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NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY | FOR THE LAND AND ITS PEOPLE
NDSU to Research Hemp Options With New Federal Farm Bill
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NDSU researchers will look into the viability of growing hemp and its economic and industrial benefits. Growth of the plant is currently allowed in 10 states including North Dakota.
Crop provides several benefits contrary to negative reputation Caleb Werness Spectrum Staff
President Obama recently signed a $1 trillion federal farm bill granting colleges and universities permission to study industrial hemp, and North Dakota is one of 10 states that are currently allowed to produce the crop. Although North Dakota is one of few states that can grow hemp, it does not see a large harvest due to a mass of regulations. Burton Johnson, professor of plant sciences and a crop production agronomist, emphasized these regulations. “The issue is that farmers have many restrictions on where and how they can grow it,” Johnson said. Johnson said industrial hemp plants may look like hemp cannabis marijuana, depending on the variety. For most farmers, these regulations are more troublesome to deal with than the benefits of planting hemp. Hemp contains 0.3 to 1.5 percent tetrahydrocannabinoids, or THC, the hallucinatory agent that gives marijuana its intoxicating effects, compared to five to 10 percent or more found in marijuana. The Drug Enforcement Agency has a high number of regulations on the growth of hemp due to its relation to marijuana. Officials claim it can make drug enforcement
difficult. The Hemp Industries Association estimated the hemp market’s value in 2012 at more than $500 million. The U.S. currently imports hemp from Canada rather than growing it in mass on its own. Hemp has been in North Dakota news recently due to the crop being brought to universities across the country, including NDSU. Universities will test the plant for its economic benefits. “(NDSU’s role is) to research industrial hemp, to test its growing capabilities in different parts of the state to see if it is a viable option,” Johnson said.
“(NDSU’s role is) to research industrial hemp; to test its growing capabilities in different parts of the state to see if it is a viable option.” – Burton Johnson, Plant Sciences Professor President Obama recently signed the latest farm bill that will allow colleges and universities to find ways to effectively grow hemp on an industrial level. Researchers at NDSU, however, began their preliminary studies over the last 15 years and have found that hemp may have large economic benefits. This new opening in the market could provide a wealthy boom to the economy. David Ripplinger, assistant professor in agribusiness and applied economics, cited the positive results of the research,
Student Senate Passes Advising Resolution Senators vote unanimously to reform advising Colton Pool
NDSU student senate unanimously passed a resolution Monday to illustrate their support for the reform of student advising. The measure came in light of a recent
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proposal, which is looking to change the way advisors are prepared to mentor students and how accessible those advisors are to NDSU students. The resolution was written by the student government office of academic and student affairs. Although the resolution doesn’t change things directly, it makes the student voice heard, said Kevin Walsh, executive commissioner of the Academic and Student Affairs. Along with Larry Peterson, director of Accreditation, Assessment and Academic Advising, student government members
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and said he believes the opportunity is likely still there. “What NDSU would do is look at different varieties of industrial hemp grown in other countries around the world, varieties that are well suited to North Dakota,” Ripplinger said. Ripplinger is also North Dakota’s bioenergy and bioproducts specialist. One way hemp is used is for its strong fibers. Hemp fibers are 10 times stronger than cotton, and it can grow in less-friendly conditions. Hemp seeds also produce protein-rich oil that can be used for different products, including food. If the research proves conclusive, additional steps toward progress may occur. “Industrial hemp has different varieties, which can be used for different purposes so we look at that,” Ripplinger said. “So likely, in the long run if deemed a viable industry, develop varieties of our own.” However, getting hemp to be a potentially mass-produced crop in North Dakota will, more than likely, not occur soon. It will take some considerable time for the DEA to outline and reduce restrictions and for researchers to produce their results. “There is a concern that an industrial hemp plant, depending on the variety, might look just like hemp cannabis, the psychotropic drug known as marijuana. The DEA wants to manage that,” Ripplinger said. “I imagine it is going to take them months if not years to develop their own regulations. That way, United States Drug Administration and DEA can manage research and make sure they have their rules in place before they allow anyone to do this.”
List of provost candidates narrows to 21 Josh Francis Staff Writer
The national search to replace University Provost Bruce Raffert is well underway. In a meeting on Feb. 3, NDSU’s Provost Search Committee narrowed the list of
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candidates to 21 from a list of 35 that applied for the position. There is no concrete deadline to find a replacement. The committee met on Friday to narrow the list further and decide which candidates they will select for reference calling. “NDSU’s provost is responsible for overseeing all academic activities and the university’s eight academic colleges,” NDSU’s website says. “The provost’s office is also responsible for academic resources and budget, professional faculty matters, academic computing and the uni-
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Customers simply place their Jitter’s receipt in a designated Greek Life box and a percentage of that sale will be donated to charity.
Greek Life Teams with Jitters for Friendly Competition 10 percent of sales went to winner’s charity Lisa Marchand
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NDSU Fraternity and Sorority Life is teaming up with Jitters Coffee Bar in the Bison Block to give back to the community in a whole new way. All three sororities and five fraternities have selected a charity that they wish to represent as part of the Jitters Impact Program. Jitters customers were able to drop their receipt in a designated box on the coffee
house counter, and 10 percent of their pur- that in order to fill one child’s backpack with chase went to the winning Greek house’s juice, milk, snacks and food for an entire charity. year, the cost is $162. The program recently wrapped up their “The fraternity and sorority community trial run of the philanis thrilled about the thropy competition, difference this will and sorority Alpha “It is a great way for local make in the life of a Gamma Delta came young local student, businesses, NDSU and the FM but we are eager to do out on top. Together, the fra- community to come together and more,” said Panhelternities and sororilenic President Macy make a difference all while enjoying a Royston. ties raised just over $1,642. Now that Greek great cup of coffee.” – Macy Royston AGD’s charity Life and Jitters have of choice, the Great completed the first Plains Food Bank Backpack Program, will round of the Jitters Impact Program, some receive the 10 percent of all receipts gath- changes are in the works. ered, $165. The nonprofit’s website states “After getting very positive feedback
and seeing high participation, we decided to make it a permanent part of our community philanthropic efforts,” Royston said. From now on, Jitters customers will be able to choose which charity they want to receive 10 percent of their purchase. At the end of each round, 10 percent of every box will go to the designated charity, ensuring that each nonprofit will receive a donation. The nonprofits that the fraternities and sororities have chosen include the Children Miracle’s Network, St. Jude’s Children Hospital, the Red River Zoo, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and more. “It is a great way for local businesses, NDSU and the FM community to come together and make a difference all while enjoying a great cup of coffee,” Royston said.
ADVISING from page 1 worked many hours trying to find ways to improve advising and how to make change happen. Walsh said the reform has been worked on for about two years. “We’re just supporting this document and the work that’s been done throughout it,” Walsh said. The resolution states numerous reports made about NDSU advising cited student retention as a major problem compared to other schools. The NDSU Council of Improving Advising took in a proposal that calls for a number of changes. Those alterations would include an increase in professional advisors, the addition of training sessions for faculty advisors and how advising is evaluated moving forward. Walsh said all of those additions are important for academic advising to improve at NDSU and for students to get the most out of their advising. “Just because we want to increase our academic advisors doesn’t mean we don’t want to have our faculty advisors too,” Walsh said. “I think you can have a really good relationships with your faculty advisors. They can help a lot with personal skills, life skills and career choices down the road.”
