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LGBT raises Safe Zone awareness BETHANY GALLIMORE STAFF WRITER
October seems to be the month for all colors, and at A-State it is, with more faculty and staff members now displaying their rainbow standards in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students across campus. As part of the ongoing LGBT History Month, the Multicultural Center hosted LGBT Safe Zone training for A-State faculty and staff members Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, and distributed multicolored “Safe Zone” placards for display on faculty office or classroom doors. Safe Zone training is a voluntary program which prepares faculty and staff members to create safe and open learning environments for students of all sexual orientations. Kathryn Krueger, who works in the English and philosophy department as the coordinator of women in gender studies, and Lisa Bohn, of the theater department, led the training programs. “This is a really meaningful outreach program,” Krueger said. “(College) may be the first place people are ‘out,’ or have a community they can be involved in.” According to Krueger, qualified Safe Zone faculty agree to support LGBT students inside and outside of the classroom, and will not try to convince LGBT students that they are truly straight or that their sexual preferences are illegitimate. “We want to create an environment where people can freely choose what they want to do,” Krueger said. The training also aimed to help educate faculty members in appropriate responses to promote a culture of ap-
preciation and ensure that their classrooms are LGBT friendly. Krueger said in her program there are different levels of attitude toward LGBT people, ranging from pity and tolerance to acceptance, appreciation and advocacy. Krueger said the end goal is always appreciation and advocacy, when people “take steps as an ally to change the conversation and eradicate prejudice.” In addition, Krueger provided attendees with information for LGBT advocacy groups on campus, including the Gay-Straight Alliance, ASU Multicultural Center and the ASU Counseling Center. “Receiving Safe Zone training does not qualify (faculty and staff ) to provide counseling,” Krueger said. “It is our job to point (LGBT students) to those resources.” At the end of the program, attendees were given LGBT Safe Zone signs and encouraged to display them outside their offices or places of work. Catherine Calloway, of the English and philosophy department, said she will absolutely display the Safe Zone marker outside her door. “My classroom is a safe zone for all discussions,” Calloway said. Calloway said the training was excellent, and extremely relevant for all faculty and staff. Many attendees agreed with Calloway, including Kristi Costello, writing program director for the English and philosophy department. “I thought (the training) was wonderful,” Costello said. Costello has been involved in Safe Zone training through two other institutions as well. “This (training) is complete and is filling an important gap at the university,” Costello said.
Staci Vandagriff | Photo Editor Kate Krueger, Assistant Professor of English and Women and Gender Studies Program Coordinator, discusses the different levels of attitude about LGBT people during Safe Zone Training held Wednesday afternoon in the Multicultural Center.
The training sessions were part of A-State’s month-long recognition of LGBT history, and were preceded by National “Coming Out” Day Oct. 11 and the MidSouth PRIDE Festival in Memphis Oct. 12. LGBT recognition events will continue through the end of the month.
On Monday, Oct. 21, a feature on LGBTQ Inclusion in Religious Communities will be held in Room 204 in Eugene W. Smith Hall from 6-8 p.m. The Multicultural Center will host a series of three LGBT lectures, “Proposition 8, What Does it Really Mean?” “A Discussion on the Phrase
‘That’s so Gay,’” and “Women & Sexuality: Rights & Roles,” at noon on Oct. 23, 28 and 30, respectively. For students wishing to become involved in LGBT advocacy, the GayStraight Alliance holds open meetings at 6 p.m. on Monday nights in room 204 of Eugene W. Smith Hall.
A-State alumnus, Wolflife volunteer runs for state Senate EMILY ALEXANDER STAFF WRITER
Emily Alexander | Staff Photographer Dan Sullivan invites Adam Inman, a senior RTV major of Hoxie, into the conversation before WolfLife’s Wednesday night event, LIFT.
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A-State alumnus and current volunteer with the Wolflife ministries Dan Sullivan has decided to run for state Senate. His passion for this new step in his life comes from the same desire that lead him to his involvement with A-State and Southwest Church of Christ in Jonesboro: helping people. Sullivan was recruited out of St. Louis in 1970 by basketball coach John Rose to play for the A-State Indians. While on the team, he won two conference championships and earned Honorable Mention All-Conference in 1971. His greatest success while at A-State was actually achieved on the sidelines, where his future wife, Maria Stewart Sullivan, was an Indian cheerleader. She also volunteers with ministries alongside Sullivan. “ASU is a special place for me. My wife and I met on campus and many lifelong friendships began in the education and athletic halls of ASU,” Sullivan said. “Wolflife Ministry provides a great opportunity for Maria and I to give back to the university that gave so much to both of us. Wolflife is making a difference in the daily lives of those we serve. It is a joy to see friendships grow and spiritual strength deepen in the hearts of students.”
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According to Chris Buxton, director of Wolflife Campus Ministry, the couple’s involvement has had a great impact on students. “All our students love and appreciate them so much,” Buxton said. “Dan is an elder at our main sponsoring church, Southwest Church of Christ, and Wolflife is his main ministry focus. He has a huge appreciation for ASU, he loves college students, and he believes deeply in what we’re doing at Wolflife.” Sullivan earned his bachelor’s from A-State and a master’s in education from Truman State University. For more than 25 years he has worked as a teacher, coach and principal. For the last 10 years he has worked in the healthcare field and is now serving as the CEO of Ascent Children’s Health Services. “Ascent provides therapy and developmental services for some of the most fragile young children in our state. Our company employs 450+ people who operate 10 clinics around the state. Many of our employees are A-State graduates including physical therapists, speech therapists, teachers, nurses, sociologists, psychologists and dieticians,” he said. Currently, Sullivan is meeting with people across District 21 listening to their concerns and encouraging each person he meets to “vote their choice.”
He said the people are his main focus, something he’s learned through his ministry. “People are our greatest asset,” Sullivan said. “My ministry helps me engage people and engaging people prepares me for the ministry. Wolflife helps me understand what is important to the students such as the need for good paying jobs, area support and networking.” Wolflife employees and students have become some of Sullivan’s greatest supporters, and he encourages them to get out and vote, whether they vote for him or not. Buxton said, “I’m so glad to have Dan working on our behalf because he’s a man of great character and integrity who serves as a tremendous role model for our students and as a wise counselor to the rest of our leaders. I know Dan will be an excellent state senator.” Because he has found so much joy, help and success at A-State, Sullivan does not plan to stop his work in Jonesboro if he gets the Senate seat. “If elected, I intend to continue my involvement at ASU and Wolflife,” he said. “ASU recognizes the success organizations like Wolflife have on returning and recruiting students. This great ministry and this great university have my lifetime commitment.”
