The Collegian https://sdsucollegian.com South Dakota State University's Student-Run Independent Newspaper Since 1885 Sun, 27 Oct 2019 00:54:55 -0500 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 Jacks fall short against top-ranked Bison https://sdsucollegian.com/19281/sports/jacks-fall-short-against-top-ranked-bison/ https://sdsucollegian.com/19281/sports/jacks-fall-short-against-top-ranked-bison/#respond Sun, 27 Oct 2019 00:54:55 +0000 https://sdsucollegian.com/?p=19281 Saturday had all the makings of a fairy tale for the South Dakota State football program.

ESPN’s College GameDay was in town for the first time, Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium experienced its first-ever sellout and third-ranked SDSU had a chance to unseat No. 1 North Dakota State, winners of 28 consecutive games, in a battle for the Dakota Marker.

But it wasn’t to be.

NDSU proved once again it is the king of the FCS, scraping out a 23-16 win.

Tied at 16 with just under three minutes to play, the Bison faced a fourth-and-1 at their own 29-yard line. Instead of punting the ball away, NDSU head coach Matt Entz elected to go for it and watched running back Adam Cofield sprint 71 yards for the go-ahead touchdown.

“I walked out to the offensive line and said ‘what do you think?’” Entz said. “All five of them looked at me and said ‘let’s do it.’ When you know your kids are locked in like that, I felt good about that.”

SDSU (6-2, 3-1 MVFC) couldn’t match the score in the waning moments, giving the Bison (8-0, 4-0 MVFC) their 29th consecutive victory, including three straight over the Jackrabbits.

Cofield’s game-winner was part of a 332-yard rushing performance for the Bison against an SDSU defense that was only allowing 104.6 rushing yards per game coming into Saturday’s contest. 

After losing starting quarterback J’Bore Gibbs to an injury in the first quarter, the Jackrabbits offense struggled with junior backup quarterback Kanin Nelson taking snaps. Nelson completed just 2-of-9 passes in his relief effort. He did run for 40 yards, but couldn’t get SDSU into the endzone.

“We just didn’t execute as well down there, we just didn’t finish,” said SDSU head coach John Stiegelmeier. “We held them out too, a couple of times, so I think part of it is how good your defense is and part of it is you just need to make plays.”

If there was one positive, it was the play of the defense, who helped out the struggling offense by shutting down the Bison for much of the opening half. The Jacks went into the break ahead 6-3, missing an opportunity to tack three more points on when a Chase Vinatieri field goal sailed wide to close the opening 30 minutes.

The game’s tide changed dramatically to start the second half.

The Bison dominated most of the third quarter, finally finding their offensive stride against an SDSU defense. Running back Ty Brooks took a handoff 59 yards for the game’s first touchdown to put the Bison ahead 10-6 midway through the third quarter and followed up with another touchdown just over two minutes later after Nelson fumbled deep in his own territory, though a two-point conversion attempt left the Bison on 16 points.

The Jacks were able to trim the deficit to 16-9 in the closing minute of the third quarter and SDSU’s defense forced a Bison punt on the ensuing possession. It was then that Stiegelmeier made the decision to insert true freshman Keaton Heide at quarterback.

“We felt like we needed to pass more, and we felt like (Heide) was more suited for the passing game,” Stiegelmeier said of the decision to replace Nelson with Heide. “Even though he’s a true freshman, he’s proven that in practice, so that was the scenario.”

The move breathed life into the Jackrabbit offense. Heide, aided by the running of Pierre Strong Jr. and Mikey Daniel, led a 9-play, 80-yard march capped by the young quarterback finding the endzone with his legs from three yards out. 

Vinatieri added the extra point to tie the game at 16, sending the record crowd of 19,371 fans into a frenzy.

“You can only prepare yourself for the upcoming task at hand week in and week out,” Heide said. “We knew J’Bore had been injured earlier in the season and had taken some big hits last week, but you can never really prepare for a player to go down. The next guy just has to step up when his name is called.”

