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The Price is Right, FARGO!

Posted in Paul Flessland on February 21st, 2013 by Paul Flessland – 14 Comments

The Price is Right is coming to Fargo, and guess who has tickets…


It's official. And you thought I was lying!

It’s official. And you thought I was lying!

I’m going to start off my spring break right by going to The Price is Right tomorrow night. My childhood dream of winning it big on a game show is finally about to come true. Television’s longest running game show is hitting the road and their next venue is the Fargo Civic Center. Also, Jerry Springer is the host. I’m pretty stoked.

However, there is a small problem. I won 2 tickets, and I have no idea who I should choose to accompany me on this grand adventure. I’m going to need someone who loves The Price is Right just as much as I do. If you feel that you are the right fit, please promptly fill out this application and send it to in order to be considered. Plinko lovers only.

I haven’t been this excited since I won John Mayer tickets at a CEC (Campus Entertainment Commission) event my Freshman year. Speaking of CEC, it was announced today that Karmin will be the headliner at Cornstock this year. Ahhhhh YEEEAAAAHHH!!!!!!

It truly is a great day to be a Cobber.


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Posted in Austin Gerth on November 16th, 2012 by agerth – Be the first to comment

Matt Gantz in action.

Since coming to Concordia, I’ve taken a number of opportunities to engage in various volunteer efforts, partly in an effort to make myself a better, less selfish person, and partly out of a sense of duty to the college’s mission statement.  The most recent of these occasions was this past Tuesday, when residents of Hoyum Hall were given the opportunity to help decorate Christmas trees for under-priveleged families at the Fargodome, in a joint effort with the nonprofit Fraser Ltd. (I actually didn’t contribute all that much: I came late and the trees were finished earlier than expected, so I had had a hand in only one complete tree when everything was finished.)

My timid interest in volunteerism began over the summer with a botched plan to participate in my hometown’s Relay for Life (the team I was going to be relay-ing for fell apart, so I went bowling instead) followed by a rapid, last-minute reading of Eboo Patel’s Acts of Faith before moving in on campus; Patel’s years of simply helping people without any clear direction in his own life kind of struck a nerve for me, since my plans are similarly vague at the moment. Reading Patel’s book (along with Tears of the Desert, the other Summer book read) made me begin to realize the emphasis Concordia places on using knowledge to help others; it’s an aspect I had been mostly oblivious to, but it’s become one of the things I’m most proud of about being a Cobber.

The full extent of Concordia’s devotion to service was brought home to me on the second day of orientation, when all the orientation clubs got bussed out to various Fargo/Moorhead locales for the massive “Hands for Change” service project (my orientation club cleaned/played bingo at an old folks’ home). Since then I’ve participated in another Fraser/Christmas-associated project with my floormates, and volunteered outside for a couple of frigid hours the morning of the election day for MN United. These few occasions don’t seem like much in the long run (and the main reason I signed up for the MN United thing was that  the Vote No people ironically wouldn’t take “no” for an answer; normally my instinctual laziness would’ve won out), but (in addition to whatever positive impact they may have had) they served as reminders that there’s more to life than my own concerns, which is always important.

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A Pawnshop Odyssey

Posted in Austin Gerth on November 11th, 2012 by agerth – Be the first to comment

Yesterday I realized the awesomeness of pawn shops: they’re these really sketchy-seeming, disreputable places, but when you’re in college (and therefore probably both poor and easily amused) they’re a match made in heaven; everything’s cheap, and probably not too well-organized, which leaves ample opportunity to accidentally find something really rad buried amongst the used hardware and ephemera.

The story begins simply: there’s been a really significant amount of “Mario Kart” being played on Hoyum’s second floor of late, ever since the appearance of a Nintendo 64 in room 207; however, there are only three controllers (one of which is grossly inferior to the others), and a few of us decided that our best course of action was to scour local pawn shops in search of one or two additional controllers.

We failed utterly to find any used controllers, but what we did find may be even better. We drove first to Fargo’s Pawn America, where floorie Jason Neumann (he of the previously blogged-about Escort) found something potentially life-changing: an antique harmonica, allegedly made in Germany in 1938 (according to a yellowed, handwritten note found in its case), purchased at the rock-bottom price of $19.99. I imagine it will be only a matter of time before the incessant harmonica playing leads Neumann’s roommate to the brink of insanity.

Pawn America didn’t have what we were looking for, and we had no real idea how to get back to Concordia, so naturally we drove around with no purpose, listening to Marvin Gaye. We went to two more Fargo pawn shops and an antique store, all three of which were full of really awesome things we couldn’t afford (banjos, Israeli bull horns, etc.), and none of which had any N64 controllers. After a couple hours we gave up and found our way back to the college, where Jason began to investigate the note enclosed in his harmonica’s case, which included a brief, hard-to-read history of the harmonica’s life so far, along with the Fargo address of a woman who may have given it to Pawn America. We found out, via Google, that the address happened to be right across the street from the antique store we had visited near the end of our journey, which is a really strange coincidence.

Jason’s (possibly Nazi-manufactured) harmonica.

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Fargo Film Festival

Posted in Paul Flessland on March 8th, 2012 by Paul Flessland – 2 Comments

This week the Fargo/Moorhead is alive with filmmakers from all over the world that are hear for the Fargo Film Festival. There are many events going on this week; most are at the Fargo Theater, but others have been other places in the community, such as Concordia itself.

One of the events included an acting workshop. Concordia alum, Rich Sommer, lead this session on Tuesday evening. Sommer is a pretty big deal, as he has a major role in the hit television series Mad Men. The session was for theater students, but I was able to attend in order to film some of the event for Concordia On-Air.

Rich Sommer teaching Ted Coonradt a thing or two

Sommer started with a brief power point of the basic differences between acting for stage and for screen. Once that was done, things got interesting. This was a workshop after all, and what would a workshop be without some work? A couple theater students had prepared monologues for this event.

The students first performed their monologue in front of a camera and were filmed to show how it would look on television. Sommer would then critique their performance and help them improve on certain aspects. They then tried it again, and boy oh boy was there an improvement. This was such a great opportunity for Concordia theater students.

The week is almost over but there are still a few more events you can go to. I’m most looking forward to the Two Minute Movie Contest that happens tomorrow night at 9:30pm at the Fargo Theater. You should go. Word on the street is that it is pretty neat.


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