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THE HERALD Informing Arkansas State University since 1921
Monday, Oct. 10, 2011
Vol. 90 Issue 12
General education course requirements to change; schools statewide affected Casey Rinaldi Staff Writer To earn a bachelor’s degree at ASU, only 120 credit hours will be required starting in fall 2012 since the Arkansas State Legislature passed Act 747. The act required the Arkansas Higher Education Board to establish a minimum core of courses for associate and bachelor degrees at state universities. Following passage of the act, the ASU General Education Committee began to debate how the ASU gened core would be reduced but still meet the requirements of the state mini-
mum core. The current core of 44 hours includes nine hours of communications, three hours of math, nine hours of fine arts/humanities, 15 hours of social sciences and eight hours of lab sciences. The committee plans to cut the core to 35 hours. Sue McLarry, chair of the GEC, explained the situation and what the future holds for students. “The reason this came to the GEC is because a number of degrees at ASU require greater than 120 credit hours and many of them do not have electives. So having to reduce the number of hours to 120 while still meeting the re-
quirements of professional accreditation meant we had to look at general education and go from there,” McLarry said. McLarry said after Act 747 went into effect July 1, the GEC has been hard at work examining core requirements but no formal decision has been reached. A final consensus may not be reached for a while. “After the General Education Committee makes its final decision, it has to go to the Shared Governance Committee for approval and must also be acceptable to both the chancellor and the provost,” McLarry said. See EDUCATION page
Food Bank seeks help from students Megan Heyl Staff Writer In Arkansas alone an estimated 430,000 people have an insufficient amount of food to eat. The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas is one of six food banks in Arkansas that works to help those affected by the state’s high level of food insecurity. According to Food Bank Development Director Vicki Pillow, Arkansas has the second highest rate of hunger in the United States. Amber Horton, a public relations major of North Little Rock and intern at the food bank, has been spreading awareness on
campus and encouraging students to get involved. "It’s a great way to help out in the community," Horton said. "We learn so much more about how bad the need for food is in this state, and helping with that is a great feeling." Students can help by signing up for volunteer hours: Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. - noon and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. During these times, volunteers may sort and pack food for some of the programs such as the Senior Park Program, which provides food to senior citizens, or the Backpack Program, which provides children with a backpack of food every weekend.
Another way students can get involved is by doing a food drive. Muriel Aston, a senior graphic design major of Marshall, has collected food for donation with churches and different organizations for years. "It’s very important to help out food banks by gathering and donating food items," Aston said. "One of the funnest ways we have gathered food items is by trick-or-treating for cans on Halloween. " Pillow said food drives are one of the most common ways to help out. "Sometimes we don’t even know they are doing See BANK, page 4
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Christine Jeffery, an exercise science graduate student of Caldwell, Ohio checks the weather forecast at the rugby field with ASU rugby player, Trey Hicks, a sports administration graduate student of Bono.
Athletic Training Program ranks among best in U.S. Ari Yuki Staff Writer
SU’s athletic training education program is ranked ninth on the list of top schools in America with athletic training programs, on Educational-Portal.com. Currently, 25 students are in the athletic training education program. “It’s a competitive major,” professor of athletic training Amanda Wheeler said. “We only select students we feel are going to be competitive enough and challenge themselves to continue this major.”
