The Spectrum THURSDAY, SEPT. 26, 2013 NORTH
DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY | FOR THE LAND AND ITS PEOPLE
VOLUME 117 ISSUE 8
MARKING YOUR TERRITORY Sam Herder | Sports Editor
When NDSU made the transition to Division I football in 2004, many questioned the decision to move up. “I can remember when we were making the move, so many people just said this move is crazy, it’s not going to work, you’re losing everything, you’re losing all the traditional rivalries,” NDSU head coach Craig Bohl said at his weekly press conference. Nobody thought much about South Dakota State. The Jackrabbits were also making the move to the Football Championship Subdivision. Both teams played in the Division II North Central Conference and would again be foes in the Great West Conference. So officials from both schools met in the middle on April 21, 2004, in the small town of Hankinson, N.D. to introduce a new traveling trophy that they hoped would spice up the matchup: the Dakota Marker. Thought of by the Adam Jones, then President of the NDSU Chapter of Blue Key National Honor Society, the Dakota Marker is an 80-pound model replica of the quartzite monuments that were used to mark the border of North and South Dakota in 1891. The trophy has both the state’s initials engraved along with 190 M that represents the number of miles between the two schools. At first, Bohl wasn’t quite sure what kind of impact the Marker would have. “We all hopped in our vehicles and we drove down to the border and we had a big ceremony, and I hopped back in my truck with a few of the other players and thought, ‘You know, really, is that going to work? I guess we’re trying to make something out of nothing,’” Bohl said. What started out as a small ploy to help make the rivalry gain steam has turned into a heated battle in front of sellout crowds. With each program making the transition to the FCS smoothly, the level of competition has increased and the stakes have been raised. Not only is the Dakota Marker and bragging rights on the line, but lately, so too have season implications. Last year, NDSU and SDSU faced each other two times, the second of which was in the FCS playoff quarterfinals. This Saturday, the No. 1 ranked Bison head to Brookings to face the No. 6 Jackrabbits. The matchup of two top ten teams is something neither school envisioned nine years ago. The intensified stakes have made fans just as excited as the players and coaches. “Last year at Scheels, we got to see families bring their kids and they would take pictures in front of the Marker,” Emily Grenz, NDSU Blue Key’s representative for the Dakota Marker, said. “And they’re all dressed in their Bison gear and there was just a lot of pride in being a Bison, a lot of pride in being able to touch the trophy and say that this is something that has kind of been a legacy that has been passed along.” Blue Key has brought the Marker around to 12 different organizations this week to promote the trophy. The Marker will be available at Scheels Thursday from 5-8 p.m. for photo opportunities and Blue Key will also be bringing the Marker to tailgating before the game Saturday. Grenz says she has noticed an increased interest in the Dakota Marker. “I think it has a lot to do with Blue Key and NDSU Athletics working together to really try and promote the Dakota Marker,” Grenz said. “I would say it’s just taken awhile for people to know what it is and now that it has come into its own, it’s something that alums remember and they want their kids or siblings who are coming here to know about it.” Continued on page 10.
LGBTQ Pride Month to Begin Author speaks about growing up gay in North Dakota Trevor Haugdahl Contributing Writer
According to Regina Ranney, the Diversity Program Coordinator, LGBTQ Pride Month is an opportunity to recognize the contributions of individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. NDSU will celebrate throughout the month of October to support National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11.
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At 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the Arikara Room of the Memorial Union, the Equity and Diversity Center is sponsoring LGBTQ Pride Month’s key speaker, Melanie Hoffert. As stated on the NDSU website, Hoffert grew up on a farm near Wyndmere, N.D. where she spent her childhood meandering gravel roads and listening to farmers at church potlucks. “Connections run as deep. This unique closeness is often complicated when one has a secret that does not seem to fit into the archetype of small town-goodness,” the event poster states. Hoffert is the author of “Prairie Silence: A Rural Ex-
patriate’s Journey to Reconcile Love, Home and Faith.” On Oct. 1 she will share her experiences as a gay woman growing up in the conservative state of North Dakota. “Melanie has such courage to allow anyone and everyone to read their souls in writing. I am looking forward to meeting her,” Ranney said. She summarized Hoffert’s book and said, “Melanie’s book weaves back and forth between memories of her growing up experience and a present-day visit to her family farm during harvest time where she has volunteered to help. Any of us who have lived away from our hometowns, whether a
small town or metropolitan city, return with a different lens after spending time with new people, scenery and experiences”. “Prairie Silence: A Memoir” is available at the NDSU Bookstore and will also be available at the event. Hoffert will be signing copies of her book after the event. Hoffert has established a professional career and personal life in Minneapolis, Minn. Furthermore, at 7 p.m. on Friday in the Prairie Rose Room, the NDSU student group “The Gathering” is sponsoring an “Inside Out Faith” event with Jennifer Knapp. Knapp is a wellknown Christian music art-
Shuffle. Play. Listen. Haimovitz and O-Riley perform at MSUM Page 5
ist who came out publicly in 2010. This event on Friday is a blend of Christian contemporary music and personal storytelling from Knapp. She has received much backlash for being an LGBTQ person of faith and is speaking out with openness and honesty about her unique identity. As stated on the LGBTQ
poster, “Knapp’s story is one of an honest, vulnerable and questioning soul, living out a journey of life, love and faith.” Both of these events have been programmed in support of LGBTQ Pride Month to encourage and recognize those throughout the NDSU and F-M community who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
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Students like senior Morgan Richert (left) and sophomore Allie Hobbs use the Memorial Union’s East Patio for studying, socializing, and meeting. The space YASSER SHAIKH | THE SPECTRUM will soon be affected by the building of a proposed STEM center on the adjacent Churchill Field
Churchill Field site selected by President’s Cabinet, advisory committee, college deans Yasser Shaikh Staff Writer
The debate about the location of the new $29.6 million STEM building has finally come to a conclusion. Site one was chosen as the
STEM Building Location Finalized
final spot for its placement, which includes the east patio of the Memorial Union and the vicinity of Churchill Field. The finalized location, as discussed in an earlier article on Sept. 12, is not a favorite of some of the student body. The students are concerned with the loss of green space. Michael Black, a sophomore in University Studies, wrote a letter to the editor of The Spectrum, which was published on Sept. 16. He voiced concerns regarding Site one being favored over Site three, which is a parking lot. In his letter, Black said, “This society has for too long bowed and cowed
to the internal combustion gods. Do not weigh parking places in considering where the new STEM building should go. Consider people, students and nature.” Black also suggested in his letter that some of the state fleet vehicles be removed from the campus and their parking spots be used for the new building’s location. Another student Anna Ghebregzi, a freshman in University Studies said, “I’d say a parking lot is better than green space because I’m a tree hugger, but even otherwise, it is good to have greenery and some grass around.”
