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Love at First Flight Shonrocks find happiness at 20,000 feet R ocky R obinson    Nothing says romance like a cramped coach flight. For President Michael Shonrock and his wife Karen, it was “love at first flight,” as the couple met on a plane from Lovett, Texas to Dallas. Southwest Airlines’ tag at the time was “the love connection.”     “ Obviously, she is beautiful,” Michael said. “No one has a greater heart, and she is abso-

lutely the sweetest person in the world. She touched my heart on the airline, and it didn’t take long to realize that she is just as beautiful on the inside. That was really something special to me.”    It only took a month for the couple to get engaged, and after a year of engagement they had a small wedding in Dallas. The Shonrocks celebrated their 20th anniversary last December.     “ They are just a phenomenal couple,” former student regent

at Texas Tech Kyle Miller said. “They are really the epitome of the perfect couple. They always present themselves well and are fashionable when they are out together. They are such a young couple at heart and they know each other like best friends.”    Karen said her role as first lady at ESU is to support her husband. During her time in Texas, Karen was the president of the university’s women’s club and hopes to get involved in

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President Michael Shonrock and his wife, Karen, recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary and are still finalizing their Valentine’s Day plans. Julie Thephachan/The Bulletin

Campus ‘goes ‘Couples’ share different brand of love red for women’ S usan W elte

When they met, she ruined his plans to hit on her friend. Now, she’s his wingman. For the past year and half, Kelly Roberts, senior secondary speech and theatre education and English education major, and Ben Wiebeck, junior German major, have formed a bond that is founded both in trust and understanding. “I definitely tell him more than I tell other people,” Roberts said. “But it’s weird to say (we’re) best friends – I feel like we should have matching bracelets.” Both are involved in P.R.I.D.E., share similar interests, and have the same job as secretaries in the communication and theatre department. Roberts said one person may stay after their shift is over just to talk to the other. “ We do a lot of chatting,” Roberts said. “Saying goodbye turns into another two or three hour conversation.” They’ve been mistaken for a couple before, but more often, people mistake them as siblings, Roberts said. “I’m actually wearing her shirt right now,” Wiebeck said. “Most people know well enough either that Kelly isn’t dating me, or that I don’t date girls.” Wiebeck said some girls may want to be friends with a guy just because he is gay, but he and Roberts don’t live up to the stereotype because there are so many other reasons why From left to right in descending order: Ben Wiebeck, junior German major, Kelly they are friends. Roberts, speech and theater education and English major, Kelsey Armstrong, “It didn’t start out with junior art education, Kyle Richardson, junior earth and space science education her crushing on me and then major, Ryan Wash and Latoya Williams-Green, senior communications major. Julie Thephachan/The Bulletin

“It’s Not You, It’s Me”

Top 10 Worst Breakup Lines 1. I’ve been seeing a lot of your sister lately. 2. I guess I’m just into girls now. 3. This might be the booze talking, but I think we should break up. 4. You look at lot different with the lights on. 5. I just want to dedicate more time to WoW. 6. When I’m around you I feel three pounds lighter because you bore the crap out of me. 7. I guess looks are everything. 8. Knock, Knock. Who’s there? Not me anymore. 9. You’re just not fulfilling my need. 10. We were dating?

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February is American Heart Month, which not only plays host to Valentine’s Day, but also heart health awareness campaigns such as the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women. To help spread awareness of Cardiovascular Disease, the Student Health and Wellness Center has launched various heart-focused initiatives. “When you think about the health issues that women have, a lot of people immediately think of breast cancer, but in reality heart disease is the number one killer in women,” said Mary McDaniel, assistant director of Student Wellness for Health Services. To help spread awareness, the Wellness Center sponsored a table in the Union last week promoting the cause. McDaniel said the Go Red for Women campaign was done with the help of Alison Germany, senior Student Wellness Center intern. “(The Go Red campaign) is just trying to raise awareness so that women will know the signs and symptoms and think about things and not just ignore them because (heart disease) does kill women,” Germany said. Since 2004, the AHA has faced the challenge of dismissing myths and raising awareness about cardiovascular disease. According to AHA’s Go Red for Women website, cardiovascular disease claims the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year. The AHA has recently set the goal of “reducing death and disability from cardiovascular disease and strokes by 20 percent, while improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent by the year 2020.” Germany said that Feb. 3 was Go Red Day, and students were encouraged to wear red all day to raise awareness. Students who stopped by the Wellness Center’s table in the Union on Friday could pick up a red dress pin to wear. Following Go Red Day, the Health Center will also promote

