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No charges filed yet in alleged rape Trent Opstedahl The Volante

It could take weeks, possibly months, before the outcome of a reported sexual assault investigation involving two University of South Dakota students officially surfaces, Vermillion Police Department Chief Matt Betzen said Tuesday. The investigation began Oct. 6 after University Police Department officials responded to a call from the Coyote Village residence hall reporting the incident between 3:30 and 4 p.m. After securing the room where the alleged sexual assault occurred between a male and female student, Pete Jensen, UPD director, said Vermillion police took over the case because of the severity of circumstances. Matthew Shore, a sophomore resident in Coyote Village, witnessed the afternoon’s BETZEN investigation transpire, noting there were officers all around the building complex. “I remember coming down (from my room) and there were two parents here and a police officer,” Shore said. “I didn't realize what was going on until later, (after hearing) bits and pieces here and there through the vine.” Shore said university and law officials

Sewage water backs up hall Michael Geheren The Volante

Early reports indicate a blockage caused sewage water to back up on the first floor of Mickelson Hall in North Complex Tuesday evening. By 11:30 p.m., the residence hall was operational again. Floors were disinfected and mopped, water was turned back on, all but one bathroom was opened and only two students were displaced, said Tena Haraldson, director of USD media relations. At approximately 7 p.m., students reported sewage water in the hallway of the first floor.

First-year student Kallan Groseth said she noticed water on the floor in the hallway when she forgot something in her room. She went back to the hall just before sewage water flowed into her room. “We have everything on the floor — rugs, electrical lamps — I picked it up as fast as I could,” Groseth said. “We tried to put everything on our beds.” She said it took two minutes for the water to seep into her room. Six to eight rooms had water on the floor, Haraldson said. By the end of the evening all but two students were in their rooms. The students were moved at their

own request. A plumber arrived at the residence hall around 9:30 p.m. The plumber determined a blockage in the pipes caused an overflow of sewer water on the first floor, Haraldson said. “It’s not coming from the toilets, it’s just coming from the drains,” said Trevor Gillespie, Mickelson and Beede residence hall director. Residents of the floor were concerned about getting into their rooms. “I have a lot of stuff to do (today). I have a test and I have a bunch of stuff due for English and SUBMITTED PHOTO

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Amidst the investigation of a reported rape that occurred in a residence hall at the University of South Dakota, university officials are handling the situation the way they see fit, said Tena Haraldson, director of USD media relations. Since the Oct. 6 incident at Coyote Village, the Student Services Office has issued no formal statement informing the campus population about the alleged assault. However, the SSO did send out an email five days after the reported sexual assault to students living on campus entitled “Campus Safety Reminder,” which included 12 tips on how to stay safe, but it did not mention Check out The Volante's the alleged website for an in-depth assault. look on who was Haraldcontacted by reporters son said for this story, and the while one responses given from of the main concerns for the university and lothe universical police department ty is its stuabout the reported dents, the sexual assault. administration is also trying to be mindful of the two students involved and their right to due process. “We’re actively waiting for the outcome of the investigation,” she said. Although Dean of Students Kim Grieve said the SSO is being “trans-

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In part one of this four-week series about women's issues, The Volante focuses on a report that evaluates South Dakota's women workforce and its relation to the University of South Dakota. South Dakota received an “F” on a report by The Center for American Progress exploring “The State of Women in America.” The report, released last month, ranked South Dakota 43 out of the 50 states on 36 factors of the economy, leadership and health. For the University of South Dakota, the latest evaluation of South Dakota's attention to gender equality could have dire consequences on more than half of the student body. Economic Security In the category of economic security South Dakota received a “D” rating. Women make up about half of the workforce, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. B u t w o m e n only make $0.77 to a man’s $1 as a national average according to the r e p o r t . In South Dakota, the average is LUEDERS $0.78 to a man’s $1. “I think that is a bad thing,” said Megan Lueders, manager of employer relations at USD. “I feel like everybody, if they are equally qualified, regardless of gender or race, should be getting paid the same amount.” The non-partisan organization also looked at if the minimum wage were raised to $10.10 an hour, they estimate 57 percent of women in the state would be affected by the


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Where did the report come from? The Center for American Progress is an independent nonpartisan educational institute designed to develop, critique, challenge and shape national political issues. Anna Chu, the policy director for the ThinkProgress War Room co-authored the report with Charles Posner, the state communications assist for ThinkProgress. change. In all 36 factors, a discrepancy of race was seen. With poverty — 14.5 percent of women overall are in poverty in the state, but 48.6 percent of Native American women and girls are living in poverty in South Dakota according to the report. “The best thing employers can do is look at the qualifications of the person. It would almost be best if you could not include their name on the resume,” Lueders said. South Dakota does not have laws establishing a program for paid family leave insurance, temporary disability insurance or paid sick leave laws. Leadership Overall, South Dakota was ranked 47 out of 50 states for female leadership in the public and private sector. The number of seats in U.S Congress held by women representing South Dakota is 33.3 percent, with Rep. Kristi Noem as South Dakota’s lone House representative and both U.S. senators being male. Annette Bosworth is a physician and candidate for the 2014 U.S. Senate election. She is also an alumna of USD. “When you look at a cultural trend for anything there needs to be role models,” Bosworth said. “As South Dakota Please see REPORT, Page A7




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THIS WEEK IN COYOTE HISTORY The Asian flu epidemic infected USD’s campus causing 200 students to pay a visit to the Student Health Center with some form of the flu. The epidemic had swept across the U.S. and found its way onto campus when 18 students reported to the health center. Vaccine shots were available in small doses through the center. Only a limited amount was available to students, and doctors recommended students stay indoors and get plenty of rest and hydration.

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U.S. President Ronald Reagan visited the Sioux Falls Arena to discuss farming support, the fall election and the backing of the U.S. military. The arena’s capacity was filled with farmers, Sioux Falls residents and students from USD. Following the ceremony, members of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity were escorted by the Secret Service to Reagan’s dressing room where they presented him with a plaque showing their honor and respect, as Reagan was a member of TKE as well.

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Loud noise complaints Recovered item citations Domestic dispute calls

Oct. 13 1. Officers were notified of a loud argument between a male and female outside a house on Clark Street. Further investigation found that the two were arguing earlier in the day and the dispute had gotten progressively louder. The 31 year-old woman was arrested for simple assault against a 57 year-old male, however no medical assistance was needed with the assault.

Oct. 14 2. A man called police to notify them of a lost item within their household. The resident had guests over during the day

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and noticed an item had been missing once they left. Police are currently under investigation of the situation.

mother came home to find

3. A man driving a Ford was pulled over by police at a stop sign on the corner of Duke street and Radcliff circle for speeding, however once police asked to see the driver’s license they found the driver was unlicensed while operating the vehicle. The man was written up with a warning for speeding and cited for unlicensed driving.

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her two daughters missing from the house. The woman searched around the house notifying police of the missing children. Three hours later officers found the two girls on Main street. They seemed to be content and were returned to their mother. *For a complete list of all police log activity, please see

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Kappa Alpha Theta 5K run to sponsor CASA VOLANTE STAFF REPORTS Kappa Alpha Theta will be sponsoring “Colors for CASA” Oct. 19 to raise money and awareness for the nonprofit network organization Court Appointed Special Advocate Association, an organization that looks to raise awareness and sup-

port for abused and neglected children. What started as a single program in Seattle, Wash. in 1977 flourished into what is now the National CASA Association, a network of 933 programs scattered across the United States that recruit, train and support volunteers to better the lives of

neglected children both in courtrooms and other settings. CASA operates a program center in Yankton as well as in Sioux Falls, Mitchell and Rapid City, among other S.D. cities. The 5K run will begin at the Eagles Club in downtown Vermillion at 8 a.m. and will be accompanied by a pancake

feed. The money raised will go towards assisting the needs of children and their sponsors to provide a healthier lifestyle. Pre-registration will be available in the MUC the week prior to the event from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for $13 or $15 on the day of the run. Patrons will receive a free t-shirt upon arrival.






Education specialist to present two programs Sylvia Hurtado, director of the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California Los Angeles, will present two programs related to the impact of education on students Oct. 17-18. After earning her Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Princeton University, Hurtado went on to receive her Master's in Education from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, and later to receive her Ph.D. in education from UCLA. Students can expect both programs to address issues of diversity in learning and completion rates in bachelor degrees through STEM, an education coalition with emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Hurtado has served on several editorial boards for journals in education including the American Association of Higher Education and the Higher Learning Commission. In addition, Hurtado was the former president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education. Thursday’s program will be entitled “What Matters in STEM: Institutional Contexts That Influences STEM Bachelor’s Degree Completion Rates,” and will be held at 1 p.m. in room 22A of the Lee Memorial Medical and Science building while Friday’s program will be held in the Muenster University Center’s ballroom at 10 a.m. and will be called “Habits Of The Mind: Student Diverse Learning Outcomes.” Both programs will be free and open to the public.

Earth sciences to show climate change film The Earth sciences department and sustainability program at USD will be sponsor-


ing the showing of “Chasing Ice,” a documentary that illustrates climate change through National Geographic photographer James Balog’s adventures in the Arctic. The film was directed and produced by Jeff Orlowski and was the recipient of the Satellite Award for Best Documentary. The film follows Balog through severe weather conditions in the Arctic with video footage to show the drastic changes in our environment over a multi-year time lapse. The film’s official website offers viewers detailed information on climate change and other environmental issues concerning both the U.S. and the world. Viewers have the opportunity to volunteer through “Chasing Ice” and donate to The Wild Foundation online. The documentary will be free and open to the public and will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 in Patterson Hall room 117.


Forum will feature Russian global issues An international forum featuring the current state of Russia against the global backdrop will be hosted in Farber Hall Oct. 21 at noon. The forum is entitled, “Russia: Friend or Foe?” and will feature David Burrow and Ilmira Dulyanova discussing recent developments in Russia including its changing policy toward Syria, the country’s main weapon supplier. Russia’s judicial system will also be addressed as well as its anti-homosexual campaign, an event that could pose serious threats to the Olympic Games scheduled to take place in Sochi. Burrow is an associate professor of history within the College of Arts and Sciences and finds particular interest in teaching Russian society, the Enlightenment in Russia and women in Russian history. After receiving his Bach-

Coyote fans cheer on USD's victory against the Indiana State Sycamores at Saturday's game. The Coyotes toppled Indiana State 17-14.

elor of Arts in history from Carleton College, Burrow went on to receive both his Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Russian history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Benno Wymar will moderate the forum. The event is sponsored by the Beacom School of Business and will be free and open to the public.

