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Oil Train Derails in Casselton, N.D.

NDSU boards seek fund increase for next fall Requests submitted to up student activities fee, technology fee Colton Pool

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A train derailment 30 miles west of Fargo forced citizens of Casselton, N.D. to evaculate on Dec. 30.

Crash causes evacuation, costs millions Benjamin Norman Staff Writer

On Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, thirteen cars of a Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. train derailed outside of Casselton, N.D. According to a preliminary report published by The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead the grain-carrying train was heading west when the incident occurred just after 2 p.m. The derailed train had a car “foul” into the adjacent, parallel tracks. Later, an eastbound BNSF train carrying combustible Bakken crude oil crashed into the derailed car. The crews of both trains were uninjured. The collision caused a series of large explosions, which could be seen, heard and felt for miles as the train carrying the Bakken crude oil ignited into massive fire columns and mushroom clouds. The smoke was heavy enough for visible radar to pick it up on their detectors. The emitted smoke from the accident blew to the south, away from Casselton. Residents of the town were advised to stay indoors. Later that day, local emergency officials issued a voluntary evacuation – airing

on the side of caution. Approximately 1,400 of the town’s 2400 people were estimated to have left for the night. The evacuation was lifted the next afternoon. The National Transportation Safety Board compiled a preliminary on-site investigation, which found 18 of the 20 oil tanker cars that derailed were punctured, discharging an estimated 400,000 gallons of crude oil. The crude-carrying train was traveling “about 43 mph when the train crew initiated an emergency break application,” according to the NTSB report. It is estimated the train slowed down to 42 mph by the time of collision. Preliminary estimates figure this incident will cost upwards of $6 million. “There have been numerous derailments in this area,” Casselton mayor Ed McConnell told The Associated Press. “It’s almost gotten to the point that it looks like not if we’re going to have an accident, it’s when. We dodged a bullet by having it out of town, but this is too close for comfort.” This was the fourth derailment near Casselton within the last ten years. Before the railways were cleared, politicians spurred to action. “We need to manage the growth,” Sen. John Hoeven, Rep., N.D., said in a telephone interview with the New York Times on Friday. “Our citizens are very supportive




of the growth and development of the energy industry, but we want to make sure we maintain our quality of life and safety.” Following the incident, Sens. Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, Dem., N.D., met with transportation secretary Anthony Foxx and head of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Cynthia L. Quarterman for a summit that Heitkamp deemed necessary to address the lack of safety and urgency on this issue. On a local level, the train derailment caused headaches statewide. Alberto Moncera, a freshman studying music at NDSU, was planning on taking the Amtrak from Rugby, N.D., to Fargo in order to catch the Gold Star Marching Band bus traveling towards Frisco. He caught his bus, but it took some improvising. “In the end a bus (in Rugby) picked us up at the train station and ran the exact same routes,” Moncera said. The Amtrak he was to take back to Rugby after the game also got cancelled, although not because of the accident, but because of the extreme cold. The train derailment has not affected Moncera’s view on rail transportation, however. He is still willing to ride the tracks. “The trains that crashed weren’t for transporting people,” Moncera said. “I’m sure it was a freak accident.”


While North Dakota may be the most steady state in the country, there is also an increasingly prevalent need to meet costs of inflation on all levels at universities. After a few years of going without a raise, NDSU members involved with the student activities fee will be requesting an increase in funding. The NDSU technology fee will also be requesting a financial boost. These fees all come from student fees which are charged every year to NDSU students. “We analyze it every year,” said NDSU student body president Robbie Lauf. “The validity of a request is determined during the proposal process.” The proposal process is elaborate, which is necessary measure for the student dollar to be used as wisely as possible. The NDSU student fee advisory board take requests from six groups for mandatory fees. From there, the board takes the requests to NDSU president Dean Bresciani and recommend what changes should take place. Bresciani’s cabinet then will make a final decision on what changes -- if any -- take place. Student government executive commissioner of finance Walter Lanza said there are many different branches involved with changing of activities fees. The finance advisory board takes requests to the student fee advisory board after talking with representatives from different groups including athletics, performing arts and the Memorial Union. “Our goal is when we increase (fees) is to not to just give these organizations and entities more money,” Lanza said. “That money is going to be better utilized so the student body can see the benefits. We try to be very fiscally conservative and that’s what we do before we decide to increase fees.” Though campus groups are looking for an increase, it isn’t possible to raise their individual fee by more than 1 percent of tuition a year. For example, if tuition were $100, they couldn’t ask for more than a $1 increase over a school year. Lauf said the student activity fee includes athletics. He said it is necessary for athletics to also increase their budget to make sure that NDSU can stay competitive in Division I athletics. However, Lauf said the main focus is to make sure the money is spent wisely. “There are a lot of fees on campus,” Lauf said, “but we also want to be as respectful to the student dollar as possible.” Two open forums were scheduled for students to ask questions and get feedback. The first was last Tuesday and the second will be on Jan. 21 in the Memorial Union Century Theater at 12:30 p.m.






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Day of Honor was a ceremony in remembrance for all the students, faculty and staff that have passed away in recent years.

Day of Honor memorializes deceased students, staff and faculty

Once a Bison, Always a Bison

Lisa Marchand

Head News Editor

The inaugural Day of Honor, sponsored by Staff Senate, was held Jan. 13 and commemorated the lives of forty Bison students, faculty and staff that passed away within recent years. Following an a cappella piece by the

NDSU Concert Choir, President Dean Bres- ing each individual as a piece of the Bison ciani welcomed attendees. He spoke of the puzzle. “ebbs and flows” that make up the Bison “These people gave everything they had family and its university community. to make this university a better place to live “We are here to honor today our part of and a better place for all of us,” Inniger said. the Bison family. (Day of Honor) is about Staff Senate President Kelly Bisek, celebrating Faculty and being Senate “These people gave everything they had to make this P r e s i part of that family and university a better place to live and a better place for all d e n t recogniHarlene of us.” – Erv Inniger tion that H a t t e rthey will m a n not soon be forgotten,” Bresciani said. Valenti and Student Body Vice President Former men’s basketball coach and asso- Erik Diederich took turns reading the names ciate athletic director Erv Inniger delivered of all forty Bison who lost their lives. They the ceremony’s Message of Hope, attribut- lit candles for each individual, followed by

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the sound of a chime for each life lost. Diederich said the turnout for the first annual event exceeded his expectations and that he hopes the event will continue to grow in the future. He emphasized the actions the university has recently taken to honor those who have passed, including last semester’s tree planting ceremony in memory of six students recently lost. “It’s very important for the atmosphere of NDSU. We always say ‘Once a Bison, always a Bison’ and at some point you need to make that your actual practice. It’s events like these that create that atmosphere,” Diederich said.



