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The Red Wolves begin the 2017 season with a home series against New York Tech this weekend.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017 @astateHerald Vol.96, Issue 15

A-State to create council to discuss race, sexual assault DESTINI LATTIMORE NEWS EDITOR

A-State may soon have a new campus climate initiative underway. On Thursday, Interim Chancellor Doug Whitlock dispensed an email to the A-State community addressing several incidents that have had a negative impact on campus climate in the last year. According to Whitlock, campus climate is defined by the behaviors in a learning environment that range from subtle to cumulative to dramatic,

that can influence whether someone feels safe, valued or respected. Whitlock mentioned several key points of concern, including diversity and inclusion. These issues, along with several others, have convinced Whitlock that the matters must be addressed in a timely and effective manner. “This is important to me for a number of reasons,” Whitlock wrote. “Above all is my conviction that a college or university must be a place that celebrates diversity and recognizes that a respectful, civil

climate is not only the right thing to do morally, but also the smart thing to do educationally.” Whitlock also addressed an incident of racial insensitivity that occurred last semester, as well as the perceived narrative of victim-blaming, or “rape culture,” that some see within the university. “Most recently we have the worries that our international students have experienced,” Whitlock said. “It is now incumbent on our university to reemphasize our dedication to understanding, inclusion and diversity.”

Whitlock said he and Lori Winn, assistant vice chancellor for Human Resources and Maurice Gipson, assistant vice chancellor for Diversity, will propose that A-State officials create the Arkansas State University Campus Climate Council. The council will be comprised of representatives from the university, the A-State Greek community, the Gay-Straight Alliance, the Muslim Student Association, the Hispanic Outreach and Latino Appreciation club and the Black Student Association. “We are an educational institution and it is Campus Climate, 4A

Jonesboro man arrested A-State chancellor search officially underway A-STATE HERALD for construction tool theft STAFF REPORT

Arkansas State University has officially launched a search for a new chancellor. According to a recent job posting, the university is seeking a “visionary, innovative, and consensus-building individual” to lead the university in its second century of service. In a letter to the A-State community on Tuesday, ASU System President Chuck Welch announced that the job posting is now live and applicants are being accepted. “We will immediately begin publishing the position announcement,” Welch wrote. According to Welch, the university will


Arkansas State University Police arrested a Jonesboro man suspected of stealing a $6,500 piece of equipment from a campus construction site. According to a UPD report, Paul Anthony Brockman, 55, was taken into custody Feb. 8 after an Asphalt Producers employee reported the expensive piece of equipment stolen. The handheld “computer type device,” which is used for data collection, was reported missing from the University Loop construction area on Feb. 7. Lt. Andrew Thrasher was advised that the device had an approximate value of $6,500. Thrasher made contact with Jonesboro police, who were able to track a report of a similar device that had been sold to Pawn Express, 3414 E. Nettleton, by Brockman. Brockman was paid $20 for the equipment. The owner of Pawn Express said they purchased the item knowing that is was stolen in an attempt to locate the owner. Thrasher confirmed that pawn shop employees contacted JPD

utilize a number of publications including The Chronicle of Higher Education,, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette,, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, and the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities job site. “We will also disseminate the announcement through a large database we have developed,” Welch said. Nominations and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. However, a priority review of applications will begin April 17. “Our goal is to narrow the list of candidates and ultimately bring finalists to cam-

pus during the month of May,” Welch said. “I hope to name our next chancellor around June first.” Welch also emphasized the importance of open communication during the application and hiring process. According to Welch, any comments or concerns can be directed to any member of the search advisory committee or the system office. “I am excited about this search process and am confident we will attract a very strong pool of candidates to lead our university,” Welch said. Chancellor, 4A

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on Feb. 8. A representative from Asphalt Producers was able to confirm that the device was the one stolen from the construction site. Video footage from inside the store showed Brockman entering with the item in his hand and transfer it to employees in exchange for cash. He then leaves, placing the money in his wallet as he exits the store. After running the suspect through the American Crime Information Center database, it was revealed that Brockman is a registered Level 3 sex offender. Theft, 4A

Two local attorneys recognized by A-State EMMA WILLIAMS EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

A-State has honored two local attorneys for their contribution to the Jonesboro community. The university hosted a ceremony Friday to dedicate the John V. Phelps and Tom D. Womack Pre-Law Center on the third floor Humanities and Social Sciences building. The pre-law center is designated for students and includes a lounge and a reference and seminar room. “We are so grateful to Mr. Phelps and Mr. Womack for their generous gift,” said Dr. Will McLean, chair of the Department of Political Science. “These two gentlemen are distinguished attorneys and have been recognized by their peers throughout their legal careers for the fine work they have done. “We hope the Pre-Law Center will attract the best and brightest from a myriad of backgrounds who want to serve others and provide the civic virtue that sustains all our better instincts,” Phelps said. The dedication followed a special luncheon, which included a presentation of the framed resolutions by Chancellor Doug Whitlock and board members Stacy Crawford and Ron Rhodes to Phelps, his wife Dianne and children Brad Phelps, who serves as ASU System associate general counsel, and wife Crystal of Little Rock, Lauren Phelps Preston and husband Alan of Jonesboro, and also to Womack, his wife Linda, and children Drew Womack and wife Andrea of Olive Branch, Miss., and Derek Womack and wife Claire of Miami, Florida. “Both Tommy and I recognize the continued vigor of idealism Attorneys, 4A

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Monica Norman (left) and Darian Stewart (right) sell baked goods in the Fine Arts Center during a Valentine’s Day fundraiser for the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). AIGA provides a wealth of resources for graphic artists and design professionals throughout the nation. The organization’s presence at A-State, facilitated through the Memphis chapter of AIGA, has proven to be a major boon for local graphic design majors. Proceeds from the bake sale go toward future shows and events which can help give prospective local designers a head start in a career with such a large emphasis on networking. For more Valentine’s Day events, continue to 4B.

