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Volume 80 Issue 13 November 22, 2013


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Rams experience four-game winning streak Team prepares to host San Angelo Community Medical Center Classic Mariah Powell Editor The Rams defeated York College (Nebraska) 96-85 in their second home game of the season Saturday, Nov. 16. “It was a very competitive game,” senior guard Bryan Hammond said. “York went up for a lot of shots, but we managed the tempo well, played the game that we wanted to play and did not give into York’s game plan.” Assistant Coach Cinco Boone said the Rams’ performance was pleasing, overall. “We knew they were a high-scoring group going into the game, and we wish our defense would have been a little stronger, but we got the win,” Boone said. “York was a great challenge for this early in the season. To be able to defend them and get stops late in the game against a team that is that potent offensively lets me know that we have a chance of being pretty good. We still have some holes to fill in and things to improve, but we are on the right track.” Boone said he wishes the Rams would have made more of their free throws. The Rams will host the San Angelo Community Medical Center Classic Nov. 22 and 23 in the Junell Center. The Rams take on Northern New Mexico College on Nov. 22 and Western New Mexico on Nov. 23, both games at 7 p.m. The classic is powered by Foster Communications. Photos by Marsalis Mahome

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Remembering JFK 50 years after the tragedy Shots the nation will never forget Mariah Powell Editor “I was headed to speech class in the main building on the San Angelo College campus, when I learned about President John Kennedy being shot. After the announcement, the class was dismissed ...” Alumnus Jerry Lackey describes the tragic day in San Angelo. “I hurried to the Ram Page office, on the second floor of the student center, and learned the president had died,” he said. Hours after giving a speech at the Fort Worth Chamber Of Commerce breakfast event at the Texas Hotel (USA Today), the 35th President of the United States John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated Friday, Nov. 22, 1963. “I had a part-time job as weekend photographer and cub reporter at the San Angelo Standard-Times, and when I reported there for work,

the newsroom was bustling, phones ringing, people wandering in off the street wanting to know the latest news,” Lackey said. The president was campaigning in Texas and was in Dallas/Fort Worth as part of a two-day tour (JFK Library). While on their motorcade route in Downtown Dallas, bullets struck President Kennedy and the 39th governor of Texas, John Conally, at Dealey Plaza on Elm Street. Both were rushed four miles up to Parkland Memorial Hospital, where Kennedy was pronounced dead within 30 minutes of the incident. Conally was in critical condition. The Warren Commission report concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald had fired a Mannlicher-Carcano 6.5-millimeter Italian rifle from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository, now the Sixth Floor Museum. Two days after the president’s death, Oswald was killed by Jack Ruby. Lackey said he remembers being on the Ram Page staff and making their next issue a presidential memorial.

“Our staff photographer, Rex N. Enochs, was in Fort Worth and had made a picture of President Kennedy speaking to a crowd outside the Texas Hotel, just four hours before he was slain by an assassin’s bullet,” Lackey said. “Rex’s picture became part of the Ram Page story.” In the Dec. 6, 1963 issue of the Ram Page, Lackey said the three shots ‘echoed a shock heard around the world.’ And still today, 50 years later, Friday, Nov. 22, the world remembers the assassination of President Kennedy. “My witness of history 50 years ago as a young journalist was forever changed in 1963,” Lackey said.

“A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.” -JFK

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This is our last issue of the semester ...

