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Kony 2012 video sparks human emotion
Day of Service, continued
Going Home: softball feature photo
THE HERALD Informing Arkansas State University since 1921
Monday, March 12, 2012
Vol. 91 Issue 40
Same-sex couples attend military ball ROTC student: 'Now I can be who I am and not hide it from the military.' Kayla Paine Staff Writer For the first time, gay members of the ASU Reserve Officers’ Training Corp were allowed to bring same-sex dates to the Military Ball on Friday. Since the repeal of the policy “don’t ask, don’t tell” on Sept. 20, 2011, two students have been able to express who they truly are. Skyler Mays, masters of sociology student from Cherokee Village, brought his ex-boyfriend Derek
Brown as his date. “It’s liberating to be able to bring a same-sex date, because now I can be who I am and not hide it from the military,” he said. “Everyone has been really respectful of my date and I think everyone has really lived up to what the military expects of them.” This being her first ASU ROTC Military Ball, Caitlin Marshall, a senior political science major from Sacramento, felt very accepted as well. She brought Alex Ma-
hony, a sophomore English major from Maumelle, who is straight, but supports Marshall and wanted her to be able to bring a samesex date. “I just wanted to know what it felt like to bring someone of the same gender as I’ve always wanted to do,” Marshall said. “I’m fighting and risking my life and it’s only fair for me to be who I am, I feel amazing being able to do this.” The ASU ROTC Senior Military Instructor John
Hayden recognized that this may be a “momentous occasion” for Skyler and Caitlin, but also pointed out that it is the military’s intention to make this issue a non-issue and instill equality. “The military has always been a catalyst for social change, look at the early integration of blacks and women before the rest of society,” he said. Rep. Rick Crawford (R) spoke at the event and left before the dancing began. See MILITARY, page 3
Blood, Sweat and Beers
For the first time, ROTC students attend the military ball with a same-sex date Friday night. Pictured above: Skyler Mays, Derek Brown, Krystle Lee, Alex Mahony and Caitlin Marshall.
Road closure hurts business, inconveniences students Sara Krimm Herald Editor Businesses on Caraway Road are beginning to suffer due to students being deterred from traveling in that direction, since the closure of the road on the south side of campus. One of the businesses suffering is Quizno’s on the corner of Caraway and Matthews, just on the other side of the railroad tracks. Prior to the road closing, Quizno’s was a popular place for students who live
on campus to walk to for lunch or dinner. However, owner Adam Sinnard said the store is down about 16 percent in sales from where it was a year ago. Sinnard said all the discounts previously available are still in place, but that it doesn’t seem to be bringing students out of their way to a place that used to be so conveniently located and easy to access. As far as doing anything differently to continue to See CLOSURE, page 3
As part of the "Blood, Sweat and Beers" tour, Eric Church made his way to the ASU Convocation Center on Friday, alongside Drake White and Brantley Gilbert. The three performed in front of a nearly sold out Convocation Center. Church sang some of his hits such as "Hell on the
Heart," "Hungover and Hard up" and "Country Music Jesus." He sang some of his newer tunes as well. Gilbert warmed up the crowd with some of the songs that he's written for Jason Aldean such as "Dirt Road Anthem." A review on the concert will be on Thursday's 'Campus Corner' page.
Petrus reelected, plans agenda for next year Lindsey Blakely News Editor Hunter Petrus has been announced as president of SGA for his second term, and has received overwhelming support. As only the second president in ASU history to win another term, winning against Zachary Brogdon by a mere 14 votes, he said he’s ready to serve the university. “It was a great race,” said sophomore public relations major, Zachary Brogdon, who ran against Petrus. “With either of us
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Hunter Petrus (right) was reelected as SGA president on Thursday. His vice president will be Austin Copenhaver (left). winning, the university was in great hands at the end of the day.
Missed the SGA election results? View our coverage @ asuherald.com Hunter Petrus was reelected over opponent Zach Brogdon by 14 votes
Petrus set forth a few resolutions during his first term, but says he’s excited
to get started on more during his second term. “The first item on my agenda is to finish the Saferide program,” said Petrus, a junior marketing major of Jonesboro. “We started it this year, and I want to finish that in the beginning of my second term.” The Saferide program is a program that Petrus put into resolution this semester that will allow students to rent bicycles out of the Red Wolf Center with their student I.Ds. Next on Petrus’ agenda See PETRUS, page 3
Alpha Gamma Ro fraternity and the Lady Red Wolves' soccer team served with Habitat for Humanity on Saturday.
