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New academic MU game shop aims provost finds to cure board-dom perfect fit at ESU W ill A ustin Jelly beans are his “drug” of choice. He hasn’t even had a chance to break out the boxes of items that will decorate his office, but he finds solace in his favorite candy. “I comfort myself with jelly beans on a hard day,” said David Corlde, the new provost vice president of academic affairs. “I recommend that. That’s good medicine.” Cordle has only been on campus since July. The “main attraction” that drew him to Emporia State, he said, was the personality of the school. “I was impressed by the spirit and the attitude of students and faculty and staff I met here,” Cordle said. “I was tremendously impressed with President (Michael) Shonrock and his leadership. I had a strong sense that this was a team that I wanted to be a part of.” Last spring, Cordle left his

post as Dean of Arts and Sciences at University of North Carolina Wilmington when he was chosen for the open provost position at ESU – a position he said might be unfamiliar to students. “I would imagine a lot of students would not necessarily know what the word provost means or what a provost does,” he said. Even Caleb Francis, senior information systems major, who works as a student assistant in the Assessment and Teaching Center next to the provost’s office, said he did not know a lot about Cordles responsibilities. According to Shelly Gehrke, director of the Student of Advising Center, the provost’s job is very important because that person oversees “the whole academic side of the house.” That includes Francis’ Information Systems program, as well as any other program or course offered at ESU. In light of recent spending cuts

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FromW left to right: Chris Blankenship, assistant professor of English, Rochelle Rowley, assistant professor of sociology, and Anne Canavan, instructor of English, enjoy a game of Settlers of Catan next to Hornet Games, a new shop in the Memorial Union. Hornet Games replaced Pottery with Pizazz in the Union this year. Emily Giffin/The Bulletin

E mily G iffin Attention campus gamers - new gaming store has taken over Memorial Union.. “Hornet Games” has claimed the spot across Buzzcotti in Memorial Union, where Pottery with Pizzazz was formerly located. With board

games, dice games, role-playing and card games available, the shop is a gamer’s paradise. Noah Gifford, an Emporia State alumnus, opened the business in June in order to spread his passion of playing to students, for a reasonable price. Hornet Games has over 40 rental games in stock and 100 more available upon request. Games are

available for rent for just $2 per day, a dollar being tacked on for each additional rental day – up to three days. After that, the rental jumps up to $5 for seven days. A $5 late fee is applied for each day the game is not turned in past its due date. “We want students to come over

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The new academic provost, David Cordle, handles work duties in his office, Wednesday afternoon. Cordle became the academic provost at Emporia State University on July 1. Jennifer Pendarvis/The Bulletin

Sharing app proves “sky’s the limit” M icaela C line Emporia State’s Information Technology department is reaching new heights with Sky, a new online application introduced to the student body and faculty members of Emporia State at the beginning of the 2013 fall semester. Sky resembles iCloud, where everything is stored online and can be accessed from any device with an internet connection. It has been available at ESU since last spring, but recently went through several enhancements – some as recently

as last month. The Sky network was implemented by ESU’s IT staff – or Client and Server Solutions Team – as a helpful way for students and faculty to perform many office and work-related tasks. With Sky, Ray Hauke, vice president of administration and fiscal affairs, said a person can “store information which is retrievable by a group which the user designates, and access the Microsoft Office suite.” Instructors are able share

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Last year, according to the Office of International Education, Emporia State was home to 488 international students. This year, the campus has increased its international student population to 514, including 152 new students. “We tell the students that Emporia is the heartland of the U.S.,” said Gonzalo Bruce, dean of International Education. “It is where we will welcome them with open arms and an open community.” In addition, last fall’s international students represented 28 different countries. After this year’s push in

recruitment, it has risen to 45, nearly doubling the variety in countries. “We really look for areas that are underrepresented here at ESU,” said Mike Graves, a professor in the Intensive English Program. “This last year we really pushed for students from Africa, South America and Central Asia.” Bruce said the OIE is like a door to Emporia State for international students. “This is where the world comes to Emporia State and where (ESU) gets out to the world,” Bruce said. But, the effort isn’t just about drawing students to campus, but helping them get accustomed to American culture, as well.

Exchange students Bassam Alanazi, accounting major, and Hussain Almukhtar, information systems major, are new to ESU. “The hardest thing is trying to understand language that is spoken fast in English,” Almukhtar said. Alanazi said that the weather in Kansas is a lot nicer than where he is from – it’s incredibly hot in his country. The two students are continuing to get accustomed to the environment. But Masatoshi Takami, a senior music major from Japan, says he has just about figured out how to live in the area.



