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Club Sports

Campus recreation revealed its new club sports program, which includes sports such as frisbee, quidditch, and softball.

Informing the campus and community since 1921 Volume 93, Issue 13


Thursday, October 10, 2013


The Royal We

2013 homecoming court selected to ‘ignite the tradition’

Juan Robles, HOLA

“When I first came to Arkansas State University I would have never imagined being where I am today. Coming from a Hispanic background, it is not common to see a Latino get recognized on such a large scale. It has always been a goal of mine to learn from different cultures, and in return educate others on different ideologies and customs.

Bryanna McClanahan, AOPi “Never in my life have I felt more humbled and blessed to have the opportunity to represent all of the most meaningful aspects of my life, the Lord, my university, and my sorority, through one common experience. To be crowned queen for me would be a moment of knowing that the love I have hoped to invest and express while at this university has not only been felt but has been reciprocated.”

Stevie Overby, AGD “I wanted to run for Homecoming Court because I positively bleed black and scarlet for Astate! This is an opportunity to represent Arkansas State on another level, and I am absolutely honored to have been chosen for the 2013 Homecoming Court! I believe I would be a wonderful Homecoming Queen because I am a true die-hard Red Wolf through and through.”

Natalie Lyons, HOLA “Representing not only the HOLA, I am a representative of the ‘average’ college student; maintaining a job, studies, and holding a leadership position in an active organization. Arkansas State University has been an essential component to my success and I would love nothing more than to represent our University!” #packpride

Chad Easton, Chi Omega

Josh Vick, Zeta Tau Alpha

“Being selected to homecoming court is an honor that not everyone is able to experience, and this has given me the opportunity to represent many organizations and the university as a whole. I feel like I am reliable, responsible, and dedicated to the betterment of myself and my university. I am proud to call stAte my university.”

“I decided I wanted to run for homecoming court because I wanted to represent Arkansas State University on a higher level. Thanks to the ladies of Zeta Tau Alpha for giving me that chance with their nomination. I believe I would be a great King because of my positive image and my respect of Arkansas State University.”


ZTA, A-State prepare for Think Pink Week BETHANY GALLIMORE STAFF WRITER

As October continues, some students begin to think in terms of orange and black when preparing for Halloween and the fall season. However, the upcoming Think Pink Week for Breast Cancer Awareness encourages students to turn their mind to a different color–pink. The second annual Think Pink Week will begin Monday, Oct. 21 and continue through Friday Oct. 25. The events, a yogurt eating contest, a Pinkout football game and numerous breast cancer awareness booths, will be hosted or supported by the ASU chapter of the fraternity for women, Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA). ZTA is not just concerned with raising awareness of this cancer, which affects one in eight women across the United States, according to ZTA information flyers. Leah McDaniel, senior photojournalism major of Jonesboro and ZTA first vice president, said a major part of Think Pink week is prevention education. “Early detection is the best way to become a survivor if you do have breast cancer,” McDaniel said. Think Pink Week events will kick off Monday, Oct. 21 as ZTA sisters distribute pink ribbons and prevention information sheets on the first floor of the student union. Tuesday, festivities continue with A-State’s Pinkout football game against Louisiana-Lafayette. The athletic department will encourage football players to wear pink accents in their uniforms in support of breast cancer awareness week. “The athletic department has been great with helping us out and getting us involved in their event,” McDaniel said. ZTA members will host information booths in conjunction with the football game to reach

as many students, faculty and game attendees as possible. “It’s a Tuesday night game, and we’re hoping attendance will be just as great as for a normal Saturday night game,” McDaniel said. Wednesday, A-State’s volleyball team will show out in their support of breast cancer awareness with their own Think Pink game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The match will tip off at 7 p.m. in the Convocation Center. Think Pink continues Thursday with a yogurt-eating contest on Heritage Plaza lawn at noon. Teams of four will participate in a relay-style eating race passing the yogurt among themselves, and the team that finishes first will be the winner. Pre-registration forms will be available through ZTA, and registration fees will be directed back through ZTA to their philanthropy fund. “All the pink lids (from the yogurt containers) go to our Save Lids to Save Lives campaign that we’re doing with Yoplait,” McDaniel said. “It was a lot of fun last year, there was yogurt everywhere,” ZTA hopes to finalize plans for an IHOP fundraiser for Friday, for which details are still being mapped out. “We’re going to be hosting a benefit night, hopefully, at IHOP,” McDaniel said. “It hasn’t been fully confirmed yet on both ends; we’re still waiting on confirmation.” “We’re not only raising awareness for people who have been affected by (breast cancer), but we’re raising awareness for people who need to check for it and do monthly exams,” said Chelsea Murphey, a sophomore nursing major of Pocahontas, ZTA member and co-chair of Think Pink Week. McDaniel said, “We don’t just pass out the pink ribbons, we also pass out the shower Think pink week, 4A

Amber Ray, Alpha Kappa Alpha

Marshall McDaniel, AGD “I should be homecoming king because I have used every opportunity that ASU has given me. I am very involved in many different organizations and I take pride in making ASU a better place for all students.”