Students participate in annual 'Day of Service' Ari Yuki Staff Writer Jodie Cherry, coordinator of Student Services, said more than 130 students in 13 registered organizations at ASU joined the event with 10 non-profit organizations. The Day of Service event hosted by Student Activities Board (SAB) and Volunteer ASU on Saturday gave students opportunities to serve people in the Jonesboro community. Cherry said those students in organizations who signed up for the event were matched up with non-profit organizations and were sent out all over Jonesboro to help people. “The leadership organizations or students who want to serve our community have a day where they all participate together and it makes for a long day project,” said the leadership and community service director of SAB, Shelby Brooks, a sophomore chemistry major of Benton. Brooks said each non-profit organization had different projects. “It just depends on exactly what they need,” she said. See SERVICE, page 3
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Some rhetoric goes too far
— Our View — Be our voice Last week, the student body voted to elect the SGA president and senators, resulting in a second term for incumbent Hunter Petrus and many other SGA representatives. We would like to congratulate Petrus and the other SGA members in their election bids, but we would like to offer some words of advice as they go about their work this next school year. This past year, many changes have occurred creating unforeseen problems. Among them are the closing of Caraway Road, tuition being increased and the school as a whole undergoing several budgetary and administrative changes. While we understand many of these changes are good, we are calling upon all the members of the SGA, as representatives of the student body, to propose firm recommendations that address real problems, especially on budgetary matters. First, we ask the SGA to consider slashing its operating budget. Since the SGA is given its own sum of money to spend each year to put on events, we ask that it use the money in the most efficient way possible by sponsoring events all students can enjoy attending but will not put a useless drain on school funds. We also ask that resolutions are passed asking the administration to cut operating expenses. Perhaps some of these recommendations could include turning off lights in the Student Union, the Red W.O.L.F Center and other locations around campus at night, when they are closed. Ask the administration to consider a temporary pay cut to reduce budgetary strain. It is unfair for students to receive a tuition increase at a time when households and businesses across the country are being forced to cut their own budgets. Small changes like these could go far in providing funds for projects that are actually worthwhile. Adding new computers to the library or constructing a second exit in the Quads onto University Loop, to prevent students from driving the traffic-heavy Johnson Ave., would be changes most students could agree on. We understand the SGA has little authority to make sweeping changes on this campus, but we also know they can make recommendations that all students care deeply about. We encourage the SGA, as our representative, to be our voice in administrative matters and demand action when possible.
“You can claim to be a champion of tackling media bias... all day and night. The problem is...much of your time has really been spent attempting to destroy a person.”
On March 1, conservative firebrand Andrew Brietbart died of an apparent heart attack. His passing has evoked a tidal wave of debate as to whether his more provocative approach to taking down political adversaries made any meaningful impact. Count me as one of those viewing Brietbart’s so-called contributions to public discourse in the decidedly negative column. It is one thing to claim the mantle of free speech and quite another to hide behind it when launching deeply personal and harmful attacks on people whose ideology and politics differ from yours. The examples are so numerous with regard to Bri-
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etbart that I will not even attempt to extrapolate of them in this space. What I will share is this: Andrew Brietbart took great advantage of the death of liberal Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy from brain cancer in recent years. He also savored targeting rank-and-file government workers and never hesitated to brag about his “citizen journalism” efforts. You can claim to be a champion of tackling media bias (that old liberal slant on reporting) all day and night. The problem is, when it turns out, much of your time has really been spent attempting to destroy a person. Rush Limbaugh, another stellar voice of the Right, called a Georgetown University law student a “slut” for daring to support
access to contraception, and the whole recent controversy surrounding the issue. He reluctantly apologized, but not until the almighty dollar smacked his considerably big mouth by way of advertisers pulling out of his three-hour radio show. Of course, Limbaugh always claims he is being silenced because he happens to be a conservative. We see this self-victimization playing out by the far Right in myriad ways. Ministers of this perspective whine about being called bigots for anti-gay remarks during sermons. Far too many Republican politicians take to the airwaves to assail critics for questioning the sincerity of their “traditional values.” They, too, are upset when their own views are perceived as hateful and
close-minded. I have a simple solution: if you don’t want to be called a bigot, stop being one. I have deliberately avoided the blogosphere in the aftermath of Brietbart’s death. I hear that many of the comments bring a sharp edge to the overall discussion. I am reminded of something overheard when a prominent Democratic politician cracked a joke about the late President Ronald Reagan’s passing in 2004 from Alzheimer’s disease. It was a ridiculous and classless thing to do. The irony is that Brietbart engaged in much of the same behavior throughout his career. Will that be his legacy? Childress is a graduate student in political science of Jonesboro.
