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THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2012

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Deficiencies abound in NSCS insurance audit T.J. Thomson Executive Editor

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Casey Roberts, electrician in the Physical Facilities Department, manipulates a wire Tuesday afternoon while fixing a lighting issue along the north half of the central campus sidewalk.

OPINION

NEWS

Dean candidate travels for on-campus interview

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‘Dress for success’ a necessity in today’s world

FEATURE

LIFESTYLES

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Clarification:

Basketball season wrap-up

St. Paddy’s day - past and future revealed

Nebraska’s Auditor of Public Accounts raised concerns about foundation employees from each of the three colleges participating in the Nebraska State College System’s health insurance program. The report notes that 10 people employed by the three colleges’ foundations are ancillary workers not employed by the NSCS. The report further noted those 10 non-NSCS employees are enrolled in the System’s health insurance plan. The auditor questioned whether the NSCS had the authority to approve nonemployees participation in the System’s plan. The issue came to light in a March 8 auditor’s report that highlights five deficiencies “in internal control and other operational matters” by the NSCS. The deficiencies are: 1. Lack of Authority for Non-Employee Participation in Plan; 2. Lack of Board Approval for Non-Union Premiums; 3. Inaccurate Retiree Information; 4. Payroll Vendor Payments; 5. Claims Detail Not Provided.

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In response to a letter-to-the-editor run March 1 on page four, The Eagle confirmed March 2 from CSC’s Human Resources Department that while Veath has accepted a position at the NSCS office in addition to finishing out her contract as vice president for academic and student affairs, she is drawing only a single salary at $117,924.

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CAMPUS ACTIVITIES BOARD

Senate continues constitutional review

CAB voices input on Galaxy Series’ selection

Sara Labor

Kelsey Amos

Lifestyles Editor A proposed amendment to Student Senate’s constitution dominated discussion at Monday Night’s Students Senate meeting. The proposed amendment would change the number of senator positions that would be open. There would be three positions open for each school rather than eight, and each dorm would also have a representative. Morgan Nelson, Student Senate President, said that the committee hopes by cutting the maximum number of senators allowed, students will see the value of being on senate and competition for a seat will increase. Susan Schaeffer, associate professor of counseling, psychology, and social work, said that the reason they wanted to add representatives from

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the dorms is because they hope to invite in more people and get a larger group interested in student senate. Corey Paz motioned to table the discussion until the next meeting. Bahensky said that they would take the amendment back to the committee and return next week with a re-done amendment. T.J. Thomson, Treasurer said that Budget hearings begin Thursday. He also said there is $21,381 in un-allocated funds. Bahensky said that there is an end of the year barbeque being planned by The Pit which would included a Nearly Naked Mile. Sean Munger, who is helping plan the event, said that the Nearly Naked Mile would include a clothing drive. To participate, a student can donate one piece of clothing, and to get a free t-shirt, students can donate five pieces of clothing.

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of the Student Senate’s proposed constitutional revisions

Eliminate

the junior senator position due to lack of apparent function.

Add additional representation to the Senate by incorporating the residence halls in addition to the academic schools.

Consolidate each academic school’s representatives from its current total of eight to three per school. Members of the Constitutional Review Committee said that this number is flexible, but they want to consolidate the number of representatives in order to increase competition and quality of senators.

Reporter CAB members allocated a total of $6,800 for four upcoming campus events. Samantha Evans, treasurer, said that the CAB account contains $9,298. Clubs’ budget hearings start Thursday. Evans reminded clubs to make sure that their required members are at the hearings. CAB allocated $3,300 for the next two free movie nights. The first movie night is this Sunday. The second free movie night, which is a special showing of The Hunger Games, is March 25. Luke Wright, president, said the movies available would be listed on the plasma screen in the Student Center. CAB allocated $3,000 for Scholastics Day events. Laure Sinn, advisor, said that Friday, April 13 is Scholastics Day. Approximately 1,500 high school students will be on campus for the event. Events for students

March 15-21 Saturday 17

- Leprechaun Run, 11 a.m., coursing circling campus. - St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, 9 p.m., course circling campus - St. Patrick’s Day Dance, 9 p.m., SC Ballroom

