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ROTC PROGRAM CUT First-year and sophomore Reserve Officers' Training students left to decide whether to stay or leave USD after 2014-15 closure.

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'What if this happens to the people I know — the people I love — and I’m far away from home?' Trent Opstedahl


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uesday, Sept. 21, was supposed to be a normal day for Benson Lang'at. He would get up, enjoy a cup to Kenyan tea accompanied by buttered toast and go about his daily routine of a morning run and a study session.

However, that Saturday morning was drastically altered the moment he awoke to a text

from a friend informing him Nairobi’s Westgate shopping center had been attacked by Islamist fighters from Somalia’s al-Shabaab. Originally from Eldoret, Kenya, Lang'at is one out of more than 200 international students studying at the University of South Dakota who is on his way to earning an undergraduate degree in social work and will graduate in May. “Being in America is an opportunity for me to see the world for how it is,” Lang'at said. And while he said his decision to study in the U.S. has been one of the best choices of his life, Lang'at said it comes at a cost, both physically and emotionally. “There are times you want to sit at the table with your family and eat dinner,” said Lang'at, who has not seen his family in person for roughly four years. “Even though I miss my family, I know I’m here for a reason, and (my family) knows that.” Lang'at’s stress of attaining an education nearly 24 hours away from his immediate family was intensified after the news of the

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Nairobi’s Westgate attack began to spread around the world. Having family and friends living in the country’s capital, Lang'at said the one thing he most prominently remembers about the first few days of the attack is calling his family about every six hours to ensure their safety. “It’s hard to see what’s going on right now and to forgive those people, because they’re just killing innocent people,” he said. Among the more than 200 people who were killed, injured or reported missing as a result of the attack, Lang'at said only one of his friends who was at the site at the time of the attack sustained injuries. According to Lang'at, the Westgate attack evoked memories from his past when he and his cousin witnessed one of the 1998 Al Qaeda attacks on the Nairobi U.S. Embassy, Please see INTERNATIONAL, Page A8

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Benson Lang'at, a Kenyan native, prepares his morning tea in traditional Kenyan robes. Lang'at has not seen his immediate family for four years.

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Student Government Association senators discuss the agenda during their weekly Tuesday meeting in the Muenster University Center.

The Student Government Association passed an election reform bill to determine how the Election Steering Committee will monitor political teams’ campaign spending during university elections, and the bill will be in effect for the 2014 races next semester. According to the election reform amendment, political teams can now spend a maximum of $400, including donations, on their campaigns. All receipts will be turned into the ESC by the candidates. During the Oct. 1 SGA meeting, President Erik Muckey said SGA was setting a precedent for more efficient and fair elections in the future by having guidelines on spending, where campaigning can take place and other practices.


The 10% Society hosts its annual drag show Friday in the MUC ballroom.

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“The big thing to take from this is a lot of it is surrounding the executive election,” Muckey said. “It gives specific duties for everyone and is a way for us to educate the teams. By putting in spending limits, you are actually opening up the field for m o r e potential candidates a n d expanding elect i o n diversity.” Senior MUCKEY SGA senator Zach Nipp said the amendment is gearing the elections more toward student voters around campus. “This makes the campaign more important and should get more of Please see BILL, Page A7


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The reality of figuring out one’s options as a college student for reasonable health insurance can be a scary choice, said Dick Applequist, president and general manager at Prins Insurance in Sioux Falls. “For young people aged 19-21, liability costs and other insurance fees will seem alarming,” he said, “I encourage them to enroll in some sort of plan. All they have to do is come into our offices and get a quote on an insurance plan, talk it over with our consultants and go from there.” With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, University of South Dakota students can now view their options through online marketplaces that are aimed to meet the needs of vari-


With one month until the regular season, both basketball teams continue practice.

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The average monthly cost of healthcare for students age 19 to 21 in S.D. ranges $40 to $92. Source:

ous personal circumstances, particularly those related to lowering monthly premiums. According to a report issued in 2008 by the United States Government Accountability Office, 20 percent of college students are uninsured. In addition to local insurance companies, students have the option to browse, an independent website that shows the options available to those looking for insurance plans. Users on the site have the option to narrow Please see REFORM, Page A7





IN OTHER NEWS LIVE AT 5 • Coyote News is featuring updates on the Muenster University Center expansion, and why the Internet is so slow on campus and what USD can do about it.

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TUNE IN AT NOON • This week on KAOR, Coyote Radio will talk with Lt. Col. Ross Nelson about the university losing its ROTC program.



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Metropolitan Opera performer Robert Merrill appeared for the Vermillion Community's Artist Series in Slagle Hall to showcase original work and that of classic operettas. Merrill appeared in such operas as LaTraviata, Carmen and Pagliacci and also performed on television, radio and several movies. Prior to pursuing an opera career, Merrill was working towards major-league baseball in Brooklyn, N.Y. Merrill made his debut at the Met Dec. 15, 1945.

1967 Electronic taping of study materials, books and lectures for the use of the blind were recorded in I.D. Weeks Library and were sent to the Library of Congress and distributed to blind students at USD. Volunteer students voiced the recordings. USD was one of the first universities in the nation to provide special facilities for the program, sponsored by Zeta Phi Eta, a professional speech fraternity for women. Fifty tape recorders were donated by the 3-M company of St. Paul, Minn.

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Vermillion Crime Log



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1. Police conducted a search warrant at a large house party on N. Dakota street. Upon entering the house officers charged three renters and another adult for the disorderly state of the house and providing alcohol to minors.

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2. Police were patrolling the area around Center Street on bikes when they smelled marijuana coming from a parked van. When the doors were opened a thick cloud of smoke was released and the four occupants were arrested for smoking marijuana.

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3. The neighbor of an apartment complex on Yale street reported seeing a woman breaking the window of an apartment and entering. When officers came to the apartment they found the woman lying unresponsive on the staircase surrounded by a pool of blood. The woman said she had locked herself out of the apartment but officers found the front door to be unlocked. 4. Police confronted three men who were walking down the sidewalk of E. Clark street drinking from beer cans.

After seeing the officers, the three men attempted to run from the police, however one man, who was found to be on probation, was caught and arrested.

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NEWSBRIEFLY Campus Beacom organization receives accredidation The Small Business Development Center has been accredited by a select group of state directors and associate state directors under the Baldrige Criteria for "Performance Excellence" with no cited conditions. The SBDC is located in the Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota and assists aspiring entrepreneurs as well as current business owners in achieving their career goals through counseling, development of business plans and financial analysis, free of charge. “Receiving accreditation with no conditions is challenging and it has been many years since South Dakota has seen that,” said Mark Slade, associate state director. The review is conducted every five years and focuses on organizational improvement in meeting customer needs as well as in workforce satisfaction and leadership. The SBDC must be accredited in order to receive funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Organist to play classic work recital in Slagle Students and faculty at the University of South Dakota will have the opportunity to watch the 29-stop E.M. Skinner organ in Slagle Hall be put to use by concert organist Steven Egler Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. The organ was built in 1925 and renovated in 2011 by the Schantz Organ Company as part of the $8.2 million renovation that began


in 2008. Egler is an organ professor at Central Michigan University and has appeared in solo concerts throughout the U.S. He is one half of the Egler-Shelly music duo with Wichita State University flute professor Frances Shelly. The performance will include works by César Franck, Louis Vierne, Leo Sowerby, Dan Locklair and Pietro Yon and is free and open to the public.

City Landlords express concern about code A group of landlords spoke at Monday’s Vermillion City Council in front of a large audience of other landlords and city council. The landlords are concerned about the changes to the Rental Housing Code that were adopted in 2011 that include mandatory upgrades to egress windows, HVAC systems and hard-wired smoke detectors in rental properties. The changes to the code did not grandfather current rental properties. The landlords expressed frustration with this, but the item up for vote did not encompass that issue. The city council approved an application for an extension of the deadline for the egress window replacement. "You have to understand you are also pushing landlords too economically far to stay in town," said Jill Schaffer, a landlord, during the meeting.


Students participate in Saturday's homecoming parade which began at 10 a.m. in front of the courthouse and concluded at Prentis Park.

Washington, D.C.-based health policy organization, Trust for America’s Health, released a report recently that showed that South Dakota has the second lowest drug overdose death rate in the nation behind North Dakota at number one. According to the report, 6.3 percent of every 100,000 people in South Dakota died from drug overdose in 2010. Prescription drug related deaths now outnumber those from heroin and cocaine combined. Additionally, drug overdose deaths exceed vehicle-related deaths in 29 states and Washington D.C. The report illustrates that the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs has cost the country and estimated total of $53.4 billion a year in lost productivity,

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Former USD asst. coach dies VOLANTE STAFF REPORTS Former assistant head football coach and defensive coordinator for the University of South Dakota Coyotes, Mike Freidel, passed away Oct. 6 at 57 years old. During high school Freidel was active in football, basketball, baseball and track. He graduated from Armour High School in 1974 and went on to pursue a double major in Social Science and Physical Education at Dakota State University, graduating in 1979. During his time in school he achieved All-American honors on the football team

and was later inducted into the Dakota State Athletic Hall of Fame. Coaching a total of five seasons at USD, Freidel also served as an assistant professor in USD’s health, physical education and recreation departments. Additionally he coached 15 years at Augustana College. Freidel’s passing is linked to an accident that occurred in 2006 on a friend’s ranch approximately 100 miles from Casper, Wyo. While he was inflating a tire on a water truck, the tire exploded and Freidel was struck by the explosion. He was in his third season as assistant head coach and defensive

coordinator for USD when the accident occurred. Medical issues ensued the following years leading up to his death. Freidel’s obituary described him as a number of things; cowboy, musician and published author, among others. In addition, Freidel was involved in several bands during his earlier years playing the guitar. Funeral services will be held Oct. 10 at 11 a.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church. Visitation will commence at 5 p.m. Oct. 9 at the church followed by a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

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medical costs and criminal justice costs. South Dakota also scored two out of ten on the report for new strategies to help curb prescription drug abuse, the lowest on a national scale. Twenty-eight states including Washington D.C. scored six out of ten with New Mexico and Vermont scoring the highest with a 10. The report suggests that these indicators may be having a positive impact, for the number of Americans abusing prescription drugs decreased from 7 million in 2010 to 6.1 million in 2011 according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.


NSA taps into Facebook to monitor threats Documents provided by former National Security Agency contractor, Edward Snowden, recently revealed that university students’ Facebook connections are being used to analyze the communication of foreign subjects and anyone they may correspond with. College students across the nation resent the idea of government interference through social media, according to a report conducted by the Pew Research Center released in June. The report said that Americans aged 18 to 29 believe it’s more important for the government to not intrude on privacy, even if

it disrupts the investigation of terrorist threats. The same report also mentions that this age group is more likely to allow companies to use their information for commercial purposes, but are more skeptical of government security measures. John DeLong, chief compliance officer for the NSA, said the important aspect for students to focus on is that the NSA is a foreign surveillance agency and the agency isn’t spying on everyday Americans. “I think it’s important for people to understand what we do,” he said. “We lose if Americans lose faith in us, we don’t want that. We’re here to defend the nation and save lives.”

