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Lawsuit prompts academic misconduct procedure change Trent Opstedahl
A new policy is changing the way University of South Dakota faculty must handle cases of academic misconduct. Staff at the South Dakota Board of Regents made clarifications on academic misconduct procedures, which are now being implemented at all six regental institutions. Kurt Hackemer, associate vice president for Academic Affairs,
No charges pressed in rape case Megan Card
What is academic misconduct?
Any acts of dishonesty including cheating, plagiarism, fabrication of data, deception, bribery, sabotage, professional misconduct and impersonation. said the policy clarifications had been talked about at the system level since summer 2013. The changes are still in compliance with an SDBOR policy that outlines academic misconduct and how to handle such cases. “We wanted to make sure
what we did at USD makes sense with what the Board wants,” Hackemer said. “I’m hopeful that we’ve reached a point of stability.” Jim Shekleton, who serves as the SDBOR general counsel, said the need for clarification
about academic misconduct procedures comes partly from litigation that involved a USD graduate student and the university. The policy The changes, which went into effect at the beginning of spring semester, now require a two-step process in which any student and faculty member dealing with academic misconduct must follow.
Shekleton worked with provosts and deans of students from each institution to clarify the procedures. “What we've done with this new practice is to give students the chance to have facts reviewed,” Shekleton said. Once accused of academic misconduct, the first change outlines that an informal discussion between the accused SEE POLICY, PAGE A6
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Workroom to open for students Josie Flatgard
No charges will be pressed following a reported sexual assault in Coyote Village last semester. An insufficient amount of evidence ended further investigation into the case at the University of South Dakota. The decision not to pursue charges was made in late December, early January, said Clay County State’s Attorney Teddi Gertsma. “(The State Attorney’s office) takes victims into account, but ultimately, we have to make the decisions by what the case presents,” Gertsma said. The criminal investigation began Oct. 6 when Vermillion Police Department officials began investigating a reported rape in Coyote Village involving two students. The names of the two students were never released. Vermillion Police Department Chief Matt Betzen said insufficient evidence could mean a number of things, such as not enough physical evidence, no witnesses or conflicting information. However, he could not specify which factors made the difference in the case. Betzen also denied The Volante access to the police report because he required “consent from the victim” for its release, though he said the case is no longer a criminal investigation. Sexual assault on college campuses is a topic currently being addressed by President Barack Obama, who launched an initiative Jan. 22 to combat college rape. He called sexual assault an affront to humanity. "We need to encourage young people, men and women to realize that sexual assault is simply unacceptable," Obama said. "And they're going to have to summon the bravery to stand up and say so, especially when the social pressure to keep quiet or to go along can be very intense." Obama then gave the task force 90 days to come up with recommendations for universities on matters of awareness to prevent and respond to the crime and enhance the tracking and documentation of college records and federal agencies pertaining to sexual assault. Follow reporter Megan Card on Twitter @meg_card
A new student organization workroom will soon be ready for use in the Muenster University Center. Donating $20,000 to the new workroom, the University of South Dakota Student Government Association is in the process of determining the best way to allocate the usage of the space to student organizations. The university has matched SGA’s donation of $20,000. “(It’s) probably one of the best investments of SGA general funds that we’ve done, SGA President Erik Muckey said. “It’s a really big step for us.” The money came out of the $77,173.17 reserve fund, which is money that does not get used from student organizations’ allotted amount and is not approved for a rollover into the next year. Jeff Baylor, vice president SEE WORKROOM, PAGE A8
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University of South Dakota senior Tansha Clarke washes dishes at the Vermillion Welcome Table, which runs every Monday night at the United Methodist Church. Various student organizations volunteer throughout the year to give back.
Students volunteer, support community Josie Flatgard
Mary Berglin, 25-year director of the Vermillion food pantry, is thankful University of South Dakota students make the choice to volunteer on a weekly basis, and said she would have to schedule twice as many adults to perform the tasks if they were not
willing to help. Some students help out merely because they want to, while some are required to complete a certain number of service hours for class. Berglin said she applauds the professors who encourage students to give time to something other than their own schedules once in a while. There has been a 66 percent
“We want to be able to know who our neighbors are and feel passionate and strong about helping those who have need.” -Alafia Wright , volunteer
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increase in the number of people being fed in the past five years. While 1,805 individuals were fed in 2009, the year 2013 yielded 5,373. She said the students are a “godsend.” Berglin said the escalation of those financially burdened could be attributed to the cold weather Vermillion has been having. SEE VOLUNTEER, PAGE A8
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Vermillion High School senior Ethan James clears away used dishes at the Vermillion Welcome Table after guests finish their meals.
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Sports arena construction set for May Emily Niebrugge
The groundbreaking of a new academic sports performance enhancement facility, arena and outdoor track and soccer complex at the University of South Dakota will begin mid-May. Catherine Wagner, director of planning and construction for USD, said Mortenson Construction and Fiegen Construction has been hired as the contractor to complete the project. David Herbster, USD athletic director, said he is excited to begin construction. “As iconic as the Dome has been for us the last 30 plus years, we’re locked in and can’t do and be everything we HERBSTER SEE ARENA, PAGE A7
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CAMPUS & CITYDigest Senator: US coal sales might have cost taxpayers Matthew Brown Associated Press
BILLINGS, Mont. — Congressional investigators have found problems with federal coal sales that might have cost taxpayers $200 million or more in lost revenue, a senator said Tuesday. Citing a new report by investigators at the non-partisan Government Accountability Office, U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., called for the sales to be suspended until the problems are rectified. Further details on losses including when they occurred and how much coal was involved were not provided, drawing skepticism from the coal industry. More than 40 percent of U.S. coal production, or about 450 million tons a year, comes from public lands leased by the government to mining companies under the centuryold Mineral Leasing Act. Those leases bring in more than $1 billion in annual revenue.
While exports of the fuel to lucrative Asian markets have surged in recent years, the rules for leasing government-owned coal have remained largely unchanged since 1990. That's stirred concerns that companies could be shortchanging taxpayers by buying coal cheaply from the government based on U.S. market prices and then selling it at a premium overseas. A sweeping, 19-month examination of the Interior Department's coal-leasing program by the GAO revealed widespread inconsistencies in how the government values public coal reserves that are leased to private mining companies. The GAO also found a neartotal lack of competitiveness in the leasing program. Almost 90 percent of the 107 coal tracts leased since 1990 received just a single bid. Without those problems, the government's coal sales could have brought in $200 million in
In this April 4, 2013, file photo, a truck carrying 250 tons of coal hauls the fuel to the surface of the Spring Creek mine near Decker, Mont.
additional revenue and possibly hundreds of millions more, said Markey, who requested the GAO study in April 2012. "Taxpayers are losing out so that coal companies can reap
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a windfall and export that coal overseas where it is burned, worsening climate change. This is a bad deal all around," Markey said in a statement released by his office.
Vermillion police blotter disputes between two persons
Jan. 29 A man was arrested for marijuana and paraphernalia possession after police made a welfare check to the man at Walmart.
and was arrested for DWI. A man was cited for underage drinking when an officer found him urinating on North Dakota Street.
for his arrest in Clay County. The man was arrested. The renter told police there had been a party at the home earlier, and that the party included fireworks.
Jan. 31 An on-patrol officer witnessed a vehicle violating several traffic laws along Jefferson Street. The officer pulled the vehicle over and the driver appeared to be intoxicated
Feb. 1 While investigating a noise complaint along North Plum Street, officers spotted a man urinating outside a home near the reported address and recognized he had warrants out
A woman was arrested for violating probation after police responded to reports of a man and a woman fighting outside their residence along East Duke Street. When officers arrived the woman was
intoxicated and the home searched. Police responded to a call from a woman who had dropped a child off at its house on East Duke Street, but were unable to find the parents. It was determined later the parents had been arrested for violating probation. One of the parents was release to care for the child.
The Coyotes managed to win the home basketball game against rival, the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits, with a score of 78-77. At halftime, the score was 36-35, USD. The lead in the game went back and forth, but in the end, a buzzer-beater won the game and the crowd "spilled onto the floor" with excitement.
2002 Students were encouraged to book spring break trips through local travel agencies. The attorney general said this would reduce the risk of arriving to their location to find their shuttle is not there or finding they have to pay extra for meals. It would do them good if they asked for references of the company, and a "super-low price," he said, could be a sign of a trip that would go sour.
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1. Vermillion protesters rally against Keystone XL pipeline 2. PHOTO GALLERY: USD keeps it close against SDSU, loses late lead for 70-68 defeat 3. Assessing salary disparity, committee to research gender salary equality among USD faculty 4. VPD cites 51 after party bust 5. Josie's January fashion
earned her PhD at Texas Tech University. The research talk is set for 10 to 11 a.m. in Farber Hall and is free to the public.
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Students gather in the Muenster University Center Feb. 2 to watch the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos compete in Super Bowl XLVIII. The Seahawks claimed victor with a final score of 43-8. Food, pizza and prizes were also among the game-day viewing festivities at the MUC.
Campus Philanthropy event focuses on heart health The University of South Dakota's Psi Chapter of Alpha Phi hosts its second annual "Go Red Week," with festivities scheduled everyday this week. Philanthropy events consist of a cardiac arrest game today, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Muenster University Center Pit Lounge, in which the women of Alpha Phi team up with the men of Sigma Alpha Epsilon to "arrest" faculty, staff and students as a way to raise awareness about women's heart health. Donations will be collected as "bail." New to the philanthropy project is the "Kiss, Slap, Hug" event. Set for Feb. 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the MUC, students will have the oppor-
tunity to buy a kiss, slap or a hug for $2 to be delivered to anyone on campus. Wrapping up the week's events, "Go Red Week" will conclude with a blood drive. Partnering with Sanford Health, the blood drive will be held in the MUC Feb. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds raised from "Go Red Week" will be donated to the Alpha Phi Foundation, which supports causes that raise awareness and research funds for women's heart health.
Penn. State professor presents research talk University of South Dakota Native Studies candidate Toni Jensen will present her research talk, "Toward a Land/Work Ethic: The Civil Conservation of Corps, Indian Division," to the university and community Thursday.
