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Less than half of UMD students are graduating in four years BY MAEGGIE LICHT

With tuition costs on the rise and patience growing thin, many students look to get into college, get a degree, and get out in four years. But just how many students are able to meet that goal? According to UMD, the number hovers just above onethird. Though that number may sound small, Mary Keenan, UMD Director of Strategic Enrollment Management, says that having 37 percent of students graduate in four years is an improvement for UMD. “Over the last five years, our graduation rate has increased by 12 percent,” she said. Keenan sites a number of reasons for the increase. One of the biggest factors is the University of Minnesota’s Four-Year Graduation Plan, which was implemented in 2007. The plan requires students to sign the conditions of the Four-Year Graduation Agreement. The agreement, which can be found on the University of Minnesota’s website, has a long list of demands in order for the agreement to be binding. Here are just a few: students must enter as freshman and submit the signed agreement by the end of the first day of fall semester, complete the freshman writing course in the first year, register within two days of their allotted date, and maintain good academic standing. According to the website, if

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those requirements are met, graduation in four years is ensured. The site reads: “If you meet all the stated expectations for planning and performance, we will assure that the classes you need to graduate are available—if we can’t keep our promise, and you have to stay at the University longer than four years because we can’t offer a needed course, we’ll approve a substitute course or pay the tuition for your course.” Keenan says a big part of the successes made by the FourYear Plan can be attributed to the 30-60-90 Roadmap that came along with it. The graduating class of 2012

was the first to be introduced to the 30-60-90 Roadmap, and was the class who helped raise the graduation rate. Keenan believes use of this plan, combined with use of the Academic Progress Auditing System (APAS), helps students move through the university system more efficiently. “Students have more access to grad-planning tools,” she said. “In fall 2006, 52.3 percent of UMD undergrads enrolled in 15-plus credits per semester. This fall, 68 percent are enrolled in 15-plus credits. More students meeting the annual 30-credit benchmark supports progress to timely graduation. Intentional

use of APAS and Grad Planner ensures that they are the ‘right’ credits.” However, for UMD psychology major Ryan Gallagher, who graduates this spring, the 30-60-90 Roadmap wasn’t much help. “I guess it’s a good idea,” he said. “But from my own experience and hearing from others, it’s kind of a pointless roadmap when you can’t get into the classes during registration.” Instead, he found the APAS report to be more useful. “I would say (the APAS) definitely helped,” he said. “It was nice that I could always check if all of my requirements were

being filled.” In addition to the APAS and the 30-60-90 plan, Keenan says there’s also been greater attention given to the students and their individual successes. “We’ve enhanced the welcome program,” she said. “There’s been more of an emphasis on student success and academic advising. Students know where they can go for help.” According to Gallagher, his first-year advisor was somewhat of a dud. He feels that forming bonds with his professors proved to be more fruitful, and he points to his relationship with his professors as the most important thing that has helped him graduate in four years. “I guess I had to take initiative to get a better advisor, which was one of the professors that I got close with,” Gallagher said. “They would always be willing to help to make sure I was always on progress and in the right classes.” Gallagher thinks registration is a big obstacle for students trying to graduate in four years. He was able to enter UMD with 45 credits from Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) classes in high school, which gave him earlier registration dates. This allowed him to get into the classes he needed. For many students, this isn’t the case, and they have to stick around for another year. Gallagher thinks there is a possible solution to this problem. “To be honest, I think they need to start limiting how many freshman they accept,” he said. see GRADUATION, A3

UMD first in Duluth to add electric car charging station BY SHANNON KINLEY

UMD is one step closer to reaching its goal of being a sustainable campus. By the end of April, UMD will be home to one of the very first electric vehicle charging stations in the Northland. “This is really cool; we want to be a part of the future for people who adopt this technology,” said Mindy Granley, UMD’s sustainability coordinator. This is just one of the goals in the UMD Energy Action Plan, which is designed to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as well as encourage sustainability. The retail price of one of these stations is just over $5,000. In order to help with the costs, UMD and the City of Duluth received a grant that will cover everything except installation costs. This project is the result of collaboration from three separate departments: UMD’s Office of Sustainability, Parking Services, and Facilities Management. “Just having one (charging station) shows that we are willing to adapt to new technology and support it,” Granley said. Granley said one of the main reasons UMD wanted to implement this project was to offer students another option beyond busses, biking, and driving to campus. “We want to make this a good option for students,” BRETT GROEHLER/SUBMITTED Granley said. “We are offering a suite of options that meet everyone’s needs.” Former Minn. Congressman James Oberstar unveils an electric vehicle charging station on March 15, 2013. see CHARGING STATION, A3

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Graduate fair at UMD opens options for students


On Tuesday, March 26, UMD hosted the Pre-Professional School Exhibition in the Kirby Ballroom. Students interested in attending graduate school got the chance to talk with representatives from universities around the country. “Students want to hear from (the schools)—from the people taking their applications,” said Mikosa Redetzke, an academic advisor and one of the women responsible for hosting the event. “They want real information and real statistics.” The event directly plugged UMD students into the network of large schools outside of the U of M system, as well as schools outside the state to start planning the next steps in their education. Many small graduate schools from across the country came to UMD to participate in the event, but UMD hopes to have more large schools show interest in participating next year. According to Redetzke, Harvard University showed interest in sending representatives to next year’s exhibition. However, Harvard wanted to see the numbers of attendees reach 400 before committing. Representatives from Johns Hopkins University, one of the

top medical graduate schools, also showed interest in joining the event next year. This year was the first time UMD hosted an event like this since the fall of 2008. UMD stopped holding graduate school exhibition events because numbers had been low. In 2008, the event only attracted 127 UMD students. On Tuesday, 325 students attended the event. Redetzke said UMD used to send students down to the Twin Cities campus for its Graduate School Fair. However, the Twin Cities campus no longer holds the event. Without the Twin Cities campus holding a Graduate School Fair, the only other option is the Minnesota State University Moorhead campus. According to Janet Pribyl from Career Services, numbers could have been down in past years because the event was in the fall and some students had not yet started to plan for the next year. “It gives students a more realistic idea of how to plan their application process,” Pribyl said. “It will increase their chance of getting in.” Redetzke has already started to make plans for next year’s exhibition. “Our students need to know how to apply to these schools,” she said.



