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Informing the campus and community since 1921 Volume 92, Issue 3

Thursday, September 6, 2012



ASU breaks enrollment records again






SU has broken several records surrounding the enrollment rates at the university again, including records surrounding freshman, academic success and transfer students. According to recently released data, which is preliminary and unofficial, ASU has increased its fulltime equivalency (FTE) enrollment by nearly 100 students. The FTE enrollment is up from 10,020 last year, to now being at 10,112. The FTE rate is measured by the number of hours every ASU student is taking, adding together those hours and dividing by 12 –

the number of hours required to be a full-time student. In addition to FTE enrollment up, ASU has also admitted its most academically talented freshman class in the institution’s history; with an average ACT score of 23. While the university has inherited an obviously intelligent freshman class, they’ve also seen a 7.3 percent increase in the number of freshmen admitted last year with the total entering this year set at 1,676. For the fifth straight year, ASU has also seen an increase in transfer students, with this year being no exception. The number of undergraduate students transferring

from other institutions is up by 7.2 percent. As part of the five-year trend, ASU has seen a 21.8 percent growth in transfers. Last year’s record enrollment reached 13,900, and this year the number remains virtually unchanged with the total headcount at 13,893. However, the number of undergraduate students at ASU is at an all-time high, at 10,205. The enrollment record of international students at the university has also hit an all-time high record of 856, an increase of 8.6 percent from last year. And, due to the passing of last year’s resolution to raise admission standards, ASU had 450 applicants


1,676 23 freshmen Average ACT score

Paige Walker | Staff Photographer My Ngyun serves at Volunteer ASU’s booth during the community fair last Wednesday.

Volunteer ASU makes stAtement PAIGE WALKER STAFF WRITER

Volunteer ASU has been “Making a StAtement” all over campus, the community and in various places throughout the state and country. Its mission statement is, “To provide ASU with a place to serve, learn and make a statement by partnering with local non-profits and promoting social justice.” Jodie Cherry, coordinator of student affairs, said it is important for students to get involved with Volunteer ASU to prepare them for the future. “Students have to do what they can to set themselves apart in order to get a job in the future,” Cherry said. “Volunteering gives you a lot of skills you’ll need once you do enter the work force, you know, working with diverse groups of people and working under conditions that might not always be directly in your comfort zone.”

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presented represents 1,390 students

450 10,121 FTE unadmitted students

856 international 10,205 students undergrads

7.2% transfer student increase

Cherry officially began the Volunteer ASU program in January of this year. A few volunteer opportunities were offered starting last November, and since that time there have been more than 500 volunteers. “I think just as a person you’re more affected than the people you’re even affecting because you have a greater awareness of the needs of other people, just being sensitive to what’s happening in the world,” Cherry said. Volunteer ASU will be providing a variety of service opportunities throughout the month of September. September 8: Alzheimer’s walk September 21: United Way Bucket Brigade September 22: Downtown City Youth 5K September 29: Jonesboro Heart and Soul Half Marathon Students who are interested in serving with Volunteer ASU can email Jodie Cherry at, or sign up in the Leadership Center on the second floor of the Student Union. There will also be a service weekend trip to Joplin, Mo., on October 5-7. Limited spots are available, and applications are available in the Leadership Center. Cherry said there is always somewhere to plug into activities. Weekly volunteers can get involved with Jonesboro’s food bank, Habitat for Humanity and Families Outreach. Volunteer ASU will be focusing on raising awareness about homelessness in Jonesboro during the month of September. It will host The SleepOut for the Homeless Blanket Drive. The goal is to collect at least 75 gently used or new blankets. Donations can be dropped off at the Leadership Center. Everyone who donates will be entered in a chance to win an Office Maxx gift card. Stephanie A. Overby, a junior biology and animal science major of Little Rock., serves on the Volunteer Council and has been coordinating events and participating in service projects all over campus and in Jonesboro. “Volunteering is one of the best things you can do,” Overby said. “It gives you the opportunity to work with others in the community.” Overby said volunteering with Volunteer ASU is beneficial to students because they learn to develop leadership skills, time management, work with organizations, conduct functions for non-profits, obtain a better view of the world, make friends, connect with the community and walk away “happy and excited.” Overby said, “Students need to realize that there are so many opportunities for them to volunteer. They’re not limited because they’re in college. I just like helping other people.

This week in history:

In 1979, ASU’s Paul Pilla went to compete in Mexico City at the World University Games after becoming the NCAA champ at pole-vaulting.

Hymes fulfills Fowler Center position STAFF WRITER



Progress comes from dissent, and dissent comes from free thought.




