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Monday, February 24, 2014
Two students discuss their outlook on the sister campus BETHANY GALLIMORE NEWS EDITOR
Two students witnessed history Thursday at the groundbreaking for A-State’s new satellite campus, ASU-Querétaro. The sister campus in Querétaro, Mexico, makes A-State the first American university to have a base in Mexico. Stephanie “Stevie” Overby and Wade Shapp represented the ASU-Jonesboro student population at a groundbreaking ceremony attended by thousands of Mexican and American statesmen, including Querétaro Gov. Jose Calzada Rovirosa, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Earl Anthony Wayne, and Arkansas State University Chancellor Tim Hudson. “Before I visited Querétaro I did not have a clue the magnitude of this project,” said Overby, a senior biology and animal science major of Little Rock. “After having been and seen first hand just how much of an impact this will have on us in Arkansas and those in Mexico, I am ecstatic about this incredible opportunity for A-State.” ASU-Q has been in the works since fall of 2012. The land purchased for the school encompasses 2,000 acres in the state of Querétaro, which lies just north of Mexico City. “The space for the campus is nice,” said Shapp, who is a
Architectural rendering courtesy of AIEM of portion of Querétaro campus
junior sports management and marketing major of Indianapolis, In. “It’s about 45 minutes from the city (of Querétaro). The plan is to grow the campus into the city or give the campus area to expand in the future.” The campus will cater to local and foreign students, and feature classes taught in English by Arkansas State University-approved faculty
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members. Querétaro’s cosmopolitan location and thriving outlying community makes it ideal for a multi-national university. “The campus will actually be located just outside of Querétaro, and has smaller towns on the other side of it so once it is built, the cities will basically grow towards it. Eventually the university will
be smack dab in the middle of an amazing and exciting city,” Overby said. “There is so much growth and opportunity there that it is the absolute perfect location for our new campus.” Residents of Querétaro are already excited about the A-State campus and are throwing up their Red Wolves in support of the project. ASU-Q, 3A
Faculty Senate discusses updating handbook LINDSEY BLAKELY STAFF WRITER
The faculty handbook was once again an issue of debate among faculty senators Friday as they expressed concern over guidelines surrounding their performance and review procedures. In their previous meeting, the senators questioned the wording of the handbook regarding their post tenure review. According to the current handbook, a departmental chair’s rating of unsatisfactory performance can lead to the firing of a faculty member with no option for appeal or reversal of that decision. Senator Andy Mooneyhan explained at the Jan. 31 meeting that a remediation plan, or a plan to fix the situation, would begin once an unsatisfactory report was filed. This modification was discussed again at last Friday’s meeting as faculty members questioned the amount of protection they have under the current plan. “There are absolutely no guidelines,” Senator John Pratte said. “Appendix C (of the proposed resolution) allows an administrator to fire a faculty member within one semester. There are no appeals or anything.” Pratte said this handbook guideline affects multiple levels, including faculty, deans and chairs. “If we don’t fix the handbook right now, then it’s a tick-
ing time bomb,” Pratte said. Senator Bill Rowe agreed and said he believed the faculty should make their own handbook. Although the faculty handbook is defined as a living and evolving document, some senators argued it is outdated. “The language shows how dated it is,” Pratte said. “It was revised in 2005, but language from the ‘80s is still lurking in there.” Some faculty members said the old handbook, which had been created by previous faculty, should be updated and used as it was designed for protecting the faculty in critical times. “Isn’t it time to revise the handbook?” Senator Amany Saleh asked. Senator Hans Hacker motioned for the senate to endorse the executive council’s recommendation to move the matter to the University Promotion Retention and Tenure Committee and for the senate to spend their time creating a committee solely focused on looking over the handbook. The motion was unanimously passed. The senate also discussed evaluation of administrative duties. The majority of the senate was against the current wording in the documents governing their administrative duties. Senator Warren Johnson spoke against the current wording and said it had been Faculty Senate, 3A
ROTC student wins weightlifting competition CRYSTAL CUMMINGS AND BETHANY GALLIMORE STAFF WRITER & NEWS EDITOR
Senior Byron Fair earned the title ASU’s Strongest Man Thursday when he pressed, lifted and squatted a combined total of 835 pounds. in the first Red WOLF center weightlifting competition. Fair, an interdisciplinary studies major of Paragould and ROTC student, was carried to victory by his superior squat lift of 500 pounds. “I know my squat was good,” Fair said. The event combined one competition in squats with two competitions in bench-pressing, with competitors’ highest scores in each category added together to form his or her final weight score. Scott Dodd, a junior physical education major of Corning, won the two bench-pressing divisions with a top lift weight of 405 pounds, his
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Paige Walker| Staff Photographer Byron Fair, a senior interdiciplinary studies major of Paragould, prepares to squat 500 lbs. at the Intramural Weightlifting Competition at the Red Wolf Center on Thursday. He won the overall competition with a combine total of 825 pounds.
