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Student tickets have been selling at record speeds this season, with nearly 700 home opener tickets selling in the first minute after sales open.

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Though its outward appearance hasn’t changed, the student ticket server has gone through multiple overhauls in the last year.

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DSU football games are the talk of the town as of late. Tickets have been at an all-time high in demand and that is no exception among university students. According to a press release by the NDSU Enterprise Computing and Infrastructure Department, 3,916 tickets are available for student reservation for every home game at the Fargodome. Students can claim the tickets through a web-based application, which opens the Monday before every home game at 8 a.m. But with the rush for tickets being so high, the Central Authentication Services application has been overloaded a number of times since it was first put to use in 2011 as means for students to get their free tickets. However, NDSU ECI may have learned from their mistakes and fixed the problem for good. The first time it crashed was during homecoming week of 2012. Nathan Olson, NDSU ECI Manager of Enterprise Systems, said it was quite a chaotic time for his department, as this was the first time they had run into the issue. “We were working basically nonstop from the time that we detected there was a problem to the time we implemented the fix,” Olson said. “It was quite hectic around the office here. Multiple system administrators were talking to multiple developers trying to track down the root cause of the problem.” Ever since then, Olson’s department has been striving to better the system. In

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an initial batch of changes, the NDSU ECI department optimized the page itself, compressed output as well as images to speed up transfer times, adjusted a slow database query and fixed the way email messages were being sent to students in an incorrect matter. And this was only the first of three facelifts for the application in order to make it as quick as possible and to take the heavy number of requests rushing in on Monday mornings. “Performance tuning for a system like this is like the game Whac-a-Mole,” Olson said. “You fix one thing or, in this case, remove a bottleneck in one location and the problem simply moves elsewhere.” The scramble for student tickets is uncanny. The Monday before this season’s home opener against Ferris State fell on Labor Day. Only one minute after tickets became available, students had claimed 643 tickets, or about 11 tickets per second. “It’s incredible,” Student Government President Robbie Lauf said. “It shows how excited the student body is to attend events here at NDSU, especially with the success of the football team, how much enthusiasm there is for getting tickets for the games.” For the home opener, the server crashed five minutes after tickets became available. “Even when we had issues Labor Day morning, someone was logged into that system from home trying to diagnose and troubleshoot and solve the problem,” Olson said. “We’re definitely aware of when problems happen and we’re actively trying to fix them.”

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Fill the Dome aims to cover the entire 80,000 square feet of the Fargome floor with nonparishable food items.

Fill the Dome Returns to Help Area Charity Annual event seeks donations for Great Plains Food Bank Rhianna LaValla Staff Writer

Fill the Dome is back again this year. Organizations around campus, such as Golden Key, and a number of students will participate in the nonparishable food drive. The goal is to collect food items until Nov. 25 in order to fill the entire floor of the Fargodome. On Nov. 26 all of the food items will be gathered up and delivered to the Great Plains Food Bank. The charity also accepts monetary donations, which can be made online through fillthedome.org or by mail. “The Great Plains Food Bank can distribute four meals of quality and nutritious food for every charitable dollar received – making it one of the most cost efficient hunger relief programs in the state,” the official Fill The Dome website states. All donations are tax deductible, and 100 percent of the donations go toward feeding people in need. Fill The Dome was created in June of 2007 by local student leaders who banded

together to form the Metro Student Council Ambassadors. Members were from Fargo-Moorhead area high schools and wanted to do something big for the end of their senior year. They decided to help others in the process. Two major premier sponsors that help with the event include Hornbacher’s and Gate City Bank. The event has proved to be a success and has continued to grow. Now, over 50 area schools participate in collecting food to fill the 80,000 square feet of the Fargodome floor. There are 12 official drop-off locations for the event, which are local area schools. Donation boxes are also located around various NDSU locations. Food can also be dropped off at the Fargodome on the day of the event. The students have added a mission statement in hopes of making an even bigger impact on the community. “Metro Area Student Ambassadors has adopted the phrase ‘Feed Teach Develop’ to describe Fill the Dome’s mission. Fill the Dome is aimed at feeding those in need in our community, teaching about our community needs, and developing volunteerism,” a statement on their website says. Fill the Dome is a way for students to get involved in the community and to earn

volunteer hours, which students can put on resumes and applications. In 2012, GPFB was able to give their one-millionth meal supplied by Fill the Dome. GPFB is one of 18 programs of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota and are also a part of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network. GPFB operations are based out of their 36,000-square foot supply area and are supported by their fleet of refrigerated trucks that travel across the state each year. Combined, the trucks travel over half a million miles. GPFB is striving “for a hunger-free North Dakota and western Minnesota by recovering and distributing surplus food, engaging in community partnerships and advocating for social change.” Just because Fill the Dome happens every year, it does not mean that hunger in North Dakota is gone. GPFB helps people year round. According to the 2012 ND Point in Time Survey, 760 F-M area people are affected by homelessness on any given night. “The GPFB is the single most important source of food for agencies, accounting for 69 percent of food distributed by food pantries [in North Dakota],” a 2010 Mathematica Policy Research Incorporated report says. GPFB accepts a variety of non-perishable items that are no more than three months

Fill the Dome and the Great Plains Food Bank accept the following items: - Soup - Stew - Chili - Peanut buter - Canned meat products - Cereal - Pancake mix - Tomato-based products - Boxed meals - Canned fruits & vegetables - Pasta - Rice - Instant potatoes - Personal hygiene products - Paper products - Cleaning supplies past their expiration, many of which are collected at each year’s Fill the Dome event. To learn more about Fill the Dome and the Great Plains Food Bank, visit fillthedome.org or greatplainsfoodbank.org.

