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Opera singers visit, perform in Quintana Roo GRANT WISE STAFF WRITER

A group of friends take advantage of the full kitchen in the new Honors dorm Tuesday night.

This summer two ASU students traveled south of the border to participate in OperaMaya, an international opera festival in Quintana Roo, Mexico. Michelle Byrd, a music education major of Pine Bluff, and Erin Reagan, a vocal performance major of Mumford, Tenn., participated in master classes, seminars, performances and traveled across the Mexican Riviera, all while staying in two luxury resorts, Sarah Thompson| Staff Photographer the Grand Bahia Principe and the Moon Palace. Part of the OperaMaya experience is also living and working alongside international students. “There were people from a sophomore international business major Germany, Poland, Mexico, of Russellville, said. Guatemala, all over,” Reagan Morris, an RA in building four, said. explained that the freshmen rooms seem In an email interview, Maribigger than in the original three buildings. ka Kyriakos, associate profesThe feedback from the freshmen of the sor of music and instructor of building has also been positive, she said. the two students, explained Director of the Honors College Rebecca how a typical day at OperaOliver, along with the help of division Maya included yoga, master of student affairs, residence life and the classes and voice lessons with Honors College, was able to give the professors and professional students some of the amenities that were performers from all over the in high demand. Building four contains world. six study rooms, a kitchen, multi-purpose Byrd participated in a masmeeting rooms and social lounges. ter class with a teacher who Beginning this year, the Honors HLLC, 4A

HLLC bonds brainy students JAMI ALVORD STAFF WRITER

The Honors Living Learning Community finally received a long-awaited addition to the three dorm buildings with the start of the school year. The addition of HLLC building four is now home to several returning Honors students as well as freshmen. Early in 2012, discussion for more space began with the division of student affairs, and in the spring of 2013 construction of the multi-million dollar fourth building began. The building was completed right before the fall 2013 semester, and this

added 102 extra beds and provided a showroom for incoming freshmen that was previously unattainable. Nic French, a freshman math major of Hot Springs, said he has enjoyed his time in building four so far. “The rooms are amazing, huge,” he said. “I am ecstatic that I’m in building four.” Kayla Dills, a sophomore graphic design major of Cabot, also commented on the space of the new building, and said she is appreciative of the large hallways. In fact, the extra room seems to be the most popular aspect of building four. “When I walk in the other buildings now it feels claustrophobic,” Ellen Morris,

was signed on with the New York City Opera Company, and Reagan’s professor just finished writing a Broadway musical. They continued their work into the night, performing their art with a live orchestra. Byrd explained some nights they would do scenes from operas and perform arias. Other nights the girls would travel around the Riviera to sing, including Cancun and the Adonis Tulum resort. This prepared the students for the show that ended the festival, the Gala Day Opera. “I got to sing ‘O mio babbino caro’, which was the first time I got to sing with an orchestra,” Reagan said. In between all the singing and performing the girls still found time to enjoy what Mexico had to offer, such as the Mayan ruins and Playa del Carmen. “Their culture is so friendly, and everyone is so up close and personal,” Byrd said. “The Mexican people are all so nice. They’ll kiss you on your cheeks and they’re so lovey-dovey,” Reagan added. The Mexican culture and OperaMaya left a lasting effect on Byrd and Reagan. Byrd has been inspired to continue with Opera, 4A

Jonesboro increases student appeal with new businesses CAITLIN LAFARLETTE NEWS EDITOR

Alex Hernandez | Staff Photographer Starbucks is just one of the many new businesses that have sprung up around Jonesboro since the end of the spring semester.

