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THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2012
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NSCS Board to consider $1 million in CSC upgrades T.J. Thomson Executive Editor
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Cherie, played by Ashley Rushman, sophomore of Gurley, waves a black scarf while singing “That Old Black Magic” during a rehearsal of “Bus Stop,” Monday in Memorial Hall.
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The Nebraska State College System’s Board of Trustees will consider $1 million worth of upgrades and renovations to Chadron State’s campus at its spring meeting Friday in Nebraska City. The board’s master resolution, adopted in 2002, mandates that facilities operating from bond revenue be run in an “efficient, sound and economical manner,” and that the institutions maintain those facilities. The largest allocation is $300,000 for a utilities extension for the planned residential complex on the campus’ eastern border. The extension covers sewer, electrical, and water lines to be shared with the Rangeland Agriculture Center, Dale Grant, vice president for administration and finance, said Tuesday. The second largest allocation is $250,000 for mechanical and electronics upgrades for High Rise’s twin elevators. The funds will come from the “Series 2002 Surplus Fund,” which the board uses for warranted upgrades at all three campuses. Other allocations are $150,000 for showers and fixtures in High Rise, $125,000 for an upgrade to Kent Hall’s fire alarm system, $50,000 for furnishings around campus, $50,000 for flooring upgrades, $25,000 for asbestos abatement, $20,000 for equipment in the Student Center, $15,000 in mechanical room upgrades, and $15,000 for lighting upgrades around campus.
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Senate supports NPAC improvement, allocates $50k for arena re-flooring Sara Labor Lifestyles Editor Student Senate allocated $50,000 from the Student Activity Fee reserve account to help pay for the new floor in the NPAC at its Monday meeting. Randy Rhine, vice president Enrollment Management and Student Services distributed sheets with the cost of the floor and where the money would be coming from. The total replacement cost, he said, would be $365,000. He said $50,000 will be coming from the Wellness account, which comes from user fees, membership fees, and fees from activities outside of college activities; $50,000 will be coming from the Activity Fee equipment account, which is set up specifically to replace and repair equipment; the remaining amount will come from other funds. Matthew Brust, assistant professor of physical and life sciences, asked if money would be left in the wellness account. Rhine said, there will be about $40,000 left. James Bahensky, vice president asked
if the $50,000 allocation would put senate over the 50 percent that must be held in reserve. Rhine said it would not. Tiffany Roelle, senator of liberal arts, asked when the renovations would start. Rhine said that renovations would start over the summer, as soon as was feasible, because the surface material has a long curing time. Rhine also said that the weight rooms would stay open, however, the arena will be closed during renovations. Senate voted unanimously to allocate no more than $50,000 from the student activity fee reserve account. In other business, Bahensky said that Senate usually has an end of the year dinner on Dead Monday. Senate voted that the luncheon be at noon on Sunday, April 29. Senate allocated $100 from the foundation account for the banquet. T.J. Thomson, treasurer, said there is $13,099 in unallocated funds in Senate's combined accounts. Nisha Durand, chief justice, said student senate elections would be Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
CAB representatives vote in new board members Kelsey Amos Reporter The Campus Activities Board elected executive board officers for the 2012-2013 school year at its meeting Tuesday. The executive board members, who serve for two semesters, are nominated and elected by the club representatives on CAB. Of the seven positions on the executive board, five were immediately filled Tuesday. The new executive board officers are Kellie Aye, treasurer; Cecilia Sheridan, public relations coordinator; Erica Misner, special and cultural events coordinator; Karly Watson, secretary; and Darren Burrows, student events coordinator. Out of the two pairs running, CAB elected Dani Buckley as president and Lane Swedberg for vice-president, beating Hannah Clark, president candidate, and Brendan Mead, vice-president candidate. Senate will review the selections and then vote for CAB president and vice president, according to Nisha Durand, Senate chief justice, who presided over the CAB election for president and vice president. “The ultimate decision of who runs CAB is ultimately up to Student Senate,” Luke Wright said. The CAB account contains $798, Wright said. CAB’s final meeting for this semester will be at 6 p.m., next Tuesday.
Student group offers emotional support to sexual assault victims The Sexual Assault Victim Empowerment group is having a Stand Up Speak Out support group at 7 p.m., Thursday, in the Scottsbluff room in the Student Center. The support group is offered in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. At the event, group members and a guest speaker will be addressing and raising awareness of sexual assault. Those who attend will be able to listen to real stories about men and women's' rights. Ribbons, bracelets, and CD's will be handed out.
NSCS to vote on football coach's salary Jay Long, head football coach, is expected to make $77,500 for the 2012-13 academic year, dependent on the Nebraska State College System Board of Trustee's approval at its Friday meeting. Long, who replaces former Head Coach Bill O'Boyle, will start out the fall semester with at a salary 24 percent greater than his predecessor.
