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Froelich outlines his plans for University BY GRAHAM HAKALA Staff Reporter

Next year’s Student Association (SA) is taking shape as newly elected members prepare for next semester. The annual SA elections were held last week, and Jacob Froelich, who ran unopposed, is the student body’s presidentelect.

“I really want to say thank you to everyone who voted,” Froelich said. “Not just for me, but for Froelich all of the student representatives.” When Froelich came to

UMD as a freshmen, he got involved in the community and volunteering. “Everyone tells you to get involved when you first get to college,” Froelich said. “So I kind of went crazy.” He started volunteering with Students Engaged in Rewarding Volunteer Experiences (SERVE), a group that helps students connect with

their communities. In both his sophomore and junior year, Froelich was an on-campus event organizer, a job that required him to plan and coordinate events once a month. It was during this time that he decided to get involved in SA. “I kind of fell into SA last year when there was an open spot,” Froelich said. “I thought

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Scandal-ridden writer’s visit draws delight, criticism BY KIM HYATT Statesman Correspondent


hen UMD freshman Sara Karpik heard that writer Jonah Lehrer would be speaking on campus as part of the Sieur du Luht Creativity Conference April 1 and 2, she had what she described as “a mini-panic attack.” “Without his book (“Proust was a Neuroscientist”), I wouldn’t be the person who I am today,” Karpik said. A theater major minoring in sociology and English, Karpik said she based a 17-page research paper on

“Proust” in high school. She wanted to combine her love for music and science, and in the end discovered a new one: writing. Lehrer, a 32-year-old freelance writer who has contributed to Wired Magazine, The New York Times Magazine and The Wall Street Journal, said the conference was his first major public appearance in 13 months. He had been on hiatus since national media exposed cases of him plagiarizing articles and book material. He said his “gravest sins were the five Bob Dylan quotes,” which appeared in his most recent book, see LEHRER, A4

Jonah Lehrer (left) shares the stage with Martin Shapiro of California State University, Fresno (middle) and moderator Karen Sunderman of PBS (right). SARAH HUGHES/SUBMITTED

Professor of levity When the time is right, Organizational Behavior Professor Jim Lyttle brings humor into the classroom BY PAIGE WALTER Staff Reporter

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I’d check it out. I ended up really liking it. I really liked talking to administration and helping student’s voices be heard.” Froelich made the decision to run for SA president this year, an opportunity he described as “once in a lifetime.” see FROELICH, A3

Officials will meet on budget this week BY KYLE FARRIS News Editor

The University of Minnesota’s Richard Pfutzenreuter and Julie Tonneson are scheduled to convene with UMD officials and campus community April 10 and 11 over budgetary issues facing the universities. Pfutzenreuter, U of M chief financial officer, and Tonneson, U of M associate vice president for Budget and Finance, are expected to present finance information and have discussions with UMD administrators, Student Association members and other officials. The meetings will be the first of their kind since UMD presented its budget for Fiscal Year 2015 to the U of M on March 14. In the budget, UMD targets its $9.4 million deficit by requesting that any new funding from the U of M go toward making up the shortfall. System President Eric Kaler is expected to review the budget request this month. Mike Seymour, vice chancellor for Finance and Operations, said last month that UMD has been in constant talks with the U of M since making the request. “The communication channels are open,” Seymour said. “We keep talking, and there’s maybe a little bit of wiggle room in there if they have questions or if we want to bring one more thing to their attention.”

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For student adoptees, a hope to connect A UMD student seeks to create an environment in which he and other adopted students can interact because you will find that it is a lot different than what some people would think.” Twedt was born in Seoul, South Korea, and was adopted by his current family when he was a few months old. Around age seven, Twedt’s adoptive parents explained to him that he was not their biological son. “I was pretty excited,” Twedt said. “I was like, ‘Oh, that’s really cool that I have some other parents.’” But as he grew, Twedt’s emotions toward his biological parents changed. “I’ve always hated the question, ‘Oh, are you ever going to meet your biological parents?’” he said. “For me, it’s this big ball of emotions. I like to think of it. I really want to meet them. I kind of miss them in a way. But on the other side, I kind of hate them,

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Like many adoptees, Nathan Twedt does not know his biological parents. Twedt, a sophomore social work major, is in the process of creating an adoption support group at UMD, a group that would provide a place for students who were adopted to meet other adoptees and support one another. “There are a lot of issues that aren’t really talked about with regard to adoption,” Twedt said. “Also, with this adoption support group, we would talk about the adoption process in general — for an adoptee, for a parent, for a biological parent, for an adoption service. “Try to bring these people in to talk about adoption, to talk about their experience with the adoption process,

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“I use humor strategically and to get stuff done,” Lyttle said. “Any time you tell a joke, students will remember the joke. But the trick is, unless the joke is somehow related to your lesson, you’re wasting your time.” Lyttle said it can be difficult to balance humor and education. When it comes to sarcasm, he said instructors should be particularly careful because the concept of sarcasm is not understood in all cultures. “Our job is to teach,” Lyttle said. “Have fun while you teach, but not have fun instead of teaching.” In his office in LSBE, Lyttle lets visitors and students sit behind his desk while he sits in one of the guest chairs. “The guest is more important,” Lyttle said. As far as personal entertainment, Lyttle said he has a unique outlook on comedians and comedic actors “because (he) is from Canada.” “A humorist who can’t make me cry isn’t worth my time,” Lyttle said. “Robin Williams is funny, but in ‘Goodwill Hunting’ he can make me cry. So I respect him.” Lyttle said there is a lot that can be learned through humor, and that people are usually telling the truth in clever or subtle ways. But Lyttle warned that