Raising the bar

Professor runs for city council Arkansas State students have a unique opportunity to get involved with local politics this fall. Dr. Richard Wang, the former department head of the political science department, is running in an open, citywide election for city council against incumbent Michael Fears. Involvement in government has been a life long passion for Wang, who thinks that the student vote could be decisive in the election this November. Dr. Wang’s passion for political discourse brought him from his birthplace in New York State to Detroit, where he received his masters in public administration and his doctorate in political science. He found a home at Arkansas State University professionally 25 years ago, where he teaches classes in political science, focusing on state and local government. The political environment of the 1970s was significantly different than the one in which we live now. Dr. Wang, like many of his peers, was concerned about United States police action in Vietnam. Wang, in a recent interview, described the political atmosphere of the day. “We were in harms way, all of us,” Wang recalled. “And it created such passion among the youth.” The draft was a reality for many young men in Wang’s class, something that seems hardly imaginable to students attending ASU today. The passion it created gave rise to many political movements, and the youth became a key voting demographic for the Democratic Party. This passion was what found Wang hitchhiking from New York to Miami for the 1972 Democratic National Convention. Dr. Wang said experiences like that helped him develop a critical lens in which to view policy decisions and the government in general. Wang elaborated on his vision for the community of Jonesboro, and how government policy today is as relevant to students today as it was during the Vietnam conflict. Much of the city council work is related to the zoning and rezoning of land, a task that takes considerable consideration on the part of the individual councilman. Wang stressed how important attending third party analysis is in the process, and pledged to be in attendance at all meetings, as well as being an active participant in the discourse. He also made clear that this campaign wasn’t separating itself from partisanship to be in accordance with state law. The preference for Dr.

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Wendy Hymes, an arts administrator and accomplished musician, was selected in July as the new director for the Fowler Center. “I was very excited when I got to know the Fowler Center,” Hymes said. “The facility is so beautiful and the concert series is really attractive, because I’m a musician.” Before coming to ASU, she served on the Music Faculties at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Jefferson College in Missouri and Louisiana State University. She also served on the board of the Flute Society of St. Louis before coming to ASU. While in St. Louis, she worked with a non-profit arts organization called African Musical Arts Inc. since it started in 1994. She later became a director of development for African Musical Arts Inc. in 2005. “We presented a lot of African music events and educational workshops that have been very good,” Hymes said. Her interest in African music was sparked when she met a composer from Ghana as a college student. “He started a non-profit organization called African Musical Arts, and I just started working with him as a volunteer and then singing with the choir,” Hymes said. Hymes also has played the flute and worked with many musicians over her career. “I started playing flute at the age of 11, and studied flute performance through college and graduate school. Since then, I worked as a professional flutist and music teacher,” Hymes said. Besides her musical appreciation, she also has a passion for visual arts. She said she was very interested in African flutes, because they tell her of


Days left until midterms




Our View

Conventions still useful to process

Underestimating hazing One life lesson we have taught over the years is to “learn from our mistakes.” Unfortunately, it’s a lesson students are still learning at Florida A&M after another student group was suspended for hazing activities. The school’s “Torque Dance Team,” comprised of all female students, was suspended after the group reportedly held an off-campus hazing event involving “alcohol consumption and running up hills.” Last November, a member of A&M’s band died after acquiring injuries from a hazing incident involving other band members while visiting Orlando. The entire 100-piece band was suspended and 12 students were charged with felony hazing according to USA Today. In the most recent case of hazing at ASU in 2008, an under age rushee attending a party at a fraternity house claimed he was hazed, provided alcohol and consequently broke his neck while going down the “sui-slide,” a 6-by-6 foot wide and 3-foot deep hole in the ground with a dirt bottom and filled with dirty water. Our time in college is a privilege, a privilege at risk of being thrown away by putting students in harms way in the name of “tradition” or to earn respect. Hazing is dangerous, whether alcohol is involved or not, and should never be taken lightly. Tradition, when respected, can be used to bring students, faculty and members of college communities together in ways we can never imagine. Florida A&M is an example of what happens when that respect is disregarded and the lessons of learning from our mistakes are not heeded. “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.

Eastwood’s chair fuels the “Mob” “Progress comes from dissent, and dissent comes from free thought.” - J.J. Thompson deficit and an aside about unemployment. But the issues discussed were severely under-covered. This is a semi-predictable outcome to a one sided debate, especially one where ‘Mr. Obama’s only allotted responses were “Shut up,” and “Go f*** yourself.” I’ve never seen the president say anything remotely similar to this, but I suppose it supports the whole ‘mad black man’ shtick better than reality does. Those trying to defend Eastwood pull the entertainer card --- an argument the left has tried out and failed to sell many times. It’s easy to laugh off the show as a gaffe, or some misguided attempt at being racy or controversial, but that wasn’t what it was. It was pandering to a mob-like base, plain and simple. It didn’t matter if Eastwood’s jokes were funny, it only mattered that it fit

into the dominant narrative of the Republican Party. Eastwood summed it up himself, when he claimed that a colleague was, “like minded, like all of us.” Praising intellectual conformity is a relatively telling position to take, but it’s not like we needed him to say it out loud. Regardless of how tasteless or humorless Eastwood’s jokes are, the crowd absolutely devoured it, and that’s the issue. Progress comes from dissent, and dissent comes from free thought. When you allow yourself and your thoughts to be determined by a group, you abandon any chance at moving society forward. When you sign them over to a group like the modern day GOP, you guarantee that we will collectively back peddle. Issues, not celebrity gaffes, should be the focus of the presidential election, but we choose daily to be the victims of a sensationalized media. The world doesn’t change itself. Putting pressure on the politicians and demanding discourse should be our primary focus. As a group we should condemn anything and anybody that plays a part in detracting from those issues.