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College Jet Set: Part 2 in a Series

Asia leads in international enrollmentrollment T ianhai J iang

Infographic by Ellen Weiss

Of the 520 international students at Emporia State, over 90 percent are from Asian countries, according to figures provided by the Office of International Education. “Asians have an American dream,” said Seongeun Lee, junior marketing major from South Korea, “because when you think of a better education, the answer is (the) U.S., and Europe is expensive.” Students who come from sister schools in other countries pay in-state tuition, according

to Harry Imbeau, director of international student education and scholar services, because they are participants in international partnerships. The Kansas Board of Regents approves all exchanges. The Bulletin asked five Asian students how much tuition they pay at ESU. Of the five, four of them said they pay in-state tuition – about $2,500 for a full-time undergraduate. “The benefit is (that) we have students from different cultures who come here,” Imbeau said. “They enrich our classrooms, increase

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Briefs Math class looking for volunteers to ‘travel around world’

Students in the Teaching Middle/Secondary Mathematics class are looking for volunteers to help with a project to teach middle school students and their parents fun ways to enjoy math and alternate ways to meet the common core standards. The project is a service for Emporia Middle School. Last year, over 50 ESU students helped with the event. There are only 14 students currently in the course, so they are looking for students to volunteer from 5:30-9 p.m. on March 6 who are interested in workings with kids. Family Math Night will be held at Emporia Middle School, 2300 Graphic Arts Road. The concept is to “travel around the world” by going through each math station. To sign up, contact Connie Schrock at 341-5631 or, or Chase McIver at cmciver@emporia. edu.

Girl Scouts offer ‘Sweetheart Child Care’ this weekend Emporia Cadette Girl Scout Troop 34047 is offering Sweetheart Child Care on Saturday from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Amend Girl Scout Center, 1200 Burlingame Road. Children will make crafts, watch movies, dance, eat dinner, enjoy snacks and play games while parents enjoy each other’s company for the evening. Children who are potty trained up to age 10 may attend. Cost is $25 for the first child and $5 for each additional child. Children may bring their pajamas, blanket and pillow. To make a reservation or for more information call Susan “Momma Scout” Faler, 794-2026. Proceeds go toward Troop 34047’s October trip to Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.

Police Reports Reports given to The Bulletin from ESU Police and Safety Department Feb. 1 Officer stopped KS H3C2M at 15th and Wooster Dr. Verbal warning issued for a stop sign violation at same location. Officer provided escort for female student from Twin Towers Complex to Newman Regional Health. Officer provided escort for female student from Newman Regional Health to Twin Towers Complex. Officer stopped KS 686CBP at 12th and Union St. Verbal warning issued for failure to stop for pedestrian in crosswalk in 100 E 12th block. Resident of ESU Apt. Complex reported that a suspicious person claiming to be a fellow resident requested financial assistance from him and left personal items as collateral. Officer assisted reporting party in locating and returning property. Feb. 2 Officer stopped KS 797BAX in Lot 5. Verbal warning issued for a one-way violation in same location. Female student requested to speak with an officer in reference to a possible battery that took place in a campus dormitory. Officer assisted Emporia Police Dept. and Emporia Fire Dept. with an injury accident and vehicle fire in the vicinity of 11th and East St. Sgt. Shafer relieved Officer Johnson in assisting Emporia Police Dept. and Emporia Fire Dept. Officer checked ESU Apt. Complex for power outage caused by accident. No problem was found. Female student requested to speak with an officer in reference to a possible battery in a campus dormitory. Student was cited for battery. Feb. 3 Officer stopped KS 534 AWJ at I-35 and Merchant St. Verbal warning issued for failure to stop at the stop sign at same location. Officers responded to a noise complaint at ESU Apt. 41-D-1201 Triplett Dr. Residents were advised to keep the noise down. Officer stopped TX AC74350 in 100 W 18th block. Verbal warning issued for defective headlight. Ambulance responded to North Twin Towers 7th floor for a possible alcohol poisoning. Subject refused medical transport. Feb. 4 Officer assisted Emporia Police Dept. with a noninjury accident at 15th and State St. Feb. 5 Officer contacted subject on track with pets and advised of campus policy. Feb. 6 Student Health Services reported a sick student. Student was transported by officer to Newman Regional Health. Officer stopped KS 908ELY in 10 E 15th block. Verbal warning issued for a stop sign violation at 15th and Market St. Feb. 7 Male student requested to speak with an officer at ESU Apt. C-31 1201 Triplet Dr. *Log for Feb. 8 not provided to The Bulletin by press time on Wednesday

