The Collegian South Dakota State University's Student-Run Independent Newspaper Since 1885 Wed, 28 Aug 2019 19:02:53 -0500 en-US hourly 1 136266815 Brief: SA opens 2019-20 session Wed, 28 Aug 2019 05:13:26 +0000

At approximately 7 p.m. the Students’ Association gaveled in for their first meeting of the year in the Lewis and Clark room of the Student Union. These are the highlights:


Senators have until Thursday at 5 p.m. to submit agenda items to allow more time for public input. 


Senators are pursuing opportunities for students to use Flex dollars  for concessions at athletic events. 


SA President Allyson Monson walked senators through changes made to the athletics memo. “This doesn’t change the meaning of anything that was approved,” she said. “It just makes things that were already approved more clear.” 


Students will be able to use their Flex dollars at the new Starbucks located in the Southeast University Neighborhood Apartments. 

SA will meet next on Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Lewis and Clark room of the Student Union.

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What’s new at SDSU?: Summer ‘19 recap Wed, 28 Aug 2019 05:10:35 +0000 As seems to happen every summer, areas of campus look a little — or in some cases a lot — different than they did when students left in May. Here’s a quick look at some of the big changes that happened while classes weren’t in session.

Construction projects

A renovation to the Einstein Bros. Bagels area created space for additional points of sale as is expected to be done Sept. 2.

The Multicultural Center will relocate to a more prominent location on the second floor of the Student Union in mid-October. 

Construction on the newest residential facility, Southeast University Neighborhood Apartments, was completed.

Construction continued on the American Indian Student Center with expected completion in 2020.

Coffee shuffle

Starbucks opened a location connected to the Southeast University Neighborhood Apartments.

Java City has moved from Wagner into Union Coffee, where Starbucks was previously.

Einstein Bros. Bagels’ facilities updated to reflect a merger with Caribou Coffee.

New schools open

The South Dakota Board of Regents approved the formation of two new schools that officially opened July 1: the Ness School of Management and Economics and the School of American and Global Studies.

A new way to order food

Order-ahead food service will be transferring from Tapingo to Grubhub this semester after the latter acquired the former in late 2018.

Wellness Center

All classes offered by the Wellness Center, including popular choices such as yoga and cycling classes, are now free to students.

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Issue: More people care about Jeff Bezos’ Amazon than Mother Nature’s Wed, 28 Aug 2019 05:08:14 +0000 It’s been more than three weeks since the Amazon Rainforest caught fire. However, it hasn’t been until recently that the general public has been aware of the destruction. 

Thanks to social media, specifically Twitter, this has now been a hot topic amongst the general population. 

While it has recently gained interest, this isn’t a new phenomenon this year. 

In 2019, according to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE), there have been 74,155 fires – a majority of which started in the Amazon Rainforest. 

According to the National Public Radio, around half of those fires have started in the last month. 

The total number of fires in Brazil has skyrocketed 80% and is the most since 2013 – the same year the INPE started taking data. 

The trees in the Amazon produce approximately 2 billion tons of oxygen, or 20% of Earth’s oxygen supply. 

Not only does the fire affect the rainforest, it is also impacting Brazilian cities.

On Aug. 19, the sky of São Paulo, a city that is more than 1,700 miles away from the Amazon Rainforest, turned dark at 2 p.m. While the smoke over the city was found to be a product of the weather’s cold fronts, it still caused concern among citizens. 

The visible effects go beyond Brazil’s biggest city. NASA satellites have been able to show smoke from the Amazon fires.

However, the destruction of the Amazon benefits some. 

Mikaela Weisse, a manager at the World Resources Institute, told the Washington Post that there is economic interest from soybean growers and cattle grazers. 

Weisse also concluded that the Amazon Rainforest “confirms the idea that it’s mostly due to humans.” 

The article went on to say that “mining, timber and development firms are also eyeing the region for expansion, encouraged by (Jair) Bolsonaro’s election.” 

Since Bolsonaro’s election, he has championed for not protecting the rainforest and instead seeing the area as a prospect for economic development. 

At the G-7 meeting in France, countries proposed $22 million in relief on Monday, August 26, but Bolsonaro angrily rejected the help and demanded an apology from French President Emmanuel Macron. 

On August 27, Brazil accepted $12 million in aid from the United Kingdom.  

Despite the aid, the problem remains: we need to save the Amazon Rainforest. 

