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Students feel the pinch of weak market Weakening financial system impacts Vermillion employment By Nolan Peterson The Volante

John Larson / the volante Martina Shakers performs at Saturday’s drag show in her Miss Iowa At Large tiara. Shakers is the onstage persona of Joe McCulley of Sioux City, Iowa.

Charity drag show entertains, draws a crowd By Nick Woltman The Volante

With the glare of the spotlight shimmering off the sequins on her feathered yellow evening dress, Martina Shakers called for “three straight boys” to join her onstage. When the apprehensive volunteers settled into the chairs she’d set out for them, they had no idea what they were in for. But as Martina lip-synched “Bring on the Men” while she peeled off their shirts, the boys learned exactly what “audience participation” means at a drag show. Martina Shakers, the onstage persona of drag performer Joe McCulley of Sioux City, became the first drag queen to perform on USD’s campus in more than a decade Saturday night. Saturday’s show was produced by the Student Theater Co-op and was primarily organized by senior Miles Brindley, who performed as Claire Voyant. “Apparently 10 or 15 years ago they used to do a drag show in Slagle. They used to sell out and it was a much bigger deal,” Brindley said. Although the performers were allowed to keep whatever tips they earned, all the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Sioux-

Joihn Larson / the volante Noah Adams performs as Natasha Cole and interacts with an audience member. The performers collected tips from the audience throughout the show.

land Children’s Home. At $2 per ticket, the group made $170 in a single night. Junior Tom Crouse, one of the volunteers who participated in Martina’s act, said he had a great time at the show, on and offstage. “I didn’t know much about drag shows before I came but I kind of expected a lot of audience involvement,” he said. Crouse did admit he was a bit

Cross Media Council to host SGA Debate The USD Cross Media Council announces it will host a debate for the Student Government Association presidential and vice presidential candidates. The debate will be held Thursday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Al Neuharth Media Center Conference room. Presidential candidates junior Blake Alberts and sophomore Tim Carr are confirmed to participate, but the official petition deadline is Feb. 16 at noon and other candidates may be still added to the event. Carr’s running mate Katie Wagner and Alberts’ running mate junior Anne Grady are also participating. The SGA elections will be held March 4-5.

nervous onstage, but not because he lost his shirt. He was more worried he might have to dance. Brindley, who has performed in drag shows for a year, says he thrives on the reactions of the audience members. “You always have people who have never been to a drag show before. There’s always a first-timer somePlease see Drag, Page A10

In the small, hot basement of the Super 8 motel on Cherry Street, sophomore Inside Alice Pearce Turn to page A7 does the motel launto read more dry. Origiabout the local nally hired economic impact to work at and how it will the front desk, Pearce affect students. doesn’t mind folding more than100 bed sheets in one shift as long as she can work. Just getting enough hours to collect a paycheck is becoming increasingly rare for her. Many economists and politicians have publicly said that America is suffering one of the worst economic downturns in decades. There are special reports on the news nightly of families all across the nation who are struggling to get by. But students at USD have their own struggles as well, from no work, to too few hours, Amer-

ica’s economic downturn has reached into Vermillion. When she began working at the Super 8 in September 2008, Pearce had gotten up to 30 hours per week, but she now works around 10. There have been times recently where she has not been able to work at all. “I have gone two weeks without a paycheck before,” Pearce said. “We know that there are 39 rooms, and if we see no reservations we know we might not work that day. Who wants to travel to Vermillion in the dead of winter?” Born in Keene, N.H., Pearce spent 12 years in Pittsburg, Pa., before her family moved to Rockland, Maine, a tourist town halfway up the coast, roughly the size of Vermillion. She has a father, mother and brother back in Maine. Pearce’s father had some influence on his daughter’s decision to major in business. “My father was an accountant; he taught me his trade and I said, ‘That seems like Please see Economy, Page A7

VPD cites 47 in largest Greek bust since 2004 By Josie Kerk The Volante

Vermillion Police charged 47 individuals with a totally of 55 violations after responding to a noise complaint call at 10:33 p.m. Saturday night to the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity house, Police Chief Art Mabry said. According to the Vermillion

Police Department, officers remained at the residence unti 4:30 a.m. issuing violations that include underage consumption, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession o marijuana 2 ounces or less disorderly house, duty to obey false personation and maintaining a place in violation o Please see Bust, Page A9


Student center set to open Tuesday By Nick Woltman The Volante

When students get their first look inside the new Muenster University Center, they will see a number of new features. “I think the building is exactly what the students need and definitely what they want,” said Ryan Budmayr, president of USD’s Student Government Association. “I think it was definitely worth the wait.” However, before students will be allowed to enjoy the MUC, it will have to be inspected and approved by Gordon Hollenbeck, project engineer with the South Dakota state engineer’s office.

Hollenbeck will inspect the building Wednesday and Thursday. He will base his decision whether or not to allow students and staff to use the building on his assessment of its fitness for occupation. Acting Dean of Students Kirsten Compary said Hollenbeck will notify university administration officials of his decision which will determine what areas of the building are open and when. “That’s a decision only Gordon can make,” Compary said. “That’s something he as the engineer has the ability to do.” For the full story, visit

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Feb. 4 3. A 23-year-old male was arrested for furnishing alcohol to a minor, ingestion of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana, 2 ounces or less, at the 700 block of north Dakota Street. Officers also arrested a juvenile for charges related to possession of alcohol and marijuana. Feb. 5 4. Police arrested a 30-year-old male on an outstanding warrant at the 200 block of West Main Street. 5. Police responded to a female’s report of stalking. The investigation is

ongoing. Feb. 6 6. Police received a report of a subject attempting to break into a residence at the 900 block of Katherine Street. Upon investigation it was determined that the 24-year-old male subject had locked his keys in his residence and was attempting to retrieve them. 7. A 21-year-old male was charged with open container at the 300 block of Franklin Street. Feb. 7 8. Officers charged 47 individuals with a total of 55 violations at the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity on the 100 block of Pine Street upon investigation of a noise complaint. Violations included underage consumption, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana 2 ounces or less, disorderly house, duty to obey, false personation and maintaining a place in violation of beverage law. Individuals charged were between the ages of 18 and 20.

Feb. 8 9. A 21-year-old female reported theft of a purse and digital camera from an unlocked vehicle at the 300 block of east Main Street. No suspects have been identified. 10. Police cited a 20-year-old male for underage consumption and petty theft of a HyVee shopping cart. The subject fled the business location at the 500 block of east Cherry Street on foot and was found at the 600 block of Stanford Street. 11. Police arrested two subjects at the 400 block of Stanford Street while investigating a report of stolen jewelry at the 10 block of east Dartmouth Street. A 28-year-old male was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, marijuana 2 ounces or less and ingestion. Another 28-yearold male was cited for ingestion of marijuana and arrested on an outstanding warrant. *For a complete listing of all police log activity, please visit

Three replacement senators were sworn in at Tuesday’s meeting to serve for the remaining three weeks of the term. President Ryan Budmayr said he has received resignations from three senators within the past couple weeks. Their decisions were respected and the senators were commended for their work, but the seats still need to be filled, Budmayr said. “I think that students should be represented to the fullest extent,” Budmayr said. “While these senators are great, I think it is best for the organization and the students as a whole to have these seats filled and not just left alone for the next three weeks.” For non-traditional student Laura Kuschel, the emergency appointment to SGA senate was a great opportunity to represent the Fine Arts Department and to learn about SGA before she runs for a seat in the senate in the upcoming elections. “There’s absolutely no one representing fine arts right now and so I hope to give the department a voice,” Kuschel said. Sophomore Laura Hofer said she is excited to take advantage of the opportunity to be a part of SGA and to learn about the organization before she also runs for a senate seat next term. “I hope to learn how everything works and how everyone functions together so I can be a pro,” Hofer said. Reach reporter Ngoc Thach at

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The Senate passage of an $838 billion stimulus bill triggered an intense round of latenight bargaining on Tuesday, with the White House and key congressional Democrats seeking agreement on a final compromise aimed at combatting the worst economic crisis in decades. Democratic officials said that in deference to Senate Republican moderates, it appeared the bill that eventually goes to President Barack Obama would be in the range of $800 billion — less than the Senate measure or a different bill that cleared the House several days ago. These officials added that while numerous details remained to be worked out, it appeared a major expansion of an existing tax break for homebuyers, approved in the Senate last week, would be jettisoned. There was also pressure to scale back a Senate-passed tax break for new car buyers, according to these officials, and to drop a provision limiting compensation for top executives of companies receiving federal bailout assistance. All three provisions add to the cost of the bill, and in the case of limitations on executive compensation could presumably be passed in different legislation later in the year. The officials who disclosed details of the talks did so on condition of anonymity.

South Dakota could protect itself from huge casinos on its borders by giving its leaders power to expand gambling within the state, the Senate says. The state Senate voted 20-15 on Monday to pass SJR1, a proposed constitutional amendment that supporters say would discourage a large casino development near Larchwood, Iowa. That’s just a few miles across the border from Sioux Falls, which is the largest population base in the area. The concern among amendment supporters is that a casino in Iowa would lure South Dakota residents. The Iowa operation would collect the revenue, they say. Sen. Scott Heidepriem, D-Sioux Falls, says the state might scare off the Iowa developers by giving the governor and Legislature power to respond to such border threats. Heidepriem is prime sponsor of a proposed constitutional amendment that would let the governor and Legislature approve any form of gambling needed to prevent or limit gaming developments across the borders. “It’s not just in Sioux Falls,” Heidepriem said. “It could be anyplace in our state where there’s a population base near the border.” Opponents of the resolution said it would allow unlimited gambling in South Dakota.



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USD recognized for service learning

AWOL students to host fundraiser

More SD students staying in state

Alexander to speak at school of law

For the second consecutive year, USD was named to the 2008 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. USD’s selection to the honor roll is recognition from the federal government for the University’s commitment to service and civic engagement both on campus and in the United States. At the annual meeting of the American Council on Education Monday, USD was one of 635 colleges and universities recognized for instituting an exemplary servicelearning program on campus. Each academic year, more than 800 students participate in service-learning activities through academic classes.

USD students who plan to use their spring break for service-learning projects will host a “Pig Out & Provide” soup supper, silent auction and food drive Thursday, Feb. 12 at the Vermillion Armory. More than 30 trip participants will travel to Eagle Butte, S.D., East St. Louis, Ill., Staten Island, N.Y. and San Francisco, Calif., during spring break with the Center for Academic Engagement’s Alternative Week of Off-campus Learning program. AWOL offers students the opportunity to combine community service with education during academic breaks. This year, students will work in neighborhoods coping with poverty, homelessness, education and HIV/ AIDS issues.

School officials say the sour economy has one side effect: They expect more college-bound students will stay in South Dakota. Sioux Falls Roosevelt High School counselor Pat Peters says more of her students are talking about staying home to continue their education. The University Center and Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls likely would benefit, she said. “It’s going to be pretty darn tough to go away from home,” she said. Tad Perry, executive director of the South Dakota Board of Regents, said he thinks neighboring states will need big tuition increases to balance their budgets, making South Dakota more attractive to non-residents.

Peter C. Alexander, dean and professor of law at the Southern Illinois University School of Law, will deliver the keynote address at the USD School of Law’s annual program honoring Thurgood Marshall. Alexander’s address, “One Man’s Journey,” is Thursday, Feb. 19 at 4 p.m. in the law school courtroom on the USD campus. A graduate of Southern Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in political science, Alexander received a juris doctor degree from the Northeastern University School of Law in 1983. He began his professional career as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Harold A. Baker prior to serving as a law clerk to U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Larry L. Lessen.

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Arts council faces elimination from state budget By Heather Fluit The Volante

South Dakota Arts Council’s state funding is set to be cut for fiscal year 2010 if Gov. Mike Rounds’ proposed budget is passed this legislative session. If the council is cut, South Dakota will be the only state in the nation without an arts council and the SDAC will lose the NEA funding. If the budget is passed, the SDAC would lose $668,509 in state funding and its current budget is also supplemented by $746,000 in funds from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) that are intended to be used as grants by the SDAC. Associate professor of art Johntimothy Pizzuto said he is concerned the state is sending the wrong message by cutting the SDAC funding. “I don’t want to be a state known for the Sturgis Bike Rally and drunken brawls. I know it brings in money and it’s only one time, but what kind of ‘money’ and ‘people’ does it bring into the state?” Pizzuto said. “Does the state want to bring in people who want to live here and grow and enrich it?” USD Art Department Chair Cory Knedler said he thinks the cut is still speculation at this point, but hopes it does not pass.

“We’re all hoping that this is not truly what the governor thinks should happen and that it is just a reaction to troubled times that we’re all having,” Knedler said. District 17 Rep. Jamie Boomgarden said he is pretty sure the cut will pass, but he has heard of possible plans to fundraise enough money to keep the state office open and eligible for NEA money. “If we do try to salvage something separately, we need to find sources (of revenue) to keep it up,” Boomgarden said. “Where do we find dollars to maintain it when we’re already short?” Chuck Staben, provost and vice president of academic affairs at USD, said all of the proposed cuts will be painful for the university and the state. “The state budget is a very complex thing,” Staben said. “Sometimes we make cuts and don’t see the unintended consequences. Certainly there will be effects and I don’t think they’ll be positive for the arts community.” The art department faculty have been encouraging students and faculty to write letters to their legislators in an effort to voice their opinions, Knedler said. Graduate art student Renee Boutwell said when she heard about the possible cut, she

“I don’t want to be a state known for the Sturgis Bike Rally and drunken brawls ... what kind of ‘money’ and ‘people’ does it bring into the state?”

• 746,000

— Associate Professor of Art Johntimothy pizzuto

on the possible elimination of funding for the South Dakota Arts Council. wrote a letter and sent it to all three District 17 legislators. “I came in one day and Johntimothy (Pizzuto) was fuming and he told me about the cuts,” Boutwell said. “One of the things I think the university makes you aware of is that you have a voice and you do matter.” Boutwell said the legislators’ responses were empathetic, but also realistic. She said she didn’t want to see it cut because it can’t be reestablished easily even if it started up again in the future. “Once you’ve cut that out, it’s probably at least twice the effort to put that money back,” she said. Knedler said the art department typically hosts about 17 art shows per year, several of which are funded in part by the SDAC. He said the art gallery would continue to exist, but the quality of some shows will be lower and the department would not be able to afford

some shows. The council funds artists from around South Dakota and also grants funds to the Artists in Schools program, the Touring Arts program, the Governor’s Biennial Art Exhibition and events like the Dick Termes Workshop at USD last fall. Knedler said he was concerned that by losing SDAC funding, USD students would lose educational opportunities. “The major cities are often where the arts culture really thrives. We can’t just pick up and take our students to one of these cities,” Knedler said. “If we can’t support the art world and the art world can’t come to us, it would be a major disadvantage for us.” Knedler said he is encouraged by President Obama’s support of the arts nationwide and the House version of the stimulus bill contained more money for the arts. “We’re poised right now to

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get even more money from the national government but it just won’t happen if we cut our arts council funding completely,” he said. “It just shows that South Dakota is out of step with the rest of the nation.” Knedler said the cut could create a ripple effect throughout the state’s economy. “Cutting support for the arts will stifle South Dakota’s future,” he said. “With 86 cents per person resulting in $600,000 that is invested in art festivals, events, tourism, music festivals — it’s generating $40 million for the state in revenue.” Pizzuto and Knedler agreed the current funding and support for arts in the community is a recruitment advantage that brings in students and faculty to USD. Pizzuto attended graduate school at USD, but left the state for 20 years. He returned because a teaching job opened and he saw support and oppor-

The amount of national funding that would be lost.

• 2.9 million

Number of people who attend SDAC co-sponsored events.

• 43

Number of years the SDAC has been in business.

tunities in the art community in Vermillion, he said. “It has been frustrating here a little bit. It feels like it’s an uphill battle all the way in finding support for the arts,” Pizzuto said.

