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Answering tough questions SGA presidential candidates debate on campus issues, improvements they plan to make Kayla Paine Staff Writer With no regrets about this past year as Student Government Association President, Hunter Petrus wants to continue being the leader of the student body. He plans to pursue new things, but current sophomore senator Zach Brogdon wants to change the way SGA operates. There are two teams running for the SGA President and VicePresident positions in the elections. Petrus is with Austin Copenhaver as his new vice-president. Natalie Wilbanks is the current vice-president. Brogdon is running as president with Colea Blann as his vice-president. The two teams went through four rounds of questions in Monday’s debate in the Student Union Auditorium. Petrus and Copenhaver have been pushing their platform of creating heritage through establishing long-lasting traditions for ASU. They also plan to bridge a cultural gap this next year. “Communication is key” ac-

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SGA Vice-President Natalie Wilbanks went over a resolution that will allow graduating senators who are not currently serving in any position in the SGA to wear cords at graduation.

SGA passes resolution for campus bike rental Kayla Paine Staff Writer A resolution to buy 10 bicycles for a new university bicycle program was passed by the Student Government Association during its meeting on Tuesday. The resolution was discussed at the Feb. 21 meeting and held for voting and time for senators to talk to their constituents. See SGA, page 5

ganizations to have a way to pay for programs or conferences. Funding has been given to RSO’s for transportation costs. Brogdon has been working hard to find a way to provide that transportation for free. Nothing has been set in stone, but he feels as though Action Fund money can be distributed more wisely without transportation costs. Petrus wants to focus more on funding RSO programming on the ASU campus instead of sending them to conferences. He believes that it will benefit more students to encourage RSOs to Abdullah Raslan/Herald Photo Editor have programs available to all The candidates for president and vice president of SGA participated in a students. The vice-presidents were debate Monday afternoon in the Student Union Auditorium. Pictured from left to right: Austin Copenhaver, Hunter Petrus, Zach Brogdon asked about how they are qualified to run the meeting with parand Colea Blann. liamentary procedure. cording to Brogdon and Blann. questions. Petrus asked BrogBeing involved with SGA for Their desire is to make access to don to list the seven responsi- two years and also with Student SGA easier for students through bilities and duties of the SGA Activities Board, Blann feels communication. President that are in the consti- very prepared to know how a It got interesting when Brog- tution. Brogdon didn’t know the meeting should be conducted. don said, “I know Hunter and answer. “You can’t come in to it 2 Austin like ASU, but Colea and Ways to improve the Action months before elections and I love ASU.” Fund distribution was hit on by think that you know everything There was an opportunity for both candidates. Action Fund is you need to know about the candidates to ask each other a way for Registered Student OrSee DEBATE, page 5

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Addition of overpass makes 'smokers corner' unsafe Caleb Hennington Staff Writer

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The Gay-Straight Alliance brought it's annual "Drag Show" to the Carl Reng Student Union Monday. This is the seventh time the G-SA has put on the show. The event raised $900 to fund the organization's programming. Pictured: Akira Brookes, a Memphis, Tenn. drag queen, performed at the show Monday night. To view a slide show from the drag show, visit asuherald.com.

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The addition of the new Marion Berry Parkway overpass has created a dangerous environment for the number of smokers who gather to smoke at the intersection of Marion Berry Parkway and Aggie Road during the day. The overpass was opened to the public November 29, 2011. The overpass’s opening, along with the closing of the Caraway Road access to campus, has greatly increased the traffic flow on the Marion Berry Parkway. The intersection is a popular spot off campus for students and faculty to gather, take a cigarette break and chat in between their classes, but many students think the increase in the flow of traffic has endangered their lives and the lives of any other students who cross at the intersection. Shinnosuke Koike, a management major of Japan, said he feels like the new overpass has created problems for both the drivers and the smokers. “Sometimes when I drive through here, I see people sitting on the road smoking. So I feel, as a driver, it’s kind of dangerous,” Koike said. When he does smoke, Koike said he prefers to smoke on the inside corner of the intersection, across from the Kays Hall park-

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Since the closing of Caraway Road and addition of the Marion Berry overpass, the corner of Aggie Rd. and Marion Berry Pkwy. has become a dangerous place for smokers to take a break. ing lot and away from traffic. Since the passing of Act 734, or The Arkansas Clean Air on Campus Act of 2009, smokers on campus have had to find locations off campus to smoke. The Act states “smoking is prohibited on each campus of state-supported institutions of higher education” and anyone found smoking on campus will be punished a fine of no less than $100 and no more than $500. According to the most recent campus map of ASU, the corner intersection where the smokers smoke is the only part of the intersection not a part of ASU property. Some of the students and smokers have expressed the idea of ASU creating a spot on campus for smokers, in order to reduce potential injury at youtube.com/ASUHerald

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the intersection. “It would be nice if they had a designated area where people who chose to smoke could go,” Chris Lancaster, an undecided major from Jonesboro, said. Lancaster said he has seen as many as 15 people at one time standing at the intersection smoking. The Clean Air Act defines “campus” as “any property, including buildings and grounds that are owned or operated by a state-supported institution of higher education.” Because of this inclusion in the Act, the university isn’t allowed to designate a spot on campus for smokers. Jessica Rainwater, a junior photojournalism major from Pocahontas, said she witnessed an accident at the intersection that See SMOKERS, page 5