closest competitor trailing 50 pounds behind him. Dodd and Fair attribute their successes to their long-
term participation in the ROTC program, and said that training gave them an advantage.
“The event was so much fun,” Fair said. Each of the competitors was Weightlifting, 3A
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Breaking the cycle with net neutrality
The Internet has always been a resource for anyone to use. It makes finding information much faster and connecting with people from all over the world easier than ever. Normally the Internet is thought of a free-range domain in which one can search for and connect to anything. However, the Internet as students have come to know it may be under fire. Recently the Federal Communications Coalition, or FCC, struck down a controversial case that would regulate corporations from controlling the access speed of certain websites. This now means that if an Internet provider wants to promote a website, they can slow down the Internet speed for its competition. The FCC announced a new plan to ensure neutrality but little information on the new rules has sent the future of the Internet up in the air. What was once a historic innovation may soon change into a corporate-controlled wasteland with regular consumers feeling the drastic effects. History has seen the same patterns of money potentially corrupting innovation. For example, access to television was a free resource during its first years. As time went on businesses realized television was a valuable service to promote their products. Today, many people pay upwards of $100 a month for a multitude of channels. Most only watch a few channels, but still pay for an entire package. Corporations also works with service providers to make certain packages more expensive. Overtime, this has limited access to information to only those who can afford to pay for it. And all the while, we have stood back and let this happen. Many people are moving away from cable and satellite television in favor of online streaming services. But the Internet could soon see the same pattern, as corporations see the potential for profit making. So far, companies such as Verizon and Time Warner Cable have already spent billions building their infrastructure, according to the New York Times. Internet providers that pay more to corporations for their services will translate to a higher cost to consumers. However, there is a bigger issue than just profits for companies and costs for consumers: information. As it stands now, anyone on any connected electronic device has unlimited access to any website domain, each one filled with different viewpoints, research and learning tools. This is the Internet we have come to know, and with good reason. Free-range public access to information has not only been praised as an ideal concept but also proven to raise intelligence of the population and, most importantly, better ensure equality. We must not stand idly by while our current forms of communication and access are under fire. It is time to promote the free access to information before that information is regulated or completely taken away. “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 election of State Senator John Cooper in the Senate District 21 special election is already having an effect in Little Rock. Tuesday at 1:30 p.m., the Arkansas House will again vote on whether or not the state will continue its ‘Private Option’ program, which expands Medicaid access to low income Arkansans. The House has voted multiple times on the measure but has failed to reach the supermajority of 75 votes required to continue the program despite wide bipartisan support. The program in its entirety could be derailed by the farright wing of the Arkansas Republican Party, including newly elected Senator Cooper, who are acting far outside of the party leaderships expectations. Republican Speaker of the House Davy Carter made Forbes magazine by saying the House would vote repeatedly on the measure until they “got it right.” The general sense of frustration felt by both parties’ leadership, embodied by Car-
JJ Thompson is a junior communication studies and political science major from Fayetteville. ter’s quote, is justified. A brief review of the data released on the program shows Arkansas’ innovative, bipartisan solution to expanding healthcare access is working. A RAND Corporation study predicts by 2016 over 400,000 people, most of whom had no previous access to insurance, will be covered by the program. The program already covers 100,000 low-income Arkansans. These 100,000 people will lose that access if Cooper and
