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Search looks beyond higher ed. K enzie T empleton editor@esubulletin.com

A presidential search update released last Friday reported a high interest in the position by professionals outside of higher education. While some on campus, including Dean Steven Brown, said they were closely watching the situation, none said there was any cause for alarm – yet. But Deryl Wynn, chair of the search committee, said nothing was off the table and the committee does not want to rule out any candidates just because they might not have experience in higher education. “If Gen. Colin Powell tells me he

wants to be the president of Emporia State University, I’m not going to tell him he’s not qualified,” Wynn said. Still, some say that the next president needs to have experience in higher education. “For my own part, I would always rather find someone who has a little broader experience,” said Steven Brown, outgoing dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. His last day is Friday. “These are difficult times. There are challenges we haven’t faced before… I’d be more comfortable if you had someone who

had quite a bit of experience in the profession.” In an email sent to LAS faculty,

that the best possible outcome will be found if we locate an individual with considerable experience in higher education,” Brown said in the email. Brown said he does not believe there is currently a high possibility for a president with no experience in higher education to be appointed, but he does urge faculty and students to “keep an eye on” the situation. “I don’t think it’s appropriate to focus on those who are outside of higher education that have submit-

“If Gen. Colin Powell tells me he wants to be the president of Emporia State University, I’m not going to tell him he’s not qualified,” Wynn said. Brown said he is “slightly concerned” with references in the update to applicants from outside of higher education. “I concur with statements several of you have made in conversations through the past few weeks, suggesting

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U.S. postal service in financial crisis B illy G arner garner@esubulletin.com

Jamie Welker (left) and Gary Ross (right) install a marble, porcelain and brass Power E logo near the west entrance of Memorial Union Monday afternoon. Country Carpet and Tile of Maple Hill supplied the logo and flooring material. Chris Franklin/The Bulletin

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The United States Postal Service, which has been in business since 1775, is in a financial crisis. During the 2010 fiscal year the USPS lost an estimated $8.5 billion, and it is projected that the USPS will lose $10 billion during the 2011 fiscal year. “The USPS has reached this dire financial situation due to costs that the USPS is required to pay,” said Brian Sperry, the regional spokesperson for the USPS in Denver, Colo. Sperry said one of these costs is to the federal retirement system, where the USPS is required to pay $5.5 billion every year to prefund federal retiree benefits. The USPS is reported to have overpaid $7 billion into the federal retirement system and is now asking for a refund from the U.S. Congress. Sperry said other factors that

contribute to the financial disaster are the fact that in the last five years, first class mail volume has decreased 25 percent, and first class stamp purchases have decreased 36 percent. The first class mail volume has been projected to decrease another 50 percent within the next five years. “The first class mail is our bread and butter,” Sperry said. “It’s what pays the bills. On top of that the poor economy and digital communications, such as Facebook and e-mail have added to the dilemma.” The USPS has reduced costs by $12 billion, Sperry said, and has begun to consolidate postal service centers, mail process networks and mail routes, and has also begun cutting administrative positions. The USPS is also considering ending the street delivery of mail on Saturday. The Emporia post office

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Alumna remembered Greeks teeter-totter for tips as caring teacher R ocky R obinson robinson@esubulletin.com

K enzie T empleton editor@esubulletin.com What her students remember most is her smile. Patty Gilliam, ESU alumna, Spanish teacher at Emporia High School and adviser to the Latinos Unidos club, died last Wednesday after being struck by lightning on Sept. 10. Gilliam was riding her bike on the John Redman Reservoir dam in New Strawn when the storm rolled in unexpectedly, according to Coffey Country GILLIAM Undersheriff, Kenneth Roney. “She was happy – she always had a smile on her face,” said Rocio Vega, a junior at Emporia High School and treasurer for Latinos Unidos. “She was never negative – she would always tells us not to be a negative Nancy.” Luisa Perez, professor of Spanish and Gilliam’s former adviser, said she only had praise for Gilliam, who Perez said was very studious during her time at ESU. “Patty was an extraordinary student,” Perez said. “She had an excellent disposition, and she was always smiling and listening to advice. The last time I saw her was last semester. She seemed to be a very good teacher, very kind.” Scott Sheldon, principal at Emporia High, said Gilliam was always focused on how to become a better teacher and how to help her students succeed. “Patty was that rare kind of person that was always there for her students, always here for the staff,” Sheldon said. “She was such a positive force here at the high school.” Sheldon said Gilliam cared for her students and was always there to lend a hand – she was a role model. “She always gave great advice – you could go to her for anything,” Vega said. “She always had time for you.” Luis Salinas, junior and vice president for Latinos Unidos, said Gilliam always encouraged her students to think positively. “Whoever didn’t get to meet her, they really missed out,” said Nancy Cervantes, junior and president of Latinos Unidos. “We were lucky enough to actually spend time with her.” Salinas said Gilliam was not only a great teacher – she was also a

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The Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority held their annual Teeter-Totter-Athon in front of the Sigma Phi Epsilon house last weekend. Despite rainy weather, members persevered through the event that started at 9 a.m. on Friday and lasted through 9 p.m. on Saturday. “I don’t think the cold weather had been a problem,” said Marissa Germann, sophomore marketing major and philanthropic chair for ASA. “We just put on our hoodies and people felt bad for us so they gave us donations.” The 36-hour event is put on each year to help local charities like SOS, Big Brother Big Sisters and ESU’s Early Childhood Development program. “It’s been right on par,” said Luke Chiddix, junior political science major and vice president of programming for Sigma Phi Epsilon. “I think people are being a lot more generous this year. I think Emporia businesses have slowed down due to a bad economy but individuals have made up for it.” The event was also sponsored by Wheat State Pizza who set up a tent in the yard. Fraternity and sorority members sold pizza for two hours each day during lunch and dinner, making about $16 for every large pizza sold. Members also held signs for passing cars in front of the house to collect money. Chiddix said the event raised roughly $3,300 and that the ESU football game did not negatively impact donations, since it brought more people into town. He said he noticed more traffic before and after the game. ASA and SPE members signed up for shifts that lasted between 30 minutes to an

hour. Germann said members were required to do at least three hours of teeter-totter. Games, music and s’mores kept them entertained between shifts. “It is something that has happened long before I got here,” Germann said. “It is always something we have come together on each year to coordinate shifts. We see a lot of people off and on through the night, we just try to keep ourselves entertained.” Over the summer, both groups went around to local businesses and received donations from

Senior elementary education major Sarah Melton sells pizza for the annual Teeter-Totter held by ASA and SPE. The event took place for 36 hours straight and collected around $3,300. Yiqing Fu/The Bulletin

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Tailgating provides free food, music, giveaways The annual Black Hole tailgating event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday at the Pedestrian Mall outside of Morse Hall. Black Hole is a student-oriented tailgating experience, sponsored by E-Zone, ESU Ambassadors and KISS103.1 radio. The event is open and participants can enjoy free food, music and ESU spirit giveaways before the football game at 1 p.m. against Langston University at Welch Stadium.

