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Progress over five years Institutional Research and Accountability data

Number of enrolled students

Increase in enrollment from 2006 to 2011 7200 7000 6800 6600 6400 6200 6000 5800






Years Difference in undergraduate, graduate enrollment

Undergraduate enrollment Graduate enrollment

Enrollment record broken

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New record:

Graduate enrollment, improved retention contribute Lisa Dees Staff Writer With 7,084 undergraduates and graduates enrolled for the fall semester, ASU has surpassed 7,000 students for the first time. Gr



Two years ago, enrollment was about 6,400, said Steven Klein, associate vice president of Enrollment Management. Enrollment has grown significantly in the last few years, and it comes from graduate enrollment and improved retention. “We have done a lot of intensive recruiting of our own students,” Interim Provost and Vice Presi-

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Rally and run to raise awareness Sonora: ASUFit

spreads word for a cause John Bocko Contributor

ASUFit is spreading the word about the second annual Run Hard Breast Cancer Awareness Rally and Run on Saturday. “The ASUFit program is not hosting this event,” secretary of Special Projects Katherine Garrison said. “We’re just trying to spread the word for a great cause and an opportunity for fitness.” The event will take place in Sonora, Texas, at the Lillian M. Hudspeth Memorial Hospital Campus. It will begin Saturday at 9 a.m. Sonora Medical Clinic is anticipating anywhere from 100 to 200 participants, volunteers, and survivors said Dr. Kristy Edwards. The events will include a 5k and 1k run. “I run these events as a way of honoring those who have suffered from, or have been directly affected by cancer,” said Materials and Contracts Coordinator Amanda Brown,

president of San Angelo Road Lizards Running Club. “It is a way to recognize the strength and courage of those fighting this disease.” A rally will be held at 10 a.m. in recognition for those who have survived their struggle with cancer. “Our purpose for this rally is not just to raise money, but to get the whole community involved and let everyone know that breast cancer is real and it’s out there,” said ASU alumnus Dr. Kristy Edwards from Sonora Medical Clinic. The money that is raised from the rally will be used to continue breast cancer awareness projects throughout all of October. There will be live music as well as food during the rally, and all applicants will receive free T-shirts. The rally welcomes teams to participate in the event and also those that wish to wear costumes are welcome as well according to the Sonora Medical Clinic. Prizes will be given out to those that place 1st through 3rd in the runs, to all that finish, and for the most spirited.

dent for Academic Affairs Dr. Brian May said. May said ASU has tried to let students know through speeches and advertising on gradschools. com they can stay here to earn their master’s degree. “Regarding retention, ASU has witnessed improvement in retention at the undergraduate level, raising the percentage retained from the first to

second year from about 55 percent four years ago to just under 62 percent this year,” Klein said. “Many factors have been influential in achieving this growth, including increased resources involved with tutoring, academic advising, student support services, and so forth.”

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5805 460


6267 817

Fall 2006 Enrollment demographics

White Hispanic African-American Asian/Pacific Islander Native American International

4243 1454 387 81 44 56

67.7% 23.2% 6.2% 1.3% 0.7% 0.9%

Fall 2011 Enrollment demographics

White Hispanic African-American Asian/Pacific Islander Native American International Multi-race Unknown

4298 1810 636 102 50 73 76 39

60.7% 25.6% 8.9% 1.4% 0.7% 1.0% 1.1% 0.6%

Students move in Plaza Verde New rooms:

Residents satisfied with new dorm Lisa Dees Staff Writer Students moved into Plaza Verde Building No. 4 Friday after the contractor turned over the keys to the resident hall to ASU Sept. 19. Students who lived in Concho Hall before the move-in agreed that

despite the hassle, moving into Plaza Verde was worth the trips to and from residence halls. Sophomore McKenzee Gilmore said moving was difficult because there were not enough moving carts, but the new dorms were much nicer. “Moving is kind of a hassle, but definitely worth it,” sophomore Chelsea Parmer said. “Living [in Concho] makes you appreciate

this so much more.” Most students said they were glad to leave Concho and did not mind packing their belongings up again after moving to Concho a month earlier for school. Freshman Daymond Lewis said he could not wait to get out of Concho. Plaza Verde is a huge upgrade from Concho, he said. Freshman Lindsey Horton said she felt devastated when she found

out Plaza Verde would not be completed in time for school. When she learned she could move into her new dorm Friday she said, “I was so happy. It made my day. Living in Concho makes you appreciate Plaza Verde so much more.” Students said Plaza Verde is a few steps up from living in Concho Hall. “It’s nice,” freshman Keith Muldrew said.

Dean Edwards & Club Café

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Comedian Dean Edwards Wednesday performs in the first Club Café of the year, hosted by UCPC. Edwards discusses Star Wars, popular music and the difficult process of finding a mate. “There’s a point where you stare one second too long,” Edwards said.


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SGA informs university of current campus issues Questions, answers:

Discussion enlightens on plans, updates, concerns Dana Choi Editor-in-Chief

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Dr. Brian May, interim provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, answer questions from Student Senate.

Get involved on campus! Here’s what’s going on this week.