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OPINION

Thursday, March 8

­— Our View —

Unite on what matters On March 5, a 30-minute mini-film called “Kony 2012,” was released on YouTube, garnering over 11.6 million views in less than 48 hours. The film, produced by Invisible Children Inc., discusses atrocities committed by Joseph Kony, the radical leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Uganda and surrounding areas. According to the film, Kony’s actions have included the abduction of more than 30,000 children since the late 80s, turning them into prostitutes and forcing them into service for his army. This video has come as a shock to many viewers as it has brought to light a largely unknown issue in the Ugandan region. The producers have called on viewers to make their voices heard to our government leaders, demanding immediate action. Their campaign, “Kony 2012,” is designed to gather all groups and individuals together to support the cause of these children. In the midst of a heated election year, we find it interesting that an issue has come up that seeks to unite people of all political beliefs. Oftentimes, election years are met by much apathy among college students, who grow weary of the never-ending political discussions and ads. But as the movie’s producers have said, apathy toward this issue will convey to politicians in Washington that nothing should be done. Indeed, the film seeks to motivate people to act, and part of that action includes informing our government leaders, as well as friends and neighbors, urging them to get involved. As political discussions continue through the rest of this year, we hope that this issue will not fall to the wayside. All of us must come together in support for those children suffering in Uganda. “Our View” is written by the editorial staff. The opinions are not necessarily reflective of the student body, faculty or administration of Arkansas State University.

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Tradition hinders progress in U.S. “Since the founding of this country, any major advancement in the social status of any minority group...has been opposed by those in favor of tradition.”

Andrei Varney

Since many conservative candidates have been addressing social issues this campaign season, I’d like share my thoughts on such views (they are courting us as voters after all). To start, I’d like to provide a history of morality and tradition in America that may help put some of the issues that have been discussed (contraception and marriage) this election season into context. I believe traditional values have destroyed this country. This is clearly seen in our past. Since the founding of this country, any major advancement in the social status of any minority group (including gender) has been opposed by those in favor of tradition. Tradition was the justification for denying women the right to vote. Tradition was the justification for the enslavement of an entire race. Tradition today is the justification for denying gay and lesbian Americans the right to marry who they choose. Tradition, as it has been said, “…is an excuse to act without thinking.” It is highly ironic that most conservatives consistently argue against bigger government, but are the first ones to enter your home and tell you what you can

or cannot do with your loved one or your body. Recently, Congress held hearings on the issue of religious organizations providing contraception to female employees. At the very first hearing, there was not a single woman on the panel to testify. Why was Congress making decisions that drastically affect women without consulting them? To me, this is shocking and shows the rest of the world that America refuses to consider the people who are affected by the reckless policies they adopt. This point has been made numerous times, and I will say it once more: women, and only women, should have the right to make decisions about their own bodies. Government intrusion in this aspect of a woman’s life goes against the very core of limited government that conservatives are so passionate about. But it’s not surprising that religious institutions are upset over this. While they pay no government taxes, consistently violate the separation of church and state and donate money to certain political issues, they now want to refuse to provide women the chance to receive contraception—something women should be guaranteed a right to. It is time for religious organizations to stop using their beliefs to justify the erosion of women’s rights, which in turn threatens their health.

The “traditional” attack on marriage is one I believe needs to end. Marriage, since the beginning of time has been sanctioned by religious groups, and only began to be a matter of the state after the Protestant Reformation. The family has never been under attack. Gay and lesbian families exist in the millions and there is no doubt they are raising children. Additionally, religious organizations are not required to marry LGBT people. I have found no news stories that gays and lesbians are not “fit” to raise children. As for procreation, gays and lesbians can have children a number of ways, whether it is through a surrogate or adoption. After all, not all traditional marriages result in children. Should women who cannot give birth or men who are sterile be prevented from enjoying the rights of marriage? Sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? According to an ABC News article entitled “NY’s Cardinal Urges ‘Freedom of Religion Battle’ ”, Catholic New York City Archbishop Timothy Nolan says that [we] “…live in an era that seems to discover new rights every day.” I think the more accurate statement is that we live in an era where basic fundamental human rights are now being addressed in our society— decades after such questions have been addressed by the rest of the civilized

democratic world. Those in support of same-sex marriage where it has recently been legalized (in Washington state and Maryland, as well as New Jersey, where the governor vetoed it) have seen those measures pass by emphasizing love and family. How do you tell samesex couples with children that their love for their child is not comparable to those of opposite-sex couples? It seems to me samesex couples share traditional values such as love, honor and commitment with their partners. The U.S, as an advanced industrialized country, continues to remain the exception to the rule throughout the world. It is an embarrassment, and it is because of people’s unwillingness to embrace change that America remains in last place when it comes to social issues. Women do not have concrete or equal rights (still making 77 cents for each dollar a man makes, and lower in some states). This is also the case for ethnic minorities, gays and lesbians and, in some states now, public employees. Today seems to be the day and age when a person’s sexuality is fair game for politicians. And now, of course, men in government are allowed to tell women what they can and can’t do with their body. Doesn’t this seem wrong? Varney is a graduate student in political science of Green Bay, WI

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CHALK TALK

with Professor John Hall

With your background in school psychology and behavior assessment and intervention, what do you believe might cause someone like T.J. Lane to go on a shooting rampage? I think in these situations there are often multiple determinants. It’s typically not just one antecedent that results in this type of behavior. It would not surprise me if on down the road we heard more about his mental condition, especially the possibility of major depression or some type of internalizing disorder. But in terms of the number of variables that may be related to it, they could be considerable…it just seems like there are some unknowns there.

Do you think it was more of a psychological or social thing? Again, I think when you have a situation like this you often have multiple determinants that may really be the antecedents… Some antecedents may happen a number of years before the incident; others may be more recent. So if I were looking further into this, I would have the same question…what are the possible triggers with this? One that does come to mind is depression. If we go on what we’ve observed in the past, usually what we look at is multiple determinants: sometimes abuse, family issues, bullying, alienation with the school, lack of social support, access to firearms…it’s sometimes kind of like a strange brew. Clearly one I think you have to look at is some type of mental disorder, serious psychopathology. It may very well be some type of biochemical imbalance which major depression is often associated with.

