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The women’s soccer team took on Southern Miss Friday, ending the game in a 2-2 tie.
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Parking changes receive praise, disapproval from students CAITLIN LAFARLETTE NEWS EDITOR
The struggle to find a parking spot at ASU is becoming a thing of the past with a recent 10 percent gain in parking spaces. “Parking is important,” David McKinney, director of parking services, said. “In no way would I minimize that.” The 2013 school year began with the addition of a new contract parking lot and additional commuter spots along Aggie Road, as well as the creation of a pedestrian walkway along what was once Driver Street. Commuters are now more likely to find a parking space along Aggie Road with the
completion of 83 new spots. The road is now two lanes, which causes traffic to slow down. This makes it safer for pedestrians, McKinney said. The new parking on Aggie may have created more spots, but some students aren’t as excited about it. Ryan Whitlock, a physical education major of North Little Rock, enjoys the created space, but not the type of parking. “The parallel parking has been difficult because I’m not very good at it,” he said. Whitlock said he thinks it’s contradicting that Driver Street was blocked off to keep pedestrians safe, but parallel parking was added to Aggie, causing students to exit their Parking, 4A
Staci Vandagriff | Photo Editor Cassie Adams, a senior English major of Cabot, answers questions about the new AOPi house during the showcase held Aug 5.
Sorority housing grows Greek life SKYE WHITE STAFF WRITER
Caitlin Lafarlette| Photo Editor Najwa Lee parks her car at the Honors dorms Wednesday afternoon. Lee said she is happy about the recent changes in parking.
The beginning of a new semester is an exciting time for any student, but for the ladies of Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Omicron Pi, Chi Omega, Delta Zeta, and Zeta Tau Alpha this year is extra special. The construction of the five southern style sorority houses is finally complete. Aug. 11 was the official move in day for the lucky ladies who get to call the houses their homes for this school year. Brie Gibson, a senior interdisciplinary studies major of Hot Springs and vice president of standards for AOPi, said she loves her new room. “I was the first one to move in. We all had our own time slots, so someone moved in every 30 minutes,” she said. “Everyone helped everyone else move things in, it went really smooth. It’s an honor getting to be one of the first to live in the house.” So far, things seem to be going well for the new residents.
“It’s everyone’s house,” Shalyn Wallace, a junior chemistry major of Paragould, said. “Any of the girls can come whenever they want. There’s always someone here. I definitely think the house will help bring us together.” Chandler Gill, a junior education major of Paragould and intramural chair of Chi O, was a little skeptical about staying in a house filled with so much estrogen, but her fears have proven to be unfounded. “Everyone has gotten so close. We’re like a family already,” she said. “It’s been nothing but fun so far, just like a big sleepover all the time.” Each house has basically the same layout, but the girls were allowed to customize them by picking out things like the floors, wallpaper and chandeliers they wanted inside. The alumnae played a large part in furnishing the houses and also have the ability to visit the houses whenever they choose. “We’ve already had a few alumnae drop
by. They were some of the founding members of our chapter on this campus. Seeing the house almost had them in tears because they were so excited that we finally have a place to call our own,” Wallace, the vice president of membership and recruitment for ZTA, said. With a record number of girls going through sorority recruitment this year, the zeal for Greek life on campus is clear. Jessica Buford, senior Zoology major of Hot Springs and vice president of programs for DZ, said she thinks the new houses will help the Greek community grow. This year more than 300 girls have signed up for rush. “We have at least a hundred more girls than last year. It’s really grown a lot already,” she said. With so many girls interested and a limited amount of space in the houses, the challenge is determining the lucky few who get to room there. Wallace said the houses have rooms for 20 girls, plus an RA. Sorority, 4A
ASU increases tuition, adds two new fees BETHANY GALLIMORE STAFF WRITER