News: Curious clubs, 4A

Opinion: School spirit, 2A


Chase Cook, Delta Zeta

“I wanted to run to leave a bigger mark on this campus, I like to make an impact where I go, stand out rather than fit in. I think I deserve it because of how I treat people with fairness decency, and good manners. It’s how I was raised and I try to be respectful to everyone.”

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he 2013 homecoming king and queen will be selected at the A-State Red Wolves vs. Idaho Vandals homecoming game at Liberty Bank Stadium. The game will begin at 6 p.m., and the homecoming king and queen will be announced at halftime. Voting for homecoming king and queen will begin at 9 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 10 and will continue until 9 a.m. on Friday.

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“I wanted to run for Homecoming Court because I am very active with ASU and this is one of the things that I have dreamed of. It feels good to know that people recognize you for your hard work and are willing to take their time to vote! The positions that I hold require me to be a full-time representative of ASU and I have proudly held up my end of the bargain!”



Not pictured: Jennifer Ulloa, Lambda Chi Alpha.

Sports: Red Wolves vs. Vandals,1B

Yoga on the Plaza Oct. 15 & 22 at 11:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Downtown Jonesboro

Komen Arkansas Race for the Cure Oct. 19 Little Rock

ASU Farmer’s Market Harvest Festival 5k & Fun Run Oct. 19 at 8:00 a.m. Jonesboro

Bark in the Park 5k Oct. 26 at 9:00 a.m. Jonesboro

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#Life: Fowler feature, 4B


Our View


Being part of fandom

We could probably make longer lists of things we are fans of than fanatics. Fans are known to be dedicated devotees, whereas a fanatic is defined as someone who has an unreasonable enthusiasm. Recently a lot of fans were incredibly sad as their favorite show “Breaking Bad” aired its last episode on Sept. 29. These fans probably read a few of the blogs surrounding the show, including interviews with the actresses and actors, and maybe even rewatched the last episode as a final goodbye to a show they had grown so fond of watching. These behaviors we may associate as fairly normal and harmless. Some fanatics of the show most likely were found creeping around the house of their favorite actors and actresses, have probably already rewatched the entire set of seasons, and potentially were some of the people who bid on the replica mask of Walter White that sold for $41,400 on eBay last week. These behaviors are slightly out of the norm, but they do elicit an image of passion for something that is bizarrely tempting. Walking around A-State during homecoming week, there are undoubtedly some fans and fanatics to be found. Although the celebration is sometimes mistakenly viewed as just a football celebration, homecoming is designed as a time to bring back alumni of our university. Returning alumni, students, faculty, staff and the public all come together for an exciting celebration of what it means to be a part of the ASU community. It is exciting to see the school spirit students and fans have in response to homecoming. Thankfully you don’t have to purchase a $40k mask to be part of the craze. The ‘Naked Guys’ purchase a couple dollars worth of paint, the band suits up and everyone in the student section adorns themselves in red and black from head to toe. Weeks like this should make everyone feel great about being a fan and maybe even a fanatic. It should challenge us to find school spirit if we don’t feel like we have much, and to get more if we think we already do. Homecoming week should be a time where fanatics are the norm. Let’s transcend being dedicated to our school and our teams and break into unreasonable enthusiasm. We encourage you to take advantage of the festivities this week, enjoy free food at the tailgate, vote for homecoming king and queen, experience the Red Wolves demonstrate the prowess of our competitive spirit, and appreciate all the community support of our school. Someday we can come back for our homecoming and enjoy the fans and fanatics comradery, just like we did when we were students. “Our View” is written by the editorial staff. The opinions are not necessarily reflective of the student body, faculty or administration of ASU.

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United States foreign policy has rapidly shifted gaze from the war in Syria to Iran. This shift was caused by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s recent call to the White House. This was the first contact between the leadership of the two nations since the hostage crisis in 1979. While this call was meant to create a better relationship between the two nations, this news should be taken with a grain of salt. President Rouhani recently refused to visit President Obama, instead calling Obama on the telephone and talking through a translator for only 15 minutes. The phone call hinted Iran wanted to start making negotiations concerning their nuclear research, but no promises were made. Iran seeks trust where it has been void for years. Iran’s atrocities have been many since the revolution that established its government in

Korey Speaight is a junior business and accounting major of Camp. 1979. The United States lists Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism, funneling weapons, money, and other aid to organizations such as Hamas, Hezbollah and Al-Qaeda. After world sanctions wereplaced on Iran last year, because their refusal to disclose information about their nuclear program, Iran was connect-

There was a statement in the “Just Do it” column in the back of last Thursday’s paper that I feel a strong need to correct. The article was over abstinence and while I respect the validity of the writer’s opinions, I cannot accept a falsehood that I noticed towards the end. The statement that sexually abstinent people do not have to worry about contracting crabs, (pubic lice,) is simply not true. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, it is possible to get them from using an infested towel or sleeping in an infested bed. The American Sexual Health Association adds to that list wearing infested

