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MARCH 20, 2014 ISSUE NO. 8


WRESTLER FINISHES 4TH IN NATION Dustin Stodola earned All-American honors in the national competition in Ohio.



ANNUAL 'RELEASE' BACK ON CAMPUS 'RELEASE LIVE' jams and dances to stage with a night of local performances.



Expert roper Fred Whitfield heads to campus Angie Webb Reporter Eight-time world champion roper Fred Whitfield will visit the CSC Student Center Ballroom, 7-9 p.m., Thursday, March 27. Admission is free and open to the public. The event opens with a short meet-and-greet and formal presentation where Whitfield will discuss his newly released autobiography, “Gold Buckles Don't Lie: The Untold Tale of Fred Whitfield.” Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the venue, and Whitfield will be available for a book signing and autograph session, after his presentation. Whitfield, also known as “Moon,” was born Aug. 5, 1967, in Houston. He joined the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in 1990 and earned PRCA's Resistol Rookie of the Year award. The Whitfield next season, he captured the first of his seven world champion tie-down roping titles – 1991, 1995-96, 1999, 2000, 2002, and 2005. In addition to his 1999 tie-down roping world title, he became the first African-American to earn the PRCA’s all-around world title. He has been inducted into several halls of fame, including the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, 2004; the Texas Cowboys Hall of Fame, 2003; and the Cheyenne Frontier Days Hall of Fame, 2005. He was honored, also in 2005, in the National Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. see WHITFIELD, Page 2

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LIFE Photo by Teri Robinson

Jon Royle, 21, junior of Central City, donates blood Wednesday during the Family and Consumer Sciences Club Blood Drive in the Student Center Ballroom.

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NEWS | The Eagle | MARCH 20, 2014

Senate allocates $15k for water bottle stations Mariah Busch Reporter Kelli Bowlin Reporter A roll call vote resolved conflict over budget for the water bottle filling stations during Monday's Senate meeting. A $12,000 to $27,000 budget was provided by contractors to finance the units and installation. Since no revenue bond money is available the funding will come from the Student Fee Account. The number of units installed will vary according to the $15,000 budget. Senate also approved $4,500 to CAB from the Student Fee Account. These funds help to provide free bowling and free movie nights to the student body. Vice President of Finance Kirby Krog-

man reported $122,981.78 in unallocated funds. Senator Miranda Oberschulte resigned from her Senator of E.H.P.C.P.S.W position. Senate began forming a committee to draft scholarship opportunities for Senate members. Previous discussion included Senate members, CAB members, student body, and faculty to be on the committee but only Senate members have been assigned to the committee thus far. Scholarships for Senate members are not offered at Chadron State but are offered at Peru State College and Wayne State College, which prompted President Jacob Rissler to suggest providing scholarships. Rissler previously stated he views the scholarships as "an incentive to involve more members of the student body and create competition for Senate positions."

Blue Key plans for two extravaganzas including the eighth annual Blue Key ‘Blue Balls’ Dodge Ball Tournament and the Blue Key Brain Bowl. The eighth annual Blue Key ‘Blue Balls’ Dodge Ball Tournament will take place in the NPAC at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 27. Registration forms can be found at the front desks of every dorm. They must be turned in to Sparks, Room 111 by noon, March 24. Each five member team must have at least two females. T-shirts will be

- The Big Event Sign-up, SC Lobby


- Learn-to-Hunt Spring Turkey Workshop, 6:30 p.m., Burkhiser #231 -Late Night Fear Factor, 9 p.m., SC Ballroom

- The Big Event Sign-up, SC Lobby

Sarah Townsend Reporter

given out to the participants on March 27, first come first serve. The Blue Key Brain Bowl will take place in the Reta King Library at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 3. The Brain Bowl is a trivia competition between three person teams. Registration for the competition is open until April 1. To register send an email to glclin@ The winning team members will all receive Kindle Fires. The Pit will be hosting a togathemed dance at the conclusion of the Brain Bowl. If more questions about the tournament contact Alex Helmbrecht, Blue Key adviser, at 308-432-6212.

Weekly Calendar: March 20 - 26


- CSC Job Fair, 10 a.m., SC Ballroom - Wind Symphony & Chamber Ensembles, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Hall

- "RELEASE LIVE," 7:30 p.m., Memorial Hall

This Sunday is Free Movie Night, but in order for students to get in, they are required to bring a canned good. Next Saturday is the last Free Bowling Night of the year. The “Tower of Power” event will take place in High Rise at 6 p.m., Friday. The event is comprised of games on each floor of the building, and is helping to promote The Big Event, which takes place April 26. Volunteers can sign up for The Big Event all week either in the Student Center or the NPAC. Also taking place on Friday is the Career Fair from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Career & Academic Planning Services Director Deena Kennel stresses that students do not have to be graduating in May to attend this career fair, as it is available to all students. Other upcoming events include Fear Factor in The Pit at 9 p.m., today, and Release at 7:30 p.m., Saturday.

