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Ultimate Frisbee Club joins ASU PAIGE WALKER STAFF WRITER

Three ASU students have recently formed a universitysyndicated club for ultimate Frisbee. While ultimate has been popular around campus for years, it was only within the last few weeks that Ronnie Short, Dylan Travis and Charles Tillman decided to take their game to the next level with the club status. The club status will allow players to benefit from outside sponsorships as well as financial aid opportunities from the university. Most importantly, the new status will allow the team to compete against other college ultimate teams from around the country. Ronnie Short, a junior accounting and finance major of Stuttgart and club cofounder, was responsible for most of the legwork and paperwork associated with forming of club. “This is my second year here, and I didn’t do anything last semester,” Short said. Once he started playing ultimate, he soon discovered his passion for the game. “We didn’t have a club, and I wanted to play against other schools,” Short said. “We all love Frisbee; we love the game,” Charles Tillman, a sophomore nursing major of Little Rock, said. Tillman has been playing ultimate since high school and began playing at college his first semester. “My part in it is just a passion for Frisbee and a love for

Frisbee,” Dylan Travis, a junior communication studies major of Jonesboro, said. Travis has been playing college ultimate since his first night on campus. “I’ve been throwing a disc around for probably eight or nine years,” Travis said. Club members will have the opportunity to compete as a team in tournaments around the Mid-South region. The newly formed club will have practices most weekday nights on the old track field, in conjunction with the pickup games usually played there. The club is open to any student who wants to join. It already has over 20 members, although only 15 at a time can compete in tournaments. Once the club registers enough members, it can be split into two teams for tournament play, Short said. Travis said the club is also looking to form a female team. “We don’t have enough players yet, but once we have some more interest we’ll definitely do it.” Travis also said a major concern for the club is funding. “That’s how most college sports fizzle out. They don’t have enough money, so they just die. We’re not going to fizzle out.” Besides receiving money from the ASU action fund, the club has also secured a sponsorship from Play It Again Sports, an athletic equipment retailer in Jonesboro. Play It FRISBEE, 4

Paige Walker | Staff Photographer Kevin Frisbee and Hunter Saffell practiced their shots for the next Shot Awesomeness video in the Red Wolf Center Sunday night.

Shot Awesomeness takes ASU by storm PAIGE WALKER STAFF WRITER

They’re just two normal guys — both seniors at ASU who enjoy athletics and music — but they have a dream. “We want it to be the first faith-based trick shot video shown on ESPN Sportscenter,” Kevin Frisbee, a senior physical education major of Batesville, said. Frisbee and his best friend, Hunter Saffell, an exercise science major of Jonesboro, have made two basketball trick shot videos. These videos aren’t just about the crazy shots for Saffell and Frisbee; there is another intention behind their entertainment. “The goal is to glorify God and share the gospel,” Frisbee said. Each of the videos has a verse from the Bible quoted at the beginning, gospel centered background music, and at the end of “Shot Awesomeness Next Level,” Frisbee and Saffell explain why they have placed their faith in their Savior. Frisbee and Saffell have made two

trick shot videos since the beginning of this year. The first video, “Arkansas State Shot Awesomeness,” has 4,403 views, 17 likes and no dislikes. The second video, Shot Awesomeness Next Level, was uploaded Oct. 3 and has been viewed 3,318 times. The video has 29 likes and no dislikes. The description for “Shot Awesomeness Next Level” says, “Two college guys using free time to make basketball trick shots, and in turn, use that to tell others how blessed we are to have salvation.” “I got saved when I was eight. I kind of fell away from God when I moved to Shawnee, Ill., playing basketball for two years up there. Then I moved back and got back in a Christian environment. I went to Passion (in January), and ever since Passion I’ve just been on fire,” Saffell said. Passion Conference is a national Christian conference for college students. Students go to worship and connect with God each year, with 45,000

other college students from around the country. “I also grew up in church,” Frisbee said. “I had the head knowledge of Christ growing up, but my faith became real to me about a year ago and since then it’s been incredible.” The first trick shot video Frisbee and Saffell made started off as the two were just messing around one day, Frisbee said. “We filmed a shot I was going to go shoot, and then it turned into a video. Seriously, that’s what it was,” Saffell said. “The ball got stuck up on the track and he went up there and was like, ‘Hey, film this.’ We filmed the shot, and from there we were like, ‘Hey, let’s just make a video,’ and we did,” Frisbee continued. Frisbee said they are planning another video that will hopefully be finished by the end of the school year. “We plan on upping the game — harder shots, different venues,” Frisbee said. AWESOMENESS, 4

Nursing dean chosen for ASAHP award STAFF WRITER

Staci Vandagriff | Photo Editor Ronnie Short, a senior accounting and finance major of Stuttgart, passes off the Frisbee to a teammate through the defense of Kyle Whybrew, a sophomore marketing major of Jonesboro, during an ultimate Frisbee practice game.

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Susan Hanrahan, dean of the College of Nursing, couldn’t be more thrilled to be named the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions’ (ASAHP) outstanding member of the year. Hanrahan received a plaque at the national conference of the ASAHP, according to a recent press release. “I was very surprised,” Harahan said. “The board of directors take nominations from the memberships and then they vote on that, and I was very surprised to hear that I was the winner.” The ASAHP is an organization that supports colleges,

like the ASU College of Nursing and Health Professions. They especially support colleges that don’t have a medical school. The organization supports the education, scholarships, and all parts of what colleges do in regard to nursing and health professions. Every year they give out some awards, and they have been giving out the outstanding member award for a few years now, Hanrahan said. “I was fortunate enough to be the recipient of that this year.” Sue McLarry, department chair and associate professor of nursing, has known Hanrahan for 15 years. ASAHP, 4

This week in history:

In 1977, ASU began making changes to accomodate disabled students to meet section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1973.