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clothes and using an infested toilet seat. Part of that article voices the view that young people are rebelling against abstinence-focused sex education by being more sexual. It seems more like the rebellion is not against sexual restraint, but against sexual ignorance. Young people are frustrated with the lack of real facts and health tips given in these types of programs. It is an unfortunate thing when someone chooses to have sex before having a proper education about what being sexually active really means. This includes what the real risks are, how to avoid them, understanding consent, and how to ensure you and your partner are creating the best and safest sexual experience. I respect a person’s choice to stay abstinent or to be sexually active with the same sincerity. It should, however, be made known that there are still risks for contracting STIs even if you haven’t given up your “wedding gift in the making.” I hope that you and your future spouse share a wonderful and well-informed intimacy. Written by Dennese Adkins, ASU student.



ed to a string of cyber-terrorist attacks on private oil companies throughout the region. During the war between Iraq and Iran in the 1980s, Iran used children in warfare as both soldiers as well as human minesweepers. It is estimated that around 95,000 children died serving in this conflict. As recent as July of last year, Iran has been connected to deadly acts of terror. The July 2012 bombing in New Delhi, India was performed not by a terrorist group, but by a wing of the Iranian military, The Iranian Revolutionary Guard. Some may argue that Iran’s extremist days are behind her with the recent election of the moderate president Hassan Rouhani, but this is not true on multiple accounts. Rouhani is not as moderate as he claims to be. Supreme Leader Khomeini appointed Rouhani as deputy commander of war during the war between Iraq and Iran.

Rouhani has been a member of the upper echelons of the combatant regime ever since. When asked by American reporters whether he believed the Holocaust occurred, Rouhani replied “I am not a historian; I am a politician.” Even if Rouhani is moderate, he holds very little power. The government of Iran is a Theocracy, and all presidential candidates are screened by the supreme leader. While a sustained peace with Iran is an honorable goal, Iran needs to gain the trust of the world community before sanctions can be lifted. Full disclosure of Iran’s nuclear facility is a mandatory step in earning this trust. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it best when he said we need to beware of a “wolf in sheep’s clothing.” While Rouhani appears to be trying to make amends, it is imperative that we see through any façades.

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As a non-Greek student, I find it very hilarious how girls that are already in sororities have such negative feedback for the article abou the Greek system at ASU. While they may strongly feel that their sorority is not apart of the said “place where no one belongs”, I feel that they should consider the girls that are shunned by some of these sororities on campus. Yes, I am an African American female on this campus and I have passed by a few sorority tables set up outside of the cafeteria where every girl ignored me as I walked by, clearly appearing to be interested in whatever they had going on. I sometimes stop and read whatever signs they may have posted, and not a single word is spoken to me, but these same girls would go out of

their way to get the attention of a Caucasian girl who’s on her way to class, or just isn’t interested in what they have to say. My theory however, is that while some sororities/fraternities may only be interested in certain types of people, there may be others that feel like some of the people on this campus aren’t interested in their sisterhood/brotherhood so they don’t bother with talking to them or inviting them. Who knows, maybe if I had thought to ask those girls a little bit about what they stood for and expressed my interest verbally, I’d probably be wearing their letters right now.


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Sigma Alpha Lambda partners with NEA Food Bank to end fear of hunger SKYE WHITE STAFF WRITER

Hunger is an issue that many Americans are forced to deal with each day. In Northeast Arkansas alone, it is estimated that 430,000 people struggle to obtain enough food to sustain themselves and their families on any given day. Food Fight Against Hunger is an annual food drive and good cause competition among chapters of Sigma Alpha Lambda, a national honors and leadership organization, at universities across the country. According to A-State Chapter President Daryel Harris, a senior technology major of Cleveland, Miss., schools compete to see who can collect the most non-perishable food items for local food banks. A-State’s chapter of SAL is partnering with the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas in the hopes of alleviating the strain of those in the community who have to question

where their next meal will come from, according to The website also states the organization distributes food to people in need through a network of charitable non-profit agencies and programs across 12 counties. They provide meals to food pantries, soup kitchens, senior citizens centers and special care facilities. Since 1983, the Food Bank has distributed more than 25 million pounds of food throughout Northeast Arkansas. Harris is determined to make this year’s “Trickor-Treat So Kids Can Eat” a success. “Last year ASU only donated 50 items,” Harris said. “We ranked ninth overall. Compared to the smaller chapters, I think we can do much better than that.” During this year’s October-themed food drive, SAL hopes to double or even triple the number of items donated. This month, members of the organization will

have tables set up in the Student Union for students and faculty who are interested in donating. “Up until the deadline, we’ll be set up collecting items, providing our contact information to people that would like to donate to us and accepting what they give,” Harris said. Donation boxes will also be set up in the common building of the NorthPark Quads. All donations should be non-perishable and packaged in non-glass containers. Acceptable items include, but are not limited to: peanut butter, canned vegetables, canned fruits, rice, macaroni & cheese, canned tuna, canned meats, soups, and stews. In addition, personal care items like soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes will also be accepted. Donations may be turned in until Nov. 22, when all items will be handed over to the NEA Food Bank. A recruitment ta-

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ble will be set up in the Union on Oct. 10 to hand out formal invitations to those who meet eligibility requirements. These requirements include minimum 3.0 GPA and sophomore standing. Another table will be set up on Oct. 15 in honor of SAL Spirit Day. This will provide students an opportunity to learn about the chapter and find out more about opportunities to get involved.

