KNDS News Updates Get the latest news from the KNDS news department Why Geeks Make Good Significant Others BY: CALEB WERNESS

Advertisements and other media try to give the impression sexy supermodel is someone you should want as your significant other. Like nothing is better than strutting around with this gorgeous companion as your trophy of sorts.

But anyone whose been in a relationship should know there is more to a significant other than looks alone. It is important to find someone who you enjoy being with and can be fun.

Look no further than your average geek.

Stereotypes have portrayed geeks as quite awkward and typical unhygienic creatures who have an aversion to sunlight. This is not the case, usually.

There are several reasons why a geek may just be the type of significant other you are looking for.

Exhibit A. Geeks are very passionate people

The standard tell of a geek is their collection of various pop culture or niche paraphernalia. Often times this is pretty easily identifiable such as a Legend of Zelda shirt or a TARDIS on their keychains.

This is important in a potential significant other because it shows how much commitment these people have when they find something they like. Geeks are willing to go the extra mile to show how much they care about games or shows they like.

When this liking is established, it is not a casual liking — it is a commitment. Last time I checked, people don’t look for a relationship where their partner is one foot in, one foot out. Commitment and loyalty help establish trust.

Trust is essential in any relationship. Without trust, it dies.

Exhibit B. Geeks will buy you nice things

When I was walking around the mall one day, I came across Dr. Who’s sonic screwdriver. I bought it simply because I love the show and thought it was cool.

If you know any geeks, they do these things a lot. Geeks like to buy cool stuff to show their affection.

When you are now part of that affection be sure to receive many gifts.

Gifts are fun and it goes to further prove love and affection which is always key in a relationship.

Besides, geeks have the coolest toys. I, for one, have never seen an unhappy person running around with a Nerf gun or playing with a lightsaber.

For Exhibits D & E, read on via

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A Bison Abroad | Oxford BY: LINDA NORLAND

Few cities have such a prestigious ring to their name as Oxford. With 39 colleges making up the famous Oxford University, this city is one of the most famous collegiate towns in the world. Countless scientists, politicians, writers and artists have lived and studied there — Albert Einstein, Margaret Thatcher, J. R. R. Tolkien and even Bill Clinton.

Oxford has not only been home to real-life luminaries but many fictional ones, as well. The popular crime series “Inspector Morse” was based there, and several locations served as Hogwarts settings in the Harry Potter movies. The infirmary for Hogwarts was set up in The Divinity School, a magnificent room in the Bodleian Library.

The crown jewel of Oxford’s libraries, the Bodleian, is one of the oldest in Europe. It has a collection of over 11 million books, falling just short of the British Library in London. However, its collection grows every day, as the library is entitled to a free copy of every written work published in the U.K. On the guided tour, our chaperone told us that the last time he checked the library was receiving about 6,000 items every week.

No visit to Oxford is complete without a tour of this magnificent temple to books. Luckily, I visited on a Sunday, when the rooms normally full of scholars are open to the public. I also got a peek inside the Radcliffe Camera, an enchanting circular library that is used more for study space than book storage.


For more about Linda's adventures in Britain, read on via The Spectrum.

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Renaissance Era Madrigal Dinner Turns 40 BY: JACK DURA

For 40 years, North Dakota State’s Madrigal Dinners have been bringing the sounds and scene of the 16th century Renaissance to the campus and community.

The long-running dinner theater event encompasses a meal with music in the Challey Atrium of Reineke Fine Arts Center, where 200 guests will be entertained with food, fanfare and some interactive surprises.

“The script is full of audience participation and surprises,” Madrigal Singers conductor Michael Weber said. “Of course, I can’t give the surprises away.”

The University Chamber Singers conducted by Charlette Moe and the Madrigal Singers conducted by Weber help present this dinner with a show assisted by live brass ensembles on the floor above the atrium in the upstairs music wing. A different brass ensemble entertains each night, bringing the grand total of student performers to somewhere around 70.

Musicology lecturer Annett Richter also contributes to the sounds of the century with her lute, an ancestor of the mandolin.

On the floor of the main event, a lord and lady preside over a four-course meal catered by Dining Services including soup, salad, entree and dessert. A court jester and a fool character add some audience interaction to the event, as well as a theatrical aspect to the dinner theater-type event.

From start to finish, the event is longer than your average production, but the food and fanfare only add to it.


For more about Madrigal and the info box, read on via

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A Big Fracking Problem BY: CAMILLE FORLANO

A two-part series published last month by the New York Times offered an unsettling look into the effects of fracking in North Dakota and the politics in play with the industry.