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Sign-up underway for Blue Key dodgeball tourney, quiz bowl Mackenzie Watson Reporter

Rissler also announced the Furniture Committee for the Student Center is being formed this week. Interested parties should contact Senator of Edna Taylor Strong. Senator-at-Large Sean Munger is seeking volunteers for the Nearly Naked Mile. If anyone is interested in volunteering, contact him. Chief Justice Jon Lordino stressed the importance of maintaining a clean profile while on Senate. Allocations were passed, Tuesday at CAB, including $600 toward the event, “Sexual Assault: There is No Excuse” that will take place in April, the month dedicated to sexual assault awareness; and $1,800 for April’s Free Movie Night. Any club that intends to request money for next semester needs to complete a budget packet which can be found on the Sakai website.

CSC student athlete Tre M. Brown, sophomore of Donaldsonville, La., was released from Dawes County Jail Saturday, after posting $7,500 bail following a closed bond hearing on Friday, March 14, a Dawes County Court spokeswoman said Wednesday. In that hearing, Dawes County Judge Russell Harford

reduced Brown’s bond from 10 percent of $250,000 to 10 percent of $75,000, after imposing special conditions on the bond reduction that were “not open to the public,” the spokeswoman said. “There were conditions involved in the reduction of the bond amount set by the County Judge that were not open to the public,” the spokeswoman said. Brown posted the $7,500 bail Saturday and was released. A trial date has not been set, the spokeswoman said..

Brown was arrested on Wednesday, March 5, on a probable cause affidavit citing first-degree sexual assault, a class II felony. The alleged assault occurred off campus, he was not arrested on campus, Chadron police and college officials said. Jon Hansen, interim vice president of enrollment management and marketing, said the college is following the requirements of the board policy relating to this type of incident.


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“Gold Buckles Don't Lie: The Untold Tale of Fred Whitfield,” recounts Whitfield's journey from a poor, African-American youth in Cypress, Texas,

to the 2012 National Finals Rodeo. He details events in his life that have never before been revealed.

Student Activities Coordinator Laure Sinn and Garrett Lower, sophomore of Alliance, helped bring Whitfield to campus.

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- Party with the stars, 9 p.m., SC Ballroom

- Honors Recital, 3 p.m., Mari Sandoz Center


- Student Senate, 5 p.m., SC Scottsbluff Room


- World Hunger Awareness, 7 p.m., Gold Room

- CAB, 6 p.m., SC Scottsbluff Room


- Temporary Tattoos, 7 p.m., Gold Room


NEWS | The Eagle | MARCH 20, 2014


Pie sales raise funds for child center resources Evan Brooks Reporter The Chadron State College Child Development Center just finished taking orders for their annual ‘Village Pie Maker’ (order placements began Feb. 24 and ended March 17). The ‘Village Pie Maker’ is a pie bake sale the CDC holds to raise funds for resources for the children of the development center. The CDC believes that it is important to get the chil-

dren outdoors on a daily basis so they can have up close and personal experiences with nature instead of simply viewing what nature has to offer through photography. To achieve this, they view the Nature Park as an outdoor classroom, going outside and getting their hands a little dirty. The children are sometimes asked to bring outside objects indoors to study them in depth. In this fundraiser, ran through the Alliance Grocery Kart, the families of each child are asked to sell as many pies as possible. The CDC Advisery Board, composed of parent representatives, CSC administration, and community rep-

resentatives, also plays a big role in getting sales going. They handle sorting out the pies. The pies, which were sold at $15 a piece, are estimated to be delivered on April 4. Following distribution of the pies, the CDC plans to have a celebration in the Nature Park for everyone who participated. “Nature has made a huge impact on the children’s learning, and the fundraiser helps us better our nature park,” CDC Director Lona Vroman said. “It provides them opportunities that they may not have had without the fundraiser.”

