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Informing the campus and community since 1921 Volume 93, Issue 38
Thursday, April 3, 2014
128th Wilson Award
LaTasha Moore is presented highest A-State student honor
New photos revealed of Japanese internment camp ALLISON NICHOLS STAFF WRITER
in the Cooper Alumni Center. “We’ve been giving this award every year since 1934. It’s one of the longest standing traditions of ASU.” Perry Wilson, the greatgreat-grandson of R. E. Lee Wilson, presented the Wilson
Award this year. “I know my great-great-grandfather would be proud to see the type of students A-State continues to educate after its first century,” he said. “One of the most difficult jobs on campus is performed
by the Student Honors Award Committee.” Moore is a member of the Chancellor’s and Dean’s List as well as an honoree of the Strong-Turner 3.0 Society. She is a member of the Alpha Wilson Award, 3A
Art and photographs from the Rohwer Japanese Internment camp were displayed for public viewing for the first time in history Tuesday as part of a research project conducted by Sarah Wilkerson-Freeman, professor of history. Students, faculty and the public were invited to the free exhibit and presentation hosted in the Wilson Hall auditorium. The photographs taken were of residents held at the Japanese internment camp. The photos reflected what their life was like onsite and how their families interacted with one another. “It is my goal to have the photos, which I call the faces of film, to reach the public so that they may see (Japanese internment) involved real human beings with real feelings and emotions,” Freeman said. The Rohwer relocation camp was located in Desha County, Ark., and in operation from 1942 to 1944, during World War II. The maximum population was recorded at 8,475 evacuees in 1943, according to javadc. org. The photos displayed were from Paul and Ann Faris, married photographer historians. They were invited to the camp
to be voted on by the existing SGA officers. Jonathan Freeman, a junior communications studies major of Paragould, was elected as an official junior senator for the 2014-2015 school year. Freeman said he wants to continue moving A-State forward towards a better university. “It is exciting to see this school growing the way it is,” he said. Logan Wilson, a sophomore mechanical engineering major of Pickett, was chosen as the senator for the college of engineering. Wilson said he ran for the position due to his love for the field of engineering. “I am looking to associate with the engineering organizations and help them,” he said. Nathan Lee, a sophomore of White Hall and former senator for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, became the president pro tempore for the upcoming year. The next SGA meeting will be held at 5:30 on April 15 in the 8th floor meeting room of the Dean B. Ellis library.
State University. Four of the other 12 competitors also received scholarships for their performance in the pageant, which included divisions for interview, lifestyle and fitness, evening gown and on-stage questions. Elli Fowler, a junior psychology major of Wynne, was named first runner-up after winning the Evening Gown section of the pageant. Fowler, who was sponsored by the ASU Concert Choir, won a $500 scholarship from the pageant’s sponsor, Pi Kappa Alpha. The second runner up, Brittney James of McCrory, brought home a $250 scholarship. James entertained the audience as she sang Adele’s “Make You Feel My Love” for her talent. Her philanthropy platform promoted awareness for court appointed special advocates, which provide a voice for children in court. Interview winner and third runner up Ashlyn Godfrey of Mena was awarded a $150 Miss ASU, 3A
Evan Riekhof| Staff Photographer Alexandra Haley was crowned the 2014 Miss ASU. Haley is from North Little Rock and her platform was juvenile diabetes.
STACI VANDAGRIFF STAFF WRITER
LaTasha Moore, a senior communications and Spanish major of Falcon, was named the 128th Wilson Award winner Wednesday night. The award, which is the university’s highest student honor, is given to a student who best displays academic achievement, character, determination and involvement during their years at A-State. Moore was one of seven Distinguished Service Awards winners who were recognized during the awards dinner. The other award recipients were Micah Christensen, a political science and communication studies double major of Cheyenne, Wyo.; Annie Everett, a social work major of Wynne; Shelby Fiegel, a public relations major of Lewisville, Danielle Goodwin, a nursing major of Batesville; Stevie Overby, an animal science major of Little Rock, and Randi Wright, a nursing major of Cave City. “This evening’s Wilson Award dinner begins a monthlong celebration of the academic achievements of our students,” said Chancellor Tim Hudson at the beginning of the banquet Wednesday night
Staci Vandagriff| Staff Photographer From Left: Micah Christensen, Randi Wright, Stevie Overby, Tim Hudson, LaTasha Moore, Danielle Goodwin, Rick Stripling, Shelby Fiegel, and Annie Everett.
