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Monday, February 3, 2014
Faculty Senate discusses export control, updates JAMIE ALVORD STAFF WRITER
Faculty Senate met Friday to discuss updates on the development of the osteopathic school and further implications of international regulations for the university. Jason Penry, vice chancellor for university advancement, summarized advancements on bringing an osteopathic school to A-State. The addition of an osteopathic school would provide ASU students an opportunity to progress with their education along with giving them with health care access. Osteopathic medicine provides all of the benefits of modern medicine including prescription drugs, surgery and the use of technology to diagnose disease and evaluate injury, according to the American Association of Colleges in Osteopathic Medicine. Penry said the university has been in contact with the New York Institute for Osteopathic Medicine. “They are in good financial footing, are well respected and have been around a long time,” he said. “Talk has been made of building a new facility, using
open slots on campus or using a facility off campus, but it is still up in the air,” Penry added. “This will be a great opportunity for students in ASU, or prospective students coming into ASU. It has the opportunity to be a total game changer, not just for the university, but also for the community.” The idea was originally proposed in 2009 when the Arkansas Osteopathic Medical Associate came to Jonesboro to meet with professors. Serious discussion began in mid-2010, but was abandoned in lieu of the $25 million price tag. Discussion has been reopened as A-State has been met with more offers for the program and found statistics revealing benefits that come with adding a medical school to campus. Study inquiries into the benefits will be finalized Tuesday. Faculty senators also raised the issue of export control, which deals with the regulation of release of goods and technologies that affect U.S. security or foreign policy interests. As colleges and universities enroll international students, send professors abroad
to research or study, hire international faculty or develop advanced technologies on campus, compliance must be maintained with U.S. information export control laws. “These are not new rules, just newly enforced ones,” said Katie Prescott, associate university counsel. However, personal security concerns must also be addressed when considering the implications of information monitoring. “To what extent does this reach?” Warren Johnson, associate professor of French, asked. “To what extent is the university going to monitor my email?” Prescott said there is no firewall up to protect university emails from hackers. “This is why it is so important to be your own keeper. You will just have to know the laws because there is no one going through your emails,” Prescott said. She also said these rules are not put into place to keep faculty from branching out, but to comply with federal laws. “I know it is a lot to get your arms around but we are doing our best to get everyone caught up,” she said. Changes to the Academic
“This will be a great opportunity for students in ASU, or prospective students comint ingo ASU. It has the opportunity to be a total game changer, not just for the university, but also for the community.” -Jason Penry
Calendar dealing with processing foreign students have not reached an immediate result. These changes will deal with the amount of time after Christmas that students will remain on break. “We have become more efficient with processing foreign students,” said Lynita Cooksey, vice chancellor and provost. “We are moving a little faster. Transcripts can now be done electronically, so we are no longer waiting on a paper trail.” The changes to the academic calendar will be voted on in the next meeting at 3 p.m. on Feb. 7., on the top floor of the Delta Center for Economic Development.
Sarah Thompson | Staff Photographer Katie Prescott lets the faculty senate know about recent changes in the way A-State faculty prepare to go on trips outside the country.
ROTC program headed in the right direction Hotel on campus could
be A-State future
BETHANY GALLIMORE NEWS EDITOR
In response to possible nationwide program closures, the U.S. Army has instituted a new annual program review for the Reserve Officer Training Corps. New program criteria will allow A-State time to continue to develop its existing program and push the number of commissioned graduates even higher. “A-State now has the opportunity to show the Army what Arkansans already know, that A-State has a quality program that commissions great Army officers,” said U.S. Senator John Boozman, long-time supporter of ASU’s ROTC. “A-State, the community and the entire Arkansas delegation will make sure that the Army hears that message loud and clear.” Along with production of commissioned officers the new review process also takes into account the academics, geographic value, cost, infrastructure and quality of ROTC programs. The additional evaluation standards will allow smaller programs to continue to function based upon their host institution’s investment
BETHANY GALLIMORE NEWS EDITOR
Staci Vandagriff | Staff Photographer During their Fall Field Training Exercise, the ROTC cadets receive training in land navigation, squad situational training and general field craft skills.