Energy sustainability and fracking will be discussed by author and speaker Winona LaDuke at 7 p.m. Monday in the Great Plains Ballroom as she discusses topics related to North Dakota.

LaDuke, director of the Native American-led environmental organization Honor the Earth, will present “Thinking for the Seventh Generation: Fracking, Water and Food in North Dakota and the Northland.”

The presentation coincides with the New York Times article, particularly focusing on fracking.

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is the process of drilling for natural gas and oil underneath the ground. The dense layers of rock and shale are cracked open by blasting water, sand and chemicals deep underground creating fissures that allow the oil to flow into horizontal pipes, some of them thousands of feet long.

The ethics and politics of this process was put under scrutiny in the article.

From 2006 through August 2014, the New York Times article said Continental Resources, one of North Dakota’s largest producer of oil, reported the most spills and environmental incidents in in the state.

Continental Resources reported 937 spills during this period, equating to 1.6 million gallons of oil, the article said.

Since 2006, the company has paid the Industrial Commission $20,000 out of $222,000 in assessed fines, the article said.

The Industrial Commission, which regulates the drilling and production of oil and gas in the state, is comprised of the governor, attorney general and agriculture commissioner.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple defended himself against the New York Times article, The Forum reported.

He said he and the state were depicted unfairly.


For more about Gov. Dalrymple's feelings toward the article and the environmental impacts of oil and gas in North Dakota, read on at

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Beating the Cold with Drums BY: JAMIE JARMIN

Tuesday evening, North Dakota State percussionists will pound away during the Percussion Ensemble concert starting at 7:30 p.m. in Festival Concert Hall.

Music majors and non-music majors will unite to perform a fast-paced variety of  newer pieces sure to please any audience member interested in the local performing arts.

“First things first: Everybody loves drums,” graduate student Scott Charvet chuckled. “But if students come out to see this … they can see different applications of percussion in a near-total percussion setting.”

The concert’s performers include less than 10 NDSU undergraduates, with the addition of graduate student Scott Charvet functioning as the assistant director, and the concert’s fellow director and programmer Sigurd Johnson, who is also the director of the Gold Star Marching Band.

This concert features musicians who choose to be involved in this show are passionate about performing percussion music.

“It’s a nice mix [of students] this year,” Johnson said. “It’s different.”

The show’s interesting lineup includes an opening piece titled “Antiphon” by F. Michael Combs, which includes the instruments trading rhythms and responses with each other.

Another piece featured in the show is cleverly titled “Ting” by Josh Gottrey because it is a culmination of resonate metals consisting of triangles, cymbals and finger cymbals.

A charming xylophone and marimba piece, “Chromatic Foxtrot” by George H. Green, bounces along, matching the high-energy, traditionally-melodic closing piece entitled “Gainsborough” by Tom Gauger.

One unconventional addition to the Percussion Ensemble features a duet consisting of Charvet and fellow graduate student Cynthia Goosby, a clarinetist.

For more about the drum recital, including the information box, read on via The Spectrum.

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Trumpet Tunes in the Afternoon BY: CALLIE BOWEN

Second-year doctoral student Ken Jimenez will perform five classical pieces for his upcoming graduate trumpet recital on Monday afternoon.

Among the chosen repertoire are songs from five different composers.

“These are all songs that, in the course of studying the trumpet, you should play, and I just haven’t played them yet,” Jimenez said.

The 14-year trumpeter will perform Joseph Haydn’s “Trumpet Concerto,” which was originally written for a trumpet with keys.

He will also perform George Frideric Handel’s “Let the Bright Seraphim.” This will also feature a vocal soprano accompaniment. The selection is an aria from an oratorio, “Samson,” which Jimenez described as a religious opera.

Jimenez noted that it is the final song of the opera in which angels are coming down to bring Samson to Heaven.

Next is a lyrical “Caprice” by Eugéne Bozza. Jimenez noted that this is one of Bozza’s most famous compositions from France. Those familiar with Bozza’s other works will recognize his signature musical figure that Jimenez said is in almost every one of his pieces.

“Nightsongs” by Richard Peaslee also made Jimenez’s set list. During this piece, Jimenez will play both the flugelhorn and the trumpet to provide an interesting contrast of sound.

“You get this contrast between the mello sound and the mello writing for the flugelhorn and this really pointed and incisive trumpet stuff,” Jimenez said.

Jimenez will conclude his recital with Wilke Renwick’s “Encore Piece.” Jimenez said the tune is written in mixed meter, so it has an irregular beat.

