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Public Relations Andrea Gils

Public Relations Student Society of America -Southeast chapter's president elect wins PRSSA’s 2012 National Conference grant CAPE GIRARDEAU - Andrea Gils, who came from Uruguay to study at Southeast Missouri State University, is a recipient of the 2012 National Conference Grant from the Public Relations Student Society of America. The grant will help her attend the PRSSA National Conference in San Francisco in October. Gils is already a leader in the PRSSA-SE chapter, and this grant will help her pursue a national leadership role. "I want to become part of the National Committee," Gils said. "My aim is to address the controversies that arise in countries around the world when the code of ethics and national laws conflict." The first international student elected to the PRSSA-SE chapter's highest office, Gils represents the Latin American community and exemplifies the global growth of the public relations profession. Gils holds an IBO bilingual diploma and a TESOL certificate from Trinity College London. She is also a reporter and copy editor for the Arrow campus newspaper and is pursuing a B.A. in Journalism and a B.S. in Public Relations at Southeast. PRSSA is the foremost organization in the world for students interested in public relations and communications. Founded in 1968 by the parent organization, the Public Relations Society of America, PRSSA includes more than 10,000 student members and advisers and is active at more than 320 colleges and universities.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Richard Proffer Phone: 573-243-3581 Email:

Email marketing first hand with Constant Contact Spokesperson

JACKSON, Mo., March 6--- Are you wondering how to increase sales, create customer loyalty, and effectively manage an online campaign? Marketing has changed. Because of people’s mobility and need to access portable devices, email marketing use has increased compared to the conventional marketing strategies. But what is the best strategy to get to your target audiences? Paige Cahill, Constant Contact's Regional Development Director of Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska who is coming on April 26 to the University of Missouri Cape Girardeau Extension Center in Jackson, Mo. will address that question and more.

Cahill will give two seminars during which she will show the Constant Contact platform and explain how you can best your goals with email marketing.

Constant Contact is a platform that provides the necessary tools to conduct email marketing, social campaigns, surveys and polls, online event management, and many other products and services.

One thing is to purchase a product, figure out how to use it on your own and another thing is to have a person working for the company that built that product, teach you how to use it effectively and make the best out of your money.


The first seminar is an “Email Marketing Seminar: 10 Best Practices to ‘Rev Up Your Relationships, Referrals, & Revenues’ with Email Marketing” and will be held on April 28 at 7:30 p.m. This seminar will show how email marketing can help you stay connected, generate increased referrals and loyal customer, and repeat sales. The content also encloses what email marketing "is" and "is not", why businesses use email marketing today, the "do's" and "don'ts" of email marketing, and best email practices to help you create successful email campaigns.

If you wonder why your recipients don’t open your emails, during this seminar you can learn how to get your emails opened, and how an email service provider like Constant Contact can make your life simpler. Before hitting the “send” button, you need to make sure the content is engaging and won’t drive the customers to tag you as spam or skip your message. During this seminar you will get tips on crafting content for your email campaign, and learn how to analyze your results and reports.

The second seminar is “Getting Started with Email Marketing: Live Demo on how to create your first email campaign with Constant Contact” and will be held on April 29 at 7:40 p.m. With this seminar you will learn how to use the tool to put your e-marketing plans into action. This seminar will show you how to create your first email in Constant Contact, work with graphics, add, edit and format text and buttons, modify the template, add or import contacts or customer names, schedule and send your emails, and analyze the email reports to see if your email campaigns are successful.

Neither of these seminars requires the use of computers, so you do not need to worry about bringing yours. To register call 573-243-3581 since seating is limited. Cape Girardeau County MU Extension Center is located at 684 W. Jackson Trail, Jackson, Mo.

### SBDC/Extension business programs are also sponsored by the Small Business Administration and University of Missouri and are open to all interested residents. For more information contact Richard Proffer at or call 573-243-3581.

FOR RELEASE WEEK OF February 8, 2013 KILL DATE: March 1, 2013 CONTACT:

Richard Proffer University of Missouri Extension – Cape Girardeau County SBTDC Phone # 573-243-3581 / 417-300-3185 (cell) Email:

Fast Trac® Growth Venture Helps Entrepreneurs Defy Statistics A nationally recognized entrepreneurial training program is coming to Southeast Missouri for the second time. Despite passion, drive and abundance of good ideas, half of all new businesses fail within in the first few years. Often that’s because, despite their zeal, entrepreneurs lack the experience and tools required for starting and running a business.

Current business owners in the Southeast Missouri area now have a new effective weapon to help them increase their chances for success – Fast Trac® Growth Venture, a comprehensive family of workshops and programs that help current business owners home their skills needed to create, manage and grow successful businesses. The series Fast Trac® Growth Venture is a 12-session course lasting six weeks, and beginning on Tuesday, March 5. The classes will be held at the MU Extension Center in Jackson, Mo.

Richard Proffer, business development specialist for the University of Missouri Extension Small Business & Technology Development Center of Southeast Missouri, said this course provides entrepreneurs with insights, strategic visioning guidance, networking opportunities, coaching, speakers and other resources, all aimed to help them prepare for the success of their present business. (Continued) Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. Programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two week in advance. Contact Richard Proffer, University of MO Extension, 684 West Jackson Trail, Jackson, MO 653755 or at 573-243-3581.

Many existing business owners have not started or ran other companies except their own, so the need for in-depth knowledge to help them grow is present.

“This course connects existing business owners to the best resources available to them,” Proffer said. “By participating in this course, the attendees will make connections to help them pursue and realize the goals of their business. The emphasis is for the business owner to be able to take home what they learn and apply it directly to their business,” Proffer said.

Attendees are encouraged to use their own business as the class example and apply the discussions and topics directly to their business throughout the program. Registration is limited to thirty participants and there is no registration fee. All participants will receive a student handbook, handouts and the opportunity to receive a discounted financial analysis of their current business as part of the class. To register and find out more about the Fast Trac® Growth Venture sessions, please contact Richard Proffer at (573) 243-3581. Deadline to register is March 1. ### The Fast Trac® Growth Venture is part of a grant MU Extension Council of Cape Girardeau County received from the WIRED fund being coordinated by the local Workforce Investment Board. More than 165,000 entrepreneurs have participated in Fast Trac® programs nationwide. This program is headquartered out of the Kansas City based Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the largest organization in the nation solely focused on entrepreneurial success at all levels. (Continued) Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. Programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two week in advance. Contact Richard Proffer, University of MO Extension, 684 West Jackson Trail, Jackson, MO 653755 or at 573-243-3581.

SBTDC/Extension business programs are also sponsored by the Small Business Administration and University of Missouri and are open to all interested residents. Requests for special accommodations will be considered if made two weeks in advance by calling 573-243-3581 and asking for Richard Proffer.

Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. Programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two week in advance. Contact Richard Proffer, University of MO Extension, 684 West Jackson Trail, Jackson, MO 653755 or at 573-243-3581.

Journalism Andrea Gils


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Meet the new Arrow staff for the 2013 - 2014 academic year This year the Arrow staff has gone through many different changes. There have been multiple breaking news stories and even editor changes throughout the course of the year, but we have continued to grow. On April 24 the final members were added to the 2013 - 2014 Arrow staff. In addition to the editors listed below Steve Amrhein was chosen as advertising manager and Tommy Crossen as marketing manager. This week’s question is “What did you learn from the Arrow this past year and what are you

most looking forward to for next year,?” which all the future staff members answered below. As for me, this year has been a huge learning opportunity for me. I came into the online editor position with no experience other than what I gained as an Arrow reporter, and I continued to grow from there. I made some great friends and learned many valuable management and journalism skills over the past year. Next year I take on the role of editor for the Arrow. This has been something I have been

working toward for quite a while, and I am so excited to finally be able to be an example to other writers. I look forward to working with my new staff, introducing new writers to the wonderful world of journalism, making great strides in the types of stories we produce, advancing our online product and ultimately enjoying my senior year. If anyone ever wants to share an idea with me or just say ‘hi’ please stop by our office, I look forward to it!

Savanna Maue Editor

​ ​Kelly Lu Holder Managing Editor

Jen Gradl Sports Editor

Jami Black Design Editor

I grew up right here in Southeast Missouri in a small southern town called Scott City where we are no stranger to suspenders and cowboy boots. I will be a senior next year, working my way to earning a degree in journalism and advertising with a minor in creative writing. I’m also a proud sister of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority! I would not be the woman I am today if it wasn’t for the unconditional love and drive my sisters give me on a daily basis. I’m fairly familiar with the Arrow office and how things are done. By working on the Arrow staff I’ve gained reallife experience and learned the responsibility of scheduling and meeting deadlines. Next year I’m looking forward to really connecting with the students, faculty and staff here at Southeast and producing a quality paper every week. I cannot wait to get started!

This year was my first year working for the Arrow. I was a little nervous at first since this would be the first time I would put my writing skills to the test outside of the classroom. Working for the Arrow taught me that I could do this, I can be a writer. The staff helped me improve my writing skills and expand my horizons by writing all different types of stories. Getting compliments and feedback not only helped me improve but boosted my confidence in the career path I have chosen. I didn’t think that after just a year of working for the Arrow, I would have the honor of becoming sports editor, and I’m extremely excited to begin work for my position. I can’t wait to cover sporting events and to work with the other members of the staff to improve the paper. It’s going to be an amazing experience, and I can’t wait.

When I stepped into my first Arrow meeting at the beginning of this semester, I had no idea that I would have become the design editor four short months later. The Arrow gave me the opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and apply for an editor position without even starting out as a staff member. With a passion for design, I applied for the design editor position with many doubts, assuming that my skills would not be sufficient for the job. Today, I am so thankful I took the risk and applied because I can now call myself an Arrow editor. My experience with the Arrow has taught me to follow my passion, try my best and reach my goals, even if they feel unrealistic. I’m extremely excited to start designing the Arrow next year and I have already had a blast associating with the Arrow team for the short amount of time I have been involved.

J.C. Reeves Arts & Entertainment Editor My first time stepping foot into the Arrow office I was timid, shy and unsure of what to expect. I was welcomed with open arms and began my journalism career right there. Since my first visit to the Arrow in September, I have learned so much about journalism, talking to people and myself. It’s been a great opportunity for me to creatively express myself, while informing other people of important information. I didn’t exactly expect to even be in the running for an editor position at the beginning of the semester. Being the arts and entertainment editor is such an exciting thing for me. I have an incredible passion for music and just being entertained. I am most looking forward to broadening my journalistic abilities by learning how to edit stories, use different programs and be someone that writers come to for advice.

Alyssa Brewer Photo Editor In 2011, at the age of 24, I decided to leave my fiveyear corporate job and go back to school full time. During my first semester at Southeast I took Dr. Baird’s Fundamentals of Photography class, fell in love and made it my major. In my spring 2013 semester while taking Dr. White’s MC201 class, our class toured the Arrow. I then became a photographer for the Arrow and found my new passion. What I learned from working with the Arrow is that photojournalism is what I want to do with my life, photography is my own personal sport with no off season. I am most looking forward to having fun experiences in the Arrow office with my teammates. Also, I am looking forward to having a free media pass with a zoomedin front row seat to all the awesome events that Southeast has lined up this year.

Andrea Gils Online Managing Editor This year I had the chance to be part of the Arrow staff as copy editor. The Arrow gave me the opportunity to get to know reporters, grow as a reporter and perfect my time-management skills because of my involvement in other student organizations. Being the online managing editor in the Arrow is a fantastic opportunity for me to further develop my management skills and put into practice my public relations and design skills. This job is complex, but I am very excited to push for daily online multimedia reporting because it will give students the best journalism experience they could possibly get before graduation. Because this position is new, I am very excited to shape it, help the Arrow grow even more and be part of the team that will leave a legacy at this newspaper.

What is your favorite word and can you use it in a sentence?

Zack Manning Pizza. I love to eat pizza.

Ben Kingen Cacophony. Unleash a cacophony of terror.

Tyler Morgan Better. I will do better next semester.

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India Riggins Awesome. India is awesome.