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UMD worked with the company Charge Point on the project. By being a part of the Charge Point network, customers can download an application on their phones that will not only allow them to check the availability of the charge station, but to also search for other nearby stations. The app can also send drivers notifications of their car’s charging status while the station is in use. According to Charge Point’s website, there are a total of 47 charge stations in the state—the majority being in Bloomington. Besides the new one in Duluth, none are farther north than Coon Rapids, Minn. Granley said there are currently works for other charge stations to be installed in Duluth: one in the Depot parking lot, and another in the new Duluth Transit Authority (DTA) center. She added that there are also plans to add stations at the Duluth airport. DyAnn Andybur, energy coordinator for the City of Duluth, confirmed that by the beginning of May, there will be an electric vehicle (EV) charge station installed

in the Depot/library parking lot, located on 10th Ave. W. and Michigan St. “We want to make sure that individuals, whether they are visiting from other cities or whether they are residents, have an opportunity to charge their electric vehicle while they are in the downtown area,” Andybur said. Dennis Jensen, general manager for the Duluth Transit Authority (DTA), also confirmed the installation of EV stations in the new transit station. He estimates at least 10 stations will be installed. “We just felt that having these is the future,” Jensen said. “Why wait and then have to go back and remodel the facility. If we know something is coming, we might as well do it now and encourage that technology as it develops.” Jensen estimates that the new transit center will be completed in November 2014. UMD is not the first university to install a charging station. In fact, Granley said many universities across the nation have already installed multiple stations.

“Universities tend to be places where these things get tried out,” Granley said. “It is a good try, because universities are places of learning and research, and they can be early adopters.” Granley said that although electric vehicle technology is still at its infant stages, it is definitely growing. She estimates that car manufacturers will start to make more electric vehicles. “(Installing the charge station) is an experiment,” Granley said. “Hopefully, in 10 years we are not saying, ‘Well that was a mistake,’ and taking it down.” UMD will assess how often the station is being used, and, depending on demand, add more stations around campus. “If students want it, we will get it for them,” Granley said. “At UMD, we really want to pay attention to our campus footprint.” The charging station was temporarily set up when Sen. Oberstar came to campus, then was taken down until the ground can thaw so UMD can officially install it.


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“I think I was fortunate with how many credits I came in with that allowed me to register earlier. But a lot of friends, even in their third year, still struggle to get classes. There’s just too many people trying to get into a limited number of spots. I know for a fact that I wouldn’t have graduated in four years without PSEO.” According to UMD’s retention reports, around 60 percent of students graduate in five or six years. So why is this percentage so much higher than four-year grads? Like Gallagher mentioned, some students aren’t able to get into all the classes they need for graduation, which can lead to a much longer stay. Another problem,

for students like Shae Pelowski, is change in major. “I switched my major from musical theater to education,” Pelowski said. “My freshman year I took only theater classes, so I had to basically start over.” With 148 credits completed, she still has three semesters of college left to finish her new major. “I guess I use Grad Planner,” Pelowski said. “But I don’t really find it extremely useful. And I have no options to complete the courses much faster.” Pelowski is disappointed that there aren’t more options for students like her. While the plans aim to help students graduate in four years, those who are on a longer track have less guidance.

“It’s frustrating,” she said. “I think every day about the fact that I am going to be here a lot longer than I want to be, and there is nothing I can do about it.” With students coming in still as teenagers, deciding what to do for the rest of their lives is a big decision. Pelowski says she’s noticed a lot of people struggle with that choice and end up undecided for the first few years. UMD wants to raise its four-year graduation rates, and Pelowski thinks giving students the option to look at different majors would help. “UMD should provide more exploration opportunities for undecided majors and maybe even high school students, if possible,” she said.


On March 28 , UMD police responded to an incident at the TCF bank. A man had attempted to deposit a large amount of cash into his account, claiming he felt unsafe carrying it around. The amount was large enough that the bank tellers had to take it into a back room to count it. The man became upset and was suspicious of the employees handling his money. Upon reviewing the cash, several twenty-dollar bills were discovered to be counterfeit. The man, a business owner, was not suspected of being the counterfeiter. The fake bills were sent to the Secret Service.

On March 31, shortly after 1 a.m., UMDPD and the Duluth Police Department responded to complaints of a loud party on the 1700 block of Carver Ave. Several partygoers were on the porch when police arrived. After investigating the party, police issued four underage drinking citations. Two people were cited with social host violations for allowing the underage drinking to occur in their residence. On April 1, police responded to a report of a possible party in the Bagley area. Upon investigating, police did not find a party, but did find three male students attempting to build a fire. The students had not been drinking and were cooperative with police.

