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Friday January 31 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.
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Saturday February 1 All Day: Track and Field at Texas Tech University (Indoor) 2014 Trail Race #1 (Community Event). The race begins at 8 a.m. with registration at 7 a.m. at Middle Concho Park. Softball vs. Texas A&M International University in San Antonio from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Women’s Basketball vs. Texas A&M University-Kingsville in the Junell Center from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Men’s Basketball vs. Texas A&M University-Kingsville at the Junell Center from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Softball vs. St. Edward’s University in San Antonio from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday February 2 Softball vs. Texas- Permian Basin in San Antonio from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Baseball vs McMurry University at Foster Field from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Softball vs. Southeastern Oklahoma State University in San Antonio from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday February 3 UCPC Poster Sale through Wednesday Feb. 5 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the UC. Softball at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Project Spring Break Application due at 7 p.m.
Wednesday February 5 Women’s Basketball at West Texas A&M University at Canyon from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Men’s Basketball at West Texas A&M University 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
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President Barack Obama launched an initiative Wednesday, January 22 against the sexual assault epidemic on college campuses. Obama assigned a newly formed task force of college administrators 90 days to formulate a list of recommendations on preventing and responding to college sexual assaults, reported The Associated Press. “I definitely believe that it was the right decision,” Counselor Director Cleave Pool said. “Bringing this issue to light
and educating everyone, males and females, about this issue is the best preventative.” Pool said he has been a part of the counseling center for 13 years and has seen many different cases that deal with sexual assault. “Female college students need to realize that they are vulnerable to sexual assault, not just walking alone at night, but also on dates and at parties,” he said. “[They need] to know how to protect themselves from being victimized. Sexual assault prevention has been one of our Counseling Services office’s primary focuses in student education programs on the campus.” The most common statistics shows one in five female college students are sexually assaulted in some manner during col-
lege but only 12 percent of those students actually report the assault. If the 12 percent statistic is true, you can see that it is impossible to know how many college females are actually victimized since the majority never report it. “The only time I feel uncomfortable is at night and when I am walking alone,” sophomore Theresa Felts said. “However most of the time I am usually with someone, so I never feel afraid. I haven’t really heard anything about sexual assaults on the ASU campus, so I feel pretty safe here.” Pool said the LifeLine app is an excellent tool for students. It is a free application for smart phones to help prevent assaults. “All female [and male] ASU students should use it.”
San Angelo welcomes Sis as new Bishop Hundreds attend ordaining ceremony Adam Sauceda Managing Editor Stephanie Garcia Contributor A new bishop of San Angelo became ordained at the Junell Center at 2 p.m. Monday. The Most Rev. Michael J. Sis became the sixth Bishop of San Angelo after the Bishop Michael Pfeifer resigned. The audience on the main floor of the Junell Center where the ceremony took place included: priests, deacons, brother bishops, knights of Columbus, the family of Bishop Sis and many other honored members of the Catholic Church. Sis spoke loud and clear near the end of the ceremony and brought the audience to their feet as they applauded and cheered when he personally walked to every section of the arena to give a blessing. The Junell Center seated hundreds of people who took pictures of one of the Catholic Church’s most ancient traditions. The ordination and installment
Photo by Marsalis Mahome Sis is ready to begin making connections with all the community.
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of Sis progressed into a Mass with a presentation of vows and further traditions to ordain Sis. Sophomore Zachary Miranda said we wanted to take the opportunity to see one of the most revered Catholic ceremonies. “It was an honor to see this kind of once in a life time ceremony,” he said. “Even though I’m not Catholic I can appreciate the kind of high significance of the Mass,” His friendly character hardly went unnoticed, sophomore Alejandra Perales said. Perales met Sis through the Newman Center. “Sis just seemed really super friendly and just seemed really eager to know everything about the Newman Center and I thought he was just super ready to be the Bishop.” Newman Center SecretaryMichelle Hamilton said Sis is very friendly. “He is very eager to meet lots of new people, and he asked a lot of questions about the university and our relationship with the university.”
