Do you have an interest in video games such as Smash 4, Melee, or Tekken?
On May 2, MavSmash will be hosting a tournament for these different video games at the Maverick Bullpen.Check in and signing up for a bracket starts at 6 p.m. and the actual tournament starts at 7:30 p.m.
MavSmash is a newly developed club right here on campus at MSU. It is meant for video gamers alike and anyone who would like to join is welcome to become a part of it!
“MavSmash is open to anyone wanting to play,” said Luis Angel Ruiz, a member of MavSmash.”We have students who aren’t MSU students, as well as people who aren’t students who come and play. MavSmash is open to the public and to MSU students.”
Even if you are at best average at playing video games, they are willing to teach anyone.
“We are very welcoming and want more students to be enrolled and engaged,” Ruiz said.
So come out for a fun event of video games and getting to know people who have similar interests!
The bells of Notre Dame will ring this weekend as cast and director of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” at Minnesota State University, Mankato enter final performances reflecting on this week’s devastating fire of the iconic 850-year-old cathedral.
For Paul Hustoles, director of Minnesota State Mankato’s Theatre’s latest musical, said production plans started over a year ago for this adaptation based on the Disney animation of Victor Hugo’s 1831 classic,. This week’s Notre Dame Cathedral fire proved to be an eerie twist of fate.
“This is just a really strange coincidence that it would happen while we are doing the show,” Hustoles said.
‘The reason I like the show so much is because there are gypsies coming to Paris. The so-called church-going people want to get rid of all foreigners and they build walls…I think it’s incredibly timely for political reasons but then coincidentally timely because of what happened.’
Paul Hustoles, Director of The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Final weekend performances of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. All performances are in the renovated Ted Paul Theatre in the University’s Earley Center for the Performing Arts.
Remaining tickets for this weekend may be purchased through the theatre box office open weekdays from 4 to 6 p.m. Tickets by phone can be purchased at that time by calling 507-389-6661.
Hustoles said the cast hasn’t met since the fire, but he spoke with key cast members after watching shocking scenes from Monday’s fire. He added that one of the show’s special effects may have heightened emotional impact for cast and audience.
“One of the big things that happen in this show – it’s
rather spectacular – the bells fly in. It will be very interesting to see what
the audience does when that happens,” Hustoles said.
He added that the bells and the rose window featured in the
performance were among those notable cathedral features spared by firefighting
The director said other aspects of Hunchback’s storyline are
as timely as today’s headlines.
“The reason I like the show so much is because there are gypsies coming to Paris. The so-called church-going people want to get rid of all foreigners and they build walls,” Hustoles said. “I think it’s incredibly timely for political reasons but then coincidentally timely because of what happened (this week).”
Written in 1831, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame is Victor Hugo’s tale of Quasimodo, the deformed, yet tender-hearted, bell ringer for Notre Dame who is shown compassion by a young gypsy street dancer. The Disney version of tragic love told through animation and music raised awareness and controversy around what is interpreted as good and evil, ugly and magnanimous.
Having done previous stage versions of Disney productions, Hustoles said he wasn’t planning to direct this show until the musical director suggested he take a second look.
“It was never done on Broadway. The reason it was never done on Broadway is because it is the most un-Disney thing that Disney ever did,” Hustoles said. “It’s serious. It has character. It has plot. And yet it’s also incredibly romantic.”
The show’s music also features two heavy hitters. Composer Alan Menken is credited with the musical score for such Disney animated blockbusters as Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin. Lyricist Stephen Schwartz is best known for the Broadway smash hit, Wicked.
Hustoles said the cast of Hunchback is one of the largest for
an MSU production. Along with the leads and support cast, the show features an
onstage choir comprised of students from the music department.
“Four out of the five leads are graduating seniors,” he added.
“It’s really fun when you can go out on a literal high note.”
The title role features Billy Gleason as Quasimodo. Senior All-American
Actor Mathew Sather appears as Captain Phoebus.
‘Our Esmeralda is played by Delanie Wiedrich, who is an All-American Actress. Two years ago when she won the status as best musical theatre actor in our region – which put her in the top eight in the country – she did a song from Hunchback.’
“Our Esmeralda is played by Delanie Wiedrich, who is an
All-American Actress,” Hustoles added. “Two years ago when she won the status
as best musical theatre actor in our region – which put her in the top eight in
the country – she did a song from Hunchback.”
That song, “Someday,” has earned “screaming ovations” for Wiedrich in the opening weekend, Hustoles added.