Shine Huang | Staff Photographer



They’re happy to talk about Honey Boo Boo and Gangnam Style but flee in terror at the mention of anything remotely political.


Days left until the Mayan apocalpyse


THURSDAY, NOV. 29, 2012


Our View

Don’t take seceding talk seriously In the “Our View” on Nov. 15, we wrote about not taking our First Amendment right of freedom of speech for granted. As a result of the recent presidential election, one of the other First Amendment rights has had its media fueled 15 minutes of fame: the right to petition the government. In the days following President Obama’s re-election, a petition was filed on the “We the People” section of the White House’s website requesting the U.S. “Peacefully grant the State of Texas to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.” In three days the petition reached the 25,000 signatures required for the administration to comment on it, though it hasn’t said anything at this point. By now similar petitions have been filed by all 50 states in the Union. This includes Arkansas, which had 23,233 signatures at press time. If these initiatives for all 50 states to leave the Union were to be seriously considered, then the states would be taking an action as one, which is still a Union. We encourage anyone to take these petitions to the government with the smallest grain of salt. Undoubtedly, there are people signing these petitions that honestly are frustrated enough with the government to wish their home state was no longer under its direction. But there are also those who wish to shine a brighter, even less flattering light on the ridiculousness of the situation. In the wake of the state’s petitions, others created on the White House’s website seeking to make “drastic” changes to the Unites States. Among them include a petition for the government to remove Jerry Jones as owner and general manager of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys. Another has 2,933 signatures from people asking the government to “dissolve the current legal system” and replace it with the form of justice seen in the Judge Dredd movies and comics. While this might be amusing, it is also an abuse of a tool meant for the advancement of the country. The First Amendment is many things, but one thing it’s not is a joke. “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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How I learned to stop worrying and go to India You don’t know how good you’ve got it until you’re halfway around the world. This was one lesson I learned when I had the opportunity last July to fly nearly 9,000 miles and 16 hours – not counting layovers -- from Memphis, Tenn., to India, the largest democracy in the world. For two weeks, I traveled what is known as the “Golden Triangle” of New Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, the countries’ southern tech capitol of Bangalore, and the mountainous community of Kodaikanal. For two weeks I saw the best examples of ancient history and the worst examples of poverty. I experienced cultures and environments I wouldn’t have otherwise if I had stayed home rather than go through a months long process in order to take part in a trip that has left a lasting mark not just on my time in college, but on my life as a whole. I didn’t up and decide one day to go to India, which would be my first time to leave the country. The process took months of planning, saving money and applying for the necessary documents: passport, travel visa and a

“The main reason I made the effort and commitment to go to India was timing.”

- Daniel McFadin $1,000 travel voucher from ASU’s Study Abroad office that reimburses the cost of your plane tickets. This wasn’t a vacation for me; this was an educational experience or a really long field trip that happened to cost a few thousand dollars. It basically costs a semester’s tuition and then some to spend two weeks in a foreign country. But it was worth every cent. With the guidance and expertise of Carl Lindquist, ASU’s coordinator of study abroad and special recruitment projects, and Veena Kulkarni, a professor in ASU’s sociology department and a native of India, I was able to receive insight into a drastically different culture

For any students who watch the news, the recent rise in turmoil between Israel and Gaza, and the subsequent cease-fire, has been plastered on every news channel. In the United States virtually all major televised media, from FOX to CNN to MSNBC, generally portray Palestinians as the aggressors and Israel as the nation acting in self defense. What they never talk about is the U.N.’s condemnation of Israel, the accusations of human rights abuses, the crippling blockade of Gaza that harms thousands of innocent civilians who take no part in the fighting or the huge number of civilian deaths in Gaza and the West Bank. They neglect to mention that from 2006-2011, 3,170 Palestinian civilians (656 children) killed compared with 99 Israelis. So what I would like debunk some common myths surrounding this topic and talk about the human rights abuses Israel continues to inflict upon the Palestinians. The first myth I want to address is the idea that opposing the state of Israel is anti-Semitic. In reality, the opposite is true. The majority of Israelis are not Semitic to begin with. They are of European descent. You can verify this with a short Google search if you doubt it. More importantly, Palestinians are Semites, so if anyone is anti-Semitic, it’s the

“It makes sense that our university should

educate its students to become fiscally responsible. “

-Clint Simpson state of Israel because they bomb and kill Palestinian civilians by the thousands. Another myth is that we have a Biblical mandate to support Israel or Israeli Jews are the people of God and somehow deserve to have land that was forcibly taken from the people that lived there for more than 1,000 years. This is false for several reasons. First, today’s Israel is not the biblical Israel. Again, most Israelis are European. The Jews in the Bible weren’t white Europeans. They were Semite, just like modern day Palestinians. This takes us to the human rights abuses. I’ve already mentioned the massive inequality in the death tolls. Even if we just take this information at face value, there is no justification for killing thousands of civilians in retaliation to the death of a handful of innocents. Obviously, I’m not saying the nine Israelis killed in 2009 aren’t important.



from mine. Counting them, there were only five of us on the trip, so it felt less like a field trip and more like an extended family outing. In the weeks leading up to our trip, Carl told those of us who would be going that if we could survive two weeks in India, we could make it any country. There were definitely some rough patches along the way: Not being able to eat meat for 14 days aside from chicken nuggets from McDonalds; navigating your way through streets of people trying to sell anything they can in order to make a living, and barely fighting off a stomach illness while watching a professional belly dancer at an outdoor restaurant in the “Pink City”

of Jaipur. The main reason I made the effort and commitment to go to India was timing. While I intend to enter the journalism field, I have no idea if the path my life or career will take me on will ever allow me to have that kind of opportunity again. I bet some of you reading this have entertained the thought of visiting some foreign land to study abroad for one semester. I encourage you to do more than just entertain that thought and make a visit to the Study Abroad office in the Administration Building. Our time in college is more than just about attending classes and making the grade. It’s about taking a few bold chances in the hopes of having a few less regrets once we’re knee deep in the “real world.” My time in India might have just been two weeks, but it was two weeks that exposed to me to beautiful views, new ways of thinking and people that will stay with me for a long time. Daniel McFadin is a senior journalism major of Springdale.

