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  • Feeling a New Beat

    Understandably, she had neverseen the streets like they were onSeptember 11. Jaded New York-ers were walking 12 abreast downthe boulevards, quiet, focused,worried, scared and bewildered.

    The city and its people werewounded, she said, thinking ofthe services for the dead that havebecome part of life over the pasttwo months. I work right behindSt. Patricks Cathedral, and ev-ery single day there are severalfunerals or memorials. They stoptraffic, but we all take a deepbreath and live with it knowingthe suffering that all are feeling.

    Mutnansky knew people whodied in the towers, including somefiremen. One planned HispanicBroadcasting Corporation promo-tion this year was a calendar fea-turing Hispanic firefighters. It be-came a tribute calendar when twoof those in the publication per-ished at the WTC.

    She tells this story about thechanging attitude of people to-ward others in New York. At

    The thoughts that kept meawake were too much, JodiMutnansky remembered abouther first sleepless night after theSeptember 11 terrorist attack onthe World Trade Center near herhome and office in Manhattan. Itwas as if someone opened thegates of hell, and all the evil soulswere marching into our safe,sweet, great homes.

    The attack profoundly affectedlife in the United States with theimpact rippling from the epicen-ter in New York across the globe.For Mutnansky, the change wasimmediate, real, and somethingshe will live with every day.

    After living in New York Cityfor 10 years, these buildings andstreets and smells and sounds aremy home, she said. It would belike seeing Bangsberg Hall on theBSU campus blow up in front ofyour eyes, and hundreds of col-leagues, friends, students and citi-zens dying.

    Mutnansky was stepping offthe elevator at WADO-AM radiowhen the first plane hit threemiles away. She and everyoneelse wondered how such an un-believable, unfortunate accidentcould happen.

    Then the second plane hit, thetowers fell, and New Yorks sky-line as well as image was alteredforever.

    Prior to September 11,Mutnansky described New York-ers with adjectives which mightbe proudly displayed like meritbadges earned in the Big Apple:strong-willed, strong-minded,opinionated, self-obsessed, hard.They had strong desires, and anequal will to keep moving for-ward. It is true that in New Yorkyou can literally feel the beat ofthe street, said the small-towngirl from a farm near Goodridge.It was one of the things I had toget used to living here.

    Penn Station, firefighters boardedthe train and everyone stood upand cheered. Before the terroristattacks, people didnt even noticeeach other on the trains andsubways.

    She has a theory on how Sep-tember 11 affected the people.As a Midwesterner, there arevery few layers and systems towork through before getting tothe real heart of people. There arefew guarded things; people liveopenly for the most part and ev-eryone knows their neighbors.Perhaps that day brought a wholebunch of New Yorkers to thatlevel.

    A recovering city and populaceare how Mutnansky looks at herhome today as businesses, tour-ism, patterns and life try to findnormalcy within their altered sur-roundings.

    New Yorkers are a toughpeople, she reflected. It is greatto see that we can all come to-

    gether and be there for each otheremotionally in a time like this; itis not good to see all of the de-struction. We are in mourning, weare strong, we will persevere, andwe will survive.

    Raised in Goodridge, Jodi Mutnanskycame to Bemidji State via Grygla HighSchool. She graduated from BemidjiState in 1990 with a social studiesteaching degree. Seeking a dramaticchange and an opportunity to tap intothe energy of a large city, she moved toNew York a year later. She has beenpart of the New York radio scene for10 years, working for the citys topcountry station, the Radio AdvertisingBureau, and the ABC radio flagshipstation WABC before joining the man-agement team a year ago as the mar-keting director for the Hispanic Broad-casting Corporation in New York. Sheheads the department that ensures HBCstations are visible in the New Yorkmetro and tri-state areas.

    IN NEW YORK

    s a Midwesterner, there are very few layers and systems to work throughbefore getting to the real heart of people. There are few guarded things; peoplelive openly for the most part and everyone knows their neighbors. Perhaps thatday brought a whole bunch of New Yorkers to that level.

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    A Publication for Alumni & Friends of Bemidji State UniversityVol. 17, No. 2, Winter 2001-2002

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    BSUCalendarDecember 8, 2001

    BSU Alumni Association andFoundation Board Meetings

    January 26, 2002BSU Snow Ball,

    BSU Hobson Memorial Union

    February 15, 2002BSU Alumni Association Reception,Minnesota State Music EducatorsAnnual Convention, Minneapolis

    Hilton and Towers

    March 10-11, 2002BSU Winter Rendezvous,

    Flamingo Laughlin / Laughlin, NV

    April 27, 2002BSU Alumni Association

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    May 16-17, 200250-Year Reunion of the

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    May 17, 2002BSU Commencement Exercises,

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    ment. In individual competitionEric Carlson and Ben Stecher bothearned places on the 2001 All-NSIC team.

