ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
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Informing the campus and community since 1921 Volume 92, Issue 1
Monday, August 27, 2012
Work to restart on Liberal Arts frame ARI YUKI
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Leah McDaniel | Staff Photographer Throughout the first week of classes, several students were seen parking on sidewalks and in the grass in an attempt to find parking spaces. Several students were issued campus citations as well.
Parking Wars: ASU Edition
More parking changes cause chaos among commuters LEAH MCDANIEL
“Parking is a major issue for students living on and off campus. I live close to campus, I shouldn’t have to leave an hour early just so I can try to find a parking space.”
Due to the ongoing construction on campus and an increase in students living in residence halls, Parking Services has issued several changes in parking regulations that affect both students living in residence halls and commuters. Because of the construction of the sorority houses and the fourth Honors Living-Learning Community (HLLC) residence hall, students living in Honors, STEM and ROTC recently lost some of their parking. To compensate, Parking Services has reserved the lot at Aggie Road and Driver Street for students living in those residence halls. These lots were previously reserved for students living off campus. Additional commuter parking spaces have been added to Aggie Road between University Loop and Driver Street.
Emily West, a junior psychology major of Warren, on parking at ASU Commuters have also lost some parking spaces on Caraway Road, adjacent to Collegiate Park, which is now reserved parking for students living at North Park Quads (NPQ) and Red Wolf Den (RWD). Vera Forrest, Public Relations Manager for Parking Services, said the spaces have been reserved for residents because of the continued
increase of students living in NPQ and RWD. These parking adjustments will be in effect at least until the completion of the construction projects. Some adjustments, such as the new parallel parking spaces on Aggie Road, will remain after the projects have been completed. SEE PARKING, PAGE 3
Jackson visits Jonesboro for civil rights march TAMI WYNN
The Commission on Religion and Race (C.O.R.R.) protested in Jonesboro, Ark. Aug.14, demanding answers for the death of 21year old Chavis Carter, an African American man who Jonesboro police say shot himself in the head while handcuffed in the back of a patrol car, after being searched twice by two white officers in July. Isaac Richmond echoed from the loud speaker, “These are not the days of old, yet we’re still watching young black men being beaten and killed by law enforcement.” The Arkansas Chapter director of the CORR did not hold back questions for Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin, Jonesboro Police Chief Michael Yates and the two officers present during the death of Carter, officer Keith Baggett and officer Ron Marsh. His questions vibrated through the downtown streets of Jonesboro over a loud speaker, “Tell us Chief Yates, what really happened to that boy? We demand answers and we will keep coming back until the truth is told,” Richmond shouted across the street toward the police station on Washington Ave. Richmond said Police Chief Michael Yates
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Tami Wynn | Staff Photographer Teresa Carter is comforted by her husband George Douglas as Rev. Jesse Jackson leads a prayer for their son, Chavis Carter moments before a crowd of hundreds march from Hatlom Street to The Criminal Justice Complex in Jonesboro on Wednesday.
was run out of the police force in the state of Georgia by the NAACP, and claims the CORR has a copy of Yates’ records there for what Richmond called “racist allegations.“ “I want to know how Michael Yates was
This week in history:
After three decades of service to ASU, Eugene Smith retired in 1991 from the university as the president. During his time at the school, ASU was declared a university in 1967, one of his greatest accomplishments.
