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95 Years of the Herald


For nearly 100 years, the Herald has been a pillar of the fourth estate at Arkansas State University. Working alongside Red Wolf Radio and ASU TV News, the Herald has been part of a community that fosters young writers, photographers, and a well-informed public. The road has not always been smooth, but holding any institution accountable while balancing the responsibilities of student life and adulthood comes with a price. Since Nov. 18, 1921, the Herald has served as one of the voices of the university. In its first iteration, the paper was known as the “Aggie Herald.” The four-page publication was distributed semi-monthly. The Aggie Herald was not printed on campus, and was instead distributed to area print shops to the highest bidder. While the quality of printing and paper varied from month to month, the traditional fivecolumn format remained. During the Herald’s formative years, there was no operating budget and the workload and supervision was divided among faculty members. Each issue was sponsored by different faculty member. The publication relied solely on advertising revenue to pay for printing fees. The fi rst pe rmanent sp onsor of th e He rald wa s Dr. F. W. Pl unkett. Pl unkett wa nted to cu ltivate an ap preciation fo r jo urnalism at the un iversity. In 1929, he established a Press Club, which acted as an extra-curricular for interested students. In 1932, Plunkett’s Press Club had garnered enough interest in the paper to warrant a change in design and format. The Aggie Herald became the “Arkansas State College Herald,” and the publication grew from five columns to eight. The following year, A-State established a degree-granting program in journalism and printing. To accommodate this new program, the college invested in several used printing devices, including two old linotype machines. Only one of the machines worked, and the other served to provide parts for the functioning machine. The Herald commemorated the occasion in its Oct. 24, 1933 edition, the first to be printed on campus, noting that reorganizing the publication would insure a more representative paper for the college. From then on, the Herald was produced by the journalism class, instructed by Plunkett, with volunteer contributions from the Press Club and the student body. Despite the addition of a Bachelor of Science in Journalism to the curriculum, the program saw a sharp decline during and following WWII. Paper shortages and a decline in enrollment led to a reduction in size and staffing from 1942 to 1947. However, by 1952, the return of veterans and a renewed interest in printing skills led to new degrees in graphic arts and the establishment of vocational printing programs. The printing lab began to grow as well, with the college investing in four new linotype machines, a letterpress, an intertype machine, and binding equipment. By 1967, the printing services department was valued at over $160,000. The expansion was so rapid, the plant was moved to a new building, where it remains today. In 1966, Plunkett was replaced as Herald sponsor by Joel Gambill, a former student editor of the Herald and a 1965 graduate of A-State. The following year, the college celebrated one of the most significant changes in its history - the passage of the University Status bill. Arkansas State College officially became Arkansas State University, and the Herald celebrated this milestone with a change of its own.

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Thrasher’s Lasting Legacy

It’s difficult to discuss the Herald’s history without mentioning Bonnie Thrasher. The late adviser was a force of nature until the day she passed away, leaving a wake of tears, laughter, and a legacy of journalistic integrity behind her that would impress Woodward and Bernstein. Thrasher joined the staff at A-State in 1993, taking the reins as adviser to the Herald. She would remain in this position until her death on March 31, 2015. Additionally, Thrasher taught news reporting, editing and design. For more than 20 years, Thrasher dedicated her life to shaping the minds and attitudes of her students and the A-State community. She was brash, loud, and riotously funny. For many of her students, like former Herald Editor-in-Chief Emily Alexander, Thrasher’s most significant contributions did not come from her tutelage. “What we would consider to be the most wonderful part of this woman is not associated with journalism, class or the newsroom,” Alexander said. “It was her love and compassion for those she cared about.” After her passing, the Herald staff dedicated their spring 2015 special edition to Thrasher’s memory. In it, current and former students and friends paid tribute to Thrasher’s life and the profound effect she had on them. Later that year, Thrasher’s family, along with friends and colleagues, endowed the Bonnie Thrasher Memorial Scholarship at the university. The first endowment was awarded to current Herald Editor-in-Chief Emma Williams for the fall 2016 semester. In August of 2016, the College Media Association announced that Thrasher would be inducted posthumously into the College Media Association’s John A. Boyd Hall of Fame in October at the Hyatt Regency-Atlanta as part of CMA’s National College Media Convention. Friends and family joined several representatives from the Herald in accepting the award on Thrasher’s behalf, where they remembered her impact on student media. “Bonnie left an indelible legacy in journalism education at A-State, as a faculty member and adviser to The Herald for more than 20 years,” remarked Dr. Osábuohien Amienyi, chair, Department of Media. “Her former students work in news organizations throughout Arkansas, the Mid-South and across the nation. We in the Department of Media are most grateful that the College Media Association have established this lasting memorial for Bonnie.” Thrasher was a member of CMA for more than 20 years, and served on the board of directors for five years. Prior to her Time at A-State, Thrasher worked as a reporter and editor for newspapers, including the Starkville (Miss.) Daily News and the Columbus (Miss.) Commercial Dispatch. She also served as interim assistant editor of The Jonesboro Sun. Thrasher loved painting, cooking and volunteering at the Greene County Animal Farm in Paragould. Thrasher was also a member of the Arkansas State Media Board. In high school, she was a National Merit Scholar, showed cattle, played softball and track and field events. 1. Herald Adviser Sandra L. Combs joined Editor-in-Chief Emma Williams and #Life Editor Nicole Logan at the Spring 2016 Southeast Journalism Conference in Clarksville, Tenn. 2. & 3. Students pause read the Arkansas State College Herald, cir. 1952. Photo courtesy of Tom Moore. 4. Multimedia Editor Fallon Howley grabs the latest edition of the Herald during a Nov. 7 staff meeting. Photo by Neil Williams 5. Dr. F.W. “Tex” Plunkett examines the first edition of “The Herald of Arkansas State University.” Photo courtesy of Tom Moore. 6. Bonnie Thrasher gives the famous Thrasher stare at a disgruntled student who had allegedly threatened her and stole copies of the newspaper. Photo courtesy of Brooks Sample.