Zhiyuan Jiang| Staff Photographer Dr. Sarah Wilkerson Freeman presents Paul and Ann Faris’ photos featuring the work of camp residents at the Rohwer relocation camp from WWII.
to photograph camp life and artists at work. The photographs they took were brought back to Hendrix College in Conway during their lifetime, and the public since has seen only a few. Camp residents were not allowed to take photographs, but they found other ways to create art and express themselves. Artwork was used to commemorate special moments and record their lives while they were interned. One artist mentioned during the presentation was Japanese internee Henry Sugimoto, whose watercolor paintings reflected camp life for him and his family. Another resident of the Rohwer Camp, 3A
Mustain sworn in First-time performer takes Miss ASU title BAILEY RICHARDSON STAFF WRITER
The Student Government Association began a new chapter Tuesday night as the newest members of the organization were inducted into office for the upcoming academic year. Former president D’Andre Anderson aided in swearing in the new president, Logan Mustain, and his vice president, Brooks Jones, at the beginning of Tuesday’s meeting. Raising their right hands and repeating after Anderson, Mustain and Jones took their oath for office. After his induction, Mustain addressed his fellow staff members and expressed his plan to uphold the SGA as a leadership group that is open and transparent throughout. His goal is to break down the wall between the students and their student government, he said. Other business for the meeting included the filling of senator positions that were not filled through the recent election. When an office is not decided through election, it is left
News: Protecting Against Rape, 3
The ladies of Alpha Gamma Delta brought home their fifth straight Miss ASU title Tuesday night when freshman Alexandria Haley was awarded the crown amid thunderous applause and cheers from the audience. “It all just has to be in your heart, for sure,” said the new queen, an undeclared major of North Little Rock. Haley competed on a platform of juvenile diabetes awareness and performed a lyrical dance as her talent. “I’ve danced all my life and that’s what I’m most passionate about,” she said after her performance. “I loved every moment of it.” Though Miss ASU was only her first competition, Haley said she now feels comfortable on the pageant stage. Her victory in Riceland Hall will carry her into the Miss Arkansas competition in June, a preliminary pageant to Miss America. Haley also received a $5,000 scholarship from Arkansas
Sports: What the Howl?, 4
#Life: Popular Fandoms , 2
Sports: Red Wolf Recap, 4
#L Keep calm and
join a fandom CAITLIN LAFARLETTE #LIFE EDITOR
When classes become too much and that retail job too demanding, take a break from reality and step into a world where a 900-year-old mad man travels through time in a blue box. Or, visit a land where winter is coming, or jump into a ‘67 Impala to take a road trip in search of the paranormal. What a simple life these fandoms lead. Fandoms are large groups of people who share the same interest in a book, movie or other form of entertainment. Some fall into the culture quite by accident. They plan to watch “just a few episodes” and before they know it, it’s 3 a.m. and they are on Tumblr reblogging any and all photos of their OTP’s (one true pairing’s) first kiss, from every possible angle. Others know exactly what they are doing and are pros at this lifestyle. They are the ones who have somehow figured out how to watch five seasons in two days. It’s a dangerous and life consuming habit, but being in a fandom can be exhilarating and freeing. It’s become a form of pop culture and walking into Hot
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Topic makes it clear how trendy some of these shows have become. For those interested in joining a fandom to escape school, here’s a crash course into two of the most popular shows ruining people’s lives. Doctor Who recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, which can be a bit daunting for those wanting to jump in with the show. Some episodes from the classic Who era (before the relaunch in 2005) were also destroyed by the BBC in the ‘60s and ‘70s according to blastr.com. So where is the best place to start watching the Time Lord on his adventures through space as he defeats alien races who cause trouble in the universe? According to Sydney Hill, a junior pre-law major of Lamar, it’s better to begin with the ninth doctor in the 2005 relaunch. “The first two episodes might be a bit slow, but hang in there,” she said. “Once you’re hooked, there’s no going back.” • The Doctor travels with companions in his TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimensions In Space), which is a blue police box that is bigger on the inside. • Time is not a linear progression, but instead a “big ball of wibbly wobbly, timey wimey stuff,” according to the Doctor. • Be very afraid of the Daleks and Cybermen, who are alien races out to destroy the Doctor and humankind. • The Doctor was part of the Time War that occurred on his home planet, Gallifrey. The Time Lords were at war with the Daleks, and the battle caused the deaths of millions throughout the universe. • After last season, the Doctor now has had 12 faces (and personalities). Each body has a time limit before he changes into someone new. If you think you can handle his regenerations, you’re completely wrong. Grab the tissues
Compiled by Caitlin LaFarlette The anti-possession symbol used by Sam and Dean help keep away demons roaming the earth.