in the program, the level of geographic importance associated with the program location, consistent graduation of officers with STEM-related degrees or the ethnic variety demonstrated in the program. In general, programs must produce an average of at least 10-15 commissioned officers each year or meet additional eligibility requirements in
order to be considered viable. Non-viable programs will be re-evaluated for consideration as extension centers for ROTC recruits. “This essentially marks a reset for the Army’s process of evaluating ROTC programs, how they fit into the Army’s goals as well as their ability to achieve the mission that the Army has given them,”
Boozman said. A-State’s program is unique in the nation, being home to the only exclusively ROTC residence hall on a university campus. The Red Wolf Battalion also enjoys one of the three largest training and teaching facilities in the U.S. The university has supported ROTC through the creation of a rapROTC Update, 3A
A hotel and conference center complex, including a restaurant, gift shop, and hospitalist management program, could be in the future for the ASUJ campus. Discussion has been ongoing since September about the possible construction of a 150plus room hotel on the previous site of the track and field complex between Red Wolf Boulevard and Olympic Drive. The site’s central location between the Fowler Center, Convocation Center and Liberty Bank Stadium make it ideal for overnight visitors to A-State, according to Shawnie Carrier, chief of staff for the office of the chancellor. ASU is reviewing proposals from two development firms for the hotel and conference center project. Wallace Bajjali Development Partners LP of Sugar Land, Texas, in partnership with O’Reilly Hospitality Management LLC, and Jonesboro Hotel and Convention Center LLC, led by the Keller family of Effingham, Ill., are competing for the rights to the potential construction and
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management initiative. Wallace Bajjali has proposed a 150-room hotel and outlined plans for 75,000 square feet of conference and meeting room areas. The plan outlined by Jonesboro Hotel and Convention Center would create a 150plus room hotel with a 30,000 square foot convention center and 45,000 square foot exhibit hall. The Jonesboro Hotel and Convention Center proposal is currently undergoing additional evaluation by development committees and Chancellor Tim Hudson. If approved, the motion will pass to the board of trustees and ASU System President Charles Welch. “We are going to continue due diligence with this one group to see if we can come to a contract we both are happy with,” Carrier said. No additional fees would be charged to the students of A-State for the development of the conference center. Funding will come from a private developer, according to Carrier. “This is not a project that the university is funding,” CarHotel, 3A
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Where we’re going, not where we’re from With our changing world our mindsets have evolved to fit the times. Here in 2014 we see what is perhaps the greatest time of equality for all people. No longer are people allowed to be judged based on factors such as race, gender or disability. Even sexual orientation is a concept that is taking vast strides in being more accepted and resistance is usually done so in a nonviolent way. However, even though we do not discriminate based on who a person is, the concept of geographic discrimination is still alive and well. “Oh, you’re from California, you must think you’re so cool.” “Wyoming? Did you come here on your horse?” “You graduated high school in Pine Bluff? How many times have you mugged someone?” Comments such as these, though in various forms, have seeped their way into our daily conversations. When someone introduces himself or herself, they are still subject to judgment. The form of judgment can be as small as a weird look, or as big as missing ajob opportunity. Poverty stricken areas seem to be at the forefront of the conversation. Someone from a low-income neighborhood can be quickly lumped in with thoughts of crime and poor work ethic. However, without getting to know the person first, the judgment, however slight, is vastly unwarrented. We know perfectly well race should not be a factor in judging the quality of a person. People who do are known as racists, and ostracized by peers, who feel they have a mindset that is stuck in the past. Gender equality is also something that is widely accepted. Sexism in the professional world can result in lawsuits and even though we recognize genders as different, demeaning comments are considered rude and uncalled for, even in jest. So why do we feel it is ok to discriminate against people based on where they live? Just like race or gender nobody gets to choose where he or she is born. Most people are also at the mercy of their parents or guardians when it comes to where they graduate from high school. Moreover, where a person is from quickly becomes part of their identity as they grow up. After moving to a new place memories of their hometown serve as a way to find out more about a person. Jokes about where someone is from, no matter how lighthearted, can strike a very personal note in someone who sees first-hand the effects of poverty where they live. Something as unique as geographical history should be enjoyed by all, not seen as something negative. In the same way race, gender, disability, age or any other uncontrollable factors about a person are not supposed to hinder their ability for success, it is time for geographic discrimination to go by the wayside and be left in the past. “Our View” is written by the editorial staff. The opinions are not necessarily reflective of the student body, faculty or administration of ASU.
