Athlete Spotlight: Bryce Thompson

Grandma’s Homemade Jam is a Staple Food Item

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by ALEX BAUMANN, CSU Public Relations Intern

BRYCE THOMPSON, Golf

This week’s Male Athlete of the Week is Bryce Thompson. Thompson is a junior on the MSU Mens Golf team. Thompson is from Chisago Lakes, MN. Thompson’s accolades include being name to the All-NSIC Second team in the 2016-2017 season, as well as being named NSIC Men’s Golfer of the Week in 2018 after carding rounds of 70, 76 and 68 and his 214 (+1) placing him second at the Holiday Inn Express Classic held in St. Joseph, Mo., Oct. 9-10, 2018. Let’s get to know Bryce better.

  1. What three words best describe you?
    • Positive, Driven, Friendly 
  2. What tops your list of pet peeves? 
    • Dirty dishes
  3. As the only human left on Earth, what would you do?
    • Try to figure out how to add more humans
  4. What’s the dumbest thing you’ve done that actually turned out pretty well?
    • Dropped my phone in the hot tub last week, but I was due for an upgrade anyways so I got a new one. So that kind of worked out 
  5. Who is your all-time favorite sports star?
    • Tiger Woods
  6.  What is your most prized possession?
    • My golf clubs
  7.  What three items can always be found in your refrigerator
    • Hot Sauce, apples, grandmas homemade jam 
  8.   What is the most impressive thing you know how to do?
    • Golf at a high level 
  9.  Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
    • Eric Church
  10.  What movie title best describes your life?
    • Step Brothers (because I think it’s funny and I like to enjoy myself) or Happy Gilmore (because I like to golf)
  11.  What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you?
    • Meeting my girlfriend by far
  12.  What is something that a ton of people are obsessed with but you just don’t get the point of?
    • Not sure
  13.  If all jobs had the same pay and hours, what job would you like to have?
    • Pro Golfer
  14. Who inspires you to be better?
    • My girlfriend and my family 
  15.  What is something you will NEVER do again?
    • Stick my tongue on a frozen pole 
  16.  What TV show or movie do you refuse to watch?
    • Magic Mike or 50 shades of grey 
  17.  If you could have a super power, what would it be? 
    • Ability to fly 
  18.  If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? 
    • Give money back to my parents for taking care of me over the years
  19.  What type of music would you (do you) sing in the shower? 
    • Country (Eric Church)
  20.  What do you like most about Minnesota State University, Mankato? 
    • The people and the relationships from sports and classes 

Thank you to Bryce for taking the time to answer these questions. The Athlete Spotlight is weekly segment in order to feature Spring sport athletes throughout the rest of Spring semester and help readers get to know MSU athletes a little bit better. If you are an athlete or know of an athlete who should be featured on the Athlete Spotlight, send an email to alexander.baumann@mnsu.edu. 

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Athlete Spotlight: Lily Paul

Sometimes a Dumb Move has Positive Results

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by ALEX BAUMANN, CSU Public Relations Intern

LILY PAUL, Track & Field

For this week’s Female Athlete of the Week, the inSIDER features Lily Paul, a senior distance runner on the MSU Women’s Track & Field team. Paul is from Cedar Grove, Wisc. Let’s get to know her.