C harlie H eptas A new radio show and the finding of some additional funding were among the topics discussed by the faculty senate Tuesday. Jennifer Cheray, Associated Student Government vice president and senior marketing major, gave updates from ASG including discussing their time spent at the capitol for Higher Education Day. “All of the regents universities sent students to the capitol to meet with legislators,” Cheray said. “ESU met with 26 legislators together, and our talking points were the economic return (for taxpayers) of higher education… we were opposing the conceal and carry bill and talked about student debt.” Tes Mehring, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs and Student Life, said that President Michael Shonrock had found money

LOVE... from page 1 finding out, ‘Oh, he’s totally not available,’” Wiebeck said. But it’s a different story for Kelsey Armstrong, junior art education major, and Kyle Richardson, junior earth and space science education major – they are mistaken as a couple constantly. Richardson said if it weren’t for the fact that the two are not attracted to each other – each dates girls – and are dating other people, they would be dating. Over the summer when they work as camp counselors, they even tell the kids that they are a couple. “My girlfriend also worked at camp,” Richardson said. “(The kids) would be like ‘Kyle and Kelsey are dating,’ and she’d just go along with it.” It’s harder for Armstrong and Richardson to see each

RED... from page 1 a Zumba event. On Feb. 13, 15 and 16, students who attend the Zumba classes at the Student Recreation Center will have their name entered to win a gift basket. “There’s a lot of things that young women can do when they’re young that will protect their future cardiac health,” McDaniel said.

to aid the new undergraduate research fund, which helps pay for students to travel to conferences and present their work nationally. Funding for faculty to teach distance courses had also increased. In addition to participating in a radio show two times a month, Shonrock will appear on a public television program and will write a monthly article for The Gazette to help increase awareness about ESU, said Kevin Johnson, president of faculty and associate professor of business. Johnson said that anyone who wished to contribute to these shows should contact the president’s office with their ideas. “I think the key is that as long as it’s something that promotes what we’re doing at ESU, I don’t think (Shonrock) had a long list of what you could or couldn’t do,” Johnson said. The committee on Academic Affairs worked on the final exam policy as well and discussed the number of physical education credit hours that count towards graduation, said

Dwight Moore, associate professor of biology. The number of credits currently accepted is four, but the committee had not reached any consensus as to how to make a change. Marian Riedy, associate professor of business, said that Shonrock would be attending the next faculty affairs meeting to discuss the intellectual property bill. The meeting is open and will start at 3:30 p.m., Feb. 14 in Science Hall 177. The group had also compiled the average administrator and faculty salaries for the Faculty Senate’s review. No further action was taken on the salaries at the meeting. Johnson said that the administrator evaluation bill passed by the Faculty Senate last semester had been sent to Shonrock for approval. Johnson said Shonrock wished to discuss the bill with him and Kevin Rabas, vice president of Faculty Senate and co-director of creative writing, before announcing his decision to Faculty Senate. The next faculty senate meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m., Feb. 21 in Webb Hall.