Advising can easily make or break a college career. Walsh said he might’ve been stuck going to college for another semester in pursuit of his degree if his advisor hadn’t given him proper guidance. “We want to try and get students in and out of the door in four years if we can,” Walsh said. “I think that’s the goal with our professional advisors, and they’ve done really well with that. That’s what we’re working for.” However, Walsh said all of the pressure shouldn’t be on advisors. He said students should also be better prepared when they decide to make appointments with advisors. “We need to be on our toes too,” Walsh said. “It’s not just the advisors. We need to be prepared when we go into those meetings.” Student senator of the College of Agriculture, Food Systems and Natural Resources Noah Engels said another big factor for student advice is how students connect with people before they enter the workforce. A purpose of the proposal would be to advocate stronger relationships between advisors and students. “We want to improve the relationship between (advisors) and students so that they
can better network and stay here all four years and get a good job right out of school, that’s a pretty big deal,” Engels said. “That’s something that I felt we should put some time in for and look at.” Last week, student government sent an email to the student body in its weekly “Tuesday Twos” asking how they felt about their academic experience. The results came back mixed, as 17 percent of the 1,737 students who voted said their experience was excellent. However, 29 percent of those voting said their advising was fair or worse. Engels said this was the reason student senate wanted to show their support of the possible reform. He said there isn’t much to dislike in the resolution or the proposal.
“We’re hoping to have the advisors just be a little bit more of a mentor,” Engels said. “For the most part, there isn’t anything in (the proposal) that isn’t a good thing and wouldn’t help students in the future and advising.” Simply put, Walsh said student senate wants better advising for students in every facet, and its resolution is a stepping block for the change. “I think academic advisors are something that everyone is excited about,” Walsh said. “We just want cohesive advising across the board.”
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Student government sent out a survey asking how students felt about their advising. In order to show support for student advising reform, NDSU student senate unanimously passed a resolution Monday in advocacy of the proposed changes.
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The 88th annual Little International livestock show Saturday showcased a variety of events. Campus’s largest organization, Saddle and Sirloin Club, put on the event.
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Little International Celebrates 88th Year
Biggest student-run production showcases variety of events
Tiffany Swanson Contributing Writer
The lights go down and the crowd roars. Two large Clydesdale horses burst through the open garage door of Sheppard Arena pulling a large red stagecoach carrying
members of NDSU’s Saddle and Sirloin Club. Little International, the annual livestock show and campus’s biggest studentrun production, celebrated its 88th year Saturday. “It takes over 300 students to make Little International happen,” said Levi Helmuth, this year’s Little International manager. Students are on committees such as technology, banquet, flowers, art, ethics and more to prep for the show. Students can also participate by showing beef heifers, dairy heifers, sheep, pigs or horses. Students who show ani-
mals are assigned an animal two to four weeks before the show. The student must train the animal so they can be led in an arena with others and respond to simple commands. They must also clip the animal’s hair or wool to certain standards — depending on the animal — to look presentable during for the show. Contestants are then judged upon their showmanship. Students who showed horses trained the animals to perform certain commands such as walking in circles, sideways or backwards and trotting. This year’s overall horse showman was Nikki
Naas, a junior majoring in agricultural economics. Four types of beef heifers were shown: Commercial, Shorthorn, Angus and Simmental. The overall beef showman was Jared Seinola, a senior majoring in animal science. Seinola showed a commercial beef heifer. Dairy heifers were separated into two classes due to the amount of contestants. The overall dairy showman was Rachael Lagein, a senior animal science major. Contestants either showed a Columbia or a Hampshire sheep. The overall sheep showman was Taylor Friesz, a junior major-
ing in agribusiness. Friesz showed a Columbia sheep. Four different types of hogs were also shown: Duroc, Dorset, Hampshire and Yorkshire. The overall pig showman was Jacqlyn Heins, a sophomore majoring in animal science. Heins had shown a Duroc hog. Some students participated in curing a ham a couple weeks before the show. The hams are then judged by presentation and by overall taste. The top 10 hams are then auctioned off during the evening show. The 88th Little International overall ham winner was Kara Scherbenske, a senior majoring in an-
imal science. Her ham was auctioned off for $1,100. The five overall champions from each class then participated in a round robin competition. They had two minutes to show each animal: horse, dairy, beef, pig and sheep. The reserve showman was Friesz and the overall showman was Seinola. “It was an unreal feeling when my name got called,” Seinola said. “There were lots of emotions. All of them good.” Plans for the 89th Little International are already underway.
PROVOST from page 1 versity’s instructional curriculum.” After the committee comes up with a short list of candidates, they will begin an on-campus interview process in early to midApril, committee chair Larry Reynolds said. The new provost will take over this summer. The search began when Raffert requested to return to his role as a faculty member in September, according to an NDSU news release. He spent the last three years as
North Dakota University System. The search committee held its first meeting in December and developed strategies to find the best candidate for the position. The position requirements listed by NDSU say candidates must hold terminal degrees, or the highest degree in their field of study, strong communication skills, extensive leadership experience and many other qualifications.
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SEARCH COMMITTEE Chair: Larry Reynolds, College of Agriculture, Food Systems and Natural Resources Tom Riley, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Magaret Fitzgerald, College of Human Development and Education Karen Froelich, College of Business Sammee Khan, College of Engineering Mukund Sibi, College of Science and Mathematics Larry Peterson, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Charlene Wolf-Hall, College of Agriculture, Food Systems and Natural Resources Molly Secor-Turner, College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Emily Berg, Institutional Research Chuck Hoge, NDSU Research and Technology Park
NDSU Student Passes Away
People remember Gaffen’s colorful personality, life Spectrum Staff
Tracy Dakota Gaffen died Feb. 4 from an accidental overdose. He was 19 years old. Gaffen graduated from Wayzata (Minn.) High and was a freshman at NDSU. He lived in Churchill and Johnson Halls. He recently left school and spent his last few weeks at home. “A lover of the outdoors and an avid musician, Tracy had a bright future and an even bigger heart,” said Gaffen’s obituary published in the Star Tribune Feb. 9. An outpouring of support can be found on the Star Tri-
bune’s website, where more than 30 accounts have posted memories of Gaffen and condolences for his family. “I met Tracy at NDSU,” wrote Nick Davis, a freshman studying mechanical engineering. Gaffen was Davis’s neighbor in Johnson Hall for the three weeks Gaffen resided there. The two enjoyed hanging out and playing blues guitar. “Once, we went over to the lounge with our guitars and sang about people walking by to a classic blues tune, which made a lot of people laugh,” Davis wrote. “Tracy was really good at doing that. I honestly don’t think I ever saw him without a smile on his face.” “I wish I had the chance to know him better,” Davis concluded. “He really touched my life in those three short weeks. My prayers go out to his family
and friends.” Another commenter acclaimed Gaffen’s family for noting the cause of death. “I commend you for revealing the way Tracy died, and I offer my sympathies and support,” the post read. Churchill Hall residents recently had a meeting discussing Gaffen’s death. Reed/Johnson residents were notified of his death via email. Grieving students are encouraged to visit the NDSU Counseling Center, located in Ceres 212. To honor Gaffen, the family wished the readers of the Star Tribune to do a random act of kindness on behalf of Tracy or donate to the local humane society. A memorial service was held Saturday at Wayzata Community Church. Gaffen is survived by his loving family.
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no real connection to his career path (which is still up in the air), but it Staff Writer has contributed greatly to his emFor sophomore Chris Deal, work ployment and rounded up his livis a labor of love. Since last Sep- ing/work/school arrangements all tember, he’s worked at the Wellness in one convenient locale. “I love the Wellness Center. It’s Center’s rock climbing wall, a place close. I only have to walk 50 feet he’s no stranger to after discovering from my home to my workplace,” a deep passion for the sport during Deal said. the first weeks of his freshman year. Not only “I love does he hold rock climba job at the ing, it’s like Wellness Cenmy passion. ter wall, but It kinda since last May, combines he has worked my work at the downand play,” town YMCA’s Deal said. climbing wall “It’s not reas well. ally work— Though his it’s more I major is ungo and have decided (but fun and I with a lean get paid to towards ecodo what I MATAYA ARMSTRONG | THE SPECTRUM nomics), he love.” does confess that a career in climbAs a resident of the Living Learning Center, he’s never that ing could be enjoyable, but it’s not far away from the job and can usu- something he is actively pursuing. “It would be fun to work in a ally be found at the climbing wall, gym or do something further with whether working or whiling away climbing, but it’s more of a hobby,” the hours. It was on a date with his Deal said. “I have no idea what girlfriend that he first got hooked on kind of career I’m headed for, so if climbing, though he’s climbed trees I wind up in that, that’d be sweet.” and buildings for years. Deal admits that the sport holds
Work as a student coordinator plays a large part in the life of senior Kelsey Rae Leistico, so much so that it is where her fiancée proposed. But, as she explained, it is also a place filled with friends and memories. “It’s a good way of bringing people together that otherwise wouldn’t be together,” Leistico said. Leistico works about 20 hours a week in the Service Center (the Post Office and Copy Shop) of the Memorial Union. During the average week, she said does “a lot of little things.” These include taking inventory, ordering supplies, holding meetings and assisting with hiring. As a student coordinator, Leistico is responsible for communicating between Elizabeth Torguson, assistant director of the Memorial Union, and the other students who work in the Service Center. This added responsibility is what she says makes this job more difficult. “It’s difficult in the sense that you are there to help everyone and you’re trying to motivate everyone, but it’s easy in the sense that the tasks aren’t as difficult,” Leistico said. “There’s just more responsibility involved.”