Sept. 30 Last day to submit entries to the True Blue Student Video Contest. Submissions are done through YouTube. For entry details visit www. Student voting will take place Oct. 3 - 7. An email ballot will be sent to each student. Art Exhibit: “First This/First That” by Nicholas Wood is on display in the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building’s art gallery, Room 193. The gallery is open on weekdays from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and is free to the public. Oct. 1 Family Day events begin at 9 a.m. and last until the 6 p.m. football game against Eastern New Mexico. Oct. 4 and 6 El Cafecito will be from 9 a.m. to noon while supplies last in the University Center in front of Room 114. Oct. 5 Professional Internship and Job Fair will be in the University Center from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. UCPC presents “Super 8” in the Planetarium. Show times will be at 6 and 9 p.m. Seats are limited. Admission is free to ASU students upon presenting their OneCard. Oct. 6 Ram Hold ‘em Poker Tournament will begin at 7:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required and must be done by Oct. 4 at 5 p.m. Oct. 6 - 9 and Oct. 13 - 15 The Arts @ ASU presents “All My Sons” by Arthur Miller in the ASU Modular Theatre at 8 p.m., with the exception of Oct. 9’s show at 2 p.m. Purchase tickets at the box office, (325) 942-2000, open weekdays 2 - 6 p.m.

Following the SGA Annual Roundtable on Monday, the university may soon see changes to address some studentraised questions and concerns. The roundtable is an informal opportunity to ask questions and share information, President Joseph C. Rallo said. “We want to make sure people leave with whatever questions they have resolved,” Rallo said. Student senator for Accounting, Economics and Finance Joshua Bennett asked why ASU was in a situation where it could lose accreditation, what was done to address it, and if there was anything students could do to help. “We were not on the verge of losing accreditation,” Rallo said. “[The story] was factually correct but totally inaccurate.” ASU did not come up with student learning objectives since it was written up in 2002, so it was put in a monitoring phase, Rallo said. SACS, which accredits universities, told ASU to put together a two-year plan to get off of monitoring. ASU is now on the second year, he said. “We will basically be off monitoring, so we were never in danger of losing accreditation,” Rallo said. “It’s just an unfortunate headline, which, quite frankly, made my blood pressure go up while I work out [on] a regular basis.” There were several questions regarding the university police and safety on campus. Student senator for

Nursing and Rehabilitation Services Jennifer Uduje asked if it was possible for students to park in the C lot during the summer without being ticketed. James Adams, director of Public Safety and chief of university police, said all parking regulations are valid and enforced when classes are in session, even during the summer. Adams said he will look into the possibility of creating provisions for issuing tickets in certain situations during the summer. He also discussed the use of cameras in parking lots. Adams said cameras are not worth their money if they are not effective. One camera may cost $3,000 to $5,000, he said. Many parking lots on campus may need up to 10 cameras. Parking lots in the future may be designed for efficient camera use, he said. Some student senators addressed the library’s changes. Student senator for Management and Marketing Chase Mitchell said some students, including himself, have had trouble completing their work because the computers at the library do not offer some programs the computers at the MCS lab offer. Associate VP of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer Douglas Fox said software comes with licensing costs. IT will try to gauge student need by survey, he said. If there is a demand for certain software, IT will respond to it. “This time, we’ve been trying to really balance software that we use [and] the cost,” he said. Senator for Mathematics and Computer Science Aaron Perkins asked why the math tutor lab was moved to the library.

Interim dean of College of Arts and Sciences Dr. Paul Swets said that all the tutoring centers are centralized in the library and the traffic in the MCS lab is higher than ever. The ASU bookstore was another topic at the roundtable discussion. Uduje asked if ASU’s bookstore could offer students the best price after she and other nursing students found a certain textbook much cheaper online than at the store. ASU bookstore manager Margaret Box said a 25 percent markup is applied to whatever the publishers charge the bookstore. The markup pays for all of the store’s expenses, she said. The university gets a percentage of sales as well. “We can’t go any lower,” Box said. “I wish we could, but we can’t.” Senator for History and Political Science Will Boaz asked why some students could not access the CHP during the summer between semester breaks. Director of University Recreation Bradley Petty said the new controlled entrance is the cause. The facility allows only those who are currently enrolled and paid recreation fees, he said. Petty said the facil-

ity is already working on granting access to some online students. These students have not given access because they do not pay the recreation fee; they usually live too far from ASU to use feebased services. Now that many classes are being made available online, Petty said he thinks there should be an option for online students to pay the fee and use the facility. Student Body President Hector Romo asked about plans to build new laboratories. May said, with Higher Education Assistance Funds, the university plans to first refurbish the laboratories in the Cavness building. The goal is to refurbish all biology and chemistry laboratories over the next five to six years, he said. Uduje asked if, with enrollment growth and the growth of the nursing program, the program will get a new building. “As long as I’ve been here, our No. 1 priority has been for a new nursing building,” Rallo said. Rallo said the university has the plans and designs for a new nursing building, but whether one will be built or not depends on state funding.

