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THE HERALD Informing Arkansas State University since 1921

Monday, Feb. 20, 2012

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Vol. 90 Issue 34

Student passwords to expire

SAB to hold Mardi Gras celebration

Casey Rinaldi Staff Writer After several emails, many students are no doubt aware that Information Technology Services (ITS) will be implementing some changes to ASU student passwords in the coming weeks that will require them to be changed. All current passwords for ASU students will expire on Feb. 28, and will continue to expire every 90 days going forward. Students must now utilize ‘complex’ passwords in order to comply with auditor requirements. New passwords must contain at least eight characters, at least one number, one lowercase letter, one uppercase letter. They cannot begin with a number, and cannot contain your username or a symbol, which can interfere with certain wireless applications on campus. Darla Fletcher, director of technical services and support at ITS, explained why these requirements were chosen for the new passwords. “Upon following these requirements, the passwords would be considered complex. A lot of applications, such as Apple and iTunes accounts have been utilizing this so it just puts us in line with best practice,” she said. Fletcher also emphasized that this was purely for security reasons. “We’re very committed to student security and protecting our students to the best of our ability, and this is a best practice model so that we don’t have people out there typing the word ‘password’ for their password,” Fletcher said. “We are also educating the community to be careful and to follow some of these business practices.” Fletcher also noted that these changes are unrelated to the recent PIN number changes that took place last semester around the release of final grades. Fletcher explained why the 90-day expiration mandate will be taking place following the initial password switch. ‘This is being done for two reasons: to ensure that all students are following the new password requirements, in addition to providing another layer of security over personal information. This is just another way to keep passwords updated.” See PASSWORDS, page 3

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MEME MADNESS Memes make it to ASU after going viral online Abdullah Raslan Photo Editor If it hasn't invaded your Facebook stream yet, it will. An Internet meme base was launched last Tuesday on Facebook targeting students’ and the administration’s funny bone. Run by two anonymous ASU students, "A-State Memebase" found popularity between students and faculty members alike by tallying up 438 "likes" in less than one week. The word "meme" comes from the word "imitate". Coined by British biologist R. Dawkins in 1976, the word is described as a cultural element or behavior that is transmitted to one individual to the other by repetition. Fast-forward 36 years and, the word has become affiliated with images of cats and babies, videos, twitter hash tags and bad college jokes.

Its popularity was brought back via social networks such as 4chan, Tumblr and now Facebook. This “meme madness” on Facebook has been reported in colleges all around the country according to an article by Steve Kolowich titled "Campus-themed Internet memes go viral" in USA Today. The two students running the page work hand in hand. An admin and a moderator who wished to remain anonymous. When asked why, the admin said, "It's more fun that way. It's not about one person or one student doing this. It's something shared among all students." The admin continued. "We are not trying to make the administration mad, but there are things that have turned into a joke. They think it’s beneficial for the school, but they don't know how many people are laughing about it." See MEME, page 3

A Mardi Gras celebration, put on by SAB, will be held on Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the third floor of the student union. “I expect students to have a good time, bring their friends, get some free prizes and make some memories,” said the vice president of SAB and director of student union events, Sierra Burris, a senior chemistry major of Piggott. “We love to have something fun for students to get involved in on campus, and something fun to get students together,” she said. Burris said one of the main activities in the celebration would be the hypnotist show. Chris Jones, a hypnotist, will have a show in Centennial Hall from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. According to Burris, Jones will put people who are coming to the show into a trance by hypnotizing them. “He’s going to entertain people,” Burris said. “His show will definitely be one you don't want to miss.” The black light casino will also be a big activity. In Centennial Hall, different poker tables will be prepared with black lights shining on them, essentially making them glow in the dark. All light colored clothing also glows, Burris said. “We’re also going to have live jazz bands present,” she said. Burris also said there will be palm readers and tarot card readers telling people’s fortunes. SAB is going to give away many different prizes, including T-shirts, beads and other ASU and Mardi Gras themed prizes, throughout the night. “On that day, the [Acansa Dining Hall] is going to be decorated for the celebration,” Burris said. She said she is not sure what kind of food will be served in the cafeteria, but they might serve food colored with purple, yellow and green, which are Mardi Gras symbolic colors. The whole union is also going to be decorated on that day. “It’s going to be a really big, fun See MARDI GRAS, page 3

