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RMAC TOURNEY OPENS TODAY Softball coach and players earn honors before heading to the RMAC tourney.


GEORGE GRIFFITH RETIRES After 76 semesters, an English professor retires.





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Former CSC faculty member Don Ruleaux sketches his life.

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Maria Evtodieva, left, 21, freshman of Syktyvkar, Russia, picks up the grass outside Andrews Hall on Saturday during The Big Event.

Today’s paper is the final edition for the 2013-14 academic year.


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The third annual Nearly Naked Mile is finally here. A laundry list of events will take place beginning at 4:30 p.m., today, with dinner being served. At 6 p.m., comedian Ryan Clauson will perform. The run will start at 10 p.m., with a dance will follow. Prizes for best costumes—individual and group; most clothes donated; and fastest female and male runner, will be given. Participants must donate five articles of clothing to receive a shirt. NNM Staff will be taking clothes from 8-10 p.m.

GRADUATION SET FOR MAY 10 Graduation for graduate students will take place at 8 a.m., May 10, in Memorial Hall. Undergraduate graduation will take place at 10 a.m., May 10, in Armstrong’s Gymnasium.

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Senate swears in new executive board, CAB elects officials Mariah Busch Reporter Kelli Bowlin Reporter Monday’s Student Senate meeting recognized changes and accomplishments made throughout the year. During his farewell address, President Jacob Rissler expressed thanks to all those involved with the positive impacts Senate has made. Rissler said throughout the year Senate provided funds to The Big Event, Nearly Naked Mile, Release Live, water bottle filling stations, gun safes, and new furniture in the Student Center. CAB President Lane Swedberg and ViceChair Dani Buckley received a special thank you from Rissler who stated they created a “well-oiled machine” out of CAB. Swedberg also thanked Senate for their contributions and reported a competitive election field for CAB. Senator At Large Sean Munger reported $1,000 was being donated to St. Jude Children’s

Hospital courtesy of local donations to the Nearly Naked Mile. This donation is possible through Senate’s funding towards the Nearly Naked Mile. Vice-President Nate Jones announced Senate will be planting 12 trees in front of the Student Center to help replenish what was lost during October’s snow storm. Jones also revealed gun safes will be available to students next year. The gun safes were approved by Cabela’s CFO and will be located at the Chadron Police Station. Student Trustee Danny Reynaga reported a tuition freeze for Chadron State College. This means that the tuition for the 2014-2015 school year will not increase. However, Reynaga said that fees will increase. An estimated three-four percent rise in room and board is expected. Senator for Andrews Taylor Strong revealed the winning layout for the furniture remodel in the Student Center. Strong announced that 101 out of 150 members of the student body voted for the round furniture layout. Senate allocated $10,000 to the Furniture Committee to fund the

new furniture in the Student Center. The Furniture Committee also received $10,000 from revenue bond funding. Senate concluded their final meeting of the semester with an induction of the new President, Vice-President, Vice President of Finance, Secretary, Senators, and re-elected Senators. Senate’s new President Dillon Spies and VicePresident Strong shook hands with the former President and Vice-President as they exchanged positions. Kirby Krogman was re-elected Vice President of Finance and Nathaniel Brown was elected Secretary. The mandatory Campus Activities Board meeting on Tuesday was nearly packed with club representatives as there was a lot to accomplish and discuss at the last meeting of the year. First, the following allocations were issued: No more than 600 dollars was given for iPads that will be used as prizes in a drawing at the end of the year. The rest of the leftover money that CAB had in its account, which added up to be $692.04 will

be allocated towards finals week expenditures which includes masseuses, food, and snacks. After a short trip down memory lane among the old executive board members, the new executive board was voted in. Running for Chair was Ana Smiley, Kelsey Empfield, Shelby Rowin, and Stephanie Steele. A tie between Empfield and Steele occurred, and a re-vote took place. Ultimately, Empield won the position of Chair by one vote replacing Land Swedberg. Brendan Mead will continue to hold the position of Vice Chair of Finances. Sara Donnelly was also a contender for the position. Those running for Vice Chair of records included Sara Donnelly and Steele. Steele won replacing Cheyenne Deering Vice Chair of Programming, the newest position on the executive board, is Andy Martin. Kelley McNabb also ran for this position. The induction ceremony took place immediately after the election results were in, concluding the last CAB meeting of the year.

Symposium ends today The Meeting of the Minds student symposium began Tuesday and will continue until 6 p.m., today. Today’s symposium will start at 9:30 a.m., on the second floor of the library. The symposiums was designed for students to present and show their scholarly and creative work.

Retirement parties set George Griffith, professor of English and humanities; Ann Petersen, professor of education; and Janet Moeller, instructor of education, will be retiring at the end of this semester. A retirement party will take place at the Sandoz Center Atrium, May 5, in the Sandoz Center, for Griffith. A retirement party will take place for Petersen and Moeller from 2-4 p.m., May 7, in the Sandoz Center Atrium. CSC students, faculty, friends, and the Chadron community are welcome to join in the celebration.

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per in my hands that represents four years of work and dedication. “What will you do after you graduate?” is the world’s most terrifying question. I am trying to finish up my projects, pass all of my classes with a decent grade—although senioritis is real—hang out with friends and actually enjoy the last few weeks of being a college student. I do not know what I will do this weekend so… Figuring out my whole life sounds a little too serious for me. I do not want to think how it will be to be a grown up, have a real job, and not be able to roll out of bed and go straight to class in sweat pants and with messy hair. I am not ready to stop being a kid who complains about the amount of homework and coffee she has every day. Do not get me wrong. I am not scared. I have travelled 50,000 miles to be where I am now and to get my education. Nothing really tends to scare me. I am just confused and uncertain about my future. In the past few months I have been trying to figure out my life, decide on what side of the world I will live and what I will do for a living. Apparently I should figure these things out because I am a grown up now.

It has been very stressful trying to decide where to apply, where to go, and how to get there. One thing that really kept me going was something my mom told me: “Nikad nije bilo da nikako nije bilo.” This phrase means that there was never a situation or a period in our lives that nothing did happen. Something always happened, regardless if it was great or terrible. I had to keep reminding myself that things will work out the way they need to work out and that even if they do not, it is not the end of the world. It only means we will have to work harder and keep exploring our options. You just have to stay patient and keep working in order to reach your goals. I got the summer job and after the middle of August, I will have to start the search for a new job all over again. I have to go through the whole stressful process of finding my place in this world and actually get paid for it. It might seem very confusing and too hectic, but there is a beauty in the knowledge that there are endless opportunities out there and so many places we can go, only if we want to chase our dreams.

Photographer Some were college students and some were professors, many were from Chadron, while others were from nearby towns. Despite diffter countless cups of coffee, hours of lost sleep, all ferences, at noon Saturday all of nearly 650 the papers, projects, mini volunteers gathered onto one football field panic attacks and nervous with one goal: to help the local communities breakdowns, it hit me. under the name of The Big Event. In less than two weeks, I will have While many projects, and therefore many a college degree in my hands and I am starting my journey to be a sucgood tasks, were accomplished by these volcessful independent woman. Sounds unteers, The Big Event’s biggest accomplishamazing, doesn’t it? ment was the unification of hundreds of peoI would never guess I would feel so ple. confused about graduation and finTake for instance the experience of one ishing college. I am excited to walk on that stage group of more than two dozen volunteers and for the first time in my life wear a that worked at Bordeaux Creek. At this locap and gown. I am excited to move cation a couple miles east of Chadron, this my tassel from the left to the right group faced the task of replanting hundreds side and finally hold the piece of paof shrubs in a large field. Many of the workers had no prior experience planting shrubs or any plants, while others were afraid of snakes, of which there are many in Nebraskan fields. Under the guide of Nebraska Game and COMPILED BY LEANA TAJKOV MAN ON THE STREET Parks, these volunteers needed to rely on the employees and other volunteers to learn the “What are your plans for the summer?” skill of planting shrubs and staying safe, and in doing so became acquainted. With about 70 project sites, hundreds of volunteers, and many more residents on the receiving end of the project sites, so many other connections were made in the same way as this. The extreme degree of our unification’s importance cannot be quantified. We all invested in Chadron and the local areas SaturMEGAN MCLEAN JASMINE DAVIES NICK ENOS ANDREW CAMERON 20, sophomore of 19, freshman of Denver 20, sophomore of 22, senior of Hooper day as we improved the communities, met Brewster Chadron residents, and made memories. Even though many of us are from other areas, perhaps “I am graduating so “Traveling with my “To work in California.” “I am staying in ChadI will go back home ron. I will be working grandma and going to even out of the state, we all have become inand travel before I out and working.” AirBorne school.” tegrated during our time here, especially bestart my job.” cause of The Big Event.


