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The Voice of Chadron State College since 1920

SEMPER VERITAS

THURSDAY

MARCH 28, 2013 ISSUE NO. 10

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COLLEGE MONITORS ENERGY USE

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Campus energymonitoring project makes installation headway

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The Nelson Physical Activity Center’s weight room features multiple options for students, whether it’s building muscle up or just tryin g to stay healthy, there is more than one way to do it. The weight room boasts two powe r racks as well as a dual-cable crossover machine. Along with those items, there are the traditional weight benches; dumbbells— ranging from five-100 pounds—plate loade d machines; and other various small machines. The weight room is open from 6 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 6 a.m.-7 p.m., Fridays; 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturdays; 1-5 p.m., Sundays.

LIFESTYLES >>

GAMES TAKE GRIT, TIME Campus gamer shares about the hard work necessary to allow others the opportunity to sit back and relax

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Jaden Lacy, 19, of Hastings, lifts weights in the Nelson Physical Activity Center's weight room.

CSC’S NCAA HEARING STILL UNSCHEDULED INDEX NEWS.........................2 OPINION....................5 TAKE TEN.................10 SPORTS...................11 LIFESTYLES.............14

Chadron State’s original Feb. 22 hearing before the NCAA Committee on Infractions was postponed by the NCAA and, as of Wednesday, has not been rescheduled. NSCS General Counsel Kristin Petersen stated Wednesday “We hope to have a new hearing date soon.”

HUNTING TASTY EASTER FUN The Criminal Justice and Legal Studies clubs are hosting their annual Easter egg hunt at 4 p.m. today on the Dean’s Green. The event is open to any CSC students’ children.

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chadron state STUDENT GOVERNMENT STUDENT SENATE NUTS & BOLTS: March 25 Meeting

SENATE MEMBER RESIGNS Brooke Fairhead, Senator-atlarge, announced her resignation from Senate on Monday. Her resignation letter stated she had other obligations.

CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES REVIEWED Jacob Rissler, Andrews Hall senator, announced changes occurring to the Student Senate constitution.

SUB-COMMITTEES CAB NUTS & BOLTS: March 26 Meeting

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CAB allocated $250 for Scholastic Day, April 5. Volunteers are still needed and people interested may talk to Laure Sinn in the Student Center.

NOMINATIONS EXTENDED

Student senate weighs constitutional changes

- General Info. Session - study abroad, 2 p.m. SC - Passion of the Christ movie showing, 7 p.m. SC -Late night at the Pit, 9 p.m. SC

ORGANIZATION

There is no place in Edna that meets the requirements for an ice machine. Sanitation costs are also an issue. Reporter Prestwich says it is costly to keep the Senate’s Monday meeting began with machine in Kent working and clean. Andrews Hall Senator Jacob Rissler If students would still like ice the discussing proposed changes to the idea of an icebox could be possible. Student Senate Constitution. Students would purchase a bag of Rissler discussed adding the stu- ice from an icebox like ones found at dent trustee position and senate’s convenience stores. CAB representative to the senate exIn CAB’s Tuesday meeting, CAB ecutive board. President Dani Buckley, said nomiThe other major change would be nations for executive board positions to the presidential veto. The presi- are being pushed back a week due to dent will only be Spring Break. allowed to veto CAB passed something once. an allocation of Right now the $250 for Schopresident has the lastic Day, a choice to veto school-wide one item three event on April times. 5. Volunteers Along with the are needed to veto, senators are help out during allowed to overScholastic Day ride the presi- The Student Senate adopted its current logo in and interested dent’s veto with the fall 2012 semester. parties can cona two-thirds vote. tact Laure Sinn A few smaller changes will occur in the Student Center. and Morgan Nelson, student trustee, James Bahensky, senate president, asked that the position of student ended the meeting by asking CAB trustee be called such in the consti- member what they thought about tution. budget hearings. Most members reIt was moved and passed that the sponded to being interested in the document be reviewed and voted on final outcome of the budget hearings. in the next student senate meeting. If clubs wish to appeal and feel they Student Senate sponsor Aaron should receive more money, they Prestwich, executive director of stu- may do so. Appeals will be taking dent life, said the proposal for an ice place next week, on Thurs. April 4 at machine in Edna has been rejected. 3 p.m. in the student center.

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FRIDAY - Senior Thesis Art Show Reception, 4 p.m. M. Hall

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ALLIES

$400

Blue Key

$850

Campus Activities Board Homecoming $50 to all clubs for homecoming

$13,500 $5,000 $1,500

Cardinal Key

$400

Chi Alpha

$2,450

Choir

$0

College Republicans’

$140

Health Professions

$380

International Club

$3,200

NAfME

$300

MTNA

$950

Nu Delta Alpha

$300

Outdoor Adventure Club

$925

Office of Student Activities

$0

Omega Phi Rho

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Pre-Vet

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Revive

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RLA2

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Rodeo

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Social Science

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Social Work3

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The Pit

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War Eagles

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Women’s Rugby

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Total without conditional allocations: $77,425 Total with conditional allocations: $99,725 Conditional $1,000 upon adherence to board policies in regards to student organizations. 2Conditional $12,000 upon altered management structure/adherence to its constitution and student government constitutions. 3Conditional $300 if the club hosts an event primarily for CSC students. 4Conditional $9,000 for production of ACCLAIM, upon progress report after midterm break, October 2013. Student Senate will vote on final approval of the Student Activity Fee budget at its April 8 meeting.

“Communication is key.” – Dani Buckley, CAB President

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ALLOCATION

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“What advice would you pass onto your successors?”

