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MEN'S BASKETBALL LEADING 3-0 The team starts off its season with a 3-0 record.




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DEATH ROW EXONEREE SHARES STORY A man who spent 22 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit tells his story.


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Zach Kirchmeyer, junior of Redmond, Wash., plays the trombone during the Jazz Band concert Friday night in the Student Center Ballroom.

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Conor McGhehey and Patrick Mooney's senior art show reception will be at 4 p.m., Nov. 22, in Memorial Hall's lobby.

ANNUAL POWWOW DANCES TO CSC CAMPUS The annual PowWow will begin at 3 p.m., Nov. 22, in the Student Center Ballroom. The second installment of the PowWow will be at 6 p.m.

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NEWS | The Eagle | NOV. 21, 2013

AFB by-laws approved, two clubs welcomed Kathryn Sullivan Reporter

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Sam Parker, 21, senior of Harrison, talks about The Big Event during the American Advertising Federation, Tuesday in Rapid City, S.D.

Students travel to advertising summit CSC students attended the annual American Advertising Federation Student Summit in Rapid City, S.D., at the Dahl Art Center Tuesday. The conference started at 9 a.m. with registration and soon continued with the opportunity for students attending to get their resume and portfolios viewed by professionals. For students without portfolios the Student Summit provided a Social Media Panel Session made up of four professionals that deal with social media on a daily basis. Then the conference made the shift to four roundtable discussions covering different tricks of the trade, from graphic design stereotypes to gender bias in the work place. After lunch, Sam Parker, 21, senior of Harrison, and Justy Bullington, 21, junior of Mullen, presented their experiences advertising for The Big Event. The keynote speaker, Rebecca Bedrossian, former editor of Communication Arts magazine and current member of the creative services department at Shutterfly, Inc. talked about the empowerment of woman in the workforce and being able to do what you want to do and still balance your life. After Bedrossian’s presentation Simpsons Printing and Black Hills Corporation (inhouse marketing) offered industry tours.

Weekly Calendar: Nov. 21 - 27


-Senior Art Show: Conor McGhehey and Patrick Mooney, Memorial Hall -Late Night at The Pit: Gingerbread House decorating, 6:30 p.m., SC Lobby

- Learn your Native American Culture, 3 p.m., SC Ballroom


- Senior Art Show Reception, 4 p.m., Memorial Hall lobby -PowWow, 6 p.m., basketball courts

- Senior Art Show

Teri Robinson, senator at large, addressed concerns raised by constituents over the course of the last week about Section Nine of the Activity Fee Board Bylaws. As referred to in this section, the Office of Student Activities, a non-student, non-club body will receive a $3,000 per year budget. According to Robinson, the main concern was justification for $3,000 going to a non-club body. Laure Sinn, coordinator of student activities, will be the body receiving the $3,000. Joshua Keating, senator of liberal arts, said, “It is roughly what she spends every year.” The executive board explained that Sinn's direct access to funds will benefit clubs if any last minute funding or ideas arise. Taylor Strong, senator for Andrews Hall, motioned for the by-laws to be reviewed every two years and the motion was approved. After more minute discussion, the by-laws for the AFB were passed. Senate made an allocation for $600 for cookies and beverages during the three-day student symposium requested by Sinn. Asia Carr, former senator for Brooks Hall, was appointed to the constitutional court only a week after resigning from her previous position. Jacob Rissler, senate president, asked for senators’ approval for his designee. CAB allocated $7,600 for events including Free Bowling Night Nov. 23, and Free Movie Night Nov. 24. Three hundred dollars was allocated for prizes for the 4 p.m. free movie, $700 was given to extra fees charged by Memorial Hall for using the facility for the Christian Illusionist, $1,500 was allocated for snacks and massages during Finals week, and the final $1,500 went toward Free Bowling Night. CAB also welcomed two new clubs to the mix, the Science Success Club and the Native American Club. The Science Success Club is geared toward mentoring lowerclassmen and utilizing skills of upper-classmen to help them progress. According to Sinn, the Native American Club will be a teaching tool for anyone interested in learning about Native American Culture.

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Construction crews work on the addition of Armstrong in the former south parking lot, Wednesday afternoon.

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A backhoe moves dirt while construction workers build the frame for the addition of Armstrong.

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- Volleyball banquet, 6 p.m., Sandoz Center Atrium - Free cosmic bowling night (wear bright clothing), 8 p.m., bowling alley

- First Free movie night, 4 p.m., movie theatre


- Second Free movie night, 7:15 p.m., movie theatre

- Senior Art Show


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


- Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! - Break begins!


NEWS | The Eagle | NOV. 21, 2013



Native American month celebrations to take place Friday On Friday, the Chadron City Council, the Chadron State Diversity Committee, Native American Club, and RLA are hosting the Learning the Native American Culture event. The event will feature numerous dancer routines; students from the Red Cloud Indian School and CSC students will be setting up teepees; and the Red Cloud students will also be demonstrating traditional hand games. Although there is no official meal, the first 30 CSC students to arrive at the event will be able to eat a meal, which is paid for by RLA. Also in honor of Native American Month, there is an exhibit in the Sandoz Center, that features a historical array centered around Fort Robinson. A window display depicting handmade quilts, jewelry, and the proclamation from the city council stating November as the ofFile photo by Vera Ulitina ficial Native American month, is set up in A young boy dances during the 2010 PowWow in the Ballroom. the Student Center.

A Cuba Libre poster lays on a table.

Cuba Libre study abroad trip applications due in December

The applications for the Cuba Libre Study Abroad trip are extended to Dec. 1. Open to all students, the trip can count for one, three, or six credit hours toward Essential Studies, General Studies, electives, and some major and minor requirements. The trip will cost $4,000, which includes international airfare; group airport pick-up and drop-off; on-site orientation; course-related tours; housing in hotels; meals; and guided tours and entrance fees.

Applicants will need a passport; round-trip transportation to the Denver International Airport; health insurance; meals on travel days; personal spending money; Cuba exit tax, and tuition. For more information on the trip, contact Deane Tucker at ttucker@, or Tom Smith at tsmith@ An informational meeting will take place at noon, Friday, in Old Admin 227.


