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Fraternity shaves for the cure Gustin Schumacher STAFF WRITER

Shave for the Cure was a breast cancer research fundraiser held in the Atwood Ballroom on Wednesday. All of the money raised would be given to the Susan G. Komen Minnesota, and the Coborn Cancer Center. The turnout for the fundraiser was “better than expected” said Derick Miller, President of the Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity, as well as being “pretty successful.” The event started with an opening speech by St. Cloud Mayor, Dave Kleis, followed by four DSP brothers that got their heads shaved courtesy of Final Cuts Barber Shop. “We didn’t make my goal to shave but I still did to support my brothers,” Adam Heinen said. Some SCSU staff came out to get the heads shaved for the cause, such as Jeff

Chen, a math professor. “I just felt like I could help the cause,” Chen said. During the fundraiser 5-Hour Energy gave away free samples of their specially marked Raspberry 5-hour Energy. There was also a silent auction to help raise money. There were a variety of live musical performances such as Silky Smooth and Preston Gunderson. People got up, danced, and sang along with the performers. Gunderson also had a new CD for sale with some of the proceeds going to breast cancer research. Margaret Vos attended Shave for the Cure. She gave a speech talking about her diagnosis of breast cancer, as well as how she became involved with Shave for the Cure. Vos had a mastectomy, where doctors removed 26 lymph nodes. She got involved in Shave for the Cure when one day “the gutsiest person on campus” came to her with a proposition. Chris

Rogers said that if she shaved her head for the cure many people would follow in her example. After saying she “needed to think about it for a week,” she got a call from her doctor saying that her cancer was in remission, and she did not need to go through radiation and chemotherapy. Vos dislikes being called a “survivor” she instead, prefers the term “warrior”, saying

Other people in attendance such as sophomore Morgan Werner, said she came out to “help support women.” Junior Sammy Frank said “support the cause,” as well as saying, “the turnout was better than expected.” The fundraiser has raised $3,195, short of the original goal of $20,000. The online donations will stay open for a week after the fundraiser.

“Cancer is limited,” Vos said, and with the “strength of community,” everyone can beat it. After her speech, men from different fraternities as well as the Deltas gave Vos

women in the United States each year, taking the lives of 39,620 women. “About one in eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime,” according to the American Cancer Society, as well as “being responsible for a woman’s death is about one in 36.” Breast cancer death rates have been decreased by 34 percent between 1990 and 2010. 30 years ago 39 percent would die of breast cancer now 93 percent survive.

Tony Ruberto got his head shaved even though his goal was $15,000. He also donated his ponytail to Locks of Love. After getting his head shaved, Ruberto said his head was “a little cold.”

Cancer touches the life of SCSU faculty Vicki Ikeogu NEWS EDITOR

In an instant, one’s life can be changed forever. You hear the doctor on the other end of the phone reveal the news you weren’t expecting. Cancer.

Margaret Vos isn’t one of them. At Wednesday’s Shave for the Cure event, sponsored by the Delta Sigma Phi (DSP) fraternity,Vos revealed to the audience her personal connections to Breast Cancer Awareness month. Wearing a pink wig, the former director of Atwood Memorial Center, and the current associate vice president of international affairs, shared the news she received. When DSP decided to hold the Shave for the Cure event in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Vos was approached to lose her hair for the cause. “The request took my breath away,” she said. Wanting to consider the proposal, Vos decided to get back to the fraternity. In her speech she outlined her concerns and apprehensions about doing this. “I wanted to talk to others who have had cancer to see if it would be alright with them,” she said. However, literally hours after the DSP request, Vos received a call that would change her life. “I got a phone call from my doctor saying I didn’t need to talk to anyone about having cancer,”said Vos. Her doctor said her test results from her annual physical check-up came back abnormal. The prognosis was not good. GUSTIN SCHUMACHER / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Current Interim Vice President of International Affairs Margaret Vos was recently diagnosed with cancer.

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Vos Continued from Page 1 Instead of looking at this from the sidelines, Vos has been thrust head on into the cause with her recent diagnosis of Stage IV breast cancer. But instead of retreating back into her shell, Vos weighed the request of DSP heavily. “I decided, my head needed to be shaved anyway,” she said. “It wasn’t that big of a deal anymore.” So Vos approached the fraternity and made a special request.

They needed to up the ante. DSP’s goal was to raise $15,000 for the Susan G. Komen foundation. Vos countered there proposal with one of her own. Disclosing her new diagnosis to DSP, the fraternity needed to raise the goal to $20,000 and split the donated money between the foundation and the Corborn’s Cancer Center in St. Cloud. DSP did not hesitate to accommodate her. It was decided Vos was to shave her head for cancer research. But with such an emotional turn of events, Vos, with the encouragement of one of her close friends, decided to shave in a separate, more private event on Sunday.