Don’t be so quick to support Israel


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But when more than 300 Palestinian children were killed in retaliatory strikes that same year, it’s blatantly obvious who the aggressor is. Another huge deal is Israel’s blockade of Gaza. Israel uses their military might to prevent food aid from going to Gaza, as well as preventing any trade coming out of Gaza. In 2005 there were 3,900 factories employing 35,000 people. After the blockade took effect in 2007, this dropped to about 1,700 people employed in 195 factories. Now, 80 percent of Pales-

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tinians in Gaza live on less than $2 per day. They also prevent gas and electricity from going to Gaza, making it harder and more expensive to heat one’s home or even cook a simple meal. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the blockade is a violation of the Geneva Conventions. Specifically, it is an act of collective punishment, in which an entire population is punished for the actions of a small minority. These people, Palestinians, are just like you and I. They work; they go to school if their school still stands, and they worry about providing for their families. They aren’t some population of evil extremists. They are human beings, and we have to remember this when we consider the topic. Clint Simpson is a senior political science and philosophy major of Russellville.

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THURSDAY, NOV. 29, 2012


Students make plans for Christmas break MICHAELA KABERLINE STAFF WRITER

Staying at school, going back home or going out-of-state, students are looking forward to their much-needed month off from school. Christmas break officially begins on Dec. 12. While some students may be planning to work to save money over break, other students are spending money on plane tickets, amusement parks and hotel rooms. On Christmas Day, Harmony Cagle, junior RTV major of Rector, is driving to California with her mom, dad and youngest sister. “We are going to L.A., but we are first making a stop to visit Las Vegas,” Cagle said. “There are a lot of attractions and popular places in L.A. We are planning on going to the Hollywood sign, taking a tour through Beverly Hills and going to Rodeo Drive. I think on our way back we are also stopping by Disney Land.” Cagle estimates the trip will cost about $4,000, with gas costing almost $1,000 by itself. “With gas being what it is and being even more expensive out West, I think $1000 is reasonable for gas,” Cagle said. “The other $3,000 will be for food, lodging and events we plan on going to.” Spending about a week and half in California still leaves Cagle about three weeks to enjoy her break at home before returning back to school in January. “I plan on gaining the hours of sleep this semester has taken away from me,” Cagle said. “I also plan on just visiting with my family and relaxing the rest of the break.” While Cagle will be enjoying her vacation on the western side of the states, freshman accounting major of Searcy, Brittany Bohannon will be spending her break in Florida. “My boyfriend’s family is taking me to Disney World,” Bohannon said. “I am spending Christmas Eve and Christmas morning with my family and then leaving for Disney World that afternoon. I’m more than excited to get to go with them.”

Like Cagle, Bohannon and her boyfriend’s family are driving to Florida. “I honestly cannot even imagine the total cost of s t ay i n g there for an entire week, plus gas money,” Bohannon said. “Adding in all the extra stuff like food and souvenirs will make the price jump, too. I am almost positive by the time I get back, I will be broke.” Bohannon will be in Florida for a week. She plans on spending the rest of the break working and spending time catching up with her family and her friends from her hometown. “I’m going to miss all my friends from school,” Bohannon said. “But oh my goodness, I can’t wait to see all my friends from home.” Unlike Cagle and Bohannon, Leighann Smith, junior psychology major of Highland, is waiting to start her big vacation

until Dec. 28. Smith is planning on flying to New York with her sister, stepmom and her stepmom’s friend. “For New Years, we’ll be in Times Square to see the ball drop and enjoy all the other festivities that are going on that night,” Smith said. “For the rest of the time we will be visiting different museums and landmarks. We are also taking a train to Niagara Falls and spending a night or two in Canada.” Smith is planning on spending about $500 for a roundtrip plane ticket and has been saving up money for the trip to spend on various items. “I’ve saved up about $500 for this trip,” Smith said. “And that’s really just for souvenirs for family, friends and myself. I have no idea how much we’ll spend on food, hotel rooms and attraction fees. It’s going to be quite a bit though.” Although these three students are going outof-state for their breaks, Will Ward, a freshman of Guy, is going back to his hometown to spend time with his mom and older sister. “I’m leaving Dec. 12 for Guy and am planning on working at B.E. Dozer during the break,” Ward said. “I’m hoping my girlfriend will be able to come down at some point during the break so my sister and mom can meet her.” Ward is also going “Winter Camping” at Mt. Vernon with his best friend from high school. “My best friend and a couple of other guys from high school get together and go camping on one of the coldest nights of the season,” Ward said, “which is normally towards the end of December. We normally do some hunting and fishing and just chill around the fire and talk about what’s been going on.” Whether students are staying home or going out of town for break, students can take a break off from school and relax before the spring semester starts on Jan. 14.

