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College Monthly A print production of USF student media.

February 2017 Volume 4 Issue 5 |

Magazine Contents 4 5 6 8 12 13

In the Political Arena:

The Who’s Who of Donald Trump’s Cabinet

USF Activites Calendar Austin Clemen’s Top 10 Movies of the Year Studying Abroad:

Offering Students a World of Opportunities

Orea Truffle Recipe Spring Sports Review


Cover Photo: Kelsy Carlson during the Interim trip to Italy and Greece. Photo by Yuharelly Comparan.

A New Year, a Fresh Start College Monthly Editors’ Welcome The start of a new year can be a great time to reinvent one’s self; to adopt a new hobby, buy a new wardrobe, find a different job, or lose those few extra pounds gained first semester. Do not spend time focusing on the phrase “a new year, a new you.” Instead, focus on having a fresh perspective. The new year is not about creating a whole new you, but rather going on new adventures and trying new things. Keep an open mind. There are plenty of great opportunities out there. “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” (Milton Berle). Therefore, if opportunity doesn't present itself, go and seek it. There are numerous ways to get involved here at USF; join a club, go to sporting

events, and participate in campus events (see page 5).

issue of College Monthly to read about her experiences.

Here in the Media Department we strive to bring our readers new content every week to keep USF staff and students up to date on the latest campus news.

With her background in Graphic Design, Yuharelly hopes to bring new design aspects to the magazine to give it a fresh, updated style.

Returning to the USF College Monthly magazine is junior Political Science and Journalism major Whitney Fryer. Joining her this semester is junior Yuharelly Comparan. Yuharelly, is pursuing MultiMedia Production with a double major in Graphic Design.

The magazine is always looking for fresh ideas and new perspectives; if you have a story to share, email us at

Last semester Yuharelly received the opportunity to study at the Los Angeles Film Student Center (LAFSC) in California. Keep an eye out for the March

Stay up to date with the latest campus news at and get involved by following us twitter, @ USF_CW and liking USF College Week on Facebook. Look for the newest issue of College Monthly on the first Thursday of every month.

During Interim, Yuharelly and Whitney got the opportunity to travel to Italy and Greece with the Art and Media Departments.

Yuharelly Comparan (right) and Whitney Fryer (left)

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In the Political Arena:

The Who’s Who of Donald Trump’s Cabinet

Story by Whitney Fryer

Every Presidential administration since George Washington has had a Cabinet. The role of the Cabinet is to advise the President on any subject he [or she] may require information about relating to each member’s respective office, as established in Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution. Washington’s cabinet included just four positions: Secretary of State, Secretary of Treasury, Secretary of War [renamed Secretary of Defense in 1949], and Attorney General. Currently the cabinet includes 15 executive departments, plus the Vice President. Cabinet members can be close friends and personnel associated of the president. An anti-nepotism law (1967), however prevents public offices, including the president, from appointing a relative as the head of an executive agency. Thus the reason Donald Trump could not appoint any of his children to cabinet positions. After an individual receives a Cabinet nomination by the President they are passed to the Senate committee with jurisdiction over the position. A series of hearings will occur and the individual is either confirmed or rejected for the position. As of 1/31/17, only two of Donald Trump’s cabinet nominations have been confirmed.


Information courtesy of the Atlantic. For more information regarding Donald Trump’s cabinet, scan the QR code

Donald Trump’s Cabinet Picks: Department of State: Rex Tillerson He is CEO of Exxon Mobil and has no government experience. He also has ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Department of Commerce: Wilbur Ross Led Rothschild Inc. for 25 years (he bought and restructured steel, textile, and mining companies). Ross has no government experience.

Department of Education: Betsy DeVos

Department of Homeland Security: John Kelly Confirmed Kelly served more than 40 years in the Marine Corps.

Ben Carson

Carson is a retired neurosurgeon and ran against President Trump in the primaries. He has no prior government experience.

Department of the Treasury: Steven Mnuchin

Philanthropist, Republican donor and the former chairwoman of the state party in Michigan. She has no government experience.

Mnuchin is a banker, hedge fund manager, and the former senior executive at Goldman Sachs. He has no prior government experience.

Department of Interior: Ryan Zinke

Department of Labor: Andrew Puzder

Zinke represented Montana in the House for one term. Prior, he served more than 20 years in the Navy Seals.