ITS proposes computer purchasing plan Kayla Paine Staff Writer Faculty weighed in on the proposed re-structure of the computer purchasing plan for ASU Information Technology Services on Friday. Mark Hoeting, chief information officer for ITS, presented the new plan and changes for ITS from the cost containment task force during the meeting. This summer, the new plan for how the university purchases computers will be implemented to create many new opportunities. Currently, when a mem-

ber of the faculty or staff needs a new computer, the process can take three to five weeks before the computer makes it to that person’s desk. Under the new plan, no longer will they need to wait more than 48 hours to see the new computer. The university has contracts with computer and technology providers, but now they are looking for an option that works better for the university and its needs as other universities have done. They will still be working with the same providers.

“We are advocating for our own contract terms and it’s quite do-able,” said Hoeting. In the presentation, it was stated that the university is generally only buying five different models of computers. Because of this, ITS is going to buy those five models in bulk and create the ASU IT Store. The plan is to guarantee each faculty and staff member a new computer every three years. The ASU community will be able to purchase computers and technology See FACULTY, page 3

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OPINION

Monday, Feb. 20

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President’s plan angers Catholic leaders

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“Naturally, the bishops are not happy with not being able, at least so far, to persuade Obama into gutting the whole thing...”

Remember our founders On the third day of each February, Americans celebrate President’s Day, a day set aside to honor our very first president, George Washington. While the day is often marked by school closings and a day off work, one of the most important traditions is the honorary reading of Washington’s farewell address, which he gave in 1796 upon leaving the office of president. In this address, Washington encouraged unity among all Americans and warned of political factions, which could lead to unnecessary strife. He also emphasized the importance of religion and morality as the foundation for a politically prosperous nation. As college students, it is important that we remember the extraordinary accomplishments of our first president and be thankful for the leadership he and our founders provided during that critical period of our nation’s birth. Their hard work and dedication produced the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, key documents that help outline our rights as citizens. We can be proud of the system of government our founding fathers provided, a system in which there is a balance of power. No one man has ultimate power, and each of us has the right to have our say in the decisions our government makes. As Americans, we should reflect these rules that were written for this country by Washington and celebrate the image that he painted. As we go about selecting a President for this next election cycle, perhaps it would be good to remember the values and principles that have held this nation together. We can all take part in this day by exercising those rights and promoting the cause of freedom wherever we go. “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.

Anthony Childress

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops are bristling over President Obama’s recent plan to require insurance policies to cover contraception (and other birth-control matters) because, they claim, it somehow violates their religious liberty. Meanwhile, women’s rights organizations and liberal Catholics share an equally strong view in favor of Obama’s move—to them it is an affirmation of individual liberty. Who is right? The president has offered a compromise with the ever-rigid bishops to allow religious-based employers (i.e. Catholic hospitals, etc.) to opt out of paying for such coverage. Costs for contraceptive services would be covered by insurers at no charge to recipients, according to politico.com the online publication whose focus is on elected officials, policy and all things political. Naturally, the bishops aren’t happy with not being able, at least so far, to persuade Obama into gutting the whole thing

and backing their antiquated world view by leaving employees of Catholic entities without coverage for such things as birth control pills. It is amazing how entitled these guys feel about their role in dictating public policy. If they aren’t brazenly attacking pro-choice politicians by refusing to offer them Communion, they’re casting same-sex marriage as some sort of evil that must be destroyed. The real kicker, of course, is how quickly the bishops demanded action on the contraception issue and how incredibly long it took them to acknowledge a massive sexual scandal within their own midst. Yes, I am referring to the rash of priests whose ongoing molestation of mostly young boys had been either ignored or indirectly sanctioned by moving these predators from one location to another, apparently hoping a change of scenery would correct this behavior. It didn’t work. Advocates of the policy change are just as displeased because they feel Obama does entirely too much compromising and deal-making on issues ranging from health care reform and keeping the

