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Tre Dempsey joins the team huddle in prayer after the Bison’s semifinal loss against James Madison University. It was the Herd’s first playoff loss since 2010.

ND Senator Proposes Speed Limit Increase Increasing interstate speeds in the state debated

Maddy Capman Co-News Editor

On Dec. 28, Lonnie Laffen, chairman of the Senate transportation committee, proposed a bill that would increase the speed limits for “access-controlled, paved and divided, multi-lane interstate highways”

to 80 mph. “The speed limit really works best when it is set at the rate that most people are driving,” Laffen said. According to the North Dakota Department of Transportation, 32.4 percent of fatal car accidents in ND throughout 2015 were speed related. This percent showed a decrease from the preceding year.

Vehicles have become safer, according to Laffen. The United States currently has six states that accommodate 80 mph speed limits, according to Governors Highway Safety Association. Laffen, a Republican, said South Dakota’s recent speed limit increase, occurring in August of 2015, is only benefiting the citizens of

South Dakota. Speed limit citations in South Dakota have decreased from 2,500 per month to 20 per month. 30.2 percent of fatal car accidents in South Dakota were speed related in 2014. North Dakota’s last speed limit change was in 2013, when the speed limit jumped from 70

mph to the current speed limit 75 mph. These changes will have little effect in cities, where the speed limits will still be controlled by the city itself. The Bismarck Tribune reported Carolyn Nelson, Fargo’s senator and the Democrat representative on the transportation committee, would look to

increase fines for people who break the speed limit. According to state law, the current fine for speeding on a road where the speed limit in 65 mph or higher is $5 per mph over the specified limit. Senator Laffen said he hopes that drivers will use caution under certain weather conditions.




The ice-cold irony of starting spring semester in the middle of January

Get Chopped to get new name, anonymous students show their creativity



Bison wrestling snatch two home wins over winter break




Freshman Dies in Car Accident Sunday Max, N.D., native commemorated by family, friends, university Benjamin Norman Spectrum Staff

As spring semester begins this week, one desk will stay empty. Brooke Schroeder, a freshman majoring in agricultural education, died in a car crash Sunday near Valley City. She was traveling eastbound back to campus on Interstate 94. Capt. Bryan Niewind of

the North Dakota Highway Patrol told The Forum that Schroeder’s 1999 Pontiac Bonneville swerved into a guardrail on an overpass at 5:17 p.m. The car then went over the median before ending up upside down on the bridge’s embankment. According to the report, first responders from Valley City Rural Fire Department fought to free Schroeder from the wreckage. Barnes County Ambulance then

took her to Mercy Hospital in Valley City. While blowing snow was present at the time of the crash, road conditions were reported dry. The Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash. Schroeder, a Max, North Dakota, native, was 18. “The NDSU community is deeply saddened by the loss of our student,” NDSU administrators posted on the university’s

Facebook account. “Our condolences go out to Brooke Schroeder’s family and friends. We are a tightly knit community and will experience the grief of this loss together.” Schroeder’s friends at NDSU remember her as a driven young woman, zealous about God, agriculture and health. “I met Brooke in late May at Camp Metigoshe,” Tara Troxel, a sophomore, said.

“We were both counselors together. “She would always be up early during the summer to go run at the crack of dawn. Whenever she had free time … she would be working out. She had a beautiful spirit and will be deeply missed by her camp family.” Friends and family members took to social media to memorialize Schroeder’s life.

“Nothing anyone says or does can take away the pain,” Colton Schroeder, Brooke’s brother and a senior majoring in mechanical engineering, wrote on Facebook. “You were always right behind me in my footsteps growing up. There will always be a part of me missing.” Funeral services were not announced at press time.

News Over the Break Casey McCarty Head News Editor

Swearing In

Doug Burgum officially became the 33rd governor of North Dakota on December 15. Kevin Cramer, North Dakota’s incumbent House of Representatives representative, John Hoeven, one of North Dakota’s incumbent senators, and eight Minnesotan congressmen also took oaths of office

to officially reside at their respective posts for the term. Nationally, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan was elected to be the Speaker of the House for the second time. His first term in the seat was not a full term as he took over for Ohio Congressman John Boehner who resigned midway through his term. Donald Trump will be sworn in as president on January 20.

N.D. Legislature

The North Dakotan state legislature began session on

Jan. 3. The session is the 65th of its nature in the state of North Dakota. Representatives lobbying the legislature on behalf of NDSU include President Dean Bresciani, student government external affairs commissioners Katie Mastel and Kim Ellwein. Student body president and vice president Spencer Moir and Anuj Teotia, respectively, are also listed as lobbyists though their involvement is more limited.

Aborting Planned


As members of the Republican Party now control the USHoR, U.S. Senate and soon to be the presidency, a move is occurring within the federal government to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. As part of the move, Ryan said to the New York Times that Planned Parenthood would lose federal funding in the legislation to repeal Obamacare. Currently, the nearest

Planned Parenthood clinic is located in Moorhead, Minnesota.

Russia hacking

A report alleging Russia was behind hacking emails belonging to members of the Democratic National Committee and of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has come under fire in Washington. The report, originally issued to President Barack Obama, was delivered in a declassified method to the press, ABC news reported. The report concluded that

Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, ordered for a campaign to influence the U.S. presidential election to “undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process,” ABC news reported. James Comey, the director of the FBI, along with CIA Director John Brennan, NSA and command chief Adm. Mike Rodgers and the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper appeared before the Senate Committee on Intelligence Tuesday.

Predicted Opening for Turf Comes and Goes Owner remains optimistic City will approve building Phoebe Ellis Staff Writer

An earlier prediction that the Bison Turf would reopen by January 1 proved too ambitious. Owner Pete Sabo said the City of Fargo still has yet to approved a building permit. In July of 2016 the Turf, a popular bar just off campus on University Drive, experienced a fire that caused damage to much of

the second floor. Despite the damage, Sabo assured the public that the Turf would reopen as soon as he got a building permit from the City of Fargo. He initially thought the bar could reopen by Homecoming. Then it was New Year. As soon as the permit is approved by the city, Sabo has plenty of plans lined up for the Turf. Sabo estimates that once he’s granted approval,

the rebuilding will take approximately four to six weeks. The extent of the rebuilding isn’t just repairing the damage caused by the fire; it’s also about bringing an old building up to today’s safety codes. The building, originally built in 1934 with an addition in the 1950s, has a lot of catching up to do before it can reopen its doors. The biggest obstacle

Sabo faces is the new fire extinguishing system, but once the permit from the city is granted, even that won’t stop him from getting the Turf back to its old self again. At the end of all the repairs the total cost of the rebuilding will cost upwards of $70,000, which is the cost of the updated fire extinguishing system alone. Sabo said he considers himself lucky because none of the employees, or any of

the furniture, were damaged in the fire. In fact, the extent of the fire expanded to the second level, and water damage to the walls. Despite the expanded space, the parking lot will be cut in half, and shrubs will be put in to spruce up the place. Despite the renovations and safety code updates the building will look vastly the same, save a few expansions, and the

old employees will be welcomed back to their jobs. Sabo expects that the renovations will bring even more people to the Bison Turf along with some more profit and some more Bison spirit. When asked what he has gleaned from this experience, Sabo said it was a “learning experience” where he’s really become educated on the safety of his building.

In A Nutshell Amanda Johnson Staff Writer

15 percent budget cut

North Dakota State and various other pubic campuses are preparing to cut the higher education budget by 15 percent. Former Governor Jack Dalrymple “recommended that higher education spending be cut 15 percent,” and “to soften the blow” Dalrymple “suggested campuses could increase tuition 2.5 percent each of the two years of the

biennium,” the Forum reported. NDSU was able to absorb the budget cuts by holding vacancies open and offering retirement incentives that were accepted by 55 faculty members and staff. The Forum reported “only critical positions are being filled,” and NDSU is doing “more merging than cutting programs.”

Takeoff aborted

Around 6:30 a.m. on Jan. 9, a United Express commuter jet due to takeoff from Fargo and was halted after two tires were blown

on the runway. “The plane was accelerating for takeoff when the plane’s two right-rear tires blew,” Shawn Dobberstein, airport authority executive director, told KFGO. The plane was returned to the terminal and passengers were booked on other flights, no one was hurt. “Airport crews searched the runway for debris” and “the cause is being investigated,” KFGO reported.