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President Pro Tempore of Student Senate Josh Heimbecker and Student Body President Hector Romo prepare their questions prior to the SGA Annual Roundtable on Sept. 26.

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University aims for 10,000 by 2020 Students can Continued from Page 1 He said ASU is following a continuously developing strategic plan to help define how to better grow. The plan calls for ASU to increase enrollment to 10,000 by 2020, he said. “Our strategic plan calls for us to grow, and this will bring additional resources to ASU,” he said. “These resources will be directed towards student life and academics.” Factors of increased enrollment include maintaining and strengthening relationships with schools in a radius of 150 miles of ASU, Klein said.

He said it is also important to increase visibility along with selected locations along the I-35 corridor, with a focus on San Antonio and Austin. This will help increase undergraduate enrollment and optimize graduate enrollment and online participation, he said. “Increased enrollment supports what we know to be true,” University President Joseph C. Rallo said. “ASU is an exceptional institution for students to pursue their personal and professional dreams.” Vice President of Strategy, Planning, and Policy Dr. James Limbaugh said

increased enrollment affects the Centennial Master Plan 2028, which outlines construction and development, as it guides facility decisions at multiple levels. “For example, increased enrollments in academic programs may drive demand for specialized space,” he said. “Construction of new buildings is directly related to our enrollment in being able to first show that we have maximized the use of our current structures.” Rallo said the state of Texas funds public universities based on the number of credit hours students take. ASU re-

ceives additional funding for increased enrollment, he said. “Additional funding means more resources available to make students successful,” Rallo said. “For example, we have extended the hours of operation for the library to 24 [hours] per day for most of the week, as well as opening Roscoe’s Den for food service from 7:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. daily.” Klein said Enrollment Management is figuring out how increased enrollment will affect students. Strategic planning will gather input across campus so as ASU grows, critical touch points are developed

Sigma Kappa triples donations Philanthropy: Sorority

wins award, contributes to Alzheimer’s research, education Lisa Dees Staff Writer A sorority raised over $3,000 Saturday at “Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” winning Overall Team Donation and Most Spirited Team at Unidad Park on College Hills. Sigma Kappa President Amanda Ramon said the sorority has set a new record by raising $3,380, tripling last year’s donations of about $1,500. Many from the community walked 2 1/2 miles and donated money to show their support for research and education about

Alzheimer’s, Ramon said. “I’m very proud of the overall event,” she said. “It is inspiring to see so much of the community come out and support us. I hope it continues in San Angelo for a long time.” Sigma Kappa Vice President MeaganWillmonsaid shethoughttheevent went well. “I’m proud of the community support we received,” Willmon said. “My grandfather has Alzheimer’s so this is a really important cause to me.” Ramon said she felt surprised that Sigma Kappa won Overall Team Donation. “That was never our goal,” she said. “We just wanted to raise as much as we could for this event. After I got over the initial shock I was so proud of the women for getting all those donations.”

The sorority won Most Spirited Team for their enthusiasm throughout the event and their hard work, Ramon said. She said Sigma Kappa frequently visits nursing homes in San Angelo to make a positive impact on the community. The sorority has played Bingo, given manicures and pedicures, and hosted a prom for the residents. “I think it is important to recognize the needs of the elderly because [they] are the key to the past,” Ramon said. “Young people need to realize that their actions collectively help contribute to this nation, and we still need to learn from them.” Ramon said Sigma Kappa was founded in 1874 at Colby College in Waterville, Maine and at ASU in 1977. The organization values

show family around ASU

Variety of events: Shows, game to give taste of university

Lisa Dees Staff Writer Students and their families can participate in Family Day Saturday starting at 9 a.m. on campus, giving families an opportunity to see ASU’s programs, facilities, and student accomplishments. Family Day is an annual event at ASU when families of students come to the campus, participate in a variety of campus events, and attend an ASU football game, said Nolen Mears, executive director of Student Life. “It is an opportunity to showcase some of our campus events, programs, and activities and for our students to present some of the projects they are involved in,” he said. According to the Student Life Web page, Family Day will offer a variety of activities including the American Chemical Society Magic Show, a rock-climbing demonstration, two free star shows in the Global Immersion Center, and the football game against Eastern New Mexico. Planetarium Director Mark Sonntag said the star shows will add fun and education to Family Day. “It’s about the formation and evolution of stars and will include such topics as supernova explosions and stellar black holes,” he said. Mears said Student Life tries to schedule Family Day about a month into the semester. This is when students, particularly new students, want to see their families, he said. “Family Day is an opportunity to build bonds between ASU, the student and the family,” Mears said. Students can view all activities on the Student Life Web page. Free football tickets are available for family members at the University Center Information Desk Sept. 26 through

Ministry brings together students Missions Week: Students make a difference around the world

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BSM Director Lee Floyd speaks to students about the importance of getting involved with a missions group.