ASU budget changes for the 2013-14 school year are now active, raising tuition and two critical system fees within the university. Students can expect to pay an average of five dollars per credit hour in additional fees as well as an approximate tuition increase of 3.31 percent. Tuition for the 2013-14 school year has increased by 3.24 to 3.84 percent per credit since last year. The percentage increase differs between undergraduate/graduate and resident/ non-resident classifications, according to tuition and fee reports from the ASU budget office. The Academic Excellence Fee also increased, and a Facilities Fee has been introduced. The Academic Excellence Fee, now four dollars per credit hour instead of two, helps main-
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tain appropriate and competitive faculty and staff salaries. “The better faculty you have, the better educational experience for our students,” said Len Frey, vice chancellor of the finance and administration department. “(The Academic Excellence Fee) generates additional revenue that includes a two percent raise for non-classified employees, three percent merit increase for faculty, and a two percent increase for classified employees,” Donna McMillin, assistant vice chancellor for budget planning and development, said. The newly introduced Facilities Fee is three dollars per credit hour and will be dedicated to the upkeep, enhancement and construction of university buildings and equipment. “The tuition and fee increase will allow us to achieve a very important objective,” Frey said. “We will complete the Humanities and Social
Opinion: Minimum wage, 2A
Sciences Building.” The building is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2015. “Some of the additional funds that result from the tuition and fee increase will be utilized to cover the debt service,” Frey said. “We should be able to go into the bond market and raise the additional dollars to complete the building uninterrupted.” The Facilities Fee will also be used to address campus safety issues. According to McMillin, the university will add new officers to the University Police Department and will also construct additional lighting with the help of the Facilities Fee. Tuition increases can be covered by existing institutional scholarships, McMillin said. If a student is a scholarship recipient, scholarships go up accordingly as tuition rises. “In general, the tuition increases and the two
Sports: Harsin names starting QB, 1B
fees we have initiated will be paid for by all students, regardless of part-time or full time (classification),” McMillin said. These rising tuition costs are also being supplemented by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education apportionments, making ASU one of only six four-year universities within the state to receive state funding. Frey said this year ASU is receiving about $1.6 million in additional revenue through the appropriations. “The state has very limited resources as well,” McMillin said. “We were very fortunate to be one of six schools who ceived funding this year.” ASU currently ranks fourth in tuition and costs out of the state-sponsored four-year institutions within Arkansas, according to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. The university’s annual tuition and fee total of $7,510 Tuition, 4A
Photo: Welcome week, 2B
College life: Anything but peaceful Besides the chaos of an alarm clock screeching before noon, locating a parking space after several loops, sorting out the maze of financial aid, finding classes in buildings you haven’t heard of, purchasing books from four different sources, moving your mini-fridge into the upstairs of your new living quarters, rushing to class to find the perfect seat that says, “I am interested in learning, but don’t want to get spit on,” and getting assigned to read the first three chapters of the one book that was sold out at the book store, the first week of class can be relatively peacecful. To upperclassman this bedlam comes as no shock, but to some freshman this problem can only be dulled by plenty of phonecalls home. While you may find the the hustle of the beginning of the school year overwhelming and intimidating, rest assured this chaos is all part of college experience. The commotion around the campus, whether it is your first first day or your last, is proof it is alive and well. If you have avoided chaos by watching endless hours of “Duck Dynasty,” it is time to rethink what your college experience should be. At the organizational fair on Heritage Plaza last Wednesday newcomers got a quick glimpse at the extracurricular opportunities that are offered at ASU. While wandering through the Plaza, surely any student could find a club, activity or group to belong to. Most students have heard from parents and peers how important it is to go to class and do homework. While this adivice is sound, embracing the chaos of school is where you can develop yourself, make lasting friendships and where you can get the clearest view of what you want to become. By embracing a little chaos you can leave ASU better than you arrived. “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.