See NEWMAN pg. 3
Meat judging team takes home fourth in Colorado competition
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Baseball at McMurry University in Abilene from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Volume 80 Issue 16 January 31, 2014
Judging Team finished fourth place at the National Western International in Greely, Colo. The National Western International is one of seven meets the team will compete in. The meat judging team, who returned home on Monday, Jan. Sun. Feb. 2 Light Wintry Mix 37° 26°
20, is coached by Lexus Weinheimer, and Michael Boenig. The team is composed of seven members. The team also placed fifth in Lamb judging, third place in pork judging and fourth place in specifications.
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Fraternities reach out Students opened to traditions Adriana Ibarra Staff Writer ASU fraternities held an event last week to better educate those interested in learning what each fraternity has to offer. “Kappa Delta Rho just started last year and it has Tue. Feb. 4 Partly Cloudy 61° 21°
been easy to attract new members,” Rylan Haecker said. Kappa Delta Rho is offering the opportunity for members to become part of something that has never been done before in becoming a legacy and creating traditions, he said. Every fraternity has something special about them that makes them different and unique from the rest, Haecker said.
See IMPROVE pg. 2
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Friday, January 31, 2014
Conversation partners bridge two worlds Students break down language barriers Adriana Ibarra Staff Writer The Plaza Verde Clubhouse hosts Conversation Partners every Tuesday night at 6 p.m. “Conversation Partners is for students and community members alike to come and talk with our international students,” Graduate Assistant for the Center for International Studies Kayla Franke said. There are different kinds of snacks and games from a different country, she said. People come to get to know the international students and build friendships with them while helping the students get a better grasp on the English language, she said.
“Conversation Partners provides the opportunity to meet people from different countries and see how other cultures are,” junior Jiwon Kang said. The environment is very accepting, friendly and everyone is welcome to attend, Franke said. “It’s great to get to see everyone’s faces at least once a week because I have built friendships with the students here,”senior Tevin Simmons said. Conversation Partners is important because more times than not the students on campus are the first impression of what America is like for the international students, he said. “Last year I participated a lot and made some friends,” Kang said. During Conversation Partners the people who join participate in different activities to help stimulate conversation and give the international students a chance to practice English in a fun way, Franke said. Everyone always has a good time and there is a large variety of people who come to participate, she said. “I thoroughly enjoy coming to Conversation Partners, I learn something new every week and it has been a very rewarding experience,” Simmons said.
Photo by Marsalis Mahome Conversation Partners meets every Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Plaza Verde Clubhouse. It gives students the chance to meet others who they might not interact with on a daily basis.
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Individuals improve in fraternities cont. from pg. 1
“Being a part of the TKE fraternity has been the greatest experience of my life,” Jacob Tschirhart said. This year the TKE’s will be raising funds for St. Jude’s by doing push-ups for 50 cents, he said. “There are over 260,000 alumni all over the world and members in over 300 campuses including Canada and Germany,” Tschirhart said. Being a TKE will improve members and make them better men, they will gain leadership skills and build unbreakable bonds, he said.
“The best thing about being a PKE is the bond we all share with each other, becoming a better man and the meaningful experiences you have,” senior Ares Parker said. Being a PKE is about being a part of something greater than yourself, there is even a program that educates new members on the traditions of being a PKE, he said. “Being a part of any fraternity is a great way to improve as an individual and have amazing experiences during one’s college years,” Parker said.
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SGA prepping for busy semester Senate looking for new student recruits Allison Price Mariah Trammel Editor Contributor
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The Student Government Association (SGA) has implemented various projects for ASU and has even more plans in store for this upcoming semester. Currently, the main focus is to recruit more members to be a part of SGA. “My main objective is to continue expanding the senate,” J. Connor Frankhouser vice president of the senate said. “Right now, we are probably sixty percent full.” Hypothetically, SGA is to be comprised of two senators representing each academic department. However, there are many vacant spots within each department. “It takes a special person with the initiative to want to help their fellow students,” Frankhouser said. “Perhaps the best thing is to be an advocate for the students. Not many people are interested in doing that.” This semester the senate is looking forward to preparing for the “Rammys.” The Rammy Awards ceremony is a play on the Grammy Awards and is an event held in April that honors student organizations. “I think student organizations are the backbone, so we need to give them a celebration,” Preston Wimberly student body president and SGA member said. In conjunction with Center for Student Involvement, this is a celebration
that honors organizations by nominating them in various categories. The formal evening also consists of swearing in the newly-elected student government president and vice president. SGA is in the process of forming new ideas, such as, giving a college t-shirt in exchange for an ASU t-shirt to boost school pride, creating a new ASU emblem, and holding a voter drive. “I think something like a voter drive would be cool for our campus, because a lot of students don’t get registered,” Wimberly said. “SGA is a voting entity and I would like to get students signed up to vote and learn a little bit more about San Angelo.” Other plans for SGA consist of continuing past projects such as Adopt-aHallway and the Student Discount Service. Adopt-a-Hallway allows organizations to help keep a hallway clean by picking up trash and recycling. In return for doing so, the organization advertises their name on a plaque in that hallway. The Student Discount Services is another ongoing project that SGA wishes to inform more students about. The service allows students to receive numerous discounts throughout the community. The student government embodies the voice of the students. They execute new projects to help better the life of those that occupy ASU. It gives one the opportunity to get a real life hands on experience by serving on committees. Email email@example.com to learn more about SGA and to have your voice and ideas heard.