humor should be used with caution for three reasons. First: Someone may get offended. “People can survive having their feelings hurt,” Lyttle said. “But they won’t trust you as much afterward.” Second: “If you’re always cracking jokes in the classroom,” Lyttle said, “how can you hand back a (bad) grade to a student? Students are going to say things like ‘Hey, what happened to the happy guy?’” Third: Humor can distract from what students are supposed to learn. In a research study conducted by Lyttle, humor as distraction was the No. 1 fear of people trying to incorporate humor into the workplace. The study found that managers feel products will be of poor quality if workers are distracted by humor. When it comes to the classroom, Lyttle said a professor who is both quick and empathetic is less likely to offend students with her jokes and more likely to grow relationships with students. “That means she’s a good teacher and it means she’s funny,” Lyttle said. “But, it doesn’t mean that being funny makes her a better teacher. You can take a boring teacher and feed (her) a lot of jokes, but that’s not going to have any effect.”


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As president, Froelich said he wanted to focus on three issues to help better the UMD experience: financial planning, environmental sustainability and inclusiveness. “The old financial plan was based on increasing enrollment every year,” Froelich said. “That’s kind of what got us into this pickle with (Program Prioritization). Two years ago, we had a huge decrease in enrollment.” Froelich said he wants to work to bring more compost availability to campus, especially near locations that serve food. Froelich also said he sup-

ports UMD’s strategic goal of creating a more inclusive campus. “Everyone deserves to feel safe where they study and to have the same rights to education as everyone else,” Froelich said. In addition to his work with SA, Froelich is majoring in organizational management and theater with a minor in marketing. “I think UMD has a lot of really unique strengths,” Froelich said. “We’re a great university in a great location. The student life experience is really valuable to students these days, and I think we’ve got a lot going for us here.”

Nathan Twedt said he was “excited” to have other parents after learning he was adopted. SARAH STAUNER/STATESMAN

(I’m) kind of spiteful, I’m kind of scared to meet them as well.” That is one of the reasons Twedt said he wants to create a group for anyone who has been involved with adoption. He said he wants to create a safe place for adoptees to communicate with one another about the range of

emotions that come with being adopted. When Twedt turned 18, he was given the opportunity to learn the identities of his biological parents. He decided not to look them up for personal reasons. Twedt said that was when he had the idea of creating an adoption support group at UMD.

“When I turned 18, the adoption issues started to surface a little bit,” Twedt said. “I was like, ‘Woah, I should probably address these questions that I have.’” Another reason to create the club is there aren’t many resources or support groups like it in the area according to Twedt. There are groups that help families who are considering adoption, but not for children who are adopted. Twedt said he plans to create the group by the next academic year, but that he still has a lot of work ahead of him. This work will include researching similar programs and services that exist around the country, as well as internationally. Twedt said he realizes each person’s experience with adoption is different, and that is all the more reason to create the group. “When we’re talking about my adoption compared to other people’s adoptions, it is very individual,” Twedt said. “(Adoption) can be beneficial for some … but it can also be detrimental.”

Are CLA grads working in their fields of study?


Over the next few weeks, The Statesman will feature job relevance rates for each of UMD’s five colleges BY KYLE FARRIS News Editor

According to the Graduate Follow-up Report, an annual survey of UMD graduates collected by Career and Internship Services, College of Liberal Arts graduates are less likely to be working in their fields of study than the average UMD graduate. According to the 2011-2012 report: Of 315 College of Liberal Arts graduates surveyed, 32 percent said they held a job related to

their field of study, 31 percent said they held a job somewhat related to their field of study and 37 percent said they did not hold a job related to their field of study. Of all 1,420 UMD graduates surveyed, 57 percent said they held a job related to their field of study, 21 percent said they held a job somewhat related to their field of study and 22 percent said they did not hold a job related to their field of study. Julie Westlund, director of Career and Internship Services, said the data may contain imprecisions because respondents have varying ideas of what “related” means in the context of the survey. She said the numbers are more telling when “related” and “somewhat related” are added, and then compared to “not related.” Westlund said the strongest predictor of job relevance is not what field of study students choose, but what skills and experiences students gain during their time in college.

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The conference BY KIM HYATT Statesman Correspondent

The conference, which ran April 1 and 2, invited several UMD professors to share the stage with Lehrer and guest speaker Dr. Martin Shapiro, a psychology professor at California State University, Fresno. The interdisciplinary panel focused on the necessities and complexities of creativity in the fields of art and science, discussing everything from mental health and hiking to neuroscience. “I really enjoyed what Jonah had to say about ‘choose easy and work hard,’” said Amanda Lassila, a senior and psychology major. “When you have to pick a project or topic idea, I feel like people get so worked up on choosing the most crazy and most innovative project. If you pick a more easy topic, then there’s so many ways you can delve into it.”

