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Little International: A Tradition Of Showmanship and Friendship The 92nd ‘Little I’ Showmanship competition occurred on Feb. 10


Students show off their dairy heifers they have been working with since Jan. 7.

Miranda Stambler Features Editor

The 92nd Little International, known as “Little I,” put on by the North Dakota State student organization Saddle & Sirloin, took place Feb. 10. Students show an animal they have worked with for the past two to four weeks in hopes of winning best showman of the event. The event was started by the livestock team in 1918 who went to Chicago for a “Little I” livestock show, which led them to start an event just like it. So, they started the Little International with a show in 1922, where they focused on the showmanship side of the competition. The purpose was to promote animal husbandry and agriculture. Many places have their own form of Little International, where they have the basics but add their own uniqueness to their competition. This year’s Little I Queen was Emily Hauck, and her two princesses were Jessica Fleck and Brittney Aasand. Hauck, a junior majoring in agriculture communication, was able to speak on how the event went and what is was like being royalty of this year. Hauck believes Little I, gives more than just a chance for people to show an animal, but also bringing awareness to the agriculture community. “Promoting agriculture and animal husbandry – I think that’s really what this club was kind of based on — and recognize people who are outstanding in agriculture,” Hauck said.

“I think they (the showmen) don’t always realize what they’re doing when they’re showing an animal, they get out there they work with their animal all the time and they think, ‘Oh I’m just out here having fun and making memories with people in my club,’ but they don’t realize that it is reaching so much more than that when we are promoting agriculture,” Hauck explained. “Even if only like 150 people are participating within the show directly as showing an animal, there’s so many behind the scenes people that are kind of a part of a committee or that are just around helping out,” Hauk said. There are two different showmanship events, one in the morning and the final at night. The morning shows the judges have around 15 minutes to look at how each person shows their animal. By the end of that show, they tend to have an idea of who did better than others. Then the night show is when they have seven minutes to look at each showman and finalize their scoring. Different species are judged differently, but there are multiple areas where they are tested to see who a better showman is. Judges ask questions, critique how you move, control and present the animal and eye contact with the judge have parts to play with the scoring for categories. There are many titles awarded for each category, and the overall champions are then taken into a “Round Robin” where they are assessed on how they can handle other species other than their own.



This year’s winners: For Beef Division: Garrett Becker for Champion Beef Showman and Hardest Worker Jacob Frandrup for Reserve Champion Beef Showman

Showman and Hardest Worker Katelyn Schmoll for Reserve Champion Overall Showman Morgan Ziesch for Top Novice Overall Showman Swine Division:

with Ben Pearson winning the Reserve Champion. Oland is a senior majoring in animal science. He has shown at county fairs and showed the past three years for Little International. He has shown cattle and sheep in previous years, but this year he changed to swine. Since Oland has only shown pigs two times at a county fair and state fair, he had a lot of advice from his friends who are good pig showmen. “The pig superintendent this year, who kind of oversees everybody who is showing pigs — he won last year pig showmanship, so he gave me a lot of advice too,” Oland explained. Oland was worried when his pig went lame, forcing him to give her four days off. He explained that since they got the pigs at market weight and they are raised in confinement, they are not

used to walking so much, leaving her to become lame after a while. Although that was rough, he was able to pull her out of it. “This is honestly the most fun I’ve ever had, I just went out there and tried not to think too much, just had fun showing,” Oland said. He explained that it still hasn’t sunken in that he was the grand champion for this year’s Little I competition. He explained that people constantly come up to him and message him, congratulating him on his victory. Oland was speechless on his award and said, “It’s a pretty big honor.” Hauk followed this by saying the event brings people together because so many people have been in Little I, so it brings a connection between people and creates “Decades of Tradition.”

In the sheep division students work with their animal for only around 2.5 weeks before showing.


“I enjoyed every minute of it, to me it was a lot of fun being able to talk to everyone ” – Emily Hauck, 92nd Little International Queen Sarah Labine for Top Novice Beef Showman Dairy Division: Jessie Dingmann for Champion Dairy Showman and Hardest Worker Chris McRell for Reserve Champion Dairy Showman Brittany Rademacher for Top Novice Dairy Showman Sheep Division: Ben Pearson for Champion Sheep Overall

NDSU student running for District 27 Senate seat as a democratic candidate

Klay Oland for Champion Overall Swine Showman and Hardest Worker Miles Novak for Reserve Champion Overall Swine Showman Katelyn Oland for Top Novice Overall Swine Showman For the final results, the Grand Champion Overall Showman was Klay Oland,


Black History Month ensures recognition of culture and remembrance of history


NDSU softball commences and baseball to begin Friday




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Energy Efficient Design Two NDSU Students are taking energy efficiency to a whole new level Phoebe Ellis

Head News Editor

Two North Dakota State students are taking a new approach to energy efficient design. Noor Abdelhamid and Benjamin Dalton are working on a protocol that uses architectural designs and geometries of a building to help identify its energy efficiency using existing technologies. Depending on development of a protocol, development of their project is in the future. The goal, said the students, is to provide a service and tool that will improve energy efficiency and save

users money by identifying areas of improvement within a building. The two care about energy efficiency because of their career choice of architecture. They are aware that “the building sector takes up 47.6% of energy consumption in the United States,” said Abdelhamid, and they wish to create a measure that can minimize that and make a positive contribution. Their goal with this project is to make it faster and more simple to do assessments and determine the impact of a building and how to improve its energy footprint. This puts would put their work into motion and gives building owners control

and accountability for their buildings. The inspiration for this idea came from their curiosity to analyze a buildings “envelope” and see how that impacted it’s energy consumption. The method they are working on would function by analyzing existing buildings by means of digital and thermal photography and modeling. Using retrieved data and analysis of building geometry a building would be given a score that would rank test-case public buildings based on energy performance in comparison to measured energy use intensity data, according to the students.

Congress Repeals Part of Affordable Care Act

The Independent Payment Advisory Board was erased from the ACA Dan Ukkelberg Co-News Editor

Congress erased a Medicare cost-cutting tool called the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). This controversial part of the Affordable Care Act was repealed by Congress at 5:30 a.m. February 9. The IPAB board would have consisted of 15 top health professionals that would serve six year terms - on civil service salaries with the goal of reducing medical costs. Many supporters of the Affordable Care Act have said that the law would not actually restrict any medical spending. Many Democrats are in favor of erasing of part of former President Barack Obama’s health care law because of it’s larger spending framework. Several health-care professionals shared their opinions about the decision to repeal the IPAB.

Joe Antos, health-care scholar at the American Enterprise Institute said, “the big problem with repealing the IPAB is this is a Congress, and it’s bipartisan, that has no interest in fiscal responsibility. It was only put in to produce savings, but there was never any intention from the very beginning to actually allow it to operate. It was a lot like many of these automatic savers in the Medicare program, they were never really meant to work. This was never going to get off the ground and so the point of this was really a fraud to begin with, which was to claim this was a way of paying for the ACA.” Rodney Whitlock, former health-care policy director for Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa said, “I was always offended by it. An august body makes decisions that the legislature is incapable of doing, but it was written in such a manner as to guarantee a certain outcome: provider

cuts. Thus providers banded together to kill it from the start. They made it so radioactive it was never launched. Today is finally reading the last rites.” When it comes to getting rid of the IPAB forever Democrats agreed to work with the Republicans. Lawmakers were not willing to accept recommendations because of the objections from the the health-care industry. This is the reason that the IPAB was never fully implemented since its proposal as a part of the ACA. A health law professor at Washington and Lee University, Tim Jost said, “It was also, however, wholly unrealistic. The idea that 15 of the top health care experts in the country would serve on such a panel for six-year terms on civil service salaries without outside compensation was ridiculous, as was the thought that Congress would simply go along with their recommendations.”