Weekly Calendar: March 28–April 4

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Initial allocations from AY 2013-14 budget hearings

Teri Robinson

Due to Spring Break, CAB nomination for executive board positions are being pushed back a week.

THURSDAY

SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE

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SUNDAY - Big Event Information, 11 a.m. SC

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MONDAY - Big Event Information, 11 a.m. SC

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TUESDAY - CAB Meeting, 6 p.m. SC - Chi Alpha Meeting, 8 p.m. SC

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WEDNESDAY - Duo Piano Concert, 7:30 p.m. M. Hall - Revive Meeting, 8:30 p.m. SC

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LIGHTS OUT:

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CSC electrical upgrades prompt scheduled outages across campus

“After the study, we determined we need to monitor our energy use,” Brennan said. Executive Editor The system can track steam, condensate, and water usage, Brennan said. If a pipe breaks in a building, the system can detect it. The system enables the college to use load-shedding, a process where Chadron State is powering down portions of campus this weekend so that subcontractors can install portions of a $110,000 energy-monitoring non-essential utilities can be shut down during high-use periods to curb system stress during peak times. project in four buildings. The Nebraska Unicameral funded the project through its Task Force “It saves the college money,” Brennan said. “It will be a very useful tool.” for Building Renewal program. The Task Force Brennan said energy use typically peaks duroperates under LB 309’s guidelines. Funds from ing the first few days of the academic year, and TIME DATE OUTAGE the Task Force are earmarked for deferred rethat the Nebraska Public Power District then pair, Americans with Disabilities Act upgrades, bills the college at that rate for the remainder of 8 a.m. March 30 NPAC energy conservation, and safety projects. the year. The college wants to reduce its energy 10 a.m. March 30 High Rise “Each outage is planned for 1-2 hrs and will use during peak times to save money, and this affect the entire building,” Blair Brennan, physisystem makes that happen. 12:30 p.m. March 30 Kent cal facilities coordinator, stated in a March 20 Data from the energy monitoring enables the 2:30 p.m. March 30 Student email. college to track the energy conservation effecCenter West Johnson Controls, of Milwaukee, manufactiveness of past renovations, such as insulation, tured the system, and is installing it with the light upgrades, and window replacements. This table illustrates the time, date, and location of help of local subcontractors from the GeringCSC plans using this data to project how much campus power outages for the upcoming weekend. Scottsbluff area, Brennan said Tuesday. it can save on utility expenses by upgrading or Results from a campus-wide energy study renovating its existing buildings. conducted last year by Olsson Associates, of Lincoln, spawned the cur“They say the system from Johnson Controls can give us any type of rent energy-monitoring initiative and will allow CSC to save money report we can think of,” Brennan said. while operating more efficiently, Brennan said. CSC does not expect analyzable results for at least a year, Brennan said.

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Photos by Ashley Swanson

Stacks of boxes fill one of the many supply rooms now occupying Hildreth’s floors.

Former education bldg. stores more than knowledge Ashley Swanson Photo Editor

One set of blue prints, marked from May 1966, depicts a set of stairs in Hildreth .

An old Campus Activities Board sign leans against a wall in one of the second-floor classrooms.

A set of blue prints, each depicting different areas of the building, lie on a conference table.

About 23,908 gross square feet of brick, mortar, glass, and beams occupy the space on the corner of Main and 12th Street. To a number of students on campus, Hildreth is a threestory mystery, but to others, it was a place they called home. Designed by architect J.C. Stitt, Hildreth’s construction was complete on June 14, 1926, and was built to support extra teaching classes at Chadron State. Originally, the building was used as a lab school, but, as the baby boomers began to arrive in 1964, it was updated into classrooms, Ann Peterson, professor of education, said. Peterson, a graduate of CSC, worked in Hildreth for eight or nine years before moving with the rest of the education department to Old Admin. “It’s a neat old building,” Peterson said. Psychology was also housed in Hildreth before moving over to the re-opened Miller building in 1998. Methods classes, elementary

education, and block were the main areas of education taught in Hildreth, Peterson said. “It’s a good sturdy, old building,” Peggy Marshall, retired CSC education instructor, said. Marshall, who taught classes at CSC for 24 years, said the top floor served as a spaced for elementary block, while elementary and secondary classes were found on other floors. However, all classes used the lab that occupied a large area on third floor. The basement of Hildreth, when it was a prep school, served as a gym. The large area was then used as a lecture hall after the prep school closed. Eventually, the area became a place where play crews could build sets for events or shows going on in Memorial Hall. It also serves as a practice area for the golf team when the weather isn’t up to par. The education department was moved from Hildreth to Old Admin in the summer of 2009 when Old Admin was re-opened after renovations, Marshall said. Currently, the department occupies the first floor, with offices on the east side, and classrooms on the west.

Marshall said Hildreth was old and would have taken extensive remodeling to bring it up with technology, which is why the education department was moved. Marshall worked in Old Admin for one year before retiring. Hildreth had more of a family feeling because the offices were by the classrooms. Old Admin separated this camaraderie, and did not leave the family feeling it used to have, Marshall said when asked if the atmosphere of the two buildings were the same. Today, Hildreth is vacant, student wise, and is primarily used for storage. The IT Department houses computers that cannot be placed; filing cabinets, desks, and chairs are stored in the former lab area on third floor; and mountains of custodial supplies are stored throughout the building, Terri Lemmon, accountant, said. Filing cabinets, desks, and chairs that are not wanted or used for a while are placed on auction. Some items are listed for auction on e-commerce website eBay. Recycling is also housed there until it can be shipped off, Lemmon said.