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Mercy Gagnon, 21, senior of Lome, Togo, and Kellie Aye, 22, graduate student of Yangon, Burma, paint the walls in Kent on Saturday.



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The Big Event staff hands a shirt to Josiah Lee, junior of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Saturday in front of the NPAC.

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ABOVE: Students signing up for The Big Event on Saturday outside the PAC. LEFT: Volunteers pose for a group photo on Elliot Field before heading out to their designated job sites. Photo by Angie Webb

Volunteers sit at the west end of Elliot Field, eating and preparing for The Big Event, Saturday. | Photo Illustration by Ashley Swanson | The Eagle | MAY 1, 2014



1,300 hands assist in The Big Event Hannah Clark Reporter

Many hands make light work. That’s the idea behind The Big Event, an international annual day of community service, which came to Chadron Saturday. This year, students flocked to Elliot Field at noon for sign-in, and almost 650 people volunteered to be a part of CSC’s second annual Big Event. With about 70 different job sites, volunteers did everything from sweeping to planting, all in the name of service. The women’s choir, lead by Una Taylor, professor of music, sang at Crest View Healthcare Community. The group serenaded residents with a capella selections from their most recent concert. Nikki Bunnell, sophomore of Alliance, participated last year with NAfME. This year, the women’s choir decided to put their unique skills to work to better the community in a unique way: with music. Dirt flew in front of Andrews as Lucinda Mays, resident horticulturalist, supervised tree planting at the dorm. With her, the International Club and Upward Bound high school students dug holes and planted native trees to “replenish the canopy,” as Mays said. “The Big Event couldn’t have come at a better time,” Mays said, as she paused from giving students bottles of water. “We lost a lot of trees during Winter Storm Atlas.” Mays chose the front of Andrews to receive The Big Event’s attention because the Eastern-facing building lost most of its trees during the storm. “Plus,” Mays said, “it’s a place where we can all work together, and that’s half the fun.” Sophia Zhang, freshman from China, had never planted a tree before. She worked alongside Lauren Stevens, who was one of the Upward Bound supervisors. The Upward Bound students, a collection of economically disadvantaged and first-generation college-hopefuls from Alliance, Chadron, and Crawford, decided to help with The Big Event because of its service focus and its proximity to this Chadron meeting. see HANDS, page 9

Nate Ross, senior of San Diego, fills a wheelbarrow while helping re-mulch Wilson Park, Saturday. | Photo by Ashley Swanson



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Bethany Bergstrom, 19, freshman of Axtell, pushes a wheelbarrow with grass, Saturday outside Andrews Hall.

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“It really lined up nicely,” Stevens said, “to have our meeting here on campus and then right afterwards come volunteer.” As the temperature rose with the humidity, the women’s basketball team picked up trash alongside Highway 385. With black trash bags, they beautified the grounds of Eagle Chevrolet. The car dealership also received a boost from the girls’ rugby team, who washed the cars to a sparkling shine. Joanna Forstrum, dean of liberal arts, led a team in cleaning up the local high school’s, middle school’s, and elementary’s grounds. “We’re always happy to help out the community to build good relationships,” Forstrum said. “But none of this would be possible without Shaunda French. She brought The Big Event here from Southern Mississippi, where she helped organize a Big Event there as a graduate assistant.” French organized CSC’s The Big Event by entrusting a group of select interns to head Chadron’s version of the international event. Elsewhere in Chadron, a large collection of students, including tutors from the Learning Center, helped long-time residents Freddie Sipman and Dwight Garnhart clean out their garage. Piles of dusty boom boxes and old Christmas lights littered the front of Hillside apartments as the volunteers sorted and stored the belongings. A little ways down 8th street, the football team was hard at work groundskeeping in Wilson Park. The different platoons raked and shoveled, boasting at each other that their group had the best mulchspreaders. Coach Long and his daughter, Kaelee, also helped. “She’s in charge around here,” footballers called from their buckets of mulch. Kaelee is a 10-year old student at Chadron

Philip Tallman of Chadron, brushes leaves into a trash can at a Chadron Residence with members of RLA, during The Big Event. from page 7

Middle School, but she brandished a shovel with the best of them. “The community does a lot for the football team,” Jake McLain, a graduate assistant of Chadron, said. “It’s nice to give back.” Although many teams volunteered as a group, individual students also came together to create major change. At the Child Development Center, one such group painted, cleaned, and organized the playthings. One volunteer, Morgan Carrico, junior of Craig, Colorado, spray-painted a smiling sun on the cement. Above her in the sky, the sun was also shining, but the students didn’t seem to mind. “I’ve always been really big into community service,” Carrico said. “It’s a way to show some community pride.” Just before the volunteers called it a day, Carrico had an accident. She was using a small knife to cut ribbon from a fence, and the blade slipped, cutting her thumb. After a trip to the emergency room for stitches, Carrico still danced later that night in the Nu Delta Alpha recital in Memorial Hall. Giving the audience a gauzebandaged thumbs-up, Carrico exemplified the indomitable volunteer. “We live here,” she said, “so we might as well show some pride in it.” Other hard-workers could be found at Outlaw Printers. The group, who expected outdoors work, was instead greeted with the disheveled upstairs of the local printer. Last year, volunteers also tackled the space, hauling away truck-loads of cardboard. “They just couldn’t finish last year,” Matt Reeves, Outlaw’s owner, said. This year, the team did manage to clean out the whole area, hauling old refrigerators and boxes down the fire escape. Apolonia Calleja, senior of San Diego, led the group. Calleja is one of The Big Event’s interns, and the Reeves are her host parents.

“We all do it for the same reason,” Calleja said, as she looked at her group, “civic engagement.” The Reeves, who bought Outlaw in 2013, hope to apply for a downtown improvement grant and turn the cleaned-out space into apartments. As the day wound—down, students at the Chadron Library were putting away their rakes and tying off bulging bags of leaves. A combination of Rotaract and Phi Beta Lambda students, the group volunteered to support their clubs’ commitments to community service. Chris Tingley, professor of marketing and PBL sponsor, even brought his two sons, Aiden and Orrin, along to help. The young boys piled leaves with the college students, and two other children from the community, who stopped by and asked if they could help too, soon joined them. “I told them they could, if they asked their parents,” Site Supervisor Abby Lane, sophomore of Cheyenne, Wyoming, said. Sure enough, the kids returned with parental consent, and the library’s clean-up became a truly communal affair. Despite the varied and enthusiastic service from everyone involved, the most impressive aspect of Saturday’s The Big Event was everyone’s willingness to help. Students signed up, completely unaware of what they would be asked to do, and got down to business when the time came. Regardless of the task: moping, shoveling, sweeping, raking, or painting, volunteers got their hands dirty with an uncommon zeal. Tasks which would have taken individuals days were completed by teams in hours. Almost 1,300 hands joined together Saturday, and they made the work, and Chadron, that much lighter.





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Residents of Prairie Pines play bingo with members of CSC’s cheer team, Saturday during The Big Event.

