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DSU Campus Attractions, behind the funding of student government, announced Tuesday that Timeflies will be the entertainment for Spring Blast this

“A long-term goal would be to have this become something,” Engels said. “We want to “I cannot wait until they’re up there have this spring concert becoming something freestyling about the Bison and the national that comes every year that NDSU students love. championships, NDSU and Fargo. I can’t wait That’s what we’re going for and that’s a pretty year. for that. It’s going to be a lot of fun.” —Student big deal.” Timeflies is on the Spring Blast schedule Engels said that while he didn’t know about body senator of the College of Agriculture, for May 8 at the Fargodome. Tickets will go on Timeflies before the planning process, he lisFood Systems and Natural Resources Noah sale March 3 at the Memorial Union for $11 for tened to some of their music and liked what he Engels students only. After March 10, tickets will beheard. come available for the general public for $21. “The freestyling that they do is just amazIn December, student government passed ing,” Engels said. “He just pulls stuff out of a a bill to allocate $75,000 of reserve funds tohat and starts freestyling about it and it is so wards the event. That money was designed to go cool… I cannot wait until they’re up there freestyltowards an event that will be the first step for more ing about the Bison and the national championentertaining Spring Blasts in coming years. ships, NDSU and Fargo. I can’t wait for that. It’s Composed of Caleb Shapiro and Rob Resnick, going to be a lot of fun.” Timeflies came together in 2010 and released their NDSU Campus Attractions President Christ St. debut album in 2011. The group works in a variety Amant said a partnership between Campus Attracof genres including rap, hip-hop and pop. tions and student government has been beneficial Noah Engels, student body senator of the Coltowards getting the financial planning squared lege of Agriculture, Food Systems and Natural Reaway. sources, said bringing in a group like Timeflies was “This new partnership with the student governimportant for student government to bring enterment has definitely been extremely helpful,” St. tainment to the student body. He said that attractAmant said. “If we can keep doing that, we can ing a larger-scale entertainment event was on the keep bringing in concerts.” executive platform for now student body president Diederich said there will be heavy campaigning Robbie Lauf and vice president Erik Diederich. for students to get tickets and to go to the event. He He said the thought behind the event is to bring said bringing in the band was a good start for an PHOTO CREDIT | BRITTNBROOKS, DEVIANTART in enough revenue to use for an event for next event that hopefully will grow to bigger and bigAustin compiled a list of possible bands and ger attractions — whether it is a band, comedian or year’s student body, and to have the event produce revenue so students can have events like this for their price ranges. From there, middle agent Jade anything in between — in the next few years. Presents said Timeflies was a top request in the years to come. “It’s going to be a really good value for the “We really want to do this next year, then the Fargo area. quality of band that we’re bringing in,” Diederich “Rachel did a lot of work with the Fargodome. said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.” next year and the year after that,” Engels said. “So There is a lot of working coordinating with the Farwe needed to generate some money. We felt that it The final goal for total attendance is somewhere godome for the concert that I had no idea,” Engels around 5,000. If NDSU Campus Attractions manwas relatively cheap for what we are getting. You look at their normal ticket sales, we are way less said. “It’s so insane the number of things in a con- aged to bring in that number of students, it would cert that they look at with finance, insurance, secu- be highly beneficial for students, Diederich said. than that.” NDSU Campus Attractions, with concert coor- rity and seating.” “I really hope we have 5,000 people there,” he Engels said that while student government said. “If it were 5,000 students, how amazing would dinator Rachel Austin at the helm of the planning, put in hours of work coordinating for the event. would’ve liked to take into account the student’s that be? That would be phenomenal, but if we don’t Engels said planning a concert is such an extensive voice more, they tried to take student opinion into quite get there, that’s all right. That’s our goal. It’s a process that they were late in November planning account as much as possible in terms of event se- lofty goal, but you can always shoot high.” lection and financial costs. for a May concert.

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‘sweeney todd’ comes to ndsu feb. 27


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“My work’s importance and potential impacts it may have within the medical field come from the experiences I have had as an undergraduate researcher.” – Nathan Fix


NDSU Senior Aids Cancer Research Quest

Fix’s leadership and curiosity catch professor’s eye Josh Francis Staff Writer

An NDSU undergrad, Nathan Fix, is assisting efforts to improve the way a deadly disease is treated. The 23-year-old senior studying microbiology is researching ways to better combat one of the most deadly forms of cancer. The research that Fix, three other undergrad students and two Ph.D students — Shireen Chikara and Harsharan Dhillon — are working on includes finding a less harmful way to treat pancreatic cancer using a bioactive agent found in peppers called piperlongumine. They work in the lab of assistant professor of biological sciences Katie Reindl. The research is dissertation work for Dhillon, but Fix has worked on several aspects of the project himself, Reindl said. One of the key parts of research that Fix is working on involves understanding how the piperlongumine works under hypoxic

conditions. “Hypoxia is a condition of low oxygen that cancer cells frequently experience,” Reindl said. “Piperlongumine inhibits one of the key proteins involved in the hypoxic response,” she added. “Nathan has worked to develop new assays to study piperlongumine’s ability to kill cancer cells that are growing in hypoxic conditions.” Fix said he became interested in his pursuit after taking one of Reindl’s classes. “I found an unknown passion for molecular biology,” Fix said. “My work’s importance and potential impacts it may have within the medical field come from the experiences I have had as an undergraduate researcher,” he added. Reindl said Fix is motivated, responsible, takes initiative and is a leader in the lab. “Nathan has a curiosity about life and is motivated to learn new things,” she said. “He asks a lot of good questions and comes up with his own ideas.” Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer. Reindl said the five-year survival rate for those diagnosed with it is less than five percent. “Most pancreatic cancer patients die within months of their diagnosis because

NDSU senior Nathan Fix assists a research team of graduate and undergraduate students who are tackling a new way to combat pancreatic cancer.

there are very few effective treatment options,” Reindl said. Fix said his research team might not cure cancer, but it may increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy treatments. Reindl said the research could also yield a less toxic approach to treating cancer.


She said a lot of undergrads assist graduate and Ph.D students with their research, especially in the biological sciences department. Fix’s advice, “If a professor does research that seems interesting, get in contact with them.”

North Dakota Tops National Well-Being Index Poll ND replaces Hawaii as number one state Benjamin Norman Staff Writer

North Dakota is all smiles, according to the recent release of a Gallup poll. The survey found that the state’s wellbeing score, an average total taken from six sub-indices, was the highest in the land for the year 2013. North Dakota received a score of 70.4 out of 100, where 100 represents the ideal well-being lifestyle. States were polled on six subjects: Life Evaluation, Emotional Health, Work Environment, Physical Health, Healthy Behaviors and Basic Access. North Dakota scored the best numbers in the nation in the Work Environment category, described by Gallup as “job satisfaction and workplace interactions” and Physical Health, the “physical ability to live a full life.” Josh Blevins, a junior studying accounting, is an advocate for North Dakota and attests for its supposed well-being. Blevins has lived in six states throughout his life, and North Dakota is his favorite. While Blevins lived in fair-weather states like Arizona, Florida and California, he says that although the warmer climate is nice, the people are not.

