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Sloan packs house for ‘Celebration’

OCTOBER 6, 2011



Bonfire fate in jeopardy



By AYLA SYED News editor




President Robert B. Sloan Jr. speaks about the reasons behind the “Celebration of HBU” at the Sept. 27 event. By DANIEL CADIS Editor in chief

There was the return of the Brown Administrative Complex and the M.D. Anderson Student Center to celebrate. Same for the campus technology upgrades. And the new nursing simulation lab. Full membership in NCAA Division I. The Freshman Village. The Liberal Arts Core Curriculum. This medley of happenings formed the basis of the University’s “Celebration of HBU,” held in the Bettis Quadrangle during the unseasonably warm midday heat of Sept. 27. President Robert B. Sloan Jr. highlighted these recent developments, among others, while speaking to the more than 600 people who feasted on a hodgepodge of international dishes at the noonday event.



e was a three-year veteran of the University Police force, had received glowing evaluations from his superiors and was a full-time music minister for his church. But there was another side to Jesse Frank Perry, the UniPerry versity Police officer who was arrested and charged with first-degree felony drug charges on Sept. 29.



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Return of the Brown Administrative Complex and M.D. Anderson Student Center Full membership in the NCAA Division I The Liberal Arts Core Curriculum The Looser Fountains Record-breaking average SAT score for freshmen Campus technology upgrades The Freshman Village The Graduate School Nursing simulation lab upgrade Huskies win Great West Conference championships in three sports

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he annual Homecoming bonfire may be the latest victim of the most severe yearlong drought in Texas history if the citywide burn ban remains in effect through Nov. 4. The burn ban, instituted on Sept. 16, threatens to extinguish the traditional blaze that marks one of the highlights of Homecoming week lasting Oct. 30-Nov. 5. Becky Crandall, director of student involvement, said she hopes people will understand that the situation is out of the University’s control. “We are just complying with the law,” she said, adding that she thinks it is unlikely that there will be enough rainfall to prompt the ban to be lifted in time for the bonfire. Mayor Annise Parker signed an executive order on Sept. 16 that expanded the ban to all outdoor open burning in addition to smoking in parks as the city attempts to eliminate common causes of wildfires. Violations of the ban carry fines of up to $2,000 per offense. A disastrous result of the recordbreaking drought, the wildfires often begin from wind-carried sparks that ignite the arid land, according to the Texas Forest Service. More than 3.7 million acres have been

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SGA plans to reconsider divisive policy By LAUREN SCHOENEMANN and AYLA SYED Exec. managing editor and news editor

In an attempt to address discontent over non-Christians’ exclusion from participation in Student Government Association’s voting body, the organization passed a resolution on Oct. 3 to consider rewording its constitution to allow all students in good academic standing to serve in its legislature. The 13 members who attended the weekly meeting unanimously voted to pass the resolution to consider explicitly stating election reCLASSIFIEDS............14 SPORTS...................15

quirements for officer positions. A majority vote is required to pass any resolution in the student organization, and 13 of the association’s 14 total members were in attendance. Senior Abraham Carreon could not attend the meeting but said he would have voted in favor of the motion. Currently, SGA’s constitution mandates that all members be in good academic standing but also “meet the special requirements set forth for the position for which the candidate is to run.” The “special requirements” clause, which would be removed


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Juniors Vincent Meyers, left, and Jeremy Klutts serve as president and vice president of Student Government Association.

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CAMPUS BRIEFING Monvee’s First Session The University will hold the first Monvee session for freshmen on Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Women’s Residence College to offer information on the site intended to encourage and track spiritual growth.

Distracted Driving Student Programming Board and the University Police Department will host an event on Oct. 6 at 11:30 a.m. on Holcombe Mall to raise awareness about the dangers of texting while driving.

Homecoming Court

Homecoming court nominations are due on Oct. 7 at 12 p.m. in the student life office in the M.D. Anderson Student Center, room 291. Voting will be from Oct. 19 to 30.

Templeton Lectures Dr. Chris Keith, assistant professor of New Testament and Christian origins, will speak at the two-day lecture series sponsored by the School of Theology. The lectures will take place on Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m. in Belin Chapel for two Community Life and Worship credits, and on Oct. 12 at 11 a.m. in Dunham Theater for one CLW credit.

OCTOBER 6, 2011

Transfer population declines By LAUREN SCHOENEMANN and NEBEYU MEKONNEN Exec. managing editor and contributing writer

A transfer student from the University of Houston recalled his first memories of HBU: the calm atmosphere of the campus, his helpful new instructors and the friendships he quickly made with classmates. “What surprised me though,” said sophomore Takehiro Yasuoka with a ponderous look on his face, “is that I haven’t met another transfer student since coming here this fall.” His opportunity to meet other transfer students may have been limited by the recent drop in the number of returning and incoming transfer students. Of the 206 students who transferred to the University last fall, 46 percent did not return this semester. This drop follows a recent trend in transfer retention rates since 2008, according to the transfer retention report released by the office of institutional research and effectiveness on Sept. 13. In 2008 the retention rate for new transfers was nearly 66 per-

cent. This figure declined by 10 percent that year, bringing the retention rate down to 56 percent in 2009. It fell again to its current rate of 54 percent, one of the lowest percentages in recent University history. Fewer transfer students enrolling for the fall semester also affected the number of transfers on campus. James Steen, vice president for enrollment management, said in spite of the increased number of transfer applicants, the University saw a dip in its transfer yield rate, the percentage of admitted students who enrolled. The figure dropped to 23.5 percent from the previous three-year average of approximately 30 percent. This fall, 163 transfer students enrolled, almost a 21 percent decrease from last year’s 206. Steen said while it is not possible to positively identify why fewer transfers enrolled, the yield rate may have declined due to increasing tuition or the prospective transfer students’ perception of the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum and how its requirements impact their ability to meet their established graduation goals.

“The LACC is more rigorous than Smith College was,” Steen said, referencing the Smith College of General Studies, the University’s previous foundational curriculum. The LACC may require transfer students to take more basic courses in order to fulfill core criteria before pursuing classes within their majors. Students majoring in music or fine arts, for example, will take 67 hours with the LACC compared to approximately 54 under Smith College. Bonnie Fresch, admissions coordinator and transfer specialist, emphasized economic factors as a possible reason for the declining numbers. The economic downturn coupled with rising tuition also may have had a negative impact on the issue, she said. Despite the slump in overall incoming transfers, some of the colleges saw an increase in the number of matriculated transfer students. Enrollment of students in the School of Education and the School of Nursing and Allied Health increased by an average of 3 percent since 2009, and the College of Science and Mathematics had a spike in transfer students with numbers averaging 15.5 percent. The

College of Arts and Humanities, however, saw a 15.8 percent decrease in transfer enrollment. The transfer policy was revised on Sept. 20 in an effort to help increase flexibility in applying previously completed coursework to transfers’ University degrees, a change that should make the transfer process easier for prospective students, Fresch said. “We are working with the administration to create a more flexible policy that will allow most credits to count toward a student’s degree and allow seamless entry into the HBU family,” she said. Working closely with new transfer counselor Jenel Capes, Fresch said they are trying to improve the integration process for transfer students. Capes is taking steps to promote and welcome incoming students to the University by meeting with students at community colleges and advising them on courses to take in preparation to transfer. Steen emphasized the University’s commitment to improving the transfer process in the next academic year. “My goal is that we are more transfer friendly for fall 2012 than we were in fall 2011,” he said.

