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Mourners shared their condolences in journals to the families of Carson Roney and Danie Thomssen. The two first-years died in a car accident Saturday.
Casey McCarty Head News Editor
Two members of the Bison family died this weekend coming back to Fargo on Interstate 94. Danie Thomssen and Carson Roney, both firstyear students studying biological science, died after an accident around 10 p.m. Saturday after crossing the bridge over South Branch of the Buffalo River. Thomssen’s car lost control and slid into the guard rail in the median.
Haley Visto, a sophomore crop and weed sciences major, was also in the car during the crash. She was transported to a local hospital with non-lifethreatening injuries. The department of biological sciences has started a journal project for the families of both Thomssen and Roney. “We wanted to do more than sign a card so it came to mind of having two journals, one for each, that students, faculty and staff, especially those that knew them, could stop by and
share a memory for their families or even just a note or message of sympathy. “Being that we are in fact a family and so many of us truly feel that way, it might be nice for the families to have something from the NDSU community in one book,” a post by Tanie Boeddeker, a department adviser and lecturer, on Facebook said. She asked for the post to be shared throughout the North Dakota State community. Boeddeker added via email that she has been in contact with the student
body vice president, Anuj Teotia, to schedule a vigil for students, though no time or date has yet been set. She added the families will be given the journals after the vigil. “The NDSU community is deeply saddened by this tragedy, and extends sincere condolences to the families, classmates and friends of Danie and Carson. As is our tradition, we will provide care and support to everyone affected by this loss,” North Dakota State President Dean Bresciani said in a statement.
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Other administration took to social media to share condolences. “A sad weekend for the Bison family, as we lost two of our brightest stars. Prayers and thoughts to the family and friends. A reminder to drive safe and tell your loved ones you love them,” Vice President of Student Affairs Timothy Alvarez said via his Facebook page. “Be safe and take care of each other.” Roney had plans to be a family practitioner back in Oakes, N.D. Thomssen wanted to be an
orthodontist. Thomssen was a member of the Pride of North Dakota, playing saxophone in the Gold Star Marching Band. GSMB drum major Lane Flaten said Thomssen had a dream aspiration to be Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle’s personal dentist, so as to keep his teeth perfect. “Rest well, Danie. We miss you,” Flaten added. Thomssen’s funeral is 10 a.m. Friday in Bismarck. Roney’s funeral will be held 11 a.m. Saturday in Oakes.
The Quiet Strength of Hannaher’s Studio Hannaher’s Print Studio has remained under the radar, but is a unique resource for printmaking Paige Johnson A&E Editor
For 20 years, Hannaher’s Print Studio has remained tucked away in the third floor of the Plains Art Museum. Quiet and serene, the room looks like an art studio should: works are pinned to the walls, messy supplies are lined on shelves, papers are stacked on any and every surface.
The remains of current projects are haphazardly displayed on a table in the back of the room. The entire space is the epitome of organized chaos. Managing this space is Minnesota State University - Moorhead graduate Amanda Heidt. Since August of 2013, Heidt has been using the space and expanding its capabilities. “I had graduated and was still in town. I’d done
Amanda Heidt has been managing Hannaher’s Studio since she graduated from MSUM in 2012. various internships out in New York and I just wanted to settle down for about a year,” Heidt said. “I was a printer without a press, basically, and I was going crazy. I approached the museum about letting me just take a couple days a week to be up here and work on my own stuff. I’d leave the door open. It just kind of snowballed since then.” In 1997, Hannaher’s
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Studio opened under the direction of master printer Steve Anderson. “From what I’ve read about him, he created almost a renaissance in the Midwest for printmaking,” Heidt said. Printing studios are a rare occurrence in museum settings. After Anderson set up the studio, the museum began a residency program that allowed artists, both national and international,
to live in Fargo and work in the studio. In 2005, the studio was closed due to a lack of funding. Then in 2006, Heidt’s mentor and MSUM professor reopened the studio on a limited basis. “He took it over as an educational tool so that his upper division printmaking students could come in and work and just spoil themselves. To be able to work in your own studio
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and claim it as yours for four months throughout the semester,” said Heidt, who participated in this opportunity. “The goal was that the door was open, guests could come in and talk, and the intern had to be open to speaking about different printmaking processes.” In 2013, when Heidt took over the space, it was HANNAHER’S | PAGE 6
February blues: Our sports editor waits impatiently for March
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Yelling Echoes to Student Gov. Control Yell leader program switching controlling organizations
Phoebe Ellis Co-News Editor
The North Dakota State University Foundation and Alumni Association have managed the people in yellow suits at football games, but now they will be under student government’s control. Those people are yell leaders, part of the yell leader program. The group’s Facebook indicates it is a student organization with a mission to create a respectful athletic event while driving fan engagement. Yell leaders are in charge of “directing and motivating the crowd at athletic events,” Mason Wenzel, student government’s executive commissioner of finance and author of a senate resolution pertaining to the yell leaders, said. The shift in management from the NDSUFAA to student government has to do with cut funding. Upon hearing that the program was no longer funded by the alumni association, Wenzel said he saw it as an opportunity to improve NDSU’s
atmosphere and as an outreach to get students involved at another level, so he took it to student government. The decision to sustain the Yell Leader Program was made official by the passing of a student senate resolution Sunday. The resolution describes yell as a valuable source of leadership on campus, but under the influence of student government the plan is to implement them into the community as much as possible, including outside of sporting events. “Obviously, we don’t want to stretch them thin but we want them to get the opportunity to be involved in more things that just football games,” Wenzel said. Despite the change in management, the application process will be similar if not identical. Wenzel said from the “broad details” student government has worked out, they do in fact plan to keep the yellow suits. “Not only are they great Yell leaders can commonly be seen near Gate City Bank Field in the Fargodome on game day. leaders in our community but they actually have a things the Yell Leaders chants at sporting events, the adopt the program under the condition that the program is huge impact on what goes have worked over the resolution stated. school year is discouraging The senate resolution said both viable and affordable to on,” Wenzel said. “inappropriate” and “racist” student government plans to student government. One of the more prominent
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TED talks to NDSU TEDxNDSU will be occurring at North Dakota State in late April. The event is the second time NDSU has hosted a TED event. Auditions for the event will occur 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Feb. 24 in Thundar’s Den in the Memorial Union. Twelve to 15 speakers will be accepted to present at the TED event. TEDxNDSU is hosted and student run by Masters of Success. Farmers worried The West Fargobased Titan Machinery is consolidating locations throughout North Dakota and Minnesota. The closings of Titan Machinery stores will happen on March 31 and includes stores in Redwood Falls and Thief River Falls, Minnesota and Arthur, Kintyre, Kulm and Mayville, North Dakota. “Farmers will have fewer options and could struggle to find a good deal on their equipment,” the Forum reported. Titan Machinery is hoping to move employees from Thief River Falls to other locations. The Forum reported, “Whether you get (machinery) or not and what you have to pay for it, all of