Common Cents: Increasing minimum wage
In times of economic hardship and low demand, Henry Ford actually raised the wages of his factory workers. It was this sage understanding of aggregate demand that helped make Ford such a success in the early days of the automobile manufacturing industry. Ford realized that if his workers couldn’t afford to buy his vehicles, his demand would suffer, and his workforce would shrink as a result. Of all the pressing political issues that the summer presented, the state of America’s low wage working class is clearly the most consequential - and arguably the most obvious in terms of setting a course for decisive policy action. Minimum wage has increasingly lagged behind inflation since the 1960s, and the effect it has on demand helped to foster the recession of 2008 and hinder the recovery of the US economy post-recession. Mcdonalds and Walmart both made headlines this summer with the poverty wages
JJ Thompson is a junior political science and communication studies major of Fayetteville. they’re legally allowed to pay their employees. Mcdonalds added significant insult to injury with its detached and sardonic attempt at financial planning for its minimum wage workers. They used an online pamphlet form budget which assumes workers will have a second full time job, and miscalculates the costs of a myriad of real expenses that the American working class face. The economic rationale for resisting minimum wage gains
As the economy remains in a sluggish state, many dissatisfied Americans join together in one accord to demand a higher minimum wage. Much of the dissatisfaction comes from large corporations growing ever richer as the lower class slowly becomes a “peasant class.” At an attempt to serve as a great equalizer the concept of a “living wage” has been born boasting several dollars higher than the current minimum wage of $7.25. However, as we will see, this is not the problem-free solution that many have dreamed of. The minimum wage has been around since the Great Depression. When the federal government enacted a minimum wage in the late 1930s it was set at a meager $0.25/hour. Proponents of the increase argue that money was worth a lot more back then, but this does not have as much warrant as you may think. After adjusting for infla
Korey Speaight is a junior accounting and business major of Camp. tion, the minimum wage in the 1930s would be equivalent to about $4.10 in 2012 dollars, less than 60% of the minimum wage now. The truth is, minimum wage was never intended to be a living wage, but fair compensation for unskilled labor. A higher minimum wage will also have very minimal effects on reducing income inequality. A 2010 study in the Southern Economic Journal found that only 11.3% of a $2.25
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is relatively straightforward; that companies will hire less workers as a result of the higher cost of labor. Unfortunately for the academic work of the Intro to Macroeconomics textbook authors, the real world employment effects of minimum wage gains seem to be non-existent. The work of John Schmitt and other collaborating researchers have empirically denied these impact claims, drawing on a number of real world American experiments such as the differing minimum wage rates from state to state. The reasons for this are arguable, but are likely related to the fact that humans aren’t bushels of wheat and the hiring/firing process is considerably more complicated than the idea of commodified labor allows for. This is why abolishing the minimum wage is such a laughable policy idea, and one that no serious policy maker would ever be caught dead speaking on behalf of. A decrease in the income
of working class families means a decrease in demand, and that means any benefits of paying workers like slaves would be instantly mitigated by the workers inability to spend their money at other businesses. If the theory worked in practice, countries like Somalia would have booming markets, and countries like Luxembourg would be destitute. Companies like Walmart are using the American taxpayer to subsidize their profits when they don’t pay their workers enough to live assistance free, and the voters are starting to notice. Nearly three quarters of Americans support an increase in the minimum wage, and it turns out it’s a pretty bipartisan crowd - and for obvious reasons. Strengthening the middle and working class and increasing demand for American businesses isn’t a Red or a Blue solution, it’s the right solution.
Living wage great in theory, poor in practice
By: David Holbrook
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increase in minimum wage would go to poor households. The main reason is that a majority of those who earn minimum wage are second or third income earners in their household. Of those households that gain from an increase in minimum wage, 42.3% have an income of at least $61,950. If anything, raising the minimum wage will create greater inequality among the middle and lower classes. Raising minimum wage will also hurt small businesses without phasing corporate giants. For example, we will use the ever popular fast food restaurant, a job where many earn minimum wage. Nearly every fast food restaurant is set up in a franchise format; a local owner pays the corporation a monthly fee to put a set of golden arches or purple bell on the side of his building. The corporation will receive a cut regardless of the profitability of the restaurant. Food
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service margins are very small meaning you have to sell a lot of food to make any money. When a company sells a burger and fries, only about 2% of the price of the meal is kept as profit. If the business owner has to start paying his workforce an additional 30%, assuming no increase in the price of food, it is very likely any profit will turn to loss. In this instance raising minimum wage will not hurt giant corporations, but the local business owners. While an increase in the minimum wage may be a good political platform to run on for popular support, it is a very dangerous action. There is substantial evidence that raising the minimum wage would have negative effects on income inequality and would be a detriment to local business owners. At this point in the American economy, we simply can’t afford to raise the minimum wage.
