Cheers to recognizing women in the military during Women’s History Month and Jeers to all of the unnecessary piling-on of decorated University of Minnesota wrestler

Cheers to recognizing women in the military during Women’s History Month

    March’s Women’s History Month, which is a national celebration that began with the first International Women’s Day in 1911 followed by Women’s History Week in 1980 and finally the month-long commemoration in 1987, celebrates the vital role of women in American history.

    In February 1980, President Jimmy Carter proclaimed that too often the women were “unsung” and sometimes their contributions went “unnoticed”, and asked that libraries, schools and community organizations focus their observances on the women leaders that struggled for equality like Susan B. Anthony and Harriet Tubman.

    The American Legion recently released some surprising (yet awesome) statistics about women in the U.S. military which were shared virally. Some of those stats are that women make up 20-percent of the Air Force, 19-percent of the Navy, 15-percent of the Army and almost 9-percent of the Marine Corps, plus about 16-percent of the Coast Guard.

    Also, did you know that TV star Bea Arthur was a truck driver in the Marine Corps during World War II? Or that Queen Elizabeth II is the only sitting head of state to have served in World War II as a mechanic/driver in the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service while she was still a princess? Or that the only woman to be awarded a Medal of Honor is Mary Edwards Walker who was a medical doctor during the Civil War who had to start as a nurse, but ultimately became the Army’s first female surgeon?

    Women can do amazing things and deserve to be honored all the time, not just during the month of March. But cheers to women during Women’s History Month any way. Especially our women in the military.

– Jess Bengtson, Assistant Editor

Jeers to all of the unnecessary piling on of decorated University of Minnesota wrestler

    Minnesota’s heavyweight wrestler, freshman Gable Steveson, lost his first collegiate match in the title match of the Big Ten Championship. Ranked No. 1 for 285 pounds in the country entering the league tournament, Steveson lost to No. 2 Anthony Cassar of Penn State. The loss dropped Steveson’s record to 30-1.

    Apparently, a four-time state high school champion of Apple Valley, Minn., Steveson, losing one championship match to a senior, Cassar, warrants criticism.

    For those wrestling fans out there ready to write off Steveson, just stop. He will be fine. Steveson went 210-3 in his high school career, won two Cadet World Championships, claimed a Junior World Championship and competed at the U.S. Open Tournament.

    According to Steveson’s profile on the University of Minnesota’s athletic site, the freshman sits in the top-15 consecutive win streaks in Gophers history. In his first career start, Steveson upset Derek White, a redshirt-senior from Oklahoma State. Steveson was ranked fifth at the time, and White was third.

    Steveson will likely compete in the olympics some day. Losing this match might actually be the best thing for him. Lay off the teenager for losing one match.

– Nolan Beilstein, Sports Editor