To apply for the program, students must go through the application and interview process during their freshman year. Only the students who pass this process can go into the professional phase of the athletic training major. There are 13 sophomores, six juniors and six seniors in the program. “There’s a huge difference in our major versus other majors,” Wheeler said. “Our program is very focused and we only have room for a limited number of students in the clinical experience.” The clinical experience is a course which athletic training students must See PROGRAM, page 4
Local entertainers offer ghost tours of haunted historic downtown Jonesboro Michaela Kaberline Campus Corner Editor Most people don’t know downtown Jonesboro’s historic buildings hold stories of its dark past. Every weekend in October Ed Underwood and his wife Karen lead interested indi-
viduals along Main Street informing them of downtown Jonesboro’s history and ghost stories. The Underwood’s Ghost Tour begins at The Forum Theater on the corner of Church and Monroe Street. A ghost named Charlie supposedly haunts
the theater. According to Underwood, Charlie makes his appearance in group photos taken in the theater. He is also seen hanging around the technology room and on the balcony level of the theater. After the guests hear the history behind The Fo-
rum Theater and Charlie, Underwood brings out his Electromagnetic Field Detector and tries to see if any spirits are present around the theater. Sophomore criminology major of Bryant, Michelle Goodson recently went on the Ghost Tour and was
surprised when Underwood turned on the EMF. “When he brought out the EMF and it started beeping, I thought it was pretty cool to know that a spirit was around us,” Goodson said. “The EMF started going crazy when Mr. Underwood pointed it
around me. We moved to a few different spots around the theater just to make sure it wasn’t picking up electromagnetic energy off of something else, but the EMF would just go off around me.” Underwood’s tour See TOURS, page 4
All that jazz
Fourty student musicians showcased their talent at the "Swing Low" jazz concert Thursday at the Fowler Center. The concert is one of many jazz concerts planned by ASU's department of music for the Fall season. Director of jazz studies E. Ron Horton lead the concert by directing both Lab Band and Jazz Band in 9 musical compositions. The bands next concert will be at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 10 in the Fowler Center. facebook.com/ASUHerald
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Show respect for your peers In life, we encounter many rules and stipulations for how we should conduct ourselves. Certain things we may wear, say or do may be seen as a distraction to others around us, therefore, rules surrounding these distractions have followed us since grade school. This in turn can cause certain things we encounter later one to seem uncouth. But, when is it ever okay to hold someone back from being who they are? College is a place for students to express themselves – whether what they do opposes others’ views or not. For someone to say another is wrong makes you wonder, who is to say what they are doing isn’t right? College is a chance to start over fresh. Moving to a new place where no one knows about you is liberating and can lead to great things. However, holding someone back from their true self is the kind of criticism and judgment that leads people to destructive things. When people are down on themselves, they look to other sources to feel better, whether it be alcoholism, drug use, cutting, etc. It is important to remember that no one likes to be judged so, why would we judge other people? Whether you agree with how people live their lives or not should not be a priority. Showing respect for everyone around us, however, should. We are all students from all walks of life so, saying one person or group shouldn’t be allowed to express themselves and what they are proud of is a little much. We are all paying to be at ASU. We should all be allowed the chance at a good college experience. “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.
“... let’s eat healthy so we can graduate and have big boy and girl jobs.” Michelle Davis
The air is perfumed with cocoa puffs. I can not walk to class without spider webs getting caught on my face or seeing hoodies and boots all around campus. Finally, fall and winter are upon us. If you are like me, during the summer you eat extremely healthy with fruits and vegetables from the farmers’ market. My kitchen moves from the stove to the grill and I eat less portions. However, once the temperature drops, I forget all about health and fill my body with delicious fatty foods to keep warm. Do as the Eskimos do. Yet, even though fatty foods are appealing, they can bog us down and cause us to feel weak and wanting to stay in bed all day and not go to class.
“He is living proof that no matter where you come from, you can always excel.” Abdullah Raslan
The world will remember him as the man in the black long-sleeved mock turtleneck, Levi’s blue jeans and his new balance 991 sneakers. He introduced the world to a new revolutionary phone in June 2007 and reinvented what we now call the smartphone. His personal touch gave simplicity to his products, creating a cult following of his visions. Our generation is grateful to this man’s life work. Steve Jobs has given us a lot to talk about; He brought us the future. He has re-invented a lot of things that we thought couldn’t be changed. No longer do we have to wonder what it would be like to control a device with our finger or what it would look like to have a phone that does more than just call people. He introduced the world to an online music, book and movie store that brought consumers back to downloading music legally instead of pirating.