Twilight Saga comes to a close Men’s clothing website MICHAELA KABERLINE

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“Team Edward,” “Team Jacob,” and “Choose me, Edward” shirts could be seen all throughout the Malco Movie Theater on Nov. 15 as Twilight fans gathered in the lobby several hours before the 10 o’clock premiere of the “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part Two.” With her heart stopping and her red-colored eyes popping open at the end of the first part of “Breaking Dawn,” part two begins with the newborn vampire Isabella Swan (Kristen Stewart) still lying on the white sheeted hospital bed with her newly colored eyes staring the crowd down. Staying mostly true to the book throughout at least the first hour or so, the movie starts off pretty slow with two really interesting parts occurring in that hour: a fight between Bella and Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) and a strength competition between Bella and Emmett (Kellan Lutz). Of course, there is also the hot and steamy scene with Edward and Bella exploring their new bedroom in their cottage-style home. The pace of the movie finally quickens after the Volturi are informed that Bella and Edward created an apparent immortal-child, which is not the actual case as fans know. With the Volturi now coming to Washington to “take care” of the Cullen clan, the Cullens set out to find as many witnesses as they can to help show that Renesmee, Bella and Edward’s daughter, is in fact half-vampire, half-human. The Cullens gather 18 vampires to argue in Renesmee’s defense. Fans of Jacob don’t really get to see much of him while he is in his human form in the final Twilight movie. He is seen once or twice without his shirt on, but most of the film he is in wolf form or not even seen. Fans of Edward, however, can see his glorious self in almost every scene of the movie, which isn’t a big shocker since the movie is focused around his daughter. The movie takes a huge turn away from the book towards the last 30 minutes or so of the movie. During a fight scene between the Volturi and the Cullens, with their 18 vampire friends, gasps and quieted screams could be heard throughout the crowd. A shocking twist to the end of the movie was just what the crowd needed to get their blood and adrenaline pumping.




As the final movie in the Twilight series came to an end, a nice calming credit mini-film introduced every character throughout the entire series. This created a kind of realization the Twilight series was officially over. “Breaking Dawn Part Two” brought in about $340.9 million worldwide on its opening weekend. “Part Two” brought in over $2.5 million this past weekend. The Twilight series has brought in over $2.9 billion since the release of the first Twilight movie in 2008.

Hardcore paragons put on energetic show TYLER LAMB STAFF WRITER

If there’s one group that can sum up everything good that has happened in the hardcore community it’s Converge. They were born out of the dying punk movement, but instead became defining paragons of modern heavy music. Recently, they’ve been on a U.S. tour to support their new album, “All We Love We Leave Behind.” I was lucky enough to catch one of these shows at Downtown Music Hall in Little Rock on Nov.4, and it was a truly unforgettable experience. Despite the fact that they’ve been together for over 20 years, there is absolutely no sign of weariness on the part of Jacob Bannon or Kurt Ballou, the founding members, and the current line-up, which has been together since 2001’s “Jane Doe,” was without a doubt the tightest band I’ve ever heard play live. The show was opened by Swedish metal band Kvelertak and sludge-rock outfit Torche, who both played energetic, solid sets to an ever-increasingly excited audience. Kvelertak, who had come to America just to tour with these guys, had a unique black’n’roll-mixed-with-Nordic-metal thing going on and a presence that could just about push you over. Torche, on the other hand, had a spacier, post-punk vibe a-la` Colour Revolt that I think was really under appreciated by the hardcore fans. Around 10 p.m., the house lights came up and Bannon took the stage for a sound check, and soon after that the band ev-

eryone had been waiting for began to play. They opened with “Dark Horse,” the lead song from their previous album, “Axe to Fall,” which bled seamlessly into one of their big hits, “Concubine,” before playing a few numbers from the new record. The crowd had, by this time, whirled itself into a frenzy as Bannon, ever so reminiscent of those early 80’s DIY front men, was parading across the stage with angsty antics and trading off vocals with whoever could crawl over to the stage. Although they were forced to deal with some equipment troubles, they handled it well and were able to hold the show together without any loss of energy. Throughout the set, which was more or less a showcase of the new album, they were careful to show proper attention to their old material, and no albums were neglected save for the oldest two, which guitarist Ballou has decried in the past, and are a bit too thrashy--for me, at least. As the evening came to a close, Bannon gave a heartfelt speech to the audience, thanking everyone for coming out and relaying the band’s appreciation that the music scene had allowed them to do what they love for so long, before ending their set with the final track from the new record, “Predatory Glow,” leaving a crowd full of sweaty, tired fans a bit awestruck at what they’d just seen. Converge is currently finishing out their current tour across the Atlantic with Touche Amore, but the next time they come around I’d strongly suggest going to see them if you need to blow off some steam. is a members-only, online shopping apparel website for men. It has the top chic, suave men’s clothing out right now at a discounted price, boasting everyday sales of up to 80 percent off. The website discounts items such as shoes, ties, jackets and more. JackThreads was founded in 2008 in Columbus, Ohio by Jason Ross. In May 2010, JackThreads collaborated with, a digital newsletter for men and parent company of JackThreads. The company has also teamed up with The Crosby Cross, which is an online publication as well. Sales are constantly available. Every day at noon Eastern Standard Time, three to four brand new sales open. “The site gives guys like me who want to dress both hipster and trendy the opportunity to buy clothes at a pretty cheap price,” said Tyler Silvey, a junior RTV major of Cabot. The sale items are usually only available for a limited time. Shoppers can sort the order of the list and pick the type, brand, color and size of any item. Some of the sale items include a Levi vest available for $79.99, a zip-up sweater for $39.99 and sweatshirts for $49.99. High-class Marc New York jackets are available for $279.99, discounted from an original price of $595. Hats, scarves and gloves are also available. Students can save even more money and prepare for the spring semester with a tank at a low price of $7.99. T-shirts, and short and long-sleeve tees, start at $9.99. Luxury brand long-sleeve T-shirts are $30 more. JackThreads’ original merchandise is also available. Shoe companies available for purchase range from the classy Barrington shoe to stylish Penguin footwear to Wolverine Seger Engineer boots. Sneakers and slip-ons are also available. Reeboks Sermon sneakers are on sale for $64.99 (original price $119.99), and Franklin boots for winter are available at a price of only $44.99. One of the current sales for Ties and cufflinks is only available for three more days- prices ranging from $5.99 to $32.99 versus the retail prices of $20 to $58. “I purchased a bow tie recently, and the original price was $48 and I got it for $8,” Silvey said. Watches are also available up to $750 off. Prices range from $3.99 to $144.99. Mark Reider, a BSE social science major of Cabot, said “I like the site, and I’ve caught myself browsing their selection for hours at a time.” JackThreads provides apparel and accessories for any season and any occasion. Students can invite friends to join JackThreads and earn a $10 credit when the friend signs-up and purchases items. JackThreads also offers $5 in free credit to all new members just for signing up.