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It appears that the “new” Student Activities Center project may simply be a reinvention of the football facility project for the north end zone of Liberty Bank Stadium proposed on Sept. 6, 2012, except this time students are paying for it. Last year A-State announced the $22 million football facility project that included a lifting room, indoor practice field, movie theatre, locker-room and sports medicine facility. What was not told during that original press release is that a year later the project would be renamed and the student body would be expected to foot the bill. When comparing the two projects it is peculiar how similar the building proposals for the two facilities are; both in the north end zone running east to west, sharing nearly identical amenities and the buildings are only 2,000 square feet apart in size. The major differences are that the original facility in 2012 was designed to be solely an indoor football practice facility that was funded by private donors, whereas, the new Student Activities Center is to be a facility for football as well as other groups on campus, and will be funded in-part by student fees. Unfortunately, the specifics of the new project have been incredibly vague about nearly every aspect of the facility. This has left many of the concerns about the building’s funding, general operation and its accessibility for students unanswered. The lack of transparency is not acceptable if students are coughing up the $11 million to repay the bond that was approved by the A-State Board of Trustees. The fear is the new Student Activity Center is nothing more than the indoor practice facility proposed last year with a new name and students paying the bill. To avoid getting the wool pulled over our eyes it is essential to understand how this building is going to benefit us; after all we are paying for it. We are not opposed to our football team having adequate practice facilities, nor are we opposed to intramurals and other organizations having a facility to practice. What we are opposed to are fees being applied to the entire student body that are potentially only going to be beneficial to one small group. In this case, Athletic Director Terry Mohajir’s statement about sports being able to reserve the facility and students allowed to have access after those times, leaves serious questions of sharing. It is analogous of a new bicycle a group of six friends purchases together. To make the purchase fair they decide to divide the time evenly amongst themselves. We would assume everyone is getting a fair shot, but what if your time slot was from 11 o’clock at night to three in the morning. Somehow even though you have four hours just like everyone else, the bike is not nearly as exciting. There are two viable solutions to the building dilemma 1.) Follow through with the original plans for the indoor football practice facility including its private funding, or 2.) Build the Student Activities Center as proposed but guarantee that intramural sports, the band and other groups will have equal access in terms of length as well as choice of times to use the facility. “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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Lawsuit after lawsuit, sanction after sanction, is all NCAA sports fans seem to be hearing about these days. Reggie Bush has to give back his Heisman trophy due to receiving extra compensation while performing at the University of Southern California. Johnny Manziel is the talk of the summer after receiving a few thousand dollars for signing autographs. When will there be a time when a fan can just enjoy their team’s performance without having to worry about the NCAA dropping an unfair sanction on their favorite program? When the athletes can receive compensation. Now before whomever is reading this article goes into an uproar claiming that athletes should in fact definitely not be paid, stop and take a breather, and read what I have to say. It is true, some athletes do r eceive what many students at major universities do not, and that is a free education. However, many students
Christopher Clinard is a senior marketing management major of Springdale. have opportunities that athletes do not. Athletes put in an average of 39.6 hours per week into their respected sports. That is equivalent to a full time job, and this is on top of having to perform in the classroom. While many people believe an athletic scholarship pays for everything, it in fact does not. It does not pay to fill up their vehicles, it does not pay for clothes, it does not pay for a trip back home to see their families, and it doesn’t even pay for everything school re-
For full time university students, many of whom have jobs and families and so many other obligations, there is just no reasonable way for us to check out of our normal lives to serve on a jury. Last semester, I got my first jury summons for local jury duty and immediately began freaking out. I mean, it is illegal to skip out on jury duty, right? But how was I supposed to manage skipping class that frequently, even for a short amount of time, without failing? Luckily I was able to be moved to the reserve list and did not actively serve.
Caitlyn Sweet is a junior English major of Forrest City. However, just a couple of weeks ago, I was sent the requisite questionnaire for federal jury duty, which means that my information will now be put into a smaller pool for the federal court to draw its jurors from. On a federal jury duty questionnaire for the state of Arkansas, there are three unconditional exemptions from serving jury duty: those over the age of 70, those who have served on an active jury within the past two years, or those who serve the community in a volunteer capacity, such as a volunteer firefighter. All other excuses, such as
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lated, such as the need for a laptop or paper and writing utensils. There was a story released earlier this year of a division one college football player who lost his brother in a shooting the week he was preparing for his first college football game. Many people would figure that the athlete would immediately drop everything and go home to be with his family; and he would have, except for one problem, he couldn’t afford it. The athlete couldn’t afford to go home and due to the NCAA having outrageous rules against receiving money, no one within the university or football program could help him get home. These rules shed light on a problem that seems to hurt more athletes than it helps them. Do I believe each academic institution should be responsible for having to pay every athlete to play, on top of already providing a free education? No, I do not. Nonetheless, I do believe athletes should be able to make
money off of their own name just as the NCAA has done for years. If an outside source wants to pay an athlete for their performance, or to do a commercial for their business, then they should be able to receive compensation for that. If an athlete gets offered money to sign hundreds of autographs, or a major sports brand wants to sign them to a multi-year contract to wear their brand, then they should be able to do that. This idea alone keeps universities from having to provide more money to its athletes and it allows athletes the opportunity to cash in when their name is of value, just like any other student on a college campus is able to do. It is time for college athletes to be compensated. Whether to help pay for needs, a trip home, or just because their name is worth so much to others, they deserve the right to obtain compensation just like everyone else does.
