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A specific reason for UMD’s move into the top 20 can’t easily be pinned down, but rising tuition is a factor. Minnesota’s funding for higher education has decreased over the past 12 years, causing a steady rise in tuition. Since 2009, UMD’s tuition has gone from $11,004 to $12,780. “If you look at the percent of funding coming from the state 10, 15, 20 years ago compared to what it is now, it’s covering a much smaller percentage of the cost of an education than it did then,” said Tricia Bunten, UMD’s Chief Development Officer for the Advancement Office. With the cost of tuition rising and state aid not rising along with it, students are forced to pay more out of pocket. This is putting a strain on middle-income families. In an annual budget proposal submitted to the main campus, UMD administrators stated: “We continue to have significant concerns about increases in tuition, pricing UMD out of the market given our position as a

coordinate, not flagship, campus with limited scholarship funds.” Meaning, the net cost of UMD is too expensive for the area of Duluth, which mostly consists of middle-income families. The document continues to state: “Although our brand and job placement are strong, it is extremely difficult to make a case for UMD, particularly with moderate income families.” UMD’s Director of Finance and Operations Mike Seymour thinks that this is one of the biggest challenges to incoming students. “When you think of the type of student who’s attracted to UMD, where are they coming from, do you think, ‘Those who can,’ right?” Seymour said. “So we have a special interest in trying to keep cost down for all families, but particularly for the population who’s right above the threshold of federal and state financial aid support. However, Seymour said the price of UMD is worth the value. “It’s a value statement that all higher ed. is being challenged by families to provide, and the value statement is:


When people think of the most expensive colleges in the country, UMD usually doesn’t come to mind. But maybe it should. Between 2010 and 2012, the U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center ranked UMD within the top twenty most expensive four-year public institutions in the nation for net cost. This puts UMD just below universities like Penn State and higher than other Minnesota universities like St. Cloud State. The total annual cost to attend UMD is $20,476 for Minnesota residents. This includes tuition, housing, books, and living expenses. The net cost is what students are expected to pay each year. This is the cost after the student is awarded any grants or state money, if they are eligible for it. The average net cost for UMD is $16,539, putting it just above the average net cost for the U of M Twin Cities campus, which is $15,318.

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Former UMD students New changes to unveil year-long project sexual assault

reporting process BY MAEGGIE LICHT

problem happening in Alabama. Cowardin thought the issue might be worth checking in to. So in January 2012, Cowardin and Olivieri packed up some film equipment and traveled to Alabama to see what they would find. “We weren’t at all animal activist then,” Olivieri said. “At that point, it was just a story. I wasn’t fond of dogs at the time. The film follows that. People are going to hate me in the beginning.” “He comes around to liking them,” Cowardin added. After arriving in Alabama, Cowardin and Olivieri realized the abuse epidemic was worse than either of them had expected. “What surprised me the most was seeing the dead dogs on the side of the roads,” Cowardin said.

After light was shed on UMD’s unsatisfactory incident reporting system for sexual assaults, the UMD Police Department (UMDPD) has its sights set on improvement. Last fall, two Statesman reporters discovered a large gap in sexual assault reports from UMD. From 2008 to 2010, the university reported to the federal government that only three incidents occurred. Reporters found university-commissioned surveys that revealed there were hundreds of women assaulted each year. To fix this problem, UMDPD officer Scott Drewlo has initiated an attitude shift in the department. “The biggest change that’s been made is we’ve reaffirmed and refocused our commitment to being victim-centered in dealing with victims who report sexual assaults,” Drewlo said. Drewlo said that of the problem is that in past years officers weren’t taught to treat victims this way. This can cause victims to shut down. “Law enforcement was kind of trained to be an unbiased, objective finder of facts,” Drewlo said. “When you’re dealing with traumatic victimization, a cold, sterile, fact-finding interview might not do real well for the victim’s well-being.” Drewlo’s inspiration to make the shift to a victimcentered approach came from his time working with the Duluth Police Department (DPD). He wants to adopt some of the programs, like the Rape Aggression Defense Training (RADT) program, which arms women with defensive tactics. He also wants to send several officers to Minnesota Sex Crimes Investigators Association (MNSCIA) trainings to help the UMDPD develop investigative consistency. Despite Drewlo’s enthusiasm for a solution, the initiatives are quite expensive and funds are not abundant. “We got a setback last fall,” Drewlo said. “We thought we were going to get a sexual assault grant from the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), and that was going to be used to pay for a lot of training.”




Filmmaker and UMD graduate Joe Olivieri interviews a woman for the documentary film “Roots of Rescue.” BY GRAHAM HAKALA

After hearing about widespread animal abuse in Alabama, recent UMD graduates David Cowardin and Joe Olivieri headed south to document it on film. A year and a half in the making, the two filmmakers are ready to release their feature-length documentary, “Roots of Rescue,” on May 5. The film follows their journey into the heart of Alabama’s animal abuse problem. Filmed over two trips, Cowardin and Olivieri dove headlong into the ugly scenes that often go unnoticed. “We expected it to be isolated incidents of dogfights and things like that,” Cowardin said. “What we found was just mass neglect everywhere.” It was while studying journalism at UMD that Cowardin’s adviser told him about the animal abuse INDEX:

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‘Do I have a good experience?’” Seymour said. “I think at UMD you do. ‘Do I get a good education?’ We know you do at UMD. But even if the value is there and we can prove to them the value’s there, they still could be challenged to come up with the resources to attend.”