Flu increases

“Minnesota and North

Dakota have seen a drastic spike” in flu cases with “Minnesota reporting a 33 percent increase in flu hospitalization” and “North Dakota flu cases have nearly tripled,” WDAY reported. North Dakota went from fewer than 30 confirmed cases in late December to nearly 75 confirmed cases of the flu. WDAY reported, “Holiday travel may be to blame in part” because people “come into contact with more people so we’re more likely to be exposed to different strains.”

Good hygiene and cleaning your cellphone and other things you touch regularly can help prevent the spread of the flu and sicknesses.

Missing element in Earth’s core Japanese scientists have found the missing element that makes up a significant portion of Earth’s core. “By recreating the high temperatures and pressure found in the deep interior, experiments suggest the most likely candidate is silicon,” BBC News reported.

Eiji Ohtani, from the University of Tokyo, told BBC News they “believe that silicon is a major element – about 5 percent (of the Earth’s inner core) by weight could be silicon dissolved into the ironnickel alloys.” The core is too deep to investigate directly. The core is studied by passing seismic waves through the region to tell what it is made up of. A better understanding of what makes up the core can help to understand conditions during the formation of Earth.





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Top 10 Hobbies to Start in 2017

Hobbies fit to keep you out of the cold weather

their child equivalent. Starting out: Adult coloring books are now sold at Wal-mart and Target. Hobby Lobby and Barnes and Noble have a larger variety.

Kaitlyn Grube Staff Writer

With the cold weather firmly in place, it’s a great time to pick up a new hobby. Put some music on in the background and take a look at these 10 hobbies to start in 2017:

knitting is all the supplies needed are available at WalMart. There’s even a small section of beginner knitting books that can cost $4 and up. For a larger selection, Hobby Lobby, Michaels and JoAnn Fabrics are good choices. Starting out: The blog Blissfully Domestic contains beginner videos for knitting showing how to cast on, how to do a knit stitch, a purl stitch and binding off, which finishes a project. To begin a new project, a simple scarf is the easiest way to begin. Instructions to begin a scarf can be found at

3. Calligraphy

If adult coloring books seem a little too simple, calligraphy is more involved. Calligraphy is the art of handwriting. This could take the annual Christmas card to the next level. Starting out: The worksheet on the Postman’s Knock goes through the steps of beginning calligraphy. There are worksheets as well as workshops on There are also worksheets available at lovepapercrafts. com.

1. Bullet journaling

Bullet journaling is widely popular as a way to keep track of appointments, meal plans, assignments and general health. A combination of journaling, lists and a planner, the bullet journal has become a sensation on Tumblr. It’s good for anyone who wants to be a little more organized. Starting out: bulletjournal. com has a tutorial as soon as the site is opened as well as an entire section devoted to getting a system started. They also offer journals starting at $24.95.

5. Crocheting

Just liking knitting, crocheting is timeless. For more versatile projects, crocheting is a good skill to have. There are also projects that combine knitting and crocheting for those who perfect both skills. Starting out: For visual learners, YouTube is the best bet when it comes to crochet videos for beginners. There are hundreds of different stitches when it comes to crocheting and the best way

4. Knitting

Knitting is a timeless tradition passed down through the generations. With the invention of the internet, learning to knit has never been easier. This hobby will produce hours of stress free activity as well as a new scarf, blanket or sweater. The nice thing about

2. Adult coloring books

Adult coloring books reduce stress, promote creativity and are all-around fun. A popular way to relax after a hard day, adult coloring books allow for more complex patterns than

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to do this without spending hundreds of dollars is to look up tutorials. Granny Squares have been used for hundreds of years to teach crocheting to the next generation. There are a variety of Granny Squares, but one of the most basic patterns is shown in a video called How To Crochet a Granny Square - Beginners Tutorial & Basic Pattern by Jayda InStitches.

6. Drawing

Doodling in notebooks is as relaxing as it gets. Take these doodles to the page by drawing in a drawing notebook. Using drawing pencils will add clarity and depth to any drawing. Starting out: There’s a site online called that offers tutorials on characters from TV shows and movies. There are video tutorials as well as written, step-by-step instructions available.

7. Baking

Baking seems more like a chore more than a hobby, but making sweets is definitely considered a hobby. The best part about this particular activity is that the payout is getting to

eat the results. Starting out: The Food Network is tempting but maybe not the best instruction for beginners. Many baking ingredients have recipes right on the back of their package that are simple and easy to follow. If the recipe isn’t available, has thousands of recipes from around the world.

8. Learn sign language

Learning a new language is always fun and interesting. The nice thing about sign language is its versatility. Being able to talk to someone you may not have been able to talk to before is rewarding in itself. It will also help when filling out job applications. Starting out: While there are hundreds of books illustrating sign language for learners, the easiest way to learn sign language is to watch someone use it. YouTube is the best free resource for this. YouTuber Bill Vickers has a lot of videos devoted to teaching sign language.

9. Yoga

Yoga is a way to relieve stress from every day life. Stretching doesn’t have to

be painful or exhausting. Adding yoga daily can have lasting impression on health and wellness. Starting out: Yome and Do Yoga With Me are two great sites with free beginner videos for those who are just learning. The NDSU Wellness Center also provides classes in yoga.

10. Reading

Reading doesn’t have to be solely for academics. With reading apps becoming more popular, it’s easier than ever to read. There are also far more genres available to the average reader including newspapers, fantasy and even biographies. Starting out: The easiest, cheapest way to get a physical book is a trip to the library. There are hundreds of books available and it’s all free to use. There are also many apps and newspapers online that are free to the public. Hobbies are a great way to expand horizons and learn a new skill. Whether it’s knitting, crocheting or bullet journaling, starting a new hobby will reduce stress and induce relaxation.

Healthy Herd | Barking up the Wrong Tree A recipe to help minimize snacking disasters due to holiday treats Contributing Writer

a nosedive because you will be able to stick to that resolution will power.

Stuck on a post-holiday sugar addiction? Is it causing you to fail at your New Year’s resolution already? Have no fear; just try this sweet, easy-to-make recipe to curb your craving but with less guilt. Your body will thank you, and your self-loathing will take

For the bark (base) • 2 cup Greek yogurt o Plain or flavor of your choice • 2 tablespoons honey • 1 tablespoon cranberries • 1 tablespoon raisins For the topping

Regina Schimek

Fruity Yogurt Bark Ingredients

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Yogurt bark can be a healthier option to indulge in, instead of gravitating towards any leftover Christmas goodies.

• Fresh strawberries (roughly 5) • 1 tablespoon shredded (desiccated) coconut • 1 tablespoon dark chocolate chips


1. First, mix the yogurt and honey together. Once it’s evenly combined, add in the cranberries and raisins and repeat. 2. Next, prepare a baking pan with foil. This will help make it easier to remove at the end. Pour the yogurt mixture into the pan and spread so it’s even. 3. On top of the mixture, sprinkle all your toppings evenly. 4. Place the pan in a freezer. Leave in until completely frozen, roughly 2 - 4 hours. 5. When it’s completely frozen, take it out and use a sharp knife to break the bark into desired sized pieces of your choosing. 6. Bark is easily stored in Ziploc freezer bags and kept in the freezer. You can experiment with different fruits, yogurts and toppings to put a different spin on it. Leftover holiday goodies are notoriously tantalizing, but with this around the house, you can have a sweet that will fit better with your health and nutrition goals. You definitely won’t be barking up the wrong tree with yogurt bark. (Don’t worry, the goofiness isn’t a side effect.)




Welcome to ‘Spring’ Semester It’s a pile of lies — buckle in for snow and ice Rio Bergh

Features Editor

I remain convinced “spring semester” is the grossest misnomer of all time. “Spring” carries with it connotations of warmth and cheer, new flowers, green grass. Instead, we get a frozen wasteland. Complete with high winds and blowing snow, perpetually coming from wherever it is you want to walk. Welcome back. Isn’t it lovely? Light dustings of snow nicely complement underlying layers of compacted ice, turning the roads into deadly rinks where unsuspecting students play chicken with buses. It all looks pretty, I have to admit. But the gently falling snow turns campus downright deadly. I watched three people biff it on the same patch of ice this morning. The first one windmilled wildly, spraying coffee in every direction before landing in an unsightly sprawl,

which distracted two passersby and resulted in an unfortunate three person pileup, complete with a cloud of lost papers and a frantic scramble to gather them up before they blew away. I’m pretty sure the maintenance staff keeps a zamboni around, just for entertainment purposes. Thus far, I’ve foiled the rogue groundskeeper with a zamboni. But only because I’ve learned to recognize slippery patches by the lingering hints of embarrassment in the air. (The embarrassment from particularly spectacular falls can linger for up to three days.) That, and I’ve perfected the art of flailing, which helps. I left my dignity behind years ago. But if you, unlike me, would like to retain some small sliver of pride, the real thing you need to learn to survive the death trap that is our icy campus is the art of the dignified fall. The trick is to be purposeful. Instead of flailing in resistance, you must


A rare glimpse of NDSU’s dastardly zamboni driver, who usually polishes ice under the cover of darkness. embrace the fall. Be the fall. When you find yourself on the ground, commence with making a snow angel. Nobody will know the difference. (Except for me,

but don’t worry, I won’t give away your secret.) Let’s look at the bright side, though. The days are getting longer, and soon all of that seasonal depression

study BREAK

will be gone. We’ll make it yet. But here it is: my best advice for surviving the semester of icy death is to keep a thermos of special

cocoa and a sense of humor. And watch out for zambonis. Sadly, spring is yet a long way off. Let the frozen trudge begin.


