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College Monthly A print production of USF student media.

December 2016 Volume 4 Issue 4 |




Elsewhere and Here


A Hundred Years of Memories for the USF Choir


It’s a Match


Making History: USF Football



In the Political Arena:

What [Truly] Makes America Great

Only five times in U.S. history has the person who won the popular vote, lost the Electoral College. A state’s electors is equal to its number of U.S. House and Senate members. Typically, the electors vote for the candidate the state selected. The purpose of the Electoral College is to protect minority rights by making sure that states with lower populations still have a voice. It also directs more power to the states because they select their delegates for the Electoral College. Although Clinton’s loss may seem unfair, the Electoral College was entrenched in our Constitution by our founding fathers in order to retain a representative form of government. The First Amendment of the Constitution also establishes your right as a U.S.citizen to partake in a peaceful protest. However, this means respecting property rights. It means not putting your life or anyone else’s on the line and above all, it means respecting others.

“We’re not Democrats first. We’re not Republicans first. We are Americans first. We’re patriots first,” President Barack Obama said in a speech following election day. Regardless of our different opinions, we need to unite and work together; then real change can happen.Therefore, protest, express your opinions, exercise your rights (respectfully of course). However, on January 20th, Donald J. Trump will become our Commander in Chief.

270 to Win

Keep in mind, the peaceful transfer of power from one political party to another is what makes our nation great. As Clinton said in her concession speech, “Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.” Even if your political stances do not align with the ones Trump holds, he still deserves an opportunity to prove himself. If his opinions do differ from yours, this does not give you the right to be disrespectful. Lead by example and show respect and be kind towards everyone, regardless of their opinions. If your reason for not supporting Trump, stems from his hateful and harsh rhetoric used while on the campaign trail, I urge you to not become what you hate. If you dislike Trump becomes of his hateful comments, counteract them with acts of kindness by standing up for those who do not have a voice and help helping people in need.

Hillary Clinton 47.9% votes 63,515,588* * Number updated as of 11/22/16


Despite losing the popular vote, Trump gained the required 270 electoral votes needed to win the election, declaring him the 45th President of the United States.

46.7% votes 61,917,320*

* Number updated as of 11/22/16

Story By Whitney Fryer The conclusion of the presidential election was followed by nationwide protests. Protesters argue that Hillary Clinton is the rightful winner of the election and claim Donald Trump will never be their president.

Donald Trump

USF Art Show SchedulE Fall 16 - Spring 17 Student shows include Tangi Anderson, Emily Larson, Jen Kruger, Taylor Miland, and Teresa Ritzman. All other shows are outside artists.

Nov. 21 - Dec. 29 Tangi Anderson | Library | Reception: Dec. 8 @ 3-5 PM Klaire Pearson | Jeschke [Feminine Attempts]

Jan. 4 - Feb. 2 Mitch Torbert | Library | Reception: Jan. 12 @ 3-5 PM Alan Montgomery | Jeschke [Bog Cycles]

Feb. 6 - March 2 Michelle St. Vrain | Library | Reception: Feb. 9 @ 3-5 PM Alan Montgomery | Jeschke [Bog Cycles] | Reception: Feb. 9 @ 3-5 PM

March 6 - March 30 North & South Dakota Photography Portfolio | Library | Reception: March 9 @ 3-5 PM Alan Montgomery | Jeschke [Bog Cycles]

April 3 - April 27 Emily Larson | Library | Reception: April 6 @ 7-9 PM Jen Kruger | Jeschke | Reception: April 6 @ 6:30-8:30 PM

May 1 - May 19 Teressa Ritzman | Library | Reception: May 19 @ 2-4 PM Taylor Miland | Jeschke | Reception: May 19 4-6 PM


Elsewhere and Here Story by Jessica Justin Having an art exhibit at the Washington Pavilion is no small feat to accomplish; it takes preparation, hard work, and of course talent! Ceca Cooper, an art professor at the University of Sioux Falls, possesses all of those attributes as well as a passion for art. Two years ago, Cooper was on sabbatical and this art exhibit is the result of her efforts while out of the classroom. Cooper submitted a proposal to the Washington Pavilion for an art show based upon her travels to Europe and Northern Africa. The committee accepted her proposal, and she was off on her learning exploration.