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Students sign leases, look for property as rental season begins By Sarah Reinecke The Volante

She’s toured five houses, made multiple phone calls, met landlords and even been told she’s too late – the lease has already been signed by another group. This is the process of renting in Vermillion. And for sophomore Sarah McCann, trying to find the perfect place to live has become a mini adventure. “At first I got really stressed out, but now I kind of think of it as a fun game,” she said. “I’m looking every day for the new ones and calling people, so it’s kind of fun in a way.” January and February is the time to start looking at houses and apartments for next school year, said Barb Iacino, Realtor at Dakota Realty. She said for people with large groups, it is especially important to start early. “To me, the best properties go to the people that start the earliest,” Iacino said. McCann and four of her friends are looking at houses for next year. At this point, she is unsure of whether she wants to live in a group of five, or in an apartment with two or three people. But what surprises her most about the renting process is how rushed it is, and how quickly she needs to make a decision. “It seems like I need to be scrambling to find a place to live, which is kind of nerve racking,” McCann said. “At first we didn’t realize how fast houses would go … but in Vermillion it’s different because everyone is scavenging to find the best

Deanna SHalon / the volante Sophomores Becca Packard and Ericka Krull and junior Jessica Baxter examine a rental property Tuesday evening. Realtor Barb Iacino of Dakota Realty said January and February are the months to start looking for rental properties.

place.” McCann said she is using Ver millionapar to search for houses. The Web site is linked to the off-campus housing portion of the university’s Web site and was created this year as a Beacom School of Business project through Enterprise by Learning and as a part of Students in Free Enterprise. Juniors Erin Lepp and Melissa Gause are in charge of, which allows students to search for what they are looking for in a

house or apartment, such as price, number of bedrooms and bathrooms. “They can find places really easily to fit their criteria and their needs,” Lepp said. “It’s working great; we’ve gotten a lot of feedback from students as well as landlords.” Before a group of people even starts calling landlords or looking at properties, Iacino said they should determine what is important to them, whether it’s location, price, number of bathrooms or how new the house is.

“That way they can narrow it down to the person they call and we can hone in on what’s the best thing to show them,” Iacino said. When students meet the landlord and tour the property, Iacino said it is important to ask questions. She said it is always good to ask about utilities, to find out how much they are and who pays them and to ask about the lease agreement and what it entails. Iacino also suggested asking friends what they think about previous landlords.

“I don’t think you can ask too much up front,” she said. “The more you ask, the better off you are.” At first, McCann said she was not asking too many questions when she toured houses because she didn’t know what to expect or what to ask the landlords. But after seeing a few houses, she feels like she has gained more experience and has begun thinking of questions. Students can also call the City of Vermillion and give the house or apartment address to

find out the average amount utilities will cost each month, said Sherry Howe, city finance office manager. During Christmas break, sophomore Lara Carlson and her friends started looking into the cost of living off campus. Carlson said she called about utilities and searched online and called landlords to find rent costs. But, she made the decision to stay in the dorms another year because some of her friends could not afford to live off campus. “I think they were mostly worried about just making rent each month versus just one solid payment at the beginning, and not worrying about utilities,” Carlson said. “It seemed like it would be pretty hectic to try and live off campus.” As far as costs go, Vermillion landlord Bill Wood said it is generally more feasible for people to live with more people, but as students get older, they generally switch to one or two bedroom apartments. This is the case for junior Michelle Gordon, who lived with three other people two years ago and now lives by herself. “It was really distracting living with a lot of other people,” she said. “And roommates are gross sometimes.” For McCann, she may have to do more house hunting than she had thought, but hopes to make a final decision within the next week. She just wants to sign a lease before all the good properties are taken.

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Private student loans more difficult to get due to weak economy By TJ Jerke The Volante

With the United States officially in a recession, private student loans are becoming harder to obtain, said Randall Waldron, professor of Economics at USD. Waldron, who teaches microeconomics and principles of macroeconomics, said the National Bureau of Economic Research has declared the United States in a recession because the country’s Gross Domestic Product decreased at an annual rate of 3.8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008. There are underlying conditions in the financial market right now that will cause problems in the time to come, he said. “There are a lot of fees and costs attached to making students loans,” Waldron said.

“Those loans are not being brought up by a secondary party, inevitably the (private) student loan industry might be in the hands of very large banks soon.” Julie Pier, director of financial aid at USD, said Congress passed a student loan bailout in May 2007 and she hasn’t seen many problems with students and the federal student loans. Last spring the financial aid department saw a few banks drop out of the student loan program and a small number of students didn’t have a problem finding another one, she said. “We have seen turmoil in the private loan market, credit scores are a little tighter and interest rates and fees are a little higher,” Pier said. “ However, federal guaranteed loans are safe, such as the Stafford and Parent Plus

loans.” The federally guaranteed loans include the subsidized Stafford, unsubsidized Stafford, Parent Plus and Waldron Consolidation loans. The Vermillion Federal Credit Union allotted 24 federal student loans to its members in the fall and spring semesters of this past year, said Janet Moult, CEO of the VFCU. Working exclusively with federal loans has made it easier for the credit union during the economic crisis, she said. The major issue right now is the consolidation of student loans after graduation, Clark

Wold, president of Student Assistance Corporation in Aberdeen, S.D., said. “(Consolidation) is a very important tool for students with loans in a couple of different places and larger loans the students want to put into one financial group,” Wold said. Senior Mandy Ellefson, a political science and communication major, said she will pursue law school after she graduates in May and is worried about paying for graduate school. “I think (the economy) puts pressure on people to find a high-paying job,” Ellefson said. “It is a huge factor for people applying to grad school because you have to take the cost into consideration.” Ellefson said law school costs about $30,000 per year for three years plus living expenses.

“I feel better going to graduate school now then training to go out and work because there isn’t a market for jobs right now,” Ellefson said. “I’m hoping it will improve by the time I graduate from graduate school.” Like Ellefson, Waldron said the current financial dilemma will be a problem for some graduates, but more will be affected when they begin to look for jobs. “(The economy) will put pressure on USD to do a good job preparing students for the labor force,” Waldron said. “Students will focus on schools that will prepare them best for the real world, we have to make sure we are going to do a good job here. South Dakota has been affected by the nationwide financial crisis, Wold said. The largest stu-

dent loan program, the Federal Family Loan Program, has been less affected. “It’s going to be more difficult to find private or alternative loans, as the qualifications will be higher,” Wold said. “If students do qualify, the interest rates and fees will be higher.” The guidelines for loans are becoming more restrictive and students and families are going to have to have a higher income to be able to take out a loan, Moult said. “We have some tough times coming, we are so used to doing what we want when we want,” Moult said. “Everybody is going to have to be re-taught. The younger generation is not in a good position right now.”

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SD Board of Regents takes $8.1 million budget cut By Deanna johnson

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State funded universities in South Dakota are making changes in their finances in response to Gov. Mike Rounds’ proposed revision to his original budget that was presented Jan. 22. The revised budget proposal for fiscal year 2010 would, among other things, subtract $500,000 in general university funds and $1.6 million in maintenance and repair funding. Tad Perry, Board of Regents executive director and system CEO, said the BOR lost about $8.1 million in Gov. Rounds’ second budget revision. Perry said in order to cut the $500,000 in general university funds, the universities in the state were asked to find areas where they could reduce or eliminate spending. He said that reduction will affect the universities in a variety of areas including academic programs, support services and international programs for students. “The institutions have to make the choices of where these cuts come from. Some institutions are talking about eliminating faculty positions in a program,” Perry said. USD President James Abbott said in addition to cuts and reduced spending, empty faculty positions may remain unfilled. “Obviously in a tough budgetary time, it’s better to simply

the necessary revenues in the students’ pockets. “I don’t think the college is going to go down anytime soon. I think if the school doesn’t have money, (the students) are just going to have to pay for it,” Mann said. Abbott said one area in which the university did not receive the anticipated funding was maintenance and repair for academic buildings on campus. He said USD usually receives about 1 percent of a building’s total value in funding for general upkeep of the building. This year, Abbott was hoping for an increase in that funding from the 1 percent to about 3 percent in order to maintain new and old buildings on campus. “We asked for significant increases for all kinds of things, but we understand that this is not a year when that is going to happen. We’re particularly disappointed that we’re not going to be able to increase our maintenance and repair dollars,” Abbott said. Michael Allen, associate vice president for facilities management, said the maintenance and repair funds for the university are used for heating and cooling systems and any other upgrades needed in the academic buildings on campus. The budget cuts to the maintenance and repair funds totaling $900,000 will not allow USD to pursue certain projects that had been

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not fill something. We’ll look at the positions to see if they have to be filled or not. I don’t think we have many positions we can do without, but we won’t be doing much expansion,” Abbott said. Michael Card, associate professor of political science, said he isn’t worried about his own job as much as he is worried for others in South Dakota. “When I look around at my friends in the community and people throughout the state of South Dakota who are losing jobs, that’s what worries me. I feel very fortunate that I have a job that’s relatively stable,” Card said. Rounds released the revised

version of his previously proposed budget for fiscal year 2010 after the projected revenue and economic numbers in the state were lower than expected. Joe Kafka, Rounds’ press secretary, said the governor could either cut funding and reduce expenses, or raise taxes. “What the governor is banking on is that we can find a way to balance by reducing spending without increasing taxes in hopes that eventually the economy will turn around,” Kafka said. The newly revised budget, which will start July 1, 2009, and last until June 30, 2010, has an additional $7.4 million in cut funding from the governor’s pre-

vious proposed budget that was released in December. At USD, many areas will be examined to find additional funding that could be cut as painlessly as possible, Abbott said. “I think the first place we’ll probably look at is administration and then, secondly, at ‘is there a program that isn’t successful?’ Or (a program) that we’re not maintaining as well as we should, or is simply not popular. I’m sure we’ll look at programs and determine where we can make cuts,” Abbott said. Senior Brian Mann said he isn’t worried about USD having inadequate funding. Mann said he thinks the school will find

previously planned. “The governor’s revised budget has eliminated the (maintenance and repair) funding. So we’re going to have to, over the next couple of months, rearrange our priorities and some of the things we’d planned on doing simply won’t get done next year,” Allen said. The reduced budgetary funds will not affect current construction projects on campus, Abbott said, because those are mostly paid for by donations or by tuition and student fees. The financial cutbacks in the state will come from a variety of areas in the budget, Kafka said, such as freezing the state employee raises which would save the state $6.7 million. He said Rounds also proposed closing the School for the Deaf in Sioux Falls, which would save $2 million. Perry said closing the School for the Deaf would save the state money and may improve the services offered to the deaf and hard of hearing. However, he said this action will also cause many employees to lose their jobs. The small number of outreach employees at the school would stay on, Perry said, but the school as an instructional site would close.

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Economy: Students struggle to find part-time employment Continued from page A1 something that has a lot of job security,’’’ Pearce said. But now she is uncertain because of the current economy. Even though Pearce has no fear of herself becoming poor she is concerned about her parents’ health, and her brother’s education. “The thing that I would be worried about is if my parents get sick, and I have to help out my brother. I’m just more worried about my family than myself, if worse came to worst, I could drop out of college, I don’t want my brother to have that option.” Lacking a vehicle, Pearce walks 10 minutes from her dorm to work — when she does work. But she doesn’t see that as a drawback, because without a car, Pearce doesn’t have to pay for gas, oil, insurance or registration fees. Pearce never had a car when she lived in Maine either. “I used to bike to work, at the most eight miles a day,” she said. But even without the cost of a vehicle or many bills weighing her down, Pearce is still not secure enough financially to leave the dorms. Pearce and her boyfriend have talked about moving into their own apartment, but their decision depends upon finding more reliable employment, where the ebb and flow of customers does not determine the amount of hours she works. Robert Tosterud, profes-

sor of economics at USD, has some choice words about this eroding financial climate: “The economy sucks.” Tosterud said he feels the slowdown in motel reservations could simply be a downward trend independent from the American economy as a whole. “There are periods where things are just slow,” Tosterud said. But the outlook, even for part-time jobs, is bleak in Tosterud’s opinion. “Part time jobs are going to be more and more difficult to obtain,” Tosterud said. For Pearce, finding another job with reliable hours, but one that will not consume her grades and free time, has been difficult. Pearce has put in applications at the Freedom Gas Station on Cherry Street, the DakotaDome and E-telecare. Pearce is not the only USD student who is looking for more work. Freshman Shannon Marvel came to the USD in fall 2008. Though she took the first semester to settle in, she has since been looking for a job. Marvel applied at Jones Food Center and Movie Gallery, but has not received a reply. Savings from when she worked during the summer have kept her afloat, and her parents also help as much as they can, but the oppressive air of the economy has stifled Marvel’s spending. “I only spend money on what I really need, not on what I really want,” Marvel said. Just when students are looking for work, some employ-

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ers are opting to protect the employees they have. Gregg Peters, owner of Jones Food Center for the last 14 years, has decided to take a proactive stance regarding the economy. Peters, while feeling lucky to be in a fairly recession-proof business, he is still taking steps to protect his livelihood. “It is more of a preparation standpoint for us, we feel at some point we might feel the slowdown and so we don’t want to try to catch up if we do feel one,” Peters said. Standard practice for Peters would be to hire new workers at the start of each semester, to replace those that leave. But Peters’ proactive approach to the economy has been to protect the people he has already employed. “We’re trying to make sure we are taking care of our people, that’s why we’re not adding as much labor,” he said. Employees of Jones Food Center may have been able to keep most of their hours, but the workload remains the same. “They’re not losing hours as much as they are just being spread differently,” Peters said. “We’ve got everyone spread a little thinner than they were and working a little bit harder than they were before, and that’s going to continue until we see the economy as a whole bounces back.” The weakening economy is not only affecting students who work in the hotel industry, students working in restaurants and banquet halls have also felt

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the pinch. Junior Brian Dickenson only works as a banquet server in Sioux Falls every other weekend; he makes enough during one weekend that he doesn’t need more hours. “I’m just a part-time guy, I just come home from college every once in a while and work for them,” Dickenson said. Even though Dickenson is making enough money for himself, he has noticed a change at work. “Our hours have been cut down because of the poor economy,” Dickenson said. “Not as many people are scheduling banquets. They don’t have the money to throw around like

they used to.” While Dickenson has not seen any wage decrease, there is less money to go around. “The wages remain the same for the hours we work, but we just work less hours,” Dickenson said. “If I really needed money and (was) working full time, I would have gotten cut.” One of the negative effects of this economy is not only the lost hours for those who are employed, but also those who are looking for work, and still need money to live. Freshman Alex Suurmeyer is also looking for employment. Without income, Suurmeyer has been living on credit cards. While he has applied at many

places, including both video stores on Cherry Street and E-telecare, he has not received a reply. Not all sectors of Vermillion’s working student population have felt the contraction. Sophomore Emmanuel Scryvers has worked at Burger King for the last three and a half years. While he said he doesn’t believe they are hiring as much as they once were, there has been a little trimming of hours. “It’s not drastic,” Scryvers said. “I don’t think it really affects me that much. I haven’t felt an impact.” Reach reporter Nolan Peterson at

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Professors ‘drum up’ excitement in honors society at the Eagles Club

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Saturday night was a chance for students in the USD English Department to view their professors in a different light: flashing, multi-colored stage lights. “It’s really unique because you get to see your professors, who are Ph.D.s in literature, express another art form and be quite good at it,” said Catherine Beem, a former masters student and teaching assistant. Beem follows Narrative Feed, a band with three USD English professors who played at The Eagles Club Saturday. The concert was a fundraiser for the department honors society, Sigma Tau Delta. Sophomore English major Jill Schievelbein said she came out for her high school friend Spencer Ferrell’s band, At Ease, and to see John Dudley and Skip Willman, two of her former English professors, play with Narrative Feed. “I haven’t heard them (At Ease) play before. They’re really good,” Schievelbein said. At Ease started the evening with an original song and Narrative Feed kept a crowd on the dance floor. One of the dancers, a friend of Beem, drove from Minneapolis to be at the concert. “I’ve danced to Narrative Feed before and I just really enjoy dancing to them. It’s a lot of fun,” Roxanne Abeln said. “It’s one of the few places you can actually come and dance in Vermillion. The Eagles has kind of an atmosphere that is conducive to just not worrying about what people think about you.” Beem has had all three Narrative Feed English professors in class and said the night

was an important opportunity for undergraduate students to see their professors “being human.” At Ease, a band led by Ph.D. English student Joe Raish, Sigma Tau Delta president, joined Narrative Feed in the fundraiser. Drummer Simon Ferrell, a former USD graduate student who now teaches at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, plays in At Ease with Raish, a vocalist and guitarist. Simon’s younger brother, Spencer, is a sophomore English student at Augustana and plays guitar for the band. Beem was a graduate student with Raish and Simon. The two department-associated bands played guitar and percussion beats with many of their original lyrics back and forth across the club to a mix of more than 40 students and fans. Abeln said she had heard both bands play before and thought At Ease did great opening the night and drew a good crowd. “Literature is about discussion and we get to celebrate music though playing it and dancing to it. It’s not that different,” Beem said. “(Narrative Feed) has a lot of devoted followers.” Jim Batt, a biology professor at Northeast Community College in Nebraska joins the three Narrative Feed English professors on drums. Willman, associate professor of critical theory and 20th century American literature at USD, performs vocals and rhythm guitar. Dennis Sjolie, associate professor of English as a second language and second language pedagogy, sings and plays bass and keyboard. Narrative Feed has played

Jessica Kokesh / the volante Associate professor of English John Dudley plays at the Eagles Club Saturday. He is a member of a professor-only band called Narrative Feed.

for the honors society before and wanted At Ease to join them because of their ties to the department. Last year Narrative Feed performed with the Brickhouse Boys who currently have a band member in the graduate program, said Dudley, Narrative Feed vocalist and lead guitarist. “I haven’t been in (an English department) with this many musicians,” Dudley said. “It’s kind of weird. Faculty members, maybe in general, have some creative outlet that isn’t related to their work. It’s kind of a natural thing.” Undergraduate students get most of the benefit from orga-

nizations like Sigma Tau Delta, said Dudley, the former faculty sponsor. The international organization has annual conferences for students to present their work and publishes student writings in a number of journals. The night was really about getting undergraduates more involved, he said. In the past, Sigma Tau Delta has promoted reading by donating books to charities and the new faculty sponsor, Ronald Ganze, assistant professor of medieval literature and film, has plans to make the chapter more active this year, Dudley said.