The final decision to choose Site one was made after a meeting of the President’s Cabinet, advisory committee and Deans of various colleges. The night before, Site three had been decided upon at the Student Government Senate meeting. In light of the new decision, the Student Government’s resolution may be considered wherein it mentions that any space left on the Churchill field after the construction of the new building shall not be used for any further new constructions. This was one of the many amendments that were
added to the resolution by the senators who were voicing concerns of their constituents during the senate meeting on Sept. 8. The final plans for the building are still being drafted by the advisory committee and the three architects that are being consulted by NDSU for this project. Brian Berg of Zerr Berg Architects, Fargo said in an interview with The Forum, “This building will shape the way the college experience happens for every student who walks through the doors.” Berg is the lead architect on the project. With Site one finalized, the advisory commit-
tee is working on finalizing classroom size based on departmental requirements. Other issues that remain to be discussed include access and bus connectivity to this building and similar logistical issues. Off Campus Senator Aaron Yaggie said, “Whatever the administration ultimately decides on the STEM building will be in the best interests of future development on NDSU campus.” The building construction is to start in spring 2014 and complete before fall 2015 when it will be opened for students.
Fulbright Committee Selects NDSU Faculty Dr. Karen Pierce selected for review committee Yasser Shaikh Staff Writer
Associate Director of NDSU Center for Writers, Dr. Karen Peirce has been selected to serve on the Fulbright Literature Discipline Review Committee. This is a three-year commitment and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars selected her in April. Dr. Peirce will be serving for two and a half more years on this committee. Peirce got her Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Composition and the Teaching of English from the University of Arizona in 2006. This is her second time working with the Fulbright program. Her last stint was in 1993 when she taught English in Korea. Hailing from Bristol,
R.I., Peirce has been with NDSU’s Center for Writers since January 2010. Her discipline is rhetoric, a specialty in the fields of both English and communication. Peirce’s research focuses on rhetorical ethos, or the strategies people use to portray themselves to others through language. She describes her work with Fulbright as “reviewing applications that propose research and/or teaching activities in all areas of the field of English, including rhetoric, composition, literature and creative writing.” “My role as a member of the English Language and Literature Discipline Review Committee is to determine which applications for the Fulbright Scholar Program in fields related to English should be recommended based on their scholarly merit,” Peirce added. When asked how her friends and family have reacted to this news, she says, “I haven’t told too many people about it, really. I sup-
YASSER SHAIKH | THE SPECTRUM Karen Pierce, the associate director of the Center for Writers will serve on the Fulbright Literature Discipline Review Committee.
pose some of them will learn about it from this article!” According to the CIES website, the Fulbright Program is the U.S. Govern-
ment’s flagship program in international educational exchange. It was proposed to the U.S. Congress in 1945 by then freshman Senator J.
William Fulbright of Arkansas. It aims at promoting “mutual understanding between the people of
the United States and the people of other countries of the world.” President Harry Truman finally approved this program in 1946.
THE SPECTRUM | NEWS | THURS, SEPT. 26, 2013
Meet Your New Senators
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tions or have been vacated after the gradua-
Yasser Shaikh Staff Writer
tion of senior senators.
in the Student Senate. These senators were appointed to fill positions that were either
at one of their Sunday meetings and said,
The new appointees include a mix of
“New senators, don’t be intimidated by all
The appointments were made across the
freshmen as well as upperclassmen. These
of this new information being thrown at you.
nine vacant constituencies: University Stud-
senators have already taken charge of their
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. I challenge
ies, men’s low rise, Human Development
you to personally meet each Executive this
The NDSU Student Government appointed 12 new senators for vacant positions
and Architecture and off-campus.
and Education, Agriculture, Greek housing,
President of Student Body Robbie Lauf
women’s low rise, high rises, Engineering
welcomed these new faces to the Senate
learn about their office position.”
Name: Corey Haller
here at NDSU. Go Bison!
Name: Megan Matejcek Department: Human Development and Education Hometown: Whapeton, No. Dak. Major: Social Sciences Education Year in School: Freshman Message: Don’t be afraid to get involved on campus; you’l meet a lot of great people and college will be way more fun! Feel free to contact me with any concerns you may have.