“Those states have some really crappy people,” Blevins said. “There is a friendliness that comes from North Dakota.” WA One of the many reasons why Blevins each tier comprised ME MT ND believes North Dakota is a cut above the rest of 10 states MN VT OR is a reason why some detest the state: its exnh ID SD ny Ma WI treme weather. MI State 1st tier ct RI wy “By living in the cold weather, you learn pa NJ IA NE NV OH MD DE to appreciate life a bit more,” Blevins said. IL IN STATE 2nd tier UT WV CO Trailing close behind North Dakota was VA KY MO KS CA South Dakota at an even 70 for second place. STATE 3rd tier nc TN Minnesota tied Nebraska for third place, STATE OK AZ AR nm SC 4th tier MS with both states earning a score of 69.7. AL ga STATE 5th tier Rounding out the top five was Montana, LA which scored a 69.3. TX The state with the lowest well-being ak FL HI score for the fifth year in a row was West Virginia, which earned a score of 61.4. WHITNEY STRAMER | THE SPECTRUM North Dakota jumped 18 places from last North Dakota ranked first in the nation in Gallup’s recent Well-Being Index, jumping 18 places and replacing Hawaii as the best state. year’s polling, the largest jump of any state. South Dakota ranked 12th last year, hopping top four tiers, with many states moving up age is over 16,000 points, and during trading and down in position since last year, the last Monday, The S&P 500 reached record ten places in 2013. Last year’s top state, Hawaii, fell to same cannot be said of the fifth and bottom numbers before closing a point shy of its alleighth place this year, but that was by no tier. The biggest leap found from a state in time high. means the most dramatic fall from grace. the fifth tier was Tennessee, which moved Research by Gallup has correlated wellWyoming, a state that was polled in 2012 from 47th to 44th. Mississippi, Kentucky being rankings to job creation. North Dakota as the 13th best state, dropped 21 places to and West Virginia remained 48th, 49th and leads the nation in this category, thanks in 34th, a fall that pushed the state from the 50th, respectively. large part to the Bakken oil boom in the The national average fell from 66.7 in western part of the state. second-highest tier to the fourth. The highest scores were predominantly 2012 to 66.2 this year, which ties 2011 as the Gallup’s findings stem from a random found in northern states, particularly in the lowest recorded trough since polling began sample of more than 170,000 phone interMidwest and West Coast, while the lowest in 2009. views that took place from Jan. 2, 2013, This fall surprised some, as the United through Dec. 29, 2013. scores were located in the southern and MidStates continues to bounce back from the Atlantic region of the United States. While rankings fluctuate fluidly in the recession. The Dow Jones Industrial Aver-




Security Cameras to Return to Memorial Union NDSU invests in new system to heighten security Josh Francis Staff Writer

A malfunction of the Memorial Union’s surveillance camera system almost two years ago has left the building mostly camera-less. While it has taken some time, the school plans on installing 55-60 cameras throughout the building by the end of the year. “We have been working with the University Police and Safety Office to develop a replacement plan that meets campus standards when it comes to video surveillance,” said Paul Wraalstad, MU associate director. While there is no exact cost figure for the installation, Wraalstad said they anticipate the camera system costing between $75,000$100,000.

The failure of the system’s digital video recording function left the MU without a place to store footage, rendering the cameras useless. The cameras were later taken down at the request of the director of University Police and Safety Office, Ray Boyer. The only cameras are in the bookstore, which has a separate surveillance system, and in the Memorial Union Gallery. “When the system initially failed, we were told by the University Police and Safety office to hold off on a replacement system as our campus was working with the (North Dakota University System) on a larger, statewide plan that would bring consistency to the various campus video surveillance systems,” Wraalstad said. The system-wide implementation was taking too long though, Wraalstad said, so NDSU went ahead with its own plan to install the new system. A portion of the new system is expected to be installed by the end of the summer. The new system





The Memorial Union will install 55-60 cameras by the end of the school year. Most of the MU has been without cameras for almost two years.

would allow the 24/7 monitoring of the cameras by University Police. The University Police already utilizes a centralized surveillance system, Boyer said. “This project is consistent with the plan to focus on facility security to enhance the personal safety and security of individuals in the fa-

cility, and not aimed at surveillance of occupants and how they use the facility, attend meetings or classes, or do their jobs,” Boyer said. “On a daily operations basis, the system can also be utilized to deter and/or investigate criminal activities, or hazardous conditions that may otherwise go undetected,” he added.

Wraalstad said it is difficult to say whether or not the cameras would have prevented any thefts or other minor crimes in the MU since the system went down. “I can’t think of an incident that could have been prevented, but I am sure there are a handful of times that cameras may have been able to provide us additional information,” he added. In January, two incidents involving a person using counterfeit $100 bills took place in the MU at the Bison Connection help desk. Officials said the cameras may not have helped, because the bills weren’t detected until a few days later. During busy hours, thousands of students, employees and faculty traverse through the building, but after the building closes, only a few have access to it. Wraalstad said 180 people, including 50 students, have access to the Memorial Union after hours. Those with access include staff and faculty and some students affiliated with student government, Greek Life, cam-

pus attractions, The Spectrum and more. Student body Vice President Erik Diederich said he is in the building after hours on a regular basis, but said he feels safe at all times. Diederich said that the student government was not previously made aware of the surveillance plans so they have not taken a formal stance to support or oppose the plan but said he supports the plan. “I feel as though cameras would be a good addition to the working environment to the Union. Especially for those of us who have valuables in the office very often,” Diederich said. “I suspect that they will only be accessed when something is explicitly in question,” he added. “Thus creating a very safe environment for many students, as well I would hope that cameras in the parking lots surrounding the Union would be included to help with any accident issues that may arise.”

Volunteers Plunge Into Icy Waters for Charity

Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics ND Lisa Marchand

Head News Editor

Teams and individuals will put on their goofiest attire and plunge into icy waters Saturday for the sixth annual Polar Plunge to support Special Olympics North Dakota. After gathering as many pledges as possible, the plungers sport a costume and brave the icy depths of an outdoor pool. Last year, participants wore everything from bathing suits to business suits in order to

east coast has now become a national ordeal. Sponsored by the Law Enforcement Torch Run, this event takes place across the state as well as the country throughout the winter and spring seasons. “The reason we started doing the Polar Plunges was because it was something different that the people in the community could grab onto as kind of the fun adventurous type of way to give back to the community,” said Reid Huttunen, director of sports at SOND. Plungers of all ages are welcome, but everyone must sign a waiver before participating and those under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign for them. An award will go to the youngest plunger as well as the oldest.

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raise funds for SOND. The Polar Plunge departs from typical fundraising events like silent auctions and 5k runs, giving participants a unique experience and a good, albeit cold, story to tell. Dylan Burger is a junior exercise science major who is partaking in this weekend’s festivities for the fourth time. Burger’s brother Adam, who passed away in 2008, had Down syndrome. Dylan Burger decided to participate in his honor. “I love doing the Polar Plunge because it is a great way to give back to the Special Olympics of the community, to honor my brother’s memory and it’s actually really fun,” he said. What began as a small fundraising attempt on the


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Teams and individuals can sign up to partake in this year’s Po- PHOTO COURTESY OF | SPECIAL OLYMPICS ND lar Plunge, a nationwide fundraising event that benefits Special Olympics, on Saturday in Fargo,.

Other prizes include best costume, best belly flop, and most money raised by an individual. Plungers set personal fundraising goals of at least $75, and those who rake in the most pledges over $1000 will win an iPad Mini. In 2012 a little friendly competition went a long way. In fact, the Polar Plunge movement garnered more than $20 million in donations in 2012, the Special Olympics website said. All proceeds will go to SOND and their athletes, which will provide them with year-round athletic training and competition

opportunities. The Polar Plunge media advisory said that there are currently 1400 children and adults living with disabilities in North Dakota, all of which are welcome to participate in SOND. Fundraising events like these make it possible for them to get involved for free. Huttunen said that SOND is always looking for volunteers. “Through the Polar Plunge and through getting them to raise money and plunge for us,” he said, “we also get to build a little bit of a relationship with each

person and hopefully refer them to volunteering with our program and working with our athletes, which is the most important thing for our program.” This year, the Polar Plunge will take place at five more North Dakota locations including Grand Forks, Jamestown, Dickinson and Minot. Although most plunges happen in the winter and spring months, Huttunen said SOND plans to hold more this fall. For more information on Saturday’s Polar Plunge, visit



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Scott Miller has been a staple in the Bison Radio Network with his unsurpassed quality of preparation and play-by-play calling.