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The city of Jonesboro is growing with new businesses and hot spots for college students. Some of the new businesses include Starbucks, Jimmy John’s and The Urban Owl. Several of these companies are reaching out to make ASU part of their success. “We’re supportive of the Red Wolves,” Laura Crabtree, manager of Starbucks, said. Crabtree said the coffee shop has ASU posters to root for the college and welcomes students to come in and just hang out. “We have a couple people do their homework regularly,” she said. Starbucks opened this summer and Crabtree said there had been talk about adding a second location. Jay Park, a manager at Jimmy John’s, said their business has seen great support from ASU. “I will definitely say that our target audience was ASU coming in to this,” he said. Park said Jimmy John’s is rather unique with their 13 subs under $5, delivery service that extends to campus and apps to use if a student is ever in class and hungry. The sub shop also sells day-old bread for

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50 cents. “We have a good product and affordable pricing,” Park said. Jimmy John’s opened July 16 and is already looking at a second location on Southwest Drive and a third location near the new NEA Baptist hospital. Park explained that Jimmy John’s is very successful as a company. To market more towards ASU and the Jonesboro area, Jimmy John’s started a sampling program Tuesday. They cut the sandwiches into thirds and then go hand out the samples. This program will eventually reach out to the ASU campus and include party cups and menus. Josilen Fearson, a senior accounting major of Little Rock and delivery driver for Jimmy John’s, has been with the company since it opened in the summer. She said the business has started picking up now that school is in session. Fearson also said it is a great opportunity for college students needing a job. “It’s really close to campus, and they’re really flexible,” she said. She added that the managers are young, and create a fun work environment. Melissa Burnett and Paula Raffo, co-owners of the The Urban Owl, are putting their focus on what other stores don’t have.

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The Urban Owl, formerly The Sassy Zebra, opened in June and is now a mixture of consignment and new products. The shop also stocks Greek apparel, monogrammed items, home décor and consigned furniture. The consignment process is a 50/50 split, and items are priced between 25-50 percent of their regular price. Raffo and Burnett place the items on the floor for 90 days. “If you need to clean out your closet it’s a great way to get some extra money,” Raffo said. The Urban Owl will be participating in Paint the Town Red and will have ASU geared items on display. “Since we are in Jonesboro we really feel the need to support our university,” Raffo added. The boutique has extended hours once a month from 6-8 p.m. for people who can’t come during regular store hours, with a 10 percent off storewide sale. Beginning Sep. 6 the co-owners will be accepting homecoming dresses for consignment. Sellers can price their own dresses and will get 70 percent of the profit. More information on The Urban Owl can be found at their Facebook page: https ://w w w.faceb o ok .com/TheUrbanOwl

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Our View

Opinion

If it twerks it works

Although twerking is not new to the dance floor, it is new to the Oxford Dictionary. This sexually provocative dance, was bounced onto the docket of the Oxford Dictionary’s quarterly update just days after the Video Music Award’s (VMA’s) performances last Sunday. With music lovers watching in excitement, and some in horror, America got to see the newest twerking superstar, Mily Cyrus, grind her way to the top of celebrity gossip. Obviously the world has forgotten what their demand for thrills has done to the music industry. With the musicians and concert ticket sales thriving off of the eclectic and bizarre, did we really not see this coming? Pop singers are not just vocalists anymore; they are performers. Singers like Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez are competing against icons who calls their followers monsters, I’m looking at you Lady Gaga. The only place for competing stars to go is a bit wilder and crazier. Fireworks, risky dances, laser shows and bizarre outfits are becoming the cornerstone of pop concerts. Being a great vocalist only makes up a small portion of the total performance. If you can sing, that’s great; but so can my grandmother and she only does it in church. Even the singing itself has disappeared into a world of autotuning and lip-syncing. While the purists complain about the art of originality disappearing, others could care less and instantly flash back to the awful Black-Eyed Peas Super Bowl performance. The truth is that fans are reaping what they have sown with their need to be constantly shocked and awed. With this in mind, there should be no surprise at the VMA’s when the cute girl from “Hannah Montana” starts sticking out her tongue and humping a foam finger. While the public outraged at the performance and later chastised news agencies for running stories about the performance, readers were drawn in and social networking sites exploded. As they say, there is no such thing as bad press. And even days later Cyrus’s performance is still on the top of Google’s most searched. If people want to be upset about something from the VMA’s they should be complaining about all their friends that simultaneously say they despised the performance but spend hours talking about it. At the end of the day swinging your hips like Elvis, shaving your head like Britney, showing a boob like Janet, wearing a meat suit like Gaga and twerking like Miley all have one thing in common; they work. Until audiences forego their passion for risky performances, the elastic will get tighter and the covered areas smaller. So good job Miley, ride that foam finger and twerk to the top of the charts. “Our View” is written by the editorial staff. The opinions are not necessarily reflective of the student body, faculty or administration of ASU. Jonesboro

