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Gumby: ASU's jolly green giant
'Stop Worrying, Start Trusting'
Preview: Red Wolves v. Florida Atlantic Owls
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Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011
Vol. 90 Issue 19
Faulty card reader frustrates Collegiate Park residents Alexis Hall Staff Writer Residents of Collegiate Park have been increasingly frustrated over problems with the card reader in the complex’s laundry facility. According to Sheryl Puckett of the Campus Card Center, the cause is not specifically known, and work is still underway to isolate the origin of the problem.
Problems with the card reader have been ongoing since the middle of August. “We had a combination of network issues and power issues,” Puckett said. Tan U Yin, a graduate student of Malaysia and resident of Collegiate Park, began a petition in mid-October after she and other residents faced growing frustration over the problems with the card reader.
At the time the petition was started, Tan said she had not been able to use the card reader at all this semester. “When I went there, there were a bunch of other people trying to do laundry,” Tan said. “I asked them if they had ever gotten to use [the card reader] and they said no.” According to Tan, many Collegiate Park residents had given up on the laun-
Turnout for Meet Your Senator low Daniel McFadin Sports Editor There were more than a few spare seats Tuesday at the Student Government Association’s “Meet Your Senator” event. Held on the third floor of the Carl R. Reng Student Union in Centennial Hall, the event was designed for ASU students to meet with the senators that represent their classification and college of emphasis and give them an opportunity to share any issues they had with life on campus. “As an SGA senator, we took an oath to serve our constituents well,” said John Mark Pierce, a junior history major and first year SGA senator. “Coming to these events, if they can get into it, it can a make world of difference in what we do to help the student body out.” Pierce, a senator representing the College of Education, was among the senators present to
meet their constituents. Though as the event progressed, very few students made their way into Centennial Hall. Marlon Lemons, a junior pre-law and business major, was the students who did attend. “I actually came out because one of my close friends told me about it and I really needed to meet my senator first and foremost,” Lemons said. “I think today’s event was well put together. I’m proud to have some of these representing me; I just wish a few more students could come out and were more concerned.” Lemons said he believed the time of day the event was scheduled for, during peak lunch hours, influenced the low turnout. The SGA offered a buffet of free food at the event, which enticed Timothy Snavely, a psychology major of Paragould, to attend at the last minute. Snavely did not know about the event before Tuesday, but See TURNOUT, page 5
Outreach, athletics on SGA agenda
dry facility and had begun taking their laundry home. One such student is Rachel Purtee. Purtee, a senior graphic design major of Jonesboro, said doing laundry at home was inconvenient because she must work with her parents’ schedules. “I feel bad because I gladly exercise my independence from home and my parents in other areas, yet I have to be depen-
dent on them to wash my clothes,” Purtee said. Purtee’s parents also let some of her friends do laundry at their house, and Purtee feels like they should receive some sort of compensation for the increase in their water bill. Many residents, however, did not have the option to do laundry elsewhere. “As an international student there’s no way that I can drive home,” Tan said.
Tan said at first she just tried to wait it out another week to see if the card reader would work, but after laundry began piling up, she had no other choice but to use quarters to wash and dry her clothes. Tan estimated she has spent about $30 in change so far to do laundry. According to Account Services, students who live on campus have 50 washes See LAUNDRY, page 5
Festival of Lights
The Indian Student Association and the Northeast Arkansas Indian Culture Society hosted a celebration of Dawali, the Indian festival of lights, Sunday night in the ASU Armory. Above: Participants pay homage to a shrine built for Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of luck and prosperity. Below: Performing to a mix of Indian and American music, ISA members displayed aspects of both traditional and modern dance. Photos by Samuel G. Smith
Myriah Downs Staff Writer
The Student Government Association discussed student outreach as well as athletics at the university at their Tuesday meeting. Pictured: Hunter Petrus, SGA president.
Myriah Downs Staff Writer On Tuesday, the Student Government Association senators discussed the low attendance at the “Meet Your Senator” event and how students can support and promote ASU Athletics. Multicultural Director Justin Dupree said he has been busy planning events for the upcoming Martin Luther King celebrations in conjunction with Niya Blair of the Multicultural Center. “This is going to be [one of the] best [MLK celebrations] ASU has ever seen,” Dupree said. Public Relations Director Alicia Rose reported on the Meet Your Senator event and said, “[While] attendance was not what we expected…the people who attended were able to get some valuable information.” President Hunter Petrus said, “Athletics really wants to fill the stands. We are Bowl eligible this year.”