The Baptist Student Ministries began its annual Missions Week on Tuesday to help students get connected with missionary programs across the globe. The BSM kicked off the week with The Gathering, BSM leader junior Richard Parsons said. “The Gathering is a time for students to come worship at BSM and hear some info about the different missions we offer and

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the importance of going to help those who are in need,” Parsons said. BSM leader junior Josh Perry said one of the main organizations BSM works with is the Go Now Missions project, which aims to connect students with the right mission to fit their needs or their calling. “I believe that everyone is called to some kind of mission work, whether that is overseas, or right here in San Angelo. This event will help people find groups that work in the places they are called to,” Parsons said. BSM Director Lee Floyd said he hopes at least 10 students go on missions with Go Now. “Our goal is 10, but so

many of our local churches send teams on trips around the world so we [encourage] students to get involved however they can,” Floyd said. On Wednesday after the BSM weekly Free Lunch event, people who have been involved with the Go Now Missions project in the past spoke about their time spent in places around the U.S. and other countries, Parsons said. “We also had an outreach table around campus, with flyers and information for people who are passing by that are interested in serving with one of the mission groups,” Parsons said. Perry said the purpose of Missions Week is to show students they can

make a difference. “We hope this event will help open people’s eyes to the need of others around the world, and to see that they can help, and then we show them how to get involved,” Perry said. BSM will host a local canned food drive, but will also offer other options around the world. “We offer a mixture of both local missions, and missions outside of San Angelo, which can be here in the U.S. or in other countries,” Perry said. “Last year we mainly focused on Texas, but this year we plan to spread out a little more. At the end of the year, we plan on going overseas and digging water wells in countries that don’t have access to

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Building No. 3 opening possible in two weeks Continued from Page 1 “It seems like a fivestar hotel, and it is more spaced out.” Freshman Cody Gillman said he had more room to walk around in his new dorm. The bathrooms and floors are hard wood, unlike Concho’s dirty, stained carpet, he said. Parmer said the cleanliness of Plaza Verde excited her. “I know that no one has lived here before,” she said. “I don’t have to worry about it not being clean.” Freshman Elizabeth Malota said she noticed a difference in the ages of each residence hall. “Plaza Verde is not as dark as Concho, and the elevators actually work,” she said. “There are windows in each room in [Plaza Verde] and the dorms are a lot more modern.” Freshman Brooke Ostwinkle said she loved the new dorms because they have more privacy and space, as well as a fresh new smell. “It doesn’t smell bad in here,” she said. “Concho smelled like cat pee. One student said she felt a bit down about moving. “I’m happy and sad,” freshman Taylor Hayes said. “This is way better and it’s everything I was expect-

ing, but now I have to pay [for housing].” Residential Programs Area Coordinator Paul Hamilton said Plaza Verde fosters an environment favorable to learning in a social setting, while developing positive and meaningful community relationships. Although Building No. 4 was completed Sept. 19, Hamilton said Housing and Residential Programs anticipates working out some kinks in the next few weeks as students begin using components and systems such as the TVs in the lobby areas for the first time. Prior to move in, the contractor equalized the air-conditioning system to make the building’s air pressure accurate, Hamilton said. Resident Assistants lightly cleaned and wrote down anything wrong with each room so residents are not charged for damages at checkout. According to the Housing website, Building No. 3 is undergoing testing this week to make sure all electrical and mechanical systems are operating. Students can move into Building No. 3 in possibly two weeks. Hamilton said Concho Hall has or is temporarily housing all Plaza Verde residents. When all residents have moved to each Plaza

Friday, September 30, 2011

Local radio show promotes school Fans: Encouraged to

get involved

Jason Helms Sports Editor The Sports Huddle: ASU Edition debuted Monday with head football coach Will Wagner, his staff, and several football players as guests. The university announced last Friday that Foster Communications added the segment to their weekly sports talk radio show that focuses on the school’s athletic programs. The segment will be fea-

tured during the last 30 minutes of the show, which airs every Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. on 1260 AM KKSA. “This is another example of working together to tell the story of the Rams and Belles,” ASU Athletic Director Kathleen Brasfield said. Foster Communications Sports Director Jeremy Bryant is the host of the live show, which has been airing since 2006. Bryant said the purpose of the segment is to provide insight and analysis of ASU sports. It also gives local sports

‘Pink Out Campaign’

fans and students a chance to voice their opinion and interact with players and coaches, Bryant said. Bryant has served the university for 10 years as the playby-play radio voice for multiple sports, as well as announcer for home volleyball games for the last six years. The show airs live from Penny Pub and Grill every other Monday. However, the next show will broadcast from Cork & Pig Tavern located at 2201 Knickerbocker Road. Bryant said supporters are encouraged to join him and his guests on location during

Photo by Mark McDaniel A group of people Sunday head to a disc golf tournament at the Picnic Bend. Laura W. Bush Institute’s “Pink Out Campaign” disc golf tournament was held Sept. 23 through Sept. 25. Proceeds go toward breast cancer research and awareness. Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health is affiliated with the ASU College of Nursing and Allied Health to “grow women’s health research, education and community outreach in the region and impact women and their families,” according to ASU’s website.


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Bridging The gap

Howie Harvey, Stephen Vick, and Tammy Perkins discuss GPAs.