Underage drinkers could be granted immunity BY GRAHAM HAKALA

Underage drinkers are faced with a dilemma: call for help when a friend passes out from too much alcohol and risk an underage ticket with possible fines, or let the friend sleep it off and hope for the best. Students from the Minnesota Student Legislative Coalition (MSLC) are pushing for a bill that would help curb this issue by granting limited immunity to underage drinkers who call for help when faced with a medical emergency. Their hope is that this legislation would save lives by eliminating any hesitation to call 911. “You find from talking to friends and classmates that there are a lot of people who wouldn’t call for help because they don’t want to get in trouble,” said Hannah Keil, a UMD student representative for the MSLC. The bill, known as medical amnesty, would limit the immunity to underage consumption and possession of alcohol, and would not cover any other crimes. “The effort is coming along very well,” said Matt Forstie, MSLC

chairman. “In the past six weeks, we have introduced the bill, passed it through three Minnesota House and Senate Committees, and gained the support of a large group of legislators and interest groups throughout the state.” It will now move to the Senate and House floors to be voted on later in the legislative sessions. Currently, UMD has a system in placeAlcohol Related Emergency Protocol. “It is not a guarantee,” said Lauretta Perry, chemical health educator at UMD. “It gives officers the right to use their discretion on a case by case basis. If students are initiating help, making the call, and doing the right thing, the police are going to take that into consideration when determining how to handle a situation.” According to Perry, the protocol is an agreement with city and campus police that makes student safety and health a priority over giving citations. “We almost always err on the side of getting people help,” said UMD Police Director Scott Drewlo. “If that means not writing somebody a ticket for a

status offense, like underage drinking, to identify a situation as an alcoholthat’s fine.” related medical emergency,” Perry Underage consumption and said. possession of alcohol are misdemeanor These findings led the university to charges that usually carry a fine of develop the Make the Call campaign. around $100. The campaign is an effort to educate “When students make the call, police students on the signs of alcohol are often times not issuing citations to overdose and encourage them to call the caller, and the students feel like medical professionals when necessary. they’re being treated respectably by “Whatever we can do to get people police,” said Perry. not afraid to call for help, I’m all for According to a University of that,” said Drewlo. Minnesota study, 37 percent of the students surveyed admitted to high-risk drinking within the past two weeks. A similar U of M study showed that 14 percent of students would be unlikely to call for help if they witnessed someone passing out due to alcohol consumption. “When we surveyed students, what we learned was the number one reason students don’t call for help is that they don’t know how ALEX LEONE/STATESMAN

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Why I volunteer BY LUKE WOHLWEND

I recently got back from my third spring break service trip through the student organization here on campus, Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF). We took two coach busses from UMD: one to Washington D.C., and one to Dallas—sixty-five kids in total. This was a trip that, for the first time, I wasn’t only a participant—I helped plan it and recruit for it. The entire trip took about five months to plan, and, hands down, the most difficult part of it was getting people to go. And I can understand why. I would have loved to go lie on the beach for a week too, especially after being stuck indoors for five months because of the wonderful weather Duluth has to offer. Even after tabling and tweeting for students to come volunteer, most students I talked to already had their plans set to PCB or somewhere else warm. Again, I don’t blame them—I’ll be the first one to admit that I was a little hesitant to give up my break when I went on my first volunteer trip as a sophomore. But it turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life. Volunteering is never exactly free of charge. The work requires time spent on it, and on top of that, it’s impossible to not spend money on it—whether for gas or expensive fees. For my trip with STLF, everyone put down about $400. And most people think it’s crazy to pay to volunteer. Again, I see the

point. Volunteer work is giving up your own time; you shouldn’t have to pay to do it. I never realized how grateful people are for even small gestures that help them out. On the first trip I went on, I met so many people who actually cried tears of joy from all the work we did for them, and this year was no different. Whether it’s spending a morning painting nails for residents at a nursing home or picking up the remains of a house that was blown down after a tornado, people everywhere have been grateful. People are just in awe of college students giving up their break to volunteer. It’s a really great feeling knowing that you are appreciated. Knowing all this, I still wish more people could experience what it is like to give back. It’s worth it. It’s fun to meet new people while doing some good. It has been one of the more fun things I have done during college, and I have met many people that I wouldn’t have met if I hadn’t gone on my first trip through STLF. I wouldn’t be the person I am today if I hadn’t gone on my first alternative spring break three years ago. This is my last semester as an undergrad, but if I were going to be around next year, you would know what I would be doing over spring break. I urge everyone who still has time left in their college career to try an alternative spring break next year. It truly will be an experience that you will not forget. So next year when all your friends are sitting around, thinking about which beach you’d like to sit around on, break the college stereotype and pay it forward on a service trip. I guarantee you will not regret it!




Thinking about email privacy

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Email privacy is an issue that seems particularly confusing for students of public universities. According to various articles by the MN Daily, as a public university, the emails of our faculty and staff are considered public record and can be looked into by the university. For students, the attitude is considerably stricter. So as long as we’re not employees of the university, our information (I’m assuming) wouldn’t be counted as public record—but that doesn’t mean the university doesn’t have access to our emails. If they like, they could browse our email for security reasons or if there’s a possibility that a student is violating university policy. In honesty, this isn’t anything that makes me anxious. In our university, I would think that if anyone were to worry about their emails being browsed through, it would be our faculty. Aside from letting me know that I should conduct all of my drug deals through cell phone only, it changes very little in my day-to-day life. My university email is largely only used to harass my professors for extensions, and I’m pretty certain that the school is too large to do rounds on all the students’ email accounts. In the interest of transparency, the ability to look into things (so long as it’s regulated) doesn’t seem like such a terrifying thought. Still, I can’t help but be curious. If scoured emails have ever contributed to a student’s suspension or any academic sanction, the situation becomes quite different. It might make a lot of us a little more cautious in exactly what we say in a casual email to friends. But even then, it’s hard to understand exactly how much weight is given to what we say in emails— and it’s especially hard to understand how it could be used as evidence for any sort of action taken. A lot of the scramble over university email policy was started after several of Harvard’s deans’ emails were searched, without notice, by their administration. This was apparently done after an incident of mass cheating involving 70 students, and a slip up of a dean, who, unaware that an administrative message he was sent was private, forwarded it to a student. The fact that the administration immediately went to pour into the emails of various deans (as opposed to the method of just asking) started the controversy on email Phone: (218) 726-7113 Fax: (218) 726-8246 E-mail letters to: Web site:





security. That case seems pretty different to what we’d see. For one, a UMD scandal wouldn’t be as high profile—which should mean that our administration would be less prone to overreacting/overreaching their limits when faced with a problem. But the issue still poses more questions about when our university would feel justified in searching emails, and who holds the authority to make the decision. It’s hard to understand who exactly is doing the searching. Something in me doubts that it’s the nice lady behind the desk of Student Services, but I also can’t believe that every breach of privacy goes up to the chancellor. In the articles I’ve read that discuss email privacy in universities, the finger’s always been pointed at one mysterious word: administration. But that group is way too large to be assigned responsibility for anything. It brings up questions of who exactly in the administration has the power to look into the emails of professors or students, and whether they should ever overreach their limits—an action for which they would be held accountable. And who would hold them accountable? None of these questions would exactly keep me up at night, but, in the interest of transparency, it seems important to know.

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International Women’s Day is celebrated every year around the world, and on March 8 here in U.S. Luckily for us ladies, it has now expanded to a whole month. I have always been an advocate of equal rights for women, and I think the world—and our society in general— has made amazing leaps forward in terms of women’s rights. Have you ever wondered who the first women were to step up and say, “Hey, I can do that”? In a male-dominated society, it requires amazing bravery to do such a thing. Even today, women are seen as less applicable for certain leadership roles. Well, I say that’s about to change real fast. I want to take you gals (and guys) on a journey through history to honor some badass women who paved the way for us to get the respect we deserve. International Women’s Day was started by the Socialist Party of America in 1911. In 1981 it was reevaluated and changed to Women’s History Month in response to the day’s enormous popularity. A good decision, I think. The month is meant to highlight the accomplishments and inspiration of women all over the world. There are some great events on campus highlighting some accomplishments of local women as well; I highly recommend checking them out! Firstly, I want to say how awesome

it is that everyone, not just women, are going through those vigorous years of college to get an education. Knowledge really is power. The first ever woman to get a degree was Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia. She was a stunning Venetian of noble decent who wanted to be a philosopher. She went on to study at the University of Padua to receive her doctorate in June 1678. This next chick is just straight up awesome. She was crazy passionate about filmmaking and she won an Academy Award for Best Director. She is the first woman ever to win an award for best director. The film was “Hurt Locker,” and if you haven’t seen it, you should. Even as a self-proclaimed movie snob, I can honestly say that this is some good stuff. Good job, Kathryn Bigelow. She was 51 years old when she won the award and was pretty deep into her movie-directing career. After this feat, she was named in the Time 100 Most Influential People list. I am a personal fan of this next lady. A big fan. She didn’t do anything outrageous and she wasn’t the first woman to sail the ocean blue (that was Kay Cottee). I’m talking about The Queen of Rock and Roll: Joan Jett. The girl has got three platinum albums and it’s said that she opened the doors to women in rock and roll. Thanks, Joan. She’s written and produced some of the most famous songs ever: “I love Rock and Roll” and “Bad Reputation.”


Gender-neutral bathrooms Some things in life make no sense. One of these nonsensical things is the existence of single-stall bathrooms that are labeled either female or male. There is no point in having them when they can only be used by one person at a time anyway. Restrooms everywhere need to be accessible to everyone, and, as it stands now, they are not at UMD. The majority of the restrooms, including those with only one stall, are exclusively female or male. This arrangement does not work and is not fair to everyone. The reality

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is that not everyone can use single-sex restrooms. Restrooms that are only for a specific sex do not work for parents with small children of the opposite sex, people who are handicapped and whose caretakers are of the opposite sex, and people who are transgendered. There is an easy solution to this problem: have all single-stall restrooms be gender-neutral. Catherine Messman Statesman reader

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UMD halts record-tying slump BY KYLE FARRIS


Max Ryan flags down a ball at the fence during a game last year at Bulldog Park.

It was one step forward and one step back for the UMD baseball team in its series with Sioux Falls in Sioux City, Iowa, last week. On one hand, the Bulldogs (2-16, 2-2 NSIC) were able to avoid the distinction of losing 15 consecutive games to start the season, which would have broken the program record. But on the other hand, they dropped the second game of each of their doubleheaders with the Cougars and are still without a series win on the

year. Entering play Thursday tied with the 2009 squad for the longest losing streak in school history at 14, the Bulldogs made quick work of Sioux Falls in the first game of the double dip, pushing across four runs in the top of the first on hits from Jimmy Heck, Max Ryan and Tommy Bodeker. UMD added a run in the second and three in the fourth to back ace Jordan Smith. Smith tossed a complete-game seven innings of four-run ball (three earned) while scattering seven hits to record his and the club’s first win of

Bulldogs top Huskies, but not Mother Nature BY EVAN SMEGAL

The lingering winter hindered the opening day of conference play last week, with many NSIC games being pushed back, relocated or even cancelled. The UMD softball team had all three impede their NSIC season debut. Last year, the Bulldogs played in Duluth on March 24 in unseasonably warm weather. That wasn’t the case this year, as the Bulldogs had their weekend games against Winona State and Upper Iowa cancelled and their home opener versus St. Cloud State pushed back from Tuesday to Thursday and relocated to St. Cloud, Minn. To make matters worse, with spring not melting the snow or getting rid of the frost, the Bulldogs might not get the chance to play in front of a home crowd this season. “It’s really disappointing not to be playing here (in Duluth),” center fielder Michaela Goris said. “Last year, we got to play our games here, granted it was at (Ordean East) Middle School, but we were still able to have that home atmosphere. It’s not easy going to St. Cloud on a three-hour bus ride to play them with their fans and in their dome.” Despite the inconvenience of playing the “home” opener in the opposition’s dome, the Bulldogs upended the Huskies 1-0 and 9-4 and reigned supreme again in the conference’s top spot. The Bulldogs (22-6) have now won nine consecutive games against the Huskies. Juila Nealer once again turned in a stellar pitching performance for UMD against another NSIC standout pitcher, Kelly Franks. In the pitchers’ showdown, the senior ace out-dueled Franks, shutting down the Huskies to the tune of a seven-inning shutout