Alcohol sales create $62K in revenue for athletics A-STATE HERALD STAFF REPORT

The NEA Sports Club’s first year of alcohol sales has generated over $60,000 in revenue for A-State athletics. The Jonesboro Sun reports that alcohol sales resulted in $181,490 in gross receipts in 2016. According to Jeff Hankins, vice president for strategic communications and economic development for the ASU System, net revenue was $155,896 while the service produced $25,594 in state and local taxes.

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In April 2015, the ASU Board of Trustees unanimously approved a 10-year lease agreement with NEA Sports Club that would allow several nonprofit organizations to dispense alcoholic beverages to its members at certain events and facilities on campus. Alcohol was served at 52 events in 2016, which included: • $125,680 for eight concerts at Convo • $27,086 for eight football games or scrimmages at Centennial Bank Stadium • $15,979 for 11 special events at Convo • $10,359 for 14 special events at the stadium


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• $1,776 for two special events at Cooper Alumni Center • $610 for nine club level basketball game events at Convocation Center Those facilities include the Convocation Center, the Fowler Center, Cooper Alumni Center, the Pavilion and Centennial Bank Stadium. The Sodexo-managed sales began in September 2015, grossing $73,955 in revenue from 16 events hosted at the qualifying facilities. The NEA Sports Club gets 40 percent of Alcohol, 4A

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017

Stop Taking the Bait The Truth about Trump

Is Donald Trump the second coming of Adolf Hitler? CHRISTOPHER HOOKS OPINION COLUMNIST

Conspiracy theories, clickbait, and “fake news” are dominating the minds of millennials today. Millennials are viewing them with tunnel vision, adhering only to the headline that aligns with their views. The comparison of Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler is one recurring topic in fake news that has been circulating lately. While some of the changes our president wants to make are indeed too radical, Trump more than likely does love this country and makes decisions based on what he believes is best for the American citizenry. Many are comparing Trump to Hitler, yet I have problems deciphering what he has done that is Hitleresque. Travel ban? Barack Obama also instituted one. Executive orders? Trump has drawn criticism for his liberal use of this power, yet his predecessor penned almost 300 of them. Trump is doing what each new president does. He is bringing in his people to run the administration and with that comes change, but comparing that change to Hitler is a little too extreme. Rather, the true traces of Hitler are showing up in the progressive movement, which is

fueled by those still living in denial over the last election. It is living in those progressives who are suppressing free speech at Berkeley and across the nation. It is living on college campuses, where many professors are pushing their political

“He is bringing in his people to run the administration and with that comes change, but comparing that change to Hitler is a little too extreme.” ideologies on college students. Hitler gained power this way. He used propaganda, and he pulled in the youth and brainwashed them from thinking freely. Hitler, unlike Trump, was thrown into prison for high treason against his government. As a millennial, I implore you to wake up. You are citizens of the greatest nation in the world. Forgo the clickbait and the fake news.

A response to “Stop Taking the Bait” OLIVIA RIZZARDI OPINION EDITOR

Christopher Hooks is a senior business administration major of Stuttgart. Seek more substantive information. Read some books about how egregious the Hitler regime was. Glean some knowledge about how horrific the Hitler reign of terror was, we are not anywhere close to that. I believe this nation is far too great to recede to the moral pits of the Hitler regime. However, if progressives continue to suppress the idea to think freely and we lose the ability to carry on civil debate, then we are a nation in peril. The future of this nation is in our hands and if we continue to deny the realities of this president, then none of us will come out better. We must be able to compromise, and work together to realize great, sweeping change.

Millennials played a vital role in the 2016 presidential election. With Donald Trump’s administration comes this idea of “fake news” and how it is brainwashing the youth of today. While fake news is an incredibly real and disgruntling truth, using the term to describe credible news sources that you do not agree with is belligerent and unprofessional.

“Standing up for yourself and people who are underrepresented is not using propaganda, it’s having an independent mind. It’s the perfect representation of free speech.” Ever since Trump started making headlines for his controversial words and beliefs, many people have taken to comparing him to satan himself-- Adolf Hitler. Those who support Trump, as well as the administration it-

self, state that the countries outlined in Trump’s travel ban were picked from a somewhat-similar measure done by former President Barack Obama in 2011. They are not wrong in comparing these two orders. However, what they fail to realize is that the two have some fundamental differences. Obama’s executive order was not as restrictive as Trump’s. According to the New York Daily News, Obama’s order was in response to two specific al Qaeda terrorists from Iraq being found in a town in Kentucky. Trump’s order stemmed from a deep root of racism. To say that Trump loves this country is a bit of a stretch. In his mind, this is probably very true, but in all reality, this country was built on immigration. The United States would not be what it is today without these “outsiders.” Only loving a select group of Americans is not loving this country-- it’s being racist. The people who continue to protest and fight for what they believe in are not “in denial” nor are they being brainwashed. These people have fully realized the outcome of this election. They know what is going on and they know what is at stake, which is what allows them to fight so passionately for

Olivia Rizzardi is a freshman multimedia journalism major of Albuquerque, New Mexico. what they believe in. Standing up for yourself and people who are underrepresented is not using propaganda, it’s having an independent mind. It’s the perfect representation of free speech. Progressives are not suppressing free speech, they are representing it. The future of this nation is indeed in our hands, which is why it is so important to fight for people whose basic human rights are at stake. We will compromise only when millions of lives do not depend on it. The bottom line is that Trump opposers are not trying to start a mess, they are not trying to divide this country. They are fighting to save this country.

