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FEBRUARY 26, 2014




The Student Government Association presidential candidate debate

Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Al Neuharth Media Center Conference Room *Please no posters, visual aids, banners, props or signs

Meet your 2014 SGA executive candidates

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Finding a new calling Provost UPDATE

search on track Trent Opstedahl

The search for a new Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at the University of South Dakota is on track, said Mary Nettleman, chair of the Provost Search Committee. "The campus is fully engaged in this process and very much involved in the selection," Nettleman said. The search committee is still processing applications, but will meet mid-March to choose the top candidates, who will then be brought to campus in April for interviews. "We'll bring more than one or two candidates for interviewing, but not more than 10," Nettleman said. "It has to be manageable." After the interviews, Nettleman and the committee expects President James Abbott to appoint someone to the position by July 1. Former provost Chuck Staben resigned from his position after being appointed president at the University of Idaho. His last day was Feb. 15.

USD football coach pursues missionary work Josie Flatgard

Even in his early days, Shane VanDiest, defensive back coach for the University of South Dakota, knew football would always be a part of his life. Two years since his employment at USD, VanDiest will trade in his coaching position in exchange to pursue a two-year term of mission work starting this summer. Growing up in Helena, Mont., VanDiest went on to attend Carroll College, a Catholic, diocesan, liberal arts school in Helena, where he originally studied pre-med and played football with his father as the head coach. “I guess you could say coaching was always in my blood,” VanDiest said. “But it was never the route I figured I would take.” After five years, VanDiest graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology and in mathematics and returned to his high school to coach football. He then went on to work toward his masters in Greeley, Colo. for a year, where he was exposed to the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) program. Little did he know at

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Shane VanDiest, defensive back coach for the University of South Dakota, will begin missionary work for the Fellowship of Catholic University Students program in June. Once he completes training, he will be assigned a university to serve.

the time how much the FOCUS program would influence his life. VanDiest had prior relations with head USD football coach Joe Glenn and defensive coordinator Jason Petrino and

things eventually “fell into place,” as he was offered a job in summer of 2012 and has been serving as defensive back coach since. SEE MISSION, PAGE A7


Fellowship of Catholic University Students is a Catholic outreach program for American college students founded in 1997.

SGA administration presents new budget Trent Opstedahl


The Student Government Association administration proposes the fiscal year 2015 budget to SGA senators Feb. 25. From left to right: Kara Fischbach, Erick Muckey, Clay Hoffman and Jacquelyn Wilson.

Speaker addresses sexual harassment on campuses Verve, B1

Students deal with housing confusion

As new Student Government Association executives are elected to office and an administration is appointed within the coming weeks, the current SGA administration is in the process of finalizing the fiscal year 2015 budget. The first reading of the FY 2015 budget — outlining the allocation of more than $250,000 — was presented to SGA senators Tuesday night, which prompted varying commentary about clarifications to the document. Adjusting budget expenditures and modifying administration pay cycles are

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among the major items being introduced in the new budget. After SGA President Erik Muckey gave an overview of the FY 2015 budget, Senator John Sluncka presented a motion to SEE SPENDING, PAGE A6

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Despite preparing in advance to sign up for a room in Coyote Village, first-year Kylie Beck and her friends were unable to get the housing they wanted for next semester. Beck and three of her friends had planned on living in a fourperson room in Coyote Village, but because McFadden, Coyote Village and Brookman residence halls were already full, students signing up for housing Feb. 21 were told to sign up for any available on-campus housing to ensure they have a place to live next semester. “This was our plan since Christmas, and now two of my friends have to live in the dorms again,” Beck said. Beck was able to sign up with one of her friends, but the other two were unable to reserve their first-choice room. Lindsey Swartout, residence hall director for McFadden, said it is easier to move people around on campus than it is to bring someone brand new into the system, so she is encouraging people who do not get their first choice to sign up for any available on-campus room. “We’re telling everyone who wants to live on campus to sign up somewhere on campus right away. A lot of them are going to Burgess-Norton or the first and second Richardson floors so they at least have the space, and then we can see if we can move them later.” First-year Allie Verry said she tried signing up for BurgessNorton the first time, but could not find a room because they were full. “I requested my roommate I have now, but I didn’t even finish the application, because I didn’t know what was going on,” Verry said. “There were some rooms left with one person in them, SEE HOUSING, PAGE A7

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CAMPUS & CITYDigest Management rights to lone off-sale liquor license up in the air Nathan Ellenbecker

The Vermillion Liquor Store’s current management agreement with the City of Vermillion will expire Dec. 31, and the Vermillion City Council will have to establish a process this year to determine who manages the single off-sale liquor license in the town, said John Prescott, Vermillion city manager. Alongside the expiring management agreement, the lease for business’s location also expires in Feb. 2015. Prescott said there is uncertainty right now about the future of the license and business, but it will be up to the City Council to control the process this summer. Prescott also said he expects competition over the off-sale liquor license.



The Vermillion Liquor Store's management agreement with the city of Vermillion expires Dec. 31. It is the only commercial hard liquor store in the city.

Vermillion only receives one off-sale liquor license, and the license must be renewed each year. “I envision that if the council goes about for management agreement

proposals, which I imagine they will do, there will be multiple proposals out,” he said. Prescott said he imagines the current business, WalMart and Hy-Vee will be

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Feb. 20 A business along North Norbeck Street reported someone had attempted to break in. No arrests were made and police are still investigating. A woman was arrested for underage consumption and false information after police found her in the Charcoal Lounge and could not provide identification. Instead, she gave a name and address that could not be traced. Officers later found the woman's true identity using an Inter-

In the Feb. 19, 2014 issue of The Volante, Lt. Col. Ross Nelson's title was misidentified.

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competitors. The City Council will seat new council members this summer before the license and management agreement enter the agenda.

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net search. Officers responded to reports of a domestic dispute in progress on Lincoln Street. When police arrived, they learned of an argument the two parties were having about removing a broken T.V. form the home, and the T.V. had been thrown outside. No violence or threat of violence had occurred and no arrests were made. Police responded to reports of a strong marijuana smell coming from a resi-

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dence on East Cherry Street. Officers determined the scent was incense. Police investigated reported damage done to an electric box on Bloomingdale Street. Officers were unable to find any evidence leading to a suspect. Feb. 21 The owner of Howler's reported a man who was drinking in the bar and claiming to be 19 years old. The man left before police could arrive. Officers tracked

the man down and it was determined that he was actually 21 and admitted lying to the bar owner about his age. Feb. 22 A man was cited for underage drinking when police pulled over a vehicle with no headlights along South Yale Street. The driver was also suffering from a seizure. *For a complete list of all police log activity, please see In the case of an emergency, dial 911 for help.

Dean Lewis Akeley, co-founder of the University of South Dakota's engineering department, turned 93. He was dean of the department for 25 years. Although retired from active teaching in 1933, he still lectured philosophy of science to 76 students. Dean Akeley shared his birthday with George Washington, but said it didn't matter. "It doesn't make any difference when you are born, it depends upon what you do to make the day good."

1988 Three members of USD's administration were challenged to design and carry out the layout of two pages of The Volante. The editor-in-chief at the time requested the president, vice president and vice president of Academic Affairs to "promote better understanding." Stories for the pages had to be cut out into columns, then ran through a waxer so the paper was bondable to the page, and finally, spaced evenly to be visually appealing.

Coyote Media Weekly Update LIVE AT 5 • Watch Coyote News tonight on channel 21 to find out more about Relay for Life, which took place Saturday.

TUNE IN AT NOON • Tune in to KAOR 91.1 FM today at noon to hear about the state-wide texting and driving ban moving through the state legislature.

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2. PHOTO GALLERY: 91st Strollers show 3. VPD busts house party Saturday, issues 49 underage alcohol citations 4. COLUMN: Event shows racism still prevalent against Native Americans in South Dakota 5. PHOTO GALLERY: USD keeps it close against SDSU, loses 70-68

Delta Tau Delta takes top chapter recognition


The Alpha Phi, Pi Kappa Alpha and Phi Kappa Theta cast perform their final dance routine at the 91st Strollers show Feb. 22 in Aalfs Auditorium. The cast's Disney-themed sketch won first place in the competition.

CAMPUS Women in Law to host how-to fashion show The Women of Law organization will host a fashion show which teaches students, both male and female, how to dress for various professional occasions they may encounter while in the workforce. Open to the public, the fashion show will take place Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Al Neuharth Media Center conference room. Leah Piersol, manager of career services for the School of Law, is overseeing the event and can be reached at 6775443 for additional information. Founded in 1901, the University of South Dakota School of Law is the only law school in the state.

Students will present research at the Capitol Two university of South Dakota students will present their undergraduate research projects at the Capitol Rotunda in Pierre March 6. Seniors Megan Ingebrigston and Erik Muckey were chosen by USD faculty to display their research during the Pierre Poster Session, which is co-sponsored by the Research Affairs Council of the South Dakota Board of Regents, the South Dakota EPSCoR Office and the Governor's Office of Economic Development. Ingebrigston will present the poster, "Surveillance of Influenza Viruses within the Swine Abattoir Population." She was involved in the Sanford Program for Undergraduate Research at the

Sanford Research Center. Muckey will present the poster "The Effects of State and Federal Funding on South Dakota K-12 Small School Consolidation: A Quantitative Analysis and Qualitative Comparison." His research was supported in part by a Council for Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship grant. The Pierre Poster Session is an opportunity for a select group of students from colleges and universities around the state to highlight the state's investment in research and graduate education. In addition to undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral and faculty presentations, research collaborations between various state institutions, industry and federal agencies will be exhibited.

Delta Tau Delta at the University of South Dakota has been named one of the top chapters in the nation. Twelve members from the Delta Gamma Chapter of Delta Tau Delta at USD travelled to Kansas City to receive the Hugh Shields Award for Chapter of Excellence by the International Fraternity during the Western Plains Divisional Conference earlier this month. The award's criteria are designed to recognize overall excellence in academics, chapter finance, membership education, operations, campus leadership and university involvement, service and philanthropy, alumni relations and overall chapter programs. One of 10 chapters in the fraternity to earn the distinction, USD's Delta Gamma Chapter also received the Court of Honor, which was presented to the top 20 Delta Tau Delta chapters across the United States.

Fire-phenomena art exhibit now on display Artwork shown in galleries across the tri-state area and in New York City will be on display at the University of South Dakota for the next month. Drawings by Marlene Mueller — a professor of art in the Department of Art and Design at Wayne State College — will

be on display in Gallery 110 in the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts now until March 28. A retired member of the Wayne Volunteer Fire Department, Mueller's recent drawing works reflect an interest in fire phenomena. Gallery 110 is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A closing reception of the art display will be held March 28 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

STATE Arrests for on-campus alcohol, drugs increase A website that says "helps thousands of people learn about the options for treating addiction to drugs, behavioral addictions and alcoholism reports South Dakota near the top nationally for campus alcohol and drug arrests at its two largest universities. Relying on crime data supplied by the nation's colleges to the Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education, ranked the state fourth nationwide for on-campus alcohol arrests and seventh for oncampus drug arrests. The report lists the University of South Dakota reporting 19 drug arrests in 2010 and 21 in 2011. USD had 76 alcohol arrests on campus in 2010 and 46 in 2011. South Dakota State University ranked 14th in the nation for on-campus alcohol arrests per 1,000 students, according

to the numbers from 2011. The report only looked at schools with at least 5,000 students.

NATION Midwest braces for more polar vortex weather

The polar vortex will return for much of the central and eastern areas of the United States as the week progresses, ending the past week-long, spring-like weather. The National Weather Service warned in an online report "record cold temperatures are possible for the High Plains, Upper Midwest and Great Lakes" this week. Areas affected by the polar vortex are likely to experience high temperatures in the teens and single digits, with some temperatures as much as 40 degrees below zero. The frigid temperatures are expected to stick around at least into the first week of March, with the worst of the cold air to be located in the Upper Midwest. Several cities in the Midwest have reported a top 10 coldest February, The Weather Channel reported. The coming cold spell will likely push much of the Upper Midwest into the top 10 most subzero temperatures ever recorded in a season in the U.S.