Non-traditional students:

Face challenges, reap rewards Michael Reis Features Editor A housewife and mother of two; a retired Navy Veteran; a DJ at a local nightclub; a single mother of two. What do these people have in common? On any given day, you can see them in class, at the library, or even at the area between the University Center and the library. The common bond between each one of these people is that they are non-traditional students. According to ASU’s website, these are people “who feel that they do not fit the traditional college student profile”. These are typically students who have already graduated high school and have perhaps waited one or more years to enter secondary education. This means that

they could possibly be “working to support themselves and/ or their families, have dependents in their care, are married or divorced, [and] are serving in the armed forces or are veterans.” According to the Institutional Research and Effectiveness Department, of the 6,267 Undergraduate students enrolled in the fall, 1,071 are above the age of 25. There are various reasons why a person would want to return to school after being absent for several years. Tammy Perkins, 45, returned to school after a 14-year hiatus. “I attended school in 1997, and then quit to be a stay-athome mommy,” Perkins said. When her children were older she found herself working for a school district as a para-professional. “I was doing the work of a degreed professional, but not getting paid for it,” she said. Kailey Radloff, 25, is a for-

Stephen Vick relaxes before class.

mer waitress. She transferred from Howard College to ASU because “ASU offers a degree in Agriculture and Wildlife Management.” Stephen Vick, 43, recently retired from the Navy after 20 years. “I was trained for ocean navigation and weapons— there’s not a lot of call for that in the civilian world,” Vick said. Dr. Brian May, Provost and Interim Vice-President of Academic Affairs, said he theorizes that first and foremost, people are coming back to school because of the economy and unemployment rate. Other reasons might include people who have moved into the area due to job transfer of spouses, and also critical changes in family dynamics. “You also get a lot of people who come out of high school and go straight into the military,” May said. “When they get out, they use their G.I. benefits to attend school, and these are typically older students.”



Non-traditional students face the same challenges that traditional students face, including obtaining financial aid, scheduling classes, finding a parking space, and expenditures. Non-traditional students also face additional challenges, such as working full-time jobs and raising families. Time taken away from families for work and study can be an issue. Perkins knows all too well how stressful this can be. Challenges she has faced include finding a full-time job to work with her school schedule. “I also have to be a full-time mom as well as a wife,” Perkins said. Howie Harvey, 32, echoes this sentiment. “I have the most problems with time-management,” Harvey said. “I am working fulltime, I have my family and school.” Resources available to nontraditional students include the Non-Traditional Students Organization and the Center

for Student Involvement. Vick also noted that he is in the process of helping to start a veterans’ group as an outlet “to help fellow vetgerans overcome obstacles in school.” Rewards gained by non-traditional students have a deeper meaning. “I want my children to be proud of me,” Perkins said. “I can’t tell them to get an education if I don’t have one myself.” Radloff said, “I had to do something with my life. Education is a priority and to get anywhere in life you have to have one.” Vick summed up the sentiment of those interviewed: “I see being here [at Angelo State] as a privilege.”

Resources available to non-traditional students include the Non-Traditional Students Organization and the Center for Student Involvement.

Non-Traditional Student Survival Tips: Manage Stress Manage Time Form a Support System Make Time for Family Courtesy of

Photos by Pam Belcher and Michael Reis 1. Tammy Perkins enjoys a cool morning before class. 2. Kailey Radloff talks about parking. 3. Howie Harvey ponders his next test.





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Letter to the editor

“Romo Wasn’t Built in a Day”

Comparing Romo to the Titanic is simply brilliant. Romo was supposed to be the savior of the Dallas Cowboys. He was supposed to lead “America’s Team” back to big show. Instead Tony Romo has failed to deliver anything except promises. Every time the Cowboys have been in a close situation Romo has folded under the pressure. Romo might not have been built in a day, but he’s had 5 years as a starting NFL Quarterback to learn and adjust. Sunday Night

versus the Jets was an example of what kind of quarterback Romo can be. However as is the norm Tony Romo’s alter ego decides to show up and blow the lead. Tony Romo is the reason the Cowboys were in a position to win that game, but he’s also the reason why they lost. Like Rex Grossman you never know which Tony will show up each series. Even afterwards Tony admits and bears the fact that he is to blame. Something that is all too familiar with Tony Romo. Always accepting the blame and promising to be better, but never delivering.

So when Tony Romo had a mediocre first half versus the 49ers it was no surprise, however, the surprise came when it was announced that Tony Romo had sustained a fracture rib and punctured lung. Another year down the drain I thought. While I dislike Tony he currently is the best Quarterback available for the Cowboys. As shown by Kitna who was unable to rally the Cowboys past the 49ers. Forcing Romo to make the best decision of his career, to return to the game and ultimately win. Shocking everyone, including myself, Romo had finally done

something worthy of “moxy” and “guts.” He had even done something “clutch.” Does this mean we should all forgive Tony, should we forget all his mistakes that have cost the Cowboys wins? No, not until Tony Romo wins a Super Bowl. Until that day he hasn’t proven anything, except being smarter than Jay Cutler. Should people once again jump back on the Tony Romo bandwagon? Nope. Just like the Titanic, Tony Romo is leading the Cowboys on a collision course with failure. Why would anyone want to climb back

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Poll results How often do you check your RamMail?