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The 2013 Senior Showcase will be at 7:30 p.m. May 4 and at 2 p.m. May 5 at the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre.+​



The Russian National Ballet Theatre will perform at Southeast for the third time on Friday. Submitted photo

Russian National Ballet Theatre returns to perform Swan Lake ANDREA GILS COPY EDITOR

The Russian National Ballet Theatre will dance at Southeast Missouri State University for the third time since 2009 and will perform Swan Lake, one of the world’s most popular ballets. Swan Lake tells the story of a princess, Odette, who is turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse and shares a love story with Prince Siegfried, who helps Odette lift the curse. Bob Cerchio, the assistant director of the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts, said he always tries to bring in full-length classic Russian ballets performed by a classic Russian company. “You really can’t get better than that,” Cerchio said. Cerchio said Russian dancers are true to the old-style Russian classical ballet. Alexander Daev, associate artistic director and ballet master, has toured with the Russian National Ballet Theatre for 12 years. Daev is in charge of keeping the performances “fresh” and making sure they are always held to the highest standard. Daev said the company is dancing a performance that has been handed down to them through their mentors and teachers for generations. “The Russian School of Ballet is the ‘gold standard’ for ballet training all over the world,” Daev said in an email. Daev said that Swan Lake combines many

elements that are conceived by artists who are the greatest in their fields. “The music by Tchaikovsky is magnificent,” Daev said. “The choreography by Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipas is exquisite. Our sets, lighting and costumes are all beautiful and traditional. All of these things combined take the audience to another place.” Cerchio said it is a breathtaking experience. The Russian National Ballet Theatre is represented by Columbia Artists Management, one of the top three agencies in the world as far as representing excellent artists, Cerchio said. Rachel Hunsell, Southeast senior and dance minor, said bringing companies like the Russian National Ballet Theatre, guest artists and choreographers and companies from New York, Chicago and Los Angeles helps students create more connections when they meet the guests. Students unfortunately will not be able to meet the Russian National Ballet Theatre dancers because they will be on a tight schedule. The Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts had the support of the Bank of Missouri to bring the company. Cerchio said any touring show can cost from $12,000 to $35,000 depending on the company, expenses and whether the company is fully booked or not, among other factors. The payment is done by the end of the performance, and if sales are not enough to cover the costs, the Board of Regents agrees to fund the losses, Cerchio said. Cerchio said he brings some shows that he already knows they can’t break even on, like

the St. Louis Symphony that he plans to bring next year. If Cerchio wanted to break even with the St. Louis Symphony, he said the River Campus would have to charge $100 for tickets, which it will not do because then ticket sales would be affected. “Our ticket prices are where they should be, but there are a lot of people that think prices are too high,” Cerchio said. Cerchio said it would be impossible to bring companies like the Russian National Ballet Theatre if the River Campus box office did not charge $34 to $40. Cerchio said people are seeing the same show they would see in Los Angeles or New York City and are saving a significant amount of expenses by reducing traveling costs. Cerchio has been booking touring agencies for 35 years, and he said his experience and expertise has shown him what works and what does not. “I try to end up by the end of the year with everything working out, the right amount of audience, right performance for the right price,” Cerchio said. “It’s a bit of an art itself.” Any profits made in shows go to the River Campus account, where the River Campus box office will get funds to cover other shows’ losses. Cerchio said he usually breaks even, and if there is any profit, it is not that much. Students need to see Swan Lake and performing arts because it is part of life, Cerchio said. “The arts represent the pinnacle of a culture,” Cerchio said. “It represents moving beyond merely sustaining our society to elevating it.”

Hunsell said that one off the first things dancers read is Swan Lake. “It’s an iconic ballet, so it’s really awesome to bring something like this to SEMO,” Hunsell said. Cerchio said people do not need to know a lot about ballet to enjoy Swan Lake. “You hopefully will walk out feeling like a better person, or being a better person,” Cerchio said. For those who wish to pursue ballet dancing as a career, Daev said that ballet requires total commitment and hard work. “If you love it, it’s a wonderful life,” Daev said. Cerchio said sales have been normal so far and thinks sales will go well. “I hope people understand how special it is to have those companies in Cape Girardeau,” Cerchio said. “Some people go through all their lives and do not see what kind of art we present here.” Cerchio said a common reason people do not see performances is because they are too far away. “This is right here, in your backyard, and we hope people appreciate it and take advantage of it,” Cerchio said. The Russian National Ballet Theatre will perform Swan Lake at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall. General audience tickets range from $34 to $40, while students get a 50 percent discount when they present their Southeast ID. Tickets are available at the River Campus. For more information, visit

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Swan Lake The Russian National Ballet Theatre will perform Swan Lake on Friday in the Bedell Performance Hall. Read the story on page 5 + ​



Students elect SAC officers for next year SAVANNA MAUE ONLINE EDITOR

When Anna Kauffmann and Angela Jacobs ran together in the Student Activities Council executive election they were together as more than just running mates — they also are roommates. Kauffmann found out she was elected president of SAC for the 2013-2014 academic year on April 5 in front of Kent Library while her running mate Jacobs was elected as vice president for the same term. “I felt pretty confident about it, but I also know that you can’t completely put your hopes into it and not win,” Jacobs said. “I had the mind set and was hopeful that I was going to win. But I knew the other person that was running also, and I knew that they would do a good job and so if they got elected I would be OK with that because that was how it was supposed to be.” The duo said they work well together and have similar ideas for how they plan to run SAC in the fall. “Mainly maintain what [SAC] is now because this year we’ve made a lot of great changes and our attendance has increased like crazy,” Kauffmann said about their plans. “I really want to reach a different group on campus, I want to get a different groups of students involved in our activities and our events and bring in a lot of new members and just make our meetings fun and a positive atmosphere.” SAC normally has 30 students attend its weekly meetings, but there is always room for new members. “With the members of SAC, it’s just coming together,” Jacobs said. “I feel this year some people have been kind of distant and we haven’t had the community that we have wanted. I really want to be able to build that community so that people will speak

Anna Kauffmann (left) and Angela Jacobs, the newly elected president and vice president of SAC, in their room on Monday. Photo by Drew Yount and the meetings are really open up to what they want to see on campus and what they want to change with SAC and just improvements.” Other members elected to the executive board were administrative assistant Tim Rosemann, special events coordinators Tyler Rosemann and Ben Mulholland, comedy coordinator Kayla Mengwasser, music coordinator Kynli Smith, graphic designer Steven Amrhein, social media coordinator Trevor Mulholland, films and lectures coordinator Chris Dzurick and historian Jenna Wehner. According to Kauffmann, as president of SAC she will be responsible for leading the meetings, which consist of weekly executive and general body meetings as well as managing events and making sure they are completed smoothly with enough volunteers. The vice president’s role, according to Jacobs, is to talk to prospective students about SAC on Show Me Days, award points to SAC members who

participate in events as well as volunteer, award member of the month prizes, plan the holiday parties and offer support to the president. SAC operates on a point system for its members. Those who volunteer and participate gain a point for each activity and once they reach a certain goal they are rewarded with a prize. Jacobs said this is a great way to keep people active in the organization. “There’s a lot of students that really enjoy volunteering who show up at almost all our events and they get lots of points,” Jacobs said. “It’s a good incentive and it’s also a way of rewarding those who are volunteering and supporting SAC fully.” Both executive members said they are excited for next year and hope to keep the meetings fun and open for students to express their opinions on what they would like SAC to become in the future. Meetings are at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays in the University Center Redhawks room.

BRIEFS Expand Autism Center expands after receiving new programming and federal funding In the last few months, there have been changes to how the Autism Center at Southeast Missouri State University operates. In January the center accepted programming from the University of Missouri Thompson Center in Columbia, Mo., according to the director of the center Connie Hebert. This entitled the center, the lone resource of its kind for the southeast Missouri area, to funding. “There are a number of Southeast students who have an autism diagnosis,” said Dr. Victoria Moore, a clinical psychologist who is employed at the center. “Some of them participate in services here at our center, such as social skills groups. Our primary purpose is to provide diagnostic services and direct therapies, so the majority of our clients are not of college age. Most of our clients come from the community, and we’ve served families from Arkansas, Tennessee, Kansas and Illinois as well as those from southeast Missouri.” Since assuming this increase in area after the first of the year, three behavioral analysts have been added to the full-time staff at the center. Also, the staff at the center has increased to include a second psychologist to handle the workload of the diagnostic evaluations, Hebert said. Read the full story at

Bank On-campus bank will close May 17 and will re-open on July 1 under new management Commerce Bank will close on campus on May 17 while university officials install US Bank in the University Center. On July 1, students, staff and faculty will be able to use US Bank on the first floor of the UC. The Board of Regents approved US Bank’s bid and Southeast will replace Commerce Bank with US Bank. Commerce has been the bank in the UC at Southeast since 2008, when it offered the best bid. The university must allow new bids for banking services every four years per Missouri law.

Debate Southeast will host eighth congressional district debate at River Campus on May 28 The four candidates attempting to win Missouri’s 8th Congressional District will debate at Southeast Missouri State University on May 28 in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall. KFVS and the Southeast Missourian will livestream the event, which is expected to last 90 minutes, at 6:30 p.m. The four candidates for the vacancy are Doug Enyart, Steve Hodges, Bill Slantz and Jason Smith.

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Kendra Neely-Martin appointed as vice president of Board of Regents ANDREA GILS COPY EDITOR

Kendra Neely-Martin, a philanthropist and alumna of Southeast Missouri State University, has served as vice president of Southeast’s Board of Regents since Feb. 20. She was appointed to the board in November 2011 by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon. The members of the board volunteer their time to make sure the university is as healthy and vital as possible, according to Neely-Martin. It has the power and authority to change and enforce rules and regulations pertaining student conduct and suspend or expel students for disobedience to the rules. It can appoint and dismiss all officers and teachers and make other decisions pertaining to Southeast’s management. The Board of Regents carries out an evaluation every two years, where they assess needs and leadership roles. The vice president position is a two-year commitment. Neely-Martin said her responsibilities and commitment to the university as a vice president remain the same as her former position as a board member. She said that as a regent, she still has to make sure that Southeast is successful, that Dr. Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of the university, is successful and that the school is functioning well. As a vice president, NeelyMartin has to be available if board president Doyle Privett is unavailable and also provide support to Dobbins as needed. “I’m very excited to have the opportunity,” Neely-Martin said. “I’m confident in my leadership and in the skills and resources that I bring to fill in the regent’s role.” Neely-Martin said her objective as vice president of the Board of Regents is to move Southeast forward to stay ahead of the curve in relation to the education in the state of Missouri. “We want to continue to be the school of first choice. … We want to make sure that the academic programs that we offer are solid and that the students are successful,” Neely-Martin said. As a board member, Neely-Martin said she has had some tremendous opportunities to make decisions about the future of the university, including housing and expansions,

capital assessment, revitalization of the campus and adding amenities. Thinking ahead, Neely-Martin said she would be honored to become the president of the Board of Regents but said it will depend on the reappointment of Doyle. If that presidency position becomes open, elections for that office and the vice president position would take place.

“I’m very excited to have the opportunity. I’m confident in my leadership and in the skills and resources that I bring to fill in the regent’s role.” Kendra Neely-Martin “I would be honored to have the opportunity to submit my name for the advancement as president. I think that it’s a tremendous honor to have the opportunity to represent a school like Southeast and to have your input valued by the university,” Neely-Martin said. “That role is a very critical role in relation to the supporting of the president and ensuring that the university is functioning at the highest level, so it would be a tremendous honor but not a guaranteed honor.” Neely-Martin said that the board members would have conversations to decide on who would lead the board best, given the need of the university. There have been many changes since Neely-Martin obtained her bachelor of science in business administration at Southeast in 1994, she said. She mentioned changes in space and technology, the reputation of the Harrison College of Business, which has grown, and the campus itself. “It’s not the same Southeast when it comes to structure when I attended, but the same beautiful experience is still here,” Neely-Martin said. She also said that she is proud of the student organizations

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that build leadership skills and that she was happy to see they were still intact, such as Student Government Association. Neely-Martin has served on multiple committees centered in diversity and educational experiences in Campus Life and SGA, and in Delta Sigma Theta, a sorority she has been a member of for 22 years. She also referred to Southeast’s growth in terms of diversity and international student population as “amazing.” “Being an alum and being away from Southeast for several years I just have an increased appreciation for higher education,” Neely-Martin said. “Overall, when it comes to higher education, the more stable you are, the higher the quality of education the students receive, and more importantly, there is an increased opportunity for graduates.” Besides devoting time to Southeast’s Board of Regents, Neely-Martin said she spends countless hours with members of the St. Louis community. ”In order to make a difference we have to make sure we reach as far and wide as we can as individuals to impact lives and change the process, and especially for the underserved and disenfranchised, that we create a voice,” Neely-Martin said. Neely-Martin is the chair of the educational development for the St. Louis Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta and works as a pharmaceutical sales specialist for AstraZeneca. She oversees the Delta Academy, a national program created to provide health and wellness training as well as instill the values necessary to build a solid community, stated in a press release. Neely-Martin’s contributions were recognized with the Jefferson Award for Public Service, a national award that recognizes community service, which she received in 2011. Helping the disenfranchised, selling pharmaceuticals, serving in Delta Sigma Theta and serving on the Board of Regents provide Neely-Martin a chance to work with people with diverse backgrounds. “To continue to become a more global environment as a place to study is high on my list and I think Southeast should keep this pace of growth and inclusion,” Neely-Martin said.

SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH Southeast will have a 5K run and one-mile walk to raise awareness of Sexual Assault Awareness Month on April 18. Students can sign up by March 29 for a T-shirt and glow in the dark items.+​

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A member of each Greek organization to compose reinstated judicial board ANDREA GILS COPY EDITOR

The Interfraternity and the Panhellenic Councils at Southeast Missouri State University have reinstated judicial boards this semester. Students who violate the rules in their Greek organization’s bylaws are now punished by their peers and no longer by the university’s Office of Student Conduct. Christine Loy, interim assistant director for fraternities and sororities, said the aim of having these boards is to provide the Greek community with self-governance. If there are any issues, people can choose to report it to the judicial board of their council first, instead of sending it to the Office of Student Conduct as it was done before. Each judicial board is formed by one member of each greek organization in the council, who applied and interviewed for the position, with one of them being the appointed chairperson. Patrick Vining, pre-med major, is the chairman of IFC’s board, and Tory Loving, exercise science and pre-physical therapy major, is the chairwoman of NPC’s board. Loy operates as an adviser to the board but does not have any voting privileges. Loy said every officer received training at the beginning of the semester and both boards had a mock trial to see how a normal hearing would take place and decide on sanctions for a sample case. She said that the university still would know about an infraction if there is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. “If it’s something that is serious enough, like a hazing case, then it would automatically

go through student conduct, and the judicial boards could also hear it so that they could provide their own sanctions,” Loy said. Infractions of the bylaws or the constitution of the individual council, such as recruitment or T-shirt infractions, would go to the Greek judicial board. A T-shirt violation could occur when a Greek member volunteers during freshmen move-in day and wears a T-shirt including the letters of their Greek organization, instead of wearing the university-issued one. Loy said that wearing a T-shirt with Greek letters could be considered giving that organization an unfair advantage because students will be more familiar with it. A recruitment violation example would be when Panhellenic sororities give anything to a potential new member or contact them during the recruitment process. Loy said Greek students can only promote Greek life as a whole during recruitment process. Bruce Skinner, assistant vice president for student success and director of Residence Life, will work with students if they have any questions regarding university policy. Skinner said that IFC and NPC provide each individual governing council with best practices, one of which is having some kind of judicial mechanism in place. “Nationally, Panhellenic is required to have judicial boards, and we’ve had them set up in the past but in recent years we haven’t, so we’re pretty much just bringing back something that we should have been having all along,” Loy said. It is also recommended that IFC has a board, but the bylaws that a judicial board is

set up have not been followed in the past few years either, Loy said. “We were supposed to have been having it, but they [IFC and NPC] just weren’t being informed,” Loy said. Loy added that all of the issues that would have been handled by the Greek judicial board were automatically sent to the Office of Student Conduct. According to Skinner, reinstating both boards does not mean Greek students will have a less severe punishment when it comes to sanctions. “It’s scrutiny from their peers, which I think is far more effective than the university always being in the position of ‘You did this wrong, so here’s your sanction.’ Now it’s your peers saying ‘Here’s our policy, here’s why we believe you did that wrong and here’s the sanction,’ and students relate better to students, sometimes better than they do to an administrator,” Skinner said. Loving said that by reinstating the boards, the Greeks wanted to take some of the pressure off the university. “We think it’s really important that it [judicial board] is in place and starts off right the first time so that the university can see that we can handle these things ourselves instead of them just cutting us down because they don’t understand the kind of punishments or consequences would really be helpful for us and to be effective as a whole,” Loving said. Loving’s aim is to give punishments that benefit Greeks educationally or servicewise such as requiring a set amount of service hours as opposed to “fighting them and taking away things from their chapters.”

She said that these types of measures will help them grow and learn not to do these things while not being detrimental to the organization. “By taking away one chapter’s philanthropy, that organization isn’t getting that money, it’s not really hurting that chapter but that organization,” Loving said. “I want our Greek community to thrive and grow and better ourselves, and I think that we can do that.” Loving said that she was picked for her position because she was believed to be unbiased, to be able to hold all of the chapters up to a higher standard and said that conflicts of interest would not be a problem. “I don’t think that [conflict of interest] will be an issue,” Loving said. “I won’t let it be an issue.” According to the Southeast IFC bylaws, if the chief justice of the IFC Judicial Board, in this case Vining, is a member of the accused or accusing fraternity, he must excuse himself from hearing the case. Skinner also said that they have found that, in general, students are more interested in being heard by the administrators than their peers because peers tend to be harsher. If a sorority or fraternity member makes an infraction, an infraction form will be sent to Loy. If Loving decides a hearing is necessary, other steps would follow, resulting in a two to three week process, Loving said. She also said that after alcohol and other violations at the beginning of the academic year, the university is looking at Greeks and waiting for them to “mess up.” She said that the new judicial board would give more credibility to the Greeks.

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Chartwells and ag department unite to reduce waste by composting MARISSA FAWCETT STAFF WRITER

Pizza crusts, half-eaten turkey sandwiches, browned apple cores and crumpled, dirty napkins — a few of the things that might be seen on students’ plates as they exit Towers Cafe. Continuing conversations with friends and carelessly tipping their plates into the garbage cans, students carry on with their day while the trash bags carry on the waste. Imagine this same daily ritual happening nearly 1,500 times a day, seven days a week. The amount of trash builds up as fast as the trash bags can be changed, which happens approximately 15 times a day. By the way, that is without adding in the waste from other on-campus dining establishments including Olive’s, Subway, Rowdy’s and the seven in the University Center. “I think it’s really sad,” registered dietitian Laura Vollink said. “I think that students aren’t even aware or don’t care how much they’re wasting. I mean you can go and say, ‘Well, kids in Africa are less fortunate,’ and it’s sad that we see all of this waste and people don’t have enough. I see whole pieces of fruit come back, and we can’t put it back out and serve it once it’s on somebody’s plate, you know, so we have to throw that away. You know how sad that is?” Realizing the immense amount of waste created each day, Chartwells came up with Project Clean Plate, an initiative to help reduce food waste by students. Chartwells employees took students’ plates as they were exiting

Towers Cafeteria last semester and measured the total amount of waste students were throwing away. They divided the total amount of waste by the number of students coming through the cafeteria to get the average amount of waste per student. “Basically, with Project Clean Plate we are making the students aware of how much food that they are actually wasting on their plates so when you come with your plate, you’re like, ‘You’re going to measure how much waste that I have?’” Vollink said. “It makes you feel a little guilty.” Chartwells’ goal is to have a quarter cup of waste per student. When they measured last semester, the waste was at a half cup per student. “So we’re not quite there [to a quarter cup] yet,” Vollink said. “It’s also our job to help make sure that they’re [students] aware of why we’re doing it first of all and even the benefits of it that we will have.” Vollink hopes that with Project Clean Plate helping to cut back on waste, it will also lead to students realizing how to build their plate right and allow Chartwells’ food costs to decrease. Vollink advises students to take one plate at a time and to build it conservatively. “We also have started serving our proteins,” Vollink said. “We started last spring. At first, students were not very happy with us, you know. It’s still all you can eat. You can come back up and get as much as you want, but I think that’s helped with the waste part of it and the overeating part of it, so I’m happy in both respects, I guess. It’s either way they’re wasting less. So we’ve seen

Southeast students eat at Towers Cafe on Monday afternoon. Photo by Drew Yount a reduction in our food costs from that too because kids aren’t, you know, wasting as much.” There is always going to be students that have a little bit of waste on their plates, though, so Chartwells wanted to find a better way to get rid of it, other than throwing it away. This is why they teamed up with department of agriculture assistant professor Dr. Sven Svenson, who was more than willing to take the waste off of Chartwells’ hands. Through the Charles Nemanick Alternative Agriculture Garden, the campus compost garden located behind the Abe Stuber Track and Field Complex, some of Chartwells’ waste will be turned into a usable soil amendment. “You are taking organic waste that is essentially unstable and making it stable,” Svenson said. The workers at the compost garden will start to gradually accept some of Chartwells’ waste in March

to gage how much it can handle and then adjust the amount based on how well it goes, Svenson said. The waste items the compost garden will initially be accepting are back-of-the-house products, paper napkins and coffee grounds. “It seems like it’s not that much,” Svenson said. “But a five-gallon bucket a day times a month, now you have a pile.” Svenson explained that the waste will be transported from the Towers cafeteria kitchen by horticulture students three days a week to the compost garden. At the compost garden, there is a large, wooden box built for the waste to be dumped in. In the box, there will be a temporary solid bottom layer made up of something like newspaper, a second layer of brown compost, which is compost made of things like leaves and sticks, and the waste from Chartwells will be added to the top. The key ingredient to speeding

up the compost cycle is worms at the very bottom that will eat through the waste. “We use red wriggler worms,” Svenson said. “They’re often used for fishing. They’re very active and work quickly. They work up to the fresh food, which will be at the top of the box.” With the use of the worms, the waste will take about four to six weeks to be made into a soil amendment that will later be used to grow vegetables and fruits on site. The Charles Nemanick Alternative Agriculture Garden grows inground vegetables, blackberries, raspberries, table grapes, tomatoes and blueberries. The plan is to get Chartwells’ waste for the compost garden in exchange for vegetables to serve in the cafeteria. “Cherry tomatoes for salad we can supply for a good while,” Svenson said.

The pink slip: Students sometimes have problems receiving their mail ANDREA GILS COPY EDITOR

Many students run excited to their mailboxes to see what their friends or parents have sent. Unfortunately, that excitement can fade away when they open the mailbox and see the pink slip the resident assistant leaves is not there. That “pink slip” is a piece of 3-by-2 inches neon pink paper that the resident assistant on duty, who is on the front desk when a package is delivered, places inside a student’s mailbox when the package is too big to fit in it. Multimedia journalism major Jacob Haun said that, as a residence assistant, he had one instance where a letter was delivered off the typical delivery time frame. “I had a letter come in one time that was really, really late, like we are talking about three weeks late and it was already here, but it came from someplace far away like from South Dakota,” Haun said. “But it was ridiculously late, and it had gotten lost in the mail in central receiving.” Haun said he has heard of residents on campus who said they had packages come in on a Saturday afternoon and they won’t get them until Tuesday or Wednesday. Public relations major Mallory Olwig left her medicine and make up bag at her home

in St. Louis and her mom sent a package to her with the contents, which arrived on a Saturday. “I had to call and go pick it up because they forgot it in the mail room and sent the mail truck out without it and the next day was Sunday and I wasn’t going to get it then,” Olwig said. The University Receiving and Mail Services office picks up and delivers intra-campus mail, distributes mail and packages to residence halls coming from USPS, FedEx and UPS. According to the University Receiving and Mail Services manager, Charles Hirsch, a university employee picks up the mail from the post office at 9:30 a.m. every day and delivery to campus buildings begins around 1 p.m. When mail is delivered, outgoing mail is picked up to deliver the following day. Delivery to the residence halls takes place from 10:45 to 11 a.m. The mail distribution on campus is divided into three different routes: north, south and central campus. Hirsch said the south route includes the River Campus, the Law Enforcement Academy and Kent Library. The central route goes from Grauel to Scully Building and will include Academic Hall when it is reopened. The north route includes the Show Me Center, Dempster Hall, Otto and Della

Seabaugh Polytechnic Building and the Student Recreation Center North. According to Hirsch, private mail services cannot deliver any packages once there is no one in the front desk of the hall and the buildings are locked. If this happens, the company keeps the package or mail in the establishment until staff from University Receiving picks it up the following Monday. The buildings that private mail services can get into are Towers Complex, Merick Hall and Vandiver Hall. These can receive mail on Saturday and will be affected by the USPS change in the system, effective in August, where mail will be delivered from Monday through Friday only, while package delivery will remain Monday through Saturday. If a package from UPS or FedEx is delivered directly to the residence hall, the employee at the front desk signs for the receiving of the package but no bar code scan is made. If the package is received at University Receiving, it gets scanned. This way, University Receiving can easily track where a package has been and where it should be. Hirsch said there are also three places on campus for late pick-ups, which are Memorial Hall, Kent Library and Dempster Hall. Mail sent from these locations is picked up between 3 and 3:30 p.m.

