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Reach Opinion Editor John Hines at or at 677-6892.
                                                                                             OPINION                                                                                       “I may disagree with what you say, but I will
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                                                                                      Board of Regents to consider reduction in credits
     Josie Clarey, Managing Editor         Eric Mayer, Sports Editor
     John Hines, Opinion Editor            Cassie Bartlett, Online Managing Editor      The University of South Dakota has asked the                        complacent. Just because less credits are required
                                                                                     Board of Regents to reduce the number of cred-                         to graduate, doesn’t mean students should take
                                                                                     its required for students to graduate from 128 to                      less classes than they were planning. Use the
                              CONTACT US                                             120. This has the potential to be beneficial for                       reduction as an opportunity to get through your
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                                                                                                                                         LETTER TO THE EDITOR
                                                                                      USD Coyote                         process is called democracy.
                                                                                                                            I also remember when I
                                                                                                                                                               difference between the two.
                                                                                                                                                                  The fact that students
                                                                                                                                                                                                  by the way, where is this
                                                                                                                                                                                                  donation money going?

                                 COMMENTS                                             Statue auction                     walked into the Muenster
                                                                                                                         University Center a week or
                                                                                                                         two ago and saw the dona-
                                                                                                                                                               at the University of South
                                                                                                                                                               Dakota support this idea of
                                                                                                                                                               voting with the pocketbook
                                                                                                                                                                                                     In the article written by
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Megan Card a few weeks
                                                                                                                                                                                                  ago — aptly titled “Coyote
                                                                                          I remember when I went         tion jars in front of the             is absolutely absurd.              Statue Voting Continues” —
                                                                                      to the polls to cast my bal-       coyote statues.                          And yes, I am very aware        the author states all of the
           These are some comments from The Volante’s most                            lot during the last election.         I watched as people                that this is not a matter of       funding necessary for the
             popular online articles. Visit                         I walked in, said hello to the     would walk up to the statue           voting for a government            statue is accounted for. Who
                                                                                      person sitting at the table,       they wanted, take out their           election, but that is hardly       knows? Maybe it will end up
              to share your thoughts about this week’s stories.                       filled out some forms and          wallets and drop money                the point.                         funding another on-campus
                                                                                      then proceeded to walk into        into their favorite jar. This            The point is that every-        fireworks show.
                                                                                      the voting booth to make           isn’t a vote — it’s called a          one is calling it voting when
  XDIS course could no longer                                                         my opinion heard. This             silent auction. There is a            it is actually buying. And                      -Danur Kvilhaug, Senior

  be required
  After thousands of student hours wasted, literally hundreds of thousands
  of dollars wasted, the U wakes up and listens to faculty and students. Has
                                                                                                          GUEST SUBMISSION
  it occurred to admin to listen to input earlier rather than later? Faculty and
  students were complaining about IDEA the very first semester, and admin             What songs do you want to hear at the Oct. 22 football game?
  couldn’t let go of yet another bad IDEA. Let this join the half million sunk
  into DDN (try to find a DDN course today...), the 750,000 sunk into giving                                                                     The Student Government Association, Student Services
  Palm pilots to freshmen (those were sold at the end of the semester on                                                                         and Athletic Department want student input concerning
  ebay by the freshmen), and the brand new lawn in front of the MUC, which
  replaced desperately needed parking.                                                                                                           songs at the football game. Students will be emailed a poll
                                                                                                                                                 containing song choices at the beginning of next week.
                                      -ANONYMOUS                                                                                                 The poll will close Friday, Oct. 21. The top-10 most popu-
     Coyotes ready to ‘Raise the                                                                                                                 lar songs students vote for will be played at the football
                                                                                                                                                 game. Thank you for your participation and input.
  Could not believe how loud the Dome was for the game. Had a blast. Only                                              ROB NIELSEN/THE VOLANTE                                                 Nick Weinandt, SGA Vice President
  thing that would make it better would be if they sold beer during the game.
  My flask ran out in the third quarter.

