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Tuition freeze bill Student’s car goes up in flames passes House BY MAEGGIE LICHT

Tuition costs creep higher and higher at universities throughout the state, but a bill passed by Minnesota lawmakers may help freeze costs in their tracks. Rep. Gene Pelowski, DFL-Winona, presented the tuition-freezing bill, and the Minnesota House of Representatives passed it 86-44 on Thursday, April 25. The Star Tribune reports that the bill will cost nearly $3 billion in two years. According to Rep. Pelowski, from the $150 million of new funds, 80 percent will go straight to students for grants or tuition freezes. Student Association Legislative Certificate Program Director Kelly Kemper is highly involved with state issues that impact students, like this one. She’s happy to see the freeze, but is still hopeful for a greater change. “It’s a great step in the right direction,” Kemper said. “Obviously, we’d like to see a decrease, but a freeze is a great start. It shows that the legislature is committed to (higher education).” Other students share Kemper’s opinion. Vice Chair for the State Board of Directors for Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG) Mariana Glitsos wants more impact than what a freeze would bring. She thinks that the Opportunity Minnesota Bill would do more to aid students. “We do believe that (the freeze) is one step to take for the current tuition problem; however, it does not delve to the root of the student debt issue and leaves it only

bandaged, not resolved,” Glitsos said. “Affordable higher education extends beyond just stopping increasing tuition, and it needs to be addressed through ways to actually lower the costs. MPIRG strongly supports the passage of the Opportunity Minnesota Bill, which would relieve pressures on students who stay to work in Minnesota after graduation.” Though the bill will not lower tuition, it will require that the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) produce records—such as mandatory, detailed budget reports and spending figures—that prevent the slow and steady rise of tuition. If the proposed tuition freeze passes Senate and becomes law, Kemper says it would save students about $2,300 over a four-year period. With UMD’s current tuition at $12,870, that’s a savings of 18 percent. Kemper believes that this chunk of change could help build a stronger relationship between students and the university. “If students recognize that they’re being helped through the legislature and the University of Minnesota system, it will create a better positive image for the university system as a whole,” she said. “I hope that it passes and that it will take effect in 2014.” Kemper feels that if the legislature fails to pass the bill, it will show a lack of commitment from the state. “If it doesn’t pass, I’d be disappointed,” she said.


Firefighters responded to a car fire at the UMD library parking lot around 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 7. BY ANNE KUNKEL CHRISTIANSON

Around 9 a.m. on Tuesday, the Duluth Fire Department responded to a fire in UMD’s library parking lot. After arriving on the scene, the fire department found a 1999 Lexus ES 300 with flames and smoke coming out from under its hood. The car was parked between two other cars near the middle section of the lot. According to the department’s acting captain Jason Siegle, it took the department less than ten minutes to put out the fire. Kayla Estenson, a UMD student

and the owner of the car, was in class when the fire broke out. “I had a voicemail by police asking if it was my car and to call 911,” Estenson said in an email. “At that point I walked out to my car to see what was going on, only to see it being towed, and then I talked to the police officer about what happened.” “I was so shocked to see my car,” Estenson added. “It did not seem real.” Siegle said the fire probably started from an electric issue under the hood, but the department is still investigating. No one was injured, and no other cars were damaged. Estenson confirmed that the car is totaled.


Family receives Sasha McHale’s honorary diploma BY SHANNON KINLEY


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Five months ago UMD student Alexandra “Sasha” McHale passed away at the age of 23 from complications of the autoimmune disease Lupus, but her spirit will be with those who graduate in a few weeks. McHale was a communications major with a minor in journalism and was planning to walk at this year’s commencement ceremony alongside her friends and faculty in just a few of weeks. In order to honor all of McHale’s hard work and accomplishments during her time at UMD, the university is issuing her an honorary diploma. “We wanted to do something for (Sasha),” said Aaron Boyson, an assistant professor in the Department of Communications. “It just seemed like the right thing to do for the people who had a relationship with her. We wanted to show that we are proud of what she did here and what she meant to the department.” Professors in the Department of Communications felt that it was important to give her this degree not only for her, but also for her family. They worked with the registrar’s office to waive the rest of her credit requirements and issue her a degree. The communications department not only went about getting her the degree, but also felt it was important to do something in her honor at the end of the year banquet. Boyson said that Edward Downs, also an assistant professor in the department, gave a heartfelt speech at the banquet on May 1. “These moments that she is mentioned

can act like a piece of her,” Boyson said. “It is almost like finding a picture of her that you didn’t know you had for the first time. I hope her family feels good about it, and that it helps them to get to know her here and as a student, since they weren’t here.” Olivia Franti, one of McHale’s close friends from UMD, graduated this past December with the same major and minor as McHale. “It is just rough knowing that a lot of us are graduating or have graduated and she is not physically by our side anymore, but I think it’s really great that the departments that she was involved in are taking the time to acknowledge her and create a special moment for her and those people who really care about her,” Franti said. Franti said she still misses McHale and thinks about her every minute, of every hour, of every day. “It is especially hard because she was the one person that I met up here and we just clicked,” Franti said. “I could talk to her about anything and everything. I would talk to her about things that I still don’t talk to anyone else about.” Franti explained that McHale has left a part of her behind with the writing she did for her journalism minor. “Something that is really cool is the fact that she was a journalism student so she has left behind some really incredible stories for people to read and give them perspective in her mind and her voice through her writing,” Franti said. UMD marketing major John Tabor was McHale’s long-time boyfriend of about five years. see SASHA MCHALE, A3