The word “trending” has evolved into what is in vogue on the conglomerate of social media. It contains the fresh topics people are talking about, but sadly so much of what’s trending fails to be intelligent, discernable or even usable information. A major obstacle to overcome is the computer-in-the-basement syndrome, brought on from people who rely on the buffer zone of computer-mediated conversations. For example, a huge wave of commentators flew in like a flock of seagulls to drop their comments on Richard Sherman after his game. After Sherman, a cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks, gave a spirited interview at the end of the NFC Championship game, social media exploded. This spectacle sparked three straight days of trending, comments and unfortunately some hate. It appeared you didn’t have to be a Seahawks, nor even a football fan, to get into the ac-
Micah Christensen is a senior communication studies and political science major of Cheyenne, Wyo. tion. Some commentators admitted to not watching the original interview before they jumped into the moshpit. The debate over the appropriateness of his interview brought on heated and even racist remarks from commentators. And the discussion is still going on. During the State of the Union Address, President Obama and his team utilized social media as a way to reach
With tax season underway, Americans must decide whether or not to file for themselves. If you elect to have someone else do your taxes, you are in good company. USA Today reports that less than one in three Americans currently file their own taxes. With tax codes as complicated as they are today most Americans would rather let an accountant deal with something so critical. The modern American tax system is a convoluted mess. Most of the blame for the complications falls on Congress. Congress has not completely rewritten tax law since the inception of the federal income tax in 1913. To update the century-old codes, Congress simply piles new rules and regulations on top of existing codes rather than rewriting them. The result of 100 years of pileup is alarming. It was estimated that 1.3 million pages of tax code existed on the federal level in 2012. This was before 2013 tax laws or any of the Affordable Care Act’s tax implications
Korey Speaight is a junior business and accounting major of Camp. went into effect. So, with all of these tax laws in effect, the system should be air-tight, right? Although a slew of laws exist to aid in the collection of tax on the federal level, a massive tax gap still remains. The IRS defines the tax gap as the amount of taxes owed each year that is never paid, in other words, a form of tax fraud. The IRS only estimates the tax gap every five years. In 2011, the tax gap stood at a staggering $385 billion. Many politicians in recent years have called for a simplified tax system, assuming it would help reduce tax fraud. In the 2012 republican pres-
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greater audience. White House spokesman Matt Lehrich said, “This is to supplement the coverage,” but is not meant to be a substitute for it. Unfortunately this did not stop the hundreds, if not thousands, of tweeters who had opinions about a speech they did not watch. Twitter and other social media sites have given easy access to the spreading of opinions on the happenings of our world. The problem is we have created a society full of self-proclaimed commentators who don’t take the time to actually understand what they are commenting about. To compound this error, we have also relaxed our standards on sources for reliable information. After all, how could we have a receptive audience for promoting our own opinions if we are harsh critics of our fellow blogger? As a collegiate debater, I see this type of problem all the
time. When competitors use blogs as if they are peer reviewed journals, they undermine the credibility of their arguments. Nothing makes me want to pass a particular policy more than having an 8th grader with no economic career or education as my solvency advocate. There is still hope in a world of instant comments from an abyss of untrained commentators. There is a need for education for both the commentators and those who will be responsible for sifting through endless loads of commentary. As useless information spills out of cell phones and off of web pages there will be a greater demand for individuals with skills to digest it accurately. There will also always be a demand for specialized and accurate information. In the end, I hope you can at least see the irony in this humble comment.
