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Leslie Gerrish, The Bean owner, and her employee exchange banter from behind the coffee bar with a customer Oct. 14. The Bean has been open since Oct. 8.
The Bean coffee shop opens in downtown Vermillion By Clay Conover
Opening a coffee shop has been a dream for owner Leslie Gerrish for some time, so when the opportunity was offered she couldn’t say no. The official opening of The Bean in downtown Vermillion was last Saturday. The coffee shop is located inside The Iron Rooster, a new home decor store downtown. “When it first came about, I was like ‘I want to open a coffee shop,’ one of those pipe dreams that people think about,” Gerrish said. “When we moved to Vermillion (from Indiana), Ed and I just kind of more seriously thought about it
and how I could figure out a way to make it work here.” Gerrish, married to Dr. Ed Gerrish of USD’s political science department, started working towards her dream of starting a coffee shop this summer when she started selling cold brew coffee at the local farmer’s market. “What being at the farmer’s market helped us do was source beans, try to get our name out there, try to build up a little bit of cash flow to build things up,” Leslie Gerrish said. “Just the little things. All the business opening things that you have to worry about, and it was fun.” Jessi Wilharm, the owner of the
Iron Rooster, said she had known that Gerrish wanted to open up a coffee shop and contacted her about a partnership. “Downtown needs retail,” Wilharm said. “So we pulled up all the flooring, redid all the floors, put a full-sized window on the front. I had known Leslie, and knew that she wanted to do a coffee bar, and so it just worked out.” The Bean is dedicated to making good coffee and other drinks, Leslie Gerrish said. The bean serves a Guatemalan blend of coffee called Fast Track, which is roasted by a company called Good Folks Coffee Company. The Bean also gets See BEAN, Page A6
More than 1,338 people have responded to a Campus Activities Board survey that was released last week asking students who they would like to have come perform at USD. Doug Wagner, the adviser of CAB, said deciding who performs the concert is no easy task. The process starts with the amount given to CAB by SGA. Once CAB has a budget they use multiple companies as middle men to come up with lists of artists who could perform for that amount. CAB then narrows a list from around 250-300 names down to 15 artists that the student body would like, Wagner said. “Then we try to push it out to the student body and say of these 15 that we know that we can afford, rank them first to 15 which one you think would do best,” he said. “We do it this way because we’ve kind of learned our lesson.” Wagner said last year they struggled when they originally reached out to rapper, G-Eazy, to perform and he waited to reply until after he had released a new album and then wanted to charge more for the show. Wagner said this made it difficult for CAB to put together a new show. “So we kind of had to consult back to the original list we had and say, ‘well these guys got a lot of votes and these guys got a lot of votes — let’s see if we can come up with that,’ and that’s how we came up with the Sammy Adams, Jake Miller show that we did,”
he said. This is why they decided to go with a ranking system this year according to Wagner. “So when we ranked them we can now look at if so if number one doesn’t work out we can just go down the list,” he said. He also said that while CAB is given a budget of $80,000 for the concert, there is more than just the cost of the artist to make the concert happen. “There are really two costs: cost of the artist and the backline which is about half of what the artist costs,” he said. “We were given a budget of $80,000 so we are looking for someone who potentially costs $40,000-$50,000.” Some of the names on this years list include A$AP Ferg, DNCE, All-American Rejects and Hunter Hayes, and this year the final artist will be announced earlier. First-year Adam Updike said he hopes the choice is T-Pain. Jacob Nikolas, a sophomore, said he thinks there are many good options this year. “I wouldn’t mind Niykee Heaton or All-American Rejects.,” Nikolas said. “I liked last year’s concert, too. But I know a lot of people want A$AP Ferg.” Wagner said how CAB will announce who the final choice is will be “a little bit different” this year. “We’ll actually announce earlier this year at least that’s the plan. I don’t know a specific date yet but it will be earlier based on where we’re looking at having it,” Wagner said.
Campus printing costs USD $196,000 in 2015-16 academic year By Cheyenne Alexis
During the last academic year alone more than one million sheets of paper have used in printing at the Academic Commons in the I.D. Weeks Library by students. There are 839 printers on USD’s campus, according to a recent audit conducted by A&B Business Systems. Most of the printers are HP brand, and the models are replaced about every two years in the Academic Commons. The printers in other areas, since they aren’t as frequently used, aren’t replaced as often. USD received roughly 1,300 cases, or 6,500,000 sheets, of paper during the 2015-16 academic school year, costing $46,000. Approximately $195,000 was spent on 2,800 cartridges on toner. “The budget we have that pays for the supplies for those printers is the same budget that puts new computers in, upgrades wireless,” said Cheryl Tiahrt, assistant vice president of technology. Since 2007, students at the University of South Dakota have been given a $28, or 400 sheets, printing quota. This allotment allows students to access their account, using Pharos Uniprint software, to print quickly and efficiently. During the 2015-16 academic school year, 2,078 reams of paper, or 1,039,459 total pages, were used at the Academic Commons, according to Tiahrt. Around other
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Students utilize the Academic Commons the most for printing. During the 2015-16 academic
school year, 2,078 reams of paper, or 1,039,459 total pages, were used at the Academic Commons, said Cheryl Tiahrt, assistant vice president of technology. Pharos printing sites at USD, more than 500 reams of paper, or 250,000 pages, were used. According to Tiahrt, 91 percent of students print 400 sheets or less during the academic year with Pharos. Students print most frequently in the Academic Commons, using 200 out of 250 cases tracked in Pharos. “Most campuses don’t have a printing quota at all,” Tiahrt said. “When I look at the stats, I wonder from a sustainability standpoint, would they print less?” Morgan Huss, a lab consultant at the library, said there haven’t been many changes made at the Com-
mons in terms of printing. “I don’t have a lot of problems with (printing),” Huss said. “We don’t get a lot of complaints about it. We have a jam once in awhile, but nothing too big.” When it comes to maintenance, the IT workers are the ones who assist with the Academic Commons printers. Other maintenance workers assist in other places using printing. One new addition, however, is now being implemented to improve printing efficiency is Secure Release Anywhere. “Let’s say you’re in your dorm room and you know you have to
print an assignment,” Tiahrt said. “You can print it from your room and you can go to the Academic Commons, and one of the printers when you walk up, you can punch in (your printing job) and it gives it (to you). We think that might be a feature students will like.” This Secure Release Anywhere will also benefit the recycling aspect, Tiahrt said. When it comes to sustainability, 3.5 percent of total printing, or more than 36,000 pages, is being wasted. This measures what is left at the printers only, and not throughout other recycling locations or trash bins. “If we implement new features
such as allowing students to print from anywhere and release their print job when they approach any printer, we can measure again and see if it reduces waste,” Tiahrt said. The State of South Dakota negotiates the contracts for printers. USD receives printers from Hewlitt-Packard because “we get a good deal and if everybody in the state has the same model, then they give you a discount,” said Tiahrt. Paper is purchased at office stores, and the paper is delivered every two weeks to the Academic Commons. Besides using the computers in the Academic Commons labs, students can also print from their laptops. Other places on campus that are utilizing Pharos Uniprint include University Housing labs, the School of Medicine, the Law School and the School of Business Lab in Beacom. About 5,500 students utilized Pharos during the last school year. Tiahrt said she hopes students are able to continue printing with their quota, and are able to utilize it well. “I find it curious that so much printing happens,” Tiahrt said. “Is that where students would like to see that money go? That’s one question I have. If that’s the most important thing… then that’s OK with me.”