with eight strikeouts in the 1-0 victory. “We had one of the tougher schedules in Florida and it prepared us for these games,” Nealer said. “We really wanted to get an early jump on the conference and we did that. We were struggling for a portion of the game, but Michaela jumped-started our offense.” UMD’s lineup got off to a sluggish start, mustering just three hits in game one. They drew seven walks, but left the bases loaded twice and stranded a total of eight runners. But Goris gave the Bulldogs the advantage in the fifth inning. The senior captain finally broke the scoreless tie, lacing a two-out double into left center to score the only run of the game. “I had two strikes on me and I was looking for anything just to drive,” said Goris, who went 2-for-3 in the first game of the doubleheader. “She gave me a pitch up that I could hit and I drove it into the outfield.” Goris said she relied on her four-year playing experience in college while at the plate. “Once we get into the fourth, fifth and sixth innings,” Goris said, “we have seen the pitcher a few times and we know that you have to stay relaxed at the plate and be on your toes.” She used that experience to spark a fiverun second inning in game two. Goris lined a shot right over the outstretched arm of Huskies’ second baseman Breana Canova into the right field gap for a two-run triple. Including the Goris triple, UMD struck for four consecutive hits. Sami Schnyder doubled to score Goris, Tyra Kerr knocked Schnyder in with a single back up the middle, and then Kierra Jeffers ripped an RBI double of her own. Jeffers also added a two-run home run, her team-leading ninth of the year, in the 9-4 victory.

Baseball is a numbers game and the numbers sure tell the story for the UMD baseball team through the first month and a half of the season. Fourteen games, nine different opponents and six weeks passed before the Bulldogs managed to nail down their first victory of the season last Thursday against Sioux Falls. The winless drought matched the longest in the history of the program. “We might have been 0-14, but we were always really close in all of those games,” senior pitcher and team captain Jordan Smith said. “It’s just one hit away, and it felt good to get over the hump.” Before breaking through for that first win last week, the Bulldogs had fallen eight times this year by three runs or less. Like with any team that has dropped 14 consecutive games, the list of things to improve is a lengthy one. But against Sioux Falls, UMD showed flashes, albeit brief ones, of the improved team it would like to


Julia Nealer unleashes a pitch against Southwest Minnesota State in St. Paul Feb. 27.

“Our conference is tough and up for grabs this year,” Nealer said. “Now we have to travel to Northern State and get two wins there.” Northern State won’t be as easy a series as its record (11-13, 3-3 NSIC) would indicate. Last Friday, the Wolves managed a split against Augustana, which advanced to the NCAA Championship a year ago.

become by the season’s end. After plating five or more runs just three times in their first 14 outings, the Bulldogs did so in all four games of their series with the Cougars. UMD also came away with its first two vicUMD ATHLETICS/SUBMITTED tories of the season and sent another game they would eventually lose to Head coach Bob Rients looks on during a contest last extra innings—no small feat for a spring. team that was winless since May 6 of last year. “It felt great,” said freshman first baseman Alex Wojciechowski, who racked up 10 hits in 15 at-bats against Sioux Falls. “We finally put together a full couple games there in Sioux Falls, which was nice. The team has a lot of younger players that kind of needed to OF THE WEEK get going a little bit.” In 18 games this season, the Bulldogs are hitting .45 points lower, scoring nearly one and a half fewer the baseball team’s run runs per game and are allowing differential in the sixth almost one and a half more runs than inning or later of its last year. 18 games this season. UMD is 1-9 in contests decided by three runs or less.


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Numbers bear out struggles for youthful baseball team BY KYLE FARRIS

the season. After allowing four runs through the first three innings, Smith faced the minimum the rest of the way. The only base runner Smith permitted during the last four frames was promptly picked off at first base to end the fifth inning. UMD’s pitching staff continued to handcuff the Cougar bats in the early stages of game two behind starter Kyle Fritz, who exited after four innings, five hits and one unearned run.


Next year’s schedule for the UMD men’s hockey team has been released. The Bulldogs will officially begin their first season in the NCHC with a series against former WCHA foe Michigan Tech Oct. 11. Conference play for the squad will commence Oct. 18 in a road meeting with Colorado College, which will be aired nationally on the CBS College Sports Network. The docket consists of 24 conference games, four against Colorado College, North Dakota, St. Cloud State, Western Michigan and Nebraska-Omaha and two against Denver and Miami (Ohio), with a non-conference series at Minnesota, now a member of the Big Ten, tabbed for Nov. 22.

Player of the Week The UMD baseball team has landed a name on the NSIC Player of the Week list for the first time this season. Rookie first baseman Alex Wojciechowski was given the honor Monday, after going 10- for-15 with a pair of long balls and nine RBIs in his club’s four-game set with Sioux Falls last week. Wojciechowski, who has occupied the five-hole for most of the year, was bumped to the cleanup spot for the series and responded with his strongest showing at the plate this year. A Coon Rapids, Minn., native, Wojciechowski leads the Bulldogs on the season in batting average (.417), home runs (two) and RBIs (12).

Schedule A look at the week ahead for UMD Athletics. All events are subject to change. Baseball Southwest Minnesota State Marshall, Minn. Saturday/Sunday, 12 p.m.

Softball Southwest Minnesota State Ordean East Middle School Saturday, 12 p.m. Sioux Falls Ordean East Middle School Sunday, 12 p.m.

Track and field Hamline Invitational St. Paul, Minn. Saturday, 10 a.m.