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Overheard at UMD. UMD Confessions. UMD Cupid. UMD Makeouts. UMD Drunk. The list of UMD social networking groups goes on, and unsuspecting students keep showing up on them. With the emergence of these groups and others like them on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, there is less and less privacy for students on campus. One minute you are talking with your friends, and the next minute you are the talk around campus. “A lot of people believe that they can just say anything on the Internet,” said Kearston Wesner, an assistant professor in the Department of Writing Studies. “That’s not so true.” And while the members of a group may be held liable for what they say, the group itself—for the most part—is in the clear. Unless the group was encouraging students to post defamatory statements or otherwise breaching the student conduct code, the site is not at risk of being shut down. “If a student came forward and said, ‘I was bullied on a social networking site like Overheard at UMD,’ we would investigate that and possibly take action against the student if they were found to in fact have violated the policy,” said Vice-Chancellor for Student Life Lisa Erwin. “That’s sort of outside of what happens on the site. It’s more one-on-one—working with the student to try to improve behavior if they are found in violation.” A defamatory statement, defined by the Digital Media Law Project, is a false statement that exposes a person to hatred, ridicule, or contempt, causes him/her to be shunned, or injures him/her in his/her business or trade. However, there is a fine line between a defamatory statement and an opinion. “If someone posts, ‘She has an ugly dress,’



there’s not much you can do about it,” Wesner said. “It’s embarrassing, but it’s not illegal.” There is also a First Amendment issue regarding the freedom of speech and the ability to communicate opinions and ideas. “Where the line is crossed with freedom of speech is when it’s harassing; racially harassing, sexually harassing, basis on sexual orientation—all those things cross a line that’s in our code of student conduct,” Erwin said. On the Facebook group UMD Confessions, students are encouraged to click a link that will allow them to anonymously post anything that they want. While it may sound appealing to be able to say whatever you want, there are ways of

discovering the identities of the posters. In 2008 at Yale University, anonymous posters’ true identities were discovered after they had posted defamatory statements about two women at the school. Legal action was taken against the posters, and a settlement was reached. Overheard at UMD is a group that includes more than 6,000 people on Facebook, and it encourages students to “comment dumb and funny things that you hear or see around campus.” Page administrators and UMD students Jake DiSanto and Brian Miller say that they check the page every day to make sure that the posts are appropriate for the page, and that feelings aren’t being hurt. Too much. “We usually try to moderate all negative things (and) inappropriate things that are out of line,” said DiSanto. However, DiSanto and Miller both recognize that on a page with over 6,000 people, there will be rude comments on posts, and feelings may be hurt. They both agreed that those comments come with the territory of posting on the page. Erwin made clear that if a student feels as though they have been bullied on a social networking group, or in any venue, he or she should bring the issue to UMD officials. She said that as far as social networking goes, there have been some students that have made complaints about the way they have been treated on social networks, and that the Office of Student Conduct has addressed those issues. “I am concerned about really any format or venue,”Erwin said. “To me, the issue is treatment of one another civilly, rather than, if it’s happening on the phone, or it’s happening through ILLUSTRATION BY JOE FRASER text messages.”

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On May 2, UMDPD responded to a shoplifting incident in the UMD Upper-Level Store. A UMD student was seen on video surveillance pocketing several items around the store before purchasing an item. Employees were able to identify the shoplifter because the student’s U Card was used to purchase the one item. UMD police are investigating further and formal charges will be filed. The Mac Miller concert in the Romano Gym on Saturday kept UMD officers busy for the rest of the weekend. Upwards of 2,500 people were in attendance for the show. Police responded to fights and various disturbances in the crowd throughout the night. Several medical emergencies due to dehydration and exhaustion were also reported. In total, nine people at the Mac Miller concert were cited for underage consumption. Three people were also sent to nearby detox facilities, and one person was hospitalized due to extreme alcohol intoxication. Another student was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

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The two met at Totino Grace High School in Fridley, Minn. “It is just going to be very difficult for me,” Tabor said. “I never would have thought I was going to be graduating without my best friend. This last semester being up in Duluth has been very hard. Just so many memories in so many places up here. I am looking forward to graduating and putting Duluth behind me.” Tabor said he never would’ve been able to get through the past five months without the strong support he has received not only from his friends and family but McHale’s family as well. When asked how he was able to still graduate this semester, Tabor said, “I really do not know. Every chance I got I would go back to the cities and spend time with all of her family. I have only stayed up in Duluth on the weekends a couple times. Her family has really helped me through this semester.” Nearly five months after McHale’s death, it is obvious that she has left her mark not only on UMD, but also on many of the students and faculty that walk these hallways everyday.

“I’d be disappointed that the legislature isn’t committed to holding up their agreement from the Minnesota Statute 135A.01.” The statue reads: “It is the policy of the legislature to provide stable funding for public postsecondary institutions and that the state and students share the cost of public postsecondary education. Additionally, the legislature intends to provide at

least 67 percent of all the combine revenue from tuition, university fees, and state general fund appropriations.” As things are now, Kemper says the legislature isn’t meeting this intention. In fact, it’s not even meeting a third of its intention. “Right now, the legislature is at about 19 percent,” Kemper said. “If it’s not passed, it would be disappointing that they didn’t

value higher education enough. It’s been on the backburner for a while now.” For students interested in furthering the cause, Kemper suggests getting in touch with state representatives and student representatives. “Actually seek out legislators,” Kemper said. “Send an email, a postcard, a letter. Get involved with Student Association.”

U.S. tuition rates high in comparison to Europe BY MICHAEL SCOTT

While student debt is on the rise in the United States, Europeans are graduating from college debt free. The United States has two systems of higher education. Private universities have free reign to charge whatever they deem necessary for tuition. Public universities, conversely, use a combination of public funds and tuition. It creates a more affordable, yet competitive alternative. However, a recent trend for public universities has been a shifting of the balance of cost. Throughout many parts of the United States, including Minnesota, the percentage of public funding for education has been on the decline. This has fundamentally altered just how “public” those universities are. This new dynamic places higher burdens on the student in the form of tuition. Tuition prices have skyrocketed, creating heavier and heavier debt. The Federal Reserve of New York estimates American student debt totals around $1 trillion. In continental Europe, excluding Britain, public funding of education has remained