Gambill and Herald editor Roy Ockert, Jr. were in Little Rock for the approval of the bill, later rushing back through a snow storm to the campus to publish the special edition of the Herald. The four-page extra had been partially completed in anticipation of the bill’s acceptance, though the staff worked through the night to finish the paper. “ASU A Reality,” the bold headline declared. The special edition also marked the debut of the paper’s new masthead: “The Herald of Arkansas State University.” Ockert would go on to become the editor of the Jonesboro Sun. Roy and his wife Pat, also a former Herald editor, initiated the Roy and Pat Ockert Herald Editor Scholarship endowment for the publication’s editor-inchief. The endowment is distributed in the fall and spring semesters. What began as a volunteer effort that transitioned to a lab-based classroom production is now an independent production. The Herald proudly adheres to the ethical codes put in place by the society of professional journalists and the rights designated to its staff and its readership by the First Amendment. The former tabloid publication is now printed in full color, high-quality Berliner style. A-State’s printing services remains a staple of the Mid-South, producing all of the university’s in-house print needs, as well as projects for other area colleges and universities. The Herald remains an inhouse publication, printing once per week for the duration of the spring and fall semesters. Each edition of the Herald has a press run of three thousand copies. Through tragedy and triumph, the Herald has been -- and will continue to be -- the voice of Arkansas State University. The Herald has faced its share of uphill battles, just as any campus publication. These battles have forged hundreds of A-State graduates who have gone to lead successful careers in a variety of fields, both locally and internationally. As the oldest news voice on campus, the Herald has seen many changes in design and staff over the years. The Herald remains dedicated to protecting the First Amendment, striving toward the ultimate goal of any worthwhile

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Former staffers reflect on the Herald’s lasting impression

Lindsey Blakely Years on Staff: 2010-2014 Position Held: Editor-in-Chief Working on The Herald taught me how to not only ask questions, but how to ask the right questions. It taught me to not always take answers at face value; whether it was just getting more details when writing a feature story, or asking deeper questions when covering something controversial. In my life inside and outside of work, this shapes me more than anything else. I constantly ask questions when having a discussion with someone, and it’s not because I’m obligated to, it’s because I genuinely care about the answers behind them. I really internalized that aspect of working for The Herald and I’m sure anyone could agree that I probably have too many questions at times.

Spring 2011 semester, but I started as a writer there during my freshmen year, the Fall 2007 semester. That experience helped me get my first job, and I’ve never regretted going into this field. I left knowing that reporting the truth is the difference I want to make in the world. Telling people’s stories is something that needs to be done and I know I can do it. I’ve known that since leaving The Herald and I hope that never changes.

Caitlin LaFarlette Years on staff: 2012-2014 Position held: Associate Editor From 2012-2014 I served as photographer, photo editor, life and copy editor. As an individual, working for the Herald made me truly value my work and learn to always question everything. As a journalist, I now proofread hundreds of times, and my time there made me realize what an adventure being a journalist can be.

Emily Alexander Years on staff: Fall 2013 - Spring 2015 Position held: Editor-in-Chief My time working for The Herald was a pivotal part of my college career. Along with advancing my journalistic and photographic talents, I gained leadership skills, confidence and independence. I grew into a person I was proud to be. Someone who stood up for what was right and pushed my own limits beyond the boundaries I had previously set. However, these skills and characteristics that were shaped during my time working for the university newspaper were incomparable to the lifelong friendships I made. I gave four years of my life to The Herald, and at times it was really tough, but the rewards and relationships I received in return made it an experience I will always cherish and look back to as defining in my life.