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Wednesday, february 26, 2014

Volante editorial

Focus on future challenges when selecting the next SGA president It is only a matter of weeks before a newly-elected Student Government Association president and vice president will preside over the student body, bolstering themselves as the liaison between the students and administration. Through the years, the University of South Dakota has seen a variety of leadership styles which ruled SGA’s executive team. The eras under Tim Carr, Collin Michels, Alissa VanMeeteren and Erik Muckey boast their own highlights, whether it be implementing a smoking ban, SGA election reform or revamping fiscal guidelines to make it easier for student organizations to receive General Activity Fee dollars. One position SGA has yet to grab hold of and make its own is that of the skeptic. USD’s administration is not faultless, yet by the way SGA submissively supports its decisions would suggest otherwise. When was the last time SGA went toe-to-toe with the administration, and if so, why doesn’t SGA talk about it? That would at least give the impression that they fight on behalf of the students, not in the best interest of the students according to the administra-

tion. When students voiced their frustration and concerns in reaction to the evacuation of Coyote Village nearly a year ago, there was no public outreach from SGA to students asking them how they were handling the displacement, how should the administration have handled it differently. Again, when a sexual assault was reported in Coyote Village last fall, it was The Volante, not SGA, that was pushing the administration to reach out to students about it — which they only followed through half-heartedly five days later with a few safety tips. Before opening up the myU portal on your laptop to vote come March 4-5, keep in mind that creating a platform and assembling a campaign is only the first step in what a leader of USD’s student body will face. Instead of voting in the now, vote for the future and for the candidates with the best skills needed to facilitate such change in SGA’s standing so students come first, not second to whatever President Jim Abbott or whatever administrator thinks is best. To help make this decision, here are a few key qualities

featured in a 2012 Forbes article which highlight what a good leader should possess and emphasize: • Honesty • Ability to delegate • Communication • Sense of humor • Confidence • Commitment • Positive attitude • Creativity • Intuition • Ability to inspire Make the effort to compare these reported qualities to the two campaigns running for president and vice president. Do they have the brand vision necessary for SGA to be organized and efficient? Are they committed to spending every day working on behalf of the students? Do they generate enthusiasm among their fellow senators? It is not up to The Volante staff to tell students who to vote for, but it is up the newspaper to keep students informed on who the candidates are and what they believe is the next best step for SGA and this university. So, read the interviews available online and in print, watch the debate on channel 21 at 7 p.m. Wednesday and make an informed decision on who is the best choice for USD.

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Letters to the Editor Peterson is ideal candidate Tordsen’s experience puts him ahead of the pack I have heard that the current Student Government Association is about to have an election. Although, I think the past two sets of candidates that have won were great, I believe that the greatest is yet to come. To the current students at The University of South Dakota, let me tell you a little bit about the character of a true candidate. A true candidate is always willing to help, always willing to introduce you to new people, to include you in conversations, and to always be a friend. A true candidate will put everything aside in order to help her fellow

students, her fellow Coyotes. So if all of that describes a true candidate for Student Government Association President, than let it be known that it also describes the perfect candidate, Jess Peterson. Jess is simply an outstanding student, fellow Coyote and friend. Jess Peterson will make the greatest impact for all on campus, so if you want to make a difference, do it together and vote for Jess Peterson. -Jake Jungers, former University of South Dakota student

I am writing to express my support for SGA presidential candidate Tyler Tordsen. I can tell you that Tyler has a down-to-earth and genuine personality. Tyler is the type of individual who you can have an in depth conversation with and also know that he will do whatever he can to help out. I have watched Tyler over the years set major goals and achieve them. He has consistently held leadership positions in student organizations, built relationships with prestigious alumni and leaders in our state, and never lets it get

to his head. With Tiospaye Student Council, Tyler helped plan the annual powwow at USD, and helped bring it back to campus and turn it into the large event it is every year. In Lambda Chi Alpha, Tyler has helped bring the fraternity back from the ashes. He served numerous positions in the fraternity including two years as chapter president, and even won the “Undergraduate of the Year” award out of 11,000 undergraduates for his exceptional leadership. In the last year, I


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watched as Tyler interned in Pierre for the SD Senate Majority Leader last spring, followed by interning in the Governor’s office last summer. Through these experiences, Tyler has built close working relationships with numerous people in USD’s administration, various state government leaders and the Board of Regents, which would be crucial connections to have as a student advocate representing us here at USD. When thinking of who I would want to represent me and my voice in our student government, who has experience running

meetings efficiently, and someone who is genuinely passionate and interested in the people here at the University of South Dakota, I cannot think of anyone better than Tyler Tordsen. I hope that you will join me in voting for Tyler and Dustin on March 4th through the 5th. -Tre Gillaspie, senior at the University of South Dakota

Opinion Poll

Every week The Volante will pose a question for students to voice their opinion. Go to to answer the poll question. We will post the results in the next issue.

Which quality is most important to you for your SGa president?

1. Kind to fellow students

3. Confident

2. Compassionate

4. Aggressive in their work

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014


Commentary Gun control cannot be the solution to rising violence katie mcguire is a sophomore majoring in contemporary media and

Just days after we began our spring semester I check my news app on my phone and I discover that, yet again, there has been a school shooting. Sadly enough it was in a middle school in New Mexico. While schools have done what they can to prepare for this now disturbingly new norm in America, national and local government are pushing for gun control on campuses, basically taking our right to bear arms away. But like most cases in our lives, taking something from someone and telling them “no” almost always leads to them wanting it more, even if it is illegal, especially to a naïve mind. I am not saying every teenager or young adult is naïve, that statement would be arrogant and biased. What I do mean is we live in an era where anyone taking our rights away is a threat and should be proved wrong so we as a generation lash out. I don’t have to list the number of school shootings in the last five years, sadly, I don’t have that kind of room, but what I can tell you is that it has risen ever since the late 1990s. President Barack Obama has since encouraged enforcing police and stronger background control on those purchasing a gun. According to The New York Times, the United States Congress has denied this act. I believe the idea of taking away our rights or making it hard to implement them makes Congress say no, they know as well

as anyone else people will always want what they can’t have. In my criminal justice class the other day we discussed the idea of having guns on campus. While the idea of sitting next to someone who has a gun in their holster frightens me, I firmly believe they have the right. A student made a good point, what if a student is having a bad day that is, things aren’t going their way and are not in their right minds? They could easily bring their gun and shoot up the class room. But what we fail to realize is that if he can bring a gun to class so can others ­­— others who can protect the rest. There are countries who require everyone to own a weapon, guess what? Their crime rate is one of the lowest in the world. Think about it, those of us who are eligible, who legally go through the process of owning a gun, are more likely to keep the peace if we have the option to do so. While I do not necessarily believe shooting someone is the right way to diffuse an already homicidal situation, I would feel safer knowing someone else had a gun to protect me. So, what is the solution to the apparent debate of gun control? I think there isn’t one, because the novice facts and research have yet to be completed. I think this is a case where we must pay close attention to motives, and changing little things as we go so as to not drastically change our way of living, promoting chaos. In the meantime, hope that the new norm of school shootings diminish and become a part of our past.

All is not golden in Sochi Hannah nagy is a sophomore majoring in English.

I’ve had the pleasure of loving a dog or two in my time. These dogs have become an important part of my family, and at times it seems they think they are human. Our newest addition, a nine-year old lab, has even taken over my bed when I’m at school. Dogs have been our companions for thousands of years, hunting for us, playing with us and protecting our homes. So, when I heard about the extermination of dogs in Sochi, Russia, I was shocked. These poor animals did not have the choice to be in the place conveniently hosting the Olympics. It would be similar to killing off all of the stray

cats in Vermillion that roam the streets, merely because South Dakota State University was coming down for a rival game. “(Being humane is) marked by compassion, sympathy or consideration for humans or animals,” according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. The actions that occurred in Sochi among other places that have held the Olympics are uncalled for and inhumane. This is not the first time this type of slaughter has occurred. Before, during and after the Olympics take place, unwanted animals suffer the consequences. “At least 70 and maybe perhaps as many as 100 sled dogs that were used for tours during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, were slaughtered on April 21-23, 2010, simply because they were seen as uneconomical after the games were over and the tourists were gone,” Bryan Cummins, author of the book “Our Debt to the Dog,” wrote.

The situation is not merely overseas — cruelty is right in our front yard and is ignored by many. We dream of wanting a better place, but as I have always been told, one cannot merely wish upon a star. They have to take steps in order to achieve that vision. I believe we have it in our power to change the world for the better. One step to creating this ideal would be protecting these innocent animals by stepping up and taking responsibility for the pets mankind has abandoned. We need to utilize the avenues given to us, such as the Heartland Humane Society in Yankton, or the Internet at our very fingertips, which can provide more information. The stray population will only continue to grow if nothing is done. Oh, to look through the eyes of a stray, the things we would change. “What I wouldn’t give for a home.“ Follow Hannah Nagy on Twitter @aqua_nagy

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From hazing to harrassment: One athlete crosses the line Dylan huggins is a sophomore majoring in contemporary media and journalism.

In the National Football League, and in other professional leagues, it is quite common for a rookie or a secondyear player to be hazed by his teammates. An incident that occurred in Miami, however, proved how easily this tradition can slide into the realm of bullying.

Jonathan Martin, a player for the Miami Dolphins, has accused his teammate Richie Incognito of crossing this fine line. Allegedly, Incognito left Martin several threatening texts and voicemails over the course of a season. What surprises many people is, throughout this investigation, Incognito has made it clear he believed he and Martin were friends. In a sit-down interview with Jay Glazer, Incognito talked about the investigation: “This is a deal where I was a close friend with Jonathan and we’re brothers, we’re teammates, and this kind of caught me off guard, kind of caught me by surprise.”

If they were friends, and Martin was clearly bothered by this, why didn’t Incognito put an end to it? Another interesting aspect of this story is Martin’s decision not to retaliate. He could have stood up to the bully and told him to stop. Instead, he decided to take the high road and leave the team. Deadspin recently released an article revealing text messages from Martin sent to his mom and dad about him being hazed. The texts read: “I just always avoid confrontation, which is what I’ve always done, and that leads to (people) perceiving you as soft.” Martin made the right

decision by not retaliating. He showed a sense of self-control I don’t think many would have showed in that situation. It’s bad enough when bullying occurs in high school, but this case shows the effect it can have even on grown men in the NFL. Sports are a great way to bring people together. They teach an individual that you can accomplish your goals through hard work and teamwork. Instead, Incognito chose to participate in unsportsmanlike behavior, and it had a negative effect on the team. Whenever or wherever bullying occurs, oftentimes the bully doesn’t think it’s a problem until someone

does something about it. Just because they believe what they are doing is right at the time, doesn’t mean it is. If an incident like this occurred on the USD football team, I believe most people would think this is unacceptable. It would have a negative impact on the team. It would turn into a distraction which would affect the Coyotes’ concentration on the field. This is also an important lesson for the NFL. Young people look up to these athletes and aspire to be like them. Is this the culture that the NFL really wants to uphold? Follow Dylan Huggins on Twitter @dhugg23

Same-sex marriages continue to be controversial in S.D. dee rife is a sophomore majoring in criminal justice and psychology.

As Americans, we like to act as if discrimination against certain groups has become little more than uncomfortable history, but lawmakers in several states, including South Dakota, have recently proposed bills that prove us wrong. These bills would effectively allow any person or business to deny homosexual citizens service, like marriage. Those who supported House Bill 2453 in Kansas, for example, stated it would allow businesses and individuals to

practice their right to religious freedom by denying goods, services or employment to homosexual couples. This is quite similar to a bill recently introduced and eventually struck down in South Dakota, which would allow for the religious to be exempt from lawsuits based on their expression of their beliefs. The intent was to prevent small business owners like photographers and bakers from being forced to accommodate homosexual couples seeking their services during civil unions or weddings. However, there is more to it than just religious freedom. Some of these proposals, including Kansas’ House Bill 2453, would essentially allow for policemen, fire fighters or doctors to deny homosexual couples care or emergency response. In addition, any restaurant could deny homosexual cou-

ples entry, and employment agencies could deny homosexual citizens a job based on their personal relationships. senior editor Emily Bazelon stated in her article “Kansas Republicans Decide Anti-Gay Bill Is ‘Discrimination,’ Kill It” that the blatant discrimination proposed in the bill displeased both Republicans and Democrats alike. “Senate President Susan Wagle said on Thursday that a majority of the state senators in her party would not vote for the bill,” the article stated. “They support “traditional marriage,” Wagle noted, “however, my members also don’t condone discrimination.” Thankfully, neither the South Dakota nor the Kansas bills passed, but the bad taste it left in the mouths of legislators and citizens alike will fade much more slowly. Unfortunately, the desire

for religious freedom often prompts lawmakers to stamp out the rights of minority populations, denying them their rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The line between religious freedom and freedom of choice is quite difficult to see, and sometimes we can overstep our boundaries. Gay marriage is not an issue. It does not affect my idea of marriage, nor will it affect me when I marry into a heterosexual relationship. There are more pressing issues in the United States which deserve strict scrutiny, such as income inequality, homelessness or sexual assault cases. It may violate religious code, but the consequences of gay marriage cannot compare to the consequences of coal ash spills or a government using drones to seek out and kill its own citizens. As with any college cam-

pus, there are homosexual students at the University of South Dakota. And, if there are homosexual students, there is a high chance there are also homosexual couples. How would a homosexual couple at USD feel if they were denied medical treatment by the local hospital, or if they could no longer enter restaurants together because of their choice of partnership? Religious freedom is important. Religion can enrich communities and allow for the growth of individuals in healthy and beneficial ways. We should not forget the freedom of the non-religious is also important. The United States is a melting pot of different ideologies, and we need to recognize that every person’s rights matter. Reach columnist Dee Rife at

overheard Here you’ll find the weirdest, funniest and stupidest things we’ve heard during the week. Context is for suckers.

