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Pioneer Editorial: Cheers and Jeers

Cheer: A solid choice for president

Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College will undergo an orderly turnover this summer when President Jon Quistgaard goes into retirement and Richard Hanson steps into his new role leading the university and college. Hanson has plenty of experience managing large universities. He has served as interim president of North Dakota State University, but taking on a dual role at BSU and NTC will be a new experience for him. Meanwhile, the community congratulates Quistgaard on his successful tenure and wishes him well in retirement.

Cheer: Roholts honored

Dr. H.B. "Ding" and Ina Roholt are this year's Paul Bunyan Playhouse Celebrity Stars. They were honored last week for their longtime commitment to the Paul Bunyan Playhouse and Bemidji's arts and entertainment community. The Roholts have been patrons of the Paul Bunyan Playhouse since the days when the summer theater held sway at Ruttgers Birchmont Lodge.

Jeer: Guinea pigs

The University of California Berkeley will send DNA test kits to 5,500 incoming freshmen to analyze various genetic traits such as responses to alcohol and dairy products. Even though the tests are voluntary and the ostensible motivation is to spur discussion about personal genomics, the whole idea smacks of invasion of privacy and seems somewhat coercive. Would students who refused the tests be blackballed?Cheer: The right name

The Robert H. Peters Rink at the Bemidji Regional Event Center recalls the history of hockey at Bemidji State University and the man who originated the program. With 702 wins as coach, R.H. "Bob" Peters has logged more wins at one institution than any other coach. He also played a pivotal role in BSU's entrance into the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.