The odds are stacked against reaching a consensus, let alone compromise. We turn to these individuals to do what is essentially impossible because we set them up to fail and reserve the right to blame them. This is not about bashing true believers of faith or secular backgrounds. But it is about the proper role for discourse in crafting reasonable public policy. From stem cell research to medicinal marijuana to contraceptives, too many conservative pulpit speakers are standing in the way of human progress. And yet, a substantial slice of liberal activists stand at the ready to punish economic success, anything close to a rational middle ground on the environment and a plethora of other things. By Election Day this fall, I fully expect the self-appointed righteousamong-us figureheads to conjure up more outrage and, of course, advise their followers as to which candidate to support. Unfortunately, there’s no pill to prevent that from happening. Childress is a graduate student in political science of Jonesboro.

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U.S. in Afghanistan longer to essentially placating conservatives on the federal budget, taxes, etc. Many have spoken out against Obama’s policies because, they believe, he has not done nearly enough to advance a progressive/liberal agenda. It is very similar to same-sex marriage supporters being angry because of the president’s stance, which continues to evolve from opposing it to being more receptive. In other words, it’s all or nothing. Religious purists share a common obsession with being relevant. They are, after all, given the massive task of figuring out how to try to control people through some level of mental cleansing of individual thought or self-determination. Oh, the horror of knowing someone, somewhere is actually making clearminded decisions for themselves without the increasingly harmful edicts from on high. Obama makes people on the extreme ends of the spectrum positively livid. We can all think of someone in our own lives whose role as peacemaker contributes mightily to warring camps digging in and refusing to budge.

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Having discussed the economic failures of the current administration and relating it to the Republican candidates in my last article, I will now bring my focus to bear on a much more important issue: foreign policy and defense. Some of you may ask, “Why would defense be more important than jobs?” To this, I would answer that without defense, we don’t have a free country, and without a free country, we don’t have job opportunities. To start, let’s take a look at the situation in the world at large as it stands today. Probably the biggest story is Iran and its ongoing nuclear enrichment program. Add their military buildup in other areas and the provocative rhetoric coming primarily from their president, and you have a situation that greatly resembles Germany during the 1930s. As if all that weren’t enough, add to it the situation with North Korea and its nuclear program and the unending turmoil in the Middle East, and you have a tinderbox that, unless something is done, will flare up if a single spark is struck. So how has the present

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administration handled all this volatility? Well, it started by apologizing for America’s success and military power. President Obama continued by bowing to the king of Saudi Arabia. When it comes to the Iranians, Obama has said nothing conclusive about how he plans to stop them from getting nuclear weapons, to the understandable concern of the Israelis. This may have caused the Iranians to believe they have nothing to fear, at least from the U.S. He has taken much the same position with North Korea. When it comes to the Middle East turmoil, President Obama has succeeded in removing our largest defensive asset there: the troops in Iraq. With our soldiers there, they were able to keep our enemies busy fighting, thereby keeping us safer here at home. Finally, and probably worst of all, President Obama has initiated a program of defense cuts—cuts that will leave the U.S. more vulnerable to her enemies. So if our current president won’t stand up to our enemies, then which of the Republican candidates will? Mitt Romney has said that he will be tough on our enemies and stand with our allies, but since he has been only a state governor, he doesn’t have the foreign policy experience of his rival candidates. I believe Ron Paul would most defi-