for those episodes. If demons, possession, myths and folklore sound more interesting, give Supernatural a shot. The show began in 2005 and follows Dean and Sam Winchester, two brothers who hunt evil, paranormal creatures that roam the earth. Michelle Melton, a senior psychology major of Paragould, said the show can be slow at first, but is well worth it once the storyline picks up • The Chevy Impala is Dean’s baby and he is nearly as protective of it as he is of his little brother. • There’s plenty of humor involved while the Winchesters slay demons and hunt vampires, but prepare for gut twisting, cry-your-eyes out episodes too. The chemistry between the show’s actors works amazingly well and it can clearly be seen throughout. • Dean really likes women, food and killing things. Sam is his opposite, believing in true love and saving the innocent when possible. • Knowledge of certain mythical creatures (such as changelings) can make the plotline even more interesting. • Hell is a very real place in Supernatural and without giving away any spoilers, Sam and Dean tend to cause quite a bit of trouble with the demons who run the underworld.
Compiled by Caitlin LaFarlette The TARDIS is the Doctor’s spaceship and can take him anywhere in the universe at any point in time.
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ROHWER CAMP, Continued
MISS ASU, Continued
camp key to the exhibit was May Yakura. The research on Yakur was presented by Wilkerson-Freeman’s student Alissa Smith. “Yakura led a flower arrangement class for men and women at the camp,” Smith said. Many of the residents were gardening contractors, fishermen and farmers. Wood carving was another popular art in the camp. “The people in the camps made something out of their unusual existence,” Freeman said. The residents used Kobu wood for wood carving and
scholarship from PIKE, and competed on a platform of breast cancer awareness and education. Godfrey said she enjoys the personal intimacy of interviews, and her platform was influenced by the philanthropy of her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha. Jonesboro native and marketing management major Kaylee Lapiro placed as fourth runner-up and won a $100 PIKE scholarship. Other competitors include: Danner Sullivan, communication disorders major of West Memphis Jade McCoy, exercise science major of Searcy
polished it with a rag and tooth powder. “Fanatics would polish, or pet, their wood carvings at night sometimes,” Freeman said. This was due to the detachment many people had from pets and the feeling of loneliness acquired while isolated from the rest of the world. important for the adults to make sure the children had as much of a childhood as their predicament would allow,” Freeman said. This event marked the first public viewing of Paul and Ann Faris’ photographs.
Jenifer Hawley, communication disorders major of North Little Rock Laikin Burroughs, early childhood education major of Pearcy Lexi White, exercise science major of Paragould - Rachel Ryan, marketing management major of Jonesboro MaKayla Lyles, biological science major of Lake City Miss ASU 2013 Sarah Hamilton made several appearances throughout the evening before pinning the crown on her successor, including performing vocal covers of popular artists and singing the national an-
them. Hamilton said she has had an amazing year as Miss ASU, and remembers the highlights fondly. She said is it a bittersweet experience to pass down the crown to her younger Alpha Gamma Delta sister Alexandria Haley. “I’m happy to be passing it down to Alex. She is an incredible person and I know she will do it well,” Hamilton said. Andrew Reno, senior marketing major of Jonesboro and executive director for Miss ASU 2014, said the experience of the pageant was well worth the efforts his team expended.