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This week’s puzzle and answers will be published through the study break link on The Spectrum’s homepage.



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In a Country of Oil and Water Elizabeth Smith combines opposing forces in unique photographs

Paige Johnson A&E Editor

It’s unclear what, exactly, you’re looking at when viewing Elizabeth Smith’s work for the 2016 Baccalaureate Exhibition for the first time. “One person said they thought it looked like beer,” the senior laughed, “And I’m like, you know, just bring what you want. As long as you can find a connection.” As her final project, Smith chose to study the conflict between oil and water, an ode to her own experience coming from the land of 10,000 lakes to oil country. Entitled “Fluid Dynamics,” her photographs capture the interplay between ordinary tap water and gear oil from her father’s tractor. “I found that gear oil and tap water was the best combination of the bubbling of the oil, the movement with the water and how they interacted,” Smith said. “I liked how it looked on my lens and how I could convey the conflict in a harmonious manner.” The process took eight different shoots, an hour

a piece. Her final shoot, which produced the images featured in her exhibit, took two hours. To get the images, Smith filled a clear bowl with tap water. Underneath were different elements “playing on the idea water and oil come from the ground yet they can harm nature.” From there, Smith poured different streams of gear oil into the water and let nature take its course. If the oil started to clump together, she’d spray it with water to get it to move around. “I wanted to play on this conflict, like the conflict I was feeling inside from moving from a small town to a big city,” Smith said. “This conflict between oil and water repelling, but then in the images they look harmonious. I also liked the idea of something that’s really small and blowing it up really big. I wanted to give the experience of working with a macrolens to my viewer.” “You enter this other world,” Smith continued. “That’s what interested me the most when I’m looking through my lens. It’s like being in a different world and I wanted to share that with my audience.”

Elizabeth Smith uses water and oil to represent her conflict moving to North Dakota. Smith tried to mimic a December with a Bachelor To complete the wave to truly represent the of Science degree and an immersive experience, idea of fluidity. She also emphasis in photography rather than displaying her chose to paint the walls and digital media as well artwork on the gallery different shades of brown as with a minor in women walls, Smith chose to hang to represent the different and gender studies. She her work on designed layers of the earth: mud, silt hopes to use her degree to sculptural forms. and sandstone. design for an advertising By curving the walls, Smith graduated in company, either in North


Dakota or in her home state of Minnesota. While Smith’s work is no longer on display at the Memorial Union Gallery, you can find her baccalaureate exhibition and other artwork on her website.

Getting Away with Murder Never Seemed this Easy Annalise Keating and her student’s work to solve crime — while being involved in one COLUMN

Bruno Lozano Staff Writer

“Good morning. I don’t know what terrible things you have done in your life up to this point but clearly your karma is out of balance to get assigned to my class. I’m professor Annalise Keating, and this is criminal law 100. Or as I prefer to call it … ‘How to get away with murder.’’’ This is the phrase that

started it all. Quite an unusual class, I might add. Annalise Keating, one of the most challenging professors, and lawyers, ever known selects five of her students to help her with her law firm. They were in for a wild ride full of hard cases, long hours, drama and the occasional murder.

In my opinion:

This show is more than great, it’s amazing. “How to Get Away with Murder” is a fantastic show

with such an intense plot it will leave you guessing. The show messes with time-jumping, which sounds awful, but it is executed in a way that only adds to the rich plot and development of the characters and story. How else would you add so much backstory to a specific scene without simply having the actor give the audience information? Each character comes from all walks of life and in extreme situations, react

differently. And trust me, there are a lot of those in this show. “How to Get Away with Murder” does a great job of adding just the right amount of information to give the audience all the information without ruining the mystery. Annalise Keating (played by Viola Davis) is the main focus of the show. In each episode, we learn more and more about Keating and why she is who she is. We also learn a lot about her

history, which explains why she does specific things that might seem totally crazy. Her involvement in so many scenarios only lead to more lies and secrets and eventually, we see an explosion. Those scenarios are the best in the show because it affects everyone differently, yet somehow, at the end, everything comes together. In my opinion, this is by far one of the best shows not only on Netflix but

on TV because the plot is captivating and evolves so much in each season. The amount of drama and secrets is just right to keep the audience engaged and guessing. I recommend this show to everyone. So what if they don’t portray an actual lawyer the right way? The great acting and emotions that the characters give in the show is enough to keep you watching.

The Surprising Idea Behind ‘Fantastic Beasts’ J. K. Rowling’s latest release revisits the magical world and shares an important story of acceptance


Isaac Sullivan

Contributing Writer

This review contains major spoilers for “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” In the wizarding world of J.K. Rowling, there is a whole host of magical surprises. “Fantastic Beasts” marks Rowling’s first attempt at screenwriting and it was a smashing success. Rotten Tomatoes, a website dedicated to film and television reviews, gave “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” a review of 73 percent, which is considered to be “certified fresh” by the website. In other words, the critics give their thumbs up. What “Fantastic Beasts” signifies to fans of “Harry Potter” is a return to the world they had to say goodbye to five years ago. The wizarding world is a drug to many. It gives a brief escape from reality, but most importantly it speaks to our humanity. What some people may

not realize was Rowling also released the screenplay of her film. It contains every word said, every action taken, even the motion of the camera. In short, it’s the movie in the form of the written word, and it offers a chance for “Potterheads” to relive the magic once more. When one reads the screenplay, like this writer did, a particular theme can be delineated from “Fantastic Beasts.” While the screenplay and the film are visually different, they do not stray in terms of this theme. J.K. Rowling is a master of the written word, and she certainly excels in storytelling. In “Fantastic Beasts,” a compelling narrative about acceptance takes center stage. The setting is 1926, New York, and wizarding society is riddled with prejudice and fear with the most cardinal law being that any witch or wizard is forbidden from having contact with a “No-Maj,” a non-magical person. Newt Scamander, the main protagonist and a Hogwarts alumnus,


Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) is the main character in the latest film of the ‘Harry Potter’ universe, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.’ comments how the law seems particularly “backwards.” One of the most heartbreaking aspects of the film involves the character Credence. Credence, along with the rest of his family, belongs to the organization known as the “Second Salemers” who actively seek to expose witches as a malignant force in New York society. Unbeknownst to his family, Credence

is a wizard. Due to this unique conflict of interest, Credence develops an “obscurus.” An “obscurus” is a dark magical force that grows inside a child when he or she tries to suppress their magic. This force ultimately kills the child, and leaves a trail of death and destruction in its wake. At the end of the film, Credence erupts with this dark magic effectively

pulverizing a large portion of New York. He is however stopped by the MACUSA (the Magical Congress of the United States of America) and is killed. What should be known about this tragedy is it wasn’t Credence’s fault. He didn’t want to kill. He was just scared and afraid. Grindelwald, the main antagonist of the film, tries to manipulate Credence and use him as

a weapon. It is because of this manipulation that Credence lashes out. What the audience should take from the screenplay and the film is the importance of acceptance. If Credence had been in a better situation with a family that accepted his magic as a part of who he is, he wouldn’t have had to die. He could have lived and quite possibly others wouldn’t have died as well. It is because of hatred and fear being capitalized by individuals like Grindelwald that things fall apart. It is possible Rowling wanted to parallel her story with that of our world’s. It is possible she wanted to show that the world could be a better place if we accepted everyone despite their differences. This isn’t a novel idea, but it was one that should be talked about. The screenplay for “Fantastic Beasts” can be bought at most major retailers for those who would want to both relive the magic and hear Rowling’s lesson first hand.