Never; what is RamMail?


5-10 times a day


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Once a week


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This week’s poll

Do you prefer back-to-back classes or a spread-out schedule?

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Survey Will the new alcohol law hurt or help students? Why?

“It is a little contradicting. [the university] should have the same view points as the city.” Mary Beth Miranda freshman

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2011-2012 Angelo State University

“It should be the same as the state’s; [they] should be even. They are helping a friend and saving a life.”

“The school chooses how they feel about it. I don’t see a problem if the consequences are just probation.”

“I get it, and see how it doesn’t apply here. You’re not supposed to be drinking on campus anyway.”

“I think they set the rule to protect the school’s good name.”

Gus Underwood sophomore

Adrian Morales graduate student

Chantel Jackson junior

Danielle Walior junior

Reviews: Songs of the week

Editor: Dana Choi Managing Editor: Mariah Powell Photo Editor: Pamela Belcher Sports Editor: Jason Helms Features Editor: Michael Reis Staff Writer: Lisa Dees Photographer: Mark McDaniel Online Editor: Stefan Hambright Circulation Manager: Rachel Wood Advertising Manager: Sara Beth Terral Adviser: Dr. Cathy Johnson

2. When The Levee Breaks Led Zeppelin Imagine Robert Plant walking into a saloon with two guns both loaded. He drinks for free. This classic Zeppelin track is dirty and coarse right to the bone, and whips around like a dust devil.

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1. “Look Around” Red Hot Chili Peppers On this track, Anthony Kiedis softly raps about walking to the horizon and doubling his fun. Smooth and funky like a bottle of well aged wine, the group is also showing signs of becoming well aged.

4. Rain Bruno Mars Bruno Mars is at his best with this perfect marriage of pop and soul. Music changes over time, but Bruno reminds us of what soultown use to be. I feel a connection to the music when he sings, and he reminds me of Al Green with his soft swagger of poetry and emotion.


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3. Iron Fist Motorhead Perfect example of what rock n roll truly is. Always fast and ferocious, Lemmy’s gritty, smoke filled vocals define rock and reminds us of the ghost rider in the sky and his devil grip.

5. Locust Machine Head The song is like a tornado. Calm before the storm and then we hear thunder as the guitar whirls around us like a deadly cyclone. Although the song is brutal, you can’t help but marvel at the beauty of the Kirk Hammet like guitar solo. Machine Head has all elements to take over the metal universe.

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Friday, September 30, 2011

Women stay conference leaders Volleyball:

Unbeaten streak ends at 15 matches


Jason Helms Sports Editor

Football School



Midwestern State Abilene Christian West Texas A&M Tarleton State Incarnate Word Angelo State TAMU-Kingsville Eastern N.M. TAMU-Commerce

2-0 2-0 2-0 1-1 1-1 0-1 0-2 0-2 0-1

3-0 2-1 2-1 1-3 1-3 3-1 2-2 1-3 0-3

Soccer School



Abilene Christian Incarnate Word Eastern N.M. TAMU-Commerce Angelo State West Texas A&M Midwestern State Texas Women’s

3-0-1 2-1-2 2-1-2 2-1-1 2-2-1 2-3 1-2-1 0-4-0

10 8 8 7 7 6 4 0

Volleyball School



Angelo State West Texas A&M Tarleton State Cameron Abilene Christian Incarnate Word Texas Women’s TAMU-Kingsville Midwestern State Eastern N.M. TAMU-Commerce

7-1 7-1 5-1 4-3 4-3 5-4 3-4 3-6 2-5 1-7 1-7

15-1 13-1 9-5 6-5 8-7 9-7 3-9 6-6 6-6 4-12 2-8

The Rambelles remain in the top 20 despite falling to No. 14-ranked West Texas A&M, 2 - 3 (13-25, 25-12, 25-16, 22-25, 15-7), Saturday at the Junell Center. The loss is the ‘Belles (15 - 1, 7 - 1 LSC) only one of the season so far, ending their 15-match unbeaten streak. Head coach Chuck Waddington said the ‘Belles were just not good enough in the pivotal moments of the match. “It’s important that we learned that we can’t get caught playing the other team’s game,” Waddington said. “We need to play our game and do we know how to do.” Senior Kayla Smith said that she thinks that the team can use the loss as a learning experience. We’re going to bounce back, take it one game at a time, and go from there,” Smith said. Going into the match, the women had climbed to No. 18 in the AVCA Division II Poll, while the Lady Buffs

Photo by Mark McDaniel Sophomore Maddie Huth and senior Celeste Bonter (center) await the set from junior Alex Woolsey (right) during a home match. Bonter was awarded LSC Player of the Week, Tuesday.