Puzder is the chief executive of the parent company for Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. He has no government experience.

Department of Veterans Affairs: Dr. David Shulkin

Department of Transportation: Elaine Chao

Served in the Obama administration under the secretary for health at the VA. Shulkin previously served as a top executive at hospitals in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York City.

Served 2 terms as labor secretary during George W. Bush’s administration and served as the deputy secretary in the Department of Transportation during the first Bush administration.

Department of Justice: Jeff Sessions Sessions has served as a Senator in Alabama for 20 years (1997-current)

Department of Agriculture: Sonny Perudue Perdue, a doctor in veterinary medicine, served two terms as a Governor in Georgia.

Department of Health and Human Services: Tom Price Price has served six terms in the House and is the current chairman of the House Budget Committee. Prior, he was an orthopedist for 20 years.

Department of Defense: James Mattis Confirmed Mattis is a four-star Marine Corps general with forty-four years of military experience.

Department of Energy: Rick Perry Served as the governor of Texas for 3 terms and spent 8 years as the Texas agriculture commissioner. He unsuccessfully ran for president in 2012 and 2016.

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For Valentine’s Day Recipe and photo courtesy of Whitney Fryer

Ingredients •

1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened

36 Oreo Cookies, finely crushed

4 pkg. (4 oz. each) white baking chocolate, melted

Red food coloring (optional)

Pink Sprinkles (optional) Preparation 1. Mix cream cheese and cookie crumbs until blended. 2. Shape cookie mixture into 48 (1-inch) balls. 3. Freeze oreo balls for 10 minutes. 4. Melt chocolate and add in a few drops of red food coloring. 5. Dip balls in melted chocolate; place in a shallow waxed paper-lined pan. 6. Shake sprinkles over oreo balls. 7. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm. Keep refrigerated.

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Campus Activities Winter Olympics Feb. 6 -8 | Check your USF email for more information Swing Dancing Feb. 10 | 7 PM | Ward Lobby Speed Dating Feb. 14 | 8 PM | Cafe Valentine’s Dance Feb. 18 | 10 PM | Ward Lobby Summer Time Fun Feb. 22 | 9 PM | Stewart Center Skate Night Feb. 25 | 10 PM | Skate City Crafter-noon March 1 | 4 - 6 PM | Java City Knocker Ball March 4 | 8 PM | Stewart Center

Studying Abroad: Offering Student a World of Opportunities

Story by Adria Botella

At some point in a person’s life, the thought of traveling abroad crosses their mind at least once, however not everyone ends up following through with the idea. The reality of this thought is harder to accomplish than the idea of it— it requires high levels of commitment and sacrifice, which are rewarded by equal levels of life experiences and lifetime memories. Thankfully, I am one of the lucky ones that got to experience what it is like to study abroad in a foreign country. Since a younger age, I dreamed about studying in United States, mainly because of football and there is no better place in the world to practice such a sport than the U.S. while having the opportunity to work on a degree. I was able to live my childhood dream thanks to USF and also because of Dr. Randy Nelson, Director of USF International program.

Dr. Randy Nelson became the director of the USF International Program in February of 2012. Dr. Randy Nelson has also had the opportunity to study abroad; he studied and taught abroad in Germany and Austria. He is the only director that USF has had to lead the international program. Since he took the program in charge, he has made a partnership with Friedrich Schiller Universtität Jena, adding to a total of 5 partnerships with foreign Universities. He also established a partnership with two organizations that help students to study abroad— International Studies Abroad (ISA) and CAPA The Global Education Network. In addition to the partnerships

he established, he attends conventions and recruitment fairs all over the world to keep expanding the International Program at USF. Besides being the face of the program in all the bureaucratic affairs, he is also the advisor of all the international students that attend USF. He helps all international students with all their needs, ensuring that their stay at USF goes above and beyond their expectations. Dr. Randy Nelson is one of the main factors that make the USF International program so special. In the course of his five years, Dr. Nelson has managed to bring over around 40 international students to USF.

