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New turf debuted at Mayer Field A ribbon-cutting ceremony unveiled the new turf at Mayer Field in the ASU Softball Complex and honored Richard and Betty Mayer. The Mayer’s donated $600,000 for the new turf field project. The turf construction was completed in November 2013. The field features the ASU logo in the center and in the batter boxes. The batting cage bullpens were also resurfaced with turf. The Softball Complex is the second facility to receive artificial turf. Recently, turf was installed at the LeGrand Sports Complex which doubles as a practice field for football. The Rambelles will host a tournament this weekend and they play two games each day, Saturday Feb. 8 through Monday, Feb. 10.
Friday February 7 Alumnus Exhibit by Adam Palmer. Open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Gallery Room 193 in the Carr-Education Fine Arts Building. The exhibit will run until Feb. 13. Softball vs. East Central University from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Durant, Okla. Softball vs. Northeastern State University from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Durant, Okla. Baseball at Texas A&M International University from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Laredo.
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Baseball vs. Texas A&M International University from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Laredo. Softball will play at Mayer Field at 12:45 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Women’s Basketball vs. Eastern New Mexico University in the Junell Center from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Men’s Basketball vs. Eastern New Mexico at the Junell Center from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday February 9 Spring 2014 Fitness Challenge. This event will run until March 1. Softball will play at Mayer Field at 12:45 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.
First-generation students get a taste of college life Workshops give students insight on different resources
Monday February 10 Softball will play at Mayer Field at 1:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday February 11 Freshman College Workshop: How to Pick a Career You Really Like starting at 7 p.m. in the UC.
Wednesday February 12 Women’s Basketball vs. Tarleton State University in the Junell Center from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Men’s Basketball vs. Tarleton State University at the Junell Center from 8 p.m. to 11 a.m.
Thursday February 13 UCPC: Crossroads Live featuring Steve Means. The event kicks off at 11:30 p.m. in the UC. Arts at ASU Musical: “Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)” The show begins at 8 p.m. in the Auditorium. Weekly Planetarium showings every Thursday at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.
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Shannon Lewis Staff Writer First generation students are learning that college opportunity is a dream that can become a reality through the ASU First program. The program offers information about the university to high school students that are considering becoming the first in their families to attend college. “ASU First shows students that ASU is a viable choice for an affordable, high-quality,
and close-to-home college experience,” Assistant Director Erika Baeza said. “We want to make sure that they have the tools to succeed.” First generation students struggle with getting into college because they are unsure how to pay for it, undecided on what to study, or they feel they are not good enough for school, Baeza said. The program is in its 5th year and has recruited 497 students from 19 different schools around the San Angelo area, Baeza said. “We had to close registration because we were very close to maxing out at 500 students,” she said. ASU First is welcoming high school students Friday, Feb. 7 where they will tour ASU and experience some of the programs offered.
ASUFit brings back annual challenge Top teams are rewarded Allison Price Editor Rio Velasquez Contributor ASUFit’s annual Spring Fitness Challenge, a three-week competition where students, faculty and staff form teams to accomplish goals will being Sunday, Feb. 9. The teams must have five people or more to accomplish specific goals before the challenge ends March 1. The top three teams will be awarded Sat. Feb. 8 Partly Cloudy 70°35°
prizes. “The Fitness Challenge was of part of a multifaceted plan for this program,” Special Projects Secretary Katherine Garrison said. “The initial plan was to get word out about healthy eating habits, healthy fitness habits and to get education out there.” The goals incorporate several different topics of fitness and wellness including physical activity, nutrition, hygiene and stress relief. Each week, the team captain will average their team’s total number of points and fill out an outline form. The different activities Sun. Feb. 9 Partly Cloudy 60° 33°
have been recommended by doctors, the news and newspaper, Garrison said. Having this challenge may encourage people to realize it is their time to get healthy. The goals this year have been designed to be simple and easy to incorporate into a daily routine. Some of the tasks include flossing every night, making lunch for yourself, give up coffee for a week and take a 15 minute or more walk to stretch your muscles. The challenge is also encouraging participants to stay up to date with their shots and physicals.
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There will also be activity workshops that will explain how admissions, financial aid and career development work. In addition, the activity workshops will explain what campus life is like from an ASU student perspective. Ms. Gregg has been a host parent for two first generation students and she is also a parent of a recent nursing school graduate. “I can’t help financially but I can give them a roof over their head and give them a room in a steady environment,” Gregg said. “It’s a huge accomplishment for me watching them grow in four years, walk the stage, and receive their degree.” ASU First shines the light for high school students who are truly considering going to college. “It’s your education and no one can take that away from you,” Baeza said.