When she is not busy with this role, she can be found working on interior design class projects and preparing for her wedding this summer. Last April, her fiancée Donavan Sullivan surprised her by proposing while she was in her office. He called Torguson ahead of time to arrange the surprise. “Also it was kind of funny, because that day I was trying to tell Liz [Torguson] something, and every time I was gonna’ walk in, Donavan would start calling and she would shut the door, so it was kind of a back and forth the whole day,” Leistico said. As an interior design major, Leistico looks forward to someday becoming a principle at an interior design firm. That day may not be too far away, as she will be graduating this spring. Whether she gets a position in Minnesota or goes to North Carolina to be with Sullivan, Leistico knows that she wants “to be challenged and to work on things that are interesting.” Although she said she is ready for a new challenge, the Service Center here on campus will always hold memories for Leistico, who has worked there since Nov. 2010. “Seeing people come and go, it’s been a great experience,” she said.
NDSU Offers Career Fair at Fargodome How to Write a Respectable Resume Proper preparation can procure a perfect position Shaurya Chawla
Hunting for a summer internship? Tired of job search for a full-time opportunity? Attend NDSU’s career fair! In the forthcoming weeks, a two-day career fair will be held in Fargodome for an array of disciplines including engineering and design, agriculture, business management, liberal arts, science and technology. Career fairs provide great opportunity for students to meet various employers at the same time. Indeed, it is a unique event that allows the job seekers to develop networks with employers and discuss job openings, usually within a day. Hundreds of companies from different sectors come to examine candidates, who could be potential employees in the future. Basically, they try to screen out those who might stand well in this competitive job environment. So, in order to have a prosperous career ahead, plan for a successful career fair. Research your career fields The initial step is searching job titles and the careful consideration of the job descriptions. Make a desired plan for your own requirements, areas of interest, salary ranges and benefits. Research companies attending career expo Check for the list of companies attending the expo on the Career Center website. View each employer’s website. Make a list of companies with the important information you discover about them. This helps
when you converse with the employers as it reflects your knowledge of the position and the company. Update important documents Prepare portfolio and update your resume. Draft cover letters and any other thank-you letters in advance. Keep several copies of these documents according to the position and the company. Wear appropriate clothes Keep a check on your professional clothes and dressing style before going to career fair. This is one of the important criteria that employers observe, and it creates a first impression. It is always better to be overdressed than undressed. Be prepared for an interview Always prepare yourself for a basic set of questions an employer might ask. It is always good to create one-minute speech to deliver to an employer when you greet them at the career fair, and do not be afraid to ask them questions. Follow-up your applications After meeting with the employers, always follow-up to check your application status. Follow up through emails or call the hiring managers or recruiters to show your interest in the job position. These set of guidelines help students to get ready for the career fairs. Corey McKinzie, a senior majoring in civil engineering, is all set to attend the career fair. He intends to find an internship for summer and believes that this would be the right time to explore and develop networking connections with the employers for current and future job openings. So, gear up now because a small investment of time and effort in preparing for a career fair might turn into an opportunity you wouldn’t have otherwise or which you always have strived for.
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Imagine a potential employer ask the questions, “What have you done with your life? What experience do you have that should make me want to hire you?” After desperately thinking and then babbling for a minute about that one time being a volunteer at a charity event making Belgium waffles, the employer has already lost interest and any hope for a job is gone. Those questions are almost guaranteed to be asked by employers at NDSU’s upcoming career fair. With a great resume and some tips from CBS News, those questions can be home runs for potential employees. Decide the layout For someone who has seen an increase in responsibility over time, he or she should draft a chronological resume, which lists employment history by date. If skills and experience are more important in a potential job than prior work history, use a functional resume that highlights awards, achievements and special skills. If everything is strong, a combination resume emphasizes skills and achievements in a specific career path. Choose the content Decide what previous work experience and skills are most applicable to the desired job. Put the most recent and relevant job first and leave out the summer mowing job back in middle school, unless the potential job in-
volves mowing lawns. Describe details Use descriptive keywords, such as administrative assistant instead of secretary or customer service professional in place of baseball stadium usher. Also, quantify accomplishments and responsibilities. Overseeing a department of 25 employees sounds stronger than just overseeing a department. Managing a $100,000 budget is very different from managing a $1,000 budget. Limit the length Do not include information, such as birthdate, religion, hobbies, weight, marital status, sexual orientation, or links to Twitter and Facebook pages. Anything not related to the job is unnecessary to include in a resume, which should be 1-2 pages long. Anything longer will likely be overlooked. Proofread when finished Finally, read over it, have someone else read over it and then have another person read over it, because multiple eyes will hopefully catch any spelling and grammar errors. No matter what skills or experience are listed, employers write off that resume immediately, as those errors trump any content. Paying attention and putting forth effort into creating a respectable resume will provide answers to many questions employers will have at NDSU’s career expo, and that resume could set NDSU students up for a great job or internship in their respective fields.
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wet paint | photospotlight Anxiety rates for the average college student can be increasingly high. After high school, the amount of work and expectation as a student increases. Being far away from home, or having no one close, can make these feelings of anxiety much worse.Feeling calm is one of the best feelings one can ask for. Doing things that are calming helps your body and mind. Being an artist does not mean you have to be skilled at painting a horse. It has been proven that picking up a brush, dipping it in paint and expressing your feelings can release your worries and calm you down. Through the ages, there has many debates about what makes a work of art, and what I have learned is if you have a good solid idea, your work is presentable. Painting has many categories. There is contemporary, figure, landscape, abstract, surreal, etc. Don’t ever be afraid to just buy a canvas and some paint and create a picture. Release your stressful worries, and let your brush take charge. NDSU’s painting course room allows every painting student to have an individual working space with easels and desks to work.
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Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings ‘Give the People What They Want’ David Breitbach
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Karen Peirce, the associate director of the Center for Writers, reads an excerpt from a biography on Elizabeth Cady Stanton during an open reading session in the Library Friday.
MTFM Continues Season of Comedy with ‘Forbidden Broadway’ Show parodies more than 15 Broadway shows
The queen of Daptone is back with her fifth full-length release, “Give the People What They Want.” Initially, the album was due in late 2013, but development of the album and all tour dates were put on hold as Sharon’s health started to decline. After a successful fight against pancreatic cancer, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings resumed production and released “Give the People What They Want” earlier this month. For those not familiar, Sharon Jones is the lead singer of the critically acclaimed Dap-King band who, along with other artists at Daptone Records, has been one of the main artists contributing to the revitalization of soul and funk music from the 1960s and 1970s. Their phenomenal live stage presence and musicianship has enabled them the opportunity to perform at the famous venues such as the Apollo Theatre in New York City and the Sydney Opera House. Most recently, they were chosen to play for the annual NFL honors awards show. Heavily influenced by artists from Motown and Stax era, Jone’s vibrant voice harmonizes beautifully with the equally talented backing vocals of the Dappettes and the magnificent horn section of the Dap-King band.