What are some typical warning signs for someone like Lane? Poor academic performance, possibly absenteeism, poor social skills, interpersonal interactions that may be nonexistent or very limited, signs of depression, suicidal thoughts, ideation, sometimes you may see signs of aggression, plans that may be articulated, possibly access to firearms, problematic family relationships, difficulties that may not have been addressed…those are some that just generally come to mind. About John Hall: Professor of psychology and counseling Ph.D. in school psychology, University of Cincinnati Teaching specialties include psychological and education testing/measurement, professional consultation, and behavioral assessment and intervention. Research interests include professional practice issues and response to intervention

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U.S., how can we as college students be proactive in preventing school shootings?

We need violence prevention programs in place that are evidence-based that we know are quality types of programs. Also, students need to be very aware of the services that are available to them. And as you know, at ASU, we have health services and mental health services available. Students need to be aware of their mental health and the mental health of other students. There is a lot to be said about the depression screening that is offered here through the ASU Counseling Center from time to time. One of the concerns that you are always going to have is firearms and on a university campus, firearms are not allowed. I think that’s part of the awareness that we need…some people may be aware of that and others may not be. Students need to be looking out for other students.”

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Campus Corner

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Thursday, March 8

Dow crowned Miss Arkansas USA Haley Johnson Arts and Features Editor Kelsey Dow started competing in pageants six years ago. After she saw how much a few of her friends enjoyed participating, she decided to give it a try. She quickly learned of her love for pageants, but as she got older it was more about scholarships and getting involved. Over twenty crowns later, the Arkansas State junior is still running strong. She proves on a daily basis that not only can women be beautiful, but also driven and intelligent. On campus, Dow is known as Miss Arkansas State University 2011. She won the Miss ASU crown in February of 2011, and has spent the past year raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network and raising awareness for her platform: Texting and Driving: It Can Wait. She also competed in the Miss Arkansas pageant last summer, where she won the Alpha award, the Preliminary Presence and Poise in Evening Gown award, as well as first place for the Children’s Miracle Network “Miracle Maker” Award for raising over $2,000 for the CMN organization. This year, Dow has taken on a new crown: Miss Arkansas USA. On January 8, Dow and two other Arkansas State students competed at the Miss Arkansas USA pageant in Bentonville, Ark. The contest included Evening

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Gown, Swimsuit, Interview, and On stage Question. “I honestly love just being at the pageant and competing,” Dow said. “You work so hard for months at a

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time and there is so much anticipation, so when the time finally comes to compete it’s important to just enjoy it.” Arkansas State senior Kohl McCone was awarded first runner-up, and junior Kori Henard was awarded fourth runner-up. Dow won the Interview Award, Most Photogenic, and the title of Miss Arkansas USA. She also gets the chance to represent the state of Arkansas in the Miss USA pageant on June 3 in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will be televised nationally at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. “It still seems unreal to me that in a few months I will be in Las Vegas competing for the title of Miss USA,” said Dow. “It is such an amazing feeling to finally have everything I have worked so hard for pay off!” Dow is now traveling Arkansas and the surrounding states, including Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Virginia, making appearances and attending charity events. She has supported both the Red Dress Style Extravaganza and the Make a Wish Telethon in Jonesboro. Dow even met famous dress designer Sherri Hill to have a custom-created evening gown for the Miss USA pageant, and has attended a pageant retreat in Virginia to meet some of the other Miss USA contestants. Follow Dow’s journey to the Miss USA pageant on her Facebook page, www.facebook.com/MissArkansasUSA, or check out her personal blog at www.missarkansasusa2012.blogspot.com.

Habitat for Humanity offers hands-on volunteer work Kari Henderson Staff Writer

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The 2012 Student Juried Art Show opened on Monday at the Fine Arts Gallery. This year’s “Best of Show” award went to Savanna Rose Traylor, a junior art education major of Mountain Home. In second place came graphic design major Rachel Thieme, and in third studio art major John Funderburg.

Standard hammer and package of construction nails- $15. Work gloves- $23. Supply of masks and protective goggles- $30. Volunteering to put a family in a new home- priceless. From demolition to cleaning, stripping down walls to ripping out appliances, many ASU students volunteer with the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Jonesboro to help families build a place to call home. This year, students worked to build four different houses in the Jonesboro area. Jodie Cherry, Coordinator of Student Services, organized three groups who volunteer on Saturdays. A Greek group consists of 18 people and the Leadership Center group encompasses 30 people and hosts a Day of Service this Saturday from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Cherry’s latest project is the Alternative Spring Break group that includes 10 volunteers who applied and went through an informal interview before being selected. ”Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity allows our group to practice for our trip to New Orleans (Rebuilding Together New Orleans) with team building exercise and a great way to give back to Jonesboro,” Cherry said. “Volunteer ASU is happy to help in any way possible. Habitat’s mission is great, and I am thrilled we get to work with them.” Some students volunteer with classes. Freshman Rexi Parcells encouraged a group of five classmates from Professor Michael Gray’s Oral Communication class to volunteer to work about eight hours on Saturdays. “Our group project was to do something that changes the world. Groups in the past raised money and donated it for a good cause or got clothing donations,” Parcell said. “I know what a great organization Habitat for Humanity is I brought the idea up to my group members and they agreed it was a great opportunity.” Volunteer Coordinator Gretchen Campbell said the volunteers are fun to work with and at the same time they gain useful skills they may one day use in their own home. Volunteers work every Saturday and have developed 14 houses in the Jonesboro area that currently have families living in them. But the circulating myth that the houses are free is strictly false.