The last two weeks have been a media barrage of political speeches, highlights and talk. Last week was the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., while the Democratic National Convention is currently taking place in Charlotte, N.C. Many disregard conventions as just another place for politicians to make their speeches, but I think these conventions play a far more important role than they’re given credit for. While they do give a national platform for politicians to speak, they also have the job of officially nominating the presidential and vice presidential candidates and supporting national policies. Realize it or not, the process of choosing a presidential candidate is not the easiest job in the world. In years past, party leaders have had to make difficult decisions when choosing the right candidate. This was the case at the DNC convention in 1968 when the delegates were left split over who to pick following the assassination of the favored candidate Robert Kennedy. It almost happened again in 2008, when Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were neck and neck in the national primary count. Another thing that has always seemed to come up is the issue of delegates supporting a different candidate. Both the RNC and DNC conventions have had their share of controversy surrounding this issue. According to an article in Politico


The only thing shocking about Clint Eastwood’s performance at the RNC is that it was unexpected. What has been both criticized and defended as a slightly off kilter attempt at improv comedy is more accurately described as a short but unrestricted glimpse into the mind of mainstream conservatism. The metaphor is striking. A rambling, wealthy, old white man forgoing realistic policy discourse to argue with an invisible and silent version of what he believes the president to be. In case you missed the action, let me set the stage for you. A possibly boozed up cowboy interviewing an empty chair (supposedly a seating Obama) about issues including a rant about Iraq, a tangent about the





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college students, it’s important that we listen to the appeals made by both parties.”

- Jeff Davis entitled “Convention vote expected to be unanimous for Obama,” delegates for presidential candidates Randall Terry, Keith Judd and John Wolfe, Jr., were not allowed to be seated at the DNC this year, while at the RNC, Ron Paul delegates were essentially overruled by a quick rule change that allowed them to stay and vote, but prevented them from having a platform to speak. For me though, the conventions are important because they let me know where each party stands on the issues. Veteran politicians as well as rising stars get their chance to speak for the party’s values, and as someone who plans on voting this November, I find this part to be the most significant. As open-minded college students (we should be, right?), it’s important that we listen to the appeals made by both parties. Both parties appeal to us on important issues surrounding this nation. What is your view on education, gay marriage and abortion? Thanks to the conven-

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tions, we know where both parties stand. What about jobs and the economy? Both parties have given us their plans and promises to get us out of this economic crisis. Keep in mind the conventions serve to show us where most politicians of each party plan to lead the country in the next 2-4 years. This applies to local and state politics as well. Regardless of who leads us in the Oval Office next January, our local and state politicians often carry out policies that are aligned to the views of the national parties. So in other words, the power of conventions should not be underestimated. They nominate the candidates and support national policies that may have an impact on us in the coming years. If these most recent conventions are any indicator, the differences between the two parties are stark. Hopefully, the issues presented on each party platform will give us the direction we need to make an informed decision this November.

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Apple v. Samsung Landmark ruling may affect students with smartphones Tanya Giraldo Staff Writer

The verdict in the Apple v. Samsung intellectual property case may bring more problems to students and other consumers. The subject of the trial was over Samsung’s products looking and performing suspiciously close to that of Apple’s products. The jury ruled in Apple’s favor and awarded Apple with approximately $1.05 billion in damages. “Everyone has their preferences,” said Stephen Mergy, a music education sophomore of Batesville, when asked what his thoughts were on the trial. “I don’t really care because I have an iPhone.” Samsung said in an official statement, “Today’s verdict should not be viewed as a win for Apple, but as a loss for the American consumer.” The jury considered Apple’s design patents and user interface patents infringed upon in many Samsung products. “It is unfortunate that patent law can be manipulated to give one company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners,” Samsung said. “Android manufacturers, in particular, may find themselves in Apple’s sights for future patent litigation,” said Wired Magazine e-mail author, Christina Bonnington. “Expect Androids to cost more.”

The increased cost to Android users will be “because of licensing fees to Apple,” intellectual property lawyer Steve Mitby of Houston told Wired Magazine. “This will drive many Android consumers over to Apple.” “I’m a little mad about it but I’m

still not transferring to Apple,” said Samsung owner Sheneathia Burton, a sophomore social work major of Memphis, Tenn. “Apple is still going to cost so much more to me because their apps cost more [for me].” While Samsung is hoping to overturn the jury’s ruling, Apple plans to