Jensen, an assistant professor of English at Pennsylvania State University, published a collection of Native American stories, "From the Hilltop," through the University of Nebraska Press in 2010. Her stories have been published in Fiction International, Passages North, Nimrod and other journals. Jensen's work has also been anthologized in New Stories from the South, Best of the West and Best of the Southwest. Much of Jensen's work draws on the Native American oral traditions and tells stories that mix many lives and voices to offer a fleeting perspective on a world in which Jensen perceives a disconnect often found in narratives of Native American life. Jensen is an alumna of USD, receiving her Bachelor of Arts and Master's degree from the university and
The USD Sustainability Program and Department of Biology will host a mini-film festival as part of the Sustainability Program's spring sustainability lecture series Feb. 11 in Farber Hall from 7 to 9 p.m., free to the public. The "Beneath the Waves" mini-film festival will feature a variety of films and clips aimed to raise public awareness about ocean conservation and marine science. The festival, which travels around the country, also seeks to promote science communication and scientific literacy, according to the Beneath the Waves, Inc.'s mission statement. The festival's stop in Vermillion will be the second of seven around the country. In its fifth year of touring, Beneath the Waves, Inc. solicits hundreds of films from across the world.
State Fourth grade reading proficiency declines South Dakota's fourth grade students have declined in reading scores, according
to a Jan. 28 report released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The South Dakota KIDS COUNT project collects and publishes data and information important to the demographics, health, education, economics and safety of children in the state. Student test scores overall in the state are in a state of slight decline, with 68 percent of students reading below proficient in 2013 compared to 67 percent in 2003. South Dakota is one of four states showing this decline. "This is coupled with data showing children in lower income families testing below their peers and that gap is widening," said Carole Cochran, director for South Dakota KIDS COUNT. The report assessed recent test scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress and the National Center for Educational Statistics. NAEP assessments are administered uniformly using the same sets of test booklets across the nation, and the state results are based on public school students only. NAEP scores are also broken down by those eligible for free or reduced school lunch (low income) and those who are not (high income.) The gap between low and high-income students increased 20 percent between 2003 and 2013.
NATION U.S. abortion rate at lowest level since 1973
The abortion rate in the United States is at its lowest levels since the procedure became legal in 1973, a report released by Guttmacher Institute in New York indicates. The data analysis reflects that both the abortion rate and the number of abortions conducted from 2008 to 2011 declined by 13 percent. The report finds the 2011 rate declined to 16.9 abortions per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44; whereas in comparison in 1973, the rate was 16.3 per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44. Declines have been cited in all but six states â€” Alaska, Maryland, Montana, New Hampshire, West Virginia and Wyoming â€” which saw either no change or an increase in abortion rates. Rachel Jones, the lead author of the report, said the decline in abortions can be attributed to the use of more effective contraceptive methods and the fact that the study period was during the economic recession and slow recovery period. In contrast, the study also noted an increase in the proportion of abortions which were early medication abortion. An estimated 239,400 early medication abortions were performed in 2011, representing 23 percent of all non-hospital abortions, an increase from 17 percent in 2008.
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Access to public records is a must
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Last week, The Volante sent four reporters to Pierre for annual Newspaper Day. One element of their trip they brought back to the newsroom was conversation about the failure of an open government measure that would have boosted access to public records. House Bill 1113 would have required public boards to treat electronic exchanges of official business as public records, but the bill fell short of passage Jan. 28 by one vote. The more discussion that arose from why some lawmakers thought the measure was an overreach brought about a clear consensus between members of Volante staff; access to public records should not be a privilege, it should be expected. There have been a number of stories in the past year pursued by The Volante that have yielded headaches brought on by denials of open records requests from a number of organizations and institutions. In the end, all these denials are allowing for is an uninformed public. This was the case last year when a reported sexual assault was being investigated at Coyote Village. After requesting a copy of the initial incident report — which is by no means an unreasonable request for such an incident — the Vermillion Police Department denied a full access to the record by means of a broad exception in
a South Dakota statute. The cited reason included barring the inspection of “records developed or received by law enforcement agencies and other public bodies charged with duties of investigation… if the records constitute a part of the examination, investigation.” A similar denial occurred just last week when Volante reporters requested access to the names of those who received underage drinking citations at a Vermillion house bust, and were told by the VPD and Clay County State’s Attorney Teddi Gertsma that the names would not be released by them because it was an “ongoing criminal investigation.” Yet, within 24 hours, the names were obtained through the Clerk of Courts, so why deny access to names that were already filed in the court system? It is this kind of obstruction that should make people want to see changes made to state law regarding access to public records. Every citizen, not just journalists, should be able to access emails board members are exchanging to conduct business that could potentially affect them, or an initial incident report from a reported sexual assault in their neighborhood. This is not a matter of making intrusion the norm; this is a matter of making government information open and easily accessible.
‘State of the Union is a blueprint for the president’s hopes to accomplish’ Dylan huggins is a sophomore majoring in contemporary media and journalism.
On Jan. 28, the President of the United States, Barack Obama gave his fifth State of the Union address. The State of the Union is basically a blueprint for what the president hopes to accomplish in the coming year. The president gives pro-
posals on what he would like to see the country move forward. He also tries to address some of the problems Americans are currently facing. University of South Dakota Sophomore Derek Steele wanted the people to be the President’s focus. “I just want him to focus on what the people want,” Steele said. “Not what benefits the pockets of him and everyone else in Washington.” Obama presented plenty of ideas to not only Congress, but to the American people as well. There were three moments in the speech, however, I thought stood out from the rest.
The president made it clear from the beginning he would bypass Congress if necessary when trying to pass legislation. “What I offer tonight is a set of concrete, practical proposals to speed up growth, strengthen the middle class, and build new ladders of opportunity for the middle class,” Obama said. “Some require Congressional action and I’m eager to work with all of you. But America does not stand still, and neither will I.” As president, Obama is clearly willing to take executive action to get things done if Congress is unwilling to work with him. Among these “concrete
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practical proposals” included an increase of the minimum wage and a program which would connect schools to broadband wireless. According to a CNN poll conducted and broadcast after his speech, only 30 percent want the president to act alone without Congress on issues. It remains to be seen what the President will decide to do. One of the more controversial topics discussed was the problem of minimum wage. Halfway through the speech, Obama revealed his plan to increase the minimum wage for federal funded contractors to $10.10, claiming those who “cook our
troops meals or wash their dishes...shouldn’t have to live in poverty.” He then urged those in local office to take their own initiative to raise the minimum wage and not “wait for Congress to act.” In closing, Obama introduced Corey Remsburg, a United States Army Ranger, who on his 10th deployment, was struck by a bomb which nearly cost him his life. He was in a coma for months and has had multiple procedures and surgeries along with rehab he has to go through every day. Obama used the ranger’s tragic story as a metaphor for America’s persevering nature.
“Sometimes we stumble; we make mistakes … but for more than 200 years, we have put those things aside and placed our collective shoulder onto the wheel of progress.” This was a special moment not only because it was a story of hope and overcoming obstacles, but also because the president had actually met Remsburg before the incident. He wasn›t just some random person who was invited to the event.
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Private prisons: Exchanging humanity for profit DEE RIFE is a sophomore majoring in criminal justice and psychology.
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The United States of America tends to pride itself on its privatization of businesses, claiming that the free markets will incentivize healthy competition and create an economic environment in which corporations strive to outdo one another. This struggle for superiority would, in turn, create better service and increase the quality of their products or commodities. In most cases, this free-market model works quite well. Yet there are some limitations that need to be put into place to prevent corruption. In my opinion, there is no better example than our country’s prison system, which is becoming more and more privatized. Why is the privatization of our prisons a negative? A report from In the Pub-
lic Interest (ITPI) has recently released some shocking numbers that may change your mind on prison privatization. Many private prisons around the country have created deals with corporations that incentivize high occupancy rates in American prisons. Some of these deals require a 90 to 100 percent occupancy rate. In the case of Arizona, my home state, three for-profit prisons have a 100 percent occupancy quota, which means that every single empty bed must be filled. What were to happen if this quota was not maintained? American taxpayers, like you and me, would be paying for those empty beds. These deals can last for years. In the case of the Lake Erie Correctional Institution in Ohio, there is a 20-year contract put in place. Meaning that Ohio will be forced to maintain a steady stream of prisoners for two decades. For Ohio taxpayers their takehome salary for the next 20 years may be dependent on how many people are carted through the system. It may seem as if the issues are far beyond the scope of the university setting, but remember
that drug and alcohol offenses are rampant on college campuses. Students here at the University of South Dakota could suffer even heavier consequences for drug or alcohol violations by receiving prison time instead of fines or warnings, and the length of those sentences could change from person to person. So, instead of receiving a citation from an on-campus police officer, you may be taking a ride down to the local penitentiary in the back of a police car. This is a quite obvious downside, but there are other implications. With such high inmate quotas, it is likely that laws will be changed to ensure that as many American citizens as possible be filtered through the prison system. This creates a dehumanization process that is quite frightening to me. Human beings become commodities that are placed into overcrowded areas like herds of cattle, and their treatment becomes severely diminished in the desire for maximum profit. Instead of ensuring the criminal justice system is maintained based on the public interest,
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IN THE KNOW: The University of South Dakota men’s basketball team played a hard fought game against in-state rival South Dakota State University Saturday. IN THE DARK: We lost. By two points. IN THE KNOW: Greek life and non-greek students have started rehearsing for the annual Strollers show. IN THE DARK: Students can techincally get service hours for participating... who knew. IN THE KNOW: The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday. IN THE DARK: The game was way anticipointing, with a lopsided score of 43-8. IN THE KNOW: Groundhog Day was also Sunday. IN THE DARK: Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, meaning winter will continue for another six weeks. IN THE KNOW: Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York City apartment Sunday. Hoffman was known for his roles in “Capote,” “The Master” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” IN THE DARK: The Academy Award winning actor died of an apparent drug overdose at the age of 46.
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which is what Criminal Justice students such as myself strive for, private prisons incentivize policy changes that would not only harm American citizens but put an increase in profit over human life. When will it be enough? When will we begin to realize just how little these corporations think of us as human beings? Do we find it acceptable that profit should supersede the rights of our own citizens? That is still up for debate. But for me, private corporations have no feasible right to infiltrate and destroy the lives of American citizens based on a profit margin. To incentivize the purposeful imprisonment of your own people is quite a despicable notion, one that makes a mockery out of the current dogma of the prison system. Nowhere in the contracts are social services mentioned, as ITPI states: “The report notes that contract clauses like this incentivize criminalization, and do nothing to promote rehabilitation, crime reduction or community building.” This means that necessary programs that further the education and rehabilitation of prisoners may be left
as they are, diminished significantly, or scrapped altogether. We may think of our prison system as a way to remove criminals from the public eye, but it does quite a bit more than hide the “undesirables” of our communities in a place we cannot see nor hear them. They provide assistance to prisoners that may change the course of their lives, often for the better, and when we turn social programs into profit gains, we lose sight of the human element and become blinded by wealth. This is not how our prison system should be. Will prisoners eventually be stamped with barcodes and given a price tag upon entering? Most likely not. But the truth is not far from the fantasy. We need to reevaluate our morality before we make such powerful and influential decisions, and it is time for a discussion. USD students should be heavily inclined to join that discussion; after all, it could be your friend, your roommate, or even you that could suffer the consequences of prison privatization. Reach columnist Dee Rife at Dee.Rife@coyotes.usd.edu
South Dakota has the ‘it factor’ in government NATHAN ELLENBECKER is a first-year majoring in contemporary media and journalism. Although I grew up in the state capital, the South Dakota Legislative session really didn’t mean a whole lot to me. I certainly wasn’t concerned with gay rights laws, South Dakota’s fiscal state, or affairs of legislators. The two months of session in Pierre really meant two things to me: getting closer to spring and longer lines at Burger King. “Young punk” Nathan didn’t see his day-to-day affairs having any impact on matters of state government. I’m not going to say that suddenly my interests have taken a turn for the better or towards politics, but even a semester at college has changed my idea of our state’s government. I’m suddenly following political writers around the state, checking legis.sd.gov once a day and actually caring for what’s going on back home. I guess it was convenient for me to get an inside look at state government last week. I went on a small two-day trip for The Volante and walked away with an even greater appreciation than I had expected.
