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The Lady Red Wolves dominated the Missouri State Bears, 3-1, Tuesday afternoon.
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Volume 93, Issue 3
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Community frustrated with lack of Red Wolf gear
BETHANY GALLIMORE STAFF WRITER
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Food stamps offer alternative for penny-pinching students
TAYLOR LOVE The tension between the University of Arkansas and ASU continues to stir as Red Wolf fans have a difficult time finding merchandise related to A-State, and instead see an abundance of Razorback apparel in Jonesboro department stores. Derek Birginske, pitcher and outfielder for the baseball team, said this is a problem. “Even though this is the Red Wolves’ city, they’re still under the shadow of the Razorbacks,” Birginske, a sophomore of Russellville whose major is undeclared, said. Birginske also said when he goes shopping for Red Wolf apparel, there is little variety and selection to choose from. “If you find one thing, you better get it,” Birginske said. Conversely, John Guess, a sophomore agricultural business major of Des Arc, said he is more likely to buy Razorback apparel. Although Guess is a fan of both schools, he said he feels as if the stores in Jonesboro send a message that the Razorbacks are better when they display more U of A apparel. When Guess shops for Red Wolf gear, he said he has a hard time finding much and usually resorts to shopping for it online. Rebecca Oliver, director of the honors program, doesn’t appreciate the lack of Red Wolves gear in Jonesboro. “I feel annoyed and offended when I walk into a store and they have either only Razorback merchandise, or they have limited Red Wolf merchandise and they’re dominated by Razorback merchandise,” Oliver said. She also said she was infuriated when she opened her Sunday paper to see an advertisement for Academy Sports that had mostly Razorback gear, some Texas Longhorn wear and one Red Wolf chair at the bottom of the paper. Oliver mentioned several other stores such as Target, Dillard’s and Kohl’s that have disappointed her as a Red Wolf fan. Oliver added that Target and Dillard’s have some Red Wolf clothing, but not much. Kohl’s had none at the time Oliver said she shopped there. As of Aug. 28 Dillard’s had 10 racks of Razorback merchandise and four racks dedicated to the Red Wolves Oliver said while in Target Red Wolves gear, 4A
For many people the college years are a time of pinching pennies and watching their wallets grow steadily thinner. Oftentimes, students are unable to earn the money necessary to buy healthy food while still making time for class and studying. The United States Food and Nutrition Service has a way to help. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, provides supplementary nutritional assistance for citizens nationwide, and it’s not just for families anymore. If a part- to full-time college student meets one of the following criteria, they may qualify for entrance into SNAP, according to the United States Food and Nutrition Service website. A student can be eligible if they are: • The recipient of federal student grants in the form of the Federal Pell Grant, Academic Competitiveness Grant
(ACG), National SMART Grant, or the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) • The recipient of federal student loans in the form of the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL), Direct Loan, or Federal Perkins Loan • A participant in federal or state-sponsored work study • Working at least 20 hours a week • Responsible for a child under 6 years old • Responsible for a child between 5 and 12 years old and lacking sufficient childcare to allow recipient to participate in work study or be employed more than 20 hours a week • A single parent enrolled in college full-time and responsible for a child under the age of 12 “A student must meet at least one of the eligibility criteria, then we look at the regular criteria to see if they are eligible for the SNAP program,” Selena Porter, Craighead County Department of Human Services Coordinator said. Food stamps, 4A
Professors grow plants for biofuel purposes CAITLIN LAFARLETTE NEWS EDITOR
Steven Green, associate professor of soil and water conservation, is putting his six years of bioenergy research to the test with the introduction of miscanthus to the ASU farm complex. Miscanthus, a fast growing crop used for biofuel, can be processed into ethanol when enzymes are used to convert cellulose from the plant into sugars. The plant comes up in late March and will grow until it freezes. “The first year it might be three or four feet tall,” Green said. “The second year it might be six or seven feet.” Green is also working with Kevin Humphrey, associate professor of agricultural education, in the process. Humphrey’s role in the process is to convert the oil from the misanthus seeds into the actual biofuel. There are approximately 16 plots of miscanthus on the farm complex. The project came about through MFA Oil/ Biomass, a company whose goal is to create a vertically integrated renewable energy supply chain by combining knowledge of energy markets with the farming knowledge of its members, according to mfaoil.com. “Our ultimate goal is to grow a minimum of 30,000 acres in Arkansas to fuel a liquid fuel plant that will be built,” Tim Wooldridge, NEA project manager of MFA Oil/Biomass, said. The fuel plant will bring in $193 million, or 20 million gallons of fuel a year. It will help to bring more jobs and more money to the region. On the farm complex the miscanthus is aiding in research to determine how soil nutrients
are used. The plots are provided with regular fertilizer, no fertilizer, poultry litter and municipal biosolids, a type of sludge taken from wastewater. “My focus is soil sustainability,” Green said. Allison Gurley, a sophomore plant and soil science major of Piggot, assists Green with the crops and helps with the planting of some of the miscanthus roots. “We had to hand plant every single one,” she said of one plot. “Out here on the farm the students are the ones driving the tractors and planting the crops,” Green said. The plots that were planted by hand are part of a project in which ASU is partnering with the University of Illinois. Miscanthus crops were chosen for the area because they produce more tonnage per acre, they build up the soil and will create a tremendous economic impact, Wooldridge said. MFA brought special planters from Europe to the farm to plant the miscanthus roots. “There are some real sophisticated parts of it,” Wooldridge added. The economic benefits of miscanthus reach beyond bringing in revenue. The farmer grown energy will lessen the dependency on foreign oil. “It will obviously be a better price,” Wooldridge said, adding that the fuel will probably be used at ASU. Last year was the first year of planting in NEA with 6,600 acres, and 1,000 acres were added this year, bringing the total to 7,600 acres. “MFA is grateful to ASU and Dr. Greene for supporting and helping a growing industry,” Wooldridge said.