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Ideas and pieces of advice from discussions had by UMD professors and speakers Martin Shapiro and Jonah Lehrer:

Holding her copy of “Proust was a Neuroscientist,” freshman Sara Karpik poses with author Jonah Lehrer. Lehrer signed her book, adding words of encouragement. KIM HYATT/SUBMITTED

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“Imagine: How Creativity Works.” Lehrer said the quotes were “rushed” and “approximate,” and not from Duluth native Dylan himself, causing a #FakeDylanQuotes trend on Twitter and, ultimately, Lehrer’s resignation from the New Yorker in 2012. Now, customers adding “Imagine” to their Amazon shopping cart are notified: “This book was pulled from shelves when it came to light that the author fabricated many parts.” “It’s been a quiet time for

me,” Lehrer said. “It’s always going to be painful. My mistakes were very serious and very shameful ... I want to be a cautionary tale.” Bill Payne, dean of the School of Fine Arts, said he understood the risks of inviting a controversial figure like Lehrer to UMD. “Since he was more than willing to talk about the mistakes he made, I thought this was a teachable moment,” Payne said. “We have somebody who’s been really high profile, falling from a high place. I thought that’s valuable for young people. They should know there is life after ‘media death.’” Rather than shying away from polarizing figures like Lehrer, Kelly McBride,

senior faculty member at The Poynter Institute and media ethics expert, said that one role of universities is to “lean into controversy.” “I think that very controversial people can be very provocative in an academic setting,” McBride said in a phone interview. “That doesn’t mean I approve of what he did or that he’s a genius journalist, but we don’t always have to be talking to the saints.” Aside from national media blogger and journalist Jim Romenesko, there were seemingly few critics of Lehrer’s visit. Questions regarding Lehrer’s plagiarism were not a part of the conference. Only when Lehrer visited a Media

l Get gritty l Find time to daydream (when you’re bored, don’t always go to the phone) l Be a good kind of risky (go bungee jumping instead of binge drinking) l Read something you’re not being told to read l Creativity is about effort, not just “aha” moments Law and Ethics class did he openly talk about his fabrication. Promotional material for the event did not mention Lehrer’s plagiarism. “I don’t want anyone to look beyond it; I don’t want to pretend it didn’t happen,” Lehrer said, adding that his actions were “absurd, reckless failures” and the result of a “flawed process.” “I was trying to do too much, taking on too many projects. I wasn’t enjoying the act of writing enough.” Now, Lehrer said, his writing will be independently fact-checked, all of his interviews will be recorded, and he will learn to love writing and “getting it right” — all in the interest of earning back the trust of his readers.

It was six months ago when Karpik said she first heard Lehrer had “been categorized as a serial plagiarist.” Despite his mistakes, Kaprik sat in the front row of the Marshall Performing Arts Center, jotting down Lehrer’s advice and ideas. At the closing reception, Karpik introduced herself to Lehrer and asked him to sign a copy of the book that had such a major influence on her life. “It meant the world to me to actually be able to meet him,” Karpik said. “He was on the verge of tears when I was telling him my story. There is a chance that I might have been just as important to him as he was for me in that moment.”

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tion: faculty salaries and benefits, student amenities, administrative bloat, financial aid for students and faculty research. All of these things have some effect, but none has a huge effect. I certainly don’t think that administrative bloat explains much of the cost increase. The financial cost of student amenities seems relatively small, although the psychological effect of an attitude of entitlement may be important. I don’t know how important financial aid is because I don’t know how much money is involved, but I think that it is substantial. I would say that the main cause of the increase in costs at UMD is a combination of faculty salBY RICHARD GREEN aries and benefits and an increasing emphasis Columnist on research. In fact, salaries for instructors have I have enjoyed writing a column for The gone up little or not at all since I was a student Statesman this year. It is nice to have a reason in the early 1960s. Salaries for professors have to think more than the minimum necessary gone up, and benefits have gone up for everyabout a subject, and it is nice to have one’s say. one. However, the biggest change is in what I had hoped that there would be more response faculty members do. In the early 1960s, UMD to what I have written, particularly from people had very few full professors, and while most who disagree. I hope that in the future other professors had Ph.D.s there was little emphasis people will write columns in The Statesman on research. Most classes were small, but there discussing academic issues or public issues. were no highly paid professors who did little When I was young, I decided that I wanted teaching. Over the years, the level of credentials to be a professor. I thought that professors lived of UMD faculty has increased, and research has an intellectual life, and that college was a place gained increased importance. Now, many more where people were excited about ideas and students are taught by instructors and TAs, and argued enthusiastically about important issues. we have more relatively high-paid professors I liked, and still like, the idea of a university as who do not teach many students. a community of scholars. Today’s universities If one is interested in cost, then are more like businesses than comthe cost of research and gradumunities of scholars, but I am sure (IN THE 1960s) ate programs must be considered. that I am not the only person who The cost is not just financial. If a wishes for more community and MOST CLASSES professor who is deeply involved more respect for scholarship. his research spends most of This year I set myself the task WERE SMALL, with his time working with and talking of answering the question: Why is to graduate students, his or her BUT THERE tuition so high at UMD? I started undergraduate students may sufwith the idea that tuition is too high WERE NO fer from lack of attention. I think at UMD and the fact that it has that students are better off having HIGHLY PAID increased greatly over the years. teachers who are involved with That is, it was not always so high. I PROFESSORS their fields and are up-to-date, found some data and was told about more, and I had some ideas. HowevWHO DID LITTLE but there is not much advantage in attending a school where there er, I am far from understanding uniTEACHING. are wonderful researchers whom versity finances, and I am far from one hears about but never sees. answering my original question. Basically, tuition is so high at I am happy to be at a university where it is UMD because the costs are so high, and the possible to teach and do research. I only regret campus does not get enough money from the that I have not done more research and better state, or not enough of the state money makes teaching. The role of research had changed it through the University system to UMD, in over time, but this change has occurred without order to pay the costs. Many explanations have notice. Perhaps it is time for some thought and been offered for the high cost of higher educa- discussion.



