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Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011

Vol. 90 Issue 15

Homecoming events to kick off next week Campus to prepare for North Texas game with Halloween theme

Haley Johnson Staff Writer Homecoming Week at Arkansas State is easily one of the most anticipated weeks of the entire school year. ASU students and alumni come together for six days of non-stop Red

Wolf pride, and this year, it will be one thrilling experience. The 2011 Homecoming theme is “HOWLoween on stAte Street,” kicking off next Monday, Oct. 24, and will wrap up at the North Texas football game on Saturday, Oct. 29, just two days before Halloween.

The ASU Student Activities Board is sponsoring events such as Pumpkin Relays, Fear Factor, HOWLoween Laser Tag, Mean Green Scavenger Hunt, and the ever-so-popular “Steppin’ on stAte Street” Step Show throughout the week in order to promote Arkansas State spirit and

student unity. “I’m looking forward to seeing a broad range of students come together in the spirit of ASU to cheer on the Red Wolves to victory,” said Colea Blann SAB Traditions Director and ASU sophomore. Twenty-two campus organizations have signed up

Wall Street movement comes to Jonesboro Alexis Hall Staff Writer The Occupy Wall Street protest in New York City began on Sept. 17 and the movement is still going strong. The original protest on Wall Street is now on its fifth week, and similar protests have sprung up around the world, including in Jonesboro. The movement arose out of dissatisfaction with the state of the nation’s economy. The slogan of the movement, “We are the 99%,” reflects the idea that there is a wide gap between the wealthiest 1 percent of the population and everyone else. One of the trademarks of this movement is the absence of any appointed leaders. According to OccupyWallSt. org, the movement is “people-

powered” and uses general assemblies rather than individual leaders to make decisions and to determine the collective demands of the movement. states, “The sovereign people of any nation have the power, the right, and the duty of guiding the destiny of their nation. Most just do not realize this. An organizer brings the process of realization.” The protesting began on Wall Street, but local protests are underway in every state. Jacob Holloway, a graduate student in agricultural science of Jonesboro, has been actively protesting with a group in downtown Jonesboro. The Jonesboro protest began on Saturday and has continued each day since then during day-

to compete for the “President’s Cup” award, given to the group with the most points accumulated by participating in Homecoming events. “I feel like there has been more student participation than ever before,” said Jodie Cherry, coordinator of student services.

“I think people love Homecoming because it’s a traditional event every year that students look forward to... it involves all aspects of campus and alumni coming together to embrace tradition and support the Red Wolves.” Homecoming Week will See WEEK, page 6

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light hours. On their first day, about 30 protestors showed up to voice their support. The protestors range from college students, such as Holloway, to whole families with small children. One family consisting of a mother, father and two small daughters, all held handmade signs and spoke with passersby who stopped to find out what the protest was about. The two young daughters each had signs they had made themselves, with one proclaiming, “Why should I be responsible for your debt?” Holloway, who has been a political activist in various movements since he was in high school, knew the Occupy Wall See MOVEMENT, page 6

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The Marion Berry Parkway overpass project took another step toward its completion this week with the re-opening of Washington Avenue. The overpass is set to be completed in spring 2012.

Campus hosts community planning meeting

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The Marion Berry Parkway overpass project came one step closer to completion recently with the re-opening of Washington Avenue, which was closed for construction shortly after the project began in 2009. The overpass is set to be completed in spring of 2012.

Student studying in China shares experience Megan Heyl Staff Writer

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Community members gathered at the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce on 1709 E. Nettleton Ave. Wednesday night to discuss the future of the ASU campus master plan.

Myriah Downs Staff Writer The Master Planning Committee for ASU hosted a community open house at the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce Wednesday to discuss plans for the university. The discussion was facilitated by Bill Hall, chair of the university planning committee, to discuss the Comprehensive Master Plan for the university. Hall introduced the main presenters for Comprehensive Master Plan of Johnson, Johnson & Roy. JJR has planned over 250 campuses in the past fifty years. Neal Kessler, the principal planner, and John Hoffman, the associate project planner, said

this was not their first visit to ASU. “This is actually the second time for us to visit the campus,” Kessler said. During this visit, they met with faculty, students, administrators and students. In order to accomplish their mission, they will host 33 meetings this week in an attempt to reach over one hundred people about their feelings toward the university and the surrounding community. Kessler said JJR’s procedure involved having a strong host community that would“ make the university proud.” The conversation turned to details of the definition of a Comprehensive Master Plan and the procedure involved in creating one.

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Kessler pointed out among the most important factors in a master plan is sustainability, “especially of resources including limited financial resources.” Kessler outlined his desire for ASU to become a “distinctive memorable place” and a “campus for people to learn and grow.” There are five main elements in a Comprehensive Master Plan: discovery/goal setting, analysis, idea generation, refinement and documentation. The current stage is within the analysis portion of the planning, where the community is analyzed for ideas and concerns regarding the campus. The meeting entered into a brainstorming portion where the audience was given See MASTER PLAN, page 6

ASU has more than 1,000 international students. But that's only half the story, because right now ASU students are studying outside of the United States. Jenny Veal, a senior international business major of Bono, is one of them, spending her fall 2011 semester in Jinan, China, at the Shandong University of Finance. “Ever since I was little I had a special interest in studying foreign languages,” Veal said. “I have always known that I wanted to work and live abroad.” Veal said studying in China has been one of the best experiences of her life and wants to encourage students to pursue their interests in studying abroad. “I believe that many students feel they cannot study abroad because of financial reasons,” Veal said. “I am proof that money is no excuse to keep you from studying abroad.” Veal used a combination of grants and resources to get to China, starting with a meeting

with Study Abroad Adviser Carl Lindquist. Lindquist said the first step is always determining where the student would like to go, then figuring out how to get there. Many grants are available for study abroad. The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is the most frequently used at ASU; it applies to students who receive the Pell Grant. “In a way, students who receive the Pell Grant have an advantage for getting aid to study abroad,” Lindquist said. According to Lindquist the application process is crucial. “Jenny took the application seriously and because of that was able to get the aid she needed,” Lindquist said. ASU offers a travel voucher that can also help students wanting to study abroad. The voucher can subsidize a ticket of up to $1,000. Plus, there are many scholarships students may already receive that apply to studying abroad. Lindquist said by the time it is added up a semester abroad can See STUDY ABROAD, page 6