New Green Initiative Fund aims to increase sustainable practices at USD through student-led projects, programs By Miki Kennerly
USD is giving students an opportunity to make a difference with sustainability efforts on campus. Earlier this year, the Student Government Association decided to incorporate the Green Initiative Fund to award money to students who apply for and participate in sustainability projects on campus. In order to be granted the $4,850 STEINLICHT to start a sustainability project, students must first submit an application. The President’s Joint Council on Sustainability decides which students receive the grant money, as they know what efforts are
already underway. There are two stages to this process. In stage one, all applicants must submit a project abstract. Applicants must also include the overall purpose of the project, a brief description on how it will be implemented, approximate start and completion dates, a budget, the project’s sustainability benefits and how its effects will be measured. For stage two, the SGA committee will invite a limited number of applicants who they deem exceptional to present their project’s abstracts. The Green Fund was proposed by a previous SGA administration, before current president and vice president Nathaniel Steinlicht and Michelle Novak took office, but the idea never came to light. When
Steinlicht and Novak were elected, they decided to follow through and create a fund for students who would like to see USD become more sustainable. “SGA really wanted to put the power back into students’ hands for those passionate about sustainability,” Novak said. Steinlicht said one goal of the fund is to educate students. “(The goal of the Green Fund) is to make USD more sustainable, and to really educate students more on sustainability,” Steinlicht said. He also said that any type of program helps, no matter the size. “(These programs) do not have to be physical,” Steinlicht said. “They could be programs encouraging people to recycle or even about sustainable foods.”
SGA really wanted to put the power back into students’ hands for those passionate about sustainability. Michelle Novak, SGA vice president
SGA said they have received many applications for students who are interested in receiving grant money from the Green Fund, but it would be beneficial to increase student awareness about the grant. Any student with any idea on how to make USD more sustainable can apply for the grant
by contacting SGA or visiting the USD website. “The Green Fund needs more advertisement, especially since it’s in its first semester,” Steinlicht said. “SGA would like people to apply and use all of the money awarded.”
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A Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon is tested in the DakotaDome Oct. 18. Every year balloons that will be showcased in the parade are tested in the Dome.
City of Vermillion Police Blotter Highlights >> Oct. 9-15
Oct. 9 Officers encountered a man and woman, both in possession of open alcoholic containers, while standing on a public sidewalk. Both parties were identified and cited for the open containers. Oct. 9 Officers encountered a group of men on the sidewalk, one of which was in possession of an open can of beer. He was cited and released. Oct. 9 Officers encountered a man who was urinating
on the wall of a public building and was under the age of 21. He was cited for public urination and underage consumption and was released. Oct. 9 A public disturbance outside of a local eatery was reported by a caller. The caller reported several people yelling and screaming. Officers arrived but didn’t locate any parties in the area. Oct. 9 Officers encountered a man who was urinating
open container citations on a public street. He provided a false name and date of birth to officers before finally providing the correct identity. Officers determined he was under the legal age to consume alcohol. The man was arrested for false impersonation and underage consumption.
Oct. 9 Officers were called to a residence in response to an assault. Officers interviewed the victim, a woman, who sustained injuries from the assault. The man who assaulted her was arrested for Felony Domestic Assault and an active warrant.
Oct. 9 A local business was burglarized during the early morning hours. The incident is being investigated.
Oct. 9 A residence was burglarized while its occupants weren’t home. A sizeable sum of cash was stolen from the home and the investigation is still ongoing.
Truman Eli, a premed student, was blackjacked late on a Saturday night. The assailant hit him over the head with a blackjack and got away with $20. Eli was unconscious for about 30 minutes.
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SGA decided to fund USD Gay Alliance at their meeting. The Gay Alliance received $320 of the $500 they requested to help fund guest speakers at meetings and photocopying fees.
volanteonline com 1. New gastropub opening downtown next month 2. Vermillion Biotest Plasma Center opens for business 3. Editorial: Ditching Dakota Days game disrespectful, students need to stay past halftime 4. Intramural volleyball rule called ‘sexist’
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behind the new gastropub’s bar on Oct. 11. The new business will be open sometime in November.
5. Photo gallery: Spectrum hosts 2016 fall drag show
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Oct. 10 Officers were called to Stanford St. because of a report of loud music. When officers spoke with the resident about
the noise, they learned he had a warrant for his arrest. While arresting the man, officers could smell the odor of an illegal drug in the residence. A search found a small amount of an illegal substance. Oct. 11 A sexual assault occurred in Vermillion. The report was passed to detectives for investigation. Oct. 13 A caller reported a dispute between herself and a 15-year-old. She was concerned it might turn violent. Officers arrived and mediated the situation. Oct. 14 A caller reported that a
DWI man was trying to break into the apartment above her from the outside. Officers arrived and contacted a man. Investigation resulted in his arrest for breaking a window and violating the conditions of his probation. He resisted arrest and was charged accordingly. Oct. 14 A caller reported an intoxicated man leaving a local business and getting into his vehicle. An officer stopped the vehicle and arrested the driver. Oct. 15 An officer saw a vehicle driving erratically and stopped it. The driver was intoxicated and was arrested for DWI.
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Make your health a priority during cold, flu season There’s a crispness in the autumn air, or maybe that’s just the influx of germs. It’s that time of year again where classmates drop like flies in the face of colds, strep or influenza. Although most of us have encountered some form of illness these past weeks, it’s never too late to take precautions that limit spreading further disease. One of the best options for protecting ourselves is getting our yearly flu shot. For some people, getting this vaccine is an autumn tradition. Others, however, avoid it like the plague, no pun intended. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, flu viruses circulate at higher levels between October and May. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get seasonal flu and spread it to others. Not only does the flu vaccine protect individuals by creating antibodies against the predicted strain of influenza, but when more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community. We have a responsiblity to set the example for others to prioritize our health. We don’t plan or hope to get sick, but we might as well prepare, just in case. Inevitably, mistakes happen. People react differently to each year’s unique vaccine. Sometimes the predicted strains of influenza aren’t pertinent, and another virus spreads. These mishaps shouldn’t
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deter people from trusting the benefits of medical advancements. Vaccines.gov says vaccine-preventable diseases can result in losing valuable time and money, along with putting everybody else at risk. Also, if we continue vaccinating now, and vaccinating completely, parents in the future may be able to trust that some
diseases of today will no longer harm their children in the future. These in the anti-vaccine camp, listen up: choosing to receive vaccinations affects everyone. The only reason whooping cough and other diseases still pop up is because people don’t partake in vaccinations. While that’s on a severe end of the
spectrum, flu shots are just another choice to make. For those interested in receiving a flu shot and haven’t already, Sanford Student Health services and Hy-Vee both administer the vaccines. Whether a flu shot is involved or not, living in closed quarters at college inevitably leads to quick
circulation of illness. Maybe these suggestions sound like they come from a concerned parent, they’re important reminders for us all. US News’ Health section offers strategies like not washing dishes where others brush their teeth, not sharing towels, giving friends space when they’re under the weather and not sharing water bottles or utensils with others. Another important suggestion is relieving stress, getting enough sleep and eating well to keep the immune system in check. And, of course, hand sanitizer and hand washing are helpful. In the busy college lifestyle, it’s too easy for us to put our health on the back burner. With remembering simple techniques for disease prevention and annual flu shots, we can make positive contributions to campus health. One poor decision can lead to a school-wide epidemic. It’s a rather rash way to put it, but as responsible young adults, we don’t have authority figures directly telling us how to take care of ourselves. It’s all up to us. Let’s draw attention to health and encourage each other to live with healthy intentions in mind.
