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Tat up at convention
Annual tattoo event to take place next week Rosanna Aguilera Staff Writer
Trufant Bros. Tattoo will host a tattoo convention on Feb. 24-26 at the McNease Convention Center that is open to the public. On Friday they are going to be open from 2-10 p.m., Saturday from noon-10 p.m. and Sunday from noon-8 p.m. “We try to keep it the same hours as the tattoo shop,” Trufant Bros. Tattoo owner Aubrey Trufant said. Trufant said this year is the 8th annual event. “It’s an event based on experiences we had on our own; we would travel and go to these tattoo conventions across the country or even out of the
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Students head to college championship Deundra Smyth Contributor With impressive top five finishes at Sam Rayburn Reservoir on Feb. 4, two ASU angling teams qualified for the 2018 Fishing League Worldwide College Fishing National Championship Tournament. The Bass Anglers Club traveled Saturday to the East Texas reservoir located nearly 70 miles north of Beaumont, Texas to compete in this year’s Yeti FLW College Fishing Southern
Conference Tournament. The team of Will Curlee and Ty Johnson finished second overall with a registered five bass total of 20 pounds and 10 ounces, earning the pair $1,000. Teammates Nathan Ahle and Nolan Osmanski registered five bass totaling 18 pounds and three ounces, earning them fourth place overall out of 132 two-person teams competing and $500. Their top five finishes guarantee that both ASU angling teams will advance to next summer’s FLW national tournament to compete
for the championship. Ahle, who was introduced to fishing at age eight by his father and has been fishing since age 12, said that he hopes these recent accomplishments encourage more interest in ASU’s Bass Anglers Club. “We are always looking for new members,” Ahle said. “And doing well in FLW College tournaments can be a great way to put your club on the map. Just placing in the top 10 at any FLW tournament is awesome. But getting two teams in the top four is an incredible result.”
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Housing suddenly stirs students to new rooms, halls Residents express surprise, frustration over changes Sara Gonzales Contributor Many students were surprised and upset at the sudden housing reshuffle that took place last week. Housing consolidation in the residential halls took place this past week, and students who were not given a roommate or their
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roommate left were given a the options to either find a roommate or decide to remain without a roommate and pay an extra $500 for the room. “I was really disappointed about the situation,” sophomore Cassandra Crispin said. “I decided to pay the fine to live by myself.” Concho residents were emailed a few days prior to the consolidation process and a mixer party with in-
formation on how to set up moving into another hall or being assigned a new roommate took place soon after. The email also included that the fee to ensure their single room status would be charged to their student account. “I talked to few people about the consolidation process,” senior Austin Schroer said. “For the most part, people seemed to have the
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A resident of Plaza Verde makes his way back to his dorm room after class. Plaza is ASU’s newest residence hall.
country,” Trufant said. Trufant said several years ago they thought ‘why not bring that back to Angelo?’ “We have all these great tattooers coming in to give the general public here a chance of getting something special without having to make the trip,” Trufant said. Trufant said they have a three day event and do tattoos live at the convention center. “Everybody comes here and we celebrate,” Trufant said. Trufant said the event is a great opportunity for the public in San Angelo to get a “great tattoo by someone phenomenal.” Trufant said if you are on the market for a good tattoo, there is somebody there offering everything. “Somebody is going to be
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Logan Lucas, freshman, shows his space tattoo. Lucas is a physics major who is interested in the solar system.
Theater musical to sing tale of redemption “Spitfire Grill” plans to give audience members an emotional ride Miranda Constancio Contributor
ASU’s theater department has brought the musical “Spitfire Grill” to stage. The production begins Feb. 17-18 and continues 23-25. Sentimental, heartwarming and touching is how director Michael Burnett describes the musical. “It goes to show that with perseverance you can go a long way,” Burnett said. “It sends a good message.” “I am excited to see how the audience reacts to the story,” Taylor Sparkman, who plays the lead character Percy, said. “I believe that everyone can relate to it in some way. I also love seeing all of our hard work that we have put in the last few months pay off.” The musical, based on the Hollywood film by Lee David Zlotoff, revolves around a girl named Percy who has just been released from prison and
travels to a small town in Wisconsin to find herself working at Spitfire Grill. “My character, Percy, is a very complex character who has lived a difficult life and been through a lot,” Sparkman said. “I relate to Percy in a lot of different ways. I am sarcastic and stubborn much like Percy and I can also relate, like many other women my age can, to her struggles with self-worth.”