Local jams: Defendants Chelsea Weaver News Editor

For the members of the Memphis-based four-piece band Defendants, music encompasses more than just sound. Defendants’ have adopted a mixture of traditional hardcore, post-hardcore and djent metal, which creates a melodic hardcore sound featuring raw vocals, powerful melodies and technical breakdowns. Although the band has a very unique sound, it is one that is comparable to bands like Hundredth, Counterparts and Take It Back. Although Defendants is based in Memphis, two of its members attend ASU. Josh Owens and Aaron Stearns, formerly of Stories of Shepherds, collaborated with guitarist and drummer Bobby Ross and Tyler Payne, who both attend Visible Music College to form the project. Josh Owens, a senior studio art photography major of Marion, does lead vocals and writes the band’s lyrics. Owens’ raw vocals can be described as more of a scream or a yell than singing, which is definitive of the hardcore genre. This rawness creates a much more serious tone and adds power to lyrics such as, “We are destined to fall, but made to rise - oh God, take this life I attempt to drive.” Aaron Stearns, a senior graphic design major of Little Rock, plays bass for the band. “My overall goal is to minister to people through our music and go as far as it takes us,” Stearns said. In contrast to the mentality of many other bands, Owens said Defendants’ role is to be a friend to everyone they can and to relate to people and build them up in a positive way. “Our goal is to take it as far as God wants us to, whether that’s doing this for the rest of our lives, getting signed, touring or just playing local-

own phone bill are probably going to have to downgrade their phone,” Burton said. “It will probably be an issue.” The jury didn’t mention any design infringement on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab products. “All those iPad copycats you see cropping up are safe, for now,” Bonnington said. Students carry different types of tablets and phones that help them as tools for classes, organizations, homework, and projects. “Apple dominates the whole nation on products,” Burton said. “Apple is exaggerating.” Apple spokesperson Katie Cotton told the New York Times, “The lawsuits between Apple and Samsung were about much more than patents or money. They were about values.” Bonnington said if Apple is granted the temporary restriction against Samsung, “Apple could ban its key competitor from the market for months, if not years.” “The jury’s decision spells trouble Xinzhong Zhao | Staff Photographer for the future of Samsung’s product file a temporary restriction against line—which is an even bigger finanSamsung’s infringing products. cial issue for Samsung,” Mitby said. In All Things Digital, Samsung Regardless of patents and restricstated, “Consumers have the right tions, increase in cost is what will to choices, and they know what affect consumers in the end. “If I get they are buying when they purchase a phone that isn’t a smartphone, I Samsung products.” don’t know what I will do,” Burton “The [students] who pay their said.

Taylor Burrington is a junior interdisciplinary studies major of Cabot. He hates cheesy quotes, but loves cheesy movies. “Writing, for me, is a way to imagine out loud any other story I could possibly live.”

“Listen Closely, Pt. 2” A short story in multiple parts by Taylor Burrington Dear Friend, By the time you receive this letter, I could be dead. I take heart in the fact that I have survived thus far to send you this next letter. I know there is much you must be wondering about after my last letter, but I hope that you understand that I can only put what is absolutely necessary for you to know the truth. I can, however, promise that Chelsea Weaver | News Editor it will all make sense in due time. To Aaron Stearns and Josh Owens of Defendants perform at a recent show begin, I must say that when I imagined at Memphis venue, Newby’s. a scenario where a gun was trained on ly,” Owens said. Sounds like: me, poised to kill, I imagined it quite Defendants has already differently than the scenario I experitoured in several states, in• Hundredth enced that day in my family’s house. cluding Tennessee, Arkan• Counterparts To be honest, I assumed fear would sas, Mississippi and Oklahoma, and they often play • Take It Back consume my entire being just long in Memphis at venues such enough that I would feel as if it was as the Abbey and Newby’s. demonstrating to society The band has played sets that being a Christian is not the fear itself that would kill me, not with musical giants in the about all the things you do the bullet targeted on the back of my hardcore scene such as Nor- not do, but about living a life head. But it’s not like that, not at all ma Jean, Oh Sleeper, Stray that denies the self and brings like that. There is a little fear at first, From the Path, Comeback glory to Jesus Christ. shock mostly, an adrenaline rush. Kid and Close Your Eyes. “We want to fellowship The Christian alternative and love on people, and Then comes anger, an intense anger scene is one that often takes a we want to relate to people at being stuck in the situation that I lot of criticism, with outsiders through music and how we found myself in, angry at not being viewing these types of bands live our lives,” Owens said. able to have saved my family after all through a microscope and ofDefendants is currently they had done for me. Then, of course, ten claiming their members writing and recording a new are hypocrites. EP and plan to perform again deep sadness at the loss of those loved These so-called hypocriti- soon after it is released. To ones and the disappointment of knowcal bands are ones that claim find more information on De- ing my own life would be cut short Christianity on stage just for fendants and listen to some when I had achieved nothing, made the crowd appeal, but don’t of their recorded music, visit no impact on the world. Then would live the claim off stage. their Facebook page at www. The members of Defen- come death, imminent death, but it dants said they hope to relieve much of this tension by


didn’t come for me. The one holding the gun on me was saying something, and I remember being angered at how he was drawing this out, making me suffer. But then, I heard the source of his problems, a small click. His gun was jammed. It took no time at all; I spun around to strike him. He ducked, but not quickly enough and I landed a glancing blow to the side of his head. It wasn’t much, but it was enough to knock the gun from his hands. The gun hit the floor and slid a few feet from us. We looked at the gun, looked at each other, and then sprung for it in a swarm of punches and kicks, scrambling for the gun, pulling each other back. We reached the gun about the same time. He was quick, but I was quicker. I aimed at his chest and then squeezed the trigger. Then…silence. No, not silence; there was a ringing in my ears. I pushed the stiff body off of me on to the floor and got up to tend to the injuries I had incurred during our scuffle. My hands were shaking, and I could feel the cool blood on my face coupled with intense pain where the man had broken my nose. I had suffered some injuries, but for the most part I was okay. I was alive. I looked down at the body on the floor, and it was almost too much. I had killed a man.

