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South Dakota amends state records statute By Josie Kerk The Volante

The Better Government Association slated South Dakota as 50th in the nation for government transparency in 2008, but after Gov. Michael Rounds signed SB147 March 19, the state may be seeing a

new dawn. After the bill goes into effect July 1, South Dakota, like the majority of state governments, will assume records are public unless specifically exempted as confidential. “It shifts the burden from the public having to prove why it should be able to access or

get at a government record or information to the government having to defend why certain records and information should be held confidential,” said Dave Bordewyk, South Dakota Newspaper Association general manager. USD President James Abbott said the argument for open

government is an interesting political science question and a change for the better, but for the USD administration, business will probably carry on as usual. “The real problem is not the (openness) of the record, it’s taking the time of university personnel to go fish it out and

to be sure it doesn’t contain any stuff that shouldn’t be public,” he said. “Not ‘Is the information sacred?’” While the new legislation does make it more clear what should not be disclosed as

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A PLACE TO CALL HOME The Abbotts’ paperweight collection

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• April 8: Highlights from USD open records audit. • April 15: Article covering USD’s student records policy. • April 22: In-depth look at the new law and where South Dakota is headed.


Regents forcing budget cuts USD must give back more than $700K by July By Joe Sneve THE VOLANTE

The Abbotts’ labradoodle Adlai

One of James’s 200-plus pig figurines

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USD’s 17th President welcomes visitors to his historic home


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James Abbott remembers his wife fighting back tears as she walked into their new home in Vermillion for the first time. The sight of the barren rooms, shabby carpet and a dirt basement of the 136-year-old Inman House was almost overwhelming. But instead of accepting the deteriorating home as it was, Colette and her

Visit The Volante’s Web site to view more photos of the Abbotts’ home.

husband, USD President James Abbott, saw its potential and began planning restorations. Once a stately home built below the bluffs of Vermillion, the Inman House

was seen in the community as a decaying piece of history. As someone who values tradition and history, Abbott, who moved into the house in 1997, wanted the president’s house to be restored to its former glory. “There were things falling apart everywhere,” Colette Abbott said. “It needed some TLC for sure.” The Abbotts appealed to the USD

Budget cuts may force USD to curtail funding for faculty positions and academic programs as a result of the South Dakota State Legislature’s decision to reduce financial support for the Board of Regents. During the 2009 South Dakota legislative session, lawmakers passed a measure requiring the BOR to give back $2 million from their FY09 budget by July 1 to help balance the state’s budget. All regental institutions will be affected by the cuts. USD’s portion of what the state wanted back was $599,555, the largest amount any institution was asked to give back except for the $763,783 that South Dakota State University was asked to hand over. Aside from the reduction from the 2009 university budget, USD saw its 2010 fund cut by $813,000, leaving the home of the Coyotes with a $710,000 budget deficit. In response to the budget cuts and the nearly three-quarters of a million dollar deficit, USD President James Abbott has asked university vice presidents to look at their departments and

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Strollers prepare for Yankton venue By Deanna Johnson The Volante

With fewer than three weeks until the Strollers show, Janelle Wieseler, box office manager at Dakota Theatre, said the employees and additional volunteers are planning for the event the same way they would for any show at the theater. Senior Steve Cotton, Strollers president, said the process of

Dance Marathon raises $32K By TJ Jerke THE VOLANTE

selling tickets will stay the same despite the transition from the 2,000-seat Slagle Auditorium to the 590-seat Dakota Theatre. He said tickets will cost $10 and will be offered first to the cast, then to USD students and finally to the public. Cotton said 590 tickets will be sold for each of the three performances on a TJ Jerke / the volante Please see Strollers, Page A8

USD students mingle with miracle children during the 24-hour Dance Marathon event Saturday.

Diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia when he was 10 months old, Chandler Alesch was considered cured until three years ago. Doctors diagnosed him with Type 1 diabetes which his mother, RaeAnne, said she suspects is from the chemotherapy. Through the Children’s Miracle Network at the Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, RaeAnne said her family was able to receive financial help through

the direct assistance program, to help offset the cost for food and travel while trying to cure the disease. Chandler, 13, is one of the 18 “miracle children” that participated in the 12th annual Dance Marathon held in Vermillion last weekend. Students raised $32,000 through donations this year, said Dzenan Berberovic, marketing and media relations executive for Dance Marathon. Dance Marathon has raised Please see DM, Page A9



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March 23 1. A burglary of an air compressor, tow chains and tools from an unlocked garage was reported at the 800 block of west Clark Street. No suspects have been identified. March 25 2. A 26-year-old male was charged with a fourth DWI at the 200 block of west Main Street. March 26 3. A 20-year-old female was charged with underage consumption at the 10 block of west Main Street.

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March 27 4. Police responded to a verbal domestic dispute between a brother and sister hosting an underage party at the 1800 block of Constance Drive. No arrests were made. 5. A 21-year-old male was charged with ingestion and possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana, 2 ounces or less at the corner of Dakota and Cherry Street. 6. At the 600 block of Thomas Street, a 44-year-old female reported that her

car had been egged for the third time. A suspect has been identified. 7. An officer broke up an a verbal dispute between three males at the 200 block of east Main Street. 8. A 22-year-old female reported that her tires had been slashed at the 1100 block of Roosevelt Street. No suspects have been identified. 9. A 55-year-old male was arrested for possession of a weapon while intoxicated, aggravated assault and DWI at the 3200 block of 469 Avenue in Burbank. Officers provided back-up to a sheriff’s deputy. 10. An 18-year-old male was charged with underage consumption at the 400 block of north Dakota Street. March 28 11. A 20-year-old male and 19-yearold male were arrested for underage consumption at the 500 block of north Dakota Street. 12. A 22-year-old male reported a laptop was reported stolen from the 400 block of Elm Street. No suspects have been identified.

6 March 29 13. An unauthorized person turned on a construction vehicle at the 10 block of east National Street. No suspects have been identified. 14. A 22-year-old male struck another 22-year-old male at the 10 block of west Main Street. The victim does not wish to press charges. 15. A 19-year-old male found that the vehicle he left parked and running at the 700 block of west Cedar Street was taken for a ride across town by an unknown suspect. The victim does not wish to press charges. 16. Two juvenile males, 15 and 17, were charged for recklessly discharging BB guns at birds at the 800 block of Rose Street. March 29 17. A 61-year-old male found his parked car squirted with ketchup and mustard at the 500 block of west Cedar Street. No suspects have been identified. *For a complete listing of all police log activity, please see

The Student Government Association approved a resolution by 11-2 vote with one abstaining to support a $6 per credit hour technology fee increase at meeting on Tuesday. President Blake Alberts said the fee increase proposed by the Board of Regents calls for $4 to go toward infrastructure, wireless and classroom technologies, while $2 will go toward faculty development. The resolution passed Tuesday outlines SGA’s recognition of USD’s need for a wireless environment and implementation of technology in the classroom, Alberts said. If implemented next year, the $6 fee increase will be one of two larger fee increases, the other being the $9.75 fee increase for the proposed wellness center, which is a lot of money to ask for from students, Alberts said. “Honestly, I’m not real thrilled about it,” Alberts said. “But, at the same time we realize that these things have been needed for a while. If we don’t do it now, it’s going to happen in a year or two.” Sen. Jeremy Lemcke said the proposed increase came as a surprise to SGA, but the organization will support the increase at the BOR meeting this week. Nothing has been finalized, he said. “We’re okay with the fee as long as faculty intends to use it,” Lemcke said. “If faculty doesn’t intend to use it and the money sits there wasted, then it’s pointless to have it.”

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Braving the Cold

Silk Road Smoking opening ban delayed revisited By Jennifer Muhmel

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The opening date of the new international restaurant Silk Road has been pushed back due to requirements concerning historic preservation and finishing touches. Owners Skitch and Chae Donald originally planned to open the eatery in the middle of March. Now, the earliest Silk Road will open is by the end of April or beginning of May, Skitch Donald said. “We’re going to open (the restaurant) as soon as we can, but I couldn’t tell you an exact date,” he said. “It’s hard to estimate because you don’t really know how long it’s going to take.” Tasks that still need to be completed include painting the sheetrock; installing flooring; putting in sinks, toilets, lights, refrigeration equipment and placing furniture. In order to historically preserve the building, the Donalds must follow special requirements when treating the building’s ceiling, main floor, front door entry and the face of the building. Skitch Donald said one thing he did not anticipate throughout the process of opening a new restaurant was how much the operation would cost, especially the electrical work. There will be no grand opening events, Skitch Donald said. Instead, he will use word of mouth and a sign in the eatery’s window to announce the opening.

Opponents of the smoking ban passed by the South Dakota Legislature filed documents Tuesday to start a petition drive aimed at referring the ban to a public vote. The coalition representing bars, Deadwood casinos and video lottery casinos must collect 16,776 valid signatures by June 29 to refer the smoking ban to a public vote in the November 2010 election. The smoking ban is scheduled to take effect in bars and casinos on July 1. But if enough signatures are obtained, it would be suspended from taking effect until voters decide its fate next year. Those backing the petition effort said the smoking ban would take away business owners’ rights to decide what happens in their own establishments. It also will cause severe cuts in earnings for those businesses, which will lead to cuts in state revenue, they said. The groups supporting the petition effort are not smoking advocates, said Larry Mann, a lobbyist for Video Lottery Establishments of South Dakota who is coordinating the process of collecting petition signatures. “We think at this particular point in time it’s such an economic issue that we felt voters need to weigh in,” Mann said.

John Larson / The Volante Senior Sarah Pfeifle of Selby, South Dakota, braves the cold outside the library Tuesday night. Vermillion missed much of the Spring blizzard that socked the rest of the state and prompted the closure of segments of Interstate 90.





Research funding to increase at USD

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SIFE wins regional honors in Minnesota

USD will receive more than $2.1 million in funding, thanks to the passage of the 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act. The South Dakota Oral History Center Digital Preservation Project will receive $409,000 to engage graduate students in creating a working digital resource to preserve more than 5,400 interviews from the Northern Great Plains from the 1860s to present day. According to Laura Jenski, vice president for research at USD, funding for these projects is crucial. “We’re grateful to Senators (Tim) Johnson and (John) Thune, and Representative (Stephanie) Herseth Sandlin for their avid support of our programs at USD,” she said.

USD’s Physical Therapy Program organized a spring break trip to Guatemala where they helped fit wheelchairs for children with disabilities and conducted a foot-care clinic for senior citizens. The group included five USD faculty members and students, as well as a USD Spanish instructor and a physical therapist from Vermillion. Lana Svien, chair of the Physical Therapy Program said the trip exposed students to another culture, including how people with disabilities are treated in another country. “The students said there was no way to prepare them for this immersion into another world,” Svien said. “Unless you’re there you cannot fully understand the differences.

Robert Chandler, a strategist with extensive analytical, planning and operations experience in the United States Air Force, Department of Defense, Department of State, the Central Intelligence Agency and the White House, will present the program, “Shadow World: Resurgent Russia and Radical Islam,” Tuesday, April 7 at 4 p.m. in Farber Hall. As part of the “Edmund Burke Distinguished Speaker Series,” Chandler will discuss topics from his book, “Shadow World” as well as provide insight on international affairs, including the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Chandler will also be available to sign copies of his book in Farber Hall following the presentation.

Students in Free Enterprise from USD took top honors at the 2009 SIFE Regional Competition and Career Opportunity Fair March 20 in Minneapolis. USD will advance to the 2009 National Competition in Philadelphia.

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Records: Bill presumes openness Continued from page A1 public information, it could also be seen as a new difficulty. People request university information for research on salaries or how many employees there were in 1930, Abbott said, which creates the problem of how to handle requests for information not readily available. “It was pretty simple the other way, the answer was pretty much: You didn’t get anything,” he said. Under the current statute, government documents are only public if specifically noted as open by legislation. The change is recognition that the government belongs to the people and is focusing on people’s rights instead of tradition, said state Sen. Nancy Turbak Berry. However, Turbak Berry said the bill’s exceptions allowing public officials’ correspondence and memoranda to be private doesn’t make sense. “Some of those (memoranda) are very important to the public,” she said. In a president’s office, Abbott said, most of his records are correspondences via e-mail, some that would be protected and some that would not. Turbak Berry believes South Dakota was behind in passing legislation that granted citizens ownership of their government because of the state’s single-party control and small population. After two years of introducing legislation for a presumption of openness, Turbak Berry said the governor and key senators finally agreed it was a fundamental right for the public to know what their government is doing. Bordewyk said most of the credit for pushing the issue and bringing it to the attention of legislators goes to the media. “Open government has been on the radar in the legislature for several years,” Bordewyk said. “We’ve seen several versions of it before.” Turbak Berry first introduced a bill to reform South Dakota’s statute in 2007 and said the issue was the first thing she focused on when she joined the Senate in 2006. But Turbak Berry said she and many others signed SB147 with the hope that there would be further discussion about the list of exceptions that were added to the bill before it was signed. While the bill was modeled after modern legislation from Nebraska and Washington, exceptions negotiated by the governor were not part of the original language, Bordewyk said. For state Sen. Gene Abdallah, realizing the need for reform was a first-hand experience. Abdallah requested a list of state-owned airplanes from the Legislative Research Council in early December, but was fronted with questions about who he was. A directive by the governor’s chief of staff required the council to report what

Jennifer Muhmel / the volante information was requested and by whom, Abdallah said. “Frankly, I was a little insulted they would have to know who was inquiring,” he said. “It’s the public’s business.” Abdallah said the governor’s willingness to negotiate on the bill and eventually give it approval tells “who was right and who was wrong and who has a right to know.” “There is no valid argument why – in general – things should not be available to the public,” Abdallah said. “They have a total right to know how much money is being spent on this project or this subject or this item. It just makes good government.” Bordewyk said this is the first year the governor was willing to negotiate and talk about increasing openness “rather than simply opposing” legislation. The bill better defines what is and isn’t open, Bordewyk said, but it doesn’t designate


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how information should be collected or archived. “We had such a weak open government law in the past that a lot of time government officials were hesitant or reluctant to divulge and release information, because they were uncertain whether the law permitted them to do it,” Bordewyk said. “So a lot of times they would kind of err on the side of caution and not release information.” Last year the state assembled current online government information onto a searchable site. State employee salaries, such as USD professors and administrators, can be searched on the site, Open. by last name. While Abbott said the university should function as transparently as possible, Abbott said he can’t be a fan of total disclosure. “Obviously, student records, personnel records of faculty, staff, etc., should not – under any circumstances – be released,” he said. “That’s just common sense. I’m not so sure why anybody was so protective of this other information. Much of it seems as if there is no real reason to be secretive about it.” Reach reporter Josie Kerk at

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Volante tests campus transparency *Editors note: This is the first in a series of first-person reports on The Volante’s open records audit.


