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Football head coach Joe Glenn said he takes pride and responsibility as an alumnus in charge of the University of South Dakota’s team. So when he dismissed two first-year football players for allegedly firing a BB gun last month, he took it personally. “I love this school — it’s my school and I

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Junior defensive back Steve Tellefson and sophomore Keyen Lage break up a pass during the Coyotes' win against Missouri State Oct. 5.

Caught in transition

Cuts to Native Studies program burden students

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A building space evaluation was released by the university Oct. 31 suggesting more space is needed on the University of South Dakota campus for academic neighborhoods, but this evaluation did not include residence halls. Some of the most salient suggestions consultant Joe Bilotta outlined in his summary consisted of adding a wing to the Andrew E. Lee Memorial Medicine and Science Building and for the relocation of the nursing, physician assistant,

Two weeks into the fall semester, senior Jordan Catlett withdrew from what would have been her second to last class in her Native Studies minor. "(The class) just did not align with the experience others who had taken the class told me about," she said. "I even thought about dropping it as a minor, but I was only two classes away." Meanwhile, senior David Estes, a Native Studies and Criminal Justice double major, sits in his Applied Research for Social Changes class, contemplating what could have been from his final Native Studies course. "We were going to pick a reservation and figure out what programs they need and write a grant to get funding for those programs," Estes said. "For me, that was a hands-on class, and classes I had been in up to this point were like that." That was before the departure of former Native Studies professor and lone faculty member Elizabeth Castle and downgrading of the Native Studies from a department to a program in spring 2013. Now, the program consists of interdisciplinary courses and Check out the exclusive interview with Dean Kim Grieve and Tena Haraldson.


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Evaluation deems university lacks in necessary space

Senior David Estes, a Native Studies and Criminal Justice major, joined the Native Studies program during his first year at USD and has concerns over its direction following changes made over the summer.

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Nine majors and 10 minors

Two Lakota language*

David Alexander Library

*a part of language department

Patti Dimond English

Samuel Herley History

John Korkow

Three Native Studies

Addiction Studies

Erin Nielsen Addiction Studies

Armik Mirzayan Languages

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Two designated electives*


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Seven classes offered per semester

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Seven faculty members in the program


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Despite the lack of political elections in South Dakota, one campus organization is ready to get in the spirit of an old-fashioned debate. The Political Science League is holding its annual debate today in Farber Hall at 6:30 p.m. The event will feature a realistically structured debate between the College Republicans and the College Democrats. The College Libertarians participated in last year’s debate, however they did not meet the requirements of a college political party in order to participate in this year’s debate. PSL President Alayna Ackerman said the debate has become a tradition the PSL looks

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head start and social work centers from Julian Hall. Ideally, he said, the university would keep the hard sciences together, the health and medicine buildings together and the social sciences together on campus to create academic neighborhoods for students and faculty. Dean of Students Kim Grieve said the evaluation focused on the areas directly on campus and not residence halls, “because that information is covered in the housing plan.” The university will not tear down Brookman until they have an alternative housing situation, possibly located in the community, said Tena Haraldson,

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forward to every year. “It’s always been something we do, especially since I’ve been here for the last three years,” said Ackerman. “And it’s always been in the October, November setting — similar to national debates.” However, Ackerman said there is more to the event than just debating. “Even though there

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The University of South Dakota began construction of a new dormitory, after excellent weather conditions allowed for the slated plans to begin early. The $300,000 all-brick structure would allow for an all-women's dormitory and was located northwest of Dakota Hall. With a housing occupancy of 66, the building was scheduled to be finished the following fall in 1953, provided construction crews were able to stay on schedule.



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Aimed at developing a college of honors at the University of South Dakota, a revision to the Honors Program was enacted by the University Senate. Under the revision, prospective honors students would have the options of two different paths. The first path would be the original Honors Program route, and the second option would require firstyears and sophomores to take an honors core curriculum and at least three honors seminars in their sophomore and junior years.

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Loud noise complaints Recovered item citations Domestic dispute calls

Oct. 30 1. Officers responded to a shoplifting complaint at WalMart in the 1200 block of Princeton Street. A 19-year-old male subject was charged with theft. 2. Domestic incident 700 block of Cottage Avenue. Officers responded to a verbal argument between a male and female subject 3. Noise Complaint 900 block East Duke Street. Caller reported loud music from a neighbor’s home. Officers responded and found unreasonably loud music coming from the

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home. Asked homeowner to turn the music down. Officers issued no charges.

male subject was cited for open container. 6. A caller reported a fight in the 10 block of South Harvard Street. The investigation revealed that a 22-year-old man got upset at his girlfriend for wearing a coat belonging to another man. He shook his girlfriend and punched another man who tried to stop him. The man was arrested and charged for assault.

Oct. 31 4. Officers responded to a call of a domestic disturbance at a residence in the 400 block of Franklin Street. A domestic assault between adult daughter and her mother. The 29-year-old daughter was arrested and charged with assault. 5. Officers on foot patrol came across a male with an open container in the 10 block of East Main Street. The 21-year-old

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VOLANTE STAFF REPORTS A University of South Dakota professor examines leadership traits and what qualities and behaviors are necessary to impact a follower’s decision to follow through the launch of a book. Matthew Fairholm, associate professor of political science at


USD since 2003, said the idea for his new book, “Putting Your Values to Work: Becoming the Leader Others Want to Follow,” was developed through his time spent formally studying leadership as well as training mid- and seniorlevel managers in government and nonprofit organizations. Fairholm, who said in a university press release that fol-

lowing leadership is like following the “four Vs: values, vision, vector and voice,” shares a joint appointment with the Department of Political Science and the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership. Addressing key leadership qualities, Fairholm's book contains real-world stories from international, public, military,

academic and non profit organizations to underscore leadership and management ideas. According to Fairholm, the formal writing of the book took less than a year, but work for the research and experiences within the book took more than a decade. Copies of Fairholm's book are available on

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University set to host vocal music festival The University of South Dakota will play host to high school vocalists Thursday for the 2013 South Dakota Vocal Arts Festival. The festival includes workshops for solo and choral singers, and will feature performances by USD musical groups including: opera, chamber singers, voice and piano faculty and USD student soloists. Other activities include a Young Artist Solo Competition and combined choir rehearsals. The day-long event, drawing student vocalists from S.D., Minn., Neb., and Iowa will conclude with a free concert at 7:30 p.m. in Aalfs Auditorium. Featured as special guest choirs, the Sioux Falls Lincoln High School Concert Choir and the Sioux City East High School Chamber Choir are scheduled to make an appearance during the concert. Winners of the festival’s soloist and combined choir competition will also be announced at this time.

AWOL students return from service weekend USD students participating in the Alternative Week Off-Campus Learning organization traveled to the Crow Creek Indian Reservation in Fort Thompson, S.D. and to the Yankton Sioux Indian Reservation in Wagner, S.D. Oct. 26 to Oct. 27 to perform service work in the communities. The group’s trip to the reservations was dedicated toward AWOL’s Alternative Weekend, which provides a short-term, service-learning opportunity that focus on local and regional issues. Split into two groups, the first AWOL group spent their time learning about the jurisdictional issues that the Yank-

ton Sioux Tribe faces and poverty-related issues most prevalent on the reservation. While there, the group helped to harvest crops from a community garden and performed maintenance work at the local Boys and Girls Club gymnasium. The AWOL group that traveled to Fort Thompson volunteered their time working with the Dacotah Tipis Habitat for Humanity on the Crow Creek Indian Reservation. The group’s efforts were mostly concentrated on the construction of a new Habitat for Humanity volunteer center. When finished, the center will allow Dacotah Tipis to increase their volunteer capacity and expand the number of services they can provide to the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe population.


Emeritus medical dean recognized for service Professor of Internal Medicine and Dean Emeritus of the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, Robert C. Talley, has been chosen as a recipient by the Association of American Medical Colleges for the Distinguished Service Award. The award was given in recognition of Talley's long-standing commitment to LCME accreditation efforts, and will be presented as a leadership luncheon during the AAMC's annual meeting Nov. 2 in Philadelphia, PA., according to a USD press release. Talley was chair of the department of Internal Medicine at SSOM from 1957 to 1987 and served as dean and vice president for health affairs from 19872004. As dean, Talley introduced the now-prevalent longitudinal model for clinical education, the release said. From 2004-08, Talley served as SSOM's director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program, and is currently the associate program director of evaluation and assessment. Talley served two terms on the Liaison Committee on Medi-


Participating in the first-ever University of South Dakota-affiliated Zombie Run, students run a 5K through parts of upper and lower Vermillion while being chased by zombies. Dakotathon and the Campus Activities Board helped sponsor the event, which benefited Children's Miracle Network.

cal Education from 1999-2006, and continues to serve the LCME on survey teams and ad hoc committees. Talley also served as chair of the American Medical Association Section on Medical Schools and chair of the Internal Medicine Committee National Board of Medical Examiners.

State Task force restructures notification system A 20-member task force has been created by Attorney General Marty Jackley to develop a more efficient and effective system for notifying crime victims of any change in status of those who have hurt them, according to a report released by the Associated Press. The task force, which

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includes a panel of law enforcement officers, news organizations, prosecutors, victims and layers for defendants, has been meeting since June to develop an online program to offer victims quick notifications, the report said. The State Automated Victim Information and Notification System will alert victims of changes in an offender's status through phone calls, text messages or email. The report also stated South Dakota is one of three states that does not have an automated crime notification system, and that financial barriers have kept the state from adopting such a system in the past. A $790,000 budget is now in place to get a notifications system in place and operating by July 15, 2015, Jackley told the Argus Leader.

Nation Faculty utilize social media in classroom A study released this month by Pearson Learning Solutions and the Babson Survey Research Group found that 41 percent of college professors are using social media as a teaching tool, up from around 34 percent in 2012. The survey began in 2009 with and asked basic questions such as if faculty are aware of social media, if they use it in any aspect of their lives and if they believe it is of value in their teaching. A pattern emerged from the study that faculty are more willing to embrace social media in their personal lives than they are to use it

for professional or teaching purposes. The study states the level of personal use of social media among faculty mirrors that of the general population. The study also asked faculty if the interactive nature of online and mobile technologies can create better learning environments, with 13 percent "strongly agreeing" and 46 percent "somewhat agreeing." Faculty also reported that digital communication has increased the level of communication with students — 78.9 percent said communication increased — but that digital communication has increased the number of hours they work, with more than 60 percent saying they saw an increase.