idential primary, candidate Herman Cain ran with a simplified tax structure as a major topic on his platform. The “9-9-9” tax plan would have simplified federal taxes by replacing the current tax code with three taxes: a 9 percent business tax, a 9 percent income tax, and a 9 percent sales tax. While a simplified tax code may appear to help the average American, the tax code is complex for a reason. While a simplified Cainsian tax code would allow every person to easily calculate taxes owed and eliminate the need for tax professionals, major concepts in the current code are lax in such a system. With such a simple code, no graduated tax brackets are suggested. Graduated tax brackets allow the government to tax greater percentages from those who can afford it. Even the first income tax in 1913 included a graduated system; every American paid one percent of income and the wealthiest paid seven percent. A simplified tax code would most benefit the rich.
The current system of tax credits and exemptions would also be endangered with a simplified code. As it stands now, every bit of income a person makes is directly taxable unless explicitly stated in the tax code. Similarly, no tax credits are given unless stated in tax code. All of these very specific exceptions to the tax law are designed to help middle and lower class Americans by reducing tax burden. If credits and exemptions are removed, the tax code would further favor the rich by treating all Americans in the same manner. While the tax system is currently a jumbled mess that usually requires a professional to help navigate, those same aspects which make it complicated help protect the middle class. An accountant would not be required to file taxes, but economic inequality may rise. So the next time a politician proposes a simplified tax code, consider the implications and remember that the current laws are complicated for a reason.
Tax season sheds light on imperfections
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ROTC UPDATE, Continued pel tower, field leadership recreation and obstacle course, and a fully equipped indoor shooting range. In October of last year, A-State’s ROTC faced a 2015 closure by the Army. Closing the program would have forced first and second year cadets to drop out of the program or to transfer to different universities to complete their military schooling. U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman, together with Congressman Rick Crawford, placed an administrative hold on the closing in November and allowed ASU ROTC additional time to receive up-
dated program evaluation requirements from the Army. According to a Jan. 31 letter to ROTC from Karl Schneider, acting assistant secretary of the Army, existing ROTC programs must meet viability standards within 12-24 months or face the possibility of closing within two years after the deadline. Schneider said, “In such cases, U.S. Army Cadet Command will work closely with the affected school to ensure any impacted cadets are fully counseled on their options. U.S. Army Cadet Command will make every effort to take care of all cadets by offering
alternatives for their commissioning.” ROTC staff and cadets will continue to make improvements in the program to ensure the best result for the Red Wolf Battalion. “This isn’t the end of the road for A-State but it’s a positive development as we fight to keep its ROTC program strong,” Pryor said. “A-State has made smart investments in its program that I’m confident will pay off as the Army conducts its review. This is a team effort and I look forward to supporting A-State as we continue to move through this process.”
Scholarship to help with med-school BETHANY GALLIMORE
HOTEL, Continued rier said. “The part that the university is playing is that it’s on our property.” Under the proposals ASU would lease the land between Red Wolf Boulevard and Olympic Drive to a selected company which would be responsible for the development, construction and establishment of a hotel and convention center. “This is a great opportunity for us to receive funding that we otherwise would not have,” Carrier said. “And that funding is actually coming from the equity value of the land,” said William Stripling, vice chancellor for student affairs. The opening of the conference center could boost the Northeast Arkansas economy, according to Carrier. Largescale conferences and events could be hosted at the hotel site and channel more revenue
into the Jonesboro area. “There are a ton of groups out there who would love to host an event in Northeast Arkansas but have never had the opportunity because we haven’t had the space available,” Carrier said. “Truly what we’re trying to do is tap into those events that haven’t already been here, that need a space like this.” In addition, the on-site hotel location would give A-State fans the unique opportunity to make use of lodging within walking distance of sports events and summer camps. “You find (hotels and conference centers) on the large campuses,” Stripling said. “These vendors have found an interest here. They’ve found a market that’s sustainable.” The hotel and conference center could also be a potential launch site for an A-State hospitality management degree
program. Both business proposals being considered by the university include allowances for classrooms and internships for the hospitality program. A general plan for constructing an on-campus hotel and conference center complex has been under consideration by university marketing and advancement for some time. Questions about security, lease requirements and parking space are still being worked through by university committees. “We have many details to consider before proceeding with this project,” Hudson said in a press release. “But the concept has merit and is worth pursuing as another transformative possibility for our university and for Northeast Arkansas.”