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TRIO Helps Veterans Fly Veteran training program to offer newer services to veterans Yasser Shaikh

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TRIO Programs at NDSU are expanding Veterans Educational Training (VET) Programs starting this spring semester. TRIO is collaborating with University of Mary, Minot State University and North Dakota State College of Sciences for newer online resources for North Dakota military veterans. Starting Jan. 13, veterans enrolled at NDSU will be able to take online classes at these institutions as well as use their resources to prepare for college. The

program expansion also includes online pre-college courses at any of these institutions. VET is part of the Veterans Upward Bound that was established in 1972 to assist low-income first generation veterans. The new program will assist all veterans that have been honorably discharged from the military. The applicant must only be a N.D. veteran seeking education in a post-secondary educational institution of the state, regardless of age and residence. The program conducted through TRIO provides facilities like refresher programs, academic guidance and referral services. Jeri Vaudrin, project coordinator for the program said in a press release, “Veterans who have been out of the educational arena for a few years can find it difficult to adapt to being a student. Veterans can struggle to


Student fees may be adjusted for student government, an open forum was held to discuss the case.

FEES from page 1 Student body vice president Erik Diederich expressed his concerns for how the additional funds were spent. He said the fact that those involved with the recommendations are made up of students is an important factor for the fiscal responsibility they are shooting for. “I think the most important part about the student fee advisory board is that it consists of students,” Died-

complete their educational goals because of time away from the structure of school, the need to provide for their families and health issues caused by deployment.” The services available through these institutions to prepare the veterans for their reentry into school are offered free of charge. Jerome Billups, a retiree of 2004 who attended MSU and later NDSU wrote in his testimony to the Senate Education Committee, “The instruction, support and camaraderie I received from this program not only prepared me for my studies, but also was able to guide me in translating 22 years of military experience into a major area of study that complemented my service experiences.” For more information on the VET program, contact Jeri Vaudrin at 701-2319706.

erich said. “It’s the students who in the end that definitely have a majority in the say of if that fee is applied or not.” Lanza and Diederich agreed that those involved with the process want to be conservative with not only the process of increasing fees, but also with the money once it is distributed. “We’re students paying the exact same fee,” Diederich said. “If it’s not directly benefiting or enhancing a service (NDSU) organizations are providing, it wouldn’t be something we would make the students

pay for.” While increases have yet to be determined for certain, Lauf said he would be surprised if there weren’t any increases at all. He explained that small boosts would not only be better for NDSU decision makers, but its students as well. “It would be quite shocking if there weren’t some increase,” Lauf said. “The goal is to do small incremental fee increases versus every once in a while really large ones. It’s better for budgeting for everybody as well and that way it doesn’t sneak up on students.”

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At the Badlands in Watford City, N.D., there was a huge dropoff at the edge of a road.

Photo Spotlight: What is Vacation?



hen people stumble upon the thought of vacation, they normally visualize white beaches, crystal clear water and the beaming sun shining 24-7. I used to be huge with these dreamy thoughts. It was until I turned 20. Since I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized how the hard it is to find money to go somewhere hot, and the time to do it. Why does it have to be so far away though? For the past two years my

bank account never allows me to go anywhere extravagant, which is understandable; I’m just a poor college kid (like the rest of us). Therefore, I’ve allowed myself to consider vacation as just a time you focus on having fun with my surroundings. The badlands lie roughly five hours west of Fargo. Yes it’s a little drive, but it’s defiantly not as expensive as Hawaii. As a matter of fact, the landscape was outstanding, and I was just as happy as I would be lying on a

beach. Granted I didn’t get a tan, but it was nice to get away and not burn a hole in my wallet. Here is a photo I took when I first got out of my truck. It was breathtaking, and this photo can’t even describe how much of a sight it was. Maybe for spring break you can check out an area like this, I guarantee your excitement will be just as much as mine.

Why You Should Kick Smoking to the Curb Did you of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease know that ac- (COPD), secondhand smoking can be just Contributing Writer cording to the as damaging to a person’s health. American Lung According to the Centers for Disease Association, cigarette smoking is the num- Control and Prevention website, approxiber one cause of preventable disease and mately 46,000 nonsmokers in the United death worldwide? Not many people can say States die from heart disease each year, they do. along with an estimated 3,400 annual lung As stated on the Centers for Disease cancer deaths among adult nonsmokers. Not Control and Prevention website, in 2011, an only this, but nonsmokers who are exposed estimated 43.8 million adults in the United to secondhand smoke at home or work inStates were current smokers. Although men crease their lung cancer risk by 20-30 pertend to smoke more than women, cigarette cent. smoking claims more than 440,000 AmeriAlthough some of these numbers can can lives each year. come off as being pretty intimidating, it is In addition, smoking costs the United reassuring to know that there are a number States an average of $193 billion, including of resources available to smokers that can $96 billion in direct health care expenditures help them kick the habit. These resources and $97 are very billion in beneficial “Cigarette smoking claims more than 440,000 lost probecause American lives each year.” d u c t i v i t y. not only This means do smokers that smoking costs an average of $4,260 per become physically addicted to nicotine, but adult smoker, per year. Imagine what a per- they also link smoking with many social acson could do with that much money, if they tivities, thus making smoking an even more weren’t spending it on smoking. difficult addiction to break. According to the American Lung AsAs stated on the American Lung Assosociation, “cigarette smoke contains over ciation website, there are seven medications 4,800 chemicals, 69 of which are known to approved by the US Food and Drug Admincause cancer.” istration to aid in quitting smoking. These Not only do cigarettes contain chemicals include over-the-counter nicotine patches, such as nicotine, which make them highly nicotine gum, and nicotine lozenges, nicoaddictive, but tobacco by itself can have a tine nasal spray and inhaler (which are serious effect on a regular smoker. available by prescription), and Zyban and As confirmed on the World Health Orga- Chantix (which are non-nicotine pills). nization website, “tobacco use is one of the Not only are there medications availmain risk factors for a number of chronic able to help people quit smoking, but there diseases, including cancer, lung diseases, are numerous different types of counseling and cardiovascular diseases.” to help current smokers as well. This inDespite these findings however, tobacco cludes individual, group, or telephone – all still remains very common throughout the of which have been proven to be effective. world. Although a number of countries have Often times, the combination of using a legislation restricting tobacco advertising, medication and counseling is even more efregulating who can purchase cigarettes, fective than just doing one or the other. where people are allowed to smoke, and Quitting smoking often requires mulincreasing the cost of cigarettes, people are tiple attempts, so it is important to stick to still giving in to the costly habit. it. If you truly want to live a healthier lifeIt is important to understand that even style, perseverance is key. For many people though smoking is directly responsible for it doesn’t happen overnight, so keep going! approximately 90 percent of lung cancer deaths and approximately 80-90 percent

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How to Start Second Semester Right Connor Dunn Features Editor