Quarter auction at Granada open to adult bidders

Emporia Main Street will host the annual Quarter Mania auction from 5:30-8:30 p.m. tonight at the Granada Theatre, 807 Commercial St. Participants can bid on items from 19 different vendors with just quarters. Once all bids are placed, a number is drawn and if the person with the corresponding number placed the bid, he or she wins the item. Numbers are drawn until there is a winner. The event is open to the adult public. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., but the actual auction starts at 6:30 p.m.

Church to host open Amtrak restoration forum

The First Congregational Church will host an open conversation on possibilities for restoring Emporia’s Amtrak service at 7 p.m. next Tuesday at the church, located at 326 West 12th Ave. The participants include interim President H. Edward Flentje; Casey Woods, director of Main Street; Matt Zimmerman, city manager; Jeanie McKenna, Chamber of Commerce representative; Ken Calhoun, Emporia Community Foundation representative; local activist John Mallon; Gary Smith, Emporia police chief; and several members of City Council. Emporia’s local Amtrak service was discontinued shortly after a fire consumed the train depot in 1999. The public is invited to attend the discussion and give feedback.

Police Reports

Reports given to The Bulletin from ESU Police and Safety Department September 14 Officer stopped KS 992BBB at 1200 Highland St. Verbal warning was issued for defective tail light in 10 E 12th. Officer stopped bicyclist in Sector 6. Verbal warning was issued for a one-way violation. Scott Gdanski checked out his shotgun from ESU PD HQ. Scott Gdanski checked in his shotgun at ESU PD HQ. Officer stopped KS 812BSG in 1800 Highland block. Verbal warning was issued for Failing To Stop at a Stop Sign at Morse Dr. and Highland. Citation for no POI. Officer found several CD’s labeled as property of ESU beside a garbage bin at ESU Apt. building ‘F’. Items were brought to ESU PD HQ for storage. September 15 Officer stopped KS 421AWA in 10 E 1th. Verbal warning was issued for driving with no headlights in 100 E 12th. Officer stopped KS 436DBG at 13th and Merchant. Verbal warning was issued for unauthorized lights. Citation issued for no POI. September 16 Female student reported telephone harassment. A message was left on her answering machine. Officer stopped KS 000DVL at 100 W 13th. Citation was issued for failure to stop at red light at 12th Merchant. Septmeber 17 Officer admitted City of Emporia Sanitation workers into the compound. Officer stopped KS 646CQX at 1800 Highland. Verbal warning was issued for driving with no headlights in 1800 Highland. Officer assisted Emporia Police Dept. with a domestic disturbance and drunk driver investigation at 18th and Industrial Rd. Mark Runge notified ESU PD of a roof leak found in HPER. September 18 Ambulance responded to Singular Hall Room 258 for a female student suffering a seizure. Subject refused transport. September 19 A female student reported graffiti on the sign south of Memorial Union between Plumb Hall and King Hall. Officer contacted physical plant to clean off sign. Residential Life reported a suspicious odor on the 2nd floor of Abigail Morse Hall. Officer stopped a bicyclist in Sector 3. Verbal warning was issued for a one-way violation. Officer retrieved keys that had been accidently dropped down the right elevator shaft in South Twin Towers. Abigail Morse Hall zone 185 Smoke Detector 2nd floor. Unknown problem. September 20 Officer responded to HPER building Room 205 for a male student who had passed out. Subject was transported to the Student Health Center by officer. Resident of 2nd floor Singular Hall reported an opossum in her room eating her Cheezits. Officer captured the animal and released it north of I-35.

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The Bulletin | September 22, 2011

Communal garden helps make Emporia self-sufficient S usan W elte welte@esubulletin.com Approximately 28,250 square feet of gardening plots are available for the taking at Flint Hills Technical College. The garden, which has been cultivated since February 2009, and is sponsored mostly by Emporia’s Food Network, is an attempt to increase a sustainability program in order to help Emporia become a self-supported town, said Carlos Urgiles, sophomore biochemistry and molecular biology major. “The benefit is local food grown right here,” said Amy Becker, FHTC’s information manager. “(There are) no harsh chemicals and it’s much more healthy for you than what you buy at the store.” This effort is headed by Bill Hanlon, director of the Green Building Sustainable Development Center at FHTC. Due to the creation of high tunnels around Emporia, there was an opportunity for FHTC to start the garden. “The purpose of the high tunnel was for the FHTC to provide the opportunity to citizens to plant their own organic products and use them in their household,” Urgiles said. “FHTC decided to use some of their own plot in the back of the college to plant more organic products. Both of these projects tie back to the sustainability idea.” Each plot costs $30 per gardening season, and they are located behind FHTC with an entrance driveway on Graphic

Arts Road. The college provides all the necessary tools for gardening, such as a tiller, gloves, shovels, hoes, rakes, hoses, seeds and a compost bin, Becker said. Free gardening classes, such as Seed Savings and Organic Gardening are held in the garden to help educate its users. “Eating food grown in the garden is a healthier alternative, opposed to the cafeteria,” said Victoria Slinkard, sophomore business major. Overall, the idea of the garden goes back to the effort of becoming a more self-supported town, Urgiles said. This would include things like planting seeds, eating resources or using them and placing them back in the compost. “My dream is to one day be able to use the resources of the earth, but give them back and reuse them,” Urgiles said. “This way, we can continue having unlimited resources, use the resources efficiently, and maintain the earth.” Not only is FHTC taking advantage of the sustainability effort, but also the community, Urgiles said. Anyone who pays for a plot is allowed to garden. Plots not rented by individuals are used by the college to grow food for local food pantries, most of which goes to the charity Abundant Harvest. “Gardeners take home their own food or they could donate it,” said Becker.  Normal items grown in the garden include everything from flowers to zucchini and okra. Perennials are not allowed. For individuals with busy schedules, the garden is accessible at all times.

Flentje invites faculty to open brown bag R ocky R obinson robinson@esubulletin.com On a request by the Faculty Senate, interim President H. Edward Flentje will hold an open forum brown bag luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on next Monday in the Flint Hills Room in the Memorial Union. “I am just going to walk in and wing it,” Flentje said. “I am going to bring three vice presidents with me so if the questions get hard we can just make adjustments.” During the lunch, faculty members will be able to direct questions to Flentje, along with Ray Hauke. vice president of administration and fiscal affairs; Jim Williams, associate provost for enrollment and vice president of strategic partnerships; and Tes Mehring, provost and vice president of academic affairs. “It was a suggestion of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee last spring,” Flentje said. “It is simply an opportunity to connect with faculty, (and) it is an open session and a way to communicate with the faculty.” Dwight Moore, associate professor of biology and chair of the academic affairs committee for Faculty Senate, said he would expect most of the questions to be aimed at the vice presidents because Flentje is still new on campus and he may not be familiar with all the details of ongoing programs. “Generally, budget and how it is being handled is always an issue,” Moore said. “I expect there will be some questions on how the search for a president is going. We also have an interim dean in the college of liberal arts and sciences and I expect to hear some questions on