Young women play key role in upcoming election RYNE MYERS is a first-year majoring in media & journalism. I believed I was one of the luckiest women in the world for being born in a country where I have so many rights, until Oct. 13, 2016. That was the day a poll was tweeted that if only men were to vote, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump would win the election, the twitter hashtag #RepealThe19 was born. The Nineteenth Amendment, known as the Suffrage Amendment, granted women the right to vote. In light of this hashtag, young women must take a stand to use our political voice and speak up for our rights and respect. Whether the words come from Donald Trump, his supporters or anybody else, the true way to make a statement is to stand up for ourselves
and make our appearance at the polls. Having a right to vote, especially for women, is powerful. At a college age, women have a future to create, and hopefully it doesn’t involve sacrificing our rights and supporting politicians who devalue others. As if this week needed any more news about Donald Trump and the garbage that surrounds him, we now can add #RepealThe19 to the list of awful things about him. Now, Trump himself didn’t say to repeal women’s right to vote — that was his supporters. Going through Twitter and reading the tweets from supporters of this awful idea, I am blown away. One Twitter user @ mmaier2112 said, “Give out enough nice handbags and most broads would gladly trade their voting rights for one. #RepealThe19th” My first feeling was that this had to be a joke because no man would be serious enough to say that to a woman. I don’t know a single man that would say that to their mother,
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daughter, wife or sister, so why would someone say that to any woman at all? Have we all not had enough of Trump this election season? First, he accused Ted Cruz’s father of being connected with JFK’s killer before the assassination, saying, “His father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald’s being — you know, shot. I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous.” We then heard the audio of Trump and then “Access Hollywood” host, Billy Bush, in which he brags about sexual assault against women, because “When you’re a star, they let you do it. They let you do anything.” We should have expected more out of the radical Trump supporters, and we didn’t. We didn’t prepare ourselves for #RepealThe19 because that’s so incredibly low, we didn’t think Trump’s campaign could get that low. Since the release of the tapes, many Republicans have pulled their support. Women are tweeting their thoughts about the hashtag, and it’s anything but kind.
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One Twitter user, @pari_passu stated, “Women were not given rights; we fought for them. And they will not be given away; we will fight to keep them.” Women are standing up for all the hateful things that have been said to and about them. As a woman, the things Donald Trump has said makes me sick to my stomach. I cannot believe a man who can sit with a straight face after all of this and says he supports women and their rights is a
OVERHEARDS Here you’ll find the weirdest, funniest and stupidest things we’ve heard during the week. Context is for suckers.
“I’m so glad it’s fall so my GPA can rot with the leaves.” — MUC
“I just want to be hot, but my best friends Ben and Jerry disagree.” — Burgess Hall
“This might be a no headline type of story.”
respectable candidate. It’s not only the tapes that make me sick to my stomach that this man may be president, but the fact that he as multiple rape allegations against him. Is this someone you can really trust with being president? If this is the next president, I cannot be proud to be an American woman any longer.
In The Know & In The Dark IN THE KNOW: The Campus Activities Board opened its annual survey to pick a band for the spring concert. IN THE DARK: We’re still waiting for the day the bands on the list are recognizable names.
IN THE KNOW: This week is designated as Mental Health Awareness Week. IN THE DARK: Any week of the year is an appropriate time to start the conversation dispelling mental health stigma.
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“Did you just ask me if I’m bilingual because I can do things with both hands?”
IN THE K NOW: USD’s soccer team won against SDSU for the first time in 13 years. IN THE DARK: As if we needed more proof that we’re better, but hey, we’ll take it.
“I am so sorry. I did not want Run DMC and now I am in so much pain.” — Al Neuharth Media Center
IN THE K NOW: The second half of the semester started this Monday. IN THE DARK: Only eight more weeks left! We can make it! Hopefully...
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Group projects only beneficial under certain conditions MYRIAM MEDINA is a junior majoring in media & journalism. I’ve never been very fond of group projects. It might just be that I like the idea of being responsible for my own work and having control when everything gets done. I know I’m not the only one that isn’t particularly fond of group projects, as many of my friends don’t seem to like them, either. It’s not the actual concept of group projects that students don’t like. Group projects become an issue when things start to not work out. Whether that be an issue of not finding an appropriate time to meet and work on the
project, or not properly distributed an equal weight of work to each group member. Research shows that group projects have many benefits for students. A group setting encourages students to tackle more complex problems than they could on their own, delegate roles and responsibilities, share diverse perspectives and pool their knowledge and skills. Other educational resources add that challenges like differing attitudes toward class assignments and an inability to make effective decisions to divide up work to avoid any conflict. These challenges and more can hinder students’ overall experience and performance. I think that some of these issues have been alleviated thanks to the advancement of technology in the
modern era. Google Docs and Facebook Messenger are essentials for me when it comes to setting up a group project on the right track. This semester, I’ve actually been pleasantly surprised with the groups I’ve participated in because they have each had a drive to put in their amount of work and energy. Luckily the issues I’ve found throughout the years of completing group projects haven’t been made apparent in any assignments I’ve encountered this semester. An important factor improving my group project experience is the increased number of upper level classes this semester I’m enrolled in, which means everyone that has made it this far is probably capable of navigating a group project effectively. At this point everyone is getting
Group projects become an issue when things start to not work out.
close to graduating, so they are much more motivated to finish strong. Not to mention that the group projects involve topics that are related to their major much more closely and therefore are much more likely topics that interest them. Leah Saiz, majoring in English and minoring in Spanish, has been in several classes that require participating in group projects as
well, along with having had her fair share of experiences with group projects before. She recalled that one of her favorite group projects was for her Introduction to American Education class where her group was tasked with looking at different aspects of education that they agreed or disagreed with. “It was a good one because I was working with friends who shared
my interest in not only getting a good grade, but what we were presenting on,” Saiz said. “Interest in your topic changes your view on the project and makes you want to do it.” Group projects are a great of way to learn team building, organizational and communication skills, however, the individuals within the group can create or destroy the experience. Lack of motivation or lack of willingness to pick up and volunteer to do the work required for the project can be detrimental to the success of any group project. Most people have been in a group project at least once. The experience can be a positive or a negative one but in the end a student can only control his or her contributions to the group.
Native American misconceptions present at USD RAVEN MARSHALL is a sophomore majoring in media & journalism. Common misconceptions and stereotypes about Native Americans remain prevalent in America today, and especially live on almost every college campus. As the proud students of the University of South Dakota, the responsibility of defeating the barrier between Native students and the assumptions many make about them starts and ends with every student seeking a higher education. For those who wish to avoid generalizing people and learn about the culture and background of different people, it’s necessary to take a closer look at a few stereotypes a lot closer in order to seek the truth. Loosely thrown around stereotypes aren’t lacking victims and don’t go without harm. Each time somebody uses an ignorant stereotype, it adds to a much grander
and macabre scheme at play. This so-called “grand scheme” is called systematic racism. When it takes its more common and much older form, some may also call it oppression. First, I need to address and make extremely clear the number-one misconception: Native students don’t go to college for free. Native students need to apply for scholarships to pay for their schooling the same as most everyone else. Donis Drapeau, a former USD
student in the physician’s assistant program, said one misconception she came across was the myth of the magical “free health care” that Native people receive. “This myth can always elicit a good laugh among us Native students, being how humorous it is to think that people believe Native people receive this amazing and totally free health care,” she said. In reality, the Indian Health Services is very unstable. The IHS is a government-run program
and, in most cases, is insufficient in providing adequate services for their patients, often transferring them out to other hospitals for treatment not typically covered by IHS. As MicKayla Armell, a first-year Native student, pointed out, perhaps the most hurtful stereotype is that all Native people are alcoholics. “I hear other people of any age call Native Americans alcoholics,” she said. “There are alcoholics in any group of people. We are
Challenges for Native people The poverty rate among Native people in 2009 was 23.6 percent. The average household income for Native people is around $33,300. Alcoholism mortality rates are 514 percent higher than the general population. Suicide rates are more than double, and Native teens experience the highest rate of suicide of any population group in the United States. High school dropout rates for Native youth are double the national average. Information courtesy of the Center for Native American Youth
no different, and that should not define us.” This myth isn’t true. Statistically speaking, Native people are not more likely to become alcoholics than another race. Academic research shows that alcohol was first introduced to Native people by the none other than the United States government and was usually given before a signing of a legally binding treaty. These treaties would often result in the tribes unknowingly signing away large sums of land to the U.S. This notion that all Natives are prone to become alcoholics is harmful because studies have shown that if a child grows up hearing they could turn into an alcoholic, their confidence levels not only drop, but they also internalize this fictional statistic. To dissemble this myth, it’s worth looking into what has happened in history to drive Native populations to have a horrifically high suicide rate among youth. The Center for Native American Youth says this rate is 2.5 times higher than the national average.