“The best part of the pageant was seeing the look on Alexandria’s face when she got crowned,” Reno said. “I almost teared up. That’s a moment she’ll remember for the rest of her life, and that’s better than anything else in the world.” Miss ASU is the only Miss Arkansas preliminary sponsored by a university fraternity organization. “We created this pageant 40 years ago to create opportunities for ladies here at ASU that they might not normally have,” Reno said. “We’ve done it for 40 years and we’ll do it for 40 more.”
WILSON AWARD, Continued Lambda Delta Honor Society, the Golden Key International Honor Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Lambda Pi Eta National Communications Honor Society. In the spring of 2013, Moore received the Communication Studies Award. During her time at A-State, Moore has become active in numerous organizations including the Residence Hall Association, the Association of Women in Communications, First Year Studies as a mentor, the Black Student Association and Student Government Association. When she’s not spending her time on campus, Moore volunteers in the community with programs such as Martin
Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Habitat for Humanity, Ridgecrest Nursing Home and City Youth Ministries. “Receiving this award helps reinforce that God is able to do anything. Only God can take a little country girl from Falcon and raise her to this level,” she said. According to the press release, the Wilson Award honors Moore for her record of citizenship, scholarship, and service during her career at Arkansas State Unviersity. Recipients of the award are honored in a permanent display outside Centennial Hall in the Carl R. Reng Student Union along with previous winners. Winners also join the Wil-
RAD keeps students and community prepared RACHEL BJORNESTAD OPINIONS EDITOR
Though sexual assault is not something widely talked about, it continues to occur in all parts of the world, including Arkansas State University, where a rape was reported last year. Corporal Traci Simpson and the ASU Police Department are committed to lowering the statistics on campus by offering a Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) class for females. The most recent classes were held Monday through Wednesday in the Student Union. Simpson spoke during the class about many instances of rape that go unreported. Oftentimes, victims feel ashamed or believe the rape was their fault. “We’re trying to get the word out that ‘she’ shouldn’t feel ashamed, that the rape was not ‘her’ fault,” Simpson said. Simpson encouraged all victims of rape or sexual assault to report their case to the police. “All they have to do is dial 911 or the UPD (phone) and report it so we can get them help, as well as hopefully catch the person,” she said. “It may be their first one, but it certainly won’t be the last one,” Simpson said. Simpson has been teaching RAD classes since 2011. Each session is 12 hours divided into nightly classes. Participants
do not have to be students at A-State to attend. Wilda Armstrong of Hoxie has seen the benefits of taking such a class. Though not a current student, Armstrong has been to almost every class since it was first offered at ASU in order to stay refreshed on how to defend herself. “Every time I come, I learn something new,” she said. A survivor of sexual assault herself, Armstrong stated it is very important for women to know how to defend themselves. “You can’t always carry a weapon, and your husband, boyfriend or brother isn’t always going to be there,” she said. Though the class is usually offered once every month, Simpson said she has faced difficulty reserving a room to hold the class in. However, she is working on getting guaranteed space, and turning the course into college credit will help. A RAD section for men has also been developed, but there are currently no certified instructors on campus to teach the course. However, A-State is working toward starting one in the near future. “Men can be raped like women,” Simpson said. “It’s usually in a different form, but it’s still rape.”
son Fellows, a chapter within the A-State Alumni Association The Wilson Award provides a scholarship Moore can use for additional education after graduating from ASU, but after her May graduation, Moore plans to put her minor in Spanish to use in Spain where she will teach English for about a year. She said she wants to see the world and take a break before continuing her education. “I want my legacy to show that there’s more to life than what’s outside your front door and you should take advantage of every opportunity. I want people to know that A-State has everything you need,” Moore said.
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Spring Break Split: Baseball goes 5-4 over break AARON LEAGUE SPORTS WRITER
Despite the fact that most of the student body went off to celebrate their Spring Break, the Red Wolves baseball squad continued to roll through their schedule at Cape Girardeau, Mo. During the week the A-State baseball squad went to work and won five out of nine contests, the most recent game a 0-7 defeat against Southeast Missouri on Tuesday afternoon Before the Tuesday matchup, A-State secured their third consecutive Sun Belt Conference series win in a 4-1 home victory over Texas State on March 30th, with their previous series wins coming over UALR and UT-Arlington. The victory also put the Red
Wolves (16-12, 7-2 SBC) in sole possession of second place in the Sun Belt standings, trailing only ULL by one game in the standings. The theme of the Red Wolves’ success over the Spring Break period was fairly simple: offense, and lots of it. The baseball lineup chalked up at least five runs in four of their five victories, the exceptions coming in Sunday’s 4-1 victory and Tuesday’s defeat. Notable star performances include sophomore Matt Burgess, who clubbed a two-run home in the victory on March 30th and added an RBI single in the game two 5-4 victory over the Bobcats on the 29th. Another breakout performer was freshman Eric Wilcoxson, who mashed his first career A-State home run during game two.