Interim President H. Edward Flentje prepares for the open lunch that will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday in the Flint Hills Room. Flentje said faculty will have the opportunity to ask questions of himself and the vice presidents. Jenny Pendarvis/The Bulletin

how the search for a new dean is going.” “I have regularly scheduled meetings with the president and vice president of the senate,” Flentje said. “This is more of a direct contact with general faculty as opposed to filtering through the hierarchy.” Flentje was unsure about what topics would be brought up during the forum, but said some may be related to topics discussed when his office conducted a listening tour with academic departments. Flentje discussed issues dealing with politics, policy and the Kansas Board of Regents. “The questions could go from soup to nuts,” Flentje said. “It could go from really practical, down to earth topics that affect a particular

GREEKS... from page 1 Mr. Goodcents, Subway, Jimmy Johns, and Duby’s. Chiddix said they also received free advertising from KVOE and helped get the word out through Greek Life. According to records, the Teeter-Totter-Athon started in 1996. Members of Sigma Phi Epsilon trav-

unit to more global or future campus issues.” Gwen Larson, assistant director of marketing and media relations, said Faculty Senate President Kevin Johnson will likely be a moderator for the event. Faculty members are encouraged to send questions to Johnson ahead of time to eliminate the stigma of who is actually asking the question. “There is no sort of RSVP for it,” Larson said. “I suspect most of the faculty will stay the entire time, but of course we have some faculty who teach during that time so they may send a question in and ask a buddy to listen to the answer for them or something like that.” The lunch is not catered, but free cookies will be provided.

eled to a Sigma Phi house in Missouri to pick up the four-person teeter-totter that is still used today. The only change is the event has been moved from spring to fall. T his is the Greek houses’ only major fundraiser during the year, but Chiddix said they are currently trying to plan another philanthropy event for the spring.


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Emporia not chosen for fallen soldier memorial T ianhai J iang jiang@esubulletin.com Emporia will not be home to the $30 million American Fallen Warrior Memorial, the largest of its kind in the United States if built as proposed, which will honor fallen soldiers dating from the Gulf War to current American conflicts. “It’s an unfortunate outcome,” said Roger Heineken, administrative officer for the Memorial Union and former city commission member. “This was like a once in a lifetime type of opportunity to get something like this. If Emporia was chosen, it would have been an excellent asset to add to Emporia’s history and legacy of being the founding city of Veteran’s Day.”

Kansas City was chosen as the site by the American Fallen Warrior Memorial Foundation on Sept. 12, on the steps of the Capitol in Topeka. The memorial will contain photo plaques displaying the faces of every service man or woman who has lost his or her life during an American conflict, including those who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, which resulted in suicide. Currently, the plans are to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 11, 2014, said Tonya Evans, CEO and founder of the AFWMF. Manhattan, Topeka, Kansas City, Emporia, Leavenworth and Lawrence were originally potential sites for the memorial, but Emporia and Kansas City were the two finalists. “Kansas City was selected through a detailed scoring process with

our project manager, Christopher Gartner, and a board vote,” Evans said in an email. The exact location of the memorial has not yet been decided, but the foundation is interested in four areas near I-70, Evans said. Emporia offered 20 acres by Jones Aquatic Center and the DeBauge family offered 20 acres just north of the Emporia Turnpike terminal. “It is always disappointing when you put out a strong effort and not get something in return,” said Kevin Nelson, mayor of Emporia. “I felt we did as much as we could without jeopardizing money that was not available without borrowing it.” Nelson said the memorial could draw a large amount of people to Emporia, which would translate into sales tax dollars when these visitors

ate, fueled and shopped locally. But the costs to maintain the memorial could be expensive and the balance of benefits to the cost factor is somewhat unknown, Nelson said. AFWMF was founded in 2011 as a non-profit organization. The idea of building a memorial came from six fallen soldiers from Utah and their families, according to AFWMF’s website. But the foundation was also involved in a federal lawsuit filed by the United States Fallen Heroes Foundation in Texas. The Texas group, who also has plans for a memorial, said Evans and co-founder Kathryn Taylor were intimately involved in discussion and planning of all the Fallen Heroes activities and fundraising, and they used the information to create the AFWMF,

Enrollment focus of senate, gen. ed. courses C harlie H eptas heptas@esubulletin.com

The standardization of general education among community colleges and regents schools and Emporia State’s low enrollment figures were addressed at the Faculty Senate meeting on Tuesday in Webb 2 Lecture hall. “The transfer and articulation policy is moving along quicker than some people expected… ultimately the goal is for general education courses to be counted as credit at any of the regent’s universities,” said Kevin Johnson, senate president and associate professor of business administration. Some members of the faculty are concerned about the standardization of courses since it is difficult for regents to ensure that course materials and instructors are adequate. “I’ve talked to some of the physical science faculty already (about the standardization) and four out of four of them were opposed to the idea,” said Ken Thompson, professor of physical science. Tes Mehring, provost and vice president of academic affairs, said that KBOR did not seem to hear the issues being voiced by the faculty and wanted to push the bill through. Johnson said most of the support for the bill came from KBOR and community colleges. Johnson said he was interested in the senate members discussing their concerns or support with their departments so he could present the faculty opinion at the next KBOR meeting. Mehring said she was concerned with some noted instances of transfer credits counting as electives and not fulfilling general course requirements, but she said this may not be a widespread problem. Also discussed was the definition of a credit hour,

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according to the Emporia Gazette. Heineken said there was a bit of concern locally that the organization is too new and under-funded to build a successful memorial, and the lawsuit along and with monetary issues was also of concern. “The promoters of it had a pie in the sky type of attitude, overly optimistic,” Heineken said, “but some of people that were negative towards it felt it was the first effort to start taking tax dollars to help found it because they couldn’t get all the money to do it themselves.” Heineken said that Memorial Union was built to honor the service of ESU students who served in war. During next year’s homecoming, the union will rededicate the building to honor the service of students who are serving overseas in modern conflicts.