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nitely be the worst candidate on foreign policy matters because his policy is to stay out of foreign affairs. This type of policy can be summed up in one word— isolationism—and a brief history lesson shows that every time the U.S. has been an isolationist nation (most notable prior to World Wars I and II), it has ended up in a major war. So that leaves Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, both of whom have some foreign policy experience as Senator and as Speaker of the House, respectively. Both have a record to back their tough talk. Both are strong conservatives, and strong conservatives have good records when it comes to foreign policy and defense (if you have any doubts about this, just look at Ronald Reagan). So to recap, Obama’s foreign policy has been weak, Paul’s is non-existent, and Romney really has no experience in this area. That leaves Santorum and Gingrich as the best people to re-establish America’s foreign policy and re-assert our military supremacy. But I still believe, however, that this is not the most important issue at stake in this election. In my next article, I will outline what I believe to be the most important issue affecting the United States today and who will be the best one to fix it. Kazyak is a freshman music major of Manila.

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NEWS

Monday, Feb. 20

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Professor retires after 35 years, serves on PASSWORDS, CONTINUED Students can change something that is related search committee for her replacement their passwords by going to the thing you’re logging Leah McDaniel Staff Writer After 35 years of educating at ASU, Robin Anderson will be retiring from her position as professor of Latin American history and history of medicine. “I’ve got so many things I want to get done that I don’t have time to do now,” Anderson said. A search committee consisting of four history professors began its search for a new professor in July and has narrowed the number of applicants for the position from 49 to three. Those three candidates were chosen to come to campus where they met with groups of about 10 students. The three remaining candidates are Alexander Hidalgo, Ignacio Martinez and Joseph Lenti, history professor Joseph Key said. The search committee includes its chair, Key, along with Robin Anderson, Phyllis Pobst and Aiqun Hu. Key said the committee will make a candidate recommendation to the history department and the decision will be based on the entire department, rather than the committee alone. Key said the major characteristics the committee is looking for in the potential candidates are teaching experience, a good record of teaching, service and committee work, student advising and research publications. Nathan Shelby, a sophomore history major of Bryant said he hopes the new professor is energetic and excited about history. He said encouraging students to be involved with the candidates gives students the opportunity to invest more in their education. Anderson said the most important thing is how a potential professor interacts with the students. She said student input in

Robin Anderson the selection process is in some ways more important than the faculty input. Anderson added that the students who met with the candidates took their job very seriously and that they were responsible for some of the toughest interviewing. The three remaining candidates have strong teaching experience and Key said they are not people who are stepping into the classroom for the first time. Anderson said any of the three candidates would do a great job because they are student-oriented and driven toward community outreach. Anderson described being on the committee as a “weird experience” and an “intellectual exercise.” “It didn’t hit me really until we brought our candidates on campus…it just hit me like a ton of bricks— this man wants my job!” Anderson said. Aside from the “this is really happening” moment, Anderson said she has really enjoyed being part of the search committee to find her replacement. She said being on the committee has given her a chance to help set the direction for the history department for the years to come. Anderson said giving up her courses on history of medicine is what she regrets most about retiring. She added that her real passion is history of medicine because she has always been fascinated by everything medical. She

joked that she must have been a doctor in a past life. “I just love teaching those courses,” Anderson said of her history of medicine classes. She described the history department as the most “congenial group of adults” and added that it has been a “marvelous department” to work for. She said that is one of the key reasons she has remained at ASU since 1976. “In today’s market, it constantly strikes me how unusual it is now that a person comes and stays at a job…for 35 years and retires from that job—it just doesn’t happen anymore,” Anderson said. Anderson has taught close to 11,000 students and served as B.A. history advisor to about 15 students per semester. She added that she has worked under five deans and five chairs and also served as assistant director of the Honors College for three years during the ‘90s. While she will miss teaching, Anderson hopes to continue doing computer consulting with ASU and plans to teach some of the academic partnership classes for online degrees. She said she is not ready to completely give up teaching, but she wants to have more time for herself. Anderson said she has big plans for her retirement. She plans to extend her stained glass business, Sunny Brook Studios, to full time and invest more time in reading, and traveling to places like China, Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam and Alaska. August will be one of the toughest parts of her retirement, Anderson said. It will be her first August to not start the new school year. She said her experience at ASU has been positive and she said the history department could look forward to a healthy change.