Friday, January 31, 2014
Tree Carving Adds new art to campus
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Cam Dockery (pictured above) put his tree carving skills to work Tuesday and Wednesday. Dockery carved a ram out of a tree placed on the side of the Rassman building. As he worked through the day, students stopped to admire the new artwork and some even took photographs. Dockery refined his work by adding intricate details to the ram and the platform is stands on. Dockery even added ASU to the front of the carving. Be sure to check out the work because it is a sight you don’t want to miss.
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Sis is no stranger to campus ministries, he severed as parochial vicar then pastor at Texas A&M for 13 ½ years. The Newman Center expects to see a lot of Sis after his visit with them where he expressed a great interest about Angelo State and their campus ministries. “I’m sure in time he’ll make his own changes,” Hamilton said. “I think he’ll have a focus on college students which he has a lot of heart for and people are seeing him a lot more.” Bishop Sis is now in charge of the Dioceses of San Angelo and is to perform “bishoply” duties and administer other Catholic ceremonies. Photo by Marsalis Mahome The ordination ceremony for Bishop Sis lasted over three hours.
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Meat judging is an inner collegiate event that evaluates pork, lamb, and beef to determine the ranking of the meat in terms of which item holds most value. The team is given four different carcasses to judge and place. Specifications are a category of judging in which the meat must meet certain criteria for industry. “Meat Judging is a way for students to get out in to different industries that aren’t seen every day,” Boenig said. “The students get a chance to explore other campus meat labs and work out on their product. Meat judging also instills work effort and time management skills that will help students when applying for jobs in the future.” Boeing said he competed for Texas A&M in 2004 and judging is
near and dear to his heart. “It’s a passion that I want to portray to young adults.” Michael Boenig said.” Students that participate in meat judging at ASU must maintain a 2.5 GPA, be a current student, and be able to build a resume. A student doesn’t have to be part of the Agriculture department however as long as they meet all the other criteria and have the extra time to put in for practices which are held in the evenings. The meat judging team will travel to Fort Worth to compete in the Southwestern Intercollegiate Meats and Judging competition on Feb. 2. The last competition of the season will be at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo which will be in March.
Want to learn more about the Meat Judging Team? Contact the Agriculture Department of ASU at 325-942-2027
Friday, January 31, 2014
A non-traditional venture; Q&A with Ina Kim Her decision to study overseas has been challenging at times, but it has been, and continues to be, rewarding. Kim offers advice to students who want to go to college abroad. Victoria Lacy: Where are you from? Victoria Lacy Ina Kim: I’m from Ulsan in South Korea. It’s a big Contributor industrial city. Lacy: What made you decide to go abroad for Senior Ina Kim is an inspiration to any student college? who wants to have an adventure while attending Kim: I just wanted to venture out. I didn’t want college. to stay in a little world. I wanted to meet new people She in an international student who is studying and have new experiences. So far, it’s so good. business at ASU, but she did not come to the United Lacy: Why did you choose to come to ASU for States through a student exchange program, or as a college? study abroad student. Kim: I originally wanted to go to school someShe wanted to be enveloped in the culture of anwhere in Canada, but ASU offered me a good other country for longer than a semester or a year. scholarship. I learned about ASU through Internet Kim researched schools, filled out applications, research. The tuition is reasonable and ASU offered and got a student visa on her own. me a good opportunity. The living expenses are reaBecause of the route she chose to take, she has had sonable in Texas, too. to overcome some hurtles, but she has also had a difLacy: Angelo State has sister schools in South ferent experience than most international students. Korea, so there is a large presence of international students on campus. Did that influence your decision to come to ASU? Kim: When I came here in 2010, there were only about 20 other South Korean students at ASU through exchange programs, so that didn’t factor into my decision. Lacy: Do you have the support of a community here? Kim: The International Student Center set me up with a host family before I originally came, and that helped me with the international transition. But, I was still pretty independent and chose to learn things on my own. Now, I’m still involved with the center, but on a much smaller scale. Lacy: Was it hard meeting people and making connections initially? Kim: Kind of! I participated in a lot of organizations and I went to church as well. You can meet a lot of people through church and campus organizations. You just have to get involved. Lacy: Was it hard to leave your family? Kim: My parents were very encouraging. They told me, “Just go, girl!” I have awesome parents; I’m so lucky to have them! It’s just my parents, my older sister and me. At first I was so homesick, but I know that they’re always there for my support. I’ve only been home once since I got here, and that was Photo by Aly Duran two years ago. We stay in contact
Kim overcomes hurtles for different college experience
Senior Ina Kim is studying for a degree in business.