According to Hirsch, there have been minimal mail delivery complaints through the years. “This year I can’t think of any issue other than someone moved from one dorm to another and the mail got delivered to the old room,” Hirsch said. Sophomore and psychology major, Brianna Wahl, was supposed to receive homemade cookies from her parents from Breese, Ill., for Valentine’s Day, but instead received her cookies on Feb. 19, six days after the package had arrived on campus. Her parents tracked the package and saw it arrived on campus on Feb 13. The following week, Wahl said she went to the front desk and asked for the package her parents had sent. Wahl said she was told the package had been sitting there for some days and that she should have picked it up earlier. The problem was that Wahl said she never received the pink slip that the residence hall places in the mailbox to notify residents when they have big package to pick up. “They said that they gave me a slip but maybe I pulled out my newspaper and I didn’t see it, or maybe it fell backwards into the mail room. … Maybe I looked over it or maybe they looked over it in the mail room,” Wahl said.

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Editor speaks and visits class ANDREA GILS COPY EDITOR

Students at Southeast Missouri State University had the opportunity to hear from Keith Reed, one of the seven senior editors of ESPN The Magazine on Feb. 20. More than 100 students attended Reed’s lecture where he talked about his career and how he got to the position he holds at ESPN, while also addressing diversity issues in the media world. Reed had dinner with students from the National Association of Black Journalists, visited a few journalism classes and gave a lecture in honor of Michael Davis, a journalism student who died after a hazing incident at Southeast in 1994. During the class visits and lecture, Reed talked with students about how he got to work for “the largest and most successful media company on Earth.” Reed has worked for ESPN for 18 months. Before that, he worked as a business reporter for the Baltimore Business Journal, the Boston Globe, the Cincinnati Enquirer and has had multiple internships during his college years at Coppin State University in Baltimore, Md. The 36-year-old NABJ national treasurer said he never knew he would work in sports journalism since he had been working as a business journalist. He said being a business journalist provides the the best combination of his three main interests — journalism, business and politics — for his entire life. During the dinner, Reed talked about the challenges in terms of competitiveness, diversity and preparation that students must face in the journalism industry of today. Reed explained the importance of taking advantage of the resources Southeast provides students, like working for the Arrow, joining pre-professional organizations such as NABJ and Society of Professional Journalists and doing as many internships as possible. Reed said that coming from a smaller school from the Midwest region of the U.S. places Southeast students at a disadvantage compared to Ivy League students who have direct access to networking and the big companies located on the East Coast. “I think it’s important for students to get the opportunity to hear from people who have experiences that they might not

necessarily have access to,” Reed said. “If we are going to have diversity in our business, then we have to start pulling out from places that are not on the map. It can’t be always the same four schools.” Students heard about the role diversity plays in a newsroom, the importance of a diverse team and as Reed said, “bringing yourself to the newsroom.” Reed described how important it is to have a diverse staff on air and in newsrooms. Reed clarified that diversity is not limited to racial difference, but also includes differences in gender, socioeconomic status, how one thinks and how one views the world. “You’re going to walk into a newsroom where there is a diversity problem no matter where you go,” Reed said. Reed began the lecture by sharing news he received Wednesday morning. The president of NABJ told Reed in an email that “[Soledad] O’Brien, one of the most visible members of CNN’s team, is considering leaving CNN because the position that she had sought as a host in prime time had never materialized,” Reed said. O’Brien is CNN’s anchor of the morning news program Starting Point. Reed said that O’Brien made sure that a network like CNN was being representative and was examining issues that impacted people that were not the core mainstream of the newsroom itself. Mass media instructor Michael Simmons said that Reed did a good job presenting students with challenges they may face in journalism. “As educators we have to be honest with students and let them know that even if you have the skills and education it’s still very challenging,” Simmons said. Public relations student Tyler Graef said that Reed not only raised awareness by talking about diversity but transcended that. “Being competitive in the marketplace was a point in his speech that I think that is more important than diversity,” Graef said. “I feel that the example that he sets has more of an impact on me than a speech about diversity.” NABJ member Cameron Jeffery said he was inspired by Reed because he said that even though Reed was a professional, Reed said he was not perfect, and that motivates Jeffery to work on his craft.



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Southeast bookstore and textbook rental system may change in 2013, officials considering possibilities ANDREA GILS COPY EDITOR

Southeast Missouri State University may outsource its bookstore and textbook rental systems next semester to keep up with technological changes by signing a one-year contract with a new vendor. According to a press release from Southeast, the university issued a request for proposals on Nov. 30 to vendors that might be interested in placing a bid. Within weeks, students will have the opportunity to listen to the vendor’s proposals before university officials make any decisions. When Southeast Bookstore manager Jan Chisman announced she was retiring, Kathy Mangels, vice president of Finance and Administration, said it was an opportunity to look at different models of operation and at the same time keep up with today’s technological advances in the classroom. Jack Dunn, a student worker at the bookstore, said that new technology won’t make much difference. “Taking the words from a book you don’t want to read anyway and putting it on a tablet doesn’t make you read it any more,” Dunn said. “There’s a lot more procrastination that goes into technology, I think, for students than actually doing work. Whether the coursebook is on an e-book or whether it is on a hardback, you’re not gonna read it either way. So I think that that is all for looks and not for really student benefit.” Southeast has received bids from Follett, Barnes and Noble

and the University of Missouri. Proposals had to include specific information about the bookstore’s operation, including retail sales, clothing and other merchandise as well as information about textbook rental, including costs, operation and incorporation of current Southeast staff in their models. Mangels said Southeast will compare the vendors and the bookstore’s current textbook rental models. Mangels said students will have a chance to hear how the vendors will operate first hand and be able to ask questions during an open forum that will take place the last week of February or the first week of March. Mangels said Southeast will use the feedback from the forums and the information provided to make a recommendation to the Board of Regents, which will make the final decision. “The textbook rental is a very important program to students, and we will consider the vendor with regards to how it is set up to students,” Mangels said. “We have a very successful program compared to other institutions. ... We are not looking to change that. … What we are looking at is how we can provide students the cost-benefits of a rental program that access to the new technology that gives them course materials in a whole new way.” Mangels said that if the recommendation is to work with one of the new vendors, Southeast will work with that vendor to finalize what it proposes, which would include textbook rental pricing. Dunn said he thinks there will be an increase in the price of

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Southeast is considering outsourcing its textbook rental program to another company. Photo by Drew Yount textbook rentals and that students will see a difference in how the bookstore is run, according to what he has been told by his supervisor. “I have it that none of the rental plans are as good as the ones we have now, either in price or in how many books are available to be rented,” Dunn said. “It would just be more of a rate to rent any books, or a percentage of new, and it wouldn’t be cheaper than the 25 dollars that we have now,” Dunn said. “If they say they are going to get money for different things to be able to do better things for the school, they can’t do anything better. … Nothing helps everybody more than textbooks. … Even if they said they are going to give us more technology, I don’t think they are going to help anybody.” Mangels said that there may be some changes in merchandise offered, including electronic equipment like iPads and laptops, which the bookstore does not

currently offer. Mangels said she is observing the courses that currently use e-books to see if there is a difference in outcome when electronic materials are involved. “Nationwide, only about 5 percent of all books in courses currently are e-text, but we anticipate the industry that it will continue to grow,” Mangels said. “It’s still very new. ... There’s still analysis to be done to see how faculty can incorporate these along with traditional print materials and make the best of the learning experience.” Mangels said that the outsourcing is not about trying to make more dollars and any profit would go to funding student scholarships and other things the bookstore’s revenue already does. “We are trying to be proactive on behalf of our students so we can offer the materials in the classroom and also watch for them from an affordability standpoint,” Mangels said.

According to the Associated Press, Quazi Mohammed Rezwanul Nafis pleaded guilty to terrorism charges Thursday. Last fall, the former Southeast Missouri State University cybersecurity major attempted to bomb the Federal Reserve Bank with what he thought was a 1,000-pound car bomb. He was officially charged with an attempt to use weapons of mass destruction and to provide material support to the al-Qaida. Nafis, 21, said in court that he felt remorse and no longer sees himself as a jihadist. Read the story on Hannah Parent’s blog at

Career Linkages Annual campus-wide career fair will be held March 7 Southeast Missouri State University’s Career Linkages is hosting a campuswide career and internship fair on March 7 for all majors on campus and for one day. A new feature provided through Career Linkages, located on the second floor of the University Center, will allow students unable to attend the fair to submit their resumes for review by staff members at Career Linkages online through the university’s homepage under Career Linkages “News and Events” link. “This enhancement to the career fair experience adds additional potential to connect students with employers to provide an impression that lasts both before and after the actual event,” said Joyce A. Hunter, experiential learning coordinator for Career Linkages. Read the story at southeastArrow. com.

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Southeast may add new sororities to campus Five of the six social Panhellenic sororities are over their totals ANDREA GILS COPY EDITOR

As Greek recruitment grows at Southeast Missouri State University every year, university officials contemplate the idea of making new sorority additions to Southeast’s Greek life options. Christine Loy, interim assistant director of fraternities and sororities and Greek hall director, said she has talked about the possibility of additions to a number of sororities casually, but no process has been started yet. Loy said she has received requests from transfer and new Southeast students who are interested in starting a new chapter.

“A lot of people are worried that we are just gonna add one [sorority] and they are gonna come in a month or something, but it’s a long process, so it’s possible we won’t have it at all.” Christine Loy Sophomore Samantha Vogel said she likes Delta Zeta chapter because its members volunteer for speech and hearing organizations like the Starkey Hearing Foundation. “When I rushed I dropped out halfway through and only got asked back to one of the six houses,” Vogel said. “That feeling was absolute rejection. I was aware a lot of

women were feeling this way, so I decided to do research and take action. If you don’t like something — change it.” Loy said adding a new sorority on campus is a structured process, which could take anywhere from a semester to a year. “Our sororities have been growing pretty much every year for the last few years, and currently five out of the six are over total,” Loy said. Southeast sororities have a limit of 80 members, but they are allowed to go over that total if they reach quota through recruitment. Five out of the six sororities on campus are over total. The other, Sigma Sigma Sigma, has 58 members. The bigger a chapter is, the greater the quota is during formal recruitment. Any chapter that has not met its membership quota can do informal recruitment during the spring semester. “The fact that the sororities are so different in size and some of them are so much higher over total, means that if we were to add another sorority, it would kind of equalize things,” Loy said. The process to add a new sorority would begin with forming an interest committee that would go through statistics and recruitment numbers to analyze if Southeast can support another sorority on campus. The committee would provide the Panhellenic Council with a recommendation about whether a new organization should be added or not. Loy said they have not even started the process. “A lot of people are worried that we are just gonna add one [sorority] and they are gonna come in a month or something, but it’s a long process, so it’s possible we won’t have it at all,” Loy said. National headquarters of the sororities that are not at Southeast have already been contacted. “Our National Panhellenic Conference has advisers for every district, and the adviser of our district has already talked to headquarters

to see what they would think about it and they said that nationally, they are all interested,” Loy said. Having more sororities on campus would mean potential new members would have more options to choose from. “Some people are worried that it would take away members that they could get, but I don’t really think that’s much of an issue since there are so many women that go through recruitment, and not that many spaces for them,” Loy said. Public relations major and the annual progress report chair of Alpha Xi Delta, Elaine Quitos, said new sorority additions would be good for Greek life at Southeast since there are more fraternities than sororities on campus. Quitos said she believes her sorority’s recruitment would not be affected. “Having new chapters will allow for evening out in numbers for each chapter,” Gamma Phi Beta member Chelsea Nesbit said in an email. “This could also go in a negative direction by having more girls/guys being more interested in a new chapter that does not have any title already.” Any sorority that opens a chapter at Southeast would have one or two consultants that work for the organization to recruit and get an interest group started at Southeast.

“Most sororities like to expand and have more chapters, it just means a bigger sisterhood,” Loy said. “If they [other chapters] would see the benefits of SEMO, that we do have a strong student population, the Greek system is very strong here and it’s growing, it’s something that would be attractive to other sororities.” A new chapter would mean the need for a new Greek house. The housing issue is one of Nesbit’s concerns. “There is already not enough room for living on Greek hill,” Nesbit said. “Not having all the chapters on Greek hill already places some fraternities to be shunned from some events and being noticed. There just isn’t any room for the increase of new chapters.” Loy said that if a new chapter opened, it would not have a building on Greek hill. “If they are here at Towers, they would be close enough and probably just as beneficial. ... But it is possible that they do not have a house,” Loy said. She said that there are some Greek organizations in other universities that do not have a house and if this were the case, they would just need to find a place to have their meetings and events. “The most important thing to remember is that it’s not definite yet,” Loy said.