Photo Courtesy of Adria Botella

“Thankfully, I am one of the lucky ones that got to experience what it is like to study abroad in a foreign country.” Most international students that Dr. Randy Nelson reaches out to are looking to be recruited for athletics, however, some students choose USF for a specific program or because it is a Christian Liberal Arts school. Ingelin Lima (’20), from Norway, was contacted by the coach of the USF Swimming team and after learning more about the school, she committed to USF the next day. “The school seemed to have a great business school and a promising swimming team; the decision was easy,” Lima says. On the other hand, Thomas Jennings

(’17), from England, wanted to try something different and experience the U.S. and thought that the university was the best way to achieve this.

a new viewpoint on the outtake of the world. It forces you to get out of your comfort zone, yet allowing you to grow as a well-rounded person.

“ I had spent time in Sioux Falls before but stumbling across USF was a happy accident,” Jennings says.

Cornelius Botha, USF Alumnus from Australia, looks back to all the benefits he got from his personal experience during his stay at USF.

I​n addition to the opportunity to seeing a different part of the world, studying abroad becomes an eye opening experience. It’s an opportunity to expose yourself to different cultures and to different people with distinctive customs; it’s a way to challenge yourself with cross-cultural activities while giving you

“Getting a first hand experience of how other people in the world live and do life is a priceless opportunity to obtain a kind of knowledge that you cannot obtain anywhere else and will be extremely helpful along your entire life,” Botha says.

“This university has been the perfect place for me to g most extraordinary people I have ever had USF is a small private Christian university. What first may seem as a disadvantage becomes one of the greatest strength of our college for international students. “Getting USF’s name out is the hardest part of my job,” Nelson says. “However, once students experience the university it is really easy to sell. Students quickly discover a wonderful community and a sense of family in our campus, and that is one of USF biggest advantages compared to bigger schools”. Jennings says he found a second home and second family here at USF. “This university has been the perfect place for me to grow. The students and professors are some of the most extraordinary people I have ever had the pleasure to meet and get to know.”

Photo Courtesy of Thomas Jennings

Reflecting on his past experience at USF, Botha describes our school as a community centered college that put students first. “We don’t get lost in the crowd and the staff make us their priority. They work alongside you to help make your sat as enjoyable, safe, and worthwhile as possible while you get a degree,” Botha says. Studying abroad is a rewarding experience, however it is not all rainbows and butterflies; it requires effort and sacrifice from the student. The main difficulty that studying in a foreign country involves is to be away from home. Being homesick is what generally effects most international students. “At some point, all international students become homesick at a certain level,” Nelson says. “It is crucial for the student, as well as the faculty, to be aware of that and how to anticipate and deal with the symptoms so the students can enjoy their stay in the country that they are living.”

Photo Courtesy of Cornelius Botha

Along with being away from home,

o grow. The students and professors are some of the d the pleasure to meet and get to know.” studying abroad involves a lot of work and commitment, important monetary investments and tedious paperwork that could discourage people that are not completely sure of what they want to do. “One negative thing about international studying is the costs involved, with travel, education, living and visas,” Botha says. “It’s not as easy as going across the street to a friend’s place; it take a lot of commitment and dedication. But in the long haul, it will be one of the greatest experiences a person can have.” Another difficulty while studying abroad is communication. Language can be a big issue for students coming from countries where English is not the primary language. When you travel to a different country, the locals tend to expect you to know their language and to be able to perfectly communicate with them, which can create some tensions. Lima says she struggled her first months at USF because English is her second language. “Things go a little bit too fast sometimes, which makes it hard to catch up, and in occasions it becomes slightly overwhelming,” Lima says. In addition to the other difficulties that studying abroad implies, international students must be aware of the culture their about to experience. While spending time in a foreign country, you will face situations that will make you feel uncomfortable or that you may not understand because of how cultures behave differently, due to their tradition and their customs. Botha says he experienced some of these difficulties when he came to the U.S. “Americans tend to be more serious and straight talkers, compared to Australians who are generally more laid back and aren’t direct to the point,” Botha says. “Again, one isn’t right or wrong, but the ability to see a difference and adapt is vital.”