This weekend’s production closes MSU Theatre’s main stage season for the University’s sesquicentennial year. Hustoles said it’s not yet known if this week’s events will prompt ticket sales for the stage adaptation of Disney’s animated version of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”
“We normally get a bump in our second weekend,” he said. “The
word of mouth (on this show) has been really very good. Many people thought this
was the best show they’ve seen in quite some time, and I think we do pretty
good shows. So that is a high compliment for us.”
Hustoles added that last Thursday’s snow also caused
audience members to move their reservations to the second weekend.
One thing is for certain, audiences of this Disney musical will have a distinct historic perspective of an eight-century-old cathedral set against a 19th century social tale wrapped around today’s headlines of destruction and rebirth. Some could say that is theatre at its finest.
One of the fastest growing communities in the world could soon have a new home at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
A group of Minnesota State Mankato staff recently completed a research report on eSports and its presence across colleges and universities across Minnesota and the rest of the United States.
The report was submitted to University administration and is being reviewed to determine the feasibility of having eSports as an active part of student life at Minnesota State Mankato.
Ben Nelson, marketing & facilities coordinator for MSU Campus Recreation, has been one of the leads on the research and thinks bringing eSports to campus could help build friendships and community.
“We want gamers to able to experience that community beyond their screens and headsets and to be able to game together on campus.”
Nelson and the team have been surveying campuses similar in size to Minnesota State Mankato to find out if they have an eSports program and, if so, how it operates. They found that although several campuses have eSports programs, there doesn’t appear to be one magic recipe for how eSports groups are started, funded and supported.
“There’s no clear home for eSports in a lot of universities,” Nelson said. “Some schools have eSports under the same umbrella as NCAA sports like basketball volleyball. Others are based out of academic areas, some are based out of recreational areas and some are based out of student unions.”
Not even the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA), a leader in advising campus recreation programs, had an idea of where to house eSports.
“It’s not typical to what campus recreation is used to offering. It’s not a physical sport,” Nelson said. “Even in the campus rec world there’s a divide between ‘Is this part of us?’ or ‘Is this not a part of us.'”
Nelson thinks Minnesota State Mankato would benefit most from housing eSports in Campus Rec with a mix of intramurals and competitive club teams.
“The most likely route would be an eSports umbrella with subsequent RSO’s dedicated to different games underneath that umbrella,” Nelson said.
But getting to that point will still require funding and resources from the University. Nelson said the University would have to determine if it wanted to invest in gaming systems and computers, a dedicated space for the gaming, travel and/or other expenses associated with the formation of eSports.
There’s no timeline for eSports at this time as the preliminary research just concluded and was passed on to administration. Nelson said if students continue to show interest and support, it could help push the idea forward. He said the best way for students to help is go to the Campus Rec Facebook page and take the gaming survey to provide feedback on gaming habits like systems used and games played.
From a Midwest
university to the national spotlight of a popular reality TV series, Minnesota
State Mankato alumna Becca Kufrin said high-profile romance brought love and
anxiety, friendships and life-changing experiences.
Following a heart-breaking
end to her romance with Arie Luyendyk Jr. on the 22nd of ABC’s
reality series, The Bachelor, Becca returned to the mansion, but this time as
the lead of the 14th season of The Bachelorette. At the conclusion
of her season, Kufrin’s second chance at love lead to her engagement to Garrett
Minnesota girl turned
celebrity, Kufrin said The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, thrust her into the
“It changed my life drastically. I’ve now
found my partner in which I will go through life with,” said the 2012 Mass Media
graduate, “It’s also opened up so many doors for my future – career-wise and
personally and has allowed me to travel to some places that I never thought I’d
experience in my ‘normal’ life.”
“In this world of social media influx, be prepared for everyone to insert themselves in every decision you make, action you take, or word you utter. Once it begins airing, things will never be the same.” – Becca Kufrin
A double dose of
reality TV romance also came with “new learning curves and anxiety-ridden
situations” that often accompanies celebrity status.
“I can no longer go out in public without
being recognized or be able to just ‘sneak through’ my normal daily tasks,” she
said. “It’s opened the doors for anyone to question or comment on every aspect
about my life, even though I’m a fairly private person. It’s been a huge change
and one that my family, Garrett and I are still learning to adjust to.”
Despite the changes
Kufrin is still adjusting to in her life, she doesn’t regret her decision to
appear on the Bachelorette.
“I would do the
Bachelorette again because it brought me to Garrett and new friendships, but I
wouldn’t necessarily sign up to be on TV again,” said Kufrin.
For Kufrin, making it
onto The Bachelor series was a lengthy procedure.