Sunday 18

- Movie Night - CAB sponsored Event, 7 p.m., Eagle Theatre

Monday 19

- CSC Jazz Festival SC, Memorial Hall - Student Senate, 5 p.m., SC Scottsbluff Room - Mighty Women Night, 7 p.m., Red Room

include horse/wagon tours of the campus, courtesy of Fort Robinson, and a tour of the forensics lab, according to Sinn. Sinn asked for help from students and clubs with the events. CAB allocated $500 for a luau during May, which is Asian Pacific Islander Month. Shellie Johns, conferencing coordinator, passed out a survey, so club representatives could vote for the specialty event for next year’s Galaxy Series Events. The acts on the survey were the Tap Dogs, Keith Anderson, Jared Rogerson, and Billy Gilman. Johns said that with some of these acts, their availability depends on whether she can get the stage equipment and sound equipment, which come from Florida. Johns said that clubs that want their events posted on the calendar in the Student Center should talk to her. Clubs are not allowed to

write their events directly on the calendar. Sara Labor, student events coordinator, said the U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters will perform at Memorial Hall 7:30-10 p.m., Tuesday. The Wind Symphony has a performance 7-9 p.m., Thursday, March 22. Release is 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 24 in Memorial Hall. The Public Relations Club and RLA are hosting the Battle of the Bands event 6-10 p.m., March 30 in the Student Center Ballroom. Students get in free, and there will be t-shirts for sale. The Pit event “Got’cha” starts on Thursday, according to Reba Jackson, Pit co-manager. On April 26, the Pit is hosting an End of the World party, with a barbeque, hot tub, live band, and other activities. Clubs are welcome to help co-sponsor the event, Jackson said. Wright reminded club representatives that the next CAB meeting is March 27.

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Tuesday 20

Wednesday 21

- Go Green Fair, 11 a.m., SC - Senate Budget Hearings, 4 p.m., SC Scottsbluff Room - Stuck on a Wall, 4 p.m., outside of Gold Room - Create Sweet Dreams, 7 p.m., Red Room - Late Night at the Pit, 8 p.m., SC

- United States Navy Band, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Hall Auditorium - Chi Alpha Raffle, 8 p.m., SC

- Senate Budget Hearings, 4 p.m., SC Scottsbluff Room - Spring 2012 Open Mic-Mixed Mic, 8 p.m., Bean Broker Coffeehouse

- Chi Alpha Raffle, 8 a.m., SC


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AUDIT

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In its report about that first deficiency, the Auditor’s office stated that from July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2010, Chadron State’s Foundation had two employees enrolled in the insurance program; Wayne State had five enrolled; and Peru State had three enrolled. In contrast, NSCS board policy allows for ancillary employees to be enrolled in its health insurance program. Nonetheless, the APA questioned the NSCS’ authority to create such a policy. Citing Neb. Rev. Stat. § 85301, the APA stated “Nowhere in statute is the Board expressly authorized to provide benefits to non-employees.” Citing precedent, the State Auditor referred to a 2001 opinion by then Nebraska Attorney General Don Stenberg that found “nonstate employees should not be permitted to participate in the Nebraska State Insurance Program.” Despite questions raised by the auditor, ancillary employees already enrolled might be protected by Stenberg’s opinion, which also states, “while no new non-employees should be allowed to receive coverage . . . it might be impermissible to remove those non-state employees already participating in the program.” The state auditors’ report recognized the autonomy of the NSCS Board via the powers granted by the Nebraska Constitution, but

contends that limiting the board’s authority to decide which employee’s can benefit from inclusion in the NSCS’ program would not be an “intrusion upon the governance of the NSCS.” Even though the premium cost is paid entirely by the non-employee, and the institutions’ foundations pay the cost of employee participation in the plan, the APA stated it believes that inclusion of non-employees raises the potential for higher premiums systemwide. “Allowing non-employees to participate in the NSCS health insurance plan,” the report states, “increases the risk that those nonemployees or their dependents may have high insurance claims; this could require an increase in premiums or changes in the benefit plan designs to recover the cost of the high claims.” The APA’s staff stated that they had insufficient data to estimate the risk of that possibility. “Because detailed claims data was not provided, the APA cannot determine the magnitude of the claims paid for these ineligible participants,” the report states. The APA recommends the board seek two opinions from Nebraska’s current AG – first, determine the legality of allowing non-employees to be included in the NSCS’ program, and second, determine whether those nonemployees have a right to continue participating in the plan.

DON’T TRUST YOUR GRADES TO LUCK . . .

THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2012

Campus community meets dean candidate T.J. Thomson Executive Editor Chadron State is actively searching to fill the soon-to-be vacant dean of Teaching and Learning administrative position, which will be vacated by current Dean Charles Snare this June. A search committee chaired by Joel Hyer, dean of B.E.A.M.S.S., welcomed candidate Rachel Anderson, of Eureka, Calif., to campus Monday for on-campus interviews and meetings with faculty, staff, and students. In the public portion of Anderson’s on-campus visit, she spoke to a group of 11 faculty and staff members and 2 students in the Student Center’s Ballroom. Anderson began with a roughly 20-minute overview of her journey through higher education before opening up the floor for questions. “It took me a while to find myself,” Anderson said of her educational journey. Currently, Anderson is dean of Academic Affairs at the College of the Redwoods in Eureka, Calif. She said she is reviewing options elsewhere because of California’s current financial state. “We’re in a pretty dire situation [in California], which is why I looked at other options,”

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Rachel Anderson smiles while talking to a group of the campus community Monday in the Student Center Ballroom. Anderson said. Anderson said she felt that CSC’s recently adopted higher educational vision was working, and that, although there would be rough spots, she encouraged the college to stay its course. You don’t want to shift goals every three-tofive years,” Anderson said. All three institutions at which Anderson has served administratively have been community colleges. Hyer said another candidate would be at CSC next week for another series of on-campus interviews.

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‘KONY 2012’ movement could have Passing the buck unintended consequences plagues NSCS, CSC

EDITORIAL — THE EAGLE’S VIEW

The circumstances surrounding the ongoing NCAA investigation and its associated possible football fundraising violations seem to revolve around an endless cycle of passing the buck, without any party takes responsibility— this must end. The Nebraska State College System’s Board Policy Manual outlines the responsibilities and duties of a college president in Policy 5101. Among these 12 duties is item seven, which states, the president should report “the actions of the Board and Chancellor to staff, press and community at large.” Duty 9 reads the president should assume “joint responsibility with the Board and Chancellor, through agreed upon procedures, for establishing and maintaining good press and public relations.” Once the Nebraska Auditor of Public Accounts released the state colleges’ annual audit Feb. 28, weighty accusations by the auditor’s office went unanswered, as media outlets were told that CSC President Janie Park was directing all calls to the System Office. Despite the Eagle’s phone calls each hour of the Feb. 29 business day to the System Office and NSCS Chancellor Stan Carpenter, as well as an email with contact information for afterbusiness hours communication, the System Office remained silent. When Carpenter answered the next day, he said he couldn’t discuss the audit due to the ongoing NCAA investigation. When asked if he would object to Park giving an interview on it, Carpenter said, “That’s entirely up to her.” After a March 1 request for such an interview with Park, she responded, “I prefer that all questions concerning the audit be directed to the System Office.” According to established board policy, the college president has a duty and responsibility to communicate and maintain good press, and at least publicly, the system office says it is allowing her to do so. Why then does the CSC administration prefer to have an intermediary on the other side of the state carry out two of its president’s critical duties? The CSC administration isn’t alone in its fault. The actions of the NSCS administration regarding transparency and communication have sent a chilling effect throughout the system. Now even simple and requests unrelated to the NCAA investigation are questioned or deferred up the chain for fear of reprisal. When is this cycle of blame going to end?

Aaron Gonzalez Opinion Editor

Over the school break, a new video sensation came about. Garnering approximately 60 million viewers as of now, KONY 2012 has officially gone viral. The goal of the film and its group, Invisible Children (IC), is to stop militant Ugandan cult leader and child-abductor Joseph Kony. I admit I fell head-over-heals for the film, but then I did some research. There’s something unsettling about the group and its effects. The first area of concern is the funding of IC. When it comes to funding, Britain’s Daily Mail documents that IC has accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Caster Family Foundation (a group devoted to the anti-same-sex marriage referendum in California) and the creationist, anti-gay National Christian Foundation. The National Christian Foundation itself gives money to Harvest Evangelism and The Call ministries, which work to support the Ugandan anti-gay bill, which calls for imprisonment for being gay and death for “aggravated homosexuality.” Let’s save the children from Kony, and if the gay ones are then jailed or killed by the state, oh well. As for spending, the Christian Science