Photo Courtesy of Ingelin Lima

It is hard to prepare yourself for what is to come when you travel to a foreign country. Cultures will clash in different situations since international students come from different places around the world. “The flatness and the vast spaces from Sioux Falls is something that I have never experienced before,” Jennings says, comparing Sioux Falls to his hometown Broadway, England. For me, growing up in a big city like Barcelona, where you can walk or use public transport to go everywhere, the biggest shock I experienced in Sioux Falls was the need for a car to go anywhere in town. It was frustrating during my first months here because I needed to be dependent on friends bringing me places. However, you eventually realize that your frustration would not change your situation and there are uncomfortable aspects that you have to embrace while studying abroad if you want your stay to be enjoyable.

In my experience, studying abroad gave me an advantage over people that stayed in my hometown without ever exposing themselves to a different culture.Studying abroad exposed me to a completely different culture, pushing me out of my comfort zone, yet allowing me to grow as a person. I gained knowledge that cannot be obtained in a classroom, I obtained life experience that will allow me to stand out in the professional world, and made memories that will last a lifetime. It gave me a different perspective about life, making me more open-minded and developing a genuine empathy for other people. It is true that studying abroad includes some negative aspects, but as long as you are determined and committed to your goals, it will be the best experience to your life, opening you up to a world of opportunities for your future.

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Story by Austin Clemen

I am very excited for this year in movies. Solely based on movies I know that are coming out this year, I have over 20 that I am excited for and will review as many as I can, at least those coming out between now and the beginning of May on usfcollegeweek. com for my weekly segments of USF’s Movie Moment. Sadly, our world runs on lists, so I was forced to create a list of my personal top 10 anticipated movies of 2017. To make it slightly easier on myself, I discounted movies that came out in January, as the month has already passed. Just know that the movies Split and A Monster Calls more than likely would have been somewhere on the list. Without further ado, here is my list, from the lowest excitement level to the highest excitement level.

10. G I F T E D

I only recently learned about and saw the trailer for this movie about an uncle (Chris Pine) who is raising his niece after his sister dies. It looks like a very heartfelt, well-acted drama and just had to make the cut, though it was a very tight race to make the 10 spot.

9. T H E C A S E F O R C H R I S T

This movie is based on the real-life story about an atheist reporter who goes on a massive research quest to prove God doesn’t exist, but ends up discovering something he didn’t expect. It’s from the creators of God’s Not Dead (both 1 and 2).

8. T H E C I R C L E

This movie is right up my alley, as it is about a tech group who is kind of like Google and Facebook had a baby that attempted to rule the world through a single piece of technology. It appears to be a good commentary on what could happen if we aren’t careful in this digital age, plus, Tom Hanks, one of my favorite actors, is in it.

7. T H E L E G O B AT M A N M O V I E

I loved The Lego Movie a couple of years ago and this seems like it will be just as good, if not better. I also, just had to put one of the two Lego movies we are getting this year on here, the other is The Lego Ninjago Movie.

6. B E A U T Y A N D T H E B E A S T

This live action retelling of the classic Disney animated story looks like it will be a spectacle for the eyes and ears.

5. L O G A N

As of right now, this will be the last time we get to see Hugh Jackman as Wolverine and the trailers for this movie set it up to be an entirely different tone than we’ve seen in the X-Men Universe before. If it is as good as the trailers make it out to be, it could possibly hold its own and get an Oscar or Golden Globe nod come 2018.

4. D U N K I R K

Christopher Nolan is one of the best directors working in Hollywood today and has yet to miss a step in my opinion. Now he is doing a war movie based on the retreat of Allied troops from Nazi invaded France and Belgium, not to mention they were surrounded? Count me in.

3. G U A R D I A N S O F T H E G A L A X Y V O L . 2

Guardians of the Galaxy was, for many, a surprise hit a few short summers ago. This one looks to up the ante and be even more spectacular, if that’s possible.

2. S P I D E R - M A N : H O M E C O M I N G

Spider-Man is my favorite superhero and Tom Holland, based on the trailers and what we saw of him in Captain America: Civil War, is shaping up to be the best live action Spider-Man we’ve ever seen.

1. S TA R W A R S E P I S O D E V I I I

At this point, it shouldn’t even be a question what my number 1 most anticipated movie would be. I love the Star Wars franchise more than I love anything else that has ever shown in cinemas or on TV. I should just discount Star Wars movies to free up another space on this list, but I won’t. Disney can shut up and take my money now.

