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Timeflies will perform at the University of South Dakota Mon. March 31. A venue has yet to be chosen for the concert. Read USD students' reaction to the announcement.
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Abbott alters job after VP resigns Megan Card
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POPPING PILLS TO MAKE THE GRADE
Illegal Adderall use surfaces as 'study drug' at USD Trent Opstedahl
Professors are piling on the homework before spring break. Midterms are underway, which causes sleepless nights of studying for exams. Stress levels are running high, and as sophomore Elizabeth Jensen, whose name has been changed to protect her identity, tries to assess how best to accomplish all that needs to be done. Her friend turns to her and says, “I’ve got you covered.” Out of a little orange bottle, sophomore Rachel Thompson, whose name has been changed to protect her identity, pulls out two tablets labeled “Adderall XR.” Thompson and Jensen quickly look around, and
"My close friends are the ones who usually come to me, but during midterms and finals week, a lot of people I don't know always come to me asking for it." -Rachel Thompson , sophomore without hesitation, pop the pills into their mouths. Now they wait, knowing it’s only a matter of time before the “study drug” takes effect. The prescription drug is an amphetamine used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, which is how Thompson obtains the drug, but the illegal pillpopping trend is more commonly happening among college students age 18 to
22, according to a 2009 study by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Adderall works by increasing the levels of dopamine — a chemical in the brain associated with pleasure, pain and attention — in the body, according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse. “If my friends are ever like, ‘Oh, I need this because I have so much to do,’ I’ll give them one,” Thompson
said. “My close friends are the ones who usually come to me, but during midterms and finals week, a lot of people I don’t really know always come to me asking for it.” While Thompson said she only has three or four “close friends” to whom she distributes Adderall regularly, she admitted to selling pills to students for money. Lauren Schuur, coordinator of prevention services for the Student Counseling Center at the University of South Dakota, is among the counseling staff that treats students who have been caught either distributing and/or ingesting prescription drugs. “It really varies as to SEE PILLS, PAGE A6
President James Abbott is reconfiguring some of the University of South Dakota’s administration positions after the recent resignation of the vice president of Marketing, Enrollment and Student Services. Jeff Baylor submitted his resignation letter Jan. 21 after joining the university in 2008, Abbott said. Baylor’s resignation was a “personnel matter,” and Abbott declined to BAYLOR comment on the reasons leading to the vice president’s departure. The Volante was not able to reach Baylor by phone or email for comment. In his absence, Abbott said the university will be seeking a vice president of Enrollment, Marketing and University Relations. Dean of Students Kim Grieve’s position will be elevated to the newly-created vice president of Student Services. “I have long felt that because students are the reason (the university) exists, Student Services should report directly to the president,” Abbott said. There is no one currently filling in at an interim position for Baylor, but Abbott said Grieve, Director of Communications and Media Relations Tena Haraldson and Dean of Enrollment Mark Petty are all handling work overseen by Baylor. Each is directly reporting to Abbott. The university is also working with a separate consulting firm to fill the vacant position, Haraldson said. Williams and Company Consulting, Inc., a separate firm from the one searching for USD’s next provost, was hired because Abbot said it has “significant experience in enrollment and student services.” Follow reporter Megan Card on Twitter @meg_card
Tax deadline coming, "Onward" set for public launch VITA assists students Nathan Ellenbecker
With spring break on the horizon, it is only a matter of time before taxes are due April 15. Though taxes may seem daunting, there are methods to make the process a bit easier. Tom Davies, an accounting and finance professor at the University of South Dakota, has a primary teaching area in tax. Davies said more than 50 percent of the public use paid tax preparers, so there are many who have a fear of not filling them out correctly and paying the consequences. He said the tax returns college students file are not
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The University of South Dakota Foundation’s capital campaign, “Onward South Dakota,” has raised just under $95 million to date, said Foundation President Steve Brown. Brown said the Foundation and USD administration have scheduled a public launch event for the campaign Oct. 10, 2014 — the Friday of Dakota Days. During the event, it the campaign's fundraising success will be announced, as well as any adjustments to the ultimate goal of $250 million. “The idea of a campaign is you try to raise half of your goal in a very targeted way, speaking with individuals you hope would make the largest gifts to
usually overly complicated, so they could more than likely do them on their own. “These returns are going to be fairly simple,” Davies said. “Most students’ returns are not all that complex.” Davies suggests taking advantage of the assistance provided by the IRS Volunteer Tax Assistance (VITA). It is one program that provides assistance to taxpayers with an income below $52,000, students included. The program is offered in local communities across the country at libraries, schools and other locations accessible to the public. Volunteers, a total of 12, The "Onward South Dakota" capital campaign will host an event to celebrate its public launch Oct. 10, 2014.
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USDA spending $3 million to feed honeybees M.L. Johnson Associated Press
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday it will spend millions of dollars to help farmers and ranchers improve pastures in five Midwestern states to provide food for the nation's struggling honeybees. Agricultural production has been threatened by a more than decade-long decline in commercial honeybees and their wild cousins due to habitat loss and pesticide use. Dairy farmers and ranchers in Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Dakotas can qualify for about $3 million to reseed pastures with alfalfa, clover and other plants appealing to both bees and livestock. The USDA is focusing on those five states because 65 percent of the nation's estimated 30,000 commercial beekeepers
bring hives there for at least part of the year. Corn, soybean and other farmers can qualify for money to plant cover crops, which typically go in after the regular harvest and help improve soil health, or to grow bee-friendly forage in borders and on the edges of fields. The program is just the latest in a series of USDA efforts to reduce honeybee deaths. The work is already paying off with changes to once-common beekeeping practices, such as supplementing bees' diet with high-fructose corn syrup, said David Epstein, a senior entomologist with the USDA. He noted that the quality of bees' food is as important as the quantity. "You can think of it in terms of yourself," Epstein said. "If you are studying for exams in college, and you're not eating properly
1962 The University of South Dakota Rodeo Club, which started in 1959 with a few students and a few shows in the area, had events planned with 20 different colleges and 120 students from various states that included bareback bronc riding, a saddle bronc contest, bull riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing and goat tying, which was considered a novelty. Negotiations were in the works in an effort to have fraternities who were not in the club to participate in an event.
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Commercial honeybees pollinate an estimated $15 billion worth of produce each year.
and you're existing on coffee, then you make yourself more susceptible to disease and you get sick." Tim Tucker, who has between 400 and 500 hives at sites in Kansas and Texas, said he may
take some of his bees to South Dakota this year. He hopes dairy farmers, beef cattle ranchers and others will sign up for the new USDA program by the March 21 deadline.
Vermillion police blotter >> Feb. 26 - March 4
For more information about the crimes featured below or for an interactive map with all of their locations, go to
Feb. 26 Police issued a DWI to a driver along S.D. Hwy. 50 after reportedly failing to stop at a stop sign and swerving between traffic lines.
Feb. 27 Police were contacted by a man at the Sanford Hospital emergency room. The man complained that another officer had planted a tracking device in his head and was often outside his home disguesed in camouflage spying on the man. He then accused the visting officer of attempt-
ing to put another tracking device in his head. A mental evaluation was ordered by medical personnel. A texting while driving citation was issued on Rose Street after an officer spotted the driver texting behind the wheel of her car. She admitted openly to the violation. Police transported a man to a hotel after an officer expressed concern over the man camping along East Cherry Street.
This week in Coyote History
March 1 A woman was arrested after violating probation when officers responded to a domestic dispute call East Duke Street. The woman was arguing with her mother about missing change. When told she was under arrest, she fought with the officer. The officer was forced to use pepper spray and was accidentally sprayed during the fight. Two men were arrested for for burglary and aggravated assualt when a caller reported the two men entered his home
along East Duke Street and assualted him. After investiagting the incident, police learned the two men believed the caller insulted one of the men's sister and had entered the trailer to confront him. It wasn't until the caller ordered them to leave his home did they assualt him. A man was charged with multiple offenses after damaging property at a convenience store along East Cherry Street. When police found him he was also found in possesion of marijuana.
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Junior Nick Burke sings 'Radioative" by Imagine Dragons during the USD Idol contest held by the Campus Activities Board in Aalfs Auditorium March 4.
in native studies.
Oscar Howe exhibition USD symphony start spring with festival in the works for fall The Oscar Howe Curatorial Fellowship is working toward curating an original Oscar Howe exhibition at the University of South Dakota from the permanent collection. The fellowship was created as part of the Contemporary Native Arts Program of USD. It trains fellows in collections management, curatorial writing and exhibition installation design for museum work. American Indian students Rayna Hernandez and Isaac Yellowbank are collaborating this semester with University Art Galleries staff for an exhibition next fall. Hernandez studies English and painting at USD, and Yellowbank is studying kinesiology and sports science with a minor
The University of South Dakota Symphony Orchestra will present its spring concert March 6 in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre at 7:30 p.m. The event is open to the public and free of charge. The Department of Music is set to host its spring orchestra festival all day March 7. High school students interested in orchestra and music from around the state were invited to attend and will spend the day learning and having fun. After the day, students will have a concert at 6:30 p.m. in the theatre to present music. Various career services will be offered to students upon returning from spring break starting Monday, Mar. 24 through Friday, Mar. 28.
Variety of speakers to be featured in MUC Representatives from the Academic and Career Planning Center will host the event “RESUMANIA” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day in the first floor of the Muenster University Center. The workshop will provide students with critiques and suggestions on their resume and cover letter. Career-related questions can also be answered during this time. The Academic and Career Planning Center will also host an information event in honor of career week designed to help students discover their dream career Monday, Mar. 31 in the MUC Ballroom from 1 to 2 p.m. A financial planning workshop presented by Joe Sztapka the regional director for modern woodmen, will cover topics such as how to avoid credit blunders, retirement packages and smart
investment. Open to all students, the event will take place Monday, Mar. 31 from 2 to 3 p.m. and again from 4 to 5 p.m. in the MUC Ballroom. Susan Hackemer of the USD Honors Progam, will give a presentation on various scholarships and fellowships that aren’t just about money. Taking place in MUC room 216 from 2 to 3 p.m., the event will cover awards such as the Fulbright, Goldwater, Udall and Truman.
STATE Pipeline oppononents able to voice opinions TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline opponents may have a chance to voice their views to the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) as the deadline approaches. The PUC approved a permit for TransCanada to build the pipeline across South Dakota in June 2010, with it being completed in 2011 or 2012. President Obama has yet to approve the project but is expected to decide on an outcome in the spring or early summer 2014, to have the pipeline come in to the United States. Opponents would likely say there is no longer a high need for the Keystone XL pipeline for oil as there was in 2010 when the permit was granted by the PUC.
USD to host Olympiad State Tournament The 30th annual South Dakota Science Olympiad State Tournament is set to take place Mar. 22 at the University of South Dakota. Sixteen middle schools and high schools across the state will compete, with a total of more than 225 students. Open house activities, including a presentation by Sanford Research and the Digital STARLAB by the South Dakota Discovery Center, are scheduled throughout the day, along with individual challenges and team events. Top teams from the science divisions will move on to the 2014 National Science Olympiad Tournament in May. USD faculty, staff and students are scheduled to organize judge the events.
Former NFL standout set to speak in Viborg Ben Leber, Vermillion native and former NFL linebacker will speak at the 3rd Annual Pioneer Memorial Foundation Gala Event. The event will be held in Viborg, South Dakota March 14 at 6 p.m. at the Bridges of Beresford Golf Club. A live auction and silent auction are set to take place which will include a pair of seats from the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, previously the Minnesota Vikings site, which will be auto-
graphed by Leber. USD and SDSU fan packages of tickets, VIP passes and sideline passes will also be featured. Master of ceremonies for the night will be KSFY news anchor Paige Pearson. The cost of the event is $40 per person, which includes appetizers, auction admittance and full dinner.
NATION Facebook status voids $80,000 settlement
A teen cost her father $80,000 by writing a status on Facebook. Patrick Snay, 69, sued Gulliver Preparatory School in Coral Gables, Fla. for age discrimination and won $10,000 in back wages and an $80,000 settlement. Snay had to keep the deal secret if he wanted the deal to go through. Snay broke that deal and told his daughter, recent prep school grad Dana Snay, about it, who proceeded to tell others on Facebook. The status read: "Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver. Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT." The school did not pay the settlement, saying he broke the confidentiality agreement. On Wednesday, an appeals court agreed.