Heartfelt Healing Through HeartSprings Fargo offers various programs for those with chronic disabilities Skylar Berthold Staff Writer

According to the National Health Council, chronic diseases affect approximately 133 million Americans, representing more than 40 percent of the total population. When diagnosed, many are left feeling discouraged. However, the HeartSprings Center in Fargo, North Dakota is helping these individuals find meaning and passion in their lives once again. HeartSprings Center is a nonprofit organization that offers integrated, complementary therapies for people living with chronic life-altering conditions or traumatic brain injuries. The center offers healing classes such as yoga, music and meditation, and classes take place in the Fargo Messiah Lutheran Church. The center describes its methods as integrative in the sense that it focuses on the “whole person,” meaning the physical body, the soul body and the spiritual body. Typical individuals who visit the center are suffering from diseases and disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, brain injury, sleeplessness,

anxiety and depression. Nearly every individual that attends one of the classes has something positive to say about their experience. Betty Ingebretson describes the center as a form of self-expression that allows her to let go of reality and let her creativity flow. “It doesn’t matter if you have a tremor; it just adds to the landscape,” she teases. Ingebretson has been living with Parkinson’s disease for the past eight years. There are additional programs for individuals with Parkinson’s as well, including the “movement group,” which serves as an informal support group. Additionally, Rachel Phelps describes the art sessions as non-judgmental and has looked forward to sessions each week. The sessions allow her to relax and socialize with individuals who also love art. Phelps has been battling myoclonus, a condition which includes misfiring of brain signals that cause random jerks or spasms that are similar to seizures. HeartSprings has a wide range of available staff that is utilized to fit group and individual needs. The staff consists of an occupational

therapist, a physical therapist, nurse, yoga therapists and an integrated nutrition coach. For those wishing to gain volunteer hours, HeartSprings is always seeking eager individuals wishing to leave an impact on those who need it most. Positions include volunteer coordinator, administrative assistance, marketing, fundraising assistance, baking for support groups and library assistance. Staff members describe their experience as heartfelt and encouraging. Art instructor Lexie Rundquist has a history of working with individuals with traumatic brain injuries and instantly fell in love with everything HeartSprings has to offer. She says she particularly loves meeting artists who are willing to work at their own pace and provide constructive criticism to one another. “I get so much joy out of it and I hope they do too,” Rundquist adds about the experience. For further information, including a full list of volunteer opportunities, class schedules and offerings, and testimonials go to www.

While this method is being developed, Abdelhamid and Dalton know of a few ways buildings can be more energy efficient in the meantime. The building itself can have a few components such as increasing and upgrading existing systems, including continuous, thermal-bridge free layers of insulation, controlling infiltration and leaks through openings and walls, according to the students. The people within the buildings can do other things, turn off lights you aren’t using, turn down the thermostat and attend eFargo events to learn more about saving energy that wont cost


consumers a dime. Something homeowners can do that college aged students may not be able to do however is purchasing a solar panel and considering an electric car or an electric hybrid vehicle. Because the students participated in this effort

with the help of eFargo, they would like to remind the NDSU community that they have helped in lowering the city of Fargo’s energy use and consumption and that the community action has resulted in savings.

Delivered with Heart and Honor NDSU honorees recognized for outreach Quinn Garrick Staff Writer

Four members of the North Dakota State community were honored in January due to their outreach efforts involving a donation of more than 6,500 pounds of beans to the St. Francis Mission on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Alan Zuk, associate professor of plant sciences at NDSU, was presented with a Lakota Star Quilt by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, a branch of the Lakota Sioux Indian nation. Star Quilts are a significant tradition for Lakota members, signifying respect and honor for the recipient. Emblazoned on the quilt, the Morning Star pattern, serves an important symbolic purpose to the Lakota, representing new

beginnings or a new dawn. Zuk accepted the honor on behalf of the team, which includes Juan Osorno, associate professor and dry bean breeder at NDSU, James Steinberger, 2012 NDSU crop and weed sciences graduate, and Tom Walk, a staff member at NDSU. Osorno raised and harvested the beans — including navy, pinto, kidney beans and more — as part of his dry edible bean breeding research and donated the beans to Zuk’s project after they were no longer needed for research. Steinberger, the NDSU alumnus, lives near the Rosebud Indian Reservation and volunteers at the St. Francis Mission Lakota Dental Clinic. He was the person that reached out to St. Francis Mission president Reverend James Kubicki

and mission chief operating officer Rodney Bordeaux to coordinate the project. Bordeaux and Kubicki said the beans will be distributed through Tribal Social Services as an emergency food source and an opportunity for low-income families and individuals. Bordeaux said that with such a large donation, more than 25,000 people in 20 different communities would benefit from it. After accepting the honor, Zuk said, “The produce and beans are available every year after research is completed, and I am happy to make deliveries to those in need.” Every fall, Zuk will typically deliver 10,000 pounds of dry beans and close to 20,000 pounds of potatoes from research projects.



MU Gallery ‘State of the Union’ Exhibit Showcasing works from across the nation

In A Nutshell Amanda Johnson Staff Writer

‘Arctic Expedition’

The ‘Arctic Expedition’ was released Feb. 2 among various digital platforms. “The film is a $70M historic documentary that took 8.5 years to complete with 26 countries and more than 250 top climate scientists and researchers participating,” according to the press release. Research was started by David Barber, leading expert on ice phenomena, over 30 years ago. The press release reported, “Most of the scientists and researchers were young, focuses entirely on their work aboard the Canadian Coast Guard ice utter Amundsen.”

Economist to speak at NDSU The reception took place Feb. 13.

Ryan Nix

Staff Writer

The Memorial Union Gallery is hosting the “State of the Union” exhibit through March 1. The Gallery is open from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for the public and showcases works from across the nation. Kelly Schlagel, one of the gallery’s organizers, announced the reception for Feb. 13. The reception, according to Schlagel, is a time when people who are involved with the gallery, including the artists and the juror, will talk about the works of art and the overall theme of the gallery. Schlagel said besides the people involved in the exhibition, “A lot of people from around the art community in Fargo also go.” This makes the reception “a great way to talk to people and see what’s just


going on in the art scene,” according to Schlagel. Schlagel said these types of events have “normally at least get 20 to 30 people” in attendance. People who stop by the gallery while it’s open can expect “a huge diversity of work,” according to Schlagel. The exhibition showcases pieces that are supposed to be “an artist’s representation of what they perceive to be the state of the union after one year of Trump’s administration,” Schlagel explained. The Gallery is showcasing local NDSU artists, Emily Beaman and Darren Schneibel, alongside artists from across the country. Shlagel was surprised by the “large spread” of artists, especially from the East Coast. “I thought it would be mostly like regional Midwest, but we actually got pretty widespread for this show.”

One piece Schlagel loves is a work of art that depicts a protest with Lego bricks. “They designed like protester signs and costumes for all the Lego people,” Schlagel said. The event’s purpose is to understand politics with visuals. Shlagel believes “a lot of college kids, especially, try to avoid politics because I think it’s really hard for them to understand, and they also try to avoid art because it gets really hard to understand.” This art gallery to Shlagel is “a great way to start understanding both through there interactions and intersections.” Schlagel said the arts, in general, tend toward the left of the political spectrum, but that the exhibit seems “pretty well represented.” Schlagel notices some pieces that are “either ambiguous and moderate or a little bit more right.”

Economist Stephen Moore is scheduled to present at the Capitalism and Society Lecture Series 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20. “Moore’s presentation, ‘How Free Enterprise Can Restore American Prosperity,’ is free and open to the public. After the lecture, there will be a short session for questions and answers, followed by pizza and refreshments in the Barry Hall Atrium,” according to the press release. The lecture series is promoting dialogue between

researchers, students and the community about policies and institutions to enhance well-being. North Dakota State Center for the Study of Public Choice and Private Enterprise is hosting the series.