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being a student, must be written in and it is left to the discretion of the court whether the excuse is valid or not. By law, schools are required to excuse students to serve on a jury and allow them to make up any work missed. However, there is absolutely no way for students to make up missed lectures should they get called. It is unreasonable to think that a student can step away from a lecture based class for more than a single class meeting without it affecting that student’s grade. There is no substitute for being in class; if there were, wouldn’t it make more sense for all classes to be conducted online? But, in case I am being unreasonable in wanting out of jury duty, I decided to poll my friends and family and got several responses in return. “It is your civic duty!” “It is easy and you get paid for it.” “We are old enough to get jury duty?” “I’ve never had jury duty. Stop texting me at midnight!” Possibly the best argument I’ve heard for college students serving on juries is that the
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courts are looking for educated, unbiased thinkers. By the very nature of being students, we are in the practice of being analytical in looking for answers. And, yes, college students on the whole are probably less likely to make a decision based on preconceived notions of societal rights and wrongs. But if that is what the courts are looking for, would it not be better to try and fill jury seats with recent college graduates rather than students who are putting a lot of money into classes that they would be missing? I understand that it is civic duty, and were I not enrolled full time, I would have no problem whatsoever serving. But the fact is, that I am. And because being a student is not an automatic exemption, I have to go through the headache of proving why I should be excused, as if there is someone who may not consider it a legitimate excuse. That, added to a full course load, just seems like an unnecessary stress to put on students. The last thing any of us need in our lives is more stress.
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Guitar Guy Hoover Department of English and philosophy revives steps into spotlight publication tracing back to Indian identity MEGAN TWEEDY
The population of A-State’s campus was reported to be 13,538 at the beginning of the fall semester. Can you imagine playing guitar in front of an audience of that size? “It makes for quite a large stage,” C.J. Hoover, a junior music education major of Jonesboro, said. If his name does not ring a bell, it may be because many at A-State know him better by sight than by name. Many people know Hoover simply as “the guitar guy.” Hoover’s Taylor Grand Symphony guitar is indeed one of his prized possessions. The sound of it can be heard drifting across campus almost daily, but there is much more to his story than a guitar. He started playing his guitar in different places on campus as a freshman, but his passion for making music started earlier. He said he started learning to play guitar at the age of 14. He’s only had one formal class on how to play guitar, and the majority of his ability is selftaught. Hoover has dreams of becoming a renowned guitarist which is what prompted his campus performances. “If I had any trouble with stage fright, I figured I’d better get rid of it now,” Hoover said. Some passing listeners may have noticed Hoover has recently begun accepting donations. A note taped to the lid of his guitar case informs the public all donations go to Wolflife Campus Ministries. Hoover said he enjoys giving back to the community, and that it is satisfying to raise money for a cause he believes in. “I began by raising money last year for Relay for Life. I made $100 in two hours,” Hoover said.“Before I began taking donations for Wolflife, I never asked for tips. It has always been just for fun.” This year he has set a personal goal of raising $500 that
At some point, several students have felt ostracized, judged, or shamed from their place in society. Whether the pain a person has dealt with was because of race, sexuality, or otherwise, it has become a part of them and helped them grow. Often times such experiences are the muse for art. Three A-State students have worked together to provide an outlet of perspective and acceptance—a place for people to feel comfortable to express themselves and their art. “The Arrow” is not a new publication. The magazine has existed in some form or fashion since 1942. The title was originally a nod to A-State’s Indian identity but is now being reimagined as a metaphor of perception: an arrow on a compass, a new direction headed toward acceptance and unity. Mitchell Wells, a graduate student studying English of Terra Haute, Ind., is one of the two co-editors for the publication. “(The publication) was Grover’s baby,” Wells said, referring to the other co-editor. Grover Welch, a senior English major of Cynthiana, Ky., is co-editor and zealot for the new project. Welch has prior experience editing for “The Tributary”, which is where he decided A-State needed a second publication for the fall semester.
Caitlin LaFarlette| News Editor C.J. Hoover, also known as Guitar Guy, strums out a song by The Fray in front of the Education building.
will go directly to Wolflife’s community service fundraiser. Director of Wolflife Chris Buxton said, “We are thankful C.J. is helping us raise money through his music, and we are happy he is part of our Wolflife family.” Buxton said Hoover is the kind of guy who can light up a whole room. There is no set genre of music Hoover plays when he performs on campus. He prefers to keep people on their toes. “My favorite place to play is the circle between Lab Science East and the communications building,” Hoover said. The guitar aficionado plays in all seasons. “My fingers get chilly in winter, but that’s okay. It’s worth it.” He has recently started putting together set lists for each week. He will eventually have different songs for each day he performs. “I write my own stuff, too. I sneak that in there occasionally.” In addition to playing music he has practiced before, he takes requests. Hoover said he has gained a great deal of confidence since he began playing his guitar on campus. As far as his future plans, A-State is just a start. “My dream is to be discovered,” he said, “I have absolute faith in it, too.”
The Department of Residence Life Upper Class Communities will be hosting Carn-Evil: The Masquerade Party Oct. 25, from 7-10 p.m. in Centennial Hall. There will be free food and music. Must have ASU ID at the Door. The Radiologic Technology Students are selling Pork Dinner plates from Strawberry’s BBQ in Holcomb, Mo. to raise money to participate in the ArSRT Student Quiz Bowl next Spring. Plates include a pork steak, scalloped potatoes, coleslaw, baked beans, and a roll. The price is $18/per plate. Plates can be picked up on Nov. 8 from 3-7 p.m. at the Southwest Church of Christ.
The content of the magazine is not limited to a certain style or subject. The editors are seeking poetry, photography, short fiction, essays, criticism and anything academic, Wells said. “The Arrow” will focus on bringing together those whose voices may otherwise go unheard. “I believe in trying to broaden people’s perspectives,” Welch said. “The Arrow” is not just for the typical writers. Anyone affiliated with A-State can submit, such as faculty, staff and students. “(Even a) person who plays sports but likes to write, we want to encourage them to submit. It’s not just about typical voices of unheard perspectives. There’s so much more than that,” Wells said. The magazine symbolizes a place of community, a place for people to feel comfortable being who they are. The co-editors also encourage international students to submit in their native language. “Languages are beautiful,” Welch said. The magazine is also an ally to the LGBQT community. It is non-discriminant of race/ ethnicity, as well. Tabatha Simpson, a graduate student studying English of Blytheville, is the senior copy editor for the publication. “We’re trying to garner an inclusion of all cultures,” Simpson said. The unofficial theme of the
Takako Okumura| Staff Photographer Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award winner José A. Rodríguez reads pieces from his book The Shallow End Of Sleep during an English & Philosophy meeting in the Mockingbird room Thursday night.
magazine is fences, which represent the borders that people come to that they may not be ready to tackle yet, such as those instances in life where one idea seems separate from the other. The magazine is about crossing those borders. “We all have fences. It’s our thread. We’re all connected by the fact that we’re all separated,” Wells said. Kristi Costello, assistant professor of English and writing program director, and one of three faculty advisors to this publication, said it was definitely the students’ success. “Grover came to me the first week of my job,” Costello said. “These students are definitely filling a gap in the university. Seldom do journals reach out to the marginalized.” “We’ll look at anything,” Welch said. “We want to nurture publication.” All submissions are given to
a group of editors and anonymous readers. The works have the author’s name removed and are assigned a number. If a work isn’t selected for “The Arrow,” it is sent to “The Tributary” for consideration. The two magazines are sister publications. However, “The Arrow” is more focused on personal narrative, Welch said. “We want perspective.” he added. For those interested in submitting work, send it in along with contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by the graduate office and ask for Grover Welch, Mitchell Wells, or Tabatha Simpson. The deadline for all submissions is Oct. 31. The first printing is set to happen over Christmas break 2013. The editors are also still looking for cover-art, and the theme is open to interpretation.
