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Going on 50, Happy Anniversary!


Are you ready to party?! The Comstock Memorial Union (CMU) is having a party to honor it’s 50th year open to the public (For the non math majors, it opened in April of 1967). There will be plenty of games to win prizes at and cake for everyone!

Here are some things I bet you didn’t know about the hub of student life:

  • Students are what made the CMU smoke-free in 1971, 4 years before MN legislature was written requiring it
  • We had more than Sodexo at one point, like a Pizza Hut in 1994 and a Burger King in 1996 Sadly, they’re both gone.
  • It helped house flood victims in 1997
  • The Bishop Whipple Cobber’s (oops, I mean Concordia now) owe the founder of MSUM, Solomon Comstock,  a huge thanks! He helped build their college also.
  • There used to be a karaoke machine in the Wooden Nickel, what is now the Underground.

There is a little game that’s being played in the CMU, Find the 50. It’s not a game of hide and seek, but of creativity. Every week there is a challenge with a theme. The theme for this week is “50 with the Most Pride”. Students can create the number 50 out of anything or find the number 50 anywhere. Then they just need to take a picture of it and post it to Twitter with #CMUCelebrating50. The post with the most like wins $10 in Dragon Dollars (Think of the treats you can buy on study day)! The top 10 posts at the end of the month will be put in for a drawing for $50 at the Bookstore, one of the most highly sought after prizes available. It’s so simple, just enter! You can win money, why wouldn’t you?

The party is officially set for April 28th at 7pm. Be sure to come, there will be a lot of food and fun for all.





Student Academic Conference April 11th 2017


Everyone out there must be confused. No class tomorrow? On a Tuesday? What gives? Well, there is the Student Academic Conference (SAC) on campus. Good news, if your a non-STEM student you can sleep the day away. Bad news, most STEM majors are required to go for their classes.

The SAC is a way for students to present their research instead of it just hiding on some professor’s shelf or on a wall. There will be 3 different oral presentation time slots. Each slot will last 100 minutes and have about 4-6 presenters. There will also be poster presentations rotating out through out the day. Students will be standing next to their work and will answer any questions that you may have. Feel free to engage, they want to show off what they’ve learned.

The School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership is inviting you to the HSAD presentations tomorrow. We have more than 10 students who will present for the first time in SAC! We hope to see you there exploring and showing your support.

  • Structure-Process-Outcome – Applying Donabedian Quality Improvement Model to Improve Health Care by Daniel Danuser, Laura Kjolhaug, Serah Demmer *Time – 9:40 – 11:00
  • Six Sigma: A Strategy for Health Care Organizations by Jacqueline Volkert, Haley Cox, Ashlee Torgerson, Paris Williams, Molly Zachman *Time – 9:40 – 11:00
  • Plan-Do-Check- Act – An approach to improve Health Care Quality and Patient Safety by Tony Santos, Cecelia Winter *Time – 9:40 – 11:00
  • International internship experience (Patient Satisfaction Survey in Abu Dhabi -(Oral Presentation) by Marah Omar *Time – 12:40 – 1:00 pm

There are over 230 posters scheduled to be there from every major on campus in addition to the oral presentations. If you think there isn’t something for you, you’re wrong. Here are some examples of posters:

  • The Past, Brexit, the Future: Insights for firms and investors by Moyinoluwa Abiola
  • Response to the Cry of a Baby: Physiological responses and self-reported behavior by Molly Kraemer and Megan Weiler
  • An Investigation of the Bio-chemical Constituents and Potential Allelopathic and Insecticidal Efficacy of Wormwood in Aquaponics by Isaac Heiser
  • Whitewashing Screenplays by Regan Meyer and Nathan Arel and William Austin and Duncan Monroe
  • Geographical Location and the Development of LGBT Youth.
  • STEAM Ahead: Arts Integration for Tomorrow’s World Changers by Julianne Feir

The SAC will be held in the CMU starting at 9:40am today and goes until roughly 3.

Complete list of all the presenters along with times and places: Schedule


Celebration of Nations and the Woodlands and High Plains Powwow Tomorrow, April 1st 2017


“A traditional powwow is a time to celebrate and renew friendships. In addition, this powwow celebrates the educational experiences of American Indian higher education and the sharing of tribal cultures in the FM area.”

This year is the 28th annual Woodlands and High Plains Powwow. The Powwow is held at Nemzek from 1 to 9 tomorrow. The powwow will have a variety of dancing and drum songs from the area tribes. The community is encouraged to come and enjoy the cultural display and learn. In addition to the music and dancing there will be a hand games tournament and many vendors selling wares from their tribes.

The Celebration of Nations will also be held in the CMU tomorrow. Students and community members from cultures around the world will be here to get together. The celebration is kicked off with a parade of flags. Following that, students will have cooked some of their meals from home that are available to sample with dancing and music being played at this time. The celebration will end after a fashion show highlighting the dress and attire from around the world.

Celebration of Nations

Woodland and High Prairie Powwow


Dragon Athletics Spring 2017


The MSUM wrestling team has excelled this year, but one teammate in particular stood out. Blake Bosch is a senior here at MSUM and he has been put on quite a few good matches this year at the NCAA Championships. He took 2nd place at the Championship this year and won  the All-American Honors for the third year in a row. He will be graduate this year, and he leaves a great legacy as a student athlete at MSUM. He is leaving with the second best record in MSUM history (115-35).

The men’s basketball team also has a good season. This was their 4th consecutive 20+ win season, with a record of 24-6. In addition to the that streak, they won their  fourth straight NSIC North Division Championship and a third straight NCAA Tournament!

