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nemployment is falling. The housing market is rebounding. Consumers are paying off their debts. And the big banks are healthy. The U.S. economy that earned President Barack Obama a second term looks nothing like the mess that he inherited four years ago. Instead of shrinking and shedding jobs, the country is growing at an annual rate of 2 percent and businesses are handing out new paychecks at a monthly average of 157,000 so far this year. That doesn't mean the world's largest economy is thriving. The United States has been growing below its historical trend since March, according to the three-month moving average of the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank's National Activity Index, a blend of 85 indicators measuring employment, production, housing and consumption. Danger looms in the form of $607 billion automatic spending cuts and tax increases known as the fiscal cliff, scheduled to take effect at the beginning of 2013. A simmering sovereign debt crisis that has sapped Europe's commercial strength poses another risk. Few economists, in any event, expect a return to the robust growth of the late 1990s, when median household income rose for six consecutive years. "The economy is OK right now, but there are worries about potential headwinds next year," said economist Chris Rupkey of the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi in New York. Obama's election victory Tuesday night erases a question mark that has shadowed the economy all year while he and Republican Mitt Romney, two candidates with sharply divergent views of government's appropriate role in the economy, dueled for the presidency. While the specifics of tax, spending and regulatory policies remain to be written,

investors now at least know what direction will be taken by the White House. Obama's victory means renewed political pressure to raise taxes on high-income individuals and on investment income.

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2012 winners and losers, bests and worsts revealed after election night

Five SFA students have been chosen to participate in the Texas Legislative Internship Program (TLIP) this spring in Austin. TLIP is a program that assigns students to an internship in Austin that is in some way involved with the Texas Legislature. They will live there for the spring semester and earn nine hours of upper-level political science credit. “Students can hope to gain a wide range of experience because you get right in the middle of the legislative process,” Dr. Ken Collier, TLIP campus coordinator, said in a previous interview. The five students chosen to participate are Kristen Cade, Emily Campbell, Karina Erickson, Jarrett Jackson and Chelsea Rountree. “I want to get into policy making, so (TLIP) is a good place to start,” Cade said. Cade is a junior from Duncanville. She is a political science major and is mainly interested in international relations and is involved in the School of Honors, World Politics Club and Pi Sigma Alpha (the political science honor society). After college Cade plans to attend graduate school, get her doctorate and either teach or work on defense policy making. Cade is excited to participate in TLIP “for the experience.” If given the opportunity, Cade would like to work on something to do with immigration, but would be happy with anything. “I am using the internship to decide what I want to do (after college),” Campbell said. Campbell is a junior from Crandall, Texas. She is a political science major and is interested in international relations as well as political theory. Campbell is the president of Pi Sigma Alpha and works at the AARC. “I decided to do TLIP because I would get to work directly with the legislature. It will give me the experience I need because I am interested in working on campaigns (after college),” Erickson said. Erickson is

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President Barack Obama won a second sweeping national victory Tuesday, far exceeding the electoral vote expectations that many had projected for him and proving that the coalition that he built in 2008 (young people, AfricanAmericans, Hispanics) is durable and sustaining. While his impressive victory makes Obama the big winner of the night (and, consequently, Mitt Romney the big loser), there were plenty of other bests — and worsts — from election night. Winners: Women: Women comprised 53 percent of the total national vote — as they

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did in 2008 — and went for Obama by 11 points, a gender gap critical to his victory. Female politicians — particularly on the Democratic side — also had a very good night. The Senate added Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Tammy Baldwin (Wis.), Mazie Hirono (Hawaii) and Heidi Heitkamp to its ranks while re-electing potential 2016-ers Kirstin Gillibrand (N.Y.) and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) In New Hampshire, women ruled the day — electing a new governor (Maggie Hassan) and two new House Members (Carol Shea Porter and Ann Kuster). Add Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R) and Jeanne Shaheen (D) to that mix and you have an all female congressional delegation from the Granite State. Jim Messina, Joel Benenson and the entire Obama senior strategic team: Messina, the campaign manager, and