My days visiting the capital were filled with meetings with people such as Chief of Staff Dusty Johnson, lunch with legislators, and floor debates. It’s incredible how open everyone within our state’s government is to meeting with and speaking to the public. They were all ready to stop and speak with students and journalists. We’re lucky enough to live in a state with such easy access to our leaders. Sometimes, the general consensus seems to be that we, as constituents, don’t have a voice in government, but these men and women aren’t working behind closed doors, our voices can be heard loud and clear. Some of the House and Senate Republican leaders spoke out about their openness to a number of journalists in a press conference last Thursday. Justin Cronin said there’s no place in the nation where the people should feel closer to the men and women in government, as opposed to states like Minnesota, Texas or Washington, D.C. It seems that South Dakota has the “it factor” in government. Sure, maybe we aren’t the flashy state with concerts every weekend; there are no professional sports teams; and we’re missing an ocean or two. But we have one perk that many states do not. In South Dakota, our voices can be heard. Follow Nathan Ellenbecker on Twitter at twitter.com/NJE13
Student encourages freedom of speech online SAM SHARPE is a junior majoring in English.
It is now the spring semester of my junior year and, like many other students, this means one thing: time to start looking for internships. In any year, the job search is a soul-deadening process, but this is 2014. The job market is now an even more desperate realm in which a potential candidate must file down the sharp edges of their personality in order to fit into the round hole of faceless corporatism. In the
Social Media age, this spring cleaning takes another, more insidious form: Digital Dirt. Digital Dirt refers to aspects of one’s internet life (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.) which could be considered “unsavory” to interviewers. What seems like an uncontroversial idea - “Don’t look like a loser to one’s employer” - belies several biases under closer investigation. To start with the obvious, the digging up of Digital Dirt is just another part of the ongoing mission to blur and eventually erase the line between workers’ public and private lives. In a 2009 cnn.com article on the subject, “virtual team coach” Zack Grossbart said, “Hiring someone is scary. You’re paying them to represent your company.” This sort of perspective scares me, because it assumes
that anything an employee does, on the job or not, eventually ties back to the employer. It is this sort of thought that leads to the firing of marijuana users for smoking legal pot in their own free time. Interestingly, alcohol users stay employed. Why? Because the blurred lines of corporatism rely on the dislikes and biases of the older generation. In that same CNN article, online safety advocate Marian Merritt advises candidates to, “Consider your overtly controversial activities such as political, religious, or social movements.” This mirrors another piece of advice given to job searchers: Don’t include anything in a resume that could be grounds for discrimination. Apparently, in our job market, the discriminated against are the ones truly to blame for workplace dis-
crimination. In the end, though, it is wrong-headed thinking about the relation between one’s online life and work life that is truly to blame for the insulting concerns about “Digital Dirt.” Not to get all post-modern on my readers, but I believe that our social media-laden age not only allows for, but almost requires a fracturing of identity that the older generation is simply unequipped to understand. Within the context of each service, we cultivate and curate separate identities from our offline lives. Even the differences between the ways we present ourselves on Twitter and Facebook might be as profound as the difference between our Facebook and real life. As children of the internet age we can juggle these various facets of our lives, but to the 45
percent of employers who do dig around for digital dirt (CNN. com), the idea of such a difference is unheard of. To them, the risqué jokes I tweet or statuses I update will be the things I say in an email to a client. Of course, as the younger generation, we will still be forced to censor ourselves online or may take several generations before the nuances of social media are finally appreciated. It might not happen at all. No matter how the corporate world attempts to change our worldviews, it is important to remember that we, both our on- and offline selves, are more than just a “brand” to sell to employers. Get out there and do some inappropriate tweeting. Follow Sam Sharpe on Twitter at twitter.com/SamuelMSharpe
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2014
Wegner Center, library await upgrades Megan Card
Technology and furniture upgrades worth $50,000 have been approved for the Wegner Health Science Information Center in Sioux Falls. The Wegner Center supports the health sciences at the University of South Dakota and is part of the Sanford School of Medicine campus. The building is under the management of USD, but partners with Sanford Health and a number of healthcare providers in the Sioux Falls area, said Dean of Libraries Dan Daily. Five study rooms will be the focal point of the project, which is expected to be complete by next fall. "(The study rooms) are used quite heavily, and we basically want to bring them on to something you see here at I.D. Weeks,” Daily said. Earnings from the King endowment will pay for half of the cost, and the other half will be paid by the Sanford School of Medicine. One need that will be addressed by upgrades will be equipping one or two rooms specifically for teleconferencing, Daily said. There will also be an emphasis on creating more workstations. Nursing student Rose Abusharkh has spent her fair share of time in the Wegner Center, and said the most beneficial part of the building is the ability to book private rooms to study with groups, so more space and a few additions could be added to make the space fit for students. “The Wegner Center would benefit from adding larger tables
CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 student and the faculty member who suspected the instance of misconduct must take place. After a discussion between the instructor and student regarding the allegation of misconduct has occurred, a form documenting the discussion must also be filled out. If the student admits to the allegation, their signature is required. The form is sent to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, which is overseen by Dean of Students Kim Grieve. “Hopefully a student and instructor can come to the right decision on their own,” Grieve said. If both the student and instructor agree academic misconduct occurred, academic consequences can be imposed at the discretion of the instructor. Students have the option of appealing the consequence(s) under SDBOR policy 2:9, which goes over student appeals. Junior Jesse Pechous said students caught cheating should have to put more work into the class. “They should be given a zero and should have to do the assignment and extra work
with more comfortable office chairs,” Abusharkh said. USD Libraries Master Plan Major changes are also in store for the university libraries located in Vermillion. An ongoing space study at USD has prepared a detailed plan for reconfiguring I.D. Weeks Library to provide easier access to student services in one central location, said Kurt Hackemer, USD’s associate vice president for Academic Affairs. The first and second floors will be used for numerous student services, as well as the archives, special collections and oral history center. Books will remain tightly packed on the third floor. The Academic Career Planning Center, the Center for Academic and Global Engagement and the studentathlete center will all remain, but other services like the center for teaching and learning, the math emporium and the testing center will eventually migrate to I.D. Weeks. “If you take a look at not just I.D. Weeks, but the Weeks-MUC complex — that is now the heart of campus,” Hackemer said. “That is where the action is, and if we want to be efficient about providing services to students in an easy way, we had to figure out what services had to be located in that whole complex.” The project is expected to take two to three years, and is split into five or six phases. The gradual construction will allow “the majority of the building to stay open the majority of the time,” Hackemer said. Adjacencies — referring to offices which ought to be located
should be required to know the work," Pechous said. The second change allows for the accused student to appeal the allegation made against them if the facultystudent discussion does not lead to an admission. “Just to make sure that the student has due process, there needed to be another level,” Grieve said. “This change does that.” The case is then reviewed by the Office of Rights and Responsibilities, and if the formal disposition hearing process concludes academic misconduct has occurred, a panel of faculty will hear the case and make a final judgment. The panel consists of eight faculty, who were nominated by the deans of every college at USD. The list of faculty serving on the panel was unavailable at the time of publication. “The faculty understand better than anyone else the nuances of what happens in a classroom,” Hackemer said. An email from the Office of Academic Affairs was sent to all USD faculty Jan. 6, informing them of the upcoming changes, and was a topic of debate at the university Faculty Senate meeting Jan. 15, because the burden of proof falls solely on the instructor and student involved. “It is a little less convenient, but what our process does now
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The first and second floors of the I.D. Weeks Library are planned to undergo renovation in the near future, adding more lounge and workspace areas, much like the workspace area on the first floor of the library.
near each other, either in the same building, or right next to each other — is a prominent aspect to the project. Hackemer said the plan is to address university issues where students have to walk from one side of campus to the other to complete a test or lesson. The university is also pursuing a new design which will take into account how a space can be flexible, so when the studentathlete center is not in its peak hours, some of its space could be
is forces a student to defend whether or not they committed academic misconduct and appeal the consequence,” Hackemer said. “It adds time to the process, which can be a problem — especially towards the end of the semester — but I see the necessity for doing it.” The academic misconduct policy change has also provoked conversation about wording in the Faculty Handbook, focusing mainly on who has disciplinary discretion. “It boils down to the responsibilities of faculty,” Sam Gingerich, SDBOR system vice president for academic affairs, said.
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used for another student service. The cost of the project has not been finalized, but payment will come from assessing the university’s existing budget and identifying funds from areas like maintenance and repair, as well as funds from Academic Affairs designated for strategic initiatives Daily said. “It is not that we don’t have any money identified, it is that we don’t have an exact sense of the cost yet. We don’t know exactly what it is going to be,”
Hackemer said. Upgrades will also consist of more study tables with built in ports and screens, and Daily said he is looking forward to the extra space allotted to archives, special collections, the oral history center and student study spaces. “We are on the edge of some really exciting developments, both with the physical spaces in I.D. Weeks and the Wegner Center,” Daily said.
FROM THE DEAN Below are the notes from Dean of Libraries Dan Daily to the University Libraries Committee. 1. The Libraries will not have to make cuts in resources — e-journals, books, databases, etc. 2. The search for the Archivist/Special Collection Librarian is proceeding. 3. The Libraries and Center for Teaching and Learning are collaborating to offer a copyright compliance workshop Feb. 13 at 9:30 a.m. in MUC 211.
