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The Red Wolves’ Rugby Club hosted its first home tournament Saturday, with the inaugural ASU Elite 7s Invitational.
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Chess Club gets Réti for second tournament BETHANY GALLIMORE STAFF WRITER
A-State’s Scarlet Chess Club will host their second tournament Saturday as part of their effort to promote the game of chess among the student body and the Jonesboro community. A small trophy and bragging rights will be awarded to the victor of the round-robin style competition, which will be held in the Cache River Room of the Reng Student Union beginning at 9:00 Saturday morning. Membership in the Scarlet Chess Club is not required for tournament participation. Anyone with a chess set and a strategic mind is invited to attend, although friendly competition may be intense, according to club advisor Gregory Hansen, professor of folklore and English in the Department of English and Philosophy. “One of the jokes we have is that nobody’s playing to lose,” Hansen said. No national rankings points will be awarded in the tournament, leaving it open for novices and masters to compete side by side. Pre-registration through Hansen is required for participation in the free event. The club advisor can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 870972-3043. The Scarlet Chess Club was founded by now-A-State graduate Famous Taylor. Taylor and Hansen inadvertently dis-
covered a mutual love of chess during one of Hansen’s literature classes Taylor took during his undergraduate work. “One story that we had read had chess in it,” Taylor said. “We discussed it (in class), then (Hansen) and I started playing chess.” From there, Hansen encouraged Taylor to form a student organization through which chess enthusiasts could have regular game partners. The club got off to a good start, gradually picking up more players as word-ofmouth spread through the campus. Current club president James Agnew, a freshman philosophy major of Jonesboro, learned of the club at the fall Organizational Fair. The oversized chess pieces drew Agnew to the booth, and he later accepted an invitation from a friend to attend a chess club meeting. “Whenever we play, it’s really casual,” Agnew said. The informal association hosts meetings at 10:00 a.m. Saturdays at The Edge coffee shop and at 5:00 p.m. on Sundays at Barnes & Noble booksellers. “We get a whole range of people, you’d be surprised at how diverse the people who play chess are,” Hansen said. The club has seen players from ages three to eighty, and competitors from across the globe and across great professor divide.
“We get professors and instructors who play with us too,” Hansen said. Weekly club involvement can range from four to a dozen people, according to Hansen. “Membership can vary,” Hansen said. “At one point we had about 30 very active members.” Chess players don’t always see an opponent on the other side of the checkered board. Sometimes what draws players to the game is the simultaneous learning and teaching experience. Taylor said, “As long as I’m playing, I can always learn something from somebody, whether they’re a better player or a lesser player (than I am).” Though Taylor has graduated and now lives in Little Rock, he still plays with power when he is able to travel northward to Jonesboro for Scarlet Chess Club events. Club members, like most chess enthusiasts, are almost as excited about training new players as they are about winning a game. “People get surprised at how helpful chess players are to someone that’s learning,” Hansen said. “No one wants to give away their strategy, but when I started playing with really good players I was surprised at how much they want to teach and help you out.” Agnew said, “That’s the only way you get better at chess, is playing people better than you.”
Courtesy of Gregory Hansen Famous Taylor, founder of the Scarlet Chess Club, plays in a chess tournament held in the Pavilion.
Organizations spread vital info through ‘tabling’ Biking helps students save money, time EMILY ALEXANDER STAFF WRITER
Takako Okumura | Staff Photographer Jackie Gerig, a senior setter, and Jessica Heuertz, a freshman setter, hand out flyers and candy in preperation Spike Night, Oct. 30’s game against UALR.
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The student union has been a place for students to hang out, eat, do homework and relax in their free time. Many organizations take advantage of this central, high traffic location to get information out about their groups. Meagan Paladino, a sophomore chemistry major of Cabot and director of philanthropy for Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, said, “There are so many students and faculty that walk through the union so it’s a great place to get news and important information out.” Tabling seems to be one of the most popular forms of organization advertisement in the union. However, the groups cannot pass out flyers to any students, unless approached by the student. Paladino and other members of her sorority have ran tables for many events within her sorority, and said the flyer rule is one that’s been specifi-
cally hard to deal with. “It makes things difficult to table because some people are afraid to approach the tables or may not know what we are tabling for, and we can’t go out there and support our cause to the fullest potential,” she said. There are other rules put into place to ensure that students get their information out as much as possible. Martha Spack, assistant dean and director of the leadership center, said, “Posters may be in key locations throughout the facility. The content of the marketing piece must be approved before the information may be displayed. In addition, Freedom of Speech areas are located around the campus and may be reserved by student organizations or community members.” A complete listing of guidelines for the Freedom of Speech area is located in the Student Handbook, as well as all other Reng Student Union usage policies.