Coming back to school after a long, lazy winter break and staring down an upcoming 16-week semester is difficult. A lack of motivation and unpreparedness usually leads to overwhelmed feelings and a sense of desperation before even a couple weeks of the semester can pass. Fortunately, there are strategies and actions that can be made to put a best foot forward in starting a new semester. Organization is Key Find the folders, notebooks, pens and pencils that were thrown aside before break started. Decide if there are any new materials that need to be purchased (hopefully textbooks have already been bought). Take into account what a daily schedule for the week will look like, and figure out how to manage time spent between class, homework, studying, a job, social time and free time. Set Attainable Goals After seeing how fall semester went, establish a set of goals that are not too outrageous but offer room to grow academically. Achieved a 4.0? Leave no doubt that it will not drop. Did not go to class ever and it showed on the exams? Set an increasing minimum on the number of classes attended each week until it eventually compels total

attendance. Continually arrived late to every class? Plan ahead and arrive early. Identify what went wrong last semester, find solutions to the problems, set attainable goals and stick to them. Maintain Focus The spring semester is going to be 16 weeks no matter how fast you want spring or summer break to come. Focus on achieving those attainable goals, find what is working, and go with it. Develop a Good Routine Early The most important aspect in starting the second semester right is doing the right things right away. Eventually, everyone develops a routine with when to get up, when to leave for class, where to eat, when to study and do homework, when to go to bed, etc. Consider integrating a time to exercise or find out when Biolife appointments will be in the first weeks of the semester, because once things get rolling, it is hard to change. This spring semester is a chance for a clean slate with all new grades. A great first exam builds confidence and leaves a great first impression. A poor test or quiz and it feels like a hole that needs to be dug out of for the rest of the semester. Essentially, second semester comes down to effort and focus. Putting forth a best step and getting ahead of the game will only make this spring semester easier and a success come the middle of May.



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“Be content with what you have!” It is a common quote which most of us have heard in our lifetime. But is it always true? And does this contentment really give us happiness and fulfill our wishes? Being mediocre and remaining satisfied with the things received through life is sometimes not enough. Although being gratified is not bad, one should always have a fighting and inspiring spirit to be the best possible person and reach to the uppermost level of excellence. A person is not born to be mediocre, but some traits, such as apathy, indifference, doubt, fear, procrastination and insecurity make him or her an ordinary and average person. People settle with the “disease” that is mediocrity mainly because of laziness, and in the days following a return from break, most students adapt to it. Once students succumb to mediocrity, most don’t even try to be better be-

cause of common instinctive attitudes occupying our minds. For instance, not everyone is born to become an Einstein or Serena Williams. Most of the students in high schools don’t care about their grade, skip their assignments, and become easily satisfied by just getting 50 percent marks in the class for their work. Some even feel proud passing a class, but using unfair means. Others just rely on some miracle to happen by God in order to pass the class. The main problem is that people don’t value or trust themselves enough to maximize their potential. It is a startling fact that the young generation of our society is not at all interested in increasing their efforts to become the future builders of our nation. In this fast, hurtling world where our nation is compared with the international standards of excellence, there is an instant need to raise our effort to compete with the rest of the world and leave behind the lethargic attitude that is currently present.

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The present need is to light the candles in the darkness of the life of these mediocre people in order for them to put forth effort and not just sit idle waiting for magic to happen to change their world. The moment people expect less from themselves, they won’t be able to achieve anything, and they instead may feel useless and worthless to even work hard for it. Sometimes, people are comfortable with what results they generate, but by comparing the results with the others, they feel jealous and inferior. This developing inferiority complex produces hard work day and night, and these efforts then become the stepping-stones to a great future. As a result, competitiveness and comparison are the two main things required for a person to change from a mediocre to a dedicated, diligent individual. Thus, “the general tendency of the things throughout the world is to render mediocrity as the ascendant power among humans.”

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‘Frozen,’ which was released Nov. 27, grossed over $500 million by Dec. 30. The film starred Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel.

‘Frozen’ Melts Hearts Despite Frigid Setting Linda Norland

Contributing Writer

By now, most people have probably heard the hype about this movie, whether from friends or on social media. “Frozen,” Disney’s newest animated feature, has melted hearts around the world and is already on its way becoming a classic Disney movie. The movie easily grossed over $500 million by Dec. 30, possibly due to a lack of serious competition in its genre, but also because of its wonderful story, stunning visuals and catchy soundtrack. This newest Disney movie focuses on the small kingdom of Arendelle and its two princesses, Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa

(Idina Menzel). Set in a very Scandivanianlike area, it could be considered a very loose retelling of the classic story “The Snow Queen.” Elsa, the older sister, has magical powers to create snow and frost; she and young Anna think it is all fun and games until Anna gets hurt and almost dies. After that, Elsa becomes afraid because she cannot control her powers and so isolates herself in the castle, until years later at her coronation when the two finally meet again. When Elsa’s magic is revealed by accident, she runs off into the snowy mountains, and it is up to Anna to find her, bring her back and convince everyone she is not an evil witch. Of course there is a lot of fun along the way, with ice miner Kristoff and his reindeer Sven, and the loveable snowman Olaf, who

got most of the laughs in this film. Unlike most Disney cartoons, this one has several twists that will leave audiences stunned. For those who are looking, it may seem obvious, but compared to other family movies this was very smoothly done. It also focuses more on the relationship between the sisters than Disney Princess movies have in the past, and the animation is very beautiful and detailed. This being said, “Frozen” has proven to be more than just another “princess” movie for little girls, but has entertained audiences of all ages. Many college friends I know have gone and enjoyed it, and when I went, there were many young adults without children at the theater (including me). In my opinion, the area where “Frozen”

fell short was in the songs themselves. While they were catchy and not necessarily bad, they were not particularly unique or memorable, with the exception of the solo Let It Go by Idina Menzel (who voices Elsa). However, the entire album has been doing quite well, reaching number one on the billboards this past week above Beyoncé’s newest album, so I may be alone in thinking this. So if you have not already seen “Frozen,” I would definitely recommend going while it is in theaters to get the full experience. It really is quite funny and charming, bringing together a lot of talent between the actors and the animators. Otherwise you will have to wait until it comes out on DVD in March to know what everyone has been talking about.

Martina McBride Explores a Pop Clas- White Trash Adventure Comprises sic, ‘If You Don’t Know Me By Now’ ‘Nowhere Nice’ Jack Dura

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One of the most powerful voices in country music is tapping into some new sounds with her latest album. Martina McBride, four-time winner of the CMA’s Female Vocalist of the Year award, is taking on classic songs of the 1960s and ‘70s with Everlasting, her newest album out on March 4. Her first single from this new venture debuted in mid-December on YouTube, along with the announcement of Everlasting on her fan page. Made famous by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes in 1972 as their first hit, “If You Don’t Know Me By Now,” is offered up with some surprising new sounds by McBride. Known for her blazing vocals and power-packed ballads like “Independence Day” and “A Broken Wing,” McBride gives listeners a gentle drift down a river with this one. Her vocals are very clear and this song hardly puts her power to the test. That is a bit of a downside to this single. Listeners like a little bit of a punch when it comes to Martina McBride songs, as her range and power have stood the test of time since her 1992 debut and the hits that have sprung up since then. However, a little calm and quiet never hurt anybody, and McBride is in fine form on this low-power single. A piano and horns back McBride, the latter of which was first explored on the singer’s last album Eleven. Here the horns change the flavor from tried-and-true Martina country pop to smooth and slow ballroom balladry. As a country singer, McBride’s