THURSDAY, NOV. 29 2012


Oh, Christmas tree

Staci Vandagriff | Photo Editor Members of the ASU choir got into the holiday cheer by singing “The First Noel” during the Christmas tree lighting ceremony on the third floor of the Student Union. Colorful ornaments from various groups around campus decorated the towering tree.

ASAHP, Continued

AWESOMENESS, Continued Saffell and Frisbee hope to get an NBA player to perform in the next video if “Shot Awesomeness Next Level” reaches 10,000 views. “My number one purpose is to glorify God in everything,” Frisbee said. “In the first video, honestly, it wasn’t probably our main priority, but we knew after we made the first one people would watch the second one. So we thought it would be an awesome opportunity to use it as a ministry tool.” Saffell said the idea to use the video for ministry came from a suggestion someone made while they were at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) state camp. They decided to take the advice and have seen a great response to the videos. “I had a girl come up here the other day and she said, ‘Hey, I saw your video and showed it to my little brother, and he got to see some college guys who he now looks up to share the gospel and do something he loves.’ I guess he’s a basketball fan, so it was pretty neat,” Saffell

FRISBEE, Continued Again has offered to give the club discounts on equipment such as uniforms and discs, helping the club save money for tournament fees and traveling expenses. “A lot of people don’t take it very seriously, but it’s actually a pretty intense sport.” Tillman said. “Games are certainly intense, yet the sport is kept officiated by ultimate’s self-regulating policy, or ‘spirit of the game.’” The ‘spirit of the game’ doctrine dictates that the rules of the game are to be

recalled. “There’s been a lot of people that just come up to you and tell you it’s encouraging,” Frisbee said. “Hopefully some of the students are encouraged to find out more about the gospel and they can see what we’re doing and think of other ways to use the school’s resources to do creative things to get their message across.” Klayton Seyler, the worship pastor at Journey Campus, where Saffell and Frisbee attend, and Dan Reeves, the teaching pastor at Journey Campus, have also seen the videos. Seyler said the boys are solid basketball players and their authenticity of faith through every part of their lives makes them have a huge impact. Reeves thinks the videos are great because Frisbee and Saffell are “just two guys doing what they love within the context of their faith.” “So many times we think of faith as a part of our lives, but these guys understand that faith encompasses all of life, even basketball, and that the message

of Jesus Christ can be found running through everything,” Reeves said. Reeves thinks the video has the potential to impact many students. “We know how hard some of those shots are to make and that no one goes out there and just hits those every time,” Reeves said. “The gospel is really a simple message even though sometimes we make it a lot more difficult than it is. The fact that we’ve all fallen, and that Christ chose to pick up our slack and not give us what we deserve based on his perfection, not ours, is the most revolutionary message for anybody anywhere and this video presents that to a lot of people in a relevant way.” Although some of the shots were made on the first try, Frisbee said some of them took as many as 40 or 50 tries. Their goal is summed up in the Bible verses at the beginning of each video. To help Frisbee and Saffell reach 10,000 views, watch the video at

enforced by the players, in keeping with ultimate’s high ideals of sportsmanship, fair play and respect. “Ultimate is supposed to be really competitive, but you never put the competition over the other players and the sportsmanship of the whole,” Short said. Both Travis and Short confessed to having one particular goal in mind for the team. “We want to beat University of Arkansas,” Short said. “They’re the only nationally ranked team in Arkansas, so we

want to beat them.” The team will play its first tournament next February at Hendrix College in Conway. Until then, the founders are planning on scheduling practices at least four nights a week during the spring semester. Students interested in joining the club can contact Short, Tillman or Travis at, charles., and

