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USD will 'likely' meet Obama's new proposal

Lose the booze

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University, city police push for greater efforts to crackdown on underage alcohol consumption Malachi Petersen The Volante

In part one of this three-week series about on-campus alcohol consumption, The Volante focuses on statistics surrounding underage drinking in relation to the University of South Dakota. Within the first week of the fall semester at the University of South Dakota, four parties were busted by the Vermillion Police Department for underage drinking, said Police Chief Matt Betzen. Underage drinking is not a new issue at USD. In 2011 there were 236 disciplinary referrals for underage drinking and 22 arrests according to the USD annual Jeanne Clery Report put out by USD. In order to keep up with on and off-campus underage drinking both the University

Police Department and the VPD have been working to offset the trend according to Betzen. “Underage drinking is a problem nationwide but is especially reflected in a college like situation,” Betzen said. To help prevent alcohol from being sold to minors the VPD does an annual compliance check every year of alcohol license holders. According to the VPD's yearly report last year out of the 42 license holders in Vermillion tested, 15 of them failed to make sure the buyer was over the age of 21. According to Betzen, VPD has been working with businesses to educate their employees on how to better identify minors. Alcohol license holders that do sell to minors can face various consequences if caught, which Please see ALCOHOL, Page A6


South Dakota Board of Regents Executive Director Jack Warner said it is too early to determine how President Barack Obama’s proposed performance system for higher education might impact the University of South Dakota. “We’ve been tracking as close as possible but there are really no details that have been forthcoming from the administration at this point,” Warner said. Obama released an outline for his plan to reform higher education Aug. 22. Several proposed initiatives include a link between financial aid and institutional performance and termbased financial aid by the 2015 academic year. The plan would also expand the eligibility for his "Pay as You Earn" program, which allows certain lowincome graduates to cap their student debt repayment at 10 percent of their discretionary monthly income. According to the release, such changes will potentially result in a more affordable experience in higher education for students and improve institutional success ratios. Warner believes reducing student costs and improving graduation rates are worthy aspirations but is so far unsure whether the goals are attainable. “The broad prefaces are nothing I would argue with, but what’s in detail will be what determines how viable the proposed plan is,” Warner said. Warner said those details have yet to be determined, as the comprehensive plan is still being hashed out

How USD stacks up In-state tuition and fees - $8,022 (201314) Out-of-State tuition and fees - $10,104 (2013-14) Room and Board $7,089 (2013-14) Average need-bases scholarship or federal grant - $4,096 75 percent, first-year retention rate 27 percent, four-year graduation rate Recent USD grads earn, on average, $39,900 ( Average total indebtedness of 2012 graduationg class (2012) - $25,033 Graduting students who have borrowed (2012) - 75 percent Source: U.S. News & World Report College Rankings

amongst members of the Obama administration. Even when official, comprehensive strategy is procured, Warner said the proposal will not be up for a vote on Congressional floor. “There is not a whole lot of detail,” he said. “The U.S. Department of Education is obligated to vet the particular metrics involved. There’s a very long process before all of this gets started.” While the plan hinges upon many specifics, the link between college performance and federal financial aid is Warner’s biggest question. “The link between Please see OBAMA, Page A7

Vermillion residents, students clear debris from banks of Missouri Joey Sevin The Volante

University of South Dakota students and Vermillion community members were lending a helping hand Saturday at the Missouri River cleanup, hosted by the National Park Service. The river cleanup has been going on for nearly 10 years in Yankton, but this was the first time it was brought to Vermillion, said Kevin O’Kelley, director of Environmental Health and Safety. Volunteers gathered at the Clay County boating area on the river early Saturday morning for registration and breakfast. As families, students and Clay County locals signed their waivers and chose their T-shirt sizes, a brief announcement was given by NPS officials covering the expectations and instructions for the clean-up. A total of 80 volunteers were present at the clean-up, an increase from 60 volunteers at Yankton’s river clean-

up last spring, according to Steve Thede, acting superintendent for the Missouri National Recreational River. The cleanup site was located on the bluffs of Goat Island on the river a mile from the docks where debris had washed up from the banks. Volunteers were instructed to sign-up for different motor boats that would transport them from the docks to the island where a majority of them would help to uncover the remains of a shed that had been buried in the sand. Lisa Yager, a biologist for the NPS, said the shed, or what was left of it, had been washed up from the flooding and was now a hazard to the wildlife environment as it continued to rot away in the sand. Volunteers sorted through piles of life jackets before proceeding to the boating docks to wait for their transportation. As volunteers loaded into

separate boats, a few of them helped to load scraps of wood that had been discovered about a mile from the docks onto a pickup truck. Others scanned the surrounding areas for litter as they waited for their boats to arrive. Dane Bueler, a resident of Vermillion, set to work on the river banks near the docks, which were covered in debris. “I come out here to fish pretty often,” Bueler said. “My guess is that if the water and the environment isn’t healthy then the fish probably aren’t either.” A handful of volunteers shoveled through the sand on the island to remove the parts of the shed that were leftover. The shed, along with several furniture items like a futon and a television set, were wedged deep into the sand. Other volunteers scanned the vast open space of the island for other forms of debris. Please see VOLUNTEER, Page A8


USD sophomore becomes a finalist for a national agriculture award.

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Volunteers board the motor boats that took them to Goat Island, a mile down the river, with the help of National Park Service rangers. Volunteers had to make several trips along the river as they cleaned.


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A young USD women's soccer team continues to thrive in 2013.

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IN OTHER NEWS LIVE AT 5 • The first broadcast of the semester will feature the newly released "Ride with Larry" documentary anout a local man's battle with Parkinson's disease.

Volume 138, Number 4 Sept. 18, 2013

TUNE IN AT NOON • Radio news will include a live interview with head football coach Joe Glenn to discuss the start of the season and what is ahead for the 'Yotes.



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THIS WEEK IN COYOTE HISTORY 1948 Students enrolled in the ROTC training program at the University of South Dakota that had successfully completed it for four years while maintaining good standing in academics were exempt from the draft. The exemption was contingent on the student doing satisfactory work in ROTC along with his academics. Under the Selective Service Act of 1948 a student who was subject to the draft and was not taking ROTC may have finished the school year before being inducted if he was doing satisfactory academic work.

1981 Pat Norman and Joan Liebig founded the Adopta-Grandparent program after a visit to the Vermillion Dakota Nursing Home. They conducted sign-ups after church services and a total of 30 students signed up under one condition: Spend at least one hour per week with their new grandparent. The program began at USD and has since spread to other college campuses in the U.S.

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Sept. 14 1. At 11 p.m. officers responded to loud noises coming from an 18-year-old male who was shouting insults at a fraternity house. The officers came to find the man had been drinking underage and he was given a citation for underage consumption of alcohol.


2. A 23-year-old male was cited for public urination after officers found him in the act on Main Street at 2 a.m. 3. A man required medical attention after being assaulted by two other male individuals. The two subjects were charged

with aggregated assault and all three were charged with underage consumption of alcohol. Sept. 15 4. A 21-year-old female alerted police for assistance in removing a wild bat in her residency at 1:49 a.m. The bat was caught in between the

walls for some time before letting loose in the rest of the house.

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Comedian Little reaches USD audience Sept. 30 VOLANTE STAFF REPORTS The University of South Dakota’s Campus Activities Board will host comedian Rob Little Sept. 30 in Aalf’s Auditorium in Slagle Hall at 8 p.m. Little, a Detroit native, has headlined across the U.S. and has appeared on shows like Comedy Central’s “Distrac-

tion” and Fox News. In addition, he has also appeared on the CBS network series “Fire Me Please.” Campus Activities Magazine dubbed Little as the “College Comic of the Year.” He was a finalist in both the Seattle and San Francisco International Comedy Competitions and was also selected as a feature performer at

the Chicago Comedy Festival and the Boston Comedy and Movie Festival. In 2007, Little was named Maxim Magazine’s “Real Man of Comedy.” Little trained at the Second City Comedy Club in Chicago and uses routines that are inventive and spontaneous, a style that mimics Second City’s foundation in “improvisa-

tional games of Viola Spolin.” Second City opened its doors in 1959 and has since trained famous comedians and performers like Bill Murray, Mike Myers, Tina Fey and Catherine O’Hara. The show is free and open to all students and community members will pay $5 for admission.




NEWSBRIEFLY 'Ride with Larry' features local man VOLANTE STAFF REPORTS The Coyote Twin and Vermillion Theatre will showcase the documentary, “Ride with Larry” until Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. The film follows Vermillion resident Larry Smith and a group of his family members, friends and supporters as they bike a five-day trip from Aberdeen to Vermillion alongside Smith’s battle with Parkinson’s disease. According to Katie Skow, film coproducer, the filmmaking process took more than three years, one year set aside for the editing room. Betty Smith said the ride was an unforgettable experience, considering people

from as far as California and Florida joined the journey. Directed by Ricardo Villarreal and Andrew Rubin, the film will be followed by a Q&A session with the Smiths, Skow and Tom Black of the South Dakota Film Festival. The film was recently shown at the Monterey International Film Festival in Monterey, Mexico, all three of the screenings were reported to be sold out, according to Skow. The film is being presented by the South Dakota Film Festival and the theater has said it will donate 50 percent of proceeds to South Dakota’s Parkinson’s Association and the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s.

Kenneth J. Meier, the Charles H. Gregory Chair in Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University as well as professor of Public Sector Management at Cardiff University, will speak in the Freedom Forum Conference Room Sept. 19 at 4 p.m. His speech is entitled “Public Administration and the Failure of Politics in the United States” and is sponsored by the W.O. Farber Center for


Sophomore Jaci Dehner instructs a water aerobics class at the DakotaDome Tuesday. The class is among several aquatic options sponsered by USD that are available to the public , including youth swimming lessons.

Farber speaker takes on political failure VOLANTE STAFF REPORTS


Civic Leadership and the Political Science League at the University of South Dakota. Meier is the author of over 20 books and 250 articles. His work examines the interplay between politics and public administration. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and a Research Fellow at the Danish National Centre for Social Research. The lecture will be free and open to the public.





USD dubbed militaryfriendly campus

Al Neuharth award postponed to 2014

Sioux Falls processing plant under inspection

Teens targeted for binge-drinking study

The University of South Dakota has been dubbed a “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media for the third consecutive year. Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, placed USD on the 2014 Military Friendly School list, a recognition honoring the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.