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Fixing the one-way conversation

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Speak out, be active in your government With Occupy Wall Street protests spreading across the globe, people everywhere have differing opinions of the movement. “The one thing we all have in common is that we are the 99 percent that will not tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1 percent,” reads a website affiliated with the protests. Though the freedom to assemble is a right we all have, camping out indefinitely and being a nuisance to city officials is not. Also, gathering together for the same reason, but without certainty of the cause could in time fail due to apathy and lack of direction. But, regardless of one’s feelings toward this cause, the fact that this group is taking advantage of their right to stand up for what they believe is fair is all that this country stands for. Our nation was born out of the idea that we should voice opinions and fight for our rights. We would not be where we are today had someone not spoke up against the injustices at that time. Throughout history, Americans have spoken out and made changes. Wars have been waged and lives have been lost, but ultimately, justice has always prevailed. However, people forget that we can be active participants in our government. We can change the status quo if we really want to. By not standing up for our beliefs, things in our government could completely change whether we like it or not. We all have opinions and by voicing them, we are able to influence the power our government has to fit what we want and need. Whether you are for this cause or not, take a stance in our government. We can’t complain when things go bad if we don’t voice our opinions or inform ourselves. Learn about your government and find what you believe in. By working together to reverse policies that hurt us, even if it is subtle, we can be activists for a better tomorrow.

“... the West continually streams into Kuwait and the Middle East as a whole.” 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. Perhaps the most striking thing I’ve realized while being here is the amount of penetration the West has into this society, and the equally large lack of reciprocation. From movies, music, restaurants, cars and even language, the West continually streams into Kuwait and the Middle East as a

“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.

whole. You can walk into any mall in this city (and there’s a lot of them) and find the same stores you’d be able to find in a mall in the U.S. Even more surprising, few if any change their product lines to suit different cultural tastes. While there are some exceptions—like the chicken on pita bread McArabian at McDonald’s—the same shirt you see in the Gap in Jonesboro is the same shirt you’ll see in Kuwait City. And while there’s obviously a lot of Arabic in Kuwait, the amount of times I’ve been in a situation where I couldn’t communicate in English can be counted on one hand. For tourists and expats, the West’s dominance means a more uniform world and an easier transition from one culture to another. But for societies with age-old traditions that developed separately from those of the West, it means a gradual erosion of exactly what makes the world such a rich and varied place. As a journalism student, I’m particularly interested in the one-way conversation in Western media.

The amount of ourselves we export is staggering. But how much are we getting back, and how much of this world are we really seeing? Very little, I’d say. In international coverage in the U.S. we see a lot of Europe and maybe Asia, but the amount of coverage of the Middle East is miniscule and really only when something bad is happening. The events of 9/11 filled a void in the public’s mind about the Middle East with information that was anything but a complete picture. Muslim extremists aren’t the norm, not all Middle Eastern societies are the same, and not all Middle Eastern people feel the same way about the West. The so-called Arab Spring—the democratic upheavals of several Middle Eastern governments in the past year or so—has drawn a lot of attention to even more conflict than was already on people’s minds in the West. This region is changing rapidly and in many ways wrestling with who it wants to be—traditional and Arab, modern and

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Western or some combination of these. But it’s not the whole story. I’ve seen for a fact there is peace here. The people walking at night to the grocery store down the street don’t walk in fear. Coming from the U.S. where children might as well be on a leash (and, amusingly, sometimes are), the freedom Kuwaiti parents give their children to roam away from them in public is striking. People really feel that safe. What can the West and its people do to prevent divisions from being created based on ignorance and fear? How can those of us in the media work to more faithfully represent reality? Opening our eyes to our fellow human beings and learning as much as we can about each other is a necessary step if we are going to begin real, two-way dialog where everyone is respected amidst their differences. It’s the only way we can possibly hope for peace. Smith is a senior photojournalism major of Hughes.

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Let’s be friends: students, teachers and social networking “... there are plenty of other ways teachers can communicate with students.”

“... Facebook can be a great tool for teachers to communicate with their students.”

Jeff Davidson

Abdullah Raslan

Facebook has changed tremendously ever since it was launched in 2004. Now, Facebook is being used for more than communicating with old friends. Individuals can create pages, events and groups and invite whoever they want to participate. It can be done secretly without showing up on any of your friend’s news feeds. According to, at the University of South Florida, students use Facebook instead of Blackboard in some classes. In the article, graduate student Alessandro Cesarano said that he uses Facebook instead of Blackboard because students are already familiar with it and it is easy to tell students to use Facebook instead of teaching them a new software they have never used he said. Out of personal experience, I can say that Face-

book can be a great tool for teachers to communicate with their students. Two of my classes this semester have Facebook groups where the professor uploads assignments and sends messages about class work, and the response in my class was very positive to this change. One of my assignments was to upload the work that I’ve done for class and comment on other photos uploaded by my classmates. The assignment was not only helpful, but it made all the students in the class participate. With more than 350 million active users currently accessing Facebook through their mobile devices, it would be easier for teachers to communicate with their students. Students would definitely be more informed about their homework. By using Facebook, we eliminate using paper which saves the millions of trees we waste on printing syllabi and handouts that we rarely use. Privacy issues shouldn’t be a problem because Facebook has enough

security protocols that anyone should be able to add their teacher on a list where they can still remain professional without having to share too much information. A few weeks ago, I was working on a project with my classmates and we were stuck on a subject that we wanted the professor’s feedback on. Luckily, one of the people in my group had the professor on Facebook. He struck up a conversation with her in chat, provided on the website, and we were able to get the answer from her by 10 p.m. Maybe at a high school level teachers should be more careful about adding students on their profiles, but I don’t see a problem with adding your teacher if you were a college student. Rather than suppressing technology, I believe we should embrace it and try to work it in our advantage. Raslan is a digital media and design major of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

