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Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011

Vol. 90 Issue 23

University changes registration, account policies Jamie Curry Staff Writer Effective immediately with registration for the spring 2012 term, students may no longer carry over balances from a previous semester of $220 or less. The practice was allowed in the past, but Sha-

ron Lee, the supervisor for billing and accounts receivable, said students just didn’t pay. There is a second part to the new policy: Students currently enrolled for the spring term must pay in full, make payment arrangements or show that they have the

ability to meet their ASU financial obligation within the first five days of a term or the start of class. If they do not meet that requirement then their spring registration will be cancelled on Jan. 24. Lee said students who owed money from the fall semesters would try to pay

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it off with the financial they received in the spring. However, all that would do is put them behind for the spring causing them to have to do the same thing fall. “We would let them register and then they would be short in the spring,” Lee said. “All they were doing

was delaying the problem and it would never get better.” With the new policy, students will have to have their account balances taken care of each semester. “Most universities have this policy,” said Carol Byrd, director of student accounts.

Holds will be placed on all accounts with outstanding balances. To be able to register the students account must be cleared. Failure to clear all fall charges by the agreement due date will result in the cancellation of the students spring enrollment on See CHANGES, page 5

Occupy Wall Street Forum

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As part of a series of events for International Education Week, a forum on the impact of the Occupy Wall Street movement was held Tuesday in the Student Union Auditorium from 6 to 8 p.m. Events wrapped up today with the Parade of Nations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Centennial Hall in the Student Union, including informational booths set up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., an international fashion show from 11 to noon and a talent show from noon to 1 p.m.

Student Government talks upcoming events Myriah Downs Staff Writer

Alexis Hall Staff Writer Students who wish to spend spring break helping others and developing leadership, teamwork and communication skills can apply to be a part of the Leadership Center’s first Alternative Spring Break trip March 17-24. Jodie Cherry, coordinator of student services for the Leadership Center, said students will spend three days rebuilding homes with Rebuilding Together New Orleans, a local non-profit organization. The remaining two days will be spent serving in a homeless shelter, working with a company that focuses on sustainability, and

working with another nonprofit organization that concentrates on city beautification. Cherry said students will also have Sunday and evenings off to explore the city. Cherry said the trip was planned as a way for students to serve and acquire volunteer hours. “The ASU Leadership Center is committed to providing opportunities to further develop students outside of the classroom,” Cherry said. Cherry said the Leadership Center hopes to take between 5 and 15 students on the trip. To qualify, students must have at least 30 credit hours by the time of the trip, have a 2.75 See BREAK, page 5

The Occupy Wall Street debate and different sports teams were discussed at the Student Government Association meeting Tuesday. President Hunter Petrus announced that at the upcoming meetings, there will be four resolutions before the senate and urged the senators to attend. Multicultural Director Justin Dupree said that the MLK parade is going to be held Jan 16. Public Relations Director Alicia Rose reminded the senators and students that the week after break ‘What You Want Wednesdays’ are going to be held from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Courtney Bolin announced that SGA and SAB are joining together for an Angel Tree project. She stated that the names of children would be available in the SGA office Thursday and the gifts were due Dec. 6. Chief of Staff Andrew Peters reminded the senate of the Occupy Wall Street debate featuring professors from the economics department. The featured professors were Dr.

Kearn and Latanch. Peters said Latanch’s plans to run as the Democratic nominee for District one. Natalie Wilbanks said “because of rain, the campus walk [was] going to be cancelled.” The Academic Affairs committee reported that they were currently working on reconstructing the Making Connections class. Senator Zach Brogdon told the senator’s about Liberty Bank nominating Coach Hugh Freeze for Coach of the Year. He stated that Coach Freeze was in the Top 35 ranking for Coach of the Year. Brogdon also said the bowling team placed first and third in their last competition and discussed the men and women’s basketball teams. Brogdon said the men’s basketball team is 0-1 and will have a game on Thursday. The women’s Abdullah Raslan/Herald basketball team has a game this News of upcoming events dominated the SGA weekend. He said the volleyball meeting agenda Tuesday. Pictured: Hunter Petrus, team is in Florida for their compe- SGA President. tition. Brogdon reminded the senate to graduate student Adrian Everett on wear red of Fridays as a part of Fired hosting the Carl R. Reng Student Up Fridays. Union renaming ceremony. He also congratulated Petrus and See SGA, page 5

Instructors using virtual campus to complement distance learning Emily Alexander Staff Writer Professor Simon Hosken’s online Arkansas history class is the most recent of ASU courses to begin using the virtual program called Second Life. Since the class started, they have created a virtual Wilson Hall and Hosken is currently holding a photo contest for the Second Life program. “I took part in a Second Life workshop led by Alyson Gill in the summer. Gill and her team have done a fantastic job of recreating some of the Arkansas State University Heritage Sites. As I am teaching Ar-

kansas history online this semester it seemed a fantastic medium to show students places that are important to the state's history,” Hosken said. “It has been great to take students who are not living close to Tyronza and Piggott to the virtual museums so that they can get a sense of the history and heritage.” Second Life is an online multi-user virtual environment free to faculty and students at ASU. ASU started using the program in April of 2008, and has grown to six virtual campuses on the Second Life program. “We use Second Life in Professor Simon Hosken’s

online Arkansas history class. Second Life is webbased and free of charge. Second Life is an online virtual world where users pick an avatar and can travel and visit virtual destinations around the world,” said Wes Craft, a senior interdisciplinary studies major of Jonesboro. “I have visited the virtual locations in China, England, different U.S. states. One of the first places I visited was the Alamo, which has a museum online that shows actual pictures and provides historical information concerning the Alamo. Each week, the class meets online on Wednes-

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day to go through avatars and discuss material covered in class.