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Mohan travels to India to complete course work Adjusting to school and life in Texas Allison Price Managing Editor As the semester slowly comes to end, students are beginning to prepare for the Spring semester. One student in particular is counting down the days until the first day back. Graduate student Akshatha Mohan is studying to get her master’s degree in counseling psychology to become a therapist. “I applied to Texas universities, and they asked me what courses I was looking for and I listed counseling psychology,” Mohan said. “In India, counseling psychology is very popular. [In the end, Angelo State] was the college that was offering what I wanted to study.” Back in India, Mohan graduated with her bachelor’s degree in psychology and studied several components about psychology. “Counseling was something that pulled me in,” she said. “I wanted to learn more about it.” Once at ASU, Mohan said Texas’ curriculum and teaching style are very different from those in India. Adjusting to the curriculum was not the challenge. Instead, it was getting used to the classroom. “In India, it is very formal, and here I don’t see that formality one bit,” Mohan said. “Adjusting to the curriculum wasn’t hard, and I like hard things. With respect to the classroom [setup], that was slightly hard because I wasn’t at all used to it.” After making the adjustment to the customs here in Texas, Mohan struck up a friendship with Traci Eichin, a graduate assistant with the College of Graduate Studies. “I am so excited for [Akshatha],” Eichin said. “When she said that she had been in contact with a hospital in India that was willing to supervise her for her practicum, I knew it was a possibility.” Within her degree, Mohan is required to have 300 hours of practicum, meaning practical experience. 100 of those hours need to direct client interaction, and the other 200 hours can be done indirectly, she said.

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Events Calendar Get involved on campus! Here’s what’s going on this week. Friday November 22 Last day to drop a class or withdraw from the University for the 2nd 8-Week Session of Fall 2013. Multicultural Center: Noche en Sinaloa. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the ASU Pavilion. Arts at ASU Holiday Dinner Theatre: “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” beginning at 7 p.m. in the ASU Modular Theatre. Men’s Basketball: ASU vs. Northern New Mexico College at 7 p.m. at the Junell Center.

Saturday November 23 ALL DAY: Cross Country vs. NCAA Division II Championship in Spokane, Wash. Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run, 1.5M Walk, and 1M Kids Run (ASU Campus Event). The run begins at 9 a.m. at the University Center. Arts at ASU Holiday Dinner Theatre: “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” beginning at 7 p.m. in the ASU Modular Theatre.


Friday, November 22, 2013

Students receive funding for research projects Faculty members help biology students excel Adriana Ibarra Staff Writer Three ASU students were awarded grants from the national Biology honor society, Tri-Beta, to help fund their individual research. The students who received the funding are seniors Haley Hale, Mary Jones and Alexis Mobley. Hale and Jones each received $400 and Mobley received $525. “All three of these students are active outside of the classroom and do much more work than the average student in science,” Tri-Beta faculty adviser Dr. Crosby Jones said. Hale’s research project is called “Conservation of a Rare Cactus, Echinocereus chisoensis.”

Jones’ project in called “A Reexamination and Morphological Comparison of the Helminthoglyptid Fossil Land Snails Helix and Lysinoe (Gastropoda: Pulmonata) from Presidio and Brewster Counties of West Texas.” Mobley’s project is titled “Isolation, Sequence, and Characterization of p53 mRNA in Various Bat Species.” Dr. Jones said she noticed in Mobley’s project that bats live for a much longer time than most other small mammals, with some living for 20 years and showing no signs of cancer. “This project was to see what is in bats that has staved off cancer for so long and to see if that can be applied to humans in any way,” Mobley said. The students created proposals for their research projects to acquire the funding, Jones said. The students also worked closely with different faculty members, who

acted as mentors. “I was really excited to get the funding [for my research],” Mobley said. “This is a great opportunity for me, and I am really appreciative of the support [from] Dr. Ammerman and Dr. Jones.” The advice of Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Loren K. Ammerman and Dr. Jones helped with the project in many ways, she said. “These students are very dedicated and hardworking,” Jones said. “They show the best parts of what Tri-Beta brings to this university.” Tri-Beta is considered to be a role model for all campus student organizations because it was awarded the Bertholf Award for Chapter Excellence seven times, he said. “Only one college organizational chapter in the nation out of 550 is given that award each year, and TriBeta is the only chapter in the nation that has won it seven times,” Jones said.

Men’s Basketball: ASU vs. Western New Mexico University at 7 p.m. at the Junell Center.

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Arts at ASU Holiday Dinner Theatre: “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” beginning at 12:45 p.m. in the ASU Modular Theatre.

Monday November 25 Visual and Performing Arts: Guest Lecture Recital featuring Dr. Matthew Bishop at 4 p.m. in the Eldon Black Recital Hall. Women’s Basketball: ASU vs. Trinity University at 7 p.m. in the Junell Center.