those things, it’s going to have an impact.” Dam construction begins Construction will begin on the first component of the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project dam. “The agency is building an inlet structure here as part of a dam straddling the Red River,” WDAY reported. On Tuesday the frost depth was checked at the construction site, southeast of Horace. If built as planned, the dam would stretch 12 miles west from an area near the South Branch Buffalo River in rural Clay County, across the Red River to Horace, WDAY reported. Applebee’s closed West Fargo’s Applebee’s restaurant, located off of 13th Ave, closed on Sunday. “One employee says the staff was notified Sunday night that the store was closing and they could transfer to other locations,” Valley News Live reported. There are still three Applebee’s locations in Fargo. As of Monday, the signs had been taken down and signs on the door listed the restaurant as closed and told the locations of the three other restaurants in the area. ValleyNews reported, “All employees from the West Fargo location will be offered positions at our three Fargo-area restaurants.” Lowered drinking age Last week a bill was introduced to lower
Minnesota’s legal drinking age to 19. Minnesota House Representative Joe Hoppe (R-Chaska) introduced the bill to the house in hopes that lowering the drinking age would curb binge drinking among college students. In 1986, when the drinking age went from 19 to 21, the National Minimum Drinking Age Act revoked federal highway funding from states that did not comply. KSTP reported, “The biggest roadblock is the potential for losing federal money.” Toshiba chairman resigns “Toshiba chairman Shigenori Shiga has resigned, hours after the Japanese conglomerate revealed details of a multibillion dollar loss,” the BBC reported. Toshiba is set to report a net loss of $3.4 billion through March 2017. Shares had fallen by 9 percent on Tuesday and have lost around 50 percent since December when the public was warned about the problems the company has faced. BBC reported, “The losses are linked to a deal done by its U.S. subsidiary, Westinghouse Electric, when it bought a nuclear construction and services business from Chicago Bridge & Iron in 2015.” There are plans to sell part of the memory chip business to raise funds.
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Yet to be determined is the amount of pay yell leaders will receive under student government’s leadership.
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A bus idles outside of Minard Hall on North Dakota State’s main campus. A new app tracks MATBUS buses in real-time.
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MATBUS Mobile Meets Competiton Amanda Johnson Staff Writer
e s MATBUS’ mobile app t has new competition rolling into the App Store. BusTracker, an app built by tech company Thiken, was released in early January. Since its launch for iOS it has had over 500 downloads. “The app is quite easy to
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use, simply add the location of your bus stop in the search bar and then select the bus stop that is closest to you,” Shehan Navarathne, an intern at Thiken, said. The bus stops and buses that run through campus are included on the app. After selecting the bus desired, a little bus icon is shown moving along its route in real time and an estimate time of arrival is
also given at the bottom of the screen. The buses are tracked in real time using a GPS tracker located on the bus. “I personally believe that this is an app that would be enormously beneficial for NDSU students that ride the bus during the harsh winter,” said Navarathne. The app was created through Thiken and was created by Kalith Kumasaru,
Pasindu Withanage, and Pavithra Lamahewa, all of whom were North Dakota State graduate students at the time the app was created; the company itself was created by NDSU alumni. The app tracks all MATBUS buses in the Fargo-Moorhead area as well as all the stops they make. The BusTracker app differs from the MATBUS
mobile website because the MATBUS app uses Google Maps to track the buses and doesn’t send a notification when the bus is close. BusTracker uses a built-in map created by the developers, which allows a faster app and tracking process. Notifications can be set up so users are notified their bus will be arriving soon and can set how much time
before the bus arrives they you want to be notified. “I use it all the time, it saves me so much time from having to stand outside in the cold,” Navarathne said. To download the app, search BusTracker FargoMoorhead. The app is free to download and use. An Android version of the app is expected to be available within the coming months.
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Puttapaka Ikat Village A traditional ikat-weaving village in southern India
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The vibrant pattern of this ikat is visible even as the thread remains bundled together, drying in the sun.
Laura Ellen Brandjord Contributing Writer
India’s many textiles have always merited admiration for their vibrant colors and inventive prints. One such print has seen increased popularity in both the home decor and fashion industry in the past decade, from Pottery Barn bedding to a new spring print for Thirty-one. Ikat is a textile with a unique and varied range of patterns, which lends itself equally well to the creation of a statement chair in a family room as it does to a
fashionable dress for a day out on the town. While much of the ikat we see today is simply in print form, true ikat is only created through a centuries old, highly demanding process. Fortunately, the location of my study abroad program places me in one of the ikat producing areas of India. Early Friday morning, I took off to Puttapaka, one of the many traditional ikat weaving villages outside of Hyderabad. Comprised of either silk or cotton, Ikat’s engaging mix of geometric and organic imagery is created
using a tie-dyeing technique before it is woven. It will come as no surprise, therefore, that the art of creating ikat is a process involving numerous timeconsuming steps before the weaving itself begins. The pattern is first conceptualized on grid paper before binding the bundles of thread. For small areas, a simple thread is used to block the dye, while wide rubber bands are used to protect larger areas. Depending on the pattern, this process may be repeated up to three times to incorporate multiple colors. The thread must
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Patterns begin to emerge as the thread is woven on the loom.
be completely dry before rebinding and dyeing with the next color. This process is carried out early in the morning in order to take advantage of the intense sunlight of the day to quickly dry the bundled thread. After the pattern is created, all that is left to do is weave it on one of the family’s looms. The residents of Puttapaka not only skillfully weave scarves, sarees and fabric yardage for sale in the government warehouse in Hyderabad; they work on commission for designers around the world. Creating ikat is a family
affair, and the work is therefore split amongst its members. Traditionally, only men wove. However, while in the village I met a
young woman who quite proudly declared she had taken up weaving herself. The women of each family largely complete the remaining work of pattern making, binding, dyeing, bobbin winding, etc. The children are trained in the art of ikat weaving from an early age. At the home of one weaver, his daughter quite enthusiastically showed off her notebook full of
graphed ikat patterns she had created. Ikat is more than a family occupation; it is also the source of the family’s pride. It is said you appreciate something more once you know where it comes from. As a farmer’s daughter, I have experienced this firsthand in regards to the food set on the table every day. After visiting Puttapaka and witnessing the arduous process involved in creating ikat, I experienced the same feeling of newfound appreciation for this unique weave.