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Midterm exams collide with Spring Break excitement Hannah nagy is a sophomore majoring in English.
As a college student who intends on having fun during Spring Break, I am hit by reality when I am reminded of the midterm exams and projects due afterward. Professors should not assign tests after break. I know they have to work around their schedules to accommodate spring break in the middle of their curricula, but surely they remember the necessary fun of Spring Break. I would rather have the stress out of the way before spring break so I could enjoy the time at my leisure. The opportunity to travel is a chance I want to grasp and appreciate. Being a busy student means I do not get a lot of free time, and spring break is supposed to be exactly that. We’re supposed to be living our lives, visiting with our families, having fun with friends and enjoying warm weather — if Mother Nature permits. Students should not have to bury their heads in a book, studying for a test which could have taken place before Spring Break. When I travel, I never get as much studying done as I planned. In my opinion,
those professors who have midterms after Spring Break are essentially setting me up for failure. I am a decent student, but even I have my limits of studying, and I think others do as well. I have often heard my parents say college was the best time of their lives. Sometimes, I wonder if that is the truth, with all the stress students face these days. We are supposed to eat healthy, work out, get eight hours of sleep, study for every class — at least two hours for each credit hour taken — and then maybe have a social life. In the article “Sources of stress among students” in the “College Students Journal”, it was found that vacations and breaks were a significant stressor for 82 percent of the surveyed college students, above “change in eating habits… new responsibilities… and increased workload.” Something is not right with this picture. The article then organizes the different types of stress, and vacations/breaks fall under an environmental stressor. A professor has an opportunity to lessen that environmental stressor if they would assign projects and tests before long breaks rather than after. Students “just wanna have fun”, as Cyndi Lauper would say. Spring Break is a time for students to escape the rules of school. It is our reward for working hard, and it would be nice to be able to savor that freedom.
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No excuse for Adderall abuse In 1993, about four percent of American college students used prescription drugs for nonmedical uses, according to a March 2007 study in the journal “Addiction”. By 2001, that number had increased to 10 percent. Then, in 2010, that number spiked to 27 percent. The majority of the prescription drugs being used on college campuses are Adderall and Ritalin, which are used to legally treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Students who are not prescribed these drugs use them to pull all-nighters and stay focused the entire time. However, if someone who is not prescribed Adderall takes it, it can cause real harm, especially with continued use. The main ingredient in Adderall is amphetamine salts, the same substances found in drugs like meth. Not only is Adderall an addictive drug, but according to AdderallAbuse.net, abusing Adderall to the point of addiction can cause schizophrenia, paranoia or psychosis. Additionally, because Adderall alters certain chemicals in the brain, it can increase blood pressure, blood glucose and heart rate and constrict blood vessels in the bodies of users who aren’t using it for ADHD. There’s also a risk of heart attack and seizure. There’s a reason it’s classified as a Class II drug by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, along with PCP, oxycontin and cocaine. Students think popping an Adderall to pull an all-nighter to study for that big midterm is going to help them get an A the next morning. The crash they’ll feel when they come down from their Adderall high is going to feel even worse
Rebecca Kroeger/ the volante than getting that bad grade. If they’re taking Adderall frequently, they could also end up addicted. Even worse, they’re making life more difficult for students who actually are taking Adderall for their diagnosed ADHD. As ADHD diagnoses have increased in the last 10 years, the stigma attached to the disorder has grown; people believe the disorder is a cop-out for laziness or bad
behavior. However, scientific evidence shows an ADHD brain lacks dopamine and norepinephrine in the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain that regulates attention and behavior. Adderall counteracts that, releasing those two chemicals into the brain. Just like handicapped parking spaces, prescription drugs like Adderall are there to make life a little bit easier for those who need them.
Handicapped parking spaces don’t exist for people who are simply too lazy to walk across a parking lot. It’s the same with Adderall. When students abuse Adderall, they abuse a system that makes doing well in school possible for those with ADHD. Don’t take Adderall unless there is a medical need for it. Not only is it harmful to the body, but it’s abusing a system for the people who actually need it.
Muckey, Hoffman SGA term ‘ignites movement in Coyote pride’ Campaign promises are only fulfilled so often, and I am proud to say Clay and I have worked with our senators to ensure SGA would accomplish what we hoped for, and more. We are satisfied that we have successfully “built our legacy” through our efforts to build a Division 1 atmosphere on campus, enhance the campus community and develop ways to make SGA more accessible to students. As we leave office, we know
there are certainly issues SGA must face going forward. There have been significant outcries during this election season, namely that SGA has been disconnected from the student body. We understand many of the frustrating realities that are contributing to that. Unfortunately, this is not new and will be a question for years to come. As a new administration and senate enters the scene, students must ask: How will SGA
balance listening to the voices of each student while also getting things done for students? The answer? It is a difficult balance. This term, we were active in improving student organization funding opportunities, enhancing our committee structure and election procedures, creating an SGA Strategic Plan and transition documents for your representatives, igniting a movement of Coyote pride and building positive working
relationships with our administration, staff, faculty and state leaders. We have added an executive position, the External Communications Manager, which will significantly improve the way SGA connects with the students. We have been highly successful in action for the students, knowing that our communications to and with the general student body can improve. Positive change comes
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in more than just one term and doesn’t always come in ways you would expect, as we learned and grew from. Yes, concerns remain, but this year’s SGA has successfully laid a foundation which will allow the student voice to be enhanced and represented effectively for years to come. Knowing this, we are hopeful for the future of USD students. We are thankful to have been able to serve you for the past year and thankful for the
unending amount of support we have received from you. We are so grateful to have met nearly all of you (Clay is USD’s social juggernaut!) and hope to still meet you if we haven’t. We have laid everything on the line for you, and it has been an experience we will never forget. Thank you for choosing us, and we wish you all of our best! With gratitude and a GO YOTES, Erik Muckey SGA President, 2013-2014
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Commentary Cherry Street crosswalk causes conflict ANDY SCHULTZE is a senior majoring in contemporary media and journalism.
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Every day, some students cross one of three crosswalks on their way to classes. The question often arises should students push the button? Or take a chance?
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As I walk to or from class, most days I use the crosswalk near North Complex. Nearly every time I approach, I see a group of students standing at the edge of the sidewalk gazing down Cherry Street waiting for a quick gap in traffic to dart across, rather than use the crosswalk light. Often times when I see students try to dart across Cherry Street, they do so directly in front of cars, forcing motorists to slam on their brakes to avoid hitting them. At this particular crosswalk, I have even seen students stand there for upward of five minutes in negative 20 degree temperatures for a gap in traffic to cross. This light never takes more than one to two minutes to change. We as students need to start
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where pedestrians may cross the roadway. You (drivers) must yield to pedestrians in or about to enter a crosswalk.” While drivers are required by law to stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk, that doesn’t always mean they will see pedestrians, nor be able to stop in time. USD first-year Braeden Garrett doesn’t seem too worried. “I am not worried, nor do I think other students are worried about being hit,” he said. “Drivers are very cautious around that crosswalk, because they are aware that nobody really uses the crosswalk light there.” That’s a bold leap of faith, to jump out into the street in front of a car going 25 miles per hour, certainly one I am not willing to take. Think twice about not using the crosswalk light. It only takes a few seconds for the light to change to “walk”, and regardless of what the perception of the crosswalk lights might be, drivers may not always be paying as much attention as they should be. Follow Andy Schultze on Twitter @AndySchultze
Commons meal plan causes a controversy SAM MCMAHON is a sophomore majoring in English Education.
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using the lights, no matter how much traffic, or how cold it may be, or how many people are waiting to cross at the same time. Is there some unwritten code in the University of South Dakota first-year handbook that says not to use it? Or, do their fellow classmates think of students who use the light as “not cool”? USD first-year Ambyr Bernhard crosses there four to six times per day. “When first attending USD, I always got told that all the freshmen need to learn not to use the crosswalk, because it is lame and over rated,” Bernhard said. When asked why students don’t use the light Bernhard also said, “I am aware the light changes immediately, so I won’t use it when traffic is light because it’s easier to let a car or two go by than make them stop.” She did say she does use the light when traffic is heavy, and that her reason for not using it has nothing to do with her peers. According to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, Rules of the Road: “Crosswalks define the area
It is morally, ethically and lawfully wrong to steal. Still, select groups of students show no qualms about doing just that when they go to eat at the commons. With the movement of the commons from North Complex to the Muenster University Center, it has greatly increased the ability for students to take advantage of the meal plan system. On multiple occasions, I have seen a group of people go and sit in the main area of the MUC and one person will go pay at the commons and get their food. Upon their return, the receipt that the student received after payment of their meal is passed to another group member. In this way, an entire table of people can eat for only one meal charged at the commons. If this were to happen at any buffet style restaurant the establishment would require that the offender pay for a meal. “I don’t think that it’s right,” said first-year Sierra Johnson. “You are paying for that meal and then you see others getting it for free.” I do not feel that these instances constitute the majority of students here at USD, but there are those who feel
the need to take advantage of a flawed system. Many may argue that Aramark charges students far too much for many of the items that they provide on campus. Mark ups can be regularly seen in places such as the Bump or the Pod, and it is not something that I will deny. That being said, it is still possible to live off an Aramark meal plan without having to cheat the system. There are those who would point out that I do not share the same situations that they do since, as a Community Advisor on campus, I get my meal plan as part of my compensation package. To those people, I would say that I survived just fine my first year on campus with a meal plan when I had to pay for it. I never went hungry, and was able to afford snacks and such with my flex money. I feel that the movement of the commons to the MUC has been a positive change, but there are still issues that need to be addressed. One of the main problems is the ability for students to re-enter the commons. Many times there is only one person running cards at the entrance. It is hard enough to keep a line from backing up during peak eating times. If the checker was also required to verify every receipt that came back in, it would be a nightmare. No system will be perfect, but certainly measures can be taken to ensure that this sort of practice does not become commonplace here at the university. Reach columnist Sam McMahon at Sam.McMahon@coyotes.usd.edu
Michael Sam’s big decision: consequences on and off the field DYLAN HUGGINS is a sophomore majoring in contemporary media and journalism.
Every decision we make in life has consequences. There are people who will agree or disagree with you, no matter what you do. Michael Sam, former defensive end for the Missouri Tigers and 2013 SEC Defensive Player of the Year, made a decision earlier this February that could have major consequences for
his career. In a preseason football practice last year, Sam and his teammates were put into groups for a team building exercise. Each member of the team stood up and stated their name, hometown, why they chose Missouri, and something no one knows about them. When it was Sam’s turn, he told his teammates he was gay. Even though Sam’s sexuality should have nothing to do with whether or not teams will draft him, it almost certainly will. According to CBS Sports, he is projected to be the 11th defensive end taken out of 70. Sam took a risk announcing his sexuality before the draft. Since he made his announcement, his stock has fallen sig-
nificantly. He knew the consequences of this decision, but he made it anyway. I disagree with those who say it was a bad decision for him to make this announcement. The team that eventually drafts Sam will have the unique opportunity to show they agree with me. At the NFL combine, college football players show what they can do by performing drills in front of NFL executives and coaches. When discussing Sam’s character, an NFL official stated, “He seemed too good to be true, so I kept trying to get find something that seemed off. There was nothing. This guy has no weakness in his character.” The Missouri football team deserves a lot of credit for not
turning Sam’s decision into a distraction. Instead of excluding him, the football team embraced Sam. They could have refused to play with Sam. They could have told the media about his announcement. Instead, they focused on winning football games. In South Dakota, I’m not sure how people would respond to the coming out of a university athlete. Although a 2012 Williams Institute study found that 45 percent of the state supports gay marriage, we have had a constitutional ban against same-sex marriages since 2006. For the most part, if an athlete can make a positive impact on his or her team, their
sexuality shouldn’t matter. As the SEC’s 2013 Defensive Player of the year, Sam has proven that his sexuality has no effect on his playing ability. If Sam played for the Coyotes, I think most people would be concerned with how he can help the team win games rather than his sexuality. Whether it’s playing sports, running a business or working at your job, people with different backgrounds, religions and sexuality should be able to work together. As long as an individual is doing their job that’s all that should matter. This shouldn’t be a problem, but unfortunately it is. Follow Dylan Huggins on Twitter @dhugg23
OVERHEARD Here you’ll find the weirdest, funniest and stupidest things we’ve heard during the week. Context is for suckers.