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In July of this year, Missouri legislators successfully passed a law which requires school districts to put restrictions on teachers’ use of Facebook and other social networking to contact students. In Tennessee, one school district proposed a policy which states, “Employees will be held to the same professional standards in their public use of electronic media as they are for any other public conduct.” This electronic media, according to the policy, includes text messaging, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other electronic media. The legality of policies like these is still in question. In essence, the goal of these actions is to prohibit teachers from adding their students as friends, thereby protecting students from unnecessary contact. While these laws may eventually be declared unconstitutional, I think it brings up an interesting debate. Being in the teacher program, I’ve been able to hear good arguments on both sides. In all of our discussions, we’ve agreed that Facebook

is a powerful tool. It can be a great way to communicate with different people in different ways. But that’s sometimes just the problem. It’s obvious that some teachers have abused their media privileges and overstepped their bounds as professionals through Facebook and other social networking sites. When teachers promise parents to teach their students, they are promising to uphold an ethical, moral standing in and out of the classroom. At least, this is what is expected of them. For this reason, I think it’s important that teachers not be allowed to add students as friends on Facebook. When the teacher does this, he or she is going to a whole new level in the student-teacher relationship that just isn’t necessary. It’s also important to realize that there are plenty of other ways teachers can communicate with students, such as through school email or even through a good ‘ole fashioned telephone call. But with that said, how do you justify laws that ban teachers from befriending students on Facebook? After all, if our government can restrict what teachers can or can’t do outside the classroom, what is to stop our government from telling us what we can or can’t do in

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our own private lives? Restricting teachers like this just seems like an outright violation of several fundamental rights. I believe there is one simple way to answer this problem. There is a small, but fundamental right we as Americans have. It is not written in our Constitution, but it is necessary to the way we live. It’s called parental rights. Whether you realize it or not, our government has always recognized parental rights as a fundamental right. This can be seen in the way parents are allowed to choose which type of school they feel is best for their kids. I think prohibiting teachers from befriending their students on Facebook falls under this whole concept of parental rights. Because society is changing, we need to protect all students, but we don’t have to violate someone else’s rights to do this. Parents must be the ones to decide whether or not the teacher can add students as friends. After all, allowing parents to make decisions like this will get them more involved in their own kid’s education, something I’m sure many teachers would love to see more of these days. Davidson is a sophomore education major of Bryant.



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Aplin’s legs power ASU to victory over FIU Pre-season Sun Belt favorite falls to Red Wolves 34-16 on national television Meredith Scott Staff Writer Ryan Simpson Staff Writer The freeze was not the only thing Florida International felt Tuesday night when the Red Wolves ran over the Panthers 34-16. Junior quarterback Ryan Aplin ran a season long rush for 30-yards in the first quarter and a careerhigh 164-yards, the most yards rushing of any ASU player since 2008. His 311-yards of total offense helped him finish the game with 2,134-yards for the year, placing him in eighth place on ASU’s alltime list. “I told [Aplin] as soon as the last game was over that we were going to run him,” ASU head coach Hugh Freeze said. “I told him don’t worry about sliding, he would have 10 days off and I would pray over him everyday. “We are just so much more difficult to defend when we are a quarterback running team, too. We had it planned all along.” The Red Wolves (5-2, 3-0) sent the FIU Panthers (43, 1-2) back to Miami licking their wounds after coming alive in the second-half to score 28 points and take their third victory at home in front of a national television audience on ESPN2. The game got off to a

sluggish start with both teams contributing a combined five penalties for 35 yards in the first quarter. ASU and FIU finished the first half with a combined 13 penalties for 100 yards. The Red Wolves lost junior defensive-back Don Jones to a hip injury in the first quarter that Freeze said Jones could not shake off. On the Red Wolves’ opening drive of the game, Aplin threw an interception to FIU’s Willis Wright, who returned it 22 yards. The Panthers finished their second drive with a 46-yard field goal from Jack Griffin. The rest of the first-half would consist of back-andforth possessions resulting in only six-points from ASU field goals. Brian Davis’ made a field goal from 24 yards out with 8:30 left in the first quarter. Davis is now 11 of 14 on the season with all of his field goals being attempted and made from beyond 20-yards. Davis’ goal was followed by one from Bobby Zalud from 49-yards right as the first half came to a close. Zalud had not attempted any field goals closer than 40-yards out. “I’m a little disappointed we didn’t have more success moving the ball, but I knew we got into a rhythm

Abdullah Raslan/Herald Junior quarterback Ryan Aplin is forced out of bounds by a Florida International after a run Tuesday night In addition to his two rushing ouchdowns, Apln also threw for 147 yards on 14 of 24 pass attempts with one touchdown and one interception. Aplin has seven touchdowns and nine interceptions on the season.

in the second half,” Freeze said. “We preach to our kids every single day that it’s a 60-minute game and we are going to get stronger as the game goes on.” Like last week against Louisiana-Monroe, the Red Wolves game back from halftime revived, showing that the loss of Jones and senior defensive back A.J..