  1. What three words best describe you?
    • Three words that best describe me are loud, fast, funny.
  2. What tops your list of pet peeves? 
    • My biggest pet peeve I can currently think of is chewing with your mouth open/smacking your lips
  3. As the only human left on Earth, what would you do?
    • If I was the only human left on Earth, I would either drive all the fast cars or eat all of the really good expensive food. 
  4. What’s the dumbest thing you’ve done that actually turned out pretty well?
    • The dumbest thing I have done that actually turned out pretty well is road trip with someone who has a manual car. I now know how to drive stick.
  5. Who is your all-time favorite sports star?
    • My all-time favorite sports star is Steve Prefontaine
  6. What is your most prized possession?
    • My most prized possession is my horse or family heirloom guns.
  7. What three items can always be found in your refrigerator?
    • Three items that can always be found in my fridge are 2% milk, eggs, and butter.
  8. What is the most impressive thing you know how to do?
    • The most impressive thing I know how to do is stick my tongue out with my mouth completely closed.
  9. Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
    • My go-to artist right now is Ariana Grande.
  10. What movie title best describes your life?
    • The movie title that best describes my life is Spirit.
  11. What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you?
    • The luckiest thing that has happened to me is inheriting good running genes.
  12. What is something that a ton of people are obsessed with but you just don’t get the point of?
    • Everyone is obsessed with Converse shoes and I will never understand why (not cute or comfortable).
  13. If all jobs had the same pay and hours, what job would you like to have?
    • If all jobs had the same pay I would love to be a hunting outfitter or equestrian of any style.
  14. Who inspires you to be better?
    • My sisters Ali, Marina, and Chloe inspire me to be better.
  15. What is something you will NEVER do again?
    • Something I will NEVER do again is work retail.
  16. What TV show or movie do you refuse to watch?
    • I refuse to watch Game of Thrones.
  17.  If you could have a super power, what would it be?
    • If I could have a super power it would be teleportation because I’m always late.
  18. If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? 
    • If I won the lottery the first thing I would do is buy my childhood house back
  19. What type of music would you (do you) sing in the shower? 
    • The type of music I sing in the shower is country.
  20. What do you like most about Minnesota State University, Mankato?
    • What I like most about Minnesota State University, Mankato is my sport and teammates.

Thank you to Lily for taking the time to answer these questions. The Athlete Spotlight is a weekly segment featuring Spring sport athletes throughout the rest of Spring semester and help readers get to know MSU athletes a little bit better. If you are an athlete or know of an athlete who should be featured on the Athlete Spotlight, send an email to alexander.baumann@mnsu.edu.

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Veterans Resource Center

Serving the Needs of Those Who Served for Us

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by ALEX BAUMANN, CSU Public Relations Intern

For the March RSO of the Month, the inSIDER recognizes our Veterans and those with a Military Connection. We salute those pursuing their education who chose to protect and defend the rights we all enjoy. We thank those individuals whose family members served or who share other military connections.

In honoring our veterans, we also offer a closer look at the Veterans Resource Center which provides services and programming for veterans. Special VRC programming is planned for April 15-19.

Currently, about 600 veterans from all service branches attend Minnesota State Mankato. Our veterans range from those currently serving part-time in the Minnesota Army National Guard while attending MSU as full-time students to those who have finished their time in service, have families, and are transitioning to being a civilian.

The Veterans Resource Center in CSU 167 (near Student Activities), is a space specifically for veterans or anyone with a military affiliation.

“We are happy to have anyone with a military affiliation come and visit. It’s a place to study, have lunch, get information, and connect with friends,” said Tim Adams, Veterans Resource Center Student Success Coordinator.

The Veteran’s Resource Center helps veterans get connected with the resources necessary to complete their education whether it be helping select a major, get connected with academic advisors, and assisting with using financial benefits. 

“We provide a space for veterans to feel welcome, feel free to speak their mind, and have a place that they can come in and feel comfortable,” said Adams. 

For the week of April 15-April 19 there will be events specifically for veterans and raising awareness and visibility of veterans on MSU’s campus. The scheduled events are: 

April 15-19: Pushups in the CSU Courtyard 

April 16: Health & Exercise Panel in the CSU 

April 17: Highway Cleanup

April 18: Kayaking Trip on Blue Earth River 

April 19: Dining Out at the VFW

Stay tuned to the Veteran’s Resource Center’s Facebook Page for further details on those events.  

When veterans are approaching graduation, the Veterans Resource Center is a great place to get connected with potential employers and getting on track for any career field.

For further information what the Veteran’s Resource Center contact Tim Adams (tim.adams@mnsu.edu) or for information on financial matters contact David Schrader (Southeast Regional Coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, David.schrader@mnsu.edu)

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Army ROTC Teaching Leadership

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by ALEX BAUMANN, CSU Public Relations Intern

When students decide they want to attend Minnesota State, Mankato there are many things a student could be looking to get involved with. Some may be looking to challenge themselves, develop critical thinking skills, and leadership development. There is a program that can do all of that and more called Army ROTC. 

Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) is a college program where Cadets learn and develop their leadership and management skills and after graduation become a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army. Officers are the leaders and managers of the Army. The skills learned in the program prepare students for becoming a Platoon Leader (being directly in charge of about 40 people), the first step in a commissioned officer’s Army career.

Minnesota State University Army ROTC offers merit-based scholarships that can pay up to the full cost of tuition. Students who currently serve in the Minnesota Army National Guard can attend Army ROTC through the SMP (Simultaneous Membership Program) program which allows Cadets to train with the Army ROTC program and be a member of a National Guard unit. SMP members are also eligible for tuition assistance. 

All graduates are not required to go on Active Duty. Army ROTC commissions officers into all three of the Army’s components; Active Duty, National Guard, and Army Reserves.

Students currently enrolled in the program come from all walks of life and have a variety of interests, and work part-time or full-time jobs while attending college as a full-time student. There are many different majors represented in the program including Business Management, Law Enforcement, Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Mass Media, and more. Army ROTC’s course load can work into any student’s schedule. 

A typical weekly schedule includes the following: on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6:00-7:00 AM have PT (Physical Training) where cadets learn Army fitness fundamentals and conduct training aimed for success on the Army PT Test which consists of 2 minutes of push-ups, 2 minutes of sit-ups, and a 2-mile run. Once a week, Cadets will meet with their professor and classmates for classroom instruction ranging from 1-3 hours. On Thursdays from 4:00-6:00 PM Cadets conduct their Leadership Lab where Cadets get hands-on experience in exercising leadership as well as developing their skills in Land Navigation and Small Unit Tactics.

There are some summer commitments involved with ROTC. There is the Basic Camp which offers Cadets with no prior military experience participate in a 31-day training event that introduces Cadets to drill and ceremony, customs and courtesies, and small unit tactics. There is Advance Camp which is completed after a Cadet’s MSIII’s (Junior) year, participate in a 37-day training event where Cadets are assessed on day and night land navigation, rifle marksmanship, as well as small unit tactics. Both training events are in Fort Knox, Kentucky. 

Cadets also have the opportunity to participate in other activities over the summer including CULP (Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency) missions and internships. 

Regarding his CULP experience Cadet David Miltimore said, “Last summer I spent a month in Honduras through the CULP program. While I was there, I spent a week training, learning, and living at the Honduran Military Academy. During the other weeks I visited the Honduran Army Ranger and Airborne school, spent time at the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa and U.S. airbase, and touring the beautiful country.” 

Cadet Scott Mitzel who interned with the Army Medical Department said, “Last summer I had an AMEEDD internship in Landstuhl Germany. It consisted of working with Public Health Command-Germany, which primarily deals with preventative medicine. My days consisted of shadowing the various civilian and military personnel and experiencing the various aspects of their different jobs. I went on two different missions to local Army and Air Force bases to take samples as well. Overall it was a great experience and I learned a lot from it.” 

What are the characteristics Minnesota State Army ROTC looks for in prospective students? Randy Herman, the Recruiting Operations Officer of Minnesota State University Army ROTC said, “We look for people with a propensity to serve and have a sense of duty to the country. Cadet Command has a model of who they look for called SAL (Scholar-Athlete-Leader). Some Cadets come in who are more academically inclined or physically fit but as long as they have a desire to serve the other characteristics can be developed.”

At MSU, the Maverick Battalion Army ROTC program is a part of the Military Science department which is a part of the College of Education. The program includes students from Minnesota State University, Gustavus Adolphus College, and Bethany Lutheran College.

There a variety of ways to get more information on the Maverick Battalion Army ROTC program. The office is located in the Wiecking Center. You can also visit the Maverick Battalion website. Or contact Randy Herman, LTC USA Ret., Recruiting Operations Officer at randy.herman@mnsu.edu.  

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Don’t be a Drag, Check out the Gender Bender Student Drag Show

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by MORGAN STOLPA, CSU Public Relations Intern

Have you ever wanted to experience an authentic drag show? Now’s your chance.

The LGBT Center is hosting a Gender Bender Student Drag Show on Wednesday, April 3r from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Ostrander Auditorium in the Centennial Student Union at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Tickets are cash only and $3 in advance in the LGBT Center in CSU 194 or $5 at the door. Make sure to purchase your tickets in advance to ensure your spot at the show as tickets typically sell out before the doors open.