To uncover how readily USD and Foundation records were disclosed to students, The Volante requested public documents and university information from a variety of departments over the last four months. Why four months? Last Monday the Student Government Association finally allowed me to view a binder of their General Activity Fee allocations – the last on a list of information I began requesting Dec. 5. We listed records we believed a university would keep, such as contracts, salary information, job descriptions and budgets that had potential for future stories – but not all information I knew would exist in a document form. As a reporter who had done prior homework on South

Dakota’s open government legislation, I expected it would take me a week to gather everything together. I didn’t imagine the openness of what I was looking for would be questioned, just the existence. I was naive. To do this project, I dressed as an average student and identified myself as such when asked. Though I did not admit to being a reporter, some departments, especially those I had worked with previously, guessed so. A few flat out told me I was and one office gave me the title “investigative reporter” in e-mails. I was asked everything from my understanding of how the information I was requesting could be misleading to how I intended to use the information. Institutional Research even wanted a signature from an instructor before they could release state-funded salary information. I began making requests for information around campus after class at 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5. I finished requesting at

5 p.m. without having seen a single piece of information I was looking for ... or with much hope that I would be wrapping up the project before Winter Break. After going through this audit, I have to agree with the General Manager of the South Dakota Newspaper Association, Dave Bordewyk: South Dakota’s open records statutes are “weak” and government employees tend to hesitate before releasing public information. Everyone I needed to see in any particular department that Friday was either in meetings, out of the office for the day or training in North Carolina. Even with five years of reporting experience and research on public information rights, I felt very uncomfortable and intimidated at times asking for public information. If I was told information I wanted to see was not public, no one could tell me why. However, the confidence I had that it was my right as Jo Public, not as a reporter, to the

information encouraged me to stand my ground while offices picked away at my guard. This was not the case for all departments, such as the Center for Academic Engagement, which sent me the undergraduate research funds they see within seven business days. Some departments even seemed excited that I was interested, though other departments, like the USD Accounting Office, were unsure whether or not contracts with Aramark or Barnes & Nobles could be photocopied and others did not return my calls or even take note of my requests. That was frustrating. Maybe e-mails get spammed. Maybe the secretary lost my messages. I was equally frustrated when this “weeklong” project started to see seasons change. Is USD a place of openness? Well, I eventually received all of the information I requested – but it was quite a ride. Reach reporter Josie Kerk at

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Medical school professor remembered at concert By Angela Mcclurg The Volante

Medical students have been planning to raise money through their musical talents for the past few months, but the January death of their professor, Tim Clark, gave the students an emotional drive to raise more than $1,000 in his name. “The cause that this is going for really got a lot of people more excited to be involved,” said second-year medical student Joe Mahoney. After Clark’s family put together the Dr. Tim Clark Memorial Scholarship Fund, medical students knew they wanted to help. Students performed their first music charity event last Friday and Saturday night, which attracted more than 150 people and raised more than $1,500. “This year, in light of the loss of Dr. Clark, we decided to ded-

icate the inaugural to him,” said first-year medical student Niel Burns. “It was a huge tragedy, so we wanted to dedicate this year’s event to his name and his scholarship fund.” A $500 scholarship will go to interim medical students, said Clark’s wife, Melanee. Burns came up with the idea to raise money for local charities through music last fall after discovering the number of talented musicians in his class. “We might be trapped in the library or the medical school 20 hours a day, but we can do a lot of other cool stuff as well,” he said. The talent performed by the students ranged from piano to guitar and drums to a choir. The range of musicians and instruments is what makes the charity event unique, Burns said. Mahoney played the acoustic guitar and said Clark would be happy to see his students

“He really meant a lot to us. He was one of those guys that was an incredible professor, but he was just as much a friend.” — First-Year Medical Student Niel Burns

on the relationship between Tim Clark and his students. raising money in this manner, especially since Clark also played the guitar. “It’s very much a celebration of something that he enjoyed,” Mahoney said. Clark loved playing the guitar but was even more talented with the piano, Melanee said. Some of the people who came to watch the performance included medical students who had Clark as a professor last semester. Melanee said she was amazed at the talent the students had and compared them to performers on American Idol.

“I was so touched that they wanted to help raise money,” she said. “After the concert I was talking to my daughter and we talked about how much he (Tim) would have loved this concert and would have liked to be a part of it himself.” First-year medical student Lindsey Knoll said she was surprised by the number of talented students in her class and was happy to see them supporting the scholarship fund. “He was more than just a professor, he was a friend too,” Knoll said. Medical professor Robin Miskimins said she is not sur-

prised that the students would form a charity event in Clark’s honor, but was surprised at how many talented musicians there were in the medical school. “It was interesting that music was a common theme for the students,” Miskimins said. Clark would have really enjoyed the performance and the way the students raised the money, she said. Burns said he was happy the students could do something in remembrance of Dr. Clark because he was a teacher who went above and beyond what was expected of him. “He really meant a lot to us,”

he said. “He was one of those guys that was an incredible professor, but he was just as much a friend.” Burns plans on making the music charity an annual event and hopes to expand the number of performers and guests by holding the concert at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls in hopes on raising more money for local charities. “The idea is to keep it with the medical students,” Burns said. “A lot of the physicians and other practicing clinicians do a lot of charity events, so we want to show that this is our gig and this is us raising money for a good cause.” Although Burns is happy with the way their first performance turned out well, he hopes that the following years will be even better.

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House: Abbotts’ renovation of home ‘the right thing to do’

John Larson / the volante The dining room in the Abbotts’ house was added on to the main floor of the existing home after moving in 1997. They use the space to entertain students, faculty and alumni.

Continued from page A1 Foundation for donations in addition to providing a sizeable contribution of their own. Abbott says he’s unsure of the total amount that has been spent over the past 12 years because the improvements have been completed gradually. Today, the Inman House, located at 415 E. Main Street, is recognized in the community as one of the area’s most historic and charming homes. While some of the restorations were easy fixes, some of the rooms demanded a complete redesign, which meant adding a new dining room, gazebo and kitchen. The Abbotts also insisted on making the home more handicapped accessible and installed air conditioning. “I remember that when we started to fix it up, I thought there might be some complaints, particularly from townspeople,” James Abbott said. “But people would walk by and say, ‘Gee, it’s about time.’” The house still maintains

some of its quirks, Abbott said, like a window that won’t stay open without the help of a paperback novel. But they don’t complain, he says. “Mostly, we’re just happy that we have fewer historic bats than when we first moved in,” he joked. To make the house more of a home, the Abbotts brought with them a crystal chandelier, an odd collection of pig figurines that line the shelves in the dining room and a large canine statue that sits in the front yard. Abbott, who has collected about 200 antique pigs throughout the years, said while the building belongs to the university, the sentimental tokens make the Inman House “feel just like home, which is a good thing.” Senior Honors student Jessica Mathison, who has attended receptions at the president’s house three times, says besides the natural beauty of the home, she is most impressed with the willingness of the Abbotts to host functions. “During the last dinner, I

was especially impressed with President Abbott,” she said. “He asked us to share our comments about the university, what we liked and disliked. I thought it was great that he was allowing students to have input in a very informal setting where we didn’t feel intimidated at all and we were all on the same level.”

A Piece of History The original house was designed in the Greek Revival style in 1873 and owned by Vermillion banker Darwin Inman. An impressive entry porch framed by large, white columns characterizes the large, two-story neoclassical home. The house was moved above the bluffs in 1882 after severe flooding and given to USD in 1940 by Inman’s niece, Annadell Morgan. The house was placed onto the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. Phyllis Packard, chair of the Clay County Historic Preservation Commission, says the Inman House is the “fin-

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est example of its style” in Vermillion. The Inman House is one of about 30 designated historic sites in Vermillion. “(Historic) homes, like the Inman House, have such a wonderful craftsmanship about them,” Packard said. “It’s harder for us now to afford the amount of craftsmanship that went into the older homes.” Nancy McCahren, former university alumni director and professor, said in the past 70 years that she has lived in Vermillion, many historic homes have declined to the point of deterioration. For her, the loss of these homes is “heartbreaking.” “I love history, and I love beautiful things,” she said. “Jim and Colette recognized that the house had such history and such quality. It was just the right thing to do.” McCahren has been intimately involved with the Inman House and its owners since her early childhood, when she played in the backyard of former USD president I.D. Weeks

in the late 1930s. In 1977, then-president Charles Lein declined to live in the Inman House, the first university president to live offcampus since Weeks moved into the Inman House. “They had four boys, and the house wasn’t quite up to what they wanted,” McCahren said. The Inman House was used as offices for the Alumni Association until the 1980s, when Joseph McFadden became president. The house has been used for the university president since then. McCahren said the McFaddens made it a priority to make improvements to the declining home, although they only had a $15,000 budget. “The McFaddens had very fine taste. Thank God that the McFaddens were interested in coming back, because (the Inman House) couldn’t have

LIFE AS PRESIDENT gone on much longer,” she said. Living in a home that is

easily accessible to students only a few blocks away from campus makes it easy for the Abbotts to maintain an opendoor policy, an approach Abbott says is important to connecting to his students. But life in the public eye also has its disadvantages. Earlier this year, their house was broken into, an event Abbott describes as unfortunate but without serious consequences. More common is the “mischief” that occurs, like turning their 400-pound canine statue on its side. But the disadvantages are minor compared to the benefits of living in one of the area’s most historic homes, Abbott says. “Colette and I have always liked old houses,” he said. “There’s a certain sense of tradition and the past that is honored by living in an old house. Campuses benefit in general from a belief that tradition is important.”

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SGA reserves $70K for large-scale entertainment By Ngoc thach The Volante

Freshman Joe Baker searched USD’s Web site for entertainment events coming to USD, before he attended school in the fall. To his disappointment, he couldn’t find any. “It’s disappointing since I have been to concerts and events at other schools and so you kind of expect that from your college,” Baker said. “We’re making the move to Division I, so I hope that having concerts with bigger names will come with that too. It would draw in more students and give the current students more to do than just sit in their rooms.” Baker’s expectation for largescale entertainment may soon become a reality since SGA passed a bill to reserve $70,000 and a resolution to set up a committee to research and plan an event for next year. Former Student Government Association president Ryan Budmayr said there are many students like Baker who have never been to or heard of a grand entertainment event held at USD. A fair amount of students have attended the university for several years without seeing the large scale entertainment that they deserve and SGA wants to see that change, he said. “There are student fee dollars that go to all things like technology, wellness and all of that and there’s a portion that should go to entertainment,” Budmayr said “It is our job as student representatives to find out what students want spent for entertainment and I think it’s a grand concert that they deserve.” Budmayr introduced and worked on Bill 53 in his last two weeks of office when more than $80,000 was calculated to be unbudgeted in the SGA general funds. The bill reserves $70,000 of the rollover funds for a year without yet allocating the money, but with the intention of using it to fund a large scale entertainment event. “We first identified that we had money to spend on students,” Budmayr said. “We then brainstormed ideas on how to best utilize those funds, and made our decision after talking to people around campus who expressed a concert being the best way to utilize those funds.” SGA President Blake

Alberts said there has been some controversy over the event due to the initial thought that this was SGA’s event. That is not the case, he said. “We have only reserved the money and have not yet allocated it,” Alberts said. “We’re setting up a committee with seats for students at large as well as Program Council and representatives from all over the campus. This is going to be their project.” In Albert’s perspective, it is necessary to have oversight with the $70,000 instead of allocating it to a student organization without any provisions. SGA will make the final allocation of the reserved money after the committee has researched and planned the event. The project is only in its very initial stages and the committee has yet to be appointed, he said. Alberts said there was initial conflict with Program Council, who questioned why they were not contacted first about the planning for the event. After meeting with representatives of Program Council, the concerns have been addressed and the problems between the two organizations have been resolved, he said. The allocation is unprecedented and SGA wanted oversight over the money instead of allocating the money to Program Council. With setting up the committee and only reserving the money for now, SGA could still pull back from the project if it was not viable. “I think they felt like they just had this thing dropped in their lap and I can understand that,” Alberts said. “If we were to allocate the money to Program Council and if things didn’t pan out right, the money would be gone from the budget.” Budmayr said it is important for all students to know that this event is not an SGA event, but a USD event. The concert could be used as a tool to generate excitement and bring more students to USD. With more help from students in planning the event, the more successful it will be, he said. “SGA is going to work handin-hand with many organizations across campus to bring in an event that will hopefully be unlike anything USD has seen in the past five to 10 years,” Budmayr said. Sophomore Sen. Mason Schramm said he has only heard