“You swear like a sailor, and I love it.” — Al Neuharth Media Center
“I can’t decide if I want to wear pants or not tonight.” — Madison Street
“At least you’ve got a friend!” — Volante Newsroom
“Sometimes I wonder what it’s like to have an afro.” — Coyote Village
“So, if I need to be a prostitute in Mexico, I’m set.” — Adams Street
“Listen, I already had to switch from ‘sloppy joe’ to ‘tavern.’ I can’t go through this again.” — Muenster University Center
“What if you had been mistaking avocado for mayo? That would be embarrassing.” — Lincoln Street
IN THE KNOW: Spring Break is next week. Be ready to hit the beaches. IN THE DARK: Why would you want to be in the dark? It’s Spring Break. IN THE KNOW: The ballot box for the Student Government Association ends March 5. Log in and vote before 8 p.m. IN THE DARK: Certain departments will have other candidates to vote for, so watch out for that. IN THE KNOW: Ellen Degeneres, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lawrence and Meryl Streep took a popular selfie at the 2014 Oscars. IN THE DARK: The selfie reached three million retweets and resulted in the short-term breakdown of Twitter itself. IN THE KNOW: Matthew McConaughey won Best Actor during the Oscars Sun., March 2, for the film “Dallas Buyers Club.” IN THE DARK: Leonardo DiCaprio, Gary Oldman and Robert Downey, Jr. have yet to win a Best Actor Oscar. Be strong, guys. IN THE KNOW: The week after Spring Break kicks off Self-Harm Awareness week. IN THE DARK: “...According to Josh,” a play about selfhelp speaker Josh Rivedal’s father’s suicide, is coming to the USD March 17, at 8 p.m. in the Freedom Forum Conference Room in the Al Neuharth Media Center.
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whether it’s reported or not reported, because students giving out their meds aren’t usually going to report it,” Schuur said. “From doing research on prescription use, it is still mostly under wraps.” Schuur said taking prescription drugs like Adderall illegally can be costly, even though the immediate effects of the drug can seem worthwhile. “The dangers of the effects it can have in the long-run are greatly increased,” said Schuur, particularly noting the heath and career risks of taking Adderall without a prescription. The Federal Drug Administration classifies Adderall in the same category as cocaine and methamphetamine. But as Jensen said, the immediate affects of Adderall can be perceived as rewarding. “If I have a test coming up and I have to study all day, that’s when I usually ask for it,” Jensen said. Schuur said the Student Counseling Center has never researched extensively into how often prescription abuse at USD occurs, but said about 15 to 20 percent of the clients the Center sees are involved in some aspect of drug abuse.
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"The bottom line is if you don't have a prescription, don't take it." -Rachel Thompson , sophomore Schuur said most of the time, students referred to the Center by Students Rights and Responsibilities are found to be in possession of marijuana. “It’s harder to detect (prescription drug usage), but even harder to find,” Schuur said. “With marijuana, you can smell it.” Any student referred to the Center by SRR is required to undergo a drug screening, said Schurr. “It’s important for students to know what the consequences are,” she said. “I do always focus on the legality of the issue, because since they are on campus the penalties are a little different than if they were out in the community.” In South Dakota, possessing Adderall without a prescription or distributing the drug is a Class 4 felony. “It happens a lot more than people think,” Thompson said. “It’s very available.” Lawyer Joe Reed, who operates Joe Reed Law Office in downtown Vermillion, is contracted by the Student Government Association to provide certain legal services to students, free of charge. On average, Reed said he represents between 50 to 60 students a year, and
estimates he sees two or three cases that specifically deal with illegal Adderall activity. “The bottom line is if you don’t have a prescription, don’t take it,” Reed said. As spring midterm week continues into the final stretch and the amount of time students spend studying for exams increases, Thompson said she expects the amount of people who contact her for a few Adderall pills to also increase. “A lot of people have been asking me for them already,” Thompson said. “It could be a dangerous thing, but it’s not usually a
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Ten years imprisonment in the state penitentiary. In addition, a fine of $20,000 may be imposed.
big deal.” Similar to the drug abuse cases the Student Counseling Center sees, Reed said a majority of the student cases he sees begin with marijuana possession. He said aside from the legal troubles associated with drug abuse, abusing drugs like Adderall can have longstanding nega-
tive effects. “Now’s the time to be careful,” he said. “That (a felony record) can haunt you for the rest of your life.” Follow reporter Trent Opstedahl on Twitter @TrentOp
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“Not on the daily, but if students have a big test, yes, they can have it. It’s easier to stay up and study if caffeine can’t cut it.”
ASSOCIATED RISKS of taking Adderall for non medical abuses include:
Seizure Hypertension Stroke Heart attack Psychosis Agressive behavior Sudden death
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“Students shouldn’t be doing it unless they have a medical reason. Drugs aren’t meant to be messed around with and misused.”
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Hollie Zwart Sophomore "It depends on if it is doctor prescribed. It’s a drug, and we’ve all seen things about negative side effects about drugs." Ian Finn Junior
“If they have a prescription, why not? There’s a lot of misconception about Adderall.” Kevin Wagner First-year MICHAEL GEHEREN AND TRENT OPSTEDAHL I PHOTO ILLUSTRATION
SGA at odds with future measures of Senate Bill 62 Josie Flatgard
The University of South Dakota Student Government Association has yet to come to a decision on a bill that would allocate four at-large senate seats to traditionally marginalized students. SGA Senators tabled Senate Bill 62 during their Mar. 4 meeting after two rounds of discussion involving the Senate and
the gallery. Discussion over the bill was started when Senator Sean McCann presented the bill with no recommendation from the Student and Internal Affairs Committee. Senator Alexis Oskolkoff, who proposed the bill, explained the recent updates of the bill. A vote was taken to pass the bill with an outcome of 17 no, three yes and three abstentions. Senator Rachelle Norberg
voted to pass the bill, but said she had no comment on the outcome. Oskolkoff said she did prove the legality of the bill and said it was unfortunate the Senate did not work with her as she did offer the bill to be changed. “Hopefully the next administration will be able to come up with something because there really needs to be a policy in place,” she said. With a vote to not pass the bill, senator Brent Olinger, said
he thinks Senate Bill 62 brings up many issues that are on campus with culture but did not necessarily solve any. “I don’t know if necessarily putting seats on the council is going to change that,” Olinger said. “I think it’s really a cultural change.” He said the office of diversity and the new happenings with the multicultural center are methods to start changing. He said he thinks SGA can use parts of the bill, but feels they
can do more to promote culture and diversity than the bill at hand. Conversation about whether or not it was valid to table the bill after voting to not pass it, according to parliamentary procedures, came about toward the end of the meeting. No decisions were made and it was postponed to be resolved the next meeting Mar. 18.
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Wire Me Awake Clinical psychology students to attract more put skills to use in the field than 225 students Braley Dodson
Business-minded students at the University of South Dakota will have their shot at $4,000 cash and other prizes during Wednesday's Wire Me Awake conference in the Muenster University Center. Co-founded by Ben Hanten, the entrepreneurial conference will bring together over 225 students and professionals to collaborate on business ideas, exchange advice and ultimately learn more on what it takes to be a successful start-up or small business. 'We hope people connect," Hanten said. "This is a chance to get the entrepreneurs of the area into one room to have an chance to network and seek opportunities they could not otherwise." The day's events will cap off with a pitch contest, in which 21 USD students will have a chance to pitch their business ideas to a panel. Top prize will take home $4,000. Second place wins $3,000, third place win $2,000 and fourth place wins $1,000. Hanten said the money is meant to help student's get their business pitches off the ground. "The competition is more about being able to form a pitch, not necessarily just the idea the student is pitching," he said. "Most people in business know it's all about execution." Wednesday marks the first time the conference is being held on the USD campus and Tasha Anderson, USD business research and economic development liaison, said it is a great opportunity for students. "There has been a big push in entrepreneurial classes for students to form ideas for the pitch competition," she said. "It's great that students have this here to get outside help in how to get things going." In addition to three sets of sessions throughout the day, there will be three speakers at the event. Among them is Jenny Blake, author of "Life After College," a book aimed to equip college students with the mindset necessary to excel after graduation. Blake said she will speak
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with 10 from the law school, and two from the business school, are IRS-certified. They can then help those who need to file with preparation of a simple income tax return via electronic filing. Interim associate dean of the law school John Glover said a lot has changed since he went to law school in the matter of how much students are involved. “We’re very pleased with how active our students are,” Glover said. He said there is a more community-oriented feel now as students volunteer for events such as the valuable VITA program’s. Second-year law student Emily Lessin organized the program this year and volunteered in 2013. Lessin said this year there has been a greater response with 43 people who have been helped so far. She said there were more students who were assisted in 2013, while more community members have come in this year. She recommended students find a quiet spot to do their tax return with no distractions and understand the ins-and-outs to get the best out of your filing. “Even if you are not required to file taxes, you can still get credits which would give you money,” Lessin said. “A lot of people think they’re not going to get anything and they do.” Although everyone has a different situation, Lessin said many students might be eligible to file with education credits. In order to file, a person
In the third part of this three-part series about counseling facilities at the University of South Dakota, The Volante provides insight on some of the projects clinical psychology are involved in.
about the new form of thinking graduates need to have in a frequently changing world. "In the new world, our brains need to work like a smart phone," Blake said. "Things are changing fast and we aren't able to think in the slowly progressive way we used to. Things are changing just like a smart phone, so we need to be able to download apps to deal with those changes. And just like a smart phone it is important to recharge in order to have a fluid, dynamic career." Registration for Wire Me Awake is open 9-10 a.m. Wednesday and cost $40 for students and $80 for the public.
Clinical psychology students are taking counseling services out of the classroom through research and future aspirations. Barbara Yutrzenka is the director of the clinical psychology program at the University of South Dakota and said the program is a combination of clinical training and research. “There’s a variety of things they might do,” Yutrzenka said. There are currently 28 students enrolled in the clinical psychology program, with five students placed in fifth year internships. All students but first years in the program are involved in meeting with clients for taped counseling sessions.
A broad field of work Graduate student Ryan Reed said he first got involved in psychology because of his social tendencies and experience with campus sports. “I interacted well with others,” Reed said. At USD, Reed has used his skills in psychology to work athletics. Reed said he focuses on training athletes to avoid distractions and visualize responses and counteractions through techniques such as self-8talk. “There’s a million distractions,” Reed said. He worked with players on relaxation techniques, routine setting and attention manipulation. “Mentally, you’re practicing,” Reed said. “If you’re playing it in your head, you’re teaching yourself the reaction.” The techniques he worked with athletics to master are used in other athletic settings. “It’s huge in the Olympics,” Reed said. Reed is currently a member of the Navy Reserves. After graduation, he’ll have a yearlong internship at a naval base followed by at least three years in the service, where he said he’s unsure what field of psychology he will be placed in. “That’s the beauty of psychology, it’s broad,” Reed said. “It’s vastly different from standard psychology,” Reed said. Going into the clinical psy-
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chology program, Reed knew he wanted to study a field that would be applicable in the Navy. “When you come in, not everyone knows what you’re going to do,” Reed said. “For me, it’s always going to be about combat trauma.” Reed is at the end of his fourth year in the clinical psychology program at USD. The first year of the program is filled with intense coursework and the production of a thesis. Students begin seeing clients during their second year; continue taking multiple classes and work on a thesis project. In the third year of the program, students are placed in a practicum and must complete 16-20 hours of work for a community health clinic a week while courses lessen in intensity. The fourth year is oriented toward clinics, with an increase in client care hours while students work on a dissertation proposal. The fifth year is spent in a year-long internship. Reed spends a day each week focusing on research, two weeks in Mitchell working with patients and two days in Vermillion attending classes and seeing patients. First in specialized training Yutrzenka said USD was the first university in the nation to offer specialty training in disaster psychology. She said a third of the students in the clinical psychology program receive the training. “We were the first and are the core in preparing for those experiences,” Yutrzenka said. Yutrzenka said the training has allowed students to pursue careers with Veterans Affairs, and that one alumni went on to work in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. “They’ve become leaders in disaster response,” Yutrzenka said. “There are a lot of people who do this work, but not a lot specialized to do the work.” Research in trauma, such as Reed’s work with PTSD and its symptoms, is common at the university. Students have done research in fields such as how PTSD is related to alcohol abuse, and vice versa. Research has also been performed to investigate the stress experienced by farmers and communities that have faced tragedies such as youth suicides. “A lot of research links to clinical work,” Yutrzenka said. “Students are living and breath-
"Mentally, you're practicing. If you're playing it in your head, you're teaching yourself the reaction."