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TUITION, Continued is only 13 percent higher than the state average of $6,928. McMillin said the executive council and university planning committees strive to balance the needs of the campus between students, faculty and administration. According to Frey, the directives of Chancellor Hudson to the executive committee are to identify areas in which the committee can save money and efficiently reallocate dollars, ensuring the campus runs as effectively as possible. “In every discussion and every decision,
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there was a focus on how this will enhance the educational experience for our students,” Frey said. “(Chancellor) Hudson always insisted that the reallocation benefit our core mission, which is to educate, enhance and enrich the lives of our students.” Full details on all tuition and fee increases can be found by logging in to mycampus.astate. edu, and clicking the “Account Summary by Term” link in the “Student Records” tab.
Each group had their own criteria for choosing the first residents of the houses. “The executive officers automatically get a room, and after that it was based on who had the highest GPA out of the girls who submitted their names to be considered,” Gill explained. “Grades will always be a factor, but in the future, we will also use a point system
PARKING, Continued vehicles close to the road. “I actually do think it’s been so much easier,” Whitlock added about the new parking. The new contract lot is located behind Eugene W. Smith Hall and the Nursing/Health Professions building. SGA approached parking services with comments from students asking for more contract parking. McKinney said it got to the point where there were more than 500 students on the waiting list for contract spots. “The demand was there for it,” he said, which became clear when the spots sold out by July 1. An additional parking lot was also built along the new Honors Avenue (formerly Banks Street). The lot will serve students living in the Honors residence halls as well as commuters. Sophomore Najwa Lee, a psychology major of Newport, said she feels there is now more room for Honors students to park. She goes home on the weekends and comes back on Mondays, but has had a good experience with parking. “I don’t have to rush to get here,” Lee said. Lee added that she feels safer with the new
based on involvement in the organization to see who gets to live here.” While the sorority houses will not be able to host registered parties like the fraternities, this fact has not quelled the enthusiasm of the sorority members. “It is such an exciting time for Greek life here at ASU,” Gill said.
pedestrian walkway located near the Honors residence halls. Before the walkway was added she had to hurry to her room before it got dark to avoid the small path that was initially there. “I like the changes actually because there’s a sidewalk now,” she said. McKinney explained the changes were brought about to bring an emphasis to pedestrian safety as well as the green space needed to beautify the campus. To help upkeep the look of campus, revenue from parking services (such as ticket money, parking garage fees and meter fees) goes back into existing parking infrastructure. This aids in keeping lots maintained and placing correct signage around campus. “Ultimately, that’s what attracts people to college,” he said. “When it comes down to it, students don’t pick their university because of the parking. They pick it because of what it offers academically and socially. They want to attend a campus that looks good.” A map of the parking changes can be found at http://www.astate.edu/a/facilities/maps/ north-construction.pdf.
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Harsin names starting QB, releases depth-chart MEREDITH SCOTT SPORTS WRITER
Staci Vandagriff| Photo Editor ASU’s freshman defender Summer Sheppard battles for the ball against Southern Mississippi’s freshman defender Devin McGee during their season opener against the Golden Eagles on Friday. The Lady Red Wolves tied with Southern Miss 2-2.