University clinic and student nurses give free flu shots Students should be vaccinated yearly Allison Price Editor
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The Student Nurses Association worked with the University Clinic to give free flu vaccines to students. According to Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist Christa Martin, at least three students go into the clinic with the flu weekly. To combat it this season, the Clinic worked with ASU’s chapter of the Student Nurses Association at the University Center in giving out free vaccinations on Wednesday, January 29. Martin said that University Health Services ordered 1500 shots and planned to sell them to students at $10.00 per shot last semester, but not enough students were buying the shots. The University Clinic decided that it was better to give them away than let them go to waste. Martin said students’ close proximity in a campus like this makes having the flu so much worse. “A student could be sick and not know it until it’s too late,” she said. Students returning to campus from the winter break may have brought the virus with them a which may be different from the strain other students have been vaccinated against, Martin
said. Junior Bianca Jones said she had the flu last year. “I woke up, took three steps, and vomited,” Jones said. “I lay in bed all day in a dark room and skipped all of my classes. At one point I cried because I felt so terrible.” Flyer’s put up by University Health Services urge students to stay home if they have any flu-like symptoms, including a fever, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, body aches, sore throat and a cough. Martin said that the students most likely to catch the flu are people with chronic respiratory problems, such as asthma or people who frequently smoke. Martin advises students with the flu to visit the clinic if possible. Students needing medical attention when the clinic is closed can go to the Angelo State University Police Department with their student IDs and get a voucher for free emergency care at Shannon Urgent Care South. The best measure to take against the virus is to get the vaccine, Martin said. Every semester the Student Nursing Association has flu shot clinics run by well trained and supervised student nurses, Martin said. The University Clinic has done everything it can to combat the virus in San Angelo after four local residents suddenly died in January this year. As far as Martin knows, no ASU student has ever died from the flu.
over the phone, but I don’t use Skype or other video messaging that often. Lacy: What do you like best about attending college in the United States? Kim: I think that people are nicer here compared with any other part of the world. Lacy: Did you visit ASU to set things up before classes started? Kim: No, I did everything through phone and email. It was really difficult to make arrangements with ASU before I got here. I was on the phone a lot, and my host family helped me a lot. I just asked for people’s help, and kept asking questions. You don’t have to be ashamed of that. It’s a different environment, and people will help you. That’s really the only way to help the transition. Just trust that it’s going to work out. Lacy: South Korea is a long way to travel from just to move into a dorm room! How did you get all of your things here? Kim: I had to buy most of my stuff here, because I didn’t want to pack all of that stuff and have it shipped. I originally lived in the dorms, so I didn’t need a lot of stuff. I didn’t have a car my first semester here. The pastor of my church had a car for sale, and he helped me buy it by offering me a really good deal. One thing I really like about the U.S. is that the gas is much cheaper. I like that a lot. Now I live in an apartment, and I like that because it’s cheaper than the dorms. Lacy: Have you been to any other countries? Kim: I’ve traveled quite a bit. Before coming to ASU, I visited China, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand. Since I have been at ASU, I studied abroad in Ireland and the U.K. Lacy: Are you going to stay in the United States? Kim: Not forever. I’ll probably stay another couple years and get work experience and to build my resume for a career. I’m doing an internship now and would like to do one in management before I leave Texas. While I’m in the U.S., I don’t really want to travel outside of Texas for work experience because I like it here! Lacy: Where do you want to go next? Kim: Oh my gosh! I really want to go to Canada. I’d like to spend a year there! Lacy: Do you think students should take the opportunity to travel abroad while they are in college? Kim: Yes! You’re going to remember it forever. And you learn a lot of new things in other countries and have a larger perspective once you get there and experience people. I understand people so much better now that I’ve lived in another country. I understand why they act the way they do. Lacy: Do you have any advice for people who want to travel, but are scared to do it? Kim: I know some people say, “Hey! I want to travel the world, but I’m afraid to go alone in another country because there are no parents or friends, or family.” But just try. It’s really good. It’s a life experience and memories. I met my best friend here, and it’s great!