Kony 2012 video sparks human emotion “Whether you are a supporter or doubter of the cause, there is no question that ‘Kony 2012’ is only the beginning of a new wave of films we will be witnessing...”
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Kony 2012 is a film produced to bring awareness to the practices of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Central Africa. The film focuses on LRA’s leader, Joseph Kony, claiming that his actions for the past 26 years included abductions of children and using them as soldiers of war. Produced by the nonprofit organization Invis-
ible Children, Inc., the 30-minute film has been able to capture 80 million viewers in the past five days. Members on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter spread this film like wildfire, trying to reach the film’s objective—make Joseph Kony a celebrity. The film’s producer and narrator, Jason Russell, is one of the cofounders of Invisible Children. Russell effectively communicates the objective of his campaign and suggests a solution everyone can be a part of. On April 21, Russell will witness the fruits of his labor when believers of his cause will have painted their respective cities with “Kony 2012” posters. “We’re living in a new world. A Facebook world in which 750 million people are sharing ideas. Not thinking in borders. It’s a global community, bigger than the U.S.” Russell said. I think Russell nailed it on the head with that statement. We are no longer citi-
zens of different countries, we are citizens of the world and the film takes advantage of this realization. In the article “12 Lessons from Kony 2012 from Social Media Power Users” by author Anthony Wing Kosner in Forbes magazine, the article discusses possible reasons why this film was able to capture so many viewers. One of the points the article makes is that Russell’s narration commands attention. The narration tells the viewers in the beginning “The next 27 minutes are an experiment. But in order for it to work, you have to pay attention.” By letting the viewer in on the journey, you are bound to spark an emotion that will grasp people’s attention. Another reason explained by the article is the theme used in the movie. The theme gives a sense of an emergency. The repetitive “I can’t stop” musical hook, with an expiration date of December 31, 2012, gives the film the vibe if you don’t act
now, it might be too late. Russell also incorporated the birth of his son into the film. By doing so, the viewer gets to see the contrast of the living behaviors of two children in two different countries: A child born in the U.S. that enjoys all the freedom he can think of, and a child in Uganda who has to sleep with one eye open. By creating a villain, the audience can now focus their energy on one man instead of a situation as a whole. By creating a villain, a story is being created, and the audience wants a hero. Whether you are a supporter or a doubter of the cause, there is no question that “Kony 2012” is only the beginning of new wave of films we will be witnessing in this new technological era. No matter what your views are, it is for certain that this movement has people talking. So where will you be on April 21st? Raslan is a senior digital media and design major of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
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MILITARY, CONTINUED Being a former bomb disposal technician in the army, he was personal in his address to the ball. He talked about serving off of American soil, but returning home and how precious this land is to him. “It was an enjoyable experience to fellowship with
my brothers and sisters in arms at ASU tonight,” he said as he left. It was a night full of eating, dancing and smiling. They danced to Cupid Shuffle and Wobble and had cheesecake for dessert. For some students it was their first Military
Ball and for others, it was their last. “I really enjoyed tonight, my one, final night with my fellow cadets that I’ve been with since the beginning,” said Robert Davis, a senior interdisciplinary studies major from Cave City.