• The Rockhouse Fire description on page five should have read, “Beginning April 9, the wildfire destroyed 41 homes and two businesses in its warpath to consume more than 313,000 acres.”

• Senior Noelle Marchand will hold a book signing for her novel “Unlawfully Wedded Bride” at the Morris Cultural Arts Center on Oct. 7 at 7 p.m., not in the Dunham Bible Museum on Oct. 25.

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Corrections: • Sergeant Charles Ragain’s last name was spelled incorrectly as “Reagian” in the pull-out quote on page two in the article titled “University ranks among top 500 safest schools.”


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The Powell family accepts the Family of the Year award from President Robert B. Sloan Jr. during Family Weekend on Oct. 1. Bob Powell, B.S. ‘76, center, joined his family on the stage of the Bettis Quadrangle to be recognized for their more than 30-year relationship with the University.

New group aims to connect students with alumni By KATIE BROWN Contributing writer

Make new friends but keep the old. This is the aim of the Student Alumni Association, the new campus organization that encourages current students to meet and develop mentoring relationships with alumni, who can then help students work toward their professional goals. The organization plans to accomplish this goal through dinners with current students at the home of an alumni, barbecues and volleyball games, among other activities. SAA, whose constitution is pending approval by Student Government Association, is designed to bridge the gap between current students and alumni. Jennifer Davis, associate director of alumni relations and annual fund, said the group aims to facilitate these relationships through events designed specifically for students and alumni, similar to those organized by the Student Programming Board. “Joining SAA is the first step in a lifelong relationship with HBU,” Davis said. “SAA will enhance students’ college experience and provide opportunities for personal growth while interacting with HBU alumni.” Davis, along with Vivian Camacho, senior director for advancement and alumni relations, was inspired to create SAA by similar programs at other universities. Both Davis, B.A. ‘08, and Camacho, B.A. ‘91, noticed the small number

of alumni who were active University citizens after graduation and decided to try to boost alumni interest and activity. Camacho said her hope is that the new organization will help current students feel more connected to the University while they are here and after they graduate. She also believes the organization will help students appreciate that they can have a lifelong, beneficial relationship with their alma mater. In order to achieve this goal, Davis and Camacho designed possible SAA events that will engage both groups. Davis stressed that the association needs members in order to be successful. Because the program is student-run, the execution of its events is largely dependent on active student members. “The door is wide open,” she said. “There are things we do, such as homecoming, that need help with organization and planning that could really benefit from the association.” Sophomore Breana Jackson was the first student to become a member of SAA. She said she feels the organization will play a critical role in encouraging graduates to return to the University for campus events. “SAA is important for the campus because after we graduate we’re going to want to have memorable events to attend as alumni, and we need this organization to do so,” Jackson said, adding that she is excited to be involved and see how the program will progress. Students who are interested in joining can access the SAA consti-

tution and application on HuskySync. Several leadership and membership positions are still open for students to fill, and Davis said the first meeting should be organized by early October.

She added that students should get involved with SAA because it will help contribute to a greater college experience and give members the opportunity to grow personally. “It builds a sense of communi-

ty,” she said. “A university cannot be a university without its alumni because of their contributions and dedication. They are the ones who give back to the school they came from.”



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burned across Texas this year, and 250 of the state’s 254 counties have enforced burn bans, according to the TFS. Tom Spencer, TFS predictive services department head, said in a press release that the dry weather intensifies the already dangerous wildfires. “The situation here in Texas — the scope, complexity and tempo we’re facing — is just unprecedented,” he said. “When these conditions are in place, wildfires can be catastrophic and deadly. They can become a true force of nature.” The forest service reported in late September that the yearlong dangerous wildfire conditions are predicted to continue through the fall and possibly through winter after the Southern Area Fire Risk Assessment, an evaluation of Davis present and future fire conditions for the South, was released on Sept. 19. Crandall and Ernest Johnson, an inspector for the Houston Fire Department, communicated via email last month to coordinate the permit for the bonfire in consideration of the burn ban. In his email, Johnson urged the University to apply for the permit two weeks prior to the event in case the city makes changes to the ban that would allow for the Homecoming bonfire. “If we get a significant amount of rain before November, things may change,” Johnson wrote in the email. The Homecoming events planned for Nov. 4 tentatively include the bonfire to take place after the 6 p.m. Spirit of HBU Alumni and Walk of Honor Awards dinner and the 7 p.m. women’s basketball game against Abilene Christian University. Jennifer Davis, associate director of alumni relations and annual fund, said she thinks the night will be just as exciting as in years past and added that she hopes alumni will attend the game and partake in Husky Madness, a new addition to the Homecoming schedule for that week. Basketball game attendees can participate in the mini competitions during timeouts and halftime as part of Husky Madness, which will feature cash prizes for the victorious few. Crandall said the event should help fill the bonfire’s void for both students and alumni who attend this year’s Homecoming. “There will be so many good things that day for people to do, so it should be OK,” she said. “People will hopefully understand.”

OCTOBER 6, 2011

Dividing time between two jobs, former ceramicist stays busy By RAQUELLE JOHNSON Contributing writer

It is 8:05 a.m. With heavy eyes and while battling allergies, Laszlo Nagy sits patiently behind his desk waiting for his replacement to arrive. He receives a call from someone needing assistance. Although his shift should have ended at 8 a.m., he offers the caller his full attention and assures her that the problem will be resolved. A familiar face on campus, 53-year-old Nagy works a parttime job in the Baugh Center during dinner hours before starting his full-time job at midnight as a campus police dispatcher. Despite his familiarity among the campus body, few know the man behind the phone. Originally from Romania, Nagy came from an artistic family and became interested in ceramics as a child. Nagy went on to work for a manufacturing company as one of the four ceramists intricately designing vases, plates, coffee sets, tea sets and many other porcelain pieces sold to retailers in bulk. “I made good money in Romania,” Nagy said.

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Laszlo Nagy, a former ceramacist who emigrated to the United States from Romania, works two jobs: part time in the Baugh Center and full time as a campus police dispatcher at night. Despite his success, Romania was a communist nation then, and opportunities were limited. In 1989, the communist regime fell, and Nagy took the opportunity to leave for Budapest, Hungary the following year. Inspired by his mother who had escaped Romania

in 1969 to come to the United States, he made his way to Houston in 1993. He worked odd jobs after his arrival to provide for his family before both he and his wife attained positions as directors for a geriatric health care facility that they ran for

five years. Eventually, they decided to leave the field because of the emotional stress it caused. “I came to the United States, the land of all possibilities, and did pretty much everything except my profession,” he said referring to ceramics. When he first applied to the University Police Department, he was asked to stay and work for a minimum of six months. That was 12 years ago. Though he spends long hours on campus, Nagy says that he loves his job — both of them. Today, between his responsibilities at the University and caring for his wife, he has not had time to pursue his passion for ceramics. Nagy said he, however, is grateful for the University, its strong foundation and valued spirituality. He added that the two blend well with his own principles and help nourish his faith. “We go through challenges sometimes, but there is nothing that we cannot get through with the help of the Lord,” he said. At 8:12 a.m. his shift replacement arrives – more than 10 minutes late. Instead of being upset, he offers her a smile and breakfast.