Last spring, Music Theatre Fargo-Moorhead ended its 2012-2013 season with a show that company member Craig Ellingson admitted was a little dark. With a new mindset and a new season starting last fall, MTFM decided to take a more lighthearted approach and chose to infuse their 20132014 year with comedy. For their fall musical, the musical troupe put on “Young Frankenstein,” a hilarious musical adaptation of Mel Brooks’ 1974 monster parody. Now for their spring show, MTFM is aiming to honor Broadway’s greatest with “Forbidden Broadway,” a tongue-in-cheek homage that parodies every show from “Fiddler on the Roof” to “Mamma Mia” to “Hairspray.” “We’ve got some Sondheim-esque stuff, some Andrew Lloyd Webber stuff, some Kander stuff — all of that is in ‘Forbidden Broadway,’” Ellingson said. Scenes, songs, and characters from over 15 Broadway shows get the parody spotlight in this production, and so do the famous names of the stage. Greats like Carol Channing, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli and more all have their moments, but fans and admirers need not worry — this show aims to honor, not mock. “We pay homage to them but we pay homage to them with a little tongue-incheek,” Ellingson explained. MTFM is very familiar with many of the pieces in this revue. The company put on “Chicago” a few years ago, and company
The actors of ‘Forbidden Broadway’ show off their costume mash-up.’
members are no strangers to shows like “Les Misérables” or names like Stephen Sondheim. Audience members can doubtlessly pick out something they know and like from this show. “I especially enjoy the parody of Liza Minnelli. I think that the ‘Chicago’ stuff is really fun,” Ellingson said. “I believe the ‘Les Mis’ stuff is quite sweet as is the ‘Rent’ and ‘Mamma Mia,’ so there’s going to be something for everyone.” Twelve cast members comprise the lineup of performers for “Forbidden Broadway.” A month of rehearsals has prepared them for the two-weekend run of this show, all happening at The Stage at Island Park. To bring some hometown flavors to the show’s design, images and visuals of downtown Fargo have been splashed onto the set, giving everything a Fargo feel for this parody revue of world-famous musicals. This is just one of many theater productions happening in the Fargo-Moorhead area this month, but this show offers something a
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little different. A musical of musicals and a tip of the hat to the icons of Broadway is what is in store for viewers, and with folks like the members of MTFM behind it all, audiences can expect greatness.
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‘Almost Maine’ Aims to Please with Winter Love Stories MSUM Theatre to incorporate Northern Lights, snow as special effects Jack Dura
Winter can wear on people’s mindsets, but Minnesota State University Moorhead Theatre is using that to its full advantage in presenting “Almost, Maine,” a play all about love, winter and the folks that find themselves in both in the small, fictitious town of Almost in Maine. “It’s a romantic comedy, it really is,” director David Wheeler said. “It’s a very sweet comedy, it’s been very popular. It was a New York hit, and then it’s been played in a lot of universities and community theaters… because it’s a very sweet play and everyone can identify with love.” As the first play in the college company’s 2014 half of the University Theatre Series, “Almost, Maine” was chosen for its timing: midwinter. Everyone can get the winter blues when the cold takes hold, and having a cheery little show like this can help keep the blues at bay. Even better, the show’s characters are also in the midst of winter too. “It’s winter and it’s cold, and I think we all identify with that as well,” Wheeler said.
Chosen for all the right reasons, “Almost, Maine’s” story is one that will leave a smile as it is comprised of not just one but many little love stories that play out over the plot. Nineteen cast members take on all the characters, with two onstage for each little scene. While none of the stories intersect, certain characters and places around town are referenced, so the audience knows that “Almost” is the common factor in this story of stories. To address the little challenge of scenic design, MSUM Theatre took a crafty and interesting approach. Constructing a multisided, multi-layered, wheeled-set piece, the object of ascertaining how to change the set for each scene was answered. This piece of platform-work allows for easy transitions from scene to scene, but the special effects do not stop there. Staged in Maine, this show relies heavily on the magic of the Northern Lights, and Wheeler and his team found a way to mimic the aurora borealis with some stellar equipment. “The scene design is going to involve a good deal of cloth, which is at the back, parts of the ceiling, and the side walls,” Wheeler explained. “We’re using…gobo rotators, which have a kind of a slide that rotate in front of a light source and then project the image out…and it makes the Northern Lights everywhere we want them to be.”
The MSUM Theatre has utilized five gobo rotators for this production along with a heap of white cloth for the projections of the Northern Lights. Audiences are in for even more visual wows when snow starts to fall. This is just another effect of nature brought to life by the play’s design crew. “We won’t make it snow for a long time. We only need about 30 or 40 seconds of snow, but it really makes an impact at the end of the play,” Wheeler said. Running along with a whole host of other area theatre productions this month, MSUM Theatre’s “Almost, Maine” offers up a little lightheartedness, a little visual wonder and, of course, pure entertainment.
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While “Give the People What They Want” is in a sense not lyrically or conceptually groundbreaking, it showcases the ability of producer and band leader, Gabriel Roth aka “Bosco Mann,” to write songs that stay consistent with traditional ‘60s and ‘70s soul and funk music. Whether the song is about the social injustice of wealth distribution in “People Don’t Get What They Deserve,” or the up and down rollercoaster ride that accompanies relationships on “Making Up and Breaking Up,” Sharon’s passionate and emotional delivery enthralls the listener to continue listening to the entire album. It is this emotional authenticity and delivery, a central component of nearly all recording artists at Daptone Records, which the album builds its foundation on. While contemporary pop and R&B musicians compose songs that also focus on topics such as relationship problems and getting through difficult times in one’s life, Sharon Jones does an overall better job at crafting ballads and anthems that convey the intended message without having to resort to derivative or derogatory songwriting. Overall, Sharon Jones and the DapKings deliver yet another well-executed album that is packed full of energetic and memorable songs that are guaranteed to stick inside your head. So if you’re in the mood for some revitalized soul, funk and R&B music, I highly recommend you give “Give the People What They Want” a spin.
RECOMMENDED TRACKS ‘Retreat!’ ‘Stranger to My Happiness’ ‘You’ll be Lonely’ ‘People Don’t get What They Deserve’ ‘We Get Along’
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THE SPECTRUM | A&E | THURS, FEB. 20, 2014
‘Bioshock Infinite’ Developer Closes as Studio Head Begins New Start-Up Steven Strom A&E Editor
An open letter from Ken Levine on Irrational Games’ website revealed on Tuesday that the studio is no more. The 17-year-old company is best known for System Shock 2 and its spiritual successors — “Bioshock” and “Bioshock Infinite.” The news comes as quite a surprise to the games industry, as Irrational’s parent company Take-Two Interactive along with Levine were able to keep the news under wraps. “I am winding down Irrational Games as you know it,” Levine stated in his letter. “I’ll be starting a small-
er, more entrepreneurial endeavor at Take-Two. That is going to mean parting ways with all but about fifteen members of the Irrational team.” It’s also surprising when you consider the company’s track record, though as of this writing it appears the closure of the studio has less to do with finances and more to do with talent. Both Bioshock and Bioshock Infinite were major financial and critical successes for TakeTwo, and the closure leaves the future of the franchise a mystery. The Bioshock franchise currently belongs to TakeTwo Interactive and future games could be hired out to other developers.