                                      -CHARLIE’S BROTHER BRUCE
                                                                                                                                            THE RANT
                                                                                                                                           Desperate times call for desperate words.
     Column: Note to students:                                                                                                              Sometimes therapeutic, sometimes
                                                                                                                                              reactionary, but always lively.
     Take care during D-Days
  So I shouldn’t lock the bathroom door at a house party when I have to go
                                                                                         USD spends a lot of money promoting itself as “the big-time college with a small-college feel.” However, the fact remains that
  to the bathroom?
                                                                                       USD, in the whole scope of things, is not a large university.

                                      -NERVOUS PEER                                       It seems, though, that it has, with regard to testing, adopted a methodology better suited for schools two-to-three times its size.
                                                                                       Rarely are there more than 150 students enrolled in a single class, including entry-level freshman classes. Yet, the university has a
                                                                                       building dedicated to scoring scan-tron answer sheets, similar to those of ACT and SAT placement exam facilities.
     Column: Fan support a
                                                                                          This method of testing is most prevalent in lecture courses where there is likely to be a hearty amount of supplemental reading.
     matter of survival                                                                Because of the broad spectrum of concepts covered in both lecture and reading, professors need an efficient and frequent system
                                                                                       for evaluating students’ progress. This scan-tron method, however, is not an accurate gauge of knowledge, as students are unable to
  I agree wholehartedly that lack of fan support could very well be a danger           articulate their understanding of the material through a multiple-choice exam.
  to the future of the football program and lets face it . . . I tend to be one
  of those students who leave at halftime. But can your really blame us for               These questions are often generic and focus on mere finite details, i.e., vocabulary, names, dates. It is more of a guessing game
  not staying the whole game; even if it is a close one? For starters, in the          than a test of knowledge. Most of you reading this have likely taken a similar exam. How many times have you resorted to eenie-
  last 4 years, we haven’t been able to compete for any type of postseason             meenie-miney-moe because you were unable to decide between two cryptic answers?
  so that makes the games that much less meaningful. Second, look at our
  opponents. Do you think Coyote fans really get revved up for opponents                  More frequent essay-style exams would allow students to articulate their comprehension of certain prompts. This method would
  like Cal Poly, Southern Utah, Lindenwood, and Cal Tech? Most of us don’t             also allow instructors the opportunity to get to know their students on a more personal level, thereby giving substance to USD’s claim
  even know where half those teams are, nor anything about them. What we               to have a small-college feel.
  want and need is our old conference rivals to play every year. Im talking
  SDSU, NDSU, UND, and so on, to be on our schedules every year. Noting                    Students should have every opportunity to prove their worth in their classroom. When students can get by grasping after straws,
  brings in fans like a good ole regional rival with a real conference title           it levels the playing field and inhibits the people who really care to know the material from earning the grade they deserve. In a
  on the line (No one cares about the GWC). Hopefully with the move to the             competitive college environment, where they pay thousands for a degree, students deserve to feel their degree is substantial.
  Summit league next year things improve.
                                                                                       Alexander Hepburn, Freshman
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Misconceptions of war persist Voting process
                              ignores students
Editor’s note: This column was                                                                          To be perfectly honest, Retired Gen.
received via email from Blaine Reyn-                                                                McChrystal was right. I — along with
olds, stationed in Krygyzstan.                                                                      most of the people serving with me —
                                                                                                    have a limited understanding about the
    Last weekend, while most University                                                             Middle East and its customs and cultures.
of South Dakota students were headed to                                                             However, it is not hard to understand                                                                       artistic integrity is not the only
Dakota Days, Kyle Loundenslager, Breaan                                                             how Afghanistan was susceptible to the                                                                      valuable criterion by which to
Bjerke and I were headed to D-Day —                                                                 criminal influence of Al Qaeda and other                                                                    evaluate art, especially public art.
deployment day.                                                                                     terrorist organizations.                                                                                    Context is, if not everything, then
    Our journey began at 7:30 a.m. on Oct.                                                              The     CIA      estimates the   aver-                                                                  extremely important.
7. As members of the South Dakota Air                                                               age income of Afghanistan is $900                                                                               The Coyote Statue’s context
National Guard (ANG) we volunteered to
help the D.C. ANG in their deployment to                       BLAINE REYNOLDS                      and the median age is 19. Try to imag-
                                                                                                    ine living in a war-stricken coun-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                is Vermillion — a town where
                                                                                                                                                                                                                half the population arrives and
the Middle East. All three of us are ammo                                                           try with little chance for economic or                                                                      promptly vanishes again within
troops.                                               The Army and Air Force also have Nation-      intellectual growth.                                                                                        the span of a few years. After
     USD has a fairly large student vet-
eran population. With increased deploy-
                                                      al Guard components that are state fund-
                                                      ed. I fall into the category of Air Force
                                                                                                        It’s important for the future of our
                                                                                                    country and other countries that we stay                         THOMAS EMANUEL                             three years at USD, I am only
                                                                                                                                                                                                                now beginning to feel as if I