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OPINION | The Eagle | NOV. 21, 2013


Thypoon Haiyan aftermath is a global issue


ast week, several websites, including Facebook, were taken up by banners asking for donations to fund relief in the Philippines. The response on Facebook was disappointingly negative. Several local people and students updated their status to complain that there had been no efforts to raise money after the damage that Atlas had brought. Some even went so far as to say “I care about America, not the Philippines.” Around this time of year, it’s important that we look at how lucky we are. Granted, Atlas did hurt ranchers. Hundreds of heads of cattle were killed in the surprise storm. Yes, it was unfortunate. Now think about the thousands of deaths caused by Typhoon Haiyan. These were deaths of human beings. It is unlikely that they will ever know a final death count. This isn’t to say that our local problems are less important. Of course Atlas was terrible. That doesn’t mean that we can brush off the tragedy of Typhoon Haiyan. When people do brush it off, it just shows that they are self-involved to the point of ignorance. Saying “I care about America, not the Philippines,” is practically the same as saying, “Death? Who cares?” With Thanksgiving coming up, now is the time to look at how privileged we are. Did you get a hot meal today? Go on your computer to watch your favorite television show? Text your friend on your iPhone? You are already luckier than millions of people in the world. And you are definitely luckier than the people in the Philippines who have lost friends, family, and homes to Haiyan. Take some time to think about the fact that you are alive and well, that you live in a country that lets you update your Facebook status to say whatever you want, even when it is disgustingly ignorant. Before you stuff your face next Thursday, take a moment to be gracious about the fact that you can.

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Involvement is more than a resume bullet

That’ll look really good on your re- I’ve been told]. Everything is behind the sume!” scenes, but it takes work, compassion, I’ve heard this said so many times, and dedication. I can hear the people’s voices in my head Take anything else at this school and saying it. no matter what, everything you do [or Once a person hits college, and some- will do] takes hard work, long hours, times even in high school, they are con- and, like I said, dedication. If you want stantly told they should get involved. to do something, do it because it looks Most of the time, people interesting, or because tell them it’ll look really it’s something that will good on their resume. help you in the future. If Take Student Senate for it looks good on your reexample. It doesn’t matsume, well that’s an aweter what position a person some perk, huh? obtains in senate, it’ll look Don’t do something good on a resume. just because it will look I’m not arguing that, good, because odds are, but is the person joining people who think that senate because they reway won’t do their best ally care about the stuwork. They’ll slack off, dent population, or just or get involved and not –Ashley Swanson do anything at all. Then because it’s a resume builder? again, nobody ever said I What about becoming was right all the time, so a student ambassador? That looks like an they might actually do a terrific job. easy job from the front, but dig deeper My point is, do something because you and they actually do a lot of work [or so love to do it and you sincerely want to be

“Everything is behind the scenes, but it takes work, compassion, and dedication.


Ashley Swanson News Editor involved, not because it’ll be a great resume filler. If you want to be a student ambassador, do it, but do it well. Nothing great was ever done half-assed. So, take the time to think about if you want to join ‘x’ club because you love the idea of being a part of something potentially awesome, or do you want more text to fill that white sheet of paper? I’d take that into consideration.


we asked: “What are you thankful for?”


18, freshman of Stockholm, Sweden. “Thankful for the opportunity to study here for a year.”


19, sophomore of Chadron “Mainly family and friends because they are always there to support me.”


18, freshman of Pine Bluffs, Wyo. “Family cause they have supported me up to college and I’m the first generation to go to college.”



18, freshman of Laurel

22, junior of Grover, Colo.

“Thankful to be able to attend Chadron State College.”

“My family and friends because they have always been there for me.”

OPINION | The Eagle | NOV. 21, 2013


Take an active role in understanding


here is a phrase that everyone has uttered at least once: “I don’t understand this.” Be it students or faculty, it’s a common frustration that we all face. From the professor who has assigned a seemingly pointless assignment, to the dean or department chair who has asked to measure the immeasurable, most of the tasks that keep this institutional machine running are not easily understood. Beyond the frustration of being in a position where we don’t understand, we rarely stop and take an active role in our own ability to understand. For example, when we feel someone is being harsh or callous to our needs, we say that person is “not being very understanding.” That statement might seem trivial, but there’s a lot of meaning packed into it. We are quick to play the victim in these situations, but I can only protest that as the recipient of a cold shoulder you are not free from fault. You have just as much responsibility to make yourself be understood as the other person has to understand you. Another expression pops up when we fail to understand or be understood; “this is all a misunderstanding.” An endearing testament to this statement is the name of the Kangaroo. The first british explorers to settle Australia asked the Aboriginies, “What is that animal?,” to which the Aboriginies responded “Kangaroo,” which means “I don’t understand.” A quote from the prison warden in the movie “Cool Hand Luke,” sums it up nicely, “What we have here… is a failure to communicate.” Communication takes more than just yourself, and unless you are gifted with split personalities, you can hardly entertain a conversation alone. Granted there aren’t always two sides to a given argument, but there is always more than one. So how do we communicate? We are raised to communicate so asksing that question might seem unnecessary, but I’ve heard from people in all departments that communication on this campus sucks. That’s pretty ironic when we look at the fact that we are saturated with communication mediums: phones, email, text messages, Snapchat, Facebook,

Twitter, and numerous other digital platforms. But with all these means, the first step I recommend we take when communicating is to actively listen. When you are sitting in a class or a meeting, you should devote your attention to the business at hand. Time is your currency, and you need to spend it as wisely as possible. I know how hard it is to pay attention when the speaker has a stutter, a thick accent, or drones on in a monotone. Sometimes what they have to say just Spike Jordan doesn’t interest you, but that’s life. There is no promise that everything Managing Editor we do will be interesting, and the sooner we accept that, the better. But it’s at those shamed. times when we aren’t interested that we The inquisitor might not have grasped have to be vigilant in listening and resist what you’ve understood, but you can still the urge to segue into the world of our listen to the questions that they are asksmart-phones. ing and the response they are given. You don’t have to focus on everything You might find something that chalthat is being said when you take notes, lenges your assumptions, and that helps because you will be more concerned with you build a deeper understanding of the transcribing what is being said rather information that’s being presented. than listening. When you take notes, you Similarly, if you ask a question that should write down things you think you already that you don’t understand. know the answer to, reThis will come in handy “If you reject sist the urge to interrupt for later, and frees you up discipline, you and inject your explanato listen to whatever else is tion. only harm being said. Sit and paitiently lisThe next step is to skim yourself; but if ten to the answer, and over those notes and… you listen if it disproves what you (pause to introduce a novel had thought to be corto correction, concept): ask questions! rect, fight off the urge to According to a recent you grow in be upset. If you feel you story published by Nationstill don’t understand, al Public Radio, Dutch lin- understanding. ask another question. guists have discovered that –Proverbs 15:32 It takes time and discithe phrase “huh?,” is found pline to listen, to quesin almost every language tion, and to understand, on the planet. It makes sense then, that but it will pay off. a universal question would be key to our If you doubt what I’m saying, look to ability to understand. Proverbs 15:32, “If you reject discipline, To me, there’s more value to a ques- you only harm yourself; but if you listen tion than an answer. You don’t know to correction, you grow in understandsomething or you don’t understand ing.” something; you ask a question. When we We are often told two things about have no questions, the speaker has done the reasons we go to college: “A degree their job and communicated in a way doesn’t demonstrate knowledge, but the that you can understand. Either that, or discipline it took to earn it,” and, “Emyou weren’t listening. ployers look for graduates who have In the event that you do understand strong communication skills.” something, resist the urge to be irritatIf you want to make use of your time ed by another person asking questions. at CSC and get the most out of your That person is brave enough to admit education, work to hone your ability to that they don’t understand, and that’s a communicate, listen, question, and most brand of courage that is to be lauded, not importantly: understand.