The 27th presentation of the Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media is being postponed until next year because the recipient has an unavoidable conflict during the presentation period, which was set for Oct. 3 during the Dakota Days celebration. The award is given annually and recognizes lifetime achievement in journalism and the media. The award is named for Al Neuharth, a 1950 USD journalism graduate who went on to create USA Today in 1982. Past recipients include Larry King, Walter Cronkite and Katie Couric.

Pump failures, broken equipment and leaking pipes were among some of the violations cited by state officials at John Morrell's processing plant in Sioux Falls in 2011. The company has been documented for countless wastewater violations in recent years and will undergo a follow-up inspection later this month to determine whether upgrades and conservation efforts are helping the issues. The company settled a federal case by paying a $206,000 penalty under the Clean Water Act for the way it handled toxic chemicals in its refrigeration.

Binge-drinking amongst high school seniors was at 22 percent in 2005 and has decreased to 18.1 percent in 2011, according to the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. While the percentage of seniors who binge drink has decreased, the percentage of extreme binge-drinking amongst seniors has stayed about the same, which translates to about 15 drinks in one session. Among the research statistics, boys were more likely to binge-drink than girls at a ratio of 24.7 percent to 15 percent.

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Mealtime madness

Congestion, limited seating cause delays It’s noon on a Wednesday and students are heading by the dozens to the Muenster University Center for a bite to eat between classes. As they enter through the bustling Marketplace entrance, there are students seated everywhere in the eating area, with few spare tables in sight. The line for nearly every food station is at least 10 people deep. When it’s time to check out, there is only one cashier open and available. What used to be a 10-minute dining experience has become a 20-minute waiting game. These are some of the issues that have surfaced after several weeks of the fall semester. In short, lunchtime in the MUC has become a time-consuming experience, highlighted by long waits for food and payment, and many times a lack of seating. While such traffic is usually only at a peak for about 30 minutes, many students rely on the MUC as a quick stopover for food. The entire purpose of student dining, especially the MUC, is to provide a conveniently located meal for students to enjoy with their peers during their work day. If the wait is too long or there is a lack of seating, the entire purpose of student dining is diminished. For those in between classes, there aren’t many alternative options for lunch. A trip back to the dorm to make something may not be viable, and those who pay for meal plans want to use their money instead of making an unnecessary stop at a fast food

restaurant. Some of these problems will be alleviated with the completion of the MUC expansion project. With booth plans and extended seating options, this may fix some of the current issues, such as the lack of booths in the atrium connecting the MUC to the library. However, until more dining options come available, it makes sense for the Aramark staff to be covering all shifts with adequate workers, especially at the checkout lines. Too often there is only one line open, and with 50-plus students and faculty pouring through the MUC at lunchtime, it doesn’t make sense to leave the responsibility of meal payments up to one employee — who undoubtedly will be stalled by some computer error. There needs to be coherent organization in the MUC at times of peak traffic. Sometimes, there is no semblance of order to the lines for dining options. With dozens of people spilling out of one area and into another, its difficult to know where one line begins and whether or not the people four feet to the left of it are in line or not. Aramark generally does a quality job providing campus-dining options for students. This is by no means a criticism of these individual workers. However, students are paying decent money for meal plans and they deserve to get a quality, not to mention hot, meal with the option of sitting in the MUC in return for their cash.


University can help combat ‘freshman 15’ ALEX LEVI is a sophomore majoring in music education.

Everyone warns incoming college students about the “freshman 15.” I rebutted their statements saying I would stick to a workout routine and eat healthy foods. After my first semester at college, I could tell I had gained some inches around the waist. I noticed my diet consisted of candy, lunch, dinner, a second dinner, and more candy. I was absolutely baffled at myself for not keeping in

shape but I started to think it wasn’t only my fault. Our university does not provide top quality foods whether they are healthy or not. The University of South Dakota should take note that school is not only about feeding the brain but feeding student’s bodies with a healthy diet. When I look into our convenience store, all I see is a variety of candy and other snack foods. These snack foods are addictive and are the go to study snack. Even if I am completely full, if I see the convenience store, I will go and buy myself some candy for the trip to my next class. I understand that students must learn to make healthy choices, but USD should not allow these junk foods on campus. There are plenty of

other healthy choices that could help shape students’ diets to become more accustomed to great food. Dried fruits, vegetable chips, a wider variety of baked chips, dark (non-processed) chocolate and sparkling water are a few alternatives to Skittles, Starbursts, frozen food items and soda that are showcased in the convenience stores. Adding alternative snacks can help students transition into a healthy lifestyle. I have also noticed that the Commons and MUC have a small variety of healthy food. Yes, they do have a salad bar but the rest of their items are greasy and processed. A crispy chicken sandwich is not part of a healthy diet. I believe that they should stop frying foods and make


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foods that have to be baked or handmade. Instead of fries, have baked potatoes. Instead of pop, have a variety of flavored waters. And instead of cookies and cake for dessert, have fruit cups and smoothies without all of the sugar added. There are plenty of alternatives that students would love to have for a meal. It’s important that students focus on their school work and learn in their classrooms, but college is also about learning how to live in real life. If university were to help shape a student’s diet, they would not only be helping them become successful in education but also live a healthy full-filled life. Reach columnist Alex Levi at

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Commentary Head TO Head PRO: Families could see higher standard of living from increase kayla prasek is a senior majoring in contemporary media and journalism. As the California state legislature passed a bill raising minimum wage to $10 an hour, the fight to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 continues. Federal minimum wage should be raised so workers who make minimum wage can have a higher standard of living and so they don’t have to rely on the government and can enjoy financial freedom. Last week, protesters in 15 cities gathered, targeting Walmart, demanding the retailer pay all its employees at least $25,000 a year. Fulltime employees earning minimum wage now make roughly $15,000 per year. The Walmart protests aren’t the first either. Two weeks ago, thousands of fast-food workers from cities all over the country walked off the job demanding higher wages. Organizers called it one of the largest strikes ever against fast food companies, according to the Wall Street Journal. The last minimum wage hike was passed in 2007 and went into effect in July 2009. Since then 20 states and a number of cities have passed laws requiring higher minimum wages than the federal wage. In February, President Barack Obama called on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour. The proposal would raise minimum wage in stages, reaching the $9 mark by the end of 2015. While many supposed political and economic reasons stand in the way of Congress passing a higher minimum wage, there are several reasons why minimum wage should be

increased from $7.25. First, those being paid minimum wage don’t earn enough to maintain a good standard of living. Before taxes, they are making about $15,000. In most major cities, this would barely cover the necessities and would likely leave the worker living on food stamps or other federal aid programs. In turn, this dependency eliminates a certain level of freedom that most people likely would prefer to enjoy. If one must depend on the government to subsidize their meals, their healthcare and their home, they are no longer totally free to do as they please with their money. Freedom is something we value greatly in America, and if a portion of the people in our country can’t even be fiscally independent, then we have failed. The federal poverty guideline level for a family of two is $15,510. For a family of four, the income must be more than $23,550 to be out of poverty. If both parents are working minimum wage jobs, they will likely be above that poverty line, thus not even giving them the chance to use food stamps or other federal programs, likely leaving them to struggle. But it’s not just families who struggle. Many of the people working these minimum wage jobs are college students — people who have rent, utilities and staggering tuition bills to pay, on top of wanting to make enough money to have a social life and enjoy college. Students end up taking out student loans, both federal and private, with the average student loan debt in South Dakota coming out to $23,171, according to a 2011 survey by the Project on Student Debt. In 2011, South Dakota led the nation with the highest student loan debt after college, with 75 percent of the graduating class of 2010 graduating with debt. While these

students take their degrees to jobs where they hopefully earn a decent salary, they’re struggling to make ends meet working minimum wage jobs in college. A minimum wage increase would give students a chance to not have to take out as much in student loans, in turn giving them more financial freedom and security, both in college and while they’re pursuing a career. However, an increased minimum wage would give both struggling families and strapped-for-cash college students the chance to be in better financial standing with an improved standard of living.

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CON: Economy may experience unnecessary damage after raise kathleen serie is a sophomore majoring in contemporary media and journalism. Despite what many idealists choose to believe, money does make the world go round. Without it, our entire economic system would collapse. No one would be able to afford, or for that matter, produce food, shelter or clothing, which are all essential elements of life. Thankfully, a world without money is not the case. Money is all over the place. But how do we get this money? By working. A pretty elementary

the facts A breakdown of the facts surrounding a possible raise in the federal minimum wage $10.74 How much the federal minimum wage would be if it had kept up with inflation over the past 40 years. Instead, it’s $7.25. $15,080 The annual income for a full-time employee working the entire year at the federal minimum wage. $2.13 The federal minimum wage for tipped employees, such as waiters and waitresses, nail salon workers or parking attendants. 3 The number of times Congress passed legislation to increase the minimum wage in the last 30 years. 19 The number of states (including the District of Columbia) which have raised their minimum wage above the federal level of $7.25. 10 The number of states that annually increase their state minimum to keep up with the rising cost of living. Source:

concept, right? But what about how much we each get paid? This is where it gets tricky and where inevitable controversies arise. In February, President Barack Obama proposed a federal increase in minimum wage from the current $7.25 an hour to around $9 an hour. Predictably, the issue has spread to state government. In South Dakota, a coalition of groups is petitioning to land this issue on the 2014 ballot for a raise from $7.25 to $8.50 an hour. Naturally, there are many different ways to view this issue. Those in favor of the increase claim it will assist poverty stricken families that do not make enough money on the current minimum wage. Those opposed to the increase claim increasing to $9 an hour will only harm the economy by lowering employment. After conducting some online research on the matter, I personally am not in favor of the increase. On the “Campaign for America’s Future” website, I found a statistic stating that, after taking into account inflation, the current minimum wage is lower than it was in the 1960s. The better question is, how much lower is it? I came across an essay authored by labor economist Mark Wilson. One of his most valid points was that if the government imposes a minimum wage increase, businesses will be forced to compensate for these additional wages by cutting back on benefits, available hours and employment numbers. In today’s volatile economy, having to lower employment, thus raising unemployment, is most definitely frowned upon by not only the government, but working citizens, too. Let’s be honest, the phrases “budget cuts” and “letting some people go” are practically swear words in the work-

ing world. Proponents of a raise in minimum wage state say this change will assist families who live off of $7.25 an hour working at entry-level jobs. However, if you think about it, raising the minimum wage rate is only going to hurt these people. Imagine that you’re an individual with minimal education and no experience in a specific area of work, but you need to provide for your family. The pool of jobs you can apply for is relatively small. But the ones available to you are not paying very much right now, because the skills required are rudimentary and simple to learn. But when the required payment goes up for these rather simple jobs, they are going to attract a broader range of people; people with higher levels of education, experience and competency. If employers have to pay their workers more, they are going to take the applicants with more credentials, leaving you, the moderately-skilled individual, out of a job that probably would have been your’s at $7.25 an hour. Speaking as an individual who is currently paid above minimum wage, I have a few questions that come to mind. Why should an entry-level employee at a fast food restaurant make more than, or the same as myself, when my job involves a specific set of required skills and abilities, and most fast food restaurants do not? The sad fact of the matter is that an increase in minimum wage does not mean that every company raises their wages for current employees to accommodate this change. I believe a raise to the current minimum wage will unnecessarily damage the United States’ economy Reach columnist Kathleen Serie at

What are your thoughts? What is your opinion regarding U.S. involvement with conflicts overseas? Kristen Dejong Sophomore

Cody Wirth First-year

Milica Pavolic Sophomore

Rina Larson First-year

“I think we shouldn’t be involved. It usually ends badly.”