Breaking News Alert: Hillary Rodham Clinton is not seeking the office of the United States. Yet. While she has not officially announced any plan to run for the presidency, watching any cable news outlet will give you a completely different story. CNN recently ran a story analyzing trouble states for the Clinton campaign. Fox News, in return, has constantly rehashed Hillary’s role in the Benghazi Scandal while criticizing her voting record. These stories would be common place if a presidential election were upcoming in November but the nearest election is not scheduled for nearly three years. These speculations are not limited to the Democratic Party. The media’s rumor mill has been running rampant with the presidential hopes of political players such as Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and many others. Why has the media decided to make a circus of the 2016
Korey Speaight is a junior business and accounting major of Camp. election less than a year and a half after the previous election? From the media’s standpoint, the current president is very dull. Consider what the media had to work with in the two previous administrations. George W. Bush bolstered national morale in the beginning of his presidency by declaring a war on terror after 9/11. At the end of his presidency, the drawn out military conflict was easy to blame on the president. Bill Clinton was also very easy to report on, with the im-
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his allies in the House succeed. Aside from leaving this sizable group of citizens to fate’s whim, without the program over 50 million in state dollars will have to be reallocated to accommodate even the basic Arkansas Medicaid program. These are dollars that can’t be spent on higher education, on infrastructure development, or in other preventative programs offered by the DHS. As a recent letter to Senator Cooper in the Jonesboro Sun pointed out, even if these cuts aren’t made by the legislature in response to the new hole in the budget there will be significant concerns for Arkansas State. Arkansas has a balanced budget by law, and if the Legislature can’t make cuts large enough to compensate for this recklessness then the Revenue Stabilization Act will activate, translating to drastic cuts “across the board.” I’ve found most of the opposition to the new program in the local area seems to be rooted in a strident ignorance of what the program actually is
or does. However, this same excuse can’t be extended to the Republican naysayers in the House. They know the program offers Arkansas citizens the right to seek out and utilize private insurance and use Medicaid dollars to subsidize that insurance. This solution is clearly conservative in the traditional sense, grounded in the idea that private insurance companies can provide the same care as a government agency - but more efficiently. Few issues are as local or as meaningful as this one. It is crucial not to let a small faction of ideologues hijack the democratic process of your state. Don’t let a small group of well-to-do men dictate which of the impoverished live or die. Call your representative and your senator today and let them know the private option is not a partisan solution; it’s the right solution.
peachment he faced after the Lewinski scandal and being the first Democratic president after the Reagan Era. Compared to the last two presidents in recent history, Obama’s tenure has been rather boring. The current term has been particularly unproductive for the Obama administration. Due to the fact he is ineligible to be reelected, Obama’s approval rating does not mean much. This is his opportunity to do practically anything he wants within the law, yet he still does not act. Usually, the “lame duck” portion of a politician’s career is at the very end of his tenure, but Obama seems to be clocking out early. Meanwhile, the media is desperately looking for any interesting story to run on the president. S ince there is no major event happening in Obama’s career, the media is forced to look ahead to whomever is speculated to be the next president. The American media is particularly bad about stretching
the truth on many topics. Since all news outlets are largely privatized because of the First Amendment, they must compete for viewers. In order to seem appealing to a particular demographic, the news outlet will “spin” the stories to make them what the viewer wants to hear rather than what needs to be heard. This is dangerous for a number of reasons. If a viewer isn’t cautious, it is easy to confuse political opinion with factual reporting. In addition, insignificant stories, like CNN’s analysis of Hillary’s approval ratings in Iowa, take precedence to major world events, like violence in Ukraine or unrest in Venezuela. The freedom to criticize the government via the press granted in the First Amendment is a wonderful concept. There comes a point, though, where media is so bogged down with political spin and irrelevance that it fails to do what news is supposed to do in the first place, educate the masses on current events.