SDSU got the ball back in Bison territory after intercepting a pass on a trick play, but wasted a chance to take the lead when Heide threw an interception of his own three plays later.

“It’s huge,” said Stiegelmeier. “We talk about in the locker room. We want poise, and to rejoice in those situations rather than tighten up. At this point in the season, we can’t be young. We have to be winners and we have to be ready for those moments.”

The Bison responded with the game-winning touchdown on fourth-and-1. Senior linebacker Christian Rozeboom says the play call to run outside the tackles in the short-yardage situation caught the defense off guard.

“We just have to make plays. I’ll be honest, I thought it was going to be something up the gut,” Rozeboom said. “But it wasn’t so, you gotta live and learn and just go from there.”

While the loss hurts, Rozeboom vows that it will not get in the way of their overall goal. 

“Obviously we can’t drop off just because of one loss,” Rozeboom said. “We won’t, I promise you that. These guys know that in the upcoming weeks we just have to take care of business. We can’t let one loss dwindle our season, and I know we won’t.”

The Jacks are back in action at 2 p.m. next Saturday when they visit Missouri State.

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Dairy science students receive scholarships https://sdsucollegian.com/19270/news/dairy-science-students-receive-scholarships/ https://sdsucollegian.com/19270/news/dairy-science-students-receive-scholarships/#respond Wed, 23 Oct 2019 18:18:05 +0000 https://sdsucollegian.com/?p=19270 South Dakota State University dairy science students have been selected for national scholarships awarded by the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (NDPRB) and National Dairy Shrine.

“These national scholarships have applicants from around the country. It clearly shows that our recipients are among the best in the country for their leadership abilities in the dairy industry, as well as knowledge of the industry,” said Vikram Mistry, Dairy and Food Science Department Head. “These recipients will be the leaders of the dairy industry in the future.”

Sanne de Bruijn, a senior dairy production and dairy manufacturing major from Vicksburg, Mich.; Theodore Jacoby, a junior dairy manufacturing major from Ballwin, Missouri; Ashley Maus, a senior dairy production and dairy manufacturing major from Freeport, Minnesota; and Margaret Socha, a junior dairy production major from Rogers, MinnesotaD; each received a $2,500 scholarship from the NDPRB through Dairy Management Inc., which manages the national dairy checkoff.

The NDPRB scholarships are awarded annually to undergraduate students enrolled in college or university programs that emphasize dairy and have shown the potential to become future industry leaders. Twelve students at various universities throughout the United States were chosen as scholarship recipients.

Additionally, de Bruijn and Erika Franzen-Ackerman, a senior dairy manufacturing major from Fredricksburg, Iowa, were recognized as recipients of National Dairy Shrine scholarships during a banquet at the 2019 World Dairy Expo held in Madison, Wis., on Oct. 3.

Franzen-Ackerman received the top National Dairy Shrine/Dairy Management Inc. Education and Communication Scholarship for $1,500. This scholarship is awarded to students pursuing careers in education or communication in the dairy product industry or related food industries.

De Bruijn was awarded the Merton Sowerby Junior Merit Scholarship for $1,000. This scholarship is designed to encourage qualified undergraduate students to pursue careers in the dairy industry or related occupations.

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No. 3 Jacks, No. 1 Bison meet for Dakota Marker https://sdsucollegian.com/19265/sports/no-3-jacks-no-1-bison-meet-for-dakota-marker/ https://sdsucollegian.com/19265/sports/no-3-jacks-no-1-bison-meet-for-dakota-marker/#respond Wed, 23 Oct 2019 15:37:22 +0000 https://sdsucollegian.com/?p=19265 Since 1903, the South Dakota State and North Dakota State football teams have met 109 times, but Saturday’s 110th meeting will have a distinctly different feel to it than the rest.