State Distance learning enrollment increases An increase of students enrolled in distance learning courses at public universities in South Dakota have increased by 8.5 percent in the last year, according to data retrieved by the South Dakota Board of Regents.

By head count, this number is close to 22,000 students and the number continues to grow each year, said Jack Warner, executive director and CEO for the BOR. “The data suggests that enrollment in distance education courses and programs is large and continues to grow,” he said. “We had another year of robust expansion in course offerings and enrollments.” The average student enrolled in distance learning courses in S.D. are part-time undergraduate females, with a majority of the students are in-state. A growing number of out-of-state students continue to represent a large portion of the enrollment as well. Warner said the numbers will continue to grow each year as they have done every year since 2008.

Nation USD ranks low in vegan-friendly schools In a recent survey conducted by peta2, PETA’s youth division organization, the University of South Dakota ranked among the lowest in schools with vegan-friendly dining options. The survey was the first of its kind operated by peta2 and looked to examine the vegan dining options in U.S. public and private universities and the collaboration between students and faculty at these universities in figuring out what students want to see on their menus. peta2 has said the survey came from a 2009-10 survey conducted by Bon Appétit

Management Co. The survey found that 12 percent of college students identified as vegetarian and another 2 percent said they follow a vegan diet, an increase from 8 percent in 2005. More than 2,000 colleges and universities were reviewed on a report card-style criterion receiving letter grades from A’s to F’s. While schools like the University of North Dakota received a "B" with student satisfaction at 100 percent, every college and university in South Dakota received an "F" with the exception of Augustana College who received a "B." Marta Holmberg, director of peta2, said the organization plans to help the schools who fell on the lower end of the spectrum in becoming more vegan-friendly.

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University officials fail in alerting, informing students about safety risk in reported Coyote Village sexual assault In the fall of 2010, a first-year student reported a sexual assault to the University Police Department. According to her report, a man had followed her into North Complex and into her room, where the incident occurred. Although it later came to light that the allegations were false, the initial response from the University of South Dakota administration was almost instantaneous. By the time anyone had heard of the incident, a campus alert was sent out informing students of the event and urging safety precautions as well as a follow-up email and floor meetings to reiterate the importance of staying safe on campus. But this past week, as rumors and reports of yet another sexual assault have cycled around campus, university officials have failed at keeping students informed of the reported incident and have lost a golden opportunity to remind students why they should be mindful of their safety on and off campus. We understand the need to respect due process — the names and identifiers of the people involved should be protected to an extent. But that does mean the university should go out of their way to not inform students that sexual assault is a very real danger at USD, and are therefore making this crime insignificant by not talking about it. Between student services and media relations, the reasons as to why students were not informed of the reported sexual assault are vague

and inconsistent. Dean of Students Kim Grieve said officials refrained from alerting students, because they knew the people involved and determined “it was not an immediate threat to the campus.” Manager of Media Relations Phil Carter said Student Services has not issued a statement because the reported assault is being classified as an “isolated incident,” and officials don’t want to overuse the campus alert system, Everbridge. It seems as though officials haven’t come to an agreement on why students were not informed, and really, is saying rape is an isolated incident a good enough reason to not tell people. In our community, when is rape not an isolated incident? And if there was ever a reason to use the campus alert system or to send out a campus-wide email, doesn’t this scenario qualify as more important than getting reminders about tailgating instructions and ‘Yote Floats? How many alleged rapes have to be reported before the act is deemed significant enough to alert students about? While the Student Services Office has yet to issue a statement to the campus population to inform them of the alleged rape, it took housing nearly five days after the reported assault to email students living on campus a “Campus Safety Reminder,” which included tips like not texting while driving and making good decisions when you are drunk or high. In addition to not alerting the campus population, officials have

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yet to send out any statement to the residents of Coyote Village about the reported incident, but students can go to their housing staff for information, said Grieve. And that’s assuming students are going to be willing to

approach a staff member, and assuming that staff member has enough information to answer their question. Come on, that’s not transparency. That’s negligence of the university to not take the time and make the effort

to meet with all residents and to bring to their attention this reported situation and a heightened awareness to their safety. With allegations as serious as the one being investigated by local law

enforcement, it’s not only important but necessary for university officials to alert students of reported crimes like a sexual assault happening on their very own campus, maybe in their very own resident hall.

Key points of the reported sexual assault the assault

the rumors

university response

- Local law enforcement has confirmed an investigation into a sexual assault on the University of South Dakota campus.

- Starting Oct. 7, rumors of some sort of incident occurring were moving about campus.

- Even more than four days after the incident, there had been no word from the university alerting students of anything.

- Campus police also confirmed they responded to an incident that was reported Sunday afternoon.

- Speculation of a sexual assault made its way around without any actual statement from officials.


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- On Friday, the university sent out a “Campus Safety Reminder” with 12 ways for students to stay safe.

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Commentary Parking tickets are expensive burden KATHLEEN SERIE is a sophomore majoring in contemporary media and journalism. What’s square, white, expensive and neatly tucked under a car’s windshield wiper? For anyone who has yet to solve this riddle, you are either extremely lucky or do not own a car on campus. I’m talking about the frustration that is parking tickets. Parking tickets, especially on campus, are completely understandable. However, there are just not enough spots available for the large number of cars at the

University of South Dakota. Space is limited and the cars are plentiful, so it only makes sense for the university to allocate the scarce resources in some manner. At USD, and most other colleges, annual parking permits are offered for those who want a convenient spot for their car on campus. It’s simple economics that those who value this parking spot are going to get it — after forking over $126 of course. Basically, if you do not have possession of the appropriate parking permit, you can’t leave your car in that specified area. Although it might not be popular, this concept also makes sense. When the University Police Department tickets cars that parked in an “A” lot without an “A” permit, they are only doing their job. If

they didn’t enforce this rule, every car without a permit would think it is acceptable to park in these lots, taking available space away from those who paid a hefty amount of money for that spot. What I cannot seem to comprehend is why these tickets are so unreasonably expensive. Currently, the rate for parking in an unauthorized lot on campus runs at $30. This is way too much to charge for a parking violation. If a student does not have enough money to buy a permit, they certainly do not have enough to pay these expensive charges. Even if you do not own a parking permit, you are not allowed to park in any visitor parking lots unless you go to UPD and obtain a visitor permit. Even so, visi-

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“I didn’t leave my bed for two whole days, because I literally had no reason to.” — Muenster University Center

“Hey, so I think I broke your window when I threw a pebble at it.” — University Street

tor permits are not issued to university students. This fact becomes especially frustrating when the visitor lots are left nearly empty most of the time. Where exactly does all of this ticket money go? I feel that if we are to pay the fine, we should know where the funds are being transferred. Essentially, it boils down to the fact that those without a parking permit cannot park on campus, unless they are willing to run the risk of receiving a pricey ticket. I realize the best parking spots should go to those who pay the most, but just because I am not willing to give up $126 does not mean I should be forbidden from parking anywhere on campus.




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Only tears of happiness are allowed in fantasy football NATHAN ELLENBECKER is a first-year majoring in contemporary media and journalism.

Tears of unexplainable happiness ran down my face for a few hours, marking one of my life’s biggest accomplishments. It wasn’t anything to be ashamed of. I was a seventh grade kid and I had won my first fantasy football league championship. Granted I was running this team alongside my dad. I still wasn’t confident enough at the time to exhort my independence and handle an entire roster by myself, but I still tasted every ounce of the $300 reward. Our team, led by the likes of Tony Romo, Andre Johnson and Adam Vinatieri, took my relationship with my father to the mountain top. I was never happier going to middle school on a Monday. Alas, the peaks of champions don’t last forever, and this year, I’m the cellar dweller sitting with an abysmal quarterback, underachieving running backs and an 0-6 record. Spirits are low, and credibility among my fellow league managers is even lower. Some things just have a way of humbling a person. Because of the travesty

that is my team, I have been able to reflect on myself as a person. Why can’t Eli Manning be Peyton Manning? Why does fantasy football make me so emotional? Is there a quick cure for heartbreak? Should I care more about my win-loss record or building a positive relationship with my friends? What’s the first step to recovery? I have thought deeply about all these questions. And today, I can firmly stand and say fantasy football has taught me a few life lessons. 1. Unless it is your job, you are not a professional This is the biggest challenge for all fantasy football players. You’d swear there are at least four ESPN-worthy people in your fantasy league every year. Sure, it’s good to know what you are doing. But understand you are not Warren Buffet on Wall Street. If you are quick to announce yourself as king, you will more than likely get burned. It’s karma. 2. Stay scheming These two words dished out from Rick Ross are what relate football and life. You can never be too ready. There’s always another move to make. Nothing more needs to be said. 3. Take yourself seriously, but don’t cry. I admitted earlier I cried. Those were completely different circumstances. I

was pretty much embracing manhood status at that point. Maybe celebrate wins or dwell over losses once in awhile. Every weekend of fantasy football, you end up feeling like you’ve slain a dragon, or you are strips of paper sitting inside a shredder. You should feel good or bad about what you have accomplished, or not accomplished, but you still have more business. Crying won’t solve anything. Reach columnist Nathan Ellenbecker at

TIPS TO PLAYING FANTASY FOOTBALL Rule 1 You are not a professional. Don’t announce yourself as king because karma will come for you. Rule 2 Stay scheming. Always be prepared to make another move when it comes to fantasy football. Rule 3 Don’t cry. It’s alright to take fantasy football and yourself seriously, but crying crosses a line.

IN THE KNOW & IN THE DARK In the know. Coming back to school after a three-day break makes a Tuesday feel like a Monday. In the dark. A three-day break still leads to a four-day school week. In the know. The Coyotes are now 3-3 after winning their game against Indiana State. In the dark. Because of the three-day weekend, there were only about 100 students in attendance. In the know. It looks like fall weather is finally here to stay. In the dark. The “Oh my gosh, it’s so unbelievably cold outside, I guess I forgot I live in South Dakota” comments will begin now and last until January. In the know. Halfway through the semester means it’s time for midterm exams and projects. In the dark. First-year students are running around campus like chickens

with their heads cut off. In the know. It has been more than one week since an investigation into a reported sexual assault at Coyote Village began. In the dark. The university has yet to send out any information to students directly addressing the incident or any related risks. In the know. The United States government is still shut down and the deadline for reaching an agreement is looming. In the dark. Many students on campus don’t care enough to realize how seriously the shut down affects their everyday lives. In the know. Advising season is right around the corner and in just a few weeks students will begin registering for next semester’s classes. In the dark. Once again, first-year students are running around and stressing about their futures.



