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Taking A Stand Against Bullying NDSU Students Help Area Middle School in Anti-bullying Campaign Story by Hannah Dillon Four NDSU students are helping area middle school kids “take a stand” with their anti-bullying campaign. McKenzy Olson, Danielle Anderson, Nathanael Macy and Lauren Sobolik created “I Stand,” a campaign that targets the bystander effect, for the Public Relations Student Society of America’s competition, Bateman. This campaign is being put into effect at DilworthGlyndon-Felton middle school. Anderson said that, per the rules of the competition, their campaign can only be in the school during February. The group has created various content to support their campaign, such as a banner that is being used as a pledge board and posters throughout the school. Students can also write down situations where bullying was stopped and put them in an “I Stand” box in the school office, Anderson said. This box is painted red, which is the primary color of the campaign to remind students that while everyone looks different, we are all the same on the inside. The campaign also includes a Facebook page, Twitter account and Wordpress blog associated. Anderson said this campaign is targeting bystanders

Legacy Program Presents Thought Leader Workshop ‘The Year of the How’ Ethics Sessions Held at NDSU Logan Curti

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NDSU’s Legacy Program, in partnership with LRN Corporation, is hosting free workshops this week to educate students on the importance of ethical conduct in the business profession. The theme for this year’s workshop is the “HOW” philosophy. This philosophy is based on the book “How: Why How You Do Anything Means Everything” by Dov Seidman, the founder and CEO of LRN. Shawn Heinen, a junior majoring in accounting and member of the Legacy SUBMITTED PHOTO | THE SPECTRUM Program, has been actively McKenzy Olson, Danielle Anderson, Nathanael Macy and Lauren Sobolik present a banner of middle school student pledges to take a stand against bul- involved in facilitating the lying as a part of their “I Stand” campaign for the PRSSA Bateman competition. event. He explained that the “HOW” philosophy is largely because it is more positive initial kickoff event. Anderabout using “ethics, values and empowering. She said son said during the kickoff, and guiding principles” to dethat bullying can turn into a one student took her to the termine how to approach businegative topic with middle side and explained that she ness situations. school students. loved what the campaign “Companies aim to create This negativity is mir- was doing and what it stood a culture by using key values rored in what the students for. and ethical guidelines,” Heinat DGF middle school said “That was so touching en said. “The HOW helps to in a survey. As part of the and emotional,” Anderson enhance your understanding campaign, the NDSU stu- said. “I was surprised a of all that.” dents did a focus group and middle schooler had enough Heinen suggested that the pre-campaign survey to get confidence to say that.” HOW philosophy encourages a better understanding of The NDSU students will professionals to be mindful of the bullying situation at the also visit with parents at their actions. “You can’t just get someschool. DGF’s parent-teacher con- SUBMITTED PHOTO | THE SPECTRUM thing done; you have to do it Anderson said that many ferences today. right,” he said. students in the focus group Olson said they will of- to be sent to the competiFor more information tion, but Anderson said that Doug LePelley, the lead said that namecalling, teas- ten talk to the kids during about the “I Stand” camDGF students are hoping for educator at LRN, ing, texting and cliques lunch, as the students can’t paign, visit the campaign more. were the biggest problems. be taken out of class. They “When we talked with blog at www.IStand2013. Almost all 20 of the focus call this time “Cafeteria Facethe students during one wordpress.com, group students anonymously Crashers” and do a variety Legacy Program book at www.facebook. lunch, they said that they can admitted to being bullied. of events during this time. continued on page 3 The campaign group At the end of the month, see a difference and that they com/IStand2013 or Twitplanned a number of events these four NDSU students hope it stays in the school af- ter at www.twitter.com/ IStand2013. at the school, including the will prepare their campaign ter February,” she said.

Eating Disorder Awareness Week

Week to Advocate Positive Body Image Lisa Marchand

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The NDSU Counseling Center and several student organizations will shine a spotlight on the importance of positive body image and healthy lifestyle habits during national Eating Disorder Awareness Week Feb. 25 to March 2. The demands of college life have attributed to nearly 25 percent of college students nationwide suffering from eating disorders, according to the National Insti-

tute of Mental Health. Although eating disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder and Obesity have much to do with genetic predispositions, the intense external pressures of a college lifestyle can wreak havoc on a person’s mental health, which may lead to an eating disorder. They are the deadliest of all mental health problems, but the key, according to Counseling Center Assistant Director Marlys Borkhuis, is prevention through education and maintaining a positive body

image. “It is such a time of growth, being in college,” Borkuis stated. “It is a time of change for students and part of that is figuring out your balance. People don’t get into an eating disorder purposefully; people fall into it very innocently.” The student organizations involved with EDAW include the Athletic Training Organization,

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The Powerful Force of Food Food is essential for life. However, have you ever thought that role of food is more than just tummy satisfaction? Yes, we all know food tastes good and we usually eat more than we need to, but that’s not my point. Have you ever noticed how food delivers comfort and brings people together? Being in college, most students won’t go to an exhibit just to see it; it’s been proven that more people attend events when there is food. Another example is if you haven’t seen your friend in a long time, the next time you meet will most likely involve food. It doesn’t have to be a three-course meal; it can be as simple as a cup of coffee with a warm cookie. Another interesting factor about food that NDSU has taken into consideration is the dining services. As freshmen we didn’t have unlimited dining just so we could eat all the food. It was unlimited because eating is like a social gathering. It’s the one time people are able to sit down and socialize. It allows you to meet people and catch up with friends. Therefore, when you sit down for your next meal today, thank your food for giving you friends and a social life.

Fashion Apparel Business Organization, Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics and Residence Life. Various presentation boards, booths and fundraisers will be seen around campus throughout the week. The Athletic Training Organization will present a board in the Memorial Union Monday, Wednesday and Thursday that features student athletes and their insights on the body image issue. According to President Samantha Narveson, windows of opportunity to improve your health present themselves every day; taking the stairs instead of the elevator, wall sits during a favorite television show and calf raises in your morning routine are just a few. “Everyone is different, and there is a healthy way to be happier with your body,” Narveson said. “You don’t have to go to an extreme, and that’s what the week is about. The more we make it a positive thing to pursue health, the better it will be.” FABO will feature a board in the Memorial Union on Wednesday entitled “Dressing for Your Size” that will highlight different ways a person can dress to fit their body in a flattering way, said FABO President Shelby Heimbuch. The board, which

can be utilized by men and women alike, will also be at the Wallman Wellness Center. “The focus of the week is finding peace within yourself,” Heimbuch said. “College should be more about who you are as a person.” The residence halls across campus are also participating in EDWA by waging a Penny War against one other. Every penny collected is counted positively towards a hall’s overall points, while silver coins will be counted against them, encouraging hall residents to bring down the competition while donating more. All proceeds collected by the residence halls will be donated to the National Eating Disorder Association. The Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics will set up a photo booth at the Wellness Center throughout the week where people can take a picture of their body so they can celebrate it without any negative comments. There will also be a “Yay! Scale” for students to step onto that will not reveal their body weight, but will only respond with positive phrases and adjectives. “We can get too caught up in our own negative talk. [The Week is] about helping people to be more positive

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with our bodies and celebrating all the things it does for us in a day,” Borkhuis said. Many other events will occur around campus in honor of EDAW beginning Monday at noon with a discussion in the Wellness Center classroom called “Stop the Insanity.” Guest speakers will cover the pros, cons, facts and myths surrounding extreme workouts like P90X and Insanity and products such as Spray Your Fat Away. Tuesday will feature another discussion in the Wellness Center classroom at noon surrounding what a person should do if they suspect, or even know, that a friend has an eating disorder. Both classroom discussions are free and anonymous and all are welcome to join. The Counseling Center will continue to boost morale every Monday at 11 a.m. for the next seven weeks through its workshop, “Learning to Love Your Body.” If you or someone you know may be suffering from an eating disorder, keep an eye out next week for these free and insightful activities around campus. There are also anonymous eating disorder screenings available at the Counseling Center in 212 Ceres Hall. The Counseling Center can be reached at 701-231-7671.

