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Monday, Sept. 19, 2011

Vol. 90 Issue 6

Honors College enrollment hits record high Sara Krimm Staff Writer Since the Honors College raised its admissions standards in the fall of 2009, it has seen a 41 percent cumulative increase in Honors enrollment. Director of Honors Rebecca Oliver said there are many factors that have contributed to the growth of the Honors College.

"There is no one formula. What you're taught is that Honors is supposed to happen organically so to speak," Oliver said. "What Honors looks like at one institution will look very different from what it looks like at another institution." While the actual Honors program at each institution varies, Oliver said ASU's new standards of

Honors admissions hover right around the average for a majority of Arkansas institutions. Admissions standards for Honors for incoming freshman are a 27 ACT and a GPA of at least 3.5. As the bar was raised for Honors admission, the enrollment numbers shot up as well. Freshman enrollment this semester jumped to 239 from 191 a year ago,

Chancellor search process underway Samuel G. Smith Editor The committee created to select a permanent chancellor for the Jonesboro campus began discussion on the search process at its first meeting Friday. Charles Welch, ASU System president and chair of the 20-person committee, said the meeting consisted of discussion on the role of the committee as a developer of search materials like job description and advertisements, a source of feedback on candidates and an interviewing body for those candidates. Welch said the committee appointed a five-person subcommittee to review search materials for things members feel should be reworded or revised. “That committee is going to try to get a revised list of documents to us by the end of next week,” he

said. The committee consists of six faculty members, five staff members, three college deans and department chairs, two students and four community members and alumni. The next meeting is set for 3:30 on Sept. 26. “I suspect the vast majority of the next meeting will be spent discussing any of those revisions and hopefully get closer, if not adopt, a final version,” Welch said. “That may not happen, but at least we will get closer to doing that.” Welch said he hopes to have the position filled by early spring 2012. Jack Zibluk, professor of journalism and member of the committee, lauded the level of openness involved in the process at the Faculty Senate meeting later that day. Welch said the search See SEARCH, page 4

and 188 in 2009. This year's freshman class is the largest ASU's Honors College has ever had. "We thought we would hover around that 190200 mark, and we've blown the doors off, literally, but that's a good problem to have," Oliver said. "And maybe this year is an anomaly, but I actually think it's a picture of what's to come."

Oliver said the growth of the Honors College is a reflection of the growth of ASU as a whole, and because ASU's standards have been raised, the Honors College has raised its standards and is seeing growth in the number of quality students attending ASU. While the Honors College does do formal recruiting, Oliver said the best re-

cruiting comes from students already involved in Honors by what she referred to as "the trickleback effect." Students are talking about their experiences to prospective students in their hometowns. "Our students that are part of Honors are our best recruiters, because they're really sharing the experience that they are having See HONORS, page 4

Safety Awareness Week

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Daniel Gates, a criminal justice major of Memphis, talks with UPD Officer Traci Simpson at UPD's booth in the Student Union as part of Campus Safety Week, a week-long initiative to better inform students about staying safe and services UPD provides.

ABI tech incubator to open Survey: salaries weigh heavy for faculty Casey Rinaldi Staff Writer In collaboration with the Arkansas Biosciences Institute, ASU will be opening a technology incubator on Sept. 23. This 9,000-square-foot incubation center will be the third in the state, alongside the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. It will serve as a way to provide local startup companies with adequate research space, as well as other resources to aid them in being able to thrive and remain centered in Jonesboro, as opposed to shifting their business to other areas of the South. Brian Rogers, director of the Commercial Innovation Center, explained the importance of the incubator to ASU and what it will mean for students and faculty. “Entrepreneurial faculties need a vehicle to form a company and commercialize their innovations to benefit the public. Ultimately it’s about driving economic development and stimulating job creation,” he said. In regards to the impact on students and faculty, Rogers felt that incubation will provide many opportunities both in interacting with the center’s clients, as well as the potential to provide more jobs closer to the university. “Students could work or intern for incubator client companies, such as business services, in addition to helping commercialize innovation(s) close to the university. Students could also be innovators themselves.”