Students don’t have to be high school seniors to be eligible for scholarships as senior biology major Devin Reed has discovered. The cross-country runner, originally of Springdale, has received the first Craighead County Community Foundation’s $10,000 Stroud Scholarship for students entering graduate medical school. “It’s very rare for scholarships to come by for pre-med folks,” Reed said. “It’s a large amount of money. I’m very thankful for it.” The recently endowed scholarship is named in memoriam of establishing donors Paul and Alma Stroud. “We are very excited to have such an outstanding student, Devin Reed, to be the first recipient of this $10,000 Stroud Scholarship,” said Barbara Weinstock, executive director of the Craighead County Community Foundation. The Stroud Scholarship will go towards Reed’s education at a medical school of his choice. He has already been accepted into the programs of two institutions and is still considering 12 others across the country. “I don’t know where I’m going to go yet but the scholarship will go to that school as part of my tuition,” Reed said. Due to the nature of the application process, Reed may not be able to make his final school selection until May. He plans to spend the next four years in medical school and complete a residency before becoming a licensed heart surgeon. “I’d like to get into the field of interventional cardiac surgery,” Reed said. The decision to enter medical school was less of an “aha moment” and more of a gradual decision, Reed said. “There are a lot of options out there. The more I see, the more I realize there is to learn,” he said. In addition to maintaining honors student status and a 4.0 GPA, Reed participated in the Student Government Association, the Honors College Association and has been an active
Cultural week brings a show EVA ROSS
Courtesy of Devin Reed Devin Reed was selected this year’s recipient of the Stroud Scholarship. Reed is an Honors student and has plans to attend medical school after he graduates this year. Reed also runs cross-country and is a Springdale native.
member of the cross-country running team. Reed helped propel the team to a fourth place finish in the November Sunbelt Conference meet and was chosen as the fall 2013 A-State student athlete of the year. Reed has also previously received the University Honors Scholarship, the Arkansas Challenge Scholarship and the Arkansas Governor’s Scholarship. While the $10,000 Stroud grant may not sponsor Reed through an entire semester of medical school, he is still thankful for the financial help. “I’m pretty excited about it,” Reed said. “We’ll see where this goes.” “We hope that future (Stroud Scholarship) applicants who are pre-med juniors or seniors at Arkansas State have the excellent qualifications that Devin has,” Wein-
stock said. Weinstock said the Craighead County Community Foundation has over ninety endowments, funds or scholarships totaling $5,200,000. Since the foundation’s inception in 2001, donors associated with the Community Foundation have awarded 454 grants totaling $179,000. “We really want to help promote the scholarships in the future,” said Susan Christian, vice president of marketing for CCCF. Students can access information and applications for CCCF scholarships at arcf.org. Several scholarships, like the Paul and Alma Stroud Scholarship, are available specifically for ASU students. These include scholarships for students of criminology, chemistry, nursing and communication disorders
Arkansas State University has one of the largest international student populations of any southeast university, according to US News. With students coming from all over the United States and from over 58 countries, the Jonesboro campus is a place where diverse cultures meet and mingle. This week different cultures will come to life during the 10th annual Cultural Week sponsored by the Student Activities Board. Many chances are available for students to participate in Cultural Week’s fun and educational events. Cultural Week kicks off today officially, but the week’s biggest event will be tomorrow’s performance of Step Afrika! Based in Washington, D.C., Step Afrika! is the world’s first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping. The group uses stepping as an educational and motivational tool for young people by promoting the values of
teamwork, commitment and discipline. Each year Step Afrika! reaches thousands of people worldwide through performance tours across the U.S. and even serves as an ambassador to international audiences. The charity organization uses the arts as a way to build tolerance and acceptance in young people all around the world. Brittnie Short, junior interdisciplinary studies major of Vilonia, plans to attend the performance. “I’m expecting Step Afrika! to be a great show and I hope that students and other community members will come out to see it,” Short said. The performance will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Fowler Center. There is no admission fee and doors will open at 6 p.m. South African Gumboot, Zulu dance and step-style dances will be performed at the event. On Wednesday, students have the chance to engage in A-State’s diversity with the Cultural Showcase at 11 a.m.