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NOV. 21, 2013 | The Eagle |

Avoiding ripped jeans and ‘the freshman fifteen’ Guest columnist Cheyenne Deering conducted research into the phenomena and offers her advice.


fter a heated battle last Christmas which included shimmying, jumping, lunging, and sweating, my favorite pair of jeans had ripped right down the middle. I asked a family member if they could possibly be sewn back together. “Are you sure they ripped just because you dried them?” was the reply I received. The reality smacked me like a tray full of cookies. I had put on the freshman 15 (plus five) and I could no longer blame the dryer. I had hit the squishy, greasy bottom. Looking back on my fat pants, now happily collecting dust in the back of my closet, I tried to figure out what led to this massive change in my love handles. The summer before college, I was dedicated to eating healthy and working out. I was in the best shape of my life. I bragged to all of my friends saying I would never be that college student. I thought the freshman 15 was only for the weak and I was ready to fight fries with carrot sticks. How had I become my biggest nightmare? First of all, a couple pounds can be blamed on nights out with friends that led to the 24hour McDonald’s drive thru. I can take responsibility for that. But I was still making good decisions on the weekdays right? I tried to make healthy choices every time I ate school food. I ate wraps from The Grille, and in the cafeteria I filled up on the salad bar, then would try different entrees (just a bite of course), and had a spoonful of ice cream every once in a while. Little did I know my bites turned into full meals and not one spoonful of ice cream went unpunished. I had no sense of the amount of calories I was consuming. What could I have possibly been eating? I thought I was eating just like all of my friends, the regular “college diet.” Before exploring the regular “college diet,” it’s important to understand what a healthy diet is. According to, men and women 19-30 should be eating two cups of fruit, two and a half cups of vegetables for women, three for men, six to eight ounces of grains (and no, Ramen does not count), five and a half ounces of protein for women and six and a half for men, three cups of dairy, and six to seven teaspoons of oil. It turns out the all-you-can-eat cafeteria and questionable choices in The Grille can be a deliciously dangerous cycle. Some of the most popular entrees can be the worst for you. After asking students on campus, I found one favorite student meal is nachos. One student even commented, “that’s literally all I ate for lunch my freshman year.” According to the Nutrition and Wellness page for CSC’s Creative Dining Services, the Nacho Supreme, which includes ground beef,

corn chips, shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, guacamole, jalapenos, seasoned refried beans, tomatoes, and onions, has a scary nutritional label. It contains 726 calories, 467 calories from fat, 52 grams of fat, and 18 grams of saturated fat. That gives this grab-and-go special some scary stats: 63.74 percent of the total meal is fat, only 14.43 percent is protein, and it contains a terrifying 80 percent daily fat and 91 percent daily saturated fat intake. You may think this comes from a whopping serving size, but the serving size is only 12 nachos. To anyone who counts out nacho portions, I commend you. We all know nachos are not a very healthy choice in the first place, so just to be fair let us look at another entrée, the Cashew Chicken. In just a five-ounce serving, there are 662 calories, 285 calories from fat, 32 grams of fat, which is 49 percent of the daily value, and 2,910 milligrams of sodium, which makes up 121 percent of the daily intake. OUCH! That leaves the entrée at 43.48 percent fat and 31.34 percent carbohydrates. Does the salad bar sound a little more appetizing yet? Portion control in the cafeteria contributes to the gut bomb. When students eat in the cafeteria, they are able to eat as much as they can stomach. It is easy to lose track of what and how much they are truly eating. Some students eat at least two plates, if not three. Others say they eat ice cream at least twice a week. According to the Journal of American College Health, the food itself is not the problem. One student in the article states, “I think it’s harder to control how much you eat when it’s all-you-can-eat…it’s hard to hold back because they always have really good stuff.” The change from home cooking to food independence causes major weight gain problems. The article also states that vending machines, fast food, and buffet-style eating cafeterias were all cited as culprits for bad eating habits. Teri Albertazzi, instructor of applied sciences, thinks nutritional education is part of the problem. Based on student feedback from the five nutrition classes she has taught, students generally have little knowledge about nutrition. “[Dining services] offers the opportunity to have healthy options, but it is difficult for most students to know what they are,” Albertazzi said. Roy Farrens, CSC dining services production chef, says most students do not know how to eat according to nutritional standards. One student’s complaint was that they eat salads everyday, but have not lost any weight. “When I asked a student to show me their regular salad, the student covered the let-

tuce in cheese, ranch, and added potato salad and cottage cheese to the side,” Farrens said. “When I asked where the vegetables were, the student pointed to the lettuce.” Farrens knows education is not the only issue. “These kids grew up in a fast food world,” he says, and this makes convenience is a major factor in food selection. In line at the cafeteria, students eat the first three or four items and tend to skip the rest. He also credits the change in food supplied by schools. He explains, “A kindergartner to a senior in high school eats three chicken nuggets because that’s all they get.” In college, things change. There is constant access to food and most students do not know what they should and should not eat. He says they offer, “the naughty things and the nice things. How you put it together is your choice.” Farrens’ statistics indicate that there are about 1,050 students on the meal plan. They are serving at a 94 percent participation rate so far this semester. They want to give students the options they desire, and even cater to individual student needs. Farrens said one student on a high protein diet eats 12 chicken breasts for dinner and 12 hard boiled eggs for breakfast. “We also have a lot of cheerleaders right now that are into egg whites, so we make them egg white breakfast sandwiches for their trips,” Farrens said. Students that have dietary needs, such as being lactose or gluten intolerant, should not be ashamed. There are labeled options for gluten free breads and meat in the regular lines in the cafeteria. In addition, there is a fridge behind the stirfry station that contains special foods for these students. It is easily accessible and does not require students to stand out when getting food. Dining services have done, and will do, all they can to make the dining experience for CSC students the best it can be. Farrens says dining services responds to all comments that do not contain explicit language. Surveys from last year indicated a desire for a larger salad bar. Since last year, they have doubled the size of the salad bar. Farrens knows that their food is not always perfect, but he believes communication is the key. Anyone with concerns can fill out a comment card or contact dining services directly. If any student has a problem, they need to take the initiative and voice their opinion in a mature manner. How can students find or create healthy options? Albertazzi said one change could be to create a list of instructions. She thinks students need to know how to make their meals healthy according to the options available. For example, giving students ideas about using the salad bar with the stir-fry would help.