Sports Editor /Kyle Farris /



Rugby club ripping through spring schedule BY KYLE FARRIS

Run-ins with the sixth and 24th-ranked teams in the nation did little to slow down the UMD Fighting Penguins rugby football club in Woodbury, Minn., last weekend. The Penguins cruised in matches with both squads Saturday, first dispatching No. 24 North Dakota State, which had handed UMD its only loss of the fall season, to the tune of 49-5,

and then topping No. 6 Wisconsin-Stout by a score of 63-28. Slotted at No. 14 in the country at the Division II level, the Penguins were coming off a 6-1 record during the fall and a firstplace finish at the Fort Lauderdale Ruggerfest in late February. The club, which will lose only one player to graduation next month, has already clinched a spot in the first round of nationals in Madison, Wis., April 26-28, with the second and final rounds picking up May 11 in


The Fighting Penguins after winning the Ruggerfest title in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in February.

Bowling Green, Ohio. UMD will remain on the road to take on Division III Metropolis this weekend and St. John’s


next weekend, before heading home for its first home match this season—an engagement with St. Thomas April 20.


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One thing UMD is not short on, though, is youth. Over twothirds of the 28 players on the team’s roster are underclassmen, and 14 of those are freshmen. This makes the club largely reliant on the production and maturation of its rookie class. “Half the team right now is, I think, freshmen,” Wojciechowski said. “So as the freshmen get more experienced, I think it will definitely be a help to the team this year and even in future years.” And the freshmen are getting more than their share of handson experience. Four of the six highest batting averages on the team belong to freshmen, and five of the eight pitchers to start a game on the mound for the Bulldogs are in their first year. “Our pitching staff is really young this year,” said Smith, who is tied for the team lead in starts and owns one of the club’s two wins. “Especially the freshmen and the sophomores that are pitching are starting to find their roles in the rotation and really come into their own for the pitching staff.” While the underclassmen have shown signs of progress, performances like the final game of UMD’s trip to Sioux Falls serve as a reminder that they still have plenty of room to grow. In the contest, freshmen Jimmy Heck, Chris Couillard, Charlie Conkel and sophomore John Meyer combined to surrender 17 runs to the Cougars in seven innings of work—the most UMD has given up since April of 2011. “I think that will be one of our strengths as the season keeps rolling on,” Smith said. “It doesn’t matter how old you are— you’re always going to have those days. But I think that our freshmen are really improving a lot just in the first three or four weeks of playing games.” That may end up being the case, but baseball is still a numbers game. And age is a number that is slow to change.

The Bulldogs plated the first run of the contest in the top half of the second when freshman first baseman Alex Wojciechowski doubled to center and was scored on a sacrifice fly by Kyle Comer two batters later. Sioux Falls tied the game with a sacrifice fly of its own in the bottom of the fourth, Fritz’s last inning of work, and tagged reliever Bo Hellquist for two in the fifth and one in the seventh to take a 4-2 lead. Down by that same margin in the ninth, the Bulldogs managed to pull even and send the game to extra innings when Wojciechowski, who was pulled for a pinch runner, and Heck reached on singles to set up Ryan, who squared things up with a two-run base knock to center. Neither team was able to generate a run in the first extra frame, but the Bulldogs broke through in the visitor’s half of the 11th with a one-out Ryan double to left field to score Heck and put UMD three outs away from sweeping the doubleheader. But the Bulldogs ran into trouble in the home half of the inning, as hurler Michael Stocke allowed the Cougars to manufacture a run

off a walk and an error and was pulled in favor of Andy Yetzer after allowing the go-ahead run to reach third base. Yetzer couldn’t slip Stocke of the hook, surrendering a walk and a two-out game-winning single to the two batters he faced. Stocke was held responsible for both runs and was saddled with the 6-5 loss, his second of the year. It was the Bulldogs who came out on the winning side of another one-run decision in game one Friday, jumping in front with two runs in the first and two in the third en route to a wire-to-wire victory. Wojciechowski continued his strong play at the dish, collecting a pair of hits and three RBIs in support of starter Adam Zwak, who made it through the first five innings unscathed before being pulled after giving up five consecutive hits in the sixth without recording an out. The rally brought home four Cougar runs to pull the home team within 5-4, but the Bulldogs tallied two insurance runs in the seventh and ultimately held on 7-6. For the second straight day, the Bulldogs dropped game two after a game-one victory, this time after


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a 17-run onslaught by the Cougars. Heck began the game on the mound for UMD, but was pulled after surrendering five runs (four earned) while retiring only one batter. John Meyer came on in relief and bought the Bulldog offense enough time to pull within one in the third, but Sioux Falls scored two off Meyer in the fifth and a combined eight runs off Chris Couillard (five runs, four earned) and Matt Mattiacci (three earned) in the sixth to cruise to a 17-7 win. Barring a clash in the postseason, the Bulldogs are done for the year with Sioux Falls, which is in its first season of NSIC competition. Before the home opener April 10, UMD will head to Marshall, Minn., for twinbills against Southwest Minnesota State Saturday and Sunday.