“Listen Closely” is a continued series written by Burrington and is published on the #Life page every Thursday.



ENROLLMENT, Continued unable to achieve admission into the university this year. The enrollment records are based on a snapshot of enrollment statistics, which is gathered at the end of the 11th day of classes, which is the official census date for public institutions of higher education in Arkansas. Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Rick Stripling, said he’s proud of the direction ASU is moving. “It’s something that people at ASU have been working on for some time now,” Stripling said of the broken enrollment records. “We didn’t accomplish just one thing, there were several things that we did when looking at records. We’re moving in the right direction.” According to Stripling, the numbers will not only affect the university this year, but for years to come. “With us admitting our most successful students yet, that sets the status for those students here for the next four or five years,” Stripling said. Rebecca Oliver, director of the Honors College, said the successful freshman class has also had a great impact on her field. “The Honors freshman class has 232 outstanding students from all over the state of Arkansas and the MidSouth,” Oliver said. “The students have an average ACT score of 28 and an average high school GPA of 3.85.” According to Oliver, the Honors students also create an environment for the students at ASU to continue to succeed even after high school. “Bringing in a high achiev-

ing class elevates the intellectual climate for all students at ASU,” Oliver said. “Honors students permiate every corner of ASU, and by working with other students there is a higher intellect on campus.” In the other direction, ASU’s 652 prospective students who weren’t admitted will now be turned to other universities. Stripling said that in not admitting 652 students due to the higher admission standards, it will fair well for the university. “Those students that we were unable to admit usually don’t have a very high success rate,” Stripling said. “Students with those aspects would easily fail at the university, making it hard on them in the long run.” According to Stripling, the average student who has below the bar admission ratings will ultimately fail in one year, causing them unnecessary debt. “With the students we couldn’t admit, we do refer them to our systems other campuses and encourage them to apply there,” Stripling said. “We supply their names to the schools and give them an opportunity to recruit those students, who can complete two years and then come back to ASU to finish out their degree.” Overall, ASU has broken several records with enrollment this year, and according to Stripling it will only continue to get better. “We’ve brought in the best prepared freshman class ever, and continue to back-fill the students who have graduated,” Stripling said. “It’s very impressive.”


FOWLER CENTER, Continued ancient music history and are much older than American flutes. Hymes’ job at the Fowler Center at ASU is not too different from the one she had in St. Louis. “I’m doing marketing and designing musical events we have here, and then working with musicians and artists in conferences and concerts,” Hymes said. With her arrival comes a new season of concert series as well. This semester the Fowler Center will have four upcoming events titled, “The Piano Man,” “Late Great Ladies of Blues and Jazz,” “The Water Coolers,” and “Celtic Crossroads.” “The Piano Man” will be the first concert series of the Fowler Center and held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25. The show will be joined by musicians on keyboards, guitar, bass, flute, sax and drums. For more information on other upcoming concert series, visit the Fowler Center’s website, “We have good concerts and the ticket prices are very affordable. It’s only $6 for students. We would like to get more students to come to the concerts,” Hymes said. Hymes said the Fowler Center had a good budget for gathering groups for the concerts, and she has already begun looking for groups for next year’s events. The Fowler Center also has a lot of free concerts throughout the year, including band concerts, choir concerts and the faculty and kids recital. “Even if they have no budget for entertainment, they can come and hear the music,” Hymes said. “It’s a great opportunity for everybody.” Don Bowyer, dean of the College of Fine Arts, said Hymes has the perfect combination of the background for arts administration and a musician. “It’s a very important job at ASU. To me, what the entire College of Fine Arts does and the Fowler Center is the focal point,” Bowyer said. “The focus what we do is presenting music, arts, and theatre through the Fowler Center.” “The Fowler Center is a very nice and beautiful facility. I am so happy to have classes at the Fowler Center,” said Tonae Mitsuhashi, a senior theater major of Mie, Japan. She said she sometimes visits the Bradbury Gallery in the Fowler Center and enjoys seeing the artwork. “I think welcoming a new director to the Fowler Center is interesting, and it will be an exciting year for us,” Mitsuhashi said. “Sometimes students do not know either where the Fowler Center is or what kind of events take place, so I hope we will have more students involved and interested in the Fowler Center.” “I just want to be committed to music groups that will help the community see something new,” Hymes said. “You can see a lot of different kinds of music in our series and I think that is what people like. So, I’m committed to bringing great music to Jonesboro.”