“Even though there are volunteers that work on one house, the future homeowners work as well,” Campbell said. “The homeowners are required to invest 400 hours of work constructing the home. They work alongside ASU volunteers, senior high schools, churches, and businesses. They also have requirements that must be met.” Habitat for Humanity is also holding a “Cars for Homes” event. Every car that is donated helps the organization build and rehabilitate a house with families who need affordable shelter. “Our fundraiser is different than most because although our program is run by our national affiliate, Habitat for Humanity International, the money from Jonesboro area cars stays with us locally,” Kirby Happer, ex-officio member of the board of directors for the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Jonesboro said. “We use the money right here to build houses.” Happer is currently in charge of a project called “Family Support.” She is looking for someone that speaks Spanish to attend Board of Directions meeting once a month, help recruit Spanishspeaking families for homeownership and assist with any translations or presentations necessary. “I am hoping that someone who is either a speaks Spanish as their native language or someone who is either a native speaker of English but who also is fluent in Spanish will contact us to volunteer,” Happer said. “We do not currently have any Hispanic families, but hope to recruit at least one sometime soon.” Campbell also has future plans for the Habitat for Humanity and wishes to include ASU as well. “We want to do more but need more interest,” Campbell said. “I would love it if an ASU organization picked up the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Jonesboro for a pet project. We are always are looking for help with fundraising and have a great opportunity with Super Sunday in the fall.” If anyone wants to learn more about the Habitat for Humanity and what it has to offer, they can visit the international website for general information at www. habitat.org. If anyone wishes to volunteer or donate, they can call 870-9331660 and a leave a message and contact information; homeowners also use the same line to contact the organization.


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Thursday, March 8

SPORTS

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No Cigar: Red Wolves’ conference run ends vs UNT Finn named to All-Tournament team after 21- point semifinal performance Benton Bajorek Staff Writer Hot Springs, AR -In yet another close game, Arkansas State fell to the Mean Green of North Texas 76-72 in the Sun Belt Semifinals. The Red Wolves (14-20) were led in scoring by junior Trey Finn, who scored 21 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor. Senior Malcoln Kirkland earned a double-double in scoring and rebounding while junior Marcus Hooten also contributed double digit points. ASU struggled in the first half to keep pace with an explosive North Texas offense. Midway through the first half, the Mean Green reeled off a 17-6 run which included three back-toback 3-point shots from junior forward Jacob Holmen. The run ate up 7:37 on the clock and put ASU in a 12-point deficit. Holman had been averaging just 5.8 points per game before the meeting and developed into a key factor for the Mean Green offense. Before the night was over, he had 21 points and went 5 for 5 on shots from behind the arc. “Jacob Holman was 5 [for 19] in league play,”

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Above: The Red Wolves gather around sophomore forward Kinley OgbonnayaBranch prior to tip off of the semifinal game against North Texas Monday night. Left: Senior Malcoln Kirkland emotionally walks off the court at Summit Arena following the Red Wolves 76-72 loss against North Texas in the Sun Belt Tournament’s semifinal round. Kirkland was the only senior on ASU’s roster.

said head coach John Brady. “We always develop our scouting and our approach to the opponent based on the statistical information that we have. We try to guard them accordingly.” Holman’s success came from the Red Wolves putting pressure on Sun Belt Freshman of the Year Tony Mitchell, who entered the game averaging a double-double. Mitchell was held to just three points in the first half before finishing with 11 points and five rebounds. However, just like Sunday night against Middle Tennessee, the Red Wolves were able to claw

their way back with a run of their own before the half. With 2:30 left in the half, ASU went on an 8-3 run which included seven points from Trey Finn, closing the gap to four, and putting the score at 38-34. A-State gave up two free throws to start the second half, but exploded on a 9-3 run which put the Red Wolves in the lead by one point. During that run, ASU was able to catch a lucky break. In a span of less than two minutes, Mitchell gained three fouls which put him at four personals and on the bench for 10

minutes. After that, both teams began a struggle for the lead that lasted until the end of the game. The teams equalized the score seven times and exchanged the lead eight times. During the madness, junior guard Roger Franklin committed personal foul number four at 9:06, which put two North Texas starters on the bench with foul trouble. However, when both Mean Green starters came back into the game, ASU began to struggle and gave up the lead for the final time with 1:51 left on the clock. A minute later, the Red

Oh, Snapped! Win streak ends against SIU-Edwardsville Benton Bajorek Staff Writer The Red Wolf baseball team lost to the Cougars of SIU-Edwardsville Wednesday afternoon, 5-2, at Tomlinson Stadium in Jonesboro. ASU (7-5) lost both games in the home series and is now on a two game losing skid after winning seven straight. “What we have done here was not a good thing these two days,” said head coach Tommy Raffo. “We have not seen that in practice, we’ve not seen that in games and that’s something that was not very encouraging.” Mother Nature played a large factor in the game with harsh winds through out the first half of the game with a steady speed of 25 m.p.h., and gusts of wind reaching speeds of 40 m.p.h. Freshman pitcher Levi Shordon started on the mound for ASU, but had difficulty throwing the ball. The result was four walks in the first three innings. “I just wasn’t there mentally,” explained Shordon. “My arm felt great, but I just wasn’t out there.” ASU went to the bullpen and switched out pitchers in the fourth inning, with senior Cory Kyle taking over. However, Kyle could not get into a rhythm and walked the first three Edwardsville batters he faced.

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Junior Zach Maggio takes a swing during the ninth inning of Wednesday afternoon’s game against Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville at Tomlinson Stadium.