Notable pitching performances included freshman Tyler Zuber’s five innings of scoreless ball against Memphis on March 25th, where he struck out three and allowed only two base hits. Other star performances included redshirt senior Morgan Croft earning two saves in the series victory over Texas State, despite having some difficulty putting away the victories. Senior Bradley Wallace also pitched seven innings of shutout baseball in the victory on the 30th. Wallace allowed four hits and gave up one walk while striking out three Bobcats on the day. The Red Wolves play eight of their next nine games on the road, beginning with a trip to Western Kentucky at 6 p.m. on Friday.
What the Howl?
ASHLEY PARNELL SPORTS WRITER
Should college athletes get paid? This has been a question for the ages, and it’s easy to see a reason why student athletes should start getting paid when seeing players like Johnny Manziel or Stephen Strasburg. Playing for a college takes incredible talent and extreme dedication. While universities, athletic conferences and the NCAA make millions from these players’ performances, students are compensated with scholarships worth much less than the contracts resulting from their skills. With the amount of money being generated by college sports, many people argue that not paying the athletes for their work is unfair and must be changed. Aside from tuition and fees, athletes are provided with tutors, trainers, nutritionists and other minor conveniences which are easy to overlook. In a potentially game-changing moment for college athletics, the Chicago district of the National Labor Relations Board ruled last week that Northwestern football players qualify as employees of the university and can unionize. NLRB regional director Peter Sung Ohr cited the players’ time commitment to their sport and the fact that their scholarships were tied directly to their performance on the field as reasons for granting them union rights. Ohr wrote in his ruling that the players “fall squarely within the National Labor Relations Act’s broad definition of ‘employee’ when one considers the common law definition of ‘employee.’” A prime example of why many student athletes believe they should be paid is the University of Florida. Gator football brings in almost $600 million in revenue. “On the field they are making the school millions and millions from revenue from TV deals,” Judd Davis said in a press release.
Ashley Parnell is a junior Marketing major of Mena, Ar. Davis, who played for the gators in the early ‘90s, said the athletes are the ones generating those funds. “When you walk into one of the stores on campus and you see Percy Harvin’s name or Tim Tebow’s and they are selling these jerseys for a hundred dollars apiece, and Tim Tebow and Percy do not get one penny while they’re playing... It just doesn’t make any sense.” Advocates of players getting paid will undoubtedly praise the move because it is one step closer to players getting their share of the revenue they help generate, while opponents could view this as a ruling that could drastically change college athletics forever. If players are employees, that could bring along a long line of unintended consequences including major tax issues. If players are employees, the value of a football scholarship and all of the benefits that come along with it would theoretically be taxable. Perhaps we are overlooking how much the value of education is worth itself. A-State students on average pay $60,000 for a bachelor’s degree, including living on campus. With the knowledge that their education may give them, some student athletes use their degree to make millions after graduating. A college education is worth far more than the dollar amount it is given. Less than two percent of student athletes will go professional, so maybe there is a bigger picture. Universities maintain athletic programs to draw attention to their school,
to promote the brand in a way. Money earned at college sports venues goes into the bettering of the university itself, something that benefits all the students and encourages future students. There is no question that college is for education, improvement and requires dedication just as sports do. But is an education alone enough for the amount of time and energy put into playing a sport? On average, a full Division 1 scholarship is $25,000 per year according to NCAA. com. That’s $100,000 over four years. It seems like a lot, but if you think about it, that hardly covers the basics. It covers thousands of dollars in mysterious, unknown university fees, tuition, housing, a meal-plan and multiple hundred-dollar textbooks. “I can see and understand both sides of this issue. On one hand, scholarship athletes are getting paid—it’s just in the form of a full educational scholarship. On the other hand, I can see how the total costs of a four year degree may not be equal to the four year revenues that are generated as a result of the scholarship athlete, and I can understand why this is a serious issue to some,” said Sharon Lee, a former ASU basketball player. “My advice to any scholarship athlete is this: do not leave school without your college degree, which is essentially your paycheck. After all, this is what you were promised— an opportunity to obtain a college education which can lead to a successful future after the end of your sports career. An unfinished degree is equivalent to a ‘voided paycheck’ which is bad inventory for any university. You have earned that opportunity; be sure to take the finished product, your degree/ paycheck, with you before you leave.” Being an athlete is a fulltime job. Some student athletes here at A-State have another job along with being an athlete and a full time student. Is that fair to them, is that even possible to balance?