Name: Josh Zetocha Department: University Studies Hometown: Fargo, No. Dak. Major: Undecided Year in School: Freshman Message: I look forward to working on your behalf and can’t wait to hear about your ideas. Shoot me an email if you want to discuss anything!
Name: Mark Brose Department: Engineering and Architecture Hometown: Waconia, Minn. Major: Industrial Engineering and Management Year in School: Freshman Message: NDSU is a great university and is full of opportunities. So don’t waste it, go out there and get involved.
Name: Noah Engels Department: Agriculture Hometown: Maddock, No. Dak. Major: Agricultural Economics Year in School: Junior Message: I urge all students to voice their opinions about issues to the Senators and I, so we can continue the great tradition of student involvement at NDSU.
Name: Nicole Borstad
not filled during past academic year elec-
Name: Hannah Wegner Department: High Rises Hometown: Beach, No. Dak. Major: Mathematics Year in School: Sophomore Message: I will do my best to ensure that all students’ interests remain a first priority
Department: Greek Housing Hometown: Sauk Rapids, Minn. Major: Mathematics Education Year in School: Junior Message: Proud to be serving the Greek community.
Department: Women’s Low Rise Hometown: Dawson, Minn. Major: Manegment Communication Year in School: Freshman Message: I am very open to suggestions that will improve our campus and am will-
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Name: Calie Craddock Department: Off Campus Hometown: West Faro, No. Dak. Major: Political Science and Psychology Year in School: Senior Message: I cannot thank you all enough for the opportunity to represent fellow off campus Bison! I look forward to being your voice in the NDSU Student Senate. I challenge all of you to get in contact with me regarding any issue, concern, or positive word you may have about your experiences here at NDSU. Here’s to another great year at NDSU! Senators not responding to the interview include: Preston Gilmore, Tom Grotenhuis, and Nick Evans.
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THURSDAY, SEPT. 26, 2013
OVERHEARD: COLLEGE GAMEDAY EDITION Stephanie Stanislao | Features Editor With a visit from ESPN’s College Gameday, on Sept. 21,
This national coverage upped the ante, and students,
it is perhaps one of the biggest things to happen in Fargo, let
alumni and fans clad in green and gold arose to the challenge
alone North Dakota.
engulfing the entirety of downtown Fargo, for a chance to
The entire country was introduced to, if not reminded of, the great traditions that Bison nation holds.
showcase their Bison pride.
up with some clever signs that could crack smiles from even the most serious faces. Here are some of signs and hear-say from week four of EPSN’s College Gameday in our very own Fargo!
In addition to sporting Bison gear, NDSU fans also came
You guys make me proud.
A few Bison fans came out. HDgameday
Krystal Anderson Even got support from Josh Duhamel, Fergie, and their baby Axl! GO BISON!!
Who needs to wear dress pants when you’re Kirk Herbstreit?!
Confessions of a Fifth-Year Senior I like to stay home on Friday nights Stephanie Stanislao Features Editor
You’re going to stay in on a Friday night? Gasp! This might make me sound like an “old lady,” but going out on the town is an aspect of college life that has become less and less appealing to me over time. On occasion, it really is a lot of fun to have a stay-out-all-night, memory-making time. But, as I have begun to grow into my early adulthood, I have begun to learn that sometimes a quiet Friday evening at home is just as important as those adventurous nights spent with friends. After working and going to school all week, sometimes I reach the ever-beloved day of the week, Friday, and look forward to a night spent cuddled up on my couch watching “Bride Day” on TLC.
For some college students, the idea of staying in on a Friday night sounds like straight up crazy talk or downright “social suicide”. However, as a fifth-year senior, the excitement of getting crazy with my friends has started to wear off. Watching “John Doe” put a lampshade on his head, or listening to “Jane Doe” screech away to a horrible rendition of “I Will Always Love You,” at a karaoke joint, just are not as funny as they used to be. Waking up for work on Saturday morning, sleep-deprived from the night (or even early morning) before, has become much harder on my aging body. Sadly, after a late night spent with friends, my lack of rest and relaxation seems to affect me, and my sleep schedule, for days. I just cannot keep up. This is not to say that I do not enjoy going out with my friends and having fun, but merely that such fun should only be done on occasion…not every single Friday night of the month. I realize that my time as a college student is coming to a close, and legendary Fridaynight fun will eventually become a thing of the past. However, that’s all part of growing up and moving on to the next stage of life. .
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Over-Herd, Literally. Way to represent, Bison!