With the bases loaded, the Cougars capitalized on a bad throw from freshman catcher Stuart Levy to first base and Joel Greatting was able to score the first run of the game. Edwardsville was able to get one more run in, pushing ASU into a two run deficit. The Red Wolves responded immediately in the bottom of the forth when junior Logan Uxa hit a line ball to right field, resulting in a double and ASU’s first hit of the game. After advancing to third base on a bunt, Uxa was able to steal home on a wild pitch, putting the score at 2-1 in favor of Edwardsville. Edwardsville and AState both gave up one run leading into the eighth inning with a score of 3-2. The Cougars rallied at the top of the eighth. ASU walked the first batter of the inning, and then Joel Greatting sent a ball

soaring through the wind to left field for the first home run of the game. A-State was unable to score again and the Cougars took the 5-2 win. The Red Wolves will now travel to Clarksville, TN to participate in the Austin Peay Invitational this Friday. ASU has yet to win a game outside of Jonesboro this season. However, coach Raffo says the team can not wait to go on the road. “We’ve got to right this ship and go on the road and get some things done.” ASU will return to Tomlinson Stadium on March 16 to begin Sun Belt play in a three game series against ArkansasLittle Rock . The first game of the invitational is against the University of Dayton with a 11:00 start time. Photos from the Red Wolves Tuesday night game can be viewed at www.asuherald.com

Wolves found themselves in foul trouble, putting North Texas in the bonus. The Red Wolves began fouling with 48 seconds left in an attempt to stave off the loss, but North Texas extended their lead by making 8 of 10 free throws to close out the game. “The second half, they scored on successive trips and we weren’t able to muster up enough fire power on the other end,” said Brady, who is now 3-4 in the Sun Belt tournament in his four seasons as the Red Wolves head coach. With this basketball season over, ASU now looks ahead to a season

with potential. While they lose Malcoln Kirkland, the rest of the starters will be returning for a 2012-13 season. ASU has signed three promising high school recruits so far this year and plans to make strides with the current Red Wolves this off season. “The key for us is we have to have some players improve. Be a better play making team. We have two guys sitting out I think will help us,” said Brady. There will be six returning juniors including Finn, Brandon Peterson, and Marcus Hooten, who are making plans to step up this off season. “We’ve been here,” said Hooten. “So we know what it’s going to take. “ Finn, who was the workhorse for the Red Wolves run through the tournament and played the full 40 minutes Saturday night, was named to the Sun Belt’s all tournament team. Finn joined Jacob Holmen and Tony Mitchell from North Texas and Derrick Gordon and Kahil McDonald of Western Kentucky, who defeated North Texas Tuesday night, 74-70, to win the conference tournament and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

What the howl?

Reflecting on the Sun Belt Tournament When it comes to sports, I, and probably many of you reading this, can be very passionate, which is just a nice way of saying we can be overly emotional. Just ask some of my close friends who have had the misfortune of being around me after the Dallas Cowboys have lost a close game. In my time writing for the Herald, covering games at ASU Stadium and the Convocation Center, I’ve had to put a damper on my enthusiasm once I hit the confines of a press box/row. This was especially challenging this past semester during the Red Wolves run to the Sun Belt championship in football. But the biggest test of my restraint came this weekend at the Sun Belt basketball tournament in Hot Springs. A year after winning the Western Division and being knocked out by eventual champion

Daniel McFadin Sports Editor UALR in the second round, the Red Wolves entered the 2012 edition on much different terms. With a 12-19 record and two straight last second losses by three or less points to end the regular season, there wasn’t much to be excited for, as was evident by the smaller fan turnout. But that changed about halfway through the first half of ASU’s second round game against one-seed Middle Tennessee, when John Brady’s squad battled from an 11-point def-

icit to take a lead right before halftime. I don’t remember ever being more on edge during a basketball game than during the second half, as MTSU time and again threatened to retake the lead. Fortunately, it never came to pass as fortune finally smiled on the Red Wolves. The Sun Belt’s player of the year, MTSU’s LaRon Dendy, all of sudden didn’t look like it; missing game winning free throws, sealing the Red Wolves win, which tied the biggest upset in the tournament’s history. For the next 24 hours, until their defeat against North Texas, anything seemed possible for the Red Wolves. One phrase I’ve heard from coaches lately is, “winning cures everything.” That was true for those few days in Summit Arena, and it certainly rejuvenated my “passion.”

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Men’s Golf: Senior Chris Pledger claimed co-medalist honors at the USF Invitational on Tuesday, leading the Red Wolves’ men’s golf team with a combined 211 in the three-round tournament at the Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club. The Red Wolves finished 13th among 17 competing teams with an 895, which included a 304 on the tournament’s final day to match their first-round score. A-State ended the second round in 10th place after shooting a 287 that matched their second lowest score of the season.

• Track and Field: Sophomore sprinter Sharika Nelvis has qualified to take part in the 2012 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships which will be held in Nampa, Idaho and hosted by Boise State University March 9-10. Nelvis currently ranks eight in the nation in the 60-meter hurdle. Nelvis posted a season-best time of 8.14 in the 60m hurdles at the Arkansas Final Qualifier last weekend and has been named Sun Belt Conference Athlete of the Week twice this past season.