Food Under 500 | Quesa-delish
The healthy guide to the dining centers
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The great thing about NDSU dining centers is they have many ingredients available for students who wish to cook their own meals. Chicken, eggs, veggies and spices are all great building blocks for a filling plate that can be cooked up on the grill. What students may take for granted is they are learning valuable skills for the future when they will need to cook for themselves and buy groceries. Every time a student fries up an omelet or stir-fry, they are practicing for the years to come. This learning experience can also be a great way to build good eating habits. Substituting a few dining center staples turns quesadillas from an indulgence into a delicious and Understanding how to cook nutritious (oh god it’s so cliché I just barfed a little) option. with vegetables and spices bar, though sometimes calories as some of the other diverse dinners that have rather than batter and boxed overlooked, holds potential options. It also contains been available at the dining dinners can set students up for nutritious dinners ingredients that can be used centers last week. for a healthy future. that don’t carry as many to replicate some of the The dining centers For instance, the salad
decided to break out of their shell as they featured foods from around the world. Thai, Mexican and Indonesian dishes were served for dinner on multiple nights at various NDSU eateries. Students who enjoyed last week’s diversity could practice their skills on the grills to continue making some of their top picks while adding a hint of nutrition to their meals. In the light of the multicultural themes that circled campus last week, a veggie quesadilla is a great option for students who want to spice things up for their dinner plans. The preparation of this quesadilla is nothing special, but that says little about the taste of the melted cheese and crispy tortilla that tie this dish together.
The key to making this meal a nutritious option is by sautéing mushrooms, chickpeas and spinach to fill it with. In moderation, provolone and mozzarella cheese are also perfect compliments to the earthy mushrooms that lie nice and flat between two crispy mini tortillas. Learning to take advantage of the resources provided within the dining centers will help students discover creative cooking techniques. Just because certain foods have been deemed “unhealthy” doesn’t mean they can’t be altered with the substitution of better ingredients. By using smaller tortillas and veggies instead of just meat and cheese, quesadillas can be enjoyed as a great meal at any time of the day, all for just under 500 calories.
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West Acres is working to fill their vacant spaces with customer favorites.
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What We Want at West Acres
Old stores going out, new stores coming in
So many stores at West Acres Mall have been closing lately it’s hard to keep track. In the past months, Sears, Aeropostale, The Limited, New York & Company and Simply Mac have closed their doors, and Wet Seal is on its way out soon. It’s sad news if you bought your business professional attire from The Limited or couldn’t resist the buy-one-get-one-for-apenny sales at Wet Seal or still had a nostalgic sweet
spot for Aero-emblazoned baby tees. But it’s actually great news for those who are hoping to see some new retail options in town. West Acres currently has something in the works for every single vacant space. While they can’t say exactly which retailers and restaurants might be opening yet, they can promise that they’ll be here soon. “We’re currently working on new stores that will open not only in 2017 but in the next few years and beyond,” Niki Larson, the digital marketing manager at West Acres, said. While they go through the leasing process, they’ll
be using some of the vacant spaces for unique pop-ups. Part of the old New York & Company space will feature an artist in residence. “Customers are able to walk through, watch and interact with local artist Emily Williams Wheeler while she goes through her process of creating some of her amazing pieces,” Larson said. A Spring Expressions pop-up will combine largeformat artwork by Marjorie Schlossman with trending fashion items from stores around the mall. Complete with fresh flowers and vintage furniture, it sounds like the perfect spot to take a shopping break.
“Think of it as an art gallery meets a trendcentered lounge,” Larson said. Soon, retailers will replace the pop-ups and empty spaces. West Acres hopes to announce the first of the new arrivals in the next month or so. They pay serious attention to the top requested stores from customers and are looking at bringing them into the mall. So, what new stores do NDSU students want to see at West Acres? •“I would like to see H&M, Urban Outfitters. What about Garage? Or Lucky Brand.” – Miranda Burton, senior, apparel,
retail merchandising and design •“Free People. That’s what I want.” – Kara Meslow, senior, strategic communication •“Charlotte Russe.” – Amanda Burge, junior, nursing •“An Apple store would be nice. Nike. Or a Lush.” – Chloe Schurb, senior, apparel, retail merchandising and design •“Adidas. Lids. Mall of America has like three Lids. A barber shop.” – Nate Lemos, freshman, mechanical engineering •“Lululemon!” – Emileigh Ward, sophomore, psychology •“H&M. Anthropologie.
J. Crew.” – Raelyn Leier, junior, political science, pre-law •“Maybe a Lululemon or Patagonia. Or kind of a natural lifestyle store, more like the holistic natural healing thing.” – Katie Glen, senior, strategic communication •“I wish there was a music store. Nike would be amazing; I think they’d get a lot of business too. REI; It’s everything outdoors.” – Tricia Zikmund, senior, mathematics education and family and consumer science education • “Urban Outfitters!” – Jordan Nelson, freshman, business administration
The End of an Era My years of giving out snarky advice about not slipping on the ice are over
After watching countless people biff it on the ice during my freshman year, sometimes in spectacular fashion, I set myself a goal — make it through four years at NDSU without eating asphalt. Alas, the record couldn’t last. I thought it was an admirable goal. I stepped carefully, day after day, semester after semester. Eventually, I got confident. I started writing guides to avoid slipping on ice. I bragged about my patented flail-and-pray method. Just this semester, I witnessed a three-person pileup, complete with spilled coffee and flying papers, which inspired me to write an article about the rogue zamboni driver who I’m sure haunts the campus just for giggles. I chuckled at my own wittiness as I wrote it. The day dawned cold and
gray. My coffee machine plugged up with grounds, and as I fiddled with it, my bagel burned in the toaster. I could tell nothing was going to go well. All of this may or may not have happened, but it sounds better this way. Run with it. I set out for school with my roommate at my side. Everything had melted the day before and then frozen during the night, so a thin film of ice covered the entire parking lot. “Slicker than snot,” I said. “Yeaheeeeeeargh,” my roommate yelled as he hit a patch of ice. He employed the flail-and-pray, and managed to stay on his feet, but looked like a fool doing it. I guffawed. “Didn’t you see the crosshatching?” I asked. “It’s an obvious sign of ice.” We pressed on since the buses will leave you, ice or no ice. I spied a melted patch and stepped confidently forward to make up for lost time. To my dismay, I found out
the thin layer of water was hiding an invisible layer of ice underneath. “I’ll get that dastardly zamboni driver if it’s the last thing I do,” I yelled, flailing madly. It wasn’t enough. I bit the dust. He finally got me. I looked around to see if anyone witnessed the end of my perfect walking record. Besides one hysterically wheezing roommate, nobody was in sight except for a few maintenance guys spreading salt on some ice I didn’t slip on. Phew. “The — haw — crosshatching — hee-hee,” my roomate wheezed out, between gales of maniacal laughter. I picked myself up and gingerly made my way to the bus stop, where I ignored the intermittent giggling. It wasn’t until 10 minutes later that I realized I had lost something. My pride lay somewhere back there in a puddle of melting ice.