U.S. Representative Adrian Smith visits campus Kelli Bowlin Reporter U.S. Representative for Nebraska’s 3rd Congressional District, Adrian Smith, visited Chadron State College, Tuesday. Smith is a native of Gering and is a University of Nebraska, Lincoln graduate. While he was a student at UNL, he interned in the Nebraska Governor’s Office and served as a legislative page. He ran for the open seat given up by Smith’s predecessor, Tom Osborne, in the 3rd District in the 2006 House Elections. Smith’s committee assignments in office include the

Committee on Ways and Means which puts him on the frontline of debates on how to create jobs, promote economic growth, and directly impact tax policy. He also serves on the subcommittees on trade and Social Security. Smith shared that he has consistently voted against tax increases, massive government bailouts, and has a very strong stance against the health care bill that he believes is creating uncertainty for the job creators of the U.S. Coming from a family who has called Nebraska home for six generations, Smith has a candid stance on the importance of agriculture in this country. He actively promotes access for Nebraska agricultural products in Asia, South America, and throughout the world, which illustrates his

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opinion on the importance of world trade. Smith said that trade is important as it, “helps create new opportunities for our agricultural producers and their products to keep Nebraska’s economy strong.” Smith humbly spoke of how hard he worked to get to where he is today, and encouraged the CSC students that were present to not lose sight of their goals. “You’re most likely not going to get your dream job right out of college, but that doesn’t mean you give up,” Smith said. Smith also took the time to get to know each of the members of the audience that attended, and answer any questions that they had.

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Better yourself, not just your GPA Everybody has heard the phrase “C’s get Degrees”; but the sad fact is that some students make this phrase their motto. Instead of being here at college to squeak by, students should be here to better themselves as people. Students at Chadron State College, and any other higher education institution, are given an opportunity unlike any other. They are given the opportunity to surround themselves and connect with experts in their field of interest. Higher education used to be something that very few Americans had the opportunity to obtain, but now almost every American is given a means to attend college. This is something that students take advantage of. Instead of mining information from the minds of their professors, students sit back and expect to be spoon-fed. Students at higher education institutions also have the opportunity to study topics in depth without having many restrictions imposed on them. College is tailored for the individual experience, but by sitting back and acting passive, students are letting somebody else take charge of their individuality. Instead of complaining when homework is assigned, students should realize that the completion of homework is not a means to an end, but rather a means to help them understand something that they should care about. However it is understood that some general classes may not apply to the individual as easily, but it is a shame to see students well into their degree programs that still treat the classwork as a waste of time. Also, instead of viewing the professors as the enemy, students should view their professors as mentors in their journey to the ‘real world’. The professors are standing in the front of the classroom for a reason. They get the privilege to stand in front because they already spent their time in the seats facing the board. Instead of being passive aggressive, students should grab their education by the horns and leave here knowing that they have bettered themselves as a person since the day they first set foot on campus. Students should not settle for any certain letter grade, but should rather strive for the best that they can be. Not everyone is destined to get A’s, but the worst thing is when a student decides that they are not worth their full potential. | The Eagle | MARCH 20, 2014

Forgive those who have wronged you


e can all be sensitive to others’ negative criticism, especially when the criticism is not constructive and/or is coming from someone who is not trained to give it. It is unpleasent, but there will be people in each of our lives who do this to us. It might have been a bully in junior high, it might have been a teacher in high school, it might be someone you associate with during your time in college. Whoever it may be, they will catch you when you are off gurad, they will scold you for no good reason, they will make up lies to add to their threats and whatever else they can do to make you feel bad. While it is sometimes necessary to abide by the demands that may be embedded within the criticism — as to minimalize potential subsequent bullying and therefore to reduce your stress — such criticism should not sway your happiness. There is a fable that originates from zen philosophy, a branch of Mahayana Buddhism philosophy, that illustrates this belief. The following is an adaptation of the fable: Spring came to a small town one day and with it came the warmth of the sun, the rain of march, and therefore, of course, much mud. In this town was one couple that was completely happy minding their own

business, and content taking a stroll hand-in-hand down a sidewalk to enjoy the weather. On their walk, the couple reached a run of mud that enveloped the further parts of the sidewalk. Before this run of mud the couple encountered the queen-bee of the town. Upon seeing the couple, the queenbee crossed her arms and stuck her nose up in the air, letting her golden locks fall off her high-strung shoulders as she addressed the couple. “Hey. You two. Yeah you. Stop holding hands and carry me across this muddy mess. Do you expect me to cross it myself?” The male of the couple, processing the queen-bee’s rudeness as reason enough to deny her demand, walked past the queen-bee to begin trecking through the mud. However, the female did not follow her companion into the mud right away, but instead proceeded to pick the queen-bee up and carried her all the way across the very long trek of mud. Upon seeing this, the male companion believed the queen-bee would be grateful for the lift, but as soon as she set the queen-bee down, the queenbee scoffed at them. “Hm! You two. Go away and hurry now. Remember, do not hold each other’s hand. And do not hug. Only I can be happy. And my status allows


Tatum Renken Opinion Editor me to tell you to be unhappy.” Instead of opposing the queen, the female continued down the sidewalk. The male followed momentarily after. The two had walked down the sidewalk for a long time without holding hands when the male companion, perplexed by how the female handled the situation, had to confront her about it all. “The queen was so mean, yet you did not retaliate in any way. Why did you not?” The female chuckled merrily, “I put her down a long, long time ago. So why are you still carrying her?” The male companion listened to her because — other than the axiom that the woman is always right — what good comes from letting others’ illintented actions poison your mind?


we asked: “What is one renovation you would like to see CSC accomplish?”