Tuesday November 26 Visual and Performing Arts: ASU Woodwind Chamber Ensemble Concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Carr EducationFine Arts Building.


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Friday, November 22, 2013

ROTC Alumnus set to speak at December commencement Hawkins will share life experiences with graduates Adriana Ibarra Staff Writer


Fraternity helps rebuild home Pikes have several ties within community Allison Price Managing Editor Ten men with Pi Kappa Alpha teamed with Helping Hands Saturday, Nov. 16, to renovate a home. “We renovated the home of a low-income elderly family in the northern part of San Angelo,” senior Connor Frankhouser said. “Some of the specific tasks we did were replace the rotten siding of the home, repair picket fencing, install new trim around the windows and general trash pickup.” Helping Hands is a non-profit organization in San Angelo. According to their Facebook page, Helping Hands’ mission is to partner with community volunteers and restore the homes of low-income elderly homeowners by making them safe, secure, and weatherproof, all at no cost to the homeowners. “PIKE originally got involved

Lt. Gen. Ronnie D. Hawkins Jr. will deliver the graduation speech for the Fall 2013 graduates on Dec. 14. Hawkins graduated from ASU and was the highestranking alumnus of ASU’s Air Force ROTC Detachment 847. “Hawkins will bring a sense of pride to the graduates because of his many achievements,” Commander of ROTC Detachment 847 Pedro Matos said. “The graduates will look up to him knowing that, through this institution, they can accomplish great things.” Sophomore Hakeem Regis said Hawkins will motivate the students with his eloquent speaking and have their full attention during his speech. “I believe Hawkins was chosen to speak to the graduates because of his distinguished status and his life experiences,” sophomore Patrick Burns said. “Students can learn a great deal from him.” Hawkins has a way with connecting to the students and he achieves that by finding common ground with the audience, Regis said. “He speaks from the heart and is a straight shooter,” Matos said. “Hawkins spoke to the cadets last year about leadership and his experiences.” He talks about the struggles of life and how things can set one back, but focuses on how one can grow from Commencement ceremonies will be Saturday, those struggles and overcome them, Burns said. Dec. 14 at the Junell Cen“Throughout his success, Hawkins still has a conter/Stephens Arena. nection with ASU,” Matos said, “He has never forgotten a.m. Morning Commencement where he came from, and that speaks volumes about his 10 -College of Graduate Studies in Education, Health and Human Services character.” -College of Education To have an individual of his caliber taking the time -College of Health and Human Services to come and speak to graduates is an honor, he said. It shows how much Hawkins appreciates his Alma mater. 2 p.m. Afternoon Commencement -College of Graduate Studies in “The ASU saying ‘From here, it’s possible’ will hold the fields of Arts and Sciences and ever more true after his speech,” Matos said. “The gradu- Business -College Arts and Sciences ates will see that it really is possible to do anything they -College of Business set their minds to and leave motivated and ready.”

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While trying to decide where to do her practicum, Mohan came up with the idea of working in India since she would return there after graduation. “What flashed to my mind was, ‘How could I do this from India?’” Mohan said. “I would be going back there and settling down, so it made more sense to me to get practical exposure of the area where I am going to deal with clients.” Mohan was skeptical about the idea but immediately went to talk with her professor to get the project approved. And he did approve. “It took quite a long time to get everything figured out, but it was worth it.” Mohan approached an organization called Manasa Psychiatric Association, based India. After she made contact with the organization, they quickly responded and granted sponsorship for her practicum hours. “This is a huge organization, and there are psychiatrics and psychologists working together,” she said. “They have expertise in treating depression, anxiety, etc.” Mohan said, after she got everything worked out between the organization and school work, she shared the news with her family. They were very happy for her. “Initially when I started off, I just told my uncle, who lives in Austin, and he said whatever help I needed, they would be there for me,” Mohan said. “I then spoke to my parents. They were really happy with the fact that the college would let me [travel] to do my practicum.” Eichin said that many students from different countries come to ASU, but she has yet to see anyone who has completed an internship or practicum internationally. “I always knew that ASU was an outstanding university, and [the fact that ASU supports Akshatha’s international work] just confirms it,” she said. “This sets a precedent for all international students who will return home after completing their programs here.” Mohan is looking at two different paths once she graduates. One is to enroll for the National Counselor Examination (NCE) to get her Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) license.