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With a few women from a salon and two videographers, Vos took razor to hair and watched her locks fall. With the parting of her hair and the sporting of a new look, Vos’ video was shown to those attending Shave for the Cure. In addition to sharing her personal story of hair loss, Vos also informed the audience that while she had a double mastectomy at the beginning of October, the cancer accelerated to in ten different areas. “I’ve never been known to do anything slow,” she joked. she wants people to see her as a

warrior, not a victim. Standing on stage, Vos raised crowd to chant with her “She-ra” as their own battles with cancer and their struggles with chemotherapy. “We need a lot of support and encouragement. Today’s there’s hope. I believe in that hope. The “Cancer is so limited. It cannot destroy peace. It cannot silence courage. It cannot conquer the spirit.” The money raised by DSP will be split between the Susan G. Komen foundation and the Corborn’s Cancer Center.

Events Calendar Wednesday Women on Wednesday 12 p.m. This free event will take place in the Atwood Theater. This week’s discussion is titled Arranged Marriages: Examining Tradition, Culture and Women’s Realities.

Wednesday Lakota Spirituality 7:30 p.m. Speaker Craig Howe will be talking about understanding American Indian communities and the issues they face. This free event will take place at the Ringsmuth Auditorium in the Miller Center.

Thursday GUSTIN SCHUMACHER / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Women attending the ‘Shave for the Cure’ event rally around Margaret Vos to show there support for breast cancer research.

SCSU lights up the night for safety Ryan Hanenburg STAFF WRITER

Thursday

Safety is a paramount concern for any community whether its a school, a town or a neighborhood. Last year, Student Government held the event “Light Up The Night”, which involved patrolling around campus and the surrounding neighborhood. This year they have teamed up with the Public Safety Department as well as the Campus Area Police Services team. CAPS is a section of the police force that focuses on the Southside Neighborhood. The event started at 7 p.m. in the Atwood Ballroom with the Student Government President, Eric Petersen, introducing the event. He said that one of the purposes of the event was to “show a sense of solidarity” among the students and city. President Earl Potter also spoke on the excellent work that the St. Cloud Police Department have done around campus. Potter said that “significant threats have been removed by SCPD.” Mayor Dave Kleis also spoke saying that “public safety is essential.” He noted that if you see malfunctioning streetlights anywhere in St Cloud that you can report them by tweeting #stcloudstreetlights or by calling the hotline at (320) 650-2900. The assembly was then split into several groups with each group taking a section of either campus or the Southside Neighborhood. Each group had one Public Safety member and one

Voices of Sepharad 7-10 p.m. This event will have music and dance performances from the Sephardic Jewish tradition. The event will take place in the Ritsche Auditorium.

Friday HBS Dining Etiquette and Networking Program 12 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

walked around their designated area looking for things like malfunctioning streetlights, unlit areas, uneven sidewalks, suspicious situations, and other general safety hazards. All of these things were recorded by the public safety member and the sheets for each group were to be submitted to the relevant organization such

While walking around campus, my group noticed a surprising amount of unlit lights, most of which were in the back ends of buildings and other areas which are less likely used than places like Atwood and the Miller Center. The groups didn’t only walk about outside but they entered public buildings looking for threats. They tried their hardest to locate any and all safety concerns. Everyone met up again at the National Hockey Center on Fifth Avenue around 8 p.m. for cookies and hot cocoa as well as a wrap-up to the walk.

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Several groups noted that Barden Park had almost no working lights as well as a general lack of lights around both campus and the surrounding area. The city groups noted that there were several alleyways which could use better lighting to which ing with property owners to install more lights in these areas. They also noted that the cost for doing so would only amount to eight dollars a month.

the 2014-2015 school year. The event ended with all the members walking back to Atwood via Fifth Avenue all while among students and community. The goal was to “light up the night” as the name of the event suggests. Sara Swenson, the Urban Affairs chair, said that the event was done to bring together various safety events on campus. She said they wanted to “bring attention to the good things that public safety is doing to bring the community together.”

neighborhood watch in the Southside area. The

Northern Plains Winter Storm Conference hosted by SCSU Staff Report

About 60 attendees gathered to learn about storms, snow, and science at the eighth annual Northern Plains Winter Storm Conference last Monday. The conference, hosted by the SCSU Department of Atmospheric and Hydrologic Sciences, took place at the nearby SCSU Welcome Center. The NPWSC featured speakers and attendees from as far away as Oklahoma and ogy, emergency management, and Geographic

Hangin’ With the Huskies 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. This Husky pride and spirit event will take place in the Atwood lounge.