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Benenson, the campaign's pollster, as well as the rest of the Obama campaign's top political aides, deserve a massive amount of credit for what they pulled off on Tuesday night. They helped to re-elect a president with an economic headwind the likes of which few politicians would have been unable to run into. They did so with an unwavering belief that the race would be more a choice about which of the two candidates understood average voters' concerns than a referendum on the president's policies. They did so with massive infrastructure in swing states and an unswerving commitment of time (and lots and lots and lots) of money in places like Virginia and Florida that few people believed Obama could or would win again in 2012. They did so by recreating the demographic coalition — minorities, women, young voters — that many people said couldn't be recreated after the 2008 election. Simply a strategic master class from beginning to end. Young voters: Long the butt of jokes about their lack of participation in the political process, the 18-29 year old set made a major statement in the 2012 campaign. One of the most amazing stats of the 2012 election is that young voters made up a larger percentage of the total electorate (18 percent in 2008, 19 percent in 2012) than they did four years ago. And while Obama's margin wasn't as large among that youthful age group as it was four years ago, he still Winners and losers, page 2

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Election from page 1 are, we are the youth of the nation — indeed. Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee: At the start of the 2012 election, the chances that Democrats would pick up seats in the Senate was roughly equivalent to the chances that Alex Rodriguez would get a clutch playoff hit. So, virtually zero. That Democrats not only held their Senate majority but wound up picking two seats — including holding onto a seat in heavily Republican North Dakota and turning over seats in Massachusetts, Maine and Indiana — is one of the most remarkable developments in a night filled with good news for Democrats. Huge credit goes to Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (Wash.) and DSCC executive director Guy Cecil. Marco Rubio/Jeb Bush: What Tuesday’s election proved beyond a shadow of a doubt is that Republicans have a Hispanic problem roughly the size of the United States. Obama won Hispanic voters by more than 40 points and in several states — Florida and Nevada to name two — Latinos proved decisive for the Democratic nominee. Both Rubio, Florida’s junior senator, and Bush, the Sunshine State’s former two-term governor, have been saying for quite some time that the GOP must find ways to recast its positions on immigration. (Rubio released a statement early Wednesday morning to that effect.) Watch for both men to emerge as the leaders of an attempt to re-make their party on the issue — and watch for them to get more traction than they did pre-election 2012. And, oh by the way, both men are potential 2016 presidential candidates. Bill Clinton: Aside from Obama, did

anyone have a better 2012 campaign than Bubba? He was the star of the Democratic National Convention and the most valuable surrogate for Obama in swing states in the final week(s) of the campaign. For someone who loves politics in a gut way, Clinton was in his glory during this race. And, is there any doubt he is going to want to stay in the mix? Like, in 2016 as the leading surrogate for his wife’s presidential campaign? Empathy: One in five voters said that the most important trait in picking their candidates was that he “cares about people like me.” Obama won that group 81 percent to 18 percent over Mitt Romney. That number illustrates how the Obama campaign effectively turned this election from a referendum on the incumbent’s economic policies to a choice as to which of the two men “gets” you. Political polling by big media organizations: For all of the questions surrounding the party identification in national surveys conducted by the mainstream media, they wound up getting it pretty close to right. The final Washington Post-ABC News tracking poll had a D+6 sample; the national exit poll showed a D+6 edge. So, yeah. Nate Silver: Nerds rule! Nate has a model, stuck to it and was proven right. The Boss: Bruce Springsteen got off the sidelines late in the 2012 campaign but went all in for Obama — even touring around on Air Force One in the final days of the campaign. And, he picked a winner. 2016 political junkies: Obama’s victory means that we won’t have an incumbent running in 2016. And, we could very well have the possibility of a totally wide open primary race on both sides if Vice President Joe Biden decides not to run ala Dick Cheney

in 2008. Losers: Republican party: There’s almost nothing in the results — either in terms of wins and losses or in terms of demographics — that contains good news for Republicans. This was an across-the-board beating from the presidential level on down and presaged future struggles at the national level for Republicans unless the party can find a way to broaden its coalition beyond white voters. If Republicans continue to lose Hispanics at a 70-30 clip, states like Arizona and even Texas will be swing states in the presidential contest by 2016 or 2020 at the latest. There’s no doubt that this should be a moment of reflection and re-assessment for the Republican party. What is in doubt is how the party’s leaders — most of whom acknowledge privately that things have to change — reconcile the positions of the base on things like immigration, gay rights and abortion to the political reality. While the GOP won’t — and shouldn’t — abandon its principles, to win Republicans have to find a way to put the emphasis on issues (job creation, debt reduction) they can win and not on issues that are now proven stone-cold losers. Tea party champions: The tea party wing of the GOP cost Republicans near sure-thing Senate seats in Missouri and Indiana by nominating two candidates who were aligned with their views but not with the broader electorates of the states they were running to represent. Add Richard Mourdock and Todd Akin to a list that in 2010 included Sharron Angle, Christine O’Donnell and Ken Buck and you see five Senate seats that Republicans could easily be holding if they had nominated the more