“I just want to be in charge of people and make them do what I want.” — Muenster University Center

“You paid $665 just to cuddle?” — Volante Newsroom

“Is this what a cold sore feels like?” — Downtown Vermillion

“Who would want to go out tonight? We have Netflix and pizza.” — Plum Street

“The real question is why do I still have a bra on?” — Adams Street

“Kanye and Elton John are headlining Bonnaroo? Here’s hoping for a duet.” — Slagle Hall

“If you get shot, I will definitely Tweet it out.” — Volante Newsroom

Please Do, & Please Don’t DO: Hit the beaches for spring break. It’s finally warming up. DON’T: Forget your sunscreen. A great tan isn’t worth getting cancer over. DO: Study your butt off for midterms. It will be worth it when finals time comes around. DON’T: Carry your stress from midterms into your vacation. It is a time to unwind. DO: Say “hi” to the future Coyotes visiting the university this Friday for Admitted Students Day. DON’T: Scare off our incoming first-years and their parents. They just might change their mind and go somewhere else. DO: Try out for USD Idol in Aalfs Auditorium March 4. DON’T: Be embarrassed of your singing voice. Who knows, you might be the next Clay Aiken. DO: Enjoy the music of Goodnight Argent, the Pasco, Wash. act playing in the Muenster University Center Grand Ballroom February 26 at 8 p.m. DON’T: Go home and illegally download their music. Smaller bands need our financial support, too. DO: Be prepared to register for next semester’s classes. Schedule an appointment with your adviser as soon as possible. DON’T: Put it off until the last minute. The fun classes always fill up fast.




Wednesday, february 26, 2014

Raziel's to revitalize charm, reap benefits of investment Jordan Salvas

The process of acquiring funding is a difficult topic for most small business owners like Bonnie Rowland, but the state is doing its part to provide some opportunities. South Dakota has received a disbursement of $4,477,239 to fund the loan program South Dakota WORKS, which is distributed through the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED). Rowland, owner of Raziel’s in downtown Vermillion, opened her restaurant in 2007 in honor of Razmik Mkhitarian, the former owner of Touch of Europe — a restaurant in downtown Sioux Falls. Rowland came to Vermillion with her son, who attended USD. She has since flourished with the atmosphere created by USD. “The school brings us a lot of great business and support like groups from the Law School,” Rowland said. “The beer and wine connoisseurs help me support our exotic selection of drinks.” Raziel’s celebrates hosting a large array of USD events including student graduations, providing food for fraternity and sorority events, poetry slams, Law School events, live jazz and open-mic night. “I am working toward remodeling the outdoor patio to provide a front porch space for the restaurant,” she said.

Rowland said these additions will add valuable atmosphere and expand her ability to host events for the students and people of Vermillion. The proposed expansion could provide a positive impact to help bring more entertainment and atmosphere to Vermillion, she said. Where the funds to pay for these renovations will come from is still unclear, Rowland said. She is exploring all her options, and will apply for what she can through personal investments and programs like SD WORKS. While Rowland is not receiving funding from GOED, she said she has heard about the program. The $4.4 million disbursement marks the third and last of the stipulated $13.2 million granted by the U.S. Treasury Department’s State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) in Nov. 2011. In total, the $4.4 million disbursement — coupled with private investment — is expected to generate $44 million for the state's economy. These small business loans are integral components of the upkeep and running costs, as well as an avenue for a business to expand or update its establishment in order to bring more revenue and money to the local economy, as described in the loan's purpose description. Agile Manufacturing, LLC, located in Worthing, is the

closest business in the area to receive a loan from the SD WORKS program. Agile specializes in the manufacturing of material handling equipment used in agriculture — such as grapple buckets and front end loader equipment — priding themselves on the quality of their products and their locations ability to cater to the local farming community. “These investments will enable our employees to do more while also improving their work environment,” Michael Feilmeier, owner of Agile Manufacturing, LLC, stated in a press release. The funds from the SD WORKS program have boosted the state's economy with 14 new loans, which helped create or sustain over 75 jobs. With her plans to improve her business's outdoor facade, Rowland is hopeful her vision will reap similar benefits. Junior Lanie Hall already enjoys the atmosphere unique to the restaurant. “I love going down for open-mic nights on Thursday,” Hall said. Similarly, senior Paige McMains is a regular for the music events hosted at Raziel's. “The outside patio is really fun, and more jazz out there would be awesome,” she said.

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Bonnie Rowland, owner of Raziel's, plans to renovate the outdoor patio space of the eatery in order to better accomodate its guests and improve the overall enviornment.


waive the first reading of the FY budget, which passed. The FY 2015 budget must have a second reading to SGA senators before it can be passed or failed. Kara Fischbach, SGA business manager, said the tradition of current SGA administration setting the budget for the incoming SGA administration is a good way to remove any conflicts of interest. “The money that we have to work with was set by someone else for you, which is nice,” she said. The current operating budget — FY 2014 — outlines the allocation of more than $235,000, which is divvied up into five line items: General, Legislative Affairs, Legal Aid, Small Organizations/Club Sports, Large Organizations. The FY 2014 budget is notably smaller than the proposed FY 2015 budget because of cuts to General Activity Fees funding last spring. Erik Muckey, SGA president, has been heavily involved in drafting the FY 2015 budget. One new aspect to the budget from previous budgets will be the addition of an external communications manager, increasing the SGA administration from four to five. “We’ve been focusing a lot on getting things done, but haven’t been getting this information out to the students,” Muckey said. The addition of an external communications manager will increase the SGA student salary expense from $10,730 to $12,905, an increase of nearly 17 percent. The salaries are paid through the SGA general fund. As it stands now, each SGA administrator earns $7.25 an hour, with a cap on the number of hours they can work on the clock in a month. The

Who is currently on the SGA administration?

The SGA president (Erik Muckey), vice president (Clay Hoffman), business manager (Kara Fischbach) and office manager (Jacquelyn Wilson). The president and vice president appoint the office and business managers at the beginning of their term.

president’s cap is 48 hours, the vice president and business manager’s cap is at 40 hours and the office manager’s monthly pay cap is 20 hours. Outlined in the FY 2015 budget, the president, vice president and business manager’s monthly cap would remain the same, with the office and external communications manger’s monthly cap changing to 25 hours per month. “With the amount of hours the administration puts in, we have to be paid,” Muckey said. “As a student myself, I feel uncomfortable being paid with student fees, but at the same time if we are putting in quality hours it is earned and deserved.” In addition to increased funds for SGA administration salaries, the FY 2015 budget would change the administration’s pay cycle. As it stands, the administration is paid from August to May, but the new budget would change the 10-month pay cycle to March through May, and then August through February. Fischbach said the proposed change is a better reflection of when the administration actually works. “It will still be the same 10 months,” she said. “(The pay cycle) doesn’t really reflect when we are actually working.” First-year Levi Gutz said he did not know SGA executive positions were paid. “I guess it’s definitely more of an incentive to work if you get paid,” he said. Similarly, first-year graduate student Keri Economy said it should be made more publicly

Sanford Health invests $12 million in Vermillion

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Sanford Hospital physical therapist Katie Walter stands in the room dedicated to physical therapy. The Physical Therapy Department will be relocated to a bigger space once the expansion of the Sanford Hospital is complete.

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Sanford Health announced a $12 million investment in Sanford Vermillion Medical Center’s facilities Feb. 18. The health system plans to add an addition and a new building where the current Dakota Hospital Building is located. Sanford, which has been leasing the Dakota Hospital property since 1989, will assume ownership of the buildings and technology from the Dakota Hospital Foundation at the completion of the project. “The way we deliver medicine here today is different than what we did 20 years ago when they built the last addition to the hospital,” said Timothy Tracy, CEO of Sanford Vermillion. “It was focused on inpatient care. About 80 percent what we did back then, 20 percent was outpatient care. Today it's just the opposite.” The project will provide expanded clinical spaces for physical, occupational, speech and respiratory therapies. In addition, it will provide an expanded cardiac rehabilitation and radiology center, with a possible fixed MRI and an expanded laboratory. The project will include an

“Sometimes you have to do things as president that at the time can be looked at as questionable, knowing it is ultimately for the best.”

-Erik Muckey , SGA president

known that SGA executive positions are paid. “I honestly don’t know what they do,” Economy said. While the SGA administration are the only SGA members earning a salary, Muckey said he is planning to meet with the University of South Dakota Foundation soon to discuss the possibility of an endowment, which would provide the means to pay senators a salary. “(Senators) are the unsung heroes (of SGA),” Muckey said. “They are the more direct voice between (SGA) and students.” First-year Rachel Blanchard said paying senators is an issue of equality. “If other people on SGA are getting paid, then everybody should,” she said. Legal funding For the past 17 years, SGA has provided students with access to free legal services, however, compensation to the legal provider, Joe Reed Law Office, has not come without a price. Currently contracted on a year-to-year basis, the Joe Reed Law Office in Vermilion has worked with SGA for the past 17 years. The price for select legal services with Reed totaled $18,000 this year. SGA makes a payment of $1,500 a month, and in exchange Reed provides consultation twice a week for two hours each day. Muckey said while the legal services require a lot of capital, the benefits to the students is worth it. “Traffic has been extremely steady,” he said. “It’s necessary to have someone on campus for

our students to go to.” Economy said one of her friends got into legal trouble and utilized the lawyer. Fischbach said SGA is providing a real, necessary service to student who need it. “Most of the time, if students have any legal questions they go to the Internet, and that’s not always accurate,” she said. “Lawyers are very expensive, but a necessary evil sometimes, and we can help foot the costs.” Since the contract is yearto-year, Muckey said the next administration will likely look at other legal options in the city, just to know what is available. “There could be better advocacy about the services,” Muckey said. Student organization funding Soon after SGA executives are sworn into office and they appoint an administration, the business manager will begin the lengthy process of budgeting funds to funding-eligible organizations on campus. Last year, SGA allocated nearly $180,000 to more than 40 student organizations. “We try to be as fair as possible,” Fischbach said. “The biggest factor is how many students they are reaching.” For example, the Campus Activities Board, Alternative Week of Off-campus Learning and the Tiospaye Student Council are on the top of the list for student organizations to receive the most funding from SGA, because they “have the highest student interaction,” Fischbach said. While each business manager conducts the budgeting process

addition to centrally relocate pharmacy, laundry and materials management between the nursing home and the hospital. The original 1935 hospital building will be demolished and will provide space for outpatient services. Tracy said Sanford Health considered remodeling the building, but it would have cost a considerable more amount of money. “When we get done we should be in really good shape to address the next 20 years,” Tracy said. After the full acquisition of the property and technology, the Dakota Hospital Foundation will serve as a hospital advisory board for Sanford. “We are thankful for the longstanding relationship with Sanford Health and the opportunities this agreement presents,” said Susan Tuve, president, Dakota Hospital Foundation. Tracy attributes great success of the hospital to the foundation. He said the foundation has donated over $1 million to support the community. “For 80 years that hospital foundation has lead and guided health care here,” Tracy said. “They have done what is really in the best interest of our whole

a little differently, student organizations must fill out a budget request form, explaining how the requested funds will be used. A volunteer SGA committee then reviews the completed forms, and the budgets go under a two-round allocation process. Lastly, the budgets are submitted to SGA for approval. “The amount we give out to student organizations just depends on who applies,” Fischbach said. “Without fail, the large organizations will always hand in the budget request form.” In some instances, student organizations can apply for special appropriations funds, Fischbach said. There has been an occasion in past year in which this process was not followed. As a way to help revive the Coyote Crazies, Muckey said he made an executive decision as president to purchase nearly $6,500 on customized Coyote Crazies sunglasses, under the agreement that the student organization would pay back the loan. “Sometimes you have to do things as president that at the time can be looked at as questionable, knowing it is ultimately for the best,” Muckey said. About half of the loan has been repaid, with $2,500 still owed. Muckey said he expects the payment to come through within the week. “I knew if we didn’t do it they would be significantly hampered,” he said. Fischbach said fundingeligible student organizations should be able to start applying for SGA funding by mid-March, depending on how smoothly the new administration transitions. “Leadership turnover is also taking place at this time, which makes things harder,” she said.