NDSU Archives open house

The NDSU Archives hosted an open house Thursday, Feb. 15. “The Archives’ collections include extensive manuscript holdings, more than 20,000 volumes related to North Dakota and one of the most extensive photograph collections in the state,” according to the NDSU website. Thomas Isern, University Distinguished Professor of history, discussed the significance of the NDSU Archives at the open house.

Surprise deer on Red River

Jake Cosley was snowmobiling on Red River south of Pembina, North Dakota, when he came across a deer entangled. Cosley “could see a buck that still was alive sprawled on the ice, locked at the antlers with the head of another buck. Judging by the vertebrae hanging form the entangled head, which was all that remained of the animal’s carcass, the second buck had been dead for quite some time,” the Twin Cities Pioneer Press reported.

He freed the buck after several minutes of wrestling with it while trying to free it from the carcass. The Twin Cities Pioneer Press reported, “judging by the racks and how they were entangled, it can’t be the same buck that showed up on a trail camera near Walhalla, N.D., several weeks ago dragging the entangled head of another buck.”

Peter Rabbit movie apologizes

Creators of the new Peter Rabbit film apologized after including an insensitive food allergy scene in the new movie. “A scene in the film shows a character who suffers a blackberry allergy being pelted with them by a gang of bunnies,” BBC News reported. The character is attacked with blackberries until he has to use an EpiPen for the reaction. The Kids With Food Allergies Foundation posted on Facebook that food allergy jokes are harmful to the community. Sony Pictures apologized on Sunday, saying they “sincerely regret not being more aware and sensitive to this issue,” BBC News reported. People took to Twitter condemning the movie and calling for people to boycott it because of the allergy scene.

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Student Running for District 27 Senate Seat Quinn Garrick is running as the Democratic candidate to give the young generation a voice

Quinn Garrick is a college student and running for office all at once.

Miranda Stambler Features Editor

North Dakota State student Quinn Garrick was nominated as well as endorsed for the District 27 Senate seat as a Democratic candidate on Feb. 3. A conversation that started as a joke about running for office turned into a “why not” mentality, with Garrick now nominated and running. Garrick, a junior majoring in political science and economics, is looking forward to being a voice for the younger generation. Garrick is originally from Anoka, Minnesota. He describes Minnesota as a diverse state with a strong economy, as well as a phenomenal education system, so he hopes to use that to his advantage. One would think running for a Senate seat while in college would negatively affect classwork, but Garrick said otherwise. He explained that he has a flexible schedule and people have been supportive while

helping out while he has been getting his campaign up and running. Erin Kitzman, who is married to Jon Kitzman, the District 27 Democratic House candidate, nominated Garrick. Garrick believes she did this because he has been attending district meetings and she believes he would be a good fit for state legislator since he had announced for the House position, but then the Senate seat was brought up with his name. Garrick has also had a lot of support from other candidates and other officials during his campaign. When it comes to Garrick’s young age, many think it would bring a negative connotation, although others see it as an opportunity. “I think I’ve seen some hesitation from people, and I think that’s because of my youth and the fact that I’m just in college right now, but there’s also a positive twist to it and people see it as having a new perspective and just having something

different,” Garrick said. He continued to explain that he sees North Dakota trying to add something different, especially in the Democratic Party in Cass County. Garrick sees his youth as a voice for the people these policies will be affecting. “A new perspective and just a new voice for a population that specifically underrepresented, which is


Government Employees (AFGE) in Minnesota. Garrick is more interested in public policies, specifically the development and implementation of policy. He’s always been interested in public office but planned for it later in life. It started as a joke about running for office, because of the open seats, but has since turned into the

“If they know that young people are engaged it kind of gives them hope I guess, for a new future” – Quinn Garrick, Democratic Candidate

students and young people,” Garrick explained. Garrick has a background of political aspects — especially within his family where they helped run campaigns such as John Kerry’s in 2004. He also has a very large network. For example, his aunt was the vice president of the American Federation of

campaign that is today. Bjorn Skogquist, the 22-year-old who was elected mayor of Anoka, Minnesota, inspires Garrick. “When people always say that young people don’t get involved in politics or young people can’t get elected into office, I always kind of question that because I saw him get elected as a 22-year-

old for mayor, and like to me young people being involved in politics and being in office was never an anomaly or a phenomenon — it was normal,” Garrick said. Garrick never saw running for office as an obstacle until now where he sees that it is not as common. “Seeing that young people don’t always get the most traction when they’re trying to run, but I do think young people getting involved in politics is important, especially if the policies are going to be affecting later generations. It’s important to have that voice in there,” Garrick said. He is looking to change two major policies — education and economics. “For economics, it’s really about diversifying our economy in this state, especially because our state relies specifically on oil and agriculture. It’s really hard to sustain an economy like that because if one fails the other one gets the pressure put on it. And then big cities like Fargo and Grand Forks, we’ll have to

take in all the unemployed, which Fargo already has a low unemployment, so it’s already at a labor shortage right now,” Garrick shared. “For education, it’s about modernizing, so bringing in technology and a modern curriculum, especially in our modern schools. If you look at Davies, which is pretty new for the Fargo area, they have a lot of modern technology and a new curriculum, and so we need to see that in our rural schools as well because I think they’re getting left behind,” Garrick explained. People feel as though they are too young for office, but Garrick shared some advice for those thinking about the option: “People are always excited for young people getting involved even though it is a barrier at times. People always love to see young people involved in politics whether it is as a candidate or volunteering.”




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Tips for Pers onal Growth Growing as a person takes time and effor t to succeed Amanda Wagar Contributing Writer

I was certain that this year of college would be one full of change; I was determined to become the new, better me. However, like my many New Year’s resolutions in the past, I have found that personal growth is not something that occurs overnight. Setting goals and establishing new habits can be hard. It requires dedication, and more often than not I have found myself burned out and consequently left in a state of self-doubt. For a long time, it seemed like the bloggers I had seen talk about personal growth made this complicated subject seem easy, so what was I doing wrong? I turned to Pinterest as a source of inspiration, and there are hundreds of lists with step-by-step instructions of things one should do. Through this, I have gathered five of my biggest takeaways about personal growth that I have begun to implement into my life and some tips and tricks that I have picked up along the way.

1. Create achievable goals

If you know about the acronym S.M.A.R.T Goals (specific, measurable, assignable, realistic, timerelated), you are on the right track. Creating achievable goals is all about taking your goal and breaking it down

Believing that you can personally grow helps you succeed. pre-made with into smaller, achievable comes and mid-year steps that you can strive monthly reflections, you can also toward. monthly If you have a planner you incorporate can make a goal at the start reflections into your routine of each month and track it with questions such as: 1. What was a throughout the weeks. I find that making mind maps help memorable part of this me create a clearer picture of month? 2. What were three what my goal looks like and how I can implement it into lessons you learned? 3. Who or what are my day to day life. Bonus tip: schedule your you grateful for this past month? goals into your planner.

2. Self-reflection

It may come as a surprise to some, but I am not someone who enjoys journaling. I do, however, love to do my end of month reflections in my planner. Although my planner

3. Repeat after me: ‘Your feelings are valid’

If there is one thing I know to be true, it is that life can be frustrating. Natural frustration and stress can often bring out emotions





that we may feel ashamed of, such as anger or sadness. However, it is important to remember that it is okay to have these feelings, and that your feelings are valid. If you need to cry, that’s okay. If you are feeling stressed to the point of exhaustion, that is okay too. More often than not, when people are asked how they are feeling they reply with “fine,” but sometimes the first step toward feeling better is admitting that you aren’t.

4. Make ‘fun’ a priority too

Between making goals and striving toward

establishing new habits, it is easy to forget to make time for yourself. Of course, like self-care, making time for “fun” is just as important as work, studying and personal growth. Try setting aside time each week in which you can enjoy yourself without having to worry about work or school. For example, try blocking out Saturday or Sunday in your planner, free yourself from your responsibilities for the day and have fun. Your mental health will thank you.