Women’s golf team wins third consecutive Red Wolf Classic Loiacano wins first individual title

Zeke Tanner, Finance

Tyler Goad, Civil Engineering

This Week in Sports Briefs • Men’s Basketball: The ASU men’s basketball team will be kicking off their 2011-12 season with “Meet the Team Night” at the Convocation Center beginning at 5 p.m. Their first exhibition game is Saturday Oct. 28 against

• Soccer: The Lady Red Wolves visit the Sun Belt leading Denver Pioneers Thursday and will return home to face North Texas Sunday at 1 p.m.

• Golf: The ASU men’s golf team finished second at the Bill Ross Intercollegiate with a combined score of 886. Chris Pledger individually finished fifth with a score of 217 to lead ASU.

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Jennifer Welch shot 73-74 to finish in a tie for thirdplace with a total of 147. Anna Carling provided the biggest turnaround of any Red Wolf, by shooting even-par 71 in the second year to recover from a 7-over-par 78 in round one. Courtney Manning rounded out the scoring for ASU with rounds of 76 and 79 for a total of 155 and finished in 14thplace. Sarah Landry, who competed as an individual, finished in a tie for ninthplace after a two-round total of 155, while Clara Tefteller tied for 29th after a two-round total of 166. The A-State women’s golf team will next compete at the Middle Tennessee State University Invitational Oct. 24-25.

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sent out to begin the round, but were called off the course hours later and the decision was made to cancel the final round. “It is also a good feeling to have a win,” ASU women’s golf coach M.J. Desbiens said. “Hard work always pays and I truly believe in that and I think it shows a true test of character when you go out and compete for every shot. “This certainly wasn’t the best weather but I was happy the girls went and competed.” The Lady Red Wolves trailed Murray State by four strokes after the first round, but turned in a season-low 295 in the second round to take a three-shot lead over the Racers. Loiacano led the charge for A-State with rounds of 72 and 71, while senior

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The Arkansas State women’s golf team picked up its first tournament championship of the season on Tuesday, winning the Lady Red Wolf Classic for the third consecutive year with a combined total of 594 to edge out Murray State by three strokes for the title. A-State junior Jennifer Loiacano captured the first individual title of her career after shooting 1-overpar for the tournament to defeat Murray State’s Alex Lennartsson by two strokes. The tournament came to an early conclusion after Tuesday’s final round was cancelled due to rain and unplayable conditions on the golf course. Initially players were

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Hills to suspension prior to the game would not keep them down. “This is the most depth I’ve seen in a team,” senior defensive lineman Dorvus Wood said. “We have lots of players who stepped up tonight.” Three defensive players had a career-high in tackles totaling 22 and one sack.

ed another quarter with a touchdown. Aplin completed a pass to junior wide receiver Allen Muse for four-yards less than three-minutes into the final quarter. Muse only has four catches on the year for 34 yards. Two drives later, Aplin had another rushing touchdown for seven-yards, giving ASU a 27-16 lead The final scoring drive of the night for ASU came after Lee intercepted a pass at the 25-yard line and returned it to the FIU 9-yard line, setting up the final touchdown, a Derek Lawson run from 9-yards out. A fumble recovery by Young at ASU’s 41-yard line and a knee by Aplin with 0:45 remaining gave the Red Wolves a victory. “I just like our confidence. It’s a quiet confidence, not a boastful confidence that we run around with,” Freeze said. “I feel that our kids believe that they are supposed to win and play four quarters. “Then they look up at the scoreboard and just feel we are supposed to win.” With the win, the Red Wolves surpassed their win total from the last two seasons and can become bowl eligible with a win against North Texas. Arkansas State will stay in Jonesboro to host North Texas (2-5,1-2) for homecoming at 6 p.m. on Oct. 29.

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Junior linebacker Nick Nelms tied his career-high of seven, along with freshman defensive-back Sterling Young, who replaced Hillis, and had his first sack of the season. Senior Jaquan Kilcrease had eight, five of which were in the first quarter. Freshman linebacker Qushaun Lee had his second sack of the season, giving the ASU defense nine in the last four games. Arkansas State opened up second-half play with a touchdown when Aplin rushed for 22-yards just 4:21 into the third quarter to finish a 90-yard drive, making the score 13-6 ASU. Florida International tied the game at 13 after quarterback Wesley Carroll completed a 46-yard pass to T.Y. Hilton, less than two-minutes after ASU scored. The Panthers’ defense kept working as they forced a punt by ASU. The next drive for FIU was another scoring drive; however, it was the last time the Panthers would score in the game. After a 5:39 drive, FIU’s Jack Griffin completed a 44yard field goal with 1:59 remaining in the third quarter. As much as the Panthers tried, they didn’t have enough to stop the Red Wolves from the beating that waited for them in the fourth quarter. Once again, ASU start-

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Students seek work on campus Kim MyoungHyang Staff Writer With restrictions on where international students can work when in the United States as students, working on campus has become their primary source of income. Most international students hold an F-1 visa, the U.S. non-immigrant student visa. Generally, those students are not allowed to work in the U.S. outside of school. Many international students seek jobs on campus. “We had an increased number of international students utilizing our services and applying for positions on campus,” said Ed Rayburn, associate director of the Career Management Center. Compared to previous academic years, the number of international students enrolled at ASU has been increasing steadily and significantly. The total number of international students of ASUJ reached more than a thousand this fall. Along with the enrollment increase, international students who want to work on campus has increased. But positions may not always be available. “The number of student jobs on campus depends on the needs of each department, and their ability to hire student workers based on their departmental budgets,” Rayburn said. Through their working experiences at ASU, international students can better prepare for their future challenges upon graduating from the university and can improve their skills of working in the workplace. “They do fine jobs,” said Goldine Timpleton, of the ASU cafeteria staff. Timpleton has worked at the ASU cafeteria for five years. “The number of the international students (working at the cafeteria) is obviously increasing,” she said. On the other hand, for all students, it is not easy to maintain both the job and study.

