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The Herald Informing Arkansas State University since 1921

Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011

Vol. 90 Issue 2

Community & Organization Fair

ASU goes Coke Raven Hearton News Editor After 10 years of being a Pepsi campus and debate over whether Pepsi is better than Coke, ASU has finally made the switch back to Coca-Cola. Jennifer Jasinski, ASU’s business manager, said ASU’s contract with Pepsi was coming to an end when it decided to open up the floor to proposals this summer from vending companies for a new contract. Pepsi and Coca-Cola were the only ones to make proposals and, in the end, Coca-Cola won out. Jasinski said that so far the response to the change has been very positive and the adjustment has also been very easy. “With any change there is a bit of a learning curve. We did go for a couple of weeks, maybe three, where we had some buildings without vending maChelsea Weaver/Herald chines, but there were no major The new contract means only Coke products are available hiccups,” Jasinski said. “Every- for sell on campus, including in the Acansa Dining Hall. Pictured: thing that I have heard has been Courtney Briney, junior math education major of Corning. great. We’ve had a few Mountain Dew drinkers who weren’t too happy, a while because I missed my Diet Coke,” but everybody’s excited.” said Allison Gibbs, a senior communicaCampus reaction to the switch has been tion disorders major of Lonoke. mixed. Mallory Greene, a senior chemistry “I think its been needing to happen for See COKE, page 5

Senate to start with new leadership Zibluk starts two-year term this semester Abdullah Raslan/Herald

The Student Activities Board sponsored the annual Community and Organization Fair Wednesday on the Heritage Plaza Lawn. Local vendors and campus groups came out to promote themselves and meet ASU community members. Here, Zac Mizell, a sophomore international business major of Dallas, Texas, plays "big chess," another attraction at the event.

Virus affecting campus computers Abdullah Raslan Staff Writer ASU Information and Technology Services issued a warning yesterday about a computer virus that students and faculty members have been complaining about. The virus is called the Rorpian worm virus. Having first surfaced in early May, the virus takes over the network configuration on unsecured computers and causes the Internet browser to lead its user to misleading websites. In some cases, the browser will seem to be offline with a system down message. Senior network engineer, Eric Barnett, was assigned the task of overlooking and disinfecting this virus from the campus’ network. Barnett said the user might not know the virus affects their computer if it’s not secured by anti-virus software because of the virus’ misleading behavior. "The virus will make it look like the

system is down and you might think there is something wrong with your computer port," he said. There were at least 10 computers on campus that were infected by the virus that needed to be shut down manually by Barnett. No less than 50 other complaints were called in from users that had their computers affected by the Rorpian worm but were cleaned by anti-virus software. Most complaints came from Village housing, Honors and the ROTC residents. Barnett was able to block the misleading website from the campuses server and redirect the users to a safe page. The virus is easy to obtain if you don't have the right precautions to secure your computer, Barnett said. ITS encourages all students, faculty and staff to visit its website and download a free copy of Symantec anti-virus software to protect their computer from See VIRUS, page 5

Samuel G. Smith Editor

gap between ASU and the regional average for the position of proThe Faculty Senate is fessor was $9,000, and set to begin its new year that gap had grown by Friday with new senator $3,531 in the period orientation, and it’s doing between 2004-05 and it with a new president as 2009-10. well. “Even though Jack Zibluk, professor they’ve made some of journalism, was voted progress, we’re still into the position held by way out of whack with Beverly Boals Gilbert last anybody else,” Zispring. Zibluk said he’s bluk said. “A lot of us starting his two-year term get paid about equal first by assessing the most to what a high school important issues affecting teacher gets paid. faculty. That’s a real issue.” Department of Journalism To that end the Senate This year $200,000 recently sent an electronic has been set aside to survey to the campus’ nearly 500 faculfund internal disparities between underty members asking about issues such as paid faculty and higher-paid colleagues faculty salaries, teaching load, campus of comparable rank. It’s the second year facilities and diversity. in a row that campus administration has “I really want to represent the faculty made such an effort. as much as possible,” he said. “The best “It’s a drop in the proverbial bucket,” way to do it is to ask the faculty.” Zibluk said. “But it is a very positive gesFaculty salaries have been a recurture.” ring topic of discussion at Senate meetBesides salaries, Zibluk said he’s exings. The most recent Faculty Senate Fi- cited about the opportunity to be a part nance Committee report, presented at a of the shared governance process as admeeting in March, found growing gaps ministration is changing. In addition to between the salaries at ASU and those his role in the Senate, Zibluk is also on at comparable universities in the region. the new chancellor search committee, a According to report data, the average See SENATE, page 5

Student Government swears in new senators Michaela Kaberline Features Editor

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ASU police chief, Randy Martin, encouraged SGA senators at their first meeting Tuesday to be safe on campus.

