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Chris Kading is on the receiving end of an alley-oop from teammate Lawrence Alexander.

NDSU Claims Summit League Title in Final Games at the BSA

Bison cut down nets, celebrate seniors to end building’s history Sam Herder | Sports Editor


aul Phillips brought a green and yellow sledgehammer onto the Bison Sports Arena court Saturday night. The sledgehammer signified the last likely Bison game being played in the building and that it’s time to begin the renovation. While Phillips couldn’t begin the rebuilding at the moment, his NDSU men’s basketball team gave the BSA a proper sendoff in its last two games in the building’s history. An outright Summit League regular season title was won Thursday with an 82-54 victory against South Dakota and six seniors were recognized on an emotional senior night Saturday after beating Denver 78-68. “Truthfully, I found myself several times this last week thinking to myself how lucky I’ve been to be able to coach this group of young men,” Phillips said. “And not just the seniors, the group the whole way through. I think it’s pretty apparent out there when they’re playing that they love each other like brothers.” Crowds of 3,804 and 4,527 filled the BSA bleachers to catch the last two games in the building that was built in 1970. The Bison put on a show in both games, ending the regular season 23-6 and 12-2 in conference play. That secures them a No. 1 seed and a first round by in the seventeam Summit League Tournament in Sioux Falls, S.D., this weekend. The Bison won’t play until next Monday when they face the winner of Denver and USD. “We’ll rest up a little bit, I don’t think we’re too banged up,” senior Taylor Braun said. “It is a long time off, but I’m sure our coaching staff will do a good job of taking it light on us some days and other days kind of pushing us so we don’t get lackadaisical or start getting some bad habits. It shouldn’t play a huge a factor. We might have a little bit of rust those first few minutes but after that, it’s go time. We have high goals.” Thursday’s conference championship-clinching victory was celebrated by cutting down the BSA nets. It was NDSU’s first outright Summit League title since 2009. The six seniors that increased the win column each of their years were recognized Saturday with a 30-minute presentation. And while Jordan Aaberg, Marshall Bjorklund, TrayVonn Wright, Fred Newell, Mike Felt and Braun were hon-

Senior TayVonn Wright goes up for a dunk in the last regular season game at the Bison Sports Arena.

ored after the game, they hope they have plenty more games to play in the postseason. “We know we still got hopefully quite a bit of time with each other,” Bjorklund said. “It’s just a way to honor the seniors. We were looking forward to it. It’s over now and we’re looking forward to the second round of the Summit Tournament.” There is a chance one more game could be played at the BSA. With the regular season championship, NDSU is guaranteed to make the NIT Tournament if they do not win their conference tournament. That could result in a home game. But all eyes are on making the NCAA Tournament. “No offense to anyone else in the conference, I don’t care who we play,” Phillips said. “I want us to play our best. And

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if that happens, I think we have a really good chance.” NDSU has reached its highest win total since 2009. They have been ranked No. 4 in mid-major polls and chosen as a No. 12 or 13 seed in NCAA Tournament bracketology breakdowns. The Bison were chosen the preseason favorites to win the Summit League and they finished the regular season two games ahead of second place Fort Wayne. But the real goal the Bison set is to win next Tuesday’s championship game. “I’m sure tonight, tomorrow and Monday we’ll be kind of giddy about it,” Bjorklund said. “But when you get down to it, it’s business. We came into this season wanting to make the NCAA Tournament and we’re set up to do that.”

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NDSU Extension Service Celebrates Century Mark Smith-Lever Act of 1914 marks 100 years of collaboration Adam Farhat

Contributing Writer

The NDSU Extension Service will celebrate 100 years of existence in May, 2014. This also marks 100 years of community collaboration with NDSU for their services and research information that are offered and shared with North Dakotans. In 1862, the Morrill Act approved NDSU

of Land Grant status. Shortly following the enactment of the Morrill Act, the Hatch Act was created, allowing experimental stations to be opened on NDSU’s campus. This deemed NDSU a research-based university. These two acts were set in place so anyone could not only achieve higher education, but also perform research in the areas of agriculture to help local farmers achieve a better crop yield every year. However, one piece of the puzzle was missing. NDSU had a way for the common man be able to afford college and had research and testing facilities to help make discoveries in agriculture.

But, NDSU did not have a way to take the research they conducted, share it with local farmers and apply it. Then, the 1914 Smith-Lever Act was introduced. “We take research-based information and turn it into application,” NDSU Extension Service assistant director Charles Stoltenow said. Simply put, the program delivers information that the farmers and citizens of North Dakota can use to better inform themselves on current subject matters — not only on the farm, but in the suburbs and city also. “It has stood the test of time,” Stoltenow said. “People still find it very useful until today.” Since the birth of the program 100 years

ago, it has grown into much more then where it had started, adding family programs, community vitality, leadership programs. It has also added youth development groups focused on a range of different subjects from engineering to woodwork. “It is great to reflect that our forefathers had a vision similar to the extension program to serve the citizens of their state,” NDSU Extension Service director Chris Boerboom said. “The system works as good today as it was 100 years ago. We are the envy world.” On May 8, the NDSU Extension Service will host a centennial celebration for the program with guest speaker Steve Stark in Century Theatre. The event is open to all students.

BIN Online Videos Briefly Removed from YouTube Account Technical difficulties to blame for temporary removal Benjamin Norman Staff Writer

With more than 250 videos available on their YouTube account, the Bison Information Network has a perceptible presence on the Internet. On Feb. 26, however, that presence was wiped of the web. Due solely to technical difficulties, BIN lost access to its web content. The issue was not due to copyright infringement, as was first thought possible. “It’s fixed now,” said Tony Smith, BIN operations manager and senior studying public relations and advertising. “It just happened that we were trying to get our streaming system to work with YouTube. I think it was just a small glitch and YouTube just

took our stuff down for a day — just a technical error.” Adam Kempenich, BIN general manager and senior studying new media and web design, also blamed BIN’s recent work with Google Plus. “In order to enable live streaming, we had to enable Google Plus on our special account,” Kempenich said. “We had to enable (Google Plus) for that. But what we ended up doing, we flipped the switch for Google Plus, and next thing we knew our entire YouTube account went offline.” The mistake was quickly noticed, Kempenich said. “We filed a submissions ticket to Google to see what we could do about it, and 24 hours later, we were back online,” he said. “We believe that it was just a glitch in the Google department.” Cassie Rohlfing-Delorme, BIN update coordinator and junior majoring in journalism, is glad to have a functioning web page and to have it back at full capacity.

Students working for Bison Information Network temporarily lost their YouTube account. However, they managed to get their work back up online.

“I share videos…with my family,” said Rohlfing-Delorme, who doubles as a reporter and anchor for BIN, “(along with) those who do not live in Fargo, so they can see what I’m doing in college and how I’m utilizing my major.”


The online videos also hold potential for BIN members who wish to pursue careers in the broadcast and journalism job market. “I have them on an online resume for potential employers,” Rohlfing-Delorme said.