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THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2012
Former senior state auditor Band director vacancy begins work at System Office draws international talent T.J. Thomson
Executive Editor Following State Auditor of Public Account’s audit of the Nebraska State College System in February, the APA accused CSC and the NSCS of poor decision-making and a lack of oversight. Now, the System Office has hired one of the APA’s own senior auditors to assist with accounting, Amy Hock. “She [Hock] has actually worked on the NSCS audit,” NSCS Chancellor Stan Carpenter stated in his April report to the state colleges’ board of trustees. “Thus, she brings a working knowledge of the State Colleges with her to the position.” Hock began work at the System Office Monday as director of system-wide accounting. She said her familiarity with the NSCS and its personnel would be valuable benefits to the system. “I have previous audit experience of the NSCS and am familiar with the staff, business processes, and financial statements which I feel will be a big benefit in my new position,” Hock stated. Hock said her past employment would help Nebraska’s state colleges streamline its accounting processes. “My previous experience with the Nebraska APA has given me a working knowledge of GAAP and auditing standards as well as an extensive knowledge of internal controls. An
understanding of good internal controls is key when accessing business operations and when trying to create good business practices which can be shared among multiple locations. My knowledge of GAAP and auditing standards will be beneficial when helping consolidate the colleges’ financial statements,” Hock said. “This familiarity will allow me to dive into my new position quickly.” As reported in the Feb. 9 edition of The Eagle, according to Dale Grant, CSC vice president of finance and administration, before the 2003-04 academic year, each college in the NSCS was audited independently, but then went to a combined audit. “Ever since that time, the auditor’s office has brought up concerns that we [the three colleges] don’t measure things the same way,” Grant said. Hock stated she hopes to address some of these concerns in her new role as director of system-wide accounting. “My goals as the Director of Accounting will be to find common and/or similar business practices among the three Colleges. I hope these common and/or similar business practices will make the Colleges’ business environments even stronger than they already are,” Hock said. “I will also work closely with the Colleges’ accountants to ensure the preparation of the NSCS’s consolidated financial statements is performed in a seamless manner.”
Sam Schmitt Contributor Chadron State College is searching for a new band director to replace Adam Lambert as he moves to take a new position at a different school. The Music Faculty Search Committee, headed by assistant professor and volunteer chairman Michael Stephens, is reviewing applications for the position. The ideal candidate would hold a doctorate degree and possess teaching experience, Stephens said. Although Stephens declined to comment on the identities of the candidates, he said the committee is pleased with the 40 applicants who come from the U.S. and abroad. Stephens said he doesn’t believe there will be any problems finding a qualified replacement for Lambert. Currently, the search committee has nar-
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rowed the pool to 10 applicants for phone interviews. Once the phone interviews are completed, the committee will select three candidates for personal interviews. Stephens said the committee wants the three finalists at CSC for personal interviews before the end of the semester so the candidates can become acquainted with the faculty, students, and campus. During that process, the applicants will be asked to demonstrate their teaching skills so the committee can better assess them. Stephens said the committee members hope to have a final applicant chosen and an offer made by the end of May. He said committee members would like the applicant’s decision by June. Stephens said that if CSC is unable to make a final decision on an applicant, it will likely fill the position on an interim basis until a permanent replacement is made.
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Own the decisions that affect you, vote today If you haven’t seen one of the many posters around campus, you might not know that Student Senate elections are going on currently. Voting began Wednesday and continues through today until 5 p.m. in the Student Center. If you’re thinking “Politics? Not that again.” Keep reading. Those dreaded “politics” mean a lot for you as a student. For instance, our c o l l e g e ’s governing board is voting on a proposed 42 percent increase in student event fees at its upcom- Scan the QR code above to stay upto-date on the results of the Student ing meeting Senate election. this Friday. Technology fees? Up 15 percent. And if the more than seven fees we pay aren’t already enough, the board is proposing adding a new fee to the mix – a .40 cent student record fee. What can you as a student do to voice your opinion and be involved? Participating in student government is one option. Whether you get involved personally, keep up with the weekly coverage here in The Eagle, or vote at the Student Center today, you will be doing your part to ensure that the student’s concerns are being represented and acted upon. Historically, far less than one-fourth of students turn up to vote in student elections, but many more than that are happy to voice their complaints and grievances whenever they have the opportunity. Don’t be a hypocrite. Make sure that you have done your part before your criticize others. Your part is voting in the 2012 Student Senate election today for any of the more than 11 candidates on the ballot as well as on amendments to the Senate’s governing constitution. Who knows? Maybe you will learn relevant things while doing some good for the campus and your colleagues.
THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2012
Committing blasphemy proves we live in a free society Aaron Gonzalez Opinion Editor
Thirty-four years ago, one of the funniest movies in cinema history was released: Monty Python’s Life of Brian. The film was, for its time, one of the most daring satires of Christianity, poking fun at some of the doctrines of the religion and pointing out the double standards and hypocrisy in the religion. While having a good laugh at Brian, the mistaken Messiah. Despite being 1979, many townships in the U.K. banned the film—some bans weren’t lifted until recent years. To modern eyes, a silly movie is so inconsequential that such bans are hilarious and stupid. After all, why should religious whiners and nutjobs ruin freedom of expression? Yet today, the triumph of Enlightenment values over petty self-righteousness is slowly being eroded by political correctness regarding Islam. One of the big things at the head of the tense issues is the depiction of Muhammad. It’s important to note that Shiite Islam permits pictures of Muhammad, while Sunni Islam does not. Though the Quran (the infallible and final word of God) does not mention anything about imagery of the prophet. A few of the hadiths (sayings of Muhammad, when off the clock as God’s Messenger) condemn any depictions of living things, human or animal, for fear of
developing idol worship. But whatever a edge around the issue claiming hurt feelholy text claims is irrelevant; this is the 21st ings. But it’s that kind of excuse-making that century. truly undermines the ideals of free speech, It’s interesting that Muhammad himself free press, and free expression. Part of livopenly admitted that he was not divine ing in a modern, secular country is learning (merely God’s voice box), yet with all of the to put up with people saying and writing emulations of his actions and the swift si- things that you don’t like or may find offenlencing of anything derogatory about him, sive. Everyone has to put up with it sooner you’d think he was in fact dior later, so in a sense it is a vine. Nevertheless, it seems form of equality. that so much of the push for To renew my commitcensorship is not only forced ment to freedom I’m makupon Muslims (and to a fair ing my own contribution number against their will), to the snubbing of overlybut also non-Muslims. sensitive political corRemember the Danish rectness, hypocrisy, and cartoons of Muhammad hypersensitive fanaticism. in 2006? The authors and My contribution (though affiliates of the cartoons quite mediocre) will be in faced harassment and death participating in “Everybody threats because they “ofDraw Muhammad Day” fended a billion Muslims” (a this May. Originally started rather intimidating, though Depicting Muhammad isn’t a new in 2010 as a response to the probably over-estimated thing, such as this 14th century censorship of South Park Ottoman mural. statement). (the original idea being that A similar thing happened in 2010 when Islamic fanatics couldn’t target thousands South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt of people at once), the unofficial FacebookStone were threatened with death if they originated holiday stands as a testament to depicted Muhammad in one of their epi- free speech and expression. There are cursodes (in the end the prophet appeared, but rently dozens of groups this year devoted in a bear costume). to sharing pictures that regular people This obsession over imagery is rather cu- make. But looking at some of the drawings rious, as Jesus Christ is revered as a holy (they’re vile, and not even funny) and assoprophet in Islam as well (second to last, in ciated hate speech against Muslims themfact). Shows like South Park make fun of selves, I’d choose wisely if you associate him all the time, and yet I’ve never seen any with a group. mass demonstrations in Cairo, Islamabad, As for myself, I have my own very lousy or Riyadh about the mocking of one of Is- drawing done. It’s a matter of principle, aflam’s prophets. Such inconsistency. ter all. With this as the first step, maybe one Aside from the fundamentalists, some day soon the Islamic world will have their moderate Muslims and PC liberals seem to very own Python-esque “The Life of Moe.”
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Clear Writing: It’s All About the Reader Professionals offer tips to improve writing skills in different fields
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With the recent focus on reviving the economy by nurturing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students, one might conclude there’s little economic value in honing a basic skill like writing. Not true, say Stephanie Roberson Barnard and Deborah St. James, authors of “Listen. Write. Present.:The Elements for Communicating Science and Technology” (Yale University Press; 2012), www.ListenWritePresent.com. They cite the American Society for Engineering Education in which researchers ranked technical writing No. 2 in a list of 38 necessary skills for engineers. Engineers aren’t the only ones who need to write effectively in order to get ahead says Barnard, a communications consultant who specializes in training medical professionals to speak and write clearly and persuasively. A recent ad for a pharmacist read, “Clinical Pharmacist: Strong Writing Skills Required!” Basically every job in the science and technology fields today requires effective writing skills, she says. Unfortunately, science-rich educations often leave little room for students to learn how to craft a strong written message. They suggest you ask yourself four questions before you start any