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UMD could cut its budget and bring down student service fees, but, according to Seymour, this isn’t the best way to approach the problem. “There’s always cost cutting, but that’s where you get in the balancing act with students,” said Seymour. “Students would appreciate a lower cost. They also appreciate high service. And the two correlate.” Instead of cutting, the school is focusing on fundraising and gathering scholarship money. That’s where Bunten comes in. “If the state doesn’t come back to the level we’re hoping or want, then we can find other ways to bridge this difference so the cost to students is lower,”

said Bunten. “Getting money for students, that’s our big focus and it always will be.” Currently, Bunten and her staff are working on raising money to create more scholarships for students. “Some of our biggest supporters are former students,” Bunten said. “You know, when these alumni went to school, most of them had summer jobs, worked for three months and paid off their tuition. They had great experiences at UMD, and I think they see students today struggling and want them to have the same experience they had.” Even though her job is to find money for scholarships to make school more affordable, Bunten admits the school has a long way to go before that net cost comes down. “It’s not enough,” Bunten said. “I think we all realize that we are at a point where we don’t have nearly enough scholarships for students. Even if we were able to get all the state support we wanted, UMD would still be unaffordable for a lot of students. But we have a long way (to go) in what we can do.”

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“I’d get a lump in my throat when I’d see that, and you just saw it everywhere. Towards the end of the trip, I didn’t have that reaction to seeing it anymore.” It was this realization that drove Cowardin’s interest in making the issue more publicly known. “People down there (have) become immune to it,” he said. “That’s something we wanted to bring to light, that there is an issue down there that is not being exposed because people are so used to it.” After returning from their first trip, Cowardin felt they had only scratched the surface of the issue. The two immediately started making plans to go back for a deeper investigation. In March 2012, they started a Kickstarter campaign to raise the money for a return trip. With 389 backers, they were able to raise $10,471 to help fund the film. “We didn’t really have a plan,” Cowardin said. “We were in a little 25-foot RV. We would wake up in the morning with no plans about what we were going to do. We would just find a number in our notebook and call.” Along their travels, they met a variety of


animal rescuers who spend their time fighting the widespread abuse. “We found this human element that I didn’t expect,” Olivieri said. “The rescuers down there are hardcore. They’ll do anything without a second thought about kicking around people’s property. That got me more interested in them.” After over a year’s worth of work and a $14,000 dollar budget, Cowardin and Olivieri are now putting the finishing touches on the project. The film is set to premiere at the Zinema 2 Theater on Sunday, May 5, and will be available for download the same day. There will also be a showing at UMD on Tuesday, May 7, in Life Sciences 145. “The whole project was a learning experience,” Cowardin said. “We’re really excited about the next one that we’re going to do, because we know it’s going to be better. We have an idea about how we want to cover things now.” Olivieri added: “If we have enough money to fill up the RV, we’ll just go. Who knows what the story will be about.”

Drewlo remains hopeful that funds will come through soon as Susana PelayoWoodward of the Women’s Resource and Action Center resubmitted the grant. “She is really one of the unsung heroes here on campus; she’s the one who’s written this grant,” Drewlo said. “She took feedback from the OVW on what our grant was lacking. So she took the bull by the horns and said: ‘What do we need to do better? We’ll do it next time.’ She got input from me and every other agency on campus and resubmitted. So we may still get it—it will just be six to eight months behind where I wanted it to be.” UMDPD has not seen any increase in the number of incident reports yet, but Drewlo is optimistic that the dialogue going on with PAVSA will help. Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault (PAVSA) offers services and programs to sexual assault victims, such as specially trained nurses and anonymous reporting, that Drewlo is enthusiastic about. “(Sexual assault nurse examiners) enable victims to have one less step in the re-victimization process,” Drewlo said. “You have someone that’s specifically trained, volunteered on their time as a medical professional to come in and perform an evidentiary sexual assault exam—someone that’s been trained not only in the physical evidence that they’re looking for, but how to treat you psychologically and to understand some of the dynamics of power and control of sexual assault.” One other major facet of UMDPD’s mission to create a healthier dynamic on campus is the involvement of the student body. A sexual assault task force now meets regularly, comprised of the UMDPD and several other organizations passionate about

improving on the issue. The Student Association (SA) is a part of the task force and now has a liaison to the UMDPD. The SA Better Neighbors Director Mia Johnson took on this role. “We’re trying to form a better relationship with officers and activities,” Johnson said. “I’m sitting on the task force as a way to help educate and reach out to students. The more incoming students we can reach out to, the more awareness we’ll have.” Drewlo also believes it’s imperative to educate people about this issue. After participating in a panel discussion last week, he said he learned some startling news from research by UMD senior Noel Reynolds. “Twenty percent of females who responded thought that they gave up their ability to say ‘no’ if a date spent a lot of money on dinner,” Reynolds said. Reynold’s Rape Attitudes Study also found that over 25 percent of people who responded believe that going to the home or apartment of a companion on the first date believe that the individual implies they are willing to have sex. “One of my big pieces is education, and talking about it and discussing the true dynamics of sexual assault,” Drewlo said. “I thought we were a lot further along in that process than we are. In that study, Noel found that a lot of the old myths and misperceptions about sexual assault are still very popular with younger people today.” Officer Drewlo hopes that by educating people on the issue and integrating new programs, less people will be scared to report. He says anyone scared or anxious about coming forward shouldn’t be. “They can come talk to any of us,” Drewlo said. “We’re all very open. We’ll believe you. We’re not going to engage in any victim blaming. We want to hear your story. There will be no playing the defense attorney.”

Health care management students now required to participate in internships BY SHANNON KINLEY

In order to better prepare students for a career in the health care industry, the health care management program in Labovitz School of Business and Economics (LSBE) will now require students to participate in an internship. Having students complete mandatory internships is a requirement for the program to be accredited by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration. To help with the current demand for internships in the field and give back to the university, Executive Director of Pediatric Surgical Associates Paul Louiselle, an alumni of UMD, has created an internship with his company specifically for UMD students. “I had thought about it for a couple years about how I’d like to give back to UMD and I thought that this was a pretty succinct and accurate way to do that,” Louiselle said. “This was an opportunity to somehow contribute to the development of our new leaders.” The internship will take place over the summer and the student intern will be required to put in 200 hours of work to receive three credits. Louiselle said he plans to expose the student to the whole practice. “The focus of the internship