With its primary focus on technologically and scientifically driven companies, specifically those geared towards agriculture and medicine, Rogers explained the different ways that companies could utilize their wet laboratory space. “There are two basic arrangements that our clients can use. First, if a company is working with researchers on campus, they can rent or lease land or office space so that they can remain close to the campus. Second, true startup companies will pay rent, but will also receive business services.” Alan McVey, executive director for the Delta Center for Economic Development, noted that prospective clients would need to submit a business plan complete with future plans for development and an estimation of when they will reach their goals, but there is no “set rate’ for clientele. “The incubator provides space for a company to grow financially. Ideally, a client will be with us for three to five years, utilizing our provided workspace. Then, hopefully, they will have amassed enough finances to outgrow us and will be stable enough to stand on their own,’ McVey said. In regards to obtaining the project’s funding, McVey provided a timetable of production and explained how their grant was obtained. “We wrote a proposal in 2009 and received funding from the EDA (Economic Development Administration) which arrived in 2010 specifically for construction.” Though they received a $1.75 million See INCUBATOR, page 4

Are you sympathetic for the cafeteria and food court employees during lunchtime?

Faculty responded “salaries” when asked what issue they are most concerned about, according to survey results presented at Friday’s Faculty Senate meeting. The survey, conducted by senate president and professor of journalism Jack Zibluk, asked faculty members to assess the level of imporAbdullah Raslan/Herald tance for issues like diversity, According to a survey conducted by Faculty Senate President shared governance concerns Jack Zibluk, salaries remain the most important issue to faculty and retirement benefits. Of respondents. 166 respondents, 59 percent ranked salaries as the most important is- od between 2004-05 and 2009-10. sue. Accreditation from the Higher LearnZibluk said the survey was part of an ing Commission came in second at 10 per- effort to assess issues that faculty felt cent. strongly about. Within the area of salaries, 70 percent “That’s the point of the survey, to help indicated disparity in pay with compara- guide us as a body of the Faculty Senate ble institutions as very important. “Ad- on issues that we should focus on rathdressing the gap between administrative er than just being the voice of the loudest and faculty salaries” came in as the sec- voices,” he said. ond highest marked very important at 67 Some senators expressed frustration percent. with the administration’s dealing with the ASU has a long history of faculty sal- issue. aries lagging behind those of comparable “Last year we put forth a resolution institutions. The most recent Faculty Sen- that called for a written plan to eliminate ate Finance Committee report, presented the discrepancy,” said John Hall, profesat a meeting in March, found growing gaps sor of psychology and counseling. “Where’s between the salaries at ASU and those at the plan? I think that’s what we want to comparable universities in the region. Ac- know. Where is the written plan?” cording to report data, the average gap be“It ends up on how we decide to spend tween ASU and the regional average for the money, not if we have the money,” said the position of professor was $9,000, and Bill Rowe, professor of art. “Our latest that gap had grown by $3,531 in the periSee SALARIES, page 4

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Know the warning signs of abuse, step in

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Search for chancellor important to all of us With our new system president having taken office last spring, the search for a permanent chancellor for ASU-Jonesboro is currently underway. Though the school is no stranger to searching for leadership, the process this time around is set to be much more transparent than that of years past. With a diverse group of committee members and opportunities for the public to view applicants, the process is sure to get a discussion going in hopes of finding the best candidate for this position. But what would make a candidate worthy of the position? The roles of a chancellor may seem fairly simple, but they are in fact quite important to the future of a university. The chancellor has not only ambassadorial duties, but ceremonial and scholarly ones as well. They must show pride in the university, both at home and abroad, and must be a mentor to students and staff alike with a general interest and commitment to education and the community. The chancellor of a university should also be involved from the beginning of a student’s education to the very end. With this said, a chancellor who is open to suggestions regarding our campus is key. By listening to students and faculty as issues arise, not only does everyone function better, but the university as a whole excels. When all is said and done, a chancellor who is going to propel this institution forward to the great heights it should be reaching will be most beneficial not only to our community, but the city of Jonesboro and the state. We need a chancellor who focuses on how to better the college experience for our students, making us enjoy our time here and in turn give us the best education possible. “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.