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First few weeks prove as ‘eye-opener’ for students KATHLEEN SERIE is a sophomore majoring in contemporary media and journalism. The vibrant orange leaves are cascading to the ground, the weather’s getting colder, and with midterms starting this week, the fall semester is well underway. This being said, it’s appropriate to send a friendly reminder to students that studying is not only a good idea, but is necessary. At this time in the semester, most everyone on campus has been through the first round of tests in their classes. As they have for many years, these first exams serve as an eye-opener to how much studying is demanded for a majority of college courses. Here’s some studying advice that may seem self-explanatory, but I’ve found to be quite useful in my undergraduate career so far. 1. Always read the material before class. This way, you have some sort of background to go off of when your teacher is explaining a challenging concept. 2. Stay on top of deadlines by entering due dates into a calendar. Men may think this is too feminine, but I promise, it works. It’s especially helpful in planning ahead for busy weeks where some people may have two or three different tests. 3. Head to the library. The silent, studious atmosphere of the third floor basically forces productivity. 4. Review what you’ve learned in class, even if there is not a test in the immediate future. 5. Don’t procrastinate. Only negative things come of it, such as exhaustion, an extreme dependence on coffee, a suffocating sense that there is very limited time to finish something and regret. Now I know I am not the first person to say that college is not just about getting exemplary grades. It’s all about the experience and lessons you take away

from these four years. But sadly enough, one of these lessons that some students learn later than others is that receiving a high school diploma and receiving a college degree are two drastically different things. In high school, I knew a pretty large number of people that did not put much effort into their schoolwork, but graduated with a decent GPA. In college, I still know a pretty large number of people that don’t put much effort into their school work, but these people may be in a bit of trouble as time goes on and their GPA dips lower and lower. For all the first-year students out there, it’s alright to admit college is harder than your previous four years of school. Once you accept and acknowledge this fact, get help if you are struggling. There are many different resources on campus if you’re having problems with one, two, even three courses. Set up a meeting with your advisor, visit the writing center for all your composition needs, talk to your professors and maybe look into getting a tutor. One more golden nugget of advice is to cut the distractions out of your study time. With so much technology at our fingertips, it’s easy to get sidetracked while trying to study or finish homework. We’ve got computers, iPads, Nooks, gaming consoles, and of course, phones winning our attention over homework. Trust me, it’s far easier said than done to exit out of Pinterest or Coyote Confessions to read 50 pages of dull textbook material. But if you focus completely on your schoolwork, you’re going to reap a much higher benefit than you would if you’re constantly texting or checking Facebook. When it comes to studying, discipline is key. Like I said, grades aren’t everything. But if you follow the above advice, at least it’s clear that you tried your hardest to get respectable results. And from me to you, good luck on your midterms. Reach columnist Kathleen Serie at


Online vs. traditional courses Mixed approach offers benefits

In just a few weeks students will be scrambling to figure out their spring semester schedules. They will spend time pouring over the catalog, course options and everything else while attempting to cram in their necessary classes into an acceptable, but not too full schedule. This is where the option of online classes comes in. Over the past decade, the number of online classes offered on campuses all over the nation has risen. With this increase comes the debate on traditional classroom learning versus online courses. This brings up the question: Which way is actually better? In all honesty, a mix of both traditional courses and a few online courses throughout a college career could prove to be beneficial to students.


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President James Abbott recently pointed out that a “blended education” with a mix of Massive Open Online Courses as well as traditional courses would be a benefit to higher education. A few online courses here and there to fill a difficult schedule or to meet requirements without making the week too packed with classes could help boost a student’s GPA or even help retain that student because they don’t feel bombarded by a heavy class load. Each side of the argument is quick to point out the pros and cons of each method of learning. Some think being in the classroom is a better form of learning because of the face-to-face contact and the generating of ideas and conversation between other students. It has also been pointed out that this method could result in passive learning on

the behalf of some students who do not participate in class discussions and pass through the course without absorbing the information. Online course benefits are said to be the freedom and flexibility of a more lenient schedule, but not actually meeting with a professor on a weekly basis and not having any form of classroom facilitation is seen as a disadvantage. In all reality, though, each situation is different for every individual student. It may be a student who needs a certain number of credits each semester to meet a scholarship requirement, but can’t seem to fit that many credits into a reasonable schedule. Or it may be the student who has to work two jobs to pay for school and doesn’t have the extra time to take five traditional classes. In those cases, one or two online courses mixed

with three or four traditional courses may just work out better. There are the students who online courses don’t work for because not meeting face-to-face requires more motivation on the student’s part than the professors. It forces the student to stay on top of all of their material and deadlines more aggressively than in a traditional classroom environment. In those cases, the student is most likely to ignore their responsibility and instead of benefiting from the freedom and flexibility of an online course, they fall behind and in the end are faced with a lower GPA. In the end, whether online courses or traditional classroom courses are the best way to approach an education is based upon the student, their situation and their ambition.


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

“I just hope we don’t watch porn today, because I’m really not feelin’ it.” — Volante newsroom

“I went outside to watch that girl puke in the street.” — Main Street

“After last night, I realized all I need in life is my cat.” — University Street

“He sent me snapchats of him just hanging out in some random, empty house.” — Old Main

“I was having a good time until I got yelled at for dancing on the table.” — Clark Street

“Hold on guys, I need to get my float legs on.” — Main Street

IN THE KNOW: Another three-day weekend is about to hit the University of South Dakota campus. IN THE DARK: The liveliness in Vermillion from the past week will inevitably disappear. IN THE KNOW: We’re about half way through the fall semester. IN THE DARK: Being halfway through the semester means midterm exams, projects and papers. IN THE KNOW: The Coyotes beat Missouri State 17-14 in the homecoming game. IN THE DARK: Considering Missouri State was 1-4 coming into the game, the Coyotes should have won by more than three points. IN THE KNOW: Retention after halftime greatly improved at the homecoming game this year. IN THE DARK: Some students in Coyote Crazies were stuck over on the reserved seating with the parents instead of in the student section where they could cheer on the ‘Yotes with their fellow students. IN THE KNOW: American Horror Story: Coven starts Wednesday at 9 p.m. IN THE DARK: Other shows, such as Nashville, that come on at 9 p.m. are bound to lose some viewers. SUBMIT OVERHEARDS AND IN-THE-KNOWS AND IN-THE-DARKS ON TWITTER @VolanteOpinion


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Letter to the editor: The need for a voice among women This is a difficult response to write, in part because of the large quantity of negative and apathetic attitudes, beliefs, and misconceptions about feminists and the feminist movement in current society, and in part because of my passion and emotional investment in the issue. First of all, my name is Sarah Heerdt, and I am the woman working with the Office of Diversity in the formation of a women’s group on the University of South Dakota campus. Most college campuses in the United States have groups or centers focused on providing resources and support for women, including South Dakota State University (Campus Woman’s Coalition) and Southwestern Minnesota State University (SMSU Women’s Center), to name just two in the surrounding area. The USD women’s group held their first meeting on Oct 2. At this meeting, both men and women faculty, staff and students came together to discuss what they wanted this group to be about, the kinds of activities they would like to see the group put on or sponsor, and the kinds of issues the group would address on the USD campus. Although these initiatives have not yet been solidified, the process of addressing these topics has begun. So, even though I cannot

tell you exactly what this women’s group will be all about, I can tell you what we would like our mission to be. We want to create an inclusive group for people of all genders to come together to address gender equality and inequality in a respectful, thoughtful, and constructive manner. We also want to provide valuable resources and support to women at USD, further the advancement of women in American society, and address multicultural issues among women and provide an avenue for positive, instrumental relationships to develop between women and people of other genders. Although this women’s group fits the technical definition of being “feministic,” and we believe that political, economic and social equality is not only deserved, but possible, we do not feel that the label of feminism in itself adequately describes and portrays the true purposes of this group. As much as many people, and I believe society as a whole, want to think that gender equality has been achieved and that feminism, i.e. the belief of gender equality in political, economic, and social arenas, is no longer needed, I would like to respectfully argue that I believe that this is definitely not the case. I would like to support

my position with three key points: wage inequality based on gender, the victimization of women, particularly in regards to domestic violence, dating violence, and sexual assault, and employment inequality based on gender. Although there are many more issues supported by evidence to back up my point, I would like to focus on these three. Regarding the gender wage gap, the U.S. Department of Labor has issued official statements disputing the myths, i.e., there is no wage gap and if there is a wage gap, it is because of legitimate differences, not discrimination; the pay gap will go away by itself. In addition, they report statistics that women earn 77 cents for every man’s dollar based on differences in annual earnings and 81 or 82 cents for every man’s dollar based on weekly earnings data. Forty percent of this gap, according to the DOL, is exclusively because of discrimination. The statistics on the victimization of women are even more staggering. Unquestionably, these statistics can and should improve. Who better to work towards this than an alliance of women, men and every gender in between? Finally and unfortunately, these distressing statistics don’t stop with violence. Women are twice as likely as

men to work part-time, less likely to be self-employed, and less likely to belong to a union. Women make up 50.8 percent of the total U.S. population, but only hold 38.2 percent of management positions, 12.9 percent of architecture and engineering positions, and 25.5 percent of chief executive reports (U.S. Department of Labor). In addition, women only hold 18.3 percent of seats in the 113th U.S. Congress, according to the Center for American Women and Politics, 2013. If true equality existed, each of these percentages would equal the

percent of the population that identifies as “women.” All of these issues speak to me about the importance of advocating for and supporting women in our society. As a women’s group on the USD campus, we are not “extreme” or “militant.” We are simply a group of people who think that women deserve equality, support and a voice in this male-dominated society. If you would like more information about this women’s group and future meetings, please contact me, Sarah Heerdt, at Sarah.

Victimization statistics In 2010 - Nearly one in two women, or 44.6 percent, had experienced sexual violence victimization not including rape at some point in their lives. - 92.5 percent of the perpetrators were exclusively men. - There are an additional estimated 21,840,000 women, or 18.3 percent of women in the U.S., who have been a victim of attempted or completed rape. - 98.1 percent of the perpetrators, in this case, were exclusively men - Regarding domestic violence, nearly one in every three women, or 30.3 percent, have been physically assaulted by an intimate partner sometime in their life. Source: U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC)

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The moments first-year students never expect to have nathan ellenbecker is a first-year majoring in contemporary media and journalism. Looking back on my senior year of high school’s “college process,” I remember the anxiety I felt the first time I stepped on the University of South Dakota campus. Uncertainty swirled through my head while I had

two student ambassadors explain to me what USD had to offer, why I would fit in here and how I can best adapt to college. Honestly, I was barely listening. On my other college visits, I listened intently to every minute of detail my tour guides gave me. Dorms, classrooms, fitness centers and food options mattered to me at other schools. At USD, however, for some reason it hit me — my life would quickly be changing forever. New experiences were going to open up to me and new

people were going to enter my life. You would think after months of obsessing over school and a new lifestyle, you would be ready for everything. Sure, I was ready to handle more free time, more independent decisions, more laundry and more social opportunities. But, in just the month and two weeks I have been on campus, there have been small moments I didn’t realize would really wear on you as a new college student. No one says you’re going to lie in bed one night and realize you’re not ready for a

test the next morning. Tour guides don’t tell you how disgusting the dorm bathrooms are Sunday nights. Those “easy” classes aren’t always what people told you they were. But nothing prepared me for the first time my mom called from home and said, “We miss you.” Everyone is faced with these random moments that tear you apart on the inside. They’re the moments you never expect to deal with. I for one never imagined it would leave such an impact. I responded weakly to my

mother, “Love you, Mom.” It hurt. That’s when college became real to me. No high school teacher said a call home would be my toughest college challenge. In fact, I bet most first-year students weren’t told what their biggest test would be. I quickly realized it wasn’t a time to sulk. I miss my family and my home. But college is a time to move forward, and it’s time to make USD home.