Musical of Musicals coming Play brings together numerous productions Allison Price Editor
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ASU’s Theatre department will be presenting their first play of the 2014 school year with “Musical of Musicals (The Musicals!)” on February 13. The theatrical production is one parody story that becomes five enjoyable musicals acts within the piece which includes, selections from The King and I, The Sound of Music, Cinderella, Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, The Phantom of the Opera, Sunday in the Park with George, Hello, Dolly and Chicago. The musical play is under the direction of Theatre professor Mike Burnett. The auditions for the musical production were in December and 13 cast members were chosen. Rehearsals then started in mid January. “We have been rehearsing six days a week, at least four hours a day since January 11,” Rebecca Sussdorf (Abigail Von Schtarr) said. “We put a lot of our time and hard work into this musical, and we even have rehearsals during the weekends.” Senior Jordon Shocklee is currently performing as Abby and Fräulein Abby in the musical. “You should expect a lot of musical theatre jokes,” Shocklee said. “The more musicals you have seen, the funnier it will be to you. We have all sorts of students and spectacular dances for you to enjoy as well.”
The production has over 100 costumes and has roughly 40 people in charge of putting on the musical. “There is so much going on in the production and the plot is so simple, yet so scattered and hard to follow,” Sussdorf said. “However, the musical is something original and eye catching, and I think it is one mostly everyone will enjoy.” “Musical of Musicals (The Mu-
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Friday, January 31, 2014
First generation college experiences and lessons learned
Allison Price Editor College. One word that can mean 100 different things. For some, college might be all about the parties and for others it could be about snagging a degree as soon as possible and moving on with life and a career. For me, college was a dream that I knew I wanted to come true. I am a first-generation college student. My parents were not given the opportunity to further their education. Ever since I was able to understand how college
could have impacted their lives, I knew that I wanted to make a difference in my own life and have the chance to attend college. There are many people who are also first-generation students. It is comforting to know that you aren’t alone in a big sea of people. What all of the first-generation students might not realize is that we are coming into a new world. Since my mom nor dad went to college, I didn’t know what to expect. Everyone says that college is harder than high school. Even if that might be true, it could be different on each person’s standards. It is like running into a battlefield blindfolded. Everyone works on different levels so of course, college could be hard or easy for any student. I didn’t know what I could have been getting myself into but I did know that the outcome was going to be worth it in the end.
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College. This can also be known as some of the best years of your life. Even though I didn’t know what to expect, I am so happy I made the decision to come to college. I not only want to do it for myself but to show my parents and my family that I can make a difference. I still remember when I first drove on to campus and met my roommate (who is still my roommate) and got to enjoy some of the weekend activities offered. I knew from that point that I was going to okay. My new transition was one that I wanted and it was only going to help me grow as a person. I wish my parents were able to go to college but I know that they support me through everything. Their support is very strong and I am thankful for them. No one should ever be afraid of college because it truly is some of the best years of life.
