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Caffeine: An overlooked addiction

Over 40 million Americans are addicted to nicotine, 18 million to alcohol and 4.2 million are addicted to marijuana. Less commonly thought of as an addictive drug, caffeine, when consumed in excess, can cause heart complications, anxiety, seizures and many other side effects. The recommended dose of caffeine is 400 milligrams per day. Like any other drug, people can react to caffeine at different levels. 400 milligrams is equivalent to around four cups of brewed coffee. Doug Martin, a professor of biomedical sciences, said normal and excessive intakes of coffee often fall on the same spectrum and it can be hard to determine what is too much. “I think over-consuming caffeine is probably a general

practice. (In college especially), you have papers due and exams so you want that alertness,” he said. “So you use the caffeine to give you that. I don’t think too many people realize how much caffeine is in energy drinks or other caffeinated drinks.” Becca Mabee, a secondyear medical student, said she thinks a lot of college students are actually addicted to caffeine because it is so easily accessible. “College fosters that, even just with the number of coffee shops the MUC has in close vicinity. Everyone has it accessible at any time and it’s really common to get large quantities,” Mabee said. “It’s so easily accessible and it’s so easy to drink caffeine in so many different forms so you can easily find something you like.” Shelby Brady, a first-year nursing major, drinks around two cups of coffee a day but

said she sometimes feels pressure to drink more when schoolwork demands it. “If I didn’t get enough sleep or have to stay awake longer for class I tend to drink more to focus and during finals, my intake goes up kind of just due to stress,” she said. “I don’t really worry about over consuming because it’s normally... spread out through the day, but I do worry about the possible (long term) side effects. I would say I have an ‘addiction’ not in the sense that I can’t stop drinking it, but when don’t drink caffeine I tend to get headaches and get nausea.” Caffeine addiction is not commonly seen as an addiction, but viewed in a more positive light compared to other substances, Brooke Jensen, a full-scope family doctor from Sioux Falls, said. “Because it’s not an illegal substance, like alcohol, but alcohol has more of a nega-

tive point because we know it can affect our mental capacity and our thoughts greater and can cause greater side effects,” she said. “So that’s more looked down upon, where caffeine is normalized in everyday society so people don’t look at it as an abnormality.” “Once you’re tolerant, you don’t start having the benefits of caffeine with smaller amounts of cups. So you’re going to find that you are going to have to start taking larger quantities to get the effects that you want,” Jensen said. “You will also have withdrawal symptoms if you decrease your amount consumed.” Mabee said one of the most common withdrawal symptoms is a pounding headache. She recommends cutting down on caffeine slowly rather than all at once. See COFFEE, Page A3

Campus Counseling centers say they don’t see end-of-year rush Ali Boysen

As finals week approaches, students begin to feel the pressure finish well in classes. The culture on campus shifts to a more focused state as studying becomes a larger priority, but in some cases, the stress can be overwhelming. John Howe, associate dean of students, said he sees a change in student attitude in the Muenster University Center during finals. “You can definitely tell there’s a greater concentration on academics, a realization that deadlines are pending...there’s definitely a turn in the atmosphere in the MUC,” Howe said. The most common mental illnesses in college students are anxiety and depression. According to the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors Annual survey, over a third of college students said stress impacts them.  Howe said the number of students reported for concern of their wellbeing peaks towards the end of the semester.  “...We get referrals more to our office and the dean of students office from faculty or con-

Peyton Beyers I The Volante The Cook House, one of the three counseling centers on campus, is located at 605 E. Clark Street.

cerned hall staff or other people just expressing concern for students and asking for updates and check-ins on them,” Howe said.

Counseling on campus Of the three counseling options on campus, only the Cook House takes patients and walk-ins during the end of the semester.

Community Dakotathon tops $200,000 fundraising goal at DM

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Director of USD Counseling Center Deborah Robertson said they don’t typically see an influx of students at high-stress times like midterms and finals, but instead a consistent amount of students looking for treatment throughout the year. Reasons for stress at this point in the semester can cause stress because of concerns about

grades, burnout, lack of motivation and issues, Robertson said. While depression used to be one of the main issues students dealt with, Tracie Erdmann, the clinical experiences coordinator of the Counseling and School Psychological Services Center, said anxiety is present in more students now. See SERVICES, Page A3

Members of Dakotathon fell into tears and hugs on the floor of the Sanford Coyote Sports Center after seeing their final amount raised for the Children’s Miracle Network this year: $208,732.19. The reveal came as a conclusion to Dakotathon’s 22nd annual Dance Marathon (DM), where miracle children from the Sanford Children’s Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D. spend 24 hours in Vermillion for activities such as a talent show, scavenger hunt, basketball game and a vigil. “It’s a day we get to donate to our kids. It’s what we worked for the entire year,” Libby Bullerdick, Dakotathon external co-chair, said. “If you’re always needing it or See FTK, Page A6


Special Olympics Summer Games will return to Vermillion Austin Lammers

The City of Vermillion will host the 51st Special Olympics Summer Games from May 1618. 580 athletes, 250 coaches and 500 volunteers are expected to return to the founding location of South Dakota’s Special Olympics organization. Nate Welch, President and CEO of the Vermillion Chamber & Development Company (VCDC) said he can’t wait to have the visiting athletes experience a “warm” and “welcoming” community. “Supporter turnout for this year’s Special Olympics South Dakota Summer Games is great. Our Special Olympics committee has been hard at work for many months, and our volunteers are all very excited to host,” he said in a news release. Dave Herbster, Summer Games committee chair and USD Athletic Director, said the community is “firing on all cylinders” to bring back the Special Olympics games for the first time in 50 years. “The teamwork being exhibited by the VCDC, the community, USD and Special Olympics South Dakota is inspiring,” he said. The VCDC is still searching for volunteers to help operate three days worth of events. “We’ve been amazed by Vermillion’s preparedness and volunteer preparation,” said Darryl Nordquist, President and CEO of Special Olympics South Dakota. “We are looking forward to bringing our state summer games to Vermillion, given the enthusiasm that volunteers are showing to host our athletes.” Those interested in volunteering can contact Mike Bartos of the VCDC at (605) 624-5571 or

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An unthawed Old Main reflects the beginning of spring on campus.

City of Vermillion Police Blotter Highlights


trash can tragedy

Apr. 7 Caller reported several trash cans turned over. Officers found that several trash cans awaiting pickup had been turned over. Officers were not able to determine who had knocked the trash cans over. Apr. 7 Officers responded to a disturbance at a residence in the early morning hours. No arrests were made. Apr. 7 Caller reported a neighbor woman had yelled “help” out the window. Officer found

the woman and her boyfriend had been arguing. Neither party had assaulted the other. One of the two decided to leave for the night. No crime was committed. Apr. 7 Officers responded to a domestic disturbance at a residence. Alcohol was involved. No arrests were made. Apr. 8 Caller reported two men stealing a stop sign. Officer located the two described men leaving the area, they dropped a stop sign with pole on the ground when



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contacted by police. The two men were charged with theft. Both had been drinking. Apr. 8 Caller reported the odor of burnt marijuana coming from a neighboring apartment. Officer could smell the odor and contacted the apartment the odor was coming from. They recovered marijuana and pipes. The owner of the marijuana was arrested. Apr. 8 A school bus driver reported a vehicle passed the bus while the

Students voice concerns and demand change from SGA

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stop lights were on and the stop sign extended. The driver was charged with passing a school bus. Apr. 8 An officer stopped a vehicle for doing 68 mph in a 50 mph zone. The driver was cited. Apr. 10 Vermillion Officers assisted the University Police with transporting three subjects they had arrested for possession of marijuana. Apr. 10 An officer responded to a two vehicle accident. The driver of one vehicle

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had lost control and struck a parked vehicle. The driver had minor injuries. The driver was cited for overdriving road conditions. Apr. 10 Officers stopped a car for speeding and cited the driver. Apr. 12 Officers conducted a neighborhood search for a juvenile who ran away from home. The child was located a short time later and returned to the parents. Apr. 12 Officers responded to a report of a vehicle colli-


sion with minor injuries. Officers conducted an investigation and arrested one adult female for driving while under the influence. Apr. 12 While conducting a traffic stop, officers encountered a male with an active warrant. He was taken into custody. Apr. 13 Officers responded to a medical emergency at a residence. One adult male was transported to a regional medical center.