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Faculty Senate President Kevin Johnson questions how to attract facultiy to live in Lyon County and improve their morale. The Faculty Senate meeting was held this Tuesday in Webb Lecture Hall. Yiqing Fu/The Bulletin

which is currently being adjusted by the faculty to incorporate more than just lecture classes such as labs and internships. Dwight Moore, associate professor of biology and chair of academic affairs for the senate, said that the committee plans to model the new standard around other schools’ broader definitions of credit hours. Mehring also said that there was a decline in enrollment at ESU this year, which would cause a one percent decrease in the budget. Mehring did not provide the actual enrollment figures, but she said that they would be released in a press release. Sheryl Lidzy, newly-elected second vice president and associate professor of communication, brought a set of questions that were related to faculty morale and salaries. The senate decided to look further into who should be answering those questions. The next Faculty Senate meeting will be at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 4 in Webb 2 Lecture Hall.

currently has 25 employees – 19 carriers and six clerks, said Susan Grasmick, postmaster. Sophomore Sara Smith said she did not think the USPS financial concerns would have much affect on the way people receive mail. “I don’t think it would change much since most people get mail and bills through e-mail,” Smith said. Freshman Julie Ma said she occasionally uses postal services. “I would be fine if the USPS disbanded, a little irritated, but overall fine,” Ma said. Sperry said the USPS does not rely on tax dollars, but solely on postal stamps and postal services. The USPS is

not asking for a bailout, but is instead asking for the Congress to seek changes in the law and to pay back the $7 billion that has gone into the federal retirement system. A rally will be held next Tuesday in several states and postal workers will lobby for support from the public to send a message to the USPS and Congress to fix the financial situation before hundreds of thousands of Americans lose their jobs, Sperry said. The postal service remains a viable part of the U.S. economy. It makes up 7 percent of the gross domestic product and employs millions of people. If the postal service were to disband, which, according to Sperry, it will not, hundreds of thousands of jobs would be lost and along with that millions of dollars that would go into the federal income every year.

Last week, the U.S. News and World Report released the annual rankings of the best colleges in the U.S. Emporia State was ranked 36 out of the 56 public Regional Universities in the Midwest. ESU ranked below Washburn University at 18 and Pittsburg State at 33. Fort Hays and Wichita State did not make it on the list. KU was ranked number 46 on the national list and K-State was number 73, out of 111 schools. Schools are judged based on peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni involvement and donations. But John Schrock, professor of biology, said that ESU’s knowledge of its students is what separates it from bigger schools like KU and K-State. Teachers at ESU have an open door policy that allows students to contact their professors anytime with questions or concerns. “I don’t think anyone here really cares that we don’t have the prestige,” said Kristen Baggett, junior print making major. “I’m here because of the price and distance from my home.” Distance from home and affordability seem to be a common factor for many students in their decision to attend ESU. Jessica Roth, sophomore business administration major, said “(ESU) is affordable and not far from home.” But others have a different view of ESU. Yasmin Henderson, senior art therapy major, said that she initially chose ESU because of location, but she will not be continuing at ESU for her graduate courses. “I know there is better opportunity out there,” Henderson said “Mainly I feel like the course work is dumbed down and standardized.” She said that teachers should incorporate more assignments such as student forums, debates and research projects that encourage intellectual thought and self-teaching. “It’s lecture, test, lecture, test – it’s just written memorization,” Henderson said. “Where is the intellectual growth?” Still, Schrock said there are some problems with how schools are ranked. U.S News and World Report judges schools as a whole, places a heavy weight on reputation and puts value in the number of students instead of degree programs. “They are looking only at the surface.” Schrock said. “The quality is at a program level, a quality in teachers.” Schrock said the report places a heavy weight on a university’s reputation, almost 25 percent of the score. Schrock also said that this results in elite reputations continuing, even though the programs and students have changed, and he compared this ranking system to beauty pageants. Another problem with the ranking system is that when universities try to increase retention and graduation rates they decrease the value of a degree, according to Schrock. “If you want to have higher retention and graduation rates, you need to increase admission requirements well beyond the basic Qualified Admission,” Schrock said, “so that only collegeable students attend the state schools.” To view the full results, go to Usnews.com.

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STAFF EDITORIAL

Business, as Usual The position of university president is one that should only be filled after thorough consideration. Heading a university is not like wrangling elementary school brats or high school hoodlums. This is not a career one can simply wander into and be successful. And considering the lives – ours – that are affected by such an important figure, one would hope that the person chosen for the job has had previous experience in higher education. That being said, it has come to The Bulletin’s attention that some people on campus are worried that applicants with no previous experience in higher education may possibly be considered for the presidency. Many faculty members are not too thrilled with the idea, especially since faculty have been considerably vocal in their desire for the next president to have higher education experience. An institution for top-quality education of adult individuals is no place for someone whose primary concern would most likely be the financial welfare of the school, also known as a nameless, faceless penny-pincher. In addition, someone from outside the field of higher education would not be equipped with the skills or experience to properly understand their role as president. Unlike previous presidents who may have felt that the faculty were their “employees” instead of colleagues, we need a president who will understand that their loyalty and primary concerns, as well as those

of the faculty, belong solely to the interests of the students. They work for us, not the other way around. This is not to say that taking care of finances isn’t important, or that the skills used in traditional business couldn’t be applied to issues that would arise in the collegiate legislation. ESU is, after all, a business. We are in the business of educating people – could a businessperson see this, or would their eye be trained to only see dollar signs? The Bulletin does not understand how these candidates could even be considered without experience that would help them better relate to the needs of the student body. We shouldn’t have to choose between someone who is financially responsible and knowledgeable of business affairs or someone who is sympathetic to the needs of the average college student, we deserve a president with the best of both worlds. In other words, we need a “Renaissance man.” We need someone who will be able to protect us from the economic crisis and take on the enrollment problem like a challenge to be overcome. It will not be an easy feat, but this is not the time to lower our standards. We ask for a president who is one of us. A president who understands that every action he or she takes must have our best interests as their primary objectives. Smart, decisive, fair and maybe even funny. And you know what? It can be done.

It Takes All Kinds College students have a particular stereotype and films, literature and news media have a history of portraying students as 20-something, self-righteous bohemians, nerds, athletes with hand-outs or aggressively ambitious. Watch “PCU” or “Revenge of the Nerds,” and all of the generalizations about the American college student come into focus. But there are fringe demographics of students that, by merely existing on campus, challenge traditional notions of the collegiate experience. They spill into our comfortable little world, seeking what all desire – a degree and a useful education. The term “non-traditional student” is sometimes used to corral our understanding of them. Some are middle-aged and want to finish what they started twenty years ago. Others are from rural populations and have bowed to the pressures imposed on them by urbanization. These people are as much a part of the Emporia State community as anyone. The clank of cowboy boots on the tile of King Hall can seem abrupt and out of place as we often disassociate rural living with higher education. For a time, that was the truth. Many of our grandparents who grew up on farms regarded a college education as needless and instead sought work after high school. But that’s not the case anymore. The small farmer is dying in America and the ability to find lucrative jobs without at least a bachelor’s degree is increasingly difficult. Non-traditional students are often overlooked by the student body in general or rejected outright. Inquisitive and eager students of an older age are scoffed at or thought of as perennial losers, having not attended college at the “appropriate” age. The audacity of certain students’ at this university is astounding. We live in a town surrounded by agriculture, a town that owes its history to farming. Yet, when we find root elements of Emporia bleeding into our school, they are mocked and ignored. A persistent denial of our privilege as American

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M att C ook cook@esubulletin.com youth pervades our relationship with the older generations and with the rural. It is not about respect. One earns respect. It is about understanding the situation at large. A friend recently expressed to me his dismay having only acquired a bachelor’s degree – a sad but true testament to the state of employment. The world we live in places an overbearing emphasis on higher education to a degree that has economically and socially crippled those without access to it. The student body should show reverence for the ambitious, marginal populations of our school. We share with them the same desire to live comfortably, having chosen ESU as our conduit. Each student’s story brings with it experiences and lessons that we all could benefit from. Before you is an education outside of tuition. You ought to explore it.