“The overall process
was quite long. I had to submit several questionnaires and images, video,
attend two casting calls, complete a psych test and background check,” she
Kufrin said she
attended her first casting call in New York City. Her best friend’s wedding
fell on the same weekend as the nearest opportunity – “which was in Chicago,”
“Thinking it better
be worth it, I used all of my Delta Skymiles to fly out for it,” she added.
As both the winner on
Season 22 of The Bachelor and the lead in Season 14 of The Bachelorette. Kufrin
said her experiences gave her a unique viewpoint of the reality show franchise.
“I felt that as the
Bachelorette I had somewhat more control over situations, but with that I felt
much more pressure,” Kufrin said. “While being a contestant on the Bachelor I
learned patience and to just go-with-the-flow, but as the lead I realized the
immense pressure of making decisions that would affect my (and 28 other men’s)
life, which was a lot more stressful.”
Kufrin had more control as the Bachelorette, she didn’t have much say in
picking the locations and sites for dates or what artists performed during her
season except for, “deciding what men I wanted to join me for each date.”
all travel, date activities and celeb appearances are locked and loaded well
before each season begins. I don’t find out about any of it until moments
before. I was able to give my input for date ideas, which is why the Lumberjack
date was planned, other than that, almost everything is already set.” Kufrin
For future contests or
people interested in participating in the Bachelor or Bachelorette, Kufrin
offers a piece of advice.
“Really think about
your life and how much it will change,” she said. “In this world of social
media influx, be prepared for everyone to insert themselves in every decision
you make, action you take, or word you utter. Once it begins airing, things
will never be the same.
“But on a lighter note – you’ll have a handful
of cool experiences and friendships (and hopefully love) that you’ll take away
from it,” Kufrin added.
Alumni Spotlight With Becca Kufrin
How did what you learned during your college experience prepare
you for the challenges that you have faced on the Bachelor and the Bachelorette.
College forces everyone to be around a variety of people and
opinions, and the bachelor/bachelorette is no different. I went into each
season preparing myself for a multitude of differing opinions and personality types
but knowing to respect everyone I came in contact with, even if I didn’t agree.
College also taught me to accept and embrace change (it was the first time I
lived away from my family, had to pay bills and adult on my own, and learn to
grow up), and the show was the biggest changing point in my life, so college
just helped pave the way for me to start on the next journey in my life.
What made you decide on Minnesota State University,
When deciding upon where to go to college, I wanted to stay
somewhere semi-close to where my family and home-base were. Since my dad was
battling cancer, Mankato was the perfect location where I was far enough to ‘do
my own thing’ but also make it home enough to be with him and my mom. Also, I
really fell for the campus and how accessible everything seemed when touring.”
Share a favorite college memory and/or experiences at Minnesota
“I worked at Jonny B’s for three years while attending school
and absolutely loved it. All of the employees became family and it was by far
the most fun part-time job I ever had. I loved interacting with any and everyone
while working, and it gave me so many great tools on how to work in a
fast-paced industry with ALL types of people, which ultimately helped me
succeed in the PR world.”
Why did you decide to pursue a degree in Mass Media with an
emphasis in Public Relations?
I originally wanted to work with a non-profit organization and
knew that PR would be the most beneficial degree for this type of industry. I
wanted to be very interactive with people and clients and thought PR would
offer the perfect variety for this.
How did Mass Media help you in your career?
Mass Media in general helped with a general knowledge of PR and
looped in other skills and lessons needed for any job. With it I learned how to
be more concise but also how to target groups with specific messages.
Did/do you have any faculty or staff members that went the extra
mile to help you during your time at Minnesota State Mankato?
Both Chuck Lewis and Ellen Mrja are some of the professors that
stand out to me even years after being away from MNSU. They kept lessons
interesting & fun, and allowed me to come to them after hours to help answer
any questions I had.
6.What advice would you give to Mankato State University Mass
Media graduates as they begin looking for jobs?
“Internships and networking are key. Even if an internship isn’t
paid, take it and learn as much as you can in a short amount of time. Also
intern within different industries to see what you really enjoy or excel at. As
someone who always thought she’d work in non-profits, I quickly learned that as
much as I loved helping, it wouldn’t necessarily be sustainable as a career for
“Also, there is more to life than just a press release.”
Jonny B’s remains a popular hangout (it now has a second Mankato
location). What was your favorite thing about working there? Favorite thing to
Favorite things about working at Jonny’s: 1) Jonny himself is an
amazing man and I love him to death. 2) Karaoke nights are pretty entertaining.
3) Everyone I worked with became like a family.