There are some questions that never seem to go away once you hit your college years. What do you want to major in? How are you going to pay for schooling? When is it no longer acceptable to eat Cap’n Crunch out of the box at 1:00 p.m.? But as I come near the end of my four-year tour of the UMD establishment, one ultimate question seems to pop up in nearly every conversation I have: “What do you want to do after you graduate?” This question, above all the others I’ve been asked, annoys me more than a snowstorm in April. First, I find fault in its wording. If what I “wanted” to do after graduation had any sway on what I’ll actually be doing, I’d say that this question would have more credibility. I “want” to have a full-time job related to my degree, I “want” to find my own apartment, I “want” to write a bestselling novel and not have to worry about money ever again. But, (reality check) I’ll probably end up working at several unpaid internships and part-time jobs, living with parents or relatives until I can finally land a steady job years down the road. Second, I can’t stand how it has to be the goto question for seniors like me. I’ve been asked “What do you want to do after you graduate?” so much that I can tell by the look in someone’s eyes and that awkward way these people tend to breathe in that they’re going to ask it. The repetitious nature of being asked this question only Phone: (218) 726-7113 Fax: (218) 726-8246 E-mail letters to: Web site:

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A tradition-in-the-making for my roommates is an annual trip to Anime Detour, a three-day weekend in a hotel in Bloomington filled with artists, costumes, panels and fans of Japanese culture (Or at least part of it) from around the Minnesota area. They also apparently drink a lot, which seems to be an important part of the decision to go. So each year they go out, and I am left alone in the apartment, halfappreciating the time to myself and halfwondering if I should expand my group of friends. You see, I have never gone with them to Detour. It’s not that I don’t want to spend money on it (I don’t), or that it doesn’t sound like a good time (I get bored at parties within the hour — three days sound unbearable), but my real problems with it run deeper than that. As a rule of thumb, I just can’t stand anime. I know it’s a popular facet of the culture I am a part of, and its influences are so far reaching that I can identify many of the tropes associated with it through external sources. But as the roommate of three big fans of anime, it just never caught on with me the same way it did for others. Oh, I get the appeal. Japanese game development is closely tied to anime — both in style and substance — and some of the most interesting video games of all time hail from Japan. Their general rules for storytelling are so outlandish to us that in some cases it improves the storytelling merely by the audience not knowing what exactly to expect next. That is, until you do. My last big attempt to sell myself on anime happened in my freshman year of college. Over winter break I worked my way through four separate series, one right after another. And for a while, things were looking up: “Claymore” started out great but fell apart; “Darker than Black” I fell in love with almost immediately; “Mushishi” is something I would call brilliant, a word I try not to use too often; “Full Metal Alchemist” was great when it tried to be, though derivative when not. That fact that I hadn’t lost interest through four different shows was surprise I hadn’t quite been prepared for. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t eagerly anticipating whatever random show I tried to watch next, Netflix provided of course. But did I come crashing back to reality. One episode of “Soul Eater” and every irritating thing about the genre came back in full force. Horrific character design, overthe-top voice acting and terrible writing smacked me in the face like a wake-up call, bringing me back to afternoons spent watching Toonami and anime night on Adult Swim. Shows like “Naruto,” “Bleach” and “DragonBall Z” where they talk about power levels all day long and how the power of friendship overcomes all adversity. I am oversimplifying here. In spite of my previous paragraphs, I don’t mean to denounce the entirety of anime, at least in concept. There is a quite a bit of it I enjoy. I will stand by shows like “Cowboy Bebop,” “Samurai Champloo” or “Ghost in the Shell” until the day I die. The work of Hayoa Miyazaki and his fellows at Studio Ghibli is great filmmaking, beyond great anime. “Berserk” may end up becoming one of my favorite worlds ever. There is good there, but like most things you have to sift to find it. As for the conventions and such, I’m not the most sociable guy around, and surrounding myself for a few days on end with people who mostly have different interests than I do sounds like a bad idea. That said, I imagine if there were a convention where people played video games in awkward silence, I would be first in line. All letters must include the writer’s name, address and phone number for verification, not to publish. The Statesman reserves the right to edit all letters for style, space, libel and grammar. Letters should be no more than 300 words in length. Readers may also submit longer guest columns. The Statesman reserves the right to print any submission as a letter or guest column. Submission does not guarantee publication.


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Sadler, Mullen help elevate Bulldogs BY JIMMY GILLIGAN Statesman Correspondent

The Bulldog softball team could not overcome the fourth place Sioux Falls Cougars, dropping two road games Sunday afternoon. Facing strong pitching, they were unable to hold back the Cougars, losing 3-7 in the opener and 3-2 in game two. The sweep leaves the Bulldogs at 1-3 in conference play, below .500 in the NSIC for the first time since 2011. UMD wasn’t below .500 for long, however, taking two from Southwest Minnesota State on Monday in an offensive explosion. They scored 17 runs between the two games, earning their first road sweep of the season. In the two game set versus Sioux Falls, Bulldogs struggled to drive in runs-- an issue that’s become a growing concern over the past dozen games. They left 17 runners on base, but two strong Sioux Falls pitching performances did not make it easy to drive in runs. They fanned 18 bulldogs in the two game set and allowed only three extra base hits. Senior captain Megan Mullen started the doubleheader with a two-run blast in the first inning. She collected another RBI on a walk in the second, driving in all of UMD’s three runs in game one. Mullen went 5 for 6 in the doubleheader and made her first pitching appearance this season after recovering from offseason elbow surgery. She struggled in her debut, but relished the opportunity to pitch. “I was more than excited. My elbow felt great, but I just couldn’t find the zone. I feel like I have good movement with all my pitches, but I need to be more confident with throwing all of them.” UMD stayed much closer with the Cougars in game two; but again they struggled at the plate, scoring three runs on eight hits. Megan Mullen and Jordan Rice enjoyed three hits in game two, and besides a twohit performance from shortstop Dalyce Gustafson, all other bulldogs went hitless. They could not take advantage of yet another strong pitching outing by ace Cayli see SOFTBALL, B2