relatively high, meaning tuition rates are very low to nonexistent. “I don’t know any students (in Germany) that have debts that they acquired because of school,” explained Melanie Bergmann, a student from Germany who previously studied at the University of Minnesota Duluth and is now a visiting instructor at the University of Mississippi. Throughout Europe, heavy debts remain a non-issue. “In Italy, I don’t know any student who has a debt,” explained Alessandra Romanelli, an Italian who just finished her master’s degree in Languages, Law and Management in Lyon, France. “Maybe you have one but it’s with your parents. In France, again I would say no, as, if you choose to go to university, tuition is affordable—about 400 Euros ($525) per year.” Even for an American studying in Europe, the cost is cheaper. Cori Shea, of Rochester, New York, did just that. “For a master’s in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language at the Universidad de Salamanca, I paid only 1,500 Euros ($1,965) total for the whole program,” Shea said. “I never looked into any equivalent (U.S.) programs specifically for teaching Spanish, but I would have had to pay

anywhere around $25,000 to $30,000. Clearly, it is an insane difference in price, and I believe that I got a much better education and experience in Spain than I would have in the U.S.” Pieter Colpaert, conversely, has gone from Europe to the United States. He estimates tuition at around 600 Euros ($785) in his native Belgium. He’s now in graduate school at Columbia University. “The cost difference with the U.S. is huge. I am currently at Columbia in an MA program, where costs are around $60,000 a year. Luckily, I have a scholarship this year... but I am still very surprised by the system here, where people graduate with massive amounts of debt before they even have a job.” For Shea, the differences in tuition became stark when she brought it up among her classmates in Spain. “In all of my conversations with classmates about the price of the master’s degree, all I can remember is how much they complained about the prices being ‘so high,’” she said. “Then I would tell them how much I paid for my undergraduate degree and how much debt I had and they couldn’t believe it.”


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An international move Three and a half years ago, when I first arrived in Duluth to start college at UMD, I did not know anyone. No one. I was the only undergraduate female student from Pakistan. The hallways, the buildings, the people, the weather, the food—everything was new and different. Today, when I am ready to graduate from college and move forward in life, I reflect back on my wonderful time in U.S. and how this unique experience allowed me to form meaningful friendships and became one of the most rewarding and enriching experiences of my life. Through my experiences, I have learned that the life of every individual around us is a gift and we should wrap this gift with kindness, love, and goodwill. We are all brothers and sisters no matter what part of the world we come from, what ethnicity, race, or religion we belong to, how we look, or what language we speak. We should all work together to make this world a better place by helping our family, friends, community, environment, and the world. I come from Sialkot, a city of about two million people,

in Pakistan. My family consists of my parents and my three sisters. In my culture, it is almost impossible for girls to travel abroad alone, even for education. Many of my friends did not get the permission to attend college in a different city. Yet my parents not only supported me in my educational endeavors, but they also encouraged me

me to get where I am. Today, after years of hard work, as I graduate from college with honors, I feel honored to be one of the first girls from my hometown and one of the few fortunate Pakistani women to get an undergraduate education in the U.S. My parents had to make a hard decision when they sent me, a girl, alone

...I believe that educating women is important because women and girls are the most powerful force to make progress in my country.

to apply to colleges in the U.S. In my country, boys are given priority over girls for better education, as well as in other aspects of life. A girl’s education is less valued in society, but my parents understood the importance of education and decided to give their daughters all the educational opportunities that are available to men. I am happy to thank my supportive and strong parents, who encouraged me to work hard, get an education, be independent and self-reliant, and helped


to a different country. They wanted me to explore the world, work hard to create my own destiny, learn the American values of liberty, justice and equality for all, and return to Pakistan to be a role model for young women. I feel very privileged because of my achievements, especially because my home country has a youth (15-24 years) male literacy rate of 79 percent and youth female literacy rate of 61 percent (UNICEF). I have witnessed girls in Pakistan unable to get a higher education because of

poverty and societal barriers. But I believe that educating women is important because women and girls are the most powerful force to make progress in my country. I have received immense love, support, kindness and hospitality here, and I would like to thank the super awesome people who have made Duluth feel like home to me. Since space does not allow me to mention everyone, I would like to say thank you to anyone and everyone who has touched my life in one way or the other. The experience of attending college in America impacted my life in the best way possible. Although I might not get return to this part of the world again, my heart is filled with cherished and beautiful memories of this amazing place. I just can’t thank this country enough. America gave me immense opportunities to excel in education, personal and professional development, gain a deeper understanding of various cultures, religions, and individuals, and the experience to live in one of the big and beautiful countries in the world. Honored, humbled, and overwhelmed by the American college experience. Gratitude. Thank you.



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Tuition needs to decrease Escaping summer mosquitoes I think that the unconscionably high tuition at UMD and at other American colleges and universities is a serious social problem. One bad consequence of high tuition is that many students leave college with a debt burden that makes their lives difficult and limits their options. More serious is the fact that many children of poor or working-class parents do not try to attend college, and those who do attend are not likely to graduate. I was interested to read the article, “UMD costs add up: UMD is one of nation’s twenty most expensive public schools,” in last week’s Statesman. I think that to emphasize UMD’s high ranking is misleading because, as the data show, there is very little difference among UMD, UMTC and St. Cloud State. All have tuition that is too high. I think that UMD is a better deal for undergraduates than the Twin Cities or St. Cloud. Minnesota does have some outstanding private colleges, but each of the top three plans to charge over $40,000 for tuition next year. I think college students should be able to earn a year’s tuition working at a minimum-wage job during the summer. Adjusted for inflation, UMD costs seven times as much as when I was a student. I think that it is better now than when I was a student, but it is not seven times as good. Chancellor Black and President Kaler have argued that tuition should not increase. I agree. However, if tuition is too high and it is held steady, it will still be too high. Instead of debating how much tuition should increase, I think that it would be better to ask whether tuition should be cut by 60 percent or 70 percent. I favor 70 percent. Dick Green Faculty member of Department of Mathematics and Statistic Phone: (218) 726-7113 Fax: (218) 726-8246 E-mail letters to: Web site:



Summer, for me, is a time when I can fully enjoy the outdoors. There’s no snow to be shoveled or trudged through, no ice to worry about slipping on, and no need to wear ten layers just to get from the car to the university without achieving a mild case of frostbite. In summer, I love hiking around town and enjoying the unique topography the Duluth area offers. But a day of hiking brings about probably the worst part of summer for me. Lots of exercise makes me a glowing beacon for millions of hungry pests who leave quite a mark on your person. Obviously, I’m talking about the mosquito. Interesting fact: only female mosquitoes suck blood. And while I try to make myself attractive to as many ladies as possible, mosquitoes are not my type. The reason for their preoccupation with the red stuff is that, while both genders of mosquito generally feed on the nectar of plants for food, females need the protein found in blood for the production of eggs. Mosquitos can’t produce the proteins needed and find it easier to steal from other animals. Thankfully, while I may appear a tasty treat to them, they do prefer the blood of horses and cattle to humans. I wouldn’t mind the pinpricks of their biting if the itchy lumps that follow didn’t last so long. When mosquitoes bite, they inject a bit of their saliva into the site to keep our blood from clotting and sealing the bite hole before they’ve had their fill.