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University's ROTC program to close in 2015 Students must choose to stay at USD or transfer to continue officer training Emily Niebrugge The Volante

Fourteen students enrolled in the Reserve Officer's Training Corps program at the University of South Dakota will have to make the decision whether to stay or leave after the U.S. Army announced a week ago that the USD program was going to be cut. Last Wednesday, Lt. Col. Ross Nelson, military science department chair, and USD President James Abbott received a letter from the U.S. Army notifying them the program would be dropped by the organization at the end of the 2014-15 academic school year. "It kind of came out of the blue," Nelson said of the announcement. Twelve other programs across the country will also be cut, including North Dakota State University. Nelson and Abbott both said the reason behind the cut is unclear, but Nelson said the closure of the program is based off of a study done in 2011. "They never released the results of that study, but it looked at demographics, geographical location, academic offerings and diversity," Nelson said. Currently enrolled juniors and seniors at USD will be able to graduate and finish out the program, but first-years and sophomores will not be able to finish the program. Nelson said those students have the option to transfer to apply to another university or stay at USD by getting out of their contract with no commitment to the Army. Lauren Hill was set to come to USD to be an officer in the ROTC program this coming spring, but because of the announcement, is reconsider-

ing her options. Hill is currently in training, and said USD is still an option because of the medical and track programs. "It's just one of those things where you didn't think that kind of a program would be cut — you wouldn't plan for it," she said. "I was set on my plans, and if you're apart of the ROTC program you can't deploy, so that's a problem — I was looking forward to getting all through college with no deployment, and this kind of ruins all of those plans." Nelson said when he told students, they were both

other Schools to see CUt: North Dakota State University Arkansas State University University of North Alabama University of Southern Mississippi Morehead State University University of California Santa Barbara Northern Michigan University University of Wisconsin Lacrosse University of Tennessee at Martin Georgia Regents Augusta State University East Tennessee State University Tennessee Technological University

shocked and disappointed. "A lot of them were immediately wondering how this would affect them, and I told them they didn't have to make any decisions right away," he said. " I'm going to sit down with each student individually and go over their situation with them and talk to them and try to help them decide between myself, academic advisers and their own personal situation what the best decision for them is." Senior Matthew Martinez will be able to graduate from the program, but said he was disheartened when he heard the ROTC program would be cut. Martinez is originally from Arizona, and said he came to South Dakota specifically for USD's ROTC program because of the size and ratings. "I remember when my mom told me to check out the school, I told my mom I would never come to school here, but I did, and I'm glad I did," he said. "Our smaller program allowed me to have more opportunities and more one-on-one contact with our instructors." Martinez said ROTC members do try to help the university as well as the community — something he thinks will be missed once the program is cut. Within the last week, Martinez said the ROTC has painted the USD letters outside of campus for Dakota Days, worked as ball boys during the football game and brought in the colors for the Oct. 5 football game. He also said they have done work for Military Appreciation Day and helped with trash cleanup on the roads and lower Vermillion. To combat the cut, Abbott said he has contacted South Dakota Rep. Kristi Noem and Sen. Tim Johnson "to do every-

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ROTC members walk in the beginning of the Dakota Days parade Saturday, Oct. 5. USD's ROTC program will be dropped by the end of the 2014-15 academic school year.

thing we can to overturn or delay the action." Abbott, who pushed for retention and recruitment during his Oct. 2 University Address, said the cut will hurt USD. "I don't know the breakdown between male and female, but it is predominantly male, and of course, it's no secret women attend liberal arts colleges in greater numbers than men, so it's a disappointment," he said. "But it's mostly a disappointment for the fact that our students who want that option

won't get it any longer." Students who enroll in the program, Nelson said, are typically better students who succeed professionally as well as personally. "(The ROTC) is one leadership group where the university trains students," he said. "We've had a number of distinguished graduates come out of this program who have been quite successful whether that's in the military or in life, running their own businesses or politically." Martinez said the students

who will not have these opportunities will be the hardest part of the cut. "I'm really glad I got the opportunity to come out here," he said. "I've seen a lot of good results. I've had a lot of good experiences." Reach reporter Emily Niebrugge at


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Departments allow Number of students taking online flexibility in degrees courses increases by 38 percent Cole Bockelmann The Volante

While structure and rigorous study are two common elements exemplified by college students, the University of South Dakota is offering several majors that allow students to get a little loose — with the freedom of selecting their own coursework to receive a degree. At just a year old, the sustainability program is one such major. Meghann Jarchow, assistant professor of biology and head of the sustainability program, said the advantage of the program is the flexibility. “It lets students tailor their major to what interests them the most,” Jarchow said. The sustainability program was created because of student interest, Jarchow said, and allows them to choose the majority of classes they take. Once students declare sustainability as their major, they have the option to specialize in either natural or social sciences. After choosing a specialization, students can take a variety of classes that fit their interests and specialization. The advantage of a program that allows for this kind of self-selecting coursework, Jarchow said, is it increases credited research and internship opportunities, and allows working with other students in the program to solve issues in sustainability. “Some majors with strict requirements can be problematic for indecisive students, but having a sustainability major allows students to study what they enjoy the most,” she said. Steve Ward, director of the Academic and Career Planning Center, said biology majors are also allowed some freedom, with two different pathways of study: ecology and human biol-

ogy. Other programs at USD, Ward said, offer different pathways and specializations, such as English, communication studies, contemporary media and journalism and history. Ward also said the freedom to mix and match classes is not enough for a broad education. “I want students to hear that the classes they take are not enough, and to be marketable, they must get experience outside of the classroom," he said. One of the 15 current sustainability majors at USD is sophomore Emily Roberson. Roberson is a double major in anthropology and sustainability and said she chose this path because she wants to help people on a large scale, rather than on a small scale. "I see problems now that prevent sustainability, and I want fix those problems,” she said. Roberson chose the social sciences path in the program and said there are a lot of discussion classes where everyone gets to give their opinions and you get to hear many different perspectives. Roberson is also in favor of modeling other programs like the sustainability program. “In some programs that are more strict, students have no chance to figure out what interests them,” she said. Senior criminal justice major Austin Welker also encouraged the idea of a broader education encouraged by allowing students more freedom from the usual general education courses to graduate. “The more options for students, the better,” he said.

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Students study online in the math emporium. The number of USD students taking classes online this year is 34 percent. Megan Koch The Volante

Online classes are trending for nearly one-third of undergraduate students who attended the University of South Dakota last year. Nearly 34 percent of students at the university were enrolled in online courses, while seven percent were taking only online courses. Michael Card, interim director of the graduate school and division of continuing and distance education said USD offers 39 degree programs entirely online and over 350 courses. When an academic department decides to take a program and its courses online, the Continuing and Distance Education center helps them pursue that by marketing and recruiting students into the program. CDE also facilitates training of instructors into the online environment through the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). Card said the number of students taking classes off-

campus increased 38 percent from the academic year of 2007 to 2012. Flexibility is the central reason why adult students prefer online classes, he said. “Like with Hulu Plus and Netflix today, you don’t have to be in front of the TV when the show airs to be able to see it — you can watch it at a time more convenient for you,” Card said. According to a study conducted in 2011 from Babson Survey Research Group, more than 6.1 million students took at least one online class during fall 2010, a 10.1 percent increase over 2009. Bill Richardson, chair of the political science department, teaches an online course concerning political theory, said though traditional classes are most beneficial to students, those who must take online courses have access to similar benefits. “The opportunity to have co-chat sessions with the students is the closest we

get to in-class experience, peers," she said. "Being able but they have to be volun- to work at your own pace tary because these people is a great feature of online are running full-time jobs classes; you just have to and families,” Richardson remember to do the work." Although difficult to said. However, Richardson keep up with, junior Erika said only about a fourth of Gravning said online classes his students actually partici- helped keep her on track for pate in the co-chat sessions. graduation. “My online class was hard Card said students who enjoy independent work to keep up with, but defiand the use of technology nitely convenient," she said. can have online success, "Instead of walking across while those who need per- campus." In 2011, Card said, the sonal contact and a structured learning environment number of faculty teachare less likely to benefit from ers on campus increased 34 an online learning environ- percent, and in the academic year 2012, that number ment. “Computer mediated increased with USD hiring communication or online more instructors with praclearning is a self-driven and tical experience. “These teachers are likely more autonomous than face-to-face experience,” to teach at least one online Card said. “Online students class,” Card said. need a higher degree of personal responsibility and disReach reporter Megan Koch cipline." at Junior Angie Edward said she prefers the traditional Tweet @thevolante class experience. “I prefer being in class Why would/wouldn't you take an because of interaction with online class?




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Students feel the stress of higher demands Creighton Hoefer The Volante

Every Tuesday and Thursday, sophomore Morgan Whittle runs the gauntlet from classes to work at Sanford Hospital, starting her day at 9:30 a.m. and ending at 10 p.m. Then it’s time for homework, studying and perhaps some food. On her nonwork days, Whittle loses the nursing garb and dons dance shoes, spending several hours in practice for the USD dance team. With such a demanding schedule, Whittle has contemplated alternative to typical campus education. “I’ve thought about not being in school before,” Whittle said. “I’ve definitely looked at where I could possibly cut back but right now, I can’t do anything to change. It’s very stressful, and I feel burned out sometimes.” University of South Dakota Coordinator of Prevention Service Lauren Schuur said many students visit the counseling center because of academic and work-related stress. When academic and extracurricular commitments become too much, some students reach a breaking point. “Even within 10 years, students have a higher demand of activities and work, as many of them work fulltime,” Schuur said. S c h u u r estimated at least 40 to 50 percent of the clients she counsels need help with academic stress and other students convey anxi-

ety about their grades even when visiting for other reasons. “People will come in worried about a relationship, and then you talk to them, and you see that they’re stressed about school as well," Schurr said. While most students experience some kind of anxiety or stress because of school or work, Schuur said there are several signs a student may be getting burned out. “One of the more severe signs would be a panic attack or anxiety attack, usually before a big presentation or test that a large portion of their grade depends on,” she said. “Some students get very ill, they wake up and are sick to their stomach and might throw up because they get so anxious. Loss of sleep and skipping meals also indicates a negative pattern for students. Whittle said she rarely eats on Tuesdays and Thursdays. “I have an issue with finding time to eat,” she said. “I pay so much for a meal plan, but I really don’t have time to eat a meal until about 11 p.m. and it’s not very good — usually McDonald’s.” Over time, these repeated behaviors can lead to a constant state of anxiety

and lack of focus, Schuur said. It’s at this point when students are most vulnerable to make the decision to drop out completely. “If you are taking on endless amounts of work, there are some consequences,” she said. “They’re more likely to make poor decisions because they are tired and act impulsively. They may suddenly decide on a random night to drop out because they believe they can’t handle it anymore.” Students may also turn to a substance to either relax them or their abilities to work more, Schuur said. This includes taking drugs normally prescribed for attention disorders, such as Adderall, to stay up and study. However, the perceived benefit is not worth the definitive risk. “It’s not healthy at all,” she said. “Medication is prescribed to an individual to a reason and it’s important to remember it. A lot of times medication is started at a lower dose and works up. If someone’s on a higher dose of something, the body needs time to react to that and can really react poorly.” While Whittle has felt burned out at times, staying in school remains a priority. “Dropping out is not a n

option,” she said. “I really want to finish school in four years, and while that may not be a realistic goal, I know it would make my parents proud and that’s why I want to do it.” Whittle said she’s comforted by her family members, who have advised her to remember her current situation is temporary. “I have to remind myself this is only temporary and it won’t be like this forever,” Whittle said. “I know when I am done I will feel accomplished and proud of what I did.” To cope with day-to-day stress, Whittle said students should focus only on the task at hand, whether it’s getting through the next class or making it one more hour at work. She said a regimented schedule planned hour-by-hour fostered this mentality. The sophomore nursing major also forces herself to

focus on herself when she is most anxious. “I try to worry about myself only,” Whittle said. “It sounds bad and is kind of selfish, but a lot of my stress comes from worrying about other people like what my mom thinks if I get a bad grade on a test or if I have to cut back on hours what my boss might think.” In addition to planning out their day on an hourly basis, Schuur said she recommends her clients find outlets to help them stay positive about their daily outlook. “The biggest thing I talk to students about is ‘me’ time,” she said. “Focusing on yourself and doing some mind relaxation. Even doing something as simple as giving yourself a pep talk to start your day off helps.” Schuur said meditation and solid sleep also alleviates stress-related fatigue. While some students experiencing burnout may not be willing to share their struggles with peers, Schuur said talking through difficulties could prevent a spur of the moment decision to dropout. “I would recommend coming to the counseling center or talking with a

professor or academic adviser they are close with,” Schuur said. “Here, we can talk about everything going on and help with time management and weigh pros and cons of everything. But at least talk to someone about what’s going on.”

