A4 n WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2011 n THE VOLANTE
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OPINION “I may disagree with what you say, but I will
defend to the death your right to say it.”
— ATTRIBUTED TO VOLTAIRE
THE STUDENTS’ VOICE SINCE 1887
Chris Jessen, Editor in Chief Kayla Prasek, Verve Editor
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 VolanteOnline.com 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
After thousands of student hours wasted, literally hundreds of thousands
of dollars wasted, the U wakes up and listens to faculty and students. Has
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
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
THE VOLANTE n WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2011 n A5
Misconceptions of war persist Voting process
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. Blaine.Reynolds@usd.edu. 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 VolanteOnline.com 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 Thomas.Emanuel@usd.edu.
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.”