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The 30-year-old Sam Houston State graduate was under investigation by the Houston Police Department for allegedly stealing possessions, including drugs, from vehicles that he pulled over, according to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. As part of the investigation, HPD officers set up a sting operation to nab Perry in the act of committing a crime. On the afternoon of Sept. 29, the off-duty officer, in full HBU uniform and driving his personal vehicle, pulled over a car in a parking lot off Highway 45 and West Little York, about 30 minutes northeast of campus. Inside the car were two undercover officers working the investigation. Perry took them into custody, searched their vehicle and found a kilogram of stashed cocaine. Instead of arresting the officers and filing the appropriate paperwork, Perry took their cocaine, which the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration describes as an “intense, euphorigenic drug with strong addictive potential,” and released them. That action gave HPD the confirmation its investigation needed in order to arrest Perry for shaking down motorists and pilfering their possessions. After Perry left and drove to the parking lot of a nearby Walgreens, waiting HPD officers arrested him and charged him with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, a first-degree felony. He was taken into custody and placed in the Harris County Jail on $52,000 bond, which he posted

on Oct. 1, and faces a maximum sentence of life in prison for his alleged crimes. Charles Miller, University Police chief, said his department was stunned by the actions of the former officer, whose employment was immediately terminated when the arrest became known. “We are disappointed that this person would violate the trust, not just of this institution, but of our profession,” Miller said, adding that the department has never had an incident like this during his 11 years of service. “I am simply offended and appalled.” Perry passed a rigorous background check that included drug testing before landing the position in 2008, Miller said. But his actions during his off-duty hours have stunned the University community,

causing many to wrestle with the shock of the announcement. Many students worked to understand the implications of a former police officer committing a felony. Freshman Jasmine Brickey, a cheerleader who performed at Family Weekend on Oct. 1, said she was disappointed by the news. “It’s really sad,” she said while waiting for her fellow cheerleaders before their performance. “I think it’s kind of ironic that a police officer would be put in jail over something they should be arresting others for.” Brickey was not alone in her assessment of the situation, as other students voiced their concerns over Perry’s behavior. Junior Terry Pierson, a member of Student Programming Board who was working a tossing game table at Family Weekend, said he was initially shocked

by the news. “At first I was like, these are the people that have been protecting us?” he said. “But it’s one person, so it doesn’t necessarily reflect on the whole staff.” Perry’s photograph, which used to hang alongside photos of his 11 co-officers inside the University’s Law Enforcement Center off Beechnut, was removed when his illicit actions became public knowledge. The empty space on the wall, an odd hole in the otherwise harmonious collection of black frames and professional pictures of the University Police force, stood as a stark reminder of Perry’s absence from the department in the days after his arrest. Perry appeared before a district judge on Oct. 1, but the actual trial will not begin until Nov. 3.


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Luncheon draws more than 600 Continued from Page 1

“It really is a campus-wide celebration for us,” Sloan told the crowd after being introduced by Rick Bailey, B.S. ‘69, the vice-chair of the board of trustees who served as the master of ceremonies for the function that included speeches by longtime University supporters, including University patriarch Stewart Morris, as well as the dedication of the Looser Fountains. The event coincided with the month of Sloan’s five-year anniversary as president of the University, something that was not overlooked by the organizers. Diane Williams, who chaired the presidential search committee that first approached and eventually offered the position to Sloan, was on hand Morris to give a cobalt-blue crystal piece, boxed with a stately blue and white pattern giftwrap and accompanying white lace bow, to the president and his wife, Sue Sloan, halfway through the ceremony.


Cheerleaders perform a routine at the “Celebration of HBU” on Sept. 27. The event was held in recognition of the number of recent successes at the University. “It’s my privilege now to say that God has truly blessed this campus since Dr. Sloan and Mrs. Sloan have been here,” Williams said before joking with the audience: “In fact, when they came here for the first time, we knew that we had made the right decision when we met Sue.” The day also marked the official dedication of the Looser Fountains, the water feature at the center of the Bettis Quadrangle that was completed days before the ceremony. The fountains, two strips of dark granite that march down the center of the quadrangle, were named after Dr. Don Looser, vice president

emeritus, and his wife Elsa Jean after their son, Greg Looser, and his wife Beth made a contribution to the University in honor of his parents’ more than 45 years of service to the academic institution. “It’s a great blessing to have our children standing behind the commitments that we’ve made in our own lives,” Don Looser said of his son and daughter-in-law’s gift. “Isn’t this beautiful? It’s just lovely what’s been done.” Board of trustee members, faculty, staff, alumni and students mingled during the two-and-a-halfhour event that coincided with the quarterly trustee meeting, held later

that day. Family members and other guests, including former faculty and staff members, were also in attendance at the largest Universitysponsored on-campus event this fall, with many finding seats at the tables that lined the first and second floors of the Brown Complex. The celebration concluded with a prayer from Sloan, who asked for continual blessings and support for the University community as it progresses through the academic year. “I ask for your blessing upon every home and family here,” Sloan said with eyes closed during his concluding prayer. “For all of your gifts, we give you thanks.”

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upon final approval of the rewording, currently expands the officer requirements to include signing the University preamble. Signing the founding document affirms the Christian faith and limits nonChristian involvement to attending the weekly public meetings. Under the current policy, nonChristian students can attend the Monday meetings to voice their opinions but cannot hold legislative or executive positions, meaning they are not able to put forward or vote on motions. Junior Vincent Meyers, SGA president, said he thinks the policy deters non-Christians from even expressing their views during the weekly forums. “In my perspective, the policy is quite discouraging even for students wanting to voice an informal opinion,” he said, adding that the opinions of non-voting members carry less weight than those of the legislative members when addressed during meetings. If the legislative body votes to approve the removal of the special


requirements clause, the proposed change will be made public through HuskySync for 10 days. The revised document will be voted on again after that period, requiring a two-thirds majority for approval. If it passes all of these hurdles, it will be passed to Whit Goodwin, SGA adviser and director of student life, for final consideration. “The preamble is the statement of what our University is all about in terms of our beliefs that shape everything we do,” Goodwin said. “We want those students who are going to govern and make decisions to be the culture shapers of campus and to abide by the preamble and not do anything in contrast to it.” The policy prevents more than 28 percent of students from serving in SGA’s leadership positions, according to data included in a research report released this fall by the office of institutional research and effectiveness. These students identified themselves as being nonChristians when surveyed for the report and may be disinclined to

sign the preamble. Junior Jeremy Klutts, SGA vice president, said amending the constitution will allow for the governing body to better reflect the student body and added that this representation is essential to any student government. “As a student government, we represent the students,” Klutts said. “If all the students cannot be accurately represented, we are not doing our jobs as well as we could.” A total of five students applied for open positions this semester. The executive members explained the policy to many non-Christian students who inquired about the election, something that Meyers said disappoints interested but currently ineligible students. Junior Taymour Khan, a Muslim, signed the preamble after he was elected to the College of Science and Mathematics representative position last semester but thought his signature was just a formality and not a declaration of belief. He said he was removed from his position after being no-

tified of the purpose of the document, in accordance with the policy that he described as a limitation to non-Christian representation. “It would be good for SGA to represent the whole community,” he said. “We all go to the same school, so I think it would be right to allow everyone to do the same things.” Khan added that he would run again if allowed. Becky Crandall, director of student involvement, encouraged all students who feel misrepresented to attend SGA meetings in order to play a role in the student government. “We hear reports of students expressing frustration with the system, but no students apart from elected officials attend those meetings,” she said. The proposals for rewording the constitution will be examined during the Oct. 10 meeting at 6 p.m. in the Lake House parlor. Meyers said he expects the legislative and executive members will move to vote on the topic.