TUNE IN THIS MONTH Tune in at noon for an interview with SGA director of communications, Saeed Dabour.

Watch Channel 21 for the Red Report.

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Students voiced disappointments with the Student Government Association (SGA) at their weekly meeting. Marcus Destin, a student who attends meeting almost every week, stepped up to the microphone after the call for student feedback. He said he no longer felt a sense of family at USD and part of this is due to division amongst SGA that he found “sickening.” “When you come and you can feel the tension in the SGA meetings and you see the looks and you see the messages going back and forth...the goal is no longer the focus of the student but the focus of the individual of the student sitting in the seat at the table. That’s not a good feeling,” Destin said. Destin called on each individual senator to ask why they joined SGA. “I’m not talking about that campaign slogan and I’m not talking about the one-liner you gave to get the seat that you’re in,” he said. “Is it a popularity contest? Is it a Tuesday night filler? Is this something you do to pass the time? Is this just something you do for your resumé? Why are we here?” Personal conflicts within SGA are preventing senators from representing the students, especially ones too scared to come to SGA meetings, Destin said. “If you don’t like the person sitting next to you, you leave that outside the

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Cecilia Gillen I The Volante Marcus Destin expresses his concerns to SGA Tuesday night.

door because when bills come, if you’re making it hard for (the executive team) or the person next to you and you’re just doing it to give somebody a hard time, guess who else you’re giving a hard time? The students,” he said. Carson Zubke, SGA president, said Destin brought great insight. “I think the most important thing for us to do is build relationships and come to the meeting with an open mind,” Zubke said. “You know we always will hear about ‘well why isn’t there student feedback here?’... and I think he brought up a lot of good points that I hope that Senate will take into consideration and the executive team will take into consideration.” Libby Bullerdick, former external overall chair of Dakotathon, also expressed frustration with SGA. At last week’s meeting, SGA voted no on Dakotathon’s request for a clothing budget exemption specifically for event shirts under the precedent that any item of clothing kept after an event is a gift and therefore cannot be funded by SGA. Choking up, Bullerdick said the $3,000 used for shirts was not only a

necessary expense for security purposes, but since it wasn’t covered by SGA that expense will be taken out of their $208,000 raised. “I know we’re asking for a lot with $3,000 but even if you were to cover half the cost that’s another kid at camp, that’s three more families for a year-long full of reimbursements for mileage, cystic fibrosis medication and diabetes that isn’t covered by insurance,” Bullerdick said. Senator Rachael Meinders originally advocated for Dakotathon’s exemption, then voted no, said her opinion that night was changed when considering the precedents that had already been set. “I can understand their frustration for sure... but I do think they’re personally involved and I would encourage them to take a step back talk to some of the senators,” Meinders said. “And SGA makes mistakes, sure. I’m not necessarily saying we made one now, but it’s a further conversation to have.” Destin also encouraged SGA to move forward with the conversation on these issues. “And my question to SGA is: now what?”

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USD medical school receives $75,000 for cardiovascular training.

The South Dakota Gay Conference is held in Rapid City.

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you feel like you need it to function or as soon as you wake up, you have to have it, you’re probably addicted,” she said. “You usually don’t know you’re addicted until you go without it, but then you can usually tell if you don’t have it even one day because you start to get a headache.” Other common withdrawal symptoms include fatigue, drowsiness, de-

pressive moods or lack of concentration. Although caffeine can have negative side effects when over-consumed, it can actually have health benefits if consumed in moderation. Caffeine can be used to relieve mental and physical fatigue, increase alertness, treat headaches and even lower blood pressure, according to WebMD. “Caffeine is actually a drug too because it can be used to treat headaches, which is kind of funny. Some of the migraine drugs have caffeine in them,”

Mabee said. Martin said caffeine can also improve athletic performances as it works into the muscles and improves endurance. “If you can manage to complete all the tasks you need to do under 400 milligrams of caffeine per day dosage, there is very little evidence that it’s harmful,” Martin said. “You get the beneficial alertness and attention to detail, other than the fact that you become dependent on it to maintain that.” Caffeine addictions can be hard to beat especially

in environments where it is easily accessible, Mabee said. “Unless people make the conscious decision to back off and not drink as much or drink in excess, I think it can be a continued problem,” she said. “For a true addiction, the first step is to actually acknowledge it and make a conscious effort to not drink as much caffeine and then just try and back off or find a different drink that you could replace the caffeine with as a placeholder.”

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Unless people make the conscious decision to back off and not drink as much or drink in excess, I think it can be a continued problem. Becca Mabee, second-year medical student

Pizza Ranch officially open on N. Dakota Street Madilyn Sindelar

Pizza Ranch officially opened to the public on Wednesday. The new restaurant is located at 912 N Dakota St, across from Coyote Village and the DakotaDome. The buffet-style restaurant began to serve Vermillion and the surrounding area on April 15 with a soft open phase. Collin Lind, General Manager and Co-Owner, has been trying to open a Pizza Ranch in Vermillion for around three years. “We bought the property a year ago and since then construction and corporate were able to piece it all together, including the hiring process which took a couple of months,” Lind said. Brian Tooker, co-owner, said Pizza Ranch aims to support the community. “The Vermillion community is prosperous,

strong and vibrant. We hope to entrench in the community and support the high school, churches and USD,” Tooker said. The Vermillion Pizza Ranch will not only have their signature buffet, but it will also have a delivery service, catering and a full liquor license. They bought Maya Jane’s liquor license earlier in the year. “Somebody in town had multiple liquor licenses they were willing to sell. We will be serving beer and drinks in the bar next door during the next phase of our opening. We will serve Pizza Ranch pizza and chicken along with adult beverages inside,” Tooker said. The Vermillion Area Chamber and Development Company hosted the ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 10. The event began with a chamber meeting and the UpNEXT Vermillion’s Coffee Hour podcast,

which features new businesses in Vermillion every week. It is designed to showcase what is happening around Vermillion and introduce new places and people to the community. UpNEXT episodes occur every Wednesday morning from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.  Guests were then able to enjoy their choice of blueberry, apple, cherry and peach dessert pizzas and cactus bread following the ribbon cutting.  Planning for the ribbon cutting began roughly a month ago. “Pizza Ranch has been on our radar for about a year and the facilitating and planning for the planning began a month or so ago,” said Katherine Heine, Director of Chamber of Commerce. The goal of the ribbon cutting was to coordinate it with an UpNEXT Coffee Hour podcast episode which occurs every

Wednesday and highlights Vermillion businesses. “The owners wanted to coordinate the opening with an UpNEXT episode, and because the soft opening stage begins next Wednesday and Thursday, we thought this Wednesday would be perfect,” Heine said. The new Pizza Ranch will add variety to Vermillion for students to eat in and because of its location across from Coyote Village and the Dome, its walking distance from campus will attract students. “I’m excited to eat their fried chicken because it looks really good and it will add variety and bring more jobs for students which are really nice. It’s something new to try out with my friends and it’s close to campus which is exciting,” Jacob Won, first-year economy major said.

Aaron Mercado I The Volante Pizza Ranch celebrates its opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, April 10.

Pizza Ranch offers a buffet-style line of classic Midwestern foods including pizza, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, soft-serve ice cream and Cactus Bread.

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ITS reports over 1,000 incidents involving compromised accounts Sam Johnson

The service desk of the university’s Information Technology Services (ITS) processed 1,132 tickets related to compromises of student accounts in the past year. Some tickets were duplicates of one account’s compromise, while other tickets involved the hacker managing to log back into separately compromised accounts due to the password not being changed when the account was reset.