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Grammys invoke negative reactions among viewers, critics


The 59th annual Grammy Awards have come and gone. For some, disappointment was evident when Beyoncé didn’t win album of the year. Others were ecstatic when Chance the Rapper won best new artist. Others were on the fence concerning some of the smaller categories they didn’t recognize. All in all, the night was definitely interesting. The night began with a disaster-fraught open by James Corden, this year’s host. The opening began with the platform not raising to full height. Nearly immediately, Corden fell into a pit and lost his shoe, mic pack and dignity, then sent the dancers away for not helping make it a successful open for the

Grammys. It was a sub-par open at best, which concluded with a few verses of rapping, by Corden, that went on a little too long. Corden did his best to keep everyone entertained, however, by bringing back a version of the popular “Carpool Karaoke” skit from his late night show. Among the big winners of the night was Chance the Rapper, who won best new artist over The Chainsmokers, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris and Anderson .Paak. Chance the Rapper also snagged the awards for best rap performance and best rap album. His wins brought to light the popularity of streaming-only music. Chance the Rapper is known for not selling “traditionally released, physical albums,” according to Sarah Grant of Roll-

ing Stone. This is the first year streaming-only albums have been considered a contender for the Grammys, and while the rule had been in the process of changing for about four years, the official change happened to coincide with the arrival of Chance the Rapper. “It appeared as though Chance the Rapper’s streaming-only album, ‘Coloring Book,’ was directly responsible for the shake-up,” Grant said. The big winner of the night was Adele, who took home five Grammys including album of the year and song of the year. She recognized, however, that Beyoncé and her hit album “Lemonade” deserved more awards than the two she was given. Another highlight of the

Gemini (5/21- 6/20): You may be feeling really discouraged when it comes to a personal relationship, Gemini, and that’s affecting other areas of your life. You won’t be able to fully focus and dedicate yourself to the things that matter if you’re still dealing with the same problems this person has presented you.

Libra (9/23-10/22): You may be feeling a mix of emotions right now, Libra, and the emotional roller coaster you’re on doesn’t seem to be close to stopping. Just remember to hold on to something steady and use this manic energy to the best of your ability.



Aquarius (1/20-2/18): You may be feeling rather aimless right now, Aquarius, with no motivation to get anything productive done. While it’s alright to take a breather from time to time, don’t let yourself fall into a habit of ignoring your responsibilities.

Cancer (6/21-7/22): A recent setback may have caught you off guard, Cancer, but you’re not one to remain down for too long. Take the time you need to recover, but rest assured that you’ll return with an abundance of newfound energy and determination.

Pisces (2/19- 3/20): You’re probably becoming bored with your routine, Pisces, and it’s manifesting into a lack of inspiration. Try doing something a bit off your beaten path to re-ignite your creative spark. Aries (3/21-4/19): A recent project of yours may have finally come to a conclusion, Aries, and you can finally breath a sigh of relief. Now that you have some extra free time, try spending some of it with friends and family; enjoy a cooling off period before jumping to the next thing.

Leo (7/23-8/22): You haven’t been feeling very sociable lately, Leo, and you may have to remind yourself that it’s okay to feel disconnected once in awhile. Just don’t let this temporary slump turn into a fullblown isolation episode. Virgo (8/23-9/22): Right now is a perfect time for you to begin making some longterm plans, Virgo. Whether they be personal or career-minded, the goals you set right now should reflect where you want to see yourself in the future.

Taurus (4/20-5/20): Right now may be a very good time for you to reconnect with your inner introvert, Taurus. You’ve been expending a lot of energy socially, and while that can be fun for a while, you need some time to recharge your batteries.



Scorpio (10/23-11/21): You may be trying really hard to ignore a minor inconvenience that’s appeared recently, Scorpio, but deep down you know problems don’t go away on their own. Do everything you can to take care of this issue before it becomes an even bigger problem. Sagittarius (11/2212/21): You’ve been feeling a lot of stress from your many responsibilities lately, Sagittarius, but a much calmer, peaceful time is on the horizon. Soon you’ll be able to sit back, relax and enjoy the well-deserved fruits of your labor. Capricorn (12/221/19): You may have experienced a disappointment in regards to a personal project, Capricorn, and that setback has shaken your confidence. Don’t let this failure stop you from pursuing the things you want, but rather use the experience to fuel your determination.

ABC’s “The Bachelorette” has finally cast its first black lead. After 33 seasons, Rachel Lindsay will be making history. Never before has a bachelorette been black or have they announced the selection so early. Many seasons past have waited until the current bachelor has announced his final two ladies, but the season still has Lindsay as a contender for the final rose. The filming for “The Bachelorette” will begin in a few weeks, so the network decided to declare its intentions early. Lindsay, while we feel for her broken heart, will be a wonderful bachelorette next season!



COURTESY OF WIKIMEDIA Twenty One Pilots shocked some viewers when they accepted the Grammy awards in their underwear.

night was when Twenty One Pilots, in their underwear, accepted best pop duo/group performance for “Stressed Out.” Tyler Joseph, the leading man, said, “We were no one

at the time, and ( Josh Dun) turned to me and said ‘if we ever go to the Grammys, if we ever win a Grammy, I think we should receive it just like this.” The sight was not a familiar one

at an awards ceremony such as the Grammys, but everyone seemed to laugh it off well.

For more on the Grammys, continue below.

Adele vs. Beyoncé?