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The second option involves putting counseling on the back burner. “I was working with Goldman Sachs in India, so going back to the stream of investment banking [would be good] until I stabilize and get to know more about counseling,” Mohan said. “I am looking to do investment banking and learn the skills simultaneously so I can quit investment banking and completely jump into counseling.” The first day of the spring semester is Jan. 13. Mohan said she will begin her practicum on either the 15th or 16th. She will stay in India the whole semester, regularly video-chatting with her class to give updates. Mohan said the university has given her a lot of support. “I really want to thank my international advisor, Meghan Pace, and my course coordinator,” she said. “There were times where things were negative, and there were chances of my not going. [Traci] kept motivating me and told me that I shouldn’t give up because I have come so far. These three people, I really thank them a lot for making this happen.” Mohan said she is looking forward to traveling and starting her practicum. “Now everything is set and I am just ready to go there,” she said. “I have already been counting the days and I am getting more and more excited.”

with [the organization] in Fall 2012 because if they worked with them, the fraternity would receive Homecoming points,” Frankhouser said. “The event they had was an inaugural run sponsored by Helping Hands. As a fraternity, we decided that we enjoyed the first event, so we [continue to work closely with the organization] and do our part to give back to the community of San Angelo.” This month the Pikes have been working to spread the word about men’s cancer. They will host an event called “Movember” Tuesday, Nov. 26. Frankhouser said that the Pikes grew out beards to help promote the event. “This event was held in order to raise money for testicular and prostate cancer research,” Philanthropy Chairman Darian Glenn said. Along with “Movember,” the Pikes will hold a toy drive Friday, Dec. 6. The men also participate in the annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event with the Concho Valley Rape Crisis Center, which happens in the spring, Frank-

houser said. “The event is for men to literally walk one mile in women’s high heels to show support for victims and survivors of sexual assault,” Glenn said. “This event raises awareness about the causes and effects of sexual assault toward women.” Frankhouser said that giving back to the community is vital because they can show the outside world that fraternity life isn’t about having a good time on the weekends. “As members of a fraternity, we strive to go above and beyond what the average student will do and experience during their collegiate tenure,” he said. “So this is one of the ways we practice what we preach.” Glenn said making ties with the community is extremely important and allows the Pikes to spread their beliefs. “We have an acronym, ‘SLAG’—Scholars, Leaders, Athletes, and Gentlemen,” he said. “[Pi Kappa Alpha] is the type of organization that prides itself on leaving the society better than we found it.”


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Friday, November 22, 2013

The Blue Transition and Gold Times of Quynh Nguyen reflects on her time at ASU Louis Garcia Contributor Even though she can now see the finish line banner of her stay at ASU, Quynh Nguyen will always remember her first days here. Those memories are still as clear to her as the blue sky on a bright, sunny day. One day in particular she relives is the first time she stepped into the University Center. She ended up in front of the bookstore, looking at all the national flags hanging proudly at an untouchable height on the two walls. Nguyen searched thoroughly for the Vietnamese flag, but her anticipation of the flag’s presence was not met with satisfaction. Ungratified, she left the UC. The following day, Nguyen took another look-see at the flags in the UC as they gallantly hung over her head. At that moment, her once disappointed face shined in delight as her country’s flag hung on the wall as proudly as the other flags alongside it. The red and yellow colors glowingly reflected in her eyes, as she looked up with awe. More than 8,000 miles from home, Nguyen unpacked her new white and pink bedsheets her new host parents bought for her new dorm. Amazed at their kindness, she cherishes the old 3G iPhone they gave to her as a gift. The next few years away from Hue, Vietnam, will be immersed with smiles, tears, and unforgettable experiences. After all those years, the ASU lifestyle Nguyen now lives has become a big part of her life. This does not change how she feels about her home in Vietnam. In those long semesters of studying and making the best grades possible, Nguyen seldom has been able to have a face-to-face conversation with her parents. She wants to familiarize herself again with the place she has invested so much of her life in. Having to put the pen onto paper hundreds of thousands of times in classes and at her dorm, Nguyen has kept her heavy eyelids from closing during the midnight hours numerous times. Determined, she does her best to keep the culture she once had and the people she once grew up with, in a special place in her heart. Not that her hometown has flaws, but Nguyen confesses that there are times it can be awful. Compared to where she is now, she said that homework can be aced easily, a lot of free time results in boredom, and the people are unexpectedly lazy. Early in Nguyen’s life, English was a language her