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Alcohol arrests up 96 percent from 2012 Michael Geheren The Volante

When Chrissy Summering, a graduate student, joined the University of South Dakota Support Team last year she had one goal — to help students who get too intoxicated during Dakota Days. Liquor law violations saw the largest increase in the 2012-13 Jeanne Clery Report released Sept. 30 by the university. Alcohol arrests were up 96 percent from the previous year. Referrals were up 35 percent. University Police Department Director Pete Jensen said he credits the increase in arrests related to alcohol

primarily to the high turnout for last year’s D-Days. “2012 D-Days was a lot busier, we had more reporting,” Jensen said. He explained that the numbers included not just those from UPD, but also Vermillion Police Department and South Dakota Highway Patrol. “Between the combinations of those three it boosted our numbers up,” Jensen said. Student Services has made it a goal to offer educational programs to lower the numbers. “I always have concerns about alcohol numbers,” said Kim Grieve, dean of students. “We will continue to do as much educational program-

ming as we can to assist students in understanding alcohol and the problems that alcohol can cause.” The Stugrieve dent Counseling Center offers both alcohol counseling and alcohol assessments. The residence halls offer alcohol awareness programming. Grieve also said a speaker USD hosted earlier this year brought over 1,000 students to learn about the effects of alcohol decisions.

“We are always keeping this in mind as an issue on our campus, as well as an issue across the country, and it is something to be taken very seriously,” Grieve said. Alcohol violations do not include driving under the influence. Summering knows that drinking can be an issue for students and encourages them to be smart about it. “It is important for students to have fun, but someone needs to be there for them,” Summering said. She said she wanted to help those who needed support during D-Days and did that with the support team, another of the counseling

center’s projects for issues with alcohol. The USD support team, a partnership between Sanford Health and USD, operates a team of volunteers during Dakota Days to help intoxicated people back to their homes or hotels. They also have a detox center open for those who need somewhere to stay overnight. In the other categories on the report USD saw an increase in aggravated assaults from the previous year. Forcible sex offenses and drug offences were the same as the previous year. There was also a decrease in burglaries on campus. Grieve said while USD is a

safe university, students need to be vigilant. “I believe USD is a very safe campus overall,” Grieve said. “That’s not to say that all of us shouldn’t be on the lookout for any strange behavior, any strange people, that we shouldn’t lock our doors, lock our cars. We should all stay very careful.” The Clery Report is a federally mandated report that all public university’s in the U.S. have to release. It contains statistical information about crimes committed on campus and off campus.

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CLERY REPORT STATISTICS 2010-2012 2012 Liquor Law Violations







Drug Law Violations



arrests from 2011


referrals from 2011


Disciplinary Referrals






Negligent Manslaughter




Motor Vehicle Theft

0 Arson


Burglary Forcible Sex Offenses Aggravated Assault


Hate Crimes


Weapons Law Violations

= 10 USD Students





SOURCE: 2013 USD Jeanne Clery Report

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USD officials anticipate state employee health insurance shortfall for second year in a row Megan Card The Volante

The underestimation of state employee health insurance for the second year in a row could jeopardize the South Dakota Board of Regents’ push for a freeze in tuition and fees, university officials said. A shortfall was announced at the South D a k o t a Warner Board of R e g e n t s Presidents Council Sept. 24, alerting University of South Dakota President James Abbott and the five other regental heads to the possibility of additional costs to be placed upon the universities to help cover the state’s health insurance plan. But there is little certainty, said BOR Executive Director Jack Warner, as to how much

“There is a willingness to keep tuition affordable, and I am optimistic that this administration will identify funds over and above the $5 million we are needing to freeze tuition to pay for the additional costs of insurance.” — Jack Warner, Board of Regents Executive Director

extra money will be required for the current 2014 fiscal year. Warner said within the next several weeks, he anticipates a more solid figure of the cost, but is hopeful the administration will assist in offsetting the amount. “There is a willingness to keep tuition affordable, and I am optimistic that this administration will identify funds over and above the $5 million we are needing to freeze tuition to pay for the additional cost of insurance,” Warner said. The burden of an additional cost placed on USD, especially when the BOR set a freeze in tuition and fees as

its number one priority for the 2015 fiscal year, has some university officials wondering as to its effect on campus. “It is fair to say that we are very concerned, yet it is very early to know what the impact will ultimately be on the universities or the students,” Provost Chuck Staben said in an email to The Volante. Staben said the potential of a tuition increase because of the additional cost, which had been discussed by Abbott after the shortfall was announced, reflects the possible impact — more of a calculation, not a decision — that the university can make at this point about a tuition

increase. But such a decision, Staben said, would ultimately be approved by the BOR. This is not the first time USD has faced a costly insurance scenario. The state had a similar problem last year, as USD faced paying $561,200 in mid-year employee health insurance for the 2013 fiscal year. At the time, the S.D. Legislature assisted the BOR and the six public universities meet this obligation by paying $2 million of the $3.5 million needed to cover the cost, Warner said. If it comes to a similar situation as last year, Warner said he sees both the administra-

tion and BOR working “very hard to find an agreement in covering the costs as to least affect the students.” Going to the root of the potential amount, estimating the total cost of employee health insurance is not the responsibility of DAKOTACARE, the university’s health insurance provider. Dusty Johnson, Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s chief of staff, said the state’s Bureau of Finance and Management contracts with actuaries from the United States and abroad to determine the estimated amount. Johnson said the complexity of dealing with the state’s $110 million budget means actuaries will never “get it down to the penny” when estimating costs like insurance where medical inflation plays a hand. By mid-November, Johnson said the BFM will have a “good handle” on how much is needed to pay for the total cost of insurance in the state, and Daugaard is set to deliver his Fiscal Year 2015 budget

What is an actuary? An actuary is a business professional who deals with the financial impact of risk and uncertainty. Actuaries provide expert assessments of financial security systems and evaluate the probability of events.

proposal the first Tuesday of December. Student Government Association President Erik Muckey said if the increased insurance cost is dealing with oversight by the legislature, he is concerned that their actions will have repercussions on students throughout the state. “If it is going to threaten tuition from going down — if this is the issue — (students) need to take control,” Muckey said. Reach reporter Megan Card at

Recycling bins removed from the MUC Braley Dodson The Volante

In part one of this four-week series about sustainability, The Volante investigates recycling on campus. In Coyote Village, a sign stands where a recycling bin used to be. At a side entrance to the residence hall, a sign tells students to bring recyclables to the trash compactor, because recycling has ceased until further notice. University of South Dakota Associate Dean of Students Phil Covington said the bins were removed because students were placing more trash than recyclable material in the bins. Covington said planning is currently in progress on how to reintroduce the bins.

Recycling of paper, plastics and aluminum cans still continues in other residence halls, where student employees take recyclables to the city’s recycling center. The crew also handles the paper bins in the Student Services suite. While recycling still occurs in residence halls, the bins in the Muenster University Center have been absent this year. Bob Oehler, assistant vice president of USD Facilities Management, who oversees the custodial program, said he is not aware of any recycling program on campus. It is Oehler’s first semester at USD, and he said he is not aware the items in the recycling bins were recycled last year, and said he heard a club or student organization that no longer exists emptied them last year.

Jill Ward, director of the Muenster University Center, said no such student organization existed, and recycling has always been handled by Facilities Management. Junior Morgan Appley is the cofounder of the university's Sustainability Club. She said recycling everything starts with recycling. “It’s the basic foundation," she said. "If we can’t utilize that resource, how can we get any tasks completed?” Not recycling items in the MUC’s recycling bins takes away from the university’s credibility, Appley said. She said if recycling ends up not being profitable for the university, then it will be difficult to implement the practice. “If demand is made from the student population, then it will happen,” Appley said. “That is the only way it’s prof-

itable.” Oehler said a recycling program usually takes a full-time staff and its own department. When he worked at the University of Wisconsin, the recycling program had six staff members. “Recycling is dependent on local recycling assets,” Oehler said. “Vermillion has a center, but there are limitations on what we can bring.” In order to run a recycling program, it would need to include staff to empty the bins, sort through the recycled material to eliminate trash and trucks to haul away the recycled material to a recycling center. Oehler said a sustainability committee will likely be formed to address increased sustainability, along with marketing what USD currently does to go green, such

as running the majority of its electricity off hydropower and wind turbines. “Just because it happens in the residence halls doesn’t mean it can be extrapolated to the rest of campus,” Oehler said. Difficulties with recycling occur when individuals place non-recyclable items into recycling bins, therefore contaminating the batch. Unless the trash is sorted from the recyclable items, the batch cannot be recycled, and recycling centers will not accept the batch. The solution to contaminated loads is preventing students from placing trash into them, or hiring a staff to sort through the trash. Additionally, recycling is not always profitable or economical for a university. Recycling campus-wide

was practiced during move-in day, when crews from Facility Management stood guard at cardboard collection points. Keeping cardboard out of trash bins allowed the bins to be emptied less, saving the university money, along with keeping piles of trash off campus. Oehler estimates five different roll-offs of 40 yards of cardboard were delivered to the Missouri Valley Recycling Center in Vermillion. “Recycling in particular is especially important, because it comes to people’s minds right away,” Assistant Professor of Sustainability Meghann Jarchow said. “Sustainability is bigger than recycling.”

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Assault: Case "is a concern for all people on campus" CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 parent,” with residents of Coyote Village and that housing staff is giving out information only when asked by residents, sophomore Matthew Shore does not think the university is dealing with the situation to its fullest capacity. “Tell people — put something up online saying this is what happened, it does happen and this is what we do to prevent it,” Shore said. Details of the reported rape have surfaced on various platforms of social media, which is how sophomore Sara Thomason learned about the investigation. “I didn’t hear about it until a few days afterwards,” Thomason said. “I saw people talking about it on Facebook and it freaked me out.” In regards to how the university is addressing the alleged rape with prospec-

tive students visiting the campus, Kendra Howard, admissions campus visit coordinator, refused to comment on how student ambassadors are being prepped to answer questions about the reported assault. Phil Carter, manager of media relations, said Oct. 10 a main reason the SSO did not issue a statement regarding the reported rape is because they don’t want to overuse the campus alert system, Everbridge. Carter said the SSO also feels this was “an isolated incident.” “(The SSO) wants to take everything into consideration,” Carter said. But first-year Jessica Hammes said this kind of issue is not “isolated” and is a concern for all people on campus. “It would be really useful if USD provided an incident text service or if housing could text you if something like that happened to warn students in

the dorms,” she said. However, senior Kelly Costlet views the situation in a different light. “I've been around long enough where we have had other instances (like this occur),” Costlet said. “You can’t really be warned — you just have to be smart about it and be aware of your surroundings.” Grieve also said university officials did not send out an alert message to students because they knew the people involved, and determined “it was not an immediate threat to the campus.” First year Nathan DeFou heard about the incident from his peers, but said he expected the university to let students know what had happened. “I was really surprised to not find an email on myU or anything like that,” DeFou said. “I follow UPD on Twitter and that’s helpful sometimes — they should use that more often to inform students of

things like this.” Grieve said in the 14 months she has been at USD, she is not sure if protocol has changed when dealing with reported sexual assaults on campus, but that USD’s campus-wide alerts are only sent out if it is a significant emergency or a dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the safety of students or staff. Referring to the university’s housing policy, Shore suggested at clarifying some of points within the document. “We already have a policy about not letting people through the doors, (and) maybe (they need to) expand on that,” Shore said. Reach reporter Trent Opstedahl at

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"We should know about it and they should alert us within 48 hours. It's for everyone's safety." Brook Baumgartner Sophomore


Local law enforcement responded to a reported sexual assault Oct. 6 at the Coyote Village residence hall. Two students are confirmed to be involved in the incident.