“It’s definitely complicated, but all the facts need to be absorbed. The president needs to understand his options.”

“I don’t think you should drop the bombs on them because in ‘99, you dropped a bomb on my country (Serbia).”

Carl Mathis Sophomore

“It’s just not our business.”

“I’d prefer a diplomatic solution. Usually the most destructive option isn’t the best.


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

In the know: The Muenster University Center is a popular place for students to eat their meals because of the variety of food options. In the dark: It has become difficult and time consuming for students to eat in the MUC because of limited seating and short staffing. In the know: Miss America Pageant crowned the first Indian Miss America, Nina Davuluri. In the dark: The racist comments posted on social media reacting to the crowning.

In the know: The weather has finally cooled down enough for sweaters, scarves and no air conditioning. In the dark: The temperature is set to rise again within the next few days. In the know: Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth officially called off their engagement the same day Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” video shattered Vevo records. In the dark: Rumors of infidelity on Hemsworth’s part have been filling social media since the announcement.

“Then it got weird when they were slapping each other’s bare chests.” — The Main Street Pub

“I may or may not have peed in that bush last night.” — Clark Street

“I walked in and there was just so much ratchetness happening that I left.” — Main Street

“Sometimes I’m ashamed of things I do when I’m alone at home.” — Muenster University Center




Alcohol: VPD adopts red-tag system to discourage drinking CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 include fines and having their alcohol licenses revoked. Another aspect of underage drinking is house parties. To address this scenario VPD has adopted a “red-tag system.” The red-tag system uses the aggressive nuisance city ordinance to discourage underage drinking. If VPD comes to a house party because of a noise or nuisance complaint and underage drinkers are found on the premise, the owners of that property can be held responsible for allowing an environment conducive to crime. The owners can face fines and if it is a repeat offense, they can even be evicted. If an underage drinker is caught by VPD, they can face a minor in possession charge. This is classified as a Class B misdemeanor, which goes on an individual’s permanent criminal record. It also comes with a citation fine of $114. Alongside VPD, the UPD is also hard at work preventing underage drinking occurring on the USD campus according to UPD Lt. George Rice. “We see our share of drinking here, we’re not blind to it,” Rice said. One of the underage drinking issues UPD typically deals with is drinking in the dorms. Rice said most of their calls come from North Complex, simply because that is where the younger students are housed. Another aspect UPD deals with is drinking at the tailgating events, before games. To prevent underage drinking at tailgating events UPD officers continuously patrol the tailgating area, checking people who are consuming alcohol driver’s licenses to make sure they are legally able to drink. “Underage drinking is an issue, and it’s a problem, but it’s no different than what any other college is facing,” said Rice. UPD has extra responsibilities separate from VPD. According to Rice, if a minor is caught in possession of alcohol by UPD, the student can be issued a citation, as they would normally off campus, but can also be referred to Student’s Rights and Responsibilities. Student’s


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students if they think underage drinking is a problem at USD. Cassy Jerrett Sophomore


A man receives a citation for public urination, an illegal act. Public urination tickets in Vermillion average a cost of $49.

Rights and Responsibilities can proceed to put the student on academic probation, call the student’s parents or send the student to the on campus counseling center. The Student Counseling Center is an accredited drug and alcohol treatment center which is located across the street from the Arts and Sciences building in Cook House. At the center, students can have a drug and alcohol assessment and enter into a treatment plan, said Deborah Brockberg, the coordinator of the mental health services staff. “We want to change student’s perception on drinking in general,” she said. Brockberg said most students think their fellow students drink more than they actually do. In order to change students' perceptions on underage drinking, Lauren Schuur, the coordinator of prevention services, said the Student Counseling Center has partnered with the Vermillion Prevention Coalition. Schuur said the aim of the coalition is to “reduce binge drinking and prepare young

adults to make informed deci- how much their fellow students sions about their wellness.” drink per week. Schuur has many ideas on After submitting their how to achieve this goal. She answers students see their hopes to do more education- results compared to other al events focusing on making students and can see if their healthy choices when it comes guesses were right. to drinking. “When you look at USD’s staFor the first semester of tistics compared to the national school this year the coalition average statistics, they’re lower will put on a non-alcoholic tail- than the national average,” said gate. Next semester they hope Schuur. to sponsor a 5k run and bring in First year Garrett Bankston a guest speaker to speak about said he is not concerned about the dangers of underage drink- underage drinking. ing. “For USD, (students) have “It’s a way to get students the same amount of parties as involved more, especially in a other colleges. It’s about the non-drinking environment,” same as at any other college,” said Schuur. he said. Both Schuur and Brockberg Regarding his thoughts on admit underage drinking is an how UPD deals with underage issue, but are quick to point out drinkers, Bankston praised the many colleges face the same department and their handling issue across the country. of certain situations. They said e-CHUG, a confidential survey/assessment taken every year by students Reach reporter Malachi Petersen across the nation supports the at claim that USD is not that bad when it comes to drinking. The assessment asks students how much they drink, Tweet @thevolante how often and if they feel like they have a drinking problem. What influence do Vermillion businesses It then asks students to guess have on underage drirkers?

"Yes, if you walk around Friday night you will see tons of people drunk and underage." Grant Lockner Junior

"Yes, the fact that it's becoming accepted is a problem." Austin Knoble Sophomore


Sanctions could result in damaged record Joey Sevin The Volante

Receiving a sanction at the University of South Dakota is a two-step process, sometimes resulting in reinforcement by local authorities. Depending on the severity of the documentation, students are generally confronted with a verbal warning by community advisers first, followed by a written censure, said Aaron Polkinghorn, senior and former CA for Burgess and Norton Residence Halls. “We would record incidents and documentation on the computers,” Polkinghorn said. “In the information document, we would write about a page worth of information about what happened, who was involved and how the CA came upon the situation.” Polkinghorn said CAs would write down their observations,

type it up later and then send it to the hall director for further inspection. Teresa McDowell Johnson, director of Student Rights and Responsibilities, said it is up to the students to know and comply with campus and housing rules. “Students are provided with the student handbook which includes the code of conduct,” McDowell Johnson said. “The code of conduct is also available online, so students should have no trouble understanding what is expected.” McDowell Johnson also said community living policies are addressed through housing, and censures can range from noise complaints to alcohol or drug possession. “Generally, a verbal warning is issued, and if that doesn’t work then the student is written up or referred to a hall director,” she said.

Polkinghorn said further disruption is handled by Dean of Students Kim Grieve. He also said sanctions do not haunt students after graduation, unless the local authorities are involved, in which case the incident is left to police. “The most common incident I wrote people up for was alcohol consumption,” Polkinghorn said. “If they’re 17 or under, then the cops will get involved.” Polkinghorn said one particular documentation left things messy and complicated. “The resident was of age — he was 28,” he said. “We found him with alcohol possession in the dorms Halloween night and we asked him to leave, but he tried to get in our face and get physical. We wrote him up for possession of alcohol in the dorms.” Nicholas Tifft, a junior and former CA for Beede complex, documented several alcohol-

related censures during his school year. “I wrote up about five students during my time as a CA,” Tifft said. “Four of them were alcohol-related. That’s nothing compared to some of our hall directors who wrote close to 20 write-ups in one semester.” There is also an appeals process for students who feel their due process rights have been violated or who feel they have been wrongly documented have the opportunity to appeal their censure. “Appeals must be made in writing within five working days of the hearing date,” McDowell Johnson said. “Students who wish to make an appeal should direct it to the dean of students in the Muenster University Center, room 218.”


Check out the online version of this story for a link to the USD student handbook.

Nine ways to be sanctioned 1. Warning: A written warning that the student has violated regulation(s).

"No, I think a lot of students sustain from it. There are definitely certain groups that make it known." Tanner Wilson Sophomore

"Probably so. It seems like I know quite a few people who drink." Morgan Ohm First-year

2. Censure: A written censure for violation of a regulation(s). 3. Probation: A written censure for violation of a regulation(s). 4. Loss of privileges: Denial of specified privileges for a designated period of time. 5. Fines: Previously established and published fines may be imposed. 6. Restitution: Compensation for loss, damage or injury. 7. Discretionary Sanction: Work assignments, service to USD or other related assignments. 8. Residential Suspension or Expulsion: Separation or expulsion of a student from a residence facility for a period of time. 9. Suspension or Expulsion: Separation or expulsion of a student from USD for a period of time.

"I wouldn't say it's a problem. It's common because there is nothing else to do."