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ASU instructors have taken to virtual world Second Life to expand distance and classroom learning. environments. Pictured: a virtual re-creation of the Southern Tenant Farmers Museum in Tyronza.

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“We generally meet at the virtual ASU to have class. We either meet at

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Thursday, Nov. 17 ­— Our View —

Sex not ready for primetime On the Nov. 8 episode of “Glee,” questions and eyebrows were raised in regards to the subject matter presented. The episode “First Time” presented two teen couples (Rachel and Finn as well as Kurt and Blaine) having sex for the first time in their relationships and while some see no problem with this, others are concerned of the subjects relevance to Primetime. The Parents Television Council said the show was “reprehensible” calling Fox network “reckless” for celebrating the issue of teen sex. PTC’s president, Melissa Henson told that there have been plenty opportunities and occasions where shows have dealt with teen sex responsibly. However, she said she is “not convinced ‘Glee’ is that program.” Teen sex is a topic that should be discussed by parents with their teens. And what better way than to show on TV instances where this occurs? Teens are already bombarded by sex and according to, on average teens have sex for the first time by the age of 17. The fact is that teens are having sex so it shouldn’t be surprising that teenagers are shown having sex on TV. The episode serves as a great jumping off point for parents to discuss this matter with their teens. Rather than shoving a book in their face about growing up and appearing as though they have no interest in their child’s well-being, the show gave a good way to discuss the topic without it being awkward. Or at least not as awkward. While it may not be appropriate for all audiences, that is up to parents’ discretion. As for learning experiences, it isn’t like these subjects aren’t in ads, magazines and movies already. If parents and teens would speak more openly about these issues, teen sex would not be as uncomfortable or even dangerous as it can be. Education is the key to understanding.

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Parking enforcers are your friends “If you have a question about being parked correctly, feel free to ask.” Hannah Gorman

Pretty much every student at ASU has complained about getting a parking ticket at least once in his or her time here. We’re always casting glances at the guys in the brightly colored vests when we walk from our cars to class, wondering if we’ve violated any new parking rule that may have popped up overnight. I don’t think I’ve ever heard someone say “thank goodness they’re here to help out.” As an off-campus student, I find myself driving to class pretty often, and I’ve had my fair share of parking tickets in the past. I’ve definitely done a

lot of complaining about it, and I’ll frequently see someone’s Facebook status saying something along the lines of “Another parking ticket…thanks ASU.” But about two weeks ago, my opinion of parking enforcers definitely changed. On a rainy day I was running late to class, frantically searching the library parking lot for a parking spot. I guess everyone decides to drive to class when it rains, because all the spots I saw were full except for the spots with meters. I finally decided to pull into the spot, knowing that I didn’t have any change and that I’d get a ticket, but at that point I didn’t really care. I got out of my car and one of the parking enforcers had been standing by my car the entire time. Instead of immediately writing me a ticket, he

reached into his pocket and put the right amount of change in my meter. All of a sudden, I had the realization that these students are people too, not the “parking Nazis” we’ve made them out to be. If you have a question about being parked correctly, feel free to ask. UPD doesn’t just put them there to give tickets; they assigned them to answer any questions or concerns that students might have. I later talked to the same guy about his job and he revealed to me that people automatically assume that he’s going to be a jerk, so he gets treated rudely most of the time. He said that some people have actually harassed him even when he’s off the job. Despite all of this, he made sure I knew that he enjoyed his job because of the flexible hours and the

money that goes towards his scholarships. I call that dedication, and I know it’s a job that I wouldn’t do. Now I know it sounds completely strange to be nice to a person who so willingly gives us something else to pay for, but I’m strongly encouraging it. Remember that they are students just like us wanting to get through school and get on with their lives. I’m not saying go up and give them a hug, but a smile and a “hi, how are you?” wouldn’t hurt. Now get out there and see if this doesn’t save you any money in the long run. Gorman is a junior public relations major of Hot Springs.

“Hey will you be my friend?... because my life is pretty pathetic.”

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Mario takes hit from PETA Life isn’t easy, but still give thanks “It didn’t send out any ‘hidden messages’ to me telling me to go club an animal and wear it to school.” Abdullah Raslan

How many of you remember playing Super Mario Bros. 3 and remember leveling up to get that raccoon suit and fly? Well, that raccoon suit is actually a “tanooki” and that suit gave Mario the ability to fly. It has since been part of the Mario franchise since 1988. But your childhood is about to be ruined because PETA thinks that Nintendo is encouraging animal abuse. The tanooki suit caused controversy when PETA issued a press release regarding their concerns. In the game section of, an article titled “PETA slams Mario over use of a fur suit” PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said tanukis are real-life raccoon

dogs who are beaten, and as PETA’s undercover exposés show, often skinned alive for their fur. In the press release, PETA is said that Tanooki may be just a ‘suit’ in the Mario games, but by wearing the skin of this animal, Mario is sending the message that it’s OK to wear fur. To help prove their point, PETA came out with a crude parody video titled “Super Tanooki Skin 2D” where players were given points for re-capturing the Tanooki skin from Mario. I understand PETA’s point, but this has become more like bullying. Why come up with a pointless game? Couldn’t you have come up with a different way to prove your point? I have never thought of anything from the skin except for the fact that it was an animal fur. It didn’t send out any “hidden messages” to me telling me to go club an an-

imal and wear it to school. Nintendo responded to PETA’s press release by saying “Mario often takes the appearance of certain animals and objects in his games. These have included a frog, a penguin, a balloon and even a metallic version of himself. These lighthearted and whimsical transformations give Mario different abilities and make his games fun to play. The different forms that Mario makes no statement beyond the games themselves.” I personally think animal suits are very funny. I think PETA would change their minds if someone showed them how cute babies look in animal costumes. Raslan is a senior digital media and design major from Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

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“... almost as soon as things get ‘back to normal’ for us, new problems seem to come up.”


