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DEC. 1, 2016 ISSUE NO. 14

The Voice of Chadron State College since 1920



OmneTrium Perfectum

DINING SERVICES HOSTING TOY DRIVE The Chadron State College Dining Services invites CSC faculty and staff to participate in the Second Annual Food for Toys Toy Drive now through Friday, Dec. 9 in the Student Center Dining Room. Faculty and staff participants who bring at least one unwrapped children’s toy or an unwrapped item of children’s clothing that costs $10 or less will receive one free meal that day in the Dining Room. The donation also includes a chance to register to win a $50 Game Day gift card.

INDEX NEWS.........................2 OPINION....................4 TAKE TEN...................7 CENTERSPREAD......8 SPORTS...................10 LIFESTYLES............14

Photos by Justine Stone

The Omne Trium Perfectum senior art show is on display in Memorial Hall’s Main Gallery until Friday, Dec. 9. The show exhibits the work of three seniors: Mackenzie Swanson, of Hill City, South Dakota; Jordan Koch, of Lyman, Wyoming; and Christina Morris, of Great Falls, Montana. Techniques include glass work, painting, digital artwork, childhood artwork, and more. A reception will be from 4-6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9.

CSC SOFTBALL TEAM SELLING FRESH ENCHILADAS UNTIL TUESDAY The Chadron State College softball team is taking orders for cheese and ground beef enchiladas until Tuesday. The enchiladas will be made fresh and delivered to campus Monday, Dec. 12. Orders will be available by the dozen. The cost for a single order of en-

chiladas is $20 for cheese, $22 for a mixture of six cheese and six ground beef, and $24 for ground beef. To order, please contact Head Softball Coach Robert Stack at or contact any of the players on the CSC softball team. Payment will be expected when the enchiladas are delivered.


NEWS | The Eagle | DEC. 1, 2016

Music department receives national accreditation Melanie Nelson News Editor

The National Association of Schools of Music granted the CSC Music Department accreditation Nov. 20, at a meeting in Dallas. Una Taylor, professor of music and department chair, has been working toward the accreditation since 2011. She studied a book of NASM standards and went to sever-

al conferences across the country to prepare the self study, a requirement to receive accreditation. She submitted the self study in the beginning of 2014 and a team of NASM representatives visited CSC that spring. They sat in on classes, talked with professors and administrators, and checked out the facilities. “They look at everything, to make sure we can offer these degrees with appropriate curriculum and faculty,” Taylor said. “It’s very detailed.” NASM deferred CSC twice, re-

sponding with a report of things that still needed improvement. Facility issues such as the library and practice rooms were one of the most difficult standards to meet, according to Taylor. James Margetts, dean of the school of liberal arts and former music professor, worked with other deans and administrators to find funding to fix these issues. “Just making sure we could offer the absolute best quality for our potential students was the driving force,” Margetts said.

Taylor submitted a third response to NASM on Oct. 1, after the issues were resolved. Taylor and Margetts attended the meeting in Dallas from Nov. 20-22. At the Nov. 20 session NASM announced that CSC and four other schools had been approved for accreditation. This makes a total of 650 member schools from across the nation in the program. “I wasn’t really expecting it, so I was surprised,” Taylor said. She said the accreditation tells

people that our school has met high standards and music directors may be more apt to recommend CSC to their students. “This just verifies what we’ve always felt about our program,” Margetts said. “And it feels good to receive gratification for our efforts.” Taylor said NASM will review CSC in five years to ensure the standards have been withheld. After that, the music department will have to reapply for accreditation every 10 years.

Senate amends bylaws, to continue next meeting Jordyn Hulinsky Managing Editor Senate Vice President of Finance Curtis Stevens, as chair of the bylaw revision committee, brought proposed changes to the Senate bylaws at Monday’s meeting. Senators passed all the amendments that they did not have issues with and decided to focus on the other amendments at the next meeting Monday. Senate approved 21 of the 30 amendments. Most of the changes dealt with wordiness and editing words to correspond with the wording in the Student Senate Constitution. A bigger change in the Finance section of the bylaws will move the whole section to under the Executive Officers section because the Finance section outlines the duties of the vice president of finance and it fits better with the Executive Officers section.

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Another amendment will change the power from senators to the vice president to file a motion when senators miss more than the allotted amount of absences. To see the total proposed changes to the CSC Student Senate bylaws, please see the related article at Bylaws that will be discussed and changed at next week’s meeting include the following: bylaw change #1, bylaw change #2, bylaw change #14, bylaw change #19, bylaw change #22, bylaw change #23, bylaw change #24, and bylaw change #27. Senate President Katrina Hurley asked for an allocation of $425 to reimburse Susan Schaeffer’s mileage for the Peru State College Senate Conference Oct. 2629. The reimbursement for mileage is 42 cents per mile. Stevens reported $59,126.33 in unallocated projected funds.

Sen. Ashley Goad moved an issue of the desk chairs at the computers by The Pit to the Campus Improvement Committee. There have been complaints about the chairs that “fall to the ground” when someone sits in them, Goad said. Vice President Karson Langley said that the advertisements for the Holiday Giving event will be up this week and the clubs will return their trees by 7 p.m. Friday for the silent auction Monday-Dec. 12. Clubs will be decorating trees to be on display in the Student Center for the Chadron community. The money donated for the trees will be given to the local Care and Share Drive to buy Christmas presents for children who are less fortune. Pat Beu, senior director of student affairs, introduced Cassie Mitchell as the new student activities and recreations director. Chief Justice Sam Merrill reported that

Sen. Anas Haddadi has missed more than his allowed absences and because that happened before the bylaws were adjusted it falls to the senators to file for impeachment. Hurley asked senators how they would like to receive updates from the Senate Open Forum so senators can be updates on issues and concerns discussed at the forum. Senators agreed to receiving bullet-point notes emailed after the forum. There have only been 75 signatures turned in for the library petition. The petition is to have the library open for a few hours on Saturdays. Senate will not move forward with the petition until they have at least 10 percent of the student body’s signatures. CAB Chair Molly O’Connell reminded senators that the Casino Night event will be hosted from 9 p.m.-midnight Friday in the Student Center. O’Connell said that she is still looking for help with dealing for the event.