“... it is important to recognize the warning signs of abuse, regardless of if it is your own relationship or someone else’s.” Beth Bright

Growing up brings a lot of new and exciting things. Going to college, getting out from under mom and dad and dating are all big parts of what you will be doing for the next few years of your life. However, some things need to be taken seriously—especially when it comes to dating and relationships. Statistics have shown that one in every three women and one in every seven men will encounter some form of abusive relationship in their lifetime. It goes on to say that this typically takes place among college-age students. That’s kind of shocking, yes? You may be sitting there thinking ‘This could never happen to me,’ or ‘No one I know has been through this so, that eliminates quite a number of people,’ but this is nothing to shrug off. In no way am I a victim, but I am one of those three women, speaking out right now. When I entered Arkansas State my freshman year, I thought I had everything perfect. Great friends here and at home, a wonderful family and what I thought at the time was a good boyfriend. Yes, he called me all too often to check up on

me. Yes, if I was late getting back to my dorm to chat with him on Skype, he would leave me tons of voicemails. No big deal, right? Wrong. After a while, it got to be too much of a hassle to hang out with friends. Doing homework became impossible because, it was not solely focused on him. And God forbid a guy in class might ask to borrow a pencil. At one point I stopped acknowledging anyone at all who tried to speak to me in classes. By this point, you are all probably wondering why I stuck around with this person an entire year after entering school. A lot of people wonder why women (and men) stay in these situations and the honest answer, for me, was fear. I didn’t want anything happening to me or my family, and if it meant protecting those I truly cared about, I would remove others from my life. I isolated myself from everyone and everything I ever cared about. I had no hobbies, no interests nor a life. Just him and “that’s all I needed,” as he liked to put it. So, with all of this said, I find it important to recognize the warning signs of abuse, regardless of if it is your own relationship or someone else’s. Looking the other way as someone is hurt is a terrible pastime that needs to end now. Things that I

thought nothing of at first really stood out to me after I ended the relationship and it took several friends to really point out the problems. Things like monitoring who I talked to, calling me frequently throughout the day (knowing I was busy with a job or school), never making the effort to come see me but being upset when I wouldn’t have enough gas to get to his house that was 20 miles from mine were all things I really thought nothing of. As silly as it sounds, it was no big deal to me. Some of the biggest problems that finally put the nail in the coffin were things such as name-calling for gaining a pound, not letting me associate with his guy friends and telling me I needed to change everything about myself because he “wasn’t a fan” of my personality. After ending the relationship, I was even more scared of what would happen next. Even over a year later, concerns are on my mind daily and I hope that nothing will happen. But, here I am, letting everyone in on a topic that truly has importance to me. The whole reason for writing this, other than to inform about the warning signs and dangers of an abusive relationship is to let those in these situations know that they aren’t alone. You may think no one understands, but there are plenty of people and services here to help.

According to a recent article in the Huffington Post, a new app for smartphones allows users to better protect themselves, not only in consistent abusive situations, but also random acts. Guardly is available for Blackberry, iPhone and Android and protects its users by connecting them to family and emergency contacts with the push of a button. By using real-time location tracking, the app can make locating a victim of a serious emergency easy for emergency personnel and other contacts. With privacy a very important part of Guardly’s mission, the app will only track location in a situation like this. Many colleges across the nation are joining Guardly through the Campus Safe Program, making connecting to help even easier. If you feel you or someone you know is experiencing dating abuse, step in. Get them help. The Counseling Center on campus is readily available and your peers can often be some of the best help and support you can find. With all of the resources available, getting free from the chains of an abusive relationship should be much easier and, trust me, it’s so much better on the other side. Step in, make changes and save lives. Bright is a junior photojournalism major of Hot Springs.

National security, patriotism equal? Don’t be afraid to make a change

“Picking a major isn’t equivalent to signing your life away.” Drew Bradbury

“Dissent is as old as the U.S. itself...” Anthony Childress

“They’re called civil liberties for a reason.” I said this to a good friend over coffee recently as we discussed the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. After he spent what seemed like the better part of an hour insisting that my “cynicism” pertaining to heightened security measures taken since that horrible day was not just unfounded, but unpatriotic. What? Say that again? Repeatedly throughout our otherwise relaxed conversation he just kept pressing my ideological/political buttons. How could any American with a love for this country possibly have an issue with wiretaps, satellite surveillance of people in their daily lives, airport security pat-downs, etc.? Insert a pause and eyerolling here. I gathered my thoughts and tried to determine the best way to respond without appearing overly blunt with him. For starters, I asked if he had been subjected to any of the above (and many other) actions under

the guise of homeland security. He moved his head from side-to-side in an unspoken “no.” Then, I pressed him to provide a justification for things like placing names on terrorist watch lists for organizing war protests or planting seeds of doubt regarding a person’s character. He told me such examples were extreme and did not warrant a comeback on his part. It is difficult for me to simply let an argument go, especially when I know I’m right, or at least sure of my positions. I took our chat back to whether the United States government has gone too far in making security a priority, struck the right balance or did not do enough in the wake of the day our country’s concept of normal changed. For clarity’s sake, I am just as concerned as my friend and those who share his views about protecting the millions of people living here. I understand that daily threats are made against Americans with the need for vigilance. For a few months after 9/11, I looked up at the skies with great fear anytime a plane flew overhead or the newly-created Department of Homeland Security issued color-coded