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Reform: Marketplace offers new plans Continued from page A1 their search by selecting their current state of residency and filling out basic information that will help determine the options available. But just because the resources are available with the click of a mouse does not mean students know how to proceed in finding a reasonable rate that will cover essential health services. According to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll, three quarters of people age 18 to 25 believe it is important to be insured, yet 80 percent of the people polled under 30 were barely knowledgeable of their marketplace options. The online marketplace will open up a panel of new options for healthcare and

“I’m nervous that when I do get to the age where I have to get my own plan, I’ll have to pay higher premiums than I would as an adult before.” — Christian Hansen, sophomore

other insurance policies for college students across the U.S., said Jill Krueger, assistant director of benefits at the South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources. Krueger said that one of the few changes USD students will encounter will be the availability of insurance plans and how accessible insurance companies will be to them in the future. “One of the major changes that will take place will be who health insurance companies will offer insurance

to,” Krueger said. The open enrollment period of the health insurance market is available Oct. 1 to March 31, and national organizations like Young Invincibles are attempting to provide information about the ACA and how the health insurance exchanges can work for their benefit. Here are some of the tips provided by The Invincibles’ website on how the online marketplaces will affect students: - Students with pre-exist-

ing conditions, from asthma to cancer, are not under the threat of being denied coverage. - Students who earn less than about $46,000 or families that earn less than $94,000 annually may be able to access free coverage through Medicaid or discounted coverage through monthly tax credits depending on the state and their exact income level. - New plans will provide a plethora of services like annual checkups, prescrip-

tions and substance use disorder services. Krueger said health insurance will be made available to all patrons, but that USD students and faculty will not experience any major alterations. “A person will be able to get health insurance regardless of their state of health, financial situation and any other limitation previously enforced,” she said. “For current USD employees, there really won’t be any change.” USD students will also have the option to remain on their parent’s plan until the age of 26, unless they choose to stand as independent of their parent or guardian, in which case they are recommended by to enroll in a plan. Starting Jan. 1, 2014, healthcare companies cannot refuse to give

a person health coverage or charge them extra fees just because they have a preexisting health condition, said Diane Zak, director of human resources at USD. Christian Hansen, sophomore and employee at the I.D. Weeks Library, finds the changes in healthcare will serve some trouble down the road but feels content for the time being. “I’m nervous that when I do get to the age where I have to get my own plan, I’ll have to pay higher premiums than I would as an adult before,” he said. “However, I am comforted by the fact that as I age those premiums won’t rise as much as they would have either.”

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the school involved than before. Because before it was ‘I’ll like them on Facebook,’ now it’s a business with things that tell what you can do and what you can’t do,” Nipp said. Junior senator Michelle Corio, who worked alongside Senator Lexy Schumann to write the amendment,

told the SGA the bill makes the ESC a more purposeful group because they will have official guidelines to follow. Corio and Schumann each acknowledged they allowed room inside the bill for growth in the future, and the point of the bill was to encourage all students to run while enhancing stra-

tegic campaigning, not just basing campaigns on money. After working with elections over the past four years he has been apart of SGA, Nipp said the bill addresses concerns from every election over the past three years. He said passing the bill was a strong move by the SGA to help campus elec-

tions run more smoothly. “This will help elections a lot. I’m glad they put it in the guidelines for the senator elections, but it is more important for the executive elections,” he said. “It will put things into perspective for everyone, and it gives validation for what the ESC does. There will be more validation for what happened

as opposed to arguing over opinion.” The SGA has maintained regulations on spending before, according to Muckey, but nothing to the extent the new amendment will push for. The new hard spending limit is something he said is right for the university moving forward. “Our hope is with these

guidelines, we will give everyone the same resources, so it is truly the case of ‘May the best candidate win,’ ” he said. Reach reporter Nathan Ellenbecker at

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International: Organization provides 'home away from home' in the hopes of enhancing campus support “I couldn’t eat and if I did sleep for a few hours, I would wake up to call my husband and get the rundown of what was happening.” — Musheera Anis, graduate student

CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 which resulted in the death of hundreds of people. “I saw it with my neck and eyes, the building and everything,” Lang'at said. “And ever since then I’ve tried forgiving those people; I saw blood all over and it’s just been haunting me.”

Support in times of crisis abroad

Providing services to help the international student population deal with any emergencies they may experience with life in America or back in their home country, the Center for International Programs and Events was created in July 2013 to enhance USD’s campus-wide support system for international students. Program Director Ling Zhang said a main reason for creating the center was to mirror the atmosphere domestic students usually encounter while in college for students new to the country. “USD is a very tight community and we want our international community to also be very tight,” she said. Overseen by Provost Chuck Staben, the programs Ling and the center organize are wide-ranging, varying from board game nights to information sessions on various topics. For example, a pre-football info session was held before the Oct. 5 homecoming football game to explain the basic concepts of the sport. According to Ling, more than 30 international students participated in the event. “We recognized international students’ need for a special service to enhance their experience,” Zhang said. “We want to be their home away from home.”

The start of something new

Mid-January 2011 marked the start of another semester at USD for Musheera Anis, who was gearing up for her third semester to attain her Ph.D. in educational psychology. Life was going well for her and her family after she and her two daughters made the transition from Malsura, Egypt to Vermillion in the hopes that she would fulfill her goal of furthering her education. Then, on Jan. 25, reports that a revolution had erupted throughout Egypt began to flood social media and news sites. With widespread reports of riots breaking out against the regime of then Egyptian

President Hosni Mubarak across the nation, Anis said the start of the revolution was very intense, as the majority of her family resided in either Malsura or Cairo, and she did not know how they would be affected by the unfolding events. “I remember I spent the first 18 days of the revolution on the couch with the TV turned on 24/7,” she said. “I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t eat and if I did sleep for a few hours, I would wake up to call my husband and get the rundown of what was happening.” Throughout the next two years, Anis worked through her studies amidst the revolution occurring in her home country and neared the completion of her degree, either graduating in December or in the spring. “I don’t regret this decision,” she said. “It’s such a privilege to be here, and I’m not sure Americans are aware of how fortunate they are to be here.” In her five years of living in the U.S., Anis has been raising her three daughters as a single mother, while her husband, Hatim, remains in Egypt working as an anesthesiologist, a physician and a professor at Malsura University. According to Anis, the decision she and her husband made to raise their children in the U.S. is in part because of the cultural opportunities and to provide them with a better education than they might receive in Egypt. “(My daughters) would love to go back to Egypt, but they would want to be home schooled, because it’s a very different educational system there,” Ani said. “They want to go back because they miss their family, but they love it here.” Returning to Egypt each summer to visit and with Hatim visiting Vermillion frequently, Anis said keeping her native culture instilled in her daughters’ lives has been challenging — but not impossible. “I think my biggest challenge right now is with Arabic, because they are exposed to English all the time,” she said. “It’s such a beautiful language, and I just don’t want them to lose it.” Talking with students and community members throughout the past five years, Anis said the preconceived notion many people believe in which she is thankful she was living in the U.S. during the most intense moments of the revolution is sometimes bothersome.



“I really didn’t have a response for that (statement) because my mom is there, my nephews are there, my sister is there, my grandma is there, all the people I care about in the world are there,” she said. “Even the ones that I don’t know personally who died, it hurts when they die at such a young age.”

Proving a point

Even at the age of 17, Shamly Mackey is confident in his decision to attend USD to study computer science. While most of his family and peers from Sri Lanka never considered the U.S. as an option in the countries he might go to study, Mackey was determined to prove them wrong. So when Mackey arrived in the U.S. Aug. 19, he knew he had already surpassed major hurdles in his educational journey. “The thing (my parents) failed to notice about me coming to the U.S. to study was it didn’t matter where I went, since there are different types of crowds everywhere, and it depends on how you turn out to be and not the country and the people there,” Mackey said. Communicating with his family on a weekly-basis, Mackey said his parents have now come to appreciate his decision in choosing to study at USD. Attending USD at a younger age than most, Mackey said he still wonders about his family back in Sri Lanka and how they continue to interact with each other in his absence. “My brother is the one I miss the most,” he said. “It’s just sad I won’t be there for him like physically and emotionally when he is growing up.” Not planning to return home to Sri Lanka for another two years because of the large traveling expense, Mackey is also leery about the well being of his father, who works for the company NOLIMIT. Bodu Bala Sena, a Sinhalese Buddhist nationalist organization that campaigns against the country’s minority Muslim and Christian communities, has in the past targeted the company, which employs Muslim businessmen, said Mackey. “Most likely nothing will happen to them, but it’s still on my mind,” Mackey said.