The yearly meeting between two of the Football Championship Subdivision’s top teams grabbed the attention of ESPN’s weekly college football pregame show College GameDay, which will broadcast live from Brookings on Saturday for the first time in the show’s 26-year history.

The elevated excitement surrounding Saturday’s matchup was felt instantly. Less than 24 hours after the announcement, Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium sold out for the first time in anticipation of the clash between the No. 1 Bison (7-0, 3-0 MVFC) and No. 3 Jackrabbits (6-1, 3-0 MVFC).

With a record crowd likely to fill the seats and both teams eager to back up their ranking, Saturday’s game for the Dakota Marker promises to be one to remember.

Since the Jacks’ lone loss in the season opener at Minnesota Aug. 29, they have outscored opponents 227-81 on their way to a six-game winning streak.

For much of the past eight seasons, the visiting Bison have been considered the best program in FCS football. Since 2011, NDSU owns a 119-8 overall record and has won seven of the last eight national championships. That dominance has continued against the Jackrabbits, who have only downed the Bison twice in the last 13 meetings, though both wins have come since 2016.

To understand the importance of this rivalry to FCS football, consider this: the two programs have met in the postseason four times in the past seven seasons, including last year’s 44-21 Bison victory in the national semifinal.

“It just means a little bit more every year,” said senior linebacker Christian Rozeboom, who will be playing in his sixth career game against the Bison. “I mean both teams are always on top of the FCS. There’s never a drop-off in either team, so the competitiveness every year just increases.”

Entering this game against the Jackrabbits, the two-time defending national champions are looking just as dominant this year. They’ve suffocated opponents this year with the second-ranked defense in the nation, extending their 28-game win streak dating back to 2017.

The Bison’s last trip to Brookings was also their last loss, but things have changed for both programs since that early November day in 2017.

After previous head coach Chris Klieman moved on to Kansas State, NDSU hired Matt Entz, who spent the previous five seasons as the Bison’s defensive coordinator, as the new head coach.

“This week is a big game,” said Entz in a press conference earlier this week. “Our kids are excited about it. They know South Dakota State’s a good football team and they’re a very familiar opponent.”

Entz also said the Jacks are “outstanding on offense” and called Rozeboom “as good a football player as there is in the FCS on the defensive side.”

One tradition Entz certainly has continued this year in Fargo is great defense. Led by STATS FCS preseason All-American selections in linebacker Jabril Cox and defensive lineman Derrek Tuszka, the Bison have stifled opposing running games. Just two rushing touchdowns were allowed in their first seven games. The matchup between the Bison’s tenth-ranked rushing defense and the Jacks’ 13th-ranked rushing offense will be pivotal in deciding the winner.

“It’ll be so important (to get the run game going) because we have a freshman quarterback,” said sophomore Pierre Strong Jr., SDSU’s leading rusher. We have to play a big part in the game. We have to run the football — that’s our main thing, we have to run the football.” 

Saturday’s game will be a clash of two redshirt freshman starting quarterbacks. For the Jacks, J’Bore Gibbs has thrown for 988 yards and 10 touchdowns with four interceptions and scored four times on the ground in the five games he’s started.

Gibbs’ counterpart Saturday is Trey Lance, who leads the Bison in both passing and rushing. The Marshall, Minnesota, native has accounted for 1,744 total yards and 22 total touchdowns and has not thrown an interception.

Minimizing the damage Lance creates when he runs will be a factor in whether or not the Jacks snap the Bison’s winning streak.

“It’s hard to contain a quarterback,” said head coach John Stiegelmeier. “You really have to have somebody at times do more than his job. You need to have a guy plus himself on quarterback power, you need to have a guy stay in a gap when you don’t know whether he’s going to pull the ball and run. Just stresses you out, but that’s where football has gone. When you have a guy like that, you want to use it.” 

The challenge isn’t just unique to Lance.