Take Your Time It’s that time of year again. The Jobs Fair has rolled back into town, and howdy ho – we are all so excited to talk about getting jobs, the most terrifying subject in the world. It’s scary to think about and perhaps even to read about, but finding a career in “the real world” is the main reason we come to college. It seems that many feel pressured to know what exactly their major is going to be as soon as they start school. That way, we can begin to acquire four years of education for our perfectly planned careers as soon as possible. The problem is that, in reality, things just don’t work out that way. Honestly, it seems like most of us have no idea what we’re doing. I don’t understand why people, especially young people like us, are in such a rush to know what they want to do with their lives, get a degree and get out of school. We have so much life ahead of us, and so much time to plan our futures, why not spend it gathering skills and learning more about our own interests? ESU’s tuition and Emporia’s cost of living are so low that we’re racking up far less debt than people at other schools. We must take advantage of this and gain a larger repertoire of knowledge and expertise. One may respond by saying, “I want to stop spending money and start making money as soon as possible.” Don’t get me wrong, I feel the exact same way. We’re in this strange financial time in our lives when we’re living off of high-interest loans, begging for grants or scholarships and balancing school with minimum-wage work. Money is stressful, so wanting to discontinue this lifestyle is understandable. I believe, however, that the few extra semesters of college you have under your belt may lead to a wider range of jobs

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Stars Go Dim jam out for Family Day

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“Straw Dogs” Southern “thriller” not so thrilling Stars Go Dim of Tulsa, Okla. perform in Webb Hall last Saturday after the football game against Central Missouri. The band described their music as pop, rock and soul. Brianna McGuire/The Bulletin

K haili S carbrough scarbrough@esubulletin.com Stars Go Dim, a self-proclaimed pop, rock and soul band from Tulsa, Okla., performed in Webb Hall last Saturday following the football game against Central Missouri. The concert was free and sponsored by the Union Activities Council as part of Emporia State’s Family Day festivities. “We have a special love for Emporia,” said Mike Wright, manager. “It was the best show I have ever worked.” Last spring, the band played a soldout concert at the Granada Theatre, and UAC got the idea to have them perform on campus. Since events are selected a semester ahead of time, UAC had to start making preparations immediately, said Benny Bowden, UAC live music chair.

“This is honestly one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to,” said Kayla Bauck, senior elementary education major. Stars Go Dim got their start four years ago in Tulsa, Okla. Joey Avalos, guitarist, said the band started as a “side project,” and that they draw inspiration from all types of music. “Anything from Slayer to Mayer,” Avalos said. As far as their name goes, the band said they wished they had a unique story behind it, but they said that Stars Go Dim was just their favorite of the names they came up with. Lead singer Chris Cleveland said their goal is to write songs that connect with all people. Before a show, the band has a tradition to help get them pumped and ready for the crowd. “We grab a guitar and just play,” Avalos said. “We free style.” On Saturday, the crowd got a taste of this

tradition when the band answered the crowd’s cheers for an encore with not only another song but a free style jam session. “I’ve never seen a band do what they did with the extended encore and jam session,” Bauck said. During the show, the space in front of the stage filled up with students dancing and moving to the music. “They were soulful and funky,” said Chase Hoag, junior secondary education major. “I was very appreciative of that fact.” After the show, fans were able to buy merchandise and talk with the band. “I thought they were great,” said Emilea Peine, junior elementary education major. “I’m glad I came. They were really fun.” Stars Go Dim’s second album, “Between Here and Now,” comes out Oct. 4. The band will perform at 8 p.m. on Sept. 29 at the Tulsa State Fair.

Student play highlights abuse and other hard topics S imone C osper cosper@esubulletin.com A student-organized script-in-hand reading of Ryan Scully’s, senior theater major, one act play, “A Thoughtless Wish,” took place for the first time last Friday night in the Fredrickson Theater. More than 30 people attended the reading. “The main issue I touched on was the controversy with homosexuality and how our culture is against it,” Scully said. “Regardless of who you choose to love, you are still a human being. I have trouble understanding why it is so wrong for two people that love each other to want to be together.” The play revolves around the relationship of Zak and Evan, a gay teen couple who are unable to make their relationship public for various reasons, including Zak’s abusive father. Cast members said the play seems to be more about abuse than gay relationships. “It was about abuse,” said Andrew Walker, junior theater major and Zak’s father. “The underlining tone about sexuality sets up the abuse, but abuse, itself… not a lot of people talk about child abuse that much anymore.” Scully said he has been working on the script for the past two years and is still working on revising it. He said he plans to submit the play to the annual Kennedy Center American College Theatre festival. The play was rehearsed for two weeks prior to the reading. The event was open to the public and free of charge. As a script-in-hand, cast members sat on orange chairs in front of the audience and read from black binders placed on music stands. After the reading, there was question and answer ses-

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Five theater students perform a one-act play Friday night in Fredrickson Theatre. The author, Ryan Scully, said he had been working on the script for more than two years. Yiqing Fu/The Bulletin

sion, allowing audience members to provide input. “I thought his use of language was terrific, but at times I wanted a bit more subtlety with certain characters – the father was one-dimensional,” said Jim Ryan, professor of theatre. “Overall, it was passionately written, many of the scenes were very credible, very honest and there is much about it that I honored.” Others also had positive opinions of the one-act and of Scully as a playwright. “I really liked the play. I thought Scully did a good job writing it, the actors did a good job reading it,” said Amanda Devine, senior theater major. The cast included Noah Mefford, junior theater major and distribution manager for The Bulletin; Danny Reardon, sophomore theater major; Andrew Walker, junior theater major; Cara Lohkamp, junior theater major; and Natalie King, junior theater major.

As I sat in the movie theater watching “Straw Dogs,” one thought kept running through my head – “Get on with it already!” Los Angeles screenwriter David Sumner (James Marsden) and his wife Amy (Kate Bosworth) decide to move to Amy’s hometown of Blackwater, Miss. so that David can finish working on his new project, a film about the battle of Stalingrad in 1943. Almost immediately after arriving, David and Amy meet up with Charlie (Alexander Skarsgard), Amy’s high school boyfriend, and his group of redneck friends, whom David hires to fix the roof of the dilapidated barn next to his house. As David and Amy spend more time in Blackwater, tension begins to build both between the two of them and between the couple and Charlie’s gang, which leads to a violent confrontation. This built up tension is what “Straw Dogs” is all about. Director and writer Rod Lurie has created what might very well be the slowest and most uncomfortable movie I’ve ever seen. An undercurrent of aggression flows beneath the quiet façade of both of the characters and even the town itself. Underneath all of the southern hospitality and courteous language, it seems as though every character is just waiting for something to come along so that they can snap. Even so, Skarsgard delivers one of the most masterful and realistic antagonist performances that I’ve seen in a while. When we first meet Charlie, he seems like a nice, average, quiet guy who just happens to be the ex-boyfriend of Amy. But as the plot continues, we begin to catch glimpses of something else hidden below that quiet exterior, a blossoming darkness brought to full strength by his desire for Amy and his disdain for David. Visually the film is beautiful, and manages to turn an unremarkable southern town into something more. The chilling score of the film reminds us that this isn’t just a town – it’s a place where anything can, and does, happen. Despite the excellent acting from most of the cast, the visuals and the wonderful score, this cannot make up for the fact that this movie is, for the most part, simply boring. It’s not enough to build up the anxiety over 90 minutes and then unleash it all in the last 20 minutes. “Straw Dogs” is not for everyone. The disturbing nature of some of the scenes combined with the slow, boring nature the film makes this one for those who are dead set on seeing it.