NDSU Student Senators Re-examine University Weather Policies Senate aims to put decisions in hands of students Colton Pool

Co-News Editor

NDSU student senators are looking to build up support for a resolution in favor of changing the way that students go to school in dangerous weather. With College of Business senator Jon Lipp at the helm of the movement, several senators have met with NDSU faculty on looking to take the decision of students traveling through tough weather and put it into the hands of those students. They are working on a resolution for students to be giv-

en an excused absence from class if weather advisories or warnings are issued. Initially, Lipp and other senators pushed for NDSU classes to be cancelled when the National Weather Service used the words “lifethreatening” to describe weather conditions in Fargo. “We, as a senate, are going to be collaborating some kind of solution to build accountability into the system so you can’t just say it, you have to go though a process to use it,” Lipp said. “But if you did go through the process, you would be protected.” The senators first met with those from the NDSU university police and safety office to see if calling off school based on National Weather Service determinations would be plausible. Director of university police and safety office Ray

Boyer said in an email that they decided to not move forward with the previous plan after the meeting, but that other choices were considered after that point. The resolution in the works will now instead say students should be given an excused absence in the case of weather advisories or warnings. Lipp and other senators will also meet with NDSU faculty senate to see what their recommendations might be. He said he will go into that meeting with backing from NDSU’s head of university police and safety, director of facilities and those from the NDSU office of finance. “We want a really campus-wide decision on this; this isn’t just one group deciding what they think is best,” Lipp said. “It’s really important to me that any

changes that happen here happen as a group.” Though this may be difficult to do. Off-campus student senator Cassie Hillen said there would have to be a way that students could only choose to not go if the weather was truly threatening to someone’s well-being. “If the senate stays persistent and continues to work closely with faculty senate, I think we could definitely see change made,” Hillen said. “But I know that it would take a little work to get faculty senate on board with change.” Hillen, who has been in with Lipp on every meeting between student senate and faculty, said the main concern for the potential resolution is student safety. “It is important for students’ safety to be addressed,” she said. “If they so chose to miss school be-

cause of a safety concern, they shouldn’t be penalized by missing a quiz or homework if it is something like a minus-50 degree day and they have an exam and they have to walk from their house five blocks away and they don’t want to risk getting frostbite. That shouldn’t be the determining factor of their safety.” While classes have been cancelled once in past months, there have been a few other instances this winter in which students have felt that school should’ve been called off. Now, Lipp hopes students get to choose if they go to school if the National Weather Service calls weather advisories or warnings — the highest categories for weather danger. Lipp and Hillen say they hope to have a resolution completed in about a week

and have it on the senate floor for debate within a month. “This will give time to let everyone know that this is happening,” Lipp said. “I don’t want anyone to be surprised by this or feel rushed because of our approach.” However, the longest wait may be for actual change to take place. Lipp said that while the resolution will be written to raise concern, a policy change might not be considered until next year. “I’m very realistic that we won’t be able to make a major policy change happen right off the bat,” Lipp said. “But we can get the conversation happening and make sure that when we come back in the fall that we have student leaders that are passionate about this and are going to follow up on it.”

NDSU Career Expo: 2 Days, 2 Fairs, Too Many Opportunities Expo provides networking for future graduates Tessa Black

Contributing Writer

On Feb. 25 and 26, NDSU’s Career Center sponsored the 2 Days/2 Fairs event at the Fargodome. The occasion exists to bridge the gap between employers and students and to ultimately give motivated students an advantage in the job market that they will soon be joining. Beginning Tuesday, future agriculture, liberal arts and business mavens crowded the Fargodome to seek out potential internships or full-time work. Wednesday ran similarly but was focused towards engineering, design and science and technology majors.

More than 300 businesses were represented, and approximately 1,400 students were expected over the twoday event. The turnout was especially notable in comparison to last year when just over 200 businesses participated and 1,200 students attended. Kim Teske, technology and events coordinator at NDSU Career Center, noted the reasoning behind the overall success. “There’s two things employers really respect: NDSU students and their preparedness and the type of event we put on,” she said. Not only was it a test of networking but also of competent preparation. Students were expected to arrive in professional dress with refined résumés in tow. The Career Center encouraged undergraduates to research the businesses attending in order to gear their résumés toward certain employers and to be better prepared.

Students of any age are encouraged to visit the Career fair in the Fargodome. Over 20 real-life jobs have booths with current employees that inform students about positions and openings.

Students could seek aid from the Career Center in tailoring résumés, practicing introductory skills and finding out more information on vendors. All the preparation was worthwhile when it came time to perform.

After mentioning the confidence his preparation provided him, junior finance major Brendan Johnson said he came to the event “to explore a little bit, to see what opportunities are out there.” On average, businesses

plan to award four internships each to students they met with during the two fairs. In regards to the number of employers in attendance, the opportunity is endless. “You’re crazy if you


don’t attend,” Career Center Director Jill Wilkey said. “There couldn’t be a better way to connect with a potential employer.”

Innovation Week Gives Students Chance to Show Skills Annual event will award $20,000 in prizes Adam Farhat

Contributing Writer

Innovation week, a time that is filled with creativity, progressivism, intelligence and friendly competition is right around the corner. The fifth-annual NDSU Innovation Week will boast a variety of student creativity starting Monday and go-

as innovation boot camps, presentations and keynote speakers to help students better cultivate as well as guide their products towards perfection. “This is a program the students can not only use on a resume,” said Kim Lucier, a contributor to the event and an active member on the Innovation Working Committee, “but also will obtain real-life experience that can help them move their ideas toward commercialization.” Students from all types of fields and backgrounds have been working for the past year to make their ideas and products worthy of a

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ing until Friday. “Innovation Week is a shining example of the direction that education should be heading,” student body vice president Erik Diederich said. “A place where the private market supports activities that it so desperately needs and also encourages students to problem solve with the intention of progress.” This week, dedicated to the growth of student ingenuity, has been climactic with the peak yet to come. Throughout the year, the Innovation Week working committee has implemented a few different events such


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$5,000 prize in order to help further their product towards something that can be marketed and sold to the public. Student products and services range from new healthy corn-based recipes for cake and hummus to fight the ongoing struggle of obesity to new groundbreaking ways to test breast cancer. In the competition, there are three tracks that the students’ product or service should fall under: products of any kind, services of any kind and goods and services focused on corn farming, storage, transportation, feeding and processing. Stu-

dents must create a product that fits into one of the three tracks and be innovative enough to be considered for the grand prize. Senior electrical engineering major Waylon Lindseth is proposing one of this year’s innovative ideas. He has created a hand-washing compliance device. In essence, the device can measure if people have washed their hands and tell how well they washed them. Lindseth is confident in his product and envisions its use in the medical field as well as the service industry. “Innovation Week is a great way to develop an idea


and end up with deliverable products that can be marketed in society,” Lindseth said. Lindseth, as well as the rest of the students competing in Innovation Week 2014, will give oral presentations of their products Wednesday to seven judges who will determine the winners of each track. Thursday, the winners of each track will be announced and a grand total of $20,000 dollars will be awarded courtesy of the event’s premier sponsor, The North Dakota Corn Council, along with more than 43 other contributors.

CORRECTION from Feb. 24 In a Spectrum article titled “NDSU Alumni Association Raises Money for Student Fees: Power of One funds student uses” published on Feb. 24, the NDSU Alumni Association was incorrectly identified as the organization behind the campaign. The NDSU Development Foundation is the organization that is running the fundraising campaign. The article also identifies Kim Matzke-

Ternes as working for the NDSU Alumni Association, when she is employed at the NDSU Finance and Administration Department. This department is the one who raised the scholarships mentioned in the story. The tables mentioned in the article set up in the Memorial Union, Minard and Barry Halls are for Student Philanthropy Week and not for the NDSU Alumni Association.