Reflections on a Dynasty Our favorite photos and memories from the last six years

By: Benjamin Norman

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The North Dakota State Bison may have been a fumble away from its first trip to Frisco, Texas, on December 10, 2010. It wasn’t meant to be that snowy night in Cheney, Washington. Brock Jensen lost the ball in overtime — though everyone knows his knee was obviously down before the fumble occurred — and Craig Bohl’s football team went home to Fargo for the winter. Eastern Washington went onto win the FCS Championship. The Bison bounced back next fall, though, and a dynasty was born.

Fans began selling out the Fargodome on a consistent basis. The Traveling Herd started pounding the pavement, too. Hoards of Bison fans caravanned down I-94 to the Twin Cities to cheer the Bison as they beat the University of Minnesota Gophers at the still-new smelling TCF Bank Stadium. Robbing the Bank, in front of 48,802 fans, was just the beginning for Bohl’s team. After surviving No. 17-ranked James Madison University, NDSU, the lastranked 1 seed, demolished Lehigh and Georgia Southern to punch its first ticket to

Frisco, Texas. The drinking started and would not be stopped. The Bison beat Sam Houston State for a first time for the Herd’s first FCS Championship. The Bison

won 17-6, shutting down the explosive Bearkats offense. Bohl, in his ninth year as head coach, brought back the first football championship for NDSU since 1990. So it began.

2012 The Bison didn’t miss a beat when the team began its 2012 campaign, dismantling Robert Morris in the home opener and then cruising past FBS-caliber Colorado State a week later. The victory in Fort Collins, Colorado, was the Herd’s third win in a row against an FBS team, a precursor for big games to come. The season hit a snag the week after Homecoming; Indiana State upset NDSU 17-14 in the Fargodome. That was the last loss of the season for the Herd, and for a long while after a second trip to Frisco, too. It wasn’t easy for the No. 1 seed once the playoffs began. A quarterfinal fight against Wofford in the Fargodome ended in a 14-7 Bison win. Fans thought the crowd was loud that game. A week later against Georgia Southern, mayhem.

2013 Ask any North Dakotan what they were doing August 30, 2013, and they will respond in unflinching unison: “I was watching Brock Jensen march the Bison 80 yards in eight-plus minutes to the biggest upset in NDSU history (at the time).” Kansas State, the reigning Big 12 Champions, thought it’d open its recently revamped stadium against a snowflake FCS team. What the Wildcats got on a hot Manhattan, Kansas, night was a Thundering Herd that spoils parties. Jensen’s offense methodically picked apart a deflated Wildcat defense, churning and churning up

the field. Watch our paperboy’s pirated video montage of the drive on Youtube. It’ll make you happy. Eighteen plays and seemingly 18 third-down conversions later, an upset was had, and whispers of a Fargo dynasty began. Those whispers were heard in Bristol, Connecticut. ESPN announced it would take a trip up to the Tundra. Remember when we were mad because Lee Fitting and Co. wanted to place their show downtown instead of the picture-esque parking lots of the Fargodome? What a time to be alive. Downtown was gorgeous, Lee Corso adopted an actual

bison and the NDSU Bison beat Delaware State 51-0. And the wins kept coming, including a squeaker over Northern Iowa, a Homecoming blowout seen by the most fans in the Fargodome (19,108) ever and absolute, complete playoff domination and obliteration. A perfect season seemed predestined. Then, un-Bohl-believable dis-Bohl-lief. The puns reigned supreme, and the head coach was on his way out to Laramie, Wyoming. Bohl’s time at NDSU was waning — what else can an FCS head coach do after winning two championships? — but the timing seemed

off. Apparently the Cowboys in Wyoming didn’t care about the Herd’s campaign for back-to-back-to-back championships. In the end, not even treason could stop the Bison. The Herd settled in, per usual, and took down Towson 35-7. Bohl, Jensen and company finished the perfect season. The Bison were ranked No. 1 the entire season. The team outscored opponents 581-169. Foes scored 13 points all season in the fourth quarter against the Herd. That is as literally as good as it gets. We drank and reminisced like it was over, because it probably was. Right?

Georgia Southern, six-time championships themselves, wanted revenge for the playoff blowout last year. The Eagles almost did. Almost. Brock Jensen found the endzone with three minutes to play to give NDSU a 2320 lead. The Herd’s defense blocked a 50-yard field goal to seal the return trip down to “South Fargo” and another rematch against Sam Houston State. The final score is deceiving: at halftime, the Bison and Bearkats were tied at 10. Outscoring the opponent 29-3 in the second half allowed Fargo to breathe easily and drink heavily as the Bison became back-toback champions. Sam Houston hasn’t returned to Frisco since. A year, and some drama, later, NDSU returned — with a perfect record in tow.









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Scene: Ames, Iowa. Enter: Chris Klieman and Carson Wentz. The new leaders of the Bison football team lead the Herd to its 25th consecutive win, spoiling FBS-level Iowa State’s season opener. After falling behind 140, the Bison rattled off 34 unanswered points. Maybe these new leaders could keep this run going. One run reached its end this season: the winning streak. Thirty-three games after losing to Indiana State (see: Page 6), the Bison fell to Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. The overall streak remains the longest in FCS history. Winning streaks be damned. Klieman lead his football

The Drive for Five began with a hazy loss in Missoula, Montana. For the first time since 2009, the Bison had a losing record, albeit for hot minute. NDSU quickly won four in a row, including a rout of the University of North Dakota. All was well. And then The Drive, The Dynasty and Bison Football were declared dead. The University of South Dakota stunned the Bison at the Fargodome for the


loss happened at the Rose Bowl. It was the Bison’s sixth straight FBS win; why wouldn’t a Bison fan buy another ticket to Frisco? Then came the injuries. And the loss to South Dakota State, the first since 2009. And while the SDSU game was avenged in the playoffs, James Madison swaggered back into the Fargodome and did some avenging of their own. The Dukes beat the Bison, plain and simple.

27-17. James Madison went onto Frisco to win the Championship. Since 2010, the Bison have either won the FCS Championship or lost to its eventual champion. Five Championships. Six conference titles. Twentytwo postseason wins in a row. An overall record of 83-7 and an outscoring of opponents 3,005-1,220. The Bison will have more than 20 seniors on next year’s team. Why wouldn’t the dynasty continue?

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team to another No. 1 seed in the playoffs, and the Herd survived early scares against South Dakota State and Coastal Carolina to advance to another match-up against Sam Houston. The Herd won 35-3, which led to the most dramatic of the Frisco visits. Missouri Valley foe Illinois State pushed through its side of the bracket to play NDSU for the championship. A last-minute comeback almost snapped the championship streak. Perhaps Klieman and Wentz lacked the magic. How foolish of us to doubt. Seventy-eight yards. Six plays. A fourth championship.


The Fargodome had never seen an overtime game in its more than two decades of hosting Bison games. Two games into the 2016 season, and the Herd won two OT affairs. The Bison only needed four quarters to defeat Big Ten’s Iowa in Iowa City. In the arguably biggest victory in Bison athletics history, the Herd beat the No.13 Hawkeyes on a lastsecond field goal by Cam Petersen. Kinnick Stadium was stunned. Its home team’s last


Coyote’s first win in Fargo since 1978. The 26-game home winning streak was over. Worse, if memory serves right, Wentz severed his right wrist and was done. “It’s over,” Fargo sighed. “It’s not over,” responded redshirt freshman Easton Stick. Eight big wins later, Stick passed the team back to Wentz in Frisco, where the future No. 2 NFL draft pick won one for the thumb.



5 Ways to Enjoy Frosty North Dakota on a Budget While the cold may make the outside intimidating, Fargo offers plenty of fun activities BAGO GAMES | FLICKR.COM

While ‘Rogue One’ contained the makings for a great movie, it didn’t deliver.

Review: ‘Rogue One’ Wasn’t Good A Star Wars fan turned film critic takes on the Star Wars spinoff REVIEW

Casey McCarty Spectrum Staff

Sledding is only one way to get out and enjoy the cold and the snow.

2. Catch a movie at the Union

Emily Dockter

Contributing Writer

It’s January in North Dakota, and that means two things: the spring semester is starting at NDSU and it’s downright cold outside. Even though our bank accounts are still reeling from tuition and textbooks, and there may not appear to be many options with the weather, when you’re ready for a break from homework, there are plenty of opportunities for a good time. Here are five of my favorite ways to survive the frozen North Dakota winter on a budget.