“Anxiety has really been on the rise and that’s what we’ve been tracking,” Erdmann said. SleepStudies show sleep is essential to performing daily tasks and staying healthy. During finals, students can start to feel anxiety and stress levels rise due to lack of sleep and pressure to do well in their classes.

Joe Reynoldson, director of the ITS Security Team, warns that further account compromises may result from a breach of data because people often reuse the same password for their websites. “Assume a faculty member was involved in the LinkedIn data breach in 2012. If that faculty member used the same password for both LinkedIn and USD, then an adversary may be able to use the LinkedIn data to access a USD service online,” Reynoldson said. The most common way

Hours of sleep dwindle as late nights in I.D. Weeks Library become more common. The recommended hours of sleep are around seven to eight per night; however, in order to get the benefits, it has to be quality sleep. Around 20 to 60 percent of college students said they get poor sleep quality, according to a study conducted on the sleep habits of students. This study also found that college students with poor sleep quality were more likely to experience

an account’s credentials are stolen is through phishing. One technique is an e-mail attached with a link to a website. Designed to look like an official university website, it is meant to steal the credentials of a student’s university account. Reynoldson’s advice to students looking to protect their online identities is to pay close attention to e-mail messages they receive and confirm the destination of a hyperlink before you click on it. “Use different passwords

rity awareness training to all faculty and staff, so that they are aware of cybersecurity threats,” Reynoldson said. In February 2018, the Phish Alert Button (PAB) was unveiled to the University. Since then, the Human Firewall has reported more than 4,000 malicious messages. “Each alert becomes a service desk ticket, and the service desk coordinates with the security team to investigate every ticket,” Reynoldson said. Every alert is investigat-

ed because many attackers design malicious messages to look like legitimate ones, leading to false positives where a legitimate message is mistakenly reported as malicious. The ITS security team continues to build a database of security intelligence, participating with higher education-focused regional security groups. “This intelligence is critical in identifying attacks before they can successfully steal university credentials,” Reynoldson said.

anxiety, depression, hostility, interpersonal sensitivity, obsessive-compulsive behaviors and more. Many students believe pulling



is more beneficial than sleeping in order to retain information. “You have to let your body have time to rejuvenate and repair, and that can only be done through sleep,” Howe said.

Coping stategies for managing stress and anxiety • Take a time-out

• Maintain a positive attitude

• Eat well-balanced meals

• Get involved

• Limit alcohol and caffeine

• Learn what triggers your anxiety

• Get enough sleep

• Talk to someone

• Exercise daily

for different online identities, so that a compromise of your social media account does not jeopardize your university email account,” Reynoldson said. Reynoldson also said students should enable multi-factor authentication of any online identities that support this system. Multi-factor authentication requires something more than a password in order to access an account, thus a successful phishing scheme not resulting in a compromised account. “The ITS Security Team also provides annual secu-


The Cook House offers resources, such as walk-in visits, to students.

Puzzle Corner Last week’s solution:

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Are activeshooter drills helping students?

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TORI HARWELL is a junior majoring in English

Mother Heidi Lee Pottinger said her 4-year-old son was at a football game last fall where the boy mistook celebratory fireworks for an active shooter in an interview with NBC News. Pottinger said that her son sobbed during the incident and has been affected by it since. She tells NBC that now, when he plays with his toys, he practices active-shooter drills. Her son is one of millions of children in America who have done active shooter and lockdown drills. Active shooter drills came into existence after the Columbine massacre in 1999. However, people have questioned whether or not the drills are effective, or if they are doing harm instead. Of course, general lockdown drills have been a concept for a long time. In elementary through high school, I remember practicing hiding behind desks and away from windows for any danger that may come. While the idea of practicing these procedures may seem like a great idea, the possible effects on children seem to be extreme. Even President Trump, who has expressed support for arming teachers, has warned against the active-shooter drills. During a White House meeting, he said, “If I’m a child and I’m 10 years old, and they say we’re going to have an activeshooter drill...I think that’s a very negative thing...I don’t like it.” Drills have intensified as well. Some schools using fake blood as well as firing blanks at students. Personally, I think that the procedure practice may be good for students, but that the fake blood and firing blanks at students is too extreme, and will surely become a more traumatic experience than the schools intended. The idea behind the activeshooter drills is to make sure that students don’t experience the traumatic experience of an active-shooter situation, but the drills themselves may do just that.


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A variety of caffeinated drinks that you can buy from the University Brew.

Editorial: Should we quit caffeine? Caffeine is a mixed bag. There are benefits associated with consuming it, like greater levels of alertness, but there are also drawbacks when it comes to drinking too much of it. Most of us drink a concerning amount of caffeinated beverages. As a college student, it’s not unusual to drink more than one caffeinated drink a day. With the never-ending pile of responsibilities that we have to juggle, it’s inevitable. While people don’t usually refer to caffeine as a drug, caffeine is a stimulant drug, which means it speeds up the messages traveling between the brain and the body. We use caffeine as a pick-meup when we need one, but large amounts of caffeine can also cause an “overdose.” According to the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, consuming too much caffeine can cause tremors; nausea and vomiting; very fast and irregular heart rate; confusion and panic attacks and seizures. After a certain period of time, caffeine does not give you any more energy than you already have. The large majority of us drink caffeine every day because we need an extra bit of energy. However,


after time, our bodies build a tolerance to this. This means that there is no real benefit from drinking caffeinated drinks every day. Think about the amount of money you spend on caffeinated drinks in a day. For example, a typical Grande Starbucks Latte costs around $3.85 per day. That comes out to about $27 per week--$1,405 per year. You are spending $1,405 per year for little to no effect on your energy in the first place. Now think about the number of plastic bottles, cans, and cups that have to be produced in order to meet the demand of people’s caffeine addictions. The amount of caffeine that we consume places a terrible strain on our natural resources. According to State of the

Planet, “Americans discard about 33.6 million tons of plastic each year, but only 6.5 percent of it is recycled and 7.7 percent is combusted in waste-to-energy facilities, which create electricity or heat from garbage.” The rest of the discarded garbage ends up in landfills, and some things can take up to 1,000 years to decompose. So should you quit caffeine? You don’t have to stop drinking caffeine altogether, but having it in moderation can help improve your health, as well as the environment. Did this convince you? Yeah, me neither. Barista, I’ll take an iced caramel macchiato.

The rest of the discarded garbage ends up in landfills, and some things take up to 1,000 years to decompose.

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


70 The percentage of the population who consider themselves “dog people.”

55 The percentage of people that say they get enough sleep on workdays.

39 The percentage of people who say they don’t know their neighbors’ names.

21 The percentage of people who say they are online “almost constantly.”

21 The percentage of people in the U.S. that speak a language other than English at home.


Desperate times call for desperate words. Sometimes therapeutic, sometimes reactionary, but always lively.

“Please do me, ASAP.” — Muenster University Center

“Time of death: grind time.” — Newsroom

“Well, you better touch it right now.” — I.D. Weeks Library

“She lets me watch PornHub too.” — Muenster University Center

Dear lovers in the MUC, We can see you. We see you holding hands walking to pick up your Chick-filA Tapingo order, as if you’re going on a romantic hike in a magical forest. The Muenster University Center is not the place to have your romantic night away, and the MUC pit is not a place to lock eyes and lips. It can’t possibly be beneficial for your studying if you’re looking at your notes while giving your partner a lap dance. I don’t see how it can be logistically possible to eat a salad if your hands are all tied up in your partner’s hair. Please, no one wants to see you conceive your first child in a MUC booth. Your passion is distracting other MUC-goers and I from our homework and our much needed MUC naps. If you’re in the MUC and can’t wait to get back to the dorms to get it on, check out a library study room like the rest of USD who wants to bone. – Kelli Susemihl, Managing Editor

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Letter to the Editor: Thank you USD and Vermillion Dear USD and Vermillion community, The Union of African American Students would like to take this time to send out a heartfelt thank you to the entire USD campus and Vermillion community for all the support you have shown to our organization over the last few years. Every year we plan events with the mission to increase cultural diversity, educate the campus through interactive learning and bring the campus together with high energy and make every space we occupy an

inclusive space through both words and actions. Without your help this is not possible. Your beautiful faces and spirits come to events (even the ones without food!) and you make the events we plan on paper come to life. Whether we have 10 people or 200 people, we always manage to have a great time while being educated and slowly but surely breaking down barriers and building bridges to further unite us as a campus while acknowledging and appreciating the history and individuality of our unique Yote family.