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ASU-Q, Continued “I was able to meet students from several local high schools at the groundbreaking event and they were so excited about the university,” Overby said. “They got to meet and take pictures with Howl and we had them throwing up the Red Wolf for all of their pictures by the end of the day!” The language barrier for the new school isn’t much of a problem, according to Shapp. “(The local people) are already very passionate about Lobos Rojos,” he said. The international campus will create one more platform for A-State to be recognized as a globally accredited university. “This will do nothing but enhance the brand of Arkansas State throughout the world,” Overby said. “It grows the Red Wolves brand out of A-State,” Shapp said. For Shapp, one of the most exciting memories of his time in Mexico was seeing the thousands of people lined up at the press conference to support ASU-Q. “This serves as an example of what we can achieve together, the United States and Mexico, when we combine forces regarding the most valuable things we have, which are our youth, the future, the progress
of the nation,” said Querétaro Governor Jose Calzada at the press conference. “The idea of a residential campus where people from different walks of life meet each other, interact and learn from each other outside the classroom– this is unique in Mexico and around the world,” said Hudson at the press conference. “To be competitive in a global economy, you need highly trained and highly educated individuals.” In addition to offering courses for native students, the ASU-Querétaro campus will present a unique opportunity for ASU-Jonesboro students to study abroad. “Students will be able to do semesters in both schools,” Shapp said. “I think it’s a good opportunity for future students to study internationally in a safe place.” Overby is also supportive of students who wish to consider studying abroad at Querétaro. “Everyone in the city was so kind and welcoming it was almost overwhelming. The students from Arkansas that choose to study abroad there will definitely be in good hands,” Overby said. The campus is scheduled to open in the fall of 2015 with an introductory class size of 1,000 students. The class size should
grow to over 5,000 students within the first few years of campus operation, according to the press release. “This is something that has been never seen in our country, a campus of a prestigious American university, here,” Calzada said. “Today begins the story of Arkansas, which will be a great success. It is the first campus of a public university in Mexico, in history, and that is a very important thing. It is not a matter of appearance; it is a matter of substance for this university to come to Querétaro. Overby said her goal upon returning to the states is to show A-State students how amazing of an opportunity ASU-Q is for the university. “This campus is going to open so many opportunities for students both in Arkansas and in Mexico to become more culturally aware, to potentially study abroad and to have an even wider pool of professors and students to work with and have the support of,” Overby said. “Our university is already so culturally diverse and proactive about bringing students into our Jonesboro campus, but now we will have even greater opportunities to send our Jonesboro students out into another part of the world.”
Paige Walker | Staff Photographer Dalton Darrell, a sophomore excercise science major of Heber Springs, squats 345 lbs. at the Intramural Weightlifting competition in the Red Wolf Center on Thursday night. He won his weight division with a total of 640 pounds.
WEIGHTLIFTING, Continued given a red Pack Pride t-shirt. McKenzie Cagle, junior English major of Paragould, turned out to support her boyfriend Fair in the competition. “The event was awesome. I don’t mind watching another again. It was really impressive,” Cagle said. Tyler Allisure, a freshman marketing major of Bryant, said the event was fun to watch and he is looking forward to possibly participating in the next competition. “It really shocked me that so many people on campus can lift that much. I encourage anyone to do the event, espe-
cially if they have a friend doing it,” Allisure said. “It is fun and exciting. Depending on how much I can lift I may sign up next time.” The competition was hosted by the Red WOLF Center and organized by graduate assistant Kate Titsworth, who works with intramural athletics and the wellness program. Titsworth has previously judged high school weightlifting competitions and was impressed with the A-State competition’s high turnout rate. She said A-State has hosted similar events in the past with only 3-5 students competing,
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FACULTY SENATE, Continued discussed in detail online by the faculty members. “The changes seem to be adding requirements to the tenure-track faculty,” Johnson said. “There is an expectation for those faculty but the wording sounds as if these expectations are now required for the faculty instead of being presented as an option.” The senate agreed the issue should continue to be discussed before the resolution is ready for vote. The Promotion, Retention and Tenure (PRT) process revision was also discussed, and Vice Chair John Hall recommended written resolutions be given to faculty members. “Some pre-tenure faculty never receive the recommendations,” Hall said. “We want them to receive a copy in-hand. The language right now doesn’t make it seem necessary, but we see it as good practice. We want them to see their feedback.” Hacker addressed the Craighead County Election Commission’s attempt at the closure of campus polling sites. “In February, the commission said they would no longer have voting booths on this campus,” Hacker said. “We ap-
but having 10 participants added a level of competition not previously found. “I know a lot of guys come in to the Red Wolf Center and lift weights and they didn’t want to participate, but hopefully seeing such a good turnout like this will increase participation for next one,” Titsworth said. “I see a lot of guys who come in here that look like they could do this. I hope to see more.” Kelly Tuttle, coordinator of wellness programs, said she was happy participants enjoyed the competition and looks forward to hosting more in the future.