“I think it’s a great idea, I mean, what else would that money be spent on?” — freshman Joe Baker

on large-scale entertainment at USD. positive things from students about the idea of having a grand scale concert at USD. Many students don’t have the means to attend large concerts in bigger cities, but now USD can bring one to them that would be affordable and convenient, he said. “The students I have talked to want a band or a concert that would be something they would see in a bigger city,” Schramm said. “They would like to see a large and big-name group and something that is affordable. With what we’re doing, we could bring in a well-known act, it would definitely be affordable.” Schramm said it is a part of USD’s mission to enhance the student’s lives as they are attending school. Although the event is not academic, it is an important part of student culture, and gives students time to take a break from their studies, he said. “I think that this is a good decision to make a committee that represents the whole student body to research this event,” Schramm said. “$70 thousand is too much money to do something incorrectly.” For Baker, entertainment is a part of student life at USD. So far, he has not had any highlights in entertainment at USD. He would like to see the rollover funds spent on a large scale concert with bigger names instead of only seeing the local artists on campus, he said. “I think it’s a great idea. I mean, what else would that money be spent on?” Baker said. “It would attract more students to a university event and not many would just be sitting in their rooms missing out.” Reach reporter Ngoc Thach at

Alberts prepares for new beginning as SGA president By Ngoc Thach THE VOLANTE

After spending thousands of dollars and countless hours to run in the most competitive Student Government Association presidential campaign USD has seen in years, junior Blake Alberts looks forward to fulfilling his new role. “It’s only the beginning and it’s been a little hectic, but it’s nothing I didn’t expect,” Alberts said. “Already, I am starting to see that we have so many opportunities to dig deeper into the things that we wanted to get done as opposed to the things we could do in the senate.” Sen. Matt Blake said he is excited for SGA to start out a new term with an administration he finds energetic, driven and approachable. The executive members wasted no time getting started in the office and learning their roles, Blake said. “The executive team is extremely qualified,” Blake said. “Blake has been in SGA for years and he knows the financial interworking of SGA inside out, so he knows what he’s doing. Anne [Grady] also has a wonderful personality and everyone is excited to work with her.” Right away, Alberts and Vice President Anne Grady met with former president and vice president Ryan Budmayr and Taylor Ptacek to talk about their roles and responsibilities, Grady said. “We talked about everything we need to know about SGA,” Grady said. “It was all kind of overwhelming at first, but Blake has it under control, and I am learning a lot.” Alberts and Grady have also met with members of the administration to discuss the Board of Regents meeting to take place this week where USD’s proposed wellness center and apartment style housing plans will be discussed, Grady said. Alberts said he and Grady have been preparing to serve on the student federation for the first time at Board of Regents meeting this week where they will represent the USD student body, he said. “We’re excited to figure out what the process is now for carrying out the student voice on the Board of Regents level,” Alberts said. For Alberts, the position of SGA president has opened up surprising opportunities

Brian Broekemeier / the volante Student Government Association Vice President Anne Grady speaks with former SGA President Ryan Budmayr Tuesday.

for him to participate in committees like the USD budget committee, allowing him to represent students at a larger bargaining table, he said. “Pretty much every committee you could think of on campus, we get thrown onto,” Alberts said. “Being able to work on those committees is going to give me an experience I never could have received without being in this position.” Alberts said he is also working toward the fulfillment of his campaign promises by working on changes to SGA’s budgeting process, bettering student entertainment through increased allocations and opening up discussion with university Senate members about dead week to faculty senate in the coming weeks, he said. Alberts said action on entertainment is underway after the previous senate approved a bill to reserve $70,000 for an entertainment event for next year. He recently discussed his ideas with changes to the budget Kirsten Compary, SGA adviser and acting Dean of Students. “She likes the idea that I have to carry over budget money until it’s closer to when it’s going to be spent for student organizations,” Alberts said. “Now it’s just a matter of speaking with members of the GAF committee and the

university budget office to see if it’s going to be a reality in terms of their policies and procedures.” Sophomore Tim Carr has no regrets in running for SGA president and said the newlyelected executive team will do well in leading SGA. By running competitive campaigns, voter turnout improved by 60 percent, Carr said. “I’m proud of what Katie and I did and I am proud of what Blake and Anne accomplished,” Carr said. “I have every confidence in him. He’s been around student government even longer than I have and definitely has the knowledge and experience for the position.” Carr plans on applying for one of the five at-large senate seats, he said. Alberts said he has every intention to get Carr back in the senate this year for his experience and passion for student government. “I know that everything that went on during the campaign is water under the bridge now,” Alberts said. “I know he will be a great resource for our administration in moving forward. Tim is a professional guy and he is going to do everything he can for the students.”

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Strollers: New location may reduce drinking Continued from page A1 first come, first serve basis. Wieseler said it has been a long time since the theater sold out all 590 seats. Although she’s excited for the Strollers’ performance, Wieseler said crowd size will be larger than Dakota Theatre’s normal audience and she is expecting to sell out every night. “To have the whole place packed is an oddity. We’ll be really thrilled to see it packed to the gills,” Wieseler said. Wieseler said she isn’t worried about the larger crowd coming for the show and even though crowd control during the show will be an issue, it will not be unmanageable. She said as long as the show is entertaining, she doesn’t think the crowd will get out of hand. “After every show, there’s always damage. But 590 kids with the history the Strollers show itself has could get a little interesting, to say the least,” Wieseler said. Cotton said he is in the process of hiring a security team composed of six to eight members of the Greek community as well as Greek sober monitors. He has contacted several bouncers from Yankton bars to help keep the crowd under control and will decide how many to hire Thursday. If an audience member is causing a disturbance during the show, or is intoxicated, they will be removed by the security team,

Cotton said. The Strollers hope to receive funding from the USD Student Government Association for a shuttle to transport students from Vermillion to Yankton on the nights of the show, Cotton said. The Senate voted Tuesday night to table the issue for another week. Cotton said he would be disappointed if the SGA voted against funding for the shuttles, but the Strollers will not look for any other funding sources and will not use the shuttles if they are not funded by SGA. “We were already prepared to not have the shuttles. We were already hoping for students to make smart decisions,” Cotton said. Junior Justin Heyd said he thinks a shuttle for students attending the show would be a smart use of the SGA’s rollover funds. “If people are of age, it’s making sure that everyone’s being safe. It’s keeping destructive decisions off the road,” Heyd said. Jerry Hisek, assistant chief of police at the Yankton Police Department, said the police department will not be taking any extra precautions, such as adding extra patrols, on the nights of the Strollers shows. “I don’t foresee any problems. I think 99 percent (of students) are here to have a good time and we’re glad they’re coming,” Hisek said. Hisek said the only compli-

cation surrounding the show is parking. He said people attending the show should be prepared to walk from where they park because of limited parking in the downtown Yankton area. Sergeant Tony Melaragno of the South Dakota Highway Patrol said the Highway Patrol will be increasing patrolmen on the highway between Vermillion and Yankton on the nights of the Strollers show. He said the Highway Patrol has not yet decided if they will set up alcohol checkpoints on the highway, but they will have patrolmen noticeable to drivers. “We like to be visible so people will see us and make good decisions, like getting a designated driver,” Melaragno said. Wieseler said the Dakota Theatre is also concerned about the reputation the Strollers organization has regarding alcohol and vulgar content. “We have a lot of older board members, a lot of older patrons and members who have definitely heard of Strollers, who have been involved in Strollers and who know exactly the reputation they carry,” Wieseler said. The Yankton Police Department has not heard any concerns or complaints from the members of the Yankton community about the Strollers show, Hisek said. He said most businesses aren’t open while the show is taking place and a lot of people don’t know how

Brain Broekemeier / the volante Strollers President senior Steve Cotton and junior Will Mortensen, also a Stroller, watch the practice of Kappa Alpha Theta, Delta Tau Delta and Beta Theta Pi Monday night in the DakotaDome.

big the show is, but so far no one has expressed concerns about it. Heyd said he didn’t think the drinking sometimes associated with the Strollers will be as big of a problem as it would be in Vermillion because students won’t be able to drink in their homes and walk to the show. “Now that it’s in Yankton, people are going to be sober and there are less familiar places to drink if you’re underage. I think that (the Strollers) will have more success this year at trying to keep it a bit tame,”

Heyd said. Cotton said he will be talking to all the Greek houses to make sure the members of the Greek community understand the importance of behaving well at the Strollers show and that the future of the show depends on the audience’s behavior. “I’m thinking about going to the president of each house and just having them really hammer it in that we’ve got to be good this year or there might not be another Strollers show,” Cotton said. Cotton said Dakota Theatre

should not be concerned about the show’s reputation and the Strollers are taking measures to ensure no one is offended and nothing is broken during the show. “I just really think the last four shows speak for themselves as far as not having any problems,” Cotton said. “We’re going to do everything the same as we’ve done to make sure that the show is like is has been the last four years.”

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Residency Match Day stress pays off for medical students


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USD students experience ancient art, culture in China By NICK WOLTMAN THE VOLANTE

By Rob Nielson THE VOLANTE

Forty-six fourth-year USD medical students took one of the biggest steps toward a future career in medicine March 19. The students took part in the annual Residency Match Day held in Sioux Falls, said Dr. Paul Bunger, Sanford School of Medicine’s dean of student affairs. Bunger said students apply to the National Residency Match program, which then helps them find a residency in their preferred area of study. “The programs go in and rank the students that have applied there from all over the world,” Bunger said. “And they put it in the computer and it tries to match them up with their top choices as best it can.” Fourth-year medical student Preston Schneider said Match Day was a very “nervewracking” process. “They’re a lot of nerves filling out the application and waiting to see if you’re going to get offers to interview, and after you go to interview, they often don’t give you a lot of feedback,” Schneider said. “You think the day went well but you don’t know for sure and you’ll have to wait for the matches to come out.” Schneider will be a resident at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and will be studying internal medicine for three years. After a residency is obtained

and students graduate, they are still not licensed to practice independently and must practice under the supervision of a professional in their respective field, Bunger said. The length of a residency varies depending on the field the student is planning on going into, but the typical residency lasts anywhere from three to five years. Fourth-year medical student Nicholas Harms said the search was a nerve-wracking process and he is relieved to be moving on. “It’s a long process and it’s nice to have it behind us so we can move forward,” Harms said. “It was definitely a day we all waited anxiously for. And now we can all start making plans and moving forward for what we’re going to be doing once we graduate,” Harms said. Harms will be a resident at Michigan State University’s Sparrow Hospital and will be studying general surgery for five years. Harms went to 11 different interviews throughout the country and said he, and most of the other students, were anxious for the final decisions. “We were just anxious to find out where we were going so we could start making plans and be ready to move forward once we graduate,” Harms said. Schneider said though he was nervous that day, he was happy when the results were announced. “The University of Colorado

was my first choice, so I was happy,” Schneider said. One problem Schneider foresees is recent changes to financial aid laws and additional living expenses. “We work 80 hours per week during residency and the average first year stipend is around $42,000,” Schneider said. “This may sound like a lot of money, but by the time you pay expenses in what are mostly larger metropolitan areas, many residents, especially those with families, are struggling to make ends meet. This will only be worse under the new rules.” Schneider said prior to the law changes, residents were able to defer their Stafford loans under the 20/220 Pathway. This provision allowed residents to defer loans during residency. “This change, in addition to the recent changes regarding loan consolidation, means that the average debt carried by a resident by the time they finish residency and fellowship will be almost double what it was five to 10 years ago.” Despite the potential for financial stress, Schneider was happy about the outcome. “There was a lot of work, a lot of travel and a lot of expense, but since I got to go where I want to go, I thought it was all worth it in the end,” Schneider said. Reach reporter Rob Nielson at

By the time USD professor Carol Geu and her nine-student study tour group arrived in Beijing, they had missed a flight in Minneapolis, circled the globe and changed planes three times. And they were about to find out that their luggage wouldn’t catch up with them for 24 hours. “Getting there wasn’t easy,” said junior Brittni Badger, who went on the trip. The group spent 10 days during spring break visiting six cities, including an unexpected visit to Amsterdam during a layover. The focus of the trip was Chinese art and how it fits into the contemporary culture of the country. Despite the difficulties they encountered early on, Geu said the students enjoyed their time abroad. Badger, who had never traveled outside the United States, was thrilled by the sights she saw and the things she learned during her time in China. She said her favorite part of the trip was the night market in each city she visited. Badger had the opportunity to sample exotic foods like squid, scorpions and worms, served on a stick. She added that, unlike street vendors in the U.S., their Chinese counterparts expected customers to haggle with them over the price of their wares. Because none of the women on the trip spoke Chinese, the negotiations took place on a calculator.

Courtesy Photo Trip participants Megan Dirks, Lean Schretenthaler, Criscel

Miske, Brittni Badger, Emily Connelly, Jade Somsen, Abby Ward, Ashley Florence, Lyndsi Price pose in front of the Forbidden City. In addition to the unique fare she enjoyed at the markets, Badger said she also enjoyed a variety of traditional Chinese foods. Geu said her goal in organizing the trip was to equip her students with a working knowledge of Chinese culture and history while at the same time instilling in them an appreciation of the art of the country. She said artists in China are often limited in what they can produce. Geu said there isn’t necessarily a list of subjects that are off-limits but artists often self-censor to avoid having their work being pulled from an exhibit by the government. Geu said she chose China for the trip because of the increased

interaction between the Chinese and American governments. Badger said she was very pleased with her experience in China. “This was definitely the best spring break of my life thus far,” Badger said. “It was different and it was amazing.” Badger said she would definitely recommend a similar trip to anyone who has an interest in art or Asian culture. “It was a great trip,” Geu said. “The students were wonderful. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of traveling companions. It was a fantastic experience for all of us.”