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area and maintained at the same time their ability to move forward.” The project is expected to be complete by 2018. Sanford is now looking for an architect and a plan to begin the design. Inpatient hospital and Emergency Department operations will not be changed during this process. “This is a time of great change in health care, but also a time of great opportunity,” said Rick Giesel, president, Sanford Health Network. Tracy said some students from University of South Dakota would be able to work in the new facilities once complete. He also said it will improve student health services. “We believe this helps us provide an enhanced service for student health,” Tracy said. “This helps take us to the next level.” Sanford Health is the sole provider of student health for USD students. Tracy also said the new addition will help attract students as future employees at Sanford. “It should really position for the future,” Tracy said.

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sGA funded student groups Campus Activities Board Funds received: $86,000 AWOL Funds received: $11,200 Tiospaye Student Council Funds received: $11,000 SERVE Funds received: $10,501.50 Dakota Days Funds received: $10,150 Dance Marathon Funds received: $8,500 Club Baseball Funds received: $3,750 African American Student Association Funds received: $3,675 Union of African American Students Funds received: $3,625 enactus Funds received: $2,905 International Students Club Funds received: $2,705 Speedball Funds received: $2,500 Women's Rugby Funds received: $1,725 Men's Rugby Funds received: $1,520 Ultimate Frisbee Club Funds received: $1,500 Geology Club Funds received: $1,425 Club Tennis Funds received: $1,120 Vermillion Literary Project Funds received: $1,000 Political Science League Funds received: $900 Surgery Interest Group Funds received: $885 SPECTRUM Funds received: $825 Speech and Debate Funds received: $750


Wednesday, february 26, 2014


Clinical program provides free counseling Braley Dodson

In part two of this threepart series about counseling facilities at the University of South Dakota, The Volante explains how student counselors help USD students and the community. Unlike the Student Counseling Center, the Counseling and School Psychology Services Center meets with clients in the community and is not constrained to University of South Dakota students. However, student counselors are seeing an increase in the amount of clients they are treating on a weekly basis, said Dr. Kelly Duncan, associate professor of counseling and

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VanDiest got involved with the FOCUS program at USD in the fall, which has five missionaries. There are eight bible studies within athletics, totaling about 200 students and three bible studies for football alone. “FOCUS was kind of a natural choice for me,” VanDiest said. “It seemed like the place the Lord wanted me to be.” VanDiest will start out the quest by attending a new-staff training session in Ave Maria, FL. in June. He will then return to Helena, MT in July and August to fundraise 100 percent of his salary and to build mission partners. In the fall, the program will start along with the academic year. VanDiest said he had been thinking the past year about what the next step was in his life — whether to continue coaching or to go toward ministry — which he said was a big desire he had always considered doing. He decided for the time being, he wanted to get back into ministry. Glenn said he and fellow coaches wish nothing but the best for VanDiest, and whichever profession he chooses in life, they will have been lucky to have had him. “We’ll support him, we’ll cheer for him,” Glenn said. “I know whatever he does, he’ll do it the right way…with love and support from his family.” As a missionary, VanDiest will be responsible for campus outreach. He will lead smallgroup bible studies for students, more of a full-time rather than part-time commitment than before. He will also provide oneon-one mentorship to up to 10 students at a time for those who have a “deeper desire to grow in their faith." Sophomore and redshirt Jordan Roberts met VanDiest

The Volante asked students how they think housing should decide who gets to pick where they live first.

psychology in education. Duncan said the clinical training program saw 200 individuals last year and is on track to surpass that this year, with more community members attending sessions. Individuals attend at least four sessions with counselors in training. Doctoral student Stacy Solsaa is spending her third semester in clinical practicum as a counselor in training. “It’s a little different, because most of us have clinical experience,” Solsaa said. “Working in a school setting gives you a lot of chance for feedback.” Solsaa said the experience has given her the opportunity to grow as a counselor and pick up on habits she didn’t know she had. Graduate and doctoral students run the Counseling and School Psychology Services Center. Cameras are included in each room so faculty members can supervise sessions. The center only sees clients during the academic calendar. Duncan said the number of clients the center can see depends on how many students are taking the practicum.

at the Newman Center and developed a relationship with him during his first week of USD. “He’s just made a huge impact on people’s lives, and I’m just one of the people he’s impacted,” Roberts said. “He brings out the best in the people who are around him.” Roberts said VanDiest has become one of his best friends, as well as a discipler, which is someone who works one-on-one with a new believer to guide them as a mentor and provide advice one may need. VanDiest said he does not know where he will be placed until June, but is guessing somewhere in the western United States, an extreme change from living in Helena or Vermillion. Relocating to an unknown university, the sacrifice of having to fundraise instead of getting a standard salary and giving up coaching were factors worth considering in his decision, Vandiest said. Glenn said Vandiest has been a treasure to have around, since Glenn has had history with his family, being a coaching mate to VanDiest’s father at the University of Montana. Glenn said VanDiest is kind, tough, dedicated and hardworking. “He is just a good person, a good friend, a good Christian, a good football coach,” Glenn said. VanDiest said he feels he will bring unique insight and understanding into what it is like to be a college athlete, which is different than the average student. VanDiest is currently working toward a master’s degree online. He said one of his goals in life is to teach theology for the church, continuing on to receive his doctorate in theology. The FOCUS program allows people to continue taking classes while doing the missionary work. “The more I’ve been around coaching I’ve really loved it, but I’ve really felt that the Lord is calling me to do work for his church,” VanDiest said.

“Working in a school setting gives you a lot of chance for feedback.” -Stacy Solsaa , doctoral student Last semester, eight graduate students took the practicum. This semester, 12 graduate students and four doctoral students are taking on roles as student counselors. Patients receiving service from the Counseling and School Psychology Services Center often take assessments to diagnose learning, behavioral, social and emotional problems. Duncan said some students might not realize they have a learning disability until they reach the university level. “Ideally, it’s been identified in elementary school,” Duncan said. Duncan said the center also gives assessments to individuals looking for a second opinion on an assessment given by a school counselor. USD has the only school psychology program in the state and region. Counseling is provided free of charge, but there is a charge for assessments.

Counseling sessions with student counselors are oneon-one. Group and couple counseling sessions are with two student counselors, which Duncan said insurance companies normally would not cover. “You don’t have access to that in a public practice,” Duncan said. Graduate student Kasi Johnson is in her first semester of the practicum. “It was really hard at first and terrifying,” Johnson said. Johnson had gained previous counseling experience serving as an intern at the South Dakota State Penitentiary. She plans to pursue a career in mental health counseling. “Although it’s stressful, it’s extremely rewarding,” Johnson said. Follow reporter Braley Dodson on Twitter @BraleyDodson

about the series The third part of this series will feature undergraduate and graduate students aspiring to go into the counseling career field.



but I need a room available for two people.”

Verry does not have a backup plan as of now, she said. “I feel like they should be able to fit everyone in,” she said. “If I have to go into North again I will, but I don’t really want to.


First-year Allie Verry stands in her traditional two-bed dorm room in North Complex. She was one student who encountered problems during the housing sign-up process.


Associate Professor of Counseling and Psychology in Education Kelly Duncan helps operate the Counseling and School Psychological Services Center, which is housed in the Delzell Education Building.

contact the Counseling and school Psychology SErvices center Phone: 605-677-5291 Email:

I’m also from Belle Fourche, so I can’t say I’m commuting and live off campus.” Verry is waiting to talk to housing until things calm down. “I haven’t talked to housing yet, because I feel like they don’t know what’s happening, so I’m just going to wait it out,” she said. “The process itself was pretty ridiculous. It could have been a lot easier.” After students sign up for any available housing they can find, Swartout said, students can send an email to housing@ with their name, their preferred roommates and which buildings they are willing to be wait listed for. “I could say, ‘I want to live with Joe, John and Molly, and I want to live in fourth floor Coyote Village in a fourbedroom apartment,’” she said. “We’re having them send that to us, and then we’re adding them to the wait list.” Beck said after her and her friends were unable to reserve their preferred room, she went to speak with housing face to face and was told to email them to reserve a spot for the other two. “We were wait listed for a room for all four of us, but then my friend received an email saying if you’re not already in Coyote you won’t be put in Coyote,” Beck said. Swartout said housing directors will find out in the next couple of weeks if the rooms are freeing up. “We’re still encouraging them to still check their email,” she said. “We’ll send them an email telling them we’ve received the request for the space and to please be patient with us during this process once we get the wait list request.” Swartout is encouraging students to check until March and April, because there will be more space available from juniors and seniors who decide to move off campus, she said. Swartout said the confusion

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in signing up for housing came from students who were notified they had priority housing. “Priority means they have priority over first-year incoming students,” Swartout said. “It’s been interpreted by a lot of people that priority means they’re the first person to choose their rooms. It’s been really confusing for a lot of people.” Same-room selection was held Feb. 17, while displaced students could sign up Feb. 19 to stay on their floors. Any students could sign up for housing Feb. 21. Swartout said McFadden was filled first early Feb. 19, followed by Coyote Village soon after Feb. 21. She said in Coyote Village, students are not able to get in because there are rooms reserved for athletes. “We contract with athletics, so we reserve a certain number of rooms for athletes,” she said. “We always overestimate that so we’re never in a tight bind.” Because housing does not have the exact number of athletes in need of a room, Swartour said, some rooms may free up later. “It depends on our timeline with athletics, it depends on the timeline of what we have going on in our own office, so we’ve got a lot going on at once,” she said. We don’t have an exact date for (when students will know) yet.” Beck said the process to sign up for housing left her and her friends frustrated. “It made me unhappy to be where I am, because even though I got the room I wanted, I’m not with the people I wanted to be with,” she said. “Luckily I’m in a two-person room with my friend for next semester, but it’s $400 more a semester than the four-person room we wanted." Follow reporter Emily Niebrugge on Twitter @ENiebrugge


“Students who haven’t had a housing violation or something should be able to pick first.” Alex Schnell Sophomore

“Grade point average sounds like a good way. We are at a university after all.” Alexis McCormick First-year

“Athletes, seniority, or grade point average.” Eric Shufford Junior

“I know (housing) does it sometimes by who applies first, but seniority should be most important.” Melinda Mumme Sophomore

“First come, first serve. Everyone should get the same opportunity to choose.” Tyson Graham Sophomore



Wednesday, february 26, 2014

the road to becoming an

executive Megan Card and Michael Geheren

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Team Peterson and Belch Jess Peterson Student Government Association presidential candidate

Hometown: Brookings, S.D. Year: Junior Major(s): Political Science, Communication Studies SGA Experience: One year, currently a senator, vice

president of the State and Local Government committee


Notable USD activities:

Kappa Alpha Theta, Colleges Against Cancer survivorship chair, Model United Nations, student representative on Vermillion’s City Council, works at front desk in the Muenster University Center, member of the Union of African American Students, Political Science League, football recruit tour leader, intramural sports

bill belch Student Government Association vice presidential candidate

Hometown: Rochester, Minn. Year: Sophomore Major(s): Mathematics SGA Experience: One year,

currently a senator, finance chair of the Finance committee


Notable USD activities: Pi Kappa Alpha, member of

the Union of African American Students, math tutor in the math emporium, sorority and fraternity life ambassador, Dakotathon, intramural sports

main priorities if elected top SGA executiveS

How to increase SGA and student interaction

Jess Peterson: After talking to a majority of students, a definite concern for students as a whole is housing, because that is the one thing I am constantly hearing — ‘When are we going to get new dorms?’ That is definitely something I would bring up. Another thing we really need to reevaluate and look at is probably the smoking ban. We thought the Internet developed fast, but who knew cigarettes would turn into e-cigs, hookah pens and all those kind of things. Lastly, the outreach. Bill Belch: That’s the biggest thing — giving SGA to the students again. JP: And knowing what the students want. (SGA senators) are here as public servants to the students. I don’t want to run into a student ever again that says, ‘What’s SGA?’ I want them to know it is your student government, and you can run to us with your problems.

BB: It goes along more with people don’t know about SGA, and we have to reach out. That is the biggest thing. Everything kind of comes back to reaching out and going to organizations, especially ones we fund. They will get to know you a little better. JP: One thing we talked about at our SGA retreat was having a meeting at the noon hour in the Pit (Lounge), so people can get a feeling for how our meetings are without it being intimidating. We just want students to feel safe and comfortable coming in and talking to us about anything.

plan of action to achieve these top priority concerns JP: It is working — working with everyone. Using our outreach skills…networking with our networks we have already built and our backgrounds. The hardest part is going to be having the pull. To have the pull, people have to take you seriously. We might not have more on-campus housing, but we can definitely work with the community to get better off-campus housing.