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Police Reports Reports given to The Bulletin from ESU Police and Safety Department Aug. 21 Officer discovered damage to a vehicle and a motorcycle parked in Lot 5. Left notes on both vehicles for operators. Officer stopped KS 720CRT in 200 East. Verbal warning for a stop sign violation. Officer provided lock out assistance for KS 025FXS in Sector 9. Officer stopped KS 789BVQ in Sector 6.Verbal warning for a stop sign violation at 15th and Wooster Dr. Officer stopped KS QSJ540 in 10 W 15th. Verbal warning for a defective headlight. Officer stopped KS 086DVK at 600 E 12th. Verbal warning for a defective headlight. Officer admitted a sorority into Science Hall-Brighton Lecture Hall for a recruitment event. Anderson Library zone 6 Burglary. Motion lower level east. Mechanical problem. Recurring problem. The alarm in Anderson Library keeps sending a false Burglary alarm to ESU PD HQ indicating motion in lower level east. Officer returned property found by Student Guard in WAW Library to 1533 Merchant. Officer checked KS 943DVU in 1400 Highland. Vehicle was unoccupied but brake lights were on. Mechanical problem. Officer assisted Emporia Police Dept. with a call at 12th and Exchange. Aug. 22 Officer removed a bat from 3rd floor Plumb Hall. Officer stopped KS 160FXU at Sector 7. Verbal warning for a oneway violation in same location. Officer stopped KS 847CGC in 1100 Market. Verbal warning was given for defective brake light. Air conditioning unit leaking in Cremer Hall Room 111. A male student reported a female student sitting on the window ledge of North Twin Towers in Room 818. Officer secured northeast exterior door of WAW Library. Officer responded to a report of an injury at Welch Stadium. Marcia Johnson pulled her hamstring and was transported to her home by private vehicle. Officer contacted KS Veteran tag 57AAV in Lot 1 and advised to move his vehicle. Officer stopped KS 374CAS in 1800 Highland. Verbal warning for defective brake light. Officer assisted Emporia Police Dept. with a welfare check at 1622 Center. Officer assisted Emporia Police Dept with possible shots fired at 1100 Merchant. Officers checked the Earl Center. KS 719DVK was unoccupied in the parking lot. Officers stopped KS 865CHS in 1300 Merchant. Verbal warning for driving with no headlights. Aug. 23 Officers stopped KS Antique tag 159148 at Burlingame Rd. and I-35. Verbal warning for driving with no headlights. Officer stopped KS 60-Day tag A309117 in 100 W 12th. Verbal warning for driving with no headlights in 200 E 12th. Officer stopped KS 178EEH in 1400 Market. Verbal warning for excessive speed at same location. Officer assisted Emporia Police Dept. with a car stop at 1533 Merchant. Aug. 24 Paige Hicks reported water leaking from Central Morse Hall Room 362. Handled by officer.

Officers responded to a report of a suicidal student in Northeast Morse Hall. A male student was transported by ambulance to Newman Regional Health. Aug. 25 Ambulance responded to Morse Hall Complex for an injured person. A female student was transported by ambulance to Newman Regional Health. Ambulance responded to South Twin Towers for an injured person. A female student was transported by ambulance to Newman Regional Health. Officers assisted Emporia Police Dept. with a call in 700 W 12th. Aug. 26 Ambulance responded to 1701 Wooster Dr. for a sick person. A female student was transported by officer to 1839 Merchant. Officer provided escort for a male student from Newman Regional Health to Morse Hall Complex. Officer stopped KS 213EYB in 1200 Market. Verbal warning for a one-way violation at same location. Officer stopped KS 804CBO Northbound. Verbal warning for defective brake light. Officer stopped KS 960DVO 1300 Market. Verbal warning for defective brake light. Officer stopped a bicyclist in 1300 Market. Verbal warning for a one-way violation in same location. Officer stopped KS 401FXU in 10 W 15th. Citation for a stop sign violation at 15th and Wooster Dr. Officer admitted Miguel Alaniz into King Hall Room 8. Officer shut down the elevator in the Pavilion. Officer set alarm system in WAW Library. Officer admitted Miguel Alaniz into King Hall Room 8 to put away his equipment. Officers stopped KS 251FXU on I-35 at Industrial Rd. exit. Citation for speeding in 1800 Merchant. Aug. 27 Officer stopped KS WMK872 at 12th and Sylvan. Citation for defective brake lights. Officer contacted a skateboarder in Sector 6 and advised of campus policy. The southwest door of the Football Locker Room in HPER Building does not lock. Officer contacted a skateboarder on campus and advised of ESU policy. Parking meter 8 in Twin Towers Complex Loading Zone does not work. Officer attempted to provide motorist assist for KS 509DEI at 801 W 6th - Waters True Value. Vehicle required more attention than officer could provide. Officer provided escort for female student from 801 W 6thWaters True Value to South Twin Towers. Officers stopped KS 343AWA at 12th and Merchant. Verbal warning for a one-way violation at 12th and Market. Officer assisted Emporia Police Dept. with a parking problem at 1829 Merchant-Short Stop. Vehicle involved belonged to a student. Singular/Trusler Hall Complex zone 86-Fire/Smoke Detector 2nd floor AL Control Panel Room and zone 52-Fire/Heat Detector Ground floor Room 50. Mechanical problem. Resistant Assistant at South Twin Towers 4th floor reported a female student was having difficulty breathing. Patient was transported by ambulance to Newman Regional Health.

Sky from ...Page 1 information with SkyBox, similar to the more widely known Dropbox, which can only be accessed by specific students chosen by the instructor. “I am using...SkyBox to post information about the Tuition and Budget Committee and the Campus Master Planning effort,” Hauke said. “And I have designated the group which may access it as anyone with campus login credential.” The service that students seem to have been using the most is SkyPrint, which lets them print 100 pages for free. It also allows students and faculty to upload a document

The Bulletin | Aug. 29, 2013 into the wireless Sky for later printing or download. “I’ve used Sky twice to print things off for two of my classes,” said fBailey Scholl, freshman elementary education major. “I just knew that I could print them off at the library so that’s where I went.” Printing via Sky is available not only available in the library, but also Memorial Union, Towers Residence Hall, Richel Learning Space in Cremer Hall and Cora Miller Hall (Nursing). Another fundamental part of Sky that students will find beneficial is SkyLab. It provides access to computer software that Emporia State licenses from anywhere on campus.

“Every student can go to Skylab and get access to Microsoft Office - Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, and more,” said Michael Erickson, associate vice president of information technology. “Statistical software is also available. In some cases, we create special SkyLab environments for specific courses, departments or colleges because the software they used can’t be licensed for all students.” There are two other services within Sky: SkyFiles, in which work can be saved and visited at a later time, and SkySites, which is used for sharing documents and meeting notes To get connected with Sky, visit

At the General Assembly on Aug. 16, Mumtaz Jafrey, English literature major, listens to presentations about the upcoming year at Emporia State. The audience at the event was made up of a blend of students, faculty, parents and community members. Will Austin/The Bulletin.