-Ryan Reed , graduate student
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Graduate clinical psychology student Ryan Reed trains with USD athletes to help them better focus on the field. Reed is a member of the Navy Reserves.
ing clinical work.” A pertinance to everyday life Graduate student Nick Jones just finished collecting data on the perceived ethics about social media and counselors. His research centered around whether clients found it appropriate to follow and friend their therapists on social media sites. Jones said research has previously been done on what the therapist’s response to actions such as Googling clients is, but research has never been done from a client’s point of view. “I thought it was pertinent,” Jones said. “I think it’s an integral part of our daily lives.” Jones said he hopes to publish his findings and is in the midst of analyzing his data. “It looks like clients have similar views as clinicians,” Jones said. “Clients are viewing social media activities as unacceptable.” Jones said he first came across the idea for his project during his first year in the program after reading an article about therapists Googling clients.
Yutrzenka said there is currently no ethical guideline regarding the social media interaction between counselors and clients. Jones’ research may pave the way for future ethical guidelines for these interactions, a topic Yutrzenka said many therapists and clients feel is inappropriate. “You want to contribute the best you can to your field,” Jones said. “I hope something comes of it.” Follow reporter Braley Dodson on Twitter @BraleyDodson
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Other stories in the series about the Student Counseling Center at USD. Also find information about how to contact counseling services at USD.
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must have the essential documents. For example, VITA requires the presence of a social security card, a form of personal identification, a W-2, information on scholarships and tuition and any existing tax documents. While no dates are set in March for VITA, they will hold two more sessions at the Vermillion Public Library April 5 and 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Another will be hosted at the Law School April 8 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Davies said not to put off doing taxes until April 15, because penalties could arise. He said the idea of taxes is more intimidating than students think they really are. “While it seems scary, it’s not as bad as it seems,” Davies said. “They’re actually not as hard as most people believe, especially the simple ones.” submitted photo I coyote news
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A law student certified through VITA volunteers time to aid those in need of help with tax preparation.
QUICK TIPS: The Volante sat down with Tom Davies, an accounting and finance professor at the University of South Dakota, to learn more about what students should consider when preparing their taxes before April 15. ☐
Know your responsibilities Identify whether or not you have to file. There could be a penalty if you are required to file and fail to do so. There is an income limit at which it is necessary for some people to file.
Talk to your parents Find out how they fill out their tax return to help you fill out yours. See if you are a dependent with your parents. If they can claim you as a dependent, Davies said it would impact the
rules that are applicable to you as a taxpayer.
Try to file on your own While the cost is not great, Davies does not recommend going straight to a paid preparer for help. Get the forms to look over and try to fill them out yourself.
Wait to file until you have all the necessary documents Don’t rush just because you want your refund earlier—some information
is not due until the end of January, meaning you will not hear back about it until later. If you didn’t add the new information, the International Revenue Service (IRS) could discover the return is not correct.
Report all of your income Your employer is required to file for taxes, so the IRS will see both returns to match the two. If they don’t match, the IRS will be in contact with you.
Know your social security number It will be checked in processing by the IRS.
Don't be aggressive in claiming expenses Davies said he does not recommend being aggressive. If in doubt about a deductible, make sure it is or simply do not claim it. Know the rules about deductibles and what can be claimed. Note: most personal expenses are not deductible.
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No, filling out the forms won't take that long, but the process can get tiresome, so think about setting aside an entire weekend to finish the process.
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Vermillion works to retain USD students Michael Geheren
The Vermillion Area Chamber and Development Company (VCDC) is working on three ways to retain University of South Dakota students in Vermillion after graduation. With the addition of Eagle Creek Software Services, residential property Bliss Pointe and the Prentis Park master plan, the VCDC and Vermillion City Council are making improvements to make Vermillion an attractive location to continue their lives. “Over the last 10 years the trends have shown we are not retaining any students (in Vermillion). We stepped back and said why,” said Steve Howe, executive director of VCDC. “It gets to: We don’t have the career opportunities, we don’t have the housing and we don’t have the amenities. We are actively out there trying to change that.”
Jobs The keys to the Vermillion Technology Center will be handed over to Eagle Creek in June 2014. Work continues on the $5 million building owned by the VCDC. Eagle Creek will lease the entire building. The layout features open office spaces to allow flexibility for the tenant. Eagle Creek believes in a collaborative environment, so the building will have an open layout with large windows, said Joanne Ustad, resource developer at Eagle Creek. “Eagle Creek is a team environment,” Ustad said. The building features two self-sufficient wings. The wings can be sealed off if Eagle Creek does not need the additional space or decides to leave Vermillion. Each wing contains bathrooms, offices and three pods. Each pod contains a conference room, office and space for cubicles. “Without massive structural
changes we would be able to accommodate up to six tenants in this building,” Howe said. “We hope we will never have to do that, because we are excited about the growth of Eagle Creek already.” The interior will also feature a break room with a gaming area for pastimes such as foosball or a pool table. The exterior of the building will feature large windows and a design, which slightly reflects the Lee Medical building on USD’s campus. Howe said the VCDC wanted to bring some of the architectural features from USD off-campus. Howe said the building’s timeline and budget are on track. “We’re taking a huge risk that this company is going to be here and be strong, but we believe in them. That’s the message, though…we’re making things happen here in Vermillion,” Howe said. Eagle Creek is an information technology company based in Minneapolis, Minn. IT consultants will work on projects involving customer relationship management, business intelligence, big data and mobile application development. The company hopes to recruit from students in the newly launched IT Consultant Academy at the University of South Dakota. Students have the opportunity to take courses paid for by Eagle Creek, an internship and possible employment with the company. Students have to apply for the program with Continuing and Distance Education. The academy will offer Project Management for Business Consulting and Software Engineering for IT Consulting in the fall semester. Ustad said another training course begins March 25 to have a larger staff move into the Vermillion Technology Center when it opens. The VCDC owns an office
park located across from Walmart where the Eagle Creek building is being constructed. Howe said the VCDC is looking for companies to build office space on the property. Housing The VCDC also owns residential property west of USD called Bliss Pointe. The new residential development will be ready for development by August. “In the absence of developers coming in and doing something, we figured we needed to do something,” Howe said. “Economic development offices and chamber of commences don’t typically do housing developments.” The VCDC will install streets, water and sewage to make the lots developable. The development is located near Valiant Vineyards Winery and overlooks the bluffs. It was designed with both higher end and less expensive housing in mind, Howe said. In Monday’s city council meeting, city manager John Prescott said the streets in the development will be named after famous artists. In 2012, the city of Vermillion conducted a talent attraction survey and workforce housing survey. One of the ideas from the survey was to more fully develop the art and cultural significance of Vermillion, Prescott said. “We thought we had a unique opportunity with Bliss Pointe after famous artists, painters and writers of our era. We selected 21st century artist who had relatively simple names to spell and fit on a street sign,” Prescott said. The street names will be: Rockwell Trail, O’Keeffe Circle, Joplin Street, Frost Trail and Wilder Road. Attractions The City Council adopted a master plan to redesign Prentis Park in January.
CAB signs Timeflies Venue yet to be determined Nathan Ellenbecker
Tuesday night, Campus Activity Board announced it will be bringing the duo Timeflies to the University of South Dakota, and the question still remains where the concert will be held. “It’s going to be a large concert,” Taylor Moore, CAB president, said. “We are still working on a venue, but it will be a concert everyone enjoys.” Moore said multiple venues on campus are being discussed and an estimated attendance cannot be expected right now. Nathan Hofer, CAB adviser, said he expects a sellout and believes all technicalities of the concert to be completed within the next week. “CAB and those involved in the planning of the event expect a sold-out show,” Hofer said. “Timeflies is a band that the student body expressed a passion for, and we hope to see that reflected in ticket sales.” Junior Madeline Breukelman said she anticipates the show to pull a large crowd of girls and fans living outside of Vermillion. “These guys are better than a lot of people who come to college campuses,” Breukelman said. “They bring more energy, and they’re way better live than other people.” Breukelman has seen the duo in concert before and said they’re perfect for a college campus. Timeflies is comprised of Boston residents Rob Resnick and Cal Shapiro who’s six-song EP “One Night” debuted at number one on iTunes in 2012. The group’s popularity soared when they began “Timeflies Tuesday,” a weekly release of music videos and singles in 2011.
Timeflies will perform at the University of South Dakota March 31. Although the venue has yet to be decided upon, students are anticipating the concert.
Resnick and Shapiro consider the group’s genre electro hip-hop, and they’re often considered to be dynamic and a favorite among college-age listeners. Tickets will be open to the public on Mar. 10 at usdticketsonline.com. In 2011, CAB brought in rapper Mac Miller followed by country singer Jerrod Niemann and hip-hop group Travis Porter in 2013. Miller and Niemann played in Aalfs Auditorium in Slagle Hall. Porter’s concert was held in the MUC Ballroom. “Students are really excited because everyone loves Timeflies,” first-year Alexandra Mattern said. “They’re not like anything we’ve had before. Mac Miller might be comparable, but Timeflies is getting so big it’s not totally comparable. People really know Timeflies.” “Their type of music is more of what we’re into,” sophomore Zach Waletich said. “It’s more of an updated music. They’re a newer band, and it will be interest-
ing to see how they are live.” Hofer said the idea of having a newer band was important, but Timeflies is renowned enough that it will be a great opportunity to have them perform at USD. “Our students will have the chance to say that they saw Timeflies before they were one of the top names in the industry,” he said. “Being able to provide students with that opportunity is truly a thrilling prospect for CAB.” Resnick and Shapiro first met at Tufts University near Boston and started Timeflies in 2010, releasing their first album “The Scotch Tape” in Sept. 2011. Their most recent single, “All the Way” was released Jan. 20. “Bringing them in means CAB is listening to students,” Waletich said. “They’re getting a good feel for what everyone wants.”
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Steve Howe, executive director of the Vermillion Area Chamber and Development Company, looks at the progress of the building that will house Eagle Creek Software Services' Vermillion Technology Center.