Information Systems (GIS). Keynote speaker Heather Reeves, associated with the National Severe Storms Laboratory and the University of Oklahoma, addressed issues with snowfall and precipitation tracking. Other presenters discussed extreme wind events in Duluth, mountain storm conditions, snowfall measurement, and the use of social media in alerting the public about severe weather. Attendees remained throughout the day at the NPWSC, enjoying a facility luncheon and ample sweet treats. Many regrouped afterward for a social hour at a nearby pizzeria.

Several SCSU Meteorology students helped to organize the event, along with SCSU faculty and staff. National Weather Service staff attended as well, with some NWS professionals giving talks. were held, with winners receiving a Blizzard from Dairy Queen and a weather-themed Tshirt. The conference is planned again for next fall.

coach and HBS business professor Mary Soroko is providing students, staff, and faculty with the skills they need to conduct business at the table. This event will take place in the Atwood Cascade Room and costs $12 for students and $20 for faculty and staff.

Saturday Malaysia Night 5-9 p.m. This event will take place in the Atwood Ballroom and will have dance performances, food, and music. The event costs $5 for students and faculty with their ID and $7 for the general public.


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SCSU professor shares personal performance ‘Suicide Punchline’ The piece began with Tuder furiously scrubbing the stage, symbolically cleaning after her Tiffany Krupke father’s suicide. EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Without warning, she stopped and launched into a litany of questions to her dead father, During her performance in Atwood this demanding answers to the questions as to why he week, Jennifer Tuder revealed why she believes took his own life. surviving is the opposite of solving. The performance took a turn when Tuder Tuder showcased her performance entitled takes up a martini and engages in a tipsy cocktail party conversation, complete with suicide-based Tuder is a survivor of suicide. Her father humor and facts she throws out about suicide. committed suicide when she was in college, a The performance took another turn as Tuder deeply personal experience which she shared in put on a white mask and entered a “diorama” “Suicide Punchline”. During her performance, Tuder cross-exam- sequence. Tuder recited a monologue and then performed a ritualistic dance. ined her ghosts, cracked jokes at a make-shift Tuder also used a projection of a ghost light cocktail party, and showcased dioramas of the during her performance. Tuder said theaters ofafterlife. ten use a ghost light out of superstition. Leaving The performance created three different a ghost light has other purposes besides practicharacters that represented different aspects of cal ones, and superstitions say it allows ghosts her survival experience. to come and go. Theaters also often leave a seat open for a ghost for this reason. questions that haunt suicide survivors. Tuder had a seat open in the front row, with a The Celebrant was the life of the party, who “reserved” sign to in observation of this tradicracks jokes and never let the facts of suicide tion. bring her down. After the performance, Tuder took time to The Architect created worlds where she could answer questions from the audience. A student asked her if she believed in the afterlife. dioramas.

Tuder said she is an agnostic and is very unsure about the afterlife. “I hold open the possibility that there is an afterlife,” Tuder said. “On an emotional level, it really helps me.” Tuder said leaving a seat open is way to remember her father, should he wish to attend her performance one day. Dioramas are also a way she has incorporated a part of herself into the performance. Tuder said members of her family have seen the performance and it helped open the lines of communication. Tuder holds a PhD in Speech Communication and is a professor of Performance and Communication studies at SCSU. Tuder has presented Suicide Punchline across the U.S. She also recently had an op-ed published in the Star Tribune about suicide. Through this process, Tuder realized survival easily resolved. Tuder hopes that other suicide survivors can recognize something of themselves and their experiences in “Suicide Punchline”. “Suicide Punchline” was created by Tuder in collaboration with Candace Stimpson and was directed by Candace Stimpson.

Vietnamese student has a sunny outlook of SCSU, community Nino Sakvarelidce STAFF WRITER

Tuyen Thi Thanh Pham calls herself simply Sun. sun and look forward to the sun,” said Pham. She wants to “always look ahead, to the source of light.” Sun is an international student from Vietnam and she majors in English. Unlike most of us she has not chosen SCSU, but in fact, the university has chosen her. Sun is the recipient of a very competitive US State Department Program UGRAD which focuses on young people with leadership skills who are willing to be the future change-makers. This year only seven students were chosen from the entire pool of Vietnamese students and Sun was one of them. Sun’s choice for applying for this scholarship was shaped by her major and by her interest in American culture. “Things seemed cool over here,” she said. Sun comes from the culture which values friendliness, respect, and helpfulness. She describe herself as a very “fun-loving and an easy-going person who is a perfectionist in multiple ways.” What will differentiate Sun’s experience in United States are the special requirements that UGRAD