Adele proves there’s room for two queens in the music industry CODY MOORE


speech, “what the f*** does Beyoncé have to do to win album of the year?” Even though she is in the lead with the most nominations ever given to a female artist, Queen Bey has never won album of the year, which shocks fans and pop-music lovers. “Lemonade” had the most effect on the African American community, especially African

The internet went into frenzy when British pop star Adele accepted the award for her album “25”, which won album of the year (AOTY) during the 59th annual Grammy awards Sunday night. The excitement wasn’t because she won, but because she admitted that Beyoncé was more deserving of the award. Adele came back to the music world after a hiatus taken to have her son and to find the authentic sound almost all of America swooned over. She was nominated for five awards at this year’s ceremony and took home every single one that she was nominated for -- song of the year, record of the year, album of the year, best solo performance and best pop vocal album. “The artist of my life is Beyoncé, and this album to me, the “Lemonade” album, was just so monumental,” Adele said in her acceptance speech. “Lemonade” was a surprise visual album released April 23, and has been both controversial COURTESY OF WIKIMEDIA and liberating to a diverse group Adele was the big winner of the of people across the world. Be- Grammys, with five awards. yoncé was nominated for nine awards at this year’s Grammys American women. The album and won two out of those nom- as a whole shines a light on inations -- best music video for strength and perseverance in her hit song “Formation” and a world that tears down black best urban contemporary album women. for “Lemonade.” Assistant professor of sociolAfter Beyoncé lost AOTY ogy at University of Memphis, and most of what she was nom- Zandria F. Robinson, wrote in inated for, the Twitter world Rolling Stone, “Beyond ‘strong’ started to trend #GRAMMYs- and ‘magic’, “Lemonade” asserts SoWhite. Many tweets argued that black women are alchemists that the academy was choos- and meta physicians who are at ing white artists over African once of the past, present and fuAmerican artists. ture, changing and healing the In fact, only three artists of physical, chemical and spiritual color have won AOTY since world around them.” 2000. So when Beyoncé lost, Adele touched on the impact people were immediately on the that “Lemonade” had on her critics’ cases. Adele even took a and the people in her life during stand, saying in her acceptance

her acceptance speech. “You are our light,” she stated, “and the way you make me and my friends feel -- the way you make my black friends feel -- is empowering and you make them stand up for themselves.” Adele’s “25” was a highly successful album, with catchy pop sounds and lyrics that touch your heart. However, “Lemonade” was an album that left an impact on the listener’s character and made people feel like they could run the world (no pun intended). Adele obviously agreed. After her speech, she proceeded to actually break her Grammy award, dedicating the other half to Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” album. Adele stood up on live television to defend the music and message she felt was deserving -- and we needed that moment now more than ever.

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A-State baseball prepares for first pitch of 2017

COURTESY OF ARKANSAS STATE ATHLETICS Head Coach Tommy Raffo (Left) directs players on the home field, including senior infielder Jake Bakamus (Right), in 2016.


Coach Tommy Raffo and the A-State baseball team are just days away from the 2017 season. Here’s what we can expect from our Red Wolves.

Arkansas State is coming off a 2929 season with a 13-17 record in the Sun Belt Conference. The Red Wolves begin the 2017 season with a four-game home series against New York Tech this weekend. The team will then hit the road for its first midweek contest versus Ole Miss Feb. 21 before returning home

for a Feb. 22 contest against Mississippi Valley State. The Red Wolves go on the road for a three-game set at Northwestern State Feb. 24-26 before a 13-game home stand starts Feb. 28-March 1 with a two-game midweek series against Missouri State. The stretch at home continues with a three-game weekend

series versus Cincinnati March 3-5 before a midweek contest against Southeast Missouri March 7. A-State will face Louisiana Tech at Tomlinson Stadium for a three-game series March 10-12 for the first meetings between the two schools since 2001. A-State plays a home midweek con-

test against Southern Illinois March 14 before Sun Belt Conference play starts with ULM traveling to Jonesboro March 17-19 to end the 13-game home stretch. A-State will embark on a 10-game road swing after the series with the Warhawks beginning with a two-game midweek set at Austin Peay. The team continues league play at defending National Champion Coastal Carolina March 24-26 before a midweek clash at SIU March 28. Arkansas State finishes the month of March and goes into April with a three-game series at Texas State March 31-April 2 and concludes the 10-game road set with a midweek game at SEMO April 4. The squad faces Georgia State at home April 7-9 before a midweek road contest at Memphis April 11. The next league series is slated for April 13-15 at Louisiana-Lafayette before A-State returns to Tomlinson Stadium April 21-23 to face South Alabama. The month of April continues with a midweek matchup against Memphis at Tomlinson Stadium before the month ends with a three-game SBC series at Appalachian State April 28-30. May begins with A-State hosting UT Arlington May 5-7 before the team plays its final road series at Georgia Southern May 12-14. The Red Wolves return home to host Ole Miss May 16 in its final midweek contest of the year before the regular season concludes with Little Rock visiting Tomlinson Stadium May 18-20. Arkansas State is picked to finish fifth in the Sun Belt.