other now because they used to live on the same floor at the Heartland Apartments. Now they each currently live across town. Richardson said he doesn’t treat Armstrong any different from his guy friends. “I can tell him anything, even if we haven’t talked in like a few weeks or a month,” Armstrong said. “I can still talk girly things with him. Sometimes he doesn’t listen, but he pretends.” While some liken the relationship between debate partners to a marriage, Ryan Wash and Latoya Williams-Green, senior education majors, are strictly platonic, and they both date guys. As a debate team, they have known each other for five years. Part of their teamwork is based on the fact that their personalities play off each other. “We generally believe in the

same things, but how we get there is radically different,” Wash said. “Her mind works in a strange way to me, but it’s beautiful at the same time.” At their first debate tournament together, as the announcers read out the top 10 debaters in descending order, Williams-Green thought that Wash didn’t place. Then, they announced that he had received first place at his first college open varsity debate tournament. “I just wondered, ‘Who am I debating with,’” Williams-Green said. Some debate partners just do business, but their friendship is authentic, Williams-Green said, because they go through real problems with each other. She said it makes her want to fight a little harder in debate or real life for Wash. “I’m Ryan’s biggest fan,” Williams-Green said.

Some of the signs of a Heart Attack can include shortness of breath, sudden extreme fatigue, stabbing chest pain, pounding heartbeats, and nausea. These symptoms and more, as well as risk factors and information on what to do if you think you are having a heart attack can be found at Students can also receive additional information from

the Health Center. Going along with the theme of heart health, the counseling center will hold a program on healthy relationships in the Union on Valentine’s Day. Students can also look for February’s Student Health 101, which is now available and features articles about healthy relationships, fitness and contraceptive awareness.

Washington state lawmakers pass gay marriage bill OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state lawmakers voted to approve gay marriage Wednesday, setting the stage for the state to become the seventh in the nation to allow same-sex couples to wed. The action comes a day after a federal appeals court declared California’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional, saying it was a violation of the civil rights of gay and lesbian couples. The Washington House passed the bill on a 55-43 vote. The state Senate approved the measure last week. And Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire is expected to sign the measure into law next week. However, gay couples can’t begin walking down the aisle just yet. The proposal would take effect 90 days after the governor signs, but opponents have promised to fight gay marriage with a ballot measure that would allow voters to overturn the legislative approval. If opponents gather enough signatures to take their fight to the ballot box, the law would be put on hold pending the outcome of a November election. Otherwise gay couples could wed starting in June. Washington state has had domestic partnership laws since 2007, and more than a dozen other states have provisions, ranging from civil unions

to gay marriage, supporting same-sex couples. Gay marriage is legal in New York, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Washington D.C. Lawmakers in New Jersey are expected to vote on gay marriage next week, and Maine could see a gay marriage proposal on the November ballot. Proposed amendments to ban gay marriage will be on the ballots in North Carolina in May and in Minnesota in November. The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled against California’s voterapproved same-sex marriage ban, known as Proposition 8. The three-judge panel gave gay marriage opponents time to appeal the 2-1 decision before ordering the state to allow same-sex weddings to resume. The judges also said the decision only applies to California, even though the court has jurisdiction in nine western states. Lawyers for the coalition of conservative religious groups that sponsored Proposition 8 said they have not decided if they will seek a new 9th Circuit hearing or file an appeal directly to the U.S. Supreme Court. Washington state’s momentum for same-sex marriage has been building and the debate has changed

significantly since 1998, when lawmakers passed Washington’s Defense of Marriage Act banning gay marriage. The constitutionality of that law ultimately was upheld by the state Supreme Court in 2006. But earlier that year, a gay civil rights measure passed after nearly 30 years of failure, signaling a change in the Legislature. The quick progression of domestic partnership laws in the state came soon after, with a domestic partnership law in 2007, and two years of expansion that culminated in 2009 with “everything but marriage” expansion that was upheld by voters. In October, a University of Washington poll found that an increasing number of people in the state support same-sex marriage. About 43 percent of respondents said they support gay marriage, up from 30 percent in the same poll five years earlier. Another 22 percent said they support giving identical rights to gay couples, without calling the unions “marriage.” If a challenge to gay marriage law was on the ballot, 55 percent said they would vote to uphold the law. And 38 percent said they would vote to reject a gay marriage law. The gay marriage bill also has the backing of several prominent Pacific Northwest businesses, including Microsoft, Nike and Starbucks.