From the open mic nights to Timeless to the Ruby Ball, you show us it is possible to have a good time united in diversity and we want to continue to Engage, Enlighten and Evolve not only as a campus, but also as an organization--and as people who will eventually be out in the world making a difference on a much larger scale beyond the walls of USD. We must continue to push for cultural diversity on campus and at all of our events and continue to engage with students and guide them in evolving in thinking and

in action, educating the campus on our history of resilience, courage, pain and highlight our contributions to the past and future. We are more than just entertainment for the campus. We want to create the safe inclusive spaces for students to come together across campus from all organizations and walks of life to be themselves and be proud to be diverse Yotes. We thank you. We love you all. Let’s continue to grow together. -The Union of African American Students

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You should watch the Grey’s Anatomy episode on consent RACHEL NEWVILLE is a senior double majoring in journalism and political science Consent, sexual assault, rape, sexual harassment. These are a few of many words that have received a lot of attention lately, but they are hard to universalize for every situation. The topic of sexual assault and consent has been portrayed in mass media for ages. Some productions tackle the tricky topic well. Others, not so much. However, the recent episode of Grey’s Anatomy “Silent All These Years”

has done the best work portraying the many ways consent impacts lives that I have ever seen. Grey’s Anatomy has portrayed lots of hot button topics over the many years it has been on air, but this episode was different. “Silent All These Years” revolves around the topic of consent by bringing three subplots together in one episode. It follows the story of a surgeon on the show finding her birth mother, only to discover that her birth was the result of a “date rape,” the story of a rape victim coming into the emergency room to be patched up after being raped and parents addressing consent with

their teenage son who has just started dating. The brilliance of this episode is that it shows rape, sexual assault and consent are hard to define because each situation is unique. The mother of the doctor talks about the impact terminology has. “I actually had to work to calling it rape, to begin with, because I did say yes to that date, and I did say yes to getting in that car,” she said. “Someone, somewhere along the way, a man most likely decided they wanted to qualify this word rape be it ‘date rape,’ acquaintance rape, somehow it isn’t as real unless it happens to a woman running through the park at night or

walking down a dark alley. Somehow because I knew him what he took from me didn’t matter, but it did.” On top of validating different experiences, the show also touches on how ineffective the criminal justice system can be with the victim seeking help in the ER. She talked about why she was wary to get a rape kit performed. “We all know if I do that kit it ends up in the back of some police station ignored for years. While I sit there wondering when a bomb will go off waiting to see if a jury of my peers will believe – will believe a woman who wore a skirt a few inches too short, who had a few cocktails too many at a bar last night after having a fight about

laundry with her husband. And you know the tequila I drank will make it my fault, and whoever did this to me whatever he drank, that’ll be his excuse. Is your kit going to convince them I wasn’t flirting at the bar? If I give them my story in my underwear will it prove to them or to my husband that I didn’t cheat on him or made up some story just to save my own

ass? Will your kit do that?” she asked. This episode did a great job of bringing together multiple stories that share different aspects surrounding consent and rape. Progressive conversations about consent and rape helps productions talk about it in complex ways, and don’t just boil them down to stereotypes.

Some productions tackle the tricky topic well. Others, not so much.

Laura Ingraham should be fired over latest remarks MIKI KENNERLY is a senior double majoring in strategic communications and Spanish

Controversy has seemingly become second nature to Fox News–in fact, in 2018, it was rated by a Gallup/Knight poll as the most biased national news network. Because of this, any representative of the network’s comments are usually less than surprising, though often wildly offensive. However, Laura Ingraham’s latest comments on the death of esteemed rapper Nipsey Hussle are abhorrent and unacceptable, and she should no longer be paid by Fox to make

inflammatory claims. Rapper, songwriter, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Nipsey Hussle, born Ermias Asghedom, was murdered on March 31 outside of his Los Angeles clothing store, The Marathon Clothing. Asghedom, a South Los Angeles native, was known in his community as a true humanitarian who attempted to contribute to his home community in the best ways he knew how. Karen Bass, representative of California’s 37th District, which includes Los Angeles, tweeted that she is committed to solidify the rapper’s social contributions in the Congressional Record so they can live on in his

memory. “I will be heading to the House Floor next week to formally enter Nipsey Hussle’s contributions to South Los Angeles into the Congressional Record where it will be a part of United States history forever,” Bass’ Twitter reads. She continued singing his praises via a statement posted Sunday, April 14. “Nipsey loved his community and it showed,” she explained. But Ingraham purposely didn’t include any of these accomplishments or accolades in her analysis. One day after the 33-yearold activist passed away, in an attempt to dismantle his achievements, Ingraham sarcastically referred to him as “this dear artist,” and stated the

song FDT by YG featuring Nipsey Hussle had “a very creative refrain.” The cypher read, “Nipsey Hussle’s wholesome song featuring Donald Trump,” in an obvious attempt use his political views as a weapon, and to diminish his musical talent simultaneously. Ingraham followed this up with a shot of the FDT music video which never showed Nipsey–only rapper YG, who looks nothing like the slain musician. In relation to the chorus, which echoes “F*** Donald Trump,” Ingraham commented and asked viewers if it was “related to the lowest unemployment ever basically for African Americans.” Her racism and bias

is apparently so evident that she feels the need to degrade someone so soon after their death. Rappers mirrored these comments, calling for her release from the network. Despite her attempts of defamation, a meeting requested by Nipsey Hussle and rapper Jay-Z’s Roc Nation entertainment company with the Los Angeles Police Department was scheduled before his death and will still continue in his memory, as he was a respected and honored member of his community.” He pulled himself from his boot strings, laying roots through everything– police problems, as a black male trying to grow up and be enterprising, we face a lot of things in the community, you

know, the politics within the hood, just hate. He transcended everything and just stayed there and became a beacon of light,” Asghedom’s brother Samiel said. Though Nipsey Hussle’s musical and philanthropical legacy remains untouched by these problematic statements, disrespecting a man who cannot defend himself is not news, and as a journalist, Ingraham should be ashamed of the defamatory content she is propagating as a member of the Fox News network.

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Housing Department prepares for summer season Cecilia Gillen

As students prepare to move out, the Housing Department is gearing up for the summer season. Students may think the dorms empty out over the summer, but the opposite is true. Summer is a vital time for housing to complete projects so facilities are ready for the fall. Some projects include hard floor refinishing, carpet extraction, restroom power washing, light fixture cleaning and interior window washing, said director of custodial services Kelly Everding. The custodial team will tackle around 230 projects this summer. “We spend months planning and preparing for projects, all with the goal of maintaining buildings and providing a clean learning environment for the students,” Everding said. The custodial team will face new “challenges” because they will be hosting the Special Olympics Camp in May and maintaining the new Commons space in North Complex. “When the Commons is fully (completed), it will add an additional 19,000 square feet of academic

Peyton Beyers I The Volante As the end of spring semester approaches, custodians and Housing staff prepare for summer. Custodial staff responsibilities shift with the seasons.

space for Custodial to support,” Everding said. “We

are still in the process of determining how best to

utilize our resources to service this exciting new space

when it comes online fullylater this year.” These projects are worked on by an additional 10 temporary staff members to the custodial team. In addition to the custodial team, summer Housing Assistants (formally referred to as summer Residential Assistants) also work on the upkeep of the dorms. Naomi Giesen, a summer HA last year, said a lot of the day-to-day work includes desk shifts engaging with people coming in and out. “We also do some prep for camps, so when a camp comes in we have to have their keys and their access cards prepped,” Giesen said. “We also prep the rooms, make sure they have trash cans and liners, make sure that there are no facility issues. And then we have 14 days where we are on duty.” According to housing’s official description of the RA position, those 14 days on duty mean, “when on-call, RAs are expected to make three community walks of their residence hall and/or assigned areas.” However, the biggest difference between a school year RA and a summer HA is interaction with

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Dakotathon members pose with their total raised, $208, 732.19. Proceeds will go to the Children’s Miracle Network.