Paranormal team to investigate library JAMIE ALVORD STAFF WRITER
The A-State Museum in Dean B. Ellis Library is preparing for its first ever paranormal investigation open to the public at 7 p.m. on Saturday. With Halloween approaching, the museum staff put their heads together and began brainstorming events to draw in the community. Their intention was to create an opportunity for all ages that wasn’t just the typical “spook house”, Jill Kary, curator of Education, said. The paranormal team, lead by John Passmore, is native to Jonesboro and plans to use Electromagnetic Field Meter (EMF) to pick up any paranormal happenings. “They are basically running the show,” Kary said. “They did a walk through once before. They brought their equipment late at night, all the lights were off, and it was very interesting. I wasn’t expecting it, but yes, there was one unexplained EMF
spike.” Once the event begins there will be a brief talk about what EMFs are used for and what they pick up. Once the investigation starts, there will be no talking and cell phones will have to be turned off in case it creates a disturbance in readings. If the team believes something has happened that is unexplained, they will try to ask “it” questions, and attempt to explain anything paranormal that is picked up. When asked about potential hot spots in the museum, Kary said she would not go into detail. The main purpose of After Dark is “edgy education”, or to draw people into the museum that possibly have not been there before, and to provide more education on electric waves that can be picked up from the air. Although the event is only for those 18 and older, the museum did not want to exclude children all together.
Takako Okumura| Staff Photographer Curator of Education Jill Kary, stands beside a poster advertising the Mystery Museum: After Dark event where people will have the chance to learn about electromagnetic energy.
Before After Dark, there will be a chance for anyone 10 years and older to come for The Case of the Missing Housewife. This event is from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, and gives people of all ages an opportunity to be a detective in a case involving a missing artifact, or “housewife”. Those attending will not pay a fee and will learn about the civil war period, and have opportunities to use problem solving skills, along with
drawing their own conclusions. There are seven volunteers that have decided to be criminals, or suspects, in the case to make it more realistic. “We wanted something that kids could come to. Something that wouldn’t be too scary, but still chilling and mysterious,” Kary said. Other upcoming events from the museum include Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the
Dead, on Nov. 1 from 5-7 p.m. An exhibit will also be on display from Oct. 23 through Nov. 27, called El Caballo, or The Horse, which will showcase Mexican Folk Art. Although there is no cost to the event, there is a requirement of pre registration for After Dark, but not for The Case of the Missing Housewife. Registration can be made by calling Jill Kary at (870)9722074.
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Staci Vandagriff | Photo Editor Jim Scott, a member at the First Baptist Church of Jonesboro, packs food into bags to be given out to people that come by the Care Center Tuesday afternoon.
FBC Care Center helps needy TAYLOR LOVE STAFF WRITER
Student loans, insurance expenses and bills that college students have to pay may leave some desperate for help with necessities such as food and clothing. The Care Center of First Baptist Church Jonesboro is involved in providing families and/or individuals that are in need with services, including college students. Hannah Fulmer, a senior math major of Vilonia and volunteer at the center, said the program offers up to one hot meal a day as well as clothes and groceries once a week. Fulmer has volunteered at the Care Center since her freshman year when she began attending FBC. After being a part of the program for so long, Fulmer said she loves the flexibility and feels it is also a way she can participate in her university ministry which supports the center. “It’s kind of our super easy way to help out with ministry,” Fulmer said. Fulmer also said there are no qualifications to become a volunteer at the Care Center. If students are interested in volunteering, Fulmer said they should contact Kathy Holler, the director of the Care Center and the minister of special ministries at FBC. Holler said she estimates 40-50 A-State students have been helped throughout the year. Bruce Tippit, senior pastor at FBC, said all an individual has to do in order to be eligible is bring in any form of ID and their Social Security card. The time to apply would be between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, and students can also apply for help. Tippit also said the majority of the food is purchased through the church, although some may be donated by several retail restaurants, grocery stores and fast food establishments. Ninety percent of the clothing is used and usually donated, Tippit said. Tippit said the center re-
ceives a lot of support with volunteers through the university program, youth ministry and the rotating system that allows volunteers to be dedicated without feeling overwhelmed. Around 55,000 instances of services have taken place at the Care Center, Tippit said. He added this number didn’t symbolize 55,000 different individuals, but the number of times a service was provided, such as providing a meal, groceries or clothes. “Some may come four times a month or once a day for a meal,” Tippit said. Although the program is a ministry within itself, Tippit said the workers do try to take advantage of the opportunity to share their biblical reasons for conducting the program, although this was usually on a “case-by-case basis.” “We are not unconcerned about that, it’s just part of the problem is the building doesn’t offer any room for private conversations,” Tippit said. However, Tippit said the church is looking and planning to expand the center so the opportunities for the one-on-one privacy would be more available, as well as more room for the ministry to grow. The Care Center’s website said volunteer work could entail preparing immediate meals such as sandwiches, working in the clothing room or filling grocery orders. The volunteer work takes place Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. As for donating, the center’s website listed several options from contributing clothing (which they prefer in to be in season because of space) to giving any and all kinds of foods as well as monetary donations. If students have further questions about volunteering, applying for benefit from the program, or specifics about how to donate, contact Kathy Holler at 870-932-1872. The Care Center’s direct page may be accessed at http://www.fbcjonesboro.org/#/missionministries/care-center.