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The Bulletin | September 22, 2011

English professor brings new dynamic to department T ianhai J iang

jiang@esubulletin.com When new English associate professor Gregory Robinson joined the department, students and faculty were refreshed by his teaching style and specialization. “It’s refreshing to have an English course taught by somebody whose first language is not English,” said April Spahalski, senior English major. “He’s very passionate about Spanish culture.” Mel Storm, professor and interim chair of English, said Robinson is an asset to the English department. “He’s particularly valuable to us because he can teach in two different sides of the department – the modern language side and English literature side,” Storm said. “His specialties, which are mainly women writers and film directors, especially in Hispanic culture, are new for us.” Robinson is originally from Panamá. He graduated from the University of North Alabama with a degree in secondary education and was certified to teach Spanish in 2000. He then went to teach high school for five years while finishing his master’s degree in English as a second language at the University of Alabama. “I like Emporia State very much,” Robinson said. “It’s a type of institution where you have time to meet with the students and give them feedback, like

give them comments for their writings. “When I was teaching at the University of Alabama, I didn’t have much time to meet with the students. So I like that Emporia is a smaller institution, and I have time to meet with the students, help them and I have more time to prepare for the teaching.” After five years of teaching high school, Robinson decided to continue with his PhD, which he recently received in Central American studies and short fiction. Robinson moved to Emporia last May, and he is teaching four courses this semester – later world literature; studies in world literature; studies in the culture of Latin America; and seminar in world literature. Spahalski said studies in world literature was one of her favorite classes. The course mostly focuses on South American and Central American literature. “We have discussions every day,” Spahalski said. “I like that he goes really deeply into discussions with us. We’ve been watching a movie called ‘Vidas Secas,’ which translates out to Barren Lives in English, and every 10 minutes we stop the movie and discuss what we’ve seen.” It was a challenge for Robinson to learn English in Panamá at the begin-

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Gregory Robinson, associate professor of English, discusses his background in his office Tuesday morning. Prior to ESU, Robinson taught in Alabama for five years. Julie Thephachan/The Bulletin

ning, he said. He started learning English in fifth grade and then realized he wanted to learn more about the language. For him, learning a second language is important and it’s a whole process. Storm said Robinson

has a natural ability in English. Storm said that Robinson was hired because his academic records, recommendations and field of specialization helped him to rise to the top of the applicants.

Community Hornets help students give back B rooke S chultz

Schultz@esubulletin.com Helping students get involved and encouraging a better community are the main goals of the Community Hornets program. To help get the word out and promote community service, the department held a bonfire on Monday night in Wilson Park. “We wanted to promote all of the opportunities there are to give back in the Emporia community as well as the programs we put on at Emporia State,” said Megan Van Anne, graduate student and Community Hornets Coordinator. Freshman music education major Jonnie Stahl said that she had heard about the event around campus and brought a few friends down to grab a s’more. Van Anne said there were interest forms for participants to fill out that related to areas they would like to focus on, from working with the elderly to helping the environment. Once the forms are processed, the program will help individuals get in touch with various agencies in town. Community Hornets has been around for over seven years and has many organizations operating in conjunction with it that help students get involved in community service. Van Anne said that some of these programs include the Bonner Leader Program, the G.I.V.E. program and Alternative Spring Break. “There are tons of opportunities for students to get involved in Emporia as well as surrounding areas – just giving back, and getting involved, and being able to provide service to people that need it,”

Van Anne said. One person who knows the program well is Jasmine Greene, junior political science major, who works for the Community Hornet program. Along with being involved with the department for two years, Greene also created and currently heads the G.I.V.E. Program. Greene said that G.I.V.E. stands for getting involved in volunteering in Emporia. The program is targeted towards international students so that they can find a way to help out in the community. Greene said that she is impressed with Community Hornets, which has grown from her working at a computer and sending out newsletters into five different programs and six people in the department. This transition has taken place over the past two years with the help of Blythe Eddy, associate director of the Memorial Union for Programs and Community Service. “(The program is an) awesome opportunity to help the community and get some hands on skills relating to pretty much any profession,” said Eddy. Eddy said that the Community Hornets department works with the community by calling service organizations during the month to find out where students can help and get involved. Greene encouraged students to help out in their community. “Things like pumping up your resume, feeling good, learning more about the community, establishing a bond with your university, meeting other students, it just goes on and on,” said Greene. To get involved or to find information about Community Hornets visit ESU’s website.

Families from all over enjoy a day full of food, games and time with their loved ones during Saturday’s Family Day. Despite the dreary weather, the spirit of the event was not lost. Brianna McGuire/The Bulletin

SEARCH... from page 1 ted applications,” Wynn said, “because they’ve not been selected – they have been encouraged to submit, and I’m not sure that they are the best qualified. I don’t want anybody jumping to conclusions.” Currently, the Kansas Board of Regents plans to appoint a new president by January or February 2012, according to Wynn. “That sure seems awfully ambitious to me,” Brown said. “If they can pull that off, that’s wonderful – I think that’d be great… I’ll be impressed if they pull it off.” Brown said from his own experiences, searches like this do not generally move as quickly as ESU’s search hopes to progress, but Wynn said he was confident that the search committee would not need to extend the timeline. Brown said the primary role of any higher education institution is teaching students, but there are additional responsibilities like interacting with the community. Above all else, Brown said the university president must be able to comprehend the various facets of higher education. “I’m not saying you can’t find someone outside of education who has those understandings,” Brown said. “It just seems like it would be more likely with someone who has experience in education.” Steve Catt, professor and chair of the communication and theater department and subcommittee chair for the presidential search committee, said he is not concerned with how the search is progressing. “Anyone who has a concern with what might happen, I think that’s just anxiety talking,” Catt said. “There’s nothing going on that’s led to any type of concern over what type of person will be hired.” Catt said the search committee has been directed to refer all media calls to Vanessa Lamoreaux, associate director of communications for KBOR. The Bulletin was unable to contact Lamoreaux by press time on Wednesday. “At the end of the day, I think we all want to pick someone that’s going to move the university forward,” Wynn said.