SunWoo Lee, a graduate student of South Korea, said, “After I got the job, my grades dropped.” She has been working at the International Admission Office since July 2010. “Of course, I had to work during midterms and finals. It was difficult to reschedule the working time, because other students also had their exams,” Lee said. The approximate number of all students working on campus each semester is 600, including 197 Federal Work Study employees. International students are not eligible for Federal Work Study Jobs. On-campus jobs usually pay minimum wage, which is $6.25 per hour. With international students making minimum wage, the money might not be a big help to pay their tuition, fees or other expenses. However, the benefit of working on campus for international students is not only the pay. YeJin Tae, an exchange student of South Korea, wants to work as a resident assistant at Kays Halls or North Park Quads. “I think I can enjoy lots of activities such as making programs in the dorm or decorating bulletin boards,” Tae said. “I believe that through working on campus, I can experience American culture.” Tonae Mitsuhashi, a junior theater major of Japan, likes her job in the residence hall. She has worked as an RA of Kays Hall since August 2010. “I like to be a part of a staff team and there are lots of things I discover,” she said. “It is a good learning opportunity.” Although it would be a great experience, sometimes it is not easy for them to get accustomed to working in a foreign country. “It was scary at first, because everything was new to me. I was not sure whether I really could do well,” Mitsuhashi said. “But I seem to be doing alright because I haven’t got

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Wenqiao Li, a graduate student and business major of China, prepares food that is served in the Acansa Dining Hall.

fired yet.” Che Wei Hsu, a freshman business administration major of Taiwan, is looking for a job on campus that also will help improve his communication skills in English. “The biggest benefit would be the language. We can improve our English through working with American friends,” Hsu said. Working on campus brings students many opportunities and challenges if they obey the regulation of working. According to the office of International Programs, students are only eligible to work in designated student worker position up to 20 hours per week while school is in session and 40 hours per week during official school breaks, which includes the summer terms. Moreover, students are only eligible to work in the summer for 40 hours per week if they have been at ASU for one academic year and are not enrolled in class. Students can find on campus employment information at Career Services or by contacting the various departments.

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Hydration station open for use One of two Brita Hydration Stations has been successfully installed in the food court at the Student Union. The station will provide free filtered water to the campus. The station is hands free. Students will hold their cup in front of the station’s sensor and water will come out. Most of the funds of the station came from SGA and Student Union funds. Freshman biology, chemistry, and political science major, Benton Bajorek,of Jacksonville, was one of many students that were given a free bottle water at the opening. The second station will be installed next month in the second floor of the Student Union.

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Associate Director of the Counseling Center Pat Glascock demonstrates to senior physical education major, Elroy Brown of Osceola and senior logistics and hu,man resources major, Jeremy Gibson of Boligee, Ala. how much alcohol can effect a person at the “Game On” event Monday as part of Alcohol Awareness Week. The event had door prizes, free food and video games for anyone to play. The event was held to show students alcohol does not need to be consumed for students to have fun.

Wolf Center offers female-only hours Emily Alexander Staff Writer ASU takes pride in having a great work out facility in the Red Wolf Center. The facility was created to offer students a place to practice healthy lifestyle habits and participate in most recreational and physical activities desired. According to Kelly Tuttle, Coordinator of Wellness Programs at the Red Wolf Center, her goal is to offer ASU students all these things in a comfortable environment. For this reason, the Red Wolf Center is taking on a couple of additional hours on the weekends for females only. “There are women, for a variety of reasons, whether it is their comfort level, beliefs, or any reason, that

prefer not to work out with males. Our goal is to make this an environment for students to stay fit and live happy, active lives. The more comfortable they are, the more students we will see come to work towards those goals,” Tuttle said. The idea of a female only time period was brought to the attention of Red Wolf Center faculty when a student made a request based on her being uncomfortable working out with male students. “We had a request from a student asking for time for females only. After discussing it with my boss, the dean [Randall Tate], and the associate vice chancellors, we decided to honor her request,” Tuttle said. The new hours took af-

fect this past weekend, and are on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. 2 p.m. “These were hours the facility was not open before. We didn’t have to hire any new staff because it was only four additional work hours per week, and it was easily able to be covered by the students who were already on staff,” Tuttle said. Tuttle says there will be no limitations for the female only hours, and the entire facility will be open at those times. “The entire building is open. The desk staff won’t always be female only, but past the desk is going to be female only,” she said. For more information on the new hours or the Red Wolf Center contact Kelly Tuttle at 870-972-3058 or

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Entrepreneurial Spotlight

'Shooting' her way into business Michaela Kaberline Campus Corner Editor Since she was 11, freshman Alyssa Tate has had a passion for photography. When she was only 16, she turned that passion into a business. Tate received her first camera from her parents when she was 11. She said it was a cheap digital camera, but she fell in love with the black and white setting on it. “My sister was a year old at the time,” she said. “I would take all kinds of black-and-white photos of her just for fun.” At 15, Tate was still interested in photography and was even thinking about turning it into a career. “My parents were very supportive of me,” Tate said. “They absolutely loved my photos and encouraged me to do what I loved.” She was 16 when she had her first paid photo session. “A bride contacted me and said the photographer she was supposed to have had a death in the family,” Tate said. “So she asked me if I could do it. I was nervous, but I was so excited at the same time.” Although Tate was on the yearbook staff at Manila High, she said her college classes help her be a better photographer. “In my Honors Mass Communications class, we are actually talking about photography,” she said. “I love talking and learning about it. It’s really great to see how photography has changed into what it is today. Next semester I’ll be