Women’s soccer ends in tie with Southern Miss DYLAN TRAVIS STAFF WRITER
The women’s soccer team challenged Southern Mississippi to a 2-2 draw in their season opener Friday. Southern Miss took an early lead 1-0 when Anya Koren scored in the 7th minute of play. Battling back, Red Wolves senior Christine Giles and sophomore Loren Mitchell scored two goals to finish the half 2-1. In the 13th minute of play, senior Ashley Jackson fed the ball to Mitchell who sent the ball into the back of the net from the top of the box. Giles scored in the 34th minute after an assist from senior Madison Joyce, giving the Red Wolves their first lead of the game. The Golden Eagles scored in the 65th minute of play, tying the game 2-2. Adriana Gar-
cia sent the shot past the goalie only to be saved by a defender standing on the plane of the goal box. The referee allowed the point to stand claiming the ball broke the plane of the goal before the defender cleared the shot. Finishing the game 2-2, the teams battled into the overtime periods. Both teams had looks, but neither team was able to finish. Freshman goalie, Michaela Supple made 6 saves in her first appearance in goal. “It was very frustrating. I felt like after we took the lead we relaxed. We just have to learn not to relax,” Head Coach Tafadzwa Ziyenge said. “When we do take the lead, we need to learn how to maintain it.” The Red Wolves will play their next home game at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3 against Missouri State.
Six a.m. Time to wake up. Go to breakfast. Go to a meeting. Go to another meeting. Go to practice. Go to lunch. Go to a meeting. Go to another meeting. Go to practice. Go to dinner. Go to a meeting. Go home. 11 p.m. Six a.m. Repeat. For the final two weeks of summer, Arkansas State football players ate, slept and breathed football during fall camp. As the start of regular play drew near, the competition for a starting position grew more intense. Aug. 20 was more than the second day of school, it was the day Head Coach Bryan Harsin released a depth-chart and announced who would be taking Ryan Aplin’s former starting quarterback spot. Newcomer Adam Kennedy was named the starting quarterback over ASU veteran Philip Butterfield following Kennedy’s performance in the Red Wolves scrimmage on Aug. 17. Kennedy, a 6-5 senior, transferred from Utah State to ASU after a shoulder injury left him sidelined for the remainder of his junior season. “We had a few bumps and bruises but everybody is going to be out there and ready to go for this first game, which is good for us. We feel like we had a solid camp,” Harsin said. “We feel like our strength staff did a great job this summer with how they trained and prepared our guys coming out there. I feel like our guys are stronger and in better shape because we had a physical camp early on and we started to pull back to get our guys prepped and ready to go,” Harsin said. Harsin, who’s in his first year as head coach of the Red Wolves, came to ASU from the University of Texas. He was the co-offensive coordinator for the Longhorns, and received national attention for leading Boise State into the national spotlight while serving as offensive coordinator there. “At the same token, we had to make a decision on a quarterback. Ryan Aplin was a very good player, we know what he’s done and those guys that played here the previous year, all good players. We’ve
heard a lot about those guys and they’ve laid a tremendous foundation, but at the same time we have a lot of players here who are new names, new faces that we hope have the same type of impact that those players did when they leave this program, as well. One of those we feel very good about is Adam Kennedy.” During his sophomore year, Kennedy threw for 972 yards with 11 touchdowns, plus 239 rushing yards to finish third on the team in total offense with 1,211 yards. “He got here as soon as he could, early in the summer. He got into classes, got
into the playbook and prepared himself, got into the weight room, and did all the work in the player-run practices. He came into fall camp still not with every detail and knowledge that you would have with a veteran guy returning but with a really good understanding of what we’re trying to accomplish here,” Harsin said. “As camp went on, the better he got, the more consistent he got, the more he started to understand the expectations we have as a staff,” said Harsin, the 29th head coach of the Red Wolves. HARSIN, 4B
Staci Vandagriff| Photo Editor Head Coach Bryan Harsin looks onto his players during the spring game this past April. The Red Wolves will play their first home game Aug. 31 against the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Men’s basketball team competes in foreign tour CARA PRICHARD SPORTS EDITOR
The men’s basketball team took advantage of their time off and traveled to Canada this summer for an exhibition foreign tour. This journey is the first of its kind for the program while John Brady has been head coach. The team played three consecutive days versus the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary and concluded the trip with a rematch against Alberta. To start off the Battle of the Border, the Red Wolves quickly claimed their position on the court with an 88-84 victory over Alberta. Trailing by 19 points at the end of the first 10-minute period, the team pulled through and outscored the Golden Bears 25-10 in the second half, falling short only four points at half.