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Bison Fund Grows to $1.1 Million College of Business group provides realworld experience Connor Dunn Features Editor

With success and new opportunities for growth and learning, NDSU has recently allocated more than $1 million to the College of Business’s Student Managed Investment Fund, better known as the Bison Fund. Formed during the 2006-2007 academic year under the leadership of College of Business Dean Ronald Johnson and Associate Dean John Elder, the Bison Fund was given the responsibility to manage more than $100,000 provided by the Institute of Regional Studies. “We are a fund manager,” said Fariz

Huseynov, assistant professor of finance and faculty advisor of the group. “Since our start, we have gradually been building investment strategies and increasing the value of the fund.” Huseynov said the reason for the recent reallocation of $1 million to the Bison Fund was firstly due to the success of the group, and secondly, for learning purposes. The main objective of the group is to provide a unique educational experience for advanced business students by providing an opportunity to actively manage a significant portfolio of actual money. The group also exposes the students to different connections in the business world. “The Bison Fund uses local brokers, and we will continue to do that because we want the fund to be connected to local firms, so we can create a different prospective and new professional connections for our students,” Huseynov said. The fund, which has between 10 and 15 members each year, is a student-led group apart from any required course. They meet

Faces of Student Employees: Moriah Stephens Jaime Jarmin

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The question: What do Katie Couric, Hoda Kotb and Moriah Stephens, a senior majoring in journalism at NDSU, have in common? The answer: being involved in college Greek life and hosting a TV talk show. Aside from being a member of NDSU’s Alpha Gamma Delta sorority on campus, Stephens occupies most of her time with the Bison Information Network (BIN) on campus where she has been reporting, anchoring and hosting since the spring of 2012. As the creator and main host of the BIN show called “The Herd,” she and four other student co-hosts talk about fashion, beauty and pop culture. It was Stephens’s dream to bring the student body a TV show that would be similar to “The View” or “The Talk,” where the discussion was open-ended about common national issues, pop culture, beauty tips and campus life. As the main host, Stephens is responsible for coordinating most of the story ideas and production work for “The Herd.” “First semester really focused on helping out freshmen,” said Stephens said. “Now this semester, with the Olympics and the

Oscars going on, we’re doing a lot more specialty shows. Next week will be Oscarthemed, and I’m pretty excited.” Stephens’ poise and eloquence when speaking could be largely attributed to her time in the camera’s spotlight. “It’s really not as stressful as people might think it would be,” says Stephens. “‘The Herd’ and anchoring have really helped me with my [public] speaking. I enunciate better, and I am more conscious of how I sound when I’m speaking so that I don’t have to repeat myself. You want to be as clear as possible.” However, Stephens does not spend all of her time under bright lights and in front of teleprompters. Aside from anchoring and hosting, Stephens is also employed as BIN’s sales manager. She works mainly with local businesses that partner with BIN for advertising opportunities. Stephens is learning skills as the sales manager that will filter into her future career working in the communications field. “I think [being the] sales manager has helped me with my assertiveness, which I think is a skill that everyone should have,” Stephens said. “I’m not necessarily timid, but it has helped me with my confidence in approaching people.” Since Stephens’s camera presence on

weekly to make financial decisions. “We do most of the research and the work, and then we go to (Huseynov) and see if that is the right direction to go,” said Dan Gorghuber, a junior studying finance and the President of the Bison Fund. “We give him our orders, and he reviews them to see if we are not totally off and pulling something out of thin air.” Gorghuber, who has been with the fund for three years, praised the group for the invaluable benefits it offers its members with upperclassmen mentors, experience in the business world and simply learning about stocks. Huseynov added the practical benefits that the Bison Fund presents. “One thing students always ask is ‘Can we do something more practical?” Huseynov said. “This group has the biggest value outside of the classroom that students can enjoy.” With the growing credibility and responsibility, the group has become more attentive to the applications it is getting from their

prospective members. “We need to make sure their knowledge level in finance and investments is adequate to be a responsible voting member,” Huseynov said. “Also, with the increased amount of NDSU’s money involved in our fund, we are very careful to make sure no irrational decisions are made.” With the future in mind, Huseynov avoided putting a ceiling figure for the amount of money the Bison Fund could be responsible for. However, he stated that if the success continues, many different areas of the university would take notice, attracting more and more money to the fund. Gorghuber believes that no matter the future growth of the Bison Fund, it will always provide business students with an invaluable experience. “To have the opportunity in college to not only get good grades and a degree, but we can also say we have managed a portfolio of $100,000 to $1 million,” Gorghuber said. “What business student would not want to be a part of that?”

Moriah Stephens, a senior majoring in journalism, is the main host for the Bison Information Network’s talk show “The Herd.” This show can be seen on the campus’s Cable One SU TV Channel 84 on Monday evenings at 5 p.m.

her show seems effortless, it comes as no surprise that her dream is to be center stage someday. Stephens’s confidence about what she has learned and experienced at BIN is allowing her to realize that the capabilities she has developed will help her down the road toward achieving her dream job. “My ultimate goal would be film acting or theater. I like being on the stage and I like being on that side of the camera,” Ste-


phens said. “I wouldn’t mind being a host for a show, doing something like the ‘Today Show’ or ‘Kathy Lee & Hoda.’” To view the broadcast of Stephens and her co-hosts on-air during “The Herd” show, tune into Cable One’s SU TV Channel 84 tonight at 5 p.m. If viewers are unable to catch the show tonight, they may visit the ndsubin. com website to see what they missed.

abandoned | photospotlight As we know, the world is quickly drifting into fast society. Our patience levels have lowered and our wanting for things has become almost instant. With that, things have become more disposable as ever. For instance, clothing is rarely made of fine material and Furniture is not made of real wood as often. In addition, the prices of these things tends to rise even though the quality is diminishing. As I observe society changing, I watch the value and appreciation for things dwindle. The Moorhead Power plant built a new plant a couple years ago. The old plant, however, is still standing but will be demolished by spring. For class, we received access to the old plant and photographed the inside. As I observed the place it clearly looked as if it were abandoned within one day. Coffee mugs remained next the sinks and open catalogs were still left on the tables. There was once so much life to the place and it looks like everything was forgotten instantly. It amazes me that people are able to abandon such a great building so quickly. It reminded me that our overall value for things is not cherished as it should be. Try appreciating the work of others and take time to make something. I guarantee once you realize the work put into something, you will learn to value it more. The old Moorhead Power plant contains old remains as if it were abandoned within one day.



What habit would you like to break?

Malorie Midtaune Sophomore Public Relations

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David Kurtti Senior Sociology and Women’s Studies

Sam Seckler Sophomore Radiologic Sciences

“My addiction with coffee.”

“Flappy Bird and Spider Solitaire.”

“Clicking my pen when I am anxious.”


“Eating while watching TV.”



Putting an end to the common cold Mercedes Pitzer

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used or touched. Although colds are most contagious within the first two to four days after symptoms appear, it is still a good habit to get into. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “since the common cold is caused by a virus, antibiotics will not help it get better.” This is because antibiotics are only used for illnesses that are caused by bacterial infections. As a result, there are other forms of treatment used to treat a common cold. Even though over-thecounter medications won’t cure a common cold, they will provide temporary relief or help make it go away sooner rather than later. These include pain relievers, decongestant nasal sprays and cough syrups. Other remedies as suggested by the Mayo Clinic include: drinking lots of fluids, eating chicken soup, adjusting the room’s temperature and humidity, gargling saltwater, using saline nasal drops and simply resting.

By drinking lots of fluids such as water, juice and broth, a person is replacing the fluids they lost during mucus production or fever. On the other hand, it is critical to avoid alcohol and caffeine because these can cause dehydration. Eating chicken soup helps by acting as an anti-inflammatory and temporarily relieving congestion in the nose. By keeping the air warm and moist, this will help ease congestion and coughing. Also, cold viruses do not thrive well in this type of environment in general. Finally, gargling saltwater simply alleviates a sore and scratchy throat while saline nasal drops helps relieve nasal congestion. Although all of these remedies may help relieve common cold symptoms, rest and time are the key players in getting a person all better. This is because the only true way to beat a cold is to wait it out. If you follow all of these tips, you will be feeling better in no time!