Story “Uncovered” by Local Radio Station Starts International Stir Woman supposedly planned to hand out ‘obese letters’ to trickor-treaters Benjamin Norman Staff Writer

“Cheryl” has an issue with Halloween festivities. Noting that she feels like she is contributing to their health problems, the anonymous Fargo-Moorhead area woman told Y-94’s Morning Playhouse that she will be handing out “obese letters” to children that come trick-or-treating at her house. “I don’t want to be the mean lady,” retorted Cheryl to the local radio show. “I want to participate in the fun.” Her unorthodox participation, however, has created a wave of responses across America. National morning shows including “Today” and “Good Morning America” have reported on the story, as have prominent newspapers from The Los Angeles Times to London’s Telegraph. Blogs from all sides of the cybersphere added their own input to the story, and social networking sites got in on the action as well, including Twitter. Cheryl and her plans drew the ire of Steven Colbert, host of Comedy Central’s “Colbert Report.” Colbert tweeted on his personal Twitter

account, “North Dakota woman says she’ll give chubby kids disapproving letter on Halloween instead of candy. Still beats candy corn.” Y-94 did not return emails or phone calls to The Spectrum, but employees of the station did talk to national outlets. “Cheryl did call into our show,” Rat, a Morning Playhouse DJ, confirmed to CNN. Since the initial conversation, however, Rat said the station has been unable to get her back on the phone. How Y-94 got Cheryl on the phone in the first place, however, has led to furrowed eyebrows and confusion. As reported by Valley News Live, JT, Y-94 Program and Music Director and DJ, said that the Morning Playhouse was talking last Tuesday and unexpectedly received a phone call from Cheryl who wanted to voice her opinion about childhood obesity. However, this conflicts with what DJ Corey “Zero” Schaffer told the Toronto Sun. The Canadian tabloid reported, Cheryl “exchanged emails with the station for a couple of days and was scheduled in advance to call in Tuesday.” The Forum did not have its messages returned by Y-94, either. DJ John Austin, host of Bob 95’s “Chris, John and Jane in the Morning” previously worked at Y-94 and told The Forum “the letter is almost certainly a hoax.”

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“It’s their shtick… it’s what they are kinda famous for,” Austin told The Forum. He commended the station for pulling off the supposed stunt, “but the problem,” Austin said, “becomes [that] you have to be careful how many times you go to that well.” Doubters of the story claim this is a sec-

ond dip from that well, citing another viral tale uncovered by Y-94 last year. A caller identified only as “Donna” called in to complain about the placement of deer crossing signs in high-traffic areas.

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After this failed attempt of going without a crash, the ECI department took another crack at an overhaul of the ticket application. However, the server collapsed again. After the ECI department dealt with the issue, they decided it was time for a completely new system. “The very last set of changes that we did was very dramatic,” Olson said. “We moved from an older physical server and deployed a new virtual machine that had much more RAM, had more CPU’s and we put the application on that.” Since then, Monday mornings have gone without much of a glitch. Students got their tickets, which gave the ECI department a sign that the third try’s the charm. NDSU ECI Senior Software Engineer Richard Frovarp said the battle isn’t over. He said he and his staff are still doing their best to make sure the newly-modeled system goes off without a hitch.

If it doesn’t, they will be right there to fix it. “Now we’re aware… [that] there’s a lot of demand in a short period of time,” Frovarp said. “We’re actively monitoring it.” While things may seem hectic for the ECI crew, Olson said hectic might be a strong word for what a person actually sees behind the scenes of their Monday mornings. While one might imagine people scrambling from desk to desk trying to get things straight, Olson said it was par for the course. “We take those kinds of outages very seriously because it’s our job to provide those kinds of services to the campus,” Olson said. “Once we knew something was wrong, we were trying to fix it.” The CAS system not only gets students their tickets, but it also notifies students via personal devices. Jill Peterson, Database Applications Developer at the NDSU ECI department, said dealing with the system in

general can be chaotic, but it really isn’t too much to be expected. “It’s inevitable that we’ll have experiences that are hectic,” she said. “When we had the bomb threat [last year], that was a case when we depended on the system. That’s hectic too, so there’s no way of getting out of it. That’s just part of the job.” Olson agreed. He said that while the fixes haven’t been the preferred outcome, he is confident in not only the system for the present, but the future as well. “Making sure that the application is available or has behaved properly the last couple of games, including homecoming, getting to the point where it did work very well took quite a bit of work and it was hectic,” Olson said. “But, at the end of the day, we’re really happy with the result. I would say at this point instead of buying paper tickets for playoffs, this system could possibly be used for playoffs.”

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Growing up, we were always told to eat our fruits and vegetables. However, this is just one key aspect of eating healthy. There are many other components to maintaining a balanced diet as well. A balanced diet means getting the right types and amounts of necessary nutrients required for personal development and activity. According to the Mayo Clinic website, the six essential nutrients of the body are carbohydrates, fats, protein, vitamins, minerals and water. Carbohydrates provide fuel for the body, which is critical for being active—especially exercising. Athletes eat a large amount of pasta the night before a big game because of this. The healthiest carbohydrates include fruits, vegetables and whole grains. As for fats, many people think that they are bad for you. However, fats have several functions in our daily diets. Fats are used as energy when carbohydrates are unavailable, because it is a concentrated source of energy. Other functions of fats include vitamin absorption, insulation and they simply add flavor to foods. A few sources of healthy fats are fish, olive oil and nuts. Out of all the nutrients, protein is considered the basic component of all body cells. It is used for building and repairing tissue, regulating body functions, providing heat and enhancing a person’s metabolism. Protein is found in animal sources (meat, eggs and dairy products) as well as in plant foods (beans and lentils). Unlike the previously mentioned nutrients with specific functions, vitamins and minerals support overall good health. Vitamins help people get energy from food and promote growth and repair of skin, bone and muscle. Some essential vitamins are B, C, D and K.