Thoughts on the strengths and weakness of SGA JP: Something we need to

work on a little bit better is the finance portion. It has been a little messy in the past. BB: The biggest thing with finance is people not knowing what to do. As the finance chair, I know there are tons of bylaws I have to review…and that we are funding the right things and making it very fair to all the other organizations. If it isn’t fair, and we are doing something wrong there is the potential we could lose our GAF funds, our BOR funds. JP: We need to continue opening up communication with students. BB: We have been running things a lot more efficiently, and that’s what’s been really nice.

"We are student leaders and public servants." -Jess Peterson , SGA presidential candidate

The Student Government Association elections are less than a week away, starting a countdown which has kicked both executive team campaigns into high gear before online voting begins March 4. As the candidates await the final results to be announced next week, senior presidential contender Tyler Tordsen said the biggest reason he is running for SGA is he believes he can bring about positive change at the University of South Dakota, largely because he is a senior on a five-year track with leadership roles already under his belt. “Now that I serve more as a mentor or adviser, I have a lot more free time. Jumping into SGA this year has really given me enough experience that I think I can help lead SGA in the right direction. It will help give SGA back to the students,” he said. Tordsen’s vice presidential running mate, first-year Dustin Santjer, said he made the decision to run with the senior because their “experiences complement each other”, and their partnership is an “all-encompassing team.” The other presidential name on the ballot will be junior Jess Peterson, along with her running mate, sophomore Bill Belch. Both have a year of experience in SGA, and said she and Belch are both involved in numerous activities at USD, a testament to their passion for the university. “We have the best intent of all the students of this school in our hearts,” Peterson said. Belch also said what really helps their campaign are the different strengths they can each bring to SGA as president and vice president. “( Jess) deals a lot with state and local. I know I love reaching out, but she is 24/7 reaching out. Some of my strengths are working with finance and working with all the numbers,” Belch said. While both campaigns have their own reasons for running for the highest positions in SGA, it will be up to the students to choose. Voting on the myU Portal begins the morning of March 4 and closes at 8 p.m. March 5.

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Candidates to go head-to-head in Cross Media Council debate The Cross Media Council, a student organization comprised of members from the University of South Dakota’s student media, is hosting its annual Student Government Debate today. The debate will be between the two campaigns running for president and vice president of SGA, and will begin at 7 p.m. in the Al Neuharth Media Center conference room. The event will be broadcast live on cable channel 21 and on the radio at KAOR 91.1 FM. Members of The Volante staff will also be live posting on Facebook and Twitter r online audience. Students will be able to put candidates on the spot with their own questions, as the last third of the debate will be devoted to questions from the audience. Anyone can also tweet in their questions to be posed to the candidates before and during the event with the hashtag #sga2014. Candidates and audience members will not be allowed to bring posters, visual aids, banners, props or signs. Candidates or audience members who violate this rule and do not relinquish said items will be asked to leave.

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Team Tordsen and Santjer Tyler Tordsen Student Government Association presidential candidate

Hometown: Rapid City, S.D. Year: Senior Major(s): Political Science, Economics SGA Experience: One year, currently a senator.


Serves on the State and Local Government committee, the Strategic Planning committee, the General Activity Fee Funding committee

Notable USD activities: Lamda Chi Alpha, Dignities Position for Dakota Days Executive Board, Advisor role in fraternity and Tioshpe

Dustin Santjer Student Government Association vice presidential candidate

Hometown: Aberdeen, S.D. Year: First-year Major(s): Political Science, Finance SGA Experience: One year, currently


a senator. Member of the Senate and Finance committee, serves on the General Activity Fee Funding committee, and the Strategic Planning committee

Notable USD activities:

Delta Tau Delta, work in technology sector for Coyote Capital Management, public relations for InterFraternity Council

main priorities if elected top SGA executiveS

How to increase SGA and student interaction

Tyler Tordsen: Part of our campaign we are running this year is a values-based campaign. It is very unique. Our promise with our administration and our campaign is to be honest, transparent and realistic in everything we are doing. Dustin Santjer: Reconnect SGA to the student body and local community, rekindle the Coyote Mentality and revamp SGA for more internal efficiency. Those three points really cater to one issue — our main goal is giving SGA back to the students. Through our platform we plan to accomplish that. TT: One of the major things that we want to look at, especially with Dustin and his finance experience, is the budget process. We want to making sure the budget process is a little bit more student-org friendly.

TT: Some of the ideas we have to reconnect SGA to the student body is to continue the communications position that was just passed through SGA. Get the information out to make sure SGA is getting to the students, instead of telling the students to come to our meeting. We are going to do it the other way. DS: To rekindle the Coyote mentality, our number one goal is to make sure we are representing every single student on campus. That means every single organization and everything that is going on on campus. So, as much as we love athletics we don't want to say that we're pushing athletics as our main thing.

plan of action to achieve these top priority concerns TT: We want to get some students or non-members involved with executive positions or administrator positions. There are a lot of the university committees we have to have student representation on such as the President's Council on Diversity, the parking committee, facilities management committee etc. Instead of appointing senators to sit on three different committees, we want to appoint the students that show interest in it to sit on, engage in the administration. It's something that is not being done now.

Thoughts on the strengths and weakness of SGA

TT: SGA is getting a wakeup call; I think they are making steps in the right direction. One thing that we have come to realize is that just because they are running for a position doesn't mean you have to change everything. I'd say the weakness is the communication. That is the biggest red flag that we have gotten with visiting with students, from our perception over the last year. DS: A real strength of SGA is how many senators are so involved with everything on campus. We have a lot of senators that really, truly care about the university and what the university is doing.

"We want to give SGA back to every single student."

-Dustin Santjer , SGA vice presidential candidate

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USD students choose to reside in the Newman Center to draw closer to faith.

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Wednesday, february 26, 2014

Relay for Life sets participation record Braley Dodson

The Clay County Relay for Life set a record for participants and dollars raised in Sunday’s annual charity event. More than 200 students and community members, comprising 18 teams, walked the track in the DakotaDome. The three-hour event raised $10,600. “It took a lot of sponsors and donations to put it on,” senior Mackenzie Mears, president of Colleges Against Cancer, said. Mears became involved in Relay for Life events after her grandmother and a friend died from cancer. Cancer survivors took the first lap around the track, wear-

ing purple capes to fit in with the superhero theme. Caretakers joined survivors for the second lap. “When they did the survivor lap, I did get tears in my eyes,” Benitez said. “It puts it in perspective that there is hope and a chance.” Cancer survivor Dona Dee Peterson had breast cancer six years ago and lost her daughter-in-law to cancer last summer. Peterson said she sees friends at Relay for Life events she did not know were survivors. Peterson said her four children would take turns supporting her while she went through chemotherapy. “It’s wonderful to have sup-

port,” Peterson said. “It makes it so you don’t feel alone.” Peterson said she enjoys Relay for Life events because she sees other survivors. “Anyone who survives is a superhero,” Peterson said. Several different tables and activities were available during the event, including Zumba, face painting and bra pong, a game where participants throw ping pong balls into different bras, with smaller ones giving greater prizes. Throughout the event, Mears said herself and other Colleges Against Cancer volunteers were stopped by cancer Malachi Petersen I the volante


Participants walk during the Relay for Life event Feb. 23 in the DakotaDome on the campus of the University of South Dakota. The event raised $10,654 for cancer research.

Ask for intimacy Speaker focuses on sexual assault awareness, prevention

Healthy eating all about choices

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The salad bar in the MUC is one remaining healthy option for students.

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Speaker Mike Domitrz engages with students at the “Can I Kiss You” event held Jan. 24 in the Muenster University Center Ballroom. The event focused on raising awareness on sexual assault.

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Students, particularly those involved in Greek life, can help stop sexual assault, Mike Domitrz said during the “Can I Kiss You?” event Feb. 24. Domitrz spoke to a group of about 200 in the Muenster University Center. Domitrz, a leading authority on sexual assault, used humor and audience participation as part of his speech. “Everybody deserves a choice,” Domitrz said about approaching intimacy with a partner. First-year Jesse Brownell said she attended the event because she wanted to know what to do in the case of a sexual assault, and humor is effective. “Humor is a good way to

keep attention,” Brownell said. First-year Mashaya Thompson attended the event because of a class, but said the topic appealed to her. “People aren’t open to talking about it,” Thompson said. Domitrz said verbal confirmation about levels of intimacy is necessary, because body language is unreliable and can be easily misinterpreted, such as when an individual sees a stranger waving and assumes the stranger is waving at them. “Body language will mess you up if you only rely on it,” Domitrz said. Domitrz began the event by bringing two students to a couch at the front of the ballroom. He assigned the students gender-neutral names and had them act out different dating situations. Domitrz said in situations

when a person is purposely getting another individual intoxicated without getting intoxicated themselves, it’s often considered taking advantage of an individual instead of being called rape or sexual assault. “We can change culture by changing the term,” Domitrz said. He called on the audience to be proactive if they see a situation like this instead of being worried about fear of confrontation. Domitrz said others feel they are blocking an individual from intimacy, or that the situation is none of their business. “If it’s your business to take care of others, then it’s your chance to help,” Domitrz said. “The whole excuse ‘it’s none of my business,’ it’s a contradiction.”

Domitrz said the excuse of being afraid of confrontation also does not apply, because individuals face confrontation frequently, such as arguing with a parent, or convincing a friend not to drive while intoxicated. “When we believe it’s worth the cost, we as humans have no problem with confrontation,” Domitrz said. During the event, Domitrz shared his own experience with sexual assault. His older sister was raped while he was in college, and he said he felt immediate emotions about the rapist. “I felt the rage, I felt the anger,” Domitrz said. “I felt I wanted to get my hands around his neck.” SEE KISS, PAGE B3

Anna Fink is a junior majoring in English and minoring in Business and Contemporary Media and Journalism. With the expansion of the Muenster University Center came different hours of operation and a new variety of fast food chains to choose from. While the new food chains are popular among the students, they aren’t the healthiest options on campus. So now the questions are how do we know what options are healthy and how do we choose? An average chicken sandwich from Chick-Fil-A has about 430 calories and 17 grams of fat. Pair that with a small Coke, which is 120 calories, and a small waffle fries, about 270 calories with 14 grams of fat, and you exceed the recommended daily fat intake and have consumed more than half a days’ worth of calories in just one meal. A simple tip to minimize calorie intake would be to get the sandwich, but instead of fries order a side salad or fruit cup,

which are both under 100 calories. Or, if you are really craving fries, order them and instead of the sandwich choose from the char-grilled chicken salads, which run from 180-240 calories. Eating healthy is all about balance and portion control. All of the nutrition facts for ChickFil-A can be found on On Qdoba’s website, it lets you play around with the menu and click on different options to see how many calories and fat each item contains. You can build an entire digital burrito bowl the way you order it and see how many calories, fat, sodium, etc. are in every delicious bite. Even though there are options available, for some students on campus eating healthy isn’t always easy when coming to the MUC. First-year, Shannon Weber said there are too many unhealthy options offered. “Personally, I would like to see more healthy options encouraged. There are too many tempting foods that aren’t good for you,” Weber said. “I don’t find it easy to eat healthy when I come to the MUC.” SEE DINING, PAGE B3



Wednesday, February 26, 2014

MediaSketch FEBRUARY 26

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CampusEvents USD Concert Band Location: Wayne S. Knutson Theatre

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Goodnight Argent Location: MUC Ballroom

Women in Law - Fashion Show Location: Al Neuharth Media Center

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Women’s Basketball Location: DakotaDome

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Wine with Will Location: John A. Day Gallery

Don’t follow the crowd for fashion Josie FLATGARD is a first-year majoring in contemporary media and journalism.

Fashion is different everywhere you go. When traveling across the world or the United States, let alone South Dakota, the fashion vibe changes. West River folks are stereotyped as wrangler-wearing, cattle-roping, cowboy hicks. East River is seen as a bit more diverse with a few fashion-forward people and some farmers. New trends are always coming about, from round-framed sunglasses to graphic tees. The question is, “What is your style and how do you find it?” People have their own way of

defining their unique style. At least, I would hope it would be unique. What’s the point in conforming to yet another thing in society when we have the freedom to express how we feel or who we are through clothing, shoes, hats and jewelry? Really, the possibilities are endless. Look at Lady Gaga or Katy Perry, who accessorize with ridiculous objects and challenge those who see these crazy outfits to think outside of the box. Their style can be a bit out there but is definitely pronounced, and everyone can recognize them because of it. As college students, we are at an age where we have the independence to define our own style the way we want it. There is oodles of information on the Internet and tons of styles in magazines, so it can become a bit overwhelming to decide what best fits the personality of the person questioning their style. Lauren Conrad’s “Style” and

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Movies at the MUC Location: MUC Pit Lounge

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USD Spring Choral Showcase Location: Aalfs Auditorium

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Movies at the MUC Location: MUC Pit Lounge

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Women’s Basketball Location: DakotaDome

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After a lot of experimenting with strange trends in junior high school, as most do, high school allowed me the freedom to find my own style. Looking back on the cheap mall stores-craze I went through, I realized the importance of choosing pieces of clothing or jewelry that I really, truly liked, instead of something that everyone else was wearing or something that was on a super-sale. This led me to either spend less money or make sure my money was well-spent. Plus, I was assured my outfit selections wouldn’t leave my neck green or make me embarrassed if a button fell off of a blouse I was wearing. While I can’t deny I love a great sale, I make sure, now, to take extra time to think before I buy so what I decide on matches the style I want to portray.