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The lump and itch come about when our bodies try to break down the chemical components of the mosquito saliva, which are bulky and difficult to remove. Though its strong smell and irritating application makes many people cringe, bug repellent doesn’t kill bugs that fly into it. Nor does it emit some kind of force field that acts as a solid barrier to mosquito invasions. Because mosquitoes identify their human prey by sensing their exhaled carbon dioxide, body odors and temperature, bug repellent’s primary function is to mask these indicators of human activity. It scrambles their sensors and makes it very difficult, but not impossible, to find us. That’s why you’ll sometimes still see mosquitoes biting people who’ve applied repellent. Because mosquitoes have a tendency to transmit blood-borne illnesses like malariaia and the West Nile Virus through their feeding, it’s still a good idea to take some preventative measures and decrease the chances of being bit and becoming infected. I like to carry a can of repellent with me on all my excursions—it tends to wear off after an hour or two, so if I’m outside for too long, I can reapply it. I carry water to stay hydrated. And though I sweat a lot in the summer, hydration keeps my core temperature down and interferes with the suckers trying to find me. I also try to find areas with plenty of birds singing and dragonflies buzzing—the natural predators of mosquitoes. Sitting down in those areas and drinking water just to get rid of those pests will definitely be a pain— but it might be worth it.

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Due to a very busy few weeks, I have fallen behind on season three of “Game of Thrones”— something I hope to rectify in the coming weeks. Needless to say, I’m excited to go see Peter Dinklage once again smooth talk his way out of sticky situations (and maybe slap around a boy king or two in the process). But a friend of mine, who was a long-time reader of the books and never bothered to watch the show, has more recently become annoyed that the series he grew up with, “A Song of Ice and Fire,” has turned into a little television phenomenon, “Game of Thrones.” And that got me thinking a bit. For those of you who don’t know, nerds are—more often than not—incredibly defensive of the things they love, especially when it comes to things they are nostalgic for. Change is something not often tolerated by the most dedicated of fans. I recall myself quite upset at many of the changes made in last summer’s “Diablo 3,” being a huge fan of “Diablo 2” over a decade ago. I also understand the feeling of being a fan of something when it was a lot more niche before it caught on with the mainstream in a distilled form. Insert lazy hipster meme here. To my friend, “A Song of Ice and Fire” is a well-written series of fantasy books that he lost interest in long ago because of the author’s inability to finish a book. “Game of Thrones” will never matter to him, because, in his mind, there is no way that the show could ever compare to the books. I’m not quite in his boat—since I read through the series mostly during my junior year in high school—but I can sympathize. I do enjoy hearing people theorize and guess what will happen next in the show while I am content in my knowledge of knowing exactly what happens all the way through “A Dance with Dragons.” I know a lot of the people who like “Game of Thrones” will never even read “A Song of Ice and Fire.” And this got me thinking about other things as well. The nerd community at large has had a sort of trouble with the rise of the Internet because many things they were once maligned for are now almost cultural standards. The biggest movies every year are super hero movies, live-action versions of 80s cartoons are more likely to make money at the box office than a classic underdog sports story, and Batman is now considered one of the coolest guys ever (okay, Batman was always one of the coolest guys ever). In a way, nerds are the ones being pandered to, now that their hobbies have entered the mainstream. A lot of them don’t know what to do with themselves. Imagine a group of people well known for being introverted, and suddenly put them and their hobbies into spotlight. I’m just saying you could imagine some of them having issues adjusting to being into things that are more socially acceptable. Not that there is anything bad with that—and nor do I particularly care one way or another. I love both “A Song of Ice and Fire” and “Game of Thrones,” maybe not equally, but I’m glad so many more people are able to enjoy one of my favorite book series, even in a way that I hadn’t initially imagined. As the school year comes to a close, I look forward to a long summer of movies and games that appeal specifically to me. At the same time, I know they’re meant to be as appealing as possible to everyone, and ultimately that’s okay.

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Softball season meets emotional end Amid investiagation for missing former Bulldog, softball team has postseason hopes dashed BY EVAN SMEGAL

With the season on the line, the Bulldogs could have had no one better than their AllAmerican second baseman Tyra Kerr stepping to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the seventh and the team trailing Minot State by a run. The week before, UMD secured a share of its first regular season conference title in a decade with Minnesota State-Mankato. They were looking to top it off over the weekend with an NSIC Tournament championship. That wasn’t the case on DEAN RIGGOTT/SUBMITTED championship Sunday, as Junior Megan Mullen huddles the team together prior to an NSIC Tournament game over the the three-time all-conference weekend in Rochester, Minn. Kerr lined a shot to left center just within the grasp of the running centerfielder to dash we needed to play our best ball we needed to get runs anyway 41-13, they were not selected the hopes of the Bulldogs and in the tournament,” senior we could. We just didn’t get as one of the 64 invited halt their postseason run. Michaela Goris said. “Against hits we needed to.” to the NCAA Division II “Our conference is really this competition, runs are Despite the Bulldogs Tournament. UMD had an tough and we knew coming in hard to come by and we knew finishing with a record of in-region record of 30-9, but

Big innings propel UMD by Northern State


Andy Yetzer and some of his teammates look on during a game last spring. BY KYLE FARRIS

Run production was a sore spot for the UMD baseball team through the first month and a half of the season. That problem appears to be long gone. The Bulldogs (14-24, 14-10 NSIC) banged out 46 runs over the weekend and scored three or more in seven different innings, taking three of four from conference foe Northern State to finish the regular season seventh in the NSIC.