Bill would nullify texting while driving ban in city Cristina Drey
A bill examining local government control over banning texting while driving was introduced by South Dakota Speaker of the House Brian Gosch during the 86th S.D. Legislative session. If passed, House Bill 1177 would invalidate any city ordinance illegalizing any form of inattentive driving. Seven cities in South Dakota — including Vermillion — currently have a texting regulation in place. The Vermillion City Council voted unanimously to ban texting while driving in April 2013, and the ordinance went into effect in May 2013. Because of several bans already in place, Vermillion City Manager John Prescott said he could see an aspect of an attack on local control through the bill. “This came about through council members,” Prescott said. “If the state says ‘No, you can’t do that’ what is that saying? ‘You
don’t know what’s best for you’.” University of South Dakota senior Dawson Deming was in support of the aspect of having a uniform law on distracted driving, but said the current city ordinances should be kept in place until a state-wide measure is able to be implemented. “I think that it would be smarter to have it a state-wide ban, because you could be driving in Vermillion and get picked up for texting while driving, but not in another city,” Deming said. “You don’t know where it’s legal and where it isn’t.” In addition to confusion with location issues, Deming said texting while driving bans are met with other difficulties. “I think it’s too hard to enforce a texting while driving ban,” Deming said. “There are a lot of gray areas.” Junior Brandee McMahon said texting is not the only distraction which causes possible problems to drivers and passengers out on the road. “I think that banning texting is trying to make others more
aware of what can happen while you aren't paying attention and driving, but there are so many other distractions that could be going on as well,” McMahon said. “I feel the awareness of texting and driving is a good idea, but I don't think that banning it is going to solve any issues. Unfortunately, people are going to do what they want whether the government or cities condone it.” Prescott said the topic was first brought to the city council in January 2013, but was put on hold until after the 2013 legislative session in the hope it would be addressed on a state level. “They waited to see if the legislature took any action during the 2013 session,” Prescott said. “When the ban did not come out of the session, they moved forward in March.” House Bill 1177 will appear before the House Judiciary committee today. Follow reporter Cristina Drey on Twitter @CristinaDrey
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Senate committee Area protesters rally against suggests diversity proposed Keystone XL pipeline plaques, statues Austin Ashlock
The list of organizations and groups on the University of South Dakota campus has gotten a little longer. A committee has been formed in the USD Faculty Senate with the sole task of developing ideas for the senate to embrace the university's theme of diversity. Senate chairman Dan Van Peursem said the subcommittee is the senate's answer to voice an issue prominent at USD. "We need to look how we can promote this better," Van Perursem said. "According to (Higher Learning Commission) reports that is what the university needs to work on." In USD's 2011 HLC Report of Comprehensive Evaluation Visit the report outlines USD's struggles to embrace diversity. "Often, universities like USD feel that due to their homogeneous environment
and population that the efforts to date are both substantial and significant in bringing about more diversity on campus and that their inability to do so is as much the problem of the lack of appropriate response from under-represented groups as it is insufficient efforts on their part." Van Perursem said the committee has proposed two ideas so far — a diversity statue and a plan to place plaques signifying the campus' diversity initiative. "Nothing has been proposed yet, and nothing has been voted on," he said. "There is a lot more to do before anything more happens." Any idea brought up in the committee first needs to be researched to determine funding and organizing. "More ideas can be brought up," Van Perursem said. "But I hope to have something by the end of the semester."
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The Volante asked students what a diversity statue would look like. "I always think of a black hand and a white hand shaking. Could they put that as one big statue?" Michael Kocer First-year
"A Rubik’s Cube with each square being a piece of a different culture or gender on it." Madalyn Sikkink First-year
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Protesters gathered Monday night at the intersection of Main and Market streets to rally against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
University of South Dakota students and Vermilion community members rallied Monday night at the intersection of Main and Market Streets against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. More than a dozen people with posters and candles gathered at 6 p.m. as part of a national activism campaign aimed to urge President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline following the release of the State Department’s Final Supplemental Environment Impact System. Protest organizer Emily Roberson, a junior at USD
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studying anthropology and sustainability, said she learned of the nationally organized protests over the weekend and wanted to see Vermillion involved in “something bigger.” “It’s a grassroots effort kind of a thing,” Roberson said. “The pipeline creates a fix for the short-term, but makes matters worse in the long-term.” The proposed $5.4 billion pipeline would transport heavy crude from Canadian oil sands in Alberta into the U.S. through a series of pipeline networks. Supporters of the pipeline say the project would boost the economy and contribute to the job force, while those against
the pipeline say it will contribute to climate pollution. More than 200 vigils took place in 44 states, responding to the State Department’s report released January 31 which stated the proposed Keystone XL pipeline would unlikely alter global greenhouse gas emissions. Officials are still considering whether the project would meet the test of the President’s broader climate strategy. For first-year Joslynn Clauson, the partaking in local protest was part of a larger scheme. “Vermillion can be a leader,” she said. “It’s not as big as some of them are in other cities, but we matter in this
region.” Alongside student protesters were community members who felt joining in on the rally was necessary, not only to show their support of the university, but to stand up for their own personal beliefs. Protesters Richard Menzel forsees the pipeline causing numerous strains not only on the enviornment, but the American population as well. "We'll have to protect the pipeline if it's built, which tax payers will end up paying for," Menzel said. The demonstration lasted about an hour.
funds will be raised with 25% bonded and paid back by future revenues from ticketing, sponsorships and rentals,” he said. Steve Brown, USD Foundation president, said the USD Foundation is limited to the extent of raising private donations. With the ability to hold a crowd of 6,000, the academic sports performance enhancement facility and arena will be located south of the DakotaDome. A science, health and research lab building will connect the DakotaDome and new building. Physical therapy, occupational Therapy and kinesiology classes will be conducted at the science, health and research lab building. The arena will be used for men and women’s basketball, as well as women’s volleyball. In addition to the arena, the facility will include a 7,500
square foot weight room, two multi-use practice courts and classrooms. While many new additions will be made to the DakotaDome, the multi-million dollar project will also provide improvements to the existing structure. A new weight room inside the sports complex will eliminate the need for the current weight room in the DakotaDome, which will allow for increased, permanent seating on the west side of the DakotaDome, Herbster said. With this additional seating, Herbster said the capacity of the DakotaDome will increase from 10,000 to about 13,000 people. “This place needs to be bigger,” said Herbster. Other DakotaDome renovations include new football locker rooms where the current practice courts are located, as new practice courts will
be relocated in the new sports complex. According to the Facility Design Plan approved by the SDBOR, the outdoor sports complexes will comply with NCAA certification requirements. The outdoor sports complexes will be located at the current practice fields north of the wellness center. There will be areas for polevaulting, long jump, shot put, discus, hammer throw, javelin and triple jump events. The two soccer fields are east of the track and will be using turf grass. Bleacher seating will be installed between the soccer and track fields. Herbster is hopeful the project will be completed by fall 2016. “Let’s get a shovel in the dirt, and let’s go,” he said.
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"The statue would look like the Captain Planet Team." George Doll Sophomore
"The statue would have to have things from other cultures mixed together on a person. Although we are from different cultures, we come together as one USD student." Sarah Barthel Sophomore
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A rendering of the southeast view of the academic sports performance enhancement facility and arena.
"A globe." Cle Richards First-year
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A rendering of the norheast view of the academic sports performance enhancement facility and arena.
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Vermillion Middle School students study Asian Carp, win SD Samsung STEM contest Michael Geheren
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Vermillion Middle School teacher Natasha Gault, left, introduces her eighth grade students at the Vermillion City Council meeting Monday. The class won $20,000 worth of technology from Samsung to use in the classroom, because of their presentation about Asian Carp.
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Instead of spending money on food, families are paying their heat bills to stay warm. The Vermillion Food Pantry is the only pantry in Clay County and is not funded by the government. It has 80 volunteers, including students, who help stock shelves and prepare boxes to give away to those in need. “I’m so happy and pleased to have the USD students come and volunteer,” Berglin said. “For them to be thinking about somebody else is wonderful.” “A Touch of Soul Community Dinner” will feature comfort food in an effort to have people experience different food and culture Feb. 10. It will be one of
the Welcome Table meals served weekly on Monday night. Alafia Wright helped organize the meal to be served to the community, by the community. He said the meal will be a great opportunity for community members and USD students to have conversation and fellowship. Volunteers help serve a dinner menu of barbeque pulled pork, fried chicken, baked macaroni and cheese, collared greens, cornbread and red beans or black eyed peas. Dessert options are red velvet cake, pound cake and sweet potato pie. Wright said the group wanted to serve a nutritious meal, but at the same time wanted to expose the cultured cuisine. In 2013, a potluck-style meal was done with student organizations at Coyote Village,
but the location was moved to the United Methodist Church this year. “We wanted to take it off-campus and touch the Vermillion community,” Wright said. He said the relationship between USD and Vermillion is too separated and the dinner is a great opportunity for people to help build a strong and vibrant community, whether by giving a portion of their time or even just a smile. “We want to be able to know who our neighbors are and feel passionate and strong about helping those who have need,” Wright said. Junior Holly Rus said she has noticed fraternities picking up trash in ditches, along with other organizations, and said it is important for students to be involved with the community so
they can meet new people. USD and the Vermillion community have had a developing relationship. With the recent opening of food venues in the Muenster University Center MUC expansion, more members of the community have been more prone to stop by campus, said Dean of Students Kim Grieve. Grieve helped host the community open house in the MUC Jan. 16. The night consisted of activities for families, including music, face painting, a raffle and a photo booth. She said the purpose of the night was to let community members see the expansion and experience the new venues in hopes they would return knowing the area is part of their community as well as the students'.
Students from Natasha Gault’s Vermillion Middle School eighth grade science class spoke to the Vermillion City Council about how the possible intrusion of Asian Carp in the Missouri River could be detrimental to the ecosystem that flows through the area. Because of their efforts, the class won $20,000 worth of technology from Samsung for their research and presentation on Asian Carp. “These invasive fish eat, grow and reproduce in ways that are superior to native species,” said Madyson Gilbertson, student at VMS. Asian Carp can change the water quality in the river, disrupt the food webs of native fishes by eating Plankton on the bottom of the river and eventually reduce the population of fish in the river, according to research by South Dakota State University. The fish is most notably known for jumping up to 10 feet out of the water. Often times they hit boaters and can even cause injury. Asian Carp can swallow eight swimming pools worth of water and eat Plankton up to
“You always want to have your university be a part of the community and the community be a part of the university,” Grieve said. “It just provides a richer experience for everyone involved.” Movies shown on the new big screen would be open to the public throughout the semester, but Grieve said they are always welcome on campus. Grieve said there are no dates set yet for more open houses like the one in January, but ads would be placed in the windows of the MUC and on road signs. She said the MUC expansion has been a benefit to the students and community. “The students certainly are enjoying it,” Grieve said. “I think it’s just such an exciting time on campus.”