Red Wolves welcome new coach to volleyball family A-STATE HERALD STAFF REPORT

Arkansas State head volleyball coach David Rehr announced Friday the hiring of Ross Kessler, who spent last season at Troy, as an assistant coach. Kessler will coach the outside hitters for the Red Wolves and have additional responsibilities in opponent scouting and game planning. “I am excited to add Ross to our coaching staff,” Rehr said. “He is very familiar with the Sun Belt Conference and brings a wealth of knowledge to our program.” A native of Louisville, Kentucy, Kessler was responsible for coaching the defense and the recruiting coordinator for the Trojans in 2016. He helped the defense for Troy to average 13.80 digs per set and saw six players tally 120 or more digs. The Trojans also had two players

finish with 95 or more blocks. “I’m honored and elated to join the staff at Arkansas State,” Kessler said. “Coach Rehr has been a mentor and a friend to me ever since I began my career in college volleyball and the opportunity to work with him was one I simply couldn’t pass up. “Having coached in the Sun Belt Conference previously, I’ve seen firsthand the high-caliber program David has created here at Arkansas State. I’m excited for the chance to join Red Wolves volleyball and continue pushing this program to new heights.” Kessler spent the 2015 season at Georgia Southern where he was responsible for the Eagles’ setters and liberoes, including Alex Beecher who led the Sun Belt with 5.57 digs per set. He also was responsible for opponent

scouting, film breakdown and, before going to Troy, he was the program’s acting recruitment coordinator. Kessler began his coaching career as a student at Butler University. As a freshman in 2005, he was one of two co-founders of the Women’s Club Volleyball Program. He was elected head coach of the team and built the program from a team of nine girls to a three-team program which competes on the national stage. Kessler also competed for the Butler University men’s club volleyball team in each of his four years in Indianapolis and was elected president at the end of his freshman year. He was the team’s starting setter for four years. Arkansas State finished the 2016 campaign with a 25-8 record and 15-1 mark in league COURTESY OF A-STATE ATHLETICS play en route to an SBC West Division Ross Kessler, newest assistant volleyball coach at Championship. A-State, stands courtside last season at Troy.

A-State Rugby advances to 3-0 with win over LSU A-STATE HERALD STAFF REPORT

Despite being down at the half, No. 10-ranked Arkansas State University’s rugby club came back to defeat Louisiana State, 27-17, Saturday afternoon at LSU’s UREC Field Complex in Baton Rouge. The game was a rematch from Oct. 7 when the Red Wolves beat the Tigers, 45-5, at Curt Huckaby Field.

“We played against a strong wind in the first half which made it hard to clear the ball from our end and win lineouts,” said A-State head coach Shaun Potgieter. “We were also on the bad end of the penalty count in the first half. We were trailing, 10-0, at the half.” Louisiana State University, ranked 18th nationally, hit first scoring the try and was

successful on the conversion to give the home team a 7-0 edge with 20 minutes remaining in the first period. The score remained the same until the halfway mark. Early in the second period, A-State made the score, 105, with 30 minutes yet to play. Shortly after, the Red Wolves knotted the score at 10-all. “We made some changes

shortly after halftime,” Potgieter said. “With the wind to our backs and the game on the line, we managed to put multiple phases together and score all 27 points in the second half. “They scored their only try in the second half off an opportunistic play from a turnover.” With eight minutes left in the match, A-State put up two

quick scores and pushed for another when time expired, leaving the final score at 27-17. Preston Weigel led Red Wolf scorers with two tries, along with Nick Abreaus, Brandon van Niekerk and Zach Young, each with one. “I’m proud of the guys for playing against such adversity,” concluded Potgieter. “They found the ability to come back

and win the game against an energetic and passionate home team.” Arkansas State goes back on the road, Saturday, Feb. 18, to face Life University at Lupo Family Field in Marietta, Ga. Game time is noon CT. The Red Wolves will be looking to avenge a November 34-10 loss to the Running Eagles noon Saturday at home.



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A-State drops two key Sun Belt Matchups The Red Wolves look to improve to 19-8 Friday MIYA GARETT SPORTS EDITOR

The Red Wolves snapped a seven-game win streak when they fell to UT Arlington 8175 at College Park on Saturday. Rashad Lindsey led the Red Wolf offense with 19 points while Deven Simms added 17 in the second half. Devin Carter provided 16 and had a team high of 19 points. A-State posted a higher field goal percentage on the game, .519 to .446, but the Mavericks outscored the Red Wolves 26-14 from the freethrow line. UTA was 26-of34 at the line while A-State finished 14-25. UTA won the boards 34-32, but A-State held an 18-13 edge in the second half. “We definitely settled in after the first half,” said A-State head coach Grant McCasland. “You have to give UTA credit because they compete so hard defensively and have such great pace to the way they run their offense.” McCasland said the team still has several key areas that need improvement. “We’ve got to do better at the free throw line and we missed the front end of some one-and-one’s and we missed some down the stretch. But I think we have guys that will step up and make those,” he said. “I’m proud of our team for the way we competed and found a way to get back into it. But now we’ve got to find a way to get over the hump.” ***


Junior guard Rashad Lindsey of St. Louis leaps up against App-State’s junior forward Craig Hinton in last Saturday’s game. On Monday, the Red Wolves dropped to 18-8 overall and 9-4 in Sun Belt Conference play after a 65-58 loss to Texas State. Thomas was the only player

to reach double figures Monday night with 14. Simms flirted with a double-double, finishing with nine point and a team and career high of 10 rebounds. Jahmiah Simmons also added nine points while

grabbing eight rebounds. “We had a good look at the end,” said McCasland. “Rashad has made that shot in practice and he probably could’ve pulled it out and maybe gotten something a

little better with 10 or 12 seconds left on the clock, but in that situation, you try to do your best to get a good one. Down three in that moment is where you try and create some space and I felt comfortable

with doing that.” Arkansas State will return to the Convocation Center Friday to host Sun Belt Conference foe Little Rock. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

A-State tennis falls to Murray State, prepares for Western Kentucky match MIYA GARRETT SPORTS EDITOR

The Arkansas State women’s tennis team dropped a 5-2 match up against Murray State Friday afternoon.

Julie Gauguery and Sabina Jeresic each took singles victories in singles competition for Arkansas State. Gauguert captured a straight set 6-2, 6-1 giving her a 2-1 victory on the

year while Jeresic earned her first win of the season. “We competed hard and you can areas where we are getting better,” A-State head tennis coach Kel Lange said.