“An actual batting cage for the softball team.”

“A pool to get done.”

“Parking. They need more parking for Edna.”

“A big pool.’”

“Better parking on campus.”

23, senior of Clarkson

20, junior of Scottsbluff

22, senior of Gordon

18, freshman of Victorville, Calif.

21, junior of Scottsbluff

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Be proud of family despite faults


spent a lot of my break being hung over and watching Dragon Ball Z. However, that got boring pretty fast. I decided to take a trip outside of town and go back to Hemingford, otherwise known as the place I grew up. I’ll admit that I hated living there; small population and small minds. But the main reason I went home was to see family, which I think is pretty ironic. Growing up, I never felt too close to my family. I never went to my brother’s ball games, never really participated in family events, or anything like that. Hell, even when we went on vacations, I was still bummed out that I had to be around all of them. But the older I got, the more I regretted not being around them. I realized that my family was the most important thing holding me together. Not only that, but they were the ones inspiring me to actually put effort into the things that I do, but that is only because I don’t want to end up like them. My parents divorced when I was 13 after my mother’s battle with cancer. Tensions in my family were running high, mostly because my parents used every second available to scream at the other one. They were stuck living together for a few months while they tried to find places to move, and that was probably one of the worst living situations I have ever been in. People use the term “hell on earth” all the time, but I think this was the

closest I’ve been to seeing it make any sense. After they moved their separate ways, I didn’t see my mother for a long time. I had gotten used to living in the town, but she lived in the country. Being a little teenage boy, I was a terrible person and didn’t give much thought about how much she might have missed me. To this day, it still haunts me. Over time, I started living with her more, but that only lead to fights with my sibling and more yelling. This was also around the same time I started therapy and medication, so it was a very conflicting period of my life. While all of this was going on, my sisters were busy trying to be adults. They had just graduated high school and were trying to live life to the absolute fullest. Unfortunately, neither of them went to college, thus continuing the trend of people in my family not getting a higher education. I was about 16 when all of this was going on, and it was an insane period of my life. Looking back, I really don’t remember a whole lot of it, but that might be for the best. I know my family doesn’t sound like the Brady Bunch. But you know what? Nobody’s family is the Brady Bunch. Everybody is going to come from some weird background that they are forced to call their family, even if they really don’t want to. I am proud to be a Heule. Everybody I know in my family

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Rich Heule III Columnist has had to deal with a lot of really rough stuff, from my grandfather living on his own at the age of 15, to my deceased grandmother’s battles with breast cancer. My mother has been my rock throughout these last couple years. Her advice has always been able to give me some form of solace. And my father, no matter what, is probably the greatest man I know. No matter how hard times have gotten for him, he has never given up. My little brother is a teenager from hell, but he’s not the worst teenager ever. And my sisters may be a little crazy, but I love them. I love all of my family very much, even though I’m not around them a whole lot. Sometimes, you just have to go home once in a while, but home won’t be Hemingford. For me, home will be wherever my family is.

Forgive the mistakes I have made Tell Deatrich Contributor


an I start by saying I’m sorry? In my four years here at Chadron State there have been all sorts of religious debate over political views, gay rights, ethics, morality, and the list goes on. There are many Christians who stand for what they believe is right and what the Word of God says. Now I agree with the Word of God, but it seems that something may have been missed along the way. Among the debates and discussions about how damned all of those

people are and how righteous all of these people are I think I failed to remember how loved all of us are. I am sorry for the crusades. For the do’s and dont’s. I am sorry for the laws passed to try to make you conform to some sort of personal ideal. There is no love in that. I am sorry for the self righteous neighbor who told you you were going to hell because you listened to Rock music, or don’t attend church. I am sorry for the hurt dealt to you by those who claimed to want to be your friend, but then distanced themselves from you because of something you did or believed. They claim to follow a man who

loved and accepted, yet throw their rules and hate at you. I am sorry for those who speak the name of Jesus yet have no intention of showing love by their actions. I am sorry that I have done this to you. You sat in my communications class and saw me profess some sort of Christian idea, and then never visit with you or never give you the time of day. You were in humanities class and I identified with Christ yet failed to show love, joy, peace and righteousness. And tomorrow I will probably walk by you and not wave, say hello, or even smile. I just owe you an apology.

