettable year due to a variety of reasons, but not in the sports world. Too much good happened for 2016 to be forgotten.

Unexpected champions

Remember when the city of Cleveland was the sports market with the longest draught of any major championships. That was the beginning of the year. Now it seems funny as they had two finals hosted this year. By no means was it surprising that LeBrorn James got the Cavilers to the finals. It was surprising

that down 3-1 to the Splash Bros. of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, he managed to win it. Elation for Cleveland, and 3-1 memes galore. But the cruelty of sport reared its head again and karma struck. Fast forward six months from the Cavs parade and Cleveland is planning another parade for the Indians. No one blows a 3-1 lead, except the Warriors. The Indians melt late and the Curse of the Billy Goat is broken by the Cubs. The longest title draught is gone. This Cubs team was something special, and proved they are loveable losers no more. The argument can be made that neither of these two were as great as the title from across the pond. Neither of those teams above held 5,000 to 1 odds to win the championship.

Leicester City did though, and the won the Premier League. A team assembled for less than what their opponents, like Manchester City and Arsenal, spend on one player. They did what can only be described as a miracle. This season, the Foxes sit in the middle of the Premier League, where they are usually expected to be. Perhaps this fairy tale has more coming, as they already punched their ticket to the knockout stage of the Champions League.

Confirmed legends

Thank you, Rio. Thank you for not messing up the Olympics, and allowing two of the greats to cement their legacies. First off, Michael Phelps. Adding six more medals to the trophy case, bringing the total to 28. Five of the

six this time around were gold, making 23 golds in five different Olympic Games. There may have been a metaphorical passing of the torch too. Defeated in his last event by Joseph Schooling, a kid who looked up to Phelps as a young boy in Singapore. Phelps showed that there is some good in the men’s side of U.S. swimming. Then there is Usain Bolt. Fastest man on Earth, and there is no doubt. Every time he stepped on the track, there was not an electricity in just the stadium, but around the world. For the third Olympics in a row, three events and three golds. There is little doubt he will lose in the finals of any Olympics. He has now called it quits on track, but fingers cross he makes another athletic

appearance. He is set for a trial with German soccer club Bourussia Dortmund. Imagine him hooking up with American rising star Christian Pulisic.

The next wave

The new kids on the block look ready for a takeover. The group from the American delegation to the Olympics got two of the brightest. Simone Biles has been dominating gymnastics for three years already, but Rio proved to be her breakout. Three golds in Rio made her a household name in August. While gymnasts tend to only be relevant for one Olympic Game, Biles may be the one to buck that trend. Katie Ledecky is right there too. The best word to describe her Rio performance is dominant. Five golds, a silver and a

pair world records is what she left Brazil with. Not bad for a freshman in college, who is now dominating at Stanford. Let’s not forget the pair of quarterbacks setting up shop in the NFL. Dak Prescott has done something interesting. He seems to have given Dallas hope. 10-1 as a starter before facing the Vikings on Thursday, he seems to be the perfect fit in the Lone Star State. Even a Tony Romo-esque collapse in December should get the Cowboys into the playoffs. Right there with him is NDSU’s own Carson Wentz. Despite a rough couple of weeks, Wentz is proving to be the leader for the future of Philadelphia. With the right tools around him, there is a high ceiling for the red head from the small school.



NDSU SPECTRUM | December 1 2016