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The School of Music received final approval on Sept. 30 for a National Endowment for the Arts grant totaling $10,000, which will be used to perform Alice Parker’s opera “The Family Reunion” next spring in Dunham Theater. The grant, called the Challenge America Fast-Track grant, matches up to $10,000 in funds from the University to offset the costs of the production. An annual national survey conducted by the NEA that researches the economic effect of the arts and the presence of the arts in communities led the NEA to contact the School of Music. The agency contacted Dr. John Yarrington, director of the School of Music, who then requested help from Rick Ogden, director of foundation and denominational relations, to help draft a proposal to perform Parker’s folk opera. “It’s a fairly significant thing to get an NEA grant,” Yarrington said. “We suggested two or three different projects, and Rick knew exactly how to frame the proposal and stay in the guidelines in a way I couldn’t do alone.” He described “The Family Reunion” as charming, wholesome and uplifting, adding that Parker, a graduate of the Julliard School with more than 50 years of musical experience, subtitled her work as “a backyard opera,” describing both the setting of the play and its approachable nature. Ogden drafted the proposal last May that included a descriptor and budget that detailed costs of the production, including Parker’s airfare and accommodations. The NEA considers each applying institution on an individual basis because the grant is non-competitive, he said. “Receiving approval for this grant allows the School of Music to apply for competitive grants and opens financial opportunities for the rest of the University in general,” Ogden said, adding that the competitive grants generally award higher amounts than non-competitive ones. The grant regulations allow Yarrington to select a project to receive funds, ranging from independent film screenings to murals and sculptures. He chose Parker’s opera, on which he conducted his doctoral dissertation. The production will feature more than 75 students from the School of Music as cast members, while both professional instrumentalists and students will accompany the singers.


OCTOBER 6, 2011


Students drink water for Living Water By CHELSEA VOLKER Asst. news editor

Senior Daniel Cadis’ venti upside-down caramel macchiato with extra caramel costs nearly $5, an expenditure he makes at least three times a week. He began to rethink these purchases after a presentation at his church on July 17 when he learned that the money he spends on one coffee could provide clean water to five people for one year. Representatives from Living Water International, a Christian nonprofit organization that digs wells in more than 30 countries around the world, contacted Cadis after he expressed interest in their cause. The representatives asked him to lead an LWI initiative known as 10 Days at the University during the month of October. As part of the program, students are encouraged to drink only water for 10 consecutive days beginning Oct. 10 and donate the money normally spent on other beverages to LWI. The initiative, which includes participants from more than 50 other institutions, aims to raise aware-

ness of the problem of a lack of clean water throughout many parts of the developing world. Cadis contacted junior Abigail Mejia to help launch the campaign at the University this fall. Junior Andrew Hebert and sophomore Rebecca Nguyen also joined the team after they were asked to represent Brothers Under Christ and Sigma Phi Lambda, respectively. At the upcoming kick-off event on Oct. 10, the group and other volunteers will sell T-shirts for students to wear around campus and spread the word about LWI’s efforts to build 10 wells in Rwanda. During the week and a half of the campaign, a table will be in front of the Hinton Center to collect donations. Half of the profits will support LWI’s 10 Days campaign, while the other half will help fund the University’s spring mission trip to Nicaragua where a group of missionaries will help dig wells. Mejia explained that clean water is important for impoverished people because it works as a purification system to get rid of toxins and diseases that are present in the



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Find out more at 10DAYS.CC body from drinking contaminated water. “Clean water is medicine,” she said. Many students who are pledging to not drink anything but water for 10 days saw the campaign as a chance to become a part of a local answer to a global problem. Sophomore Ebony Heard, a student who committed to supporting the cause, said that this opportunity gave her the chance to aid others by giving up her favorite drinks. “I am

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always looking for opportunities to help those who are in need,” she said. Cadis said it can take just one person making a small change to make a significant difference in the world. “It’s not about you, and it’s not about me,” he said. “It’s about changing the world one glass at a time.” Students can donate online at, with all proceeds going to the nonprofit.

Five of the Dead Sea Scrolls have been given new life. The Israel Museum in Jerusalem has partnered with Google in a joint project to digitize the 2,000-year-old documents and make them available to anyone with an Internet connection as part of an effort to increase cultural and spiritual literacy. The availability of these documents will help with biblical learning by providing an expanded pool of resources and allowing students to develop their own interpretations of the texts. In addition to biblical knowledge, background information of the time period is also available, providing insight into the culture and society of the time. There are many benefits of having different translations of the Bible available for the masses, but it is also important to have original manuscripts from the time period easily accessible to the public to help increase understanding of the importance of faith throughout all of history. James Synder, the director of the museum, said the availability of the scrolls online is a major development in biblical learning, according to a Sept. 26 Bloomberg article. “This gives a way to understand the beginning of biblical history,” he said. The scrolls, which survive either in portions or as the full text, help show the development of the Hebrew Bible as well as the origins of Christianity. Passages are written in Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic and include one of the earliest surviving copies of the Ten Commandments. The museum’s website allows visitors to search high-resolution pictures of the scrolls, zoom in and out of the images and find specific passages for study by translating verses into English. The additional tools are what really make this project a success because they allow people who are not educated in the ancient biblical languages to gain understanding of the biblical texts and the world in which they were written. Scrolls already online include the book of Isaiah, the Community Rule Scroll, a commentary on the book of Habakkuk, the Temple and the War Scroll. The availability of the scrolls will provide Christians with the opportunity to relate to the ancient texts in a hands-on way.

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Authors often use fiction to mirror reality in hopes of shedding new light on the human condition. While not all novels achieve this intended impact on readers, these five novels in particular have impacted Generation Y — for better or worse — in the last decade.


Harry Potter

J.K. Rowling’s series about a boy wizard created a new world in the minds of young readers. In a decade filled with uncertainty, the series gave readers a reason to trust in friendship and to appreciate that the people who impact their lives the most are often the ones who experience the trials of adolescent turmoil with them. Rowling’s writing transported audiences into her magical world, turning a generation of youth into lifelong readers while inspiring fans of all ages to see beyond their circumstances.

2. The Kite Runner Considered a contemporary classic, the novel by Khaled Hosseini gives American readers empathy for Afghan people in a post-9/11 world. Growing up in a single-parent home in Afghanistan, the lead character Amir must deal with difficult situations, like the abuse of his childhood friend, that are similar to ones faced in many households around the world. Hosseini provides readers with a look

into the family dynamic of the Middle Eastern culture, humanizing it for western readers.



Stephanie Meyer writes a descriptive series focusing on passionate love in a society surrounded by superficial relationships. The saga offers women of this generation a look at both platonic and romantic love and the dangers that both hold. Through the relationships of her main characters, Meyer illustrates the common plight of the modern teenager: the alienation that comes from pain and loss. The author creates a story that leaves this generation with the idea that romantic love is the sole purpose of life, creating an overall destructive worldview. Transporting readers of this genera-


The Help

tion to the civil rights movement, firsttime novelist Kathryn Stockett provides modern readers insight into an era unfamiliar to many. “The Help” opens the eyes of Genera-

tion Y to the racial tensions faced by their parents. By exploring the relationships between white housewives and their black servants, Stockett reveals the conflicting emotions both sides faced during a period of segregation. In addition to racial differences, the novel shows how both groups of women face similar struggles in their lives, including relationships with their husbands and rearing children.


The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Mitch Albom’s novel forces readers to inspect their lives and the impact they have on others. The protagonist, Eddie, lives his life like most members of society by living each moment in a monotonous routine until he dies in a freak accident. Along with Eddie, many readers attempt to re-evaluate their lives and examine how they impact the people they encounter when finished with the novel. By focusing on death, Albom gives readers a reason to appreciate life and live it to the fullest.