10 percent of their body weight. They grow up to 10 inches in their first year of life and can spawn up to 48 million eggs in their lifetime. “It’s concerning to me that this is such a big problem and none of (the council) has ever heard about it before,” said Steve Ward, city council member and University of South Dakota faculty. Asian Carp is listed on the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Park’s list of least wanted species. The fish is considered an Aquatic Invasive Species and is illegal to transport or sell in the state. The Asian Carp was introduced to the United States in the 1970’s in Arkansas. The fish has made its way up the Mississippi River and parts of the Missouri River. “Asian Carp are here in our own backyards,” said Brooklyn Kirsh, VMS student. The class will represent the state at Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow Contest in March. The five final states will receive technology valued at $140,000 for the school and a trip to Washington D.C., if selected. The contest is to encourage Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education.
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Student Government Association Vice President Clay Hoffman shakes hands with junior Gary Christiansen, a member of the Secular Students Alliance, at an inclusiveness meeting January 29 in the Muenster University Center Pit Lounge.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 of student enrollment, encouraged SGA to make the donation by explaining the many improvements and accessibility. Muckey said the new space — located on the first floor of the MUC — is a definite change from the old, much smaller room located on the second floor of the MUC. “It’s a huge upgrade,” Muckey said. “The amenities in terms of size and storage space and meeting room capabilities; it’s wonderful.” SGA vice president Clay Hoffman said there would still be opportunity for organizations to meet in the MUC boardroom as before, but the room is equipped with seating and a computer monitor especially for those meetings. Hoffman also said the chairs are durable and the floor is water resistant, so there would
be easy cleanup if something happened to spill. At various SGA meetings this spring, there was talk of having a laminator, die-cut machine and rolls of paper as supplies for any poster-making organizations may need to do. The workroom also has a sink, storage cabinets and a variety of new materials provided by Student Services. While freshman Rebecca Smith attends Student Theatre Cooperative meetings in the Fine Arts Center, she said she can see how the new facility would give student organizations more opportunities. “It’s good for the organizations who don’t have spots planned out (for meetings) already and have their funding,” Smith said. A work group was created to discuss and decide on some major decisions of the room, such as what the sole purpose of the room is, how it would be managed, supplies needed, and the transition from the old room to the new.
The workgroup is considering key card access to monitor the workroom’s usage. There has been discussion of who — whether it be the president or other officer within each student organization — be given a key card in order to gain entry. The overall consensus thus far is only funding-eligible organizations on campus would be allowed to utilize the space. Hoffman said since SGA gave such a large amount of money, it is basically their show to run and get the center going. “We’re really excited about this new room,” Hoffman said. Hoffman said he is hopeful the students are excited, as they are the ones who helped pay for it. “I hope a lot of student organizations will utilize it, and I think they will,” Hoffman said. Follow reporter Josie Flatgard on Twitter @josie_jayne
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Gamers Garrett Bankston and Seth Pierce play a round of League of Legends in Pierce’s dorm. The gamers play the game for about 80 hours each week.
University of South Dakota first-years Garrett Bankston, Seth Pierce and Spencer Lawrence live double lives. The three are gamers, known in the League of Legends universe as savourn94, Sam And Carolina and Fuliam. Between the three of them, they spend about 80 hours a week playing in the online world. “It’s a really social thing,” Bankston said. “I probably wouldn’t play if I wasn’t playing directly with a lot of friends.” League of Legends is a multiplayer online battle arena game developed in 2009. In the game, players play as a character, referred to a hero, in a team of three to five players.
Two teams start the game on opposite sides of a map, in a location called the Nexus. To win the game, a team must take over the other team’s Nexus. Heroes must destroy enemies created by the other team, buy items and level up on the way to the Nexus. The game has grown rapidly since its initial launch. The Season 2 World Championship was watched live by 8.2 million fans and about 32 million users, including local player Bankston, watched the Season 3 World Championship in November. Bankston said he is drawn to the game because of the necessary teamwork and an ever changing game climate. “It’s easy to pick up, but hard to master,” Bankston said. “As
soon as you think you’ve mastered a character, someone shuts you down.” Lawrence said he also enjoys the variety the game provides users. “I like the versatility,” Lawrence said. “It’s never the same.” Although he spends about 40 hours a week playing the game, Bankston said his grades have not suffered. “I have class schedules that allow me to sleep through the day,” Bankston said. Bankston usually stops playing the game around 2 a.m., around the same time as his other gamer friends. “Our sleeping schedule is awful,” Pierce said. Lawrence, who plays League of Legends the least of the three,
said how much he plays varies on how much homework he has. “It’s more of a leisure thing,” Lawrence said. “I don’t put it before school.” However, Lawrence said there have been times when the gamers overindulged themselves by playing the game. “We’ve all gone overboard at one point or another,” Lawrence said. Lawrence said the group puts the most time into the game on weekends, when they’ll often play the game all night. In addition to playing the game, Lawrence said he watches other League of Legends games to observe strategy. “It’s such a complex game,” Lawrence said. “It’s a big advantage.” Due to the game’s frequent changes, the team is always adjusting its strategy. “It always has a new twist,” Lawrence said. “It’s not something where you can do the same thing over and over.” Pierce started playing the game two years ago. When he plays with Pierce and Lawrence, he plays a character referred to as a glass cannon, a hero who deals out a lot of damage, but is designed to die within 15 seconds of being attacked. “My favorite part is probably getting awesome kills,” Pierce said. Bankston said the game has helped him connect with other students at the USD. “It’s something a lot of people can connect with,” Bankston said. “It’s easy to make friends with, unless you throw your mouse at them when they mess up.”
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A screenshot from Collin Hover’s game BioFleet.
Students and faculty at the University of South Dakota aren’t just playing video games anymore — they are developing their own. Collin Hover, an assistant professor who teaches graphic design courses at USD, has been developing a video game to teach elementary students biology. Hover received a $20,000 interdisciplinary grant to work on the project, which has been in development for a year. “Right now, we’re trying to see if it’s actually effective,” Hover said. “If we find it does help students learn then we may look into marketing, using it as a base to expand.” The game, “BioFleet”, revolves around the concept of a crew of scientists who crash-landed on an unknown planet. The player, the first mate, must find and organize the crew, all while encountering various creatures on the planet, including one that looks like a large “rollie pollie.” The game is a puzzle platformer where the player tries to complete levels by solving puzzles and problems. As the game progresses, players form teams. Hover said if the game is successful, it could be expanded into different subjects. After Jasmine Thorson worked with Hover on a pixel art project as part of his graphic design class, he brought the sophomore in to work on the project last summer. Thorson, along with designers from London and Barcelona, created a lot of the artwork in the game under Hover’s guidance. “He would give me some of his own guidelines, and I would create the scene,” Thorson said. Thorson designed elements of the game such as the captain’s cabin, air ducts, ship’s bridge and, her favorite, a purple and gray crate designed to look like it holds nuclear acid. “It was a fun, rewarding
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league of legends Facts There are 10 new games started every second. Worldwide League of Legends has 1.3 billion hours of gameplay. 107,000 people take about League of Legends on social media every day. Males make up 92 percent of League of Legends players. The majority of players are between the ages of 19-25. With more than 70 million players it is the most played online game. SOURCE: http://esportsgaming.net
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A screenshot from the game League of Legends. Last season’s championship of the game drew 32 million viewers.
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experience,” Thorson said. As the development progressed, Hover sent Thorson a link to play the game. “I played it a few times,” Thorson said. “I died a lot, but I got the hang of it.” Hover has made the game available on the Internet and includes three levels. Hover said, originally, the game was going to have 20-30 levels and would have followed a class lesson plan. Students are also developing their own games. Junior Donald Moore designed two videogames as part of a game development class at USD. In a team, he developed a tower defense game. In the second half of the semester, his team developed a game similar to the game “Portal”, where players use a gun to shoot portals to transport items and themselves in order to solve puzzles. In the game Moore’s group created, the portals are stationary instead of created. Moore said the most difficult aspects of developing the games were communication between group members and making sure the pieces of the game fit together. “Some parts only work if other parts do,” Moore said. “Getting stuff to stop when it’s supposed to stop and shoot at stuff is hard.” Moore said his group once spent three weeks trying to work out a problem in a game, only to find the issue was caused because they forgot a negative sign. Despite a passion for video games, Moore said he does not plan on actively pursuing a career in game development. “It’s a saturated field,” Moore said. “Most programmers become programmers because they like video games. If I get there, I get there.” Doug Goodman teaches a computer science based game development course. “Writing a game is good motivation,” Goodman said. “It gives you a project.” Games written for his SEE DESIGN, PAGE B3
HISTORY OF GAMING 1972
“PONG” was released
Mario was introduced
“Pac-Man” was introduced to the market
Nintendo 64 was released
The Game Boy was released
The Wii was released for purchase
The Xbox became available
Online gaming is a popular gaming platform
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Exhibition of Works by Kyani White Hawk Location: Gallery 110
Animal Shades: New Work by Karen Bondarchuk. Location: John A. Day Gallery
Cardiac Arrest Location: MUC Pit Lounge
Scarletta Location: Aalfs Auditorium
Kiss/Slap/Hug Location: MUC
Ice Cold Brass Location: Colton Recital Hall
Color not bound to season Josie FLATGARD is a first-year majoring in contemporary media and journalism.
Almost everyone’s heard not to wear white after Labor Day, but do we really have to abide by it? Are colors really bound by seasons? Let’s face it: Even though the saying has been around for ages, we don’t follow it. Sure, when spring and summer come around, we’re more likely to be drawn to the brighter colors in the stores or in our own closet, but we don’t banish white altogether from our wardrobe. Elle Magazine considers black and white the colors of Spring 2014. Runway models display the new trend, which can be modern with new prints, lace and unique shapes. It seems certain colors rotate around the seasons, but there’s always the combination of black and white, a classic look. Pick and choose what colors would work best with your skin tone and what patterns are most flattering, so you can feel good about each piece of clothing you wear.
The seasons bring in new moods, creating in each of us a different mind set. To feel less gloomy in the winter, for example, it might do us some good to pick out a happier shade of clothing instead of the darker tones. Some of my go-to happy shades are mint green, and what girl doesn’t love a little pink? The way you dress can be a reflection on your mood, so if you’re wearing livelier colors, your attitude could be that way, simply because of what you chose to put on in the morning. Every season has its own category of colors that come to mind, but when October rolls around, we don’t see everyone and their brother wearing carrot orange and black every day of the month. My advice: be aware of what is out there and is trending. Experiment with color and how things work together. Thinking back to the color wheel, although it may sound boring, it could really be to your benefit, recognizing complementary and analogous colors. By taking an art class or even remembering back to your junior high days of creating masterpieces, you can gain a different perspective on color combinations you can make out of nothing. Katty mcneal I the volante
SophomoreZoe Kuegle pairs patterned leggings with a simple top and cardigan.