5. Celebrate your successes

Last but not least, don’t forget to write down your successes and celebrate them. Whether you aced a major exam or accomplished a minor goal, remember that every success is a step toward your personal growth. Try including a section to your planner or make note of your accomplishments from month to month, and make sure to reward yourself. Personal growth can seem like a difficult concept to approach, but these ideas are easy to implement into anyone’s life and can start you on the path toward becoming a better you.

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Review: Portugal. The Man shows St. Paul They’re More Than ‘Feel It Still’ Even though the crowd wasn’t feeling it at all Brittany Hofmann Staff Writer

Braving the frigid weather was something I was willing to do to see Portugal. The Man in St. Paul’s Palace Theatre, where they played back-to-back sold out shows this past weekend. I only went one night, but I would have went to both if I could have. Chicago-natives, Twin Peaks, warmed up the stage for the evening. Twin Peaks are one of those garage bands you would find in a suburban neighborhood, except everyone in the neighborhood would be outside the garage rocking along with them. For such a young band, I was impressed with their old, 1950’s rock and roll, ripe with guitar riffs and wiggling knees. When it was time for PTM to take the stage, a message projected on the backdrop informed the crowd that the band wasn’t keen to on-stage banter and would instead speak with predetermined on-screen messages. I knew this wouldn’t be your typical concert. The band remained in the shadows of the projections for the rest of the night, making the music the focal point of their show-something I can respect. I knew we were in for a treat when they opened with a cover of Metallica’s, “For Whom the Bell Tolls” which then transitioned into a cover of “Another Brick in the Wall Part 2” by Pink Floyd. Moving on from their opening covers, they drove through their hits, “Purple Yellow Red and Blue,” “Atomic Man,” “Modern Jesus” and “Live in the Moment.” Buried among their hits was perhaps their biggest hit, “Feel It Still.” I was blown away by the heavy guitar which was atypical of the band’s hiphop-y tunes. They even made sure to comment, “That’s right kids. No computers.

These are all live instruments up here.” Despite the electricity coming from the band on stage, something was off. I had never seen so many people standing still at a concert. Ever. I was in shock. Everywhere I looked, people were sitting or even worse, scrolling through the photos they took that night instead of actually seeing the magic happen in front of them. I could hardly stop myself from dancing, why couldn’t anyone else? The crowd was the only disappointing part of the night. St. Paul didn’t deserve two nights of incredible performances from a band who was there doing what they do best--playing their own music with the utmost passion and talent. Halfway through their setlist was a mashup of the Beatles’ “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)”and PTM’s “All Your Light (Times Like These)” from their 2011 album “In The Mountain In The Cloud.” Breezing through the last half of their setlist, the band ended with their heavy, biting lyrics of “Hip Hop Kids” and “Holy Roller (Hallelujah).” At this point, a message was projected asking the crowd to please stand by, a promise of an encore. The crowd wouldn’t have to scream and shout for them to come back. For the usual concert, the band will end their show with their biggest hit. Since PTM already played “Feel It Still,” I had no idea what to expect. Coming back on stage, the band was welcomed by the crowd as they began their last few songs of the evening, which consisted of a medley of “Sleep Forever,” “Smile” and another Beatles hit, “Hey Jude.” Overall, the concert itself was a work of art that the crowd didn’t seem to appreciate.


Alaskan band Portugal. The Man were no strangers to the bitter weather while in the bold north for two days.

Red Fang and Brütälür Bring Hard Rock, Metal to Aquarium Popular Portland rock band enlists help of local metal group for Aquarium gig Laura Ellen Brandjord A&E Editor

The walls of the Aquarium shuddered with the sounds of no-holds-barred rock ‘n’ roll and the roar of satisfied fans on the evening of Saturday, Feb. 10. There is no doubt Red Fang is a Fargo-Moorhead favorite, as the line into the Aquarium stretched down the stairs soon after opening. Local punk metal group Brütälür warmed up the crowd with their raunchy brand of metal and witty banter between songs. After jumping on stage, lead singer Jarret Vossler yelled, “All right, let’s wrap this up. I’ve got cats to feed at home,” kicking off their explosive set. With songs ranging in subject matter from the suicide of a strung-out stripper to love for a transsexual woman, Vossler tore through track after track with growling vocals

from the deepest pits of Hell. Paired with bass player Andy Hansen’s screeching Black Francis-esque vocal additions, the punk influence is keenly felt. The band is rounded out by guitarists Nate Pehler and Dustin DeTar shredding the strings and drummer Dave Johnson beating the skins into submission with heavy cymbal use. The group closed out their set with a cover of GG Allin’s “Drink, Fight and F---.” Brütälür is set to release their first album and split EP in the next couple months as fans eagerly await its completion. There was just enough time for refreshment before Red Fang took the stage. The band played a set spanning all four albums that showcased their brand of stoner-infused hard rock, including hits such as “Blood Like Cream” off their third album, “Whales and Leeches.” The audience’s enjoyment was clearly visible, as a boisterous mosh pit soon formed. The solid classic rock tinged rhythm of guitarists Bryan Giles and David Sullivan and John Sherman’s drums made it easy to mosh to.

Moods were light during the set with amused vocalist and bass player Aaron Beam ensuring a member of the mosh pit had found their glasses. The band and audience laughed and applauded when it was confirmed the reveler had regained possession of their specs. Before their final song of the evening, Red Fang’s members took out their phones to catalog the experience. They also admitted they were trying to trick the audience with the act. Beam reassured the audience there was more to come, receiving cheers from the crowd for stating, “I bet you thought we were done, didn’t you? But we are planning on hardly being able to walk out of here. So we’ve got a few more for you if that’s all right.” A great night of great music, there is no doubt the F-M area eagerly awaits the Portland rock band’s return.



‘SMALLAND’ Set to Release This Month Unique survival game developed by Embu Games changes players stature, perspective Nathan Wetrosky Staff Writer

“SMALLAND,” developed and published by Embu Games, is coming out sometime this month. It is a survival game where you have been shrunk down. What would have been a small piece of land is now a huge expanse of unexplored territory and challenges. Being on the shorter spectrum of height can be very challenging for some people. You must ask taller people to help you reach things or maybe jumping to touch the ceiling with your fingertips is nigh impossible. What about being the size of a small rock and having to fight to survive in inhospitable environments? “SMALLAND” is currently only in the early access stage of its development, but it still seems to have quite a bit going for it. There are some cool features being implemented into the game that I think are worthy of

being in this article.

Strong ecosystem

Just like you, the animals in “SMALLAND” must eat, sleep and have shelter to survive. This means that animals will kill and eat other animals to attain these three objectives. They will even interact with you, but not always with your best intentions in mind. The “SMALLAND” game website admits, “Ants can steal your items, you can be a meal for rabbits.” The developers say they are not yet done implementing all the desired details for the ecosystem, but it will be one of the most worked on parts of their game.

Highly detailed weather system

The weather in this game, just like your height, is drastically altered to cause you a great deal of strife. One example given by Embu Games is that as weather changes it will cause animals and plants to behave differently. You must

Players must battle the elements and animals in Embu Games’ new survival game. be prepared to deal with right spot. Otherwise, your be added to the game, but it these occurrences as they belongings, or even you will not be for a while after happen. Weather does not yourself, will be swept away. release. When the game just have to be large events. On their website, Embu releases, it will just have Even a slight breeze could Games says the feature is not a two-player co-op mode destroy your home or carry yet implemented and will be available so you and a friend difficult to complete, but is can survive together. off supplies. one of their higher priorities. From the little I have Flood system Along with these seen of this game (solely Along with the weather features will be a 32-player the announcement trailer system is a flood system that multiplayer experience. This on Steam and YouTube), will force you to build in the larger multiplayer mode will it seems to have a very


nice graphical style that is quite pleasing. The water is especially well done and the wildlife flitting about makes the game feel very alive. “SMALLAND” comes out later this month and based on my current impressions, it will be a well-done and unique survival game.