The Student Government Association held its first meeting of the year Tuesday where they learned some safety tips from the University Police Department and swore in three new senators. UPD Chief Randy Martin spoke to the senators about making campus as safe as possible. “Everyone in the community can contribute to making the campus safe,” Martin said. “If someone sees something suspicious, they can come by and talk to an officer and we can try and take care of the problem.” The UPD offices are located in the Student Union and on Robinson Street by the Childhood Center. Martin encourages students to come by if they have

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any problems or know of anything that could be unsafe on campus. “We want everyone to have a great, successful year,” Martin said. “In order to ensure that, we have to make sure that everyone will be safe and feels comfortable when on campus.” UPD Officer Tracey Simpson wanted to remind the senators and other students that student patrollers are available to escort students to and from places on campus if the student does not feel comfortable walking alone. They can be reached at 972-2093. “The student patrollers can only escort students if they are on campus,” Simpson said. “They will not walk students to The Grove or McDonald’s, only around campus.” See SGA, page 5

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Be politically informed With the presidential election upon us in the next year, it is important as adults that we begin looking at the candidates and what they stand for. Some of us have not been old enough to vote yet, some of us latch on to who our family or peers are voting for and others of us just don’t care. When it comes to electing leaders, whether for our national, local or student governments, it is important to look at each candidate thoroughly. Not only should you study their campaign, but also how they’ve contributed (or not) in their political past. Examine how well they are able to work with others, including those with different ideas. This summer’s near-meltdown of the American economy because of unshakable allegiances to parties and ideas was proof of the impossible divide created by diehard polarities. Staying in a gridlock and refusing to compromise is not productive and affects all of us. Community involvement is a very important issue as well. How have the candidates contributed to their surroundings, whether those are campus (if student government) or local organizations? What have they done to help others or make change where needed? These are all things you should be asking yourself when deciding who to cast your all too important vote for. To think that any political office is a glorified popularity contest is startling. As the whirlwind of debates and mudslinging begin to dominate our televisions over the next year, look past all of the he said-she said and look to where they stand on the crucial issues which will move us all forward. Regardless of who you vote for, in any election, your vote counts. Being involved in your government is very important, especially in this day and age. Record numbers of college-age students turned out in the 2008 election and that number should be even larger in 2012. We will only hurt ourselves if we don’t pay attention to the political process around us and do exactly what our government is about—citizen involvement. “Our View” is written by the editorial staff. The opinions are not necessarily reflective of the student body, faculty or administration of Arkansas State University.

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Choose value over convenience “People are impatient. They want what they want and they want it now.” Drew Bradbury

Over the past few weeks, I have received a steady flow of duplicate emails from the university telling me I could convert a portion of my refund money into Flex Dollars. Why would I (or anyone else) decide to turn real cash into electronic bucks that can only be spent on campus where product markups are unreal? The offer simply lacks appeal to me and yet I see many fellow students purchasing Flex Dollars along with their meal plans. How can this be? It defies all fiscal reason, but people use it every day. It is apparent that people are placing more and more value on their time. What Flex lacks in mon-

etary efficiency, it (less than) makes up for with convenience. Did you schedule all of your classes back to back (like me) only to find that you didn’t plan on getting hungry? It’s so easy to grab a sandwich, swipe your ASU ID and gorge yourself on chicken salad as you race to your next class. In fact, I think it’s too easy. Students continue to place so much emphasis on convenience over value, grabbing a quick bite and frittering away their (seemingly) limitless Flex Dollars. What are you really paying for though? It isn’t the product. I went into the campus store and picked up my jaw that had dropped to the floor when I saw that a two-liter bottle of soda was over $2. That is absurd, but people buy them anyway. You can drive to Kroger and pick up the same

volume of soda (albeit off brand, but it’s all sugar) for 79 cents. Some say people are dumb, but this isn’t the case. People are impatient. They want what they want and they want it now. All too often, I hear students complaining about a general lack of time. They simply don’t have it. I don’t have time to drive to the Domino’s on Johnson (two minutes away from campus). I’ll just have it delivered, and that’s $2 plus a tip for the delivery guy. But, let me order it online because I really don’t want to wait for someone to pick up the phone (some places even charge an “Online Convenience Fee”). What are you doing while you wait? Homework? Or are you watching that Iron Chef marathon of Food Network? What? I am here to tell you there is time.