kicked out of one state for a hate crime and embraced in another as police chief,” Richmond said, “We are demanding that he step down as police chief.” Chief Yates released a statement to Region 8 SEE JACKSON, PAGE 3
Recently Arkansas State University received funding to enter the new phase of work on the Liberal Arts building, which is currently in construction. The new building is located between Wilson Hall and the College of Science and Mathematics. Construction began in 2008, but due to lack of funding, it has been stopped until recently. “We got some more funding and we actually started resuming the construction on the structure and the concrete work in July this year,” said David Handwork, director of planning, design, and construction with Facilities Management. According to Handwork, ASU got only $4 million in funding in 2007, but $10 million was added for funding in 2011. “We’re going to get the closure done,” Handwork said. He said, however, the $14 million funding in total that ASU has gotten up to now is still not enough to finish the building. ASU will need about $20 million in additional funding to finish the rest of the building, including the interior. “We don’t know the answer of when it will be finished, because it all depends on when we get the remaining funding actually allocated to us,” Handwork said. He said although there are different methods for funding an academic building, the funding is usually from the state legislature. “ASU administration have and will explore all possibilities and options for securing the remaining funds for the project,” Handwork said. “We’re right now in the funding process, and we’re hopeful that it would be available sometime in the next two to five years.” The Liberal Arts building will hold classes currently held in Wilson Hall, including English, history, political science, philosophy, and language courses. In addition to that, it will hold a portion of classes within the social work and criminology departments, including the international student center in the criminology department, Handwork said. “We do need more space because the campus is growing. That’s probably one of the primary reasons (to construct the building),” he said. The second reason is that Wilson Hall needs to be renovated because of its decrepitude. “There’s no way to be renovated without moving everybody out,” Handwork said. While renovating Wilson Hall, the Liberal Arts building will accommodate all students who are supposed to take classes in Wilson Hall, he said. “As we get funding, we’ll plan to renovate that building,” Handwork said. “It is a bit of an eyesore on campus just sitting there unfinished,” said Amanda Layer, a senior
His principle and leadership are desperately needed in our amoral and leaderless capital.
Days left until Order of the Pack
Our Mission Statement Why are we here? Many of us will ask this of ourselves during the course of our life, but not more than during our years spent in college. So with the beginning of a brand new semester in the classroom and here at The Herald, we felt the need to ask ourselves this question in order to better define our role as the campus’ student newspaper going into the 2012-13 academic year. Since its first issue on Nov. 18, 1921 after its founding by J.T. Rogers, The Herald, initially called The Aggie Herald, has been the main source of news regarding the happenings on ASU’s campus. While there are other sources of news in Jonesboro like KAIT and The Sun, The Herald is the only one that brings you ASU news from people who are in the same boat as you. We bring you the news because we care about our school and we care about you, the reader. Because we care, we believe it is our duty to bring you the most important and accurate information we can twice a week in print form and with updates at our website, ASUHerald.com. We think our paper should be informative and related to our campus, but also in a way that makes students and faculty want to read our paper. We might not be your first source for some news, but when it comes to ASU and what is effecting our daily college life, we want to be the right source. According to an old Herald handbook, our newspaper is meant as “a true reflection of the community it serves.” In order to be that reflection we need your help and input. If you know a story about a person or issue you believe should be covered, let us know. If you want to voice a concern about the school or our coverage of it, send us an email; we’re always listening. According to the Code of Ethics established by the Society of Professional Journalists, it is our job to “Tell the story of the diversity and magnitude of the human experience boldly, even when it is unpopular to do so.” There may be times when The Herald covers news stories that are deemed unnecessary or unfavorable to certain groups such as the administration, athletics, Greeks or any other school-sanctioned group. We will not play favorites. We will do our job. So from all of us at The Herald, to all of you who have somehow found their way to this place we call Arkansas State University: Have a great year, and welcome home. “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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Goals and expectations for college