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-Wind Symphony and Community Band, 7 p.m., Memorial Hall -Not Your Grandma’s Gingerbread House, 7:30 p.m., The Hub -Casino Night, 9 p.m., Student Center Lobby



-Keyboard Ensemble and Guitar Ensemble, 7 p.m., Memorial Hall -Zeta Alpha Kappa’s Self Defense Class, 7 p.m., Lakota Room -Saturday Morning Cartoons, 9 p.m., The Hub



Mon. -Student Senate, 5 p.m., Scottsbluff Room -Diversity Puzzle, 7 p.m., High Rise




-Diversity Puzzle, all day, High Rise -CAB Meeting, 6 p.m., Scottsbluff Room -Jazz Band and Vocal Jazz Ensemble, 7 p.m., Memorial Hall



-Diversity Puzzle, all day, High Rise | The Eagle | DEC. 1, 2016

CAB reminds students of year-end events


Judge rules Burke case ongoing Janelle Kesterson

Melanie Nelson

Opinion Editor

News Editor Clubs announced the final events of the semester at the CAB meeting Tuesday night. Vice Chair of Programming Morgan Carrico lead the meeting, as CAB Chair Molly O’Connell was absent. A RLA representative encouraged club members to come to the Self Defense Class sponsored by Zeta Alpha Kappa from 7-9 p.m. Saturday in the Student Center. An instructor will be there to give hands-on lessons. Band announced they will have a concert at 7 p.m. Friday and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8. Jazz Band has a performance at 7 p.m. Tuesday. All three will be in the Memorial Hall Auditorium. Carrico said the last Free Movie Night of the semester will be Dec. 11. The Free Movie Night dates for next semester are Jan. 29, Feb. 12, March 19, and April 23. She reminded clubs that Casino Night is from 9 p.m. to midnight Friday in the Student Center, and they are still looking for dealers. Vice Chair of Finance Gavan Archibald added that this is one of CAB’s biggest events and there will be prizes such as Smart TVs, Smart watches, and laptops. For rest of story see

Melissa Burke, CSC’s former associate athletic director, succeeded for now, in acquiring the court’s permission to allow her lawsuit against the Nebraska State College System to continue. The court overruled the Board of Trustee’s motion to dismiss on the grounds that the courts lack jurisdiction. Both sides have been given time to file additional briefs. Burke is suing NSCS for failing to provide her with adequate notice and procedural rights outlined in her negotiated agreement prior to her termination According to court documents, Burke states that she is entitled to a written notice of intent not to renew her contract 180 days in advance and

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adequate cause procedures before termination. Burke argues that she did not receive written notice until April 8 in a letter from CSC President Randy Rhine and again from legal counsel on May 23 for her contract period ending June 30. She also states that there were no adequate cause procedures included in her termination process. Burke is requesting that the court find that she is entitled to a contract for the 2016-17 academic year, employee rights, privileges, salary and benefits, along with back pay and damages. Judge Derek Weimer, from Cheyenne County, is hearing the case because Dawes County District Judge Travis O’Gorman has recused himself, as he is a CSC graduate. According to documents filed with the court Nov. 16, the Board of Trustees is using an affirmative defense in the case, writing that employees who

transfer to a new unit position are treated as new staff for the purpose of termination unless there is a written agreement that states otherwise at the time of the transfer. Burke was the compliance coordinator until March 17, 2015, when she was transferred to the position of associate athletic director, and no agreement for employment credit was written, meaning she had not reached her first full year of employment when she was terminated. Therefore, the NSCS claims that only 30 days of notice was required. The Board of Trustees also alleges that Burke failed to follow the formal grievance process spelled out in her employment contract before resorting to litigation. The Board renewed its call to dismiss the action and have the costs and reasonable attorneys’ fee awarded for having to defend themselves.


OPINION | The Eagle | DEC. 1, 2016

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Castro dead at 90, Cuba still uncertain Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz is dead at 90 years of age. He was born on Aug. 13, 1926, in what used to be the eastern Cuban province of Oriente. While in school, Castro became familiar with communist literature, and began to base the beginning of an era on those principles. However, he claimed from the beginning that his intentions were to restore democracy and freedom. In 1959, Castro and his band of revolutionaries ousted Gen. Fulgencio Batista who had seized control of the island in a 1952 coup. Castro was an easy man to follow, with convincing oratories and the stature of a man with inherent power. The people of Cuba revered Castro as he and his revolutionaries fought to gain control of Cuba, and when Batista finally fled a darkened Havana airport shortly after midnight on New Year’s Day in 1959, Castro had already gained the trust of the Cuban people. Huber Matos was a faithful supporter of Castro when they were fighting for control of Cuba. When Matos began to oppose Castro, he was thrown in prison and charged


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with treason. When he was released 20 years later, he went into exile in the United States and told Worldview Magazine that he and Castro differed because the original objective of the revolution was ‘Freedom or Death,’ but once Castro had power, he began to kill freedom. That was the truth too. As soon as Castro was in power, he brought more than 500 Batista-era officials before courts-martial and special tribunals, summarily convicted them and had them shot to death. The grainy black-and-white images of these executions were broadcast on American television, and the horror of Castro’s reign began to sink in. Castro became close allies with the Soviet Union, which prompted President Dwight D. Eisenhower to cut the American sugar quota from Cuba. This was the beginning of the animosity between Cuba and the United States. In 1961, Castro gave the United States 48 hours to reduce the staff of the embassy in Havana from 60 to 18. Eisenhower instead decided to break off diplomatic relations with Cuba and the embassies in Havana and Washington D.C. were both closed.