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Professors return from sabbatical leave Students, faculty exposed to 'real-world experiences' Cristina Drey The Volante

After coming back from an eight-month sabbatical, political science professor Eric Jepsen said he couldn’t wait to see all of the horse trailers pulling into Vermillion bringing students and their belongings, marking the beginning of another University of South Dakota school year. This time last year, Jepsen found himself in a much different setting in a state within Kerala, India, as he spent a sabbatical fulfilling his Fulbright Scholarship which allowed him and his family to live in the country while he researched political reform at the state level. “Institutionally, sabbaticals typically have been thought of as a way for folks to work on a research project and maybe come back also recharged both in terms of their scholarship and their teaching,” Jepsen said. As a comparative political scientist and a majority of his work involving other countries, Jepsen faced distance difficulties with his research. “It was very rewarding for me to be able to be situated and living in a place for many months, which allowed for conducting interviews, collecting data, meeting both scholars and business leaders, folks in the government,” Jepsen said. German professor Istvan Gombocz spent his spring semester sabbatical leave, his

second since starting at USD, and studied the German newspaper, Eureka Randschau, which was published in Eureka, S.D. from 1915 to 1927. He was able to order the 12 volumes of the entire newspaper in microform version from the Collections of South Dakota Historical Society and carry out his research in Vermillion. Both Jepsen and Gombocz are using parts of their research in classes that they are teaching this semester. “I do talk about the German heritage in the upper Midwest regularly,” Gombocz said. “I’m glad to be back in the classroom.” Especially in his class Politics of India and Pakistan, Jepsen discovered that citing examples from his time in India has been beneficial. “If a certain amount of time goes by where I haven’t spent time elsewhere, I lose some of the awareness I have about the world,” Jepsen said. “So the benefits for a university are that you have professors who come back with a larger base of knowledge, both from the project they were working on and also in that they were exposed to new ideas.” Graduate student Lucia Carlson, who has taken previous classes with Jepsen, said she has already noticed an interesting twist in his class that she is taking this semester. “He is just as animated and interesting as ever, but it’s really interesting to have him as an

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Eric Jepsen, pictured in the back row with his wife and son, is a political science professor back in the classroom after an eight-month sabbatical in Kerala, India. Jepsen spent his time researching India's political reform while also teaching at the university in Kerala.

instructor in my Politics of India and Pakistan class since he returned because in addition to his academic virtues, he has a lot of real-world experiences in India to share with us,” Carlson said.

Carlson agreed with the continuance of USD’s sabbatical program for the professors. “I think that if it benefited Dr. Jepsen’s teaching, it can do the same for the rest of our professors,” Carlson said.

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From a professor’s standpoint, Gombocz said the advantages of being able to take a sabbatical cannot be appreciated enough. “It’s my hope that (sabbaticals) continue,” Gombocz

said. “It’s a great opportunity for not just research, but for continuing education and selfimprovement." Reach reporter Cristina Drey at

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Megan Wissbaun went into Tuesday's Constitution Day lecture not expecting much, but walked away pleasantly surprised. “I’m just here to get extra credit for my government class honestly.” Wissbaun said before the speech. Afterward, Wissbaun, a junior majoring in social work and criminal justice, said “(The speech) was very interesting and informative — I had no idea about the current issues between the government and Indian tribes.” Tuesday marked the 226th anniversary of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. Dr. Frank Pommersheim, law professor at the University of South Dakota, delivered his “Broken Landscape: Indians, Indian Tribes, and the Constitution” lecture. The speech addressed relations between Native Americans and the federal government and how the relationship has changed over the last 200 years. James Petree, a secondyear law student, said he was also impressed by the speech. "I don’t study Indian Law, but now I’m kind of wishing I had," he said. "It’s cool all the history that goes into this subject.” During his presentation, Pommersheim, who worked on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation for 10 years before joining the law school teaching staff in 1984, explained the changes that have occurred between Native American tribes and the government from the 1700s to the present day. When the Constitution was newly adopted, Pommersheim said, it gave Congress the right to regulate trade with the Native American nations. For a while things run relatively smooth, but in the mid to late 1800s America began expanding rapidly. In order to seize more land, Congress gave the federal government more power over the Native Americans, Pommersheim said. In 1903, Kiowa chief Lone Wolf brought a case to the Supreme Court in Lone

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Frank Pommersheim gives his "Broken Landscape: Indians, Indian Tribes and the Constitution" lecture in the USD School of Law Tuesday.

“I don't study Indian law, but now I'm kind of wishing I had. It's cool all the history that goes into this subject.” — James Petree, USD law student

Wolf v. Hitchcock. Lone Wolf claimed the federal government did not have the right the seize reservation land. Pommersheim said the courts did not rule in Lone Wolf’s favor, thus setting the precedent that Congress can pass any legislation regarding Native American affairs and it cannot be appealed. Pommersheim also said Native American tribes today are trying to exercise their rights and maintain some independence. Pommersheim said it is unlikely tribes will achieve the sovereignty they once had. Years later, the Constitution is still used as the structure for the federal

government with only 27 amendments since it was adopted. In 2004, Congress established Constitution Day to celebrate this document. In addition, all colleges and universities that receive federal funding are required to present an educational event about the Constitution. Pommersheim earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology from Colgate University, Master of Public Administration from Harvard University and his JD Law degree from Columbia Law School. In addition, Pommersheim serves on tribal courts such as the Rosebud

Sioux Supreme Court and the Cheyenne River Court of Appeals. Pommersheim has also been nationally recognized for his expertise on Native American law. He has won numerous USD awards for teaching, published numerous academic works and has composed poetry. A lecture on Native American and state relations will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. in the law school courtroom. An open forum will follow with a panel including Pommersheim and the South Dakota Secretary of Native American Affairs Leroy LaPlante. Reach reporter Levi Gutz at

financial aid and institutional performance may be difficult to accomplish,” he said. “If you happened to be geographically restricted and the only colleges in the region are not performing up to federal standards and lose financial aid, that’s when this might become a problem.” South Dakota Board of Regents student representative Clay Hoffman said he’s b e e n tracking the reform package warner since the president made his announcement. Until more details come forth, Hoffman said he has at least one initial concern regarding what the reform package might mean for USD. “I’m concerned about public universities. They don’t graduate as many people as selective universities like Ivy League institutions just by virtue,” Hoffman said. “That might reflect bad for South Dakota universities since many are public institutions.” In the absence of metrics and analysis for a performance model, Warner said it is too early to say if such a concern might affect any of the regental institutions. USD Provost Chuck Staben said based on the limited knowledge in regards to metrics, USD would likely meet the standards to maintain federal funding. “Though our retention and graduation rates are lower than we can achieve, given the quality of our students and the concern our faculty and staff has for students, we are not low in the terms that have concerned President Obama," Staben said. Warner also believes USD would likely measure up well in a performancedriven model; according to the 2013 U.S. News and

“This is going to take a while and much of it may never actually see the light of day.” — Jack Warner, BOR Executive Director

World Report College ranking, USD had a 75 percent first-year retention rate and a 27 percent four-year graduation rate. “USD’s been quite successful in student retention and it’s has been improving student graduation rates. Generally speaking, I’d say USD would do fine but again, it’s way too early for that.” Hoffman said the ratings reform package is a news item worth monitoring. If students have concerns or take issue with certain aspects of the proposal, Hoffman said he wants to give those problems a voice before the BOR. "I think students should be keeping an eye on it,” Hoffman said. “Students should keep an eye on current events obviously but this is a major higher education reform package.” While Obama has said he wants to implement these changes by 2015, Warner believes such a time table is overly optimistic. Because the administration is still working on the final proposal, the vetting process may also take away significant aspects of the original proposal before it would go before Congress. Warner said Bush administration proposed several similarly aggressive changes to higher education during the that never came to fruition. “This is going to take a while and much of it may never actually see the light of day,” he said.

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Dean finds comfort living in McFadden Braley Dodson The Volante

University of South Dakota junior Kristiana Blackler helped other volunteers dig up a coil of barbed wire that was stuck underneath a log and stretched clean across the island. “We could have found more spots to clean up,� Blackler said. “There were a lot of people in one place.� Blackler said the cleanup was a success and would like to see more volunteers in future projects. “I think it should be an annual thing, or even a monthly event in different locations,� she said. Sophomore Emily Roberson was pleased with the turnout, and said the weather was perfect and the volunteers were able to finish right on time. “I genuinely love volunteering, especially when it

“I genuinely love volunteering, especially when it comes to helping the environment.� — Emily Roberson, sophomore

comes to helping the environment,� Roberson said. “I knew it would be a fun experience, and that I would get to talk to a bunch of people that I knew were just as invested in helping to better the environment as I am.� Roberson is a sustainability major at USD and hopes to see more projects like the clean-up take place in Vermillion. “I can’t imagine doing anything else,� she said. “I want to influence people to begin living more sustainably. I'm here to learn what has been done and what still needs to be, and in the meantime I

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can participate in things like the clean-up to do my part while I'm still in school.� The river cleanup continued from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Volunteers helped to load their trash bags and other findings onto the boats and were transported back to the docks where NPS members were serving hot dogs and drinks. Reach reporter Joey Sevin at

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USD Faculty & Staff: We wish to express our sincere appreciation to everyone who helped in this difficult time of the loss of our daughter and sister. A very special Thank You to the Wintz and Ray Funeral Home and Rev. Dani Jo Ninke for the wonderful tribute. Always, Danny, Kim, Marissa, & Danielle

When Dean of Students Kim Grieve travels and tells deans from other universities she lives in a residence hall, she said they typically have one response: “Really?� Grieve, who has lived in McFadden Residence Hall since she started with the university last year, does her laundry in the building, eats in the Commons and Muenster University Center and lives in the same fourbedroom apartment with her husband as the previous dean of students. “I wanted to get to know as many students as possible,� Grieve said. “I want to get to know them in a different, relaxed environment.� In McFadden, four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen and a living room are split between four students. With only two inhabitants, Grieve has had the opportunity to convert the living space. She uses one room as a bedroom, another as a guest bedroom, one as an office and another as a reading room, along with using a garage in the building. “I like to be where the students are,� Grieve said. “I want to be an advocate for the community. Students see me all the time and come up to me.� Grieve said she does not mind hearing her student neighbors talking or playing music next door. “I can sleep through anything,� Grieve said. “I don’t like it in the summer, because it’s quiet and I can’t feel that energy.� Grieve lives in the same apartment as the previous dean of students, James Parker, but said she was the one who made the push to live on campus. The housing arrangement is included in her contract, and was offered as an option when she took the position as dean of students.


Dean of Students Kim Grieve has lived on campus for the past year, an usual move among university administrators.