Hello! And a happy second week of classes to you! Summer freedom is gone, and we are hopefully settled back into the college routine. This being my third year at ASU, it’s not as difficult to come back to college and get adjusted. The first week can be a little tough, of course, but the general feeling of being back is not as overwhelming like it used to be as a freshman or sophomore. If anything, I’ve felt more complacent since being back. While I normally like to set goals and expectations for myself at the beginning of each semester, this year is forcing me to focus mainly on schoolwork. However, I do remember my first semester on campus very clearly when everything was new to me. I couldn’t wait to explore campus and start living the “college life,” but I was a little scared all at the same time. Sadly, I guess I’ve become “of age,” to the point where each new semester becomes more of a ritual and less of an adventure, so to speak. But in all honesty, this is why I love it when the freshmen class arrives. Somehow they just seem to bring an excitement to college that’s contagious to me. A lot of them, I find, have certain expectations of college life. I know I had expectations coming in for the first time. “As a college student,” I thought, “people will treat me like an adult, I can manage my schedule however I want, and I get to make my
“Still, having expectations
and setting goals for college is, I think, very important. There are many different worthwhile goals you should have as a student.” Jeffery Davidson own choices about life.” Perhaps some of you freshmen are thinking the same thing. Unfortunately this type of thinking will get you in trouble if you’re not careful. First of all, not everyone will treat you like an adult. Friends, coworkers, professors and staff may still treat you like a high school student, especially if you act like one. Secondly, I’ve found that you don’t always get to manage your own schedule – it manages you. And finally, you’ve heard it before, but your choices do in fact have consequences, even in a place where you’re more independent and where mom and dad don’t always see what you’re doing. Still, having expectations and setting goals for college is, I think, very important. There are many different worthwhile goals you should have as a student. My only caution is that you keep your goals and expectations within the scope of reality. Keep
them small and attainable, whether that’s joining just one campus group, committing to a single local church in town or simply deciding to spend a certain number of hours on schoolwork each day. College life often sets in very quickly and before you realize it, the semester is almost over and your “big” college goals may only be partially met. But don’t let this discourage you. Since we upperclassmen tend to get settled in our ways, we need you freshmen who are enthusiastic about college life and are ready to carry out your goals for the semester. Even if you have to ask us for directions around campus, and even if it does take you a while to realize that flex and express dollars are two completely different things, understand that we’ve all been at that point too. You’ll get adjusted to college life sooner or later, and in time, we’ll forgive you for coming to the cafeteria in mass numbers!
What Ryan means for Romney in November Strong Moral Stance Makes VP Pick Worthwhile for Student “The Republicans have produced a ticket that I can support and that should be supported by conservatives everywhere.”
William Kazyak issue or whether he even has one. Without Ryan (or someone very much like him), my original resolve to vote for neither major party’s ticket for President would still stand. So why would I change my mind all of a sudden? The answer is that Ryan is a man of principle, much like Santorum, and as Vice-President, he will be in a position to influence Romney’s policies. Like Santorum, Ryan is a staunch Catholic and an avowed pro-lifer. Ryan is probably even better than Santorum in the area of economics. He has been an outspoken
advocate of fiscal responsibility in Washington, proposing a budget that was co-sponsored by a Democrat representative and passed by a bipartisan majority of the House of Representatives. It is that kind of moral principle and proven leadership that has made Ryan one of the prime targets of liberals and that makes him the right man for the office of vice president. His principle and leadership are desperately needed in our amoral and leaderless capital, and it is for those reasons that I will be casting my vote for Romney/Ryan on Nov. 6. I hope all conservatives in America will do the same.
I woke up a little extra Aug. 11 and prepared to go to Mass with my family. As I ate my breakfast that morning, my father had the T.V., as usual, on Fox News. As many of you now know, the airwaves were filled with the news that candidate for president, Mitt Romney, had picked Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan as his running mate. Since May, when Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination, I had been lamenting the fact that the Republicans were not fielding a candidate I could vote for with the first presidential ballot I would be eligible to cast. Now, with the selection of Ryan, the Republicans have produced a ticket that I can support, and that should be supported by conservatives everywhere. My opinion of Romney has not changed. I still believe that he is too much of a politician, willing to change his position when it is politically expedient to do so. His statement that he is now pro-life when in the past he was pro-choice led me to question his real, firm stance on the
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PARKING, Continued Where is the best place to park? For residents, the best place to park is at your residence hall in assigned parking. Being in commuter, faculty or visitor spaces will result in a citation. For commuters it is important to pay attention to signs posted stating which parking spaces are reserved specifically for students living off-campus and paying for
appropriate time if parking in the parking deck. It is important for residents and commuters to read any emails received about alterations in parking regulations on campus. For more information on the best place to park, visit www. astate.edu/parking or call Parking Services at 870-972-2945.