Project finished on training facility Construction took 20 months Shannon Lewis Staff Writer Working on new projects to improve the ASU campus, the ASU Facilities Planning & Construction recently finished it’s second $1 million project. The facility is used to support the Agriculture Education program that involves students learning basic technical aspects of welding, small engine Tue. Feb. 11 Few Showers 40° 22°
repair and general mechanical skills. The project was completed at approximately $977,000 with $1,077,000 initial budget, and is just over 4000 square feet. “There are individual student welding booths each equipped with fume control equipment, compressed air, and electrical utilities,” Director of Facilities Planning and Construction Clayton Smith said.
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The idea is to help students take initiative and be proactive about their health and include these health routines in their life. “The challenge is not necessarily for those who work out,” Garrison said. “We are trying to target individuals that wouldn’t feel the motivation to make healthy choices or those who are having a hard time doing so and need an extra push. It’s the small things that make major changes in someone’s life.” The ASUFit Spring challenge first began in 2009. Since then, ASUFit has had over 10 fitness challenges including walking challenges, work out challenges and a triathlon with the local San Angelo Road Lizards. The facilities usually have a fall and spring challenge but there have also been summer challenges. Garrison said the coolest thing about this challenge is that it’s the perfect storm. It’s a local fitness challenge with just ASU students and there is a lot of rivalry. “We often forget that when we educate our minds, our bodies also need to be educated,” she said. “They work together.”
To find out more information about the ASUFit Spring Fitness Challenge, visit www.angelo.edu/services/fitness_wellness A list of directions for the challenge is listed as well as different goals and their point value for the challenge.
funk, soul and pop
Shannon Lewis Staff Writer Making pit stops all around college campuses, an energetic musician from Nashville, TN will be stopping at ASU, Feb. 13, in light of a new event called Crossroads Live hosted by the UCPC. Steve Means’ music has been featured on hit MTV shows including The Hills, The Real World, and Newport Harbor. Means has been traveling extensively across many college campuses and is currently on a tour called, 20 days of Texas. During his tour, Means is performing at colleges all over the state. “I don’t know who he is but it’s awesome that ASU is bringing live events like this to the school, I hope that they continue to do stuff like this for us,” senior Sean McClure said. “It will be a nice break from all the chaos of this semester to hang out and hear live music.” Means’ music is a mix of funk, soul and pop in an acoustic setting, and it can be heard on Spotify, YouTube, MySpace and iTunes.
“I like his music, kind of sounds like stuff you hear on the radio, sounds like it’s going to be a good time in the UC,” junior Javier Carmona said. “I look forward to it.” Opening for artists such as T-pain and Sean Kingston, the self-sustaining artist has two full-length albums “Rescue Me” and “Now or Never” and also EPs available that can be previewed and purchased on iTunes including the latest EP called “Worth Fighting For.” The event is free to all ASU students, faculty and staff and will begin at 11:30 a.m.
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ASU sighs relief; regains accreditation University is in really good shape Adriana Ibarra Staff Writer Angelo State University had its accreditation reaffirmed with no recommendations for improvement by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). An evaluation of ASU’s academic programs and administrative procedures is required once every 10 years for reaffir-
mation “Angelo State University is in really good shape,” Director of Accountability Crystal Braden said. “There was a tremendous effort from all of the workers on campus to achieve this goal.” Accreditation is a requirement for universities to transfer academic credits, to receive federal funds for research and programs, and to be able to award federal student financial aid, she said. “About a couple years back the university was having some issues with accreditation and many students were worried
about their college credits not counting for anything,” senior Sarah Gore said. Without the campus being accredited the students would not be able to earn degrees or have their credits transfer to different colleges, Braden said. “The reaffirmation process involves a campus-wide self-study, which is submitted to SACSCOC for review,” she said. The SACSCOC came to visit and evaluate the campus in March of 2013, Braden said. During the visit, an evaluation team assessed
ASU on 92 different standards of compliance. Of those standard, the SACSCOC on-site team sought clarification on only one. “The team checks everything from how the professors teach to how well the equipment in the classrooms is working and luckily ASU passed,” Braden said Thanks to the reaffirmation, ASU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, masters and doctorate degrees, she said.
