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Miss Essence Crowned Participants of the Miss Essence Pageant discover sisterhood within competition BETHANY GALLIMORE NEWS EDITOR

Nine contestants shone with exceptional talent, poise and personality Thursday in the Miss Essence Scholarship Pageant, showcasing the theme of Mind, Body & Spirit. Mikka Rolle, a sophomore communication studies major of Miss., accepted the crown of Miss Essence amid tears of joy and shouts of congratulations from the audience. “We’re all college students trying to find our way and Miss Essence is one step closer to who I’m supposed to be,” Rolle said. Rolle also won the Most Talented award for her interpretative dance routine performed to her original poem “Dream Found.” She attributes her creativity to her artistic nature. Rolle prefers to live life adventurously and with no regrets. “If I had to live life over again I would not change anything,” she said. “My blessings, like my challenges, have made me the person I am today.” Rolle hopes to take both a leadership title and more responsibility from her position as Miss Essence. “My favorite part about participating in the pageant was all the young ladies that I got to compete against,” she said. “They don’t know it, but they brought out the best in me.”

Jordon Fonville| Staff Photographer The 2014 Miss Essence contestants wait as awards are announced at the end of the pageant on Thursday night at the Fowler Center.

Jordon Fonville | Staff Photographer Miss Essence 2014, Mikka Rolle, during her crowning moment. The Miss Essence Pageant was sponsored by BSA and Phi Beta Sigma fraternity Thursday night.

Briuna Clark, a freshmen pre-professional biology major of North Little Rock, also shone in the Miss Essence spotlight. Clark placed as runner-up in the scholarship com-

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petition. “Honestly, it is an honor. I did not expect to win, I just made sure that I put my best foot forward,” she said. For her talent Clark per-


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her, especially in sharing the title with her sister. “We’ve continued to work with each other and learn how to communicate with one another and build our relationship with others,” Briuna said. Freshman Gina Jones, a pre-professional biology major of Malvern, won the awards for Miss Entrepreneur for her sales for advertisements to go in the playbill and Miss Ambitious for her growth as an individual. For her talent, Jones performed a vocal rendition of “Inseparable” by Natalie Cole. “It took me out of my comfort zone,” Jones said. “I made friends and I gained confidence from this. I feel very accomplished.” Jones’s favorite part of the evening’s competition was the

“I am Beautiful” section in which contestants were able to showcase their personal style and personalities onstage. The pageant also included a group dance number, talent competition and formal wear presentation. Miss Essence was sponsored by the Black Student Association and the Lambda Eta chapter of Phi Beta Sigma. “The pageant was wonderful. It was a wonderful evening,” said Jarrod Lockhart, faculty representative for the Black Student Association. “The pageant coordinators did a good job.” Latika Johnson, a junior nursing major of Jacksonville, worked as the dance choreographer for the pageant’s openMiss Essence, 3A

Student Union. Her presentation will cover her experience and solutions for detecting heart disease. Unique Hearts, a non-profit organization, raises awareness about the various risks associated with heart disease as well as eliminate undetected heart disease. The foundation also raises money for heart procedures that patients could not otherwise afford. “The foundation (Unique Hearts) is still growing so I wanted to do my part by educating people about heart disease,” Anderson said. A health drive will be held from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday in the Spring River Room of the Student Health Center. Free testing of students’ blood pressure and heart rate has been made available with the help of the Student Nurses Association. Thursday afternoon is the Heart Challenge. Students can

sign up for a 45 minute exercise period at 2, 3, or 4 p.m. in the Red WOLF Center. Friday NRHH will host a Post-Valentine’s Dance at the A-State Pavilion from 7-10 p.m. “People should learn as much about their bodies and the way they function in order to be health conscious,” said Charmaine Foster, a junior public relations and theater major of Little Rock and NRHH member. The symptoms of heart disease include sudden chest pain, and excessive, acute persistent shortness of breath, according to the American Heart Association. “If you know anyone with heart problems, learning about what they’re going through will help you better sympathize,” Foster said. Red is the color of heart disease awareness. The American Heart Association created

Go Red For Women as a way to empower women to take charge of their heart health. It challenges them to know their risk for heart disease and take action to reduce their personal risk. It also gives them the tools they need to lead a heart healthy life. Only 55 percent of women realize heart disease is their No. 1 killer and less than half know what healthy levels are for cardiovascular risk factors like blood pressure and cholesterol, according to the American Heart Association. The Go Red For Women movement works to make sure women know they are at risk so they can take action to protect their health, according to www. Red Week will give students the knowledge and awareness not only to protect themselves, but also to raise awareness among friends and family.