communication disorders major of Rector. “I feel like it takes away from the overall campus appearance, because we have a very pretty campus in general.” Layer also said many of the classrooms in the Wilson Hall are cramped and do not have up-to-date technology. “I hope the new building will solve those issues,” she said. “I hope that ASU plans to start work on the building soon. There has been a long enough delay,” Rebecca Hutchison, a senior communication disorders major of Hornersville, Mo., said. Hutchison also said she expected the Liberal Arts building to provide a more comfortable environment for its students. Another student, Sarah Seibert, a sophomore Spanish and finance major of Cabot, added, “I expect the facilities inside to be very nice. As a liberal arts major, I also expect to spend a lot of time inside it, if they finish it soon.” If students want to get more information about construction going on at ASU, they can visit http://facilities.astate.edu/Construction.html, which includes a capital construction report that provides information about future construction projects at ASU as well as current projects.
JACKSON, Continued Chief Yates released a statement to Region 8 News saying, “I believe (the accusation) is inaccurate and unfounded,” and “I have no intention of resigning.” He said the investigation is ongoing as they are still collecting evidence. Yates said he was never fired from Americus Police Department in Georgia, instead he said he resigned. The Arkansas Chapter of the CORR began its first of two demonstrations Tuesday regarding the young man’s death. Close to 30 members of the community joined the demonstration and lead prayer circles in front of City Hall. Carter’s close friends came wearing T-shirts with a photo of him printed on the front, talking about their friend who they say would “never commit suicide.” A friend of the family Felecia Harvey said she is outraged at the way the case has been handled by officials and will keep asking questions until the “truth is revealed.” “I’m not Chavis’ mother, but I am a mother with a young black son and I can’t believe we are still dancing around the racial issue in 2012,” Harvey said shaking her head. A CORR member Maxine Tomlinson of Memphis Tenn. wore a sign that read, “End the big lie. No suicide Murder! Of Chavis Carter.” She said Carter’s death was not a suicide, but a murder that the JPD is trying hard to “cover up.”
“ It bothers me to see injustices like this, cause that’s what it is. It was murder, senseless murder,” Tomlinson said. Direct and personal questions were being shouted at the mayor, the police chief and the two officers involved, but they did not respond to the crowd of demonstrators, instead they waited for the City Hall meeting. On Tuesday, Aug. 21, CORR marched its second demonstration with less of a crowd. They marched from Hatlom Street, where Carter died to City Hall where they attended the City Hall meeting. Prior to the march an exclusive interview with New MT. Zion Missionary Baptist Church Pastor, Dr. Ray Scales took place in the very spot the police cruiser sat during Carters death. Scales was the first African American man to work for KAIT8 News. “The report is in, and some of us accepted the report, but we still have questions,” He said when asked about his personal opinions on the State Crime Lab Reports’ “Suicide” ruling. “I really don’t know what to think. I have not received my answer from God, that’s what I’m waiting for.” He said this isn’t so much a racial issue, but rather a human one. “This is about a mother trying to find out what happened to her son, not so much about skin color,” Scales said, “I’m just hoping we can resolve this peacefully. Scales said he knows Chief Yates and one of the officers and
said he’s never seen “I know Officer Bagget and I would be shocked if he was involved in something like this. I’d be real surprised,” he said. “ I think Chief Yates is an OK guy from my standpoint. He’s always been upfront with us, and I don’t know the other officer,” Scales said. The Carter family was not present during either of the CORR marches. Wednesday, Aug. 23, a third march took place in Jonesboro without the CORR presence. Rev. Jesse Jackson, Chavis Carter’s mom and dad, Teresa Carter and Charles Douglas, and the Carter family attorney, Ben Irwin led a 40-minute march beginning with a prayer to unite all people in the community for one reason. “We are here for non-violent participation in the justice of Chavis Carter. This is not about black and white, it’s about wrong and right,” Rev. Jackson told the crown of hundreds. After a prayer and the song, “We Shall Overcome,” Rev. Jackson took Teresa Carter’s hand in his while standing on the very spot her son allegedly killed himself, and began the march to the Justice Complex. Teresa barely spoke throughout the march, but said she is hurting too bad right now. “I’m in pain and just trying to survive,” she said in a barely audible voice. To read the entire story and see a video of the march, visit ASUHerald.com