From Page A1 Last year, Dakotathon raised over $184,000. This year’s goal was raised to $200,000, and members raised $40,000 during the DM alone to surpass the mark. “Words don’t describe

what just happened,” Quincy Score, Dakotathon event fundraising co-chair, said. “$200,000 in South Dakota is unreal.” In addition, students from Sioux Falls Roosevelt High School visited the SCSC to reveal their fundraising total from their first ever FTK (For The Kids) Week. Students sold balloons,

shirts and brownies to raise $2,044.66, which will also go to the Sanford Children’s Hospital. Score said his freshman year, the final amount was just upwards of $84,000 at the end of DM. Dakotathon raised half of that in one day to help surpass their goal. “Our advisors kind of creeped us out. They were

like ‘we need a quick push.’ They were just messing with us the entire time,” he said. Jacob Meyer, Dakotathon event fundraising co-chair, said planning for a day full of events began in late August. “Everyone does their part on the exec board and then we have awesome help from the rest of the

Lexi Kerzman I The Volante Miracle Kids celebrate their victory by pieing basketball players at the Miracle Basketball Game Saturday evening.

residents, Giesen said. “We’re more focused on the campus recruitment that is involved with having camps and conferences come to stay with us,” Giesen said. “We want to encourage a good environment for the camps and conferences because they will talk about us later to people that they know to other people that are putting on conferences and say ‘yeah we went to USD they were really good to us.’ We want to hear a lot of that.” Before the custodial staff can even begin on their projects, dorm rooms need to be left in the condition they were received, Everding said. “From a custodial perspective, we are able to work most effectively in spaces that are clear and prepared for service,” Everding said. “With full and dynamic summer project and camp schedules, using our staff resources efficiently is a necessity. We appreciate students supporting us in this process by cleaning out their rooms or apartments prior to moving out.”

people on the leadership team,” he said. “We get to see all the families and bring campus together for a great event.” Meyer said Dakotathon showcases how students can make a difference in the world surrounding them. “Once you realize how little it takes to make an actual difference in someone

else’s life, it’s a really fulfilling feeling. I wouldn’t trade it for the world,” he said. Between USD’s Dakotaton and South Dakota State’s State-a-thon, almost $390,000 was raised for the Children’s Miracle Network, which will fund medical costs for children at the Sanford Children’s Hospital.

Austin Lammers I The Volante The Scheff brothers lead the “Charlie Shuffle” inside the SCSC on Saturday afternoon.

VERVE VAULT A former USD student aided in the creation of the first atomic bomb. B2


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WHAT WE THINK The Verve Team ventured to Pizza Ranch, Vermillion’s newest restaurant. B2


Sydney Schad: Finding her place in the field Ali Boysen

What makes humans unique are the different experiences they have and the perspectives they hold. Not everyone has the same path to success, and some face different challenges than others. On paper, Sydney Schad is a senior majoring in health sciences at USD, and is heading to the Ivy League institution Columbia University, where she will be pursuing a Master of Public Health in Population and Family Health with a certificate in Health and Human Rights. However, that doesn’t tell you the ups and downs she’s experienced during her time at USD.

Native American Cultural Center

Schad became interested in attending USD as a participant of South Dakota GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program) when she visited the campus. “I liked USD because of the Native American Cultural Center (NACC) and just something about it felt nice,” Schad said. Schad later credited the NACC as an anchor to campus when she felt like leaving college. “(It was) really bad after my first semester,” Schad said. “I called my mom crying every single day because I hated it here so much, but that’s when I really got involved in the NACC and that’s what kept me here.” Schad still goes to the NACC to do homework and hang out with friends and describes it as a home away from home. Schad recalls a time where multiple students came together to cook there and celebrated another student as recent as last week. “So Thursday we had three different soups there, everyone was hanging out and doing homework and while we were sitting around, one of our students got accepted into an internship so we all celebrated her at the same time,” Schad said.

All Around Top Ten Crooners

1. Sammy Davis, Jr. 2. Nat King Cole 3. Dean Martin 4. Frank Sinatra 5. Bing Crosby 6. Andy Williams 7. Tony Bennett 8.Johnny Mathis 9. Perry Como 10. Bobby Darin


1. “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” (2018) 2. “I Am Not Your Negro” (2017) 3. “Man On Wire” (2008) 4. “Life Itself” (2014) 5. “Faces Places” (2017) 6. “Minding the Gap” (2018) 7. “Three Identical Strangers” (2018) 8. “20 Feet From Stardom” (2013) 9. “Amy” (2015) 10. “The Last Waltz” (1978)


1. Stephen King 2. J.R.R. Tolkien 3. Charles Dickens 4. J.K. Rowling 5.Fyodor Dostoevsky 6. Edgar Allan Poe 7. Mark Twain 8. Dr. Seuss 9. Roald Dahl 10. C.S. Lewis


1. “SpongeBob SquarePants” 2. “The Simpsons” 3. “South Park” 4. “Looney Tunes” 5. Gravity Falls” 6. “Tom and Jerry” 7. “Avatar: The Last Airbender” 8. “Regular Show” 9. “Batman: The Animated Series” 10. “Adventure Time”

Besides the benefits of free printing and an academic adviser, the Director of Native Student Services has an office within the building. Marisa Cummings offers more than just a director role to the NACC and creates close relationships with the students. “I guess (I) would be viewed as a supplemental counselor but also because we view things as relatives, like an auntie, that students can come to when they’re going through times that are good; when they want to celebrate and share news that they’re getting into Columbia, and we can cry together, going through speeches, you know when (Schad’s) about to graduate,” Cummings said.

Health Sciences

As a child, Schad didn’t know where she wanted to live or what she wanted to do, just that she wanted to serve the Native American population. She came to USD she started off as a nursing major, but soon discovered it wasn’t for her. It was when she took a health science course she knew what she wanted to do. “I took health science 110 and it opened a lot of doors for me,” Schad said. “Health care is more than patient one on one interaction.”

Imposter syndrome

Schad first discovered the possibility of a public health masters program while at a college career fair. From there she applied to summer programs in public health, including the one at Columbia. She was selected and attended the program after her junior year at USD, and loved the experience. “It was just the best summer of my life,” Schad said. “I didn’t know I would like New York until I actually went there.” When it came time to graduate school applications, she had connections from Columbia draft recommendation letters, but it didn’t prevent her nagging fears. “In the back of my head I was like ‘I don’t know if I belong here, I don’t know if I can do it’ because

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Sydney Schad sits in front of Butler Library at Columbia University, where she anticipates spending many hours when she attends in the fall. Schad will be pursuing a masters degree in public health.

there’s not a native support system there like here,” Schad said. “I think I got so comfortable here with what’s offered here that it scares me.” Those fears didn’t end, even when Schad and her mother traveled to admitted students visit day. She told her mother she felt like she would always have to prove

to someone she belonged in the Ivy League. Her mother replied, ‘you belong here. You have knowledge that not everyone else is gonna bring.’ Schad still struggles with imposter syndrome or a false and sometimes crippling belief that one’s successes are the product of luck or fraud rather than skill.

“It just sucks because I know I’m not the only one that goes through it,” she said. “I think that’s what stops a lot of native students from going to college, or not even just going to college but what’s next after college.”