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Arts & Entertainment FROM FRONT
Photos taken from within the studio.
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again not being used. The printmaker revitalized the studio, making it a resource for local printmakers, anyone interested in printmaking and as an educational space. The studio hosts classes and intensive weekend workshops for youth and adults. It also offers contract printing to artists who are looking to make a fine art edition, but need Heidt’s expertise to make it happen. Currently, Heidt and Hannaher’s Studio are working on a few major projects. First, Heidt is creating one-of-a-kind thank you cards for donations after Giving Hearts Day. She’s also working on prints for the upcoming Plains Art Museum Gala in May. Finally, Heidt is working with regional artists Peter Kelly, Wayne Goodmanson and a ceramic artist at MSUM on a variety of projects. By far, though, the biggest success Heidt has seen at Hannaher’s has been Printober, an exploration of printmaking throughout the month of October. Heidt and another printmaker, Eric Johnson, who is currently in residence at Renaissance Hall at PEARs, spearheaded Printober. They hosted artist talks, brought in master printmakers from around the country and state, and created a tri-college print exchange that included not only current students, but also alumni. They also brought in an exhibition from the High Plains Center for Printmaking for the month of October.
“I think it’s just being able to create these small opportunities for not only regional artists, but then because the museum is so supportive, that we were able to bring in shows like the High Plains Center for Printmaking, but have it be in October,” Heidt said. “It’s just recognizing that the space is unique and being a regional resource.” Despite it’s 20 years of history and technological resources, the biggest contributor to the success of the print studio has been Heidt’s unwavering love for printmaking and her ability to transform the space into an energetic, thriving print studio. Heidt originally went to MSUM for art history. But all that changed when she took an introduction to printmaking class. “I took printmaking and it was all over. Halfway through the semester I was like, ‘I’m not going to not ever work with my hands again,’” she laughed. “I switched my major halfway through my introduction to printmaking class where I was only introduced to three processes and I was like, ‘This is amazing!’ From there, I just hit the ground running. I would say I’ve been doing printmaking for probably about eight or nine years now.” Heidt works at Hannaher’s throughout the day, but is also an artist in resident at the PEARs studio at Renaissance Hall. There, she works on her personal artwork. In both spaces, she continues to learn about printmaking, not only for her own enjoyment but also so she can be a resource
for anyone and everyone interested in printmaking. She stays up-to-date with new printmaking processes, networks within the community as well as within the nation to garner more opportunities for the studio, and continues to offer classes so that others can learn about the art-form she loves. “I am just a hopeless romantic for printmaking. I sound like a geek no matter how I talk about it.” she laughed. “I think that printmaking is constantly changing. There’s constantly new materials being presented each year, so it’s a matter of learning about it and then using it.” Currently, Hannaher’s does five different processes, each involving different matrixes: lithography, monotypes, intaglio, mezzotint and screen-printing. Heidt’s also working on incorporating letterpress. But right now, they only have a small letterpress to work with. “With each project, I’m always just pleasantly surprised,” Heidt said with a smile. “I think that’s part of my awkward enthusiasm toward printmaking. I feel that, no matter how much I plan something out, every time something is pulled, I’m like a kid in a candy store. I’m like, ‘This is amazing!’ Even though I know exactly how it’s going to print, it’s still just magic to me. It really is.” To learn more about Hannaher’s Studio and to see classes they offer, visit the Plains Art Museum website.
Misadventures of Figaro, Figaro, Figaro Mozart’s opera updated with ‘60s flair NDSU PERFORMING ARTS | PHOTO COURTESY
From left: Karly Ritland (Susanna), Jessica Davies (Countess Almaviva), Kendra Iverson (Cherubino)star in NDSU Opera’s “Marriage of Figaro.”
Christian Weber Contributing Writer
This weekend, the NDSU Challey School of Music will present their spring opera, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro.” “The central theme of the opera is forgiveness,” Virginia Sublett, who has directed NDSU operas since
2006, said. “Marriage of Figaro” is a comic opera detailing the misadventures and redemption of a womanizing count in 18th century Spain. “There’s slapstick, there’s mistaken identity, there are people hiding and popping in and out of doors. It’s a lot of fun,” Sublett said. Guest stage director Walker Lewis updated
the setting of the opera to summer 1967, the “Summer of Love.” The colors are bold, the costumes are flamboyant and conflict between the old and the new permeates every scene. “(Lewis’) decision to update it was based on the parallels he drew between the 1960s and the 1784 period,” Sublett said. “There’s this idea of changes in society, tension
between the upper classes and the lower classes.” “Marriage of Figaro” has particular relevance in today’s often uncertain social and political climates. Students spent the fall semester preparing for “Marriage of Figaro,” learning and perfecting its challenging score. Since the middle of January, they have been working on staging with Lewis.
“Since Walker came, we’ve had a total of 83 hours of rehearsal,” Sublett said. Performances will be held at Festival Concert Hall this Friday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 19 at 2:00 p.m. Admission is free for NDSU students with IDs. Otherwise, tickets may be purchased at tickets.ndsu. nodak.edu.
WHEN: Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. & Feb. 19 at 2:00 p.m. WHERE: NDSU Festival Concert Hall HOW MUCH: Free for NDSU Students with I.D. $15 adults, $12 senior (60+), $5 non-NDSU students MORE INFO: Call (701) 231-7969 or visit the website
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Beyoncé Slays at the 2017 Grammy Awards Beyoncé used projections and dancers to create a story revolving around her mother, daughter and giving birth Bruno Lozano Staff Writer
All eyes were on Beyoncé as she sang a medley from her Grammy-nominated album “Lemonade.” What made the performance memorable was her mother introducing the performance and its center on motherhood. Shortly before the Grammy’s, on Feb. 6, Beyoncé announced she was expecting twins in a photo on Instagram. This shocked and excited fans everywhere. This announcement seemed to be the center of her performance. The night’s most nominated winner started her performance with a video montage. Her mother and daughter were also in the video, wearing similar outfits. She mixed video projection with her body to create shapes. Just by appearance, people said it looked like a goddess. Others said she looked like the sun. Later in her performance, the singer rose to a table surrounded by girls, like the famous “Last Supper” painting. She walked all the way down the table to sit on a chair that then tipped back at the edge of the table.