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U.S., Iran Find Common Ground: Olympic Wrestling Nasser Karimi & Brian Murphy Associated PRess

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -The caretakers of the Olympics may have inadvertently accomplished what has eluded diplomats: Galvanizing Iran and the U.S. on a common goal. Wrestling officials from the arch foes appeared to be in bonding mode Tuesday on the sidelines of a Tehran tournament less than a week after the stunning decision by the International Olym-

pic Committee that will force the ancient sport - as old as the Olympics themselves - to lobby for a spot at the 2020 Games. Already, the fight to keep wrestling in the Olympics has brought the U.S. and Cuban federations into a possible alliance. But close cooperation between Iran and America would be an even more remarkable display of common cause with almost everything else driving them apart - led by an impasse over Tehran’s nuclear program and Western sanctions that have upended

the Iranian economy. It’s unlikely that any kind of wrestling detente would spill over into the wider issues, but it’s certain to at least draw attention to the power of sports as a lowrisk icebreaker going back to the historic 1971 “pingpong diplomacy” between China and the U.S. “We’ll be standing armin-arm with Iran, and we’ll be standing with Russia as we will with lots of other countries,” said Mitch Hull, national teams director for USA Wrestling, in an interview in Tehran with AP

Legacy Program Continued... is this year’s Thought Leader Series speaker. LePelley came to NDSU on Monday, and will continue speaking to students until Friday. His mission is to educate students about the How philosophy by delivering two-hour training sessions at various times and locations across campus. LePelley is giving 11 seminars to different organizations on campus, and he is also leading four open sessions to provide any interested students with an opportunity to learn about the HOW philosophy. “This [workshop] is a free opportunity to learn more about how corporations do things and how you can fit your ethics and moral guidelines into your career,” Heinen said. “You’re not going to find that anywhere else.” All students who attend a session will receive a free copy of Dov Seidman’s book, an electronic copy of

the HOW Report and online training. If students complete the online training over the summer, in October they will receive a HOW Certificate and will be able to attend a luncheon with Dov Seidman. As a follow-up to LePelley’s seminars, Seidman will visit NDSU on Oct. 16 and 17 for the luncheon, as well as to speak to NDSU students. The remaining sessions will be at 3 p.m. Thursday in the Alumni Center and 12:30 p.m. Friday in the Meadowlark Room of the Memorial Union. Heinen especially encouraged NDSU students in the college of business to attend. Members of the Thought Leader Workshop Series, a division of the Legacy Program, organized the event. Tim Peterson, the associate dean of NDSU’s College of Business, proposed the project in 2010, and began recruiting speakers in 2011,

according to a College of Business news report. “The concept of the Thought Leader Workshop is to bring major speakers to North Dakota so our students, faculty and the community will have the opportunity to learn from them,” Peterson told NDSU. The workshop series also strives to advance the greater mission of the Legacy Program, which is “to develop team-oriented leaders prepared to advance the organizational world,” according to a flyer distributed by the program.

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Television News before the World Cup Tournament. “Those (countries) really do make a difference because politically we’re not always on the same page, or politically with Russia, but in wrestling, there’s no doubt that we are all together in this effort and we consider Iran one of our strongest allies in the sport of wrestling,” Hull said. Hull described them as “sport rivals, but they are friends in sport, too.” “We have great confidence that we can work with the Iranian wrestling federation, Iranian wrestlers and the Iranian people to show the world that, no matter what’s happening politically, we have the same goal and the same belief and passion about the sport of wrestling,” he said. U.S. wrestling coach Zeke Jones called the sport an important “ambassador” that has “brought closer the people of Iran and the U.S.” - both often on the medals podium at the Olympics. “I am sure the world will become united in support of wrestling, and this will lead to a change of the view of the IOC. It will keep wrestling in the Olympics,” Jones was quoted as saying by the semiofficial Mehr news agency after arriving

in Iran with his team. Hojatollah Khatib, the head of Iran’s wrestling federation, said the tournament would offer “the best opportunity to confront the decision” to drop the sport from the Olympics. “We should resist the decision, determinedly,” Khatib was quoted by the Mehr agency as saying. “We should show our unity in the current event.” On Monday, U.S. wrestling officials agreed to create a special committee charged with seeking to save Olympic wrestling, which will remain in the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. But it must compete against seven other events - including squash, roller sports and wakeboarding for one open slot in the 2020 Games, which have yet to be awarded to a host city. Iran also has said it is looking to join wrestling’s “big powers” to reverse the IOC decision. Last week, Iran’s wrestling federation and its Olympic committee said they would send a protest letter to the IOC. The independent Etemad newspaper ran a report that described the “axis” of wrestling - Iran, the United States and Russia - as joining forces to keep the sport in the Olympics.

For Iran, it’s a mission of serious importance. Wrestling is considered by many to be something of a national sport - not as popular as soccer or with the deep Persian roots of polo, but one that gives Iran a chance to shine in international competitions. Wrestling also is Iran’s major medal sport at the Olympics. Iran won three gold medals, its first in the GrecoRoman division, out of six overall in wrestling at the London Games, and the U.S. took two gold medals out of four overall. “Do we destroy our historical sites which are symbols of humanity? No. Then, why should we destroy wrestling?” Iranian gold medalist Ali Reza Dabir said shortly after the IOC decision on Feb. 13. In the current 14-team World Cup tournament in Tehran, the U.S. is joined by other freestyle wrestling powers including Russia and many of the former Soviet republics. Last week, Alexander Mamiashvili, the head of the Russian wrestling federation, said President Vladimir Putin had ordered a committee be formed to contest the IOC decision.

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Becoming Part of Fiji’s Culture is Worth the Wait Mike Liudahl

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Hurry up and wait! That was the phrase frequently uttered by us new recruits during our several weeks of Air Force basic training many years ago. I had for the most part forgotten about it until this past week while going through the orientation process here at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji. We newly-arrived international students by no means had drill sergeants screaming orders at us or marching us around, but our assimilation into the system certainly required some patience on our behalf. Armed forces basic training has a main goal in mind of reprogramming a person to survive within a military culture. What the International Student Office put us through over our first few days and still is has an objective of creating thriving members of a foreign country’s culture. In all likelihood, constant waiting is a tactic used by the Air Force to weed out those who don’t belong. Throughout the southern Pacific islands, however, it’s just the way things are and adaptation to it is necessary for a many months stay. Those who are entrenched in American culture have become accustomed to getting their needs and wants provided in lightning quick fashion. We want our food fast, information now, transportation right away and entertainment at our fingertips. You can of course get all of that here in Fiji, but that usually happens in due time, especially when you are just beginning to establish yourself. Rather than finding a way to speed up acquirement of my desires, I’m quickly learning it’s best to let things come your way when they will. Having met most of the freshly arrived U.S. students, it’s apparent that we all knew just how slow paced of a lifestyle that would have to be taken on, but some obvious frustration with it eventually set in. Everybody has their breaking point and most of us hit that almost exactly a week after we all assembled here together. Although nobody was breaking down and crying, some complaining had risen to the surface where there seemed to be very little in the form of concerns. Culture shock