Alex Hernandez | Staff Photographer Richard Wang, of the Political Science Department, speaks with one of his classes.

PROFESSOR, Continued

Wang is an independent approach, one where thoughtful discussion can take place without homogenizing policy options with party politics. Wang emphasized the importance of student involvement in the political process. He was clear on the role of a city councilman, “A voice of the people, it’s just to represent the people,” but in order to be adequately represented, that voice must be informed and audible. Voter registration ends on October 6.

VOLUNTEER, Continued

I like seeing their faces when they receive a blessing. You will never see such pure joy.” More information about Volunteer ASU can be found on its website:




Pack Notes

-ASU Chancellor, Tim Hudson along with Gus Malzahn will hold a press conference Thursday to announce a new football facility. -”The Gus Malzahn Show” began airing on Sept.2. The 30-minute show airs on KAIT8 Channel 9 at 10:30 every Sunday throughout the season. Show features game highlights and weekly features of players and coaches.

Courtesy of Sport Information Defensive coordinator, John Thompson talks with his players during a huddle. Andrew Tryon, Nathan Herrold and Qushaun Lee led the Red Wolves with six tackles, giving Tryon a career-high.

Red Wolves gear up for Memphis rival ZACHARY LOTT STAFF WRITER

Gus Malzahn and his team knew going into last Saturday’s game against Oregon they were facing one of the nation’s best teams, but despite their preparations they quickly discovered just how far of a gap there is between the Arkansas State Red Wolves and the Oregon Ducks. The Ducks scored on their first possession and maintained their offensive blitzkrieg through the first half, dropping 50 points on an inexperienced ASU defense while holding preseason Sun Belt all-conference quarterback Ryan Aplin and his offense to just 10. The Red

Wolves battled back and scored 24 second-half points, but they ultimately faltered, losing 57-34. “The reality is we played one of the best team’s in America on their home field. We didn’t respond very well, but the second half we came out and I was very proud of our team,” Malzahn said. “We’ve got to take that and build upon the rest of the season.” ASU (0-1, 0-0) looks to build upon that second half this Saturday, opening their home schedule with a match against the rival Memphis Tigers (0-1, 0-0), who kicked off the year with a loss to Tennessee-Martin, a Division I-AA school. ASU won last year’s con-

test against Memphis 47-3 in front of a home crowd of 29,872, but that neither the coaches nor the players are taking the Tigers lightly. “You can’t look at [last year’s score] because you never know how a football game is going to be. I don’t look at who they lost to or what I did last year because people get better over the summer,” said senior wide receiver Josh Jarboe, who tied a school record against Oregon with 13 catches. Against Memphis last year, he caught seven passes for 162 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Defensive coordinator John Thompson praised Memphis’ offense and warned that last week’s mis-

step against UT-Martin isn’t indicative of their talent. Senior offensive lineman Jordan Devey is a Conference USA preseason allconference selection. “They’ve got a big-time receiver – [Marcus] Rucker is very, very good. They’ve got a couple of running backs that are powerful, that… are tough,” Thompson said. “They’ve got big, tall receivers. They’ve got a good offensive line. Their quarterback has a strong arm, and I’m sure that he’ll run the ball a little bit more.” Malzahn pointed to ball security as a key to the game, as the Red Wolves turned the ball over three times against Oregon.

“Well, we’ve got to protect the football. We have to play sound football on both sides…. I want to do what we’re supposed to do, what we’re coached to do and play good solid football,” Malzahn said. “At the same time they’ve got some very good players. Their coach [former TCU assistant Justin Fuente] was one of the best offensive coordinators the last few years.” Memphis is the Red Wolves’ oldest opponent and leads the all-time series 2822-5, but ASU has won three of the past four meetings. ASU seeks its first win of the year Saturday night at 6:00 p.m. at ASU Stadium.

-Eleventh annual “Boyer Mile” preseason conditioning program is set to begin Thursday Sept. 6 at 6:00 p.m. at the ASU running track across from the Convocation Center. Preseason conditioning will consist of four weeks. Brian Boyer and the Women’s Basketball team will participate in the four-week training. -Lady Red Wolves Softball Club will hold its first annual Tailgate party starting at 10:00 a.m at the ASU intramural Fields. Saturday Sept. 22, the Red Wolves will face Southeast Missouri State in a double header at home. -The ASU Rugby team will have its first sevens match at Middle Tennessee State on Sept. 15, while the 15’s team will match up against Harding University on the home front. -ASU Volleyball will play in the Big Daddy’s Invitational, hosted by McNeese State. Play will feature Baylor, BethuneCookman University along with Hampton University.

Cross country takes second Chelsea Weaver NEWS EDITOR

After several weather delays, Arkansas State’s men’s and women’s cross country teams were able to kick off their seasons at the Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic Saturday, Sept. 1 in Memphis. With four top 11 finishes and 185 individual competitors, the women finished second with a score of 46 in their 21-team field, beaten only by Eastern Kentucky University, which finished with a total of 31 points. Sophomore Kristina Aubert of Crystal Lake, Ill., who placed second with a finishing time of 18:24.27, led the ASU women to their second place team finish.