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formed an original monologue, “A Glimpse of History,” detailing the life of Daisy Bates. Bates was instrumental in the 1940s and 50s civil rights movement of desegregation in education and helped the Little Rock Nine adjust to life in Central High School. In her Bates persona, Clark said, “I knew (desegregation) was a change in history and a miracle from God.” Clark also co-won Miss Congeniality with her twin sister Brianna Clark, a freshman pre-professional biology major of North Little Rock. “I feel very excited about that because we really worked really hard, and she and I just like to have fun,” Brianna said. Briuna said winning Miss Congeniality was an honor for

Every 30 seconds, heart disease claims one life in the United States, according to the American Heart Association. Red Week, hosted by The National Residence Hall Honorary Organization (NRHH), aims to educate students on the dangers of heart disease and provide measures to keep them healthy. Red Week begins Tuesday and continues through Friday. “All you have to do is exercise regularly and eat right. It is the most deadly, but most preventable (disease),” said Adeeja Anderson, development committee Leader of the A-State NRHH. Tuesday night is information night. Guest speaker Antisha Anderson-Scruggs, co-founder of Antisha & Gary Unique Hearts, will speak at 6 p.m. in Centennial Hall of the

Opinion: Resume Fluffing, 2 Sports: Baseball Begins , 4


Raising Minimum Wage, 2


Our View


The resume paradox: quality versus quantity

For most students the goal after school is to obtain their dream career. However, while in college, the focus seems to be more on completing this semester rather than completing an application. As a result, resume building can be put on the back burner until the last minute, causing future alumni to scramble to find things to promote themselves. It seems many people who apply for jobs have the wrong idea of the purpose a resume serves. And regardless of whether resumes are correct, students seem to go alone in their quest for a career, without using connections that could be valuable to them. When writing a resume, most people like to promote themselves as much as possible. However, some can do this by blowing their achievements out of proportion. For example, it is commonly known that helping with charities is likely to boost an applicant’s chances of getting the job. Donating $10 to a charity, on the other hand, is not resume worthy. Still, many an applicant will boast about “tutoring” their friend, or “volunteering” to play with the dogs at the animal shelter. The point of a resume is to showcase times where an applicant went above and beyond in achieving a goal. If the task at hand was something anybody can do, it is not worthy of making the cut. This doesn’t stop many students from adding pages of length to their resumes in the hopes it will make them look better on paper. But adding too much length can have the opposite effect. Employers do not always have time to look through pages of accomplishments. Instead, they want to know the applicant’s greatest ones. These can be hidden, however, in between all the “fluff ” the applicant uses to add pages, causing employers to miss them. Another problem students have with writing resumes is which achievements are showcased. Even if a resume only shows the bare-minimum, what is a great showcase of a skillset to one employer may be useless to another. In addition to changing a resume to fit each specific employment opportunity, applicants, especially students, should never be afraid to seek help. Teachers provide some of the best advice for what employers are really looking for. They can also provide valuable connections to potential employers, as well as serve as references. It is never too early for students to start thinking about their careers after they leave A-State. For that to happen, it is essential to look past the joys of college, even for just a moment, and think of life after graduation. “Our View” is written by the editorial staff. The opinions are not necessarily reflective of the student body, faculty or administration of ASU.