Monitor notes that in a recent video by CEO Ben Keesey admits that over 80 percent of funds actually go towards programming and media. One blogger bluntly wrote that we’re not paying to help the children, but to help make movies and filmmakers. Now there’s no doubt that something must be done to be rid of Kony, but it is important to have a sense of proportion. The reality is that, despite his child-kidnapping and atrocities, Kony is the weakest he’s ever been. This is mainly because he has no real international supporters (the recent secession of southern Sudan cut off his ally in Khartoum), and the virtual strangle on resources and supplies by Uganda and other states. Yet the film doesn’t mention that. Apparently despite the good effort of the 100 military personnel and advisers who are working to ensure the Ugandans are able to help themselves, the pushed “solution” to this problem is large-scale U.S. military intervention. The problem with this “solution” is two-fold. The first being that the United Nations is really the only legitimate organization to deploy Peacekeeper troops into countries with domestic problems, and only when the nation-state itself is committing crimes against humanity can other nations intervene (like Yugoslavia in the 1990s, or the missed opportunity in Sudan). The second being that if you want to deploy U.S. forces into situations like this you morally must do it for all, and insist that these little foreign nations can’t help themselves and are weak. Even the Ugandan Daily Monitor re-

garded IC as expressing “a neo-colonialist mentality where the white charity worker [comes] off as the long-waited saviour.” Let’s see just how much these self-righteous liberals and compassionate conservatives are willing to make others go and die for idealism. Imagine a third-world nation where the state uses poison gas on an ethnic minority, shells ethnic villages, tortures prisoners Nazi-style, and delivers the prisoners back to the home of their family in bits and pieces. Should we remove that thuggish regime? Well, we already did that. That description was Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, the battered nation whose war many current KONY 2012 supporters probably opposed. I was never for the War in Iraq, but I am glad that the Hussein is gone. Just because I was against the war didn’t mean I defend Hussein, and just because I’m not gung-ho about the KONY 2012 movement doesn’t mean I’m defending Kony (that would be Rush Limbaugh, who last October defended Kony because the “Lord’s Resistance Army are Christians”). We must tackle Kony and other thugs in the world using reason, skepticism, and logic, not with purely emotional means, stickers and posters, and “Likes.” By all means let’s work to help Uganda get rid of Kony, but let’s not take the path of inflating our senses of nobility by having others go to pointlessly die for our egos, or possibly making the situation in Uganda and its people much worse than it already is. Keep calm and think.

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Erik Wedel 20, junior, Criminal Justice major, of Norfolk

“I think he needs to go back to rehab.”

Penny Short 33, junior, History Education major, of Chadron

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“I have no idea. I don’t know who that is.”

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Dress well enough for the job you want Franklin Annis Columnist

You can try to deny it, but you really are what you wear. You may believe that we live in a society that isn’t judgmental, but the fact of the matter is you are judged by your appearance. Within the first three minutes of meeting someone new, you will naturally assess his or her value based on initial impressions. Don’t set yourself up for low expectations. If you want to be perceived as a professional, dress like one. While you may believe that dressing up for college seems strange, there are some distinct benefits of dressing at the level expected in your future profession. First, dressing well will have a positive effect on your attitude. You will find that you feel better and are more positive when you are dressed well. It is hard not to feel better when receiving more attention and compliments than you would receive while dressed down. Second, your professors will treat you dif-

ferently. They will assume that you are more uniform everyday to wearing clothing suited to dedicated and more engaged if you are willing a college professor. to dress up for their classes. You will appear as With less than $300 I was able to fill my closet a highly motivated individual who is destined with the basics and some pretty unique, but still for great things. conservative, jackets. Remember that the clasFinally, believe it or not, your career in your sic looks never go out of style. What this means field has already started in college. You are cur- is that there are a lot of opportunities to put rently making the networks together a very professional with your peers and future wardrobe with little investemployers while you are still ment. Use thrift stores or young. eBay to your advantage. Here are a few notes to Men and women who looking like a professional. choose to dress in classic First, regardless of what professional styles will probyou wear make sure it is ably save themselves significlean. Remember, you are cant amount of money. By trying to present the appearPhoto by Paul Goyette avoiding the current fashion ance that you care about how A change of clothes can change more than trends and sticking with fashyou look and what you do. just your appearance. ions that don’t go out of style, Showing up in dirty clothes will present a like you won’t need to constantly update your attire. image. It may surprise you how much more conSecond, make sure your hair looks nice and is fidence others will have in you if you take the conservative in nature. Get a fresh haircut from time to invest into your own image. Many leadtime to time. Men, you need to shave or at least ers have gotten opportunities because they apkeep any facial hair neatly trimmed. Women, peared the most competent. ensure your hair looks nice and avoid brightly College is a place where you learn how to be a colored hair accessories. professional in your chosen field. You might as Third, outside a gym, a T-shirt won’t do. Men, well start looking like a professional while you wear a collared shirt tucked into your pants. are here. It may seem like a hassle to put forth Your pants should preferably be slacks and a so much effort for a day of classes, but I guaranbelt. Women, wear a nice blouse. tee you will see a return on the investment and I recently made the transition from wearing a boost your own confidence.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2012

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Map of the isle Great Britain in the year 410.