A Day in the Life of a Legend Bison Radio playby-play man Scott Miller Connor Dunn Features Editor

Scott Miller has been the voice of the Bison football and basketball teams for longer than most of the students at NDSU have been alive. As for radio broadcasters, that stat may not be as significant as one may think with most students around 20 years old, and there are some very tenured broadcasters in the wide world of sports. However, the remarkable feature of that observation is not the longevity of his career, but the quality of each and every game Miller broadcasts for the Bison Radio Network. Meticulous preparation is the name of Miller’s game, but that is something that very few are privileged to witness or even care to notice. Fortunately, Miller invited The Spectrum to join him in his day of broadcasting the 74-59 Bison victory over rival South Dakota State on Feb. 22. Since SDSU was the only game on the docket for the NDSU men that week, Miller had time to study the rosters, news, trends and game results from both of the teams leading up to the big matchup. Miller also used his free time to catch some local high school basketball, as he called the Shanley vs. Wahpeton game that Friday night.

For the 2 p.m. tip-off the next day, Miller strolls into the nearly deserted Bison Sports Arena with a big black suitcase at 12:15 p.m. After chatting with a few people, Miller starts taking out wires upon wires and other radio equipment from his suitcase and sets it all up at his broadcast location courtside. “For such a big game and a packed house, I like to get here earlier than normal just to make sure everything’s set and ready to go,” says Miller of the game, which drew a raucous sold-out crowd of 5,614 at the BSA. After setting up a microphone on the floor to pick up the screeching of shoes and noise of the crowd, Miller turns to his mixer to set all of the levels for his mic, color commentator Jermey Jorgenson’s mic, the floor mic and the two mics located just under the rims in each of the baskets. “The broadcast just doesn’t sound like a true basketball game on the radio without the sounds I pick up through these mics,” Miller says. With everything finally in place and ready for the game, Miller walks under the BSA’s outdated bleachers to a dusty, black box containing his radio station’s transmitter. Because of the women’s game that took place a week earlier, the frequency was set to 740 The Fan. If Miller had forgotten this vital step, listeners would have been lost trying to tune into the game supposed to be broadcasted on 790 KFGO. After returning from the dark depths under the bleachers, Miller runs into SDSU beat writer Terry Vandrovec. The two sit

down and exchange thoughts on many different topics, such as the NDSU/SDSU rivalry, the rest of the Summit League teams, the upcoming conference tournament and their expectations for the game. Ten minutes later, Miller finds himself struggling to log into NDSU’s Wi-Fi system saying, “I’d bet your generation must be rolling their eyes at my inability to do this.” After a little help, Miller is connected and pulls up the stats page for the game and the scores from the Top 25 in college basketball and the Summit League for references during the broadcast. Now an hour before the game, head coach Saul Phillips and family gathers around the broadcast table to greet Miller, who points out the nice mustaches the three Phillips children are sporting. “Apparently we’re back in Movember at the Phillips household,” jokes mom and wife Nicole Phillips. Coach Phillips then sits down with Miller to give an inside look and share his thoughts on the game for the radio’s pregame show. Following Phillips is another interview with Tyler Merriam, the play-by-play voice of the Jackrabbits, to get the latest on SDSU basketball. With some time before the pregame goes live at 1:40 p.m., Miller finds himself some water and goes through his game routine, which includes a trip to the bathroom and a prayer. Twenty minutes before the game, the pregame show goes live. Miller airs the two previously recorded interviews, gets some

thoughts from color commentator Jorgenson and sheds some light on the series history, all leading up to the starting line-ups and tip-off. “I really enjoy once there’s the opening tip,” Miller says. “Establishing the pace of the broadcast and making sure everything is off to a great start is very important.” With the call of the high-flying Bison and a plethora of “my oh my’s!” Miller’s voice is to Bison athletics as Trayvonn Wright is to dunking. Speaking of the senior forward from Waterloo, Iowa, Wright scored a game-high 20 points and was the first guest on the postgame show. Following Wright on the show was an exuberant Saul Phillips who shared his thoughts on the game with Miller. At 4:21 p.m., Miller thanks all of his listeners and signs off. “That’s when I exhale with all of the mental energy and adrenaline in me,” Miller says. “I just relax after hopefully being on my game for the last three hours.” Before starting to wrap up, Miller notices three Bison fans who have been waiting behind him in the now deserted bleachers. Miller proceeds to talk with them and with one sentence, the thoughts of every single follower of NDSU athletics is conveyed to him. “I really like your work and listening to you. Thank you for all you do,” says one of the ladies. With a sincere thank you, the legendary NDSU radio broadcaster finishes packing up and is out of the BSA slightly before 5 p.m.

unique | photospotlight There are thousands upon thousands of people in this world. Out of all the differences between each other, people are constantly trying to be like someone. For example, almost everybody has an idol or someone to look up to. With that, sometimes people forget what they really enjoy or should appreciate about themselves.Perhaps you are constantly trying to be a good rapper like Kid Cudi. You end up making good music, but then it starts to sound just like his songs. What about you though? What do you think makes you unique? Being different makes you stand out. Don’t let the world tell you that you are not going to be successful in something because someone else failed. Don’t let the world tell you that you are not beautiful because you are a different race. Just be you and look at yourself as unique.

Even ducks smile when they are nothing like the others surrounding them.





Story and Photos by Holland Lind

sewing today Sewing has been around for over 2,000 years; needles of bone and horn were made to create clothing. The invention of the sewing machine in 1755 allowed the manufacturing industry to blow up, creating jobs for thousands of people creating ready to wear clothing. However, sewing was important in the small scale as well. For hundreds of years, women and men have needed the knowledge of how to sew to create their own clothing and mend it as well. Our great grandmothers taught our grandmothers who then taught our mothers the basics of sewing, stitching and mending. Personally, my grandmother needed to know how to sew because funds were low, and it was an easy way to create clothing with a low cost. Rather than throwing items away, she was able to patch them. However, where have these skills gone? Hardly anyone in our generation and below can sew anything or have a clue on where to start. All of my family continually brings torn items of clothing to my grandmother who happily patches them all, but shouldn’t we know how to do it ourselves? Thankfully, there are people who still hold this skill dear to their heart and hope to

NDSU sewing students have produced many beautiful garments in their lab.

make a career out of it. I was able to sneak into the sewing room at NDSU where students at every level can learn the basics up to a couture class. In the first level classes, students learn the different seams, hems and stitches and move there way up to the couture class, where they

learn how to make the most complicated artistic garments. While I visited the sewing lab, several projects lined the classroom from the couture class; the students were given a sheet of fabric and had to make a dress using only staples, and they were amazing.

So thankfully students at NDSU are keeping the art of sewing alive. It may have been lost within the generations, but I am hopeful that it will make its way back into homes soon. If not, we have our sewing lab students to depend on! Keep looking good, NDSU!




Jack Dura

Staff Writer

“She has so many faces, she wears so many names, she goes so many places, and she does so many things ‘cause she’s a working girl.” Dolly Parton’s lyrics are definitely true for sophomore English major Hailey Colbrunn, who juggles three part-time jobs, two of which are right here at NDSU. This is all due to a few reasons, but for her work in the Festival Concert Hall box office, everything fell into place with the opportunity of workstudy. “Having workstudy is something I really wanted to take advantage of, just because it’s a job you do on campus, and they work around your schedule with your classes,” Colbrunn said. “So I knew that that would be a good opportunity to have a little extra money.” As an unofficial secretary, her work usually finds her answering phones and being the go-between between buildings. An added plus to all this is that she lives right across the street from Festival Hall, putting her work,


school and residence all close together. Her other on-campus job is just a hop, skip and a jump from Festival Hall at the Center for Writers. Starting last August, Colbrunn took up a consultant position at the suggestion of her advisor, and having taken ENGL 301 taught by Mary Pull, director of the Center for Writers. In addition to her campus jobs, Colbrunn works as a server at the Long Horn Steakhouse, where she’s been for nine months. The Mankato, MN native has worked various serving positions since she was 14, so this was nothing new for her. “I asked around about different restaurants…at a level that I know I could serve at, so I picked Long Horn,” she said. With the work she has on her hands, it’s true that Colbrunn is very busy, but it all comes back to one main motive. “I’m trying to do it on my own, which is difficult…but I’m trying to be independent, and it gets hard being a student with living and a car,” Colbrunn admitted, though she did add she “loves her jobs.”