“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” What will your Thanksgiving look like this year? The verse I just quoted contains the words of God written by one of the prophets in the Old Testament, and it is fairly wellknown. Much of the Bible talks about God’s plans, and if you take this verse by itself, it would seem that God’s plan for each of us is a great one. I know several people who have used this verse as their life verse. Taking the verse by itself, I would have many reasons to be happy and thankful, right? A life without sickness, without troubles and full of perfect relationships, a perfect job, etc.—this would be ideal. But there’s an obvious problem. A little thing called reality seems to blow this verse to smithereens. After all, who has a life full of happiness and without problems?

Either I’m an exception to this verse or it is speaking of something else (probably the latter), but I bring up this verse because this past year for me and my family has not been without problems. I’m not sure if you have a family like mine, but almost as soon as things “get back to normal” for us, new problems seem to come up. Not to share too many details, but between a house burning down, a leukemia diagnosis, and two surgeries, my immediate and extended family has had its share of hardships and trials this year. If this verse applies to us, why are we experiencing these things at all? I suppose some would look at my family’s situation and think we just hit a stroke of bad luck this year. But I’d have to disagree with this. The reality of it is that the Christian life is not without problems. It is actually very hard at times. I think too many people misinterpret this verse to mean that God will make their lives full and happy, when in fact God promises no such thing. He promises that He’ll never leave us nor forsake us in both the hard and easy times, but we need to trust in Him in whatever

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experiences we go through. This is one of the things my family has been forced to learn this year. Trusting in God and thanking Him for the blessings and the trials is not the easiest thing to do. If you ever get the chance, read Job and find out how he did it. You’ll be taken on a rollercoaster ride of emotions and feelings along the way. But I say all of this because going into Thanksgiving this year may be a little different for my family. I think we have far more to be thankful for this year. We’ve been able to trust God and depend upon Him more—something that is a little more difficult to do when everything’s going well. However you plan to celebrate Thanksgiving, make sure you remember where all your blessings come, and give Him thanks for it all. If you’ve been going through hard times this year as well, I’d encourage you to remember this part of a famous contemporary Christian song: “You give and take away; my heart will choose to say, ‘Lord, blessed be your Name.’” Davidson is a sophomore education major of Bryant.


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Arkansas State seeks first win at Middle Tennessee

Daniel McFadin Sports Editor The Sun Belt conference schedule is quickly coming to a close for first place Arkansas State. After coming out on top against then second place Louisiana-Lafayette Saturday, the Red Wolves now go on the road for the final time this year to a venue an ASU team has never won at: Middle Tennessee. Middle Tennessee (27,1-4) is coming off a 4214 drubbing to LouisianaMonroe Saturday, which leaves them tied with Troy for the next to worst in the conference. The Blue Raiders are one season removed from going 6-6 and earning a bid to the Go Bowl, where they lost to Miami (Ohio). Now ASU (8-2, 6-0) is at the top of the Sun Belt with a bowl game waiting on the horizon. Freeze and the Red Wolves can clinch a least a share of the conference championship if they can win in Murfreesboro, something an ASU team has never done in six trips to MTSU.

“Our kids know about it and it’s been talked about, but it’s not something that we’ll sit and dwell on,” Freeze said. “This is another conference game on the road, just like a few we’ve played.” It was in the game against Middle Tennessee last year that the Red Wolves put together their most complete game all season and trounced the Raiders 52-24. In that game, then junior Demario Davis caught a career high two interceptions to contribute to the Red Wolves seven forced turnovers, four of them being interceptions. Davis had a quiet season up until the Homecoming game against North Texas when Davis recorded a season high 12 tackles and one of four team sacks. Davis changed the momentum of the game against Lafayette when he stopped a Cajun drive in its tracks with his first interception of the season. “I think he is a guy that fits very well in (defensive coordinator) Dave Wommack’s scheme. But, it also takes some discipline, and while he is

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Freshman running back Frankie Jackson runs during a practice session at ASU stadium very athletic and can create a lot of things with his athletic ability, it took him a little while to understand that you can’t freelance,” Freeze said. “If you’re an A-gap player, you have to be in the A-gap. Demario will be the first to tell you he’s

had a couple games where he struggled with that,” Freeze continued. Davis and his fellow defensive players will need to continue what it has been doing all year to stop the Middle Tennessee running game, which only ranks behind Arkansas

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State with 11 touchdowns and 159.2 average running yards per game. The Raiders run attack is led by sophomore William Pratcher, who has 525 net yards through nine games this season. On the flip side, the Raiders run defense is last in the conference at 211.8 yards given up per game, while ASU is second with 114.5 yards after only giving up one individual 100 yard rusher this season. “Defensively, they are going to bring pressure. They mix up enough man and zone coverage to keep you off balance,” said Middle Tennessee head coach Rick Stockstill. “The strength of their defense is their front seven, and they are very experienced with three seniors in the back end of it.” Among those seniors is defensive lineman Brandon Joiner. Joiner tied a school record against LouisianaLafayette for most sacks in a single game with four. Joiner was named the Sun Belt defensive player of the week for his performance.

“I just couldn’t be happier for him. I’ve said this before, he’s one of my favorite kids on the team and he has been since I got here,” Freeze said of Joiner. “I think he’s one of the most pleasant kids on this football team.” It will be all hands on deck for the Red Wolves as they try to improve to 7-0 in conference play, a feat that only Troy (2009) and North Texas (2003-04) have accomplished in the history of the Sun Belt. To do that Freeze said the Red Wolves will continue to work on their ball security and making sure the defense has its eyes in the right spot. “If you see small you see a lot. When you try to see a lot you don’t see much of anything, and sometimes that makes us give up big plays,” Freeze said. “I know we’ve improved on it, but we’ve just got to continue to harp on it.” The Red Wolves kick off against Middle Tennessee at 2 p.m. Saturday at Floyd Stadium. The game can be seen on ESPN3. com and you can follow updates on Twitter via @ ASUHeraldSports.