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terror alerts. There was (and is) a new reality in the land of the free. My concern, though, is that we find a rational approach to national security and individual liberties in a world full of around-theclock breaking news on potential car bomb plots, declarations of never-ending wars against clusters of terrorists and many other upsetting issues. It is no wonder many of us feel as though lasting peace isn’t going to happen. Maintaining liberties should be an absolute in tranquil, as well as disruptive, times. Far too many people are willing to give up cherished rights when a government bureaucrat or elected official claims it is their duty to do so. Dissent is as old as the U.S. itself, along with free thought, expression and following one’s dreams. To suggest that it is un-American to question whether security measures must be implemented regardless of their impact on the public is not only arrogant, but irresponsible. Does that make me a cynic? Yeah. And proud to be one. Childress is a graduate student in political science of Jonesboro.

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Picking a major is perhaps one of the most important decisions you can make in college. I mean, why else are you here? Now is the time to pursue an education that will open the door to careers in which you are interested. Perhaps equally important, taking courses in a major may assist you in deciding exactly what you do not want to do for the rest of your life. I was a theatre major during my first two years at ASU. Now I’m into plant sciences. You never know where your interests will guide you in life and for that reason, you should be openminded when choosing a major. For those of you on the fence, or undecided majors out there, don’t worry about locking yourself into a single field. Picking a major isn’t equivalent to signing your life away. However, remaining undecided could be a considerable waste of time and money. Narrowing down your range of study gives you focus. It provides clarity and - Samuel G. Smith, editor

insight into a particular job market. As a student you are fully immersed in a subject of study. You may hate it. You might love it. Who knows? Your new major may even open your eyes to interests you never recognized in yourself. Also, you might realize how much you hate certain aspects and decide you want to change majors. Don’t wait around your first few years of college to find the “right” major. So many great opportunities have been missed waiting for perfect ones. For those of you freshmen still undecided, get those general education credits out of the way. You will be amazed how quickly you can forget college algebra. For those undecided upperclassmen, find something you enjoy even slightly and follow that rabbit hole. Action may lead to great success or failure, but inaction goes nowhere. On the other hand, many students persist with a major in which they have lost interest. Change courses now, or as soon as you can without ruining your GPA. Why study and prepare to find a job that you won’t like? It can be scary to uproot yourself from a major you’ve grown comfortable

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with, but the switch is so rewarding. If you’re having doubts about your current placement at ASU, ask yourself if you are taking these classes because they are engaging, easy or routine? Though you should give yourself options to find your true calling, you shouldn’t change your major eight times a semester. Give yourself a chance to fully experience what said courses can offer you. Only when you consciously decide that none of the information you are receiving can help you in your dreams should you opt to change direction. Don’t worry about making the wrong choice in choosing a major. This fear leads to inaction and isn’t helpful. Do not become lethargic in your studies. An apathetic course load is simply the way to a degree, but you’re cheating yourself out of an education. College is a testing ground. Failure is not only accepted, but it actually benefits you. People naturally learn by trial and error. If your major isn’t fulfilling your needs as a student, change it and explore a wealth of new opportunities. Bradbury is a junior plant sciences major of Hot Springs. - Rachel Carner, online editor

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Monday, Sept. 19

Red Wolves fall at Virginia Tech

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Junior quarterback Ryan Aplin prepares to throw against Virginia Tech Saturday at Lane Stadium. Aplin threw for 205 yards on 16 of 36 pass attempts. Aplin scored the Red Wolves’ only points of the game when he rushed for a touchdown on ASU’s first drive of the game. ASU will play Central Arkansas at home on Sept. 24.