MEGAN TWEEDY STAFF WRITER
According to A-State’s comprehensive master plan, “the iconic academic core welcomes walkers and bicyclists along wide sidewalks under mature tree canopies.” Yet whether A-State has created an environment in which bicyclists feel comfortable is debateable. Sydney Hill, a sophomore pre-law major of Lamar, has been riding her bike on campus since her freshman year. “I love riding my bicycle to class. It’s so time efficient,” Hill said. She also said she doesn’t mind sharing the sidewalk with pedestrians – most of the time. “I feel like a lot of pedestrians don’t understand that they do share the sidewalk with bicycles,” she said. She added it sometimes seems pedestrians general-
ly aren’t paying attention to what is going on around them, which can be dangerous to them as well as bicyclists. “If I could suggest one thing to make ASU more bike-friendly, it would be lines on sidewalks that say ‘bike path’ so that people are less flabbergasted when I pedal by,” Hill said. The Red W.O.L.F. Center is in its second year of a program that offers eight bicycles to rent. Carol Cummings, director of campus recreation, said it was a collaborative effort between the Red W.O.L.F. Center, the Student Leadership Center and the Student Government Association. “We had gotten requests for bikes and we did research about bike programs on other college campuses. We recognized there was a need for this type of transportation,” she said. Campus bikers, 3
Opinion: Veterans Day, 2 Sports: Red Wolves trounce Warhawks, 4 Sports: Rugby hosts tournament, 4
Veterans Day is more than just a day off Every time a national holiday finds its way into the regular school week, students are excited for a day off of school. In some ways having days off is the only way that students know a holiday is taking place. Maybe forgetting the specific dates for so many holidays is not that big of a deal, but understanding why we commemorate the days as national holidays truly is a big deal. We hope that you all know, if not from a sound education, then from commercials giving military personal discounts on goods, that today is a national holiday: Veterans Day. Originally we were going to write a column asking why we observe other national holidays but not Veterans Day. Upon disappointment of our own lack of knowledge of this important day’s history we could hardly formulate an argument that we should celebrate it with a day off. Maybe the best way to celebrate a national holiday is not by taking a day off school and sleeping in, but understanding its history and significance. The Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, officially ending World War I. Although this treaty and date was incredibly significant at the end of WWI the date chosen to commemorate veterans was chosen to be several months earlier, on Nov. 11. Nov. 11, was the date that created a temporary ceasefire between the Allied Nations and Germany. According to the United States Department of Veteran Affairs, the day’s origin stemmed from, then, President Wilson, who said, “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations….” The United States Congress later passed a concurrent resolution in the summer of 1926, making Veterans Day a national holiday. The day was not originally called “Veterans Day,” nor was the day designed to celebrate all veterans. Armistice Day was amended in a resolution in 1936; changing its name to Veterans Day and broadening its scope from WWI to veterans of all wars. Since 1926 Americans have celebrated Veterans Day on Nov. 11, paying tribute to WWI veterans and all those who have served before and after that Great War. Nearly all of us have a connection either by blood, friendship, or our own occupations that link us to veterans. Even our school recently heard great news that our ROTC program would continue to be open for the time being. With this connection to veterans hopefully we feel compelled to not only celebrate this national holiday but also observe it for its significant history. We may not get school off on Veterans Day, but thanks to veterans we continue to enjoy the many benefits of this great nation. “Our View” is written by the editorial staff. The opinions are not necessarily reflective of the student body, faculty or administration of A-State.
