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Looking Back

Reviewing the triumphs and downfalls of this year’s A-State athletics.

Informing the campus and community since 1921 Volume 93, Issue 47

Thursday, May 1, 2014


A-State to the Rescue Student organizations team up to help tornado victims RACHEL BJORNESTAD & BETHANY GALLIMORE OPINIONS & NEWS EDITOR

In the face of tragedy, A-State students are stepping up to join the relief efforts for the Central Arkansas communities devastated by tornadoes Sunday night. Though few outside citizens are being permitted into the Mayflower and Vilonia area described as a “war zone,” fundraisers, supply drives and aid efforts have been underway since Monday morning. The ASU Leadership center is one of many groups on campus taking multiple steps to help out tornado victims. All leadership groups are taking monetary donations for the American Red Cross. Donations can be dropped off from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Leadership Center table in the Student Union through Friday. Multiple fraternities and sororities have also organized food drives, clothing drives and collections of other essential items. The donations are being distributed in the affected areas this week. Once approved, some Greek members are making plans to travel down to the affected areas to help out personally. Additionally, Red Cross donation buckets are in every Greek Life house. Erin Wadley, a sophomore

Evan Reikhof| Staff Photographer Nicholas Lesley, a sophomore accounting major of Manila, and Kacey Vaughn, a junior business major of Searcy, both members of Sigma Pi fraternity collect money and canned foods for the tornado victims in Arkansas.

political science major of Sherwood and member of Chi Omega, said she feels a strong desire to help out in any way she can. “It didn’t really hit me until I started to see the pictures,” she said. “My heart just breaks for them.” Wadley stated that while there is a need for food and other essentials, what is needed most is money. The Student Government Association is also helping tornado victims. Thanks to

President Logan Mustain, Blue Coast Burrito will donate 10 percent of next Tuesday’s profits to tornado victims. Red Wolf Radio has organized an on-air supplies drive and encouraged students to drop off non-perishables, bottled water and survival supplies in the Red Wolf Radio station. “We’re really concerned about our fellow citizens in Arkansas, and we want to uplift people and get them on the right track,” said Japhanie Gray,

Garden Club: A club worth digging into

junior multimedia journalism major of Osceola and program director for Red Wolf Radio. “This is our way of extending our condolences to others that have experienced this tragedy.” Benton Bajorek, a junior communication studies major of Jacksonville, stressed that while there are a lot of things the victims need up front, the recovery process will take much more than a few weeks. “In situations like this, there’s never going to be Tornado Relief, 3A


The journey toward creating a Mexican sister campus for Arkansas State University moved one step closer Friday when the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board voted to approve plans for the ASU-Queretaro initiative. This approval must be provided before any state institution can establish a new campus, regardless of its location, according to Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Lynita Cooksey. “Without it, we could not continue to move forward with the ASU-Q initiative,” she said. The decision for approval comes just two months after the Feb. 21 groundbreaking in Queretaro. The campus is scheduled to be operational by fall of 2015, according to Chancellor Tim Hudson, and will accommodate an initial student body of 1,000 students. The campus has received support from the Mexican and Arkansan communities since negotiations began in late 2012. “This is another historic step for Arkansas State,” Hudson said in a press release. “We appreciate the board’s vote of confidence as we expand opportunities for our students and faculty while building important relationships between two significant countries.” Arkansas State will protect



Spring is in the air, and the Arkansas State Garden Club is a way for students to get their hands dirty and their thumbs green on campus as weather warms up. The club is an activity that students and alumni of any major, as well as any faculty or staff mem-

bers, can join to dig into gardening. The group informs students about the importance of locally grown food, while also providing the opportunity to learn more about agriculture. “I believe the easiest, the fastest and most effective way to get close to and understand nature is gardening,” said Truong Tran, a Vietnamese graduate of the computGarden Club, 3A

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its assets through operating the campus via a private business enterprise, the Association for the Advancement of Mexican Education, which has financed much of the school’s start-up cost and provided the 2,000 acres on which to build the university. “We have worked hard to create a partnership that minimizes risk yet maximizes benefits for Arkansas State, Mexico, and, most of all, students,” said ASU System President Charles Welch. Not only will ASU-Q become one of the few residential campuses in Mexico, it will also be the only accredited American university institution in the country. “(The campus) will create leaders who have an empathetic understanding of different cultures, who are comfortable working in a global environment,” Hudson said. Once the campus is operational, a portion of the tuition fees will filter back into the Jonesboro economy via the A-State university. Economic and business opportunities will also abound thanks to the improved international relationships, according to Cooksey. “The ASU-Q campus can provide potential economic collaborations; The Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce and industries have been positively involved in discussions and interactions with various representatives from the industry in Queretaro,” she said.