was bound to materialize somehow. Despite a little whining, waiting for everything to fall into place is gradually becoming more acceptable. Considering that Fiji is still very much a developing country our needs really have been satisfied within a reasonable amount of time. Although I’m speaking for myself, the others seem to be mirroring my attitude. We’re all gradually realizing that JEFF BAUER | THE SPECTRUM going hungry for just a little while longer or not knowing Architecture students Virginia Hausladen and Brad Benke take advantage of the fresh snow as they ski along the Red River in Fargo. the latest news doesn’t affect our daily lives as much as one would think. You actually have more appreciation for it once you get it. An unplanned event to cap off the orientation week probably was a blessing in ing the winter months, but workout, but also as a means rented skis, poles and boots disguise in terms of how it Jeff Bauer as a means of marketing the of self-meditation. through the Rec & Outaltered our perspectives. A Spectrum Staff sport. “Whether I’m with ing Center on campus, and ferry boat ride was scheduled Cross-country skiing friends or by myself, cross- Scheels in Fargo. Both are to Fiji’s former capital city on one of the other islands, Uff da! I can finally re- is something that people of country skiing allows my viable options, however, I but when the ship broke lax now that Mother Nature all ages and skill levels can mind to float free. Rather recommend renting through down we hopped on buses dumped a solid nine-plus enjoy. From the recreational than thinking about [my] Scheels, although it will cost and drove to a village on the inches of snow in and around user who is just getting back thesis or my future, I’m fo- you a little extra. So what are you waiting other side of the main island. the surrounding Fargo area. into shape to the competitive cusing on my breathing, After losing the opportunity I was beginning to worry athlete and is looking for a body movement and sur- for? Before its too late, grab to stay in a hotel and dine that my new cross-country high intensity cardiovascu- roundings,” Hausladen said. the skis and take advantage Hausladen also explains of the fresh air in a season at restaurants, the villagers skis would serve only as a lar workout, the sport offers took us into their homes and mere decoration or thought a nice variety of flexibility that even though her days that too often keeps us hifed us more food than ever of outdoor recreation in my that caters each individual’s of competitive skiing are bernating on the couch with over, the workout part of it a TV remote and popcorn. could have asked for. It’s apartment this winter. Aside needs. Using ski poles as a has become secondary to the Some exercise and clearing rather incredible as to how a from the sometimes gruelcommunity that Americans ing wind, the temperature is means of propulsion, ski- mental gratification that ful- of the mind could do you wonders. would view as impoverished now in our favor to get out- ing is an efficient way to fills her. “I see the exercise part was able to pull this off on side and utilize the multiple exercise a wide variety of such short notice. cross-country ski trails that muscles at once. In compari- of skiing as an added bonus son to other cardiovascular now, unlike before. There is Experiencing such genu- dot the region. Several ski trails in the ine hospitality firsthand truly Speaking from experi- sports (such as running or so much more this sport ofF-M area are groomed does make an impact on a ence, cross-country skiing bicycling), you’re using fers than just a great workand easy to access includperson’s assessment of the is not a sport that naturally your upper body to propel out. It’s like outdoor yoga on ing: Lindenwood Park, world, and even more im- comes to mind with living in you forward. The benefit? skis,” Hausladen said. One doesn’t have to es- Buffalo River State Park, printing is the Fijian’s adher- Fargo. Of the five years I’ve An overall body workout. There is more to cross- cape the cold or spend a Viking Ship Park, Prairie ence to religion. This is un- been here, I never took addoubtedly a very important vantage of the sport until last country skiing, however, bunch of money to achieve Wood Golf Course and aspect to the Fijian culture, winter. I find this somewhat than skiing the trails merely such gratification that Haus- Rose Creek Golf Course. and their faith as a whole ironic since the plains region for an endurance workout. It laden and others alike find For a complete list, check may be stronger than any I has a strong Scandinavian allows winter enthusiasts to during the winter months. out: http://maps.google. have ever witnessed. They heritage. (It was our Nor- reconnect with themselves Owning a pair of skis to repeatedly expressed their wegian and Swedish ances- and the surrounding out- experience this winter sport com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8 willingness to wait months tors that introduced us to the door environment. Virginia is not essential. Renting &oe=UTF8&msa=0&ms or even years for God to give sport back in the 1850s.) I’m Hausladen, an architecture cross-country skis is rela- id=21801597675708142 them what they need. Talk grateful our school finally graduate student and former tively inexpensive, even on 0995.00049bf3b407af25 about humbling when we felt has a ski club, not only of- competitive cross-country a college budget. For the f5c5c our mere wants should have fering a way to stay fit dur- skier, skis not only for the past several years, I have been accommodated in only a handful of days. Already feeling distinctly reprogrammed, I’m beginning to wonder just how different I will seem to friends and family when I return home. Right now the cultural training is still basic, but as it becomes more advanced, the an Arabic poem. The Cenintegration to island life will trum auditorium at Knutson likely feel more natural each Yasser Shaikh Center, where this event step of the way here in para- Staff Writer was held, was filled with dise. It’s amazing how time fun, music and intermittent doesn’t fly when nobody is laughter. The hosts had also in a hurry, so I will happily The International Stu- organized a grand buffet for wait for the next few months dents Organization of Con- all their guests. to move along. cordia College hosted a culThe International Stutural festival for Tri-College dent Association of NDSU International students on showed great enthusiasm Feb. 16. by having about 22 of its Students brought to stage members attend the show. a variety of cultural activi- The students also enjoyed a ties from their heritage in the dance performance from a form of dances, songs, mar- girl group of MSUM and an tial arts and a play. MSUM rock band perform- YASSER SHAIKH | THE SPECTRUM Many NDSU Students ing a Nepali and an English International Students present their cultures and talents at Concordia’s ISO Night. performed at the event. In song. fact, the show was opened The show was adorned organizing such events is to the diversity into unity. “In with a performance by by some rare and beautiful show the students on campus the modern world, where the NDSU student band “Blue performances like a Per- how culture sharing is bene- global village is constricting Magic.” The band sang a sian belly dance, a Pakistani ficial to all of us.” Cyusa be- at a steady pace due to comsong by the Red Hot Chilli Urdu song and an Ethiopian lieves that International Stu- munication advances, unity Peppers and Damien Mar- dance. dent Organizations across must begin on campuses ley. Bala, a graduate student, The grand celebration of campuses must focus more first,” Cyusa said. plays acoustic guitar and culture was concluded with a on cultural sharing than on NDSU is soon to follow organized the band with per- skit performed by Concordia merely uniting international the lead of Concordia and cussionist Samuel Oguny- ISO members showing soli- students. host its own International emi, vocalists Aliba Kalema darity among students from The skit brought to- Night in April where Interand Juvaughn Mahabeer. diverse origins, all across the gether by ISO Concordia national Bison will exhibit Another NDSU student, Tri-College campuses. Alex showed the need for stu- their own cultural mosaic. Mohamad Hamdan, a Pal- Ntwali Cyusa, a member of dents to make equal efforts estinian national, recited ISO said, “The idea behind to bridge the gap and turn

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humor. You think it might be the right time to drop the lbomb. While that is all fine and dandy, you need to consider a few things before you utter the three words that can completely fast-forward your relationship to “serious.” First, think about yourself. Do you really love the other person, or are you saying “I love you” for another reason? If you realize that you just want the security of a relationship, or you only like the fact that he calls you beautiful, or you really just want to get lucky, then say-

ing I love you will make you feel stuck with this person later on if you discover that you said it too soon. Second, think about the other person. Examine if you know them well enough to truly love them. Observe how they handle anger, who their best friends are, what they live for or believe in, how they treat their parents, and what their values are. You may find that you actually just loved the ultracharming, super-thoughtful first impression of them. Finally, just think if you drop the bomb too soon your entire relationship will like-

ly change. They might not be ready and will be scared away. They also may think that your confession of love was insincere since it came so quickly, which will cause a whole slew of problems. Or they might not say it back, which will end up hurting you to know that your love is not reciprocated. It is a big decision to give your love to someone else. While no exact time frame can be given to figure out how soon is too soon, just make sure that you both are ready for the commitment of a serious relationship.