Campaigns for Student Government Association senate and executive offices are underway and presidential candidates are working to enhance the visibility of SGA on campus. Petitions signed by USD students for SGA senators and executive teams are due at noon Feb. 16. The elections will take place March 3-4 when students can vote online through D2L or at designated polling stations on campus. Although student involvement is necessary to elect representatives, sophomore Nick Kellen said he is among the USD students who are not informed about SGA, which has direct responsibility in appropriating more than $200,000 of student fees to campus organizations. “I don’t know a lot about SGA or what they do,” Kellen said. “If they think that what they do is important and has impact, then they should work something out where students actually know about it and can be involved.” Sen. Blake Alberts, an SGA presidential candidate, said the organization has a get out and vote awareness campaign along with a senate recruitment campaign. “I think it’s an ongoing process,” Alberts said. “(President) Ryan Budmayr and (Vice President) Taylor Ptacek really wanted to make an effort to restore SGA to the standing that it had prior to impeachment problems, and in doing that we have more of a presence and more credibility than last year. I think that’s important.” Alberts said it is important for students to know what SGA does and how much the organization is responsible for. The organization appropriates money to organizations, but it

also has oversight on the student fees through the General Activity Fund committee. “Students need to realize that whether they see what we’re doing or not, it is important to their pocketbook,” Alberts said. Freshman Levi Froke said he doesn’t have the time to be involved with SGA but thinks students should be knowledgeable about the organization before voting in the upcoming election. The organization should have better advertisement about the organization’s responsibilities, but students should also take the initiative to learn about SGA, he said. “Be a part of the decisionmaking process,” Froke said. “It’s your money.” When sitting at an SGA meeting with only six senators out of 21 seats last year, sophmore Tim Carr, SGA senator and presidential candidate, said he would never let that happen again. This year, the election will be competitive and the situation will be different, he said. “Competition is a great thing,” Carr said. “Student government shouldn’t be an exclusive club. If you don’t have enough people running to fill the seats then they don’t really represent the student body.” Alberts said he hopes the majority of current senators will be returning to SGA next term. “There is a definite value on new senators and new view points,” Alberts said. “But I think it’s critical that as many current senators return as possible. Institutional memory is vital in any college organization and we can’t afford to lose the majority of our current senators.”

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Business students dine with world’s richest man By Angela McClurg The Volante

While some students were in class last Friday studying, graduate student Scott Larsen was eating lunch with the world’s richest man and being chauffeured around Omaha in his car. Larsen drew one name out of a hat to see who would be eligible to ride in Warren Buffett’s car, said graduate student Christine Eide. Then Buffett announced that he could drive one male from USD and selected three other students from the other five schools. “It was one of the best days I ever had,” Larsen said. Eight times a year Buffett, a well-known investor, meets with multiple college students around the country to give them a tour of his businesses and takes everyone out for lunch to his favorite restaurant, Piccolo Pete’s, said Angeline Lavin, professor of finance at the Beacom School of Business. This year six colleges attended with a total of 167 students.

Buffett, also known as the “Oracle of Omaha,” built his success from the ground up, Lavin said. He made his money through investments and is now the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. “He is a very down-to-earth kind of guy,” Eide said. He drives a used Cadillac, lives in an average size house, and likes to eat at your typical restaurants, she said. Larsen was one of 27 students from the Beacom School of Business to sign up to meet Buffett. He was also the chosen student from USD to ride in Buffett’s car. Buffett is a pretty fast driver, he said. He spent most of the time looking in his rearview mirror to talk to the students, so whenever a stop sign came up he would have to slam on his brakes. “Oh great,” Larsen jokingly said. “I’m going to get in an accident with Warren Buffett.” During the car ride, Buffett told stories about his weekly bridge game with Bill Gates, a video he made with profes-

sional basketball player LeBron James and his phone conversation with Barack Obama about the economy. Buffett really enjoys talking to students, Larsen said. He wasn’t even that interested in talking about the economy and business as he was about farming and life experiences. “He’s just your average guy,” Larsen said. “It’s pretty much like sitting down and talking to your grandpa.” The day started with a tour of Buffett’s Nebraska Furniture Mart followed by a two-hour question and answer session in the Cloud Room of the Berkshire Office in Omaha. During the session, students asked for Buffett’s opinion on investment strategies and business techniques, Larsen said. One of his key strategies is to watch how the company and managers are performing, not just focusing on the mathematical and evaluation portion of investment, Eide said. “You don’t see that kind of information in textbooks,” she said.

Another suggestion that Buffett gave students is to find a job they are passionate about, Larsen said. Buffett is in his 70s and said he still “tap dances” to work every day. Eide sat next to Buffett during lunch and listened to his stories while she ate her New York Strip steak and Buffett ate one of his favorite dinners, chicken parmesan. The nice thing about Buffett is that he doesn’t use big fancy words when he talks, Eide said. He always explains things so everyone can understand. After the meal, Buffett ordered everyone a root beer float, one of his favorite desserts, Eide said. Before the day ended, students took pictures with Buffett including back-to-back and “gangster” signs. “He even pretended to whisper in someone’s ear,” Eide said. This experience is a-oncein-a-lifetime opportunity and some investors pay big bucks at the Glide Foundation’s auction to eat lunch with him, Larsen

Courtesy Photo USD graduate students Christine Eide, Scott Larsen and Seth Schonewill ate lunch with CEO Warren Buffett Friday in Omaha.

said. Last June, Zhao Danyang, the general manager of the Pure Heart China Growth Investment Fund, won the lunch with Buffett for $2.11 million. The year before that, the managing partner of Pabrai Investment Funds spent $650 thousand. That just shows how great of an opportunity this is, Lavin

said. “I couldn’t even fathom, Buffett who is worth $66 billion, is hanging out with students who aren’t even worth $5,” Larsen said.

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Bust: Vermillion claims ‘zero-tolerance’ for underage consumption Continued from page A1

John Larson / the volante Police respond to the Delta Tau Delta fraternity Saturday. Forty-seven individuals were charged with 55 offenses.

beverage law. The individuals charged were between the ages of 18 and 20. Mabry said the police received a search warrant at 12:10 a.m. Sunday. Greek Life Coordinator Andrew Davis said there has been no action taken from the university at this time. “There was a party (Greek Life) knows about and they will be working with the fraternity chapter,” Davis said. The last time there was a case

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of this magnitude was when 119 arrests were made at a fraternity in 2004, Mabry said. Because the incident occurred off-campus and all arrests were made through the VPD, University Public Relations said all charges are currently in the hands of the State’s Attorney. Delta Tau Delta Chapter Adviser Austin J. Eich said Saturday night’s bust was an unfortunate incident. “Clearly there was undesirable behavior and rules were not followed, which led to police

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intervention,” Eich said in a written statement. “At this time, the police, the State’s Attorney, the University of South Dakota and Delta Tau Delta Fraternity will pursue these alleged charges in accordance with established procedures.” Clay County State’s Attorney Teddi Gertsma said the city has a zero tolerance policy on underage consumption. “The problem is you think it’s not a big deal when you go to these parties and drink, but that’s where we have the assaults,” Gertsma said. “We

have sexual assaults, we have fights. Property gets damaged. People get hurt and it’s more than just the alcohol, so we really have no tolerance.” Delta Tau Delta President junior Patrick Siegling declined to comment on the incident. Check out for updates on the Delta Tau Delta incident.

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Four students win State Department fellowships By Sarah Paulus The Volante

When faced with the choice between competing against thousands of applicants across the country for an internship at the U.S. Department of State, or competing against a dozen students at USD, senior Patrick Geary liked his odds at USD. USD was one of 15 schools from across the country chosen to participate in the Internship Fellows Program, which is intended to diversify the type of candidates the State Department recruits. Up to four students from each school were guaranteed internships with the State Department and awarded a $6,000 stipend each. Geary, junior Tom Kludt, senior Colin Eilts and junior Heather Fluit will all be interning for the State Department

this summer. “I’ve been interested in foreign relations and international affairs for years and years,” Geary said. “It’s kind of cool to work for the State Department and this is an easier way to get an in than the open pool internship.” Geary heard about the program in a mass e-mail that was sent out to potential applicants. He was interested, and wrote a brief statement saying why he wanted the internship and sent his transcript to Susan Hackemer, associate director of the honors program, who was in charge of the committee selecting the USD finalists. Geary studied the Arabic language in Tunisia last summer, and will be spending this summer in the Office of Intelligence Research. He is not sure of his exact assignment, but looks for-

ward to the experience. “I thought it was pretty cool,” Geary said. “Another job in summer that doesn’t involve pounding nails and digging ditches.” Rick Roberts, the State Department diplomat in residence at Oklahoma State University, was in charge of choosing the final four from the eight narrowed down by the committee at USD. He said the process of choosing an intern was just like that of choosing a foreign service officer, because the interns would fill actual staff positions. “This is our first year doing this (IFP), and we are really impressed with all the applicants,” Roberts said. “We are evaluating the program, and it seems to be a success.” Eilts said he has always had a strong interest in the State Department, and saw the

Internship Fellowship Program as a good way for undergraduate students to enter that workforce. He will be spending the summer interning for the Office of United Kingdom Affairs. “I am particularly excited about my assignment,” Eilts said. “The U.K. is sort of my specialty, and also associating with very important people who shape American foreign policy.” Hackemer said the committee looked at the applicants’ grades, leadership experience and level of interest when choosing which eight would receive phone interviews from Roberts. “State Department internships are unpaid and highly competitive,” Hackemer said. “It’s an extensive program, and the unpaid part is the biggest roadblock for USD; it’s so far away and not many can afford

that.” Hackemer said she was excited when 12 students were interested in the program. “We have some great students here, and to confidently send some great kids to a program that has a high profile, is competitive, that’s a great deal for students,” Hackemer said. Kludt also saw the internship as a wonderful opportunity and said applying for it was a nobrainer. “I’m looking forward to it,” Kludt said. “This is a watershed moment in my life, and I am still very surprised.” Roberts said the State Department was looking at schools who produced quality candidates in the past, despite not having as many interns in the State Department, and also those that showed ethnic diversity. He said one thing the

officials in Washington, D.C., looked at when considering USD was the American Indian population, which they felt could be better represented in Washington. “I think the University of South Dakota had good candidates,” Roberts said. “I think they will be trailblazers for other students and more candidates all the way through the plains.” By bringing that additional mix to the State Department, the program will enhance the United States’ image around the world, Roberts said. “We have a responsibility for people to walk into a U.S. embassy and see all its diversity,” Roberts said. “Not just ethnic diversity, but geographic diversity.”

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Drag: Area performers raise cash for kids

John Larson / the volante Left: Martina Shakers incorporates junior Kevin Kelly into her act. Above: Charlie Beuhler applies make-up in a dressing room. Bottom Right: Senior Ty Hudson gets involved in performer Jason Roric’s performance. Bottom Left: Senior Miles Brindley interacts with fellow performer Jason Roric in a dressing room at Saturday’s Student Theater Cooperative drag show.

Continued from page A1 where. And I just love watching them,” Brindley said. He added that most people who haven’t been to a drag show before don’t know what to expect. Charlie Beuhler, who performs as Velicity Stahr, said people who haven’t experienced it first-hand tend to have a warped perception of what drag is all about. “This isn’t just a bunch of freaks,” Beuhler said. “They watch ‘Too Wong Foo’ and ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,’ and they think we go around all day dressed like this.” This isn’t the case, Beuhler said, adding that he doesn’t particularly enjoy wearing women’s clothing, especially applying and removing the layers of makeup he dons for each

performance. But the thrill of performing gets him back up onstage every weekend. In addition to combating stereotypes of drag performers, Beuhler also works to dispel misconceptions of the gay community in general. He and his partner have been together for four years and have four adopted children in addition to fostering several more in their home in Sioux Falls. As Miss Gay South Dakota, a title he won last year in Brookings, Beuhler is able to travel around the state raising awareness of gay issues. Beuhler and the other performers describe themselves as a family. Saturday’s show wasn’t the first time they had appeared onstage together. The group often performs together in clubs like David in Sioux Falls


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and Jones Street Station in Sioux City, Iowa Billie Mondbloch, who performs mainly country-western numbers as Justin Saine, is one of only a handful of drag kings in the area. Mondbloch said she began performing in talent nights more than a year ago. “It’s a lot harder than what I thought when I first got into it,” she said. Mondbloch said the other performers are extremely supportive and are more than willing to pitch in when another is hosting a benefit for a particular charity.