Updates tighten information security TANYA GIRALDO

Chelsea Hays| Staff Photographer Truong Tran, a former ASU student with a Masters in computer science, works with the plants in the ASU Hoop House at the ASU Farm. The Garden Society allows alumni to still join thier club.


Universities are an identity thief ’s dream when it comes to stealing information, and the staff, students, and faculty of A-State have encountered instances of identity theft attempts. Since the beginning of 2013, 47 data breaches have occurred in the education sector, which includes both K-12 and higher education, according to a database maintained by the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse reported by the With a 24/7 open Wi-Fi network and having anywhere from 1,000 to 45,000 devices connected to a network, wirelessly or with a wire at any point in time, it takes a team to keep hackers out of the Red Wolf pack. Henry Torres, chief information officer of Information and Technology Services, said that it takes two components when it comes to creating In-

Evan Reikhof| Staff Photographer Hiroki Matsuo, a senior double major in psychology and computer information and technology of Japan, makes changes to the setting on the Macs at the IT Store on campus where he works.

ternet access for the A-State campus: network and hardware. “We have a network that people can access and it’s an open network since we are a public institution, so it kind of adds different nuances compared to a private company that might be a closed network. We want people to be in

and out of our network at all times for scholarly work,” Torres said. “Then we have hardware, which are computers that are inside the network.” To protect information that is going in and out of the network, Torres said IT uses firewalls to track and block attacks. For instance, IT stops a transmission automatically if the system catches anything resembling a social security number. They put it in “quarantine” and the sender receives a message saying, “we detect a social security number of some sort, please verify that it is or is not,” Torres said. Torres also said anyone on the ASU network should always be cautious when providing sensitive information such as credit card information, a social security number or identity related data. In the past, ASU would use student’s social security numbers to identify students, but Information Security, 3A

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Gifts for graduates Buying the perfect item for your graduate on the big day CAITLIN LAFARLETTE #LIFE EDITOR

It’s almost time to walk across the Convocation Center stage in cap and gown to finally take hold of a college diploma. But for anyone not graduating, that just means it is time to start looking for gifts for the class of 2014. It is always a nice gesture to wrap up something practical any graduate can use for their new adult life, yet if a wad of cash isn’t an option (although the preferred one), there are several other ideas that will work just as well.

New luggage: Moving back in with mom and dad is becoming the norm, but others are taking this newfound freedom as an opportunity to travel overseas or cross country. New luggage will give graduates a chance to pack in style and safety, without fear of a new hole ripping in bags worn down from four years of moving in and out of dorms.

and cross at least one thing off their shopping list. Electronics: Maybe it’s time for a phone upgrade or a tablet charger has been lost. Regardless, technology will always be a winner when it comes to gifts. “I do want an iPad for convenience purposes,” said Brittany Green, a senior biology major of Camden. Diploma frame: What better way to show off four or more years’ worth of hard work? Displaying their diploma will make any student proud and having a nice frame to hang it in on the wall adds a bit more sparkle to that shiny piece of paper. Books: Being an adult is scary, but luckily there are plenty of books out there to make learning about taxes, loans and insurance a bit more easier. Having such writings on hand can help a graduate keep from scrambling about Google trying to find legitimate sources of help. Business cards: This is a great present for graduates who are actively seeking a career after commencement day. A nice set of business cards that are professional and clean could help them get closer to that dream job by making a good impression on their fu-

ture boss. Gift cards: When all else fails, gift cards are the way to go. To make this option a bit more special, go for several gift cards among different stores or restaurants and pile them together in a little goody basket. There is no hassle with gift receipts or fake excitement over some useless gift; gift cards give freedom and options. The best part about these ideas is that they are extremely flexible and allow for different options. When it comes down to it, your graduate will more than likely be excited for whatever you put a bow on. Cassie Adams, a senior English major of Cabot, said she is headed to law school in the fall and expects to be fairly stressed out for the next three years of her life. “The best graduation gifts I could receive would be any type of stress relievers,” she said. “Whether it be money to eliminate the stress of books, rent, groceries or school, or maybe something a little less practical like a massage or pedicure, I would really love something that would help ease my mind about grad school and my future responsibilities.”