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Graduate student Ali Champine describes her style as bohemian with a classic twist and has fun sharing new fashion ideas with her friends.

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Sophomore Lennea Clark enjoys dressing up comfortably with sweaters, as the pocket on this one adds a unique touch to the outfit.

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The Dating Doctor - David Coleman Location: MUC Ballroom

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USD Jazz Ensembles in Concert Location: Colton Recital Hall

Pop band to perform in MUC Ballroom Anna Fink


“Beauty” books can be helpful in building a base for a wardrobe to suit a person’s needs and to express certain characteristics. Oddly enough, the site that can teach a person how to build a start a business or learn a language,, also presents a five-question quiz to help define what the fashion style is for people anywhere. The quiz is part one in a six-part series entitled “The Essentials of Building a Fashionable Personal Wardrobe.” By starting off with and spending a little more money on some key pieces in your wardrobe, such as a nice pair of jeans or a sleek jacket, it is easier to define your style through accessory additions or a statement piece. Fun, printed scarves or a chunky necklace can help add to a certain style. Shoes can also make or break a look, so have both trendy ones and those that can go with most anything in your closet.

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Chet Walker Master Class Location: Wayne S. Knutson Theatre

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USD Idol Location: Aalfs Auditorium

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Jen Allen Year: Sophomore Major: Medical Biology and Chemistry “I hope ‘Gravity’ doesn’t win. It was literally two hours of Sandra Bullock freaking out in a helmet.”

Josh Johnson Year: Sophomore Major: Biology “The Best Picture is going to go to ‘Captain Phillips’ because it detailed a very recent and prevalent event in the world.”

While looking for a group to bring to campus, Campus Activities Board concert committee co-coordinator Jeff Nelson didn’t want a solo act. He wanted Goodnight Argent, an up and coming pop band from Pasco, Washington. “We noticed them when we were looking for another artist that wasn’t a solo act,” Nelson said. “We really wanted to bring a group that wasn’t a solo act, and we liked their sound the best.” The group is composed of lead singer and songwriter Chase

Manhattan, Shane Santanna on the keyboard, Jeff Stachofsky on guitar, Evan Taylor on bass and drummer Zac Burrell. Goodnight Argent is a group influenced by other artists such as Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, OneRepublic, Justin Timberlake and Coldplay. The band has already been on one tour, which was backed by AXS TV a new music and entertainment network owned by Ryan Seacrest and Mark Cuban. Their second tour is primarily to different colleges around the country. Students are excited to have a boy-band on campus. First-year Heather Mead said

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she has attended previous concerts that CAB has put on. “Who doesn’t love a good boyband?” Mead said. “I like the idea of a boy-band coming to campus.” Goodnight Argent is the second not-so-well-known group that CAB has brought to campus this year. While the concerts are a popular event on campus, students would like to see popular acts. First-year Holly Iwan said last year’s Mac Miller was a tough act to follow. “I would like to see more popular groups come to campus, ones that I would want to go see.”

Goodnight Argent is set to perform on Wednesday, Feb. 26 in the Muenster University Center ballroom at 8 p.m. The band is currently working on their debut album and touring to colleges across the country.

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Anna Hildebrand Year: Sophomore Major: Health Science “I think Ellen is going to be hilarious.”

Samantha Kohnen Year: Junior Major: Psychology “I want to see somebody who isn’t expected to win, win.”





Students enrich faith living in the Newman Center Katty McNeal

In order to embrace their faith, some students have taken advantage of living in the St. Thomas More Newman Center, the University of South Dakota’s Catholic church. Juniors Brooke Horner and Leah Nielson moved into the Newman Center in fall 2013. Horner said she wanted to live in a place where she would be surrounded by her faith. “I wanted to have an atmosphere where I could really embrace my faith and really grow in it,” Horner said. Instead of paying rent to live in the center, students pay by contributing around the center and helping with certain events and functions.

“There are a few requirements. One of them is doing chores every week — that’s how we pay to live there,” Nielson said. “It’s not financially based, it’s more service based.” Horner said although she does not pay to live in the Newman Center, she enjoys helping around the Newman in exchange for her stay there. Nielsen said she is conscious of how she presents herself now that she lives in the Newman Center. Nielsen said now she doesn’t just represent herself, but also the Newman Center. Both Nielson and Horner said the main difference between living in the Newman Center and where they have lived in the past is privacy. They said they have privacy in their individual room, but if they want to use

their kitchen or television they are in a public area and will often run into people. “I loved living in the dorms and Alpha Phi, and I love living in the Newman Center,” Nielson said. “They have all been very different stages of my life.” Nielson said living in the dorms was a fun time, but there wasn’t much expectations only being a first-year, and living in a sorority had a community-based feeling but not enough of a Christian feeling. Nielson said she will be living in Newman again next year, while Horner will move out after her wedding. “I enjoy living in the Newman Center and being very immersed in the community,” Horner said.

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Junior Brooke Horner and her fiance Nolan Schmidt attend service Feb. 23 in the St Thomas More Newman Center.





survivors who shared their stories. “Their stories are awesome,” Mears said. Sophomore Lucy Benitez is the co-chair for marketing for Colleges Against Cancer. Benitez said the group made flyers and updated Twitter and Facebook pages to promote the event this year. “It’s great — it’s good to see it growing,” Benitez said. “It’s crazy how big it got so fast.” The group had been planning the event since September. If participation continues to increase, Mears said the event’s hours will be extended for future years. “A lot go all night,” Mears said. “We’ll eventually get there.”

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Volunteers for Colleges Against Cancer run the Bra Pong table. The smaller the bra the ping pong ball landed in, the greater the prize the participant would receive. This year’s Relay for Life was the largest and longest yet, with more than $10,000 raised.

The three roommates you’ll meet in college JACKIE HENDRY is a junior majoring in contemporary media and journalism and Native Studies.

In my three years of college I can vouch for the existence of three distinct types of roommates. I can do this, because I have been every single one of them. First is the Angst Monster, brought to you by my almostsuccessfully-repressed freshman year. To say I handle the transition to college poorly was an understatement, and if my first roommate had any faults it was that our lifestyles were too similar. We were both introverted, only children from Illinois who liked to stay in our room most of the time. However, the absolute lack of private space turned me into a walking case of the perpetual grumps. I wasn’t thrilled to share a room by any means, but in hindsight I know I was no great pleasure to live with either. I was moody and snarky, and I’m still a bit amazed my first roommate and I managed to get through the year without clobbering each other…and it would have been more my fault than hers. The second kind of roommate is a much more pleasant species: the Best Pal. This is sophomore year’s model. With the transitional phase behind me and a more social second roommate, my circle of friends

broadened, and I even had the room to myself every now and then. My roommate and I stayed up late chatting and giggling now and then and even made little traditions for ourselves. Sure, the Angst Monster made brief cameo appearances, but she wasn’t the star of the show anymore. And everyone rejoiced. The most recent variation is an enigma: the Invisible Roommate. You know you’re the invisible roommate if you hear this exchange in the next room: “Has anyone seen Jackie? I think she still lives here. The pile of dirty dishes on the counter keeps getting bigger, and there’s light coming from under her door, but none of us have seen her in three days!” The symptoms of invisibility are three-fold: a busy schedule, possession of your own room and hermit-like tendencies. But this isn’t all bad. In the event of a visit from the Angst Monster, she can just as easily be locked away. The Best Pal can emerge when her schedule clears up and she’s finished re-watching ‘That 70’s Show’ on Netflix for the third time. And these are just the roommates I have been. I’m sure there are plenty other species out there, but the secret is that everyone has the capacity to be everything from angsty to awesome. The sooner you learn that, the sooner you’ll be more patient with your roommates and everyone else. In my three years of college, I can vouch for that too. Reach columnist Jackie Hendry at


CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1 Domitrz said there needs to be a focus on preventing sexual assault instead of feeling anger at perpetrators after it occurs. Domitrz said Greek life could aid in this change by informing students bouncers will be on alert for individuals attempting to take advantage of others at events. “Greek life has a chance to make an awesome difference,” Domitrz said. As part of his back-andforth narration with the audience, Domitrz had the audience repeat several words on survivors of assault. “Every survivor of sexual assault is an amazing, incredible individual, regardless of gender,” Domitrz said. He asked the audience

if they agreed with his statement, and then said he wanted the survivors in the audience to hear their peers saying the phrase. Domitrz said many individuals have not been taught what not to do in regards to intimacy. “You’ve never been taught how to ask for intimacy,” Domitrz said. He asked the audience what they had been taught by their parents about intimacy. Answers focused around contraceptive use. “We’ve been told what not to do and what not to get, it leaves us with nothing to do,” Domitrz said. “Not a single one brought up respect.” Domitrz said showing respect for a partner includes asking before making an intimate gesture or action and obeying the response received, even if it’s a negative response.

This is not uncommon. How many times have you had a long day between school and work and all you want is a greasy slice of pizza? We see unhealthy food as comfort because it releases chemicals in the brain that produce pleasure. Campus dining has a large selection to choose from including light, healthy foods, cooked to order foods, salad bar, ethnic food, deli, vegetarian entrees, pizza, pasta and specialty coffees. With all of the options available, other students feel it is up to the individual to choose the healthy foods offered. First-year Sara Ellefson said there are a lot of good foods and desserts offered, but students don’t have to take them, at least not all the time. “It’s pretty easy to eat healthy for the most part,” Ellefson said. “There are salads and wraps offered every day.” It is easy to eat healthy and you feel so much better afterward. Our bodies weren’t meant for processed foods and while they don’t harm us if eaten in moderation, everyday consumption of junk foods do have their side effects. There are plenty of simple

“Anytime anyone says no, say ‘well, then I’m glad I asked because the last thing I want you to do is be uncomfortable,’” Domitrz said. Domitrz said to be clear with questions and answers. “Wait for a ‘yes’ or honor the ‘no,’” Domitrz said. Domitrz also said laughter is important on a first date. “A great first date is whatever you’re horrible at,” Domitrz said.

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tips and changes you can make to your everyday diet to start leading a healthier life. Cutting out pop, drinking more water, eating smaller portions and getting more sleep are just a few of the many. Even though they are small changes, they have a big impact in the long run. Obesity is a major problem in our country, and colleges should continue to encourage their student bodies to lead healthier lives by offering healthy choices on campus and free memberships to their wellness centers. The Market Place has the same hours of operation as before, 11 a.m - 2 p.m. and again from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. However, the Market Place is no longer open on the weekends due to the commons being moved into the MUC.

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SEXUAL ASSAULT Occurs every two minutes in the U.S. 44 percent of victims are under 18 It’s the most under reported violent crime in the nation In the past 5 years, only 46 percent have been reported In two-thirds of assaults, the victims know the assailant In the U.S., 1 of 6 women have been the victims, or attempted victims, of sexual assault


“The Moon Song” should win Oscar ANDREW HELLAND is a sophomore majoring in contemporary media and journalism. The Oscars are Sunday, and this week everyone is making their predictions. Movies and music go hand-in-hand, and this year’s Best Original Song category has a clear winner. Huge names in the music biz, including U2 and Pharrell Williams, are part of this year’s nominees.