Minerals on the other hand, range from helping develop strong teeth to maintaining normal metabolism. There are 17 minerals such as calcium, iron and potassium that our bodies cannot naturally produce, so it is important to consume them through various sources of food. Last but not least, water is considered one of the most important nutrients. Not only are people made of more than 60 percent water, but it is also used to break down food, help absorb nutrients and move waste through the body. It is recommended to consume eight 8-oz glasses a day, so get drinking! It may be significant to know what to consume, but knowing how to consume it is just as important. As stated on the Help Guide non-profit website, there are several tips to planning a healthy diet and sticking to it. They suggest making small changes to your eating habits, moderating portions, eat with others whenever possible, be sure to chew your food, eat breakfast along with smaller meals throughout the day, and avoid eating at night. When asked about his diet and eating habits, Ben Mader, a senior majoring in sport and recreation leadership, said he tries to focus on consistency. “I make sure that I eat three meals everyday,” Mader said, “especially breakfast in the morning. I can’t start my day off right if I don’t eat breakfast.” Mader also explained how he tries to eat or drink something from each food group throughout the course of his day. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, the five major food groups are vegetables, fruits, grains, dairy and protein foods (meat and beans). “Sometimes it’s hard to cover all of the groups, especially in each meal, but that’s something I would like to work on,” Mader said. This may be a great example of taking small steps toward the ultimate goal of eating healthy, but it is also proof that it is possible to maintain healthy eating habits. So be inspired, and do not forget about those fruits and vegetables!

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The Exclusion of Steam Greenlight All-New Album Amid Death Hoax Steven Strom A&E Editor

Steam Greenlight is, in theory, pretty cool. It’s a system that allows the community to vote on which games should make it onto Valve’s digital gaming platform, Steam. Valve needed a way to deflect the hundreds or thousands of requests they got to put games on their service every day. Rather than hire a larger quality assurance team, they put it in the work-for-free hands of the community to vote on independent games that should reach the service. Unfortunately, it’s not an egalitarian process. You’d be hard-pressed to find an Ubisoft or Activision published game among its pages. They get to ride their golden tickets all the way to the front of the line. Meanwhile, games like “Depression Quest”—an indie title designed to help educate people on mental illness using real-life experiences—are forced to languish in the ignorant, self-entitled cesspool Greenlight has become. It always pains me to admit how acidic so much of gaming culture can be, but it’s hard to deny it when Depression Quest’s Greenlight page has such perfect examples. “This game is a terrible idea. It is so stupid and extremely misguided,” said Steam user mazdamttk. “I spent a lot of money on steam and will spend much more if this game does not get green lighted. Yea read this steam, Do not greenlight this crap.” Between the vitriol and poor writing, you can see the anger of someone incensed at

the very idea of a game being available on Steam for other people to buy. That’s one of the mildest examples of hate from the Greenlight community. Zoe Quinn, the game’s designer, actually pulled the game in the face of the worst of it. “I really hope that someday I can release a game and not get rape or death threats in my inbox,” Quinn said. That’s the sort of thing just about every woman in games development, writing and publishing has to put up with. It’s indicative of a much larger issue that goes beyond Steam Greenlight. However, Steam Greenlight gives agency to those who would anonymously harass creative—agency over the success or failure over their victims’ games. Steam is a huge factor in the PC indie game business. A game’s financial viability can be entirely dependent on its presence on Steam in a world where many PC gamers refuse to buy something unless it’s featured on the service. It’s not an economic monopoly, as such, but a mindshare monopoly. Without Steam, a developer’s chance of success is cut off at the knees. It’s unfortunate that the most engaged segment of the video game audience tends to be the most damaging. Valve could attempt to sideline some of that hate by curating the negativity on its own service. Sadly, it won’t. Such a task would require about as much work, if not more so, than the responsibility it already shirked by handing over control of its service to anyone with an Internet connection.

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Following the September release of her single “Loved Me Back to Life,” FrenchCanadian chanteuse Celine Dion is issuing her first all-new English-language album in six years. This album, eponymous with its leadoff single, marks a shift in Dion’s career towards what some may call edgier or fresher sounds. “Loved Me Back to Life” has had heavy promotion by the singer since summer, when she premiered it live as a surprise in concert in Quebec City. In the three months since, she has performed it on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” “The View,” “Today,” as well as in concert at her residency show in Las Vegas. Electronic overtones combine with strings to create a dub step-like feel in the album’s first single. This is all part of that shift towards a newer sound that Dion is reinventing herself with since her last English album, Taking Chances, in 2007. Since “Loved Me Back to Life’s” debut, it has struck at 26 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart in the United States. Thirteen songs comprise Loved Me Back to Life, with a few covers apparent on the track list. Janis Ian’s 1975 hit “At Seventeen” is found on the album, as is “Water and a Flame,” which Daniel Merriweather and Adele recorded in 2009. Deluxe editions of the album also contain covers, with songs from Billy Joel and Journey. Celebrated songwriter Diane Warren contributed to Loved Me Back to Life with “Unfinished Songs,” the concluding

track. Warren has penned songs for artists like Aerosmith (“I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing) and Faith Hill (“Just to Hear You Say That You Love Me,” “There You’ll Be”), and has written for Dion before in the past (“Because You Loved Me”). Release of Loved Me Back to Life on Nov. 5 comes over a week after news of the singer’s death in a respective plane crash and car accident. Determined to be an obvious hoax following the singer’s appearances on TV in the days that followed, news of her bogus death was revealed to be a scam by a rogue Facebook app to comprise users’ accounts. This, however, has had little effect on Dion as she continues to promote her new album in the media and in concert. She has continued to tour extensively worldwide, as well as maintain a decade-old residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Promotion of her 2012 French-language album “Sans attendre” is also still ongoing, as Dion embarks on a nine-city tour throughout Belgium and France this November and December. Her Las Vegas show picks up again in late December after fellow headliner Shania Twain hands over The Colosseum. With multiple projects and music promotion in the works, 2013 has been a busy year for Dion. Her new album and tour have something for both English and French fans, and with a new twist on her sound, who knows where she may be heading in years to come. One thing is for certain: Celine Dion has had plenty of worldwide acclaim since her ’90s megahits, and any accolades she receives from her current projects are unlikely to be her last.