Timeline of the

written word Cave Drawings

Dating back to prehistoric times, cave drawings told stories using pigments from plants, fruit and charcoal.

Clay Tablets

The Assyrian and Babylonian people utilized reusable clay tablets until around 4000 B.C.


Produced from the pith of the plant Cyperus Papyrus, this product was used by the Egyptians as writing material from 3000 B.C. to A.D. 105.


Both the fourth dynasty of Egypt and sixth-century Jews used the material made from calf, sheep and goat skin for its flexibility.

Bound Books

From 150 to 450, books were made in codex form. After paper reached Spain from the East, leather-bound books became commonplace around the mid-15th century.

Audio Books

In 1931, Congress established a talking-book initiative called "Books for the Adult Blind Program." From that point on books were heard on vinyl, then tapes, CDs and now iPods.

E-book Readers

Amazon’s Kindle and the Apple iPad, along with their competitors, have revolutionized reading, making it possible to carry an entire library in the palm of your hand.



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OCTOBER 6, 2011

Senior debuts CD in campus concert By JUSTIN M. NGUYEN Copy editor

The soft sounds of indie and folk guitar filled Belin Chapel on Sept. 30, blending with the dulcet vocals of Kollin Baer as a crowd of friends, family and students gathered to celebrate the release of his first album, “The Woods.” Baer, a senior double majoring in music and business, released his first solo album in July under his own record label. Baer used his knowledge gained from business classes and created connections to help finance the production, in addition to taking summer jobs and holding fundraisers. To master his seven-track album, Baer contacted Bob Boyd, the owner of Ambient Digital mastering studio who also works with clients including Shane and Shane and The Womack Brothers. At the concert, Baer’s set list included original songs from his album dedicated to his mother and father. Later, he performed covers of songs originally by Neil Young and Bon Iver, in addition to Death Cab for Cutie’s “Lack of Color,” which he sang to his girlfriend when they first met. Baer described to the audience his journey to recording his album.

The album was inspired by his hometown, The Woodlands, and draws much inspiration from his life and his relationship with music. He uses styles of music, ranging from rock to jazz, as a tangible representation of emotion and rebellion. He tangled with death, writing the song “Silent War (Song For Mike)” from the perspective of a roommate who had lost someone very close. “I don’t know if the song shows how Mike felt about the loss, but it’s what I understand about how he felt,” Baer said, adding that the beauty of music is that it is open to personal interpretation. Music has always been a part of Baer’s life, but it was not always a passion of his. In between songs, he spoke about when he was in grade school and despised his music lessons. “Music was always something forced,” he said. “I had to ride my bike to my piano teacher’s house, but I dreaded it. I was miserable.” He gradually became more accustomed to music after addressing a need at his church for a worship leader with musical experience. As he progressed through middle and high school, he became proficient in piano, trumpet, timpani, percussion, bass guitar, elec-

tric guitar and acoustic guitar. Although he once viewed music as a chore and feared singing in public, he now enjoys singing and experimental songwriting on topics such as death or love. “Music is a lot of passion and love,” Baer said. “I remember a lot of different random heartbreaks, but the guitar was always the constant. I could always turn back to it.” In 2008, Baer began to collaborate with The Womack Brothers, a band formed by two of his childhood friends. At first, Baer opened for the band through comedy acts or solo set lists, but he took the spotlight as The Womack Brothers opened for him on Sept. 30. Matt Womack, a member of The Womack Brothers and a friend of Baer’s for more than 20 years, said that creating music with Baer would always be something he cherished. “Kollin’s great,” he said, adding that both members of the band were delighted to open for Baer and that they would do anything to help such a great friend. “We both play the guitar, but he plays really well.” “The Woods” is now available on iTunes and through Baer on his Facebook page KollinBaer.

Saxophone rejuvenates pop music By JESSICA ALDANA Entertainment editor

Although saxophones generally connote the sound of jazz music, the woodwind instrument has become increasingly popular this year in catchy pop songs. Pop divas Katy Perry and Lady Gaga are two artists who have utilized the sax in their music. It is important, however, for artists like Gaga and Perry to move beyond cliche accompaniments and use the instrument in dynamic, intriguing solos that will bring listeners to appreciate the saxophone. The trend of using the saxophone in Billboard hits began in the 1970s with the band “Earth, Wind and Fire” and became more mainstream in the 1980s. Great songs such as George Thoroughgood’s “Bad to the Bone” and Hall and Oates’ “Maneater” surfaced during the ‘80s, making it the top instrument of the decade. After 10 years of the sax filling up the pop airwaves, the trend passed, and the 1990s brought a new perspective on jazz instruments in pop songs. The instrument was no longer cool but overproduced.

Two decades after hardly any sax usage, the instrument has returned, evident by its appearance in hits such as Gaga’s “Edge of Glory” and “Hair” as well as Perry’s “Last Friday Night.” Both of these artists, however, appear to have used the sax for nostalgic purposes. Lenny Pickett, who is now the leader of the “Saturday Night Live” house band, fills Perry’s song and music video, which contains many references to the ‘80s, with his sax solo. In contrast, last season’s “American Idol” showed how a solo on that instrument can improve a song when sax player Mindi Abair performed “Old Time Rock and Roll” with contestant Paul McDonald. The judges praised Abair on her solo more than McDonald’s vocals. Iron & Wine’s indie hit album, “Kiss Each Other Clean,” also incorporates the instrument seamlessly throughout the entire CD, blending the dulcet tones of Samuel Beam’s voice and the soft-rock accompaniment between movements. These examples show that if used properly, the instrument can add a variety of elements to music as well as an unexpected twist, but this can only be achieved, however, if artists add the piece solely for the sake of musicianship, rather than nostalgic purposes.

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Q: Did you enjoy the Harry Potter series as a child? A: I’ve read all seven novels, so I’m actually a pretty big fan. As the series progressed, however, J.K. Rowling seemed to let the movies affect her writing and the novels began to become less and less intriguing. Q: What brought you to the University? A: I explored the University’s physics program, and it appeared to be well-developed. Also, the fact that the University is a Christian institution played a large role in my decision. Q: Why did you choose to become a double major in mathematics and physics? A: I love studying quantum mechanics, so physics was the obvious choice for my major. Because math so readily complements physics, I thought double majoring in the two would create an advantage for me in the future as a research physicist. Q: Is your double major time-consuming? A: Between homework and our current research project, I stay relatively busy. Even when we start to end one project, we begin writing proposals for the next. I enjoy it, so it’s usually not a big deal. Q: What do you enjoy most about the University? A: I’d say the small classes and the hands-on instruction. Dr. James Claycomb and Dr. Gardo Blado have been vital to all of the University’s physics research projects, which shows the concern the faculty have for students.