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Contributing Writer

The Center for Writers in the basement of the library is known as a place where students can get help with writing papers. But, as junior Callie Bowen explained, the students who work there do much more than just that. As a writing consultant and peer tutor, Bowen not only helps with grammar and editing questions, but also assists in all stages of the writing process. She said international students will even come in for help with their conversational skills, whether they need something explained or they just want some practice. The English Education major said she originally applied there to get teaching experience, and she certainly has learned a lot in the two years she has been there. “I think my favorite part is that I’m always learning,” Bowen said. “Even as a writer, reading other people’s works helps you learn.” She described her own personality as “bubbly” and said she

thinks it helps in this occupation. “I try and ease the tension if they’re nervous about being there by laughing and being friendly,” Bowen said. Bowen said it can make her job difficult when students have been forced to come for help or do not respond well to criticism. But she also said most of her experiences there have gone well. “Sometimes they’re in a good mood and they want to be there, and sometimes they want you to just look at it and get out,” she said. “It just totally depends.” In the future she hopes to teach English, preferably in a team with other teachers and at a school where the kids are enthusiastic about the language. For Bowen, the Center for Writers is a place to get experience and to socialize with the other students who work there. “We have a lot of fun there. Even when I’m not working, I just go and hang out,” she said. “If it’s not very busy, we like to just hang out and chat. It’s fun; it’s a great place to work.”

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“Sweeney Todd”’s principal cast gets into character. The show runs Feb. 27-March 2 in Festival Concert Hall.


Guest Director Brings New Flair to ‘Sweeney Todd’ Focus on ensemble highlights musical Jack Dura

Staff Writer

For Kate Galvin, directing Theatre NDSU’s “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” was a dream come true. As an avid fan of the show, she knew that many people are familiar with it owing to the 2007 musical film starring Johnny Depp, but as guest director, she wanted to use this opportunity to shift the story back to one of its original facets. “The ensemble is much more active in the musical production than in the film, so that’s going to be a big difference for people who are coming to see the show when they’ve only ever seen the film before. They’re going to see a very active ensem-

ble,” Galvin said. Galvin accepts that Tim Burton had his motives for slicing the ensemble power out of the film version, but for this musical, she is bringing it all back around with an ensemble focus that is key to this production. This is due to one concept that encompasses the whole cast. First of all, “Sweeney Todd” is set in Victorian London at the peak of the Industrial Revolution. The poor and lower-class are living lives of filth and squalor, and to have a vengeful barber take matters into his own hands in slitting the throats of the upper class, “Sweeney Todd” provides a feeling of justice for those downtrodden in Victorian society. “So in my head, that kind of class system and that social hierarchy is really important,” Galvin explained, “and the ensemble — the reason why they’re invested in Sweeney’s story and why they hold him up as a hero is because of their socioeconomic situation.” Galvin also points to a line from the end

‘Forbidden Broadway’ Has Fun With Old Favorites Jack Dura

Staff Writer

Broadway classics come to life in comedic form with Music Theatre Fargo-Moorhead’s spring show “Forbidden Broadway” at The Stage at Island Park. Putting a satiric spin on over 15 Broadway musicals, MTFM have landed themselves a hit for both fans of musical theatre and those unfamiliar. Everything from “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Wicked” to “Cats” and “Chicago” is up for grabs with this outing, and the dozen performers of the cast execute this undertaking with an experienced hand. After all, the MTFM company is well acquainted with many of the shows on the roster, having either performed a few or just being plain familiar with them. Their revue starts off with a couple friendly jabs at “Chicago,” a show the musical theatre troupe put on just a few years ago. Moving along, the first act hits upon a bedraggled Little Orphan Annie, a largerthan-life Carol Channing, a hot-blooded Chita Rivera/Rita Moreno rivalry and more. Putting many Broadway performers on the slab for poking fun is another aim of “Forbidden Broadway,” and the first act held some enthusiastic impressions with tongues planted firmly in cheek. Act Two takes it to a better level with the live performance of Liza Minnelli. Putting an awesome parody spin on the famed daughter of Judy Garland, “Forbidden Broadway’s” best moment may be in this number alone. Playing off all of Min-

nelli’s quirks and qualities, from her voice to her laugh to her singing to her stage patter, MTFM can chalk up a win with this winning impression. While Liza Minnelli is funny no matter what, other numbers and names could be confusing to audience members not in the know. It’s true that even the least stage-savvy attendee can find something to like and laugh about in this revue, but what about the shows that they don’t know? It can be hard to keep up, and if an audience member does not know a song or understand a certain impression, it may not resonate as well as the outrageous Liza Minnelli or the various spoofs on “Les Misérables.” But for the most part, MTFM wins with “Forbidden Broadway.” Song familiarity definitely helps, as does knowing a smidgeon about the people being portrayed, but these performers’ nuances and nonverbals can strike a laugh when prior knowledge does not. The fiery performance of Chita Rivera and Rita Moreno fighting for the spotlight is hilarious, even without having a background on the stars. Mandy Pantinkin’s overzealous annunciations and pretentious airs can drum up approval, simply because Craig Ellingson injects the right amount of ridicule into the man who sings “Somewhat Overindulgent” (think “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”) All of this against the wondrous music of Jo Marie Fike, who tickles the ivories perfectly. For a revue, “Forbidden Broadway” has all the ingredients it needs to succeed.



of Act One (“Those above will serve those down below”) as a euphemism for what drives the lower class. Interestingly enough, Todd and his partner in crime Mrs. Lovett gain a little wealth and social status as their barbershop and bakery blossom with business and their clientele evolves. “That’s a big component of the show that you don’t get at all in the film just in terms of how the ensemble works,” Galvin said. For this musical, 24 cast members comprise the lead characters and ensemble, all backed by a 25-piece orchestra, which Galvin was happy to take on. Having student musicians was a real win-win as Galvin did not have to hire musicians from the community like regional theaters must do, and the student musicians obtained a fun learning experience. Working with students is another plus for Galvin with this show, as she has taught many master classes and directed at several area colleges in the Philadelphia area. The mentorship process is something she really

likes, and with this show, Galvin was able to guide some student performers while gaining a little experience for something she would like to do again. “It’s a show that I already love, and I’ve seen several productions of it and a show that I know that I will want to do again in the future,” Galvin said, “so…in this college setting, it seems like a great opportunity to get my feet wet with the show.” “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” is presented at 7:30 p.m. from Feb. 27 to Mar. 1 and at 2 p.m. on Mar. 2 in Festival Concert Hall. A barber shop/ bake sale after-party will be held from 9:30 to midnight in the Walsh Studio Theatre following the Mar. 1 performance. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for NDSU alumni, faculty and staff, $10 for non-NDSU students and are free for NDSU students with a valid Bison I.D. Tickets are available in Reineke 107 or by phone at 701-231-7969.