The Pre-Law Club will hold a meeting Oct. 16 at 5 p.m. in the Delta Center, and discuss and plan upcoming events. All students are welcome. Contact

Retired Secret Service agent Clint Hill, the agent who climbed on the back of the motorcade limousine when the fatal shots that killed President Kennedy were fired, will speak Oct. 30, at 6 p.m. in Fowler Center’s Riceland Hall. Tickets are required to reserve a seat but admission is free.

The Farmer’s Market will host a Harvest Festival Oct. 19 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The festival includes a 5k, hayride, photo booths and a pie contest.

Students create own legacies apart from famous family members EMILY ALEXANDER STAFF WRITER

The thrill of the college experience for many students is the gaining of independence and starting their own lives as adults. The transition of moving away can be rough for many students, but for some it’s a highly anticipated time to create their own legacy, and escape the lime light of their parents or siblings. One of those students is Monshadrik “Money” Hunter, a freshman undeclared major of Pine Bluff, whose dad, Torii Hunter, is the right fielder for the Detroit Tigers. His dad excelled in football, basketball, baseball and track in high school at Pine Bluff, and was drafted to the Minnesota Twins right out of high school. He later spent a few years with the Los Angeles Angels, and this is his first year with the Tigers. Hunter said he always wanted to play football and his dad did not have much influence on him in those regards, but it appears his family’s genetic pool blessed him and his two brothers with superior athleticism. One brother, Torii, plays football and baseball at Notre Dame and Darius plays football and runs track at Blinn University. Hunter himself has made

his college debut at A-State on the football team, a dream that has been met after playing football since the age of six, and later playing several other sports. For Hunter, having a dad in the MLB is very stressful at times. He has to constantly be thinking about his behavior and how people will react knowing the wealth his family has. Plus, he doesn’t get to see his dad a lot, once a month at best. “People talk about my dad all the time. It gets annoying because they always say to me, ‘if sports don’t work out then you can always fall back on dad.’ I’m here to get out of his shadows,” Hunter said. Ultimately, Hunter would like to go to the NFL, and possibly try out for the minors if he doesn’t get drafted. Kyle Coleman, a junior sports management major and business minor also of Pine Bluff and A-State football player, can relate to Hunter. His dad, Monte Coleman, played football at Pine Bluff High School, and then at UCA before getting drafted and playing for the Washington Redskins for 16 years. He is now the head coach for UAPB. Things are different for Coleman because all of this happened before he was born. “People still ask about him

being in the NFL,” Coleman said. “I still give him his credit and don’t take anything away from him at all.” Coleman said he always wanted to play football and did so at Watson Chapel High School before being recruited to the Red Wolves. He said his dad was always supportive and never too hard on him, it was always his choice. Ideally, Coleman would like to follow in his dad’s footsteps and play in the NFL, but he has his back-up plans. If it doesn’t work out, Coleman plans on trying to play Canadian ball or arena ball, and if those things don’t happen for him, he would like to manage his own sporting goods company. Dannie Hill, a junior graphic design and graphic communication major of Hope, has an older brother, Don Jones, who plays in the NFL for the Miami Dolphins. Her brother first played in high school, then at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, and then at A-State before being drafted to the Dolphins. “The thought of it is really exciting. I’ve been watching all of his games on TV, but with work and school, I haven’t been able to attend any of his games yet,” Hill said. “He’s always busy so we have a set schedule for when we talk on

Courtesy Photo Kyle Coleman followed in his father’s footsteps and chose to play football during college. Monte Coleman played for the Washington Redskins for 16 years.

the phone and Facetime each other.” Hill said her brother’s athletic success never really had much of an influence on her because she has never played sports. “There are times when I feel like I have to go above and beyond in everything that I do just to make him proud of me,” Hill said. Hill said when the two grew up they were always together, but other than missing

him, having a life outside of her brother’s success has been easy, with the exception of all the curious people. “I am constantly being asked so many questions about him daily,” she said. “It’s weird because I never expected people to be bold enough to ask me personal questions about his salary and what he does everyday.” Hill plans to start a career as a marketing specialist focused on advertising, public relations

and marketing. One day, she hopes to move to Miami and have her brother as a client. “It’s hard not being able to see him everyday. Sometimes he may get really busy and we may go weeks without talking to each other. I’m constantly praying that he stays healthy and doesn’t get hurt,” Hill said. “A lot of people are focusing on the money and the fame, and I’m just happy that he is able to live out his dreams.”