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Policy limits athletics One-year contracts stunt growth A legislative practice by the Appropriations Committee in the South Dakota Legislature typically denies athletic coaching salary contracts that are extended to more than a year, limiting the guaranteed tenure of coaches to one academic year. This is detrimental to the University of South Dakota on two levels. First, it creates an overwhelmingly highpressured environment for first-year and new coaches. Also, the lack of program security trickles throughout the athletic department — stunting the growth of a relatively new Division I program. With one-year contracts, no one’s job is ever safe. Each year, coaches are essentially coaching for their job, and while USD has only seen one major coaching change since transferring to D-I, it’s indisputable this has an effect on teams. The phrase “Rome was not built in a day” comes to mind when analyzing the situation USD coaches are put in when they step foot on campus. Each coach is forced to draw up a schema that can be proven effective for one year, and if there is anything college athletics

rely on, it’s the building of programs. They step into a whole new situation with players they did not recruit and traditions they are not adjusted to, and with the heightened competition of D-I, are expected to make a noticeable turnaround. In the realm of recruiting, the negatives go both ways. Coaches are not promised necessary time to build a solid recruiting base, and what high school student can be confident signing to a program without any promise of coaching stability. It’s easy to see how this provision can hurt university athletics season by season. Luckily, since moving to D-I, USD has seemingly allowed its coaches proper time to adjust and build a new base under the program. The school has seen success in track and field, softball and now volleyball, so the confidence the administration has in its staff is beginning to show. However, this practice could have detrimental effects on athletic programs longterm. If administration lacks any patience in sport development and switches out coaches like

a carousel, as the state allows, it would be easy to imagine the effect that could have on athletics as a whole. Bad sports teams typically mean lack of fan support and the loss of revenue, which is meant to come back and benefit the school and academics. Ultimately, if worse comes to worse, this policy could come back to hurt not only athletics but the whole university. The Legislature needs to throw this outdated practice in the trash. It should be up to the individual athletic directors whether or not coaches deserve longer contracts. USD coaches can feel more secure with the legal proof of administrative confidence in their hands. Only then can they go forward with the time and confidence they need to prove their worth and ability to build programs, with the potential to better the program and the school as a whole. Kudos to USD athletics for working around this provision and displaying proper patience with current coaches, but with any luck, this outdated provision will be set aside by the state in the near future.

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Statistics show sharing of electronic devices leads to spreading of illnesses Chuck Morrison is a sophomore majoring in business.

Salmonella, rhinovirus, the common cold, the flu, and staph bacteria. Hypochondriacs consider yourself warned. Campus computers are some of the least physically maintained resources on all of the University of South Dakota’s campus. A majority of faculty and staff use one of the computers at least once throughout the day.

However, privately owned computers aren’t much better. Everyday and everywhere, computers, smartphones and tablets are all a bunch of germ-drenched grease balls waiting to infect their user with another cruelly unusual bacterial or viral infection. Most of the computers on campus may not have viruses on their hard drives, but they definitely have viruses on their keyboards, mice and displays. Let’s face it, any of us who have checked out or sat down at a computer have gotten some pretty interesting surprises. Checking out a school computer and opening it to discover chunks of food and sneeze spray all over the key-

board and display is definitely not something to write home about. According to the Center for Disease Control, it is statistically safer to put a toilet seat up to your face than it is to put your phone up to your face let alone type on a computer’s keyboard. One of the most commonly discovered contaminants on computer keyboards, mice and mobile devices are such things as the Norovirus, which has no vaccine or treatment. However, stomach flu, common cold, influenza, salmonella and staphylococcus are not much further behind. Everyone can take simple precautions when using any


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computer or mobile device. Easy steps like using hand sanitizer really help reign in the germ festivals taking place on electronics. When working on shared or public computers, just wipe them down, that’s all it comes down to, just making sure the computers being used are clean before and after. This process is so frequently overlooked everyday and simply remembering to whip out a moist towelette can be the difference between showing up to class sick or just another bushy-tailed Coyote. Reach columnist Chuck Morrison at

How common are germs in everyday life?


25,127 germs per square inch

Desktop Surface:

20, 961 germs per square inch


3,295 germs per square inch


1,676 germs per square inch

Toilet seat:

49 germs per square inch

Source: Danger Lurking at Your Keyboard, Western City Magazine

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Commentary “I’m sweating and peeing at the same time.” — Volante Newsroom

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IN THE KNOW: The first snow of the year has fallen. IN THE DARK: Instead of just a light snow, Vermillion was predicted to get hit with three to five inches. IN THE KNOW: A threeday weekend is coming up. IN THE DARK: If the snow keeps up, most people will be spending it stuck inside the house. IN THE KNOW: Classes are canceled Monday in honor of Veteran’s Day. IN THE DARK: It’s important for students to actually remember why we celebrate this holiday. IN THE KNOW: Daylight Savings pushed the clocks back one hour over the weekend. IN THE DARK: Daylight Savings means it gets darker earlier in the evening. IN THE KNOW: The University of South Dakota football team is experiencing discipline problems with some of its players. IN THE DARK: The Volante just found out some players were kicked off the football team for shooting BB guns at the soccer team.


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Letters to the Editor Veterans Club looks to close ‘military-civilian gap’ on campus Veterans Week is an opportunity for us to recognize the sacrifice our fellow faculty, staff and student veterans have made for our liberty. In a recent study on war and shared sacrifice, the Pew Research Center identified that 84 percent of the post9/11 era veterans believe the general population does not understand the issues faced by the military and their families. Further, 71 percent of the general public believes they

do not understand the issues faced by the military and their families. One explanation for this military-civilian gap is that only 0.5 percent of the American population has served in active duty during the most recent wars. This is a sharp decline from a comparable 9 percent of the population serving during World War II. At the University of South Dakota, more than 4 percent of the student body are

military-related students. One way we seek to bridge the military-civilian gap is to set aside one week a year to highlight veteran related events. Please join us for the following events during Veterans Week: Nov. 5 at 7 p.m., a special showing of Emmy award winning documentary “Where Soldiers Come From” in the Muenster University Center, East Lounge. Then on Nov. 7, the USD Veterans Club is hosting its 9th annual Com-

munity Supper honoring all of our veterans at the Eagles Club in downtown Vermillion. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. and the dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. Veterans Week also marks the second year of having the Student Veteran Resource Center on campus. The SVRC serves as a bridge for military students to cross when traveling from the military world to the college world by providing transitional support. We

are located in the Temporary Student Center across from the MUC in room 117. We provide computers, free printing, Math and English tutors, library support and a place to put your feet up between classes. We are also offering a new class for military students called the Warrior & Family Transition Seminar. Justin Smith, Coordinator of Student Veteran Resource Center

Professor suggests lower drinking age to combat common issue I grew up in a country, Germany, in which the legal drinking age is 16. After I reached that age, my parents started to let me drink beer or wine with our family meals. Did I ever get drunk? I don’t think so. I failed to understand what was appealing about it. After I came to the

University of South Dakota in 1968, I started to take USD students to Europe for up to five weeks at a time and for more than 30 years. Did they have difficulties adjusting to the much lower drinking age? In general, I would say no, although some of our European hosts would ask occasionally why young

Americans tended to drink more than the locals. Some of my students replied that they were taking advantage of the newly gained freedoms. Let us also remember that until the OPEC oil embargo 40 years ago, the U.S. drinking age was 18, like what it is in Canada to this

Internet issues can turn online courses into unwanted struggle patricia schopp is a first-year majoring in psychology.

With all the technological advances from the last century, it would seem silly not to transition to online courses at the University of South Dakota. Coursework would be accessible whenever it is needed, and then it isn’t necessary to have to carry around a ton of books. It would be like having an entire library stored on a device small enough to fit in a pocket. It all sounds fine and dandy, until people start to run into some major problems on the Internet. It is easier when people can just take their laptop with them to do class work, but it can be the biggest hassle ever. There are some people whose classes are partially online, yet their courses still do not show up online. How are those people supposed to do their assignments? Why should they lose points for their online

courses not working? It is not their fault, yet these students constantly receive deductions and failures for something out of their control. There is also the problem of websites just not wanting to cooperate. One of my classes has online assignments, but the website to get to them is down almost every other day when I try to log in. Fortunately, my instructor is understanding and doesn’t deduct it for being late, but not every instructor is like that. Some instructors won’t accept late work no matter what, leaving the students with undeserved zeros and a failing grade. Also, tech support at the University, and at the companies for these programs that have problems, is terrible. Everyone has to wait forever to get any sort of assistance and then when they do help, they don’t know what they are talking about. To be quite frank, they really don’t care. It doesn’t matter to them if the website works for you or if you get your assignments in on time. Why should they? There is no incentive for them to actually fix the problem for a student, because problems are their form of job security. What needs to be done is that school systems, includ-

ing USD, need to go back to paper, pencils and physical textbooks. It’s a great idea, but until all the bugs are fixed, it is just not worth the struggle. Have there ever been problems with physical textbooks or writing out assignments, which were the book’s or assignment’s fault? I haven’t, because physical textbooks don’t crash. Yes, they are heavy. Yes, it can be a little bit more work. In the end, it would greatly benefit students’ learning. There wouldn’t be an ability to copy and paste to get things quickly done; people would actually have to know what they are talking about to do the work. And isn’t that what we want? People in the workforce who actually have a clue about what they are doing? While it is great to take a favorite fan-fiction novel on a tablet wherever a person goes, consider how beneficial it actually is for a student when it comes to their textbooks and learning. Is it really a good idea to use this much technology in education? Or is it more stress than it’s worth?

day. So maybe a possible solution to the U.S. drinking problem might be to return to that lower legal drinking age. By the way, if you ever have attended Tabor’s annual Czech Day, you might be aware that you can drink your free beer, served

The Rant Dear Facilities Management and Mother Nature, Nothing compares to a classic South Dakota moment like sprinkler mist in your face on a Wednesday morning in about 40-degree weather. Honestly, why would sprinklers go off Oct. 30 at a time when people are in the middle of walking to their mid-morning classes, with a light breeze and a weak drizzle already in the air? I realized it’s the little splashes of reality that can keep you going. Moments telling you, ‘Hey, you’re alive today.’ I have been noticing these moments the

from some of the floats, any place within the city limits, without being fined. I suggested a similar policy for our Dakota Day, but was told by our mayor that Vermillion would lose a lot of money as a result. Benno Wymar, Professor Emeritus of

last few days, and they are beginning to grow on me. It’s not always hitting the winning shot in pick-up basketball or having a professor telling you good job on the last article you wrote for the paper. Sometimes, it’s things like a set of tasty fries in the Commons or tripping over a curb on your way to class. Forgettable, yet as real as can be. Embarrassing or exciting, however they are perceived. They really shouldn’t be of such significance, but they are. It’s weird what sprinklers in October can do. Sincerely, Nathan Ellenbecker

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Societal changes over decades prove both negative, positive Kathleen serie is a sophomore majoring in contemporary media and journalism. Maybe it’s just me, but I’m fascinated by the past. Perhaps it’s because I believe I should have been born in the 1940s, or maybe I enjoy getting caught up in the nostalgia. But no matter which way you look at it, I love learning about the way the world used to work and how society used to function. The other weekend, I was sitting down with my parents and we were talking about their years in school. Somehow it got brought up that their instructors used to be able to smoke in the teachers’ lounge. My parents said whenever one of the teachers would exit the lounge, a giant cloud of cigarette smoke would follow them. For whatever reason, this struck a chord

with me. I started thinking about all of the significant social standards that have changed drastically over the years. Obviously, smoking is a big one. Even when we were growing up, smoking in restaurants was completely acceptable in certain sections of the building. I distinctly remember servers asking my parents, “Smoking or nonsmoking?” Rewind even 30 years before this, and it was completely fine to smoke in almost any public setting — movie theaters, hotels, bars, bowling alleys and offices. Fast forward to 2013, smoking in all of the aforementioned places is illegal. To push this point even further, smoking has even been banned from college campuses, such as our own. The way smoking is advertised has changed as well. In the 1950s, smoking was promoted for women as a way to look chic and sophisticated. It was also advertised as a way for women to lose weight. Today, that type of advertising is not allowed. Overall, I would say the changes regarding

smoking in public places have been positive ones. Another positive social change has been our advancements toward racial and gender equality. This point is easily demonstrated by the extreme discrimination against African Americans in the 1950s and 1960s. African Americans were not allowed to drink from the same water fountain, sit in the same section on the public bus or attend the same school as white people. Thankfully, that terrible time period of segregation is over. Don’t get me wrong, our country is anything but perfect when it comes to racial equality, but when you take a look at the past, the improvements are large. The same goes for gender equality. Women were not allowed to vote until 1920. Most women did not have jobs out of the house in the 1950s, and if they did, they were certainly not equal to the positions men held. Women were paid less. Their role in the family setting was

caregiver, and the man’s role was breadwinner. Once again, all of that has changed. Women have the same rights, abilities and opportunities as men. However, not all of the changes have been positive ones. The phrase “chivalry is dead” may be a personal opinion and might depend on the person you are talking about, but it is true some things that used to be standard for men to do, are essentially extinct. These things include opening doors for women or standing up as they entered or exited the room. Maybe I’m just cheesy, but I would have liked to live in a time when these simple gestures were considered a standard. Another negative societal change is child obesity. One of the reasons for this is families eat out more than they used to. My mother told me once that the first time she ate in a restaurant was when she was in fifth grade. She and my father also told me it was an extremely rare case where they were able to

drink soda, or even have a piece of chewing gum. It may not be completely necessary to point out every single technological improvement that has been made over the years, simply because most of us are familiar with the devices, and there have been almost too many to name. Just look at it this way, most of the scenarios in scary movies from the past would not be even remotely possible today because of the advanced technology we possess. Instead of having to stop at a phone booth or needing to dash home to make a call, we simply pull our cell phones out of our pockets. Rather than leafing through an encyclopedia, we just go to Google. In the end, some changes have been good, others, not so good. It’s funny to think that an entire society of people can change their norms in just a matter of 50 years, but we are living proof of this fact.