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The Spectrum Thursday, February 21, 2013

Review: ‘A Good Day to Swedish Metal Band ‘In Flames’ Die Hard’ Steven Strom A&E Editor

More Like a Good Day For... Oh, Never Mind. Steven Strom A&E Editor

Oh, the jokes to be made at the expense of the movie’s title. They sit there staring at me and every other reviewer in the world this week. They beg to be used, to fulfill their one purpose in this world and burn out in a brilliant blaze of irony and selfaware derision. However, I’m going to do my best to avoid such frivolities, as they would serve only to shift the focus from my real intention here. That is, to tell you and everyone you know that “A Good Day to Die Hard” is bad. Incredibly bad. Embarrassingly bad. To try and obfuscate that message behind homogenous jabs at the title would be giving the film a retreat from the raking over the coals it so rightly deserves. “A Good Day to Die Hard” is actually Die Hard 5 for those keeping count. Unfortunately, it takes all of 15 seconds to realize that this is not actually a Die Hard film in any sense of the word. The film opens up like an early concept shooting of an episode of “24” with bands of CIA agents spouting literally meaningless military jargon and nonsense to one another which the audience knows pertains to a group of Russians only because they were shown onscreen spouting literally meaningless “bad guy” nonsense at one another moments before. Bruce Willis, who plays the franchise’s recurring hero John McClane, doesn’t even appear on screen until after about 10 minutes of this garbled nonplot. However, any shimmer of hope that his smiling, backtalking attitude has swept in to save the day is quickly dashed the moment he opens his mouth, only to allow a different breed of pointless dribble to pour out. You see Willis (and I won’t

be referring to him as John McClane because that would have actually required the actor, his the screenwriter and the director to have bothered making sure he actually acted as that character) is in search of his son, who’s become wrapped up in this Russian/CIA nonsense. What follows is a string of meaningless, unexciting action scenes and movie clichés that the production crew somehow managed to get wrong perpetuated by exactly four scenes with plot-relevant dialogue (I know this because I counted). Along the way, we witness Willis arguing with his character’s preternaturally whiny and annoying son while the two wrestle with their own terrible chemistry. Every once in a while, Willis bothers to shout something jingoistic or curmudgeonly. Honestly, he sounds more like Chevy Chase’s character from “Community” than John McClane: Action Hero; a mouthpiece for conservative Reaganism screaming “I’m still relevant!” All of this barely connected, plodding and frankly embarrassing garbage finally culminates in what I imagine an 80-year-old American exceptionalist’s vision of a Russia-based plot would be. That is to say, the movie treads into the most stereotypically and possibly offensive “Russian” territory possible. Following in that same ideology, it also ignores the laws of science, brushing off the threat of radiation with a glib remark, action-hero invulnerability and by literally introducing magic. Honestly, it’s an almost frightening celebration of ignorance. “A Good Day to Die Hard” fails in so many ways its hard to pick a favorite. It fails as a Die Hard film, as an action movie, and as a movie at all. It’s loud, meandering, senseless and dumb. And worst of all, it’s never once any of these things in a fun or entertaining way.

With such a high density of Scandinavian residents, you would think the equally dense number of metal bands appearing in Fargo would be less shocking. However, it always seems like a surprise whenever an international death metal group drops by a small town in the Midwest. The latest such band to grace our hamlet with their own brand of rhythm and noise is In Flames, a Swedish affair with shades of Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden, and they’re bringing Demon Hunter, All Shall Perish and Battlecross along for the ride. The heavy line-up will be making their presence known at 6 p.m. next Sunday at The Venue. Those that go can expect to see founding member and guitarist Jesper Stromblad on stage.

Along with Stromblad, the band also originally featured Johan Larsson and Glenn Ljungstrom, vocalist Anders Friden and drummer Bjorn Gelotte. The band’s membership remained largely unchanged up until 1999. It still features both Stromblad and Gelotte, along with the additions of Peter Iwers, Daniel Svensson and Niclas Engelin. Stromblad stepped out of the band Ceremonial Oath to start In Flames in 1990. Since then, he and the rest of the gang have managed to release ten studio albums and one live DVD. The band from the appropriately named Gothenburg, Sweden has hit the world stage, becoming especially popular in Japan and throughout Europe. Now, they’re trying their hands at an American audience and Fargo is one of their latest test beds. Those that follow the

death metal scene may know the band from the singles off of their latest studio album, “Sounds of a Playground Fading.” Of that album’s 13 tracks, “Deliver Us” and “Where the Dead Ships Dwell” are likely the most well-known. However, the public at large is likely most familiar with their song “Take This Life” from the earlier album “Come Clarity.” The song in question was one featured in Guitar Hero 3, one of the earlier entries in the once-pop-

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ular rhythm game franchise. In 2009, In Flames continued their support of the peripheral driven game franchise by optioning off their song “Disconnected” as a downloadable track for Guitar Hero: World Tour. Whether you’re surprised by the rash of death metal finding its way to Fargo or not, it’s there for your enjoyment. Advance tickets for the show are currently available for $20.50. The show is also open to all ages.

Musical ‘9 to 5’ Mirrors Movie in Parton-composed Production Jack Dura

Staff Writer

For some movies, their stories start on the stage before hitting the screen. For “9 to 5,” this sequence has been reversed, as the classic comedy film from 1980 is taking to the stage at NDSU’s Festival Hall tonight through Sunday. “9 to 5” stars Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton and Lily Tomlin as three frustrated secretaries working in an office jungle who kidnap their sexist boss. A smash hit, the movie resulted in a spinoff TV series and a number one country single for Parton. While the song “9 to 5” was written for the movie, Parton included it on her 1980 album “9 to 5 and Odd Jobs,” a best-selling album of hers that includes other workrelated songs such as “But You Know I Love You” and

“Working Girl.” Success from the film also eventually resulted in a musical adaptation of the beloved comedy, which premiered in Los Angeles in 2008. A nationwide tour ensued and the show was nominated for four Tony Awards. When it came time for NDSU’s turn to take “9 to 5” onstage, director Lori Horvik was excited from the very start, as “9 to 5: The Musical” is her second show as director. “All the songs are original and written by Dolly,” said Horvik. “There’s lots of music and so many different styles. I really don’t think there’s a bad song anywhere.” NDSU’s adaptation features 20 songs, all Parton-penned, as well as an impressive amount of choreography, aided with the efforts of choreographer Ryan Domres. Domres worked on the national tour of “9 to 5:

The Musical” and met Dolly Parton. “The set design has pieces that come in and out so we can dance with desks and really move with the choreography,” said Horvik. While those unfamiliar with the film and story will undoubtedly ooh and ah over the music and dancing, “9 to 5” fans will love the show for a whole other reason: it

stays faithful to the film. “I think people will love it because they’ll know it and hear it and feel the familiarity,” said Horvik. With a verbatim dialogue and small amount of changes to the plot, attendees can expect the same antics that

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George Strait, Martina McBride Blow Apart Alerus Center Venue’s Parking, Traffic Management Leave a Lot to Question Jack Dura

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It is not too often when a concert’s opening act is as legendary as its main performer. Such was the case with the big-voiced Martina McBride and country legend George Strait, who hit the Alerus Center in Grand Forks on Feb. 16 as part of Strait’s The Cowboy Rides Away Tour. One stop on the first leg of Strait’s final tour, the Alerus Center was packed to the gills with over 20,000 fans. Unofficial reports have declared Strait and McBride’s concert as the mostattended in Alerus Center history, edging out the 2002 record set by Cher. This comes as no surprise to those who recognize George Strait as the king of country music and Martina McBride as one of its biggest voices. McBride’s 20-plus years in country music were highlighted in her 70-minute set list. Hauling out a string of hits that never failed to impress, McBride gave an ex-

plosive performance that proved her voice was as untarnished as ever. From the rocking “Teenage Daughters� to the beautiful “I’m Gonna Love You Through It� and the empowering “This One’s for the Girls,� McBride soared through her set list. Reaching her peak on “A Broken Wing,� McBride shook the Alerus Center like a can of coke in a performance that showed the songstress can still contend with her younger country counterparts. Ending on her signature hit “Independence Day,� McBride left the centerplaced stage and gave the venue enough time for its fans to recharge for the main event: George Strait. Preceded onstage by his Ace in the Hole Band, Strait claimed the spot left by McBride to an uproarious reply from the 20,000-plus fans. Upon introducing his bandmates, Strait dove right into his show, rattling off hit songs and album highlights like “Here For a Good Time,� “Ocean Front Property� and “A Showman’s