to the “Current Students” tab at the ASU website (http:www2.astate.edu,) and clicking on the ‘Change Your Password” tab. This can also be done at the “MyCampus” portal’s login screen as well. Eric Barnett, senior LAN and wireless administrator at ITS, provided his thoughts on the situation via a blog that will soon be posted on the ITS website, noting that ‘passphrases’ are a great way to protect your accounts. “Passphrases are super easy to remember, especially if you make it

into or something special that happened the day you made it. I had trouble with a problem at work the day my password came do and ‘IthinkIcanIthinkIcan1’ became my password. One day we had a tornado warning, ‘!LookMa!Atornad0!’ worked well for the time.” Fletcher then gave some final words to students about this period of change. “This is all being done for security’s sake, because we’re all about protecting our campus. I really appreciate all the patience students have been show-

ing with this,” Fletcher said. “I know it’s a pain because once you have a good password in your head, you don’t want to change it and it’s a pain to update iPads and cell phones, but ultimately it’s for everyone’s protection and best interest.” Fletcher also added that once you do it online, immediately update it on your smartphones or tablets, so that they won’t try to connect with bad credentials. For further information, contact Fletcher at dfletcher@astate.edu, or call (870) 972-3033. You can contact Barnett at ebarnett@astate.edu.

MEME, CONTINUED Before starting the page, the admin did the research on other college meme pages. They found out that other schools like U of A, UALR, and FIU have already launched a school meme page, which only enticed them to start one for ASU. "I found out that the first meme page was FIU, so I thought, ‘How many other Sun Belt Conference meme pages are there?’” The admin continued, “We have to be the Sun Belt Champions in everything, including memes. We must get all of the likes.”. The page was created early Wednesday morning. In the next 24 hours, the number of likes on Facebook rose up to a 100. "It's been overwhelming a little bit. We have all these lives in our hands that we control all of their LOLs." The pages’ rules are simple: don't target any individuals, keep comments clean and have fun. The memes shared on the page poke fun at what students have to deal with on everyday bases. Some poke fun of the "Parking Nazis", tuition rising, the Acansa din-

ning hall and even the ASU Herald. Travis Bealer, a sophomore English major of Jonesboro said he very much enjoys the memes. "I think the memes are very, very funny. I think it's very clever how some of it targets ASU’s flaws and things they should fix but in a very funny light... not to be confused with Arizona State of course," Bealer said. Bealer said his favorite memes are the ones that poke fun at ASU parking. "We are doing it to connect people. We all think these things, why not share them? Know that you are not alone in thinking these things." The admin said. The admin said the purpose of the page is to lift up school spirits said the admin. The page is in no way trying to start a riot. The

admin added it's all in fun and games. The moderator of the page said that watching this page grow for the past week is incredible. The moderator continued by saying that the difficult part of creating a funny meme is to understand what each meme represented. “We had a few wrong memes submitted but that didn’t stop us from laughing at the joke,” the moderator said. Anyone is welcome to submit and share their thoughts about everything that's being shared on the page. Websites like knowyourmeme.com and memegenerator.net will give you the head start to creating a funny meme. "A-State Memebase" can be visited on www. facebook.com/pages/AState-Memebase.

MARDI GRAS, CONTINUED day,” Burris said. “We will incorporate the fun spirit of Mardi Gras into all of our festivities.” Coordinator of Student Services, Jodie Cherry who was in charge of the celebration last year said students had a great time at the celebration last year. “My expectation is that students will love this year’s celebration because ASU has never had a black light casino to my knowledge,” Cherry said. She also said hypnotists have always been very popular at past events. “Mardi Gras is celebrated all over the U.S. and I

think the students really love getting to experience it at ASU,” Cherry said. “The Mardi Gras Celebration has been occurring for a number of years,” said Natalie Eskew, an advisor of SAB. “It is traditionally an event that celebrates the end of the Mardi Gras week, and we have it so students are able to have an activity during the month of February to have a little fun.” Eskew said as long as the attendance at this event stays up every year, it will continue to be a traditional event that the Student Activities Board plans.