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A taste for adventure KATIE HOUG/SUBMITTED

The Appalachian Mountains rise above the landscape, and hikers take short a break on the trail. BY ELLY POWER

Appalachian Trail As Erin Denny looked ahead at the imposing climb ahead, she calmed herself, adjusted the backpack on her shoulders and pushed forward. Unlike some of the other trails she had hiked, the Appalachian Trail didn’t have the easier, lazy zigzag pathways up the hill. It took the shortest route: straight up. As she struggled up the hill, her legs and feet sore from a hard day on the trail, she could feel the sweat start to bead on her forehead. Her breathing became labored and she grimaced as the trail shot up—seemingly straight up—in front of her. Suddenly, she heard from further down the trail the theme song from “Rocky” start to play. Freshman Sasha Miller held up her iPod and let the music pump from the tiny speakers as the group pushed through the last few feet of hill. Students Zach Gill, Erin Denny, Charlie Milton, Katie Houg and Nick Rorem led two different groups through a 50-mile section of the Appalachian Trail along the North Carolina-Tennessee border over spring break. Along with grueling hills—“I got really mad at some of them,” Houg later recalled—the groups also encounter crazed wildlife and freezing temperatures. “Weather is always a wild card,” Gill said. “But I didn’t expect 9-degree mornings.” “I woke up one morning and there were a couple inches (of snow) on the ground and I was like, ‘What is this? Minnesota?’” freshman Matt Worms said. Unexpected conditions called for makeshift solutions. “The water filters froze,” Houg said. “So Nick stuck them in his armpits during a windy snow storm. It worked after trying everything else.” Some hikers didn’t pack gloves, so they wore wool socks on their hands. “Everybody was willing to adapt to the conditions and find beauty and joy amidst the unexpected cold,” Houg said. Despite the pain and frustration that was sometimes experienced, the team felt the reward was well worth it. “I look back and see a bunch of tired faces,” Houg said. “And then we get to the top of a hill and everybody’s like, ‘Whoa, this trip is amazing! It’s

beautiful.’” Along the trail they met throughhikers from Russia, Germany and all over the United States, according to Worms. “Most of the time you’d just say, ‘Happy trails’—and that was all,” he said, commenting about interacting with the other hikers while on the trail. Playing hacky sack and card games, and talking around the fire after dinner brought the group together after the day’s hike. “It was a really open group,” Gill said. “Nobody had to be coaxed out of their shell, I feel like. They all made friends pretty easily.” California dreamin’

the white water from crashing waves pushed them back in to shore. “Sometimes you get mad at the waves when you’re paddling out there,” Harty said. “They’re just like beating the crap out of you, taking waves upon your head.” The group saw starfish, a green sea turtle, sea lions and even had an encounter with a couple sociable dolphins. “As we got past the white water, dolphins were there and they gave us a little dolphin show like 10 feet from our boards,” Harty said. “They were totally out of the water jumping around.”

By the end of the week, Harty caught on to the laid-back surf culture groove: surf hard and then lie in the sun. “When the surf boards were out and the sun was really bright, I’d like wiggle off my wetsuit a little bit and draw and catch some sun,” she said. Harty said she was eager to continue the sport. And that’s exactly what Carlson wants to hear. “When you’ve surfed ocean waves and the dolphins are right next to you and you get a taste of the surf culture, it just changes you forever,” he said.

Kate Klein sits on a stand-up paddle board while watching a group of sealions sun themselves.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, Randy Carlson and a group of five students were catching good vibrations and riding righteous waves in Southern California. Carlson, RSOP kayak, canoe and kiting coordinator, and the students lived out of a van on the warm beach, sleeping in tents and cooking burritos or hot dogs over fires for eight days. “In the morning, people just pee, brush their teeth and get in the vehicle,” Carlson said. “Then you go to the surf break and you check the surf while you’re eating breakfast.” Their days were spent on the beach— surfing and taking breaks as needed. “By the time we get back to camp, it’s usually dark,” Carlson continued. “So, you crawl into the tent and crash, hard. And then the next morning I shake the tent at 7 a.m. and we repeat the whole thing.” The surfers hit up classic surfing beaches such as the historical San Onofre Beach in San Clemente, Calif. It was the first surf beach in the continental United States, according to Carlson. They also caught some waves at Doheny Beach Park and San Elijo State Beach Park, and paddle boarded over kelp beds at the marine reserve at Dana Point. The group’s favorite spot was Trail 6—one of the San Onofre beaches. “That’s where we went back the most,” said freshman Kyra Harty. “It was secluded and behind you it was like the Grand Canyon and there was this beautiful ocean in front of you.” The waves at Trail 6 were layered. Initial paddlers had to make it out of the first layer—“the soup”—where



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Reppin’ the Midwest

Two Duluth natives start clothing line “Midwest Apparel” BY KATIE LOKOWICH

Inspired by the Midwest and Duluth culture, Duluth natives Alex Knight and Andy Sink created their own clothing line, Midwest Apparel, using uniquely Midwest themes. “I was helping with (Alex’s) music thing—he’s a rapper,” said Andy Sink, a senior graphic design major at UMD and half of the Midwest Apparel team. “So I’ve been doing all his T-shirts and fliers and all that for all his promotion stuff for a long time. And after the shirts I made him started selling, we just decided to make other ones on the side too.” Knight has been rapping and deejaying in the Twin Cities and Duluth under the stage name “Good Knight”—a name his friends coined. The two friends have been creating designs and screen-printing shirts for their new clothing line over the past few months, and have generated a following on Facebook and Twitter. “Some of them are parody designs based on Minnesota, other ones are just the hip-hop culture and skateboarding and snowboarding,” said Alex Knight,

a psychology student at the U of M and the other half of Midwest Apparel. “That’s sort of like our market—geared towards people that like all that.” While the two both grew up in Dulu-