Social sororities on campus Alpha Chi Omega Alpha Delta Pi Alpha Xi Delta Delta Delta Delta Gamma Phi Beta Sigma Sigma Sigma

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Southeast designs Greek accreditation process ANDREA GILS COPY EDITOR

Southeast Missouri State University is implementing a new mandatory Greek accreditation process to better evaluate and monitor organizations on campus. Greek chapters have a national accreditation process that assures national standards are followed, but Southeast officials are only given detailed information about sororities or fraternities if a chapter applies for a President’s Award given to one or two outstanding student organizations each year. Because of this, director of Residence Life Bruce Skinner, former assistant director of fraternities and sororities Teena Reasoner and Michele Irby, the director of Campus Life and Event Services, designed a new mandatory accreditation process last year to ensure that chapters meet Southeast’s standards, according to Christine Loy, the interim assistant director of fraternities and sororities. Skinner, Loy and Irby will assess the standards on a score-based system. The standards include academic achievement, chapter operations and management and philanthropy and service, among others things. All 18 Greek chapters must show they meet at least the minimum standards each year to earn acceditation. Loy said the new accreditation process will give Southeast a snapshot of how Greeks organizations are doing and can motivate Greeks to apply for awards. Accredited chapters will receive the awards, but Loy said she did not want to speculate as to which type of awards there will be since it depends on the kind and amount of information the applicants submit. According to Loy, Reasoner developed the idea of the new accreditation process last year with Irby before Loy took over the accreditation process and informed Greek organizations’ presidents about the new process at the beginning of the fall semester. The deadline for fraternities and sororities to submit the application with information pertaining to 2012 was set for Jan. 30, but

Areas of evaluation for the accreditation process Academic achievement Chapter operations and management Membership education and development Recruitment and sustainability Philanthropy and service Stakeholder relationships Risk management multiple Greek leaders said they knew little about the process last week. Amber Cason, a sophomore majoring in mass media and history, is the new president of Alpha Chi Omega. Cason, who has been in office just two weeks, said she had little information about the new accreditation process. “I haven’t talked to anybody from the head of Southeast Greek organizations about accreditation,” Cason said. “Everything I’ve heard has been kind of word of mouth, that might happen, might not, so honestly I don’t know. But I feel that they won’t be outrageous standards that we won’t be able to meet.” Cason added that she has talked about the new accreditation process with her sorority’s executive board but, since she had not heard from Loy, did not announce it to the other members. “When someone comes to me and says ‘This is what we are doing’, then I’ll be happy to announce it to my chapter,” Cason said. Loy said accreditation will be especially helpful during recruitment, when students interested in joining a sorority or fraternity will see some organizations are accredited and some are not, inclining them to apply for those accredited. She also said that the reputation of non-accredited organizations could be hurt. Cason didn’t agree that accreditation will affect Greek organizations’ reputations. “I think the people of an organization

make the reputation,” Casen said. Cason said that having academics as part of the accreditation is important to her, and her chapter takes pride in having a good academic standing within her own chapter and within the university. Cason agreed that the new accreditation would affect recruitment because when it comes to any organization or program, if a program is accredited, it is good and people want to be involved in it. “I don’t think the end result will be negative,” Cason said. “Some organizations might realize that they are not as organized or doing as much as they thought they were. But I feel accreditation would help them reach their potential, help them get more organized and help them realize the things they need to do. … It might show some problems within the organization, but I think it would definitely help.” Alpha Xi Delta president Jamie Teague said in an email that her chapter would be in favor of applying for accreditation, although she also said she was not very aware of the process. “I think the new accreditation process is a good thing because [it] exemplifies the Greek system and shows others that we really are a strong community on campus,” Teague said. “It’s not just having fun,” Loy said. “It shows at levels we’ve got at stake, and how they’re doing, make sure they’re doing what they should be doing.”

BRIEFS Director Southeast still is searching for a director of Recreation Services The search for a new director of Recreation Services has not yet begun, according to Dr. Bruce Skinner, assistant vice president for Student Success and the director of the Office of Residence Life. Troy Vaughn, director of Recreation Services for seven and a half years, resigned from his position on Aug. 31, 2012, which left the department of Recreation Services without a director last year. Mike Buck stepped in as interim director on Sept. 3. “It has been very rewarding for me,” Buck said. “I have enjoyed every second of it. We have a great staff, both professional and student, who have made the transition a very smooth one.” Skinner said typically searches to fill positions in Student Affairs, which includes Student Recreation Services, begin in mid to late spring. Once a position is available, Skinner said a hiring committee is selected that is made up of a variety of faculty, staff and students. Read the full story at southeastArrow. com.

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Donate Faculty hosts blood drive Feb. 13 Members of the CTS Council, Professional Staff Council and Faculty Senate are organizing a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 13 in the University Center’s Ballroom B. Anyone can give blood. People can schedule an appointment by visiting or contact Marge Phillips at 573-651-2460 or

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Students exhibit talent in last dance concert of semester ANDREA GILS COPY EDITOR

From lights and sound, to costumes and choreography, students will be in charge of the semester’s final dance concert, Last Chance to Dance, where everyone can “unplug” before finals. The idea behind Last Chance to Dance is students will have their last opportunity to perform in the semester. This informal concert is always the Monday before finals week, so students are able to have a final hurrah at the end of the semester, according to concert director Hilary Peterson. In Last Chance to Dance, students submit all kinds of work including hip-hop, contemporary, jazz, duets and bollywood. According to senior musical theatre major Keith Johnson, the students performing know what students want see, so the concert will include pieces that students enjoy watching. Submissions began a couple of weeks before the event, and Peterson said she received most of them on the first day. There will be about 35 pieces with each piece lasting no longer than eight minutes. The short length gives more students opportunities to present their work. Freshmen, sophomore, juniors and seniors will perform and the time limit is the only restriction. “It’s so funny to me because when I first came to the dance department, there were about 11 pieces in the show, and the majority of them were things we were doing in our classes and we performed at Academic Hall. … Now students can only submit two pieces of work for Last Chance, and the show is performed in the Bedell Performance Hall and

it now has a time limit,” said Leshay Mathis, senior dance and corporate communication major. Senior Rachel Hunsell said it is a chance for students whose work didn’t get into either Fall for Dance or Spring into Dance performances or for those students who don’t feel comfortable auditioning their work yet, to present their pieces. Hunsell choreographed two tap duets. She said she has high expectations for the show since the Department of Theatre and Dance is continually growing and getting stronger, which in turn makes the concerts even better.

“Watching them just lavish in their own creativity and passion for what they do is so enjoyable and so rewarding.” Hilary Peterson “Every Last Chance is different, and that’s the beauty of it,” Hunsell said. Students have rehearsed some pieces for months and others only a few weeks. They are in charge of scheduling their own rehearsals, and the only dress rehearsal is the Sunday before opening day. Mathis will perform in three pieces, two of which she choreographed, including “Well Well Well” by Duffy, which has four dancers and is more of a “jazzy piece with a bit of comedy,” according to Mathis, and “Express” from the movie Burlesque, which has 11 dancers. The final piece is a senior piece.

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For graduating senior Chance Hill, this dance concert will be bittersweet since it is his last one, though he said it will be a great memory and a great stepping stone. Hill choreographed the piece “Okay... Recap,” which he said will be humorous and witty. “If you go to both Fall for Dance and Last Chance then it will make so much more sense,” Hill said in an email. “I chose this piece because all of the dancers need a good laugh after such a long semester of rehearsals of the same piece. It takes everything in a different light. We have been preparing for this only for about a week. There are eight fellas, which is fabulous because there are few male dancers.” Johnson is also in the Fall for Dance concert parody and said the piece is hilarious, energetic and entertaining. Johnson is also performing in the piece “XY” with five male dancers, which he referred to as being a “man dance for the ladies.” Johnson said the student choreographer of “XY,” Taylor Pace, wanted to give male dancers the opportunity to show what they can do. “This piece is specifically choreographed for guys,” Johnson said. “It’s tough, masculine, hard, rock, sexy, it’s everything that a man wants to show and do.” Peterson said that the audience will see growth in the professionalism of students’ work. “Students grow so much in one semester, and this concert is an opportunity to show their growth, like freshmen who come in August, and after three months grow to the point that they are a different dancer in one semester,” Peterson said. “Watching them

Keith Johnson, below, lifts and throws Chance Hill, above, while rehearsing. Photo by Andrea Gils just lavish in their own creativity and passion for what they do is so enjoyable and so rewarding.” Mathis has been hired for several choreography jobs and works for the largest dance company in the world. She said dance has taught her never to give up on her dreams and that hard work and a positive outlook are important. “Everyone says majoring in arts is a silly idea, but I love what I do and I have been pretty successful,” Mathis said. Last Chance to Dance will take place at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $3 for students with a Southeast ID. They can be purchased at the River Campus box office. For more information call 6512265 or visit

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International Education Week showcases student diversity ANDREA GILS COPY EDITOR

International Education Week was established in 1990. Southeast has celebrated it off and on over the years. This year, it will include more events than last year, when there was limited programming. According to Suzanne McKinney, assistant director of international programming in the Department of International Education and Services, International Education Week is not only for international students, but also for people who are interested in learning about other cultures, studying abroad, religion, dance and music. “International education has had a big importance on this campus,â€? McKinney said. McKinney decided to reinstate International Education Week based on her previous experiences as a graduate student at Appalachian State University. “Last year we brought it with limited programming,â€? McKinney said. “We did Student Presentation Night, International Social Hour. This year we are trying to expand it and encompass the full week with different types of activities that will hopefully pique the interests of different groups on campus.â€? McKinney said she works to integrate international students with the campus and open people’s eyes to the big world that is out there. “We’re always trying to expose people to new and different things,â€? McKinney said. “Sometimes there are misunderstandings about cultures, whether that’s American culture, Chinese culture, Muslim culture. ‌ There are certain perceptions that occur because of the media.â€? “I feel here Americans don’t know about

many cultures,� said Reshma Timilsina-Joshi, a Nepalese foreign exchange student pursuing a master’s degree in international business at Southeast. “They just know about the U.S. and not even the U.S.� Timilsina-Joshi said International Education Week allows students who haven’t traveled outside the U.S. to learn about the world. “There are so many different cultures and different countries, and they should know about that,� Timilsina-Joshi said. “It’s good for their general knowledge. I’ve talked to so many American students, and they don’t know anything. People should know these kind of things from school.� There are many international students who study at Southeast for only a semester or two. This makes the annual event different every year. An estimate of 50 to 75 people are involved in the event this year. International Education Week is for everyone, McKinney said. The events are not only for students, but also faculty and parents, because some parents are interested in what their children are learning and with whom they attend class. International Education Week activities will take place throughout the week in the University Center. “Truly, I want people to take part,� McKinney said. “I hope that whether it’s coming out to listen to presentations, or coming to a fun event like Nepali Night, or Global Trivia Night. Take part in something different that we haven’t seen in a while at this institution. It’s an opportunity for everybody to learn and share.� For more information, or if interested in taking part in International Education Week, email Suzanne McKinney at smckinney@

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Wednesday: There will be a lunch and learn at noon in the UC program lounge that will provide a presentation with employment tips. There will be a study abroad workshop at noon in the UC Heritage Room. There will be a Global Trivia Night at 6 p.m. in the UC Redhawks room with prizes provided by International Education services.

Thursday: There will be a lunch and learn for students who could attend on Wednesday at noon in the UC program lounge that will provide a presentation with employment tips. There will be a get-hired: international impressions workshop at 5 p.m. in the UC Redhawks room. There will be an Explore Bangledesh at 6 p.m. in the Redhawks room with students presenting about Bangledesh There will be a Nepali Night in the Ballroom at 6 p.m. in the University Center hosted by the Nepalese Student Association with food from Nepal as well as presentations about the country.