Petrus went on to discuss ASU Athletics and their plans to begin a “Fired Up Fridays” tradition. The tradition would include students wearing red or Red Wolf attire to promote, “not just football, but all or our other teams.” Action Fund Commissioner Carlton Graves said there were no upcoming ActionFund hearings this semester, but said he was “working diligently” to ensure the hearings next semester went more smoothly. Graves reminded the senate that Action Fund applications were due two days prior to the hearing and to make sure they were getting legitimate copies of the application from the SGA office. Senators were informed that individuals applying for Action Fund should sign up for a hearing time at the time that they submit their application and if they wanted more information, they could contact the Leadership Center. The Campus Environment See SGA, page 5
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On Sunday, the Indian Student Association of ASU in conjunction with the Northeast Arkansas Indian Culture Society hosted Diwali, the Festival of Lights, in the ASU Armory. The festival runs over five continuous days with the third day marking the main festival Diwali or the Festival of Lights. Diwali generally occurs between midOctober and mid-November with the dates changing based on the lunar calendar. Early last week President Obama posted a video wishing the Indian community a Happy Diwali and Saalmubarak. During the video, Obama referred to Diwali as an “auspicious” holiday and a “time of celebration.” Diwali is a cultural celebration in many countries that invites every religion and race to celebrate the battle between good and evil. “If there are bad things, from now on all things should be good,” said Praveen Kasarla, a graduate computer science major of India. “This means Diwali is seen as a turning point in the lives of those who celebrate the holiday.” The festival is centered on lighting lamps to signify good winning the battle against evil as well as to welcome the goddess Lakshmi into their homes. Popular traditions during Diwali include purchasing new clothes, cleaning the home and exchanging sweets. Diwali generally features several sweet dishes including Kaju, a small rhombus shaped cake made from sugar and milk. Kasarla said the significance of the sweets comes from the idea that, “If a [person’s] mouth is sweet, then everything is sweet. If you speak good news, you should have sweets in your mouth and everything should be good.” It is tradition during Diwali for individuals to
wake up early and pray to Rama and Lakshmi. It is also traditional to wear new clothes and to end the festival with fireworks. The event hosted a large Indian attendance, but was also attended by many American students as well as additional international students. Tabitha Reynolds a senior psychology major of El Dorado, said she found the festival, “interesting” and her main purpose for attending was to “learn more about the significance of the processes associated with Diwali.” “It is good this event is open to the whole campus. It will help to understand (Indian) culture,” Reynolds said. See LIGHTS, page 5
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— Our View —
Opening doors to immigrants Recently, the state of Alabama passed legislation that has concerned many immigrant residents. While the intention is to “close the state’s door on illegal immigrants,” the message sent out is that anyone perceived as an outsider is unwelcome in the state. Because of this immigrants, illegal and legal, are leaving the state out of fear. In an editorial for the Commercial Appeal dated Oct. 23, it brings up a point that “At a time when immigration policy should be focused on how much talented students and inventors from abroad could help the American economy, we’re focused, instead, on how to kick people out.” There is debate that other states will follow suit, but what does this mean? If a similar policy made its way to Arkansas, it would be detrimental to our international community on campus and in the rest of the state. Coming from a diverse campus, it is important that we go out into the world, taking what we’ve learned and actually live it out. By denying legal immigrants simple freedoms and making them carry documents showing they are legal, we are denying them the right to live free of fear. We don’t want to run off our friends because of laws passed based on discriminatory attitudes and ignorance. While it is understandable that immigrants must come here legally, these laws essentially disregard what our nation was founded on. We wouldn’t be here without immigrants looking for a better life for themselves and their families. Over the weekend, a group of international students were asked to leave a party at one of the frat houses on campus because they were international students. It is unfair for people to live in fear of being harassed or punished – and this goes for people on campus. So, as a diverse campus, let’s embrace those who are different from us. Whether you sit with someone new in the food court or you join the conversation partners on campus, it is important in times like these to reach out to people. The potential that immigrants have to being a great asset to our country has been proven throughout history. Let’s be supportive of and open to everyone around us. “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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Western media forgets moderate Islam “If we are not presenting an accurate picture of the world we are failing as journalists...” Samuel G. Smith
Editor’s note: Smith and three other students from the College of Communications spent two weeks this semester in Kuwait as part of a faculty-led trip to the Middle East. The students visited several Kuwaiti media outlets including television stations and newspapers to learn more about global mass media as well as Kuwaiti and Arab culture. The following is a post from Smith’s blog written before the students’ return; for more entries, visit postcardfromkuwait.tumblr. com. Just as culture in the United States is built on a religious matrix that is dominated historically by Christianity, Kuwaiti culture likewise owes a lot to Islam. Masjids (mosques, pronounced mes-yids in Kuwait) are everywhere in Kuwait City. Some are big, some are small, but all are attended by loyal Muslims who come for salat (prayer). Kuwaiti masjids call for
prayer five times a day — at dawn, at noon, in the afternoon, at evening and at night. Some don’t go to the masjid; a Kuwaiti woman told me most women stay at home to pray. Regardless of location, Muslims bow their heads to the ground and ask Allah (God) for guidance and give thanks for their blessings. Masjids serve as religious centers but also are an important aspect of Kuwaiti communities. Five times a day they broadcast the call to prayer: “God is Great. I bear witness that there is no god except the One God. I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of God. Hurry to the prayer. Hurry to success. God is great.” Religion is so deeply entwined in the mainstream culture here that even at The Avenues, a gargantuan mall in Kuwait City filled from end to end with Western influence, the call to prayer is played on the loudspeakers. And at the Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST), there are rooms dedicated for prayer for each gender. Besides all the rooms in
our hotel being furnished with a prayer rug, there are also arrows on the ceilings to indicate the qibla, or direction of Mecca, so guests can follow the tradition of facing the way of the holy city when they pray. Islam is based on five pillars or principles: belief in Allah as the one and only god and Muhammad as his messenger, pilgrimage to Mecca, charity, prayer, and ritual fasting during the holy month of Ramadan in which Muslims abstain from food or drink from dawn to sunset and focus on charitable acts. Islam is largely divided into two sects, the Sunni and the Shia. The two groups have an ancient disagreement about who the correct leaders were after Muhammad’s death. To this day, there is a rift between them that is felt throughout the Islamic world, including Kuwait, which is predominantly Sunni. I’ve learned a lot about Islam in the past year through classroom study, but being here has shown me much more. In the West religion for the most part does not influence secular aspects of
our lives like shopping or spending time on a university campus. In Kuwait, these institutions are deeply involved with one another. As my knowledge of Islam has grown, so has my appreciation for it and its followers. The Muslims we have encountered are so warm, giving and excited to share their lives with us. Regrettably, there are widespread misconceptions in the West based on ignorance and fear. We really only see Muslims in Western media when something bad is happening. Being in Kuwait has opened my eyes to the other side—the beauty of Islamic principles and their manifestation in the religion’s followers. Why don’t generous, peaceful, moderate Muslims receive more coverage by Western media? If we are not presenting an accurate picture of the world we are failing as journalists. Smith is a senior photojournalism major of Hughes.