written communication: than grammatical, punctuation, or spelling er• Is it reader based? Ask yourself who are my rors. Choose a good dictionary and a reputable readers? Are they colleagues or people outside style guide for your trade or industry and use it my field? What do they know? What do they consistently. A style guide is a good investment need to know? How can I best present the matethat will answer questions on grammar, puncturial to these readers? Knowing who ation, and word usage. It will help your reader is will help you decide you appear polished, professional, what words to use and exactly how and well-educated. much detail is needed. Finally, St. James and Barnard • Is it purposeful? Your second suggest two final tips to improve question should be, Why am I writyour writing: ing this? Today we live in an over• Read more: You’ll increase your communicated society: emails, text vocabulary and see how other messages, tweets, ads, letters, newswriters craft sentences and argue papers, magazines, books. In fact, points to make those points more most of what we write no one reads. Photo by Ildar Sagdejev effective. Good choices for reading Make sure every word is useful and relevant to material: general non-fiction, scholarly journals, every one of your intended readers. • Is it clear and concise? Generally, the cause of and award-winning books specific to your trade. • Practice: Writing is a skill. The more you do unclear writing is too many words. Many writers it, using the suggestions above, the better you will read a long, rambling sentence they’ve writwill become. ten, and to clarify it they’ll write another long, rambling sentence to clarify the first one. Big Editor’s Note: Stephanie Roberson Barnard has mistake. If a sentence is unclear, take words out. trained thousands of pharmaceutical industry Be wary of long sentences, unclear antecedents, poor transitions, jargon, clichés, and an alphabet professionals on how to be more effective speakers, writers and communicators. Deborah St. soup of acronyms. • Is it correct? Nothing puts the kibosh on a James has worked in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry for more than 20 years. grant application, business plan, or resume faster
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OPINION 6 The Buffett Rule is tempting, but will it help much? WWW.CSCEAGLE.COM
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The Buffett Rule is a tax plan proposed by President Barack Obama in 2011. The tax plan would apply a minimum tax of 30 percent to individuals making more than a million dollars a year. According to a White House official, the new tax rate would affect 0.3 percent of taxpayers. — THE BUFFETT RULE WON’T SOLVE ANYTHING LONG-TERM —
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If you’re the sort who nonchalantly follows the news (like myself ), you might’ve heard about “the Buffett Rule” and pondered; why is a guy like Warren Buffett, who can barely find his “lost shaker of salt,” trying to influence tax laws in our country? That exact thought echoed through my head last week as I tried to navigate the confusing landscape of filing my taxes. I was wracking my brain over what to do with a 1099 when I decided to perform a Google search. The search yielded pictures of cats with words on them, and after an hour of chuckling at poor grammar, I became bored finally searched “the Buffett Rule.” What appeared were articles from newspapers across the country, and I quickly learned that I was thinking about the wrong guy. The news was about Warren Buffet, an Omaha man who’s pretty much the richest man alive. Despite his status, he’s not totally “swagged out” like you’d expect from a dude of his purchasing prowess. He made his money from smart investments and being frugal; so it’s pretty safe to say that he’s laid-back, plainJane, no frills. But he did make waves on a number of occasions by saying he’s filthy rich because the government doesn’t collect enough from his earnings. In my understanding, he says that the tax structure un-healthily favors the rich. But none of us have the wicked fiscal discipline, or the stacked and diverse investment portfolio equal to Buffett, nor do we have taxsavvy personal accountants. So what about investment? If all of your income is being eaten up by the IRS, it’s not an option. You’ll lose the farm just trying to pay for fuel and food, much less what Uncle Sam wants to keep the gears turning. So you say, “The rich are getting richer, and I’m stuck barely making it by.” I understand that, and it doesn’t seem fair. But I don’t think the Buffett
Rule is helping you get any less poor. A blanket increase in the capital gains tax will not fix anything, the rich still won’t pay their ‘fair share’, because no tax code will be free of loopholes. Regardless, I keep hearing the proposed legislation will raise $47 billion in revenue for the Federal Government over the next ten years. While that $47 billion seems pretty positive, it’s not that awesome when you consider our deficit grows by trillions a year. Where will we look to next? Will we look at higher taxing of gains from family run agricultural corporations? A family enterprise might make a bit of money to pass off to their children, but more often than not they invest that capital back into upkeep and expansion of their business. The bigger the operation, the more employees they hire. The more people you have working, the more people you have getting paid. The more people you have getting paid, the more people you have spending. And the more money spent, the more the economy expands. The same idea can be applied to other American industries. I don’t think you should be punished for running a business smartly and creating job opportunities. I would be upset if my boss made me work twice as hard, with half the help, but the same pay. Or say he shipped half his operation to Southeast Asia; I don’t think that’s a sound investment on his part; that doesn’t seem fair. In that instance the government should go ahead and collect a percentage of his profit to recoup what he’s not spending here. On the other hand, for folks creating jobs by investing here in America, I foresee indiscriminately raising capital gains tax as creating a climate where people with capital are too skittish to invest it. Instead, I propose the IRS follow the Missouri motto: “Show me.” Show me that you created jobs in America. Show me that you improved the standard of living and increased the GDP. Show me that you kept your capital investments domestic. Do this, and we’ll let off the brakes on your gain train. It can’t be a situation where “we give you a break now, and you can give us results later,” you have to pay it forward. I won’t try to pretend I’m an economics wizard; after all, I’m the guy who confuses Cheeseburger in Paradise with Berkshire Hathaway. But from my perspective the Buffett Rule just doesn’t solve anything in the long run.