Fargo-Moorhead Foodie Quaker Steak & Lube brings eating into the shop Emily Imdieke
This may not be the best way to start my first article, but I am admittedly not the biggest fan of Fargo. I mean I love NDSU and the Bison sports teams, but the town itself kind of bores me. This is mainly due to the fact that a lot of the outdoor activities I love to do are always thrown out the window because of Fargo’s amazing flatland, lack of other geographical features and, what I consider to be, hurricane-like wind. Fargo is really not a backpacker’s, biker’s, kayaker’s or mountain climber’s paradise … if you are a kite enthusiast on the other hand. But I digress, after living in Fargo for four years and now committing to grad school here, I have noticed there is one activity Fargo is good for—eating. Fargo is littered with so many different food options (but still no Chipotle?) that sometimes it is hard to decide where you want to eat. While I am still plagued with this decision-making dilemma, I have found that friends and I consistently end up going to the same restaurants day after day. Applebee’s, Buffalo Wild Wings and Subway are like loyal companions we can always trust to deliver exactly what food we want. But, you know what? Sometimes I long for something different. Sometimes I wish to be adventurous in my restaurant choosing. I want to go out and explore the great unknown. Which is why I feel it is so important to try out and review the lesser-known restaurants in the F-M area. Not only is it fun, but I also want to help others in trying out res-
taurants they maybe would never have the guts to visit before. I hope you enjoy my adventures in what is known as Fargo dining. My first stop in new eating experience was the Quaker Steak & Lube, which came to Fargo last fall. While I have heard from quite a few people this was a good place to eat, I had personally never heard of it before. Its exterior appearance somewhat intimidated me at first from trying it out. Well actually, I was more so confused if it was actually a restaurant or not. Quaker Steak & Lube has all of the stereotypical looks of an auto body shop with the neon signs, checkered paint design and gas pumps. Upon entering the establishment, the interior does nothing to contradict this delusion, as the dining area is covered in car parts and equipments, as well as actual motorcycles and racecars. If you so desire, you can even eat under a raised car to see the working parts inside. The restaurant is not all just glitz and glam though, its food is also, well to put it simply, amazing! To go along with the classic American auto body theme, the Quaker Steak & Lube specializes in the classic American foods: burgers and wings. While out exploring, I had the BBQ ORing Cheese steak with onion rings and a friend got the Mozza-rati burger with fries. Both were very well done versions of the classic. I am getting hungry just thinking of it again. One last noteworthy item is the “Lube Tube,” which is basically a giant tube full of beer that looks like some sort of gas pump. A creative twist on beer drinking! Now this made my dining experience even more fun. To summarize my first adventure in Fargo dining: the Quaker Steak & Lube had ascetics that would entertain even the most novice of car users, and the food was a great twist on classic, American hits. 4.5/5 Stars
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Arts & Entertainment
Cellists Matt Haimovitz and Christopher O’Riley performed at MSUM’s Gaede Stage last week in a concert entitled ‘Shuffle. Play. Listen.”
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Haimovitz, O’Riley Swirl Centuries of Music at MSUM Jack Dura
There is so much more to a cello than meets the eye. Anyone considering this stringed instrument may stereotype it as low and slow, but cellist Matt Haimovitz proved its power in his recent collaborative concert with classical pianist/NPR host Christopher O’Riley at Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Gaede Stage on Sept. 19. As one of the world’s top contemporary cellists, Haimovitz’s pairing with the incomparable O’Riley made for a diverse range of sounds in their “Shuffle. Play. Listen.” concert that drew from centuries of music. Concertos, rock, special arrangements and more were all part of the pair’s repertoire. While Haimovitz and O’Riley’s first set was immensely enjoyable and pleasing
to the ear, their second set was—to put it bluntly—more fun. Seven pieces comprised the latter half of their performance, two of which were Arcade Fire renditions; “Empty Room” and “In the Backseat,” the latter of which was presented as the pair’s encore. Stravinsky, Bernard Herrmann, Radiohead and more were included in the pair’s roundup of the centuries. Such an eclectic set list made for a livelier experience than if the audience would have been subjected to two hours of the music of only Bach or only the music of John McLaughlin. Albeit, that is not a bad thing, and certainly such a concert would have been marvelous in the hands of Haimovitz and O’Riley. It was their stylistic flair and sheer musicianship that made the night’s diverse sounds flow seamlessly, as if the music could have been from any time. Haimovitz
was as entertaining to watch as he was to hear; his hair whipping back and forth as he rocked around on his chair, issuing a myriad of sounds from his 300-year-old cello. O’Riley flashed his fingers across his piano, flourishing his hands dramatically at the conclusion of each piece. Together, the two were absolutely in their element as masters of their respective instruments. Stage banter was nonexistent, although the two did speak directly to their audiences following every other piece. Haimovitz remarked that he had “stolen” some of copies of Angel Heart, a collaborative album amongst him and other musicians and artists such as Jeremy Irons and the Auckland Children’s Choir. Attendees at the concert were the first audience to have access to the new album, out later this month. Following, the concert, a meet-and-greet
‘Vita TV’ Gains Positive Western Response Friendly marketplace could mean North American Release Steven Strom A&E Editor
Sony is apparently “very encouraged” with the West’s response to the Vita TV. Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House said in an interview with Eurogamer that “of course we are thinking of launching [Vita TV] in the US and Europe.” “But when it comes to the timing, we’ll have to watch the environment and identify what other services are available in the US and Europe and whether we’ll have to add other services,” he continued. The Vita TV, which plays PlayStation Vita games, as well as runs media applications like Netflix and Sony’s
own Music Unlimited, was announced during the company’s pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference. The device seems to be Sony’s answer to set-top boxes such as Roku and the Apple TV. It can also stream PlayStation 4 games over a home network using Gaikai, just like the standard PlayStation Vita will purportedly be able to do when the new console launches in November. The Vita TV will cost $99 when it launches in Japan on Nov. 14, but so far there has been no mention of a North American, or even European release of the platform. “The reason we wanted to launch PlayStation Vita TV in Japan first was because we think that there is a significant gap in this market even for a pure streamed TV box,” House elaborated. “There isn’t really a competitor here that’s staked out a claim. And frankly, in my own view, Japan is a little behind the adoption curve in video streaming services.” The Vita TV has seen a growing contingent of sup-
port in North America from the games press. The ability to stream PlayStation 4 games on a separate TV appeals to many parents who often sacrifice the television to family members. Meanwhile, playing PlayStation Vita games with a Dualshock controller on a TV appeals to a significant portion of non-handheld gaming audiences. Balancing out these advantages, not to mention the lower price point, is the lack of a touch-screen. Many Vita games make use of the front and/or rear touch-screens. As the Vita TV doesn’t have either of these, that functionality would be lost, meaning games that require it would be unplayable. According to Sony’s own compatibility list, many upcoming games will be built to work with the device from the start. Some of these include Dangan-Ronpa 1-2 Reload, God Eater 2, and Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster. Meanwhile, certain older games will be patched for compatibility; games like
Persona 4: Golden, Soul Sacrifice and Lumines: Electronic Symphony. However, there are some notably absences on Vita TV’s line-up: the open world action game Gravity Rush, visual novel/puzzle game Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward, and Uncharted: Golden Abyss just to name a few. Most of these, especially those published by Sony, will likely receive patches in the future. In the meantime, however, Vita TV will be missing an at least noticeable portion of its library. Whether or not that matters to a set-top box audience remains to be seen, especially when the Vita TV has so much else to offer. Hopefully House’s comments mean we’ll be able to find out for ourselves sometime in the future.