There are hours and hours of it. Sure, some conveniences are worth a little extra dough, but many, such as Flex, just don’t add up. You could just use some of the real money you used to buy Flex Dollars in the Union if you’re in a rush. The cashiers take that too. Life is not a sprint. Nor is it a marathon. In fact, it isn’t a race at all. Do not limit your options to those only immediately available. Take your time and find what’s best for you. This isn’t to say that you lurk around every clearance aisle waiting for a good sale. Just be aware that what is convenient might not be worth forking over the extra cash. Look for the better deal. You’re worth it — I promise. Bradbury is a junior plant sciences major of Hot Springs.

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Try to make a difference Do things for right reason “... we aren’t doing the right thing if we do it with the wrong attitude.”

“Why don’t we take two minutes out of our lives to help someone else?” Abdullah Raslan

Last spring, somebody at my apartment complex decided that it would be a great idea to remove the doorknob to the building’s entrance and leave it on the floor, leaving the tenants with a hole in the door. Ever since that incident, exiting the building was a pain. I would have to strategically place my fingers in the right spot to be able to open the door. I dreaded the idea of leaving my apartment with the fear of adding another scar on my hands. Fast forward a few weeks later, a friend of mine was visiting from out of town and noticed the door. I explained to him the situation and he simply responded by asking “Do you have a screwdriver?” It completely went over

my head that I could’ve easily done this myself. I assumed that someone else would do it because it wasn’t my job, when in fact, all I had to do was pick up the knob and put it back in its place—an assignment that didn’t take more than two minutes for my friend to do. This made me think, why can’t we all do this from time to time? Why don’t we take two minutes out of our lives to help someone else? Why can’t we pick up a screwdriver and fix something if it bothers us? If you are walking to class and you see a plastic bottle or some other random solid waste on the floor, pick it up and throw it in the garbage. By doing so, not only will you be saving the earth, you will be keeping your surroundings beautiful. It’s not something you should be ashamed of — it’s something you should be proud of. If you see

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something that’s bothering you, try and change it According to the article “Lending a helping hand is not really lending at all” by Cheryl G. Burke, lending a helping hand will come back around to you somehow and you will be thankful that someone helped you. “It isn’t about what you have it’s about what you give. You will find that you never run short of having something to give.” In the wake of hurricane Irene, we can all lend a helping hand to disaster victims. Donating blood or sending clothes to families in need is sometimes more helpful than sending money. Lets show the good side of humanity and do whatever we can to help. Raslan is a senior digital media and design major of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

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Well here we go again. It’s another school year and another fresh start. If you’re like me, you may have certain goals you want to achieve this semester. Whether it’s better grades, stronger friendships, more involvement in a church or however you want to fill in the blank, with any new commitments come several challenges. Something my parents would always say is “many people want things to be different, but few are willing to change,” and this is the problem I always run into. Since my time at college, I’ve learned that it has to start with a change in attitude first. Let me illustrate my point. The first week of school was tough. Never in my life has one week dragged on as long as it did our first week, and all the free time I had my first week gave me time to fantasize about all the things I want to accomplish this semester.

Here are just a few of them: 1) Meet new freshmen/get to know them. 2) Volunteer my time with an ESL student. 3) Get more involved with people at church. 4) Do a Bible study. 5) Get to know some of our foreign students. All of these might be considered good uses of my time, right? Well, after mulling over this list several times during our first week, a few questions occurred to me. I immediately wondered what my real motive for doing these things was. Assuming I’d do each one this semester (which is highly unlikely), would I do them for the benefit of others or to simply make myself feel better? Worse yet, would I do any of these things to meet someone else’s expectations of me? I think we as humans (and especially as college students) kid ourselves into thinking we’re helping others, when in fact we’re really just using service opportunities as another attempt to pat ourselves on the back or impress peers. Truth is, we aren’t doing

the right thing if we do it with the wrong attitude. I’m convinced any “good deed” we try to do, however commendable it is, tends to lose its value when done with a selfish attitude. I know I tend to do “good” things just because friends are doing them. If they’re out serving, then I’ll serve. If they’re volunteering, then I guess I’ll volunteer too. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m glad I have friends who volunteer their time with ESL students and who encourage me to do the same. But I’d probably lose these friends if I blatantly told them, “I’m only doing this to impress you.” Maybe, for those of us who plan to “make a difference,” (as often as that phrase gets used) it would be good to remember this verse this semester: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.” So go ahead and join me in making a list of goals you want to accomplish this semester; but remember — attitude is everything. Davidson is a sophomore education major of Bryant.