“I find it very easy and fun to live in housing,� Grieve said. While Grieve said other deans find it strange for her to live on campus, she said it is practical to be on campus in case there is an emergency and it is an easy way for her to remain visible to students. Grieve also has to follow the same rules as other students, including no painting the apartment’s interior, no loud music and no holes in the walls. Her Pomeranian, Izzy, is an exception to the no-pet rule, as Grieve can often be seen walking her around campus. Sophomore Brynn Nelson, a resident of McFadden, has seen Grieve around the building, but said she never thought the dean of students lived there. “I like how she wants to interact with the students,� Nelson said. “It’s cool that

she takes time to experience student life.� If she were in Grieve’s shoes, Nelson said she would want to live offcampus and have more freedom to decorate, along with more space. After finding out Grieve lives in the same building as her, Nelson also said she will probably be more conscious of how loud she is. After living on campus for a year, Grieve said her children have grown used to the idea of her living in a residence hall. Grieve said the year had given her the chance to see students in a new setting. “Living on campus, I get to really see the change in students over the years and see them really blossom,� Grieve said. “I can’t imagine living off-campus now.� Reach reporter Braley Dodson at

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Other duties at USD Grieve co-advises the Student Government Association and attends student functions weekly. As dean of students, she acts as a student advocate and is in charge of student activities and services.

Education Grieve holds a Ph.D. in leadership in higher education from the University of Toledo.


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Putting history behind them Fresh start and more positivity essential to Coyotes’ good start Josh Jorgensen The Volante

Last season, the University of South Dakota women’s soccer team won two games. This season, the team is almost a month into play and has already doubled their wins to four games. There clearly is something different about last year’s 2-13-3 team to this year’s 4-2-2 Coyotes. Right off the bat the Coyotes’ soccer team has a different vibe this season, with the team winning more games than they did last year by Sept. 1. The team graduated only two seniors, but seven others left for personal reasons, leaving this year’s team in what appears to be better shape. “Our attitude has gotten much better this year,” head coach Mandy Green said. “We lost seven players who didn’t return. We lost their bad attitudes and negativity, making this group more positive.” With attitudes up according to Green, the team’s performance has benefited she said. They have already taken out two big time Division-I schools in Wyoming and Colorado State. “Everybody has gotten better this year,” Green said. “We’re stressing better defense, and keeping possession. This year, we’re connecting passes and working on finishing in the final third of the field.” Defense has been a big portion of the recipe for success in this year’s team. Through seven games so far, the Coyotes have only given up 11 goals, keeping the team close with each opponent. “(During the offseason) a lot of what we worked on was defense, especially in the spring,” sophomore Brenna Bills said. “Through working on defense, we’re building toward a better offense.” Offense has also been up for this year’s Coyotes team. Goal production has been up thanks to better possessions and passing. The Coyotes have also outscored opponents 17-11 this season through nine games. “This year, we’re just a lot more intense,” sophomore Rebecca Sparkman said. “We all want to be here this year and have one goal. We’re more of a family.” While team success has been evident in their winning record, individually, three Coyotes have been named to the all-tournament team at the South Dakota State’s Jackrabbit Invitational. SparkPlease see IMPROVEMENT, Page B3

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Junior Morgan Hancock pushes the ball up the field vs. College of St. Mary’s Sept. 15. The Coyotes won 4-1, improving their record to 4-2-2.

Fans, support are keys to a thriving team Nick robinson is a first-year majoring in contemporary media and journalism. Coming from a town like Yankton, which has rich sporting tradition, I am accustomed to a certain level of support and pride amidst school sports. Whether it is at football games or cross-country events, Yankton has full support and expects nothing but excellence from its student-athletes. As a first-year at the University of South Dakota, I am fully confident that support and pride will parlay to Coyote athletics. What does this mean? However, during my short time here, I have noticed different levels of tradition and support. Granted, it is tough for tradition to develop at a school which Please see SUPPORT, Page B3

Doubles play sets tone for rest of team Nathan Ellenbecker The Volante

The University of South Dakota women’s tennis team kicked off their fall season this weekend against six other teams from Wisconsin and Illinois at the Chicago State Invitational. The team was looking for a strong start to their season with four new members playing their first matches as Coyotes. Coach Malcolm Gilreath said he saw not only effort, but also plenty of strong tennis by the girls. “It was great to see the new players compete under competitive environments,” Gilreath said. “It’s always nice to see players do well, but it’s also nice to see what we can improve on. The second day of doubles, we had some pretty competitive matches. The first day, you’re just getting used to each other. So, I was pretty pleased with that.” Gilreath said before the tournament that doubles is an area he was hoping to see the team improve on from last season. During the spring dual season, the doubles points often turn out to be critical, and double’s success can carry over to singles success for most teams. The team played a number of

different combinations of girls in doubles this weekend, allowing some teams to get their first feel as a duo. Junior Rymma Maslova and first-year Dragana Brankovic were among those teams who had never played together but showed improvement in just one day. The two lost their first match Friday to a team from Bradley University, 8-5, but immediately bounced back for their first win as a team against two girls from the University of WisconsinGreen Bay, 8-3. “We lost some very close matches, but other than that, we did very well,” Gilreath said. “A few times we were playing teams and players who have already competed together, and so for us to be playing close to them, I was happy with how the team competed.” As far as singles, the Coyotes also saw some success in their first set of matches. Junior Nina Barudzic had one of the better singles performances for the team. Barudzic made her way into the semifinals in her singles flight. Maslova and Brankovic competed in the invitational’s top two singles flights and each picked up wins.

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Junior Yamini Reddy gets ready to serve during one of USD’s practices. The team travels to Minneapolis for the Minnesota Invitational for their next match.

“The girls all feel like they played well and had some great opportunities. They all know they have things to work on, and we’re excited for that,” Gilreath said. The Coyotes will turn around quickly and head to the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities for the Minnesota Invitational next

weekend. Coach Gilreath said the team knows the tournament is also a step up from the tournament in Chicago. “That’s a very strong tournament,” Gilreath said. “It’s probably the strongest tournament we’ll play this fall season. That’s why we schedule it.” The team will begin play

against teams such as Minnesota, Iowa, Iowa State, Wisconsin, Gonzaga, North Dakota and South Dakota State this Friday on the University of Minnesota campus.

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COYOTEDigest Volleyball wins fourth straight

Women’s Soccer Recap: After not losing a game since Aug. 25, the Coyotes fell at Creighton 4-0 Sept. 13. It was only the second time the Coyotes were shut out on the year, the first coming in a 0-0 tie with Nevada Sept. 8. The Coyotes rebounded Sunday as they beat the College of St. Mary’s 4-1 in Vermillion. Key Players: After a scoreless Friday night, the Coyotes offense came back strong Sunday, with big contributions from sophomore midfielder Danielle Anderson. Anderson finished Sunday’s game with a goal and two assists in the Coyotes win vs. St. Mary’s. First-year forward Jamie Karch also continued her success tallying another goal in the Coyotes win. This brought her goal total to four, retaining the title of top goal scorer for the team. Second on the list is Anderson, who’s goal this weekend brought her to three for the season. Player to Watch: After starting all 18 games last season, sophomore Rebecca Sparkman is already off to a hot start with two goals and one assist. Ranking fourth on the team with five points, the sophomore was also one of three Coyotes players named to the SDSU Jackrabbit Invitational All-Tournament Team.

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Junior Melissa Flirtko jumps to block a shot by North Dakota Sept. 16. USD would win 3-1, marking their fourth straight win this season.

Record: 4-2-2 Up Next: The team goes back on the road to Grand Forks, N.D. to face the University of North Dakota. Friday’s kickoff is set at 3 p.m.

Athlete of the Week


Junior outside hitter Kendall Kritenbrink continued piling up accolades in Coyote career, winning Summit League Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 8-15.

Recap: The Coyotes continued their impressive season over the weekend with three wins at the Montana State Bobcat Classic. The Coyotes swept all three matches 3-0, facing Akron, Gonzaga, and Montana State. Monday, the Coyotes had their home opener vs. the University of North Dakota, in which they recorded their first home win of the season 3-1. Key Players: Junior outside hitter Kendall Kritenbrink won the Bobcat Classic tournament MVP honor, recording 44 kills and 22 digs. She recorded her 1000th career kill in the match vs. Akron. The weekend brought her total to 191 kills on the early season.

Grade: Outside hitter Position: Forward Hometown: Gretna, Neb.

2013 Stats

Week Achievements

Played in all 41 sets

173 kills

4.22 kills per set

12 serve aces

88 digs

33 total blocks


First-year outside hitter Audrey Reeg has recorded a team leading 156 digs thus far. Player to Watch: Summit League All-Freshman Sydney Dimke returns for her sophomore season second on the team with 113 kills early in the season. In addition she has tallied 78 digs, leaving her with an average of 2.51 kills per set and 1.73 digs per set. Record: 9-3 Up Next: Hawaii at the Wichita State Tournament in Wichita, Kan. Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Women’s Golf Recap: The Coyotes placed third Tuesday at the North Dakota Fall Classic in Grand Forks, N.D. Four Coyote golfers placed in the top 15 at the tournament as the team finished a combined 126 over par edging out Nebraska- Omaha by one stroke. Key Player: Junior Janice Baumberger finished the tournament at 6th place overall, at 26 over par, which was her first top ten finish in her collegiate career. Her best score came in the first round shooting a 77, just five over par. Up Next: The team travels to Sioux Falls for the South Dakota State Tournament next Monday and Tuesday.

Kritenbrink won tournament MVP of the Bobcat Classic last weekend in Bozeman, Mont. USD went 3-0 to win the tournament. Kritenbrink also recorded the 1,000 kill of her career Sept. 13 vs. Akron. Needing just two kills to reach the milestone, she finished with 21 for the game.