David Gardner, Acting Director, Gender and Sexuality Programs said, “The drag show provides a unique opportunity to witness one aspect of the LGBT community, the art of drag! Through drag, women can gender bend into men and men can gender bend into women. It’s an opportunity for individuals to express themselves in a way that’s open and affirming while being surrounded by other members of the LGBT and ally community.”

Returning this year as both an MC and performer, Mistress Victoria DeVille. Joining her is cities-favorite and MNSU alumna, Nocturna Lee Mission. Joining them on-stage are The Rose Sisters, Luscious Rose, Princess Blue Rose, Aniyah Rose, Luna Muse and six new student performers who will be gracing the stage for the very first time!

In addition to both student and professional drag performers, students can expect awesome costumes and larger than life personalities. Students are also encouraged to tip the performers with $1 as this is a typical occurrence at a drag show, but it is not necessary as the performers are already being paid.

For more information about the Gender Bender Student Drag show, stop by the LGBT Center in CSU 194 or visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/LGBTCenterMSU/.

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Acclaimed Songwriter Rachael Kilgour Raises Social Awareness Through Personal Reflection

CSU & LGBT Center Host April 1

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See Q&A with Rachael Kilgour at end of story.

Watch Video of Rabbit In The Road

“Rachael Kilgour is folk music’s Next Big Thing…the finest purveyor of tear-jerkers to emerge from northern Minnesota since Bob Dylan.” – Minneapolis Star Tribune

Acclaimed Duluth singer/songwriter, Rachael Kilgour views songwriting as making sense of feelings. Bringing her “unapologetic lyrics” to stage April 1 seeks the common bond of human experience.

“We are all beautiful and messed up and deserving of love,” Kilgour said. “I hope that by sharing some of my tender spots it will help others take time to look at their own and learn to be kinder to themselves.” 

On Monday, April 1, Kilgour brings her musical songwriting talents to Minnesota State University, Mankato, for a day-time performance. Kilgour will perform from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union’s lower level Flex Programming Space.

Presented by the CSU Serendipity Music Series in collaboration with the LGBT Center, the event is free and open to the public.

The 2015 grand prize winner at the NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competition, Kilgour delivers to the stage powerful and poetic songs that chronicle her life as a young parent in a same-sex partnership and address sociopolitical issues while tugging on the heartstrings of her listeners.

RACHAEL KILGOUR
photo by Darin Kamnetz

‘After the show they tell me about someone they lost or someone they found or what they are afraid of. I feel pretty blessed to share those moments with strangers. It’s an incredible job.’ – Rachael Kilgour

Ravelin Magazine described her ability as the “sort of metonymic ability to evoke the whole of someone or the entirety of a feeling is typical of Kilgour’s poetic songwriting” while Billboard magazine calls Kilgour’s talents, “a heartfelt slice of master crafted indie folk brimming with the battle-tested capacity to endure the worst in others.”

Kilgour’s most heartfelt songs came following her divorce. Her song, Rabbit in the Road, delivers an intimate and painful look at her failed marriage, while “Mama” summons the tearful aftermath of divorce that separated her from her step-daughter.

In November 2018, Kilgour’s single “Holy Are We” was selected among Rolling Stone magazine’s 10 best country and Americana songs of the week.

“’If my greatest sin is to love her well, you can send me to hell,’ Rachael Kilgour sings, turning this acoustic ballad into a stunning defense of same-sex love,” Rolling Stone stated. “…Kilgour’s unapologetic lyrics are the real treat, taking an unapologetically personal look at the ways in which ignorant outsiders can mistake something sacred for blasphemy.”

Kilgour said her songwriting is therapeutic, but bringing her message to the stage is “where the magic is.”

“Sometimes when I’m singing I’ll look out into an audience and catch the eye of someone who really gets it,” she added. “They see me and I see them back. And maybe we both tear up a little or maybe after the show they tell me about someone they lost or someone they found or what they are afraid of. I feel pretty blessed to share those moments with strangers. It’s an incredible job.”