Around 11:55 p.m. Officer Daniel Bradway was sitting across from the Lambda Chi Fraternity House when he saw somebody walk out the front door and stumble, hitting a truck headfirst. Bradway approached the person, who was unable to provide his name or date of birth. According to the report, a female on the scene told Bradway his name was Kolton Crawford. Crawford handed his wallet to a fraternity member, who gave Bradway the driver’s license inside. The license belonged to Crawford’s brother and he could not tell Bradway why he had it. According to the report, the results from Crawford’s breath tester were so strong he was taken to St. Bernard’s Regional Medical Center to be treated for possible alcohol poisoning. He was charged with purchase or possession of alcohol by a minor.
Oct. 12 Around 10 a.m. Officer Russell Gray was dispatched to Arkansas Hall in reference to a stolen iPad. Brad Barnes reported losing the iPad on Oct. 10. According to the report, Barnes said an unknown person called him from a private number and asked for the security code for the iPad, and also said they could meet at NorthPark Quads room 3801. Barnes took Gray to room 340 and said Kavian Ingram knew who had stolen the iPad. Ingram didn’t seem to answer Gray’s questions honestly, according to the report. Gray left Arkansas Hall and later returned after receiving a call from Barnes, who introduced Gray to Dakota Booth. Booth said he saw someone drop an iPad in the parking lot of Arkansas Hall, and Barnes said he knew where the suspects were. Barnes took Gray to Geovante Foster and Syndarian Spencer’s room. Gray explained to Foster there were cam-
eras in the parking lot. “Y’all have cameras?” Foster asked. Foster and Spencer insisted they did not take the iPad. Gray checked the cameras later but could not identify the suspect.
Oct. 13 Officer Daniel Bradway was at the intersection of Danner and University Loop around 12:40 p.m. when a car with one headlight out and no light around the license plate drove by. Bradway put on his emergency lights and the car pulled into the NorthPark Quads visitor lot. Jessica Bonjor said she did not have her driver’s license, but was using her friend’s ID to get back into the Quads. According to the report, Bonjor said she had dropped her friend off at the Lambda Chi house. When Bradway returned to the car after contacting dispatch he saw Bonjor texting a friend and saying she had only had a few drinks. Bradway then performed three tests on Bonjor, who was swaying and missing steps while trying to walk in a straight line. She was charged with underage DUI.
Oct. 14 Officer Bill Brown and Officer Keith Gilliam responded to a domestic disturbance at Kay’s Hall. According to the police report, they spoke with Danyel Conley, Tiarron Hatton and Courtney Young. Conley said her ex-boyfriend, Brandon Earl Cox, was beating on her door. According to the report Conley let Cox into her room when he held her and would not let her go. Conley called Hatton and Young for help. Conley said Cox wanted to get his things from her room but he became disorderly. After interviewing Conley the officers found Cox outside of Kay’s Hall. He was told a harassment referral would be done and a persona non grata was served to him on Kay’s Hall. Cox was advised to stop calling Conley and not return to Kay’s Hall property.
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Women’s golf team takes third in Lady Red Wolf Classic Track and field, DYLAN TRAVIS SPORTS WRITER
The women’s golf team teed off Monday in the Lady Red Wolf Classic finishing the two day tournament in third place and seventh place. Arkansas State entered the tournament with a great deal of momentum. They have finished in topfive in their other two tournaments this season: fourth at Marilynn Smith/ Sunflower invitational and third at the ORU Shootout. They entered the Lady Red Wolf Classic winning three out of the last four years. A-State provided two teams to compete in the tournament: ASU-red finished in third place and ASU-black finished in seventh. The Red Wolves were led by two strong top-ten finishers. Freshman Maci Arrington finished fourth with a three round score of 219. Sophomore Abigail Laker finished in a tie for eighth place with her score of 225. ASU-red was composed of five players: Maci Arrington, Abigail Laker, junior Marie Couffignal (T11), junior Megan Garland (15), and senior Courtney Manning (T20). On the first day, ASU-red started slowly shooting a 301 in the first round which placed them in fourth place behind University of Louisiana Mon-
roe (ULM) and Western Kentucky University (WKU) who were tied at 294 in first place and University of Central Arkansas (UCA) in third place with a first round score of 300. “We had a kind of a slow start,” Head Coach M.J. Desbiens Shaw said. “All five of the top players had a slow start except freshman Maci Arrington. She ended up shooting a 71 (-1), but we picked it right back up probably after four or five holes. I think maybe just being on our home course, being a little more stressed and Courtesy of astateredwolves.com having a little more pressure Freshman Maci Arrington of Hinton, Okla. takes a swing during the Lady Red Wolf Classic on Monday afternoon. forced the slow start.” Maci had an excellent first second day than their first day second round score of 324 for and second round for ASUaverage of 293.5. a total of 652 after the first day. red. “The conditions definiteThe horrible conditions af“I’m thrilled for Maci,” ly played a big factor on the fected their second day scores Coach Shaw said. outcome of our scores today, ” as well. They would post a “She showed a lot of matuCoach Shaw said. third round score of 344 giving rity today playing as our numThe team shot a 314 on the them a 996 total for the tourber 1 player, and this will surely final day to move them down nament. help her confidence.” “Our team needs to keep The second round would to fourth place overall with a final score of 901. working hard on short game be solid for ASU-Red and they “The overall performance and keep practicing on the would finish the round posting was okay, ” Coach Shaw said. course, ” Coach Shaw said. a score of 286. “We played two great “I believe that if you spend After the first day, ASUrounds and yesterday’s (third) most of your practice time in red’s 587 score after the first was mediocre. ” playing situation on the golf two rounds put them in second ASU-Black featured sophcourse, you will learn how to place behind ULM (575). omore Endsley Evans, sophscore better!” Unlike the beautiful weathA-State will continue their er of the first day, the second omore Libby Croom, senior Clara Teftteller, and senior season Oct. 21st and 22nd at day was plagued with rain and Anna Flanrey. the Blue Raider Invitational in muddy conditions. ASU-Black would shoot a Murfreesboro, Tenn. As a team, the Red Wolves first round score of 328 and a shot 20 strokes worse on the
Alejandra Hernandez | Staff Photographer Despite the rain, the women’s soccer team practiced passing drills yesterday afternoon. The Lady Red Wolves take on the WKU Hilltoppers this Friday at 1 p.m. in their “Playing in Pink” game and then will host senior day on Sunday at 1 p.m. against the Georgia State Panthers.