“She is great. She is a visionary and very helpful,” McLarry said. She believes Hanrahan received the award based on her leadership abilities. “She is active professionally and in the community,” McLarry said. Hanrahan works actively in enhancing and changing the curriculum for the College of Nursing. She also works with solving issues with space as well as looking to identify individuals who can help establish endowments to support students and faculty. Hanrahan has taken many leadership roles in various organizations and boards. Before coming to ASU, Hanrahan served as chair of the physical therapy department at Wichita State University. “She is very pro-student,” McLarry said. Hanrahan serves on the advisory committee and interacts frequently with students. “She listens to what students say and is very supportive,” McLarry continued. With such a busy life, Hanrahan explained that one has to be very organized. “I only take on roles or assignments that I feel a commitment to,” Hanrahan said. “It’s not difficult to dedicate time, effort,

and energy to those kinds of things.” Hanrahan is happy to have found a good college as well as a good administrative team, excellent faculty and students who are selectively admitted into the program. “The community is also very supportive and they care about what we do.” Hanrahan came from a home that cared about people, and she believes students who are admitted into the college share that vision as well. “They want to make a difference,” Hanrahan. “I think if they have those attitudes, if they have that kind of energy, I think that is what happened to me.” McLarry said the award Hanrahan received was very fitting and she deserved it. “We as a faculty are very proud of her as a dean,” McLarry said. After working at ASU for 18 years as well as being the dean to the College of Nursing and Health Professions, Hanrahan made an impact even on fellow colleagues. “I am very proud of her leadership and it has been a pleasure to know her,” McLarry said. “I wouldn’t be in this position if I didn’t know her.”



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Patients use horses for physical therapy CAITLIN LAFARLETTE STAFF WRITER

Roy Aldridge, professor of physical therapy, is the head of the hippotherapy program at ASU. He became involved with hippotherapy, which uses horses for physical therapy, while working with a graduate student who had an interest in it. The most rewarding aspect of the ASU hippotherapy program is “to see patients accomplish things that folks never thought they could do,” said its director. The program at ASU began in 2002 and has been at the equine center since 2005. Aldridge works not only with adult patients, but with children as well. Some patients who receive therapy are autistic, and sensory stimuli such as the sound of the horses, different smells and other outside sounds add to their therapy. War veterans also come in to participate. Some of these veterans

have post-traumatic stress disorder. The program helps them reconnect with society. “I’ve seen some great personality changes,” Aldridge said. One patient, 35-year-old Maurice Watson, said he enjoys getting to ride as part of therapy. “How else would I get to ride a horse for free?” he asked. Watson is in the hippotherapy program for lower back pain. He said riding has helped his range of motion and gets his back more limber. Before entering physical therapy, Watson had no experience riding horses. “This is new and it is good,” he said. The actual therapy portion of the program comes from the movement of the horse. The change of positions of the rider and the speed of the horse also contribute to the therapy. Different saddles, Western and English, are used depending on the type of injury. For

Caitlin LaFarlette | Staff Photographer For his physical therapy, Jeff Keich rides his horse around the ASU Equine Center with the help of a group of students.

example, Western saddles are used for veterans, and those


Staci Vandagriff | Photo Editor Zachary Marsh, a senior biological sciences major of Hot Springs, was chosen as the best of the Who’s Who awardees Monday evening in the ASU auditorium. The award is based on academic achievement, university and community service, leadership in extracurricular activities, and potential for continued success. Marsh applied to the Peace Corps, and plans to work in the health sector after graduation in 2013. He hopes to work with malaria and HIV/AIDS awareness.

Campus Crime Nov. 15 On Thursday, Officer Ryan Crawford was dispatched to Kays Hall to take a theft report from Mallory Frank. Frank said while she was in the shower, someone had come into the shared bathroom. According to the report, after she got out of the shower, she noticed her phone was missing. She had her roommate call the phone several times, but there was no answer. Frank had a suspect in mind that might have taken her phone, however, the person in mind denied she had taken it. According to the report, the phone was not recovered.

Nov. 17 On Saturday Officer Floyd Layne was on foot patrol in Arkansas Hall and smelled marijuana coming from one of the rooms. He called Officer Robert Peevey for assistance with the situation. The officers confirmed which room the smell was coming

from and asked the resident if they could enter the room, according to the report. The peephole to the room was missing, so both officers could see inside the room. Peevey saw Ashley Scrape place a silver bag into another bag and cover it up with a jacket, according to the report. After knocking again, the occupants granted the officers entry to the room, where Scrape, Patric Moore and Quentin Rose were. Peevey asked about the bag Scrape had hidden and asked if it was marijuana. She retrieved the plastic bag, which contained two green buds of marijuana. Moore and Scrape said they had smoked the marijuana outside, according to the report. Scrape was issued a persona non grata since she was not a student. Layne then flushed the two marijuana buds down the toilet.

Nov. 18 While on patrol Sunday, Officer Ron Smith observed Preston Bradley walking near

the residences on Faculty Drive. When Bradley saw the patrol car, he began to quickly walk away. Then he began running away carrying a white plastic bag in his right hand, according to the report. Bradley began running toward the railroad tracks and wooded area and was followed by Smith. Smith called other officers in for backup. Sgt. Bobby Duff and some other officers arrived to help locate Bradley. According to the report, Bradley came out of a heavily wooded area. When Smith told him to stop he ran away again, according to the report. With the aid of Jonesboro officers, Smith located Bradley and placed him under arrest. He was issued a citation for criminal trespass, fleeing.

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with lower back pain do not require a lot of motion from

the horse. Other variables include feet in or out of the stirrups and hands on or off of the saddle horn. Aldridge also positions riders in different ways, including sitting sideways, backwards, and for one patient, on hands and knees without a saddle. Aldridge doesn’t choose just any horse for the program. He said a horse has to have the right kind of personality and is also evaluated for soundness. Each horse moves differently, and the range of motion a patient needs determines which horse is chosen. Students can also benefit from the program. MacKenzie Dow, a graduate student of Jonesboro, is a physical therapy student volunteering for Aldridge. “This is part of my class now,” Dow said about how the hippotherapy relates to physical therapy. Dow said she started volunteering when Aldridge asked for help. She began working with kids first and

is now volunteering with the veterans’ program. For Dow the best part of volunteering is seeing the patients improve and asking about their day. “You really get a bond and connection with them,” she said. Chelsey Moser, a senior exercise science major of Melbourne, said she enjoyed gaining experience through volunteering. She became involved with hippotherapy after talking to her adviser about opportunities for volunteer experience. She said the best part of the program is knowing there are no set guidelines. “It’s a lot of fun seeing the patients’ reactions to the horses,” she said. There are six volunteers and 12 graduate students working with the hippotherapy program. Aldridge has collected data on 25 veterans since the program began. For those interested in volunteering, contact Aldridge at raldridge@astate.