Although Castro had almost completely eliminated the freedoms that the Cuban people had, Castro still had supporters that referred to themselves as Fidelistas, and he remained popular among segments of Cuban society despite the fact that his economic policies had created severe hardships. Even though he was an unforgiving dictator and a ruthless ruler, he was still largely revered and respected by people in Cuba. There were exceptions including the refugees that tried with all their might to float to Florida, and even Castro’s own daughter became a radio announcer and spoke out against him for years. Fidel’s brother, Rául, has ruled Cuba since 2006 when Fidel fell ill, and Cuba has since seen a turnaround in both economic and personal freedoms. The relations between the United States and Cuba are on the mend with a prisoner exchange orchestrated by President Barack Obama with the help of Pope Francis. While relations with Cuba are improving, it may be many years before the lasting wounds left by Fidel Castro’s reign heal.


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“Since Georgia isn’t in the playoffs, there shouldn’t even be one.”

“Roll Damn Tide.”

“It’s going to be tough to beat Alabama.”

“I will always love football and the Huskers! Go Big Red!”

“Ohio State is going to be hard to beat, even though I don’t like them.”

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The Grinch didn’t steal Christmas, capitalism did Janelle Kesterson Opinion Editor Deck the halls with boughs of holly…fa la la la la, la la la BLAAA. It’s that time of year again. Wal-Mart is already full swing in the Christmas cheer with cardboard elves when you walk in the door, Christmas cookies in the first aisle, Christmas sweaters and leggings and Tshirts overcoming the clothing section, and aisles upon aisles of pre-packaged Christmas gifts and decorations. Not only that, but I was driving back to town on Thanksgiving night and I had to turn my radio off because every radio station on the face of the planet was playing Christmas music. Don’t get me wrong; I love Christmas. Christmas Eve candlelight service is one of the most beautiful things. I love watching youngsters put on their Christmas skits, and Christmas is usually the only time of year that my whole family gets together. However, Christmas has warped into a disgusting material-driven ritual. People are so obsessed with buying gifts and decorations that the meaning of Christmas has been completely lost. This didn’t happen overnight

though. This has been a brewing problem for years now. When I was growing up I remember rushing to the grocery store the night before Christmas Eve because back then the stores in my hometown weren’t open on Christmas OR Christmas Eve. But retailers realized that they may be losing money by not being open on those days, and now every store is open on Christmas Eve and most are open at some point on Christmas. While it may be beneficial for the retailers, there is no sympathy for the people that have to work the holidays. Instead of having a day to spend with their family and relax, they have to work like any other day. There are also ads on the radio from the banks in Chadron that people can either put off a payment on their debt or borrow up to

$1,000 so that they can afford to Christmas comes to shove, it doesn’t matter what presshop. It is absurd that people are more con- ents I got them, because they will still be my cerned with buying presents then they are family when Christmas is over, and just like with their financial stability. it is when you buy a kid a new toy and they Americans have even created two new hol- get tired of it in a couple hours, people forget idays to celebrate buying stuff for Christmas. what they got for gifts and many of them sit in Black Friday and Cyber Monday are elaborate closets or on shelves and never get used. plots by corporate giants to get people that I will leave you with some food for think they are celebratthought. This ing Christmas with the Christmas season, most cheer into their try to see through stores to spend money all the bullshit Try to remember that they don’t have. that is thrown at Christmas day is about This stems from the us every day from the birth of Christ and way that people today Thanksgiving to the time that Mary, Joview the importance Christmas day. Try seph and Jesus spent toof stuff. Everything is to remember that gether in the stable. about who has the nicest Christmas day is car, or the nicest clothes, about the birth of and this toxic mentality Christ and the time has poisoned Christmas. that Mary, Joseph, Now Christmas is about and Jesus spent towho gets the nicest or the most presents or gether in the stable. Bringing gifts for a perwho has the most elaborate Christmas deco- son comes from a sacred place with the three rations put up. wisemen bringing laud for the baby. I am not saying that I am above the new Christmas was never meant to be about materialized Christmas, because I spent hun- the stuff that can be bought at the store. dreds of dollars last year trying to buy my “God rest ye merry, gentlemen let nothing siblings and my parents Christmas gifts that you dismay. Remember, Christ, our Saviour I thought they would love. But when push was born on Christmas day.”

Syerra’s Whether we agree or not, we have rights Square Syerra Wycoff Bagshaw Columnist The American flag. To some, it’s nothing more than a scrap of cloth dyed in a particular fashion; to others, a representation of our country and its great accomplishments, struggles, and ability to overcome. In recent years, people have burned flags as a method of protest; it has leaped back into headlines due to President-elect Donald Trump’s tweet divulging his personal stance against flag burning. It reads, “Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag - if they do, there must be consequences - perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!” Personally speaking, my knee-jerk reaction when I see protestors burning the flag is resentment. I have numerous close friends and family who have fought, and died, for this country. I have been raised to respect the flag and what it stands for; however, it is during times

such as these that I have to remind myself to take a step back and recognize that the protestors in question are practicing their rights granted to them by the Constitution. Flag burning has been recognized to be a perfectly legal form of protest by the Supreme Court, and while I personally may not agree with their methods, it’s another demonstration of the freedom we are given to exercise. In other countries, such displays would result in immediate execution, torture, or arrest; we live in a country where we have the opportunity to express ourselves

and our personal perspectives through most any medium. And while I may be momentarily scorned by the idea of someone burning a flag, I also recognize that the soldiers I aforementioned fought for this fundamental right. It is due to their sacrifice and duty that we can engage in these sorts of gatherings and discussions. Regarding President-elect Trump’s tweet… I obviously disagree with his sentiments. I understand where they are rooted from, but everyone has the right to exercise his or her voice. However, operating in that same line of thinking, he has that same right of expression. He may express his voice just as much as any other American… and therein lies the beautiful double-edged sword that is our Constitutional system. The freedom of speech, press, assembly, religion, and so on does not only allow for one paradigm, it encourages any and all perspectives. So before we all take to the streets burning flags or condemning flag burners, let’s take a moment to appreciate the all-encompassing freedom that we truly enjoy.