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Lindsey Jones and Taylor Sparkman rehearse for “Spitfire Grill.” Sparkman plays a parolee who moves to a small town.
Water polo splashes into biannual event Past successes lead to tournaments every semester Patrick Fleming Staff Writer
Inner tube water polo is set to take place once every semester for the foreseeable future. The next tournament will not be until April 17, but the previous successes have students excited for the event. “Since it was the first time we played, it was a little crazy,” Brianna Gathright, second year physical therapy grad student, said. “[It] was hard staying inside the inner tube the whole time, but other than that, it was a lot of fun.” Last spring, the University Recreations set up an inner tube water-polo game where all of the students were invited to try and compete with one another. UREC were surprised when over 100 students came by to play the game.
Though the event was originally planned to only be held once, due to the huge turnout UREC set it up to happen again during the fall of 2016 only for that to also be a major success as well. A great number of students playing the game can be due to UREC’s close relation to the athletic department. UREC made an effort to schedule the Inner Tube Water Polo, and other events like it, during dates when students involved with volleyball, football and other sports around campus will be able to take part in the activity. The reason this event will be hosted by UREC instead of Intramurals is so students participating will not have to Photo from Ram Page Archives by Summer Almaguer worry about gaining points There will be three separate it,” Aaron Kentner, assistant for school-related activities. divisions consisting of men, director for Aquatics and FaThis is only meant to be a women and co-eds. cilities Management, Univerquick, fun activity. Those who come can come sity Recreation, said. “It gives The event is currently with their own team, create them something to do. It’s a scheduled to take place on their own team, or will be put little bit different. And it’s a lot April 17, registration will be- on an already existing one. of fun to play if you’ve never gin at 6:30 p.m. and the game “I think the students like played.” will start at 7 p.m.
Inner tube water polo, as the name suggests, is a game that takes place in water in what is much like a combination of soccer and volleyball. Two teams play against each other and try to throw a ball into the other team’s goal.
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Taylor Sparkman, Michael Oriano and Mason Tabor put the finishing touches on their performance. “Spitfire Grill” takes place in the Modular Theater. THEATRE page 1 “There are so many amazing elements implemented in the musical,” Lindsey Jones, junior, said. “The music itself takes a bit of a bluegrass modern twist on musical music. It’s a bit folk, a bit country and has a few ballad numbers.” Jones said that most of the characters go through an internal change. “I believe my cast mates and I have really worked hard to understand and commit to the character arches,” Jones said. “We want to accurately portray the characters and their lives leading up to the point in time that the musical
begins.” Taylor Dabbs plays Shelby, whom she describes as quiet and introverted and in an abusive relationship with her husband. “The show has some heavy content, but it breaks up with comedy and really catchy songs,” Dabbs said. “I would not be surprised if one second an audience member is laughing and the next they are tearing up.” “Getting to know Shelby as a character and bringing her to life on stage has made me a lot more understanding of why victims of abusive relationships find it difficult to leave,” she said.
The student cast is composed of Sparkman as Percy, Samantha Lewis as Hannah, Dabbs as Shelby, Mason Tabor as Caleb, Michael Oriano as Sheriff Joe, Jones as Effy and Bryce Real as The Visitor. The production has been in the works since early December and will come to life in the Modular Theater in the Carr Education-Fine Arts building. Tickets are free for students, $10 for the general public and $5 for non-ASU students. “The show takes you on a journey but it is one you surely don’t want to miss,” Dabbs said.
cles, Ahle offered his advice to any anglers. “A lot of times it comes down to letting the fish tell you what to do,” Ahle said. “If you find a pattern that is catching fish, you got to stick to it and capitalize on the bites you get.” While the Yeti FLW Southern Conference, who will sponsor two more events this season, has seen two teams from one institution have top 10 finishes before, Angelo State is the only school with multiple top five finishes in the competition’s
in order to help them find someone they got along with and would potentially like to room with. Students could also decide to move in with a friend in Concho or move into another hall based on that halls’ availability. “I believe this situation hurt housing,” Crispin said. “I felt as if some residents felt let down by housing and didn’t want to live on campus anymore.” Last semester, residents who were living in rooms without a roommate did not have to choose a new roommate to move in with them or into another room nor did they have to pay an additional fee to live alone.