Stop worrying, start trusting “It seems like worry is so engrained into our daily routine, we forget that it’s there and we become so accustomed to it.” Jeff Davidson
Normally, I don’t like to repeat articles I read in magazines, but this one just so happened to come at an appropriate time for me. I subscribe to World magazine, a fairly popular Christian news publication. I have great respect for all the writers and enjoy reading the articles they publish, but my favorite writer for this magazine is Andrée Seu. I suppose you’d consider Seu to be an opinion writer, but her opinions are more like Sunday school lessons or short stories with a good moral lesson in the end. Seu’s most recent article is titled “Quit Worrying,” and in it she describes her resolution to overcome this all-to-common human tendency. She gives to readers a list of things she often worries about and certain scenarios where she’s tempted to worry the most. For lack of a better phrase, this article hit me right between the eyes.
After all, in addition to writing articles for the newspaper, I’m a professional worrier. I’m very skilled at finding time to worry about many things in any given day. As with any worrier like me, thinking or praying for possible solutions to problems that come up simply isn’t practical. It’s so much easier to procrastinate in things and put them on a “worry list.” I say this somewhat sarcastically, but if you worry like I do, you hopefully get my drift. This came up recently as I was trying to decide which classes to take for next semester. Seeing the list of possible classes I could take and the times they meet, I began wondering if I’d have any social life next semester. Some of the classes will mean a heck of a lot of work, and who knows how hard the professors will be. Instead of sitting down to figure it all out, I decided to put it off, worrying about it, of course, in the meantime. Examples of questions worriers might ask can go something like this: Did I do well on that test? What
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if this situation doesn’t work out like it’s supposed to? How do I know he/she will respond in the right way? And the questions can go on indefinitely. I suppose these fears do come naturally to most of us—it’s just human nature. What does this accomplish? Aside from a little extra stress, not much. But is there a good way to deal with it? It seems like worry is so engrained into our daily routine, we forget that it’s there and we become so accustomed to it. In her article, Seu makes one bold suggestion—stop worrying, and put your faith in God. As a Christian myself, I find this interesting since I tend to overcomplicate my problems (and solutions) and end up forgetting this simple command most days. There’s no doubt in my mind that Christians can tend to overcomplicate things. Oftentimes in our attempts to offer Biblical solutions, we can make the solution sound a whole lot more complicated than it actually is. When it comes to worry, there is one simple command the Lord has given
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His children, and it is found in Philippians. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” God called us not to worry, but to trust in Him. It’s as simple as that. Applying this to my situation, I was resolved not to worry over which classes I will or will not take next semester. After saying a brief prayer, I went about looking for just the right classes. With a phone call to Mom plus a few quick searches online, I finally produced my spring semester schedule. It wasn’t perfect, but it could work. This may sound overly simple. I know that figuring out the right answers to some of our problems can be difficult and take a very long time. But the command here is not to worry. Trust in Christ, who will never leave us or forsake us, and remember to say a prayer of thanks. He wants to help us.
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ASU soccer falls 2-0 to Panthers in first round of Sun Belt tournament ASU Press Release
Ashley Helliwell/Herald Junior quarterback Ryan Aplin uses senior offensive lineman James Williams as a shield during practice Wednesday. Aplin has led the Red Wolves to be 27th best offense in the country.
Avoiding the Trap
The Arkansas State women’s soccer team wrapped up its 2011 slate with a 2-0 loss at the Sun Belt Conference tournament against No. 2 seeded Florida International Wednesday morning. The Red Wolves complete the season with a 7-10-3 overall record while FIU improved to 12-6-2 and will go on to face the winner of the No. 3 Denver and No. 6 South Alabama contest. “We are definitely tak-
ing steps in the right direction,” ASU head coach Tafadzwa Ziyenge said. “It’s been a fantastic conference season and I am beyond proud of these girls.” FIU scored two goals in the first half when Kim Lopez took a feed from Ashleigh Shim on a cross from the top of the box. Lopez one-timed the shot into the goal in the 21st minute (20:56). April Perry then connected on a free kick from 40-yards out in the 35th minute (34:43) to give the
Golden Panthers a 2-0 lead. ASU out shot FIU 11-6 in the contest while each squad took three shots on goal. Seniors Lyndsey Patterson and Stasha Siers led the Red Wolves with three shots each. Lopez led FIU with two shots each. ASU tied the school record during the regular season with five conference wins and nearly topped the goals scored record with 34 on the year and the total points record with 98.
First and last place Sun Belt teams face off
Catching Air Sophomore forward Jane Morrill prepares to shoot a basket from the paint Tuesday night at the Convocation Center against the University of Maryville. The Lady Red Wolves won their first exhibition game, 7873, behind Morrill’s 20 point, nine rebound performance Junior guards Quinishia McDowell and Ashley Olivera both scored 14 points. McDowell and Olivera powered an ASU comeback in the first half, scoring 10 points each to help the Lady Red Wolves lead 41-37 at half time before Maryville took the lead again in the second half. Maryville led 71-69 when ASU went on a 9-0 run in the final minutes before a last second shot by Maryville made the final score 78-73. The leading scorers for Maryville were Shelby Miller and Abby Duethman with 16 points each. The Lady Red Wolves second and final exhibition game will be on Nov. 7 against Christian Brothers at the Convocation Center. at 7:05 p.m.
Sports Brief • Men’s Basketball: The Red Wolves will be without Senior Martavius Adams for the rest of the season after Adams was dismissed from the team by Coach John Brady Monday. Adams would have been one of three returning starters this season. ASU plays their second exhibition game tonight against Henderson State at the Convocation Center with tip off set for 7:05 p.m.
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ASU Sports Info Freshman Christina Fink (25) watches as senior Michele Clark (21) attempts to keep the soccer ball from a FIU player Wednesday during the first round of the Sun Belt tournament in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
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Junior Ryan Aplin is ranked eleventh nationally with 315.6 yards per game
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Coach Freeze said freshman running back Frankie Jackson is day-to-day after re-aggravating an ankle injury from earlier this season during the first half of the North Texas game. FAU announced Tuesday that they would be without senior offensive lineman Max Karrick.for the rest of the year. Karrick, who started 10 games in 2010, has been plagued with a chronic knee injury and will be replaced by red shirt sophomore Joe Bailey according to the Palm Beach Post.