OPINION | The Eagle | DEC. 1, 2016

Don’t be afraid to stand out in the sea of red Jordyn Hulinsky Managing Editor In 1991, my parents moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, for my mom’s job. They were both born and raised in Nebraska but made the move anyway. In January 1995, I was born in Colorado Springs. In March 1997, my parents and I moved to Nebraska and ended up in St. Paul, a small town of about 2,000. That’s where I grew up, what I consider my hometown, and where my parents still live. It’s where my only brother was born, where I went to school, and where most of my friends are from. Most of my family lives in Nebraska, I go to school in Nebraska, and I could easily be considered a Nebraska-native who loves most of the same things as other Nebraskans. But there is one huge difference between most Nebraskans and me. I am a Colorado Buffaloes fan. My dad is a Colorado Buffaloes fan. My brother is a Colorado Buffaloes fan. And my mom, well, she is a fan of whatever the rest of us are fans of; therefore, my mom is a Colorado Buffaloes fan. The rest of my mom’s family and my dad’s family are Husker fans and it makes them angry that we aren’t. In elementary school, I was teased about the Buffaloes and how awful they were (I can admit it, they went through

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a rough patch…for quite a few years). And it was always the worst around Thanksgiving when Nebraska and Colorado played on Black Friday. In junior high, my best friend and her family forked my family’s yard, hung up Nebraska posters, and tied red balloons all over our deck. That was the same year I made a bet with my history teacher about the Black Friday game, when I lost and had to wear a Husker sweatshirt all day, which was humiliating. My cousins, aunts, and uncles constantly joked about how awful the Buffs were and how we were “on the dark side.” One year, my parents took my brother and I to the Colorado-Nebraska game at Nebraska, and it was fun and exciting to be able to watch my team play, but the people sitting around us would mock us and make fun of my brother and I when we cheered for our team.

For 21 years of my life, people around me have been trying to convince me to be a Husker fan. “Huskers are better,” “Huskers actually win games,” “Husker fans are actually the nicest fans in the world,” “Huskers sell out more games than most teams,” on and on and on, for 21 years. But, even now, I can proudly say, I am not a Husker fan. Sure, it would be easier to be a Husker fan because everyone I’m surrounded by, is. It would be easier because the Huskers do typically have a more successful team than the Buffaloes. But, being a Colorado Buffaloes fan in the sea of red has taught me some valuable lessons I wouldn’t ever want to give up. 1.) Football actually is just a game. No matter who your team is, no matter who you cheer for, no matter what kind of bet you have on a game, football will always be just a game. In Nebraska, football seems to make the world go round, but in all actuality, it’s just 22 guys out on the field tossing a ball around while hitting each other. 2.) You can defeat peer pressure. Friends, family members, enemies, people who don’t even know me, even my boyfriend, have all tried to convince me to be a Husker fan at some point in my life, but here I am, still not one. They have tried everything from buying me Husker things, using fear tactics, teasing, ignoring, and trickery to get me to switch to the red team, but it hasn’t happened. If

I can withstand all that, I will be able to withstand any kind of peer pressure. 3.) Being a fan during the rough times, make the good times even better. It has been years since Colorado has had a decent football team. The last time Colorado made it to a bowl game was in 2007 where they lost the Independence Bowl. The last time they won a bowl game was in 2004. The last time Colorado had a winning record was in 2005, 7-6, which was also the last time the team was ranked. The last time they won at least 10 games was in 2001. Now, this year the Buffs are 10-2, are currently ranked No. 8 and they have won the South Division of the Pac-12. The team literally went from last place to first place in a year. This year is a little more special to be a Colorado Buffaloes fan because I stuck through the tough years, and now we finally get rewarded. Being a Colorado Buffaloes fan in Nebraska is not common; you get dirty looks while wearing your CU shirts, you get made fun of, and you rarely have anyone to turn to for support. But growing up a Colorado fan in the middle of the sea of red has resulted in my tough, I-don’t-care-what-others-think attitude; and it has shaped me into a person who truly bleeds black and gold. Colorado plays Washington at 7 p.m. Friday for the Pac-12 Championships. To that I say, “Run, Ralphie, run.”

Cheers to the Chadron State music department for becoming accredited on Nov. 20.

Jeers to the arsonists that were arrested in connection with the fires that are raging through Tennessee.

Cheers to Netflix for making it possible for us to binge-watch our favorite shows, even when we don’t have Wi-Fi, by allowing shows to be downloaded onto devices.

Jeers to ISIS for claiming responsibility for the stabbing at Ohio State University.