taking more photography classes so I can learn to do more with my camera.” Tate said her business, Alyssa Tate Photography, is her first priority. “Honestly, my priorities in order are my business, school work and then my sorority, Chi Omega,” Tate said. “I love my sorority sisters, but I have to put my business first because it’s what I love to do and if I want to make a career out of it, I have to work all I can with it. Plus, my business is where all my money comes in. I am a full-time photographer. I don’t have another job to fall back on” Tate has a wedding photo shoot about once a month. Although she tends to focus mainly on wedding photo shoots, she also takes newborn, family and senior photos. She recently did a senior photo shoot with Mattie McAfee, a senior at Milan High School in Tennessee. “I found Alyssa via Facebook,” McAfee said. “Our schools were nearby so we started to get to know each other that way as well, and I had heard great things about her from a few Manila people. Her work is simply beautiful.” Tate said she takes a bag full of different lenses to her shoots, but she doesn’t take a bunch of lighting equipment with her. She said she loves using natural light for her photos. Tate’s goals during a session are to make the person fell comfortable and to take great photos. “I love taking candid photos,” Tate said. “I don’t want them to even think that I’m taking pictures of

them. I just tell them to relax and pretend I’m not even there.” McAfee said one of the reasons she is glad she chose Tate is because she made her feel comfortable. “She actually had conversations with me,” McAfee said. “Most photographers will just take the pictures and be on their way, but Alyssa asked me questions about what I like to do, where I want to go to college, etc. Her smile is bright, and her personality is brighter.” Tate has done a numerous amount of photo sessions, but she said her favorite photo shoot was a wedding in Jacksonville, Fla. this summer. “They flew me out to Jacksonville and let me stay in a resort where the bride’s family was staying,” she said. “It was a really up-scale wedding. Everything was on the beach. And the natural light was perfect for shooting some fantastic photos.” She encourages students and future entrepreneurs to do what they love and not to give up on their dreams. “It’s a lot of work, but as long as you really love what you do and set your mind to it, you can achieve your goal,” she said. “You have to 100 percent love what you do though or you might give up when things get difficult.” Tate’s photography can be found at or on her Facebook page. Potential customers will also find her session prices and ways to contact her on her website.

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Freshman Alyssa Tate started her photography business when she was 16.

Alumna appears on Idol, releases album Abdullah Raslan Staff Writer

With a big voice and a charming personality, ASU alumna Keia Calandre' Johnson started her music journey after she won over the American Idol judges in the 2009 Atlanta auditions. Simon Cowell said he liked her, and Kara DioGuardi thought she was very genuine and had an

amazing personality. "When Mary J. Blige threw up her hands and told me I was on to Hollywood during the auditions for American Idol, I knew it was time to pursue my dream full-time. This is my journey," Johnson said on her website. Johnson has always been a huge fan of Blige. "I looked up to Mary J. Blige ever since she came out when I was still in el-

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ementary school. We didn't know that she was going to be part of the judges until the day before the auditions, if that wasn't nerve wracking enough," Johnson said. "For her to think I am talented, it was a huge thing for me," she added. As an RTV undergraduate student at ASU, Johnson received first runner up for the Miss Black and Gold pageant, won the Miss Essence pageant and became the third African American to win the Miss ASU crown. "I woke up one day and I decided to do Miss ASU. I wanted to challenge myself. My motto was ‘If you can believe it, you can achieve it,’" Johnson said. Winning Miss ASU, led her to compete in the Miss Arkansas pageant and become a preliminary to Miss America, which earned her the Miss Congeniality Award. "I truly try to be true to

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myself and go with my gut feeling," she said. After graduating in 2004, Johnson was offered a job at a radio station in Memphis. "Radio was my love,” she said. “I always wanted to be an on-air personality. But at that time, almost all radio stations were turning into syndication. That tradition of having a prominent radio voice seems to be going away." Johnson worked at the radio station in the marketing department until deciding one day to audition for American Idol. "I found out where they were having the auditions, and it happened to be in Atlanta. It was a long process, but I ended up on the show twice," she said. Getting eliminated from the contest didn't stop Johnson from continuing to follow her dream. Johnson decided to release her own music album titled "T.I.M.E."

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"I have five songs, and they are very completely different songs. Anyone that had a dream to be a politician, a painter or a teacher and has been trying to accomplish this dream, and it has been hard; I have a song for that. If you went through a relationship and didn't have the bitterness afterwards, I got a song that people can identify with. I have something for everyone," Johnson said. Johnson wrote and cowrote three of the songs on the album, which were all recorded exclusively in Memphis. "I did everything in Memphis. I really wanted to show that Memphis is able to produce quality artists, sounds, songs and production. I really wanted to showcase Memphis in that light." She took that advice after meeting Tony Award winning actress Jennifer Holliday. "We were both sitting on

a council for young women here in Memphis. She told me every person leaves their city and runs to New York or runs to L.A. in hopes of becoming a big star but she told me 'You should be the biggest person in whatever city you are in and people will come to you'." Johnson's musical influences include: Holliday, Blige, Celine Dion, Kanye West and Jay-Z. For the future, Johnson is shooting a music video. She wishes to continue pursuing her music dream while never forgetting where she came from. "Education is always important, I can proudly say that I am not a dumb artist, I have a degree. ASU was a great experience for me, I am proud to be part of the ASU alumni,” Johnson said. Johnson's album can be bought via her website