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Bike cop unit downsized, remains unstaffed S usan W elte While patrol cars are still roaming the streets of Emporia, residents may have noticed a change in law enforcement – the police department no longer keeps a bike patrol on staff. “I grew up in Emporia,” said Emma Summey, freshman elementary education major and student employee for campus Police & Safety. “I remember seeing the bike cops around town. They’d stop and talk to all the kids.” The Emporia Police Department stopped keeping staff on bike patrol over the summer, but the program was not entirely cut, said Police Chief Gary Smith. “We still use a bike patrol for special events,” Smith said. Smith also said the decrease in bike cops was not budget related. Bike cops could get to places that officers in patrol cars could not, especially on campus, said Capt. Chris Hoover, director of Police and Safety. They normally patrolled highly populated areas and dealt with special events because they could fit through spaces cars could not. “If you have a bike patrol, people know you’ve got (it) – they know

that you might show up in a place that they wouldn’t normally expect to see a cop car,” Hoover said. “They might be a little less inclined to do inappropriate things.” But bike cops are a specialized unit, and Emporia State’s program lost the funding needed to be able to keep them on staff. ESU’s program, which lasted about eight years according to Hoover, lost funding long before the city of Emporia downsized its program, and the university has been without officers on bikes for about seven years. “You have to do regular routine patrol first,” Hoover said. “You have to have a fairly staffed department because the bike department is a specialty patrol unit and if your staffing levels go down, you’ve got to go back to normal patrol and do away with some of the specialty patrols.” These specialty patrols can range from bicycles, four-wheelers, horses and even motorcycles. In 1981, when Hoover first came to ESU, there were 11 full-time staff members at Police & Safety. Included in these staff members were a director, a lieutenant, three sergeants and six officers. Today it is reduced to two full-time staff members. They

FLIGHT... from page 1 activities like that here.    T he Shonrocks will spend Valentine’s day apart. With their furniture still in another state, Karen is leaving to oversee the move, but Michael said they plan to celebrate earlier.     “I really enjoy decorating,” Karen said. “I am so excited to finally get our furniture here. I think it is going to look great in our house. We are definitely going to have an open tour after we get all moved in.” The couple doesn’t have any kids but considers family very important with 18 nieces and nephews. “The way the world is these days we are always in contact,” Karen said. “I am talking to my family constantly, whether it is on the phone or by text. It is also a really easy trip back with just a three hour flight back to Texas.” While their marriage is not “Facebook official” - neither of the Shonrocks currently have Facebook accounts - they plan to be more active on social media sites in the future so they can stay in touch with family back home and so students at Emporia can get to know them.

Mayor helps foil burglars, learns he was robbed HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Hutchinson Mayor Ron Sellers found out what it›s like to be a crime fighter and crime victim on the same night. Sellers phoned police to report suspicious people walking around his neighborhood before dawn on Tuesday. The officers who arrived found stolen property in a car the burglary suspects left behind when they fled the neighborhood, The Hutchinson News reported. When police started going through the stolen goods, they found computers belonging to Sellers and his wife and the mayor realized that his home had been burglarized while they slept. Police Capt. Troy Hoover said that Sellers› prompt action will help police clear several residential and motor vehicle burglaries that occurred overnight, and possibly some earlier cases. «It was a good snag,» Hoover said. Detective Curtis Black said one suspect has been arrested and additional arrests are expected. Sellers said he had trouble getting back to sleep after his wife let one of their dogs out about 2 a.m. Tuesday so he stayed up to watch television.

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no longer have a lieutenant and currently only have five officers. Hoover said he believes the city’s bike patrol had an impact on some of the behaviors exhibited in the downtown area, such as criminal damage, drinking in public and fighting. A common assumption is bike cops are more approachable,

but they’re just more accessible, Hoover said. “They were given a specialized area,” Hoover said. “Those types of violations occur more frequently and certainly more within their view on the bike.” Training is another problem with having bike cops, Hoover said.