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we breathe or on things we touch. Once a virus finds its way into a person’s immune system, a cold can last anywhere from one to two weeks depending on the severity of the case. As stated by American Lung Association, colds are highly contagious. This is why they account for more visits to the doctor than any other condition in the United States. While adults typically average two to four colds per year, young children suffer an average of six to eight colds per year. It is important to understand that catching a cold cannot happen by not wearing a jacket when it is chilly out or going outside while a person’s hair is still wet. These are just old myths. Since a cold virus can enter a person’s body through their mouth, eyes or nose, it is highly suggested to practice good hygiene by regularly washing your hands, covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing and avoiding any objects an infected person may have

Turkey Hunting Tips and Strategies

Turkey hunting is becoming very popular with avid hunters in Minnesota and North Dakota. The turkey population is on the rise, so the chances of bagging a bird are more likely now than ever. Turkeys are very difficult to hunt, but with some helpful tips the chances of getting a bird will be greater. Believe it or not, turkeys are very intelligent. Turkey can see 300 degrees around their head. With this being said, it is very important for hunters to keep themselves covered up very well and remain as still as possible. When turkey hunting, it is a must to wear camouflage to help blend in with the natural surroundings and use a ground blind. Ground blinds are nice because they can be easily transported, they cover the hunter up and they hide the hunter’s movement. Since turkeys have excellent eye sight, it is very difficult to sneak up on them. So what do you have to do to bag a turkey? Sit patiently and make the turkeys come to you. This is the most exciting part of tur-

key hunting once you hear the gobble in return; it is an instant adrenaline rush. There are a few ways for a hunter to call in a turkey. The most common way is with a box call, which is a simple device that one holds and strikes to make a hen turkey noise. The drawback with the box call is that it makes the hunter move a lot to use. Another way to call in a bird is with a little mouthpiece called a diaphragm call. This is difficult to learn, but once you get the hang of it, it is very easy to use. The nice thing about this call is that it is hands free. This gives the hunter a huge advantage because it allows the hunter to continue calling with the firearm ready when the bird is close. Along with calling, it is important to have decoys set up in front of the turkey blind. The decoys help the turkeys visualize where the birds are. The decoys should be set out somewhere between 15-20 yards away from the blind. The decoys set up should consist of at least one hen (female) and one Jake (small

male). That is just a basic set up. To attract the big Toms in, the set up should consist an additional hen and a strutting Tom. This will make the turkeys most likely to come in because they want to assert their dominance over the Jake. The most common time to turkey hunt is in the spring. There are fall turkey seasons in some states, but the springtime is the most common because that is when the turkeys are in rut (mating). This is why the calls are all mimicking the hens. When it comes down to bagging your bird, it is a rewarding but saddening task. Shooting a turkey is rewarding because it makes the hunt successful and it provides the hunter food. It is also sad because a life has been lost. When shooting the bird, the hunter can only take a Jake or a Tom unless otherwise stated in the regulations. The most common way to identify a Tom from a Jake is that a Tom will be bigger, and it will have long hairs known as a beard coming from its chest.

The most common way to tell males from females is the color of the body and the head. Males’ heads will be blue and red, while the hens’ heads will be a gray and blue color with feathers on its head. The biggest indicator will be the size of the body. Tom turkeys will have the biggest body size compared to Jakes and hens. Turkey hunting is a very interesting type of hunting to participate in. Once hunters get the basics down, it will become very simple. However, it is very easy to be spotted, so always wear camouflage and sit in ground blinds. It may be difficult to learn how to use a diaphragm mouth call at first, but stick with it because it will be worth it in the long run. The hunter’s decoy set up is crucial to the success of the hunt because they help draw the birds in. With some very simple knowledge, it is very easy to separate a male turkey from a hen, as well as a Tom from a Jake. As a fellow turkey hunter, I wish everyone a safe and successful turkey hunt this spring.


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Domenico di Michelino’s famous depiction of Dante Alighieri.

R-Rated Ballet to Premiere at MSUM ‘Dante’s Inferno’ brings adult content on March 8 Jack Dura

Staff Writer

With its upcoming world premiere, James Sewell Ballet will shatter all stereotypes of what ballet is. There are no pink tutus or frills and lace here. No, in bringing Dante’s “Inferno” to life in ballet form, this company will premier this literary work onstage with the aid of electronic special effects, an unexpected repertoire of music and other aspects leading it to be labeled Rated R. As part of the Cheryl Nelson Lossett Performing Arts Series at Minnesota State University Moorhead, this ballet is presented as

the season closer for the arts series that seeks to bring culturally and artistically diverse performances to the area. But what leads a seemingly pleasant event like the ballet to be Rated R? For starters, its music. Music from Nine Inch Nails and Pink Floyd is slung alongside composers like Bach in this production, and the lyrics often employ the use of certain words that start with certain letters, such as F. There are also some other aspects of this production that potential attendees might want to be forewarned about. A rape scene is present in this show, as is a male performer with a long, snakelike attachment on the groin area of his costume. For Rebecca Sundet-Schoenwald, managing director of this arts series, she believes this ballet will certainly be striking, but it was only recently she learned of these inclusions, prompting her to make a few publicity changes. “Since then, I’ve changed my Forum ads, I’ve changed the ads in the High Plains

University Band to Showcase Strength Over 70 students gather for the all-new collaboration Jack Dura

Staff Writer

One of the first in a slew of concerts over the first two weeks of this month is the University Band concert. Comprised of over 70 students of varying majors and pursuits, this concert will feature some interesting arrangements and a never-before-done collaboration. Five pieces comprise the concert, with works from the likes of W. Francis McBeth, Steven Bryant and Clifton Williams selected for this outing. Williams’ piece “Dramatic Essay” starts the showcase off, and being written for solo trumpet and concert band, this piece will feature a little outside help in the form of associate professor of trumpet Dr. Jeremy Brekke. “I think the ‘Dramatic Essay’ is cool ‘cause we have a solo trumpet which the University Band has never had a featured performer to come in like Dr. Brekke,” said Emily Karkoska, French horn and junior

majoring in Public Relations and Advertising. With Dr. Sigurd Johnson heading the helm as conductor on “Dramatic Essay,” two graduate students step in to conduct the four other pieces. Bradley Miedema takes up the guts of the concert in conducting the second, third and fourth pieces, while Nick Meyers handles the ever-important end, which is William P. Latham’s “Court Festival.” Latham’s piece and McBeth’s “Chant and Jubilo” run in a similar vein in that both offer march-style sounds. “The march style is just in cut time, twofour time and is kinda that upbeat march feel,” Karkoska said. Altogether, this concert plays out at being about an hour long, and attendees can expect some pleasant sounds from this offering of the University Band. “I think it’s going to be a nice, musical evening,” Karkoska said, “and it’s a cool group ‘cause there’s a good mix of music majors and non-music majors so it’s just students who want to keep up on their instruments and have fun making some music.” The University Band concert is at 7:30 p.m. on March 3 in Festival Concert Hall. Admission is free for students with a Bison I.D.