Spectrum prepares variety of events to inform, entertain for Pride Week Sara Cappiello

Spectrum: Gender and Sexuality Alliance organizes a pride week dedicated to promoting and celebrating the LGBTQ+ community each spring. Pride Day usually is celebrated in June, which is Pride Month, but Spectrum selects a week within the spring semester so USD students can participate and support the LGBTQ+ community. The week will kick off on Thursday, April 18, with an LGBTQ+ Panel and the Masquerade Ball, which is a new addition to the Pride Week festivities. Mandie Weinandt, the advisor of Spectrum, said she is looking forward to hosting the new events included in Pride Week this year. “We’ve always had a spring drag show and we have done movie nights before, but we decided to combine these with Pride Week as these events are a great way to celebrate LGBTQ+ pride,” Weindandt said. “Also, working with the Residence Hall Association (RHA) to plan the masquerade ball is a new partnership event for us. We are very excited.” In addition to the Masquerade Ball, panel and drag show, Spectrum will also have a free movie night downtown and end the week with the Lavender Graduation, a special honoring of the USD graduates who are part of the LGBTQ+ community on campus. Jacob Holmberg, a sophomore criminal justice major, was just elected as Spectrum’s new president. He said he’s looking forward to working with both Spectrum and the RHA during Pride Week. “I always love the Drag Show,” Holmberg said. “I’m really looking forward to the Masquerade Ball because we’re putting it on with the Residence Hall Association and I’m also going to be the president of RHA.

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Jacob Holmberg, the newly elected Spectrum president, tables in the MUC to sell tickets for the spring drag show, which will be held on April 24 for Pride Week. It’s going to be a really great way for me to bring those organizations together and have cooperation between groups.” In addition to unique events and activities, Pride Week also provides the opportunity for students to ask questions and learn more about the LGBTQ+ community. “When students leave USD, they will interact in a very diverse world as they pursue their career,” Weinandt said. “It is important to better understand this diverse environment and that includes understanding the LGBTQ+ community.” Holmberg also said Pride Week helps create a better environment for understanding and acceptance. “Even here in South Dakota, which is not always the most accepting of environments, but we’re here and doing our best,” Holmberg said. “Having that opportunity for education is what’s going to open people’s minds.”

Spectrum’s Pride Week Thursday April 18 - Thursday April 25 Thurs. April 18 Discussion panel about LGBT+ in the CDC at 5 p.m., followed by trivia and Masquarade Ball at 7 p.m. Mon. April 22

Free movie night at Coyote Twin Theater for all USD students. The first 50 students will recieve free popcorn.

Tues. April 23

Craft and game night in the CDC at 5 p.m. Make your own pronoun button.

Wed. April 24

Drag Show at 7 p.m. in the MUC Ballroom. $7 at the door, $5 tickets in advance.

Thurs. April 25 USD’s first ever Lavendar Graduation at 4 p.m. in the CDC. Leah Dusterhoft I The Volante

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What We Think: A review of Pizza Ranch Lauren Soulek

In What We Think, the Verve Team ventures out to try businesses, restaurants, products and trends so you don’t have to! This week we tested out Vermillion’s newest restaurant, Pizza Ranch! Before Monday, there were eight restaurants in Vermillion where you could buy pizza. Now, a ninth option has been added: Pizza Ranch. You’d think that with eight other pizza options in town would dull the excitement of a new one, but there was so much buzz surrounding the opening, we had to give it a try. Of course, if you’re from the Midwest, like the members of the Verve Team are, you’ve probably already had Pizza Ranch at least once in your life. So, really how different could it be from all the others? We were pleasantly surprised. First of all, the setup of the restaurant was different than other Pizza Ranches

in the area. The buffet tables were all in one line and one-sided, while other Pizza Ranches have them scattered and twosided. We liked the fluidity that the one-sided line offered because we weren’t uncomfortably bumping into other guests or workers. Alright, let’s talk about food. Let’s all be honest with ourselves, no one really ever goes to Pizza Ranch for their pizza. Sure, their pizza isn’t horrible, but if you’re really craving a perfect, delicious pizza, Pizza Ranch isn’t what pops into your mind right away. This is still the case with the Vermillion Pizza Ranch. It was good pizza, just not outstanding. The rest of the food, though? Amazing. The chicken, corn, mashed potatoes and potato wedges were absolutely delicious. We also collectively decided we would be willing to fight people for their Cactus Bread. For you all to understand this, I will say

that they had chocolate Cactus Bread. Chocolate. None of the Verve Team members had ever seen that before, and it was heavenly. Also, the workers at Vermillion’s Pizza Ranch were very nice. The cashier was super sweet and we had at least two managers (or two people who we assumed were managers) come up to us throughout our meal and ask us how our food was. Of course, maybe that was just because it was opening day and they were doing that for everyone. Regardless, it made us feel special. Lastly, let’s talk about the Fun Zone. We are not joking when we say we had so much fun in there. Mind you, the Verve Team ranges in ages 19-21, but we still had so much fun, so I’m sure any actual child would have fun too. The Fun Zone had a basketball game, a bowling game, claw games and many more.

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Pizza Ranch opened Monday and the Verve Team tried out the buffet-style food options and gamed inside the arcade. The one that interested us the most, though, was the Jurassic Park dinosaur shooting game. Not to brag or anything, but we won the high score on that bad boy. All in all, the Verve Team

is excited to have another pizza option added to Vermillion, even if there are already eight others. Foodwise, Vermillion’s Pizza Ranch was pretty similar to all other Pizza Ranches, but

the service and Fun Zone here were amazing. We give the Vermillion Pizza Ranch a 10 out of 10 and we highly recommend paying them a visit.

Week-long Earth Day celebration to promote sustainability Lauren Soulek

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To celebrate Earth Day on April 22, the Sustainability Club, as well as other organizations around the community, are hosting a week of events. The theme for the week is ‘Let’s Talk Trash.’ Faith Ireland, a secondyear sustainability major and events coordinator for Sustainability Club, said the theme is focused on “human waste and what we can do to better the environment by reducing our waste.” The week will kick off with an Earth Days book discussion at the Vermillion Public Library on Saturday, April 20. One event that’s returning from previous Earth Day celebrations is the USD Earth Day Fair, which will take place on Monday, April 22 in the

MUC pit. “Students will be able to network with 15 individuals and organizations from all different parts of sustainability,” Ireland said. In addition to the Fair, the sustainability club will host an Earth Day gala on Tuesday and a free Beard concert on Wednesday. “(At the gala) there will be free food, three different speakers, games, a silent auction and a different atmosphere for people to talk about sustainability,” Ireland said. Meghann Jarchow, the chair of the Department of Sustainability and Environment, said the week is a community-wide series of events. “There’s a bunch that the sustainability club is doing and then a number of some other groups do multiple ones (events) but a

lot of different organizations coordinate different events,” Jarchow said. “So like the Vermillion Area Farmers Market is coordinating the Green Day on the Platz; they’ll have music, dancing and food.” Holly Black, a freshman medical biology and sustainability major, said she’s looking forward to engaging with the community through the events. “I think that the best way to approach sustainable topics is in a community environment, so I think this is a really good opportunity to promote sustainability in general in a really fun way,” Black said. Ireland said she thinks the week of events will help people better understand what sustainability is. “Sustainability has always been seen as a doom

and gloom subject so not a lot of people are very involved in it,” Ireland said. “So having a week full of events in different areas, in different categories can then involve as many different people as possible so they can have an understanding of what sustainability is. It’s mostly an empowering movement just to have a better planet and a better future for future generations instead of something to be worried or cautious or stressed about.” Other events include a free showing of the movie Happy Feet, a “Building a Green Economy: Indigenous Strategies for a Sustainable Future” lecture and a night sky hike at Spirit Mound. To find the full list of events, go to the Greening Vermillion website.