FACULTY, CONTINUED through the store. A physical location is part of phase two of the plan. At this location, items can be purchased. A computer lab larger than the lab on the first floor of the library and a learning technology support center for students are also in the works. More than one senator expressed their frustrations with printers and scanners during the meeting. Compatibility between the newer computers and old printers and scanners was a concern and that there are multiple models needing different toners. The senators asked if there

was a way to consolidate scanners and printers to just a few different models around campus. “In my department this is a real problem,” John Hall said, professor of psychology and counseling. “We, as faculty, use these printers and scanners almost as often as we do the actual computer.” In other business, the senate once again tabled discussion on research policies and was updated on the status of the controversial intellectual property policy that they strongly opposed. More discussion will be brought in their next meeting about these two topics.


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Monday, Feb. 20

SPORTS

The Herald

The Longest Game

Red Wolves victorious in quirk filled home finale Zach Lott Staff Writer In a bizarre game, Marcus Hooten and Trey Finn surpassed the 20-point barrier Saturday night to lead Arkansas State past Florida International, 7767, in the final home game of the season. “I feel like I’ve coached three games [tonight],” cracked head coach John Brady following the game. With constant interruptions stemming from 38 fouls and recurring difficulties with the game clock, which stopped working in the closing minutes of the first half and never to return, few would blame him. “There was so much going on with the clock and technical fouls and referees calling us to the huddle. It seemed like it was a real long game,” echoed Finn. The contest saw five technical fouls, including two from FIU guard Phil Taylor, who was ejected from the game with 15:27 remaining in the second half after taunting ASU’s bench. The timing was crucial, as FIU, aided largely by four three-pointers in the first five minutes of the

second half from Taylor, had reduced a nine-point halftime deficit to two. After Finn converted the technical, FIU guard DeJuan Wright nailed another three-pointer to level the game at 46-46. “I never knew the score was tied because I didn’t know what the score was [because of the game clock]. Then [Taylor] comes down and taunts our bench for the second time and gets thrown out of the game,” Brady said. “That’s just unheard of, uncalled for. It’s just bizarre that a team would behave in that manner.” Taylor’s exit proved helpful to ASU’s defense, which switched from zone to man coverage and quickly regained a lead they clung to for the rest of the game as FIU continued to press forward. Central to the Red Wolves’ offensive efforts was the play of Finn and Hooten, who both earned praise from Brady. Finn posted 20 points and six assists, while Hooten shot 9-12 to record a career-high 28 points, including 17 in the first half. “Both of those guys give us stability [when they play consistently]. That’s what we haven’t had all

year,” he said. Despite praising his offense, which shot 53 percent from the floor, Brady was critical of a defensive performance that allowed the Panthers to hit 47 percent of their field goals. “We didn’t do a good enough job against FIU tonight. We got a couple of stops at the end, and we rebounded the ball okay at the end, but our opponent’s field-goal stat is too high,” he said. “I hope we can correct that. We need defensively to make people miss more.” The win gives the Red Wolves (11-16, 5-9), who have won just two of 14 away games this season, some momentum as they head back out on the road for their final pair of matches this season: Western Kentucky and Arkansas-Little Rock. “[The win against FIU] means a lot. We’ll be able to take this confidence down to Western Kentucky. It’s not easy to win there. We know what kind of environment it is down there, so hopefully we’ll come out with a victory also,” Finn said. ASU is set to take on WKU on Thursday, while they will face down UALR on Saturday. Both games are set for a 7 p.m. tipoff.

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Junior Trey Finn prepares to take a shot Saturday against Florida International. Finn scored 20 points, while Junior Marcus Hooten led the game with 28.