McCulley said the causes the group has donated to have ranged from saving parks in Sioux City to AIDS research, but they each have one or two that they favor. Crouse said Saturday’s drag show wouldn’t be the last one he attended, adding that his first experience with them was entertaining. “I wouldn’t have had it any other way.” Reach reporter Nick Woltman at



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ts funny acronym aside, the Muenster University Center will be beneficial to entire USD student body. No, The Volante has not suddenly become a cheerleader for the administration — we’ve got our issues with the MUC — but we think the wait was worth it. After nearly three years of mud, dust and loud equipment, we’ve finally replaced the ugly, outdated CSC with a sleek, modern and functional gathering place for the USD population. The administration’s valiant effort to maintain a central campus meeting place in the Temporary Student Center was well-intentioned, but the location was not central and the facilities were inadequate. Now, we’ve got a spacious, well-appointed building located at the fulcrum of campus, not across a busy street at the edge of campus. Students living on the far southern reaches of campus will no longer be forced to trudge across the frozen South Dakota tundra to the Commons to eat. Study groups will have places to discuss their projects in tones louder than whispers. This is currently a major problem for the once-peaceful I.D. Weeks Library. We hope that the library will soon regain its serene atmosphere. Finally, student government will be accessible to the student body. During construction, the Student Government Association office was tucked into a corner deep inside the dark, forgotten TSC. Now, SGA will be open and convenient for any student to freely inquire as to the inner workings of their representative body. This will surely increase accountability after years of impeachments and impropriety. But it’s not all roses and rainbows. Construction on the new building was frustratingly long. It was fraught with errors, miscalculations and broken promises. We’ve been wait-

ing nearly a year past the MUC’s original opening date, and the finishing touches still have not yet been applied. When its doors open Feb. 17, portions of the MUC will still be unfinished, and its final completion date is still uncertain. But these worries aside, we’re excited to finally enter the towering castle of glass and Sioux Quartzite that has slowly arisen from the muddy, mucky ruins of the Coyote Student Center. We expect an improvement over Charlie’s Grill and Lakota dining hall. We expect a comfortable meeting area, preferably with a big screen television. Wink wink. We just want a good return on our two-year investment. But the MUC will mean different things to different people. To freshmen, enjoy this glorious gift from the upperclassmen. You’ll be the first class in four years to have a real student union for your entire college career. To seniors, we know you don’t have much time left to enjoy the new building. So you might want to consider picking up another major, or maybe graduate school. Of course, tell your parents it’s due to the terrible job market, not a new student union. We think you’ll notice an air of relief around campus on Feb. 17 as the MUC’s doors open. Not joy, not happiness, but sweet relief. We’ll finally be a unified campus again. We’ll finally have a place to meet friends, to rest between classes, to meet professors, to just hang out. Yes, we know that the MUC will make USD more attractive to prospective students. We know that a newlyminted Division-I school must have a flashy new buiding for the evening news. But we don’t care as much about this stuff as we do the increased quality time with our fellow students. And, as trivial as it sounds, “just hanging out” is as important to campus unity as anything else.

— attributed to Voltaire

Is the strollers show a tradition worth continuing?

The Volante Sarah Reinecke, Editor in Chief Heather Fluit, Managing Editor Jessica Kokesh, Verve Editor Michelle Rydell, Multimedia Director

“I may disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

POINT I admit I am biased toward making sure there is a Strollers Show, as I am a member of the Phi Delta Theta/Pi Kappa Alpha/Alpha Phi cast. But even if I weren’t, I would support the Strollers in their quest to find a location and keep this great USD tradition alive. The show has been around for 86 years and has immense support from the Vermillion community and should not be stopped this year. Last year, I went to my first Strollers Show. I thought it was all about raunchy jokes and drunken antics. I could not have been more wrong. Slagle Hall was packed with

BILL MULLER students, parents and alumni who all seemed to be enjoying the show. The jokes were funny and clean, the performances spectacular, overall an excellent show. Regardless of the location this year, I am sure the auditorium will be packed again. Support the Strollers because casts have now been practicing

for weeks, even though a show date has not been set, in anticipation of being part of this great tradition. These students are putting a lot of time and effort and should be able to showcase their hard work. The Strollers may have gotten a bad reputation for some of their past antics, but this is a not the case now, which was made clear by last year’s show. Also, for those who have a problem with the show there is nobody on this campus or in this city that is forcing you to go. I urge you all to show support for the Strollers as they look to find a location and keep this great tradition here at USD.

COUnter-point Few USD traditions are as simultaneously beloved and loathed as the Strollers Show. Its reputation has been marred by excessive alcohol consumption, profanity and dirty humor. Especially the Thursday show. I should know, I’ve gone the last four years. Casts and Strollers alike have been slapped with myriad alcohol violations. The Strollers’ jokes range from potty humor to insinuating the vehicular murder of a USD staff member. The university is forced to station police around the auditorium during the show to control drunken students. The show hasn’t changed after repeated warnings, so it’s funny the Strollers are surprised at being unable to find a venue

Matt Hittle this year. Despite their insistence to the contrary, alcohol still seems to be the Strollers’ focus. New members still drink heavily. The Strollers’ chant still contains the line “we’re here with cheer, and lots of beer” and their motto is still “never empty, never full.” I think Strollers in its current form contradicts the values

the Greek community and USD claim to uphold. It’s no longer a tradition worth continuing. Yes, the casts work hard, but that doesn’t excuse years of incompetence and debauchery. And the fact that the Strollers don’t yet have a 2009 venue a mere month before opening night shows just how much the organization itself cares about the casts’ hard work. After decades of thumbing their noses at authority, the Strollers are crawling back, expecting a favor. USD doesn’t owe them anything. Nor does Vermillion. Their situation is entirely their own fault. Cancelling Strollers breaks tradition — a tradition of boozing and raunch. It’s a tradition we shouldn’t want to continue.

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Disappointed with ‘soft porn’ in OVERHeards

47 underage citations in fraternity party bust

One Sunday, my husband and I went to Burger King for a sandwich after church. While there, we saw an issue of the Volante and scanned through it. All in all, articles were well done and interesting. However, both my husband and I were very disappointed in the “soft porn” that characterized in the OVERHeard column. I’m all in favor of free speech, but with free speech comes responsibility. The OVERHeard column fails to amuse and certainly is not worthy of a fine paper in a fine university.

I just want to add that the incident isn’t a reflection of all students in Greek Life. I don’t think that Greek students behave any worse than students who aren’t affiliated with Greek Life. The purpose of the organizations is to instill values in members. While this incident doesn’t reflect those values, the philanthropy, leadership, and high scholarship that Greek students offer should also be remembered. So while the incident is unfortunate, the rest of Greek students shouldn’t be looked down upon. Would this incident be reported on differently if it was a regular party?

Beth M. Johnson Vermillion Citizen

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The Rant

Desperate times call for desperate words. Sometimes therapeutic, sometimes reactionary, but always lively. Dear USD Graduate Students, First of all, congratulations on making it this far in your academic endeavors. That said, I’ll give you some advice. We, the undergrads, all know that you are all very intellectual. You don’t need to remind us every waking moment by always stating your opinions, on anything and everything. You may be unaware, but undergraduates have opinions, too. Shocking, I know. So maybe let us share our insight and opinions occasionally. Second, I am all about pride and self-confidence, but just because some of you are so into yourselves does not constitute you needing to update your Facebook status to “in a relationship” as a result. To remedy this situation, quite simply, tone down your antics. Every sentence need not be riddled with the biggest words that come to mind. This results in you looking like you are trying way too hard. Also, don’t use those same big words incorrectly in sentences. That only makes you look “indigent”. Now, let’s recap. I know that it may come as a shock, but undergrads also have some valuable opinions and insights. For those of you graduate students who do not engage in these aforementioned activities, I commend you and apologize that the actions of a few have tarnished your academic status. Meanwhile, other USD grad students should bear these items in mind the next time you are in a class with some undergrads because you may learn something from the undergraduates, even the freshmen … well … maybe not the freshmen, but you catch my drift as a result of your intelligence. Sincerely, Cory Haisch

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they said it “You always have people who have never been to a drag show before. There’s always a first-timer somewhere. And I just love watching them.”

– Senior Miles Brindley on performing in drag shows. “I have gone two weeks without a paycheck before. We know that there are 39 rooms, and if we see no reservations we know we might not work that day. Who wants to travel to Vermillion in the dead of winter?”

– Sophomore and Super 8 Motel employee Alice Pearce, on how the current economic downturn is affecting Vermillion businesses.

“He (Williams) and the team tackled me and made just a huge deal about this layup I made, and that was really funny.”

– USD women’s basketball team starting guard/forward Maggie Youngberg, on her best moment with first year head coach Ryun Williams. “I wanted to play at the highest level, so I can showcase my talent. This is an up and coming program to be a part of.”

– USD football team recruit Will Powell, on why he agreed on National Signing Day to join the USD Football Team. “I was just looking for a fun meal with someone that I either did or didn’t know, and it was fun.”

– Junior Alyssa Block, on her motivation for participating in the Volante’s annual Game of Love competition.

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Commentary Tobacco: A patriotic industry IN THE KNOW: The MUC. Finally, after two years without a central meeting place on campus, we get a university center to fill the cavernous void in our souls formerly filled by the CSC. We haven’t seen the inside yet, but we’re hopeful. IN THE DARK: Alex Rodriguez. Yet another sports great has admitted to using a performance-enhancing substance. It’s becoming so common we almost didn’t mention it. Sigh. IN THE KNOW: Warm weather. The ice is melting, but three months of frozen dog poop is, too. Ahh the scent of spring in Vermillion. IN THE DARK: Massive parties. Yet another party was busted last weekend, this time a fraternity house. Fifty-some tickets were given: underage consumption, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. We’re no prudes, but way to live up to the stereotypes, USD. IN THE KNOW: McDonald’s. January sales were up 7.1 percent for our favorite late-night binge food. If this recession continues any longer, McDonald’s will be the fanciest eatery in Vermillion. Oh wait… IN THE DARK: Celebrity worshipping. A Brazilian auction website is listing a glass of Tom Cruise’s tea backwash, which some enterprising Brazilian plucked from a garbage can. He’s asking $2,200. Hmm, car payment or Tom Cruise’s spit … tough choice. IN THE DARK: Chris Brown. Teaming with Rihanna on a song is a good idea. Beating her is not. IN THE DARK: Rain in February. Because you know that it’s going to turn to ice in two days.


I present an idea for a truly American business. Let’s say that the business produces sprockets. These sprockets are grown in America by American farmers. Not only that, these homegrown American sprockets are processed, packaged, and sold in America by Americans to Americans. Seems all too ideal in an era where everything down to American flags are produced overseas. Well, such a business does exist. It is the business of tobacco. Now, I’m not trying to encourage tobacco use, but merely to defend its right to exist. We no longer live in an America where tobacco is smoked in doctor’s offices and elementary schools. Anyone who smokes knows full well what they are doing. Though current economic bailouts may suggest otherwise, America once thrived with a capitalist economy. Americans were free to spend their hardearned money on whatever they saw fit, and that often included the check on a red steak, a tall beer and a pack of cigarettes. I recently had the pleasure to dine in one of Sioux Falls’ fine establishments. My colleague and I were standing outside chatting in a designated smoking area. We were both dressed fairly formally. As a woman exited the restaurant, my friend, in a show of civic responsibility, opened the door smiling. His courtesy unnoticed, the woman clutching a doggy bag of polysaturated cheese and thigh-insulating French bread exclaimed, “You know that kills you. It should be illegal.” Silenced by such a brazen encounter, my friend and I watched while the woman fum-

Frank DePaula bled into her still running SUV, complete with a sweater vestwearing dog of the miniature persuasion. Though Mrs. Gore is more than free to pursue her campaign of healthy lungs one panini shop at a time, her policy goal to ban free choice is reminiscent of the Kim Jong-il constituency. But really, please, allow me to be Frank. Many things in America are not healthy: cigarettes, cheese and dog vests to name a few. But it is our right as Americans to spend our money on as many legal vices as we see fit. Smokers have already been kicked out of most family restaurants, and in bars they must sit in their own section by the kitchen. Not only that, nonsmokers seem inclined to harass smokers in public. What’s next? Will smokers be forced to drink from different water fountains and live on the other side of the railroad tracks? The well-intentioned fascism has gone too far. It’s important to remember that, though the majority does not smoke, the minority still has rights. Believe it or not, the average smoker does not want to invade your favorite discount diner, blow smoke in your face and put their cigarette out in your chicken strip basket. We

just don’t want to be disturbed. The argument could be solved by a tobacco Title IX. For those readers whose knowledge of government policy consists of watching “Cops,” Title IX most often deals with ensuring that men and women have an equal amout of opportunities in high school and university level athletics. This government precedent could be applied to cigarette smoking: an equal number of restaurants for smokers and nonsmokers protected by South Dakota Title Winston-Salem. Though I don’t support government regulation, such ridiciulously complicated left-wing, big-government policies would be better than an outright ban. If history repeats repeat itself, any restriction of freedom can have dire consequences. Will smoking establishments be vandalized and marked for isolation? Will socialist groups goosestep up and down the streets of Vermillion, making sure smokers are not out past curfew? In a Casablanca-type scene of impending antismoking activists, I could only hope some smokers could be smuggled out of Vermillion before conservative do-gooders blitzkreiged the city. Smokers, we will always have those years in Vermillion. In the café of America, you can find Humphrey Bogart, Frank Sinatra and me listening to parlor music in the smoking section. The nonsmoking section is having a special on nonalcoholic soy shakes. PETA, party of five? This has been Frank being Frank, asking America to be America.

deniability if the card doesn’t go over too well. So if the recipient reads the card then looks ready to cry/attack/vomit, you can pretend you just chose the wrong words. Make sure you have an excuse, and a “whoops, I didn’t realize” expression all planned out, or things will go poorly. The other option is to be as obvious as possible. This means treating the holiday as what it is, legal prostitution. Don’t include cute phrases, similes, or metaphors. Just blurt out what you mean. Also, include pictures taken from the Internet if possible, the more graphic the better. That way, your partner will be so blindsided by the audacity you’ll either be rewarded for your courage or get a head start out the door. This econonmy won’t make Valentine’s Day any easier but there are still ways to have fun. Look for the cheapest Valentine’s Day items possible. Homemade gifts are better but if they’re not in the spirit of the season, then they’re a waste of construction paper and porn printouts. Finally, always remember that if you’re in a relationship and don’t have obligatory sex, you just epically failed. Reach columnist Taylor Poro at

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“Search for meaning in your life, but just don’t cut off your ear for me.” “Yeah, but can I still drink the absinthe?” - Carey’s “Aliens aren’t a big deal. Last time I checked, anal probes didn’t hurt.” - Dakota Street “Do you have a Valentine?” “Yeah, she’s tall, cool and weighs forty ounces. Her name is Old English.” - charcoal lounge

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“Did you brush your teeth today?” “Yeah, that’s what cold pizza is for.”

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“I always imagine taking photos of drag queens.” “So you want to work for Cosmo Magazine?”

“The freshmen were tackling their biggest mystery yet.”

- Mister Smith’s

“Ever notice your fingernails are dirty after a hard night of drinking? Where in the hell does the dirt come from?!” - SPRUCEWOOD APARTMENTS


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In case of a shooting...

- Dave Whitesock

You probably haven’t seen the propagandist, fear-mongering “What to do in case there’s a shooting” video. The powers that be at USD feel the dire need to inform you, through a 20 minute video the “standard operating procedure” for confronting a homicidal gunman.

Culture of failure - Matt Hittle

These days, Washington is waist-deep in failure. Many institutions have failed the American people. Among these are financial institutions, small and big businesses and, of course, the U.S. Government. The government is the biggest failure of them all, having thrown billions of our dollars down the toilet of bailouts.

A cartoon is worth a thousand words, especially when accompanied by a witty caption. Go to to submit your caption for each week’s cartoon. The best entries make the paper along with a new illustration.