Cooper knew that she would build her exhibition artwork with her travels in mind.

and Africa as well as paintings of East River root plants. Antoni Gaudí, a Spanish architect from Catalonia, was a major inspiration for Cooper’s work. He “I knew I would create a body of work designed the Sagrada Família, which is based on my travels, but I didn’t have a a very large Catholic church in Barcelona clue what it was going to be,” Cooper still in the process of being built today. says. In Europe she spent several Along with that, he is responsible for months at her studio in Barcelona many other impressive architectures that working on her pieces. Through this were influenced by his passions of nature hands on work, her vision for her and religion. To get a good handle on exhibition came into focus and became the origin of the designs she was so what she had envisioned. intrigued by, Cooper did her homework. The title of the show is Elsewhere and “I studied him extensively while I was in Here. It’s a combination of inspired Spain,” Cooper says of Gaudí. designs from different places in Europe

Gaudí was born in 1852 in Reus, Catalonia, Spain. He held his heritage in high esteem and proudly celebrated his Mediterranean roots. He believed that people of the Mediterranean were gifted with creativity and a sharpened sense for art and design. In his youth, Gaudí spent much of his time outdoors as studied nature. His first pieces were light posts designed for the “Royal Plaza” in Barcelona, and as he gained recognition he was commissioned to do more pieces. He had work shown in the 1888 World Fair, he designed the Sagrada Família, and eventually his worked evolved to focus more on nature. In Northern Africa, the Islamic design in the area caught Cooper’s eye. “After reading Antoni Gaudí’s biography I learned that he was incredibly inspired by Islamic design, so it all sort of jelled

with me,” Cooper says. She took many photos while in Africa to document the beautiful design that she was seeing. These photos later turned into one of the concentrations of Coopers art pieces. Cooper’s previous works have focused on flowers and animals, so work similar to Gaudí and Islamic design fit well with her style. “Gaudí, as well as Islamic architects, are inspired with nature,” Cooper says. It was only natural that Cooper could relate to the pieces she was photographing and why she was so captivated by them. What makes this exhibit stand out from Cooper’s past works and shows are the methods being used to create the pieces. After taking photos of all of the designs she came across in her travels, Cooper needed a way to enlarge them. She enlisted the help of a graphic designer who transformed them into large pieces she could attach to the canvases. After the design pieces were

attached to the canvases, she could then paint on them. As a whole, Cooper’s exhibit is made up of a combination of photos of Islamic architecture and Gaudí inspired pieces, plus pieces that represent East River South Dakota. She wanted to include the East River pieces to incorporate her home while starting a conversation about things that are happening here. The East River elements are made up of plants that have root systems found in Eastern South Dakota. Asphalt and tar were used to paint the plants for aesthetic purposes; Cooper liked the color and the look of tar. However, the mediums of asphalt and tar also make an environmental statement and help start a conversation about that. The tar itself is a symbolic reference to the concerns that Cooper has for the environment. “I’m particularly interested in East River South Dakota in the Blood Run area.

They are getting ready to make a new highway through there that’s going to affect the environment,” Cooper says. Not only is there a concern about East River South Dakota, but across the entire country. “Obviously we have to progress as a culture, but we keep losing more and more habitats for wildlife,” Cooper says. Recently, there have been many who have taken to protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline because of how it will affect the environment. The proposed pipeline would run from Western North Dakota all of the way to Southern Illinois, and would be a total of 1,134 miles of pipe. These pipelines would disrupt Native American tribes, like those who live on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. The worry would be that if there were ever a spill, water supplies in the area would become contaminated and cause adverse effects. With events like this taking place, Cooper’s statement