UMD was forced to dig itself out of an early 3-0 hole in game one Friday in Aberdeen, S.D., after starting pitcher Adam Zwak coughed up three runs to the Wolves in the home half of the first. Four tallies with two outs in the second gave the Bulldogs a one-run advantage, and Zwak handcuffed Northern State’s lineup as the game wore on. The senior right-hander tossed six innings in total and allowed just one run and two hits after the opening frame. A six-run UMD fourth aided by a two-run home run

from Lucas Steinbach and a two-RBI double from Alex Wojciechowski opened an eight-run gap between the clubs, and neither side was able to add to its run total the rest of the way. Matt Mattiacci dealt a clean seventh to seal the 12-4 final. The Bulldogs continued to swing heavy lumber in game two, racking up 19 runs off as many hits—one short of their season high in both categories. Steinbach drilled two more long balls as part of a five-forfive showing at the plate in the rematch, helping UMD offset a shaky start from freshman Spencer Diedrich (four innings, six runs). Diedrich and reliever Chris Couillard allowed nine Northern State runners to come around, but UMD stayed a step ahead all afternoon with seven runs in the third, five in the fourth and four in the seventh. Offense was at much more of a premium in the early game Saturday. The Wolves scratched out single runs in the second and third off UMD starter Jimmy Heck, who exited after allowing two more (one earned) in the fourth. UMD had come back to tie it at 2-2 in the top of the fourth, but couldn’t erase a three-run

deficit entering the seventh. The Bulldogs inched to within 5-4 with two outs in the final inning, but freshman Kyle Comer bounced into a fielder’s choice with runners on the corners to end the game. The two lineups found far more favorable matchups in game two, trading offensive blows over the game’s first seven innings. The Bulldogs scored in five of the first six frames, but the Wolves put up three in the third and fifth and two in the seventh to pull within 11-9 heading to the eighth. Andy Yetzer restored order for UMD by pitching a scoreless eighth, and Jordan Smith followed with a flawless ninth to punctuate the tworun victory and series win. Both teams kicked the ball around in the field during the finale, surrendering a combined 10 unearned runs on five errors apiece. Having won 10 of its last 14 after a winless non-conference season, UMD will take on No. 10 Minnesota State-Mankato in the first round of the NSIC Tournament Wednesday in St. Cloud, Minn. The Bulldogs and Mavericks had their only scheduled meeting of the regular season called off because of weather April 21.

UMD’s Miller prepping Russia for Winter Games BY JAKE STEINBACH

No coach in the history of NCAA women’s hockey has had more wins and championships in the Frozen Four than UMD head coach Shannon Miller. What else could be added to her résumé? How about mentoring Team Russia for the upcoming Winter Olympics? Miller is assisting the Russian women’s hockey team ahead of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, by working directly with members of the team’s coaching staff in an

advisory role. Miller, who could not be reached for comment, is certainly not new to the Olympics. In 1998—the first year women’s ice hockey appeared at the Olympics—she guided Team Canada to a silver medal and became the first female head coach in Olympic history. She also coached Canada to three consecutive gold medals at the Women’s World Ice Hockey Championships. While Miller wasn’t the only coach approached by Russia, her track see MILLER, B2



the number of wins Shannon Miller has racked up in her time at UMD. The total makes her the fourth winningest coach in the history of women’s college hockey.

Track and field gears up for Outdoor Championships, B2

had its bubble burst after the NCAA committee chose Emporia State, which finished 38-18 overall and in-region, for the final spot. “We are all disappointed right now,”Goris said. “On paper, we feel like we were good enough to be there and we didn’t even get that opportunity. It’s hard to understand. We did what we could throughout the season to give ourselves a chance.” Four teams received bids in the NSIC: Mankato, Minot State, Winona State and Augustana. UMD went 3-8 against those teams this year. Coming in unranked in the regional polls, the Bulldogs needed to win the tournament to make a strong statement. UMD was slated with the second seed in the tournament and squared off against Concordia-St.Paul to begin the weekend. see SOFTBALL, B2

SPORTS BRIEFS Alex Wojciechowski After a standout regular season that saw him hit .429 with five home runs and 37 runs batted in, UMD freshman and first baseman Alex Wojciechowski was selected as the NSIC’s Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year on Tuesday. The Coon Rapids, Minn., native was quiet at the plate through the first month of the season, but lit up opposing pitching the rest of the way. The six-foot-five 230-pound rookie batted .469 over the team’s last 27 games and ended the conference schedule with multi-hit performances in six of the last eight.

NSIC All-Tournament Their season may have met a disappointing conclusion over the weekend, but two UMD softball seniors went out with NSIC All-Tournament honors. Center fielder Michaela Goris and second baseman Tyra Kerr each received the distinction for the Bulldogs, who were eliminated Sunday from the NSIC tournament in Rochester, Minn., after two wins and two losses, and did not receive an invitation to the NCAA tournament. Goris hit .294 with two RBIs in 17 at-bats, while Kerr batted just .176 in 17 at-bats but recorded nine putouts and seven assists from second base without committing an error.

Schedule A look at the week ahead for UMD Athletics. All events are subject to change. Baseball Minnesota State-Mankato NSIC Tournament St. Cloud, Minn. Wednesday, 3 p.m.