Cheyenne Deering Contributor Albertazzi believes having a nutritional list directly above each item would be beneficial, but only if students pay attention to it. When Farrens was asked about this idea, he showed interest but also concern. By July, the dining services must have a detailed allergen listing for every item, he said. This task has been difficult because many of the foods served are original recipes. The same problem would come up for displaying caloric information. He thinks this will be something to look for in the future, but as of right now it is not in the works. There is nutritional information available to all students right inside the cafeteria and online. There is a large binder filled with all the common recipes. Farrens says they try to draw as much attention to the binder as possible. “It’s right here on the way out. We place The Eagle and a portion chart over here, but it just isn’t enough,” Farrens said as he flipped through the binder. Nutritional information for the current recipes can also be found online by searching dining services on the CSC website. So in the end, do not blame the school’s food for your unfortunate and unexpected weight gain. Keep frozen veggies instead of pizza rolls and bananas chips instead of potato chips. At the cafeteria, fill up on a chicken salad with vegetables and skip the pizza and ice cream on your way out. Do a little research on your own. There are many calorie counters and websites to look up nutritional information. We are all required to take a health class, so pay attention next time the teacher brings up fatty acids. Make sure you exercise now and then and skip the third serving of fried rice. The last thing you want to hear from your parents after next semester is, “You were getting pretty cheeky around Christmas.” Trust me, it is the kind of comment that will haunt you forever. Follow my advice and make sure that when your favorite pair of jeans rips, only the dryer will be to blame.

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NOV. 21, 2013 | The Eagle |

Members of the community band perform Tuesday evening in Memorial Hall’s Auditorium.


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Jazz Band : 6 Senior Recital: 7 Faculty Recital: 20

Number of m Jazz Band : 21 Senior Recital: 1 Faculty Recital: 2 Photo by Teri Robinson

Drew Kasch, sophomore of Highlands Ranch, Colo., plays the alto saxophone during the Jazz Band concert Friday night in the Student Center Ballroom.

Photo by Teri Robinson

Una Taylor, associate professor of music sings during her Faculty Recital in the Mari Sandoz Center Sunday afternoon.




Amy Graham, senior of Valentine, plays a piece during her senior recital, Sunday in the Sandoz Center Atrium.

It’s all in the fingers Reporter

Photo by Spike Jordan

Places of performances Jazz Band : Ballroom Senior Recital: Sandoz Center Faculty Recital: Sandoz Center

Upcoming concerts Dec. 3: 7:30 p.m., Vocal Jazz and Guitar Ensemble, Memorial Hall Dec. 7: 7:30 p.m., Holiday Concert, Chadron Arts Center Dec. 12: 7:30 p.m., Mallets and Ivory, Memorial Hall


Photo by Teri Robinson

Hannah Clark


pieces performed | The Eagle | NOV. 21, 2013

The Sand Hills are alive with the sound of music, provided by CSC’s prolific music department. This past week of performances is only the second in the department’s barrage of winter concerts, and it featured the Jazz Band, Wind Symphony, Community Band, and two personal recitals. First, the Jazz Band filled the Student Center Ballroom with thrumming harmonies. Lead by Michael Stephens, associate professor of music, the 21-student band performed six swinging jazz pieces. The show contained favorite jazz composers, like Dizzy Gillespie and Thad Jones, and Stephens paired certain students with free-form solos. Their concluding piece, High Maintenance by Gordon Goodwin, featured pairs of students playing off each other. This call-and-response soloing created the air of a musical dialogue between the two instruments, and lent a creative dynamism to the show. Kaleb Britton, senior of Rapid City, S.D., finished the night with a fantastic drum solo. Britton, who has played CSC’s percussion for four years, will graduate this semester. He said, “I feel ready to graduate and be done wiht school. I’m very grateful for all that I have learned through the music faculty.” CSC’s music department lauds a commitment to producing quality musical educators, performers, and business people. To insure this quality, music students pass through a fouryear gauntlet of review and performance, including a freshman jury, sophomore qualifier, and senior recital. This final hurdle, a daunting hour-long performance, intimidates most participants. Amy Graham, senior of Valentine, wasn’t immune to these nerves. On Sunday, Nov. 16, Graham performed for a full audience at the Sandoz Center’s Chicoine Atrium. Graham said of feelings pre-concert, “I tried not to look nervous, but my mind was racing.” This recital, a necessary step for Graham to earn her BS in Music Education, featured the graduating pianist playing an hour of classical piano. Ranging from 17th century sonatas to double-piano concertos, the musical selections were peaceful and mature. Graham overcame her nerves and performed a gorgeous, elegant program.

She described her feelings afterward: “At first I was dissapointed in how well my playing went, but quickly my emotions turned into tears. I was finally done, all of those years of hard work were thrown out on the table (or piano) that afternoon. And I was done. I’ve been playing for 17 years, constantly preparing for something, either a recital or audition. It was surreal to be done, with nothing more to preapre for, if I so choose.” The following day at 3 p.m., associate professor and department head Una Taylor held a faculty recital, also in the Sandoz Center’s atrium. Taylor performed three song cycles which had her flowing across three languages and the full treble clef. Taylor’s soprano mastery reminded audience members why she conducts for, teaches, and heads CSC’s music department. Along with a fierce technical talent, Taylor’s love for music could be heard above all else. Finally, CSC’s Community Band and Wind Symphony performed in Memorial Hall on Tuesday. The Community Band, directed by Pamela Shuler, presented their four pieces first. Each arrangement contained a religious undertone, but the show’s composition retained variety. “Rikudim,” a series of four Israeli dances for band, was refreshingly different and rhythmic. The Community Band ended with a Calvin Custer Christmas arrangement, which played on recognizable favorites. The Wind Symphony also ended with a Christmas arrangement, but their’s was far from familiar, and was a piece by Alfred Reed. Sidney Shuler, Wind Symphony director, mentioned that Reed only had “twelve to sixteen day’s notice” to compose the piece for a Soviet-American peacemaking seminar. Shuler’s introductions were always engaged and educational, even when he was trying to stall. While a flautist, whose horn had lost a screw, waited for the replacement instrument, Shuler said, “I am supposed to tell some jokes, but that would be horrible.” Instead, he provided more preface with commendable calm. The Wind Symphony played refined and resonant selections which, despite the modest audience, were strong and absorbing. The music department will take a performance break next week, but it will return Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. with the Vocal Jazz and Guitar Ensembles.