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Prison: Never been and don’t wanna go. From numerous documentaries and news stories about the violence in prison to stories I have heard and shows like ghost adventures, I have seen that a prison is some place I will vigilantly pursue to never visit from an incarcerated point of view. Prisons are arguable the most violent societies in America today. According to nationmaster.com, the U.S. is No. 1 in the world with 2,019,234 inmates (we are such over-achievers) in prisons, with China and Russia coming in a respectable second and third place. Now granted, I’m sure that many people do not make it to prison in China and Russia and disappear, but we are still No. 1! Why? Fifty-two percent of inmates in state prisons and 8 percent of inmates in federal prisons are there for violent offenses. Of course they should have to reside in the most violent society in America; they have earned it.
Adrian Sellers is a senior history and communication studies major of Jonesboro. But what about the other 48 percent, the non-violent, that have to try to exist without the desire to be violent? How can we put a non-violent person in the most consistently violent society imaginable and expect them to be “rehabilitated”? To believe this convoluted idea is even possible is to have delusions of grandeur. A majority of the non-violent, not to mention a minority of violent offenders in state and federal prisons, are there because of the war on drugs. Also, drug crimes are vic-
First let me compliment the Herald Staff on the paper. I always grab my copy and enjoy the articles. The format is so polished this year. Tuesday night, November 6th, I attended the preseason Men’s Basketball game at the Convo. Wow, the team looks great and I am looking forward to a wonderful season. But what caught my eye were the three student groups that support the athletes. The pep band was amazing! Full of life, dancing to the great music they provide. What a terrific sound! ( I would love it if they would put together a version of “Peter and the Wolf ” to play when we are on the attack). The cheerleaders were fantastic, giving their all and really cheering LOUDLY. So great to hear…made me want to cheer right along. Howl was up to his usual antics which are always good for a laugh. Finally, the A-Team dancers were decked out and working hard to enhance the game experience. As a mother of a former A-Team member, I can tell you that this team is talented! Really phenomenal to see how many students contribute to
the color and excitement of basketball. I only have one criticism and perhaps this is more of a suggestion for those who control the game schedule and activities. Please allow the band more time to play and accompany the cheerleaders and the A-Team! At least twice, these groups hit the floor and stood there waving their arms and smiling while someone advertised, announced or otherwise controlled the auditory input covering their efforts. Fans don’t want that! When the cheerleaders and A-Team hit the hardwood, we want to see them in action and to the powerful sound provided by the band. All the advertising and announcements can go up on the expensive score boards. Please do not kill the show. Let the fans get enthralled by the music, the cheering and the dance. Who knows, if this starts to happen more often, we may even start HOWLING.
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timless crimes. They are laws created to protect us from who? Ourselves? Actually, according to the debate of the Senate in 1937, drug laws were created as racist attempts to curb Mexican migrant farming and to punish blacks. One senator, from Montana, stated that “two hits off of a marijuana cigarette from one of these beet farmers makes them think they are in a bullring in Barcelona.” Really? Because Barcelona is right outside of Mexico City I guess. Those non-violent drug offenders are in prison for giving into that most natural of American traditions: entrepreneurialism. Granted that they did make an unwise choice in which market to pursue their endeavors, but many of the people in jail for selling drugs are there because they were, and I hate to say it, successful at what they did. Why not take these impassioned entrepreneurs and, instead of spending millions of dollars a year to imprison
them, spend even less money and take the time to educate them. Why not show them how to practically apply their obvious business skills to some legal endeavors? Alleviating non-essential prisoners from America’s over-populated county, state, and federal prison populations by 40 percent would save millions of dollars a year in tax-payer monies in Arkansas, and billions in America that would go to governments just in savings. Not only that, but alleviating non-essentials from prisons would also put billions of dollars nationwide into the state and federal governments from the massive increase in income taxes paid by these new, legitimate business owners and their employees. Let us not forget the money saved in law enforcement costs. That money would go great for infrastructure projects and education. Or, we could just keep on with the status quo, which has OBVIOUSLY worked so far.