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Sony Releases Massive PS4 Detail List There’s good news and bad news Steven Strom A&E Editor

Sony has been mostly content to let Microsoft do the talking this year. Since the original unveiling of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Microsoft has taken beating after beating in the press on restrictive features, a lack of focus, and not enough love for video games over media services. Sony, meanwhile, has ridden high on their indie game support, position as a games-first platform, and the fact that they haven’t had to make the same expensive reversals in policy as their competitor. Details on what the system can and can’t do, besides play games, have been fairly sparse as a result. Instead of trickling them out over the course of the year, the official PlayStation Blog held a massive info-dump detailing just about every aspect of the PlayStation 4’s capabilities last week. The list holds good news, bad news, and some news that people just don’t know how to feel about. Bad news first: Sony is dropping support for DLNA, music CDs, and

MP3s. That means if you were one of the people out that actually using those features on PlayStation 3 (there are a few) you won’t be able to on your PlayStation 4. More irritating is the lack of external hard drive support. You won’t be able to back up your games or data to a USB hard drive, at least not at launch. The good side to that is you can still swap in any old internal hard drive you’ve got laying around, so long as it fits. The system’s Remote Play feature – which allows PlayStation 4 games to be played directly on the PlayStation Vita – will also be available at launch, as promised. Your home console will have to be turned on in order for it to work (obviously), but the Vita can act as a remote to bring the system out of standby. While you’re playing the game on Vita, the same visuals will appear on the PlayStation 4 and your TV. That means the handheld is also a de facto controller for all PlayStation 4 games, barring those that require a camera. The system works best when you’re in your own home, according to Sony, with both systems running on the same network. They also recommend the PlayStation 4 be plugged in through ethernet for the best experience. It will work through outside networks,

apparently, but this will leave the user to the mercy of their wifi speed. 3G is not an option. For those with multiple gamers in the home, PlayStation Plus’s multiplayer restrictions will be lifted for those without a subscription. As long as the “primary” account connected to the PlayStation 4 has Plus, you can play online logged in as a different user. The same goes for any of PlayStation Plus’s free games on the system. As long as the primary account holder pays, everyone benefits. The biggest bummer here seems to be the loss of external hard drives and MP3 support. Custom soundtracks are never something I tend to use, but I know some will miss it. The lack of external hard drives will also be a concern for some. With PlayStation Plus pumping out free games at its regular clip, the native 500GB drive might fill up pretty fast. I’m glad I can still swap out a laptop hard drive in favor of the stock hardware, but that’s a slightly more involved process than some are willing to go for. The PlayStation 4 is just 11 days away from its Nov. 15 release. When it’s finally out, we’ll all get to see just how much these features and omissions are to us individually.

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Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag impressions Caleb Werness

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“Nothing is true, everything is permitted.” This is the iconic phrase of the “Assassin’s Creed” series that gamers have come to know and love. Last Tuesday I saw the release of the series’ fourth installment— “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.” Of course, like any overzealous fans, my roommate and I headed to GameStop to pick up our pre-ordered copies at midnight. Let me just say—it was worth it. The game places the gamer in the boots of piratein-the-making Edward Kenway. Those familiar with the series will know him as the grandfather to the Connor, protagonist in “Assassin’s Creed 3.” It offers an interesting back story into AC’s history rich stories. Edward is in the heart of the Caribbean in 1715. This invites gamers into a world that has seldom been

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explored. Ubisoft marks this game as the largest in the series, allowing players to venture out in many different ways. The game rewards explore with cool tips and tricks to help better equip Edward and his ship the Jackdaw. I was more excited about this when I heard of the new “Assassin’s Creed”—sailing and pirating. The developers stated that they wanted the Jackdaw to be more than just another ship, seeing as how much of a role it plays in the game. There are many different customization options and ways to improve you ship’s battle ability. Sailing is so much fun. It took the features used in “Assassin’s Creed 3” and built upon them wonderfully. The enemy ship AI is more intelligent, offering more engaging battles and the weather system is brilliant. Before you know it, you may be sailing into a thunderstorm and having to maneuver through massive waves. Another particular feature I am very fond of, due to its uniqueness, is the whaling. Gamers can go harpooning for sharks

and whales to get materials needed to build certain items or to see for lucrative sums. PETA got in a bit of a huff when they heard about it, but seriously, it is a game. I am eager to see if I can score myself a Moby Dick. The combat is once again, as always, extremely impressive. It is nice to see that swords are a more viable option than they were in the past games. Also free running, a staple trait of the series, in my opinion has improved from the saddening performance of “Assassin’s Creed 3.” Cover is a bit easier to find and you are not always forced to fight your way out of a situation. Though if that is what floats your boat—no pun intended—by all means, go for it! What I am most excited for is to see how Edward develops as a character. He is not originally an assassin and it will be interesting to see how that role effects. Will his lust for wealth and fame overcome the need to do what is right and defeat the Templars? I guess you have to play the game to find out. I highly recommend it if you don’t already have it. That part is true and it isn’t forbidden.

American History X Movie and Speaker Come to NDSU Steven Strom A&E Editor

American History X is an incredibly important and well-regarded film. It was partially responsible for jumpstarting Edward Norton’s career (the film earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor) and Empire Magazine

named it the 311th Greatest Movie of All Time in 2008. The film will play at 7 p.m. on Nov. 6 in the Memorial Union Century Theater. Like all films held through Campus Attractions, it will be free for NDSU students with a valid ID that wish to participate. The movie was directed by Tony Kaye and written by David McKenna. It deals

with the American neo-Nazi movement, and the United States’ dealings with race and imprisonment. It features Edward Furlong and Norton as a pair of neo-Nazi brothers in the late ’90s. Norton, after being released from prison for assault, attempts to turn his younger brother (Furlong) away from his life of hate. The story is told in a series

of vignettes, encompassing a single night and Norton’s life in prison. By the end, the meaning is one of change and consequence for our actions. It’s a violent, stark portrayal of just how horrible parts of this country can be. In some ways, it mirrors some of the despicable people being dealt with right now, in our very own state.