Students learn from past to prepare for future Spike Jordan Opinion Editor Eleven Chadron State College students unveiled exhibits for Survey of American Military History: The Battle For Bataan, Tuesday afternoon in the lower level of Crites Hall. The Bataan Death March occurred after the April 1942 invasion of the Philippines by Japanese Imperial Forces. It is estimated that 60,000-80,000 Filipino and American prisoners of war were forced to trek 80 miles through deplorable conditions to a prisoner camp. No food was provided for the prisoners of war during the march, and water was scarce. An estimated 100-650 soldiers died during the march, as Japanese troops would frequently beat and bayonet prisoners that would fall behind. An interdisciplinary studies course, Survey in American Military history contains

mostly ROTC cadets and Museum Studies students and is instructed by faculty from both programs. At the beginning of the semester, the students were separated into three groups, began researching the Battle for Bataan, and prepared exhibits focusing on the Bataan Death March. Students also conducted weekly “ruck marches” and physical training as part of the course, carrying increasing weight loads over an increased distance. The training prepared the students for competition in the annual Bataan Memorial Death March on March 17, aboard the White Sands Missile Range, N.M. All of the students said that the experience helped them grow together as a tight-knit team. The students also visited museums and attended military history presentations during the New Mexico trip, and were given the opportunity to speak to a select few living Bataan Death March survivors.

An ROTC member holds her hands during the exhibit opening.


OPINION

MARCH 28, 2013 | The Eagle | csceagle.com

EDITORIAL–THE EAGLE’S VIEW

Let the facts speak about DOMA Tristen Hust

Equality does not tarnish the ‘sanctity’ of marriage

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t press time, the Supreme Court hasn’t released their ruling on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, a 1996 law that sets the Federal definition of marriage as one woman, one man. The discussions across respective sides of the issue have been heated in the past few days, and there are no shortages of opinions. But let us focus on the one viewpoint that argues marriage as a religious institution, the sanctity of which shouldn’t be tarnished. That sentiment is nice, and it gives straight couples that go through the rite as a religious experience the solace that what they are doing is something larger than either person involved, that it is two people becoming one under the eyes of God. However, it’s more complicated than a rite. Not all marriages in this nation are granted by a pastor in a church; any man and woman can walk into a court house, fill out a piece of paper, and they are married. Notice how married was not placed in quotation marks? That’s because a courthouse marriage is considered the same in the eyes of the law, the state, and the IRS as the sanctified sacrament that people receive in a church. The rapture hasn’t come, and courthouse marriages don’t seem to affront and anger your respective gods, nor do they signal the decline of our society. How then can we use the word marriage for two different practices, but still have it mean the same thing in the eyes of the law? The way that the law is currently structured favors two people, regardless of whether love is a factor, to enter into a secular marriage. This allows for them to reap the benefits of such an arrangement, from taxes, to default life-insurance payments to spousal hospital visits and other things written immediately into the slew of other acts that our law provides. The “sanctity” of marriage undoubtedly belongs in a church, that very sanctity is a lofty ritual for many religions, and is often explicitly stated as union of man and wife. Nothing in the law makes God recognize a justice of peace’s ruling inside the sepulcher, and validates that sanctity for you. So why then oppose marriage equality for same-sex couples? It’s not the same thing as your trusted and sanctified ritual, and similar legal acts have done nothing to corrupt or invalidate. So it seems like only common sense that two people who actually love each other should be afforded the exact same rights and the exact same responsibility to each other in a contract, either in the eyes of God or the eyes of the law, regardless of what their gender might be.

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any, if not all of you, are aware of what is going on in the Supreme Court. Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard arguments for and against The Defense of Marriage Act. DOMA, to be put simply, states that a marriage should consist of one man and one woman. Marriage is typically taken to the state level, and either you are allowed to marry in a state or you are not. Here in Nebraska it is illegal to marry someone of the same sex. However, it is legal in nine states and the District of Columbia. The problem with DOMA is seen on the federal level. Even if a same sex couple were to wed in a state where it is legal, the federal government does not recognize that couple’s union. You may ask, “Well, they’re still married, so what does it matter?” It matters because there are benefits given by the federal government to straight couples that are not given to same sex couples. In fact, over 1,200 rights that are given to straight couples are not granted to same sex couples, including social security benefits, Medicaid, eligibility for public housing, etc. For those of you that are pro-veteran

and veteran’s benefits, those do not apply to same-sex couples within the military, even with the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Army Sgt. Donna Johnson was killed in a suicide bomber attack in Afghanistan. She was married legally within her state. Survived by her wife, Tracey Dice, (also in the military) Dice was unable to collect the benefits given to the spouses of deceased veterans. This kind of thing happens all the time. Typically, I am a person who will do my best to take both sides of every issue into consideration. In fact, I have been known to argue in favor of things I don’t necessarily believe in if it means showing the person I am debating with that there is, in fact, two sides of the story. However, in the case of gay marriage, I find this incredibly difficult because every argument that tries to oppose it simply falls flat on its face. The opposing side to gay marriage will argue that it is unnatural. Well, did you know that over 1,500 species (and counting) exhibit homosexual behavior? There is only one species that exhibits homophobia. Many will say homosexuality is a choice. Science has already proven this statement incorrect on multiple occasions. A study conducted on human pheromones proves that homosexuals and heterosexuals release different pheromones. Not only have that, but studies on neurons in the brain showed a signifi-