program is to really give the student exposure to all aspects of health care administration,” Louiselle said. “I plan to involve the student in every area of our organization, including: human resources, contracting, personnel issues, marketing, information systems, business operations, clinical operations and leadership development.” Louiselle is still currently working on developing one major project that the student intern will work on throughout the course of the internship. He thinks that this year’s project will have to do with Electronic Medical Record Systems (EMR) and will demonstrate to the government that they meet the “meaningful use” requirements to be eligible to receive funding. The company that Louiselle works for is located in Minneapolis, which is convenient for this year’s intern, junior Marisa Yliniemi, a health care management student at UMD from Rogers, Minn. “I am just really excited to learn more about the field that I am going into, and I felt like (Louiselle) has a lot of knowledge to give me,” Yliniemi said. She hopes to learn all the ins and outs of the company, as well as be able to network with the professionals and leaders of the health care industry. This opportunity will allow her to make the

decision of whether or not this is really what she wants to do as a career. “I am kind of apprehensive about not knowing certain things, but at the same time, an internship is a learning experience—so if I have questions, I am not going to be super worried to ask them,” Yliniemi said. She recommends completing an internship to other students, and said that internships provide good opportunities to explore what you’re good at outside of school and learn something. Louiselle also recommends that students complete internships while in school. “It helps open your eyes to the reality of what the industry is like,” Louiselle said. “It’s a resume builder—anything that you can put on your resume as a student to demonstrate that you have practical experience.” Louiselle worked alongside Kim Dauner, who is the internship coordinator and associate professor in the health care management program. “This internship is going to expose students to a lot of the major issues that we are facing in terms of health care in this country,” Dauner said. “Students will really get to see the array of coordination that needs to take place in an environment that is a little more dynamic and fast paced.”

Dauner estimates that even though the health care management students have not been required to do an internship until now, that somewhere between 30 and 40 percent of students choose to complete one anyway. “It distinguishes our program as a leading program for undergraduate programs in health care management,” Dauner said. “There are not a whole lot of health care management undergraduate programs, so to have one here in Duluth, M i n nesot a, is really fantastic.”


UMD student Marisa Yliniemi will be interning this summer, meeting the new requirement for the health care management major.

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The advantages of mainstream vs. homeschooling BY KATIE BENUSA

Homeschooling is a quickly growing education trend in the United States. According the Minnesota Department of Education, 16,081 homeschooled students were recorded in Minnesota in the academic year of 2011-12. Currently, there are upwards of two million students nationwide that are homeschooled. The top three reasons why parents choose to homeschool their children is a general dissatisfaction with academic instruction, to provide religious or moral training, and to circumvent bad school environments (negative peer pressure and bullying). There are many undisputable pieces of evidence that show homeschooled students excel academically; however, I want to look at the pros and cons of homeschooling from a social standpoint. Coming from the perspective of a mainstreamed student who had to endure three years of suffering in middle school, I can easily say that the biggest pro of being homeschooled is being somewhat foreign to the concept of bullies. This is not to say that homeschooled children never have to deal with bullies, but they do not have to come face to face with

them every day of the academic year. This is a big contributing factor pertaining to why homeschooled children tend to have more confidence as opposed to mainstreamed children. But, while being homeschooled in middle school could be considered as a blessing, high school is a different story. Although homeschooled students tend to become very involved in the community and have no problems making social connections, there are many social interactions and opportunities that public schools, especially high schools, offer that homeschooled teens miss out on. I am a proud member of the Wayzata High School alumni, and, during my time there, I participated in many memorable activities and traditions that are not available to homeschooled students. For example, my high school offered “spirit week” during which, on select days, students could go to school wearing their pajamas, or students would wear a shirt with a certain color according to their grade. I think my fellow WHS graduates attending UMD will concur that these activities offered school unity and many unforgettable memories. Furthermore, students in public high schools can participate in pep rallies, senior skip day, senior pranks, as well


Summer fashion


April caused a great hype for those on the West Coast when Coachella, California’s most fashion-forward music and arts festival, took place. Performances from James Blake and New Order started the show. Coachella is the event that jumpstarts the summer fashion trends, and this year was no different from any other. People show up in tiny shorts and bra-like tops paired with cowboy boots and messy bed-head hair. The more disheveled you look, the better fitted you are for the event. And this impression had become one of the main focuses of criticism. Just a few years ago, the teen clothing trend that had paralleled similarity to the infamous style of Ke$ha was an object of popular condemnation among the high fashion lovers. Having accused the style of being “trashy” and “skimpy,” people rarely acknowledged the feather extensions and dip-dyed hair as a legitimate fashion trend, until now. After browsing my favorite online shops, I realized that clothing engineers have refined what we called the “Ke$ha Trend.” Designers have already been planning the new summer agenda since winter, and I couldn’t possibly enjoy it more. The phrase “less is more” is becoming the new literal term to describe our modern generation of fashion. Every year when summer hits, skirt hems get shorter, shirts become more transparent, and the strategically placed cuts in our clothes are getting more and more ostentatious. It’s true that risqué fashion has taken on a new level—but whether or not it’ll be scandalous will depend on how you choose to wear it. Besides, there’s nothing wrong with embracing the more naked side of

as extracurricular activities like competitive sports and marching band, which are not made available to homeschooled students. High school would not have been the same without these opportunities, and I feel that homeschooled teens cannot receive the full “high school experience.” In addition, the one thing that motivated me to get up at ungodly hours and go to school was the knowledge that my friends would be waiting for me. School is the main location where socialization occurs, and where kids spend eight hours per day interacting with their peers. Homeschooled students do not receive that essential socialization. Homeschooled kids are a minority, and they are susceptible to being stereotyped and judged from closed-minded people who believe the myths that homeschooled children are socially inept and academically inferior. I condone homeschooling in an academic sense because students can set their own paces and can receive more attention and help than they could in a class of thirty kids. However, from a social standpoint, I believe that homeschooled students are missing out on some great opportunities to be rambunctious kids and go through all the ups and downs of growing up in the public school system.