She gets down and walked over to the center where she ends her performance with “Sandcastles.” Viewers initially thought of the African goddess Osun, the goddess of fertility, creativity, love and water. “Her performance is about the African goddess Osun or Oshun,” an audience member said. “She is the deity responsible for love, creativity, fertility. Osun is also the goddess of water.” The next comment had other ideas: “You got African mythology out of this performance really? LOL. I got a religious reference like the Last Supper, like it’s their last chance at happiness as a family and may it be glorious.” We don’t know if Beyoncé was planning to look like an African goddess or a religious figure. She didn’t sit in the arena with her fellow stars until after her performance and she didn’t walk the carpet earlier that night. What we can agree on is she slayed her performance. Beyoncé won Best Urban Contemporary Album with “Lemonade” and Best Music Video with “Formation,” but lost Album of the Year and Song of the Year to Adele.
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B-E-T-S-Y D-E-V-O-S, What’s that spell? Failure
Betsy DeVos blocked by protesters from entering D.C. School
Charli Joergenson Contributing Writer
Last Friday, protesters temporarily blocked Betsy DeVos from entering a school, and it was the highlight of my day. DeVos was scheduled to visit a public school in D.C. for the first time as Secretary of Education. As she walked onto the premises of the school, a few dozen protesters greeted her. They did everything in their power to stop her from entering the building and it was pure bliss. She had to embarrassingly turn around with her bodyguard and walk back to her vehicle. What was perhaps more magical were the things being said to her. “You were giving money to senators and buying your way to the position. You should be so proud of yourself!” one man said with a voice reminiscent of a South Park character. He then yelled at her to go back and started chanting “shame.” It honestly felt like I was watching Cersei Lannister’s walk of shame from “Game of Thrones.” Maybe that is why I found it funny. Although humorous, this strange man had every right to stand up to DeVos. His words bring light to how many people in the nation feel about DeVos’ nomination. She is a woman without the necessary qualifications for the job, and that is a scary thought.
Let’s forget about the fact that she has no experience with public schools, running banks or federal aid. I can admit she has had formal education and she could potentially be capable of making wise choices. But what one ought to not forget is what she believes about the education
You were giving money to senators and buying your way to the position. You should be so proud of yourself.
system and her goals for it. DeVos wants people to
have a choice in where they attend schools. This sounds
nice but could be disastrous. By offering school voucher programs, public funding for schools would be given to religious or private schools, drastically cutting the amount of money flowing through the public school system. Less money means a poorer quality of education. For someone who is in
charge of public education, she sure doesn’t seem to approve of it. So good for you, Betsy. You made it to the top, but now we are all watching. I’m sure it doesn’t feel great to have people yell shame at you, but I hope it makes you think twice about the future of education.
It Was a Graveyard Smash! It caught on in a flash
Grant Gloe Staff Writer
Have you ever wanted a nice evening with a punch, high schoolers and camaraderie? But wait, you have a pit of rage in your stomach that screams for vengeance. We all have someone that just ruins our day. Maybe they made a snide comment or cut in front of you at the supermarket or left you in financial ruin with a shaky mortgage and shakier marriage. Ya know average interpersonal problems. Well, sometimes these people get what’s coming to them. We’ve all heard the saying, “I’ll dance on your grave.” Personally, I think it’s kind of nice. The whole “celebration of life” thing gets talked about at every funeral. I would want to leave behind some happy memories. I doubt the people saying the comments will see it as kind, but I they have their opinion and I have
We all have someone that just ruins our day. Maybe they made a snide comment or cut in front of you at the super market or left you in financial ruin with shaky mortgage and shakier marriage.
mine. Doesn’t sound like we agreed on much anyway. Well, if you fancy yourself one of these people, let’s have a talk, you and me. For a measly two thousand dollars, I will organize a school-sanctioned dance on the graves of your enemies. Why dance alone when you can get hundreds of feet on that hallowed ground. I will reach out to a local high school or middle school and make all the arrangements. The school will get a cut of the money so they can buy another couple iPads. After all, the 1995 Dell desktops still work fine. We’ll get the parents involved in chaperoning. The best way to show your kid the sky is the limit is
to hover over them like a helicopter. Don’t worry; we’ll break up any funny business. Our specially trained PG police will make sure the students are holding their arms straight while maintaining an appropriate distance. This is a graveyard, gotta leave room for Jesus. This could be the night of your life while paying respect to someone else’s. No need to be negative about the whole thing. You can make a nice gesture holding an event for their life. Or a not-so-nice gesture holding an event for their life. The point is, revenge is a lot like milk. Sometimes it delicious, sometimes it’s sour. The only sure way to know is to try it.