Keep an eye on those Cheeseheads Kelsey Kroger is a senior majoring in contemporary media and journalism The Green Bay Packers looked like a brand new team during their home opener Sunday against the Washington Redskins. The offense was right on key, and quarterback Aaron Rodgers had an increbible game, throwing for 480 yards and four touchdowns. The Redskins had no answers for the Pack’s highpowered offense. That’s really their recipe for success. The bad news was seeing rookie running back Eddie Lacy leave the game and not return because of a concus-

sion. After a strong first half, the pass defense got tired and allowed the Redskins to finish with 314 pass yards. But that was not much of a concern after the Packers went up 24-0 at halftime and finished the game with a 38-20 win. Are the Packers a team that can truly contend this year? After going 1-3 in the preseason, the Packers look like they found what they need to be successful in the 2013-14 season. After letting Charles Woodson and Desmond Bishop go this spring, losing Greg Jennings to the Vikings and then offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga to a torn ACL, the team clearly had some holes to fill. With Bulaga being a key asset to the offensive line, head coach Mike McCarthy had to figure out how to shuffle around the right pieces. First, McCarthy believed in rookie

fourth round offensive tackle David Bahktiari, of Colorado, to cover Bulaga’s position. Good thing for Packer fans is they return of Clay Matthews and their stout front defensive seven. The Packers have the ability to stop the run game, which means offenses will be forced to pass the ball, and will make the opponents limit their offenses. But the Packers secondary defense needs improvement if they want to stop offenses and win games. When the secondary is weak, the offenses use it to their advantage and continually use their pass game and run the Packers defense down. The first regular game of the season against the San Francisco 49ers was a prime example of what the Packers need to do differently this season. The Packers let 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick easily go 27 for 39 for 412 yards and three

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touchdowns. They let wide receiver Anquan Bolden continually roam the field, finding hole after hole. Where was the defense? Not having Morgan Burnett along with Casey Hayward definitely hurt the Packers defense. But the Packers offensive line did their job, only allowing Rodgers to be sacked one time. The offensive line play will be key. They need to keep Rodgers safe, and the offense will continue looking like a welloiled machine. The pass game has a triple threat going for them, with Randall Cobb, James Jones and Jordy Nelson all being great receivers. As long as the Packers players stay healthy and stay away from injuries, they should be in line to do great things this season. Reach reporter Kelsey Kroger at

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Football team aims to get over .500 Glenn said Coyotes are refreshed and prepared after bye week Grant Bosiacki The Volante

Fresh off their bye week, the University of South Dakota Coyotes football team has their sights set for Flagstaff, Ariz., where they will be taking on the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks. Head coach Joe Glenn said the team used the bye week to rest up and prepare for a Lumberjack team coming off a 21-10 win against UC Davis. “I feel real good about how hard we’re working and what we’re doing. We’re going to learn a lot about ourselves this week,” Glenn said. “We have to win a game on the road one of these times. It’s going to be a challenge, it’s a long trip and they (Northern Arizona) are a good football team.” Northern Arizona’s defense is coming off a week in which they only gave up 154 passing yards and were led by senior defensive back Lucky Dozier, who was named Big Sky Defensive Player of the Week. He won the honors after picking up four tackles and scored the go-ahead touchdown with an interception with just under 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter. That’s not good news for the Coyotes passing attack. Through two games junior quarterback Josh Vander Maten only has 158 yards passing and one touchdown. Vander Maten said they’ve watched tape on the Northern Arizona defense and it will be a good test for his offense. “They’re a good, athletic team. They’ll press our receivers

and get their hands on them,” Vander Maten said. “They’re a good team and that means we’ll have to play well to win.” Senior tight end Tyler Wilhelm said he knows the passing game needs to improve and said it’s something that will come around. “Our passing game is continuing to get better every day. Our running game has been doing really well and eventually teams are going to put more people in the box,” Wilhelm said. “That is going to open up some passing lanes, but I really wouldn’t be too concerned about our passing game.” Vander Maten agreed with Wilhelm, and said he’s not too concerned about the passing numbers and knows the team is putting in the work to make it better. “We have to keep doing what we’re doing, trust the scheme, trust the plays and it will all turn out in the end,” Vander Maten said. “I have all the confidence in the world in our offensive line, our receivers and myself that we’ll get this passing game figured out.” The team’s rushing game has relied on two redshirt freshman, Trevor Bouma and Jordan Roberts, who bring the Coyotes their own version of “smash and dash.” Bouma, listed at 5’11” 215 pounds, is what Glenn described as “a bruising north and south runner who is country-strong.” Roberts is listed at the exact same height and weight, but brings more speed to his game, evident with his 25-yard rush in the home opener and his

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Sophomores Nick Jacobs and Drew Iddings get in their three-point stance against Kansas Sept. 7. The Coyotes lost 31-14, dropping their record to 1-1 on the season.

18-yard run vs. Kansas. Both are averaging over five yards per carry, while Bouma is averaging 73.5 yards per game. Roberts isn’t far behind, averaging 69.5 per game. Glenn said he is pleased with what his running backs have given him this year and the emphasis on offense will continue to be on the ground. “That’s a pretty good onetwo punch for us, and we’ll keep calling their number” Glenn said. “We also have Khorey Kilgore coming on the trip with us and he’s a good running back. We’ll keep relying on these guys because we’re pretty strong at that spot.” The defense has showed vast

improvement in year two under defensive coordinator Jason Petrino. They held UC Davis to seven points in the opener and played Kansas tough before things unraveled in the fourth. The clear difference maker has been sophomore linebacker Keyen Lage, who leads the team with 16 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss. Glenn said the improvement on defense has come with the all the practice time and extra comfort level in the scheme, but said it’s still a work in progress. “When you travel with 27 freshmen your depth isn’t quite what you want, but the kids are growing up fast and playing tough,” Glenn said. “I like

where we’re at but we have to keep getting better.” However, Glenn said the mistakes they’re putting an emphasis on to correct this week in practice are on special teams. Last week first-year punter/kicker Miles Bergner mishandled a poor snap and it resulted in a huge loss for the Coyotes. “We have to execute better in the kicking game then what we showed vs. Kansas. Miles (Bergner) was a little bit off punting and our snapping was a little off. We’re working hard on both and hopefully we’ll be better,” Glenn said. A win this week not only would outnumber last year’s

total, it would also give the team some extra confidence heading into conference play. They kick off their Missouri Valley Conference schedule next week, Sept. 28 at Western Illinois. Glenn said the win plus the extra confidence is a big goal for his football team. “I think it’s huge. It’ll get us on the map as far as where we want to be coming out of nonconference play and prove to ourselves that we’ve improved,” Glenn said. Kick off vs. Northern Arizona will be at 6 p.m. CT.

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Volleyball wins fourth straight, takes down UND Support: Kelsey Kroger The Volante

Following a 3-0 showing at the Montana State Bobcat Classic, the Coyote women’s volleyball team headed back to the DakotaDome Monday night, holding their home opener in front of a sold out crowd in a non-conference match against the University of North Dakota. The Coyotes started off slow, losing the first set 25-21. The first home game of the season senior Tori Kroll said with the match being the home opener the team had to get their jitters out. Head coach Matt Houk also said the Coyotes had to shake that little bit out and get over it. “Obviously set one wasn’t pretty, but they started to clean things up. Our block made huge improvements as the match went on and our serve got tremendously better,” Houk said. The Coyotes stepped it up from there winning the next three sets 25-19, 25-19, 25-17. Junior Kendall Kritenbrink led the Coyotes with 18 kills, sophomore Sydney Dimke added 12 kills and sophomore Kelsey Biltoft had 10 kills for the Coyotes. Kroll finished with 41 set assists and four kills. The Coyotes have started their season off strong, with big wins against Gonzaga and Texas Tech. Kroll had an outstanding performance at the Bobcat Classic claiming

the top spot and breaking the all-time set assist record. Kroll said it feels awesome to achieve such an honor. “I give all the credit to my hitters, I wouldn’t be here without them,” Kroll said. Along with Kroll’s outstanding performance, junior Kritenbrink achieved her 1,000th kill of her collegiate career. “It was pretty exciting, I didn’t really see it coming, but definitely something more to work for and break the next record,” Kritenbrink said. Houk said the Coyotes have improved a lot from last season to and it has a lot to do with being able to spread the ball out more. “Kelsey (Biltoft) and Sydney (Dimke) both had big nights for us and helped moved the ball around,” Houk said. “I’m really happy with the fact that we’ve got more than one person that can score the ball now.” Dimke said that the major change from last season to now is the pace of the team. “Our pace this year is way faster, the blockers can’t always keep up so it’s helping us a lot,” Dimke said. The Coyotes will travel to Kansas this weekend for the Wichita State Tournament where they will face seventh ranked Hawaii. Houk said the team will find out how tough they really are this weekend. “Any given night, if you play your best volleyball and you lay it out on the line you

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Junior Melissa Flirtko attempts to spike the ball as junior teammate Kendall Kritenbrink looks on. USD would go on to beat North Dakota 3-1 to improve their record to 9-3 on the season.

have an opportunity and I think that’s the big thing and that’s how we have to look at it,” Houk said. Houk said it should be a great weekend, leading them into conference play the following weekend when they

take on Indiana UniversityPurdue University Fort Wayne Sept. 27 in Vermillion. “We’re going to build a lot of confidence next weekend, showing up and competing and putting our best in front,” Hook said.

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man got a nod for the all-tournament team, as well as junior goalkeeper Mackenzie Viktor and sophomore defender Kasha Meyer. “Mackenzie has been a big factor in the goal this season,” Green said. “She’s made a lot of great saves, and it’s led to more opportunities on the offensive end.” Green said the experience the upperclassmen bring with them is important. “We have a lot more juniors this season,” Green said. “They have two full years getting

invaluable experience, and it’s starting to come out in these games.” Experience was at a minimum last year for the Coyotes with only two seniors on the roster. While this year they again have only two seniors, the Coyotes have 11 returning juniors, as well as seven sophomores. The experience has definitely shown for the team, as last year saw a lot of the playing time went to first-years like Sparkman and Bills, but now with maturity, the chemistry has seemed to improve. “Last year’s record doesn’t really show what kind of team

we were,” Sparkman said. “We weren’t as focused last year and messed up late in games.” Experience is key in a conference like the Summit League. Six of the eight teams are above .500 before conference play opens, meaning the Coyotes need to continue to mature to keep up. “It’s a pretty even conference,” Bills said. “We’re just as strong and fast, have as good of ball skills as well. We just need to put it all together to get the wins.” With conference play looming at the beginning of October, the Coyotes continue to

work toward getting better before games start having postseason implications. This year’s team has a good chance of making the top four in the conference, which gives them a spot in the playoffs. “(Our goals) are to continue winning games and try to shut out every team we play,” Sparkman said. Reach reporter Josh Jorgensen at

>> Find a preview of the team’s next game at North Dakota Friday.

just finally got over the hump of transitioning to Division I, but it is key to lay down a foundation for the future. Being able to keep up with South Dakota State University may be challenging, but I feel the Coyotes are going their own way, not following their counterpart from the North. It can be seen at many levels, from the new Tailgating Nation, to trying to increase the attendance of the Coyote Crazies, or even pep rallies before games, to get the team and fans amped for the game. It is also nice to see the wearing red in support of the Coyotes — it helps when all of the fall teams have gotten off to a hot start. From the billboards to the posters, the school spirit is at its peak in Vermillion. The hope is now players will work harder knowing they have the student base and fans supporting them. They will go that extra yard or sacrifice themselves for the name on the front of their jersey if the support is there. Hopefully, as the seasons kickstart and go, the school spirit stays up and continues to grow. People take for granted quality athletics and support, so it’s nice to know that I am and have been apart of positive programs in my lifetime.