Que’Nita Greene, 19, junior of Summerville, South Carolina, rakes pine needles near Dawes County Courthouse in Chadron. Photo by Angie Webb

Erika Roybal, 20, senior of Denver, picks up pinecones outside the Ponderosa Villa Retirement Home in Crawford, Saturday. Photo by Angie Webb Photo by Spike Jordan

Cutler Busch, 20, sophomore of Scottsbluff, Celina Leman, 20, sophomore of Douglas, Wyoming, and Shelby Rowin, 19, freshman of Gretna, clean dirt and leaves from the front of Dawes County Courthouse, Chadron.


ABOVE: Breanna Stickels, 19, of Longmont, Colorado, runs a paint soaked glove across the corral panels at the Old West Trail Rodeo grounds in Crawford, Saturday. LEFT: Luis Campos, left, 19, of Mitchell, and Tori Lowe, 19, of Rapid City, South Dakota, pile leaves on sticks onto a tarp Saturday at the Crawford City Park. Photos by Spike Jordan

Volunteers help clear debris in Crawford Clint Johnson Reporter Jaycie Cheatham Reporter Kali Blevins Reporter The sun was high and bright as the CSC men’s basketball team, cleared tumble weeds from the fences at the Crawford Cemetery, one of the team’s tasks in Saturday’s The Big Event. Decked in their white “The Big Event” T-shirts and gloves with pitch forks in hand, led by Head Coach Brent Bargen, the team got to work. The team moved quickly along the cemetery’s east fence facing the road. “It’s helping someone other than yourself,” Kendrick Holliman, 21, junior of Mobile, Alabama, said. “I don’t mind the work; it’s for a good cause,” Brandon Pippenger, 19, sophomore of Banning, California, said. It started to get a bit windy, which made the work a little harder for the basketball team. “Community service is huge,” Michael Safer, 20, of Elizabeth, Colorado, said. “It’s a great way to give back to the people who support us everyday,” Justyn Anderson, 21, junior of Las Vegas, said. The old truck that the team placed tumble weeds in was driven by Cemetery Caretaker Gary Hultgren. “This has been our biggest tumble weed season, [we’ve] already removed a four foot wall of them on the west side,” Hultgren said. The cemetery is a prairie cemetery that was established in

1885 and was taken over by the city in 1915, Hultgren said. As they were hard at work, the CSC volleyball team was making its way to the Ponderosa Settlement and Villa in Crawford. The team cleared away tumbleweeds, raked pine needles, cleaned flowerpots, and got the small garden ready for planting. “It was really cool to see the stadium packed with volunteers,” Head Coach Janel Baily said. “I tell my girls that community service is important and we try to do four projects a year. The Big Event was good timing for us.” “It’s nice to be able to give back to the community that I’ve grown up in,” volleyball player Alia Brennan, 19, freshman of Chadron, said. Wendy Osmotherly with Social Services from Ponderosa said that in the past volunteers from the community or staff members would clean the backyard. “We like to plant tomatoes and strawberries for the tenants each year during the summer, and the girls are getting the garden ready for planting,” Osmotherly said. Ponderosa was opened as a retirement home in 1971 and currently has 17 tenants with assisted living care and 16 tenants in nursing care. Student volunteers also made their way to the Crawford Fairgrounds where they helped the Rodeo Club of Old West Trails Rodeo prepare the grounds for summer events. The volunteers used pitchforks to clear away tumbleweeds from the fence and then donned gloves to paint the corrals behind the chutes. “It’s very nice having you guys over and get a lot of stuff done,” Jay Dee Smith, vice president of the Rodeo Club, said.

Smith also said that the rodeo club usually does all of the work themselves, and that this year was a lot faster with the help of the volunteers. Jessie Zweifel, 18, freshman of Rapid City, South Dakota, said that her favorite part of volunteering was getting to be with all the people outdoors helping out the community. In Chadron, Student Senate members volunteered at the Museum of the Fur Trade. The museum director Gail DeBuse Potter assigned three big projects for the volunteers. Trees that were still down from the big winter storm last season were taken up a steep hill and piled; the warehouse was cleared of leaves; and textiles were brought out of the warehouse and shaken out of debris. Masks were provided to protect against the harmful dust, but some volunteers still suffered from allergies. About 15 volunteers were expected to show, but only eight arrived. “There were more volunteers last year since we had the girls basketball team,” Potter said. “They moved about thirty thousand books inside since the weather wasn’t as nice.” The Big Event is not the only time the Museum of the Fur Trade has had volunteers. “Whenever we are open, we have volunteers operate the front desks, work the exhibits, help with the quarterly magazine we publish, and with the ground work such as our Indian Heirloom garden,” Tammy Zuver said. Zuver is the only other paid operative besides Potter. Potter lives on-site for security reasons and is always in need of volunteers.


Job sites extend to Crawford, volunteers help local residents Jordyn Hulinsky Reporter The Big Event expanded to include job sites in Crawford this year. Volunteers were transported either on their own, or on one of two buses to Crawford. The Chi Alpha group went to Donna Moore’s residence outside of Crawford. The group washed windows, inside and out, moved branches, raked leaves, and even climbed trees to remove branches. Taylor Osmotherly, 19, freshman of Crawford, was able to return to the town he grew up in to help out. “I like being able to help out my home community,” he said. Moore was appreciative of the work the students were doing. “It’s so nice to have them here! It’s amazing, just look at them. I can’t get out and do this myself anymore,” she said as she looks down at her wrinkled hands. “This is the first year I’ve had help. It wasn’t in Crawford last year, but I’m really glad they are here this year.” Student also raked up leaves and sticks from many other places around town. Three CSC students and four grade school students helped out at the Visitors Center in Chadron cleaning up the yard. “Yes, it’s nice to help. You’re distracting me from working!,” Cleo Scheer, 19, freshman of St. Paul, said. “Our class was assigned to come to Crawford but then you could choose to paint, or do this and help with branches, or whatever else. So once you got into Crawford, you got to choose what you could do.” The CSC ROTC helped out a Chadron State Alumni and Military Veteran in Crawford. “It’s wonderful!” Bill Stolldorf said. “I requested the ROTC to come. I’ve done seminars in Chadron with the ROTC, so I was acquainted with them to some extent.” After he got the group working, Stolldorf took a seat in his lawn chair and said, “I’m done. They got it under control.” Major Jeremy Bryan, ROTC Instructor, and the job site supervisor said, “I met Bill once but didn’t really know him. It is nice being able to give back to

a Chadron Alumni though. It’s good to give back. It’s good for the community, it’s good for the school, it’s good for the students, and it’s good for Bill.” At the Railroad Park, Norma Norman, resident of Norman Road outside Crawford, said that her daughter was one who helped bring The Big Event to Crawford. Her daughter, Mimi Norman, works for the RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) in Crawford. “I’m so pleased with what the kids are doing,” Mimi Norman said. “Really just look at these girls! They’ve pulled out all the weeds along there; they’ve been great! It’s great having The Big Event here this year, we can use it. The town really needs it.” Norma Norman said, “My daughter said I could ride along, so I’m riding along,” as she rakes leaves. “It is a real mess, an honest to goodness mess.” Norma Norman explained to us that the RSVP office put up a flyer in their window and they put it in the paper that The Big Event would be in Crawford you just had to go to the office to put your name in and you “had to get your name in early if you wanted help,” she emphasized. Girls at the corral got a history lesson along with the work. Diane Humphries explained the significance behind the corral in town. Humphries, who works for the Chamber office, said the corral is actually a memorial corral. “The lady this corral is named after would ride her horse into town to go to the bar, and when she died, she left money to the city for a corral. So people riding on the ridge can come into town and leave their horses and give them water, then head across the street and get a drink themselves,” she said. Derek Janssen, 21, junior of Rushville, who was a runner around town, visiting many different sites, said he thinks The Big Event has covered more ground this year. “I did help last year, and it’s bigger this year, there’s more people,” he said. “I did the same stuff last year, raking and moving branches and trees, and all that fun stuff. I was just in Chadron then. This year, I signed up for a class. Last year was voluntary. My roommates were all doing it and I didn’t have much better to do. It really expanded this year.”