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Football round out season with 8-3 record Jordyn Hulinsky Sports Editor The Eagles lost to Colorado School of Mines, Golden, 23-0. This is the first time the Eagles have been shut out since 2002. The offense only put up 262 yards of total offense, 116 rushing and 146 passing. Glen Clinton, senior of Cody, Wyo., rushed for 94 yards against Mines, adding to his season total of 1518 yards. Jonn McLain, junior of Chadron, completed 16 of 32 for 104 yards. He threw for 2615 yards this season. Patrick O’Boyle, junior of Gering, also saw some time on the field against Mines completing seven of 12 for 42 yards. Nathan Ross, senior of San Diego, caught five passes for 41 yards, leading the team in receiving yards. Shea Koch, senior of Custer, S.D., led the defense with 14 tackles. He posted 127 tackles this season. Clinton summarized his thoughts on how the season went. “This season was an interesting one,” he said. “We didn’t accomplish many of our goals, but I wouldn’t give it up for anything.” The Eagle’s finished second in the RMAC rankings with an 8-3 overall record, and 7-2 conference record. Offensive Coordinator Chris Stein talked about how the season went.

“I think it was a good season,” he said. “I think we underachieved in the matter of our goals. We had a lot of young players who grew through the season, and it was good to send our seniors out on a positive note being 8-3, not a lot of teams achieve an 8-3 record in college ball. I think we grew a lot and learned a lot. We had some great seniors who will be missed, but we have a lot of young kids coming back to fill in.” Defensive Coordinator Jeff Larson also summarized his thoughts of the defense this season. “Defensively, we were very young and inexperienced,” he said. “Early on I was concerned, but as the season went on, we got better, and I think we did improve every week as the season went on. We certainly weren’t happy about how it ended, but I am happy that we improved every week. I think we have good potential coming back next year.” Head Coach Jay Long agreed. “Overall, I think we always pushed our players to compete full force for the full four quarters, and I think our seniors did a great job of leading this team,” he said. “You know a record of 8-3 is something to be proud of. And in the last 10 years, I think this season could be up there with our best seasons.” Larson talked about his thoughts from the season. “Overall, I think at the end of the season, like the last two or three games, our defensive did play at their best,” he said. Long talked about playing in new places this season.

“I think the best thing about this season was that we got to play in some cool places, some places we’ve never been to before,” he said. “To start, Missouri S&T, I know, it was my first time in Missouri playing and it was exciting. And then from reading the senior media guide, a highlight of their year was playing in the Dallas Cowboys stadium. That was a great experience. The outcome didn’t turn out the way we wanted, but it was still a great experience.” All season long, the coaches and players talked about wanting to play a complete, consistent game. Stein commented on this goal at the end of the season. “I don’t think that’s a goal that can ever be obtained,” he said. “I think we came close a couple times, and we played well a couple times, but I don’t think we ever played a complete game.” The next step for the Eagle’s football team is saying goodbye to the seniors and start recruiting. “Well, we are sad to see our seniors leave, and I think that’s one of the parts of being a coach is you form strong relationships with those players, and it is hard to say goodbye,” Long said. “But now that the season is over, our next step is recruiting and then after recruiting, it will be spring, and we will pick up our sledge hammer and start molding our new team.” Long also commented on the quality of this year’s seniors. “I think our seniors did a good job of keeping the team on track and showing the younger guys what being an Eagle means,” he said.

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DUSTIN STODOLA Sport: Wrestling Weight: 133 Class rank: Senior Hometown: Clarkson Stodola was named the RMAC Wrestler of the Week. He is ranked eighth at 133 pounds, with a record of 7-0 this season. Stodola has won four matches by decisions, one by a major decision, and two by a pin.

Men’s team bury South Dakota Mines 79-68 Ashley Swanson News Editor The men’s basketball team dunked another win against South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Rapid City, 79-68, improving the team’s record to 3-0. “It’s a good feeling,” Head Coach Brent Bargen said. “Our kids have played well. It feels good to earn some wins. That being said, we have a lot to work on.” Forward Zac Bargen, senior of Chadron, sunk a three-pointer within the first minutes of the game. Guard Christopher Smith, junior of Pasadena, Calif., sunk five free throws throughout the game, while Zac Bargen made seven free throws. By the end of the first half, CSC led 36-27. Mines narrowed in on CSC in the second half. Eight minutes into the game, the score was 50-38, CSC. “I thought we played pretty well for a good stretch of the half,” Brent Bargen said. “This far into the season it’s difficult to play a full game. The goal is to keep improving and progressing to play a full game.” While fouls hurt both teams, a technical foul gave Zac Bargen the

opportunity to sink two more points for the Eagles as the score narrowed 56-53, Chadron. Forward Kendrick Holliman, junior of Los Angeles, rebounded seven times. With fifty seconds left in the game, the Eagles led by 11 points; however, they were only shooting about 50 percent. “Our depth wears people down, and we played with a lot of energy and effort,” Brent Bargen said. “If we took better care of the basketball and shot the ball a little better, we would have had a tremendous game.” Assisting with the teams 3-0 record so far this season, the Eagles faced off against Grace University, Omaha, winning 82-65. In the first half, CSC lead 36-24. Holliman made 12 free throws, leading the team in free throws. Smith and point guard Josiah Lee, junior of Colorado Springs, made four two-pointers. In the second half, CSC nabbed 46 points while GU followed closely with 41 points. Although CSC won with a 17-point lead, center Mouhamed Diop, senior of Los Angeles, said it wasn’t the best of games. “We didn’t play as well as we could have,” Diop said. “We won, but it was a bad game.”

KATTIE RANTA Sport: Basketball Position: Guard Class rank: Senior Hometown: Rapid City, S.D. Against South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Rapid City, Ranta scored 17 points. Her total points on the season is 50. She also contributed 10 rebounds against Mines, bringing her season total rebounds to 41.

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Volleyball loses two to assist in final 6-23 record Janelle Kesterson Reporter

The Eagle volleyball team ended the season with two losses to make their record 6-23 overall and 3-16 in the RMAC. The Eagles final hitting percentage was .207 overall and .158 in the RMAC. The Eagles suffered their last two losses to the 17-12 Regis University Rangers, Denver, and the 1810 Metropolitan State University Roadrunners, Denver. The Rangers swept the Eagles on Friday. The Eagles allowed the Regis volleyball team control the hitting, and fought back with only seven blocks. For the Eagles, Nikki Schmidt, junior of Merino, Colo., and middle hitter Jessica Jester, senior of Cheyenne, Wyo., led the Eagles with eight

kills apiece. These two also worked together on eight blocks. Middle hitter Alia Brennan, freshman of Chadron, had seven kills, and outside hitter Erika Roybal, junior of Denver, and outside hitter Barbie DeCent, senior of Paxton, each contributed four kills to the Eagle offense. Also for the Eagles, Alyssa Bauer, junior of Rapid City, S.D., held the match-high 13 digs and setter Justine Ackie, sophomore of Phoenix, had a match-high 29 set assists. However, this was not enough to set the Eagles over the Rangers. While the Eagles lost Regis University 0-3, they defended the court against the Roadrunners with a 2-3 loss. The Eagles won the first and fourth sets by scores of 25-23, while Metro State took the second set 25-21 and the third 25-11. The Roadrunners then won the fifth set 15-9. Roybal led the Eagles with 16 kills, followed by Jester with 12, DeCent with 11, and Brennan with 10. Ackie handed out 50 set assists, and she and Brennan helped with three blocks.