PETRUS, CONTINUED is to have the new senators meet with their respective deans. “It’s important for them to meet with them so they can represent their colleges well,” Petrus said. One way Petrus is trying to make a difference on campus is through a program for the international students. “We’d like to have a program at the beginning of the year to welcome the international students back,” Petrus said. “We’d also like to have a program for the international students where everyone can learn about the different cultures.” One way Petrus is aiming to do this is through a “Get to Know Me” series which they hope will happen every couple of months. “It would be a way to allow students to get to know the different cultures and interact with them,” Petrus said. “We have so many different cultures here, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese, and students will be able to learn more about them.” One program that Petrus said he is excited for is a panel for students
with the administrators of the university. “We want the students to be able to talk to the administrators on a personal level,” Petrus said. “This is something that Adrian Everett worked on when he was president and it’s something that I’m looking forward to.” Vice president Austin Copenahaver, a junior of Jonesboro, said he is wanting to work on the programs that ASU has currently during his term. “With a school like ASU, you need to support what you already have,” Copenhaver said. “We have a ton of registered organizations, and I don’t think a lot of students know what they are. We need more activities to support what ASU is already about.” Courtney Bolin, a Junior finance major of Monticello, was the secretary for SGA last year and Petrus has assured her position as secretary again for next year. “I’m really excited, I think the elections went really well,” Bolin said. “I’m glad that I was asked to come back and serve as
secretary again. It’s going to be a great year.” While many positions are still open, the following is a list of positions that were filled: Senior Senators: Brendon Aitken Alyssa Goodin Alicia Rose Junior Senators: Katie Calaway Chad Easton Deane Marks Rodrick Warren Sophomore Senators: Conner Branch Jasmine Collier Fulton Parlow Graduate Senators: Amanda Morales Susan Smith College of Agriculture Senator: Stevie Overby College of Business Senator: Zachary Booe College of Education Senator: Kelsey Dement College of Humanities and Social Science Senator: Eric Fiszer College of Math and Science Senator: Calvin Diaz College of Nursing and Health Professions Senator: Danielle Goodwin Honors College Senator: Creighton Powell International Student Senator: Raj Shende
reach students, despite the now inconvenient location, Sinnard said they haven’t tried anything new yet. “We’ve kind of discussed it.,” he said. “We do lots of couponing, anybody can go online at quiznos.com and print out coupons.” What may be the best scenario for Quizno’s, Sinnard said, is to wait until the store’s lease is up in the fall and look for a new building in a better location. “We’re definitely looking at other locations within town, and when our lease is up we will definitely be reevaluating whether or not this is the correct spot for us,” he said. Students who live on campus and don’t have cars have been affected greatly by the road closure, as they can no longer walk to several places they used to rely on, such as Walmart, Kroger or any of the restaurants along Caraway. “It is inconvenient for me that I cannot cross the railroad. I used to use that way when I went back to the dorm from Walmart, but I have to make a detour now,” said Choonhyang Kim, a freshman graphic communication major from Korea. It isn’t just students without vehicles who no longer go to restaurants or stores on Caraway, though. Even students who drive find it inconvenient to drive in a circle around campus to get to anything on Caraway. “Me and my friends hate that Caraway Road was closed. We don’t even go to Taco Bell anymore,” said Matt Penny, a sophomore interdisciplinary studies
Quizno’s on the corner of Caraway and Matthews is looking into moving to a new location once its lease is up in the fall, due to a decrease in sales since the closing of Caraway Road. major of Jonesboro. Eventually, there will be access from the overpass to the south side of campus, and campus will once more be a loop. Caraway will then be a bit more accessible, since cars (or pedestrians) will be able to travel over the overpass from behind the library and HPESS buildings, and onto Matthews. However, that won’t be complete until sometime during the 2013 calendar year. Most recently, the part of Caraway Road that used to meet University Loop and go across the railroad tracks has been blasted out, and now only a ditch remains. This means that there is only one way to get to the rugby, intramural and
track facilities (driving or on foot), which is to use the access off of the Marion Berry Pkwy overpass. This makes the walk for students much longer than it was before. “I tried to go to the track across the railway for one of my classes, and I was told I cannot walk over there. So I have to go all the way around to get to the track. I felt it was inconvenient,” said Tonae Mitsuhashi, a theater major from Japan. For now, these are inconveniences that students and faculty are being told they just have to deal with. As for the businesses suffering on the other side of the tracks, there is at least one (Quizno’s) looking to relocate within the year.
The Black Student Association participated in the Day of Service by volunteering at City Youth Ministries downtown.
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Projects included painting finger nails of senior citizens, playing card games with them, helping with animals, including feeding them, taking care of them for a while and playing with them, helping rebuild houses, organizing clothing donations, and cleaning and reorganizing a food pantry. Alexandra Furr, a sophomore BSE mathematics major of Midlothian, Texas, said some members of the ASU women’s soccer team, which joined the event, worked on a demolition of a 120-year-old home at the site of Habitat for Humanity, one of the non-profit organizations. The group ripped down old walls and nailed on water protecting material to the outside of the house. “I learned a lot about Habitat for Humanity and how much they really help people.” Furr said. “It's completely all voluntary and they really do need help changing lives.”