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A piece labelled 1970s depicts a wasp landing on a pot is one of numerous pieces created by Professor and Department Chair of Visual and Performing Arts Richard Bird, in his “Then and Now” gallery in Memorial Hall’s Main Gallery.

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� in the MAKING

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A psychedelic poster hangs in memorial hall. On it, an afro-wearing, mustachioed silhouette sits beneath the words “Then and Now.” This disco Einstein is actually the 1977 faculty photo of Richard Bird. It is advertising Bird’s retrospective art show, which will hang in Memorial Hall’s Main Gallery until April 4. Bird, the CSC visual arts professor department chair, has been teaching at Chadron for 27 years. During this time, he has produced storage lockers full of work. These pieces range from hand-blown glass vases to bronze platters the size of birdbaths. “I wanted to do this show because I’ve been here so long,” Bird said, in his office on Wednesday. This space is filled, like the gallery, with works and projects from across the years. Bird explained that although the show reflects his legacy of work, it’s also there to teach. “I will talk in class about a process, and students will have never seen it,” he said. The works present cover a spectrum of techniques Bird learned over his art education, including bronze casting, electroforming, and screen-printing. Bird’s selected projects were created between the 1970s and present, and each piece hangs besides a name card with its respective decade. This gives the impression that each piece represents Bird’s education during that time. In a way, it does. Each piece came from a creative era that left its mark on the piece’s creator. Bird made his dyed wall-hangings, for example, in the 1970s. These faux tapestries are called batiks, and they are created by covering sections of the cloth in wax and dyeing it. This produces a crazed, crackled look, reminiscent of African textiles. Bird made these batiks during the decade of their re-birth, when the hippie crowed sought new ways to express through craft. Now, 40 years later, Bird teaches the same technique to his “creative crafts” students. His earthen-ware pieces, labeled “1970s,” Bird made for his MFA in ceramics. During that time, Bird investigated a new process called electroforming under the University of Iowa’s jewelry instructor. Bird covers objects, like his pots, with an

electric-conductive paint. He then connects them to a current and submerges them in a tank lined with copper bags. The copper breaks down and attaches to the piece, but only where it’s painted. One piece features an incredibly detailed copper wasp. This unfortunate insect died in Bird’s car, and he decided to electroform it. Bird’s unorthodox approach keeps his craft fresh and his pests nervous, because he is always willing to try something new. When he finished his MFA in ceramics, Bird stayed to study glassblowing under Vernon Brjacha. After Bird’s first experiences with glass, he was hooked for life. In his show, Bird’s glass pieces run the gambit from quirky to classic. A large green fish, resting elegantly on a stand, has shamrocks etched into its tail. These Bird made by masking over the smooth glass and then sand-blasting the design. Another piece, a towering orange vase splashed with purples and reds, Bird made by rolling the still-molten vase over a table, or “marver,” covered in broken bits of colored glass. Glassblowing is a fast-paced, incendiary art. Every fall, while he teaches his glassblowing I and II classes, Bird spends his evenings in the glassblowing annex behind Memorial Hall. It is here, with the help of Silas Kern, a fellow artist and CSC employee, Bird experiments with glass. Many of the pieces in his show were born in this shed, which is about the size of a one-car garage. Two brick furnaces blaze within, one to hold the molten glass, the other to reheat the piece being worked. From the end of a five-foot long blowpipe, Bird will heft his piece back and forth from the furnace to his workbench. It is hot work, but the pieces reflect his commitment to the molten art. One couldn’t guess, looking at the cool, clear glass beneath the gallery lights, but these platters and vases were once blazing at 1,900°F. Bird’s wide, colorful platters are one of his specialties. One of these confetti-colored pieces sits in a box of sand on the gallery’s floor. To create this platter, Bird must heat a large vase, already laden with melted colors, until it is almost plastic, then spin it furiously at the end of a thin metal rod. One misstep, and the whole piece falls to the floor. In 37 years of glassblowing, Bird has seen plenty of pieces fall to the floor.