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Campus Corner

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Thursday, Sept. 1

Lenny’s Sub Shop opens near campus Michaela Kaberline Campus Corner Editor Long-time best friends Tripp Williams and Lawson Fisher franchised Lenny’s Sub Shop in Jonesboro after the two became business partners about three years ago when they decided to jump into the Lenny’s business by opening their first store in downtown Memphis, Tenn. Williams and Fisher own four Lenny’s in Memphis and one in Little Rock. They decided to open a sub shop in Jonesboro to cater to the college crowd. “We knew we had to get over here and open a store,” Fisher said. “With our location, we are minutes away from the ASU campus and we really wanted to target college students the most.” The first Lenny’s Sub Shop was founded by Len Moore in 1998. In 2004, he sold a majority of the ownership to George Alvord and a group of private investors. According to Lenny’s website, Moore decided to franchise Lenny’s and moved to Houston, Texas to open a sub shop there. Lenny’s on Stadium Boulevard opened their doors Aug. 23, and gave the first 25 customers free Lenny’s for a year. “We ended up having about 200 to 250 customers come in the doors,” Fisher said. “It was a big

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Employees at Lenny’s Sub Shop await the grand opening on Aug. 23. The first 25 customers received one free sub a week for a year. success.” Lenny’s Sub Shop is most famous for their authentic philly cheesesteak sub and that “deli fresh experience.” “Lenny’s motto is ‘More Food, More Taste, More Personality!,’” Fisher said. “Our premium deli meats

are sliced to order. Our regular 7 ½ inch sub has a half a pound of meat and cheese.” Since Williams and Fisher’s new location is so close to campus, they wanted to decorate the restaurant with ASU décor.

“We went and talked to Coach Freeze and he gave us some jerseys to put on the walls,” Fisher said. Lenny’s Corporation is turning to social media to help promote their businesses around the Southeast. “We have around 60,000

Facebook fans,” President of Memphis based Lenny’s Sub Shop Brent Alvord said. “We have a ‘Social Wednesday’ where our Facebook fans can get exclusive coupons. We also have a Twitter account where we post links to get our ‘Social Wednesday’

coupons.” Williams and Fisher are planning on visiting the ASU campus within the next few weeks to give away coupons and other information about the new sub shop. “I think actually going on campus and handing out fliers and coupons is a great way to tell people we are here to cater to them,” Fisher said. “We are also going to try to get a commercial lined-up on the radio so we can really expand our business.” Lenny’s sub shop offers catering, online, phone and in-store ordering. “We are really hoping to get a lot of catering orders once football season gets started,” Fisher said. “We know college students will want something quick and easy to eat while they’re tailgating with friends, and our catering options are perfect for it. We also have box lunches that are perfect for smaller groups of people while tailgating or for a business meeting, whatever the occasion.” Lenny’s Sub Shop is open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. “We might look into staying open later in the near future,” Fisher said. “But for right now we are sticking with the times we have. We want everyone to be able to come out and get some good deli fresh sandwiches and just have a good time.”

What’s yo flava? or Location: 1319 Stadium Blvd.. next to Seattle Grind Coffee Shop. Hours: Mon - Th, 11 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. Fri - Sat, 11 a.m. - midnight Sun, noon - 10 p.m.

Location: 223 S. Main St., across from the Brickhouse Grill. Hours: Mon - Th, noon - 10 p.m. Fri - Sat, noon - 10:30 p.m. Sun, noon - 9 p.m.

Flavors: Different flavors rotate throughout the day and some are seasonal. They have no sugar added flavors, dairy-free flavors and non-fat flavors. Some of their flavors are: original tart, birthday cake, blueberry, pistachio, banana pudding, cherry, red velvet cake and many more. They also have gelato.

Flavors: The flavors change throughout the day. YoLo has no-sugar added, glutenfree and Kosher flavors. Some flavors include: dreamy dark chocolate, raspberry tart, birthday cake, cookies & cream, white chocolate mousse, NSA strawberry and many more. They also have many different flavors of gelato.

Price: 45 cents per ounce

Price: 45 cents per ounce

Toppings include: Kit Kat, Lucky Charms, peanuts, hot fudge, honey, peaches, cheesecake bits, mango, coconut flakes, animal crackers and many more.

Toppings include: Butterfinger, Fruity Pebbles, jelly beans, sprinkles, pineapples, pretzels, Heath Bar, mandarin oranges, Nilla Wafers and many more.

Deals: Happy Hour is from 2-4 p.m. on Wednesdays. If customers check in at Local Culture through Facebook, they receive 10 percent off their yogurt. Tuesdays are ‘two-punch’ Tuesdays.