Your issue of October 24, dedicated to financial issues facing students, was timely and informative. However, I wanted to draw your attention to an initiative on campus that did not come up in your article on student debt. The Graduate School has a grant from the Council of Graduate Schools and TIAACREF (the company that handles the retirement savings of most universities) to implement a Financial Education program for both undergraduate and graduate students. Our program includes student-led workshops by the members of the Phi Beta Lambda honor society. The Phi Beta Lambda students have been presenting financial education workshops for FYE classes, graduate programs, and student organizations. In fact, if any academic programs or student organizations are interested in hosting financial education workshops, they should contact Dr. Philip Tew who is the faculty advisor to Phi Beta Lambda and a co-PI on the grant. The grant has also permitted us to provide a number of free online financial education
resources on the A-State website. Links to these resources can be found on the webpages of the Graduate School, the College of Business, Financial Aid, and the Advising Center
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MONDAY, NOV. 11, 2013
Local entrepreneur creates out of this world apparel CALEB HENNINGTON EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
How does one manage to balance college classes, marketing work at an architecture firm, and running your own T-shirt company all while still having time to devote to your newly started marriage? One A-State student has found the formula for balancing all of these daunting tasks, and does so with ease. Charles Andrew Fleeman, a senior marketing major of Manila, has been managing and selling his own unique brand of merchandise since 2010, the summer before his senior year of high school. Fleeman’s company, Unearthly Designs, takes its name from a positive outlook on life. “I really wanted it to be a positive based T-shirt company, based on some nature/ earthy designs, but also have that unearthly look,” Fleeman said. “It was kind of like two opposing sides, and it got people interested.” The 21-year-old started off like many young entrepreneurs do, from the ground up. “I bought some T-shirt templates offline, to see what I could do with them. I really wasn’t that great at design at the time, and I had just gotten Adobe Creative Suite and was playing around with that,” Fleeman said. He posted his first design, “Jesus Loves the Lions,” online and asked others if they would be interesting in buying a T-shirt with his design on it. He received huge positive feedback from this first design, which encouraged him to create even more designs. “What really got me started was when I started designing shirts for my hometown high school. My senior year of high school is when I sold my first design,” Fleeman said. Fleeman sold his “Jesus Loves the Lions” shirt for $15 at Manila’s annual Chili Cookoff event, and ended up selling between 50 and 55 of his shirts. “Living in the Bible belt I felt like it was pretty easy to sell that first design, since a lot of the people I knew who bought the shirt also went to my church,” Fleeman said.
Courtesy of Andrew Fleeman and Unearthly Designs An example of Fleeman’s design work shows his involvement with creating Red Wolf apparel and fan gear.
As far as Fleeman’s creative process goes, he starts off pretty simply, with a pen and paper. “Honestly, I just sit down with a piece of paper, or get on my computer and open up Illustrator or Photoshop, and just start brainstorming. And I just brainstorm, brainstorm, brainstorm, and then I’ll finally come up with something I like,” Fleeman said. “If I’m creating a design for someone else I’ll sit down with them and ask ‘do you like this?’” The creative juices occasionally take a while to get flowing, he admits, but sometimes inspiration hits him suddenly and assuredly. “The last design I did took me like 10 minutes to come up with, but I remember one design I had took me about nine hours working on it, and that didn’t include the brainstorming time.” The Manila native has seen success selling his merch in local stores, such as The Refinery on Stadium, and also sells his shirts on his website, unearthlydesigns.storenvy.com. Having to pay for all of his shirt orders straight from his own bank account has been tough for Fleeman, but he’s never gone broke because of a failed shirt design. “I’ve made shirt orders of $1,000 before hoping that I’ll sell them all, so it’s kind of like
playing the lottery,” Fleeman said. “And it’s hard being a college kid, too. Between going to school, working 22 hours a week at another job, and owning a business, it gets pretty busy.” His designing skills have also come in handy working for A-State, designing posters and T-shirts for the university. One of Fleeman’s most popular Red Wolf shirts, his “Keep Calm and Howl On” shirt, was the subject of unauthorized distribution by another clothing seller last year, who took Fleeman’s design and sold it as their own. “I had the design copyrighted, so I think that’s where (I had problems with them).” So far, Fleeman’s designs have been well received by A-State students and fans. “I buy his shirts because he incorporates his personal designs with the Red Wolf brand. The designs allow you to support your team while having a unique look that the major companies haven’t thought of,” said Patric Howie, a senior sports management major of Crossett. Mark Reider, a junior history major of Cabot, has also bought shirts from Unearthly Designs, and said he enjoys the simplicity behind many of the designs. “I have bought two Red
Wolves T-shirts from (Unearthly Designs),” Reider said. “I like to cheer on my team, and Andrew’s designs are classy and spirited, which is appealing to me.” After graduation, Fleeman hopes to open his own clothing store in order to sell his merchandise to a broader audience. He hopes to not only carry his own designs in the store, but also shirts and merchandise from other companies. The designs Fleeman has created have received almost completely positive reviews, and he humbly brags that he’s never received a negative comment on any of his designs. “I really do pride myself on that, and I feel like people are really happy with what they get. That’s kind of what keeps me going, because I really want to make stuff that people enjoy. If I can design something that people are going to like and that I can make money off of, I’m definitely going to do it,” Fleeman said with a laugh. Both Howie and Reider agree they would continue buying shirts from Unearthly Designs and Fleeman if he keeps designing them. “I own all of his ASU shirts that he has made and I’d definitely buy from him again,” Howie said.