A few solid Valentine’s Day tips Valentine’s Day is one of the most commercial holidays of the year. This year, it coincides with one of the worst economies in memory. This has made it more difficult for cash-strapped college students to perpetuate the thinlyveiled acts of prostitution Valentine’s Day has become known for. If you’re smart, you can make your own card and always keep in your heart the true meaning of the holiday: using guilt for obligatory sex. Chocolate is the staple of Valentine’s Day currency, with boxes of chocolate ranging from “hot make-outs” to “acts so perverted The Volante won’t let me print them.” Logic dictates that these would be organized by quality of chocolate, but in reality they’re organized by quantity. So, a sucker who pays $14 for some really good Lake Champlain Chocolate won’t even get past second base. But a 2-pound slab of Elmer’s Chocolate for $2 tastes terrible but you’ll do things Larry Flint would blush at. Valentine’s Day also requires a card, the meaning of which depends on the present given. If the present is obviously nothing but a trade for sex, then the card has to be subtle or sappy. Anything from Hallmark— not found in the humor bin will work. If both the gift and the card are too obvious,

Taylor Poro then they destroy each other, like matter and anti-matter. If the gift is subtle, like chocolate, then you can have all kinds of fun with the card. Rather than sift through the ordinary cards from a store it’s cheaper to make your own. Homemade cards can have personalized humor by making fun of your significant other. Go into as graphic detail as possible. Then, after the holiday, display the card in your room where everyone can read it, so the fun will last all year long. The homemade card also gives you the chance to take advantage of the holiday’s unspoken agreement of prostitution and ask to do something you’ve never done before. Anyone attempting this must understand two rules, either do it subtly, or as obvious as possible. This is no place for the wishywashy. Being subtle creates plausible

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South Dakotans care about other people, and it shows. We’re a quiet, determined people happy to live relatively simple lives on the bitter prairie. We’re a modest bunch who frown on flashy lifestyles and misplaced pride. Often we let others do our bragging for us, but I felt compelled to share this story to help the South Dakotan spirit in these hard times. I lived in Washington, D.C. in 2001. I was there for the September 11th attacks and the anthrax letters sent to Senator Tim Johnson. It was a time when many Americans looked inward. This introspection forced them to analyze how they lived their life and how they treated their fellow citizens. It was a time when many learned what it meant to be an American. Before winter, I had dinner with a friend and her family. They were from Las Vegas and enjoyed discussing South Dakota’s slower pace of life. My friend’s dad commented on something so basic yet so powerful that it has stayed with me ever since. He had many friends Washington’s political culture and Las Vegas’ business culture. He interacted with many petty people who first tried to give the impression that they cared about regular folks. They the question “How are you?” but care little of the answer. About South Dakota, he said, “People from that part of the country will genuinely ask how you’re doing, actually listen for the answer, and care about the answer.” It’s our slower pace that allows us to listen and exchange pleasantries in a genuine fashion. It is at this base level that we show our humanity and compassion for others. This is the attitude that leads to South Dakotans getting jobs and making strong impressions all over the country. Some people try to use other factors to deride South Dakota, implying that we care little for others. Usually these arguments point to low government spending for programs benefiting the poor, low teacher salaries, or a lack of funding for the education of our youth. Many South Dakotans don’t buy into the phony premise that it is through big, paternalistic government that a people shows how much it cares. These South Dakotans show they care for people through the values they instill in their children. These values teach personal responsibility over reliance on government. These values teach that charity begins at home and not with government assistance. These values teach that faith in a higher power that makes us thankful for even the coldest winter day. These values teach discipline and work ethic that make classrooms places of learning rather than money pits. South Dakotans have what it takes to persevere. Tough times don’t change our core values. When hard times befall others, we tend to look out for them without looking down on them. Let us take this chance to note that it is these simple things in life that make it worth living and sharing with others.

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Did our 12 sweethearts find love last weekend? Find out in the conclusion of this year’s Game of Love.

Not-so-blind date lets friends relax, catch up By Catherine Patrick

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Friendship — not love — and the smell of Asian cuisine was in the air for freshmen Courtney Bruns and Jesse Mohling Friday night. After a common friend on The Volante staff convinced them both to participate in the Game of Love, the date turned out to be not-so-blind: the pair had met and spent time together before. Ironically, they had been introduced initially to each other by the same common friend. A date at Chae’s was the perfect way for the friends to spend a Friday evening. Discussion ranged from school to recent life developments as Bruns and Mohling ate their helpings of sweet and sour chicken and sesame chicken. “We hadn’t talked to each other in about a month, probably; we were kind of just catching up,” Mohling said. By laughing their way through the date, their combined senses of humor crushed any potential awkwardness that might have resulted from the blind date scenario. The shared humor was the most compatible quality between the two friends. Otherwise, they

ing and not as fun if I would have been all uptight.” — freshman courtney bruns

on being nervous for a blind date. have very different interests and pasts. Bruns, a product of small-town Iowa, said her school didn’t even offer debate and orchestra, two of Mohling’s interests. The differences between their academic coursework and goals offered other conversation: Bruns is a biology major with goals of going to medical school, and Mohling is currently undeclared with a minor in music. Please see friendship, Page b4

Las Vegas ‘engagement’ in the plans for couple By lacey hofhenke The Volante

Was it love or lust? For this young couple it must have been love because they are off to Las Vegas to wed! Well, maybe that is exaggerating a little; they are not off to Las Vegas and it was not love. “We thought it would be funny if we told everyone we were engaged,” junior Tiff Hrdlicka said. The Volante matched up freshman Tyler Klatt with Hrdlicka to participate in the the Game of Love by going on a blind date with each other. “Being my first blind date, it was a little nerveracking and suspenseful, but after we started talking, things became more comfortable,” Klatt said. Klatt also said he thought going on a blind date was a great way to meet new people and have fun at the same time. “This was my first formal blind date and I was a little nervous because I didn’t know anything about him, but I knew I was going to have fun either way,” Hrdlicka said. Klatt and Hrdlicka chose to go to The Roadhouse where they eased the atmosphere by talk-

ing about simple things such as each other’s majors and classes. Klatt is majoring in secondary English education while Hrdlicka is majoring in advertising. “Tyler is a pretty cool kid, and whoever does date him is a lucky girl,” Hrdlicka said. Although Hrdlicka said she had fun on the date and would enjoy being friends with Tyler, she said she wouldn’t consider going out on another blind date again. “I enjoyed my date with Tyler but I don’t think I would go on another blind date. I don’t like how you don’t anything about the person,” Hrdlicka said. She did recommend that others should give blind dating a chance. “If you are interested in meeting new people and enjoy socializing, then blind dating is for you,” Hrdlicka said. Even though Las Vegas is not in the future for these students, a friendship is always a possibility. Reach reporter Lacey Hofhenke at

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TOP TOP TEN TEN Box Office Movies 1. “He’s Just Not That Into You” 2. “Taken” 3. “Coraline” 4. “The Pink Panther 2” 5. “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” 6. “Push” 7. “Slumdog Millionaire” 8. “Gran Torino” 9. “The Uninvited” 10. “Hotel for Dogs”

Billboard Albums 1. Bruce Springsteen, “Working on a Dream” 2. Taylor Swift, “Fearless” 3. Beyonce, “I Am ... Sasha Fierce” 4. Nickelback, “Dark Horse” 5. Kanye West, “808s & Heartbreak” 6. Various Artists, “Grammy Nominees 2009” 7. Jamie Foxx, “Intuition” 8. Keyshia Cole, “A Different Me” 9. Franz Ferdinand, “Tonight: Franz Ferdinand” 10. Britney Spears, “Circus”

Billboard Songs 1. Kelly Clarkson, “My Life Would Suck Without You” 2. Beyonce, “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” 3. Kanye West, “Heartless” 4. Lady GaGa featuring Colby O’Donis, “Just Dance” 5. Taylor Swift, “Love Story” 6. The All-American Rejects, “Gives You Hell” 7. The Fray, “You Found Me” 8. T.I. featuring Rihanna, “Live Your Life” 9. Britney Spears, “Circus” 10. Jason Mraz, “I’m Yours”

Be sweet this V-Day or be slapped I hate Valentine’s Day. It is, quite possibly, my least favorite holiday of all time. Don’t worry guys. It snuck up on me too. Just wipe that terrified look off your face and pretend you already have excellent plans. Having a father who adamantly practices the Norwegian tradition of pretending you have absolutely no emotions, V-Day festivities were not practiced or even mentioned in my house. I have celebrated exactly three Valentine’s Days in my 21 years, all with my former boyfriend. He is what I affectionately call an “event ruiner.” Whether by accident or fate, I have been subjected to a very wide range of special occasion travesties, from anniversaries missed for play rehearsal to beverages spilled on dresses to napping through birthday dinners. After three years of witnessing what doesn’t work, I decided to give advice to the guys out there struggling to succeed at the traumatic event that is V-Day. To start out, do not, under any circumstances ask today, “Do you want to do something this weekend for Valentine’s Day?” She will not

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WHAT’S PLAYING Sioux Falls Washington Pavilion • Darius Rucker Feb. 14 8 p.m.

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New Releases: • “All I Ever Wanted,” Kelly Clarkson • “Naked Willie,” Willie Nelson • “No Line On The Horizon,” U2 • “Quiet Nights,” Diana Krall

“The Uninvited” runtime: 87 min. directorS: Charles Guard, Thomas Guard writers: Craig Rosenberg, Doug Miro genre: Drama, Horor rating: PG-13

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MELISSA JOHNSON be impressed, and will more than likely respond, “No, I really don’t want to do anything.” That may look like a smile, but it is actually a maniacal grin and she’s plotting your immediate demise. She wants to do something this weekend, and it is up to you to make it something good. If you actually fall for this ploy and don’t plan anything, you should probably sleep with one eye open. It is also not a good decision to make plans with your girlfriend and then decide that you would rather go drinking with your buddies. She did not spend an hour getting ready to watch you drink yourself into a semicatatonic state. If she suddenly shows up in the bar and starts outdrinking you and all your friends, she is not happy

about the change in plans. She is simply trying to irritate you. I hope it works. For the record, it is never a good idea to refuse to go to dinner with a group of her friends unless you already have other plans. She will not be happy that she had to make excuses to her friends for you and was rewarded with watching TV all night. If you’ve managed to get through the night unscathed, then you’ve almost made it. There is one final hurdle. When she asks you to stay the night, do not, no matter how tired you are, say no. It is a stupid decision that you will regret for weeks to come. Valentine’s Day is a difficult thing, and sometimes it seems that you can’t do anything right. When you’re having trouble planning, just remember these simple, universal truths: cooking her dinner is adorable, carnations are ugly, chocolate can never hurt your case and she wants you to succeed at this. Good luck, and may you come out of V-Day without getting slapped.


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Cheeky, danceable lyrics are part of Allen’s success

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British pop artist Lilly Allen has been through the wringer in her personal life and of course, the public has been there to watch most of the way. Good thing that hasn’t kept her music down. Allen has unleashed her talent on her latest disc, “It’s Not Me, It’s You,” and it’s a solid sophomore album. Due in stores Feb. 10, Allen’s new album moves into a more danceable electro-pop sound, but it still retains the Brit’s biting wit and cheeky lyrics. Allen’s first disc “Alright, Still,” released in 2006, won her critical acclaim and radio hits like “Smile.” “It’s Not Me, It’s You” is a worthy successor and shows Allen’s growth as an artist. Allen utilized her MySpace page to release demos of new songs and to show her fans the new direction she was headed. Allen has been downloaded on MySpace more than 32 million times. Although she’s been hounded by the paparazzi just as much as Amy Winehouse or Britney

ics, “From grown politicians to young adolescence/Prescribing themselves antidepressants/I get involved but I’m not advocating.” “Not Fair” takes a step back to the classic pop sound of “Alright, Still” and showcases that Allen is still the same female artist people fell in love with. “Chinese” is a beautiful pop song

STEPHANIE SIMONS Spears, Allen has used the experience to her benefit and got some excellent material out of it. Her first single, “The Fear,” has already climbed to number one in the UK and has had much fan response online. The song starts out slowly and then bursts into fabulous electro-pop while Allen sings about her fear that the world will become a sterile, corporate-sponsored place. “Everyone’s At It” is a catchy electronic hit, which basically describes everyone doing drugs. This could be taken as a foray into Allen’s personal dealings, but she still doesn’t outright name herself in the lyr-

that speaks of the bliss of staying home and shows a twinge of melancholy. While the album is not as radio ready as “Alright, Still,” it has a growth that only comes from experience. “It’s Not Me, It’s You” is a good follow up for Allen and definitely worth listening to. Reach reviewer Stephanie Simons at Stephanie.Simons@usd. edu.

Movie Review

Scary movie fans will enjoy remake of ‘The Univited’ The horror genre as of late has been quickly shelling out decrepit and mediocre movies with one purpose: make a quick buck. But when directors take more than two weeks to make a movie and mix great scares with a good plot, and great actors with human emotion, you get something like “The Uninvited.” Being in the over-used, subgenre of Asian-horror-remake, “The Uninvited” does what other horror movies don’t: It keeps you in your chair, scared and entertained at the same time. Directed by the Guard brothers, this Korean remake is actually pretty good … to an extent. After returning from a psychiatric hospital to deal with the death of her mother, Anna (Emily Browning) comes home to her father (David Strathairn) and her sister Alex (Arielle Kebbel). However, she finds her home taken over by her mother’s old nurse, Rachael (Elizabeth Banks), who is now dating her dad. One day passes before the ghost of her mother and other unknown people begin haunting Anna. She starts to realize

GABE JORGENSEN that maybe Dad’s girlfriend isn’t as nice and sweet as she seems. Anna begins to believe Rachael may have had something to do with her mother’s death. “The Uninvited” is a great example of when horror movies go in the right direction. It doesn’t just focus on making you jump or throwing out poorly-executed scary moments, you actually care about Anna and Alex and their quest. By definition, horror isn’t how many teenagers the murderer can dismember before the credits; horror is simply the terrifying and unnatural becoming real. Browning, last seen in “Stranded” (2005) and “Lemony Snicket’s: A Series of Unfortunate Events”

(2004), gives an excellent performance and reminds us that not all girls in horror movies are idiotic and helpless. Even if she is in a horror flick, she still presents herself as a mature actress. Elizabeth Banks, who almost always appears in comedies such as “Role Models” (2008) and “Zach and Miri Make A Porno” (2008), also steals the show as fiance Rachael. She seems nice and caring when Anna returns home, but we learn that she can go from loving Suzy Homemaker to psychotic Suzy Sociopath. If funny girl Banks can come into a horror movie from a comedy and actually be scary, the movie is worth commending. The scares are great and perfectly executed. You never know when or how they’re going to come, and that is what a good horror movie is about. This movie isn’t hell-bent on killing everyone and making it unrealistic. Unfortunately, even though the movie has good acting and plot, its weak points need to be addressed. Parts of the dialogue were a little silly. At times my friends and I were laughing out loud to lines

intended to be serious, including a warning coming from the dead mother that made her sound like a Speak-and-Spell. Of course, when you are laughing uncontrollably at a horror movie, it kind of takes away from the overall mood. The movie also has some serious clichés. The dad doesn’t believe the sisters every time they try to tell him that something is wrong and blatantly ignores obvious signs of malevolence emanating from Banks’ character. Anna’s friend/love interest looks like a male model and five years older than she. The last cliché is little kids being used as ghosts. Yes, they used to be creepy 10 years ago when the idea was conceived … just let them stay dead. While “The Uninvited” doesn’t bring anything new to the horror genre, it is a good scary movie and any horror fan will like it. My only hope is that Hollywood is finally done remaking good Asian horror movies and will bury them in their long awaited grave. Reach review Gabe Jorgesen at

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ERICA KNIGGE “What the hell was that?” I shouted as I tugged at my mom’s hand. She didn’t turn to see what had fallen from the grocery store shelf. She just stared at my darling 3-year-old face with a look of shock and disgust. As a little kid, swearing was cool. It made parents contort and pucker their faces in horror. It made other kids give up their swings and leave the playground. But somewhere between three and 20, dropping f-bombs has lost its appeal for me. By the time most kids are five, they have mastered the art of disguising profanity. I remember looking at my mom after one of my Barbie’s plastic heads popped off (again) and exclaiming, “Beaver dam it!” Childhood innocence was really a never-ending struggle to overpower clean words and turn the dictionary dirty in a matter of hissy fits. While the profane exclamations were disguised, there were always punishments for muttering curses — a little rinse with soap or a swat on the butt. The consequences reached a new height when I started school. Soap rinses became meals. I ate bars of soap like a champion. By the time I was in the second grade, I had grown beyond the mild taste of Ivory and could stomach the perfumed after-taste of Irish Spring. The swats on the butt turned to full-on spankings. Once I mastered the ability to hold a straight face and smartly mutter, “That didn’t hurt,” my parents found a new method of physical punishment: flicking my lip. The flicks were painful, degrading and slightly more memorable than just another spanking. Combining the purging taste of soap and the stinging lip-flicks did the trick – sort of. I never stopped cursing. I just kept it on the playground. Growing older, playground profanities moved into middle school button pushing. Swearing wasn’t to irk parents or intimidate peers. Swearing was about what teachers would let us get away with while walking through the school halls. By the time high school started, everyone I knew I had the vocabulary of a pirate, myself included. The vocabulary of my senior class reflected an Eminem song. And no one cared. By this point in life, parents didn’t force sudsy snacks and teachers swore in class to earn a perverse form of “street cred” with their students. The only times swearing was unacceptable was at church and at grandma’s house. And usually one or two minor verbal offenses slipped at these sacred places. Well past playgrounds, middle school and high school, talking like a sailor in college is no longer amusing. Profanity is no longer used for shock value or emphasis. Instead, swearing is an every-sentence occurrence. No one runs for the soap when they receive an ear-full of irate, profane language because everyone hears enough halfeffort swearing to be numb to curses. And we all sound stupid. I wish the soap would have worked. I’m tired of talking like a moron. To be honest, I miss the consequences. Sure, I looked like a rabid dog with swollen, foaming lips, but at least my mouth wasn’t full of garbage. Reach columnist Erica Knigge at


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Age difference leads to friendship, not love by josie kerk The Volante

Senior Bryce Johnston, 22, and freshman Jonalyn Blaha, 19, got a better understanding of each other over chicken and cheese balls Saturday evening during their Game of Love date at Pro’s Bar & Grill. The couple had never met before, but found plenty to talk about for more than an hour while they dined. “It was someone kind of opposite from what I was, but it was pretty cool to branch out and see someone different,” said Johnston, a business major from Sioux City, Iowa. Johnston said he learned interesting things about Blaha, a biology major from Wagner, like her involvement in sports — she plays volleyball and basketball — and her pre-med studies. Blaha said they have similar priorities about balancing school involvement with having a good time out on the weekends. They both like to go out and have a good time now and then, but are serious about school, she said. Johnston talked about his involvement with the Beacom School of Business on campus and plans to start his own business someday, she said. The comfort level rose as

tj jerke / the volante Freshman Jonalyn Blaha and senior Bryce Johnston enjoy their time at Pro’s Bar & Grill Saturday night. Blaha said she came out of date feeling encouraged about traditional dating.

the evening progressed. “I think initially there was some nervousness there from the beginning, but as time went on we both kind of relaxed,” Johnston said. Johnston said the conversation flowed throughout the evening, though.