Red Wolves fall to Missouri State to snap home game win streak at 13

Intramurals bring international students together Ari Yuki Staff Writer Intramurals offer a chance for Arkansas State students to interact with each other across many borders. The “Cold Blooded Killers” is one of the intramural volleyball teams. It consists of people from several different countries, including Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, Japan and the United States. The captain of the team, Sarah Cooper, a sophomore of Jonesboro, said she created the team with co-captain, Jin Ming Su, a master of business administration student of Kaohsiung, Taiwan. According to one of the members of the team, Jumpei Sakagami, a senior sports management major of Tokyo, Japan, the team was created at the beginning of the fall semester for volleyball intramurals, which started Oct. 30. “The reason we formed this team is that we play volleyball together a lot in the gym, and we know pretty well each other,” Su said. Abdulaziz Alothman of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and a graduate student in the College of Communications, said members of the team have played volleyball together since 2010. They play for fun every week in the Red Wolf Center. Cooper said the ASU Red Wolf Center gives students a wonderful opportunity to meet in a place that connects international students with students from the United States. “Before I went to the gym at ASU, I only knew a handful of people who were not from this country,” Coo-

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The Cold Blooded Killers take part in an intramural volleyball practice game against team Southside. The Cold Blooded Killers won the match 2-0. per said. She said as she goes to the gym, her circle of friends grows larger. Those friendships give her and all of her friends a chance to learn from one another about their different cultures, ways of life, and how different everyday living is for each one of them. Another teammate, Allison Lambert, a sophomore chemistry major of Piggott, has a good example. Lambert said she met many Arabic students while playing on the intramural team and she learned a few Arabic phrases such as greetings from them. Lambert also said she has learned a lot about the personalities of people from the Arabic culture. According to her, one time she was playing a volleyball game just for fun with her friends, including some Arabic people, she and her friends faced a problem with forming teams. At that time, all of the Arabic men began arguing and it continued for at least fifteen minutes, Lambert said. “I asked one of my Arabic friends why they were arguing so much. He then

explained that in his culture, the men like to always give their opinion when an argument arises,” Lambert said. “They will keep arguing until someone either ends it, or someone wins the discussion.” Su said being a member of the team with American students does help to improve her English skills in listening and speaking. “Because I am a one of the captains, I also learn leadership, which helps my major, MBA.” Cooper said, though the team has people who speak different languages and come from different cultures, communication between team members is not difficult. “Language barriers are obvious, but miscommunication among our team is not very different than misunderstandings that occur between people who have the same first language,” Cooper said. “We definitely have moments when we get lost in translation, but through the mutual language of the sport, we usually find a way to communicate in a way that makes sense to everyone,” Lambert said. Members agreed that

sports are uniting activities. “Sports bring people together that are from different backgrounds and races in a way that not many other things have the power to do,” Cooper said. “I think sports are a better tool for communicating without a common language,” Sakagami said. Sakagami added that aiming for victory makes people united, and it is always fun for him. “Although we come from different backgrounds, we all can lay down the boundaries that people might normally put up and focus on one common goal, which is winning and having fun while doing it,” Lambert added. Alothman mentioned another benefit of playing sports. “During the semester you get lots of stress, especially if you are a graduate student,” Alothman said. “I think playing intramurals is a good thing to clear your mind.” The Cold Blooded Killers have won all four of their practice games and are currently in a tournament that ends Nov. 20.

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Junior Brandon Peterson attempts a shot over a falling Bear defender Tuesday night.

Ryan Simpson Staff Writer The Arkansas State Red Wolves Men’s basketball team hosted the Missouri State Bears Tuesday night as the game ended in a somewhat surprising 77-46 loss to the Missouri State. The loss put an end to the Red Wolves streak of 13 wins at home in the Convocation Center. The first half opened up with a showcase of sound fundamentals for Missouri State (2-0). The Missouri State Bears were efficient at passing the ball and committed only four turnovers in the first half, and nine total turn overs for the game. The Bear’s efficiency on offense gave them the momentum to take the lead early and never look back. Ball handling seemed to be a weakness for the Red Wolves (0-2), who gave up nine turnovers in the first half and 19 turn overs for the game. The Bears also shot 30 of 67 from the field and 7 of 18 outside the arch and a respectable 10-12 from the foul line. The Red Wolves struggled to score only shooting 15 of 51 from the field and just five made 3-pointers

ASU had trouble containing the Bears Michael Bizoukas. Bizoukas was a threat on both sides of the ball, shoot 4 of 9 from the field and 3-4 from three point range. He also amassed six total rebounds during the time he was in the game. Arkansas State Head Coach John Brady was obviously frustrated with his team’s performance after the game. “Tonight we looked like a bunch of show ponies” Brady explained. “There was no fiber, no toughness, and no character. “I wish we had about four days of practice,” Brady said, making it clear he was anxious to regroup and correct his team’s flaws. Junior Trey Finn, who led led the team in scoring, said there was a difference in attitude from the team in practice than during the game. “The way we practice and the way we play is totally different,” Finn said. “When we practice we are going at each other, knocking each other over. Tonight and last Friday we just didn’t show up like that.” ASU returns to action tonight at 7 p.m. for a match up against the University of Tennessee-Martin.



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Sodexo Dining Services says it goes through careful planning to make sure it is meeting the needs of a diverse ASU student community, including those who are vegan or have religious dietary restrictions.