has. One of those, for example, is volunteering. However, for Sun volunteering was never a requirement since one of the ways she impressed UGRAD was her extensive list of volunteering experience back in Vietnam. She volunteered during various festivals, worked as a free tour guide, teacher and translator of different events. Sun currently volunteers at the Dream Center which is a “shelter for homeless people” where she helps to serve food and receives phone calls. Sun views volunteering as a way to give back to the society. Her interest in it is genuine. “I try to get more people with me” she said. She says she always manages to attend all the events hosted by University Program Board and any other club that hosts events. She has a long list of attended events starting from Atwood After Dark ences. As an international student, Sun is very keen on traveling. She has already enjoyed her visit to Chicago and given a priority to the John Hancock Observatory as “the view is more romantic from there.” During winter break, Sun plans on experiencing an American Christmas with her roommate and further visiting New York City as she would not want to leave USA without seeing it.

MOTOKI NAKATANI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Tuyen Thi Thanh Pham is an English major from Vietnam.

Whitacre discusses business ethics costs as high as possible. This leads Joe Edmonds ASST. NEWS EDITOR

Hollywood inspiration Mark Whitacre was at SCSU on Thursday to discuss business ethics, his part one of the largest and most of Investigation has ever investigated. Whitacre’s story began when he started working for Archer Daniels Midland, a food product company that supplies to some of the largest produce distributors in the world. At the time Whitacre started working for the company, they scheme since the late 1970’s. supply and demand, while agreeing modities with the intent of raising

and on a global scale can lead to billions of dollars in revenue. Initially, Whitacre was one of the top executives at ADM and was

four bad apples,” Whitacre said. Whitacre eventually spent nine years in federal penitentiary, but not

after he learned about the company’s practices he told his wife, who persuaded him to go to the FBI. Instead of charging him and the rest of the executives at ADM

the FBI he had total whistle-blower immunity. Once he knew that ADM found out about him talking to the FBI, nitely over, so he decided to take a severance package of 9 million dollars. The money he earned from

Whitacre became an informant for the FBI, wore a wire to some of the most private meetings around the globe, and reported on many of his friends and colleagues. Whitacre acted as the tip of the spear for the largest white collar investigation in the United States at the time. One thing he stressed throughout his presentation was that ADM was not a bad company or unethical. “[ADM] just happened to have

as long as the FBI knew about the money he was earning. When he took the 9 millions dollars ADM reported him to the FBI for embezzlement and Whitacre lost his whistle-blower immunity. The other executives were also charged, but with reduced sentences. “I got nine years for 9 millions dollars, they got three years for a billion dollars a year for 14 years,” Whitacre said. “If they did that crime today they would have gotten

Many of the FBI agents that worked with Whitacre pleaded in court to get him a reduced sentence, which he did. Initially he was supposed to receive six months in federal prison but turned it down to get a lighter sentence. FBI for several reasons. It was one of the largest white collar FBI cases in the country at the time, but also Whitacre’s mental well-being was of concern. After this case agents and informants are not allowed to be undercover or wear a wire for more than year. Whitacre wore his for three years before he was accused and charged of embezzlement. Whitacre also stated how this “There was over 40 compa[ADM]. It’s very common,” he said. “The key is don’t be a part of it.”

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Ivana Sreckovic OPINIONS EDITOR

SCSU is home to the award-winning, nationally recognized Forensics (Speech & Debate) program. The program is comprised of a diverse group of over 25 dedicated, creative, and motivated students. SCSU Speech and Debate team has just returned from competing in the Vocal Viking Speech and Debate Tournament at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN. Next week, the team will travel to a competition at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD. SCSU Speach & Debate tition so far this year. “SCSU’s debate teams have already found success early in the season. Our extemporaneous and impromptu speakers look extremely strong this year. Finally, our interp competitors—those students competing in prose, dramatic, and posaid Director of Forensics, Scott Wells. semester and a great showing at this year’s various regional, state, and national competitions in the spring. The program offers training in eleven different individual speaking and interpretation events, and three forms of debate as well. The team has a weekly squad meeting on every Wednesday. “We also encourage students to attend a coaching sessions or peer-coaching sessions at least twice a week. Students choose which event they would like to practice. The most experienced members compete in up to six events, plus

take them to tournaments across the upper-Midwest. Most When it comes to events offered at SCSU, students can participate in those such as: Oral Interpretation (prose, poetry, duo, dramatic and program oral interpretation), Public Address (persuasive, informative, after-dinner speaking, and communication analysis), Limited Preparation (extemporaneous and impromptu speaking) and Debate (Team parliamentary and Lincoln-Douglas debate). oldest student organizations on campus. The comprehensive program provides classroom instruction, peer coaching, and individual training in eleven different individual speaking and interpretation/acting events as well as three forms of debate. The competitive season starts in late September and ends with a national tournament in late March or early April. SCSU Speach and Debate had a lot of success in the past. They are improving their skills and practicing all the time, so they can only be proud of the success they earned through history of the team. ‘’The team has had several state and national champions over the years, including national

