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Rugby advances to semifinals
The Red Wolves beat the No. 5 ranked Kutztown Bears to advance to the semifinals
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Monday, April 29, 2013
Faculty Senate still firm on no gun policy BETHANY GALLIMORE STAFF WRITER
On Friday, the Faculty Senate upheld its previous vote to opt out of Arkansas Act 226, which would have permitted licensed faculty and staff to carry concealed firearms on campus. This decision comes two weeks after its 27-6 vote against adopting the legislation. Post-vote confusion came
in the previous meeting when questioning whether the law allowed for a tiered acceptance granting certain, well-qualified faculty permission to carry firearms while prohibiting faculty without adequate training from doing so. Eventually, the decision was made to allow senators to reconvene with their faculty constituents to ascertain
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A+ Arkansas Assessment
Tests used to assess students’ academic progress
Instructional equipment that is requested by students each year
Ensures competitive salaries for ASU’s faculty and staff
Supports use of technology for research and academic purposes
Herald wins The Herald took home 52 awards Friday at the Arkansas College Media Association Conference held at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia. Two of these awards included honorable mentions in General Excellence for both Newspaper of the Year and Website of the Year. Editor-in-Chief Lindsey Blakely brought home second place in General Excellence for Editor of the Year. In individual categories, staff members received 16 first place awards, 16 second place awards, nine third place awards and 11 honorable mentions. First place winners include: Daniel McFadin, Newswriting, Election/Political Writing, and Editorial Page Layout. Caleb Hennington, Headlines and Online Arts and Features Writing. Lindsey Blakely, Front Page Layout. Abdullah Raslan, Online News Photo. Staci Vandagriff, Spot News Photo. Paige Walker, Sports Feature Writing. David Barrentine, Editorial Cartoon. Bethany Gallimore, Online Meeting/Speech Coverage. J.J. Thompson, Online Editorials/Commentary/Blogs. Ashley Helliwell, Online Spot News Photo. Shan Huang, Online Sports Photo. Second place winners included: Rachel Carner, Election/Political Writing. Ashley Helliwell, Spot News Photo and Online Feature Photo. Tanya Giraldo, Online Newswriting. Caitlin LaFarlette, Online Feature Writing and Online Art/Illustration. Daniel McFadin, Online Election/Political Articles, Online Personality Profile. Kayla Paine, Online In-Depth Reporting and/or Multimedia Package. J.J. Thompson, Online Editorials/Commentary/Blogs. Tyler Lamb, Online Arts and Entertainment Articles. Caleb Hennington, Online Headlines. Abdullah Raslan, Online Spot News Photo. Kim MyoungHyang, Online Sports Photo. Third place winners include: Daniel McFadin, Feature Writing and Online Sports Writing. Lindsey Blakely, Art/Illustration and Online Breaking News. Caleb Hennington, Online Headlines. Alex Hernandez, Onine Spot News Photo. Xinzhong Zhao, Online Feature Photo. Ashley Helliwell, Online Sports Photo.
Action fund monies for student organizations and campus programs
Funds books, ebooks, academic journals and database access
Printing costs, computer equipment and yearbook creation software
Athletic scholarships, tutoring, equipment and student entrance to games
Renovations to the Student Union, operating budget for daily use, benefits for full-time Student Union employees Student Union
Caitlin LaFarlette, News Photo Alex Hernandez, Spot News Photo. Kim MyoungHyang, Sports Photo. Daniel McFadin, Sports Feature Writing, Online Newswriting and Online Sports Writing. Tanya Giraldo, In-Depth Reporting and/or Multimedia Package.
A concern among students is where all of their money goes once it disappears from their school accounts. In addition to tuition, there are 10 different fees,tacked onto ASU students’ bills. Carol Byrd, director of Student Accounts, said ASU is required to display all fees in some form, whether it be on a student’s bill or the school’s website. “(The list) is line item, for line item. This is what you’re paying for and this is how much. I like that, (but) it gives our office some calls,” Byrd said. The fees at ASU are mostly charged
Dropping classes could cost RACHEL CARNER
Not all students finish with the same number of classes they started with at the beginning of semester; some make the decision to take a particular class another semester. But if these students withdraw before a certain time, it could be a costly decision—for both the student and the university. Withdrawing from the university is the formal process by which a student drops all of their courses, leaving the university for the semester. To be con-
sidered withdrawn, the student must drop all classes and sign a waiver with their academic adviser and their assigned financial aid counselor. Terry Finney, the director of financial aid and scholarships, said the Financial Aid Office keeps tabs on students in accordance with the Return to Title IV federal policy. As described on ASU’s website, the policy states if a student who earns federal aid “withdraws from the university during the first 60 percent of the semester, [he/she] should be aware that a portion of these funds
This week in history:
In 1965, plans were revealed for a new Administration Building to be built at a cost of $625,000. The facility was to be built at the intersection of Aggie Road and Cooley Circle.