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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Three key tips to survive freshman year Wed, 28 Aug 2019 05:02:56 +0000 Adjusting to college life can be a daunting task, but there are a few things that can take away the stress of being new to college. These tips and tricks can help you get acclimated faster and get the most out of your first year at SDSU, both in classes and in the community.


  • Sit toward the front of the classroom. Sitting in the back will make the class much harder to pay attention to. 
  • Introduce yourself to professors in all your classes. They’re not as scary as you might think; they want to help you. 
  • Attend supplemental instruction (SI) or tutoring sessions if offered. It never hurts to get more help.
  • Get to know the people sitting around you in class — one day you will be grateful. Your fellow peers will be the ones you can study with and get notes from if you are absent.
  • Read your textbooks! Your books help immensely with exams and understanding the material. 
  • If you are prone to headaches, whether it’s from spending hours on an essay or in lecture, invest in a pair of blue light glasses to use while staring at an electronic screen.

  • Keep an eye on your Flex money. It can get low quickly. 
  • Get involved — find your niche and use it to make connections and have fun! School isn’t just about studying.
  • Take advantage of the free resources on campus. For example: the exercise classes offered at the Wellness Center, resume builders, the Writing Center, Speech Center and on-campus therapists. 
  • Embrace dorm life — getting out of your comfort zone can lead to making new friends and expand your horizons with your interests.

  • Get to know as many people as possible, whether in class or around campus. Never again will you be surrounded by so many people of the same age with varying views, opinions and life experiences.
  • Participate in activities and form relationships that make you feel uncomfortable. Growth is difficult when you don’t step out of your comfort zone.
  • Get involved in the community and take time to get off campus. For example, there’s half-off sushi at Sake on Monday nights!
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Students’ Association aims to prioritize issues surrounding transportation, wellness and tailgating Wed, 28 Aug 2019 05:00:53 +0000 Students’ Association leaders spent this summer working on the implementation of various programs and initiatives funded by an increase to the general activity fee (GAF) as part of the strategic plan, Imagine 2023.

This year’s students have seen an increase of $4.35 per credit hour to their tuition to provide funding for university programs and projects. 


A top priority for the Students’ Association’s executive board, a committee comprised of the president, vice president, communications chair, finance chair and government affairs chair, is addressing transportation concerns on and off campus.

Initial plans for 2019 funded the establishment of a bus route for students to utilize that would run through Brookings with various stops on campus. Plans for this service have been put on hold due to local issues outside of the university. A pilot program was originally set to run this school year but has been postponed. 

“Now we just have to work cooperatively with the city of Brookings and BATA to move forward,” Students’ Association President Allyson Monson said. 

 Another ride-sharing service slated to start this fall has been pushed to a later date. Ride-sharing bikes were set to be up and running for the fall semester, but the initial company, VeoRide, was unable to provide the needed technology for SDSU. 

 Following a bidding process, another company will be selected to provide this service to students on campus. Students’ Association leadership hopes to have the program running in the spring. 


Students will be seeing additional wellness services this semester as a result of the additional GAF dollars.  

“All of the other wellness allocations are in place, so the Wellness Center has expanded hours during the semester. All of the fitness classes are free to students,”  Students’ Association Communications Chair Nick Lorang said. 

 The SDSU Wellness Center has expanded its hours to 5 a.m.-11 p.m., Monday through Friday, with a few exceptions, according to the Wellness Center website. Weekend hours vary by week. 

 An additional counselor position is in the process of being implemented. 

Student Organizations 

Student organization funding is also on the list of priorities for the Students’ Association. 

 “With a decrease in enrollment, we have less GAF dollars to give to student organizations,” Monson said. “The Athletics Department is actually helping us identify more areas in which student organizations can go and fundraise.”


The student experience at tailgating events is also a topic of conversation within Students’ Association leadership. 

 “We met recently with the University Police Department, creating that to be an environment students are attracted to and want to take part in while maintaining the safety of our students,” Monson said. 

 SA leadership is also having conversations with SDSU dining services and the athletics department to allow students to use their flex dollars at Dana J. Dykhouse and other sporting arenas. 

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South Dakota State adds new business school this fall Wed, 28 Aug 2019 04:54:18 +0000

South Dakota State University is adding the Ness School of Management and Economics to its list of colleges and departments. This new school offers economics, business economics, entrepreneurship, agriculture business, agriculture economics and other related majors. 

After advocating for almost a decade, professor Eluned Jones, now the director of the school, led the way to the creation of SDSU’s new business school. 

The new department will allow business students to come to SDSU knowing that they will receive a great education for an affordable price.