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Were You Single on Valentine’s Day? Yeah, Me Too
A single persons guide to the day of love
Cierra Steffensen Staff Writer
To those of you who are single on the day of love: Feb. 14 is quickly approaching and you (as a single person) are probably wondering how you are going to get through this “dreaded” holiday again. You probably told yourself you would boycott by shutting yourself in your room to watch horror movies while you made fun of all the sappy Snapchats of couples doing couple
things. Or you will throw yourself a pity party where you eat all of the Valentine’s Day themed chocolate, binge watch rom coms and cry because you are so lonely. To you I say, embrace the single. Why do you think Valentine’s Day has to be about couples? It’s the day of love. So go spread some. Pick your sorry ass up off your bed and go tell the people you love you love them. Honestly, saying you don’t like Valentine’s Day is like saying you don’t like
Whatever you do just spread the love, because love is important, obviously, there is a whole day dedicated to it. puppies. There is magic in the air, smiles on strangers faces and a good chance some random person is going to give you candy as you walk through the union. There are so many things you can do to celebrate when you are single. You
could stay in with your other single girlfriends and watch movies and eat candy while you all sit around in your pink footie pajamas. This is called Galentine’s Day. It is very fun and I highly recommend for
those of you feeling lonely. Go buy yourself a heart filled with chocolates or a bottle of wine. Maybe buy yourself both. I mean, come on, treat yourself. Go to the movies. “Fifty Shades Darker” was just released and you can fit an entire bottle of wine into a blender bottle, you’re welcome. Or, if you are so into the horror movie idea and you just can’t stray from your crazy, sort of messed up ways, make it themed. “My Bloody Valentine” is a good one. Spend time
with your pets. Hang out with your family. Whatever you do, just spread the love because love is important, obviously, there is a whole day dedicated to it. Valentine’s Day is about love and celebrating the people you love. This includes yourself. Embrace the holiday for what it is instead of feeling sad for yourself as you reach the bottom of yet another tub of ice cream. Go spread some love, A Valentine’s Day Fanatic
Letter to the Editor: Spectrum Has Lost Focus
As former section editors of The Spectrum and journalism graduates of North Dakota State, we feel compelled to write how today’s staff of The Spectrum has apparently lost its focus and commitment to deliver news affecting students and employees of NDSU. On Monday, The Spectrum published an edition addressing various themes and issues of sex and romance. Articles therein included an interview with a woman who has apparently
experienced sexual assault, various stories about pornography, sexual transmitted infections and contraception. On Saturday night, two NDSU students died in a crash near Moorhead. Such news is probably the most important a student newspaper will ever cover, and yet The Spectrum apparently had no such coverage in its Monday, Feb. 13, edition. Worse still, the newspaper had not reported on the deaths of first-year
From the Editor’s Desk
Benjamin Norman Spectrum Staff
To the former section editors: Thank you for your letter. The Spectrum strives to serve the North Dakota State community as best as it can, including coverage of current events, special publications and your personal diatribe against my staff and me. I published your letter because the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics calls on reporters with integrity to “(s)upport the open and civil exchange of views, even views they find repugnant.” Your letter is the most
repugnant piece I have personally seen in my four years at this newspaper. Allow me to answer your posed questions — questions I know that you already know the answers to. Our readers may not know, though, about the publication process, and, unlike you, I support and stand with The Spectrum. This student-run newspaper still prints twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays. Those papers still don’t magically appear online and on newsstands. A standard edition still easily exceeds 100 collective hours of planning, selling ads, interviewing, writing, taking photos, crafting graphics, editing content and laboring
students Danie Leigh Thomssen and Carson Dennis Roney on its Facebook or Twitter as of early Monday afternoon. NDSU social media did address Thomssen and Roney’s deaths by Sunday afternoon. When exactly was The Spectrum going to report on this tragic incident? What prevented the newspaper from even briefing the crash in its Monday paper? The incident report was available online as soon as 3 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 12.
The Spectrum’s initial goal, as stated online, is to “acquaint the people of our state with what we have been doing along the different lines of study. It is also the aim of the management, that by glancing back over the separate numbers of this monthly, we will have before us practically a complete history of the institution of that period.” We understand that a newspaper full of stories about sex may be considered “edgy” or “contemporary”
with other styles of journalism; however, The Spectrum is a student publication. Journalists, writers and reporters in training need experience before graduating and attaining a job in their field. The Spectrum serves that role. Furthermore, the abandonment of a halfweek’s worth of news items (with material as considerable as students’ deaths) to take up topics considered personal and intimate to many is shoddy,
sloppy and disrespectful. The deaths of students should not be overlooked by such subjects as pornography, dating tips and condoms. As Spectrum alumni, we are frankly embarrassed by the newspaper’s Monday, Feb. 13, edition. We request the newspaper return to regular, complete coverage of NDSU news. Thank you,
through pre-publishing. A special issue, like our sex and romance edition, takes even longer. We determined last semester, as a staff, that this expansive topic was worthy of coverage. My staff and I worked diligently these last two weeks to create that paper, putting all of our resources toward it. Yes, special editions are a deviation from our standard coverage of campus happenings. But if you continue reading our initial goal that you quit quoting before it contradicted your point, “The Spectrum was to also provide a forum for student opinion and its own editorials.” We’re more than a record book; we’re a reflection of the campus zeitgeist. Here’s some transparency, another tenet of ethical writing: My head news editor alerted me Sunday about the accident. I was in The Spectrum office with my managing and design editors, sending the special edition to the printers. He began working on the story, which we published online Monday afternoon and on the front page today.
Apparently, as you suggest, I should have located the incident report at 3 a.m., scrapped the entire special edition and published “regular, complete coverage of NDSU news” in the nine hours I had before deadline. Your modest proposal is asinine, and you know that. I never considered placing a hastily written article regarding the tragedy in the sex and romance special edition just for the sake of coverage. The content did not fit the nearly finished edition, and, most importantly, it would have been a disservice to the victims’ families to find your recommended “briefing” within those pages. As journalism graduates, I would hope that you both know the first and second tenets of the SPJ Code: seeking truth and reporting it and minimizing harm. Journalists should “(r)emember that neither speed nor format excuses inaccuracy.” We must also “show compassion for those who may be affected by news coverage.” We took our time, and we were careful with our work. There’s no shame in that.
Yes, I could have posted about the accident on social media after sending the paper off. I could have done a write-up, as I did soon after the death of freshman Brooke Schroeder last month. Instead, I sent the paper off, left the office and cried in my car. I was friends with Danie Thomssen; we were saxophonists together in the Gold Star Marching Band. I wish I could be the perfect journalist: objective, removed and indifferent. My apologies for grieving. How dare you use this tragedy as a justification to shame my staff’s alleged lack of “focus and commitment.” How dare you use this medium, as alleged professional journalists, to cause further harm and pain. How dare you belittle stories in the special edition, including a survivor’s story regarding her lifetime of sexual violence and another’s project to fight rape culture. For the former story, I spent more than 12 hours interviewing, transcribing and writing nearly 2,000 words. For the latter story, I am volunteering in the
project because I, too, have personally experienced sexual violence. Don’t tell me these conversations aren’t important. I’m open to constructive criticism; I’m not open to your blatant personal, and public, animosity. What good were you attempting to accomplish with this. I’ll be the first to admit The Spectrum messes up. It’s as if it’s run by full-time students who are overstretched and underpaid. We have every excuse in the books to explain our mistakes, but we won’t use them unless unfairly provoked. Your inexcusable letter is unfair to my staff, myself and those featured in our special edition. Perhaps next time you have an issue with this newspaper, call, text or message me. My phone number and social media accounts haven’t changed since you left. Instead of acting professionally, you wished to see your names in print, spitting at the staff and newspaper that helped you get to where you are today.