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Disney Live! event brings classic characters to Show Me Center ANDREA GILS COPY EDITOR

Children and young-at-heart grown ups will be able to see Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy perform in Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival at Southeast Missouri State University. There will be other special guests, including Sebastian and Ursula from the Little Mermaid, Woody, Buzz and Jessie from Toy Story, and Aladdin, Jasmine and Genie from Aladdin. Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival is a rock festival that includes singing, dancing, acting and storytelling. Although the event is targeted to children and families, according to Show Me Center marketing director Joshua Hanlon, it is fun for people of all ages, and Disney shows have always been a success at the Show Me Center. According to Nick Manna, who will perform in the show as Buzz Lightyear from the Toy Story movies, the show is a rock concert for families, but families could be any age. “My grandparents came to the show, and they loved it,” Nick Manna said. “And my young nieces came, and, of course, they loved it as well.” Before performing in traveling shows, Manna danced in parades and shows at the Walt Disney Resort until 2010. “I was ready for a new experience, a new adventure. ... This is taking Disney to new cities and new places,” Manna said. Manna will rollerblade and dance in the opening number with Aladdin and will perform the scene “Out of Space” portraying Buzz Lightyear. As a ritual before starting every show, Manna said he gives a big hug to

Mickey Mouse. “He’s our boss,” Manna said. “He truly is such a rockstar, so it’s a nice hug like saying, ‘Have a great show, pal.’” Manna said children can run to the front of the stage and give characters a high five at Mickey’s Music Festival, which is a brand new show that has not travelled through the U.S. before. Manna has performed in different places, including Canada, Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, Singapore, Australia and the U.S. “I had a great experience in Australia, but honestly I’d say every country has been very welcoming to us,” Manna said. “I would recommend that if you had the opportunity, go travel overseas as much as you can. It’s a wonderful experience.” Manna said he does not get bored in his job. “Every city we travel to there is something new, a new experience,” Manna said. “Seeing families and children smile makes you love what you are doing.” Nick Manna will play Buzz Lightyear in Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival Nov. 10 at Calandra Jones-Jackson, a Southeast the Show Me Center. Submitted photo junior and mother of 2-year-old Camille Moore, plans to take her daughter to the show. Jones-Jackson said her daughter watDisney, they learn from it more, they get begin at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Nov. 10 at the ches Disney Channel, plays games on the more out of it,” Jones-Jackson said. Show Me Center. Internet that have to do with Disney and lisThe show is 90 minutes long with a Tickets are $15, $23, $32 and $50, depentens to Disney Radio on Pandora. 15-minute intermission. ding on the seats’ proximity to the stage, and “I like seeing her reactions because she “I believe live theater is such a great tool, can be purchased online at www.showmegets so excited about seeing the characters,” and I think it will truly change their lives,”, at all Ticketmaster outlets or by Jones-Jackson said. “She doesn’t know they Manna said. calling 800-745-3000. aren’t real characters, and she learns so much Hanlon said he expects between 2,000 to There is no student discount and children from them.” 5,000 people to attend the show. under 2 years old do not need to purchase a Jones-Jackson said she thinks it is impor“If you have children, your kids will love ticket. tant for children to be exposed to Disney you for taking them,” Hanlon said. “The There will be a $5 per vehicle charge and because they can learn so much from it. audience will leave the Show Me Center with $10 for premium parking, both collected in “Sometimes as a parent you don’t know a smile.” the Show Me Center lots. how to teach kids some things, and with Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival will

Crisp museum features environmentally friendly exhibits SAVANNA MAUE ONLINE EDITOR

Mother and son artists Jaune Quick-to-See Smith and Neal Ambrose-Smith are featured in the current exhibit at Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus. The Tribal Diversity exhibit has been in the planning stages for over a year now and is being shown through Jan. 27. Quick-to-See Smith and Ambrose-Smith presented their works and have both lectured and offered workshops at a printmaking conference at the River Campus Nov. 1-3. “Compared to the other ones [exhibits] that we have done, this one I think for me has a stronger connection with the artists because I had to work with them to put this exhibit together,” museum director and art instructor Peter Nguyen said. Nguyen also said that he does not think the mother and son have worked together very much and that it is rare to have an exhibit where they show their work together.

Quick-to-See Smith became interested in the environmental aspects of art at an early age. She accredits this to her father and her tribe. Ambrose-Smith also cares about the environment and has been teaching non-toxic printmaking for five years. Quick-to-See Smith creates work addressing the myths of her ancestors in the context of current issues facing American Indians while Ambrose-Smith often mixes tribal imagery and humor with current events and political issues. “I would describe Neal’s work as more experimental. He’ll use many techniques, so I would describe them in the difference between the two. His work’s images to me are more contemporary and where as Jaune’s work is more traditional,” Nguyen said. Many of Ambrose-Smith’s newer works incorporate elements of his past such as comic books while also using aspects from his Native American heritages as well. AmbroseSmith’s pieces are classified as various media but are mainly classified as prints. During the Smiths’ lecture last

Wednesday, Ambrose-Smith said he began painting at 22 months old. From the time his mother gave him some chocolate pudding to eat, his style of art has constantly been evolving. Many of Ambrose-Smith’s earlier pieces centered around animals. From there he expanded his work to cover another aspect of his childhood. Ambrose-Smith spoke about his 1966 Batman comic book that was the basis for one of his prints. Recently he has completed a few more pieces using different printing types to achieve different styles. “Everything that I do is the complete opposite of what you are supposed to do in a professional print shop,” Ambrose-Smith said. “I break all of the traditional rules. I don’t use any newsprint; I put a shower curtain on the press bed because then I can just wipe it off. I’m not generating waste, and I’m not using water and I’m just cleaning up with a dry rag if there’s any residuals.” Quick-to-See Smith spoke about her son’s creativity saying, “My work is old fashioned compared to my son’s, who I consider to be cutting edge. My work is either a lithograph

or an etching, or it’s a wood cut because that’s the tradition that I came through.” Quick-to-See Smith’s work addresses issues pertaining to the Native American experience, especially what’s going on today. Nguyen said “even when we look at someone’s work we tend to look at what they’re focusing on, and even though they’re focusing just on specific subject matter if we look at it more broadly it can be applied to other elements and issues.” While lecturing Quick-To-See Smith said some of her main focuses are “humor, community and tribe. When we come together that is when America is the strongest. Nature and medicine are also together. Nature is our church; it is our place of worship. And medicine comes from the nature. Wisdom and knowledge are also for the elder people. We celebrate elders for their great wisdom.” Quick-to-See Smith has had over 100 solo exhibits in the past 40 years and has done printmaking projects nationwide. During that time, she organized and/or curated more than 30 Native American

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Jaune Quick-to-See Smith discusses one of her pieces being shown in Crisp Museum. Photo by Savanna Maue exhibitions and lectured at more than 200 universities, museums and conferences internationally, most recently at five universities in China. Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. on weekends.

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Gary Johnson. Obama and Romey both stand for the same thing, more government and less freedom. If you supported Ron Paul, you have no choice but to vote for Gary Johnson.

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Unfortunately, I can’t vote in the U.S. because I’m an international student. Still, I would like to know that people who vote here, especially students, make INFORMED decisions and not just vote because friends or family vote a particular candidate or party. Despite Americans being so patriotic, I don’t think they are as engaged in politics as they should be.

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Fault-Line Film Festival accepts films from any Missouri college student ANDREA GILS COPY EDITOR

The Fault-Line Film Festival is a competition organized by the mass media department at Southeast Missouri State University for students to showcase their talents by putting together a story for film. Dr. James Dufek, professor of mass media and TV and film operations manager, said this festival is not just for TV and film students. “It’s for everybody because everyone has a story,” Dufek said. Students from all disciplines can tell a story through comedy, drama, science fiction or animation. Dufek said that students have the propensity to use profanity in every film they make. “Last year the festival was for a mature audience because they were very expressive with their dialogue,” Dufek said. “This is not for kids. Some of the things are very simple and wouldn’t offend anybody, and some are trying to make a point by using their tools available.” Dufek said that he does not want the audience to categorize the event as one where only profanity is shown. “We don’t know what the product will be this year,” Dufek said. “You want them to be as open and expressive as they feel necessary.” Students and faculty work together to organize and produce the event, including the Department of Mass Media, Department of Theatre & Dance, Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts, College of Liberal Arts, Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology and the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Southeast. According to Dufek, there is an artistic and creative background with all the developers and the judges. The seven or eight judges will select the winners and runners up according to a determined criteria, such as contextual and storytelling techniques, composition, sound bed, music, dialogue, acting and lighting.

Dufek said it is a combination of production and storytelling. “We had a couple of submissions where the quality of the product is just beautiful, but there’s no story,” Dufek said. “Then we have some that the story is developing but the production quality is so bad we weren’t able to hear it, understand it.” This is the third year of the festival but the second year that it is going statewide. Any student from a Missouri university is eligible to participate in the festival. There were almost 50 entries last year and organizers hope to have more this year. There is no limit to the number of students that can be involved in each film, but films can be only 10 minutes long. Last year there were some teams that had 20-30 students involved, while some groups had only four members. Students who are not mass media majors are not allowed to use the department’s equipment becuase it is expensive and they need to teach students to use it. Students have used their own cameras and iPhones and edited on their laptops. “It’s been proven now that you don’t need the highest end, high-end digital HD stuff to do a good story,” Dufek said. “It would be wonderful to have a shot in HD and better lighting, but the fact that the story was told was moving, did its job, you look past some of the production elements that could have been better because they did a good job with what they had.” Associate professor Fred Jones and Dufek worked with the advertising and public relations students to build a plan. But when they had a marketing and development plan, they had no way to fund it nor resources to promote it. According to Dufek, this is where James Stapleton from the Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship came in. Dufek said Stapleton wanted to include the mass media in the center’s Global Entrepreneurship Week. “This wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship,” Dufek said.

Students celebrate after the announcement of the Audience’s Choice award winner last year. Photo by Hunter Hempen TV and film graduate Robert Speurlock developed the logo while he was a student at Southeast. “We wanted to tie in the earthquake faultline with the festival,” Dufek said. “If you are from this area we are sitting in a pretty intense fault line that could erupt in any time so we just tied in with the FFF.” The Fault-Line Film Festival Group was formed to combine different talents and share resources, abilities and skills to make the festival possible. The group also helps with the marketing, set up, screening and other manual labor activities. The festival features a guest speaker each year. Steven Poster, 2002-2003 president of the American Society of Cinematographers in Hollywood, was one of the featured speakers Southeast brought to talk about light shooting in the masters class during the award winners ceremony last year. This year’s speaker will be David Johnson, president and partner of Coolfire Media and board member at Cinema St. Louis. Coolfire Media is a St. Louis company that produces commercials and a reality show called “Sweetie Pie’s” on the Oprah Winfrey Network. The award ceremony will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall. There will be $4,000 in awards and prizes. Each team will get a crystal trophy if they win an award.

The awards include: Best in Show and a certificate to runners up, the Judges Award, and an Audience Choice Award. This award will be determined by tallying ballots handed out at the two-hour screening of the winners and other entries during a screening open to students at 7 p.m. on Nov. 16. at Rose Theatre. There also will be a screening open to the community on Saturday, Nov. 17. Dufek said he hopes students understand the script to screen process. “Putting that on their lap, giving it to them and saying produce this, with no support, no help, having to coordinate their production and talent schedules, post-production, plan their script, book locations, compose shots in a single camera style, are among the several things students need to take into account while shooting a film,” Dufek said. In order to collect funds, there will be T-shirts sold at $12-15, and the Saturday screening will cost $5 to attend. “We want to have a donation attached to it to help offset costs in the future,” Dufek said. There is no profit made with any of the selling. The money collected goes right back into the festival to help fund the event. The committee’s long-term goal is to make the festival nationally recognized. “We want this to be able to grow and students to get exposure to go to the next level, to independent film-making,” Dufek said. “We hope to go national.”

Haunted downtown walking tour gives eerie history of Cape Girardeau BRITTANY TEDDER ARROW STAFF WRITER

Port Cape, the Sherwood-Minton House and Old Lorimier Cemetery are just a few places in Cape Girardeau that have an abundance of history and ghost stories. The Haunted Downtown Tour is a walking tour that begins at the Boardman Pavilion across from Hutson’s Furniture on Main Street in downtown Cape Girardeau, travels along Spanish and Lorimier Streets to the River Campus and ends back at the pavilion. Christy Mershon, the assistant director of the Office of Extended and Continuing Education at Southeast Missouri State University, and local photographer Tom Neumeyer are the tour guides. Mershon said during the tour she and Neumeyer talk about and visit different buildings downtown along the corridor where Broussard’s, Buckner Brewery and Port Cape are located, depending on the time of night and how many people are in the buildings. “Sometimes we go into some of the buildings, depending on how busy it is,” Mershon said. “We’ve gone into Port Cape, the River Campus and the Glenn House property, a historic house right down from the River Campus.” Mershon said last year she heard some strange noises at the Glenn House while she was talking to a group of

teenagers about the history of the building. “It was a 16th or 17th birthday party, and the kids and their parents were with us,” Mershon said. “I was in the process of telling the history of the Glenn House, and we heard what sounded like either sobbing or laughter inside the house. The kids thought we staged somebody, but we definitely didn’t.” Mershon said there have also been stories of strange happenings during construction of the River Campus. “When we do the haunted tours, we hear a lot of people who say ‘I worked on that job site, and this happened,’” Mershon said. “It seemed to be a lot of things like tools being moved.” According to Mershon, the Sherwood-Minton House on Washington Avenue is arguably the most haunted place in Cape Girardeau. “It’s a house that is thought to be so haunted that in times that it’s been sold, the real-estate signs disclosed that the house has been said to be haunted to avoid any lawsuits,” Mershon said. Joel P. Rhodes, a professor in the Department of History, said one association of its haunting is the idea that the Sherwood-Minton House was a smallpox hospital during the Civil War. The legend is that the soldiers who died in the hospital were carried to the Old Lorimier Cemetery at night. “Some of the ghosts’ stories that are associated with that involve bobbing lights over in the cemetery, which

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apparently connects to taking the bodies out at night using lanterns or candles,” Rhodes said. There is also folklore that there is a tunnel that connects the Sherwood-Minton House to the Old Lorimier Cemetery, Rhodes said. However, there never has never been any proof. Mershon said that the alleged tunnel was used by the Union soldiers to take the dead bodies to the cemetery during the night because they did not want to show weakness or their forces thinning down. “It’s thought that potentially more Civil War soldiers died in Cape Girardeau than at the Battle of Appomattox, not because of the battle but because smallpox was so bad,” Mershon said. The tapping ghost is the most well-known story in Old Lorimier Cemetery, Mershon said. “You’re in the cemetery looking around, and you feel a tap on your shoulder, you turn around and there’s nothing there,” Mershon said. “Not a lot of people said they saw things, just felt a tap.” Mershon said people can bring flashlights and cameras, and they should dress appropriate for the weather and wear comfortable shoes to the tour. The next scheduled tours are at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Sunday. Each tour lasts 90 minutes. Contact the Office of Continuing Education at 573-9866879 for reservations.