“Bioshock 2,” a direct sequel to the original game — as well as its downloadable expansion “Minerva’s Den” — was not developed by Irrational Games, but by 2K Marin (since then, that studio has also been shut down). The sequel was very divisive with some sites like Joystiq calling its conception “creatively bankrupt” while others (myself included) found it superior to the original. “Bioshock Infinite,” which released early last year, still has one more planned expansion to be finished by Irrational. After that, the studio will shut down. Levine, however, will not be leaving the publisher. “When I first contem-
plated what I wanted to do, it became very clear to me that we were going to need a long period of design. Initially, I thought the only way to build this venture was with a classical startup model, a risk I was prepared to take. But when I talked to Take-Two about the idea, they convinced me that there was no better place to pursue this new chapter than within their walls.” From the outside looking in, it appears that Levine wanted to leave Irrational Games in favor of a new endeavor. Seeing the “face” of the company leave the studio, it appears (though has not been confirmed) that Take-Two decided to break up the developer entirely,
rather than let it go on without Levine. A massive campaign of support has already cropped up online, with the Twitter hashtag “#IrrationalJobs” springing up to draw the attention of former studio members to other industry jobs. This is a common trend, with a similar campaign having started over the closure of 38 Studios (“Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning”) in 2012. Fortunately, Take-Two isn’t simply throwing its employees out on the street. “Besides financial support, the staff will have access to the studio for a period of time to say their goodbyes and put together their portfolios,” Levine’s
letter continues. “Other Take-Two studios will be on hand to discuss opportunities within the company, and we’ll be hosting a recruiting day where we’ll be giving 3rd party studios and publishers a chance to hold interviews with departing Irrational staff.” And, as is usually the case with these sorts of layoffs, many of Irrational Games’ staff will likely go on to create their own independent studios. We won’t know the full extent of the fall-out until we hear more from Take-Two and the rest of the Irrational staff, but obviously we wish all involved the best.
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Triple Money-Mocha with Whipped Cash How much are students really spending on coffee? Caleb Werness Opinion Editor
The welcoming smell of a fresh-brewed coffee can help just about anyone make it through the morning. The “giddity-up in a cup” becomes a routine for many college students as exams and homework frequently lead to limited hours of sleep. With the rush the morning brings, it is easy to skip brewing yourself a cup in exchange for purchasing one in the Union or at a local coffee shop. Fancy whipped up lattes and espresso shots all come at a cost. Even straight black coffee has its price. As this cycle repeats itself day in and day out for the avid coffee drinker—as their need for their morning kick-start proceeds. One may ask: How much am I really spending on coffee?
I, personally, am not a coffee drinker. Through force of will and Monster energy drinks I have been able to able avoid the java jitters. So I asked some coffee lovers I knew. Out of the group of nine people I talked to, weekly purchase of coffee ranged from anywhere to a simple one a week to one a day. The average sat at around three cups a week being purchased. After perusing the menu at a local Starbucks, I found their average price for a small latté was around $3.75. A black coffee was a little over $2. So if you are a person who enjoys their $4 dollar whipped latté with a shot of espresso and you go about this routine around three times a week—that adds up to $12 a week and about $50 a month. It may not seem like a lot at the time, but that money certainly adds up. It’s easy to just swipe a card and forget those, seemingly small, expenses. Is it really worth the cost? Getting your coffee fix doesn’t have to be a $4 a cup experience. Some alternatives to buying coffee by the cup include simply brewing your own. The cost of a K-cup or a tub of Folgers is significantly lower than the prices of the coffee house. Stretching your coffee money
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR I am requesting the NDSU Spectrum print this letter for purposes of correcting the record as reflected in the Spectrum’s February 10, 2014 article regarding my client, Michele Reid. When Spectrum Staff Writer Josh Francis corresponded with Ms. Reid on Saturday, February 8, 2014, she explained to him that she had been traveling, and informed him that I had provided a letter to The Forum on February 5, 2014 in response to Cali Owings’ February 3, 2014 article. Given the Spectrum’s references to The Forum article, it is not clear to me why the Spectrum did not request and/or review my letter to The Forum before publishing its article about Ms. Reid. The Spectrum article is an unfair portrayal of Ms. Reid’s 5 ½ years as NDSU’s Dean of Libraries. The Spectrum article omits any mention of Ms. Reid’s positive performance evaluations under the former Provost referred to in the Forum article and in my letter to The Forum, the accomplishments Ms. Reid identified for Provost Rafert in her fiscal year 2012 Self-Evaluation, or the many improvements to the Libraries she and the Libraries staff under her supervision were able to accomplish despite limited resources. Despite having received documentation identifying how Ms. Reid’s work environment changed dramatically after she made a legitimate open records request of her relatively new supervisor Provost Bruce Rafert, in March 2012, and how her work environment became even more hostile after she complained of gender discrimination and retaliation in June 2012, the theme of the Spectrum article is “Unhappy Staff.” In developing its story, the Spectrum article cites to a packet of written materials supplied not by a “substantial” number of staff as initially claimed by Provost Rafert, but rather by three staff with histories of disruptive behavior, one of whom had been previously disciplined for harassing Ms. Reid. The Spectrum article refers to “exit surveys by employees retiring or leaving the university,” without regard for whether the surveys were from employees who had been disciplined or who held a grudge against Ms. Reid for the reorganization of the Libraries she had been hired to undertake. The Spectrum does a disservice to Ms. Reid by quoting negative comments from these materials, and from others produced by staff who disapproved of her reorganization, as if the criticisms are true, and without any investigation or mention of the commenters’ possible underlying motivation or bias. The Spectrum article refers to Provost Rafert’s draft 360 Review, but as discussed below and in my letter to The Forum, the draft 360 Review was seriously flawed. Additionally, as alleged in Ms. Reid’s Charge of Discrimination filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in October 2012, the NDSU Policy used by Provost Rafert to conduct the 360 Review did not apply to Ms. Reid’s position and, as such, the threat to subject Ms. Reid to the 360 Review was retaliatory. As explained in my February 5, 2014 letter to The Forum, the threat to subject Ms. Reid to the 360 review process materialized during spring semester, 2012, during
a meeting concerning staff hostility issues. Provost Rafert invoked NDSU Policy 327, which applies to deans, directors, and chairs who oversee tenure track faculty, which Ms. Reid’s former position as Dean of Libraries did not do, as the basis for Ms. Reid’s 360 review. However, there are no tenure track faculty in the NDSU Libraries, and the policy had never before been applied to a Dean or Director of Libraries for whom NDSU policy provides only annual reviews. Indeed, in a May 15, 2013 meeting, when Provost Rafert presented Ms. Reid with a copy of the draft 360 Review, Provost Rafert mentioned the difficulty he had had in applying Policy 327 to her case. The Spectrum article also quotes a reference by Provost Rafert claiming Ms. Reid held a “special faculty appointment.” Provost Rafert has insisted that Ms. Reid holds a faculty appointment, apparently, in attempting to make a case for her being eligible for a 360 review, but while the Request to Hire form dated January 8, 2008 (that Ms. Reid never saw until September 10, 2012) allowed the option of her being hired as special faculty, this option was not selected for inclusion in her contract letter, which, per Policy 350.1 determines whether an employee holds faculty status. However, even if Ms. Reid had held a faculty appointment, this would not have qualified her for review under Policy 327, which applies only to deans, directors and chairs who oversee tenure track faculty, which her deanship did not do. The draft 360 Review conducted by Provost Rafert’s office contains a number of procedural irregularities and process flaws, including the inclusion of persons known to be hostile to Ms. Reid, inconsistent and biased reporting, and apparent omissions. The draft 360 Review presents a version of the results of four of the five sections of a questionnaire that was not developed from Ms. Reid’s then current job description, but, based on statements made by the Chair of the Evaluation Committee, should have been. Multiple choice responses are reported incompletely and inconsistently, and, throughout the draft 360 Review, the aggregate of non-staff responses are ignored. If the Spectrum had reviewed the totality of the multiple choice responses, it should have found that staff and non-staff responses largely mirror each other, although non-staff responses are much more positive than the reported staff responses are negative. Quotation from respondent written comments is selective, quotations are truncated, or mischaracterized, and it appears some comments have been omitted in the draft 360 Review. One complimentary respondent comment quoted in the draft 360 Review is truncated to omit reference to the staffing problems Ms. Reid faced as Dean. The draft 360 Review also contains flawed arguments inconsistent with the documented facts in an attempt to justify a negative view of Ms. Reid’s performance and personality. Contrary to statements contained in Provost Rafert’s signed and dated positive letter of reference, which I discuss below and which stated that Ms. Reid was hired, in part, to “reorganize the NDSU Libraries, remediate longstanding staffing and culture