Furr also said their site leader said it was the most work that has been done in that house in three years and it made them feel like they really made an impact. The women’s soccer team is planning on going out another Saturday to help out. Colea Blann, a sophomore nursing major of Little Rock, served as the site director at Skill Care Nursing Center and helped to accompany the patients and assist them in activities. “I learned how something as simple as painting nails or playing bingo can really impact people’s lives,” Blann said. “It was such a blessing to serve at Skill Care because I think I learned so much about myself and how I can make a difference in others lives.” Blann said sometimes she takes for granted the little things in life, but even in the midst of their adversities, “These amazing people find joy in just
the ability to see another day.” Cherry said the event was a huge success. Brooks added that projects make organizations stronger, and a good relationship with non-profit organizations makes communities want more volunteers from ASU. “After the Day of Service, if they’re interested in volunteering again, (students) can just contact me to volunteer at ASU. We can help them sign up with another project,” Cherry said. She also said next week, March 12-16, is the volunteer week on campus, and a volunteer fair will be held on Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the second floor of the Student Union. “Non-profit organizations will be there and students will be able to talk to them and sign up to help if they’re interested,” Cherry said. “The Volunteer Fair is the perfect way for students to find their fit.”
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Operation: Spring Practice
Daniel McFadin Sports Editor Another year, another season of high expectations. This week sees the start of the Gus Malzahn era in Jonesboro after Arkansas State’s most successful season in a quarter century. For Malzahn and his first coaching staff as a Division 1A head coach, spring practice is a complete do over for the Sun Belt’s defending champions. “Every position is wide open. We’re coming into this thing new; we’re starting over,” said Malzahn. The process of determining next season’s 22man roster begins Wednesday when the Red Wolves go through the first of 15 practice sessions spread out over five weeks, including the team’s Spring Game on April 14. “We’re trying to evaluate our personnel, get a feel for our players and get some type of two-deep depth
chart for the spring,” said Malzahn. The practices are closed to the public. The former Auburn offensive coordinator and Arkansas native said that even the experienced players on the Red Wolves roster, including reigning Sun Belt conference Player of the Year Ryan Aplin, will be competing for their jobs. “He’ll fight for his position just like every body else out there,” said Malzahn. “At the same time we have a lot of confidence in him, but he’ll have to earn his position just like the rest of the 22 [positions].” Malzahn believes the returning offensive players will benefit from having played in Hugh Freeze’s offense for two seasons. One of the keys for Malzahn in developing a healthy relationships with players on his first team is through trust “The key is that you’ve got to know each player personally,” said the Fort
Gus Malzahn, seen here at his introductory press conference in December, leads the Red Wolves into a 15-session spring practice season beginning Wednesday. Smith native. “They’ve got to trust you and you’ve got to trust them. We’re in the process of getting to know each other as we speak. Learning more about them,
more about our coaches. It’s a two way street.” That two-way street met a bump in the road on Feb. 17 when Malzahn’s defensive coordinator, Keith Pat-
terson abruptly resigned after two months in the position to take the co-defensive coordinator position at West Virginia. However, Malzahn does not seem to hold any hard feelings. “He’s got to do what he feels is best for him. He did a great job for us recruiting; helped us get some excellent players on the defensive side that will help us. At the same time that’s part of the business.” Patterson was replaced on Feb. 25th by another Arkansas native, John Thompson. “We’re tickled to death to have John Thompson. You’re talking about a guy that is one of the top defensive minds in college football, who has been at the highest level and been successful.” Thompson, a coach with 29 years of experience, including coaching at five SEC schools and two years as the head coach at East Carolina, comes to ASU af-
ter previously coaching the upstart program at Georgia State for four seasons. The addition of Thompson finalized a staff comprised of many Arkansas natives and coaches Malzahn brought over with him from his time at Auburn. Working on the offensive side of the ball will be Rhett Lashlee (Springdale) as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Eliah Drinkwitz (Alma) as the Running Backs Coach/ Special Teams Coordinator, J.B. Grimes (Clarendon) coaching the offensive line, Dean Jackson instructing the tight ends and Casey Woods leading the wide receivers in addition to being the teams recruiting coordinator. Defensively, in addition to Thompson, long time ASU running backs coach David Gunn will now coach the defensive backs, Kenny Ingram takes the defensive line and Brandon Hall will coach the linebacker corps.