in the spring of 2010, which correlated with the opening of the Red W.O.L.F. Center and the rising of the athletic fee from $12 to $15 per credit hour in the spring of 2012. While the amount of money taken by the fees is easily accessible to students, there are questions as to how the money is utilized on campus and how students can find this information out. “Each fee is based on an approved board resolution which provides detailed information about fee usage,” said Lynita Cooksey, ASU’s provost and vice chancellor, in an email to The Herald.
per credit hour with the exception of a flat $20 student activity fee, the $10 yearbook fee per semester and the Arkansas Assessment fee of $5. The other fees per credit hour, include: Athletics ($17), Student Union ($10), Technology ($10), Recreation ($7), Library ($6), Infrastructure ($4) and the Academic Excellence fee ($2), which was added last fall. The final amount of fees is determined by ASU’s Board of Trustees and since the 2009 fall semester, there has not been much change in costs except a $2 jump in the student recreation fee
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may have to be repaid. A student who remains enrolled and in attendance beyond the 60 percent point is considered to have earned all of their financial aid for the semester.” Withdrawal does not mean students can walk away consequence-free if they do decide to withdraw and are relying on federal aid. Whenever a student withdraws, it automatically makes them ineligible to receive financial aid if they return for that first semester. This is because they technically didn’t earn any credits for that previous semester when
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Submerging yourself into another culture is the single greatest way to appreciate it.
Takako Okumura | Staff Photographer Two weeks after a 27-6 vote against adopting the guns on campus legislation, Faculty Senate upheld that vote to opt out of Arkansas Act 226.
Days left until finals
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Our View Transparency fees
Students who attend ASU are well aware that they will be paying for tuition as well as student fees. Just like tuition, many of the student fees are assessed per credit hour and others by semester. The ten fees that ASU students pay are the athletic, the infrastructure, library, student recreation, academic excellence, student union, technology, Arkansas assessment, student activity fee and the yearbook fee. While students can easily log onto their accounts and find out how much they are spending on fees, finding out where their payments go is a lot more difficult. Other universities have made strong advancements toward student fee transparency. A simple Google search that says, “student fee breakdown,” will result in hundreds of hits that lead you to universities all over the US that give students information about where their money is going. This gives anyone interested in the overview of student fees easy access to a summary of fees with a breakdown of where student monies are going. When students have a question about why their fees are so high, they get a per hour fee rate, as well as a list of the things that the fees are funding. If you type in “Arkansas State student fee breakdown,” you will not be so lucky. After a bit of digging students will be able to find a rough break down of four of the 10 student fees. The four fees that are described online are the recreation, student union, yearbook and student activity fee. Although these fees breakdown labor expenses along with other budgets, there are still six fees not listed. Even with the advertised fees the money trail is vague to say the least. This is compared to other schools who give a summary as well as line by line descriptions of what departments and programs will receive funding and how the funds are spent. Easier access to this information should be simple task and could even solve future headeache for administration. With this type of transparency solving disgruntled students questions about funding would be painless. Besides the current hassle of chasing down where money goes, the rabbit chase sends the wrong message. This lack of easy access to records sends the wrong message to students, both current and potential, about where their money goes. Students shouldn’t have to jump through endless hoops in the hopes of finding out where their fee money ends up. After all, if their money is really being used for their best interest, the school should be bragging about their investments in organizations, sports teams and infrastructure projects. The first way to check back on any sort of manipulation of finances is to have open, honest and transparency in the system. Transparency is key to successful business model and the university should be no different. “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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Summer travel exciting and educational As the school year rapidly draws to a close, only a week of finals stands between you and the freedom of summer. For those not taking summer classes, you must decide how to spend the next three months of your life. The possibilities are virtually endless. How will you manage to relax while still maintaining the learning attitude of college? Traveling over the break may deliver the most benefits per time and money invested. A university education is much more than the knowledge you gain from attending the classes on your degree plan. In addition to this knowledge, you gain valuable experience meeting people who are different from yourself. A multitude of people from an assortment of places holding a plethora of viewpoints surround you throughout your college experience. Traveling over the break, especially abroad, will aid in destroying egocentric barriers that may be clouding wisdom. Submerging yourself into another culture is the single greatest way to appreciate it. While international bring