issues and establish in the libraries a customer service environment,” the draft 360 Review incorrectly implies that Ms. Reid was not hired to bring about change in the NDSU Libraries. That she was hired to bring about change has never been disputed previously, and no one can seriously dispute that Ms. Reid’s position as Dean of Libraries was described to her when she was hired as a job that would not endear her to some staff in the Libraries. However, she views one of her major achievements in the Libraries as having attracted and developed a vibrant cohort of staff who, as reflected in draft 360 Review respondent comments, have contributed to changing the climate of the Libraries. Unfortunately, the Spectrum article omits any mention of this achievement. The Spectrum article conveys the impression that Ms. Reid was forced from her position. To the contrary, Ms. Reid left her position of Dean of Libraries voluntarily. By way of background, on December 19, 2013, Ms. Reid and NDSU reached an agreement with respect to the terms of the settlement. The settlement agreement and Provost Rafert’s positive letter of reference were signed the morning of December 20, 2013. Ms. Reid negotiated and received a reasonable settlement in exchange for withdrawing her claims against NDSU, having already concluded that under the current administration she had accomplished as much as she could as Dean of Libraries. The Spectrum article incorrectly refers to the December 20, 2013 positive letter of reference Ms. Reid received from Provost Rafert as “undated,” and, in stating that Provost Rafert “once praised Reid,” wrongly implies that the positive letter of reference was written much earlier than it was for purposes of creating a story of Ms. Reid’s alleged “downfall.” The statement repeatedly made in the Spectrum article that Provost Rafert’s positive letter of reference is undated is incorrect because the signed letter is dated December 20, 2013. Provost Rafert’s signed letter contains significantly more complimentary language regarding Ms. Reid’s performance than quoted in the article. I have attached the signed and dated positive letter of reference Provost Rafert provided to Ms. Reid and I encourage the Spectrum to publish the positive letter of reference in its entirety with this letter in print and on the web, as well as my February 5, 2014 letter to The Forum out of fairness to Ms. Reid because of the way Ms. Reid has been unfairly portrayed and characterized in the Spectrum article. I am at a loss to understand how the Spectrum could responsibly print that “the university intended to fire Michele Reid,” given the settlement that was then being negotiated between Ms. Reid and NDSU, which requires Ms. Reid to remain available to consult in the Libraries on personnel and technical issues, as well as the language in the signed and dated positive letter of reference acknowledging Ms. Reid was transferring to the position of University Fellow “in recognition of her time intensive achievements benefiting the entire University community, and of her desire to complete her doctorate....” The Spectrum article’s statement that Provost Rafert recommended in the draft
360 Review that Ms. Reid be fired is incorrect. The draft 360 Review, while undeservedly negative, does not recommend Ms. Reid be fired, and discusses her continued employment as Dean of Libraries. The Spectrum article refers to and quotes from a separate document the Forum article refers to as Provost Rafert’s “December 20, 2013 termination letter” which contains Provost Rafert’s statement that Ms. Reid’s employment should be terminated. Neither Ms. Reid nor I had any knowledge that this document existed [despite the fact the document states it is “For: Michele Reid, Dean of Libraries”] until January 17, 2014, when the General Counsel forwarded to me a portion of the documents received by The Forum in response to Ms. Owings’ open records request. This document purportedly summarizes the draft 360 Review and alleged open forum regarding Ms. Reid. Provost Rafert’s document contains a number of misrepresentations, including, but not limited to the following: “The Open Forum, held December 19, 2013, provided no positive inputs to sway the results obtained by the  Review Committee.” This statement is undisputedly false because no open forum was held on December 19, 2013 or on any other date. The claim that all the feedback received during the open forum was negative, i.e., “no positive inputs,” is equally false because there was no feedback given the fact that the open forum never took place. Finally, to suggest that the “results obtained by the  Review Committee” were justified because the Provost did not receive any “positive inputs” during the open forum [that never took place] is at best misleading. The real story here, which the Spectrum either missed or chose not to report, is what motivated Provost Rafert to draft the December 20, 2013 termination letter after NDSU had negotiated and agreed upon the terms of the settlement with Ms. Reid on December 19, 2013. The contrast between Provost Rafert’s signed and dated December 20, 2013 positive letter of reference and the December 20, 2013 termination letter could not be more pronounced—the signed positive letter of reference is filled with praise and recognition for Ms. Reid and her accomplishments as Dean of Libraries. The December 20, 2013 termination letter—a letter that was never presented to Ms. Reid—contains career damaging statements that are directly contradicted by Provost Rafert’s signed and dated positive letter of reference. Provost Rafert’s December 20, 2013 termination letter/Final Evaluation Report and the subsequent articles published in the Spectrum and The Forum referencing this document, have wrongfully and unnecessarily misrepresented Ms. Reid’s history of performance as Dean of Libraries and have not only severely damaged her professional reputation and future career prospects, but have already caused her tangible harm.
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THE SPECTRUM | OPINION | THURS, FEB. 20, 2014
Olympic Host Cities Need View to Future
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Emma Heaton | Editor-in-Chief Caleb Werness | Opinion Editor Nathan Stottler | Design Editor Benjamin Norman | Staff Writer It is a tradition that has its roots as far back as the ancient Greeks — the Olympics. Every two years, millions of spectators turn their attention to the summer or winter Olympic games and the athletes competing in them. Competitors focus years of training on their event in an attempt to claim the title “best in the world.” The attention is so heavily set on the games and the athletes competing in them that many overlook their settings. Specifically, what is going to happen to the Olympic host cities when the games are done? With billions of dollars invested in building brand-new Olympic parks, venues and lodging, what use will these sites have when the games have moved on? In order to have an all-around successful game, the host not only needs to be ready before the opening ceremonies, but also needs a follow-up plan for the site and its venues after the torch is passed to the next host. If planned properly, the Olympic park will have a seamless adaptability to postOlympic uses. If the host city does not look to the future, disaster can follow in the wake of these celebrated events. Hosting the Olympic games is no small task. Years of planning and work go into the preparation for the games. Building the arenas and housing for competition is a costly and time-consuming project. Preparing the host city for the influx of visitors — athletes,
officials, journalists and spectators — involves upgrades of transportation and hospitality services as well. Cities such as Athens, Beijing, and current host, Sochi, were not fully prepared for the magnitude of the Olympic events and the effects of that would follow. In Athens, host of the 2004 Summer Olympics, the Olympic Village was built in separation from the city to give the athletes a secluded place to rest. When trying to adapt the development for public use after the games, however, the idea backfired. The isolation from the city of Athens caused the Olympic Village to decompose into a ghetto state. Some blame the failed planning of the development for the current woeful financial state of Greece. The same results are now being seen in Beijing, the host of the 2008 Summer Olympics. According to TIME Magazine, after only four years, many of the Olympic venues have been deserted or are falling apart. Other facilities such as the baseball complex, which was intended for future use, have been demolished. Beijing received a large bill for its celebrated efforts and is receiving little gain in the aftermath. Sochi has had its share of woes with the current winter Olympics, too. Several journalists have reported poor living conditions in the city. Many hotels remained unfinished even after the opening ceremony. Stacy St. Clair, reporter for the Chicago Tribune, tweeted about the problems with water in her hotel. She relayed what management had told her about not putting the water out of the faucet on her face because it contains “something dangerous.” Streets were being paved just days before the opening ceremony. There have also been reports that not all manholes in the streets have covers on them. Stray animals have
also been a problem within the city. These animals were scheduled to be caught and euthanized days before the games. Only time will tell if the poor management and preparation of Sochi will lead to problems in the future similar to those of Athens and Beijing. In the near future Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Pyeongchang, South Korea will soon be hosting the Olympics. Rio de Janeiro will be hosting the summer games in 2016 and Pyeongchang will be hosting the winter games in 2018. To avoid ending up like their poorly prepared predecessors, both Rio de Janeiro and Pyeongchang need to have practical use plans for the arenas and housing developments for long after the games have finished. Planning a realistic program for reuse will help avoid any negative effects that have fallen on host countries in the past. Cities can look to the examples set by the cities of Barcelona — host of the 1992 summer games — and London — host of the 2012 summer games. These sites were planned not only to host an impressive and successful Olympic event, but to contribute to their urban context long after the games had moved on. Specific examples include the use of existing facilities, rather than building new venues. In London, the O2 arena was used for gymnastics, Wimbledon was used for tennis and the many soccer stadiums that dot the city were put to use. A number of stadiums were also made to be temporary. The beach volleyball venue and the dressage arena were two such sites. Further, each stadium that had to be newly constructed had a planned re-use before the games even began. The main Olympic Stadium where the track and field events were held is now the home of London’s West Ham soccer team. Finally, the athlete
housing in the Olympic Village will be repurposed as low-income housing for people living in London’s East Side. Hosting the Olympic games should be an economic opportunity and a great honor for a city. If the economic risk of hosting the games continues to rise, fewer and fewer cities are going to bid for hosting rights. As Olympic cities look into the future, they should be developing innovative new ways to incorporate the games rather than simply striving for extravagance. Looking closer to home, a petition and website was formed to try and get the Olympic games to come to Minneapolis. The site and petition have acquired a substantial following, but it does not look like the games will be hitting the Twin Cities any time soon. According to MinnPost, former Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak said that Minneapolis wouldn’t bid for Olympics 2024 Summer Olympics Games. They, instead, would like to pursue more practical and smaller events such as the Democratic National Convention and possibly the Super Bowl. The preventative problem with hosting the Olympic games comes down to a space and financial issue. Also Minneapolis’ transit system would not be effective due to its relative small size on a scale that large. Also Olympic regulations require 40,000 hotel rooms within 30 mile. Given the size of the city currently, spectators would have to go to St. Cloud or Rochester to meet the 40,000 rooms requirement. Hopefully Rio de Janeiro and Peyongchang can rise to the challenge and not duplicate the mistakes of Athens and Beijing. The coming years will show the effects the Olympic games had on Sochi—for better or for worse.