Track and field NSIC Championships Sioux Falls, S.D. Friday, TBD

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Track and field claims 4 titles in St. Paul BY KYLE FARRIS

Snowy weather led to the cancellation of the Golden Bear Twilight men’s meet last Wednesday, but that didn’t stop the UMD track and field teams from nailing down four first-place finishes over the weekend. Competing at the Meet of the UnSaintly in St. Paul, Minn., Friday and Saturday, sophomore Chris Wilson claimed his first collegiate 800-meter title with a time of 1:53.80. Wilson was the lone champion among the UMD men, but several other male Bulldogs set personal bests. Senior Ryan Eason posted a secondplace time in the 5,000-meter run of 14:50.30, which was the best mark of his career and just 3.30 seconds short of the program record for the event. UMD also claimed three of the top five spots in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, with Rob Kostick second, Mitch Fisher third and Joey Erickson fifth. Senior captain Joe Deters finished runnerup in the triple jump, as did freshman

Appo Agbamu in the shot put. The Bulldog women laid claim to three event championships, including a first-place performance in the 100-meter hurdles (14.81) by junior Kelsi Ring, who also landed a thirdplace showing in the triple jump. Junior Amelia Maher reached the winner’s circle in the 400-meter with a clip of 1:04.85, while the 4×400-meter quartet of Kirsten Bjork, Kate Hassing, Madeline Schaeffer and Tatum Garrity (4:00.08) nabbed UMD’s only relay victory. First-year Kayla Wiltrout (pole vault) and senior Dana Roach (long jump) added second-place showings, while Ring, Schaeffer (400-meter hurdles) and Kate Ayers (discus) took home third-place honors. Both UMD squads will be in Sioux Falls, S.D., Friday and Saturday for the NSIC Outdoor Championships. The Bulldogs will be looking to secure trips to the NCAA II Outdoor Championships, which begin May 23 for the men and the following day for the women.


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record and personality stood out among the rest. “Her passion for the game and for success is something I’ve never seen,” UMD assistant coach Steve Macdonald said. “Her passion and commitment to her athletes, as well as her staff, is second to none.” Hockey is popular in Russia, but most of the country focuses on the men’s team. In fact, the women didn’t begin gaining attention until they started winning more games. Miller works with a predominantly male cast of coaches. Most of these coaches have never dealt with women’s hockey and must adapt to the different playing style. This is why Miller has such a crucial role in the team’s success. Even while helping the Russian team, Miller is able to work full time at UMD. Every two or three weeks, she calls or video chats with Russian coaches. This allows her to stay in Duluth to run the Bulldogs, but also help out overseas. “Hockey is hockey,” MacDonald said, when asked if coaching abroad would be any different than coaching Division I. “It will be the same basic game wherever you go.” In June of 2011, Miller received notification that she was selected to mentor the team for 2014. “I wasn’t the least bit surprised when she got the job,” Bulldog defensemen Emma Stauber said. “She takes pride in her relationships with international programs and has built her women’s program here based off the strength of many different nations. For her to expand her leadership and coaching skills elsewhere isn’t something I would put past her.”

Coaching an Olympic team, as opposed to the Bulldogs, has its positives and negatives. One of the challenges for Miller is the language barrier. She communicates with the team through a computer interpreter, but still manages to make connections with coaches and athletes. Miller’s international success has brought three Russian hockey players to UMD since she began coaching in 1998. Different coaching styles can have a huge impact on the game, and some styles work better with some teams than others. According to Sasha Vafina, who plays for both UMD and the Russian Olympic squad, Miller is more relaxed and open with her coaching style than some of the team’s other coaches. “Coach Miller is great and a special person,” Vafina said. “We can easily talk with her and she gives advice and supports us.” One big difference Vafina noticed between the coaches was how Miller understood the women’s game differently from other Russian coaches. Before Miller, all the coaches were male. “She wants the best from everyone and sets very high standards,” Stauber added. “With those standards comes understanding and punishment. She knows what it takes to make a championship team.” Miller’s stint with Russia will cover two and a half years and will conclude with the Winter Games in February. The team will be looking to claim its first gold in Olympic competition. Miller will be ready to coach her 15th season with the Bulldogs this fall.




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The long ball would come back to bite the Bulldogs later on, even with excellent pitching performances from Julia Nealer. UMD was eliminated from the tournament after three crucial mistakes that led to back-to-back losses. Mankato’s Kelly Wood hit backto-back home runs in the fifth and sixth innings as the Bulldogs suffered their first loss and moved to the loser’s bracket. The same result happened in the following game with Minot State. Beaver Tiffany Friesen was the culprit in the top of the fourth inning with a two-run blast to put Minot State up 2-0. “That’s the thing about the dome,” said Goris, who tried to chase down one ball that left the park before crashing into the fence. “The fences in the dome were only 190 feet and we normally play at around 205.” The Bulldogs responded with a run in the bottom of the inning and had the bases loaded with one out, but failed DEAN RIGGOTT/SUBMITTED to get the game-tying run across and Michaela Goris readies for a pitch at the were knocked out of the tournament. NSIC tournament over the weekend. The Bulldogs played with sorrow at the end of the year once news Offense was hard to come by for broke of the disappearance of Mandy each team. It took seven innings, but Matula early Thursday morning. the Bulldogs finally pushed across a Mutula graduated from UMD in 2011 and was a standout pitcher and run—the game-tying run. Trailing 1-0, Goris ripped a single outfielder for Bulldogs. She went to right with one out then advanced to missing early Thursday morning and third on a single by Kerr. Goris scored her whereabouts remain unknown. on Kierra Jeffers’ groundout to bring The players and coaches dedicated the the game to extras. In a wild finish, the rest of the season to Mandy and spent Bulldogs completed a 12th-inning rally the rest of Sunday in Eden Prairie when Kerr scored from third on a wild searching for her. “We have heavy hearts as we pitch to advance the Bulldogs to round conclude this season,” head coach Jen three. The following day, the Bulldogs Banford said. “I am extremely proud moved forward with a 5-2 victory over of my team this season. We had a lot of Augustana. Freshman Ashley Schil- great accomplishments and this team ling and junior Maddie Bilse sparked always rises to the occasion. Although the offense with a three-run fourth our season is ending earlier than we inning on back-to-back doubles. Jeffers wanted it to, our bond and love for also tallied her 15th round tripper of each other will always be number one, the year in the win. and we will stay Bulldog strong.”