With more than 342 patents that range from computers, portable devices, speakers, keyboards and user interfaces, Jobs has clearly defined himself as our generation’s Einstein. It is important for us to look back at his life and uplift his achievements – not be sad that he is not with us anymore. In his 56 years on Earth, he gave us an example of how to think outside the box. I think the world would have a little less color without the inventions Jobs pushed Apple to sell. In a interview in the Wall Street Journal in May 25, 1993, Jobs was quoted saying: “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me… Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful – that’s what matters.” A man of his brilliance doesn’t come around often. His vision will continue to inspire us even after he is gone. Thank you Steve Jobs for your vision. Raslan is a senior digital media and design major of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
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Not going to class equals failing and failing equals not graduating. So, lets eat healthy so we can graduate and have big boy and girl jobs. For the mornings where you feel like you have no drive to get to class, instead of drinking a gallon of coffee, which is filled with fat and sugar, try eating foods with energy-boosting vitamin B. Fruits like avocados, grapes, grapefruits, mangos, oranges, pineapples, bananas and watermelon contain vitamin B, which releases energy from carbohydrates. Now you have energy without getting that mid day run to the bathroom that coffee delivers. Also, for a midday snack while you are stuck in class, pack a variety of nuts and grains to get a little boost. There are eight types of B vitamins that not only give you naturally healthy energy but also reduce the chance of migraines, help relieve symptoms of PMS,
speed up the process of wound healing, help improve memory function and help with depression. As students, we do not only need energy in the morning but also at night because that is when most of us do our studying and homework. So, instead of running through a fast food place or ordering a large quadruple meat pizza with triple cheese, try cooking a dinner crammed with vitamin B. It will be fun for you and your studying group to take part in together and, better yet, it will not cause you acne. Vegetables with vitamin B to cook during your meal are asparagus, artichokes, broccoli, lima beans, corn and sweet potatoes. If you are like me, I like to have bread with every meal but one way to substitute for this gluten filled delight is having two sides of vegetables. Then, cook beef, catfish, tuna, pork, chicken or tur-
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key for your meat. If you are a vegetarian like me, then try anything with eggs, goat cheese or milk, soy beans or milk, cows milk or lowfat yogurt in your main course to get protein. Now you have ideas of what to eat before a long night of studying that will not only leave you feeling healthier but will give you the energy you need to stay awake. So, next time you eat breakfast, lunch and dinner, remember your new dearest friend, vitamin B. It is the companion you need to help you get through the day with a smile because of its natural energy. Vitamin B – the study buddy you need because it helps with your memory; it is the best friend you need for helping when you are feeling down. Davis is a senior photojournalism major of Jonesboro.
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ASU students pay it forward I live in Paragould and was traveling home from Jonesboro one night. My tire became flat just north of Brookland. It was very cloudy and dark. After putting the car flashers on, a white truck pulled over and four very sweet young men hopped out. They changed the tire and would not take money. They said, “our payment is that you will help someone else when they need it”. Their names are Rhett Morphis,
Broc Arender, Josh Creel and Bud Bisswanger. All of them are ASU students. They were so polite and courteous. They restore my faith that there are still some great young men who set out to do good for others. Thanks again, guys. - Judy Lambert, administrative assistant at Crowley’s Ridge College.
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Through Pixar, he brought visually enchanting movies like Toy Story, Monsters Inc. and Finding Nemo to life. He is definitely one of the biggest icons of our generation. He was adopted at the age of five and didn’t find information on his biological family until he was 27. His interest in computers developed in high school when he worked with Hewlett Packard and befriended future Apple cofounder, Steve Wozniak. Though he dropped out of college, he went on to great successes. While it is obvious he lived the American Dream, some might argue that his life was the American Dream. He is living proof that no matter where you come from, you can always overcome and excel. I think in a way, this generation needed Jobs as a role model that catered to the needs of the future rather than coming up with a quick fix. He incorporated Product Red as a way for Apple to produce versions of their devices to give profits to charity. Since then, Apple remains Product Red’s top contributor.
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Freshman running back Frankie Jackson evades a Louisiana - Monroe defender during a play Saturday at Malone Stadium. Jackson ran six times for 16 yards and one touchdown while also catching one pass for 40 yards. Jackson returned after missing last week due to an ankle injury.
Red Wolves out last ULM ASU wins back-to-back road games for first time in 26 years ASU Press Release Arkansas State senior wide receiver Dwayne Frampton set a school record with 13 receptions and the Red Wolves overcame a 13-10 halftime deficit to defeat the LouisianaMonroe Warhawks 24-19 in Sun Belt Conference action Saturday night at Malone Stadium. With the win, ASU improved to 4-2 overall and 2-0 in SBC action while ULM slipped to 1-4 on the season and 0-1 in league play. Frampton’s 13 receptions were good for a career-high 147 yards and a touchdown; all coming from quarterback Ryan Aplin who completed 27-of-43 passes on the night for 261 yards and a touchdown. The Red Wolves scored 14 unanswered points in the second half to take a 24-13 lead with 13:51 remaining, then held on as ULM scored with just under three minutes to play and threatened again in the final minute.