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Fall Percussion Ensemble musicians to play paper bags and 100 other instruments ANDREA GILS COPY EDITOR

The Southeast Missouri State University Percussion Ensemble will play unconventional instruments and have a special guest appearance by the Southeast Golden Eagles Marching Band drumline and front ensemble this fall. The faculty organizer of this performance is Dr. Shane Mizicko. Mizicko is an associate professor of music, director of the Golden Eagles Marching Band drumline and director of the Fall Percussion Ensemble. According to Mizicko, this year’s Percussion Ensemble is made up of 35 students who are mostly music performance and music education majors. The 35 students will combine to play over 100 instruments during the performance. Students rehearsed two or three times per week beginning the second week of classes depending on their schedules. “There are very elaborate parts .... one student could be responsible for four, five, six instruments, and that’s what makes it very interesting and exciting,” Mizicko said. The music repertoire is varied, including Latin-based pieces entitled “Sweet Rio” by Arthur Lipner and “Bomba É” by Rolando

Morales-Matos at the beginning and ending of the first half of the performance. According to Mizicko, 25 students will close the second part of the performance with the percussion of “La Vida Es un Carnaval,” recorded by the Cuban salsa singer Celia Cruz. Other songs include pop song “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5, rock song “Carry on Wayward Son” by Kerry Livgren and classical piece “Introduction and Allegro” by Richard Schory. In one of the pieces, “Quartet for Paper Bags” by Larry Spivack, four students will perform with paper bags. “One person has a very small paper bag, a medium-size bag, a medium-large [bag] and the fourth a big shopping bag, just tapping on the bag and air blowing in them,” Mizicko said. “It’s a novelty kind of piece and to show you have percussion in almost anything and it’s an easy setup, it’s a simple little bag just on stage.” Students also will play wood blocks, bongos, congas, vibes, xylophones, shakers, agogo bells, triangles, gongs, rainsticks, djembe, shekere, bamboo wind chimes and other instruments. “All the music we play is all notated just like an orchestra would read,” Mizicko said. “All, even [the] paper bag is notated.” Mizicko said that it is hard to teach and feel the beat when Americans are too “rock ‘n’

Christopher Whited, left, and Shelby Ratliff, right, rehearse for the Fall Percussion Ensemble performance. Photo by Nathan Hamitlon roll,” and the feeling for Latin music does not run in the blood. Mizicko added that when people go to the River Campus they see that every piece has a different instrumentation. “People are walking up the stage after the concert to look up instruments and ask themselves what’s a shaker, and [they] look around to see who’s playing that weird sound,” Mizicko said. “If someone hasn’t been [to a percussion concert], people are usually amazed because there are literally hundreds of instruments.” The Percussion Ensemble will take place at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 in the Donald C. Bedell

Performance Hall. Tickets cost $10 for the general public and $3 for students with a Southeast ID and can be purchased at the River Campus Box Office. For more information, contact the River Campus Box Office at 573-651-2265. The Southeast Percussion Association accepts contributions to support events like the Percussion Ensemble, off-campus outreach and collaborative performances, percussion instrument maintenance and purchases and guest artists’ visits. People who wish to make donations can do so by contacting Dr. Mizicko via


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Esteemed alumni receive Alumni Merit Awards KIRSTEN TRAMBLEY ARROW REPORTER

Two former education majors are being honored this weekend with Southeast Missouri State University Alumni Merit Awards. Jay Wolz, the director of Alumni Relations, said this award is given annually to outstanding alumni members who are nominated by a selection committee, approved for nomination and approved by university President Dr. Kenneth W. Dobbins. “SEMO is like family to me,” said Dr. Terry Adams while reminiscing about his years as a Southeast student and his connections to the university. Adams, Dr. Judith Gallagher and seven others will be recognized with an Alumni Merit Award during this year’s homecoming festivities. Adams lived in eastern Missouri for most of his life before attending Southeast. “I attended Southeast because it had a good reputation, it was relatively close to my home and it was affordable,” Adams said. Adams was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha and participated in intramural athletics and student-sponsored activities while at Southeast. “I really enjoyed my time at SEMO,” Adams said. Adams graduated in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science in education. Content knowledge, pedagogy and common sense were important topics that were emphasized by his professors, Adams said. Adams wanted to be an educator since his senior year of high school because of great role models. Immediately after graduation from Southeast, he began teaching elementary physical education and coaching junior high basketball in Union, Mo. Adams later worked in numerous school districts throughout Missouri in positions that ranged from teaching physical education and drivers’ education to being a guidance counselor, athletic director, director of federal

programs and director of special education. He continued to coach basketball and also coached football and track. Adams returned to Southeast to continue his education. He graduated in 1980 with a Master of Arts in education, guidance and counseling degree and in 1984 with a specialist degree in educational administration. Adams is in his seventh year as the superintendent of the Wentzville R-IV School District, the largest and fastest-growing school district in Missouri. He was named the 2012 Superintendent of the Year by the Missouri Association of School Administrators. The Wentzville R-IV School District has been growing by approximately 650 students annually for the past 10 years. “Our district is changing out of necessity, and I enjoy the opportunity to shape that change,” Adams said. “We are taking care of the issues of growth with respect to buildings and other resources, and … we have improved student achievement significantly.” Most of Adams’ family members have Southeast success stories as well. Adams’ wife, older daughter and two sons-in-law have at least one degree from Southeast. His younger daughter chose to attend the St. Louis School of Pharmacy. Though Adams and his family jokingly call her the “black sheep,” they are proud of her for graduating at the top of her class. Adams said he is thrilled to receive the Alumni Merit Award because he is proud of Southeast and appreciates that the university is proud of his accomplishments. Another recipient of the Alumni Merit Award is Gallagher, a two-time graduate of Southeast. The Sikeston, Mo., native graduated in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science in education with a major in English and a minor in history. Gallagher attended Southeast because of the close proximity to her hometown and the esteemed education program, which she said made her confident that she could become “an effective teacher.” While an undergraduate student, Gallagher – the first person in her family to attend college

– was in the English and education honorary societies, Alpha Delta Pi and the steering committee for freshmen orientation. “The relationships I developed with sponsors, supervisors and other students taught me a lot about working relationships and teamwork,” Gallagher said. This sense of teamwork is very important in her life as an educator. After earning her teaching certificate, Gallagher taught middle school reading and high school English in Bloomfield, Mo., which is where she lived until she was 12 years old. “I was teaching in the very room where I had taken social studies classes as a seventh grader, so it was like coming home,” Gallagher said. Gallagher moved to Murray, Ky., after marrying her husband. She returned to Southeast to study for her Master of Arts in English. During her return, Gallagher was a resident adviser in Dearmont Hall and worked in the office of admissions. She then taught in various places throughout the Midwest before working for a healthcare company for a short period of time. But she soon returned to education. “I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher because I loved learning, and I wanted to be part of that world every day,” Gallagher said. Her passion for education transferred from the classroom to an administrative position in 2000 when she was named the dean of Humanities at Tarrant County College’s South Campus in Fort Worth, Texas. Gallagher enjoys sharing advice with professors at her college. She also teaches an evening education class at Texas Wesleyan University, which she enjoys because she can influence and inspire the next set of educators. Gallagher said being honored by Southeast with an Alumni Merit Award lets her know that she is doing well in life, but also that she has much more work to do. She never foresaw receiving this recognition, and said she is humbled by the honor. “Education can change lives,” Gallagher said.


BRIEFS Honor Disability Services hosts events to celebrate Disability Awareness Month October is Disability Awareness Month. Disability Services is hosting several events in honor of the month. Events include “Things Aren’t Always What They Seem” at 6 p.m. Oct. 22 in the UC Redhawk room, a resource fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 24 in the UC Ballroom, “Quiet Campus” at 6 p.m.Oct. 24 in Rose Theatre and “Allies for Inclusion” from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 30-31 in the UC Program Lounge and Towers Hall Room 207.

Homecoming Alumni earn awards for service to the university and community Four alumni will receive the Distinguished Service Awards on Oct. 20 during homecoming. The recipients are Rebecca McDowell Cook, Michael K. Harris, Robert A. Lipscomb and Jim Mayer. The awards are given each year to alumni who made contributions to both their community and the university. The winners will receive their awards at the All Alumni Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in the Kem Statuary Hall in the Aleen Vogel Wehking Alumni Center. The cost to attend is $10 per person.

Campaign Southeast wants to raise $21,000 for the United Way Southeast Missouri State University is raising money for the United Way in southeast Missouri. Southeast’s campaign began on Oct. 15 and will end on Oct. 31. The university’s goal for 2012 is to raise $21,000. Southeast’s United Way co-chairs Tammy Underwood and Dr. Dennis Holt are working with the local United Way to help the community.

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Sorority helps fight domestic violence BRITTANY TEDDER ARROW STAFF WRITER

One in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Alpha Chi Omega, a sorority at Southeast Missouri State University, will organize events and raise funds to combat domestic violence. Southeast senior Abby Henschel, a member of Alpha Chi Omega, said stopping domestic violence is the sorority’s philanthropy, and it holds an event in the spring. “All the fraternities participate in our Frisbee sling, which is like ultimate Frisbee where they compete with each other,” Henschel said. “We have T-shirts made, and it’s a way for the community to come and participate as well.” Henschel said members of Alpha Chi have an item drive at least two times a semester to support the Safe House for Women. The Safe House for Women’s office is located at N. Spring Street in Cape Girardeau. “We bring at least two to three items to our chapter,” Henschel said. “All the donations are usually hygiene products, paper products and laundry detergent.” For Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Alpha Chi organizes an event called “Brewing Awareness,” where it runs a coffee house, and a couple of bands play throughout the night. “It’s like a relaxing night for the outside community to help give money,” Henschel said. “This year, it will probably be at Cup ‘N’ Cork.” Last year Alpha Chi sold wristbands that read, “Don’t Touch This.” The wristbands were $1 each, and all the proceeds went to the Safe House for

Women. “We will probably do that again this year because it was such a good turnout,” Henschel said. Henschel said she interned at the Safe House for Women last spring. She wanted to take the internship because of Alpha Chi’s connection with the shelter, but she never imagined what the women at the shelter had gone through. “It just opened my eyes up to what some people had to witness in their lives,” Henschel said. “I realized how strong these women are, and when they come to the shelter they literally have nothing. They just grow within that house each day.” The Safe House for Women was founded in 1991 and is a not-for-profit domestic violence shelter. Kyle Riddle, an educator at the Safe House, said it began as a domestic violence shelter for women and their children to give them a safe place to stay. The Safe House expanded to include its outreach office and counseling services. “We provide court advocacies [for] people who need legal help, education and counseling,” Riddle said. “We also have our thrift store, which consists of clothing donations and some appliances, where the women at the Safe House can shop at their convenience.” According to Riddle, domestic violence begins at a young age. Abusers can become emotionally or verbally abusive as early as fifth and sixth grade. Physical abuse is the most obvious form of domestic violence, Riddle said. However, emotional abuse is also a form of domestic violence that people may not be aware of. “Any kind of pattern of behavior that’s designed to break down someone’s self-esteem to try and keep someone trapped in a relationship or

emotionally dependent on another person is considered abuse,” Riddle said. Riddle said domestic violence is a societal issue and that communities need to get together to stop the abuse and reinforce ideas from a young age that abusive behavior is not tolerated and is not normal. “We’re here for help as far as prevention,” Riddle said. “The behavior begins early as sixth grade, so my job is to go to the high schools and junior highs around here and talk to students about healthy relationships.” Riddle said gender stereotypes play a role in domestic violence. Men are supposed to be masculine, and women are supposed to be submissive and quiet. “One in nine men experience domestic violence, and people don’t often think of men as victims,” Riddle said. “Men don’t like to report that they’re being abused because they think they’re supposed to be macho or they’re afraid people will think they’re weak.” The Safe House holds some events at the shelter. One event is a balloon release where the staff and clients gather around the shelter and release purple balloons. “We also have a big banquet at the shelter where all of our clients, staff and volunteers cook something and bring it,” Riddle said. According to Henschel, domestic violence is more common than anybody could imagine, and it is a topic that nobody wants to talk about. “I think Alpha Chi does a good job with bringing awareness on the subject instead of just hiding it underneath the mat,” Henschel said. “Even girls I would never imagine were telling their stories. I think it’s important to start becoming more aware of it.”