“I’ve dropped pieces so many times it doesn’t bother me,” Bird said, shrugging. “My first reaction is to think, ‘where did I go wrong?’ Sometimes it’s a beginner mistake.” Bird asserts that you never stop learning, especially as a professor. Bird’s show tracks his technical progression through his different mediums. His stunning “winged” vases have flat, triangular bases, an effect created by re-dipping the finished vase in the molten glass on either side, over and over, until it gathers “fins.” He developed this style to avoid pieces that looked “machined.” “I’m looking for organic forms.” He said. “I just want something that doesn’t look like it was made in a factory.” Many of these pieces shimmer with a metallic, oil-slick color. This comes from the addition of metal oxides, spread in a thin layer over the hot glass. This effect creates iridescent glass, which appears to have many, interbred colors. Bird’s artistic past is like these mingled colors. His retrospective show reveals his breadth of interests, from collage to ceramic, and also shows how the mediums intersect. His powerful bronze platters are carved with delicate flowers. His bold screenprints feature the intersection of line and circle, just like his round, stripped vases. Bird’s crossmedium eye for detail, and his careful, craftsman’s tact make him an artistic resource. Chadron is lucky to have. Throughout his long artistic career, Bird has practiced and retained a wide variety of crafts. He worked at a foundry, studied up-andcoming techniques in ceramics, and dove into an art which many colleges hadn’t even heard: glass. He has kept what he learned over the decades to share with his students now. “I’m going to retire at the end of next year,” Bird said, “and I wanted to do a show that covers what I’ve learned.” Bird, age 66, is still learning. Of his teaching experience, Bird said, “I’ll try whatever you guys want me to and I’ll probably fail. But I will have fun doing it and learn something new.” Throughout his artistic career, Bird has kept this curious attitude alive. Thankfully, he decided to ditch the afro.

A piece labelled 1990s sits in Memorial Hall’s Main Gallery for Bird’s collection of art pieces.

Photos by Ashley Swanson

A bowl labelled 1970s sit on a podium in Memorial Hall’s Main Gallery for Bird’s gallery.


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Stodola finishes 4th in nation, earns All-American Janelle Kesterson Reporter Dustin Stodola, senior of Clarkson, 133-pounds, finished fourth in nation and captured All-American honors at the NCAA D-II National Championships in Cleveland, Ohio, this past weekend. He was one of three CSC wrestlers to compete in the Championships. The other two wrestlers were Jordan DeBus, senior of Mitchell, 184-pounds, and Michael Hill, junior of Fort Laramie, Wyo., 285-pounds. The wrestlers had 13 days to prepare for the National Tournament after the conclusion of Regionals. However, the three national qualifiers had the support of their team as they went into Nationals.

They had the exceptional support of three wrestlers whose seasons ended at regionals. Jay Stine, redshirt freshman of Worland, Wyo., 141-pounds; Devan Fors, junior of Roseburg, Ore., 197-pounds; and Rulon Taylor, freshman of Curtis, 285-pounds; all sacrificed their spring break to stay in Chadron and help their team members prepare for the National Tournament. Once in Cleveland, the Eagle wrestlers faired well considering the level of competition. Stodola began the tournament with a first period pin over Kody Young, redshirt sophomore of Brookville, Pa., from Mercyhurst University, Erie, Pa. Stodola fell by a 2-1 decision in overtime to Daniel DeShazer, sophomore of Wichita, Kan., from the University of Nebraska-

Kearney in his second match. However, Stodola overcame this defeat, and competed well in the consolation bracket. He won three of the four matches wrestled in the consolation bracket to end the tournament with fourth place. Stodola, who finished with a 30-3 record this season and went 75-40 during his career, is the 46th AllAmerican wrestler from CSC. DeBus and Hill were both eliminated from the tournament after losing the first two matches wrestled. However, DeBus, who was an AllAmerican in 2013, finished the season with a 16-4 record. He went 70-44 in his career. While Hill, who made his first appearance at the National Tournament this year, ended the season with a record of 16-9.

Rounding out indoor season, 2 seniors earn All-American Christopher Smith Reporter Two Chadron State seniors for the track and field team earned All-American honors at the NCAA D-II National Indoor Track and Field Championships in WinstonSalem, N.C., this past weekend. CSC’s Karl McFarlane, senior of Montego Bay, Jamaica, placed fourth in the 60-meter high hurdles earning All-American honors with a time of 7.93 seconds.

“I’m proud of my accomplishments thus far, worked hard and will continue to work hard for the upcoming outdoor track season,” McFarlane said. McFarlane has earned five AllAmerican honors in the 60-meter high hurdle. His career best time is 7.89 seconds which was recently set at the RMAC Championships. He holds the school record in 60-meter high hurdles and tied the RMAC record. Charith Kapukotuwa, senior from Chilaw, Sri Lanka, also

earned All-American honors in the shot put event finishing sixth. He threw a career best 58 feet, 3 inches Saturday. “It feels good to finally get AllAmerican recognition,” Kapukotuwa said. “I trained hard for this.” This is Kapukotuwa’s first AllAmerican honor. Last year, he finished ninth in the 35-pound weight throw, one slot away from being an All-American. He is also the school record holder in the 35-pound weight throw. Ashley Riesen, senior of Chad-

ron, just missed All-American honors in the mile run Saturday when she placed ninth in the finals with a time of 5:01.78. The CSC track and field teams are now gearing up for the outdoor season. They are hosting a high school track invitational at the Nelson Physical Activity Center Saturday. This will be the final indoor meet before the outdoor season begins on Saturday, March 29 at the Black Hills State Yellow Jacket Spring Open in Spearfish, S.D.