Soccer team to host ‘Playing in Pink,’ senior day NATHAN SHELBY SPORTS WRITER
The Lady Red Wolves soccer team will be adding a little pink to their field as they take on the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in their annual “Playing in Pink” game this Friday and ending out the weekend in a match against the Georgia State Panthers where they will be hosting Senior Day. A-State (7-6-2, 2-3 Sunbelt) come into this weekend having split their last two games on the road with a 3-2 win over the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks and a 1-0 loss to the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns. The Hilltoppers (7-3-4, 5-0 Sunbelt) are coming off a pair of 1-0 victories against Troy and South Alabama, two teams that beat the Lady Red Wolves earlier this season. WKU is led in goals by
freshman forward Iris Dunn who has 4 goals on the season. This coupled with senior midfielder Chrissy Tchoula, who leads the team in 3 assists, has made the Hilltoppers a major threat on offense. The Hilltoppers have not lost in 8 games and in that stretch have outscored their opposition by a score of 10-2. “This is a tough Hilltopper team and we will have to play our best to win this game,” head coach Tafadzwa Ziyenge said. “When you play the top team in the league, you have to leave it all on the field and play your hardest.” A-State currently boast a 5-1-1 record at ASU Soccer Park and will continue to increase that number this Friday at 1 p.m. The team is also partnering with the Susan G. Komen
Foundation and the afternoon will be full of education and support of cancer research. The second match of the weekend pits the Lady Red Wolves against the Panthers of Georgia State. The Panthers (4-8-1, 2-3 Sunbelt) come to Jonesboro on a 2-1 overtime win against the Troy Trojans after a 2-1 loss at home against the Jaguars of South Alabama. The Panthers are lead in goals by sophomore forward Ashley Nagy with 4 goals and in assists by senior defender Alyssia Feronti. This Panthers team struggled early, losing 4 out of its first 5 games, but has since gone on a more moderate 3-41 streak and could prove to be upset minded when they take on the Lady Red Wolves. “You can’t overlook any team in this conference,” Zi-
yenge commented. “There is no pushover team in the Sun Belt and Georgia State is no exception. Our girls are going to have to put the same heart and focus into that game as they are against Western Kentucky.” This weekend’s slate of games features two of ASU’s final 3 games of the season and the Lady Red Wolves are going to need every point they can get as they make their final push towards the Sun Belt Conference playoffs in San Marcos, Texas this November. The game against Georgia State is set to begin this Sunday at 1 p.m. at the ASU Soccer Park and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Central Baptist Church will be on hand to provide free food to the fans starting at 1 p.m. The senior festivities will take place after the game.
cross country show great improvement DANIELLE WINTERS SPORTS WRITER
This Saturday, A-State’s top five women’s cross country runners will compete in Indiana, while the rest of the women’s and men’s cross country teams travel to Little Rock to race in the UALR invitational. The track and field and cross country teams have shown out throughout their season so far compared to the past years. Both the women and men teams have finished in the top five, three of the four meets they have competed in. The women have triumphantly finished with the gold two times and the men have finished with it once. “I think Coach Chandler has really helped transform the distance program since he has been here,” senior captain Bailey Sisson-Eller said. “He knows so much about running and if we do what he asks us to do we get faster. He is such a great coach.” The Red Wolves head cross country and assistant track and field coach for distance runners, Kyle Chandler, has been slowly and impressively improving the program for five years now. “Since my freshman year till now, the cross country program has dramatically changed,” fifth year senior captain Ethan Turpen said. Chandler has coached the men’s team to 23 all-conference honors and one Sun Belt championship. He has guided the women’s squad to 45 all-conference honors, which includes five championships and one Sun Belt Conference Meet record. “It was not as big and did not have much focus put into it, but now the program has increased in size,” Turpen con-
tinued. “We have a real great distance coach to lead our team to better positions in our conference.” The women’s cross country program has now earned their highest ranking ever in the NCAA Division I. They are ranked at eighth place in the South Central Region ranking, blowing their preseason region poll pick to finish out of the water. “I think we will continue to improve throughout the end of the season,” Sisson-Eller said. “Each person on our team has great work ethic and we all push each other to continue to get better. We have a great team dynamic and I feel very blessed to be part of the team.” The men’s cross country team was chosen to finish seventh in the Sun Belt Conference. “From the looks of our guys and how well they have been performing, I have no doubt that they have every bit of chance to be at least top 3 in conference,” Turpen said. The next and final three track and field and cross country meets are of high importance to the season. A-State will compete in Troy, Al. for the Sun Belt Conference Championship on Nov. 2., and on Nov. 15 they will run for the NCAA South Central Regional’s in Waco, Texas. The outdoor season will wrap up in Terre Haute, Ind. on Nov. 23 with the NCAA Championships.
Volleyball team set to match up against ULM
Takako Okumura | Staff Photographer The Lady Red Wolves volleyball team take on ULM this Friday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. in the Convocation Center.
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Takako Okumura | Staff Photographer Campus Experience Recruiter Holly Proffitt gives a tour of the RedWOLF Center with high school students and their guardians.
Takako Okumura | Staff Photographer Rob Gordon, a senior interdisciplinary studies major of Jonesboro, works at the bookstore to help save up money for graduate school.
Takako Okumura | Staff Photographer University Police Department Sgt. Bobby Duff watches the campus surveillance system Tuesday afternoon in the UPD office. The office recently raised its windowâ€™s curtains to help officers see who is visiting and make visitors feel more comfortable while in the office.
office has raised its curtain to make visitors feel more comfortable while in the office. This will also help Campus Experience Recruiter Holly Proffitt during her tours around campus with high school students and their guardians. In the meantime, students get a breather between mid-terms and finals.
Takako Okumura | Staff Photographer International students work on their English skills by using learning materials in the English as a Second Language computer lab.
Takako Okumura | Staff Photographer A group of students joke around and eat lunch in the Student Union between classes Tuesday afternoon.