“Traveling during break is an excellent way to perpetuate the cultural enrichment provided by college.” -Korey Speaight
with them tidbits of their native culture, you cannot truly claim to know about a foreign culture until you visit it yourself. Traveling during break is an excellent way to perpetuate the cultural enrichment provided by college. Traveling abroad is advantageous to students of every major. Traveling is good for you, but why should you travel now as opposed to the future? This may be your only opportunity to travel. There are very few professions available that give employees a thirteen week break. Summer break is long enough to allow you to do almost anything you would like to do. The length of the break can be especially beneficial if you don’t have the finances to travel at the moment. You can easily save up
$1500 making minimum wage over the next ten weeks, leaving a few weeks to travel about the United States. In addition to this, many organizations offer trips to various locations, usually with a purpose. This summer, the ASU trumpet ensemble is sending several students to Orvieto, Italy and Christians United for Israel is sending students to Washington DC for a week. Many churches offer mission trips for students over the summer. The more involved you are with different community organizations, the easier it will be to travel. Even with minimal financial assets, it is still very possible for students to travel abroad. Finally, traveling can help you find yourself. Most of you, being college students,
are probably in somewhat of a haze when it comes to defining who you are or where you want to go in life. Traveling helps you fight these feelings of confusion in two ways. Not only does it give you a lot of time to reflect on yourself, but it also introduces you to a variety of new worldviews. These two factors can act in unison and be very potent to the fog clouding how you feel about yourself. While not a necessary part of the college experience, traveling is certainly beneficial in making you a successful citizen in your community. Again it is stressed that this summer is a great opportunity for you to travel. The experiences gained in traveling are invaluable. A wider worldview and clearer view of self warrant wisdom, a very illusive trait. Don’t sit idly by this summer and take my word for it, get out into the world and see it for yourself.
Korey Speaight is a sophomore accounting and business major of Camp.
Letter to the editor An article was published on April 25, 2013 after the ASU Debate Team captured the IPDA Team National Championship. Sadly this article strayed away from the team’s success and slanted toward this notion that the debate team feels mistreated and/or unappreciated by our university and administration. As a debater, and captain of the team, I can assure you this is far from true. Our university has been nothing but supportive throughout the past and especially this year. This sentiment resonates from our Director, Dr. Chris Harper, who continually highlights his appreciation for our administrations’ support. Thanks to this support our
squad has just finished one of its best years of competing and recruiting new students across the U.S. Three weeks into the semester I was mailed a personalized letter from Chancellor Hudson, congratulating me on my successes at our first tournament. This was not the only correspondence I have received from ASU faculty congratulating me on my season. Thanks to the continuous support of our university the team was able to attend several tournaments this year including the International Forensics Association tournament hosted in Antwerp, Belgium. Prior to going on this trip our entire team along with Dean Rawlins of the College
of Communications, were invited to the home of Chancellor Hudson and his family for a personalized reception celebrating our year. After our team won the national championship, I was emailed about our Dean sharing our success at events in the community. Our team was also recognized at the Convocation of Scholars and awarded our national trophies in front of alumni, faculty, and others receiving honors. While the article is correct, having a trophy case would be a nice addition to our program, and a debate room dedicated to our purposes would be helpful, the administration is already been behind this effort 100-percent. This was actually an item
that was placed on the College of Communication infrastructure request and was supported heavily by fellow students and faculty. On behalf of myself, and the ASU Debate Team, I would like to apologize that the tone of the article could lead people to feel that we are not supported or appreciated by our school. I would also like to take the time to thank everyone who has supported our team and program here at Arkansas State. We hope Red Wolf Nation is as proud of the way we represent ASU, as we are of you for supporting us. Submitted by Ken Corbit, ASU Debate Team Captain.