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Caitlin LaFarlette| News Editor Steven Green, associate professor of soil and water conservation, measures a miscanthus plot at the ASU farm complex Tuesday afternoon. The plot measured at just over 10 feet. Green is working with Kevin Humphrey, associate professor of agricultural education, in the biofuel conversion process.
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Utilizing technology for good There is no doubt that texting while driving is dangerous, texting during a date is childish and texting during church can be considered sinful. When it comes to texting in the classroom, ASU professors consistently choose a no tolerance policy. The no texting policy is for a good reason; just like texting while driving it’s distracting, like texting on a date it sends the wrong message and like texting in church it’s disrespectful. Statistics from the University of Pittsburgh quantify texting, reporting on average students send 2.4 texts and read 2.6 texts during class. Students who text more during class tend to score lower on tests compared to their more consciencious classmates. The question becomes what to do about cellphones and other potentially distracting technology in the classroom. Some teachers recommend an even stricter approach, forcing students to turn their technology off, potentially put them in a community basket or to simply leave them at home. ASU as an institution has chosen to ignore the negative results of technology distractions. In fact, ASU not only allows technology in the classroom but enforces freshman use iPads in their classes. On face this may seem like a disastrous problem waiting to implode on students’ grades. This, however, may be the perfect counter force to encourage students to become self-disciplined with technology while simultaneously allowing them to learn the skills needed for the ever-changing job markets. There is no doubt that students will need to have the ability to access technology and gather information quickly. Many jobs in the future are likely to require workers to have the ability to develop skills and gain knowledge instantaneously. And since it is nearly impossible to stop students from using technology in the classroom, it would be adventageous to incorporate iPads, cellphones and other technology into classroom learning. Teachers who embrace this wave of thinking encourage students to embrace technology for learning that would otherwise be a distraction. Some teachers ask students to Google definitions, others have students bring up the syllabi or access discussion boards. This just may be the forward thinking that’s needed to set students from ASU apart from other graduates. Graduates will have learned to utilize technology but also understand self restraint. Texting may still be frowned upon, but allowing students to utilize technology for good habits may be better for students in the long run and save teachers from pulling out their hair over disruptive and distracting text messages. “Our View” is written by the editorial staff. The opinions are not necessarily reflective of the student body, faculty or administration of ASU.
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As Syria continues to slaughter thousands of her own people, it is time to accept a fact that has been staring at us for the longest time; the United Nations is innefective. In its charter, the U.N. pledges to promote peace and certain human rights throughout its member states. While these goals are very healthy for the UN to have, it simply fails at promoting them of late. Examples of the United Nations hypocrisies further perpetuate the idea that it simply isn’t working as an institution. The U.N. makes the most asinine appointments to positions on its various committees. In the past, Syria has served on committees responsible for setting human rights standards, China has served on the committee on Information and Saudi Arabia and Iran had a place on the special board on women’s rights. One of the most frightening appointments was to the Security Council. Lebanon,
Korey Speaight is a junior business and accounting major of Camp. the country where the terrorist organization Hezbollah is located, served as President of the Security Council in 2011. It almost looks like the U.N. handpicks the nations with the lowest status on the subject so they can learn something from the committee rather than adding to it. Faulty appointments are further proof that the U.N. is no longer the body that it was intended to be after World War II. In the past five years alone, the U.N. has wasted time
When I decided to transfer to ASU, I expected the next two years to be filled with new experiences. However, I was not expecting those two years to turn into three years, filled with retaking classes I had already taken at my previous college. What I thought would be my dream transfer school is shrouded in the credit-transferring nightmare. Unfortunately, my case is nothing new. Across the nation, students who earn credits at multiple colleges must jump through hoops in the hopes that their credits will transfer. Some will be successful. Others will be forced to trade in a year of making money for a year of spending money on their prolonged education. According to the Department of Education, less than 40 percent of college students will graduate within four years. I was determined to be a part of this minority. I was diligent about keeping up with classes and homework, as well as meeting my degree require-
Rachel Bjornestad is a junior RTV major from Powell Wyoming. ments. My reward came last May, when I graduated with an Associates Degree. My punishment came when I found out over half of my college credits wouldn’t transfer to corresponding classes to earn my Bachelors’ Degree. Community colleges are said to be a wise economical decision, offering smaller class sizes balanced out with affordable prices. Theoretically, students could spend their first two years at a community college, and spend considerably less
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and resources investigating champions of civil rights and democracy while letting other states get away with crimes against humanity. The U.N. Human Rights Council investigated the 2012 American presidential election’s voter identification laws while Saudi Arabia prohibits women from voting altogether and Zimbabwe suppresses millions of votes against the ruling party. The U.N. has also heavily scrutinized Israel, the United States’ biggest ally in the Middle East, for human rights violations even though Israel has proven to be a champion of rights with free religion, women and LGBT freedom in the military, universal suffrage, freedom of speech, and no capital punishment in civilian courts; most of these rights and freedoms are not found anywhere else in the region. Many of the deficiencies in the U.N. today stem from the act of lowering the bar to let other nations in rather than making the other nations raise
standards to conform to UN requirements. The UN seems to sacrifice human rights in order to keep peace. This is causing problems in the United States today. Russia will not let the United States proceed to destroy the chemical weapons in Syria until the U.N. gives the go ahead. This leaves a tricky question of morals. Is it better for the US to use military force and take casualties in Syria, or let the Syrian government continue to kill her own people? Regardless of your answer to the question, one truth remains evident. The United Nations is no longer the champion of freedom and democracy that the U.S. tried to make it. The problem has gone on for so long now that there is no reasonable way to fix the U.N. without dropping out and creating a different institution.