UMD got back out on the field as spring training got started at Malosky Stadium. After multiple snow delays, the Bulldogs were able to take the field Thursday. ALEX GANEEV/ STATESMAN

Bulldog football is back in action BY RYLIE HEILMAN Statesman Correspondent

For the Bulldog football team, work doesn’t end when the season does. The team started back at it last week for spring training. Regardless of a lack of spring weather this season, the team has found a way to work around the cold and the snow to get back out on the field. Spring training consists of a total of 15 practices over the course of 30 days and is an important developmental time period for the team. “Really, what we’re looking for as a staff this spring is to not only find out who the leaders of our football team are going to be for 2014, but also to help develop some of the guys who haven’t played in the past,” Head Coach Curt Weise said. “Whether that be red shirt freshmen or guys that are in back-up roles in previous years.” The team graduated 22 seniors

this year, meaning there are plenty of holes to be filled. The 2014 graduating class may have created big shoes the fill, but the upperclassmen are confident going into the next season. “It will be hard,” Nathan Zibolski said. “But we have some young leaders on this team that have had playing time and a few transfers that are great. I am not worried.” Part of the process of filling the shoes of the graduated players is focusing on the freshman, which is a part of spring training. This will be the first opportunity for the freshman to prove themselves as players and to build their abilities as a team. “The older guys take them under their wing and coach and teach them about little things they can do better,” Zibolski said. Spring training is an opportunity for the freshmen to step forward, and to development of all angles of the team. “We have to take advantage of every opportunity we are given to

Baseball bounces back

Bark of the Bulldog “It’s hard because I’ve never had to live without hockey. It was hard to come to terms with the fact that I’m done.”

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The UMD baseball team entered Wednesday’s contest against Concordia St. Paul looking to end a seven-game losing streak dating back to March 19. The Bulldogs did just that when they scored two runs in the top of the 13th inning to secure a win in the first game of the doubleheader with a 6-4 final score. John Meyer led off the 13th with a walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Beau Goff. After a Kellen McCoshen single moved Meyer to third base, Jimmy Heck followed with an RBI on a fielder’s choice, allowing Meyer to score the goahead run. Kyle Comer was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and Skyler Wenninger followed with an RBI walk, Kyle Comer loaded the bases in a play that led to scoring McCoshen and a win on Wednesday. UMD ATHLETICS/SUBMITTED sealing the win for the allowing four earned pitched a two-hit shutsquad. runs on seven hits in out as the Bulldogs won Pitcher Max Ryan three innings of work. 8-0 in the first game of a started the game for The Bulldog’s relief four-game series against the Bulldogs, going 6.1 pitchers didn’t fare well the Southwest Minneinnings and allowing either, giving up a col- sota State Mustangs. just four hits while also lective eight hits and five The Burnsville native giving up four walks earned runs in just three picked up his first win of and four earned runs. innings. the year, allowing three Kyle Fritz came in after The bright spot for walks while striking out as relief, pitching two the Bulldogs came six. innings of shutout ball when sophomore Alex Right fielder Matt to pick up his first win of Wojciechowski hit his Vogt led the way at the the season. first home run of the plate for the Bulldogs, In the nightcap, the year, a two-run shot in collecting three hits and Bulldogs faded early the third inning. five RBIs. Wenninger on their way to a 10-2 On Saturday, sopho- and Wojciechowski had loss. Sophomore Char- more Bo Hellquist see BASEBALL, B2 lie Conkel got the start,

be out on the field,” Zibolski said. “Spring ball is set on getting down techniques and the basics too. Its all muscle memory.” Across the board, spring practice is part of a typical schedule for a football team. The Bulldogs feel that what really sets them apart from other teams comes after spring semester. Starting in June, the football team has summer workouts. This means that 60-70 players stay in Duluth for the summer to work with the strength coach while other football teams only have 15-20. “Our guys are here every day at six in the morning,” Weise said. “Then they go out and work and come back the next day to do it all again.” To Bulldog football players the hard work and dedication is worth it in the end. “Football definitely rules our lives,” Zibolski said, “but the brotherhood and lifelong friends you create is priceless. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

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Singles clinch first win BY NICOLE BRODZIK Sports Editor

It’s been a long time coming for the UMD women’s tennis team, but after a dominating 5-1 outing in the singles competition over Southwest Minnesota State Saturday March 29th, the Bulldogs took home their first victory in 358 days. UMD’s last win came last season on April 6, 2013 in a 7-2 win over the very same Southwest Minnesota State University. The Bulldogs struggled through the start of the season with a young team that boasts only three upperclassmen on the eight-player roster. The team lost important veteran player Alyssa Brunelli due to a long-term knee injury before the season started. Without one of their top players, freshman Drew DeCorsey, Brianna Rademacher and Kaitlyn Wohnoutka have had to step up in a big way. “Since the beginning of the season they’ve come a long way,” said Head Coach Bob Skenzich. “Bailey and Delaney went through that same thing. They stepped up and even in the beginning of the season when we were struggling they came a long way from where they were. Just knowing what to expect made a big difference.” The team went 8-0 before taking down Southwest Minnesota. But they felt as though they were gaining traction in a series of tight matches, despite the

winless stretch. The first win of the year served as a happy validation that they were on the right track. “It felt good, we needed it,” Skenzich said. “It was kind of wearing on the team. We were in most of the matches. We were close; we just couldn’t pull it out.”