“At the end of the day, every quarterback can run,” Rozeboom said. “Obviously he’s probably a little bit better scrambler than most, but we faced that with (former NDSU quarterback Easton) Stick last year. We’ve been putting in some defenses to control that. Hopefully, we can keep him in the pocket.” 

Stiegelmeier maintains that while the Bison are an exceptional football team, his team has a chance to win if it sticks to doing the little things right.

“For us, we can just be ourselves and win the football game,” said Stiegelmeier. “We don’t have to be Superman. We don’t have to do something we don’t normally do or play harder than we normally play. We just need to go out and have everybody do their one-eleventh and I think we’ll definitely have a chance to win the football game.”

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Well, they’re coming to our city https://sdsucollegian.com/19261/sports/well-theyre-coming-to-our-city/ https://sdsucollegian.com/19261/sports/well-theyre-coming-to-our-city/#respond Wed, 23 Oct 2019 15:28:39 +0000 https://sdsucollegian.com/?p=19261 The South Dakota State-North Dakota State football rivalry has mostly been an Upper Midwest secret for decades — that all changes Saturday morning.

Saturday’s matchup featuring the No. 1 Bison and No. 3 Jackrabbits was likely to garner a fair amount of attention in the region, but now it’ll be front-and-center on the national stage as ESPN’s College GameDay comes to Brookings.

Mike Lockrem, SDSU’s Director of University Marketing and Communications, credits the SDSU fan base for helping draw GameDay’s attention to Brookings, saying the push made by Jackrabbit Nation on social media could have played a role in the decision to feature the two Dakota schools’ rivalry.

“You’d have to ask them, but I certainly think it can’t hurt when your fans show interest,” Lockrem said. “Now the challenge is we need thousands and thousands of people in blue to show up on Saturday. We’ve asked for it (GameDay), and now it’s here.”

Early Sunday afternoon, GameDay, a traveling college football show, announced Brookings as the host city for this weekend’s broadcast. It’s only the ninth time the show has traveled to a Football Championship Subdivision game — the first since October 2017.

It wasn’t like there was a lack of high-level games at the FBS level for GameDay to choose from. Matchups such as No. 13 Wisconsin at No. 3 Ohio State, No. 9 Auburn at No. 2 Louisiana State and No. 8 Notre Dame at No. 19 Michigan all would have made sense for a GameDay production, but on this Saturday an FCS top-three clash rose about them all.

“That’s what GameDay is about — thriving on things like rivalries and big games,” SDSU head football coach John Stiegelmeier said. “In the Football Bowl Subdivision, there are very few huge rivalries because of the distance. These guys (the Bison) are right up the road. So I think they’re going to have a really unique spin on this in terms of the Dakotas and the border marker as if we’re still one territory. It’s exciting.”

Nearly 2 million viewers from across the nation tune in to ESPN’s College GameDay weekly, making the show a large-scale production. More than 80 people, ranging from on-air talent to production staff, needed housing accommodations, a set location had to be chosen and other logistical questions required an answer.

Tuesday afternoon, College Green was announced as the location for Saturday’s live show broadcast from 8-11 a.m. on ESPN. In addition, a half-hour segment of College Football Live will be taped at 2 p.m. Friday for broadcast later that day on ESPN2 at 3:30 p.m.

With so much activity in the latter part of the week, GameDay’s presence will be nearly impossible to ignore. Stiegelmeier knows this and is working on minimizing the distraction while embracing the opportunity it brings.

“You can’t turn your back and say it goes away,” Stiegelmeier said. “We’re going to acknowledge that it’s going to be here, we’re going to acknowledge that there’s a lot of neat things about it and we’re going to acknowledge what we have to do to win the football game.”

Obviously, the Bison have been in the national spotlight several times in recent years. GameDay even made trips to Fargo in 2013 and 2014 in the midst of NDSU’s current run of winning seven of the past eight FCS titles, but this is a completely new experience for SDSU players, coaches and fans alike.