“I wish they would have originally made these changes earlier and had people consolidate last fall,” Crispin said. “This situation with residents living without a roommate has been going on since the fall but no one did anything about it until this semester, which confused me because they didn’t make us consolidate last semester.” The changes in housing caused students to leave the floor and fellow residents they had already been acquainted with and create new relationships with their new roommates and resident assistants for the spring semester.
history. Since the teams were participating on behalf the Bass Anglers Club, all prize winnings will go towards funding the organization and the university rather than the students. The next event in the Southern Conference takes place at Fort Gibson Lake in Oklahoma on May 6. The location and date of the national tournament have not been determined at this time.
Bass Anglers has been a student organization since 2008. Nolan Osmanski, vice president of BA, is one of the four members moving on to the tournament. His team won fourth place.
Events Calendar Friday 2/17 True Blue Friday 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. UC Softball vs Texas A&M University – Kingsville 5-7 p.m. Mayer Field Baseball vs Lubbock Christian 6-9 p.m. Foster Field
HOUSING page 1 same stressed out feeling as me.” Students moved into different rooms and got acquainted with their new roommates while other residents made arrangements to live on their own for the semester. “I was very surprised when I received the email about the changes they were making,” Schroer said. “I would have preferred to use the money I spent to stay in my current room alone on text books or had been informed before the semester started so I could have been more prepared.” A mixer was offered Feb. 10 in Concho Hall and the Plaza Verde Clubhouse to students
Ahle also discussed the challenges that accompanied this particular fishing tournament at Lake Sam Rayburn, a venue the anglers had never visited, and how the two crews persevered. “Adapting to a new place can be very challenging,” Ahle said. “Climate, fish patterns [and] lake structure can vary wildly between tournaments, and being able to adjust to a new location quickly is critical for success.” When it comes to overcoming these obsta-
Saturday 2/18 Softball vs Texas A&M University – Kingsville Noon-2 p.m. Mayer Field Softball vs Texas A&M University – Kingsville 2-4 p.m. Mayer Field Women’s Basketball vs West Texas A&M 2-4 p.m. Junell Center Men’s Basketball vs West Texas A&M 4-6 p.m. Junell Center Baseball vs Lubbock Christian 5-8 p.m. Foster Field
Sunday 2/19 Baseball vs Lubbock Christian 1-4 p.m. Foster Field
Monday 2/20 Ram Family Scholarship Donation Table Noon-2 p.m.. Lobby between Bank and Snack bar, UC General Senate Meeting 7- 8 p.m. CJ Davidson Conference Center
Tuesday 2/21 Ram Family Scholarship Donation Table Noon-2 p.m.. Lobby between Bank and Snack bar, UC
Wednesday 2/22 Ram Family Scholarship Donation Table Noon-2 p.m. Career Development Lobby, UC
Thursday 2/23 Blood Drive 10 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. Front of UC
Coffeehouse poetry sessions begin at Starbucks English honors society reveals upcoming plans Patrick Fleming Staff Writer A Coffeehouse event began in the University Center for the university community. The Sigma Tau Delta’s Coffeehouse, an event where students, teachers and faculty are invited to share poetry and short stories with one another for around two hours, will take place once a month. The organization responsible for setting the event up is Sigma Tau Delta, an organization made for honors English
majors or minors. However, anyone who wants to participate in this Coffeehouse does not have to be a member of the Sigma Tau Delta or even be studying English. In fact, participation from any student is encouraged. “This is actually the first poetry anything I’ve actually went to,” Cole Hurtt, student, said. “It’s awesome.” After meeting twice during the 2016 fall semester, Feb. 9 is the third time this event has taken place. The first 10 volunteers for the first and second hour are provided with a $5 Starbucks
giftcard. What each person decides to read to the group can either be a piece they happen to enjoy or even a work of their own, which is something many people took advantage of. “Usually, I would say about 30 to 40 percent of the readings are original works,” Joe Garland, the current vice president of Sigma Tau Delta said. “I really think it’s good because it gives people a form to let other people hear their poems and it builds a community.” Those who spoke on Feb. 9 included both students and teachers. Dr. Mark Jackson
came to read poetry he enjoys, Dr. Julie Gates shared poetry of her own, and Dr. Laurence Musgrove did both. Yet, even with their teachers present, there was no pressure put on the students. In fact, the members of Sigma Tau Delta went out of their way to make a relaxing setting for students. The Coffeehouse was only one new idea from the curren President of the Sigma Tau Delta Bonnie Kennedy. During the event, she announced a plan for Blackboard to include different discussion-like pages where writers of many different types
can meet and share their ideas. There would be different pages set aside for script-writing, fiction, non-fiction, etc. The goal is the same as the Coffeehouse, which is to produce more participation from the students of ASU. “I want to establish a really strong student writing community here,” Kennedy, said. “I think there is one, we’re just not organized. Coffeehouse is, I think, the beginning for them.” The Coffeehouse is scheduled to occur again on March 9, April 13 and May 4 and will be held in the Starbucks of the University Center.