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The winter Olympics of 2014 has brought much attention to the town of Sochi and to the country of Russia. U.S. Olympians seem to be holding their own, despite the fact they can not flush soiled toilet paper, drink the city’s water, take a hot shower or count on an elevator being there when they open the doors. The problems with the hotel accommodations are obvious, since many of the reporters covering the games and our athletes are forced to temporarily reside in these dwellings. The Russian government spent $635 million on a brand new interstate highway system passing right by a dilapidated apartment complex with SOS painted on the roof in red, according to the Huffington Post. These apartments are basically 1941-style barracks with no indoor plumbing. In fact, the outhouses being used by the tenants were tak-

Adrian Sellers is a graduate student of communication studies from Jonesboro. en down to make room for the highway. That is just one of the massive expenses that went into putting on these Olympics. Two new electric power plants were built to handle the electricity for the games, but the residents of Sochi suffer from constant blackouts. It was estimated Russia spent more money than it took to put on all the previous win-

Some minimum-wage workers are certainly teenagers or secondary earners in middle-class households. However, the available data from the Economic Policy Institute suggests roughly half of the workers to be affected by the $9-an-hour raise proposed on the national level are families earning less than $40,000 a year. The claim that a minimum wage raise isn’t particularly well targeted as poverty relief is clearly the result of a selective review of the available evidence on the subject. The other popular concern - that less low income jobs will be available due to the higher cost of labor - is also put into question by the bulk of the practical analysis regarding labor cost and employment. A study from the Center for Economic and Policy Research of fast food employment in states with different minimum wages found “no evidence that the rise in minimum wage reduced employment at fastfood restaurants.” Some of the studies have suggested employment isn’t affected because higher wages decrease labor turnover, raising productivity and labor demand.

JJ Thompson is a junior communication studies and political science major from Fayetteville.. The classic argument from demand makes sense here too. As the purchasing power of low income workers increases, local businesses take in more revenue and thus have more capital with which to pay their workers. As for the Earned Income Tax Credit program (EITC), you won’t hear many complaints from me. I will briefly say passing EITC as opposed to wage legislation is missing the larger idea that the taxpayers shouldn’t have to subsidize poverty wages. When full time workers are relying on food stamps and Medicaid to survive, we all bear the burden in the form of


ter Olympics combined. It is also estimated that nearly half of the money, or more, was stolen by corruption. I see all of these problems with Sochi, the crumbling old buildings, lack of adequate indoor plumbing, horrible construction practices and high levels of corruption, and all I can think is how lucky, or extremely fortunate, we are in the United States. We are not void of corruption, bad infrastructure or even low-quality workmanship. However, even though I grew up in one of the poorest regions of the country, I can never remember a time I had to be consciously aware of not throwing my used toilet paper in the toilet or having to take a trip to the outhouse at 4 a.m. I never had to wait on a fire to heat enough water so I could bathe or worry about drinking the water out of my fountain

“I see all of these problems with Sochi,... and all I can think of is how lucky, or extremely fortunate, we are in the United States.” because of contamination. Despite the abundance of issues in America that we have to face from day-to-day, Americans have it pretty good. There may be plenty of room for improvement in this country and many problems that plague our society. But I am thankful I can ponder and read about these issues while I sit indoors, upon my comfortable porcelain throne, and not have to worry about how I am going to get rid of the paper when I am done.

Income inequality is a package deal


MONDAY, FEB. 17, 2014

Sochi nightmares show U.S. fortune


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higher taxes. Responsibility for the welfare of employees needs to be increasingly a matter of corporate ethical consideration. Shelling out more tax dollars should be the second option on the table. That being said, the answer to EITC as a reason to reject a raise in minimum wage is that the two are not mutually exclusive. Income inequality is an increasingly serious problem in the United States, and a structural issue of that magnitude isn’t solved with either/or policymaking.

“Income inequality is an increasingly serious problem in the United States, and a structural issue of that magnitude isn’t solved with either/or policymaking.”” Heidi Shierholz from The Economic Policy Institute says the two policies are actually best suited as a package deal. She points out EITC can

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have a perverse impact on the wages employers pay by effectively subsidizing wage decreases. “Since it significantly raises the after-tax wages of many eligible low-wage workers, it may act to lower the before-tax wages paid by employers,” she said. Max Sawicky, also from EPI, says an EITC recipient usually does not recoup benefits from a tax credit until he or she files an income tax return the following year. The real time wage increase provided by Obama’s initiative raises the purchasing power of low income consumers in a more stable, consistent way. So when passed together the EITC significantly raises the after tax income of many workers while the higher minimum wage establishes a floor for those workers not eligible for the program. The only thing keeping us from doing both is political will in Congress. When polls show that upwards of 80 percent of Americans want to see a higher minimum wage, it’s clearly time for legislative action.