Adam Lewis, sophomore undecided major, prints assignments from SkyPrint in William Allen White Library Aug. 28. SkyPrint was introduced as part of Sky, an online service, at the beginning of the semester. Nicholas Summer/The Bulletin

Provost from ...Page 1 for public institutions in Kansas, as well as the termination of academic programs such as Political Science and Physics at ESU, Gehrke said Cordle was an appealing person to hire because he had prior experience with managing budget changes in another state. Gehrke served last year as the interim assistant provost and was part of the faculty search commit-

tee for the new provost. She said what mattered most in the profile of their new chief academic officer was a personality that fits with ESU’s atmosphere and educational priorities. “It comes down to...personality, and understanding that at the core we’re about the people,” she said. Cordle said he sought out the provost position because he felt ready for a challenge. Appropriately, he arrived just as President

Michael Shonrock was beginning a campus-wide process for rethinking and discussing the mission of the university. The new provost said his work at ESU this semester, and in years to come, may involve adding new programs or finding ways to improve existing programs that have not seen enough growth, as the school’s leadership names its priorities for the future and seeks to better serve its student body.

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Online classes are both benefit, disadvantage E mma D e P riest

Jaye Luke, assistant professor of special education, offers video lectures for students taking Survey of Exceptionality as an online class. Some students choose to take online classes that would not have fit their schedule on a daily basis. Photo illustration by Jon Coffey

Flexibility, the issue of traveling and convenience are all reasons online classes have become popular in today’s technological society. Emporia State offers many online classes during the fall, spring and summer semesters in order to accommodate students. Kathy Ermler, dean of graduate studies and Distance Education, said that for her graduate students, many have full-time jobs and cannot return to campus for classes. “Online offers the opportunity for a student to continue to work and go to school,” Ermler said. She said she has heard from students that they “love the online environment” because they are able to study and participate in the class during a time of the day they are not busy, instead of a designated time that they are required to be there. Ermler said she believes this helps students who live in areas where it may be difficult to attend a class three times a week. This applies not only to graduate students who have moved into the city where they will carry on their profession, but also for students who don’t live in Emporia for the summer. Joseph Gilligan, junior information systems major, took an ethics course online last spring. “I took the course to help fit around my school and work schedule,” Gilligan said. “I won’t take an online class again unless I need to work

International from ...Page 1 “I think Emporia is small enough to move around on foot,” Takami said. “But I’ve learned to get along with the language and transportation since I moved here.” Just like the two students from Saudi Arabia, Takashi wishes to connect his home country with the things he has learned in America. “I hope to go back and work for a Japanese company with my music,” Takami said. “It’s one of the main reasons I came to study.”

Fall Career and Graduate School Fair Thursday, sepTember 12, 2013 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. n Webb Hall (MU) Don’t miss the opportunity to meet with employers and graduate schools! • Dress professionally • Bring your updated resume/curriculum vitae • Be prepared for questions and interview • Check out the on-campus interview schedule • Get a Graduate School Handbook to guide you through the application process. Also available in the Grad School office (Plumb 313) Sponsored by Career Services and the ESU Graduate School

around my schedule.” Online classes have made it so students don’t have to wait until college to take online classes. Justin Rahe, sophomore communications major, took psychology for college credit his senior year of high school, and it carried over to his studies at ESU. Kelsey Kronawitter, senior secondary social sciences education major, said she also sees disadvantages to taking online classes. “I just haven’t taken one (online class) because I would probably forget that I am taking that class since I don’t have to go somewhere every day,” Kronawitter said. “In courses on campus, you get that one-onone connection that you can’t get in online classes. I like the traditional classroom, with a professor I see.” Still, Ermler said there are misconceptions about online classes, namely, that they are easier, that there are no deadlines, or that teachers are available around the clock to answer questions. “None of these are true and it takes many different approaches to dispel these myths.” Ermler said. One approach Ermler takes is to encourage students who are skeptical about online classes or uncertain about which class to take to ask friends about their experience with online learning. She said it’s important to remember that online classes have deadlines, due dates, and that assessments and feedback are also available via these classes. A support program designed by the OIE hosts events for international students and the Intensive English Program helps students that have little English experience improve their language skills. Graves said he works with foreign students on a day-to-day basis and even puts on events such as an annual Halloween party at his own home. “It is more emotionally rewarding than anything I’ve ever done,” Graves said. “It has really been nothing but positives.”

Michael Chambimohaned, a transfer student from Tunisia, plays pool in Morse Hall Aug. 26. This year over 500 students from 45 countries are attending Emporia State. Michael Boyer/The Bulletin

Games from ...Page 1 and hang out,” Gifford said. “We aren’t looking for a $1,000…every day. We are looking for (students) to come over and play a game when they have time.” If nothing else, the business has certainly attracted curiosity out of students. Courtney Wylie, sophomore undecided major, said she had to do a double take when she was walking through the MU because she wasn’t sure what was going on. “I think (the store is) awesome, especially since I don’t know where else to go in Emporia for games,” said Elizabeth McCage-Thimesch, freshman elementary education major. Aaron Wyatt, a Hornet Games employee, said more games will become available each week as new games become available or are requested. Also, when business is slow, he and Gifford will often enjoy open games with their customers. “We buy, sell and rent,” Gifford said. “We will only buy select cards and games, though, and rentals are available for one, two, three or seven days.” Currently in stock are Escape,

Majarani and Star Wars X-Game. Pokémon, YuGiOh and Magic trading cards are also available – they can be traded in for store credit, too. “We have new games, but we also have games that have won competitions in the past,” Gifford said. “Our goal is to keep current with the games, instead of just being a ‘used game store.’” In addition to these games, several award-winners can be found in the store. Gifford said their best-selling game of the year is “Lords of Waterdeep,” which has sold more copies than the second and third bestsellers combined. “I’m really interested in learning new games, so I’ll be back,” Wylie said. Hours for Hornet Games are Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays. The shop will also be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dates for game nights hosted by the business are posted on location. For students who are interested in learning more about Hornet Games, Gifford said to visit their Facebook page or stop by the store in the MU.