through her art is as timely as ever. Her love of nature and desire to protect it spurred on the East River plants in her pieces. “I hike and trek all around quite a bit and I have become really enamored with the native plants and birds,” Cooper says. In total, Cooper’s exhibit will contain fifteen to twenty pieces that are a combination of photograph and painting. To add to that, Cooper will also have some plants that have been cast in cement and plaster paris on display. This will add some more structural pieces within the panels. Cooper has been in the process of planning this exhibition for the past two years. She started creating the pieces a year ago in January and is now at the tail end of her exhibit preparation. She paints on wood panels, so those must be constructed before any painting can take place. After the pieces are completed they all must be framed in

preparation for the show. Cooper has until December 5th to get all of the pieces moved from her studio to the Washington Pavilion for the show. She says she is very excited to show her work to the public since the process has been quite a lengthy one. When asked about the process of preparing for a show as extensive as this one, Cooper had this to say, “it is kind of a big deal… I’m almost there!” This exhibit opens December 10th and runs through March at the Washington Pavilion. The opening reception in which Cooper will be present to show off her work is February 3rd , the first Friday of the month. This event is open to the public and attendance is encouraged. Take some time this winter season to get out and support Professor Cooper as she shows off all of her hard work on this extensive project.

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A Hundred Years of Memories for the USF Choir

Story by Tyler Reidmann

This year marks the Centennial year of the University of Sioux Falls Choir - a hundred years which include many changes throughout. The tradition of Choral singing at USF, previously called Sioux Falls College, began as a branch of the Sioux Falls College School of Music. While the School of Music was established in 1899, providing individual private lessons for students, it wasn’t until the 1916/17 academic year that the choral group made its debut on campus. In the beginning years, choral groups included the Men’s/Women’s Glee Club and the Oratorio Society, which sang in Sioux Falls and the surrounding communities, often alongside other local choirs. However, it was difficult to keep a choral conductor for more than two years during the 1920s, but in the 1930s, Dr. William Lee Bright came to campus. Bright continued conducting choir groups at Sioux Falls College for over 31 years. When Dr. Bright came to campus, he had a vision of creating a very big and successful choral program, providing college students a source of pride and a lifetime of memories and friendships. Throughout the 1930’s and early 40’s, the choir participated in various traveling experiences across the five state region, including a number of high schools and churches. However, after Dr. Bright’s retirement in 1963, Stanley DeFries took over as the new choir director.

DeFries had a new idea to celebrate the holiday season, and Madrigals was born, continuing over thirty years until present day. Defries also brought the idea of a European choir tour to USF.

Ottawa College for over thirty years and started a Madrigal group, just as he did here at USF. After DeFries had left, the choir was under the direction of Joel Noble, followed by Curtchelle Armstrong.

Bruce Schweigerdt, a former student and choir member, says he has several fond memories of the European experience and looks back on a particularly moving concert in Sweden.

Under the direction of Armstrong in 1983, one student was so in love with the music program here at USF that she one day became a professor here. That former student is Nancy Wilcoxson. Wilcoxson has spent many years “We practice a technique called volume control, in the Jeschke Fine Art Center teaching voice lessons, music courses, and conducting choral which would really get European audiences groups and workshops. to lean in and shoot back in their seats after hearing how well we used our volume control The current choir director, Dr. Dave DeHooghwithin our singing,” Schweigerdt says. Kliewer, was hired in 2006. Within the last ten years, DeHoogh-Kliewer and the choir have “When we were in the Swedish Baptist Church sang in over 250 high schools and churches in Sundsvall, the sanctuary and balcony were packed and we hoped that our volume control between California and Central Europe. This year, in celebration of the choir centennial, the technique would work when we sang Soon-Ah Will Be Done. The audience did exactly as we choir performed with alumni students from 1963 planned, which brought tears to everyone’s eyes - 2016 at the annual Cougaret Homecoming after that experience.” Event on campus. In addition to this celebratory event, DeHoogh-Kliewer plans to recreate the Lois Boice, a current executive board committee experiences of the 1916 choir, which includes member for the choir, was on the same tour with traveling to New York and Washington, D.C. Schweigerdt. Although choir students are busy singing and “When went on the tour, it was one of the preparing for concerts, the choir finds time hottest summers that we have ever had, but to help out the local community wherever the choir tour stands out as one of the most they travel. Choir students have helped out at outstanding experiences of my life,” Boice says. Habitat for Humanity in Denver, the Surf Rider Foundation in San Diego, singing for refugees After four years at Sioux Falls College, Dr. in Europe, Share Your Souls in Chicago, and DeFries moved back to his hometown of Feeding South Dakota. Ottawa, Kansas, where he directed choir at