electable candidate. At the House level, tea party hero Joe Walsh (Ill.) lost badly and Rep. Allen West (Fla.) appears headed to defeat although he has yet to concede the contest. Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.) eked out a win despite the Republican nature of her suburban Twin Cities seat. The message? Being a tea party hero is great if you are running for the tea party nomination. Of course, that doesn’t exist. Expanding the map: The final week of the presidential campaign was dominated by talk from Republicans that they had a real chance at victory in places like Pennsylvania, Michigan and Minnesota. None of them were all that close. Romney lost by 5 points in Pennsylvania, 8 points in Minnesota and 9 points in Michigan. Foreign policy: Despite all of the media attention that Libya drew in the final month of the campaign, foreign policy was an afterthought — at best — for most voters. Just five percent of people in the national exit poll said foreign policy was their most important issue. Interestingly, Obama won that group by 20+ points. The Mack family: Florida Rep. Connie Mack IV (R) lost — and lost surprisingly quickly — to Sen. Bill Nelson on Tuesday night. On Wednesday morning, California Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R) conceded defeat in her Palm Springs-area House seat. Tough night in the Mack household. Kid Rock: Robert James Ritchie couldn’t deliver Michigan for Mitt Romney. Donald Trump: Please. Just. Stop.

that effect.) Watch for both men to emerge as the leaders of an attempt to re-make their party on the issue — and watch for them to get more traction than they did pre-election 2012. And, oh by the way, both men are potential 2016 presidential candidates. Bill Clinton: Aside from Obama, did anyone have a better 2012 campaign than Bubba? He was the star of the Democratic National Convention and the most valuable surrogate for Obama in swing states in the final week(s) of the campaign. For someone who loves politics in a gut way, Clinton was in his glory during this race. And, is there any doubt he is going to want to stay in the mix? Like, in 2016 as the leading surrogate for his wife's presidential campaign? Empathy: One in five voters said that the most important trait in picking their candidates was that he "cares about people like me." Obama won that group 81 percent to 18 percent over Mitt Romney. That number illustrates how the Obama campaign effectively turned this election from a referendum on the incumbent's economic policies to a choice as to which of the two men "gets" you. Political polling by big media organizations: For all of the questions surrounding the party identification in national surveys conducted by the mainstream media, they wound up getting it pretty close to right. The final Washington Post-ABC News tracking poll had a D+6 sample; the national exit

poll showed a D+6 edge. So, yeah. Nate Silver: Nerds rule! Nate has a model, stuck to it and was proven right. The Boss: Bruce Springsteen got off the sidelines late in the 2012 campaign but went all in for Obama — even touring around on Air Force One in the final days of the campaign. And, he picked a winner. 2016 political junkies: Obama's victory means that we won't have an incumbent running in 2016. And, we could very well have the possibility of a totally wide open primary race on both sides if Vice President Joe Biden decides not to run ala Dick Cheney in 2008. Losers: Republican party: There's almost nothing in the results — either in terms of wins and losses or in terms of demographics — that contains good news for Republicans. This was an across-the-board beating from the presidential level on down and presaged future struggles at the national level for Republicans unless the party can find a way to broaden its coalition beyond white voters. If Republicans continue to lose Hispanics at a 70-30 clip, states like Arizona and even Texas will be swing states in the presidential contest by 2016 or 2020 at the latest. There's no doubt that this should be a moment of reflection and re-assessment for the Republican party. What is in doubt is how the party's leaders — most of whom acknowledge privately that things have to

change — reconcile the positions of the base on things like immigration, gay rights and abortion to the political reality. While the GOP won't — and shouldn't — abandon its principles, to win Republicans have to find a way to put the emphasis on issues (job creation, debt reduction) they can win and not on issues that are now proven stone-cold losers. Tea party champions: The tea party wing of the GOP cost Republicans near sure-thing Senate seats in Missouri and Indiana by nominating two candidates who were aligned with their views but not with the broader electorates of the states they were running to represent. Add Richard Mourdock and Todd Akin to a list that in 2010 included Sharron Angle, Christine O'Donnell and Ken Buck and you see five Senate seats that Republicans could easily be holding if they had nominated the more electable candidate. At the House level, tea party hero Joe Walsh (Ill.) lost badly and Rep. Allen West (Fla.) appears headed to defeat although he has yet to concede the contest. Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.) eked out a win despite the Republican nature of her suburban Twin Cities seat. The message? Being a tea party hero is great if you are running for the tea party nomination. Of course, that doesn’t exist.