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The Buffett Rule isn’t about making poor people richer or rich people poorer. It’s about equally sharing the burden of bankrolling our federal government by correcting for those few who take home monumentally vast incomes. It isn’t a fix for income inequality; it’s barely a Band-Aid. Nor will it gut the investment and so-called job creation abilities of the richest rich people. The top one percent will continue to make salaries so vast, the bottom 99 percent will never catch up. According to French economists Thomas Piketty and his associate Emmanuel Saez’s research, “from 2000 to 2007, incomes for the bottom 90 percent of earners rose only about four percent, once adjusted for inflation. For the top 0.1 percent, incomes climbed about 94 percent.” As President Barack Obama has said frequently, loudly, and hopefully not as a mere campaign platitude, the Buffett Rule is about fairness. The push to get the rule written into law is hindered by a few fallacies and bureaucratic hurdles. The largest hurdle is probably the quagmire of our uncooperative unproductive Congress. Video-blogger and independent news commentator Ze Frank put it best Monday when he said, “The Buffet Rule is expected to get its ass handed to it by Congress this week. The Buffet Rule proposes that rich people pay the same minimal tax rate that regular people do, which has a cold thing’s chance in a hot place of passing through a chamber made up of rich people.” The rich-folks composition of Congress and the lobbying power other rich folks have over it, probably makes up 50 percent of the opposition to implementing the Buffett Rule. The other half is likely people who don’t understand taxes. When economists and policymakers talk about increasing the minimum tax rate to 30
percent for people who take home more than $1 million, they’re not talking about $300,000. One’s tax rate is a percentage of his taxable income, and taxable income is not the same as adjusted gross income. In February, The New York Times published an excellent example of how some of the top one percent earners already pay tax rates far greater than Warren Buffett’s 17.4 percent or Mitt Romney’s 17.5 percent. For example, The Times stated, a self-employed person in New York City who makes $75,000, could have “personal exemptions ($18,500) and itemized deductions for mortgage payments ($25,000), charitable contributions ($5,000) and state and property taxes ($10,158) leaves the taxable income of $11,044.” However, because of the State and Federal tax rates on an income of $75,000 this earner’s percentage rate places his taxes owed at $12,473 or 113 percent of his taxable income ($11,044). But even at $12,473, the hypothetical person is only paying 16 percent of the total $75,000! The Times also provided a real example of a real estate executive who takes home more than $1 million a year in salary who paid taxes at a 102 percent rate. When folks making $75,000 a year are paying 113 percent, and the lesser 1 percent millionaires are paying 102 percent, it’s absolutely preposterous that we allow the mega-rich to pay 17.5 percent. In a separate New York Times article, published Monday, Thomas Piketty, of the Paris School of Economics was quoted in the New York Times saying, “The United States is getting accustomed to a completely crazy level of inequality. People say that reducing inequality is radical. I think that tolerating the level of inequality the United States tolerates is radical.” The Buffett Rule is likely to lose in the Congressional shuffle, and some Republican bill that will hurt the lower 99 percent of earners in the short term will get rammed through. But I take heart that such legislation is out there being put forth, and that economists like Piketty and Saez are making the well-supported academic cases for minimum tax rates up to 100 percent on the mega-rich. Even if it fails, the Buffet Rule should remain at the fore of our minds as a blueprint for future reforms. NYTimes.com’s “How It’s Possible to Pay a 100% Tax Rate:” http://nyti.ms/zRyuhG
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'BUS STOP' – BEHIND THE SCENES
Elma Duckworth, played by Becci French, 21, junior of Alliance, gestures during a rehearsal of the play, Monday night in the Memorial Hall auditorium. Bo Decker played by Willis Miller, 23, (left), senior of Deer Trail, Colo., talks to one of his castmates during a rehearsal in Memorial Hall, Monday night.
Cherie played by Ashley Rushman, 19, sophomore of Gurley, holds a gold purse, one of the many props used in the play, while sitting at the counter during a rehearsal Monday night. BEHIND THE CURTAIN: "Bus Stop" was written in 1955 by William Inge and has a film based off of it, which was created in 1956. The play is a drama compiled with romantic and comedic elements. Based in Kansas during a snowstorm, four strangers find themselves stranded in a small diner while waiting out the storm. While trapped in the diner from 1 - 5 a.m., multiple actions occur and multiple romances flourish between the characters. "Bus Stop" officially opened on March 2, 1955 on Broadway and closed on April 21, 1956; the play was performed 478 times while open. The play was nominated in 1956 for four Tony Awards including; Best Play, Best Featured Actress in a Play, and Best Director. In August of 1982, "Bus Stop" was presented on HBO. SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bus_Stop_(play)
Kelsey Amos Lifestyles Reporter The theatre department did a fine job of bringing “Bus Stop” to life, although the fact that the play was written in 1955 occasionally dated it. “Bus Stop,” written by William Inge, depicts a small town in Kansas, where a bus is stranded by a blizzard. The passengers take refuge in Grace’s Diner, run by Grace, played by HeatherAnn Hicks, and Elma, played by Becci French, an intelligent yet naïve teenager. The passengers bring drama and a welcome distraction from the slow pace of the diner. Even though this play has one setting, there were several plots. Cherie, played by Ashley Rushman, is a singer from a nightclub who is pursued by Bo, played by Willis Miller. Bo, a cocky cowboy, is convinced that Cherie wants to marry him. Miller captured Bo’s volatile nature and naive side. At the beginning of the play, it’s impossible to tell whether Bo is chauvinistic or just ignorant about woman, thanks to Miller’s acting. This creates an interesting complication, as Cherie realizes that perhaps she does like him. Meanwhile, Elma attracts the attention of another passenger off the bus, Dr. Lyman, played by Evan Torkelsen. Lyman is a former professor with a history of academia
and young women. Lyman’s inappropriate behavior is treated in a sympathetic light. Today, his advances toward Elma would be harassment, but he is made out to be the lovelorn victim of a cold world, which is not exactly satisfactory. French and Torkelsen were once again cast as an innocent girl and a creepy man, respectively. These two actors seem to be limited in their roles. However, French did capture Elma’s wide-eyed innocence. “He wanted to make love to me!” she said dreamily after learning that Lyman had a history with girls half his age. Meanwhile, Torkelsen balanced the duality of Lyman’s behavior, so he came across as equally licentious and sympathetic. Jacob Smiley, who played Bo’s mentor Virgil, had a convincing drawl and good timing yet seemed limited by his trite lines, which sounded like the bastard child of a fortune cookie and a Hallmark card. The scenes in this play are set up like tableaus, with the focus on the key characters. This keeps the scenes from becoming overwhelming, since the characters are confined to the diner. Even though this play only has one setting, the actors used the space and props well. The red vinyl booths and Formica tables also give the diner a 1950’s feel. The paper “snowstorm” and the icy diner windows establish the wintry setting. “Bus Stop’s” small-town theme and Midwestern setting will appeal to the Chadron community as well as to college students.
