Hello Dragons! We are gearing up for our first print edition of the fall semester! We are excited to bring you a variety of content to stay connected with campus. The Advocate is introducing something new this year... creative writing! In a new section in the paper, we want to publish
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BY GRANT EVANS grant.evans@go.mnstate.edu There was a time when the perception of the coronavirus was like a boy band—it’ll stick around for a while, but we’ll have forgotten it in six weeks. With an extended spring break due to the outbreak, people were stumbling from bar to bar,
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BY MERISSA REED merissa.reed@go.mnstate.edu Although the MSUM campus has shut down temporarily during this trying time, the Hendrix counseling services are still here to help. Hendrix counselors, therapists and other staff members have moved to their home offices, but they are
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BY: GENEVA NODLAND geneva.nodland@go.mnstate.edu President Anne Blackhurst announced earlier today that over the next three years MSUM will be cutting 10 programs and eliminating 66.5 positions. This is being done in an attempt to cover the $6 million deficit in the budget projected for the
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The Advocate is hiring for editorial positions for the 2020-2021 school year. The Advocate offers students a paid opportunity to develop important skills, by working on a dedicated staff of student journalists. Job postings will be open until April 20th. If you are interested in being an editor for
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BY GENEVA NODLAND geneva.nodland@mnstate.edu As part of MSUM’s Dragon Frost festivities, the Dragon Entertainment group hosted Battle of the Bands Saturday, Feb. 8. The evening was filled with competition, music lovers and a little bit of rock n’ roll. The Dragon Entertainment Group worked on
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BY GENEVA NODLAND geneva.nodland@go.mnstate.edu Everyone has their own look, taste and style. Sometimes it’s a part of their identity. One’s personal style can be a great outlet for individualism, creativity or emotion. For some, that style isn’t quite complete without a little panache.
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BY KRISANN SCHWANKE krisann.schwanke@go.mnstate.edu A look inside Minnesota business CBD of Moorhead The cannabis plant has been used by humans for hundreds of years, so why is CBD only now becoming a national trend?   What is CBD? According to Harvard Health, CBD
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BY ALEX BERTSCH alexander.bertsch@go.mnstate.edu On Sept. 20, people of all ages from the Fargo-Moorhead area turned out to demonstrate at Fargo City Hall as part of the Global Climate Strike. Protestors demanded that action be taken to address the ongoing climate crisis. Learn more about the
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BY CHASE SCHERR chase.scherr@go.mnstate.edu MSUM has officially reached an increase in undergraduate enrollment this fall. Additionally, graduate enrollment for this year has reached its highest point ever in recent years, according to statistics. This fall semester of 2019, the university
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Nonprofit Fargo Clinic Serves MSUM Students in Place of Hendrix BY KATIE BETZ betzka@mnstate.edu Upon Hendrix Clinic making the switch to a counseling-services-only provider, Family HealthCare of Fargo will be providing primary care services in place of Hendrix Clinic’s medical services.
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Accessibility Resources helps students in need of special accommodations achieve their goals BY: PAIGE ANDERSON paige.anderson@go.mnstate.edu With a nearly 200 student caseload, Director of Accessibility Resources Kari Klettke has been busy making sure all students are getting the
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Student eating at Kise Commons finds dead mouse in spinach BY: ALEX BERTSCH alexander.bertsch@go.minnstate.edu Video from Isaac Oliphant's Twitter account. This video of an unlikely wildlife encounter was posted to the Twitter account of MSUM student Isaac Oliphant. The video was taken on
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BY: LOGAN PETERSON, petersonlo@mnstate.edu The phrase, “a long and arduous journey” has been circling through my head. In a good way, if that’s possible. This year was my second at The Advocate, and first as Editor. It was certainly a different experience than my first year. Of course, I…
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By: Logan Peterson, petersonlo@mnstate.edu “The medical side of Hendrix has been going more and more and more in the hole,” Brenda Amenson-Hill, VP of Enrollment Management & Student Affairs Enrollment Management, said on Thursday, Feb. 21 during a Student Senate meeting. “The financial model…
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By: Geneva Nodland, nodlandge@mnstate.edu  MSUM’s dance team traveled to Orlando, Florida last month for the 2019 UCA & UDA College Cheerleading & Dance Team National Championship. While the rest of Minnesota was experiencing below zero temperatures, the dance team was competing down…
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The Dragonfrost Court nominees have been selected, and votes for royalty are due Friday, Feb. 8 at noon. Students can go here to select their top two candidates. Snow Court Coronation will be held on Feb. 8 at Nemzek. If you haven't decided yet, here are the members of this year's court:…