It’s crucial to remember that it’s counter-productive to give a voice about matters, such as assuming all Native people are alcoholics, without using a voice to speak out against why Native people may have internalized issues that could lead them to alcohol in the first place. Increasingly, it’s becoming the obligation of our generation to dismantle all false claims and generalizations of people that cause harm. This is a responsibility university students possess, and it is the responsibility of those who truly seek a higher education to find the truths in our world. Everybody has a place in society. We must always give our voice to the voiceless. It is our humanity that gives a beautiful network to connect and learn about one another. All in all, nobody should be afraid to ask questions. After all, it is the only way we can truly learn.
Domestic violence display reinforces silence for male victims JORDAN SMITH is a sophomore majoring in political science. While signs, pictures and pamphlets won’t make anyone say, “Oh my!” around the I.D. Weeks Library, the “Silent Witnesses” exhibit currently surrounding the central stairway has a unique power. The Silent Witness Initiative is an organization seeking to honor those who have lost their lives to domestic violence and promote awareness by providing a true story and figure to pair with the idea of domestic
violence death. That’s obviously a noble cause, but the means The Silence Witness Initiative goes about spreading its message is unique. Giving no regard to race, religion or personal appearance, the display represents everyone as a red cut out. The idea seems to be that who you are doesn’t matter, but the spilling of your red blood is a bad thing. They almost succeed, but there is an issue with it: the demographic representation. I’m not referring to race or religion. Everyone is equally represented as a blood-red cut out, but I take issue with the gender skew. In spite of the claim that the exhibit honors the “women, men and children” who lost their lives to domestic
violence, there is not a single adult man present or even mentioned in the display. To be fair, there are two males present, but the older of these was three-years-old, which, to me, falls in the “children” group. This implies that this human issue is limited as woman’s issue. I’m not saying that domestic violence isn’t a larger problem for women, because it is. The thing is, the gap isn’t as wide as the exhibit would imply. Research from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence shows that in South Dakota, one in three women in South Dakota will experience some form of physical violence from an intimate partner. The
number for men? One in four. Women are more likely to be abused, but that narrow of a gap doesn’t justify the absence of men from representation. While I don’t think its intentional, the mention of men without showing them is almost insulting to survivors. In fact, it is perpetuating the greatest issue facing male survivors of domestic violence: perception. When considering classic male heroes, like King Arthur, Teddy Roosevelt or John Wayne, it’s easy to see a common thread emerging. Traditional masculine representations are based on physical strength. That’s why men are the perpetrators of violence and Battered Women’s Syndrome,
This implies that this human issue is limited as a women’s issue.
a mental condition that commonly affects survivors of domestic violence, has a gendered name. Men are supposed to be strong and women are gentle. In these traditional ideas, men can’t be
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victims. This can make men more hesitant to speak out about their abuse and the people around those men less likely to reach out and help. When men are less likely to get help in a violent situation, they’re more likely to be an unrepresented lost life. I don’t want to have this particular initiative stop. They are taking a really interesting approach to addressing what is a serious issue, both in the state and nation. These kinds of creative projects like Silent Witnesses are the most effective way to address hard topics. But the specific mentioning of men as victims paired with their absence from the exhibit is a chilling reminder of the struggles men can face in seeking help for a “woman’s issue.”
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together, administrators will have to create the new graduate degree program form, which outlines the curriculum and administration for the program. Then the South Dakota Board of Regents will look at the new graduate degree program form and will decide if there is enough capacity for such a program, Jarchow said. Lastly, experts in the field of sustainability will come in to take a final look at the program to see how well it will prepare students. Jarchow said she believes the program she is currently putting together will be a good one for USD to have. “We are well-poised to do graduate education in sustainability— and so, when
To further an effort to become a “green” university, USD is pursuing a graduate program in sustainability. Meghann Jarchow, the sustainability coordinator and associate professor is going through the motions in order to get the graduate program approved and running. Jarchow said the JARCHOW process started with the grant money that was received. With that, she can put together the initial plans. After the initial plans are put
really great.” The Bean is only open from 7-11 for now, but Leslie Gerrish said they are thinking about staying open into the afternoon and evening. The Gerrishes said they want The Bean to provide a place for people to relax and do work while they drink coffee. “What it provides is a place for people to go in and get coffee in a nonrushed atmosphere, sit down and enjoy it. We have music there. We play it relatively low so that conversation dominates,” Ed Gerrish said. “People have told us a lot that (Café Brule) is
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some of its beans from a Sioux Falls company called The Breaks Coffee Roasting Company, she said. “The more I learn about coffees the more interested in it I get,” Leslie Gerrish said. “They (Good Folks Coffee Company) are just a relationship I formed through friends, and they are really great consultants for small coffee shops as they start, they also have really great quality beans and the story of where they source their beans from is
Dakota’s schools. She did, however, say it seems to meet multiple strategic objectives they have. If USD is approved to have this graduate program in sustainability, Jarchow said it would be the third in the nation. “The idea is that this should attract students from all over,” Jarchow said. Amanda Hegg, a senior sustainability and biology double major, said having this graduate program would set USD apart from other universities. “This is very unique and one of a kind,” Hegg said. “Not many places have something like this. There is such a broad range of things you can do under-
The aim is to make Vermillion a small, green little city in South Dakota. Amanda Hegg, senior sustainability and biology double major
you talk about sustainability, people often talk about three pillars: environmental conservation, social justice and economic sustainability,” she said. “To me it seems like it’s an advantage of allowing us to offer an interdisciplinary degree and pull togethgreat but they turn tables really quickly. They wanted some place where they could get a cup of coffee and knock around for a little while… We have enough tables right now to facilitate that and we are planning on adding more.” Leslie Gerrish added that creating that type of atmosphere was the next logical step for the new business. “When Jessi Wilharm came to me about rebuilding this bar and creating kind of a lease to drip coffee place, where people can sit and work, it kind of was that next step,” Leslie Gerrish said.
er a lot of the strengths that we already have.” Jarchow said the South Dakota Board of Regents would only turn down the program if they thought that USD didn’t have the capacity for it, or if it didn’t fit in the plans they have for South
neath sustainability — you can do anything with it. You can go into pretty much anything you have in mind if you focus your efforts in one way within the graduate program.” Hegg said she believes Vermillion is the perfect place to study sustainability, so having a graduate program here would be beneficial to the students. “The aim is to make Vermillion a small, green little city in South Dakota,” Hegg said. “Vermillion is the perfect place to get an idea of how sustainability works because of the community involvement with it.”