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Chemistry and curveballs


All-star science student bats nearly 4.0 By LAUREN SCHOENEMANN Exec. managing editor

She’s the meticulous chemist, clad in goggles and latex gloves, who precisely measures concentrated hydrochloric acid in a graduated cylinder to test the viability of a di-metal complex as a substitute for porphorin in DNA. A few hours later, she’s the seasoned softball player who confidently approaches the pitcher’s mound, determined to retire the final batter in order to secure the conference championship. For three years, senior Beth Evans has worn two hats, balancing her responsibility to complete her chemistry major with the pressure of being the softball team’s only senior pitcher. “It’s been fun,” said Evans, who plans to graduate in May. “It keeps me busy for sure.” LAB-FIELD BALANCE Attending more than eight laboratory hours each week for her chemistry senior seminar and up to 20 hours of weekly softball practice at the peak of the semester, Evans must constantly practice self-discipline and time management. She credits her parents with instilling in her the motivation to work as hard as is necessary to meet her goals. “They always told me I could do anything I wanted to do in life, and I have taken that idea and run with it over the years,” she said. Evans has won the Academic All-American Scholar Athlete award from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association for her last two seasons in recognition of her commitment to her athletic and academic careers. The award is given to softball players who maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5 for the academic year. She has been further distinguished as a member of the Great West Academic All-Conference team for the last two years. Softball head coach Mary Ellen Hall described Evans as disciplined, focused, driven and goal-oriented regarding both her coursework and her attitude toward her sport. “She’s a great representation in the classroom of what a studentathlete should be,” Hall said. Evans’ demanding class schedule often requires her to complete

many of her assignments while on the road to away games, adding to the challenge of keeping up with time-consuming coursework. “Last season, when I was taking Modern Analytical Techniques, nearly every time we checked in to the hotel, I was doing 20-page lab reports,” she said. “It’s not ideal, but any way I can get it done is what I have to do.” For her fourth season at the University, Evans is the only senior on the team and is one of its five pitchers. She is also the only softball player in the history of the program to major in chemistry. Hall said that because Evans’ lab sessions often overlap with afternoon practice times, Evans must spend additional time in the mornings or evenings by herself to practice pitching and even seeks the help of a private pitching coach. “Beth is a problem solver,” she said. “She probably can outthink a lot of the batters that she comes up against.” Despite the challenge presented to her by the constant balancing act between academics and athletics, Evans boasts 75 strikeouts and 16 walks in her junior season. She pitched 7-5, with six complete games, including three shutouts, all while attaining a GPA that ranks within the top 10 percent of University students.

This summer, Evans spent 10 weeks in San Antonio completing an honors internship in chemistry that offered hands-on experience in the field of forensic science. “All I can say is that they didn’t treat me like an intern,” Evans said as she explained that the terms of her agreement with the organization for which she worked do not permit her to discuss any details of the top-secret summer internship. Dr. Treacy Woods, professor of chemistry and department chair, who wrote a letter of recommendation for Evans when she applied for the internship and has taught several classes that Evans has taken, said that while every student who chooses to major in chemistry must have a strong work ethic, Evans’ ability to remain focused on her studies while competing in the athletics program sets her apart from other chemistry students. “Getting through a chemistry


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Senior Beth Evans plans to attend graduate school and later enter the petrochemical industry or forensic science field. major requires quite a determined work ethic of anyone, but Beth tackled it when she knew ahead of time that she would also have to keep up with a rigorous practice schedule,” Woods said, adding that Evans always responsibly communicates any conflicts between her game schedule and class sessions. “Every time you focus, you’re sacrificing something,” Woods said. “Beth has been very consistent in making the decision to sacrifice for academics.” In addition to her coursework and membership on the softball team, Evans has been a member of the Dead Chemists Society and a teaching assistant for Woods’ Organic Chemistry I lab section. During her time at the University, she has taken a Latin course and is

currently a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. After she graduates, Evans plans to attend graduate school for chemistry at the University of Houston, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Baylor University or Vanderbilt University and to subsequently work in forensic science or the petrochemical industry. “I want to be a chemist after grad school because I find it fascinating that you can take a realworld problem or issue and solve it using science,” she said. Evans would also like to play slowpitch softball after completing her University athletic career. “I’m excited to move on to the next chapter of my life, to focus on chemistry,” she said, “but sports will always be a part of my life.”

Teeth to whiten Teeth are made of an inner dentin layer and are protected by an outer enamel layer. Eating, drinking or smoking can lead to the formation of a pellicle layer over the enamel, which can usually be removed by brushing and rinsing with mouth wash, but over time, the pellicle can seep into the pores of the enamel and leave stubborn stains. Both overthe-counter and dentist-supervised whitening aim to reverse the process. Oxidizing to brighten In the mouth, hydrogen peroxide, the same chemical used to bleach hair, can be used to break

The assumption that fast food can be obtained more cheaply and quickly than “real” food provides poor justification for the excuses college students make for refusing to do themselves the favor of preparing a balanced meal. Comparing the money and time exchanged for both meals discredits the myth that often leaves students poorer and unhealthier than when they first came to campus. Popular opinion generally accepts that junk food contributes to obesity and other conditions in lower-income populations — including college students — because it seems to provide a hot meal more cheaply than does home cooking. Many fall for the seeminglylow $5-6 price of a value meal that only provides one of the day’s three meals and may have not considered that a trip to the nearest supermarket allows students to stretch their grocery bills over several meals. For example, grocery store delis often sell pre-cooked rotisserie chickens for the same price and are large enough to eat for lunch or dinner at least twice. Less than $1 could buy a side item, with the added economy of boxed pasta or a can of vegetables typically providing three servings per container. Having leftovers the next night would split the $8 cost in half, making this semihomemade meal nearly $2 cheaper than a “value meal.” The substitution, if made once each weekday, saves about $40 per month. The “paying for convenience” excuse for purchasing fast food should also be challenged. A drive-thru trip can burn about 10 minutes, while a purposeful run to a less crowded supermarket could take as few as 20. Based on the twomeal average, the time saved is marginal, and the extra time required to prepare the healthier alternative, when divided by two nights, could be spent on a “study” break.

apart the compounds that stain teeth. Hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, which breaks down to hydrogen peroxide and urea, are most commonly used to achieve this through an oxidation reaction, or the loss of electrons in the chemical reaction. The bleaching agent is delivered to the tooth in varying concentrations — ranging from 15-35 percent hydrogen peroxide for dentist-administered whitening and 10-20 percent carbamide peroxide for over-the-counter gels. Both procedures are generally considered safe when monitored by a dentist and can achieve up to 12 to 15 shades of whitening.

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Media reports false information

Former University police officer Jesse Frank Perry’s arrest should not tarnish the reputation of the University Police Department or the University community that was shocked by his illicit actions. Perry, a three-year veteran of the force, was arrested on Sept. 29 and charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. The incident leading to his arrest occurred while he was off duty and off campus, but these facts were incorrectly reported in various media outlets. ABC 13’s Miya Shay was the only reporter who got the facts straight. While driving his personal vehicle near Highway 45 and West Little York, he pulled over two undercover officers, who had a kilogram of cocaine in their car as part of a sting operation designed to catch him in

the act of stealing. He took the drugs and released the undercover officers without following proper guidelines for reporting drugs, so he was arrested moments later. Once the University Police Department was notified of his arrest, Perry was removed from his position, where he had no history of misconduct and had passed a drug test when hired. His former colleagues and neighbors never expected him to be charged with a felony, as Perry portrayed himself as above reproach. He received glowing performance evaluations while at the University and served as a full-time music minister at his church, characteristics that contributed to his successful duping of the community. His actions stunned the University and violated the trust he once held. His actions generated bad pub-

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licity for the University, but no one could have predicted an apparent upstanding member of the squad to be a delinquent member of society. The only option for Charles Miller, University Police chief, was to terminate Perry’s employment. The chief’s proper action shows that criminal behavior will not be tolerated at this institution. The shadow cast by Perry’s ac-

tions and the subsequent erroneous media reports should not eclipse the distinction of a police department that has helped the University rank among the nation’s top 500 safest college campuses. The outside community should not condemn the University but remember that even a Baptist institution can be duped by a deceitful member of society.


by Daniel Cadis, editor in chief

Wrestling with doubts This column is part of a series on living life fully during college.