Women’s Basketball Location: DakotaDome
Movies at the MUC Location: MUC Pit Lounge
Movies at the MUC Location: Arena Theatre
USD Symphonic Band Winter Tour Concert Location: Aalfs Auditorium
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Junior Jordyn Bangasser wears a polka dot skirt to add a fun flair to her outfit.
Cupcakes for a Cause Location: MUC
Biology Seminar Location: Farber Hall
President’s Research Roundtable Location: Al Neuharth Conference Room
Beneath the Waves Mini-Film Festival Location: Farber Hall
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Senior Jarrad Emery wears a sweater over his plaid button up shirt with a plain black tie.
Country act to take stage in Slagle Anna Fink
Scarletta, an up-and-coming country music band out of Nashville, will be taking the stage at Aalfs Auditorium 8 p.m. Feb 5. The band is composed of fiddle player Nathan Stoops, guitarist Benji Harris and lead singer Emilee Allan. They have been together for about two years and have been working on an album in Nashville with Grammy award-winning producer, Blake Chancey. Scarletta has toured to over 100 universities across the country and have also played at a number of clubs and theaters. The band was listed in Billboard Magazine’s Top 10
Country Artists to watch in 2013, and its first single, “Right Here, Right Now,” reached No. 28 on the Music Row Radio Chart. Campus Activities Board president Taylor Moore said CAB first saw Scarletta when CAB members took a trip to Nashville for a showcase which featured different artists. “We really liked their sound and image and thought they would attract a good crowd at USD,” Moore said. Moore said CAB focuses on trying to find what works best for the student body. “We want to bring in a variety of activities, not just concerts to campus,” Moore
said. “Concerts attract a large crowd, and unify a variety of students.” Although some students have not heard of the band, they are still excited for the concert. However, for some students, like Rachel Noonan, the country music genre in general is one they enjoy. “I like country music, more modern, up-beat country,” Noonan said. “So it’s cool they bring new country artists to campus.” One of the last artist to take the stage at Slagle was another country music star, Jerrod Niemann. For students who aren’t into country music, two country concerts in a row is not
ideal. Sophomore Hannah Nagy, falls under this category. “I wish they would mix up the artists they bring in,” Nagy said. “I don’t listen to country music, so I probably won’t be attending the concert.” The show is free for students with their student ID.
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The furry animals provided an entertaining and cute alternative to the Super Bowl. Add in the halftime show starring kittens, and it’s easily the most adorable night on television, along with more competition than the actual Super Bowl. Some brought tears, others brought laughter and others groans. But whether it was a Full House reunion, Stephen Colbert cracking open his head to promote pistachios or another touching Budweiser commercial, the commercials were anything but boring this year. The Fault in Our Stars, 24: Live Another Day and Captain America: The Winter Soldier all debuted trailers this past week, lighting up Twitter and leading to the question 0f the final products will live up to the hype.
That awkward moment when the movie lives up to its title and gets one-upped by your friends’ Facebook statuses. The leading men are goofy, but the movie feels like it’s trying too hard to be funny. The Oscar winner was found dead in his apartment Sunday of an apparent drug overdose. His projects in development, including “The Hunger Games’Mockingjay Part I”, have been thrown into question of how the products will continue without the actor. As soon as fans got over the Harry Potter author’s last reveal regarding Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, she dropped another bombshell, that Hermione should have wound up with Harry, not Ron.
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Nontraditional student returns to school after 30 years “I think an advantage is you’re a great role model to students, you’re continuing to pursue higher education.” - Lindsay Sparks, Assistant Director of Student Services
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Nontraditional student Vicki Weldon works on homework to prepare for her classes.
At 55, Vicki Weldon is not a traditional student at the University of South Dakota. Weldon, who is taking two undergraduate classes, currently has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work. Weldon said since the degree is now 30 years old, it doesn’t mean anything in
the work force. Weldon had originally applied to USD’s graduate school to get her masters in English, but was told because she did not have a minor in English she did not have the background to be accepted into the program. “I didn’t have the background, well on paper anyway,” Weldon said. “I have done a lot
of reading on my own.” Weldon said people who look at her resume may see it as a mix of occupations. She has taught, worked at Barnes and Noble and been a yoga instructor, her current occupation. Weldon said she did not stay in social work because she felt she didn’t have enough life experience for the job. “Frankly, having a B.A. in
social work at 22 years of age with no life experience, I did not feel comfortable making decisions and advising people about their lives,” Weldon said. Lindsay Sparks, Assistant Director of Student Services, said each non-traditional student has a unique story for why they chose to come to college at a later point. “It varies for everyone on timing and what is going on in life and outside of the school stuff,” Sparks said. Weldon said she does not like being in a workplace that has a hierarchy and would rather work somewhere she can be self-employed. She said she would like to be writer. “I have a passion, a passion for self expression, but also a passion for never ever having to play those games again,” Weldon said. Sparks said nontraditional students have the opportunity to be role models to younger students in classes and student organizations, although nontraditional students sometimes have trouble finding their place on campus. “I think an advantage is you’re a great role model to students, you’re continuing to pursue higher education,” Sparks said. “I think something that is hard is trying to find their place on campus, because when we
think of a college student we often think of an 18-24 year old living on or near campus.” Weldon said a disadvantage she has experienced is not being used to the technology is used for her classes. She said she is scrambling to figure out the technology that her younger counterparts just seem to know. When it comes to success within classes, Sparks said there is no difference between nontraditional and traditional students—their success is based on determination and time management just like it is for traditional students. “How they’re spending their non-class time is a big difference between traditional and non-traditional students,” Sparks said. Weldon said being a non-traditional means she has different priorities right now than other traditional students may have. Weldon said her priority right now is spending time with her grandson and her family. Weldon said if she had to do it all over again she would not have gone through high school and college as fast as she did, only spending three years in each. “I went through high school, college, got married, had a baby, and got divorced by the time I was 22,” Weldon said. She said she felt as if she had
checked off everything on the traditional checklist and didn’t know what to do next. “My best advice is to stay in school as long as you possibly can, because that’s the only place you’re going to have the freedom to think your own way,” Weldon said. Weldon said being a non-traditional student makes her see college in a different way than before. Weldon said when she first went through she did not take as much away from her education as she wishes. She said now if she were to be in a class where she feels she was not learning enough she would try and get even more out of the instructor. Jenna D’Ottavio is a traditional senior at the USD who has multiple classes with nontraditional students, including Weldon. “Often they seem more prone to asking probing questions and more involved within our class,” D’Ottavio said. Weldon said she now takes her education and really tries to learn as much as possible in all her classes. She said while some teachers are passionate, this isn’t always the case. “You have to take your education,” Weldon said. “Take it and make your teachers teach you.”
Event shows racism still prevalent against Native Americans in South Dakota BETSEY HORTON is a graduate student pursuing Interdisciplinary Studies with a Human Rights focus.
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course include a dodge ball video game and a game where the player wanders around the USD campus, in and out of buildings, searching for a final exam. “Just about anything goes,” Goodman said. A past student of Goodman sold their game as an app, and others, such as junior Tyler Jones, creator of CautionCrates.com have placed theirs online. First-year Cameron Sides has begun designing a game as part of an art-based game development course. As part of the class, Sides has drawn sketches of what he would like his game, a maze game similar to the app Temple Run, would look like. In the game, players can escape the maze, gain power ups and run from a Minotaur. “It’s more of a concept,”
It’s easy, as a white person, to say “Racism isn’t a problem” because you yourself have not experienced it. However, you are in the minority. Racism is far from dead, especially in South Dakota, and you yourself may unknowingly be perpetuating it without intention. My first example is when I was pulled over last summer.
Sides said. Sides said he also has hopes to develop a game similar to Grand Theft Auto featuring a character he designed, Sunny the Bunny. “I made him randomly in art class,” Sides said. “I kept making them.” Sides said he hopes to eventually direct video games. Krista Scholten, who previously worked for a small game company as a designer, teaches the art-based course Sides is currently taking. The class has grown since it was introduced last year, from 15 to 36 students. The course is considered an art appreciation course—and focuses more on game concepts not computer science. “The art is what you put on top,” Scholten said. “But the structure is also an art form.” Students in the course look at aspects of games such as character and costume design.
The officer took my license and registration, and then proceeded to ask my friend, who is part Native American, for hers. Apparently my friend’s recently updated license wasn’t good enough for the officer; he insisted on seeing her Tribal ID and asking her a bunch of unnecessary questions as well. Was that really necessary? After all, I was the one driving
“All the students have different areas of expertise,” Scholten said. “I don’t expect people to be completely immersed in game culture to take the class.” Even without a large knowledge about games, Scholten said she has seen her students get excited about designing their own games. “They are passionate,” Scholten said. “I just have to let them run. The energy is huge.” Follow Braley Dodson on Twitter @BraleyDodson
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Students in Krista Scholten’s gaming design class watch a presentation. The class counts as an art appreciation course where students learn to design characters, settings and other elements of video games.
like an idiot. My friend just happened to be along for the ride. The second incident that comes to mind again took place last summer when I was planning a trip out to the Black Hills. I decided I would drive through Pine Ridge and Rosebud on my way home. The reaction I got to this plan was incredible. ‘You can’t do that,’ said every old white person I told my plan
to. ‘It’s dangerous. You’re going to get raped, robbed and left in the Badlands to die!’ These are not their exact words, mind you, but definitely the gist of what they were saying. Annoyed, I asked several of my female friends from the reservation if they felt safe driving around by themselves. They just stared at me as if I had just asked them an incredibly stupid ques-
tion. As it turns out, I encountered exactly zero problems while driving through the reservation.
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Former Coyote wide receiver Powell joins French football team
Former USD wide receiver Will Powell (right) gets taken down by a University of Northern Iowa defender in a 2010 matchup.