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ZETA joins ASU Greeks CHARMAINE FOSTER STAFF WRITER
The Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and its symbol, the five-pointed crown, are returning to Arkansas State University. Zeta Tau Alpha is also one of the five Greek organizations that will have a house constructed as a part ASU’s new sorority row. Founded in 1898, Zeta Tau Alpha is the third largest sorority in the United States. Known for their 20 years of support for breast cancer awareness with their Think Pink® programs, ZTA gives out more than $620,000 scholarships annually to undergraduate and graduate students. The Zeta Omicron chapter of ZTA used to be active at ASU until its national office chose to deactivate the chapter. So why re-activate it now and give this sorority its own house on the new sorority row? According to Alexis Hurdle, Assistant Dean of Greek Life, when ASU decided to pursue the expansion of its Greek Life three years ago, they began a national formal process known as extension. This process is similar to a job application in which Greek Life meets with different Greek representatives through interviews. At the end of this process, the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority was selected to become a part of the ASU Greek Life family.
However, the other Panhellenic sororities on campus were provided with suites and there was no room to supply ZTA with its own suite. Without adequate housing for the sorority, ZTA would be at a recruiting disadvantage as it began the process of re-colonization. Therefore, in an effort to help ZTA have a successful re-colonization, ASU offered them the same housing deal they offered all their active Greek organizations: the construction of their own house. The ZTA accepted. “Zeta Tau Alpha is enthusiastic to reactivate our Zeta Omicron Chapter at Arkansas State University and become a part of its thriving Greek community,” said Extension Director Marlene Conrad. “We are confident ZTA will provide a rewarding and impactful experience to women at Arkansas State.” “We are pleased to welcome Zeta Tau Alpha back to the Greek community at ASU,” said Dr. Rick Stripling, vice chancellor for Student Affairs. “The women of the Zeta Omicron Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha will occupy a new chapter house to be constructed along with the four chapter houses already planned. We welcome them to the table as we continue work on the construction of these new projects.” The Zeta Tau Alpha house at Arkansas State will house 20 members with space for dining and meeting together.
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Search underway after Lee’s reassignment BENTON BAJOREK STAFF WRITER
On Aug. 7, Dr. Dean Lee was reassigned from his position of ten years as ASU’s Athletic Director and leaving an opening at the top of ASU’s athletic department. Lee was removed from the athletic department and transferred to a new position as the University Advancement division as the associate vice chancellor. “We are very appreciative of the efforts of Dr. Lee for a decade and the great work he did in getting our athletic programs to this point,” said system President Charles Welch in a statement to The Herald. “Now, we look forward to taking that next step and further elevating all of our programs.” The transfer, however, has people wondering why Lee would leave his post now after receiving a recent contract extension and after the most successful athletic season ASU has seen in 25 years. Lee was appointed to the position as the Athletic Director in July 2002. During Lee’s 10 years as athletic director, Lee has orchestrated sellout and capacity crowds, overseen expansion and growth of ASU’s athletic facilities. Lee was instrumental
Ashley Helliwell | Sports Editor Dr. Dean Lee presents the redwolves football team with the 2011 Sunbelt Conference championship trophey. The 2011 conference vicotry was just one of the many historical events taken place while Lee held the position as the athletic director.