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Change can be a good – or bad. This academic year started off on a new day. Literally. Residents moved in on Friday and classes started the following Monday. For perhaps the first time in the history of Emporia State the entire campus was able to be more involved in the movein experience because of the weekday date. It was a chance for our community to come together and support each other in a brand new way. The excitement generated was the perfect way to start off the new year. But Monday came too soon. Classes started immediately – with no room to relax. Not only did classes start at the beginning of the week, but first-day classes sped through the syllabus and rolled right into the subject matter. At the same time that we were rushing to classes, we were attempting to get our internet

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connections stabilized, waiting in long lines to buy our books and scrounging to figure out which activities we should join – all without the weekend to do it. In previous years, students moved in on Saturday. They had Sunday, plus the first two days of the week to get oriented with classes, buy books, find classrooms and get back into the basic routine of campus life. Classes then started Wednesday with most teachers taking their time to go through the syllabus and set down the rules of engagement. By comparison, the startof-school process of the past has been downright easy and relaxing, a walk in the park. According to the ESU academic calendar, the schedule students have become accustomed to is drastically different this year. For instance, this semester, Dead Week falls right after Thanksgiving, with no room to breathe in between. Winter break is an extensive five and a half

As a freshman from a miniscule town, I knew – on some level – that coming to college would be an eyeopening experience in more than one way, and that I would have to adjust to things I’m not completely used to. What I didn’t expect, however, was the complete level of carelessness I have already witnessed by my fellow classmates in my first week here. We have barely been at Emporia State long enough to adjust to campus life, yet newcomers are already going wild over the parties and the drinking, drugs and sex that we all know

weeks long, but next semester we have neither Martin Luther King Jr. Day, nor President’s Day off, giving us only Winter Break and Spring Break off. The impact of all of this is that, while we have more time off between semesters, we may have cut that time at the cost of student productivity and success. Students need consistency to balance their equilibrium between times of intense stress. The changes have heightened our stress at the worst points in the year. Additional time at the start of the semester is vital to get organized and set the pace for our success. The occasional break in routine is helpful to jump start us out of the doldrums that come with the monotonous stream of research, homework, papers and study that fills core of our semester. Most importantly, we need our administration to consider not just the allotment of time in a schedule, but the impact of those decisions on the student body.

Party Foul occurs. Classes have just begun, and I’ve already seen hungover faces on sidewalks and heard stories that are enough to make me shake my head with disgust. Be smart, people! I’m not saying that you shouldn’t go out on the weekends and enjoy yourself – this is college, you should be living it up. But going around on elevators and announcing to your entire residence hall floor that you have alcohol or are going to go out and get “schwasted” is a bit excessive. We are young and living in the

Making the Grade As another school year starts up, I begin to feel that familiar tightening in my gut and I begin to worry about one thing – grades. But, despite this feeling, I find I can still take solace in the class syllabus. Every class has one, and both the assignments and their worth toward my overall grade are laid out for me. My only job, previously, has been to make the most of those percentages. But, one of my classes threw off this familiar formula. My classmates and I opened the syllabus and, though we found assignments listed, there were no grade percentages for what the assignments were worth in the grand scheme of the class. The professor explained that we would be figuring those out ourselves, with the definition of familiar letter grades, but without telling us how much of that grade would be determined by what we did in class. He even went so far as to say that we could add in our own additional assignments – presentations over our readings or questions for discussions – then left us to discuss amongst ourselves.

We didn’t expect to be there for an hour and a half. It seemed like an idea that was simple enough at first, but we eventually reached the conclusion that we all have different strengths and ideas about what we would want to do with our grade. Some wanted more to depend on written work, while others wanted discussion to decide their grade. It was exhilarating and exhausting, and, a little terrifying to be given so much freedom. Our professor did not agree with the cookie-cutter state of education, dolling out percentages as if everyone worked the same. By giving us this option, we were asked not only to consider our strengths and make use of them, but this allowed us to create the class into more of what we want or need it to be. How many times has one student lost sleep over having to do a presentation worth 20 percent of their grade, while another, more outgoing and comfortable student has pulled it all together with barely a blink? How many times has one knocked out a 10-page essay with flying colors, while

Two years – it’s been two years since my last relationship, and it took me almost as long to realize that being single can be fabulous. We are getting to an age where it’s acceptable to get married and start a family, and we are getting even more pressured to find “The One” right away. We can’t help but be reminded of that pursuit as we scroll down our newsfeeds and instantaneously become bombarded by pictures of engagement rings, couples and babies. We are consistently made to feel that our lives may not be complete because we don’t have that other person in our lives just yet. We walk with a stigma that single means you are lonely or desperate. Conversations about whether or not you are in a relationship have become just as common as small talk about the weather. Luckily, there is a new revolution being headed by Mandy Hale, who

is also known as “The Single Woman” on Twitter. She recently came out with a book called, “The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass” that I recommend to every single woman. She empowers women to learn to love themselves before they try to love someone else, to be patient and happy with the right now and not to settle for just anyone. The “right” time and person will come into your life eventually. While my engaged peers are planning weddings, I am going to concerts, traveling and having a blast with my girls on a Saturday night. Single isn’t lonely, but fabulous, because I can do anything. It’s a scary, but beautiful thing, so savor and learn while you can. This is for all the single girls (and guys) that are fed up – the ones that can confidently go places alone, and who are strong enough not to settle. For those of you still going on