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Discovering what degree/career fits

The majority of us start being asked what we want to be when we grow up from a very young age. This question seems to be the easiest way for adults to prompt a conversation with a child that lasts longer than our split-second attention spans. As children, our answers are typically “teacher,” “princess,” “firefighter,” “red Power Ranger,” or whatever character we are pretending to be at that moment. As we go through school, these answers continuously change. We start to realize that those Power Ranger job applications are fairly difficult to come by, so now we apply common sense to the equation. During our senior year of high school the adults start asking again, but this time our answers are more prepared. We have realistic career goals in mind, and not only that but, at 17 and 18 years old we have mapped out an entire fouryear plan to achieve those goals. Problem solved, right?

Caitlyn Sweeet is a junior English major of Forrest City. It would seem so, until that 18-year-old business major, who has only ever worked at Sonic and has it all figured out, sits down in his freshman philosophy class and realizes that the only thing he really had figured out was that he did not want to work at Sonic for the rest of his life. His four-year plan never accounted for him changing his mind or the fact that he might not enjoy working in the business world. For so many students, this is the breaking point. They are scared of getting themselves

After attending Textbook Brokers off of campus for my senior year textbooks I found myself in a puddle of bill vomit. Six textbooks cost me nearly $600 in rental fees, and buying them out right would have easily topped $1,000. While students complain about textbook fees it is important to understand that the universities do not choose to over price textbooks on their own, and that there are ways to help lower the cost of your overwhelming book debt. There are three main reasons why textbooks are outrageously expensive copyright, accredited material and online components. Copyright is important to understand because most books have multiple authors who write various parts of your textbook. With every copyright comes a fee due to the author(s) so that they are satisfied with allowing their hard work to be given to dozens of students.

Angel West is a senior sociology major of Fort Scott, Kan. Those fees lead directly into the concept of accredited materials that textbooks often use to supply students with classroom knowledge. Textbooks are known for being filled with first-hand research examples, statistics, further data from other books, and even personal dedication from the author. In order to receive this information, textbook authors are forced to research/write for hours on end compiling and reviewing the data they

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stuck with a future they do not want. So what to do now? Well here, my friends, is the beauty of college: You don’t have to know what you want to do for the rest of your life right out of the starting gate, and if you do, you are in the lucky minority. The purpose of a general college education is to give you the tools to make that decision. And it is okay to go in undecided or to change your major; most of us don’t even feel like real college students until, at least, our third change of majors. That decision you made in high school seemed very monumental and very final because it was the culmination of everything you knew about yourself at that time, but college is a chance to take the shades off and Technicolor your world. Rather than making a plan to get through college, let college itself be the plan. Take that photography class that has absolutely nothing to do with your degree in microeco-

nomics. Don’t get discouraged if that change of major in your sophomore year sets you back a little bit. Fewer and fewer college students these days are making it out in the initial four years after high school, and some that do find themselves going back for another degree later. Outside of school, work experience is your biggest ally in deciding what you want to do. You know you do not want to work fast food forever, so take next summer and intern somewhere – anywhere. Accounting firms, law offices, courthouses, newspapers are almost all looking for some college kid to staple papers and make copies during the summer, even in tiny towns in Arkansas. And although you might not enjoy sitting at a desk filing papers or doing other typical intern work, keep your eyes open to what everyone else in the office is doing because, while you are building your resume, you might just stumble into a career that fits.