USD graduate contributes to first atomic bomb Kelli Susemihl

Ernest Lawrence, a USD chemistry student and half the namesake of the AkeleyLawrence Science Center, had an explosive impact on both the university and the world stage. Lawrence, a contributor to the construction of the first atomic bomb, was from Canton, S.D. After attending St. Olaf College in Minnesota for one year, he arrived at USD in 1920. He graduated with a chemistry degree in 1922, went on to study at Yale and eventually earning his doctorate at the University of CaliforniaBerkeley. In 1939, while at Berkley, Lawrence invented the cyclotron, an invention used in the Manhattan Project from 1939-1946 to create the first atomic bomb used in the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II. Christina Keller, retired chair of the USD physics department, said the cyclotron was used in the Manhattan Project to separate uranium isotopes. “One of the things a cyclotron can do is particles with different masses will go through different size circles,” Keller said. “So when you’re trying to build an atomic bomb, you need uranium, and you need one specific isotope of uranium… what you want to do is isolate or enrich the isotope that’s needed for your explosion to occur.” While developing the cyclotron, Lawrence was aware he was contributing to the Manhattan Project,

Keller said. “The development of that in the late ‘20s and early ‘30s when he was developingthat led up really well into the Manhattan Project,” she said. “Everybody was working on something related to the war effort at that point in time… Lawrence was part of building the atomic bomb.” Lawrence received a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1939 for his work with uranium and the cyclotron, making him the only USD graduate to receive a Nobel Prize. “Having a Nobel Prize winner as a graduate is kind of a big thing for South Dakota, I’m pretty sure we’re the only institute in the state who has graduated a Nobel Prize winner,” Keller said. “But students don’t really know about it, so when I taught the majors physics many years ago, the end of the semester there would be a scavenger hunt for extra credit, and there’d be a ‘which USD graduate won a Nobel Prize and what did he win it in and what was it for?’ question and nobody knew.” During his time as an undergraduate student at USD, Lawrence formed a mentee relationship with Lewis Akeley, a physics professor. Akeley thought highly of Lawrence’s potential as a physicist and student, even proclaiming during a lecture, “Class, this is Ernest Lawrence.” Akeley taught Lawrence by flipping the classroomAkeley became the student, and Lawrence was the instructor. “There were a lot of

really interesting things happening with physics in the 1920s, quantum mechanics, and it was very new, and Akeley wouldn’t have studied because it was just being developed,” Keller said. “So what Akeley did was he made Lawrence do the lectures. He said ‘you’re going to read the papers, you’re going to put it together and you’re going to lecture to me,’ and he was the only student in that class.”

On the homefront

In his first year at USD, Lawrence approached Akeley with the idea to build a radio wireless set and transmitter. “(Lawrence) founded KUSD, the first radio station in South Dakota,” Janet Davison, adviser of the USD student radio station, said in an email interview with The Volante. “That station eventually became what’s now South Dakota Public Broadcasting’s flagship station.” Lawrence created the radio station, South Dakota’s first, because of his interest in science, not journalism, Keller said. “The reason that he started the campus radio station was that he was interested in electronics, so he’s fiddling around with it; he was more interested in the technology of it than actually reporting the news,” she said. The building where Lawrence originally began KUSD was named the Lawrence Te l e c o m m u n i c a t i o n s Center in 1982, which was renamed to the Al Neuharth

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Ernest Lawrence (right), a USD chemistry graduate and half the namesake for the Akeley-Lawrence Science Center, poses with the cyclotron, his invention that contributed to the creation of the first atomic bomb in the Manhattan Project. Media Center in 2001. However, the AkeleyLawrence Science Center was also renamed that same year, paying homage to the special student and professor partnership Akeley and Lawrence had. “The naming of the Akeley-Lawrence Science Center was a nice way of remembering the connection between the mentor and the student,” Keller said. Another legacy the pair left on USD was the Akeley-Lawrence-Norgren scholarship, a Coyote fulfillment scholarship given to 16 science students each year, although Keller said she doubts the recipients of

the scholarship understand the history behind it. Lawrence’s brother, John, who was also a USD graduate, is known as the “Father of Nuclear Medicine.” The pair worked on the acceleration of high energy particles together, using their knowledge to combat their mother’s thyroid cancer. “One of the things they realized high energy particles can do is they can kill cells. And they can kill both good cells and bad cells, so they can kill cancer cells, which is the foundation of radiation treatment today,” Keller said. “One of their first patients was their mother… they essentially

extended her life by 15-20 years. I think that’s really kind of touching, that they had this scientific invention and they trusted it enough to use it on their mother.” Cedric Cummins, the author of books detailing the history of the university and the history of the College of Arts and Sciences up until 1966 and 1982, both available at the I.D. Weeks library, commended Lawrence as being “one of the institution’s outstanding future alumni” and “among the half dozen researchers who enabled the United States to win the race for the atomic bomb during World War II.”


Wednesday, April 17, 2019



Coyotes win 10 events at Sioux City Relays Jake Lindenberg

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Junior punter Brady Schutt looks on as the USD football team practices on Monday afternoon. The Coyotes decided to forego a spring football game due to DakotaDome renovations.

Spring Break:

Coyote football bypasses spring game Bailey Zubke

USD football decided to forego the annual spring football game due to DakotaDome renovations. Instead, the team held two practices open to the public on April 6 and 14. Head coach Bob Nielson and Athletic Director Dave Herbster came to the conclusion for no spring football game, which is usually held in April. “The Dome being under renovation wasn’t really a conducive situation to hold a real spring game,” Nielson said. “The open practice yesterday (Sunday), we had a lot of people out here, it was a beautiful afternoon, a lot of people got to see the practice facility for the first time. A lot of teams have gone away from spring games. There’s a lot more value, honestly, in practicing, than there is in spring games a lot of times.” While Nielson sees the value in practicing over a spring game, senior defensive end Darin Greenfield and junior wide receiver Levi Falck have differing views. “I remember my first spring game was one of the first times I’ve played football in two years after redshirting,” Greenfield said. “It knocks the rust off for some of those (young) guys. You can go practice 100 times, there’s no experience like a live rep, which is what you experience in a spring game.” “I think without the spring ball this year we did a good job getting the young guys live action,” Falck

USD had a top collegiate finisher in all but two events at the Sioux City Relays on Saturday. Sophomore Landon Kemp became the third Coyote this season to break the 14-foot mark, and only the fifth in USD history. Kemp, who vaulted 14 feet, ¼ inches to win the event, moved into 10th place in the NCAA with her mark. “I wasn’t really thinking about what the bar was at,” said Kemp. “If I can do what coach Derek (Miles) is asking me to do then that’s the best that I can do.” She joins teammates junior Helen Falda and senior Kimmy Peterson in the top-10 for the country. This is the first time in school history three 14-foot vaulters are together on the same roster, according to GoYotes. Freshman

Josephina Wright also finished second in the event at 12-1 ½. “It’s an awesome group of girls, we all push each other,” Kemp said. “The biggest part of a team is having people that support you and also push you and that’s what we do really well as a group here.” Junior Nick Johnson took home the men’s pole vault, clearing 16-5 ¼, while senior Kaleb Ellis snatched third with the same height. USD’s pole vault squads are two of four South Dakota squads ranked top-three in the NCAA, with the men ranked first with an average height of 17-6 and the women ranked second, averaging 14-0 ½. USD’s men’s high jump squad is also ranked second nationally with an average height of 6-10 ¾, while the men’s discus group is ranked third nationally with an See TRACK, Page B4

There’s a lot more value, honestly, in practicing, than there is in spring games a lot of times. Bob Nielson, head football coach

said. “It was almost better than one spring game, having two full scrimmages.” Falck and Greenfield also had different reactions when they learned there would be no spring game. Greenfield, limited in the last couple of springs, looked forward to this spring. Falck, on the other hand, prefers the practice turf over the Dome turf. “I was a little sad. Obviously a spring game is something to look forward to for some guys,” Greenfield said. “Over the past two spring balls I used that time to kind of get healthy, I’ve been a little bit banged up in those times, but it is a really good time for young guys to get some experience in front of other people and it’s just a fun experience for some of the guys who haven’t played live football in two or three years.” “I wasn’t really too mad about it,” Falck said. “I like it out here, I like the turf out here more than inside, so I actually enjoyed it. Having two

media days was kind of nice to have more flexibility for all the families to come up.” Greenfield and Falck agreed the spring game is much more valuable for the younger players rather than veterans who played in the fall. “I think it’s really important for the younger guys,” Falck said. “I know when I was younger I was really looking forward to it because you don’t get action in the fall, so it’s your chance to really prove yourself, but for the older guys, you are kind of just working on the fundamentals.” Greenfield, as a senior, knows he’s on his final stretch of his time with USD football. No spring game takes away an opportunity for him and all of the seniors to pad up and play again, but Greenfield acknowledged he still has one season to go. “I’m a little disappointed because every chance I get I want to play,” Greenfield said. “South Dakota’s been great to me, I want to represent it every time I can. It didn’t work out, but we will be back in the fall.”