Arkansas State has not allowed a player to surpass 100-yards rushing through their eight games this season. That includes keeping Virginia Tech running back David Wilson, statistically the best back in the nation to 88 yards and Western Kentucky’s Bobby Rainey, the fifth best back, to 86 yards in week five. In two straight games, the defense has held its opponent under 300-yards of total offense. The Owls have the misfortune of having the worst scoring offense in Division 1 football, with an average of 11.7 points per game. Led by junior Graham Wilbert at quarterback, the Owls will face an ASU defense that is ranked 26th in the country in total defense. Freeze said that the player ASU has to look out for is their running back, senior Alfred Morris. Morris has two touchdowns and 542 yards through their first seven games. “He’s a physical guy that runs behind his pads extremely well, has taken care of the ball extremely well in his career with the exception of one game and that’s Middle Tennessee.,” Freeze said.
ASU and FAU are two teams that are on opposite ends of the college football spectrum ASU is in the middle of their best season since 1986, when the school won eight straight games on it’s way to a 12-2-1 record and trip to the Division 1-AA championship game. FAU is currently on track to have it’s worst season in its short history. The fewest games the Owls have ever won was two in 2002 and 2005. This season comes during the final one for head coach Howard Schnellenberger. Schnellenberger announced before the season began that he would be retiring after 27 years of head coaching at the conclusion of the 2011 campaign. “I met him last year when we played here. I have great respect for him and what he’s done at several different programs,” Freeze, who is tied for the most wins for a first year head coach at ASU, said. “You can’t argue with what he did at Louisville and obviously at Miami, so he certainly understands this game and has done very well at it” ASU will look to win their first game Boca Raton after losing their first three games at FAU. With the win the Red Wolves would obtain the programs most wins since joining the Football Bowl Subdivision and the most at any level competition since 1987. The game kicks off Saturday at 3 p.m. and can be heard on 107.9 KFIN.
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The Red Wolves (6-2, 4-0) will face the winless Florida Atlantic Owls (07, 0-4) at 3 p.m. Saturday in Boca Raton in a game between the first and last place teams in the Sun Belt. Red Wolves head coach Hugh Freeze sees every team as a worthy opponent, no matter the record. “We understand who we are and know we are not talented enough to just roll out against anyone and win. I preach it daily,” Freeze said. “This sets up to be a trap game because we are on the road at a place that we haven’t won against a team talented enough to beat us.” “They have two guys who are projected to be NFL draftees,” Freeze continued. “I don’t see them as a 0-7 team talent wise.” On Monday, Freeze said FAU has blocking schemes very similar to Western Kentucky and has a strong defense up front.
“I know that it is an offense, as we experienced last year that can shorten the game with their run game and their controlled passing game. “That can make for a scary afternoon if they’re converting and keeping us off the field with opportunities to move the football,” Freeze continued.
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in total offense He has had five games of at least 300-yards of total offense. “We are at a point now where we have to be who we are,” Freeze said. “Part of that is Aplin not only throwing the ball, but using his legs. I think anywhere between 11 and 15 carries a game will be the norm, not that we’ll call that many. “He is the best five flat guy I’ve ever seen and he plays faster than that. He’s a competitor,” Freeze continued. “I think he is one of the most valuable players in our conference and I’m glad he’s on our team.”
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Gumby: ASU’s jolly green giant Lindsey Blakely Photo Editor At 6-foot-3-inches, Gumby has been on two spring break trips, one ski trip; he’s been arrested twice, swam in the ocean and been on countless episodes of ESPN. Originally considered a clay “humanoid,” the bright green Gumby has now been featured in over 5,000 photographs with his arms draped around posed girls. James Bickham, a senior physical education major of Jonesboro, said he originally bought the Gumby costume when he was a sophomore, but doesn’t remember how much he paid. The Pi Kappa Alpha member said he thought Gumby would be cool to wear around, and since then, Gumby has been worn on nearly every vacation. “The first place I wore it to was a member meeting at the Pike house,” Bickham said. “Then I just started randomly wearing him out places.” Although Bickham was the original face of Gumby, friends and brothers soon began to trade off on who wore the costume. Gumby’s most memorable adventure away from ASU was on a spring break trip to Panama City in 2009. “We made a list of 25 things we wanted to do in the Gumby suit,” Bickham said. “There were ten of us and a point system for each task completed.” Rickey Langston, a junior marketing major of Jonesboro, had a first-hand Gumby experience when he went to Panama City and was a part of the list that was made. Some of the goals included were: Wear Gumby on the beach, throw up in Gumby, get arrested, hook up with a girl wearing Gumby, surf the waves, go to a bar and dance in Gumby. Most of the tasks were-
completed. “The first day we just checked the scene out,” Langston said. “But, the second day we rocked him hard.” Gumby was seen dancing in windows, hanging off balconies and running around the beach and in Tiki bars. Grant Cox, a junior civil engineering major of Jonesboro, said people went crazy when they saw Gumby. The most exciting turn of the week in Panama was when Gumby was stolen when a friend took Gumby to a hot tub. After taking the costume off, the costume went missing and a reward of $500 was offered if he was returned. Bickham said he got a tip on who stole him and he made a plan to get him back. “We had a girl who was our decoy and we took her room to room in the hotel looking for Gumby,” Bickham said. “She would tell everyone that she wanted to take a picture with Gumby and the people kept leading us until we finally found him.” After 30 guys went to different hotel rooms for four hours, hiding while the girl spoke, they finally found the right room and decided to charge. “We figured out which guys took it and when we knocked on the door they told the girl they had it,” Bickham said. “Thirty of us raided the room and found him stuffed behind a suitcase and under a bed.” Bickham said once his friends flipped the room upside down, he put the Gumby suit on and did the “Gumby” dance in front of the thieves. “I ended up going downstairs and sat outside a place called the Sandpiper with the Gumby suit on,” Bickham said. “People kept coming up to me, they thought I stole the suit.”