Playlist: Songs to Warm Up to This Winter Olympics The greatest competition in the world deserves a fire playlist to combat its cool surroundings

Classic and ‘90s rock is the perfect music for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Laura Ellen Brandjord A&E Editor

The 2018 Winter Olympics are well underway in PyeongChang, Korea. Thus adding to the necessity for a fire playlist to warm the sports’ cold surroundings. The Winter Olympics is arguably my most lookedforward-to sporting event. I could watch skiing and halfpipe snowboarding alone for the rest of my life. As with every great sporting event, a killer playlist is key. As an avid skier myself, my preferred winter activity is far and away spending time on the slopes of my local winter park. Part of what has made my skiing experience so memorable over the years is (surprise, surprise) music. Before I had skis of my own, I rented them. There was always a waiting line at the winter park’s resident ski shop. Thankfully, the rad staff always had great taste in music and blared it

from a boombox placed by the cash register. The same music would also play out of the speakers at the top of the chair lift servicing the bigger slopes. Made up of a mix of “old hands” and snowboarding high schoolers, the music reflected the ranging demographic. “Enter Sandman” would play after “Can’t Stop” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, followed by “All Along the Watchtower” and it just worked. Somehow the sunsoaked anthems made you feel a certain swagger as you raced down the slopes egging on your friends. Just like a fine wine complements a delicious meal, the perfect playlist enhances the enjoyment of any sporting event- most of all the Olympics. Luckily, I’ve got you covered with my NDSU 2018 Winter Olympics Warm Up available on Spotify.

‘Immigrant Song’ - Led Zeppelin

From the opening verse, “I come from the land of

the ice and snow” this Led Zeppelin staple solidifies its spot on any winter sport playlist. The viking conqueror storyline and marching bass line add to the power of this song. It demands victory and as a fan of Team USA it is what we demand. Other Medal Winners: Ramble On, Rock and Roll, Break On Through (To The Other Side)- The Doors

‘Snow (Hey Oh)’ - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Like I mentioned before, the music of the Red Hot Chili Peppers is a prominent feature in my fond ski memories. The reason “Snow (Hey Oh)” specifically belongs on everyone’s Winter Olympics playlist goes beyond its name. The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ patent brand of funky, rhythm-centric rock is full of feel-good confidence. To me Red Hot Chili Peppers will always be synonymous with Shaun White. It most likely has something to do with their shared home state


and the vision of California snowboarders. Whatever the reason, a healthy dose of the RHCP is an essential for me. Other Medal Winners: Can’t Stop, Around The World, Give It Away

‘Purple Haze’ - Jimi Hendrix

I largely blame a 2014 Sochi olympic games commercial for tying this iconic tune to the olympics for me. The commercial featured a USA ski jumper soaring through the air perfectly timed with Hendrix’s vocals “’Excuse me while I kiss the sky. Ever since then the association has stuck with me. Not only is this song an undeniable classic from an all-time guitar god, its lyrics lend themselves flawlessly to the enhancement of winter olympics viewing. Other Medal Winners: All Along the Watchtower, Smoke On the WaterDeep Purple, Dream OnAerosmith

‘Free Ride’ - The Edgar

Winter Group

I am obsessed with Edgar Winter, especially the album from which this song comes from “They Only Come Out At Night.” It is by far Winter’s best album with multiple hits spanning both sides. One of the classic rock additions to the playlist, it is such a feel good energizing song it just makes sense. It is destined to have you down the hill and eagerly waiting for the chairlift to go again. Medal Winners: Born To Be Wild- Steppenwolf, Runnin’ Down A DreamTom Petty and the Heartbreakers

‘Epic’ - Faith No More

An Essential from the late 80’s, this heavy metal/ hip-hop/funk conglomerate bleeds confidence. It eats your doubts for breakfast with its jagged nicotinestained bridgework. Transitioning from punchy, confrontal verses to a rolling beach wave of a chorus, this song makes an impact in its unexpected

contrast. Perfect for psyching yourself up before heading down that black diamond or calming your nerves before your favorite competes for gold. Other Medal Winners: Man in the Box- Alice in Chains, Smells Like Teem Spirit- Nirvana, All The Small Things- blink-182

‘Bang a Gong (Get It On)’ - T. Rex

This song may seem out of place at first. However, I ask you to consider the groove factor and playful nature of this song. You will no doubt agree that the song pairs well with friendly, good-natured competition. Such as Shaun White’s ego trip in the qualifying round of halfpipe, or the confident wit of American downhill skier Bryce Bennett. This song proves that being an outlier doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Which is equally as valuable a lesson in life and when watching the Olympics.




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In Defense of Black History Month Black History Month ensures recognition of culture and remembrance of history

Black History Month’s relevance lies in an uncomfortable past of intolerance and racism.

Xanthe Dick

Contributing Writer

February is Black History Month. This month, as expected, has drawn out the annual Facebook comment vitriol and cries of “What about white history month?” And sure, I may have thought like this too at one point. However, that was when I was very young and my views have changed significantly since then. I believe there is a strong case for Black History Month. For some, it may be natural to think, “What about me?” or “ Why don’t I get a month?” To find the answer, we must revisit some very uncomfortable periods in history. For years our country failed to properly acknowledge the contributions that black people made to society. Thus, a large segment of our population was left feeling forgotten and underrepresented at best and downright discriminated against at worst. As children, we learn about white people and white historical figures every day of the year. We don’t need to fight for recognition. White people have never been put in a situation where we had to collectively fight

for the right to be seen as worthy or competent in any respect simply due to being white. Non-white people, and especially AfricanAmericans, have had to fight for this for centuries, and it goes much deeper than just abolishing slavery. For example, many times

level that they did, which we now realize is awful. In the years since, all of this science has been proven to be turnof-the-century quackery with no internal or external validity, unsurprisingly. Many people also seem to be forgetting that as recently as our grandparents’

Non-white people, and especially AfricanAmericans, have had to fight for this for centuries and it goes much deeper than just abolishing slavery. throughout history, the fields of biology, anthropology and psychology were infested with proponents of “racial realism” in its numerous forms — more recently referred to as scientific racism — a field with roots in social Darwinism that essentially sought to prove the supposed genetic inferiority of anyone who wasn’t white. This allowed those in power during the early years of our country to justify heinous practices like slavery and segregation to their own benefit. Archaic social hierarchies were kept in place simply by powerful figures claiming that the people they oppressed couldn’t suffer on the same


generation, it was perfectly legal to refuse service to black people, to force them into separate schools and largely relegate them to a separate and functionally invisible sector of society. Our families and community members lived through it. They tell their children about it, and they remember. To pretend this enormous grievance can be forgotten in less than one lifetime is ludicrous. To seriously claim that these damaging practices haven’t left a lasting impact even on today’s young people takes enormous powers of denial and deflection. Those are some of the factors that led to the


creation of Black History Month. Those who wonder why February was chosen to celebrate should know that this decision was not arbitrary. The celebration was first proposed by Carter G. Woodson, a notable African-American historian and educator, in 1926. Woodson chose this month because it is the birth month of Frederick Douglass, an abolitionist and esteemed African-American author, as well as Abraham Lincoln, who signed the Emancipation Proclamation, legally freeing all slaves in the Confederacy and marking an important milestone for human rights in the United States. Furthermore, I have also seen concerns expressed that we shouldn’t “honor one race and not the others.” Well, we do honor other races and many other marginalized groups with their own months as well. March is Women’s History Month. June is LGBT Pride Month. November is Native American History Month. The list goes on. There is even an Irish American Heritage Month if you are that concerned about white representation. However, all of these groups have something in common. At some point in history, they were told by

the majority of American society that they were less than, incapable or somehow undeserving of representation or equal opportunity, and in many cases still are told these things. It is worth deep examination that while all of these respective heritage months exist, only Black History Month seems to

scientific racism and even self-professed fascism in the likes of figures such as Richard Spencer. We cannot afford to ignore this or be silent in the face of injustice when advocates of racism only continue to yell louder. I would like to believe as much as anyone that these problems will simply go away if we ignore them, or

To seriously claim that these damaging practices haven’t left a lasting impact even on today’s young people takes enormous powers of denial and deflection. elicit such particular vitriol from the masses. White Americans as a collective have never had to prove their humanity and have never found themselves lacking representation. We have enough. We don’t need a month. If the idea of simply recognizing the achievements and upward struggle of a historically oppressed people feels divisive or oppressive to you, it may be time for some self reflection. There is evidence that this representation is needed around us every day, with the troubling resurgence of white nationalism,

that we have made enough progress and all people are finally equal. Change has never been that easy, though I’m sure we will all be glad when the day finally comes that people don’t need to push for representation or protest simply to have it recognized that Black Lives Matter. But in order to get there, we have to keep working, educating and organizing like crazy to make sure that racism is too afraid to rear its ugly head ever again. I believe that Black History Month still has a role to play in helping us get there.