Sarah Campbell Years on staff: 2007- 2011 Position(s) held: Editor-in-Chief I was editor-in-chief of The Herald for the

Allison Nichols Years on staff: Spring 2014 - Spring 2015 Position held: Associate Editor I was with The Herald for three semesters. I

started as a staff news writer the spring semester of 2014. My first position was news editor Fall 2014, then I transitioned to feature editor Spring 2015. Working at The Herald changed the way my mind worked. I was forced to pay attention and see past surface level. I learned how to ask effective questions, and how to find the answers myself when I needed to. My time there made me realize what I wanted to be when I grew up, and it prepared me for the work that comes with achieving that dream. Bethany Gallimore Years on staff: 2013- 2015 Position held: Editor-in-Chief I served as Editor-in-Chief in 2015 and as an Associate Editor from 2013-2015. My time on the Herald staff made me more confident in getting involved in other aspects of the university. The Herald shaped me as a journalist by teaching be how to question assumptions and make connections with other people. For me, being involved in student journalism meant late nights, lots of interviews, and lifelong lessons! Roy Ockert Years on staff: 1966-1967 Position held: Co-Editor, Herald Adviser My senior year as co-editor of The Herald, 196667, meant covering the story of university status for A-State and producing a historic special edition the next morning. That year also resulted in marrying my best friend and co-editor, Pat Montgomery, on the day after we graduated. My years as a student staff

member and later as Herald adviser and journalism instructor left me with many great memories and lifelong friends. Fifty years later they’re all part of my own history. Chanda Washington Years on staff: 1993-1995 Position held: Associate Editor I learned to value collaboration. To hear opposing views and still respect them and even learn from them. It taught me how to work hard. I also learned how to take in feedback and grow from it. Now more than ever, we need journalists who are not afraid to tell the important stories. This begins with our college students. Jeff Hankins Years on staff: 1983-1985, 1987 Position held: Associate Editor My work at The Herald was an important part of maturing during college because I learned to face adversity and criticism. I discovered during my freshman year that a careless assumption or error in a story impacted people negatively, so I worked to become more careful and thoughtful in all my actions. Working on the college newspaper staff to develop practical skills is critically important for journalism students. Student journalism should serve the campus community with stories that engage readers, celebrate success, explain failures, promote transparency and generate dialogue on relevant issues.

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State reps confident gun bill will pass A-STATE HERALD STAFF REPORT

A controversial bill may soon be approved in the upcoming legislative session. According to longtime proponent State Rep. Charlie Collins, R-Fayetteville, a bill allowing some concealed-carry gun permit holders to remain armed on state college campuses will almost certainly pass in the coming legislative session. Collins first introduced this kind of bill in 2011. In 2013, the governor signed into law Act 226, which allows faculty,

but not students, at Arkansas colleges and universities to carry concealed weapons. The law contained a major provision – schools can opt out of the law on an annual basis. Each year since its passing, all of Arkansas’ 2- and 4- year colleges have opted out, effectively keeping concealed weapons off all campuses in Arkansas. ASU System president Chuck Welch released a statement Nov. 23 addressing the issue. “Each of the ASU System campuses annually visits

with the different campus constituencies about this issue, and each campus continues to recommend to the Board of Trustees that faculty and staff not be allowed to carry firearms on campus,” Welch said. “Our board has opted out each year.” According to Arkansas Online, Collins is confident that the Republican majority in both chambers of the Legislature will allow the bill to pass. The GOP will have a 26-9 advantage in the Senate and 75-25 in the House. Gun bill, 2B

UPD investigating third campus rape EMMA WILLIAMS EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

A-State police are investigating the third reported rape of the fall semester. According to a university police report, a mandatory reporter came forward on Nov. 15 to police after learning of a sexual assault that occurred on campus. The incident allegedly occurred on Nov. 6. The third party reporter, a student working in Residence Life, said the victim did not want to come forward to police. Bill Smith, executive director of marketing and communication at the university, stated that a campus security notice, which is released under the Clery Act, was not distributed to students because the suspect is known. “All parties were known to each other in this incident,” Smith said. “It was determined there was no immediate threat to campus and there was no

need for a timely notice.” University police still are investigating two other reported sexual assaults that occurred on campus earlier this semester. According to a UPD incident report, a 20-yearold female student reported being sexually assaulted at the Northpark Quads the morning of Oct. 2. Corporal Tracy Fleetwood was dispatched to NEA Baptist Hospital in reference to a report of a sexual assault that had already taken place. The victim told Fleetwood that she was sexually assaulted by a known male between 2:45 and 5 a.m. A 19-year-old male student is listed as a potential suspect. His name has not been released. No further investigative details have been released, and no campus security notice was released, as the all parties were known to each other. UPD Investigation, 4A

AASCU Elects Welch to Board of Directors A-STATE HERALD STAFF REPORT

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities has elected Dr. Chuck Welch, president of the ASU System in Little Rock, to its Board of Directors for 2017. Welch was one of seven new members elected during the AASCU annual meeting on Nov. 1. AASCU is a Washington, D.C.-based higher education association of

more than 400 public colleges, universities and systems whose members share a learning- and teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to under served student populations, and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their regions’ economic progress and cultural development. “I’m honored to serve this outstanding organization,” Welch said. “I’ve been an active member of this professional

association during my five years with ASU and previously while at Henderson State. Our members benefit from discussing common opportunities and challenges, and we serve as an important national voice for higher education.” The ASU System serves 23,331 students throughout Arkansas and includes Arkansas State University, a fouryear research institution in AASCU, 2B

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Campus Crime is compiled from weekly reports from the University Police Departmental logs. Nov. 17, 2016 2:01 a.m.—Dillon Holder, 20, was arrested for minor in possession of alcohol after falling asleep in the shower and flooding his residence hall room. In the middle of the night, Officer Micheal Yocum responded to a fire alarm at the ROTC residence hall building. Officer Yocum entered the first floor of the building to see lights flickering and water pouring from the ceiling through a smoke detector. On the second floor, Yocum discovered a large pool of water inside a two-bedroom suite. The source of the water had already been shut off.