“It kind of lopes along, has a little clip to it,” Jimenez said.

For more about Jimenez's recital, including the information box, read on via The Spectrum.

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Come Sail Away BY: CONNOR DUNN

A number of nautical North Dakota State students are setting an open course for the Wisconsin seas, and they’re inviting other Bison to sail away with them as part of the new NDSU Sailing Club.

The nearly semester-old seafaring group has grown from one commodore to 12 crew members to even more in its short existence.

But this group isn’t the run-of-the-mill student organization meeting to just talk about sailing. The group gives firsthand experience to the sailing life through not only leisure rides on sailboats and yachts, but also regattas, or competitive races, at the collegiate level.

“We’re trying to give NDSU students opportunities to try something new or better their skills if they have some sailing experience,” said Jenna Galegher, a senior majoring in business management from Thompson, N.D. “We are offering these opportunities in whatever capacity they want from going for fun and leisurely sailing on a boat to if they want to race and get into some competitions.”

Galegher is the commodore of the club, the president and founder, with lieutenant Drew Spooner, a senior majoring in marketing, the second in command. Using the experience she had growing up around sailing and some additional inspiration from a friend during the past summer, Galegher formed the group with Spooner’s help in the first few weeks of the fall semester. There was immediate interest from students.

Some interest came from experienced sailors while simple curiosity pulled in others who were wondering how NDSU has a Sailing Club and where one sails in North Dakota.

“We’re like the Jamaican Bobsled team, but the North Dakota State Sailing Team,” Galegher said.

A story more commonly known through the movie “Cool Runnings,” the world thought the four bobsledders from tropical Jamaica looked out of place at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Canada. According to Galegher, that’s the kind of mindset many students have when first hearing about the NDSU Sailing Club, but the club travels to different events because North Dakota doesn’t have much water to sail on.

“Maybe we could have a Babbling Brook regatta that NDSU might host right here on campus,” Galegher said jokingly. “We don’t actually sail in North Dakota.”

The group has connections with the Pelican Yacht Club on Pelican Lake in Minnesota to get a lot of their boats and equipment and the sailing community in Bayfield, Wis., a city near Duluth, Minn., on the coast of Lake Superior to get on the water and race around the Apostle Islands.

The club is working on getting into the Midwest Collegiate Sailing Assocation to join the likes of the University of Minnesota, Ohio State University, Michigan State, Notre Dame and many other universities.

“We’ll be in the same bracket as them, which is kind of intimidating because they will probably have more experience, but a lot of teams are in the same spots as us,” Galegher said. “They have some people that know what they are doing and others that have no idea and are just along for the ride.”

To read more about the NDSU Sailing Club, read on via The Spectrum.

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NDSU Researchers Discover, Dub Stink Bug BY: CAMILLE FORLANO
HARRYPOTTER.WIKIA.COM | COURTESY OF NDSU researchers named a newly discovered species of stink bug after the thestral, a winged horse found in the Harry Potter series.
NDSU researchers named a newly discovered species of stink bug after the thestral, a winged horse found in the Harry Potter series.

The Harry Potter series was the inspiration for the name of a new stink bug discovered by North Dakota State researchers.

NDSU doctoral student Eduardo Faundez and professor David Rider reported their discovery in the article, “Thestral incognitus, a new genus and species of Pentatomidae from Chile,” recently published in the Zootaxa journal.

They named the stink bug Thestral incognitus, after the creatures imagined by author J.K. Rowling.

In the novels, a thestral is a winged horse that can only be seen after a person has seen death.

“In this particular case, at some point we found that the bug has something like thestrals in his body,” Faundez said. “Our stink bug has ivory carinae and calluses on its dorsum that are similar to that skeletal structure.”

Faundez said the research was a long-term project that involved a trip to the Smithsonian Institution’s insect collection.

The trip was funded by the Knipling Thesis Enhancement Award from the NDSU Entomology department. The new species of stink bug will be featured in his dissertation.

Naming a new species can take many paths. Most are named for their color or shape, others honor a researcher for their work while others are named for the location they were found. Sometimes a bug deserves something truly distinctive.

The Harry Potter series already has a wasp (Ampulex dementor), spider (Aname aragog) and dinosaur (Dracorex howartsia) named after characters.

Faundez said one reason for the unique name is because the name of a new species or genus needs to be different from any other in the same kingdom.

Two animals can’t have the same name. If it happens, the one named last is considered invalid. This encourages researchers to be creative.