After the film, NDSU will host guest speaker Frank Meeink. Meeink was one of the country’s most well known members of the skinhead gang movement, before his time in prison. He will talk about his personal experiences and his role in the making of the film. Meeink’s experiences closely mimic the events

of American History X. In prison, he found himself more readily supported by black inmates than other skinheads. Now, he tours the country denouncing acts of violence and crime. His speech will begin at 9 p.m., right after the movie in the Century Theater. His appearance is also free to attend.

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Why Do We Need a Thorough Discussion of Feminism? Samantha Wickramasinghe Opinion Editor

In this semester I’m taking a feminist theory class, not because it is required to complete my undergraduate degree, just because I’m curious of feminist theorists and how feminist theory can be applied to different social and political contexts. Quite interestingly, I got various reactions from my friends who found out I’m taking this class. While I was in the Memorial Union, learning serious feminist theory from my two wonderful textbooks, some friends saw me asked me about feminism—as they must have assumed from the books that I was trying to read, I should be an expert on feminism. “So tell me what is feminism?” Whenever this question is asked I am perplexed. Neither I know how to answer this question in a simple way nor do I want to get away from my friends by providing a basic definition. I want to tell them that feminism is a vast area of study, which contains many schools of thoughts. I want to tell them there are dis-

agreements between feminists themselves. But when I try to explain these complications I feel like I’m confusing my friends more. Some of them reacted interestingly to my participation in this class. They asked questions like “are you the only dude in this class?” Some thought I was a women’s rights advocate (who I am) but they seem to have recognized feminism just as a form of activism done by women, not realizing it could also be a field of education just as psychology or microbiology. Do not get me wrong. I do not want to mock these people who are asking me about feminism. I also have to learn a lot more about feminism and I’m certain that I have asked questions from people in other subject fields that made them perplexed. I just wish I had more time to discuss feminism with my friends, not only the basic explanations but also serious theory as well. I wish I had received more questions about how different feminist perspectives could be applied to real life issues rather than having to define what feminism is. Positively, I wish people had been more curious about feminism and had learnt about it with an open mind without prejudging it. For me feminism is not just an area of study that criticizes certain individuals or the popular culture in general. Different

A Call to Arms for Renewable Energy Senate needs to pass a renewable electricity standard now Nathan Stottler Spectrum Staff

Last week, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Mark Udall (D-CO) introduced a bill to set a nationwide renewable electricity generation standard. The bill would require utilities across the country to produce a minimum of 25 percent of their electricity from renewable sources such as wind, solar, hydroelectric, geothermal and tidal power. This would be the first national renewable electricity standard to be introduced in the United States. Many individual states already have standards in place, such as the Udall cousins’ home states of New Mexico (20 percent by 2020) and Colorado (25 percent by 2025). Locally, only Minnesota has set a renewable electricity standard (31.5 percent by 2020), while North Dakota (10 percent by 2015) and South Dakota (10 percent by 2015) have only set objectives, which are not mandatory for privately owned utility companies to meet. The national standard being proposed is modest compared to the most ambitious state standards currently in place. Those standards are being set by Hawaii (40 percent by 2030) and California (33 percent by 2020). And when compared to international standards, the proposal looks even more modest. Many countries, such as Germany, are already producing renewable electricity at the rates U.S. states have set for the future. One hundred thirty-eight countries around the world already have renewable electricity standards in place. Regardless of international standards, this would be a major stepping stone for the United States. The statistic that the United States holds only 5 percent of the world’s population yet consumes 25 percent of its natural resources has been published and regurgitated to the point of cliché, yet it stands as a powerful reminder of how precarious

our economic state is, and how far we have yet to go to reach a sustainable consumption rate. The bill proposed by Tom and Mark Udall would set us on a path to reducing our consumption rate. Doing so has a range of benefits, across all tenets of sustainability— cultural, environmental and economic. Instituting a national renewable electricity standard would not only reduce greenhouse gas pollution and help to slow global warming; it would also create a significant number of new jobs, spur innovation—allowing further renewable development—and save consumers money. New jobs would be created on a scale that cannot be ignored—anywhere from 275,000 to 300,000 new jobs could result from the development of a renewable electricity standard, over half of which would be in the manufacturing industry. Further economic benefits include over $100 billion of savings on consumers’ utility bills by 2030 and a boost to rural economies through the providing of over $13 billion to farmers and landowners in the form of lease payments. Local tax revenues would also increase by over $11 billion, helping to revitalize communities across the country. The time is now to pass this bill. The Udall cousins have proposed renewable electricity standards bills while they were both members of the U.S. House of Representatives, but failed to get the bill instated as a law. If the United States is ever to transition from an economy based on ever-dwindling reserves of fossil fuel based energy and into an economy based on renewable forms of energy production, it needs to begin now. Though the fossil fuel industry is dominant in the United States and it provides essential jobs across the nation, those jobs will not be present forever. Job creation will need to transition into renewable energy production to avoid a complete economic collapse when fossil fuels run out, and this bill will be able to begin that switch. Hesitation in Washington is becoming a less and less viable option on the environmental front. The time for action is now, or never. Nathan is a senior majoring in landscape architecture. Follow him on twitter @ nwstottler.