MAN ON THE STREET

cant difference in the size of the neuron INAH3 between homosexuals and heterosexuals. Besides, who in the world would choose to be gay in this kind of world? Here in the United States even, gay people have been burned alive, beaten to a pulp and tied to a fence post. For those that say there are differences in the way kids are raised by homosexual couples, you’re absolutely right. Studies have shown that children who are raised by homosexual parents are more compassionate, more kind, and more accepting to new ideas. Sixty years ago, it was illegal for colored people to marry non-colored people. Why? Well, the argument used in the Virginia V. Loving case is almost identical to the argument being used now. This is supposed to be the land of the free. The United States is known for supposed equality for all people. I’m sorry, but I’m not seeing that now. DOMA is proof of that. In fact, half of the people that signed DOMA to begin with now regret it. The president that signed it into order to begin with, President Bill Clinton, now sees the need to overturn DOMA and get rid of it. If the man who signed it into being sees the need to get rid of it, if he was able to open his eyes wanting to be on the right side of history, why can’t others? It’s time to open our eyes and actually start to make the United States equal.

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we asked: “Do you think gay marriage should be legalized in Nebraska? Why?”

TAYLOR BOLDT

TYLER EGENBERGER

STACI BRANDER

MARIO BLANCO

JIM WRIGHT

“No, just because of the separation of church and state. They shouldn’t have an opinion on it, and the government shouldn’t have a say.”

“No. I just think that if we legalize it, people would abuse it more than they do already. The government would take advantage of it.”

“I say yes because if you love someone you might as well be with them. I don’t see why it should be different from anyone else.”

“I just let people do whatever they want to do, because it’s not my business what people want to do with life.”

“I think it should be. It’s going to happen no matter what. There’s no point in fighting it. People should be able to live how they want to live.”

19, freshman of Grant

19, freshman of Brady

21, junior of Yumau, Colo.

20, sophomore of Loveland, Colo.

21, junior of Fort Calvin


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The Voice of Chadron State College since 1920

EDITORIAL BOARD T.J. THOMSON................................................Executive Editor SPIKE JORDAN................................................. Opinion Editor MOLLY WEDAN...................................................Sports Editor SARA LABOR.................................................Lifestyles Editor ASHLEY SWANSON ��������������������������������������������� Photo Editor EDITORIAL STAFF KEVIN OLEKSY..................................... .........Web Consultant BARRETT BROWN.....................................................Reporter TERI ROBINSON........................................................Reporter JUSTY BULLINGTON................................Events Coordinator JENNIFER PARKER...........................................Photographer HANNAH CLARK................................Copy Editor/Cartoonist EXECUTIVE STAFF

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KRISTINA HARTER.................................Advertising Director KAYLA BUNCH................................ ...Chief Financial Officer ASHLEY CARSON......................................Executive Editorial

Little things, like classmates falling asleep, often serve as a frustration for a veteran accustomed to the disciplined environment of active duty.

A tough transition from combat to classrooms Amanda Haney Contributor

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ne morning, my commander called me into his office. I nervously reported in and he began breaking the news to me. “Well, Corporal Haney, I have some good and bad news for you. The bad news is that you will be leaving Fort Stewart, [Ga.]” My Heart dropped as I waited for him to continue. “The good news is that you won’t be going to Korea. You got the Green to Gold Scholarship and are headed to the corn state.” I had waited to hear those words for a year and a half, and when he told me I got the scholarship I almost lost all military bearing. In my head, I was doing summersaults and I could see fireworks, but I just stood there. I respond with a brief “Hooah” did an about face and marched out of the office filled with so much joy it was almost over flowing. “Thank you God!” I prayed over and over again, but after an hour of my joy reality sat in. I began asking myself if I was really prepared to go to college. I hadn’t been in school for six years and in the past five I had been given so much direction I wasn’t sure what it would look like

without it. The first thing I had to struggle with wasn’t classes. It is hard coming back from being deployed in Afghanistan for sixteen months and losing two friends. No one truly knows what you have been through and I personally didn’t feel the need to share. I suffered silently as I sat in one of my first classes, African American Pop Music History. It was a riveting class, but the guy next to me started to fall asleep in the front row. Did this guy have a sleeping disorder? I tried to ignore it and focus on the class, but something about him falling asleep bothered me. Over the next several weeks I began to get to know him better. He was on the track team and receiving a scholarship to go to school. I asked myself if my friends were fighting overseas and dying so that scholarship recipients could fall asleep in class. and why bother fighting if no one even appreciates all that we have? I started to take it personally and then seven weeks into class I lost two more friends on a deployment I would have been on if I wasn’t going to school. I tried to pretend like I was ok, but there were times I went into the bathroom crying and praying for the wives and families left behind. I would start to do homework and my mind would wander to another place. I would see all the memories and

pain I left behind in Afghanistan. After I got back from the funeral, I went back to class and started my routine again. This time the track guy actually stayed awake for class and I couldn’t blame my anger on him anymore. I wanted to tell him thank you, but I don’t know if he would really understand. He had made me realize that I had a lot to deal with on my own about the things I had been through. I focused on cleaning out the anger and pain in myself I started to see people in a different light. It was easier to listen to the other students and not judge them because they hadn’t served their country. Though I was finally dealing with all my pain the world around me started to crumble. I didn’t have the Army to tell me what I was going to be doing or how I would be doing. I started to lose track of my school work and realized I didn’t really have any good study skills. How do I balance my life, school, and ROTC? It changes daily; I was almost left feeling empty without my battle buddies and the structure of the Army. I am still trying to figure everything out, but I’m grateful for the students, faculty, and community members in Chadron who supported me and helped me cope with the stress; I wouldn’t be graduating next May without them.