when she doesn’t have access to it. The longest Burton has been without using a form of social media is two days. Her usage does interfere with school, however. “When class is boring I get on Twitter or tumble (post) about dumb people,” she said. However, using Twitter and Tumblr have helped Burton. She said it helps her deal with stress because she can get things off her mind. Will Blair, a junior premed major of Pine Bluff, uses Twitter but doesn’t think it has affected him that much. “I can go without it,” he said. He added that when he was younger he would go camping often and therefore didn’t have access to the Internet. “I adapted to it, putting the phone and Internet away,” he continued. Blair admits he uses Twitter often in the summer, especially when he has nothing else to do. Like many college students he also spends time in class on social media. “I took a few pictures of people sleeping,” he said. Blair also said he normally only browses Twitter when

he knows he isn’t missing any information. For Hayley Lewis, a junior psychology major of Jonesboro, Facebook is a way to keep up with friends that live in different time zones. “I’m a Navy brat,” Lewis, who has lived in 15 different cities, said. She said while she checks Facebook every day, it hasn’t become a problem for her. “It’s going to be there when I get back,” she said. Lewis added she often becomes too addicted to social media, but then it gets boring. She also doesn’t use it enough to where it interferes with class time. Another study conducted by the University of Maryland’s International Center for Media and the Public Affairs followed college students across five continents and found after 24 hours without social media, they felt irritable, tense, restless and anxious. According to www.kait8. com, the study consisted of 1,000 college students in countries that included China, Argentina, Mexico, the U.K., and the U.S. During the study several students were unable to go the entire 24 hours without using social media.

Social media relieves stress CAITLIN LAFARLETTE STAFF WRITER

It seems almost every college student uses social media of some form, and studies are showing it is something they struggle to live without. Is this struggle relevant to students at ASU? A recent study by Anxiety UK found participants became troubled when they didn’t have access to their social media outlets. According to www.anxietyuk., those who were a part of the study found the only way to stay away from social media was to turn off the device they accessed it from; it wasn’t enough to simply ignore it. ASU students can frequently be seen walking to class with their heads buried into their phones as they text, tweet, and post on Facebook. Sheneathia Burton, a sophomore psychology major of Memphis, believes she is addicted to social media. “All day I’ll be on Tumblr,” she said. Burton mainly uses Tumblr and Twitter and estimates she spends about eight hours a day using the sites. She said she uses social media as an outlet for her feelings and becomes angry



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In two days the Red Wolves football team will compete in its last conference battle against the Blue Raiders of Middle Tennessee. Saturday’s game is a winner-take-all, as both teams will take the field with conference records of 6-1. “Our players and coaches are extremely excited that this game will be happening at home,” head coach Gus Malzahn said. ASU hopes to continue with the momentum. The Thanksgiving break gave the team a bye week before its final game allowing the Red Wolves to regain composure. “I am not going to say we are 100 percent, but we have had a week to heal some guys up, and we are hoping that everyone plays. It is that time of year where very few people are going to be100 percent, but this is for the championship and they want it,” Malzahn said. What looked to be a rough start for the Red Wolves from the assembling of a whole new coaching staff, learning a new spread offensively and defensively along with the overall schedule facing two nationally ranked BCS teams and the odd

scheduling of longer break periods to the back to back mid-week games the pack has beat all the odds controlling its own destiny. A shared view between both senior linebacker Nathan Herrold and senior quarterback Ryan Aplin, ASU’s turning point came after the Red Wolves conference opener against Western Kentucky resulting in a 13-26 loss. “The game set the tone and we knew what we had to do and take care of business from there on out,” Aplin said. The Blue Raiders have won six of the last nine meetings and own a 3-3 record at Liberty Bank Stadium. MTSU struggled with injuries and has not taken the “under dog” predictions lightly as each week the Blue Raiders proved to be a team fighting against the odds, not looking at injuries as handicaps. Senior running back Benny Cunningham, receivers Tavarres Jefferson and Marcus Henry along with leading receiver Anothony Amos, two cornerbacks and No.5 ranked kick returners in the nation Reggie Whatley stand in the uncertainty of playing in Saturday’s game. The SBC announced Senior Don Jones has been suspended for the first

half of the game. Jones was ejected from the ASU game against Troy Nov. 17 for a flagrant personal foul. “I’m disappointed that he isn’t playing the whole game, but that is the rules and we are going to abide by them,” Malzahn said. Each week the Red Wolves have taken control of their destiny striving with one goal to be SBC champs. “We have had high expectations all year, and I have been very proud of our guys since conference has started and the amount of pressure there was placed on them after the hole from the Western Kentucky game,” Malzahn said. The Red Wolves will be fighting to perform, fighting for perfection and fighting to keep the intensity high. “This is the situation every college athlete wants to be in. This is for all the hard work we have put in during the 110 degree day practices in the summer, it is the dream and this is for everything,” Aplin said. Saturday’s outcome will not only be for the SBC title, but the last time the senior Red Wolves take the field at Liberty Bank Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN3.