Deals: 10 percent off with valid ASU I.D.

Social Networks: Facebook ­— Local Culture Frozen Yogurt. Twitter — @LocalCultureFY. Local Culture posts its flavors of the day on its Facebook page and Twitter.

Why choose YoLo? “We like to incorporate toppings from other local businesses around the city,” YoLo General Manager Heather Barrios said. “We have toppings from Edible Earth Bakery, Lady Bugg Bakery, Barrios Bakery and some others. Our busiest times are right after school and on weekends. Customers can come in with their families and relax and just have a good time. ”

Why choose Local Culture? “They don’t have the same flavors every time you’re there. And if you’re lactose intolerant, like my best friend, it’s a place to go get yogurt ice cream. And they have awesome toppings for the said ice cream,” said Amirah Tyner, a junior graphic design major of Jonesboro.

Social Networks: Facebook­— YoLo Frozen Yogurt. Twitter — @yolofroyo

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-Compiled by Holly Ann Bradway

Eating out on a budget Holly Ann Bradway Staff Writer Take one look at any restaurant’s menu and you may think you are going to go over your college budget. However, there are many ways to stay on a budget at a nice restaurant. Avoid appetizers and desserts, and drink water instead of a soda or tea. If you aren’t hungry enough for a full meal, take a look at the appetizers. Olive Garden • Never Ending Pasta bowl - $8.95 • Three soups - $4.75 • Garden fresh salad$5.50 • Linguine alla Marinara - $9.75 (spaghetti)

• Pizza - $9.95 • Create a sampler $8.50 • Grilled chicken flatbread - $9.75 Red Lobster • Shrimp Nachos (appetizer) - $8.50 • Lobster Pizza - $9.25 • Soup (Clam Chowder, Potato or Lobster Bisque) - under $7 Chili’s • Boneless Wings (appetizer) - $7.99 • Classic Nachos (appetizer) - $6.99 • House Salad - $6.79 • Half a rack of ribs - $9.99 • Plus any of 20 sandwiches and burgers-under $9 Or try any of these restaurants (plus more) to get an ASU discount.

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Chick-fil-A El Acapulco IHOP KFC Pizza Inn Dexter’s Bar-B-Que Taco Bell Hardee’s Popeye’s Subway Lenny’s Sub Shop Pizza Chef Kirin Trying to stay in a college budget can be hard, but it’s not impossible. If you develop a strategy and tips of your own, you can do it. Always ask if they offer student discounts. The worst they can say is no. Good food doesn’t always mean expensive food.

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• Injured stunt man sues Hangover 2 crew over Bangkok accident. • “Apollo 18” hits theaters Friday. • Texas A&M announces it will leave the Big 12 conference. • Hurricane Irene caused additional cracks in the Washington Monument. • The Apple iPhone 5 prototype was left behind at a San Francisco Bar. • Rapper T.I. was released from an Arkansas prison a month earlier then expected.

by: David Barratine



Thursday, Sept. 1

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Red Wolves pop cork on 2011 campaign Arkansas State to face off against Scheelhaase-led Illini Daniel McFadin Sports Editor

The long wait for college football is almost over. In two days, Arkansas State football will officially kick off its 2011 campaign. Not at home, but up north in Big Ten country. For the first time since 2002, ASU will travel to Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill., to take on the Fighting Illini. The last time the two teams matched up, on Sept. 19, 2002, the Illini came away with a commanding 59-7 win. However, Illinois head coach Ron Zook expects this year’s edition of the Red Wolves to put up a fight. “A lot of people don’t know about Arkansas State,” Zook said Tuesday at his weekly press conference, “they don’t understand or feel this is a team [that can win]. Trust me, this is a football team that our guys have got to be ready to play.” The team the Illini will face returns an offense that broke nine school records last year, despite the team finishing 4-8 for a second straight year. However, six of those losses were by less than 10 points. “Two years ago they played Iowa right to the wire, they

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Illinois sophomore quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase is 3-3 in his career as a starter. Scheelhaase earned a 58.7 percemt completion while Illinois averaged 151 passing yards per game in 2010.