Arkansas State’s secondhalf scoring was sparked when junior Don Jones blocked a ULM punt and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown late in the third quarter. Arkansas State took a 7-0 lead with 4:41 remaining in the first quarter when freshman running back Frankie Jackson scored on a three-yard run. Jackson’s touchdown run wrapped up an 11play drive that covered 78 yards. The Warhawks countered with a 41-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Cody Wells to wide out Brent Leonard less than 30 seconds later. ULM then took a 10-7 lead on a 25-yard field goal from place kicker Justin Manton with 14:13 remaining in the second quarter. Manton added another 25-yarder with 3:36 remaining in the period to give ULM a 13-7 advantage, before ASU used a 30-yard field goal from Brian Davis with 17 seconds
remaining in the half to cut the gap to 13-10 at the break. The Red Wolves then got big plays in all three phases of the game to stretch their lead to 24-13 early in the fourth quarter. Jones’ punt block with 4:01 remaining in the third quarter gave the Red Wolves a 17-13 lead, and a 51-yard interception return from senior Kelcie McCray set up a 44-yard touchdown pass from Aplin to Frampton with 13:51 remaining in the game. The Warhawks cut the ASU lead to 24-19 with 2:53 remaining when quarterback Kolton Browning passed complete for a touchdown to wide receiver Leonard from 11 yards out. The two-point conversion failed when Arkansas State defensive lineman Dorvus Woods deflected Browning’s pass attempt at the line of scrimmage. After Arkansas State failed to pick up a first down on it’s next possession, ULM took over at the
Warhawk 19 with 1:55 to play and drove as far as the ASU 27 before turning the ball over on downs, allowing the Red Wolves to run out the clock and seal the win. Defensively, the Red Wolves were led by junior cornerback Chaz Scales with a career-high 10 tackles. McCray intercepted two passes on the night; cornerback Darryl Feemster added another pick off. Safety A.J. Hills added nine tackles and a fumble recovery for the Red Wolves and linebackers Nathan Herrold and Demario Davis each added eight tackles, with Davis registering a quarterback sack as well. The Red Wolves will now return to Jonesboro, where they will host Florida International in a nationally-televised Sun Belt Conference clash set for Oct. 18. Kickoff for the Tuesday night ESPN2 telecast is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
Lady Red Wolves dominate in ASU tennis Invitational ASU Press Release Mariana Rong, Janie Nowland and Biljana Miloshevska each won their flights on the final day of play at the ASU Red Wolf Invitational at Allen Park on Sunday. In all, the Red Wolves’ won three first place titles and one first place double’s title. The team also took two second place finishes in singles play and a third place finish. In doubles play the team added a second and third place finish as well. This was a successful tournament for us,” ASU tennis coach Marina Engelbrecht said. I loved the way our girls competed in every match. Their desire and determination to win was great to watch today.” The top flight of the single’s bracket featured an all ASU final with freshmen Mariana Rong and Tamara Slijepcevic facing one another. Slijepcevic won the first set against her teammate but dropped the next two to give Rong a 6-7, 6-2, 6-3 victory. This was Rong’s first, first-place title since joining the Red Wolves. She
finished third in the top flight of the KU Invitational earlier this year. Nowland, a native of Buda, Texas, won the second flight with a 7-6(2), 6-3
victory over Ashley Canty of Murray State. This was Nowland’s second singles title of her career. Miloshevska also won
Ashley Helliwell/Herald Sophomore Janie Nowland prepares to serve during the ASU Invitational at Allen Park Saturday. Nowland won her second singles title of her career over Ashley Canty of Murray State.
first place in the third flight after defeating Murray State’s Carla Suga 4-6, 6-1, 6-0 in the finals. Ioana Teu finished second in the fourth flight after losing to Murray State’s Carolyn Huerth 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 in the finals. Freshmen Jess HeepsErisken also finished third in the flight by defeating Central Arkansas’ Allison Hartman 6-0, 6-4. Ceara Howey finished second in the fifth flight after losing to UCA’s Sasha Ruocco 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 Sunday afternoon. The final in the top flight of the doubles draw also featured an all ASU final. The team of Teu/Rong defeated Nowland/Miloshevska 8-5 to bring home the title. In the second flight the pairing of Howey/HeepsEriksen finished third after defeating Western Kentucky 8-1 in the third-place game The ASU tennis team will return to the courts Oct. 20-23 in Tulsa, Okla., for the Regional Tournament. The Red Wolves will conclude their fall season Nov. 4-6 in Houston, Texas for the Houston Invitational.