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Lynita Cooksey, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, spoke to SGA Tuesday afternoon about welcoming the Higher Learning Commission reviewers to the A-State campus. “You want your institution to be accredited because that means we’re meeting standards,” Cooksey said. Cooksey said the university has been working three years for the visit which will finally arrive on Oct. 28-30. A-State has been involved in a self-study for those three years, and the HLC committee will review the institution to ensure the study has been accurate. “Arkansas State University educates leaders, enhances intellectual growth and enriches life,” is the university’s mission statement (also known as e3), one Cooksey challenged SGA to learn and spread around campus for the HLC visit. She said the HLC reviewers like to walk around and ask students what the mission state-

ment is. “I want people to ask you, ‘what is this e3?’” she said. SGA members will have the chance to meet with the HLC reviewers, and Cooksey and Julie Isaacson, associate professor of nursing and chair of Faculty Senate, encouraged the students to take this opportunity. “They’ll be looking for evidence that we do educate, enhance and enrich you,” Isaacson said. Cooksey added that the university has gone through several changes in the last 5-10 years, and since the last time the HLC committee visited. During other announcements, Senator Jordan Mays explained the recent decision to possibly shut down A-State’s ROTC program, and asked SGA to call a senator to show their support for saving A-State’s ROTC. “That’s going to affect about 120 people, including myself,” he said. “A lot of the contracted cadets, including myself, will have to leave the university that we call our home and find a new one.”

THINK PINK WEEK, Continued cards, which basically explain how to do self-exams.” Breast cancer awareness is a very real issue for ZTA sisters, according to McDaniel. Several members have close family members or friends who have lived through breast cancer, and McDaniel herself has a grandmother who was affected by the cancer. “(Breast cancer) runs in my family, so it’s close to my heart

as well,” McDaniel said. “I think that everyone has been affected by it in some way,” Murphey said. ZTA and the American Cancer Society recommend monthly breast self-examinations for both men and women, and yearly mammograms and clinical exams for women who are 40 years or older. “It’s something that affects both men and women, and a

lot of people don’t realize that,” McDaniel said. ZTA was recolonized on the A-State campus in fall 2012, making this the second year for the fraternity for women to host Think Pink week in honor of their designated philanthropy. “We had so much fun last year,” McDaniel said. “We hope that everyone will be rocking their pink!”

Career Fair All Majors Career Fair October 15, 2013 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Education, Nursing & Health Professions Career Fair October 16, 2013 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Student Union - Centennial Hall

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Have ASU Career Services review your resume. You can stop by or call us at (870) 972‐3025. Take copies of your resume to the Career Fair. Research the companies you plan to visit at the fair here: Dress for Success: Business Formal Attire. Practice your 30‐second sales pitch: Name, class, major, relevant experience, highlights of skills and strengths, and what you know about their company. Review the preparation tips here:‐affairs/careers/Career‐fair/

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Sean Fox| Staff Photographer SGA President D’Andre Anderson discusses plans to spread the universitie’s mission statement, also known as e3 around campus.

Curious campus clubs create close community TANYA GIRALDO #LIFE EDITOR

While midterms have arrived and students have fallen under a comfortable routine, that doesn’t mean it’s too late to find something new on the A-State campus. There are a couple of clubs that aren’t very known that many might find quite interesting and worth the time to check out. Gamers may find solace in knowing they are not alone when obsessing over a favorite video game. The League of ASU is a club that identifies with fellow gamers and provides a kinship with those who love the game “League of Legends.” “We’re a group of people that enjoy playing, watching, and discussing the video game,” said Cody Yates, a junior computer science major of Benton and president of the organization. “A game is always more fun when played with friends, so we started the group to help ASU students find other people to play with.” The club started when the company that makes the game, Riot Games, created a program where college League clubs could register with them and receive sponsorship and official merchandise, Yates said. “When the program was opened by the company, some friends and I decided to start a club here because there wasn’t one here,” Yates said. “We opened the Facebook group page and people flocked to it. I was blown away when we grew from five people to 40 in the space of a couple of days.” Their current Facebook group holds 112 members, but Yates said only 25 members showed up to the monthly meeting. “I’m hoping to double that number for our next meeting on Oct. 22,” he said. During meetings, the group discusses future events, Local Area Network (LAN) parties as well as the game itself. “The good and bad match-

es we’ve had recently, stuff like that,” Yates said. “We provide an easily accessible, unified group where people can come make friends while also playing a game they enjoy. We’re also very open to people who haven’t yet started playing the game, but want to.” The Ping Pong Club, a relatively new organization, allows students of all levels to meet once a week, relax, and play Ping-Pong. “It’s about playing PingPong and going to meet people,” said Dallas Paine, freshman international business major of Summers and president of the organization. “You go there to have fun.” The organization began when Paine noticed many people would head straight to the Ping-Pong table at the Red W.O.L.F. Center. “I met many people who wanted to play, but couldn’t because you need two people to play it,” he said. Currently, 11 to 15 students are involved in the club, but Paine said he hopes to get more students and even faculty involved. “If you ever want to stop by and play for 10 minutes, you can,” Paine said. “For now it’s just laid back.” Paine said if the club grew, they have the potential to become a sports club, which means they could become an official A-State team that could compete with other schools. “We could actually go against other universities as the ASU Ping-Pong team and actually be funded by ASU, “ Paine said. “We would be the first ones to do that.” Another club that takes skill is actually a national organization that is based mainly at universities. The Guitar Guild is an organization in which students who share a common interest can get together and learn more about their favorite instrument. “It’s mostly about sharing an interest for guitar with