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DEC. 1, 2016 | The Eagle |


GARCIA CSC runner excels with each step, mile, and season

Alejandro Garcia, senior of Pine Bluffs, Wyoming, concluded an impressive final cross country season as CSC’s first to compete at the NCAA D-II Men’s Cross Country Championships Nov. 19 in St. Leo, Florida. Garcia said he was happy with his results especially with the tough competition and race course, finishing 65th of 242 competitors with a 10k PR of 31 minutes, 44 seconds. “Nationals is very unique in the fact that everyone starts out sprinting and tries to hold on to that pace rather than trying to run a more strategic race,” Garcia said. “But nonetheless, I still enjoyed every minute of it. The atmosphere was amazing because there were so many spectators cheering people on.” In addition to his nationals race and several other accomplishments throughout his career, Garcia was awarded the NCAA Elite 90 Award during his trip to nationals. The Elite 90 Award is presented to one student athlete competing at each of the NCAA championships with the highest cumulative grade point average. Garcia is a physical education major with a 4.0 GPA. “I still can’t believe that I got such a prestigious award at the national level,” Garcia said. “I’m extremely happy to have been able to represent Chadron State College and my team in this manner. And a special thanks to my parents and all my teachers for pushing me to be the best educator I can possibly be.” Garcia said the Elite 90 Award along with qualifying for nationals “tops the charts” of his biggest accomplishments throughout his running career. He said he feels fortunate that all of his hard work, academically and athletically, is paying off. With each success that Garcia and the team earned this season, it is easy to overlook the difficulties they may encounter. “The most challenging thing about running is accepting the fact that you are going to have bad days every now and then,” Garcia said. “It is difficult to bounce back after a bad meet especially due to the fact that you have to wait a long time to race again for redemption.” This year the cross country team’s schedule included races typically every other week, giving the athletes time to recover, train, and gear up to race again. Garcia said he consistently reminds himself of the

importance of the tough races and practices, and he works to stay positive and move forward with his journey. His inspiration and drive to succeed comes from all the support he has received throughout his career. He strives to represent his family, team, and everyone who has impacted his life through being the best he can be and setting goals that he works toward each day. “Probably the most important thing I can say is that running requires your upmost dedication,” Garcia said. “To be at your best, an athlete must run every day from start to finish. Running is unique in the manner that you get out of it exactly what you put into it. A person can be only as good as they allow themselves to be. I am a firm believer that anyone can achieve anything they set their mind to. They just have to work hard every day and have passion for what they do. Ultimately, they have to wholeheartedly believe in themselves and the rest will follow.” Garcia does not have athletic eligibility for the indoor track season but will train for the 1500m and 5k races for the ou door season and he plans to ru unattached at some indoor meet of Pine Bluffs, Wyoming use them for workouts and to ch his progress. CSC’s men’s cross country tea celled this season alongside Garcia. Garcia said the team had its ups and dow every team, but made remarkable improvements including placing fifth plac RMAC Championships. “Never before had we beat a nationally ranked team such as Black Hills. definitely a moment to cherish,” Garcia said. “We have a group of great athlet continue to accomplish great feats and I can’t wait to watch them do it.” Garcia said the team is a unique group who have taught him a lot of things but have also made his journey at CSC the best it could possibly be teammates have pushed him to be a better athlete and individual. “I am extremely proud of them and wish them the best.”

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Following is a list of several of Garcia’s accomplishments during his time with the CSC cross country and track & field teams.

RMAC Athlete of the Week Scholar Athlete of the Year NCAA Elite 90 Award Winner RMAC 1st-Team All-Academic 1st CSC XC National Qualifier All-Region 1st-Team Honors 3X RMAC Summit Award Winner USTFCCCA All-Academic Honors RMAC Academic Athlete of the Year CoSIDA Academic All-American Honors Alejandro Garcia, senior of Pine Bluffs, Wyoming, leads the pack Saturday, Sept. 10, at CSC’s home cross country meet. File photo by Melanie Nelson


Congrats to Coach Med and the @CSCEaglesXC! #EaglesInFlight!



Alejandro came in 65th to become CSC cross country’s first national finisher!

Congratulations to #NCAAD2’s Elite 90 Award recipient for men’s cross country, @csceagles’ Alejandro Garcia! #MakeItYours


Congratulations to Coach Medigovich and the @CSCEaglesXC on a great season! Safe travels home. #MedHasSomethingCook’n

10 SPORTS | The Eagle | DEC. 1, 2016

Eagles force overtime against UNK, fall 75-65 Preston Goehring Sports Editor


Regional Standings As of Nov. 30

Men's Basketball TEAM:

1. Western State 2. Regis 3. Colorado Mines 4. Fort Lewis 5. MSU Denver 6. South Dakota Mines 7. Adams State 8. Black Hills State 9. Colorado Christian 10. New Mexico Highlands 11. CSU-Pueblo 12. UCCS 13. Chadron State 14. Westminster 15. Colorado Mesa


RMAC 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1


1. Chadron State 2. Cal Baptist 3. Adams State 4. Colorado Mesa 5. CSU-Pueblo 6. New Mexico Highlands 7. San Francisco State 8. Western State 9. Colorado Mines

RMAC 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1

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1. Colorado Mesa 2. CSU-Pueblo 3. Fort Lewis 4. Regis 5. MSU Denver 6. UCCS 7. Westminster 8. Colorado Mines 9. South Dakota Mines 10. Adams State 11. New Mexico Highlands 12. Colorado Christian 13. Black Hills State 14. Chadron State 15. Western State

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CSC and the University of Nebraska at Kearney, battled back and forth the entire game, but the Lopers were able to score in overtime, winning 75-65. The Eagles, still searching for the season’s first win, fell to an 0-4 record, while the Lopers improved to 4-2. The Eagles went into halftime with a one-point advantage, thanks to two consecutive 3-pointers from Leigh Saffin, redshirt sophomore of Warrnambool, Australia, in the final moments of the opening period. The Eagles surged ahead to a seven-point lead, but UNK bounced back to force extra time. The Lopers scored seven points in a row in overtime before the Eagles scored, propelling them to a 10-point victory. UNK’s Isaiah McKay, sophomore of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, led the all players with 21 points. Trey Lansman, junior of Harlan, Iowa, recorded a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Lansman entered the game averaging more than 20 points per game. Neither team shot the ball exceptionally well from the field, the Lopers shooting 35.4 percent and CSC shooting 39.3 percent. UNK edged CSC from long range, shooting 28.1 percent compared to 21.1 percent from the Eagles. However, the Eagles managed to outrebound UNK 43-41. CSC freshman Michael Johnson, of Nassau, Bahamas, led the team with 14 points and six rebounds. Darius Polley, junior of Amarillo, Texas, also scored 14, shooting 50 percent. The Eagles will open RMAC play this weekend, traveling to Golden, Colorado, Friday, to play the Colorado School of Mines, and Lakewood, Colorado, Saturday, to face Colorado Christian University. Mines is 5-1 on the season and the Cougars are .500 with three wins and three losses. Tipoff against CSM is scheduled for 8 p.m., while the CCU game will start at 7 p.m.