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MONDAY, FEB. 17, 2014


A-State Choir thanks community BAILEY RICHARDSON STAFF WRITER

Jordon Fonville | Staff Photographer Gina Jones sings during the talent portion of the Miss Essence Pageant thrown by BSA and Sigma Phi Beta Thursday night. Jones won Miss Entrepreneur and Miss Ambitious.

MISS ESSENCE, Continued ing number, “Brown Skin” by India Arie. Johnson worked with the contestants for four months before the night of the performance. “It was a wild ride but it was worth it,” Johnson said. “The

thing that was really amazing to watch was the transformation and bonding of all the contestants. You don’t see that too often with competitors.” “The best thing (about the pageant) was the bond that

we’ve created. These are girls I’ve never seen before on campus, but when we got together we just kind of clicked,” Brianna said.

Tuesday evening the A-State Choir will give back to the Jonesboro community with a free concert to thank the churches and citizens for their continued financial and moral support of the choir. The A-State choir is taking a trip to Spain over spring break, and it’s all thanks to support from the Northeast Arkansas community. The choir has performed all over Northeast Arkansas for churches and organizations in order to raise funds for the trip. Each student who performs receives a portion of the amount raised during the event to go toward his or her traveling expenses. “I am so glad the ASU choir, as well as the Jonesboro area, has given me this opportunity,” said MaeLee Reed, a freshman undecided major of White Hall and a member of the A-State choir group traveling to Spain. Without the financial donations, her trip, and many others, would not be possible. The opportunity to do the two things she loves most, singing and traveling, is something Reed said she is most appreciative of. This concert is not only to thank the countless supporters of the choir, but to also prepare

Sean Fox | Staff Photographer Dale Miller, director of choral activities, instructs choir members as they practice “Let the People Praise Thee” on Thursday morning for their upcoming concert.

for the All-State Concert Feb. 21 in Hot Springs. Tuesday is a chance for local supporters to hear songs that will be performed in at the concert. Students of the A-State choir have prepared tirelessly to sing as Arkansas’ Premier Choir at this year’s All-State Choir Concert. The honor would not have been possible without the faithful support of Northeast Arkansas, according to Dale Miller, A-State Choir director and professor of music. The All-State Choir exhibition is also an opportunity for current A-State students to demonstrate their abilities to former A-State graduates who have gone through the choral

program. “It is a chance for (the alumni) to see how much the choir has grown since they attended school here,” Miller said. Over 360 schools are represented in the Arkansas Choral Directors Association, and of those, 66 instructors are A-State alumni. “Not only do we get to show our talent, but at the same time we can draw students in to check out our program,” said sophomore Matthew Stewart, a theater major of White Hall and member of the A-State choir. The concert will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Wesley Hall of the First United Methodist Church in downtown Jonesboro.


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MONDAY, FEB. 17, 2014

Baseball sweeps opening weekend ZACH ROBERTS SPORTS WRITER

The Red Wolves baseball team swept the Miami of Ohio Red Hawks 3-0 in a three game series to get their 2014 season off to a strong start. After bad weather postponed their Friday season opener, A-State saw their season begin with a doubleheader on Saturday. The Red Wolves began the season with an easy 3-0 win over the Red Hawks, scoring all of their runs in the bottom of the third inning. Game two of the double header saw a massive increase in the offensive performance of both teams, with the Red Wolves scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning. The Red Hawks put up four runs in the top of the second, but the Red Wolves responded with three runs of their own in the bottom of the second. A-State further advanced their lead in the bottom of the fourth inning with four runs, putting the Red Wolves up 10-4.Miami (OH) grabbed one run in the top of the sixth as well as two more in the top of the seventh, but the Red Wolves effectively ended the game in the bottom of the