ment rates, many students have either                 National Guard.                               educated on the events happening in the                                                                     have integrated myself into the
deployed or know someone who has                         Prior to deployment, the Army trains for   Middle East. We cannot afford to assume                    When considering what to write                   Vermillion community.
deployed in the last five years. But there            a set amount of time prior to deployment.     these things do not have an effect on our                  about this week, I felt the time                     But in May 2012, I will be
is rarely coverage about students who are             The training presents different situations    everyday lives.                                            was ripe for me to chip in my two                leaving for graduate school. It’s
currently deployed.                                   they will deal with in their deployed loca-       If you have not been person-                           cents on the Coyote Statue debate                the same for most of us. If we
    There is also ignorance among the                 tion. Often in the Army and Marine Corps,     ally affected by these wars, the next                      Or should I chip in 10 cents or                  want to see USD and Vermil-
public about what actually goes on dur-               they live under the mentality that they are   time you’re in class look around you,                      10 bucks? Evidently, that’s how                  lion flourish, students have to
ing deployments to the Middle East and                a solider or marine first and mechanic        because there is probably someone                          democracy works.                                 be invested in their community.
the key roles that each branch of the                 — or whatever specialty — second. This        who has served or has a family member                          Two weeks ago, Collin                        They must realize they are heirs
service plays.                                        means at any time they could be called to     still serving.                                             Michels, Student Government                      to generations of former students
    Retired General Stanley McChrys-                  the front lines.                                  I believe that leaving Afghanistan                     Association president, said he                   and will themselves bequeath
tal was quoted in the Huffington Post                     The Air Force has more of an emphasis     right now is not the right choice for our                  “(wants) to make sure that the                   a certain legacy to those who
saying, “We didn’t know enough and                    on being technically skilled — not that the   country or for the rest of the world. I                    student voice is present in this                 follow after.
we still don’t know enough. Most of                   other branches lack technical skills. While   know it’s hard to justify the expense of                   decision.” However, the very                         A piece of high-profile pub-
us – me included – had a very super-                  the Army and Marine Corps deployments         war when the economy is struggling, but                    means by which the University                    lic art designed by a former stu-
ficial understanding of the situation                 are usually a year or longer, Air Force       leaving the Afghani people without an                      of South Dakota purports to                      dent might help facilitate such
and history, and we had a frightening-                deployments can range from 45 days to         effective government, education system                     give students a voice in deciding                a realization. And what do you
ly simplistic view of recent history, the             one year.                                     and infrastructure will only encourage                     which Coyote Statue to build has                 know, one of the potential Coyote
last 50 years.”                                          Most commonly, Air Force deploy-           further criminal growth that could lead                    ensured that their voice will not                Statues was designed by a former
    A lack of understanding about the                 ments are 60 days to four months.             to more attacks to our citizens. So do we                  be heard.                                        USD student. And you know what
enemy and the local population has been               With a few exceptions, Air Force mem-         want to pay the cost now in dollars or                         First of all, there’s the abso-              else? I do not care whether or
one of the largest miscalculations in this            bers do not require additional training       later in civilian lives?                                   lutely asinine idea of turning the               not their design is objectively the
campaign. Furthermore, our population                 prior to a deployment. While soldiers             Finally, as USD students, I think it                   voting process into a penny war.                 best — if there can even be such
does not even have a total understanding              and marines will go outside the wire,         is important we stay informed on what                      In this case, one cent equals one                a thing as objectively best when
of our military.                                      airmen deploy to an air base they will        our classmates are doing for our coun-                     vote. If one student put a sin-                  it comes to art. I care that their
    Generally when I tell people I am in              not leave.                                    try. I know Breean, Kyle and I aren’t                      gle $20 bill in one jar, he would                design was created by a former
the National Guard, they automatically                   Having a basic understanding of what       the only ones from the USD campus                          thereby outvote 400 others who                   USD student, because good, bad
assume that means I am in the Army.                   our service members do is an impor-           currently deployed. I also know that                       cast their vote with nickels.                    or indifferent, that’s what truly
There are five branches of the United                 tant first step in developing knowl-          there is nothing more supportive than                      Those nickel-givers might feel                   reflects the spirit of this school
States military: Air Force, Army, Navy,               edge about the wars our country is            random emails from friends, family                         just as strongly as their choice                 and this campus.
Marine Corps and Coast Guard.                         engaged in. The next step is to under-        and classmates.                                            as         mister-twenty-dollar-bill                 Of course, that’s just my opin-
    In addition, all five branches break              stand what they are trying to achieve                                                                    felt about his, but they did not                 ion. Students are free to choose
down into active duty and reserve com-                and how other countries perceive                  Reach columnist Blaine.Reynolds at                     have $20 to drop on voting for                   whichever design best suits
ponents, which are all federally funded.              our actions.                                                           a statue. So now their opinion                   them — that’s the whole princi-
                                                                                                                                                               doesn’t matter?                                  ple behind voting, assuming the
                                                                                                                                                                   Of course, this makes sense                  process accurately reflects voter
                                                                                                                                                               given the present state of Ameri-                preference. My point is, between
                                                                                                                                                               can democracy. In the 2008 elec-                 concealing the information most