Takako Okumura | Staff Photographer Keijiro Osawa, a freshman exercise major of Japan, takes a coffee break Tuesday afternoon and plays around on his iPad in the Sun Belt Lounge.
hile the bookstore has hushed down to a whisper, students still gather around the food court to joke around between classes. As the weather gets chilly, the orders at Starbucks, get warmer and tastier. A new sight within the Reng Student Union has slowly been noticed. The UPD
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Cold weather takes exercise indoors CAITLIN LAFARLETTE NEWS EDITOR
The “freshman 15” tends to plague students long after their first year of college but some still can’t find the initiative to make the easy trek to the gym, especially as the weather gets colder. Bringing equipment into a room that is already bursting at the seams with personal items can make working out at home even more difficult. What most students don’t realize is to get an effective workout they only need one piece of gear: a yoga mat. Yoga isn’t just about meditation anymore, al-
though that can certainly play a powerful part in any student’s workout. Power yoga is a branch of the study that is appearing more and more in gyms and yoga studios across the U.S. They increase the heart rate, tone muscle and those who practice it definitely break a sweat. Power yoga focuses on strength and flexibility and does not follow set poses. This makes it easier to personalize a workout for each individual. Classes also vary widely. Some may be heated while others just have an intense, quick flow to the poses. Invest in a yoga mat that is thick enough to support you when you lay down. If you’re just
starting out, you may want to buy a strap to help stretch you further into some poses. Routines can be found at www.yogajournal.com or YouTube. Don’t push yourself too far and be sure to drink plenty of water. Take a break during the routine if you feel too out of breath. Yoga will push you, and while discomfort is normal, pain is not. According to thedailycougar.com, yoga aids in boosting a student’s mood and keeping them free of stress. These benefits ultimately extend into the classroom and can help improve grades. This is where meditation comes in to
play when looking at the more calming route of yoga. Meditating in your room can bring better results than in a gym class full of other yogis. There will be no distractions of people breathing or shifting on their mats, and you have the option to dim the lights as much as you want and play your own music for background noise. The act of yoga is an individual journey, and practicing in your room can help enhance that. You will be able to focus more on your limits, what can be improved and move at your own pace. Other than a small price for a mat the workout becomes completely free, eliminating any monthly membership fee from a gym.
How to: Sun Salutation
Stand in mountain pose, feet shoulder width apart. Breathe in and lift your arms above your head, palms touching. As you exhale, bend forward at the waist, bending your knees if you need to. Breathe in as you place your hands on your shins and look up.
Exhale and fold back forward. Breathe in and step your right foot back into a lunge. After a few breaths step your other foot back into plank. Inhale and place the top of your feet on your mat and come into Upward Dog or Cobra. Take a few breaths then exhale as you push back into Downward Dog. Inhale and bring your left foot forward into a lunge.
After a few breaths, step your right foot up and come back into a forward bend. Inhale and straighten, lifting your arms above your head. Exhale, lower your arms and bring your palms to your chest in Namaste. Repeat, stepping back left leg first! Continue the Sun Salutation as many times as you like.
Minecraft builds better brains BRIAN RANDALL STAFF WRITER
In pop culture, there are symbols and figures that are universal even among the out of touch, such as Superman, Disney and Justin Beiber. Being a society that craves these pillars of generational transcendence, students will sneak whatever they can into their boring classes only to, inevitably, have it confiscated by the teacher. But now a change is coming to turn the norms of the everyday classrooms upside down. Teachers are bringing games like Minecraft in and encouraging the students to play for the purposes of education in math, science and more. Not a new idea, but one rarely explored through such titles as the classic “Oregon Trail,” video games have been recommended as a possible teaching tool for the future by various experts. Recently, Minecraft has become a popular template for educators because of its unique flexibility and modability. It is quite possibly the
most versatile game ever created, boasting specially designed maps and games from fans to full scale models of famous structures, both real and imaginary. Many teachers were quick to see the potential and began exploring the virtual sandbox. Originally developed as an Indie game by Swedish programmer Markus “Notch” Persson in 2009, the game involves an open world aesthetic with the goal of gathering materials, building tools and structures, and surviving monsters that roam caves in order to explore a 3D world of blocks that is different every time you play. One can play alone or with friends online, customize their game with downloadable mods and switch between survival and creative mode depending on the players mood. The game soon led to Persson co-founding Mojang Games with friends and fellow programmers. As of Sept. 3, Minecraft has sold more than 45 million copies across multiple platforms.
Jessica Hogland, senior English major of Wynne and fan of the game, described her first time playing the game. “I started playing Minecraft after I discovered the pocket edition,” Hogland said. “I was hooked instantly. I like the way the game has endless possibilities. The only restrictions you really have with Minecraft are your imagination and, well, lava.” In 2011, Swedish computer teacher, Joel Levin, and Games Based Education advocates approached Mojang to create an affordable and highly accessible teaching tool based on the game and MinecraftEDU was born. Giving power to the teachers to manage fully customizable servers for each individual class and creating features unique to this particular product, students were now able to play math and language games, explore virtual cities and museums, even participate in life-size science experiments with various tools at their disposal. Eventually, the game was being featured in schools in more
than 20 countries across the globe with more than 250,000 students. Minecraft player and junior chemistry major of Wynne, Hannah Hamilton has been playing for the better part of a year. “I think using games as a teaching tool is a great idea. It could bring students together in the classroom. Even non-gamers could get into the experience.” Joel Levin has demonstrated the unique features of his product, time and again. From the easy to use build functions to quickly create new class projects and experiments, to the simple point and click method of turning certain elements of the game on and off. Custom blocks have added further to the experience with information blocks for text and teleport blocks to easily transport a student to another area. Teachers have the option of building their own assignments or downloading hundreds of premade maps from the home site. As a bonus, Mojang has even agreed to sell the game at half Minecraft, 4B
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MINECRAFT, Continued the price of the original game, making it cheaper to buy in bulk than most textbooks. “There’s a lot of potential here,” commented Levin in an interview with Gamespot. “Anyone who plays Minecraft knows the only limit is imagination, so we’re hoping a lot of that creativity can be brought into the classroom.” Minecraft is an exceptional tool for learning in that it is an inexhaustible resource that is constantly being developed and improved long after leaving the beta. So far, MinecraftEDU is only seen in elementary and middle schools, but through further repurposing, it could be a valuable asset in a college setting sometime in the foreseeable future. Professor Paul Mixon, director and associate professor of electrical engineering, gave his opinion.
“I think it’s great for younger students. Under healthy supervision, Minecraft would definitely help older students in fields like science, geometry, spelling and grammar, and electrical engineering. I’ve seen [Redstone] that acts like wires.” Although it may be a long time before video games become a central part of the college curriculum, it’s obvious that students and teachers alike are intrigued by the idea of a virtual classroom. Minecraft and all its wonder stands at the forefront of a new and changing world as many, like Hogland, sing its praises. “Minecraft is a very interesting game and it just keeps getting better. Mojang has come a long way since its very first release,” Hogland said. “You keep wondering how could it get any better and every update shocks you.