Singing grams- Elisabeth Wenzel, senior, receives a Sinfonia-gram from members of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. The personal serenade was priced at $10 per performance.- Kaitlin Trujillo Marsalis Mahome, grad student, shows off his style in the Multicultural Center’s Men’s Fashion show for Black History Month.-Trujillo Students setting up to make their own stuffed animal at the UCPC Create-A-Critter event in the UC Lobby.- Rebekah Worthham
on a successful recruitment Office of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management recognize our newest members to the Greek Community
nterfraternity Council, comprised of the five national fraternities, held their formal recruitment events Feb. 1-4. ASU Greek Life comprises members of both men’s and women’s fraternities and sororities. With just over 275 members, Angelo State currently has two national sororities and five national fraternities on campus. For over 40 years, these groups have played an active role on our campus and continue to pro-
vide endless opportunities that enhance learning experiences and contribute to the development of leadership, service and life-long friendships. If you are interested in Greek Life or have questions regarding these recognizable organizations, please contact the Greek Life Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 325-942-2729. You can stop by and visit their office located in the Multicultural & Student Activities Programs Office, UC 114.
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2.17.2017 TATTOO page 1 able to do what you want, whether you’re in it for a good portrait, a nice traditional tattoo or a Japanese tattoo, there are people who specialize in these categories,” Trufant said. Trufant said tattoo artists from Los Angeles to New York are going to be in San Angelo at the convention. “It’s a no-brainer,” Trufant said. Trufant said the daily passes are $16.50 and the weekend passes are $31.50. “So suppose you show up and buy a day pass on Friday and you found the person you want to get a tattoo from,” Trufant said. “They are all booked up, it would just be better to buy the weekend passes.” Trufant said it’s better to
buy the weekend pass so that people get access to the event for all three days versus paying for a daily pass every day. The Trufant Bros. hosts the event every year. “I put it on, I think it’s great,” Trufant said. Trufant said it seems to grow each year and that it get better and better every time. “I’m very proud of myself and my brother for putting together a good event every year,” Trufant said. Trufant said it is a lot of work but it’s worth it. “It’s difficult so when it comes out a success in the end it’s something to feel good about walking away,” Trufant said.
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Briana Pelham, freshman, shows off the matching tattoo she got with her sister.
Senior earns two geoscience awards Student becomes first of ASU to win an AGU OSPA Robyn Simkins Volunteer One of ASU’s own has been awarded the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) Outstanding Student Paper Award (OSPA). Sean Czarnecki is the first ASU student to receive this award, which is categorically given to the top two to five percent of student papers at the annual meeting held in San Francisco. Sean researched and provided geologic mapping of gold mining areas in the Great Basin desert of western Nevada. After creating a published summary of his research, Sean partnered with alumni Jacob Jarvis, now in graduate school at Baylor University, to create a presentation of all of the research information at the conference. This conference included a worldwide audience of other geologists, judges and civilians interested in the topics being presented. “It feels good to have scientists score my presentation skills highly,” Czarnecki said. “Presentation of results is very important to research. Effective communication with the community is what drives scientific innovation. I hope to continue improving this skill in graduate school.” Czarnecki is a triple major in geoscience, physics and
math. He said he chose this field after taking two introductory classes with Dr. Joseph Satterfield and fell in love with geology due to the courses’ field trips, especially the one to Big Bend National Park. In addition to the OSPA, he also received the Hyer Undergraduate Award from the Texas Section of the American Physical Society (APS). Czarnecki received offers from three planetary geology doctorate programs and is currently touring the schools before deciding where he will attend next on his journey to become a planetary geologist. Structural and Field Geology Professor Joseph Satterfield assisted Czarnecki as his research project advisor and also accompanied him on his excursion in the Silver State. He has been a professor at ASU for 13 years. “I am very happy and proud of Sean,” Satterfield said. “His research is over an area that is one of my favorites, which also happened to be right by a bombing range that was filmed in the movie “Top Gun.” Czarnecki encourages other undergraduate students to participate in research in order to progress towards graduate school, keep in contact with their professors and to constantly take advantage of ASU’s many opportunities. Satterfield would like students to know that there are many adventures to be had on research trips, some even provided in the introductory geology classes at ASU.