in the recruitment and hiring of the men’s basketball coach John Brady, baseball coach Tommy Raffo and the recent hire of Gus Malzahn as the head football coach. Lee has guided the athletic department to annual success academically and competitively. When asked if the move came at the right time, Lee de-
clined comment. However, he expressed high praise of the new interim athletic director, Doug Abel, and his ability to lead the athletic program. “I have no doubt Doug’s skills and abilities are tremendous. He has carried a major load in my tenure, as far as taking over responsibilities while I’ve been here. I have tremendous confi-
Effort, Tempo & Perfection
Malzahn ready to lead Redwolves to another conference title ZACHARY LOTT STAFF WRITER
The fall semester is here, and Gus Malzahn is ready to lead his team in its quest for another conference championship. ASU football returns Sept. 1 with a match up against the fifthranked Oregon Ducks, and the team has spent the last month in fall camp. ASU is predicted to finish second in the conference behind Florida International. Quarterback Ryan Aplin, wide receiver Josh Jarboe, offensive lineman Zack McKnight, and cornerback Don Jones, all seniors, are All-Sun Belt selections. Except for David Gunn, who served as interim coach in January’s GoDaddy.com Bowl, the team sports an all-new coaching staff responsible for teaching its players new schemes on both sides of the ball. Malzahn said he feels “fortunate” to have extra time to prepare for the Ducks and adds the team has avoided major injuries so far. “[We’re] pretty healthy for fall camp. We’ve got a couple of guys limping but that’s to be expected. We’ve got to do a good job, especially this last week,” Malzahn said. Malzahn’s fast-paced, no-huddle offense, coordinated by offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, returns six starters but only two on the offensive line. J.B. Grimes, who has coached for over 20 years at schools such as Arkansas, Virginia Tech, and Kansas, is in charge of rebuilding the unit, a task freshman lineman Bryce Giddens from Moultrie, Ga. says is going well. “Coach Grimes is doing a heck of a job teaching us and teaching everybody. Everybody’s having to learn,” said Giddens. As in the spring, Malzahn continues to stress being the fastest offense in the nation, a goal echoed by Aplin. “[The] biggest thing is tempo. Like we’ve always said we’ve got to be as fast as possible. That’s one of the advantages of this offense,” Aplin said. Aplin returns with four of his top five receivers from 2011, including seniors Allen Muse and Taylor Stockemer. “I think from fall camp and summer I feel very
Travis Sharp | Staff Photographer Top left: Head coach Gus Malzahan Top Right: Quarterback, Ryan Aplin throws a pass during a practice drill. Bottom: Wide reciever Taylor Stockemer catches a pass
comfortable. I just need to get the gameplan down enough to know what everybody’s doing,” Aplin said. Lashlee was complimentary of the work put in by the offense during fall camp and praised Aplin’s effort. “He demands perfection of him[self ] just like we do. That’s what practice is for. My philosophy has always been to coach them extremely hard in practice. I want practice to be harder than a game,” Lashlee said. Defensive coordinator John Thompson must rebuild a group returning four starters, but he can fill open positions with players who didn’t start last year but played significant minutes, such as senior corner Chaz Scales from Franklin, Tenn. and sophomore linebacker Qushaun Lee of Hot Springs, Ark. Thompson says his players are
“putting the time” to master his scheme, which resembles former defensive coordinator Dave Wommack. “They come in and watch tape, they come in and pick up where we left off the day before. We start [practice] and say here’s their run concepts, their pass concepts,” he said. “They come back and repeat them the next day. So I’m really happy with our guys and how their focus…. They come in hungry every day.” The season will begin Saturday, Sept 1 at 9:30 p.m. as the Red Wolves take on Oregon. The game will be broadcast on ESPN. ASU will play Memphis for its home opener and travel to Nebraska and Alcorn State in two of six home games next month before beginning conference play against Western Kentucky on Sept. 29.
dence in his ability to lead the program,” said Lee. With the first football game of the season quickly approaching, President Welch stated that the search was going quite well. “We are seeking a high-energy individual with a strong background in fundraising, marketing and donor relations, stated Welch.