fashion, figuratively speaking. It’s also no surprise that the old things are becoming the new things. Rising artists like Lana Del Rey, who is the epitome of a woman from the 60s, have dethroned the modern and structured style that’s been in favor for a while now. They’re reverting our decades by bringing back the hippie style and restoring the items that have been sitting in the back of our parents’ closets. This kind of shift now brings someone like me to visit the local thrift shop. I have never been one to wear secondhand clothes, but the recent trends have had me scavenging for “vintage” wear. They have also coined a term for this: thrifting. It can describe anything that is related to going to the thrift shop, picking up a few things and revitalizing them to make them your own. I think one of the most important influencing factors in shamelessly going to the thrift store for clothes relates to the rising popularity of it through YouTube. Since I’m a religious follower of thrifty beauty gurus like Jenn Im (from Clothesencounters) and Sophia Chang (Fashionista804), it’s inspirational to see that even YouTube celebrities are willing to dish out that their latest finds came from Goodwill. The fashion of summer 2013 can be described as the new hippie era. The “hipster movement,” which I like to call it, consists of an effortless style (that actually really takes a lot of effort to achieve), and will be one style that will likely stay with us for at least another year or two. This summer, classic trends like high-waisted cut-off shorts, tropical prints, muscle t-shirts, crop tops, and bright neon colors will become wardrobe essentials. In my eyes, this is all fine—but let’s hope that bell-bottoms never come back into style.

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My favorite drug isn’t something I have to hide from parents, RAs, or the police. It doesn’t usually come in little plastic bags or necessitates being smoked. It is a substance that is much easier to obtain and legal to purchase—even for minors. It can be drunk or baked in brownies and around ninety percent of Americans consume it in some capacity every day. It’s a little chemical called 1,3,7-trimethylxanthine. Obviously, I mean caffeine. People use it to stay awake, to study, to perform better in physical exercise, or just because they like the buzz it gives them; but few actually realize the brain chemistry going on to create these effects. When I ingest and digest it, caffeine works its way to my brain, where it binds to my adenosine receptors. Normally, adenosine binds to these receptors when the body feels that it is running low on its daily energy reserves and needs to recharge. In binding, adenosine will induce muscle relaxation and reduce the excitability of the brain, which brings about the drowsy feeling I get before falling asleep. When caffeine binds, it negates these effects and even causes the nerve cells in the brain to speed up, keeping me awake and alert. The increased neural activity in my brain also stimulates the release of adrenaline. Adrenaline is the “fight or flight” hormone released when the body senses this increased brain activity and thinks there is an emergency; little does it know that I’m not in danger, but I wouldn’t hesitate to crack open a Mountain Dew if I needed to run into a burning building. Adrenaline causes muscles to tense up, eyes to

dilate and the heart rate to increase. In large doses, it’s injected into the hearts of overdose victims to jumpstart their stopped hearts. Anyone who has watched Pulp Fiction knows what I’m talking about. My favoritism toward caffeine might stem from these initial benefits, but the real reason I can’t get enough of this drug is probably more subconscious. Like eating your favorite food or having sex, caffeine stimulates the release of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine functions as the component of pleasure in the mind. When released, the mind is marking whatever stimulated the release as good and that the body should continue to get as much of it as it can in the future. This would be all well and good, but there are only so many dopamine receptors in the brain and dopamine is slow to reabsorb. The addictive nature of caffeine comes from this need to consume more and more in order to achieve the same level of dopamine release and absorption. Having been a biochemistry major for two of my college years, I understand the mechanics behind caffeine’s effects. I know how to play the game with my body so I can both enjoy my favorite drug and gain all the benefits they provide. I’ll have a Red Bull every once in a while when I need it or a cup of coffee right before an exam, but you won’t see me loading up on Monsters or Rockstars for an all-nighter of cramming. In my experience, dosage and timing are far more important to the effectiveness of a drug than mass quantity and personal desire.

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It took a team-record 19 conference wins, but the UMD softball team finished atop the NSIC standings for a share of the NSIC crown with Minnesota State-Mankato. It was the club’s first title in a decade and the team’s 14th in 25 years of NSIC membership. “It’s kind of surreal,” senior Kierra Jeffers said. “At the beginning of the year it’s so far off you don’t realize what sense of accomplishment it is— especially in a conference like ours—until you do it.” Coming into the week in the second position, UMD (39-11, 19-5 NSIC)

took five of their last six games in dramatic fashion. The Bulldogs swept Minnesota StateMoorhead to slide themselves into a firstplace tie. Then, UMD split a crucial series with No. 19 Mankato and took both games of the regular season finale over Concordia-St. Paul. “We knew that those games down the stretch were going to make or break us,” All-American second baseman Tyra Kerr said. “If we didn’t execute the way we did last week, we would have put ourselves in a hole for the tournament this week and made it extremely difficult to make it into the NCAA tournament.”


Senior leadoff hitter Michaela Goris is met by her team at home plate after hitting her third home run of the see SOFTBALL, B2 spring April 17 against Minnesota, Crookston.

Getting hot at the right time

Suddenly peaking, Bulldogs enter final week of regular season BY KYLE FARRIS

The UMD Bulldogs are ending the regular season much differently than they started it. By virtue of a 5-1 week and seven wins in their last eight tries, the UMD baseball team (11-21, 11-7 NSIC) has crept above the .500 mark in the conference for the first time this season and now sits sixth in the NSIC standings. UMD bested Upper Iowa 4-3 and 13-2 to start the week and continued to pile up the wins in a four-game set over the weekend against last-place Minnesota, Crookston, which entered the series winless in conference play. Game one against the Golden Eagles Saturday was


UMD outfielder Lucas Steinbach tries to corral a fly ball during a game last season.

a pitcher’s duel from the start, with both offenses failing to generate a run for the first eight innings. The Bulldogs received a near-flawless performance from starter Adam Zwak, who scattered four hits over seven innings and found a way out of his only considerable jam of the afternoon by stranding the

bags full in the top of the fifth. Hurler J.C. Crane bottled up the UMD offense for eight frames as well, but the Bulldogs broke through against Crookston’s bullpen in the ninth in walk-off fashion when Max Ryan came around to score from second on an error. Crookston finally got on the board in game two, tallying

a run in each of the first two innings off UMD’s Kyle Fritz. The Golden Eagles extended the difference to three with a run in the fifth, but the Bulldog bats came around with two outs in the home half, stringing together a pair of doubles and a single to tie the contest 3-3. Reliever Andy Yetzer failed to hold Crookston down in the top of the sixth, allowing a run on two hits and an error before retiring the side with the bases loaded. Down 4-3, UMD was held hitless for the last two innings and left the go-ahead run at the plate when catcher Tommy Bodeker struck out swinging with senior captain Jordan Smith on first. see BASEBALL, B2