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Cherie played by Ashley Rushman, 19, sophomore of Gurley, looks off into the distance during a rehearsal of "Bus Stop" Monday night in Memorial Hall's auditorium.
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Willis Miller, 23, senior of Deer Trail, Colo., listens as a castmate talks to him during a rehearsal Monday night in Memorial Hall.
Kevin Oleksy Web Editor The CSC Theatre production of William Inge’s “Bus Stop” is a slow-but-sometimes-funny romp through the dated social mores of the 1950s. While many of CSC Theatre’s big spring productions feature intricate sets and larger-than-life characters, “Bus Stop” is more of a sedentary examination of the vicissitudes of human relationships. An early quip from Grace Hoylard, owner of the diner where the action occurs, sets the tone for the rest of the play. “Maybe you’d have more boyfriends if you didn’t get such good grades,” Grace tells her waitress Elma Duckworth. After all, a man don’t want a woman who’s smarter than he is! From here, the females play relationship poker with decreasing deftness until the males are left holding most of the cards. Overbearing improprieties are forgiven, handshakes are extended, and women’s wills are subjugated to the approval of men who behave like fools.
What bothers me about “Bus Stop” is its casual parade of misogyny and the enforcement of patriarchy over women who at first seemed to be in charge. This is unsurprising in a show that debuted in 1955. And by that rosy-lensed standard, “Bus Stop” plays as an over-the-top liberal production where sexual freedom runs rampant! One couple admits to being “familiar” out of wedlock, while another is chagrined when the man’s boots are found on the woman’s doorstep. Bravo for admitting that sex exists and that men and women tend to engage in it when the feelin’ strikes ‘em! All that aside, CSC Theatre puts on a great show—as they most-often do. Becci French and HeatherAnn Hicks make picture perfect 1950s diner gals, as Elma and Grace. Ryan Helton is fun as the lovable but stern Sheriff Will Masters. Josh Hoffman is polite and understated as the shyly smiling bus driver Carl. Evan Torkelsen’s portrayal of the dubious drunkard Dr. Gerald Lyman is abundantly likable yet creepy.
Despite several breathy quotes from Shakespeare’s sonnets and Sir Walter Scott’s “Young Lochinvar,” Lyman’s best line is, “I shall seek the icy comfort of the restroom!” Jacob Smiley’s wise and grizzled Virgil Blessing is the cast’s guide through the labyrinthine byways of courtin’, hatin’, and lovin’. I particularly enjoyed his singing during the impromptu variety show in Act II. The heart and soul of the show is the unrequited love Willis Miller’s rough and tumble cowboy Bo Decker has for Ashley Rushman’s Cherie. Miller captures the bewilderment and frustration of Bo’s first time off the ranch. He bursts on the scene, overflowing with love for Cherie, whom he calls “Cherry” in his twangy accent. Rushman's Cherie is a beautifully nuanced damsel in distress. Her portrayal evokes genuine worry for her well-being. Though I was disappointed with the play's resolution, I was delighted by the wonderful set and the cast's performance. "Bus Stop" is a top-notch CSC Theatre production well-worth seeing.
COSTUMES: With each different character came different costumes to match their personality. - Grace, the diner owner, and Elma, a waitress, had outfits based on 50s diner uniforms. - Bo and Virgil, cowboys, had the original coveralls, vests, cowboy hats, and boots. - Dr. Lyman, a professor, was dressed in what a male teacher would have worn in the 50s. Cherie, a chanteuse, was dressed up in a fancy, classy, outfit and as a show girl for parts of the show. PROPS: - Multiple props went in to the making of "Bus Stop." Approximately 40 pieces of dishware were used along with silverware, napkins, fruit cases, and food. - Ten magazines and about 30 books were used in the play. - Among the props, actors used an ace wrap, a gun, wallets, and money. SETTING: Scott Cavin, assistant professor of Visual and Performing Arts, designed the initial floor plan. The props were placed for the convenience of the actors because so many of them go on and off stage. For instance, the coat rack was originally going to be a regular, old coat rack, but with so many actors using it, it was decided to use coat and hat hooks to make it easier for the actors, according to Ashley Daniels who helped with the set and props.
THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2012 THE EAGLEâ€™S TOP ATHLETES
Eagles lose two of three Kevan Carr Reporter The Eagles womenâ€™s softball team keeps slid sliding out. The athletes played a triple header Saturday at home against CSU-Pueblo, pulling out only one victory. Losing two games with scores of 16-12 and 10-2 and, only one winning one game with a score of 15-7, the Eagles are third from last in the RMAC with a record of 12-21 and a 15-29 overall. A notable performance was given by Katie Londo, sophomore of Colorado Springs, Colo., going 4-for-8 at the plate during the three games, scoring six runs, and driving in four more. Londo hit her sixteenth triple of
the season, which is just three shy of the school record. Londo also produced an impressive 1.000 slugging percentage for the weekend. On a different note, several players were honored by academic awards. The standout name is Angela Jay, senior of Victoria, British Columbia, who was named First Team All-Academic for the RMAC. She maintains a GPA of 3.89, studying physical education and health and also starting every game in her CSC career. Other athletes awarded were Nikki Ritzen, junior of Chadron, and Stephanie Townsend, senior of Roosevelt, Utah. Amy Schartz, junior of Brady, and Katelyn McBeth, senior of Surrey, British Columbia achieved the Honor Roll. Since this is the last week of their season, the Eagles head on the road to play a double header at 3 p.m. today in Spearfish, S.D. against Black Hills State. The players return home this weekend to host a double header both Saturday April 21 and Sunday April 22 against Metro State starting at noon and 11 a.m., respectively.
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Stretching Out Chadron State’s Amy Schartz, junior of Brady, stretches to receive a throw at first base during Saturday’s game against Colorado State University, Pueblo.
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Golfers remain positive after tough season
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Vince Lombardi once said “Winning is everything.” The 2011-2012 Chadron State College golf team disagrees. The team competed against eight other squads in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championship Monday and Tuesday and returned yesterday with a last place finish. But with their season over, they’re taking the loss in stride. “I think that our team played better golf [at the championship] than we did all spring,” said sophomore Emilee Pilkington of Scottsbluff, who led the team at the tournament with a combined 178 strokes. “I think we played very well considering how things went this spring.” Pilkington led the team with an average of 88 strokes per round this season. She is transferring to the University of Wyoming next semester, where she said she plans to continue her golf career. “It’s exciting to move on to a bigger school,” Pilkington said, “but I really love all the girls on the team and it’s sad to leave friends.” The Eagles had a tough spring season, averaging last in scoring among the RMAC by nearly 20 strokes. Pilkington was the only golfer to finish in the top 20. Senior Ashley Kurtz of Valentine, who will graduate in May, will also be leaving the team. According to coach Terri Connealy, Kurtz tied her tournament record of 89 strokes at the RMAC Championship. “She was really excited,” Connealy said. “It was a high note to go out on.” Of the eight players currently on the roster, only junior Nicole Tlustos of Hay Springs and sophomore Kinlee Ginn, also of Hay Springs, will return next semester. Connealy has already signed six recruits to fill out Chadron’s roster next season. Emma Harris and Nicole Pearson of Wahoo, Karissa Moreland of North Platte; Darcy Vernon of Wray, Colo.; Kelsey Williams of Moorecroft, Wyo., and Schuyler Wetzel of Hot Springs, S.D., will join the ranks of the Eagles in the fall. Connealy predicted that Wetzel, who shoots “in the 70s”, would lead the team next season. “I’m really looking forward to [next season],” Connealy said, “but this year’s group of girls will be a tough act to follow because they’re so hardworking and such excellent students.”
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RLA encourages safe driving Rebecca French Contributor On average, 5,474 people are killed in U.S. roadways, and an estimated additional 488,000 are injured in motor vehicle crashes that were reported to have involved distracted driving. Despite the growing statistics and information availability, many people still choose to ignore the seriousness of distracted driving. The Residence Life Association hosted the Save A Life Tour’s Distracted Driving Program on Friday. With massive tour posters on display, high intensity videos rolling on huge monitors, and texting while driving simulators, the Distracted Driving Program was jaw-dropping and eye-opening, RLA members said. With all of today’s technology to assist in distracting drivers, the shortest trip around the block has turned into a risk for drivers, passengers and pedestrians, Cody Beethuis, Save A Life Tour speaker, said during an interview on Friday. “We’re really passionate about safety. It’s very important that drivers stay focused, and we want students to understand that.“ Shelby Huish, assistant director of High Rise said. Last year, RLA sponsored an event in which an estimated 300 Chadron State students took Oprah’s No Phone Zone Pledge which says, “I pledge to make my car a no phone zone. Beginning right, now I will do my part to help put an end to distracted driving by committing to drive as responsible as I can.” “We wanted to do an extension of last year’s distracted driving event in order to draw attention to the serious dangers distracted driving poses,” Tami
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Fosher, Manager of Housing and Residence Life Programs, said Save A Life Tour, based out of Grand Rapids, Mich., is a high-impact driving awareness program. The texting while driving simulator is available, so that students can experience what it is like to try and multitask while paying attention to the road. The simulator has a touch-screen cell phone attachment that receives a text message every few seconds. Students are required to respond to this text message while driving through extreme weather and traffic. Many students were surprised at how quickly they wrecked their vehicles. “I think the videos they were showing and the casket off to the side had a bigger impact than the simulators.” Darren Burrows, 21, junior of Columbus said. “In the past three years I’ve lost about twelve friends [to drinking and driving and distracted driving accidents]. If the videos weren’t graphic, it [the message] wouldn’t get through to the students.” Beethuis said. “I’d much rather them learn from my stories than go out there and learn from their own mistakes.” Texting while driving is not only dangerous, but also illegal in the state of Nebraska. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, anyone under the age of 18 or anyone with an intermediate learner’s permit is prohibited from using a cell phone while driving. Violators of these laws can face fines of $200 for a first offense, $300 for a second offense, and $500 for subsequent offenses plus 3 points against the driver’s license. For more information on distracted driving and the Safe A Life Tour, visit their website at www.safealifetour.net.