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Meg Peterson, left, 19, freshman of Haigler; Sara Rollenhagen 19, sophomore of Wallace; and Kayla Bunch, 21, senior of Rapid City, South Dakota, work together to collect raked leaves into a trash bag in Crawford.

Photo by Janelle Kesterson

Heather Wing, 23, senior of Chadron, cleans tumbleweeds out of a fence in Crawford.


Crawford Historical Museum Crawford Cemetery Legend Buttes Golf Course Residential homes City park Crawford trail

City pool Crawford Ball Field Crawford Ponderosa Villa Railroad Park Perennial Haus

Old West Trail Rodeo grounds

Ten staff members were involved with the planning of The Big Event. About 650 sandwiches, drinks, cookies, and chips were donated by Subway for volunteers. The Big Event staff ordered 800 T-shirts complete with the event’s logo.

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About 25 job sites were set up in Crawford, and about 40 were set up in Chadron.


Keep Chadron Beautiful Chadron Fairgrounds Wilson Park Chadron Police Department Crestview Care Center Prairie Pines Trunk Butte School Hillside Apartments Museum of Fur Trade Child Development Center Camp Norwesca Chadron Public Schools Grace Episcopal Church Chadron Library Residential homes

One hundred and twenty volunteers traveled to Crawford, while about 530 volunteers stayed in Chadron.


Posh Affair Outlaw Printers Eagle Chevrolet GMC Chadron Big Bats/Subway Closer to Home food drive Painting CSC Kent Hall CSC Tree Planting Bordeaux Creek Wildlife Management Area Highway Cleanup Chadron Baseball Fields First Congregational Church Chadron Fire Department Ridgeview Bible Church Senior Citizens Community Center Chadron Native American Center

Chadron State’s football team remulched Wilson Park, and also helped local residents clean and organize their garages.



Some volunteers delivered water and cookies around Crawford.


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Casey Sigrist, 21, junior of Scottsbluff, pulls weeds at the Railroad Park in Crawford.

Meg Peterson, 19, freshman of Haigler, holds a trash bag open while volunteers collect raked leaves into a trash bag in Crawford.

Two volunteers reflect on helping the community Evan Brooks Reporter As a volunteer in The Big Event, I had a good experience overall. I was able to take in matters in the community and pay more attention to them than I may have before. As a member of the CSC Men’s Basketball Team, I was just one of a group of athletes who enjoyed helping make someone else’s job easier, even if we made a small difference. Our specific assignment was to rake up the tumbleweeds from all around the cemetery in Crawford. To see what some people have to do in their everyday lives with no help was extremely humbling. The work we did also opened our eyes to the unnecessary clutter we have in so many different places. Knowing that we were giving back to people in the community was

gratifying to say the least. On the other side of the fence, the work we did also opened our eyes to why we need to complete what we’ve each started by coming to Chadron—earning a degree. Volunteer work is fine, but we know that we want to be able to have a say in our career choices and that school is the way to be sure of that. As a team, we felt that it was a good experience for team bonding. We saw the difference working as a team could make, opposed to a single individual attempting to do a big job. It was a good time to spend with our coach and with each other. The man we were helping was very nice and appreciative of the help he received. Surprisingly to many of us because of his retirement status, he volunteers to do this job on his own every year. I was happy to be a part of The Big Event in any way I could, and I look forward to participating in it once again next year.

Casey Conner Reporter This year The Big Event was a very gratifying activity for my teammates and me. Last year, I was stationed at Wilson Park spreading wood chips, but this year I was stationed at a house on Maple Street cleaning out broken branches on an elder lady’s property with 12 of my teammates. We had about two and a half acres of broken branches to take care of, but we managed to finish in about an hour and a half. We piled branches on top of branches until there were around 20 large piles, which were then loaded into the back of a large truck. Whether it was Lane Haller climbing trees to get to broken branches, or Dylan Furrier using branches for javelins, the day was fun and spirited on all accounts. It is a pleasant feeling being able to give back to a

community that has already given us all so much. Cheering us on at games, donating money, and making Chadron such a great place to attend college are some of the few things that the wonderful folks of Chadron do, and continue to do, for our team and college. Usually, the best part of the day is when our work is finished. However meeting the people we helped was the most satisfying part of all. Seeing an elderly lady smile and shake your hand after helping her is the ultimate treat. You cannot put a price on a cheerful smile or a handshake of appreciation. The Big Event is an excellent way for Chadron State to give back to the place we call home. It will continue in the future and hopefully the warm smiles and firm handshakes will continue as well.


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Frederika Sipman, left, sifts through boxes with Joslynn VanDerslice, 20, sophomore of Columbus, at Sipman’s residence, Saturday.

Ashley Young, 22, senior of Gordon, cleans leaves out of some shrubs in Crawford.

Photo by Spike Jordan

Photo by Janelle Kesterson

Nehmiah Soler, 18, freshman of Arvada, Colorado, pitches tumbleweeds over the top of a corral at the Old West Rodeo grounds in Crawford, Saturday.

Photo by Teri Robinson

Larissa Hastings, 18, freshman of Chadron, rakes a pile of leaves in front of the Grace Episcopal Church.

Volunteers uncover items, assist elderly residents Mackenzie Watson Reporter Sarah Townsend Reporter Chadron State College Justice Department volunteers helped the Chadron Police Department clean up the gun range in Chadron Saturday during The Big Event. The group of volunteers was eager to help out at the job site and to build their resumes. Volunteers were friendly and wanted to help the community as well as work with members in their field of study. “I did The Big Event because my department did and I wanted to help out in the community,” Alisa Hill, 20, sophomore of Lingle, Wyoming,

said, “this is also a great thing to put on a resume.” The volunteers arrived at the job site and met with officers of the PD to receive instructions. They worked alongside the officers to clean out a shed that stores items used at the gun range and collected casings and bullets from the target area. As they cleaned out the shed, many unexpected items were found. Among these were bowling pins, a motorcycle, and a windshield. A refrigerator and a post office drop off box were also in the mix of strange items found. The group worked hard and students were able to work with members in the field that they are studying. The officers helped direct the volunteers and worked with the volunteers as the

group cleaned. While they uncovered mystery items, other volunteers helped clean a Chadron resident’s yard. “If you get a lot of people doing small things it amounts to something big,” Ann Buckman, CSC associate professor of physical & life sciences, said Saturday at her job site for The Big Event. Buckman and CSC football players Matt Chitwood, freshman of McCook, and Tanner Wintholz, freshman of Sidney, did work outside for Jean Baker, a sweet, 93-year-old woman. Baker had notes out for the three volunteers when they arrived. Baker and Lucy, her dog, led the boys around telling them what she needed done. Baker had the boys rake her front yard,

stack logs on the porch, dig the garden, and move some big tree limbs that fell down in the snow storm. Baker also asked Buckman to pull up dandelions in the front yard. “It is wonderful to have help,” Baker said as she put flags together that she used to mark the plants in her garden. Baker said she was really grateful for the help, and it was great to see the community give back to someone who gives so much herself. Baker takes “Meals on Wheels” to people in the community. Individual CSC students helped clean up the Child Development Center by raking, painting, and organizing on the playground. “Volunteering makes you feel good,” Savannah Johnson, freshman of Spearfish, South Dakota, said. | The Eagle | MAY 1, 2014


Noma Cathey, right, resident at Prairie Pines, hands pennies to Emma Stokely, junior of West Point, during a game of bingo. | Photo by Ashley Swanson

Jonathan Mudget, senior military instructor, of Hot Springs, South Dakota, mows veteran Bill Stolldorf’s yard in Crawford. | Photo by Janelle Kesterson

Zac Bargen, senior of Chadron, dumps mulch on various areas of Wilson Park, Saturday during The Big Event. | Photo by Ashley Swanson