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g e e kto me Xbox One gets UK price drop, Titanfall bundle Steven Strom A&E Editor

The PlayStation 4 is outselling the Xbox One two-to-one as of the last time anyone checked. There are a great many reasons for this — poor marketing, backtracked design, a less appealing subscription service — but one of the biggest is price. Microsoft’s console is a full $100 more expensive than Sony’s. Critics have been clamoring for a price change since it was announced at last year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo. Now the Xbox division is finally budging — in the United Kingdom, anyway. The device will be lightening its load from £430 to £399.99 in the highly contested market. It makes sense; Microsoft made it clear they wanted to take control of the traditionally PlayStation-friendly European region

with early “FIFA” exclusives and bundles at launch. They already had the U.S.; they already lost Japan; Great Britain was the last battleground. So now they’ve dropped the price and thrown in a copy of their biggest game of the year to boot. That bundle applies to the rest of the world as well — just not the price drop. You still have to pay $500 for an Xbox One in the United States come March 11 (when the game and bundle drop) but at least now you get a free game out of it. “There’s no other way to assess such an immediate and drastic price cut less than three months after release,” reads a post by Matt Martin on gaming news site VG247. “It’s a panic move from Microsoft.” The rest of the article cuts down Microsoft for dropping the price so early without providing a “thank you package” to early adopters that spent an extra £30 (roughly $60) on the machine and must now pay for a new game as well. I agree. “When Microsoft cut the price of the original Xbox in 2002 (for the same reason — sluggish sales) it offered two free games to early adopters and an extra controller,”




Who are the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy?’ Steven Strom A&E Editor

The first full trailer for Marvel’s new film “Guardians of the Galaxy” is here. The response has been explosive among superhero flick fans. Most seem very excited, while a few still seem to be scratching their heads. No matter how you feel about the trailer, it’s hard to admit this isn’t Marvel’s biggest gamble in a while. The trailer features the titular Guardians from the latest volume of Marvel’s onagain, off-again series. For many, the biggest question is just who are these characters? Admittedly, Iron Man was never an A-list sales icon before the film, but “Guardians of the Galaxy” is even more obscure — far more than any movie the studio has put out so far. So let’s take a minute to examine just where these characters come from. In the comics, Peter Jason Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord, is the half-human prince of an alien empire. Usually he doesn’t live up to the title, being more concerned with protecting Earth and the people of the galaxy than ruling in his father’s empire. In the comics, the char-

acter is a “master strategist” with no superhuman abilities to speak of. The movie version of the character, played by Chris Pratt (“Parks and Recreation”) seems moreor-less faithful to the comic portrayal. Pratt’s version seems a bit more likeable than the manipulative character from the books, but there’s plenty of room for that to develop in the film. Like the rest of the Guardians, Quill rose to prominence as an enemy of Thanos, “The Mad Titan,” one of the Marvel universe’s biggest baddies. Drax the Destroyer is pretty self-explanatory. Thanos killed Drax and his family and that motivation attracted an alien entity to preserve his soul and place it in a new body. The new being, Drax the Destroyer, was designed specifically to kill Thanos before the Mad Titan could end all life in the universe. Originally, Drax could fly, project energy and was nearly indestructible. He’s been depowered a great deal since then and now basically just kills things with knives. The movie interpretation, played by Dave Bautista Jr., seems based on the later version. Rocket Raccoon is … a talking raccoon. He’s a loud-mouthed, violent and

usually unsettling character that favors firearms and lethal methods. The comics have only ever hinted at his origins. For all intents and purposes, he’s just a raccoon with guns. Groot is actually the oldest member of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created him all the way back in 1960 as a villainous researcher. Since then, he’s been blown apart, captured, destroyed, recreated and re-envisioned so many times it’s hard to recognize the original. The big guy, voiced and motion captured by Vin Diesel in the movie, is a sentient plant. When destroyed he can grow back to regular size as long as a splinter of his former body is planted in soil. His famous and usually only spoken line is “I am Groot.” Zoe Saldana is playing Gamora, “The Deadliest Woman in the Whole Galaxy.” Of all the Guardians she has the closest relationship to Thanos, who raised her after her entire species was wiped out by alien marauders. Thanos gave her superhuman powers, cybernetic enhancements and decades of combat training. After discovering her adoptive father’s plans to wipe out

all life, she made the understandable decision to turn against him. And then there’s Thanos himself. You might recognize him as the big, bad, behind-the-alien invasion in “The Avengers.” Jim Starlin, the writer and artist that created Thanos, has stated that he will be “the centerpiece” of the upcoming film. Thanos was born on Titan, one of the moons of Saturn. As a child he was a pacifist but over time he developed a fascination with nihilism and death. Eventually, he developed a literal, romantic relationship with the Marvel universe’s physical manifestation of death itself. His most famous appearance seems him collection the “Infinity Gems,” building the “Infinity Gauntlet,” becoming a god and killing half of all life in the galaxy to prove his love. Marvel’s latest films, “The Avengers” and “Thor: The Dark World,” each featured one of the five Infinity Gems, so they’ve been building up to his appearance for a while. Hopefully now you have a better understanding of what to expect in “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Here’s hoping the movie is actually as good as its potential promises.

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BROADWAY from page 6 Does it? Yes, for the most part. Theatre is about entertainment and can be somewhat cathartic, and joining in with fellow audience members in singing a spoof of Sondheim does this. MTFM set out to win with comedy in 20132014, and that is just what they have done by bringing “Young Frankenstein” and “Forbidden Broadway” to

The Stage this season. “Forbidden Broadway” continues its run at The Stage at Island Park at 333 4th St. S. at 7:30 p.m. from Feb. 27 to March 1 and at 2 p.m. on March 2. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students, and are available at 701-235-6778 or are

XBOX from page 6 Martin continues. “So far, there has been no such ‘thank you package’.” Obviously, the comparison isn’t quite as apt in the United States. Still, a free copy of the console’s biggest (and possibly only appealing) exclusive so far is a competitive move from a company that’s so far been acting like it has no competition. Those roughly 3.9 million people that already bought one, though, are left in the cold. It’s indicative of a greater problem in the industry; early adopters are screwed. Anyone that buys a fullprice game at release is effectively paying a roughly $30 surcharge to be part of the conversation. Amazon and Steam sales have gotten so aggressive at this point that 50-75 percent discounts on major games a month after release are the rule, not the exception. The film industry has it right. First DVDs, and now

Blu-Rays, launch at a discounted price for a limited time. Only after a week of incentivizing early adoption do they return to “normal” cost. Video games are the exact opposite. Publishers and retailers hoover up as much cash as possible in the early days to put out statistics like “biggest entertainment launch in history” on pure revenue. Yes, “Call of Duty” probably made more money overall than that one summer blockbuster; that’s what happens when you charge six times the price of a movie ticket and expect the eager, engaged members of your audience to absorb the initial cost of development. Well done, Microsoft. In trying to stay competitive with the suddenly underdog brand that’s been taking your lunch money you’ve once again shown why nobody trusts you in the first place.


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It’s Time to Grow Up, So Welcome to Adulthood Exiting the ‘kid’ demographic Caleb Werness Opinion Editor

“Hey kid, what do you want to do when you grow up?” It has been, for some, the most difficult question to answer throughout the years. The implications of that question were fright-

ening. From the time when we — now young adults — were teens, our parents, grandparents, extended family and pretty much everyone would ask that very question. I, for one, did not have a suitable answer for them. I was not drastically concerned about my impending future. On the contrary, I was more focused on waiting for the weekend to hangout with friends or how I was going to

finish my upcoming homework. mogenous blend of both ideals. I was not, and still am not, one of those As teenagers, many of us were in such people who feel the need to microa rush to “grow-up” while others were manage every aspect of their life for stuck forever 17. Sometimes I have the next five years. I’m sure everytrouble embracing the idea that we one knows that one person that has college students are now adults and nearly every future decision down have been adults for years now. on paper regarding work, edI find myself every now ucation, potential spouse, and then referring to house, children etc. somebody by “that Then there are kid.” Or when I the opposites of think about the those people future and look who just coast forward to havand don’t care ing a “real job.” about the future We are currently and remain forever drifting in the void between in the present with no readulthood and childhood. We gard or plans for their future. have the expectations of adults Taking life as it comes if you yet many regard us, still, as chilwill. dren — unwise to the ways of I find both of those approachthe real world. es less than ideal. Rather, like As a kid, the phrase many situations, one must find “growing up” always meant MATAYA ARMSTRONG| the happy medium. Finding a hoTHE SPECTRUM getting boring. It meant hav-

Fox News: Balanced?