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A battle of 70s rock-and-roll powerhouses Two bands, and one page: a battle long contested by Classic Rock radio stations and music buffs alike. Sarah Polak is in no-way a music expert, but she does have fond memories of the 80s. Spike Jordan is a self-professed music nerd and hard rock conisseur, but was born too late. —JOURNEY IS THE BETTER BAND —

Sarah Polak Contributor I have had a continually heated debate with my opponent across the page about a topic that was oddly passionate to me. Which is better: Journey or Foreigner? Both 70s rock bands continue to light up stages and “power ballad lighters” around the world. Both bands wrote and performed songs which are sung today. I argue that Journey is by far the superior band. My opponent criticizes Journey on their musicianship and that their musical “chops.” The band was formed by former members of Santana and FrumiousBandersnatch, whose members went on to form the Steve Miller Band. The founding members of Journey met as studio musicians, meaning that they could actually play their instruments. Foreigner was formed after Journey and was just getting off the ground as Journey was starting their years of major commercial success. The band now known as Journey was originally formed as Jazz fusion group, which my opponent says was the “golden years” of the group. Perhaps, but they did not secure their recording contract until after changing their name and hiring a drummer who had formerly worked with John Lennon and Frank Zappa. For most Journey fans, though, the “golden years” started with the hiring of iconic front man Steve Perry in 1977. Non-Journey fans knock the band for hiring a Filipino singer who was singing Journey covers on YouTube. Listen, if it works for Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepson, oh wait, never mind. Some have called the Journey fans criticism of Arnel Pineda as racist, I call it no worse than hiring the

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new lead singer of INXS from a reality competition show. (Micheal Hutchence, may you rest in peace.) In a completely informal and unscientific study, I asked a random group of CSC students to name two Journey songs and two Foreigner songs. The students had no clue who the bands were, but once I started naming the Journey song—“Don’t Stop Believing”—I stopped, because every stuSpike Jordan dent knew that song. They knew the band Opinion Editor immediately. How about Foreigner? Even after namMy opponent hit the nail on the head in ing “Hot Blooded,” “Cold as Ice,” and “Juke her first few paragraphs, but she got some Box Hero,” they still had no clue. facts wrong. Chronologically, Journey did All of this is good and come first, and if I were to comwell, but to me one of the pare pre-Steve Perry Journey, I would say they beat Foreigner tests of a truly great band is hands-down. longevity. Can they keep proJust the pedigree of that ducing hits, releasing records, band was impressive, right up and rocking arenas? Do peountil they fired drummer Aynple still listen to their music sly Dunbar (the esteemed muthirty years later? The answer sician my opponent eluded to) for Journey is yes. after Perry’s first album with Journey has sold 47 milthe band. The only people that listen to “prog” with sincere enlion albums in the United thusiasm are pretentious chaps States with 80 million albums like me, and the late 70s was aa worldwide. In 2005, a USA hard time to break through for Journey’ s eponymous debut was Today opinion poll named a progressive rock group. released on Columbia Records in 1975 Journey the fifth best AmeriBut you have to roll with the can rock band in history. punches when record execs like Sales have resulted in two Robert Flieschman tell you the truth: Teens listening to FM gold albums, eight multi-platradio don’t want artsy-fartsy inum albums, and one diainstrumental music; they want mond album (which means something that they can snap over 10,000,000 copies) intheir fingers and sing-along to. cluding seven consecutive The delicious irony is that a multi-platinum albums belong established and talented tween 1978 and 1987). band like Journey sacrificed They have had eighteen their art and integrity and changed their format to conTop 40 singles in the US, six form to the commercially viof which reached the Top able sounds of. . . Foreigner! 10 of the US Billboard Hot Foreigner’s eponymous debut was That’s right; they were a For100 chart and two of which released on Atlantic Records in 1977 eigner clone, and a half-assed reached No. 1 on other Billone. board charts. Foreigner is the quintessenWith songs featured on recent televitial example of the 70s rock-scape before sion shows such as “Glee,” it’s no question: hair-metal took over, and the fans of this brand of dad-rock are often super serious Journey is the better band.

about it. I can’t give you tangible reasons, so let me give you more contextual imagery, colloquially known in the parlance of our time as “feels.” I see Foreigner as an orchestra, providing the kickass soundtrack for the “tall can”swilling, flannel-cutoff wearing, mulletand-mustache having, white-trash average American male. Their songs appeal to that Johnny Everyman; working for the city and driving around in his Trans Am trying to “pick-up chicks.” Foreigner is music that defines the “Heavy Metal parking lot” crowd. It paints the daydreams for the guy that meticulously cultivates his “bad-boy” image, mixing in a bit of the lame misunderstood burnout anti-hero found in every cheesy 80s teen movie. Foreigner embodies a kind of sincere portrayal of the overtly-machismo ethos parodied in “This is Spinal Tap,” an honest reflection of a demographic that is not to be admired, or even to emulated; but studied by anthropologists under a cultural microscope for years to come. It’s not only incredibly fascinating, it’s also very entertaining. Journey could never capture Foreigner’s audience, no matter how hard they tried. But instead of keeping to their patrician craft, they lowered themselves down to fill filthy, plebian ears, and they did it with ambiguously pansy songs like “Don’t Stop Believing.” The argument that the average CSC student can identify a Journey song only shows that it’s pervasive, not that it’s a quality tune penned by master musicians. It speaks to a broad versus a targeted audience, and that the majority’s taste in music is garbage The biggest “DUH!” moment in my opponents argument is the obvious advantage of record sales and longevity that Journey has. But to proclaim these facts as the objective standards for defining a band as superior isn’t going to win this battle. Foreigner has had no illusions about their music. They didn’t change their sound to make a record exec happy. They kept true to their art, and were succesful the way they were. That principle is why Foreigner was, is, and forever shall be: “Juke Box Heroes.”