shift in sound here is very noticeable, as she seemingly takes on a whole new style. But she’s done it before. While McBride has never recorded classic pop or R&B before, she has covered plenty of it in concert. From “Rescue Me” to “The First Cut is the Deepest” to “Baby What You Want Me To Do,” McBride has covered some serious ground outside of her main genre when in concert. Everlasting, however, is not her first covers album. In 2005, the singer released Timeless, a collection of classic country songs. “Rose Garden,” a single from that album, made the Top 20 on the Hot Country Songs chart. Timeless also proved to be her fastest-selling record and went platinum two months after its release. Since her last album, McBride has toured extensively on summer and Christmas tours and opening for George Strait’s two-year farewell tour. In recent years, she has explored her own songwriting after racking up a Top 5 hit with “Anyway” in 2007. Martina fans may be displeased that she has put aside her pen with this album, but her take on the 14 classics included on this outing should be a nice mix of something old with something new. If McBride’s “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” is any indication, a reinvented sound awaits listeners on Everlasting. Exploring new instruments and new styles on these old songs, and with a voice that can tackle any tune, Martina McBride has the guts to try something new and the guns to pull it off quite nicely.

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Crime and comedy come together in Rick Gavin’s novel Nowhere Nice, a story that truly speaks for itself. Pitting a vengeful fugitive meth lord against those that aided in his capture, Nowhere Nice finds its main characters hopping all over the Mississippi Delta and the tri-state area towards an inevitable showdown. Repo man Nick Reid narrates the (mis) adventure with his partner Desmond helping lead the way. Upon learning the hot-blooded meth lord (“that Boudrot”) they helped put away a year ago is on the lam in the Delta, the two round up all those in danger of that Boudrot’s vengeance. As the fugitive hunts down those who did him wrong (leaving a path of blood and destruction along the way), Nick and Desmond form a posse to take him down. That posse includes an ex-bounty hunter, a bouncer, the bouncer’s uncle, a swamp inhabitant and the lone surviving coonhound of that Boudrot’s massacre on a pack of swamp dogs. Together the six men and Barbara, the coonhound, comb the tri-state area looking for that Boudrot, who has stolen Nick’s Ranchero and his girlfriend Tula to boot. Along the way, trouble erupts at every stop as the gang roughs it up with everyone they come across. At a café, a motor lodge, an ATM, a garage, a steakhouse, a Civil War park; pretty much whenever Desmond stops his Escalade, someone gets into a scrap. Whether it’s wailing on lumberjacks at the ATM, spraying down Memphis hit men in the steakhouse kitchen, or roughing up frat boys at the chicken joint, there’s no shortage

of trouble on a mission meant to put an end to it all. All that action is very readable, particularly the dialogue, and while Nick and Desmond try to keep everyone together, their law enforcement cronies keep on that Boudrot’s track. After wrangling some guns owed to a cross-dressing, forest-dwelling friend of Desmond’s in Alabama, the crew heads to Tuscaloosa to settle the score with that Boudrot. At a dog swimming beach, the fugitive, the repo men, and Barbara face off while the others raise hell at the local chicken joint, out of harm’s way. Leading into this, the reader might expect this faceoff to be much more climactic than it really is. With all the excitement that it took just to get there, it’s a little bit of a letdown how that Boudrot is captured and Tula is rescued — anti-climactic, almost. But the journey the repo men and their gang take to bring the fugitive meth lord down is a very readable one. With some salty exchanges and some pretty coarse vernacular, readers beware: this is not a book for children. Its characters (self-proclaimed “white trash” by the narrator) are no paragons of virtue either, as a few of them are not much better than the man they’re after. Together they have the wildest ride in tracking down the vengeful fugitive. Though it lagged in some places (a shootout at a car garage, getting guns in Alabama), Nowhere Nice redeemed its slower moments with scenes of fast-paced, page-turning action (the motor lodge trouble, the steakhouse rumble). Author Gavin penned this book pretty well and its tale of white trash revenge is good for laughs, thrills, or just an immersion in a story as silly as it is sinister.



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Bastille, the UK’s premier alternative rock band, is following up their platinum-winning debut, “Bad Blood,” with “All This Bad Blood,” a double-length special edition album featuring band favorites that didn’t fit on the original album, as well as a few tracks offering a taste of Bastille’s future. Bastille was formed in 2010 by singer/songwriter Dan Smith, incorporating three of his peers and collaborators, drummer Chris Wood, percussionist Kyle Simmons and guitarist Will

Farquarson. Since their debut, the group has steadily climbed the charts with their first full album, ‘Bad Blood,’ releasing as the No. 1 album in the UK last March. One of the most unique features of Bastille’s work is the sheer breadth of techniques they incorporate into their music. Alongside the melancholy vocals of Dan Smith, electronic music flourishes, violin accompaniments, a booming male choir and the use of xylophones and other interesting percussion elements add an impressive level of texture to each song, with each track featuring new and exciting musical touches. This breadth of techniques also led to one of my only complaints about the album, a pronounced feeling of dissonance that really kept the album from feel-

ing like a cohesive whole. Some tracks evoke a feeling almost similar to Coldplay’s ‘Viva la Vida,’ with a powerful male chorus and violin accompaniment. Others lean more toward electronica, sounding like a guitar-focused ‘Radioactive’ by Imagine Dragons. Each song, individually, features excellent ideas and a high degree of polish, but the number of styles represented makes it impossible to give any one group of people a definitive ‘buy’ recommendation. I personally recommend starting with track one, “Pompeii,” because its superb male choir accompaniment, excellent use of percussion and driving beat will offer a decent overview of Bastille’s style. For fans of electronic rock, track four, “Overjoyed,” offers an

excellent showcase of the band’s electronic chops, as well as a beautiful piano accompaniment. If you want something closer to traditional alternative, try track two off of disc two ‘The Silence,’ which features an awesome bass accompaniment over textbook alt-rock drum riffs. Overall, “All This Bad Blood” was a pleasant experience, which is sure to offer at least one or two new songs to any fan of indie or alternative rock. I would, however, recommend making your song purchases à la carte, as there is a good chance that some of the musical styles represented may fall flat with individuals looking for a specific experience. I give Bastille’s “All This Bad Blood” an 8/10.

‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Shines as Hidden Gem at Box Office Over Holiday Season Linda Norland

Contributing Writer

Out in theaters Dec. 20, “Saving Mr. Banks” was one of the more touching dramas competing in the box-offices over the holiday break. Although it did not receive as much attention as Disney’s animated musical “Frozen” or “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” this film’s interesting look into the earlier years of Disney and the phenomenal performances given by the actors made it worth every penny. Based on the life of author P.L. Travers, who wrote the original Mary Poppins book, this film uses flashbacks to combine scenes from her childhood with her present dilemma of whether or not to sell the rights to

her book to Walt Disney. Unlike some movies where the flashbacks are overly dramatic or random, each one fits in very well with the plot, and it is interesting to see how the two stories parallel each other. The characters from 1960s Los Angeles echo sayings from her childhood, and they help her to finally come to peace with the past and allow Disney to make a musical of her beloved children’s book. Everything wraps together very nicely, and by the end, the title makes sense and seems very apt indeed. Emma Thompson, who portrays the finicky author, proves her flexibility as an actress who can play many types of characters, from Professor Trelawney in the Harry Potter series to Elinor Dashwood in “Sense and

Sensibility.” Her wonderful portrayal of the caustic but sensitive writer is incredibly moving and brutally funny. Tom Hanks also puts forth a great performance as Walt Disney himself, another complicated but heartwarming character, and indeed the entire cast proves to be very talented. This movie is a delicate mix of humor and drama. Audiences will become teary-eyed as a young Pamela Travers, nicknamed Ginty by her father, watches her beloved father fall to alcoholism as he struggles with his job at the bank. They will cringe yet laugh as she frustrates Disney and his employees with her unabashedly candid language and her fussy ways and smile as they watch her heart heal throughout the

whole experience. It did seem ironic that the film is about a woman who was so hesitant about turning her book into a movie: basically it is a movie about not wanting to make a movie. It would be interesting to know what the real P.L. Travers, who passed away in 1996, would have said about this movie. I do not think it would have been praise. One also wonders how truthful it actually is, and how much of it is just PR for Disney. After all, it would not be very tactful to put the founder of the company who made the film in a bad light. But insofar as the film goes, as a story it is very witty and touching. So if you are still looking for something you have not already seen over break, “Saving Mr. Banks” is a great choice!



THURSDAY, JAN. 16, 2014


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North Dakota: The Empty Promise Land Nathan Stottler Spectrum Staff

In recent years, North Dakota has been hailed across the country as a new Promised Land in a nation racked by economic recession. The flow of oil in the badlands of western North Dakota is equaled only by the flow of money into the area, The promise of jobs, of prosperity, of making a living – the promise of fulfilling the American Dream – calls out to people from around the nation, drawing them to the barren, isolated, booming state of North Dakota. But the American Dream isn’t here for most of the pilgrims flowing over the state’s borders. The ruse of luring workers to the oil field so that they can ‘get rich quick’ hasn’t led to a rise in well-to-do, respectable North Dakotans. It hasn’t led to the growth of a stable middle class in our state. It has led only to the growth of crime, the growth of

shantytowns, and the growth of environmental plundering. Massive paychecks are squandered at bars and strip clubs and casinos. The young men who work long hours on drilling rigs and live in trailers without plumbing are the same young men who, without putting anything away for the future or giving even a thought towards fiscal responsibility, throw all their money into alcohol and prostitution. These are the same men who get into bar fights, who sell drugs, who kidnap teachers on their morning jogs. We are told, however, that the ‘boomtown’ image is only temporary. By the time the housing market catches up with the influx of migrants, towns like Williston and Dickinson and New Town and Killdeer will be able to accommodate all of the workers the oil field requires. The officials that run these cities see nothing but dollar signs when they look at truck convoys and fracking rigs and trailer parks. And sure, they may be proven right in the short term. Perhaps, soon, the shantytowns


Could digital download textbooks be the answer? Caleb Werness Opinion Editor

It is no secret how students feel about the ridiculous prices of textbooks. Every semester comes the question, “Am I actually going to need this?” Sometimes it feels that I am just throwing away the money as there have been times when I have barely used the “required” textbook in a given course. The paltry sum received during the book buyback season also causes anger amongst the hard working students who feel cheated. With everything now days moving toward a more digital age, one could ask, “Why not textbooks too?” Some critics come against the digital method because it would cause extra stress on a person’s eyes. I agree that is true. However, many people would be spending that time on Facebook or Twitter looking at a

screen regardless. I will say digital textbooks are probably not for everyone, but I think they make a viable solution when considering the costly alternative. Rather than spending lots of money on a physical book, it would be more cost friendly for students to be able to download copies of required texts. According an article in TIME magazine, Amazon textbook rental service states that students could save up 80 percent by going digital with their textbooks. When considering a 150 dollar textbook, saving that much money sounds very appealing. The ideal solution I believe would be a pay-as-you-go system. A main concern I have when I buy my textbooks, like most people, is how frequently I will use them. Will I actually need them? I think it would be nice to be able to download certain chapters of a textbook and pay for them, rather than buying a whole book and not using half of it. Students would be able to pay for what they need and not being charged for what they do not. Going to college is already expensive enough. Cutting the costs on books would be invaluable for students. After all they say, “a penny saved is a penny earned.” Lots and lots of pennies.

FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK | A fresh start Emma Heaton | Editor-in-Chief

The beginning of the semester can be a dreaded occasion. Three weeks may not have been enough time to finish all seven seasons of your favorite TV show on Netflix, or maybe you are just not quite ready to go buy new school supplies and truck through the snow to class every day. For me, it seems I could go another three weeks without classes and homework and would still be content. But the new semester gives everyone a clean slate to start fresh. And although it may seem like a hassle today, the education we receive at NDSU is one we should not take for granted. Although many students at NDSU are North Dakota or Minnesota residents, many students come from all over the states and globe to come to school here. Whether you attribute interest in the school to our threepeat national champions or our ranking as a top-100 research university, it is clear that NDSU can go nowhere but up. At The Spectrum, we hope to grow along

with the university. Last year, the newspaper received the Best of Show award at the Associate Collegiate Press Best of the Midwest in the four-year non-weekly newspaper category. We will return to that conference again in February. This year, we are taking things a step further. Managing Editor Lisa Marchand and myself will travel to San Diego, Calif. to attend the ACP National College Journalism Convention for five days along with hundreds of other students from around the nation. The convention includes speakers from the New York Times and Google. This will allow us to learn how we can improve through a variety of workshops and to see how we measure up to other student media outlets nationwide. With a new semester, everyone at The Spectrum has a new set of goals and ideas of how we can create an even better student newspaper for the NDSU community. We encourage students to do the same with their schoolwork. As much of a drag as it may seem, it will be rewarding to challenge yourself and not let yourself get bogged down by falling behind.

will disappear and bungalows and apartment buildings will take their place. Maybe the influx of migrants will finally plateau and things may start to calm down. The crime rate may even dip again. Yet in the long term, this ideal vision of a growing and thriving region on the oil field is not sustainable. Before long, the amount of drilling in the Bakken will drop off, with only pumpjacks to take the place of the towering drill rigs. And pumpjacks require far less workers than drill rigs. The housing market may catch up with demand, but how long will those buildings be occupied? If we turn our eye to former boomtowns in areas like Texas, what can we learn? We see a landscape not so much dotted with as overpowered by drill pads, rusted pumpjacks, and tumbleweeds. The desert is barren and devoid of life, save for the few residents left with nowhere to go. If you don’t believe me, head to Google Earth and search for Odessa, TX. Take a look at the landscape that the oil boom in West Texas left behind, and you’ll be looking at the future landscape

of western North Dakota. The city officials in western North Dakota won’t tell you that the oil in the Bakken will eventually run out. They won’t mention the fact that there is a ‘bust’ side to every ‘boom’ period in the oil industry. And they certainly won’t mention that the people making real money in the Bakken are the company executives, not the rig workers. It’s a nice idea for those of us that live in North Dakota – that our isolated and forgotten state could be the savior of the American Dream, a dream that has been for so long in decline in other parts of the country. But it is a false hope and an empty promise. The boom in the Bakken will be fast, it will be furious, and it will be over. Some lingering economic benefit may happen, but if the state of North Dakota does not start planning for the future, North Dakota will cease to gain national attention for its economic influx and will begin to be looked at as an abandoned and forgotten corner of the country once again.