Reader to say ‘Rated R for adult content,’” she said, “but there’s a bunch of stuff out there that doesn’t have that on there and so we’ll find out. People may ask for refunds, they may leave in a huff, but that’s just the way it is.” MSUM and James Sewell Ballet have honed a relationship over the past decade through campus performances, master classes and mobility development exercises in community care facilities. However, this performance will not be accompanied by any of that, though the company will present a few scenes to area high school students prior to the premiere. Preparing for this premiere has been ongoing, and the company will use all the time they have to ready themselves for the Saturday performance. “They’re so busy trying to get this production finished, and because they’ve never staged it before, there’s all these technical issues, because this is multimedia production too,” Sundet-Schoenwald said. “It’s got

surround-sound, it’s got all this electronic imagery that they’re using, so it’s got all these special effects.” All of this hard work should pay off, and Sundet-Schoenwald anticipates that this ballet will be one that will not be soon forgotten. “It’s going to be very interesting, it’s going to be very cool.” The James Sewell Ballet’s world premiere of Dante’s “Inferno” is at 7:30 p.m. on Mar. 8 in MSUM’s Hansen Theatre. In correlation with the premiere, a reception and art exhibit at 5 p.m. on Mar. 6 at MSUM’s White Hall and Fox Recital Hall will showcase students’ visions of hell. A heaven-andhell-inspired piano recital by guest performer Jihye Chang will also occur. These related events are free. Tickets for the main event are $28 for adults, $24 for seniors/MSUM alumni, $12 for non-MSUM students and are available by phone at 218-477-2271 or

University Symphony Orchestra Offers Winter Escape NDSU and MSUM work together to bring musical magic Jack Dura

Staff Writer

This Thursday, the conjoined efforts of music students from North Dakota State University and Minnesota State University Moorhead will offer up an outing that promises a delightful diversion from winter with aural beauty. This is the University Symphony Orchestra Concerto/Aria Concert, and besides featuring the talents of the group’s 45 students, some soloists will get the spotlight in the first half of this concert. “We will be featuring three soloists,” orchestra director Christina Chen-Beyers said. “The first soloist is singing an aria and she does soprano. Her aria is about a woman meeting her lover so it’s a light, cheery aria that shows off the athletic decorations of the voice and what the voice can do.” Singing this aria is Zhanna Ricks, a Belarusian music teacher and graduate student of NDSU. She is followed by NDSU music education major Erika Berger, who will present “Rondo” from “Horn Concerto in E-flat Major” on her horn. Following this aria is fellow NDSU music education major Zachery Pavlicek, a clarinetist who will offer up “Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E-flat Major.” With the first half of the concert comprised of the soloists’ skills, the second half will feature the full might of the University

Symphony Orchestra. Over 40 MSUM and NDSU students are included in this auditioned group, and their contribution to the concert will be highlighted in three pieces from one movement. “The whole orchestra is performing Dvořák’s ‘Symphony No. 8,’” Chen-Beyers said. Coming together to practice between two schools for this performance has not been as difficult as some may assume it to be. Rehearsals take place two nights a week, with one night at MSUM and one night at NDSU. This auditioned orchestra has a fairly even ratio of Dragons to Bison in its ranks, and bringing together two schools like this showcases the musical abilities of a respectable portion of music students in Fargo-Moorhead. For Chen-Beyers, this concert offers something a little extra in that since it is in the dead of winter, it can provide a diversion from the cold hold of the season. “It’s a really optimistic and joyful program so all the selections have a summery feel to them, especially the Dvořák symphony because he wrote it at his summer home so he kind of depicts nature and summertime,” she said, “and you can kind of hear it in the music too, so hopefully that will cheer up the audience and offer an escape from the winter weather.” The University Symphony Orchestra Concerto/Aria Concert is at 7:30 p.m. on Mar. 6 in Festival Concert Hall. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for seniors and free for NDSU students with Bison I.D.


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“Dead Nation” is a twinstick shooter, but with a zombie apocalypse aesthetic instead of a science fiction one. Vita users will be getting “Unit 13,” an unfortunately underrated third-person shooter. The game was a launch title for the handheld as well as the last game developed by Zipper Interactive, the studio behind “SOCOM: U.S. Navy Seals” and “MAG” before its closure. The game doesn’t have much in the way of story, instead focusing on antiterrorist challenge missions and cooperative multiplayer. Finally, even the PlayStation Portable hasn’t been forgotten. Players still using their PSPs are free to download “Monster Hunter Freedom Unite,” one of the system’s most popular titles. The game is a portable spinoff to the immensely profitable “Monster Hunter” franchise from Capcom in which you hunt massive creatures, skin them for materials and craft new equipment. Like most downloadable PSP games, “Monster Hunter Freedom Unite” can be played on the PlayStation Vita with enhanced controls. Once these games are cycled out of PlayStation Plus they return to full-price. If you miss your chance to get them before the month is out, you might just have to wait for a sale.

Here are six free games to distract you from March’s crazy releases Steven Strom A&E Editor

Sony has announced the latest batch of free PlayStation Plus games dropping throughout this month. The list includes six games across PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Vita. If you’re not familiar with PlayStation Plus, it’s the subscription-based online service tied to the PlayStation Network. For Xbox owners, that means it works much like Xbox Live Gold, allowing you to play online games (on PS4, anyway — online gaming is free on PS3 and Vita). The difference is that PlayStation Plus does not bar use of entertainment apps such as Netflix and Amazon Prime the way Gold does on Xbox platforms. Those services are entirely free to use (assuming you have the unrelated subscriptions to each). Instead, PlayStation Plus provides free games and discounts. Each month, new games cycle in and out of availability, but if you download the game while using PlayStation Plus —

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Jade Presents has announced plans to continue support of local musical performances with the help of the Fargo public school system. The news comes by way of a contract between the two organizations setting up a “three-year booking and production contract” to support the Imagine Amphitheatre at the Bluestem Center for the Arts. The groups will hold a press conference at 10:30 A.M. on March 18 to an-

nounce the upcoming series of events for this summer. The conference will be held at the Scheels Living Room in the Marcil Commons at the previously mentioned Bluestem Center. The building is located at 801 50th Ave. S in Moorhead, Minn. “Imagine Amphitheatre at Bluestem is a special venue,” Jade Companies, LLC President Jade Nielson said in the press release. “It gives fans in our region the opportunity to experience live music in a beautiful outdoor setting allowing us to take full advantage of our short summer months. It’s something that we look forward to all year.” The Fargo public school system also weighed in on the contract. “The partnership between the Fargo Public Schools and Jade Presents will provide the larger metro

community with numerous musical entertainment options at the Bluestem Center of the Arts venue,” superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Schatz said. “We look forward to continuing and building upon the previous performance series. The 2014 season at Bluestem is shaping up to be the best yet!” The Bluestem Center for the Arts itself is a 2,500-seat indoor venue built along the side of the Red River in Moorhead. Previously, the amphitheater has played host to performing artists like O.A.R., Sheryl Crow, Prairie Home Companion, The Moody Blues and Trampled by Turtles. If all goes well with this ongoing partnership, there should be even more musical events coming to the venue — and the Fargo-Moorhead region — in the coming years.



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The ‘Twitch Plays Pokemon’ Phenomenon

Streaming site hosts incredible social experiment Caleb Werness Opinion Editor

What happens when you give control of a single player video game to 100,000 different individuals and tell them to beat the game? Would it evolve into a mass of chaotic anarchy? Or get structured into a collective effort where rules and votes are taken? Would the horde of players inputting commands make any progress? The video game streaming site is answering those questions with a one-ofa-kind gaming experience. On Feb. 12 the site began hosting an interactive stream of the 1998 Nintendo Game Boy game, Pokémon Red. What makes this a unique experiment is how control of the game is left to anyone who is watching. At any given time throughout the day, approximately 50,000 to 120,000 players have been inputting commands as to what the avatar should do. To move the game’s avatar, players type in a command such as up, down, left or

right. Typing “A” allows the avatar to select items or moves when attacking. Typing “B” has the avatar exit menu options or attack commands. Participating players type in these commands and, as a unit, try and work through the game. The common belief initially was that due to a scale of participants so large nothing would get done. The commands of the players would counteract each other. However, progress is in fact getting made. Due to the significant number of commands being processed every second, the game avatar takes many odd and often repetitive paths. The character at times ends up walking forward then backwards then forward again. While I was spectating earlier, the avatar was stuck inside an elevator for five minutes because the commands given had him walking into a wall. The game is run in two different modes and it is up to the players to decide the mode of operation. The original mode, anarchy, has every participating individual input commands. In democracy, there is a 20 second voting period where players vote on a command. At the current 24/7 pace of the stream, substantial headway has been made over the course of the two and a half week existence. Although the game’s progress has been slow going.