Ryotaro Iwata| Staff Photographer Senior pitcher Bradley Wallace, a senior of Starkville, Miss. launches a pitch against the Texas State Bobcats. The Red Wolves would go 5-4 over the break, including a pair of 2-1 series wins against the Bobcats and the Texas-Arlington Mavericks.
Red Wolf Recap A look at the A-State games you might have missed Women’s tennis loses heartbreaker The Women’s Tennis team lost the only match played over the break to Texas State in San Marcos by a final of 3-4. The Red Wolves started strong, taking the first three points from the singles matches, but didn’t hold the momentum. The Bobcats rallied to take the final three singles points and all three doubles matches. The Red Wolves hope to return to winning form at 1 p.m. this Friday when they take on Marquette at Allen Park.
Men’s Golf takes highest finish of the season The men’s golf team competed in the UALR/First Tee Classic on March 24-25 in Little Rock. Senior Chance Holden of the men’s team finished in 11th place to lead the Red Wolves to an eighth place overall finish. The Red Wolves shot a final round of 315 to push the three round total to a 918. Following this, the men entered into the Memphis Tourney on Monday and performed very well. The Red Wolves were tied for third going into the final day of the three-day event with a combined 589 shot. The final day of the tournament saw the Red Wolves finish fourth for their best finish of the year. Senior Easton Key led the pack shooting a 221 for the event and finishing tied for 9th overall. The Red Wolves hit the greens once more at the Red Wolves Intercollegiate on Monday and Tuesday at RidgePointe Country Club.
Women’s golf struggles through March
The women’s golf team shot a 323 on Tuesday to finish 10th place out of 17 teams at the UALR Classic on March 24-25. Freshman Maci Arrington, who shot a 238 and tied for 31st overall, led the pack for the event. Following this performance, the women’s golf team also competed at the Mountain Collegiate over the weekend and finished in 12th out of 15 with a 906 total after three rounds. Junior Marie Couffignal led the way for the Red Wolves by shooting 223 for the event. The Red Wolves head to Loxley, Ala. for the Sun Belt Conference Championships April 14-16.
Track and Field start outdoor season strong The track and field teams traveled to Ole Miss on March 22 to open their outdoor season at the Ole Miss Open. The two teams had four combined first place finishes between the men and the women. The women turned in three of them with junior Kristina Auburt winning the 1,500m, senior Bailey Sisson-Eller taking the 5,000m and freshman Erin Farmer winning the shot put. For the men’s side, freshman Brandon Lombardino turned in the last victory for the Red Wolves. The women and men combined for 16 top three finishes overall, nine turned in by the women. The track and field teams then competed in the Memphis Invitational March 29. The men’s team ended with four top two finishes, including a win in the 4x400 relay. Senior Justin Whitfield, junior Devin Noel, freshman Seth Thompson and freshman Jamil Peeples finished with a time of 3:17.55. Among the second place finishes for the men were Whitfield in the 400m dash, freshman Roelf Pienaar in the triple jump and senior Kashef Daniel in the high jump. The women’s team had five top three placings of their own, four of them second place efforts. Sophomore Emenderlyn Iwuji took second in the long jump, junior Savannah Hutchinson tied for second in the high jump and freshman Erika Christian took second in the 400m dash. Recap by Kyle Whittington. For these and more stories, go to asuherald.com/sports