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Players: Sports violence yet to be linked to incidents Continued from page A1 encourage our kids to be leaders on campus,” Glenn said. “I feel really puny about these two guys and that we missed on them.” First-years Khalid Kornegay and D’Treal Stone were removed Oct. 8 from the USD football team after Glenn said the two fired BBs at people from a BB gun out a window of Coyote Village. Glenn said one projectile pierced the skin of a female soccer player. “That’s not someone I want to work with, and they were released from the team,” Glenn said. “They can finish out the semester, but they’re not a part of our team, and I don’t want them anywhere near the Dome. When contacted, USD Sports Information Kornegay and Stone’s removal from the program and did not comment further on the matter. Numerous football and soccer players declined to comment on the ordeal, stating they were told not to talk about the incident. Kornegay and Stone were monitored early after the football coaching staff took note of their behavior during the Bridge Program, an intensive academic experience for firstyear students. “They were in the summer program and got on my radar screen early, -and I started counseling and meeting with them,” Glenn said. “Over and over again they kept screwing up, and I got the athletic director involved and dean of students involved, the Bridge people tried to help them. They were just incorrigible.” Glenn said other incidents consisted of altercations with other teammates in practice and possible theft. He said both Stone and Kornegay signed accountability contracts prior to the BB gun incident. Shooting the soccer player was the final straw for Glenn, and when confronted, Kornegay and Stone gave conflicting accounts on the matter to the university and athletic department. “We brought them into the athletic director’s office and sat each of them down with the dean of students, and they went back and forth and first one denied it and then one of them didn’t and then the other told a different story. They just lied and lied about it,” Glenn said. Despite the actions of Stone and Kornegay, Glenn said he believes his team is a group of character players. “I hope most of the campus thinks we’re a group of good guys,” he said. “ We do community service projects, give blood, do trash cleanups. We’ve told the Greek organi-

zations we’ll help them out if they need us, and we supported the Strollers group during homecoming.” Some recent media coverage has suggested a correlation between the violent nature of football and the off-field violence and acts of delinquency committed by players. This includes the impact of repeated concussions on a player’s personality and mental process. Kate Sibson, a clinical psychology doctoral student at the Forest Institute in Springfield, Mo., disagrees with such an assessment. “There have been a lot of stories in neurodegenerative disease that a lot of NFL football players have in their brain,” she said. “They’re blaming a lot of their depression and off-the-field poor choices on repeated concussions. The problem is that a lot of stories published in the media have linked concussions to these personality changes and there is not conclusive evidence yet that such a correlation exists.” Sibson is gathering research for her dissertation, which focuses on concussion testing and athletic cognitive awareness. In her experience with psychology research in regard to athletics, she said she has yet to come across evidence linking violent sports to offthe-field violence. “I don’t know of any definitive research that exists that states playing a violent sport leads to off the field violence,” she said. “There is an argument that exists that a certain personality is drawn to a violent sport and off the field that personality manifests in violence. That’s a strong argument that can be made from a psychological perspective but it’s more of an alternative argument.” Sophomore Sam Sheffield said he does not perceive football players, including those at USD, to be a violent group. He was unaware of the BB gun incident but said it did not impact his perception of the team. “I don’t think it’s a bad group,” Sheffield said. “I don’t interact with them very often. The perception I get from other people is that they can maybe be kind of arrogant and have a big ego but I haven’t noticed it.” Glenn does not believe the violent nature of football results in a higher likelihood of violence off the field. “It’s not just football, its soccer, basketball, anything,” he said. “You don’t know what you’re going to get with an 18-year-old kid. I go to the high schools, and I talk to janitors, people in the lunchroom about them, and I talk to their

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The University of South Dakota Coyotes tackle a Youngstown State player during their Nov. 2 football match at the DakotaDome.

family and friends. We obviously missed on a couple.” For the most part, Glenn said recruiting usually catches potentially toxic players before they arrive on campus. USD won’t continue to recruit a player if a red flag goes off in the vetting process, no matter the caliber of the recruit. Last year, the Coyotes targeted a highly touted tackle that had garnered All-Chicago honors, but when the player made an illegal request he was quickly eliminated from the list of prospects. “When he came here on a visit, he asked if somebody could get him marijuana,” Glenn said. “We cut bait on him right away and quit recruiting him.” The recruit now plays for another Summit League opponent, Glenn said. As a coach, Glenn said he tries to be fair with players in dealing with discipline. He said certain offenses could be handled internally without complete removal of players. Other actions, like those committed by Stone and Kornegay, are a clear violation that warrant severe action. “I’m of the mindset if I can,

I try to work with them a little bit and deal with it so long as it’s victimless,” he said. “If a kid goes out and partied and got a ticket for underage consumption, to me that’s not as severe as beating somebody up. Stealing from someone, beating someone up that’s a victim crime and I won’t put up with that.” Glenn said he has also made it clear to the team, even those who are of age, they are not to go to bars or parties during the season. “They absolutely cannot go out in public and party. That’s always been a rule, wherever I’ve been at,” Glenn said. “ The rule is mostly enforced to ensure focus but Glenn said he is aware of how the team is perceived in the community. “Once the season is over, if they’re old enough to go downtown and are civil enough and behave themselves they can go to places the other students go,” he said. “If they obey the laws and do things within reason, they’re more than welcome to be an adult. If they’re underage, of course not.” Reach reporter Creighton Hoefer at

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David Herbster, athletic director at the University of South Dakota, was named to a five-person Business Improvement District board Monday evening. The board was created by the city of Vermillion to decide how to spend new money collected from herbster hotels within city limits. The Business Improvement District (BID) will add a $2 lodging fee to all Vermillion hotels. The money will go to the city and the BID board will decide how to spend the money with final approval from City Council. The money can be spent on multiple improvement projects including public off-street parking, landscaping, construction of sidewalks or any project for the betterment of the facilities in the district area according to South Dakota law. Herbster will serve a two-year term along with Amy Christensen, owner of Vermillion Vision Clinic and Steve Parker of Hy-Vee, while USD Foundation trustee James Peterson of Masaba and the Vermillion Rotary Club will serve a one-year term and Joe Eckert of Best Western will serve a three-year term. “It is important to foster the growth of the community and understand how a comprehensive approach to youth athletics can accomplish that for the vibrancy of Vermillion,” said Herbster in an application to city council. “My goal is to find ways to help Vermillion grow.” At a Sept. 16 council meeting, Eckert said Best Western did not fully support the plan pending future information. “I’m not opposed to it. There is potential for the great opportunity if it is done right,” Eckert said at the meeting. The board will also include two ex-officio, non-voting members from the city and Vermilion Chamber of Commerce and Development Company. Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Yankton and other South Dakota cities have implemented a BID using guidelines set by the state.

Sister City City Council also approved funding assistance at Monday’s meeting to Vermillion High School students traveling to Vermillion’s sister city — Ratingen, Germany — next May. The city will pay $150 per student, for up to 10 students. Students will be required to present to the council upon their return. Kamden Dibley, a German and English teacher at VHS will also present a letter on behalf of the mayor to a city official in Ratingen. Dibley said she hoped to show Ratingen officials the important alliance between the United States and Germany after the recent allegations that the National Security Agency spied on Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany.

'Vermillion NOW! 2' City Council also approved a $500,000 payment over five years to the VCDC for “Vermillion NOW! 2,” the second capital campaign by the VCDC. The city increased its contribution to $50,000 for this second campaign. The money will come from the Bed, Board and Booze fund and Second Penny Fund. The BBB fund is from a tax on lodging, alcoholic beverages, prepared food and admission to cultural events. The Second Penny fund is from the second penny of sales tax that can be used for capital projects. The first capital campaign was a success, said Steve Howe, executive director of VCDC. It added an estimated 465 jobs with the expansion of Masaba, and newcomers Eagle Creek, Alleviant and Builders Choice. “Tremendous effort in the past, and I think it gives us a lot to look forward into the future,” said Councilman John Grayson. The “Vermillion NOW! 2” campaign will focus on the Bliss Pointe residential development project, bringing businesses to Vermillion, assisting existing businesses and enhancing the community. “We need to focus on the housing issues, business retention and expansion, enhancing the community…we are looking at a goal of $1.6 million,” Howe said. Howe also explained the capital campaign will have oversight from both the VCDC board and the City Council.

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Program: 'We have to get people recruited and hired' Continued from page A1 houses no faculty and instead utilizes professors from departments such as History, English, Art, Addiction Studies and one professor from the library. Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Matthew Moen said the interdisciplinary model gets the program back to how it was when it first began in 2006. “We have always had a history of cross-ballistic classes,” Moen said. “We nixed that through previous leadership, because they said ‘No, we need more of a linear progression of students through Native Studies courses,’ so we changed the curriculum.” However, that model is gone and the effects brought by the changes have not gone unnoticed by students in the program. "Being in touch of the community is a main part of Native Studies," Estes said. "These classes are more like reading a book, I am so used to hands on and I'm not so interested anymore. You can't just read a book and know it all." Catlett said the interdisciplinary model dilutes the once deeply-involved classes. "One of the things we are sup-

posed to get out of Native Studies is learning about the culture and critical thinking," she said. "The way things are now takes away from that overall thinking." Moen said the model Native Studies was running under, with Castle carrying the class load, was not an ideal method. "(The program) now has different instructors with different teaching methods emphasizing different things," Moen said. "Castle left, and we can’t simply recreate what she was doing. Different instructors are going to use other methods of teaching and sometimes different methods of teaching are more effective.” Moving forward After the departure of Castle this summer, Moen said the program needed to quickly fill the vacancies she left for fall courses. "Professors are doing the best they can for getting pushed into this last second," Estes said. However, for the spring semester, Moen said the program has been accepting applications for two new teaching positions exclusive to Native Studies courses. “We will offer courses with

several people instead of one which gives students more of a range of course work and more teaching options,” Moen said. Catlett said hiring more faculty is a good start for the program. “It’s a step in the right direction, but they need to seek out people in the Native Studies fields and not people from other fields to house those spots,” she said. Since its start in 2006, Native Studies has had a complex history — bouncing from chairperson to chairperson, enrollment issues and now, a non-existent in-house faculty. Moen said he hopes by bringing in new faculty, enrollment will improve. “We have to get people recruited and hired, and I think if we do that, hopefully those new faculty can do a better job at attracting students,” Moen said. However, Estes said the small class sizes are something he appreciated about Native Studies classes prior to this semester. “Everyone chimed in, you can get lost in translation now,” Estes said. “Having that close knit group of students forced us to get out of our comfort zone and get to know each other on

a personal level and forced us to be more outgoing. That is gone now.” Affecting careers Catlett said one thing that has been noticeable of the Native Studies program in the past has been careers of its graduates. "The graduates from USD are of high achievement," Catlett said. "They go on to do many different things, because of the overall critical thinking and overall knowledge the program offers in many areas." Catlett is a health science major with a minor in Native Studies and plans to attend graduate school, after which she said she hopes to work in public health and aid in health disparities among Native Americans. However, Catlett said she has concerns over the educational value of her Native Studies minor. “I debated dropping my Native Studies minor, because I don't want something tagged on to the end of my name and have people expect that I know things that I was never taught,” she said. Estes recently sent in his application to be a federal police

officer on a reservation, and said his education has prepared him for the field. “I was raised on a reservation and being exposed to and doing studies on reservations while at USD has opened my eyes to the reality of Indian reservations,” Estes said. “Thanks to USD, I experienced and lived it.” Estes will hear back about his job in March, but said if he were

to do it all again, he would have second-guessed coming to USD. Catlett said she is worried about the direction the program is going. “I really debated on dropping the minor, but next semester, they said there would be new classes,” she said. “But I didn't see any on WebAdvisor. It's really sad where this program is going.”