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moment, but we have plenty of time left to go out and go crazy. It isn’t even September yet. Making memories while you’re going to college at ESU is important, but if you are going to be completely careless, your time here may be cut short. We are here to further our education and that should be our main priority. Remember, as college students, we alone are responsible for our behavior. As adults, we are going to be held accountable for our own actions and the consequences that may come about because of them. Don’t go

out on a night before you have an 8 a.m. class, and whatever you do, don’t overdo it on campus. If you do choose to go out, designate a driver and know your limits. Make sure you are being responsible and staying safe. Let’s try to keep all of the craziness under control, and do this whole “college thing” in moderation. Going out with your friends and creating new experiences is part of college life, but if you don’t take the time to learn your limits now, the fun you are having today may turn into a disaster tomorrow – and not just a nasty hangover.


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M arilyn K earney another, with weaker writing skills has had to pull all-nighters to achieve the all-important grade? While the freedom was overwhelming in the beginning, it was to our benefit to make sure we got the most out of the course. Students should be allowed to choose the worth of their assignments. This way, we can work to our strengths to produce higher-quality work and have a greater say in how we learn, what we need and what we want to learn. It’s our education, after all, so we should be given a say in how we learn.

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Cars cruise through campus

Bruce Zimmerman, president of Topeka Harley-Davidson, introduces his motorcycle to Chunmiao Yu, graduate biology student. Cruisin’ the Campus was held on the Kellog Circle and Plumb Hall last Saturday. Lingzi Su/The Bulletin S teve E dwards Last Saturday night, Kellogg Circle and the 1100 block of Commercial Street were buzzing with nostalgia as dozens of restored and

“rust-ored” classic cars and trucks packed the area for the second annual Cruisin’ the Campus. Conrad Wempe, an Emporia Main Street member, who has been organizing car shows for nine years, is the man behind Cruisin’ the Campus.

“I was driving by the ESU campus one day and I thought Kellogg Circle would be a cool place to do a car show,” Wempe said. Wempe started Cruisin’ the Campus last year to “get the Emporia community and campus interact-

ing with each other.” He said he also started an annual $250 scholarship as part of the event. “I knew President (Michael) Shonrock also wanted to see more community interaction with the campus,” Wempe said.

Nancy Garcia, a Cruisin’ the Campus volunteer, said all proceeds from registration, door prize tickets, t-shirt sales, and donations go to Emporia State. “We have sponsors from 27 businesses, organizations and individuals who donated about 40 different door prizes,” Garcia said. All attendees could enter to win door prizes, such as gift certificates to various Emporia Main Street vendors, a new car audio system and a Handiman tool kit with a power saw pack. Participants could donate a dollar for a chance to win any of these prizes, or donate $5 for six chances. Door prizes specifically for ESU students included $20 gift certificates to Rhinestone Cowgirl Salon and a $250 scholarship. Freshman Christina Brisendine was the lucky winner of the $250 scholarship. Cruisin’ the Campus concluded with all of the cars driving out of Kellogg Circle, down Commercial Street, along Sixth Avenue, up Industrial Road and ending at Spangle’s on 18th Avenue. Wempe’s first run with car show was “Cruise Night,” which he started in 2004 with his wife, Joyce. They began holding the event annually at various locations in Emporia. He said this year’s Night Cruise was special because it will serve as a memorial for his wife who passed away last year. Gary Andrews, who helped Wempe coordinate “Cruise Night” and Cruisin’ the Campus, said he appreciated “so much of the community coming out to see a great car show and support a great school.”

Singing, music are stress relievers E rin K elley

Stress is a common emotion for college students everywhere. Some may resort to jogging or painting to decompress, but one thing they might not be aware of is how effectively music and even singing can help them find peace of mind. “For me, singing is really just a way to forget everything that is going on in my life,” said Alayne Weber, freshman music major. “In those few minutes, I escape and become engrossed in the music.” According to, singing has been found to produce the same endorphins as physical exercise, but at higher levels and for longer periods of time. Students may fear that choir is too much to take on, but Carol Krueger, professor of music, said that for Chamber Singers and Emporia State’s A Cappella Choir, she only asks students to meet a few times a week and have the desire to sing.” Krueger included a link to the Time article in a BuzzIn announcement about the choirs at ESU, hoping it would encourage students to join the program. “I wanted kids to realize that singing can benefit them by helping them find a balance in daily life that they may not be able to find in any other class,” Krueger said. Josh Agnew, freshman theater major, is going to enter the music program next year. He said music is a better way for him to express himself when he’s stressed. “It is just something everyone understands, versus getting mad and yelling,” Agnew said. The article from Time also states that singing slows down the pulse and heart rate, which in turn reduces the level of stress

Community members and Emporia State students participate in warm-up exercises Tuesday night in Beach Hall before singing. The Community Choir class goes from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Beach Hall every Monday. Lingzi Su/The Bulletin

hormones. Instead, what most singers release is oxytocin, a hormone that alleviates anxiety and stress. Not only can singing relieve stress, but so can listening to

music while exercising. Over the last two years Zumba, a music and dance-based work out, has become one of the most popular ways to exercise in the United States.

“When doing Zumba at the (Student) Rec Center, I just felt magically better,” said Alexis Rinco, freshman biology major. “With all this stress of the first week of school, dancing to the

upbeat music just really helps me put things into perspective.” From Beach Music Hall to the Student Rec Center, there are ways for students to take advantage of the benefits of music.