feminist theorists have critically looked at much larger issues such as language, power and politics. Feminism even criticizes epistemologies which most of the western social sciences are based on. Let me explain a phenomenon to you. In this semester I’m taking a European History class. The class is awesome and very interesting, but I could not help noticing how many important events in history, were described by important men and their political and philosophical thoughts. Even though this is a general history class that does not specialize in a particular aspect of history, I seriously felt that it lacked perspectives of women, specially those ordinary women who cooked, who raised children and contributed to the human development. This history, lacked perspectives of people who were homosexuals, people who were disabled and illiterate. Many privileged men and a small number of women in power who did great political changes in the world, their thoughts, their visions and their ideologies controlled the dominant lexicon. Some would argue that the winners write history, but I would go further and argue the way we understand history is decided by the reproduction of knowledge that the dominant culture (winners) had created. Thus, I learned from feminist theories,

how to look beyond the knowledge we already are learning from. They also helped me to realize that Eurocentric, Afrocentric or any other epistemology is not the only way of understanding politics or history. There are so many feminist ideas and feminist theories, which I strongly disagree with. But I cannot help being fascinated by these theories and I am glad of the critical thinking that they have taught me. I seriously think there should be a different department for feminism in our college (well there is a department for Women and Gender Studies) but I do feel like feminism is this interesting field of education that has potential to become its own independent social science. Coming back to my friends who are curious about feminism, I urge them to ask me more about feminism but I prefer having longer conversations. Perhaps dear readers of The Spectrum Opinion Section, you should have cup of coffee with me in my office and talk with me about feminism some time. Samantha is a senior majoring in Journalism. Follow him on twitter @SamanthaWic.

The Pleasure of Reading in College Life me, but then I get to go back to my life without any broken bones. I think that is a fair Staff Writer trade. I stopped down at Zandbroz Variety bookstore this weekend and found a nice, The amount I should read every week not so little, sanctuary. I found new books for classes (English classes exempted) is to read, which is quite the challenge for me. around 100 pages. That’s not even bad comIf anyone would like to try reading more for pared to some other students who have to fun, I would recommend this as a great place read a couple hundred pages. Now add on to start. It is much easier to feel at home than to my weekly 100 pages an additional book; at Barnes and Noble. that’s what I have to do for honors English. I’m not a “people person.” I actually preAdd on top of 100 pages and one book, anfer dogs. So when I get to read a book about other book. Something I would read just for something that interests me or a story that I fun. That’s my typical week. can disappear into, no one argues with me. I’m not whining here; I love to read. It’s No one tries to give me an opinion. I just my passion. A little confession, I’ve actually get to sit back and relax in the comfort of read three books for fun this week. I fully the feathery pages. I gain a new experience admit I have a problem. It’s a good probor lesson that way just by experiencing it as lem though, and my developed ability to someone else tells read at two pages me about it. This is a minute helps me my way of interactto get through my ing with people. It “I want other students to read more required reading quicker so I can so they too can develop quick reading is quite convenient. Overall, I hope get on with other skills, but to also develop a love for I’ve made my point things. I want other books.” that reading for students to read fun is worth it and more so they too that everyone has can develop quick something to gain from it. I’ve read thoureading skills, but to also develop a love for books. In my opinion, developing a love of sands of books and I still gain something reading is more important than going to a from each one. So go out and find a book. It club or activity, but that could be the intro- does not have to be a big book—just a book that looks interesting to you. Or, if you have vert in me speaking. Books take you to another world. Some- a friend that likes to read, have them sugtimes with things you cannot imagine or gest one to you. If you have the same taste did not expect. This is a thrill for me. Liv- in movies, there is a good chance that you ing someone else’s life in print. Maybe it’s might have the same taste in books. Make a book about the biography of a skydiver; I some time and then simply sit down, shut get to be part of this story for a short time everything out and read. Rhianna is a freshman majoring in jourand fulfill part of the adrenaline junkie in nalism.

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turning off lights. Sometimes he would come to the FLC and help me out with turning off unnecessary lights. I want to pay a tribute to this person by writing this article. He never turned off lights for his personal gains. He was genuinely concerned about saving energy on our campus and there is a moral to this story. As college students we need to seriously think about saving energy on our campus. We need to question current methods of energy usage and question if our methods are sustainable and eco-friendly. We need turn off the lights after leaving the classrooms at the end of the day if nobody is using the facilities. We need to reduce, recycle and reuse. Recycling is not a big thing on campus. I would say this in my three years of work experience as a custodian. As a custodian I threw garbage in both faculty offices and classrooms. Most of the times I will find recyclable items thrown into the same bin. Even in the union (which has a significant amount of recycle bins) the general green color bins are filled with plastic bottles and soda cans. The paper recycling boxes in the faculty offices—as I have noticed—are not going to be recycled. Most of the time they are thrown away into to the same pile of garbage. The truth is we do not have a comprehensive recycling system on our campus and we do not take recycling seriously enough. NDSU does not have a culture of recycling and being eco-friendly. NDSU is not one of the 10 eco-friendly campuses in the United States. You may think we don’t have to be one, but I’m highly disappointed that our campus is not in the top ten or not having a reputation for being eco-friendly. I never question our ability to get into the top 10. We have a great body of students, staff, faculty and an amazing group of custodians. The state of North Dakota may look like it is not affected by serious energy deficiencies that the world is facing but I feel that the Bison need to take leadership in energy conservation in the entire nation. Samantha is a senior majoring in Journalism.