Learn more about Rachael Kilgour: http://www.flemingartists.com/artists/rachael-kilgour

The CSU Serendipity Music Series offers an ongoing schedule of performances throughout the academic year that spotlight Minnesota musicians. Hosted in the CSU, the free two-hour, mid-day, weekday “street-corner serenade” exposes the campus and Mankato community to a range of music genres.

INTERVIEW WITH RACHAEL KILGOUR

by ABIGAIL SKAALERUD, CSU Public Relations Intern

What inspires you as a songwriter?

RACHAEL: I like to say the things I am afraid of, question who I am and why, notice patterns…I kind of feel like more of a journalist than an artist in some ways. I’m curious about how to be a good human and how to live a good life, so my songs often examine moral ideas and how small interactions/relationships are reflective of larger systemic issues.

Your songwriting speaks from the heart. Were you ever afraid of singing about your personal life?

RACHAEL: I actually feel pretty safe and supported being vulnerable on a stage. It seems like important work – I think we are all a little lonely and guarded and the act of revealing yourself is kind of radical and can inspire profound healing. The only times I have hesitated in my vulnerability are the times when my life intersected with someone else’s. It is a difficult thing, learning how to share your truth and trust that the other people involved can handle hearing it.

How has music helped you through the tough times in your past that you have chosen to write about?

RACHAEL: Songwriting is the way I sort my feelings and experiences and make sense of everything. It gives me a great sense of relief to take a complicated thought or feeling, a traumatic event, and put words to it. After my divorce I did a lot of processing through songwriting – I found that I slept better at night each time I wrote a new song.

Do you think you represent a unique voice for the LGBT community?

RACHAEL: I suppose everyone of us does! I personally was very fortunate to be raised in a family and community that accepted my sexuality. I came out in high school, gay-married right out of college and raised a kid in a same-sex family without ever thinking twice. I recognize that my experience is a privileged one. I think, especially because of that, I have a responsibility to speak about my life and the women I have loved from the stage. The song Holy Are We off my new EP does that quite well, I think.

What do you want your audience, particularly those from the LGBT community, to take away from your music?

RACHAEL: I hope that every listener takes away some kind of affirmation from my performances. We are all beautiful and messed up and deserving of love. I hope that by sharing some of my tender spots it will help others take time to look at their own and learn to be kinder to themselves.

What is your personal favorite song of yours and why?

RACHAEL: Picking a favorite song feels like naming a favorite child – impossible! Three of them stand out at the moment, but one that I continually come back to is Rabbit in the Road. It was the last song I wrote in processing my divorce and it reminds me over and over that forgiveness is possible and messy and that it is ok to trust yourself and have clear boundaries.

Have you found a type of healing through your music?

RACHAEL: Absolutely. As I said earlier, the writing itself is very therapeutic, but I think that sharing the songs is where the magic is. Sometimes when I’m singing I’ll look out into an audience and catch the eye of someone who really gets it. They see me and I see them back. And maybe we both tear up a little or maybe after the show they tell me about someone they lost or someone they found or what they are afraid of. I feel pretty blessed to share those moments with strangers. It’s an incredible job.

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Taking Flight: MSU Aviation Programs Seeks New Heights with Delta Partnership

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Last July, Minnesota State’s Aviation program became one of the eight programs in the country to become a part of Delta Airlines’ “Propel Pilot Career Program” and it’s already having an impact.

PAT CHRISTMAN, MANKATO FREE PRESS

“It’s helped peak the interest of incoming students and, for the students that are already here, it’s given them more motivation,” Tom Peterson, M.S., ATP, CFI, and Assistant Professor of Aviation at MSU, said.

Peterson says the partnership creates security for aviation students, too, essentially guaranteeing them a job with Delta once they graduate.

“It’s a direct line. [The students] are gonna go from here then go through a few other wickets along the way and then [they’re] gonna end up at Delta for sure,” he said. “[They] won’t have to interview again.”

The absence of the need for a second interview stems from one of the key components of the Delta partnership. Delta representatives reach out to the more than 300 MSU aviation students while they’re still undergrads and interview them while they’re still studying.

Getting the program to campus wasn’t an easy task. Peterson said the department worked vigilantly to add new things and modify the program to get Delta interested and after a few years, it paid off when Delta reached out to MSU.

