While the memories of Friday, Feb. 10, remain fresh in our minds, the Dickinson State University community has pulled together to begin another week at the "college on the hill."
As the sun set Friday evening, Dr. D.C. Coston along with Deryl Matthew, DSU student body president, took the time to visit with students of each DSU residence hall.
"I was deeply encouraged to see students supporting one another on Friday evening during our visit with them," said Coston. "I feel it was just as meaningful for me to be with the students as it was for them to be around each other."
Blue Hawk fans gathered with mixed feelings, heavy hearts and Blue Hawk pride Saturday night and hoped for two victories in Scott Gym. The Lady Blue Hawks led triumphantly with the first win of the night over the Mayville State Comets. DSU senior guard Kylee Bittner hit a personal milestone in scoring her 1,000th career point as a Lady Blue Hawk.
The men's basketball game stretched into overtime, where the Blue Hawks claimed their second victory over Mayville State. DSU senior Tevin Hurd scored 27 points, nine of those contributing to the overtime win.
"We feel like the school needed something good with all the drama that's been going on and everything," said Hurd. "We felt like the DSU family needed something positive to look at, so we really wanted to come out and play for them. I think that's what fueled us, especially in the second half."
"It's been a long week for us," said head men's basketball coach Ty Orton. "It's been an eventful time for DSU and these kids fought through a lot of things and they represented the school to a high level."
DSU athletics is just one of the many ways the community of Dickinson has supported the university. Community support has been vital in moving the institution forward through the recent audit discoveries and the devastating loss of one of our beloved faculty members, Dr. Doug LaPlante.
Perhaps Dickinson Press publisher Harvey Brock said it best is his recent editorial: "Dickinson and western North Dakota need DSU as much today as it did in 1918 and will need it even more tomorrow. We need to support our university now more than ever in the coming months."