Wrestling taken down in duals, 0-3 on season Janelle Kesterson Reporter This coming week the Eagle wrestling team will travel to Kearney to compete in the University of Nebraska-Kearney Holiday Inn Open. The Eagles are going into this tournament 0-3. The Eagle wrestlers made the seven-hour trek to Sioux Falls, S.D., last week, where they competed against the Air Force Academy Falcons of Colorado Springs, and the Augustana College Vikings of Sioux Falls, S.D. The Air Force Academy wrestling team currently has a 3-2 record, while the Augustana Viking wrestling team is sitting at 2-1 overall. The Eagles were leading the dual after Taylor Summers, redshirt freshman of Plymouth, 125-pounds, and Dustin Stodola, senior of Clarkson, 133-pounds, won their matches against their Falcon counterparts. Both Summers and Stodola won their matches by decisions. However, the Falcons came back to win the next eight matches and

take the dual title with a score of 28-6. The Eagles were forced to forfeit the 157-pound match to the Falcons due to an injury sustained by CJ Clark, junior of Rapid City, S.D. Summers was unsuccessful in keeping his winning streak when he competed against Viking T.J. North, who defeated Summers 10-1 by major decision. However, Stodola continued his winning streak by pinning Viking Blake Jans in 1:46. Chadron State’s other winners against the Vikings were twin brothers Dylan and Devan Fors, juniors of Roseburg, Ore., at 174- and 197-pounds, respectively. Rulon Taylor, freshman of Curtis, heavyweight, also scored a win. Dylan Fors defeated Drake Fanslau 3-1 by decision and Devan Fors conquered Jeff Nielsen 5-2 by decision as well. Taylor won his match by injury default over Viking Michael Lowman. By the end of the dual, the Eagles were behind the Augustana Vikings, who took the dual title with a final score of 30-18. Both the Vikings and the Falcons will compete at the UNK Holiday Inn Open this coming week, giving the Eagles another shot at these teams.

Track hosting scrimmage At 3 p.m., Friday, the track and field team will host their annual intrasquad indoor track scrimmage. The theme for the scrimmage is superheroes versus villains. The teams will be dressing up.

Schedule of Events:

3:30 M/W pole vault 3:30 M/W high jump 4:15 Women 55m hurdles 4:30 Men 55m hurdles 4:40 Women 55m sled pull 4:50 Men 55m sled pull 5:00 M/W long jump 5:35 Women 58 second dash 5:50 Men 58 second dash 6:00 M/W shot put 6:00 M/W triple jump 6:35 Women 360m hurdles 6:45 Men 360m hurdles 7:00 Women 15 lap knockout run 7:15 Men 15 lap knockout run 7:30 Women 4x360m relay 7:40 Men 4x360m relay (Information from the CSC Sports Information press release)

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Women’s basketball drop three games; one away, two at home Mouhamed Diop Reporter The women’s basketball team lost a nonconference game at home against South Dakota Mines, 78-65, Tuesday. The Hardrockers took the lead at the 18-minute mark, and then they went back down. At halftime they led 37-25. They led by 17 points after five minutes in the second half. The Eagles cut the lead down to six points with 4:36 to go in the game. Seniors Kattie Ranta of Rapid City, S.D., and Kayli Rageth of Kimball, led the Eagles scoring 17 points each. Ranta also grabbed 10 rebounds. Another senior, Greer Babbe, of Papillion, added 14 points. Guard Dallas Shaw, junior of Buffalo, Wyo., scored nine points to go along with 10 rebounds. “Our team is definitely progressing from game to game,” Babbe said. “It is a simple fix that I believe we will master very soon; and fixing this problem will lead to wins for us.” Despite a late push in the second half, the Eagles fell to Montana State-Billing, 59-55, Saturday, on the road. The Eagles’ 14-6 run in the last seven minutes of the game wasn’t enough to beat the Yellowjackets, who had a comfortable 12 points lead. The Yellowjackets led the entire game, and they were able to hold on and secure the victory when shaken by the Eagles’ late run. A three-pointer by Shaw with 6:55 minutes left in the game helped key the Eagles’ late surge. Ranta scored six points at the end of the game, including four in the last 10 seconds. Ranta led CSC with 19 points and 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. Rageth scored 16 points for the third straight game, and Shaw added 12 points. No other Eagle scored more than five in this game. The Eagles made only 42.6 percent of their shots from the field, and they were also only 25 percent from the threepoint line. Shaw sank four three-pointers for the

Eagles in this contest. Another key factor was that the Eagles only went to the line three times the entire game compared to Billings’ 17 free throws. “We played good, and just had little let down in the first half. We need to get more physical and get to the foul line more,” Shaw said. “I thought both games were a great step forward for us. We are starting to get familiar with each other’s game and our offensive system,” Kate Simonton, junior guard of Bakersfield, Calif., said. “We all have the understanding of how to work hard, we just need to figure out how to play smart, and I think our chances of having a great season are very likely.” The Yellowjackets scored 13 points from CSC’s 13 turnovers. The Eagles also lost their season home opener, 78-59, Thursday, against Wayne State. CSC took a quick three points lead but Wayne went on a 17-5 scoring run, giving them a 45-28 lead at half time. Wayne State picked up right where they left off, and they increased the lead to 26 points in the first five minutes of the second half. The Eagles did not shoot the ball particularly well from the field, making 22 of 56 shots, 39.3 percent, from the floor. They also made all eight of their free throws and seven of 20 from downtown. Rageth led the Eagles with 16 points making three three-pointers out of four in the game. Ranta had a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds, and Shaw, finished with 15 points. Babbe and Leana Tajkov, senior of Belgrade, Serbia, had six points and two blocks each. Hattie Guzman, junior guard of Scottsbluff, led the team with five assists and Shaw had two steals. The Eagles will travel on Dec. 6 to Colorado Mesa, Grand Junction. The game will tip off at 5:30 p.m. The Mavericks of Colorado Mesa are 2-0 this season. They’ve won against Northwestern Oklahoma State University and Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

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Got the magic in me Duane Laflin, a Christian Illusionist out of Custer, S.D., performed on Wednesday on Memorial Hall’s mainstage. He performed tricks that included turning a woman’s head, making a dog appear onstage, and turning a handkerchief into an egg. Along with him, Laflin brought four other performers who performed their own tricks. His cast included two CSC alumni, Rhett Breedlove, and Amber Nightingale. Laflin’s performance was presented by Revive.