1. Go sledding

Sledding is a Midwestern classic and it’s a great way to take advantage of the recent snowfall and icy temps. Fargo has a couple of good sledding hills and both locations offer sleds for checkout. Edgewood Golf Course is a couple minutes from campus, and they have a decent sledding hill that isn’t too steep. They also offer free sleigh rides on Saturday afternoons. Mickelson Park is another good option in Fargo, with a new sledding hill steeper than Edgewood’s. Both locations have a warming hut available during the day if you need to take a break from the cold.

The return of the semester means the return of weekly movie nights at Century Theater in the Memorial Union. Campus Attractions features a different movie each week, and show times are Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights. The selections for January include “Suicide Squad,” as well as the classic “Legally Blonde,” with more to come throughout the semester.

3. Warm up in the hot tub and sauna in the Wellness Center

What’s a better way to combat -30° with wind chill than the steamy 100°+ temperatures in the brandnew hot tub and sauna in the Wellness Center? Take advantage of your student membership and hop over to the Wellness Center to warm up, relax and unwind after a stressful day of classes. Both are open all week with time available in the morning, evening and some afternoons. You can check their hours on the Wellness Center’s website at ndsu. edu/wellness.

4. Have a game night

If you’ve never heard what a hula-hoop, a treehouse and Frankenstein sound like, you’re about to find out. While game nights all depend on what


you and your friends are up for, classics like Monopoly and Scrabble, and party favorites like Catchphrase or Charades, are always good picks. If you’re more into video games than board games, set up a friendly MarioKart battle or see what the local libraries have available. You can get anything from PlayStation to Xbox on a one-week loan. My friends and I love to play a game called Fishbowl. It’s a mash-up of Catchphrase and Charades with a lot of sound effects that usually leaves us laughing so hard, we’re crying. Whatever you pick, game nights are easy and a ton of fun.

5. Check out the Frostival

If you’re getting a little cabin fever, bundle up and head downtown for some low-cost fun. Downtown Fargo is hosting the Frostival January 27 and 28. There’s no cost to attend, but some of the activities have a small fee. The Frostival has a wide variety of activities, including ice skating, a volleyball tournament and Snowga, a free yoga class held outdoors in Island Park. You can find more information and the schedule for the weekend on the event website,

Must-Watch Midwinter Movies

Three films to watch this January

Christian Weber Contributing Writer

Well, the spring semester has begun, and you know what that means in Fargo: snow and ice, bitter temperatures and wind, wind, wind. You’ve worked hard reading syllabi and introducing yourself to professors and classmates this week and you deserve a warm night in. Here are three movies to enjoy this weekend with a mug of tea or cocoa and a snug blanket.

“Wild Strawberries” (1957)

Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman’s masterpiece explores the past and present of an aging doctor, Isak Borg, as he travels to accept a kind of lifetime achievement award. He feels alienated from his family and is preoccupied with memories of his childhood, youth and dysfunctional marriage. On his way to the award ceremony, he reconnects

with his daughter-in-law and befriends three young hitchhikers. These events help him reconcile with his past and regain some happiness and contentment. This time of year, it’s easy to get caught up in our memories, some of which may be difficult to relive. “Wild Strawberries” shows us the importance of enjoying our present lives without forgetting how our past experiences have made us who we are.

“The Shining” (1980)

Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s harrowing bestseller examines the psychological degeneration of Jack Torrance, a struggling writer and a winter caretaker at an isolated resort, the Overlook Hotel. Jack is accompanied by his wife, Wendy, and their son, Danny, who has unusual telepathic abilities. During their stay, Jack begins to lose control of his behavior and Danny has intense hallucinations that reveal the violent past of the Overlook Hotel. If you’re into horror and

suspense, “The Shining” is especially fun to watch in the winter because of its setting. For those who are easily frightened (like me), keep the lights on and watch with a friend.

“Fargo” (1996)

Joel and Ethan Coen’s Midwest thriller, “Fargo,” is a sometimes ghastly and oftentimes hilarious representation of what the rest of the country thinks about North Dakota. It follows pregnant police chief, Marge Gunderson, as she investigates an extortion plot initiated by a desperate used-car dealer. Lurid violence ensues as the extortion plot goes south. “Fargo” is notorious for its characters’ pronounced “dontcha know” accents and its infamous woodchipper scene. Although it can be suspenseful and intense, for North Dakotans, it’s mainly worth watching because it takes a few common stereotypes about Minnesotans and North Dakotans and intensifies them to a comical, almost parodic extreme.

Now, before we dive into the depths of the holiday season’s best prequel film, I must state the obvious: Spoiler alert, if you haven’t seen “Rogue One” and don’t want spoilers, turn back now. Good, now that that is out of the way and I too can skip the infamous crawl as “Rogue One” did, let us discuss. “Rogue One,” though it made my Star Wars fanboy and childhood nostalgia meters read at high levels, was not a good movie. Don’t get me wrong, I liked it and will happily watch it over and over again for decades to come. You can like and re-watch not-good movies, such as “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” but it doesn’t remove the fact it is a bad. Ultimately, this film was mediocre at best, but will still make Star Wars fans happy.


The pace of “Rogue One” makes the first half of it arguably the slowest movie I’ve seen since “Lord of the Rings.” The film introduced far too many characters and planets in too short of a time frame. There was Jedha and um ... other planets? I’ve seen this movie three times and still haven’t grasped any of the other introductory planets’ names. The later part of the film, being the Battle for Scariff, moved much quicker and was a relief to the already bored movie viewer.

Character development

Diego Luna’s character Cassian Andor left me questioning his integrity throughout the entire film, which lead me to pause and ask if anyone is really the good guy in this film. When we first meet Andor, he kills a contact of his in cold blood for the simple fact that his contact was a liability. However later on, he hesitates to kill Mads Mikkelsen’s Galen Erso or Ben Mendelsohn’s Director Orson Krennic. This leads me to believe his character is conflicted in morality and thus a weak character who I find hard to really root for or against at the end of the day. Why wasn’t Mikkelsen’s Erso developed more

as a character? I love Mikkelsen, he is arguably my favorite actor and one of the most talented there is. His character, however, was very minor in terms of screen time and his background was not fleshed out enough. Sure, his character served to drive the plot in that finding Erso was the mission of the Rebel Alliance. “Star Wars: A New Hope” also played on the find-thisperson plot, only it did it in a swift manner and didn’t leave audiences waiting. “A New Hope”’s Princess Leia was also hyped up to be a very important character, whereas Erso left me feeling like he was important but not imperative to the story. Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso, daughter of Mikkelsen’s character and “main” character of the film, was the most disappointing aspect of this film. Going into it, I was expecting a Carrie Fisher-esque feminine badass and opposition leader who really inspired me as a viewer. Instead, I would pair Jyn Erso to the likings of Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen from “The Hunger Games” films. She was a mundane character who only aspired to kick ass because she had to, not because she wanted to. Sure, Jyn’s father was killed by the Empire in front of her eyes, which pissed her off toward the end of the film, but until that point Jyn was only there because she had no choice. Otherwise Jyn seemed like a mopey individual who just goes about her business and is not really aspiring to much. Mendelsohn’s Krennic provided more humanity to the Empire instead of the traditional bad-guysonly vibe. Ultimately his arrogance and lust for power caused his downfall, though. His humanity, I think, could have been better played if he were to have aided the Rebel Alliance toward the end of the film, instead of crushing him. Finally, Alan Tudyk’s K-2SO is my new most likable and favorite character in all of Star Wars canon. The recommissioned Imperial droid provided both comic relief and an overall sense of happiness in an otherwise dark and bland film that didn’t really provide much to audiences. It was sad to see him sacrifice himself for


the mission, but at the same time it was a good testament to his character. (Side bar, did you know Tudyk also played Pirate Steve in the film “Dodgeball?” Me neither.) I suspected every character would basically die at the end of this film due to their lack of appearance in the following, but I didn’t care or feel for 99 percent of characters dying in this film. There was no-not-them moment (save K-2SO) where I felt bad for a character dying. The filmmakers didn’t really do a good job to inspire audiences to care for the characters and instead shipped them off to die in war. Which, in a war movie like this, technically is fine but the good war movies make sure you care about a character or few first.