In other singles competition, Shannon O’Brien lost to Amina Hadzic 6-4, 6-4, while Victoria Pisani fell to Alina Schibol 6-1, 6-4. Tori Roberts also suffered a setback with a

6-3, 6-3 loss to Sara Bjork. Arkansas State was unable to field a player in the No. 6 singles match after one of its players became ill and was unable to compete.

The Red Wolves will travel to Lexington, Kentucky, on Feb. 17 to take on Western Kentucky, followed by a trip on Feb. 18 to Richmond, Kentucky, to face Eastern Kentucky.

Red Wolves fall to 9-3 in Sun Belt Conference play MIYA GARRETT SPORTS EDITOR

Arkansas State suffered a 63-43 heartbreak on Thursday against the Texas State Bobcats. A-State dropped to 5-19 overall with the loss and 3-9 in the Sun Belt Conference, while Texas State improved to 12-10 and 7-4 in the Sun Belt Conference. “We played a really great first quarter,” said A-State head coach Brian Boyer. “I couldn’t be more proud of the way this team came out and executed and really did everything that we wanted. We took care of the basketball and rebounded, but we came out in the third quarter and we made a few mistakes and our heads dropped and things just snowballed.” A-State failed to have any player reach doublefigures, however, they had four players score 8 points each. “It was probably our best rebounding game of the year and I don’t think we gave up an offensive rebound in that entire first quarter. It was really an area that we were able to sustain throughout the game, but the turnovers got us today and

probably 20 of those 23 came from the second quarter on and that’s just something we are going to have correct,” Boyer said.

*** On Saturday, the Red Wolves fell to UT Arlington 69-58. The Young Red Wolves are now 16-6 overall and 9-3 in conference play. Arkansas State shot 42 percent from the field in the opening half, they also held a 21-16 advantage on the boards. “This may have been one of our most complete games that we have played all year,” Boyer said. “We still had one little scoring drought in the fourth quarter that probably ended up being the difference but we had a great first and third quarter, and we were able to weather the storm in the second quarter with it tied up. I was still proud of the way we battled and never gave up near the end and got the score down to single digits at one point before they put the game out of reach.” COURTESY OF A-STATE The Red Wolves will return home Feb. 17 to Coaches Aundrea Gamble (Left) and Deidra Johnson (Center) confer with senior guard Dominique host Little Rock at the Convocation Center in a Oliver (Right) during the Arlington game. fiery Sun Belt Matchup.

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Valentine’s Day at Arkansas State


here are many holidays around the world which celebrate love and the couples who are in it. In the United States, February 14th marks Valentine’s Day. It’s a day for expressing love, not only to the significant other you cherish, but also to those platonic individuals around you who just plain deserve it. In the spirit of the holiday, Tuesday saw a flurry of fundraisers across campus. Everything from candies to cookies to gift bags to plushies could be purchased from several different A-State clubs and organizations. Whether it be in the name of love, philanthropy, or good old selfindulgence, it’s hard to pass up all those baked goods.

(Top of Page) Charity Holmes (Left), junior history major from Jonesboro, AR, and Emma Hidy (Right), senior graphic design major from Batesville, AR, sell gift packs in the Student Union to help Delta Sigma Omicron raise funds for disability services. (Above) (From Left to Right) Monica Norman, Darian Stewart, Claire Case, and Tessie Greiner, all graphic design majors, help sell baked goods in the Fine Arts Center as part of a fundraiser for the American Institute of Graphic Arts. (Far Left) Zeta Tau Alpha members Kaleigh Hendrix, freshman excercise science major from Pocahontas, AR, and Hannah Dunton, freshman strategic communications major from Jonesboro, AR, sell chocolate candies in the Union in support of breast cancer awareness. (Far Left, Bottom) The A-State Campus Store displays gift mugs for sale in the week leading up to Valentine’s day. (Left, Middle) Members of the Natural History Collections Curation Club host a Valentine’s Day couple’s photo booth in the Student Union. (Left, Bottom) Darian Stewart (pictured top of page), junior graphic design major from Cherokee Village, AR, sports his signature style of modded clothing, now customized for the holiday.


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Business, tech center to host free webinar series


A new series of live educational webinars are now available to A-State students for free. University life-sciences researchers and entrepreneurs who wish to explore commer-

cialization options will be presented on Tuesdays and Thursdays now through March 14. The 60-minute webinars, which are presented by Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC), begin at 10 a.m. Each presentation concludes

with a 30-minute question and answer session. Experts in federal funding programs, biotechnology and technology transfer and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), will discuss tips for developing winning National Institutes of Health Small

Campus Crime


CAMPUS CRIME REPORTER Campus Crime is compiled from weekly reports from the University Police Departmental logs.

Feb. 6, 2017 1:45 p.m.—A 19-year-old female student was transported to the emergency room after she indicated she was under the influence of illegal drugs and became belligerent with police. Officers responded to Johnson Avenue near Kays Hall where the female student was on the sidewalk “acting irrationally” and attempting to flee on foot. The student told the RA in Kays that she had taken cocaine and that someone was trying to kill her. According to the report, the female student told Officer Daniel Bradway that someone had attacked her and that she was given a drink with narcotics in it. While awaiting the arrival of EMS, the student had to be detained. Officer Andy Thrasher placed the student in wrist restraints for her safety, but she continued to become belligerent. She started to scream and tried to make herself vomit. Officer Thrasher also noticed that she had defecated and urinated on herself. When EMS arrived, the student fell to the ground and attempted to bite Officer Thrasher’s hand as she was being escorted to the ambulance. She then wrapped her leg around Officer Thrasher’s leg and transferred her feces to his