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ome art tells, and some art shows. The best does both. This semester's senior art show, Take Five, dabbles in both breadths of communication, leaving the audience with comments, and commentary, on the artists' worlds. The show borrows its name for the age-old colloquialism meaning “take a short break.” Chadron's art program has pulled from its talent-box five colorful communicators: Kelly Overshiner, Tiffany Schank, Brittany Debord, Chris Green, and Nichole Folchert to populate this artistic oasis, on display in Memorial Hall's Main Gallery until April 10. The show's title, Take Five, also implies an ownership the audience earns once they walk through the gallery doors. “Take these artists,” the bright display lights seem to say, “and judge their worth.” Spread out on the sacrificial canvas, the five artists offer up the culminate works of their academic careers.

"Garth," a ceramic sculpture by Brittney DeBord, rests in Memorial Hall's Main Gallery and is part of the "Take Five" senior art show.

Nichole Folchert's most elegant contributions, tw watercolor pears, provided apt examples of difficult medium render tasteful and refined. Als in her repertoire, Folch graphic designs are simple and charming, t important characteristic consumer-oriented desi work. Chris Green also chose display his graphic des work, but his subtle and urbane designs were overshadowed by an interesting display called “anaglyph 3D co lection.” This was a tv loop of digital photo graphs, featuring a young girl brandishing snake at the camera. Blurry and dichromat the pictures don't come into focus unless vi ers don a pair of 3D glasses. Green's expl tion of traditional 3D methods is reminiscen old 3D comics, a way-side art form he invi the audience to rediscover. Kelly Overshiner's assemblage brought an attentive tone to the show, with her pieces providing a broad life commentary. Her la est oil, a solar system strewn with broken c puter parts, remarks about the steady filling of our astronomical sphere with waste. The technological bits litter the solar-scape, distracting from the natural beauty and remind ing the viewer that waste not only pollutes landfills, but our skies as well.

"Monkey," a mixed media rendering, shows the head of its namesake from a fro exhibit in Memorial Hall's Main Gallery.


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All of these artists will be hosting a reception March 29, from 4-6 p.m. Take Five is visible from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., when the gallery's open doors invite students to take a break from the pre-finals maelstrom and enjoy these five senior's works. But just a warning: the show is good, so it might take more than five minutes to enjoy.

The quantity of Brittany Debord's contribution to the show leaves a strong impression on the gallery audience, along with the quality of every piece. “Tiptoe through the Tulips,” a watercolor, demonstrates a lovely use of masking fluid. Her “Downtown Alley,” a photograph utilizing hand-tinting, combines a painting's emotionality with photography's precision. But by far, “From the Depths of the Heart” provides the most interesting commentary. A batik-dyed fabric with beads and buttons sewn across a sea of crazed threading, this piece presents a dark deconstruction of domesticity, breaking the girly norms and conceptions of craftwork. Finally Tiffany Schank's sculptures accentuated her peer's work with a tactile flare. Her earthenware sculpture “Gramps,” is an homage to her grandfather, but unlike the niche of nostalgia pieces, the piece isn't a caricature, but rather a sincere ode. Her capstone piece, a mechanical sculpture, is entitled “Nemean Lion.” The allusion is to the Greek myth of Hercules' feline foe, and Schank said the sculpture's creation was Herculean. “It took the entire semester,” Schank said in a phone interview Tuesday. Her sculpture II class featured a guest speaker from Alliance, who purported how difficult mechanical sculpture is. Gauntlet thrown down, Schank accepted the challenge and emerged with the rusted Regulus. Of the show, Schank said, “it's a pretty diverse group, we have graphic designers, educators, and studio majors.”

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"Suffered an Bled," acrylic on canvas by CSC senior Tiffany Schank, depicts an elderly man with his eyes closed and is one of the pieces currently on exhibit in Memorial Hall's Main Gallery.

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JOJO PHILLIPS Photo by Ashley Swanson

Chadron State’s offensive linemen practice drills Wednesday evening on the practice field. CSC’s spring ball started on Monday after weeks of winter conditioning.