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FACULTY SENATE, Continued their opinions on a tiered approach before the Senate would recognize the vote and transmit it to the Shared Governance Oversight Committee. During Friday’s meeting, Senate Chair Julie Isaacson determined faculty members were still in favor of opting out of the legislation, even in light of the possible multi-level adoption. “The difference in votes is insignificant in the College of Business,” said Richard Segall professor of computer information and technology. Monika Myers of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, said changes in the votes of her constituents were minimal. “In regard to the possible tiered approach there were some small changes in
votes, but not enough to make a difference,” Myers said. Isaacson upheld the reports and recommended the unanimous acceptance of the previous vote. “It sounds like there would be minor change in the constituency, but not enough to change the overall vote,” Isaacson said. The decision of the Faculty Senate will now go before the SGOC alongside votes from the Student Governance Association, Graduate Student Association, Dean’s Council, Chair’s Council and Staff Senate. The SGOC will make a recommendation to the Chancellor Tim Hudson based upon the gathered decisions, and the chancellor’s decision will be sent back to the SGOC before final ratification.
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they withdrew. The student is able to appeal to earn financial aid again if their case qualifies under an extenuating circumstance and they provide documentation. Robin Kaloghirou, the associate director of financial aid, said if the student withdraws before 60 percent of the semester is completed, there’s an obligation to give back part of that financial aid. “If they don’t, then that creates all kinds of issues for the student and the university,” she said. “The student just can’t withdraw and walk off with the money.” Finney said for the fall 2012 semester, only 216 students officially withdrew out of 7, 740 students who received financial aid. Out of those stu-
dents, only 117 withdrew due to financial aid issues and five students withdrew before the 11th day of class. He said these numbers surprised him “because it seems like it’s more, but it may seem like it’s more because we have to see every student individually. On a larger scale though, the numbers are good.” Even though these numbers seem low, if each of those students received $5,000 in financial aid, that’s more than half a million dollars lost. “That’s a lot of money for an institution to try to recover and recoup on students withdrawing. It’s probably more than $5,000 for some cases, so it could be more like $1 million,” Finney explained.
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“Unfortunately, one must look through the minutes of every board meeting to find this information and many of the fees were approved years ago or have undergone numerous changes.” For easier understanding among students about how fees are used, Cooksey suggested “a brief description compiled from board resolutions could be provided on the (university) website to assist students in understanding fee usage.” The 2012 $3 rise in the athletic fee is correlated with ASU giving then newly hired football coach Gus Malzahn a five-year, $850,000 contract. The fee rose another $2 last fall to $17, meaning a full-time student taking 12 credit hours will pay $204. For the 2012-13 fiscal year, the athletic department’s operating budget was estimated at $4,955,735. However, less than 50 percent of that budget was funded by the athletic fee which brought in $4,349,341. The athletic fee funds go toward scholarships, athlete tutoring services, athletic equipment, the ability of ASU students to attend every athletic event for free with “special seating” (student section) and athletic marketing.With all fees combined, a student enrolled at ASU this year in 12 credit hours paid $707 in fees alone. “I think the fee we get the biggest flak from is athletics. But all universities have them. Sometimes you don’t go to the games, but some students are at every game,” Byrd said. At a University Planning Committee meeting in March of 2012, Daniel How-
ard, then interim chancellor, said 100 percent of the then proposed $2 increase in the athletic fee would go toward student-athlete scholarships. At the same meeting, then assistant athletic director Doug Abel said the previously approved increase of $3 (which came in the wake of Malzahn’s hiring) would offset about 30 percent of the cost of scholarships, salaries, benefits and supplies and services. Supplies and Services are defined by Donna McMillin, the assistant vice chancellor of budget planning, as a “broad category which includes office supplies, telephone charges, computer supplies, postage, promotional materials, printing costs, advertising, utilities, etc.” Below is a summary of what the money from each fee is utilized for and explained how the fee money goes to where it is intended to. Byrd said she receives plenty of calls from students and parents asking why they must pay so many fees. “‘Why am I paying $6 an hour to the library? Why do I have to pay that,’” is an example Byrd gave. “The library fee is almost exclusively paying for the resources, the databases, the e-journals, the e-books, the books on the shelf here. It was approved to go to resources to support learning, support teaching, program accreditation, things of that nature,” said Jeff Bailey, the director of the Dean B. Ellis library. For 10 years, the library has purchased roughly 4,000
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to 5,000 books each year to add to a collection that now numbers more than 400,000, in addition to 300,000 e-books. It also helps to pay for academic journals for which a year’s subscription can cost from $5,000- $6,000. Bailey said a common misconception among students is that the library fee goes toward the paying of the student’s free printing. The fee came at a time economically when the library was having to cut back on resources, like journal subscriptions, which hurt students abilities to conduct research as well as professors
ability to teach. “It was getting to a point where it was soon going to impact program accreditation,” Bailey said. “So the additional funding was needed to not only stop cutting resources, but to add to the resources that make a full, enriching experience to the students, the faculty preparing to teach the classes and to also support and maintain program accreditation.” While students may question the reason for so many student fees, the impact of the money is seen every day across campus.