Gratuitous cameos were abundant in this film. Bail Organa? Check. Young Princess Leia? Check. Darth Vader, Grand Moff Tarkin, Mon Mothma, R2-D2 and C-3PO? All checks, and most actually serving a part in plot progression, aside from being inserted into the film solely to make fans happy. So many cameos left me wondering: where is Emperor Palpatine? Ian McDiarmid, the actor who plays him, is still alive and well. If producers can computer generate Peter Cushing’s (Grand Moff Tarkin) face and voice into the film for a substantial amount of screen time, even though he died in 1994, there is no reason to not have even a brief snippet of the Emperor especially for how powerobsessed his character is.

CGI and after effects

Not surprisingly, the computer-generated imagery in this film is out of this world (pun-intended). Perhaps the most outstanding element is how the filmmakers were able to insert Cushing and Carrie Fisher’s (Princess Leia) likenesses from over 20 years ago into the film and uses voices that remarkably sounded similar to what their characters did in the first Star Wars film. I’m glad that Cushing’s Tarkin is finally revealed as a true badass that ruins any doubts viewers had from the original film. Editor’s Note: Rest In Peace Carrie Fisher.


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2016: A Year to Remember? Positive action needed to turn the new year around

Erik Jonasson II Opinion Editor

The year of 2016 was an eventful one. Much like a normal year; there were 365.25 days in

it. There were four seasons. There were 12 months. For a sane, rational person (these are both relative terms), 2016 was absolutely obnoxious. Not because of dying celebrities, but you folks. The folks of Facebook and Twitter need to cool it. Every year has the potential to suck. Without going into detail, every year people die. Every year has some injustice. Don’t taint the water and make everyone hate a year simply because it is the cool thing to do.

Donald Trump is president, but that shouldn’t ruin a year. Donald Trump is president, but that shouldn’t ruin a year. That should empower us. Millennials lead a movement in Bernie Sanders. There is nothing stopping us from doing this all over again in 2020. We have the power to make 2017 a good year, and it is mostly from everything that happened in 2016.

The injustices that happened in 2016: Trump’s bigoted campaign, sexual and physical assault again women, should fire us up to start some change. These aren’t simply hashtags, these are real life events and problems. Listen to these stories and do something about it. Stop tweeting about how shitty

a year is. Rather volunteer at a victim center. Talk to someone about a certain joke they said. Perhaps engage a certain family member about their “funny jokes” at Christmas dinner. This isn’t easy but is leaves a much better mark than a RIP tweet to a musician you just immortalized because all of your friends did. Last year was one that saw a lot of injustices. 2016 can be remembered as the year that sucked. Or it can be remembered as the

year that we started fixing problems that have been an issue for too long. Let us hold fake news accountable for the spreading of false statistics, fix the justice system for sexual assault victims and, finally, fix a prison system that preys on the lowincome and over-represents a certain segment of the population. These are issues we can fix, but we need to actually do something about it, we can’t just tweet about it.

‘Rogue One’ Review (No Spoilers) I promise and reiterate: no spoilers


Grant Gloe Staff Writer

So I saw “Rogue One” on my birthday, but then my friends wanted to see it a week later. I went anyway, even though I’d already seen it. That’s right, two times. I guess you could call me a ... rogue one. Ha, get it? Because of rogue? Like, not following exactly following what’s normal. And then “one,” like you would use describe a person? Like when someone says to you “you’re a wild one” or “a clever one” or “officer, he’s the one.” It’s an adjective followed by one. And in this case, I used rogue because I was breaking the norm. Put together it’s “rogue one.” See, it’s funny because the new Star Wars movie is also called “Rogue One.” They need a call sign for their ship and they were

Hard to believe this isn’t from the actual movie. being rebellious rebels, so they went with “Rogue One.” Then I was being funny, so I also went with “rogue one.” See, it was them saying “rogue one,” then me saying “rogue one” and is, therefore, a hilarious reference. It’s not the other ways

around, me saying it then them saying it because that’s not funny. That’s a coincidence. Coincidences aren’t funny. Unless it’s a funny coincidence, like reaching for hand sanitizer at the same time and getting a staph infection, or if someone at the office party


happens to sneeze when the punch bowl is brought out, getting a staff infection. Or when you walk up and someone you didn’t realize you knew waves to you and you start to react until you realize they are waving to someone else and you chuckle at the mistake to

cover up to the world and yourself that you’re secretly dying inside. Haha! Good times! This would not be one of those coincidences. This would just be overlapping diction. No, this was wholeheartedly intentional. You see it’s “rogue one,”

like I’m a person who is a bit whacky, and yet also a singular human being that stands out in some way from similar human beings, but it’s in unspoken relation to the title of a relevant pop-culture reference, in this case, the movie “Rogue One.” They both share the same or similar phrase and therefore contain the ingredients for some good old classic comedy. You see puns have been around since the dawn of time, since dads were able to grunt “Hi hungry, me Dad” and kids would roll their eyes and smack rocks together, or whatever it was kids did for fun before TV. It’s known as wordplay, and this is indeed playing with words. I took a now common phrase, “Rogue One,” and I used this technique of wordplay (refer back to “me Dad”) to create a connection people can relate to, yet would’ve have connected themselves; at least not with someone modicum of shame, which I severely lack. Anyways the movie was pretty good. Sass-bot was sassy. 7/10

The Worst People: Early Packers Just like slow walkers and shit drivers, you too, suck

Cierra Steffensen Staff Writer

There are always those couple students in every class. Those who decide that it is a reasonably acceptable idea to begin packing their things while the teacher is still speaking. Students are

still listening and it is the most important part of the lecture. Along with slow walkers, mouth breathers and people who leave their shopping cart in the middle of a perfectly empty parking space, you are included in the group of people many of us would consider “the worst people on planet earth.” It doesn’t matter that there are still 10 minutes left in the class period. Or that you are interrupting what I can only assume is the announcements for upcoming assignments because there have been

... the clatter of pens and pencils being collected and tossed into your bottomless pit of a backpack. certain due dates that I was oblivious to, due to your stentorian behaviors. Or that you are impairing the surrounding students’ hearing due to noise created by your shuffling papers, deafening zippers and the clatter of pens and pencils being collected and tossed into your bottomless pit of a backpack. No. To you, you are preparing to depart from the class you are obviously

so annoyed to be attending. NDSU’s campus is not too large for you to wait for the appropriate time to pack your things. You do not need 15 minutes to get to your next class. Packing your things early will only make me block your way in order to make up for the time you have now wasted for me. Have you somewhere to be? Do you consider yourself to be held above

the standard 30 seconds to pack your notebook and pen into your backpack when it is not considered highly unpleasant? If you still decide that your time is more precious than everyone else’s, and we are lucky to have you gracing us with your presence, for the love of all that is holy, learn how to PACK QUIETLY. I promise you, it is not that hard. If you absolutely cannot spare the 10 seconds of your time it will take you to pack after the professor has finished speaking, then politely close your notebook without causing a flurry of notebook

papers and pens clicking shut throughout the entire class because you couldn’t help disrupting a lecture. Now, if the professor has held the class long, that’s a different story. By all means, cause a scene. We all have places to be and at that point. To you I say, make as much noise as you please. So now that you have been warned, I expect that you early packers will understand your errors and correct them. Perhaps you can save face and stop being some of the worst people on Earth.




Get Chopped or Vegetation Station? With Union salad shop seeking new name, students anonymously submit ideas SALAD CE AD-FA L A S C M Casey McCarty Spectrum Staff

Follow-up Fridays are the brainchild of the Moir/ Teotia administration in student government. The idea is simple, anonymously poll the student body via two email questions every week and then post the answers online for all to see. The last Tuesday Two question asked by student government of the most recent fall semester, asked Dec. 6, inquired about what a new name for Get Chopped or Not, the salad eatery that moved from the main level of Memorial Union to the food court in the basement, should be. Of the approximately 430 responses, here’s my top ten list for the best submitted by NDSU students:

10. Rabbit Buffet

A bit straightfoward, but yes rabbits generally eat green food.

9. Tie between Salad McSalad-Face and along the same format, Choppy McChoppy Place An homage to the great vessel formerly named Boaty-McBoatface, this


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2016 trend is sure to be relevant in two years’ time.

8. Get to the Chopper An Austrian accent can sure sell a Roman vegetable.

7. Bison Pasture

A dining place fit for the herd, I approve.

6. The Grazing Herd

BisoNation knows what it

loves best, a sweet treat of some veggie meat. I’m not the best at rhyming, but you get the point.

5. Vegetation Station

All aboard the Iceberg Express, next stop: French dressing.

4. Seth Bisbee’s Land of Food and Mystery But can the student

governement tech exec mysteriously produce good produce?