Thursday, Oct. 20




questions by Hoffman regarding general aspects of the Comprehensive Master Plan. The first question was “Does the public feel welcome on campus?” An audience member pointed out that, “[it is] easier not to go on campus. That is not a good perception.” Kessler agreed and another audience member addressed the idea of creating day parking passes for people who are volunteering to come on the campus. The issues regarding parking were then applied to the museum. It is estimated the ASU Museum receives over 35,000 visitors each year, but only has five parking spots. This was regarded as “generally alienating.” Potential solutions to this problem included changes to the signage around campus to address the “poor parking.” A museum representative pointed out, “[this is not] where [the Museum] needs to be in order to become a better facility for the community and the school.” Audience members said the university is “isolated from the community” and potential solutions included placing, “assessable maps on the perimeters of campus.” The audience then addressed campus safety by responding to the question “Would you ever walk or bike through campus?” Harold Carter, a retired resident of Jonesboro, said while he lived “just across the train tracks”, he only walks around the campus during the day to visit the post office and the library. He also said he often warns his wife to, “Stay off that campus after dark. [You are] liable to get knocked in the head or robbed or some combination.” When asked if he felt the campus was unsafe, Carter said, “[The campus] was no more dangerous or safe than the community that surrounded it. “[The university] needs more security.” The conversation shifted to cooperation between the university and the city and why this had not happened in the city redevelopment plan. “The city makes incentives for the university. [And that] the university wants to be more integrated, Kessler said.” One audience member said the overpass will do little to help with integration and when on to say it will only separate the university and the city more. Audience members inquired about the pending bike path pan in Jonesboro and why the university was not being included in the plan. A city representative said the university is “a dead spot” when it comes to the plans. Kessler took concern with this, pointing out, “we don’t want to be the dead spot, let us know more.” It was pointed out that the “preservation of open space” was essential to the ASU community as well as the surrounding neighborhoods and this balance could only be maintained by “careful planning.” After mentioning the surrounding neighborhoods, one audience member said that because the university lacked prior “careful planning” when building its apartments, students were forced to

kick off this Monday, Oct. 24, at noon on Heritage Plaza Lawn with the Pumpkin Relays, as well as the announcement of Homecoming Court. Fear Factor is planned for noon Tuesday in the Sun Belt Lounge, with HOWLoween Laser Tag and a Pumpkin Carving Contest taking place at

live, “across Johnson in the bad part.” When asked for more details, she said the area was, “really rundown and the activities that go on there by people who don’t attend school” made the area the “bad part.” When asked if they understood that parking could not be solved and that a walk was inevitable, audience members objected stating, “If I am volunteering my time, I should absolutely have a [parking] spot right in front of the building.” An idea suggested for solving the parking issue was to place things for the public primarily on the perimeter of campus to free up parking during the day. When asked about building more parking lots, the audience then said, “big open parking lots [are] not attractive” and suggested additional landscaping to detract from the unattractive parking lots. One audience member said, “[there are already] ugly parking lots that [need] to be improved.” The audience was then asked about what they believed the economic role of the university was. Hoffman then clarified the question and asked, “What does the public want the positive economic role to be in the community?” The audience said North Caraway needed improvements referring to it as, “junky and extremely dangerous.” Regarding the perceived danger of North Caraway, Carter said, “If someone were to accost you, you would not be in the presence of anyone else of anything of interest. You cannot walk on the south side [of the street] unless you are ready to depart this world.” While most of the people in attendance were of the Jonesboro community, two ASU students were in attendance. Katie Fowler, a junior English major and JonMartin Hamilton, a junior geography major, both attended the meeting to find out the status of the Liberal Arts building. When asked, Kessler said he was unsure of the status of the building, but from what he could tell, it would be completed as soon as funding became available. Following the meeting, Fowler voiced her concerns and said, “Why is this not publicized to students? That is about us.” “[JJR] should have sent out a mass email telling students [about the meeting] because it affects everyone. [JJR] should have said, ‘we value your opinion,’” he said. Hamilton said he only knew about the meeting because his geography professor suggested he attend. Fowler was also discontented at the lack of student representation. “[Talking about] entrances is fine and well but they [do not represent the needs] of people taking classes online and [living] off campus as well,” she said. would be meeting only with the SGA President Hunter Petrus, Hamilton said, “You cannot just talk to one person. I know he represents the students, but he is only one person out of thousands.” “SGA is representative of the student body, but in this case, there is too much diversity,” Fowler said.

5 p.m. in Centennial Hall. There will be HOWLoween Trivia in the Sun Belt Lounge at noon Wednesday, as well as the “Steppin’ on stAte Street” Step Show and Costume Contest at 7 p.m. in the Convocation Center. On Thursday, the Mean Green Scavenger Hunt is

The Herald planned for noon at Heritage Plaza Lawn, Yell Like Hell is at 5 p.m. at Heritage Plaza Lawn, and one HOWL of a Magic Show, as well as a Pumpkin Eating Contest, is planned for 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall. The Spooktacular Spirit Banner Competition and Chili Cook-Off is at noon

on Friday, and Homecoming Week will finish off on Saturday with Tailgating at Tailgate City before the ASU vs. North Texas Game on Saturday at 6 p.m. For more information on Homecoming events, contact the Leadership Center at 870-972-2055.

Glass-Steagall Act, passed in 1933, separated investment banks from commercial banks, which accept deposits from clients. On a local level, supporters of the movement want to see the rejuvenation of small communities. Holloway said he wants to see strong, resilient local economies that won’t depend on large, centralized corporations for products and commodities. “I’d really like to see the opportunity for the creation of sustainable communities, where people can create and keep their own

wealth,” Holloway said. Holloway said he believes there has been an immediate reaction to this movement, and it’s only a matter of time before politicians will be forced to recognize the demands of protestors. “There is a lot of wealth in this country, and it is not distributed evenly at all. People are struggling,” Holloway said. “If they [politicians] ignore it they will pay high political consequences.”