ASU Press Release The Arkansas State Red Wolves (1-2) jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead against Virginia Tech, but the 13th-ranked Hokies (30) responded with 23 firsthalf points and went on to defeat ASU 26-7 Saturday afternoon at Lane Stadium. The Red Wolves found the end zone on their first possession, using a 51yard pass from quarterback Ryan Aplin to wide receiver Taylor Stockemer on their first play from scrimmage to set up the touchdown. Stockemer’s catch gave ASU a first down at the Hokie eight, and two plays later, Aplin scrambled in from five yards out to put the Red Wolves on the board. Placekicker Brian Davis added the extra point for the 7-0 A-State advantage just three minutes into the

game. Virginia Tech began at the Hokie 16 on their next possession and needed just three plays to set up a firstand-goal at the ASU seven, but the Arkansas State defense denied the Hokies the goal line from there. The Red Wolves kept Virginia Tech out of the end zone on four consecutive plays to give ASU possession at the Arkansas State one,. But on the second play of the drive, Aplin was flagged for intentional grounding in the end zone, with the penalty awarding Virginia Tech a safety. Hokie quarterback Logan Thomas completed a 49-yard touchdown pass to split end D.J. Coles on the ensuing possession to give the Hokies a 9-7 advantage. Thomas added a four-

yard touchdown pass later in the opening quarter and tailback David Wilson scored on a three-yard run with 5:14 remaining in the half to give Virginia Tech a 23-7 lead at the break. Virginia Tech tacked on a 31-yard field goal from placekicker Cody Journell to increase its lead to 26-7 with 9:49 remaining in the third. The field goal would prove to be the only score of the second half as the defense ASU limited the Hokies to just 147 yards in the second half. Aplin completed 16-of36 passes for 205 yards and added 29 rushing yards and a touchdown to lead ASU with 234 yards of total offense. Six of Aplin’s passes went to wide receiver Dwayne Frampton, who totaled 59 receiving yards.

Wideout Josh Jarboe added four catches for 38 yards and Stockemer logged three catches for a team-high 77 yards. Linebacker Nathan Herrold and safety Kelcie McCray led the A-State defense with 10 tackles each, with each making five solo stops. Eight players notched tackles behind the line of scrimmage, led by linebacker Najel Byrd with two tackles-for-loss. Cornerbacks Darryl Feemster and Darron Edwards both intercepted passes in the game for the Red Wolves. Arkansas State will return to action Sept. 24 when it hosts Central Arkansas in a 7:00 p.m. game at ASU Stadium.

ASU volleyball wins fifth straight match vs Lady Demons ASU Press Release The Arkansas State volleyball team completed an undefeated weekend at the Holiday Inn Express Invitational by defeating host Northwestern State 25-16, 25-19, 25-12 on Saturday afternoon. This marks ASU’s second tournament of the year in which they have gone undefeated. The first occurred Sept. 2-3 in Nashville, Tenn., at the Lipscomb Invitational. This also marked the Red Wolves’ fifth straight victory after defeating Hofstra on Sept. 10 Southeast Missouri State at home on Sept. 13 and Alcorn State and Central Arkansas on Friday. ASU (9-5) was fueled in the match by Taylor Szypulski who finished with 11 kills and personal season-high .550 attacking percentage. She was also named to the all-tournament and was named tournament MVP.

Jasmine Terry and Amanda Chaparro were also named to the all-tournament team. “We knew coming into today’s match that Northwestern State is an aggressive serving team and we would be challenged,” ASU volleyball coach Justin Ingram said. “We handled their serving pressure well and made it difficult for them to sideout with our low-flat serves and big blocking presence.” In the second set, Szypulski had five kills, one block and a dig to help ASU to a 25-19 victory. The Red Wolves and Lady Demons (3-10) were tied at 16-16, but ASU scored the next six points to push the lead to 22-16. A kill from Cayla Fielder made the score 23-17 and an attack error from Northwestern State setup set point for A-State. Szypulski put the set away with a kill to give ASU a 2-0 lead in the match. In the third set ASU jumped out to

a 16-8 lead behind the play of Szypulski. The red shirt freshman finished with five kills, two aces, two digs and one block assist in the set the power the Red Wolves’ attack. ASU won all of its games in three sets, marking the first time the Red Wolves’ had accomplished the feat since 2009 when they did at the ASU Invitational. Szypulski led A-State attack with 11 kills. She also added five digs, two aces and two solo blocks. Fielder finished personal season-high four solo blocks and three block assists. Allison Kearney added 19 assists and Megan Baska had 10 digs. “We feel great about another 3-0 win to conclude our pre-conference season and are excited to begin Sun Belt play this Friday,” Ingram said.” ASU will open Sun Belt play on the road against Middle Tennessee on Friday.