father challenged her to learn since she was 3. At first, she’d randomly substitute simple words like table and chair in English as she spoke in Vietnamese to her parents. In 5th grade, Nguyen began to get serious about the subject. She joined a strict middle school team that competed in countrywide advanced English programs. Her history with English has led her to pursue a degree in the subject. Getting the degree at ASU will get Nguyen closer to her goal of teaching English to college students in Vietnam. Dr. Joe Erickson, an ASU English professor who has had Nguyen as a student, said the 21-year old senior was very hardworking. “She is one of the most determined students I have ever had,” he said. “ Nguyen is very detail-oriented, and it pays off in her work.” Time at ASU and in Texan Hall has “Americanized” the Quynh Nguyen some students have supported and know to this day. For example, one of her favorite things to do now is to shop on She comments on how convenient it is. “Everything here [in America] is better,” she said as she nodded. The library, cafeteria and spacious room to work in are just a few things that Nguyen will miss when she makes her way back home this December. The experience has not been all good, though. In Nguyen’s case, transportation in San Angelo, specifically at ASU, might as well be nonexistent. She doesn’t have her own vehicle, and she doesn’t want to inconvenience her new friends. Having lived in a city where scooters seem to be the primary form of transportation, she appreciates her colorful bike, which takes her from her dorm to class and back again. Nonetheless, to Nguyen, this repetitive scenario day after day can dull make her ASU life. Just a short ride to the mall and back would put a smile on her face. “I’m not a shopaholic,” she said. Though she is coming to the last quarter of her blue and gold years, Nguyen has gradually decided that San Angelo is not as “dynamic” as she once thought it to be. This may be due to her not getting out much as she would like. Much to her relief, the duration of her time here helped her to know that the residents can still be warm, cheerful, and willing to lend a helpful hand for directions and advice. Sophomore Tiffany Harris, Nguyen’s current roommate, has known Nguyen for a while and easily connects with her. “We both have the same mannerisms, and she’s very respectful,” Harris said. As for any weakness Quynh may have, Harris said, “Well, maybe a social weakness.

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She stays at the dorms with me on weekends.” In working toward graduation, Nguyen has eaten alone at a table, felt confined within ASU’s boundaries, and had an unfulfilled desire to see and talk to a relative about her problems. Through all the adversity, however, she has driven herself to become accustomed to her new life. As fall turned into spring and spring into fall, Nguyen developed courage. She started to ask other students if she could sit with them in the cafeteria at lunch, speak her mind in the classrooms, and occasionally tutor fellow classmates. The road to graduation may not have been easy, but her life in Vietnam and experience at ASU has enriched her life. “I stay, still, a very traditional Vietnamese girl,” Nguyen said. As Nguyen looked up at her country’s flag in the UC, its image glowed in her eyes. She had pioneered the unfamiliar campus of ASU. She here to represent not only herself, but also the country she loves so much. Nguyen is getting ready to graduate ASU, a place that was once a stranger. She now prepares to go back home with the feeling of leaving a close friend.

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting The Student Government Association (SGA) is hosting the fourth annual ASU Christmas Tree Lighting to foster holiday spirit around campus. “SGA started this tradition four years ago because there were no decorations on campus to denote that the holiday season was upon us,” SGA Vice President Connor Frankhouser said. SGA President Preston Wimberly and Frankhouser began planning the event at the end of October. SGA not only wanted to spread holiday spirit, but since the holiday season is inherently one of the most beloved times of the year, they decided to embark on the tradition, Frankhouser said. The Christmas Tree Lighting will be Monday, Dec. 2, at 5:30 p.m. There will be live music, hot cocoa, cookies, Roscoe Santa and an ornament decorating contest for Registered Student Organizations.