SDSU adds American Indian Studies major Prior to the start of the 2013 fall term, South Dakota State University launched an American Indian Studies major into its program headed by Richard Meyers. Richard Meyers: "It's an opportune time for SDSU, because unfortunately for USD, while they are collapsing, we are keeping up our momentum and making moderate improvements." Matthew Moen: “I am not really worried about what SDSU is doing in this area. For us, we've wanted a healthy and vibrant Native Studies program. We lost some of that momentum both in terms of student enrollment and maybe in terms of visibility, and now we are trying a different model in hopes of doing better." Jordan Catlett: “We have so many freshmen right now who want to be Native Studies majors, and to me it's like, 'Why did you come here?' SDSU is going to have a better program than we do."


Space: I.D. Weeks, Brookman renovations become a priority CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 director of communications and media relations at USD. “It’s only 48 people, but it’s always been thought that was something that should probably be looked at when other future changes were made,” Haraldson said. “It isn’t really on the list as something that would stay a residence hall.” Haraldson also said since the residence hall is something the university knew was most likely going to get rid of, the space evaluation focused more on what could be placed in that space instead. “The thing about Brookman is that it’s not just a residence hall. It’s the space it occupies on the land, because it’s a nice area to have parking and access to some of the other buildings over there,” she said. A year-long study, Bilotta found there is currently 30 percent of non-assignable space,

14 percent residential space, 13 percent office space and special use space, 10 percent laboratory space and 5 percent classroom and study space. Haraldson said non-assignable space is qualified as hallways and corners of buildings — places that cannot be actively utilized. There is also 7 percent of campus space being used for general use, 3 percent for support and service and 1 percent for health. Bilotta listed short-term solutions like renovations to the Lee Medical building and Noteboom Hall, I.D. Weeks Library, Dakota Hall, the Arts and Sciences building and Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts and creating more campus storage as short-term projects. Long-term fixes consisted of the service center, Burr House, Native American Cultural Center, lab facilities, the law school and Fine Arts additions. In her senior year at USD,

Caitlin Schenkel said they agreed space on campus could be utilized differently. "Julian is kind of useless right now,” Schenkel said. “I know the nursing department is in there, but most of Julian isn't being used. It would be cool to see (the university) take it down and put something else up, like more classrooms or something." Haraldson said renovations to the Muenster University Center and athletic facilities were not listed as long-term or short-term renovations because current renovations are already in place on different plans. She said the university’s most important short-term goal will most likely be the renovations to the I.D. Weeks Library, “because it is something that impacts students the quickest.” “Everything is going digital now, so do we really need all those stacks in the library? We wouldn’t get rid of our collections, but we might find a more compact way to store them so

there is more floor space for learning,” she said. Schenkel said she does not think the library needs to be changed at all. Senior Maddy Warder said reevaluating space in the library for more seating options would be a big step, but said she would also like the university to consider providing further services in the library for students, too. “Three printers for 10,000 students is a little asinine, and unrealistic for sure," Warder said. Now that the evaluation has been released, Grieve said a committee will be formed to work on the future plans. “We’ve just received the report, so we’ve just got it out to everybody, and then there will be committees formed that will include students that will work on how this will all work in the future,” she said.

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State law requires any new construction or renovation project, costing at least $500,000 and at least 5,000 square feet, to be certified as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design building by the U.S. Green Building Council. Although the campus has buildings that qualify as being green, sophomore Dee Rife said she have not seen green efforts on campus. “I’m not sure if the campus is being green or not,” she said. “I haven’t seen any green appliances on campus.” According to the USGBC, LEED buildings have reduced costs of operation of up to 40 percent. LEED certification is seen as the pinnacle of green building. The buildings also open the door to federal funding. Items that can qualify a building for LEED certification consists of utilization of local resources in construction and inclusion of bicycle racks. The DakotaDome complex renovations, Muenster University Center addition and Akeley-Lawrence Hall are listed by the USGBC, but accrediting information for the sites is currently not listed. Rife said she did not know about the LEED buildings.

“There are a lot of students who are interested in these things. We're at the stage of helping these passionate folks find each other.” — Meghann Jarchow, Sustainability professor

Sustainability professor Meghann Jarchow said the university should continue to work on and publicize sustainability, including LEED buildings. She said there are conditions that go into constructing a certified building that people don’t easily recognize, such as air filtration systems and the types of paint used. In order to graduate with a major in sustainability, seniors must complete a project involving bringing greater sustainability to the community. Jarchow said for this year, a senior is planning on proposing recycling in the Muenster University Center. Next semester, students will propose a project for sustainable landscaping, using a local yard as an example of using native ecosystems. Last year, students experimented with the effectiveness of solar ovens in cooking beans. For how students can become more sustainable, Jarchow recommends

bringing usable cups and storage devices to the MUC. “We need a process of students demanding to not have throwables,” Jarchow said. “There are a lot of easy things.” Jarchow also recommends turning off power strips and electronics when not in use, using communal electronics instead of personal ones in residence halls and washing clothes on cold. “We’re in the early stages of pushing at people to do it,” Jarchow said. In order to bring together individuals who have interests in sustainability, Jarchow hopes the university eventually has a sustainable living-learning community. “There are a lot of students who are interested in these things,” Jarchow said. “We’re at the stage of helping these passionate folks find each other.”


The Andrew E. Lee Memorial Medicine and Science Building has its certification for details such as site selection, bicycle storage and changing rooms, 20 percent reduction in water use, optimized energy performance and certified wood, among others. Ten percent of the building is made from recycled content and 20 percent of the materials were regionally manufactured.

are not many elections taking place, we still want to make sure we have this annually just because it’s really great to give those other political organizations on campus a voice,” she said. Junior Sam Reuland, vice president of the College Republicans, said the annual event is a way to educate students. “This is a great program on campus,” Reuland said. “We try to bring in speakers so students can have an understanding of career futures.” Reuland also said the PSL’s spring trip to the state capitol is a great event for

anyone interested in government. “We often take a trip up to Pierre in the spring and that’s a great way to see the capitol, meet officials, see how government works and it’s a great chance to network,” he said. College Democrat Benedict Gombocz, a junior, said the PSL debate is a great way for people to become engaged with others and learn more about trending issues. “At the meetings, we always have opportunities to be able to talk about politics,” said Gombocz. “We talk about anything from the NRA to minimum wage and how it affects the state.” Ackerman said even

students how space on campus could be better utilized. John Wetherington First-year

"Definitely the MUC between the semesters." Liz McMillen Sophomore

"Probably the Fine Arts area." Amber Kost First-year

Wellness Center The Wellness Center has a silver LEED rating. It gains its rating for categories like water use reduction, development density and community connectivity, parking capacity and construction waste management. -Information provided by the U.S. Green Building Council

"The library." Nicole Warn Sophomore

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though it is a friendly debate, it still remains serious and official. “It’s a typical debate,” Ackerman said. “They have about three minutes for each side to answer and then there’s a little round robin where they can do some heckling and talking back and forth. It’s definitely the same kind of debate you would see on TV with actual politicians.” Ackerman said there is a wide range of questions to show members’ knowledge of current events. “You’ll definitely see a question about the natural winter weather disaster we just had and how that’s going to affect ranchers and what our political representatives

can do for that,” Ackerman said. “We do some state and local concerns and also some questions that are looked at nationally.” The PSL puts on many other events through the course of the year, Ackerman said. “We meet bi-weekly in the MUC and talk about current trends locally and nationally,” Ackerman said. “Besides that, we put on different forums on campus, have speakers come in and talk about politics and we also have the International Film Festival where we play an international movie almost every week.” Reach reporter Levi Gutz at


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Schroeder: 'No hair, don't care' Shavetober event at USD raises awareness about pediatric brain cancer Cristina Drey The Volante

As a hair stylist shaved Christina Schroeder’s waist-length hair, never once did she stop smiling. She said the moment was surreal — as if it wasn’t truly happening. “No hair, don’t care,” Schroeder said. Along with Schroeder, 127 participants donated their hair at Shavetober Oct. 31, an event she organized to raise awareness for pediatric brain cancer. A total of 134 inches of hair will be donated to Locks of Love because of the event's success. “Something I try to live by is a quote by Ghandi that is ‘You must be the change you wish to see in the world,’” Schroeder said. “I hear a lot of times that ‘You can’t change the world, you’re just one person,’ but I can change it as much as I can in my own world and everyone who is affected by me.” The eight-hour event raised $2,582 which will be donated to the Team Jack Foundation based in Omaha, Neb. Schroeder said it is the only national organization that dedicates itself specifically to pediatric cancer. “Everything I think about revolves around children and how they are the most important things in the world,” she said. Four hair stylists from Cost Cutters volunteered their time to handle the head shaving. This was Angie Castaneda’s, area manager for Cost Cutters, first charitable event with the University of South Dakota, and

she said the turnout was great, especially among students. Castaneda worked closely with Schroeder in planning for Shavetober. “It’s amazing she had everything organized,” Casteneda said. “I did not know she was shaving her head until I got here, and I was the one who was honored — who shaved her.” The inspiration for the event that has been three years in the making came from Jack Hoffman himself, who is the cousin of Schroeder’s best friend. “It’s so cool (Schroeder) is so giving and is willing to do this,” Alison Hoffman said. “She is the most loving, caring, special person I have ever met.” Hoffman, who is a nursing student at Mount Marty College and also a cadet with USD’s ROTC program, arrived moments before Schroeder’s head was shaved. “I was just shaking, because it was so special that she was actually going through with it,” Hoffman said. “It’s just awesome that she is able to do this, and is such a strong person to put on an event like this mostly by herself.” Schroeder’s mother, Cindy Schroeder, attended the event in support, along with several other family members. Cindy Schroeder said there was some sadness seeing her daughter’s hair go, but said she was very proud. “She will do good in the world no matter what she does,” Cindy Schroeder said. “She is kind, concerned, happy — whatever positive words you can think of.”