Sean Fox| Staff Photographer Andonias Finch conducts The Sound of the Natural State band at the homecoming game Saturday night.
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Nostalgic coming of age story starts from back seat TAYLOR BURRINGTON STAFF WRITER
“The Way, Way Back” comes from writer-directors Jim Rash (“Community”) and Nat Faxon (co-wrote the Academy Award-Winning screenplay for “The Descendants” in 2011). Though only grossing a humble $20 million in the box office, this film boasts praise by both audiences and critics alike. Duncan (Liam James) is a sheepish, introverted, 14-year-old boy who is whisked away for summer vacation with his mom, Pam (Toni Collete), her boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), and his daughter, Steph (Zoe Levin). Struggling to fit in and feeling distant from his mom coupled with an unbearably tense relationship with Trent, Duncan drives off on his majestic, pink bicycle in search of some peace. He finds it at a local waterpark called Water Wizz, and more specifically in the person-hood of the water park’s manager, Owen (Sam Rockwell). Owen’s congenial character and laissez-fair attitude do more than just give the picture of a man with some cool guy swagger. He immediately takes to Duncan and sets to bringing him out of his shell, seeing to it that Duncan has a summer he won’t forget. Complete with break-dancing, water-sliding and a summer crush on his neighbor, Susanna (Annasophia Robb), Duncan not only begins to enjoy his vacation but discover more about who he is as a person. The most beautiful thing about this particular coming-of-age story is that it’s not just
Duncan who is changed for the better, but those who had the pleasure of knowing him are encouraged as well. The writing for this particular film is absolutely phenomenal. Jim Rash and Nat Faxon got it exactly right. Of course, they’ve both been 14-year-old boys, and I’m sure they have both been forced to go on some summer vacation of which they weren’t exactly fond of. It’s such a simple story with complex, rewarding, redemptive character development—well, in most of the characters—and it hits home with so many people. However, what Faxon and Rash probably get the most right is in the character of Owen. His attitude toward Duncan isn’t one of pity but rather of understanding. He doesn’t want to just feel sorry for this kid; he wants to see him grow as an individual, and that adds so much depth to his character. He becomes somewhat of a mentor for Duncan, and Owen himself is even encouraged in this. The story is simple but beautiful, and all of the characters are portrayed and acted so well that any audience member could easily get wrapped up in the charisma and sincerity of this film. This film also has one of the better soundtracks I’ve heard in a while, and it’s currently available on Spotify; I would definitely recommend giving it a listen. This film will be released on DVD in Oct. 22. So head out to the local Redboxes this fall and pick this beauty up. It’s worth the watch.
4.5 out of 5
Fowler Feature: Adonias Finch SHELBY FIEGEL STAFF WRITER
“Since I was a young boy, music had always been a huge part of my life. Playing an instrument was a new method to display my musical excitement. In addition, I wasn’t good at sports; at ANY sports,” senior music education major, with trumpet and voice emphasis, Adonias Finch said about why he began playing music. Finch, originally from Dyer, Tenn., came to Arkansas State because the music faculty, especially Chris Wilson and Tim Oliver, showed the most concern for his future success. “The entire music faculty has influenced me in some fashion,” he stated, “Especially my trumpet instructor, Dr. Chris Wilson.” Finch has made A-State his home and has built a strong musical foundation during his years here that he will take with him the rest of his life. He has participated in multiple performances with the
ASU Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir, Jazz Choir, Orchestra, Trumpet Ensemble, and Brass Choir. He is also a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity and a drum major for the Sound of the Natural State marching band. As a drum major Finch has learned to be patient and selfless. He described his overall experience with the Sound of the Natural State as fun, exciting, and very rewarding. His favorite memory as a drum major was traveling to Mobile, Ala. two consecutive years for the Go Daddy Bowl. His favorite show he conducted, thus far, was the “Superhero” show for the 2013 season. As a student, Finch’s life has been impacted heavily by two classes, Applied Trumpet Lessons and Wind Ensemble. “These classes have impacted me through detailed instruction and pushed me to become the musician and man I desire to be,” Finch said. “The
encouragement and constructive criticism I’ve received from the professors have also shaped me.” Finch had the honor to perform the Residency with world renowned composer David Maslanka in spring 2013. He also won the Tennessee AllWest and All-State trumpet awards and was a John Philip Sousa award winner. “Music has taught me that I can always touch a soul if I have a story with every note and phrase that I play. So every time I perform I ought to always have a story because I never know whose soul my music is meant to touch on that given performance,” Finch said. “ I also believe that Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of my success in life and the builder that paves my every step.” Finch’s next performance will be with the Sound of the Natural State marching band at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22 as the Arkansas State University Red Wolves play the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns.
Sing it while you shake it CAITLIN LAFARLETTE NEWS EDITOR
The Just Dance franchise has returned with its brightly colored screens and upbeat songs ranging from the “Ghostbusters” theme song to Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl.” “Just Dance 2014” fuses fastpaced choreography with a new karaoke feature to give players an intense workout that will leave them sweating. The Xbox 360 Kinect version of the game retains its workout modes, available for 10, 15 or 20 minutes as well as free style, but the karaoke option adds in a twist for those looking to burn extra calories. Lyrics are displayed at the bottom of the screen next to the dance steps and players can earn extra points for singing along, which is more difficult than it sounds. The workout playlists are also customizable, allowing dancers to choose their own songs to break it down to. During the workout a calorie
counter is also available, which can be turned on during normal songs as well. There are “sweat” versions of each song that turn them into strictly fitness types, which brings in a Zumba-style exercise session with the dance moves. In addition to the “sweat” mode, “Just Dance 2014” has added a World Dance Floor where players can dance with each other online in multiplayer mode. The “on-stage” mode allows gamers to have up to two backup dancers and even sing. Choreography for Just Dance is still carefree and fun, but the game has improved with fitting the style of dance to the lyrics of the song. Lady Gaga’s “Applause” consists of moves that could have come from Mother Monster herself, and the avatar even looks similar to the pop artist. The style for Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” is a perfect mixture of grooves that border on sexy but have that touch of innocence Perry conveys in her
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lyrics. The Village People make an appearance as avatars as well, complete with choreography that closely follows the 1978 version. “Just Dance 2014” creates a party central environment with its variety of top 40 hits and pop-culture tunes that can be played as a workout and even sung along to. The franchise may have made it into a more fitness oriented game, but dancers will hardly notice as they shake it out in their living rooms with friends and others in the online world.