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Rugby defeats Kutztown with its ‘Bear’ hands MEREDITH SCOTT STAFF WRITER
Caitlin LaFarlette | Photo Editor Senior lock Robert Hayslip breaks down for a tackle against a Kutztown opponent Saturday. The Red Wolves defeated the Bears 31-10.
Rain couldn’t keep the 1st-ranked Red Wolves rugby team from getting another victory on Saturday in their quarterfinal win against 5th-ranked Kutztown. The Red Wolves trampled the Bears 31-10 to advance to the next round of the playoffs. “It was a hard game and they were a good team,” senior flyhalf Patrick Sullivan said. “I’m glad we were able to stick it through the tough weather conditions and come out with a good win; I wasn’t that ready for as much standing water on the ground. It was hard to get grip on the ground and the ball would just stop as soon as it hit the ground.” Twenty minutes had expired before any points were put on the board. The first 5 points came from junior fullback ZinZan Elan-Puttick after a lineout gave ASU possession and senior center Zac Mizell stiff armed a Kutztown defender to get the ball down the field.
Sullivan made the conversion and the Red Wolves were up by 7. Kutztown came back 10 minutes later with a try, but an unsuccessful conversion had them down by 2 and the first half ended with a 7-5 ASU score. Following the half, the Red Wolves proved even more why they deserved to win. Arkansas State scored 24 points in the first 15 minutes of the second half. The second half started with a penalty kick by Sullivan and followed with another try by Elan-Puttick. Two minutes later, freshman wing Gavin Brown took advantage of a Kutztown error to score a try. Both conversions by Sullivan were good and ASU was up by 19-points, 245. The next and final ASU try came 10 minutes later from junior eighth man Shaun Potgieter. Once again, Sullivan made the conversion and the Red Wolves increased their lead to 26-points. Kutztown would score again, but another unsuccessful conversion would
make the score 31-10 ASU. The game was delayed with less than 8-minutes to play because of rain. The delay was expected to last 30-minutes, but the rain calmed after about 15 minutes. Kutztown tried to get the ball down the field, but a determined Red Wolves defense halted their efforts. Time quickly ran out and the Red Wolves were the victors with a final score of 31-10. “We knew that Kutztown were going to come at us and try to hit us. We had to get off to a good start and play the territory game well,” Sullivan said. “They definitely tried to make you feel the hits when they were on defense and they did a real good job of doing it.” Arkansas State will face their rival Life University in the semifinals on Saturday, May 4. The match will begin at 1 p.m. at the Arkansas State rugby field. “It’s great to have the games at home,” Sullivan said. “The fans have really been coming out and showing support for the program.”
Baseball takes series from Blue Raiders PRESS RELEASE
The Arkansas State baseball team split a doubleheader with Middle Tennessee on Sunday, winning game one 13-9 after it erased a five-run deficit in the bottom of the sixth inning, but fell 2-1 in 13 innings in game two. The Red Wolves took the series from the Blue Raiders, winning the first two games and maintained its lead over the squad in the Sun Belt Conference standings. It marked the fourth conference series that Arkansas State has won this season. A-State is now has an overall record of 24-20 on the year and is 10-11 in Sun Belt Conference play, while Middle Tennessee’s overall record is now 24-22 and has a conference record of 8-13. “Baseball is a funny game and we had a lot of things go up and down for both teams,” head coach Tommy Raffo said. “It is just a crazy deal and baseball is a funny game and it teaches you a lot of things. You just have to keep giving effort and I was proud of what we were able to accomplish in the series win.” Collin Massanelli led the ASU charge in game one, going 5-for-6 at the plate with four RBIs. The sophomore outfielder was just one hit away from tying the school record for most hits in a game. The Red Wolves trailed 9-4 going into the bottom of the sixth inning, but scored nine runs on three hits in the bottom half of the inning to take their first lead of the game. Austin Baker started the inning with a leadoff walk and Dustin Jones followed with a single to put runners on first and second. Massanelli singled through the right side to drive in Baker to cut the lead to 9-5. After Kevin Fitzpatrick struck out, Joey McClung came on to pitch for the Blue Raiders and issued four straight walks, including three with bases loaded. McClung struck out the first batter he faced, but Jones and Massanelli executed a double steal to move themselves into scoring position. Claude Johnson walked to load the bases and Jones scored on a wild pitch to pull A-State within three. Logan Uxa drew the second straight walk to load the bases again