                                                                                                                                                               tions, according to Federal Elec-                important to me and telling me,
                                                                                 Warning: The following samples may indicate you                               tion Commission statistics, the                  in essence, I can’t be sure wheth-
                                                                                 or your friend is afflicted with Yoodotitis. Only a                           candidate with the most money                    er my 10-cent contribution will
                                                                                 doctor can diagnose Yoodotitis, and persons experi-                           won 93 percent of contested                      ultimately count. The university
The Opinion staff is bringing back an old feature, the USDictionary.             encing these symptoms should immediately contact                              Congressional seats.                             has effectively silenced my voice.
Go to to see more entries and to submit your own VERM TERMS.   nobody, since Yoodotitis is not a real disease and                                It is no longer, nor has it ever                 In the grand scheme of things,
                                                                                 has no cure.                                                                  been one person, one vote. Rath-                 the voting protocol for the USD

Yoodotitis n.                                                                    Sample 1: “Don’t you just love the new logo?”
                                                                                                                                                               er, it is one dollar, one vote. It
                                                                                                                                                               is probably above and beyond
                                                                                                                                                               the USD student body to reform
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Coyote Statue is probably not
                                                                                                                                                                                                                the most pressing issue facing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                humanity. I will be long gone
1. A medical condition which prevents the afflicted                                                                                                            the foundations of the American                  when the statue finally goes up.
from adopting the University of South Dakota “SD”                                “That logo looks just like the Padres’. I heard they                          electoral system. But the least we               But in the fight for democracy,
logo, instead clinging to the now-defunct “U.” logo.                             were going to sue us for ripping off their logo.”                             can do is to demand democracy                    we have to start somewhere.
                                                                                                                                                               in our own backyard.                             The university has promised
Origin: Little is known about Yoodotitis. Experts                                Sample 2: “Did you get a new “SD” hat for game                                    It also bothers me USD decided               us time and again our opin-
believe it first manifested when products with the                               day?”                                                                         to keep the identities of the Coy-               ions would be heard in this
new, superior “SD” logo were offered for sale. Symp-                                                                                                           ote Statue artists a secret. Dean of             process, a promise on which it
toms include a negative verbal reaction to seeing the                            “Nah. I already have a sweet “U.” hat to wear. I hate                         Students James Parker has stated                 has reneged.
“SD” logo, comparisons of the “SD” logo to those of                              the new logo.”                                                                this was done in order to focus
the San Diego Padres or South Dakota State Universi-                                                                                                           voting on the artistic integrity of                 Reach columnist Thomas Emanuel
ty, wearing or carrying “U.” gear, and painting a giant                          Sample 3: “I wish we would go back to the “U.”, it                            the submissions.                                       at
paw print with a “U.” in the middle on your window.                              was such an awesome logo.”                                                        The problem is, so-called