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DEBATE, CONTINUED parliamentary procedures,” she said in regard to Copenhaver’s short experience as a senator. Copenhaver spoke about his experience in his fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha, and teaching pledges parliamentary procedure and feels confident in his ability. The last round was open audience questioning to the candidates. An international stu-

dent asked Copenhaver how he plans to reach outside of the Greek community. “I was just speaking a lot about the greek community, because that’s where most of my experience is,” he said. “I think a banquet for international student leaders would be a great idea.” Another student was curious as to how SGA plans to reach out to students that aren’t con-

tinually following SGA themselves. Continuing with the promise to improve communication, Brogdon wanted to shake things up by having an outdoor meeting. Having visibility on campus through media and in person is important to him. The elections will last until 4 p.m. today. Students can vote by going to http://webapps.astate.edu/survasu/.

social science. “The motion to bring it to a vote was too quick without any questions or discussion.” The resolution will now go into the shared governance process. A new resolution was introduced to honor individuals that served on SGA significantly. Any current senators or members of the executive board that are going to graduate can receive SGA graduation cords at commencement, but they had to have just served. Myriah Downs served as the Public Relations Director and is sponsoring the resolution as an individual to gain the right to

wear the SGA graduation cords. Four members of the executive board also sponsored the bill. A significant contribution can be translated as holding a senate seat or executive board position. SGA voted to add two more graduate senate seats Jan. 24 and filled one with Amanda Morales, a member of the college of education. Keely Ruble, a sophomore communication disorders major from Arkadelphia, filled the college of nursing and health professions seat. The meeting lasted 18 minutes and there were no committee reports.

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SGA, CONTINUED It stated that this resolution would help the university’s sustainability initiative. The resolution also seeks to accommodate international students. It is hoped that it will expand one day and that more than 10 bicycles will be available for year long rentals, rather than daily. Some senators did not vote to pass the resolution and one voted against. “I chose not to vote because while I agree with the concept I did not think that the resolution was detailed enough,” said Eric Fiszer, senator for college of humanities and

Campus Crime March 1 During a traffic stop on March 1, Officer Robert Peevey reported that he saw a vehicle parked on Danner Ave. with two people inside. After he finished the traffic stop, he stepped over to the vehicle to contact the suspects, Graham Gardner and Dustin Starks. He reported that there was a 30 pack of Natural Light beer sitting in the passenger side floorboard. While speaking with the subjects, Peevey reported the moderate odor of intoxicants on both of their breaths. Gardner advised Peevey that he had about five beers and Starks said he had about four. Both men were underage, but because of their cooperation, Peevey made them pour the three remaining beers out in the grass and they were both given a student referral. Feb. 27 On Feb. 27, at 12:35 p.m., Officer Seneca Knight was dispatched in reference of a harassment complaint. The victim explained that James Cox had called the office asking to speak with his wife, Bellys Cox. The victim

reportedly explained that Bellys was not there. James then proceeded to explain that he and Bellys had been in a domestic dispute that morning at their home. The victim explained that James was giving too much information and that he was going to hang up. According to the victim, James then stated, “If he helped her or anyone else helped her, that he would look up their background and make things difficult for them.” When Knight arrived, James had called again and Knight explained that Bellys was still not there. James then said that he knew she was in there and wanted to talk to her. When Knight once again explained that she was not there, James said, “Arkansas State University is not doing anything but covering up things.” He also said he was going to call Kait8 and tell them that UPD wouldn’t help him and that they cover up things. Knight advised he was going to hang up the phone, and did so. No charges are currently being pressed. — Compiled by Lindsey Blakely, News Editor

Briefs Volunteer ASU Council applications for the 2012-2013 school year are now available in the Leadership Center. Available positions are as follows: President, Day of Service Chair, Alternative Spring Break Chair, Issues & Awareness Program Chair, ASU Blood Drive Chair, Social Media Marketing Chair, and Student Engagement Chair. Applications are due Friday, March 16 at 4 p.m. For more information contact jcherry@astate.edu, or call the Leadership Center at 870-972-2055. The ASU Day of Service is March 10 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sign up your student organization today to serve. Email Shelby.brooks@smail.astate.edu for more information. The Leadership Center is currently accepting resumes for a Graduate Assistant for the Fall of 2012. This position will work with the ASU WolfTracks Yearbook program. The ideal candidate should have design and photography knowledge, and have past experience supervising others. All qualified candidates should send their resumes to jcherry@astate.edu. The deadline to submit a resume for this position is Friday, March 16 at 4 p.m. The Middle East Studies Committee cordially invites faculty, staff, and students to its Middle East Studies Night on Monday, March 12, in the Grand Hall of the Fowler Center, beginning with a meet and greet at 6 p.m., a free buffet of Middle Eastern Cuisine at 6:30, and presentations by selected recipients of Middle East Studies Grants in 2011 at 7:30. There will be a drawing for door prizes. Must be present to win. For Additional information contact Dr. C. William Roe, Chair of the Middle East Studies Committee at broe@astate.edu. Looking for a place to get involved and give back to the community? Come meet local nonprofits at the ASU Volunteer Fair on Wednesday, March 14th from 11a-1pm on the 2nd floor of the Student Union. For any additional questions please contact jcherry@astate.edu. Non-traditional Students Game & Movie Night will be held Friday, March 9. Activities include Games at 6 p.m. in the Mockingbird Room of the Student Union, and The Muppet’s Movie at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium. Admission is free.

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The Wilson advising center held “Advising Fun-on-the-Lawn” Wednesday outside the Carl Rent Student Union. The event is part of the Advising matters campaign to bring more awareness to the importance of academic advising. The advising center is also hosting a drop-in meet and greet event on March 13. Students and Faculty members are invited to stop by the Wilson center and get to learn more about what the center can offer.