Varying standards bring transfer frustration
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money on their Bachelors’ degree than students who attended the same university all four years. Many community colleges pitch this idea to encourage students to enroll. However, each college has different standards for completing a degree. What community colleges don’t tell students is that the process of transferring college credits is anything but easy. Although the end result is often the same, getting there is different depending on the college. While the transfer school may earn extra money in the short term, over time, it can be a major detriment to the school, as well as the economy. It’s no secret that college costs are on the rise. Students who are already strapped on financial aid may have to drop out of school in order to make up the costs and the students who can stay are stuck sinking further into student loan debt. There are multiple solutions to answer the growing problem of transfer discrepancies. First, seamless transfers across states are a no-brainer.
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If a student has an associate’s degree at any accredited institution, it should be fair to say that they have completed their general education requirements, regardless of where it was earned.
“What I thought would be my dream transfer school is shrouded in the credit-transferring nightmare.” Next, a streamlined, national standard for class requirements is essential, not only for community college transfers, but for everyone attending multiple colleges. Earning a college degree is synonymous with training for a higher paying job. Shouldn’t we all receive the same credit for the same education? Transferring to another college is already full of new challenges. It’s time to make the transition a little easier so students can make their dreams a reality.
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the Northeast Bluegrass Association.” Gabriel Tait, assistant professor of photojournalism/digital media, joined ASU after This semester ASU welcomed approximateteaching at Asbury Theological Seminary in ly 42 new faculty members into the colleges, Kentucky and working at the St. Louis Post including the Dean of Agriculture Dispatch for five years. and Technology, Assistant ProfesHis courses this semester sor of Composition and Rhetoric, include basic photography, and Assistant Professor of Photoadvanced photojournalism journalism/Digital Media. and mass communications. “We are delighted to have “One thing I noticed is them join our faculty and we look that our college really tries forward to working with them,” to partner its faculty with Gina Hogue, associate vice chantheir expertise,” Tait said. “I cellor for academic services, said come in with over 20 years in an email interview. of experience with photoKristi Costello, the assistant journalism and it’s pretty professor of composition and exciting I get to teach what rhetoric and writing program diI like.” rector, joined ASU from Missouri. Tait said that his stuShe said she decided to move to dents seem eager to learn Red Wolf country because of the and have respect for the environment at ASU. learning process. He also “During my interview stuadded that ASU is truthful dents and faculty were fantastic,” in its mission to educate, she said. “They were welcoming, enrich and enhance. friendly and excited about learnWhen choosing ASU as ing. I had interviews all over the his new home Tait looked at country, but picked this one.” the institution’s vision and Costello has also taught at compared it to his skill set, Bingham University, Southeast as well as what he wanted to Missouri State University and the accomplish as an educator. University of New York. “I am excited to be here At SEMO and NYU Costello and I look forward to servtaught courses on vampires, “The ing the ASU community,” Evolution of the Modern Vamhe said. pire.” Course material included Hogue said she would Takako Okumura| Staff Photographer discussions about how vampires in like to thank the new faculty Dean of Agriculture & Technology Timothy Burcham writes notes during his office hours Wednesday afternoon. movies and evolved over time. for coming. “I would love to introduce Burcham plans to work on the skilled fall of 2014. “Incoming faculty always bring new enthis course (to ASU),” Costello said. spatial technology and precision agriculture Along with being involved in education, ergy to campus and inspire all of us to renew Until then, she will be teaching compoarea. The program will require one new faculty Burcham heavily supports the Fowler Center our commitment to excellence in teaching, sition for both undergraduate and graduate member and more classes available to agriculand loves music. research and service,” she said. “It was my pleastudents. ture students. “I love bluegrass music,” he said. “I’m in a sure to spend two days with the new faculty at Timothy Burcham, dean of agriculture “You can have emphasis in the majors band called Shadows and also am a member of orientation.”