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The location of the facility is on Grape Creek Road, six miles north of San Angelo at the ASU Management Instruction Research Center and Food Safety and Product Development Lab. “The project included renovation of existing restrooms and lobby reconfiguration to serve both the new facility and the existing Food Product and Safety Development Lab.” Smith said. The Training facility provides an exceptional learning environment that enhances the prestige of ASU and the Agriculture Education program. There were many people that helped in designing and developing the facility, Smith said. “ASU President, Dr. Brian May, and the ASU Office of Development worked with the Mayer and Rousselot families and key donors to fund the project.” Smith said. “The ASU administration leadership, the faculty and staff of the Agriculture department, and various other ASU departments also supported the project.” Local San Angelo construction company Templeton Construction was the general contractor, along with various subcontractors working to construct the training center. Casa Bella Architects represented the design professional team for the project. Planning was the biggest part of the construction project and took up a majority of the time. “A twenty month project duration from start of the planning and design to construction completion.” Smith said. “The actual construction start was June 1, 2013 with final completion Jan. 31, 2014 so an eight month duration for construction.” The Mayer-Rousselot Agriculture Education Training Center facility was completed Jan. 31 and is open to students for use.
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Why I chose to major in Philosophy Cayla Clinkenbeard Contributor Last year, I returned to ASU as an undergraduate student to pursue a degree in philosophy. “Philosophy?,” most people ask me, “What are you going to do with that?” In our current economic recession, this question is legitimate. I will try to answer why I decided that philosophy is the best degree for me. Many people choose their majors based on which degree seems more marketable. Every company needs a business leader or an accountant and every hospital needs nurses, so these degrees are often the most popular. However, even these degrees do not guarantee a job in the current market. I decided to instead major in something that is stimulating for me and makes me feel I have gained important skills. The skills I have learned in philosophy, namely critical thinking and clear communication, are some of the most
sought-after by business leaders of various settings, but I have chosen to continue my education and apply to graduate school. By the time I graduate this spring, I will know whether I have been accepted for fall admission to graduate school. As a philosophy major, I have made great progress in my ability to understand other fields of study. In all of my classes, from science to literature, I feel more competent because of my philosophy classes. Philosophy forces me to critically examine my own beliefs and the beliefs of others. It allows me to understand the logical progression of what I read and what others say. The skill of understanding implications is often neglected in other fields of study because there is no time to teach me how to think; I need to learn facts instead. However, philosophy taught me how to think for myself, no matter what subject matter I am considering. I have also learned how to write clearly and concisely
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from philosophy classes. This skill has helped me write papers for classes, for resumes, for publication, for conferences, for the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), and for graduate school applications. Being able to communicate with others is a skill that every job requires. From my philosophy papers, I learned how to write self-consciously, and I can better say exactly what I mean. I have learned invaluable skills from taking philosophy classes, but most importantly, I am inspired by philosophy. I’ve always been a curious type of person. As a child, I wondered about the world around me, myself, and other people. I realized later that there are some questions that no one knows the answer to. Philosophy gives me an outlet for exploring these questions and seeking possible answers. For this reason, philosophy is much more than a major for me. It is the Raison d’être, the reason for existing.
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Adam Sauceda Managing Editor When I first decided to start typing up these restaurant reviews this semester, I wanted to try to keep it focused on “little, hometown places.” However, there is one restaurant that holds a special place in my tummy despite being a national chain. It never ceases to amaze me how people do not know about Double Dave’s Pizzaworks located at 3536 Knickerbocker Road. Their individual pizzas are a
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‘Belles look for a win against New Mexico Baseball starts off Looking to gain a win after a loss to West Texas
A&M-Kingsville (63-47). “We came in with a bunch of energy,” senior Rochelle Norris said. During the teams week off, Allison Price Head Coach Cayla Petree said Editor the team worked on shooting while keeping the mood upbeat. The Rambelles came out with “We did less technical and a loss against West Texas A&M, less preparation type things and Wednesday Feb. 5 in Canyon (56- more fundamental and we tried 95). to make it light,” Petree said. “I The Rambelles struggled with think anytime you can play with shooting hitting only 32.2 per- fresh legs and a clear mind you cent in the first half. are going to come out with good Junior Hillari Adam led the energy and that is what we did.” lead the team with 16 points and Having the crowd energy at eight rebounds. Junior Karli Kell- Saturday’s game gave the team Photo by Aly Duran ermeier scored 11 points for the lots of energy and drive, Haynes Junior Michelle Rosewell jumps to second straight game. said. block her opponent from shooting. Before their game Wednesday, “We went on the road and we the ‘Belles were off for a week. caught a win against Cameron minutes we will get in shooting, The Rambelles returned back to and coming back here after a win some fundamental work and the court, Saturday Feb. 1 and was really good,” she said. “The then the preparation for the next won their game against Texas crowd was with us and it was team.” very energetic the The ‘Belles hit five of their whole game.” nine three-pointers in the first Petree said half of the game. practice time “For our upcoming games, we has been cut but want to work on containing the they still plan to shooters because we know they work just as hard can shoot the ball well,” Norris during the time said. as they would beHaynes finished Saturday’s fore. game with a total of 16 points. “From here un- Kellermeier had her first doutil the end of the ble-digit score of the season with season we proba- 11 points and Norris came up bebly won’t go lon- hind with 10 points. ger than an hour The Rambelles will play Photo by Aly Duran and 15 [min- against Eastern New Mexico Sophomore Amanda Weaver dribbles while trying to utes],” she said. University at the Junell Center on block her opponent from stealing the ball. “Within that 75 Saturday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m.