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have written in order for publication. So they expect a more scholarly salary or pay for their time spent. Textbooks are designed by their authors much like an engineer designs a vehicle. A cheap vehicle, will not get many options and the internal parts could be shady. With a more expensive vehicle you are likely to have extended warranties to ensure that the information and components you bought are accurate. The newest additions for textbooks are online components, which are designed to enhance the classroom experience. Online components allow the teacher access to more information and essentially can act as a homework creator, second book, or free tutoring service. All of these features take time and program designers that use their knowledge to develop them, bringing the prices up even more. Is the entire back-story on

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textbooks still driving you nuts? Well, have no fear, there are ways to save a few dollars. Previous editions of your textbook often offer the same information but arrange the chapters or update statistical examples. Which means you can essentially learn the material without having to upgrade. Just make sure to ask your professor if it is mandatory that you have the latest edition; you would be surprised how many professors are lenient. Another trick is purchase textbooks through third party dealers such as textbook brokers, Amazon or even eBay Inc. These venues allow you to compare prices and some websites will even do the comparisons for you. Just make sure that you always research your third party dealer to make sure they are not associated with scams, or poor materials. Books may be essential to classes, but bill vomit is not.

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What I wish I’d known about Red Wolf Country... Laura Dunivan

Derek Harvey

junior communication studies major of Jonesboro

freshman finance major of Sherwood

Michael Humpfrey

“Go to class. This is half the work.”

“I wish I knew more about Blackboard and the ASU website.”

“I didn’t know Jonesboro would be so big. It’s actually grown over the years.”

Kyle Whittington

Bethany Kramer

Jeronica Sneed

While it’s good to study and stay on your school work, it’s best to find groups to support you.

“Hang out with different people, have friends from different groups.”

“I wish someone would have told me I could go ahead and declare my major. I wasted a lot of tim and money on classes I didn’t need.”

Jacqueline Martin

Richard Williams

Laurie Bontrager

“Five Guys is a great place for food.”

“Get out and have some fun. Don’t be scared.”

“I wish I knew how to connect, I have a lot of people I know, but it’s hard to see them because we have different schedules.”

senior biology major of Memphis, Tenn.

junior physical education major of Forest City

senior nursing major of Keller, Texas.

sophomore physical therapy major of Pine Bluff

sophomore nursing major of Pine Bluff

senior criminology and sociology major of Downsville, Ill.

freshman communication studies major of Paragould

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Can’t spell slaughter without laughter TAYLOR BURRINGTON STAFF WRITER

Last weekend a particularly surprising film arrived from the “horror” movie genre. “You’re Next” has received rave reviews from critics and similar accolades from audiences. It is doing shockingly well considering all promos and trailers make it look like your typical B-movie, slasher flick. So what is “You’re Next” and is it worth the watch? Paul (Rob Moran) and Aubrey Davison (Barbara Crampton) drive off to their country home celebrating their anniversary and Paul’s retirement, giddy with the thought of having all their children together for the first time in a long time. They arrive to find the door unlocked, but

they shrug it off because hey, this is a horror movie, and everyone has a supernatural lack of suspicion. A few more scary thumps and jumps, and the real “horror” is written off to Aubrey’s apparent fractured psychological state. Slowly, the family begins to arrive with their significant others and the audience gets its first glimpse at each traditional, horror film character dynamic. Crispian Davison (AJ Bowen) is the young literature professor dating his former student, Erin (Sharni Vinson) and immediately the audience connects with these two. They are the rational couple, down-to-earth, and obviously smitten with each other. Then there’s the wealthy parents; the meathead, jerk brother; the brooding, younger brother with his anti-establishment girlfriend; and of

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course, the jolly sister who has chosen the artistic, indie filmmaker for a suitor. So, the stage is set for a knock-down-drag-out-gore-fest, and that’s essentially what the audience is given in this home invasion, horror film. Three masked characters deliver Tarantino style, blood squirting violence to this quaint family gathering, and at the end of the day, it’s not the least bit horrifying or terrifying whichever side of the philosophical spectrum you fall on. It does, however, purport itself as a dark comedy of sorts, complete with a gutsy heroism from an unlikely candidate. The audience is left in the fetal position, but it’s more so from fits of laughter than flinching fear. The clichés are evident and deliberately unavoided so that horror movie enthusiasts get their fill of tradition.