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and technology, saw several advantages of the college and the available technology. Burcham previously taught at Tennessee University. He said he has high hopes for the upcoming year and hopes to introduce new programs.
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you have been granted to offer,” Burcham said. “This will be a new emphasis for all majors in agriculture.” Burcham said he hopes to have a new faculty member to help with this program for
Students merge cultures with new global residence program SKYE WHITE STAFF WRITER
This fall, the department of residence life introduced a new special interest housing option for students interested in broadening their cultural horizons and making friends from across the globe. Building two of NorthPark Quads is now home to the Global Engagement LivingLearning Community, which pairs domestic and international students together to promote the sharing of cultures and traditions. According to Melissa Turner, residence life’s international liaison, the goal of the program is to create a friendly, inclusive environment that fosters new friendships and enhances cultural awareness. “We live in a culturally infused world. It is important to prepare our students for what they’ll encounter in the real world,” Turner said. “We want to produce interdependent global citizens.” With multitude of international students attending ASU each semester, the university tries to make campus feel like a home away from home. The department is pairing with the office of international programs to show students a hearty American welcome by planning events that encourage residents to get acquainted with one another. “The more you get to know people and learn about different cultures, the easier it is to find similarities between each other,” Turner said. “Once we realize how much we have in common, we stop paying so much attention to what sets us apart.” Yejin Tae, a junior business administration major of South Korea, is one of the resident assistants in the new LLC. She said the new program has gone over better than she expected, with no major problems as of yet. “People like to mingle in the common areas,” Tae said. “I can walk down the hall and hear six languages at once. It’s really awesome.”
Northeast Arkansas has already made quite an impression on sophomore marketing major Jesper Henriksen, an exchange student from Koleing, Denmark. He said he didn’t expect to adjust so quickly to American life. “You feel like you belong the moment you get your key. Everyone is very social and you’re immediately part of the campus and everything that goes on around it. I really like it here,” Henriksen said. Acclimating to a new culture while taking classes taught in a foreign language is undoubtedly a challenge, but it is one Henriksen welcomes wholeheartedly. “I’m actually a little sad I’m only staying for one semester. School is harder, but the slight differences about everything here amuse me.” he said. “It makes me smile when I discover things I haven’t seen before. I get a lot of joy even in the small pointless details. Minus the vicious mosquitoes, Henriksen said he is very pleased with his new home. ‘“So far, all my expectations have been fulfilled. This country is really different, but in a positive way,” he said. Dylan Carrion, senior exercise science major of Plano, Texas, is one of Henriksen’s quadmates. Carrion is no stranger to interacting with a diverse crowd through his time as a rugby team member. “Living with people from a different culture is definitely interesting. If you’re open to meeting new people, it’s a great opportunity to learn about a different way of life,” Carrion said. Carrion plans to make sure his new friend’s time in America is lived to the fullest and wants to show him the best of what Jonesboro and other parts of the U.S. have to offer. Exposure to new traditions and ideals through intercultural friendships is an invaluable experience that can allow students to see the world through a wider lens and come to appreciate the world as a global community.
Paige Walker| Staff Photographer Cortney Wolf, a sophomore early childhood education major from Weiner, and Ya Su, a senior sociology major from Beijing, China, share a mirror as they get ready in their dorm in the Global Engagement LLC. (Photo Illustration)
RED WOLVES GEAR, Continued over the summer, she came across an aisle with one side of Razorback wear and the other with Red Wolf wear. After coming to the store multiple times, the Red Wolf side was continuously empty while the Razorback side remained unsold. She also said college students couldn’t be the explanation for this. The first time she noticed the problem was before school started and before students moved in. To Oliver, this is “simple economics” and according to supply and demand, the stores should sell what’s making them money. However, Daniel Marburger, professor in economics and finance, offered a different perspective. “Stores aren’t trying to send signals, they are receiving signals,” Marburger said. He added if the Razorback apparel didn’t sell, then stores wouldn’t
stock it. Marburger said another reason for the barren Red Wolf racks might be the past football seasons for both teams. While the Red Wolves won
much to stock, which may be why the stores seem to be running out of ASU apparel, he said. A manager at the Academy Sports declined to comment on questions about the sales of Red Wolf and Razorback clothing and said store information was confidential. Jimmie Puckett, a graduate of ASU and executive team leader of human resources for Target, said the stock of Red Wolf and Razorback apparel was about the same. Puckett said this year Target was actually selling more Red Wolf items than it ever had in the past. Molly Philhours, representative for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., said it isn’t that Walmart is carrying more Razorback items, it’s simply all that’s left. Philhours also said Walmart strives to be the “store of the community.”
“I feel annoyed and offended when I walk into a store and they have either only Razorback merchandise, or they have limited Red Wolf merchandise and they’re dominated by Razorback merchandise,” - Rebecca Oliver, director of the Honors College two Sun Belt conferences back-to-back, the Razorbacks had a 4-8 season last year. Marburger said this could cause an increase in the purchasing of Red Wolf gear and a decrease in Razorback sales. When there is a sudden change in sales, it takes time for stores to estimate how
FOOD STAMPS, Continued Additional requirements include a monthly income limit of $1,211 for a single person family and a monthly income limit of $1,640 for a two person family, according to Janice Griffin, Craighead County Department of Human Services Administrator. “If a student is getting a Pell Grant, student loans or scholarships, that income is excluded,” Porter said. “Any income directly related to education is not counted.” Applicants must verify they have less than $2000 in the bank and provide proof of their last 30 days of income, housing and utility costs and school enrolment. A social security number and driver’s license or photo ID must also be presented at the time of application. “If (students) bring all that when they apply, it will expedite things,” Griffin said.