like-minded individuals and in some cases fundraising so other people can pursue their interest with playing guitar,” said Alex Ditto, a senior music performance major of Hoxie and president of the A-State chapter. “The goal of the guild is to promote an interest.” More than 15 members belong to the guild and, according to Ditto, there is an even split between music majors and non-music majors. “There aren’t that many places below college education, like high school and younger, where you can actually get that much information about all the occupations or all the wide varieties of music that can be attained through guitar,” he said. “The Guitar Guild is primarily classical because that’s recognized on a national level, it’s a language that many people can speak.” The organization meets weekly for a guitar seminar in which most members attend and study new music. “We study for incoming guests,” Ditto said. “We receive the program and listen to multiple recordings of the set lists and see how (the artist) works the music.” They also look for funding for guest artists so they can do performances, master classes for the university and, in most cases, guitarists also do performances for the Jonesboro Fine Arts Visual Magnet School, Ditto said. “I recommend students check out the guitar guild because the beginnings of every guitarist is radically different,” Ditto said. “It brings all these different perspectives to the instrument. It’s like getting a view through a different lens with all these people around you and then playing classical is what unifies everything.” While these three clubs are very different there is one thing they all have in common. “We just want to bring people the opportunity to get involved with something that (they) really enjoy,” Yates said.




THURSDAY, OCT. 10, 2013

Red Wolves look to damage Vandals RANDALL SHARP SPORTS WRITER

The Arkansas State Red Wolves are gearing up for homecoming this weekend against the Idaho Vandals. The Red Wolves this season are below .500 at 2-3, coming off consecutive losses to Memphis and Missouri. Head Coach Bryan Harsin voiced his thoughts on what his team must do. “Win, come back and change it, that’s what we’ve got to do, bottom line. I thought in the two back to back losses we were two different teams in those games and tried to be the better football team in the loss.” The A-State run game is electric, spearheaded by senior running back David Oku. “I think most teams want to run the football,” Harsin said. “I think that’s the easiest way to be successful. Not ev-

erybody does it as much and not everybody assumes that they have to come out and do that but I do think when it’s in critical situations you have to run the ball,” Harsin continued. “When you go back and look at national championship teams the teams that have won a lot of games, they run the football.” Oku said the team’s mindset is still solid after consecutive losses. “The mindset is good. We’ve had two losses in a row, and were just kind of bitter as always. I think we’ve progressed and we’re getting better and better.” The Red Wolves defense has room for improvement; they’re allowing 31 points a game. “That’s too much and we have to tackle, more likely than not it’s the one on one tackling and space that we struggle with,” Harsin said.

A-State had a hard time tackling against the Memphis Tigers in a blow out 31-9 loss. The Red Wolves enter conference play in two weeks versus the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns. “It’s always a lot of pressure,” Oku said. “Coach Harsin talked the other day about odds not being in your favor. I think the main thing is to take it one game at a time. We have to come in and execute, entering conference play. It’s always turned up a notch cause everybody wants that conference title.” Oku praised the home atmosphere at Liberty Bank stadium. The Idaho Vandals will enter the Vault with a record of 1-5 while the Red Wolves still stand at 2-3 overall. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. at Liberty Bank Stadium.

Campus Recreation reveals Club Sports DYLAN TRAVIS SPORTS WRITER

Staci Vandagriff | Photo Editor Charles Tillman, a junior nursing major of Little Rock, rushes to catch the disk during the game against the Yellow Fever team of Memphis held Tuesday night at Miles Park.

Sarah Thompson | Staff Photographer Junior defensive back Andrew Tryon of Russellville and senior wide reciever Carlos McCants of Mobile, Ala. compete during practice yesterday afternoon while working on offense vs. defense. The Red Wolves take on the Idaho Vandals this Saturday at 6 p.m. at Liberty Bank Stadium.

Campus Recreation is pleased to reveal their new Club Sports program. It first surfaced in discussion about two years ago, but quickly developed steam in the last year. Carol Cummings was chosen to be director of the Club Sports Program and it is set to begin in the fall of 2013. “A Club Sport is an organization of students formed for the purpose of engaging in competition in a particular athletic activity with other institutions of higher education,” Director of Recreation Carol Cummings said. “Club Sports participants engage in physical competition rather than academic contests.” The Club Sports program should provide tremendous opportunity for Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) as well as the University. “It has really taken the last 12 months of serious planning

to set up a program that the University can be proud of,” Cummings said. “The committee decided to start with a manageable number of club teams to ensure success and real administrative support for those students who were serious about club participation.” In the 2013-2014 year, six open club sports programs were available for application from RSOs seeking to achieve Club Sport Status and two other programs maintain permanent membership. “There are two levels of Club Sports: Established and Developing club sports.” Cummings said. “The two established club sports are: rugby and spirit groups (cheer, dance, mascots). Developing club sports that have achieved Club status in the “First Inaugural Year” are: cricket, shooting, softball, men’s soccer, softball, ultimate frisbee, and quidditch.” “I am happy the school is

starting this program,” Head Coach of Red Wolf Ultimate Frisbee Ronald Short said. “The school’s support means a lot for our organization. It will allow us to go and compete on a collegiate level. Plus, it is nice knowing we have a network off faculty that believes in its students.” The Club Sport program is a middle ground between RSOs and National Athletics (football, basketball, etc.). It has a structure that will promote the athletic passions of Arkansas State students in their prospective sport as they attempt to compete across the nation. “In addition to the competitive aspect of club sports, the program gives students an opportunity to contribute to the development of student leadership, learn responsibility, encourages a healthy lifestyle, and have ownership of their success (and/or mistakes),” Cummings said.