Freshman Drew DeCorsey has had to step up for UMD. She helped push them to their first win of the season. UMD ATHLETICS/SUBMITTED.

The win came in dramatic fashion. The Bulldogs started the match going 0 for 3 in the doubles competition before taking down the Southwest Minnesota State (SMSU) Mustangs. UMD worked their way back into the match with three straight singles wins before SMSU came see TENNIS, B2


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This past year UMD saw nine former Bulldogs playing in the NHL, including recent Bulldog stars JT Brown and Justin Faulk. In the week alone, three 2013-14 Bulldogs have laced up in professional hockey leagues after leaving UMD with Caleb Herbert playing for the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League while Joe Basaraba (Cincinnati Cyclones) and Aaron Crandall (Alaska Aces) have taken the ice in the East Coast Hockey League. The women’s hockey team also boasts its fair share of pro players and Olympians. Eleven former Bulldogs competed in women’s ice hockey this at the Sochi Olympics. Two Bulldogs who graduated just last year, Jessica Wong and Katie Wilson, went 1-2 in last years Canadian Women’s Hockey League draft.

The Bulldogs baseball team has seen eight former players move on to sign pro contracts. The most recent being Tim Battaglia, a Bulldog pitcher who was drafted 1,476th overall by the Cleveland Indians in the 50th round of the 2004 MLB draft.

UMD’s NCAA Division II football program has earned quite the name for itself with two national championship titles in the last seven years. While not many athletes on Division II teams make it to the NFL, the Bulldogs have had mutlliple draft picks cycle through in their history. One of the biggest names to go on to play in the NFL was Ted McKnight who played for UMD until 1977. He played 68 games over his six-year career for the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs. Recent UMD grad Jake Bscherer, while going undrafted, was invited to the Seattle Seahawks training camp in 2012 but was cut before the season’s start. Despite being dropped in 2012, the team ended up signing the former Bulldog tackle to a contract on May 28, 2013.




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back with a singles win of their own to take back the lead 3-4. Two simultaneous games played by UMD’s Bailey Kolles and Kaitlin Wohnoutka decided the team’s victory. The two women relied on the support of their teammates to guide them to a pair of third set super tiebreaker victories. “That’s something that I mention to the girls, more than just being hard working and playing well,” Skenzich said. “Even though you’re playing separate matches, you’re next to each other when you’re playing. So even if you’re struggling, if the surrounding matches can be positive, that can really raise the energy of the team.” Skenzich said that supporting one another is something the team continues to work on, and he believes that it’s a big part of their first victory this season. Skenzich, who was not happy with the result of the double play, made that a point of focus in practice following the Mustang match. “[We want] to start quick and maintain, rather than coming from behind because that’s tough to do,” Skenzich said. “Mankato’s a good team, so we need to do what we did well and also eliminate some unforced errors and just start quicker.” They did that on Saturday, as the team won one of their three doubles matches, a step up from the winless outing the weekend before. The high skill level of the Mavericks that Skenzich talked about showed as MSU took four of the six singles matches for a 6-3 win over the Bulldogs on Saturday. Win or lose, the support for the UMD has been there the whole way, says Skenzich who credits fan and parent support for the positive attitude of his team. “As far as fan support, we’ve had fantastic parent support,” he said. “They’ve driven from all over the place to see the girls, so that’s been really nice.”



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Basketball Two former Bulldogs have been picked up by the NBA, one in 1962 and the other in 1992. The first was center Bill Matson who dominated in his four years as a Bulldog starting in 1958. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers, but did not play. The latter was Jay Guidinger, who played two years with the Cleveland Cavaliers after being picked up in 1992 as an undrafted free agent.


Baseball recap two hits and three runs apiece to support Hellquist. In the second game of the series, the Bulldogs collected 10 hits but left nine men on base in the 3-0 loss. The Bulldog pitchers hit six Mustangs in the game, three by starter Matt Mattiaci. The Bulldogs were led by Comer’s three hits in four at-bats, but the team couldn’t string enough hits together to push a run across. It was more of the same for the Bulldogs in their first game on Sunday, managing just three hits as they fell to the Mustangs 5-0. Ryan Lakin dropped to 0-3 on the season, allowing nine hits and

four earned runs in seven innings of work. Having gone scoreless for 16 straight innings entering the final game of the series, the Bulldogs looked to make some solid contact at the plate to support their pitching staff to try to even the season series. The scoreless streak ended in the third inning when Wojciechowski’s RBI on a fielder’s choice scored Brian Pierce for the first run of the game. The Bulldogs took advantage of five Mustang errors to score three unearned runs, but they still entered the bottom of the ninth

Softball recap Sadler, who pitched 10.1 innings Sunday to bring her season inning total to 118.2. Sioux falls singled in a run to break a 2-2 deadlock in the sixth inning, and held off the Bulldogs in the 7th to complete the sweep. UMD conquered their offensive demons against Southwest Minnesota State, just a day after coming up short against Sioux Falls. They won boht by comfortable scores of 10-3 and 7-4. Cayli Sadler, usually known for her stellar pitching, led UMD offensively Monday, tally-



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ing five hits. She also picked up the win in both games, surrendering a combined three earned runs. The Bulldogs scored early and often in game one, tallying seven runs in the first two innings. Characteristically, the UMD bats went quiet over the middle innings. Megan Mullen picked up her second home run in as many days, belting a ball off the left field foul pole. Ashley Lewis also registered three hits in the first game. Like the first game, UMD opened game two with seven runs