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Bison Men Show What’s Bison Women Focus on to Come in 2013-’14 Road Ahead Sam Herder Sports Editor

Despite it being a scrimmage, and despite it being against the Division III Concordia Cobbers, NDSU revealed its 2013-14 men’s basketball team and put on a show at the Bison Sports Arena in a 98-49 scrimmage win Wednesday. With high expectations looming, the Bison began their campaign towards a Summit League title before 2,329 fans. It’s tough to grasp where this veteran team is at from the first scrimmage against an inferior opponent. We know that Taylor Braun will have a great year, we know the Bison will play with a target on their back and we know TrayVonn Wright will hit his head on the backboard at least once a game. But three noticeable facts taken away from the scrimmage are evident on what lays ahead for the Bison. 1.) Not forgetting Marshall Marshall Bjorklund is a quiet force for NDSU. The big post presence is the active NCAA leader in career field goal percentage and he showed he’ll carry that through to this year. Bjorklund went 11-for-12 with all shots coming in the first half. His only miss came on a hurried turnaround at the buzzer. At one point, he had 18 points to Concordia’s 15. And yet, many people haven’t been talking about Bjorklund during the postseason. But NDSU head coach Saul Phillips knows his offense won’t forget about its big man. “Marshall’s going to go down as one of the better centers to ever play here,” Phillips said. “He’s not the kind of kid that seeks the spotlight.” And when the double-team comes, and it will, the Bison need to knock down shots. “It means one other guy is open,” Bjorklund said. “We’ve worked on that a ton

this offseason and we know it’s something we’re going to see and we’re prepared for it.” 2.) Defense wins scrimmages As the old adage goes, defense can carry a team a long way. The 2008-09 Bison team that made the NCAA Tournament was an offensive machine. This year’s team is defensive-minded. The perimeter defense was outstanding in Wednesday’s scrimmage, only allowing 14 points in the paint. NDSU’s defense is its strong point. It certainly was last season, with the Bison only allowing 56.1 points per game. The same will be true this season. Offensive weapons like Braun, Bjorklund and Lawrence Alexander are much publicized, but it will be the defense that carries the Bison this year. 3.) Give A.J. the redshirt Fargo Shanley product A.J. Jacobson was a highly-touted recruit for NDSU. The other scholarship freshman, Carlin Dupree, is already decided to have his redshirt pulled. For Jacobson, that decision has been up in the air. Jacobson showed in the scrimmage that he can play at this level. He also had some mistakes that a typical freshman makes. He had a pass to the post stolen, fouled a threepoint shooter and also fouled out. “It looked like a first performance, didn’t it,” Phillips said. “He’s got a great future ahead of him. And you saw glimpses of it today.” Jacobson showed his capabilities with aggressive drives and pull-up jumpers. He definitely has the ability to play right away, but the question is if he has to. With eight scorers ahead of him, NDSU will gain more in the long run with a redshirt on Jacobson.

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The NDSU women’s basketball team will have much to prove this season. Following a 10-19 season, the Bison are ranked last in the Summit League preseason poll. They also lost their top five scorers from last season, including Summit League second-team selections Katie Birkel and Dani DeGagne. The Bison showed potential to be a dark horse in the conference on Wednesday night. The Bison failed to convert on several opportunities but managed to squeak out a win against the University of MinnesotaCrookston 64-59 in an exhibition game at the BSA. “We have work to do,” NDSU head coach Carolyn DeHoff said. “We put a lot things in for a very young team.” Despite losing a few chances to make big plays, NDSU proved there are still many bright spots on the squad. After watching the Wednesday battle, I can see three things to take away going into the regular season 3.) NDSU holds a presence down low The Bison may not be the quickest team, but they pose a physical presence in the post when they have Marena Whittle, Liz Keena and Holly Johnson in their lineup—all of whom are around 6-feet tall. “Last year, we were used to having a set and going through Katie Birkel and Dani DeGagne,” Keena said. “Now we’re just finding roles and who fills those rolls.” Keena, Johnson and Whittle combined for 32 points and 21 rebounds against UMC. “It’s going to be a post battle in the Summit League,” Keena said. “They always have really good posts.” On Wednesday, both Johnson and Keena proved they were ready for spots on the starting lineup. Both showed the kind of force they were capable of in the paint. They will need to continue that dominance

this season. 2.) The Bison are scrappy Although there isn’t a clear statistic for how much a team hustles, one pivotal number that is usually an indicator for how a game went is the rebounding advantage. On Wednesday, the Bison came out with 25 more rebounds than UMC. With its focus on the boards, NDSU is setting an identity for themselves early on. “I want our identity to play 40 minutes and to make those 40 minutes consistent in terms of our work ethic,” DeHoff said. “I just want us to keep moving forward and go to the next play.��� 1.) Guard play needs to improve In a Southern Illinois uniform, Brooke LeMar passed off 194 assists over two years. Now in a Bison uniform, LeMar will need to step up quickly to get the NDSU offense rolling. Against UMC, LeMar showed flashes of great potential. She handled the ball well, was a step before everyone when she drove and dished off a few Uncle Drew-esqe passes along the way. However, she and the other guards missed too many open shots to be competitive in the Summit League. “She’s a fun girl to play with,” Keena said. “She can create and she will find you like no other. She’s so fast. I love watching her and I feel bad for other teams who have to guard her.” Overall, the Bison seemed poised to start the season off strong, and they will need to be when conference play rolls around. While the men’s basketball team has many people expecting the best, the Bison women will need to carry themselves with a chip on their shoulders if they want to improve from last season. “The kids were on overload,” DeHoff said. “I think they executed much better the second half. The second half is something we can build on.”


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Bison Wrestling Falls to Missouri Tigers Taylor Kurth

Contributing Writer

The No. 13 Missouri Tigers wrestling team overmatched the No. 24 NDSU Bison on Friday night, winning 7 of 10 matches and receiving an overall final score of 239. This was the season opener for both the Bison and Tigers and the Tigers ran away with it. “We’re confident that this schedule will allow our guys to be physically and mentally prepared going into the NCAA tournament,” NDSU head coach Roger Kish said on his team’s tough schedule.

The match of the night was Evan Knut-

Alongside Mellon, John Eblen, J’Den

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Cox, Barlow McGhee, and Eric Wilson were

ranked Devin Mellon before finally falling

the group that won the first five matches for

victim 4-3 in a double overtime loss that

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6-1. Monk has had back to back years of 36 wins prior to opening this season. Hayden Zillmer closed out the Bison on a high note, picking up a win against Mike

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England 3-1. Zillmer and England went

tage by Mellon. The match went back and

grabbed the sixth and seventh win of the

back and forth the whole match. It looked

forth all the way to the end. Neither wrestler

night for Missouri against Tyler Diamond

as if they would go to an extra frame, but

could get anything going against the other. A

and Matthew Gray, respectively. No. 3 Hou-

Zillmer notched a huge take down for two

teeter-totter match all the way through.