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INFORMATION SECURITY, Continued now, Torres said students, faculty and staff are issued university ID number. “We give a student ID that is unique to you for your life of being in our institution,” Torres said. “We don’t use a social security number really for anything in our systems anymore.” The use of university issued ID numbers ensures extra security for student’s information. The ID also verifies if a person trying to access anything that requires an ID on campus is in fact a student, faculty, or staff member of ASU. Another way the ASU campus has encountered situations with identity theft is through phishing emails. A phishing email is an email that might look like an ordinary email but that requires a person to click a link or provide personal identity information in order to steal it. “We’ve taken measures down to the very simplest form. Do we really need this information? Do we need your identity? Why do we need it? Who needs it? We’ve reviewed who accesses all identity information or any kind of FERPA information,” Torres said. McKenzie Cagle, a junior English major of Paragould, she encounters phishing emails in her school email inbox often. “They look pretty official because they say they come from ASU, but then if you read what they say, they ask you to email them with your username and password, which, if any ASU official needed information from me, they would only require my student ID,” she said. Cagle said she has always been aware of these kinds of identity theft attempts and knows just what to do when she encounters this situation. “I read them and delete them,” she said. “I figure it’s a random draw as to which student’s email they end up in. I just make sure to delete them

and never reply to them.” When it comes to phishing emails, Torres said IT stops them once notified that one has been sent. However, it is up to students to be aware and detect phishing emails. “We’ve had (situations) where someone has clicked and put in their password and it looks like it is coming from ITS Blackboard or ITS helpdesk,” Torres said. “We are sending out emails on a frequent basis that we won’t send without our logo.” Some tips that Torres said would benefit students is to make sure students do know who is sending them the email. If it sounds as if they know the student, be cautious. In most cases, the hackers are waiting for the receiver to do something such as a link or input information. An identity thief ’s goal is to get personal information that they can use against the recipient. Torres said IT is constantly looking at ways to better the network and increase security, such as updating the firewall. “There are new firewalls always being added. We’ve been talking about going to Mexico, adding a medical school; we are going to be adding a hotel restaurant management school with a hotel on campus. That presents itself another additional type of security,” Torres said. “So, we are looking at things that will help us to protect our network and our hardware.” Last February, the ASU Department of Finance and administration received reports that employees who have not filed tax returns for 2012 could have had their information compromised. “We do believe that personal information on a number of ASU employees has been obtained by a third party with apparent intent to defraud,” said Len Frey, vice chancellor for finance in a February 2013 interview.


An estimated 245-250 individuals at A-State were impacted from last year’s tax fraud. According to Lori Winn, director of human resources, last year’s tax season was closed out with an estimated 245250 individuals on the A-State campus being impacted. “Of those individuals, they were able to eventually obtain tax refunds, but it took a significant amount of time. We started this year’s tax season off in February with a handful of individuals who have been impacted, some were the same as last year, and some were not” Winn said. “We had less than 10 individuals who were impacted this year.” The investigation has continued in the hands of the FBI and the IRS, although it still remains unclear who the perpetrator was. “We did not see any type of student impact,” Winn said. “Universities are and have been targets and are on the forefront this year as well.” This experience has proven that ASU isn’t the only university that has encountered this sort of identity theft. The University of Iowa contacted ASU because they were in the beginning phases of a similar situation as last year, said Winn. Torres said universities are targeted because of the open network. “We don’t want to restrain it and make it closed and I think the criminals know that universities have an open environment,” Torres said. It was a learning experience, Winn said, for ASU to go through this and it was an opportunity to educate individuals. “We’ve learned a lot,” Torres said. “There are teams of people doing this and they are criminals and they know how to get away with it.”