The community develops a parody cult following.

The “Twitch Plays Pokémon” stream has hit over 33 million views. Out of this enormous community driven experiment, a parody cult of sorts has become popular on image sharing sites such as Imgur and Reddit. The battle between playing under anarchy versus democracy has taken on the good versus evil mantle. An experiment on this scale has birthed many interesting results. Despite the staggering odds and hours of moving back and forth monotonously, the game is advancing. Whether or not the game will ever be fin-


ished is yet to be seen. Even on a scale as large as this many individuals can come together, not always in harmony, and work towards a common goal. The road to success is not always smooth, but then again, it’s the journey that matters. The Twitch Play Pokémon social experiment just goes to show that regardless of how impossible a task may seem, where there is a will there is a way. Caleb is a sophomore majoring in English.

Tuition Bonuses for Good Grades Johnny Manziel: Mayhem or Meta? Financial breaks would help students and the university Caleb Werness Opinion Editor

“C’s and D’s get degrees.” This is one of the expressions I have heard numerous times as I finish the grind through the last of my general studies courses. As sadly sub-par as that expression sounds, there is truth to it. Passing grades are, in the end, all that matters. Though, what if students had a different force to motivate them for achieving good grades regardless the course? It may seem far-fetched at first thought, but what if the university granted students who maintain a high G.P.A. tuition breaks. This would mean, specifically, students would receive small cuts in their tuition expenses for receiving good grades. This process would differ from scholarships. Scholarships require applications and, more often than not, paperwork about why a student should be selected. This system would make it easier for the student to receive a fiscal reward for their hard word and success. Students who do not maintain the high G.P.A. would receive standard tuition rates without the financial bonus. Having a sys-

tem like this in place would greatly curtail student apathy towards classes that “don’t matter.” It would establish an entirely new incentive to work hard because of the directly evident reward. It is similar to how sometimes as a child you received rewards for a good report card. It is the same idea, just on a slightly large scale. Creating financial breaks for students would also benefit the university in the long run. By adding this additional incentive, students would work harder to achieve good grades and thus the prestige of the university would increase. Hardworking students would look to attend, and the increased levels of success would create a greater reputation for the university. Scholarly students would look to attend the university as the reputation grew, and they would receive greater help financially. This cycle would, over time, boost G.P.A. statistics of the university. A snowball effect would essentially be created, as the more students who look to attend would also increase the university’s cash flow. This type of work-reward system is one of the oldest and most effective methods to achieve success. Having a tangible reward today would offer greater incentive than just the thought of a job in the future alone. The prestige of the university would increase, as smart, hard-working students would look to come to an establishment that would fiscally reward their efforts. With both students and the school benefitting, everyone wins. Caleb is a sophomore majoring in English.

Will Johnny Manziel make it as an NFL quarterback? Caleb Werness Opinion Editor

What were you doing at age 19? Probably going to school, holding a job or just relaxing with friends while grabbing some fast food. Seems pretty typical for the average 19 year old, right? Not for Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. He was busy winning the prestigious Heisman trophy as a freshman — the first freshman in history. Any casual viewer of Sports Center or ESPN has seen the name “Johnny Manziel” in the news more than once. Manziel and the Texas A&M Aggies were setting records last season with their high-scoring offense. Manziel holds the record for the most yards of any SEC player in history. He actually holds both the first and second place after incredible back-to-back years. On paper, Johnny Manziel translates to a collegiate talent greater than that of Peyton Manning, Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers. However, despite Manziel holding a list of records so long it could be turned into a novel, NFL analyzers are voicing their concerns about him.

Johnny Manziel, like most young guys in college, is living it up. He has become notorious for, not only his on-the-field performance, but also his off the field one as well. Opinions on Manziel’s potential in the National Football League vary as wildly as his party life. Many professional scouts are questioning if he has what it takes to get serious and make the adjustment needed to succeed at the next level. ESPN analyzer, Ron Jaworski said that he personally would not draft Manziel until the third round at least. Yet, ESPN’s draft guru Mel Kiper has had Manziel going in his projections early first round—potentially the first overall pick by the Houston Texans. If there is one thing Johnny Manziel has proven throughout his tenure with the A&M Aggies, it’s that when in a game he rises to the occasion, takes control and puts up astounding numbers. When draft day comes will there be a team that trusts that Manziel has what it takes to take the helm and captain their team? Can the shadow of his current character concerns be put to rest with his undeniably overwhelming talent? I would love to see Johnny Manziel do well in the NFL. His play style is explosive and enjoyable to watch. Though, when looking at his off-the-field behavior, I can’t help but see many traits similar of former Chargers first-round pick quarterback Ryan Leaf. For those who do not understand the comparison, that is my point exactly. Caleb is a sophomore majoring in English.

Did Schools Cheat in the 6th Fan Contest to win Scholarship Money? NDSU and BYU suspected of using automated voting in contest Josh Franics Staff Writer

We’ve all seen the NCAA 6th Fan online contest Facebook statuses and tweets pop up in our feeds, and NDSU has been one of the top schools throughout the contest. The contest pits schools against one another in a March Madness-style bracket system and encourages fans to vote for their schools; the school that wins the contest gets scholarship money. But did cheating play a role in how far NDSU got? It’s hard to tell what constitutes cheating in an online contest like this one. The allegations that have spread via social me-

dia accuse NDSU’s most recent opponent, Brigham Young University, of using a script to generate automatic votes. While I could find no definitive proof that a script was used by BYU to generate votes, some members of Bison Nation believe they did. So apparently we’ve employed the same strategy. I received this direct message from @ bisonnation on Twitter, as I’m sure a lot of NDSU voters did, that mentions a script that will boost the vote. “The script is really easy to run and was started by BYU, email me for easy instructions to help boost the vote” A following email confirmed my suspicions. While I did request the script, I did not use it. But I wanted to see if the automated voting script existed. It does. “We have taken the script used by BYU to gain their lead. We need to step up and do the same. Here are the instructions, let me know if you have any questions,” a later email from @BisoNation said. The email

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included instructions on how to install the script, which would potentially increase NDSU’s odds at winning the round. It seems to me like some of us decided BYU was cheating, so we took the same approach and rationalized cheating because our opponent was doing it, too. So is it cheating if both sides are doing it? The simple answer is yes, but it seems the NCAA has a way, or at least they say they do, of voiding votes automated by this alleged script. “Entries generated by script, macro or other automated means will be void,” according to the contest rules listed on the 6th Fan website. The rules don’t say it’s cheating to do this. Since they void those votes and because the very premise of automating votes seems to be cheating, I am calling it cheating. Maybe the votes that are being sent in by automation aren’t being counted, but the question we should ask ourselves is, should we even try to cheat to win a silly online contest?

The contest winner wins $100,000 and schools voted into the Sweet Sixteen, which NDSU was, win $10,000. NDSU won the top seed in the initial round of voting. I don’t think money had to do with the decision of some to cheat; NDSU fans have a lot of school pride. It is the reason NDSU won the first round. If bigger schools, like an Arizona State with more than 70,000 students, really cared, we wouldn’t have made it to the second round due to the shear volume of students they have. It’s a pride thing. NDSU has a lot of pride for a mid-sized school; it’s the reason we were neck and neck with BYU, a school that has about twice as many students as we do. At press time, the results of the matchup between NDSU and BYU were not available, regardless, both schools and their fan bases should feel somewhat embarrassed that some of us allegedly cheated to win the contest. Then again, it is an online competition and it isn’t surprising that both sides might resort to cheating to win.