Sodexo looks to serve all Ari Yuki Staff Writer Not many people know how the menus in the Acansa Dining Hall are decided. “Ultimately I do write a menu, but it’s not entirely my decision,” said Randy Page, an executive chef for Sodexo Dining Services. According to the Sodexo website, Sodexo, Inc. is a leading provider of integrated food and facilities management services in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, serving 10 million consumers in 6,000 locations every day. Page said the core of the menu for the Acansa Dining Hall is dictated by the company. Sodexo has a national dining committee, as well as a survey process that is nationwide. “All of the information that is gained from all of those different resources goes into letting our company know what college students and faculty members like nationwide,” Page said. “Based on the core of the menu, t decided by Sodexo, an executive chef at each campus has the ability to rearrange the menu, including adding a regional taste,” Page said. “Not every campus is exactly alike, so we use some customizations.” To gather student input for customizing the menu, ASU has its own Dining Committee. “We call it the Sodexo Student Board of Directors, and we meet three times each semester,” said Lauren Wiseman, a marketing specialist for Sodexo Dining Services. Wiseman said students who are on the board discuss their dining experiences at the meeting. “There are always Sodexo managers, Student Affairs and Residence Life employees present as these meetings, so the opinions of the students are brought to our attention immedi-

ately,” Wiseman said. After the meeting, the issues can be revisited with the staff at Sodexo Dining Services and turned in to Page. “Some of the issues that we have discussed in previous meetings include adding specific breakfast items into the menu rotation, changing some of the preparation routines of the food for those students with specific religious restrictions, suggestions for pop-up specials and taste changers and the overall cleanliness of the facility,” Wiseman said. For now, the student board includes one Turkish student, who is Muslim, two strict vegans and one American. “The board is closed for this semester, but if students would like to join next semester, they can fill out the application and return it to the Residence Life Office before this semester ends,” Wiseman said. She said students can get email applications from She also said Sodexo Dining Services asks those students who are on the board to hang up fliers in their residence hall informing others they are on the board, so other students can get in contact with them if they wish to discuss their dining experience. Another way students can make their voices heard within Dining Services is to fill out a survey, which is attached on the wall between the new dining area and the pizza section. Wiseman said after filling out the sheet, students can place it on the magnetic board next to the box to get their opinions to Dining Services. Page said Dining Services also keeps international students in mind. Page said ASU has people from all over the world with different tastes, different dietary needs and different religions with certain foods that are pro-

hibited. “We have to meet all of those needs as well,” he said. Page said the Sodexo Student Board of Directors is playing an important role in letting Dining Services know international students’ needs. Another important issue is meals for vegans and vegetarians. “We always have vegetarian or vegan dishes available at the market square,” Page said. He also said at least one of three soups in the cafeteria is always completely for vegans. “We never use any butters on any vegetables. We try not to use pork as a seasoning in anything. So, for anyone who is Muslim, Jewish or whoever cannot eat pork, we try really hard to make sure pork is not hidden in anything,” Page said. Page said the menu in the cafeteria is on a fourweek cycle. “The menu changes every semester. We also do a taste change once a week,” Page said. Page mentioned some changes that the Dining Services has for this semester. “This semester we began a company-wide bakery program that focuses on a better variety of fresh baked breads and dessert items,” Page said. He said it is Sodexo’s standard to provide at least two different breads at Market Square. “The cafeteria always serves freshly baked Otis Spunkmeyer cookies, and all of the cakes and pies that are served are made fresh in the bakery every day,” Page added. In addition to that, Sodexo also has a special focus on Mediterranean cuisine this year. “The first half of the fall semester we featured foods from Spain, and now through the end of the semester we are running a promotion called La Famiglia, which showcases Italian cuisine,” Page said. “Look for special items twice a week.” Wiseman said ASU has 175 total Sodexo employees on campus and 114 working in the Dining Hall.



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Many ASU users of the online gaming network and retailer Steam received a message last week starting with the line: “Our Steam forums were defaced on the evening of Sunday, Nov. 6.” Steam’s forums were hacked and users’ credit card information has possibly been leaked. No evidence of credit card misuse has been found. “Nonetheless you should watch your credit card activity and statements closely,” Gabe Newell, Valve CEO, wrote in a message sent to Steam users through the Steam message service on Nov. 10. The hack on Nov. 6 displayed the following message in the forums: “Ever wanted to dominate the servers you play on with guaranteed results, but you were too afraid to cheat because of ban risks? Visit It’s safe, secure and undetected.” The message continued to list all of the site’s features and was signed the FknOwned team. is a forum for game hackers. The founder of FknOwned made a post on the site on Nov. 8 explaining why he hadn’t made an official statement: “If I deny [the hack], people will assume it to be damage control. If I confirm it, it would serve as evidence if I’m ever charged for what happened. I can say I didn’t authorize anyone to do what happened so FknOwned shouldn’t be held responsible.”

By that point the hack hadn’t amounted to anything more than spamming of the Steam forum and some users’ email accounts. The message Newell sent on Nov. 10 explained that it had been discovered that the intruders had gained access to one of Steam’s databases containing information such as user names, encrypted passwords, email addresses, billing addresses and encrypted credit card information. “We do not have evidence that encrypted credit card numbers or personally identifying information were taken by the intruders, or that the protection on credit card numbers or passwords was cracked,” Newell wrote. “We are still investigating.” According to Valve’s report in October, Steam has 35 million active users and is available in 237 countries and 21 different languages. This makes it the largest computer gaming network in the world with Electronic Arts’ Origin coming in second with about four million users. Brett Shirley, a Steam user and ASU student, said it was a little disturbing that someone could have that information but he remained calm. “That’s an everyday fear with online scams,” said Shirley, a sophomore psychology major of Bono. Since the hack, there have been confirmed reports of forum accounts being compromised and all forum users have been required to change their password.