(13 - 1, 7 - 1 LSC) were just a spot above at No. 17. Senior Celeste Bonter was awarded LSC Offensive Player of the Week, as the Ontario, Canada-native posted 41 kills in the team’s three matches during the week. The ‘Belles are still at the top of the conference standings regardless of the loss, as they take a break from LSC play until Oct. 6, when they travel to Lawton,

Okla. to take on Cameron. During the break, the women will compete in the two-day Lady Blues Crossover Tournament hosted by Washburn University in Topeka, Kan. The ‘Belles open the tournament against Truman State, Friday, Sept. 30, followed by 25th-ranked Emporia State later that evening. On the second day of the event, Oct. 1, the

women will face Southwest Baptist and finish the trip against No. 5 Washburn Lady Blues (12 - 1). Bonter said she’s excited to play against the good competition at the tournament. “We need to play some really tough teams to get us ready for the second half of conference play, so this tournament will be good for us,” Bonter said.

Runners come in ahead of LSC competition

America’s Game? Cross Country: Men finish third, women fourth

Jason Helms Sports Editor

Jason Helms Sports Editor

It is not easy to admit what I am about to, but, in the position I am in, I almost feel obligated. The position I am referring to is Ram Page sports editor, and my confession is that I am not so sure that football is still my favorite sport. I understand that those words can be too much to bear for a lot of Americans - especially in Texas - so before you grab the rope, understand this. Football is still very dear to me, but after following the wide world of collegiate sports here at ASU, I have become quite the well-balanced sports nut. The joy I get from hanging on every Rambelle serve on the volleyball court or experiencing a last-gasp goal on the ASU soccer pitch is equal to any 40-yard Hail Mary or pick-six I’ve ever witnessed. College life is about trying new things that “expand your mind” and “broaden your horizons” right? Well, I personally prescribe a daily dose of whatever ASU team that happens to be on the schedule. You don’t have to come out and paint yourself blue to show your support. Just like everything else, a little

The men’s cross country team finished in third-place at the Islander Splash last Friday in Corpus Christi. The result marked the third time that the Rams have finished just two spots from the top this season. Senior Bryan Barker topped the list for the Rams once again with his fifth-place finish, his best of the season. Every Ram runner managed to

finish in the top-30 in the five-kilometer race, with freshman Dylan Littlejohn joining Barker in the top-20 after placing 17th. Junior Isac Valdez and freshman Jamin Goecker came in as a pair at 21st and 22nd as Tomas Callejas, also a freshman, placed 27th. “As a team we are doing a lot better than last year,” Barker said. “Comparatively, if you look at last year to this year, we are finishing a lot higher.” The women’s team finished fourth in their three-kilometer race, one spot above fellow LSC opponent Texas A&M - Kingsville. For the ‘Belles, junior Emeline Crutcher scored the highest with her eighth-place finish while fellow ju-

nior Jessica Boudreau placed 11th, just four seconds from joining Crutcher in the top-10. Only five spots behind Boudreau was sophomore Katy Williams with senior Alyssa Priest also placing in the top-25. The next race the Rams and ‘Belles compete in will be when they host the Angelo State Blue and Gold Classic on Oct. 11 at San Angelo’s Mathis Field. The course will be the same one used for the Lone Star Conference Championship on Oct. 22, which both Barker and head coach Tom Dibbern said will be an advantage for the team. “Not only will it help to be famil-

Rambelles cut 11 strokes on second round Golf:

Team benefits from experience Jason Helms Sports Editor The Rambelle golf team finished seventh Friday at the two-day Lady Buff Classic in Amarillo. The women managed to improve their first-round score by eleven strokes on the second day. Overall, freshman Abby Bobo said she was happy with the team’s performance, especially being only the second tournament of the fall season. “But, of course we all feel that we could have shot a little better,” Bobo said. Bobo led the ‘Belles for the second time, shooting an 82 in the first round and an 80 in the second to

finish with a 162. Juniors Krista Czarnecki (84 - 80) and Taylor Griffin (79 - 85) finished the tournament tied after they both shot totals of 164. Sophomore Courtney Rutledge had the best second-round for the ‘Belles with a 79 after shooting an 86 on the first day. However, sophomore Makenzie Stone posted the largest improvement over the two days by following up her opening-round score of 90 with an 81 in the second. Junior Maury McCormick, who competed as an individual, posted the best score for the ‘Belles after shooting a 78 on day-one and an 81 on the second day to finish with a 159 total. Also competing as an individual was freshman Ashley Bartholomew who tied Makenzie Stone overall with

a total of 171 (83 - 88). Head coach Kathleen Price said that she knows the team is capable of doing better. “I really expected them to post better scores than they did,” Price said. “But, I think that we missed a few shots that we should have made.” However, Price said that she knows her team definitely continues to benefit from the experience gained from every tournament, especially the importance of concentrating on every single shot. “Golf is a crazy game,” Price said. “If you lose focus on just one shot and make a mistake, it can be very costly.” The next event for the ‘Belles is the University of Central Oklahoma Tournament on Monday, Oct. 3 and 4 in Oklahoma City.


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Week at a Glance VOLLEYBALL @ Lady Blues Crossover Tourn. (Topeka, Kan.) vs. Truman State - 11:30 a.m. vs. Emporia State - 4:30 p.m.