Opposing viewpoints good no matter what Colton Pool

Spectrum Staff

If you are a person that usually tends to lean liberal on political issues, that headline should be enough to grab your attention. Don’t look back at it, you read it right. And don’t get it confused — Fox News is extremely biased. One just has to watch Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly to know Fox News has a heavy conservative slant on many of their shows. Their catchphrase “Fair and Balanced” is far from true for their programs. However, the show is what everyone needs who consumes any political media whatsoever — balancing. CNN, MSNBC and countless others simply bombard people with liberal viewpoints. One can’t even escape to Comedy Central without seeing Stephen Colbert still making fun of George W. Bush, even though he’s been out of office for half of a decade and our current president has driven our country to a record financial deficit and he gets maybe a joke a month. Yet, people still like to blame Bush for our problems. As a Republican with a Southern accent, why wouldn’t people hate him when he’s such an easy target? This is why I can’t imagine what the world would be like if Fox News wasn’t around. All of our information about the White House and Capitol Hill comes from the media, which can’t be biased if we want to get the whole picture. What if there were no conservativeslanted media outlets? All people would know is how much of a family man President Barack Obama is and how he can’t possibly do wrong with that smooth speech style and winning smile.

Without Fox News, people might not even know about our country’s debt ceiling constantly rising or that the Affordable Care Act’s implementation has been less than smooth. My parents might not have been given different sides of the story when my brother was fighting in Iraq. While CNN was reporting on all of the protests that Iraqi civilians were holding to get the U.S. out of Iraq, Fox News showed Iraqis celebrating that someone was there to change things — a story my brother told my family to be true. The birth and evolution of media came because journalists wanted to keep government accountable. To this day, it should be a driving force for news outlets and for why people want to consume media. However, how can people get the full story when they aren’t getting fed both sides? How can a government be accountable when media outlets only report one side? Now, in an ideal society we could go to multiple media outlets that have no bias and tell stories how they are. Then, they could fill us in on how both sides feel if opinions are important to those stories. But as most know, we don’t live in a perfect world. This doesn’t mean Fox News doesn’t have its weaknesses, because it has plenty, but so do all other news stations and outlets. In this day and age when integrity by everyone is constantly questioned, the media is no different. But this doesn’t mean Fox News is uninformed, because they aren’t. It doesn’t matter what liberal study shows that Fox News makes people less informed, because some truth is better than no truth. But from all different media, we might be able to form a complete truth and be able to make our own decisions on a case-by-case basis rather than siding with a certain side because that is all we know. This is precisely why we need outlets like Fox News, no matter how far into right field they may be. Colton is a sophomore majoring in journalism.

ing a plethora of responsibility and not being able to stay out and sleep in. However, as I begin to reach the light at the end of this tunnel it becomes apparent that this is not entirely true. Age is a fact, but maturity is a mindset. Adulthood does not have to be a synonym for dull. Even though we are exiting childhood we don’t have to give up our sense of amusement and imagination. Toys don’t go away, they just get bigger and more expensive. It is important to have a plan and goals for the future, but it is also important to never lose the wonderment of spontaneity. Life is constantly changing with new jobs and friends. Responsibilities will continue to add up but so will the rewards. The grass may not be greener on the other side. Instead it will just be a different variety of grass. And everybody knows variety is the spice of life. Caleb is a sophomore majoring in English.

A Generation in Fear of Life Decisions Amber Zolondek Staff Writer

I sat in the front of my class the other day, doodling in my notebook, quite frankly, not paying attention. It had been a rough morning, and I certainly was not feeling my 9 a.m. class. To make matters worse, I had failed a quiz, my rent was past due and I was not sure how I was going to finish the two-page to-do list I had stashed in my planner before the week ended. Miraculously, my professor had pulled me out of my thoughtful rut with a jaded piece of information I was not prepared to hear: “You all will be competing with each other for a job soon enough, in fact, some of you already have.” It wasn’t like I hadn’t heard this kind of talk before. But what got me interested in listening again was in the manner this phrase was used on me as a student. I’ve increasingly noticed that as I have grown older and have found myself making larger life decisions, the more I have received “scare tactics” from my peers. “Scare tactics” are what I would define as anecdotes or ploys to scare you into doing or not doing something. So you want to be an artist? Well, good luck finding a stable income. Looking into a Division II school? Perhaps Division I would be more of a suitable choice for an athlete. I understand that most times it is within good taste and wanting only the best for your children, friends, students, etc. But, strangely enough, I consider myself an adult, therefore I do not need your emotional roller coaster to pressure me into a lifelong decision that I may or may not regret. In high school we were told that our grades would affect our futures. Now, while I certainly agree that a good GPA could land you in a good college, I did not heavily rely on my ability to run a seven-minute mile in P.E., or be able to recite the first 75 elements

off of the Periodic Table in Chemistry. Our teachers seemed apathetic half the time anyways, which would clearly reflect on the student body. But, lo and behold, the time would come junior year and college essays and applications seemed to be flying underneath the doors and through the vents in order to push us through the system. I was in constant fear that I was never going to be accepted into a college or be able to fulfill the dreams of having a career because of my incapability of scoring higher than a 30 on the ACT or maintaining what seemed like an impossible GPA. What always seemed worse was when the anxiety got the best of anyone, as it normally would; teachers and adults chalked it up to being overdramatic and/or hormonal teenage drama. But in reality, it was the fear instilled in us that we would amount to nothing, our grades were not good enough, we lacked work ethic and it always seemed to be our fault. However, since being in college I have noticed something. For those who have been exposed to such methods and tactics, I have met both some of the laziest and hardestworking people I know. It really creates this spectrum of artisans from slightly interested in their work to those who cannot live without it. While we all have been subject to some sort of scare tactic in our life, it affects us all in different manners. Some mold it into anguish and fear while the other uses it for inspiration and motivation. Perhaps it’s not the method of “scaring” that creates the person, but rather the person that interprets the scaring into what they want. Amber is a sophomore majoring in public relations and advertising. Check out her blog at http://addcreamandsugar.blogspot. com

Amount of Estrogen in Food and Meat Products Is Variable Alyssa Langaas

Contributing Writer

Today, people have become more concerned about the amount of hormones in their meat and milk products. However, they don’t realize how many hormones are in other “organic” and “natural”

foods either. Some ranchers will give the synthetic version of estrogen that is naturally produced by cattle to their herd in order to increase the amount of beef that can be harvested from

their cattle. This allows for ranchers to get the most out of their cattle. But, some people may be opposed to the idea of adding “unnatural” hormones to cattle. People need to understand that cattle already produce the hormone that is being injected, so there will always be hormones in meat and dairy products, just varying amounts, according to Dr. Macrina, Ph. D., from Penn. State. Hormone-free meat and dairy does not exist, nor do hormone-free vegetables. People are quick to point fingers at something that could be beneficial in helping ranchers produce more food. As injecting hormones is considered by some as “unnatu-

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ral.” The following foods all contain the hormone estrogen. But, what’s astonishing is the amount of estrogen found in vegetables and soy products in comparison to beef and milk. Estrogen content in beef and other sources (Source – Henry Webster, Clemson Cooperative Extension) 3 oz. Beef (implanted steer) – 1.9 Nanograms 3 oz. Wheat Germ – 3,400 Nanograms 3 oz. Soybean Oil – 1.7 Million Nanograms 3 oz. Milk – 11 Nanograms 8 oz. Split Pea Soup – 1,908 Nanograms

4 oz. Cole Slaw – 2,724 Nanograms 4 oz. Lean Beef Steak – 2.59 Nanograms A Birth Control Pill – 29,400 Nanograms It’s important for consumers to understand that hormones are naturally found in many different foods. People shouldn’t put the blame on just meat and dairy products, because sometimes synthetic hormones are added. It’s important to remain skeptical, but it’s also important to look at all causes and solutions to fixing problem. Alyssa is a senior majoring in public relations and advertising/agriculture communications.