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Brett Shirley is one of the many ASU students who use the gaming network Steam. Steam’s forums were hacked, leaving users’ personal information open to the public. No Steam accounts, which are separate from the forums, have been reported compromised, but a password change is still recommended. Trevor Scudder, a junior art education major or Paragould, found out about the hack through the website “I didn’t know why anyone would want to hack Steam, since most of the player base is really positive and supportive of Steam,” Scudder said. Steam users seem to be staying loyal and understanding through the hack. “So far they seem like they’re doing the best that they can to ensure that none of the users’ credit card information was stolen,” Scudder said. “My feelings about Steam haven’t changed at all. It’s still the best online service for buying and playing games.” “They’re still a great company and I think they’re doing a fine job of handling the situation,” Shirley said.

Debate team currently undefeated ‘We have a very strong team’

Michaela Kaberline Campus Corner Editor After an undefeated semester, the ASU Debate Team continues to practice to get ready for next semester. The team returned Nov. 6 from its debate tournament at Tennessee State University in Nashville with several awards under their belts. Senior communications studies major of Jonesboro and team captain Neena Viel took home first place with her partner, freshman Greg Warren, in a parliamentary debate. Seniors Myriah Downs and Lilia Pacheco won third place in their parliamentary debate. The team has competed in three tournaments this semester. “We have had such a fantastic semester,” Viel said. “We have a very strong team. I’m really proud of

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everyone.” Debate Team Teaching Assistant Colton Gilbert said teaching the group is a big challenge. “The other graduate assistant, Michael Gray, and I are both actively involved in the coaching process,” Gilbert said. “We have practice debates regularly matching experienced debaters against each other and sometimes matching experienced debaters against the beginners.” Part of Gilbert and Gray’s job as coaches is to scout other schools they judge and inform their team of arguments other schools are running. “We aren’t sure of the topics we will be debating on until we get to the tournament,” Viel said. “In our practices, we walk in blind just like we do a tournament to help us feel what a tournament is going to be like.” One thing in practice that is sometimes different than tournaments is that in practice the debaters flip a coin to see who is going to be for and against the topic. “In tournaments they try to keep it fair,” Viel said. “They try to alternate you. So if you were on the negative side during one preliminary round, you may be on the affirmative side the next round.” The team competes in state and national tournaments and travels to different parts of the world to compete.

“My favorite place we went to was Berlin my sophomore year. Going out of the country gave me a whole new perspective on topics,” Viel said. “As Americans we tend to only focus on topics that relate to America. But going to other countries and having to debate on their topics allowed me to open up and learn about their country. I think they are more educational topics.” This spring the team plans to go to Rome for an international invitational tournament. Along with their own tournaments, the Debate Team also helps local high schools start debate teams. Debaters hold demonstration competitions for the high schools. Viel is in charge of the Jonesboro High team. She said she has grown as a person by helping the high school students. “It’s a big responsibility, but I really enjoy it,” she said. “We hold a competition between high schools, which makes the (ASU) team more competitive than they already are.” Gilbert and Viel believe the team will continue to be successful at upcoming tournaments this spring. “I think more than anything the group this year has a better mix of people,” Gilbert said. “We have people from all walks of life who add flavor to team. We have a great camaraderie and get along well for the most part.”



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Hall, or on a large interactive Arkansas Map that is located near Wilson Hall,” Craft said. Alyson Gill, associate professor of art history, was the leader in getting the Second Life program started at ASU, and implements the Second Life program in her classes. She said she’s had very positive feedback. “It made a lot of sense in the classes I was teaching. I wanted the students to do interactive online work to engage the students more. It’s the most used virtual site by universities around the world. They can walk through the world completely free. If I teach about the history of art in Rome, my students can travel to Rome virtually and see the art,” she said. Craft also had a positive experience with Second Life. “It has been very beneficial to the class, and I really like the program. It makes it very interesting and almost gives a video game feel to it. It gives a place outside of just going to a BlackBoard chat room where we can meet and interact in real time. Our class has students in it from as far away as Texas, Oklahoma, and even Michigan. So it is technology that brings us all together and allows us to work and learn together in a real time media.”

Jan. 5. Lee said students should check their accounts regularly and should not leave this semester without clearing their accounts. “Things like parking tickets can pop up any day, and students need to know when that happens so they can take care of it,” Lee said. If students cannot have their ac-

Building sites and Sims is a couple of the many features of Second Life. “ASU is doing a lot in Second Life. We are now partnering with EAST labs,” Gill said Students from Valley View’s EAST lab have come to do training over Second Life and building. Hosken is sponsoring a Second Life photo contest this month with separate categories for those in and out of the class. Those who enter must visit a place on the virtual ASU Heritage Island and take photos. They must also write a short paragraph about the photo. The picture competition is open to students particularly in Hosken’s class. Students must take a picture of any aspect of one of the Heritage Sites and write a paragraph describing its significance. Entries have to be sent to Hosken and will be posted in a viewing area close to the ASU virtual campus. Entries can be submitted until Nov. 18 with the winner being announced on Nov. 28. There will be two outside judges for the competition. Faculty and students said they are very eager to continue working in the Second Life program. They are optimistic that the program will continue to grow and be successful for ASU.

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count cleared, they need to set up a payment plan agreement with the school. “This helps the students not get behind on taking care of their accounts,” Byrd said. Lee and Byrd both said one positive of the new policy is that it helps students plan and be more responsible with their accounts.

For students to ensure their spring 2012 classes are not canceled they should act immediately in taking care of any current outstanding balances. They should also make future arrangements in making sure they can take care of their spring 2012 ASU financial aid obligation.

Leadership Center, on the second floor of the Student Union. “This program is open to all students who meet the minimum qualifications,” Cherry said. According to Cherry, the Leadership Center’s alternative spring break trip will be an annual event

for students who want to serve others and develop leadership skills outside of the classroom. “This is a fabulous service learning opportunity for ASU students,” Cherry said.