Sophomore Katie Collier, of Lake City, who plays at first base, slides into home plate during the first game of the Arkansas State Softball club’s series against Mid-Continent University in a non-conference game. The Red Wolves lost the first game 11-3 and fell in game two 8-5. The team will next play at home against Southern Illinois-Carbondale at the Southside Softball Complex on March 31.
Red Wolves take the boom out of Sooners Sammy Cowgill Staff Writer Arkansas State moves to a 4-0 season defeating Oklahoma Saturday afternoon, 96-7. ASU’s fast scoring ways started when Zac Mizell ran in the first try at the 37:38 mark. Oklahoma’s defense was then penetrated several times throughout the first-half, allowing 52 more points and an outburst of four of five tries by 8th man Shaun Potgieter. After the game, he commented on his performance saying the performance was “the best that I have ever had in my 14 total years of playing rugby.” Potgieter would score three consecutive tries at the 33:36, 28:59, and the 26:18 marks, putting ASU up 22-0. Kicker David Caswell added 6 conversions in the first half and Nardus Wessels, James Cobble, Patrick Sullivan and Harry Higgers would add tries to the scoreboard making for a 57-0 halftime score. After regrouping for the half, with a blowout in hand, OU continued searching for an answer for how to score. Paul Benade, Patrick Sullivan and Potgieter’s fifth try
Men’s golf competes at Seminole Intercollegiate Red Wolves finishes ninth overall, Pledger finishes 12th Travis Sharp/Herald
Loose Forward Harry Higgens, an International Business major from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, pushes through Sooner defenders Saturday at the ASU Rugby fields in Jonesboro. made the score 74-0 after Sullivan’s conversion kick. OU’s only answer came in the 25th minute in the second half, when Sooner Bradley Henry dashed for a near 50 meter run only being touched by a few defensive players, before scoring the first try against ASU since the Texas A&M on Feb. 18. With the score 74-7, the ASU defense tightened down and the Red Wolves added 22 more points. Dales Bates dashed to make it in for a try for ASU with 12:48 left in the game. The last five minutes of
the game was a very fluent and well developed offense for Arkansas State. “The last two minutes was what I wanted from my subs,” said Coach Huckaby after the game. After the game Huckaby told his team, “good job, [we] are starting to feel it.” Up next is a four games in five weeks road circuit starting with Life University, whom Coach Huckaby says, “is as good as us.” Potgieter said playing the circuit, “[will] make a difference due to travel… but we are confident in [ourselves].”
ASU Press Release The Arkansas State men’s golf team shot a final-round 287 Sunday at the Seminole Intercollegiate, concluding the three-round tournament at Southwood Golf Club with a combined 864 to finish in ninth place among 18 teams. The Red Wolves’ 287 matched their second lowest single-round score this season, and their 864 total was their best for a three-round tournament since posting an 853 at the Sam Hall Intercollegiate to start their 201011 campaign. A-State lowered its score each round, also posting a 289 and 288 for the first and second
rounds, respectively. The Red Wolves finished only one stroke behind eighth-place Mississippi State, while defeating Troy, Charlotte, Georgia State, South Florida, Toledo, James Madison, Florida Atlantic, Cincinnati and Boston College. No. 28 Florida State won the tournament with an 829, No. 8 Georgia Tech finished second with an 830 and Kennesaw State took third place with an 842. Senior Chris Pledger collected his fourth top-15 finish of the season, ending the tournament tied for 12th place with a season-best 211. Pledger carded a 70 for the first and third rounds and a 71 for the second 18
holes. Senior Cory Williamson finished in a tie for 15th place with a 212, which matched the lowest threeround total of his career. Williamson shot a career-tying 69 to start the tournament on Friday, then followed with a 73 on Saturday and a 70 on Sunday. Also competing for ASU, Wessel Zwiegers finished tied for 53rd place with a 222 (74-72-76), Christian Helmbold tied for 58th place with a 223 (76-7275) and Sawyer Radler tied for 85th place with a 230 (79-79-72). A-State returns to action March 26-27 at the UALR/First Tee Intercollegiate.
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