KamRon Tomlinson, sophomore of Grandview, Missouri, throws mulch at a part of Wilson Park during The Big Event. | Photo by Ashley Swanson

Sean Munger, senior of Imperial, cleans up fallen logs at the Museum of the Fur Trade with members of Student Senate. | Photo by Teri Robinson

Angela Cruz, 18, freshman of Valentine, removes tumbleweeds from a corral at the Old West Trail Rodeo grounds in Crawford. | Photo by Spike Jordan

Taylor Cochran, 20, freshman of Rapid City, South Dakota, and Kiran Mand, 18, freshman of Bellmawr, New Jersey, help fix a dashboard at the Child Development Center. | Photo by Leana Tajkov

Kris Boardman, 20, sophomore of Gordon, and Evan Clark, 19, freshman of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, pitch tumbleweeds over the top of the corrals at the Old West Trail Rodeo grounds in Crawford. | Photo by Spike Jordan

Jonny Dunn, left, 18, freshman of Harrison, assists Bill Margrave, Treasurer of Chadron Youth Baseball, untangle a knot in the new batting cage at the Legion Baseball fields. | Photo by Teri Robinson


ABOVE: Rylee Newman, left, 19, freshman of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Tory Snyder, 18, freshman of Pierre, South Dakota, collect canned goods for Closer to Home, Chadron. | Photo by Angie Webb



BELOW: Bethany Bergstrom, left, 19, freshman of Axtell, and Maria Evtodieva, 21, freshman of Syktyvkar, Russia, pick up the grass outside Andrews Hall. | Photo by Leana Tajkov

Jacob Rissler, junior of Gillette, Wyoming, throws fallen logs up a hill at the Museum of the Fur Trade with Student Senate members. | Photo by Teri Robinson

Jonny Dunn, 18, freshman of Harrison, ties up part of the new batting cage at the Legion Baseball field, with members of The Pit. | Photo by Teri Robinson

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Sport: Softball Position: Infield Class rank: Freshman Hometown: Rapid City, S.D. Bauer was chosen for RMAC AllConference third team. She started the season at shortstop for the Eagles but made the move to second base where she helped turn four double plays in regular season and has a fielding percentage of .971. She also led the Eagles with her .341 batting average. She totaled 28 hits, including five home runs and three doubles. She scored 20 times and knocked in 12 RBIs.

KYLEE POLSLEY Wide receiver Nathan Ross, senior of San Diego, dodges tackles during the game against Colorado School of Mines, September 20, 2013, at Elliot Field.

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Pursuing the Dream; Ross awaits NFL draft Jordyn Hulinsky Sports Editor “Nate may try to invest too much into his rapping career, which shows much less promise than his future athletic career I must say,” teammate tailback Glen Clinton, senior of Cody, Wyoming, said. “Unlike his rap game, I see little faults with Nate’s integrity and I wish him the best of luck. “I know that if Nate makes it to the NFL that he wouldn’t let anything in his control take it away from him. He is one of the hardest working and talented teammate I’ve ever been around. “It is difficult to get the call for anyone, especially coming from a small school, but it is happening more often in D-II lately, and Nate showed he is one of the best in the country these past four years.” Wide receiver, Nathan Ross, senior of San Diego, wasn’t highly recruited after high school but has made a name for himself at CSC. Chadron State gave him a home in the college football world. In the 2013 season, Ross scored six receiving touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. He totaled 1137 yards, 598 receiving, and 539 on kick returns. Ross trained in Oakland, California, from January to April with Marcus Malu of M.A.L.U. Fitness. “I’ve had to take the long way around to pursue the dream of playing in the NFL,” Ross said. He trained in Seattle at one of the 14 regional football combines. He said there are about

200-300 people at each regional combine, and from the 14 regionals, about 240 players are asked to participate in the super combine. Ross was one of the 240 at the super combine. At the super combine, there were around 48 receivers, Ross said. Ross also took part in the NFL Pro Day, which is similar to the combines but more intimate, he said. All of the NFL and CFL teams show up to the combines to watch players, but not all the teams show up to the pro day, which allows for more of an opportunity to be noticed. So, what’s the next step for Ross on his journey to the NFL? “I come back here, and I graduate, and I wait for a call,” he said. Ross said he is willing to play for anyone and anywhere in the NFL. He made the journey from San Diego to Chadron to play and he would be willing to go anywhere else after this. “After living in Chadron, you can live anywhere,” he said, laughing. “And, it would be cool to play anywhere in the NFL.” Chadron State and the coaching staff have been great, he said. “The coaching staff here has instilled a win mentality,” Ross said. “Whether in football, academics, or in anything in life, I feel like I have to do my best because that’s what’s been drilled into me for the past five years. I think Chadron has been great; I’m thankful for them everyday because I wasn’t highly recruited out of high school and they gave me a place to go.” When asked what his back up plan is if the he doesn’t get a call during the draft, Ross ex-

plained that just because he doesn’t get a call during the draft, he could still be invited to play anywhere up to two years from now. “I can get a call anytime from basically now until up to one maybe even two years and be invited to the team camp,” he said. The ideal time to get a call though would be from the time of the draft, which runs from May 8-10, up until May 20, Ross said. The people who get a call during the draft may be the ones that have the highest interest and those invited to the camp are the ones who maybe would have been picked had there been more rounds of the draft, Ross said. But, if not picked for a team, “I’ll go home and get to work,” the recreation sport and management major with a minor in nutrition said. Ross said that everyone who has believed in him has helped him to get to this point in his life, but specifically, he said his girlfriend, Apolonia Calleja; his teammates; his best friends, Gerald Kemp and the Epenessa family; his coaches, Chris Stein, Darren Hall, Joe McLain, and Head Coach Jay Long; his family; his high school guidance counselor, Ms. Hastings; and God have helped him the most on his journey. “I know Nate will work as hard as he possibly can to achieve his dream,” another teammate and quarterback, Jonn McLain, junior of Chadron, said. “He is one of the most dedicated people I have ever been around. I think Nate has a shot to make it. He brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to all that he does. I believe in him.”

Sport: Softball Position: Pitcher Class rank: Senior Hometown: Omaha

Polsley was named to the RMAC AllConference second team and was named the RMAC Pitcher of the Week. She holds the school record for the most single season wins, 16. She leads the RMAC with four shutouts, and she is second in the RMAC with a 3.14 ERA, 109 strikeouts, and her 16 wins. She completed 15 games in 17 game starts and in her 108 innings, Polsley has struck out 86 batters.

Check the website, Last Week’s Rodeo: Casper College Rodeo, Casper, Wyoming, April 25-27 Softball: RMAC postseason tournament, May 1-3 Rodeo: University of Wyoming Rodeo, Laramie, May 2-4 College National Finals Rodeo, Casper, Wyoming, June 15-21 Track and Field: RMAC Outdoor Championships, Alamosa, California, May 4-6 NCAA D-II Outdoor Championships, Allendale, Michigan, May 22-24