The 6-foot-1-inch attacker immobilized me. Clenching his hulklike hands around my throat, he choked the oxygen out of my prone body. There was only one thing on my mind as the shadows began creeping inward from the edge of my vision: “I am about to die.” Will Doyle, a friend from the Honors College, had invited me to join him for two hours of bodyflipping, pain-inducing “fun,” otherwise known as an introductory Krav Maga course at a local training facility. I eagerly agreed and joined him on the morning of Sept. 24 to learn the martial art originally developed by the Israeli military, but now that eagerness was wearing off. My mind snapped back to the steps I had just learned for throwing an opponent, so I ripped the large man’s hands off my throat and manipulated my body so that my right hand was on his sternum and my right leg was on his hip, with my other leg positioned at a lower angle on the other side of his body. I then twisted my legs, flipping him over my left leg and onto the floor. Panting, I scrambled to my feet and glanced around quickly, checking to make sure that I would not be blindsided by another assailant. The coast was clear, so I laid back down to repeat the exercise. Such was my experience that Saturday morning, a continual process of learning how to defend

myself against muggers, thugs and other potential attackers. Learning some basic moves of Krav Maga, with its emphasis on self-defense in the most dangerous of circumstances, is something that I have wanted to do since I was a teenager. The martial art emphasizes threat neutralization while employing simultaneous defensive and offensive techniques, thereby allowing its practitioners to defend themselves from an attacker and prevent him or her from continuing to harm others. It turns you into someone who can fight back instead of being a victim. I first heard of the self-defense technique while playing the stealth video game “Splinter Cell,” in which the protagonist utilizes Krav Maga as his primary form of defense. That sparked a desire to learn the martial art, but I had not acted on that inclination until that morning. I tend to do that in a lot of areas of my life. Saying you want to do something and actually going out and doing it are completely different, with the latter being much more difficult than the former. Having the energy and determination to shift that interest into action can be a challenging process, but much like breaking a chokehold and defending yourself against a mugger, it is something that needs to be learned.


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The last meal given to inmates on death row exemplifies the principle of mercy and should be preserved. While those on death row have made irreversible mistakes and are paying the price for them, this option offers the condemned whatever solace a meal of their choice can give before they are put to death. Some protest the last meal, claiming it is a waste – squandering taxpayers’ money on lavish meals for doomed men – but Brian Price, a former last meal cook, claimed in a recent Houston Chronicle article that the reality is that inmates can only order from the commissary kitchen, and those who make extravagant orders would rarely receive their entire requests. The worth of grace should never be underestimated. Those on death row made the choice to commit the crimes that led them to their fates, but this does not negate their humanity. It is important to maintain a healthy sense of empathy even for those who have broken the law. The consequences for their actions are permanent. Allowing inmates to have traditional last meals is not extravagant; it is a small symbol of decency in an otherwise hopeless situation.

The request of a customized final meal for a prisoner on death row is an unnecessary privilege that was removed for legitimate reasons. The last meal is a mercy shown by the state that the inmate does not deserve. The inmate showed no mercy towards his or her victim, so he or she should be shown no mercy by the prison system. Some prisoners have also been known to take advantage of the merciful act by ordering gluttonous amounts of food for their last meals, resulting in an unnecessary expenditure for taxpayers. According to a recent Houston Chronicle article, Lawrence Brewer, convicted of the capital murder of James Byrd Jr. in 1998 in Jasper, Texas, took advantage of the privilege by ordering two chicken fried steaks with gravy and sliced onions, a triple-patty bacon cheeseburger, a cheese omelet, a bowl of fried okra with ketchup, one pound of barbecued meat with half a loaf of white bread, three fajitas, a meat-lover’s pizza, one pint of Blue Bell Ice Cream, a slab of peanut-butter fudge with crushed peanuts and three root beers. Brewer did not eat a single bite of the food he was given. While the last meal is merciful, it is an unwarranted, unnecessary and sometimes abused privilege that was rightly removed.

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Another ‘Ivy League of the South’ By BRANDON PORTER Sports editor

HBU is pushing for a spot alongside Rice University as a member of “The Ivy League of the South,” specifically with basketball. Rice University, only 10 miles from HBU, has been known for years as a member of the “Ivy League of the South” because of the quality education students receive and its strict admission standards. The University is pursuing this distinction in all areas, but this is most evident in the recruiting efforts of the basketball programs. The level of recruitment for all teams has increased tremendously since returning to the NCAA, with many teams landing high-caliber high school recruits. Men’s basketball signed three freshmen guards who declined several major universities and even Ivy League colleges to attend HBU. Tyler Russell from Goodyear, Ariz., was one of the top guard recruits in the state. He chose the Huskies over Columbia University and Yale University. Marcel Smith from Detroit signed with HBU over Harvard University, and Dustin Hobaugh from League City, Texas, signed early with the Huskies over Rice and several Ivy League schools. Women’s basketball head coach Mary Gleason, who previously coached for Princeton University and Dartmouth College, knows how to recruit both talented and intelligent athletes and began that process with three freshmen this year. Gleason recruited guard Devyn Weymouth from Stockton, Calif., while she worked at Dartmouth and Princeton. Posts Emily Jenkins from Mokena, Ill., and Ashleigh Nwanguma from Katy, Texas, were recruited by Gleason while she was at Dartmouth. It is easier for coaches to recruit at the University than at Ivy League schools because Ivy League colleges cannot offer the same scholarships. The signing of top student-athletes speaks highly of the abilities of the basketball teams’ recruiting coordinators as well as the University as an academic institution. The University, after almost two decades in the NAIA, has had to rebuild its name nationally. And over the last year, the basketball teams seem to have helped, so quality recruiting should only keep increasing.



Freshman goalkeeper Kevin Suarez sits on the ground as the clock runs out after Adelphi University junior forward Omar Edwards scores a game-winning goal with 22 seconds left to win 1-0, extending the Huskies’ winless start to the season.

Winless streak remains after last-minute goal

Men’s soccer has 0-9-1 record after first 10 games By COLLIN HETZLER Staff writer

A 90th-minute goal scored by Adelphi University secured the 1-0 defeat of the men’s soccer team at Sorrels Field on Oct. 1, extending the Huskies winless streak to 10 games. The loss against the team that the Huskies challenged in last year’s Atlantic Soccer Conference Championship, witnessed by more

than 300 fans, dropped the University to 0-9-1 for the season and 0-1 in conference play. Men’s soccer head coach Steve Jones said his team is not taking advantage of scoring opportunities. “It is a frustrating loss,” he said. “Our goal scorers just are not scoring. We are giving ourselves great opportunities, but the shots just are not going in for us right now.” Adelphi University had seven shots on goal for the game, while the Huskies had six. Junior forward Leonal Munoz led the team with four total shots, two of which were on goal.

The Huskies’ roster consists of 14 underclassmen, seven of whom are freshmen, and only two seniors. Senior midfielder Tanner Fyfe said that the Huskies are gaining experience as the season progresses. “We are a pretty young team, so the more experience these younger guys get, the bigger of an impact they will make,” he said. “The more games they play the better we will be as a team. We played 89 minutes of good soccer tonight. We just had too many opportunities that we didn’t finish off.” The Huskies have been shut out

four times this season and have been held to one goal in five of the team’s other six games, recording seven goals in the first 10 games. Munoz said there have not been many opportunities to score this year but that he is optimistic the offense will start soon. “All we have to do is get one in the goal, and the floodgates will open,” he said. “The more one-onone opportunities we get against the opposing goalie, the more goals we will score.” The Huskies will continue conference play on Oct. 15 against the New Jersey Institute of Technology at 7 p.m. at Sorrels Field.