CRISTINA DREY/THE VOLANTE ABOVE: While Christina Schroeder shaves her head for pediatric cancer awareness, she received smiles and applause from those watching. LEFT: Christina Schroeder holding her once waistlength hair momentarily after Angie Castenada shaved her head Thursday afternoon at Shavetober.

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PEDIATRIC BRAIN CANCER AT A GLANCE Eleven children are diagnosed with a brain tumor in the United States each day. Seventy-two percent of young people diagnosed with brain cancer are younger than 15 years old. Brain tumors are one of the deadliest forms of childhood cancer. There are more than 100 different types of brain tumors. More than 612,000 people in the U.S. were living with a brain tumor in 2004. Of this number, approximately 28,000 were children. SOURCE: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH , PEDIATRIC BRAIN TUMOR FOUNDATION

Vermillion sees first snowfall of the season, reviving city policies on winter procedures Snow Parking Reminders With the start of the winter weather, the city of Vermillion released a reminder about off campus parking with snow on the ground. Residents are required to have sidewalks cleared within 24 hours after snowfall or freezing rain.

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Bowling participant and student Sam Parkinson takes his turn to bowl Monday for Dakotathon’s tournament at Howler’s Bar and Grille. Parkinson and his team were one of 12 teams.

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Various students wait their turn during the Children’s Miracle Network bowling tournament hosted by USD’s Dakotathon.

Dakotathon’s Making Strikes for Miracles event had over 50 students participate in a bowling tournament to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Monday. Twelve teams participated in the bowling event at Howler’s Bar and Grille in Vermillion. “We are trying to get people to enjoy helping our cause,” said senior Ashley Nelson, co-event chair for Dakotathon. Nelson, who has participated in Dakotathon since her first year at the University of South Dakota, said there was no fundraising goal for the evening, which was held from 8-11 p.m. in Howler’s bowling alley. She first heard about Dance Marathon as a firstyear while walking through the Muenster University Center. With just over 21 weeks until the 2014 Dakotathon, the goal was to get new people to participate in the fundraiser, Nelson said. First-year Dylan Kirchmeier said he will participate in the 2014 Dakotathon event. “I want to help raise money,” Kirchmeier said, a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Sigma’s philanthropic project is to benefit Children’s Miracle Network. Sophomores Carlisa

Langerock and Melanie Fetherhuff said they bowled to support their fraternity friends. “A lot of my friends are involved in Dakotathon,” Fetherhuff said. “I just want to be involved on campus.” Both Fetherhuff and Langerock said they plan on participating for the first time in the 24-hour Dakotathon event March 15-16. Monday’s bowling event encouraged students to dress up in costumes. Teams played two rounds of bowling. Prizes were given to the top scorers, winning team and best costume. Dakotathon’s executive members were auctioned off to help clean other fraternity and sorority houses. Kirchmeier and his teammates Sam Parkinson and Ryan Palmer won the event’s best costume contest for dressing up as the Jamaican bobsled team from the 1993 movie, “Cool Runnings.” Dakotathon has been at USD since March 1997, and has raised over $250,000, according to Sanford Health. USD’s event is the longest Dance Marathon in eastern South Dakota lasting 24 hours, while South Dakota State University’s Dance Marathon is 12 hours. USD’s event has also raised the most money for Children’s Miracle Network in this region

of the state. In 2005, the event was the sponsor for an Electroencephalography or EEG room at the new Sanford Children’s Hospital. The organization raises money year round to support Children’s Miracle Network at Sanford Children’s Hospital in Sioux Falls, the region’s only affiliate of Children’s Miracle Network. Dakotathon’s spotlight event is Dance Marathon in the spring. Funds are often used to purchase equipment and pay for uncompensated care, but it is up to the individual hospital to decide how to use the funds according to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. According to Sanford Health’s website, the support of Children’s Miracle Network ensures no child is ever turned away, regardless of their ability to pay for healthcare services. The purposes of Dakotathon is to raise funds and awareness while providing an opportunity for families of patients to be apart of the event, according to Sanford Health’s website. Students can begin registering and raising money for the 2014 Dakotathon online at Reach reporter Michael Geheren at

The calendars just flipped over to November, and you know what that means: ‘Tis the season to be utterly exhausted with all things even remotely related to school. I’m not only referring to mental exhaustion, either. The bilateral wrist splints on both my arms are direct proof that I’m in desperate need of a break from typing papers. Fall semesters always feel particularly long and torturous to me, and I submit this is entirely because of a lack of time to catch my breath. Sure, we have a few three-day weekends scattered throughout, but these also tend to coincide with class projects that successfully fill the extra time. I can’t help but notice other schools back home that have fall breaks just after midterms, or a week and a half off around Thanksgiving, and I wonder why this isn’t a more common practice. In my opinion, Thanksgiving is as good of a time as any to add a couple days off to rest up and prepare for the last few weeks of the semester and finals. Thanksgiving break officially starts Nov. 27 at 5 a.m., but I’ve heard of several classes being canceled Tuesday. Even the Tuesday classes that go on as scheduled tend to see a drastic increase of students, shall we say, “out sick.” Because Thanksgiving is generally a time to spend with family, and because the university is gaining more and more out-of-state students, I wonder why we don’t make the entire Thanksgiving week a break from classes to allow for extra travel and relaxation time. To use myself as an example, a full day’s drive each way translates into only four days home. When Thanksgiving is one of three times a year I get to see friends and family, even just a couple days more at home would make a major difference. I’m aware that I may seem childish in trying to haggle a little time to be lazy. After all, once I nail down that nineto-five employment, it’s not like I’ll be enjoying any long Christmas or summer vacations anymore. But maybe that’s the point. College is a strange beast. You spend hours in class and quite a few hours more on assignments, not to mention other extracurriculars to round out your resume. It’s a stressful environment to be sure. I don’t see what’s so wrong in a couple extra days off to prevent an endof-semester crash and burn as final exams and projects roll around. Of course, the immediate future holds no such fortune, and my ergonomic keyboard and readily available supply of caffeine will have to get me through the last couple months of the semester. While I’m definitely looking forward to a few days at home at the end of this month, I won’t deny I selfishly wish I could have just a few more. But I wonder if I’m really the only one.

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CampusEvents Nov. 6 Noon - 1 p.m. “India: Polity & Society in Transition?” Location: Muenster University Center 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Political Science League debate Location: Farber Hall

Nov. 7 10 - 11 a.m. Emily Cooley, music composition master class Location: John A. Day Gallery 5 p.m. Joseph Harper Cash Memorial Lecture Location: Al Neuharth Media Center Conference Room 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Ninth annual veterans community supper Location: Eagles Club 6 - 10 p.m. Kick CF 3-on-3 basketball tournament Location: Wellness Center 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. South Dakota Vocal Arts Festival Concert Location: Aalfs Auditorium, Slagle Hall

Nov. 8

MediaSketch Blog about it @ A view from the outside: First-year adjusts to small-town life Michael geheren is a first-year majoring in contemporary media and journalism and political science It’s an eight-hour drive to my hometown of Huntley, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. Moving to Vermillion has been quite the transition. To me, it is the materialistic things I find myself missing, specifically Starbucks and Chipotle. South Dakota life is much slower. It’s windier here — yes, I am from the windy city — and everyone is so much

nicer. My editor asked me to write a blog about some of the things I have noticed moving to such a small town. Like the flashing traffic lights at night, I have never seen that before. One difference between South Dakota and Illinois is the cost of living. In South Dakota, there is no state income tax, but the minimum wage is lower. Gas is extremely cheap. I don’t think I have seen gas below $3 since I started driving. The average in Chicago is $3.52, according to Gas Buddy. The cost of USD is also extremely generous. For me, as an out-of-state student at USD, it costs approximately $17,898 for a year, accord-

ing to admissions. If I went to my state’s flagship school, the University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign, it costs $29,594 for an in-state student. South Dakota has also exhibited a much different political system than I’m used to. U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem is the state’s at-large representative. Illinois has 15 people to every South Dakotan, so obviously we have more, and our number of representatives reflect this fact. Illinois is also a very liberal state, while South Dakota is very conservative. The issues that are up for debate are very different. Many South Dakotans seem to be incredibly protective of their Second Amend-

ment rights. I have never seen a gun section of Walmart in Illinois, not to mention Illinois was the last state in the U.S. to pass a “conceal and carry” law, which will go into effect Jan. 2014. The differences between the “Rushmore State” and the “Land of Lincoln” are nothing compared to those students from other countries. I give credit to the students that traveled abroad for their education. I honestly do not think I could have done that with much success. I am glad I have made this transition though. I have met some amazing people here. At times, I have felt the urge to just transfer to a college back home, but it is the people that continue to keep me here.

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12:05 - 12:55 p.m. Dennis Warner, guitarist Location: National Music Museum 7 - 9 p.m. Real Talk: An Open and Honest Dialogue Location: Aalfs Auditorium, Slagle Hall

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8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Health Happenings Location: Muenster University Center

Nov. 13 4 - 7 p.m. Wellness Awareness Days Location: Wellness Center

Nov. 15 10 - 11 a.m. USD Opera present “The Billy Goats Gruff” Location: Colton Recital Hall 12:05 - 12:55 p.m. The Dizzying Diversity of American Music Location: National Music Museum


Arcade Fire releases best album Andrew Helland The Volante

Arcade Fire, an almost incomparable band in modern music, has finally released their latest record “Reflektor.” This Canadian indie rock band engages you to feel something more than just listening to music — they are a jolt to the senses. Arcade Fire relentlessly teased their fourth LP through guerilla marketing all around the world. Mysterious chalk logos of “Reflektor,” short song clips and secret shows played under the alias “The Reflektors,” effectively built anticipation for any music lover. For this record, Arcade Fire had former LCD Soundsystem lead man James Murphy produce and mentor the process, and Murphy’s influence is evident with the band’s new adaption of percussive focus and song length. If it weren’t clearly acknowledged before, Arcade Fire is possibly the greatest act of this generation, and “Reflektor” helps solidify their status in music history. Conceptually, Arcade Fire is in a league of its own. They’ve put so much detail into all their work and continue to artistically combine various themes. Their first album, “Funeral,” is a story of trying to cope with death set in a winter scene. Their second, “Neon Bible,” is an account of religious struggle and has a reoccurring nautical theme. Follow up, “The Suburbs,” tells of nostalgia and coming of age through a suburban setting. And now “Reflektor,” a tale of ambition, is played with a dark Caribbean style. A trip to Haiti by front man Win Butler and his wife and bandmate Regine Chassange

initially inspired “Reflektor.” Listeners will hear a Haitian influence, with voodoo sounding songs coupled with French lyrics. This isn’t the first time they’ve included French in their songs, but on tracks “Reflektor,” “Joan of Arc” and “It’s Never Over,” it’s a great touch. A first impression of the album was Arcade Fire is more upbeat and dance worthy. The record was even written and recorded in a Jamaican castle, which seemed to capture vitality. “Reflektor” is full of layered drumming that goes from crisp drum machines and kits all the way to earthy hand drums and maracas. It is impossible to sit still through “Here Comes the Nighttime.” Its piano, bass work and timing would be perfect for a conga line, until the tempo changes, blows up into madness and requires an all out dance party. “Do you like rock n roll music/cause I don’t know if I do” is a killer line to start out the following track “Normal Person.” Surpassing “Power Out” as their heaviest song, “Normal Person” is a punch in

the face. Having a more rock n’ roll style, “Normal Person” tells about the unappealing life of a “normal person.” The guitar riff in this song is even played with imperfections, mirroring the song’s theme. “Reflektor” is a double album; the first half deals with detachment and desire. Arcade Fire’s darker side goes “new wave” on the latter half of the album, almost sounding like a lullaby. Orpheus and Eurydice, the characters on the album art, are a centerpiece of the second half. Both are Greek legends and characters from the film “Black Orpheus,” which was a huge influence on Butler for this record. Their story of love and death are told throughout electronic driven tracks: “Awful Song (Oh Eurydice),” “It’s Never Over (Oh Orpheus),” and “Afterlife.” “Afterlife” is your quintessential Arcade Fire songs; it’s very dense sounding and instantly appealing. Listen to it all. Without a doubt, it is a staple for 2013’s music year, Arcade Fire has impressed yet again with “Reflektor.”