They travel to over 20 tournaments per year. This year’s national tournaments will be located in Arizona and Indiana, where students compete at tournaments to acquire points necessary to qualify for the national competitions. “In addition to ongoing travel and competition, the program offers high school coaching, sponsors numerous

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Frozen Yogurt Creations is a new ice cream alternative that is located behind Target in Waite Park. They had their grand opening a special of buy one get one free. Frozen Yogurt Creations is locally owned and run by Isaac and Ruth Francour, who came up from Mankato. Ruth worked at a Frozen Yogurt Creations in Mankato and was a phoshe decided she needed a change. Isaac ran a liquor store and later on, a Shop Company. FYC has the same price as their competitors but owner Ruth says, “We re-

to get there homemade pies in the FYC line up. The Francours are very proud of being locally owned, and very grateful for how supportive the community has been. FYC gets all their ingredients locally. The Francours thank the community for the, “insane and very FYC has already started giving back to the community by doing fundraisers where FYC gives 20 percent of all the community organization in charge. At FYC, they also to students who bring their student I.D.

FYC is open for private functions as well. FYC would be available for after-hour birthday parties, bachelorette parties, and other special occasions. The Francours hope to be longtime owners and are willing to open their store to functions and fun activities. As a new owner, Ruth’s favorite part of running this new business is serving her new community and being able to spend more time with her husband, Isaac. Ruth added, “It’s very nice to not have to deal with the bills as well, because Isaac

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With the conversion to digital television signals in the upgraded the university’s analog signal over fall break. “FCC regulations required that providers distribute HD signals instead of analog signals. Charter had said Director of Residential Life, Dan Pedersen. This upgrade, in addition to upgrading all the buildings on campus, Charter Communications switched the analog signals in the residential halls, upgrading them to high

“This upgrade will benmanager and UTVS adviser Derrick Silvestri, “We are giving them HD channels without having them pur-

and much more. There are lactose free options for those with allergies as well. FYC also brings a new idea to frozen yogurt in their mixed shakes. Ruth came up with the idea of putting any dressing wanted into a cup and mixing it all together to make one personal creation. Ruth is also talking with other local companies such as Kay’s Kitchen in St. Joe

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“There was no change to the cost for providing video service to residential students. The new channel lineup offers all HD channels, as well as over a dozen more channels that were not a part of our channel lineup

candy bars, and gummy treats. However, the special part is the rest of their toppings and how they are prepared. Ruth makes a majority of the toppings. She bakes homemade cookies,

Frozen Yogurt Creations is located in Waite Park behind Target.

star performances and public showcases, hosts a collegiate said. SCSU Speech & Debate is open to all students in good standing, with or without previous experience. All interested students can join the team by contacting the Director of Forensics at Department of Communication Studies, River“The SCSU Speech and Debate squad anticipates a great year, with lots of opportunities to learn and grow from the many experiences this student organization offers. Anyone who is interested in participating in this fun and interesting activity is encouraged to join. You will have the opportunity to grow as a person and public speaker, make new friends from SCSU, and other schools from around the nation, travel to interesting places across the upper-Midwest, and enjoy their local fast food cuisine. Most importantly, make lasting connections with a great group of individustudents with an opportunity to grow as a person, communicator and performer; the opportunity to strengthen research and organizational skills; the opportunity to share and experience literature and creative performance; and the opportunity to learn how to be one’s best – competitively Since experience is not a condition for joining the team, many good things and is very helpful for improving skills, thinking faster, getting rid of stage fright, improving selfesteem with public speaking and giving the participant the possibility to speak about many topics.

Charter signal update on campus improves strength

FYC creates alternatives Jenna Redford

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With the new upgrade, students and staff members around campus will receive most, if not all their TV channels in HD. This includes all major network channels including new channels such as NFL Network, and NFL Redzone. In addition, students on campus

have the capability to tune into the newest channels, St. Cloud State Sports Network and Res Life Cinema, the most recent additions to UTVS. Working in conjunction with Charter, university ofthe switch over fall break, to minimize student impact of the digital conversion. “We were presented a schedule from Charter, and selected fall break because the changes involved disruption of service to campus. This minimized the number of people affected when Pedersen said. Choosing Charter’s Clear QAM option, students and faculty that own and operate TV’s on campus are able to tune into channels they otherwise would have had to pay for through the use of a converter. Playing a minor role in the multi-million dollar UTVS upgrade to HD studios and capabilities, Pedersen said there was some relation to the time of this event, however, it was minimal. “Staff with UTVS had been working with Charter this summer on HD broadcast capabilities. As part of their work the staff were able to inform IT Services and Residential Life about the formal plans to upgrade the Charter video signal in to campus and the channel lineup changes in late

the fact that since UTVS was already working with Charter to create a system for HD sports coverage, there was little collaboration other than timing between these organizations. While students and faculty have the ability to tune into better quality signals, the upgrade had posed challenges for some without an HD TV. “There have been some faculty complaints. Since they have older TV’s in their of-