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Life.� Several songs in, McBride scampered back onstage for two duets with Strait before departing once more. Strait then took his audience on a time machine ride back

to 1978 and his first days in Nashville, performing early songs like “80 Proof Bottle of Tear-Stopper� and “Honkytonk Crazy.� Strait also treated each section of fans to some

face-time, as the stage was centrally located, allowing everyone in the venue to have a view of the performer. McBride performed in a similar fashion, but moved and danced around the stage during her set list. Strait’s performance seemed to end with the bittersweet “Troubadour,� but he and his band returned once more for four final songs that included the classic “All My Exes Live in Texas.� Strait then bowed and waved goodbye to his adoring fans, leaving the stage for what very well may have been the last time in North Dakota. While the venue’s concert was exceptionally impressive, the venue itself left a very different impression upon leaving it. The Alerus Center’s system of directing traffic and providing parking and transportation was a travesty; in fact, the entire operation was handled just a little better than the sinking of the Titanic, but only because nobody died during this disaster. Arriving at and leaving from

the venue was nothing short of a nightmare and those in charge of coordinating the catastrophe must rethink the venue’s capabilities of handling A1 acts like Strait and McBride. With extremely limited parking available at the Alerus Center, many fans were redirected to the Ralph Engelstad Arena and Altru Hospital. Police officers directing traffic forbade concertgoers from being dropped off at the Alerus Center by their party’s driver once the venue’s parking lots were at capacity. Unplowed overflow lots at Altru Hospital and confusion surrounding shuttles to and from the venue also plagued attendees’ means of how to get to and from the concert. While the parking and traffic coordination was a bitter frustration, the performances of two of country music’s superstars made spirits very high indeed. McBride was a bombshell and Strait said goodbye to his fans of the Midwest in the best way he could-- by just singing his songs.

Musical continued... happened in the 1980 film to occur in this late2000s musical. Stealing the wrong corpse from a hospital, the secretaries’ dreams of doing in their boss, and even the garage door opener contraption that keeps him at bay are still firm fixtures in this new adaptation. The garage door opener rig has been an especially fun bit of storyline silliness for the cast and crew. “ZFX has helped us with

rigging [the garage door opener] for flying,� said Horvik. “We had some training with that and it’s going to be really fun.� Those who love it and those who just learned of it will all find something about “9 to 5� to like, whether it be the songs, story or special effects. Whatever attendees fall in love with, Horvik already knows what is to like about this show. “The ensemble cast in

this show works so hard,� said Horvik. “It’s been really fun seeing the characters come to life. We’ve made sure to stay true to the characters.� “9 to 5: The Musical� runs at NDSU’s Festival Hall from Feb. 21 to 24 with shows at 7:30 p.m. and a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for nonNDSU students and $8 for NDSU students.

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Opinion

The Spectrum Thursday, February 21, 2013

North Dakota: Perhaps a Bit Obsolete? Socially Inept State Senate Rejects Anti-LGBT Discrimination Ban

many citizens of our state, the North Dakota Senate still “A Thought Less Traveled” saw fit to shoot down the bill NATHAN STOTTLER last week. State Rep. Kylie Opinion Editor Oversen of Grand Forks, one of the key legislators behind the bill, reflected on what the vote meant for North DaEarlier this semester, I kota. reported on a breaking news “It speaks volumes about press conference here in Farhow far behind we are sogo, where local officials recially right now. Not only leased the news of the introon this issue, but abortion duction of a bill in the North and voter ID. Every single Dakota Senate that would do

“With the rejection of anti-LGBT discrimination laws, North Dakota has further alienated itself from the rest of the country.” away with anti-LGBT discrimination in our state. The parameters of the bill were very limited in scope. In the state’s antidiscrimination laws, the bill would add the word “sexuality” to the list of items against which it was illegal to discriminate. This would apply directly to fair housing laws and equal-opportunity employment laws. While it is currently illegal to turn someone down for housing or for a job due to their race, gender, religion, etc., it is not currently illegal to turn them down for these things due to their sexuality. It was this issue that the bill sought to resolve. The bill itself garnered what appeared to be widespread support. Its writers represented both political parties. It had the support of the city of Fargo, which already has anti-LGBT discrimination clauses for its own employees. It even had the support of the religious community here in town. Those who introduced the bill projected it not as a partisan matter, but as a humanitarian matter, and an economic matter. Real estate agents in Fargo-Moorhead confirm that, because North Dakota does not grant homosexuals this protection, many of them choose to live in Moorhead rather than Fargo simply because Minnesota does offer them the protection they deserve. The religious community, unlikely though it may seem, has even rallied behind the cause. Supporters claim that these basic rights are deserved by all individuals, that no cause can be well served by hatred and that inclusion of basic rights for homosexuals is a step towards greater peace in the community. Yet even with a clear, reasonable argument laid out before them, and even with the backing of many,

controversial social issue is coming up this year and they are passing with flying colors. We are saying that citizens of our state can be discriminated against for who they are and who they love.” She could not have hit the nail more sharply on the head. With the rejection of anti-LGBT discrimination laws, North Dakota has further alienated itself from the rest of the country. In a state as isolated as we are, in the middle of the vast, empty prairie and so far north that most Americans would freeze at the thought of our daily winter temperatures, how can we possibly afford to make our state even less attractive? The rejection of equal rights could have far-reaching consequences. Though North Dakota is still not as far behind as some other states – Montana still has laws in place that outlaw gay sex – it is falling behind in a region that presents the potential for rapid growth. Sure, North Dakota is one of the few states in the nation without a budget deficit, thanks to our fossil fuel reserves. But what is North Dakota going to do with all that oil money if they can’t get people to live here? Make no mistake, this development won’t only keep LGBT individuals from settling in North Dakota – liberals, progressives and many more open-minded people will take issue with living in and supporting a state government that doesn’t grant equal rights to all people. Let us hope North Dakota learns its lesson soon. For its own good, yes, but more importantly, for the good of its people. Nathan is a senior majoring in landscape architecture. Follow him on twitter @nwstottler.

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Celebrating ‘African-American Month’ In order to prevent racism..

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Maybe I’m overstepping my grounds when I question whether or not Black History Month, also known as African-American Month, should fade into history. Just to make a couple of things clear: I’m not a racist or an

“Designating a particular month to a racial group also suggest that discrepancies in racial equality still exist.” extremist of any sorts. My intentions are not to awake a sleeping dragon on the reader’s behalf. I am only proposing a different perspective of the effectiveness of this annual monthly observance. The beginnings of Black History Month date back to 1926, and have been observed in both Canada and the U.S. since 1976. Its intentions are that of observing, honoring and celebrating important leaders and events in shaping the history of the African race and their contributions to the world that were often ignored in the history books of previous generations. I feel strongly that our education system in the United States should celebrate and recognize black culture and its forthcoming throughout American history. However, I think we have reached a time where designating a specific month out of the year to honor a specific racial group is unnecessary. The election and re-

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election of our 44th president Barack Obama, who is classified as an AfricanAmerican, has opened a new chapter in our racial journey in this country. In an article published by USA today in 2009, Stephan Donovan, a 41-year-old lawyer states, “If Obama’s election means anything, it means that African-American history IS American history and should be remembered and recognized everyday of the year.” Why are we not incorporating black history month into our classrooms on a regular basis, rather than waiting for the much-anticipated month of February to arrive? Designating a particular month to a racial group also suggest that discrepancies in racial equality still exist. As Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley puts it, “I propose that for the first time in American History, this country has reached a point where we can stop celebrating separately, stop

learning separately, and stop being American separately.” When something is denoted to a specific month, it tends to become compartmentalized to that month alone. It is time we establish a common, rather than categorized, history. Furthermore, why don’t we have a European-American month? Even though my ancestors are from Europe, I classify myself as an American rather EuropeanAmerican. The same holds true for most African-Americans living in our country today. They are living life as Americans with an African ancestry. Looking at this issue from another angle, suppose Black History Month no longer existed. What implications would result? Would our nation’s youth and young adults lose sight of black heritage? Would teachers forget or even overlook the importance black history and its role in society amongst

the midst of meeting state standards? As one St. Louis, Mo. teacher puts it, perhaps its current establishment is a reminder of why men and women of color were included in discoveries and contributions in shaping our lives. Furthermore, it could remind young blacks of their own history and where they came from. Whatever your take on the matter, it is important that we honor all and recognize the contributions, the struggles and voices that blacks have provided in shaping our nation, and current society. Maybe the means in which we go about doing this, however, takes a more inclusive approach or method, rather than setting aside the month of February for one’s annual reminder that black people too served an important role in shaping our culture as it stands today. Jeff is a senior majoring in environmental design.