“He was really nice, but he was kind of nervous and shy,” Blaha said. Blaha went into the date without any expectations, she said, and left feeling encouraged about dating in general. She had never been on a traditional date before, but thought

it was a positive experience and something she would like to do again. “I guess you shouldn’t be afraid to go on blind dates,” she said. The couple agreed they would probably just be friends after their date, Blaha noting

that age differences contributed to that mutual decision. “The whole thing was pretty cool overall,” Johnston said. Reach reporter Josie Kerk at

Date reunites old acquaintances by SARAH REINECKE The Volante

She wasn’t looking for love or even a relationship when she signed up to play The Volante’s Game of Love. All junior Alyssa Block, 21, wanted was to talk and have a good time. And that’s what happened Sunday at The Main Street Pub over her grilled cheese sandwich and his chislic on her date with junior Paul Rann, 21. “I was just looking for a fun meal with someone that I either did or didn’t know, and it was fun,” Block said. In this case, the couple had met previously through the Greek system and both participated in Strollers last year. But Block said the date gave the two a chance to talk and catch up with what was going on in their lives. “It was really comfortable, it was really relaxed and chill,” Block said. “I knew we had some things in common; we had stuff to talk about.” Rann signed up for the Game of Love for the opporJohn larson / the volante tunity to meet someone new and have a good time. Even Juniors Paul Rann and Alyssa Block catch up over lunch at The Main Street Pub Sunday. Both knew each other before getting involved with though he didn’t meet anyone the Game of Love, but liked having the chance to talk again. new, he said the date was less awkward since he and Block throughout the hour and a half major, and Rann, a pre-law more like acquaintances than ence overall. knew each other. they spent on their date. In major, talked about struggling best friends,” she said. “It’s kind of nerve-racking, “We hadn’t talked in a long fact, Rann said he never even through some of the same If the date had in fact been but you can end up meeting time, so we got to be better looked at the time because he classes and a class that both blind and the two had never really cool people or reconfriends now that we’ve actual- never felt awkward. had taken and hated. met, Rann guesses things necting with old friends,” ly hung out again,” Rann said. Conversation ranged from Had it not been for the would have been a lot differ- Block said. “We just had general conver- Strollers to Greek life to the Game of Love, Block said she ent and both would have had sation about what’s going on future and just reminiscing and Rann probably would to learn a lot more about each Reach reporter Sarah Reinecke and stuff.” about fun moments. have never gone out just to other. at Block and Rann both said Both pre-professionals, talk like they did Sunday. And for Block, her first the conversation flowed well Block, a pre-med biology “We weren’t that close, blind date was a good experi-

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Date opened door for Couple shared pizza, continued conversation stories of Greek life by jessica kokesh The Volante

Discussing Michael Phelps’s suspension from the U.S. Swim Team over barbecue ribs and omelets might seem like an unlikely blind date scenario, but it seemed to work for senior Justin Rust and sophomore Gabby May-Shinagle. The Volante paired up Rust, 25, and Shinagle, 20, for the Game of Love, and the two headed out to Cherry Street Grille Saturday night for a date. Shinagle, who had been on a blind date before, said the Game of Love was different. “There was probably a little more pressure, a little more anxiety than a normal blind date,” she said. “But I had a good time overall.” Rust said he wasn’t nervous and treated it like a “regular date.” “I thought it’d be fun, so I gave the Game of Love a chance,” he said. The two discussed a little bit of everything, from sports to what they were majoring in and what they planned to do after college. Both said conversation became a bit awkward when the photographer from The Volante showed up, but things picked up again afterward. Rust described Shinagle as “talkative” and said she had a good sense of humor, which was one of the qualities he described in his ideal date. “He’s a very chill guy,” Shinagle said of Rust. “He had a lot to say and he had lots of input.”

TJ Jerke / the volante Juniors Kevin Haiar and Leah Sideras talk and eat a jumbo Hawaiian pizza at R-Pizza Monday afternoon.

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josie kerk / the volante Sophomore Gabby May-Shinagle and senior Justin Rust discuss sports and other topics at Cherry Street Grille Saturday night.

The date lasted about an hour, but the two kept a bit of conversation going afterward through text messages. Although they seemed to hit it off, both Rust and Shinagle said the only thing they have planned in the future is friendship. “I think we’ll stay just friends,” Shinagle said. “He’s very cool.” Rust said the date went

about as well as he expected it to and he had a good time. Shinagle said if she had the chance, she’d repeat her experience with the Game of Love. “I’d do something like this again. Actually, I have a friend who said she wants her name in for the Game of Love next year!” she said. Reach reporter Jessica Kokesh at

Plans for sharing heartshaped pizzas and walking down the aisle were made after just one date at R-Pizza, junior Kevin Haiar said of his Game of Love experience. Haiar and his date, junior Leah Sideras, are both from Sioux Falls, S.D., but hadn’t spent time alone together before their date. “It wasn’t like we were actually looking for someone, but the experience was really fun,” Sideras said. “We have a lot of mutual friends, but we’ve always seen each other in that sort of group situation.” Though the love connection didn’t happen, the two still enjoyed each other’s company over a jumbo Hawaiian pizza, a large order of cheese balls and a large order of onion rings. The

two didn’t share one of R-Pizza’s heart-shaped pizzas, but Haiar said he wouldn’t rule it out in the future. “They do offer heart-shaped pizzas just to show your loved ones how much you care for them, but we weren’t quite there yet. The second date we might have to try one,” Haiar said. “We talked about ordering one, but we didn’t want to move too fast.” Sideras and Haiar’s conversation centered on the activities they have in common, particularly their involvement in Greek life. The two also talked about Haiar’s study abroad semester in The Netherlands and Sideras’ interest in studying abroad there next fall. “A lot of my friends have gone (abroad) but they haven’t told me much about it and he told me a lot about it and how much

he enjoyed it,” Sideras said. Sideras said one thing that surprised her about her date was how much fun she actually had with Haiar. “I didn’t know he was that cool. I mean, I knew he was cool but he was actually really fun to hang out with,” she said. The date hit a conversation roadblock when The Volante’s photographer arrived to photograph the two. Sideras said she and Haiar decided to hold hands to show how well the Game of Love worked for them. Haiar said his date was “absolutely incredible” and he enjoyed having a nice long dinner and great conversation. “We held hands and marriage plans are not an impossibility,” he said. Reach reporter Heather Fluit at

USD students lose access to free music downloads by jessica kokesh The Volante

USD music lovers got a shock when online music provider Ruckus shut down last week. According to techcrunch. com, Ruckus began displaying a shut down notice around 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6. The company did not immediately notify users or university officials of the site’s closure. David Lyon, manager of Information Services at Information Technology Services, said the university did not receive official notification of Ruckus’s shut down until Monday. Lyon said the e-mail sent from Ruckus management said the shut down was “effective immediately” and apologized for the inconvenience. No reason for the shut down was given.

COURTeSY PHOTO This message appeared on Friday, Feb. 6 to announce the Web site’s shut down.

Junior Nicole Brown said she was surprised when she found out Ruckus was down. She used

the program every “once in a while.” “I thought it was okay,”

Friendship: Mohling said experience worth free dinner Continued from page b1 Despite their differences, the two were happy with their blind date experience and each other. Bruns describes Mohling as “sweet, funny and blunt,” and being very compatible with her in terms of friendship. Mohling labeled Bruns with “funny, witty and cute” in return, and also said that the chemistry between them was only of the platonic variety. Although neither of the friends had been on a blind date before, they expressed favorable views toward being set up again. Both said the Game of Love was a learning experience. “It’s better to be more relaxed … It’d be a lot more nerve-racking and not as fun if I would have been all uptight,” Bruns said. There were no expectations for instantaneous love connections, even before Bruns and Mohling discovered who they were paired with. Both simply said they were interested in making a new friend, and Bruns said she was “just hoping it would be fun.” Although they didn’t exactly

Brown said. “I couldn’t find all the songs I liked on there.” USD began partnering with

Ruckus Jan. 24, 2008, to provide a free and legal alternative to illegal file sharing and other downloading methods. Nearly 200 universities across the nation partnered with Ruckus to provide free music to students. “I used to use iTunes, but then I stopped when Ruckus came,” Brown said. “I just need my music for my computer, otherwise I just buy CDs and burn them.” Ruckus’s database included more than three million songs that were available primarily to college students with a .edu e-mail address. The company used digital rights management (DRM) licensing, which meant the music file’s license had to be renewed every few weeks to keep playing. also reported that music that has expired

will not longer work because Ruckus’s DRM licensing server has apparently shut down. Brown has around 500 songs on her computer and said they haven’t expired yet, but she’ll probably be upset once they’re gone. Technology integration specialist John Flack said free and legal options for students are “getting hard to find” and other universities who used Ruckus are suggesting their students use iTunes instead. Lyon said ITS’s plans for a replacement for Ruckus are “up in the air” and that the department hasn’t had time to sit down and talk about other options yet. Reach reporter Jessica Kokesh at

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DREW QUANDT To make progress, occasionally a university will face setbacks. Suffice it to say, USD is quite aware of this fact. While campus construction continues to demolish and rebuild the landscape of Vermillion and USD makes its true transition to a Division I campus, the athletic department has been forced to take a seback of its own. This year, the Coyotes don’t really “count.” Being a non-counter is another part of the transition from Division II to D-I. Every game the Coyotes play this season means nothing for their opponents because, according to NCAA regulations, games against USD will not count on the opponents’ overall record. USD athletes and squads are not allowed to compete in post-season tournaments and no Coyote will receive a shot at a national championship for a couple of years. Worse yet, unlike last season when USD would play games against rivals such as Augustana College and compete for championships in the now defunct North Central Conference, the Coyotes aren’t even playing games in the Great West All-Sports Conference this winter season. While nearly every other college sports team is deep into their conference schedule for winter sports, several Coyote squads will not play a conference game until next season. This doesn’t mean the 200809 season doesn’t matter for Coyote athletics. The athletic department did a reputable job of composing a schedule that is very similar to any other year. In fact, USD is now in the middle of its “conference” schedule. Except this conference doesn’t have a name or a logo: this conference is a concept. The men’s basketball team just began its season series against SIU-Edwardsville. SIUEdwardsville is another independent transitioning from D-II to D-I. The team will also have a home-and-home series against transitioning Seattle University. The women’s team is playing a similar “conference” schedule, with shared foes in SIUEdwardsville and Seattle. Also in the team’s “conference” is Houston Baptist, who will come to the DakotaDome where the Coyotes hope to avenge a loss to the Huskies in January. In fact, the Coyotes even have a rival in their conference schedule: North Dakota. Each of these “conference” games is important for two reasons. First of all, these teams are at the same level as USD, meaning the competition is even and is likely a measuring stick for how much USD’s athletic program needs to improve to be a competitive force in D-I. Secondly, the Coyotes are likely going to play these teams for years to come, whether as part of the GWC or not. The fact that the Coyotes are able to form a business partnership with teams like Seattle, Northern Iowa, SIU-Edwardsville and North Dakota will certainly help in scheduling non-conference games for the future. Of course, not competing in true conference games or being able to challenge for a conference title can be considered a setback. Nonetheless, Coyote fans should be thankful for this year’s unique “conference” schedule and the future benefits of these relationships. Rome, or in this case Vermillion, wasn’t built in a day you know.


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The women’s basketball team defeated UNI 76-67 Tuesday night for its first win against a D-I opponent this season. Sports, B8

John Larson / the volante Junior Alexia Dunlop returned to distance running for the USD track and field team after giving birth to her daughter Lucy. Along with raising a child and running track, Dunlop is also pursuing a degree in business management.

Athletes learn sacrifice for sport By Drew quandt The Volante

Senior Danielle Dornbusch is a thrower on the women’s track and field team and one of the hundreds of Coyote student athletes. Dornbusch is also the co-president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, a student teacher and a babysitter. For Dornbusch and other USD Coyotes, being an athlete isn’t an obligation. It’s a passion. Dornbusch said her day typically begins at 6 a.m. and is “packed” until almost 10 p.m. “I guess I come from a big family and I just enjoy being active,” Dornbusch said. “I’m one person who

really enjoys learning, so I just take every day as a new opportunity to reach new levels either in the classroom or in the community.” Student athletes at USD must manage to find time for course work, friends and extra-curricular activities while dealing with a busy practice and training regimen. Due to the Division I transition, competitions have moved from regional contests often played on weekends, to games and meets all over the country, even during the busy school week. Dornbusch, like most student athletes, has to conform to an extremely strict schedule in order to be able to compete. Although often at a loss for free time, Please see love, Page b8

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Prep stars sign to play for USD Coyotes bring in 24 recruits for ’09 season By JUSTin Rust The Volante

Even though the USD football team has only played one year in Division I, the team is already getting the type of athletes it needs at this level, head coach Ed Meierkort said. “We did a heck of a lot better than we did last year and we are starting to get some really good athletes now,” Meierkort said. “Each year the talent is just going to keep multiplying Meierkort and multiplying.” On National Signing Day Feb. 4, Meierkort announced the Coyotes’ 2009 recruiting class, which included 24 players. USD didn’t have to go far to find its recruits. Out of the 24 incoming players, six of them are from South Dakota, the most out of any state USD recruited in. “We will always go into this state first, and the South Dakota kids will be the first ones we offer to,” Meierkort said. “I think it’s very important for the kids who can play D-I football in South Dakota to stay in South Dakota, and we need to make ourselves available to them.” Will Powell is one of the athletes USD signed for next year. Powell is a versatile athlete from O’Gorman High School in Sioux Falls. On offense, Powell ran for 642 yards and caught 26 passes for 658 yards and seven touchdowns. Powell was a safety on defense and had 37 tackles and three interceptions. Powell said he was sold on the fact USD went D-I. “I wanted to play at the highest level, so I can showcase my talent,” Powell said. “This is an up-and-coming program to be a part of.” Athletics wasn’t the only reason Powell chose USD. Powell scored a 28 on the ACT and plans to get his degree in finance, so the new Beacom School of Business was a factor, he said. “I loved the facilities and I am excited about the new business school,” Powell said. “I not only want to grow as an athlete, but also as a student while I am at USD.” Meierkort said another recruit choose USD because of the new Lee Medical Building. The team will have another advantage in recruiting when the Muenster University Center opens next week. The new facilities on campus help USD recruit new players, Meierkort said. “The facilities are important because it helps us sell the kids on the university,” Meierkort said. “We recruit kids that belong here academically as well.” Powell, who is 17, will redshirt this upcoming season because he said Please see recruits, Page b7


Getting into the swing of things Coyotes looking forward to spring season By Mason schramm The Volante

After a short break from the successful fall season, the USD women’s tennis team is back on the court preparing for the spring season. The fall season offered the Coyotes their first real experience playing against Division I competition. The team competed well, especially in singles, while learning what it takes to

compete at such a high level, head coach Malcolm Gilreath said. The Coyotes have a difficult schedule this spring, which began with matches against two D-I teams last weekend. Friday, the Coyotes were swept by Northern Iowa 7-0. The Coyotes played better against Wisconsin-Milwaukee Saturday, including a singles win by freshman Shadi Soleymani in the team’s 6-1 loss.