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Sophomore distance runner Laura Nelson finished

runner-up in the 5,000 meter race at the Sioux City Relays.

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The Coyotes run a play during Monday afternoon’s practice.

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Sophomore thrower Callie Henrich won the shot put

and discus at the Sioux City Relays Saturday. Henrich also finished third in the hammer throw.

North Dakota sneaks by Coyotes on senior night Jaxon Thorson

North Dakota pulled ahead of USD 4-3 in a matchup held at Huether Family Match Pointe in Sioux Falls, S.D. The match was supposed to be the Coyotes’ first home game, but was moved over bad weather conditions on Saturday. The Coyotes also celebrated senior night, honoring Luana

Stanciu and Anastasiia Bondarenko. “It was a great night overall, it was much more than I’ve expected,” Stanciu said. “My team has done a great job at making me feel special and make me feel like I’m part of a big family.” Sophomore Jana Lazarevic claimed her sixth straight flight No. 1 singles win as she defeated Isa Sullivan 6-1, 6-2.

Lazarevic also teamed up with Stanciu in flight No. 3 doubles to take down Isa Sullivan and Zahra Finnigan (UND) 6-3. “I’m really happy with how I played,” Stanciu said. “Before the match, I knew that the opponent is a tricky and good player but I also knew what I needed to do in order to win and I think I executed the tactics very well.” Junior Nannette Nylund snagged a win in a flight No. 5

singles tiebreaker, defeating Allie Ochotorena 5-7, 6-2, 6-2. Flight No. 1 doubles combo Natka Kmoskova/Bondarenko defeated Kaede Amano/Masha Lobanova (UND) 6-4. “I think that as a team we competed very well against North Dakota and we had our chances,” Lazarevic said. “In the upcoming matches we need to keep fighting, just try to stay on top of the things we control and

execute.” “I’m happy I’m able to finish my senior season as a Coyote and I hope I can bring something to the table for the next matches and help the team as much as I can,” Stanciu said. The Coyotes will face Omaha on Wednesday and Denver on Friday in their final matches of the regular season.


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Softball sweeps UMKC, reach 30-win mark Temiloluwa Adeyemi

Coyote softball swept Missouri-Kansas City 5-4 and 5-1 in a two-game series at Nygaard field Tuesday night, leading the Coyotes to the 30-win mark for the first time in their Division-I history. The Coyotes (30-18, 11-1 Summit) currently stand alone atop the Summit League standings. “I’m really proud of the girls today,” senior Dustie Durham said. “Staying up and all of us fighting together. We all fought in the dugout, on the field, we fought hard, with our hearts, and that was a big two wins for us,” Durham said. Skylar Arellano made a run-scoring single to left in game one. Alyssa Fernandez led off the frame with a single, Jamie Holscher doubled and Jessica Rogers made it 4-3 with a base hit that scored Fernandez. Lauren Wobken’s squeeze bunt plated Holscher to finish game 1 with a score of 5-3. Coach Robert Wagner was all praise for his team’s performance. “I think it was great, they came out and played really well in the first game, they had a focus and determination, and played outstanding in the second game. I feel like they are really set up nicely for this weekend’s game,” Wagner said. “We are just going to come out and do what we’ve done all year. There’s a lot on the line, and we have worked hard and prepared for it.” Senior catcher Jessica Rogers hit her sixth home run of the season, delivered a two-run single up the middle in game one, and a two-run

blast to center field in the fourth inning of game two. Senior left fielder Ashtyn Blakeman made it 3-0 later in the inning with a base hit. Lauren Eamiguel tripled and scored as part of a two-run fifth that made it 5-0. Durham was dominant all through both games, allowing one walk, six hits, and striking out four. Junior pitcher Alexis Devers took the mound the first game, allowing one run on four hits over the final five innings to get the win. She had one strikeout and one walk. “It was just a big team win,” Devers said. “With our record, we are now the first team that has won 30 games in Division I history.” Devers said reaching this mark was exhilarating for the team. “That’s really exciting for us, it was something we have been working towards all season so we took this game seriously which showed on the field,” she said. The Coyotes continue their conference schedule against North Dakota State (30-12, 8-1 Summit), this weekend. “Our mindset is just to play our best softball. We always say that we’ve yet to peak, and it’s this next two weeks that we really need to come out and play our absolute best,” Devers said. “These are the two weeks that really matter to win our conference championship.” The Coyotes host defending champions NDSU in a doubleheader Friday with first pitch at noon, and a single game at 11 a.m. Saturday.

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Sophomore pitcher Alexis Devers (13) prepares to throw her next pitch in a game earlier this season.



Tennis vs. North Dakota Coyotes lose Senior Night match

USD tennis lost their senior night match to the Fighting Hawks 4-3. The Coyotes close out the regular season on the road against Omaha Wednesday and Denver Friday.

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Softball vs. North Dakota Coyotes sweep Fighting Hawks

USD softball swept UND over the weekend to maintain their lead in the Summit League standings. The Coyotes are currently 11-1 in conference and play NDSU Friday and Saturday.

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Senior Deshonn Brown clears the bar in a meet earlier this season. The high jump team ranks second in the nation with an average height of 6’10.

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average distance of 17411. Sophomore Morgan Lawler won the sole women’s distance race of the day, finishing the 5,000 meters in 17:46.81. Classmate Laura Nelson finished runner up to Lawler in 17:53.02. Senior Hunter Paulsen was victorious in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, finishing in 9:52.72.

All three men’s throwing events for the day were captured by Coyotes. Senior Ben Hammer, who is one of four Coyotes to throw the shot put farther than 60 feet, won the shot put at 58-3 ¼. Senior Ethan Fenchel marked at 199-0 in the hammer throw to take first, while sophomore Matt Slagus finished in third place for the event at 175-10. Sophomore Jackson Coker took home discus with a throw of 154-11. Sophomore Callie Henrich won both the

discus and the shot put on Saturday. Henrich launched the disc 149-6 and the shot put 47-9 ¾. Classmate Leah Dusterhoft finished second in the discus at 143-11. Senior Lara Boman was the top Coyote and second overall in the hammer throw, marking at 190-3. USD will split time between meets in southern California, Ashland, Ohio and Northwestern College in Iowa this week.

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Sophomore Landon Kemp clears 14 feet for the first time this season in the pole vault. She is the third member of the women’s pole vault team to clear that mark this season.


Track and Field @ Sioux City, Iowa

Coyotes win 10 events at Sioux City Relays Landon Kemp joined Kimmy Peterson and Helen Falda as women’s pole vaulters over 14 feet this season. Kemp won Summit League Athlete of the Week award for her performance.

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Men’s Golf @ West Point, Mississippi

Coyotes struggle at Old Waverly Collegiate Championship USD finished 14th at 35-over-par as a team. Tate Arends led the team at 8-over and Tommy Vining finished second on the team at 9-over. The next competition for the Coyotes will be the Summit League Tournament.

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