At a glance: International diversity at USD

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Australia Bangladesh Brazil Cameroon Canada China Congo Croatia Ecuador Egypt Ethiopia Germany Ghana Hong Kong India Indonesia Iran Jamaica Japan Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya

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Malaysia Mexico Mongolia Nepal Nigeria Pakistan Romania Russia Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Singapore South Korea Spain Sri Lanka St. Vincent and the Grenadines Sweden Taiwan Ukraine Vietnam

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226 total undergraduate and graduate international students SOURCE: Center for Internation Programs and Events




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With four practices under its belt, the 2013 men’s basketball team is still searching for its identity. “Defensively we’re trying to build an identity of a tougher basketball team that defends and rebounds better than what we have been in the past,” interim head coach Joey James said. “Once we do that I think this team has a chance to take off on their own.“ The team is looking for a new look on offense as well, James said. “Offensively, we want to play fast,” he said. “We’re going to come right at you as fast as we can but be disciplined when we do it.” These changes on either side of the ball come along with a slew of other changes prior to the start of the season, most importantly the departure of longtime head coach Dave Boots and the hiring of James as interim head coach Sept. 6. James, who has been with the program for 11 years, both as a player and a coach, said he’s more than ready to take the team over. “I’m ready for this. It’s one of those deals where I was an assistant and very familiar with the program,” James said. “I feel I’m very prepared to take over and coach Boots did a great job of guiding me to this point. It’s going to be a lot of fun.” Junior guard Brandon Bos said the adjustment to James as the lead man hasn’t been a tough transition. “We’re adjusting very well,” Bos said. “James has been here for 11 years, and he’s always been very vocal in practice, even when Coach Boots was here. It’s been a very easy adjustment for us, and I think we’re doing very well, and we love his intensity.” Bos said James has already stressed some of Boots’ main values, defense and rebounding and knows those two areas will need improvement heading into the season open opener vs. St. Bonaventure Nov. 9. “Over the offseason, we worked on defense and rebounding that’s what Coach James has been stressing the most,” Bos said. “That’s where we’ve struggled in the Summit League. If we improve in those areas we can be really good because we have a lot of offensive talent.” Aside from a switch at head coach, the Coyotes will have to try to replace top scoring guard Juevol Myles. Myles averaged 15.4 points per game as well as 3.0 assists per game. With the role of replacing Myles, sophomore Trey Norris and first-year Rico Thompson will take over most of the minutes

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Senior Trevor Gruis dribbles the ball during the Coyotes men’s basketball practice Oct. 7. Gruis is entering his senior season at USD.

at point guard. Both players are very inexperienced, so the point guard position can be viewed as a question mark. However, James said both players have been impressive in practice and are going to help the team plenty this year. “I never think you can replace a specific individual. Everyone has their own abilities. The one thing this year is our two point guards are going to manage the game better for us,” James said. Please see MEN, Page B3

Projected starting five

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The University of South Dakota softball team will wrap up its fall season Oct. 12, as it takes on the Minnesota Gophers in a two game set in Minneapolis. The Coyotes have spent the fall season playing games in preparation for the spring, when they will begin conference play. The team has only one loss this fall, which came against the Creighton Bluejays Sept. 22. Last year ,the Coyotes gave up 15 runs to the Bluejays, compared to just two this year. Sophomore Yvon Minogue, who plays first base, said that’s a big improvement from last year. “Everything is starting to improve a lot more than last year, which is great for us,” Minogue said. While the exhibition games might not count toward confer-

11/09 at Saint Bonaventure 11/ 11 at Canisius 11/22 at Wyoming 11/25 at Texas Tech 11/30 vs. Graceland 12/02 vs. Iowa Wesleyan 12/05 at Air Force 12/07 vs. Wyoming

PG: Trey Norris, So. SG: Brandon Bos, Jr. SF: Tyler Larson, Sr.

12/10 at Kansas State 12/14 vs. Green Bay 12/19 at Morehead State 12/29 at Youngstown State

PF: Tyler Flack, So. C: Trevor Gruis, Sr.

Fall season wrapping up for Coyote softball Sydney Mook

2013-14 season schedule

ence play, junior catcher Allie Daly said the team uses these games to work out their kinks. “We’ll spend a lot of time working in the cages to become better hitters and pitchers,” Daly said. “Come spring I think we’ll have a good shot at the conference title.” One aspect the Coyotes are trying to work on this year is becoming a more well rounded team, not just on the field but off it as well. Head coach Amy Klyse said the team focuses on its study and eating habits, as well as trying to get to know one another better away from the diamond. “We just try and get better every day,” Klyse said. “We are doing everything that we can to set ourselves up to win a conference tournament in the spring.” Reach reporter Sydney Mook at

1/02 vs. Cal State Northridge 1/11 vs. Denver

56-53. That’s the score that’s stuck on the minds of coaches’ and players’ from the University of South Dakota women’s basketball team. Last season, a memorable Summit League tournament run got the Coyotes all the way to the Summit League championship game, where head coach Amy Williams saw her girls fall three points short to South Dakota State. Junior forward Lisa Loeffler said the tough loss is something driving everyone on the team leading up to the 2013-14 season. “It gives us motivation,” Loeffler said. “We lost to SDSU by three points, you can count on us being motivated.” Last year, the Coyotes went 19-16 (10-6) and ended the season winning seven of their final nine games. The challenge this year will be replacing the production they lost in last years’ seniors. Tempestt Wilson was second on the team in scoring, averaging 12.9 points per game. She is now playing overseas for GDESSA, a professional team in Portugal. They also lost their starting point guard and assist leader, Alexis Yackley. Williams said the lack of experience is a bit concerning but believes the upperclassmen are making the transition easier for younger players. “As a coach, I don’t see a whole lot of experience on this roster. Lisa (Loeffler) is our only player with more than one year of playing time at this level,” Williams said. “The younger players will have to step up, because right now, we’re leaning heavily on the upperclassmen.” With a limited roster, younger players will play a big role this season, something the team is working on heavily in practice, Williams said. “We’re in a position where we have one senior and three juniors, and the rest are underclassmen,” Williams said. “That means we have a lot of youth, so our big point of emphasis was getting the younger players comfortable.” What the team does have going for it is the return of junior Nicole Seekamp. A native Australian, Seekamp led the team in scoring with 14.9 points per game in her first season playing in the Summit League. She said this season the

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Junior Nicole Seekamp takes the ball during the Coyotes women’s basketball practice Oct. 7. Seekamp led the team in points in 2012.

team has more depth, where as last year a smaller rotation was used, so players were getting tired at the end of games. Because of that, she said the team wants to be mentally focused and in the best shape they can be in before the season starts. “We’ve worked a lot on our conditioning, that’s been the big thing,” Seekamp said. “We want teams chasing us instead of us chasing them.” Please see WOMEN, Page B3

Projected starting five PG: Tia Hemiler, So. SG: Nicole Seekamp, Jr.

2013-14 season schedule 11/08 at Cal State Fullerton 11/ 10 at UC Irvine 11/13 at Iowa State 11/17 at North Dakota 11/21 vs. Drake 11/24 vs. Boise State 11/26 at Creighton 11/30 vs. Wyoming 12/05 vs. Utah State 12/07 vs. SD School of Mines 12/10 vs. Northern Iowa

SF: Heidi Hoff, So. PF: Lisa Loeffler, Jr. C: Polly Harrington, Sr.

12/19 vs. College of St. Mary 12/21 at Nebraska 12/31 at Valparaiso

Swimmers and divers off to Mankato Nathan Ellenbecker The Volante

After weeks of practice, the University of South Dakota swimming and diving teams are gaining some momentum heading into their first meets of the fall season, improving off last year’s conference finishes. The teams competed in an inter-squad exhibition meet Sept. 28 to gain a feel for competition. Still, head coach Jason Mahowald said the athletes and coaches are ready for a new season to kickoff now that practices have been going on for awhile. “We were pretty pleased from the inter-squad. It’s hard to tell really how it went overall,” Mahowald said. “It’s hard to get up for a meet that’s just us against us. I think our team is excited to see other faces in the meets coming up.” Sophomore Rachel Svendson said the young team is ready to see where it stands

as a team and as individuals. “We’re all just looking to see how we perform at meets,” Svendson said. “We’ve been working really hard. Our team is pretty young, so it will be nice to see what talent we have for the coming years.” The first meet will take place Oct. 12 at Minnesota State-Mankato. Only the women’s teams will be competing, and competition will be almost exclusively sprint events— something Mahowald sees as a good starting point for the season. “It should be a fast meet, and it should be our first real gauge as to where we are for the rest of the season. At this point, everything’s just really hard to tell,” he said. The Coyotes will be introducing 17 new athletes between the men and women’s teams, Mahowald said. “We have a young team to Please see SWIM, Page B3

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COYOTEDigest Earl era starts with a 17-14 win

Football Recap: Behind new sophomore quarterback Kevin Earl, the Coyotes notched their first ever Missouri Valley Football Conference victory defeating Missouri State 17-14 Saturday. The Coyotes jumped out to the early 6-0 lead going into halftime but fell behind 14-6 going into the fourth quarter. The final quarter was all Coyotes, as they scored 11 straight points to pull off the come-from-behind victory. Key Players: Earl got a victory in his first collegiate start Saturday. Earl completed 22 of 35 passes for 159 yards along with a touchdown and an interception. First-year red-shirt Trevor Bouma scored the Coyotes only offensive touchdown in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game off an 18-yard pass from Earl. Bouma also had 12 carries for 59 yards and 6 receptions for 56 yards. Bouma was both the Coyotes’ leading rusher and receiver. Player to Watch: Sophomore linebacker Keyen Lage recorded four tackles over the weekend to help the Coyotes. Lage is second on the team with 31 tackles to go along with one sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.


Sophomore quarterback Kevin Earl escapes the pocket from Missouri State defenders during the University of South Dakota’s 17-14 Dakota Days win over the Bears Oct. 5. Earl started his first game as quarterback for the Coyotes, throwing for 159 yards and one touchdown.

Record: 2-3 Up Next: The Coyotes host Indiana State Saturday at 1 p.m. at the DakotaDome.

Volleyball Recap: The Coyotes improved to 4-0 in conference play on the season defeating both South Dakota State and North Dakota State over the weekend. The Coyotes won both road matches 3-1. This weekend added to the Coyotes nine straight Summit League matchups dating back to last season.

Athlete of the Week Last week against Missouri State, first-year kicker Miles Bergner kicked the gamewinning field goal with under two minutes remaining. He also had six punts for 258 yards, an average of 43 yards per punt, earning him the Volante Athlete of the Week.

Key Players: Junior Riley Haug had a big weekend helping the Coyotes on their way to victory. Friday night Haug recorded 11 digs, and on Saturday Haug recorded five services aces. On the year Haug now has 54 digs and nine services aces. Junior Kendall Kritenbrink also had an impressive performance over the weekend. On Friday she recorded 26 kills and an additional 21 kills which moved her into sixth all-time for the Coyotes with 1140 in her career. This year she has 340, leading the team with 4.53 kills per set. Player to Watch: Sophomore Kaitlyn Hastings led USD in digs with 14 Saturday against SDSU. She also recorded 12 digs in the Coyotes victory against NDSU Friday. Hastings is second on the team with 196 digs this year, an average of 2.80 digs per set. Record: 13-6 (4-0)

Position: Kicker/punter


Hometown: Longmont, Colo.

2013 Stats

Career Achievements

Two-time MVC Player of the Week

43.2 yards per punt

4/7 on field goals

Bergner has two game winning field goals this year, first against UC Davis and Saturday against Missouri State.

41-yard season long

16 kickoffs for 980 yards

Six touchbacks

In high school in Colo., Bergner was selected to the Army All-American team. He was also named to the Kohl’s All-American team as a junior. He was AllState twice.

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Up Next: The Coyotes continue their conference schedule Friday, Oct. 11 with a matchup against Denver at 5 p.m. at the Dome.

Cross Country Recap: The Coyotes had a stellar showing at the South Dakota State Classic over the weekend. The men’s team tied for second, and the women finished third. Key Player: The men’s team was led by sophomore Mubarik Musa’s seventh place finish. Musa finished the race with a time of 25:47.84. Sophomore Amber Eickhorn helped the Coyote women finish third behind her 18th place finish. Eickhorn finished the race with a time of 18:26.41. Up Next: The Coyotes have a week off before hosting their home meet. The Coyotes will host the USD Tim Young Invitational Oct. 19 beginning at 10 a.m.