This program also creates opportunities for business students to expand their education and receive a master’s degree.

“Coming from an accredited business school will give you so many more opportunities, like getting your master’s from an accredited business school,” Ryan McKnight, instructor of management and law classes, said about the new school.

McKnight also explained that SDSU will rival in-state schools such as Northern State University, the University of South Dakota and Black Hills State University 

“We’ve always known we have a great business program,” McKnight said, “But now we are actually a business school.”

An official title for SDSU’s business program will hopefully draw more students than ever before. 

Additionally, many hope the college will make SDSU’s master’s program for business economics more renowned, which was added to the program just last year.

“I think it is a great stepping stone for people interested in SDSU,” Brandi Platz, a sociology major said. “Having a new home for the business school at SDSU makes people more excited about joining clubs, being involved and growing in their education.”

Thanks to the First Dakota National Bank eTrading Lab, business students will expand their learning opportunities exponentially. For example, the Investment Club will be using the lab to invest real money in the stock market.  

For the first time ever, the lab will be in Harding Hall. The lab houses 18 desktop computers and a student capacity of 36.

“There’s a real thirst for knowledge among our students,” McKnight said. “You start teaching kids stuff they actually want to learn, they get invested, no pun intended.”

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State soccer opens season with pair of wins Wed, 28 Aug 2019 04:39:59 +0000 While most students were busy moving back to Brookings for the start of the fall semester, South Dakota State University’s soccer team was kicking off its season at Fishback Soccer Park.

The Jackrabbits hosted a pair of contests over move-in weekend to open the 2019 campaign, winning both.

Senior Maggie Smither saved each of the eight shots she faced on goal as the Jackrabbits blanked Utah State University 1-0 Friday evening and followed with a 2-0 win Sunday afternoon over Idaho State University.

While Smither was doing her job in goal, the Jacks struggled to find the back of the net against the Aggies’ goalkeeper, Rachel Noel. The game looked destined to end in a draw until SDSU caught a late break.

The Jacks were awarded a penalty kick after a USU handball inside the box, and in the 89th minute, sophomore midfielder Karlee Manding stepped to the penalty spot and buried the only goal of the contest.

“It was a game of moments … but we did just enough in the end to win and I’m proud of our team for that,” said SDSU coach Brock Thompson following the narrow win. “To Karlee’s credit, to be able to compose herself and knock down the penalty kick was great.”

Less than 48 hours after Manding’s late-game heroics, the Jacks took the field again against ISU.

Coming off a 2-14 campaign a season ago, the Bengals opened their season Friday in Vermillion, dropping a 2-0 contest to the University of South Dakota.

SDSU replicated the result with a pair of second-half goals.

Junior forward Marisa Schulz assisted on both goals off corner kicks as senior forward Leah Manuleleua headed the ball into the net in the 51st and 60th minutes to push SDSU past the Bengals to its first 2-0 start since 2006.

“I’m really happy with where we’re at as a team, but it’s still the infancy of the season,” Thompson said after his team’s second win in three days. “We got better this weekend for sure, but we also discovered some things we have to work on and clean up as we go through the season.”

SDSU will be on the road for three straight contests before returning home for a Sept. 10 matchup with the University of Hawaii.

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Inappropriate banners on move-in day objectify females Wed, 28 Aug 2019 04:38:53 +0000 On August 23, the SDSU class of 2023 was greeted by new, smiling faces and introduced to their new life on campus. 

But later that evening, students and their parents were forced to witness something less than inviting.

Throughout Brookings, numerous hand-painted banners were hung on the front of houses with messages directed toward female students and their mothers. 

The messages displayed phrases such as: “Mother daughter drop-off” and “moms drink free.”

This alternate form of catcalling objectifies over half the student population at SDSU, increases worry in both students and parents during move-in weekend, has no comedic value and will not increase one’s popularity with the opposite gender.

 Over 5,700 students identify as female at SDSU, making up 52.6% of the student population. The display of predatory banners in Brookings minimizes the identity of these thousands of students and equal them to personal exploits.

Additionally, though efforts of inclusion are generally seen as appreciated, the targeting of both students and parents communicates a message of desperation and further objectification.

One-in-five women in college report experiencing sexual assault. If that number was directly translated to the female population at SDSU, that equates to over 1,000 women being sexually assaulted in Brookings.

Though this isn’t a local statistic, a one-in-five likelihood of a horrible traumatizing experience is not a comforting  statistic for female students or their parents.