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Softball team hopes to carry success through RMAC tourney Collin Brook Reporter Jordyn Hulinsky Sports Editor The Eagles qualified for the RMAC postseason tournament for the first time since 2010, only the second time in school history after breaking the previous school win-record of 25. The team has won 27 games this season, giving them the third seed in the tournament. The Eagles look to do better than their 2010 postseason run, where they finished with a 1-2 record. The team will play in the eight-team, doubleelimination tournament. The first match-up for the Eagles will be at 10:45 this morning against the University of Colorado—Colorado Springs. The number one seeded team, Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, will host the entire tournament. The bracket for the tournament can be found on the RMAC website, Following the team’s success, individual players have been recognized for their achievements as well. Breeze Phillips, sophomore of Evergreen, Colorado, was honored with the 2014 Summit Award winner for softball. The student-athlete with the highest GPA participating at the RMAC’s championships receives the award. To be eligible, the student-athlete must be a sophomore who has

participated in his or her sport for at least two years with his or her school. Phillips is a relief pitcher for the Eagles. She has an ERA of 2.73 in 42 2/3 innings this season. She’s tallied 16 strike outs. Phillips was named to the RMAC All-Academic First Team. She majors in sports and recreational management and maintains a 4.0 GPA. Two other Eagles were named to All-Conference teams. Kylee Polsley, senior of Omaha, was named to the RMAC Softball All-Conference Second Team. She was also named the RMAC Pitcher of the Week. She holds the school record for the most single season wins, 16. She leads the RMAC in strikeouts and shutouts and is second in ERA. Taylor Bauer, freshman of Rapid City, South Dakota, was named to the RMAC Softball AllConference Third Team. Head Coach Robert Stack was also honored for his season. He was awarded the RMAC Coach of the Year. The softball program was revived in 2007 and Stack has coached all seven year. In that time, he has led the Eagles to five 20-win seasons, culminating in the most wins in a season this year, and he has recorded 144 victories. Stack is from Tabor, South Dakota. He began his coaching career in baseball, including four years as head coach of the University of South Dakota’s baseball team. In his first three years as Chadron State’s head coach, Chadron improved

its win total every year, making Chadron the only RMAC team to do so in that span. Stack motivated his players this year by showing the team a shirt from the 2010 RMAC tournament. For every win the Eagles earned this year, they cut a piece of the shirt off, symbolizing that success with this year’s team is more important to Stack than past accomplishments. CSC ended the regular season in spectacular fashion, with two grand slams on Saturday. The Eagles took the final series of the year against Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado, winning three of the four games. The Eagles won the first game Friday 8-0 thanks to a walk-off grand slam by Courtney Lecher, freshman of Fort Collins, Colorado. The grand slam was hit in the fifth inning, and the softball mercy-rule meant that the game ended without playing the sixth or seventh innings. Polsley pitched the shutout with seven strikeouts and just one hit allowed. The second game on Friday was almost exactly like the first, with a grand slam by Jessica Eatmon, junior of Broomfield, Colorado, and shutout for a final score of 6-0. Eatmon started the scoring for the Eagles in the third inning, scoring Lecher, Rebecca Wetsch, junior of Erie, Colorado, and Sarah Knudsen, senior of Parker, Colorado. The Eagles picked up the

scoring again in the fifth, with Lecher, Knudsen, and Katie Londo, senior of Colorado Springs, all coming home off singles. Aryn Grywusiewicz, senior of Denver, pitched the shutout while allowing just two hits all game. The first game of Saturday’s doubleheader was more of the same, edging out Fort Lewis 3-2. Fort Lewis took the lead early, scoring its only two runs of the game in the first. The Eagles responded with a run of their own when Londo hit a triple to center field, scoring Lecher. Shea Graham, sophomore of Colorado Springs, tied the game back up in the fourth inning with a solo home run over center field, sparking the dugout and reenergizing the team. Casey Polk, junior of Golden, Colorado, put the Eagles back in the lead for good with a solo homer of her own. Once again, Polsley pitched well when the team needed her to down the stretch. She allowed four hits with five strikeouts, and with this win set her school record for most single season wins. Fort Lewis fought back to take the final game in the series, with a 12-5 win to end the weekend. The Eagles trailed 5-1 in the fifth when Wetsch roped a three-run homer over center field. Graham scored in the seventh to send the game into extra innings, but Fort Lewis scored three home runs in the ninth to seal the victory.


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Defense dominates at spring football match-up Angie Webb Reporter Chadron State College’s annual Cardinal vs. White spring game took place at 10 a.m. Saturday at Elliot Field. The morning was cloudy, chilly, and funfilled. The event began with interviews and quips from players and coaches. Quarterback Patrick O’Boyle, senior of Gering, spoke with both coaches and fellow players, including defensive lineman Zach Sandstrom, senior of Chadron, during this time. The White team, composed of CSC’s defense, achieved a 23-16 victory over the Cardinal team, CSC’s offense. Points were awarded not only through touchdowns and field goals, but through turnovers, a punt, pass, and kick series between drives, and when linemen caught punts. O’Boyle, along with fellow quarterback Jonn McLain, senior of Chadron, were not in uniform for the game. Instead, quarterbacks Creighton Reed, freshman of Juniata, Chris Conroy, junior of Gordon, and Justyn Curtis, freshman of Richmond, Indiana, led the offense. The offense scored only one touchdown and one field goal against the defense.

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Wide Receiver Kyle Hooper, sophomore of Alliance, stiff arms his opponent, defensive back Donnie Butler, junior of Mathis, Texas, Saturday during the football spring game.

The Project Strive/TRiO Student of the Month award recognizes outstanding students who are members of the organization. Each month, a participating student is selected for the award based upon her or his work in Project Strive/TRiO and other activities on campus or in the community. Award winners will receive a plaque from Project Strive and have their photo placed in the “Project Strive/TRiO 2013-14 Student of the Month” Achievement Recognition board. The board, located in the Strive Learning Center, is aimed The Essence of Success: “Successful is the person who has lived well, laughed often and loved much, who has gained the respect of children, who leaves the world better than they found it, who has never lacked appreciation for the earth’s beauty, who never fails to look for the best in others or give the best of themselves.”

Project Strive/TRiO Student of the Month Sarah Lecher September 2013

Do you need a body guard? I have the perfect gal for the job. Sarah Lecher is a holder of a black belt in martial arts and even assists in instruction of her art. Sarah is a native Chadron-ite and CSC is lucky to be graced with her presence. In her time at CSC, she studies theatre and has been active in the department, especially in “Little Shop of Horrors”. This upbeat chick is a familiar face around Project Strive and brings a good laugh to all events and activities. In her spare time, she is a movie enthusiast which fits perfectly with her future career goal of being a filmmaker.

Elizabeth Rice January 2014

Run, Liz, run! This determined young woman completed her first marathon in the mountains of Colorado in the summer of 2013. This also rings true with her dedication to her studies here at Chadron State College, where she is a senior double majoring in Psychology and Criminal Justice. Liz joins the Project Strive family from Ravenna, Nebraska. Her campus activities include: resident advisor in High Rise, member of the track and cross country team, and has made the dean’s list multiple times. In her free time, she enjoys running, dancing, and watching The Office. This fearless chick isn’t afraid to stand out and express herself.

Aisea Tremaine

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Don’t worry, be happy should be the theme song for Aisea Tremaine. Aisea comes to CSC from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. This recreation major is a gem in the Project Strive program. He always comes in with a positive attitude and encourages other participants to be the best person they can be. In his free time, Aisea enjoys hanging out with his close-knit group of friends, sleeping, and plays a mad game of volleyball. He boasts a winning title for two on two intramural sand volleyball for CSC. Not only is Aisea active in the community, but is an extremely active member of Chi-Alpha.

Tawny Staab February 2014

Miss Staab joined the Project Strive family in fall of 2012 from her hometown of Sidney, Nebraska. Her love of math directed her to her current major in Business with an Accounting option. In the near future, she will be working for us doing our taxes. At CSC, she has pursued a passion from high school in cheerleading. Her great attitude and flair make her a perfect fit for the team. In her off time, she enjoys shopping, getting manicures, and trying out new hairstyles. From day one, she has been a great addition to Project Strive and continues to promote the program to new people.

Tailback Cody Paul, sophomore of Seal Beach, California, scored the only touchdown of the game. The scoring series consisted of three carries by Paul: two carries for 73 yards total, and one final carry to gain the remaining seven yards. Wide receiver Antonio Thompson, senior of Savannah, Georgia, caught passes on the drive that lead to the offense’s only field goal. Randy Wentz, sophomore of Scottsbluff, kicked the field goal from the 35-yard line. The offense’s final three points were scored by linebacker Dylan Furrier, junior of Tuscon, Arizona, on a field goal during a punt, pass, and kick competition. Clay Cundall, junior of Greybull, Wyoming, scored points for the defense by recovering a fumbled snap during the game. Cole Montgomery, junior of Casper, Wyoming, also recovered a fumble during the game. The plays resulted in 12 points for the defense. The defense scored the rest of their points through the punt, pass, and kick competitions between the series, with the help of punter Zach Smith, sophomore of Gering. “The spring game is all about the next guy stepping up,” said Head Coach Jay Long. “I feel like the players showed a lot during the game. Our football program is all about tradition; it’s very important for the next group of seniors to continue these traditions.”