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How tough is distance running? Marathoner Martine Costello describes the sport as “You’re running on guts. On fumes. Your muscles twitch. You throw up. You’re delirious. But you keep running because there’s no way you’re not crossing that finish line. It’s a misery that nonrunners don’t understand.” It requires extreme dedication and high amounts of mental focus. It requires commitment to training and large amounts of patience. It requires guts, a high pain tolerance, and a competitive drive. These are all qualities that ASU student-athlete Kristina Aubert has learned and is continuing to develop as she competes for the Red Wolves’ cross country and track teams. Aubert began running when she was twelve after her brother and sister began to run and told her how cool it was that they got to travel and compete. She decided to give it a try, and her running story began from there. When looking to run collegiality, Aubert had three standards that a school had to meet for her to consider it: a D1 running program, a nursing program, and warmer weather than her hometown, Chicago, Ill. Aubert searched for schools within a 9-10 hour driving distance from Chicago and found ASU using an online college search program. She sent in a questionnaire and was on the phone with the head track coach that same night. “Some things are just meant to be,” Aubert said. As a freshman in 2010, Aubert received “Freshman of the Year” at the Sun Belt conference cross country race. She continued to train hard and improve that winter during indoor track, but then faced a major obstacle when she broke her wrist and ankle while attempting to jump a hurdle practicing for the Steeple Chase. The injury required surgery, and put her out of running for a three months. While recovering, she rode the stationary bike to maintain aerobic fitness, but the injury caused her to redshirt for the 2011 outdoor track season as well as her 2011 cross country season. Due to redshirting, Aubert is currently a junior in ASU’s nursing program, but only a sophomore in terms of athletic eligibility. One of her favorite running memories took place in the spring of 2012, as she was still fighting back from her ankle injury. She won both the 5K

Xinzhong Zhao| Staff Photographer Kristina Aubert, who finished first-team all Sun Belt Conference and was the first ASU cross country runner to qualify for nationals. Aubert competed at nationals taking 124th place setting a personal record of 20:56.

and 10K races at outdoor 2012 Sun Belt Conference tournament. Aubert said, “The 5k/10k double at outdoor conference was the ultimate comeback after my surgery. I ran a special race after overcoming really awful circumstances. A lot of times in running, it’s the races that have a story behind them that mean the most.” Injuries are tough obstacles for all athletes to overcome, but what obstacles are specific to distance running? Aubert provided some insight as to what makes distance training difficult on a daily basis. “Running is unlike any other sport on campus,” she stated. “Other sports likely put in 20-30 hours a week of practice and weights. As a distance runner, puts in 10-12 hours a week of just running, and that’s all we do! When we tell other athletes our practices only last an hour to an hour and a half, they just assume we have it easy.” What people don’t understand is that sleep and recovery are just as important, if not more important, in distance running. “It is important that I am disciplined in making sure I am getting 8-10 hours of sleep per night and eating the proper food to allow my body to recover,” Aubert said. Making the transition into college Aubert had to change habits to make herself a better runner. “Going to bed earlier was really hard, when all your friends were able to stay up late,” Aubert said. Putting these habits into practice and training hard over the summer have helped her achieve her dream of qualifying for Cross Country Nationals this fall. “I’ve never

wanted anything more than to qualify for an NCAA National meet,” she said, “Ever since my freshman year when I missed nationals by 7 seconds, it has been my goal to qualify. Coming into college, I didn’t really know how far I could go with running, but Coach Chandler has guided me to become the best I can and now new opportunities await me every season it seems like!” The NCAA D1 National Cross Country Meet took place two weeks ago in Louisville, Ky. Aubert was the first cross country runner in ASU school history to qualify for Nationals. When asked about the experience, she responded, “The race was by far the scariest experience ever! You have the top 250 girls in the nation, and 50th place to 150th place runners can more or less run the same time, so it all comes down to who can “get out” the fastest and position themselves towards the front of the pack. Although I didn’t get off to a good start, I managed to pass about 100 girls in three miles to finish in 124th place with a 13 second PR (20:56 for 6 km). Honestly, just getting to be there and compete was a dream come true.” Aubert credits her running ability to God. “God gives us gifts of talent, and what you do with that talent is your gift back to God.” “I always just run knowing that I’ve been blessed with the gift to run for miles upon miles, and I would never want to waste the opportunity to not use my gift to the fullest extent.” Aubert said.

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Florida Atlantic and Middle Tennessee State announced Tuesday they will leave the Sun Belt Conference to join Conference USA beginning in 2014. The move comes after North Texas and Florida International declared in May they will join C-USA next year. The departures leave the Sun Belt, which has 11 members for the 2012-13 academic year, with just seven, and the conference will add Georgia State, Texas State, and Texas Arlington in 2013 to assuage the damage. The SBC also lost non-football member Denver to the Western Athletic Conference in July. Georgia State and Texas State will join in all sports, while Texas Arlington be admitted in all sports sans football, in which it does not participate. C-USA has been aggressive in

replacing teams it lost over the past year to the Big East. The Big East has expanded after losing Rutgers, West Virginia, TCU, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, and Notre Dame in part by swiping Memphis, SMU, Houston, Central Florida, Tulane, and East Carolina from C-USA. The shifts are part of a broader series of conference realignments across the nation, as the need to tap into diverse television markets and strengthen athletic brands has galvanized the six BCS conferences. As the largest conferences have rapidly expanded, the mid-majors have been forced to do to the smaller powers what the big conferences did to them, hence the blow to the Sun Belt’s ranks. While the Sun Belt loses its presence in Tennessee and Florida, it plants its spear into Georgia and expands its influence in Texas. All three schools joining in 2013 sport enrollments twice as large as ASU’s.

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