“You’re Next” comes from director Adam Wingard—a relatively inexperienced director— most known for “V/H/S” and “V/H/S 2”, both recent horror flicks. V/H/S is currently available for instant streaming on Netflix for those who wish to see Wingard’s style at work. “You’re Next” isn’t bad; it’s just unexpected. It has all the horror film tropes, and for some these might serve as genuine scares. However, it doesn’t seem that the makers of this film were going for straight horror, but more a “Cabin in the Woods”-esque commentary on horror film clichés and how laughable they are. Don’t assume you know this movie from the start. If you think you do, maybe you’re next. 3.5 out of 5

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OPERA, Continued performances and pursue a minor in Spanish. For Reagan, it solidified her choice to be a music education major. “When you become a professional opera singer you practice seven days a week,” she said. “I’m more okay with being famous in a small town and teaching as my job and performing as a hobby.” Both girls voiced their gratitude to the host of professors, staff members, and others who

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helped raise the money for them to go. “We held a benefit concert at Chancellor Hudson’s house and it opened the door for us to do this,” Reagan explained. “Dr. Marika Kyriakos got us the last chunk we needed,” Byrd added. “She worked her butt off to make this happen for us, and we owe her the biggest thank you ever,” Reagan said. “It was an unforgettable experience.”

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The women’s basketball team is seeking male practice players for the 2013-14 season. To be eligible, applicants mus be a full-time student and be academically elegible within their first five years of attending college. For more information, contact Assistant Coach Aaron Kallhoff at 870972-3583 or akallhoff@astate.edu. Student Activites Board Committee membership applications are now available for 2013-14 committee positions. Applications can be picked up in Leadership Center on the 2nd floor of the Student Union. For more information, contact sab@smail.astate.edu or 870-972-2055. Upward Bound is looking for Algebra, Geometry, Physics and Spanish tutors for their Saturday Tutoring Program. Visit the Upward Bound office in the Eugene Smith Hall Room 314 for applications.

STAFF WRITER Aug. 4 Around 11:30 p.m., officer Robert Peevey observed a person urinating in a parking lot on University Loop. Peevy stopped and advised Jordan Pickens that a student referral would be made and that he should not urinate in public. Aug. 11

Sarah Thompson| Staff Photographer Evan Delancey, a freshman pre-professional biology major of Osceola, enjoys the flat screen tv in the second floor lounge.

students’ cards can now access all four residence halls at any time. The amenities of the new addition will not be restricted to residents of that building. Oliver gives much credit for the success of the Honors College to the institution due to their support for the program. “It’s a great addition,” she said. “Yes, it is a new residence, but really it is a continuation of what has been building in the honors community for years.”

Original planning for the Honors community began in fall 2007 and was completed fall 2009. Once the buildings opened a concern arose there would not be enough students to fill the 219 beds. A need for new space became evident as the program quickly jumped from 191 students in fall 2010 to 239 in fall of 2011. Since 2009 the Honors College has gained approximately 800

members instead of the 350450 students the institution initially projected. “There will probably never be enough space for the growing honors program,” Oliver said with excitement. The addition of building four gives more students the chance to live on campus and in a community with others who are as academically motivated and like-minded as themselves.

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Officer Ron Smith responded to a theft complaint at the football annex. He spoke with a coach who said several items were taken including a Playstation 3, an Xbox, several Playstation and Xbox games, CD covers, game controllers and game system brackets. Smith reported holes in the wall where the brackets had been as well as brackets that were damaged and left hanging on the wall. The coach stated damage was done to the TVs where the suspects had attempted to pull them from the wall. UPD pulled fingerprints from the scene, but no arrests have been made.