Nicholle Lang

November 2013

December 2013

Now this is the story all about how his life got flipped, turned upside down. And I’d like to take a minute just sit right there. I’ll tell you how he came from San Diego to a town called Chadron. Ryan is a transfer student from Grossmont College, studying sports and recreation management. This business savvy student possesses many leadership skills that will make him extremely successful in the long run. He is a true asset to Project Strive and we can only hope other students follow his dedicated work ethic and study skills. In his free time, Ryan enjoys fishing, basketball, and weightlifting. With a charismatic personality, one can usually find him among a crowd of close friends.

Yadira Gurrola March 2014

Gurrola of Scottsbluff, Nebraska is currently a sophomore majoring in social work, which is a fitting major for this driven, compassionate young woman. She will continue to make a huge impact in any community she chooses to gain employment. Yadira is a prime example of what Project Strive students strive to be. She is very passionate in everything she does from family to school. Her current accomplishments and activities include: ACT Foundation Council Member, Upward Bound Summer Team Leader, CSC resident advisor for fall 2014, dean’s list, and social work club. She manages to juggle an active social life, family, school, and work with a constant smile on her face.

“Take me out to the ball game” might be a common tune sung by Nicholle Lang, that is, if it is a Colorado Rockies game. This sports enthusiast not only likes baseball, but her other favorite sporting teams include: Denver Broncos, Huskers, and Chicago Cubs. This senior elementary education major of Scottsbluff, Nebraska also enjoys shopping, swimming, softball, and her beloved dog Izzy. She finds the unique balance of campus involvement: Chi Alpha and Project Strive, academics, and friends. With her bubbly, caring, and creative personality, Nicholle will truly make a fantastic elementary teacher in the very near future.

James De La Cerna April 2014

De La Cerna of Chula Vista, California is currently a senior majoring in Sports and Recreation Management with an option in Exercise Science and a minor in Nutrition and Wellness. He joined the Project Strive family in 2009 and has been an active member ever since. James has evolved into an exceptional student, role model for other Strivers, and overall great addition to the Chadron State College community.. He is involved in Chi Alpha, Blue Key, and frequents the dean’s list. When he is not studying, James enjoys countless hours in the gym. Don’t be afraid to approach this guy, he would definitely give you amazing pointers on anything from fitness to nutrition.

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Semester’s end brings era’s end

George Griffith Hannah Clark Web Editor George Griffith is leaving the business of explaining. After 39 years of clarifying the mysteries of literature to his students, Griffith is retiring from his post as a professor of English and humanities at Chadron State College. Griffith started at Chadron in 1975, after receiving his Ph.D. From Southern Illinois University. “The mid-seventies were a tough time to get a job in higher ed,” Griffith said of his initial job-hunt. “When there were fewer people entering school, there were more and more people qualified to teach it.” This lead Griffith to apply to CSC for a position that required a teacher of both speech and English. “I said to myself, ‘ah, I can teach speech,’ so I applied,” Griffith said. He could, in fact, teach speech, and after his interview, Griffith was offered the job that day. With a beginning salary of $13,710,


Griffith first fell in love with English in the ninth-grade classroom of his Catholic high school. “They had, by today’s standards, a huge reading program.” Griffith said. The nuns were stern, but Griffith soon found they didn’t have to make him read; he loved it. Griffith struggles to find the same love in most students. Today’s poorly-read students concern him. “That, more than anything, saddens me to this day,” Griffith said. He believes he read as many books in one year as many students do in four years. It was during these high school years Griffith discovered one of his favorite novels, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. “Every time I do English and American Novels, I say ‘I’m not going to do Pride & Prejudice.’” Griffith said. He has taught the novel every time. “It’s like going to the amusement park and not riding the roller coaster,” Griffith said. “Of course you’re going to ride the roller coaster.” As for the roller coaster of teaching, Griffith withholds giving advice. He says new teachers will know, right away, if it’s for them. The first time Griffith taught, as a TA at Southern Illinois University, he was only four years older than his students. “It was terrifying,” he said. Now, a larger generation gap separates Griffith from his students. However, this hasn’t stopped him from becoming one of the student’s favorites. “Dr. Griffith’s classes were one of the reasons I loved studying English at CSC,” Kelsey Amos, 2012 graduate said. “After all, it takes skill to turn sentence diagramming into an art form.” According to Con Marshall, of information services, Griffith is the fourth-longest tenured professor ever to retire from CSC. In their time, Griffith knew Barton Kline, after whom the now-demolished Kline center was named, Ava and Edwin Nelson, of the Nelson Physical Activity center, in addition to Ross Armstrong, Donald Burkhiser, and the library’s own Rita King. “I sometimes amuse myself by thinking about how many people I know after whom buildings are named,” Griffith said. He has seen many of these buildings built, and watched as the campus, and the campus’s flora, have grown. see ERA page 23



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Griffith moved to Chadron with his wife Maggie. Many years later, much has changed. In Griffith’s eyes, the computer revolutionized teaching the most. Instead of the typewriter and mimeograph machine, the original tools of Griffith’s trade, he can now email papers, save drafts, and call up photos of Wordsworth’s cottage faster than you can say “Tintern Abby.” “I’m the last faculty member here who did a dissertation on a typewriter,” Griffith said. His dissertation, a 300 page investigation of “The Idea of Progress in the Fiction of George Elliot” combined two of Griffith’s loves: Victorian author George Elliot, and the history of ideas. As a teacher, Griffith’s natural territory is in ideas, whether those are literary or ethical. Griffith teaches one of the oldest, wholly-online courses at the college, his ethics course, in which he once impersonated a student in the forums. The faux student would make outrageous claims, and at the end of the semester Griffith revealed to his students the identity of their inflammatory classmate. Their final discussion question: “was it ethical to pretend to be a student?” Despite being one of the first professors at CSC to work online, Griffith has mixed feelings about the format. “The computer, for the most part, has done wonderful things for the profession,” Griffith said. The less-thanwonderful aspects, Griffith said, are online classes. “These classes can tempt our lesser angels, both students and faculty.” Griffith said. “It makes it easy to be lazy.” The online class format also promotes an aspect of higher education Griffith said he will not miss: adjunct faculty. “They’re not paid well and they don’t get the feeling of belonging to an institution, so they want to do as little as possible,” Griffith said. “This appeals to the lazier students who say, ‘well I’d like to do as little as possible as well.’” The proliferation of part-time distance faculty also breeds, in Griffith’s eyes, more bureaucratic administration. “I understand that a certain amount of that is necessary,” Griffith said, “but nobody has ever learned anything is a dean’s office.” The faculty, even in the English office, is substantially smaller than when Griffith joined CSC, even though the student body has grown. Administration has also grown. “It’s very discouraging,” Griffith said. “Were it not for that, I wouldn’t stop. I love teaching. It’s so much fun.”