According to the report, Holder explained that he fell asleep while taking a shower and consequently blocked the drain, causing the water to flood the room. While he continued to explain and apologize, Officer Yocum could smell intoxicants coming from his person. A portable breath test showed Holder’s BAC level to be .13. Officer Yocum found a near-empty bottle of rum in Holder’s bedroom. Holder was subsequently arrested for minor in possession and referred to Student Conduct. The amount of damage caused by the incident is unknown. Nov. 24, 2016 11:34 p.m.—A 27-yearold male was arrested for criminal trespass, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia when he, for the second time, was found

loitering at the Kum and Go on Johnson Avenue. Officer Micheal Yocum recognized the suspect, Luis Ortiz, from an incident a week earlier where Ortiz was criminally banned from the property. On Nov. 18, Ortiz was found loitering and explained he was pimping. Ortiz was told to leave the premises several times or else he would go to jail. Ortiz stated that he studied law in high school and knew his rights. He went on to articulate that if he was going to be “dicked,” he wanted to be “dicked” in writing. Ortiz was placed in custody for criminal trespass, and a search of his person revealed two pill bottles. One of the bottles had two oxycodone tablets. Ortiz stated that a friend gave him the pills and disclosed that he likes to get high. Campus Crime, 2B

Convention center plans on track EMMA WILLIAMS EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Two rival hotel and convention center plans are on track for a 2018 completion. According to the Jonesboro Sun, Tim O’Reilly, CEO of O’Reilly Hospitality Management of Springfield, Missouri, said Thursday that plans are unchanged and moving forward for construction of an on-campus hotel and convention center at Arkansas State University. “We just have to finish up our plans,” O’Reilly said. “We’re about 78 percent done on that.” The O’Reilly development will be constructed on an 11-acre site between Red Wolf Boulevard and Olympic Drive where the track and field complex was previously located. Centennial Bank Stadium, the Convo, Fowler Center and Cooper Alumni Center surround the site. The $48 million endeavor will include a 40,000-square-foot convention center, a 202-room Embassy Suites Hotel, and Houlihan’s Restaurant. The project faced several initial setbacks, most notably a heated public disagreement between

former A-State Chancellor Tim Hudson and the Jonesboro Advertising & Promotion Commission. The Jonesboro A&P Commission voted in March to fund a project proposed by Chris Keller, CEO of Northern Arkansas Hotel and Convention Center LLC, over an on-campus project proposed by O’Reilly Hospitality Management. Meanwhile, initial plans to build the convention center and hotel were approved by the ASU Board of Trustees on Feb. 26, which outlined a 50-year land lease with Jonesboro Hotel Partners LLC. O’Reilly Hospitality will have the option to renew the lease for an additional 40 years. O’Reilly also agreed to delay construction activity until the end of A-State’s home football schedule, which concluded Nov. 12. Per the leasing agreement, O’Reilly will pay A-State $250,000 annually beginning the fourth year the hotel is in operation. The price will increase each decade based on the rate of inflation. O’Reilly Hospitality will pay the cost to build, operate and maintain the facility and provide up to Convention center, 2B

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Gun bill, Continued Opponents of the bill argue that it is unnecessary, citing national crime statistics that show college campuses to be among the safest places in the country. Collins asserts that a shooter planning a rampage will target colleges campuses because they are gun-free zones where people cannot defend themselves. Despite their opposition, house Democrats believe that the bill is likely to pass. “Unless there’s an



overwhelming response, a clamoring from the public, I think he’s probably right,” State Rep. Greg Leding, D-Fayetteville, told Arkansas Online. “I think the current compromise, to let the people responsible for overseeing the college or the university decide what’s best, is much better than forcing this bone-headed policy on everybody.” Welch thanked Collins in his statement, and noted that the university prefers only law

enforcement officials carry firearms on campus. “The ASU System remains grateful to Rep. Charlie Collins for his 2013 legislation allowing the higher education governing boards to make decisions on the local level regarding firearms on college campuses,” Welch said. “We prefer that only our licensed law enforcement officers carry firearms on the ASU System campuses, and that all similar decisions should be made at the local level.”