Intolerance: Liberals’ Letter to the Editor: ‘Should America Have Hatred of Conservatives Response to Ezra Gray’sA Black History Month?’ on Campus Leftist attitude toward the right is not surprising Mark Simonson Staff Writer

I have seen that any thought or speech coming from conservatives on campus receives much backlash and disparaging remarks. This is something I have noticed ever since I started attending North Dakota State during my undergraduate years. I have taken a number of religious studies and philosophy courses in my undergraduate years. With this, I have heard similar remarks come from the mouths of professors. As a freshman, I enrolled in Introduction to Religion. Throughout the semester, the professor (who is now retired) had continually equated anyone who believes in the infallibility and inerrancy of the Bible as fundamentalists. I no longer find this surprising. In fact, it’s no different from any other campus anywhere in the country. Just look at Ben Shapiro’s book “Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America’s Youth.”

Reminiscing past experiences

Last fall, Jake MacAulay came to NDSU to give a talk on Christianity, religious freedom and the Constitution. What naturally happens is that people get all offended and call him racist and homophobic. Yet they cannot provide a single quote or anything else to prove such a claim. Another example is that when one of our writers, Ezra Gray, writes an article giving his views on a specific topic and calling various things into question that others may just accept as is without thinking about it, many people automatically flip out. There are even comments saying it is an embarrassment to NDSU in

general that he continues to write for The Spectrum. When I first started writing for The Spectrum, I made a comment in a Letter to the Editor. I noted that when someone in a public setting displays sympathies to conservative politics, the Bible and conservative Christianity, that I could almost guarantee that people would cry foul. So far, what I have seen is something as of late is something that backs that up.

Double standards

I find it humorous that diversity is a doctrine throughout campus. Yet those who preach tolerance may not necessarily be practicing it. Ever notice that people blow up over anything that relates to whites, males and patriarchy? It’s like white males are supposed to feel bad about themselves to make up for decades of racism and sexism that they had nothing to do with. It’s silly that people want all sorts of diversity, such as ethnic and gender diversity. But they don’t want to put a damper on religious and ideological diversity. For example, as of 2004, 45 political science professors in Colorado’s state universities identified as Democrat. Only nine identified as Republican. More recently, a study was done by Econ Journal Watch in fall 2016. It showed that among the top 40 leading universities in the United States, Democrat faculty voters greatly outnumbered Republicans. The ratio was an astonishing 12-to-one. This is what the doctrines of “diversity” and “tolerance” are bringing us. Professor Robert Maranto of Villanova University has this to say, “While colleges strive for ethnic diversity, they actively oppose ideological diversity. Surveys find that only about 10 percent of social science and humanities faculty vote Republican.” Maranto

brings up the case of a conservative sociologist. When this sociologist came out as a conservative, he said, “When I decided to come out as a registered Republican, it was a sensation. It was as if I became a child molester. You don’t want to be in a department where everyone hates your guts.” Let’s not forget the Ben Shapiro issue across the river at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. Do people really need such trigger warnings and to get therapy over a speaker coming to speak? It’s not like anybody is forcing anyone to listen to Shapiro.


With all the hate spewing from the left all over the country, it’s not a surprise to me anymore. There’s so much drama that one can argue that it be considered “hate speech.” Pretty soon one may not be able to say “man” or “woman” anymore without somebody getting offended. A new trend that is happening now is a “transracial” movement. There is a white man that is identifying as Filipino. So watch out, you may start receiving a lot of hate mail and other forms of backlash pretty soon if you refer to someone by a particular race and that person suddenly doesn’t identify with that anymore. Perhaps Morgan Freeman is right; to combat racism, you could simply “stop talking about it.” It feels like conservatives, politically and theologically, are now becoming more of a minority. Many of them who work in places like universities have to keep quiet about it due to the potential for liberal backlash. The difference is, theological and political conservatives have not needed a “safe space.”

Hey Ezra, I have a few clarifications for you in response to your “Should America Have A Black History Month” piece. In it, you question whether or not other races deserve national history months to go along with African American History Month. Allow me to reveal some information to you; other races do have their own months. First off is Irish American Heritage Month in March, then Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month as well as Jewish American History Month takes place in May, while most of September and part of October is home to Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month, and the entirety of October is National Italian American Heritage Month. November rounds out the year with National American Indian Heritage Month. In fact, during most of these months, NDSU’s own Office of Multicultural Programs, as well as various clubs, host various events pertaining to each month. In your article, you ask about “Arabs”, which by

the way it would have been much more respectful to say, “Arabic People” or “Middle Eastern People” and Muslims. You seem to be confused about what it means to be Muslim, as this is not a race. It is a title for people who follow the religion of Islam, a religious affiliation that includes people of all colors and races. Calling this a race is akin to me calling all white people I see on campus Catholic when there are any number of religions or denominations they may belong to, or they may belong to none of them. It’s not simply a catchall term for any brown person from the Middle East. Using this opportunity to move on to your question about Arabic People, it may come as a shock to you that Arabic People can be African American and they can be Asian American. See, the Middle East is situated on the point where Asia and Africa meet. Now, this is not to say that can only be these things, some people may identify as either of those

things. I am not from the area, and I cannot presume to know the intricacies of that particular culture. I can, however, point out these possibilities to you Ezra, who seems unaware of them. Now, the months of January, April, July, August, and December have no designations, and I’d love to see that changed. Let’s make these months inclusive of people, that’s what America is about right? Being an inclusive nation, regardless of creed, color, religion, or race. Perhaps the next time you have questions about African American History Month or any other national history months, you can go to the main level of the Memorial Union and visit someone in the Office of Multicultural Programs. An even easier option is a simple Google search. I hope that I have addressed all of your questions in these 500 words or less letter. Oh, and “white history” as a whole doesn’t need a special month. We just call that history.

Tyrel Iron Eyes,, Junior, Anthropology

Letter to the Editor: Response to ‘Voice of the Alt-Right’

My name was on the same page as his. My words were on the same page as his. His name is a disgrace upon this city. So why, why do we continue to give Peter Tefft a platform for his disgusting views? Why even interview a man who justifies his views by cherry-picking the words of God? There is no excuse for his participation in the events that took place in Charlottesville – a town whose name will now forever be synonymous with the martyrdom of Heather Heyer. So many more questions

remain. Why would the official newspaper of my school give way to this kind of speech? Why is his opinion the only one displayed? Why is the other side of the story not told? Why is Tefft, who is not a student of NDSU, featured on the third page of the Spectrum? And, a popular question from the Facebook comments: has the Spectrum no sense of decency? It is not only my name for which I am concerned. Why is NDSU, a reputable university, content with

their moniker on the same page as Fargo’s famous fascist? Why is it acceptable to mix the message of NDSU with that of the likes of Peter Tefft? So tell me, Spectrum, is your honor worth the interview with Tefft? Do your advertisers know that you gave this platform to a white supremacist? Oh, excuse me – white activist. Because we are still acting as though those are not synonymous. As for me, I know I won’t be picking up a Spectrum newspaper for a while.