Golf is a game of mental toughness. Without it, success is unachievable. But with it, an opportunity could turn into reality. That is what this year’s girl’s team hopes to do as the upcoming season begins. “My expectations for the season are to have at least a team win in our last two fall events, I am also hoping for our team to finish the semester with an average of 305 or below, ” Head Coach MJ Shaw said. Every member of the team is in place for a breakout season but there are a few that

stand out. “We have a really strong team this season and I would like to see all nine players have a breakout season, we have a lot of depth but considering the lowest individual average now, I think Abi Laker, Megan Garland, Courtney Manning and Marie Couffignal have a wonderful season of low scoring,” Shaw said. However, even with the talent on this team, leadership is still needed. The three seniors on the team have stepped up into a leadership role. “Our senior leadership has been good so far this year,” Shaw

said. “We have two local players from Paragould who are now seniors (Anna Flanrey and Clara Tefteller), and we also have Courtney Manning form Auckland, New Zealand, all three of them have qualities of a leader, and they all put great effort in our younger class.” With the first two tournaments already completed, the remaining ones have great implications on the rest of the season. “Our spring schedule is definitely filled with great competition and I look forward to see the end results,” Shaw continued.

“Our trip to Kiawah Island will be a great test of our abilities; also our Las Vegas tournament is a venue that we have a tendency to play well. The last few tournaments of the season will also be great for our level of competition and will hopefully prepare us for Conference in mid April.” Overall, the goals for the season are very clear…to win a Sunbelt Conference Championship. The Lady Red Wolves will host the Lady Red Wolf Classic next Monday and Tuesday. The tournament will be held at Sage Meadows Country Club.

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High hopes for women’s golf as season begins

“Clubs are meant to be a learning experience for the members through their involvement in fund-raising, public relations, organization, administration, budgeting and scheduling.” In addition to the framework and structure, the program will provide support for Club Sports Programs. “The clubs will receive administrative support, limited financial support, and use of university facilities,” Cummings said. For all those who are interested in participating in Club Sports, the window to apply is closed for the 2013-2014 school year, but that gives your organization the opportunity to get organized and apply for Club Sport status next school year. Refer to the website for application information, eligibility, and other concerns:




THURSDAY, OCT. 10, 2013

Staci Vandagriff | Photo Editor Alpha Gamma Delta demonstrate their chorography skills after a quick wardrobe change during the step show held Monday night in the Convocation Center.

Staci Vandagriff | Photo Editor Aaryn Murdock, a sophomore of Bryant, dances with her Alpha Omicron Pi sisters to earn first place in the step show.

#Pack Pride S ince the announcement of the 2013 homecoming theme, plans of a week full of fun events starting taking form. The week started off with a bang with the Steppin’ at stAte: A Tradition step show in the Convocation Center Monday night.

Staci Vandagriff | Photo Editor The ladies of Delta Zeta perform first in the step show and illustrate the transition from ASU Indians to A-State Red Wolves.

Takako Okumura | Staff Photographer Chi Omega steps like an Egyptian to place third in the step show Monday night.

Howl wasn’t the only mascot getting attention during the week. Seven participants competed in Who Wants To Be A Mascot Tuesday afternoon in front of the student union. Various campus groups and organizations raced to win Howl Fast Are You. Four tables with

timed games were set up on Heritage Plaza Wednesday afternoon to test each group’s speed. Homecoming displays will be set up on University Loop Thursday and Yell Like Hell will be held Friday to get students ready for the big game Saturday.

Alex Hernandez | Staff Photographer Various groups and organizations painted sheets to illustrate this year’s homecoming theme and decorate the student union for the week.

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Paige Walker | Staff Photographer Taylor Parker, a member of Chi Omega, puts up her Red Wolves hands and shows up the rivalry to win first in the mascot competition.


Paige Walker | Staff Photographer Taylor Gee, a member of Alpha Omicron Pi, shows her A-State tradition by dressing up like a former ASU Indian.


Sarah Thompson | Staff Photographer Morgan Hawkins, a member of Alpha Gamma Delta, is awarded third place in the Who Wants To Be A Mascot competition by fellow mascot, Howl.

Staci Vandagriff | Photo Editor Andrea Hutchinson, a sophomore social work major of West Memphis tries to complete the pencil challenge during Howl Fast Are You Wednesday afternoon. Competitors had to move pencils from one side of their hand to the other without dropping any of the pencils.

Staci Vandagriff | Photo Editor Matthew Brandon, a sophomore exercise science major of Jonesboro, keeps his cool working through the cup challenge. Competitors had to alternate hands while moving cups one by one through the stack until the red cup completed a whole rotation.

Staci Vandagriff | Photo Editor Dora Hill, a junior psychology major of Lake Village, attempts to move a cookie from her forehead into her mouth without using her hands.