The office also sponsored a booth at the August 21 ASU Community Fair, where over 50 SNAP applications were given out. “We’ll probably start bringing the truck every year, because we had such a good time talking to students,” Griffin said. Students from out of state can also be potentially eligible for Arkansas SNAP benefits, according to Porter. “As long as the student is living here now it is fine,” Porter said. “Of course, they can’t be receiving benefits from out of state as well. It has to be consistent with their place of residence.” SNAP cannot be used for the purchase of tobacco or alcohol products, or any nonfood item. Recipients of the program are issued an Electronic Benefits Transfer card, or EBT
card, which functions similarly to a debit card. The EBT card allows the holder to transfer government aid directly to merchants in exchange for foods purchased. College meal plans are not covered under SNAP, and any student receiving a meal plan is not eligible for the program. “I don’t know if there are any downsides of being on the program, it would just be something you had to choose,” Griffin said. The Craighead County office serves more than 15,000 SNAP beneficiaries, and distributes 1.9 million dollars in nutrition aid per year. The Craighead County Department of Human Services is located at 1600 Brown Claim Access Rd. in Jonesboro, and applications are also available online at access.arkansas.gov.
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Aug. 30 On Aug. 30, officer Robert Peevey was on foot patrol in Arkansas Hall when he heard a person tell someone else that they could not stay there. Peevey reported the door being open to the room where he saw Ethan Lewis laying on the floor on top of a foam mattress that was being kicked by another student who told Lewis to get up. Peevey announced himself to Lewis who slowly rolled over and attempted to get up, but then stumbled into the wall. Peevey reported that it was obvious Lewis was intoxicated as he had blood shot eyes and slurred speech. After some questioning, Lewis said that he lived across the hall, but couldn’t find his room key. After escorting Lewis outside to perform a breath test, the officer confirmed a high level of alcohol in his system, but determined that he was well enough to be taken to his room after about 20 minutes of conversation. Lewis was taken to his room and given a university referral for an alcohol violation. Aug. 29 On Aug. 29, officer Robert Peevey was walking into Arkansas Hall when he observed William Lassiter walking up the stairs with what appeared to be a Bud Light beer can in his back pocket according to the report. When Peevey asked Lassiter about the can, he denied it was a beer at first, but then became honest and pulled the beer out of his pocket. After getting his information, Peevey asked if there was more beer in his room, which Lassiter told him there was. After going to his room, the student placed nine more beers in a garbage can and was escorted
outside, where he poured them out. Lassiter was given a university referral for an alcohol violation. Sept. 1 On Sept. 1, officer Andrew Thrasher was on foot patrol in Kays Hall when he observed two white males and a black male enter the residence hall through the front door and walk up the stairs. According to the report, the hall director asked them to show their room keys and they replied that they didn’t live there but only needed to use the restroom. The director told them there were no public restrooms and they needed to leave. Thrasher reported one of the three, Alan Harris, saying “f***” and something about serving his country before saying “he should be able to use the restroom if he wants to.” At that time, Thrasher approached the stairs and advised Harris that he needed to exit the building and that he needed to take his attitude and foul language elsewhere. When Harris questioned why he couldn’t cuss, the officer explained it as campus policy and Harris responded that it was “bullshit.” Harris was ordered to show his I.D., but refused and became verbally aggressive. He then requested to speak with Thrasher’s supervisor so he could file a complaint. However, when the paperwork was presented, he declined to file a report. Harris was issued a PNG warning for the Jonesboro campus because of his disorderly conduct and profane language. He was then ordered to leave campus.
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Takako Okumura| Staff Photographer Heidi Mashburn, a junior biology major of Jonesboro, donates her blood Tuesday afternoon during the first blood drive of the semester.
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Red Wolves turn emotion into motivation MEREDITH SCOTT SPORTS WRITER
This isn’t a game of revenge, this is a game of talents. Head coach Bryan Harsin, his staff and his players won’t reveal any juicy information on what it’s going to be like to play Gus Malzahn and his Auburn Tigers, but they will tell you what’s important about this Saturday’s football game in Auburn, Ala. “Ultimately, that really has nothing to do with us going out there and playing. It’s playing our opponent and playing the guy in front of you,” Harsin said. “They know Malzahn and he knows this football team. There’s respect from that standpoint, but other than that we have to go out there and prepare for the best situation to win.” With every question that came, Harsin and his players had the same response about facing Malzahn and their emotions about the match. “I think the storyline in this is an opportunity to go into their environment, play a great football game and put ourselves in a position to win that game,” Harsin said. “We’re going to do everything in our power to put ourselves in that position. That’s all we’re worried about. We’re worried about taking care of our business this week.” For senior wide receiver Allen Muse and senior running back David Oku, who played the year before under Malzahn, they said they are ready for the game and the opportunity to put their skills to the test. “I look at Auburn as just a regular team. I don’t look at them as an SEC (Southeastern
Conference) team or a team that won a national championship in 2010,” Muse said. “The relationship Coach Malzahn and I had wasn’t a bad
with intentions of winning and extending their record to 2-0 in what is sure to be an exciting game. Auburn defeated Washington State 31-24
Takako Okumura | Staff Photographer Senior Julian Jones stiff arms a tackler while redshirt junior Alan Wright squares up to make a key block during Saturday’s season opener against UAPB. The Red Wolves defeated the Lions 69-11.