Lindsey Pouliot,, Senior, English

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I am not here to limit what the world has to offer Erik Jonasson II Opinion Editor

I am the Opinions Editor here at The Spectrum. I am not however, the editor of opinions. Nor would I ever want to work for a paper that silenced the voices that they may not agree with. I am here for grammatical errors and I aid in building better arguments. That is it. That is my job and I see no reason to change it. I am not here to narrow the ideas you are presented with. I am here to try my hardest to present you with the broadest educated opinions that come to our office. These people take many different forms. Some are liberals; some are conservatives and others still have vastly different and sometimes offensive opinions to me at least. Although I may not agree with all the opinions in my section, it has never crossed my mind to edit out a perspective no matter how offensive or how different it may be from my own. No matter my personal beliefs, our section is for everyone no matter what background or belief system.

According to the Society of Professional Journalist (SPJ) code of ethics, journalists aim to: “Support the open and civil exchange of views, even views they find repugnant.” The world has dark corners. There are crazy ideas out there. There are people that believe the moon landing was faked. Even still, there are Nazis walking down the streets of our American towns, flatEarthers and even people who ignore science and believe that global warming is a lie perpetrated by the Chinese. Those people still have the freedom of the press, no matter how repugnant their worldviews. They still deserve to be heard, even if they are completely wrong. Silencing people and ignoring their viewpoints is something that journalists ethically cannot do. Furthermore, just because we have writers who like Trump or like Clinton or, hell, loved to waste their vote and voted for Jill Stein. Well, they have every right to be here too. Conservatives may not have me swayed, but good people voted for

Trump. Good people voted for Clinton, too. I will never demonize a group of people just because they hold a belief system that I don’t necessarily agree with. I will never aim to narrow the information that you are given. Nor will someone who holds this position; it isn’t part of our job. You, the reader, has a responsibility — a responsibility to hold the people in your community accountable for what they believe. Your father disapproves of your sister dating a Hispanic man, how about you talk to him? How about you talk to him and treat him with the respect you’d expect. Perhaps that is the way to create positive change? Perhaps he will change his mind with that, instead of you calling him a racist and shaming him? I promise that The Spectrum would report on it, and guess what, we would also report on a white nationalist parade too. Because no matter how repugnant or different that record may be, we are a record of this university at this time, for the land and its The Spectrum is award-winning for its journalism. people.






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Action On the Diamond Getting Underway Softball commences, baseball to begin Friday Thomas Evanella Staff Writer

Major League Baseball teams begin traveling to Florida and Arizona in the coming weeks, rolling out fresh baseballs onto neatly manicured fields. While the snow has not melted yet in Fargo, the North Dakota State softball and baseball teams are beginning their 2018 schedules. The softball team has already gotten their season started, having played five games this past Friday and Saturday in Las Vegas at the University of Nevada Las Vegas Sportco Kick Off Classic. The Bison bookended a trio of losses in Sin City with a pair of wins over Southern Utah and Utah Valley. Bre Beatty began the proceedings for NDSU in the first inning against the Thunderbirds. Returning to her hometown, the senior laced a single into left field to plate Katie Shoultz for the Bison’s first run of the season. Southern Utah countered with two runs of their own in the second when Taylei Williams drove in a run with a single and later scored on a wild pitch from KK Leddy. The Bison scored twice in the fourth inning to take a lead they would not relinquish. Montana DeCamp reached first on a throwing error on her bunt attempt, and Beatty raced around the bases to score. DeCamp stole second and was driven home by Maddie Hanson in the next at bat. Beatty provided a twoout, two-run double in the following inning to bring the score to 5-2, and two RBI’s

from Zoe Stavrou tacked on two insurance runs in the sixth. Kendall Kapitzke’s tworun home run off of Leddy in the seventh was of no consequence, as Leddy finished off the game, striking out 13 batters in the contest. NDSU dropped the next three games of the weekend, losing in nine innings to hosts UNLV, 3-2, in the second Friday matchup. Ace Jacquelyn Sertic was coasting through the Runnin’ Rebels’ lineup, allowing one run in the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly. Sertic too was making a return to her native Silver State. The game went into extra innings, and in the top of the ninth, Shoultz sprinted home on a wild pitch to nudge the Bison in front, 2-1. Having gone eight full innings without allowing a hit, Sertic and the Bison appeared poised to seal the victory. The senior was unable to get the final three outs in the bottom half of the inning, though. With a runner placed on second base to begin the inning, Sertic got a quick out on a pop up, but intentionally walking Janine Petmecky in the following at bat came to haunt the Bison. Attempting to set up the game-ending double play failed as Justine Federe cleared the bases with a single in the gap. Sertic struck out 15 batters against four walks and the lone base hit in 8.1 frames. The Herd were shut out 4-0 against No. 16 Minnesota and fell to Creighton 7-4 on Saturday. NDSU was involved in another low scoring affair Sunday afternoon, defeating

Utah Valley by a score of 2-1 in nine innings. Sertic twirled another gem, pitching all nine innings and upping her strikeout total from the day before to 16. Not to be outdone was her foe Addie Jensen, who toed the rubber for the Wildcats. Despite only striking out three batters, Jensen scattered only three hits in 8.1 innings of work. The Wildcats opened up an advantage in the first frame of extra innings when Kaylee Bott scratched across a run. DeCamp followed up with a run scoring single of her own in the bottom half, tying the game at 1-1. Tabby Heinz advanced Lauren Riemers, who was placed on second, and Stephanie Soriano brought her home with a double roped into right-center field. The Bison will feature in the San Diego State Campbell/Cartier Classic this upcoming weekend and the Ole Miss Tournament the following weekend. The NDSU softball was pegged as the No. 1 team in the Summit League in the preseason poll. On the men’s side of the diamond, Bison baseball begins its season with a four-game set at Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. Preseason polls rated NDSU No. 3 in the conference following a 31-25 season. NDSU’s baseball team will be led in 2018 by seven seniors, including lineup mainstays Logan Busch, Matt Elsenpeter, Drew Fearing and Mason Pierzchalski. Skipper Tod Brown returns for his 11th season at the helm. Warmer days and outdoor games are on the horizon.


The Bison won’t play in Fargo until April, but the baseball season begins this weekend in Texas.

Baseball is Back, But the Players Aren’t Big name free agents still to sign Cody Tusler Staff Writer

It’s that time of year again: America’s favorite pastime. Spring training is about to start, with pitchers and catchers either having reported or will be reporting in the next few days. During spring training, the MLB is divided into two leagues, the Cactus League and the Grapefruit League. Teams that are in Arizona for spring training are in the Cactus League, while teams in Florida are in the Grapefruit League. Spring training is good to see which teams and players may

perform this coming season, or how the younger players can be valuable to their respective ball clubs in the future. This is the time that sports analytics start to predict which teams can make a World Series run. Will we see a team that has used the strategy of the last three World Series winners, Kansas City Royals, Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros, who all broke down and rebuilt? Or will we see a powerhouse team like the New York Yankees or Los Angeles Dodgers? Perhaps a team that no one will think of? We know that we won’t see the Miami Marlins, with Derek Jeter trading away every well-known name on the roster.

Maybe they are trying to break down and rebuild, but they don’t have a lot in return or to even build around what is left. Spring training season consists of just over 30 games, depending on the team and their schedule. The downfall of this year’s spring training, as of right now, is the lack of big-name players being signed to ball clubs. Spring training is used for players to gel and grow relationships together. This is very important for pitchers and catchers, as they have, in my opinion, the biggest job during the game. There are times that a certain pitcher likes a certain catcher to call the game and catch for them.