“Whenever we have these rankings, you think that can happen, but it’s really a rare chance,” Stiegelmeier said. “Then, when it happens, it’s about our football program. They’re nationally known and recognized as a power, so I’m very proud of them.”

Considering GameDay’s normal presence at large Division I universities with tens of thousands of students in cities with tens of thousands of people, there is some pressure and high expectations for what a GameDay production looks like.

“I would guess this is one of the smallest communities GameDay has come to, so we’re going to rely a lot on people coming from outside (the community),” Lockrem said. “If you think about it in those terms, this is pretty remarkable and something that should get everyone really excited.”

SDSU may only have 12,000 students and Brookings may only have 24,000 people, but those heavily involved in the planning process aren’t concerned about how SDSU will stack up.

“There’s no reason it can’t look the same,” Lockrem said. “I think we’ve got a lot of proud alumni, a lot of proud Jackrabbits that want to see this pulled off. Certainly, we’d be naive to say that Bison fans aren’t going to show up as well … We have an opportunity to show the rest of the country that, even at the FCS level, you can have that Michigan-Ohio State, Auburn-Alabama-type environment.”

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Hey, College GameDay! https://sdsucollegian.com/19258/opinion/hey-college-gameday/ https://sdsucollegian.com/19258/opinion/hey-college-gameday/#respond Wed, 23 Oct 2019 03:54:21 +0000 https://sdsucollegian.com/?p=19258 Hey, College GameDay!

We know that there were other schools you could have chosen this week, but the one you chose is extremely special.

We also know that you are familiar with North Dakota State. But, since you’ve never been here, let us introduce you to our small, beautiful community.

We aren’t just a cornfield. While it might seem like that’s all we are, we also have cows and horses. And no, our horses aren’t in the back (Looking at you Lil Nas X).

All jokes aside, we are an accredited university with 47 programs holding such status.

According to Forbes, we are in the top 11th percentile in a ranking that was based on alumni salary, student satisfaction, American leaders, on-time graduation and academic success.

While our academics are something that we are extremely proud of, it’s not our only claim to fame.

We invented ‘cookies ‘n cream’ ice cream. No, actually we did. In 1979, South Dakota State students Joe Leedom and Joe Van Treeck along with dairy plant manager Shirley Seas developed the popular flavor. Now it’s one of the most recognizable in the country.

Today, students are able to make their own varieties of ice cream and cheese, which is pretty cool as well.

Speaking of dairy and animals, we are also the home of the G.O.A.T., or as some refer to him — Adam Vinatieri.

Football isn’t our only standout athletic program.

We are also good at basketball. Last year, our women’s basketball team made it to the Sweet 16 for the first time in program history. That was the ninth time in 11 years that our women made the tourney.

Our men aren’t too shabby, either. In the past eight years, we have made the tournament five times.

While you are in town, feel free to wander around with us ‘hobos’ and make new friends. If you need any suggestions, ask anyone in blue and yellow and they’ll be glad to help you.

And, please, pretty please with a cherry on top of your cookies ‘n cream ice cream, do not call us the University of South Dakota or the Coyotes.

Welcome to Brookings, we’re glad you’re here.

Sincerely,

The Collegian Editorial Board

The Collegian Editorial Board meets weekly and agrees on the issue of the editorial. The editorial represents the opinion of The Collegian.

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Accreditation continues to grow at SDSU https://sdsucollegian.com/19256/news/accreditation-continues-to-grow-at-sdsu/ https://sdsucollegian.com/19256/news/accreditation-continues-to-grow-at-sdsu/#respond Wed, 23 Oct 2019 03:52:28 +0000 https://sdsucollegian.com/?p=19256 Accreditation is what keeps a school credible and respectable. South Dakota State University is an accredited institution under the Higher Learning Commission, with 47 accredited or certified programs.