Diet affects weight-room outcomes tened to coach Larson’s words as 13 weight lifting records were set, a great way to start spring ball. “We are extremely excited about the guys’ effort and involvement in the Faster! Go again! Do it right! These are all phrases that the Chadron State footweight room,” Long said. ball players received during winter conJojo Phillips, a junior safety of La ditioning these past few weeks. Through Mesa, Calif., led in five of six safety much perspiration, and some vomit, the lifting categories, and set a team reEagles football team has made a huge imcord in the 40-yard dash, previously pact already this season. held by Danny Woodhead. Phillips “Basically, football starts in January with ran it in 4.40 seconds, compared to the off-season work outs,” Head Coach Jay Woodhead’s 4.43. Long said. “Winter conditioning was pretty However, before any of the weights can good, it was still a grind but I was be lifted or the sprints can be run, the athable to push through it and get betletes need to prepare their bodies and make ter,” Phillips said. sure they are in good nutritional condition. Phillips also acknowledges that In order to get the maximum results from diet is an important part of sports. a workout, an athlete has to make sure “I eat probably more than six times their diet has enough calories to give them a day,” Phillips said with a laugh. “I energy for workouts. Photo by Ashley Swanson eat a lot of carbs and yogurt, and “For the most part I stress a diet high drink chocolate milk for protein.” A nutrition sign hangs on a window covering a buffet in the cafe. in calories,”Defensive Coordinator and In addition to Phillips records, Strength and Conditioning Coach Jeff Conor Casey, junior corner back of Rapid City, S.D., broke the team vertical Larson said. jump record, held by fellow Rapid City native Allan Schmaltz, with a height of Larson said for football players especially, diets with calories are important 41 inches. because of the energy they provide. However, athletes have to be smart about Lifting his way to the top was Michael Madkins, junior tailback of Elk Grove, the calories they consume. A candy bar won’t give you the same type of calorie Calif., who won the pound for pound lifting category. Daniel Sotelo, sophoas bread or meat will. more offensive guard of Grand Island, beat the squat record for offensive lineNot only is the kind of food an athlete consumes important, but also when man by 30 pounds from the original one set by Mike Aimone in 2007. Sotelo they consume their meals. The standard breakfast, lunch and dinner meals are also led in total pounds lifted for the team with 1,310 out of all core lifts. a necessity for football players, but eating after weight lifting is very important “This year’s winter conditioning was more intense than last year because the as well. When lifting, the muscles suffer microscopic tears, and need nutrients coaches are trying to fill in spots where people graduated or left,” Sotelo said. and rest in order to repair and become stronger. “I just want to get better on my footwork and help my team do better than last “I tell the players to eat a decent meal after weight lifting to help their muscles year because we have the potential to be a really good team.” repair themselves,” Larson said. “After a workout, a player’s energy is low, so Spring practices are every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday throughcarbs help transport proteins into the muscle to help repair it.” out the month of April, ending with the annual spring game on Saturday, April During winter conditioning, the football players proved that they had lis- 20 at 10:30 a.m.

Molly Wedan Sports Editor

Sport: Football Position: Safety Class rank: Junior Hometown: La Mesa, Calif. Phillips led in five out of six weight lifting cateogries for the safety position in winter conditioning these past weeks. Phillips reset two of his previous records in the bench press and power clean as well.

DANIEL SOTELO Sport: Football Position: Offensive Guard Class rank: Sophomore Hometown: Grand Island Sotelo led in three out of six records for offensive lineman during winter conditioning these past weeks. Sotelo also leads in the Iron Eagles testing scores with 1,310 pounds.


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Outdoor season begins Molly Wedan Sports Editor While spring may be hiding behind the snow drifts, Chadron State’s track and field team prepares to begin their 2013 outdoor season. The first meet of the season takes place Thursday in Spearfish, S.D., hosted by Black Hills State University. The men’s team was recently predicted to finish with a silver medal in the RMAC Outdoor Track and Field Preseason Coaches Poll. Fourth place is the proposed spot for the CSC women’s team to take. Those estimated finishing places seem attainable after the spectacular indoor season Chadron State had. In outdoor seasons, athletes can expand the field aspects of this sport. The other schools that are supposed to attend this open are South Dakota School of Mines, Minot State University, University of Mary, Rocky Mountain College, and Gillette Community College, bringing in lots of competition. There are also some athletes who will be returning after taking a season off. Karl McFarlane, junior of Montego Bay, Jamaica, will be competing in the high hurdles, sprints and relays. He currently holds the high hurdles school record. Another record holder, Cody

Hunt, senior of Lingle, Wyo., will be present on the field in throwing events. He also obtained a school record, in the shot put, and this will be his last season of competition. “I need to stay healthy and stay focused on the positives and ignore the negatives. I also need to set myself up better for getting another national title,” McFarlane said. Some indoor season record-breakers return for this outdoor season in the pole vault event, like the sibling duo Kaelie Jelden and Kolten Jelden, both seniors of Eaton, Colo. In close competition with Kolten Jelden is Skylar Hoopes, sophomore of Lusk, Wyo., who had previously set the record in pole vault before Jelden captured it. Sprints and jumps will be the big events for the men’s side, while the throwing events may bring in most of the points for the women. A first performance can be overwhelming, but Becca Volf, freshman middle distance runner of Wood River, is excited to get the season underway. “I’m excited to get the first meet in and see where I am at in the competition and go from there,” Volf said. The field events begin at 12 p.m. and running events are to follow at 1 p.m.

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Chadron State’s Jamie Bair, freshman thrower of Glenwood Springs, Colo., practices the weight throw in practice during indoor season.


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Softball heads towards double header and sunshine Molly Wedan Sports Editor Snow flurries blew in and covered the field on Friday to cut action three games short in Chadron against Adams State University. The Grizzlies, with a pair of homeruns, captured the one victory of the weekend 4-0. Jennie Archambault, sophomore outfielder, was top batter for the Grizzlies when she launched the ball over the fence twice, sending four batters home and scoring all four of Adams’ points. Adams State is now 9-7 overall, 8-3 in the RMAC. After the loss, Chadron is now 9-13, 7-8 in the RMAC. Dominating the pitcher’s mound was Adams’ sophomore Kelsey Sellars, who struck out six Chadron players and only allowed three to get on base. For Chadron, Aryn Grwusiewicz swapped stats and struck out three Grizzlies and allowed six to reach the plates. The three athletes that reached the bases for Chad-

ron were Amanda Einspahr, sophomore infielder of McCook, Rebecca Wetsch, sophomore outfielder of Erie, Colo., and Shea Graham, freshman infielder of Colorado Springs, Colo. Chadron hopes for some rays of sun this weekend as half of the last ten games have been cancelled due to weather conditions. They may find plenty of sun when they compete in Las Vegas, Nev., Friday and Saturday. Black Hills State University is currently ranked 12 out of the 13 teams in the RMAC, New Mexico Highlands stands one above BSHU in 11 place, and Chadron State leads both teams by standing in eighth place. The Eagles go up against New Mexico Highlands at 10 a.m. on Friday and Black Hills State University at noon. On Saturday, action starts out against BSHU first at noon and ends in a game against New Mexico Highlands at 2 p.m. “My goal is to stay positive if I mess up and help the team around me as,” Wetsch said.