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points with only 15 seconds left in the third

tionally ranked by picking up his victory by

set that ended up being the match winning

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Knutson’s match was one of 4 matches that the Bison lost by 1 point. The Tigers won the first five matches before Justin La-

The Bison closed out the match well with

The Bison will be back in action at the

valle notched the first Bison victory of the

nationally ranked No. 3 Steven Monk open-

Bison Sports Arena on Saturday hosting the

season, winning 4-2 over Trevor Jauch. La-

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Bison Open.

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picked up a big win over Jordan Gagliano

Women’s Soccer Heads to Summit League Tournament Pace Maier

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It was an emotional night for the NDSU women’s soccer team. It was a senior night for the Bison as they faced off with Summit League opponent Fort Wayne. The Bison (89, 4-3 Summit) soccer team punched their ticket to the Summit League Tournament with the 3-1 win over the Mastodons (6-101, 3-2-1 Summit) Friday in the regular season finale at Dacotah Field. “It’s important on senior day to send them out in style,” NDSU head coach Mark

Cook said. That’s exactly what the Bison did, tying their season high in goals with three. Lauren Miller was in the zone throughout the whole game, she scored two goals and teammate Steph Jacobson had one goal herself. The Bison will go into the Summit League tournament with either the third or fourth seed; the soccer tournament is scheduled for Nov. 8-10 in Fort Wayne, Ind. The Bison scored their first goal of the contest about nine minutes in when Anisha Kinnarath gave a beautiful pass to Lauren Miller for her first goal of the match. The game tied at 1-1 when Gaby Romo scored a goal in the 26th-minute. The Bison came

out after halftime and got right back into it. Senior Steph Jacobson scored her first goal of the year in the 56th-minute and the Bison regained the lead, 2-1. “I had a gut feeling Steph was going to do something special, she was great in practice the other day and winning goal is awesome,” Cook said. Lauren Miller came through yet again in the second half, scoring her second goal in the 68th minute on a special breakaway; it was all setup by sophomore Lizzie Lukas. Miller’s second goal of the match gave the Bison some cushion and the Bison went onto beat the Mastodons by two goals. The Bison will finish the regular season

with a solid win. “Competitive all year and competitive in the Summit League and we know that Denver is a very good team,” Cook said. The Bison outshot the Mastodons 13-7. Lauren Miller now leads the team in goals with nine and 23 points on the regular season. Sophomore goalie Sierra Bonham went the full 90 minutes for the Bison, she made two key saves and she improves her record to 7-8. The Bison will make their way to The Summit League Tournament Friday, Nov. 8 at a time that will be announced on Sunday.

Cross Country Women Win BisonVolleyball Sweeps Denver Conference Title, Men Take Fourth her sixth double-double of the season and Corrie Dunshee

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Women For the third year in a row, the NDSU women’s cross country team held up the Summit League trophy. Sophomore Brecca Wahlund won the meet’s individual crown to lead the 25-point Bison win Saturday. The 25 points are the fourth best point total in the conference’s champion history. Wahlund is the first Bison to win the individual title with a time of 21:24.22. That was her second fastest time of her career and the sixth fastest in conference history. Wahlund, Maddie McClellan, Erin Teschuk and Abbi Aspengren earned first-team All-Summit League honors after all finishing in the top seven. McClellan finished third with a time of 21:48.01, Teschuk was fifth in 21:53.30 and Aspengren finished seventh after running 21:55.63. Heidi Peterson joined her teammates in the top ten with a ninth place finish after running 22:13.76. Bison head coach Ryun Godfrey earned the leagues’ Coach of the Year for the third

straight season while Wahlund won Championship MVP with her first-place finish. NDSU runs at the NCAA Midwest Regional in Ames, Iowa on Nov. 15. Men The Bison men placed fourth in the Summit League championship. Brett Kelly led the charge, placing eighth overall with a time of 25:15.35. His teammates Brendan Skime and Lucas DeGree were right there as well, placing 15th and 16th, respectively. Skime ran a time of 25:38.43 and DeGree was right behind at 25:39.07. Alec Espeland placed 21st after running 26:03.01 and Bryon Schuldt finished NDSU’s scoring at 25th with a time of 26:17.31. Kelly, Skime and DeGree finished the highest conference-meet finishes of their careers. SDSU won the title for the second straight year. Kelly joined the second-team All-Summit League honors with his eightplace finish. The Bison men will also run at the NCAA Midwest Regional in Ames, Iowa on Nov. 15.

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The NDSU volleyball team went on a 3-0 sweep in Denver on Friday, with set scores of 25-20, 28-26 and 25-23. Freshman Hadley Steffen, Emily Miron and sophomore Jenni Fassbender had eight kills each for NDSU. Emily Minnick had seven kills and Dani DeGagne had six kills. Nola Basey of Denver contributed 13 kills to her team. Marking a season-high 24 digs for NDSU was freshman libero Emily Milligan. Freshman setter Monica Claxton recorded

her third in the last four matches with 27 assists and 13 digs. The second set held 16 ties and six lead changes throughout. NDSU got a kill from Miron to tie the match at 25, and Claxton took the set for NDSU with a service ace. Later in the third set, NDSU led 22-16 before Denver came back with a 7-2 run to make the score 24-23. Miron ended the match with a kill. NDSU kept Denver to a .182 attack percentage for the match while they hit .206. NDSU is now 4-18 on the season and 4-5 in the Summit League. Denver is 12-11 on the season and 6-4 in the Summit League.

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NDSU Spectrum | Nov 4, 2013