“We didn’t solicit Delta to come, they came to us and showed interest and that really validated that what we’re doing here was a good thing,” Peterson said.

Although job security is a benefit to the partnership that security doesn’t come without a lot of hard work.

“Aviation is not like a regular degree in that you go to class and then you have all this time off because when you’re not in class, you have to be at the airport three or four times a week doing the flight training,” Peterson said.

The hard work is necessary because of strict standards from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for incoming pilots to be completely ready to go once they graduate. One of the requirements is for students to have 1,000 hours of flight time prior to graduation, something Peterson said can take a year or more to complete.

Peterson encourages students who are interested in aviation to go for it, citing an ample need for pilots due to high retirement rates of pilots. He cautions that the program is rigorous and expensive, but also that the end result is worth it.

“There is a lot of discipline and dedication to the whole affair, but there’s a drop at the end of it,” Peterson said. “A lot of our graduates have three or four job offers for regional airlines after college, so it’s all worth it.”

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Student Activity Fee Vote Seeks Approval

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by BRETT MARSHALL, CSU Public Relations Assistant

Minnesota State’s Student Government approved a 4.9 percent increase to the Student Activity Fee (SAF) for the 2019-20 school year, which will require a student referendum to pass.

The vote to approve or reject the referendum will take place as a part of the Student Government elections on Tuesday, April 9. For approval, more than 50 percent of students who vote in the election must indicate they’re in favor of the increase.

The need for the referendum comes from a piece of Minnesota Legislature passed in 2017. Minn. Stat. § 135A.0434 Mandatory Student Activity Fees Referendum says if a student activity fee budget increases by more than 2 percent from the previous academic year, the increase must be approved by a majority vote of students who vote in a campus referendum.

In total, the SAF budget is worth $2,683,047 and that money helps to fund 37 student-activity related organizations including, but not limited too, campus recreation, intramural sports, Student Events Team, homecoming, fraternity and sorority life, community engagement, multicultural activities, international activities, sexuality and gender programs, theatre, dance and several others.

The $2.68 million budget breaks down to a per student cost of $8.77 per credit hour, banded at a max of 12 credits, or $105.24. This is just slightly more than last year’s total of $100.32. In short, students would be paying a maximum of $4.92 more per semester to continue fully supporting 37 student activity groups.

This is the second straight year the SAF will have to go referendum. In 2017, Student Government approved a SAF increase of 2.96 percent. The higher percentage this year results heavily from contractual obligations for full-time staff, an increase in minimum wage for student workers and a lower student enrollment.

If the referendum fails to pass, a 2.3 percent cut will be made to each of the 37 groups who rely on the budget. In addition, $25,000 would be added to the budget from SAF reserves. These changes would bring the percent change down from 4.9 to 1.91.

Any students interested in learning more about the referendum can reach out to Student Government President, Meme Cronin, at maryelizabeth.cronin@mnsu.edu or to the Advisor, John Bulcock, at john.bulcock@mnsu.edu.

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Athlete Spotlight featuring Valerie Bresnahan

by ALEX BAUMANN, CSU Public Relations Intern

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For this edition of Athlete’s Spotlight the inSIDER features MSU Women’s Tennis player Valerie Bresnahan. Bresnahan is a Senior this year, is from St. Peter, MN, and is a two-time selection to the NSIC All-Academic Team. Let’s find out more about her.