These two early season matches were just the start of a stretch of away matches. The Coyotes do not play at home until March 26. “I don’t think that I would be the most popular person if I scheduled a home match in February with the weather being as cold as it is,” Gilreath said. Gilreath said he accepts Please see Tennis, Page B7

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

Overall 18-6 11-9 11-10 13-12 6-15 3-21 1-22

Justin Rust, asst. Sports Editor, wonders what Dwight Howard will do in the slam dunk competition this year. Is he thinking about using a utility belt like Batman?

Matt Dahlseid, Sports Editor, thinks the USD women will get payback against Houston Baptist Monday. Dickie V will be the real winner of the Duke and UNC matchup. It’s awesome baby!

Men’s Basketball: USD at Seattle

Results, Wed., Feb. 4 Northwestern 75, Chicago State 63 Texas-Pan Am 76, Texas A&M-International 52

Men’s Basketball: North Carolina at Duke Women’s Basketball: USD at Seattle

Results, Thurs., Feb. 5

Mason Schramm, Sports reporter, thinks the MLB needs two record books: one with asterisks and one without. And Psycho T will shut up the Cameron Crazies.

TJ Jerke, asst. Multimedia Director, is excited for the H-OR-S-E competition in the NBA All-Star game. Hopefully it turns out to be like the old Jordan-Bird TV spots.

Cody Banta, senior, thinks that Danny Green’s posterization of Greg Paulus last year will be nothing compared to what he does tonight against Duke.











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Utah Valley 81, Academy of Art 43

Women’s Basketball: Houston Baptist at USD


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Results, Sat., Feb. 7

Tennis: USD vs. Dordt






NBA All-Star Game: East vs. West






2-4 / 39-32 (.549 WIN PCT.)

3-3 / 44-27 (.620 WIN PCT.)

Middle Tennessee 89, Houston Baptist 77 Seattle 83, North Dakota 60 Chicago State 78, Texas-Pan Am 72 SIU-Edwardsville 73, South Dakota 68

LAST ISSUE: 7-11 / OVERALL: 140-73 (.657 WIN PCT.)


Upcoming Games, Wed., Feb. 11 Utah Valley at Longwood, 6 p.m.

Upcoming Games, Thurs., Feb. 12 Utah Valley at NJ Institute of Tech., 7 p.m. North Dakota at Northern Colorado, 7 p.m.

Upcoming Games, Sat., Feb. 14 Utah Valley at Savannah State, 2 p.m. Chicago State at NJ Institute of Tech, 3 p.m. Longwood at Texas-Pan Am, 7 p.m. South Dakota at Seattle, 9:30 p.m.

Upcoming Games, Mon., Feb. 16 Longwood at Chicago State, 7 p.m. Humline at North Dakota, 7 p.m.

Upcoming Games, Tues., Feb. 17 NJ Institute of Tech. at Bryant, 6 p.m. Utah Valley at San Jose State, 9 p.m.

Women’s Basketball Standings

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

Overall 13-7 11-8 12-10 12-11 12-11 7-16 5-15

Youngberg’s layup shocks coach and team By Erica Robish

MY: I want to work for the state for a year after, and then go to grad school.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Each week The Volante sports staff will interview a member of the USD athletic community and ask him/her off-the-wall questions. Enjoy the hilarity.

ER: What’s the best thing about being a senior on the team?

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Senior Maggie Youngberg is a starting guard/forward on the women’s basketball team. She averages 7.9 points per game and has made 43 3-pointers out of the 53 made field goals. Her youngest sister, Hannah, is a freshman on the basketball team. Redshirt junior Teresa Case is also a cousin to the Youngberg’s. Erica Robish: What’s your major? Maggie Youngberg: I’m majoring in recreation, with an emphasis on therapeutic recreation. ER: What are your plans for after graduation?

MY: I like playing a lot of minutes and being a team captain. I really love our team and we are all very close, so it’s just really fun. And I like to be considered a leader of the team. ER: What’s your best moment being around first-year head coach Ryun Williams so far?


MY: Well, I never really shoot a lot of layups, or drive the lane. Like, not at all. One day in practice I drove in and scored and (Williams) ran out to meet me and started making a big deal and

patting my back and head and yelling out loud. He and the team tackled me and made just a huge deal about this layup I made, and that was really funny. ER: So what do you and your teammates think about your upcoming game with the North Carolina Tarheels in March? MY: (laughs) Well, obviously we’re not too confident on the winning aspect of that game, but we’re looking at it in other ways. Like how great of an opportunity it’s going to be to play there and how we get to represent the state of South Dakota in playing a team like that.

ER: With a sister and a cousin on the team, is there ever a family feud among the three of you?

MY: The only family feud is who has to be the one to give me rides all the time. Just recently my window got punched out. I have no idea how that happened. ER: Do your parents ever have to make a quick trip down to solve an emergency? MY: Luckily, the rent hasn’t been late yet, but there’s still half a semester left.

ER: What’s the most important thing you’ve taught Hannah as a freshman on campus?

ER: Who would come out on top in a matchup between you and your sister Hannah?

MY: This one is easy. I’ve definitely taught her to go to class.

MY: We all know the answer to that question.

Reach reporter Erica Robish at

Results, Sat., Feb. 7 Chicago State 66, NJ Institute of Tech. 64 Seattle 75, North Dakota 74 Utah Valley 85, Johnson & Wales 27 Cal State-Bakersfield 66, Houston Baptist 59

Results, Sun., Feb. 8 Wisconsin-Eau Claire 62, South Dakota 50

Upcoming Games, Thurs., Feb. 12 Utah Valley at NJ Institute of Tech., 5 p.m.

Upcoming Games, Sat., Feb. 14 Longwood at NJ Institute of Tech., 1 p.m. Utah Valley at Chicago State, 2 p.m. Houston Baptist at North Dakota, 7 p.m. South Dakota at Seattle, 7:30 p.m. Texas-Pan Am at Long Beach State, 9 p.m.

Upcoming Games, Mon., Feb. 16 Houston Baptist at South Dakota, 7 p.m.

Upcoming Games, Tues., Feb. 17 Utah Valley at Ohio, 6 p.m. Chicago State at Valparaiso, 7:05 p.m. Texas-Pan Am at Cal State-Bakerfield, 9 p.m.

Hits Quick

Former USD running back Stefan Logan signed a two-year contract with the Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers Friday. Logan is USD’s all-time rushing yards leader, as he ran for 5,958 yards from 2003-06. He is the only player in North Central Conference history to rush for 1,000 yards or more in four consecutive seasons. The 5-foot-7 Logan will most likely see time as a punt and kick return specialist and will compete for a spot in the Steelers’ backfield. He will begin organized team activities in mid-March. Last season, Logan played for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League where he amassed 889 rushing yards on 122 carries to go along with 477 receiving yards on 52 receptions.

Roetzel learns to lead young team By Mike dailey

Intramural Rankings through Feb. 8 5 on 5 Basketball

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Leaders come in all shapes and sizes. Some lead by example and some lead through seniority. Becoming a leader has been an interesting journey for sophomore USD diver Hannah Roetzel. Many leaders start off their journey beating the odds or overcoming difficulties. For Roetzel, her beginnings were in her backyard jumping on a trampoline. During her freshman year at Newcastle High School in Wyoming, the school’s diving coach recruited her to join the team. Since there were no gymnastics where she came from, diving was the only place where she could truly show off her flips. “Jumping on the trampoline definitely helped me to start out,” Roetzel said. “But I still had a lot to learn.” It wouldn’t take long for Roetzel to learn. During her high school career, Roetzel was a three-year all-conference selection and earned all-state honors for four years. Roetzel also was the Wyoming 3A 1-meter diving champion and she owns the school’s 1-meter record with a six-dive rotation score of 219.05. With the encouragement from three girls from her hometown, Roetzel decided to enroll at USD. Head women’s swimming coach Jason Mahowald and assistant coach Anthony Harris took interest in Roetzel’s abilities because of her high school experience. “Anthony and Jason looked at her high school record and felt that she had a great attitude for the team,” head diving coach Chris Hansman said. “We definitely thought she would be a good fit for the team.” Roetzel soon realized high school was very different from college, especially trying to

Campus Rec Report Men’s A 1. Varsity 2. Brue Crue 3. The Virus 4. 8 Mile 5. Leo’s Lounge Men’s B 1. Casey’s Mixture Tour 2. Get Yo Popcorn Ready 3. Don’t Guard the White Guys 4. Artic Kings 5. Boats & Ho’s

brian broekemeier / the volante Sophomore diver Hannah Roetzel has become the team captain of the diving squad following a successful freshman campaign in which she was named an honorable mention All-American.

keep up with the USD senior standouts Emilie Kluth and Jill Smolczyk. “I was really nervous,” Roetzel said. “I had no idea how I was going to keep up with (Kluth and Smolczyk).” “Hannah was very quiet and intimidated by the older divers,” Hansman said. “She was a little timid too. We weren’t exactly sure if she would want to return to the team after Christmas break.” But after spending more time with the two seniors, Hansman said Roetzel began to break out of her shell and became very close to the team. “Jill and Emilie helped Hannah out tremendously,” Hansman said. “They took her under their wings and helped her out not only with diving, but with school and becoming a part of a family.” Roetzel finished her freshman year at USD as an honorable mention All-American in the 3-meter dive. She finished sixth in the 1-meter dive and seventh in the 3-meter dive at the North Central Conference Championships and qualified for the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships for the 1- and

3-meter dives. “Jill and Emilie really helped me step up to the next level to keep up with them and helped me become the diver I am today,” Roetzel said. Just as Roetzel became comfortable with Kluth’s and Smolczyk’s presence and guidance, the two seniors graduated and left Roetzel to take over as the new diving captain as a sophomore. “I asked her (Roetzel) if she wanted to be the new leader of the team,” Hansman said. “She was a little hesitant at first, but took the role.” Roetzel said she did not realize how nervous she was about taking the role of team captain until the new season began. “It didn’t hit me until the freshmen came around,” Roetzel said. “I was so nervous but I just remembered how Jill and Emilie helped me out and made it easier to get to know them.” It didn’t take long for Roetzel to inspire the incoming freshmen. Freshman diver Janine James said Roetzel was the reason she decided to attend USD. “I met her (Roetzel) during recruiting and she was

very welcoming,” James said. “I wasn’t very intimidated by her though. I thought, if she could go that far and make nationals, then she could help me out a lot and I could have a chance.” Roetzel has definitely led by her performances in competitions this season. In last weekend’s USD Diving Invite, Roetzel led the Coyotes by placing second in the 1-meter dive with a score of 358.80. Roetzel missed first place by less than one point. Roetzel also placed second in the 3-meter dive with a score of 351.35. For being such a young athlete, Hansman said Roetzel has turned into a great leader, not only from the lessons from Kluth and Smolczyk, but by being put on the spot as a sophomore. “Hannah has turned out to be more like Jill and Emilie,” Hansman said. “It’s a different family this year though since we have a men’s team too, but she has gotten really close to the team and keeps them in line. She truly is a team captain.” Reach reporter Mike Dailey at

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For the USD men’s and women’s track and field teams, the indoor season may not include a more difficult meet than the one they hosted last weekend. The Bill Hillenbrand meet at the DakotaDome showcased nearly 25 teams, including athletes from South Dakota State, Northwest Missouri State, Morningside College, Doane College, the University of Sioux Falls, Black Hills State and many others. USD men’s head coach Dave Gottsleben said the team would be hard-pressed to find a more difficult field for the remainder of the indoor season. “This was as competitive a meet as we’ve been in at home probably ever,” Gottsleben said. “This was much more competitive than anything we’ll ever be in the rest of the year. Our kids just really hung in there and stood up and represented the University of South Dakota really well.” Sprinter Dominic Artis led the Coyote men during the two-day event. The junior from Brooklyn Park, Minn., captured the 200meter dash crown on Friday in a time of 21.99 seconds. Then the next day, Artis lead a 2-3-4 finish for the Coyotes in the 60-meter dash. Freshman Jeremy Blount and sophomore Jared Clement finished third and fourth, respectively, for USD. Artis also assisted in the second-place finish for the Coyotes in the 4x400-meter relay. The sprinter said the relay team is coming on strong. “Every week we’re getting better,” Artis said. “We’re in good position for the conference. Everything is coming back from training. We’ve got to train hard, and part of the training is showing on the track.” In the field events, senior Preston Scott finished third for the Coyotes in the weight throw with a heave of 56 feet, 11 ½ inches. Scott leads the Great West Conference charts by over

seven feet in the event. Gottsleben said Scott is becoming more comfortable with not only the weight throw, but the other throws as well. “It was a very, very competitive weight throw with (athletes) from a lot of schools with great throwers,” Gottsleben said. “(Scott) also PR’d (achieved a personal record) in the shot put, throwing 47 feet, 6 inches. He never really thought he could be a shot putter so he’s been coming into his own there, too.” Artis, meanwhile, said he was disappointed with his secondplace finish in the 60-meter dash and that his start to the race needs to get better. The last 30 meters of the race, Artis said, is where he is at his best. Gottsleben said although he could see Artis was discouraged after the 60-meter, he responded well in the 4x400-meter relay. “Dom came back then in the mile relay and ran a great leg,” Gottsleben said. “I just feel like for the first time in a long time, a period of maybe three or four years, I feel really good about our 4x400 relay. Dom running it really gets people fired up.” The women’s team was boosted by three wins in the 4x200, the 4x400 and the 4x800meter relays. Women’s head coach Lucky Huber said USD’s number of strong athletes is what aided the team in the relays. “Quite honestly, we should win relays in a meet like that,” Huber said. “Other teams have good athletes, but they’re not going to have as many good athletes as we do. I think that’s just a sign of our depth.” The USD women showed more of that depth with several individual victories. Junior Ramsey Fitzsimmons captured the win in the 3000-meter run. In addition, sophomore Amber Hegge made her debut in the jumping events and won the high jump and added secondplace finishes in the long jump and triple jump. Sophomore Emma Erickson led the middle distance charge

the long road schedule as a chance for the ladies to bond and become better friends and teammates. Gilreath said he believes the fall season is a time to work out the kinks and prepare for the intense spring season. He said fall is a time for the athletes to figure out how to be both a student and an athlete. The tennis team did well in the classroom last semester, posting the highest team grade point average of all the sports teams. “I am very fortunate to have such hard-working ladies,” Gilreath said. “Not once has it crossed my mind that one of my athletes would not be academically eligible to play because they not only work hard, but are extremely smart as well.” Some of the highlights from last fall include playing in the team’s first D-I tournament as well as several players beating tough competition. USD’s No. 1 singles player junior Rijalda Zejnic beat South Dakota State’s No. 1 singles player along with other top players from around the region last fall. Zejnic posted a 20-9 singles record as USD’s No. 1 player during the 2008 spring season. This will be Zejnic second full season as a Coyote after transferring to USD from Steven F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas, after the 2005-2006 school year. Gilreath said he looks to Zejnic, as well as several other players, to lead the way for the Coyotes this spring. Junior Melanie Rockne is the team captain and will be looked to for leadership and guidance along with seniors Ashley Waltman, Melisa Forest and Jessica Burchill. The Coyotes have been steadily working to improve as a tennis team since fall. Gilreath has been pairing