And the best thing to order…even though Jonny probably wants me to say the roast beef (which is wonderful with a side of au jus), my favorite thing was something not even on the menu. Next time ask for the crispy chicken sandwich tossed in a mixture of frank’s red hot and ranch dressing – you won’t be disappointed.
Women Interested in being part of STEM while expanding etiquette experiences will participate in the Thursday, April 4, STEM Networking Dinner.
The event, which includes an etiquette dinner featuring Deenna Latus Steinhaus, owner of Etiquette and More, is from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom. Pre-registration was required.
Over the last nine years, Steinhaus as presented programs to students, alumni, faculty, and staff on the topics of dining etiquette, professional dress, business etiquette and behaviors, and transitioning from student to professional.
This event is hosted by the Minnesota State Engineering Center of Excellence and the MSU, Mankato Women’s Center and College of Science, Engineering and Technology, and sponsored by Regenerative Medicine Minnesota Education Program Grant, Design Ready Controls, and Finley Engineering.
The event provide a networking opportunity for post-secondary students in STEM degree programs. Student participants can meet and learn from individuals within different STEM careers.
This event includes an etiquette dinner and keynote speaker. The free event is open to anyone but registration is encouraged. Sign up today and quick start your opportunities!
The finale to Mankato’s Next Top Model competition will take to the fashion runway as the MSU Fashion and Commercial Photography Club hosts its Spring Fashion Show Friday, April 12, at 7 p.m. in the CSU Ballroom.
This event featuring four finalists showcases a variety of spring fashions and is the crowning moment for the FCPC’s model competition.
The Mankato Next Top Model is a six-week competition that started with 12 models. Each week a photographer picks a theme and does a photo shoot with all models, after this pictures are taken, photos were post on the club’s Instagram page @fcpcmankato.
“During the club meeting, the pictures are judged by the judging panel. The panel consist of four judges – a student guest judge, a board member, a photographer, and a photography expert,” said FCPC President Samuel Oluwadoromi. “These judges are given a rubric to which the all judge different aspects of the pictures from the photo shoot.”
The score of each models are added together and the model with the least score is eliminated. The model with the least score can avoid elimination is by having the highest like on Instagram, if that happens the model with the second least score gets cut from the competition. The finalists are going to be the final four models left in the competition after week five judging.
Audience members will get an exclusive look at spring couture from Vagabond Village, a charming vintage consignment shop in downtown Mankato. The event will feature over 25 unique outfits showcased on the runway.
At the end of the show, finalists will individually take the spotlight to showcase their catwalk skills. With the help of the audience, a winner will be crowned.
“The members of FCPC will be taking photos of the event and this helps their portfolio by showing their ability to do various categories of photography,” said Oluwadoromi.
Positive change will be coming to the Minnesota State Mankato campus April 22-25. as various campus organizations show how students can make a difference and be the change for major issues facing all Mavericks.
Each day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the organizations will be in the Lincoln Lounge showing how all Mavericks can “Be The Change.”
Lydia Jagodzinski with the Student Events Team coordinating the event, said the week brings awareness to campus issues and moves toward addressing them in a better way.
On Monday April 22, the Veteran’s Resource Center will be advocating for Veterans on campus. In the week preceding, the Veteran’s Resource Center also has many Veteran focused events scheduled. For more information regarding those events, click here.
On Tuesday April 23, the Women’s Center will be discussing and advocating for change regarding bystander awareness.
On Wednesday April 24, the Community Engagement Office will discuss food insecurity.
On Thursday April 25, the Counseling Center will discuss coping skills and mental health awareness.
All of these issues affect most students, faculty, and staff members. Each of these organizations will not only get to showcase themselves to the people on campus, they will get to advocate for and be the change at MSU.
For more information on Mavericks Be the Change contact Lydia Jagodzinski from Student Activities Lydia.email@example.com.
With more and more women are making their mark on political issues and the political world, Minnesota State Mankato alumna Stephanie Schriock seeks to empower pro-choice, Democratic women to run for office.
Schriock, president of EMILY’s List, brings her message to the Centennial Student Union Ballroom on Wednesday, April 10, at 7 p.m. for this year’s 14th Annual Carol Ortman Perkins Lecture.
‘EMILY’s List isn’t just about funding elections to get women elected. Our focus is on putting the right pro-choice Democratic women into office who will balance the face of the government, and make decisions that really improve societies across the country.’
Stephanie Schriock, President
Liz Steinborn-Gourley, director of the Women’s Center said Schriock was selected for this year’s lecture to heighten awareness to the potential for women in politicis.
“I think that the political landscape is shifting in the United States to have more women representing their communities in office, and Stephanie can speak to that on a national level,” Steinborn-Gourley said.