Only four songs will be up for the award, due to ‘improper campaigning’ of the song “Alone Yet Not Alone” from the movie of the same title. It’s the first time in history a nominee has been withdrawn due to ethical grounds. The four nominees are “Happy,” written by Pharrell Williams from “Despicable Me 2”, “Let it Go,” written by Kristen Anderson and Robert Lopez from “Frozen”, “The Moon Song” by Karen O and Spike Jonze from “Her” and “Ordinary Love,” written by U2 from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”. Pharrell should stick to being featured on songs instead of writing them. “Happy” is very repetitive

and is a blatant copy of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, real“If You’re Happy and You ly delivered for the movie Know It, Clap Your Hands.” “Her”. “The Moon Song” is “Let it Go” from “Frozen” a pretty song that sticks out is a big song, but unfortu- because it’s organic and nately has the most over- minimalist. The lyrics are used chord progression of extremely romantic and the last 50 years. “Let it Go” have won me over. “The Moon Song” really sounds way too familiar to shows Karen’s talent, along get my vote. “Ordinary Love” by U2 with her soft side. She has has already won a Gold- worked with Spike Jonze en Globe for Best Origi- before alongside Arcade nal Song and is a strong Fire. Win Butler of Arcade coincidentally cocontender for the Oscar. Fire This song has gotten a lot wrote the nominated score of publicity due to Nelson for “Her” as well. Karen O is also set to Mandela’s recent death and U2’s somewhat comeback perform “The Moon Song” to the music scene. Lyrics at this Sunday’s ceremony. about love and how “birds fly high in the summer sky” are cliche and could’ve been written better. Follow music columnist Andrew Helland on Twitter @DrewHelland Karen O, front woman of


Summit League Tournament The problem

Check out next week’s Volante for a preview of the Summit League Tournament. The men’s and women’s teams will compete against Summit League conference foes. The tournament runs from March 8-11 at the Sioux Falls Arena.

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Track teams look ahead to Summit Kelsey Kroger

After a successful weekend at home, winning 16 of 28 events, the University of South Dakota men’s and women’s track and field teams are looking ahead to the Summit League Indoor Championships Feb. 28-March 1. The Coyotes played host to the USD Twilight Meet Feb. 21 at the DakotaDome, hosting South Dakota State, Wayne State, Sioux Falls, Augustana and Omaha. Head women’s coach Lucky Huber said athletes stepped up earning their spots on the conference team. “We had some good things happen,” Huber said. “We took a step toward being able to compete better at the conference meet. I was happy with a few kids’ performances. We use this tune-up here to get ready for the meet next week.” Junior Analisa Huschle won the 60-meter dash, 200-meter dash and long jump for the Coyotes. Senior Tanasha Clarke won the 60-meter hurdles and triple jump, while sophomore Katie Wetzstein won the 800meter run and one-mile run.

Senior Megan Hilson won the 3000-meter run, and sophomore Madison Mills won the pole vault. Redshirt first-year Ashley Thompson said she was happy with the results of the meet. She finished in fourth place in the 60-meter hurdles. “The hurdles were really good for our whole team,” Thompson said. “We had a lot of good times in that race. It was a good confidence booster going into conference next week.” On the men’s side, junior Brant Haase led USD to a sweep of the top five in the one-mile run, while senior Jeff Mettler won the 1000-meter run, a race in which USD swept the top three. Distance coach Dan Fitzsimmons said his runners exceeded his expectations Friday. “They had a good day,” Fitzsimmons said. “It was more of a workout than anything else. We accomplished what we wanted to do in terms of training their physiology to get them ready for the conference meet. Overall, I am very pleased.”



Club archery aims for collegiate competition



Senior Nathan Cunningham, left, and sophomore Ashlee Nilson, right, practice archery Feb. 21 at the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Complex as members of the new team.

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Senior Cody Snyder throws men’s shot put with a winning distance of 18.02 meters at the USD Twilight Meet Feb. 21 at the DakotaDome.

After an idea and inspiration from a local coach, a number of students have established archery as a club sport at the University of South Dakota. President and junior Nicki Luhmann became interested in the idea after Eric Tollefson, a coach at the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Complex, advertised at a tabling event with the Wellness Center at the beginning of the school year. “We spent all last semester getting all of the people, getting paperwork done and getting recognition,” Luhmann said. Luhmann said anyone with any experience can join the club. “We’re trying to start a competition team within the club, so they could go to other colleges and compete on behalf of USD, or they can just stay back, learn to shoot and have a fun time,” she said. Her fascination with archery and its history is what makes it an interesting sport for Luhmann.

“I thought, ‘this is a good activity to be a part of,’” she said. “Everybody has a common interest.” Shawn Clark, assistant director of activities at USD, said aside from being an advisor, he will serve as a liaison between the club and the university as far as trips they want to take and fundraisers they want to organize. Clark said after Tollefson made his visit to the university and students showed interest, a meeting was held at the complex in Yankton where potential club members were able to shoot around for free. “That’s where we started building our relationship with the complex,” he said. “We are in agreement with the NFAA complex in Yankton that any USD club archery member can shoot for free. A lot of other clubs unfortunately don’t have those resources available, and this club is fortunate.” Clark said the outlook on the club is very positive. “First and foremost, they’re a very exciting club right now,” he said. “(Luhmann) is really

steamrolling the whole process of getting started. They’ve been very energetic, organized and determined. This club’s got massive potential.” Luhmann said Tollefson’s participation has been constant and has ranged from advising the club on funding aspects at the collegiate level to teaching members at the range in Yankton. Tollefson has been involved in collegiate archery multiple times at Cal State in Long Beach, Calif., as well as Mount Marty College in Yankton. “I thought we’re close enough to start a club there and eventually have a club that competes collegiately,” he said. Once the club is established, Tollefson said the team can apply to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association to compete in tournaments. “Then they are able to have individual athletes apply to shoot at tournaments,” he said. At this point, Tollefson has served mostly as a consultant, but once they start shooting,

he will act as a coach for the team. “Part of our mission here is to help grow the sport, and this falls rights into our purpose and mission statement,” he said. While the club missed the chance to be part of the competitive season this year, Tollefson is hoping to get them into tournaments next year.

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Athletes, coaches work together to manage mental health Kayla Prasek

Aside from the normal pressures of adjusting to college life, student-athletes face other pressures — competing in their sport, winning games, traveling, missing classes and finding the time to balance all of it. According to the NCAA, suicide was the third-leading cause of death of studentathletes from 2004-08, after accidents and cardiac causes. At the University of South Dakota, athletic director David Herbster said in an email that the athletic department relies on the university’s resources and counseling services for its student-athletes. “Athletic departments our size do not have personnel or resources to staff positions like that solely for athletics,” Herbster said. “Our coaches, training staff and administration work closely together in monitoring all our student-athletes in looking out for their best interests. When the need arises, we work closely with student services to ensure that the student-athlete gets the

“Our coaches, training staff and administration work closely together in monitoring all our student-athletes in looking out for their best interests. When the need arises, we work closely with student services to ensure that the student-athlete gets the appropriate attention for any issues they may have.” -David Herbster, athletic director appropriate attention for any issues they may have.” Head volleyball coach Matt Houk said his and his staff’s goal is to establish an open and trusting relationship with their team. “We want them to know they can come into our offices and open up, that this is a safe environment,” Houk said. “We try to be aware of when someone is having a hard time.” Senior tennis player Michelle Elkin said while being a studentathlete puts a certain amount of pressure on her, the team gives her stability. “Being on a team is a big help,” Elkin said. “We’re all so close and we really lean on each other. Coach (Malcolm Gilreath) is always there for us, and we know we can talk to him whenever we need to. I also talk

to my parents everyday, because it can be stressful.” Head football coach Joe Glenn said he relies totally on his team’s trainers to judge his athletes’ mental and physical health. “I will never make the decision if they’re OK to play,” Glenn said. Houk said if he or any of his staff notice one of their players having a hard time, they’ll ask her to come in for a private meeting. “We’ll ask them questions to help them open up and get to the root of the problem,” Houk said. “Then we hope to have a feeling of what they need. If we have the tools to deal with it, then we will. If it’s something bigger and we don’t feel like we can handle it, then we’ll go through the proper channels to

help that athlete get help.” Glenn said most of his staff are fathers, so dealing with issues like homesickness and stress among the football team come easily for them. “We totally understand the homesickness. Sometimes, there’s not a lot we can do, but if he needs time to go see his family, we will certainly let him do that,” Glenn said. “When it comes to dealing with stress, the ones that get into trouble are those who don’t balance their time well.” Houk said the most common issue he sees is homesickness. “We come to campus three weeks before school starts, so there’s no one else here, and all we’re doing is playing volleyball, so you can start to feel like there’s nothing else,” he said. “After that, our (first-years)

tend to feel the stress of the first semester of traveling for the first time and having to learn how to learn when you’re not in the classroom.” Junior tennis player Rymma Maslova came to USD from Kiev, Ukraine. “I’ve been in the States for three years, so it’s hard sometimes to be so far away,” Maslova said. “School keeps me busy. Tennis keeps me busy. My friends and social life keep me busy.” Maslova said when things get tough, she Skypes with her parents. “Skyping helps, but then sometimes you think you should go home,” she said. “Then other things come up here, and you remember being here is worth it, so that makes it easy to handle.

Learning to balance everything that comes with being a student-athlete can be difficult considering the pressure they have on them, Houk said. Glenn said if his football players are having trouble balancing their academics, athletics and social lives, he and his staff are there to help. “We’ll counsel them and help them figure out how they should be balancing everything,” he said. “If their social lives start taking over, maybe we’ll give them a curfew. We try to balance their time to help them take the right amount of time for academics, athletics and the social aspect.” Follow reporter Kayla Prasek on Twitter @kprasek

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Women’s Basketball Recap: The Coyotes lost a close game at Omaha Feb. 20, 69-61. After being down 40-27 at halftime, the Coyotes outscored the Mavericks 34-29 in the second half, but it was not enough to pull out the win. Nicole Seekamp had 18 points, two rebounds and six assists. Seekamp also scored 18 points at Western Illinois Feb. 22, along with six other Coyotes who hit in the double digits. Western Illinois is the only team that has beaten the Coyotes at home this season. Key Players: Junior Raeshel Contreras continues to be an assest to the team, scoring seven points against Omaha and 15 points against Western Illinois. Contreras finished the game at Western Illinois with three steals and two rebounds. Junior Nicole Seekamp finished both games with 18 points. She also added an assist and a steal at Western Illinois. Seekamp is currently leading the Coyotes in scoring, averaging 14.8 points per game. She is also tied with Tia Hemiller in assists, averaging 3.6 per game. Seekamp tied with Raeshel Contreras in steals averaging 1.5 per game. Player to Watch: Sophomore Tia Hemiller had a triple-double at Western Illinois Feb. 22. She scored 11 points, had 10 rebounds and seven assists. She made two free throws to give the Coyotes a 73-72 lead and made a basket with 32 seconds left in the game.

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Junior Rymma Maslova hits a backhand shot during tennis practice Tuesday evening at the DakotaDome. The Coyotes will be back in action Feb. 28 at Iowa State and March 1 against Bradley.

Athlete of the Week Hertting took first place in the one- and threemeter diving at the Summit League Championship.

Record: 6-6 conference, 15-12 overall Up Next: USD hosts North Dakota State Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. and South Dakota State March 2 at 2 p.m.

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Year: First-year Hometown: Appleton, Wis.

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Recap: The Coyote men are currently on a threegame conference win streak. They faced Omaha Feb. 20, and beat the Mavericks in a close game, 87-86. The Coyote bench scored 49 points against the Mavericks. Sophomore Tyler Flack led the Coyotes with 21 points. The team hosted Western Illinois Feb. 22, where it defeated the Leathernecks 64-54 in the seniors’ final home game at the DakotaDome.

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Record: 6-6 conference, 12-15 overall Up Next: USD travels to North Dakota State Feb. 27 and South Dakota State March 1.

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Won the one-meter dive at the Minnesota Challenge Feb. 7-8 Qualified for the NCAA Zone Championship in the onemeter dive

Gruis wraps up memorable career with Coyotes

Key Players: Tyler Flack led the Coyotes with 21 points, six rebounds and two blocks against the Mavericks. He also scored eight points and had two blocks, a steal and an assist. Senior Karim Rowson scored 11 points in his final home game as a Coyote on Sunday. He also added a rebound and a steal in the game. Rowson also scored seven points, had two rebounds and a steal against Omaha. Player to Watch: Sophomore Adam Thoseby scored 16 points against the Mavericks and added three rebounds, a block and an assist. He also scored seven points, two assists and a rebound against the Leathernecks. Currently Thoseby is averaging eight points per game, 0.3 blocked shots and 18.4 minutes per game.