UMD rugby club Final Four bound


After bowling over three-time defending champion Wisconsin-Whitewater April 26 in Madison, Wis., the Fighting Penguins took a moment to celebrate. BY JOELLE JOHNSRUD

UMD’s Fighting Penguins rugby club has earned a spot in the Final Four at nationals after taking their regional championship with two wins over the weekend. The Penguins triumphed over Wisconsin-Milwaukee 49-5 in regional competition Saturday in Madison, Wis., and also beat the No. 1 team in Division II, Wisconsin-Whitewater, 43-17 on Sunday. Club captain Blake Martin has been involved with the team for the last three years. After winning a trip to the Finial Four, Martin is ready to take home that national title. “The most memorable part of the week-

end was just how well our team played together,” Martin said. “It was great to see all our hard work pay off. Whitewater was ranked No. 1 in the nation and we destroyed them, so it tells a lot about our team.” Lars Anderson has been a part of the club for the last two years and is a secondary captain. Anderson spoke of his frustration throughout the season due to spring snowstorms that interfered with the team’s schedule. “Prior to playing in the National Sweet 16, our team had to cancel three consecutive games because we had nowhere to play,” Anderson said. “It affected our practice schedule and made preparation for nationals difficult.” But the spring snowstorms were not

going to stand in the way of this team. As the Penguins worked their way through the bracket, they showed they were going to use their hard work and dedication to bring back a victory. Despite the shortened schedule, the team held a regular season record of 6-1 along with the Final Four bid. Secondary captain Logan Hanson has been with the club for the last two years and is confident the team can conquer the national competition that awaits. “We just have to play our game,” Hanson said. “We can’t feel like we need to do any crazy plays. We need to play calm and we will win like we have been. We have blown out all the teams in our conference and won a men’s tournament in Florida. We are capable of winning nationals, but it’s going to come down to the small things.” Rugby is still a relatively new sport at UMD. Although it may be a mystery to some athletes and spectators, to teams like the Fighting Penguins, it’s a lifestyle. “Rugby is a game with the physicality of American football, but it flows like soccer,” Anderson said. “It requires a great amount of strength, skill and stamina. In my opinion, it is the best sport that I’ve ever played.” This is the first time the UMD rugby club will head to the Final Four and have a chance to take home the prize of a national championship. The Final Four will be held in Bowling Green, Ohio, on May 11.

SPORTS BRIEFS Football A 10-point second quarter propelled the Whites to a 10-7 win over the Maroons in the UMD football team’s 39th annual Maroon-White Spring Game at Malosky Stadium Friday. The crowd of over 1,200 saw the Whites strike first with a seven-yard touchdown run by junior wideout Aaron Roth. Redshirt freshman Tyler McLaughlin later added a field goal from 29 yards to put the Whites up 10 at halftime. The Maroons notched their first and only score of the afternoon late in the third quarter when freshman quarterback Drew Bauer found first-year running back Beau Bofferding for a 17-yard touchdown pass. Bauer completed five of eight for 65 yards and the lone score, while senior linebacker Colby Ring headlined the defense with five tackles and a sack. The Bulldogs will wrap up their spring tuneups this week and will begin summer practice in August.

NFL invites Both men who anchored the left side of UMD’s offensive line last fall are headed to NFL rookie camps this month. Guard Garth Heikkinen will be practicing with the Minnesota Vikings’ rookie class May 4-6, while tackle Jake Bscherer will hit the field for the Seattle Seahawks May 9-11. The two former Bulldog standouts helped stabilize an offensive line last season that allowed just seven sacks and paved the way for the most prolific offense in UMD history at 46.5 points per game.

Schedule A look at the week ahead for UMD Athletics. All events are subject to change. Baseball Northern State Aberdeen, S.D. Fri., 1 p.m.; Sat., 12 p.m.

Softball TBD NSIC Tournament Rochester, Minn. Thursday, 2 p.m.

Sports Editor /Kyle Farris /




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UMD spotted Crookston a run in game one Sunday, but took the lead in the bottom of the second with a three-spot highlighted by a two-run dinger from senior center fielder Lucas Steinbach. Crookston scored five in the fifth and UMD tacked on a run in the third and two in the fifth to deadlock the game at six, which is where it would stay until the home side of the 12th inning. The Bulldogs loaded the bases with one away in the 12th, and walked off for the second time in the series when Josh Denisen laid

down a bunt to bring home Alex Wojciechowski. Late-game heroics were not necessary for UMD in game two, as the Bulldogs exploded for 20 runs and the same number of hits to bury the Golden Eagles and secure the series win. UMD scored at least one run in every inning and turned a 3-3 game into a 17-run route with two in the fourth, four in the fifth and 11 in the sixth. John Meyer was the beneficiary of UMD’s highest run output since April 25 of last year, allowing

It was quite a busy week for the UMD men’s and women’s track and field teams, as the squads split time between several meets and came away with a slew of event titles. Friday at the Viking Classic, Dan Nielsen and Alexandra Rudin took the men’s and women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase for UMD, while Joel Johnson (men’s 1,500-meter) turned in another first-place finish. Rob Kostick (men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase), Kate Hassing (women’s 400-meter dash) and Hannah Olson (women’s 1,500-meter) had runner-up showings. The relay team of Tyler Stevens, Ryan Eason, Jason Coffin and Cole Toepfer placed eighth in the 4x1,600-meter Thursday at the Drake Relays, with the secondbest mark in school history at 17:31.67. UMD also finished sixth in the distance medley relay Saturday, thanks to the unit of Stevens, Phil d’Entremont, Scott Urban and Toepfer, which clocked in at 10:04.15—the third-fastest time in program ):;8-6629 history. Saturday at the St. Mary’s Open, Nathan Knop took the



the baseball team’s winning percentage over its last 17 games. The Bulldogs started the spring 0-15 and have gone 11-6 since.