This story was taken from The Washington Post News Service with Bloombert News.

Winners and losers from page 1 carried 18-29 year olds by 24 points. We are, we are the youth of the nation — indeed. Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee: At the start of the 2012 election, the chances that Democrats would pick up seats in the Senate was roughly equivalent to the chances that Alex Rodriguez would get a clutch playoff hit. So, virtually zero. That Democrats not only held their Senate majority but wound up picking two seats — including holding onto a seat in heavily Republican North Dakota and turning over seats in Massachusetts, Maine and Indiana — is one of the most remarkable developments in a night filled with good news for Democrats. Huge credit goes to Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (Wash.) and DSCC executive director Guy Cecil. Marco Rubio/Jeb Bush: What Tuesday’s election proved beyond a shadow of a doubt is that Republicans have a Hispanic problem roughly the size of the United States. Obama won Hispanic voters by more than 40 points and in several states — Florida and Nevada to name two — Latinos proved decisive for the Democratic nominee. Both Rubio, Florida’s junior senator, and Bush, the Sunshine State’s former two-term governor, have been saying for quite some time that the GOP must find ways to recast its positions on immigration. (Rubio released a statement early Wednesday morning to

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TLIP from page 1 a junior from Lago Vista, Texas. She is a double major in political science and radio/TV. Erickson is the secretary of the Young Conservatives of Texas, vice president of the Pre-Law Club and a member of Pi Sigma Alpha. She is most interested in domestic politics. “I feel like (TLIP) will clear up what I want to do with my life. I have always been interested in public service, and I think (TLIP) will open up some opportunities,” Jackson said. Jackson is a junior from Fort Worth. He is a double major in political science and communications. His main interest is domestic politics. Jackson is involved in SGA and Men of Achievement. Jackson has no preference for his internship assignment, but just wants to be “immersed in the legislature.” Katelynn Wiggins/Pine Log photo “TLIP will be my college experience finale,” Chelsea Left to right: Kristen Cade, Karina Krickson, Chelsea Rountree, Emily Campbell and Jarrett Jackson Rountree said, because she is graduating in May. Rountree is a senior from Garrison, Texas. She is a double major in “the people I will get to meet, the place I will get to live and the work I will get to do”. Spanish and political science. Rountree has many dreams for her future after college that These five students will live in Austin for the entire legislative session this spring. They include translating for the European Union, teaching children to read in South America will be given a $7000 stipend for the semester to cover living expenses. Collier describes the and working on political campaigns right here in Texas. She is excited to attend TLIP for internship as “an experience you cannot get any other way”.

The Crime Log On 11-6-2012 an Officer was dispatched to the lobby of UPD in reference to Harassment. Upon arrival the Officer made contact with the complainant who advised between 10-25-2012 and 11-1-2012 she was offended twice by a subject in the Liberal Arts Building. There is one suspect. On 11-5-2012 an Officer was dispatched to Lot 52 in reference to a suspicious person looking in car windows. Upon arrival the Officer located the subject and attempted to make contact with him, but the subject fled from the Officer on foot. The subject was apprehended and discovered to have stolen property on his person. The subject was arrested for Evading Arrest or Detention and for a Burglary Warrant out of Bexar County and transported to the Nacogdoches County Jail. While transporting the subject to the jail the subject

became aggressive and started kicking his feet against the patrol car's partition and damaged the patrol vehicle's video camera storage unit. Warrants for Theft and Criminal Mischief are being obtained on the subject. There is one suspect. On 11-3-2012 an Officer stopped a vehicle on East College St. for numerous traffic violations. The driver was found to be intoxicated and arrested for Driving While Intoxicated. The suspect was transported to the Nacogdoches County Jail without incident. There is one suspect. On 11-2-2012 an Officer was dispatched to the Baker Pattillo Student Center in reference to a Theft. Upon arrival the Officer made contact with the complainant, who advised money had been stolen from a letter that he received through the mail. There are no suspects.