Softball team splits doubleheaders vs Grizzlies Conor P. Casey Reporter The Chadron State College softball team went 2-2 in its two doubleheaders against Adams State University, Alamosa, Colo., at the CSC Softball Field Sunday and Monday. The Eagles, 10-14 overall and 7-5 in RMAC play, return to the field this Friday in Lakewood, Colo., to take on Colorado Christian University in a doubleheader. The first pitch is set for noon. In the opening game on Sunday, Adams State was first on the board, scoring in the first

inning. The Eagles then responded in the second inning when Katie Londo, senior of Colorado Springs, homered over the left field fence, tying the game 1-1. In the bottom of the fifth, the Eagles seized control of the game after Sarah Knudsen, senior of Parker, Colo., drove in Taylor Bauer, freshman of Rapid City, S.D., with a two-run home run to center field. The Eagles went on to defeat the Grizzlies, 3-1. In the second game of the doubleheader Sunday, the Eagles again found themselves in a hole, down 4-0 after two innings. However, Bauer and Courtney Lecher,

freshman of Fort Collins, Colo., quickly pushed the Eagles into the lead in the fifth inning. First, Bauer homered driving in Londo and Caroline Johnson, sophomore of Firestone, Colo. Then, Lecher went deep over the left center-field fence to drive in Shea Graham, sophomore of Colorado Springs, and gave the Eagles a 5-4 lead. The lead changed hands again in the third inning when Adams State scored two runs, but the Eagles quickly took back control in the bottom half of the third taking a 7-6 lead en route to an 11-8 win. see SOFTBALL, Page 9


Sport: Wrestling Weight: 133 Class rank: Senior Hometown: Clarkson Stodola was guaranteed All-American honors after just the first rounds of the NCAA D-II Wrestling National Championships on March 14 and March 15, held in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned a fourth place finish at the tournament. He ended his season with a record of 30-3 this season, a career record of 75-40, and is the 46th All-American wrestler from CSC.


Sport: Track and Field Position: Hurdles/Jumps Class rank: Senior Hometown: Montego Bay, Jamaica McFarlane finished in fourth place in the 60-meter high hurdles at the NCAA D-II National Indoor Track and Field Championships on March 14 and March 15 at Winston-Salem, N.C. He had a time 7.93 seconds. This is the fifth time McFarlane has earned AllAmerican honors in the high hurdles.


Sport: Track and Field Position: Throws Class rank: Senior Hometown: Chilaw, Sri Lanka Kapukotuwa earned a sixth place finish in the shot put at the NCAA D-II National Indoor Track and Field Championships on March 14 and March 15 at Winston-Salem, N.C. He threw for 58 feet, 3 inches to earn his first AllAmerican honors.

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Rodeo club ropes success at first spring competition Janelle Kesterson Reporter The Chadron State College’s rodeo club’s next competition in the region will be March 28-30 at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington, and will be an opportunity for the competitors to carry over the success they had this past week at the Gillette College Rodeo held in Gillette, Wyo. Chadron State had two event winners this past weekend: Amy Tierney, senior of Oral, S.D., in the goat tying, and Collin Chytka, senior of Broken Bow, in the steer wrestling. Tierney was sixth in the first go-round of the goat tying in 8.4 seconds, and then was timed in 7.3 seconds, the fastest of the rodeo, in the finals on Sunday to win the event for the Eagles. Chytka wrestled his steer in 4.5 seconds in the first go-round and flipped his second steer in 4.3 seconds to win the event. Chytka also did well Sunday in the bare-

back riding. He won the championship goround with a score of 73 points. However, his first go-round score of 61 points was too low to place him among the top six in the averages. Nonetheless, Chytka was the runner-up in the rodeo’s all-around cowboy standings. Teammate Russ Hipke, senior of Stuart, tied Chytka for top honors in the first go-round of steer wrestling in 4.5 seconds, but didn’t wrestle his second steer fast enough to place. Several other CSC entries competed well including Shaylee Hance, junior of Circle, Mont., who placed second in goat tying with a time of 8.3 seconds in the first goround and a time of 7.7 seconds and a sec-

ond place finish in the finals to earn second in the averages. Another CSC goat-tier, Abby Frye, sophomore of Crawfordville, Ind., won the first go-round in 8.1 seconds, but her second run of 11.3 seconds knocked her out of the averages. However, the first go-round time marked a milestone for Frye as is was the first time she has earned a paycheck at a college rodeo. One other CSC competitor that placed in the averages was Shelby Winchell, senior of Scottsbluff, finished breakaway roping in 3.6 seconds in the first go-round and 3.8 seconds in the finals to land herself fourth in the averages.