Inconsistency in Professionalism Exists in the Career World Why we’ve become the employees we are today Amber Zolondek Staff Writer

T h e 2-Day Career Fair is one event to be put down in the books for students and even graduates to take part in for an advance in their professional careers. That is, if they are

prepared for the resume writing, required poise and the curious questions involving them and their aspirations as a professional. As a fellow student looking for potential internships and future openings with companies, I certainly took the opportunity to speak with professionals of the area in hopes of making some connections with accomplished individuals in my field. However, I seemed to have received a bit of culture shock or sense of unbalance. The spectrum of professionalism that I experienced seemed too unsettling and confusing for me to comprehend. It isn’t as though I walked

into a mess of amateurs who were unskilled, but more so into an environment that was somewhere between the lines of patronizing and hard-edged. I couldn’t find a pattern and struggled to gauge the reactions and attitudes of each representative, only making it that much more nerve-racking as a student. What is worse, is being this vulnerable and exposing your abilities on a simple sheet of paper clarifies for yourself where you stand as an employee. Walking through each aisle of booths, I found myself at an overwhelmed stage to the point of leaving, only to stop before the exit and come to my

senses that I needed to get it together. While the struggle was not only in myself and my inability to believe in my potential, I strongly believe that the inconsistency of each individual I talked to put these high hopes for this league of professionals on a pedestal only allowing for it to essentially crash and burn. For years, we are taught as students that the career world is solely constructed of professionals and experts, there is no room for the unwilling. Yet, we are now in the generation of casual Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays on top of the expected Friday. We work from home

at the comfort of our own computers and files, are our own bosses and throw the dress code out the window. When we are expected to meet and greet the CEOs of the community’s wellknown companies and brands, it is no wonder we choke up. Thankfully, we are encouraged to take part in situations prior to graduation like career fairs, internships, mock interviews and other opportunities that remind us a professional mindset isn’t so bad or intimidating. If anything, it means in all seriousness that you are heartfelt and profound in your field. While professionalism

may not seem on the rise, neither is bumbling incompetence. That is where we find the inconsistency. Finding that happy medium is in the basis of your work and personal preference. Not to mention your capability of withholding that type of persona and image. Although it seems to be confusing and puzzling, perhaps in the chaos is where the balance is found. It becomes a cycle that seems natural and expected which is where we find the comfort and ease. Amber is a sophomore majoring in public relations and advertising. Check out her blog at


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Brooke LeMar finished with a double-double Saturday in the Bison’s last regular season game at South Dakota.

Bison Baseball, Softball, Women’s Basketball Compete Over Weekend Pace Maier

Contributing Writer

Softball The NDSU (10-6) softball team lost to the University of Buffalo (9-4) 3-2 Friday but beat Idaho State University (6-7) 7-4 on the first day of the University of New Mexico Lobos Invitational. The Bison came out swinging early and took a 2-0 lead over the Bulls in the top of the fifth inning. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Holly Luciano started a comeback for the Bulls after she hit a solo home run. The Bulls took the late 3-2 lead after a Sammi Gallardo bunt single and a Kelly Mascari sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth inning. Krista Menke (7-2) was charged with the loss. She finished with five strikeouts, no walks and gave up six hits. The Bison offense was led by Amanda Grable who finished 2-for-3. The Bison took a commanding 7-0 lead after the first two innings against the Idaho

State University Bengals. ISU tried to come back in the top of the seventh with three runs and could’ve had more, but left the bases loaded. Bison sophomore Tabby Bayers (2-3) collected the win, giving up seven hits, four walks and striking out three batters. Menke pitched in the seventh and struck out two. The Bison play next in the Stanford Louisville Slugger Classic on March 7-9 in Palo Alto, Calif. Baseball The Bison baseball team finished the weekend with two wins and one lose against Murray State. The Bison (2-4) beat the Racers (5-5) Friday 4-1 at Reagan Field in Murray, Kent. David Ernst (1-0) for the Bison pitched seven scoreless innings and extended his scoreless streak to 28 innings. Jay Flaa recorded his first career save after pitching the final two innings. Blake Turbak doubled in Kyle Kleinendorst to give the Bison a 3-0 lead in the sixth inning. The Racers scored in the eighth in-

ning to give them their only run of the game. Wes Satzinger finished 2-for-5 with a home run and Jon Hechtner finished 2-for-4. The Bison had a double header against Murray State on Saturday and won the first game 3-2 and lost 9-0 in the second game of the day. In the win, pitchers Trent Keefer and Trevor Jaunich lead the Bison with 10 strikeouts combined and Satzinger finished with two doubles and scored twice. The Bison pulled ahead after Satzinger hit a double and crossed home plate after a Turbak single. In the loss the Bison only finished with two hits and the Racers scored seven runs in the fifth inning. The Bison will lace up the cleats Friday as they head to Northern Colorado for a four-game series. Women’s Basketball The NDSU women’s basketball team finished 0-2 in the last week of the regular season. The Bison led the University of South Dakota by as much as 16 Thursday in Vermillion, S.D., but lost 95-87 in overtime.

Then in the final regular season game for the Bison, they lost to the Denver Pioneers 8774 Saturday. Against USD, Holly Johnson finished with a career-high 31 points and Marena Whittle finished with 31 points as well for the Bison. The Coyotes used a couple runs to climb back into the game and cut the deficit to 56-54 with just under 12 minutes left in the game. USD had a chance to win with a three at the buzzer, but couldn’t convert. The Bison struggled in overtime and shot 22 percent. NDSU shot 54 percent in the first half, but shot 33 percent in the second half. On Saturday, Johnson finished with 19 points and Brooke LeMar registered a double-double with 12 points and 11 assists. The Bison led the game a couple times, but the score was 41-34 at halftime in favor of the Pioneers. NDSU shot 42 percent from the field and 35 percent from beyond the arc. NDSU is the No. 7 seed and faces IUPUI in the Summit League tournament at 2 p.m. Saturday in Sioux Falls, S.D.

NDSU’s Fans Should be Prepared Bison Sports Arena: 1970-2014 for Different Look Next Year Joe Kerlin Sam Herder Sports Editor

When Michael Scott left “The Office” cast, the show just felt odd. Fanatics of the sitcom still enjoyed the episodes, but those first few just weren’t the same. Eventually, everyone got used to the show without the self-proclaimed “best boss in the world.” But it was definitely hard. Insert what Michael would say after that sentence. Anyways, NDSU fans may experience the same feeling next year, especially with football and men’s basketball. The groups of players that fans have seen build both programs into FCS or mid-major powers are gone. Gone are the 24 seniors that took a football program from 3-8 in 2009 to three straight national championships. Gone is a class of six seniors that has increased the win column each year into a 2013-14 Summit League regular season title and a No. 4 ranking in the College Insider Mid-Major Top 25 Poll. The 2014-15 season is going to be different. Not necessarily in success, but in the look. It will be weird not seeing Brock Jensen under center, Ryan Smith returning kicks, Billy Turner manhandling the line of scrimmage, Marcus Williams in coverage or Grant Olson making a solo tackle. It will be weird not seeing Taylor Braun

slash to the rim, Marshall Bjorklund faking out a defender with a shot fake, TrayVonn Wright dunking on everybody and their moms or Mike Felt slinging three pointers. In “The Office,” it was weird not seeing Michael around the office saying, “that’s what she said” or “conference room, five minutes.” People have a hard time adjusting to change. Watching the Bison football and men’s basketball teams recently was like watching a professional team play with how many years the seniors have held starting roles. Next year, the cast NDSU fans are used to seeing will be moved on, but many return to keep fans satisfied. Much like “The Office.” There are the Jim Halperts, the younger players that have contributed greatly to the success, like Zach Vraa, John Crockett, Carlton Littlejohn, Colten Heagle, Christian Dudzik, Lawrence Alexander, Kory Brown and Chris Kading. Then there are the Andy Bernards, waiting for their turn to step up, like Carson Wentz, CJ Smith, Joe Haeg, Esley Thorton, A.J. Jacobson and Carlin Dupree. As many say, the cupboard isn’t bare and it’s time to reload, not rebuild. The culture of winning that these two senior classes brought to NDSU won’t leave campus with them. The next man up on the roster won’t be worrying about the teammates they lost. And for Bison fans, that might take a little more time to get used to once the games