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javelin title for the Bulldogs with a toss of 173’-07�, while secondyear Nick Moran placed second in the hammer throw at 162’-08�. UMD also finished second (Andy Heffele), third (Eric Gahr) and fourth (Knop) in the men’s high jump. Sophomore Chanel Miller continued her dominance over her female counterparts Monday at the NSIC Heptathlon Championships by taking the title with 4,866 points, breaking the school record of 4,757 she established at the same event last spring. Competing in her first collegiate heptathlon, UMD’s Amelia Maher finished first in the high jump and placed seventh overall. On the men’s side, senior Ben Niemann finished third at the NSIC Decathlon Championships with 6,305 points—his best finish as a Bulldog and the program’s second-highest point total alltime. Brooks Zamzow collected 5,383 points for UMD to finish ninth in the event. The men will be in St. Paul, Minn., this week for the Golden Bear Twilight on Wednesday and the Meet of the Unsaintly on Saturday, while the women will compete in the latter Friday and Saturday.

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three runs over six innings to win his first of the year. Wojciechowski, Kyle Comer and Bo Hellquist each went deep for the Bulldogs, who received at least one hit from all nine starters in their lineup. The Bulldogs were slated for a doubleheader Tuesday at Winona State and will conclude the regular season with a four-game series against Northern State Friday and Saturday. The NSIC Tournament begins May 8 in St. Cloud, Minn.


On Wednesday, UMD overpowered Moorhead, blanking the Dragons twice. During the twogame set, Jeffers set two new single-season records, becoming the all-time single-season record holder in home runs (14) and RBIs (53). In game one, Jeffers broke the home run record, which had been held by Ellen Colby for six years, then followed in game two by breaking Angie Marioce’s record of 50 RBIs—which was set in 1988—in the fifth inning of the 13-0 romp. A few days later, Jeffers added to the RBI record with a single up the middle to give the Bulldogs a slim 1-0 over the Mankato in game one. The Mavericks scratched a run across in the top of the seventh to knot the score at one. Remaining calm at the plate, the Bulldogs loaded the bases with no outs and scored the game-winning run when Jordan Rice flied out to shallow right and Laura Nadeau slid under the tag at the plate after an errant throw to the backstop. The 2-1 victory over the Mavericks was the team’s first win in Mankato since April 18, 1998. Rice provided a clutch hit again against Concordia during the backend of Sunday’s doubleheader. Trailing 2-0 in the fourth

with two runners on, Rice belted a shot over the center field fence to catapult the Bulldogs ahead 3-2. Pitcher Julia Nealer did the rest. This week for Nealer was no different from others, as she has been relied upon all year to lock down games. The senior hurler went 4-0 on the week to help earn the Bulldogs a share of the title. She took home NSIC Player of the Week honors for the second time this year and finished the season 23-4 with a 1.58 ERA. “Julia really stepped up for us when we needed it,� Michaela Goris said. “She strives off the challenges that are presented to her. She’s been dominating opposing teams and she kept us in all of those games and we pulled through with some clutch hits.� UMD has used its quickstrike offense to gain early advantages this season. Of their 50 games, UMD has scored first 33 times, winning 30 of those. But the Bulldogs have also been able to stick around in tight games with dominant pitching and key hitting. The four-year senior captains Goris, Kerr and Jeffers all echoed each other on the team’s resiliency throughout the year. The senior captains stated individually that this has been the most

talented team they have been a part of. They also acknowledged that good starts have helped them, but staying composed and not panicking has been a key attribute to the team’s success. In fact, the Bulldogs have only blown one lead during conference play, a 6-5 loss to Augustana in extras. Also, they have come from behind six times this season after trailing in the third inning or later. That resiliency has placed the Bulldogs as the second seed in the NSIC tournament. UMD lost the common opponents tiebreaker to Mankato. The Bulldogs will play the winner of a first-round matchup between No. 7 Wayne State and No. 8 Concordia on May 2. The Bulldogs are looking to make their fourth straight appearance in the NCAA tournament. Since the weekly rankings came out two weeks ago, the Bulldogs have been left out of the NCAA Central Regional rankings. “It’s frustrating not to be recognized for how good of a season we had this season,� Jeffers said. “Teams have been taking us for granted and we have used it for fuel. As a team, we will continue to use that fuel as motivation to prove we should be there.�



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Spring thaw has rivers running fast


Over the weekend, soaring temperatures finally released most of the streams from their icy confines, and now have them roaring with spring runoff. Thanks to the arrival of warm spring temperatures, people gathered Sunday at Gooseberry Falls to watch torrents of cold spring runoff water rush over the falls. Above the shore at Tettegouche State Park, the Baptism River still had a significant amount of ice, but the falls were flowing free and swollen with spring runoff water. Closer to campus, Chester Creek is roaring at both the high falls near Chester Bowl and at the 4th St. entrance near Burrito Union. According to a National Weather Service report issued on Monday, the stream flow is expected to increase as the week goes on. It reported that higher elevations around Lake Superior still have 1-2 feet of snowpack, with 15-20 inches reported closer to the lake. With the region experiencing above average temperatures over the next several days, this will cause streams to flow high and fast over the weekend. On Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning, rural Duluth saw several reports of streams flooding their banks and spilling onto roadways and farm fields. Several flood warnings have been issued for counties surrounding the St. Louis River and Mississippi river. Additional snow and rain on Thursday and Friday could contribute to more flooding. If you plan to head out to view any of the streams or rivers in Duluth, be prepared to walk on wet, muddy and icy trails. Many of the trails, even in Duluth, still have not thawed out yet.

Chester Creek roars over the upper falls near Chester Bowl on Tuesday, April 30.