was held in the lobby of the Gaede Stage where Haimovitz and O’Riley signed albums and interacted with their audience members. Their collaborative concert was preceded by two separate appearances earlier in the day: Haimovitz giving a flash performance at the Hotel Donaldson, and O’Riley holding a piano master class at the Gaede Stage. Together, the combined talents of Matt Haimovitz and Christopher O’Riley made collaboration like none other. Yes, anyone can play cello and piano together, but no one can do it with the style and skills seen in “Shuffle. Play. Listen.”
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Deep Down Will to be Free-to-Play on PS4 Steven Strom A&E Editor
Capcom surprised a lot of people at Sony’s reveal of the PlayStation 4 earlier this year with a game called Deep Down. Not only was the game completely unexpected, but it looked like the first truly next-gen experience to come out from the big three console manufacturers. Apparently, Capcom is not yet done surprising us, as Deep Down will not only be a PlayStation 4 exclusive, but a free-to-play one at that. It makes sense, under certain logic. Capcom has lost money hand over fist chasing the very “Western” style of development. That is, by white washing its most popular franchises with overblown budgets to “appeal to a wider audience,’ it has found itself with remarkably well-selling games losing money. Lest we forget Resident Evil 6’s multi-million selling “failure.” Meanwhile, Electronic Arts is finding itself in the same predicament (I’m looking at you, Dead Space 3). However, EA has realigned its corporate interests to focus on free-to-play experiences on mobile phones (I didn’t forget about you, Plants vs. Zombies 2 and Real Racing). As disgustingly predatory and alienating as those attempts may be,
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it’s become the company’s primary source of income in recent months. So, Capcom, after emulating the failing methods and results of its competitors, is once again emulating the methods of its competitors. The term “race to the bottom” has been bandied about quite a bit lately in relation to free-to-play games. There was a time, a scant few years ago, when games journalists thought the mobile market was on its way to kill traditional gaming. Now, however, the aforementioned race has coagulated the free-toplay market into a half-dozen cash cows while most other games fail completely to find purchase (or purchasers).
Capcom chasing the freeto-play model two years too late to become one of its major players is worrisome. It screams of the “me too” style of business that has put the publisher into the position it is already in: the same mistakes made in all-new ways. That said, free-to-play can work exceptionally well in the proper hands. Tribes: Ascend, one of the earliest examples of a console-quality game using that particular business model, was well liked by both critics and fans of the franchise. Not only that, but it was profitable. A more recent example might be Warframe. The game’s business model is easygoing, and has been well received, but still manages to be in the top 10 or 20 most-
played games on Steam month to month. It’s also coming as a launch title to PlayStation 4 later this year, and most fans seem genuinely excited. The question then becomes, how will Capcom design Deep Down’s business model? Will it be a frustrating, antagonistic grind for progression like Plants vs. Zombies 2, or a largely cosmetic affair for diehard fans like Valve’s Dota 2? Unfortunately, we won’t find out when the PlayStation 4 launches this November. The game is scheduled for open beta testing in Japan around the time of the console’s launch in that country, Feb. 22, 2014, but there is no real release date as of yet.
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Hit show ‘Breaking Bad’ nears its end Nolan Alber
Chances are, if you’ve hung around the NDSU campus long enough, you’ve heard someone talking about Breaking Bad. That isn’t surprising. The show has broken boundaries for cinematography and writing, and created one of the largest, most loyal followings of any television show in his-
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fair to those who have yet to see its brilliance. The entirety of Breaking Bad’s five seasons, though, has been slowly boiling to the top of a test tube. With superb writing, the plot has progressed in unpredictable ways to say the least. Tension that’s been building for years is finally coming to fruition, and an inevitable explosion in the finale is about to bring can’tmiss television back with a vengeance. It’s relatively safe to say that the ending will not disappoint, as anyone who has stuck with Breaking Bad from the beginning can attest to. It’s not recommended to drop in for the final episode
if you’ve thus far avoided the show, though. Breaking Bad is a series focused on dense show history, character development, and an intricately woven plot. Catch up on internet streaming services or AMC’s replays, but don’t jump in blind with the expectation to be blown away. With that being said, Breaking Bad is a series I can recommend to anyone with a taste for great acting, suspense, jaw-dropping moments, and a hint of cynicism. The wait for Sunday will be the longest week in any fan’s life.