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Rodeo team lopes in to CSU Spike Jordan Opinion Editor

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Rebeka Bodine, sophomore of Bennett, Colo., races out into the barrel event in a rodeo last season

It’s been two weeks since the Gillete Rodeo, but the Eagle Rodeo Team has had no time to relax. The team has been practicing and will be hitting the road to compete in their second spring rodeo this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Fort Collins, Colo. With four rodeos left in the spring season, the Women’s team looks optimistic at fourth and 1000 points in the Central Rocky Mountain Region. However, the men’s team, especially the rough-stock cowboys, are going to have to put in some good rides at the Colorado State University rodeo in order to get themselves out of their eighth place slot. Jace Blackwell, junior of Rapid City, S.D.,

is seventh in the region in sadle bronc riding, with 180 points, and Colton Blanchard, junior of Sulphur, La., also occupies a number seven spot in bareback riding with 320 points. For the men’s timed events, 3 CSC cowboys are ranked in Tie Down roping. Mitch McAddow, senior of Littleton, Co. is ranked third with 285 points; Lane Day, sophomore of Bartlett, is eighth with 160 points; and Kourt Starr, of Dupre, S.D., is eleventh with 120 points. Russell Hipke, junior of Stuart, is tied in Steer Wrestling with Tyler Thorson of Eastern Wyoming Junior College. Both cowboys occupy the fourteen slot with 110 points. Be on the lookout for Team roper’s Clinton Lambrecht, senior of Wood River, and Derek Powers, freshman of Arthur. They are ranked twelfth with a hundred points each.

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No pain, no game: video game design harder than it looks overlords. Unfortunately in recent years, Capcom’s focus has been on other things, rather than the series which got them off the ground in the first place. The fans don’t want to be kept in wait, so it’s time for them to take matters into their In the wee hours of the night, sitting at my computer desk own hands. on an online forum, I stumbled upon a group of individuals It started last Monday night. While scouring the interwho sought to do one thing: create the best darn Mega Man net for the new Daft Punk album, I stumbled upon a small fan game of all time. They were online forum where a looking for some people to create few guys were thinking some music for the game, so I vol“Hey, what if we made unteered. After all, making a video a video game?” There game was my dream. were about three people When most people think of planning the game, all of making a video game, they usually them using codenames think “Bah, humbug. That would to keep their anonymbe easy.” Yeah, no. It’s not easy. We ity: Apollo, in charge of have been working for a week now music, WreckingFist, in and we are at about 1% complecharge of level design, tion. Making a game is a lot harder Metool, the public relathan many people realize. tions guy, and IceKing, Back in the day, Capcom used the man of many talents Image by Capcom to make a lot of really good Mega (music, art, and comic The hero of the Mega Man video games, the last of which came out in 2006. Man games. You were put in the relief ). shoes of the titular hero, Mega Man, and sent out to destroy I immediately jumped to the opportunity to try and create the evil creations of Dr. Albert Wily. In the end, you could go some music for it. Unfortunately, they were using a system to sleep knowing that you saved the world from evil robot that was completely foreign to me. However, in a few short

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Kayla Bunch Chief Financial Officer LYBECKER shook the stage Tuesday at 9 p.m. in the Student Center. Sponsored by Chi Alpha of Chadron and The Alien Youth Group of Gordon, LYBECKER ventured from Seattle to spread their religion through rock-and-roll. The songs they performed were high energy, interactive, and full of a message that was clear and uplifting. They played songs from their two albums currently out called “Until We Feel Alive” and “Life, Love & The Inbetween.” Dewey Lybecker (lead vocal), Dan Reads (base) and Chris Sooter (drums) are from the Seattle area and decided to form a band that would inspire faith and bring joy. Touring for three years around the country, they choose their “gigs” by where they want to go rather than where they will make the most money. After the show, Lybecker said that they came to Chadron for the people. He said that the people of Chadron are always nice, polite, and ready with a smile. One of Chadron State College’s very own, Jesse Young and his band, are going to be traveling as an opening act for LYBECKER to gain experience and recognition. LYBECKER’s new album will be released this fall.

Last Thursday Memorial Hall was filled with laughter as The Water Coolers, a musical comedy group that performs about life at work, took to the stage. From the introductory song until the curtain call, the young, old, and all others in between laughed until they cried. This comedic group, through their Broadway based songs and office skits, showed that comedy doesn’t always have to be vulgar. Their comedy was based around the everyday as they sang and performed about office problems that we face. Political correctness is a problem we face all the time today, yet we don’t realize that women also have a tendency to make comments that might make men uncomfortable. The PC song got everybody laughing and by the time the song was over, the ladies were talking about “good butt pants day” and that Tuesdays are when the character Steve wears his good butt pants. However, the song and skit that seemed to get the most reaction from the audience was the “Hottie” song. One of the men, Steve, admitted that he was the office hottie and there was nothing he could do about it. At the end of his song he turned to show us his butt, in his good butt pants, and walked off stage. The end of the show came too soon, and The Water Coolers were a huge hit. Their performance will not be forgotten by those in the audience. It is hard to find good, clean comedy, but The Water Coolers provided just that.

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