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Warren Gordon (2), senior of Indianapolis, drives the ball Saturday against Sven Jeushcede (32), sophomore of Roesrath, Germany, of Montana State University Billings, Nov. 22, in the Chicoine Center. The Eagles lost 89-69.



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Sport: Basketball Class rank: Freshman Hometown: Nassau, Bahamas

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Johnson recorded 14 points against the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and grabbed six rebounds. He only missed one shot against the Lopers and has only missed three in the last two games.

Collins scored 16 points against Montana State University Billings, and grabbed 10 rebounds. She is averaging 10.3 points per game and more than seven rebounds.

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Women’s basketball team falls to MSU Billings, UNK Preston Goehring Sports Editor The CSC women’s basketball team lost to Montana State University Billings, Friday, 66-60, then traveled to Kearney to play rival UNK, losing 72-52. The Eagles defended the Yellow Jackets well, holding them to 36.8 percent shooting and 28.6 from long range. However, Billings shot 28 3-pointers, making eight, giving them the advantage. CSC struggled in the second quarter, only hitting three of 16 shots, going into halftime down by six points. The Yellow Jackets scored 22 points in the third, giving them enough boost until the end. CSC outscored MSU-B 17-13. Four Yellow Jackets scored in double-digits, led by Taylor Edwards, sophomore of Great Falls, Montana, and Tiana Hanson, senior of Shepherd, Montana, with 16 each. Rylee Kane, junior of Red Lodge, Montana, and Marissa Van Atta, junior of Billings, added 13 and 10, respectively. Kylah Collins, redshirt freshman of Waukegan, Illinois, led the Eagle attack with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Kendra Baucom, junior of Colorado Springs, Colorado, chipped

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in 13 points. Kalli Fedis a game of possessions dersen, junior of Rawlins, and we just should have Wyoming, added nine owned more of them and points and pulled down executed. Even if we didn’t 13 boards. score, to control some of The Eagles competed the clock and take away well against the Lopers their chances.” in the first half, leading Feddersen led the way 29-26 at the break, courwith 14 points, the only Eagle tesy of a 20-point second to break double-digits. She quarter. However, UNK also grabbed seven boards. bounced back in the secsenior of DeLand, Florida Collins hauled in seven reond half, outscoring CSC bounds as well. Graham 46-23, leading the Lopers added nine points for CSC. to their second win 72-52. The women are traveling Two Lopers lit up the score board. to Colorado this weekend, playing Colorado School of Mines, Michaela Barry, junior of Battle Creek, scored 19 points Golden, at 6 p.m. Friday, and Colorado Christian University, at and McKenzie Brown, junior of Grand Island, added 18. Barry 5 p.m. Saturday. hit 5 of 11 from long-range, while Brown hit 4 threes. Graham said that against Mines, CSC needs to get the CSC shot well, particularly from behind the 3-point line, ball inside. sinking 6 of 14, good for 42.9 percent. “Once se do that, we have the power to score inside and “I just think we need to strive to play as one big unit,” beyond the arc,” she said. “We also need to control the tempo. Erin Graham, senior of DeLand, Florida, said. “Basketball Make them stay on defense longer.”

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Dixie State University’s Jaylen Moore (19), freshman of Murrieta, California, hits Marcus Brown, (85), senior of Colorado Springs, Colorado, after Brown caught a pass Saturday, Oct. 8, during the Homecoming game.

6 seniors to play in bowl games Jordyn Hulinsky Managing Editor Six seniors will compete at three post-season bowl games in the coming months. Marcus Brown, wide receiver of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Joey Hopkins, safety of Burien, Washington, will compete at the National Bowl at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time (7:30 a.m. MT) Sunday in Daytona Beach, Florida. Devante Thomas, cornerback of Baltimore; Darrien Oliver, offensive lineman of San Diego; and Palmer White, offensive lineman of Denver, will take the field at the Dream Bowl during the weekend of Jan. 12-16, 2017, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. And Zach Smith, punter of Gering, will compete at the D2 Versus NAIA Challenge at 4 p.m. Dec. 17 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The National Bowl will feature FCS, D-II, and D-III players who will be seen by NFL and CFL (Canadian Football League) scouts, and will be

coached by professional coaches. “They requested my highlights,” Hopkins said. “After watching they invited me to play in the game.” Hopkins will cover his expenses for the game but he says it’s an investment, and he said his goal for the game is to earn a roster spot for an NFL team. The Dream Bowl weekend will kick off with the CFL combine. “The game and the series of events held over Martin Luther King Weekend are a celebration of the excellence, commitment, and sacrifice made by the players and their families,” the Dream Bowl’s website states. White said he plans to just enjoy the experience. Smith, at the D2 Versus NAIA Challenge, said he hopes to meet some new people and possibly get a chance to play at the next level. He said coaches’ and regional scouts’ recommendations allowed him the chance to play at the game.

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The CSC football team runs onto the field before the last 2016 home game Saturday, Nov. 5, against Black Hills State University, Spearfish, South Dakota, at Elliott Field. | The Eagle | DEC. 1, 2016



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Reed Burgener, senior of Douglas, Wyoming, takes down Johnny Porter, redshirt sophomore of Bellevue, Thursday, Nov. 10 during the Black and Cardinal Classic in the NPAC. Burgener earned the decision, 8-5.