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After long wait, kayakers finally race Lester River BY ELLY POWER

Entranced by the power of the river, Chris Baer stroked forward in his long kayak before plunging off the 25-foot waterfall on Lester River into the pool of foaming white water below. A crowd of spectators watched from the cliffs above as he fought for stability at the bottom of the falls. The rushing water beat heavily at the side of his halfflipped boat before eventually pulling him under. Baer was one of 19 competitors at the Lester River kayaking race on Saturday, but was only one of six who attempted the ferocious drop. The high waterfall, which is about a half a mile upstream from Lester Park on the east side of Duluth, was ruled out of the race because of too many pre-race failed attempts—one of which resulted in a broken paddle and another, a bloody nose. The waterfall is named “Almost Always” by paddlers for a reason: they almost always have to carry their boats around it due to its dangerous nature. “When you hear about professional kayakers that are here swimming out of that hole, it makes me a little nervous,” UMD student Scotty Ewen. The timed race, known to kayakers as an “extreme race,” dealt with high intensity whitewater that is rated class four and five out of six, with six being impassable. Racers started a few miles upstream and one by one negotiated a number of colorfully named features on the river, starting with Limbo Falls, then Naked Man, Oh My God, Holy Shit and finally, Mini Octopus.   Lauren Fryer, Ewen’s girlfriend and UMD student and paddler, was worried for her boyfriend before the race. “I’m confident in him,” she said. “But I’m going to make sure to wish him good luck before he goes.” Unlike her boyfriend, Fryer opted out of racing. “It’s big!” she said. “It’s really big.


UMD student Scotty Ewen braves the raging Lester River in his kayak on May 4. The Lester River kayak race was delayed from its original date, April 13, because of cold weather persistently icing over the river.

Someday I’ll work up to it, but it’s big.” The cause of Fryer’s nervousness was illustrated on Ross Herr’s face, a racer from Marquette, Mich. Dried blood from when his paddle hit him in the nose while running Almost Always before the race was still on his face. “Everybody’s looking at me like I have something wrong with my face or something, but it’s good,” he said jokingly. Herr went on to get second place just behind John McConville, who won with a time of nine minutes, 56 seconds. The decision to shorten the course wasn’t the only surprise the racers came across. After almost a month of cold weather delay from its original date of April 13, it was a surprise the race was actually happening.   “We’ve been itching,” said Ben Peters, 20, a racer from Hudson, Wis.  

When race coordinator Ryan Zimny gave the thumbs up for Saturday, racers from around the Midwest flocked to the Duluth. “It’s not a very big community, so we all know each other,” Ewen said. “We don’t all boat together, but what’s cool is events like this bring us together. So, it’s neat.” Ewen, who was one of a handful of local racers, had a successful run. “I accomplished my goals!” he exclaimed. “I stayed upright. I don’t think I came in last because my friend swam, so I beat him. And I didn’t swim. I didn’t flip over. I’m very happy.” The race finished in a small pool just above the Almost Always falls. Racers then carried their boats around the crashing waterfall and paddled down the rest of the river to the parking lot. Ewen, however, stayed along with a few other boaters to watch Baer shoot Almost Always for the second time. He

stood close to the falls with a throw rope in hand in case Baer’s second run turned out like his first one: in defeat. “I was talking a lot of smack before the race,” Baer said. “So, I had to do it.” Within seconds, Baer dropped from the top of the falls and disappeared into the frothing water. To everyone’s surprise and relief, he popped right back out, paddling away from the falls with a giant smile on his face, shouting and throwing his arms in the air. Everyone cheered. “Just because you don’t get it the first time doesn’t mean you don’t do it again,” he said. Despite Baer’s successful run on Almost Always, the crew enjoyed a little light-hearted ripping back in the parking lot, where they made him and others who had not stayed in their boats earlier in the day drink out of a hiking boot.


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(Left) Mac Miller opened up his set at UMD with a remix of “Let Me Clear My Throat,” and transitioned into his songs “Party on 5th Ave” and “Glow.” (Top) Mac Miller shared the stage on May 4 with artists Mod Sun and Nick Luebke. (Bottom) Fans pack close together with their smart phones at the ready to capture a photo of Mac Miller on May 4.

KPB presents the annual spring concert How the Kirby Program Board brings big name performers to UMD


Throughout the school year the Kirby Program Board (KPB) has a jam-packed calendar full events for students: open mic nights, movie showings and grocery bingo—just to name a few. When spring semester rolls around, the students involved in KPB prepare for one of their biggest events on campus: the annual spring concert. There are many opinions and rumors that float around every spring about how UMD goes about choosing which artist is best for the concert. Carrie Lelwica is the concert chair and event coordinator for KPB. After helping book artists on campus, such as Matt Mason, These Hearts, Mod Sun, and Timeflies, Lelwica’s next project was to search for the artist that would be headlining UMD’s annual spring concert. “The planning for this concert started about eight months ago,” Lelwica said. Lelwica has always had a passion for music and concerts, so when she started going to Kirby events as a freshman,

she realized that she could potentially make her passion for music into a job— or even a career. “I love certain music, but that doesn’t affect what band or artist gets chosen; it’s really based off student input,” Lelwica said. Last semester, a survey was sent out to the student body via email that listed artists from various genres and allowed students to choose which they prefer. “After getting access to the data from the surveys, I read them and wrote down each artist and put a tally next to their name,” Lelwica said. “2,000 or so entries later, I narrowed it down to the top ten.” The students that make up KPB then meet and discuss those artists, so that everyone is involved in the decision process. KPB also takes advantage of their membership to the online trade publication Pollstar, which has information about the management or agency attached to the different artists. Lelwica and her team narrow the top ten down even more by contacting the artists’ agencies via email to find out which artists are available. “In the emails, we express interest in


Artist: Deerhunter Album: Monomania Recommended Tracks Monomania, Leather Jacket II, The Missing, Pensacola