Hanks proves to be only shining moment in too-long thriller film Austin Ashlock The Volante

Lengthy films are not always a bad thing, but halfway through Paul Greengrass’ “based on a true story” thriller drama “Captain Phillips,” we found our namesake hero trapped in a life boat with three Somali pirates — undoubtedly thinking five words that summarize this cinematic experience. Get me out of here. The hijacking of the U.S. flagged MV Maersk Alabama in April 2009 lured the eye of media around the world, leaving Americans anxiously waiting for a rescue. So, anyone who turned on a TV during that time more than likely knows the end of this story. There are plenty of movies that don’t allow a historically spoiled ending foul up the experience; —we saw the best contemporary example last year in Ben Affleck’s “Argo,” but this is not one of them. An already long-winded film, running at 134 minutes, “Phillips” becomes unbearable around its 100th minute as we are left waiting alongside Phillips as the U.S. Navy tediously plans the rescue. There is no cinematic payoff in pointlessly waiting, with only the bickering of Somali pirates to keep us company. Ironically, this was more engaging the first time around when it aired on CNN. Known best for his work on the “Bourne” series and 9/11 drama “United 93,” Greengrass has made a name for himself with docu-dramas. While this has worked in a fair share of his previous films, the suspense

he attempts to create falls short of believable and comes off as forced. The shaky camera only adds another nautical-like layer to the film, while the suspense only clicks when the pirates first board the ship and search the lower levels for the crew. The rest is, as stated above, just waiting in a lifeboat. However, Tom Hanks was in this movie. And he owns it. Sporting an almost too good New England accent, Hanks nearly out acts himself. His performance as the no nonsense ship captain was as believable as it gets, and he adds a layer of humility and honesty in his scenes with the Somalis. Viewers can find themselves identifying with Phillips. However, he hits perhaps an all-time career high during his final scene. Spoilers can be spared, but just know the price of admission is nearly worth just staying for the final five minutes of this film. Barkhad Abdi plays the leader of the Somali group Muse in his acting debut and it doesn’t show a bit. The conversations he has with Hanks are some of the best moments of the film and teaches viewers a thing or two about how similar the characters’ separate worlds really are. Great acting aside, not even Hanks’ performance can make up for the sluggish “Captain Phillips.” Greengrass’ directing does nothing to add to the script, almost getting in the way and forcing tension when it’s the actors we should be the focus. Reach reviewer Austin Ashlock at

COYOTE TWIN & VERMILLION THEATRE Free Birds Coyote I Sunday: 1, 3 & 7 p.m. Monday: 7 p.m. Tuesday: 7 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Thursday: 7 p.m. Friday: 7 p.m. Saturday: 1, 3 & 7 p.m.

Ender’s Game Coyote II Sunday: 1, 3:20, 7 & 9:20 p.m. Monday: 7 p.m. Tuesday: 7 & 9:20 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Thursday: 7 p.m. Friday: 7 & 9:20 p.m. Saturday: 1, 3:20, 7 & 9:20 p.m.

Bad Grandpa 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.

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Dia de los muertos

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The university’s Spanish Club created an altar of deceased Spanish artist Diego Rivera Oct. 29. This was in celebration of Dia de los Muertos, a Hispanic three holiday tradition that celebratesthe lives of those who have passed.


Visit to learn more about the University of South Dakota’s Spanish Club’s Dia de los Muertos celebration. The club hosts the celebration each year. Check out the event along with the other traditions celebrated during this major holiday.

Music fills sophomore’s days

Pekas plays 14 instruments and teaches lessons

Whether a 14-year-old girl recounts to her unborn child how she became a rebel wielding an Ak-47 or a married couple grapples with improving the life of their child by moving out of Iran, these cinematic stories are finding their way to the University of South Dakota through the International Film Series. Sponsored by the Political Science League, the series is running Oct. 16 — Nov. 20 and features a weekly viewing session of a film from somewhere around the world. “It’s the perfect time of year to go inside and watch a film,” said Eric Jepsen, event coordinator and associate political science professor. The film series is not a new event on campus, but was not held last year while Jepsen was on sabbatical in India. The Nov. 6 showing of Norwegian film “Kon-Tiki” is the third film featured this semester, and it brings “a cultural anthropological angle, a historical angle and adventure,” said Jepsen. “Kon-Tiki,” he said, tells the story of a group of Norwegians in the 1940s who set out to prove it was possible for South Americans to have made their way to settling in Polynesia in preColumbian times. While the PSL, a USD student organization, sponsors the showing, and the films are purchased through the Farber Fund, Jepsen said the films are not always political in nature.

“The films we selected this semester have been finalists in the foreign language best film category at the Academy Awards,” Jepsen said. “All have won at least one award at a big film festival, but on some level, every film that’s ever been made is political whether the director knew it or not.” Vice President of the PSL, junior Sam Reuland said “Kon-Tiki” has an interesting plot and is a good way to learn about another culture. “It introduces cultural diversity when you’re watching these films,” Reuland said. “America is known as the melting pot for a reason, and that’s how we’ve become such a great nation. We envelop other ideas and learn from them.”

International Film Series Held in Farber Hall in Old Main Free admission

Kon Tiki Will be shown Nov. 6 at 8 p.m. This Norwegian film features legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal’s 4,300-mile crossing of the Pacific on a balsawood raft in 1947, in an effort to prove it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.

No Will be shown Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. This Chilean film features an ad executive designing a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile’s 1988 referendum. SOURCE:

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Sophomore Liz Pekas practices the clarinet in her dorm room Tuesday. The clarinet is one of the 14 instruments Pekas plays. She is also a member of the USD marching band and participates in many ensembles as well as teaches music lessons at her own studio. Braley Dodson The Volante

Sophomore Liz Pekas is more than a little musically inclined. She has been a paid musician for the past six years, playing in pit orchestras. Her specialty is the clarinet, but she also plays saxophone, bassoon, percussion and has experience with brass instruments. In total, she owns 14 instruments. Her passion for music began in the fifth grade, when Pekas said she wanted to play the trombone, but her mother picked the clarinet instead. “(The trombone) is obnoxious,” Pekas said. “But everyone says I don’t look like a clarinet player.” She said she became more serious with the clarinet in the eighth grade and has pursued music ever since. In December, Pekas started her own music studio. She currently has four students, most of which are advanced clarinet players. After graduating from the University of South Dakota, Pekas plans to attend graduate school for music performance. Pekas said as a fallback, she would attend medical school or pursue zoology. “I’ve always had a passion for science,” Pekas said. If she were to pursue sci-

“I like the discipline and perserverence martial arts has given me.” — Liz Pekas, Sophomore

ence, Pekas said her multiple surgeries from martial arts injuries would convince her to become an orthopedic surgeon. In the spring, Pekas has a pair of high profile auditions for the Sarasota Music Festival and the Buffet Academy in Florida. Through training in the martial arts, Pekas said she has strengthened her dedication to music through rigorous training. She has a second-degree black belt in tae kwon do, and first degrees in other types of martial arts. “I like the discipline and perseverance martial arts has given me,” Pekas said. “I go from a broken hand to a musical hand.” Because of the martial arts, Pekas has hurt her knee, shoulder and broken multiple bones. Injuries that have a recovery time of three to six months, but have yet to slow her down. “Martial arts feeds the fire,” Pekas said. When she’s not practicing martial arts or honing her music skills, Pekas runs. She uses Vibram FiveFingers run-

ning shoes, which mimic barefoot running. Pekas will often wake up at 6 a.m. to go for a run, and then practice the clarinet when she’s finished. As a member of the marching band, Pekas spends four hours a week as the section leader for the clarinets. On campus, she is also a member of the symphonic band, orchestra, clarinet quartet and woodwind quintet. “You get a lot more opportunity to work with people in a small group,” Pekas said. “You learn a lot from it.” In the future, Pekas hopes to play in an orchestra and become a recording artist. Her dream would be to be a recording artist for Disney, or to be a contemporary clarinet artist, utilizing beat boxing. “I know I want to do it for the rest of my life,” Pekas said. “Some days, I want to be in a ska band. If clarinet could ever be ska, I call dibs.” She has already written original music, most of which she said is inspired by her friends. “I just write, and I go with it,” Pekas said. “I like to think a lot about my friends’ personali-

ties when I’m writing music.” Sophomore Rachel Berte is a roommate of Pekas. “There’s a lot of music played in our apartment,” Berte said. Her roommate has also had experience with Pekas’ martial arts skills and describes her as quirky, fun and musical. “We like to fight with each other in a friendly way,” Berte said. “I win accidentally sometimes.” Sophomore Sarah Schmidt is also roommates with Pekas, along with being a fellow music student. The two are planning a joint recital in the spring. “It is very musical in here,” Schmidt said. “There is always music going on.” The two began working together during high school, and bonded last year over being the only first-years in the Honors program to be music performance majors. “Liz’s music style is a lot like Liz,” Schmidt said. “When she’s playing fast and upbeat, the way she articulates her entrance is quirky, like Liz.” Reach reporter Braley Dodson at

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Students prepare to run the Trick for Trot 5k race Nov.3. Michael Geheren The Volante

The Mortar Board raised $200 and 12 books at the second annual Trick or Trot 5K. The donations will benefit Vermillion elementary schools to improve literacy, said Lindsay Sparks, assistant director of Student Life. Participants were dressed in Halloween costumes to run or walk the 5K route through Vermillion Sunday morning. 10 students and community members ran the 5K. The race started at Prentis Park in Vermillion, SD 10 a.m. Sunday Nov. 3. “I thought it would be a fun thing to do together,” said sophomore Kelsi VonHollen, who ran with her friend, sophomore Jennifer Baggett. “It was another Halloween event to go to.” The event was just one of many the Mortar Board is hosts throughout the year. The money raised will support Vermillion elementary schools. The books will be donated to

the Vermillion Public Library. “The goal was just to get the Mortar Board name out to the community,” said Katelyn Breen, co-events chair. Breen said the organization’s next event is a rose sale in February for Valentine’s Day, and work at local book fairs to continue their efforts in helping child literacy. Mortar Board organizations across the country are participating in a national project “Reading is Learning” to help literacy issues. The campaign is designed to improve relations between universities and cities, according to the Mortar Board national organization. Mortar Board is a national honor society for seniors at the University of South Dakota. Students are required to have a 3.2 GPA, and must show substantial campus leadership. Students receive invitations the second semester of junior year.