Without having that time to grown and build relationships, they will not have that chemistry come game day. Yu Darvish, who was the most talked about name this offseason, just signed a deal to go to the Cubs. The Cubs did offer a deal for Jake Arrieta to return, but he declined. I hope now that with the signing of Darvish, other top free agents will sign. Players such as Arrieta, J.D. Martinez, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lance Lynn and Alex Cobb to name a few. It is not only the top free agents suffering from the lack of signing. There are players that should get major league deals that are getting minor league deals, and players are

not even getting a minor league deal that should. This all comes from team owners and general managers not wanting to pay players a big deal contract. Not every pitcher is a Clayton Kershaw or position player as Mike Trout. Players are refusing to sign and are boycotting spring training until the issue is resolved and they can get paid what they think they deserve. To me, you’re a professional baseball player, just take the deal and go play so this issue can be over with and spring training and regular season can actually feel like it is starting.




Record Breaking Samuelson Leads Bison Nine three-pointers as NDSU breaks losing streak

Jared Samuelson broke a program record connecting on nine triples against Mayville State.

Taylor Schloemer Sports Editor

The North Dakota State Bison men’s basketball team limped back home after a disappointing weekend that featured a pair of close conference losses. A visit from Mayville State provided an opportunity to return some good feelings back into the locker room. After defeating the Comets 87-53, the good vibes were back, at least for the moment. More importantly, a new name entered into the Bison record books. Sophomore Jared Samuelson went 10-15 from the field, including 9-13 from three. The nine 3-pointers broke the singlegame school record of eight set by Lawrence Alexander in 2015. “I am so happy for that kid,” head coach David Richman said. “You ask what can be the benefits of this game, that can be something.” On an odd night, Samuelson’s first-half threes were almost always timely. His first of the game was early and broke a 2-2 tie inside the two minutes. Ten minutes later, his second three broke a three-minute scoring drought by the Bison that had allowed the Comets to take a three-point lead. Mayville’s Cameron Epps answered right back with a three of his own to restore the Comets’ lead. For 15 minutes, Mayville stayed close. But the Bison finally broke away as most expected them to. With just under four minutes left to play in the first, Samuelson hit back-to-back threes to give the Bison the lead for good and a five-point cushion. NDSU ended the half on a 16-0 run while holding the Comets scoreless for nearly the final six minutes. Mayville came out the quicker of the two teams after the break, putting up five quick points to cut the lead back to just 10. Senior A.J. Jacobson snuffed out the Comets’ run with an oldfashioned three-point play. The Comets came again to within 10, only for Samuelson to connect from three again. Samuelson’s sixth three of the evening was a good snapshot of the Bison’s season so far. Sophomore Tyson Ward went for the three of his own and missed the rim. Deng Geu made a leaping


save to keep the ball inbounds. His toss landed in the hands of Samuelson, who pulled up and knocked down the shot. NDSU finished off the Comets in the middle of the half with an 8-0 blitz in just 50 seconds. Jacobson knocked down the three before Samuelson hit the recordtying eighth three on the night. Spencer Ellison hit a layup to push the score to 73-49. Samuelson put himself alone in the record books with 6:41 left in the game, hitting one last 3-pointer. Samuelson was quick to recognize his teammates’ effort in his record-breaking game. “They got me open a lot of shots. Tyson (Ward), Cameron (Hunter), Deng (Geu), a few others that I probably forgot. But they got me open.” Number 10 remained elusive, as much as the small crowd at the SHAC wanted it. After he was announced as the player of the game and his record-breaking performance was made known, the loudest cheers came on his two late three-point attempts. The Gretna, Nebraska native was fouled on the first, and converted all three shots from the charity stripe. The second attempt at 10 glanced off the rim. Now the Bison must move on and focus on the big picture. NDSU still sit 4-7 in the Summit League. The mid-table fight in the Summit means that NDSU could still receive the No. 3 spot heading into Sioux Falls for tournament play. “We needed a win, and hopefully we can get things rolling these last two games,” Samuelson said. “We all believe in ourselves.” Saturday is senior night at the SHAC, and one senior sat out Tuesday with a small injury. Paul Miller, the Bison’s top scorer, did not play against Mayville. “Day-to-day, it’s a fine line with some things,” Richman said. “His numbers reflected some things that were bothering him (last weekend).” That meant both Millers did not see the floor Tuesday, as junior Dylan Miller finished serving a three-game suspension for a “violation of departmental and program rules,” Richman said. NDSU hosts Fort Wayne 2 p.m. Saturday for Senior Day at the SHAC.

A.J. Jacobson was a perfect 5-5 shooting against Mayville State on Tuesday night.





Early Look at the March Madness Field Catching up on the college basketball world Taylor Schloemer Sports Editor

On March 13, the greatest three weeks of college basketball tips off in Dayton, Ohio. The field of 68 is starting to take shape as the regular season starts to wind down. And with a month to play, here are some early takes when it comes to building the imperfect bracket.


It seems like an annual thing that the ACC is the strongest conference in the nation. Virginia sits No. 1 in the AP poll, with just two losses to its name. A look at the numbers may be slightly confusing. The Cavaliers are ranked 298th in the nation in points per game in the nation. At 68 ppg, the offense is not going

to kill you. But when you allow just 52.8 points on average, suffocation leads to the defeat. Come March, the lack of offense could be their undoing. Last year, they scored 39 points in a loss to Florida in the second round. Behind Virginia sits Clemson, Duke and North Carolina. The latter two teams have a history of success in March, and the Tigers a trio of home wins against ranked teams.


Another strong conference top to bottom is the SEC. ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has eight teams from the conference making the big dance right now. Auburn sits two games clear in the conference standings. Bryce Brown and Mustapha Heron lead the team, both averaging over

16 ppg. The Tigers score at a high rate, eighth in the nation with 85 on average. Tennessee and Texas A&M are the other teams that sit in the AP Top 25. The Aggies clean up the glass with 41.8 rebounds per game. They had a stretch of seven losses out of nine, but have rebounded with a pair of ranked wins, including at Auburn.

Big 12

Trae Young is the biggest star in college basketball this year. The freshman is averaging 29.5 points and 9.4 assists per game for Oklahoma. In turn, the Sooners have the top offense in the nation. That has not led to wins for Oklahoma, who have just four wins in their last 11. Texas Tech leads the conference after tearing off six straight wins. They

still get to host Oklahoma, Kansas down the stretch. Win out, and the Red Raiders could be a real player in March.

Big East

The best pair of teams from a single conference comes from the Big East. In the AP poll, Villanova and Xavier sit No. 3 and No. 4. The Wildcats won their home game in the series earlier this year. Heading into the rematch, ‘Nova has gotten slightly beaten up in the stretch injury-wise, and that opens the door for Xavier on Saturday. Winner holds the keys to not just a Big East title, but a No. 1 seed in the tournament.

Big 10

For a Power 5 conference, the Big 10 is pretty dull. Purdue is sitting pretty, along with Ohio

State near the top of the AP polls, and Michigan State is making moves up the ladder. Michigan is the only other team from the conference that cracks Lunardi’s projected field. Penn State is the only other team in the conference with single-digit losses so far this season. It has not been a good campaign for the conference, and unless something drastic happens, they will enter the tournament with the fewest bids by a large conference.

Everyone else

The West Coast Conference will go down the wire between Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s. The Bulldogs will travel to BYU on the final day of the season, and a loss there could be the difference. Rhode Island is the outsider to worry about,

the Rams are perfect in the Atlantic 10. A balanced attack and defense could allow them to crash some brackets in March. Cincinnati, Houston and Wichita State out of the American look set to continue the conference’s impressive performances in the tournament this year. A Lob City update, Florida Gulf Coast is 11-0 in the Atlantic Sun and look set to crash the tourney once again. Mike Daum is still scoring points, and Davis Jenkins Jr. and Reed Tellinghuisen are giving him some support. South Dakota State could notch a win for the Summit League if they make it through the conference tourney.

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