“Students who own older televisions that are not equipped with a QAM device to receive HD channels are no longer able to view the video signal. This is frus-

Pedersen said. While students now have the ability to watch TV in HD, those that are interested in having DVR services through Charter still have to wait. While this demand, according to Silvestri, was minimal in years past, with approximately one to two students requesting such systems, Silvestri said they are currently working with Charter to get them up and working for students. However, Silvestri did say that third party options such TiVo will work with this new system. Overall, feedback about the new upgrade has been positive according to Silvestri and Pedersen. “Charter has really

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Perception of Halloween for international and American students

Ivana Sreckovic OPINIONS EDITOR

Halloween, whether you like it or not, you have to admit that people are excited this time of the year. Also, it is the time of the year when they spend a lot of money for costumes, candy, and house decor. That is one of the things about America that I like. Wherever you come from, you are able to feel real American spirit and the atmosphere can blow you away. My American friends told me that this is probably the holiday for biggest excitement, big expectations and biggest celebrations. Until this year, I never dressed up for Halloween. It is not celebrated that much in my country. The biggest thing we do is dress up but that is usually not even with real costumes. Our costumes are masks on the face and we often go to a club. Here, it is like going out every other night with no expectations. The atmosphere isn’t any better, and masks are the only difference. Halloween is celebrated

more in other countries in Europe, but not in mine. Also, I am sure that none of those countries celebrate Halloween the way it is celebrated in the United States. Since I live in the dorms, and in one with the biggest number of international students, I see that I am not the only one who experienced it and celebrated Halloween for the say celebrated it the “right” way. was carve pumpkins. There wasn’t one person who found that boring or didn’t want to try to do it. I am not the only one who likes to try out new things. I even think that I will continue doing that when I go back home, even though I will probably be the only one who does that. After that, we had a costume competition for our Hall, two days before actual Halloween. For that occafor getting awards: the most character, the funniest one, the scariest one and the best of them all. Not surprisingly, when I went downtown on Thursday night I could see some pretty good costumes. People were creative and they put big effort in it. I saw the longest lines in front of the clubs. They were waiting in lines, freezing, and a lot of

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Halloween traditions in America can be an adjustment for international students.

them were not dressed that well for that weather. But Halloween is only once a year so… Why not? The most unexpected thing was the number of people who participated in trick or treating. I mean, don’t get me wrong, but we are in college and we are over 17 years old. We are too old for that. And I wasn’t that wrong. There were few people who told us that they are keeping their candy for the children or that they don’t have that much left. But there were more of them who were thrilled when they heard that we are international students who are celebrating HalEven though we are older,

we were trick-or-treating for One friend from America even told me that I should have came here ten years ago. Not because I am too old for trick-ortreating right now (which I am), but because people don’t decorate houses as much as they used to. I saw pretty good decorations, but I believe that people used to put much more effort in it. In the other hand, more international students than Americans were in the mood for doing all these things for Halloween. That was totally understandable. They’ve been trickor-treating since they were little kids. They have been carving pumpkins for many years

already. Now carving is only one more thing they have to do for this holiday and it became a tradition. They have been coming up with ideas for costumes so many times. They have been spending money for so many years and they don’t want to do that again, again and again. They have been spending plenty of time preparing for Halloween, dressing up, and doing make-up. Some of them probably feel that they are over that now and that it is not as interesting as it used to be. Anyhow, I think that they shouldn’t stop doing that. Halloween is not such a thing meant to be only for children. Even if it was, why

wouldn’t we still be children a little bit? Most of us in some way are. And with or without money for costume, there is always make-up which can be used for making something in the last minute, with little money or time spent on it. And it can still look pretty good. But still, the atmosphere was amazing. I’ve never seen that much of a crowd in St. Cloud. Yes, Thursday night is time when everyone goes out in America, goes “downtown” in this case. Thursday with this amount of people and with so much laughter and good mood on the streets. And this cannot be seen every day for sure.