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Being the middle child, I was hardly the first at anything, but when my brother joined the Navy after high school, I had my chance to be the first to college. However, with first time experience comes first time problems. My biggest problem: financial aid. My grades were just good and I was a great student, so I did not think I would have any problems. Then came the mountain of paper work for FAFSA applications, tax
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lege before I did. All well, I was still the first one here. Right? Now, hopefully all of you have this financial aid thing down, but in case you don’t, here are some quick tips: 1. The financial aid office and its workers are there to help. Go ask questions, get step by step instructions and get to know them. They will be invaluable throughout your college career. 2. Check your department for scholarships. Some of my most helpful scholarships have come from my department. Even if they are small, every bit helps. 3. Ask your classmates. As valuable as the financial aid office are the upper class man who have “been there, done that.” Despite my own issues entering college, I have now helped several incoming friends with their aid. It’s the least I can do, I was in their shoes once.
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returns and federal pell grant applications. In high school, I heard that FAFSA was enough to pay for my college if I qualified for the full amount. I did, but boy was I wrong and problems quickly ensued. I had never gone to a financial aid office. I had never had anyone tell me “this is what you do and how you do it.” So, not having enough aid and with a few thousand dollars worth of loans, I withdrew from the university. Unfortunately, the company I had acquired loans from had no grace period for paying them back if I had withdrawn and I could not get any other loans until I paid it off. Entirely. So I spent the next few years working as anything from a substitute teacher to a DJ to a ranch hand to pay off my loan. In fact, my sister, who graduated three years after me, finished col-
Adam Sauceda Managing Editor The first time my friend asked me if I had ever eaten at D’Ray’s, my response was “who?” She was quick to inform me that D’Ray’s was a “burger and dog joint” with some excellent shakes and burgers. If anyone enjoys a good burger, it’s me. So I headed over to 1101 S Chadbourne St for lunch. I entered the quaint little, locally owned place and was immediately greeted by a friendly cashier who asked “what can I get you mijo?” Man, I love me some good
service, so I ordered a bacon cheeseburger, fries and a coke. It seemed as if no later than she had taken my order, my food was brought out to me, but it was not old or cold as I had initially feared. “I could get use to this,” I thought to myself. The burger was great. The fries were crispy on the outside and yummy on the inside. After I had eaten my meal, I spent some time studying the menu. Soft serve ice cream, some loaded down hot dogs, and plenty of burgers and fries were listed and I wished I was hungrier. I decided to help my food set-
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tle down with some dessert and ordered an Oreo Texas Twister. It reminds me of another frozen treat I will call a Snow Storm from a main stream establishment I will call Lactose King. Despite our recent cold temperatures, I ate up a large in a hurry. If you are looking for an even bigger lunch adventure, try the burger challenge, which consist of a 16 patty (or 17? I was too scared to count) cheeseburger. If you can finish that bad boy, lunch is on me. Until then, enjoy a great tasting meal with some great service. Bon Appétit!!
Rams ready to hit the field after three weeks of practice 13 returners on the 2014 roster
some wins here too.” The Rams will play a double header on Sunday, Feb. 2 against McMurry. As a senior, Davis hopes that he can be a leader to his younger teammates. “Hopefully the guys understand that not every day is going to be perfect,” he said. “We have to work hard on and off the field. You have to show up everyday with a good attitude.” At this time of the year, Brooks said the team to just trying to get everything covered in practice. “[Baseball] is a simple game if you know how to play catch then you will do pretty good,” he said. Feckley said he can’t sleep at night due to his excitement for the season to start. “Throughout the season, we play half of our games and home and half of them away,” he said. “This first month we are playing mostly away and hopefully we respond well to that. I don’t think it will be a big issue.” The Rams are starting with seven seniors. Feckley and Jake Albert will be on the mound. Davis said the guys have been scrimmaging against each other ready to begin actual play. “[Scrimmaging] is nothing like the first weekend when you put on your uniform and you are all on the same team and in the same dugout going against a completely different school,” he said. “We have been looking forward to this all year and Saturday couldn’t have come at a better time.” After the double header on Sunday, the Rams will hit the road again to play Texas A&M International University Friday, Feb. 7 and Saturday, Feb. 8. The Rams will play again at home on Friday, Feb. 21 against Colorado School on Mines.