Spring sculptures take shape NaKaya Fester, 20, sophomore of Hemingford, creates a curved top to her pot during the Spring Scultpture event, hosted by RLA, in the Red Room, Thursday. Instructions were provided to make both pinch and coil pots.
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Asian Pacific culture comes to Chadron State Apalonia Calleja Contributor
Don’t croc it till you try it Ashley Swanson Reporter I have a long list of irrational fears, and deep water just happens to be one of them. It’s not because I can’t swim,;it’s the fact of not being able to see the bottom and what lurks in the murky water. The 1999 movie, “Lake Placid,” directed by Steve Miner, takes my fear to a whole new level every time I watch it. “Lake Placid” is a mix between old-school horror, comedy, and action, a movie which fills each quota. The movie begins with a break up between Kelly Scott, a smartmouthed paleontologist, and her boyfriend, who consequently is also her boss. It’s a bitter breakup because he’s leaving her for her best friend, so in order to let her cool off, Scott goes to Maine to look at a tooth. The tooth is, in fact, prehistoric and came from a crocodile. The characters find themselves swept up in a mysterious adventure. The main characters, are Scott, played by Bridget Fonda; Jack Wells, played by Bill Pullman; Hank Keough, played by Brendan Gleeson; Hector Cyr, played by Oliver Platt; and Delore Bickerman, played by the always witty Betty White. I’ve never witnessed Fonda and Gleeson on-screen, but they portrayed their characters well, especially since they are in almost every scene with each other. Although each character is different, they each have a smart-aleck
persona that is immensely enjoyable. Lines in this movie are often met with witty remarks, most of which left me rolling in my seat. The alwayshilarious White, though she is hardly in the movie, never ceases to make me laugh with every line that escapes her lips. For instance, there is one point in the movie where Scott, Wells, and Keough are questioning Bickerman because she lives on the lake. They are discussing how her husband died, when Keough says, “Ma’am, your husband Bernie, you didn’t by any chance lead him to the lake blindfolded?” and Bickerman replies, “If I had a dick, this is where I’d tell you to suck it!” It’s one of my favorite lines of the many witty lines she delivers. Almost every scene is filled with action, whether it is someone falling into a trap to a bear attack that soon turns into a crocodile eating the bear. Like a lot of other movies, there are times when I yelled at the movie, wondering why the actors would jump into the water when they obviously knew a giant crocodile was swimming around. Other times, I was rolling with laughter at their actions and relationships with each other. Minus a small twist, the ending is predictable but filled with non-stop action, which include people constantly falling into the water, a helicopter, a big gun, and a head getting blown to bits. This is a great movie for anyone who enjoys comedies full of adult humor, giant man-eating animals, and, of course, Betty White.
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Kishawn Tualaulelei, 19, freshman of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, dances during the Luau on Thursday in the Student Center Ballroom.
Chadron State College hosted “Asian Pacific Luau” 5 p.m., Thursday in the ballroom. Chadron State Diversity Committee and Pine Ridge Job Corps sponsored the event. Students from CSC and Pine Ridge Job Corps joined together to perform for the Luau. The event included a fashion show, dance performance and musical performance. The performers were Nang Tsen, Mung Nawk, Lee Reh, Taw Meh, Lum Ze, Tha Nay Htoo, Pet Pet, Hkun Naw, Ko Meh, and Khin So Htun, all from Pine Ridge Job Corps. Joining them were community members Siopea Ho Ching, Esmeralda Ho Ching, and Mifi Ho Ching, all from American Samoa, along with CSC students Aisea Tremaine, junior of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, Afa Tualaulelei, junior of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, and Kishawn Tualaulelei, freshman of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii,. Chadron community and CSC students were all welcomed to come enjoy the event. Jeremy Buck, the master of ceremonies for the night, announced, “the performers tonight represent a number of Asian and pacific island cultures including, Burma, Samoa and Tahiti.” All performers expressed their culture through a fashion show, modeling their cultures traditional formal and casual attire, and performed a song and dance routine. Nsang Tsen, Mung Nawk, Hkun Naw and Lum Ze started the evening at approximately 6 p.m., with a Kachin Dance then sang ‘A Glorious People’, while the audience clapped along with entertainers till the end of the song. Throughout the event, the audience appreciated a dinner of Authentic Hawaiian and Samoan Cuisine, which was served by CSC staff.
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Ray Hashman of Alliance R & J Industries, (left), Willie Fisk of Chadron Concrete, and Caleb Korth, 21, sophomore of Alliance, shovel more cement into the cylinder base, which will hold the 2011 time capsule.