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Indecision may not be wrong decision E mma D e P riest When freshman Bailey Schmidt came to Emporia State, she decided not to settle into a major. “I’ve already changed my mind like four times, so I’ll probably change it again,” Schmidt, an undecided major, said. Becoming a veterinarian was Schmidt’s ultimate goal when she was younger, but now she is looking into teaching. At ESU, there are over 40 undergraduate programs to choose from, as well as 11 pre-professional departments. Out of the freshman attending ESU this year, many are undecided in their majors. According to June Coleman, director of Career Services, it is possible that being undecided can affect careers, but not necessarily. It depends on the student or employer, she said. “If they see someone who went (to college for) seven years versus four, they’re going to see that four as much more motivated, has initiative, pretty clear-cut on their career path from the beginning,” Coleman said. There are a few reasons to wait before settling into a major, some of them more complex than just being “unsure.” For example, maybe the student wants to finish all of their general education courses to get them out of the way before moving into their required department. “(I’m) undecided because I haven’t been able to pick a career path I’d enjoy both now and in the future,” said Chelsea Mock, sophomore undecided major. “I’ve considered getting a degree in management lately and becoming an HR person.” Mock said she believes that some students remain undecided because, “at 18, 19 or 20 (years old), very few people really possess the life experience and mental maturity that may

Feet kicked up, Bailey Schmidt, freshman undecided major, leisurely reads her novel. Her sisters, Betsy Schmidt, junior communication major, and Brooke Schmidt, sophomore nursing major, study Wednesday in the library. Bailey Schmidt came to ESU as an undecided major, but she said she is considering teaching because of her love for children. Jennifer Pendarvis/The Bulletin

be required in making such an intimidating and life altering decision.” However, remaining undecided for too long can have a negative effect on the students who do it. Undecided

majors, Coleman said, have the highest dropout rate against the students who have decided their majors. This semester, ESU has a very high number of undecided majors, she said.

Those who are ready to choose a major are invited to look into all of their options, including the Student Advising Center and Career Services, especially because the two offices work

closely together. There are also courses undecided students can consider, including Constructing Your Career and First Year Seminar – University 101.

Are You In The Right Major? Study: Waivers leave Take this quiz to find out! behind at-risk students Do you find the classes you attend to be boring or stimulating?

Do you think you’d be happy in the job field you’re preparing for?


Are your grades below a C+ average?







Not really


Do you ever get excited to go to class or to complete an assignment? Yes







Do you question if your major is the right fit for you?


Do you feel like you’re following your dreams?






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Time for a change!

Too soon to tell!

Happiness ahead!

It sounds like your heart just isn’t in it! For some reason the career path you’ve chosen has not been all you thought it would be. Is there something else you’d rather study? If you don’t know just yet, try indulging in a few extracurriculars or electives to see what other interests spark your fancy!

You seem to be on the fence about your current major. Maybe you haven’t taken enough classes in your specific field to tell if this is the right path for you, or maybe you just haven’t had a professor that you really “clicked” with. Don’t make any big moves right now; try exploring this major a little longer. You chose it for a reason, right? Don’t lose hope yet!

College kids change their majors all the time, but theres no need for that nonsense with you! It sounds to me like you’ve finally found your match; you love the field you’re heading into. College can be tough at times, but when you’re struggling, just remember all the cool things you’ll get to do at your job when you finally get your degree!

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of at-risk students could fall through the cracks as the Education Department gives states permission to ignore parts of No Child Left Behind, according to a study education advocates released Tuesday. The Education Department has been giving some states waivers from the education law’s requirements, including those to collect and publish data about students and then use the results to pinpoint problem schools. The resulting patchwork of rules — from Miami to Seattle — has given states more freedom to carry out plans to boost education but has allowed almost 2,300 schools to shed their label of seriously troubled, according to numbers compiled at the Campaign for High School Equity. “It appears to us that waivers could lead to fewer students of color receiving the support they need,” said Rufina Hernandez, executive director for the Campaign for High School Equity. Her coalition of education reformers, civil rights activists and policy analysts studied the 34 states and the District of Columbia that had received waivers from No Child Left Behind before April. Since then, another six states and a collection of individual districts in California have won waivers. Illinois, Iowa, Texas and Wyoming are still waiting for Education Secretary Arnie Duncan’s verdict for their applications. The results show students who are at the highest risk of dropping out — those from poor families, students whose native language is not English, those with learning disabilities and minority students — are often no longer tracked as carefully as they were before Duncan began exempting states from some requirements if they promised to better prepare their students for college or careers. An Education Department spokesman declined to comment on

the report. For his part, Duncan has said the existing law does not allow school leaders to use common sense to determine what schools are failing and which are statistical anomalies. That lack of flexibility, Duncan has told lawmakers, has forced states to target too many schools. Duncan has been vocal in calling for a replacement to No Child Left Behind that would render his waivers moot. Under the original No Child Left Behind, schools that failed to teach at-risk students would be flagged if one group wasn’t keeping pace. If one of the subgroups failed to meet its performance targets for two consecutive years, officials were required to stage an intervention to turn the entire school around. But the advocates’ review finds those in-depth reporting requirements have fallen by the wayside under the waivers. An intervention is no longer automatically triggered in as many as 19 states, meaning those efforts that once were at the center of the law are now optional. In 16 states, student groups are lumped together and treated as one bloc of at-risk pupils, essentially scrapping the reporting of at-risk groups by label. The waivers make it easier to mask stumbles. “The No Child Left Behind system itself was far from perfect,” said Phillip Lovell, vice president for federal advocacy with the Alliance for Excellent Education. “Where is succeeded was shining the spotlight on the subgroups.” That spotlight now has dimmed, he said. Take, for instance, Ohio. In that state, 856 schools failed to meet their performance benchmarks for at-risk students two years in a row. Under the waiver Duncan approved, the number of schools called troubled schools fell to 445. Of that smaller sum, only 162 schools were deemed an urgent priority.