  1. What three words best describe you?
    • Determined
    • Organized
    • Happy
  2. What tops your list of pet peeves?
    • People being inconsiderate
  3. As the only human left on Earth, what would you do?
    • Befriend animals
  4. What’s the dumbest thing you’ve done that actually turned out pretty well?
    • In 7thgrade, I threw a tantrum when I realized I was only going out for the tennis team because my older sister played tennis…
  5. Who is your all-time favorite sports star?
    • Babe Ruth
  6. What is your most prized possession?
    • My laptop with old pictures and files
  7. What three items can always be found in your refrigerator.
    • Eggs
    • Yogurt
    • Milk
  8.  What is the most impressive thing you know how to do?
    • I know how to make people smile.
  9. Who’s your go-to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
    • Sam Hunt
  10.  What movie title best describes your life?
    • It’s a Wonderful Life
  11.  What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you?
    • Wednesday, I forgot there was a snow emergency in my parking lot when I was on campus from 8a.m.-6 p.m. and my car didn’t get towed. That was pretty lucky.
  12.  What is something that a ton of people are obsessed with, but you just don’t get the point of?
    • Crocs.
  13.  If all jobs had the same pay and hours, what job would you like to have?
    • I would work in retail for a home improvement store and name paint colors.
  14. Who inspires you to be better?
    • My teammates inspire me every day – especially when they run faster, lift more weight, or hit a harder forehand than I can.
  15.  What is something you will NEVER do again?
    • I will never drink coffee after 4p.m. again.
  16.  What TV show or movie do you refuse to watch?
    • The Conjuring 2
  17.  If you could have a super power, what would it be? 
    • Invisibility
  18.  If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? 
    • Buy baseball tickets to a game at every major league field in the U.S.
  19.  What type of music would you (do you) sing in the shower? 
    • Backstreet Boys
  20.  What do you like most about Minnesota State University, Mankato? 
    • I love calling myself a Maverick and all of the friends I get to share that title with.

Thank you to Valerie for taking the time to answer these questions. The Athlete Spotlight will be a new weekly segment in order to feature Spring sport athletes throughout the rest of Spring semester and help readers get to know MSU athletes a little bit better. If you are an athlete or know of an athlete who should be featured on the Athlete Spotlight, send an email to alexander.baumann@mnsu.edu.

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Athlete Spotlight featuring Bobby Gauvreau

by ALEX BAUMANN, CSU Public Relations Intern

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On this segment of the Athlete Spotlight, the inSIDER features MSU baseball player Bobby Gauvreau. Gauvreau is from Marietta, Georgia and majoring in Sport Management. He went 1-0 with two saves, a 2.45 ERA, 10 walks, 21 strikeouts, 15 hits allowed, and a .234 batting average against in 18 1/3 innings pitched over 14 relief appearances and earned first win of season against Southwest Minnesota State on March 18.

Let’s put Gauvreau into the spotlight!

  1. What three words best describe you.
    • Outdoorsy, Laid back,
  2. What tops your list of pet peeves? 
    • People that smack their lips when they eat
  3. As the only human left on Earth, what would you do?
    • Probably live out the rest of my life in peace or trying to find a dog to chill with 
  4. What’s the dumbest thing you’ve done that actually turned out pretty well?
    • I’ve done a lot of dumb things and none have turned out well 
  5. Who is your all-time favorite sports star?
    • Lambo
  6.  What is your most prized possession?
    • My Hammock/Fishing Rods
  7.  What three items can always be found in your refrigerator
    • Milk, Eggs, Dill pickles 
  8.   What is the most impressive thing you know how to do?
    • Not gonna lie I don’t know 
  9.  Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
    • Quinn XCII
  10.  What movie title best describes your life?
    • Dazed and Confused 
  11.  What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you?
    • When I was about 8 or 9 I won an ipod from a claw machine  
  12.  What is something that a ton of people are obsessed with but you just don’t get the point of?
    • American Horror Story 
  13. If all jobs had the same pay and hours, what job would you like to have?
    • Wildlife expert 
  14. Who inspires you to be better?
    • My parents 
  15. What is something you will NEVER do again?
    • Eat Wasabi 
  16. What TV show or movie do you refuse to watch?
    • Keeping up With the Kardashians 
  17. If you could have a super power, what would it be? 
    • Mind Control 
  18. If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? 
    • Buy a jeep 
  19. What type of music would you (do you) sing in the shower? 
    • Country Msuic 
  20. What do you like most about Minnesota State University, Mankato? 
    • It’s a new experience from back home and being able to meet new people is always fun. 

Thank you to Bobby for taking the time to answer these questions. The Athlete Spotlight will be a new weekly segment in order to feature Spring sport athletes throughout the rest of Spring semester and help readers get to know MSU athletes a little bit better. If you are an athlete or know of an athlete who should be featured on the Athlete Spotlight, send an email to alexander.baumann@mnsu.edu.

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