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SmartGlass by XBox 360 will be available soon By Robert Key Staff Writer

If you own an Xbox 360 as well as an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, then you can finally

download SmartGlass from the App Store for free. This past summer, Microsoft revealed SmartGlass at E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo), an annual press conference where

video game developers and publishers gather to show gamers everywhere their biggest and most anticipated games. Although it became available for download on Apple’s App Store Nov. 6 to coincide

with the launch of “Halo 4,” those who own an Android device, Windows Phone or Windows 8 have been able to download it since late October. Acting as a method to compete against Nintendo’s upcoming Wii U with its tabletlike controller, Microsoft aims to make SmartGlass an integral part of the Xbox 360. SmartGlass can be used for a multitude of tasks you cannot normally do with a gaming controller. It can be used to navigate through the Xbox 360’s dashboard. You simply swipe your finger back and forth to switch between sections of the dashboard. It can also be used as a remote when you are watching videos or listening to music. Like a remote, you can use SmartGlass to pause, rewind, fast forward, play or stop videos and music. SmartGlass can even act as a mouse for Internet Explorer, which was recently released with Xbox’s annual update. Although SmartGlass can be used as an alternate controller for navigating through the Xbox Dashboard, it can also be used as a keypad to message your friends via Xbox Live. Users will even be able to make edits to their Xbox Live profile and change the appearance of their avatar. The app itself will replace the My Xbox Live app, which was used to view one’s Xbox Live profile. SmartGlass, similar to the GamePad for the Wii U, will be used for Xbox’s games, but not as a substitute controller. For example, when players pick up a new weapon in “Halo 4,” detailed information about that weapon will be sent straight to your phone. Though it is not used as a replacement controller, SmartGlass can be used to enhance a gaming experience. When Microsoft first revealed SmartGlass at E3, they used “Madden NFL 13” to show off the possibilities of the app. Instead of using a pre-determined play that is traditionally in Madden, SmartGlass allows players to make their own plays by routing teammates using the phone’s touchscreen. It will be interesting to see what else SmartGlass will bring to Xbox users in the future, especially since the service is free. rkey@thepinelog.com Twitter: @Robbie_Key_V

Top Ten: How to write a successful blog By Chasity Monschein Contributing Writer

I am the owner of the blog www.everychildisablessing.blogspot. From the beginning of my pregnancy, I have kept track of symptoms, baby development, and events in my pregnancy journal. I began my blog as a way to post these weekly developments, and let my family in Indiana know how my pregnancy was going. To my surprise, people from around the world began looking at my blog. So I began to expand my blog. I changed the layout, created social networking groups, started contacting companies, and included post about major decisions in my pregnancy, such as using a doula, breastfeeding, natural birthing methods, circumcision, and placenta encapsulation. Currently, my blog has 43,555 page views, the blog’s Facebook page has 700 “likes,” and the Twitter page has 400 followers. 1. Focus on your content “Although it is important to research

good methods, don’t let yourself get tied up in too much socializing, searching for shortcuts, or ways to increase your stats,” said Danielle Nicole, blog owner of www.exhaustedmomdiary. blogspot.com. “Focus on your content and spend your time actually working on your site. If you build a good quality website, followers, traffic, and stats will come to you.” 2. Keep it simple Nothing is harder on the eyes than coming across a blog that has flashing letters, bright colors, and lots of graphics. Keep it simple so readers can focus on your written content, instead of being distracted by the blog layout. 3. Organize topics Organization makes content easier for readers to view. It also is more visually pleasing. Adding gadgets in the sidebar and a search bar for key words are a few ways to organize a blog.

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Obama’s victory should settle a bitter argument P E.J. Dionne Jr. The Washington Post

resident Obama’s reelection was at once a deeply personal triumph and a victory for the younger, highly diverse and broadly progressive America that rallied to him. It was a result that ought to settle the bitter argument that ground the nation’s government to