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Although my totaledout clunker of a ’97 LHS Chrysler only has two functioning speakers on a good day (front left, rear left), this handicap does not keep me from enjoying music while guzzling gas. My iPod’s eclectic playlists include the likes of Lou Bega and his fifth “Mambo” and T-Pain’s soulful serenade of the buttocks, “Booty Wurk (One Cheek at a Time).” I play the newest electronic music, Daft Punk. And even some of the oldest oldies such as J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers — look them up, kids! If it has lyrics that stir the soul and a beat that one can clap along to, I will twist the knob and proceed to sing along. Music is an interesting entity. The sound waves that tickle our tympanic membranes are powerful enough to send shivers down the spine. A successful hook can catch inside one’s brain and have a listener subconsciously humming a tune all day — I’ll tell you what I want, what I really, really want, Spice Girls: for you to get out of my head and back to the ‘90s. Most impressively though is that music gives me, a pretty fly white guy, the nerve to dance. Some of my fellow brethren can do it. The rest of us cannot. What we can all do, however, is sing — especially in the car. We have all been there: singing at the top of our

lungs, hunting for harmonies and going word-forword with one’s favorite rapper. Music makes the commute fly by so much faster than a silent ride, especially if one is wrapped up in the seven-minute-elevensecond saga of “Hey Jude.” One does not even need to be vocally talented to enjoy singing. It is proven science that the louder you turn up the volume, the better one sounds. But I ask you, proud Bison: why do we hide our passionate jamming? Anyone can rock out on a lonesome highway. For some odd reason, however, singers become strained when he/she sits at a stoplight. You are not fooling anyone, girl-who-has-herhand-over-her-mouth-atthe-light; you just cannot not sing to Mariah Carey. It is a simple fact of life. Same for you, tough-guyin-dirtied-pick-up-truck; we all know you love muddin’, dippin’ and flippin’ out when Florida Georgia Line comes on over the speakers. I am a firm believer in doing what you love, regardless of how you look, as long as it is within the realms of the law. Let loose, and let us go. Now I am a fairly conservative kid. I look both ways before crossing University Drive, and I mix one part two percent to my three parts chocolate milk at dining centers. I blush like an embarrassed tomato with wind-burned skin whenever I become slightly uncomfortable. Unsurprisingly, I did not sing at stoplights when I was more self-conscience. Heck, I would even cease my singing when I met somebody on the highway for that millisecond our paths passed. I would just play it cool and look like I was really focused on driving. It was the same strategy for stoplights: focus on that light turning green and keep that mouth

zipped. Thankfully, Spectrum faithful, you can unzip and unwind. All you have to do to regain your self-confidence is croon along with every song and not care about what others think about it, like this one guy did last summer. I stopped at a red beside a burly semi driver who, from my vantage point, looked like he was replicating a rave from his cab seat. I saw him, and he saw judgmental me. And then he jammed harder, complete with head banging and motions resembling jazz hands. It was remarkable. And then he just drove away. I have not seen Burly Semi Driver since our paths crossed that fateful day, which brings up another point: what do you have to lose? Life is random; the observer of your jam session will probably never see, think or write about you — unless they happen to be a columnist. Even if you run into the same person daily, who cares what they think? You should not. One lives a much happier life when they do not concern themselves with the thoughts of others. It is not easy being your own person; hence the reason for so many phonies out there. Exposing your inner being, that emotional, fleshy, real part of you, is dangerous in a cutthroat world. Life is much easier inside the shell where one can watch Netflix and not deal with judgers. But you cannot let them win. Don’t conform. Be unorthodox. Write in fragments. And, for the love of T-Pain, sing at the stoplights for all to see. Benjamin Norman is a freshman studying English education. Follow him on Twitter @benjammminmn if you are into that #techno stuff.



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Senior Tyler Diamond works to break down SDSU’s Alex Kocer during his 11-5 victory. The Bison went on to defeat the Jackrabbits 32-12.


Bison Wrestling Downs Rival to Claim Crown NDSU takes share of WWC title, wins last match in BSA Pace Maier

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They say “save the best for last,” and that’s exactly what the NDSU wrestling team did Sunday as they beat South Dakota State, 32-12, in the final wrestling action in the historic Bison Sports Arena. “I’ve enjoyed every moment here,” senior Steven Monk said. “I really can’t pick out a moment saying it’s better than the other.” Monk posted a technical fall at 165

pounds over Joseph Brewster of the Jackrabbits to give the Bison an 8-6 lead. The Bison crowd fed off the energy that senior Tyler Diamond brought to open the dual. Diamond won an 11-5 decision over No. 33-ranked Alex Kocer at 149 pounds to give the Bison an early 3-0 lead. “We were ready to wrestle, we had some excitement and some intensity for the dual today,” head coach Roger Kish said. With this win, the Bison clinch a share of the Western Wrestling Conference Title with Wyoming. The Cowboys will take the regular season title back to Wyoming, due to the fact that they own the head-to-head tiebreaker after last Friday’s 17-16 win at the BSA. Bison sophomore Hayden Zillmer gave NDSU a 13-6 lead with his technical fall at 174 pounds. Kurtis Julson won by a major decision 13-3 at 184 pounds to put the Bison ahead for good, 17-6. The crowd was full of energy throughout

the whole dual, and once Bison teammates Tyler Lehmann and Evan Knutson both won by pins, the BSA was about to come down early. “Last dual we will wrestle in the Sports Arena and, especially for our seniors, it’s a great thing,” Kish said. “Wrestling South Dakota State was just a bonus.” The Jackrabbits won three matches. No. 16-ranked Cody Pack pinned Bison sophomore Tanner Carlisle at 157 pounds early in the dual to give SDSU its only lead of the afternoon at 6-3. Redshirt freshman of NDSU, Hunter Weber, lost by decision at 125 pounds and teammate Clayton Cathey lost in sudden victory to end the dual. These two rival teams were vying for the regular season Western Wrestling Conference title, and if the Jackrabbits could’ve pulled off the win, they would’ve won their first conference title.

“We fought through some adversity here and you have to be able to bounce back and they did in a big way,” Kish said. “I think we are going to use that momentum moving forward… we are looking to go down to Utah in the next couple weeks and win the individual tournament.” The three seniors for the Bison that wrestled their last dual in the Bison Sports Arena are Diamond, Justin LaValle and Monk. LaValle won by 3-1 decision at 133 pounds to cap off the three seniors winning in their final dual at the 6,000-seat arena, which was built in 1993. “It’s definitely been a great career,” Monk said. “I definitely loved how NDSU has welcomed me here even not being a hometown person here, but I’ve enjoyed it.” The Bison have a weekend to prepare for the NCAA West Regional in Orem, Utah on March 8.