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"They should notify us with an email as soon as possible. I've seen guys get aggressive with girls a couple of times while I've been here so I'd like to know about it." Nick Gunn Sophomore

CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 history unfolds, there have been great women leaders, but not in numbers.” Bosworth said she believes there is a difference in the Baby Boomer Generation as opposed to “Gen-X.” “In the baby boomer, your leadership is the person who is next in line. The person who gets the job in Gen-X is the person who is most qualified,” she said. In the private sector, 4.2 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs are women according to Catalyst, an organization that supports women in the workplace. In South Dakota, 30.73 percent of management jobs are held by women according to the report. Health The report also looked at laws in South Dakota on women’s health issues. It found there are no laws to strip funding or access to funding for Planned Parenthood or other health care providers. The Affordable Care Act Marketplace opened Oct. 1 and the Center for American Progress said the marketplace

“...when you look at a cultural trend for anything there needs to be role models. As South Dakota history unfolds there have been great women leaders, but not in numbers.” — Annette Bosworth, U.S. Senate candidate

would help 12.9 percent of nonelderly women who are uninsured in the state. The report also estimated there are 8,000 women to each Obstetrics and Gynecology physicians in the state. South Dakota was ranked 36 out of 50 for the category of health care in the report. “I believe South Dakota has room for men and women to collaborate in the political arena, police force and health care,” Bosworth said. “It changes the tone to strengthen and to represent the view of a women.” Education While education was not one of the three categories in the study, it is an intuitive by the Obama administration to increase areas of education. “The HighScope Perry Pre-

school Study,” a study in education, found people who were enrolled as children in a quality preschool program were more likely to be employed, earn more money and commit fewer crimes. South Dakota is one of 10 states that does not have an established state pre-k program. In September 2012, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Valarie Jarrett, adviser to President Barack Obama, launched the Equal Futures Partnership, a collaboration of multiple counties aimed to advance women’s and girl’s economic and political participation. The focus in the United States is on science, technology, engineering and medicine (STEM) education for girls. A program to meet that goal is

Discover Education’s STEM camp, a partnership between Girls Inc. and Discover Education. In last month’s State of the University address, USD Pres. James Abbott said about 40 percent of students at USD are male. Abbott said he is still looking to attract females to the University, but would like the percentage of each gender attending USD to be equal.

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students if they think the university should have made students aware of the alleged sexual assault on campus, which was reported Oct. 6.


have not met with him or anyone he knows to discuss the incident or to receive suggestions on how to improve campus safety. Betzen reiterated the investigation is ongoing and that no charges have been filed against the assailant. He declined to comment further on the case “until more developments become available,” wanting to ensure all parties involved receive fair due process. The Volante was denied access to the police report, and Betzen said Tuesday there are many factors contributing to the investigation’s progress that have yet to be completed, like the process time of laboratory work and investigational procedures. Clay County State’s Attorney Teddi Gertsma said her office is involved with the investigation, which is pending, but could not release any more information about the reported sexual assault “due to the sensitivity of the case.”

"They should handle it as a private matter. If it gets out of control they should alert people." Jasmine Thorson Sophomore

"When they don't tell people what happened it comes across as shady."




Students present award-winning proposal

Project suggests using geothermal energy to produce power Malachi Petersen The Volante

During the summer, four students from the University of South Dakota made a trip to Reno, Nev. to present their award-winning business proposal on sustainability. The proposal, “LTEC: Expanding the Viability of Geothermal Energy” focused on the uses of geothermal energy to produce large amounts of power. Geothermal energy is the energy produced by the heat of the Earth’s molten core. Assistant professor of Entrepreneurship at the Beacom School of Business Wade Druin served as the team’s adviser. Druin said geothermal energy is cleaner to produce than other forms of energy such as coal and geothermal energy turbines last longer than other energy plants. “Geothermal energy is practically a perpetual energy source meaning it lasts almost forever,” Druin said. The proposal the team created was centered on the founding of a fictional company and the creation of a fictional energy plant. The proposal also had to include a business plan for the fictional company. The entire project, while theoretical, is based on methods both already in use and also currently researched. The proposal that the team came up with focuses on the viability of building a geothermal turbine plant in the Midwest. Team leader Nathan Bedoya, a junior majoring in sustainability, said two interconnected wells would be drilled approximately five kilometers into the Earth’s surface. Then cold water from a nearby water source such as a lake would be pumped down one well. At the depth of five kilometers, the water would be heated and the pressure would raise the hot water and steam up the other well. Once at the top of the sec-


Four students traveled to Reno, Nev., over the summer to present a business proposal to the Department of Energy. Pictured above is the fictional energy plant which would use geothermal energy to produce power.

ond well the heated water would be ran through a closed heating source using ammonia to heat up the remaining water. The water would then turn to steam which would power the turbine which would in turn produce energy. The concept of the geothermal energy turbine is not new, said Bedoya. The same technology is already being used offshore in the ocean.

What makes the proposal submitted by USD’s team unique is that instead of the turbine using ocean water to run, it would be based on land and use a unique heating system to heat the water. LTEC would use a closed heating system not present in Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion technology. The cost of building one of these turbine plants would cost between $12-17 million but would produce

energy for 20 or more years. The proposal may be just a theoretical business plan, Bedoya said, but other energy companies are already beginning to focus on using closed loop systems such as the group’s proposed system to produce energy. “In our research, we found that the energy company ORMAT was already beginning to experiment with a similar idea using other chemicals to heat the

water besides ammonia,” Bedoya said. Bedoya also said the technology, while not well known or used, is starting to gain traction although most energy businesses are hesitant to go into details with their specific ideas. He said ORMAT was hesitant to say which chemicals or technology they were using. “It’s all kind of hush hush,” he said. Sponsor of the group

Assistant professor of Sustainability Meghann Jarchow said the new sources of renewable energy such as geothermal energy would be important in the future. “Right now, the focus is on energy conservation. We need to learn how to be more energy efficient,” she said.

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Mickelson: Two students displaced due to blockage CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 I can’t get in my room,” said first-year Atara Wipf. “I have all my clothes in my room and I don’t even have shoes on. The floor is soaking wet.“ Sewage water was reported coming out of drains in the communal bathroom, handicap bathroom and laundry room on the first floor of Mickelson. “The water started flowing through the walls,” said first-year Caitlyn Mayer. “We just sat there and watched it

“The water started flowing through the walls. We just sat there and watched it come through.” — Caitlyn Mayer, first-year student

come through.” Water was turned off by residence hall staff throughout the entirety of Mickelson, Haraldson said. Students using water on the upper floors was causing additional problems on the first floor. Water was turned back on by 11:30 p.m.

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Residents in Olson, Beede and Richardson were not affected. Housing staff was on hand to assist students. Residents of Mickelson were able to use other North Complex bathrooms while the water was off. Phil Covington, associate dean of Student Life, said he

did not think the backup was due to a broken sewer pipe, but a blockage, Haraldson said late Tuesday. Residence hall staff attempted to clean the floors with wet-dry vacuums. One bathroom located on the west side of the building on the first floor remained

closed for further intense cleaning according to an email from University Housing. Student Services said the bathroom will be cleaned Wednesday. “It smells really bad. It smells like diarrhea running out of the drains,” Mayer

said. “I am not going to sleep in my room tonight.”

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Career & Graduate School Fair

WORK.INTERN.VOLUNTEER All students are encouraged to attend! Open to the general public

Thursday, October 24th 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Muenster University Center (MUC) Ballroom Network with employers looking to fill full-time, part-time, and internship positions Professional dress encouraged Visit your myU portal for a list of employers and graduate schools attending Prizes will be given away! Register at the door OR Students can pre-register at the Academic & Career Planning Center or the Beacom School of Business Employment Services Office Pre-registered students who attend the fair will be entered into an additional drawing for $100 Barnes & Noble gift card. If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate, please contact Disability Services 48 hours before the event at 605-677-6389.

Academic & Career Planning Center Academic Commons 1st floor I.D. Weeks Library 605-677-5381

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Friendship strains in college Cassy jerrett is a sophomore majoring in psychology.

Most people, if not all, are guilty of premature judgement. Judgments could last a split second or last a lifetime, but we all make judgments about other human beings. These opinions of others could be altered by what another person is holding back. On numerous occasions, especially when in a fight with a friend, I have been known to think, “If only you knew.” It’s such a simple statement with so much unsaid emotion. Holding back that much emotion can resemble the metaphorical straw that broke the camel’s back. For example, my friends and I have become more distant lately. We’ve spent precious time together complaining about our lives and taking out the frustrations on the rest of our close-knit group. This has led to conflicts. In them, I find myself using the excuse, “if only you knew” a lot. It’s one of the most common mistakes you can make, and it can prove to be a fatal for any relationship. Especially when distance becomes an issue. USD students can relate to this because we all had to say goodbye to people we were once close to when we graduated high school. Most of the people we had to say goodbye to went off to attend different colleges. Different colleges call for an all around different experience. Because of these differences, we can begin to find it hard to relate to them all of a sudden. This distance, both metaphorical and physical, can lead us to hold things back from one another. The excuse can end friendships or even relationships if it overcomes a sense of camaraderie and compassion for each other. This excuse can lead you down a lonely road. Instead of holding back deep-seeded emotions, let it out. Stop using “if only you knew” as a reason to stop opening up to people close to you. With all of the stress created from tests and classes, it’s natural to be busy and to put off interactions with others. But the people closest to someone want to hear about how they are really feeling. If they didn’t care, they wouldn’t want to be around them. The best way to avoid letting this become a problem, especially during midterms and finals season, is to avoid using excuses just because it is easier. What I found that helped me to stop using the excuse was to make time for the people that want to make time for me, and when I’m with them, I’ve made sure to utilize the time in the best way possible. I’ve spent my time remembering why I became friends with them in the first place. I’ve watched movies with them, had a crazy dance party in my dorm room and tried to find something everyone in the group enjoys. Because of this, the once strained relationships have begun to heal. Anything worth something is worth fighting for, so I’ve decided to stop making excuses and stop judging the people that have helped me weather the storm when college got tough.