and Stuart Levy drove in Massanelli with a bases loaded walk to pull ASU within 9-7. Alex Potts followed with the third straight walk of the inning to score Johnson to pull ASU within one of the lead and A-State tied the game on the third bases loaded walk of the inning from Austin Baker. Jones was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded that scored Levy to give ASU its first lead of the game and Massanelli collected his fifth hit of the game with a two RBI single to push the lead to 12-9. The Red Wolves added another run when Jones scored on a passed ball to complete the nine run inning for ASU. Tanner Ring came on to pitch the seventh, eighth and ninth innings to pick up the second save of his career and his first since February 19th at Memphis. Derek Birginske earned the win and moved to 1-0 on the year after pitching one inning and giving up one run on one hit. Four A-State pitchers combined to strikeout 10 Blue Raiders in the game. Bradley Wallace was removed from the game going just 1 1/3 innings and was relieved by sophomore Chandler Hawkins who tossed 3 2/3 innings. Birginske pitched an inning of relief before giving way to Ring for the final three innings. The runs were less plentiful in game two as both teams combined to score just three runs over 13 innings. The Red Wolves jumped out in front with a run in the bottom of the third inning when Kaleb Brown executed a safety squeeze to bring home Fitzpatrick to give ASU a 1-0 advantage. The score remained the same until the top of the seventh Caitlin LaFarlette| Photo Editor inning when Ryan Stephens homered of Cody Woodhouse to tie the score. Woodhouse, who was making his first week- Junior short stop Dustin Jones at bat during Saturday’s game end start of the season, retired 20 straight batters before giv- vs. the Blue Raiders. ing up the home run to Stephens. The junior right-hander inning when Stephens drove in Johnny Thomas on an RBI sinstruck out five and gave up just one run on two hits. gle in what proved to be the winning run. Seth McWilliams pitched two innings of shutout baseball ASU will play its final home midweek contest of the seabefore giving way to John Koch for the game’s final four in- son on Tuesday, April 30 when it hosts Memphis at Tomlinson nings. Koch held the Blue Raiders’ offense at bay until the 13th Stadium at 6:30 p.m.
Track team excels
In-state rivalry necessary for program growth DANIEL MCFADIN
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Staci Vandagriff | Staff Photographer Sophomore Jasmine Marks lands a long jump during the Red Wolves Open this weekend. The Red Wolves track and field team recorded 16 first-place performances.
How difficult is it to get the two biggest universities in a state to play against each other in an athletic event? If you’re Arkansas State University or the University of Arkansas, it seems pretty difficult. Since 1946, the largest state funded educational institution in the state has honored its policy that it would not compete against any instate schools. The most recent attempt at making the prospect of an official NCAA event between the two biggest universities in Arkansas a reality was a familiar, yet different approach to the issue. Andy Mayberry, a Republican representative of District 27, submitted House Bill 2274 that would have required the two schools to play a one-time benefit football game with at least $250,000
going to Arkansas Children’s Hospital The bill died in the House Rules Committee on March 27 when committee members expressing the belief the legislature shouldn’t be involved in football scheduling voted it down and that the bill might violate amendment 33 of the state Constitution “There were several people in there who actually thought a game between the two universities would be something they’d want to see themselves and recognized the fact that a lot of people in Arkansas want to see that game as well,” Mayberry said. “(I) kept picking up on a recurring theme among many of them that they just didn’t think that needed to be something the legislature should address.” Mayberry said he briefly visited with Chancellor David Gearhart and Athletic Director Jeff Long about the matter. He said the two men
gave every indication the school had no plans for such a game to happen. “Hopefully, one of these days the University of Arkansas will see that there is a tremendous amount of interest in that game,” Mayberry said. “Maybe some minds will be changed.” On the other side of the state, Terry Mohajir, ASU’s athletic director, said he would like to see the game take place, but would rather the legislature did not force a game to take place. “I would love to work with Jeff Long to schedule any athletic competition between the schools, that’s my stance,” Mohajir said. “I think it’s good for the state, I think it’s good for the programs, I think it’s good for the budgets. I think it’s good for everything.” This is a condensed version. The rest of the story can be found online at www.asuherald.com.