A different Halloween experience I try to block out the to block out something so shocking. This year seemed to be different though. Chaos was everywhere, Joe Edmonds ASST. NEWS EDITOR

Walking around during Halloween in St. Cloud is an experience. There are other holidays where a lot of people will be out going to parties or having fun. Many of these days fall on the nights before a long break. There are even some random nights when a few more people are out doing things on a random Thursday night. Sometimes these people get loud, or maybe a bit rowdy. This is usually quelled when Public Safety or the police show up to break up whatever shenanigans are taking place. Halloween is different. The Southside Neighborhood seems to go under a state of emergency for a night. I don’t remember my

Cloud. Not because I was too intoxicated, but because I was busy hiding in my dorm closet in fear of being pillaged by the hordes of costumed students.

escape the blue and red strobes from police cars that were either breaking up parties or arresting someone who was stupid enough to drive around while drunk. I heard the sounds of every house party blaring up and down the blocks. The conglomerated subwoofers bumping from everyone mixed well with the police lights and sirens going off. People littered the streets and swarmed parking lots by the hundreds. At times it was quite amusing to see so many people drunkenly wander As I was standing outside of my friend’s house, I witnessed too many people in one very small space. This group moved across the parking lot adjacent to where I was with hive-mind mentality. They had no regard for sanity, clearly. seagulls landing in a parking lot as they scavenge for food left by passers by. They bounced around and picked at each other. The

population of the group was constantly changing as more and more people seemed to be absorbed by them. Others just ran. It was chaos in this parking lot, and I left soon out. Maybe it’s because everyone feels they are allowed to cut loose on Halloween or maybe it is because everyone is already in silly costumes, or more risque costumes that some people embrace. Perhaps this is a good case of groupthink. Everyone feels at the same time they need to leave their homes, or travel, and be with their friends to have fun in ways that are possibly illegal, depending on your idea of fun. Be that as it may, everyone seems to be alright with the level of craziness that surrounds Halloween in St. Cloud. Even downtown, which is usually monitored by police quite well, seemed to be incredibly more chaotic that usual. It is not that I have a problem with all the people, or all the insanity roaming around the streets, or the random ture of, but St. Cloud has a lot of broken glass in the streets.

Quote of the Week ‘‘Alone. Yes, that’s the key word, the most awful word in the English tongue. Murder doesn’t hold a candle to it and hell is only a poor synonym.’’ Stephen King

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Let children enjoy Halloween

Vicki Ikeogu NEWS EDITOR

As a kid, I used to love Halloween. The idea of getting dressed up in a costume, that most of the time was homemade, and getting to go trick-or-treating around the neighborhood was awesome. By the time my mom wouldn’t let me do it any more (yes, she had to tell me 17 was too old to beg for candy), I could tell you which houses had the jumbo candy bars, which house gave out toothbrushes, and which houses to avoid at all costs. It’s some of the best memories I have growing up. However, for some kids this Halloween, instead of getting candy, they got lectures. According to a CBS news report, a woman in North Dakota was supposedly giving out children that she deemed to be having issues with their weight a letter stating the importance of protecting

their health. “Fat letters” as the media has deemed them were to be handed out only to those that were heavier. The report left out if the rest of the trick-or-treaters would receive candy at all from her. As a chubby kid and a chubby adult, this tactic of scrutinizing a child and potentially isolating them from their peers is an unacceptable way to handle the issue of obesity in general and childhood

For starters, kids are not dumb. In fact, they are very intuitive to their surroundings. Most of them, myself included, know they have a weight issue. Looking at yourself in the mirror everyday kind of takes care of the issue of not knowing. So, to receive a letter from a neighbor or a complete stranger reinforcing often negative thoughts about weight has the potential to really damage a child’s self-esteem. Being teased by your friends or family is one thing. Being judged by a stranger who essentially has the audacity to point you is completely different. Exactly what is the purpose of doing this? Well, according to the

North Dakota woman “Cheryl,” it’s to stress to parents that it is there job to prevent their kids from getting this big. “My hope is that you will step up as an adult and ration candy this Halloween and not allow your child to continue these unhealthy eating habits,” her letter read. Stating in her letter that it is the responsibility of the entire community to look out for each other, including kids, she urges parents to think twice about allowing their obese child out trick-ortreating just because the candy is free and all the other kids are doing it. My question is this: Has this woman thought about the unintended consequences her words can have? Telling a child that he or she is fat has the potential to do a lot more harm than good, especially at the sensitive age most trick-or-treaters are, late childhood and early adolescence. Maybe a better way to go about this is talk directly to the parent, not go through the child. While childhood obesity is a serious problem in our country, attacking those that have the least amount of say in their diet seems horrible. Talk to the parents and let the kids enjoy themselves.