Senior Cayla Fielder watches a battle at the net between junior Kearney Allison and a North Texas player Saturday at the HPESS.
Red Wolves show Nor th Texas who is mean in three-set sweep Meredith Scott Staff Writer Arkansas State Red Wolves volleyball finished a five-match home stand undefeated when they beat North Texas Saturday night at the HPESS center. The Red Wolves beat the Pioneers in three sets, 25-21, 25-22, and 25-12. The win makes Arkansas State 6-1 in the conference and 15-6 overall. The Red Wolves have a 16-14 lead in the series’ 30 meetings. The last time ASU played North Texas at home, the Mean Green won in five sets. The Red Wolves weren’t going to let that happen again; It was time for revenge. The sets got off to the same start as Friday night against Denver. In the first two, the leads went back and forth, with a team ahead by one, or two points. When needed, ASU was able to put a halt on North Texas’ efforts and win. The third-set win came with much ease for the Red Wolves. By the time ASU had scored 20-points, the Mean Green only had eight. Arkansas State only allowed North Texas to score another four-points before taking the match win. “After the first set was
done, we hit 0.429 and they hit 0.278. [I asked] why wasn’t the [lead] bigger? They [North Texas] were killing just as many balls as we did,” Arkansas State head coach Justin Ingram said. “At the end, it goes down to averages. As the match went along, they got worse and as the match went along, we got better and stayed above the .200s,” Ingram continued. Key players for the Red Wolves included senior middle Cayla Fielder with 12 kills, putting her one kill away from tying eighth place on the all-time kills list. Junior outside hitter Jasmine Terry had 10 kills and sophomore middle Ashley Tipps had eight. Junior setter Allison Kearney had 34 assists and 12 digs and sophomore libero Megan Baska had 11 digs. ASU has now won 11 of their last 12 matches dating back to Sept. 10. The Red Wolves will travel to Little Rock where they will play the University of Arkansas-Little Rock at 7 p.m. Friday. Before returning home on Oct. 28 to play Louisiana Lafayette, ASU will play Florida International at Miami on Oct. 21 and Florida Atlantic at Boca Raton on Oct. 23.
Sophomore defender Alex Furr fights with a Louisana-Monroe player for the ball while senior foreward Meghan Mace looks on Sunday at the ASU Soccer Complex. The Red Wolves defeated ULM 5-0 to improve their record on the season to 5-7-2. It was the second straight shutout win for the Red Wolves, which was fueled by a three goal performance by sophomore forward Tory Pitts. The Lady Red Wolves will next play at 7 p.m. on Friday at South Alabama.
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ATHLETIC, CONTINUED complete other than traditional courses and labs. Six clinical experiences are required in the program, and each experience consists of 200 to 210 hours per semester. This is about 15 to 20 hours per week. In clinical experiences, students are sent to athletic teams, local high schools, smaller colleges and other clinics. Wheeler said the purpose for this course is that students are actually getting to use the skills they learned in the traditional lectures and lab courses. Melissa Lachanski, a junior athletic training education major of Albany, N.Y., goes to Paragould High School to take care of the football team for her clinical experience. She said when football players get injured, she assesses their injuries and helps them get better. “We work hands on. It’s a lot of fun,” Lachanski said. Christine Jeffery of Caldwell, Ohio, also said she enjoys the athletic training program at ASU. Although she is a graduate student majoring in exercise science, her undergraduate degree is in ath-
letic training, and now she is working with the ASU Rugby Club as a graduate assistant athletic trainer. “Working with the rugby [club] is supplying me with a lot of experience in the profession in which I am working, which is athletic training,” Jeffery said. “I greatly enjoy working with the team, because I have developed a love for the sport and understand the type of athletes that it possesses.” Wheeler also said that students going through the program have the opportunity to learn from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and its members, including hall of fame member and ASU head athletic trainer, Ron Carroll. “I think that’s fun and a nice addition to the attractive view of our program,” she said. “There are a lot more interactions between professors and students in the program because it’s such a small group.” Athletic training majors also have many job options. “Athletic training can take you to just about anywhere you want to go,” Wheeler said.