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Around 2:56 p.m. Officer Keith Gilliam was dispatched to NorthPark Quads building four for a fire alarm. Gilliam checked the fire panel, which said that the fire detector in room 4206 had been set off. Upon entering the room the officer found something that had been burnt inside of a microwave. After the fire department cleared the building for reentry Gilliam questioned the room’s owner, who said that she was trying to cook chicken nuggets in the microwave. She set the microwave for 10 minutes per the instructions on the chicken nugget box and then left the room. When she smelled something burning she went back to her room and opened the microwave door, releasing smoke and setting off the fire detectors.
Around 7:20 a.m. Officer Kelly Campbell was sent to investigate a reported child standing on the sidewalk on Aggie Road unattended. Upon arrival Campbell recognized the child, aged 3, from her patrols in the area and took him back to his home. According to the report the officer learned that when the father of the household left to take his other child to the bus stop, the boy got out of his sleeping mother’s bed, unlocked the door and went to the sidewalk where he was later found.
Oct. 30 Around 3:50 p.m. Officer Jimmy Barker was patrolling on Aggie Road when he spotted 18-year-old Jordan Cooper and Matthew Blevins smoking cigarettes in a parking lot. The officer approached them and let them know they were in violation of The Arkansas Clean Air on Campus Act of 2009 and that he would have to write them a citation.
CAMPUS BIKERS, Continued In all, Cummings said the rental program has proved to be popular and has experienced much success. There are a few simple rules students must follow to take a bike from the center. A helmet must be worn, for instance, and students may not keep the bikes overnight. Lukas Mayberry, a freshman mechanical engineering major of Sheridan, said he believes A-State has a bike-friendly layout. “I started riding my bike the day I moved in. I figured it would be a quick way to get to class, and I enjoy riding,” Mayberry said. Students aren’t the only ones riding bikes on campus. Richard Grippo, professor of environmental biology, uses his bike to commute from his home to campus. “I don’t ride every day, but when I can, I do,” Grippo said. He has been riding a bike on campus as long as he has been a professor at A-State, and bikes 16 miles total. “It’s been
about 18 or 19 years,” he said. Grippo said riding his bike to campus was slower, but it saved gas. “It helps me do my bit for reducing pollution,” Grippo said. One initiative laid out in the university’s master plan is “to balance all modes of transportation.” A-State was, in the past, geared more toward being a drive-through campus. It was less conducive to pedestrians and bicyclists alike. Grippo said he believed blocking off the portion of Caraway Road that once traveled through A-State helped make campus a safer environment for bicyclists. Mayberry and Hill agreed biking on A-State’s campus saved time. Though she had suggestions for ways the college could improve conditions for its bicyclists, Hill said she planned to continue riding her bike on campus. “I feel safe riding here,” Mayberry said.
Takako Okumura | Staff Photographer Ben Eckerson, a mechanical engineering major of Little Rock, rides his bike to get from his residence hall to the College of Engineering building faster.