The plan entails a new aquatic facility and relocation of park amenities to provide a better use of space and more parking. The pool concept includes a lap pool, zero depth area, water slides and a lazy river. The plan also entails new basketball and sand volleyball courts. A restoration of the amphitheater and sidewalks is also planned. The downtown Vermillion district is also doing well according to Howe. “There are very few vacan-
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a campaign,” Brown said. The Foundation plans to contact alumni in the next 30 days to let them know of the public launch in hopes of creating hype for the special event, Brown said. Additional marketing will go through email, the Foundation website and more. The seven-year campaign launched Jan. 1, 2012, by USD president Jim Abbott, with a goal to raise $250 million dollars for university projects and initiatives such as the new athletic arena, scholarships for students, renovations to the USD Law School building and other capital projects. Brown said before the Jan. 1, 2012 kickoff, USD’s administration went through a process of addressing its needs, initiatives and desires of how private contributions could make an impact on campus. Abbott said the money already raised is encouraging for the university and improvement projects are on schedule. The new athletic arena and complex is still set to break ground this spring. “I’m certainly pleased with our progress so far,” Abbott said. “Everything on our wish list should be met.” Since the launch, the Foundation, president Abbott and USD administrators have been contacting alumni across the country, looking for donations. Abbott said the plan is to announce that the campaign will have exceeded the last capital campaign’s mark of $135 million dollars on the public launch. The university approached the Foundation — whose mission is to raise private
cies down there, which is very different than a lot of downtowns in the Midwest,” Howe said. “Our downtown is very, very strong.” Two banks in the downtown area are remodeling their storefronts. Howe said both Cafe Brule and Red’s Steakhouse have recently remodeled as well. “We are attracting the right types of businesses that will keep students in the community and get people to move the community,” Howe said.
donations for USD — asking to launch a campaign in partnership with the university. One of the largest project beneficiaries the campaign targets is the addition of a new basketball and volleyball arena, as well as new track and soccer complexes for athletics. Jon Schemmel, associate athletic director of development, said members of the athletic department, including coaches and athletic director David Herbster, have been advocates for the capital campaign since its launch. “This is a game-changing campaign,” he said. “This is not just on the athletic side but on the academic side as well. We are incorporating an entire academic department in the arena, and they will be benefitting from new facilities as well.” He said the campaign is important to the state and USD’s entire student body, not just the athletic department at USD. Austin Backer, a first-year pre-physical therapy student, said it’s encouraging, knowing the university is improving the athletic program alongside an academic program. “We’ll get a lot of use out of the facility,” Backer said. “Our university has a good P.T. program, and this is a great way to enhance it.” Aside from the work on the arena, Abbott and Brown both said student scholarships are a top priority of the campaign. Student Government Association president Erik Muckey said the administration’s work to make USD affordable helps the university compete with top schools in the region. “It’s the best thing we can do to attract talent, attract students to USD,” Muckey said. “When we’re dealing with schools who might have a seemed prestige,
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scholarship availability has a kind of draw making it easier to attract top student but also students who might struggle financially.” Another area of funding the campaign will give money toward is renovations for the USD School of Law. Patrick Morrison, a third-year law student, said renovations could almost be a game-changer for the law school. With the competition of law schools, he said upgrades will be helpful in drawing a broader range of students. “It definitely will be advantageous,” Morrison said. “Anything USD can do to be competitive and getting, not only South Dakota students, but also out-of-state students to come here.” Morrison even cited problems he finds in classrooms. “With this building, there are some technological concerns,” Morrison said. “Like power chords on the floor used to plug in laptops force students to carry around long extension chords to plug in. While the building meets the needs of students, renovations could give the school a leg up.” Law school dean Thomas Geu said the school is already accepting money. They are only waiting for certain thresholds to be matched before going beyond the planning stage and into improving the building. “Right now, this means we can actually start going forward with planning for the conclusion of the campaign,” Geu said. “It’s an optimistic time at the law school.” The renovations will be geared toward student educational benefits, facilities, technology and student costs, he said. Follow Nathan Ellenbecker on Twitter @NJE13
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The men’s track and field took home the Summit League Indoor Championship for the second year straight.
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Reaching for the top of the Summit Women prepare for No. 5 team in quarterfinal round
Coyote men shoot for victory against No. 4 Denver Pioneers
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The USD Women’s basketball team celebrates its victory over North Dakota State University Feb. 27. The Coyotes face Western Illinois March 9th during the Summit League tournament.
Rivalry week for the University of South Dakota basketball teams has come and gone, leaving them on the doorstep of the final competition of the season. For the USD women, the Summit League tournament will be both a time for revenge and discovery. The team’s performance has been nothing short of unpredictable all year. It saw flashes of brilliance during a five-game winning streak as well as a stretch in conference play where they won seven of nine games. But it’s also seen rough patches on its calendars: a four-game losing streak
on the road early in the season and a four-game losing streak to start conference play. Come Sunday, however, throw the entire regular season out the door. The Coyote women are looking to take their March one step further than last year, and the journey begins with Western Illinois. “We’ve put ourselves in that position. We’re in that four seed so that four-five matchup is going to be an extreme battle,” head coach Amy Williams said. “They’re another team similar to South Dakota State, where they have a lot of different players who can put up big numbers.” Western Illinois is
familiar to the USD women. The Leathernecks handed the Coyotes their first home loss of the season in January. But the USD women upended Western Illinois late in the season. “This is a good matchup,” junior guard Raeshel Contreras said. “We split with them in the season, and they have good personnel. But all we have to do is stick with the game plan. That’s what we did last time, and it worked out in our favor.” The game plan for USD seems simple. Western Illinois is led by sophomore forward Ashley Luke. Luke is the secondSEE TEAM, PAGE B3
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The Coyote bench celebrates after a successful three point shot against Omaha Feb. 20 in the DakotaDome. The Coyotes would go on to win the game 87-86.
The University of South Dakota men’s basketball team lost its final two games of the season by a combined 42 points and doesn’t have momentum on its side as it heads into the Summit League Championship. By closing out the season with a 75-61 loss to South Dakota State, the Coyotes punched its ticket to the Summit League tournament as the fifth seed. Interim head coach Joey James said it’s nice being able to play so close to home. “I’m hoping we have a great crowd in Sioux Falls and make it feel like a home court,” James said. “Our largest alumni base
is in Sioux Falls so we hope we get a lot of red and white out there supporting us, hopefully to a victory.” South Dakota, who finished the season with a record of 12-17 (6-8), will face the Denver Pioneers. The Pioneers go into the tournament as the fourth seed with a record of 15-14 (8-6). James said the game presents a good matchup for his team. “We split season series with them and both games were really good, so we’re looking forward to it,” James said. Denver also closed out its season with losses to SDSU and North Dakota State, so Denver will be looking to turn things around against a team it went 1-1 to this season. The teams’ first head-to-
head meeting came all the way back Jan. 11 when the Coyotes won 59-54. That matchup was each team’s first conference game of the season. Their next meeting came in Denver, and the Pioneers went on to win 75-67. With a point differential of just three points, senior center Trevor Gruis said he knows the game will be up for grabs. “These games are going to come down to the 50-50 balls and rebounding,” Gruis said. “Obviously some team might shoot it great, but for the most part it’s going to come down to the little things. That’s what separates the good teams from the bad teams.” SEE LEAGUE, PAGE B3
Tennis team prepares for conference play Kayla Prasek
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First-year Yulia Sidenko prepares to return a serve during tennis practice Feb. 25 in the DakotaDome. The team will head to Florida over Spring Break to compete in several different matches.
As it heads into a week of non-stop tennis, the women’s tennis team is hoping to use the week as a last chance to gear up for the conference-play portion of its season. The Coyotes (2-4) played Iowa State Feb. 28, losing 7-0, and Bradley March 1, losing 5-2. The two wins came at Bradley, where junior Yamini Reddy defeated Liz Przystawski 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 in singles play and the doubles team of Reddy and sophomore Milica Pavlovic defeated Ashley Thai and Carly Miles 8-4. Head coach Malcolm Gilreath said the team’s goal at Iowa State was to be able to compete with the Big 12 team. “We won some matches against them in the fall, so then the next goal always is to be able to compete as a team,” Gilreath said. Going into the weekend, Gilreath said Bradley had
improved as a team and was going to be a competitive match for the Coyotes. Now, the team will turn its attention to preparing for its spring break competition. The women will play seven different teams from around the country in Florida. To prepare for the week, senior Michelle Elkin said the team has been focusing on making sure each player is physically and mentally ready. “We’ve been doing strength and conditioning every day,” she said. “Coach prepares us well. He’s making sure we’re mentally strong and giving us plenty of recovery time during that week. This week is also the only time we bring a trainer with too.” Junior Rymma Maslova said all aspects of the game have also been important in preparation for the week. “We’re strategizing with our doubles partners and individually fixing our singles weaknesses,” she said. “We’re
just focusing on our games and techniques. We want to be aggressive. We don’t want to give up any free points.” Gilreath said his end goal for the week of play is for the women to be ready for the part of the season that counts. “I want them to be match tough and be ready for Summit League competition,” he said. “It’s a very demanding schedule with short turnaround time, but our goal is to play quality tennis against competitive teams. Plus, it’s our first chance to get outside and play and get ready for the rest of the season.” Elkin said the week of constant play gives the firstyears a chance to gain plenty of experience. “They gain that experience and confidence, which is important for conference play. Because in the end, that’s what matters,” she said. Follow reporter Kayla Prasek on Twitter @kprasek
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Women’s Basketball Recap: After a 19-point deficit at halftime, the Coyote women outscored the North Dakota State Bison 46-30 to a tie ball game at 79 points, forcing overtime. The Coyotes again outscored the Bison capturing a 95-87 win. Senior Polly Harrington scored 23 points for the Coyotes. In the final regular season game, the Coyotes lost to SDSU 99-88. The five Coyote starters all scored in double digits against the Jackrabbits. Junior Raeshel Contreras led the Coyotes with 18 points. Harrington played her final game at the DakotaDome and added 16 points for the Coyotes. Key Players: Harrington led the Coyotes with 23 points against NDSU and added six rebounds. She also had 16 points, an assist and a block against SDSU. Harrington is currently averaging 12.2 points per game, 5.6 rebounds and 0.6 steals per game. Junior Nicole Seekamp also added 16 points, two rebounds, three assists and a steal in the comeback versus NDSU. She also scored 15 points, added three assists, three steals and a block against SDSU. Seekamp is averaging 14.8 points, 3.5 assists and 1.6 steals per game. Player to Watch: Sophomore Margaret McCloud scored a double-double against NDSU with 16 points and 11 rebounds. McCloud also scored five points against SDSU and had five rebounds and an assist. McCloud averages 8.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Record: 16-13 overall, 7-7 conference
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Senior forward Polly Harrington is proposed to by her now fiance after her last home basketball game as a Coyote March 2 in the DakotaDome. Harrington said, “yes.”
Athlete of the Week Mettler won the 3000meter run and one-mile run at the Summit League Championship Feb. 28 and March 1
Up Next: The Coyotes will be the No. 4 seed in the Summit League Championship and will take on fifth-seeded Western Illinois in a noon quarterfinal March 9 at the Sioux Falls Arena. The winner will play in the semifinals against top-seeded SDSU March 10 at noon.
Hometown: Eureka, S.D.
Recap: The Coyote men traveled to North Dakota State Feb. 27, where they lost 82-54 against the Bison. USD only scored 15 points in the first half and was down 36-15 at halftime. The Coyotes scored 39 points in the second half, but it was not enough to the Bison’s 46 points. Senior Karim Rowson was the leading scorer for the Coyotes with 10 points. The Coyotes’ final game of the season was at South Dakota State March 1, where they lost 75-61. Junior Brandon Bos came off the bench to score 21 points for the Coyotes. Key Players: Bos led the Coyotes with 21 points, a rebound, an assist and a steal in the 27 minutes he played against SDSU. He also scored nine points and had a rebound and assist against NDSU. Bos is currently leading the Coyotes in scoring, averaging 11.8 points per game. Sophomore Tyler Flack scored nine points, had five rebounds and an assist against NDSU. He also had 16 points, five rebounds and an assist, block and steal against SDSU. He is currently averaging 8.6 points per game, 4.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots per game. Player to Watch: Sophomore Adam Thoseby scored five points and had one rebound and an assist against the Bison and scored seven points and had two rebounds and an assist against the Jackrabbits. Record: 12-17 overall, 6-8 conference Up Next: The Coyotes will be the No. 5 seed in the Summit League Tournament and will take on fourth-seeded Denver in a 6 p.m. quarterfinal March 9 at the Sioux Falls Arena. The winner will play in the semifinals against top-seeded NDSU March 11 at 6 p.m.
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Megan Glisar Year: Senior “They’re going to do well, and the senior leadership will get the teams fired up and ready to play their best.”
Jeff O’Connell Year: Junior “They’re going to win, because they’re the Coyotes.”