...the choir tour stands out as one of the most outstanding experiences of my life.

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DeHoogh-Kliewer has seen changes in the department throughout his ten years.

DeHoogh-Kliewer explains that this why the tradition of the Madrigal Dessert Show performance began in 2006.

“One major development in the last 3 years has been the addition of Brittany Hanson as assistant director. She handles the preparation of the actors and technical aspects of the theatrical performance and does an outstanding job,” DeHoogh-Kliewer says.

“Students begin lining up around 7:30pm in the Ward Lobby to enter the closed dining hall – the line soon creeps outside of the building in anticipation of the performance,” DeHooghKliewer says. “When the doors festively open at 9pm, the first 150 students make a dash for seats with pre-set desserts; other students stand in the back without dessert.”

Hanson also has many memories of the music department. “Through the music department, I have had some incredible opportunities to serve, learn, create, and perform, all while exploring other countries and states,” Hanson says. “The music department has truly amazing faculty and students that make USF a unique place to grow. I play a unique role in serving students and the music department by coordinating fundraising efforts, special events, as well as domestic and international tours.” To close the 2016 fall semester, a select few members of the choir will partake in a Madrigal Dinner. In years past, the USF student body didn’t have an opportunity to see a Madrigal Dinner performance unless they were willing to buy a ticket.

People always enjoys a festive tradition on campus but for DeHoogh-Kliewer, the most important aspect of the tradition is simply tradition itself. “We always have excellent student-musicians, actors, dancers, and Aramark provides a wonderful four-course meal for the few nights we perform. We have a costume historian/designer who verifies that our outfits are authentic from the Elizabethan period. We have one of the longest standing Madrigal traditions in the country,” DeHoogh-Kliewer says. This year’s event is Dec 1-3 at 6:30pm in the McDonald Center Cafeteria. The free dessert performance for students is November 30 at 9pm.

Homestyle Hot Cocoa

Ingredients: 1/2 cup white sugar 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 pinch salt 1/3 cup boiling water Directions: Whisk together sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and salt in a sauce pan; stir in boiling water. Whisk until sugar is dissolved.

3 cups milk 1 cup half-and-half, divided 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract Whipped cream (optional)

half into water mixture. Cook an stir until hot (about 2 minutes). Remove sauce pan from heat; stir in remaining half-and-half and vanilla extract.

Bring cocoa mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring constantly (about Pour cocoa into mugs, top with whipped 2 minutes); stir milk and 1/2 cup half-andcream and enjoy.

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I t’s a Match!

Swipe left. Left. Left. Ooo! Swipe right. (And so did he.) Now what?

Story by Jill Langland Good ol’ Tinder. Tinder is supposed to help you “Discover those around you.” The social/dating smartphone app lets you judge a person solely on looks – and occasionally a thumbnail bio. Tinder was introduced to the world in 2012 as the brainchild of Sean Rad, Justin Mateen, and Jonathan Badeen. These days, it is part of the general dating landscape as much as,, or any online dating tool. Tinder pulls photos and basic data from Facebook – and voila! – users get to do exactly what they would be doing anyway in any social setting – judging people based on appearance. What happens next is an easy predictor – the best-looking people nab the most “right” swipes – while the rest fall into the left swipe dustbin of history. It all feels like you’re playing a type of video game, until you are pulled back to reality, and the fact that the people behind those faces you are looking at are looking at your face, and perhaps swiping you back.