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Continued from B1 down 5-4. Wenninger led off with a walk and advanced to second base after a Jimmy Heck sacrifice bunt. A groundout followed by Cody Aasen’s hit-by-pitch gave the Bulldogs runners at first and second with two outs. Vogt ripped a double to right-centerfield to score Wenninger, tying the game at 5-5. Grant Farley was intentionally walked to load the bases, which led to Meyer’s game-winning walk that gave the Bulldogs a 6-5 victory. The win pushed UMD to 7-15 on the season. Up next for the Bulldogs is a four-game series against Augustana College this weekend.

in the first inning. They have been highly successful in the first frame all season, scoring 40 runs in the first, 21 more than their opponents. Despite committing three errors, the Bulldogs held off Southwest Minnesota State, behind another strong game for Cayli Sadler. She pitched a complete game, striking out five, and recorded the first home run of her collegiate career. The bulldogs spread their offense up and down the lineup in game two; eight different players collected hits.



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On Saturday night, the UMD Queer and Allied Students Union (QASU) held its annual Proud Prom in the Kirby Rafters, an event that gives students and community members a safe environment and a second chance to experience prom. “This event is important because it brings together queer people throughout our community, and it’s just a great time for us to come together and celebrate what it means to be an LGBT youth,” said Savanna Johnson, a high school senior and PSEO student. Johnson said that she will not be attending her high school’s prom because she doesn’t feel safe at the event, which makes Proud Prom that much more important to her. “I’m really glad to have this prom experience, and it really means the world to me,” Johnson added. Many high school and college students can relate to Johnson’s story, which is one reason why Proud Prom was created. “A lot of LGBT people can’t really, in high school, go to prom with who they want to necessarily go to prom with,” QASU chairperson Katie Muller said. “Or, maybe they weren’t out yet or didn’t know. “Even if you were out in high school, you may not necessarily feel comfortable being with someone you like. You can kind of just be yourself, which is really cool.” “It’s very much a second-chance prom,” sophomore Criss Ririe said, “and so you have a lot of traditional students who are just barely coming out of high school, and it’s a nice age to kind of have that opportunity if they didn’t get to have it a couple years before.” QASU Programs Coordinator Megan Braddock said that representation is one of the key problems that the QASU community has, and Proud Prom is one way the community



can be represented and feel like a part of the campus. “To be equally represented and have an equal opportunity space to where we feel comfortable is just paramount,” Braddock said. “We really try and strive to make sure that we have all the equal opportunities that everyone else has growing up in a heterosexual world.” Jacob Olson, a junior at UMD, is an allied student who said that Proud Prom is an important event to have on a college campus because it shows that the campus supports the QASU community, a sentiment Johnson agreed with. “I think it’s really important for queer people to come together,” Johnson said. “To have it in a college venue, to get college students involved, it’s really a time I think when we are kind of getting more comfortable in our skin.” The theme for this year’s Proud Prom was Glitter Punk. According to Proud Prom Financial Coordinator Kat Fitzgerald, the theme was chosen to get away from traditional prom and hippie themes. “So we decided punk, and added glitter to make it more queer,” Fitzgerald said. Proud Prom had features of typical high school proms such as royalty. However, the QASU decided that instead of having a traditional prom king or queen, they would just leave it as royalty so as not to offend anyone or assign a gender to them that they may not associate with. Braddock, Fitzgerald, Johnson and Mikis Boisse were all nominated as “If we want to have fun and be ourselves, we’re going to do that,” said QASU chairperson Katie Muller. royalty. QASU hosted Proud Prom to give students an alternative to the traditional high school prom experience, The QASU had been one that many students were not able to participate in. ALEX GANEEV/STATESMAN working on the Proud Prom for a little over it even more difficult local businesses and chocolate fountain at important to show that a month according to than usual to pull off companies donated the event, a feature that one, we like to have Fitzgerald, including the event without a prizes that were given many of the attendees fun, and two, we aren’t the organization hitch. away every fifteen were looking forward going to let people limit of sponsors, “It’s been really minutes. to on a night where advertisements, food busy,” Fitzgerald said, Art’s Café in Moose some students and what we do,” Muller and decorations. All citing the hard work Lake donated cake community members said. “And, if we want this, coupled with a that QASU members balls with edible glitter were experiencing their to have fun and be ourselves, we’re going smaller budget than did to get sponsors for for the Proud Prom. first prom. “I just think it’s to do that.” previous years, made the Proud Prom. The QASU also had a

BY SAM STROM Staff Reporter

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Bulldog Q&A by Aprill Emig

: What makes you happy?

“Sleep. Lately, I haven’t been getting a lot of sleep because it’s college and we’re in the final stretch. When I get more sleep, I’m a lot happier and less crabby.” — Brenda Vue, senior psychology major

“Trying new things. It’s good to be spontaneous. This year, it really hit me that just being out there makes life more enjoyable.” — Touyia Lee, sophomore civil engineering major.

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SQUEAKY CLEAN SLEEP HYGIENE Spring break is over and the end of the semester still feels far off. But it is imperative to maintain good sleep hygiene during this mid-semester slump to have energy until the end of finals week. Use these tips to have a more restful night.

This includes caffeine, nicotine and alcohol, which all disrupt sleep. It is especially important to avoid these near bedtime, so drink coffee before noon and switch to decaf after.


One of the many benefits of exercising is having better sleep. Vigorous exercising can be done in the morning or the afternoon, and relaxing exercise like yoga can be done at night.