a near-standstill. The president spent much of the year fighting the effects of a stubbornly sluggish economic recovery and facing implacable opposition among Republicans in Congress who made defeating him a high priority. He fought back by undermining Mitt Romney’s major asset as a privateequity specialist and by enlisting Bill Clinton as his chief explainer. And he mobilized a mighty army of African American and Hispanic voters. They were all the more determined to exercise their voting rights after Republicans sought in state after state to make it harder for them to cast ballots. Latino voters turned out overwhelmingly for the president, guaranteeing that immigration reform will be on the next Congress’s agenda. Just as important for governance over the next four years, the president took on an increasingly militant conservatism intent on vastly reducing the responsibilities of government and cutting taxes even more on the wealthiest Americans. In the process, he built a broad alliance of moderates and progressives who still believe in government’s essential role in regulating the marketplace and broadening the reach of opportunity. Many have argued that the president ran a “small” and “negative” campaign, and he was certainly not shy about going after Romney. But this misses the extent to which Obama made specific commitments and repeatedly cast the election as a choice between two different philosophical directions. He was not vague about what he meant. Obama campaigned explicitly on higher taxes for the wealthy as part of a balanced budget deal. He stoutly defended the federal government’s interventions to bring the economy back from the brink — and especially his rescue of the auto companies. It cannot be forgotten that saving General Motors and Chrysler was the most “interventionist” and “intrusive” economic policy Obama pursued — and it proved to be the most electorally successful of all of his decisions. The auto bailout was key to Obama’s crucial victory in Ohio, where six in 10 voters approved the rescue. Union households in the state voted strongly for the president, and he held his own among working-class whites.

The president also called for higher levels of government spending for job training and education, particularly community colleges. And he spoke repeatedly against turning Medicare into a voucher program and sending Medicaid to the states. The voters who reelected the president knew what they were voting for. They also knew what they were voting against. Romney paid a high price for his comments suggesting that “47 percent” of the electorate was hopelessly dependent on government. Writing off nearly half the potential voters is never a good idea. On Tuesday, a clear majority rejected that notion. It rejected as well Rep. Paul Ryan’s categorization of the country as made up of “makers” and “takers.” Romney tried hard to scramble toward the political middle in the campaign’s final month, and that too should send a signal: In this election, the hard-line ideas of the tea party were rejected not only by those who voted against the Republicans but also by Republicans themselves. And Republicans will be well aware that tea party candidates, notably in Indiana and Missouri, sharply set back their efforts to take control of the Senate.

Axes up to the fog finally dissipating—I know Christmas is almost here, but let’s wait a little longer.

Republicans will take solace in their success in holding on to the House of Representatives. But the party as a whole will have to come to terms with its failures to expand beyond its base of older white voters and to translate rightwing slogans into a coherent agenda. Republicans need to have a serious talk with themselves, and they need to change. All of this strengthens Obama’s hand. It will not be so easy for Republicans to keep saying no. They can no longer use their desire to defeat Obama as a rallying cry. They cannot credibly insist that tax increases can never be part of a solution to the nation’s fiscal problems. And now Obama will have the strongest argument a politician can offer. Repeatedly, he asked the voters to settle Washington’s squabbles in his favor. On Tuesday, they did. And so a president who took office four years ago on a wave of emotion may now have behind him something more valuable and durable: a majority that thought hard about his stewardship and decided to let him finish the job he had begun. E. J. Dionne Jr. is a columnist for The Washington Post

What I love about SFA... “I love that there are so many academic resources such as the AARC and SI sessions that can help you. Everyone here wants to see you succeed.” —Kourtney Green

Axes up to the new planner on mySFA. No more having to write down every moment of every day with a pen and paper.

Axes down to the ridiculous attitudes from students about the election. You don’t have to spit on people to get your point across. Attitudes like that belong in Huntsville.

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Axes down to the unsight ly ora nge SPEED LIMIT flashing sign that is moved daily to various campus locations to intimidate drivers. Couldn’t we at least paint it PURPLE?

“I love that you meet a lot of random, friendly people, and that as a freshman, they make you feel at home. I love that.” —Joycelyn Roque

Axes down to certain classes that are needed for graduation only being offered during certain semesters. It’s funny how we come in with a four-year plan and leave with 5 or 6 years under our belts.