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A Day in the Life of the Man Behind the Scenes

E mily G iffin Chances are that all students have attended an event on campus since move-in day Aug. 16. Chances are even greater that Umair Abbasi, executive director of marketing and media relations, was working on some aspect of it behind the scenes. Abbasi said there’s nothing wrong with behind-the-scenes work. “It’s not the dirty work – it’s the fun work,” Abbasi said. “It’s the somuch-fun work.” A day in the office for Abbasi typically begins at 8 a.m. with greetings. “It’s kind of funny, he will show up with his bag still on and stop in every office to talk to us before he goes into his office,” said Kathleen Dorcas, art director of marketing and media relations. Abbasi said he’ll have “anywhere from a two to 30-minute conversation with everyone.” He doesn’t get into his office until 9:30 a.m. After greeting each staff member and finally entering his office, Abbasi tackles the mountain of work awaiting him. “Following up email… and making sure that these folks are talking to each other...I’m in meetings constantly and (the number) has increased because we don’t have

a web designer,” Abbasi said. On busy days, it is usual for Abbasi to sail through the day without a break of any kind. He doesn’t “do lunches,” unless he is meeting someone for lunch. “I generally don’t eat during the day unless my body tells me, ‘You need to eat, man,’” Abbasi said. Forty hours a week, and then some, is a typical work week for Abbasi. His busiest time during the day is from eight to five. “It slows down after five, so I can be a little more productive then,” he said.“But I generally go home to at least 60 emails and answer that many or more during the course of a day.” With few breaks during the day, and many responsibilities to uphold, Abbasi relies on members of his department to help him accomplish everything. “I mean, we communicate constantly…we have anywhere from 25 to 35 jobs that come through every month,” Dorcas said. “Just in the month of August, we’ve already had 50 or more jobs come through that need done.” Tony Hall, manager of social media, takes cares of ESU’s official Facebook and Twitter pages, along with Foursquare, and Pinterest – a new project for the university. Student employees also help manage the work load in the office, including

Umair Abbasi, executive director of marketing and media relations, concentrates during a long day of work. Abbasi and the marketing and media relations department designed the “I Am A Hornet” campaign for this school year. Emily Giffin/The Bulletin

two students in photography, one student intern and two front desk students. At the end of the work day, Ab-

Consumer bureau: Too few use loan forgiveness WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 33 million workers qualify to have their student loans forgiven because they work in schools, hospitals or city halls, but too few take advantage of the options because the programs are overly complicated and often confusing, the government’s consumer advocate said Wednesday. Roughly a quarter of the U.S. workforce could take advantage of federal rules that give favorable loan repayment options to those in public service fields, including the military, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The agency recommended Congress review the loan forgiveness programs and encouraged employers to make sure their workers know they are available. “Teachers, soldiers, firefighters, policeman — public sector careers invariably involve some effort, some inconvenience or some sacrifice. People give up higher incomes to serve their city, their state or their country,” said Richard Cordray, director of the

CFPB. “We believe that people who contribute part of their talents, part of the benefits of their education, to society as a whole should not be mired in debt because they stir themselves to the calling of public service.” Student loan debt has topped $1 trillion, the consumer advocate estimates, and has been a drag on the economy as recent graduates are forced to choose between paying down their loans and buying a house or a car. That sends millions of dollars to lenders instead of keeping that cash in the local communities. For many graduates, there are multiple programs in place to ease the financial burden of taking lower-paying jobs to help their communities. But the system is fraught with complications and competing options and a firm number of how many graduates could benefit is hard to come by. “The data is quite weak in this area. We don’t have a sense of how much money is left on the table,” said Rohit Chopra, the CFPB’s

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student loan ombudsman. “But we suspect it’s a substantial sum.” The consumer advocacy bureau knows how many people qualify because they work under the broad umbrella of public service. “We estimate that one in four working Americans has a job that meets the definition of public service under this program. Many of these teachers, health care workers and other public servants could be eligible to have their college loans wiped out after ten years,” Cordray said. The definition is broader than that, though. For instance, clerks at the state department of motor vehicles office, secretaries at city hall and accountants at non-profit arts groups also qualify for the loan forgiveness programs — positions not typically seen as public service jobs. But the largest group of beneficiaries would be those in education — more than 6.8 million people. The Education Department’s statistics arm estimates the nation’s schools will need 425,000 new teachers by the end of the decade.

basi said he is mostly thankful for his team because they are what gets him through the day. “(We have to be) making sure

that we’re on top of everything going on in Student Life things because it’s awesome to have students back on campus,” Abbasi said.

Lawrence man wins air guitar’s top title LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A Lawrence man has riffed and thrashed his way past 16 other contestants from Europe and Japan to win the world air guitar championship. Eric Melin is known as Mean Melin on the air guitar circuit, where contestants pretend to be playing a guitar. He became the newest World Air Guitar Champion in Finland on Friday. The Lawrence Journal-World

reports Melin came in second at the U.S. Air Guitar finals in Los Angeles, which meant he hadn’t qualified to compete at the World Air Guitar Championships in Finland. But in the air guitar competition world, there’s a Dark Horse round, which Melin won. Then he went to Finland and won. Melin says he had been planning to hang up his virtual guitar, but now he’ll keep strumming.

