Dickinson State University has begun again, recruiting Thug Hoodlum athletes. I don’t like that my state income tax money, is being used to provide scholarship money and financial assistance to someone from a foreign country, to come attend school in Dickinson, and when they get here they have an attitude of arrogance, entitlement, and wanting to disrespect and fight me.
When I first came to Dickinson in 2011, the office manager of the company where I worked was complaining to me about the Thug Hoodlum athletes that had been recruited by Dickinson State University. Several of her neighbors’ houses had been broken into recently, and her husband just caught a DSU student athlete inside their house late one night after they had gone to bed.
I remember one DSU athlete in particular from 2011, everywhere I ever saw him, he was causing problems and getting into trouble. Even though he might have only gone to DSU for one or two semesters, he stayed in Dickinson for several years. Many, many people in Dickinson began to notice, that there were people of bad character who had been brought to Dickinson by DSU athletics, they quit going to school, but remained in Dickinson causing problems.
After the scandal of 2012, that resulted from the discovery that foreign students were being awarded degrees from DSU without having completed their course work, DSU changed many of its practices. After 2013, I no longer saw Thug Hoodlum athletes being recruited to DSU.
In fact, after 2013, the DSU Football team players were some of the nicest, most decent, respectful young men that I have ever met. Many people in Dickinson noticed this, and discussed this. Employers were happy to have these DSU football players as part-time or seasonal employees because they were good kids.
On this past Friday night at 9:00 p.m., I went to a diner in Dickinson after having worked all week far outside of Dickinson where there wasn’t any internet service. I was using my computer to check my e-mail and read my Facebook while I was eating. When anyone came in, I looked up to see if it was someone that I knew, I have been going to this diner for the past five years.
Two DSU Women’s Basketball players walked in wearing their DSU team warm-ups. When they sat down at the table behind me, I looked up to see who they were, and I said “hello” to them, and I went back to what I was doing. Both of these young ladies sneered and glared at me, acted like they had a chip on their shoulder, and a very bad attitude.
When someone else came in the diner, I looked up to see if it was someone that I knew, to acknowledge them or say hello to them. Every time that I looked up or looked around, these two DSU Women’s Basketball players became angrier and angrier toward me, acting like they were wanting and ready to fight me.
If you have ever been around people who came from the street, people who are involved in street gangs, people who have been in jail and prison, who try to be threatening, intimidating, challenging, and confrontational with people, like they are ready and wanting to fight, this is exactly how these two young women acted.
I felt, here we go again, DSU is recruiting Thug Hoodlum people for their athletic programs again. I looked up the DSU Women’s Basketball roster, and I saw that the player who was acting the most aggressive and wanting to fight me, was from a foreign country. This is her first semester at DSU, before that she went to Miles City Community College in Montana.
Reading the DSU Women’s Basketball team roster further, I saw that the women’s basketball coach, Liz Lewis, came from Miles City Community College where she coached women’s basketball last year. I saw that she brought three women’s basketball players with her from Miles City Community College.
I can’t believe that tax payer dollars in North Dakota, are being used to provide athletic scholarships and financial assistance to people from a foreign country to attend school in Dickinson, and when they get here they act arrogant, entitled, and act nasty toward the tax payers that are paying for them. I doubt that DSU Alumni and financial donors would like that DSU is once again recruiting athletes that are people of bad character and with bad behavior.
I wonder if the DSU faculty, campus police, students, and other women basketball players have had run-ins or problems with these two women. If DSU continues to recruit athletes that behave like this, this will be more reason for parents not to send their kids to DSU, and for the North Dakota State Legislature to become persuaded that Dickinson State University is not a campus that should be supported or continued.
I am going to find the North Dakota State Legislators that have been advocating for closure of DSU, and bring to their attention what the Women’s Basketball program is doing.
I later found out, that on this particular Friday night, the DSU Women’s Basketball Team had just had a 77-47 loss in Dickinson. This is no reason for two players angry with their loss, to go take out their anger on a 48 year old grey bearded man who is sitting and eating by himself in a diner.
I looked up the Dickinson State University Women’s Basketball program for the 2018-2019 season. This will be coach Liz Lewis’ second year as head coach. Just about everything from last year’s season 2017-2018, is gone from the internet, the team roster, the game results, the photographs, everything. Now, going forward, the women’s basketball program appears to be more positively oriented, and more image conscious. It appears that everything that I was angry about, has been addressed.