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On a spring break trip to Panama City, Gumby was seen dancing in windows, on balconies and on the beach.. When three men who claimed Gumby was theirs approached Bickham, he decided everyone needed to be on watch for the rest of the night. Gumby even put a friend to rest when Pete the Parrot died after being thrown off a balcony. (Pete was a toy.) In Bickham’s first year, his parents bought him a parrot that repeated whatever he was taught. Pete’s favorite words were all inappropriate. One night in Panama, a friend of Bickham’s woke up in the middle of the night, only to be cussed out by Pete. Pete was thrown off the balcony. Bickham woke the next morning and went looking for Pete, which coined the term for the trip, “Where the hell’s Pete?” When the group found the crippled parrot stick-
ing out from the sand, they pulled him out and fixed his broken legs. But, Pete ended up downstairs again the next day and they decided he was dead. That day Gumby led a sad group of spring break goers to a burial for Pete the Parrot. Wrapped in only a towel, Pete was sang koom-by-yah by the funeral attendees as everyone dug a 4-foot hole on the sandy beach. Since that eventful spring break trip, Gumby has been skiing and to numerous ASU athletic events. He’s been seen on ESPN four times, Sports Nation and even the ESPN highlight reel. “He’ll be going to Colorado for spring break 2012,” Bickham said. “But, after that he’s probably going to retire.”
‘One night. One cause. Our campus.’ Michaela Kaberline Campus Corner Editor The annual Up ‘til Dawn event supporting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will be held in Centennial Hall Sunday at 8 p.m. The Up ‘til Dawn participants send pre-made letters to family and friends asking them to make donations to St. Jude. The donations made to St. Jude help provide medical treatments to children in the community. Up ‘til Dawn helps raise awareness and support for St. Jude by sending out letters with information about St. Jude and the Up ‘til Dawn event. “Each participant is asked to bring addresses of friends, family members or friends of their families,” said Broc Arender, Up ‘til Dawn executive director. “They are encouraged to bring 50 addresses, but we don’t want them to bring in random names and addresses of people they don’t know.” Arender is a senior biology major of Jonesboro. Up ‘til Dawn coordinator Sara Dupuy said they will have prize drawings, free food and live entertainment at the event. Dupuy is a senior marketing major of Warren. “If participants bring
In its second concert of the fall 2011 semester, the ASU Jazz Band and Lab Band will present a program, “The Brass Bash,” featuring the works of jazz’s notable trumpet and trombone players. The concert will take place on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Riceland Hall, Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro. The ASU Jazz bands are under the direction of Dr. E. Ron Horton, director of Jazz Studies. The Lab Band will open up the concert and feature two pieces by Thad Jones. Jones, a native of Detroit, moved to New York City after working with Count Basie as a trumpeter and arranger. Jones co-led one of New York’s longest lived and most legendary jazz bands, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra (now the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra), at the Village Vanguard. He then moved to Europe and fostered a long collaboration as composer and arranger for the Danish Radio Orchestra. The Lab Band will also perform works by two musicians who are closely connected to Philadelphia--John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie and Lee Morgan. Upon moving from Cheraw, South Carolina, Gillespie’s first stop was Philadelphia, where he had his first national-level gig in which he performed with the Teddy Hill Band. It was in Gillespie’s big band that Lee Morgan, another trumpeter featured in Thursday’s concert, gained national exposure. The second half of the concert will feature the ASU Jazz band. One of the pieces that will be featured was written by trombonist and arranger Michael Medrick. Medrick is a permanent fixture at ASU’s Delta Jazz Workshop and has donated a number of his original pieces. He is a master instructor, writer, and trombonist. We will also feature another piece arranged by a
trombonist, “Fried Buzzard,” a John Fedchock arrangement featuring rhythm section members Aaron Decker and Alex Ditto. John Carisi’s “Israel” will also be featured. Although audiences might not know Carisi as a household name, his work on Miles Davis’ “Birth of the Cool” album was ground-breaking. Members of the ASU Lab Band include Nick Graves of Jonesboro and Kyle Thrasher of Poplar Bluff, Mo., alto saxophones; Shawn Crawford of Paragould and Tyler Fields of Batesville, tenor saxophones; Zachary Simmons of North Little Rock, baritone saxophone; Brolin Brown and Nikki Mullen of Jacksonville, Samantha Davidson of Wynne, Norma Lopez of Batesville, and Chris Smith of Jonesboro, trombones; Andrew Webb of Dexter, Mo., Robert Bajorek and Aaron Wagner of Jacksonville, Brandon Slatton of Jonesboro, and Patrick Findall of Poplar Bluff, Mo., trumpets; Tim Moore of Dexter, Mo., and Tyler Worsham of Keiser, piano; Evan Barwick of Poplar Bluff, Mo., bass; Bryan Elder of Jonesboro and Keyven Dunn of Poplar Bluff, Mo., drums; and Andy Mergy of Batesville, guitar. Members of the ASU Jazz Band include Clinton Curtis of Trumann and Bobby Coyle of Piggott, alto saxophones; Joseph Coffee of Benton, Mo., and Cody Ballard of Jonesboro, tenor saxophones; John Hegger of Jonesboro, baritone saxophone; Dustin Cole of Paragould, Devondre Hince of Jackson, and Andrew Hakenewerth of Jonesboro, trombones; Roy Massey of Salem, bass trombone; Joseph Curtis and Justin Holt of Trumann, T.J. Irvin of Poplar Bluff, Mo., and Josh Mobley of Paragould, trumpets; Aaron Decker of Jonesboro, piano; Matt Bounds of Poplar Bluff, Mo., and Terrell Montgomery of Fort Smith, basses; Addison Boling and Garrett Tyler of Jonesboro, drums; and Alex Ditto of Hoxie, guitar.