Ex-KU student sentenced to probation in assault LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A former University of Kansas student has been placed on 18 months of probation in the sexual assault of a 19-year-old female student at a dormitory. Jeremy R. Ruzas was sentenced Monday after he pleaded no contest in July to aggravated battery. He was arrested on February after a female student reported Ruzas assaulted her in her room at Oliver Hall dormitory room. Prosecutors say Ruzas, who had

been drinking, entered the woman’s room uninvited and assaulted her. Ruzas was originally charged with aggravated sexual battery and burglary. Ruzas left the university after he was charged. The Lawrence Journal-World reports ( ) Douglas County District Judge Sally Pokorny suspended an eight-month prison sentence because Ruzas had no criminal history. He could be sent to prison if he violates probation.

STUDY ABROAD with Emporia State University Have you ever wanted to live and learn in another country? Emporia State University gives you the opportunity to study in more than 60 countries. From two-weeks to a full academic year, study abroad is life-changing and can be affordable. Make yourself stand out among other students. Emporia State gives you the world! To learn more, contact us: James F. and Dorine D. Harter Office of International Education Memorial Union, Lower Level Room 40 ■

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XC seeks to improve MIAA ranking

Seniors say trip prepared them for 2013 season

J eremy D eckard

This summer, Emporia State seniors Paige Vanderpool, Emily Barto and Brianna Kaiser had the chance to experience something few Division II volleyball players get to – they played volleyball in China. The Hornet volleyball team spent 10 days in China over the summer break competing against some of the best players their country has to offer. The senior leaders all agreed that the Far East competition only prepared them more for the collegiate season. “It was a high level of competition,” Kaiser said. “We knew it would be a higher level than we are used to, but we prepared for it.” The trip was also Barto’s first “big international trip.” She called the experience an eye-opener. “We were really lucky that we got to go,” Barto said. “It will give us something extra over other teams since we got an extra month to practice and spent so much time together as a team.” The Hornets played four matches while in China, three against Chinese University squads and one against a professional team. Bing Xu, Hornet head coach, said he felt that the trip offered his players a new look at the game of volleyball and at life. “We competed very well against very different playing

Alex Skinner, sophomore middle distance runner, warms up with a mile on the track at Welch Stadium on Aug. 20. The first cross country meet of the season is J.K. Gold Classic on Sept. 7. Will Austin/The Bulletin

R ocky R obinson

On Aug. 15, the MIAA released the pre-season cross country polls. The Emporia State men were ranked 9 out of 9 teams, while the women were ranked 10 out of 11, an expected turnout after both teams placed last at the conference meet in 2012. Last year, both teams had quite a few freshmen pulling their weight on the team – the seven that made up the women’s conference team were all first-year collegiate runners. This year, however, the teams are made up of all returners, except two freshmen women and two freshmen men. Eric Wellman, head coach, said that a runner’s first year is mainly a learning experience. “They can come into the program and learn the system, while providing some depth to the team,” Wellman said.

Because of the high returner percentage, Wellman said he expects overall improvement for the 2013 season. Due to the monotonous training distance runners endure, especially over the summer, Wellman said he has been trying to introduce new workouts this year, and the athletes have even hit the gym hard a few times since practice started. “Practice has been going really well. It’s a lot of fun,” said Emily Schoenfeld, freshman psychology major. “I’m extremely nervous (for the first meet) but also really excited. I am hoping to run close to my high school PRs (personal records), but we’ll just have to wait and see.” On the men’s side, Wellman said fans should watch out for Daniel Claassen, sophomore, and Jacob Bull, junior, even though they had some difficulties in previ-

styles,” Xu said. “We got to play as a team and learn more about each other. Our players got to experience Chinese culture and taste a lot of different types of food. Overall, it was very successful.” The trip is something Xu has been planning for a long time, ever since taking over the volleyball program at ESU in 2006. “It has always been in mind that I wanted to take my team on a trip to China,” Xu said. “This year was the right time and I thank everyone who made the trip possible. It was a lot of planning, for sure.” The team visited legendary landmarks, such as the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China, but according to Vanderpool, the highlight of the trip was something much more personal. “Right when we got off the airplane (assistant coach) Ping (Wang) was already there with Coach’s brother. He hadn’t seen his brother in 17 years,” Vanderpool said. “We saw them reunite and that was one of the coolest things.” The Hornets will open the season with four games at the MSU Hampton Inn Invitational. They will play two games Sept. 6, against Northwestern Oklahoma State and McMurry. The team will then finish with two games against Southern Nazarene and Southwestern Oklahoma State Sept. 7.

Football Players to Watch

ous seasons. Taylor Stueve, sophomore elementary education major, the top runner on the women’s side, will R ocky R obinson also be returning. “My personal expectations for the season are to beat all of my previous best times from last year and to lead our team to become better,” Stueve said. “My goal for our team is to make regionals in A 6’2,” 220 lb. senior linebacker South Dakota.” from Warner Robbins, Ga., SandBoth Scheonfeld and Stueve ers finished his first year at Emposaid they are especially looking forward to the infamous Rim Rock ria State with over 30 tackles. He 6k race in Lawrence. “I have heard it is very hilly and difficult and I’m excited to encounter that,” Stueve said. ESU will host an inter-squad practice meet with themselves and This 5’10,” 185 lb. freshman runNewman at Jones Park on Saturning back from Yukon, Okla., only day. Both the men’s and women’s teams will travel to Augusta for the played football his senior year of high first official meet of the season, the school. J.K. Gold Classic, on Sept. 7.

information retrieved from www . emporia . edu

#52 Jordan Sanders improved that personal record last season, finishing the Hornets’ winning season with over 50 tackles and assisting on 45 other tackles.

#42 AJ West At Yukon High, he ran 1,702 yards over 195 carries for 15 touchdowns. West also received first-team All-Big city honors in Okla.

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