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Coyotes fall short in XC meet Nathan ellenbecker is a first-year majoring in contemporary media and journalism. Football team slips to 4-5 after tough loss to Youngstown State. What I think: It doesn’t take an extremely football-savvy fan to know what put Joe Glenn and Co. back below .500. One word: penalties. Since the beginning of the season, the team has stockpiled penalties, rather than getting off the field on defense or finishing drives on offense. Even looking back to the game against Kansas Sept. 7, USD had its opportunities. However, holding calls and face masks are continuing to turn into killers. Eliminate a holding penalty in the red zone and a late hit out of bound on Youngstown State’s final drive, and you have a 5-4 Coyotes team with its eyes on second in the conference. They just need to smooth out those mental mistakes. Cross-country men fall by one point to SDSU at conference. What I think: Even from across enemy lines, there should be a mutual happiness for the South Dakota State men after one of their runners, Phillip LaVallee, was tragically killed this summer just before the start of school. The Jackrabbit men certainly ran for LaVallee when they edged USD’s men by one point in the Summit League Championships Saturday in Fort Wayne, Ind. LaVallee was taken too early when a van hit him on the side of the road this summer near his home in Minnesota. I don’t think anyone who bleeds Coyote red should feel bitter toward the finish. There was no better way for the Jackrabbits to honor their former teammate. Reach reporter Nathan Ellenbecker at

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Volleyball coach Matt Hourk (top) yells out instructions during the Coyotes 3-1 win over South Dakota State Nov. 1. Men’s interim basketball coach Joey James (bottom left) instructs from the sideline last year and women’s basketball coach Amy Williams (bottom left) speaks during Media Day Oct. 30. All three are on one-year contracts.

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Head football coach Joe Glenn celebrates after a Coyote victory over Missouri State during Dakota Days. Glenn, like every other athletic coach at the school, is on a one-year contract.

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For college coaches, single-year contracts can display a lack of support and an unknown future. However, in South Dakota, that is all coaches can receive. Appropriation policies in South Dakota make it so a one-year contract is all that can be guaranteed to coaches, as well as educational positions. This leaves the state’s two Division-I schools, the University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University, only able to promise one year contracts to their athletic leaders, while their competitors, whether in conference or out of conference, The Volante

are able to sign multi-year deals. Glenn said the status of Division I calls upon the state to revise this policy. “It’s not our school’s policy; it’s the state’s,” Glenn said. “I don’t know why we couldn’t give a guy a threeyear contract — other schools in our division are doing it. I think our state would want to compete. We’re at this level now, and our legislature and state representatives should recognize that.” Jim Shekleton, of the S.D. Board of Regents, said it is technically possible for the state’s universities to sign multi-year contracts, but it is rarely practiced. “The employment contracts are paid from the general appropriations fund,”

Shekleton said. “The appropriations are paid year by year. It is possible to write a contract that could cover future appropriations, but it has to be with the condition subsequent. In theory it would be possible to do that, but in practice it hasn’t been done.” These rules go for all government employees, Shekleton said, including teachers and even USD president Jim Abbott. While in theory this could be done, S.D. Legislature would have to approve the appropriations for multiple years come January. Abbott said while a threeyear contract can be written, there is nothing guaranteed. “If the legislature said that they don’t like three contracts, then they could eas-

ily refuse to appropriate the money when the legislature meets to approve the budget for the following year,” Abbott said. “So in theory, salaries are only approved for a year.” This leaves South Dakota universities behind the curve compared to other regional universities, including Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota and North Dakota. USD Athletic Director David Herbster said when the newest coaches were hired, there was an understanding from the beginning of the one-year contract standard. “We were fortunate when we hired (Glenn) that we were hiring an alumni to come back and he was not concerned about a multi-

year contract,” Herbster said. “We were also fortunate that when we hired (head women’s basketball coach) Amy Williams. She understood what we were up against here in South Dakota.” While both the football and women’s basketball vacancies were filled fairly easily because of the trust from the university, Herbster said a problem might surface when trying to fill the men’s basketball position. “Our (men’s) basketball coach — that will be the one that will be the test,” Herbster said. “Joey (James) has been in our system for a long time and understands that there are no multi-year contracts. However, if we bring Please see CONTRACTS, Page B6

Earl, Coyotes follow second USD falls short straight loss with Montana against Cyclones It had been over a month since the University of South Dakota football team was below .500, but that’s where they now stand after a heart-breaking 38-34 loss to Youngstown State last Saturday. The Coyotes went in big underdogs against a Penguin team that was 7-1 on the season. The Coyote defense failed to make one last stop and fell in the closing moments of the game. Senior outside linebacker Tyler Starr said the loss was one of the hardest losses he’s ever been a part of and now the goal is to not hang their heads down after such a tough loss. “We have to move forward and on to the next game,” Starr said. “We’re all frustrated, but we can’t show that right now. We have to get ready for Montana.” The loss was especially tough because it almost surely knocked the Coyotes out of playoff contention. “Yeah, that opportunity is probably gone now,” head coach Joe Glenn said after last week’s loss.

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Sophomores Keyen Lage (33) and Drew Iddings (94) look to tackle Youngstown State’s senior quarterback Kurt Hess. Hess passed for 283 yards and two touchdowns on the Coyote defense.

Although the opportunity to play in the playoffs looks lost right now, Starr said he wants the rest of the team to continue fighting as if everything is still on the line.

“We know we have to win these next three games to even have a chance of being considered a playoff team,” Starr said. “But I want everyone to show we are still going to fight. We’re going

to play for pride and for the love of the game.” Next up on the team’s schedule is another ranked opponent, Please see FOOTBALL, Page B6

After defeating North Dakota State 3-1 Sunday, the University of South Dakota women’s volleyball team finished off its home slate of games with an 8-0 record. Last night they took on non-conference foe Iowa State and lost 3-0. After the loss the Coyotes now have three games remaining before the Summit League Conference Tournament on Nov. 21 The Coyotes head to Denver Saturday to compete in their last conference games of the season. Denver, who currently stands in second place in the Summit League conference at 7-4, will be a tough match for the Coyotes. “It’s how we started four weekends in a row on the road, and we’ll finish four weekends on the road. We played quality opponents at the beginning of the season, so we’re ready to

travel, sleep in a hotel and perform,” Houk said. The last time the two teams met, USD won in three sets, which were all close. Tori Kroll said they have to focus on the outsides. “We have to focus on ourselves, Denver’s outsides and blockers and of course, focus on our pace,” Kroll said. Denver had 10.5 blocks against the Coyotes last match and brought 43 kills to the floor against USD’s 50 kills. Kritenbrink said the team would need to stick to what it has been doing in order to finish the season out strong. “We have to go in knowing that every team is going to have a little bit of home court advantage, and we have to stick to what’s been working and focusing on not letting the crowd and atmosphere get to our head,” Kritenbrink said. Reach reporter Kelsey Kroger at



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COYOTEDigest VoLLeyball protects dome vs. sdsu

Football Recap: The Coyotes nearly took down No. 10 Youngstown State Saturday at the DakotaDome but fell on the final possession, with 14 seconds left, to lose 38-34. USD and Youngstown State went back and forth all afternoon, and the Coyotes were able to keep up with the Penguins with a balanced offensive attack. USD had a total of 229 yards through the air and an additional 170 yards on the ground. The loss moved the Coyotes back to fifth place in the conference, with three games remaining. Key players: Sophomore Kevin Earl had another stellar game in his fifth start at quarterback. Earl was 16 for 31 with 219 yards and threw for two touchdowns. This was Earl’s first start on the year where he didn’t throw an interception. Earl has seven passing touchdowns on the year. Earl’s new favorite target, first-year Riley Donovan, had four receptions for 103 yards, his third consecutive 100 yard receiving game. Sophomore linebacker Keyen Lage had a big game, recording seven tackles against the Penguins. In addition to his seven tackles, Lage had one sack for a loss of seven yards. Lage is second on the team in tackles, with 54 on the season. His sack was his second on the season, which puts him fifth on the team. Player to Watch: Senior defensive back Devin Taverna has been a big part of the Coyotes’ defense this year, and this past weekend he led the team with nine tackles. Taverna leads the team in tackles for the year with 62 and has one interception, which came in USD’s upset victory against the University of Northern Iowa. Record: 4-5 (3-3, MVC)

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Junior Kendall Kritenbrink spikes the ball vs. South Dakota State Friday. The Coyotes won 3-1 to complete their season sweep over the Jackrabbits. They went on to defeat NDSU Sunday.

Athlete of the Week Sophomore Mubarik Musa finished second at the Summit League Cross Country Championships Saturday in Fort Wayne, Ind. His second place finish helped lead the Coyotes to the second place finish at the conference meet. His efforts earned him the Volante Athlete of the Week.

Up Next: The Coyotes host their last out-ofconference foe Montana Saturday at 1 p.m. at the DakotaDome.

Soccer Recap: In the last matches of the year, the Coyote soccer team was able to get its first win and tie in conference play. The Coyotes defeated Western Illinois Friday night and tied Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Sunday. The Coyotes were able to get the offense started Friday in their 3-0 victory, recording their first goal since Sept. 26. Key Player: Junior defender Lauren Bennett had her first goal of the season in Friday’s victory against Western Illinois on a free kick in the 66th minute. Bennett also recorded her first assist of the year to help the Coyotes’ cause. Players to Watch: Next year, USD will return everyone on the team except senior Jenny Teslow, who has been out since Sept. 26. The Coyotes will again rely on junior goalkeeper Mackenzie Viktor, who this weekend against Western Illinois faced 13 shots and made four saves. This was Viktor’s fourth shutout of the season.

Grade: Sophomore

Mubarik Musa

Hometown: Worthington, Minn.

Summit League Championships Achievements: •

Second place finish at Summit League Championships in the 8K race

Time: 24:57:41

Named to first-team All-Summit League status

Career Achievements •

Named Outstanding Coyote Freshman of the Year last year

Earned Newcomer of the Championships at the 2012 Summit League Championships

Second-Team All-Summit League honors in 2012, finishing eighth

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First-year forward Jamie Karch will also be key for Coyote success next year. This year, Karch had seven goals, and one assist including a goal in the victory against Western Illinois Friday. Record: 6-8-4 (1-5-1, Summit League)

Cross Country Recap: Saturday, USD’s men’s and women’s teams competed at the Summit League Championships in Fort Wayne, Ind. The Coyotes men had a second place finish, while the women finished third. The women were led by senior Megan Hilson who finished fourth with a time of 21:51:46. Up Next: USD competes at the NCAA Midwest Regional Meet in Ames, Iowa on Nov.15.