While former University of South Dakota wide receiver Will Powell may have ended his playing days in the United States after the 2012 season, the USD leader in touchdown receptions has taken his talents to France. Powell left for Nimes, France Jan. 10 to play professional football for the Nimes Centurions. Powell’s legacy at the University of South Dakota didn’t start in college, but in high school. Sophomore Keyen Lage grew up in Sioux Falls and said he always heard the hype of Powell during his high school years. “I’m from the same town as (Powell), so obviously I heard about him a lot while I was in high school, and I knew his big hype and everything (Powell) did,” Lage said. Lage said while he never met Powell until he arrived at USD in 2012, Powell was an immediate influence. “I really looked up
to him, so when I got here all the hype and everything was true. He’s a great guy, always there when I needed help. He was a great motivational person,” Lage said. Lage also said when Powell talked, the team listened — all ears — all of the time. Offensive Coordinator Wesley Beschorner said Powell came to USD as a true first-year, playing both safety and wide receiver. “We started him as a safety, but in the second game of the year he played as a receiver, and the third game he started and continued to do so,” Beschorner said. Powell was more than just a wide receiver for the team — he was a leader and a player who was passionate for what he did, Beschorner said. “(Powell) saw football through a different light than other players do. He spent a lot of time working, not only in the SEE PRO, PAGE B6
The USD men’s and women’s track and field teams saw successful finishes at the Bill Bergan Invitational in Ames, Iowa over the weekend. Now they’re looking ahead to the rest of the indoor season, which wraps up at the end of the month.
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Coyotes break slump Grant Bosiacki
A one-game break from Summit League play helped the University of South Dakota men’s basketball team overcome its four-game losing streak Tuesday night. The Coyotes took care of business and dismantled an inferior Peru State team 80-40. Interim head coach Joey James said his team looked at this game against the 9-12 NAIA school out of Nebraska to work on all facets of their game and also get back to having fun on the court. “I just wanted the guys to get out there and have fun,” James said. “There were times when I told the guys that our execution was poor and we were getting sloppy with the ball. We stayed disciplined, and I thought they handled it well.” Despite playing their second unit for the majority of the game, South Dakota coasted to an easy win. They lead 40-15 at halftime and held the Bobcats to six field goals on 30 attempts. James said it was nice to get a big lead early and not have to worry about a potential ugly loss on the schedule. “We came in here and did a nice job of taking care of business like we were supposed to tonight,” James said. During the Coyotes fourgame losing streak, they were out-rebounded three times, including 32-22 versus South Dakota State. That was not an issue against Peru State’s undersized team. USD out-rebounded the Bobcats 39-31. Senior center Trevor Gruis held a four-inch height advantage over the Bobcats’ big man Justin Jones and finished with seven boards in just 15 minutes of play. Junior forward Tavian Pomlee said it was nice to see his team control the glass during Tuesday night’s win. “Hopefully we can continue that,” Pomlee said. “We just have to clean up the edges a little bit.” For the first time since they beat Graceland University 112-85 Nov. 30, all 11 players
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Senior center Trevor Gruis attempts a field goal during the Coyotes Tuesday night game against NAIA team Peru State. The Coyotes won 80-40.
scored for the Coyotes. The leading scorer on the night was sophomore forward Tyler Flack, who finished with 13 points. The final player to score was seldom-used guard Jack Foley, a junior from Centerville, S.D. Foley made the first two free-throws of his career
in the second half of the game. “It took awhile for me to finally get the ball in the basket,” Foley said. “I was just happy that we were able to get a win like this to get some confidence back.” South Dakota’s next game is against Denver this Saturday. The team beat them in
the DakotaDome earlier this season, but James said the Pioneers are playing as well as anyone in the conference right now. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. Follow reporter Grant Bosiacki on Twitter @gbos2
USD athletic department breaks even for 2012-13 Kayla Prasek
Between the expenses and revenues for the University of South Dakota Coyotes, the athletic department broke even for the 2012-13 year, with both expenses and revenues coming in at $10,291,561. The athletic department is comprised of 13 men’s and women’s teams, which are funded through a variety of avenues, including corporate sponsors, endowment funds, student fees, institutional support and ticket sales. Corporate sponsors Corporate sponsors are one of the main areas where funding for the department comes from, USD Athletic Director David Herbster said. USD’s corporate sponsorships are managed by Coyote Sports Properties, which is owned by Learfield Sports. “Learfield gives us a guarantee and then they go out and sell sponsorships,” Herbster said. Travis Lee, general manager of Coyote Sports Properties, said his company’s goal is to connect businesses and their brands to Coyote Nation. “We have many opportunities, including through the radio broadcast of games, signage and digital media, for our sponsors to associate their business with
“If someone wants to give us a $50 million endowment...that’d be nice.” -David Herbster, USD athletic director
our fan base,” Lee said. Currently, Coyote Sports Properties manages approximately 100 sponsors, though their levels of sponsorships vary, Lee said. “One sponsor might only pay for a quarter-page ad, while another sponsor may be paying for more,” he said. Some of the options for sponsors include digital signage in the DakotaDome, sponsoring a tailgate event or halftime game or advertising on GoYotes.com, during radio game broadcasts on USD’s statewide network and in game programs. “We truly believe we are a difference-maker in driving traffic and building brands,” Lee said. USD brought in Learfield Sports Jan. 1, 2011. Lee previously managed corporate sponsorships internally, while also overseeing several different aspects of the athletic department. Jeanette Hubert, USD assistant athletic director for
administration said the switch took about $100,000 off the department’s expenses. Other major funding Other major funding for Coyote athletics comes from ticket sales, guarantees from major games, rental income on the DakotaDome, NCAA revenue, student fees and institutional support. Hubert said now that the university is officially part of a Division I conference, the department will start seeing more conference and NCAA money. The department also receives a percentage of the revenue from vending and concessions. Scholarships are funded purely by endowments from donors. The athletic department also hosts sports camps throughout the summer, which ends up being more of a recruiting tool, rather than a source of funding, Hubert said. “We bring in more than 2,000
kids each summer, which helps us see kids for the first time, but it also gives kids the first taste of campus,” Herbster said. Budget planning Herbster and Hubert said careful budget planning helps keep the department on track. “We’ve already started planning for next year,” Herbster said. “Our fixed costs are scholarships and salaries. We try to estimate what the increase from the state will be so we always start there.” The next step is to do a budget breakdown for each sport, Herbster said. “The two biggest line items are travel and equipment, so we try to forecast what each team’s schedule will be,” he said. “Usually we give them a budget and tell them to make it work.” While the department may manage to break even, Herbster said his department’s budget still isn’t enough. “We need to get better,”
he said. “Tickets, donations, corporate sponsors all need to increase. We have increased every year, but not as fast as we would like. If someone wants to give us a $50 million endowment for scholarships, that’d be nice.” Herbster said every day is a fundraising day. “You have to be ready and willing to draw them in, because going D-I was really the only move for us, so now we have to keep working,” he said. Herbster and Hubert continue to look toward the future for the department. “The building project will help too, but it’ll be a long road to get there,” Hubert said. Herbster said the football team has the lowest budget in the Missouri Valley Conference and in the bottom half of the Summit League. “However, look at the scholarship side,” Hubert said. “Our scholarships are very well funded (for the conference).” Since making the transition to Division I athletics, scholarship money has increased from $1.4 million to $3 million, Herbster said. Salaries haven’t gone up dramatically, Herbster said, but the department has added more assistant coaches since the transition. The main change the department has seen is an increase in travel expenses, Hubert said.
by the numbers Expenses $1,863,753 is the reported
amount of expenses for the men’s and women’s basketball teams.
$2,687,268 is the reported amount of expenses for the football team. $3,626,649 is the reported amount of expenses for all other sports. $10,291,561 is the reported total amount of expenses for the athletic department.
Revenues $1,863,753 is the reported
amount of revenues for the men’s and women’s basketball teams.
$2,687,268 is the reported amount of revenues for the football team. $3,626,649 is the reported amount of revenues for all other sports. $10,291,561 is the reported total amount of revenues for the athletic department.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education
“We can’t just go up and down I-29 to play our schedule,” Herbster said. “Our rule is: If the game is within eight hours, you’re getting on a bus.” Follow reporter Kayla Prasek on Twitter @kprasek
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DRIVING DOWN THE COURT
Women’s Basketball Recap: The Coyotes won a close battle at North Dakota State Jan. 30 winning 83-70. The Coyotes have now won two conference games in a row. The team led the Bison 46-35 at halftime. The Coyotes traveled to Brookings Feb. 2 to face rival South Dakota State . The Coyotes lost a tough one on Sunday as they lost to the Jacks 88-69. The Coyotes bench scored 45 of the teams 69 points. The Coyotes are now 2-4 in conference play. Key Players: Junior guard Raeshel Contreras, brought in 28 points, three rebounds and two steals against North Dakota State. Contreras is currently the team’s second leading scorer averaging 13.3 points per game, behind Nicole Seekamp. She is also leading the team in three point field goals made averaging 1.9 per game. Player to Watch: Junior Nicole Seekamp, who made her return against North Dakota State after being out with an injury, scored 13 points for the Coyotes. Seekamp also scored 13 points and added five assists against SDSU. She leads the team in scoring, assists and steals. She is averaging 14 points, 3.4 assists and 1.7 steals per game. Record: 2-5 conference, 11-11 overall Up Next: USD hosts Denver Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Dakota Dome.
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Sophomore guard Trey Norris makes a drive for the hoop during the Coyotes’ home game against South Dakota State Feb. 1. The Coyotes lost 70-68 in the rivalry matchup, falling to 8-13 overall and 3-4 in the Summit League.
Athlete of the Week Grove posted the nation’s top mark in the pole vault at the Bill Bergan Invite in Ames, Iowa Feb. 1.
Recap: USD hosted North Dakota State Jan. 30. The Coyotes fell short against the Bison losing 66-63. The Coyotes were down 44-33 at halftime and out-scored the Bison 30-22 in the second half, but could not come out with the win. USD also hosted rival South Dakota State Feb. 1. The Coyotes led the Jackrabbits 32-31 at halftime. The Jacks took a 15-point lead in the second half, but the Coyotes fell short losing 70-68.
Key Players: Sophomore guard Casey Kasperbauer led the Coyotes with 17 points off the bench against SDSU. Kasperbauer also added a rebound and an assist. Senior Trevor Gruis added sixteen points in games against the Bison and the Jacks. Gruis is currently leading the teams in rebounds, averaging 6.1 per game and is the second leading scorer with 12.8 points per game.
Player to Watch: Sophomore Trey Norris is averaging 8.1 points per game. He is leading the Coyotes with 4.6 assists per game, 1.5 steals per game and 31.5 minutes per game. Flack has played in 20 games for the Coyotes this season.
Record: 3-4 conference, 8-13 overall Up Next: USD hosts Peru State Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. The Coyotes travel to Denver Feb. 8
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Hometown: Pontiac, Ill.
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Won the pole vault as she posted nation’s top mark at 14 feet 3 1/4 inches
Won the National Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nev. Jan 18 with a height of 14 feet 5 1/4 inches Coyote of the week recipient week of Jan. 13-19.