people are evaluating photos of others, they are trying to access compatibility on not just a physical level, but a social level. They are trying to understand, ‘Do I have things in common with this person?’” Carbino focused her doctoral research at the University of California-Los Angeles on dating, romantic relationships and what men and women are drawn to when looking for a partner. Her role at Tinder is to help the company understand the type of visual prompts that makes people swipe “yea” or “nay.” What she learned is that Tinder users broke down obvious – along with notso-obvious – attributes of those in the photos before making their choice. “For example,” Carbino said, “the style of clothing, the pucker of the lips and even the posture, tell a lot about their social circle, if they are a partier or not and how confident they are.”

In fact, it is all those real people being discerned beyond just their faces that have led relationship experts at Tinder to emphatically declare that there is more going on here than meets the eye.

Carbino shared a study in which women swiped their way through a group of photos of male models with sharp chiseled faces. In almost every case, the women swiped left. When she asked them why, the majority stated that the men looked too egotistical, or just plain unkind, whereas, the women believed that men with softer jaw lines would be more compassionate.

In a New York Times article, “Tinder, the Fastest-Growing Dating App, Taps an Age-Old Truth,” Jessica Carbino, Tinder’s in-house dating and relationship expert states, “Research shows when

It wasn’t just the selections women made that were analyzed. The research also uncovered that men were attracted to women by many other factors - beyond just their anatomy.

Carbino’s research findings are backed up by Tinder ‘s Chief Executive Officer Sean Rad’s own investigation. In the article “Dating App Tinder Catches Fire” that appeared in Bloomberg Business Week, Rad noted that “the way Tinder works is the way people tell us they see the world. They walk around, they see girls, and they say in their heads, ‘Yes, no, yes, no.’” “There is this idea that this attraction stems from a very superficial outlook on people, which is false. Everyone is able to pick up thousands of signals in the photos. A photo of a guy at a bar with friends around him sends a very different message than a photo of a guy with a dog on the beach.” Now you know what the experts’ analyzation says passes through one’s mind when deciding which direction to swipe. Of course, you have your own personal breakdown as to why you did what you did. Indeed, based on all of that, you both swipe right – and it is a Tinder match. If – and only if – both parties like each other, a private chat box shows up. When that happens, you will be able to text and chat through the app as you get to know each other better – eventually deciding if (and when and how) – you meet in real life. As for Rad’s own romantic life, he met his girlfriend on Tinder – after they both swiped right.

Sources: Foster, B. L. (2016). The Tinder Dating Pool Isn’t Completely Shallow. Retrieved November 19, 2016, from 2016/03/27/style/ti der-daing-relationships.html Niekamp, R., Peirce-Burleson, K., & Joyce, V. D. (2015). Mobile Dating in the Digital Age: Computer-Mediated-Communication and Relationship Building on Tinder. Retrieved November 19, 2016, from

Making History: USF Football Story by Theodore Frid | Photos Courtesy of Leah Husemoen

For the first time in program history, the USF Football team won their conference by defeating Wayne St. University on Saturday November 12th, 2016. The Cougars ended their regular season undefeated (11-0) which was also a first for the program since they moved to Division II. The team was awarded shirts, hats and their Conference Championship plaque after Saturday's game.

long as USF played for God it, is a success.

“We decided to sit back and just celebrate that day. It was our first conference championship,” Coach Stugart says.

“I felt like last season we took it too easy on ourselves in practice and the off-season. There were some missed opportunities and disappointments,” Stugart says.

This was a major accomplishment for the Coo, especially after coming off a 9-3 season that ended in the first round of the playoffs last year.

It was not easy for the Coo to get to where they’re at. It took a lot of hard work, enduring practices, and tough games to earn their undefeated regular season. Only 4 out of the 11 teams the Cougars played this year came within 15 points or less.

He says the team went into this year after learning from past experiences, and did not take anything for granted.