What are the Coyote Crazies?

The Coyote Crazies are a student-led group focused on improving student engagement in Coyote athletics and University of South Dakota activities in general. What they do? The group is led by a leadership team that works with Student Life, the USD athletic department, and marketing to build and promote a better fan experience for USD students. How to become a member? Sign up to become a member at, and identify yourself as a Coyote Crazy by buying one of the official 2013-14 game day shirts that they sell.



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Keck yields national results

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Sophomore named one of four finalists for American Star in Agriscience Award Josie Flatgard The Volante

A University of South Dakota student is a finalist for a national award in Future Farmers of America. Sophomore Mark Keck’s approach to a required project led him to be one of four finalists in the running for the American Star in Agriscience Award. Each finalist received a $2,000 cash award along with a trip to Costa Rica. The sophomore is taking his vacation next June. He will find out if he won the award in November at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kent. The winner will receive an additional $2,000. The four-year experiment started when Keck was a high school sophomore at Plainview High School in his hometown of Plainview, Neb. “In FFA, they have what they call an SAE — Supervised Agricultural Experience — and everyone has one to complete. A lot of kids do cattle — that’s an easy one. A lot of them grow grain,” he said. The sophomore’s method was to do a research project for his SAE. Steve Keck, his father and an independent agronomist

of 32 years, wanted to test the new nitrogen inhibitor NeutriSphere locally before he recommended it to farmers. The fertilizer promised to keep the nitrogen on crops and out of ground water to create better yields, and consequently, be safer for the environment. Having it as Mark Keck’s FFA project was a way for both father and son to benefit, and a project they could work on together. “I really like science and gardening. I had my own garden when I was six or seven, so I love plants, I love science, and I just tied the two together with my interest in Agriscience,” Keck said. Since the first year’s response to the inhibitor involved high rain totals, the solution was modified for year two. The first three years included tests of different soils and treatments to crops on two farms. Each year, there was a higher crop yield. “I wanted to see if NeutriSphere helped, and it did; it increased yields. So we said, ‘Since it works, let’s try NeutriSphere against the opponent Agrotain,’ which is another nitrogen inhibitor,” Keck said. For the last year of the project, a test was done comparing the two inhibitors,

again with a positive result. “What made this research project so unique is that, in the scientific world, it is hard to get something to repeat itself, and it was a phenomenal project in that way,” Steve Keck said. The father-son duo got the positive experiment results to repeat three years in a row. Steve Keck said, in that way, the project was taken to the next level. The SAE he had done was in one of the 49 different categories to choose. Out of these categories, only the top three projects, including Mark Keck’s, moved on from districts. The projects were then reviewed at the state level and Keck’s was among the top three to be submitted to the national competition. Four finalists were chosen for each of the four American Star Award categories —American Star Farmer, American Star in Agribusiness, American Star in Agricultural Placement, and American Star in Agriscience, which is what Keck’s project fell under. More than 3,000 students involved within the 49 areas were narrowed down to only


American Star in Agriscience Award from the National FFA Organization The award will be presented at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kent. Oct. 30-Nov. 2. Requirements include skills in production, finance, management, and/ or research along with earning the American FFA Degree. More than 3,000 students were narrowed down to 16 finalists.

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“Dust, Metal and Stone” features 60 prints depicting the Great Depression, including people and landscapes of the era.

Sixty original prints depicting regional agrarian life and labor struggles during the Great Depression of the 1930s are on display for students and the public through the end of the week at the John A. Day Gallery in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. “Dust, Metal and Stone: The Graphic Arts of the 1930s” opened up to students and the public free of charge July 29 and ends Friday. “Dust, Metal and Stone” is the first exhibition for the John A. Day Gallery’s 2013-14 exhibition season lasting through next summer. Alison Erazmus, director of the University of South Dakota’s art galleries, said “Dust, Metal and Stone” was a collaborative work between her and graduate student Jennifer Padgett, which came together during an independent study project.

ASHLEY PALMER graduated in 2013 with a graphic design degree.

Where you work now: “Vision Video Interactive, a digital marketing agency in Sioux Falls.”

Favorite part of the project: “Learning a new style of illustration, and how to utilize it.”

Has the project changed what you want to do in the future or how you would market yourself?: “The project did make me more aware of how important web design is as a graphic designer, and having even the most basic knowledge of code will help you in your career after graduation.”

AMY GEHLING graduated in 2013 with a graphic design degree.

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Five University of South Dakota students and their professor collaborated with NASA for an online project during the 2012-13 school year that has resulted in several design awards. Collin Hover, assistant professor of graphic design, senior Calvin LaBrie and May 2013 graduates Ashley Palmer, Amy Gehling, Amanda Connelly and Keaton Solomon created a website called “NASA: Prospect,” with the goal of increasing space exploration awareness as well as being a teaching tool for the solar system. The project was sponsored by NASA’s Humans in Space Youth Art Competition and has earned six awards, including the Awwward Site of the Day, the CSS Design Award, the Favorite Website Awards short-list, the Smashing Design Award, QIndex best web design list and QNT Gallery Web Design Inspirations list. The students featured below are three of the five students who helped create the website.

“Basically, Jennifer (Padgett) was going through this collection, identifying the prints, studying them, organizing them and then eventually coming up with an exhibition concept,” Erazmus said. “For many reasons, this show is for educational purposes for her, but also for students on campus to learn more about the graphic arts during the 1930s in America.” With the gallery being open to everyone, all students, not just those in art, are encouraged to visit the exhibitions throughout the year as an enriching part of a liberal arts education, Erazmus said. “These artists seem to really be able to take depth to another level,” photography professor John Banasiak said. “It’s nice to have artists that are so fluent with a visual language to have students able to learn from them. A lot of schools don’t have this, and it’s a wonderful resource for everyone.” First-year Em Hattouni

said she sees college as a center for cultural experiences and believes it is important for all students to experience art because art can move anyone in unexpected ways. “At first I was impressed with how striking the pictures were,” Hattouni said. “They weren’t colored, and when I walked up to them, I was amazed at how much detail there was. The pictures spoke more than I expected.” The 60 prints were created by over 30 regionalist and realist American artists who wanted to depict an era of the United States when art, labor and landscape were all changing dramatically. “Everything is from the American art movement of the 1930s that dominated the country’s art,” Erazmus said. “Obviously, the word realism means you are going to identify what you are looking at — a landPlease see GALLERY, Page B5

Where you work now: “Mobile Tummy, a company in Santa Clara, Calif. I work on both print and web as a junior designer.” Favorite part of the project: “My favorite part of the project was being included in the group to fine tune the concept to such a large scale project.”

Has the project changed what you want to do in the future or how you would market yourself?: “The project definitely gave me a positive experience in web design, which made me choose to continue taking classes with Hover.”

CALVIN LABRIE is a senior majoring in graphic design.

Major: “Fine Arts with an emphasis in graphic design.”

How you got involved with the project: “I was in an intro. to web design class, and the professor Please see PLANETS, Page B6



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CampusEvents All day, all week Tibetan Monks Sand Mandela Location: Lee Medical Building Atrium

MediaSketch Blog about it @ A musical year: Senior hopes to inspire through music kayla prasek is a senior majoring in contemporary media and journalism.

Bound and Unbound II: Altered Book Exhibition Location: I.D. Weeks Library Art Exhibitions Location: I.D. Weeks Library

Sept. 18 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Alcohol awareness speaker Aaron Cooksey Location: Aalfs Auditorium

Sept. 19 All Day Red Road Gathering Location: National Guard Armory 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. SERVE kick off Location: MUC Pit Lounge 4 - 5 p.m. Lecture: Dr. Ken Meier Location: Al Neuharth Media Center 7 - 8 p.m. 24th Annual Oscar Howe Memorial Lecture Location: Farber Hall

Sept. 20 All Day Red Road Gathering Location: National Guard Armory

As we come to the end of the first month of classes, I imagine most students are ready to head home for the first time or go visit friends — something to get them out of Vermillion for the first time since the semester started. I, on the other hand, am looking forward to my first weekend here in three

weeks. No, I haven’t gone home yet, but I have spent the last two weekends going to concerts. The weekend of Sept. 6-7, I went to the Twin Cities to see Parachute and Taylor Swift in concert, and this past weekend, I made the eight-hour drive to Chicago for Riot Fest, a punk rock music festival, where I got to see some of my favorite bands in concert while also exploring the city of Chicago with some of my best friends. Since my first year, I have eagerly sought out and attended as many concerts as possible, and have probably attended about 50 in the last three years. Music

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Sept. 21 9:30 a.m. - noon Heartland Humane Society’s Tails & Trails Location: Old Ice Rink

Sept. 23 7 - 9 p.m. Harrington Lecture Location: Farber Hall

Sept. 24 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Blood drive Location: MUC Pit Lounge rebecca froehlich/ the volante

The “Dust, Metal and Stone” exhibit is on display in the John A. Day Gallery in the Center for Fine Arts until Friday.