Jack Dura Pace Maier Spectrum alumni
Letter to the Editor:
Terrorism at UC Berkeley Symptom of Larger Problem The violent riots at UC Berkeley responding to conservative speaker Milo Yiannopoulos are part of a larger pattern of terrorism on college campuses. Yiannopoulos is among a growing number of people (myself included) who are concerned that universities have come to value political indoctrination over education. This indoctrination is toward a radical form of cultural Marxist ideology known as “intersectional feminism” or “social
justice.” The integrity of many humanities and social science departments has been compromised by social justice, with women and gender studies departments being the most egregious examples. The reason social justice is so influential in academia is because everything contradicting it is aggressively censored by social justice ideologues. Usually they do this through a form of language policing known as “political correctness.” However,
they have other tactics for when this does not work, including: calling in bomb threats, pulling fire alarms, barricading doors to events, heckling constantly, assaulting speakers and, more recently, rioting violently. Many of these tactics are illegal, and some even constitute terrorism. Universities claim they are trying to stop terrorism, despite their incentive to enable it. Without terrorism, critics would be allowed to invalidate much of the social
justice curriculum. Given universities’ conflict of interest and poor track record in preventing terrorism, I recommend an independent third party investigate their efforts to stop it. Considering the widespread nature and severity of these crimes, I think the FBI should conduct this investigation. The FBI needs to determine if universities have adequate resources to stop terrorism. It is not enough for them to protect people: universities have to
stop speakers from being censored altogether. Universities should be provided the necessary resources if they do not have them. If FBI assistance is insufficient, then the National Guard needs to assist. If universities have the resources but fail to use them, one could interpret this as a tacit endorsement of terrorism. Remember that NDSU is not immune to terrorism. Yiannopoulos’ Dec. 16, 2016 appearance at NDSU
was canceled due in part to threats of violence. Had the event occurred, the debacle at UC Berkeley could have been NDSU’s embarrassment instead.
Matt Frohlich, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry employee Materials and nanotechnology masters student
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Dexter Warner and the men’s basketball team continue to play well against Summit League opponents.
Thomas Evanella Staff Writer
The Herd roamed the country in various sports last weekend, while the men’s basketball team won big at home. Softball The Bison softball team took to the field for the first time this season at the Cal State-Fullerton Easton Invitational. The ladies played five games over the weekend, highlighted by a 1-0 victory over Ole Miss on Saturday. Junior Jaquelyn Sertic hurled a one-hitter to blank the Rebels. The Bison scored the decisive run in the top half of the seventh inning. With two runners on, Vanessa Anderson singled to centerfield to score pinch runner Anna Watson. Unfortunately, the
victory was the only win of the weekend for the Bison, who fell to Loyola Marymount, Utah State, University of the Pacific, and CSUF. The softball team will participate next in the University of Arizona Wildcat Invitational, in Tucson this upcoming weekend. Sertic’s effort earned her the Summit League Pitcher of the Week, her seventh time winning the award. Wrestling The wrestling team scored two Big 12 victories this weekend, topping the United States Air Force Academy by a score of 2310, and Wyoming, 24-16. Josh Rodriguez and Cam Sykora got the Bison off to a good start in the match against Air Force, recording consecutive major decisions in the early stages. Rodriguez, ranked
fourth in the nation in the 125 pound weight class, improved to 19-1 overall, and Sykora pushed his record in duals to 10-0. NDSU extended their lead, winning three of the following four matches. Tyler McNutt’s 1-0 decision over Zen Ikehara in the 187 pound class sealed the deal for the Bison, creating a deficit too large for the Falcons to erase. On Sunday in Laramie, the Cowboys took a 3-0 lead to open the meet, but the Bison won the following five matches to take control of the match. Cordell Eaton’s pin the 197-pound class was the highlight for the Bison, as NDSU moved to 14-4 overall and 4-2 in the Big 12. Thanks to the two wins, the Bison maintained their No. 25 ranking in the USA Today/NWCA Coaches poll.
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Men’s Basketball The Bison men’s hoops team picked up another important Summit League triumph this past weekend, trampling Denver, 81-63. Five Bison finished with double digit points totals, including A.J. Jacobson and Paul Miller, who both passed the 1,000 point threshold on Saturday. The junior duo became the 33rd and 34th players in school history to accomplish the feat. Khy Kabellis paced the Herd with 17 points. The Bison, in the home stretch of the regular season, host Western Illinois on Saturday at 4 p.m. in the final home game of the season. NDSU steamrolled the Leathernecks in their previous matchup this season, winning by 31 points. With three games remaining, the Bison will
look to lock up the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament and its third outright regular season championship. Track and Field Both the men’s and women’s track and field teams participated in the Iowa State Classic and SDSU Indoor Classic this past weekend. The men’s side achieved many school records and personal bests. Junior transfer Jake Leingang broke the school record in the 5,000m, which had been held for 32 years. A transfer from the University of Oregon, the former Duck broke the record by 21 seconds, with a time of 14:01.32. Landon Jochim set an indoor career best in the 200m dash, running a time of 21.88 seconds. The following day, Jochim
improved on his school record time in the 400m, shaving 0.18 seconds off of his mark. Alex Renner took the title in the shot put, throwing 18.65 meters. Three other Bison placed in the top eight in the shot put as well. The women’s team also placed well across various events. Rose Jackson sprinted a career best 24.40 in the 200m. On day two, Morgan Milbrath and Alexis Woods ran times in the 400m which placed them second and third respectively in NDSU history. Courtney Pasiowitz, with a 15.67m throw, came in first place in the shot put. Next up for both teams is the Summit League Indoor Championship, taking place the last weekend of February.