Having a regular sleep routine is one of the most effective ways to get better sleep. This means going to sleep and waking up at the same time everyday, even on the weekends. It also helps to do similar things before going to bed to relax.

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“Inuksuit”: where music and nature meet The outdoor percussion concert will be performed by 66 musicians from across the state for the first time in Minnesota.

BY APRILL EMIG Student Life Editor

Wind blowing through a snow-covered tundra, broken only by bird calls in the distance mingling with frothy waves rushing over the ice. These organic sounds of nature serve both as a backdrop and as a foreground for the 66 musicians who will perform “Inuksuit” on the Glensheen Estate April 10 at noon as part of the Sauyatugvik Contemporary Music Festival. “Duluth is a special place for this piece,” said Gene Koshinski, associate professor and an organizer of the event. Glensheen Estate, which belongs to the School of Fine Arts, is providing the venue for free. “Glensheen is right on the shore, so we might even have people performing on the ice,” Kochinski said. Performing in such a location is not unintentional because “Inuksuit” was written to be played outdoors. The piece was composed by John Luther Adams, who was inspired by the environment of Alaska. “This is a perfect piece that blends the natural world with music,” Koshinski said. “There’s really nothing else like it.” According to the program notes, the title refers to a man-made stone that is used by the Inuit people as a land marker to orient themselves in Arctic spaces. The inspiration from these stones is reflected in the orientation of the performance. There are a total of three circles that performers are stationed. “All of the performers start in a centrally located place,” Koshinski said, “and everyone slowly expands to their circles as the music gets more frantic.” In the second half of the piece, the musicians slowly work back towards the silence they started from. “It’s sonically building Inuksuit,” said graduate student and percussionist Will Bradle Because the performance is outdoors, this means the distance between the circles is vast and creates a unique experi-

ence for audience members. “The audience can experience the piece however they like,” Koshinski said. “They can sit on a bench and hear it from that perspective, or they can walk around.” This means there can be some pressure to perform for some musicians who may not be used to being so close to their audience. “An audience member might choose to just stand and watch a single performer the entire time,” said junior Brandon Smith, one of the percussionists in the event. “They’ll get a completely different experience depending on where they orient themselves.” In addition to the UMD musicians from the percussion ensemble, there will be seven other universities joining for a total of 66 performers. “There will be trumpets, cymbals, conch shells and various drums,” “During the middle section, percussion sounds overcome any nature Koshinski said. sounds,” said Gene Koshinski, an organizer of and performer in “Inuksuit.” Many unconventional instruments Here he plays a stand with seven different cymbals meant to sound like will also be used to create sounds that waves. ALEX GANEEV/STATESMAN other instruments cannot. “I play seven cymbals, a gong, bells and a bull roarer, which makes a helicopter-esque noise,” said graduate student and percussionist Matt Bronson. The bull roarer is made out of a thin wooden plank attached to thick string. The percussionists spin the wood which simultaneously causes the string to spin. “It’s really tiring, and we have to play it for about twenty minutes,” Bronson said. But not all the instruments are nontraditional, like the piccolos that will be playing bird calls. “The goal is to get the birds to call back, because we’re using the calls of indigenous birds of the north,” Bradle said. All of this music will result in a performance that will last approximately 75 minutes with no intermission. “We’re starting from virtually nothing, then hitting the loudest sound you can possibly imagine, and ending again with nothing,” Bradle said. “It’s unlike anything else, to be present for the full Freshman Bryden Gollhardt rehearses with toms and bass drum for his part circle of our sonic possibilities.” in “Inuksuit.” ALEX GANEEV/STATESMAN

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What’s up, Duluth? BY APRILL EMIG Student Life Editor

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The science of happiness BY MEGAN CARSON Volunteer Reporter

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The idea for the Neuroscience of Happiness Conference came from the unlikeliest of places — the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007. After this tragedy, where 32 In Search of an Ecology of Music people were shot and 1:00 p.m. in Weber Music Hall Lecture by “Inuksuit” composer John Luther Adams. Part of the Sauyatugvik Contemporary Music Festi- killed and 17 others were wounded, many stuval. dents slipped into a deep Cost: Free state of depression. College counselors had to respond. Conference organizer Ludacris Michelle Stronach, a 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. in the Amsoil Arena UMD Health Services The time spent waiting in a ticket line will finally pay off. #Duludacris. counselor for the past Cost: $15 with U Card seven years, responded by changing the way she leads sessions with students. After researching “Inuksuit” how the human brain 12:00 p.m. in Glensheen, the Historic Congdon Estate wires happiness, she Experience music like never before. 66 performers from across the state will come together for this outdoor concluded that instead concert. of focusing on solving Cost: Free students’ problems, she could emphasize what makes them happy. “Nowhere does it say Chamber Orchestra Concert that getting a college Juan will share his story of his wrongful conviction and the decade of his life after being exonerated. Cost: Free

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degree will make you happy,” Stronach said. Instead, she tells her students to find the good in their lives and avoid things that threaten their happiness. During the first conference session on April 1, Stronach spoke to students about the anatomy of the brain and the chemical reactions that induce happiness. A second session on April 8 will focus on 12 strategies that can lead students to happiness. Stronach is excited about the impact her message has had on students, and organizing and presenting the conference has even helped her become a happier person. “I’ve seen a positive change in me,” Stronach said, “which makes my relationships with my students more positive as well.”

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Statesman 4-9-14  

In this issue of The Statesman, a controversial author visits campus, Student Body President Jacob Froelich discusses his plans, and QASU ho...

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