uniform. Once in the ambulance, the student kicked Officer Thrasher in the rib cage and bit the paramedic’s hand. She also ripped the IV out of her arm, causing blood to squirt all over the ambulance. At the emergency room, the female student started speaking Spanish and had to be fully restrained after kicking the nurse into the counter. The student’s sister advised medical staff that she had possibly consumed cocaine, methamphetamine, and a hallucinogenic drug called “Ayahuasca.” At this time, it is not confirmed what substance the student was impaired by or how she obtained the substance. She was referred to Student Conduct and charged with disorderly conduct, public intoxication, and criminal mischief. Feb. 9, 2017 10:58 p.m.—Officer Micheal Yocum stopped a Cadillac SUV at the intersection of Caraway Road and Johnson Avenue for driving with only one working headlight. Upon contact with the driver, Officer Yocum detected the smell of burnt marijuana coming from inside the vehicle and called for a JPD K-9 unit to sniff the vehicle. After the K-9 arrived and confirmed that drugs were in the vehicle, officers searched the SUV and found a partial marijuana blunt and marijuana shake throughout the vehicle. Officer Yocum asked the driver, 21-year-old Jordan Dixon, who the partial blunt belonged to, and Dixon said that

there wasn’t one in the vehicle. When Officer Yocum showed him the evidence, Dixon replied, “there sure was.” Dixon admitted it was his and was referred to Student Conduct for a drug violation. A passenger in the vehicle, 21-year-old Robert Harris, initially gave a false name to Officer Yocum when asked. But after discovering his real name, officers arrested Harris for an outstanding warrant. Feb. 11, 2017 3:28 a.m.—When Officer Micheal Yocum attempted to stop a Nissan Maxima on University Loop, the vehicle fled north of campus at a high rate of speed and eventually wrecked into a tree. According to the report, Officer Yocum noticed the vehicle traveling north on University Loop, driving “right of roadway.” Yocum initiated his emergency lights and attempted to make a traffic stop. The vehicle, however, continued to drive within the speed limit and turned west on Johnson Avenue. Even after Officer Yocum sounded his siren, the vehicle still refused to pull over. The suspect began driving at a high rate of speed when it turned north on Caraway Road. Officer Yocum attempted to follow the car at first but backed off when he realized the vehicle was still pulling away. Yocum watched as the car turned east on Greensboro Road and found the vehicle shortly after when he saw it had wrecked into a tree on the left side of the road. Campus Crime, 4A

Cash, Kristofferson to headline inaugural heritage festival A-STATE HERALD STAFF REPORT

Two singer-songwriters will headline the first Johnny Cash Heritage Festival, Oct. 19-21. Grammy award winners Rosanne Cash and Kris Kristofferson are scheduled to perform at the inaugural concert on Oct. 21 in the field near Johnny Cash’s restored childhood home. Cash made the announcement Monday in Dyess, Arkansas. She has been involved with A-State in acquiring and restoring her father’s childhood home. The music for her most recent internationally acclaimed album, “The River and the Thread,” which received three Grammy awards, was inspired by her visits back to Arkansas on behalf of the project.

Kristofferson also has been involved with the restoration project and will be performing alongside Cash. “Johnny Cash changed my life and I am forever indebted,” Kristofferson said. “I am proud to have had such a tremendous hero become my close friend, and it’s a real honor to be asked to participate in the celebration in the Sunken Lands. What a perfect name.” The performances are included in the price of the inaugural concert. Ticket holders also will be able to visit food vendors, booths and artists’ merchandise. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. March 3 and will be available online, tickets, or at the Central Box Office on the A-State campus. Ticket prices range from $25 to

$100. The three-day festival will include a symposium in the Dyess Colony Circle, regional music in the Colony Circle, a Memories of a Lifetime oral history project and food vendors, booths and demonstrations throughout the three days. “It’s a very moving experience and a thrill to sing in that field where my father picked that cotton, next to the house he grew up in, and where he drew inspiration for all those Southern ballads he wrote of hard work and family, radio and coal oil lamps,” Cash said. “I hope you’ll join me in the Sunken Lands on Oct. 19 through the 21.” For more information, visit JohnnyCashHeritageFestival. com.

Business Innovation Research proposal applications, identify steps for developing a university spinoff company, and learn about the process for preparing successful FDA applications. Presenters include Rob Vinson, program manager for the National Institutes of Health

Program; Tony Cruz, chief executive officer of SFC Fluidics, an Arkansas-based company that has won multiple national grants; Dr. Lenka Fedorkova, CEO and founder of bioPrime; and Dr. Nancy Gray, director of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Bio Ventures.

Jeff Skiba, a professional medical device and business consultant, also will be on hand to present a four-part series about the FDA approval processes. The group will share commercialization opportunities ASBTDC, 4A

State revenue falls $57M below forecast A-STATE HERALD STAFF REPORT

The state of Arkansas could be facing some financial troubles in the coming year. According to state finance officials, the state’s revenue has fallen $57 million below forecast this year. The announcement came Feb.

2, just one day after Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed into law a $50 million low-income tax cut that will take effect in 2019. The state Department of Finance and Administration said the state’s net available revenue last month totaled $535.9 million, which was $15.9 million

below January 2016 and $47.1 million below forecast. The state’s net revenue for the fiscal year, that began July 1, totals $3.1 billion. DFA Director Larry Walther told the Associated Press that he is not planning on changing the forecast yet and wants to monitor the next few months.