“Additionally, the specimens of this new genus come from localities that have been fairly well-collected,” Faundez said. “Yet, we believe that they are hard to find and not all people can see them, as Rowling describes thestrals.”

Rider said about 1 million species of insects have been discovered, but estimates show that there are about 10 million more species yet to be identified.

“A reason for choosing this kind of name is that it makes people get interested and learn about the species,” Faundez said. “… People are aware of it and consequently that helps us to get new data. This is important because the work is just starting with this new species.”

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To Work or Not To Work BY: PACE MAIER



For some students at North Dakota State, working over Thanksgiving break is a must because more hours equals more money.

Briana Hoaby, NDSU senior majoring in apparel, retail merchandise and design, said she will be working at Forever 21 in the West Acres Mall in Fargo the morning of Black Friday and it doesn’t bother her one bit.

“For me, personally, I don’t necessarily mind,” Hoaby said. “For me to go home during the holidays (is) really not that much of a hassle because home for me is an hour away.”

West Acres Mall will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 8 p.m. to midnight for its “Black Friday Preview,” and then the mall will be open on Black Friday from 7 a.m. to 9.m., but some stores may vary their hours, which can be found on the the websites.

Gaming systems, televisions and appliances won’t be the only deals offered on Black Friday. Assistant manager of Halberstadts in the mall and NDSU senior majoring in social science education, Cole Sandford, said he likes working over Thanksgiving break because the day is busy, and it will be fun standing at the doors of his store waiting to help suit buyers find the perfect fit.

“I will greet them at the door and bring them into our store,” Sandford said. “(I will) help them find a color and jacket they like, get their measurements and help them with anything else they need.”

Scheels in Fargo will be one of the major stores — apart from the mall — that will be open on Black Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Scheels employee Kyle Roberts is one of the many NDSU students who will be working there that day.

Roberts said that students want more hours, so it’s OK for businesses to have college students work during the holiday breaks.

“Working on (Black) Friday doesn’t bother me,” Roberts said. “If I didn’t work on (Black) Friday, there wouldn’t be a whole lot for me to do around town since I’m not a big shopper.”

Roberts is a senior at NDSU majoring in accounting and has worked at Scheels for three and a half years.

The NDSU Bookstore will also be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Black Friday, and students like Nolan Meidinger do not like working over Thanksgiving break at the bookstore because the holidays are for family.

“Thanksgiving has always been a holiday (where) you get together with family,” Meidinger said. “And have a good meal and watch some football.”

Even though Meidinger isn’t working over the holiday break, he said there is so much money to be made over Thanksgiving break that businesses have to open their doors, and that’s why they can afford to pay student employees more over holidays breaks.

Meidinger is an NDSU junior majoring in finance who started working in the NDSU Bookstore this fall.

Hoaby understands where students are coming from when they don’t want to work over the holidays, but she said student workers have to choose which holiday they prefer to have off: Christmas or Thanksgiving.

“I know for a lot of other students who are going to be working who are from the cities, so a four- or five-hour drive can be a bit of downer on the holidays,” Hoaby said.

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From Astronaut to Educator Commander John B. Herrington has been traveling around the nation sharing his journey to space and back. His next stop is NDSU in honor of Native American Heritage Month.

Herrington was the first tribally enrolled Native American astronaut. Selected in 1996, Herrington trained for two years at Johnson Space Center. Then, in November 2002, he was chosen to be Chief Engineer for Safety and Mission Assurance on the 16th NASA Mission, STS-113 Endeavour. The mission lasted 13 days, 18 hours and 47 minutes.

After retiring from the U.S. Navy and NASA, Herrington recognized the importance of sharing his experiences and telling the story of his journey.

“When you become an astronaut, you become a public speaker because you’re sharing a remarkable opportunity that most people don’t get the chance to do, and so it really behooves you as an astronaut to share what that experience is,” Herrington said. “It’s my responsibility to share my experience with others.”

One of the most important things Herrington has learned in his journey is the importance of showing students the relevance of education in the real world, specifically math and science. In his younger days, Herrington was like many students. He didn’t see the applicability of education in the real world. Because of this, he was kicked out of college his first year for having low grades.

He then entered the working world, and it was there that he was able to apply math and science in real world situation: He became a surveyor in the mountains of Colorado. It was only after encouragement from his boss that he was able to move forward toward achieving his dream of becoming an astronaut.

Herrington returned to school, became a test pilot for the United States Navy and worked his way to a degree in aeronautical engineering.

To learn more about what drives Herrington, read on via The Spectrum.




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