“It was a time for us to stop and smell the roses and take it “Practices are hard, but that is what they are meant to be all in. We needed to enjoy the ride and put aside our end like. We need to practice like we play, so when we get on goal just for that day," Stugart says. the field we know what to do," Sigg says. One thing that kept the team motivated this year was their devotion to God, according to Coach Stugart. “Whether we are lifting, practicing, or playing a game, the team always plays for the Lord,” says tight-end Clint Sigg. This ties into the family aspect of the team. All the players are brothers and have formed this family-like relationship with each other and the coaches. “We want to play in a way that God gets the glory,” says Stugart. The team prays everyday before practice, and before and after games. Coach Stugart touched on the topic of servant leadership, and how it's the theme of this year. When it comes to playing tough teams like Mankato State or Augustana University, the end result doesn’t matter. As

The team spent their whole summer lifting weights and getting stronger and faster, so they would be prepared for the start of the season. A motto that Coach Stugart has really emphasized in regards to their season this year is, “To get to where you’re going, you must know where you’ve been.” He is referring to all of the missed opportunities from last year, and how they have made an even better season this year. The team started their season off with a 49-13 win against St. Cloud State and from that point on they had a few easy games, a some hard games, and one very nerveracking game against Bemidji St. They put away both Mankato St. and Augustana, both teams that beat the Cougars last year. All in all, it was a non-stop grind to get to 11-0.

The shift from regular season to playoffs can often throw teams off. Sometimes teams switch up offenses and defenses to fool other teams.

“Get the next win - that is all we need to focus on,” Stugart says.

“We do not plan on changing anything for playoffs,” “I’m really excited to have a home playoff game. I think it Stugart says. “We plan on sticking to what has worked, and will bring in a lot more fans and I really think we will use it that is our same old routine.” to our advantage,” Sigg says. With their first playoff game Saturday, November 19, the Coo faced Azusa Pacific. (Calif.) Coach Stugart says that one of the other coaches came up with this “win count” system in which the team would post what number win they were going for that week all around the locker room and weight room. Last Saturday, the team was aiming towards win number 427.

The home game did work to their advantage. After a season of improvements, the USF football team earned a thrilling and well deserved playoff victory on Saturday the 19th. Their number two seed in the NCAA DII Super Region 3 gives the Coo another home playoff opportunity the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Let’s Talk About It:

STD’s Amongst College Students Story by Casey Kelderman

stigma to talking about STD’s, it is an important issue to be According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in every four college students has a sexually discussed. transmitted disease (STD). “Doctors will start with simple questions asked to all patients without any judgment toward the patient,” Binny Chang, a student at the University of South Dakota Medical School, says that there are many warning signs that Cherenagar says. “We talk about the condition of STD the same as any other condition; it is no different.” a person has obtained an STD. It is essential for a person who has a STD to speak with “The most usual symptoms are fever, abdominal pain, or unusual discharge from an individual’s reproductive system,” their partner, and to makes sure they see a physician as soon as possible. Cherenagar also notes that confidential Chang says. appointments are available for those who seek it. According to Chang, some of the consequences of obtaining an STD include infertility, infections, chronic pain, “If a person does not feel comfortable with their regular prostate issues, as well is difficulty for both the mother and physician, there are clinics in every city including Sioux Falls child during pregnancy. that can help with a confidential appointment,” Cherenagar says. The Doctor of USF School of Nursing, Jessica Cherenagar, says, “Consequences range from something as small a According to Chang, a person should not be so fast to drop lesion on the skin all the way up to death if someone were the treatment even after symptoms have started to resolve. to obtain an STD.” For further information please speak with a physician or visit Cherenagar also states that although there is a negative

The Vucurevich School of Business is fundraising for the Avera Walsh Family Village.

Help out by donating hygiene products, such as travel size soaps or tooth brushes, as well as individual packages of hot chocolate, tea, and snack packs (pretzels, chips, etc.). Drop off donations under the Christmas Tree in the Cleveland lobby, now through finals week!

College Monthly December 2016  

A print production of the University of Sioux Falls student media.

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