Move Along

How powering through snowbanks translates to empowering your life Benjamin Norman Staff Writer

Being the Norwegian-German-IrishPole of a Minnesotan that I am, I went outside for some fresh air on the last blissful Sunday afternoon of winter break. It was a balmy 40 degrees when I departed for my walk. I wore my Beats by Dre for earmuffs, a light jacket for my torso, jeans and a ratty pair of tennis shoes for the leisurely stroll. I live on a farm situated between the Boonies and the Sticks— there are just two “neighboring” homesteads within a mile radius of our house— the only company I had for my tour was my iPod and my mind. As I walked a half mile north on the snowless gravel road towards the intersection of 180th and 250th, a song from Inception hummed into my ears. As the dramatic melody of “Time” swelled into a crescendo, a deep sense of something came over me. As the string ensemble flooded my being, I thought, “Dre! Your headphones’ amazing sound quality sure makes up for the fact that they cost twice as much as my Spectrum paycheck and don’t fit my head very well!” Where I come from, every stretch of gravel between intersections is a mile long. I would travel four miles by going around the square block; a block where avenues run north and south, streets east and west. On this easterly stint of my journey, I climbed the “ridge,” a gentle hill supposedly formed by Lake Agassiz millenniums ago. Atop the ridge I saw the unplowed, snowcovered minimum maintenance road ahead of me. I could have turned around and had dry shoes. I could have. I trekked on. At first, my slight frame and nimbleness kept me and my tennis shoes above the snow. It was actually a layer of ice and hardened snow that kept me from sinking into the drifts, but as I walked on, my confidence grew. And then I shrunk as the ice gave out. Only ankle-deep in the snow, I ignorantly thought it wouldn’t get worse—how much snow could be on a road in January? I blindly walked on with snow creeping into my shoes and up my pant legs. My iPod, I kid you not, shuffled to Coldplay’s “Trouble,” I stopped and looked around. Still having a half of a mile to go before I turned south, I was beginning to labor—not

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like how a mother does, but more like my legs were tired. An idea popped in my mind: run. I am preparing to run the half marathon this spring in Fargo. In order to make me feel like I should be training, I have started following inspirational running pages on Facebook. On one guilt-provoking page, I saw a post about how runners spend the majority of their time gliding through the air while in full stride, not touching the ground (covered in snow.) Cue A Flock of Seagulls up on the iPod, for I ran. For a moment, I thought that flying would work. Being the runner I have been for less than a year, I figured I could at least pound out this rough half mile before tackling the other mile. Nope. My flight soon found the deepest snow I encountered, and I sank into nearkneecap depths of snow. I trudged to a halt; it was over. My mind began to race. I thought about getting hypothermia on the nicest day of the year. I thought about why I didn’t own a pair of snowshoes. I thought about Jack London’s “To Build a Fire.” I thought about using my Tracfone minutes to call my dad and have him pick me up with the snowmobile. I nearly gave up. But then I didn’t. No inspirational song came on through my Beats, nor did I have an epiphany. In fact, all I did was laugh—perhaps manically but not hysterically. This stubborn softie who refused to turn around earlier would continue forward. Snow seeped through my jeans. My toes went tingly. My left leg moved in front of my right and my right in front of my left. All for what? To prove that I could. Once I made it to the first finish line, at the intersection of 180th and 260th, I didn’t want to stop. I’d like to think this stint wasn’t as bad as the last because of my newfound confidence, but that’s malarkey; there weren’t as many snowbanks. The ones that were there, however, I conquered. Once I found gravel, the stroll became easy. Walking westward, I enjoyed the sun sinking in the sky. I am a sucker for sunsets, along with using personal anecdotes to spin deeper tales. Although some of you may have found my struggles with walking and snowbanks riveting, I assure you there is a greater message behind this column. Would you let your soul lead you into an adventure, even a cold and illogical one? When life gets you bogged down, do you turn around? Do you flee only to sink lower into your despair? Do you use Tracfone minutes to wave the white flag? Or do you walk on and move along? Life may be easier on plowed roads, but it isn’t as exciting. Keep moving forward, through snowbanks, spring semester and life. You might find out that it was worth the struggle.



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Rhianna LaValla Staff Writer

T h i s Christmas I noticed something that hadn’t really occurred to me before. I honestly did not need or want anything. Not one item. Sure clothes are always nice, but do I really need any? Absolutely not. I fill up a dresser and two closets as it is. In fact, I could probably stand to get rid of some clothes rather than cramming them back into their storage spaces with their friends. I received clothes anyhow. I also missed my annual Christmas charity work. Every year my family and I go to the Civic Center in Bismarck, and we helped fill baskets full of food for those less fortunate. These families greatly appreciate the help, and more and more volunteers are needed every year. What do these two stories have in common? Giving. Christmas has become so commercialized that I can hardly stand to go shopping anymore. Actually, when you really think about it, just about every holiday has become commercialized. Why can’t we give something every holiday instead of expecting to receive mounds of gifts that we probably do not need? Well, for my “New Year’s Resolution,” I’ve decided to make 2014 a giving year. At each holiday I’m going to do some sort of charity work. Something like working at the local homeless shelter or dog rescue most likely. For my birthday and Christmas, I’m going to ask for money to put toward my volunteer study abroad trip to Fiji, New Zealand, Australia and Thailand. Boom. An entire year of giving, helped funded by holidays which I would usually receive gifts. I want to inspire you with this article, so let’s talk about altruism. Nothing like talking about selflessness to get us in the right mindset, right? Well, kinda. I’m a believer in altruism, though every Psychology teacher I’ve ever had would laugh and say, “But Rhianna, there is no such thing as true altruism. You always gain something, whether it be possessions or just the good feeling you get by doing something for someone else.” Well, it may not be pure altruism, but I’d say if what I gain from it is just a good feeling in my heart, then that is good enough for me. So today, think about how your life is going. What did you get for Christmas? How about your birthday? Did you really need any of it? If you actually did need some of it, what about the rest of it? Really quantitative terms, I know, but just think about it. Possessions shouldn’t give you that fuzzy feeling in your heart, and if they do, then I would say you should re-evaluate