UPD investigation, Continued University police responded to a similar, unrelated report on Sept. 10. According to a campus security notice, University Police were advised that a student was sexually assaulted by an unknown male at a Northpark Quad residence. According to an incident report, officers responded to St. Bernard’s ER in reference to a

report of a sexual assault that had already occurred. The victim stated that she believed she was assaulted during the early morning hours on Sept. 10. “Our officers are maintaining contact with both individuals to provide them with updates when available,” Smith said. “We have received some reports back from the evidence submitted to the state crime lab related to the first

incident and are pursuing leads related to them.” According to Smith, the second case has been presented to the county prosecutor for review and recommendations on any charges. UPD has encouraged anyone with information to contact the agency at 870-972-2093.

Convention centers, Continued 250 room nights at the hotel for the university’s use. The Delta Regional Authority will provide a $404,983 investment into site preparation and improvements. The Keller project is currently under construction on Brown’s Lane Access Road off Interstate 555. Keller’s initial

proposal consisted of a 147room Hyatt Place Hotel and a 40,000-square-foot convention center. In addition to assistance from the Jonesboro A&P Commission, the Keller project will also benefit from tourism and tax incentive. In September,

the Arkansas Economic Development Commission approved a potential for up to $7.5 million in tax incentives for the project, which allowed the Keller family to double the size of the convention center to 80,000-square-feet.

Campus Crime, Continued Nov. 25, 2016 11:20 a.m.—Officer Daniel Bradway was notified of a suspicious male on the Marion Berry Parkway overpass who was attempting to remove the stripes from the pavement in the road. The suspect, 35-year-old John Wooten, was wearing dark clothing but did not have any shoes on. Officer Bradway began to question the man and asked where his shoes were. Wooten stated they were in the aisle at church. When asked why they were at church, Wooten said he didn’t know, but it’d been years since he’d seen them. Bradway then asked where the man came from, and Wooten replied that he had been in the woods with his dad. When asked where his dad went, Wooten said that he was in the ground. At this point, Officer

Bradway knew the suspect was not in his right mind and called for a medic unit to check the man out. Officer Andy Thrasher assisted and noticed the suspect was exhibiting signs commonly associated with the use of methamphetamine, including speaking incoherently and having involuntary spasms of the jaw muscles. Officer Thrasher then discovered a place under the overpass where it appeared someone had been living. He found papers with Wooten’s name and five hypodermic needles that later tested positive for meth. Wooten was arrested and charged for possession of drug paraphernalia and was criminally banned from campus. Nov. 28, 2016 7:45 p.m.—Within three days, UPD officers responded

to fire alarms at three different sorority houses. The first was at Zeta Tau Alpha where a female resident called UPD and reported that she was getting ready for work when the alarm sounded. The student was evidently using a curling iron or similar device and triggered the alarm. The next day, a female resident of the Alpha Gamma Delta house explained that she had attempted to boil carrots in a pot on the stove. When the pot boiled over, the contents spilled and caused a small amount of smoke, triggering the alarm. In the final incident, a female resident of the Chi Omega house explained that she was trying to cook bacon when the alarm went off. No actual fire or damage occurred in any of the three cases.

AASCU, Continued year research institution in Jonesboro with an instruction site in Paragould. Its two-year institutions include ASUBeebe, with additional campuses

in Heber Springs and Searcy and an instructional site at the Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville; ASU-Newport, with additional campuses in

Jonesboro and Marked Tree; ASU-Mountain Home; and ASU Mid-South in West Memphis.

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Massey awarded study abroad scholarship A-STATE HERALD STAFF REPORT

An Arkansas State University student was recently awarded a prestigious honor to aid in her study abroad efforts. The university announced Monday that Hannah Massey, a junior electrical engineering major at A-State, has been awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for study abroad. The honors student was also awarded an Honors Experience Grant of $2,000 for her upcoming study abroad. “I enjoyed working with Hannah, and I’m so proud of her for being open to the life-changing experience she’s going to gain while studying in Northern Ireland,” said Jennifer Salo, special projects coordinator of the Honors College. “She’s a great example of a student who is eager not only to excel in the classroom but also to take advantage of all these great resources and opportunities that A-State students can experience during their time here.

The Walnut Ridge native will study at Ulster University of Northern Ireland in the spring of 2017. Following graduation from A-State, Massey plans to pursue a master’s degree and Ph.D., in electrical engineering and hopes to work in the power industry. Massey is one of over 850 American undergraduate students from 359 colleges and universities across the U.S. selected to receive the Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to study or intern abroad during the spring 2017 term. “Hannah and our other students who apply for competitive scholarships are blazing a trail to create a culture on campus that embraces these enriching opportunities,” Salo said. “Being a Gilman recipient will certainly open doors for Hannah in the future, and I couldn’t be more excited for her.” Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply toward their study abroad or internship program costs. The program offers grants

for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, careeroriented internships abroad. Such international exchange is intended to better prepare U.S. students to thrive in the global economy and interdependent world. In May 2016, Raj Patel of Bryant, then a junior student in interdisciplinary studies, was selected as a recipient. In June and July, he studied at Saitama University in Japan. Students receiving a Federal Pell Grant from two- and fouryear institutions who will be studying abroad or participating in a career-oriented international internship for academic credit are eligible to apply. Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages and economies, making them better prepared to assume leadership roles within government and the private sector.