Unless an officer is an avid bicyclist, officers cannot switch back and forth. Maneuvering on a bike and working an 8-hour shift on it can be difficult, Hoover said. “It’s not really easy,” Hoover said. “You have to continue with it to have yourself physically able to do it and respond appropriately.”

Topeka women meld arts, activism in their work TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The first rule of The Craftivists is simple: It has to be fun. The group started two years ago, when it spun off from a Girls Craft Night the four friends had together. They then became The Craftivists after they made handmade cards and poems that were then sent to then-Gov. Mark Parkinson. The name comes from their desire to mix craft and activism together. The notes were a thank-you for restoring funding to Planned Parenthood and a criticism for his work with Sunflower Electric Power Corp. on a power plant expansion in Holcomb. “Thanks for standing up for women’s rights, wish you could have found a better way to keep on the lights,” one note read. “We thought maybe they would get looked at it because they were handmade,” Michelle McCormick said. “So that was funny and fun, and we started making more, and people started responding to what we were doing.” The four women — McCormick, Nikki MacMillan, Sara O’Keeffe and Laura Burton — met when they all worked as victim advocates for the YWCA’s Battered Women Task Force, which is now named the YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment. McCormick has moved on to another job, and the others still work at the YWCA. The group uses repurposed or recycled goods to make jewelry, buttons, pendants and their signature item, The Craftivist Window. The windows developed when they were asked to do something for a group of seemingly useless windows

that had been taken out of the YWCA. “Our director said we really would like it if you could make something with these to benefit the agency,” MacMillan said. “We asked a lot of people what would they do with these windows, and no one could give us anything. Finally, we said we are going to figure something out.” The windows are usually spray-painted with a lace stencil and then decorated with decorated transparencies. “We modified an art project that we had seen from glass plates,” McCormick said. “The first window debuted at the Concealed Revealed Art Auction for the YWCA. People really liked it then, so we started making more, and for the first year, everything that we made was donated to charities for art auctions.” The Craftivists see the windows as a blank canvas for their work. “The nice thing about windows is that they are fairly easy to reinvent,” Burton said. “And we’ve gone lots of different directions with them.” They began selling their work in order to be able to buy more supplies. They continue to donate to charities. Their wares can be found at The Elective in NOTO, short for the North Topeka Art District. In two years, they have gone from having craft nights to being the featured artist at the 2011 Aaron Douglas Art Fair, when they were named the people’s choice for their booth. The cost of their products range from $5 for a pendant to between $75 and $250 for the

windows. “We feel like most people would be able to accommodate a smaller piece in their house, and they can hang it on their wall,” O’Keeffe said. “We always benefit a charity, and we prefer local,” McCormick said. Charities that have benefited from their donations include the YWCA, the Great Mural Wall of Topeka, the Topeka Rescue Mission and the Topeka Bicycle Project. The group also makes and sells buttons that are pro-Kansas and pro-Topeka. “I’m a big fan of buttons,” Burton said. “I think people should wear their hearts on their clothing.” A lot of the group’s artwork features birds flying away. And while they will joke, “If you like it you should have put a bird on it,” the images have a serious meaning. “All of our backgrounds are working with domestic violence, and there’s that symbol that you are able to travel and not trapped,” Burton said. “When you think about women, which is often the subject of our art, that is a big focus for us: freedom of movement and freedom of choice.” MacMillan agreed. “You see birds so much in survivor art, and so much of that is birds breaking free,” MacMillan said. “I think that is an image that speaks to us.” The Craftivists are planning a gift to show their appreciation for Topeka on Valentine’s Day. They aren’t giving anything away yet, but say that the gift will be easy to spot.