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DM: Students ‘here for the right reasons’ Continued from page A1 more than $300,000 since it began 12 years ago. This year, students were required to raise $112 to be a dancer, $250 to be a morale captain and $400 to take part as an executive team member, Berberovic said. The marathon began at 9 a.m. Saturday in the Muenster University Center ballroom and concluded at 9 a.m. Sunday. The 24-hour event had various activities held at the Vermillion Middle School, Vermillion High School, the MUC and the DakotaDome. Some of those activities included a morale dance taught by Dance Marathon members, square dancing, an Easter egg hunt, a hypnotist and many others. Alesch said staying up for 24 hours is hard for her, her son Chandler and the students. Chandler was able to stay up the entire 24 hours last year because a student, who was also a diabetic, made sure Chandler checked his bloodsugar and had everything he needed. “All the parents say this is what (the children) are looking forward to all year because they are treated like kings and queens,” Alesch said. “Somebody is always doing something with them.” Carson Dinger, South Dakota State University’s State-athon chair, said SDSU raised about $32,000 at their Feb. 28 State-a-thon. Similar to USD’s Dance Marathon, State-a-thon raises money for CMN. It runs for 12 hours and stays in one location, Dinger said. Holly Mueller, Dance Marathon adviser and student center coordinator, said all of the Dance Marathon organizations across the nation raised $5 million last year for Children’s Miracle Network. Strollers, Bounce Around Inflatables, Fireworks Unlimited Inc., the Occupational Therapy program and U.Dining all donated money, items for activities, or both for the event. Berberovic said these organization’s donated $500 and had their names printed on the event T-shirts. Strollers President Steve Cotton said they were not sure at first whether they would be able to donate to Dance

TJ Jerke / the volante Freshman Erin McNamara walks back to the Muenster University Center Saturday following a group photo.

Marathon this year because of the lack of people that will be attending the Strollers show, Cotton said they found a way to donate. “Strollers thought it was a good organization to donate to,” Cotton said. “It is an important event for us to donate to every year.” Erin Metzger, development associate for Children’s Miracle Network, said that to dedicate all the time to prepare and take part is “amazing.” “The students are all here for the right reasons,” Metzger said. “It’s great to have a group of college kids take the time out of their busy schedules and take the time for the kids.” Metzger said South Dakota is one of very few states that gives help through the direct assistance program. She said money for meals, miles and lodging is given to families as they stay with their child in the hospital. Lisa Peters, mother of 10-year-old miracle child Kassidy, said she spent 10 days at Sanford Medical after Kassidy was run over trying to grab a butterfly out in front of a truck. While Kassidy, then 4 years old, spent six days in the intensive care unit at Sanford, Peters

said the Children’s Miracle Network employees were wonderful. “They were always right there for us when we needed them,” Peters said. “They gave us meal tickets, asked if we needed a place to stay and always checked to see if we needed anything.” Peters said she can relate to the students staying up all night as she spent six days next to her daughter’s bed. She said she average about six hours of sleep during those six days. “It is great the college kids, with their busy schedule, take the time for the little kids. To give up their valuable weekend for the kids is awesome,” Peters said. “The kids look up to the college students; (Dance Marathon) is all Kassidy will talk about for the next year.” Spending her third year at Dance Marathon, Tracy Elsen, Dance Marathon co-entertainment chair, said the kids are the reason she keeps coming back. “I love the kids and seeing the people the money helps,” Elsen said. “It is one of the most rewarding things you will ever experience.”

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Budget: Despite cuts, some programs see growth Continued from page A1 find ways to reduce their budgets by 3 percent. Some real side effects to the lack of state dollars could be the firing of faculty members, elimination, phasing out or the reduction of undergrad and graduate programs; however, it is too early i to know where reductions will ultimately be made, Abbott said. “It’s not a foregone conclusion that we’re going to cut people … but I’m not going to promise that we will not lose anybody,” Abbott said. “That would be a foolish promise on my part.” He said the school might hold off on purchasing new technology as well. Before any cuts or financial choices are made, the decisions will be heavily scrutinized and analyzed to ensure it is the proper course for the university to take. Michael Keller, dean of the Beacom School of Business, said it is not a bad thing for any business or organization, including USD, to figure out what’s expendable and what is priority. In a time of economic uncertainty, it has to be done, he said. “When a downturn occurs you realign your products,”

Keller said. “You have to focus on your most important things. You have to let some things go that are good but not as important as something else. That happens all the time in every enterprise, from a sole proprietorship to General Motors.” Abbott said the situation couldn’t have been avoided. When the money the BOR and the universities have counted on annually from the state isn’t there, the universities’ hands are tied, he said. Provost Chuck Staben agreed, saying recent growth at USD during the past few years put the administration in a tough spot. “The university has been appropriately aggressive in trying to build research programs,” Staben said. “If you are aggressive and you have a funding downturn you’re going to put yourself, pretty rapidly, in a position to make difficult choices.” Blake Alberts, president of the Student Government Association, said the university was fortunate to have enhanced the campus when it did, adding that students and the public should be appreciative. “USD was lucky in that we got a lot of improvements made while the economy was floating

high,” Alberts said, referencing the new business school, student center and the proposed wellness center. “If we can kind of ride on those (improvements) for the next few years and be content with what we have, I think we’ll come out of this all right.” Abbott said he had originally anticipated an increase in funding; therefore the cuts made to the university budget by the state were unexpected. “The magnitude of the recession was a complete surprise,” Abbott said. “As recently as September I think everybody was flying high on a rainbow … We were looking forward to another 3 or 4 percent raise from the state.” Abbott said he had also expected the state to increase funding for marketing and recruiting by $650,000. Keller said the depth of the economic crisis may have seemed sudden to some; however, economic trends in state revenues and market climates were indicators to what South Dakota and its public universities are dealing with now. “I don’t know that this came as a complete surprise. Certainly there were plenty of signs in spring. The housing market had started to decline by spring of

this year,” Keller said. “However, certainly nobody projected the depth of (the recession).” Despite the cuts from the BOR budget and the prospective cuts in department budgets, there will continue to be some areas of growth, Staben said. The state legislature passed a bill to partially fund a Master’s of Social Work program in South Dakota and picked USD as the state institution to offer it. “South Dakota is the only state in the United States that doesn’t have a MSW program currently. It is pretty clear that South Dakota is not the only state that has a need for such people,” Staben said. In addition to the new master’s program, Abbott said he hopes to add 7.3 full-time equivalents (FTE’s) to the annual budget in the science and interdisciplinary health programs, but won’t know if it is feasible until the vice presidents get back to him with their reports. “We’re not required to add (those new positions). It kind of depends on what cuts are set forth,” Abbott said. Keller said the addition of new programs in a time of economic struggle is not uncommon in the business world, and shouldn’t be frowned upon in

Board of Regents budget cuts by institution SDSM&T $170,817 USD $599,555 SDSU $763,783

NSU $142,044 BHSU $129,067

BOR has until July 1, 2009, to return $2 million to the state.


Jennifer Muhmel / the volante the public sector. It’s good for the university to be proactive, especially in the healthcare industry, he said. “Health care is already over 20 percent of our national economy and getting close to 25 percent,” he said. “That major should be developed and is needed, not only by the people who hire students out of it, but, of course, by the students going into it.” Alberts said USD stands to gain more than it would lose by adding the 7.3 FTE’s along with the Master’s of Social Work program. “A lot of students are being drawn to the technical schools in Sioux Falls for similar types

of programs,” he said. “USD should be competing for those students.” Alberts said the university is handling the lack of funds as well as should be expected, balancing potential cuts with needed growth. He is hopeful that the burden of expanding doesn’t fall on the students. “(USD) has done a pretty good job of identifying areas that are needed,” Alberts said. “It is important to realize that we need to make cuts in places that will allow us to still be competitive when the economy does return.”

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Thursday’s alright for fighting

The Tau Kappa Epsilon chapter at USD held their 25th annual Charity TKE Fight Night Thursday at the Vermillion High School gymnasium. A few hundred spectators came out to watch close to 10 fights, including two female bouts and one super heavyweight fight. Proceeds from the event go toward Alzheimer’s research. In addition to fighters from USD Greek life and the Vermillion community, several fighters traveled from South Dakota State University. Top Left: Boxers from Delta Tau Delta and Sigma Nu go head-to-head Thursday night. Top Right: A boxer psychs himself up in the ring. Middle Right: A boxer lands a blow to his opponent. Bottom Right: Spectators from Sigma Nu support a member of their house. Bottom Left: Former SGA President Terry Liggins rests after his victory over Jason Holoch. Middle Left: Shae Lambert gets ready to take on her opponent.

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ll you of-age students may have another locale for your enjoyment of adult beverages. As The Volante reported last week, one of the prized Vermillion liquor licenses may soon appear on the market. The license’s seller, Jere Chapman, who owns the Roadhouse Café, is applying for a state license, freeing up a license at the city level. Chapman says the license could facilitate the creation of another bar in town. We’re not too sure about the viability of yet another bar, so we got our imaginations working overtime thinking up a new idea. In a perfect world, we’d have some sort of upscale bar-restaurantcoffee shop hybrid. The business in question could be a national chain or local business. Either way, jobs would be created in Vermillion itself. Students could use the quiet coffee shop atmosphere to study during the day and early evening. They could also buy dinner there. It would be fancier than what is currently offered in Vermillion, but also affordable for the college crowd. Finally, at night, it would morph into a bar atmosphere. Students could rabble rouse late into the night, as in the bars that currently exist in Vermillion. Unfortunately, this isn’t a perfect world. It is highly unlikely that such a business would be viable – not to mention possible in the first place – in our little burg. That’s because Vermillion is halved during summer, when students return home for break. Even during the school year, there would likely be little demand for an upscale restaurant on days other than special occasions. Moreover, there already exist places in Vermillion that fit this bill. Raziel’s, located on Main Street, serves food during the day, beer in the evening and hosts live music. Offering good food, a relaxed atmosphere,

friendly staff and a wide variety of beer, Raziel’s is chugging along. Volante reports say the owners are keeping numbers of staff constant. Latte Da, a small coffee shop on Cherry Street, serves good food and good coffee. It is friendly and the staff is nice. It would be great to have a place with that atmosphere in the day, but also be open for nightlife. So what’s to come of these new developments? It doesn’t seem like these businesses are doing especially badly, but then again, it seems that there’s no increased demand for that kind of business. So will we see the bar-restaurant-coffee shop we’ve imagined? Well, Vermillion’s bigwigs have weighed in on the topic. USD President Jim Abbott, didn’t comment specifically because he said difficulties often arise with these types of issues. “I think it’s always so difficult to figure out what college kids want,” Abbott said. “I want what they want. Within reason, I support what they want.” He added that students may not do exactly what adults exepect. Vermillion city leaders are skeptical about our idea, as well. Vermillion Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Steve Howe said the license being sold wouldn’t likely sprout new bars, and a current establishment that can’t sell liquor is the probable buyer. “The use for it is likely going to be a traditional bar,” he said. If a current bar doesn’t take advantage of the license, Howe said, there would likely be only one other option. “A place that serves both food and has extended hours for live music would be a good candidate for the license,” he said. “If it’s not a traditional bar.” So it seems that our bar-restaurant-coffee shop idea is probably even less viable than we thought. Even so, we can dream. Whatever happens with the situation, we’ll support the option that keeps the best interests of the students in mind.

Faculty try to save McKusick Lab

This take-over is harmful to the academic progress of USD students. Computer Science students are now displaced to another lab in MT 101, which has no monitor available for open hours. The doors are now locked evenings and over the weekend, reducing weekly access by 30 hours. The displacement has had a squeeze effect on the remaining lab areas, restricting access for students in ADAS, Criminal Justice, English, Modern Languages, Nursing and Political Science. Some classes have had to be moved to MT 201, an open lab area that was not designed for classroom instruction. This take-over occurred despite the strong objections of faculty who used McKusick 202. Computer Science faculty Dave Struckman-Johnson voiced his objections immediately through the chair and two deans and finally to Vice President Staben, the decisionmaker. Vice President Staben rejected outright StruckmanJohnson’s concerns about losing the lab.

During spring break, USD students and faculty lost access to McKusick Technology 202, a Computer Science Lab classroom holding 20 Sun Ray work stations. The lab was taken over on short notice to expand the offices of Dr. Lori Becvar, Dean of Distance Education, who has been also hired as Dean of the Graduate School. This takeover is a huge financial loss of capital assets for the USD student body. The McKusick area was renovated at a cost of thousands of dollars to create a state of the art lab for student use. Now this infrastructure designed and wired for computer equipment has been sacrificed so that even more dollars can be spent to convert it back to office space. In these hard economic times when USD has a structural deficit of nearly $3 million per year, how can this cannibalization of an expensive classroom be justified?

President Abbott was very nice and open to discussion with me about McKusick, but ultimately said that he would defer to Vice President Staben. Who in the administration is looking out for computer science students and the future of their program? This take-over did not have to happen. There is space available right now in Slagle that has served as the Graduate School suite for decades. Dean Becvar could join the many talented people at USD who fill two high-level positions by using two different offices (e.g., two associate deans of A&S). Or, President Abbott’s expected savings from the hire of a “two for one” position could be used to expand existing office space for Dean Becvar in Slagle or in the near-empty CCE. Please give McKusick Technology 202 back to the students. Their education is the true mission of our university. CINDY STRUCKMAN-JOHNSON, Ph.D. PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY AND MEMBER, COMMITTEE TO SAVE McKUSICK LAB

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Carr congratulates Alberts and Grady The election is now behind us and the students have spoken. To all those who supported Katie and me, please join me in congratulating SGA President Blake Alberts and Vice President Anne Grady and offering them your support in the coming year. Let me make it very clear that Blake and Anne were never and will never be my “opponents.” There are very few issues on which we disagree. As I told both of them shortly after the election results were announced, I promise to do everything I can to help them move USD and SGA forward in

the coming year. There are many people I wish to thank, one of which is my running mate, Katie Wagner. I also want to thank all of my supporters who took time out of their busy schedules to help me over the course of the campaign. Finally, I want to thank each and every USD student who voted in this election, regardless of whether they supported me or not. As I said many times during the campaign, I don’t believe elections are as much about the people running as they are about the people voting. The centerpiece of my campaign was ensuring high voter turnout and a diverse,

representative, full or near full Senate. I’m proud of the fact that the entire Student Action Team helped make that goal a reality. Voter turnout was up over 60 percent from last year and for the first time in years, we had more students run than available seats. I take from this experience new friendships and a greater appreciation for the opportunities that this university provides. It’s time to unite as one student body to face the challenges that lay ahead. TIM CARR JUNIOR FORMER SGA SENATOR AND PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE

WEB COMMENTS I’m not an Abbott fan, but what do you do when the state says to give money back? It’s happening in nearly all states. Who would have known that the economy would go in the tank when USD went D-I? I agree that he needs to put money into recruiting; that’s what you do when trying to “win the recruiting war.” His job is safe, in fact his business background may be helpful in weathering the short term. With his 12 years at USD I hope he knows what fat to cut — hopefully not student life, as that is the area he cares for least.