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Sophomore tennis player Biljana Milosevska practices her game at Allen Park. The ASU tennis team hosts the ASU Invitational at Allen Park Oct. 7 - 9.

Patrick Washington Staff Writer “Tennis, is a game of constant movement, fast pace decision, and a great amount of thinking,” Coach Marina Engelbretht (En-gul-breatht), head coach of the Arkansas State University Red Wolf women’s tennis team said. At a recent practice session for the 2011 Lady Red Wolves tennis team, the strong leadership of Biljana (Bill-Yana) Milosevska, (Mee-low-shevska) a sophomore ASU tennis player from Macedonia stood out. She is known as the “Energizer Bunny” to her coach and teammates because of her fast play on the court. Milosevska spoke on the cultural differences between America and Macedonia. “America is so cold, it’s different in my country because we kiss on the cheek for greetings and here they shake hands if anything at all,” Milosevska said. The team consists of mostly foreign players with the exception of Janie Nowland from Buda, Texas.

Milosevska is grateful for her teammates and enjoys the bond they have. “This team is like a family everyone here is open to adapting to each players characteristics because they are all going through the same thing, adapting to America,” Engelbretht said. Milosevska takes preparing for her matches seriously. “Nothing prepares me better for a game than a great warm up and an encouraging conversation with my team or coach,” Milosevska said. Milosevska said her greatest accomplishment came in a tournament last year when she entered a third set down, but with smart plays, she left the game with a win. Milosevska is confident in her first serve and forehand play. She did say that her weakness was her backhand and second serve. “I’m working hard everyday to fix those problems and to make my game better.” Milosevska won a singles title at the Kansas Invitational Sunday in three matches.

Lady Red Wolves end skid with 4-4 tie versus UAPB

3-2. UAPB then scored its fourth goal of the The Arkansas State match in the 81st minwomen’s soccer team ute (80:33) to retake a battled back from a 3-0 two-goal lead, 4-2. deficit and scored two In the final minute, goals in the final minASU scored two goals, ute of regulation to the first by Tory Pitts force overtime, earning who sent a corner into a 4-4 tie against Arkanthe goal. Kara Nitti sas Pine-Bluff Sunday then took a cross from afternoon at the ASU McMurtry to score the Soccer Complex. Red Wolves final goal of “We are a work in the game, tying the conprogress. We also have test with just 22-seca lot of fight in us. I onds remaining in reghave to respect my ulation. team from coming from ASU out shot UAPB Ashley Helliwell/Herald 17-10 including takthree goals down, not Junior Tory Pitts (20) hustles for possession of the ball against a Arkansas-Pine ing 10 shots on goal getting on each other Bluff player Saturday at the ASU Soccer Complex. and coming and tying to the Lions six. Alex this game,” ASU head tions right now. I’m happy Finders and Tory Pitts Furr and McMurtry led coach Tafadzwa Ziyenge we came back but in reality connected with Christine the Red Wolves with three said. this is probably a game we Giles who finished the goal shots each. “It takes a lot to come should have put away.” by redirecting a pass into ASU opens Sun Belt back from three goals beUAPB jumped out to a the net. Conference action hosthind and end up scoring 3-0 lead scoring goals in the Jessica Jingblad took ing Florida Atlantic and four goals. However, that 18th (17:15), 22nd (21:12) a cross from Ashley Mc- Florida International next being said we should have and 27th minutes (26:15). Murtry in the 75th minute weekend. won the game. We were The Red Wolves got their (74:11) and headed the ball The weekend begins the better team and it’s first score in the 37th min- into the net bringing ASU with a 3 p.m. match with just a mess of mixed emo- ute (36:37) when Kelsey within one goal of UAPB, FAU on Friday.

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grant from the EDA, McVey noted that they are, “always looking for funding sources, as this is very valuable space for our region. There was no opportunity to lease research space in this community, without going to Memphis or St. Louis because it didn’t exist.” In regards to future plans, Rogers and McVey both spoke of possible discussions of creating a “research park,” similar to the ones found at the two other major incubator sites in the state. “A research park is an area of land that has been set aside for business to locate, whether it is multiple companies in close proximity, or one company setting up an office near the campus. There’s not a set definition of the concept. This is all part of addressing the increased problems, such as research and higher development cost for scientific companies by providing a supportive environment at the innovation center.” McVey spoke of how the idea for the incubator came about a few years ago during ABI meetings. Carol Cramer, then-director of ABI, and her husband David Raidin, realized that the research taking place at ABI had the potential to develop new innovations, new technologies and new companies. They recognized that there would be a need for this type of facility to support these types of scientific companies. The decision was made around fall 2006 with cooperation from Len Friey, dean of the College of Business, to begin formal talks of a development