“We also are seeking an individual who has experience at a major program that mirrors the type of program we aspire to become. I am excited that there are multiple prospective candidates who fit this profile.” An athletic director with a good record will be extremely useful. Especially in light of the massive success of ASU athletic teams last year, and the current talent on the rosters for this year. Whoever becomes the new athletic director has very important shoes to fill. They will be inheriting a program on the rise that has the potential to continue its success in all sports and propel ASU to new heights. Despite this pressure, Lee believes the athletic program has the staff to continue its level of success. “I feel as though the athletic program is as good as it has been and a big tribute to that is the people we have in place. Across the board, with the stable of head coaches we have to the senior staff that’s in place to all the junior staff and the administrative staff we have in place is excellent.” Despite the reassignment, Dr. Lee is still happy to be with ASU, and is excited about his new role within the university. “You take every day and you make the best of everything you can,” said Lee.
Lady Redwolves begin 2012 Season MARKEY BOECKMANN STAFF WRITER
The Lady Redwolves Volleyball team ended its 2011 season with a 12-4 Sunbelt conference record, winning a share of the SBC West Division title for the third straight year and also claimed an outright division title for the first time since 1998. The expectation for the 2012 season is nothing short of winning another conference title. Adding three new Lady Redwolves freshmen Hannah McRee and Haley Townsend along with transfer Kelsey Sullivan from Pittsburg State, new comers will have the job of filling the void of Cayla Fielder who was one ASU’s most successful players. ASU returns 12 letterman. For head coach David Rehr, this will be his first season after being named the seventh head volleyball coach. Rehr is excited for the season to get underway and see the improvements the team has made since the beginning of preseason practices, which started Aug. 8. With a new coach in place, the returning players, faced the challenge of learning a totally different coaching tactic. “He is not has technique driven, he is more about if you can do it and it turn out efffectively do it that way everytime,” said outside hitter Jasmine Terry of Pearland Texas. With the gaol of taking home another confernce title, the Lady Redwolves are taking one step at a time. “We are really working on communication, making sure we talk about what is going on during and after the play, and encouraging and pushing one another. We all have one common goal, inorder to reach that goal there has to be unity on the court,” siad junior libero, Megan Baska. ASU traveled to Houston, Texas for its season opener in the Rice Invitational. The tournament featured Redwolves in three matches against Brigham Young, Rice and Air Force. Rice would be Rehr’s first vicotry as the Redwolves would end the weekend with a 1-2 record. The Redwolves will return to the Convocation Center for its home opener against Memphis Tuesday, Aug. 28. “Memphis is a huge rivial for any ASU athletic team, and we really want people to come out and watch,” said Terry. ASU will travel to Lake Charles, La. and Peoria, Ill. for tournament play. September 21 will begin conference play when the Lady Redwolves travel to Florida Atlantic and Florida International.
Soccer scores last minute win STAFF REPORT
ASU took home its third win against Murray State on Friday, Aug. 31. The Redwolves scored its first and only goal in the 86th minute of play. Sophmore Jena Kelley scored off of a corner kick from junior Christine Giles with a minute left in the game to break a 0-0 tie.
The win would give the Redwolves its first road victory for the 2012 season. The Lady Redwolves will return to the field Friday, Aug. 31 for a road match against the Memphis Tigers. The match will begin at 7p.m.
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2012 2012 Staci Vandagriff | Photo Editor Welcome Week was kicked off with rides and music on the Heritage Plaza Lawn Monday afternoon.
Staci Vandagriff | Photo Editor Sammy Cowgill takes aim at one of the other students that took part in the laser tag battle Tuesday evening. Participants were split into two teams to battle it out on an inflatable course on the lawn.
Xinzhong Zhao | Photographer Sophomore Chase Cook lined up his shot at the evening putt-putt game in the Red Wolf Center Thursday.
Staci Vandagriff | Photo Editor Students watching comedian magician, Daniel Martin, eagerly pulled out dollar bills in hopes of becoming a part of his next trick.
Staci Vandagriff | Photo Editor Mandi-Kay Bryant, a sophomore exercise science major from Jonesboro, and Haley Messer, a sophomore biology/chemistry major from Jonesboro, experience the Pirateâ€™s Revenge, one of the rides that was featured during Welcome Week.
Alex Hernandez | Photographer Students had the chance to meet the Greeks Wednesday afternoon as well as enjoy some free Tropical Smoothie and Tropical Snow.