A non-fan’s guide to the National Hockey League Austin aSHLOCK is a junior majoring in contemporary media and journalism. It is important to begin by explaining that I am the farthest thing from a hockey fan. I have always been a stern believer that hockey is the weakest professional sport in the United States, in terms of both fan base and overall watchability. With the National Hockey League regular season beginning last week, I thought it would be fun to play my own devil’s advocate and explain why sports fans should be excited about the United State’s seventh favorite spectator sport. New rules

Unless it’s the Bears and Packers duking it out on a snow covered Lambeau Field or a pitching duel during Game 7 of the ALCS, the majority of sports fans aren’t too keen on the idea of a low scoring affair. The NHL Competition Committee must feel the same way as some causal and non-fans of the professional hockey — there isn’t enough scoring. So, a few additions to the NHL rulebook were made over the offseason to help increase the amount of scoring. Nets will be placed four inches further from the back boards, with the idea that more space will be allowed for offensive plays to be made behind the goal, naturally leading to more pucks in the net. Goalies will also be wearing smaller leg pads in 2013, making more room when goalies drop to their knees to defend

the puck. These changes appear to be just significant enough to intensify offensive play without disrespecting defensive play. So, if a lack of scoring was an issue before, who knows, maybe these rules can change that for you. Competition Four of the last four NHL champions made it to the conference finals in the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals. While the Chicago Blackhawks — who went home with the Cup in 2010 — came out on top last June, the Los Angles Kings (2012), Boston Bruins (2011) and Pittsburgh Penguins (2009). While there’s the possibility of creating a Hunger Gamesesque scenario in the Stanley Cup Playoffs again in 2014, it’s these type of storylines that sports fan yearn for. And looking at last year’s

playoff run it’s clear that the NHL playing field is full of elite, highly competitive teams. In addition to elite competition, the NHL has made new divisional structures throughout the league. The NHL is now split into four divisions — two for each conference — Atlantic, Metropolitan, Pacific and Central. Assuming the league followed through with this to level the playing field across the board, these new changes should heighten the level of competition even more. Giving dominant teams better challenges, and giving lower tier teams chances to rise up. Nothing sells tickets and draws wanted attention more than a good contest, and by the looks of the it NHL is doing everything to make sure that is the case. Also, don’t forget the 2014 Winter Olympics will take place midway through the

season, causing the league to go on an intermission Feb. 9-25, 2014. So, fans of the NHL can switch their focus away from domestic sporting towards an international stage. And who doesn’t love the Olympics? Hits, duh As much as hockey wants to be known for its good sport and high-octane offensive, high scoring games, it is still all about grown men slamming and beating the dirt out of each other. And don’t we just love it? So, welcome back NHL and sorry you had to undergo a lock out in 2012-13. While these new changes and an endless rain of body slams and fistfights help the NHL’s case, I am still no convert. Speaking as a non-fan, I must say I do not disrespect the NHL or the game of hockey by any means, and writ-

ing out this pro-NHL list has helped my garner respect for the league and its players. But yet, I still find myself undeniably uninterested. Maybe it’s that I find my sporting docket filled to the brim and my mind could not handle another game to follow. Or maybe deep down I just don’t understand the appeal. However, it is refreshing to see the league making changes that appease fans. Something fans of the National Football League are sadly not able to say about their beloved sport. Rules overprotecting offensive players have seemingly made the sport soft, which is something I can figure the NHL wouldn’t dare do. You have my respect NHL. Keep it up.

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Coyotes look to protect the Dome Earl to make his second career start, but came in late versus Sycamores last year Grant Bosiacki The Volante

Fans watched last week as the University of South Dakota football players and coaches jumped up and down in excitement as the clock hit 00:00. Head coach Joe Glenn and the football team finally got over the hump by beating Missouri State 17-14 Saturday, marking the school’s first ever win in the Missouri Valley Conference. Glenn didn’t hold back his excitement “I’m really happy, obviously,” Glenn said. “I’ve never won a game in this league before, so that’s a first. We’re all really happy.” However, the celebration is over, and the team is back to business. Up next on the team’s schedule is the Indiana State Sycamores. For the Coyotes (2-3), not only is this a home game, where they are 2-0 on the season, but also a game versus a team with an inferior record. The Sycamores come to Vermillion with a 1-4 record, falling 35-24 to Youngstown State (5-1) last week. Despite their record, firstyear running back Trevor Bouma said the Coyotes view them as a very solid team. “We’re in the Dome so we view this as a great opportunity to get to .500,” Bouma said. “But their record doesn’t speak

“ (Indiana State’s) record doesn’t speak for how good they are. They’re a great 1-4 team if that makes sense.” — First-year running back Trevor Bouma on the talent of Indiana State

for how good they are. They’re a great 1-4 team, if that makes sense.” Indiana State’s lone victory came against Divison II Quincy University in a 70-7 clobbering Sept. 14. While that was their sole win, the Sycamores gave Big Ten school Purdue a run for its money Sept. 7, losing just 20-14. Another close loss came against Tennessee Tech Sept. 28, losing 38-37. The showdown this Saturday will mark the first time the Sycamores have played in the DakotaDome and only the second time the two schools have met. In 2012, the Coyotes fell 45-14 in the first meeting between the two teams in Terre Haute, Ind. The Sycamores jumped out to a 21-0 lead after the first quarter and never looked back. However, this will not be the first time Indiana State defenders will have seen newly named starting quarterback sophomore Kevin Earl.

The then back up quarterback, Earl replaced starter Josh Vander Maten mid-way through the 2012 game, throwing for over 100 yards and a score. Now a sophomore, Earl made his first collegiate start last week, throwing for 159 yards and a score. Vander Maten, a junior, switched over to wide receiver and showed his athleticism on a 17-yard end around run. Earl said making his second career start is exciting, and he feels less nervous after last week’s outing. “It definitely helped getting that first start under my belt,” Earl said. “My nerves are a lot more calm now, and being at home definitely will help.” Earl also said playing in front of the home crowd for the second week in a row helps out everyone. “We were on the road for four weeks, so being home for a second week in a row now is nice,” Earl said. “I’m looking forward to continue winning inside the DakotaDome.”

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Junior defensive back Steve Tellefson breaks up a pass during the Coyotes win versus Missouri State on Oct. 5. Sophomore Keyen Lage was in on the break-up as well.

Getting some experience last year versus the Sycamores should also benefit, he said. “Last year, they had a great defense,” Earl said. “This time around we want to con-

trol the ball and attack them when we can. What will be big is to keep their offense off the field.” After the game against Indiana State the Coyotes will hit

the road to take on Northern Iowa Oct. 19.

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Swim: More depth Men’s: New identity on the court compared to last year Continued from page B1

Continued from page B4 see mature and grow every time we go out. Our big focus this year is doing things the right way the first time,” Mahowald said. “We’ve got a very talented freshman/sophomore class right now that we’re working with. They’re starting to fit in really well.” Junior swimmer Colin Krysl said the strong first-year class should help the team become more balanced, which hurt last year when the team finished last at the conference meet. “Our team has lacked depth in certain places,” Krysl said. “Sometimes we’ll have to put middle to distance swimmers in sprinter spots because they have faster times. We really just need to improve everywhere so we don’t have to mix up our lineups.” Last year’s poor finish at conference on the men’s side isn’t what Mahowald remembers. Mahowald said the team had one of its better days but just weren’t able to have everything to work out perfectly.

Mahowald has a number of swimmers he believes will make big impacts this season, starting with returning divers Dustin Gens and Megan Chmielewski. With each coming off high finishes at conference last year, the two divers are expected to set the tone for the rest of the team. From there, a number of other athletes are expected to step up and help the team improve immensely, according to Mahowald. First-years Allie Pfauth and Jacob Knowles have already made a splash in the coach’s eyes, and Penn State transfer Courtney Shepler will help the Coyotes immediately. “I can tell you I think this is a better team and a more talented team than we had a year ago,” Mahowald said. “We just have some really strong athletes. At this point, I think they’re doing a really good job. There’s still work to be done.”

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“And those two should be able to get 13-14 points per game between the two of them.” One familiar face for the Coyotes will be senior center Trevor Gruis who, along with Myles, was the only other Coyote to start all 30 games in 201213. Gruis averaged 12.3 points per game and 6.1 rebounds per game last season, earning fourth-team All-Summit League honors. “Trevor has taken some big steps for us,” James said. “We’ll lean heavily on him; he’s going to be a leader for us. He’s a guy that has to demand the ball more, so he has to make sure to get his post touches.” Last year’s Coyotes team struggled in conference play, posting a 5-12 record against conference foes. “In the Summit League, it’s pretty even top-to-bottom,” Gruis said. “Last year we lost seven games by five or less points, and that comes down to a couple possessions going either way. We just have to figure out how to finish those games.” The Coyotes made it to the

conference tournament last year in Sioux Falls as a seventh seed. The Coyotes fell in a heartbreaker to second-ranked Western Illinois 54-53. This year the Coyotes, now two years removed from the transition to Division I, face yet again another strong conference and non-conference schedule. “We want to win the conference, and most importantly we want to win the conference tournament and get into the NCAA Tournament,” Bos said. “It’s a long way away. Right now we’re focusing Nov. 9 (against St. Bonaventure).” This year the Coyotes travel across the country and back before playing a home game, includFile Photo ing stops in New York Junior Brandon Bos drives by Nate Wolter of SDSU last year. USD lost and Texas. The Coyotes 67-54. non-conference schedule also includes two games ture on Nov. 9, the Coyotes have petitive, which is what a coach against Wyoming (one in Rapid over 20 more practices to pre- wants,” James said. City), Kansas State, Texas State, pare. and Air Force. “Practices have been comReach reporter Josh Jorgensen Before playing St. Bonaven- petitive, I mean very, very comat

Women: Goal is to win conference tournament in 2013 Continued from page B1 The team ended last year by losing to McNeese State 71-63 in the Women’s Baskball Invitational (WBI) Championship. Loeffler said they learned a lot by playing in the WBI, but it left the team wanting more.

“Being in the WBI was a great opportunity and gave us postseason play,” Loeffler said. “But we’re looking to get to that next tier, we want to make the NCAA Tournament.” Williams agreed with Loeffler, saying the goal is always to make the NCAA Tournament.

“Our goal is to win the conference championship. That’s always going to be one of our goals,” Williams said. “We want to raise the bar, and the only way to do that is to go out and win the conference.” But as for now, Williams said the team needs to continue getting better every

time they touch the floor. Williams said that will be the key to playing good basketball. The team has been practicing for just over a week now and won’t see its first game until Nov. 8, when it travels to California to take on Cal State Fullerton. Other notable games on the schedule

include road games against three tournament teams from last year: Nebraska, Creighton and Iowa State. Their rematch versus SDSU won’t come until Feb. 2, 2014 when they will travel to Brookings. Seekamp said the rematch against SDSU is already on many players’ minds.

“It’s on the minds of a lot of players on the team,” Seekamp said. “But we have to focus on ourselves and not to worry about them. For now we’ll take it one game at a time.”

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South Dakota athletics excel in and out of classroom NICK ROBINSON is a first-year majoring in contemporary media and journalism. Earl named starting quarterback The University of South Dakota football team finally made a switch at quarterback for the Dakota Days game amidst controversy early in the season. Sophomore Kevin Earl was given

the nod after 88 yards passing in the fourth quarter of last Saturday’s 24-10 loss against Western Illinois. Former quarterback Josh Vander Maten has been moved to wide receiver and possibly kick/punt returner. What I think: This is a move that has been anticipated. I think this is the best move the coaching staff could do. Bringing someone in like Earl, who is a threat through the air, will open up the running game as well. I also think getting Vander Maten the ball through the air will help the offense even more. Earl played about as

well as one could expect in his first game, going 22 for 35, 159 yards and one touchdown. I am expecting the offense to improve quite a bit. Senior runner Jeff Mettler battling through injury. The Coyotes’ best men’s cross country runner, senior Jeff Mettler, is battling an undisclosed leg injury. Mettler was the USD’s Men’s Athlete of the Year in 2012-13. What I think: In order for the running Coyotes to have success this season, it will start and end on the legs of Mettler. If Mettler can come

back healthy, look out for the cross country squad.

the Coyotes to continue to improve on the diamond.