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Time to End an Old Fued
President Obama and President Rouhani Should Meet
Samantha Wickramasinghe Opinion Editor
Time to End an Old Feud Obama and Rouhani should meet soon The newly elected Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani has written an op-ed to the Washington Post, insisting the United States should end its “unhealthy” rivalry with Iran that drives the two countries apart. President Obama has already exchanged letters with President Rouhani exhibiting there is potential for constructive conversations between the two countries. Both Rouhani and Obama will address the United Nations general assembly, and there is a possibility these two leaders will be able to meet each other. However, major political and security
analysts in the US counterpart, appear to be somewhat hesitant to find the significance of two presidents meeting each other at the UN national assembly. Also there is a popular notion in the US, questioning whether Rouhani is “a sheep or a sheep covered in wolf fur.” I can understand the cause this notion when Iran pledged its alliance to Assad regime and Hezbollah in the Syrian conflict. I can understand this notion when Iran’s nuclear program and its intentions are still not absolutely certain. I can understand this notion when both the US and Iran failed to engage in a constructive conversation during Rouhani’s predecessor Mahmoud Ahmedinejad’s time. Finally I can understand why some political pundits and security analysts argue the Iranian president does not posses the real power to take significant action without the permission of Ayotallah Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran. Let me tell you why all these factors become less important if a direct meeting with the two presidents occur either in the UN general assembly, or in the near future. First, in the op-ed written to the Washington Post, Rouhani assures
that the Iranian government strongly condemns the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict and he shows his strong volition to achieve peace and stability in Syria. I feel President Obama can make a substantial influence to dissolve the Syrian conflict if he talks to president Rouhani since both countries agree on the stability and peace in Syria. In addition, the Iranian government has the capacity to impact the role of Hezbollah in Syria. With an interview with Ann Curry of NBC, Iranian president said he has “complete authority” from the supreme leader to make a nuclear disarmament deal with the United States which exhibits that Iran’s approach to its nuclear program has significantly changed. Finally I argue that the unity between two nations will ease the tensions both in Iran and here at home. The economy of Iran is extremely suffering because of the sanction that the US and the other western powers have put against Iran. Thus Iranian businesses and Iranian people need the hand of the western powers to be economically strong. By welcoming President Rouhani’s peaceful approach, the western powers will be able to affirm the security of the Middle East
region. I cannot agree with political experts such as Fareed Zakaria and Rudy Giuliani, who say that Obama should not meet Rouhani at the UN assembly, and instead The Secretary of State John Kerry should meet the Iranian president first. Even though I appreciate their cautiousness, and the necessity to have talks with Iran, I feel they fail to see how the Iranian president himself has initiated talks, and not the Iranian secretary of state. The world of politics can be very competitive but it does not mean that governments always have to protect all of our interests and egos. At times we can show genuine respect and put a quick step forward. If the United States wants to take the political leadership and stabilize The Middle East, quintessentially president Obama and president Rouhani should meet soon. Samantha is a senior majoring in journalism. Do you think President Obama should make progress with President Rouhani? Join the conversation. Follow The Spectrum on twitter @NDSUSpectrum.
The Problem With Being Generation Y Why We’re Really Unhappy CassandraRohlfing Contributing Writer
Being a Generation Y, someone born between the late 70s to the mid 90s, has always seemed to be the butt of a lot of jokes and negative comments. It seems the generations before us have their very blunt opinions on how we are and what we think. The recent article from the Huffington Post saying ‘Why Generation Y Yuppies Are Unhappy’ hasn’t helped us either. The basic gist of the article is that our generation is unhappy because we’re entitled little pricks. Now, I don’t want to bash this article because it does make one think, but I can say from personal experience my generation isn’t un-
happy because we think we’re entitled and things should be handed to us. We’re unhappy because we’re facing heaps of student debt we know we may never be able to pay back in our lifetime. We’re unhappy because of the terrible job market and the downgrade of stable jobs. We’re unhappy because we have to work even longer hours for less pay. We’re unhappy because we can’t afford health insurance that everyone in other countries is guaranteed. We’re unhappy because, unlike the generations before us, we may never be able to actually afford a home or raise our children. We may never be able to afford the things we want to do. We see our dreams and opportunities vanishing before our eyes. We’ve come to learn intelligence and hard work doesn’t guarantee being able to pay the bills, and don’t even start thinking about personal fulfillment. It’s sad because our generation is more educated than generations
before. We have more people in universities and graduating than ever before, even though we seemingly can’t afford it. Yet, we’re constantly being put down. Let’s not even start with the fact that corporations have more rights than people, mass shootings seem to happen every few months and the environment is being destroyed so quickly. I don’t really see how we can even make it right. I don’t want to seem like a Debbie downer or anything. We aren’t all unhappy. Happiness is a lot more than the Huffington Post claims. Happiness is more than money and jobs. It’s about friends, family, music, nature, laughter, pets, food, art and anything else that puts a smile on someone’s face. It’s entirely possible to find happiness in the face of suffering—people have been doing it since the dawn of time. There is so much beauty in the world that it’s almost impossible to be completely unhappy. The notion that people of my generation are “entitled” because
we want a good life is ridiculous. For wanting to enjoy what we do, make enough to survive and maybe a few benefits. So what if we want flowers on the metaphorical lawns that are our lives? The generations before us got to enjoy the lawns they made for themselves, why can’t we? There is nothing wrong with believing we’re special. Special does not mean you think you are superior. It means unique and having worth. It means you have something to offer, and that is exactly what we need in this world. We all deserve to be free from poverty and chronic financial stress. We all deserve good jobs, or financial support. We all deserve health care, freedom from debt and freedom to live our lives. If that makes me the Generation Y Yuppie I’m automatically labeled as anyway, then I’ll proudly wear that title. Cassandra is a junior majoring in journalism.