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Up ‘til Dawn will be writing letters to family and friends to help raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on Sunday at 8 p.m. in Centennial Hall. The executive board hopes to raise over $35,000 this year. 50 addresses they will be put in the drawing for the grand prize of a $200 visa gift card,” Dupuy said. “There will also be other various prizes.” Last year Up ‘til Dawn received about $20,000 to donate to St. Jude. This year the goal is $35,000. “It takes $1.7 million every day to operate St. Jude,” Dupuy said. “Our goal of $35,000 could help out tremendously. St. Jude is a magical place, and we will show that through a slide show of pictures we took at our visit to the hospital. Despite the battle the patients and families face every day, the hospital is one of the most uplifting
places I have ever been.” According to Arender and Dupuy, many people think Up ‘til Dawn is only an event for Greeks. However, all students, faculty or staff members are encouraged to participant in the event. “This year the Athletic Department is coming out to help,” Arender said. “Any and everyone is invited to write these letters and send them out to their family and friends. The more, the better.” The ASU’s Up ‘til Dawn executive board has been planning this event for weeks. They have been informing the campus of the event
through their Facebook page, Up ‘til Dawn- Arkansas State University. Students are encouraged to check out the page or to follow them on Twitter @ASU_uptildawn to learn more information about how to donate to St. Jude. Up ‘til Dawn’s motto is “One night. One Cause. Our Campus.” Arender and Dupuy want to encourage everyone on ASU campus to help write these letters to help support St. Jude. “One of the things I love about ASU is that we are such a close campus,” Dupuy said. “I think that Up ‘til Dawn is just another way that ASU can unite and show our generosity.”
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The ASU chapter of Phi Beta Lambda held its second annual Penny Wars contest this year to benefit Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Bill Roe (Associate Dean of the College of Business, Darth Vader) won first place, Kanu Priya (Assistant Professor from the Management and Marketing Department, Cleopatra) won second place, and Philip Tew (Assistant Professor of Finance, Fred Flintstone) won third place. Roe’s charity of choice is St. Jude’s Research Hospital. Sixteen faculty members competed, and a large number of students worked in this event. As the “winners” whose jars collected the most money, Roe, Priya, and Tew wore their Halloween costumes to school on Monday. Phi Beta Lambda is the college affiliate of Future Business Leaders of America.
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and 50 dries on their card. This equates to $87.50, which is included in the housing contract and is not an extra charge paid by the student. Because the source of the problem has not been identified yet, there is no fixed date set for the card reader to be fully repaired and ready for use. In the meantime, Residence Life has taken measures to assist Collegiate Park residents while the Campus Card Center and Information and Technology Services continue to work out the issues. According to April Kon-
valinka, associate director of facilities and operation at the Residence Life office, Collegiate Park’s laundry facility has been given “all access,” meaning that residents are not required to use the card reader or insert coins to do their laundry. Both Konvalinka and Puckett said any student on campus who encounters problems with a laundry card reader should make it a priority to inform their hall directors, a desk assistant, or the ID center. “If they don’t tell us, we won’t know,” Konvalinka said.
SGA, CONTINUED Committee reported that they would be sponsoring a campus walk on Nov. 15. Zach Brogdon on behalf of the Parking Services Committee reported that at the last meeting, they heard eight appeals where they attempted to, “figure out what [was] going on.” Brogdon also reported that Caraway Road would be closing during either Thanksgiving or Christmas break. Brogdon also reported the football team had a 6-2 record for the season and a 4-0 record for the bowl
season and the next home game is set for Nov. 12. He reported that Track and Field would begin its season on Dec. 2. He said Men’s Basketball began its season with a win this weekend at the Convocation Center. It was then reported that the volleyball team had an undefeated season. Brogdon went on to state that ASU has the number 11 defense and a Top 40 defense and Coach Hugh Freeze is ranked within the Top 35 coaches in the NCAA.
was impressed by what the SGA put together. “I’ve heard about [SGA] and I’ve seen some of the work that they’re doing around campus,” Snavely said. “It’s good to see some of the things they’re doing and to see the people and faces behind what’s going on.” Senators introduced themselves to students present and told their goals for the year. Todd Collins, a senior political science major and senator for non-traditional students, shared about his successful effort to put new computers in the non-traditional Lounge on the second floor of the Union.
“It seemed the non-traditional students were kind of forgotten about, just like the computer issue in the Non-Traditional Lounge,” Collins said. “Some of the computers in there were older than we are.” Collins’ next goal is to add a television to the lounge, the one place he said non-traditional students have to “get away from the noise.” Collins said that “non-trads” want to keep track of current events more than other groups. Regarding the small turnout for Meet Your Senator, Pierce likes to stay positive. “As an optimist, you say if one per-
son’s views [were] mentioned and we try to fix things based off of what they said, I say it’s a good event,” Pierce said. Students have other opportunities to voice their opinion outside of Tuesday’s event. SGA also has a booth from time to time in and outside of the Union where students can ask the senators questions and fill out comment cards regarding any issue. “Students can voice their opinion… each and every one of those comment cards are read; that way students can truly have a voice,” SGA President Hunter Petrus said.
Indian music while integrating some modern music, including some music with English lyrics. This was followed by a visual tour of the new Indian Student Association website. Howard described the website as, “very special” and as being “created for the ASU community.” The performances concluded with a performance by American students and international students to a modern playlist including Indian favorite “Jai Ho.” Karissa Duan performed with the group and said she was invited to perform in the dance by members of the Indian Student Association. Karen Pickle, senior psychology major of Clinton was also a part of the dance performance.
Pickle said she was invited to perform because of her work in the International Student Office and her friendships with Indian students. She said the choreography was partially from American dances and from Indian dances. “A lot of people should be friends with the Indian students and all international students as well. [The international students] are really cool and it is fun to learn about their culture,” Pickle said. At the conclusion of the festival, guests were given gift bags with chocolate and a candle to lead participants “from darkness into truth.” Guests were also served seven traditional Indian dishes and a traditional Indian beverage.