Story by Jill Langland This time of year, with winter all around and stretching out for months, “spring fever” can readily describe what many people want to be feeling, but none more so than the athletes who compete in spring sports. From the court to the diamonds to the oval, University of Sioux Falls (USF) student athletes are actively prepping for their respective outdoor seasons, some while still competing indoors. On the tennis court, the USF women’s tennis team is looking toward its February 4 opening matches in Red Oak, Iowa, where they will kick off 2017 against

Spring S Prev Ottawa University and Doane University. “The USF tennis team had a good fall season, and we are now in full practice mode preparing for the spring season’s first matches,” says Kevin Grebin, Head Coach of the USF Tennis Team. Continues Grebin, who is in his 16th year at the helm, “seniors Kara Bunkers and Abby Seigenthaler are our leaders, and are preparing for their final play on the court as Cougars.” The team’s home opener will be February 11 at 6:30 p.m., when they take on Southwest State UniversityMarshall. The team then turns around the next day for a 9 a.m. February 12 match versus Minnesota State University-Mankato. Both matches will be played at the Huether Family Match Pointe Tennis Courts.

Baseball, Tennis, Track and Field Photos Courtesy of USF Sports Information

Meanwhile, the USF track and field team are in the final stretch of their indoor season and will then be readying to face the elements outdoors. Director Reid Ehrisman’s team sports a quality group of pole vaulters. During this indoor season, five men’s pole vaulters were ranked in the Division II top 20. Leading the Cougars, and topping the division, is Scott Greenman. Ranked fourth is Jagger Gran and eighth, Jacob Zebedee. Others in the top 20 are Kyle Downey and Chase Jensen. Ehrisman, who was a college pole vaulter himself, is in his fifth season as the sports’ director. This past weekend, the Cougar women and men competed at the Minnesota State-Minnesota Multi and Open, with participants breaking one school record, claiming championships in four events, nailing eight provisional qualifying marks and tallying 11 all-time top-10 marks in USF track and field history. These performances will set the tone for the outdoor season push to the finish. The track and field outdoor season starts at the Wendy’s/ Pittsburg State Invitational at Pittsburg, Kansas on March 25. Their first home meet is on Saturday, April 8 at the Lillbridge Track and Field site.

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Sports view Turning from spikes to cleats, the USF baseball team is revved up to take on a new season on the diamond. Senior pitcher Ryan Patrick shares that he and his teammates put in a lot of workout time in the offseason and hit the ground running when practices began, “We are looking really good; we have brought in some freshman that will be able to play and make a quick impact. We will definitely be a competitive squad.” In 2016, the club posted 21 wins, and reached the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC), and in a preseason vote by the conference baseball coaches, USF was picked to finish tenth. But, enthuses Patrick, “I believe that we should be back in the thick of the conference tourney at the end of the season.” “We had one of the best defenses in the nation last year and a big part of that is all the team defense we do in practice,” says Patrick. New face as head coach, but old face to the team is Grant Hieb in his first year. Hieb had served as the top assistant coach

and recruiting coordinator at USF for the past three years. The USF baseball team is prepared to begin their season in a couple of weeks. First up will be a trio of away games beginning on February 11 against Pittsburg State at Pittsburg, Kansas. The first home stand will be against St. Cloud State, and will start on March 18. Home games will be played at Sioux Falls Stadium this year. On the other side of the diamond, the USF softball team, under Head Coach Kelsey Thompson, will play their first game on February 3 in the sunny climes of Las Vegas, Nevada against Montana State. The squad has been in Vegas this past month getting set during spring training. Their first home game at Sherman Stadium, however, is not until April 4 in the conference tournament against Minnesota State UniversityMankato.

Basketball Photos Courtesy of Michael Brown

Thompson, beginning her fourth season at the top mentor of the USF club, led the Cougars to their winningest season, compiling a program record 34 wins in a 34-20 season, including 17-11 in the NSIC, in 2016. Looking to pace the way forward are the team’s seniors, Shaw Hoskins, Betsy Thomas, Alyson Netty, Danielle Walker, Shannon Daly and Brooke Stetzler. Springtime weather for spring sports can be fickle, changing from sunny and warm to cold and snowy all in one day. No matter what Mother Nature dishes out, the Cougar student athletes from all four seasonal sports will be prepared to compete.

Did you know? In addition to the United States, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia. Americans began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines.

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