To be accredited, an academic program must meet standards set by accrediting agencies for each discipline, or area of study.

“Once that happens and there’s a very thorough review,” Dennis Hedge, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, said. “Those programs basically earn the right to recognize themselves as a fully-accredited program.”

The appropriate accrediting agency will then come to campus for an inspection to ensure that all criteria are met.

Accreditation and certification provide a level of confidence for the students that the program that they are pursuing meets lofty standards.

“You know that a program that’s accredited at South Dakota State University meets the same excellency standard at any other institution across the United States, whether that be an institution that’s a larger school like the University of Minnesota or perhaps even a school that would be at an Ivy League institution,” Hedge said.

Some programs, like the pharmacy and nursing, have to be accredited in order for graduates to qualify for taking their licensure exams.

Under the previous administration carrying into President Barry Dunn’s administration, South Dakota State has strategically decided that all academic programs with accreditation available to them will be pursued by the university, Hedge added.

Not all academic programs have an accrediting agency over them, so nonaccredited programs can still be high-quality programs.

Though 2019 has not seen any first-time accreditations added to the list, a few programs are in the process of earning this honor.

“Just this week we had a visit from a team that is doing a review of our landscape (architecture) and architecture program, and that would be a first-time accreditation for us,” Hedge said.

Progress is also being made for the business program to earn accreditation through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

The Master of Public Health program is another seeking first-time accreditation.

In addition to adding new programs to the list, some programs in engineering and architecture were reaccredited in the spring of 2019.

“During the first week of November, we will have the institutional accrediting body on our campus as we go through the institutional reaccreditation process,” Hedge said.

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What not to cut this winter with your budget https://sdsucollegian.com/19255/opinion/what-not-to-cut-this-winter-with-your-budget/ https://sdsucollegian.com/19255/opinion/what-not-to-cut-this-winter-with-your-budget/#respond Wed, 23 Oct 2019 03:50:48 +0000 https://sdsucollegian.com/?p=19255 Cutting costs isn’t about making your life miserable.

Is a $10 latte every morning something you should probably cut back on? Yes. But if you need coffee to get through your 8 a.m., then maybe you cut it back to just before your Tuesday-Thursday class or get an at-home coffee pot that makes daily coffee more cost-efficient. Those are compromises make for a happy wallet, but there are things you shouldn’t cut costs on.

1. Paying in full

If you can afford it, you should make sure to pay your credit card and other bills in full. Interest payments can add hundreds or thousands of dollars to the purchase price of the things you bought, and that can be a very hard hole to dig yourself out of. The OnYourOwn article “Free Yourself from Debt” can help you if you’ve already started down that path.

2. Cheap out on insurance

It might suck having to pay your insurance bill every month when everything is going well, but if $20 a month can save you the $2,000 repair bill when you hit a pothole wrong, it’s well worth it. Instead, see if you can bundle things like auto and renters insurance, get good grade discounts or take a driving course on the weekend to lower your monthly payment.

3. Quality (Sometimes)

If a $50 pair of boots will last you until you graduate, that’s much better than a pair of winter boots for $25 you have to replace every year when your feet start getting soggy in the spring melt. However, if you don’t have that extra $25 to get the better pair, then you don’t have it. In that case, try and budget for those upgrades when it is possible and prioritize the things you’ll use the most.

4. Safety

Money isn’t everything. If it’s not safe for you to walk home every day across a busy road, then don’t do it just to save a few extra dollars a month. You can try alternatives like carpooling and taking public transportation when available. But if you get hit by a car, your bank account isn’t going to be your biggest concern.

When cutting costs, there’s often a lot of room for compromise or cutting things out of your life entirely. Finances don’t always make life easy or fun, but the security and independence that comes from well-managed finances is a freedom of its own. If you want to know more about how to manage your finances, you can visit SDSU Extension’s Family Finances page or, for articles geared especially toward college students, visit CashCourse.org. It’s free!