Remembering the ‘Honking Tree’ BY ERIC LEMKE

It stood, tall and majestic, along the side of the expressway, greeting visitors and residents alike. As customary, people used to honk while passing the tree on their way into Two Harbors. That was until four years ago, April 29, 2009, when vandals felled the tree during the middle of the night. St. Louis Country dispatcher John Brandt received a call on the morning the tree was cut down. The 75-foot white pine stood about three miles south of Two Harbors. It was nominated for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Trees, a list kept by American Forests, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. The tree, which has stood for 113 years, according to its rings, was rumored to have provided Charlie J. Hensley— the chief inspector in the 1960s—shade while he ate his lunch. Hensley passed away in 1976. The tree got its first name, “Charlie’s Tree,” because of

Hensley. It isn’t known how the tree became the “Honking Tree,” or how the custom of honking at it started. After the crime, blame was quickly assigned. Some though it was the prank of the 2009 Two Harbors High School graduating class, although they quickly denied it. Others thought it might have been the result of a drunken joke gone too far. One thing was for certain, though: the community deeply felt the loss. The story quickly went viral after Minnesota Public Radio picked it up. News of it was featured on the City Pages blog, and even NBC picked it up. Community members were at a loss; the tree was like an old friend that had always greeted them upon their arrival. It had welcomed soldiers back from World War II, Korea and Vietnam. It dated back almost to the inception of the town in the late 1800s. One man said that it “felt like someone had hit his dog.” As the years passed, there was a lot of talk about what to do with the tree. Some thought it should be carved

into a sculpture and placed in town somewhere, while others thought about making it into park benches. For a while, the tree sat waiting to be memorialized. Eventually the town decided that the tree would be made into plaques with an image of the tree burned into them. Four years later, the culprits have still not been caught. Early eyewitness reports said that a man had been seen near the tree the night it was cut down, but no suspect was ever named. After it was cut down, the tree took on a personality of its own, inspiring songs, T-shirts and an outpouring of fond memories from people far and wide. A few days after its felling, a large parade was organized to travel by the tree, with cars honking the whole time. As sad as it was, even in its death, the Honking Tree provided a rally point for the community to help understand how this tree had affected the lives of so many people from all over the country.


STUDENT LIFE Proud Prom provides an accepting atmosphere for students Student Life Editor / Kaitlin Lokowich /



Students bust moves on the dance floor during the fourth annual Proud Prom on April 27. BY MAEGGIE LICHT

People came, they danced, and they loved it. UMD’s Queer Allied Student Union (QASU) held their fourth annual Proud Prom last Saturday. The Enchanted Woodland-themed night began at 8 p.m. and the festivities lasted for hours. “The atmosphere was upbeat, happy, colorful and the music was playing,” UMD senior Blair Moses said. According to Emma Sieling, a QASU Proud Prom co-chair of the board, it took a lot of work to get the whole event pulled together. In fact, she said the work started last semester. “During the fall semester, nominations and elections were held to determine the board,” Sieling said. “After the board was formed, we threw around theme ideas. At the very beginning of the spring semester, we voted on the theme at a QASU meeting, so people outside the board had a say in the theme. We proceeded to decide how we would decorate, what kind of food we would have and those little details. We communicated with local businesses to get co-sponsors that would be willing to donate food or door prizes. In the week before the dance, we did the shopping for decorations and food. Set-up took all day before the dance, and then it was time to enjoy our hard work.” Though prom is traditionally a high school event, many universities and institutions hold proud proms to provide an opportunity that some people missed out on in their younger years. Many members of the LGBT community are ostracized for being different during high school. Students like Moses acknowledge that difficult time.

“Everybody knows high school isn’t always kind and dandy,” Moses said. “When you’re different, it’s usually not comfortable.” Because of that missed time, the event is important for more than just frivolous fun. “It’s an important event because it offers people another opportunity to go to prom as who they are, (and) with who they want,” Moses said. “A lot of people miss out on that.” UMD junior Stephen Horner was asked to the prom by his boyfriend. “(My boyfriend) had never been to a dance with a guy before, and in high school I never got that romantic date to prom,” Horner said. “I think (Proud Prom) is a phenomenal thing. It’s something worth having around, and hopefully it’s changing things and making this more of a social norm.” The atmosphere and attitude of acceptance is a pivotal part of Proud Prom. QASU Chairperson Darcy Herman says that’s what she likes most about the event. “My favorite thing about it is that you can just go and be yourself and not be judged for who you are,” Herman said. “You get to have a prom that you might not have gotten in high school.” Aside from the positive and inclusive attitude that night, there was a bevy of treats for people to nibble on. “There was an excellent buffet,” Horner said. “It was really cool. They had bruschetta, little finger foods and kiddie cocktails that they were mixing up.” Many proud prommers had a shared favorite detail of the night: an extravagant cake donated by How Sweet It Is Cakes. “The cake was amazing,” Moses said. “It was rainbow inside, and the outside looked like birch


Artist: Thr!!!er Album: !!! Recommended Tracks Even When the Water’s Cold, One Boy/ One Girl, Slyd, Californiyeah

There are only two types of songs, ones that sing and ones that dance. In the case of !!! (This is literally their band name, pronounced “Chk Chk Chk”) they fall more towards the latter then the former. Their new album entitled “THR!!!ER” sees them reliving the glory days of when live bands performed club music, rather then DJ’s. The opening track


bark with mushrooms on it and everything. It tasted so good. It was dense and delicious; it couldn’t have gotten better.” It was a sweet night for prom-goers, both literally and emotionally. Sieling took a moment to address the crowd with a speech. “I threw in a quote and said ‘99 percent of people in this world let their happiness be determined by strangers,’” Sieling said. “Everyone in this room is part of the one percent, and don’t ever forget it. For the QASU, it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. These people come here because it’s a place where they can feel like themselves, be with who they want, dress they way they feel comfortable. Nothing else matters.” Horner loves the spirit that the event brings to the cause of equality and acceptance for anyone who might be different. For him, Sieling’s speech was really inspiring. “In our species, we’re the people who are proud and comfortable with ourselves, even though we’re different,” Horner said. “It was very inspirational, motivational and hopeful for a better tomorrow with more acceptance. To see more people open to it is a great thing.” Sieling said she had some of the most fun being a wallflower for a moment and taking it all in. “I really enjoyed the whole night, but some of my favorite moments were when I’d sit in the back of the room and see everyone having the time of their lives and smiling,” she said. “I also loved being approached by people at the end of the dance and being told how great of a time they had and how happy they were to have been able to experience the dance. It felt like a total success, and I’m sure the rest of the board agrees.”