th, Knight decided to move south to Minneapolis after spending a few years at UMD. “I just kind of wanted to get out of Duluth,” Knight said. “I just wanted to explore and get out of my hometown.” Knight’s two years at UMD were spent in the business school, but he switched to psychology once he got to the U of M. Even though the business partners and friends live in two different cities, they both agree to keep in touch almost every day about their clothing business. “We talk almost every day about design,” Knight said. “He’s like my best friend so we sort of talk anyway. We’re always throwing ideas back and forth, and that’s pretty much how we’re operating. We just started so we’re just kind of looking at the market trying to get stuff in stores, like retail stores and not just online.” Knight usually takes care of the business side of the operation, while Sink does most of the designing. There are a few different ways Knight and Sink go about getting their finished products. “Either I’ll design it or (Alex) will, or I’ll make something and he’ll tweak it, and vice versa,” Knight said. “We have another guy who actually does the screen-printing, or we work with this company online and they do the printing. But we just sort of talk to people on Facebook and Twitter and see what kind of color combinations they like and what designs, too. That’s how it became pretty popular—it was mostly people that were actually buying it that kind of helped us out with what they wanted.” Now that the apparel line has followers, the two have received a lot of feedback on what to do next. “We’re making more than just T-shirts;” Knight said. “We have people asking about hats, and more girls clothes, too.” With the seasons changing and warmer weather on its way, the two expect to see a change in what’s in demand from their clothes. “We’ve been selling a lot of sweat-

shirts lately, but now that summer is coming up we’ll probably do a lot more T-shirts, tank tops, and stuff like that,” Sink said. “It’s only going to get bigger. We’re going to be coming out with a lot more designs—it’s just kind of a hectic time at the moment with school and the end of the semester.” The T-shirt themes range from the Minnesota Twins to Duluth’s own Aerial Lift Bridge, which have been two of the more popular selling designs. “It started out my friends would buy my stuff, and it just sort of branched out,” Knight said. “Now every day I’m sending out packages to people I don’t even know. It’s just a matter of time, and I guess we’ll see how it goes, but right now it’s mostly online sales.” Knight says that he always wears their designs for promotion, and that it has helped generate more outside interest in the clothes. “It feels good when people say, ‘Oh I like that, I want to buy it,’” Knight said. “I think the best part is when I see people that I don’t know wearing it, and having people say ‘Who made this?’ and being able to say, ‘I did, here’s my card, check this out.’ It’s just like, you know you’ve got cute girls wearing your stuff, and it’s just the best feeling, for real.” Midwest Apparel is hoping to get retail space in a few different Duluth hotspots and to sell their gear at some Midwest festivals and fairs, including Soundset, Bluesfest, and the Minnesota State Fair. “I didn’t expect it to be as popular as it was right away—we still have a lot of work to do, but it’s kind of become popular in the last few months,” Knight said. “That’s why we have a demand for more than just guys’ clothing, ‘cause girls are really responding well to it.” While the ultimate goal is to make money, the two also want to keep prices for their apparel reasonable.

“It’s all about supply and demand, I guess,” Knight said. “If people really want it we’re going to not jack up the price, but we want to keep it reasonable—we sort of want it to be like a limited edition type thing, too.” While they do not do the screenprinting on their own, Knight and Sink pride themselves in having quality clothes to sell. “The feedback we’ve gotten, it’s all been positive—people really supporting us,” Knight said. “It’s a grassroots thing that’s all independent, just trying to make quality stuff that people like.” Knight and Sink are both hoping to eventually branch out even further across the Midwest. “Right now it’s just kind of starting, so who knows where it’ll go from here,” Sink said. “But it’s just having the satisfaction of like finally finishing a design and having a lot of people like it and buy it that’s cool. Just coming out with something that people like.” If you’re interested in checking out more designs by Midwest Apparel, check out their site, or follow Midwest Apparel on Facebook or Twitter for more designs and news.

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The old bridge used to have a suspended car to transfer both cargo and people over the shipping canal. The gondola could carry up to 60 tons of cargo.



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UMD professors take on their “Last Lectures” BY GRAHAM HAKALA








During their journeys through academic discovery, professors can find themselves accumulating quite a bit of worldly wisdom. Unfortunately, with the time they spend lecturing on related course material and possible final exam questions, professors don’t get to impart what they might find most important to students. The Tau Delta chapter of the Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society and the Kirby Program Board (KPB) at UMD are giving professors, faculty members and staff the opportunity to share their scholarly advice as if it were their last. On April 17 in Montague 80, Mortar Board and the KPB will be hosting an event called “The Last Lecture Series.” The event is an hour-long lecture based on the question: “If you knew this was the last lecture you would give to students, what would you share with them?” “We thought that bringing something like this to campus would be pretty valuable in connecting the campus,” said Naomi Martin, Mortar Board member

at UMD. “As students, we see our professors and faculty and staff every day, but we don’t always get to sit down and talk with them about what advice they have.” This semester’s speaker is Dr. Joan Kwako, math education professor at UMD. Her lecture will focus on the importance of making life “worthy of a story.” “That’s sort of my motto in life,” Kwako said. “What’s the point of living if you don’t have a story to tell people what you’ve done?” She will be telling stories about her experiences traveling around the globe, including the time she spent teaching third-graders in Guatemala. “The last lecture I would give would just be to share my stories,” Kwako said. “They’re funny, and silly, and scary, and happy, and sad. You have to make life worth living.” “Many of us are graduating and hopefully moving on to bigger and better things,” Martin said. “To ‘make your life worthy of a story,’ really resonated with us.” According to Nicole Runia, member of the KPB, the event was originally intended to be for retiring professors and staff, but was broadened to include anyone who

wanted to do it. “It can be whatever the person who is presenting wants it to be,” said Martin. “We want to give it the real lecture feel,” Runia said. “They can do PowerPoint, interpretive dance, whatever they want.” Randy Pausch, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Penn., was the originator of the “Last Lecture” concept. In 2007, Rausch was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given just six months to live. He gave a lecture titled “Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams.” The lecture became wildly poplar, and later became a best-selling book. Rausch died of pancreatic cancer in 2008, but his lecture idea lives on. Currently, the Mortar Board selects the speaker from a list of applicants. Martin hopes that in the future, students will be able to nominate their favorite professors to speak at the event. “This semester we’re hoping to get more students to know about it, and get people to come out and support the professors, and hopefully take something valuable away from it,” Martin said.

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Students are planning for four years of college, but the majority of students end up extending their stay.

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