SMOKERS, CONTINUED potentially could have harmed a pedestrian. “It was a two car collision, where a woman driving a Chrysler Sebring ran the stop sign and plowed into a truck that was turning onto Aggie,” Rainwater said. “If the woman driving the Sebring had been in the lane closest to the smokers it would have hit one of them.” Another plan that could potentially reduce the traffic flow and danger at the intersection is the addition of a four-way stoplight, but students will have to wait for this idea

to be implemented. Director of Planning, Design and Construction David Handwork said there are not any plans as of now for a four-way traffic signal to be constructed at the intersection, but says the next phase of the project might help. “Upon the completion of Phase III of the project, it is planned to perform a traffic study at this intersection. The data outcome of the study should provide input if a signal light would enhance the safety and flow of traffic at the intersection,” Handwork

said. Phase III of the overpass project is to extend University Loop under the overpass and connect it to Aggie Road. Phase III is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2013. Data has not yet been collected on the public’s opinion of the efficiency of the overpass, but Handwork said depending on your origin and destination, some travelers will find the route more convenient, while others will have to change their “preferred route.”

Wilson Hall auditorium undergoes renovations Casey Rinaldi Staff Writer For decades, the auditorium in Arkansas State University’s Wilson Hall, Room 211, played host to a variety of plays and events from the university’s drama club and theater department. However, around the year 2000, the auditorium was permanently closed off due to a weakened floor area near the orchestra pit. Now, the auditorium is being renovated, not as a performing arts building, but as a lecture hall for an undisclosed series of classes. Carol O’Connor, interim dean of the college of humanities and social sciences, gave some insight into this decision process and the target date as to when the renovations are expected to be completed. “The problem that the auditorium had was the floor, especially close to the stage, was weak and they were really going to have to brace the floor and improve the room’s circulation,” she said. After the administration decided to retain the use of Wilson Hall in 2003, the auditorium remained offlimits. “In fact, the only things that seemed to happen in the auditorium from time to time was storage,” O’ Connor said. The activities that will take place in the auditorium are much different than in the past.

“They’re setting it up specifically as a lecture hall. According to interim chancellor Dan Howard, the scheduling for the new auditorium will be handled centrally in the administration. This is going to be a room used for select courses across the university,” she said. “I’d love to see Political Science, Geography or Sociology in there, but I haven’t been given the green light and I know there are other colleges, such as the college of nursing and health professions, science and mathematics that also have their eye on that auditorium!” O’Connor also said the new lecture hall would come pre-equipped with the latest technology available for enhanced and optimal learning. “From what I understand the room is going to have the latest in teaching technology and the seats will be placed in a way that will maximize student’s sight lines toward the lecture and the screens. There used to be a balcony in the auditorium, but it is not going to be used as seating for students. The auditorium will have less than 400 seats, but I’m not sure how many will be in when it’s completed,” she said. David Handwork, director of planning, design and construction for facilities management, said the renovations are also aimed at helping those with dis-

abilities. “ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessibility is part of the modification. The seating will be replaced with tables and fixed seating, similar to other new lecture auditoriums on campus, like Reynolds and E.W. Smith Hall. An acoustical tile ceiling and new overhead lighting will be installed. Walls and flooring will be refinished. The new auditorium will be completed for fall semester 2012 use,” he said. The auditorium will seat about 150 students. O’Connor was hopeful that the auditorium could also be used for guest lectures, possibly even the Lecture Concert Series if the lighting is sufficient. O’Connor said that she was told that the project was expected to be completed in August, for use during the fall semester. “That was back in January. I don’t know if they’ve encountered anything that would push that back, but improving the roof on Wilson Hall, which was leaking, was very expensive. But in the current state of technology with lighting, heating and cooling, we’re probably at a better stage than 12 years ago when they decided to close this. If they’re using the latest in technology, they could turn this into quite a nice location,” she said. O’Connor said she anticipates a good year with the renovations of the auditorium.

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Rotaract aims to aid others internationally Emily Alexander Staff Writer A new service based organization has started at Arkansas State University and membership is growing rapidly. Formerly known as the International Business Club, the Rotaract Club offers students university level participation in Rotarian activities. Senior International Business major from Jonesboro and the Founder and President of the Rotaract Club, Taylor Woodruff said, “Rotaract is the university division of Rotary International, which is a service based organization that is dedicated toward irradiating polio, improving child literacy and providing clean drinking water around the world. It is a huge organization.

Rotary is the second largest service organization in the world, and has three divisions: Interact for high schools, Rotaract for college students and Rotary for basically anyone.” Woodruff, along with the club adviser, Dr. Clint Relyea, took the lead in creating the Rotaract chapter here at ASU. “This past fall, myself and Dr. Relyea decided to turn the International Business Club into a Rotaract Chapter and make it campus-wide. We are both Rotarians, and wanted to bring the atmosphere of Rotary to our campus. We filed the paperwork with the Rotary International, and we are now starting to find students to join the organization,” Woodruff said. Right now, there are 20 students involved in the club, but Woodruff hopes to

see that number continue to increase. Kelsey Whitfield, a sophomore Business Management major from Kennett, MO, said, “Giving is a main purpose of this club. I learned about it in the Global Challenge class with Dr. Relyea and I just really believe in being a global citizen and making the world a better place. That’s what Rotaract is all about.” Since January, the members of the club have raised $3,200 and hope to raise $6,000 more before Mar. 16. Woodruff said, “We are currently working to raise money for a few of our projects. We have worked out a deal with Skinny J’s downtown to host a night that benefits our ‘Help Us, Help Them’ project every Tuesday night. We had our first one on Feb. 28 and we

are having our next one on Mar. 13. The event starts at 9 p.m. and was really successful and a lot of fun. Basically, it’s good food and live music. We also have been selling chocolates that we imported from Ecuador to help fund the ‘Help Us, Help Them’ project, as well as a night at Local Culture where we will get 20% of the profits made the night of Mar. 15.” According to Whitfield, the Skinny J’s event has been her favorite experience so far with the Rotaract Club. She said, “I really enjoyed the Skinny J’s event to raise money to give Salines a village in Ecuador, electricity and clean water. We will also be having this event again on Mar. 13 at Skinny J’s.” The Rotaract executive board plans all the upcoming projects and events for the club.