“Even When the Water’s Cold” has the perfect attitude of keeping the party going. The track “One Boy/ One Girl” sounds something straight out of the 70’s with some classic funk guitar while lyrically telling us about love we are reminded of when we hear that certain song. If there is one thing this album does phenomenally is keep every hook the focus of the song while not making it repetitive, !!! rather experiments with the variations and arrangements of each track and keep it sounding like a live jam. The songs aren’t always so clean cut however, the song “Slyd”

gives us a grittier dance track, with interesting use of synth and drum effects and just a straight up dirty bass line. “Californiyeah” is another track that uses its hooks and chorus to keep the lines in your head constantly. The album length perfectly fits the theme of party/dance music, keeping it short with 9 songs ranging usually from 4-6 minute tracks. This album is the perfect kick start to summer and to the end (hopefully) of one of the longest winter’s experienced in awhile. So crank it up to eleven and kick out the jams cause !!! “THR!!!ER” lives up to its name.


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Stage II presents ‘Pursed Lips and Wide Eyes’



(Left) Lisa Wasilowski, playing Satan, gives Joe Cramer his last words before he is dragged off to hell by demons, who are played by Thomas Matthes and Ryan Fargo. (Right) Michael, portrayed by Joe Cramer, and Noah, acted by Corey Peck, try to communicate with their dead boss in order to solve his murder while Satan (sophomore Lisa Wasilowski) looks on. Freshman Ryan Fargo, playing Beelzebub, watches from behind. BY KAITLIN LOKOWICH

The student-run theater company Stage II will be performing its last show of the season, “Pursed Lips and Wide Eyes,” in the Dudley Experimental Theater May 9-11. Written and directed by two UMD theater students, the show focuses on the romantic relationship of two college grads living in New York, but with a twist. “The show is about three friends living in New York, and one of them is dating this girl, and she moves in with him after only dating a very short amount of time,” explained Derik Iverson, a UMD senior and playwright of the show. “His friends kind of joke around: ‘Oh, she’s kind of a bitch, she’s kind of the devil.’ But she actually ends up being Satan incarnate and destroys his life and the lives around him.” Iverson wanted the show to be a sort of fable about what being in a bad relationship can do to people and those around them. “It was basically seeing some friends that were kind of like stuck in the middle of not very good relationships and just really seeing how it can affect so many other points in their lives,” Iverson said. “So I guess I just really over-dramatized that, and took the whole ‘Oh, my girlfriend is the devil’ literally.” Iverson wrote the show over winter break last year. “Here at UMD we have what’s called a ‘Monday at 4:30 Program,’” Iverson said. “What that is, is if a student has written a new play, they can just get it read. The shows just get a concert reading. So we’ll just be able to get a reading of it, and then get feedback after.” Iverson decided early on that he wanted a different perspective on his show, and he asked Bailey Boots to try her hand at directing it. “Derik sent me the script last April

and I was a part of the original concert reading that we did of the script,” said Boots, a UMD junior and director of the show. “But I’ve only been directing it since right after spring break; that’s when we started our rehearsals for this.” Since last April there have been about five different drafts of the show. “There are a lot of technical elements that we’re adding in to create a lot of the special effects,” Boots said. “Lights, and fog machines, and blood—all the good stuff. We have a really cool design crew that keeps coming to me with all these ideas. The costumes are turning out so cool.” The show is a dark comedy: it throws dark subject matter alongside a bit of humor. “The way that Derik wrote it does it in a really light way,” Boots said. “Like there will be a death and then the next scene will be really funny.” This is Boots’ first time directing a show with Stage II, but she’s worked with UMD’s Main Stage shows as assistant director a few times. “My emphasis is more in directing, so I’m actually really interested in directing,” Boots said. “I was really interested in directing this show because it was so different than any other show I’ve read. I mean it has comedy, but a horror aspect, but it’s also a little bit of a love story. There’s just so much a person can do with a show like this, that can just draw about anybody into it.” Boots admits it has been strange to work with such dark subject matter, but says that she and the actors have taken to their roles well. “Our Tina, Lisa Wasilowski, has just been taking on this role so well,” Boots said. “She’s found the playfulness of just being able to control things, but then she also has that darker side underneath her. She finds the innocence and the humanity that is that outer layer. It’s been really impressive working with

her. Just working with this whole cast, they’re all just diving so deep into these characters’ psyches.” Stage II gives students the opportunity to work with their peers and experience running a show on their own. “I guess I really like the environment of it,” Boots said. “It’s all students that I know and that I’m practically living with right now because we spend so much time together in the department. We can just go in there and know that we’re going to have a good time, but then at the same time, we know we have to get down to business. Everyone knows when it’s time to stop fooling around and do your work.” Although Boots has another year of Stage II ahead of her, Iverson is enjoying his last Stage II show being his own.

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“It’s definitely sad, but the way I look at it, I’m just excited to graduate and move on,” Iverson said. “I just really hope that Stage II really keeps growing as a company. We’re here to serve the students and do shows that students will connect with and appreciate and be entertained, but also walk away learning something and feeling enlightened. I just really hope that word continues to grow with Stage II and that we just get more and more people to fill those seats. Because that’s why we’re doing these shows.” “Pursed Lips and Wide Eyes” will be running in the Dudley Experimental Theater May 9-11 at 7:30 p.m. Visit their Facebook page, “Stage II Presents ‘Pursed Lips and Wide Eyes,’” for more information on dates and tickets.

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The Statesman May 1, 2013  
The Statesman May 1, 2013  

This week the Statesman covers new rules and efforts being made into sexual assault reporting proceedures at UMD, and addresses the fact the...