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Are you READY? Take the quiz below to find out the best way you should study for midterms.


when studying for a quiz/test, where do you like to study?

Students face midterm blues

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In my dorm with music/TV In a study room in the dorms In class just before


The quiz/test is worth a good portion of your grade. This makes you... Determined to study a lot Nervous and studying but distracted A little more worried than usual Not worried. I have the rest of the semester to make it up


to you, study groups are... A distraction Somewhat helpful Not helpful A chance to meet with friends from class and talk


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how often do you plan on preparing? Every night leading up to the exam/project/paper A day or two before The day of

Midterms are here and students at the University of South Dakota are preparing for the week. Although it is only halfway through the semester, midterms are designed to test students of the material they have learned these past few weeks in the forms of tests, projects, or papers. Either way, students are in full swing preparing for the week. Each student has a different way of preparing for a test or project, however the goal is the same for every student, to pass and continue the rest of the semester on a successful path. Junior Sadie Bauck believes although she is loaded with papers, projects and tests, midterms can be beneficial to students. “It is a good wake up call, it shows you where you are at (in the class) and what you need to do,” said Bauck. Professor Brian Begley, who is requiring a paper for his World Cinema class, believes that midterms is a good halfway point for students because it gives them an idea of where they are and what they need to do to succeed more in the classroom. “Education is not like food, you can’t just sit there and eat food, it is like exercising, you have to work at it,” Begley said. Although writing a paper isn’t “exercising” or “testing” the brain, it is a chance for students to put in their own words and expand what they have learned, which can be just as beneficial to students as a test. But is the word “midterm” a reason for students to freak out about their grades and reflect on their past study habits? Not necessarily. Yes,

for most students this means some form of test over the past few weeks, but it can be more of an eye opener. Students get the chance to see where they stand, this can be beneficial especially for first year students with it being their first semesters. Sophomore Megan Lewno looks at her Economics test as just another test because she believes there is no reason to stress out. “Students should not stress out. Study on your own time and get plenty of sleep,” said Lewno. Begley, Lewno, and Bauck all believe that students should not cram at the last second, it does not help with preparing and it causes unwanted stress, which can ultimately make a student do worse on the midterm. Begley wants students to, “start early and keep up (with studying) and don’t cram at the last second would be my advice. If you keep up you should be fine.” Reach reporter Katie McGuire at

Four ways to ease your midterm stress 1.Start studying now. 2. Stay healthy. 3. Be organized. 4. Go outside for a breath of fresh air.

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Midterms are very important to you. You realize that it is a good chunk of your grade and you are willing to study for days just to make sure this doesn’t effect it. Be careful though, because overstressing about a midterm can lead to sickness and more stress.

You are aware that midterms are important to your grade, however you realize that it isn’t as important as finals. Although the stakes are less high than finals week, midterms week is still something to be taken seriously, it does affect your grade after all.

You know that midterms affect your grade but it is the least of your worries. You are taking advantage of the fact that it is a midway point of the semester and therefore not important. Keep in mind that, depending on the class, midterms can be.

You are hardly concerned with midterms at all. It is merely another test and you believe you have plenty of time to make it up. Although this is partially true, you must keep in mind that studying now can benefit you in the near future for finals week.

How do you prepare for midterms? Alexa Moeller

Meredith Powers

Matt Ness

Nancy Escobar

“I start studying a week in advance. Look over notes and make flash cards. The week of, I just go over the materials.”

“I try to space out the time to write my papers. Knowing the information beforehand helps.”

“Lots and lots of coffee, and cigarettes, if possible.”

“A couple weeks before, I start studying so it’s not all crammed. When you do study, don’t have distractions. Go to the library.”



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CampusEvents Oct. 16

MediaSketch Blog about it @ Rambling Anna: The bucket list conundrum

6 p.m. Hunger Banquet Location: MUC Ballroom

ANNA BURLESON is a senior majoring in contemporary media and journalism.

7 - 8:15 p.m. “Chasing Ice” documentary showing Location: Patterson Hall, Room 117

Oct. 17 5 - 6 p.m. Earth Science Week lecture Location: Patterson Hall, Room 117 9 - 11 p.m. MUC Bingo Location: MUC Pit Lounge

Oct. 18 12:05 - 12:55 p.m. Chamber music: Pulse Location: National Music Museum 8:30 - 11 p.m. Movies at the MUC Location: MUC Pit Lounge

Bucket lists have become a popular thing, so my roommates and I — all seniors — decided to create one for ourselves. The problem is, we’re all starting to come to terms with our age and the fact that sometimes

it’s just really nice to spend a weekend doing absolutely nothing. For instance, back in high school, I would have done anything to attend a football game in the frigid cold or just hang out with friends, because I was afraid I’d miss something interesting. Now, I’m finding that I simply don’t care if I miss somebody’s joke or attempt romance at a downtown bar. I love to hear stories about awesome weekends full of shenanigans and mayhem, but I’m perfectly content with not

participating. However there are exceptions to every rule. My roommates and I still like to cut loose on occasion, but I’ve noticed that the amount of cutting has decreased considerably since my first year. So, our mildly boring bucket list has items like “Take a picture with the Doc Farber statue” and “Go to the National Music Museum” listed. Partially, because we’ve already done a lot of crazy things on campus, none of which I can publish in a newspaper, and

partially because we honestly just have fun making hot chocolate and watching “The Office” on Netflix. This is my request of you, reader. It’s up to you to keep us from becoming stagnant seniors and let us know what you think we should do at USD before we graduate. Keep in mind, we’ve done a lot of things already, so be creative, be crazy and be original. Send your bucket list ideas to blogger Anna Burleson at or tweet them to her @AnnagatorB

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All Day USD Quad State Marching Competition Location: DakotaDome 8:30 - 11 p.m. Movies at the MUC Location: MUC Pit Lounge

Oct. 20 3 - 4:30 p.m. Fall Choral Showcase Location: Aalfs Auditorium, Slagle Hall 9 - 10:30 p.m. MUC Karaoke Night Location: MUC Pit Lounge

Oct. 22 9 - 11 p.m. Open Mic Night featuring Jared Mahone Location: MUC Pit Lounge

Oct. 23 Noon - 1 p.m. Domestic violence panel discussion Location: School of Law, Room 101


7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Piano recital: Di Wu Location: Colton Recital Hall

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New release from The Weeknd sends band on downhill slope Sam Sharpe The Volante

The Weeknd released its first mixtape anonymously in 2011, the critically lauded “House of Balloons.” Two more mixtapes followed (“Thursday” and “Echoes of Silence”), struggling to make even a fraction of the impact of “House of Balloons.” For the most part, they followed in the same vein as that wonderful first release, but with diminishing results. This general trend follows with “Kiss Land,” The Weeknd’s most recent release. While the album isn’t bad, it has none of the memorability or inventive songwriting of the first mixtape. This could be because Tesfaye, main songwriter of The Weeknd, has been mining the same vein of lyricism since “House of Balloons.” The lyricism of “Kiss Land” cements The Weeknd as Drake’s evil twin: They both have the same “Oh, I’m famous and I party all the time and I don’t quite know how to feel about it” mindset. The difference is The Weeknd wallows in the ambiguity of getting everything you want, using it to his sad advantage. “What does it mean when your heart’s already numb? You’re professional,” he croons in the intro track “Professional.” Immediately on the next track, he turns this numbness around for his own use, rewarding a girl diamond rings after she “did many things that (he) liked.” Note: The offer of a ring, something usually associated with commitment, as a reward for a particularly memorable sexual encounter is right up The Week-

nd’s alley. Every song on the album basically follows this same equation. The story doesn’t really change from song to song. The only memorable detour comes in the second part of the song “Kiss Land.” At about four minutes in, the song’s sparkling production gives way to an unsteady, glacial beat, holding Tesfaye up as he woozily sings a manifesto, “My doctor told me to stop and he gave me something to pop/I mix it up with some Adderalls and I wait to get to the top/And I mix it up with some alcohol and I pour it up in a shot.” The song ends with Tesfaye repeating “This ain’t nothin’ to relate to.” Musically, there are very few interesting things happening on this album. The aforementioned title track gets some points for the change up half-

way through and a Portishead sample drags “Belong To The World” upwards a little bit but these are the only exceptions to the generally lackluster production. This can perhaps be attributed to Tesfaye’s switch from the production team of Illangelo, Jeremy Rose and Doc McKinney, who produced his mixtapes, to working primarily with DannyBoyStyles for “Kiss Land.” For me, The Weeknd has dried up his well far too early because of his monomaniacal devotion to self-indulgence, both personal and musical. What began as thrillingly dark, detached R&B on “House of Balloons” has drained away to become even more soulless on “Kiss Land.” Reach reviewer Sam Sharpe at

‘Gravity’ takes viewers to space with hypnotizing graphics Austin Ashlock The Volante

Why do we go to the movies? For most, it is to escape — to go somewhere new and experience something that is not of our own world. And in that sense, “Gravity” takes us to a place we have never gone before in the movies. The film follows the story of engineer Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and veteran astronaut Mike Kowalsky (George Clooney), who are 600 miles above Earth when their shuttle is hit by debris from a destroyed Russian satellite, leaving them adrift in the cold grasps of space. What follows is the ultimate survival story as Stone and Kowalsky fight to stay alive and find a way back to the safe embrace of Earth’s atmosphere — back to gravity. I do not want to give away any spoilers here, and luckily I won’t have to because it is not the story, nor the film’s messages of the intricacy of life, that leave the audience enthralled and paralyzed in their chairs. It’s the unadulterated visual spectacle unfolding before their eyes. Seasoned director Alfonso Cauron (“Children of Men,” “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”) and his team of visual effects geniuses have crafted something truly remarkable. Made almost entirely of visual effects, Cauron takes up the daunting task of placing the two main

actors in space, and making it look real. And they succeed. For a while, “Gravity” pulls the trick of feeling like a documentary filmed in space. The physics are real, the sound, or lack thereof, is real and the coldness of space feels all too real. However, what truly amazes is the full package. The honest-to-God real emptiness of space and engulfing visuals put you out there in the open depths of space with Stone and Kowalsky. And it’s these characters that bring it home. The film would not be anything without the well-crafted performances of Clooney and Bullock. Clooney plays his typecast to perfection and Bullock lets you know how small someone can feel hundreds of miles above Earth. Meanwhile, the direction brings you along for the horrifying, torturous ride. An impressive sequence that stands out in this endless visual spectacle includes the 17-minute continuous shot to begin the film. Cauron doesn’t make a single cut, and why would he need to? There is so much to feast your eyes on. This is the first film in years where audiences can sit in their seats for 90 minutes and completely forget they are in a movie. With that being said, it’s easy to say “Gravity” is the purest movie to come out in years.