relationship and I’m really just ready to play.” When 6:30 p.m. comes around on Saturday, the Red Wolves and Tigers will be kicking off
on Aug. 31. The last time the two schools faced each other was Sept. 4, 2010 at Auburn. The Tigers, with
the help of former standout Michael Dyer, defeated the Red Wolves 52-26. Senior quarterback Adam Kennedy said the Auburn defense will affect the scheme of this weekend’s play, but feels good about how the game will play out. “The d-line is big, as is every SEC school. It‘s a good defense, a fast defense, but we‘re ready,” Kennedy said. “The wide receivers couldn’t wait for this week to get a chance to open up the pass game. We‘ve got a good game plan in and I think everyone has confidence going in there.” Harsin said he feels pressure from fans every game to win and understands the emotion people have about facing Malzahn but their main goal for Saturday is to get in good position to win. “No. 1, you’re playing against a very high caliber team. Those guys in the SEC, they got big d-linemen, so it’s going to start up there for our offensive line to protect the quarterback and establish the line of scrimmage and run game,” he said. “Eleven guys are going to line up in front of them that they have to be concerned about more than anything else, so I think our guys understand it. They understand the situation that we’re in.” Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn. The game will be aired on the Fox Sports Network, 107.9 and AStateRedWolves.com. “We just have to focus on ourselves and not get too emotional about it and just take it dayby-day, game-by-game, even though this is an important game to us,” junior safety Sterling Young said. “We respect [Malzahn] and everyone is just ready to play.”
Bryan Harsin Show on air Lady Red Wolves AARON LEAGUE SPORTS WRITER
The “coach speak” type show has been around for as long as college football has existed. Last week was the debut of the “Bryan Harsin Show,” a 30 minute show that deals with all things Arkansas State Red Wolves. The show features the Leader of the Pack, Head Coach Bryan Harsin and is hosted by Associate Athletic Director Mickey Ryan. “Shows like this have been around for such a long time. I remember when I was going to school and they would play shows like these on a weekly basis,” Ryan said. Each college football show tends to add its own set of twists and turns. The “Bryan Harsin Show” is no exception. The show offers a wide variety of things a typical Arkansas State football fan would enjoy, such as game highlights, postgame press conferences with coaches and players, and possible previews of next week’s opponent. However, “The Bryan Harsin Show” also employs different elements to its programming. “We’ll always have some highlights of the first and second half. Coach Harsin will be with us and break down the plays for us, telling us
why or why not that play worked in a certain situation,” Ryan said. The goal is not just to learn about plays but to get more of an insight on the team. “We try to go in-depth with our coverage of Arkansas State football. We want people to have access to the sides of coaches and players that they don’t get to see on the football field,” Ryan said. “We’ll try to do some feature pieces on someone like an assistant or a player people may not be familiar with.” Red Wolf fans can tune-in to show support for their team. “This show is practically a 30 minute infomercial if you’re a die-hard Red Wolves fan,” Ryan said. “We’re trying to use shows like this to help strengthen the unity of not only our school, but our community as well.” Arkansas State students and fans have two ways in which they can watch this program. The show airs on Sunday evenings following the late night news on KAIT8 and the Region Eight market, and it also airs on THV11 on Sunday evenings following late night news coverage. The show is also in the finishing process of being placed online.
Alex Hernandez | Staff Photographer Coach Bryan Harsin spoke about his thoughts for the upcoming game against the Auburn Tigers during the Bryan Harsin Show at The Brickhouse Tuesday night.
dominate Bears DYLAN TRAVIS STAFF WRITER
The women’s soccer team quickly took charge of the field against the Missouri State Bears this Tuesday and didn’t stop until they claimed a 3-1 win. The Red Wolves (2-1-1) controlled the tempo of the game from the start, and it was an easy win for the Red Wolves over Missouri State (0-5). “We’re starting to come together,” Head Coach Tafadzwa Ziyenge said. “We’re still not playing the kind of soccer that we would like to play, but it is much better than what we did the first day.” Ziyenge was pleased with the performance of his team. “Everybody played very well,” he said. A-State kept constant pressure on Missouri State’s defense. The first goal came in the 19th minute of play by the foot of A-State’s senior Madison Joyce and put the Red Wolves ahead 1-0. Only a minute went by before A-State scored once again. Senior Christina Fink setup sophomore forward Loren Mitchell at the top of the box. Mitchell sent the ball into the top corner of the net for a goal. A-State finished the first period leading 2-0 over Missouri State. The Bears entered the sec-
ond half with intensity, putting pressure on the A-State defense. Missouri State’s Shelby Stewart scored in the 50th minute of play – reducing the Red Wolves lead to 1. A-State maintained the lead at 2-1 until Fink returned the favor in the 67th minute of play. Fink’s goal would be the final blow against the Bears. MSU was unable to keep up with the high intensity play of the Red Wolves and the game ended 3-1 in favor of Arkansas State. “ We ’ r e still trying to find ourselves, but we finished our chances today against a very good team,” Z iyenge said.