Eags top Mines in 1st conference dual Jordyn Hulinsky Managing Editor The CSC Eagle wrestling team defeated Colorado School of Mines 25-15 Sunday. The first three matches—Sean Glasgow, redshirt freshman of Newark, New Jersey, 149-pounds; Jacob Anderson, redshirt junior of Central City, 157-pounds; and Shaq Bell, senior of South Haven, Michigan, 165-pounds—were marked as losses to put CSM up 11-0. Chance Helmick, junior of Beatrice, 174-pounds, pinned Robert Gambrell, sophomore of Castle Rock, Colorado, in the second period. With the pin, the score was updated to 11-6. “I knew the team needed a spark so I went out with a little extra fire trying to get some momentum for the team,” Helmick said. “It was important for the team to win the dual. That’s why when we went down 11-0, my match became that much more important.” Helmick was ranked No. 5 in the Super Region 4 preseason poll and Gambrell was ranked No. 8 in the same poll. Willy Cogdill, redshirt freshman of Chadron, 184-pounds, lost the next match before the Eagles went on a five-match streak to earn the win.

Matthew Kindler, freshman of David City, 197-pounds; Brandon Kile, sophomore of Hastings, 125-pounds; and Brock Thumm, redshirt sophomore of Watervliet, Michigan, 141-pounds, marked decisions for the team, earning three points each. Cooper Cogdill, redshirt sophomore of Chadron, 285-pounds, defeated Ian Cheatum, junior of Golden, Colorado, in the second period. Cogdill was up 4-1 with 19 seconds left in the second when the match was stopped due Cheatum suffering an injury. Cogdill added six points to the board for the Eagles. “I was definitely looking for bonus points for our team,” Cogdill said. “I didn’t think it would come in the form of an injury default but it worked out the same.” Taylor Summers, senior of Plymouth, 133-pounds, earned the only major decision for CSC in defeating Noah Au-Yeung, sophomore of Windsor, California, 13-3. Summers was ranked No. 2 in the Super Region 4 preseason poll and AuYeung was No. 5. The Eagles will travel to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, at 8 a.m. Saturday. “I have some nationally ranked wrestlers in my bracket,” Helmick said. “With that being said the goal never changes. I train to win; nothing else. So the plan is to win the open, and put my name on the map.”

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Jake Anderson, redshirt junior of Central City, 157-pounds, takes a shot against Jacob DeSersa, freshman of Hot Springs, South Dakota, 149-pounds, Thursday, Nov. 10 at the Black and Cardinal Classic in the NPAC. Anderson defeated DeSersa 9-7. No need to take a break from studying because we deliver right to campus!

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There are various options for transportation in cities when you are traveling but every option has advantages and disadvantages.


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It seems that in less populated areas you have four options: walk, bike, drive yourself, or befriend someone with a car. Transportation options easily double in larger populations especially thanks to the smart phone era.

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Thinking about how to get around your destination might not have been on the adventure planning list, but it should be. Planning alternative modes of transportation rakes in the savings on any trip.


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Each form of transportation has advantages and disadvantages.

Driving your own car

can save time and money compared to a cab, but parking can throw all convenience out the window.

Public transportation like buses and subways are huge money savers, but routes do not always run by your intended destination.

One-way public transit rides in many cities are less than $1.50. A two-way bus pass can easily save time and parking fees two-fold. Cities like New Orleans and Boston offer multi-day passes to ride public transit multiple times on one pass. For example, New Orleans Regional Transit Authority offers a 3-Day Jazzy Pass for only $9. Taking advantage of public transit deals creates budget space wiggle room.

Uber and Lyft

Apps like make catching a ride easy. Using these apps is simple by entering in your pick-up location and destination. Finding your driver is easy because your driver calls when they are at your location. You don’t have to struggle to find cash to pay the driver either because payment is electronic via a card on file. Riding with someone familiar with the area is a wealth of knowledge for great places to eat, and funny stories are also an Uber benefit. One drawback to using Uber or Lyft is when the demand for rides is increased, the rate also increases. Whereas public transit is a flat rate. A personal example of rate change is when I was in Omaha, I went to the Max around 10 p.m. the fee was $5. Our return trip home four hours later was $10 because Uber driver were in high demand at that time. Solutions: Penny wise, pound foolish Autumn leaves Fifteen minutes of fame Come out to play Put two and two together

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ offers action, humor

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Caleb Wiederhold Cartoonist When you’re walking into the theater, you may think “Guardians of the Galaxy” is going to fail, because of the title of the movie. But when walking out, you think a different thought: never judge a movie by its title. “Guardians of the Galaxy” earned good reviews when it came out and became a box office success. Many people I know enjoy this movie. A few family members of mine thought “Guardians of the Galaxy” was going to bomb, but after watching the movie, they enjoyed it. Based upon Marvel Comics, “Guardians of the Galaxy” centers on five unlikely space heroes trying to stop Ronan the Accuser, played by Lee Pace, from obtaining an Infinity Stone. The heroes consist of the leader Star-Lord, played by Chris Pratt; the serious assassin Gamora, played by Zoe Saldana; the “maniac” Drax, played by Dave Bautista; a wise-cracking, gun-wielding raccoon-ish critter Rocket, voiced by Bradley Cooper; and the tree alien humanoid Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel. The movie provides both action and humor. There was several buffoonish moments and several wisecracks that made the movie shine. Marvel has been known for making movies with humorous moments and “Guardians of the Galaxy” was one of them. Despite being a leader, Star-Lord was basically the screwball of the team, because of his dancing to old music, goofy antics, and having a tough time explaining Earth sarcasm to his space friends, especially Gamora and Drax. Chris Pratt