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Gravity Coyote II Sunday: 1, 3:10 & 7 p.m. Monday: 7 p.m. Tuesday: 7 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Thursday: 7 p.m. Friday: 7 & 9:10 p.m. Saturday: 1. 3:10 & 7 p.m.

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 Vermillion Theatre Sunday: 1, 3 & 7 p.m. Monday: 7 p.m. Tuesday: 7 & 9 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Thursday: 7 p.m. Friday: 7 & 9 p.m. Saturday: 1, 3 & 7 p.m.

Prices Adults: $8 Students & military: $7 Kids & senior citizens: $6

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USD choirs prepare for fall showcase Josie Flatgard The Volante

Each semester, members of the University of South Dakota choir have two major concerts, the first of which is the Fall Choral Showcase held Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. in Aalfs Auditorium. David Holdhusen, the choir director in charge of the showcase, said all three choirs — men’s and women’s chorus, concert choir and Chamber Singers — will perform. Each choir will perform five or six selections. While the number of members in Chamber Singers is always set at 32, Holdhusen said concert choir has more than 60. Both are audition groups.

“Class starts, we do auditions that first Monday and Tuesday and the first Wednesday, we get started with our rehearsals. From that point, it’s all building to this concert,” Holdhusen said. He said the process is in continuous motion, with preparations for their December concert starting when they hand in all the “old” music the day after the Fall Showcase. The men’s and women’s chorus has 85 members, and is open to anyone, from USD students to faculty and community members. Holdhusen said although he does not have any involved this year, there are occasionally high school sing-

ers, too. Sophomore Sarah Schmidt is involved with three choirs — Chamber Singers, concert choir and is in charge of the jazz choir swing set with fellow student Hannah Lamberts. She said auditioning for the choirs last year was nervewracking as a first-year. “Coming into the college world, I was a little scared because I didn’t know what was going to happen, but last year, I made Chamber Singers and this year, I joined concert choir to gain experience for my major,” Schmidt said. Schmidt said she originally planned on being a biology major, but being in a musical

her senior year of high school changed her plans. “After that I was just like, ‘You know what, this is what I want to do,’ and I haven’t changed my mind since,” she said. This realization led Schmidt to be involved with the upcoming fall concert. “A lot of people associate choir with the serious, sad legato, but we have some really fun pieces,” Schmidt said. She said those “fun” pieces will include a selection entitled “Country Dances,” which has over 19 folk songs incorporated in it. Schmidt said the fall concerts are a way to show off how far they have come over the semes-

ter, and a way to reach out to the community so they can enjoy it as much as the choir members have. She said even after Chamber Singers having a reunion concert, she is looking forward to the big crowd at the showcase. Senior Becca Lunstrum, who is also involved with Chamber Singers, said she got started with music at a young age; singing as soon as she was able to talk, playing piano at around age five, and finally adding french horn at around age 10. “Both of my parents were music teachers. It’s always been a big part of my life,” Lunstrum said. She said she coming from

the small town of Redfield, S.D. which was a definite change from joining USD’s choir. Lunstrum said students are required to do some sight-reading, scales and vocal range testing for an audition each year. The auditions lead into being a member and getting to participate in concerts, like the fall showcase, in the USD choir program. “This vocal department if very strong, and I would probably go as far as, one of the strongest programs, if not the strongest program, in the state,” Lunstrum said. Reach reporter Josie Flatgard at

CRISTINA DREY/THE VOLANTE The University of South Dakota Chamber Singers choir rehearse for their perfomance Oct. 20. Made up of students of all ages, men and women, the USD Chamber Singers are just one of the many choirs performing.

Students bowl for cancer awareness Kayla Prasek The Volante

University of South Dakota students will help strike out cancer later this month, while also helping to spread the mission of the American Cancer Society. College Against Cancers, a Colleges Against Cancer, the University of South Dakota’s student organization that works to raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society, will hold its annual “Bowling for Boobs” event Oct. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Strike Zone Alley. “This became our annual event, because it’s really geared more toward college-aged kids,” said senior Mackenzie Mears, president of Colleges Against Cancer. The group holds “Bowling for Boobs” each October as the kickoff to their year of fundraising. Sophomore Michelle Masselink, Colleges Against Cancer’s fundraising chair, said with October being National Breast

Cancer Awareness Month, it makes sense for the group to hold this event during the fall semester. The “Bowling for Boobs” event is an evening of bowling at a discounted price, with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. Participants are not required to form teams for the event but are encouraged to bring their friends, Mears said. Each event Colleges Against Cancer holds all leads up to Relay for Life. “Even though our main event is Relay for Life, we do hold smaller events throughout the year,” Mears said. “Our main mission is to spread the work of the American Cancer Society to campus.” Mears and Masselink said they both joined Colleges Against Cancer because they believed in the group’s mission. “Everyone has been affected by cancer in some way,” Mears said. “This group brings us all together.” Masselink said it gives members a chance to spread awareness for something they all

deeply believe in. “It really gives us the chance to connect for one cause,” she said. Sophomore Emily Chrestiansen joined Colleges Against Cancer because she wanted to be able to give back while at college. “My aunt had cancer and started a Relay for Life team in my hometown that I help with,” Chrestiansen said. “I also know several others who have been affected by cancer. I joined at USD as a way to be involved and give back to a good cause.” Chrestiansen said students are just as important to helping spread awareness as adults. “Almost everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer, so college students should raise awareness about finding a cure for cancer so hopefully someday people won’t have to say that they lost someone to cancer,” Chrestiansen said. Mears said they are hoping to get the Vermillion community more involved with this year’s Relay for Life, and anyone


USD students participate in the annual “Bowling for Boobs” put on by the Colleges Against Cancer organization on campus. The event raises money for the cancer association and is a fun way for students to raise money for the cause.

can form a team and register at The cost is $5 per person,

and no pre-registration is necessary. The group will also be selling sunglasses.

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Liska travels the extra miles for education Braley Dodson The Volante

COURTESY PHOTO McKenzie Liska and her son Braxton traveling en route to Vermillion, a typlical day for the two of them.

McKenzie Liska’s mornings begin at 7:30 a.m. She wakes up, gets ready and with her two-year-old son Braxton, drives nearly 80 miles from Verdigre, Neb. to Vermillion. Liska, who plans to graduate in the spring of 2015, transferred from Northeast Community College in 2011 to pursue public relations. “I don’t want to be another single mother, negative statistic,” Liska said. Despite harsh winter weather, Liska only had to miss one day of class last year. She leaves her home around 8:30 a.m. each morning, just in case, to get to class by 11 a.m. “The professors, if I explain the situation, they

are more worried about if you’re OK,” Liska said. She drops Braxton off at USD’s daycare every morning, and picks him back up after she has finished her classes and homework. They are usually home by 7 p.m., except for Wednesdays, because of a practicum, are back in Verdigre at 10 p.m. However, she said pursuing her degree, despite the hassle, is worthwhile. “With my son, I realize I want to be educated and make a better life for him and I,” Liska said. She uses the drive to spend time with her son. They usually sing songs and practice colors and shapes. “He’s really good in the car,” Liska said. After two years of commuting, the two have gotten used to the drive.

“I don’t know if it’s easier, but we have more of a routine now,” Liska said. “He’s really good at transitioning, he loves to go to daycare.” Despite the drive, Liska said she has no plans to relocate to Vermillion, because it is less expensive for her to commute than it is for her to move. Additionally, she would be away from the support network of her family. “It’s much different, and easier, to commute when you have a place to come home to,” Liska said. “If my son is sick, there is someone there to help.” Liska is taking 17 credits this semester, and said school is her main focus. For other single mothers, she suggests perseverance, especially during a midsemester slump.

“If you start to break down, and you push through, you feel the most accomplishment,” Liska said. “I can finally see that light at the end of the tunnel.”

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USD continues to roll, win five straight Kelsey Kroger The Volante

Friday night was another exciting night at the DakotaDome, as the University of South Dakota women’s volleyball team beat Denver University, taking first place in the Summit League Conference. Head Coach Matt Houk said Denver was a good match for the coyotes. “The team is very focused, and they’re onto the next stage and preparing themselves for Western Illinois,” Houk said. Junior Kendall Kritenbrink said the team goes into practice

each day focused. “We take each practice one day at a time,” Kritenbrink said. The team will focus on blocking this week, as it has been inconsistent lately. The team started the season off with blocking being one of their strengths. “A big strength of ours at the beginning of the season was our blocking, and we’re trying to get back to that, and make sure we’re putting up that good block,” Houk said. The Coyotes offensive numbers have been good so far this season, but they will continue to focus on their pace, playing fast

and scoring the ball. Senior Tori Kroll said it was great beating Denver, but there are plenty of things to keep in mind. “It’s very awesome, but everyone is competition this year, and we have to keep going 1-0 each day and competing,” Kroll said. The team mentality is focused on 1-0 every game, which seems to be working well for the team so far. Houk says he needs to keep the team focused and keep the 1-0 mentality going. “We understand that on Friday night, we are trying to go 1-0, Sunday night, we are trying to go 1-0. We are taking care of

the details that we can. With it being the last weekend of the first half of conference, we want to make that important,” Houk said. Kritenbrink also said the team serving has been tough lately, getting the other team out of its system. The Coyotes will face Western Illinois on Friday night and the University of Nebraska Omaha on Sunday. Both games will be held at the DakotaDome at 7 p.m. After this weekend’s matches, the Coyotes will be halfway done with conference play and onto the second half of the sea-

son. It is important that the team stays focused and keeps the 1-0 mentality going. Houk says the second half of the season is going to come down to which team is going to execute more efficiently. “Each team will know us better, and we are going to know them better. We are going to expect even bigger battles because the second time through is always tough. Everyone understands everyone’s tendencies a little better. Everyone sets up better defensively that second half because they know what you’re going to do offensively,” Houk said.

Sticki n g together as a team and keeping the communication and energy up is key to bringing out wins the rest of the season.