“So hopefully we can carry it on and pick up a few more wins.” A-State’s Amanda Lee had an excellent game in goal. “She’s played very well these past few games,” Ziyenge continued. “She came up big for us today.”
The Red Wolves seek to maintain their solid play against Southeast Missouri on Sept. 6. “The big thing is consistency. We play very well when we possess, but can we be consistent with it,” Ziyenge said. A-State appears solid as they move forward with the season. “If we can show some consistency, things will go very well for us,” Ziyenge said.
Pack gets pum Staci Vandagriff| Photo Editor Paige Walker| Staff Photographer Band conductor Howl shakes hands with a little Red Wolf fan Miss Arkansas State University Sarah Hamilton sang the national during the game Saturday night. anthem at the Red Wolf’s season opener.
Paige Walker| Staff Photographer R. J. Fleming, a junior wide reciever of Springdale, celebrates with Phillip Micah Christensen| Opinions Editor Butterfield, a senior quarterback of Lake Hamilton, and Fredi Knighten, a Sirgregory Thornton, a senior running back of Memphis, dashes for the end zone to sophomore quarterback of Litte Rock, after a touchdown. make the score 54-0 in the third quarter.
Staci Vandagriff| Photo Editor Athletic Director Terry Mohajir celebrates with the student section by doing pushups for the amount of points the Red Wolves scored.
Micah Christensen| Opinions Editor Head coach Bryan Harsin hugs defensive lineman coach Steve Caldwell whose player’s performance help lead to ASU’s #2 NCAA ranking in rushing yards allowed.
Micah Christensen| Opinions Editor Duck Dynasty Howl gets the crowd in a good mood during Saturday’s game.
Before the season opening game, students were getting pumped for the 2013 season. The Order of the Pack was held Aug. 29 and got the Vault filled with ASU spirit and pack pride. Speakers included SGA President D’Andre Anderson, Athletic Director Terry Mohajir, and Chancellor Tim Hudson. Two major announcements were made that night. The first being the introduction of Scarlet, Howl’s new girlfriend. The second was the theme for this year’s homecoming. The Red Wolves dominated UAPB Saturday night with a score of 62-11. Total rushing yards for the night was 509. It was the fifth time in ASU history that more than 500 yards were achieved in a game. ASU’s next home game will be Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. against Troy.
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Evan Riekhof| Staff Photographer The Sound of the Natural State drum line played during the tailgating before the Order of the Pack.
Takako Okumora| Staff Photographer Members of ZTA put up their Red Wolf hands during the Order of the Pack Aug. 29.
Takako Okumora| Staff Photographer Cheerleaders demonstrate what to do during an ASU kickoff.
Staci Vandagriff| Photo Editor The Naked Guys stir up the crowdâ€™s school spirit Aug. 29 in the Vault during Order of the Pack.
Sarah Thompson| Staff Photographer Howl shows off his new motorcycle during the Order of the Pack that was held in the Vault.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 5, 2013
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with their fashion wear. “A man more dressed up is a professional man, ” said Jaylen Orr, a sophomore undecided School is in progress and it is immediately major of Jonesboro. “It’s more of a confidence apparent that students are sporting new school booster. ” gear. From backpacks, to Chacos, to the latest Orr generally wears a nice shirt with a tie or a Apple product, students have been showing off polo shirt with polo shorts. their new style and setting some trends of their Athletes, students in physical education, or own. those who exercise wear Nike. This brand has Apple products have been popular even bea mix of shoes with different colors, such as the fore the first iPod. IT Store Representative JonNike LunarGlide+ 5 iD in orange and green and athan Nbaya, a junior political science and ecoNike Free 5.0 in purple and peach. nomics major of South Africa, said students are Those who always purchaswear athletic ing Apple prodgear tend to wear ucts from the IT bright colored Store. shoes to match “MacBook their bright colPro is the most ored gear. popular,” Nbaya “My high said. school is sponStudents are sored by Nike, eagerly awaiting I had to match the new OS X (shoes with clothMaverick, a new ing),” said Erika desktop software Christian, a freshupdate and the man criminology new iOS 7, the major of Memmobile operating phis, Tenn. software, which “Nike has will both be remore variety, seleasing later in lection and dethe fall. sign, ” Christian sa One of the id. most popular Chacos are backpack brands zigzag strapped seen on campus sandals that can is the Vera Bradbe seen worn by ley bags. This all students. Chabrand is a favorcos have been a ite of female stucrowd pleaser dents on campus, since its launch who are seen not in 1989. They are only sporting the known for their backpack modPhoto illustration by Staci Vandagriff comfort as well as el, but Vera Bradtheir vibrant colley purses, sheets, ors,. and different types of shoe, such as flip or shower caddies, lap desks, clothing, and much closed-toe. more. “They’re really easy to take on and off, and “They have backpacks, tote bags, and walthey’re super supportive so they’re great for lets for cards and phones,” said Inez Whitt, walking around campus all day,” said Zarah Tina sophomore music major of Pine Bluff. kle, a junior physical therapy assistant major of Women aren’t the only ones who like to dress North Little Rock. up for class. Guys are also making a statement