BREAK, CONTINUED cumulative GPA and be passionate about volunteering. “The application goes into further detail about desired requirements, qualifications and characteristics of the students,” Cherry said. Applications for the trip are due Nov. 30 and are available at the

SGA, CONTINUED Alicia Rose wanted to remind the senators and students about the Relay of Life. She said she was working in a leadership capacity with the program and team registration was open. She said registration was online this year and interested teams should be prepared to work over night because, “cancer never sleeps.” She informed the senate that they could perform onsite fundraisers to raise money for cancer research.

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Facilities Management expands with solar compactors Press Release The Office of Facilities Management recycling program, coordinated by Helen J. McCoy, is moving toward the shredding of sensitive documents instead of incinerating them, too, in an attempt to make practices greener all over campus. But the big news in ASU recycling is the pair of BigBelly solar-powered compactors-patented compacting trash receptacles that are gain-

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ing in popularity in municipalities, park systems, colleges and university campuses and corporate and government campuses. ASU’s BigBelly solar compactors will promote sustainable practices, mostly by saving time, fuel, and the labor required to check them and empty them. “These BigBelly bins have been used in Philadelphia for a couple of years, and according to the city manager, paid for themselves in labor and fuel savings after about 18 months.

How do they do that? They hold almost 3 times what a standard trash can that size will hold, but the really cool thing, the thing that saves fuel and labor—you don’t do a drive-by to check them. They use a wireless internet connection to tell us when the bin is full. Then someone goes out to empty it,” McCoy said. Besides saving time and fuel, it also keeps the can from running over and making a mess on the lawn.”

Briefs Advanced students interested in museums as a career are invited to enroll in an exhibit seminar being offered Spring 2012. Instructor Marti Allen, director of the ASU Museum, will mentor select students through each step of developing an exhibition, including exhibit research, label writing, exhibit design and more. Contact Allen for more information at 972-2074. The Wilson Advising Center and Student Government Association are cosponsoring the student-selected You Made a Difference adviser award. This award is presented to one deserving academic advisor who demonstrates a thorough knowledge of ASU policies, procedures, resources and curriculum requirements, as well as a concern and enthusiasm for student educational outcomes. The award recipient will be announced in December. The fall 2011 issue of the Journal of International Students is available. Digital editions of the print publication are available at For hard copies, stop by Eugene Smith Hall Room 411.

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Campus Crime Nov. 10

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UPD officer Ron Smith reported finding evidence of marijuana use in ASU students Lawrence Eirvin and Don Jones’ room after being dispatched to Collegiate Park Nov. 10 around 7:30 p.m. ASU student and hall director Amanda Morales called UPD after smelling a strong odor outside room 333. Smith reported that when he and Morales walked to the outside of 333, the smell of burning marijuana was very strong. Smith stated that Eirvin answered the door and the marijuana smell became stronger. Smith said he entered the room after asking Eirvin if he could. It’s reported that both Eirvin and Jones stated they had smoked marijuana in the residence. Smith advised both that a referral would be filed.

On Sunday around 4:20 a.m., UPD officer Robert Peevey charged ASU student Connor Rehmet with public intoxication and obstruction of governmental operation. Peevey reported he was dispatched to the south side of the North Park Quads in reference to Rehmet lying on his stomach in the grass. Peevey said that Rehmet told him he was trying to throw up. While Rehmet was talking to Peevey, Peevey said he could smell a strong odor of intoxicants. He then asked Rehmet how much he had to drink. Rehmet stated he had about two shots. Peevey reported he asked Rehmet if he had any identification on him; Rehmet stated no and told Peevey that his name was Kevin Augdin and his birthday was Aug. 23, 1987. Peevey ran the name through dispatch, which turned out to have no file on record. It’s reported that UPD officer Steven Wilson administered Rehmet a portable breath test, which returned with a sample of .08. Peevey reported that he asked Rehmet his name again and this time told the truth. Rehmet was taken into custody. Wilson stated he transported Rehmet to the Craighead County Detention Center. Rehmet had a post bond amount of $360.


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'Repinning' becomes internet trend Kelsey Cherry Staff Writer Pinterest inspires the housewife, the college student, the photographer, the fashionista and the artist. But most importantly, it inspires the woman or man to make, do and be beautiful things. Pinterest is a virtual pin board that allows its users to bookmark items on the web in an organized, interesting and easy to share fashion. It was founded in Palo Alto, Calif., and according to, they are striving to build a product and company that all people love. Users visit the website to share ideas of their own and browse others’ ideas for inspiration in their own lives. “Pinterest adds an entire new word to social media. It takes the creative mind of every day human beings and sprawls it across a computer screen in such an organized way that others believe they too can be creative,” said Michelle Stafford, a sophomore PreVet major of North Little Rock. As the title “Pinterest” hints, the website is a place for people to share common interests. More than that, though, it has become a hub for ideas — particularly for things like art, cooking and fashion, as well as party, event and wedding planning. “This website helps me

share and get ideas from other people and keep them all in one organized place on my boards,” said Zarah Tinkle, a freshman Nursing major of Little Rock. For many young females, Pinterest has become a sort of virtual “dream board” for their future homes, weddings, etc. It’s a place for them to keep all their good ideas in one place and refer to them later. Katie Donner, a sophomore physical therapy major of Manila said, “Pinterest gives me great ideas for crafts and for my future home.” The website has revolutionized social media, and even has social media users neglecting their other accounts to give more attention to what’s happening on Pinterest. Anna Rogers, a senior radiology major of Paragould said, “I enjoy Pinterest because I can keep all different types of tutorials and ideas all on the same website. I often times do not even use Facebook or Twitter anymore.” The purpose of social media is to connect people in ways that they would not have otherwise been connected. Pinterest takes this concept a step farther by connecting people based on common interests, even though they may have absolutely no mutual relationships. One of the most common bonds on Pinterest between complete strangers seems to be that of the bride-to-