Staff Writer

It was another first for the Bison Sports Arena Thursday night. Never before in the Division I-era has the men’s basketball team clinched the Summit League Championship inside the lovable ineptitude of the BSA. Ironically, the milestone comes as NDSU prepares to begin another chapter in its athletic department’s history; a chapter that will never again include playing a basketball game, running a race or pinning another man on the mat at the BSA. Hallelujah. After the excitement Thursday night provided with the Bison putting the boots to South Dakota, medium style, I texted my buddy who pretty much summed up the entire Bison fan base’s mindset towards the BSA in five simple words. I asked him what is the worst thing about the BSA? He replied, “The inside. And the outside.” A little harsh to say the least, but he has a point. When the electric circuit doesn’t cut out on media row, it’s a miracle. When a player doesn’t lose his footing on the court, ending his season with injury, it’s a miracle. And when more than 5,000 fans show up for a game they will sit uncomfortably through, it’s a miracle. Even Jesus himself couldn’t make the BSA more useful. Were we a little harsh on the BSA during its tenure? Possibly. Did it warrant the

criticism Bison fans weren’t shy to express? Absolutely. But that’s exactly what I’ll miss the most about the BSA. There’s nothing like cracking a joke about a unique flaw or mistake, and in the BSA’s case, there were enough flaws for everyone to take a crack at it. Saul Phillips reminisced about his pet squirrel living in the men’s locker room in a recent press conference. Media relations member Ryan Perreault recalled on Twitter the fair making a visit and having a live elephant present in the locker room. We can’t forget about the dust and crumbs falling from the ceiling on the main floor. Shot putter Emily Lesser told me that’s quite distracting while your head coach is breaking down your scholarship information before your freshman season. Sure the BSA has had its laughable moments, but some haven’t been so comical. Recently I had an interview with David Richman, and he was relieved the renovation is coming, admitting the facility has turned off a couple highly touted recruits the Bison were pursuing. I don’t want to speculate *cough* Nate Wolters *cough*, but if you’re a halfway decent Division I program, lacking sufficient enough facilities for a mid-major recruit is inexcusable. The problem has been taken care of, and soon NDSU will have a top-tier basketball and wrestling facility with world-class training areas and vending machines so coaches can continue to skip lunch and watch film while enjoying a bag of potato skins (bacon cheddar).




Bison Women Win Seventh Straight Indoor Title, Men Take Second Corrie Dunshee

Contributing Writer

Women The NDSU women’s track and field team won its seventh straight Summit League Indoor Championships over the weekend in Fort Wayne, Ind. Maddie McClellan took first in the 3,000m with a time of 9:42.35, which also ranks as the second-fastest time in NDSU history for the event. Emily Lesser won the weight throw with a mark of 62-08.75, and the team of Taylor Janssen, Amy Andrushko, Jenny Guibert and Erin Teschuk took the distance medley relay. In the pentathlon, Ashley Heinze took third with 3,382 points. Rose Jackson, Lexy Boschee, Ann Govig and Christina Bruenjes took fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth respectively. Saturday was filled with first place finishes for the women. McClellan won the mile with a personal-best time of 4:49-87 and also won the 5,000m with a time of 17:10.67. Antoinette Goodman won the 60m with a school and meet record of 7.50 seconds. She also won the 200m with a time of 24.06, becoming the fourth fourtime event champion in

league history, and posting the second-fastest time on the NDSU all-time list. Ashley Tingelstad took second. Tingelstad then won the 400m with a time of 54.44 seconds, while Paige Stratioti took second at 54.88 seconds and Heinze took third at 56.08 seconds. Stratioti’s and Heinze’s times were also lifetime bests. Paige Stratioti won the 800m with a time of 2:11.08 and Andrushko took second at 2:13.65. Morgan Milbrath, Stratioti, Andrushko and Tingelstad defended their 4x400 relay crown with a time of 3:46.97. Lesser took first in the shot put with a mark of 4801.25. Head coach Ryan Godfrey won his seventh straight Summit League Indoor Coach of the Year Award. McClellan was named the 2014 Summit League Track MVP, and Milbrath won the league’s Newcomer of the Championship award. Men The men’s track and field team placed second in the two-day Summit League Indoor Championship. Senior Andy Lillejord took the Summit League long jump title on Friday with a personal-best leap of 24-04.25, putting him in fifth on the NDSU all-time long jump list.

The NDSU women’s track and field team took 10 event titles to win the Summit League indoor chamionship.

With a three-second margin over South Dakota, the Bison team of Lucas DeGree, Dalton Herding,


Matt Jennings and Moses Heppner won the distance medley relay with a time of 10:17.05. Junior Brett Kelly took second in the 3,000m run, posting a personal-best time of 8:23.41, which also ranks him seventh in NDSU history. Sophomore Brandt Berghuis took second in the weight throw with a 62-00.50 throw and redshirt freshman Grant Mjelstad took second in the pole vault, clearing a lifetime-best of 16-04.75. On Saturday, South Dakota defended its team title with 253 points. The Bison placed second with

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204 points and South Dakota State placed third with 95 points. Junior Beau Gagnon took his first heptathlon title with a personal-best score of 4,799 points after a drop out of two-time defending champion Andy Lillejord. Sophomore Alex Neumiller won the 400m dash with a time of 49.74. Redshirt freshman Alex Renner took home his first All-Summit League honor by placing third in the shot put, breaking his own school record by 14 inches, throwing 57-09.50. Berghuis also broke the previous record, placing fourth with a throw

begin. But fans of “The Office” didn’t stop watching the final seasons when Michael left. Just as Bison fans will adjust to the fresh face rosters. The posters, game programs and advertisements will have new faces. The numbers at certain positions will be different. Even the coaching staff will be different for football (and keep a lookout for the which-

bigger-school-is-talking-to-Saul-Phillips rumor.) Change is inevitable. For the last three years, NDSU fans have watched the same group of young men take the football field or basketball court. Next year, a new chapter begins. And that should be a reason for fans to be just as excited as they were for previous years.

BSA from page 10 Will the spirit of the BSA live on like sacred Indian burial grounds? Who’s to know? Out with the crusty old venue and

in with the brand spankin’ new. I want the SHAC and I want it now.

CORRECTION from Feb. 27 In the Feb. 27 issue on page 11, the top picture of Kurtis Julson was incorrectly labeled as Hayden Zillmer.


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mark of 57-04.25. Kelly ran a personalbest time of 14:40.11 to take second in the 5,000m and placed seventh on the NDSU all-time list. Heppner took second in the 800m, finishing with a time of 1:55.05. Junior Parker McKittrick took second in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.14 seconds, and Espeland took second as well in the mile at 4:13.95. Pres Harris, Espeland, Herding and Neumiller took second in the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:20.41. Lillejord was named the 2014 Summit League Field MVP.

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