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Monday’s games were a different story. The Grizzlies took a 6-0 lead behind two three-run home runs in the first and fifth innings. The Eagles never overcame the deficit, managing five runs in the final three innings losing by a final of 7-5. Lecher, Knudsen, and Jessica Eatmon, junior of Broomfield, Colo., carried the Eagles offensively, collecting two hits apiece. In the second game of the day, the Eagles again found themselves in a hole that they could not overcome as they were down 7-2 after two innings. The Grizzlies’ powerful offense was too much for the Eagles to handle. Adams State scored 10 runs on 13 hits. Katelyn Kruger, sophomore of Highlands Ranch, Colo., led the Eagles with two hits and one RBI.

Golf team’s spring season tees off today Clint Johnson Reporter The five women who make up the CSC golf team are Danielle Brennan, freshmen from Ellsworth; Mikayla Gallagher, freshman from Lead, S.D.; Emma Harris, sophomore from Wahoo; Nicole Thramer, freshman from Bartlett; and Schuyler Wetzel, sophomore from Hot Springs, S.D. The team started their fall season on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. They earned a 10th place, a ninth place, and a sixth place finishes in the fall season. Today and tomorrow the spring season begins with the Montana State University-Billings invite. The team will play in Chadron on Thursday, March 25. “We have a pretty young team. We have sophomores and freshman, it’s a pretty small close group,” Gallagher said. “I think that everyone’s excited just to get out because we’ve been doing a lot of indoor practicing, and it will be nice to actually get out on the course.”

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Campus concert ‘Releases’ talent Hannah Clark Copy Editor/Cartoonist This Saturday, March 22nd, Chadron State College will experience “Release” for the eighth year in a row. In years past, students and community members have packed Memorial Hall’s mainstage auditorium, ready to experience CSC’s artistic heavyhitters. At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Release organizers hope to see a similar turnout. This year, performer and organizer Karl Minor, of Montego Bay, Jamaica and Joshua Scheler, of Box Elder, S.D., Creative Director, have taken the event in a new direction. Instead of the usual creative smorgasbord, Minor and Scheler’s Release will feature three major artists: Minor, Freddy Culp, and Living in Air. All three acts are veterans from last year’s Release. Freddy Culp, senior of Miliani, Hawaii, won CSC’s “The Voice” competition in January, and traveled to

Nashville for the show’s audition in February. Living in Air features artist Arielle Tiensvold, a senior in music education from Rushville. Minor, via the Release Facebook page, is advertising ticket pick-up locations and times. Currently, students can claim free tickets in the Student Center, at the RLA front desk, from noon-2 p.m., until Friday. The Facebook page also features video logs of the different bands preparing their acts. One video shows Minor and his group traveling to Rapid City, S.D., with Laure Sinn, Student Activities Coordinator, to purchase costumes for the event. This video is indicative of some of the changes Minor and Scheler have made to Release. Tiensvold explained the differences thus: “This Release is set up more like a concert,” she explained on Monday. The show will be composed of groups that are more likely to go on tour, and they will share the stage in equal parts with “transitioning acts” in between. Tiensvold continued, “not only that,

but Freddy, Karl, and I are getting our hair, makeup, and even wardrobe put together for us.” This shift, from Release’s previous, more home-grown feel, is also reflected in its title. The red and tan posters, hung around campus, are emblazoned with “Release: Live.” The addition of the second term shifts Release’s focus from the communal to the commercial. Although students are not charged entry fees, the concert-like focus draws a line between the acts as students and performers. “We will be walking on stage transformed from our regular, everyday appearance,” Tiensvold said. In years past, students have attended Release to cheer on their peers. Now students will be attending, if Minor and Scheler’s vision works, a concert. This will be Minor, Culp, and Tiensvold’s last Release. Tiensvold is sad to be leaving Chadron to student teach, but said of her fellow performers, “I’m excited to share the stage with them one more time before we

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take off for our future journeys.” This being his last Release, Minor will hand off the event’s organization to another student or group. Each organizer, since the show’s creator, Jovan Mays, has given Release a unique feel. Minor’s legacy may be one of glitz and glitter, but that commitment to putting on a show may add

an exciting professionality to Release. However, combating this exclusive, performative feel, the Release team will host an after party in the Student Center, to which everyone is invited. “A night of free entertainment and a party following?” Tiensvold said, “I don’t know why anyone would want to miss this.”

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