“It was a really successful opening meet for the team,” Aubert said. “It gave us a tough challenge mentally, and we responded strong and hopefully booted our ranking.” Following was senior Sam Salinas of Bartlett, Ill., who placed fifth with a time of 18:50.93, sophomore Rexi Parcells of Plano, Tex., who placed seventh in 19:01.97, and freshman Abbey Dixon, of West Memphis who finished with a time of 19:08.12. Sophomore Chelsey Roberson of Newbern, Tenn. rounded out the top five placing 21st with a time of 19:54.36 for the 5,000-meter course. The ASU men’s team finished ninth in a field of 21 teams and was lead by

sophomore Luke Lindsley of Benton, who placed 30th out 208. Lindsley ran a time of 21.54.59 for the four-mile course. Senior David Mills of Hot Springs and freshman Lance Beckman of Conway, followed, finishing 52nd (22.26.88) and 53rd (22.27.00) respectively. “Overall I thought both the men’s and women’s teams ran as strong as can be expected at the beginning of the year,” Head Coach Kyle Chandler said. “I thought they did a good job staying loose and focused during the 2 hour plus rain/ lightening/thundershower delay.” ASU will return to action Sept. 7 at the UALR Invitational.


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Ashley Helliwell| Sports Editor Freshman forward Katey Carmichael of Frisco, Texas looks for an open team mate during a scrimmage drill. Carmichael is one of 14 new faces added to the Red Wolves roster.

Soccer aims to keep flawless home record LYNDSEY PATTERSON STAFF WRITER

Coming off a 4-0 victory to Jackson State on Sunday Sept. 2, the Arkansas State women’s soccer team is preparing once again for this weekend’s home games. The Lady Red Wolves will take on Tennessee-Martin on Friday, Sept. 7 and Central Arkansas on Sunday, Sept. 9. As for Tennessee-Martin, the Skyhawks finished last season with a record of 14-72, including a run to the first round of the NCAA postseason tournament. The 2011 team lost seven players, but picked up nine newcomers for their 2012 squad. With

both teams being filled with new faces, it should definitely be a good match up. “Tennessee Martin thrashed us pretty badly last year, and we would love nothing more than to avenge that defeat,” said head coach Tafadzwa Ziyenge. Sunday’s game against Central Arkansas will be a solid battle for state bragging rights. Arkansas State defeated UCA 2-0 last season, and the Lady Red Wolves are hungry for another in-state victory this weekend. The Bears are currently 5-2 on their season. “UCA has added some new talent much like we have. I expect both games

to be lively with even match ups. We are slowly starting to click and are definitely looking forward to game day,” said Ziyenge. The Lady Red Wolves are currently undefeated on the home front for the 2012 season. Come out and support the ASU soccer team this weekend as they work toward their goal of a winning season. Friday’s game against Tennessee-Martin and Sunday’s game against UCA will both be played at home with 2:00 kickoffs at the ASU soccer stadium located behind the football stadium.




Students find top ten jobs on campus T O P T E N jobs on campus TANYA GIRALDO STAFF WRITER


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With the beginning of a new semester, jobs on campus are opening up for students. Many students, especially freshmen may be wondering what would be the best job on campus. Emily West, a junior psychology major of Warren, talked about working as a Starbucks barrista in the Student Union. “They work around your schedule, especially during finals,” said West. Another job that is on the second floor of the Student Union is in the Info Desk. A plus to working there is “meeting new people,” said Lauren Potgieter, a freshman political science major of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. When first moving here, Potgieter said she was approaching the Info Desk constantly for directions. “Now I get to help oth-

charge of giving people tickets,” said Jordan Pattermann, a junior animal science major of Russellville. Sophomore chemistry and biology major of Conway, Mitchell Ross, also considered Parking Services as the best job on campus. “You walk around and look for people who parked wrong or don’t have a parking pass. It would be easy,” she said. Ayana Talbert, a senior marketing management major of Little Rock, worked in Parking Services as a secretary for two years. She mentioned that meeting people and hearing the different cases was interesting while working in Parking Services. “The director is super nice. That’s what I enjoyed about it,” says Talbert. When asked what he liked about working at the campus store, Cody Newton, a senior psychology major of Crauthersville, Miss., respond-

ed, “It’s fairly quiet. A lot less commotion than other jobs.” Whether it’s working in quiet jobs like the library or the fast pace of the dining hall, other students look for work in offices. Elizabeth Rouse, an events coordinator who reviews job applications for the Leadership Department in the Student Union, said, “We received close to 100 applications for our 16 positions that we filled here in the Leadership Department.” Each office in the Student Union handles their own student hiring and there are many offices to choose from. “My guess is that because of the tremendous number of students they employee, Residence Life would be at the top of the list,” says Rouse. There are many jobs to choose from on campus. What is most notable about the jobs on campus is their ability to work around students’ schedules.

Fowler looks to raise awareness

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Women in Science group hopes to change statistics

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Desiree Fowler, president of Women in Science, hopes to use her status to raise awareness and spread her vision.