3. Taco John’s

An old cry echoed through the responses as some students wished to have more commercial enterprises join the likes of Panda Express in the MU food court. Another

mentioned corporate contender is Chick-fil-A.

2. Bitchin’ Salads

A bit along the lines of Cards Against Humanity, these salads are so good they can only be described by one off-beat adjective: bitchin’.

1. Get Chopped

The most common

response, by far, was to leave the name as it is or to shorten it to simply “Get Chopped.” It keeps the brand the same, everyone knows what it is and it is the same ol’ salad shop that has graced the herd for several semesters now, there is no need to change the name.



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Easton Stick throws warm-up passes before the semifinal game aginst James Madison. Stick will only be a junior next fall.

A Dynasty Still in the Making A look back at the biggest plays of NDSU’s historic playoff run Connor Dunn Spectrum Staff

A red-soaked field in Cheney, Washington, turning pink with snow might still be etched into the minds of Bison faithful even six years ago. NDSU’s first trip to the FCS playoffs came to a halt in the quarterfinals that day in 2010, as Eastern Washington recovered a goal-line “fumble” by the Bison to win in overtime. That day might be remembered by some, but there’s another day that should stick out in Bison lore. On a Saturday afternoon in December, D.J. McNorton rushed for 154 years, including a 60-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, along with Sam Ojuri’s 61 yards and two scores, to seal a Bison victory in the Fargodome. Big whoop, right? The Bison win there all the time. Why should anyone care? Let me explain. That

game on Dec. 3 marked the first playoff win that 2011 season. Later that season, Matt Voigtlander executed a perfect fake punt to set up a touchdown screen pass on the play from quarterback Brock Jensen to McNorton. That play gave the Bison a lead they wouldn’t relinquish thanks to a Travis Beck interception and rumbling 63-yard return to the one-yard line. Jensen snuck through the next play and hoisted the Bison’s first FCS National Championship trophy moments later. Fourth and three from Georgia Southern’s fiveyard line. Bison down four to the highly potent triple option attack led by current Viking Jerrick McKinnon. After three straight timeouts and the tension climaxed, Jensen ran into the endzone on a quarterback draw to send the Bison to Frisco, Texas, a second time in two years. There, Jensen ran for three more touchdowns aided by two Marcus

Williams interceptions and the memorable two-point conversion pass from Adam Keller to Mike Hardie off a botched extra point attempt. Two years, two titles against Sam Houston State. Led by 24 seniors and a perfect record in 2013, NDSU steamrolled the playoff field, outscoring opponents 173-42 in four games, taking their third consecutive national title over Towson and current NFL running back Terrance West. Enter Carson Wentz and a regular season rematch against rival South Dakota State and Detroit Lions running back Zach Zenner the next year. Down four with 52 seconds left, Wentz took the shotgun snap and tosses up a fade to true freshman RJ Urzendowski, who climbed the ladder on a Jackrabbit defender and then tapped his toe in the end zone for a gamewinning score. Again down four with 1:38 left in the national championship game

against Missouri Valley foe Illinois State, Wentz worked his magic with three completions to Urzendowski, totaling 78 yards in under a minute. Another five-yard run by an NDSU quarterback put the Bison in the lead for good, giving the program their fourth title in as many years. With Wentz hurt during the regular season in 2015, Easton Stick slid under center and lead NDSU back to Frisco following a potentially season-saving 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown right out of halftime by true freshman Bruce Anderson. Wentz returns from his broken wrist to lead the Bison to score on their first four possessions to beat Jacksonville State for the unprecedented fifth consecutive national title. Now, back to that Saturday afternoon in December. That win over James Madison was where the streak of 22-straight playoff wins began. Ironically, James Madison

is where it ended Dec. 16 with the Dukes beating the Bison 27-17 en route to their national championship season. But looking back at the biggest plays to make that streak come to fruition is important because chances are very high things don’t fall into place like they did if those plays don’t happen. It’s as simple as that, guys made plays in big moments against some very stiff competition. But it’s not only these big plays that made the streak what it is today, but the sacrifice and culture the Bison football team made in those years. From summer workouts to seasons lasting longer than almost every other team to taking pride in dominating the line of scrimmage ever single game, the Bison created a dynasty. Conference championships are what some programs strive to achieve in a given year simply because that is their most realistic and attainable goal.

Would a national championship be nice? Obviously, but to win four or even five games in a row against the crème de la crème of the FCS is a near impossible task. Only one team can do it each year. For the Bison, they’re not just some program. With a dynasty developed, the success of the program has transformed from what it once was, a conference championship contender, to what it is now, a perennial FCS powerhouse. That narrative can even be extended to perennial FCS champions with the unprecedented five consecutive national titles. Will a program in any division ever be able to do that? Let’s just say it hasn’t happened in the almost 150-year history of college football. But with the culture in place and simply looking at the personnel coming back next year, NDSU might be the safest bet to witness another extraordinary run at history.

Successful Semester Break for Bison Wrestling NDSU records two home wins, performs well at Midlands

Thomas Evanella Contributing Writer

While most NDSU students were traveling or relaxing at home, the Bison wrestling squad kept active over the break, participating in the Midlands Championship in Evanston, Illinois, and hosting two dual meets. Following a brief respite after the semester ended, the team took part in the Midlands Championship on Dec. 29 and 30. The Bison ended the first day of action ranked 23rd among teams,

with 165-pound Andrew Fogarty and unattached 125-pound Paul Bianchi advancing through the consolation bracket. Fogarty, ranked No. 19 in the nation, tallied his fourth pin of the campaign against Rodney Williams of Oregon State. In his next match, he scored a 10-2 major decision over David Kasper of Eastern Michigan. Bianchi took three of four of his matches, highlighted by two pins. On the second day of the weekend, Fogarty placed eighth, and Bianchi fell just short of the medal round. Overall, the Herd

finished in 25th place with 23 points. To open the new year, the Bison returned home for two matches on Jan. 6 and 8. In the first match, the Herd played host to conference foe Northern Colorado. The Bison came out on top, winning by a final score of 29-16. Senior Josh Rodriguez, ranked No. 4 in the nation in the 125-pound weight class, fashioned a 13-4 major decision to begin the match. Rodriguez is now 12-0 in the season, with a 9-0 record in duals. Following Rodriguez’s win,

the Bison compiled a 16-4 lead, winning four of the first five matches. The Bears fought back, bringing the score to 2016 with two matches to play. Cordell Eaton, of the 197-pound class, squared off against Jamarcus Grant and recorded a 4-1 decision over Grant. Next, 285-pound Ben Tynan took the mat and closed out the match for the Bison by topping Jack Kuck. Two days later, the Bison faced Boise State in a nonconference match. NDSU dominated the Broncos

and came away victorious, winning by a final score of 36-7. Tynan and redshirt sophomore Tyler McNutt both delivered the highlights of the match, pinning their respective opponents. McNutt’s pin moved his individual record to 8-6 on the season, and 5-4 in duals. Tynan’s pin was his fourth of the season, as the senior has proven to be a pivotal member of the team in the heavyweight class. NDSU built an unassailable 24-0 lead in the first five matches. Fred Green and

Demetrius Romero had the only wins for Boise State.

The two wins extended the Bison’s winning streak in dual meets to seven matches. Currently, the grapplers are 8-1, and 2-1 in the Big 12. Their next match comes this weekend in Norfolk, Virginia, where NDSU will take part in the Virginia Duals and square off against The Citadel and No. 24 ranked Virginia on Friday, and compete in the duals Saturday. Their next Big 12 clash is Feb. 3 against Utah Valley at the Scheels Center.