“I love how friendly everyone is. Coming from a town I lived in my entire life to a new, unfamiliar one on my own, SFA calmed my fears and opened my mind to new experiences.” —Emily Birge

“I love the smaller campus and close environment. SFA feels like one big family.” —Shelby Havard “I love that my classes are small and all of my professors know me by my name.” —Abby McCarty

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Raffle next week will help raise money for Alzheimer’s disease By, Jordan Boyd Sports Editor The brothers of Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity are holding a raffle to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association from Nov. 12 until Nov. 16, outside of the Baker Pattillo Student Center. The winners for the prizes will be announced and contacted after the raffle concludes Friday evening. The raffle includes prizes for two tickets to Whiskey Myers at Banita Creek Hall, along with a meet and greet with the group, two zip lining tours for four at NY Zip Lining, $40 gift cards to the Greek store and Bodyzen balance therapeutic massage, a dinner for two certificate to Auntie Pastas or Clear Springs and four FC Dallas tickets to a 2013 game of your choice, among many others. The prizes amount to about $1,200 in total and raffle tickets are just $1 each. Raffle tickets will go to specific items, so people who participate win the specific items that they wish. There is no limit on the amount of raffle tickets that can

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be purchased, and all proceeds will go to the Alzheimer’s Association. This is not the first philanthropy event that Sigma Alpha Mu, or Sammy as they are referred to by most, has held to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Last month, they raised over $1,500 in their annual “Bounce for Beats” fundraiser outside of Wal-Mart. Next semester, they will also hold a canned food drive to benefit those who are affected by Alzheimer’s. Sammy also teamed up with the NAACP and the Geography Club last Sunday to clean up an abandoned, historically African American graveyard that the city of Nacogdoches had ignored. The graves were covered in vines and bushes and the graves were virtually inaccessible. But with the efforts of the volunteers, the cemetery looked nearly brand new. Look for the booth outside of the student center Nov. 12 through Nov. 16 and help raise money for those affected by Alzheimer’s, and possibly win some prizes along the way.

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Volleyball nears season end

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After picking up its 20th win of the season on Tuesday against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, the Ladyjacks will now close out the regular season with a pair of tough tests at Oral Roberts and Central Arkansas. SFA can complete the season sweep of ORU with a win in Tulsa on Thursday. Fans are encouraged to follow along with SFA Volleyball and SFA Athletics as a whole via SFA’s social media sites on Facebook (SFA Athletics) and Twitter (@SFA_Athletics). Up-to-the minute match updates, as well as the latest news can be found via these outlets from all home matches and selected road matches. SFA picked up its 20th win of the season on Tuesday against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, clinching the 17th 20-win season in program history and the first since 2009. SFA has put junior setter Amanda Rister into the starting lineup in each of the last three matches, and have pulled out sweeps in two of them. In each of those wins, Rister has played well, nearly pulling out a double-double each time. The Ladyjacks have managed to utilize both Rister and sophomore Paige Holland, and the tandem led SFA to a .228 attack percentage in its 3-0 win over Texas A&MCorpus Christi, its highest attack percentage in its last seven matches.

SFA got stellar performances on Senior Night from its two seniors - Sabrina Burns and Madison Hanlan - in their final career match at Shelton Gym. Hanlan picked up 22 digs in the 3-0 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, while Burns fiinshed with 11 kills and three blocks, hitting .320 for the match. In SFA’s 3-0 win over North Texas, the Ladyjacks managed to hit just .095 as a team. That was the fifth time this season SFA has hit under .100 in a match, but the first time it has come out with a victory despite it. In fact, it was just the second time since 2006 that the Ladyjacks have won a match when hitting less than .100, the last coming on Oct. 20, 2010 when they beat Sam Houston despite .098 for the match. Madison Hanlan had a career afternoon last week at Nicholls, totaling 47 digs against the Colonels, a new SFA school record. That mark is six better than former All-American libero Stephanie Figgers’ record of 41 set in 2006, and also the most digs by any Southland Conference player since McNeese’s Jessica Strama had 62 in 2006. In addition, it is also the second-most digs by any player in the country this season according to the AVCA. pinelog@thepinelog.com

Previewing Taylor Smith and the big men for SFA Replacing an all-conference big man is never easy, but the task is minimized when the projected replacement has already garnered preseason first-team all-conference honors as Taylor Smith has already done for Stephen F. Austin entering the 2012-13 season. Smith will have the task of moving into the starting lineup to open up the season in place of Jereal Scott, who has manned the middle for the Jacks as the starter each of the past three seasons. But the senior is ready for the opportunity and is coming off a stellar debut season as a junior for the Lumberjacks after transferring to SFA from McLennan Community College. Playing in the middle at just 6-6, Smith makes up for what he lacks in size with athleticism, length, energy and efficiency. He set a new school record hitting 70.1 percent of his shots from the field last season and would have led the nation in that category had he qualified for the leaderboard. He put up 9.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game a year ago in just over 19 minutes per game. He also made three starts late in the season, putting in 10.3 points and 9.7 rebounds, including a pair of doubledoubles in those games. But in addition to what he brings offensively, he also brings an added dimension defensive-