Good Albums and Key Tracks

Patrick McKewon Contributor Lady Gaga – ARTPOP

When Gaga first released “The Fame” in 2008, she brought the world to her knees and had your mom, girlfriend, boyfriend, and even your father, who only listens to the ‘80s, singing P-P-P- “Poker Face.” The whole album was untouchable and addicting. Now

The Queen of the Queer is back again for her fourth album, and she has proclaimed that “ARTPOP” will be the album of the millennium. However, the album is far from the fact. “ARTPOP” is not a bad album, and Gaga has definitely stayed true to herself by making some of the most bizarre songs, but there lies the problem. The album is difficult to listen to. It has moments of glamor with the R&B spark duet of R. Kelly on “Do What U Want” and the title track spacedisco synth trip. But tracks like “Swine and “Donatella” are awkward, and maybe her little monsters will gobble the album up, but the mainstream will have a difficult time accepting it. 4/10 Key Track: “Dope”

Five Finger Death Punch – “The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 2”

There’s more? NO! I thought we already had to deal with this trash back in the summer and now they have decided to release a Volume 2? Please God, why?! In case you don’t know what Volume 2 will sound like, just think about Volume 1 with more recy-

cled riffs, more anger about the world, and more horrible lyrics. After a while, it all sounds the same, and you forget which crappy song came from which crappy album. ADVICE: GO LISTEN TO AVENGED SEVENFOLD’S “HAIL TO THE KING.” 0/10 Key Track: “When It’s Over”

Blood Orange – “Cupid Deluxe”

Dev Hynes has just released his second album under the moniker of Blood Orange, and the world has been waiting for music like this again. Drenched in ‘80s R&B, Hynes has captured the essence of the greatest era of music. Tracks like the synth soul beauty of “You’re Not Good Enough” and the island groove “It is What it Is” captivate the ears immediately. There are passion and creativity here, something missing from today’s pop hits. Hynes is tender and vulnerable throughout the album, and when “Time Will Tell” comes, you can say, finally, that is what music is supposed to be. 8/10 Key Track: “Time Will Tell”

FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE Monday, December 9, 2013

MTWRF / MWF / MW / M 8 a.m. EXAM: 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. MTWRF / MWF / MW / M 10 a.m. EXAM: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m MWF / MW / M 12 p.m. EXAM: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. MW / M 12:30 p.m. EXAM: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. MWF / MW / M 1:30 p.m. EXAM: 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. MWF / MW / M 2 p.m. EXAM: 3:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. MWF / MWF / W 4 p.m. EXAM: 6p.m. - 8 p.m. MW / M 6:00 p.m. EXAM: 8 p.m. - 10p.m.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

T / TR / R 8:00 a.m. EXAM: 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. T / TR 10 a.m. EXAM: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. TR / T / R 11 a.m. EXAM: 10:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. TR / T 1 p.m. EXAM: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. TR / T / R 2 p.m. EXAM: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. TR / T / R 3 p.m. EXAM: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. TR / T 5 p.m. EXAM: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. TR / T 6 p.m. EXAM: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. TR / T 6:30 p.m. EXAM: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

MTWRF / MWF / MW / M 9 a.m. EXAM: 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. MTWRF / MWF / MW / M 11 a.m. EXAM: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. MTWRF / MWF / MW / W 1 p.m. EXAM: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. MWF / MW / W 3 p.m. EXAM: 3:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. MWF / MW / M 5 p.m. EXAM: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. W 6 p.m. EXAM: 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

TR / R 9:30 a.m. EXAM: 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. TR / T 12:30 p.m. EXAM: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. T / R 1:30 p.m. EXAM: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. TR / R 3:30 p.m. EXAM: 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. T / TR 4 p.m. EXAM: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. T / TR 5:30 p.m. EXAM: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. R Class time: 6 p.m. EXAM: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.