Birth

Patrick was born in Roman Britain at Banna Venta Berniae, an otherwise unknown location, though identified in one tradition as Glannoventa, modern Ravenglass in Cumbria. Calpornius, his father, was a deacon, and his grandfather Potitus was a priest.

Slemish, County Antrim, where Patrick is said to have worked as a shepherd.

The reputed burial place of St. Patrick in Downpatrick.

Captivity

Death

When he was about sixteen, he was captured and carried off as a slave to Ireland. Patrick worked as a herdsman, remaining a captive for six years. He wrote that his faith grew in captivity, and that he prayed daily. After six years he heard a voice telling him that he would soon go home, and then that his ship was ready. Fleeing his master, he travelled to a port, two hundred miles away, he said, where he found a ship and, after various adventures, returned home to his family, then in his early twenties.

According to the latest reconstruction of the old Irish annals, Patrick died in 461 AD on March 17, a date accepted by some modern historians. Prior to the 1940s it was believed without doubt that he died in 420 and thus had lived in the first half of the fifth century. Decades of contention eventually ended with most historians now asserting that Patrick was indeed most likely to have been active in the latter half of the fifth century.

A c. 1600 map of the State of Ireland by cartographer Wenzel Hollar.

Return Patrick recounts that he had a vision a few years after returning home: "I saw a man coming, as it were from Ireland. His name was Victoricus, and he carried many letters, and he gave me one of them. 'We appeal to you, holy servant boy, to come and walk among us,'" the letter stated.

A collection of modern St. Patrick's day accessories.

Modern memory All over the world, people of all backgrounds celebrate St. Patrick's Day. In New York, Boston, and Chicago, thousands of citizens arrive to watch parades that can last up to five hours, and party with friends and family. In Ireland, St. Paddy's Day is full of Irish culture beginning with morning church then a multi-day celebration featuring parades, concerts, outdoor theater productions, and firework shows.

Timeline information from wikipedia.com

faiths, traditions, and myths. Today, the holiday is celebrated by more than 10 countries across the globe. The holiday is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church. Patrick is regarded as Ireland's patron saint.


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CHADRON 5k Leprechaun Run

From 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday, RLA will host the Leprechaun Run. The course follows the perimeter of campus. Participants will run a 5k (3.125 miles) around the community and receive information on Irish history.

Interested individuals can sign up at the front desk of any residence hall. Free t-shirts will be given to the first 25 people who sign up. Prizes will be awarded to the top three men and women.

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St. Patrick's Day Dance From 9 p.m. - midnight, Saturday, RLA and The Pit are sponsoring a green-themed dance in honor of the Irish holiday. Come decked out in green to the Ballroom of the Student Center.

t. Patrick's Day, a tradition that has occurred every year for over a thousand years, is celebrated on March 17 in honor of St. Patrick. Although his life is still somewhat a mystery even today, it’s believed that Patrick was born in Britain near the end of the fourth century and died on March 17, 460 A.D. When he was 16 a group of Irish raiders kidnapped him and brought him to Ireland. He spent six years in Ireland where he worked as a shepherd; there he became a devoted Christian and dreamed of one day bringing Irish people to Christianity. When he escaped from his captives, he walked almost 200 miles to the Irish coast where he eventually studied religion and went through religious training that lasted for more than 15 years. After his convergence to becoming a priest, he was sent on a mission to minister to Christians already living in Ireland and begin converting the Irish. He is well-known for being a patron saint of Ireland and for having a life that still remains mysterious. When the traditional celebration began, parades and parties covered the world; however, when it comes to parades, Ireland was not the first place to host one. On March 17, 1762, a group of Irish soldiers serving in the English Military marched through New York City playing music to help soldiers reconnect with their Irish e, Kiss m roots. h I’m Iris This marked the first parade for the holiday percent of Americans but would certainly wear green not be the last. Every year thousands of parades take place where people, Irish or not, can show their spirit by papercent make a special dinner rading down the streets ,playing bagpipes and drums and sporting as much green as possible. In the United States percent attend a party one of the largest celebrations Koccurs in New iss me, Irish York City,I’mwhich brings SOURCE: http://www.history.com/topics/who-was-saintin more than 150,000 patrick/interactives/st-patricks-day-by-the-numbers participants and draws in nearly three million viewers to watch the parade which usually takes more than five hours; Boston and Chicago's parades bring in anywhere between 10,000 and 20,000 people each year. Since the holiday occurs during Christian season of Lent, families often celebrate the day by attending church in the morning and then drinking, dancing, and feasting for the remainder of the day.