Listen if you like Atlas Sound, Lotus Plaza, No Age, Iceage

In the world of independent music, there are many well-known super groups. The band Deerhunter, is one of those rare groups that actually formed before any of their solo projects took off. Comprised of Bradford Cox (Atlas Sound), Lockett Pundt (Lotus Plaza), Moses Archuleta, Frankie Broyles, and Josh McKay, Deerhunter has been described as ambient punk and is no stranger to the critical acclaim of the hipster music scene. Their new album “Monomania” however, is



booking the artist for a couple different dates to find out their availability,” Lelwica said. “Macklemore was our first choice, but he was not available for any of the dates we had in mind, unfortunately.” She added: “It’s all about trial and error.” Following negotiations, UMD sends the artist agency a formal offer, which is a legal document stating what the school is offering. From this point, the agency can either accept of deny the offer. Accepted contracts are exchanged and sent to the lawyers at the U of M Twin Cities. All of these factors have to match up perfectly for an artist to work, and this was how Mac Miller became the artist chosen. “KPB plans the spring concert based off of student input, cost, artist availability, venue availability and type of music for the most students,” Lelwica said. ”With the Timeflies concert, a lot of people were asking why it was in the ballroom and not the gym. But with set up and take down, concerts become two-day events. When sports were going on in the gym, it made that really hard.” When it comes closer to concert

anything but ambient. It comes with the raw power of a 90’s garage rock band. While the opening song “Neon Junkyard” keeps the pace a little more laidback with an acoustic guitar at the front of the sound, it transitions into the distorted guitar riff focused in “Leather Jacket II”. The title track “Monomania” has all the instruments and vocals so fuzzed out it sounds like it came straight from the 90’s noise punk scene. The last half of the tune hears Cox repeating the phrase “mono-monomania” over and over as the layers of distorted sound come together so heavy you feel like you’ll go deaf. This really helps emphasizes Cox’s stream of consciousness writing

time, committees that are made up of volunteers are formed to make sure that the show runs smoothly. “Organization and time management are very important,” Lelwica said. “You’re working with signed acts, so the specifics need to be handled before they arrive.” The hospitality committee’s job is not only to make sure the artist gets what he or she needs, but to also schedule meet and greets, set up the green room, facilitate the artist’s arrival and perform sound checks. “I wasn’t working here yet when Yellowcard came and performed, but they asked for a bunch of puppies to play with before going on,” Lelwica said. “If negotiations like that arise, we just tell them that we will do what we can for them to the best of our ability.” Lelwica enjoys her job as an event coordinator for KPB, but plans to graduate in spring of 2014. “Next year if I had someone shadow me, that would be awesome,” Lelwica said. “Anyone can join Kirby Program Board and there are always volunteer opportunities.”

style. He is known to write lyrics on the spot with his music and add parts to his songs until he feels like it gets “too crowded”. This style fits perfectly with the punk aspect of his songs. Other tracks like “Pensacola” keep the spirit of a punk jam while still having a very catchy vocal hook Other songs like “The Missing” remind us that Deerhunter can write the nice little ballad and back off the loud distortion garage rock attitude. While being definitely one of the more underwhelming albums by Deerhunter, “Monomania” still

packs a solid set of songs for any 90’s punk rock fan.

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Some students chose to say ‘I do’ “I sacrifice a lot of sleep,” Aho said. “When you are married, it is a lot of work. But it is work that you have to put in to have a successful marriage.” Elling also admits to having to take extra care in time management now. “Marriage is your number one priority, so your priorities just shifted,” Elling said. “I mean you have less time for friends, but you still get plenty of time for


Jordyn Aho spends a typical Saturday morning doing homework and laundry, and then she goes to work at Woodland Hills; the only difference between her and most of the students on campus is that Aho is married. “When I get home I am so exhausted from my day, but I stay up a little later to spend quality time with my husband,” Aho said. “Even if it’s just sitting by each other and having a conversation.” In 2011, Aho, like some college students, chose to get married when she was still in school. Although it is uncommon to create a new family in college, these young couples find ways to adapt to and enjoy their new lives. According to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau, the median age at first marriage was 28.2 for men and 26.1 for women. That means most students will wait for at least four years after graduation to step into marriage. “I got married in college because I knew he was the one I wanted to marry, and I didn’t want to wait any longer,” Aho said. For Aho, timing is not as important as the right person. Her decision to get married may seem strange to her peers, but she was ready for the commitment. Meagan Elling, a senior writing studies major at UMD, is another student who didn’t want to wait any longer. “We were 100 percent positive that we wanted to get married and we didn’t want to wait until we were done with school.” Eiling said. Elling said there were no worries at all before she got married in 2012; she just didn’t want to miss the right person. But, she said finding time to balance school, a part-time job and a husband can be hard.

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everything else, and it is not bad at all.” Elling’s husband, Reed Elling, is a student majoring in criminal justice at UWS. Both of them need to do a lot of writing, and they said that they help and encourage each other on their homework. “We just help motivate each other by doing simple things,” Reed said. “Like if you finish your paper,

and we’ll go have a picnic.” For Aho, the biggest difference from single to married life was the name change. But besides changing her name on small things like school email and U Card, Aho also had to change her name on tuition and student loans, which took a lot of work. “I missed out on FAFSA the year I got married because I was right in the middle of changing my name and there was a big mishap,” Aho said. “It was very stressful!” Although both couples have faced big changes, they still think it was all worth it. “The best thing after getting married in college is being able to live together and travel,” Elling said. “Before we got married, we couldn’t spend much time together, but now we can see each other when we’re at home.” Katey Leverson, an instructor in the Department of Psychology at UMD, teaches Marriage and Families Worldwide this semester and thinks older age is better for marriage. “I don’t think I can say it is good or bad to get married in college either way; it depends on the couple,” Leverson said. “We do know that the younger that you get married, the higher risk for divorces, so it is kind of older is a little better in terms of that.” Of course, marriage is a responsibility both members of the couple have to respect. “I guess my best suggestion is to make time for each other,” Aho said. “It can make all difference in a marriage.” For Elling, getting married in college isn’t crazy; it’s just an important decision. “Just be 100 percent certain that you want to get married,” Elling said. “I have heard from so many people that, ‘Why did you just wait because it’s so hard being married in college,’ but it’s not at all.”

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The Statesman May 8, 2013  
The Statesman May 8, 2013  

This week's issue of the Statesman covers new legislation that will benefit students paying for college and profiles students who decide to...