    WOMENS BASKETBALLEight returning players will join alarge number of recruits for coachDoreen Zierers womens basket-ball squad that will try to over-come the 3-24 overall and 3-15conference disappointments oflast year. Senior Jodi Haugenheadlines the veterans as the topscorer and rebounder back from ayear ago while Amber Graf, atransfer from the Naval Academy,leads the newcomers.

    MENS BASKETBALLThe mens basketball team willcarry a new look into the 2001-2002 campaign with first-yearcoach Jeff Guiot revamping theBSU system. Only sophomoreSean OHare and senior JohnSzwaja are back from the 10-17squad that finished 7-12 in confer-ence action last year. Newcomersto watch include transfers RoyceBryan and Terrance Watkins.

    WOMENS HOCKEY BSUwomens hockey ushered in the Ja-son Lesteberg era this fall as therunner-up for NCAA Division IIICoach of the Year honors steppedin as the programs second headcoach. Through 10 games,Lesteberg had the Beavers off tothe best start in their brief historyat 5-2-3. After a season-openingloss, Lesteberg and the Beaverswent on a school-record eight-game unbeaten streak which in-cluded the programs first-everWCHA point against Minnesota.Amber Fryklund, a participant onthe 2001 WCHA All-Star Team,has been amongst the WCHAsleading scorers all season.

    MENS HOCKEY For thefirst time since 1966, a new headcoach controls the bench atBemidji State. Tom Serratore, theteams associate head coach thelast three seasons, takes the reignsfrom long-time head coach BobPeters, who won 13 small-collegenational championships before theprograms elevation to Division Istatus in 1998. By mid-November,Serratore had BSU off to a 5-6-1start; surpassed last seasons wintotal; and notched BSUs first-everwin over a WCHA program (7-6over MSU-Mankato). FreshmenRiley Riddell and Andrew Murrayprovided a big lift for the BSUprogram with Murray among thenations top five freshman scorersand Riddell in the top 20. JuniorMarty Goulet led College HockeyAmerica in scoring after the first12 games.

    FOOTBALLCoach Jeff Teschled BSU footballto a school-record fourthc o n s e c u t i v eseason with sixor more wins asthe Beavers fin-ished 7-4 andearned fourthplace in theNSIC at 5-4.BSU broke school single-seasonrecords for scoring, total offense,passing yardage, rushing yardage,first downs and touchdownsscored. Eddie Acosta was namedNSIC Offensive Player of the Year,setting school records for rushingyardage, rushing touchdowns, to-tal TDs and points scored. GeoffMartinson earned first-team All-NSIC honors at quarterback aftersetting school single-seasonrecords for passing yardage, pass-ing touchdowns, completion per-centage, passer rating and comple-tions. In total, 10 BSU playersearned All-NSIC honors, includingsix more first-team selections:Jerry Dagel and Bryan Stoffel onthe offensive line; WallieKuchinski, defensive end; PatEngleright, linebacker; and JasonLeden, return specialist.

    VOLLEYBALL Volleyballfinished its 2001 season 8-23 over-all, 4-14 in the NSIC. NicoleMcDougall received Honorable-

    of 25:09.46. Martha Miltich ledthe Beavers, finishing 18th in theconference meet with a time of24:07.44

    WOMENS GOLF The BSUWomens golf team finished the2001 season placing in the top fivein all but one of their meets thisfall. Their highest placement wassecond in their own invitational atthe Bemidji Town and CountryClub. The women closed out theseason with a third place at theNSIC Tournament. In individualcompetition, Jeanne Larson andCasey Curb were named to the2001 All-NSIC team.

    MENS GOLF The BSUMens golf team claimed one titlethis fall, earning top honors at theIrv Kaiser Invite. They were al-ways in the thick of their matchesand earned a second in the season-ending NSIC Conference Tourna-

    Mention All-NSIC honors afterposting team highs in kills (330)and blocks (114). Jill Anundson(958 assists this year, 1,928 for hercareer), Jodi Haugen (team-high.186 attack percentage) andKristen Peterson (team-best 44 ser-