Named diving championship MVP at the Summit League

Edged Denver’s Dana Gau by seven-tenths to take first place at the meet Holds all of the records for the oneand three -meters for the Coyotes all season Earned the Summit League player of the week award 10 times

this season

AUSTIN ASHLOCK is a junior majoring in contemporary media and journalism. With 1:11 remaining in Saturday’s University of South Dakota home win against Western Illinois, senior center Trevor Gruis said goodbye to the DakotaDome. In his 3,430th minute as a Coyote, Gruis fouled out and walked back to the bench and was greeted by the applause of 2,102 fans on their feet. “I really wish I could’ve gotten a standing ovation for not fouling out, but I really appreciate all the fans,” Gruis said in the post-game press conference. A four-year starter, the Ellsworth, Minn., native

has 113 starts under his belt behind 1,323 points, 760 rebounds and 111 blocks. Gruis has been the lynchpin of the USD basketball program in the four years he has starred in this program. He has been present for the university’s transition into Division I and has led his team with poise and grace. Through the grueling competition experienced through three years of Summit League play, Gruis helped the team produce back-to-back 10-18 seasons in 2011-13. Gruis has stood strong throughout it all, acting as the literal center of the team for four impressive years. His steadfastness is being rewarded this year. His team is performing at its highest level since joining the Summit League in 2011. A 6-6 record against conference opponents and a 12-15 record overall has the Coyotes in the best


position yet headed into the last week of the regular season. However, while he has led the team in rebounds every year he’s played, Gruis has seemingly found a way to meld himself into a player on a team ready for him to depart. With an offense that could have any one of the 15 players scoring the most on any given night, Gruis has consistently done his part as this crucial transition season wears on. Sophomores Trey Norris, Casey Kasperbauer, Tyler Flack and Adam Thoseby, along with junior Brandon Bos, are looking like they are ready to lead this young team into the future. What they should know is that without their big guy down low, who has consistently held down the post for four years at the DakotaDome, the program wouldn’t be what it is today. Every team needs a leader — a face to mold success.

Trevor Gruis has been that mold, that guy in the middle. It will be a long time until USD sees another athlete like Gruis.

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career stats Career starts 113 starts in 118 games played

Minutes per game Averages 29.1 minutes per game

Field goal average 505 field goals in 907 attempts, for a .557 average

Free throw average 313 free throws in 481 attempts, for a .651 average

Rebounds 760 rebounds, averaging 6.4 per game SOURCE:







Glisar and Grove set records

USD tied for third place in conference

Wichita State only undefeated team

Michigan reigns atop the Big Ten

26 NHL players earn gold medals at Sochi

NFL combine held in Indianapolis

Senior Megan Glisar tied her school record in the high jump on Feb. 23 at the USATF Indoor Championships at the ABQ Convention Center in Albuquerque, N.M. Glisar cleared her first three heights of the competition on her first attempt. She missed at 6-2 to place second. Junior Emily Grove set a USD record of 14-9 1/2 in the pole vault on Sunday, as well. Grove took sixth place at the competition. Grove currently ranks No. 1 in Division I pole vault. USD graduate assistant Kenna Wolter also competed at the meet, finishing in seventh place in the triple jump with a mark of 42-3 1/2. The team travels to the Summit League Championships Feb. 28-Mar. 1.

After another week of conference games, the Coyote women’s basketball team is tied for third place in the Summit League with Western Illinois and Fort Wayne. All three teams have a 6-6 conference record behind first place South Dakota State, who the Coyotes host March 2. SDSU also takes North Dakota State Feb. 27. SDSU stands alone at first place with a 11-1 conference record and a 20-2 overall record. IUPUI stands in second place with a 9-2 conference record. IUPUI will travel to Omaha Feb. 27. North Dakota State is sitting in last place in conference.

After capturing another win against Drake Feb. 22, No. 3 Wichita State remains undefeated with a 29-0 overall record. They travel to Bradley Feb. 25 and finish the regular season at home against Missouri State March 1. Top-ranked Syracuse lost their second straight game after starting the season with a 25-0 record. Syracuse lost to Boston College at home in overtime on Feb. 19 for their first loss. They then traveled to Duke Feb. 22 where the Blue Devils stunned them, winning 66-60. Syracuse beat Maryland 57-55 on Feb. 24 and have three conference games left this season.

No. 20. Michigan tops No. 13 Michigan State to stand alone at the top of the Big Ten Conference. Michigan State has three games remaining in the regular season, and Michigan has four. Michigan State has to take on a tough Iowa team and Ohio State for its last two consecutive games of the regular season. Michigan still has games against Purdue, Illinois, Minnesota and Indiana. Michigan leads the Big Ten with an 11-3 conference record, and Michigan State holds an 11-4 record. No. 18 Wisconsin is standing at third place in the Big Ten with a 9-5 record and still has to play four conference games to end its regular season play.

After defeating the United States in the semifinal game of the Olympics, Canada prevailed against Sweden, winning 3-0. Twenty-six players from the National Hockey League were on Team Canada and received their gold medals. A goal was scored in each period for Canada. Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews scored the first goal. Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby and center Chris Kunitz both scored goals as well. This is Canada’s third time winning the gold medal in the last four Olympic Games. The Canadian women’s hockey team also won the gold medal. The NHL will start up again Feb. 25.

The NFL Combine took place Feb. 22-25 in Indianapolis, Ind. More than 300 NFL prospects participated in the Combine. USD’s own Tyler Starr competed on Feb. 24. Starr was the top performer in the 3-cone drill with a time of 6.64 seconds and the top performer in the 20-yard shuffle with a time 4.15 seconds. Starr also finished tenth overall in the bench press, benching 225 pounds 24 times and finished the broad jump with 116 inches and the vertical jump at 32 inches Texas A&M Johnny Maziel finished as a top performer in all categories. The NFL Free Agency starts on Mar. 11 and the 2014 NFL Draft is on May 8.





Coyotes’ tournament seeding on the line Grant Bosiacki

The University of South Dakota men’s basketball team is experiencing some deja vu this week. At an even record in the Summit League (6-6), the Coyote men enter their second round of bouts with North Dakota JAMES State and South Dakota State in similar fashion as earlier this season. The Coyotes, who were then 3-2 in the Summit, had to take on two of the toughest teams in the Summit League, North Dakota State and South Dakota State. Now they only have two games left in the season, and tournament seeding is all on the line. Bringing up the previous meetings with NDSU and SDSU is still a sore subject for interim head coach Joey James. His team lost the two games by a combined five

points. The big difference this go-around is the Coyotes will be on the road and not inside the friendly confines of the DakotaDome. James said unfortunately that will makes things harder on his players. “Of course we wish we were playing at home. Everyone plays better at home,” James said. “But we have to play two hungry, talented teams in their place. It’ll be a challenge.” Senior center Trevor Gruis will have extra motivation in the game versus NDSU Thursday. With his team down by one point in the teams’ previous meeting, Gruis missed back-to-back free throws with less than 10 seconds to play. Sophomore guard Adam Thoseby missed a game-tying 24-foot heave as time expired. “The last game versus them (NDSU) was tough,” Gruis said. “I’m happy I get another chance to play them and hopefully get a win this time.” NDSU’s Taylor Braun, the conference’s leading scorer at 18.2 points per game, was held in check in the first matchup. Braun connected on only three of his 15 shots and

scored 11 points. Senior Karim Rowson handled most of the duties of slowing down Braun, and Gruis said this week’s matchup with NDSU will see a similar strategy out of the Coyotes. “I’m sure Karim (Rowson) will cover Braun. He almost always covers the other team’s best player,” Gruis said. “We did well versus him last time and that’s what we’ll have to do again.” Earlier in the year against Santa Clara, Braun only made one field goal on nine attempts, but was 18-19 from the free throw line en route to a 21-point night and a Bison win. Braun has gotten to the line at least 10 times in seven different games this year and is a 78 percent free-throw shooter. The Coyotes will then close out the season in Brookings against the Jackrabbits March 1. Before losing at NDSU 74-59, the Jackrabbits had rattled off six straight victories. Overall, SDSU is 16-11 (8-4) and will be the final game before the start of the Summit League Men’s Basketball Championship, which will be held March 8-11

in Sioux Falls. Even with two games left, the Coyotes have already set a new school record with six Summit League wins. They won five games in both of the previous two seasons. James said it’s rewarding to see the improvement, but he knows what’s important right now is to gain some momentum before heading to Sioux Falls. “Our main focus right now is to finish off the regular season on a good note and play aggressive,” James said. “We want to go to the tournament feeling good about ourselves.” The Coyotes will tip off in Fargo, N.D. at 7 p.m. Thursday and in Brookings at 4 p.m. Saturday.

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Sophomore guard Trey Norris runs the baseline to get around a Western Illinois defender in the Coyote’s last home game Feb. 22 in the DakotaDome.

Women tied for third in conference, set to play NDSU, SDSU Nathan Ellenbecker

After a split weekend in Omaha, Neb. and Macomb, Ill., the University of South Dakota’s women’s basketball team finds itself nearing the postseason with it’s two biggest rivals riding through Vermillion this week. The Coyotes (15-12, 6-6 Summit League) have a chance to make a statement with the Summit League conference’s last place North Dakota State and first place South Dakota State coming to the DakotaDome Thursday and Sunday. Not only will it be rivalry weekend, Sunday will also mark

senior night for the Coyotes’ lone senior Polly Harrington. “Knowing that it’s my last collegiate game and to know I won’t be able to lace them up and be on the court will be hard,” Harrington said. “I think I’ll enjoy it. It’ll be so emotional, but we’ll be so ready to go. It’ll be everything we have as a team, and it’ll be a fun game.” Harrington said she won’t let the attention just be on her as the team still has a job to do with March Madness just around the corner. “There’s always going to be different pressure,” Harrington said. “We have to come out and perform to our highest potential

now.” The Coyotes currently sit at 6-6 in conference play, good for third based off tiebreakers over Western Illinois and Fort Wayne. The seed is important, head coach Amy Williams said, but there’s much more the team needs to worry about. “For us, it’s a matter of trying to put ourselves in the best position possible,” Williams said. “Let’s be winning before we head up there and carry that momentum with us, so that whoever we play in that first round, we’re ready to go and playing with some confidence.” Over the weekend, USD

picked up a tight victory over Western Illinois on the road. The Coyotes saw six players hit double-digit scoring in the 79-76 victory, and junior guard Nicole Seekamp has continued to play well since coming back from an injury, scoring 18 points in the win. “I’m just trying to be consistent,” Seekamp said. “Last year, I was a little up and down. If I’m not scoring, at least I can be helping out defensively, and that’s helping me stay calm, and just playing as hard as I can.” It was the fourth win in five games for the women, who lost in Omaha just a few days before

to the University of NebraskaOmaha. After dropping behind by 17 points in the first half the team fought back to regain a lead late in the second half, but couldn’t finish the job. The Coyotes fell 69-61. Despite the loss, if the Summit League tournament were to start today, USD would sit at the third seed for the tourney. SDSU whipped USD almost a month back in Brookings, 88-69. That game was a turning point and prompted the Coyotes to win four of the last five games. The team said now is the time for revenge.

“We have to focus on ourselves,” Seekamp said. “It’s obviously going to be a fun week — rivalry week — and then the tournament. Everyone’s excited, but we want to go out with a bang.” But first, there still is NDSU Thursday. Tipoff begins at 7 p.m. from the Dome. “What we’re thinking is this is a team that came in last year, beat us on our home court,” Williams said. “NDSU has several scorers that are capable. They can be a very, very dangerous team.” Follow reporter Nathan Ellenbecker on Twitter @NJE13

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The Coyotes also saw wins from junior Tyler Sternhagen in the 400-meter dash, junior Erik Hill in the 60-meter hurdles, senior Cody Snyder in the shot put, senior Kevin Sarehkhani in the pole vault, junior Jeff O’Connell in the long jump and first-year Tyler Frank in the high jump. The Coyotes will head to Fort Wayne, Ind., to compete in the Summit League Indoor Championships this weekend. “Our ultimate goal for the conference meet is to be in the top two with the thought that maybe you could win it if things go right,” men’s coach Dave Gottsleben said. “That’s kind of been our goal for conference meets, and it has been for awhile.” The Coyotes have multiple

athletes ranked in the top 10 for their events going into the championships. Mettler is ranked number one for all of the events he will be competing in, which include the 3000meter run, one-mile run and five-kilometer run. “Obviously (Mettler) is a special young man, but he can’t win it by himself,” Gottsleben said. “He will do what he can do. We’re going to need a lot of people under (him) to step up too.” On the women’s side, USD has many top athletes competing as well. They will look to take first place against a tough North Dakota State team. The Coyotes have senior Megan Glisar, who is currently tied for third place in Division I rankings in the high jump, and junior Emily Grove, who set a new school record at the USATF Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., Sunday.

Glisar placed third, and Grove placed sixth in their respective events in Albuquerque. “You hope to win obviously, maybe break a conference record,” Huber said. “(Grove) brings so much energy and excitement to the other kids that she’ll be good at getting the other kids fired up. (As for Glisar), you go into it kind of maybe just wanting to focus on having a good jump, keeping your confidence going and get the rest of the team going.” The Coyotes’ distance runners are the ones to look at if the team is going to win conference, Huber said. “We have high hopes for our distance kids,” he said. “The most impressive group Friday night was our distance kids, so I feel like they’re ready to go and if we’re going to do well at the conference meet, it will be the distance kids we rely on.” Follow reporter Kelsey Kroger on Twitter @kkroger34

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