BRIEFS Lecture Crader Lecture features Dr. Daniel Dreisbach A crowd of more than 500 people attended the Rhodes Scholar lecture “Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation,” Tuesday at Rose Theater. Dr. Daniel Dreisbach, professor at American University in Washington, D.C., and author of “The Bible’s Influence Upon the Founding Fathers,” discussed what Thomas Jefferson meant about keeping church and state separate. Read the full story at

Election Voter registration deadline for November election coming up Southeast Missouri State University students still have options if they are interested in voting in the November 2012 election. The deadline for registering to vote is 5 p.m. on Oct. 10. Olivia Plumlee, event coordinator for Southeast’s College Republicans, said students can register at the public library on Clark Street or any federal building in Cape Girardeau. If a student is not a Cape Girardeau resident, they need to register in their hometowns and apply for an absentee ballot. All of this can be done through the mail. Read the full story at

Accident No serious injuries in scooter accident near campus A scooter collided with a vehicle at the intersection of Bellevue Street and Sprigg Street in Cape Girardeau at approximately 3 p.m. Sept. 25. A Honda Pilot was eastbound on Bellevue Street. The scooter was northbound on Sprigg Street. The driver of the scooter did not suffer any life-threatening injuries and was transported by private vehicle to St. Francis Hospital, according to traffic officer David Valentine of the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Read the full story at

PRSSA PRSSA students will attend conference in San Francisco Southeast Missouri State University’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America will send 17 members to the PRSSA National Conference 2012. The conference will be from Oct. 11-16 in San Francisco.

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Guest introduces dance technique ANDREA GILS COPY EDITOR

Dancer and choreographer Brenna Monroe-Cook visited Southeast Missouri State University from Aug. 25 to Sept. 1 to work with dance students and dance instructor Philip Edgecombe. Monroe-Cook and Edgecombe worked to reconstruct the piece “Psalm,” which was originally choreographed by American-Mexican choreographer José Limón in 1967. Limón was a pioneer in the modern dance and choreography fields, and “Psalm” was the first piece that Monroe-Cook learned. It is a piece that she has been teaching and dancing for a long time. “It set up a love for historical work and way of moving, that’s why it feels such home to me and is integrated to the way I move,” MonroeCook said. Monroe-Cook began her dance training at the Academy of Movement and Music at the age of 3 and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The Juilliard School in 2008. She lives in Seattle and is a full-time teacher at University of Washington. Monroe-Cook joined the Limón Dance Company in 2002 and toured internationally for several years, performing and teaching the work of Limón. “Limón and his work focused a lot in bringing a sense of humanity

and the real expression of the human spirits and not only the positive parts about that but often the struggles of it and our ability to overcome things that are a struggle,” Monroe-Cook said. “I think some of that is represented in the falling and rising. There’s this force that pulls us down, which physically is gravity and emotionally is sometimes just the up and flow of life that we have these moments of trying. But that there’s this desire for us to be up, that we want to push against the force of gravity or we want to pull against these forces that pulls us down so that we can overcome those things.” Monroe-Cook teaches the Limón technique and stages his reconstructed choreographies for companies and schools nationwide, including Southeast, where she helped students reconstruct “Psalm” for the upcoming event Fall for Dance 2012. Although the Limón technique is not taught at Southeast, Edgecombe took an intensive course while studying for his master’s degree at the University of Arizona and said Limón’s work affects what he teaches. “He is one of the greatest American choreographers,” Edgecombe said. Auditions took place on Aug. 25 to cast dancers for the piece. Monroe-Cook hand-picked the students to perform, which she said enabled

her to create a cohesive group with different types of dancers and body types. After the three-hour auditions, students began learning the piece and Limón’s technique. Sophomore Emily Brand, a dancer in “Psalm,” said that when she went to the tryouts, she tried to adapt to what Monroe-Cook was looking for and did her best to learn it quickly and perform it well. The week following the casting for the piece was intensive for the cast. According to senior dance major Danielle Albertina, the dancers rehearsed the 12-minute piece for four hours every day, and the final rehearsal day with the choreographer lasted nine hours. Following that first week, students have been rehearsing with Edgecombe three hours a week. “They have worked so unbelievably hard,” Monroe-Cook said. “All of us felt our muscles knotting up in our legs and shoulders because of the hard work we were putting into the piece,” Brand said. Albertina said Monroe-Cook used descriptive analogies that combine dance with everyday activities, which helped her make connections with her body and know how to move. She also said the piece is mentally challenging because there are so many different counts. Pieces typically use eight-counts, but this piece has 10-counts, sixcounts, five-counts and four-counts in different sequencing.

Guest choreographer Brenna Monroe-Cook, right, rehearses new technique with dance students. Photo by Nathan Hamilton Senior dance major Chance Hill said that “Psalm” is extremely difficult to perform. He said the Limón technique is intricate, and the upper body is always doing something that is completely opposite to the lower body. “There’s a sense of play with gravity that allows rising and falling, opposition of poles in different directions, beautiful articulation of torso and body,” Monroe-Cook said. “Those are principles that have become the way I move, regardless of the technique I’m doing.” Monroe-Cook said after her departure students would have to work on retaining the things they talked about during rehearsals. Edgecombe took notes and gathered information about the specifics of the movement so that they can continue to polish the piece. Monroe-Cook said that what students need to work on the most is to develop their sense of ownership and comfort with the material. “This piece, and Brenna, has taught me to keep pushing dance,”

Hill said. “What I mean by that is, do not replicate such a historical piece, but immerse yourself in it, and allow it to be appropriate for what is now.” Fall for Dance 2012 will be Hill’s last main stage show at Southeast. “I am so honored to be a part of the Limón work,” Hill said. “It really is a great way to cap off my undergraduate degree. I cannot wait to share with the world the fantastic energy and spirit of such an amazing piece. I also can say that I am a part of history. There are so many dancers who have danced this piece, and now I get to say that I have.” Hill said that he cannot stress how vital guest artists are and that he wished students had guest artists all the time. “Having more guest choreographers come to SEMO would be amazing,” Brand said. “The experience is great, and to have the chance to work with different choreographers is something that helps the dancer become even better.”

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Gen. Colin L. Powell visits Southeast for Speakers Series ANDREA GILS COPY EDITOR

Retired Gen. Colin L. Powell, the son of Jamaican immigrants and later became the Secretary of State, is coming to Southeast Missouri State University. Powell has devoted over 50 years of his life to public service. He held senior military positions, earned several civil and military awards and has held diplomatic positions throughout the presidential administrations. Powell was the National Security Adviser during President Ronald Reagan’s term, the first African-American officer to become chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during President George H.W. Bush and President Bill Clinton’s terms and he served as Secretary of State during George W. Bush’s presidency. Powell is part of the University Speaker Series, coordinated by Campus Life. He will speak at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2, at the Show Me Center. This year’s coordinator of the event is Joanna Shaver, campus programming coordinator.

“When Colin Powell came out and spoke of his failings and the truth, it restored a lot of my faith in the U.S. government having good people. I have always respected him for his intelligence and dedication.” Robin Frohn Campus Life has worked with several speaker agencies and contacted the Washington Speakers Bureau to bring Powell to Southeast. The selection of speakers and topics for this year’s Speakers Series began in the spring. Powell’s speech is entitled “Diplomacy: Persuasion, Trust, and Values.” He has another prepared speech about leadership, but Shaver decided not to choose it because another speaker of the series, former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, will speak on that topic. Shaver said she wanted to have diversity in the topics presented.

According to the biography provided by the Washington Speakers Bureau, during his time as chairman, Powell oversaw 28 crises, including the U.S. invasion of Panama in 1989 and Operation Desert Storm in 1991. Powell has received awards from more than 24 countries, including an honorary knighthood bestowed by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain. Finance and accounting major Robin Frohn said he is looking forward to the event since he has had an interest in U.S. politics for a long time. “My feelings toward the U.S. became increasingly negative during the war in Afghanistan, Iraq, as well as their government and Republicans,” Frohn said. “When Colin Powell came out and spoke of his failings and the truth, it restored a lot of my faith in the U.S. government having good people. I have always respected him for his intelligence and dedication.” Shaver said there will be a round-table discussion for 20 students, who will be invited to join the meeting. Shaver is working with several entities on campus including the ROTC Office, the Department of Political Science and war veterans to select those 20 students. “We are looking for students that are intelligent — they are aware of current events, they have a genuine interest in getting this wonderful opportunity to meet Colin Powell almost on a one-on-one basis,” Shaver said. If Frohn was given the chance to have a one-on-one interview with Powell, he said he would ask Powell if he could get him a job as Retired General Colin L. Powell. Submitted Photo an intern in the White House, in the Senate or in Congress. Shaver said she is working with the Southeast Bookstore to have some of Powell’s books available for sale, but she does not believe he will sign any of them. Powell’s best-seller “My American Journey” has been published in more than a dozen languages. It chronicles his life and its influences, as well as what he has learned during his life about personal rules and character. His second book, “It Worked For Me,” was published in May. Students can get free tickets by presenting their Southeast ID on the second floor of the University Center. General admission is $10. For more information about tickets contact the Show Me Center box office at 573-651-5000 or online at

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Student talent performing at the annual New Student Showcase Showcase includes contemporary scenes written from 2000 to present ANDREA GILS COPY EDITOR

The New Student Showcase is an event for any student new to the Department of Theatre and Dance or to Southeast Missouri State University. It is an opportunity for students to show their talent to the theatre and dance faculty and staff, and to the community by performing a scene, singing or dancing. According to Amy Fritsche, faculty member and organizer of this year’s event, there will be four singers, seven acting scenes and 16 dancers. Fritsche is in charge of selecting the songs and acting scenes. Dance and choreography instructor Philip Edgecombe is in charge of mentoring the dancers. According to Edgecombe, three senior dance students will choreograph pieces for the showcase. Leshay Mathis will perform a contemporary routine, Kelcey Matheny a jazz routine and Kara Burley a hip-hop number. All of the pieces are group dances with no more than seven dancers each. During the summer, Fritsche selected the

pieces that will be showcased, and she will help with technical issues backstage, but her main role is to coach students. “We give them the idea to create a character and help them mold it,” Fritsche said. Fritsche selected scenes written from 2000 to present. Although the scene can be set in different

“Like the football games, this show is our way of showing the school what we can do, and how we plan to represent SEMO on the stage.” Maclin Schweger time periods, the writer must have written it sometime between the year 2000 and now. “We are working on very fairly contemporary work,” Fritsche said. There will be five group rehearsals, but students meet with their scene partners to work on their scene together and memorize lines independently. Students have to provide their own costumes and there will be no music except for in the dance pieces. Freshman acting major Maclin Schweger will present a scene with a partner that deals with political issues and aliens. Schweger received his scene recently, so he

said his biggest challenge now is getting his lines in correct order. The New Student Showcase is also a way for performers to support each other. The event is a product of a big team effort. Schweger said that he looks at the students in the program now, and he sees how they network with not only students in the department, but with everyone in their class. “The faculty at SEMO’s River Campus is incredible,” Schweger said. “Everyone treats their work with so much professionalism, respect for one another and the talent to boot. They all work together as a team, facilitating the needs of their peers to organize what is, in my opinion, a very successful program.” Edgecombe said that students should go to the event because it is exciting to see where freshmen are at this point in the year. He added that this is a very strong class. “See them where they are, and when you see them on stage this year or in a couple of years, and see how much they’ve grown. The showcase is just a lot of fun,” Edgecombe said. The River Campus is hosting its third annual New Student Showcase at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 15 in the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre. “Everyone in the incoming class is incredibly talented and won’t disappoint,” Schweger said. “Like the football games, this show is our way of showing the school what we can do and how we plan to represent SEMO on the stage.” The event is free and open to Southeast staff, students and parents.

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