and you can't buy that," Oliver said. "Just the right students at just the right time have chosen ASU and have chosen the Honors College, and they have made the experience what it is. It's all about the students, and it always has been and it always will be." Erin Flagg, a junior English major of Manila and current undergraduate assistant of the Honors College, is one of those students recruiting simply by being involved and sharing stories of her involvement with others. "The program has grown by leaps and bounds since I came in 2009," Flagg said. "I feel like so many others are having as wonderful of an experience as I am and those students continue to spread the good word across the state." Flagg currently serves as the Honors College Senator for SGA, and is actively involved in the Honors College Association where she's held HCA Freshman Rep and HCA Public Relations Director positions. Some of the ways that current Honors students share their experiences with prospective students are by be-

plan. Finally, McVey expressed hope that the incubation program would continue to grow and evolve in the future, providing ASU, and the state of Jonesboro, with a myriad of opportunities for a long time to come. “It’s really an investment in our future and making Northeast Arkansas companies mature. Our focus is to further diversify our economy and to retain business and talent here within the state,” he said. McVey also noted that ABI is committed to cooperating with the three main incubation projects across the state, rather than trying to compete with them for clients. Rogers also seemed optimistic about the future of the incubation center. “This incubator is just the beginning. The rationale was to plant the seed, to create more economic development here when the economy and natural disasters created different types of jobs. Our primary purpose is to foster entrepreneurship that is technology -driven to create more jobs on and off campus. As well as educating faculty, staff and students about bridging the gap between entrepreneurship and innovation and directly meeting a market need,” Rogers said. “I hope people get excited about the incubator, about bringing technological opportunities to students and creating an ecosystem with investors, similar to Silicon Valley, that will be to put all of these resources and innovation back into the local economy.”

ing a part of Honors Preview Day in October, calling students who have been formally admitted to the Honors College via the Honors phone-athon in January and February, and sharing stories and experiences at Honors Reception Day in March. Oliver said they recruit for ASU first, and Honors is "the tipping point." She said Honors is just a microcosm of the institution, and that students need to choose the institution first. "You always recruit for your institution as a whole, and then if somebody is on the fence it’s a matter of tipping them to our side of the fence into our yard," she said. "And I think the way that we do that is through those personal connections that our current Honors students have with prospective Honors students." As ASU has hit record enrollment year after year, the Honors College is growing along with it. In 2009 there were 547 Honors students enrolled. This semester there are 769. "There's a successive growth and change that's happening, and Honors is a program molding ourself around our students," Oliver said. "We're


process will have a website where applicants and their submitted documents will be available to the public. “We spent about half the time discussing openness, and I will say that President Welch is very serious about making

constantly changing because our students are changing, and as the profile of ASU continues to change and moves in the upward trajectory that it is, Honors will continue to change with it." Oliver, who was hired in 2007 as a consultant to help grow the Honors College, said somewhere between 5 and 10 percent of an institution's undergraduate population should be qualified for an Honors program. Consequently, as the Honors College is representative of its campus' diverse population, its students will hopefully spread through many different areas of campus. Oliver said this is definitely the case with ASU's Honors College. "Honors students permeate every corner of campus life. Every discipline, every major, we have student athletes, students involved in Greek life, in SGA, in every student organization practically on campus," she said. "Honors is everywhere, and it helps raise the bar not only for Honors students but for the institution as a whole, and that's the whole point of having an Honors college."

a great deal of effort to make sure that this is a different kind of process than we’re used to,” Zibluk said. “They’re doing things that sometimes they don’t have to do. Welch is going the extra yard on this.”

SALARIES, CONTINUED increase to the athletic budget, some people feel we thought that beer and sports are more important than possibly salaries and other things. … It comes down to what the institution is deciding to spend the money on.”

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In other business, Robyn Whitehead, director of ASU Wellness and Health Promotion, gave faculty information about health initiatives on the campus. She said out of a $10 million overall health care expenditure report-

ed by Blue Cross Blue Shield, $2.5 million is considered remediable by lifestyle modification. The top health care claims for insured employees on the Jonesboro campus are diabetes at $500,000 and hypertension at $350,000.

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