your life. That’s what I did this Christmas, and it was the best gift I could have gotten. I’ve always been a give back kind of person, always focusing on being kind and not focusing on myself, but this is one way I can take it a step further. I’m really looking forward to building sidewalks for people in Fiji so that they can safely walk to their church and houses during the rainy season. Sheering sheep and doing conservation work under the gaze of “Mount Doom” in Fiji is a dream come true to me. Studying climate change and doing even more conservation work to cut back some of the damage that climate change has caused sounds incredible to me. I get to see all of these places and their beautiful sites all while giving back and earning college credit. Volunteer study abroad trips are one of my favorite ways for college students to give back. It’s like joining the Peace Corps but you get to stay in school, which my mother really liked. I’m sure yours will, too. This isn’t the only way for students to give back, but in my opinion it is the most exciting, and I urge you to look into some of these opportunities. Not just the ones listed on the NDSU Travel Abroad web page. I found my program by Googling “Gap Year Trips,” and poof there it was. The unique thing about trips like this is that you aren’t stuck in a class room every single day. You are out in the real world doing real work, and you are not getting paid for it, but you are getting a better education. Sounds kind of backwards, but this is the kind of study experience that seems the most valuable to me. I not only get a better education, but the people of Fiji get sidewalks, roads, and whatever else I get to build, and New Zealand and Australia get a whole bunch of conservation work, which can be anything from planting trees to weeding out invasive species in the outback. I suppose you are wondering, “What about Thailand?” This is my favorite. I get to spend a minimum of three months volunteering at the Save Elephant Foundation. This is exactly what it sounds like. Months of giving elephants baths, but also rescuing elephants from the surrounding communities that cannot properly take care of them. In Thailand, elephants are quite common pets. When people can’t take care of them anymore, they often get sold to work in the illegal logging industry or in tourism. Save Elephant Foundation provides the proper care for these elephants, and they are free to roam in a natural environment. No elephant paintings or rides to be found here. If elephants don’t inspire you, I don’t know what will. Go volunteer. Give back.



THURSDAY, JAN. 16, 2014


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Against IUPUI, TrayVonn Wright had a career high 24 points.

Bison Celebrate Christmas Taylor Kurth

Contributing Writer

The NDSU men’s basketball team had a merry Christmas as they won four out of five games over winter break. They moved to 12-5 overall after those five games. After starting 3-3 they have seemed to find their groove as they are now red hot having won 10 of their last 12 games. They also started Summit League play and are now sitting at 1-1 in the conference. Their first game was played against the Towson Tigers. The same Towson Tigers that the NDSU football team squared off against in the FCS National Championship. In a prelude of sorts, the Bison buried the Tigers behind a two headed monster performance by Marshall Bjorklund and Taylor Braun. The two of them each posted 28 points going a combined 20-32 from the

field. Jerrelle Benimon performed admirably in defeat with 29 points for the Tigers. After briefly trailing early on in the second half, NDSU’s Lawrence Alexander sparked a 19-8 run by scoring 10 points in the run that brought the score to 62-52 with 10:54 to go in the half. That gave the Bison a lead they would never surrender. The second game featured the Bison traveling to Utah to play the Utah Valley Wolverines. Again, Taylor Braun paced the way for the Bison, pouring in 20 points and eight assists. Lawrence Alexander had a big game as well, posting 19 points and also going 4-4 from downtown. The story of the game however was the Bison’s complete control in the painted area. The Bison had a 38-14 advantage and absolutely shredded the Wolverines interior defense. Holton Hunsaker had a big game for the Wolverines putting in 20 points including 11 free throws. After getting 11 days off between Christ-

New Football Coaching Begins to Take Form Sam Herder Sports Editor

The NDSU football team had a whole new coaching staff one day after winning its third straight FCS national championship. New head coach Chris Klieman introduced four new assistants to his staff on Jan. 5, including Tim Polasek, Matt Entz, Randy Hedberg and Jamar Cain. Klieman, who was NDSU’s defensive coordinator, was named the new Bison head coach on Dec. 15 after Craig Bohl announced he and a majority of his staff are going to Wyoming. Assistants Nick Goeser and Conor Riley remained on staff with Goeser coaching the defensive line and Riley taking the offensive line coaching duties. Klieman’s additions to his staff had the new head coach excited. He introduced three of his new coaches at a Jan. 6 press conference. Polasek, who spent seven seasons at NDSU until going to Northern Illinois last season, will return as the offensive coordinator. Polasek went from a graduate assistant in 2006 to running backs coach in 2007 and also served as the special teams coordinator and was the fullbacks and tight ends coach in 2012. “This is a job that I’ve wanted for two or three years, not to step over (Brent) Vigen or anything,” Polasek said. “When Coach Bohl left, the wheels started spinning pretty good.” Entz will be the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. He was on Klieman’s staff at Northern Iowa in 2010. Entz was the defensive line coach in 2011 and took on coordinator duties in 2012 before being the associate head coach and defensive line coach Western Illinois in 2013. “There’s only two things that our kids

can control and that’s their attitude and their effort,” Entz said. “If you bring both of those things to practice you have the ability to have a good day, you have the ability to improve and those are the things that I expect out of our kids.” Hedberg was named the quarterbacks coach. He coached the quarterbacks at Southern Illinois this year. Hedberg was the head coach at St. Cloud State for nine seasons (1999-07) and at Minot State for eight seasons (1982-89). With four year starter Brock Jensen graduating, Hedberg will have the duties to prepare Carson Wentz for his starting role next season. “When I clicked the film on of Carson Wentz as a senior at Century, I turned to Coach Lennon and I said that’s a no-brainer man. We have to offer him and we did,” Hedberg said. “Now he’s a Bison and he did well. I like a quarterback, and coach Polasek touched on this a little bit, if he gets back in the pocket and the pocket breaks down, he can make a play and I think Carson’s that way.” Cain will be the defensive ends coach after one year at Wyoming. He coached defensive line and was promoted to defensive coordinator at Wyoming in November. Cain was the defensive ends coach at Missouri Valley Football Conference opponent Missouri State from 2006-08. Klieman now has six assistants on his staff. “I know how special Bison football is and so I wanted to make sure I had the right fit,” Klieman said. “To me, staff chemistry, we had an unbelievable staff chemistry the last three years and we need to continue that. That is paramount for me, to have guys that have tremendous character, tremendous value systems and who are really looking out for the kids. And I know I’ve hit home runs.”

mas and New Year’s, the Bison came back well rested and continued their winning ways. With a win over Mayville State, the Bison started out 2014 on a good note. The Bison bullied the Comets all game long to the tune of a 51 point thrashing. 96-45 was the final in the friendly confines of the Bison Sports Arena. This game was reigning Summit League 6th man of the year winner Mike Felt’s turn to carry the team. Felt bucketed 30 points behind six long balls. At one point in the first half, Felt froze the Comets by drizzling three bombs that stretched the Bison lead to 29-9. The Bison dropped their first game in 25 days to the Mastodons of Indiana Purdue- University Fort Wayne. The Mastodons mauled the Bison 82-71 at home in the Hilliard Gates Sports Center. Forward Luis Jacobo killed the Bison from the free throw line going 8-8 at the line and also hit two 3’s to add to his game high 20 points. The Mast-

odons led the final 35:39 of the game after falling behind 4-2 in the opening minutes. In familiar fashion, Taylor Braun and Marshall Bjorklund led the Bison with a combined 35 points on 59 percent shooting from the field. The Bison started a new winning streak against the Jaguars of Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. The Bison bludgeoned the Jags in the second half 52-33 that gave them a final score of 87-64. Kory Brown took his turn in the wheel of carrying the scoring load. Brown nailed 10 of his 14 attempts for a career high 24 points. The Bison made 8 out of 14 long balls, which proved to be the difference as they doubled up on the Jags 24 to 12 from beyond the arc. Donovan Gibbs and Marcellus Barksdale led the Jaguars with 14 points each. The Bison will be looking to start a new winning streak tonight at home against the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks.