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Preferred Pronouns What would happen if we used gender-neutral language? ARNELLE JONES


Could you imagine a world where people are born with no pre-prescribed expectations for who they are supposed to be? What if, hypothetically, there were no behaviors, attitudes, likes or dislikes associated with the word the world has chosen to call you? This sounds a bit like a dystopian novel for some because this doesn’t exist in the world as we know it. But, what if, because you chose not to align with the behaviors, attitudes, or likes and dislikes associated with the word society has chosen to call you, you could face violence – both physical and mental. This harsh reality is not a dystopian novel at all, but it is the reality faced by transgender and gender nonconforming individuals living in the United States, according to several advocacy organizations, including Human Rights Campaign. Several people have endless objections to doing the mental work involved with seeing a transgender or gender nonconforming person as the unique individuals they are and many simply refuse to address them by their correct pronouns. What if there were no pronouns associated with how we expressed ourselves? What if there was no dichotomy? After all, the American Dialectic Society decided that singular “they” was the word of the year in 2015. In the hypothetical world I am creating, there would be numerous beneficial impacts of living in a non-gendering world and eliminating dichotomy in third person pronouns. Gender is a socially constructed definition of women and men determined by the conception of tasks, functions and roles attributed to women and men in both society and in public and private life. Notice, gender is directly linked to a set of arbitrary behaviors society has assigned. In this sense, “arbitrarily” means that there is no concrete rea-

soning for why we dichotomize certain things as “for her” and “for him”. There is a plethora of gendered items from basic things such as earplugs, to more specific things such as clothing. The abbreviated version of the theory of Symbolic Interactionism by George Herbert Mead is that we treat things based on the meaning we assign them. Following that logic, when we meet someone who we identify as being a “he”, we treat them with the expectations that society has set forth with those who we label as “he”. We expect this person to dress a certain way, enjoy a certain range of activities and reject certain ideas. Likewise, we make the same assumptions about a person we label as a “she”. That is to say, when we encounter a person who does not fit into our conglomerated image of “he” or “she”, we usually treat them as if they are an outlier, a source of confusion and sometimes a problem to be dealt with. Following the aforementioned theory, in a world where we did not dichotomize behaviors and associate them with arbitrary labels, people would ideally be treated equally. There would not be individuals who are labelled and treat as “confused”. People would just be people. Humans would dress and act as they pleased without fear of being treated as an anomaly. Nonetheless, this world of acceptance and understanding is merely hypothetical. But in the meantime, what if we decided to ask someone their preferred pronouns and made the extra effort to respect their choice? What if we took the time to appreciate the identities that make us all unique? What if we treated everyone with the same respect that we desired for ourselves.

Arnelle Jones is a senior communication studies major of Osceola.

pinion Editor’s View

As 2016 draws to a close, the contentious nature of the year’s election season hangs heavy over the heads and hearts of many Americans. The reality of the situation will not be a reversal of opinion overnight on either side of the political spectrum. Donald Trump is the culmination of the greatest fears of some and the grandest wishes of others. What a Trump presidency represents for America remains unknown, but many fear the worst. Arkansas is a tried-andtrue red state, and those who are less than enthusiastic for four years of Trump’s misogynistic buffoonery are few and far between. The Herald’s editorial board made the unanimous decision, in our Nov. 9 edition, to condemn several students who chose to display their Trump pride in what we felt and feel is an objectively tasteless, classless and unfunny manner. The students, Lauren Gay, Samantha Overby and Taytem Eudaley, are members of Arkansas State University’s Alpha Gamma Delta chapter. In the controversial photo, the young women are wearing “brick wall” t-shirts with the caption “Build that GAM wall.” The students were holding a Trump/Pence campaign sign and tagged “Students4Trump” in the caption of the photo. The event at which these young women were photographed was hosted by Pi Kappa Alpha. According to several commenters on the photo, the theme of the drop-in was “Make America Nedrow Again,” in a combined homage to the founder of A-State’s Pike and Gam chapters, whose last names were Nedrow. Pike’s exterior was decorated with Trump campaign signs. Since its publication, we have received the expected mix of praise and vitriol. Despite the fact that The Herald regularly covers Greek events and philanthropic efforts by the organizations, even the slightest criticism often garners waves of backlash. The biggest surprise for our staff was seeing just how many students are actually picking up The Herald. On Nov. 17, a group of students submitted an open letter to The Herald for publication. Abrie`l Williams, an ambassador for A-State’s multicultural center and a coauthor of the open letter, noted several details we failed to mention in our criticism. “What was more disturbing was that the girls were also dressed in chola in an attempt to portray Hispanic women in a stereotypical light,” Williams wrote. This letter was submitted to Chancellor Doug Whitlock on Nov. 14. Whitlock