TIMEOUT with... Sophomore Shelby Horn Position: Goalkeeper Height: 5’6’’ 2010 Great West Conference All-Tournament Team member Why did you choose the University? It was the school that offered me the most scholarships, and I liked the campus. What is your favorite stadium in which you have competed? Clyde Field at Utah Valley University. Who is your favorite coach? Michael Bouchahine. What are your goals for the season? To win all of our conference games and repeat as conference champions.

What is your favorite sports moment? Saving the penalty kick in the shootout to clinch the win in the Great West Conference championship at Sorrels Field last year. What is your nickname? Shelbs. What are your plans for after college? Either go to graduate school or just get a job.

Who is your favorite athlete? Hope Solo.

What is it like playing on such a young team? I like it because no one’s spot is really safe and everyone is eager to learn more.

Men’s Soccer


Oct. 15 Oct. 17

7 p.m. 7 p.m.

NJIT Oral Roberts

Oct. 13 Oct. 15

7 p.m. 7 p.m.

North Dakota Utah Valley


OCTOBER 6, 2011


Winning her heart

Graf, Schafer’s gameplan: spend their lives together By ASHLEY JOHNSON Staff writer

When Jolie Graf first saw Dalton Schafer during her freshman year, it definitely was not love at first sight. He was belting out his rendition of Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA” in the athletic training room, and his ear-splitting voice was not something Graf enjoyed. “Dalton was very pitchy that day and sounded like a girl,” she said. That first meeting was two years ago. Graf, a 21-year-old senior from Austin majoring in biology and biochemistry, is now engaged to that girl-sounding, pitchy-voiced baseball player who she now describes as one of the most romantic guys in the world. The baseball pitcher and volleyball middle blocker became close after their first encounter in the athletics training room, and in 2009 they began dating. After five months Schafer, a 21-year-old senior marketing major from Houston said his mind was made up: “I just knew she was the one.” As Graf and Schafer progressed in their relationship, so did their athletic abilities at the University. Graf became a member of the Great West Academic All-Conference Team in 2010. She was ranked fourth on the team with 142 kills and led the Huskies with 81 blocks. Schafer also distinguished himself as an athlete. He earned secondteam All-Great West Conference honors in 2010, leading the team with 50 strikeouts and eight wins. Sports have played a major role in both athletes’ lives, but they both credit the success of their relationship to Christ. “It’s important that Christ remains the center of our relationship because we know we cannot do this

photo illustration by BRANDON PORTER

Volleyball middle blocker Jolie Graf, a senior, and baseball pitcher Dalton Schafer, a senior, are engaged and plan to marry in December 2012. alone,” Graf said. At the beginning of the couple’s relationship, Schafer said he was not as strong in his faith as he is now, adding that as the couple’s relationship grew so did his connection with Christ. “A lot of people want to build relationships, but first you have to build a relationship with Christ,” Schafer said. Graf agrees with her fiance, believing that a relationship with Christ is critical. “It is important that Christ remains the center of our relationship

because we know that we cannot do this alone,” she said. Both athletes are members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a national organization that encourages athletes to make a difference through both sports and Christ. Schafer proposed to Graf at an FCA event last June. The couple volunteered to be huddle leaders, assigned mentors who watched over groups of children, at the Texas A&M University event. Schafer laughed as he began to talk about the day of the proposal.

“I actually purchased the ring on a Sunday and prayed for a while,” Schafer said. “I didn’t know when I was going to do it, but I remember her saying she wanted to be surprised.” Schafer had to convince Graf to go for a walk that night. They talked about the day and the children in their groups. Hours passed, and as they were about to head back to campus he gave her a hug, got on one knee, pulled out the three-stoned, vintage engagement ring and asked her to marry him.

She was shocked in the beginning, and then said yes. “It was not the most romantic proposal, but it was right,” Schafer said. After the proposal, the couple called their parents and let them know they were engaged. Both sets of parents were surprised and excited about the news. The couple’s friends and families were not the only people they had to inform about their engagement. The couple’s coaches were glad to hear about their engagement. The coaches said they believe the athletes are maturing and have good outlooks on life. Kaddie Platt, head volleyball coach, said Graf is responsible and knows the engagement will not distract her because she is very committed to her team. “Jolie has strong faith and she is a hard worker who is always ready for a challenge,” Platt said. Baseball head coach Jared Moon said he thinks that Schafer is a great asset to the baseball team and is happy about the engagement. Moon said Schafer is a mature student and is strong in his faith. “He is a good competitor on and off the field, so I know the engagement will not interfere with the game,” Moon said. “They both have good heads on their shoulders and should be fine.” The couple does not have a set date for the wedding but is aiming for sometime in December 2012 After graduation, Schafer would like to become a professional baseball player, and Graf plans on pursuing a graduate degree in genetic research. Wherever life takes them, Graf said, their faith will be their guide. “Christ is ultimately most important, and if we know that then everything else just falls into place.”

Huskies start 2-0 in Great West Conference play By CHRISTOPHER JAMES Asst. sports editor

Junior setter Victoria Weatherly tallied her team-leading eighth double-double of the season, recording 44 assists, 10 digs and four kills in the Huskies 3-1 win over Chicago State University at the Jacoby Dickens Center in Chicago on Oct. 1. Weatherly was synced with her teammates, assisting five players with at least seven kills to boost the Huskies in the team’s victory. “Our goal was to play with ur-

gency and to stay on the same page with one another,” she said. “It was easy for us to set up players and our communication was really on.” Freshman outside hitter Bailey Keith had seven kills, while senior middle blocker Jolie Graf, senior right side hitter Isis Gardner, junior outside hitter Heather Leaverton and freshman outside hitter Jasmine Casey each had nine kills. The team finished the weekend with two Great West Conference victories against New Jersey Institute of Technology and Chicago


State, winning both 3-1. Casey led the team with 31 total kills, 22 of which coming against NJIT. Casey said that her hard work helped her earn more playing time. “As a freshWeatherly man, I have needed to work really hard to prove my spot on the squad,” she said.

The Huskies controlled the net defensively, out-blocking opponents 18-7 in the team’s conference wins. Volleyball head coach Kaddie Platt spoke highly of the team’s defense and its overall performance throughout the season.“We have great defensive players, and our ability to play as a unit defensively keeps us in the games,” she said. The Huskies lead the conference with a 14-5 overall record, including an undefeated conference record. Platt said she is confident in the

team’s ability to continue winning in order to have a chance at an atlarge bid in the NCAA tournament. “We have to keep winning our games with authority if we want to gain an at-large bid,” she said. Weatherly said the team is taking a one-step-at-a-time approach to realizing its goals of winning the conference championship and entrance into the NCAA tournament.“The two wins build confidence, but we try to focus on the small picture before looking at the big picture,” she said.

(M) SOCCER (0 - 9 - 1) (0 - 1)

VOLLEYBALL (14 - 5) (2 - 0)

(W) SOCCER (6 - 7 - 1) (1 - 0 - 1)

Sept. 23 Washington Sept. 25 Portland Oct. 1 Adelphi*

Sept. 21 Texas A&M Sept. 29 NJIT* Oct. 1 Chicago State*

Sept. 23 Sept. 25 Sept. 29 Oct. 1

* Denotes conference game

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3-0 L 3-1 W 3-1 W

Texas State TCU Howard Delaware State

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The third issue of the 2012-13 academic year.


The third issue of the 2012-13 academic year.