GAF funding, ‘Tapingo’ app main topics at Oct. 18 SGA meeting By Siannah Martius
Students might soon be able to order on-campus food online thanks to a new smart device application that Student Government Association Senators voted on Tuesday evening. Associate dean of student services, John Howe, explained how “Tapingo,” which would allow students to preorder on-campus food online before picking it up, would work. Howe said the application will be an extra cost to students, costing about 39 cents per transaction. He said the cost is essentially paying for the convenience that the application gives. President of SGA, Nathaniel Steinlicht, said the application would be convenient, but might cause other issues. “It is convenient, but it won’t necessarily make the line at Qdoba shorter,” he said. Senate Resolution No.
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SGA senators discussed the “Tapingo” app and GAF funding during their Oct. 18 meeting.
18, the resolution supporting the implementation of Tapingo was passed with a 16-8 vote. Later in the meeting, Steinlicht went over General Activity Fee funds and where they were being distributed. He discussed that GAF funds would become more of an issue in coming meetings.
Vice President Michelle Novak agreed and encouraged students to come to SGA meetings. “From now until the vote in March by the Board of Regents, we will definitely be keeping our eyes open and we welcome any students to bring their concerns to SGA meetings,” Novak said.
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Leslie Gerrish brews her Guatemalan blend of coffee behind The Bean coffee
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Vermillion gets its ‘local on’ with farmers market event By Devin Martin
Political science students are trying to create an opportunity to better relationships between Vermillion locals and USD students through a special farmers market event called “Get your local on.” The event will take place Thursday, Oct. 27, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Clay County Fairgrounds on High and Cherry Street. This will be the last outdoor farmers market of 2016, and will include many events. An American Government course at USD has teamed up with the farmers market to prepare the local event. Chair of counseling & psychology in education, Amy Schweinle, explained the various vendors that SCHWEINLE will arrive that day. “We have many vendors from around the area (including) process, meat, crafts, knitting and soaps,” Schweinle said. “Then there are the customers who are community members, and we do have some USD students that are vendors.” Aside from the vendors, Hy-Vee will be grilling and catering, Valiant Vineyard will be having a wine tasting and Fernson Brewery will be having a small batch beer tasting. Sophomore Elena Freeman, head of the American government group at USD, said the events will include everything from games to politics. “I’m bringing in live music by Coby Provose and
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also a public speaker (Mark Winegar) to talk about local politics,” Freeman said. “(We will also have) games, trick-or-treating is that night and there’s going to be a vendor for helping (the Verm cat) population.” The Vermillion Farmers Market is a nonprofit corporation that has weekly farmers markets on Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m. There is more put into this final farmers market of the season, however, because it celebrates the local community, Schweinle said. “It celebrates local business and expands it from local good to local politics (and to be) active in the area (and be involved) with the issues in the area,” Schweinle said. Not only are local business promoted within the farmers market, but the farmers market itself is promoted. “Even though this is the last farmers market of the season, I’ve been kind of doing this so more people know about it,” Freeman said. Those very people that
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also don’t know anything about the farmers market can also still get involved. “We have had some student groups come out and have done bake sales,” Schweinle said. According to Schweinle, students can also have booths of their choice, as long as they follow state and federal laws. When this celebration of the local community comes to an end for the farmers market, they will resume again in November at the 4-H building on the third Saturday of every month. Schweinle said the farmers market is important to her and it’s important to get involved within the local community. “I’ve been a part of the market since 2003 to some regard and I have watched it grow from a couple of vendors to what we have now (which is) 40 vendors,” Schweinle said. “To me, it is important as a community that it helps to define the community, it defines our region and it really showcases what we have in south-eastern South Dakota.”
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Wednesday, October 19, 2016
A day in the life of President James Abbott Abbott enters twentieth year as USD’s commander-in-chief By Malachi Petersen
7:30 a.m. – As the rays of the early morning sun start to peak through the thick mist that has settled over the University of South Dakota, a lone white car sits outside of Slagle Hall under a sign that reads “USD President Parking Only.” It’s a new week at South Dakota’s flagship university and President James W. Abbott has already started his day before some offices even open. The 68-year-old president, dressed in khaki pants, a white button-up shirt with the initials “JWA” embroidered on the pocket and a blue and pink striped tie sits at his desk, a Wall Street Journal newspaper in front of him and a pair of scissors in his hand. “I thought it was interesting so I’m going to send it to the Board (of Regents) executive director and ask him to disseminate (it),” Abbott says as he cuts out an article about student loans. Abbott says his usual morning routine is to wake up early and have a small breakfast and then respond to emails. He’ll then catch up on work and check USD’s website for any events that he might be interested in attending that aren’t already on his schedule. This morning he’s had a banana and is sipping from what he calls an “old man’s latte” — a large skinny latte with no flavor and one shot of espresso. He’s been up since 4 a.m., an occurrence that isn’t that rare. “I get up early because I wake up, not because I want to. I guess I just don’t need very much sleep,” he explains. The time for his first meeting of the day is drawing near and he asks Laura McNaughton, the executive assistant to the president, what’s on the agenda for his executive committee meeting. McNaughton, a USD alumna, has scheduled Abbot’s busy days for the last five years. Before that she scheduled Democratic South Dakota Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth Sandlin until her defeat at the hands of Republican Kristi Noem in 2010. “I think the political
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backgrounds that both of us had kind of made a connection right away and we kind of just built upon that,” McNaughton said. “Now there’s times where I know what he needs before he asks for it, but that’s just learning his thought processes and how he operates.” 8 a.m. – Abbott sits at the head of the table, listening intently and tapping his fingers on the armrests of his chair while his vice presidents give their reports on various issues ranging from new Board of Regents policies to USD international recruiting efforts. Every once in awhile Abbott will interject with a question or a suggestion, but for the most part he listens and observes. “He is very empowering with his staff,” said McNaughton. “I mean he trusts people, he trusts people to do what he hired them to do and he lets them do their jobs. There’s not a lot of micromanaging.” One of the officials at the meeting, Kim Grieve, the dean of students and vice president of student services, says Abbott and her have a good working relationship. “I think President Abbott is more open minded. Certainly he wants us all to have goals, he wants us to benchmark our goals, he wants us to be having a big vision for the university, but he’s very open to what those goals are and how we move forward,” she says after she packs her bag to leave the meeting. Executive Committee meetings are a lot different today than what they were when Abbott first took office. In fact, they didn’t even exist before he became president.