responded the following day. “I asked myself if I were Hispanic would I have been offended by the posts from social media you shared with your letter,” Whitlock wrote. “The answer to that question is ‘yes’ I would have been. It is clear to me why these posts are viewed as offensive.” However, Whitlock emphasized that the university is not and should not be in a position to censor students. “Does this mean we condone or accept the actions which have offended you? Of course not,” Whitlock stated. “These acts are not consistent with the values of Arkansas State.” While Whitlock’s statement does indeed address the issues presented to the university, it does not do justice to the serious implications that acts like this have for students and potential students alike. Whitlock stated that the university does not condone the actions of these students as it contradicts the values that the university stands for. However, it is important to note Whitlock’s phrasing. Including the line “actions which have offended you,” in this statement, which was provided by Williams and was not publicly issued to the media, acts as a non-apology and toothless response to an issue that should be of great concern to the university. The university, it would appear, is not apologizing for the appalling behavior of its students. It is sorry it offended a select few. According to Williams, just days before the election, A-State’s Young Democrats set up a table in the Student Union encouraging students to vote and asking why they were voting. They were encouraged to share their views on Post-It notes. One student wrote, “Merica! The Wall! White Power! Trump 2k16!” The climate of xenophobia and racial injustices have spiked in recent months. Unfortunately, the ubiquitous nature of these sentiments at A-State are far from new or surprising. In a public Facebook post, Dominic Williams, a senior biology major of Forrest City, noted his disgust at the remarks. “I look forward to the day where black and brown students do not have to find the audacity to attend [Predominantly White Institutions],” he stated. The demographic at Arkansas State is overwhelmingly white and students of color are disproportionately outnumbered on this campus. Students of color represent only 26 percent of A-State’s student body and oftentimes the instances that are allowed to take place on campus reflect that. As we pointed out in our previous



editorial, A-State’s Greek life is a racially segregated community. A lack of public condemnation is just as dangerous as endorsing these intolerable acts. Moreover, not holding these students accountable for their actions sets a dangerous precedent: this behavior is acceptable in our community. “We are an educational institution and it is through education that we will seek to address the underlying issues,” Whitlock said. “Fostering a campus based on respect and understanding is a priority.” Williams indicated her dissatisfaction with the university’s response in an email to The Herald. “This seems to follow a pattern of cultural insensitivity coupled with the lack of accountability or consequences on this campus,” Williams said. “ It is evident that there is a need to reassure all students of the University’s position on tolerance and cultural sensitivity. An individual’s right to free speech should not invalidate the rights of another individual.” She is absolutely correct. Mutual respect is of paramount importance for any community, particularly colleges, where young adults are embarking on their first foray into the real world. When an institution allows this kind of behavior to persist, it only serves to alienate entire minority groups with its indifference.

Courtesy of Instagram (@ TAYTEMEUDALEY) LEFT TO RIGHT: Lauren Gay, Samantha Overby, Taytem Eudaley.

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30, 2016

Red Wolves lose in disappointing fashion A-State set to close out the 2016 football season Saturday

only trail A-State (16) in rushing touchdowns on the season by four (12). The only facet of Texas State’s offense and defense that doesn’t rank dead last or close to it, is their passing attack. Tyler Jones and the Bobcats rank 66th in the country in passing yardage per game. Jones is 219-338 on the season with 11 touchdowns. However, Texas State Head Coach Everett Withers elected not to start the senior in last week’s matchup with Troy, stating he wanted to evaluate other quarterbacks on the roster. Withers started sophomore quarterback Connor White, who went 8-16 for 108 yards and one interception. On the other side of the ball, Texas State might have the worst defense in all of Division 1 football. The Bobcats, on average, allow 41.5 points per game, the worst in FBS. The Bobcats have given up over 40 points in every game this season, with the exception of three.


After reeling off six straight league wins, and 15 over the last three seasons, the Red Wolves saw their streak snapped against Louisiana, losing 24-19 on Saturday. A-State started the scoring in their earliest kickoff of the year, when Justice Hansen found Dijon Paschal for a 24 yard touchdown, that was the culmination of a six-play, 47-yard drive. Hansen ended the drive 3-5 for 37 yards and one rush for 10 yards. Although the A-State defense was stout the entire first quarter, the Cajuns found a way to score. Hansen threw a dart near the far sideline, and saw it intercepted and returned for a 17yard touchdown to tie the game 7-7 at the end of the first quarter. ULL added to its lead on the first possession of the second quarter. After moving it all the way to the A-State 14, ULL’s Anthony Jennings connected with Elijah McGuire on a screen pass that resulted in a touchdown, pushing the score to 14-7. The Cajuns never trailed after that. The Cajuns added another touchdown in the third, and extended the lead to 21-10. A-State continued to fight in the fourth quarter, but could never get over the hump. After allowing a ULL field goal, A-State marched down the field and put seven on the board. The Red Wolves were powered by 18-, 16- and 38-yard passing plays by Hansen to move the ball into the red zone. After Chris Murray was tackled just short of the goal line on the 38-yard reception, the Red Wolves called a simple dive play up the middle with Warren Wand. A-State was in business, only down 24-19. A-State had one final drive to score a touchdown and escape with a victory, but could not find the end zone. Hansen went 5-12 on the final drive including a 14-yard rush, but the 15 play, 73-yard drive was all for naught. After the Red Wolves got inside the red zone at the ULL 11, the drive stalled. Hansen went 0-3 on the first three downs, and rushed for just four yards