GARDEN CLUB, Continued er science program at A-State. He has been involved with the club for three years and continues to garden with them even after graduating. Students involved in the club are currently planting flowers, squash, tomatoes and a variety of other vegetables at the Agriculture Center. At the moment, Tran said he is preparing to harvest 100 garlic bulbs from his garden early this summer. The club is actively involved in the Jonesboro community and donates vegetables to the Jonesboro food bank, and partners with petting zoos to teach younger generations the importance of agriculture. During the harvesting months the club frequently sells their produce at the ASU Regional Farmer’s Market, located at the corner of Aggie Road and Red Wolf Boulevard. The market opens for the season this Saturday and garden club members plan to sell their home-grown produce. Gardening can be a relaxing

as well as educational activity for students. “It’s very therapeutic when you’re out there in nature and you’re getting exercise. It has helped me lots of times to relieve tension,” said Rachel Henderson, a senior agricultural plant science major of Jonesboro. Tran said gardening is one of the best ways to relax and balance his life working as a software developer. There are many elements to developing a successful garden. Watering the plants right and keeping them in the sun can result in a favorable harvest. However, that is not all that it takes to have a successful garden, Tran said. Tran said the key to successful gardening lies in sharing the experience with other people. “It is challenging but you will be happy when you plant things, get them (to) grow well, enjoy eating them, and then share your experience—your garden product—with other

people,” Tran said. The club plants during the spring and fall semesters. When the weather is colder, the group uses what they call a hoop house, Henderson said. A hoop house is a small greenhouse that can be used to grow plants in lower temperatures. In addition, the club also maintains a small farm for planting outside. Members are only required to bring their own seeds and pay the nominal membership fee. Most of the other gardening materials are provided. Meetings are held once or twice a month when the weather is colder. In the spring, the club meets on a weekly basis and students can check on their garden whenever it is convenient to them. For more information on how to join the ASU Garden Club or meeting locations, prospective members can contact Rachael Henderson at, or the club advisor at



enough help for what these people need,” he said. “This isn’t a short term fix, these people will need help long term.” Bajorek is especially close to the situation and has family members affected by the tornado that hit the town of Mayflower. His uncle and family lost their house and are currently seeking shelter with friends. Bajorek said that his family had just recently moved into a new house. “It was their dream home.

To have it all gone in a matter of seconds, it’s hard for me to fathom,” he said. In the wake of tornado season, Bajorek also said it is important for everyone to take the proper weather precautions. Students are encouraged to subscribe to ASU Alerts to receive text messages and email notifications for potential emergencies. In addition, the Red Cross tornado app contains information for preparing for a tornado and locates storm shelters in the area.

Bajorek said his close family connection has made him rethink the luxuries he has. “I woke up this morning and I didn’t have to find a pair of socks in rubble,” he said. While there will be a long recovery for all tornado victims, Bajorek takes comfort in the fact that his family members were not among the 15 victims who lost their lives. “At the end of the day, that’s what’s important,” Bajorek said.

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A Year in Review


Red Wolves 2013-2014 season brings unprecedented success played their hearts out all year long, leading to the team’s third 20 win season in the past decade, as well as taking the regular season title. It was a last second stop by Western Kentucky in the championship game that ended the season on a very bitter note but these women played like champions all year long.