on the first floor of the Reng Student Union. The showcase is an opportunity to see the different traditions and customs, such as dancing, from the cultures represented at ASU, including African, American, Arabic, Chinese and Hispanic. “It’s going to be interesting to see ASU’s international community and learn more about different countries,” said Edwin Smith, sophomore athletic training major of Sherwood. Immediately following the Cultural Showcase will be the Culture Shock Fashion Show at noon in the same location. Clothing and customs from around the world will be displayed. Robert Johnson, senior communications studies major of Little Rock, planned this year’s Cultural Week as the global issues and awareness director for the Student Activities Board. He said he is looking forward to the whole week being informational as well as entertaining.
Record day at Indiana Relays NATHAN SHELBY SPORTS EDITOR
Courtesy of A-State Athletics Senior forward Kirk Van Slyke of Woodlands, Texas. looks to make a pass while being guarded by a Louisiana-Monroe defneder. Van Slyke had 15 points, 3 rebounds, an assist and a steal in the 72-65 loss.
Red Wolves split road trip KYLE WHITTINGTON AND NATHAN SHELBY SPORTS WRITER AND EDITOR
The Arkansas State Red Wolves traveled to the University of Louisiana-Monroe on Thursday to take on the Warhawks in Sun Belt Conference play. The Red Wolves entered the game 11-7 on the year and 4-3 in Sun Belt Conference play, while ULM entered 6-9 and 3-4 in the Sun Belt. The Red Wolves needed to bring home a win against this team to get back into the upper echelon of teams in the Sun Belt, but the Warhawks had other plans. The game was close through the first half with no team leading by more than six. During this time the Red Wolves were carried by senior forward Kirk Van Slyke and senior guard Melvin Johnson III as they combined to score 22 of the team’s 33 points. On the other side, ULM had a very balanced attack, getting scores from seven different players. The half ended at a 3333 draw with A-State holding onto the momentum. The Red Wolves came out of the gates during the second half by creating a turnover and converting a layup, but then allowed an 8-0 run to give a 6 point lead to ULM. Melvin Johnson III was not going to let the game get too far away as he hit back to back threes to get the Red Wolves within striking distance. ULM put on a huge run in the second half and the Red Wolves struggled to get back into it. By the seven minute mark
the Warhawks had pushed their lead to nine and the Red Wolves could not get the scoring and stops required to successfully mount a comeback. The closest they would get to ULM was within five points after a three pointer by senior guard Ed Townsel, but it proved to be too little too late as there were just 15 seconds left on the clock. The final score was 6572 Warhawks, and the Red Wolves fell to 11-8, 4-4 Sun Belt. In a press release after the game, Head Coach John Brady voiced his displeasure at the team’s inconsistency. “We take a step forward and then two steps backward,” he said, adding the team had played poorly. Coming off of the blowout win against UALR after the streak of road losses, it was hoped that the Red Wolves had turned a corner and were ready to force their way back into the conversation of best Sun Belt team, but this game proved to be a stumbling block. The game was dominated by Melvin Johnson III as he scored 27 points on 50 percent shooting (7-14) from the field and 7-9 from the free throw line. 6-7 buckets were three pointers, as he shot over 50 percent from there (6 of 11), and he added eight rebounds, an assist and a steal, but he did have three turnovers. Kirk Van Slyke also had a good game with 15 points on 6-11 from the field with a three pointer, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and only one turnover.