Friday, November 22, 2013

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Study tips that will help get As on finals With Thanksgiving break just a few days away, that can only mean one thing. No, it doesn’t mean turkey, dressing and apple pie. It means that finals are quickly approaching. All college students can relate to trying to study for finals. When you think of studying for finals, you realize that you have to go back and review your notes from the beginning of the semester, re-read chapters from the textbook and catch up with classmates to make sure you have all of the right information. Studying shouldn’t be something to stress out about. Of course you want to make a good grade but is it worth it to try and stay awake all night before test day? By the end of the semester, we are all tired but in order to get credit for our courses we have to pass our finals. So drop the Monster Energy drinks. We are here to give advice and save you from those all-nighters by providing tips to help ace your finals and enjoy winter break.

Don’t study the night before- We are given a whole week be-

fore finals to study. Waiting until the Sunday night before your 8 a.m. Monday morning exam is the wrong thing to do. Put your time to good use and take a little time every day to review notes and other materials. If you procrastinate on studying, you’ll very likely end up getting too little sleep since you were

cramming your brain with information. When trying to go over a large sum of information in a small amount of time will only hurt you. Your mind will not be able to retain the information and come exam time, there will be a blank scantron staring up at you.

Eat healthy foods to maintain energy- Eating healthy foods

might be a lot to ask of a college student. Many students are used to having a variety of foods at their disposal but those will potentially slow you down. Making sure you add some healthy, energy boosting foods to your diet will help to keep your focus during studying. Some foods that give you energy are almonds, Greek yogurt, low-fat popcorn, blueberries and dark chocolate. Also, staying away from sugary, high calorie and carbonated drinks will help you not feel sluggish. Drink lots of water because that will keep you hydrated and if you need some sugar or something with calories, try the drink mixes that easily mix into water bottles. Avoid distractions- We are all interested in technology and it’s hard to leave our phones off for a short period of time, let alone a long period of time. It is important to not have your spiral and textbook open while your computer screen is showing the latest Facebook, Twitter and Instagram updates. Even if you claim that you are not looking at

How do you prepare for final exams?

“I really have to study by myself. Personally I’ll study the day before.”

Bill Payne Sophomore

the website, it still causes a distraction. Finals are one of the most important grades in classes. Giving your undivided attention to your notes is going to make a huge difference when you start to answer questions on the test and you actually know them. You don’t have to lock your computer and phone away, but keeping them off is a start. Set a time limit for yourself. Study for an hour and then take a break for 10 minutes. This way, you get plenty of study time in while not cramming and you get to catch up on the latest gossip.

back. Your body needs rest so that when it comes time to take exams, it is fully energized and ready to function. If you complete your studying during the day, it will allow you to catch some extra Zs and be well rested to either continue studying or take the exam. Manage your time- Aside from classes, we all enjoying spending time with our friends and going out to socialize. Time management is a key component when it comes to final exams. If you don’t have a calendar, it might be a smart idea to go and purchase one. Being able to write down the days and times your finals are will help you remember. Also having a calendar will be beneficial to write down certain time slots you will dedicate to studying for a particular exam. During dead week, some professors will allow their class time to be used as study time. If you are let out of class early and your professor encourages you to study, you should probably study. Think about it-do you really need to go to the mall to watch your friends shop or should you be looking over your notes? Be smart with your time and make sure to use it wisely. If you follow all of these tips we guarantee that you will be less stressed about final exams. Every student is capable of doing well on exams and putting more in effort to study is going to be worth it in the end.

Give yourself a “self-test”-

Going over the same material four or five times can get boring. After you study for a while, look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself questions. Keep your notes near just in case you need reference. Grab your roommate or friend and have them quiz you. If you are able to answer the questions they are asking, you have used your time wisely and studied. If not, it is time to go back and hit the books a little longer. Practicing and asking the questions that will appear on the exam will help you retain the information. Hearing and reading the same thing over and over will help you remember that particular answer. Sleep- It is extremely important to make sure your body is getting enough rest. If you are trying to work through the night, your body is going to fight

“Sometimes I pull those occasional allnighters, and other times I try to get to the library earlier so I finish then rest.”