could have beaten Indiana last year very easily; they lost by two,” Zook recounted. So far, the Red Wolves have a losing record against the Big Ten, going 0-6 in games against Illinois (0-2), Iowa (01), Minnesota (0-2) and Indiana (0-1). For ASU’s defense, which is led by senior linebacker Demario Davis, the biggest concern will be containing Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase. The sophomore threw for 1,825 yards and 17 touchdowns last season, with 13 of those and just one interception coming in the last seven games., while also running 185 times for 868 yards and five touchdowns. Scheelhouse led his team to their first bowl game victory since 1999 last year, when the Illini defeated the University of Baylor 38-14 in the Texas Bowl. “You know he’s a special, special player,” ASU first year head coach Hugh Freeze said Monday. “…They mix in enough options with him and enough quarterback runs.” Scheelhaase also ran 185 times for 868 yards and five touchdowns last year, which helped the Illini earn the 11th highest yards running average in Division 1A. “It’s very difficult to defend him because you have to defend the option so many different ways,” Freeze continued, “and then of course he’s even more dangerous when he drops back to pass.” On the defensive line will be defensive ends Brandon Joiner and Justin Robertson and at tackle Greg McCall and Dorvus Woods, who Freeze believes is the best player on the team at his position. The line, all four of them seniors, will face an offense whose smallest player stands at 6’5 and 250 pounds. “They understand what they want to do and who they are,” Freeze said. “They’ve led the Big Ten in rushing three out of the last four years. They’ve got a very veteran offensive line and our defensive line can be one of the strengths of our team.” While the offensive line may be a strength for the Illini, it may the ASU’s biggest concern. The only significantly experienced lineman on offense for ASU is senior center Tom Castilaw, who has been named to this year’s Remington award watch list. “This will be one of those games I call a NASCAR game,” Freeze said, “where we may have to take a round of wedge out of the back right and adjust as the game gets started.” Freeze will try to force to Illinois to make their own adjustments with an offense that returns Dwayne Frampton, Taylor Stockemer and Allen Muse at the receiver position and running back Derek Lawson.

Chelsea Weaver/Herald Freshman receiver Earl Lucas runs after the catch during a practice session at ASU stadium. Lucas is part of a receiving corp. that averaged 11.6 yards per catch in the 2010 season.

Zook knows that the aerial attack led by junior quarterback Ryan Aplin will be the focal point of Freeze’s no huddle, spread offense. “It’ll be a great test for the defense,” Zook said. “This offense, they know how to throw the football, they know how to move the ball.” The right adjustments at the right time will decide which team wins and if Arkansas State does, it’ll be their first win against a BCS conference team since 2005. If Illinois wins, it’ll be their first season opening win since 2006. The game kicks off at 2:30 p.m. CST Saturday and can be watched on the Big Ten Network.

Freeze brings excitement, high expectations for first season Daniel McFadin Sports Editor The Red Wolves kick off their 2011 football campaign this Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. The game marks the premiere of the 27th head coach in ASU’s history, Hugh Freeze. Freeze was named to the position held previously by Steve Roberts for nine years on Dec. 2 in a press conference held in the Convocation Center. Hired as an offensive coordinator by Roberts prior to the 2010 season, Freeze implemented an offensive scheme that led to ASU ranking 43rd nationally in total offense a year after the team finished 95th. The offense also broke nine school records that included first downs, completion percentage and passing touchdowns. Freeze is in the driver’s seat of a Division 1A program for the first time. Though Freeze remembers the day he was appointed to the position, it doesn’t bring up all pleasant feelings. “It was actually mixed emotions, because of my respect for Steve Roberts and I just enjoyed working for him,” Freeze said in his office located in the Steve and Sharon Bryant head coaches suite at ASU Stadium. “I’m excited when I’m out in front of

the people being named head coach,” Freeze continues, “but then when you get by yourself you know that one of your good friends is hurting, which made it bittersweet.” The man who made the decision to name Freeze head coach was Athletic Director Dean Lee, who is entering his 10th season in the position. Lee interviewed Freeze three different times before making his final decision, citing his energy level, his knack for motivation and Freeze’s knowledge of both sides of the ball. Now Freeze has been in the position for nine months. After graduating from Southern Mississippi in 1992, and coaching at Lambuth University and at Ole Miss, he has found there’s always something for a head coach to do. “The kids are the same, the x’s and o’s are the same. But the demands on your time at this level and the excitement we’ve tried to create takes a lot of time,” Freeze observes. Since he held the offensive coordinator job in 2010, Freeze still handles those responsibilities in addition to those of being the head coach. Freeze has been groomed for the position he is in since he was a young boy. Freeze grew up in a football family; his father was a high school football coach for 27 years..

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“I thought about being a physical therapist, [but] school was going to be too hard for me probably. It was really second nature that this is what I was going to do from [about] 10th grade on.” It’s been a long nine months for ASU supporters waiting to see if Freeze can fulfill the high expectations that have been placed on his shoulders and many Red Wolves fans will be on hand this season to see it through.