Mackenzie Smith is a guest columnist for The Collegian and can be reached at mackenzie.smith@sdstate.edu

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Collegian staff World Series predictions https://sdsucollegian.com/19240/sports/collegian-staff-world-series-predictions/ https://sdsucollegian.com/19240/sports/collegian-staff-world-series-predictions/#respond Wed, 23 Oct 2019 03:22:54 +0000 https://sdsucollegian.com/?p=19240 It’s official. It’ll be the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals in the 2019 World Series.

The match-up promises to be a close one, so without further ado, this is how our staff predicts this edition of the Fall Classic turns out.

 

Landon Dierks, Sports Editor

Astros in six. Washington has the starting pitching to match up with anyone — even Houston, but the Astros’ lineup is too deep. Extra rest should help the Nationals’ chance to steal one of the first two games in Houston, but I expect superior offense will boost the Astros to a second title in three years.

 

Carson Herbert, Sports Reporter

Astros in six. The Astros have an advantage offensively with an MVP candidate in Alex Bregman and other stars like Jose Altuve, George Springer and Carlos Correa. That core of players also brings more experience into this World Series after winning it all in 2017.

 

Trenton Abrego, Editor-in-Chief

Nationals in seven. Look, I’m not going to argue that they are the better team, because frankly, they aren’t. But they might be the hottest. The Nationals, winners of six straight, are on a roll. Pair that with a starting rotation of Max Scherzer, Steven Strasburg and Patrick Corbin, and the Nationals have the edge in my book. Oh, not to mention that the balls aren’t juiced in the postseason. 

 

Jakob King, Sports Reporter

Astros in six. The Astros’ starting pitching is just too good after acquiring Grienke at the deadline. The Nationals have pitched well in the playoffs, but they won’t be able to keep up with Houston’s deadly batting lineup and pitching staff.

 

Emily Seaton, Managing Editor

Astros in six. The Astros’ lineup is better, pitching is almost the same but hitting always comes through more in the postseason because they juice the ball. Shoutout to my brother, Jare-Bear, for telling me what to say.

 

Jordon Shoenrock, Sports Reporter

Astros in five. The Astro’s offense will get back to its normal ways in this series and the bullpen is deeper for the Astros than the Nationals.

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Berndt: Parking on SDSU campus is a joke https://sdsucollegian.com/19247/opinion/berndt-parking-on-sdsu-campus-is-a-joke/ https://sdsucollegian.com/19247/opinion/berndt-parking-on-sdsu-campus-is-a-joke/#respond Wed, 23 Oct 2019 03:21:35 +0000 https://sdsucollegian.com/?p=19247 As a student who has never lived on campus and has dealt with parking for a year and a half, I feel that parking at SDSU could be made better for the people attending or working here.

Have you ever met someone who likes parking on the SDSU campus?

The answer is no. Parking at SDSU is a joke.

Professors have to pay for parking permits that are already expensive, and there is no guarantee that you will get a parking spot.

The only way that you can guarantee a parking spot is if you buy a reserved parking permit for $292 because they are sold one-to-one (one car per parking spot).

Even if you want to pay for a reserved spot, there is no promise that you will be getting the permit because there is a wait list!

Not only do students have to pay for permits, but employees are also paying for a commuter parking spot, and that doesn’t mean they will actually have a place to park.

According to the sdstate.edu permit information, “The fees paid for permits are registration fees and do not reserve or guarantee a parking stall in specific parking lots.”

Students who are already paying to be in college do not appreciate paying more to park somewhere that there will more than likely not be a parking spot. I have not talked to a student who has enjoyed the parking on this campus.

Why would you charge $153 to not be guaranteed a parking spot?

There are 11 commuter parking lots, 13 reserved lots and 10 economy lots on campus. At least one of those commuters lots are closed for construction and will not be reopened because there is a building going up in its place.