MOVEMENT, CONTINUED Street movement would lead to a national occupation of town squares and public spaces. “It wasn’t really until a couple activists started making Facebook pages, that’s when there were solid plans being organized in Arkansas,” Holloway said. Holloway, concerned with the state of the nation’s economy, wanted to be involved with the movement to make his voice heard. “I just see the corporatization of our society on so many levels, and the destruction of human life,”

Holloway said. “Corporations and banks are hoarding wealth. I wanted to make a stand.” The movement has been criticized for not having any clearly defined goals. Holloway, however, disagreed. “Particularly what we’re interested in right now, and I think there’s been a significant direction towards it, is regulating the banking industry,” Holloway said. One of the main goals of many in the movement is to have the Glass-Steagall Act reinstated. The

STUDY ABROAD, CONTINUED cost about the same amount as a semester at ASU. Multiple methods exist for studying abroad such as exchange, which consists of two students from different countries essentially swapping places for a semester. Veal is now in the exchange program. Some students may, instead of spending just a semester or two studying aboard, choose to earn their degree from a foreign university. Lindquist and other ASU representatives visit potential degree-seeking students all around the world who might be interested in attending ASU. Carmelo Pan Zhang, a graduate business administration major of Beijing, is one of the current international, degree-seeking students at ASU. Zhang started at ASU in the fall of 2009 and has been adapting to American culture as best he can. Coming from a very high population area, Zhang commented on the hospi-

tality in Northeast Arkansas. “In China, you don't say hi to strangers and people don't hold the door open for you,” Zhang said. “The habits here are good but not fit for a country with a big population.” According to the National Population and Family Planning Commission of China, Beijing population reached 19.6 million in November 2010.

Zhang said academically there is little difference between China and the United States but still there are some things have thrown him off. “American professors are very free. They sometimes sit like this,” Zhang said as he climbed onto a table and propped his feet up on a chair. “They ask how the students are doing. In China, professors are more academic and are

there to teach.” Veal has experienced similar culture shock. “Adjusting to a new culture is always an eye-opening experience, which can be exciting or frustrating,” Veal said. “My hardest challenge was mastering the squat style toilet without falling in.” That said, Veal has warmed to China and views it as a second home. After she graduates from ASU, she would like to pursue a teaching career in China. “This semester there are a total of 10 international students at Shandong University of Finance,” Veal said. “Through these months we have bonded and became our own little international family. I know when I return to America I will always have these friends.” You can learn more about Veal's experiences by visiting her blog at

Campus Crime Oct. 13 UPD officer Ryan Crawford was dispatched to Honors Dorm Building One in reference to the RA needing to speak to an officer. Crawford reported that when he arrived the RA told him that she believed someone was smoking marijuana in one of the rooms. The RA, ASU student Delaney Foster, said that the roommate of ASU student Justin Bonds had told her that he had seen and smelled marijuana. Crawford reported he found Bonds outside of Building Four where Bonds stated he had not been smoking marijuana in the room. Crawford said he asked Bonds if he could search his room, and Crawford reported Bonds told him he did not wish for him to search his room, but Bonds said that Crawford could search the room only if he could smell something from the door. After speaking with Bonds, Crawford said he want back and spoke to Foster who took him to the room where Bonds was suspected of smoking marijuana. The roommate advised Crawford that he had seen Bonds smoking out of a device that was bong-like. Crawford reported that the roommate also told him that Bonds keeps the marijuana in an old pill bottle. The roommate told Crawford he had advised Bonds on several occasions to stop smoking marijuana in the room. Crawford reported only a bathroom joined the rooms. He said he searched the roommate’s side of the room but was unable to search Bonds room due to him refusing to give officers consent to search the room. No illegal substances were found in Bonds’ roommate’s room.

Oct. 14 On Friday, UPD officer Ron Smith reported observing a vehicle traveling south on University Loop East with no license plates. Smith said he made a traffic stop and asked the driver, ASU student Desmond Brown, for his driver’s license and proof of insurance. He reported that when communications checked the license, they found that Brown was a wanted

person out of Lafayette County. Smith stated the Lafayette County Department requested Smith to give Brown a court date and their phone number. After checking Brown’s paper work, Smith reported Brown was released.

Oct. 16 Two ASU students were moved into different residence hall rooms after a fight broke out between the two roommates around 1 a.m. Sunday. UPD officer Steven Wilson was dispatched to Kays Hall after the fight broke out. It’s reported that 21-year-old Ian Simmons was in the 8th floor common area when Wilson arrived on the scene. Simmons had a small laceration on his left ear. Wilson reported that when he and officer Bill Branch asked Simmons about the incident, Simmons told them that 18-year-old Zane Turner had become irritated with him during an argument in the room and struck him with what appeared to be a skateboard.Wilson reported that Simmons had a very strong odor of alcohol and was slurring his speech. Wilson stated that emergency medical technicians were called for a safety evaluation of Simmons to make sure he was okay. Wilson said he went to Simmons’ room where he met ASU students Joseph Kennedy and Andrew Gadberry. Both students were reported having a strong odor of alcohol on them. Kennedy and Gadberry told Wilson they did not see the incident. Kennedy and Gadberry were both given voluntary statements to fill out. Wilson reported he went back to the lobby to check on Simmons. Branch counseled Simmons was advised him that if he wanted to pursue charges, he would have to go to the Jonesboro courthouse and fill out an affidavit. It’s reported that Simmons was relocated to Arkansas Hall room 306 with Gadberry, and Turner was moved to Arkansas Hall room 411. — Compiled by Michaela Kaberline, Campus Corner Editor

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