Community Hornets host a bonfire Monday in Wilson Park. Community Hornets has been around for over seven years and has many organizations under it that help students get involved in community service. Brianna McGuire/The Bulletin


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Campus health center offers helpful services S usan W elte

welte@esubulletin.com Located on the first floor of Southeast Morse Hall, the newly established Student Wellness Center creates one easily accessible location where students can now make use of all aspects of health services. With the remodeling finished in June, the center is part of the renovation plan on campus. “There are so many wonderful opportunities here,” said Jennifer Parenti, sophomore nursing major. “Everyone who works here is so friendly, even the people who I’ve met who come in here. It’s [also] nice to have a healthcare place on campus.” One of the benefits of the Student Wellness Center opposed to other public health care centers is that they work with an individual’s classes and schedules in order to set up appointments, Parenti said. Parenti has been an employee of Health Services for a year and said that the center is helpful for students. “(They have) everything from biofeedback to just having someone to talk to,” Parenti said. “Sometimes it’s good just to have that person to talk to.” The center provides regular health services, like doctor check-ups, but also counseling services, ranging from a variety of things. Students can also make appointments online. Matt Kochenower, senior marketing major and

Student Health Services intern, said students should take advantage of the Wellness Center because they are already paying for the majority of the services in fees for tuition. “Students should be knowledgeable about where they can go when they need any sort of help in regards to wellness and health,” Kochennower said. Five years ago, the Department of Student Wellness was formed and combined Student Health, the Counseling Center and Disability Services administratively, but they were still located in separate areas, said Mary McDaniel, assistant director of health services. “It got very confusing on campus for students to find us,” McDaniel said. “With the Memorial Union renovation, an opportunity arose to finally have us all in one location.” Included in the improved Student Wellness Center is all of Health Services with a shared waiting room, reception desk and a hallway behind the reception desk that connects the two corridors, McDaniel said. Counseling Services and Disability Services were already located on the Morse Hall second floor, so those two areas were moved down a floor and combined with Student Health. “We want to get across to the students,” McDaniel said. “We want them to know where we’re at, what services to offer and how to take advantage of them.

Karla Rodgers schedules an appointment for junior psychology major Elizabeth Walker in the new Student Wellness Center in Morse Hall. The Student Health Center was once split into three entities spread across campus. Jenny Pendarvis/The Bulletin

The center will host an open house that will take place from 1-4 p.m on Sept. 29 in their new location. The open house will include everything from tours of the new area to demonstrations of the available services, as well as informational brochures for students’ taking.

Constitution Day addresses political issues, debate S imone C osper

copser@esubulletin.com In honor of Constitution Day, the Associated Student Government hosted a celebration last Thursday night in Webb Lecture Hall. “Constitution Day is an observance of the Constitution,” said Mike Freeland, senior digital audio major. “We reflect on what it has done for us, what its future is, what its purpose is.” Luke Drury, legislative director of ASG and junior political science major, said a video clip made by Zoiks, Emporia State’s impro-

visational comedy group, was shown to depict constitutional conventions in a satirical fashion. Another clip from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart addressed potential changes the American government could make to improve the Constitution. “The mission behind Constitution Day is to get students involved in campus, and second of all, get them to understand the Constitution by putting it in a way that is funny with a little bit of satire,” Drury said. “When a lot of people hear Associated Student Government or Constitution, they think dry

and boring, so we are trying to change that.” Phil Kelly, associate professor of political science and pre-law adviser, said the Constitution is a contract which establishes the structures of the government and provides protective regulations for minorities. According to the Library of Congress’ website, Constitution Day is observed each year on Sept. 17 to commemorate the signing of the Constitution in 1787. Although the document was honored during the event, some attendees questioned the credibility of the Constitution during

modern times. “The Constitution should be changed,” Kelly said. “We really need to have the government do things, but the government is paralyzed…it is a problem within our Constitution and possibly within our political culture.” But other ESU students and faculty had different opinions. “The constitution was vague in the beginning so it could be translated to modern times,” Freeland said. “It stands well on its own.” John Barnett, assistant professor of political science, said the Constitution is appropriate for changing times.

“The Constitution works beautifully,” Barnett said. “It is the rules within government that need to be modified. The Constitution is a living doctrine.” During the event, Barnett, Kelly and Rob Catlett, associate professor of economics, defined the government and debated on the roles and limits of the government. “I define the government as a democracy – it demands participation,” Barnett said. Controversial issues, such as health care, taxation and the social class system in America were also discussed.

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friend to each of her students. “In the kids eyes, she will be most remembered for how she treated them and how she always had a smile on her face and was always there for them,” Sheldon said. “We will always see her as a person who just such a huge part of our faculty.” Cervantes said Gilliam’s classroom was a nice environment to be in and that her lessons were always enjoyable. Salinas laughed as he said the last time he saw Gilliam, he arrived late to the Latinos Unidos club’s meeting. “She said she was going to shove me in a corner and throw burritos at me for being a bad Latino,” Salinas said. “I just laughed.” Private memorial services were held last Friday. Sheldon said Emporia High also held a moment of silence last week on the track field.

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Hornets fall short against UCM

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M arcus H ix sports@esubulletin.com The Emporia State football team lost its home opener against the 24th ranked Central Missouri last Saturday at Welch Stadium. But Hornet’s fans showed great support as there was a huge turnout to watch the team. In a close, back-andforth contest, the Hornets were edged out by a score of 38-45. “ We are beating ourselves,” said senior running back Dasor Horton. “We have to be able to finish games and have to play more soundly as a team.” The Hornets captured the momentum early when they successfully completed an onside kick to open the game. “ We noticed that they were lining up their special teams outside of the hash marks,” said head coach Garrin Higgins. “We wanted to try it early on.” Taking advantage of the onside kick, the Hornets drove right down the field to set up a field goal attempt. UCM blocked the attempt. On the ensuing possession, junior defensive back Kevin Gettis once again captured the momentum for the Hornets as he intercepted a UCM pass. Then, senior running back LaDarrian Page broke a 50-yard touchdown run. The Hornets led 7-3 at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, junior quarterback Tyler Eckenrode, got the Hornets on the board again with a twoyard touchdown run to put the Hornets ahead 14-3. ESU continued to move the ball efficiently when Eckenrode hit

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Senior running back Dasor Horton is tackled from both sides during the first home game against Central Missouri last Saturday. The Hornets lost, 38-45. Jon Coffey/The Bulletin junior wide receiver Shjuan Richardson on a 62-yard touchdown strike to give the Hornets the lead, 21-10. “ The coaches noticed a weakness in (UCM’s) defense,” Eckenrode said. “Shjuan ran a good route and I was able to get it to him. From there, he did the rest.” At the end of the first half, the Hornets were ahead 21-17, allowing UCM to keep the score close. Several times in the first half, the Hornets were able to seize the momentum but could never stretch the lead. The Hornets opened the second half impressively. They marched the length of the field on a nine play, 80-yard drive that culminated with a 20-yard touchdown run by Dasor Horton, stretching the lead to 28-17 with eleven minutes left in the third quarter. The Hornets then held UCM to a three

and out, forcing them to punt the ball. To start the next drive Eckenrode threw a 69-yard touchdown bomb to wide receiver Shjuan Richardson, putting the Hornets ahead 35-17. It looked as if the Hornets had delivered the knockout blow, but a scrappy UCM team would not fall. UCM tied the score at 38-38 with a little over 10 minutes remaining in the game, eventually taking the lead 38-45 with about two minutes remaining. The Hornets were unable to recover turning the ball over twice on their last two possessions. “ We put it together offensively today,” Higgins said. “We need to execute better there at the end. We need to go get a win.” The Hornets will face Langston University at 1 p.m. this Saturday at Welch Stadium.