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Red Wolves face new foe in first home game of the season MEREDITH SCOTT SPORTS WRITER

Get your scarlet and black ready because it’s football season. It’s been 236 days since the Red Wolves last played a football game, and in two days the magic of college football is back. For the first time in school history, the back-to-back Sun Belt Conference champions will face the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) during Saturday’s season opener at Liberty Bank Stadium. The game will be ASU’s first home opener since 2009. The Red Wolves, who have an eightgame winning streak, are up against the Southwestern Athletic Conference champions who finished 10-2. When facing teams from the SWAC, ASU is 6-0 with their most recent win over Alcorn State last season. “You don’t always know what you’re going to get from your opponent early on in games. Teams evolve and they do different things,” Head coach Bryan Harsin said. “We just have to take care of ourselves, not put ourselves in bad situations with stupid penalties and not turn the ball over.” There are five players returning who were named All-Sun Belt Conference players from 2012, plus seven who were named to the 2013 Preseason All-Sun Belt

Conference team. The Golden Lions are bringing back their quarterback Ben Anderson, who threw for 2,346 yards and rushed for 524 yards. Harsin said Anderson is a dual threat the team will keep an eye on, but senior running back David Oku isn’t focusing on any one aspect of UAPB’s offense. “We’ll take what they give us and play to our temp and our style when we play against any team,” Oku said. “Sometimes you can press the issue too much if you just want to focus on one thing, but I think that’s what’s so great about our offense, we’re not focused on one thing. We’re always looking for the advantage.” But once again, this is a season of new faces. Coach Harsin spent the last seven seasons as an offensive coordinator for the Boise State Broncos and Texas Longhorns before accepting the head coaching job at ASU. According to CBSSports.com, Harsin was ranked the sixth best hire out of the 26 coaching changes made at the time. In his 13 years as an NCAA FBS coach, Harsin has seen 10 bowl games and been a finalist for the 2009 Broyles Award, which recognizes the top assistant coaches. Starting quarterback Adam Kennedy will see his first game since his season end-

ing shoulder injury last year at Utah State. Kennedy said the strength of his teammates is why he chose ASU and looks forward to this season. “Having Oku next to you in the backfield and all those returners on the offensive line, you know Bryce [Giddens], Steven and all those guys, it’s great. Of course you look outside and that might be our best position on the field with J.D. [McKissic], [Allen] Muse, Julian [Jones] and R.J. Fleming,” he said. “It’s incredible as a quarterback to stand there and look around and basically go anywhere on the field.” Kennedy, Oku and Harsin all spoke of confidence in the team’s upcoming performance. “I think we’re ready. Coach has put a great game plan together and I think we’re confident and ready to go,” Kennedy said. “I’m excited with all the talk around town over the game. The coaches have talked to us a lot about focusing on the opponent at hand and not looking ahead. We expect to go out there and do good things.” Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. on Saturday and will be broadcasted on 107.9, ESPN3 and AStateRedWolves.com. The 2013 inductees for the Athletics Hall of Honor will also be honored during the game.

Staci Vandagriff| Photo Editor Head coach Bryan Harsin gives quarterback Adam Kennedy some pointers during practice Tuesday afternoon. The Red Wolves will take on a new foe, the University of Pine Bluff, this Saturday at Liberty Bank Stadium at 6 p.m.

Volleyball team looks to Club Sports establishes exceed ranking, start fresh brand-new competition DANIELLE WINTERS SPORTS WRITER

Finishing with an 8-6 record in the Sun Belt last year, the women’s volleyball team is ranked number four for the 2013-14 season, following the release of the Sun Belt preseason coaches’ poll. The volleyball team has been pouring sweat every day to get ready for this weekend’s

Tiger Volleyball Invitational. There will be five teams involved in the tournament; Arkansas State, Idaho State, Missouri, South Dakota and Pittsburgh. They will be facing Pittsburgh at noon on Aug. 30, followed by a match against Idaho State later that evening at 4 p.m. The league’s head coaches awarded Arkansas State 64 points along with SBC new-

Takako Okumura| Staff Photographer Six foot freshman Shelby Holmes bumps the ball during practice Tuesday afternoon. The Lady Red Wolves will compete this weekend in Missouri.