Career Achievements •
2012, First South Dakota athletes to be named All-American
First Team Status at Division I National Meet with teammate Bethany Buell. •
2012 Qualified for the Olympic Trials
2013 won second straight All-American honor at NCAA Track & Field Outdoor Championship placing seventh.
USD men’s basketball continues ‘streaky’ season AUSTIN ASHLOCK is a junior majoring in contemporary media and journalism. Transitioning into a whole new era isn’t easy for any collegiate program, and the University of South Dakota men’s basketball team is all too aware of that. After losing to South Dakota State at home for the first time since joining the Summit League, the Coyotes fell to an unimpressive 8-13 on the season, with a 3-4 conference record. While the wins and losses of the season can be broken down by the tiniest of numbers, there is really only one aspect that needs to be evaluated to garner a grander understand of the Coyotes’ struggles. Consistency.
Each and every one of the Coyotes’ wins and losses have come in streaks of three or more. At their best, the Coyotes won five straight, while at their worst, they lost six consecutively. So, while the season may be considered streaky at best, there have been moments to cheer about, but unfortunately it’s harder to shake off consecutive losses. This pattern is understandable when looking at the team’s 2013-14 timeline. When the face of a program up and leaves mere weeks before the start of practice, it’s easy to comprehend why a young team such as the Coyotes don’t get off to the fastest of starts. This is notable with the team’s 0-3 start to begin the season. So, we have an identity problem budding very early on. No one can pretend to know the fine workings of a team, but with plenty of young talent around and a
new coach, finding the right mold is understandably difficult. Flashes of the correct mold have been seen throughout the season, and maybe in no game better than Saturday’s loss to SDSU. While the team suffered a loss, the consistent play by senior center Trevor Gruis, who has been a key to team success nearly his entire career, paired with offensive help by sophomore Casey Kasperbauer (17 points) and newcomer Trey Norris (14 points), gave the Coyotes a good look on offense. However, like it has been all season, it was filling in other aspects of the game that slowed down the Coyotes. Saturday, even though the team clicked on offense, the Jacks won the rebound battle 32-22, grabbing eight offensive boards. In other games, it may not have been the struggle
on the boards, but perhaps shooting woes like in USD’s 85-59 loss to Youngstown State Dec. 29, 2013. The Coyotes shot just 35 percent from the field, shooting an abysmal 27 percent in the first half. In that game, the Coyotes won the rebound battle, but could not complement with baskets on the other end. Consistency. As the season’s end draws nearer, look for Interim Head Coach Joey James and the Coyotes to settle in closer to a mold that fits the talents of the team. The team is young, and has potential to be a danger as one of the finest shooting teams in the conference, with a solid 44 percent on the year. And as the consistency progresses, expect the wins to come along with it.
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ATHLETESOFUSD The Volante asked USD athletes what they think of student athletes who go pro Bailey Milne Year: First-year Redshirt Sport: Basketball
Keyen Lage Year: Sophomore Sport: Football
“It goes to show what kind of athletes and what kind of programs USD is building. It’s a really cool thing and I am so proud of them.”
“I think it’s a real inspiration to the guys here. It gives us hope too. We know it’s attainable because they did it. It makes you want to follow in their footsteps and do the things they did.”
Kelly Stewart Year: Redshirt Sophomore Sport: Basketball “I’m really proud of them. College is such a grind in athletics, and they work so hard they can continue their abilities on the professional level. I played with Tempestt Wilson and watched them work, and it’s someone to work up to and someone to model my work ethic after.”
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Track teams eye repeat of ‘13 success Grant Bosiacki
At the 2013 Summit League Championships, the University
of South Dakota men’s track and field team took first place, while the women’s team finished third. Men’s head coach Dave
Gottsleben said the goal for his group is to not only repeat the success seen last year, but to also get better. “We’re already a better team
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First-year track athlete Jacob Roh practices his sprints under the watchful eye of head coach Dave Gottsleben during practice Jan. 27 in the DakotaDome.
than last year,” senior thrower Cody Snyder said. “We came in as the defending champions and have a lot more confidence than what we did a year ago.” The team competed in the Bill Bergan Invitational Jan. 31-Feb. 1 in Ames, Iowa, where the men placed fourth. Sophomore Teivaskie Lewin placed first in the men’s 60-meter hurdles, while senior Casey Shade placed first in the men’s 1,000-meter run. The team made its first step to another championship with a third-place finish at the Jack Johnson Invitational in Minneapolis Jan. 24-25. However, the biggest news from that weekend was not the team’s placing, instead the play of senior Jeff Mettler, Gottsleben said. Mettler ran a 4:06 mile after dealing with numerous injuries throughout the fall. “To have him back is huge for us,” Gottsleben said. “He struggled through cross country, and to see him back to running a mile like that is pretty impressive.” Snyder said starting strong so early helps the team in the long run. “When you are this far out from the conference championship, you have to push yourself extra hard,” Snyder said. “We do that because we’ll be able to back off a little when we’re closer to the championships and feel a little more fresh.”
Women’s head coach Lucky Huber said the Jack Johnson Invitational was a good starting point for the season. “We had some really good things happen in Minnesota for the men and women,” Huber said. “That was important, because I think we’re raising the bar.” Of course, there are things to work on, Huber said. “We still have some kids that need to take the next step and raise up their level,” Huber said. “They know that, and we already have a bunch of kids that are really heading in the right direction.” The women placed fifth at the Bill Bergan Invite, with junior Emily Grove posting the nation’s top mark in the pole vault, placing first. Senior Megan Glisar won the high jump for the women. In 2013, the women were ranked No. 18 in the country, but Huber said the goal, like the men, is to always get better. “Being the 18th best team in the country was great — we’re happy, pat ourselves on the back — but it’s time to turn the page, start over and see how we can get better,” Huber said. By competing against a Big Ten school like Minnesota, Huber said the Coyotes are showing they want to compete against some of the best teams in the country. “We set up our season in a couple segments. Right now in our first segment we are being
really aggressive in our meets,” Huber said. “In our first three weeks we will have competed against Minnesota, Iowa, Iowa State, Nebraska, Kansas, Kansas State and Wisconsin. That’s some really good competition and really important for our kids.” Gottsleben said the competition can only help them. “That’s what we bought into when we moved to Division I,” Gottsleben said. “We’ve been pretty fortunate that we’ve been successful right away. We’re now looking at big opponents as a good challenge, and as a bringit-on type thing. After having three weeks off for winter break, Huber said it’s important to push his runners hard early on to get back into form. It’s also important to get the first-years acclimated to indoor season, Huber said, where almost all of them have no experience running in an indoor track and taking long bus rides. Huber said the thing some people don’t realize is a lot of people run slower times in the indoor season simply because they having to run more curves, which can slow a lot of runners down. “It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Huber said. “Indoor track is really an exciting time.” Follow reporter Grant Bosiacki on Twitter @gbos2
Softball team prepares for competition Kelsey Kroger
After finishing last season with a winning record, the Coyote women’s softball team is looking to continue to improve this season. The Coyotes will work under head coach Amy Klyse, who is currently in her seventh season with the Coyotes. “Our ultimate goal is to win conference this season,” Klyse said. In the preseason polls, the Coyotes were picked to place fourth in conference, with North Dakota State, Omaha and Fort Wayne ahead of them, respectively. The Coyotes held a winning record last season at 29-20 overall and 12-7 in the Summit League. The team’s main foe will be two-time defending regularseason champion North Dakota State, who is the favorite to win the Summit League this season. The Coyotes are without 17-game winner Erica Denney as pitcher this season. However, the team is returning sophomore pitcher Madison Frain, who started in 17 games last season as a first-year. “We have two (first-year) pitchers and a sophomore who will be pitching for us this season,” Klyse said. Frain will be joined at the mound with first-years Rachel Cue and Kayla Fields.
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not only in the weight room, but running and the film room,” Beschorner said. “He did a tremendous job and went above and beyond what coaches asked him to do.” Powell finished his career at USD, starting all four years, as the recipient of all-conference honors three times and was named the team’s most valuable player twice. He had 158 career receptions, 2,251 receiving yards and ended as the all-time leader in touchdown receptions for USD, finishing with 21. Powell also spent his senior year playing with a knee injury and had to have cartilage removed, but that didn’t stop him on the field, head coach Joe Glenn said. “You go on top and look at what he did as a receiver here, and all of the time with cartilage on his knee, playing less than 100 percent and yet laying it all on the line for the Coyotes. You’ve really got to
The Coyotes head to Orlando this weekend to take part in the University of Central Florida Tournament. The Coyotes will face Chattanooga, Kansas, Central Florida, Fordham and Long Island. “As it’s the first weekend out, we go and get a feel for who we are and where we are at,” Klyse said. “Tournament play sets us up and prepares us for conference play.” The team started preparing for this first tournament as soon as they came back from Christmas break, sophomore first baseman Yvon Minogue said. “We’ve been doing a lot of team-building stuff, because it’s really important to our coaches and to us to have a team bond with everyone,” she said. Senior infielder Lindsey Boyd said the team has been working on all aspects of the game. “We’ve been working on our different defenses and just doing at-bats and running through some regular season things,” Boyd said. The team has been working hard to make sure they’re prepared for each team they’ll face, Boyd said. “We’re prepared,” she said. “We know the teams, we’ve taken notes, we’re definitely working on our defense and offense for them and we’re ready to go.” JESSICA RICHTER I THE VOLANTE
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love a guy like that,” Glenn said. That was not the only injury Powell sustained while he was at USD. Strength and conditioning coach Jevon Bowman said his favorite moment with Powell was a time he got injured. “My favorite moment with him was at Minnesota when he dislocated his finger and he held onto my hand while Bruce, our head trainer, put it back into place. He screamed like a girl, went back in and caught a touchdown right afterwards,” Bowman said. Powell’s time at USD is one which will always be remembered — his teammates, coaches and friends all look to him as an inspiration, Glenn said. “He was a leader on this team,” he said. “He’s a classy guy who always had a smile on his face, always had a great attitude and he made coaching fun.”
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Junior utility player Morgan Hancock watches as assistant softball coach Hallie Blackney demonstrates proper hitting form during practice Jan. 27 in the DakotaDome.
Named USD’s Henry Heider Most Valuable Player of the Year USD athletic department Outstanding Senior of the Year Led USD with 55 catches for 625 yards Set USD record with 21 career touchdown receptions Had the third-most receptions and fourth-most receiving yards in the Missouri Valley Football Conference
Led the Great West Conference in receiving yards, with 763 on 42 receptions Was shown on ESPN’s Top 10 Plays of the Day for a one-handed catch during the Dakota Days win over Southern Utah Was tied for the school record with 19 touchdown receptions
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