NDSU Wrestling Team has Solid Christmas Break Pace Maier

Contributing Writer

The NDSU wrestling team hasn’t been the best home team this season. They have had two matches at home this season and have lost both of them. Although, when you look at their away record you may be surprised. They are undefeated on the road this season, winning four matches. Over Christmas break the Bison wrestling team competed in two matches and a two-day tournament in Illinois. The Bison traveled to Evanston, Ill., for the Midlands Championships, which took place on Dec. 29-30. This tournament was hosted by Northwestern University. The Bison team took home 11th place with 54 points. There were 44 teams that participated in the tournament. Bison senior Steven Monk took home NDSU’s first individual title at the Midlands Championships. He won the 165-pound championship match with a 4-2 decision over No. 4-ranked Nick Moore of Iowa. Hayden Zillmer, a Bison sophomore, finished third in the consolation bracket at 174 pounds. He won by decision in all four of his matches and finished the tournament with a record of 6-1. Zillmer lost to Southern Oregon’s Brock Gutches by a 2-1 decision. This third-place finish put Zillmer as the second-highest Midlands finisher in school history. NDSU junior Kurtis Julson finished in seventh at 184 pounds by virtue of a medical forfeit over eighth-ranked Vic Avery of Edinboro. The Bison started 2014 off on the right foot. They won eight out of 10 possible matches to reel in the 35-6 dual victory at Cal Poly on Jan. 4. Clay Cathey, the 141 pounder, and Tyler Lehmann, the

197-pounder, had first-period pins. Steven Monk and Hayden Zillmer both had technical falls. Starting out the dual was redshirt freshman Hunter Weber taking a 3-0 decision over Britain Longmire at 125 pounds. No. 20-ranked Devon Lotito in a 6-1 decision at 133 pounds, defeated Bison senior Justin LaValle. Both Tyler Diamond and Nick Olejnik of NDSU posted decisions at 149 pounds and 157 pounds. Kurtis Julson won with a 16-2 decision over Cal Poly’s Kent Beecham at 184 pounds. This was also the first dual meet that Tyler Lehmann appeared in for NDSU. After the Bison beat up on Cal Poly, they then took their talents to Bakersfield, California on Jan. 6. The Bison claimed victories in the last five weight classes to earn a 27-12 victory over California State University. NDSU was down by six points through the first five matches, but the Bison made a great comeback to get the win. Over the final five matches of the dual they outscored CSU 21-0. Hunter Weber pinning Matt Correa at 125 pounds opened the dual, and then CSU answered by winning the next four weight classes by decisions. Steven Monk started the comeback for the Bison by winning with an 8-2 decision over David Meza. Up next was Hayden Zillmer and he won with a technical fall at 174 pounds. The Bison took the lead with a score of 14-12. Kurtis Julson won his match with a 13-4 decision over Sean Pollock at the 184-weight class. The win was sealed with Tyler Lehmann’s pin on Reuben Franklin in a quick 44 seconds. The dual was closed out with Bison heavyweight Evan Knutson posting a 2-1 decision for NDSU. The Bison will have their next match Friday when they travel to Boise State.



NDSU Women Go 0-5 Over Break Corrie Dunshee

Contributing Writer

The NDSU women’s basketball team went 0-5 over the winter break, losing to the University of Texas at San Antonio, Northwestern State, Northern Colorado, Fort Wayne and IUPUI in the UTSA Winter Classic. The Bison lost their first game 79-68 against UTSA on Dec. 28 in the Convocation Center in San Antonio, Texas. Kahla Becken scored 16 points in the game and Brooke LeMar and Holly Johnson each scored 15. From the field, NDSU went 21-for-56 (38 percent) and 6-for-17 (35 percent) from beyond the arc. From the free throw line, NDSU made 20 of 26 attempted shots (77 percent). UTSA went 25-for-50 (50 percent) from the field, and 6-for-13 (46 percent) from beyond the arc. From the free throw line, UTSA made 23 of 28 attempted shots (82 percent). NDSU pulled down 14 rebounds in the game, while UTSA pulled down 18. The Bison were also outrebounded 34-40. The Bison lost their second game 57-50 against Northwestern State on Dec. 29 in San Antonio. Johnson led NDSU with 13 points, while Alisa Brown scored a career-best 11 points and Marena Whittle scored 10. From the field, NDSU shot 19-for-60 (32 percent) and 6-for-20 (30 percent) from beyond the arc. 6-of-8 (75 percent) foul shots were

also made by NDSU. Northwestern State made 20-for-61 shots (33 percent) from the field, and 6-for-13 (46 percent) from beyond the arc. They also went 11for 14 (79 percent) from the free throw line. NDSU lost its third game of the winter break 74-70 against Northern Colorado on January 2 at the Bison Sports Arena. LeMar scored a careerhigh 25 points in the game, while Johnson scored 12 points and Becken scored 11. From the field, NDSU shot 23-for-60 (38 percent) and 8-for-20 (40 percent) from beyond the arc. Northern Colorado went 29-for-58 (50 percent) from the field and 4-for 12 (33 percent) from beyond the arc. On Thursday, NDSU suffered its fourth loss of the break in double overtime 98-89 against Fort Wayne in the Bison Sports Arena. The last double overtime contest for the Bison occurred back in the 2007-2008 season. Marena Whittle scored a career-best 34 points in the game, while tying her career-high rebounds at 15. Johnson scored 15 points, while LeMar and Liz Keena both scored 12. NDSU went 35-for-86 (41 percent) from the field and 3-for-18 (17 percent) from beyond the arc. From the free throw line, the Bison made 16 of 19 attempted shots (84 percent). Fort Wayne shot 29-for69 (42 percent) from the field, and 8-for-25 from beyond the arc. From the free


Sophomore Holly Johnson led the Bison with 13 points againt Northwestern State on Dec. 29.

urday to IUPUI 71-46 in the Bison Sports Arena. Whittle scored 12 points in the game, while LeMar scored 10. NDSU shot 17-for-54 (32 percent) from the field and 4-for-10 (40 percent)

throw line, they made 32 out of 40 attempted shots (80 percent). The Bison out-rebounded Fort Wayne 51-42, but committed 14 turnovers. NDSU lost their fifth game of the break on Sat-

from beyond the arc. From the free throw line, the Bison made 8 out of 13 attempted shots (62 percent). IUPUI shot 28-for-57 (49 percent) from the field and 5-for-12 (42 percent) from beyond the arc. IU-

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PUI also made 10 of 12 free throws (83 percent). The Bison are now 3-13 overall and 0-2 in Summit League play. The women are back in action at 7 p.m. tonight in Omaha.



















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