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Repeat Summit League Men’s Track MVP 2014
Placed second in the men’s one-mile run at the Jack Johnson Invitational Feb. 25 Won second Summit League Championship team title Won one-mile run in 4:11.03 and fourth career indoor title at the Summit League Championship
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Fastest mile time 4:10.43 set in 2012 Named 2013 Summit League Scholar Athlete of the Year Set school outdoor record in steeplechase at 8:58.95 at Sioux City Relays in 2012
Interim coach overcomes difficult season Grant Bosiacki is a junior majoring in contemporary media and journalism. Let’s make this clear: I want Joey James back as the head coach of the USD men’s basketball team. James is nearing the end of his “prove-it” season as interim coach of the Coyotes, and athletic director David Herbster will be deciding his fate in the not-too-distant future. Picking a head coach for a college basketball program is a bit of an inexact science and takes a little bit of luck. Immediately after James was tagged for the interim role, Herbster said a search for the head-coaching role would take place after the season. Well, Herbster, if you ask me, I don’t think that search needs
to take place. You already have your guy, Joey James. James, who played for the Coyotes from 1997-99 and has been an assistant for USD for the past 10 seasons, has seen his fair share of ups and downs as the interim head coach. South Dakota looked about as bad as it has all year when the season began by losing 68-46 to St. Bonaventure. The team also started the year off with a discouraging 3-9 record. They did manage to win their first three games of conference play, but they proved to be too inconsistent for that run to last. However they did have some notable accomplishments. The Coyotes finished the season with six wins in Summit League play. That’s a school high, beating the first two years’ five wins. The regular season just ended this past Saturday, and James’ team finished 12-17 and 6-8 in the conference. Two alarming things that will surely leave a bad taste in Herbster’s mouth is the
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2-13 record away from the DakotaDome and the lack of execution in the final two games to close out the season. The two losses to North Dakota State and South Dakota State resulted in the Coyotes getting outscored 157-115. Not exactly a ringing endorsement. Let’s remember it’s not hard to forget the difficult circumstances James’ former mentor, Dave Boots, left him in. Taking over as a firstyear head coach is always a strenuous process. I imagine being told you’re the head coach of a team just eight weeks prior to the season makes the process quite a bit tougher. Coming into the season, James said he wanted to keep many of the same concepts Boots used to run his team, but he wanted to add a little flavor of his own. One of those changes was that he wanted his team to play a more team-oriented style. In his first year in Vermillion, sophomore point guard Trey
Norris led the Summit League in, assists with 4.2 per game. That’s a notable improvement from Juevol Myles’ 3.0 last year. James also wanted to make sure his defense was vastly improved. At times, he still used Boots’ notorious zone style, but he also acclimated man-to-man principles into this year’s team. The Coyotes’ team defense improved by two points per game, while opponents shot only 43.6 percent from the field this year, a big improvement from the 46 percent they shot last year. Seeing the Coyotes improve in two key areas that James harped on from day one is a very good sign. Follow reporter Grant Bosiacki on Twitter @GBos2
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Macie Harris Year: Sophomore “The men will have a hard time in the tournament, but if they play together, they’ll be a tough competitor.”
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Men win second indoor Summit title Kelsey Kroger
Many records were broken in Indiana for the men’s and women’s track and field teams as they competed at the Summit League Indoor Championship Feb. 28-March 1. The men’s team took first place in the Summit League, and the women placed second behind North Dakota State. There were several repeats from the 2013 championship at this year’s meet. The men placed first again, senior Jeff Mettler repeated his Summit League MVP award and head men’s coach Dave Gottsleben was named Summit League Coach of the Year for the second straight year. Five men won individual titles, and two women received individual titles as well. “It’s exciting (to win the title again), because it means we’re starting to get on track for where we want to be for the rest of the season,” junior Jeff O’Connell said. “It’s nice to knock NDSU off and assert ourselves as the team to beat.” Mettler won the 3000-meter run and the one-mile run, and finished fifth in the 5000-meter run. This is Mettler’s fourth career league indoor title as well as his sixth Summit League title. “They were tough races for (Mettler), but he’s been tremendous for us,” Gottsleben said. Senior Cody Snyder broke the conference and USD record in the shot put to place first,
while junior Kyle McKelvey tied the previous league record placing second in the shot put. Senior Brandon Kovash won the 60- and 200-meter dashes. “(Kovash) also could have been named MVP,” Gottsleben said. “(Mettler) and (Kovash) are two seniors who will be difficult to replace.” Red-shirt first-year Mach Dojiok won the 800-meter run. Sophomore Teivaskie Lewin won the 60 meter hurdles and set a new fieldhouse record. “We had every individual on the team score, so we saw a lot of success in a lot of different events,” O’Connell said. “We really put together a team effort.” O’Connell said while there were things the team could have done better, the team accomplished what it set out to do. “When it comes to the conference meet, it’s about getting the job done,” O’Connell said. “You just have to be resilient and score where you need to.” On the women’s side, senior Megan Glisar is the repeat high jump champion, setting a new fieldhouse record and missing the league record by half an inch. Junior Emily Grove also set a fieldhouse record while winning the pole vault. Glisar said she doesn’t just focus on winning her individual event. “I’m really focused on helping out the team because every point counts,” Glisar said. Grove said winning her event
was exciting for her. “I’m happy to help out my team,” Grove said. “We’re just shy of beating NDSU, so I hope to be able to contribute to that in the future.” Glisar said setting records an extra bonus. “Our goal is to work on our own personal goals, so setting records is just icing on the cake,” Glisar said. In distance, sophomore Katie Wetzstein placed second in the 3000-meter run and third in the one-mile run. Women’s head coach Lucky Huber said he was proud of his team’s performance. “Our kids had some really great performances,” Huber said. “It was great to see a bunch of different people step up.” Glisar, Grove and senior pole vaulter Bethany Firsick all qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships, which will be held March 14-15 in Albuquerque, N.M. “I’m excited to be able to go, because I just missed the cutoff last year,” Grove said. Grove said she, Glisar and Firsick competed on the track in Albuquerque earlier this year in preparation for the NCAA tournament. “I really like the runway down there, so I’m expecting it’ll be a great experience,” Grove said. The Coyotes will compete next at the Tulsa Duals on March 21 to begin the outdoor season.
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Red-shirt first-year Mach Dojiok runs a relay race during the USD Twilight Meet Feb. 21 in the DakotaDome.
Hertting remains superior, wins two conference titles Payton Randle
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Junior guard Brandon Bos goes up for a lay-up in the Coyotes’ 64-54 victory over Western Illinois Feb. 22 in the DakotaDome.
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Gruis is coming off a rough road trip. He was held to five points in the loss to NDSU and scoreless for the first time all season against SDSU, largely because of being in foul trouble. Gruis, the team’s second leading scorer committed four fouls and was only on the court for 13 minutes. “The last couple games have been pretty frustrating. Hopefully I get out of the slump,” Gruis said. “But I’ve moved past it and I think I’ve had a good last couple of practices.” In the Coyotes’ victory against Denver, Gruis had a team-high 19 points and 10 rebounds and looked comfortable imposing his will. “He’s a very good player, it definitely wasn’t a fluke,” James said. “We’ll put a bigger guy on him this time and hopefully make it more difficult for him to come off the ball-screens and score.” Denver’s leading scorer is junior guard Brett Olson, who averages 14.7 points per game. He gave South Dakota a headache in both meetings this year, going off for 52 points in the two games,
including a season-high 30 points Feb. 8. James has said throughout the season Olson is one of the top players in the conference, and it’ll be especially important to zone in on him if they want to win. “I talked with coach and he wants me to be more aggressive and get the team where it needs to be quicker,” Norris said. “The last couple of games we’ve gotten off to horrible starts and dug ourselves in a big hole and we can’t let that happen.” When Norris transferred to South Dakota from the North Texas, one of the things he said intrigued him was the opportunity to play in the Summit League tournament. After sitting out a year, he’ll finally get that chance. “I wasn’t in Sioux Falls last year so I’m really excited for the opportunity to be there this year,” Norris said. “We just got to get ready and take it one game at a time and get off to a good start.” Norris, Gruis and the rest of the Coyotes will have two more practices in the DakotaDome before heading off to Sioux Falls Saturday. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. Sunday. The winner of the game will take on NDSU, who received a first-round bye for winning the regular season conference title. If the Coyotes are still
alive, that game will tip-off at 6 p.m. Monday. The championship game is set for 8 p.m. March 11. Follow reporter Grant Bosiacki on Twitter @GBos2
summit league schedule Saturday Game 1: Fort Wayne (2) vs. IUPUI (7) Time: 6 p.m.
Sunday Game 2: Denver (4) vs. USD (5) Time: 6 p.m. Game 3: SDSU (3) vs. W. Illinois (6) Time: 8:30 p.m.
Monday Game 4: NDSU (1) vs. Winner G2 Time: 6 p.m. Game 5: Winner G1 vs. Winner G3 Time: 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday Game 6: Winner G4 vs. Winner G5 Time: 8 p.m.
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First-year Greysen Hertting spent her first season with the University of South Dakota swimming and diving team making an extensive impact. Hertting swept the one and three meter diving events and was named Diving Championship MVP at the 2014 Summit League Swimming and Diving Championships held at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind., Feb. 19 through Feb. 21. Hertting attributes her season and performance at the championships to her dedication to the little things throughout training. “Making sure I’m diving down and perfecting my dive,” she said. “I’m just constantly diving.” While Hertting is more comfortable competing in the one meter because she’s been doing it for so long, she said she enjoyed the three meter because it was interesting to try something different. When thinking back to her conference championship performance, Hertting said she was excited and terrified at the same time. “You’re at this big meet, and you know you could do well, but you don’t want that to freak you out,” she said. Head coach Jason
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leading scorer in the Summit League and leader in rebounds. Sophomore Margaret McCloud said it will take a total team effort to stop Luke, and the team knows it had success against her in its second matchup against the Leathernecks. “We have to apply lots of pressure and make it hard for her to get the ball,” McCloud said. “Last time, Luke got a lot of touches on the ball, and we need to make it hard on her. She’s a good player. We have to respect that. Making her shoot more tough shots will be the key.” As far as wondering if the Coyotes will do anything different to yield the best result, Williams said it just comes down to execution when both teams know
Mahowald said Hertting was pretty dominant all season. “ S h e came in and was great from the get-go,” he said. “But she hasn’t been holding a status quo — she’s been hertting improving all season. She’s gotten better every time she’s gone out.” Mahowald said winning both the one and three meters is the biggest factor in Hertting’s success at the championship and proved to be a big moment for the athlete. “She won the three meter under a lot of pressure,” he said. “She nailed her last two dives and just stayed calm through all the pressure. If she misses either one of those dives, she’s not conference MVP.” The MVP scored 293 points to top to other divers from Denver, who took silver and bronze. According to USD’s official athletic website, Hertting’s points are the fifth-most in championship history, and she is the third Coyote to win a Summit League individual title and the first diver to do so. First-year swimmer Jake
Knowles said Hertting has set the standard for not only Summit League diving but also for the team. “She really put in a lot of effort, and that paid off for her at conference,” he said. With Hertting’s two wins netting 40 points toward the team total, the USD women finished in fourth place with 446 points. Knowles said Hertting’s two individual title wins at conference helps out the team in a huge way. “Nobody deserved it more than Greysen,” he said. Hertting said she’s mostly looking forward to the experience of the zone championships. “Just the fact that I made it there is a huge step,” she said. “I’ll get to see athletes compete that have far more experience and learn from them.” While Hertting made an impression at the conference meet, Mahowald said she’s capable of diving better and is looking for her to do so at the NCAA Zone Championships March 10 in Minneapolis. “It’s going to be a big meet, and I’m hoping she’ll use what she’s got left to put a really good zone championship meet together,” he said.
enough about each other. “We’re going to have to find a way to play better in that Summit League tournament and not give up 99 points,” Williams said. “We’ve seen them. We know what they’re going to do. They’ve seen us. They know what we’re going to do. Both teams will be very prepared.” Last year, the Coyote women stormed through the tournament, winning doubledigit games over North Dakota State and IUPUI. But the dream run was halted by familiar rival South Dakota State. “Tournament play is a lot different,” McCloud said. “We need to keep our effort, our focus and our intensity up. When we’re playing at high intensity, we play a lot better. We can’t lull when we make mistakes.” This year, the stage is different. South Dakota State will
await the victor of the USDWestern Illinois matchup, a unique situation for them as well. “We’re hungry,” Contreras said. “We have a chance to see State again. We want to make it farther. Everyone’s been saying how we lost three times to them last year, two times this year. We all want a shot.”