Running on familiar ground Annual Tim Young Invitational will be held in Vermillion Oct. 19


Members of the University of South Dakota’s men’s cross-country team prep for the Tim Young Invitational. The Invitational will take place Oct. 19 and will host opponents such as South Dakota State and North Dakota State. Nathan Ellenbecker The Volante

Cross-country meets are unlike many other DivisionI sporting events. They don’t blast celebratory music, include halftimes with dance teams or rely on cheerleaders to pump up home crowds. No, cross-country meets run a little bit differently. “We aren’t in the process of the refs are here, the game ball is here, let’s go out and play,” University of South Dakota cross-country coach Dan Fitzsimmons said. “It’s a matter of having the course structured, having timers in to time runners and having

volunteers willing to set up.” USD will host the Tim Young Invitational, the only home meet for the Coyotes in 2013, this Saturday at the Don Baker Cross Country Course across from the DakotaDome. Fitzsimmons said the meet is directed by a number of people throughout the track and cross country programs. USD head track and field coach Dave Gottsleben will be one of the men in charge of making sure everything is in order for Saturday. “The track coaches’ one job is to make sure Fitzsimmons doesn’t have to do anything except coach his

kids Saturday. Anything that needs to get done should get done through us. As far as set-up and take-down, that will all be taken care of by our coaching staff and any students willing to help,” Gottsleben said. According to Gottsleben, preparation for the one meet is a long processes that begins well before the meet. The athletic facilities management has mowed the course numerous times, and a local packing company has also packed the area. Vermillion will paint the line for runners to follow Thursday. Finally, on Friday the meet staff will set up the runner

tent, public announcement system and tables. On meet day cross country and track staff generally handle the P.A. system while other track athletes often help work other parts of the meet. For runners, the meet is a nice change of pace before moving into late season conference and regional meets. “The home meet is always a fun time,” junior Brant Hasse said. “We have all our friends and family come out that don’t usually get to come see us race. It’s not a big meet, but it’s a good time for us.” Coach Fitzsimmons said

the Tim Young Invitational provides a unique opportunity to gain extra meet preparation and still enjoy a weekend at home. He even believes the home meet has another valuable role for the team. “Home meets are nice. The moral of runners for staying at home and competing at their course is good. Also, being able to compare times from year to year at the course allows us to see if we have made some improvements,” Fitzsimmons said. Season in full swing After two second place finishes at the Summit League

conference meet last fall, both the men’s and women’s teams are looking to take one huge step forward towards conference titles. In front of the Coyote runners are the North Dakota State men and South Dakota State women, who each are tears of consecutive conference championships. “We have stiff opponents throughout our conference. North Dakota State girls and South Dakota State men are both making runs right now. To overtake them we need five up front in races, not just four,” Coach Dan FitzsimPlease see CROSS COUNTRY, Page B6

Coyotes set for UNI showdown Grant Bosiacki The Volante


Senior safety Aaron Swift returns a punt against Indiana State Oct. 12. Swift has 21 total tackles on the season.

Fresh off winning back-toback games in the Missouri Valley Conference, the University of South Dakota football team is full of smiles. With a 3-3 record (2-1), the Coyotes have already tripled last season’s total of one. Head Coach Joe Glenn said he is thrilled that the hard work is finally starting to pay off. “I feel real good right now, the whole team does,” Glenn said. “It’s great to win. There’s nothing like it, and we all know that.” Two weeks ago the team conquered its first ever MVC victory with a 17-14 win over Missouri State. They followed that up with another 17-14 win over Indiana State, the same team that beat them 45-14 a

year ago. First-year running back Trevor Bouma was the key cog for the Coyotes offense, rushing for 145 yards on 28 carries. For his efforts he was awarded the Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week. The consistent yards coming on the ground allowed the Coyotes to chew up the clock, aiding the Coyotes to win the time of possession battle 33:47 to 26:13. The wins were a good sign of things to come, but the team now has to hit the road and take on the University of Northern Iowa Panthers, in what according to senior safety Devin Taverna is the start of the “hardest part of their schedule.” “We did fine in the first half. We went 3-3. Some were close losses, but we’ve clearly improved from last year,” Tav-

erna said. “We are 2-1 in the Valley but now’s the grind of the season. We can’t afford to slack off because we’re going in to the hardest part of our schedule.” Northern Iowa walked out of the DakotaDome with a hard earned win, beating USD 24-21. This year they have had a season of ups and downs. They started off their season by beating FBS opponent Iowa State 28-20 and would go on to win their first four games. Then they squandered a chance to steal a game in Fargo, only to be outscored 14-0 in the fourth quarter to lose 24-23 to North Dakota State. Last week they fought back from a 14-0 deficit against Southern Illinois but lost 24-17 on overtime. Their arrow may be trending down, but Taverna said they still are an elite team.

“They are a great, physical team. David Johnson is one of the best backs we’ve ever seen,” Taverna said. “It’s going to be a good game, but we’ll have to get after them.” Johnson, the Panthers’ senior running back, is averaging 7.3 yards per carry and has already racked up 710 yards and five touchdowns. Glenn said the team came close to beating UNI last year and thinks this year’s team can make enough plays to get over the hump, which wasn’t the case last season. “They are a different team from last year. They lost a lot of guys,” Glenn said. “But we learned we can play with them and (Northern Iowa) knows that too. They know they can’t Please see FOOTBALL, Page B6



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COYOTEDigest Coyotes notch second straight MVC win

Football Recap: The Coyotes won their second Missouri Valley Conference game in a row over the weekend behind a stellar rushing attack. Redshirt first-year running back Trevor Bouma carried the ball 28 times for 145 yards and two touchdowns. The Coyotes went on to defeat Indiana State 17-14. Key player: Sophomore Keyen Lage stepped up his game with fellow linebacker Tyler Starr sitting out the first half because of suspension. Lage recorded nine tackles, two of which were for a loss. In addition, Lage finished the game with two quarterback hurries. The Coyotes pounded the ball early and often in the game, and Bouma was a big part of that. His efforts earned him MVFC Newcomer of the Week honors. Player to Watch: Sophomore quarterback Kevin Earl is now 2-0 as a Coyote starter. Earl will be key down the stretch for the Coyotes as they look to continue winning in the MVFC. This year Earl is 44 of 73 for 414 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Record: 3-3 (2-1) Up Next: The Coyotes hit the road, as they head to the University of Northern Iowa. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Volleyball Recap: The Coyotes faced the University Denver Friday at the DakotaDome. The matchup was the deciding factor for who would be first place in the Summit League. Both teams entered the match undefeated in conference play, and the Coyotes were able to defeat Denver 3-0, taking sole possession of first place in the Summit League.

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Head coach Joe Glenn looks on as sophomore Kevin Earl drops back under center. Glenn and the Coyotes beat Indiana State last Saturday to earn their second straight Missouri Valley Conference win and improve to 3-3 (2-1) on the season.

Athlete of the Week First-year Sam Schutt won the 200 yard freestyle in last weekend’s dual against Minnesota State Mankato. Schutt also finished second in the 100 yard freestyle as a member of the Coyotes’ 400 yard freestyle relay team to earn her The Volante Athlete of the Week.

Key Players: Senior Tori Kroll led the Coyotes in assists in the victory over Denver with 40. This brought Kroll to 769 assists on the season, an average of 10.53 assists per set. First-year Audrey Reeg helped the Coyotes all around in the victory recording seven kills and nine digs. Reeg now has 59 kills (0.81 kills per set) and leads the team in digs with 219 on the year (3.00 digs per set). Player to Watch: Junior Kendall Kritenbrink has led the team in kills all year. She has been named league offensive player of the week two times this year and six times in her career. Against Denver, she recorded 16 kills, bringing her to 333 kills on the year (4.56 kills per set). Record: 14-6 (5-0) Up Next: The Coyotes host the University of Northern Iowa Friday at 7 p.m. in the DakotaDome.

Soccer Recap: The Coyotes have now dropped four straight games, two of which came over the weekend against NDSU and SDSU. On Friday, the Coyotes traveled to Brookings and fell to the conference leading Jackrabbits 1-0. The Coyotes went to Fargo Sunday to face the Bison and lost in overtime 1-0. Key Player: Junior goalkeeper Mackenzie Viktor recorded 14 saves over the weekend, five against SDSU and nine against NDSU. Viktor kept both games close, forcing the NDSU match into overtime, but saw both games end in losses. Viktor has a .775 save percentage on the season. Player to Watch: First-year forward Jamie Karch is the Coyotes leading scorer with six goals and one assist. Record: 5-6-3 (0-3-0) Up Next: USD vs. Denver on Sunday at noon.

Results from dual at Minnesota State Mankato: •

First Place: 200 yard freestyle

Time: 2:00.09

Second Place: 100 yard freestyle for Coyotes’ Relay team

Time: 54.81

Grade: First-year

Sam Schutt

Hometown: Columbus, Ohio

High school career •

Set three school records at Bishop Watterson High School in Columbus, Ohio.

Won two state championships.

Six All-American titles, as well as three AllState honors.

Clowney model bad for NFL image josh jorgensen is a sophmore majoring in contemporary media and journalism. Jadeveon Clowney. In the preseason he was the hype of college football; now he’s the blunt of football jokes. He sat out the last few weeks and finally decided to play in South Carolina’s 51-7 victory against Arkansas Saturday. Clowney, along with Johnny Manziel, is the talk of college football, but unbelievably, Clowney might have more haters than “Johnny Football.” Just how good is Clowney? Is he really the greatest defensive player to play the game? I don’t think so. He is known for one big hit, and one good season. This year, he came to camp out of shape, with

many asking what he needs to incentivize him. The question in Clowney’s case, and college football as a whole, is: Should players get paid to play? My answer is yes, because it would take the excuses away from the players. There doesn’t need to be million dollar contracts like in the pros, but players like Clowney would have the incentive to go out and play. When the great players like Clowney or Manziel decide not to play, it takes away from the game. While it is not for sure, many ­ — myself included,, believe Clowney is sitting out because he fears if injury occurs, he won’t get the high draft position he was expected before the season started. If Clowney decides to sit out again because he wants to make the money in the pros, other players may follow suit. This makes college football look bad, and in fact, this decision, will actually hurt

him in the long run. The NFL has a character issue, and they are not going to waste millions of dollars on a player who doesn’t want to play the team game. Clowney will get drafted, but if he continues to sit out, his draft stock will fall fast. If Clowney was getting paid right now, there is no doubt that he would be playing. The doctors all said he was fine; the only person who says he is not ready is Clowney, which may be true but is unlikely. Clowney is upset, and I don’t blame him. South Carolina raised ticket prices by $6 this year. Clowney is a big reason, but he won’t receive a profit. While he is upset, there really is no reason for these actions, because football is a team sport. You can’t just decide to let down the team because you want to make money a year later. It’s unfair to the coaching staff and to the rest of the team. Players seeking benefits

has corrupted college football. It keeps happening, leaving players thinking they’re bigger than the game. Jokes have been made constantly about Manziel reportedly receiving money for autographs, but this Clowney situation has gone too far. He is putting himself before his team, which is in the running to win the SEC West. Just because Mel Kiper Jr. says a player like Clowney is going to be the number one pick in the draft doesn’t mean he is. The player still has to go out and prove themselves the year before, and I believe that this showing by Clowney has killed his draft stock going down the stretch of the season. If he sits out another game this year, I think he will have tarnished his reputation, and college football will take one of its biggest blows. Reach reporter Josh Jorgensen at

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Coyotes return home after four game slide Sydney Mook The Volante

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First-year forward Corey Strang looks for a shot against Drake University Sept. 26. The Coyotes would go on to fall 3-2 in overtime.