After senior Ed Townsel hit a three with 6:24 left in the third, A-State took the lead for the remainder of the game. Along with Townsel, landing in double figures were senior Melvin Johnson III with 19 points, sophomore Cameron Golden with 16 and senior Kendrick Washington with 12. “The first game we were down 22 points and came back and won,” Brady said. “It allowed us to have a belief and trust in each other and I think the earlier on players can develop that, the better off we will be.” They didn’t stop there. The Red Wolves went on to claim a 96-76 victory over the University of Calgary. Senior forward Kirk Van Slyke and junior Sean Gardner showed out with a game-high 16 points each, Washington added 14 and Johnson III gave 12 for A-State.
The game was led by the Red Wolves for the entirety and the Calgary Dinos never got closer than 18 points in the second half. The final rematch against Alberta didn’t fall in ASU’s favor. The team lost 86-78 to wrap up the tournament. Although the Red Wolves had a higher shooting percentage than the Golden Bears, they were outrebounded and outscored at the free throw line. “They play with a 28-second shot clock. We got them to play with a 30-second shot clock, but we play with a 35-second shot clock here in the states, which made things a little bit different,” Brady said. “I think we played pretty good with it, we fouled a little too much in the third game. Alberta shot 44 free throws while we shot 11.” While on the trip, assistant coach Jeff Clapacs kept the fans up-to-date with a daily blog on
astateredwolves.com. He stated, “These three games north of the border allowed us to identify some strengths and weaknesses of our team three months before the start of the season. It will also have us well-prepared for a number of tough road challenges early in November.” The Red Wolves had three players sit out last year and added a couple of new recruits to the team this year. “It was a good time for us to see what we needed to work on, we had ten days of practice, we were able to travel together, experience some adversity together and do it early on in the season so the timing of it was good for the players that we had, the players that we have coming in and players we have sitting out,” Brady said. “All in all, it was a very good trip for us.”
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Staci Vandagriff| Photo Editor Students reach for frisbee that allows their team to be next in the Family Feud game hosted by SAB Tuesday afternoon. Twelve teams of four competed for the grand prize of $700.
he Student Activities Board hosted Welcome Week from Aug. 17-21 to kick off the 2013 fall semester. Freshmen were greeted Saturday by various groups and ministries that helped the new Red Wolves get moved into their rooms. The real fun began Monday on Heritage Plaza Lawn, which was
covered with various games and rides. Students were also given the chance to win $700 at the Family Feud event Tuesday evening. The week concluded with the Community & Organization Fair where students could become familiar with student groups and organizations, as well as some Jonesboro businesses.
Paige Walker| Staff Photographer Ryan Whitlock, a junior physical education major from Batesville, helps move in students to University Hall with his church, Central Baptist Journey Campus.
Staci Vandagriff| Photo Editor Name a movie about a fish. Students try to find answers in hopes of winning the SAB Family Feudâ€™s grand prize.
Evan Riekhof| Staff Photographer Rosey Nguyen (President of National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Bridget Russell (VP of Events for NSCS) explain the program to Mychal Word.
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Evan Reikhof | Staff Photographer Jimmy Fortune performs alongside backup singer and fiddle player, Sydni Perry, in front of an artist’s rendition of Johnny Cash’s childhood home in Dyess.
Staci Vandagriff | Photo Editor Larry Gatlin sings “Johnny Cash is dead and his house burned down.” His other songs included “All the Gold in California” and “Broken Lady.”
Paying tribute to Cash V
ince Gill, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Jimmy Fortune of the Statler Brothers, and Joanne Cash Yates performed for the third annual Johnny Cash Music Festival this year, which took place at the ASU Convocation Center. The festival helps to raise money for the restoration of Johnny Cash’s boyhood home in Dyess, as well as helping fund a scholarship set up in the country music legends name. According to the website, as of March 1, 2013 the festival has helped to raise $1.9 million of the projected $3.2 million it will take to restore the home.