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One of the numerous posters depicting historical events centered around Fort Robinson stands in the Sandoz Center Atrium.

‘Coming Home,’ Sandoz Center’s new exhibit provides new perspectives Naomi Sughroue Reporter

Fort Robinson is known as a historic park and an attraction in the location, famous to the world. The park is located less than 30 miles away from the college, and is available to the public for anyone who wants to make the trip. For this month, though, anyone who is interested in learning about Fort Robinson and its local history, can travel across campus to the Sandoz Center. The Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center is featuring a unique exhibit: “Coming Home: The Northern Cheyenne Odyssey” in celebration of the 60th anniversary Mari Sandoz’s book “Cheyenne Autumn.” Much like Sandoz’s book, the exhibit features the famous Fort Robinson outbreak of 1879. The exhibit, however, features a unique viewpoint through the experiences and recollections of the Northern Cheyenne. Graduate Assistant of the Sandoz Center, Jessiah Cogan, describes the exhibit as nothing you would read out of a textbook. “It’s easy to read about the breakout in a history book, but it’s usually depersonalized,” Cogan said. “This perspective is their side of the story.” The exhibit features many personal stories of the struggle of Northern Cheyenne families. Their stories are told through a collection of posters, pictures, and other digital components. Director Sarah Polak described one digital component as a special treat to the Sandoz Center. “The Cheyenne Language Kiosk is an opportunity we haven’t had before,” Polak said. “It’s a touch-screen computer where people can choose to view different categories of objects and then view, in written and audio format, the Cheyenne word for it. It helps give an introduction to what the Cheyenne

language is like for those who haven’t heard it.” Other digital components include audio quotes from the Northern Cheyenne and digital pictures frames showing life on the reservation after the breakout. “My favorite part of the exhibit is the newspaper clippings found right in the center of the room,” Polak said. “After reading all the posters portraying the Northern Cheyenne perspective you get to read the military view point and see how it contrasts.” Cogan’s favorite part of the exhibit is a little less specific. “I like the human element of the exhibit,” he said. “It allows you to connect with the breakout on a more personal level. It brings the story to life a little more.” Even though the exhibit offers many digital features, few personal and physical objects are presented. Polak reports that the flow of students coming to see the exhibit has been slow. “It’s a bit text heavier than the other exhibits,” Polak said. “For a lot of students it’s not as exciting to see.” The next exhibit to be featured Jan. 13-March 7 features the power of stories. The official title is: “Fact, Fiction and New World – the role of books in the making of America.” Polak reports that the exhibit will highlight ways people looked at the New World and how books shaped what they saw. Until Dec. 20, The Northern Cheyenne Odyssey is on display for those who want to learn a new perspective on the breakout at Fort Robinson. Polak hopes that if students take away anything from the exhibit, it would be considering the Cheyenne point of view. “I hope visitors see the resiliency and the determination of the Cheyenne,” Polak said. “Students should feel encouraged to check out the exhibit and see what it’s all about.”

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Folk musician Paul Siebert play a song Monday evening in the Sandoz Center Chicoine Atrium.

Folk musician plays Chicoine Atrium Spike Jordan Managing Editor

Musician and storyteller Paul Siebert performed Monday evening in the Sandoz Center Chicoine Atrium. A classically-trained multi-instrumentalist and performer based out of Lincoln, Siebert played the banjo, guitar, and hammer dulcimer and offered his repertoire of stories about Nebraska history, most of which were relayed through folk songs. Seibert went into great detail explaining the origins of the seal that adorns the Nebraska state flag and told stories about the state’s history and heritage, from homesteaders and blacksmiths, to the steamboats that traversed the waters of the Missouri river. Siebert also talked about his own family, who had immigrated to Nebraska from Russia during the homesteading era and settled near the now abandoned town of Farmers Valley. As blacksmiths by trade, Siebert’s family had an active role in forging the west through the often-overlooked art of metallurgy, a tradition that he carries on to this day. The NeKota Reading Council sponsored Siebert’s performance with support from Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska State Reading Association. Ann Petersen, Education Professor and NeKota Reading Council secretary, said Wednesday that Siebert had also performed earlier Monday at area intermediate schools to help foster literacy, reading, and creative story telling.

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Art students presenting collective works You may have seen some bionic posters hanging around campus, picturing two robotic hands suspending the earth between them. Created by seniors Patrick Mooney and Conor Mcghehey, these posters advertise “The Altered World,” the pair’s senior thesis art show. Featuring works inspired by video games adn science fiction, the show will hang in Memorial Hall’s Main Gallery until Dec. 6th. Tomorrow, Friday Nov. 22nd, Mooney and Mcghehey will host an artist’s reception from 4-6 p.m., and the exhibited art works are also for sale. Meanwhile, upstairs in gallery 239, members of the advanced art studio class are also exhibiting their works. “Panes, Pallets, and Pots” will hang until the end of semester. A member of the exhibit, Jesses Manke, senior of Phillip, S.D., explained the show as “an opportunity for students who want extra credit or want to show their pieces to exhibit,” Manke said, “I took the class to further my watercolors.” Manke’s pieces will hang alongside his peers’ stained glass, ceramic, and painted works. So whichever floor of Memorial Hall you frequent, the art department promises the work of their brightest students will be on display.