Rosanna Aguliera Staff Writer Students talked about which parent they most identify with and which one they don’t identify with as much in this week’s issue of student minds. Junior Kasidee Young said the parent she most identifies with is her mom. “I’ve always been closer to her growing up and now I feel like I’m more like her,” Young said. Young said her mom has taught her much. “As I get older, I learn how right she is,” Young said. Young said she does not identify with her dad as much as she does with her mom. “He thinks differently than I do, but he’s still not necessarily wrong,” Young said. Sophomore Sonja Gonzales
said she also identifies with her mom. “I would say my mom, because she’s the one who raised me and shaped me into who I am today,” Gonzales said. Gonzales said that although she does look more like her dad, she has a lot of her mom’s personality. Junior Thomas Croghan said he identifies with his mother. “She raised me to be kind and to be a gentleman for the most of her life by herself,” Croghan said. Croghan said he does not identify with his father well. “He left when I was young so I just don’t know him that well,” Croghan said. However, Croghan said he did have a good father figure growing up “thanks to my step-dad.” Senior Mckena Peregrino was the opposite and said she
Tone Deft Young indie psyche band Cherry Glazerr released their second studio album “Apocolipstick” on Jan. 20, completely revolutionizing their sound and quite literally reinventing the band. The Los Angeles natives only graduated high school last year, simultaneously releasing their debut album “Haxel Princess,” which included a lifetime’s worth of lo-fi, scrappy angst. The LP was filled to the brim with scratchy guitars, moody bass lines and drums full of attitude; with vocalist and Cherry Glazerr founder Clementine Creevy belting out cheeky lyrics for a fun and catchy first release. However, after a year of touring and reflection for the band, and seemingly the life the band members had ahead of them, the band basically disbanded, losing two of its three members and leaving Creevy to rebuild. Creevy is now joined by drummer Tabor Allen and multi-instrumentalist Sasami Ashworth on “Apocolipstick,” and the lineup change has majorly paid off. The devel-
opment in sound, structurally and instrumentally, is dramatic to say the least. I found myself listening to the album nearly three times in my first sitting, hearing a maturation of the group’s cool angst with each listen. The opening track “Told You I’d Be With The Guys” sounds like the band audibly transcends their teenage bedrooms into an outré cinemascope of young adulthood as Creevy exclaims “I was a lone wolf!” as the opening line. With this track, the group shatters the illusion of teenage cuteness they once were thought to uphold. Each proceeding song only widens the scope of the band’s new strut, asserting narrative themes of female solidarity, realism and self-aware validation. The songs “Moon Dust” and “Lucid Dreams” create mid-album marvels as the band thrusts through a theatrical and even horror-inflected rock sequence, creating a sound of slipping guitars that ooze cool. Despite the overwhelming number of solid tracks on this album, the ultimate
identifies most with her dad. “He is an extrovert like myself, so we think very much alike, which allows us to better understand each other,” Peregrino said. Peregrino said her mom is still her best friend. “However, she is an introvert so we often don’t see eye to eye on things,” Peregrino said. Junior Cody Ortiz was different from the rest of the students and said he identifies with both parents. “I can’t really pick one parent,” Ortiz said. “I would have to say I identify with both of my parents.” Ortiz said his parents have taught him many things. “They both have taught me to work hard in whatever you’re pursuing, whether it was school, work, extracurricular activities or working a job,” Ortiz said.