It’s been an amazing season for Red Wolves athletics, perhaps the most successful one in history. Many sports set records in 2013-2014 and the year was full of excitement for Red Wolves fans. A-State Football continues their historic run It was a vital season for Red Wolves football. Many mid-major programs have risen to prominence in the last 10 years, teams like Southern Miss, Houston, or Louisville, only to sputter out whenever their superstar player or coach left the program. The Red Wolves got a double whammy in the off season with the loss of Ryan Aplin, who was arguably the greatest QB in the history of Arkansas State football, and Gus Malzahn, one of the sharpest offensive minds in the nation. By all accounts, this should have been the end of what had been a historically successful two seasons, and most experts figured A-State only had an outside chance at a third consecutive Sun Belt Conference title. This team has never been one to follow the script, however, and the season exceeded many fans’ expectations by going 8-5 overall. Game of the season: Ball State 20 Arkansas State 23 Would any A-State fan disagree with this decision? How many of us can still remember where we were when Ryan Carrethers and about 600 A-State defenders poured through the Cardinals’ line and blocked the field goal to win the game? Or when the infamous “hide the midget” play tricked every single person in the universe? This game had all the makings of one of the best games in A-State history: a come from behind win at the last minute, with A-State as a heavy underdog, and a freshman QB leading the team to glory. Many fans may have complained going to Mobile again would make for a boring game, but they weren’t saying that as they rushed the field after the win. Player of the season: Ryan Carrethers If you didn’t know who this man-imal was before the season started, you quickly learned his name. Recording a whopping 93 tackles on the season, including 34 all by himself, as a defensive tackle is incredible. Carrethers swallowed up double teams all season and wrecked havoc in the backfield of nearly every team we faced. Don’t be surprised if we see Carrethers playing on Sundays with the rest of A-State’s greats. Overall impression: This Red Wolves team

File Photo Michael Gordon, a junior running back from Camden, Miss., runs in a touchdown against Texas State. The Red Wolves would go 8-5 on the season, winning the Bowl 23-20 against the Ball State Cardinals.

clawed and scratched their way to a decent record, certainly better than most expected. The motto of the season was brick-by-brick and though this wasn’t the most star-studded season we’ve had, the fact we were able to stay consistent in the face of adversity says something about the future of this program. Many schools can have a breakout season or two but the ability to keep that momentum going when things get tough is a much more rare quality. Our next 10 or more wins season could still be a year or two away but these Red Wolves, who had four coaches in four years, have laid the foundation for what could be a perennial contender in football. A-State Soccer completes one of the most successful seasons in their history Though their 10-7-3 record was a little off last season’s 11-8-1 mark, the Red Wolves made an unprecedented run through the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. It took a shootout for eventual Conference Champ South Alabama to beat the Red Wolves 1-1 (6-5 shootout) in the conference Semifinal. Last year, Western Kentucky ousted the Red Wolves in the first round by a score of 1-0, and it was clear the hunger for a championship was on their minds all season. Game of the year: UALR 1 A-State 2 Significance takes a backseat to emotion in this one, as nothing in the sports world beats the thrill of stealing a win at the last second against a rival. UALR scored in the fourth minute with a beautiful passing display and managed to hold that lead for 81 minutes. Just as it seemed the Trojans would ride that goal to victory, senior Madison Joyce, junior Samhia Simao and sophomore Loren Mitchell worked a bit of magic and snuck the ball under and past the keeper to tie the game at 1-1. Simao completed the comeback by taking a beautiful shot from the center of the box in the 88th minute to push the Red Wolves to a 2-1 victory. There wasn’t a fan that left early from that game and the Red Wolves fans in attendance

were not disappointed. Player of the year: Loren Mitchell She was the golden boot for the Red Wolves, scoring 12 goals and four assists throughout the season. She also led the team in total shots (48) and shots on goal (26) and was just an offensive juggernaut for A-State all year. What’s even scarier for our opposition is that this is only her sophomore season.

Game of the Year: Western Kentucky 75 A-State 78 Beating Western Kentucky in basketball is a feat. As the most successful postseason team in the conference (both men’s and women’s), this school is almost a sure bet to be in the conference title picture every season. The Red Wolves beat the Hilltoppers in Bowling Green just 10 days before the Hilltoppers headed to Jonesboro for what was an overtime thriller. The crowd was electric as two of the best teams in the conference matched blow for blow through 40 minutes. A-State had more stamina however, and managed to turn an 11-8 advantage in overtime into a 78-75 win.