 Move-in weekend is a stressful time for any incoming freshman and their family, and students and their parents should be worrying about how to organize a dorm room and what their classes will be like, not the mindset of male students on campus.

Think about it: these flags being mounted on houses call for incoming freshman girls to come to the house of a person they have never met. Though students may be going for a form of shock humor, this practice is far creepier and scarier than it is funny.

 When searching for “Catcalling success rate” online, one may notice that nearly every article out of the 273,000 results state a negative viewpoint on catcalling, or is labeled under “satire.”

For the purposes of this article, I felt it beneficial to conduct my own research. On my own Twitter account, I sent out a poll asking specifically: “has catcalling ever worked?”

Fifty accounts responded to the poll, with 48 saying no, catcalling has never worked. 

There are many ways to express interest in a female student (or her mother); however, a spray painted flag mounted onto the side of a house is not a good idea.

J. Michael Bertsch is the News and Lifestyles Editor at The Collegian and can be reached at

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Five faces to know as the school year goes on Wed, 28 Aug 2019 04:38:41 +0000 With 2,415 names listed in the SDSU staff directory, incoming students may be confused about who to know and why. Sticking to this list of major players can help new students get the right contacts, learn more about the campus and know who to wave to when walking through the Union.

President Barry Dunn

In 2016, South Dakota State University named Barry Dunn as the university president. Dunn became the 20th president in SDSU’s history and the third alumnus to hold the honor.

Since arriving on campus, Dunn has implemented a five-year strategic plan that “sets the strategic direction for the university and infuses a set of core values around people-centered leadership, creativity, integrity, diversity and excellence,” according to

Dunn also oversaw the Wokini Initiative, which began in the fall semester of 2016.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dennis Hedge

Since 2008, Dennis Hedge has served as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. In 2010, Dennis Hedge was involved in opening the Avera Health and Science Center. Hedge has been at South Dakota State since 1992.

Students’ Association President Allyson Monson

After winning the 2019 Students’ Association election, Allyson Monson secured a second term of her presidency. Last year, most notably, Monson led the General Activity Fee (GAF) discussions. Monson is currently serving in office with Corey Berschiet, her vice president.

Chief Diversity Officer Kas Williams

Over the summer, Kas Williams was named the Chief Diversity Officer after a nation-wide search. Previous to the appointment, Williams served as the interim director for the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Access. Williams has been at SDSU since 2014.


Wellness Center Directors Shari Landmark and Tamara Lunday

Both Shari Landmark and Tamara Lunday serve as directors for the Wellness Center. Landmark oversees the fitness and recreation branch while Lunday directs the student health and counseling. Landmark’s and Lunday’s positions make them important figures around campus.

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Changes brew at SDSU: New ways to caffeinate on campus Wed, 28 Aug 2019 04:35:43 +0000 Over the summer, campus coffee shops have relocated and made multiple renovations.

Starbucks and Einstein Bros. Bagels expanded their facilities in hopes of creating more foot traffic and a better student experience. 

Relocated to the Southeast University Neighborhood, the new, full-service Starbucks employs about 25 students and is open year-round.

The restaurant is packed with charging stations, which was a top priority during construction. Open from 6 a.m.-9 p.m, the space will stay open until midnight to be used as a lounge area for students living in the complex. 

The mural featured on the side of the building features some of SDSU’s core clubs and landmarks, such as The Pride of the Dakotas and the Coughlin Campanile. Drawn by Brookings native and SDSU Marketing and Communications graphic designer Micayla Standish, the goal was to “highlight the student experience,” according to Doug Wermedal, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs.

Wermedal said Starbucks has already made an impact on Brookings.

“Sort of like the Wellness Center and arts and athletic events on campus, this is a place where campus and community meet, which is one of my favorite parts.”

He said the university tries to connect to the Brookings community as much as possible.

Turns out, SDSU graduates are everywhere.

The Starbucks district manager Jill Norman is a former Jackrabbit. She got her start in food service when she worked in the first Java City on campus over 10 years ago.

“The store reports to someone who did their undergrad here at SDSU, so that’s really cool,” Wermedal said.

Across campus, Einstein Bros. Bagels is set to reopen during the week of Sept. 2 with an expanded kitchen, two new coolers and three cash registers. 

“SDSU had the top performing Einsteins location on a college campus in the nation — all with one point of sale,” according to Wermedal. 

The goal of the renovation expansion project was to improve the flow of customers for the students that utilize the space.

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