Lee believes this is the biggest year for ASU football in recent memory. “We’ve already sold more season tickets than we did at the end of last year and we still have two more weeks to go,” Lee said. “The enthusiasm, the excitement within the community, with our fans and alumni is as high as it’s ever been.” That excitement and encouragement has also influenced the players, said senior center Tom Castilaw. “Coach Freeze is always encouraging the offensive line. He’s always telling us ‘big men lead the way’, just letting us know that if we’re not blocking up front, we’re not going to accomplish anything as an offense,” Castilaw said. “Just constantly reminding that without us, there wouldn’t be an offense. Which is refreshing as an offensive line, because we don’t get our names in the paper as much as the quarterbacks, receivers and running backs.” The Red Wolves first home game will be Sept. 10 against regional rival Memphis “I wake up in the morning and I carry a sense of burden for this place because the people that are here are some of the finest fans I’ve ever been around,” Freeze declares. “I so badly want to deliver for them. I don’t know if I can, time will tell, but I know the desire and passion is there.” to do it.

Sun Belt Week 1 Schedule Game


Florida Atlantic @ #22 Florida

Sat, 6:00 p.m./ESPNU

Florida Int. @ North Texas

Thur, 6:00 p.m./

Louisiana-Lafayette @ #9 Oklahoma State

Sat, 6:00 p.m./Fox College Sports

Louisiana-Monroe @ #6 Florida State

Sat, 2:30 p.m./ ESPNU

Middle Tennessee @ Purdue

Sat, 11:00 a.m./Big Ten Network

Troy @ Clemson

Sat, 2:30 p.m./

Western Kentucky vs Kentucky

Thur, 8:15 p.m./ESPNU

(Nashville, Tenn.)


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NEWS SENATE, CONTINUED group he said he feels is refreshingly diverse and open. Charles Welch, former president of Henderson State University, was named to the ASU System presidency in November last year. The search for a permanent ASUJ chancellor, currently held by Dan Howard in an interim capacity, is ongoing. “Shared governance really gives us the opportunity to have a voice,”

COKE, CONTINUED Photo Illustration by Abdullah Raslan/Herald

A computer virus has recently caused some computers on campus to act strangely. The Rorpian worm attacks computers running outdated software and can lead users to a misleading website. Though ASU Internet and Technology Services has blocked the website, some computers remain affected. ITS recommends installing anti-virus software on users’ computers, downloadable for free from the ITS website, this virus and any future virus threat that might be lurking on the web. "It's very easy, it's free easy actually," Barnett said about download the software. There are also tips to help the user download the software and secure their files. Director of ITS & Support Darla Fletcher has emailed students about the virus with directions on what to do in case their

computer is affected by the Rorpian worm. “All ASU students can download this software for free and it will help protect your computer from viruses, worms and lots of other not-so-great stuff out there that can make your computer sick,” she said. Symantec anti-virus software is available at the ITS website, located at

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Zibluk said. “I recognize that we have a responsibility not just to do things right but to include as many diverse voices and different viewpoints as possible.” In terms of Senate changes, Zibluk said he’s looking into opening up communication with a newsletter and possibly the use of a blog or other social media. “I’m most excited to change the

major of Paragould, didn’t feel so positively about it. “I hate Coke,” she said. “It’s disgusting and I really miss Dr. Pepper.” Jerry Ball, interim chair of the department of English and philosophy said, “Frankly between Coke and Pepsi, I don’t care. I heard from the majority of people who commented on it in my presence that they like Coke.” With so many mixed responses to Coca-Cola, its success at ASU this time around remains uncertain, but the transition will continue. With the change, Coke signs will be going up and Pepsi signs will be coming down. Areas around campus like

atmosphere on campus. There’s been a lot of distrust with the administration [and] frustration with the top-down philosophy that we’ve had for years and years,” he said. “We have some real opportunities to either strengthen the campus we have or move in directions we all can support.” The Senate will hold its first regular meeting Sept. 16.

the football stadium and the marquees in the Convocation Center will soon be decked out in the new Coca-Cola signage expected to be completed later this month. Coca-Cola has also had some sampling giveaways on campus and plan to have more in the future. ASU merchandise will soon be available through Coke’s My Coke Rewards program. According to its website, My Coke Rewards is a customer loyalty marketing campaign where customers enter codes found on specially marked Coca-Cola products on the website to win prizes.