Tickets are free, but space is filling up, so be sure to get tickets ahead of time!
According to its website, EMILY’s List seeks to put women into office to impact change in areas of education, health care and economic equality
EMILY’s List assists in recruiting strong progressive female political candidates across the country. The program assists campaign funding efforts, research and getting women out to vote.
With some 5 million followers, EMILY’s List assists and recognizes more than 1,200 women who have won elections at various levels of politics.
“EMILY’s List isn’t just about funding elections to get women elected,” Schriock states on the website. “Our focus is on putting the right pro-choice Democratic women into office who will balance the face of the government, and make decisions that really improve societies across the country.”
Since 2003, the Carol Ortman Perkins Lectureship, invites distinguished feminist to the Minnesota State Mankato campus. The lectureship seeks to promote feminist scholarship and activism and to encourage the exchange of ideas.
‘It’s a psychological thing for the passengers. When you ground an airplane like that, everyone gets overly scared. Now they don’t want to fly in it. Even if they fix it, they (passengers) don’t want to fly in it.’
Tom Peterson, Minnesota State Mankato Assistant Professor of Aviation
Aircrafts carry more than 8 million people around the world daily. So what happens when a certain type of aircraft crashes twice in a six-month period?
The world found out between March 10 and March 13 when countries all around world indefinitely grounded Boeing’s 737 MAX aircraft after a software malfunction caused Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 to crash six minutes after takeoff with 157 passengers and crew on board.
Tom Peterson, Minnesota State Mankato assistant professor of aviation, shared his thoughts on the groundings and what impact it could have on the airline industry moving forward.
“I don’t think it was a bad decision to ground the planes, but it had some big implications,” he said.
Passenger trust in the flying the 737 MAX along with the cost to airlines and Boeing are among the repercussions.
“It’s a psychological thing for the passengers,” he said. “When you ground an airplane like that, everyone gets overly scared. Now they don’t want to fly in it. Even if they fix it, they (passengers) don’t want to fly in it.”
Airlines also take a big financial hit from the groundings. The groundings also financially hit the airlines.
“The airlines that are heavily invested in these 737, you know, American Airlines is one and Southwest is another one, they have to cancel a lot of flights while these things are down. So on the bottom line it’s pretty expensive,” Peterson said.
Boeing’s stock prices plummeted following the groundings. Airline shares dropped $50 to $373.30 between March 8 and 14. This was after Boeing had a stock price of $440.62 – its highest in five years – just a week earlier.
“Boeing’s reputation is at stake now and that could create further problems for them down the road,” Peterson said.
Earlier this week, Boeing said resolving the software problem suspected for the crashes may take longer than expected. Peterson said this event may be a wakeup call to Boeing and other companies that build aircrafts.
“Occasionally I think we get a little too smart for of ourselves and add a little too much automation to (the aircrafts),” he said. “They were trying to make the aircraft much more fuel-efficient, much quieter, all these things that we complain about and are concerned about and, in doing that, they just created new problems.”
Peterson hopes that after Boeing fixes the issue that more precise and widespread training is mandated to ensure no further crashes.
“Hopefully everyone gets all the necessary training to go with the fix because not all airline training is the same.”
One of the Student Events Team’s most popular events is slated to return to the University’s Taylor Center for its third consecutive year.
Check this highlight reel of last year’s Kato Ninja Warrior below.
Kato Ninja Warrior, a spinoff of the popular TV show, “American Ninja Warrior” will be Thursday, April 11, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m in Bresnan Arena. A minimal fee is charged to compete. Admission to the a 8 p.m. final event is free to students and the general public .
“The course will change up a little bit. [Conquer] told us they’re bringing some new obstacles,” said Miranda Magnuson, special events chair for the Student Events Team.
Other “staple obstacles” like the Warped Wall and Salmon Ladder will still be a part of the course along with inflatables.
Magnuson hopes this year’s third annual event will attract regional as well as student spectators.
“We’re hoping to see a lot of people there,” she said. “It’s a way for students, the community and the public to all intertwine with each other in a competitive way.”
Competition time trials will run from 4 to 7 p.m. with the top 15 times advancing to the final round starting at 8 p.m. Between 7 and 8 p.m., anyone interested can take a “Fun Run” of the course for no charge. A second “Fun Run” is available after the finals.
All 15 finalists will receive an exclusive Kato Ninja Warrior t-shirt and the best time will also receive a medal and the title of “Kato Ninja Warrior.”
Event registration is open and is free for all Minnesota State Mankato students. Cost is $5 for general public participants. The event is free to spectate for all.