February’s Big Sports News As post-season feelings set in, what else is going on
Taylor Schloemer Sports Editor
The saying is that the college years fly by. A quick glimpse at the calendar shows that, as we have hit mid-February. It is this time of year that seems like the sports world grinds to a halt. Most of that blame rests on the NFL being over. Truthfully though, that is not the case. There is plenty going on, so here is a brief update on big sports stories. UCONN women hit the Century
Face it, the New England Patriots are not the most dominate dynasty alive. Not by a long shot. The women’s basketball team at the University of Connecticut are. It has been over two straight years of wins for Geno Auriemma’s squad. With a 66-55 win over No. 6 South Carolina, the Huskies made it 100 straight wins. They are the first team to achieve the feat. It is total dominance, with 40 wins of 40+ points and 28 wins over ranked opponents. Minnesota Wild lead the West Wild fans can finally hold their sticks high (ok,
not that high in Jared Spurgeon’s face). Minnesota holds the second-best record in the NHL as well. The State of Hockey is looking good for the playoffs, and maybe home-ice advantage to propel them past the second round. Kevin Durant’s mom likes cupcakes Kevin Durant may have left Oklahoma City for Golden State, and OKC fans will let him remember that. Upon KD’s return to face the Thunder, the home fans taunted him with cupcake t-shirts. The cupcake was based off Thunder’s Russell Westbrook’s Instagram
post back in July. Durant and the Warriors cruised to easy win. After the game, both Draymond Green and Setphen Curry wore the shirt, joking with their teammate. Not only that, but the day after, Durant’s mom went to Twitter with the shirts. OKC’s attempt to troll their former hero has backfired. A couple more weeks until March The NCAA likes their gimmicks. Case and point the idea to release the topfour seeds in each region of the March Madness bracket. Villanova, Kansas, Baylor and Gonzaga are the current
No. 1 seeds. The only thing is, this is not football. There is a possibility that these teams aren’t top seeds come March, as college basketball is always unpredictable. Heck, Texas Tech just upset Baylor on Monday. Champion’s League returns This week marks the beginning of the knock-out rounds of the European intercontinental tournaments. First legs of the Round of 16 matches were played Tuesday and Wednesday. The headliner is Paris-St. Germain up against Barcelona. Leicester City look to create a dream in a nightmare. While
domesitaclly, the Foxes may be facing relegation; the Champion’s League offers another escape. Pitchers and catchers report The unofficial start of spring is here. Spring training has opened up, and full squads will begin workouts in the next week. NDSU makes it to ESPN Remember that time when Khy Kabellis hit a behind the back, no-look shot as the ball was going out-of-bounds? ESPN does. Given the fact that the ball fell through Denver’s hoop, expect it to be on the SportsCenter Not Top 10 on Friday.
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Special Olympics Serve as a Good Reminder Sports are more than just a game
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Cody Tusler Staff Writer
The Second Annual Special Olympics basketball game between North Dakota State and University of North Dakota took place Saturday at the Sanford Health Athletic Center. UND would come out with the win 61-49. This game was bigger than the score. It all started at the beginning of the game with the reciting of the motto.
“Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” This is better than what I hear today in most sports. How many people in sports today play for money and not for fun anymore? Even in high school you can see people who just care about winning and get upset when they lose. It should not be about winning, it should be about having fun and sportsmanship. Moving on to the aspects of the game. The players and the helpers showed great
sportsmanship to each other and helped players from the other team up. You don’t see that anymore. When it came to the points, every time a player scored the whole arena would cheer. When a player hit a three, the crowd erupted and everyone would cheer the player as they moved down the court doing a little dance or jump around in their excitement. One point of the game that was a real special moment was when one of the helpers from UND wound up with the ball behind everyone and went
for a breakaway dunk. He was fouled by a helper from NDSU and both helpers laughed and joked about after the play. As he was heading to the free throw line, one of the players came up and said she wanted to shoot them. The helper asked the officials if she could shoot them and they gave the OK. She drained both shots and once again the arena erupted in cheers. At moments like that show sports are not everything in life, yet it is a big part of many lives. You can build great
relationships through sports and this game showed that. With the high fives, the hugs and arms over the shoulders as they go back and forth on the court shows the amount of respect and friendship the players and helpers have with one another. People with disabilities are just that, people. They are no different from anybody else. Even with the difference the players and helpers had from each other, they didn’t let that stop them from being friends and build a
relationship together. They saw right through that and looked deeper inside and saw one another as another person and treated each other as such. As the game was going and coming close to the end, the atmosphere of the game never changed. From everyone cheering and the players giving everything they had and having a positive attitude. That’s what sports and life is all about. It’s about having fun and not worry about what difference someone may have from you.
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Sports Editor’s List: Get Over With February The next two weeks are some of the worst for interesting sports
Taylor Schloemer Sports Editor
February is the shortest month of the year, and I am thankful for that. As a sports fan, after the Super Bowl there is not a lot to offer. There is the NBA All-Star game, but that is it. Yes, I know there is other stuff going on, but let’s get on with it. No, I am already looking past February, and here is what I am looking forward to. 1. Getting outdoors I really don’t trust this current warm weather. Mid20s in February is nice, but if it is going to be like this, then let it stay. Just
make everything dry out and thaw. I know I am up for playing some football, baseball and such. After playing a game of football my friends dubbed “The Snow Bowl,” I realized my hatred for playing on icy fields. It may have been two-hand touch, but everyone hit the deck on a number of occasions. That “ground”— more like solid ice — hurts. The new green grass will be a pleasant improvement. 2. March Madness Or is this more of an excuse to watch basketball in class? Admit it, it happens. There are very few things better than the opening four days of the tournament. Almost
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constant viewing of games and checking brackets. Read below for the negatives of this though. 3. NHL playoffs This is where I admit that I should pay more attention to the NHL regular season. Playoffs though, that is where it gets good. The quality of hockey increases, and it helps that there are fewer fights. With the Wild making a charge, it would be nice to see them bring something to the north. But, with their luck, they will lose to the Blackhawks in the conference finals. That, or someone will blow a 3-1 lead in the Stanley Cup, because that is how sports works now.
4. A break from All-Star games With the Pro Bowl, NHL and NBA games all happening in the last couple of weeks, it is good for a break. All-Star games have their places, but they are just a bit boring. It will be good to just have straight competition for the next couple of months, until the MidSummer Classic in July. At least MLB has the Home Run Derby for a bit of fun. 5. Beginning of the motorsport season This is the one that has been bugging me the most this year. I am really excited for racing season to begin. Now, I am not talking
NASCAR. OK, yes, I will likely catch part of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 26, but I am waiting for the Formula 1 season to start up. Preseason testing starts late this month, with the opening Australian Grand Prix on March 26. With new aero and wider tires, hopefully the Mercedes dominance will be shattered. There will be a new champion, as Nico Rosberg retired after winning the title. Expect a four-way battle between Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, Ferarri’s Sebastian Vettel and the Red Bull duo of Max Verstappen and Daniel Riccardo for the crown this year.
Bonus: Something I am not looking forward to — crying This is the year, I am telling you now. I will be getting that perfect NCAA Bracket. There is no way I am messing up this year. It won’t be like last year, when I lost my bracket challenge thanks to Villanova’s last second winner against UNC in the championship game. Had that not went in, a UNC victory would have elevated me to the win. Now, excuse me while I plan how I will cope when Kansas gets upset in the second round.
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