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“I have a lot of really creative people on our executive board. They have been granted to work with and have come up with some really great, fresh ideas. We are really centered around helping improve the quality of life in Salinas de Bolivar, Ecuador. This village is a small village high in the Andes that is very poverty stricken. We are currently trying to raise $300,000 to build a clean water treatment facility. In the past we have raised money to buy clothes, livestock, educational materials and also trees that we planted in order to help with water sustainability,” Woodruff said. Woodruff has been on a campaign to get more students involved with the Rotaract Club. He said, “We are really looking for students that

have a desire to change the world. We want students who will help us achieve our ultimate goal by helping us in our fund raisers and coming to meetings and events.” Students interested in joining the Rotaract chapter at ASU are encouraged to visit www. facebook.com/groups/ asurotaract for information about the club and when its meeting are held, as well as email Woodruff with any questions at taylor. woodruff@smail.astate. edu. “I have a lot of passion in what we are doing in Ecuador, and I believe the students here at ASU can really make an impact on these peoples lives. I would love to have 50 people at our meetings and wanting to help and travel with us to Ecuador,” Woodruff said.

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ASU's "Up 'til Dawn" held a fundraiser at Local Culture Tuesday. Proceeds collected went to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. A 32 inch TV was up for giveaway as well as live acoustic music.

Monster trucks make way to ASU Zachary Roach News Reporting Student It is another distinct American nomenclature, along with noodling, cows sculpted out of butter, the Burning Man festival and vestiges of religious icons appearing in burnt toast, that has come to form a brand of cultural weirdness not easily surpassed in its garishness. But as “Nasty Boy,” “Bigfoot,” “Un named and Un tamed” and “1/2 Pint” rolled through Jonesboro in two shows on March 2 - 3, as part of the annual AMP Monster Truck Thunder Slam tour, these thoughts and a $25 at the door adult ticket price, were far from clouding most people’s excitement about the event. “It’s amazing. It really is. I can’t think of when we had this much fun,” said Carrie Aster, who was visiting from Missouri with her two sons. “Me and my boys wouldn’t have missed this thing for nothing.”

The nearly two-hour event featured for the first time a Road Rage Rampage Motorcycle Demolition Derby, where motorcyclists competed in a last-man standing style duel as the final main event. “It’s loud and proud,” said Charlie Richards, of Newport. “This was one of the best parts, it makes me wish I were young again so I could be out there.” Also highlighted was a Freestyle Motorcross, where FMX riders performed stunts like one would see in the XGames, and monster truck rides were featured before the show, during intermission and after the show. “My son and his friends have been riding three times now,” said Aster. “It’s been my bribery. They’ve been on their best behavior all week so they could come and ride and see the monster trucks. It’s all I’ve heard about.” After Jonesboro, the AMP tour will stop at Corinth, Miss., Terra Haute and Fort Wayne Ind. and three separate locations in New York State.

The recently launched Volunteer ASU has just received word that they will be getting a grant from Youth Service of America partnered with Sodexo. Student Grant Cagle applied for the grant for Volunteer ASU, together they will use the grant to provide awareness for preventative medicine. “There’s a need for preventative medicine based on the amount of physicians being produced by a medical school and the amount that are actually retiring. More are retiring than what’s being produced,” Cagle, a senior biology major of Bernie Mo., said. “In Jonesboro there’s only one endocrinologist,” Cagle said. While researching for his application for the grant, Cagle said that he put an estimate of 2000-3000 diabetics in Jonesboro who need to see an endocrinologist. “It is impossible for one physician to see that many people,” Cagle noted. Cagle said the application process was very personal for him, and he wants to help educate people and show them what they can do at home without a doctor. “I have type 1 diabetes,” Cagle said. “And that’s how I manage mine, through diet and exercise and being educated.” Cagle said it’s always been a part of his life and even as a child the need for preventative measures was there. “I’d meet my endocrinologist and then I go see my diabetes management coordinator.” Using the $500 grant awarded, Cagle hopes that Volunteer ASU will be able to create a program to help spread the awareness needed for preventative actions people can take. “Grant is a student who is very passionate about volunteering,” said Jodie Cherry, Coordinator of Student Services Before Volunteer ASU launched in January, Cagle had already started an off-campus volunteering organization called Volunteer Network.

Grant Cagle

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Volunteer Network was created for preprofessional students to do volunteer work. Cagle said that, while Volunteer Network is successful, he has had difficulty reaching out beyond his own department. When he learned about Volunteer ASU, he leap at the chance for Volunteer Network and Volunteer ASU to work together. “This semester we are working closely together to make sure all students know about the available opportunities,” said Cherry. Volunteer ASU backed Cagle in his application for the grant. “He did the work to fill it out and provide all of the info. I just helped proof read and such,” said Cherry. Cherry said that Volunteer ASU is there to provide opportunities for ASU students to serve and build relationships within the community. Volunteer ASU has provided over 200 students with volunteer opportunities so far. Volunteer ASU hosts the ASU Blood Drives and the Volunteer Fair, as well as Day of Service on Saturday and Alternative Spring Break starting Mar. 17. Cherry said the best way for students to stay up to date with ASU Volunteer is to follow it on Twitter at @volunteerasu. Cagle said that after he graduates he may return to ASU for his master’s degree, but no matter where he ends up, he’s going to continue to do volunteer work. “Volunteering is something that I really like to do,” Cagle said.


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