D-DAYS: TWITTER STYLE                                                                                                                                                                                IN THE KNOW: The Safe Rides bus. Vermillion
                                                                                                                                                                                                     owes you one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                     IN THE DARK: Anyone who got arrested over
We asked you to tweet during D-days with                                                                                                                                                             D-Days. Next time be more sensible.
                                                                                                                               IN THE KNOW: Everyone who helped clean up the
#ddays. This is what you had to say:                                                                                           mess left after D-Days.                                               IN THE KNOW: Senator Tim Johnson tweeting to
                                                                                                                                                                                                     #ddays. Thanks for the safe wishes.
                                                                                                                               IN THE DARK: People who brought open contain-
@Teresa62691: #DDays scuffed my Nikes. Need                           @tonicshock: I am very thankful that there               ers onto Main Street on Saturday. What were you                       IN THE DARK: The grass treatment around cam-
to clean those Air Force Ones #fresh                                  are no photos surfacing of me from #ddays                thinking?                                                             pus. Is it poisonous? Should we have avoided it?

                                                                                                                               IN THE KNOW: Vermillion Police having people                          IN THE KNOW: ESPN featuring USD in its Top Ten
@Stormtweet87: Don’t remember going to mcds                                                                                    pour out their open containers rather than citing                     segment.
in vermilion but its on my statement #thanks                          @cmarlow7: Two days of not leaving the couch             them.
#ddays                                                                and I’m still tired from #ddays                                                                                                IN THE DARK: Aalfs Auditorium. Did anyone else
                                                                                                                               IN THE DARK: People who stole bicycles during                         notice all the cats around it disappeared?
                                                                                                                               D-Days. That’s just rude.
@hASHtagPeitz: Wait, sooo we have school
tomorrow? This actually means #ddays is over?                         @BradO303: Was it just me or did Verm @
#sadtweet                                                             McDonalds smell like beer? (it’s Monday)

@taylerraedaisy: sooo tired after this weekend.
                                                                                                                               Here you will find the weirdest, funniest and stupidest things
                                                                                                                                                                                                “Steve Jobs is dead? Quick, go save your stuff, our
                                                                                                                                                                                                Macs are going to crash.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                            - NEUHARTH BUILDING
#DDays does get the best of everyone!                                 @CourtneyAhlers: When we stand up this is                that we’ve heard during the week. Context is for suckers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                “Do you want a picture of my junk?”
                                                                      going to hit us like the plague. #ddays                                                                                               - MAIN STREET
                                                                                                                               “Mmmm sweet leg honey.”
                                                                                                                                           - I.D. WEEKS
@Chelseabrech: Lots of bruises... extremely                                                                                                                                                     “What, Steve Jobs hasn’t risen yet?”
sore muscles... new “tattoos” ....successful                                                                                                                                                                - NEUHARTH BUILDING
                                                                      @DevonSchreiner: Pro tip: Don’t leave out                “Make sure you say I’m a butt pirate.”
#ddays bring on #hobo days!!!                                         leftover tuna helper over the weekend while                          - CAREY’S
                                                                                                                                                                                                “I didn’t know it was possible to drink and puke at
                                                                      you go celebrate #DDays.                                                                                                  the same time.”
                                                                                                                               “It’s as hot as Satan’s balls in there.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                            - MAIN STREET
@ZCrago: I made it out alive #ddays                                                                                                        - OUTSIDE THE CHARCOAL LOUNGE
                                                                                                                                                                                                “You know you want a walking taco.”
                                                                                                                               “Why do you have these delicious treats in your
                                                                      @KtWagner: Time for recovery. Its a good                 office?”
                                                                                                                                                                                                            - OUTSIDE CAFE BRULE
@SenJohnsonSD: Let’s go Coyotes! Wishing                              thing #DDays only comes once a year. I’m                 “I know, they’re like crack raisins.”
everyone a safe and happy #ddays.                                     in pain                                                              - NEUHARTH BUILDING
                                                                                                                                                                                                “Thank you for that disturbing rendition.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                            - EAGLES

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