A-State Head Coach Blake Anderson addresses members of the Red Wolves football team during A-State’s 24-19 loss to ULL. A-State travels to take on Texas State Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on the final play, turning the ball back over to ULL and sealing the Red Wolves’ fate. “I don’t think we played well at all, especially on offense until late,” A-State head football coach Blake Anderson said. “We were sporadic all day on defense and didn’t do anything on special teams outside of the blocked punt. We didn’t match the intensity early and proud of how we responded late, but it was obviously not enough. At the end of the day, we just didn’t execute well enough to win the game. They did what they had to do to win. We have to regroup quickly and get our minds right for next week.” After the disappointing setback, A-State will turn its attention to Sun Belt cellar dweller

Texas State, for a nationally televised primetime game. Texas State has now lost their last seven games, and the Red Wolves will hope to make it eight straight this week. The Bobcats enter 2-9 (0-7) on the year, with their lone wins coming in September against Ohio, 56-54, and Incarnate Word, 48-17. The Bobcats rank dead last in rushing, and, along with Georgia State, are one of the only two teams who have yet to crack the 1,000 yardage mark in team rushing yards. Texas State currently has 910 yards on the year on 380 attempts. The Bobcats average just 2.4 yards per rush, and just 82.7 per game. However, they

OF NOTE: Arkansas State and Georgia have come to terms on a non-conference game on Sept. 14, 2019 in Athens, Ga., that will result in A-State getting a record $1.8 million payout for Georgia. This adds to the list of $1 million+ payouts A-State has received or has agreed to receive during the past two seasons. The others are: 2015 -- USC $1.3 million 2016 -- Auburn $1.3 million 2017 -- Nebraska $1.65 million 2018 -- Alabama $1.7 million A-State has two nominations for the 2016 Hendricks Award watch list. The award is given annually to the best defensive end. A-State’s two nominees are Chris Odom and Javon Rolland-Jones. A-State and Texas State will kickoff on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN 2, or via the WatchESPN app.

A-State men’s basketball continues to rock & roll under first year Head Coach Grant McCasland CADE CARLTON SPORTS EDITOR

After a three game road trip that resulted in marquee wins over Georgetown, Army and Chattanooga, the Red Wolves returned home over fall beak for the first two games of a threegame homestead. A-State opened up the home stand with a convincing 75-57 win over SIU-Edwardsville on Nov. 21 before matching up with Lehigh on Sunday and faced former Jonesboro High School standout, Kahron Ross. Arkansas State did the unthinkable in the first half: they did not commit a single turnover. The Red Wolves and Mountain Hawks battled to a 15-15 tie with 12:00 to play in the opening half, and then A-State went on a run. The Red Wolves went on a 22-4 run, to put them ahead 37-19 with six minutes to go in the first half of play. The Red Wolves went into the locker room up 53-32. Despite a big deficit, Lehigh fought back. A-State jumped out to a 21-13 run, upping their lead to 74-45, with around 11 minutes remaining. Lehigh hovered around the 3020 point deficit mark for the longest, before they finally put together a little run of their own. Down 88-68, the Mountain Hawks put together a 12-0 run, to get to within 88-80 with 47 seconds left in the contest. Lehigh’s run proved to be too little too late, as A-State sank 9-of-11 free throws down the stretch to clinch the victory, and up their winning streak to six games. A-State was paced by five players scoring in


Tamas Bruce, a forward from Osceola, AR, recovers after dunking for two points against SIUE Nov. 21 A-State is set to host Cleveland State tonight before hitting the road for their next five games. double figures. Devin Carter tallied a season high 25 points, Devin Simms chipped in

with 19 points off the bench, Rashad Lindsey added 11, and Connor Kern and Tamas Bruce rounded out the double digit scoring total with 10 points each. Carter also added a career high seven three pointers. A-State had a higher shooting percentage in the ball game, shooting 53 percent compared to Lehigh’s 49 percent. The Red Wolves, however, held the Mountain Hawks to a 35 percent field goal percentage in the first half of play. “What a great crowd and I was proud of our team for how we executed the game plan,” A-State head men’s basketball coach Grant McCasland said. “The exciting part is that we beat a team that has a chance to go to the NCAA Tournament with some really good players and scheme. I’m proud of our team for finding a way to win and I’m excited about the fact that we are getting a lot better.” A-State will now be road warriors for almost the entire month of December after closing out the home stand on Wednesday. The Red Wolves are set to play at TCU, UT Martin, Central Arkansas, Alabama (neutral site), and Minnesota, before returning home on Dec. 31. The university announced Sunday that Jahmiah Simmons, a freshman forward, would be out indefinitely following a stress fracture to the foot. Simmons did not play in Sunday’s game. A-State will close out their three game home stand tonight when they take on Cleveland State. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. A-State will enter the contest having recieved one vote in the most recent college basketball AP poll.

Herald for Nov. 30  
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