Farewell, Pope Benedict XVI What Happens Now and What it Means For the Future JOSHUA HAIDER Spectrum Staff

I was, like many over the weekend, prevented from returning to NDSU last Mon-

psychologically and spiritually capable of handling the duties of his office, then he has a right, and under some circumstances, also an obligation to resign.” The news still caught all Catholics by surprise; no one except his brother Georg, also a priest, had any idea that the news

“The future pope will be expected to be an assertive preacher of the Gospel without coming off as prudish or condemnatory.” day morning. Twenty hours into a bus trip back from a Delta Tau Delta conference in Ohio, I found myself unable to sleep or do anything else besides watch movies and catnap outside a gas station in Alexandria as my brothers and I waited for I-94 to reopen after Sunday’s massive snowstorm. As we spent time on our computers and phones, someone who had been checking the news called my name. “Hey Joshua, you’re Catholic, right? Did you see that the pope resigned?” At first I thought it was a joke, but one look at a Reuters news release confirmed the shocking news. I had never heard of a pope resigning- I didn’t even think it was possible. Indeed, no pope has resigned in almost 600 years. Since 2010, however, Pope Benedict XVI, born Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, has affirmed publicly that, “If a pope clearly realizes that he is no longer physically,

was coming. This unprecedented move will have a significant impact on the Church and on the world as a whole in many ways. What Benedict Will Leave Behind Despite some inane claims by the press that Benedict was an anomaly by comparison to John Paul II, Benedict was an influential person as a cardinal and continued to be as pope. Among the landmarks of his papacy, Benedict made the Vatican the first “green” country in the world. He was a pioneer in social networking, becoming the first pope to use Twitter and creating a Vatican playlist including a track by Tupac. In 2010, he assembled the Pontifical Academy of Science to investigate the possibility of extraterrestrial life and its religious implications. Benedict may not be memorable to most, but this is not surprising in the wake of the extraverted John Paul

II. Benedict prefers the quiet life of a contemplative and intellectual. He has made a list of the world’s top thinkers on a couple of occasions and has written numerous academic and popular books, including two parts of a three-part historical and theological analysis “Jesus of Nazareth,” making him perhaps the most prolific pope there has ever been. Benedict is also known for his conservative stance on Church doctrine, and this certainly will not make waves. However, he is incredibly intelligent, perhaps more so than John Paul IIand that is saying a lot, as John Paul was a mental giant. Despite the shoes Benedict had to fill in 2005 when he was elected, he deserves to stand on his own as a significant pope, and whoever follows in his footsteps should take heed of the shadow they stand in. What to Look for in the Next Papacy In the next month, expect to see the trends in the current state of the Church to play a big role in the choice of the Conclave, the election of a new pope. The most significant trend in the last years of the 20th century into the 21st is the shift of influence on the Church from the Northern Hemisphere to the Southern Hemisphere. As North America and Europe are becoming more secularized, experiencing a steepening decline in religious belief, South America, Af-

rica and Southeast Asia are growing steadily, and their livelier worship, steeped in the cultures of their countries, are having an influence on the culture and character of the Church. Though the list of cardinals considered possible candidates includes a number of Italians, as is usual for papal elections, the list also includes Marc Ouellet of Canada, Peter Turkson of Ghana, and Leonardo Sandri of Brazil. The last two popes have come from outside Italy, and I predict this will continue. Do not be surprised to see the newly elected pope to come from a country south of the equator. As “declining age,” in Pope Benedict’s own words, was a decisive factor in his abdication, it is likely that the Conclave will be looking to younger, more vibrant candidates. Almost none of the list of possible candidates are younger than 70. Further, even though John Paul II was known for his strong emphasis on social issues, he was no less conservative than Benedict is now. The theme of Benedict’s papacy has been a struggle against the “dictatorship of relativism,” a term that is reactive not only to European secularism but also to the liberalized members

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Spring is Upon Us Natural Train Ride High Well, Almost. SHANNON SUER Spectrum Staff

I don’t know if you all knew this, but the very first day of spring is in 32 days. It’s all uphill from here. In just over one month we will officially be on our way to sunshine! Winter is my absolute least favorite time of year. Everything about it is horrible. I hate when my breath turns into frost on my scarf. I hate when I can’t feel my legs moving on the way to class. I hate having to wear four shirts in order to maintain a stable body temperature. The worst part of winter though, is the lack of sunlight. I think of summer and being outside and being able to feel the warmth of the sun on your shoulders and it seems like a dream. I miss the sun so much. But in 35 days, the worst will be behind us. Snow will (hopefully) start to melt, and birds will come back from the south. I can’t wait. Even the groundhog said spring would come six weeks early. How could we not believe Punxsutawney Phil? Winter in North Dakota has definitely been the worst one I’ve ever experienced. I grew up in New Orleans,

and have been moving north since I turned nine. My first real white Christmas was in Omaha Nebraska in fourth grade. From Nebraska I moved to Minnesota, where I experienced an “oh so this is what cold is like” attitude for my first winter there. But, no. That is not what cold is like. Cold is walking to class in -28 degree wind chill and emailing my mom to ask for money for thermal underwear. Cold is tears freezing to my face and my toes burning from being outside for only 10 minutes. North Dakota is the coldest I’ve ever been. Although it was really hard to not lie down in the middle of the street and lose all hope of going on, I really do respect people who do this every single winter. I can’t even imagine doing it for another three. My roommate, who’s from Fargo, told me cold weather builds character. I believe her. This spring will be the most excited I’ve ever been for winter to be over. It’s definitely been a long time coming. I can’t wait to drive with the windows down and lay on the lake, but I think the snow melting will be a fantastic start. Only 35 days to go.