Takako Okumura | Staff Photographer Various groups and organizations painted sheets to illustrate this year’s homecoming theme and decorate the student union for the week. The winners of the Paint The Sheet competiton will be announced Friday.

#L Fowler Feature: Alexandra Luttrell-Freeman ife

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The life of a The Sound of the Natural State marching band member can be a tough one, but Alexandra Luttrell-Freeman balances her responsibilities like a champion. The forensic science/biology pre-professional senior of Las Vegas has traveled a long road as both an A-State student and musician. At the age of 11, Luttrell-Freeman started her musical career. In fifth grade she remembered being shown a poster of different instruments and decided her dream was to play the piccolo. “I thought the piccolo was incredibly adorable. I was told if I wanted to play it I would have to start on the flute. For whatever reason, I was convinced that the flute was the clarinet and when I had my first lesson I was surprised to be handed what was actually a flute,” she said. When deciding on what college to attend, she ultimately chose to make the incredibly long trek to Arkansas State because her mom was an alumni and it had a forensic science program. Since arriving at A-State she’s become involved in many on-campus organizations such as the Honors College Association through the Honors College, Tau Beta Sigma (an honorary band service organization), Delta Epsilon Iota (an academic hon-

or society), both the basketball and volleyball pep bands, Wind Ensemble, and, of course, The Sound of the Natural State marching band. Practicing every day from 3:305:00 p.m. and having to attend almost every football game, not to mention practicing on their own time, The Sound of the Natural State marching band is a huge time commitment that takes dedication, passion, and tests students’ time management skills. Luttrell-Freeman said the effort is worth being a part of the marching band. “It’s a family. The people you meet, regardless of your major, are people you can count on if you are ever in need. It does take a lot of time, but what you get out of being around all of the people and experiences, really develops you as a person. You get the chance to become better in a lot of aspects that can relate to everyday life,” she said. “This year it is really testing my time management and, in doing so, giving me the skills to handle time crunches life might throw at me later.” Her favorite memory as a marching band member was of her first performance. “I didn’t play a single note. I had not marched before coming to college, so just being in front of people was intimidating, not to mention being in a stadium,” she said, “It is definitely a memory I share with the new flutes nearing time for the first game.”

‘Gravity’ pulls in good reviews TAYLOR BURRINGTON STAFF WRITER

“It’s going to be one hell of a ride” said Ryan Stone in the new film “Gravity” by Alfonso Cuarón, and that line seems to be appropriate for what is certainly one of this year’s most engrossing films. Veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) and medical expert Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) are members of the Explorer Crew on what seems like a routine mission— as routine as a mission to space can be—and though Stone’s stomach is churning, morale is high and the mission appears to be proceeding as planned. Kowalski reminisces on his life on Earth, relaying stories that everyone has heard one too many times but don’t mind hearing one more time. However, the tranquility of the moment is unexpectedly interrupted by news of traveling debris spawned by the Russians blowing up their own satellite. The explosion causes a chain reaction that eventually sends the debris hurtling

around the Earth at several thousand miles per hour right for the Explorer. The collision leaves Kowalski and Stone stranded in space, slowly losing resources with only one mission left: Getting home. Alfonso Cuarón and his son Jonas collaborated for one of this year’s most breathtaking films in “Gravity.” The first thing to notice about this movie is that roughly 85-90 percent of it is computer-generated, and it is absolutely stunning. From beginning to end, the technical aspects of this movie will “wow” you. Alfonso Cuarón creates a beautiful, picturesque vision of space on the big screen. I, unfortunately, didn’t have the pleasure of seeing it in IMAX, but I can only imagine the visual achievements stood out even more in that format. However, what makes this movie so enjoyable is that in no way did the directors and writers rely on the stunning visuals to intrigue the audience members.


Courtesy of Alexandra Luttrell-Freeman

Other performances Luttrell-Freeman has contributed to are the ASU Wind Ensemble concerts, which she has performed in for the past three years. Her favorite was the Maslanka concert performed last spring. Maslanka has been her favorite composer since her junior year of high

The story was simply and succinct, yet powerful and evocative. Kudos to the casting because Clooney and Bullock embodied these two very distinct very dynamic individuals facing what could be their imminent death. Clooney’s character is the cool and collected, charming astronaut with a wealth of experience and an unshakable equilibrium. Bullock portrays a more meek, more unsettled character induced with severe panic and uneasiness throughout the movie, and rightfully so as her character is relatively inexperienced when it comes to space travel. The film doesn’t drag very often with an intensity that runs throughout and a run time slightly over an hour and a half. Pulled together with great writing, directing, acting, and certainly presenting itself as a visually stunning masterpiece, “Gravity” is sure to win itself some Oscar nods.

4.5 out of 5

school and she was ecstatic to have the honor of rehearsing with him and performing with him there. Major musical influences in her life are Timothy Oliver and Joe Bonner. “Dr. Oliver and Dr. Bonner are both not just vast buckets of knowledge about music, but are also a

source of insight to what type of adult I would like to be.” Luttrell-Freeman’s next performance will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 as she performs with The Sound of the Natural State at the Arkansas State Homecoming game against Idaho.

The Herald for Oct. 10  

The Herald for Oct. 10