Just a suggestion ... put a small portion of that feshman recruitment money to work by subsidizing an entrepreneur willing to start a transportation company that provides service to area airports, at least on school holidays. My daughter attended USD from out of state and did not have a car on campus. Transportation to the airport for every holiday was difficult. But transportation when arriving back in S.D. was a nightmare. Reliable transportation to the larger cities is a marketing plus — especially for the out of state students.



The Rant

Desperate times call for desperate words. Sometimes therapeutic, sometimes reactionary, but always lively. Dear North Complex Residents, It seems that every day I travel down Cherry Street, I get to play my least favorite game in the world, “Swerve to Miss the Idiot Who Runs in Front of My Car.” It’s getting really old. We hate having to slam on the breaks because some freshman has to hurry back to his closet of a room to start his nap 45 seconds sooner. The city did not spend countless dollars installing new traffic lights and crosswalk signals simply to be ignored. Here are a few suggestions to consider the next time you are faced with the red flashing “do not cross” hand. I shall make them simple as not to cause confusion. First, if there is a flashing red light, do not try and run faster than a car. It usually does not end well for the pedestrian. Second, if you see the illuminated white image of a person in the little box, walk across the crosswalk. Then you can scurry to your room and begin playing World of Warcraft, or whatever it is you do. Thirdly, and lastly, if you feel the need to exhibit idiocy, do it briskly. There is nothing more irritating that someone who is listening to their MP3 player, talking on the phone and walking at a pace my grandmother could beat, impeding me from reaching my destination in a timely manner. Let’s recap because I’m not looking for a new hood ornament for my car. Simply put, use common sense. Whether you find yourself in a sleep-deprived state of mind, barely standing upright, or you are still intoxicated from celebrations, it is hard to miss an automobile coming at you at 25 miles per hour. So if you find yourself in this situation get out of the way because I do not care what the courts suggest, pedestrians do not always have the right of way. Oh and if you happen to look at the car that is honking at you while you cross in front of it check again because I can assure you, they are not waving. Yours Truly, Cory Haisch

they said it “If people are of age, it’s making sure that everyone’s being safe. It’s keeping destructive decisions off the road.”

– Junior Justin Heyd, on possible drunk driving occurring before and after the 2009 Strollers Show. “Students are going to love it. They can come into this building and do everything they need, get help without going all over campus. This will make it so you can just go to one place.”

– Dean of Libraries Anne Moore, on the renovation of the Link Lab and the I.D. Weeks Library.

“I’d like to see interaction between international students and American students, but unfortunately there are not so many opportunities for both groups to interact. This is one of the best chances.”

– Junior Einosuke Kai, on the relationship between American and international students on USD’s campus.

“She hasn’t changed at all and is and is a great teammate.”

– Women’s track and field head coach Lucky Huber, on the success of freshman Emma Erickson.

“It’s hard to put into terms what the NCC means to me. My dad competed in the 40s and I competed during the 70s. For 66 years, it has been the basis of my athletic life.”

– Men’s track and field head coach Dave Gottsleben, on the end of the North Central Conference. USD was a member for 86 years.

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Wednesday, APRIL 1, 2009



Commentary More money won’t fix economy IN THE DARK: Local television weather “experts.” These geniuses have been forecasting apocalyptic amounts of snow in Vermillion for the past two weeks and all we’ve seen is a few flakes. But we’re betting that the day this goes to print, it snows a foot. IN THE KNOW: Coffee. We’ve only got a month or so until finals week. That means marathon study sessions fueled by fear, self hatred and, of course, caffeine. IN THE KNOW: President Abbott. He’s made himself easily accessible to students by lunching daily in the MUC and chatting with students. At the risk of sounding sappy, we’re glad he spends time listening to what we have to say. IN THE DARK: Joe Biden’s daughter. She got caught on videotape allegedly snorting cocaine at a party. Let’s hope she’s got Michael Phelps’ publicist. IN THE KNOW: U.Brew. They took our advice and are now open in the MUC until 10 p.m. Thank you for enabling us to fuel our addiction late into the night. IN THE DARK: The MUC. Even though Aramark now keeps the coffee bar open until 10 p.m., there are no vending machines in case we want a drink after they close. IN THE DARK: North Dakota flooding. Fargo is under several feet of water and thousands are displaced at least temporarily. Jeez, mother nature, these people live in North Dakota. Don’t they have it bad enough without you flooding them? IN THE KNOW: Finals beards. Start growing now, kids. We’ll measure them with a ruler on the Friday of finals. Loser buys drinks. Winner looks like a hobo.


Here you will find the weirdest, funniest and stupidest things that we’ve heard during the week. Context is for suckers.

“I’ve never been so happy to be pressed up against a naked man.” - THE MUC

Well, we tried another bailout with AIG and, not surprisingly, it didn’t work. A good portion of the funds went to executive pay, not to helping the company get out of its current problems. Now, this is not necessarily bad. Among CEOs there is a fairly competitive wage that must be met and contracts that must be followed that may have forced AIG to give that money to their executives. They had commitments to meet and this may have been their attempt at meeting them. These companies do not have the same obligations to the American people, only to their stockholders and the members of their company. That’s the problem with assuming that these bailouts are going to help these companies. What proof is there that this money, which is adding to the already enormous federal deficit and debt, is going to help companies like AIG be more effective at running themselves? If you give someone money when they do not know how to run a business properly, why would you expect them to be more effective? Simply giving money to a company is not going to fix the problem. There seems to be a greater ideological problem to be seen here; that being that throwing money at a problem will fix the problem. The federal government has been doing this for years, wasting away taxpayers’ dollars. A great example would be how the government has dealt with American Indians. The government has given them more and more money expecting that it will fix the deep-seeded issues at hand, but it hasn’t.

RALEIGH TIAHRT Yet, government spends more money expecting a different result and nothing changes. There are numerous examples of 18-year-old American Indian kids being given thousands of dollars as their reparation money, or as money for natural resources on reservation land. However, they were never taught how to use the money. The result is that American Indians are out of that money that could have been used to benefit them. It is normally wasted because of them not being taught how to use it. Though the federal government knows of many examples of these failures, they continue throwing money at the problem, expecting a different result. Also, take for example No Child Left Behind. This program was a poorly implemented idea that wasted away millions upon millions of taxpayer dollars. Among other problems, forcing a special needs child to have the same standards as a normal child on the same test. One can really only expect failure with those kinds of regulations. To make matters worse, it penalized schools who were doing exceptionally well one year, but could not improve by that same margin the next. If a

school is doing its job and has highly capable students, does it make sense to force them to do better if they are already performing well beyond most other schools? Of course not. This is not a formula for success. Beyond that, it forced schools to not even consider giving money or even encourage programs for gifted students. Instead, No Child Left Behind was using a cookie cutter approach by forcing every student, regardless of intelligence, to just be normal. That doesn’t sound like a good educational approach. Thus, instead of trying to fix the problem, more money was spent, with the expectation that things would be made better when there were far more basic issues at hand. These are only some of the many examples of money clearly not fixing the problem. Each one of these bailouts is just the same. If you give money to a company that has poor business practices, nothing will change. Thus, much of that taxpayer money will be wasted and will only add to our debt and national deficit. Does that seem like a good idea when our economy could more than easily be in a recession for years to come? Of course not. This kind of thinking and policy-making cannot fix this economy in the long-run; it will only make it worse. President Obama, if you really want to fix the economy; change your plan on how to fix it, or just don’t do anything at all.

tion these days. We now have the technology of the Internet to absorb fresh news stories minutes after the event has occurred. Is my Firefox bookmark tab full of links to Fox News or the New York Times? Not so much. Rather, I visit when I need some jaw-dropping stories or a little chuckle in the morning. Another good one is with its “tell it like it is” attitude toward news. These less mainstream sources usually add their own input on a situation, whereas big news sources cannot take a biased standpoint on most issues. This added touch of a different perspective gives the news a personal feel that makes it easier for the average American to connect with and relate to the news. More power to the avid CNN fans. These sources have a lot to offer and with the new presidential administration, hopefully we can trust the media will return to its factual basis and unbiased reporting. But for those who want to be informed and entertained all at once, I suggest looking elsewhere for the day-to-day news stories. Try something new, you just might like it. Reach columnist Tucker Knutson at

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MUCK (muhk) n. 1. Dung mixed with decayed vegetable matter; manure. 2. Something regarded as grungy or disgusting. 3. Unfortunate pronounciation (written as “MUC”) for the abbreviation of The Muenster University Center’s name. Upon discovering that his building was called “the MUC,” Ted Muenster is said to have remarked: “At least my last name isn’t ‘Foster’.” Entymology: Popularized by The Volante upon the introduction of the building’s full, excruciatingly long, name: The Theodore R. and Karen K. Muenster University Center.

Young people prefer news parodies I used to watch the big news channels like CNN and MSNBC just as much as the next person. I am still a fan of Anderson Cooper and Bill O’Reilly, and I still tune in to the major stations when there is a national emergency or huge breaking news. But when I need an information fix, I tend to avoid the mainstream sources and go for guys like Jon Stewart and Web sites like Drudge Report and FARK. As more critics say the media is influenced by advertisers and government officials, more people are getting news from independent sources. We, as a people of democracy, liberty and justice, feel that what we watch on televised news should be credible. Since the Bush Addministration tainted the media with bribery, phony videos and deception, many people have been turned off to their previous news sources. Apart from the scandalous activity within the media world, there is a significant group of young adults who simply do not watch the news because they feel it is dry. These are the individuals who never raised their hands when their social science class discussed current events in high school. It is these same people, however, that watch the Daily Show on Comedy Central every

Tucker knutson single night. So why do many teens and young adults choose to watch a parody of real news rather than CNN? Because the Daily Show is more entertaining, of course. Recently, Jon Stewart owned financial adviser Jim Cramer for giving faulty advice concerning the stock market. Stewart’s team of experienced researchers dug up a host of video clips showing Jim Cramer on television giving the bad advice, and the information given on the Daily Show was more organized and factual than anything I saw on MSNBC. The icing on this journalismexpertise cake was the fact I was actually laughing out loud and saying “You rock Jon Stewart!” as I was watching it. Have you ever said, “I love you Lou Dobbs!” out loud before? Of course, the television is not the only source for informa-


The largest newspapers in Colorado and Washington State have closed and more are following. While many businesses have failed during the recession, newspapers have been failing since before it began. They can be fixed, but the proposals — like a bailout — being offered now won’t work, nor will the current system. Newspapers are the latest businesses to be considered for a federal bailout, but this would be the worst possible way to save newspapers. Newspapers exist to report the news without bias or fear of retribution. Putting their futures in the hands of politicians would be like putting the fox in charge of security for the chicken coop. Once politicians control funding for newspapers, they would have undue leverage over them. Newspapers could be threatened with withdrawn funds and bankruptcy when they printed a story criticizing a politician. Worse still is the threat that the party in power could use this leverage to smear their opponents. The method of profiting from selling papers and ad space is flawed for two reasons. Selling space creates the same threat as making a paper dependent on the politicians. Were a newspaper to be dependent on the ad dollars of any one firm, said firm’s influence over the paper’s content would be dangerous. The problem with making money off of paper circulation is that the paper has to cater to the whims of the public. Newspapers would eventually start looking more like People Magazine if they followed that path. Instead of informative stories, the reading public would be bombarded with puff pieces and sensationalism more than they are now. The system can be fixed, but it will need to change the current system, and fuse it with other ideas. To begin with, some papers will need to fail. When a paper fails, another will take up its business. Next, newspapers need to start charging a fee for their web content. There will be anger from some online readers, but what are they going to do? Stop not buying the papers? Online ad revenue will fall, but getting back subscribers will soften that loss. Online content should be provided at both an ala-cart price, like iTunes and a subscription rate with free access to print subscribers. Costs need to be cut efficiently, and intelligently. Cheap and popular features like the comics have been cut in recent years to make more room for ad space. Instead, find sections that readers can access online or on TV. Once this happens, politicians need to do their part. Business tax rates for papers need to be slashed, as do taxes on operating expenses like ink and paper. Newspapers are a fundamental part of our democracy, but their business model is failing. A bailout would doom the true purpose of newspapers. Instead, the old system needs to be changed and integrated with the new.