“My recollection is that they were more like informational meetings in that they tended to be once a month and they tended to be large meetings where people imparted information,” Abbott said. “I didn’t necessarily see the reason to get together to impart information like we’re going to have X, Y or Z meeting next Tuesday.” 9 a.m. - After the meeting Abbott returns to his office to do paperwork and look at grievances and issues that he must attend to. On the walls of his office hangs his undergraduate degree from USD — he’s the only USD president to ever be an alum of the university. He still has a tuition bill for one of his semesters of college hanging on the same wall, a bill for $449 in the fall of 1966. It’s at USD that he majored in political science while living in Julian Hall, an old building where one wing is abandoned — something he would like to see torn down before he leaves. After graduation he became a social studies teacher at a school in Jackson, Minnesota where he taught high school and eighth grade students. “I think I probably went to Jackson thinking the knowledge of subject matter was like 100 percent of the deal,” he said. “I left thinking that while subject matter is certainly important, great teachers have the ability to connect. I did not have the ability to connect — and that was unfortunate.” After saving his money, he returned to USD to attend law school, something he always knew he wanted to do. It was in law school that he met his first wife, a woman he would be married to for eight years
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University of South Dakota President James W. Abbott walks and talks with Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jim Moran Monday. before a divorce — something he said didn’t affect their ability to remain friends. It wasn’t until after he had practiced law for a few years in Yankton and then became the CEO and manager of a cable company that he met the future USD First Lady, Colette Abbott, a single mother of two, at Riverboat Days in Yankton. They married six months later, on March 14, 1986. Abbott was 39 and would adopt Colette’s two daughters as his own. One year later, they would have another daughter. “I would have got married in two weeks. I know that sounds nuts, but I knew right away,” he said. The two would be married for 29 years, until her sudden death from cancer at the age of 59 earlier this year. During those 29 years together, Abbott ran for numerous elected positions, including Lieutenant Governor and then Governor in 2003. It was after his Lieutenant Governor run that he decided to apply to be USD’s president after encouragement from the then student body president Brendan Johnson and was selected by the Board of Regents shortly after. Despite his political losses, he says he’s happy where he ended up. “I’ve been really happy here,” he says. “Sometimes getting what you wish for isn’t the best result.” 12 p.m. - Abbott strolls across campus with Jim Moran, the provost and vice president for
academic affairs at USD, talking about how USD can attract more students from the Sioux Falls area. Getting more students to apply to USD is just one of Abbott’s many goals. He said he would like to see some buildings, such as Julian Hall and Noteboom Hall torn down, while also seeing the construction of a new health sciences building. “I suspect I’ll always have something I’d like to have done,” he said. Abbott said that despite rumors, he’s not planning on retiring or making a decision on retiring until the spring, one year after Colette’s death. “Look, I’m 68-years-old and I’m going to be 69 at my next birthday so I think it would be surprising if there weren’t rumors that I was going to retire sometime soon. Indeed, it’s possible it’s just wishful thinking on some people’s parts. I hope not, but it’s possible,” he says chuckling. 5 p.m. - With his last meeting of the day over with, Abbott walks back across campus from the MUC to his office. He gathers some things to work on at home, including thank you cards to write to people who sent him condolences on his mother’s recent death during Dakota Days, and walks the few feet from Slagle Hall to his parking spot and drives away. It’s another day completed at the place he’s loved for more than 20 years.
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(Left) President Abbott cuts out a Wall Street Journal article about student debt Monday morning in his office to send to the executive director of the Board of Regents. (Right) President Abbott meets with his executive committee Monday morning in Slagle Hall.
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USD alum, director wins $50,000 film prize By Emily Schrad
After Jonnie Stapleton graduated from USD with an acting degree in 2008, he moved to Los Angeles to seek his fortunes as an actor. While there, Stapleton acted in a few small films but soon found that his passion wasn’t acting, but directing. The first major film he directed was a short subject called “The Beacon.” Stapleton co-directed this with his friend and fellow USD alum, Paul Peterson. Stapleton then went on to write, co-direct and star, along with his friend Domenico Grasso, in a feature-length film called “Best of Seven.” Both of these films would go on to win “Best of Fest” at the Eldorado Film Festival in 2014 and 2015. “Best of Seven” was even released to iTunes and Amazon. Soon, Stapleton found himself working on a short film called “The Man From Mars” to enter in the Louisiana Film Prize Festival.
On this project, Stapleton had a crew of but three people: himself, Grasso and his other friend Mike Nicholas. “I just love working with my buddies,” Stapleton said. “Maybe one day I’ll have a bigger crew of five or six — go all out. “The Man from Mars” had a main cast of three people: Corey Landis, who has worked in commercials and starred on “That 70’s Show”; Alfrenlynn Roberts, who was fairly new to the acting business and Gabriel Parker, a senior at Texas A&M studying acting. “He (Stapleton) emailed me through Backstage.com, which is like Facebook for actors and that’s kind of how he found me,” Parker said. “I plan on keeping him pretty close and I feel like we have a pretty good friendship,” Parker said.” “The Man From Mars” tells the story of a cynical podcast host who goes to small towns to make fun of their local celebrities, when he meets a woman
who is supposedly the second coming of Jesus. The film itself is 15 minutes long and took three-and-ahalf days to film. “It’s kind of a redemption story,” Stapleton said. “There seems to be some interest in making ‘The Man From Mars’ into a fulllength film. We’d be super pumped. It’s not out of the realm of possibility.” The film’s script was co-written by Stapleton, Grasso and Nicholas, and was directed by Grasso and Stapleton. The cast was elated when their three-and-a half days of work paid off, and the movie was awarded a prize from the Louisiana Film Prize Festival. “I was legit jumping up and down,” Parker said. “I was actually back at my university. I was screaming, throwing my phone on the bed and like freaking out. I was just ecstatic. I couldn’t believe it.” Parker plays the role of one of the people that the main character ridicules — and his character is known
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Jonnie Stapleton, a USD alum and movie director, along with friend Mike Nocholas accepts a check for $50,000. Their film, “The Man from Mars,” won a film prize. for being able to eat a large amount of onions. For their 15-minute film, the film festival awarded the small group $50,000. “That is a lot of money for a film festival,” Stapleton said. “I mean, most places it’s like $1,000, maybe $3,000. And to think we saved up a budget of about $4,000 and lived off of mac
and cheese, and some people had budgets of $35,000. It’s really awesome to think that we won. We worked hard and earned it.” Stapleton will be returning to USD this November to present “The Man From Mars” on campus. Stapleton has plans to return to the Louisiana Film Prize next year and to continue making films.
“I found my true passion in directing, and I hope to make many more films in the future,” Stapleton said. “I’m definitely going to continue working on films. Right now we’re hoping to make a musical — I know it’s a little farfetched, and we’re also pitching a TV show to FX. It probably won’t happen but it doesn’t hurt to try, you know?”
She said yes to the dress event raises donations for cancer research By Lauren Soulek
Last Saturday, a group of over two dozen area women donned wedding gowns to raise money for a good cause. The fundraiser, “She Said Yes to the Dress,” was coordinated by Epsilon Sigma Alpha (ESA) was held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion. “She Said Yes to the Dress” was a fashion show featuring wedding gown styles from the 1940s to the present day. Trudy Zalud, a member of Theta Omega, the Vermillion chapter of ESA, said cancer fundraising has a wide base of support in any community.
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Last Saturday, the “She Said Yes to the Dress” bridal gown pageant was held to raise money for a cancer charity. “This is a cause that everybody can get behind because who among us hasn’t been impacted by cancer?” Zalud said. “She Said Yes to the Dress” funds were used to support the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
The organization cooperated with Colleges Against Cancer for the fundraiser. Zalud came up with the idea for the event last year. She added that it worked well to combine weddingthemed fun and a good cause that everybody can
get behind. “Everybody loves weddings,” Zalud said. Most of the dresses for the show this year had an association with Vermillion or Yankton. This year, two dresses with celebrity origins - one which belonged to acclaimed soprano and USD grad Carla Connors, and another that was worn by Linda Daugaard, wife of South Dakota governor Dennis Daugaard. “We were very lucky that they believed in us and were generous enough to share their special dresses with us,” said Zalud. In all, 27 dresses were modeled in the show — 20 bridal gowns and seven at-
tendants’ gowns. Taylor Hackett, a senior at USD majoring in communication sciences and disorders and president of Colleges Against Cancer, was one of the models for the show. Hackett said her favorite part of the show was “getting to see all the generations of wedding dresses and hearing the little stories behind every one of them.” Zalud called Hackett a “Godsend with this whole show,” because of all the work Hackett did. Bailey Carlson, a USD alum, also participated, and she said her favorite part of being in the show was “seeing all the different
dresses and how times have changed but they are all still very pretty.” Carlson modeled a dress from 1947, the oldest in the show. This is the second year that ESA and Colleges Against Cancer have done this fundraiser, and they plan on continuing it. “I’d be surprised if we didn’t because I think there would be a riot if we didn’t,” said Zalud. In fact, Zalud said that they already have 33 dresses ready to be modeled in next year’s show. Funds raised at the event will support next February’s Relay for Life that Colleges Against Cancer is organizing.