LIGHTS, CONTINUED Interim Chancellor Dan Howard spoke during the event and said he has had the privilege to visit India 14 times with visiting (about) 12 “wonderfully culturally enriched cities.” “ASU celebrates diversity and [the] harmony that comes from knowing our neighbors around the world,” Howard said. The event also displayed the importance of friendship when members of the audience were invited onto the stage to join in a dance to celebrate new and old friendships. The event mainly featured performances by members of the Indian community, one of which was a depiction of relationships and love. The performance included three men and three women performing synchronized routines to traditional
Briefs The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs cordially invites you to the Renaming of the Student Union in honor of the late Dr. Carl R. Reng, Friday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. at the Heritage Plaza Lounge in the Student Union. The Career Management Center invites faculty and students to come meet recruiters from various graduate and professional schools. In addition, we will have Kaplan test prep in attendance for students needing to take the admissions graduate test.This event is open to all students and is a great place to look at many graduate programs, admissions requirements, and college recruiters if students are unsure about graduate school.The event is planned today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the second floor of the Student Union corridor. Contact Brittany Straw at 870-972-3025 or bstraw@astate. edu for more information. Today at 7 p.m. in the Sunbelt Lounge, the Student Activities Board will be hosting an event featuring award-winning spoken word performers,The ASIA Project.The event will also feature FREE Starbucks beverages.The event is free to all members of the ASU-J community. The English as a Second Language program of The International Center for English (TICE) in the Office of International Programs will be hosting an International Conversation Appreciation Game night Nov. 28, 2011 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Centennial Hall.This event is open to all current conversation partners and other interested ASU students, faculty members, staff and community members.
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The ASU Museum hosted its annual observance of the traditional Hispanic holiday Dia de los Muertos, Spanish for “Day of the Dead,” on Sunday. Events included live music and games for children, as well as trick-or-treating.
Campus Crime Oct. 30 UPD officer Ryan Crawford reported he was parked on Shelton Street when he observed the driver of a brown Ford Taurus didn’t have his seatbelt on. The driver of the vehicle was 21-year-old Michael Spoon. Crawford said that when he stopped Spoon, Spoon was very upset and claimed he had had his seatbelt on. Crawford reported that when he asked Spoon for his driver’s license and proof of insurance, Spoon stated he did not have either but he did have an ID card out of Arkansas. Crawford said when he checked the ID, it showed Spoon’s driver’s license was suspended. Mindi Mahan, 23, was in the passenger seat. Crawford said he ran her license through dispatch and found that she had possible warrants out of Greene County. Mahan was advised that she was going to be detained until the warrants had been confirmed. Crawford said dispatch advised him that Greene County wanted a UPD officer to issue her a court date and release her. Dispatch also advised Crawford that Mahan had warrants from the Jonesboro Police Office and advised that the JPD would send an officer to pick her up. It’s reported that Spoon was transported to the Craighead County Detention Center on charges of driving on a suspended license, no liability insurance, fictitious tags and
expired tags. It’s also reported that Mahan was released to JPD.
Oct. 31 It’s reported that on Sunday a car was broken down at the intersection of Aggie and Whitaker. UPD officer Floyd Layne reported he couldn’t find an owner at the time of his arrival so he had dispatch run the tag to see if it had been stolen. Dispatch stated that the vehicle had not been reported stolen. Layne reported that at that time he had dispatch call a tow truck. Layne said as he was working on his vehicle tow form, he noticed someone walking down the street with what looked like a milk jug with gas in it. He said he asked 50-year-old Barry Hutchison if he was the owner. Hutchison said yes. Layne said he told Hutchison to go ahead and try to see if the vehicle would start. It’s reported that the vehicle didn’t start and it was going to be towed due to the place of the vehicle. It’s reported that while the tow truck driver was putting the vehicle on the tow truck, he pulled the bumper off.The tow truck driver then stated he was going to pull it up the street and put it on the truck better and in the process the vehicle fell off the tow truck.
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Raising awareness to stop diabetes Raven Hearton News Editor Imagine having to give yourself a shot several times and taking multiple medications so you don’t get sick. Imagine having to prick your finger every day to test your blood sugar levels and constantly watch what you eat. Diabetes has taken more than just candy and cake from people; it has also taken lives. This November is American Diabetes Month, a time to recognize what this disease is doing to the lives of millions and what can be done to stop it. The month started in 1948 and was at first called National Diabetes Week, later evolving into American Diabetes Month. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), nearly 26 million children and adults in America are living with diabetes and another 79 million are at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. Statistics show that every 17 seconds, someone is diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes kills more people each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined and recent estimates project as many as one in three
American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless more people take steps to prevent it. Ashley Lanyon, junior early childhood education major of Bald Knob, said that she is at high risk for diabetes with several of her family members living with the disease. “Most of my family on my mom’s side has diabetes. My dad was adopted, so we don’t know about his side, but I figure I’ll end up with diabetes in my lifetime,” Lanyon said. According to the ADA, in most cases of Type 1 diabetes, people need to inherit risk factors from both parents. Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. In Type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. Katie Blalack, a sophomore nursing major of Highland, found out she had diabetes a little over two years ago and was shocked because no one in her family had it. “I can still remember the first time I realized I had something wrong. I was at cheerleading camp in tenth grade and my blood sugar began to drop," Blalack said. "I broke out into
a cold sweat, I was shaking and I couldn't concentrate on anything. My brain felt foggy. I was literally terrified because we did not have any snacks with us." "At the time, I just thought this feeling was hunger and I thought everyone felt this way when they got hungry," Blalack explained. “Over the next year and half, I continued to have these episodes and would nearly pass out. Other times I would get horrible headaches. My mom took me to have a glucose tolerance test,” she said. “They gave me a sugary drink and tested my blood sugar every 30 minutes for four hours. Within a couple hours of drinking their sugary concoction, my blood sugar was 300 and I had a horrible headache like I had experienced almost every day for the past few months. I was sent straight to Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock where I was diagnosed with Type 1 (juvenile) diabetes.” Type 2 diabetes has a stronger link to family history than Type 1, although it can also depend on environmental factors. In Type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the