Lady Red Wolves fall to FIU, 52-45

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Hurst-McLennan leads ASU with 15 points on Senior Day Zach Lott Staff Writer In their final home game of the season, the Arkansas State Lady Red Wolves basketball team found themselves on the receiving end of 23 points from Florida International guard Jerica Coley and a double-double from forward Finda Mansare, falling to the Lady Panthers 52-45 Saturday afternoon. FIU dominated inside, posting 26 points in the paint and collecting 42 rebounds while stifling sophomore forward Jane Morrill, who struggled to direct the Lady Red Wolves’ (11-16, 5-9) attack in the first half. “I wasn’t doing a good enough job getting positioning for getting my team the ball. I did take shots. They weren’t the right ones, and they weren’t falling,” Morrill said. Morrill finished with 10 points, all in the second half. Senior guard NeNe Hurst-McLennan led the team with 15 points and six rebounds, while junior guard Ashley Olvera recorded nine points and four assists. Head coach Brian Boyer said he was “disappointed” in his team, which was looking for its third straight win. “At times, we played pretty good defensively, but we just failed to finish plays today, and the 18 offense rebounds were just a killer for us,” Boyer said. Arkansas State shot 30 percent from the floor in the first half, hitting just one of 10 three-point attempts. They surrendered their early lead five times, en-

• Football defensive coordinator Keith Patterson resigned Friday after two months in position. • ASU baseball starts 2012 season 0-2 after losing to Lamar 2-1 and 10-2 at Lamar Invitational.

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Senior guard Nene Hurst-McLennan competes for the ball with a FIU defender. Hurst-McLennan scored a team high 15 points in the loss.

tering the half down 2520. FIU trailed 15-17 with 5:27 remaining in the first half before exploding with a 10-3 run heading into the locker room. “I don’t know what happened. We turned it over 11 times. We tried to force things that weren’t there,” Boyer said. Despite FIU’s halftime advantage, ASU battled back, coming within one point of tying it at 41. FIU countered with a 10-2 run to make it 50-42 before Morrill hit a three

with 59 seconds left in the game. FIU guard Carmen Miloglav downed two free throws to put the game out of reach. “[In the second half we] did a better job of taking care of the basketball, but we just could not put an extended stretch of defensive stops together,” Boyer said. ASU will now go on the road to Western Kentucky on Wednesday and Arkansas-Little Rock on Saturday to close out the regular season.

Despite the cold and wind, the Arkansas State Rugby Club A-Side team took to the field in Jonesboro for the second time this season in a 71-20 victory over Texas A&M. Wingman James Rilenour was the first to score for ASU on a try, which was followed by a successful conversion attempt from kicker David Caswell, putting ASU up 7-0. The Red Wolves continued the onslaught in the first half, scoring 36 points while holding Texas A&M to just 3 points. “The guys took care of the ball,” said head coach Matt Huckaby. “When we don’t make handling errors, we have a very potent offense and that showed today.” ASU came out strong in the second half, scoring an unanswered 28 points. The Aggies started to get a rhythm near the end of the game, but it was too little too late. Other Red Wolf scores came from Paul Benade, Sean Paterson, Patrick Sullivan, Juke Mizell, and Dale Bates. While ASU was able to pull out a very solid win, they were hit by a series of

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Flanker Sean Paterson, of Cape Town, South Africa, stiff arms a Texas A&M player Saturday at the ASU Rugby Club’s field in Jonesboro.

penalties throughout the game. “[We] need to get a little bit more disciplined. The guys are well disciplined overall, but we can still improve on that and be even better,” Huckaby said. The win puts the championship contending Rugby Club at 2-0 for the season. “We did what we needed to do,” said Huckaby. “There’s a lot to improve on, but if we can stay healthy,

we’re going to make another run for it this year.” ASU’s B-Side team was also in action Saturday, defeating Kennesaw State 75-8 in Kennesaw, Ga. The B-Side will next play March 10 at Georgia Southern University. Arkansas State’s A-Side will take on Notre Dame at home next Saturday at 11 a.m. and will face Oklahoma the following weekend at home


The Herald for Feb. 20