2013-2014 A-State Season Stats Overall record: 127-89-3 (.588) Sun Belt: 61-39 (.610) Home: 71-19-1 (.790) Away: 42-54-1 (.438) Neutral: 10-16-1 (.384) Post Season: 6-6 (.500) Conference championships: 4 National Championships/champions: 2 Conference finishes: Football: 1st W Basketball: 2nd Rugby 7s: 1st W Golf: 7th W Soccer: 3rd M Basketball: 4th W Volleyball: 5th W Outdoor Track & Field: 1st M Outdoor Track & Field: 4th W Tennis: 7th M Golf: 9th Overall Impression: If you weren’t at any of the soccer games this year, make it a point to be there next year. This team is fast and fun to watch with a chemistry that gave opponents fits all season long. This team has a strong core of young players coming through the ranks and next season could prove to be yet another successful one for Red Wolves soccer. With teams like Memphis, UCA, Mississippi State, and UAPB all coming to play in Jonesboro, there has never been a better time to come and support the Red Wolves soccer team. Women’s Basketball ends strong season on a heartbreaker This was one of the best seasons the women’s team has had in a while, with its fair share of spectacular games. Seniors Jame Morrill, Carlette and Carlishia Wyatt

Player of the year: Andrea Gamble The redshirt sophomore led the team in total minutes played (1221), minutes per game (35.9), field goal percentage (.497), was second in total three-point makes (41) and led the team in free throw makes (164). In short, Red Wolves fans hope that this is only the beginning for her. Overall impression: Who says women’s basketball isn’t exciting? These Red Wolves were outstanding all year long, and even made a great showing in the WNIT against UTEP. This team has a bright future and coach Boyer must know it. Another great season could be in reach for the Red Wolves, even with the loss of some stellar seniors. As always, the best way to help the team is to show up to

the Convo and make it an intimidating place to play in. Men’s Basketball is close, but no cigar It is so hard to write on how this season went for the men’s basketball team. The team won 18 games in the regular season, which is definitely nothing to look down on, but many Red Wolves fans felt like this team could have been so much more. The men probably had the best offensive weapons we’ve had in years, with Melvin Johnson as one of the top 3-point shooters in the country, and Kendrick Washington and Kirk Van Slyke tormenting teams in the paint all year long. But this team just couldn’t seem to gel and was absolutely pummeled by Georgia state in the second round of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. Game of the Year: UALR 114 A-State 116 This game gave not one, not two, not three but a record setting four overtimes of action between two bitter rivals. It was a mixture of emotions that captured the feelings A-State fans had all season. There was anger that the little things ,like free throws, were terrible. Jubilation at the flashes of brilliance this team displayed, and just a hard fought win. Any Red Wolves fan who watched this game was no doubt captivated and the joy of winning after the game matched any experienced all season long. Player of the year: Kirk Van Slyke Consistency wins the prize on this one. Van Slyke was second in minutes per game (30.8), second in points per game (14.9), second in rebounds per game (5.9), first in blocks (1.2), second in field goal percentage (.518), first in free throw percentage (.816) and second in three point percentage (.409). This may seem like he is a lock for second place, but Van Slyke was without a doubt the most versatile player on the floor any given night.

He can shoot, defend, do the big and little things and had an obviously high basketMany sports set records in 2013-2014 and the year was full of excitement for Red Wolves fans. ball IQ. He played hard for a school he only had one year to play for, and he was a major reason this Red Wolves team was as successful as it was. Overall impression So close: that seems to be the mantra of A-State basketball. We always seem to be just one cog away from a perfect machine, and the missing cog this year was consistency. It seemed we had four players who could go off on any given night but we could only ever get one or two to go off. It was as frustrating and disappointing as it was exciting to watch A-State basketball this season. Red Wolves fans can only hope coach Brady can find a group of players that can mesh well, and maybe hit a few free throws every once in a while. It isn’t clear how next season will turn out but it will be an exciting ride. Season in review: There are just too many sports and not enough space to give enough of a recap to every single one. The bowling team had an incredible season and finished fifth overall in the nation, while club sports like Red Wolves Rugby, who won a 7s national championship, had equally successful seasons. Though Olympic sports like volleyball, tennis and golf have finished their seasons recently, each representing our university well, there are still plenty of sports for Red Wolves fans to cheer on. Baseball is still in conference play, while track and field and a host of club sports are working their way through or towards the postseason.

File Photo Hanna Qedan, a junior of Farmington, weaves in and out of the other team’s players to make a basket at Saturday’s against Louisiana-Lafayette. The women’s baskeball team had over 20 wins in the regular season, and made 3 post season appearances.

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