ly, blocking 42 shots last season, which was more than any other Lumberjack in the last five seasons. “We feel like Taylor is ready for his senior year,” head coach Danny Kaspar said. “I thought he should have been an all-conference player last season after playing some really big minutes for us. He was an all-conference player two times in junior college and we feel like he can be that again here.” Behind Smith will be another junior college transfer, Ice Asortse, who stands at just 6-7 but brings a strong 230pound frame to the middle. A native of Nigeria, Asortse averaged nearly 10 points and eight boards per game in two years at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. There he led the Bulldogs to a 43-11 record and a conference title, earning all-conference honors himself in the process. In addition to Asortse, SFA also brought in true freshman Patrick Costello, a 6-8 forward from Houston who will likely utilize a redshirt season. While at Pope John XXIII High School he averaged just over 13 points and five rebounds as a senior, and the coaching staff feels as though he could develop into a solid contributor down the line. pinelog@thepinelog.com

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SFA will rely on big man Taylor Smith (pictured right) to have a big year in the post. All-conference post Jereal Scott is now gone, and Smith will need to come up big for the Jacks to make a run in the Southland conference in 2012-13. Smith set a new school record with a 70.1 field goal percentage last year while putting up 9.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game as a junior last season.

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A pre-season look at softball infielder

Coach Gay McNutt: ‘ I believe we will all see what Lizzi Arana is all about.’ By Kyle Rogers Contributing Writer The SFA Softball team is looking for a standout season from junior infielder Elizabeth Arana in 2013. “Lizzi is possibly the best player during my tenure here at SFA,” head softball coach Gay McNutt said. “We expect her to have a record-setting season in almost every category, both offensively and defensively. I can say this with confidence, because Lizzi expects these things from herself. Not only is Lizzi a great player here at SFA, but I would also put her up against any player in the Southland Conference.” As a sophomore last season, Arana led SFA in nearly every offensive category while splitting time at three different infield positions. Arana led the Ladyjacks in batting average (.295), slugging percentage (.512), on-base percentage (.430), runs batted in (21), hits (38), doubles (10), triples (3), total bases (66), walks (29) and also tied for the team-lead in home runs (4). In recognition of her success on the field, the utility player was named to the All-Southland Conference third-team at the conclusion of the season. A native of The Woodlands, Arana was one of three SFA players to start in all 49 games, making appearances at first base, second base and shortstop, in 2011. “The greatest thing about Lizzi and something I admire most about her is the fact that she can and/or will play anywhere on the field,” McNutt said. “Because of injuries in the past, she has been expected to play multiple positions. This year, I would really like to see her settle in at first base if at all possible.” Arana has played with her sister, former Ladyjack infielder Jessica Arana, each of

the past two seasons. With her sister now graduated, Lizzi will look to take on more of a leadership role entering her junior season. “Lizzi comes from a very strong family background,” McNutt said. “She had a great relationship with her sister Jessica and they played very well together here. But because of the respect she has always had for Jessica, Lizzi took a backseat and lived in her sister’s shadow. Now that Jess is no longer on the field with her, I believe we will all see what Lizzi Arana is all about. She wants to win like no other player I have ever coached. Because of the unfortunate seasons we have had over the past two years, her will to win and the passion she displays for the game will no doubt ignite this team to a much higher place in our conference. Lizzi has only gotten better and stronger over the last couple of years. Sometimes it takes a couple of really hard knocks to see what one is really made of.” SFA finished 16-33 overall and 6-14 in conference play last season. The Ladyjacks are a combined 30-69 overall and 15-35 in conference over the past two seasons. SFA’s last winning season dates back to 2010 in which the program captured a share of its first-ever Southland Conference championship since it joined the league in the 1988 season. In 2010, Arana was still a senior at The Woodlands High School playing for the Highlanders and tournament softball for the Houston Power Gold. As one of only eight returners from last season’s roster, Arana will head a young Ladyjack squad that welcomes 11 newcomers to this year’s team. SFA Softball will open its season in February. For more information on Arana and the Ladyjacks, visit www.sfajacks. com.

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