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“You are romantically challenged” ‘Dating Doctor’ gives relationship advice to students Anna Fink
Dating in college is hard. Meeting new people is hard. Coming to college with a previous relationship that has turned into long-distance is hard. Forming new relationships is hard, said Stephen Gray, known as the “Dating Doctor.” The University of South Dakota hosted Gray on March 3. A colleague of David Coleman, who inspired the movie “Hitch”. About 15 years ago, Coleman hired and trained Gray to assist him in speaking at different colleges about the ins and outs of dating and he has spoken on the topic ever since. “You are dateless, you are romantically challenged and that is why you are here,” Gray said in his opening statement. “You are a group of people who have so much energy and are so creative, yet you are lazy.” After his opening statement, Gray began his program by talking about finding a partner to compliment, not complete. Gray said there is great importance in being complete with oneself and that one cannot find the right person until they become the right person. Gray then went on and had everyone in the room repeat, “I would so date me,” and continued the exercise until he believed the statement being said. “Hey baby, I’m the love pirate so give me all of your booty,” Gray joked to the audience. This was only one of the many “worst pickup lines” that students have been shared with Gray throughout the years. Everyone was asked to submit on a notecard either a good or bad pickup line they had heard, which Gray shared throughout the program, usually to laughs from the audience. Gray used humor to share his dating advice. “What does a fat penguin do?” Gray asked, “He breaks the ice.” Gray would follow up
humorous statements with practical advice. “You have to be that fat penguin and it doesn’t matter who breaks the ice as long as both of you are standing in the puddle,” Gray said.
ships should involve mutual trust, respect, intimacy, passion and commitment. “There are three types of love: one that contains physical passion, heartfelt love, and companionship,” Gray said. “I
Don’t make her go back alone. Men, walk a girl home.
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Relationships should be based on respect, not control.
Work on yourself. You won’t meet the right person until you’re the right person.
Don’t waste time on horrible pickup lines.
Be creative and different with dates.
If you don’t feel a connection within five minutes, move on.
-Stephen Gray, the Dating Doctor
First-year Lindsey Staab said meeting new people and breaking the ice isn’t as easy as it sounds. “It’s hard to meet people unless you go out,” Staab said. “But it’s so cliche saying ‘I met a guy at a bar.’” When it comes to meeting others, Gray said he has a simple plan called the Five-Minute Find. This entails using what he calls the ABCs: attraction, believability, chemistry and desire. All of these can be felt in five minutes, and if it doesn’t happen then it’s time to move on, Gray said. The next step after meeting someone is establishing or finding interest. For this, Gray gave different ways to decipher interest based on gender. Gray said men tend to turn to “moosh brain,” they are not deterred by barriers (i.e. six girlfriends standing around) and they ditch the player tactics. Women on the other hand, maintain eye contact, smile and laugh and break the touch barrier. “You get the respect you deserve, demand and desire,” Gray said, leading into the controlling aspect of relationships, to which he said the person who has the control in the relationship is the one who is the least invested. Gray said healthy relation-
Awkwardness is OK if it’s used to break the ice.
“It doesn’t matter who breaks the ice as long as both of you are standing in the puddle.”
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have been with my wife for 31 years, and having that companionship and a friend to come home to means more than anything, even sex.” For students like first-year Kelsey Ruden, who is in a long-distance relationship, Gray introduces the idea of creative dating. “Dare to be different,” Gray said. “Be romantic and spontaneous.” Ruden said long-distance relationships can be difficult. “It’s hard not being able to see him every day,” Ruden said, “I worry sometimes, and I miss him.” Gray continued to say how important keeping that romance is. Gray defined romance as performing ordinary acts of love or kindness at unexpected times. “Give your significant other flowers on Feb. 13, because they are too special to wait another day,” Gray said, receiving an ‘aw’ from the crowd. “But never give them something on Feb. 15.” The safety aspect of dating was something Gray addressed firmly. “Consent is everything and no means no every single time,” Gray said. Gray also turned the “walk of shame” around to reflect the men in the situation,
Don’t try to rush relationships, let them happen at a natural pace.
which he called the “walk of fame.” “Since when did going home with a girl mean you let her walk home alone at night afterward?” Gray said, “Man up. Walk her home.” Gray said the most vulnerable population among college students is first-year women, because they have little college experience and a new freedom of being away from home. Eighty percent of sexual assaults on campus happen in the first six weeks of the fall semester and particularly to these women, Gray said. Gray said all-in-all, dating in college should be a fun and safe experience and in the end it is about being happy and finding joy. There is no timeline, there is no specific age in which to get married, he said. It happens in good time and there is no need to rush. That being said, there is absolutely no reason not to step up the dating game and enjoy what comes along. Malachi Petersen I the volante
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Relationship guru and speaker David Coleman talks to University of South Dakota students about dating, relationships,and sex March 3 in the Muenster University Center Ballroom.
Fundraiser doubles attendance Spring breakers Megan Card
Crab-stuffed mushrooms, Chardonnay and sonnets marked the second “Wine with Will” event Feb. 28, and organizers gathered contributions to bring one of Shakespeare’s classic comedies to Vermillion. The wine-pairing event at the University of South Dakota serves as the largest annual fundraiser for the
South Dakota Shakespeare Festival. This year’s affair doubled in attendance, said senior Austin Hagg, vice president of the event for Coyoteopoly. “I would definitely consider this event a success. We have a goal just over $50,000 to put on the festival, and after tonight, I’d say we are at more than half of the way there,” Hagg said. “Taming of the Shrew” was also announced as this
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Business school faculty Richard Muller, left, and Rand Wergin, right, serve drinks at the “Wine with Will” event in the John A. Day Gallery Feb. 28.
season’s main performance for the free festival, scheduled June 13-15 in Prentis Park. Played by a 13-person company, the comedy will perform at 7 p.m. all three nights of the festival. The SDSF was formed in 2011 in collaboration between USD faculty, Chaya Gordon-Bland, Scott Mollman and Greg Huckabee. Gordon-Bland serves as the artistic director, Mollman as the production manager
and Huckabee as executive director, who enlists Coyoteopoly, a USD-student run corporation, to work on the business end of putting the festival together. The event’s inaugural season was the summer of 2012, which consisted of three performances of Shakespeare’s comedy “As You Like It” staged in the
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USD students Tim Huggenberger, left, and Jamie Fields, right, performed sonnets Feb. 28 before a crowd of event-goers at the annual wine-pairing event to raise money for the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival.
prepare for trips Anna Fink
Thinking about spring break may bring up thoughts of bikinis and the beach, but organizations on campus are using it as an opportunity to do good. Groups such as Habitat for Humanity and the Alternative Week of Off-Campus Learning program utilize the break to take service trips during spring break. This year Habitat for Humanity is taking a trip to help the community of Taos, N.M. “The spring break trips are basically the same as any other build except we stick around for a few more days, but the tasks are the same for the most part,” Habitat President Maxwell Swanson said. The main task for the USD group is to help the Habitat affiliate group they are working with. Tasks they perform range from working in ReStore, a second-hand store that resells construction materials, building homes and landscaping.
“The main thing we want to accomplish is safety,” Swanson said. “Driving 2,500 miles is going to be a challenge, and working in construction is always full of surprises.” Habitat does many different activities to fundraise including dome concessions, selling T-shirts and a pasta feed later this spring. AWOL is another group on campus that takes service trips for every semester for spring break in addition to other trips over Christmas and summer breaks. When selecting trips, AWOL president sophomore Ashley McKeown said it’s up to the site leaders where the group selects and what the group decides to be its social issue. The site leaders then work with AWOL executive board to choose a location where the social issue is prominent. “All of our trips are servicelearning based and follow the same active citizenship model,” McKeown said. “Each trip works alongside a community partner to complete SEE BREAK, PAGE B6
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Dress fun for Spring break Josie FLATGARD is a first-year majoring in contemporary media and journalism.
The long-awaited time of year is finally upon us. No, I’m not talking about midterms — no one gets their hopes up or becomes excited for those — but rather, Spring Break. Depending on the type of person you are, you’ll either have a crazy or relaxed Spring Break. Your attire will reflect that. Outfits could range from sweatpants
and slippers every day, to bright swimsuits and cover-ups. Some people will go on mission trips, some will go home to stay and some will travel long distances to a fun destination. It can be agreed the time off from classes will be much needed and however the break is spent, there will more than likely be time to do a little shopping. I can tell I am having a bit of a withdrawal, but I also know I am not close to being Rebecca Bloomwood from “Confessions of a Shopaholic,” who maxes out on her credit cards. Who doesn’t love a good sale now and then? Let’s take this time off of college stress and make use of our coupons in the mail sitting at home for us. Let’s try not to waste our time
on the dull of winter. This can be a good occasion to snatch up some bargains of the season, like normally expensive sweaters which can be versatile and pull you through the spring months as well. Another option would be to tuck away these great finds until next year so you can have a nice surprise from yourself later — just don’t forget about them in the back of your closet. Keep an eye out for spring styles and colors while shopping in stores, and maybe do a little style shopping beforehand by browsing through some magazines. When doing this, let’s cross our fingers with the hope that spring will be in Vermillion before we know it so we can rock
our new ensembles. If you are like me and are using money to travel for Spring Break, there may not be much left to use on a shopping spree. So, we can either peacefully, or longingly window shop through the malls or pick up a few new pieces that really grab our attention.
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First-year Alexis Ahlquist keeps her fashion fun with a sleek leather jacket that pulls her outfit together. Tall boots and blond highlights keep her looking cheery.
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Orchestra concert brings two famous pieces
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The University of South Dakota’s orchestra will take on two classic pieces Thursday as part of the Spring Orchestra Concert. The orchestra will play Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, a piece known for its powerful opening notes, and Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf”, a Russian piece originally made to teach children about different instruments. Professor of music and conductor of the pieces, Richard Rognstad, said the orchestra has not performed Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony since the 1990s. “It was time again,” Rognstad said. Rognstad said a strong cello and bass section has helped the piece come to life, and that the 50-student orchestra is excited to play. “It’s wonderful to play one of these great pieces because you can get inside it,” Rognstad said. “You really get into the interworking of the piece.”
The first movement of the symphony will be conducted by graduate student Victor Yip. Rognstad said parts of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony are usually played at music auditions. “It’s that challenging and that difficult,” Rognstad said. “Beethoven was stretching the boundaries of everything.” Sophomore Sarah Schmidt plays the role of the Bird. Schmidt, a flute player, is the only musician playing the role, unlike Peter, who is played by the strings. Schmidt said playing Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony has also been difficult. “It takes a lot of endurance because it’s such a long piece,” Schmidt said. Because Beethoven was innovative with the piece, it makes it harder to learn, Rognstad said. “Beethoven broke tradition,” Rognstad said. “He ends up playing mind games with us. Sometimes he gives us what’s expected, or delays a pattern or something else.” Rognstad said the concert
should give audiences the opportunity to hear a popular piece of orchestral music. “It’s the most famous work for a really good reason,” Rognstad said. Rognstad said the difficulty of “Peter and the Wolf” is directed at the woodwinds. “I’m really lucky to have good woodwind players,” Rognstad said. Schmidt said the Bird has been a challenging role. “It’s just really technical passages,” Schmidt said. “It’s a lot of notes in a short time. It’s been a lot of slow practice to get the parts down.” The Russian piece has different instruments cast as characters while a speaker narrates the action. Rognstad said falling into character is typical for musicians. “All musicians strive to vary the character of what we play,” Rognstad said. “We have to communicate these characters. The players are good at that.” Associate professor of history Dave Burrow is the narrator of Peter and the Wolf. At times, Burrow speaks while the instru-
ments are playing, but there are other times the music stops for him to speak. Due to the varied moments when he must speak, Burrow has to read the score to know when his cues are. “That’s been an interesting adjustment,” Burrow said. Burrow said because the piece was written for children, he has had to keep the intended audience in mind. “The temptation is to really show off and do funny voices,” Burrow said. “You want to read it so children can understand it, you want to read it straight.”
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This Week in Entertainment: Best and Worst of Music, Movies and More Best of:
Twitch Beats Pokemon
Thousands of players crowded online for more than two weeks to collectively beat Pokemon Red. The text box of Twitch’s website became the controls for the game, and more than 1.1 million joined in on the game, creating a battle between democracy and anarchy and spanning new pop culture icons such as “Bird Jesus” and creating a new religion, helixism. After finally collecting all the gym badges, the website announced another round of Pokemon, this time with a different game.