After being on the road since Oct. 6, the University of South Dakota women’s soccer team will return home for a match against Denver University Oct. 20. The Coyotes are currently 5-6-3 following four consecutive losses, including a pair of one score losses against rivals South Dakota State and North Dakota State Oct. 11 and Oct. 13, respectively. Head coach Mandy Green said those games are some of the hardest to take for the team. “There have been a lot of really close games that we should have won,” Green said. “We kind of let them get away from us, so that has been tough for us. But we just have to keep going on game by game.” The team will take on the Denver University Pioneers Sunday afternoon, where the Coyotes look to build upon their record before the conference tournament begins Nov. 6. The Pioneers, which are currently undefeated in the Summit League, are ranked ninth in the

nation by the Top Drawer Soccer poll. Denver has dominated the field both offensively and defensively, allowing just seven total goals during the season. “They are a very good team,” Green said. “But we treat them like we would any other opponent. If we play good defense for 85 minutes of the game and we are able work well offensively by connecting passes, then we will be able to handle any team that comes our way.” The team is looking to improve its record so it can be in the top four of the conference and have a chance to play in the Summit League Tournament come November. First-year Jamie Karch says that while the conference tournament is not the most important thing to the team right now, they do know the significance of the standings. “We really want to get into the top four because that means we get to play in the tournament,” Karch said. “The team is much better than last year and I think that would be really great to go to the Tournament.” In 2012, the Coyotes were a

Cross Country: Injuries plaguing veteran squad Continued from page B4 mons said. On the women’s side, the team holds four runners who have established themselves as bona fide leaders. Sophomores Katie Wetzstein, and Amber Eickhorn, First-year Kate Kaster and senior Megan Hilson provide a solid lead-four running group for the Coyotes while senior Britni Waller has established herself as the team’s fifth runner. “We definitely don’t have as much depth as we have had in the past, but we have a really strong lead group up front,” Waller said. “They

just keep pushing up toward the top five, and everyone’s gotten faster from their example.” According to Fitzsimmons, this group of Coyote runners has the perfect blend of youth and experience to take themselves a long way in late season meets. “Overall, our women’s team is very talented,” Fitzsimmons said. “Our strength is we have four women who, on any given day, can be our number one runner.” For the men’s team, the story is nearly the same. The team finished second to SDSU last season, and the

goal this year is to climb one more ring in the ladder. Moving up, however, hasn’t been easy for USD. Two of the team’s strongest runners Brant Hasse and Jeff Mettler are coming off injury and just getting back in the swing of the season. “We had really high expectations coming into the season, and now me and Jeff are just getting back after getting injured,” Hasse said. “We really think we can go win conference and place really high at regionals.” Fitzsimmons said he still expects big things from the two runners as well as Mubarik Musa, last year’s conference freshman of the

year. This fall the men have already showcased their improvement this season. After a 22 place finish at Minnesota’s Roy Griak Invitational, the men finished tied for second at their last meet, the South Dakota State Classic. “It felt like we may have been a little bit disconnected at the beginning of the season. We don’t have a lot of guys, and since two of us were hurt, we felt a little bit apart. But now that we are back, we’re starting to roll,” Hasse said. Now, the focus for both teams is centered around staying healthy moving for-

ward. The team’s biggest test, the conference meet, is scheduled for November 2 in Fort Wayne, Ind. If things go as planned for the Coyotes, Fitzsimmons and the runners are expecting some big performances. “I like to think our teams get a little bit better everyday, get a little bit better every week and certainly get better every month,” Fitzsimmons said. “These are certainly the best two best teams I’ve coached at the university.” Reach reporter Nathan Ellenbecker at

Football: Defense vastly improved through the air Continued from page B4 bring their “B” game and beat us.” Senior outside linebacker Tyler Starr said a key last week was the ability of the Coyotes offense to stay on the field and give the defenders a rest. “The longer the offense is out there the better. That was huge last week,” Starr said. “That needs to happen again. It’s really nice on us to

get a breather and watch them score the ball.” Last week, Starr had to serve a two quarter suspension after a helmet-to-helmet against Missouri State Oct. 5. “It was one of the hardest things for me to do. There’s nothing I would rather do than be out there playing football with my teammates,” Starr said. But Starr, who leads the team with seven sacks, said

now that the suspension is over with and something he doesn’t have to worry about, he can go back to pinning his ears back and attacking the quarterback. “My skill set is pass rushing, that’s the best part of my game,” Starr said. “The more pressure I can get, the better chance we have of winning, which you can see these past few weeks. The whole defense is playing great.”

The opposing quarterback Starr and the rest of the Coyote defenders will be zoning in on will be senior Sawyer Kollmorgen, who has 10 touchdowns through the air and averages just over 200 yards per game. Kollmorgen will have his work cut out for him, as the USD defense is No. 1 in the nation against the pass, giving up only 105 yards per game. All four starters in the defensive backfield are seniors, which

according to Taverna can go a long way. “Experience is huge at any level, whether that’s high school, college or the NFL,” Taverna said. “We’re trusting each other and trusting the scheme.” The Oct. 19 kickoff against Northern Iowa will be at 4 p.m.

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Roster questions highlight preseason Josh Jorgensen The Volante

After two full weeks of practice, the Coyote men’s basketball team is beginning to answer some of the preseason questions. The biggest of which is the team’s starting lineup. There are a few position locks, but for the most part, head coach Joey James says it is an open competition. “Generally there are two or three players in every position, and they are battling for that starting spot, for time on the court,” James said. In 2012-13, the Coyotes had a group of transfer players sitting out because of NCAA eligibility requirements. However, this season their eligibility is up, and sophomore guard Adam Thoseby said it has been a competition for every position. “I think 1-5, there are position battles everywhere,” Thoseby said. “Some days, one guy will play really well, and the other days another guy will play really well. We haven’t really found a consistent group.” Last year’s Coyote team struggled on defense, and senior guard Karim Rowson said the offseason was focused on defense and

rebounding. “Defense and rebounding is the main thing we need to work on. Everything else has kind of fallen into place,” Rowson said. The Coyotes are about halfway through the preseason practices, with their Nov. 9 game against St. Bonaventure fast approaching. James said the intensity in practice has been great early on. “(The intensity) has been incredible, and the difference this year, as compared to last year, is we have more guys,” James said. “Everyone is competing for a spot, and that has driven the intensity and competition out of everybody.” Another major question is who will take over the reign as point guard. The Coyotes graduated guard Juevol Myles last year, and early on, the team is trying to find his replacement. Everything points toward sophomore guard Trey Norris starting the first game, but James said first-year guard Rico Thompson will also get minutes. “Trey has been with us for a year, and he’s had experience at North Texas. He’s done a fantastic job, but we have to get him better defensively,” James said. “Thompson being a true freshman is young but

very smart. He may be a better scorer than Norris, but it’s been a great competition between the two, and they’re making each other better.” With nothing locked down for the Coyotes, the competition at all positions will continue up until their first match of the season with James at the helm Nov. 9. Reach reporter Josh Jorgensen at

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1 Trey Norris


2 Bounama Keita Center 4 Rico Thompson Guard 10 Vlad Stoicoviciu Guard 12 Brandon Bos


13 Adam Thoseby Guard 14 C. Kasperbauer Guard 21 Jack Foley


23 Tyler Flack


24 Karim Rowson


32 Tavian Pomlee


41 Eric Robertson


45 Austin Sparks


50 Trevor Gruis


55 Tyler Larson


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Senior center Trevor Gruis practices his jumpshot during practice Oct. 10. Gruis is the presumed favorite to start at center this year.

forgettable 2-13-3. Coach Green has previously stated that the team had a lot of negativity, but this year’s group is much more cohesive and positive even after some tough losses. “I am very pleased with the team that I have this year. We are sitting a lot better than we were at this time last year,” Green said. Junior Shannon Keller says that this year’s team is a lot more confident after having a couple of years of college play under their belts. She added that the team knows how to play better now compared to last year. “Our season is much better than last year,” Keller said. “We have a majority of juniors and sophomores, we have more experience than we did before. We know how to play smart and we know how we need to play at the college level.” The team will finish out its season with games against IPFW, Western Illinois and IUPUI. Reach reporter Sydney Mook at

Pentagon good for area sports NICK ROBINSON is a first-year majoring in contemporary media and journalism.

This past Thursday, I had the unique experience to attend the first actual event held in the new Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls. The Minnesota Timberwolves were hosting the Milwaukee Bucks in a sold out building. Upon entering the brand new Pentagon, I did not expect what I was about to experience. As Sanford describes, “A game changing experience.” They were right. The brandnew facility changed how I see athletics in this area. The 162-acre development is state of the art, with nine courts and three collegiate or pro sized courts. Along with the Pentagon, the Sanford Fieldhouse, an indoor field, looks like it belongs on the campus of Alabama’s football facility. Team store, training room areas, not to mention the suites, which remind me off the Target Center in Minneapolis, show that South Dakota can ‘do it big.’ The Pentagon is also going to be the home of the two-time defending champion Miami Heat Developmental League squad, the Sioux Falls SkyForce. It definitely had a unique feel to it. It is quite small, hosting 3,200 fans per game, but at the same time has an old-school feel, with a dark brown painted court and an old fashioned Times Square-like clock. The locker rooms are spacious and up-to-date for any type of event. Lucky enough for the new arena, the Bucks strolled into town. One of their rookies is SDSU alum and last year’s Summit League Player of the Year Nate Wolters. A grand opening for Wolters coming back to South Dakota, was perfect timing for the Pentagon. Fans of all different teams showed up, in Wolves gear, Bucks gear and, of course, SDSU Jacks gear. But hey, Wolters may be a celebrity in this area, but he still has to earn respect of the other NBA players. Wolves guard Kevin Martin said before the game, he didn’t even know who Wolters was. If you haven’t had a chance to tour the site, I suggest you do, because soon the surrounding area will blow up. All of this couldn’t have been done without the Sanford family. Truly a state of the art area, I suggest you make the short trip up I-29 to see this.

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