seventh scoring an incredible eight runs. The Red Hawks’ hopes for a comeback were thwarted when they only grabbed one run in the top of the ninth, and the Red Wolves took game two by a score of 18-8. A-State baseball head coach Tommy Raffo was pleased by the results of the first two games. “Baseball is a funny game and it’s unbelievable how it worked out today. We had the big inning, were able to feed off that, and then played clean baseball defensively the first game,” Raffo said. “All of our runs today were big innings, which are innings with three runs or more, and typically when you have that you’re gonna win a lot of ball games.” The final game of the series allowed A-State to further assert their dominance of the Red Hawks. In the bottom of the first sophomore designated hitter Matt Burgess grabbed an RBI single, bringing in junior first baseman Zach George for the first run of the game. Keeping Miami (OH) scoreless, the Red Wolves took an opportunity in the bottom of the third to distance them-

selves from the Red Hawks on the scoreboard. The inning began with George grabbing a quick double, and then sophomore center fielder Austin Baker hitting an off-the-wall triple and also grabbing the RBI on George’s scored run. Up to bat once again Burgess grabbed an off-the-wall RBI double to bring in Baker, and soon after junior catcher Stuart Levy hit an RBI single to bring in Burgess before the inning retired.

“They’re buying into a plan in a system that really creates some problems for a defense.” - Tommy Raffo, Baseball head coach

The Red Hawks picked up two runs quickly in the top of the fourth to cut their deficit to two, but the Red Wolves once again set out to distance themselves with runs from senior Zach Maggio and George in the bottom of the fourth. With Miami (OH) only able to put up one point in the top of the fifth inning, A-State’s freshman Joe Schrimpf and sophomore Derek Birginske

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found themselves with a pair of runs to retire the inning with the lead. The bottom of the sixth inning was full of errors for the Red Hawks, allowing runners in scoring position out of the gate, but the Red Wolves looking to add to their lead increased it by three with runs from Baker, sophomore Kevin Fitzpatrick, and Schrimpf. Locking down Miami (OH) at three, A-State grabbed their final two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning on runs from Baker and Burgess, taking game three of the series 13-3. “I think it’s a credit and a lot of the process Coach Everman and the offense are doing with our hitters” Raffo said. “They’re buying into a plan in a system that really creates some problems for a defense. They’ve worked very hard in the batting tunnel, on the field, a lot of high rep swings to put themselves in a position where you have days like today.” The A-State Red Wolves baseball team takes the field again at 4 p.m. on Tuesday at Tomlinson Stadium to face off against the University of Arkansas at Monticello Boll Weevils.

Sean Fox |Staff photographer Zach Maggio, a senior of Edwardsville, Ill., ran one of the three scores in the third inning on Saturday afternoon in ASU’s game against Miami University. The Red Wolves won all three games against the Red Hawks, and begin the season with a perfect 3-0.

Red Wolf Recap A look at the A-State games you might have missed

Women’s tennis wins 4-2 over Louisiana-Lafayette Over the weekend, Janie Nowland, Tamera Slijepcevic, Julie Gauguery and Jess Heeps-Eriksen combined their victories to beat Louisiana-Layfayette for the first time in 10 years. The girls are now 1-1 on the season. They play again in Carbondale, Ill on Friday February 21st. Women’s basketball splits road trip Women’s basketball beat South Alabama 71-58 on Wednesday and lost to Louisiana-Lafayette 76-77 on Saturday. Following the two game spread, A-State is 10-3 in the Sun Belt Conference play, which gives them first in Conference. They take the court again at 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday at the Convocation Center against UT-Arlington. Men’s Basketball takes 2-1 record from a tough week Men’s basketball played three games this week and won 72-58 over WKU, 85-61 over South Alabama and lost 67-85 against Louisiana-Lafayette (ULL). Tian Wang |Staff photographer

The men are 7-5 in conference play, which puts them in fourth place behind Georgia State, WKU, and ULL. The team plays UT-Arlington at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday at the Convocation Center. Baseball sweeps opening weekend The men’s baseball team kicked off their season this week against Miami (OH). They won 3-0 in game one, 18-8 in game two, and 13-3 in game 3. The Red Wolves will hope to keep the perfect season going 4 p.m. on Tuesday against Arkansas- Monticello at Tomlinson stadium.

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