Last year the Economics and Statistics Administration released a report stating that in 2009 women occupied 48 percent of all jobs, yet only 24 percent of women held STEM careers–a statistic that one ASU student hopes to change. Desiree Fowler, a sophomore animal science major of Jonesboro, is using her status as the Women in Science



ers,” she said. “And my boss is amazing.” “It’s great to work with international students,” said Brittany Foster, a senior graphic design major of Jonesboro. Foster works in the International Center for English. “You learn so much about different cultures.” When asked what she considered to be a good job on campus, Foster says, “I think anywhere that allows the student to present new ideas and somewhere they enjoy being that is a somewhat stress-free environment.” Madison Wilson, a freshman studio art major from Conway who doesn’t work on campus was asked what she thought the best job on campus was. She said, “An escort because you drive people around all day. It would be fun.” “I think working for Parking Services would be a good job because you would be in

president to spread knowledge about the group’s role in raising awareness about women in the science field. Fowler initially joined Women in Science because she met the members and saw the potential the group had. “It could be built up, and I had a vision for it,” Fowler said. That vision is what is helping Fowler set her goals for the club for the upcoming year. “I want us to be a positive effect on the collegiate community,” Fowler said. She also has her sights set on gaining more members and, of course, encouraging young women to enter the science field. One of Women in Science’s main projects is working with Girls of Promise, an organization focused on introducing young girls to science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields (otherwise known as STEM careers). Fowler has worked with Girls of Promise at ASU for the past two years and will again add it to this year’s activities for Women in Science. In addition, Fowler wants to host other sciencebased events for girls to participate in on campus.

“I want us to do something on nano-technology and other things in the science field, new developments,” Fowler said. Dr. Anne Grippo, the interim director of environmental sciences, advises Women in Science. “I get to know the students who are involved in the club in class and on a personal level,” Grippo said. Being a professor allows Grippo to help the club gather information from around the campus. “I know what’s going on around campus from a different angle,” she said. Grippo also assists Fowler. “I will forward new members’ emails to the president and reserve our rooms for meetings,” Grippo said. Anytime the organization wants to get involved with things such as Breast Cancer Awareness Month that information goes through Grippo. Things don’t always run smoothly for the sponsor, however. “Students from year to year have different interests and motivations,” Grippo said. She has to take the students each year and work with all they want to do, even if that means deciding to not

be in the club. “Sometimes those in elected positions have to drop,” she added. Women in Science members are also doing what they can to aid Fowler. Arizona Smith, a junior premed major of Phoenix, Ariz., is the group’s treasurer. Smith said that as treasurer she will help Fowler succeed with the finances of Women in Science, and also believed Fowler had set realistic goals for the group. Those interested in joining Women in Science can email Fowler at desiree. Meetings are every other Thursday starting Sept. 6 at 5:30 p.m. in LSE 207. For more information visit the Women in Science Facebook page at groups/178489392261703/ and follow the group on Twitter: @stAtewomeninsci. For more information on women in STEM careers visit the Economics and Statistics Department online at http://www.esa. stem-where-are-women.

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Campus Crime August 31 Resident Assistant


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On Friday, Officer Robert Peevey was dispatched to 904 University Loop in reference to a physical altercation. According to the report, while on his way to the scene he was notified that the subjects were headed to their vehicle, but then he noticed the vehicle was on its way out of the area. Peevey attempted to stop the vehicle by yelling and shining his flashlight into the driver’s side, but it continued out of the parking lot. Another officer located the vehicle in the Pike house parking lot, but the driver, Kendal Rutledge, had fled the area on foot. Peevey noticed the victim, Adam Yates, had some swelling on his upper lip, but he stated that he was OK. The

September 3 fight began when a witness observed a subject carrying a cooler that he thought belonged to the fraternity. When confronted about it, Rutledge began yelling, which caused several members of the fraternity to come outside. After this, a large fight took place, which is when Yates was punched in the mouth. Yates decided not to press charges, however Rutledge was issued a PNG, banning him from the Sigma Chi House. Most all the subjects involved were intoxicated, according to the report.

While making his rounds Friday, Officer Steven Wilson came into contact with Parker Fleming, who was found in a University Hall stairwell after visitation hours. Officer Wilson noticed a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, and he was having trouble standing. Officer Wilson had Fleming sit down due to his instability, and upon identification, noticed Fleming was underage. Fleming stated he had consumed the alcohol earlier that night and was issued a referral for alcohol violation.

On Monday, Officer Floyd Gene Layne observed Tracey Reinhart place a cooler on the ground at 1115 University Loop. According to the report, when Reinhart noticed the officer, he went inside, leaving the cooler unattended. After noticing the cooler contained a large amount of alcohol, Officer Layne placed it in his patrol unit. After some searching, the officer made contact with Reinhart, who admitted that it was his cooler and alcohol, and he was on his way to his fraternity house. Reinhart then poured the alcohol out in front of Officer Layne’s patrol unit and was issued a referral for alcohol violation. -Compiled by Chelsea Weaver, News Editor

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The Herald for Sept. 6  

The Herald for Sept. 6