The Women’s Basketball team had a great season this year finishing at 24-5. They won the NSIC Conference Tournament against Southwest State, but sadly lost the NCAA regionals to Central Missouri. This was the team’s first time making it to regionals since 2009. Dragon Women’s Basketball Head Coach, Carla Nelson, celebrated a feat this year. Coach Nelson achieved her 300th team win as a head college basketball coach.  Both Men’s and Women’s Basketball had great seasons and we look forward to next year!

The Women’s tennis team is off to a good start with a record of 9-5. Their next match will be at Bemidji State on April 1st. Be sure to show your support by cheering them on!

Dragon Softball season started Tuesday the 28th with the first conference game against Northern State. The team fell to its opponents, but takes on Bemidji State this Saturday in an away game.

For more information on Dragon Athletics, team schedules, and rosters visit







Healthy Holiday Eating

Christmas Bauble CutleryIt that time of the year when family, food and fun times all meet. While getting lost in the time, it’s easy to not pay attention to what your eating. Contrary to popular belief, you won’t gain five pounds from the holidays and over eating. In fact, most people only gain 1 to 2 pounds over the weeks before and after Christmas. That may not sound like a lot, but this extra weight usually stays with the carrier for life. If this weight is allowed to accumulate from year-to-year, it can result in being overweight or obese.

Here are some ways to avoid unintentionally sabotaging yourself during the holidays this year.

  • Skip the appetizers. It’s easy to sit by a bowl and munch while you talk to someone, but most of the food that makes a quick snack are going to be loaded with calories.
  • The eye knows best. While piling up your plate, try to avoid any dishes that have a sauce or cream on them and anything that looks fried. Instead go for food that is prepared to be eaten all by itself.
  • Eat more food? Before you go to the party, have a quick snack. Vegetables and fruits are low in calories and will have you feeling less hungry when you get to the party, helping you avoid overeating.
  • Simple substitutes. If you are the cook, you can be sneaky and help everyone out. Substituting one ingredient for another can shave off calories and still keep the same flavor. Use applesauce instead of oil or use more veggies than bread in stuffing. Refrigerate creams and gravies to skim the fat off the top. Try removing the skin on any turkey or chicken served.
  • Cutting weight. Don’t try to lose weight during the holidays, instead try and maintain your current weight. Not seeing results can hurt your mindset and make you more likely to ditch any restraint or dieting plan.
  • Socialize. The goal of the holidays isn’t to eat, it’s to meet up with family. Try doing other activities with them instead of eating. Games and crafts go over well because almost everyone can participate.




Dragon Athletics


Most of the Dragons sports teams have had a good season so far. Our Men’s basketball team had a close game with a score of 93-92 against Northern State last Saturday. The Tuesday before that, they played the Concordia cobbers. That was another win for MSUM with a score of 107-74. So far our team is 5 for 6 having only lost to Southern Nazarene University. There are still 22 of opportunities to watch them play. Their next game will be this Friday at 8 pm in Nemzek Hall against University of Mary.

Our football team finished the season off with a win of 48-33 against Northern state. They had a good season with 7 wins out of 11 games. Their season is over now, but make sure to join them again next year to cheer them on.

The dragons wrestling team has started their season off on the right foot. They are 1 for 2, having lost against Concordia. Their next tournament will be this upcoming Sunday at Nemzek hall, starting at 9 am. There are still 10 tournaments to go to afterwards to cheer on before Regions.

Our Women’s basketball team has started their season off well. They won their last match against Northern State 51-44. They are currently 4 for 5 games. Their next game will be this Friday at 6 pm in Nemzek hall. If you cannot make it to that game, there are still 20 other matches to go to.

Our Women’s Volleyball team started the season off well, but started a losing streak soon after. They unfortunately lost their last 3 games, all with close scores. They managed to finish their season 10 wins out of 28 matches.

Be sure to continue supporting dragon athletics and go to the spring sports. Men’s and Women’s Track and Field will be starting up along with soccer and golf.


Tips and Tricks for Halloween 2016!


Halloween is the time when we think about the things that go bump in the night. Don’t let that stop you though, Trick-or-Treating can be a fun time for everyone! There are certain things that you can do to help make sure you and your witches and ghosts stay safe.

Arts and Crafts

Bright is better. If possible try and work reflective tape, glow sticks or flashlights into your child’s costume. It will help you pick your child out of a crowd and visible in the dark.

Masks can be fun, but only if you can see. The eye holes on some masks can block your view and pose a safety risk. Test the mask to see if your peripheral vision is obstructed, you may need to cut the holes larger.

Carving pumpkins is fun, but the knifes and blades can be dangerous if not handled properly. Carving should be done by an adult to cut down the risks of an accident. Try something different by letting your kids color and put glitter on the pumpkins instead

Walking Safety

Kids should have an adult with them at all times. If your kid is under 12, they should have some kind of adult supervision for the night. Have your child carry a cellphone on them for the off-handed chance that you get separated.

Feed your family before you go out for the night. This will help for when you tell them to not eat any candy before you can inspect it. You don’t know what they might be getting. The treats might have expired or been opened to the elements and be unsafe to eat.

Street Smarts

Kids tend to walk on the curb and run across streets while they are out Trick-or-Treating. While you’re driving, drive slower than the posted speed limit. This gives you more time to stop if a kid runs across the road.

Avoid the tech. You shouldn’t be on your phone anyways, but it’s even more important that you are focusing on the road tonight of all nights.

The most popular times for Trick-or-Treating is from 5:30 to 9:30, so it’s important that you drive with your headlights on. Pay attention to any hazard lights you see, that car is most likely dropping some kids off.