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proached our administration with this and they jumped on the issue.” Hacker said the administration greatly helped ASU by addressing the commission and showing the desire to continue the use of the university as a polling site. “There was a significant requirement (necessary for) ASU to maintain the site, but the administration got on that and decided that they didn’t want to disenfranchise students,” Hacker said. “The commission
wanted to move the polling site to the fairgrounds, which is 6 miles away. I think we should commend the administration on their efforts for doing this and give them thanks.” In other business, the issue of gun control was brought up again in an effort to allow faculty members with concealed carry licenses to be able to carry weapons on campus. The issue is scheduled to be on the agenda for the March 7 Faculty Senate meeting.
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Boyer makes history in women’s hoops rout CHARLES MCCRAY GUEST WRITER
It was a historic win for Head Coach Brian Boyer when the A-State Lady Red Wolves took down the Lady Bobcats of Texas State 74-55 Saturday afternoon at the Convocation Center. Boyer is currently tied for the Sun Belt conference record for league wins with 135. “That was a big win for us and a good performance for us,” Boyer said. The win puts the women’s basketball team at an overall record of 18-9 and a conference record of 12-3, which gives the Red Wolves a 2.5 game advantage over the second place Lady Bobcats, who have a 12-13 overall record and a conference record of 9-5. The Lady Red Wolves were all business and hit their first three shots which led to a 17-8 run by the 13 minute mark in the game. Redshirt sophomore guard Aundrea Gamble and senior
and forced 13 first half turnovers and held the Lady Bobcats to a dismal 30 percent shooting from the field. “We applied pressure when they were coming off those ball screens and we got rebounds when we needed it,” Morrill said. Unlike the first half, the second was a slow start for A-State. The Lady Bobcats came out of the gate with a 13-2 run which brought the Lady Red Wolves lead down to just three points early in the second half. The run was Sean Fox |Staff photographer short lived, howevAundrea Gamble, a sophomore of McKinney, Texas, drives the ball past the Texas State defender during Saturday’s home game. The Red er, due to the second Wolves pounded the 2nd place Bobcats, taking an easy 74-55 home win. half emergence of redshirt sophomore forward Jane Morrill led the half points. fense would come,” she said. guard Brittney Gill. The Pine charge in the first half. The duo “My game plan was to focus The Lady Red Wolves Bluff native finished with 10 scored 23 of the team’s 31 first on defense honestly and my of- played a suffocating defense
points, all of which came in the second half. Her presence was felt on the defensive end as she picked the opponent’s pocket three times for three steals. “With her it’s always starts on the defensive end. She was able to get her hand on some balls and get out in transition,” Boyer said. The team finished with an even 50 percent shooting from the field. The Lady Red Wolves have a few days off before their next game and during the break Boyer said he hopes the team can use the time wisely and get better. The team heads to Little Rock to take on their rival at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The Trojans have a perfect 6-0 home record, which the Red Wolves hope to spoil Saturday at the Jack Stephenson Center.
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Sean Fox |Staff photographer Ed Townsel, a senior of Starkville, Miss., goes up to score the lay up during Saturday’s game where the Red Wolves defeated Texas State. With the win, the Red Wolves move to 3rd place in the Sun Belt Conference, with only five games left to go in the regular season.