The new Internet trend, Pinterest, is a social network where users can "repin" ideas to their followers. be, just sharing ideas and dreaming alongside one another. Megan Edginton, a senior English education major of Ozark said, “Pinterest has given me tons of different styles and trends to look at when it comes to planning my own wedding and it lets me choose which ideas I want to pursue when planning.” Simply being in the same phase of life — planning a wedding, having a baby, moving into a new house, etc. — is all users need to be connected with others who share these interests

Album showcases exceptional talent Abdullah Raslan Staff Writer After finding success with the album "Lungs" in early 2010, Florence and the Machine return to the music scene with their latest LP "Ceremonials." The band consists of lead singer, Florence Welch and various other artist that provide backing vocals simply named "The Machine." This British indie pop/ rock and baroque pop band found commercial success after their song "Dog Days Are Over" was re-released and found the light, which led to a Grammy nomination and extensive world tour. With the release of "Ceremonials," it sounds like Florence and the Machine has another hit on their hands. With different musical sounds such as the harp, choral chants and pound drums, this album sounds like a classic Florence album. The usage of words like water, stones, horses, moonlight and ocean is very refreshing to hear. In a world of "I'm Sexy and I Know It," "Ceremonials" definitely hits the nail on the head with some beautifully poetic verses that will have you hitting the repeat button. In "What The Water Gave Me," you will find yourself searching for your soul in an enchanting rhythmic, mid-tempo chant that will have you swaying left to right as if you were in a music festival. While songs like "Shake It Out" will have you searching for your "demons" with references to the devil and heaven, the song is about letting go of

or concerns. “Pinterest is amazing. I am having a baby boy and without this social media site I haven’t a clue where his room ideas would have came from,” ASU alumni Megan Mitchell said. In its recent surge of popularity, Pinterest has seemed to attract a more female following than male. “I do not have a Pinterest account,” said Blake Irvin, a junior radio television major of Pine Bluff. “My girlfriend worships it, and she makes me despise it.” However, there are

males who are frequent users of Pinterest, especially those into art or design. “I think that Pinterest is not just for girls. It’s ballin’. It’s like a collage of your life that never ends. It is one of those things that if someone didn’t know who you were, [you can show] them your account; they may know everything,” said Garrett Tyler, a sophomore music major of Jonesboro. “Say a dude was wanting to know little stuff about a girl... and know something without having to ask all he would have to do is look at her Pinterest account.”

Tyler added that “dudes with swag” on the website can keep other guys updated on things like what to wear and how to wear it. Twitter is to Instagram as Facebook is to Pinterest: your life without words. It’s a visually interesting way of letting others get to know you without actually knowing you. It’s revolutionizing social media as we know it, and bringing people together in ways they have never been brought together before. Join the revolution at

DIY holiday decorations Don't want to spend a lot of money on Christmas decorations this year? Get your friends together and try these easy do-it-yourself decorations. Give your room a festive feel without spending a fortune.

Button Wreath Ornament Materials needed: Needle-

nose pliers or wire cutters, 16-gauge copper wire or 22-gauge green floral wire (cut to 9-inch lengths), 72 buttons for each wreath, scissors, satin ribbon (1/8 inch wide and 6 inches long) and seam bending for decorative bow. Instructions: 1. Using pliers, make a small loop at one end of the wire. 2. Thread buttons onto the wire until you have enough to form the size of the wreath you want. 3. Using pliers, bend the plain end of the wire around the looped end. This will form the wreath. 4. Use the satin ribbon to make a loop for hanging the wreath; tie the ribbon in a knot about three inches above the wreath. 5. Tie a bow of seam binding to decorate the wreath.

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what's bothering you and finding your new path. It starts with a chord progression on the organ and goes into a tambourine driven drumbeat that will have you on your feet by the chorus. The devil gets referenced again in "Seven Devils," a song that will probably find it's way to people's Halloween playlist for years to come. Welch’s vocal ability is impeccable. As the music stops and the haunting voice repeats "Never let me go," Welch leads you into a breakdown piano verse that she nails right on the head. "Breaking Down" is definitely a highlight. The verse reminisces Radiohead's "Creep" but the chorus sounds like something No Doubt would sing. The very intimate way Welch sings the bridge leading up to the chorus where "the Machine" harmonizes is a beautiful vocal combination. Another song that sticks out is "Spectrum." With Welch's voice echoing in

the background along side the harp, this song preaches not to be "afraid again." She channels her inner diva and extracts so much soul. A perfect example on why they were picked to be perform in the 2011 VH1's Diva's concert celebrating powerful female singers is to premiere Dec 19. The Deluxe Edition offers you an extra set of songs for your ears to listen, too. "Strangeness And Charm" sounds like a good jogging song. The deluxe edition also has the music video for "What the Water Gave Me." Having written all the songs on the album, Welch shows the ability that she is a great lyricists and a composer. The album's rich sound might not be appealing as much as the more radio friendly songs on the charts, but that's not what Florence is about. The music will explode in your ears and the lyrics will have you thump for your dictionary.

Snow Globe Materials

needed: Several jars (baby-food or olive jars will work), plastic figurines, oilbased enamel paint, sandpaper, epoxy, distilled water, glitter and glycerin. Instructions: 1. Paint lids of jars with oil-based enamel paint. 2. Sand the inside of the lid until the surface is rough. 3. With clear-drying epoxy, adhere the figurine to the inside of the lid, and let the epoxy dry. 4. Fill the jar almost to the top with distilled water; add a pinch of glitter and a dash of glycerin to keep the glitter from falling too quickly. Don't add too much, or the glitter will stick to the bottom of the jar with flipped. 5. Screw on the lid tightly, being careful not to dislodge the figurine. 6. Turn the jar over and back again and let it snow.

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