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Social Media: How Much is Too Much Amber Zolondek Contributing Writer
When it comes to today’s social media and the game of how we play it, how much is too much? Better yet, is there a rating system that shows how important you are to another person by the way they reach you via social media? Take for instance, if someone snapchats you with an ugly face and comical caption, are you friends? Acquaintances? Or rather mere members of a social media community that simply share contacts? Have we devalued the sense of a phone call or hand-written letter by substituting it with a simpler, faster way of communicating with a broader audience? Instead of calling each and every one of my immediate family members, I am able to post a photo of myself doing whatever I am doing at that exact second and let them know I am well. Whereas 10 years ago, a weekly or bi-weekly call to update everyone concerned about you was a sign of respect in a mutual relationship. Maybe we have even developed a phobia of personal communication that requires eye contact, verbal exchange or even the physical touch of someone. We have such busy schedules that a snapchat or a text substitutes the common phone call or quick coffee to check in. Social media and communication based on their usage has already affected our natural way of communicating. They have been actively present for around five years and the effects have already started to show in our future generations as well as our own. I personally find myself texting or sending emails a good portion of my day, far more than any other form of social media that I use, which is even interrupting me as I write this article. Not to mention the issues I have with day-to-day communication with the ones I need to stay in contact with, and even face-to-face communication. Studies have shown both sides of the argument, and while I make the point that social networking has made us a bit more isolated, there are certainly beneficial aspects as to how social media has helped us as well. Political activism, pop culture, or general topics of interest can certainly trend and inform users more quickly than turning on a television or radio. Newspapers have turned to forms of social media like Twitter and Facebook in order to keep their audiences informed and contented with constant posting abilities. Rather than taking sides or choosing a statistic to prove my point, there certainly is no right or wrong way to go about using social media. The only way to ensure you don’t burn yourself out or exterminate the different accounts is to control everything in moderation. You cannot expect yourself to be doing everything at once in order to stay in contact with everyone. The concept would therefore be void by complicating communication and starting back at page one. Keep your accounts in check and you should be set to find a balance among all the updates. Amber is a sophomore majoring in journalism and public relations.
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Bison Soccer Drops Tough Loss to Eastern Washington Pace Maier
Sunday is a day for football, but many people came to support the NDSU women’s soccer team this last Sunday. The Bison (46) looked to finish their weekend off with a win against the Eastern Washington Eagles
(2-7), but the Bison couldn’t get it done on the field. It was a very physical game and the Eagles beat the Bison 3-0. After the first half, the Bison trailed the Eagles 1-0 after Cassie Black scored a goal in the 13th minute of play. The second half rolled around and the Eagles scored their second goal of the game in the 72nd minute by Nicole Medeiros of the Eagles. The
final goal was scored during the 76th minute after a weird situation. The soccer ball was deflected off one of the Bison players and then the ball rolled in the goal. This was a very intense soccer game and a lot of contact from both teams. The Bison just missed a goal in the final minute of play, when the ball went off the cross bar of the Eagles goal. The Bison shut out their first
opponent in the Doublewood Inn Classic, but then get shut out in their final game. The Eagles had three more goal shots than the Bison during this game, 10-7. The Bison finish this tournament with a 1-1 record. NDSU women’s soccer team looks to bounce back on Oct. 4 when they take a road trip to Indianapolis, Ind. They will play their first Summit League game against IUPUI at 6 p.m.
North Dakota State at South Dakota State Preview No. 1 Bison begin conference play against No. 6 Jacks Sam Herder Sports Editor
The unstoppable force will meet the immovable object Saturday when the No. 6 SDSU Jackrabbits host No. 1 NDSU. The storyline matchup will feature last year’s FCS leading rusher Zach Zenner vs. NDSU’s No. 1 ranked defense. Zenner, who finished with 2,078 rushing yards last season, already has 747 yards on 91 carries through four games, averaging 185.5 per game. Meanwhile, the Bison defense is only allowing 101 rushing yards per game this season in three games. “I think it’s going to be really important we tackle well,” NDSU head coach Craig Bohl said. “Make sure there’s not just one guy there at the point of attack, and that sounds elementary to do but it’s more complicated than that. Pursuit angles are critical and (Zenner) has excellent speed. It’s hard
to see him gaining 185 yards and us winning the game.” Undefeated NDSU and the 2-1 Jacks were picked to finish atop the Missouri Valley Football Conference in the preseason. The rivalry has grown steadily over the years, while the Bison have held the upper hand lately. Last year, NDSU defeated the Jacks twice, with the last one coming in the FCS Quarterfinals. “Now the real schedule comes into play,” Bohl said. “And when I say real schedule, our number one goal at the beginning of the year is to win the Missouri Valley Conference. It’s a tough, tough task to do. And this game here is a very tough game for us. I think back to the last several years and you could toss a coin on which team is going to win.” While stopping Zenner will be the number key for the Bison, SDSU also poses another threat in the passing game. Quarterback Austin Sumner has had a year under his belt and his improvements are evident. Sumner is completing 60.7 percent of his passes for 908 yards and five touchdowns with
only two interceptions. “He’s more confident,” Bohl said on Sumner. “He releases the ball quicker. He certainly looks poised and in control.” While the Bison had the luxury of playing the Jackrabbits in