MONDAY, NOV. 11, 2013
Red Wolves defense clips Warhawks wings in SBC play RANDALL SHARP & CARA PRICHARD SPORTS WRITER & SPORTS EDITOR
Courtesy of A-State Women’s Bowling The women’s bowling team won the Crusader Classic title Sunday afternoon after compiling an 11-4 overall record over the three-day tournament in Valparaiso, Ind.
Bowling team takes first place in Crusader Classic ZACH ROBERTS SPORTS WRITER
The Red Wolves bowling team finished first in the Crusader Classic this past weekend in Valparaiso, Indiana. Arkansas State ended Friday on a high note with a 5-1 record and a total pinfall of 4,846, beating second place Vanderbilt by 60 pins. The Red Wolves won their first game of the day against Prairie View A&M by a score of 796-668 and followed that game up with their only loss of the day against McKendree 746-715. A- State finished the day strongly by winning four straight games. The Lady Red Wolves were able to grab the fourth seed for tournament play on Sunday during their 4-2 finish on Saturday. Saturday’s section of the tournament ended with a total pinfall of 5,774 for A-State, 118 pins behind day two leader University of Central Missouri.
The Red Wolves day two placement, alongside the day one performance put Arkansas State as the fourth seed in the championship bracket Sunday. Arkansas State began the day with a 1,063-1,000 win against Wisconsin-Whitewater and a 973-877 win over Alma College. Junior Sarah Lokker received tournament MVP honors after bowling a 1,294 over the six games Saturday. “I’m happy for Sarah getting the tournament MVP,” Head Coach Justin Kostick said. “It’s always nice when players do well individually.” Starting off Sunday, the Red Wolves had the chance to face off against Sam Houston State. This match did not affect tournament play and was only put into the schedule so that every team had a chance to play one another. Arkansas State lost to Sam Houston State by a total pinfall of 1,473-1,276. In the first match of bracket play, ASU defeated Vanderbilt
in the second tiebreaker round. Vanderbilt took game one by a score of 189-177, but the Red Wolves came back to win game two 181-170. Vanderbilt won game three 237-163, but once again Arkansas State responded taking game four 190-189 as well as game five 208-195. The sixth game ended in a tie at 217 pins a piece, but Vanderbilt took game seven 203-197 tying the match at 3.5 games apiece. Vanderbilt and A-State then went on to bowl a five-frame tie breaker in which they tied the first game at 107, but the Lady Red Wolves took the second tiebreaker by a score of 129-97 to advance to the championship. A-State went on to face Nebraska in the championship match and jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead with scores of 199-187 in game one and 224170 in game two. Nebraska won game three 245-189, but the Red Wolves bounced back winning game four 186-157.
Arkansas State defeated Nebraska in game five by a score of 194-155, defeating Nebraska 4-1 claiming the Crusader Classic title. “We’ve struggled getting wins on Sundays recently, so it was nice to get some wins today,” Kostick said. “It was really nice to get the tournament title, and defeating my alma mater Nebraska is always a good feeling.” The Red Wolves are set to be back in action on Nov. 2123 in Lincoln, Neb. to play in the Big Red Invite.