Low post power forwards are becoming a dying breed in today’s NBA Grant Bosiacki is a junior majoring in contemporary media and journalism. The old basketball mantra has always been the team with the best big men is the team that’s going to walk away with a championship. Just look at NBA history. Bigs have been the centerpiece on some of the most dominant teams. George Mikan dominated the 50s, winning five championships, Bill Russell dominated the 60s, winning 11 total championships, and Kareem Abdul-Jabar dominated the 80s, winning six championships. It wasn’t until a guy named Michael Jordan came around until you saw a team rack up multiple championships with a wing as the unquestioned face of their team. Growing up in Minnesota and during the thick of the Kevin Garnett era, I quickly learned the importance of a dominant big

man. On a nightly basis, I remember watching big men lead their team to victories. Besides KG, you saw guys like Tim Duncan, Chris Webber, Jermaine O’Neal and Dirk Nowitzki produce night in and night out for their teams. (Okay, time to forgive Jermaine for the Malice at the Palace.) It was even more apparent watching Shaquille O’Neal spray champagne and be the last man standing four times from 2000 to 2006. But the NBA is changing. The game is becoming more guard oriented. You’d be hard-pressed to find someone that doesn’t think the deepest position in the game today is the point guard position. The Heat have won the last two NBA Championships and the face of their franchise clearly isn’t a big man. Luckily for them, their franchise player is a 6’8” beast of a man that’s more than capable of playing point. With the NBA season more than a week underway, I have decided to throw things back to the good ole days and give you my list of the top 10 bigs in the game today, more specifically power forwards. 1. Kevin Love, Minnesota Tim-

berwolves From one Kevin leading the Wolves to another. Love, who is already entering his sixth year in the NBA is the clear-cut No. 1 power forward in the game today. Forget about last year’s broken hand, lack of hustle and failure to remember how to hit a jumper. It’s a new year. Love won Western Conference Player of the Week in week one and is looking stronger than ever. 2. Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs The wily old veteran is somehow still getting it done. I’ll be the first to admit that two years ago, I began wondering if the Tim Duncan I had been so accustomed to watching my whole life was finally starting to diminish. But last year, at 37, willed his team to the NBA Finals and nearly came out on top. It’s not quite time to write him off, the guy continues producing. 3. LaMarcus Aldridge. Portland Trail Blazers Rumors have been swirling whether Aldridge wants to stay in Portland, regardless, the guy in my eyes is the third best power forward in the game today. Not

really a traditional four, Aldridge brings one of the purest looking strokes to the court every night for the Blazers. He doesn’t offer much in the rebounding department, but he’s a career 78 percent free throw shooter and has averaged over 20 points per game for the past three seasons. 4. Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks Another wily old veteran makes his way to my top five. Nowitzki, 35, is the last person to dethrone King James and the Heat. There’s not much to say about the native German, no matter the pieces around him, he continues putting up big numbers. 5. Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers Known most for his posterizing dunks, Griffin has been one of the most exciting players in the league since the day he stepped on a NBA court. This fall ESPN ranked him as the second best power forward in the game, only behind Love. Although I’m high on what he brings to the Clippers, I can’t put him that high on my list. His free throw struggles and lack of a real post game can’t be

looked at lightly. He’ll continue throwing down alley-oop after alley-oop, but he can’t be looked at as a superstar until he fixes up some glaring weaknesses. 6. David Lee, Golden State Warriors Lee has been under appreciated his entire NBA career. In 2005, he almost slipped to the second round of the NBA Draft and doesn’t get nearly as much love as the ‘Splash Brothers’ in Golden State. What I do know is he’s as efficient as they come for any four in the league. 7. Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans After being the number one pick in last year’s NBA Draft, Davis has had big shoes to fill. Last year had it’s ups and downs, but the man that rocks the unibrow is only 20 years old and is in the midst of possibly winning Most Improved Player this season. 8. Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder Ibaka was given a four year $48 million extension two offseasons ago. His block numbers are ridiculous and his jumper keeps getting better and better. It’s all

about consistency from here on out for this 24 year old from the Republic of Congo. 9. Zach Randolph, Memphis Grizzlies Randolph, or “Z-Bo” as he’s commonly referred to, is truly a beast. He does almost all his work on the block and is an immovable object. His age is creeping up there (32), but he still is someone you have to game plan against. 10. David West, Indianapolis Pacers West and Randolph are really similar players. Both are veterans who know who to score. West is more of a face-up scorer than Randolph, and is feistier on defense. West has shown no side effects from his 2011 ACL tear and is a key cog for a Pacer team that has a legitimate shot at knocking off the Heat.

Honorable mentions: Kevin Garnett, Brooklyn Nets; Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers; Kenneth Faried, Denver Nuggets; Greg Monroe, Detroit Pistons. Reach reporter Grant Bosiacki at




James era tips off with pair of NY games Coyotes open 2013-14 schedule with St. Bonaventure Saturday, Canisius Monday Grant Bosiacki The Volante

Just three days from its season opener, the University of South Dakota men’s basketball team is anxious to get the season underway on the road against St. Bonaventure Saturday. Sophomore guard Casey Kasperbauer said the team is bonding well and very excited to play for interim head coach Joey James. The new-look Coyotes will travel to New York, first against St. Bonaventure and against Canisius in Buffalo, N.Y., Monday. James said the team has been practicing hard and is more than ready to take on St. Bonaventure this Saturday. “The practices we’ve had the past few weeks have been really good,” James said. “Everyone has been fighting

for spots, and it’s made for some very aggressive practices.” The team returns four starters from last year, sophomores Tyler Flack and Kasperbauer, junior Brandon Bos and senior Trevor Gruis. But James was clear that didn’t mean those four would be inserted into the starting lineup this year. “All four of them are going to play big roles on this team and have all gotten exponentially better this offseason,” James said. “But I’m all about competition. Everyone on this team is still fighting for their role.” James said he expects this team to be better at sharing the ball offensively and should be more well rounded at scoring. That all starts with sophomore transfer Trey Norris, who sat out last year after playing one season at North Texas. “I consider myself a pass-

first point guard,” Norris said. “I’m picking up this system really well, and I’m excited for the season to start. Norris, who James said we can expect to see start Saturday, will be the primary player replacing last year’s leading scorer, Juevol Myles. James and Kasperbauer said the biggest difference you’ll see from the team this year is its depth. “We have so many more guys, and a lot of them can play multiple positions,” Kasperbauer said. “Now we can have more guys playing when younger players are dealing with inconsistency.” A final area fans should key in on this season is the Coyotes’ defense, where James has stressed for major improvements all offseason. Reach reporter Grant Bosiacki at


Senior center Trevor Gruis practicing a defensive drill during practice Oct. 10. Gruis is expected to be the team’s starting center when the season kicks off Nov. 9.

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Junior Lauren Bennett looks to pass to an open teammate last Sunday, Nov. 3, against IUPUI. The Coyotes tied 1-1.

The University of South Dakota women’s soccer season drew to a close over the weekend in Vermillion, picking up some much-needed offense in a 3-0 win against Western Illinois Friday and tying Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis 1-1 Saturday. With Saturday’s tie, the Coyotes finished the 2013 season 6-8-4 after winning three of their first five games. However, head coach Mandy Green said improvements have been made over last year’s season, when they finished with a 2-13-3 record. “We were defending better as a team and possessing better as a team this year,” Green said. The team’s win Friday against Western Illinois was its first Summit League win this season and marked the first game in six weeks that the Coyotes scored a goal. The Coyotes are tied with Omaha for last place in the

Summit League the team In its eight losses, USD held six opposing teams to one goal, compare that to last year when 10 of their 13 losses it gave up two or more goals. Regarding offense, Green said that the team needs to improve its ability to score in order to be better next year in the conference. “Goal scoring is the biggest thing,” Green said. “We’re creating opportunities, but we’re just not finishing.” The Coyotes had 189 shots this year, which only translated to 27 goals overall. “We need to definitely start putting away our goals,” sophomore midfielder Elena Tsakakis said. Despite the Coyotes’ losing season, many of the players, including junior Kaiti Porter, are upbeat and optimistic about the team’s chances next season. “I feel like this season gave us hope for next year,” said Porter. Reach reporter Malachi Petersen at

Football: Glenn facing former team CONTINUED FROM PAGE B4 the University of Montana, who comes in ranked No. 12 in the nation. The Grizzlies only loss of the season was in a 42-37 shootout to No. 4 Eastern Washington. Sophomore quarterback Kevin Earl said even though it’s an out of conference game, they are well aware of how good Montana is. “They are just as good of an opponent as we’ll face this year,

so they’ll be a big test for us,” Earl said. Last year the Grizzlies beat the Coyotes 35-24 in both team’s season opener. Junior wide receiver Josh Vander Maten, who threw for 172 yards and two touchdowns against them last year, said he’ll try telling Earl everything he remembers about them. “I told him that they’re going to be a great coached team,” Vander Maten said. “What I remember most about their defense is their

great group of linebackers. I’ll help him with what I saw last year and remind him about their aggressiveness.” Vander Maten is also coming off the first receiving touchdown of his collegiate career and said he’s gaining more and more comfort as a full-time receiver. The game will also be a homecoming of sorts for Glenn, who coached the Grizzlies to a 39-6 record from 2000-02. Glenn said it will be fun to see a few famil-

Coach Williams excited to build on success from last year Sydney Mook The Volante

After weeks of practice, the Coyote women’s basketball team will finally get to take the court this weekend against Cal State Fullerton Friday in Fullerton, Cal. This will be the first game of the season for the Coyotes, who finished last season one win away from the NCAA tournament. The team has been working hard during the offseason to prepare for the game, said head coach Amy Williams. She said she has confidence in the team’s ability, because of all of the work they have been putting in. “We’re excited to get back out there and continue what we did last year,” Williams said. The Coyotes will open up

the season with seven combined first-years and sophomores. Senior Polly Harrington said this year’s team does not have as much experience as last year, but the team will still be able to compete in games. “I know everyone can do it,” Harrington said. “We’ve been doing it in practice, and I expect that to keep happening.” Last year, the Coyotes went 19-16 (10-6) and ended the season winning seven of their final nine games. The team finished the Summit League tournament just one win away from an NCAA tournament berth. The loss came at the hands of in-state rival South Dakota State, but the team was able to make it to the WBI tournament where its season came to an end with a 71-63 loss to

McNeese State. The team is preparing for its first game of the season against Cal State Fullerton. Cal State went 11-22 last season with a team primarily made up of first-years and sophomores. The team is currently 2-0 in exhibition games against California Baptist and Cal State Dominguez Hills. The Titans hired a new head coach in the offseason, so the Coyotes know very little about them. “It’s a little bit scary when you play a team with 12 returning players and a brand new head coach,” Williams said. “We don’t know what they’ll do, so we just have to focus on us and what we can do as a team.” Reach reporter Sydney Mook at

iar faces, including two players on the team whose father’s were coached by Glenn. Glenn has never coached with any of the coaches on the Grizzlies staff but said he’s known many of them for 10-15 years, including head coach Mick Delaney. The Coyotes will get to stay at home for the third consecutive week and take on South Dakota State in their home finale before finishing off the season at North Dakota State Nov. 23.

Contracts: Behind the competition CONTINUED FROM PAGE B4 in somebody from the outside my feeling is that this will affect the candidate pool.” Abbott said he brings up the one year rule before he hires anyone HERBSTER at the university, but does well to ensure as much stability as he can. “All coaches are labeled as non-faculty exempt position,” Abbott said. “They are not guaranteed employment except for that year. I make it very clear that if I am hiring someone, I can only give them a one year contract. But I promise you that unless something happens completely outside the realm of what’s reasonable, you may expect to continue your employment.” James said he thought the practice would be changed while the school was going through the process of transferring to Division I. “I thought personally it would change once we made the transition into Division I,” James said. “It hasn’t yet, but it needs to. It’s one of the more important things we need to do besides the arena.” While these rules particularly hurt the university and its potential coaches, the rules can also affect the players and the potential recruits. Sophomore football player Keyen Lage said he

believes the lack of stability could affect the university. “When a kid comes in he wants to have a coach he loves, and he loves playing for, and he wants to play for him for four years,” Lage said. “So hearing that a coach could only be there for potentially one year, that really kills the vibe of wanting to go to that school, because every kid coming in is looking for stability.” Lage was recruited under former head football coach Ed Meierkort and witnessed the coaching change to Glenn in December 2011. “I really liked my recruiting coach at the time, Adam Breske,” Lage said. “When I found out that he was staying for sure, after Glenn got hired, I knew USD was right.” Herbster said he believes every school in the region, including every South Dakota school, should be on a multi-year deal because of the ways it helps recruiting. “We should all be on multi-year contracts,” Herbster said. “It allows you to bring in the best candidates and provides stability and certainty for your coaching staffs. You want to be able to go into a recruit’s living room and say, ‘I’m on a multi-year contract, and they’re committed to me.’” Abbott said there has been minor talk about reversing this rule. “There has been talk about multi-year contracts, but I suspect that in a higher-education system that it would seem inappropriate to some citizens and some legislators to move to have coaches have multi-year contracts and not teachers,” Abbott said.

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