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At the final women’s basketball game in the Bison Sports Arena, Marena Whittle scored 18 points and added 11 rebounds.
NDSU Falls Short in Last Game at Home Bison look to improve before conference tournament Colton Pool
The NDSU women’s basketball team didn’t say goodbye to the Bison Sports Arena with a very uplifting departure. Summit League rival Omaha came to Fargo and beat the Bison 68-57 on Saturday’s NDSU Senior Night in the Bison women’s last game ever at the BSA. Omaha (10-14, 2-8 Summit) shot 42 percent from the field, compared to NDSU’s 32 percent. The Bison shot a measly 23 percent — nine percent in the first half — from be-
yond the arc, while the Mavericks shot 50 percent from beyond the arc. “We kind of took ourselves on a rollercoaster ride,” Bison forward Marena Whittle said. “Unfortunately the downs really got us. But once we were playing well and together, we were pretty much unstoppable. We just had to do that the whole game.” The Bison (6-20, 2-9 Summit) didn’t get the much-needed spark from Brooke LeMar they are accustomed to. LeMar was 0-of-3 from the field in the first half and ended the night with 13 points. Whittle was the driving force for NDSU with an 18-point, 11-rebound double-double. Ericka House led the Mavericks with a game-high 23 points while shooting 8-of-16 from the field and 2-of-4 from three-point land. “You kind of feel hopeless sometimes as a coach,” NDSU head coach Carolyn DeHoff said. “If you keep throwing different things at them, you’re getting the same shots. You don’t want to overstate things, because they are certainly feeling it. That’s
tough.” After starting off the game with an 18-5 run in the first 10 minutes, Omaha went into the locker room with a 13-point halftime advantage. However, the Bison fought back and scored 40 points in the second frame to close the gap, but still fell short. The Mavericks were bruisers down low, outshooting the Bison 30-16 in the paint. “It was frustrating, annoying — there are about 1,000 words I could put to it,” Whittle said. “We just needed to pull ourselves together afterwards and get back to shooting with confidence and shooting on our first thought, not our second.” This loss came following a 76-68 defeat to Western Illinois at the BSA. The Bison gave up 13 offensive rebounds and saw the Leathernecks make 18 more free throws in the contest. The Bison shot better in that game than Western Illinois (13-11, 5-4 Summit) by a small margin, which helped them pull to within a few points under five minutes left to play. The Leathernecks, however, didn’t
look back and took the conference win. DeHoff claimed it is too late into the season to be making changes to the strategies. She simply knows her team will need to play more consistent if they want to make a run in the Summit League Tournament in March. “(Playing) just 20 minutes isn’t going to win you games, and we’ve shown that,” DeHoff said. “When you look at us, we’re always scoring high one half, but not the other half. We need to change that.” The Bison have been zoned in on playing high level basketball an entire game since the beginning, Whittle said. She said that once they are able to so, they’ll be ready to go to Sioux Falls, S.D., and make a conference championship run. “We need to pull a 40-minute game together,” Whittle said. “That’s what we’ve been saying since the beginning of the season. We’re still saying it now. I have a feeling that when we pull those 40 minutes together, we’re going to be something to watch.”
NDSU Weekend Round Up The One Word That Could Doom NDSU: Consistency Taylor Kurth
The NDSU sports department had a full plate of events away from Fargo over Valentine’s Day weekend. The woman’s softball team traveled to Tallahassee, Fla., to play in the Florida State University Classic. On Friday, NDSU played Southern Miss and won 1-0 behind a gem thrown by Krista Menke. The Bison’s lone run came on an RBI single by Cheyenne Garcia that scored Alex Sobrero. Their next game against Hofstra was cancelled. They then lost their next four games of the tournament. The first game against Florida State was theirs to win. NDSU was up 1-0 heading into the sixth inning until FSU rallied with four runs. With two outs and the bases loaded, the ‘Noles scored on a wild pitch before finally getting Victoria East’s two-run double that provided the insurance. NDSU then lost to Southern Miss 6-7. The Bison failed to score a run in their last two games, going against the buzz saw that was Lacey Waldrop of FSU, losing 0-9 and 0-5. They were no hit in the first game by the combo of Waldrop and Bailey Schinella. The second game, NDSU was shut out again, with Waldrop going seven strong innings with 10 strikeouts. They are back in action Friday morning, participating in the University of Houston Invitational with their first game against Nicholls State in Houston, TX. The Bison wrestling team went 1-2 in Columbus, Ohio at the National Duels. They secured their win over No. 19 Chattanooga, 28-10, with strong showings by Justin LaValle, Steven Monk, Tyler Lehmann, Tyler Diamond, Hayden Zillmer and Kurtis John-
son. However, they lost their match in the quarterfinals 35-3 to No. 1 Minnesota. The Golden Gophers won their first five matches. The Gophers featured eight top-10 ranked wrestlers. Monk was the only one to score points for the Bison with an 8-5 decision that gave him his 19th straight win of the year. Oregon State beat the Bison 23-14 on President’s Day despite the Bison winning three straight weight classes. Steven Monk continued his phenomenal year, moving to 27-1. They are in action on Friday at home against the Wyoming Cowboys. The Bison men’s basketball team had a good weekend, continuing their torrid start to conference play with a 75-59 win over the Omaha Mavericks. With that one, they now have won nine out of their last 10. After starting out 3-3, they have now gone 17-3 in their last 20 games to move to 20-6 on the year and 9-2 in the conference. Taylor Braun’s career game propelled the Bison past the Mavs. Braun filled up the stat sheet with 31 points, 15 rebounds, five assists and one steal. This marked the fourth time that Braun crossed the 30-point threshold this season. They are now 3-1 in games when Braun goes over 30. The story of the game was the defense by the Bison. They stifled the Mavericks into shooting an abysmal 31.7 percent only connecting on 19 of their attempted 60 shots. Senior John Karhoff led Omaha with 16 points, four rebounds and four assists. Junior guard Lawrence Alexander pitched in an all-around effort, posting 11 points, five rebounds and three assists. The Bison are back on the court at home Saturday in the rivalry game against South Dakota State.