‘Apocolipstick’ by Cherry Glazerr Hanna Schindler Music Columnist highlight for me may be one that some would overlook. The slow burner titled “Nuclear Bomb” includes cryptic and haunting lyrics that seep out from a world of low-level paranoia and ghostly sounds. “As the swelling aches for fun / like a nuclear bomb / all the souls are swimming in the bathtub,” Creevy sings as the synthesizer and guitar riff ascend through a haze. Decidedly, “Apocolipstick” has proven that 19-year-old Clementine Creevy is the creative and driving force behind Cherry Glazerr and deserves all the attention she is receiving and more. Despite the band’s new lineup, the foundation Creevy has set has only been expounded on and the voice she has created is even louder and clearer. “Apocolipstick” has not only thoroughly surprised me but has kept me listening since its release, exemplifying with ease and style, a balanced mix of every conundrum an indie-psych record needs and more.
APO sells sweets for sweethearts
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Members of Alpha Phi Omega await customers at their annual strawberry sale. The strawberries are dipped in chocolate with various designs, such as tuxedoes or artful lines in different chocolate colors.
Year of doing things
Kaitlin Trujillo Photo Editor The great philosopher Kylie Jenner named 2016 the year of “realizing things.” “I feel like this year is really about, like, the year of just realizing stuff and everyone around me, we’re all just like realizing things. 2016, looking good,” were the exact words she blessed us with. The Kardashian-Jenner clan is not known for their eloquence or intellect by any means, but Kylie was not totally incorrect. I did realize a lot in 2016. Now don’t get me wrong, that statement was ridiculously ambiguous, but in 2016 I realized a few important things regarding friend-
ships, goals and other areas of my life. When 2017 rolled around, I was curious to see if Kylie would release another earth shattering prophecy, but she did not. Instead, a friend of mine has dubbed this new year as “the year of doing things.” “We’ve realized the things, now it’s time to do things,” she said. At first, I laughed at her statement, but then I decided to embrace it. I was going to start saying “yes” more often and stop letting fear dictate my life. This new outlook has inspired me to step out of my comfort zone. So far I have gotten a piercing I’ve always wanted, went on last minute road trips across Texas and chased the sunrise through the Palo Duro Canyon all because of this philosophy. I don’t want to regret the things I did not do. If you feel the same, join me in saying yes to adventures. Let 2017 be the year you do things, make a dent in your bucket list and live without fear.
Alana Edgin Editor- in-Chief So, it’s getting to that time of the semester where professors begin assigning group projects. Now, many professors don’t pick the groups. Due to this, you have to hope you have friends in the class so you aren’t the odd student out. I think I speak for many here when I say that group projects generally suck. It’s like a present from someone you don’t really know, so you have no idea what could possibly happen. It is scary. I’ve been in two speech/public speaking classes, and those have gone rough both times. The first time was bad, through no fault of our own.
The group itself worked okayish. Presentation day was the problem. At Midland College, students were generally safe from the lackadaisical parking police. Presentation day came along, and my group was the fourth one to go. We were in a bit of a panic because one of our members was missing. She said she’d be there early and we could review beforehand, but the third group begins, and she had not appeared. My group was looking at each other, unsure what to do. The professor generally understood, but we did not want to reschedule if it could be avoided. We were determined to give our presentation. At the last minute, our late partner rushed in with a box of doughnuts and a harried look on her face. Apparently, the parking police decided that day was the day to pay attention. She had gotten a ticket and tried to debate it with the officer. Too much of a group presentation depends on everyone being on time.
There is also the oh so wonderful times when the professor says pick your partners. Now, if you have friends in the class, it’s great. If you are like me, and taking a class that none of your friends are taking, it sucks. That happened last week. I’m in this communication class, and the professor said pick your own partners, groups of three to four. Well, I don’t know anyone in that class except the distracted and loud girl beside me and the guy behind me. As soon as the words left the professor’s lips, partners were decided. And I, without friends in the class, was left without a group, as was the girl beside me. It hurt a bit, but whatever, surely someone needs a fourth person. Problem was, half the people left in the few seconds partnering was done. The only ones left were three full groups. So now, I have to hope some good group will take me up. And I’m worried I’ll end up in the leftover scraps of class. Group projects, when you don’t have friends in the class, suck.
Coherent Insanity: Uncontrolled Rage
Patrick Fleming Staff Writer Hey, everyone. You may not be able to see this in my writing but I am literally shaking with rage right now. Today started just like any other day, but then I decided that I would write my article at the library today at my normal seat.