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justin rust If you have followed the USD softball team the last few years, the team is doing something they haven’t done for a while – win. Just 30 games into the season, the team has reached the 20-win plateau for the first time since 2005. If the team finishes with a winning record, it will be the first time since 2003 it has finished above .500. This is now my third year covering the softball team, and I apologize if this seems a bit harsh toward the team, but I didn’t see this one coming. I kept hearing how the team has improved this year and I was hoping they would, but they were also going to face Division I competition. Then the team travels to Florida and goes 11-3 against D-I teams, which made me take a long, hard look at the program. This isn’t a different team than last year. There were a couple newcomers seeing significant at-bats, but besides them, most of the players saw major time last year. The major change I have seen in the Coyotes is that they are playing with confidence. This is something they have not played with the last couple of years. There are a couple players who played with confidence, but this year, the whole team is. This is a characteristic that comes from the top of the team through head coach Amy Klyse. She took over the team last year, but just held an interim title. The team was struggling in conference play, but she started to get the players to believe in themselves, which was evident when they swept a doubleheader at home against NebraskaOmaha. It was the first time USD won both games of a doubleheader against the Mavericks, who were usually the cream of the crop in the North Central Conference. Those two games helped propel the Coyotes into the NCC Tournament, in which the Coyotes would make a valiant run before being knocked out by Minnesota State-Mankato. USD went 2-2 in the tournament. The late season run was evidence enough for athletic director Joel Nielsen because he removed the interim tag from Klyse’s position and hired her full-time. Klyse earned the new position because she has turned around the mindset of the players and shown them that they do have the potential and talent to compete against D-I teams. The Coyotes only hit .226 as a team last year against D-II opponents and lost their top hitter, third baseman Krystal Kirwan, who batted .333. This year, the team has improved its batting average to .294 and is led by senior outfielder Tagney Jones’ .404 average. However, this isn’t the first time in the last couple years USD has seen a downtrodden program turn itself around in such a short time. This year’s softball players seem to be following the blueprint the volleyball team laid down for them last year. If the softball program keeps improving the way the volleyball program has, then we have yet to see the softball team peak.


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Even though Mother Nature may say otherwise, spring has begun and several USD club sports teams are well into their spring schedules. Last weekend, the men’s and women’s rugby teams took part in one of the largest rugby tournaments in the Midwest. These teams and others are facing off against some of the strongest club teams in the area. While some clubs at USD are building to become competitive, others are positioning themselves as title contenders. The Volante will follow the progress of these squads and provide weekly updates. Please see Page B4 for a closer look at the Coyote clubs.

Club sports weekend recap women’s rugby team reached ·theThesemifinals of the March

Madness Tournament. USD’s club tennis team traveled to Minneapolis to take on the University of Minnesota. The baseball team took two of three games against the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. USD lacrosse faced off against the University of Nebraska-Omaha in the club’s third game of the spring.

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Top: A USD rugby player braces himself for contact during practice last week. Middle: A USD club baseball player takes batting practice last month in preparation for the team’s spring break trip. Bottom left: Two USD lacrosse players scrimmage during practice last week. Bottom right: A member of the women’s rugby team tries to break loose from a tackle. (TJ Jerke / the volante)



Former USD quarterback gets nod as new O-coordinator

Coyotes continue turnaround

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One of the most prolific offensive players in USD football history now holds the reins to the Coyotes’ high-powered offense. Last week, USD head football coach Ed Meierkort named former USD quarterback Wesley Beschorner the new offensive coordinator for the CoyBeschorner ote football team. At age 26, Beschorner becomes one of the youngest coordinators in Division I, but

Meierkort said Beschorner is ready for the job. “Wes has always been ahead of the learning curve, as a quarterback and a coach,” Meierkort said. “He’s the right guy for this job and the university because of the passion he has and the abilities he brings to the program.” Beschorner said there is a little concern about his inexperience as offensive coordinator. “I’ve never done it before, but I have learned from my experience and the people I’ve been under on the staff,” Beschorner said. “It’s a good situation and I have everybody around me to help me.” Beschorner is no stranger to the type of offense Meierkort Please see football, Page b3

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The move to Division I has sparked the once hapless USD softball program. The team has already won 20 games, which it hasn’t done since 2005. The Coyotes’ 20-10 record also puts them in position for their first season over .500 since 2003. The softball program started in 1978 and has only had six winning seasons ever and an overall record of 576-836, a .406 winning percentage. Senior Tagney Jones said the team has a different mindset than in previous seasons. “We feel like a completely different team,” Jones said. “We have confidence in not only ourselves, but in everyone on the team, which we

sarah abbe / the volante Junior catcher Rachel Fricke warms up junior pitcher Brittany Donohue during practice in the DakotaDome.

haven’t had in past years.” The Coyotes went 5-0 this past weekend in the Morningside Tournament and all the games were against NAIA opponents. Only a couple

years ago, USD had problems beating teams from the NAIA ranks. Two years ago, the CoyPlease see softball, Page b3



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COYOTEDigest eye on the GWC MEn’s Basketball Final Standings


South Dakota Utah Valley Chicago State North Dakota Texas-Pan Am Houston Baptist NJ Institute of Tech.

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Softball Standings

South Dakota Houston Baptist Utah Valley North Dakota

Overall 20-10 11-14 11-17 4-23

Results, Wed., March 25 North Dakota 4, Wisconsin 2 Wisconsin 5, North Dakota 3 Sam Houston State 1, Houston Baptist 0

Results, Fri., March 27 North Dakota 6, Utah Valley 2 Idaho State 10, North Dakota 2

Results, Sat., March 28 Brigham Young 7, North Dakota 0 Brigham Young 10, North Dakota 4 Idaho State 8, Utah Valley 2 Utah Valley 11, Idaho State 2 South Dakota 14, Northwestern 0 South Dakota 6, Briar Cliff 5 South Dakota 1, Dana 0

Volante sports Picks Justin Rust, asst. Sports Editor, has no teams left in the Final Four, my worst bracket ever. So I am going with the teams that I want to win, instead of who will probably win.

Matt Dahlseid, Sports Editor, can’t believe his bracket is still golden. Only three more games until immortality! Oh wait, his bracket was up in flames two weeks ago. Bummer.

Drew Quandt, Sports reporter, thinks that nothing can stop Hasheem “The Waffle Iron” Thabeet now. If someone can batter him, they may may just get past.

Heather Fluit, Managing Editor, likes North Carolina over Villanova because she has always dreamed of playing for the Tar Heels. Her room was Tar Heel central as a kid.

Nate Hinseth, senior, has been picking pretty well through the tournament and nailed three out of the four Final Four teams. He is hoping to keep up the trend here.








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Tennis: Sioux Falls at USD





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Softball: USD at Cal. St.-Bakersfield, April 4




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Softball: USD at Cal. State-Dominguez Hills


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3-3 / 58-37 (.611 WIN PCT.)

Men’s Basketball: Villanova vs. North Carolina

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TR: Rustolium is the most creative one I have heard.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Each week The Volante sports staff will interview a member of the USD athletic community and ask them off-the-wall questions. Enjoy the hilarity. Tim Rust is a senior pole vaulter for the USD men’s track and field team. He placed seventh in the pole vault during the Great West Championships. Justin Rust: I know what it’s like to have the last name Rust. Do you get a lot of jokes about your last name?

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Tim Rust: I do. I always get called Rusty. I have been called rusty barbed wire or rusty nails. People make fun of me and ask if I’m rusty when I run.

South Dakota 3, Morningside 0 South Dakota 4, Midland Lutheran 0 Nicholls State 6, Houston Baptist 0 Nicholls State 4, Houston Baptist 3

JR: What’s the most creative nickname you have heard dealing with your last name?

JR: Do a lot of people call you Rusty? TR: It’s become my nickname. It’s been second nature for me to be called Rusty. I have gotten used to it.

TR: Usually when he says something, people listen because he is an Olympian. We take what he says pretty seriously. JR: Do you have any funny pole vaulting stories?


JR: How is it to joke around with your coach, Olympian Derek Miles? TR: Usually with pole vaulting, we will make up games and compete against each other and there will be trash talking involved. He usually wins the competitions, so he gets to do most of the talking. JR: Does anyone ever question any of the advice he gives the team?

TR: There was this one time I was vaulting and I tripped right before I went up for the vault. Instead of going over the bar, I shot backwards. Luckily, I was able to turn around and I landed on my feet. It wasn’t counted as a jump because I didn’t touch the mat or break the vaulting plane, so I got to try again and I made it that time.

JR: You are a recreation major. What are your plans after college? TR: Right now I am in graduate school for exercise science. My plans are to work in the fitness field and hopefully start my own fitness center. JR: How much fun has it been to go to the different Division I places? TR: I have enjoyed it. During the indoor season, we went to the University of Minnesota, which was cool. We get to compete against teams we haven’t seen before.

JR: Have you ever had to wear a helmet while pole vaulting?

JR: How great was it to win the Great West Conference?

TR: I haven’t had to in college, but in high school I had to wear one because in Minnesota it was mandatory to wear a helmet. I was excited when I didn’t have to wear it in college. I just didn’t like the feeling of it because it just felt different.

TR: I was ecstatic because it’s my last year, so when I look back at it later, I will see that I helped win it. Reach reporter Justin Rust at

Upcoming Games, Fri., April 3 Houston Baptist at Utah Valley, 3:30 p.m. Houston Baptist at Utah Valley, 5:30 p.m.

Upcoming Games, Sat., April 4 Houston Baptist at Utah Valley, 12 p.m. South Dakota at Cal State-Bakersfield, 2 p.m. Houston Baptist at Utah Valley, 2 p.m. South Dakota at Cal State-Bakersfield, 4 p.m.

Upcoming Games, Sun., April 5 South Dakota at Cal State-Bakersfield, 2 p.m.

Upcoming Games, Mon., April 6 South Dakota at Cal St.-Dominguez Hills, 2 p.m. South Dakota at Cal St.-Dominguez Hills, 4 p.m.

Upcoming Games, Tues., April 7 North Dakota at South Dakota State, 3 p.m. North Dakota at South Dakota State, 5 p.m.

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The USD volleyball team played its first games of the spring season this past weekend at Creighton University. The team went 1-3 over the weekend, picking up its lone win over South Dakota State University by a score of 2-1. The Coyotes won one of the three sets against Creighton, which made an appearance in the NCAA national tournament last year. USD went 0-3 against the University of MissouriKansas City and Drake University to finish off the tournament. USD will host eight matches Saturday in the DakotaDome. The Coyotes will play four matches, with their first match at 12 p.m. against SDSU. They will also play Iowa Lakes Community College, Dordt College and Augustana College. Last year, USD went 23-4 and set the all-time record for wins in a season.

Men place second at Coyote Invite competition, such as Drake University, Northern Colorado, University of North Dakota After holding its own during and South Dakota State Unithe fall season, the USD men’s versity. golf team is looking to polish USD avoided finishing its game during the spring in last place in the meet and season so the team can finish moved up to eighth place after firing a score of 321, which was the second best team score on the last day. The Coyotes were then scheduled to compete in the Augustana College Invitational in Sioux Falls, but the meet was cancelled due to unfavorable weather conditions. Instead, the Coyotes shifted their schedule and hosted a home invitational this past weekend at The Bluffs Golf Course in Vermillion. The USD golfers went up against Augustana, Northern State University, Minnesota State Mankato, Northwestern, and the University of Sioux Falls. The Coyotes put up an impressive run by placing second overall behind Minnesota State Mankato. Bennett, who won the individual title in the Augustana Fall Invitational last fall, led on day one of the invite with an even-par 72. He finished with a two-day total of 152, which placed him fourth overall. “This invite was a good experience for me,” Bennett said. “On both days I played pretty good but it’s just those little doubles and triples every once in a while that are tough to come back from,” Though the golfers were prepared to play in the Augustana invite, sophomore Mike Diemand said the quick change of scheduling did not affect the team because it knew the Augustana meet was going to be cancelled. Diemand also had a good run during the Coyote invite. He led the USD White team on the first day with a score of marcus brooks / the volante 73, which was the second best score for the Coyotes that day. Freshman John Vining works on his long game in preparation for Sunday’s final round of the Coyote Invite. Other top scorers for the

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strong at the Great West Conference Championship. The 2009 spring season started two weeks ago when the team took part in the Bulldog Classic in Vallejo, Calif., March 15-17. In California, the Coyotes went up against tough

Coyotes were junior Jim Walsh, who scored 80 on the first day. He came back on the second day with a score of 76 and had a final score of 156, which placed him 12th overall. Junior Matt Campbell scored a 79 on both days and finished with a score of 158. The Coyotes are now focusing all their preparation for their first ever Division-I conference title opportunity with the Great West Conference Championship. Diemand said there is still work to be done to improve upon from the fall season and compete in the GWC Championship. “We just need to be able to have everyone on the team on the same page and just be consistent,” Diemand said. “For me, I just need to get out there and get as much golf in as I can. We all just need to stay confident overall.” As for Bennett, his goals are to do well at conference, but he also plans to enjoy his last few months as a Coyote. “I would like for us to finish in the top five, but I just am having fun,” Bennett said, “It really shows the camaraderie everyone on the team has, and for this being my senior year, it has definitely been the best for me.” Bennett added that he is looking forward to facing D-I competition this year compared to the years in D-II. “Because we were D-II, some of the teams weren’t really as competitive as other teams,” Bennett said. “But this year in D-I, it’s going to be a lot of fun. It’s a totally different caliber of golf.” The GWC Championship will be held in HoustonApril 19-21 and the team ends the year May 2-3 with a home meet at The Bluffs with the USD vs. UND Cup. Reach reporter Mike Dailey at

Campus Rec Report Rankings (through March 29) Volleyball Men’s A 1. Delt I 2. Honk If You Honkytonk Men’s B 1. DuraMatres Women’s A 1. Victorious Secret 2. Scared Hitless 3. 3rd Norton 4. Team Pink 5. Track Attack Women’s B 1. Dolls with Balls 2. Bump Uglies 3. Super Studs 5. Alpha Phi Dodgeball Men’s 1. Pike 2. Phi Delt 3. LCA Buck Women’s 1. BAMF How They Fared (March 23-26) Volleyball Men’s A 1. Delt I 2, Punitive Damages forfeit 2. Top Gun 0, Honk If You Honkytonk 2 Men’s B 1. Sets on the Beach 1, DuraMatres 2 Women’s A 1. Red Hotts 0, Scared Hitless 2 2. Victorious Secret 2, The Fuzzies 0 3. Scared Hitless 2, Red Hotts 0 4. 3rd Norton 2, Bull-Dyke Destroyers 0 5. Team Pink 2, Ther Ex 0