It states on the permit information page from sdstate.edu that lack of parking spot doesn’t mean you won’t get a ticket. It also says you need to come early enough to get a spot.

“Purchasing a commuter permit does not reserve nor guarantee a parking stall in a specific parking lot. Please plan ahead and allow sufficient time to walk to your desired destination.”

I have gotten more tickets than I am proud of, but when I got a ticket and the website to pay the ticket doesn’t work, I get a little more irritated about the parking here.

Along with employees and commuting students, campus residents also have to deal with the horrors of SDSU parking.

Campus residents have to pay $153 for the residence hall parking lots AND have to move their cars from the lot that they pay for during home football games. If the students’ cars aren’t moved, they could be ticketed and towed.

Students have had their cars towed before and had to pay $90+ to get their car back, and they weren’t even parked in a lot that wasn’t what they paid for!

The alternatives that SDSU offers are walking (well, we are in South Dakota where almost half of the school year is winter), riding your bike, Union pay lot which is $12 a day or $1.50 an hour and parking on side streets near campus.

I feel that these ‘alternatives’ have flaws to them, but even though I hate parking on campus, I still pay for a lot AND still pay my tickets.

I do not enjoy parking on campus, and I cannot wait for the day that I graduate so I no longer have to deal with the joke of parking here.

Victoria Berndt is a reporter at The Collegian and can be reached at victoria.berndt@jacks.sdstate.edu

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All you need to know about the new bachelor: ‘Pilot Pete’ Weber https://sdsucollegian.com/19244/lifestyles/all-you-need-to-know-about-the-new-bachelor-pilot-pete-weber/ https://sdsucollegian.com/19244/lifestyles/all-you-need-to-know-about-the-new-bachelor-pilot-pete-weber/#respond Wed, 23 Oct 2019 03:20:44 +0000 https://sdsucollegian.com/?p=19244 Yes, you heard it right. Pilot Pete is looking to land his heart with a new girl.

If you kept up with Hannah Brown’s season of “The Bachelorette,” you may be well aware of Peter’s desirable qualities. If not, I am here to offer what you need to know about our next bachelor.

For starters, “Pilot Pete” is not just a nickname. He is legitimately a pilot for Delta Airlines. His full name is Peter Weber.

Free flights for life? Where can I sign up? Marrying Peter would have many perks, and him being a pilot may be the least interesting thing about this guy with a warm heart.

When he got out of the famous limo drive-up for Hannah’s season, he was dressed so fly (no pun intended), wearing his pilot uniform. This caught Bachelor Nation’s attention immediately. I mean — a man in uniform — you can’t go wrong!

He offered Hannah her own set of pilot wings and said, “I’m just hopeful that at the end of this journey, you and I can fly away together.” Heart eyes all around, am I right?

Peter instantly became a crowd favorite and definitely one of Hannah’s favorites as well. He has qualities that most could not pass up.

On their fourth date, Peter formally asked Hannah to be his girlfriend. I mean, he just couldn’t get any better at this point. Considering this doesn’t happen on the Bachelor episodes because it is assumed that the couples are already dating, this was a big deal in Peter’s career on screen.

Unfortunately, Hannah and Peter’s relationship went through some turbulence and ultimately landed in two separate places. Somehow Hannah was able to let Peter go, making him the third runner-up.

You can imagine the heartbreak Peter felt because he was in love with Hannah and expressed it to her many times — three times, to be exact — in the windmill on their overnight date. Hannah told Bachelor Nation, “I’m letting go of the perfect guy.”

But “The Bachelor” producers and fans could not let go of this perfect guy. Peter’s may be one of the best seasons of “The Bachelor” yet, and even though Chris Harrison, the popular host of the show, says that every season may be the most dramatic one yet, I am still here for it.

So buckle up, Bachelor Nation. The life vest is located above your seat. Let’s hit the runway and fly with Pilot Pete’s heart on this season of “The Bachelor.”fg

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