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Shortly after settling into my coach seat in the Amtrak Cascades train from Kelso Washington to Seattle, I heard the distinct horn announcing our departure. Though not as loud, from the inside of the train car the sound is ever more resounding. In a single blast, it captured the prospects for an exciting adventure ahead. Turning the page of an unfolding tale is so exciting that the ink recording a hostel name and address on my palm began to smudge with sweat. As we slowly pick up speed, Eddie Vedder’s Setting further added to the excitement. It has become a routine for me, playing the Into the Wild soundtrack every time I travel as far as to a new city. When I hear the words “Being, no concern, point of no return,” I begin to ponder what it is that makes being on a train so exciting. Is it simply leaving

Kelso and Longview? Or is it not knowing what Seattle will bring? I’d been away from Fargo for just four days, but it already felt like much longer. In the short time, I had

But I’m not the type to plan out when and where I’ll eat a sandwich, and subsequently allow it to make its bodily exit. No, I’ve learned that as much as you might plan ahead, the best memo-

“I’ve learned that as much as you might plan ahead, the best memories you’ll make will happen by random chance.” already explored Portland, rekindled special friendships, witnessed one of my best friends marrying his sweetheart and spent time with family. All of these have inscribed into my memory positive experiences that will undoubtedly influence my present thoughts and future motivations. So I thought, “No, there isn’t anything in Kelso that I am excited to be leaving.” Going to Seattle for the first time brought obvious curiosity. I thought, “How do people get around? What kind of people will I find? Will the library live up to all its hype? Am I going to see more sunshine or actually need my umbrella for once?”

ries you’ll make will happen by random chance. So even though I knew I’d visit my cousin and have a few different sights in mind, there isn’t actually anything in particular about Seattle that made it so exciting to be on the train. As we rounded a bend, the view out my window opened up to a panoramic view of the Pacific Coast. With land on either side, it was probably a bay and not quite the ocean. But certainly the waters I’d witnessed had withstood trips to the sea and eventually returned with the turning tide. It was a beautiful sight to drink in, but even still, not specifically the reason for sweaty palms. Maybe the excitement

of being on the train had to do with the tracks. Quite simply, they are continuous physical connections between many cities. They also unite many people and many landscapes. While on the train, one isn’t in an exact spot at any given time. In between Kelso and Seattle, I was but a dot on a line trending north. It’s easy to feel connected when sharing the journey with so many other people between two places. No matter what the trip will bring, the feelings of excitement settle into a reflective calm as Vedder anticipates, “…Have no fear, for when I’m alone I’ll be better off than I was before… Who I was before, I cannot recall.” While helping an elderly woman step down from the train, I realized its neither the leaving, nor going, but the simple being that breeds the excitement of traveling. No matter what, if we open ourselves to new experiences, we will in some way be changed for the better. Troy is a senior majoring in environmental design.

Shannon is a freshman majoring in business administration.

Pope continued... of the Church who are reactive to the concerns of the modern secular culture. The Church will seek someone in Benedict’s tradition of steadfast guardianship of the Church’s firmly held beliefs. Finally, the Church will need a great communicator. Part of the reason John Paul II was such a breath of fresh air to the Church and to the world was not that his ideas were unorthodox, but that he found a way to make orthodoxy look cool. The future pope will be expected to be an assertive preacher of the Gospel without coming off as prudish or condemnatory. I anticipate a pope with a cheerful public disposition and an intelligence that is accessible and attractive to all people. If there is anyone I could throw my hat in for, it would be Francis Cardinal Arinze of Nigeria. While not high up on the list of the papabile,

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he is solidly in the mix, and is an important figure in the Church as the former Prefect of the Congregation of Worship, which dictates much of how Christian life is lived. He is at once sensible and vivacious, with a sense of humor that is attractive to those who know about him. He would be the first African pope in recent memory and the face of diversity in the Church, opening the door to further participation by countries outside Europe in shaping the life of the faithful. Whoever becomes the next pope will have many expectations to meet, but in the wake of a resignation, in this fast-paced world, they will be chosen carefully to meet the needs of the Church in modern times. Joshua is a senior majoring in sociology and philosophy.

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Bison Wrestling Grabs WWC Title NDSU’s Shot at First Place Dashed with Cold Shooting Night Pace Maier

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In the first match of the night Friday, Bison 125-pounder Trent Sprenkle defeated his opponent at South Dakota State to secure his 100th career match win and became the eighth Bison wrestler in school history to join the elite 100-win club. At the end of the night, the Bison joined Sprenkle in the record books. NDSU defeated rival SDSU 36-9 to finish the Western Wrestling Conference season with a stellar 5-0 record and the regular-season title outright. The title is NDSU’s first Division I conference cham-

pionship. The Bison had 17 North Central Conference titles under their belt in NCAA Division II ranks from 1979-2004. “Winning the title is a good start on our goals,” NDSU head coach Roger Kish said. “We’ve set some team goals, and ultimately, it was an expectation of our guys to win the conference title.” The Bison (10-8, 5-0 WWC) rolled to eight match victories on Friday evening in Frost Arena and scored bonus points in six of those eight wins. Sprenkle started the dual off with a 12-3 decision of Aaron Pickrel to improve his career record to 100-44. The senior from Billings, Mont.

is now eighth on the NDSU all-time wins list. Bison freshman Josh Rodriguez posted a 6-2 decision of Brance Simms at 133 pounds, and senior Mark Erickson recorded a 17-1 technical fall over Ben Gillette at 141 pounds. The Jackrabbits (5-11, 1-4 WWC) received bonus-point wins from No. 31 Dustin Walraven at 149 pounds and Cody Pack at 157 pounds to trim the Bison lead 12-9, but NDSU put their game faces on and took off in the final five weights to clinch the title. SDSU chose to forfeit to No. 6 Steven Monk at 165 pounds and move normal 165-pounder Joe Brewster up to 174 pounds, but

NDSU’s Hayden Zillmer scored a takedown with two seconds remaining to defeat Brewster by a 3-1 score. Mac Stoll cruised to a 10-1 major decision at 184, Kallen Kleinschmidt registered a 17-2 technical fall at 197 pounds and sophomore Evan Knutson dotted the Is and crossed the Ts on the dual with a pin in 1:24 at heavyweight. “This is one more stepping stone for us,” Kish said. “I think we’re moving in the right direction, but we’ve got some important things in front of us with the conference tournament and the NCAA Championships.” The Bison travel to Laramie, Wyo., for the NCAA West Regional on March 9.

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Softball Goes 3-2 in Baton Rouge Sam Herder Sports Editor

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The old Bison Sports Arena got loud Thursday night, but when the final buzzer sounded, there was nothing but silence. The Bison men’s basketball team had a chance to pass Western Illinois into the top spot in The Summit League standings, but offensive woes haunted the Bison in a rare 49-36 home loss to the Leathernecks, the lowest scoring output in BSA history. “Anytime you’re playing a game that can put you in first place this late in the year and lose, it’s a gut punch,” NDSU head coach Saul Phillips said. “I don’t fault the kids’ effort. They played brilliant defense tonight.” Fans expecting to see a flashy game certainly came to the wrong place. A highintensity, defensive game between the Bison and WIU saw very few buckets being exchanged. Minute differentials between scores looked something like this: 2:09, 1:45, 1:59, 3:05 and 3:28. “Those games can be hard to watch,” Phillips said. “They’re certainly frustrating to coach in from an offensive perspective … beautiful from a defensive perspective.” Despite the lack of scoring, the crowd of 3,128 created a great atmosphere with first place on the line. Struggling to get things going the entire first half, the Bison finally found some rhythm right before halftime. NDSU went on a 6-0 run into the half, highlighted by a huge one-handed slam from Lawrence Alexander before the buzzer that put the score at 22-17 and left the crowd on their feet. But NDSU’s production went stale again coming out of the break. The Bison didn’t hit their first secondhalf field goal until the 10:51 mark with a Mike Felt jumper. WIU held a 30-25 advantage at that point and didn’t relinquish that lead the rest

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of the game. “They really pressure the ball and are still able to pack it in,” forward TrayVonn Wright said on WIU’s defense. “They’re really long and they close out well, which causes problems for any team. And the open shots we did have today, we didn’t knock them down.” Both teams showed why they are ranked in the top ten nationally in scoring defense. The Bison struggled to find high-percentage shots all game while forcing WIU to do the same on the defensive side. “We played very well defensively,” Phillips said. “In fact, combined by two teams, I think that’s as good a defense that’s ever been played in this gym in the Division I era.” NDSU was held to only three field goals in the second half and went 13-46 in the game. The Bison shot 7.7 percent from beyond the arc. “You can’t go one-for-13 when they’re packing it in like they did,” Phillips said. “We just couldn’t get the looks we needed.” Even with the poor offense, the Bison were only down three with 4:34 remaining. But three Leatherneck three-pointers in a twominute span put the dagger in NDSU’s opportunity to climb back into the first place slot. “Nine points in four or five possessions in a game like this is a monster run,” Phillips said. WIU sank their free throws in the closing minutes while comeback shots on NDSU’s end clanked off the rim. A gloomy crowd had already filed out of the BSA before seeing the final score of 49-36. NDSU was only a half game back from the Leathernecks entering the game. “It’s almost mathematically impossible for us to win the regular season championship,” Phillips said. “I’m disappointed that this group didn’t get the payout I was hoping they would get and deserve.”