Yet, when I bent over to put my butt into my chair, I noticed something was wrong. Someone else’s butt was already in my seat. Yes, I looked down to see that another person was sitting in my seat. When I politely threatened him to move, he simply told me that he had every right to sit there. I would have destroyed him with my mind immediately if it was not for the fact that I cannot immediately destroy people with my mind. Instead, I talked to the management at the library. Get this, they said there have been complaints about someone who spat food out at everyone around him as
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he sang the theme song from Cheers. That had to be someone else. When I spit food out, I shout “Singing in the Rain”, that is much more clever. It is such a coincidence that there are two of us though. After more heated debate that I lost, I just sat in a different chair. There I stared at him. He was reading a pretty big book. He probably thinks he is soooo cool because he has a long enough attention span to - Man, I could go for some ice cream right now. Wait, where was I? Oh yeah, he must think he’s so cool because he knows how to read. How could he not know
that seat was mine? I have marked it with my crayons and saliva over the course of the last semester. The smell alone is impressive and should be enough! No, he had to know it was mine, but he decided to take it anyway. Yeah, that is it. He must be trying to take over my life. First it’s my chair, then it’s my dorm, then maybe even my own column! NO, THIS WOULD STOP NOW! I was going to find a way to get my seat back, but I had to be subtle and cunning. I grabbed the closest object to me and threw it at my opponent as I screamed, “EPIC QUOTE!!!”
Short on Everything Cats!? Did you say cats!?!? Patrick Fleming Cartoonist
CATS VS DOGS
Luis Torres Freshman “Dogs because they are man’s best friend.”
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The book hit the back of his head with a great thud and the guy fell over. Then, something caught my gaze. Just to my left was a small, green chair that was covered in schmutz and smelled like a porta-potty one might find at a landfill during the apocalypse. Oh, that one was my seat. I was just mistaken. I mean, it happens to the best of us because I am the best of us. I was kicked out of the library, but I assure you, I brought my chair with me. For some reason they did not want it. Suckers.
Kassie Acosta Freshman “I’m a dog person because I’ve had dogs all my life and they seem to understand you better than cats do.”
Callista Hansen Freshman “Cats; because they are the chilliest of bros.”
Michael Rodriguez Freshman “Dog person, because dogs are way more trustworthy than cats and they stay loyal to you no matter what.”
Baseball hits home run sweep Rams defeat Southeastern Oklahoma Austin Vindiver Contributor Rams Baseball earned their first three game series sweep of the season on Feb. 10-11 against SE Oklahoma State. Rams swept SEOSU winning all three games, which included a double header. “We did a really good job of not giving them anything, making them earn stuff and really just took advantage of our opportunity,” Coach Kevin Brooks said.
In Friday’s game pitcher, Matt Shannon, junior, held the Savage Storm off, giving up only four hits while catcher, Matt Waller, senior, helped lead the Rams to their 4-2 victory with two runs scored and a RBI. Joe Hauser, junior pitcher, closed out the game on the mound to secure ASU’s victory. The Rams were just as hot as the Texas heat in the double header on Saturday with temperatures reaching into the lower 90s. Third baseman Jacob Boston, junior, said he went into
the game feeling “good” and that his batting practice went “well,” so well he was able to carry the team in the first match on Saturday going four for four at bat earning four RBIs with two runs himself, leaving ASU with a 7-2 win. “I was just getting on top of the ball a lot,” Boston said. For the third game of the series the Rams had no trouble putting the bat on the ball scoring 14 runs, again Boston made a significant impact on the Rams offense with three RBIs and a homer. “The team was on fire in the third game and we’re unfazed
after all the pitching changes Oklahoma made,” Jeans Timmons, sophomore, said. Starting on the mound for ASU was Kenton Schroter, senior. Schroter was able to keep SEOSU off the board until the top of the fifth inning in which a hit from SEOSU brought in one of their runners. Blake Barr closed out the final game on the mound allowing just one hit, sending SEOSU home on a run rule 14-1. The Rams out hit the Savage Storm 23-11 in the double header and now brings the Rams record to
5-1 on the season. “We’re still a long way away from being where we need to be, but it was good enough that weekend,” Coach Brooks said. Baseball will be back home Friday, Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. to begin another three game series against Lubbock Christian. Boston said this will be some of the best competition they have played yet, so they must stay focused through all nine innings.