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A-State defeated the Texas State Bobcats 73-68 to take its fifth win in six contests on Saturday at the Convocation Center. Saturday’s vital win moves the Red Wolves up to third in the Sun Belt Conference with a 16-9, 9-5 Sun Belt record. The game was tight from the start, as both teams were scoring constantly and efficiently. After a back and forth first half, A-State held a one point advantage at halftime 35-34. In the second half A-State was leading through the first six minutes (45-44) until Texas State’s senior guard Phil Hawkins drained a three pointer to put the Bobcats up 47-45 with 13:46 left in regulation. Texas State extended their lead slightly to 56-51 and took control of the game. Senior guard Melvin “MJ3” Johnson III knocked down a three to tie the game at 60 with five minutes left to go, and A-State Nation erupted like a volcano. The fans energized
the team, and seemingly rattled the Bobcats. A-State began to clamp down defensively, and embraced the game’s very physical nature in the final minutes. Sophomore guard Cameron Golden sank a mid range jumper , drew the foul, missed the free throw, rebounded the ball, and made another jumper nine seconds later to put A-State up 64-62 with 4:35 left in regulation. Texas State fought valiantly but came up short, as senior forward Kendrick Washington and senior guard Ed Townsel made clutch free throws, 5 of 6, in the final minute of the game to ensure the Red Wolves victory. Five A-State players scored in double figures; Ed Townsel led the way with 20 points on 5-9 shooting, 3-5 from 3 point range. MJ3 scored 17 points, and senior forward Kirk Van Slyke poured on 14 points before fouling out. Washington and Golden scored 10 points apiece to balance the scoring load. A-State struggled at the
charity stripe shooting 72 percent for the game, 23-32, and fans were concerned that the game was in jeopardy due to the plethora of missed free throws. Head Coach John Brady was relieved that his players gutted out the win. “I was proud of our team tonight the way they just grinded out a win. We weren’t at our best in some areas but we got enough stops at the end and rebounded the ball.” Melvin Johnson talked about the physical nature of the game stating “They’re kind like Lafayette, they’re a real physical team. It was kind of tough on us at first but we were the better team.” When asked about his aggressiveness Ed Townsel stated “I just go with the flow of the game, whatever comes within the flow of the game whether its 2 or guarding the best player night and we win I’m fine with that.” A-State concludes their home stand against the Lyon College Scots, at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 at the Convocation Center.
The A-State baseball team began a four-game home stand against the Illinois State Redbirds Friday at Tomlinson Stadium. In the opening matchup, despite a furious comeback in the 7th inning, the Red Wolves fell 4-3. Following the defeat the Red Wolves faced a double header on Saturday with similar results. A-State lost 3-2 early in the afternoon, and then took a 9-7 setback later in the evening. The season, which began with a three-game win streak, seemed to take a dramatic turn for the worse, and the Red Wolves desperately needed to turn things around in the final matchup on Sunday afternoon. The team did just that, churning out 14 runs in 5 innings to take a 14-8 win. Following the weekend of action, the Red Wolves now sit at 4-4 on the season, and close out their season-opening nine game homestand when they play host to Southeast Missouri at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Tomlinson Stadium.
Tennis drops road games The A-State tennis team went into a weekend double header in Carbondale, Ill. searching to bring home a pair of non-conference wins, but was bitterly disappointed. The Red Wolves opened up the weekend’s games on Friday against the hometown Southern Illinois Salukis. The Salukis took the win as they defeated the Red Wolves 5-2, with senior Janie Nowland and freshman Julie Gauguery taking the only points for the Red Wolves. Hoping to bounce back on Saturday, the Red Wolves took on the Skyhawks of Tennessee-Martin. Unfortunately for the Red Wolves, the results were the same, and a 5-2 loss ended the Red Wolves’ weekend play. Juniors Tamara Slijepcevic and Jess Heeps-Eriksen grabbed the only singles points for the Red Wolves, and Nowland and Slijepcevic got the only doubles points. A-State returns to action at 1 p.m. on Tuesday to host in-state opponent Central Arkansas at Allen Park.
Rugby takes down Lindenwood 25-17 The A-State Rugby team began conference play on Saturday when they took on the Lindenwood Lions. Coming into the contest the Red Wolves were ranked 5th in the nation behind St. Mary’s, Calif., BYU and Life, with Lindenwood coming in ranked 16th. Despite being relatively new to the D1 rugby scene, the Lions have been hugely successful in one of the toughest conferences in the country, which includes Life University, Davenport University and Arkansas State University. The Red Wolves knew that Lindenwood had an upset on their mind, but managed to handle the Lions with a final score of 25-17. With a win to start off conference play, the rugby team faces rival Life University at 1 p.m. on Saturday in Marietta, Ga.
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