She also said students who graduate from ASU with an athletic training degree can work with some professional sports teams, universities, high schools, physical therapy clinics and some will even go on to medical school. ASU alumnus Heath Lamb of Jonesboro, works at Paragould High School as a certified athletic trainer, and credits the athletic training program for his success. “The ASU AT program opened doors for me and taught me much of what I needed to know to become an athletic trainer,” Lamb said. Lamb said ASU was the only school in Arkansas that had an undergraduate athletic training program when he got his degree. “ASU’s program is strong academically in the fact that students have core classes focusing on anatomy, evaluation of athletic injuries, rehabilitation of athletic injuries and therapeutic modalities for athletic injuries,” ASU alumnus, Chad Sturkie of Paragould, said. He is an athletic trainer at ASU who works with
the men’s basketball team and the men’s and women’s golf team. Sturkie also said these classes, combined with valuable clinical experience from interacting with the sports offered by ASU, allows for an athletic training student to be very marketable when entering the job field. Wheeler said the athletic training program received accreditation in 1999 through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and has transferred accreditation over to the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. “[Our] athletic training major is one of the only accredited programs in the region,” Wheeler said. She added, since there are only seven entry-level programs in the state of Arkansas, the ASU athletic training major has students from all over the nation. “Requirements and time commitments are tremendous compared to other majors across campus,” Wheeler said. “We expect students to be focused and responsible.”
cial Occasions Entertainment website or with cash on the tour night. The group meets at The Forum Theater every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October. Each tour begins at 7 p.m. and ends around 8:30 p.m. “This ghost tour is not like a Scooby Doo episode,” Underwood said. “No one is going to pop out with a mask on and scare anyone. This tour is designed to inform people about the history and mystery of Jonesboro.”
Nonie Wiggins, assistant professor of nursing, spoke at the Faculty Senate meeting on Friday at 3 p.m. about the success of the athletics department academically. Faculty Senate also discussed researching the use of iPads in classrooms and use of ASU’s funding toward the university.
TOURS, CONTINUED continues down Main Street revealing historic facts about the buildings and the ASU Convocation Center. “Buildings don’t have to be 150 years old to have a good ghost story behind them,” Underwood said. “The Convo, built in 1987, is said to be haunted.” The Convocation Center is said to have ‘faces in the mirrors’ that act like maids and butlers to restroom guests. The tour also includes stories about a girl in St. Bernard’s Hospital, three
ghosts haunting Church Street Station and the story behind Jonesboro’s most famous ghost Augusta Ellison. Underwood is the author of “Haunted Jonesboro” and “Bizarrkansas.” He is also an award winning magician and entertainer. He said a lot of research went into the tour. “He is very active with his stories, and the way he tells the stories will leave you with goose bumps,” Goodson said. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased on the Spe-
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ries also will be eliminated from the core. The committee is looking for ways to integrate them among other courses, such as reclassifying them as electives or making them requirements for various degree programs. “We hope to have the final general education requirement plan finalized during the next meeting because we need to move on to the associate’s degree requirements, but I’m not sure if that will happen,” McLarry said. “We would be remiss about our obligations and responsibility as a committee if we just went in and made a quick decision on something like this.” At the earliest, the changes would affect fall 2012 freshmen, McLarry said. The core changes will not affect ASU students al-
ready with degree plans. “It’s important for students to realize that even though these changes are being made, they are already in a system and they are not going to have to change or backtrack because they are already under a bulletin,” McLarry said. Colleges and departments determine curriculum requirements for degree programs, with the general education curriculum as the foundation. “I think the committee as a whole feels that general education is important in the education of any college student,” McLarry said. “We have had a strong general education curriculum and we are working to keep it strong,” McLarry said.
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“We have made some decisions, but realized that they will not be final until it goes through the whole process.” One change in the new minimum core is the three required hours of U.S. history or American government will not be included in social sciences. Another difference between the new core and the current requirements is the elimination of the health and wellness category. “The GEC has a real concern about that, since Arkansas’s health and wellness ranks toward the bottom throughout the United States,” McLarry said. The committee will make some recommendations as to how the university can help students, faculty and staff improve health and wellness, McLarry said. Critical thinking and global awareness catego-
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Francis and Woodruff. The food bank, with the help of different churches and organizations, distributed 2.6 million pounds of food in 2010, but this only helps a fraction of those in need in Arkansas. “It’s sad to know that our neighbors are going hungry,” Aston said. “If we would all work together,
we could stop hunger in Arkansas, the United States and the world.” For more information call: 932-FOOD (3663) or visit the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas website: http://foodbankofnea. org/. The Northeast Arkansas Food Bank is at 3406 South Culberhouse Rd.