Sam Herder Sports Editor
On multiple occasions, I’ve called this season’s NDSU men’s basketball team the most fun group to watch under Saul Phillips’ head-coaching tenure. I’ve also heard on multiple occasions that the offense is absolutely terrible to watch. Technically, neither one of these stances are false. It just depends on what part of the game you are basing your opinion off of. What should be agreed upon is that the Bison’s offense is bipolar. At times, the Bison look like Skip 2 My Lou, Mr. 720, The Professor and Half Man, Half Amazing off the And 1 Streetball Tour with their fastbreak transitions that lead to numerous oops and dunks. Other times, the Bison look like their trying to shoot a bouncy ball into an empty beer-pong cup. Nothing seems to ever go in. They become stagnant and boring enough to put a crack addict to sleep. Consistency is an issue for this team. When they are out pushing the tempo or effectively working the inside-out game with Marshall Bjorklund, NDSU is impossible to stop. But then there are those four to five minute spurts when the offense has zero flow and the crowd is left wondering what they’re trying to do on the court. On Feb. 6, the offense looked sluggish all night against last-place IUPUI. The game was miserable to watch as the Bison clung on to a 66-60 victory. Two days later, NDSU raced out to commanding 16-2 lead against Fort Wayne in a game that decided who would sit in first place. But IPFW
climbed back into the game after the Bison’s offense went stale. While Taylor Braun is performing like a Summit League Player of the Year, other key players are struggling with consistency. TrayVonn Wright continues to provide electrifying plays around the rim, but his outside shooting has literally been hit or miss in games. Wright has especially struggled to hit his open three pointers lately, going 0-for-7 and 0-for-5 in the last two games. In the last five games, Wright has only made two three pointers in 25 attempts. Wright isn’t the only player that’s been nonexistent from deep. Last year’s conference Sixth Man of the Year and three-point specialist Mike Felt is coming up empty on the stat sheet. I wrote a column on Feb. 3 on how special it will be when NDSU gets five players to reach 1,000 career points this season. Felt was sitting at 952 points on Jan. 25. He’s still sitting at 952 points. It’s apparent he won’t reach that 1,000 point mark. Felt hasn’t scored in the last six games, seeing his average points per game drop to 6.7. While he’s not shooting with much confidence, Phillips is showing he is also lacking confidence. With Chris Kading now being the first man off the bench, Felt has only logged double-digit minutes one time in the last six games. Quite frankly, I’m just being a columnist and pointing out the negatives on a team that is by far the team to beat in the Summit League. The conference title and a shot at an NCAA Tournament upset are for the Bison to take. With a favorable draw, this veteran team has the capabilities to pull off that upset. But depending on what offense shows up at the conference tournament in Sioux Falls, S.D., NDSU may not get the chance.
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Women Break Three Records as Track and Field Teams Compete Over Weekend Sam Herder Sports Editor
The NDSU track and field teams continued their successful indoor seasons, competing in the Bison Open and the Iowa State Classic. The women stole the headlines, breaking three school records over the weekend. The 4x400m relay team of Morgan Milbrath, Ashley Tingelstad, Ashley Heinze and Paige Stratioti broke the school record they set two weeks ago, running a 2:37.42 to win the event at the Iowa State Classic. That time ranks them 13th in the nation. Two more records were broken at the Bison Open. Emily Lesser launched a 64-
04.00 in the weight throw, breaking Diandra Bauerâ€™s record in 2001 by more than two feet. Lesser is ranked in the top 40 with that throw. Maddi McClellan broke the 5,000m record by more than 20 seconds later that day. McClellan won the event in a time of 16:47.55 that puts her at the top of the Summit League. The Bison won five more events at the Bison Open. Antoinette Goodman won the 200m with a time of 24.11. Rose Jackson ran a personal-best 7.79 seconds in the 60m dash to win it. Amy Andrushko won the 800m with a time of 2:12.26. Caitlin Mack cleared 130.50 to take the pole vault title and to place her second in school history. Lesser continued her
solid day by winning the shot put with a throw of 4809.00. The NDSU men recorded five individual titles at the Bison Open. Brandt Berghuis threw a personalbest 56-04.00 to win the shot put. He also won the weight throw with a toss of 62-06.00. The Bison took the top three places in the weight throw, with Josh Eiler and Trevor Berner taking second and third, respectively. Brock Larson won the pole vault, clearing 1602.75. Alec Espeland ran a 1:54.99 to win the 800m title and Brett Kelly took the 3,000m title with a time of 8:43.63 Brendan Skime hit a personal best time of 15:15.15 for third place in the 5,000m.
North Dakota State took 8th place in the 60m Womenâ€™s Hurdles.
Lucas DeGree also recorded a third place finish. He finished in 4:16.81 in the mile.
The men compete next in the Showshoe Open in Minneapolis on Friday. The
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women also compete in Minneapolis at the Parentsâ€™ Day Invite on Saturday.
Five Letter Theory for NDSU Wrestling Joe Kerlin Staff Writer
The winter can be a depressing time of year. Thereâ€™s no football, the w o m e n â€™s basketball team canâ€™t seem to set an off ball screen, TrayVonn Wright hasnâ€™t broken any backboards, thereâ€™s no football, the softball and baseball teams are still a month and two feet of melted snow away from playing in Fargo and most importantly, thereâ€™s no football. Dark, dark times in the Red River Valley indeed. This time of year is when you have to dig deep into the
crevasse of a frozen Dacotah Field to find a story, something worth reading about. Last year, I wrote a semicoherent Bison wrestling column after Trent Sprenkle became the first Bison wrestler since 2004 to become an all-American. It wasnâ€™t as much digging as it was challenging. Now donâ€™t get me wrong, I most likely failed the challenge, but the Bison wrestling team is definitely a topic worth mentioning. But how many of you even know theyâ€™re the 20th ranked team in the country, or that their 165-pounder is third in the nation? Or that 165 pounder is a weight class and not a Keystone Light? My theory is that Bison
fans generally donâ€™t know wrestling. Well youâ€™re in luck, because I have another theory. Welcome to Joeâ€™s Five Letter Get to Know NDSU Wrestling Theory. Letâ€™s do this. Disclaimer: If any of the following reminds you of George T. Doranâ€™s November 1981 issue of Management Review then keep reading because I totally donâ€™t know what youâ€™re talking about. The first letter is S. Steven Monk is the face of Bison wrestling this season and is the 165-pounder I mentioned earlier that is ranked third nationally in his weight class. His season has become so important that the
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talented Kasey Byers and the good people at NDSU Athletics Media Relations have been documenting his entire season. Check it out: â€œOn the Brink.â€? Monk is the most dominant wrestler on the Bison roster. Itâ€™s not just a columnistâ€™s opinion; itâ€™s a fact. I spoke with assistant coach Bret Maughan over the phone for â€œBison Illustratedâ€? recently, and he made it specific when saying, â€œSteve is dominant and one of the best wrestlers in the country.â€? The second letter is M. Maughan is not only the son of the greatest wrestling coach in Bison history, Bucky Maughan, he was a two-time all-American in
the early â€˜90s for the Bison. What he chooses to put on record is very measurable and shouldnâ€™t be taken lightly. The third letter is A. The Bison are chasing accolades this season, not only in the all-American category, but in the conference championship column. The Bison were undefeated last season in the Western Wrestling Conference and are poised to achieve backto-back status again this season. The fourth letter is R. Roger Kish is the head coach of the wrestling team and is one bad dude. Kish was a two-time all-American at the University of Minnesota and had a staggering
117-27 record as a Gopher. Kish provides a realistic opportunity for the Bison to reach the big stage in NCAA Wrestling and has the recruiting skills to back it up. The final letter is T. Titles are what Kish and his staff are after. The wrestling program has won four Division-II titles and is now in position for a fifth. This time-targeted approach would estimate a National Championship arriving in Fargo very, very soon. As the season dwindles down, donâ€™t forget about the Bison on the mat. It has been another historic year in BisoNation, and soon enough the wrestling team will join the party.
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