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By: Katie Betz, betzka@mnstate.edu Kise Commons is the source of sustenance for those MSUM students who have a meal plan. Fortunately, or unfortunately, the food is anyone’s guess. I have had a meal plan for about a semester now and will confess that I have had a mixed experience. Since
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November 2: Girls basketball vs. Minnesota-Morris (6 p.m.); Boys basketball vs. University of Jamestown (8 p.m.) Both squads open their season at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse. For the girls, it’s the beginning of their campaign for a fourth straight 20-win season and a return trip to the NCAA…
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By: Emily Lauinger, lauingerem@mnstate.edu On Sept. 20 Ponny White, an MSUM junior double majoring in multimedia journalism and political science, boarded a plane to Washington, D.C. for a weekend of lobbying, workshops and talks about social justice issues. The trip was part of the program…
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By: Griffin Nelson, nelsongr@mnstate.edu October 6: Football vs. No. 1 Minnesota State-Mankato (2 p.m.) The number one team in the nation comes to town for a homecoming week clash. If the Dragons want to establish themselves as legitimate challengers in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate…
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The past few years have had an unfortunate increase in aggressive and harmful behavior, both in schools and workplaces. “Run. Hide. Fight.” is a method that has come to the forefront of protection programs. According to Ryan Nelson, director of Public Safety at MSUM, this program has been around…
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John Miller millerjoh@mnstate.edu After four, decorated years filled with far more ups than downs, the tremendous college basketball career of Tanner Kretchman has come to an end. As a freshman, Kretchman appeared in all 39 games for the Dragons and averaged 3.8 points, 1.3 rebounds and…
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John Miller millerjoh@mnstate.edu It has been a long, illustrious tenure for Dragons women’s head basketball coach, Karla Nelson. The three-time Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Coach of the Year has never missed a conference tournament. Nelson earned her 200th conference win at…
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By: John Miller millerjoh@mnstate.edu Travaun Coad picked up the rock at a young age, and now finds himself as a standout on MSUM’s basketball team. Coad made his way to MSUM by way of junior guard A.J. Nywesh. Coad and Nywesh were roommates at the University of Tennessee Martin (UTM),…
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By: Emma Vatnsdal vatnsdalem@mnstate.edu The walkways of MSUM’s campus mall were alive with the sounds of students eagerly anticipating the opportunities with different clubs and student organizations. DragonFest, a one-day celebration that is held each fall, is a day for student…
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By Anna Landsverk landsveran@mnstate.edu Once a year, the general public is invited to walk the labyrinthine hallways of the Center for the Arts (CA) to engage in a wide variety of art activities. On Feb. 23, the annual “Night at the CA” festivities began with pizza and excitement. Throughout…
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By Kaitlin Adams adamska@mnstate.edu     As one of the largest student organizations on campus, the Dragon Entertainment Group (DEG) hosts dozens of events for students each year.     “The Dragon Entertainment Group, in general, provides different events that have a safe environment for…
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By Kayleigh Omang omangka@mnstate.edu     On Feb. 3, students and professionals gathered in the Comstock Memorial Union Ballroom to strut their DRAGon stuff. Energy filled the room as Cobbers, Dragons, Bison and members of the community shuffled through the doors into the dimly lit ballroom.…
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by Tyler Jensen jensenty@mnstate.edu The paths MSUM’s current Student Body President, junior Sean Duckworth, and its President-elect, senior Chris Bergman, took to their positions are certainly different. California-born Duckworth, a political science major, planned to go into student politics…
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by John Miller millerjo@mnstate.edu Dragon diver Emily Pascavis may be done with her career at the collegiate level, but she’s looking forward to competing well after graduation. Pascavis began her diving career with an impressive freshman campaign. She quickly emerged as a top talent,…
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By Kelsey Ketterling ketterlingke@mnstate.edu MSUM alumna Elise Parsley’s book, “If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, DON’T!,” is ninth on the New York Times Best Seller’s list for children’s picture books. The author said she was “stunned” by the news. “My editor called to tell me in…
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by Kit Murray murrayki@mnstate.edu Taylor Peterson, aka Pike, is known best in the Fargo-Moorhead area for his role as Big 98.7’s morning show host. The MSUM advertising alumnus started working in radio even before his senior year of high school. Soon after, he started as a night show host, and…
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Alumna opened first tattoo studio in downtown Moorhead by Samantha Stark starksa@mnstate.edu For Anita Burbeck, “tattooing is no longer just fun. It’s an obsession.” At the start of her career 30 years ago, Burbeck was one of the country’s only women tattooists. In 1983, she opened the first…
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