However, the Red Wolves were yet again out rebounded 33-29 and had twice as many turnovers (14 -7) as the Warhawks. Following the defeat, the Red Wolves headed to Troy to take on the Trojans. The Trojans, at 7-13 on the year with a 2-6 record, were responsible for a 98-84 loss on Jan. 9 for the Red Wolves at home. However, the hot shooting that led Troy to that win seemed absent on Saturday as a balanced Red Wolves offense would lead throughout the game. Rakeem Dickerson and Ed Townsel both scored a gamehigh 19 points to lead four players in double figures. “It was important for us to get this one,” said Brady. “We played really well tonight and I was proud of the way our guys bounced back after a disappointing loss Thursday night (at ULM). We played with a lot of energy and guarded them well.” A-State finished the night shooting 43.6 percent (24-55) from the floor and 82.8 percent (24-29) at the free throw line. Troy made 46.6 percent (2758) of its shots from the field and was 57.1 percent (12-21) in free throw efficiency. With the win the Red Wolves move to 12-8 on the season with a 5-4 conference record. With that record A-State is 3.5 games back with nine games left in conference. The Red Wolves will face the Scots of Lyon College at 7:05 Tuesday, February 4th at the Convocation Center.
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Fresh off their strong performance at their home meet on Jan. 24, the Red Wolves Track and Field squad looked to continue their strong run of form at the Indiana Relays, completing the two-day event at the Gladstein Fieldhouse. According to the press release, the Indiana Relays featured over 1,200 athletes competing from 25 schools. This event would prove to be a major breakthrough for the A-State as they would set new season-bests times or marks in eleven events for both squads combined. The A-State women’s and men’s teams entered the meet listed 27th and 43rd, respectively, in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s national indoor rankings. For the Women’s team, six members would post personal career-best efforts in five different events, while the men would have five team members finish the meet with a career-best showing in six events. “We had improvement as a team over last week for both
our men and women, which means we are moving in the right direction,” said A-State Head Coach Jim Patchell in a press release. “We had several personal bests, which is positive, but we still have some things to iron out before the (Sun Belt) conference championships.” Senior Sharika Nelvis collected the sole first-place finish for the Lady Red Wolves, winning the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8:17 while Sophomore Emenderlyn Iwuji claimed runner-up honors in the same event with a career-best 8:57. Junior Rexi Parcells also had the second-best time in the 3,000 meter run with a 9:58.97 that was the fastest by an A-State athlete in the event this year according to the press release. Freshman Erika Christian posted a new personal record of 57:89 in the 400-meter dash, which won the heat for her and ranked third among 21 competitors. Also setting a personal-best time or mark in at least one event for the Red Wolves were Junior Ane Fourie, Junior Tilda Helgesson, Senior Bailey Sisson-Eller and Freshman
Erin Farmer. The men’s team was led by senior Richard Chavez, who won the weight throw with a career-long distance of 19.14m. Senior Kashef Daniel reached a career-best height of 2.15m in the high jump to claim second place in the event, while fellow senior Justin Whitfield claimed sixth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.86 in the finals. Whitfield was joined in the 60-meter semifinals by teammate Senior Raymond Jackson. Sophomore Jamal Jones set personal-best times in the 60-meter dash and 200-meter dash, finishing 10th among 27 runners in the 200 meters. Freshman Clint Ligon set new personal records in two events and sophomore Wil Norris in one. Norris also set the team’s fastest time this season in the 5000-meter run at 15:18. Two A-State relay teams for both the men and women set new season-best times as well according to the press release. The Red Wolves return to action Feb. 7-8 at the Missouri Invitational and Nebraska Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational.
Courtesy of the A-State Athletics Senior Justin Whitfield (Left) of Dyersburg, Tenn. and sophomore Sherekia Marshall (Right) of Texarkana were among the athletes to represent Arkansas State at the Indiana Relays. Whitfield won sixth place in the men’s 60-meter dash with a time of 6:86.