KNDS News Updates Get the latest news from the KNDS news department 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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UIF Shoots for the Moon Four North Dakota State students are striving to change the landscape of campus. They even have an office of their own to show for it.

The quartet makes up NDSU’s University Innovation Fellows chapter. They are celebrating National Entrepreneurial Month this November.

Funded by the National Science Foundation in partnership with Stanford University and VentureWell, a nonprofit, the nationally renowned program is in its second year at NDSU.

Over 150 students from 85 schools create UIF.



After receiving faculty nomination, a student completes Skype conversations and assignments to gain acceptance.

Jacob Larson, a junior studying mechanical engineering, was one of three juniors inducted to the group this year.

Interdisciplinary teamwork is promoted through UIF.

“Promotes student-led innovation and entrepreneurship organizations through campus,” Larson said. “We want to break down barriers and improve things on campus.”

The four have individual and team goals called “moonshots.”



Larson’s said his moonshot focuses on integrating students and labs at NDSU.


To learn more about UIF, read on via The Spectrum

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Oil & Water Exhibit in MU Gallery BY: Megan Johnson

Oil and water: two things known not to mix; however, they do so wonderfully in the current exhibition at the Memorial Union Gallery.

This exhibition focuses on North Dakota’s use of water and oil. The show is divided into four sections: commentary, oil, water and living things. Area college students using different printmaking methods to produce each of the 37 pieces contribute.

It was coordinated by North Dakota State visual arts professor Kent Kapplinger, retired Minnesota State University Moorhead professor John Volk and Concordia College Professor Heidi Goldberg, all of whom have personal pieces displayed relating to show’s meaning.

The section “commentary” holds pieces that seem to visually depict statements about North Dakota issues involving oil and water. The next section involving oil focuses on western North Dakota’s oil fields and the negative impacts it has on the area’s community. This transitions well into the next section of water because of how the oil drilling harms the water for the people living near oil fields.

The section of water also involves the flooding that people of the Red River Valley have come to accept as a part of life. The final section involves living things and how issues with water and oil impact living things in North Dakota and vice versa.

A piece that stands out in the commentary portion is NDSU student Jonathan Carlson’s screen print titled “In the Lap of Luxury.” The screen print depicts a horizontal image of an oil droplet, diamond and three smaller water droplets. This piece hold a certain unity with the color usage and equal size of imagery.

What does this unity represent? This is explained in the artist statement when Carlson addresses the meaning of his piece by saying, “Abuse of oil and water for money has warped sense of luxury, setting water out of reach for a large part of the world.”

The meaning behind this print certainly brings new meaning to the phrase “Lap of Luxury.”

In the section of pieces involving “oil,” the majority of works focus on the current oil boom in western North Dakota and how it affects the area, people, communities and landscapes.

A piece that seems to tie together the section of oil quite well is by NDSU student Derek Graham. As someone who grew up in Dickinson, N. D., Graham really seems to have a connection to this area of the state, and it is shown in his intaglio titled, “Oil Filled Homes.”

The image is that of an oil stack with the sun setting behind it to suggest the negative change occurring at this time, with a representation of small towns below the oil stack. The placement of the homes below the oil stack bring a clear meaning that the oil boom has had a negative impact on western North Dakota towns.

So much more could be said about this show because of the large amount of wonderful work. This exhibition does a great job depicting issues involving oil and water’s places in North Dakota. This is also an insightful showing of the talent of area college students in the complex medium of printmaking.

(Via The Spectrum)

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OPINION: Their Time With Us Was Far Too Short BY: CALEB WERNESS

They say you don’t know what you have until its gone. In regards to particularly four tasty treats, this rings true. Why companies felt the need to discontinue these products may never be known. There may have an issue in sales, but within their markets they had collections of dedicated fans. Prepare for a nostalgic trip down memory lane.


Before the days when Mountain Dew ruled the world of sugary soda, there was Surge. This highly caffeinated beverage was introduced to the market in 1997 and held prominence until 2003 when its sales started declining. I contribute this to all the fad diets that sprouted up like weeds during this time. Fortunately for Surge fans, it was just re-released in September exclusively on 


Surge Soda

Nestle Wonderballs

If I had to pick one candy item from my childhood that I wish I could have right now, it would be a Nestle Wonderball. The Wonderball was the item I always pestered my mom for while walking through the checkout at the grocery store. The simple chocolate ball had a hollow mid filled with sweet and tart little candies. What made these even better was the candies inside were shaped as Disney characters. The 8-year-old in me loved seeing edible Woody and Buzz Lightyears along with collectible stickers nestled inside. It was a simple treat, but it was delicious. It was eventually discontinued by 2004.

To read more about Caleb's yearnings, read on via The Spectrum.



Nestle’s Wonderball Candy




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American Indians' Forgotten Past, Dismal Today and Glowing Future Photo Cred: Joseph Ravits

Across hundreds of reservations, similar scenes are found.

The infrastructure here is rundown.

So are the people.

More than half of the kids starting kindergarten quit before graduation.

Limbs that should appear on adults are absent.

Poverty is widespread, as is smoking, alcoholism and cancer.

Funerals are more commonplace in the community than they should be.

“One does not have to cross an ocean to find third-world health conditions,” Dr. Donald Warne said Monday. “It’s right down the street.”

American Indian men in North Dakota have a life expectancy 20 years shorter than male Caucasians in the state.

In North Dakota, American Indian men can be expected to live to be almost 58 years old.

Early retirement in the United States starts at age 62.

Dr. Warne, who received his MD from Stanford and his Master of Public Health from Harvard, said the dismal numbers are appalling.

“This is a public health crisis just screaming for intervention,” he said, “but most people are not aware of these statistics.”

He hosted an hour-long presentation in the Mandan Room of the Memorial Union Monday called “Everything You Weren’t Taught about Native American History.”

“If we’re going to try to understand American Indian disparities,” he said, “doesn’t it make sense that we understand American Indian history?”

However dark American Indian history was before and persists today, people are trying to alter the landscape, Dr. Warne said.

Innovation is occurring exclusively at North Dakota State; original programs are addressing problems found in the lives of the afflicted American Indians.

To read more about the American Indians' past, present and future, go to The Spectrum

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