NDSU Softball and Baseball DeHoff’s Lasting Legacy Split Games Sunday Joe Kerlin

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Softball The NDSU softball team won its first four games of the University of Houston Invitational. The Bison’s winning ways carried into the final game on Sunday. They beat Columbia (N.Y) for the second time in three days, 6-1. Krista Menke continued her torrid start to the year with a three-hit complete game. She lowered her ERA to 1.63. Her four-game dominance over Nicholls State, Columbia (N.Y) and Houston earned her Summit League Softball Pitcher of the Week. Sophomore Cheyenne Garcia gave the Bison a lead they never relinquished with a solo jolt down the third-base line that cleared the fences for her second home run of the year. Garcia had a monster tournament, finishing with a stat line of a .533 batting average, six RBI, five runs scored and three swiped bags. The Bison opened the floodgates in the sixth inning with some timely two-out hitting. Jenna Isbel and Brandi Enriquez both singled home a run each. With two runners on, Jackie Stifter brought them both home with a double, and finally, Alex Sobrero brought Stifter home with a double of her own. The Bison are back in action Friday competing in the University of New Mexico Invitational over the weekend. Baseball The Bison baseball team was left with

their collective hearts sitting in the dugout as the University of Southern California Trojans completed a three-game sweep with a walk-off home run. Down to their last out, Omar Cotto Lozada buried the Bison with a three-run blast in the bottom of the 12th inning to give the Trojans a 5-3 win. Cotto picked a great time to launch his first collegiate rocket, a rocket that gave the Trojans their fourth walk-off win of the year. NDSU took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth with senior outfielder Blake Turbak scoring on infielder John Skrbec’s fielder’s choice. Then, in the seventh, they moved the lead to 2-0. Nick Altavilla pinch hit for David Ernst. Altavilla drew a walk, stole second and then came around to score on a Michael Leach double. Down to their last four outs, USC trotted home a pair of runs to knot the game at two. Kevin Swick singled home AJ Ramirez to cut the deficit to 2-1. One batter later, Jeremy Martinez doubled home Swick to tie the game at two. After three scoreless innings, the Bison seemed to seize control in the 12th and on their way to their first win of the year. Wes Satzinger hit a beeline into the left field corner that left him on second. One batter later, Kyle Kleinendorst singled him home to give the Bison a 3-2 lead. A few minutes later, Cotto walked home the Trojans with the aforementioned three-run shot. The Bison fell to 0-3 but follow up with a four-game series with Murray State ranging from Friday to Sunday, including a double header Saturday.

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For women’s basketball coach Carolyn DeHoff, the legacy she will leave at NDSU is unlike any other. Coach DeHoff may not have had the best winning percentage, the most conference championships or All-Americans, but what she gave the athletes she coached is more than enough to leave a mark on any program. She gave her athletes a leader, a coach and, most importantly, someone to look up to with her pure and honest character. DeHoff’s connection with her players epitomized how a coach should be viewed in the eyes of her athletes. A prime example of this was when her emotions were too overwhelming and came out during senior night last season. The Bison were defeated by rival South Dakota State in forgettable fashion, but what transpired after the game is still one of the most memorable moments I’ve ever seen at NDSU. DeHoff choked her way through the ceremony after the game, allowing those emotions pour out for everyone to see. Personally, I was ignorant to see how tight the bond is between player and coach. I was a spectator on the outside, now I was getting my first peak behind the curtain along with hundreds of other fans experiencing an intimate moment between a player and her coach. I have Coach DeHoff to thank for showing me it’s more than a team for these Bison athletes; it’s a tightly knit family. DeHoff announcing Hannah Linz, who was battling cancer for a second time, to the crowd for the last time was something I will never forget. It was so moving I named it my

top moment of the Bison season last year. Raw emotion from a coach that is paid to keep her composure in pressure situations is hard to describe without being there, caught up in every last drop of the moment. The rarity in itself made the entire night priceless. Coach DeHoff and Linz coming together through adversity on and off the court, united again at center court, taking in a great applause from the crowd one last time together as one. As a family. Touchdowns and playoff victories are always memorable in the Fargodome, but the feeling I had while DeHoff was casting off the 2013 seniors will remain unmatched. Last Thursday, seeing the red eyes, fresh from tears of the players, is precisely why I elected not to go to the press conference. It was an emotional day because the players lost more than their coach; they lost a part of their family. Coaching changes are difficult and is the ugly truth when having a closely knit athletic department. This makes it a difficult decision for any head coach to resign. I condemn the difficult move and the guts it took DeHoff to that monumental decision. Loving the players so much to give up your job so the athletes might have a shot to succeed in the future is only something a special person like DeHoff could have done. Hell yeah, there are people inside the BSA offices thinking about DeHoff today. But what’s done is done and both DeHoff and her staff can only move forward. DeHoff will be remembered by fans from the difficult run of bad luck and long losing seasons. None of this matters, though, because to the people who knew her, whose lives were affected by her coaching a silly game will be something for Coach DeHoff to hang her hat on, and take with her wherever the coaching carousel drops her off next.




Hayden Zillmer owns a 24-6 overall record this season and hopes his success continues into the NCAA Tournament.

Zillmer Climbs National Rankings in Pursuit of All-American Goals Sophomore 174-pounder currently sits at No. 11 Sam Herder Sports Editor

Hayden Zillmer has the high school wrestling accolades to impress anyone. He holds the Crosby Ironton High School wins record, went 43-1 in his senior year and won three state championships while in Crosby, Minn. Zillmer is one of eight wrestlers to win national titles in folkstyle, freestyle and Greco-Roman. But as a sophomore at NDSU, he has new goals to obtain. And he’s quick to respond if asked what those goals are: become an AllAmerican. Zillmer has made big leaps from his redshirt freshman year to this season to achieve that goal. He went 11-9 overall and 5-4 in duals last year. This season at 174 pounds, Zillmer

has flown to a 24-6 overall record while going 13-3 in dual competition. That performance has him ranked as the 11th best wrestler in his weight class as of Feb. 25. “It’s great,” Zillmer said. “It’s just kind of the next step in my wrestling career, so this is all part of the plan.” Zillmer is used to success on the wrestling mat. He had no doubt in his mind on what his potential could reach this year. “I felt like if I just kept working hard at what I’m doing, then success would come,” Zillmer said. “And I feel like how we train here, there’s no reason why I shouldn’t go up higher.” Zillmer has steadily climbed the rankings this season. A third-place finish at the Midlands Championship in December, the second highest in NDSU history, gave Zillmer a more recognizable name. But Zillmer said he doesn’t feel any added pressure with the rankings next to his name. In fact, many of his opponents seem to back off in duals.

Being a mentor of sorts for Zillmer is his teammate and 165-pounder Steven Monk. Monk is ranked No. 3 in the nation and has helped Zillmer in his climb in the national rankings. “After every match I wrestle, me and M o n k always have a c o n versation,”

Zillmer said. “Even if he wrestles bad and I wrestle good, or we both wrestle not as good as we could’ve, we always have that conversation after our matches so it’s great.” The

two have helped boost the NDSU wrestling team to its best rankings in program history last week at No. 19 in the USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll. The Bison had their first Division I All-American last year in Trent Sprenkle. They have consistently been in the Top 25 polls the last two seasons. But being on a campus where football is king and men’s basketball is pushing for a national tournament appearance, the wrestling team has been a hidden gem for NDSU athletics. But that’s nothing new for Zillmer. “Personally, I’m kind of a guy that flies under the radar,” Zillmer said. “I think the guys push a little harder, because we have high expectations. We’re probably one of the highest ranked teams on campus,so it’s still awesome to be a part of. It’s nice, but it’s all kind JOSEPH RAVITS | THE SPECTRUM

of leading up to this postseason. And that’s where all our training is going for. So I guess all the rankings and all that doesn’t really matter right now … just finish the year strong.” Finishing the year strong is what Zillmer expects to do. The wrestling team has two weeks until the NCAA West Regional on March 8 in Orem, Utah. That is where Zillmer will get his chance to qualify for the NCAA Championships. A top eight finish at nationals achieves his goal of gaining All-American status. The road isn’t easy, and Zillmer knows improvements are still to be made. Small things like attacking more and not being afraid to pull the trigger are what he says he will work on in the coming weeks along with conditioning … all in hopes of capturing that one goal. “I want to be an AllAmerican,” Zillmer said. “I’m going to have to work hard here, improve on some stuff and peak at the right time.”

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