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Track and field team gears up for outdoor season By ryan moore The Volante

Now that the USD men’s and women’s track and field teams have been able to revel in their Great West Conference Indoor titles for a while, it’s time for the Coyotes to get back to basics. The teams are not necessarily immersed in the intricacies of running, jumping or throwing. Right now, the Coyotes are focused on the basics of hosting. Over the early portion of the outdoor season, USD will be playing host to four different high school indoor meets in the DakotaDome. The most recent of which was the Dan Lennon Invitational, held Monday and Tuesday. USD men’s head coach Dave Gottsleben said he enjoys that his team can assist in the high school activities by having the high schools use the Dome as well as having the USD athletes help. “I think that’s one of the beauties of us going into the outdoor season,” Gottsleben said. “Not only do our athletes have to prepare for that, but they are also expected to get involved with the hosting of the competitions because it’s basically income for our program.” Gottsleben said there would be about 3,800 high school athletes competing in the four meets at the DakotaDome. He said hosting is also a benefit because it can help the Coyotes in recruiting for the future. Just because there is a lot of attention on the high school athletes in the DakotaDome at this time of year, it doesn’t mean the Coyotes themselves aren’t gearing up for the out-

door season. USD will be bringing some athletes to the Vance Butler Memorial meet this weekend in Sioux Falls. Then, the outdoor season really kicks into high gear April 11 when the Coyotes will travel to Lincoln, Neb., for the Nebraska Invitational. A small portion of the men and women have already gotten their seasons underway. On March 20-21, a few Coyote throwers competed at the Baldy Castillo Invitational in Tempe, Ariz. It was the first Division I outdoor competition ever for USD. The meet featured many D-I schools, including Kentucky, Arizona State, Louisville, Brigham Young University and North Dakota. The Coyotes had three top 10 finishers at the event. Senior Dylan Grau had a big day, finishing fifth in the javelin. Meanwhile, senior Preston Scott pocketed 9th in the hammer throw while senior Ben Walters finished 10th in the same event. Scott said the team wasn’t intimidated in its first D-I outdoor competition. “It just gives us something more to work for,” Scott said. “There were a couple of guys throwing over 200 feet in the hammer, and that just really motivates us to try to throw further and stick with the bigger throwers and show them that we can throw well, too.” For the women, senior Amy Velthoff placed 13th in the preliminaries of the hammer throw but didn’t place in the finals. As USD track and field moves into the outdoor frontier of D-I athletics, there will be a few notable names missing because some athletes are red-

Softball: Coyotes’ 20 wins most since 2005 Continued from page b1 otes played two games against Morningside and lost both of them, so the games this past weekend helped give the team a boost, Jones said. “I think it’s the first time we have been undefeated in this tournament since I have been here,” Jones said. “It helped us bounce back after a rough stretch and we got a lot of confidence back.” USD went to the Morningside Tournament after losing six of its last seven games, but the Coyotes cleaned up at the tournament and shut out four of their five opponents. Even though USD picked up five wins against NAIA teams last weekend, more than half of the Coyotes’ wins have come against D-I teams. Eleven of the teams 20 wins were against D-I opponents, but all of the Coyotes’ 11 D-I wins came during the team’s annual spring trip down to Florida for the Spring Rebel Games. “I think we came out right away this year and beat everyone we should beat,” head coach Amy Klyse said. “I always knew there was a lot of talent here and the girls have worked hard to get to this point.” Klyse said one of the first things she had to do when she took over the team last year was to change the mindset of the program and the team. “It’s really hard to come back from losing season after losing season,” Klyse said. “It’s a constant battle in making them learn how to trust themselves and trust that they can do it and then carrying it out onto the field.” Now that the team is winning, Klyse has seen the pride her players take in the pro-

gram improve. “This year, the girls have a ton to be proud about, and have worn their jerseys and softball shirts with pride around campus,” Klyse said. Jones said she has also seen how much the team has grown throughout the year. “We have a lot more pride as a team and in our success as a whole,” Jones said. “We didn’t realize how much potential we have until we beat the teams in Florida. That’s when we realized we can beat these D-I teams.” The turnaround in the program may have even started last year when the Coyotes swept Nebraska-Omaha at home. It was the first time the Coyotes had ever swept the Mavericks. “I definitely think beating UNO was a great accomplishment because they have always been good,” Jones said. “We always wanted to beat them and last year we finally did.” The team still has room for improvement, though. Jones said the team needs to play its style every game, no matter the opponent. Klyse said the team still has tough competition ahead, with 17 of the teams last 23 games coming against D-I teams. “We need to continue to play at our highest level to compete with these team’s,” Klyse said. “We still need to continue to improve every aspect of our game all the time, because you can never settle for anything.” The team will leave Friday for California and for its games against Cal State-Bakersfield and Cal State-Dominguez Hills. Reach reporter Justin Rust at

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shirting for the outdoor season. For the men, junior sprinters Ben Oberle and Dominic Artis will be sitting out the outdoor season. The women, meanwhile, will be redshirting sophomore Emma Erickson (middle distance), senior Danielle Dornbusch (throws) and junior Jasmine Mosley (throws). USD women’s coach Lucky Huber said the athletes who are redshirting will allow some other athletes to step in and fill the void. “It really allows some of our seniors a chance to step up into some of those spots,” Huber said. “There’s even a few underclassmen that we think can step up now and get a chance to do some things. So, in that way, it’s kind of exciting.” Gottsleben said although USD has to share the outdoor track with Vermillion High School, the Coyotes are at an advantage over other teams because they are still able to use the DakotaDome for training. Another plus for the outdoor season, Gottsleben said, will be that more Coyotes will be able to attend the Great West Conference Outdoor Championships May 14-16 in Houston. In fact, each team can take 28 athletes for the outdoor conference meet in comparison to just 22 that they can bring for the indoor meet. After winning the indoor conference championship, the Coyotes could be guilty of overconfidence heading into the outdoor season. However, Gottsleben and Huber said that’s not a problem for their respective teams. Reach reporter Ryan Moore at

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The USD football team released its schedule for next year, but it’s not exactly finished. The Coyotes are scheduled to play 10 games, five at home and five on the road, but head coach Ed Meierkort has never coached a team that has played less than 11 games. “We are trying desperately to get an 11th game, and I bet that we do, but sometimes you just never know,” Meierkort said. The two open dates the team has are Oct. 24 and Nov. 22, but Meierkort said it’s not easy to find a team for either of those dates because most of the teams are locked into games on those days. The Coyotes’ 11th game was supposed to be against Akron University. Akron competes in the MidAmerican Conference at the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level. Akron had to drop the game late because even though USD is a counter at the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level, it’s considered a non-counter in FBS. For a team to be a counter in the FBS, it has to average 57 scholarships a year. USD didn’t average 57 scholarships last year in its first year in D-I, so the MAC conference forced Akron to drop the game against the Coyotes. “Akron needed a waiver to play us, and both schools were confident the waiver would get through the process with MAC,” USD athletic director Joel Nielsen said. “But it didn’t because the MAC was concerned if Akron only had six wins, the game against us wouldn’t count and it could potentially cost them a bowl game. We under-

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Football: Coyotes promote from within to fill coordinator position

brian broekemeier / the volante New USD offensive coordinator Wesley Beschorner instructs the Coyote offense during practice Tuesday in the DakotaDome.

Continued from page b1 likes to run. He was the quarterback for the Coyotes from 2002 to 2005 and ended his career as the all-time record holder in passing yards, total offense and passing touchdowns. He was also the first player in USD history to be named a finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy, the top individual award in Division II. When his career playing football came to an end, Beschorner became a graduate assistant for the team. In 2006, he was the wide receivers coach and worked with Brooks Little, who later became USD’s all-time leader in receptions. Then in 2007, Beschorner worked with the running backs

and coached Amos Allen, who set the school’s single season rushing record and also the single game rushing record. Beschorner became a fulltime assistant last season and was named the quarterbacks coach and worked with junior quarterback Noah Shepard. Last year, Shepard broke Beschorner’s career passing yards and total offense records while under his tutelage. “He has a big-play mentality, which is what you want with an offensive coordinator,” Shepard said. Meierkort said the offense will change, but only subtly. “He’s going to coordinate like a quarterback and you will see us pushing the ball downfield, but it will be out of the same formations,” Meierkort

said. “To the naked eye, the offensive will look the same, but on the scoreboard, it will change a little bit.” The Coyotes have been no strangers to putting points on the board already. USD averaged 37.5 points per game last year, which ranked fourth in the nation. The team will return 10 starters on offense. Beschorner said the offense will build on the strengths of the personnel We are going to maximize the abilities our players bring to the program, whether it’s from the formations we will run or the play calling,” Beschorner said. Shepard said the only difference the team has noticed has been in the terminology. “The terms will go back to when he played, but we haven’t noticed too much of a difference in practice,” Shepard said. “This lets us pick up where we left off and not worry about a new game plan, which we appreciate.” After playing in Meierkort’s system, Beschorner said he and the head coach share the same mindset and goal. “We are both very passionate about winning football games,” he said. The open coordinator’s position received a lot of interest from across the nation and Meierkort did have the chance to hire someone with more experience. “We could’ve hired other guys who I call ‘hired guns’ because they would’ve been here for a year or two and then moved on,” Meierkort said. “Wes is the right guy for this position and he’s ready for it.”

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stand where they are coming from and understand it’s part of the process.” Meierkort said the Zips still want to play the game, but it’s the conference’s call. Akron isn’t the only team that has dropped the Coyotes on the schedule. Two years ago, USD played McNeese State and West Texas A&M on the road and both teams were supposed to finish out the home and home commitments with USD this year, but both teams have backed out. Meierkort said he has talked to a lot of teams, but all the talks have been premature right now. “We are discussing with some FCS teams on playing a road game or a home and home with them, and also some D-II or NAIA schools about playing a home game here,” Meierkort said. “We are also hanging out there and you never know what FBS team is willing to play you.” The team has put together a competitive schedule with just 10 games so far. Of the 10 games the Coyotes will play, eight of them are against D-I FCS teams. The Coyotes will play a full slate of Great West Conference games, including the Dakota Days game against the University of California-Davis. “UC-Davis will bring in a great atmosphere for Dakota Days and they are a very good team,” Meierkort said. USD also played three of the six nonconference teams last year – Northern Iowa, Southeastern Louisiana and Montana State. This year Southeastern Louisiana will head to the DakotaDome, but USD will once again travel to Northern Iowa, Montana State and Cal Poly. USD lost to all four teams last year.

Meierkort said those four games will be the measuring stick for the team this year. “Those games will show how much we have improved from last year,” Meierkort said. “We have to come out of that situation with some wins.” Both Northern Iowa and Cal Poly made the FCS playoffs last year and Northern Iowa lost in the championship game. The other three FCS games the Coyotes will play are road games against North Dakota and Northern Colorado and a home game against Southern Utah. USD will open the season with a home game against William Penn, an NAIA team. The second home game of

the season for USD will be a familiar opponent for Meierkort: D-III University of Wisconsin-Stout. USD hired Meierkort from UW-Stout, which was Meierkort’s first head coaching job. He is the all-time leader in wins at that school with 55. Even though the team only has 10 games scheduled, Meierkort said the Coyotes are already further ahead than they were last year. “The schedule changes on an hourly basis sometimes and we are way ahead this year,” Meierkort said. “We are even further on the 2010 schedule already.”

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Football Schedule Fall 2009

• Sept. 3

• Oct. 17

- William Penn (DakotaDome)

- Montana State (Bozeman, Mont.)

• Sept. 12

• Oct. 24

- Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls, Iowa)

- Open

• Sept. 19

- Northern Colorado (Greeley, Colo.)

• Oct. 31

- University of Wisconsin- Stout (DakotaDome)

• Sept. 26 - Southeastern Louisiana University (DakotaDome)

• Oct. 3

• Nov. 7 - Southern Utah University (DakotaDome)

• Nov. 14

- Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo, Calif.)

- North Dakota (Grand Forks, N.D.)