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Redshirt freshman Austin Simmons looks downfield to throw to junior tight end Aaron Ramsey during Monday night’s practice in the DakotaDome.
Coyotes hope to keep rolling after victories
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fter giving up a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, the Coyotes managed to best Indiana State in double overtime this past weekend. Indiana State was on the board first with a field goal, but USD struck right back when junior quarterback Chris Streveler found junior wideout Alonge Brooks for a 69-yard touchdown pass. Streveler would go down with a head injury, which brought in senior, and last year’s starter, Ryan Saeger. Saeger connected with senior tightend Drew Potter for a three-yard touchdown and the Coyotes went into the fourth quarter up 27-17. The next man up mentality and strong play from all three quarterbacks this year has been a big factor for USD’s offense. “We’ve done that a couple times this year,” said head coach Bob Nielson. “We’ve had guys that have stepped forward and played in critical times. Our team has a lot of confidence in Ryan and he took advantage of his opportunity.” In the final two minutes of regula-
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BOB NIELSON, head coach tion, the Sycamores scored a touchdown and notched a 42-yard field goal with just 12 seconds left to bring the game to overtime. Neither team could make any headway in the first overtime, as both teams settled for long field goals. The second overtime saw the Coyotes take first possession. It was a three-and-out for USD, capped with a 41-yard field goal from senior Miles Bergner. It came down to Indiana State, who on third down threw a backwards pass to the wideout, who in turn threw an interception to Coyote senior defensive back Jacob Warner to end the game. “It was a good feeling,” Warner said. “We battled hard all game and
knew it would come down to which team made a final stand last and luckily they called a somewhat questionable play. The receiver just ended up throwing it up and I just went and got it.” The win marked the Coyotes’ third of the season and second in Missouri Valley conference play. It was also the third time this season a game has gone to double overtime. For Nielson the win is appreciated, but it would be better to secure it during regulation. “We’ve got to finish games better,” Nielson said. “I’m pleased with the way we won, obviously never disappointed with a win, but at the same time we had opportunities to put that
game away and made it a little harder on ourselves than we should have.” Giving up a lead late in the fourth quarter was reminiscent of the University of North Dakota game earlier this season, in which the Coyotes gave up a 34-17 lead in the fourth quarter and went on to lose in double overtime. This time the Coyotes didn’t want to watch a game slip away. “We’ve been in that position before,” Warner said. “We knew what it felt like to give up a fourth quarter lead and eventually lose a game. We were just all really fired up about not doing that and making sure that didn’t happen. We gave it our hardest effort and ended up coming out with a win.” On the back of the win was a big
honor for Bergner. Not only was he named Missouri Valley Special Teams Player of the Week, but he also collected the STATS FCS National Special Teams Player of the Week. For Bergner the win was unexpected. “It’s good. Honestly I was not expecting that,” Bergner said. “It was a really awesome surprise today. I think in my own opinion I don’t think I played as well as I possibly could. If other people think that I did, I’ll take it.” On top of his awards, Bergner’s 49-yard field goal in the first quarter made him USD’s all-time leading scorer, he now has 247 career points for the Coyotes. Bergner’s knack for delivering is nothing new. After his field goal defeated North Dakota State University last year and he sunk Weber State with a kick in double overtime, he has been the go-to guy for the Coyotes. “It’s awesome — there’s really no other way to describe it,” Bergner said. “NDSU was life-changing, that moment was life-changing. I think after that as it progressed having that special moment happen over and over See WIN, Page B4
Student-athlete lives hectic, not without ridicule DEREK CHANCELLOR is a public administration graduate student.
After playing football since little league, through high school and the past five years here at the University of South Dakota, this marks my first fall without strapping on pads and a helmet since I was 10-years-old and in the fifth grade. Since middle school, football was the sport I loved the most; however, I can confidently say I wouldn’t have been the same individual without having participated in other sports while I was growing up. Looking back, I played nearly every sport available to me until I received a football scholarship. From wrestling to baseball, basketball to track and field — more field than track — if it was feasible and I could fit it into my schedule, I did it every year. I was proud to be a multisport student athlete from the time I was in kindergarten until I graduated high school. The priceless experiences I gained through participation in these sports, the deep relationships I developed and the ubiquitously pertinent life lessons I acquired, from time management to perseverance, truly are elements of my being. They serve to explain my habits and describe my personality. These characteristics shaped me as an individual and continue to define me
today. There is no doubt, if I am so blessed, my offspring will be highly encouraged to participate in athletics throughout their developing years. My first year not participating in a sport since kindergarten has galvanized a new, fascinating perspective for me. I’ve been able to truly witness and absorb the unfiltered perception that others of my newly-adopted status possess regarding student-athletes. While I’ve always been astutely aware of the obvious stereotypes that exist regarding student-athletes and their approach to academics or other aspects of life outside their sport, I must say, I have been utterly astounded by the intense brevity to judgement that exists on this topic. While I may be referring specifically to the sport of football, I’m certain these comments are applicable to nearly every sport and are relevant to all collegiate student-athletes. I specifically reference football, because it happens to be the sport I personally know and love. To those who may be unfamiliar with the life of a student-athlete, let me take this opportunity to shed a little light on the experience I had participating in the sport with which I’m familiar. Nearly every day, both in season and out, we would wake up before dawn for position meetings. There we would critique film from yesterday’s practice with our position coaches, schematically prepare for the practice that awaits us in the afternoon and thoroughly examine the game film See ATHLETE, Page B4
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Junior Brittany Jessen and sophomore Kelly Braghini go up for a block against Fort Wayne on Oct. 8.
Coyote volleyball shows improvement from last season By Max Tushla
The USD volleyball team is still going strong and persevering through the 2016 season. The Coyotes had a six-game winning streak that was snapped after being defeated by the Iowa State Cyclones in three straight sets at the Sanford Coyote Sports Complex last Tuesday. The Coyotes bounced back after the loss to the Cyclones with a Summit League win over the University of Nebraska-Omaha this past Friday. They defeated the Mavericks 3-1. USD’s perfect Summit League record was ended on Sunday’s trip to Denver. The Pioneers defeated the
Coyotes in straight sets. That was just the second time this year the Coyotes have failed to win a single set in a match. The team is now 18-4 on the year with a 7-1 start against Summit League teams. After some struggles last season, the Coyotes seem to be finding their footing. “The team faced a lot of adversity last year, last year was good learning year for the team,” said Coyote head coach Leanne Williamson. “We had the ability to be good in previous seasons but we were never able to overcome the hump of what could have been. We had to use our momentum from last year and carry that into this
season and overcome that hump.” The Lady Yotes are undoubtedly overcoming the humps this year in every aspect of the game. The Coyotes lead against their opponents in kills for this year by 115. The team cumulatively has 950 kills on the season where their opponents have 835 kills. In the game of volleyball, you cannot have a kill without an assist, but junior setter Brittany Jessen turned that idiom on its head. “You can’t have an assist without a hitter,” Jessen said. Jessen currently leads the Summit League in assists with an average of 11 See V-BALL, Page B4
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Coyote club baseball wraps up fall season By Amber Hallberg
The University of South Dakota doesn’t have a baseball team, however, this hasn’t stopped a group of students from gathering on the baseball diamond every day to play “America’s pastime.” “I think USD should have an official team, I think it would draw a good crowd, especially in the spring,” said Zach Garrett, president of the USD club baseball team. The number of games the club plays is dependent upon their president and how many games they would like to schedule. The baseball team plays approximately 10 games in the fall and around 15 in the spring. This year they will have roughly 25-30 games. “My philosophy for the fall
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assists per set. “The feeling of leading the Summit League is awesome but it isn’t about me, it is a team sport. I wouldn’t be able to get assists if I didn’t have the hitters,” Jessen said. “Our goal is to win the Summit League this year and we just have to stay focused as a team but also focus on making ourselves better as individuals.” That focus has paid off over the course of a year, as the Coyotes have seen vast improvement as a team from last season. “The team has put in the work over the course of the year and that is striving to be
is to have even playing time. In the spring we will start our starters,” Garrett said. This fall season the team has had an uphill battle in search of wins. The Coyotes have won two games. Their first victory came against North Dakota State University. The Coyotes won the game with a score of 9-6. For their second win the USD men took down Winona State 6-3. In their recent double-header against Minnesota West, the Coyotes fell 3-6 and 11-6. Their record for the fall season was 7-2. The baseball team has held their very first Red and White Series, an inter-squad series that is split into two teams, the Red and White teams. So far, the White team leads the series with one win, however, there’s still two more games to be played. The winner of the
series will receive a trophy in which the word “Red” or “White” will be carved into it along with the year. Even though the White team won the first game, the player of the game went to the Red team’s Cole Cheeseman. When conference rolls around, USD will want their best out on the field. The pick-up games the team plays count toward their non-conference schedule, but if the team doesn’t win their conference, they won’t advance to regionals. Sophomore Cole Cheeseman said that in order to reach their goal of winning conference, the men practice three times a week for a couple of hours a day. “It’s not really hard drills, we just like to keep our skills fresh,” he said.