Coyote softball excelling in the classroom The University of South Dakota softball team has been a prestigious academic team this season. They finished in the top-ten among all Division 1 teams with a softball program. What I think: Athletes are students. This proves athletes perform in and out of the classroom. Not only does this look great for the softball program but the university too. I expect to see the same outcome this season and for

Swimming and diving gearing up for season The Coyote Swimming and diving season is ready to start. USD will compete in Mankato on Oct. 12. What I think: After a disappointing season last year, the Coyotes needed a fresh start. The men’s squad finished last in the Summit League a year ago, so it can only go up from here. I expect to see improvement in the pool this season. Coyote volleyball ready for

Summit League tests The South Dakota volleyball squad took down rivals North Dakota State and South Dakota State this past weekend. What I think: There is nothing better than taking it to your rivals. The Coyotes managed to win each match 3-1, making a statement. Hopefully they can avoid the road woes they have faced this season. But so far, the 13-6 Coyotes are looking awfully impressive.

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‘Dude looks like a lady’ at drag show

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There will be glitter, feathers, and a “wildly inappropriate good time” according to the University of South Dakota’s 10% Society president, Gretchen Stanley at their annual drag show. “It’s the least PG thing we have on campus all year,” Stanley said. The show, which will take place Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. in the Muenster University Center Ballroom, will feature a variety of visiting drag queens from Sioux Falls, Sioux City, Lincoln, Neb. and other smaller towns. But none will be more loud, proud and in your face than

USD alumni and experienced queen Martina Shaker and her house of Shakers — but Stanley, a junior, said that shouldn’t discourage all students from participating. “It will open with a student performance that’s going to be pretty crazy and there might be some students being drag kings — women dressing as men,” she said. With this being the fourth year in a row the show has taken place at USD Stanley said she hoped turnout would be high. “I’ve never been to a USD drag show in the past because of prior engagements but I would love to attend one this year because it’s a great way to learn about the lifestyle and see

it first hand,” junior Danielle Slaughter said. Stanley said the show is a great way for students to become more well-rounded people, but it’s also just a really fun time. “Really, the drag show is a big party,” she said. “It’ a big wild, crazy party. There will be lots of music. There will be glitter everywhere and it will be horribly inappropriate at times. Queens will come down into the audience and dance for students.” Tickets for the show are being sold in the MUC for $4 in advance and will be $5 at the door. Reach reporter Anna Burleson at


Fall play mixes time periods Josie Flatgard The Volante

Taking place in two very different time periods, this year’s fall production “Arcadia” challenges the ideas between order and disorder, certainty and knowledge. The play is being showcased Oct. 9-13 at the University of South Dakota, including a matinee Sunday. Directed by junior graduate student Callie Hisek, “Arcadia” revolves around two sets of characters in different time periods: one set in 1993 and the other exists in the early 1800s during the Regency period. They simultaneously exist on stage in the same room of an old house. “I read this one and I really fell in love with the script. I had other good ones, too, but I was real happy that we’re doing ‘Arcadia,’ ” Hisek said. The production’s student director pitched “Arcadia” in January, and had it approved by first-year theater department chair Tom Woldt. He said what stood out to him about the play was that several questions of ranging concepts are introduced, but never answered. Literature and poetry, math and physics are mixed together into what he describes as a very interesting and compelling story. Written by Tom Stoppard, who wrote the screenplay of the award winning “Shakespeare in Love,” “Aracadia” showcases Stoppard’s ability to write plays that cause people to think about how things work in the world, Woldt said. “He’s also a brilliant user

of language; he does that in a way the average person can understand, and he has a great sense of humor in his writing,” Woldt said. Hisek said the cast has been rehearsing 18 hours a week since Aug. 27, the day after classes started, but the play has been on her mind for more than half a year. “It’s been a part of me for about seven months. It’s hard for me to describe. ‘Arcadia’ is smart, it’s funny, the characters are fascinating — they’re all very passionate about something, but I think it can be appealing to anybody,” Hisek said. Seniors Brian Muldoon and Emily Dorsett, actors in the production, said they agree trying to tell the story of “Arcadia” without losing any of the diction has been one of their goals. Both Muldoon and Dorsett took a semester long dialect class to prepare for shows like this. “Literary people say it’s one of the best plays of the 20th century, so that’s been a bit of pressure, but we have a lot of really talented people working on it who really help tell the story,” Muldoon said. Muldoon is excited to share the story he said is one of his favorites in a place where Stoppard plays are not normally done. Dorsett said everyone on the cast has their heart into the play as they work to understand every word they are saying and the character they are portraying to bring the story to life. “We’re in the Regency period, so it’s been a challenge to connect with the ideals of that time; how people interacted with each other was a lot different than how it is

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Students participating in the 2013 production of “Arcadia” rehearse for the performance starting today, Oct. 9 to 13. The play will be held in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre.

today,” Dorsett said. Hisek said anybody who has a major and is passionate about it should come see the production because their disciplinary will likely be discussed in some way, shape or form. “When they see “Arcadia,” they should see a beautiful show. They should laugh, they should experience concepts, ideas they might not have thought of before,” Hisek said. Tickets for the show can be purchased online, over the phone or at the box office located in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. Reach reporter Josie Flatgard at

IF YOU GO When Oct. 9-12, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13, 2 p.m.

Where Wayne S. Knutson Theatre in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts

Tickets Adults: $15 Senior citizens: $12 Youth and non-USD students: $10 USD students with valid ID: $5 Tickets available at the door.

Sophomore Zach Nelson and senior Jesse Van Maanen spent this past summer working on an archaeological dig in Peru, gaining hands-on experience in the field alongside five other University of South Dakota students and their professor, Matthew Sayre, an assistant professor of anthropology. To document this experience, two of Sayre’s former students were filming a documentary entitled “Into the Field,” about what was happening at the archaeological site, Chavin de Huantar. “After I took students there the first time many years ago, they expressed frustration that the media portrays archaeology and anthropology as this old, stodgy profession that hasn’t kept up with technology,” Sayre said. “So this year, Nick Weiland decided to make a film, in connection with Kate Simerly, who is actually now an independent filmmaker out of Los Angeles.” Both Weiland and Simerly had participated in the field school at Chavin de Huantar, Peru, in the past with Sayre. While the seven USD students and Sayre spent a month working on the dig, Simerly and Weiland spent two weeks with the students in Lima and followed them on the trail. “They interviewed us and some of the professional archaeologists,” Nelson said. “In the first preview of the film, you can see me in the background, which is cool.” Sayre said he hopes the documentary shows what

modern archaeology is like. “When they approached me about creating this documentary, it made complete sense to me as a professor, from an educational point of view,” Sayre said. “When I thought about the films that I show in class, they’re so old. I mentioned the documentary to John Rick (the main archaeologist of the site), and he said the film he shows his students is 50 years old. Things have changed.” The overall point of the film is to not just show the work these students did in Peru, but to show the value in hands-on experience. “Field schools are tremendously helpful in moving students out of the classroom and into the field,” Sayre said. “We had the bonus of going to another country and interacting with the people and culture of that country.” Nelson said he had always been more interested in cultural anthropology than archaeology, but the month he spent at Chavin de Huantar changed his mind. “It taught me that archaeology is important to find out information from the past and apply it to the present,” Nelson said. “Also, since we were there for a month, we developed relations with the Peruvian archaeologists and the people of the town we were in, which was so interesting from a cultural aspect.” Van Maanen said she enjoyed working with the local people and gaining a better understanding of the Peruvian culture. “I’ve always been interested in archaeology too, so Please see DIG, Page B6





Recent storm warning brings stark realization JACKIE HENDRY is a junior majoring in journalism and native studies. When I was younger, I was terrified of thunderstorms. If clouds on the horizon looked even a little dark, I’d be seized with gut-wrenching terror. I remember my parents giving me a read-along book and cassette tape —“I Can Read About Thunder and Lightning!”— which I would often pull out and read to my favorite stuffed animal whenever I heard a threatening rumble in the air. Reading about something as it was happening helped me understand what I was afraid of, and it kept me from making myself sick with dread. This began a period that lasted most of my childhood. I would visit the library and check out every book about storms and tornados that I could. The photos of what some tornados left behind perhaps gave me further reason to get nervous when weather started to turn, despite the fact that northern Illinois isn’t typically prone to such activity. Yet by the time I reached my teens, I found myself relishing the occasional thunderstorm and interpreting radar along with the local meteorologist’s live updates. Now I’m 20, and weather isn’t so scary to me anymore. Tornados are the exception. I’m not particularly embarrassed by this. Tornados are one of the freakiest and least-predictable things in the world. I’ll admit, when I was first considering going to school in South Dakota, the potential for a reenactment of “Twister” crossed my mind. Thankfully, I haven’t had much to worry about until Oct. 4. I check the weather every day — how else am I supposed to know what to wear in the fickle Midwest — so I knew we could be in for a bit of a bumpy ride. With an eye to the sky, I went about my day and was at ease when I returned to my empty apartment and decided to Skype my parents. After a while, I began noticing tornado watch bulletins popping up on KELOLAND. Not long after, the watches were replaced with warnings. There have been plenty of things to adjust to in col-

lege, and watching weather is no exception. Back home, the local station’s weather graphic is a map of just a few surrounding counties. Here in South Dakota, a map of the entire state is in the corner of the TV screen. As I saw tornado warnings for Knox, Cedar and Dixon counties, I realized I had no clue where those places were in relation to me. All I could gather from the radar was that the storm was moving north towards Vermillion, and I was all alone. I won’t lie, I reverted back to the little girl who would run into Mom and Dad’s room when a thunderstorm came. Only this time Mom and Dad weren’t in the next room, or even the next state. Instead, they kept me company on Skype and helped me figure out which counties were nearest to me. As the report of a large and dangerous tornado just across the border in Nebraska came in, my parents asked if I had a place to go to be safe in a storm. I read the notice on the inside of our door to discover that our building doesn’t have its own shelter. We’re supposed to take cover in the building across the street. Somehow this did not make me feel better. After almost an hour of a knotted stomach and nervously refreshing the online radar feed, it was clear that the storm would miss Vermillion as it headed toward Sioux City. Almost instantly I was myself again — marveling at the hook echo on the radar and hoping the people in the storm’s path were alright. A few minutes later, my roommates returned, and the storm was just a story to tell after a long day. In college, students have to learn a lot of things, and some of them are more useful than others. Even as the seasons are changing and we’ll soon be more concerned with blizzards than tornados, I’d still suggest that it’s important to take note of your surroundings if you aren’t familiar with the Vermillion area. Even after two years in the area, I didn’t know more than the name of the county I live in for nine months at a time. Make note of where you go in case of an emergency, and maybe glance at a map to see which counties serve as our dear Clay County’s neighbors. If nothing else, it could keep you a little bit calmer if you’re bracing for storms on your own.