task for us. Our guys are going to need to be able to handle adversity. Their fans are rowdy and they draw well and so we’ll need to be able to control the things we can control.” The Bison have won the last five meetings between these two
ally, really disciplined football. The other thing they’re doing is they’re throwing the ball well. So you can’t be one dimensional on defense.” For the tenth time, the Dakota Marker will be on the line, with NDSU holding a 5-4 advantage. “Both schools prize that Marker,” Bohl said. 91 rushes for 747 yards, 10 TDs “Our players certainly do, us coaches and our school 65-107 passing for 908 yards, 5 TDS 2 Int. does as well.” Coughlin Alumni Sta 28 total tackles, 17 solo, 2 TFL dium should be rocking for this rivalry game that the confines of the Fargodome teams. This game may have the is gaining steam each year. Bohl last year, winning 20-17 and 28- highest stakes, even though it is knows this is a huge game for his 3, NDSU will have to travel to early in the year, with both teams team in order to accomplish the Brookings, S.D., for this matchup looking for a high playoff seeds. goals NDSU has set out. that is one of three games this “Every year is a new year,” “This is a tough environment to weekend that features two Top 10 Bohl said. “They have some differ- go down and get a win,” Bohl said. teams in the FCS. ent players and so do we. I think “This would be a great win for our “I think the Jackrabbits play it’s important that we… play re- program.” well at home,” Bohl said. “ T h e y defend their field at home well. It’s going to Interested in a fast-paced job with career be a tough
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THE SPECTRUM | SPORTS | THURS, SEPT. 26, 2013
Purple Pain Vol. 1.02
Joe Kerlin Staff Writer
“Jeez, Christian Ponder. Have you ever played quarterback be-
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“Marking Your Territory” from page 1 The Dakota Marker will celebrate its tenth annual game on Saturday. NDSU has held the trophy nine times, having won the last four matchups. Each game, dating back to the inaugural matchup in 2004, which SDSU won 24-21, has been intense and full of drama. Seven of the games have
been decided by two touchdowns or less. And with both teams now playing in the competitive Missouri Valley Football Conference, the matchups make the rivalry go deeper each year. “I can tell you, to our players and our coaches, it’s a big, big deal,” Bohl said. “It has taken off. Two
really good programs and the competition has been very keen. The battles have been close. And the team that wins it, it’s exciting to go out and grab it. And I tell you what, when you lose it, it sucks. It’s a neat deal.” The series between NDSU and SDSU dates all the way back to 1903. Rich
in tradition already, the Dakota Marker adds new implications to the rivalry. And unlike that April day in Hankinson years ago, both schools realize just how important it is to have the trophy in your possession.
fore?” It was another insightful piece of criticism from the roommate’s girlfriend after the Vikings quarterback peeled himself off the Mall of America Field turf last Sunday. The Vikings fell to a woeful 0-3 and just handed Brian Hoyer and the lowly Cleveland Browns their first win of the season. I thought I was over the embarrassment I usually feel after my Vikings put on a display of ridiculously depressing football, but obviously I am not. Zero-3, and if it wasn’t for the Giants getting pummeled by the Carolina Panthers, this was the most head turning loss of the week in the NFL. I’m shocked that I am not used to the endless charade of dream crushing the Vikings never fail to come through on year-in and year-out basis. There was so much hope for the season. Adrian Peterson coming off a historic 2012 season with a newly constructed knee. Christian Ponder finally started not losing games and most importantly, the defense was becoming a force to be reckoned with in the offense-heavy NFC North. It took three weeks for the Vikings to ruin my NFL season. For as impressively quick, the Vikings took to crush my soul. I feel cheated, as I usually do when looking forward to another great NFL season. It’s not fair. The Vikings tease me by making an improbable run into the playoffs last season only to lose in a Ponder-less performance against a Packer team that plays no defense. I mean, the Bison won their second consecutive national championship earlier that day and somehow my favorite NFL team found a way to ruin that day for
me. I shouldn’t be surprised. It’s been happening since I started watching the Vikings every Sunday during the fall. They get my hopes up and shoot me down before I can even say a word or switch the channel to Troy Aikman gushing over Aaron Rogers. It’s like getting slapped in the face for something I haven’t even done yet. My NFL fan hood is diminishing by the week. I blame myself. Somehow I missed the “Don’t Emotionally Invest Yourself in a Team and Ownership That Doesn’t Care About You” memo. It could be time to start rooting for players instead of franchises. You got the right idea, Johnny Radio. (Sports for Dummies 9-11 a.m. Sunday 96.3 KNDS.) So now what? Blackout and Go Broke for Bridgewater? Tank for Teddy?? Bore for Theodore??? That seems like the only logical road to travel for the next 14 weeks. But then again, it’s the NFL; there isn’t much logic at all in the first place. We do know the teams that are going to suck this season include the Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburg Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Arizona Cardinals. The one similarity beside the stench of bad is they all need franchise quarterbacks (Jacksonville, Cleveland and Arizona) or at least a new face behind center (Minnesota, Tampa and Pittsburg). Teddy Bridgewater will be the first quarterback taken in the draft and after him it’s a complete crapshoot. (Quick tangent: how depressing is it that I’m already talking about the 2014 Draft? Oh, did I mention I’m an emotionally unstable Vikings fan?) CBSsports.com ranks these quarterbacks behind Ted. Brett Hundley, Tajh Boyd, Marcus Mariota, Johnny Manziel and A.J McCarron in that order, with the first three as projected firstrounders. Take your pick Vikings fans, because we all know anyone is better than quarterbacks named Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel.
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