a better team than we were last year,” Williamson said. “Playing different teams is a testament to what we have done and how we have improved from previous seasons.” The volleyball season is nearly year-round with spring practices happening and the girls also dedicate themselves to the game during the summer. “Being here all summer when it wasn’t required really showed us what kind of team we are,” said sophomore outside hitter Hayley Dotseth. “We dedicate ourselves to the game. We are able to build ourselves physically and mentally over the summer and we can carry that strength into the school year. When we are together over the summer we as a team can
talk up the season and get really excited about the year we want to have.” The Coyotes had a 15-16 record to end the season last year. They ended the season with an 8-8 conference record. “It feels good to be the team that we know we are capable of being this season,” Williamson said. “We aren’t satisfied with where we are right now. We have to continue to play well for the rest of the season and improve and be the best team. We have the drive and determination to not be satisfied with where we (are) at right now so we can make our way to the top.” The Coyotes are set to play Oral Roberts on Oct. 21 in Tulsa, Oklahoma in another Summit League matchup game.
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Senior Ryan Saeger hands the ball off to fellow senior Trevor Bouma in practice.
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again, as it kind of has, that’s definitely strengthened all of us. I think we might be getting tired of the overtime games a little bit, but being able to go out there and knowing everyone has my back out there, it’s definitely reassuring and definitely a big confidence boost.” The ability to consistently hit field goals is often an overlooked ability in college football, and Nielson is appreciative of Bergner’s ability to knock them down. “You really do forget, you think of field goals as extra points, but he came through in the clutch and I’m confident that he’ll continue to do that for us,” Nielson said.
the pieces, but our league is so tough winning games in our league is one of the most difficult things that you can do and I think they’re playing well right now obviously — big win for them against Southern.” Illinois State will be traveling to Vermillion this Saturday to face USD. Kickoff time is set for 2 p.m. “They’re a good team, as every team in the Valley,” Warner said. “They lost a couple guys on offense that they had last year that were real good players for them, but their quarterbacks very good, their receivers are good, their o-line is good, their running backs good, so they’re a good team just like any team in the Valley and we’ve got to prepare like we do every week and just focus on getting a win.”
USD soccer beats SDSU for first time since 2003
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of the opposing team we are scouting that week and will face in Saturday’s game. Thorough preparation is a major aspect of a student-athlete’s life and a quality characteristic that all are familiar with. But mental preparation isn’t the only form. Following our position meeting, the next event on our morning agenda was our mandatory weightlifting session. I say “mandatory” not from the standpoint that it was required procedurally, though it was, but rather because it was personally mandatory. A football player must maintain enough physical strength and endurance to optimize their abilities through an 11-week-long football season. Otherwise, a season filled with blowouts both on the scoreboard and within the knee joint are inevitable. Breakfast follows weightlifting and all of this is achieved before the earliest class even begins. After a day full of classes, football players go to pre-practice position meetings in the early afternoon followed by pre-practice prep and practice until around 6 p.m., but the day isn’t over yet. Like all students, leisure time must be devoted to homework. Unlike most students, film from the day’s practice must be watched and game week preparation must also ensue. It is at best a major generalization and at worst an entirely un-
With the win, the Coyotes improve to 3-3 on the season and 2-1 in Missouri Valley play. The Coyotes now prepare to face Illinois State. The Redbirds started the season strong defeating Valparaiso and Northwestern, but they have since hit a skid going 1-4 in their past five games. Their most recent game was a win over Southern Illinois, which gave them their first win in the Missouri Valley. Nielson sees the Redbirds’ recent struggles not as something against them, rather a testament to how strong the Valley is. “You read it that that’s how good our league is,” Nielson said. “They’re an outstanding football team. I think they were ranked as high as top five in the country at one time this year. Personnel wise, they’ve got all
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Derek Chancellor lines up on offense during a game against Southern Illinois. founded fallacy that student-athletes are all lazy, don’t try hard or don’t pay attention in school. The reputation of student-athletes may always be riddled with entirely false and unfair stereotypes like this. While I will never condone laziness, the next time you see a football player falling asleep in class, have some perspective and think for a moment what they went through before you ate breakfast this morning. I’m not suggesting that student-athletes get extra sympathy for what they go through on a daily basis. Being a student-athlete is entirely voluntary. Those who complain about their status as a student athlete don’t deserve
to be one. I am, however, suggesting that unfair preconceptions and extreme generalizations about student-athletes and their special treatment exist at reprehensible amounts within all student populations across the country and an inclination to accept the all too popular stereotypes is absurd. My message to those who have played the game at the collegiate level: don’t disrespect the game, or your years of personal sacrifice and dedication to it, by letting any obstacle in the “real world” outside of football get in your way. A lifetime of challenges may front a facade of difficulty or even impossibility, but this is
simply because those particular challenges are unfamiliar. If you know what it’s like to grind through fall camp in the August heat, to sacrifice blood, sweat and tears for 60 minutes of “all you’ve got” — don’t just throw this experiences away. My message to those who didn’t have the opportunity to participate in collegiate athletics: before you judge a studentathlete based on an entirely unfounded stereotype or something you heard from someone else, get to know one of them first. Like my mother always says, “If you don’t like somebody, it’s probably because you don’t know them well enough.”
The USD women’s soccer team secured a 2-1 victory over rivals South Dakota State University Friday, the first time they’ve beat the Jackrabbits since 2003. Going into the match SDSU held the top spot in the Summit League as the Jackrabbits were undefeated in Summit League play. Junior Katlin Ptacek scored the first goal of the match and her career as a USD Coyote. Later in the game freshman Taryn LaBree sailed the ball past the SDSU goalkeeper Maggie Smither. This increased the score to 2-0. The Jackrabbits responded with a goal of their own by Nicole Hatcher putting the score at 2-1. The 20-30 mph winds played a role in how well the teams performed.
SDSU led in shots 10-8. However, USD led on shots on goal 6-5 in the first half but trailed in the second half 7-2. USD was able to stop SDSU from scoring on five separate occasions thanks to their goalkeeper Parker Rytz. Not only is beating their rivals an exciting win for the Coyotes, it also means that USD takes a 2-0 lead in the all-sport South Dakota Showdown Series. The game was USD’s first win against SDSU at the Division I level and ended a five-game losing streak dating back to 2003. The Coyotes will be back in action on Oct. 23 at 1 p.m. in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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