St. Paddy's Day STATISTICS

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St. Patrick's Day History

Bille Knifong, Kent RD, said Wednesday that there would be snacks, including fruit, cookies, and rice krispy treats. Knifong also encouraged students to wear green clothes and accessories.

• Corned beef and cabbage are two tradtional foods served during St. Patty's Day meals. • Each year, 5.5 million people visit the St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. • Over the last 100 years, nearly 650,000 U.S. babies have been named Patrick.

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Track Events: Throws Year: Senior Hometown: Lingle, Wyo.

Chris Clark Sports Editor It’s tempting to look at the Eagles men’s basketball team in terms of what they didn’t do. At 13-14, they didn’t have a winning record. They didn’t win any of their first six games. They didn’t advance past the first round of the RMAC Shootout tournament. But the team deserves far more credit for what it did. Like when Moala Tautuaa and Kevin McClelland broke the 1,000 career points mark. Or how Christian McGhee played with broken ribs for weeks. Or Chris Curtis’ multiple 20-plus point performances at the end of the season. Or when Chadron students packed Armstrong Gymnasium and rushed the court to celebrate a nail-biting victory over the rival University of Nebraska, Kearney in the season’s final home game. This season’s RMAC preseason poll picked Chadron to finish 12th in the conference. And until mid-January, that prediction didn’t seem too outlandish for a team that had, at the time, won only two games. It’s important to point out that although the team had an achingly slow start, they played close games against tough opponents, dropping their first five games by an average margin of only three points. Lurking just behind the difficulties of bringing eight

Hunt threw 57’3/4” for fourth place and All-American honors at the Nationals Indoor Meet on Saturday in Mankato, Minn.

new players onboard, was a tough, competitive team. Midway through the season, that team burst out of its shell. “We all matured as one,” Josh Hatcher, junior of Oakland, Calif., said, “like one unit. We all just understood what we had to do to win.” That understanding had to count for something, because after securing a win against New Mexico Highlands University on Jan. 13, the team took off on a ferocious late-season tear, winning 11 of their next 13 games. The spectacular performance clinched the team a berth in the RMAC tournament, but an unexpected upset by Fort Lewis College over Adams State College meant that Chadron would play the first round of the tournament on the road against the University of Nebraska, Kearney. Head coach Brent Bargen identified this as one of the most difficult moments of the season. “It was very much an emotional letdown. We did everything we were supposed to do, winning all of those games,” Bargen said, “and [we’re] rewarded with a game on the road against a team [we] just beat.” That game against Kearney was Chadron’s last this season. And the 86-63 loss seemed disappointingly abrupt after such an emotionally charged season. But again, that’s the sort of attitude that discounts the great moments.

Katie Londo

Softball Position: 3rd Base Year: Sophomore Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo.

Photo by Kinley Q. Nichols

Londo hit a grand slam in the second game against Regis University on Sunday, March 4. Chadron won the game 7-0.

Feb. 18, men’s head basketball coach Brent Bargen and players on the bench celebrate during the game against Colorado State University, Pueblo in Armstrong Gymnasium.

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Four Eagles place at Indoor Track & Field Championships Molly Wedan Reporter Four Eagle athletes spent their midterm break in Mankato, Minn., for the NCAA Division II National Indoor Championships. All four athletes won All-American honors. Cody Hunt, senior of Lingle, Wyo., competed in the shot put with a throw of 57’3/4”. Even though he fouled on five of his six throws, he was still able to place fourth at the meet and earn All-American honors. He also improved from his eighth-place performance last season.