Up Against a Stacked Deck The Bison’s streak was going to end, and it was going to be this year Taylor Schloemer Sports Editor

It has been nearly one month since the North Dakota State Bison had their streak snapped. Looking back on that fateful game against James Madison, and on the season as a whole, there is one conclusion to be made. This was the year the streak ended, and it was always going to be. This is not a good thing or a bad thing, it is just a statement. Just look at all the Bison had to put up with this year. Perhaps the biggest thing missing was the departure

of Carson Wentz. He left some large shoes to fill, and Easton Stick was up to the job. Stick finished the season with decent numbers, 169 for 288, 2,331 yards, 19 TDs and 9 INTs. Still, Stick was learning this year, his first full year as a starter. It is worth remembering this kid was only a redshirt freshman, and will continue to grow. This year also brought something unprecedented to the Fargodome: a very high degree of competition. In the regular season, the Bison played seven ranked opponents, one of which was an FBS team. Looking back on the first three games of the year, the Bison

could have easily started the season 0-3, not 3-0. Of the non-ranked teams the Bison played, three of the four were road games, including a trip to UNI. This is easily the most difficult schedule the Bison have faced in a long time. That difficulty took its toll. The injury bug was all over the Bison, in all areas of the game. The most noticeable was Nick DeLuca. He elected to have surgery after the Iowa game; perhaps the best linebacker in the FCS was done for the year. Next year, he will return after being granted a medical waiver. Matt Plank performed

well in his absence, but it is worth a thought about how much of an impact losing a leader had. The next leader up was Pierre Gee-Tucker, who missed some time late in the season. Offensively, last year’s spark plug, Bruce Anderson, hardly got onto the field with ankle issues. Brock Robbins was out most of the year at fullback. Punt returner Erik Perkins was also out for an extended period. And yet, the Bison started 5-0, and BisoNation became a little bit complacent. It had been that way for most of the season. There was a feeling the Fargodome was not as an intimidating

place to play. Charleston Southern’s first trip to Fargo ended in OT, as did Eastern Washington’s. The noise did not affect them too much. And then there was the Dakota Marker. With the Bison leading throughout, most of the student section left, and it got quiet. The Jacks came back to win late, and it served as a wakeup call to the fans. Jump ahead to the JMU game, the perfect microcosm of the Bison’s year. The defense struggled early, the crowd was sucked out of it, and the Dukes looked in control. Then, a 17-point run to tie it up for the Bison, and the Dome

was ready to explode. But, an issue had plagued the Bison all year, no points in the fourth quarter. NDSU had all the momentum in the world, and the Dukes won, on their way to winning the whole thing in Frisco. This was the year the deck ended up stacked against the Bison, and this was the year the streak ended. Moving forward, however, this team went through the toughest gauntlet the program has seen and is young and battle-tested. A January trip to Frisco will be on the team’s mind, and it will not be a surprise to see them there.

A Break of Two Halves for WBB Bison go 3-3, but sit atop the conference

Taylor Schloemer Sports Editor

The Bison are off to a fast start in the Summit League.


Bison Men are on a Roll

Men’s basketball at 3-0 in the Summit, first time since 2014-2015 season

Cody Tusler Staff Writer

The Bison men’s basketball team are on a roll winning five of the last six including a 3-0 start in the Summit League and a revenge win over in state rival North Dakota, dating back to December 14th and going through to January 5th. In the first game versus UC Davis, the Bison trailed 58-48 with 7:57 in the second half before going on a 14-2 run to take the lead 62-60 with 4:33 left to play. Freshman Tyson Ward hit two three-pointers and Dexter Werner made a critical three-point play during the comeback. Junior Paul Miller scored 17 points to lead North Dakota State, while connecting for three threepointers. Senior Carlin Dupree started with 11 first-half points and finished with 15 in the game. The Bison would hold off and win the game 74-70. NDSU then traveled to Grand Forks in a rematch against UND. The Bison would get their revenge in an 87-70 victory while leading 29 out of the game’s 40 minutes. NDSU has now won three out of the last four versus their in state rival. Miller was the high man with 22 points and eight boards, while A.J. Jacobson matched his season-high of 18 points and going 9-of-10

from the foul line. NDSU shot 53 percent in the game and made 9-of-20 from the three-point line. Seven Bison players made at least one three. Both Dupree and Khy Kabellis recorded at least 10 points, four boards, and four assists. NDSU would go on to lose their only game of the semester break to Arkansas with the final score of 55-71. Arkansas went on a 16-0 run to take control of the game. The game was tied 29-29 with 17:45 left before the Razorbacks went on their 16-0 run over the next five minutes. Back-to-back threes from Dusty Hannahs and Daryl Macon where key in the run for Arkansas. Miller scored a game high 17 points and Werner grabbed a game high of 12 rebounds. The Bison would go on to open up the Summit League play with a game against the Jackrabbits of South Dakota State. NDSU second half was key for their win. After trailing by 16 points with less than 15 minutes left in the half, the Bison would come back and win 80-69, while outscoring SDSU 58-32 in the half. The Bison held the Jackrabbits without a field goal in nearly ten minutes. Miller scored a 21 points in 40 minutes, was the first Bison to play all 40 minutes this season. Miller tied a career-high with 10

rebounds and a new career high of six assists. Werner grabbed 14 boards, second career best. The Bison would continue strong second half performance with a 53-42 second against Omaha and finished the game 82-70. Miller would score yet another game-high 22 points. Werner would contribute 17 points and 13 rebounds, 11 coming in the second half. Dupree scored a season-high 18 points. The Bison shot 56 percent in the second half and went 26-of-28 from the line during the game. Another 50 plus point second half game helped the Bison once more. With the Bison up 42-41 going into the half, they did not slow up coming back out for the second half. NDSU would outscore IUPUI 51-48 in the half to win the game 93-89 and go to a record of 11-5 (3-0 Summit League). The Bison shot 52 percent for the game, 50 percent beyond the three-point line, and 29-of-39 at the free throw line. Kabellis matched a career high of 21 points, going 8-of-10. Jacobson scored a season-high 20 points and grabbed seven boards. Miller drained four threepointers and ended with 18 points. The Bison are back in action on the road against South Dakota on January 11 and Denver on January 14.

North Dakota State had a split bag when it came to the semester break on campus. The overall record of 3-3 on paper does not look the best, but a deeper look gets Bison fans excited. Two of the three losses came at the Battle on the Border Tournament in Texas. The first was a loss to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros 67-81. NDSU held a comfortable halftime lead over the hosts, but surrendered 47 points in the second half. The Bison had four players in double digits, led by Taylor Thunstedt with 21. Briana Jones pulled down 10 rebounds for the double-double along with 11 points. The second game down south ended in similar fashion, this time at the hands of the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. UCSB outrebounded the Bison 47-27, and took the second chance point’s advantage to a 99-59 win. Once again, the Bison were led by Thunstedt, who dropped 16 points while being named to the All-Tournament team. Right behind her was Sarah Jacobson, who matched her career-high with 14 points. Back up north, the Bison played host to South Dakota State to open play in the Summit League. The Bison

finished last place in the conference last year, and started slow again. The Jackrabbits would leave Fargo with a slim 69-66 win. The Bison led inside the final minute of the game, but could not put the nail in the coffin, as a late 4-0 burst propelled SDSU. Thunstedt led the Bison once again with 21 points, including three threepointers to tie the NDSU all-time record. Jacobson once again netted 14 points. With the calendar winding down on a forgettable 2016, the Bison ended the year off on a high note. It came by way of a victory in Denver. Thunstedt was the hot hand again, dropping 23 on the Pioneers on route to the 8680 win. Helping out Thunstedt was Reilly Jacobson, who added on a career-high 20 points on 9-12 shooting. The Bison outrebounded the Pioneers 43-28 to help secure the victory. The schedule for the Bison to open 2017 looked a tall order. The South Dakota Coyotes were last season’s conference champions, and the No. 5 ranked Mid-Major squad. The Coyotes left Fargo with the L, as the Bison won 83-73. The Bison defense limited USD to just .366 shooting, including .267 from behind the arch. NDSU was holding a slim lead, before a 15-5 run but the game away in the second half. During that stretch, scored six of her nine points from


three-point range. Adding to that was five points from Kennedy Childers and four of Thunstedt 19 points. For the junior Thunstedt, she became the 33rd player in program history to reach the 1,000-point mark. Sarah Jacobson added career-high 18 to help push the Bison to the upset. The good feelings continued for the Bison when they played host to Fort Wayne. Behind a 25-11 point second quarter, the win streak for the Bison reached three with the 68-56 victory. The Bison did it with efficient shooting, with a shooting percentage of .519. As she has done most of the season, it was Thunstedt leading the way for the Bison, this time with 16 points. She ranks third in the League with 17.4 points per game. Once again, the battle on the glass was won by NDSU. Brianna Jones had 10 for the Bison, and along with 14 points, the doubledouble. She is also third in the Summit League with 8.4 rebounds per game. The Bison now sit at an overall record of 5-12 (3-1 Summit League). That is already more conference wins than all of last year, and just two wins shy of last year’s overall total. They also sit on a fourway tie at the top of the conference, and will make a trip to one of those teams this weekend, as they go to Western Illinois on Saturday.

NDSU SPECTRUM | January 12 2016