The pros and cons of modern television Prince Charming and Snow White have a happy ending? Will the Beast be re-united with his Beauty? It’s wince-worthy. Lifestyles Editor Meanwhile, the villain actually stresses me out to the point that I want to scream at the screen. He has no purpose other than I have a friend who is firmly against television. When I profess to be obnoxious. my love of Netflix, he disputes it, and he finds something wrong On top of this, the show is entirely based on the Disney verwith every television show I watch. sions of the fairy tales that it includes. At first, I didn’t mind. For a while, I didn’t really understand it. I believe there’s art For example, with the Dwarves’ names. So they’re all named in script writing, art in the acting, and art in the directing of Grumpy and Happy; that I can handle. However, when they television shows. “American Horror Story,” for example, has brought in Ursula, from “The Little Mermaid,” and her costume amazing shots that not only show you how a character feels, but was a perfect replica of the cartoon movie Ursula, I was pretty makes you feel the same way. I adore spending hours on Netf- much at the end of my rope. lix watching “Weeds” which has some of the most clever, fastThe acting is shoddy, at best. Robert Carlyle, who plays Rumpaced dialogue I’ve ever seen, thanks to writer Jenji Kohen. And plestiltskin, is the only actor who stands out, and this season then there are the actors who make up some of the better shows his screen time has been limited. It’s infuriating to watch badlyon television. David Morrissey, who plays the written dialogue being acted by flat, uninterGovernor on “The Walking Dead” has manesting actors. aged to make me hate his character, feel symBesides all this, the writing is a disaster. pathy for his character, love his character, and Have a problem? Don't worry, the characters then hate his character all over again. His acthave a convenient person/place/spell to fix all ing is exceptional, and deserves to be noted their troubles. What is a storyline without a when talking about “The Walking Dead.” little struggle? "Once Upon a Time," apparYes, I can defend several different television ently. shows, including these, for the art that goes Now that I’ve described how much I hate into them. However, over the past few years, the show, I have to confess: I can’t stop watchI have begun to have a growing hate for ABC Opening sequence for television series ing it. Every week I log onto and and ABC Family original shows. My hatred of "Once Upon a Time." click play, sit through the commercials and ABC Family television stems from the horwait to complain at the end of the episode. rific wreckage that is “Pretty Little Liars,” a now completely unI don’t know why this is. Perhaps it's because I keep hoping salvageable drama. Who even knows what’s going on anymore? that something will get better, and I’ll once more find the joy I It makes about as much sense as putting a dog in a tutu. once found in it. Perhaps it's because I have hope that Carlyle However, at the tippy top of the pile of crappy television will save the show. Or perhaps it's because I have a thing for shows sits “Once Upon a Time.” When it first began, I fell in hook-handed pirates. Yes, it's terrible, but I cling to it. Televilove with this story about fairy tale characters who have been sion, can give us the opportunity to see a different world from banished to our world and forgotten their actual lives in the the eyes of different characters. And I always hope that the Enchanted Forest. By now, however, the story has become con- world in "Once Upon a Time" will become lovable once more. voluted to the point where I can’t even tell what the writers are Unlike my friend, I find value in television. But with the list of trying to accomplish. good television shows growing shorter, I have begun to see why Lately, the only things that seem to matter in the show have he insists television is ruining America. been the romances. Who will the main character choose? Will Doesn’t mean this fangirl is going to stop watching.

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Amy Graham, senior of Valentine plays the piano along with Dr. James Margetts, during her piano recital in the Mari Sandoz Center Chcoine Atrium Saturday afternoon.

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Death Row exoneree relates experience His prison was known as the H-Unit, which was actually built underground, and for 16 years McCarty didn’t feel the sun or see the moon. To talk to and see another person in the H-Unit was very rare, he said—this included other inmates, guards, and staff. After the death of his best friend, McCarty said he couldn’t take it anymore. One day, he sat down and wrote out his last will and testament, and wrote letters to his parents, apologizing for being an embarrassment for all the trouble he had caused. “I realized I was running out of appeals,” he said. “I had a year, maybe a year and a half left to live.” Luck, however, was in his favor and a little while later he received a letter from his mother with nothing but a clipping from a newspaper in it. The article told of a secret investigation the FBI had been pursuing in Oklahoma City, Okla., on allegations of criminal wrong doing. McCarty’s neighbor was one of the reasons for the investigation, after biological evidence was sent to DNA specialist, and it came back negative. The specialist lied, saying the evidence matched his neighbor, who was then put on death row. Eight other files were also under investigation, McCarty’s included. Eventually, uncontaminated evidence Photo by Teri Robinson was found, which cleared McCarty’s Curtis McCarty, Oklahoma death row exoneree, speaks Monday in the Student Center Lakota Room about how he was sentenced to the death penalty for a crime he didn’t commit. name against murdering Pamela in 1982. After twenty-two years of being locked up away from other people, without being “I was left with my mother and father on the stand, weeping Ashley Swanson able to touch or talk to them, McCarty was released. and begging for my life.” McCarty described. News Editor “That was the happiest moment of my life,” he said. “Being At the hearing, one witness told the jurors that he overheard With a somber face but gracious smile, Curtis McCarty took McCarty confess to participating in the murder. Former foren- able to hug my mother.” After the investigation ended, it was determined that the evisic chemist Joyce Gilchrist said the biological evidence gathhis place behind the podium and began. dence used against McCarty so many years ago had been tam“It was a really odd situation that I found myself in,” McCarty ered at the scene matched with McCarty. pered with. Gilchrist was fired from the police department, In the end, the jurors saw no reason not to convict him. said. only to be hired by the attorneys office the next day. Shortly After being convicted, the jurors sentenced him to death. McCarty was speaking about an incident that occurred in after, she was also fired from the attorney’s office. “I didn’t think my life could get any worse,” McCarty said. 1982 that would change his life forever. “She is no longer in a position to hurt people,” he said. The men placed on death row often did not have a college By the time he was 15, McCarty was involved with drugs and McCarty went through months of withdrawal after his reremoved himself from his friends, family, and the community. degree, let alone a high school degree, and some were mentally During this time, he met a young woman named Pamela. Pa- insane. McCarty said that many people were sentenced to die lease, and recalled not knowing what to do with his life. Evenfor deaths which occurred during felonies, not by their hands. tually, a social worker called him, wanting him to go to Lincoln mela, also involved with drugs, soon befriended McCarty. While on death row, McCarty soon made friends with his to help abolish the death penalty. McCarty politely declined In December of 1982, a man broke into Pamela’s house and only to end up on a plane the next day after his mother sugneighbors. killed her. gested he should do it. “They became my family,” he said. McCarty, along with 41 other men, was questioned by the “It was a successful trip,” he said. “It changed my life.” Each of them would try to think positively to improve their police for being associated with Pamela. After questioning, Although the past is gone, memories of those 22 years still lives. They did this every day. McCarty was told he was free to leave. “I made the best out of the situation I could,” he said. “It’s like follow him around. Three years later, he was questioned again. McCarty was told “It’s still painful and embarrassing and hurts to talk about,” that if he didn’t give the police a name for the murder, he would trying to make amends for something you can’t make amends he said. for.” take his place. Today, McCarty, who was diagnosed with post-traumatic After years of being on death row, McCarty said he was sure Keeping their word, in May of 1985, the Oklahoma City Pohis time was coming soon; however, his appeal attorney got stress disorder, is still registered as a convicted murder and lice charged him with first-degree murder. was not pardoned by the judge. Besides his parents, there was no one that would take the him a new trial. “I’m damaged goods,” McCarty said. “That luck of fortune kept me alive, while all my friends died,” stand on his behalf, but there were plenty of people to speak McCarty said. against him.

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