Staci Vandagriff | Photo Editor Joanne Cash Yates sings “I Still Miss Someone,” a song recorded by Johnny and written by their nephew Roy Cash.
Staci Vandagriff | Photo Editor Vince Gill performed as the headliner for the third annual Johnny Cash Music Fest held Aug. 17 in the Convocation Center.
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HARSIN, Continued “We felt physically Kennedy had the tools. It’s just a matter of getting him comfortable with what we’re doing, letting him make those decisions and we fully intend on letting him continue that. The one thing about our system is, the quarterback evolves and so does our system. He’ll have his unique offense with our base philosophies,” Harsin said. “Butterfield’s fantastic. He’s a leader on our football team and that won’t change. He’s a guy that knows he has to prepare himself to play and do all the things we ask him to do and he’s a guy who we talk with as far as getting his opinion on things. That’s part of that competition that continues. This is not the end, this is the start; for every position.” Although the Red Wolves have had plenty of practice the last three years when it comes to dealing with change, Kennedy was adjusting to being a new face. “Arkansas State is a Division-1 program. They didn’t promise me anything and told me I would have to earn my spot week by week, season by season. Meeting the players was the selling point for me. I came early in the summer, made connections with players like Allen Muse and J.D.
McKissic and knew we had a lot of studs,” he said. “They are great guys who came to work and opened their arms almost immediately. They made me feel like one of the guys and that shows how great of a team we have here, not just with the guys but with the coaches, too.” Kennedy was also getting reacquainted with the game of football after not playing for almost a year. “I was anxious to get back onto the field since it had been a while, but it felt the same as day one. It was like I hadn’t missed a beat,” he said. “The competition is always in the back of my mind and I’m going to ask myself how I did, but knowing I’ll be starting relieves a lot of stress. It gives me a chance to really focus on the opponent. My mindset going into this season is to be the same guy I was in camp. I think the team has great leaders and I don’t need to try to be anything special. It feels good, I’m excited and I’m ready to go.” The Red Wolves are set to kick off the season on Saturday at 6 p.m. against the University of Arkansas- Pine Bluff Golden Lions. The opener will be one of the six home games ASU has this season.
Sports “The mindset going into the first game and I think in the first three games is what you see is not what you get; it’s trial and error. There are things on film from last season that you know you aren’t going to get this year. You have to go out there and have yourself prepared, and that’s really what I think camp does,” Harsin said. “You get to see everything at camp, so there isn’t anything that our defense has shown us that we won’t’ see throughout the season.” “As far as what we think we’re going to get, we’ll get some man coverage about 40% of the time, if that’s what they continue to show from their tendencies and then we’ll have a decent amount of blitz. They’re a very good football team and we know they’re going to play hard,” Harsin said. Harsin took over the reigns of the Red Wolves head coach after Gus Malzahn left ASU to take over as head coach of the Auburn Tigers. ASU will play Auburn for its second game of the football season at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 7 in Auburn, Ala. The game will be a test of skill for the Red Wolves, and will be the first of two SEC teams the team will face this football season.
WHAT FANS NEED TO KNOW
As the season kicks off, here are a few fast facts members of the Red Wolf pack should remember:
➠ Adam Kennedy will lead the team at quarterback. Kennedy, 6’5”, 219 lbs, transferred to ASU from Utah State.
➠ Wide-reciever J.D. McKissic, 2012 GoDaddy.com Bowl Offensive MVP,
named to Biletnikoff Award preseason watch list. The award is presented annually to the nation’s outstanding college football receiver.
➠ Senior David Oku named to Doak Walker Award watch list, presented to nation’s top college running-back.
➠ A-State ranked 51st in preseason BCS Standings — ahead of University of Arkansas at 52.
➠ ASU ranked 3rd in SBC preseason poll — behind ULL and ULM, which tied for first.
➠ Red Wolves play two SEC
opponents, Auburn, coached by former ASU coach Gus Malzahn, and Missouri this season.
➠ The new Camelia Bowl, will match-up the SBC and MAC in 2014.
➠ The season opener against UAPB will be the first matchup between the two teams.
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