SOCCER West Texas A&M - 4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 1 VOLLEYBALL @ Lady Blues Crossover Tourn. (Topeka, Kan.) vs. Southwest Bapt. - 11:00 a.m. vs. Washburn - 5 p.m.

FOOTBALL Eastern New Mexico* - 6 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 2 SOCCER Eastern New Mexico* - 1 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 3 GOLF @ University of Central Oklahoma Tournament (Oklahoma City)

Tuesday, Oct. 4 GOLF @ University of Central Oklahoma Tournament (Oklahoma City)

VOLLEYBALL @ Cameron* - 7 p.m.

Rams learn from first loss of season Football:

Friday, Sept. 30

Thursday, Oct 6.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Hamblin garners weekly award Jason Helms Sports Editor The football team looks recover from its 31 - 17 loss in their conference-opener last Saturday to the No. 11 ranked Abilene Christian. “Realistically, nobody likes to lose,” senior defensive end Lawrence Rumph said. “So, we’re not going to sit here and dwell on it.” If anything, Rumph said that the loss has made the team come out and work harder in practice to make sure it does not happen again. Despite posting a season-high 503 yards of total offense, the Rams (3 - 1, 0 1 LSC) failed to score in the second and third quarters while Abilene Christian (2 - 1, 2 - 0 LSC) managed to do so in all four. Head coach Will Wagner said although he was impressed by the offense’s overall performance, he would have liked to see them be more consistent with finishing drives for points. “It was frustrating to see the offense do so well until they got in the red zone, where they shot themselves in the foot,” Wagner said. Offensively, the Rams were led by sophomore quarterback Blake Hamblin who threw for 446 yards, the most of any other quarterback in the LSC this season and second-most in program history. Hamblin also set a school record with 39

Photo by Pam Belcher Defensive Coordinator Mike Walton (left) runs drills with the defense during the team’s practice, Wednesday.

completions, which he spread among 11 different receivers. Redshirt freshman Mackenzie Hirt topped the list for the receivers as he

“Judging from the tempo in practice and the guy’s attitudes so far, they have definitely showed signs of moving on.” Will Wagner head coach and Hamblin connected eight times for 100 yards. Beyond Sports Net-

work (BSN), a sports media site that features colleges and players of all levels, selected Hamblin for Offensive Player of the Week for his performance. Although the Rams’ defense gave up 184 rushing yards, the most this season, Wagner was not unhappy with their performance and said that the team knows where they need to improve. “Hopefully they learned that to be one of the top teams in this conference they have to be more consistent and play for four quarters,” Wagner said. Junior defensive back Alvin Johnson also recorded a season-high in the game as he led the Rams with 12 tackles Wagner’s team now sits in sixth-place in the LSC

after the loss, but he said they know there is still a lot of season left to play. Wagner said he believes the team has already put the loss in their rear-view mirror. “Judging from the tempo this week in practice and the guys’ attitudes so far, they have definitely showed signs of moving on,” Wagner said. The Rams have a chance to move up in the conference standings when they host Eastern New Mexico (1 - 3, 0 - 2 LSC) Saturday, Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. for second home game of the season. The Greyhounds suffered a 34 - 28 loss Saturday to Tarleton State, which put them one spot above last-place in the LSC. The game between the Rams and Greyhounds will represent Family Day

*Denotes conference game

Soccer escapes with a draw after scoreless double - overtime ‘Belles:

Not exactly where they anticipated Jason Helms Sports Editor After adding a loss, a win, and a double-overtime draw to their conference record, the Rambelles remain in the middle of the LSC standings. Head coach Travis McCorkle said he expected his team to be in a better position

at this point of the season. “I think we’re a little behind where we thought we would be,” McCorkle said. “I really thought our record would be better, but unfortunately the circumstances haven’t worked themselves out the way that we hoped.” The ‘Belles are tied for fourth-place with Texas A&M Commerce; the same team that dealt them a 3 - 2 home-loss on Sept. 23. Two days following the

loss, the women grabbed a 2 - 1 victory against the Pioneers of Texas Women’s University. “It was good to see the team work their way through match and get the result that we needed,” McCorkle said about the win. The goals came from senior forward Brandie Debacker in the 27th minute and freshman Katie Camlin in 45th minute. DeBacker’s goal was her fifth of the season and put her in second-place on the pro-

gram’s all-time scoring list with 30. In their midweek match against second-place Incarnate Word, Wednesday, the ‘Belles and Cardinals finished regular time and two overtimes without a goal between them. Freshman goalkeeper Morgan Harrison recorded six saves to keep the Cardinals off of the scoreboard, which two of them came in the second overtime. The ‘Belles were only able to put two shots on goal in the

match, with both coming in the first half of regulation. The lack of attacking has been a concern for the ‘Belles so far this season, junior midfielder Hanna Horeis said. “I don’t think our attacking is as strong as it needs to be, but it’s something that we’re working on every day and getting to where we want it to be,” Horeis said. The women host West Texas A&M, who currently sits just one spot below them in the

Photo by Pam Belcher Junior midfielder Hanna Horeis (8) makes a move to get around a defender during the ‘Belles 2 - 1 home win against the Texas Women’s Pioneers on Sept. 25.

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