has been known for comedies like the television show “Parks and Recreation” and the comedy film “Lego Movie,” but his humor brought his Star-Lord to be the Guardians’ icon. Rocket had a share of wisecracks and did get annoyed with Groot, several times. But even with his various jokes, he is grumpy most of the time. Call him Mr. Sunshine. But, don’t mess with the space raccoon, if he’s carrying a big gun around. As for Groot, it’s kind of hard to understand what he’s saying. The thing is, you hear him say “I am Groot” several times, but he also says other things in his language that Rocket understands. Unlike his friend Rocket, Groot was sensitive, caring, and somewhat not the sharpest tool when it comes to intelligence. Gamora seems to be the smartest and serious one among the group and doesn’t stand for any nonsense from her companions’ stupidity. Drax may have been the toughest, but he wasn’t that bright. He was driven on a path of vengeance when his wife and daughter are killed by Ronan, so his only motive is trying to get back at him. Yondu, played by Michael Rooker, is an anti-hero, because of his conflicts with pupil Star-Lord and does help them in the final battle. But the scary thing about Yondu is that he has an arrow-like weapon that is controlled through the whistle of his mouth. The story itself was good, but it was topped off by the humor that was performed in this movie. There were also some exciting action and battle scenes in the film. The “Guardians of the Galaxy” is one of the greatest movies Marvel Comics had to offer. It had funny moments, action scenes, and classic music you might or might not enjoy, depending on your taste. “The Avengers” movie did have funny moments, but the “Guardians” humor was pretty clever, equal to “Avengers.” It’s not over yet. There will be a sequel titled “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” coming in May 7, 2017.

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Pokémon still providing new, updated games criticism for releasing too much information about the game before its release. However, I can say with full confidence that this wasn’t the case, after 26 hours of game play. I was constantly surprised by the content that didn’t appear in the teasers. Pokémon Moon takes place on the islands of Alola, a Angie Webb region based on real-life Hawaii. Your purpose in the game is to travel to all four islands to beat the captains and kaAdvertising Director hunas of each island, a big difference from the usual forNo doubt, one of the most anticipated games released this mula of beating gym leaders in every previous Pokémon year was none other than the seventh generation in the Poké- game. The goal of becoming the best trainer in the region mon series: Pokémon Sun and Moon. The Pokémon franchise remains the same. Also, unlike previous games, your charhas been one of Nintendo’s most successful game series since acter does not have a true rival that chooses the starter the initial release of Pokémon Red and Blue all the way back in that’s strong against the one you choose, but a companion 1996. Sun and Moon released on Nov. 18. who aims to get strong with you, who chooses the starter I took the liberty of using Thanksgiving break to finish that is weaker to you. Pokémon Moon, after looking forward to this game since early The game follows the usual formula of choosing bePhoto by Jordyn Hulinsky this year, when rumors of the new game began to surface. Nin- tween three starters of three different types: fire, water, and Nintendo’s Pokémon Moon was released Nov. 18 for Nintendo 3DS. tendo, throughout the year, released several trailers each teas- grass. This generation features great choices, offering a fireing new information from the games, such as the appearances type cat, a grass-type owl, and a water-type seal. Personally, I story after 26 hours, meaning that there are a few things I can of iconic characters from earlier in the series, new Pokémon, chose the cat. Your choice of starter affects how difficult cer- do in the post-game. I also applaud Nintendo for delaying its and new challenges. From the beginning, Nintendo received tain places in the game will be for you if you don’t catch a vari- Pokémon Bank app, a program that acts as a cloud storage sysety of Pokémon, since certain tem between your games and allows for transfer of your Pokétypes are weak to other types. mon between games, until January 2017, meaning that players Overall, I think the game can’t just transfer their favorite, already strong, Pokémon over is fantastic. I like the story to the game. Players are forced to experience the new Pokémon it told involving your char- to complete the game. acter, his/her companions, The game isn’t perfect, however. It tends to drop a lot of the Aether Foundation, and frames in battles that feature four Pokémon, making the game the “bad guys,” Team Skull. appear choppy at parts. The tutorial stage of the game is too The story is more heartfelt long, lasting about an hour on my play through. I understand and better written than in that Pokémon is a relatively complex game with nuances in evprevious games. The game ery stage of it, which can be intimidating for new players, but introduces about the same being an avid player myself, I would have liked to be able to amount of new Pokémon as skip parts of this stage of the game. I applaud Nintendo conthe sixth-generation games, tinuing to make this game accessible to new generations of Pokémon X and Y. The wild Pokémon fans in every new installment, though. Pokémon in the game feature I also didn’t particularly like the new Rotom PokéDex feamany of the now nearly 800 ture. I like that it provides a map on the bottom screen of the Pokémon that haven’t been 3DS showing your objectives, but I don’t like that the feature Look seen in the wild since the reiterates your objectives as soon as you get them, providing its for second generation. The game own commentary. I can see how this feature could be endearpanders to the nostalgia of ing to others, but I just find it annoying. players like me, who have Despite its flaws, I strongly recommend picking up Pokébeen involved in this series mon Sun or Pokémon Moon this holiday season. It holds true since elementary school. The as a next generation game and provides great framework for a graphics are beautiful for a continuation of the series. Nintendo and Game Freak manage Nintendo 3DS title, and the to refresh the series time and time again, and I don’t see the game rewards exploration hype dying down any time soon, especially with the continued through its mechanics. There success of Pokémon Go and the great reception of this new are even sections of Alola generation. I would give Pokémon Moon, and in turn, Pokéthat I haven’t discovered de- mon Sun, a solid nine of 10 rating. I see myself playing it for 410 W. 3rd Street | Chadron, NE 69337 spite completing the main hours to come.

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