9 - 11 p.m. Open Mic Night hosted by Analisa Huschle Location: MUC Pit Lounge

Noon - 1 p.m. Global Learning first-year information session Location: MUC Noon - 1 p.m. “What Americans Need to Know About Israel-Palestine” Location: Farber Hall 5 - 6 p.m. Global Learning 101 Location: I.D. Weeks 205 5 - 6 p.m. Grand Tour of Italy info session Location: Center for Fine Arts, room 209 7 - 9 p.m. Tibetan Monks music and dance performance Location: Aalfs Auditorium

Sept. 26 All Day Law delegation from the Ukraine Location: USD School of Law 4 p.m. State of the University Address Location: Aalfs Auditorium 4 - 5 p.m. Sustainability in India lecture Location: Farber Hall 8 - 9 p.m. The Rawlins Piano Trio in concert Location: Colton Recital Hall

Sept. 27 12:05 - 12:55 p.m. Brown bag lunch: An eclectic musical journey Location: National Music Museum 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Tibetan monks closing ceremony Location: Lee Medical Building


scape or a portrait. The majority of the show is of landscape, especially Midwestern landscape. As far as people, there are many different people — farmers, workers, blue collar workers.” Banasiak said the era of the artists had a significant impact on the how viewers can interpret the art. “These men and women were working under a government program,” Banasiak said. “They felt a need to explain the cultural happenings of the time. They wanted to communicate something other than just physical information. The way the landscape flows in the prints and the energy that is created is more of an emotional take of what was going on at

the time.” As far as the university’s fine art program is concerned, “Dust, Metal, and Stone” is only a portion of over 400 Associated American Artists original prints in the university’s permanent collection, showing the amount of quality work the Center for Fine Arts has at its disposal, Erazmus said. “Part of the university’s core mission is to exhibit portions of the permanent collection at least once a year so that the public, the Vermillion community and the university community can know what we have because, for the most part, it is all in storage,” Erazmus said. “It is good to show off what we have in our holding.” Reach reporter Nathan Ellenbecker at


Sept. 25 All Day Law delegation from the Ukraine Location: USD School of Law

sarily to listen to all the music I listen to or decide to go to a million concerts, but to do something you’d never do while you’re in college — something out of the ordinary. Why, you might ask? College is the time to go see the world and explore. You might get less sleep driving back from a concert at 6 a.m., but the experience and memories are completely worth it. Trust me. I hope you’ll follow along as I spend my last year of college continuing what I’ve been doing all along and will be inspired by my irrationality and leaps of faith.

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12:05 - 12:55 p.m. Brown Bag program: Black Elk Sings Location: National Music Museum

6 - 7 p.m. LEADership 101 information session Location: MUC

is my number one passion, and it’s not a stretch to say that everything I do revolves around it. During the last three years, I have pushed my music on almost all of my friends, and as a result, they’ve gone to every concert with me. I know we’ll look back on college and know we got everything out of it that we wanted, while making slightly irrational decisions and having incredible memories together. My goal for this blog this year is to share my musical experiences and tastes with the readers, but I also have a bigger hope for it. I hope to inspire you, not neces-

‘Butler’ defines an era John Dailey The Volante

Under normal circumstances, historical dramas are not one of my personal fortes. That being said, I was in for a treat when I witnessed probably the next epic in classic cinema, “The Butler.” The main star in this film is Forest Whitaker, a name I have not heard in years. He did an extraordinary job playing a victim of the prejudices of history, keeping his hands off the affairs of the white man after witnessing one of them killing his father at a very young age. This wariness also works in authenticating and deepening his estranged relationship with his eldest son, who is active in both civil rights and Black Panther movements. Oprah Winfrey is amazing as Whitaker’s wife, even though she is sometimes the cliched voice of reason in the family. Cuba Gooding Jr. also stands out in the movie as one of the president’s butlers, the one who lightens up a tense situation without becoming a comic relief in the process. As a historical film, a handful of presidents are featured. The two who stand out for me are Robin Williams as Dwight D. Eisenhower, a refreshing deviation from his usual comedy, and Alan Rickman, who looks surprisingly like a carbon copy of Ronald Reagan, though I am not sure if they


Near breakup helps band find inspiration Andrew Helland The Volante

sound alike. Handfuls of movies and television programs have portrayed America’s civil rights movement, but this movie is not afraid to show us the really bad side of the times, even to the extent of using so much of the n-word that this movie has lucked out with the PG-13 rating instead of R. I cannot reveal anything about what they portrayed or how they portrayed it without spoiling the provocation. “The Butler” is an amazing rarity among today’s cinema. It is the heaviest film I have seen to review for this paper so far. Reach reviewer John Dailey at

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“Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Actions” is the fourth album from the Scottish outlet Franz Ferdinand. The Glasgow-based band is fairly consistent with releasing dance-y indie pop songs, and this album has plenty of them. Franz Ferdinand’s purpose was to cut records that make girls dance. They have clearly achieved success in this area over their career. “Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Actions” was actually on the verge of never being made. Before the release, the band considered breaking up. According to front man Alex Kapranos, he “…wanted to split the band up, because in my head it felt like one of those jobs…I didn’t like the routine and the obligations.” Luckily for the listeners, Kapranos, along with the band, came around with “Right Thoughts…” It clearly sounds like they are enjoying themselves and all of its oddness. “Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Actions” has an enjoyably eerie tone to it. For example, “Evil Eye” would be in the perfect playlist for your next Halloween party, with its creepy lyrics and vibe. “Love Illumination” also has the same tone to it and is the band’s second single after title track “Right Action.” Throughout “Love Illumination,” very different dynamics such as

trumpets, spooky organ effects, and fuzzy guitar are melded. Definitely one of the highlights from “Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Actions,” “Love Illumination,” has a familiar and hoppy Franz Ferdinand feel to it. “Stand on the Horizon” shows the singing capabilities of Kapranos. It’s a lighter disco dance track that beautifully comes to an end with overlapping vocals of his range. It makes me oddly nostalgic for a time I never even lived through and is one of my favorite Franz Ferdinand songs to date. “Goodbye Lovers & Friends” is a great album closer, wrapping up the whole quirky experience. But don’t take the title literally, I’m sure this won’t be the last we hear from the group. If you’re looking for new music to play at your art show’s after party, this would be a great fit. “Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Actions” will certainly please the IT crowd. It has the rare quality of being an album that gets better the more you listen to it.



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EDITOR’S NOTE: Throughout the semester, The Volante will be featuring a variety of students and their unique stories. If you or someone you know has an interesting story, contact Katrinia. For Reanna Schultz art is more than her major, it’s her passion. The fifth-year student from Yankton is pursuing a fine arts degree with a sculpture emphasis. “It’s always been a passion for me since kindergarten,” she said. “Growing up, I knew that I liked working with my hands.” Schultz’s mother attended the University of South Dakota as well with a ceramics emphasis. “(My mother) always encouraged me,” she said. “It does help that I had that upbringing.”

Planets: Studentdesigned website illustrates planets Continued from page B4 told us about the project.” Favorite part of the project: “Seeing it finished. I really liked the illustration style we used.” What was your part in the project: “We all had our own section of planets. I had Earth. We all had sections to code, but our professor is really the one who’s behind all of it. He deserves a lot of the credit.” Has the project changed what you want to do in the future or how you would market yourself?: “I never saw myself as a web designer, but as a resume builder, yes, it did change things. I eventually want to design for the bicycle industry.” Reach reporter Kayla Prasek at

At this point in her college career, Schultz spends most of her days in the studio. “I go into the studio at 9 a.m. and basically work all day,” she said. “An early night is going home at 10 p.m.” Schultz said her love for art is what keeps her moving forward. “It’s something I know that once I get my Bachelor of Fine Arts, I know I won’t be satisfied with just that,” she said. “I’ll go for my Master’s in Fine Arts and continue my journey as an artist and maybe become a professor, because those are they people that really inspire artists.” During her last year as a student, Schultz has had the opportunity to present her work to the students on campus. Her assignment was to transform a space based on a concept, which brought about her Stress Series

that is on display on the first floor of I.D. Weeks Library. “It began as an investigation of material significance,” she said. “I’m kind of fascinated with a material that’s harsh and changing it in a way that is a contradiction.” That contradiction is shown in the form of materials such as concrete and glass molded into dresses. “Having a dress made out of concrete is the most solid metaphor that I have,” she said. The exhibit currently features four dresses, but Schultz is in the process of adding more pieces to it. “I’m struggling with one right now that is going to be made out of aluminum sheet metal,” she said. Schultz enjoys the idea of the intimate interaction people can

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Fifth-year Reanna Schultz works on an aluminum sculpture in the studio in the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts.

have with a sculpture. “It has everything to do with how you relate to people,” she said. “Being able to communicate in a way that doesn’t necessar-

ily need words. People are more likely to relate to a physical object that’s there.” The art student said sculpture was a tipping point for her.

“It was intimidating, but intimidating in a way that it challenged me, but made me want more of it,” Schultz said. “It was a fear that I wanted to conquer.”

FFA: Student’s capstone project teaches him to have an appreciation for agriculture and science Continued from page B4 16 finalists, Keck being one of them. “The award is really competitive and really hard to get into, because it’s broad compared to the others that are more specialized,” Keck said. The National FFA Organization says the award is the most prestigious honor given out to a student. Requirements include having mastered skills in production, finance, management, and/or research, along with the earning of the American FFA degree. Teaming up with a USD statistics professor, Mark Keck was able to analyze the data he had found through his research project. He said, to compete at a national level, statistics are essential.

Mark Keck sent in his application, and after review, in July, he received a call from the state office finding out he was a finalist. “I asked my adviser if he was joking, because I couldn’t believe it. I said, ‘It’s a good thing I’m sitting down right now or I would’ve fallen over,’” Mark Keck said. Adviser Chad Kment had never had a student become a finalist before, so Mark Keck said he was excited, along with his father. Steve Keck said he can see how the experience has helped his son in college. “His writing skills have improved. He used to just put in words to fill space, but he’s learned ultimately in research you have to be more direct,” Steve Keck said. The National FFA Convention will be held in Louisville, Kent., Oct. 30 through Nov. 2.

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Sophomore Mark Keck checks his test corn to see how NeutriSphere, a nitrogen inhibitor he tested, worked.

There, Mark Keck will be interviewed by a panel of up to 16 judges, for anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes. Candidates

are encouraged to come well prepared. “I’m reading information on NeutriSphere, and I’m

going to do some mock judges with some chemical reps,” he said. After a full weekend of meet-and-greets with high school students from around the country, a short video of each candidate will be played as they are introduced on stage Nov. 2. The convention audience, as well as Rural Free Delivery TV viewers, will be able to see the winner of the Star Award be announced. Mark Keck said the experiment led him to have a greater appreciation for agriculture. He said this project has helped him choose his major. “I actually wanted to do pre-med, and then I realized I liked plants and not guts,” Mark Keck said.

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The Volante 09.18.13  
The Volante 09.18.13