Allison Price Editor The Rams are kicking off their season Friday, Jan. 31 against McMurry University in Abilene. The Rams have been working hard in practice to prepare for their season opener. Senior Trae Davis said the team is really close and ready to start “I’ve been playing baseball since I was five and I don’t think I have played on a team that was this close,” Davis said. “We are excited for the season.” Head Coach Kevin Brooks said the teams work ethic has been consistent which is a good starting point for the team. “Work ethic and character are two good strengths the team has and we have that,” Brooks said. The Rams have 13 returners and 17 newcomers on the roster. The Rams have been practicing for the past three weeks. “We got some new guys but they fit in pretty well,” senior Jake Feckley said. “We shouldn’t miss a beat.” The 2014 season includes 17 home games and 19 road games. There is a total of 15 non-conference games and 35 Lone Star Conference contests. “It would be nice to start the season off at home but our schedule is our schedule,” Davis said. “It is going to be fun because we will all get together at someone else’s place and then the next day they will get to come here. Hopefully we can protect our home field and get
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Track and Field heads to Lubbock Teammates all support each other Allison Price Editor The Track and Field team had their first meet Jan. 17 and 18 at Texas Tech University. “I think as a team it went very well for an opening meet that we had,” Lexi Brooks said. “We had exceptional marks for our team. We came out with faster times than we had and people jumped further, so we started off our season pretty well. Kinsey Coppedge said she is pushing to get her times faster at each meet the team has. “As a 4x4 (runner) we are trying to
get our times down,” she said. “We are on the list for nationals but we want to be even faster so we can make sure we get into that.” Coppedge said the team is smaller which allows everyone to be closer. “We try and watch each other at meets as best as we can,” Brooks said. “Not only do we run for ourselves but we run for our team. You constantly hear us [asking] how can we score for our team. It is definitely more minded towards what can [an individual] do for the [team’s benefit].” Coppedge said a lot of people look at track as an individual sport when really it is a matter of being a team and helping each other out. After their meet this weekend, the team will head back to Lubbock in March to compete in the Lone Star Conference Indoor Championships.
Softball gets new turf ‘Belles ready to start season Allison Price Editor The Rambelles are kicking off their season at the St. Mary’s Invitational in San Antonio playing Saturday, Sunday and Monday. There are eight returners this season and it makes the team mesh really well together, sophomore Lanie Robinson said. “The team chemistry is awesome,” Robinson said. “The new girls ar-
en’t really new girls. It doesn’t feel like they are new anymore. They are a part of the family.” The Rambelles began practicing in January and have been counting down the days to their season opening. “I think we look really good,” Head Coach Travis Scott said. “At times we started five freshmen last year and that experience that they gained last year is going to pay off big.” Even though the team is playing away, Robinson said they will play just as good away as they do at home. “[Playing away] is
definitely not as fun because we don’t have the crowd behind us but we still enjoy playing and traveling together,” sophomore Ambra Hill said. “It is a bonding experience for us.” Scott said there is good team depth and speed allowing the Rambelles to look good in all aspects of the game. “We have been putting in a really good amount of work and we are ready to play,” Robinson said. The $600,000 softball turf project was completed in November and there will be a ribbon cutting Friday, Jan. 31.
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On a night playing against Cameron University (98), where the star guard, Kenny Williams, was a little off shooting going 4-14 from the field, contributing 10 points and seven rebounds. Williams teammates Tommie Woolridge and Chris Talkington went off combining for 52 points. It was an amazing shooting night for them. Talkington shot a perfect 10 for 12 and was three for five behind the three-point line. Woolridge was nine for 11 on the night dropping 40 on the Aggies and was named the Lone Star Conference Player of the Week. Bryan Hammond put his touch on the game with eight assists. The Rams won 88-75. Talkington also got recognition by being named Suddenlink Athlete of the Week. The Rams return home Saturday, Feb. 1 to play Texas A&M University-Kingsville at 4 p.m. in the Junell Center.
The Rams are currently second in the Lone Star Conference behind Tarleton State. The Rambelles defeated Cameron University 71- 61 with four players scored double digits. Leah LeMaire lead the team scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Tatiana Haynes had 13 points, Rochelle Norris with 12, and Haylee Oliver with 10 points in the first half. Michelle Rosewell had five assists. LeMarie was named Suddenlink Athlete of the Week. After a week off, the Rambelles will head back to the court Saturday, Feb. 1 to take on Texas A&M University-Kingsville at 2 p.m. Photo by Marsalis Mahome The Rams will complete the first half of Lone Star Conference play at their game on Saturday, Feb. 1. Their home record currently sits at 9-0.
Photo by Marsalis Mahome The Rambelles will be back in action shooting for another win on Saturday, Feb. 1.