#PoorLeo trended on Twitter, and rightly so. Leonardo DiCaprio’s Oscar journey plays like Titanic on repeat. Lots of glitz, a moment of hope and then yet another refusal to share a floating board he deserves to be on. However, the loss did spawn a round of memes on the internet, and DiCaprio probably has his own White House petition by now.
Harry Potter Cast Sings Taylor Swift
A mashup video of the cast of Harry Potter singing to Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” went viral this week. The video prompts giggles as characters from every movie sing the hit song, reminding the world that the wizarding world won’t lose its relevancy. Like, ever.
Oscar Winners The ever amusing Jennifer Lawrence didn’t get a gold statue, but a plethora of other artists came out victorious Sunday night. Whether it was 12 Years a Slave’s historic win, or Frozen’s triumph for Best Song and Best Animated Picture, the night was full of entertaining and uplifting speeches from the best in the industry.
Oscar Lulls Audiences should be used to Oscar montages by now. They’re a staple of the show and more time is spent on the useless extras than on the actual rewards. The banter is almost always awkward, and Ellen’s pizza delivery just made everyone’s stomach start growling.
Bachelor Juan Pablo Rumor has it Juan Pablo has been rejected from next season’s Dancing with the Stars cast, and it’s easy to see why. Two fan favorites have backed out of the competition, and it is looking more and more unlikely the season will end with a proposal. Monday night’s “Women Tell All” shows the contestants stand a united front against him and his complaints of a language barrier between himself and the women.
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Coyote finds passion in running Kelsey Kroger
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High school sports intrigued Bailey Fish, but never did she think she would turn to running once she got to college, especially completing a marathon. Fish is a junior accounting major from Brandon, S.D. The Kappa Alpha Theta member started running when she got to college and recently completed the Sioux Falls Marathon. Fish said she always enjoyed sports in high school, but she never did track. Fish began running during her first year at the University of South Dakota. “I always liked playing sports in high school, but I became a runner in college because I wanted to do something,” Fish said. “I was bored, and I’m a person who needs to always be working toward a goal.” Junior Kayla Pochop, a sister in Kappa Alpha Theta said watching Fish complete a milestone in her life was incredible. “Running a marathon is such an accomplishment — Bailey is such a passionate person in every aspect of her life. She does everything with so much drive and her running is no different,” Pochop said. Fish found the inspiration to start running from a woman she babysat for. “There was this lady that I babysat for that runs races, and she used to be overweight and she started running races and she’s always inspired me that anybody can do it,” Fish said. The first race Fish ran was a 5k. From there, she moved to a 10k, a half marathon and completed the Sioux Falls Marathon last September. She trained by herself by running three to four times a week and about 20-40 miles per week. Fish met her goals for the
marathon and said it was one of the best experiences she could have. “It was awful, but it was the best experience as well. During, it was long and hot, and I said I’d never do another one again, but I probably will do another one eventually,” Fish said. The heat and humidity slowed Fish down, but she still made her goal of finishing in about four hours. “I wanted to finish in around four hours, and I did. The only thing that brought me down was it was really hot in the 80s with high humidity, so that slowed me down, but I just wanted to finish,” Fish said. Pochop said understanding Fish’s need to run was essential to their friendship. “Marathon training is really rigorous, so just being understanding of Bailey’s harder days was really important to her as a friend,” Pochop said. Junior Kaylee Bahr, another sister of Fish’s in Kappa Alpha Theta, said she is inspired by Fish. “Bailey definitely inspires me. She motivates me to set my own goals and then encourages me to do my best to reach them. Her positive attitude and determination are even more inspiring,” Bahr said. Fish was surrounded by her friends, family and sisters of Kappa Alpha Theta cheering her on the whole race. “Finishing it and all of my family and friends would follow me around each mile, it was nice to have someone always there,” Fish said. “For a while I was at a point where my brother would run along side me. That was the best part, everyone being there.” Fish said she was happy she finished, but next time she is hoping to train with somebody. The first time was a test of her own. “I was happy with what I accomplished, and it was just
tant that we grow moderately and prudently and also grow in proportion with what our community can support,” Gordon-Bland said. With the festival being on performance hiatus last year, Gordon-Bland and Hagg said the startup work going into 2014 was more demanding. Community members like Sam Heikes, who owns Heikes Family Farm, are getting more involved. Heikes donated one of his CSA shares to receive weekly baskets with local produce to the “Wine with Will” silent auction to raise money for the festival. “I want to support my community any way I can, and in a way, my art is agriculture,” Heikes said. Other community members like USD Theater Professor Priscilla Hagen attended the wine-pairing event to support her colleague, and “the idea of a professional, classical Shakespeare company in South Dakota.”
“It is a wonderful training opportunity for our students, and because it is free, it enriches the community,” she said. In the 2012 production, a handful of USD students were accepted into the company, but the casting process is elaborate. Gordon-Bland and her student casting assistant Casey Coates have been working for about six weeks on putting the 13-person company together. Auditions have occurred in Lincoln, Neb. and Vermillion, with more scheduled in New York City next week. GordonBland said she and Coates have received hundreds of pictures and resumes. Once selected, GordonBland will bring actors in for a four-week contract. They will rehearse full time in Vermillion from the middle of May until the end of the festival. “It is a very special experience to be part of a company,” she said. “The 2012 company was exceptionally
strong, and we are all still in touch with each other.” Gordon-Bland said she has had the unique opportunity to perform, teach and direct Shakespeare, so she gets to look at it and play with it from a lot of different angles. To her, there is something truly magical about the work. “The incredible and intrinsic connection between language and humanity, it takes a lot of work to tap into that,” she said. As for USD students, the experience from the festival could lead to bigger and better things. Cody Strand, who performed in the 2012 performance, is now starring on Broadway in “The Book of Mormon.” Senior Jamie Fields performed Sonnet 91 during “Wine with Will,” and she is waiting to find out if she made it into the company after being called back for the part of Tranio. Performing the work of Shakespeare is something she wants to pursue in
Jackie HENDRY is a junior majoring in contemporary media and journalism and Native Studies.
I strongly believe in the virtues of being fashionably late to social events. Let things get going a bit so I don’t show up during the awkward lull before enough people have arrived to keep conversations flowing. This strategy works well enough in real life, but as far as the Twitter party is concerned, I’m woefully behind the times. In high school, the people I associated with the most weren’t active on Twitter. In fact, most people I knew thought it was a pretty useless site. If you can’t gossip in more than 140 characters and poke each other, what’s the point? Somewhere along the line I made an account for extra credit in a computer class. It was primarily used it to express my vaguely worded, 16-year-old angst. Up until last fall, I visited Twitter maybe once every few months. Then one of my professors mentioned the site as one of the ways she keeps up with breaking news. Since I spend just about every waking moment outside of class on the computer, this seemed like a reasonable solution to my general ignorance of the world around me. So I logged back into my old account. Since throwing the evidence of my over-dramatic youth into a fire wasn’t an option, I deleted my original page and started fresh. I
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stone amphitheater in Prentis Park, arts workshops for youth and a roundtable discussion for adults featuring visiting scholars from around the country. Last year’s season was scaled back considerably because of a sabbatical, and consisted of a weekend of free arts workshops for youth. Gordon-Bland said the 2014 season is back to its original production form, with three performances and a series of workshops targeted toward youth as well as all ages. There will also be another scholars roundtable discussion, and plans are still in the works for activities like learning Elizabethan dancing and having a special exhibit at the National Music Museum. “We are maintaining the same basic structure as (2012), because it is impor-
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tasks that are needed.” To fundraise for the trip, AWOL hosts a soup and taco feed that participants sell tickets for. Participants can also sign up to work concessions at the dome or send out personal letters. McKeown said students have the opportunity to pay for their entire trip through fundraising if they really want to. For other students, spring break is a way to get out of the cold of Vermillion and spend some time relaxing with friends. This is the case with junior Emma Nilson. This year Nilson is planning a road trip to Panama City Beach, Fla., with six of her closest friends. “We all decided to take a trip this year because we definitely need a break from Vermillion and the cold weather,” Nilson said. “spring break means getting away from everything to relax and enjoy myself for a week.” Another way students uti-
immediately followed about 15 different news sources… and J.K. Rowling. Twitter then joined the lineup of sites I cycled through when I should’ve been doing something else, but I still wasn’t posting much myself. My only followers were the Verm Cats and, inexplicably, a reporter from my local news station in Illinois. Twitter was still a one-way street of information instead of the platform of communication everyone kept telling me it was. Then came the SGA executive debate Wednesday. The Contemporary Media and Journalism department had hosted some free workshops with an expert in multi-media journalism last weekend, and I was inspired to pump up my social media presence. I posted my first tweet of the night with the appropriate hashtag, and within a few seconds it had been retweeted, favorited and I gained a follower. “I’m a celebrity.” I thought. Then the moderator called the audience to attention and asked that we turn our cellphones off. I took this literally and shoved my phone in my backpack where it stayed until the event was over. Despite my slow start, I think the appeal of Twitter is finally starting to make sense. It’s not just a great news source, but a nice method of conversing with people who are interested in the same things you are — be that the SGA debate or “The Bachelor”. So while I have no plans to be the next Twitter VIP, at least I made it to the party. Better late than never.
lize their time over spring break is spending some extra days with family. Senior Taylor Steuven, is taking a trip to Disney World and to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter with her family. “I would have liked to take a trip with friends, but this is probably the last vacation my family will take before all of us are scattered in different states,” Steuven said. This will be the first year Steuven has taken a spring break trip. “This is the first time I am going somewhere instead of working, so I am really excited,” Steuven said.
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a bucket list thing to complete it,” Fish said.
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her career, if for nothing else than its beauty. “It’s almost as if language has kind of fallen apart in my
opinion…We are hashtagging and lolling…and Shakespeare is a reminder that language can be beautiful,” Fields said.
Mental illness not to be overlooked Betsey Horton is a graduate student pursuing Interdisciplinary Studies with a Human Rights focus. When I was 16, I was diagnosed with Type II Bipolar disorder. At first, I did not understand the stigma surrounding my illness. It never occurred to me that I was different or that my illness was something society looked down on. I was lucky to have a strong support system around me and I have always been very honest with people about it. I never directly experienced any kind of discrimination because of my illness until my first year of college when I decided to give a presentation in my Composition I class on an article about the potential
link between creativity and bipolar disorder. Needless to say, I put a lot of time into preparing this presentation. I made a pretty PowerPoint, conducted extra research and even practiced in advance. I was certain that not only would I get an “A,” but that my professor would be amazed by my work. After all, I had no reason to believe anyone would find the material “controversial.” I was prepared to answer any question, except for the one my professor asked: “You do know that bipolar disorder isn’t a real thing, right?”
WHAT IS BIPOLAR TYPE II?
According to the National Institute on Mental Health, type II bipolar disorder is a brain disorder characterized by extreme lows and highs, called mania, in mood. Severe depression is a characterisitic of type II.
I was stunned. “Excuse me?” “It’s just something invented by pharmaceutical companies to get people to take more pills. It’s no different than any other ‘mental illness.’ It doesn’t exist.” Being the outspoken person I am, I had no choice but to explain to this ignorant fool why his comments were ignorant and offensive. “That is not true,” I said. “I have bipolar disorder and I can assure you it is very real. I struggle with it every single day of my life. I am not imagining the fight to get out of bed in the morning, the sudden, random bouts of productivity, the reactive nature of my emotions or the fact that I can be perfectly fine one moment and ready to kill myself the next. I don’t know where you got that idea from, but you are wrong.” “You’re just crazy,” he said, waving his hand in dismissal. “It’s all in your head. You could just get over it at
any time if you really wanted to.” We argued for several more minutes before I stormed out of the room in tears. When I got my presentation back, I had been given a “C.” I never went back to that class ever again. This incident is just one example of the stigma surrounding mental illness. Anyone who suffers from one is bound to have a similar tale. It is unfortunate that so many people in our society hold these beliefs. We are not crazy. We are not making it up. We can’t “just get over it.” Our illnesses are just like any other long-term physical illness. We have good days, we have bad days and every day we get up and endure. The only difference is that you cannot see the scars.
Reach diversity columnist Betsey Horton at Elizabeth.Horton@coyotes.usd.edu