SGA, CONTINUED UPD can also unlock or boost your car on campus for free. “We are here to help everyone out,” Simpson said. “We can’t really help students off-campus, but while they are on campus, it is our duty to help.” SGA also wants to encourage students to follow them on Twitter and on Facebook. “We send out updates on events and also keep the students informed about what’s going on at our actual meetings in case they weren’t able to attend the meeting,” Public Re-

lations Director, Alicia Rose said. SGA’s Twitter is @ASUSGA. Vice President Natalie Wilbanks announced freshmen senator voting will begin Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. She also announced that Order of the Pack is Sept. 8 at 8 p.m. at the football field. Students with a valid ASU I.D. will receive a free T-shirt. A designated student section has been approved for football games. “There are signs posted all over the student section,” SGA President Hunter Petrus said. “We are calling it the ‘HOWL Raiser’ section. We

wanted a place for students to enjoy the game and themselves without having to worry about disturbing the other fans.” After staff reports, SGA asked for potential candidates for certain senator seats that were open. No one was a candidate for the College of Communications or Education seats. Voted by acclamation, the Sophomore Senator and International Senator seats were filled and D’Andre Anderson will take the College of Engineering Senator seat. Petrus swore the three of them into SGA.

Community and Organization Fair

Photos by Abdullah Raslan

Above: Domino’s Pizza was one of many local vendors who attended the Community and Organization Fair on the Heritage Plaza Lawn on Wednesday. Event attendees lined up to receive free slices of pizza. Top right: Samantha Harrison of Rison signs her name to the “Be A Ghost Writer” booth at the fair. Middle right: The Progressive Democrats in Action were one of many booths where students came to learn more about local organizations. Bottom right: Beth Cooper, a history and sociology major of Jonesboro, plays a game of chess during the event.



Thursday, Sept.1


Lt. Martin named chief of ASU UPD Press Release Following an extensive search, Lt. Randy Martin, a long-time member of the University Police Department (UPD) at Arkansas State University, has been selected as chief of that division. Martin has been serving as chief on an interim basis for the past year. Martin, a Paragould native, has been with the UPD since 1996, and was chosen as the interim chief June 30, 2010, following the resignation of James Chapman, who left for another position. He brings 20 years of law enforcement experience to the job, including his 14 years of service with ASU. “Throughout his employment at ASU, I have been impressed with Randy’s integrity, gift of discernment, and aptitude for strategic planning,” said Dr. William Stripling, vice chancellor for Student Affairs. “His understanding of the ASU campus environment and its history, as well as his comprehensive knowledge of our UPD operation, places him in a unique position to lead the department.” Dr. Lonnie Williams, associate vice chancellor for student affairs, serves as Martin’s direct supervisor. Williams said, “Martin’s promotion to director came from a national search that produced a very impressive pool of applicants. Martin held his own among the competition and earned this promotion to director. There is no doubt he will continue

to raise the standards for the department and keep ASU UPD as a department for others to emulate.” Since he began his tenure at ASU, Martin has helped to manage all operations for the campus law enforcement arm, including securing grants from the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Justice Assistance. Upon his arrival at ASU in December 1996, he has served as a patrolman, criminal investigator and administrative lieutenant before taking on interim chief duties. Martin has also worked as a shift sergeant, criminal investigator, deputy sheriff and jailor for the Greene County deputy sheriff and jailor for the Greene County sheriff’s department. A member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Martin is also a member of the Arkansas Association of Campus Law Enforcement Agencies. “It is an honor and privilege to be chosen to lead such a great group of professional law enforcement officers,” said Martin. “I am humbled by the support and confidence the administration and members of the ASU community have placed in me, and I look forward to the challenges ahead and the opportunity to continue my service to the University Police and Arkansas State University.” An ASU graduate with a bachelor of science degree in accounting, Martin also served two

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Lt. Randy Martin terms as Staff Senate president and worked as part of the “Red Wolf” mascot selection committee and the university’s Centennial Celebration committee. Martin was also chosen as one of the 100 distinguished staff members in recognition of significant contributions made to Arkansas State over its 100-year history. He has significant campus knowledge having served on numerous committees, including the Institutional Governance Oversight Committee, the Task Force on Campus Safety, the Higher Learning Commission Task Force on Reaccreditation and the Wilson Student Honors Committee. A certified instructor in law enforcement, police radar and active shooter procedures, Martin graduated with academic honors in 2005 from the Criminal Justice Institute’s School of Law Enforcement Supervision. In the last year, Martin redesigned the use of the emergency alert system to test monthly with public safety messages and information. In addition, he designed and equipped a mobile command center to use in the event of an emergency or natural disaster, which might affect normal operations of the university.

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