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with two wins Rams open with doubleheader Allison Price Editor The Rams opened their season with a doubleheader against McMurry University and walked away with a win. “It feels good to start off with a win,” junior Hayden Elrod said. “When you get a win everyone is going to be excited.” The Rams finished the day with a total of 22 hits. Four hits each came from senior Tyler Coughenour and junior Blake Bass. Added to the hits was two triples made by freshman Nehwon Norkeh.
“We did enough things that we needed to do to win,” Head Coach Kevin Brooks said. “We had a really good start in pitching and some timely hitting.” In game one, senior Jake Feckley had eight strikeouts and earned the win in seven innings of work. In game two, senior Reggie Rodriguez and Bass had two RBI, while Coughenour delivered the first home run of the season. Rodriguez said the team chemistry was really good for their first games. “We are not just like a team, we are more like a family,” he said. “We are all in together.” Rodriguez said the team is hoping to add another win to their record.
The Rams will play Texas A&M International University in Laredo Saturday, Feb. 8 through Sunday, Feb. 9
Rams win against West Texas A&M First win in Canyon since 2009 Allison Price Editor The Rams came away with a win against West Texas A&M (69-47). This is the first the Rams have won in Canyon since 2009. Senior Bryan Hammond led the team with 20 points. six rebounds ans six assists. Junior Tommy Woolridge came up behind Hammond, finishing the game with 19 points. On Saturday, Feb. 1 the Rams were back on the court ready to take on Texas A&M-Kingsville. The team had and off week and took the time to get in extra practice and before for their next games. The Rams lost of Texas A&M (69-79) but Senior Ice Asortse said it was awesome to be playing back at home. “It was good to play at our own petition and the crowd was behind us and we were happy about
he gives a lot of credit to Texas A&M-Kingsville in the game. “It wasn’t one of our better games,” he said. “It wasn’t necessarily what we were doing wrong but what they were doing right.” Senior Zach Jones said it always feels good to play at home. “As a senior you only have a few [home games] left,” Jones said. During their off week, Beard said they worked on their offense and defense. “You kind of take a step back and instead of worrying about the competition, you worry about yourself,” he said. Another advantage to playing at home is having the crowd cheering on the players. “We are very appreciative and thankful for the people that come to the games,” Beard said. “We are working really hard on Photo by Aly Duran our end to build a program that Sophomore Omari Gudul dunks the the school and community can ball and scores a point for the Rams. be proud of. I would like to see [the Junell Center] get to the it.” point where there is not an empty Head Coach Chris Beard said seat in the building.
Football signs new players Fall roster gets 19 additions Marsalis Mahome Photographer Football is a year round sport, where once that last snap of the last game is done, the mindset of the coaches and players moves on to the new season. Players and coaches have said farewell to those who have graduated. but they are welcoming 19 new players. Football Head Coach Will Wagner announced, Feb. 5 the. There are nine offensive players and 10 defensive players. 18 of the
signees are coming from Texas high schools and one player signee is traveling from California. This pack has a great bunch of athletes, in including Grant Aschenbeck out of East Bernard, Texas, who is a defensive back standing at 6’3” tallying 105 tackles, five interceptions, and three touchdowns his senior year on defense. A couple other additions are a 6’5”, 220 pound second team all-state tight end and Josh Jacks, a versatile 6’6” linemen Christian Gauch. “Each year we get better, and better, with the type of kids we’re bringing in,” Head Coach Will Wagner said. “There’s probably three or four kids that could come in right away and contribute as freshmen.”
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