comer, Texas State. A-State’s head coach, David Rehr, feels quite indifferent about the results. “We haven’t told our kids yet because it isn’t important to us,” Rehr said. “We aren’t expecting fourth, we want to push Western Kentucky for the Sun Belt title.” Although the women’s volleyball team is young this year, consisting of five seniors, eight freshmen and two transfers, the girls are treating it as any other year. “We’re preparing physically, emotionally and even more, mentally,“ said senior Megan Baska. “The variety of our team this year has made it feel like a fresh start.” There aren’t many teams that are lucky enough to get a chance to start fresh; it’s giving them a chance to shine and show their true scarlet and black pride. The volleyball team as a whole expects positive results from this season. “We are aiming for that championship one game and one practice at a time,” Baska said. Last season Arkansas State came up short in every battle with Missouri, but this year with persistent training and striving to beat their overall 19-14 record they obtained last year, the girls hope to show the Tigers what they can do. “The team has been setting short goals along the way to achieve their overall goals” Baska said.

CARA PRICHARD SPORTS EDITOR

Arkansas State is well known for building and promoting athletics. Many of the programs have high expectations and goals for this upcoming season. To further promote and organize athletic competition, ASU has decided to allow students to establish their own club sport. There are two tiers to club sports on campus, one being the Established Club Sports, which consists of the men’s rugby team and the Spirit Squad. The other is the Developing Club Sports. This is where students can get involved. According to Intramural Sports Coordinator Carol Cummings the definition of a club sport is an organization of students formed for the purpose of engaging in competition in a particular athletic activity with other institutions of higher education. They are also engaging in physical competition rather than academic contests. “It gives the students who want to compete at a higher level another opportunity to play com-

petitive sports without the daily commitment of practices and travel,” Cummings said. “We have many students that were athletes in high school, but have decided not to pursue collegiate athletics. It’s another avenue for them to play a sport they love.” Although the opportunity is at hand, ASU has limited resources available to fund club sports. Because of this, the total number of Established Club Sports like rugby and the Spirit Squad, will be no more than six. In addition to opportunity, Cummings thinks creating a student-run organization would help build leadership skills. “They have a unique opportunity to be responsible for an organization by recruiting members, completing necessary documentation, fundraising and working in conjunction with a faculty advisor to assure all university procedures are followed,” Cummings said. “These leadership skills can be an invaluable asset in future life; both educationally and professionally.”

Registration and Approval • All Club Sports must make annual application to the Club Sports Oversight Committee. Applications are available online at www.astate.edu/ intramurals OR in the Red WOLF Center Administrative office room 102. The deadline to submit an application for Developing Club Status will be Friday, September 6th at 3 p.m. • Recognition as a Club Sport at any level is valid for one academic year and must be renewed annually to maintain status. Any Developing Club Sport accepted for official recognition will be on probationary status for a period of one year. • During the first year, the Developing Club Sport must prove it can be sustained over time. It must maintain an adequate number of members to conduct the sport, actively participate in competitive events, secure membership in the regional or national recognized governing body, and generate sufficient funds to support the club.


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Sorority recruitment came to an end Monday afternoon with Bid Day. New members received their invitations in the auditorium, revealing which chapter had chosen them. After signing the cards, the girls ran down to the first floor of the Union to put on their chapter’s shirts. The celebration hit its peak on the Heritage Plaza Lawn when the sororities welcomed their new sisters. For the first time, Bid Day came to an end on Sorority Row.

The new sorority members rushed out of the Union Monday afternoon to join their new sisters.

Paige Walker| Staff Photographer Girls wait to receive their bid cards on Monday in the Reng Student Union Auditorium Paige Walker| Staff Photographer Girls celebrate after receiving their bid cards on Bid Day. Paige Walker| Staff Photographer Leah McDaniel, a senior photojournalism major of Jonesboro, hugs a fellow ZTA during Bid Day on Monday in front of the Reng Student Union.

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