John Larson / the volante Junior sprinter Dominic Artis runs in the 200-meter dash in the Bill Hillenbrand meet Friday in the DakotaDome. Artis took first place in the event and captured second place in the 60-meter dash.

for the Coyotes with a win in the 800-meter run. That event, in fact, saw the Coyotes go 1-2-3, with Erickson followed by Fitzsimmons and freshman Natalie Newman. Senior Jenessa Filler pocketed first place in the 60-meter dash, while sophomore Haley Peterson won the women’s pole vault. Huber said he was pleased with Peterson’s improvement under the guidance of assistant coach and former Olympian Derek Miles. “She’s been working really hard, working a lot with Derek,” Huber said. “It was neat to see her really improve and PR.” As has been the case the past couple of weeks, and all season really, the eyes of the Coyote track team are venturing closer and closer to the GWC meet March 1-2 at the DakotaDome. “We’re really making strides towards the GWC meet,” Gott-


Tennis: Coyotes fall against D-I teams to start spring season

Track and field teams finish strong in Hillenbrand Invite By Ryan moore


sleben said. “If for some reason we hang in there and stay healthy, I know we’re going to be pretty competitive when we get to that meet.” The times of the other GWC teams are available for the coaches. However, Huber said he doesn’t like to concern himself with those times. “I can’t control what the other teams do,” Huber said. “I just need to get my kids better. That’s going to increase our odds of being able to win the conference meet.” The men and women will continue their trek to March by splitting up this weekend. Most of the runners will be going to the Iowa State D-I Classic, while most of the field event athletes will be competing at the Wayne State Open. Reach reporter Ryan Moore at

ladies together to test their chemistry as doubles partners. “Tennis is a very individual-oriented game,” Gilreath said. “Finding a partner that works well with your style of play is very important when it comes to being an effective doubles gilreath team.” Zejnic and freshman Shadi Soleymani make up the No. 1 doubles team. Soleymani, a native of Vasteras, Sweden, is excited about the upcoming season. “We get to play some tough competition this year, which will help me to develop my skills,” Soleymani said. An away trip that the players and coach are looking forward to is a weeklong trip to Orlando, Fla., later this spring. Not only do the Coyotes get to play in the warm, sunny weather of Florida, but they get to play against some of the best competition in the country. The trip to Orlando will not be all tennis, though. The team gets to attend an Orlando Magic basketball game and have a night to just enjoy being tourists. Overall, the spring season will be a chance for the Coyotes to see what they are made of and what they need to work on to become a successful D-I squad, Gilreath said. “This season is a like a litmus test for the players,” Gilreath said. “We will win some matches and we will lose some matches, but we will gain experience and be we will be sure to have some fun along the way.”

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Cold spell dooms Coyote men against SIU-Edwardsville By Justin rust The Volante

Until last Saturday, the USD men’s basketball team’s last lost was to Notre Dame more than two months ago, but Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville used a second half surge to end the Coyotes winning streak at 15 games. USD had a 44-34 lead at halftime, but SIU-Edwardsville forced 12 turnovers and held the Coyotes to 29 percent (8-28) shooting in the second half to hand USD a 73-68 road loss. “We didn’t shoot the ball as well as we did in the first half and we needed to do a little better job getting the ball inside,” head coach Dave Boots

said. “The bottom line is SIUEdwardsville played well in the second half, and their defense was really good and we ended up losing the game.” Boots said SIU-Edwardsville (9-15) didn’t change its defense from the first half to the second half. USD (18-6) started the game off with a 16-10 lead over the Cougars, as senior Jesse Becker scored eight of the Coyotes first 16 points. The Cougars then went on a 10-2 run to take a 20-18 lead, but freshman Louie Krogman hit a 3-pointer with 11:35 left in the first half to start an 11-0 run to give the Coyotes another lead at 29-20. The Coyotes built their lead

to as many as 17 points at 39-22 with 5:17 to go in the first half, but SIU-Edwardsville ended the half on a 12-5 run to pull within 10 points at 44-34. In the second half with the score 51-40, the Cougars went on a 15-2 run to take a 55-53 lead with 11 minutes to go in the second half. The two teams traded the lead until Cougar Aaron Garriott hit a 3-pointer with 4:10 left in the game to give SIU-Edwardsville the lead for good, as his team went on to win 73-68. Becker led USD with 16 points and five assists. “I thought we had them, but they started to get a run going in the second half, which we weren’t able to stop,” Beck-

Recruits: Scheduling big name schools entices talent to USD Continued from page B5 he needs time to grow into his body before taking the field at the college level. He is just one of the many players who will redshirt next year, but Meierkort said USD is starting to get the type of athletes who can come in and play right away. “Usually what keeps you out that first year is not your athletic talent, but if you have played against this talent level before,” Meierkort said. “Most of the guys we are getting are now playing at a pretty high level already.” The team will also be working with the most scholarship players the program has ever had. It takes 63 scholarships to become a fully funded program

in D-I, and after two years the football program has already reached the full number of scholarships. “The university made the commitment right away to become a fully funded program fast,” Meierkort said. “Being fully funded in two years is very fast, almost faster than any program I’ve seen.” The coaching staff put together a brochure to show the quality of opponents the Coyotes have lined up in upcoming seasons. “Five of the games we have in the future include Minnesota, Central Florida, Wisconsin, Northwestern and Akron,” Meierkort said. “You show those stadiums to the kids, they just eat it up because they love playing in those places.” Meierkort said USD did

very well against the other D-I schools in the area. “We recruited against some very good programs like Northern Iowa, South Dakota State, North Dakota State and Illinois State,” Meierkort said. “In a couple years, we will be able to take the top of the level kids away from the Northern Iowa’s and those schools.” Meierkort called the group of players the Coyotes signed a special group. “Our staff was able to recruit some big-time players that played at a very high level in their high school career,” Meierkort said. “We are excited about the young men who have decided to become Coyotes.” Reach reporter Justin Rust at

er said. “They just kind of got ahead of us and sneaked away with a win.” Junior Tyler Cain had a double-double with 15 rebounds and 12 points. Krogman added 12 points and senior Dylan Grimsley had 11 points. Grimsley also reached a milestone in the loss, as he became the 18th player in USD history to score 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds for his career. The two teams will play each other again Feb. 21 at the DakotaDome. Becker said the outcome will be different the second time around. “I thought we were the better team and more talented as far as skill wise and shooting,” Becker

said. “When they come here, we will have our fan base behind us and we will get them.” The Coyotes next game will be this Saturday as the team travels to Seattle to take on 15-6 Seattle University. The RedHawks have played SIU-Edwardsville twice and beat the Cougars by a 20 point margin each time. Seattle also beat North Dakota last Saturday, 83-60. “Seattle is a really good team and have dominated the two other opponents we have played,” Boots said. “They have good guard play, and good inside game and they defend well.” The Coyotes will be leaving at 2:30 a.m. Friday, but Krogman said the travel won’t affect the team.

“We’ve had long road trips all season, so this will be nothing different,” Krogman said. “We have adjusted well to traveling and then playing the next day, so it’s worked out good so far.” Seattle is also in the midst of the transition to Division I just like USD, so it will be fun to see how both teams match up, Krogman said. “They are a similar situation, so it will be good to see how we measure up in this game,” Krogman said. “They are a really skilled team, so we are going to have to play lights out to beat them.”

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Love: Athletes adjust their lives to continue passion Continued from page B5 Dornbusch said she does what she can because she loves having the chance to compete. “It’s such a rewarding opportunity and experience,” Dornbusch said. “Not only to meet great athletes who can become wonderful friends, but just to be a competitor here at USD.”


Sophomore Bridger Miller, a member of the men’s swim team, is awake at 5:30 a.m. in the DakotaDome three days a week when the team has twoa-day practices, which consist of an early morning dry land and weightlifting practice and an afternoon spent in the pool. There are also Saturday practices when the team doesn’t have a meet. Miller will still practice four days a week after the season ends in February, while continuing to study and finish class work.

John larson / the volante Sophomore pole vaulter Haley Peterson gets ready to take a practice vault in the DakotaDome Tuesday. She won the pole vault competition in Saturday’s Bill Hillenbrand Invite.

“I would say it’s a lot more work in college that’s for sure,” Miller said. “Starting out as a freshman, it was hard to figure things out.” Sophomore Haley Peterson, a member of the women’s track and field team, has four classes from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. From that point, Peterson goes to practice until 6 p.m. and follows up with a trip to the library to study. Tuesday and Thursday, Peterson has just one class, but practices from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. before returning to the library for the night. Weekends provide no break for the pole vaulter, as Saturdays bring track meets and Sundays present more practice and course work. “At first it was an adjustment,” Peterson said. “Now going to practice isn’t even a chore, it’s going to work out with my friends and doing something I love with them. Even outside of track, those are the people I hang out with.” The athletic department requires first semester freshmen to sign in for eight hours each week at the library to make sure the athletes stay on top of their coursework. Both Miller and Peterson said it helped them create a routine and stick to it. “It helps you grasp things and allows you to get into a rhythm,” Miller said. “You can remember what it’s like to manage time like that in the next few years.” Dornbusch is a student athlete mentor. In her role, she helps younger athletes, like Miller and Peterson, stay on top of their studies and training. Dornbusch meets with fellow Coyotes frequently, offering advice and working with teachers to make sure they are doing their class work. Dornbusch, a criminal justice major, has been an Academic All-American and on of the Dean’s List in her time at USD. “I want them to succeed,” Dornbusch said. “The only stress I had was what I created myself. If I stay on top of my studies, then stress just doesn’t happen for me. Some student

athletes lose focus in the classroom, and that’s where we come in and help.” With the increased workload, many student athletes find it difficult to keep a steady diet, or find time to eat at all. Sophomore soccer player Sarah Wheeler said that one of the biggest challenges to eating healthy is the Commons. “The Commons is terrible,” Wheeler said. “We’ve had a couple nutrition meetings with strength and conditioning coach David Frazier, trying to figure out what’s okay for us to eat. Obviously they don’t give us a lot of options.” Miller lives in Redwood Apartments and cooks his own food instead of trying to find healthy options in the Commons. He has found that eating on the run is a necessity. “There are times between class and practice where I won’t get a meal,” Miller said. “You have to learn how to adapt to it and bring food, like a Power Bar, to class.” Peterson said she treats herself, on occasion, to get some relief from the strict diet. Dornbusch said she always attempts to find time in order to make healthy meals. “There are times that I have to say no to things,” Dornbusch said. “Eating right is very important to me, because it can affect my performance.”


Junior Alexia Dunlop has never been injured. The distance runner from Woodbine, Iowa, competed in multiple sports throughout high school and placed in the top 10 at the North Central Conference Cross Country Championships in 2006 and 2007. She said she has been running nonstop since seventh grade. Nonetheless, Dunlop redshirted last season for the women’s cross country and track and field teams. She was pregnant with her now 1-year-old daughter, Lucy. Now, Dunlop is once again competing for the Coyotes and continues to work toward ath-

Coyote women down UNI for first D-I win of season

letic glory and a degree in business management while raising her baby daughter. “It was a goal since I found out about the baby,” Dunlop said. “Whenever I decide to do something I go about it the best I can. It’s not my top priority like it was in the past, but it’s really important to me.” Dunlop now has to deal with practices, school, track meets, training and raising an infant. Dunlop has been forced to change her schedule countless times in order to take care of Lucy and she struggles to find time to train for competition. Dunlop attempts to catch up on school work and other household chores after her daughter goes to sleep around 9 p.m. each night. Although Dunlop said the past few semesters have been the hardest in her life, she possessed a desire to compete once again. “I didn’t know if getting back into shape was something I could do, having only a year left,” Dunlop said. “I love being a mom, and I’m just really happy that I’m able to run and compete for the university again.” Miller has also found he needs to make sacrifices to his social life in order to stay completive. “Swimming is more important than going out Friday night,” Miller said. “It’s definitely a challenge, but you have to think about how much work you put into swimming and the consequences of going out.” Although Peterson admits that she misses opportunities to socialize during the weekend, she said her fellow track athletes have become her closest friends in college. Peterson said she hasn’t given up any hobbies or activities because of her schedule. “My hobby is track,” Peterson said. “I’ve always enjoyed working out. If I want to do something I just make time and put it into my schedule.” Wheeler said she struggles to have time for extra-curricular activities. As a contemporary media and journalism major,

John larson / the volante Senior Danielle Dornbusch competes in the weight throw in last weekend’s Bill Hillenbrand Invite in the DakotaDome.

Wheeler is attempting to get involved with the student media this semester, but has struggled to find time to dedicate. “It’s tough to try and get involved in something in your major because there’s not much time for it and you don’t have the energy for it,” Wheeler said. “The weekends are open now, which is nice, but you don’t really have free time to go out and do extra stuff that you want to.”


Wheeler has played soccer since she was four and comes from a family of D-I athletes: her older brother played football at Dartmouth and her cousin played college hockey at Wisconsin. She said being a student athlete at the college level was inevitable. “It was just something that I really wanted to do,” Wheeler said. “If you’re willing to put in the time and the work, you get a lot out of it.”

Although Miller wasn’t born into sports like Wheeler, he said his passion for swimming and love of competition is the reason he continues to put in so many hours of training and competing on top of course work. “I’ll take the dedication I’ve put towards the sport and transfer that to anything I do in my future schooling or my job,” Miller said. “I know what it takes to pay off.” Dornbusch, now preparing to graduate, said she has USD, Coyote athletics and her busy schedule to thank for her college success. “I just think if you want something bad enough, you can make it happen,” Dornbusch said. “Whether it’s putting a little extra time for studying or putting a little more into everything you do, if your heart is into it, everything is possible.”

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Sarah Abbe / the volante Senior Bridget Yoerger drives to the hoop against a Northern Iowa defender in Tuesday night’s 76-67 win in the DakotaDome. Yoerger scored a game-high 27 points for the Coyotes.

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Senior Bridget Yoerger led the USD women’s basketball team to a 76-67 comeback win over Northern Iowa at the DakotaDome for the Coyotes’ first win over a Division I team. Head coach Ryun Williams said the team just made plays down the stretch. “We played with a little more urgency and we executed well tonight,” Williams said. “We made timely shots, which are the shots we have been dying to make in these close games.” USD (14-7) grabbed an early 16-11 lead with 12:25 left in the first half. Eleven of the Coyotes first 16 points came from senior Bridget Yoerger. Then Northern Iowa (7-15) went on a 13-2 run to go up 24-18 with 7:48 left in the half. The Panthers had a six point lead before freshman Annie

Roche scored the Coyotes’ last seven points of the half, including a layup at the buzzer, to put the Coyotes down 34-33 heading into halftime. The Coyotes had a shortlived 40-38 lead with 17:30 to go in the second half before Northern Iowa went on a 10-3 run to give the Panthers a 48-43 lead. Yoerger went to work again and scored six of the Coyotes’ next 10 points as USD retook the lead 53-52. The Panthers tied the game at 56, but senior Ashley Wiemann hit her first 3-pointer of the game to give the Coyotes a 59-56 lead with 5:09 left in the game. The Coyotes would hold onto the lead to take the 76-67 win. Yoerger led the Coyotes with 27 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. “We knew we were going to win this game with seven minutes to go, and when things got

tough, we hit the big shots,” Yoerger said. “We have to keep building from this game.” Junior Kara Iverson made her first start of year and scored a career-high 17 points. Roche and junior Jasmine Mosley each had 10 points. USD’s next game will be on the road Saturday against Seattle University. The Coyotes’ next home game will be a rematch against Houston Baptist on Monday. USD will be taking part in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Pink Zone Celebration during its game against Houston Baptist. The WBCA Pink Zone is an effort to raise awareness about breast cancer. Breast cancer survivors will receive free admission to the game and will be honored at halftime. Reach reporter Justin Rust at

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