Pageant benefits NEA food bank Alexis Hall Staff Writer The 33rd Annual Miss Greek Goddess Pageant, sponsored by the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, was held last night. The pageant, started in 1978, raises funds to benefit local and national service organizations. Last year, over $3,000 and 10,500 pounds of food were collected for the Northeast Arkansas Food Bank. Nineteen contestants representing the Delta Zeta, Alpha Omicron Pi, Chi Omega and Alpha Gamma Delta sororities, competed in three categories for the pageant including: costume, skit/ talent and evening gown. A People’s Choice Award was also given. The contestant with the highest overall score after the three categories is awarded the title of Miss Greek Goddess. Also awarded was the Cream of the Crop Award, given to the sorority that showed the most spirit and creativity, and the Biggest Heart Award, given to the sorority that donated the most cans in a food drive. Food and money donations for this year have not yet been counted. The winner of this year’s Miss Greek Goddess title was Mollie Parker, representing Chi Omega and sponsored by Sigma Chi. Parker also won the evening gown competition. “I was really surprised,” said Parker, a freshman Ra-
cells ignore the insulin, which is necessary for the body to be able to use glucose for energy. Lifestyle choices also influence the development of Type 2 diabetes, with obesity being a huge component. Obesity tends to run in families, and families tend to have similar eating and exercise habits. With obesity being such a huge factor for those who develop diabetes, it’s important for people at high risk to know what eating and lifestyle choices may help lessen the risk. “I try to choose a healthier option for sweets, but it doesn’t happen very often. My grandparents have to be real careful about what they eat and watch it,” Lanyon, whose grandparents take insulin, said. “My grandpa’s favorite thing is circus peanuts, which are pure sugar, and he can’t have them. The idea that you can’t have sweets if you’re a diabetic has been a long-running myth. According to the ADA, if eaten as part of a healthy meal plan, or combined with exercise, sweets and desserts can be eaten by people with diabetes. “My blood sugars run even better on days when I'm active or work out so
dio-TV major of Jonesboro. “I was so excited.” First runner-up for the title was Shelby Raysor, member of Chi Omega. She was sponsored by Pi Kappa Alpha. Second runner-up was Alexis Halbrook, representing Alpha Gamma Delta. Raysor also won the costume competition. The winner of the skit competition was Karla Ann Norton
of Alpha Omicron Pi. Madison Finch, representing Alpha Gamma Delta and sponsored by Alpha Gamma Rho, won the People’s Choice Award. Chi Omega was awarded the Biggest Heart Award for donating the most cans. Alpha Gamma Delta won the Cream of the Crop Award for showing the most spirit.
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I try to make going to the gym a part of my daily routine. I do have to remember to keep my glucometer (blood sugar checker), juice and a protein packed snack with me at all times just in case my blood sugar does drop,” Blalack said. ASU’s own Alpha Gamma Delta sorority is involved in philanthropic work concerning juvenile diabetes and is working to raise money for diabetes research through various events. Savanah Stewart, a senior chemistry pre-dental major of Monette, has Type 1 diabetes and is a member of Alpha Gam. She said she was excited to participate in a cause with all of her sorority sisters. “For the last three years, I have been a member of Alpha Gam, whose philanthropy is The Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation. The foundation supports the research of Juvenile or
Type 1 diabetes.” Stewart said. “As a chapter, we host events and raise money for our philanthropy. Events that we have hosted include stAte Idol and a local golf tournament. Through Alpha Gam, I have gotten involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).” American Diabetes Month is a time to become aware of a disease that has captured the lives of millions and has put even more at risk, and every day that number is growing. “If anything, I just hope that people can understand the great number of people that are faced with this disease and the challenges they face every day,” Blalack said. “Although there is no way to prevent Type 1 diabetes, individuals can maintain a healthy diet and stay active to keep from acquiring Type 2 diabetes. “
Clarkson returns 'Stronger' Abdullah Raslan Staff Writer
Mollie Parker of Chi Omega was awarded the title of Miss Greek Goddess in Wednesday's pageant sponsored by Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.
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The word "Stronger" can be described as the ability to perform a specified action well and powerfully. Singer Kelly Clarkson exercises that quality in her latest album and titles it as so. After getting her shot to fame by winning the first American Idol singing competition, Clarkson went on to lead a successful music career. Two Grammys and 12 Billboard Music Awards later, Clarkson returns with "Stronger." With catchy lyrics and a powerful voice, Clarkson delivers a pop song with a sexy raspy voice that will get stuck in your head for days. Her first single "Mr. Know It All" is a midtempo song. The lyrics suggest that Clarkson has been pushed over by someone and she won’t let it go by anymore. The more radio friendly songs like "Let Me Down" and "I Forgive You" are perfect examples of what we expect from Clarkson. Her album has several guitar driven songs that will have you nodding your head and tapping
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your feet before she even starts singing. The album title “Stronger” comes from "What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger)," the second song on the album. The up-tempo song makes you want to dance with Clarkson's vocal soaring on top of those dance beats. She then switches it up with "Dark Side” where she showcases her vulnerability. In the last 30 seconds of "The War is Over," Clarkson gives you a slice of how high and how low she can go with her voice. The experience will haunt and astonish listeners on how much control she has gained since her first album. A highlight of the album is "Honestly." Clarkson talks to a lover and asks him to answer her questions. She is doubtful of their future and is wondering if he is able to explain it to her even if she didn't want to hear it. Another highlight is "You Love Me.” The intro is very reminiscent of "Every breath you take" by the Police. Lyrically, the album is an improvement from her previous attempts. Clarkson doesn’t seem
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to have a problem singing a breakup song, but she needs to step-up. There’s a whole untapped market of couples that would do anything to hear more love songs. The deluxe version includes six extra songs including the hit song "Don't You Wanna Stay" featuring country singer Jason Aldean. This edition also contains a cover of Eric Hutchinson version of the song "Why Don't You Try" where Clarkson sounds her best. She brings so much soul and emotion into this song; it will make the hairs on your arm standup. If you are up to listening to a great pop record that has all the bells and whistles, "Stronger" should be your pick. "Stronger" is available in stores today.