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Fans go batsh#% crazy over Ben TANYA GIRALDO #LIFE EDITOR
An uproar was heard when it was announced on Aug. 22 that Ben Affleck, the ex-“Daredevil” actor, would be cast as Batman in the upcoming Batman/Superman film. Twitter spiraled out of control with comments bashing the future Caped Crusader and other comments defending the actor/director. Mathew Howard, a junior history major of Paragould, is on the defending side of the issue. “I personally believe that Ben Affleck has the potential to be a spectacular Batman. He has greatly matured as an actor in the last several years,” Howard said. “He’s done great directing work, I think he’ll be able to take direction perfectly for the better of the movie.” Howard said many of his friends’ opinions have been mixed, but they lean towards disagreeing with the casting. Alex Edwards, a senior psychology major of Paragould, is one student who is against Affleck wearing the cape and bat ears. “Ben Affleck should not have been cast for the role. He has already been the superhero Daredevil and he didn’t play the part well,” Edwards said. “He is a great actor overall, but from what I’ve seen, he isn’t superhero material, much less Batman, the greatest superhero, material.” Affleck is not the first to receive backlash for winning the role of Batman. According to Entertainment Weekly, comic-book fans wrote to Warner Bros. by the thousands, arguing that an actor like Michael Keaton, then best known for comedies, was unfit to play Batman. Val Kilm-
HAVING “THE TALK” WITH YOUR ROOMMATE
er, George Clooney, Christian Bale, and even Heath Ledger, as the Joker, stirred a few doubts about their roles. “We must all remember that the man who played Beetlejuice dawned the cowl,” Howard said. “Ledger and Hathaway showed us what could happen when you throw typecasting out the window.” While promoting “Hollywoodland” in 2006, Affleck played George Reeves, the late “Superman” star. Affleck reportedly said, “Wearing a costume was a source of humiliation for me, and something I wouldn’t want to do again soon,” according to Entertainment weekly. “I’ve been a Batman fan since I was 3-yearsold and I feel very strongly that they made the wrong choice,” Edwards said. According to USAToday.com and Fizziology, a social-media research firm, 71 percent of the 96,088 tweets in the first hour after the news broke were negative. 10 percent of those referred to Affleck’s previous superhero role as a reason. A petition broke online asking the studio to reconsider the casting collected 75,000 signatures within the first few days, according to Entertainment Weekly. There is much that isn’t certain. What is certain is that an Academy Award winning actor will be playing the dark hero and will have a lot to live up to. “I say give it time, and I’m sure we’ll all be agreeing with Affleck when he says ‘I’m Batman’ before we know it,” Howard said. Good luck Batffleck!
DOING IT A COLUMN OF LUST AND LOVE
TANYA GIRALDO #LIFE EDITOR
We’re all adults here, so we should all be able to have the respect to engage our roommates in “The Talk.” Instead of sneaking that cute classmate into the dorm, there’s a certain code of conduct to abide by in order for that two-some to avoid becoming an awkward threesome. There are roommates who have a mutual understanding on the subject and who won’t throw a huff about having guests over, but there are others who have a completely different opinion on the matter. Just assuming your roomie will be okay with your sleepover may send them over the edge and cause a “No Boys Allowed” living situation to occur. An easy way to bring it up is to make the focus be them. Do you have a significant other? Do you mind if my guy/ girl spends the night sometime? Do you know what the sock on the door means? A bad alternative is to advise your roommate that you and your boyfriend/ girlfriend will be in the room all day everyday and she can just grab a chair and a bucket of popcorn. It would be rude for them to not want to watch all the fun, right? Make sure that you know what times they’re okay with your guest being over and that you have a communication method to inform them when the boyfriend/girlfriend are visiting. Talk about how often they are okay with sleepovers, when they will be out of the room so they won’t feel uncomfort-
able and, if you share space, where they can leave their stuff (remember, they are not moving in). This is a far better option than your roommate coming home to feminine products all over his bathroom counter and a pink robe draped over his beanbag chair. I’m sure his joy will cause him to speak very loudly and lock himself in his room to revel in the occurrence. For those who share one room, do not canoodle while your roommate is in the room. There is no way of hiding it. Beds creak, covers fall off and with the amount of room on these beds, someone is bound to fall off at least twice. To drown out naughty noises, turn up your TV or blast some heavy George Michaels jams, that gets many people in the mood, too! Always avoid their space, like their desk, bed, counter space, utensils, etc. Have some class and think to yourself: would you like them to do that to you? If it turns out that they aren’t okay with it, you have to respect them. At the end of day, they are paying for the dorm, not your boo thang.