Lady Hornet soccer beat by Griffons

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The Hornet soccer team was pitted against the Griffons of Missouri Western this Sunday in what was the first MIAA Conference game of the year for both teams. It was the Griffons who scored the first two goals of the game. Emporia State was unable to fully come back and fell 2-1. “It hurts going down… two (goals) early, but we fought and got one back at the end of the first half,” said sophomore midfielder Hannah Carlson. “Unfortunately it came down to the last minute, and we were still trying to get another one. So it does get kind of crazy in there, but that’s the kind of urgency and effort we need to see throughout the whole game really.” The first half saw all of the scoring action as Griffon midfielder Katie Kempf scored the first goal in the 28th minute. Mallory Walden had an opportunity to tie the game up, but her chip shot was high off the mark. The Griffon’s added to their lead when forward Ashley Juravich scored on a pass across the center by Kempf. “The first was really unfortunate,” said head coach Bryan Sailer. “It was an unfortunate lucky goal. The second one was really our center back stepping back and they split in behind, and they had a good finish

on that one. We had better chances than them, we just didn’t score.” Much like their last home game, ESU responded well to an early deficit. Two minutes after the Griffons scored their second goal, midfielder Hannah Carlson answered with a goal of her own. The shot came off a foul restart that occurred just outside the goal box in the 45th minute. “I’ve been hitting the wall usually on those situations, so I just focused and tried to find the net,” Carlson said. The Hornets kept the pressure on in the second half, outshooting the Griffons 9-4. Despite the effort, they were unable to find the equalizer. The best opportunity of the game came in the final six minutes of play when Ashley Hill broke away from her defender but was unable to get it the shot by the outstretched arms of Griffon goalkeeper Kelly Voigts. Carlson had an opportunity to repeat her first half feat in the final minute of play. On another foul restart just outside the box, Carlson was given the go-ahead for the tying goal but missed wide right. Despite the losing effort, Carlson still sees improvement. “We’ve improved tremendously, and the effort is at such a higher level this year,” Carlson said. “We’ve been consistent throughout the season with the effort, and I truly believe that we’re going to start putting them in and winning some games because

All tied up The Emporia State soccer team added one more tie to their record this season as they traveled to Fort Hays State last Thursday. The Hornets faired well with Fort Hays both on the scoreboard and on the stats sheet as they managed to generate eight shots all on goal to nine shots by Fort Hays. Unlike previous games this season, it was the Hornets who struck first as Mallory Walden scored her second goal of the season on a header in the 12th minute. Sarah Anderson received the assist off a corner kick. The Tigers answered back in the 56th minute, and the game ended in a 1-1 tie.

The women’s tennis team has one returning senior player on their roster this season. Emily Huston, senior athletic training major, has been with the team all four seasons, and her leadership and experience will be valuable assets this season. “I’m comfortable both at the net and at the base line,” Huston said. “I am more confident in my abilities than I have ever been.” Huston started playing tennis as a freshman at Olathe Northwest High School. She won many accolades including All Johnson County Team twice and All-City team three times. She also led Olathe Northwest to three separate class 6A tournament appearances, including the school’s first win at the state tournament her senior year. With all of her success in high school, she had many different opportunities to play tennis at the collegiate level. Fort Hays State, Nebraska-Omaha and Missouri University in Kansas City all pursued Huston, but in the end, she chose Emporia State due to her interest in athletic training and the coaching staff. “I really liked the coaches here at Emporia State,” Huston said. “ESU was also willing to allow me to do both tennis and athletic training.” Huston is taking a leadership role on the court. Being the lone senior, she offers advice, encouragement and guidance. “Emily has been a great leader so far this season,” said Jenny Gethardt, freshman elementary education major. “She is a role model both on and off of the court.” Huston is not only a vocal leader, but she also leads by example with her success on the tennis court. As a freshman, she was an All-MIAA player in singles and All-MIAA player in doubles as a sophomore. But last year, she suffered a season ending injury. “I had a really tough year dealing with the injury,” Huston said. “It put a lot of things into perspective for me. I also learned a lot about being mentally tough and mentally prepared for anything.” As a singles player, Huston said she believes this season will go smoothly and hopes to accomplish many goals. She also said she hopes to play well with her doubles partner, sophomore biology prevet major Abby Morris. “The experience she has as a college athlete definitely helps considering we are a pretty young team,” Morris said. “Emily is positive and encouraging.” Morris said she enjoys playing with Huston because she is a “solid player and is driven on the court.” Morris said Huston is also very motivated. “This is our first year together as a doubles team, but we work really well together,” Huston said. “We complement each other very well and we have a lot of potential.” Huston said she looks forward to taking advantage of her senior season and hopes to end her collegiate career on a high note.

Freshman forward Jordan Foutch uses her head during Saturday’s game against Missouri Western. The Hornets lost to the Griffons, 2-1. Chris Franklin/The Bulletin

it’s right there and we have our opportunities. We just have to capitalize on them.” The Hornets will look to gear up this week for the first Turnpike Tussle of the season against Washburn. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. on Sept. 22 at the ESU Pitch.

Sport Shorts

Hornets volleyball falls to Truman

It took Truman fives games, but they finally defeated the Emporia State volleyball team last Saturday, 3-2, winning the final match 15-12. The Hornets were down two matches to one before winning the fourth by two points. Every game on the day was decided by no more than three points. ESU started the day losing the first match 25-22 before answering back with a 25-23 victory. The third match saw Truman win by an identical 25-22 score. The Hornets then won the fourth 25-23 before falling in the final match. Katie Deutschmann, Paige Vanderpool and Amanda Gerety all registered double-doubles for the Hornets on the day. ESU will look to improve from the defeat as they take on Missouri Western at 7 p.m. on Sept. 23 at White Auditorium.

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Mona finishes 10th overall for XC

The Emporia State cross country teams traveled to Lincoln, Neb. this weekend to compete in the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational. The men finished 14th overall out of 28 total teams. Asher Delmott finished 40th overall with a time of 26:20.7, and Jacob Bull finished 87th out of over 300 runners. Katie Mona had the best finish for ESU on the day finishing 10th overall, as she was the second non-Division I runner to cross the finish line at 21:49.0. The ESU women placed 20th overall out of 25 teams. The Hornet runners will compete this Saturday at the Tabor Invitational in Hillsboro.


Sept. 22, 2011 Edition