Ashley Fitzpatrick


“I usually study a lot and cry a little. I like to go running to relive my stress.”

“Listen to music”

Jerel Walters Sophomore

Brianna Guerra


“I listen to indie music and drink coffee.”

Anahi Pienda Sophomore

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Rambelles head to Canyon

“These are two big games coming up this weekend, and we are glad to have a classic here in San Angelo,” Boone said. “There was a great crowd on Saturday. We hope the same crowd brings a friend and we get twice as big of a turnout.” Boone said there will be two tough battles in the Junell Center this weekend and the Rams will have to give their all to get both wins. “We are trying to win every game on the schedule,” Hammond said. “This is probably the best team I have seen in my four years here, so we are trying to leave a legacy that Angelo State has never seen before.” Hammond said filling up the student section gives the team momentum and helps them to play harder. The team will then travel to Abilene Nov. 29 to play McMurry University before leading the War Hawks here Dec. 3 for a 7 p.m. game in the Junell Center.

The Rambelles are set to open the LSC Championship with their first game on Thursday, Nov. 23, against Midwestern State in Canyon. Head Coach Chuck Waddington had some final words regarding the 2013 season. “It has been a fun ride. We have had some highs and lows but that is what goes into a season,” he said. “This team has really developed to work hard and grow and they get better every week.”

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The Rams shut out Incarnate Word Saturday, Nov. 16, ending the 2013 season with three consecutive wins. This is the first time since 1987 that the Rams have finished the season on a three-game winning streak. “It is disappointing that the season is over because we have been playing so well these last three games,” Head Coach Will Wagner said. “It is rewarding because these kids have worked their tails off all season. We have some guys going into the offseason with the kids that will be coming back and hopefully we can carry on to the 2014 season.”

‘Belles look to recover at home

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Photos by Marsalis Mahome Above: Junior forward Hillari Adam led the Rambelles with 16 points and 10 recovered rebounds in their game against Texas-Permian Basin on Nov. 19. She has made a total of 64 points in the team’s six games played this season. Below: Sophomore guard (13) Amanda Weaver has made 23 points so far this season.

Petree said team is progressing Mariah Powell Editor The Rambelles will take on Trinity University (Texas) Nov. 25 in the Junell Center at 7 p.m. After their 50-56 loss to TexasPermian Basin on Nov. 19 and a 41-87 loss at the Abilene Christian exhibition on Nov. 14, the ‘Belles are looking for a victory. “I know the scoreboard may not reflect it, but we are making progress,” Head Coach Cayla Petree said. “Permian Basin is a really good team, and we fought with them the second half of the game.” After only hitting 16.7 percent in the first half, they knew it would be hard to win after that poor of a performance, Petree said. “We made some really good adjustments at halftime, and the girls were really receptive to our comments and came out strong in the

second half,” she said. “In the second half, there were times when we showed great effort and we were rebounding, but it still wasn’t enough to recover.” The team missed 13 free throws out of 33 attempts. “Our offense was not in the game,” senior Rochelle Norris said. “When we can pull our offense and defense together, then we will win games. Monday, we are looking for that win, so we have to be good all around.” Their game against Trinity Uni-

versity will be broadcast live on 1260AM KKSA. “I expect Trinity University to try to push the ball because they are good offensively, so we have to try and slow the ball down and make things sloppy and ugly,” Petree said. Juniors forward Hillari Adam and guard Kayla Turner have been spending a lot of personal time at the gym, and it showed this past game, Petree said. Adam scored 16 points and caught 10 rebounds. Turner scored a career high of 15 points. “Students don’t understand how essential they are to both basketball teams’ success,” she said. “When they get rowdy and excited about the game, it helps our players, so I encourage the student body to come out because we need them.” After their home game, the Rambelles will head to Canyon for the West Texas A&M tournament Nov. 29 to Nov. 30. They will play Colorado State-Pueblo and Incarnate Word.

Vol. 80 Iss. 13  

Volume 80, Issue 13 of the ASU Ram Page, the official student voice of Angelo State University since 1936

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