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The Red Wolves’ defense came alive at Malone Stadium in Monroe, La. Saturday night, taking the A-State football team to a 42-14 victory versus the ULM Warhawks, moving them to second place in the Sun Belt Conference standings. Despite the cold and rainy weather, the Red Wolves kicked off the game with a win in mind. In the first quarter, senior quarterback Adam Kennedy connected with sophomore running back Michael “Flash” Gordon on a 51-yard touchdown pass capping off a nine play, 91-yard scoring drive with 49 seconds on the clock. ULM’s senior quarterback Kolton Browning drove the Warhawks down the field with a two play, 71-yard drive, concluding with a 59-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Rashon Caesar. In the second quarter, Gordon rushed a one yard touchdown to push A-State’s lead 14-7. The Warhawks responded, however, with Caesar catching a 10-yard touchdown pass tying up the game 14-14. The halftime speech by Harsin must’ve fired the Red Wolves up for the second half as they came out ready to defend and put points on the board. Gordon rushed for his second touchdown on a one yard run to increase the lead 21-14. The special team units made two huge plays, blocking two kicks, something A-State fans
haven’t seen this semester. Senior defensive back Ryan Carrethers blocked a 39-yard field goal attempt by ULM’s Justin Manton in the third quarter. Junior defensive back Artez Brown returned it to the A-State 44-yard line and the offense converted it to points. Kennedy ran in an eight yard touchdown with 1:40 left in the third, extending the lead 28-14. Senior linebacker LaAngelo Albright reciprocated Carrethers move and blocked Manton’s punt, then Kennedy made the Warhawks pay for the mistake as he ran in his second touchdown, expanding the lead 35-14. Gordon rushed his fourth and final touchdown of the night in the fourth quarter with 4:40 left on the clock after A-State’s Brown intercepted the ball, followed by a 10-play drive. “Flash” Gordon displayed much versatility by grabbing two receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown; he was a beast in the run game rushing for 72 yards on 17 carries and three touchdowns. Kennedy rushed for a season high 102 yards and two touchdowns for the night. Sophomore J.D. McKissic led the team with seven catches for 75 yards and junior linebacker Qushaun Lee led with seven tackles. This game was definitely a make it or break it and the Red Wolves showed their fight to hold their spot in the conference rankings. Their next game will be this Saturday, Nov. 16 at Liberty Bank Stadium versus the 6-3 Texas State Bobcats. Kick off is set for 6:30 p.m.
Rugby hosts invitational to prepare for nationals MEREDITH SCOTT SPORTS WRITER
Twelve days and nine teams is all that keeps the A-State rugby club from keeping the title of College 7s National Champions. After their inaugural ASU Elite 7s Invitational, the team feels ready. “We saw a few patterns that we were able to score on and the defensive structure was successful, so we’re just gonna keep working on that and we’ll be ready,” Dylan Carrion, senior scrumhalf said. “We’ve been dealing with some injuries, but we’ve been playing down and short all season. A few of the boys will be back for nationals, so if we can prove when can win with this lineup, we should be good.” The tournament started with top ranked A-State and No. 13 Oklahoma, another contender for the national title. Although OU won the Allied Rugby Club qualifier in September, they were no match for the Red Wolves
this weekend, falling 21-0 in the first game. The two other teams at the tournament were No. 16 Davenport and No. 9 Lindenwood. The third game of the tournament saw A-State and the Lindenwood Lions. The Lions scored the first try of the game, but Carrion was on fire, scoring three of the Red Wolves four consecutive tries; sophomore wing Gavin Brown scored the team’s second try of the game. A-State defeated LU 28-7. “I hate to do this, but if I had to [name a tournament MVP], it would be Dylan Carrion,” interim head coach Matt Huckaby said. “Dylan really refused to let us get stagnant today as a team. We made some uncharacteristic mistakes as a team, but Dylan, to keep the momentum, took the ball himself a couple times and did what he does well and score. That’s great leadership; he’s been our stud all year.” Up next for the Red Wolves
was the Davenport Panthers. Once again, Carrion came out hot, scoring ASU’s first try of the match. Davenport answered back with a try, but senior wing Tito Chitanda, junior fullback Zinzan Elan-Puttick and ju-
“We saw a few patterns that we were able to score on and the defensive structure was successful, so we’re just gonna keep working on that and we’ll be ready.” Dylan Carrion, senior scrumhalf nior lock Harry Higgins scored the team’s next three tries before Carrion scored the final try of the match. Once again, the Red Wolves won, 31-7.
“Two tournaments ago we played Oklahoma and we’ve probably played Lindenwood four times but we hadn’t seen Davenport this year yet,” Elan-Puttick said. “I think I was looking forward to that match the most. They will be at nationals as well and potentially a contender also.” Huckaby said the tournament was to help the team prepare for the nationals tournament in Greensboro, N. Car., Nov. 23-24. “It was such a long time between our last tournament the national championship that we definitely wanted to knock the rust off a little bit and just kind of get our team identity, both in our attack team and defense,” he said. “The boys were able to do it probably the last half of the last game, but they did it and I think that, on top of injuries, was our goal for the weekend.” Huckaby said that momentum is what the team will take with them to Greensboro.
Staci Vandagriff | Photo Editor Senior Connor Cook of Waihaloa, Hawaii runs the ball against OU opponents during the ASU Elite 7s Invitational on Saturday.