MediaSketch Blog about it @ A musical year: Don’t be a pretentious music snob KAYLA PRASEK is a senior majoring in contemporary media and journalism. In the three weeks since my last blog, I surprisingly have not attended any concerts, but that doesn’t mean the musical part of my life has been lacking. In fact, it’s been quite the opposite. On Sept. 30, a kind of musical Christmas happened for me, with the release of Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience Part 2 of 2” and the re-release of All Time Low’s

“Don’t Panic: It’s Longer Now.” While these are two drastically different albums — one throwback pop, the other pop punk — it’s the perfect representation of the music I listen to. While most of my musical taste centers around alternative bands you would find on the Vans Warped Tour, like All Time Low, Mayday Parade, Yellowcard and Fall Out Boy, there’s a part of me that also loves mainstream chart-toppers, like Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake and Eminem. There was about two years of my life, my senior year of high school and first year of college, where I completely shunned — for the most part anyway — all mainstream music. And then I realized

something — I had become one of those self-righteous, pretentious music listeners that I hated. All along, I had never actually hated listening to Lady Gaga or John Mayer, I just wanted people to think I was so cool for listening to music by bands they had never heard of. Since I’ve gotten over that, my experience as a music listener has been so much more enjoyable. To continue my trend of enjoying a more diverse group of musicians, this year I’ve started going to concerts for mainstream artists. While I’ve seen Keith Urban in concert three times, Rascal Flatts twice and Rihanna on a whim one summer, that was about it for my experience of attending

mainstream arena concerts, until this year. Thus far I’ve already seen Taylor Swift and have tickets purchased to see Keith Urban and Justin Timberlake. While I love seeing bands in clubs, there is something to be said about seeing a show in an arena. As much as I love seeing my favorite bands live, sometimes it’s even more exciting to see what they can put together production-wise. What have I learned as an avid music fan? Don’t be ashamed of the music you listen to, it’s OK to genuinely like a wide array of artists and see as many of those bands in concert as possible because live music will always be the best way to listen to your favorite songs.

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‘Cloudy’ sequel comes up short with environmental stereotypes John Dailey The Volante

“Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2,” a continuation of the movie based on the story by Judi and Ron Barrett, looks more like a snack than a proper square meal. The story is nothing more than one generic cliche after another. The list of specific cliches is simply too long to write and would risk spoiling the plot. All I can say is that in terms of environmental concerns, it is as poorly executed as any other environmental family-friendly film. The animation, in general, is a bit of a split hair. On one end of the hair, the background and creature animations are amazing. Kudos for the clever designs and the names that come with them, like the “flamangoes” and the “shrimpanzees” and even the “rhubarb dinosaurs.” While the spectacle of this creativity is not on par with the hybrid creatures mentioned in my “Croods” review, they were still well done. The background animation is also worth praising. What it lacks

in detail, it makes up for in vivid coloring. On the other end of the hair is the character animation. Like I had said in my “Croods” review, good animation alone is not enough to make a good movie, and it is the characterizations where the movie suffers the most. With the exceptions of the cop and the father, the design and animation of the characters are too unnatural. I do not mind cartoon character designs so long as they are subtle, and sloppy rubber does not qualify as subtle, much less on par with classic Looney Tunes cartoons. The humor of the cop is executed well, and the father deserves sympathy as he wants to help his son, only to be rejected. The weakest of the bunch is the villain, who is both extremely predictable and over-the-top rubbery. While it has some good taste, “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2” has no proper nutrition.

COYOTE TWIN & VERMILLION THEATRE Runner, Runner Coyote I Nightly: 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday & Tuesday: 9:10 p.m. Saturday & Sunday: 1 & 3:10 p.m.

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Band of sisters makes a splash with pop-rock debut album Andrew Helland The Volante

Haim is the new Californian buzz band comprised of three sisters. They all grew up with a music background and first started out with their parents as a family band playing 70s rock covers. Simply named after the girls’ surname, Haim is as stylish as the women are tough. Haim combines elements of 80s pop, R&B and classic rock to create a one of a kind sound on their debut, “Days Are Gone.” Their bright music definitely has a California vibe to it, and “Days Are Gone” will please both rock and pop music fans. Before they even made it big, Haim sisters Este (bass) and Danielle (guitar) were busy with their own lives. Este graduated from UCLA with an ethnomusicology degree. While Este was finishing this program in two years instead of five, Danielle was lucky enough to be asked by Julian Casablancas to join him on his solo tour. Alana (keyboard and guitar)

was still in high school at the time. After both finished their work, all three decided to take Haim more seriously. Boy, do these girls know how to wail on the guitar. Last year, Haim made a big splash in Europe, and they were signed within an hour of playing their first show in the United Kingdom. Haim gained a larger following this year after playing major US festivals: SXSW, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and numerous European music festivals without even having a full length album under their belt. It seemed like they were everyone’s favorite summer band. Although the girls are still young, Haim’s music is very sophisticated. They write songs like someone twice their age. For a debut, Haim sounds very accomplished and confident with their direction and message. “Days Are Gone” is well produced, and it fits their style perfectly. Although each of the sisters share the role of singing, front woman Danielle really gives “Days Are Gone” char-

acter with her attitude. I found myself really enjoying a lot of these songs, and “The Wire” is probably one of the best songs listeners will hear this quarter. It will most likely make people’s list of the best songs of the year. The songs I enjoyed the most were “Forever,” “The Wire,” Don’t Save Me” and “My Song 5.” I can’t imagine Danielle not dropping the mic right in your face after saying “Honey, I’m not your Honeypie” and then exploding into that dirty guitar riff on “My Song 5.” That song in particular has different pop effects in it, but is also one of their heavier songs. The product is really strange – but in a good way. Their whole album is unique. The instrumentation they use with the influences I mentioned before is really smart. Join the crowd and definitely check out “Days Are Gone.”

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2013 D-Days ends week with big win Katie McGuire The Volante

Homecoming week at the University of South Dakota is a tradition that calls for students, faculty, and alumni to celebrate what it means to be a coyote. The week was filled with events to bring students together, giving the campus an overall feeling of school spirit. Starting Sept. 29, homecoming week was in full gear. Sept. 30, Rob Little visited USD campus and the audience was full of students and

faculty alike. Although most students seemed to enjoy Rob Little’s act, some found his comedy a bit raw. “He was funny but sometimes offensive,” Sophomore Rachael Rinner said. Coronation Oct. 1 narrowed down the candidates to seven men and seven women for the eventual coronation Saturday at the homecoming game. Gavin Pochop and Anna Hyronimus were named Mr. and Miss Dakota Days 2013. Oct. 2 was the Vermillion Bash in Prentis Park. The night

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Student Government President Erik Muckey and Vice President Clay Hoffman wave to students at the Dakota Days parade Saturday.

was filled with games, food and fun for the fellow coyotes as they continued to celebrate the week. Oct. 3 was the annual Fun Run event that started at the USD Wellness Center. Following this event was the first annual ‘Yotes Got Talent, a talent competition hosted by the Campus Activities Board. Talents ranged from singing and dancing to an auctioneer auctioning cattle. Although each talent was followed by a roomful of applause, junior Nick Burke walked away with the

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Students participate in the annual D-Days Fun Run. The race lasted about 30 minutes and was two miles in distance.

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First-year athlete deals with stress in school, on pitch Kelsey Kroger The Volante

For first-year student Jamie Karch, coming to the University of South Dakota was exciting. She loves playing soccer and hanging out with her friends. Karch is from Milwaukee, Wis. and majoring in health science along with playing soccer here at the university. School and soccer take up much of her time at USD. “My life outside of school is pretty hectic, I do not have a lot of free time. I go to class, do homework, study hard and of course, play soccer,” Karch said. Playing soccer has been a passion of Karch as she’s grown up with her parents and two younger brothers. Along with her family, Karch has a dog, a cat and a bunch

of fish. “My parents are definitely my idols, they are both incredibly inspirational to me,” Karch said. Growing up in Wisconsin, Karch’s favorite sport to watch on television is football. She especially loves the Green Bay Packers. However, head coach Mandy Green does not agree with her. “Unfortunately, Jamie is a Green Bay Packer fan, which I hate because I’m a Minnesota Vikings fan,” Green said. Green also stated that she is starting to really step up as a person on and off the field, because of her personality and is playing a huge role for the team this season. Some of Karch’s favorite things are pickles, the color blue and listening to country music or “radio music.” If she could pick three

win after performing Mumford and Son’s “Babel.” “I am glad Nick won, he did a really good job,” Sophomore Erica Erickson said. Oct. 4 was the start to D-Days weekend, kicked off with a pep rally for the football team, pumping up students and getting them ready for the game on Saturday. Saturday, Oct. 5, the biggest day of the week, began with a parade downtown. The cold weather did not stop students and alumni from coming out and cheering on the parade to

celebrate the big week. Tailgating before the big game began at noon, in the parking lot just south of the dome. This has become a new tradition on campus, allowing tailgating on campus, and homecoming seemed to be a perfect game to get them pumped up for the big game. With a 17-14 win over Missouri State, the USD football team celebrated a big win with students cheering them on in the stands. “I thought the game was amazing! There was a lot of energy and school spirit [in

the student section] which was a perfect representation of the whole week of D-Days,” sophomore Anshu Chandra said on the excitement and overall feel of the game. D-Days has come and gone with a fast week filled with events. As per usual, school spirit and celebration of being a coyote was apparent during one of the biggest week here on campus. Reach reporter Katie McGuire at

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USD football players high five the student section in the big homecoming 17-14 win against Missouri State Saturday.

Dig: Students help fundraise for movie

words to describe herself they would be outgoing, determined and caring. But don’t let that fool you; Karch has had some embarrassing moments already as a coyote. “ One day I fell off of a chair in front of tons of people, it was extremely embarrassing,” Karch said. Teammate Becca Torres can account for her embarrassing moments and fun times together. “We definitely do not have a dull moment with her on the team,” Torres said. Karch wears the number five for the Coyotes and is a Forward. She leads the Coyotes with 13 points this season and has already scored six goals and one assist for the team. Reach reporter Kelsey Kroger at


Sophomore Zach Nelson (center) works at the Chavin de Huantar, Peru, archaeological field school last summer. Nelson went to Peru with six other University of South Dakota anthropology students.

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First-year student Jamie Karch plays in her first year of college, faces opponent at her foward postion the women’s soccer team.

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I also now better understand what archaeology is,” she said. “Getting to have that day-to-day experience in the field was so valuable.” Nelson said the students didn’t know about the documentary until they had landed in Peru, when Sayre mentioned it, but they all thought it was interesting to be part of. Van Maanen said she didn’t think the documentary was going to be a big deal until she got back to USD. “I didn’t understand how big it was really going to be, and then it became more exciting after I learned more about it,” she said. Now, Van Maanen is in charge of the social media for the film. “I’m just helping spread

the word about our IndieGoGo fundraiser and the film itself,” she said. The movie is currently in its production phase, but because it is an independent film, Sayre and his students are in the process of raising funds to finish it. Sayre is writing several grants to receive funding, and an IndieGoGo campaign was also started. Nelson and Van Maanen are also in the final days of organizing a benefit fundraiser for the film, which will be held Oct. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Parkers Bistro in Sioux Falls, S.D. “Whether you’re interested in archaeology or not, everyone should go check it out,” Van Maanen said. “It’s a really cool project that USD got to be part of, and I think it’ll be a cool recruitment tool for the anthropology department

once it’s finished.” There currently is no release date for “Into the Field.”

INTO THE FIELD IndieGoGo Fundraiser To visit the fundraiser page with film trailers and to purchase items students found in Peru, go to www.indiegogo. com/projects/into-the-fielddocumentary.

Facebook The Facebook page for the documentary is www.facebook. com/intothefielddoc.

Instagram To view photos from the dig, visit

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