NEA native receives Grammy nod DESTINI LATTIMORE NEWS EDITOR

A northeast Arkansas native received a Grammy nomination and was invited to perform at the 59th annual Grammy Awards, which aired Feb. 12. Nineteen-year-old independent artist of West Memphis, Jekalyn Carr, received her first Grammy nomination this year. The gospel singer has been working on music since she was 14

years old. Carr said her hometown and family have been integral in her growth as an artist. “It doesn’t matter where you come from. When greatness is upon you and in you -- and you tap into it -- you’re going to be successful anyway,” Carr. said. Carr added that growing up in the Mid-South and her family struggles inspired much of her work .

Her first song, “A Greater Is Coming,” was inspired by personal experiences she has endured along with her family. Members of her family have also contributed to her work, with several writing credits on each album she has released. Her first single was written by her father, and her Grammy-nominated single was co-written by both her father and her sister. Grammy, 4A

UPD offers Safety Escort program to students A-STATE HERALD STAFF REPORT

The A-State University Police Department (UPD) has implemented a program to ensure students feel safe on campus. The Safety Escort program is run by UPD and A-State students. The program allows students to request an escort when walking around campus. The safety escorts can either be on foot or

have access to one of the golf carts available to the program. The program is available 24 hours a day. “Our student patrollers (are) a set of extra eyes and ears for us,” said Sgt. Traci Simpson. “They help us in a lot of different ways.” The UPD dispatcher will alert a student escorts when their services are required. They will be informed of the start and end locations, which

must be on campus to utilize the Safety Escort services. “It’s a great experience to be a part of the Safety Escort program,” said senior psychology major Phishon Bass of Chicago, Illinois. “I have met some great students through it and was able to help a lot of female students feel safe as they traveled from their dorm to the library to study.” Safety escort, 4A


Campus Climate, Continued through education and communication that we will seek to address these matters,” Whitlock said. “Fostering a campus based on respect and understanding should be a priority.” Whitlock said that he hopes the council will be able to discuss racial, cultural and religious issues that affect campus climate and determine the appropriate responses to those issues. “It’s important to have these discussions because it gives people the chance to share their opinions,” said sophomore creative media production major


ews that Arkansas State brings to all its students,” Phelps said. “Because of our own experiences of that educational enthusiasm, we wanted to specifically encourage those who are evaluating participation in our beloved profession of law.” McLean stated that he hopes that the pre-law center’s resources will put A-State students ahead of their peers at other in-

cellor Tim Hudson. Whitlock’s role as interim chancellor ends June 30, 2017, but allows for additional interim time if nec-

essary. The current job posting can be viewed at chancellorsearch.

Grammy, Continued

short time later as he exited a garage in the 1400-block of Aggie Road. According to Thrasher’s report, Brockman admitted to stealing the device and pawning it during questioning. UPD arrested Brockman

and took him to the Craighead County Detention Center where he was booked and remains incarcerated on a charge of theft greater than $5,000 but less than $25,000.

Theft, Continued Thrasher then contacted the JPD’s Sex Offender Registration Specialist Karen Rhinehart who provided them with Brockman’s most current information. UPD obtained a bench warrant for Brockman’s arrest on Feb. 9, and apprehended him a

Safety Escort, Continued Other services offered by UPD include emergency alerts, emergency phones and vehicle

Attorneys, Continued

pens I feel like the university makes a point to sweep it under the rug.” The chancellor’s proposal will be presented to the Shared Governance Oversight Committee on Feb. 15. “I have chosen to put this proposal through the shared governance process because it is important that this have buy-in from the campus community,” Whitlock said. “I will be asking the SGOC to give this proposal an expedited review so that we can implement it as soon as possible.”

Cydney Thompson of North Little Rock. “Hopefully someone else hears their thoughts and does something about it.” Minorities make up roughly 26 percent of the student population at Arkansas State. As a result, various minority groups on campus often fall victim to racism, sexism or other forms of discrimination. “Up to this point, I did not feel that I was actually valued at the university,” said sophomore creative media production major Tanjala Robinson of Jonesboro. “Every time an incident hap-

Chancellor, Continued Dr. Doug Whitlock is currently serving as interim chancellor of the university following the resignation of former chan-

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jumpstarts. For more information about the Safety Escort program or other services, contact A-State

UPD at (870) 972-2093.

stitutions. “We will work hard to insure that the gift is used to promote and instill the high standards established by these two distinguished attorneys throughout their careers,” McLean said. “It is a true honor that, going forward, students from A-State will be forever linked with Phelps and Womack Pre-Law Center.” A resolution to dedicate the

pre-law center was unanimously approved by the ASU Board of Trustees in September. The resolution honors individuals who have significantly distinguished themselves through service to and support of the university. Phelps and Womack are principals in the firm of Womack, Phelps, Puryear, Mayfield and McNeil of Jonesboro.

ASBTC, Continued and useful tips for biotech and other life-science-based ventures. The webinar series is free; however, registration is required.

“All of the writing is inhouse,” Carr said. “Either the writing is from [my dad], myself or we do it together.” “You’re Bigger” debuted in the Top 5 Billboard Gospel charts in 2016 and eventually

To register or learn more about the ASBTDC, visit www.asbtdc. org. The ASBTDC is a partnership of the U.S. Small Business

Administration, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock College of Business and Arkansas State University College of Business.

made its way to number one, where it remained for four weeks. It was also the second most played gospel song in 2016. Carr is currently working on a motion picture titled “I Nev-

er Heard My Father Speak” which is set to release this summer. To find out more about Carr and her projects, visit her website

revenue is dispensed to the Red Wolves Foundation, which provides A-State athletics with financial support.

According to Hankins, Sodexo has a staff of thoroughly trained employees who manage and serve the Club.

Alcohol, Continued the total net revenue while Sodexo retains 60 percent to pay for the alcohol, servers, equipment, management, etc. The club’s net

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