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Don Ruleaux, 82, of Chadron, on Monday, finishes one of the silver point drawings he is creating for the CSC Rodeo Club. Photo by Leana Tajkov

Detail defines Native American artist Leala A. Lewis Contributor In the 1950s, the era when abstract art was taking hold, a master in photo-realism was finding his way, working to achieve an artistic identity while preserving his own style. An art professor once told him he could never be a painter because of his love of detail. That same professor then led him upstairs to a classroom where telephones, radios and automobiles were being drawn in an industrial design course. “This is where you belong,” the instructor said to Don Ruleaux, a nationally known Native American artist born in Martin, South Dakota, on June 19, 1931. Ruleaux’s great grandfather was a fur trapper from Canada who married a woman from the Ogalala Sioux Indian Tribe. Ruleaux, now 82, grew up in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, and when he was about nine years old the family moved to Gordon, where his father worked as a cook. Neither place was suitable for cultivating his artistic talent. “They didn’t teach art in public school when I was in school,” Ruleaux

said. “They considered it a waste of time to do that. But I did a lot on my own because I liked it. When I was little, in grade school in Gordon, I used to copy comic characters. I would also check out books from the library with really nice pictures and copy them.” Ruleaux’s interest in drawing continued throughout high school. He poured over the artwork inside books he checked from the school library. Once a week, he and a small band of his classmates were permitted to go to an empty classroom and draw. After graduating high school in 1950, Ruleaux worked for the U.S. Geological Survey as a “rodman,” working south of Gordon and Valentine. Ruleaux later transferred to Rolla, Missouri, where he trained as a cartographer. In 1952, facing the draft for the Korean Conflict, Ruleaux enlisted in the Navy and put his cartographic training to use. He served on three ships, The Piedmont, and The Fletcher and The Perkins, the latter two were combat destroyers. Ruleaux’s time in the Navy took him to Korea, China, Japan and the Philippines. With only six weeks remaining in a three-year tour, Ruleaux was transferred to the USS Ammen. He earned

an early discharge and returned home before Christmas. “So, I came back and I could have gone back to my job,” he said, “but guess what? I had gotten married while I was in the Navy. Well, Betty, after we married, found out about my interest in art. She wanted me to go to college and study art, I wanted to go back to Rolla, Missouri, but she kept insisting that I go to college.” Taking his first art class when he was 25, Ruleaux, his wife Betty, and the first of their six children, Frank, moved to Chadron in 1956. There, Ruleaux enrolled in his first art class at Chadron State College. However, back then the college did not offer a degree in art, so the Ruleauxs packed their belongings and moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where he enrolled in the Kansas City Institute of Art. Before leaving Chadron State, Ruleaux’s watercolor instructor questioned how the instructors at Kansas City Institute of Art would view his love of detail. “Do you think they’re going to let you use little brushes at the Kansas City Institute of Art’” Ruleaux said, imitating his instructor. It was the art instructor at Kansas City who escorted Ruleaux to the industrial design class.

“I didn’t pay much attention to what they said,” Ruleaux said. “I just kept doing what I was doing.” But pessimism from art instructors was not his only obstacle – money, or the lack of it, hampered his education. “Things were getting pretty tough financially,” he said. “My art professor tried to get me a scholarship for the second semester, but it didn’t work out. I finished that semester and took a job.” Ruleaux worked for the Bemis Brothers Bag Company, designing images printed on the bags. But Betty pushed back, and her persistence prompted Ruleaux’s return to college. After working for Bemis Bag Company for eight months Ruleaux moved his family back to Chadron and CSC. After returning, Ruleaux met Dr. William E. Artis, the man instrumental in convincing Ruleaux to become a teacher. “Dr. Artis talked to me and said, I should go into teaching,” Ruleaux, said. “He told me ‘remember, you have to have food, clothing and lodging. If you are teaching you get paid every month; you do your art on the side. If you get good enough to make a living off of your art, you stop teaching and do your art.’”

Ruleaux graduated from Chadron State College in 1959 with a bachelor’s degree in art education. Nine years later, in 1968 he earned a master’s degree in art education at Arizona State University, Tempe. Ruleaux’s first teaching job was in Gering, during a time of strict dress codes that included short hair for men. “I had long hair and I wouldn’t get a haircut,” Ruleaux said. Student’s parents would call the administration complaining about Ruleaux’s long hair. The principal back then supported Ruleaux’s rebellious stance. “He is an art teacher from France and they have different customs,’” Ruleaux said the principal used to tell callers. “When he’s been here long enough, I’m sure he’ll do the same as all American men.’ The closest I’ve been to France is Omaha.” After leaving Gering, Ruleaux and his family moved to Spearfish, South Dakota, where he spent the next 24 years teaching.

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“It’s much prettier now,” Griffith said, as he looked out his office window on the second floor of Old Admin. Griffith himself suggested the name “Old Admin” for the previous administration building. During the building’s repurposing from administration to classrooms, the Dean solicited new name ideas from the faculty. “I suggested that what was needed was a name that would reflect the change but not abandon the history,” Griffith said. “Hence, Old Admin.” “Teaching is a joyful profession,” Griffith said during his interview. He has found infinite joy in his years a CSC, and he is sad to leave. Once retired, Griffith and his wife will move to Idaho. Of his retirement plains, Griffith said, “I’m going to resurrect my golf game. I will do what I enjoy doing now, gardening, cooking, and reading.” Without Griffith, students will have to seek their British literature elsewhere, and may be bereft of sound advice like “writing is like jazz, there’s always room for improvisation.” Nikki Highfill, soon-to-be graduate of English education, keeps one piece of sage Griffonian advice close at hand. “Dr. G. taught me that when one chapter ends in life or in a book, a new one is always waiting to be discovered.” As Griffith prepares to close the cover on his time here at CSC, he is both excited and sad. “It’s bittersweet,” Griffith said. “I am interested in discovering the new part of my life, but I am going to miss being the village explainer.”

DETAIL After retiring from teaching in Spearfish, Ruleaux decided to return to teaching, this time spending six-and-a-half years in Curtis and Hastings. The next move took the Ruleaux’s back to Spearfish. During Ruleaux’s years of teaching and earning his degrees he and his wife were busy raising their six children: Frank, Donald, Mary, Francelia, Beau, and Robert. It took Ruleaux nearly 32 years to kickstart his art career. “I worked pretty much full-time in the summer time too,” he said. “Of course I went fishing a lot; and deer hunting in the fall; and then down at The Old Style. So I really didn’t get that serious until they started Tribal Arts in 1988 or 1989.” Tribal Arts was a juried art show held in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in which Ruleaux received an award for 15 consecutive years 1988-2003. Working in his predominate genre of Western and Native American art, Ruleaux has various oil paintings, silver

from page 21 points, watercolors and sculptures displayed in the Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney; the Peoria (Illinois) Riverfront Museum; the Atka Lakota Museum & Cultural Center, Chamberlain, South Dakota; the Dahl Arts Center, Rapid City, South Dakota; and the Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School, Pine Ridge. He also has a piece hanging in Memorial Hall’s Lobby Ruleaux’s skill at capturing detail led to a unique opportunity. The art director of the movie, “Lakota Women: Siege at Wounded Knee,” called Ruleaux, offering him a job as a draftsman-artist, drawing blueprints of various locations and images needed to construct the sets for the film. He also painted some of the buildings on the set. Afterward, Ruleaux and his wife returned to Chadron. “The fall of 1999, here I was again a student at Chadron State College,” he said. Ruleaux was offered a position at CSC teaching “art for the Elementary Teacher,” which he accepted. Ruleaux taught at CSC until 2010.

“I was just an average teacher,” he said in his signature humble way. Average, however, is not how those know him best at CSC, describe him. In 2012, after more than 40 years of teaching, the art department at Chadron State nominated Ruleaux for the Nebraska Governor’s Arts Award. Ruleaux was one of two people who earned the award for Excellence in Arts Education. “He’s played a big part in the art department the last 15 years,” Richard Bird, professor of visual and performing arts, said. “He is more than eager to come up and help students.” Over the past 15 years, Bird said Ruleaux has donated four to five paintings to help the CSC Rodeo Club raise funds. “There’s not an artist that can portray western images like Don, all with a silver pencil,” Rodeo Coach Dustin Luper said. “He’s so down-to-earth. It’s never been about money to him, but about what he can leave to spur the next generation on. He’s been a great asset to Chadron State College,” Luper said.

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