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UPCOMING EVENTS

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Choral Connections brings musicians together

Wednesday 11/6 Xclusive performance, Atwood Theater 7 p.m. Thursday 11/7 Players Open Mic Night “Hip Hop Night” Atwood Quarry, 7 p.m. PRAVIN DANGOL / VISUALS EDITOR

Saturday 11/9 Justin Ploof and the Throwbacks, Paramount Theater 7:30 p.m.

Students from local high schools come together for a night of music in Ritsche Auditorium.

LGBT Resource Center and OUTLOUD! host drag show

Thursday 11/7 Sunday 11/10 Atwood Movie Event, “Kick Ass 2” Showings 8 p.m. Special showings Friday 10:30 p.m. Sunday 2 p.m. Saturday 11/9 Mark “Hazzy” Hazbrouck, Veranda Lounge, 9 p.m. PHOTO STORY BY NADIA KAMIL / VISUALS EDITOR

Monday 11/4 St. Cloud Municipal Band Paramount Theater 7:30 p.m.

Drag performers entertain a crowd in a night of music and dance.

Humane Society Pets of the Week: Rocky and Silas INFORMATION COURTESY OF TRICOUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY

Hobbes is looking for a new best friend. He’s an eight-month-old neutered Rex rabbit, and he came to the shelter because his owner no longer had enough time take care of him.

selves outside of their yard. A home with a fenced-in yard would help put boundaries on that exploring. Brewster as children in his previous home and is house-trained. He is a very sweet dog who has lots of puppy energy and is looking for just the right person, and tennis ball, to help him put that energy to good use.

once he gets to know you, he is a very sweet and affectionate little rabbit. Like any young bunny, Hobbes enjoys supervised time to hop around and explore outside of his cage. His favorite treats (in moderation) are spinach, romaine lettuce, and of course, carrots!

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Brewster is a neutered English Springer Spaniel and Border Collie mix who is 1 ½ years old. He came to the shelter with his brother Bentley because they liked to go exploring, and

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Women’s volleyball losing streak falls to seven Ryan Fitzgerald STAFF WRITER

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Basketball showcase gives fans a 2013-14 season preview

The 2013-14 SCSU men and women’s basketball teams entertain the fans with an intersquad scrimmage, three point and dunk contests.

Tiffany Krupke STAFF COLUMN

forced to run around in a circle in a gym uniform that makes me feel like a prison inmate. My sister and I spent the majority of our time outside. We went for bike rides, played tag, and ran around with our dogs. enjoy the outdoors. But I hated gym class with all of my heart. For some

the importance of teamwork. I never thought what I learned would be useful. I was a thin child. My parents held me back a year because I was young for my grade and very small. My parents thought it was a way to keep me from being bullied. As I grew up, I also grew out. I began to put on the pounds. I was never overweight, but I fell into a more normal weight category. I crave carbs constantly. I stay up late studying, and when I wake up I drink sugary drinks to keep myself awake. seem to stop myself from eating that poorly.

avoid tripping over my feet. overbearing classmates. I also was struck by basketballs, tennis balls, and a few elbows in my quest not to fail gym.

more money. Meanwhile it was easy to grab some junk food to gear up for a study session. is very affordable. Campus recreation offers a lot of great classes and programs as well.

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program. While the holidays are just around the corner, and temptation is high, there is always the chance to make a change. will began one step at a time. It helps that the Halloween candy is going to be stashed away, too.

Wild skate past Montreal; look forward to New Jersey Derek Saar STAFF COLUMN

After suffering a 5-1 defeat at home to the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night, the Minnesota Wild (7-4-3, 17 points) bounced back with a much-needed 4-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens (8-6-0, 16 points). Jason Pominville continued his hot streak in the goal column for the Wild, netting two games. With the game tied 3-3, it was Pominville who found the back of the net for the gamewinning goal as 5:28 remained in the game. Former Minnesota-Duluth star Justin Fontaine opened the scoring on the night for the no time in equalizing with a goal of their own just 25 seconds later as Brendan Gallagher period.

was then followed by a Brian Gionta goal just three minutes later to even the game at three goals apiece. off Wild forward Zach Parise in front of the Canadiens net right to Pominville, who calmly deposited the game-winner past a sprawling Carey Price. Josh Harding played a solid game despite giving up two goals in the third period, making timely saves in goal for the Wild stopping 28 of the 31 shots that found their way on net. Coyle, who had missed the past 11 games due to a sprained knee, which occurred during the second game of the season against the Anaheim Ducks. Coyle received a good amount of ice time in his return totaling 18:23, a good signal that the young center is back to 100 percent. lard returned on the Wild blue line, both took pucks to the face and were forced to miss some time. Ballard made an immediate impact in his return recording two assists on the night.

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