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The NDSU softball team spent the weekend in Baton Rouge, La. for five games in the LSU Purple and Gold Challenge and came back with three more wins on their record, now 4-6. The Bison defeated Memphis 4-0, Virginia 5-1 and Memphis again 4-1 while dropping games to LSU, 0-9, and Nicholls State, 1-2. Whitney Johnson pitched big innings for NDSU, which resulted in a solid weekend. The senior from Lake Crystal, Minn. completed the tournament with a 0.28 ERA while striking out 29, walking 11 and allowing 10 hits in 23-2/3 innings. Johnson was named to the all-tournament team along with freshman catcher Alyssa Reina. The Bison put Johnson on the mound in their opening

game Friday and that decision paid dividends. NDSU defeated Memphis 4-0, with Johnson only allowing three hits. Johnson and Memphis pitcher Sara Pearson looked to be in a pitcher’s dual with Pearson flirting with a nohitter until the sixth inning, when the Bison exploded for four runs. Katie Soukup and Logan Moreland led off with walks and advanced on a sacrifice bunt from Presley Glaser. Cheyene Garcia smacked a single to drive on Soukup and Moreland scored on a wild pitch. Maritza LopezPortillo then delivered an RBI single and Reina’s ground out scored another run. NDSU struggled to get that offense going later in the day as they dropped a 9-0 loss to No. 10 LSU. The Bison dug themselves into a 4-0 hole in the opening inning, including a threerun home run from Allison Falcon. Katie Guillory hit a two-run shot in the third and LSU tallied 11 total hits

against the Bison. NDSU was held to one hit, an infield single by Garcia to lead off the fourth. Krista Menke (1-3) picked up the loss for the Bison. NDSU split another pair of games Saturday, losing to Nicholls State and coming back to defeat Virginia. Nicholls State scored single runs in the second and fourth innings to take a 2-0 lead heading into the sixth. NDSU’s Amanda Grable singled with one out and came around to score on a fielding error. But the Bison were held to three hits and dropped a 2-1 loss. Menke and Johnson pitched for NDSU with Menke picking up the loss. Johnson struck out nine over the final 3-2/3 innings. The Bison offense came alive later that day against Virginia. Reina started things off in the second inning with a solo shot over the left field fence on the first pitch. Soukup reached on a walk and advanced to third. Moreland knocked her in with an RBI

single and the Bison took a quick 2-0 lead. The Cavaliers cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the third but the Bison put the game away in the sixth, scoring three runs to extend the lead to 5-1. Johnson picked up the win, striking out eight, walking two and allowing four hits. Johnson took the mound again Sunday in the final game of the tournament against Memphis. The Bison were down 1-0 but rallied in the sixth. NDSU scored four runs in the top of the inning, highlighted by Jenina Ortega’s pinch-hit two-run double that scored Grable and Jenna Isbel. The Bison scored 12 of its 14 runs in the sixth inning in the tournament games. Johnson improved her season record to 3-2. NDSU heads south again this weekend for the Carolina Classic in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Bison play two games Friday and two games Saturday.

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Bison Drop Two on the Road Corrie Dunshee

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The NDSU women’s basketball team was on the road last week for two games and came back to Fargo winless, dropping games to Western Illinois 55-50 Thursday and IUPUI 57-50 on Saturday. In the final five minutes of the game against WIU, NDSU made a great comeback, only to come up short to give the Leathernecks a win after a five-game losing streak. With over three-and-ahalf minutes to play, WIU’s Paige Harmon scored 11 points in the second half to put her team up 50-38. Jamie Van Kirk, Katie Birkel and Dani DeGagne then stepped up for the Bison and went on a 12-2 point run. A couple of

three-pointers came from Van Kirk while a jumper from DeGagne with 50 seconds left brought the Bison within two at 52-50. However, three out of four free throws were made by the Leathernecks to extend the lead for good. Van Kirk and Birkel finished with 12 points each for the Bison, and DeGagne finished with 15 points. With seventeen minutes left in the first half, DeGagne became the 30th NDSU women’s basketball player to reach 1,000 points, and finished the night with 1,013. From the field, NDSU only made 32.7 percent while Western Illinois shot 30.9 percent. Out of 35 attempts, both teams only made nine threepointers on the night. The Leathernecks held the Bison at bay with rebounds with a 48-42 advantage.

The Bison looked to bounce back Saturday but fell to IUPUI 57-50 at The Jungle in Indianapolis, Ind. In the second half, IUPUI’s Dawn Luster led her team with 10 points to outscore the Bison 37-21. Kerah Nelson also added 10 points to the scoreboard for the Jaguars along with seven rebounds. IUPUI held a 48-29 rebound advantage over NDSU and scored 18 points off of 13 NDSU turnovers, even with 20 turnovers of their own. IUPUI shot 40.7 percent from the field with NDSU shooting 26.3 percent. Dani DeGagne led the Bison in this game with 11 points and eight rebounds. Sitting at 9-17 on the season and 5-9 in The Summit League, NDSU is set to host Omaha on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Bison Sports Arena.

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The NDSU men’s basketball team played Summit League opponent IUPUI at the Bison Sports Arena and were hoping to bounce back from their disappointing previous loss against Western Illinois and did just that. The Bison blew out the Jaguars 75-39. “We didn’t want to let Western Illinois beat us twice,” guard Lawrence Alexander said. “We just came out with more intensity.” IUPUI started off hot and got the early lead. However, NDSU took the lead back with about three minutes into the first half and never gave it back. The Bison were very dynamic on offense. Everyone that stepped on the court in the first half scored for the Bison. Guard Kory Brown led NDSU in the first half in scoring with nine points. “Kory Brown certainly made a statement that he wasn’t happy with how the last game went,” NDSU head coach Saul Phillips said. “You can’t question that kid’s effort.” NDSU’s play has always been about defense, and Saturday was no exception. The Bison played very tough defense around their own rim and held IUPUI to only 10 points in the paint in the first half. “Our defense as a team was great,” Brown said. “We talked it out a lot.” Fast break plays also benefited the Bison in the first half. They had eight points from fast breaks, while the Jaguars had none. After the first half, the Bison led the Jaguars 4119. NDSU had more points in this half then they did in their game against Western

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#12 Lawrence Alexander succeeds a two-point shot.

Illinois total. “At some point you need results,” Phillips said. “We got results tonight.” The Bison continued to roll on the in the second half. Forward Marshall Bjorklund scored six points early in the second half to help NDSU get further ahead before Phillips put the bench in. Bjorklund led the Bison with 12 points. He also ended the night with six rebounds. NDSU also remained stout on defense. In fact, the only standout scorer for the Jaguars was forward Lyonell Gains, who came off the bench for IUPUI. He ended the night with 14 points. NDSU scored with efficiency throughout the game. They went 31-63 from the field while keeping IUPUI down to only 16-49. In addition to their shooting effectiveness, the Bison only committed four turnovers, which tied a school record. IUPUI turned the ball

over 15 times. “I don’t think it’s been possible that a rational human being could question this group’s effort anytime they step foot on the floor this year,” Phillips said. “As a coach, that’s gratifying.” With an enormous lead and a win in the bag, NDSU had only reserves in for the last eight minutes of the second half. After coasting in the finish line, the final score was 75-39 in favor of the Bison. “We just came out and played our basketball,” Alexander said. “It’s a good feeling after this game.” NDSU (20-7, 11-4 Summit League) have their next game at Akron on Friday. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN2. “It’s another milestone for this program,” Phillips said. “’We’ve got a chance to do something here.”


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