Photos by Kaitlin Trujillo Shane Browning, senior, throws another
strike. Browning had six strikeouts in his three innings on the mound. Tyler Coolbaugh, short stop, slides in safely to second. Coolbaugh had 2 RBIs in the Rams’ final game against the Savage Storm. Jacob Boston, third baseman, rounds second and heads to third. Boston hit three home runs in the series.
Softball dominates home opener Brandy Marlett breaks strikeout record Patrick Fleming Staff Writer
Photos by Rebekah Wortham
Karina Rocha, freshman, prepares to hit while Danae Bina, junior, heads for second base. The Belles gather together during a time out against Texas A&M International. Courtney Barnhill, freshman, gets ready to bat. Barnhill stole two bases against TAMUI.
Over the last weekend, the Rambelles swept the George Mccorkle Challenge. For this competition, the Rambelles found themselves competing in six games against three separate universities. On Feb. 10, the Rambelles first played against Emporia State University and immediately showed their continued eagerness for the game, which resulted in the Rambelles finding themselves winning a perfect game with a score of 7-0. After that, they played against Texas A&M International for another perfect game with a final score of 4-0. On Feb. 11, for their second day of games, the Rambelles seemed not to have lost any of the energy they were showing in the earlier games, while also stealing a high number of bases including a home steal. First, they competed with
Adams State University which resulted in them gaining so many points that due to the mercy rule, the game was forced to end early. The final score was 8-0. It was also during this game that one of the Rambelles’ pitchers, Brandy Marlett, beat the team’s all-time record for the greatest amount of strikeouts. “It’s great,” Brandy Marlett said. “It’s very exciting to pass that as a junior. Not a senior yet, so that’s more improvement for me.” Already thinking toward future years, Brandy Marlett will only keep adding to this record. Later that day, the Rambelles had a rematch with ESU, who were looking for a chance to redeem themselves from the day before. However, this game went much like the other one with the Rambelles beating ESU once again with a score of 8-3. Coincidentally, this successful day also happened to be Head Coach Travis Scott’s birthday.
On the final day of the Mccorkle Challenge, the Rambelles found themselves facing Adams State University for a second time. While some teams may have lost energy at this point, the Rambelles did not show any signs of this problem. This game was just like the other and the Rambelles beat them with a score with a score of 9-1. After that, the Rambelles had their final game of the weekend where they competed with TAMI once more. The team fought to the very end, taking every point they could while not allowing the other team a single one. The final score was 13-0. “We’re just excited about this group,” Scott said. “This group’s worked hard for us from the beginning and they’re giving us everything they got. They deserve what they’re getting right now.” The team has seen major success in the past and are showing signs of continuing to do so.
Stat leaders: Basketball
Next game: Saturday, Feb. 18 against the West Texas A&M Buffs Next game: Saturday, Feb. 18 against the West Texas A&M Buffs at 4 p.m. This will be the final home game for the Rams. at 2 p.m. This will be the final home game for the Belles. Record as of Feb. 15: 6-8 conference, 14-8 overall Stat leaders as of Feb. 15:
Record as of Feb. 15: 12-4 conference, 18-4 overall
Field goals: 128 – Quay King, senior guard Free throws: 81 – King Three pointers: 68 – King Lead scorer: 413 – King
Field goals: 154 – Taylor Dorsey, senior guard Free throws: 71 – Jasmine Prophet, senior post Three pointers: 24 – Madi Greenwood, junior point guard Lead scorer: 392 – Dorsey
Offensive rebounds: 51 – Thomas Tshikaya, senior forward Defensive rebounds: 138 – Tshikaya
Offensive rebounds: 56 – Prophet Defensive rebounds: 102 – Lexi Murphy, senior guard
Assists: 46 – Prince Foster, senior guard Steals: 26 – Devonte’ Pratt, senior guard Blocks: 33 – Justin Hollins, senior forward
Overall points for team: 1,752 for the season Overall turnovers: 416
Stat leaders as of Feb. 15:
Assists: 93 – Dorsey Steals: 47 – Dorsey Blocks: 37 – Prophet
Overall points for team: 1,771 for the season Overall turnovers: 307