Also securing fourth place was Alex Graham, sophomore of St. Leonardo, Jamaica, in the 60 meter run. His time was 6.78, just .04 seconds slower than his preliminary race. His fourthplace finish was still enough to net All-American honors. “I feel I did well because I had a bad start, but finished the race out well,” said Graham. Coming in seventh in the high jump was Jazmyn Webster, sophomore of Cheyenne, Wyo., with a jump of 5’ 7 and 3/4”. Even though the jump was a quarter of an inch below her personal-best, she was able to obtain All-American honors for the first time. This is better than last year, when she missed

All-American honors by one place. Karl McFarlane, junior of Montego Bay, Jamaica, also came in seventh place in the 60-meter high hurdles with a time of 8.01 seconds. “It was on okay race. I needed to get more in the mind set of it being one shot, that’s it,” said McFarlane. All four athletes will be participating in the outdoor season except McFarlane, who will red-shirt due to a bad knee. When asked how he felt about the outdoor season, Graham answered, “I am going to take it one step at a time, work out every day, and see how it goes.”

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CSC students explore Alaskan culture Reporter Students chatter inside a nondescript classroom, their voices carrying down the hall. One makes a small reference to a musher and the rest chime in with a reminiscent gleam in their eyes. These 19 students and three teachers have just returned from Alaska, where they spent a snowy nine days exploring the 49th state. The crew of students, composed of agriculture, art, FCS, and business majors, left Feb. 29th and returned March 9th. Despite their crammed itinerary and avid curiosity, they only saw, as Dr. Butterfield said, “a small fraction of Alaska”. By far the largest state, if Alaska were placed across the U.S. its southern tail would touch Florida while the most western islands would bridge California. There’s a lot to see. Fortunately for the students, the contingency met weekly since January and discussed Alaskan wildlife, ecosystems, culture, and history. These lectures supplemented the Alaska trip, which provided students with three credit hours toward graduation. The group’s three supervisors, Chuck Butterfield, professor of applied sciences; Yvonne Moody, associate professor of applied sciences; and Mary Donahue, associate professor of visual and performing arts, orchestrated the journey around the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, where stoic teams of man and dog pit their wills against nature. The race, now in its 40th year, relies on volunteer dog handlers to manage the mushers’ teams of 12-16 dogs. This year, Chadron’s students volunteered to do just that. The

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students handled dogs at the Iditarod’s official starting point in Willow, Alaska, putting them behind the scene of “The Last Great Race on Earth.” Darren Burrows, a junior of Columbus, said his favorite part of the trip was being “up-close with the mushers.” These athletes were about to drive 1,112 miles across frozen terrain, but the students described them as helpful and friendly. “We received special credentials to be in the team area all day.” Burrows said. But those credentials weren’t free. On the trip’s second day, students received special dog-handling training, a video of which can be seen on the trip’s Facebook page: Chadron State College – Study Away: Alaska. The page also features “countdown to Alaska” photos, where topics of Alaskan culture and history are showcased. The group also experienced a bevy of scientific and artistic adventures. They walked street art shows, toured Anchorage’s museum, attended a drumming festival, visited a musk ox farm, and investigated the Tsunami Warning Center. A particularly valuable, and completely unscheduled treat came when Alaskan natives sat down to swap stories with the students during their visit to the Willie Templeton Native People Corporation. Some of the Alaskans admitted they had never seen a cornfield, or even a horse, while Chadron’s students were eager to hear about life in rural Alaskan villages. As the stories turned to Alaska’s attractions, Moody mentioned the joys of seeing moose in a restaurant parking lot. The students responded by recounting further treasured moments. According to Burrows, the group visited a town

with 350 inches of annual snowfall, which makes Chadron’s dry winter look anemic. The students described wrangling the dogs and how the hardiest hounds literally dragged their towlines, with the handlers still attached, through the snow. Butterfield encapsulated the trip well when he said, “we snuck learning in on them when they weren’t looking.” None of the students looked like they had just returned from a ten day-long class, but they certainly touted the experiences of one. All these memories cost the average student $1,700, plus meals. Butterfield said the trip poised no organizational road-blocks, since he already had contacts in the area from the school’s trip there in 2008. “The trip was truly interdisciplinary,” said Butterfield, “the students learned everything from how to clean seeds to how to pet a moose.” Most valuable, however, Moody said that the group of students departed Chadron as strangers, and returned as friends. Moody said of her students, “it was exciting to watch them all grow.”

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