• Nov. 21

• Oct. 10

- Open

- UC-Davis (D-Days game) (DakotaDome)

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Women’s rugby participates in ‘March Madness’ By matt dahlseid The Volante

While many women from the USD club rugby team joined their fellow students last weekend to participate in Dance Marathon, a few Coyotes didn’t let a lack of numbers stop them from competing in one of the largest rugby tournaments in the Midwest. Six USD women joined forces with a newly-formed team from Augustana College and made it all the way to the semifinals of the 8th Annual March Madness Rugby Tournament hosted by Wayne State College. USD was one of 20 women’s squads at the event, which included teams from Wisconsin, Colorado, Kansas and even Canada. USD women’s coach Bryn Chivers said the combination of six USD players and 13 players from Augustana proved to be an interesting, but successful mix. “The Augustana girls, who were all really new to the game, had some players who had some

Club tennis takes on Minnesota By matt dahlseid The Volante

The score may not show it, but the USD club tennis team held its own against the University of Minnesota, one of the top club teams in the Midwest. The Coyotes lost 7-0, but were competitive in many of the matches. Graduate student Daniel Heckmann, USD’s club president and No. 2 singles player, lost his match 9-7. Freshman Ian Kopriva fell 8-5 in his match against the No. 3 player from Minnesota, while he and freshman Jason Holoch lost 9-7 against the Gophers’ No. 2 doubles team. Though the team didn’t come away with any wins, Heckmann said it was an encouraging sign that the USD players were able to push the Gophers to the limit in a few matches. Sophomore Ryan Fairley, who is the team’s vice president, said he was happy to have the opportunity to go up against such a talented team. “I would rather go against tough competition and improve my tennis than go against a lot easier teams,” Fairley said. “I like competition. It’ll definitely help us in the long run.” The match against Minnesota was USD’s fourth competition of the spring. The team went up against Augustana College and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in February, losing both matches, and competed in the United States Tennis Association’s Northern Section Championships March 7-8. In the USTA Championships, the Coyotes lost matches to Carleton College and the University of Minnesota, but also picked up their first win of the spring against the University of Wisconsin-Superior. USD has two matches remaining for the season. The team will travel to St. Peter, Minn., April 17-18 to play Gustavus Adolphus College and Carleton College. Heckmann said if USD’s top players are able to go to the matches, the Coyotes should have a good chance of finishing the season with at least one more victory. In the club’s second year of existence, Fairley said he is pleased with how much improvement he has seen in the players and is looking forward to the seeing how the team continues to progress. “We had more freshmen this year who had previously played tennis,” Fairley said. “Even people from last year have played their matches closer this season. I feel like we’re definitely improving.” Reach reporter Matt Dahlseid at

speed and had a lot of energy,” Chivers said. “They really threw themselves into the game and the USD girls were able to bring some structure to the team because they were far more experienced.” The alliance of USD and Augustana players came about because the president of the club at Augustana is a Vermillion native and had played with USD in a previous competition. She jumped at the opportunity to have her new team gain valuable experience at the tournament in Wayne. The Coyotes and Vikings clicked from the start, winning three games Saturday. The team defeated Bemidji State 29-5 in the first game, took down Creighton University 22-5 in their second contest and advanced to the semifinal round of the tournament after beating the University of Wisconsin-River Falls 12-0. USD junior Amanda Bakley, who is in her second year playing rugby, scored in each of the team’s three games Saturday. She said a big reason for the

squad’s success was the all-out mentality the Augustana players brought to the pitch. “For being the first time they played, they came in there wanting to win,” Bakley said. “They really weren’t afraid of getting involved in the contact like most girls are when they start out.” The team met up with St. Cloud State in the semifinal game Sunday and was involved in a defensive tug-of-war. The clubs found themselves gridlocked in a scoreless tie at the end of regulation with the Huskies pulling out a 5-0 victory in sudden-death overtime to advance to the finals. Chivers said he was very pleased with his team’s effort, and though the USD players didn’t come away with the tournament championship, they left with a strong bond with the Augustana club. “It was a great opportunity for USD to create sort of a sister program,” Chivers said. Including the games at Wayne, USD is now 3-2 for the spring season. The Coyotes lost

their first game of the year March 21 to South Dakota State 12-3. Chivers said his team dominated the game against the Jackrabbits in terms of ball possessions and territory, but the young players struggled to convert in the red zone and SDSU was able to capitalize. USD will continue its season this weekend when the Coyotes host the Omaha Under-19 team Saturday at 11 a.m. A native of Wales, Chivers said he is excited to see a rugby youth movement taking part in the Midwest. “All over the United States, we’re seeing huge growth in the number of girls playing in high school,” Chivers said. Chivers said he’s looking forward to see-

ing how USD does against the Omaha team and the remainder of the games on the schedule. With 25 players on the roster, he said he sees the Coyotes build-

ing a foundation for a successful program.

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tj jerke / the volante Junior Darla Brandt tries to break free of a tackle during the team’s practice last week. The squad won three games Saturday.

Lacrosse club retools to make run next year By matt dahlseid The Volante

With no seniors on the USD club lacrosse team and a roster of 25 players, the future looks promising for the young squad. The makeup of the team will create a solid foundation on which to build, but early on in the spring season, the Coyotes’ youth and inexperience has shown on the field. The team sports a record of 0-3 and has lost all three

contests by double figures. On March 21, the Coyotes lost to Creighton University 21-3 and fell to Augsburg College 15-4. Sunday, USD hit the road to take on the University of Nebraska-Omaha. The Coyotes jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first four minutes, but the Mavericks went on to score 25 unanswered goals to get the win. Junior David Hansen, who is serving in his first semester as club president, scored all

three goals in the team’s loss to UNO. He said the goal of this season is not to win games, but to teach the group of 15 new players the nuances of a game that most of them have never played before. “It’s a very big building year for us,” Hansen said. “We’re not planning on winning much. We’re planning on getting people ready to play next year.” Generally at this time of the year, most newcomers have had the opportunity to play

tj jerke / the volante Members of the USD lacrosse team strategize during practice last week while the team prepared to take on the University of Nebraska-Omaha. USD lost its match against the Mavericks 25-3 Sunday.

in several games, but Hansen said this season’s group is at a disadvantage. After last year’s club president Justin Lamberson graduated, Hansen said there was a problem with the change in leadership and no games were scheduled for the fall season. Hansen then took over as president and was able to schedule nine games for the spring, but four of those games will not occur because of weather or the opposition’s lack of players. Sophomore John Rounds said Hansen and vice president Adam Suing have done an admirable job of organizing the team and getting them the opportunity to get some experience. “They got us back up and running,” Rounds said. “I think they’ve been doing a good job of having practices and actually making people want to come to practices.” Hansen said in past years the team has only had about 15 players on the roster. He said he hopes that the 25 players who are out for the team this year will stick with the program through this tough season and go into next year with the desire and ability to win. “I just want these young guys to learn the concept of the game. I want them to get some

goals,” said Hansen, who has six of the team’s nine goals. “It’s kind of discouraging for them because I’m the only scorer. Maybe if they put one in they’ll start putting a bunch in and have some more fun.” USD had games scheduled with Northwestern College for April 3 and April 18, but the Eagles had to pull out of those games because they don’t have enough players to field a team. This leaves the Coyotes with two games left in the season. The team will play at Dordt College April 11 and host Cornell College in the season finale April 25. “Dordt is one of our bigger rivals, so hopefully some of the younger guys will be able to make the game and get a feel for a team like that,” Rounds said. Rounds said the Coyotes defeated Cornell handily last season and added that finishing the season strong could provide even more incentive for the younger players to stick with USD lacrosse. “Hopefully that will be a win for us and get the guys confidence up,” Rounds said. “That’ll get them a little more excited for next year”

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Baseball team wins two against Cornhuskers By matt dahlseid The Volante

The USD club baseball team began its Central Plains Conference schedule on a high note by taking two of three games on the road against the University of Nebraska-Lincoln last weekend. The Coyotes got off to a rough start Saturday against the Huskers, losing 15-13 in an offensive battle. Unhappy with their performance, the USD players came away with a pair of overpowering performance Sunday by defeating UNL 10-0 and 11-3. “We have pretty high expectations for our team, and I think Sunday definitely showed us what we can do and what we expect to do most weekends,” senior pitcher Andrew Hartman said. Hartman had an impressive outing in the team’s 10-0 victory, as he pitched a complete game for the Coyotes and gave up just one hit. Hartman is now 2-1 on the season and has a team-leading 2.33 earned run average. USD came out in the second game and got another strong pitching performance from sophomore Travis Berg, who went six innings and gave up

three runs in the team’s 11-3 victory. Senior Wes Robertson went 2-4 at the plate and racked up five RBIs to lead the Coyotes’ offensive charge and help the club improve to 4-6 on the year. Senior Adam Gale, the team’s president, said it was critical for USD to get off to a good start in the highly-competitive Central Plains Conference. “It’s basically important that we win every series,” Gale said. “As long as we win two or three games every weekend and occasionally pick up a sweep, we’re going to have no problems winning the conference.” Gale said he was pleased with how USD rallied after Saturday’s loss. To see the offense put up big numbers wasn’t a surprise, Gale said. But to have the pitching staff come out and shut down the Husker bats could provide momentum for a group of young relievers whom Gale said have been shaky this season. “We’ve got a lot of good lefties who hit for average and we’re pretty fast on the bases,” Gale said. “Our biggest weakness would be our pitchers finding the strike zone. Some of our relievers have had

problems finding the zone and that kind of affects the way we play, but that should improve and we should still be a really tough team to beat this year.” As the team’s ace, Hartman said he feels a little pressure to pick up wins for his team each outing, but said he’s been working with the other pitchers to teach them to rely on the defense and get ahead of hitters early in the count. “We’re not very sure of where our pitching depth is at,” Hartman said. “Coming into the season, we knew we’d be a good

hitting team, but we’ve really worked hard in the offseason with our pitching. “ The Coyotes will continue conference play this weekend with four games against the University of Northern Iowa Saturday and Sunday. UNI is last year’s conference champion, and Hartman said the USD pitching staff is going to have to bring its best game to Cedar Falls, Iowa, if the team is going to win the series. “We know (UNI) is going to come out and hit the ball,” Hartman said. “It’ll be our toughest

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test this year thus far.” The trip to Iowa will be the final road trip for the Coyotes this season. Since the season began March 9 in Florida, USD has yet to play a game at its home field. The Coyotes will take on conference opponents Minnesota State-Mankato, Iowa State University and the University of Iowa at Prentis Park in their final three weekend series in April.

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The best accessory for any season isn’t a new shirt or an oversized handbag – it’s a pair of eyeglasses. According to the Vision Council of America, about 64 percent of American adults who need vision correction wear glasses. In 2006, the number of adults wearing glasses rose to 3.4 million. Cheryl Johnson at Prairie Eye Clinic in Vermillion said she’s noticed several changes in glasses style since she started working as an optician 10 years ago. “Glasses used to be quite small, but now they’re going quite large,” she said. “The larger frames are popular out East, but they haven’t hit the Midwest yet.” Other popular style trends are rectangular frames accented by bold and bright colors, she said. Sophomore Mason Boutros began wearing glasses in fourth grade, and said he never wanted to wear his because they were “very round and very big.” His latest pair of glasses, which he bought around a year ago, is blue tinted rectangular frames with plastic bows. “Now they’re more fashionable,” Boutros said. “I like the way my glasses look on me, so I wear them more often.” Boutros also selected his frames because of the color. “Nobody has blue glasses,” he said. Senior Mandy Ellefson traded her “metal, ugly” frames for a pair of plastic ones, which she thinks are more fashionable. Prairie Eye Clinic carries familiar eyeglass brands such as Tommy Hilfiger and Nike, and also designer brands like Guess, Candies and Georgio Armani. Frames can cost as little as $75 and as much as $300. Buotros’s Kenneth Cole Reaction frames cost around $150, and he said he shopped around for about a week before choosing his pair. He said it was hard to choose just one pair because of the variety in selection and prices. Ellefson has two pairs of glasses, one brown and the other black, which she bought Please see frames, Page b8

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Thrift stores provide more home necessities by josie kerk The Volante

Thrift store shopping has picked up with the new state of the economy, say area thrift store managers. “The time we see students is when there’s a theme party, but they’ve started to pick up other stuff as well,” said Debi Pearson, manager of the downtown Civic Council. The Civic Council has lowered prices on necessity items such as bedding and clothing and see more popularity with their halfoff and luck-of-the-draw sales, Pearson said. At the New 2 You consignment store that opened on the edge of town last November, business has been increasing every day, the owners said. “We’ve heard a lot of comments that we came at a good

time,” co-owner Patsy Andersen said. New 2 You takes items on consignment with customers at 50 percent and keeps them in the store for 60 days. Near the end of the 60 days, they begin marking items down. “I don’t think there’s a day that goes by that we don’t sign a new customer,” said JoAnn Taylor, New 2 You co-owner. But long-time thrift store shopper senior Kerri Hendricksen said she’s always been one for a good deal, even without recent economic hardships. “You can get 50 times the amount of things at a thrift store as you can at the mall,” Hendricksen said. She’s impressed with the variety found in Vermillion Please see thrift, Page b7

marcus brooks / the volante The kitchen appliance shelf at New 2 You Consignment outside of Vermillion proves to be a popular choice for customers to find unique items.

In the world of cooking, there’s Paula Dean and then there’s collegiate cuisine. Unfortunately, both are equally detrimental to your health except one tastes exceptionally better, and it isn’t the one we eat all the time. I believe it’s the use of the microwave that makes most campus cooking taste like crap. Why bother using a stove, getting pots dirty and ultimately burning yourself when you can conveniently pop something into a box smaller than the TV? Who cares if it sucks the water out of everything, has weird stains and smells like popcorn but tastes like gym socks? You can have microwaved pizza rolls in a minute or less. The wingman to the microwave is the not-so-dorm-friendly George Foreman Grill. While the mini grill isn’t a pain to set up or cook with, it is a royal pain to clean. Somewhere between cooling down and washable temperature, the little George grill becomes a solidified valley of meat fat. Yummy. My personal favorite cooking device is the toaster. The sole reason: even if you burn the food, you can still eat the grub — it just takes a while to scrape the ashes off the side of your Pop Tart, which happens to smell like charcoal. Unless you burn something, I mean really burn something, like making a toaster strudel into volcanic ash, there isn’t a problem with food from the toaster. When I don’t want to light a fire, I retreat to the blender. There was one instance involving flames and my blender, but that was more of a bar trick gone bad. At any rate, the blender is a magnificent staple in any kitchen. Blenders pulp my food to a fine smush so that I don’t have to exert the effort to chew. If I didn’t have a microwave, grill, toaster or blender, I’d probably just give up on eating. No kidding, I hate the stove and oven combination so much that I’d just give up eating, cold turkey. I wouldn’t even try the Raw Diet. I have good reason to hate stove tops: they’re susceptible to messes. An accidental spill requires taking apart burners and elements, which quite frankly, is more complicated than changing a car tire. More often than not, dirty burner messes can make entire kitchens smell like a forest fire. The best part about the nostrilnumbing fire smell, especially in a group living environment, is that hoards of people will complain about it, all night. Right under the stove is the oven. It’s my belief that ovens are miniature, earthly reminders of hell. Maybe it’s just that each oven I’ve encountered has provided a kamikaze-like sense of danger. I have never walked away from an oven without almost dying from burns to save my brownies. When hunger strikes, it’s a toss up. Suffer through the pains and perils of actually cooking or seek out the timely, unappetizing options provided by dorm-friendly devices. In all honesty, I’ll probably give up and eat cereal.

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