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Brownback Fudges Up Democracy There is nothing unusual about meeting “informally” with the governor. It is only when those meetings contain political discourse among a voting majority that it violates the Kansas Open Meetings Act, and this, sadly, is what Gov. Sam Brownback appears to have done when he hosted seven meetings in January for Republicans on 13 legislative committees. KOMA states that a voting majority of a legislative body may not discuss government business without giving the public notice or access to the meetings. But Brownback spoke on issues like tax cuts and water policy over the course of the private meetings, according to the Wichita Eagle. Yet, the public was not informed of the meetings, even though the law requires it. Shawnee County District Attorney and Democrat Chad Taylor is investigating the legality of the meetings and whether they violated KOMA – the legality of the meetings depends on whether legislators discussed substantive legislative issues and how much interaction there was among them. Brownback’s administration continues to

claim that the meetings at Cedar Crest, his official residence, were of a purely social nature. They have even said that aides were present to keep legislators from having discussions that might violate KOMA, legislators say. If, in fact, Brownback did violate the open meetings law, the citizens of should be outraged. If we cannot rely on transparency at the highest levels of state government, then who can we trust? Democracy relies on the people’s ability to trust their elected officials, which is infinitely more difficult when secret meetings are held at Cedar Crest. The politicians involved should have known better. Brownback’s office should have been forthright about the meetings before they occurred because now, how can we trust that the governor has Kansas’ best interests at heart if he is willing to violate the law? The Bulletin demands governmental accountability at all levels. The Open Meetings Act allows citizens to observe the gears of government in motion and keeps democracy safe. It is not disposable and not up for negotiation.

A Time To Love Utter Cupidity The older I get, the more people I meet who genuinely dislike Valentine’s Day. My response – since when is it popular to be a Scrooge? True, companies use it as an excuse to sell ridiculous things we don’t need. True, there is no better way to make single people feel especially lonely. And true, we’re actually celebrating some guy’s E llen W eiss death. But what kind of soci- ety would this be if we didn’t put aside one day of the year to revel in the concept of love? Most American holidays are religious, which, let’s be honest, aren’t all-inclusive. Then there are founding fathers’ birthdays and historical events, etc., etc. We all gladly accept them as an excuse to get out of school andor gorge ourselves. Who wouldn’t? But if I’m being honest with myself, I know I don’t feel any sort of true inspiration. They just don’t speak to me on a personal note. Then, there’s Valentine’s Day, a day to unify us all. During this time of political turmoil and social divide, what better way to unite the country than with every human being’s ultimate desire – to have someone care about you, to have someone miss you, to have someone say to you, “I love you,” and really mean it. There are naysayers who may argue that you shouldn’t need just one day. They say that if you truly care about someone, you will tell them every day, with every breath you take. This, of course, is a parody of romance. The purpose of Valentine’s Day, however, is not to force you to send a cheesy card, buy a stupid teddy bear and squeeze out a single, insincere tear. Rather, I think of it as a chance to take a day out of our crazy, busy year to focus on our relationships, whether they are with a romantic partner or not. So, to all you Valentine’s Day scrooges, get over yourselves, shed your bah-humbuggery for one day and let someone know you care for them. It will feel good. I promise.

It’s coming. Valentine’s Day. It will be here sooner than you think, and more than likely, no one here has any idea what one needs to do, nor have, for this particular occasion. And how could we? On this day people say they want nothing, no gifts, no proclamations of love and desire, but what they really, truly want is to be surprised in ways A ndrew P otter they could never imagine. And yet, there is always that moment when you realize they know something special is going to happen, and the surprise is essentially ruined. This is the fundamental flaw in Valentine’s Day. I could go on and on about how horrible Valentine’s Day is due to the effect it has on single people, and honestly, it feels horrible to be single on Valentine’s Day, walking into a restaurant only to see nothing but couples enjoying a romantic feast and then being refused service because the restaurant is at max capacity, not to mention the pitiful looks thrown your way because you don’t have your arm draped around someone, or because there is no one with their arm draped around you. Damn those hosts and hostesses for making pity another part of their job. Honestly, I find I dislike Valentine’s Day even more while being in a relationship than being single. I don’t want to be forced to do something for my significant other because someone else, or society, told me to. If I can’t make the person I am with feel special every day that we are together, then I shouldn’t be with that person. The same is true for everyone. It seems as though Valentine’s Day exists simply for those who enjoy the thrill of a challenge, trying to best some other couple. It doesn’t matter if you bake a cake that spells out their name in binary because your best friend just did the same thing. Nay, I shall not give into this clumsy holiday and instead treat that day like any other day – cook dinner for someone who deserves it and not worry about creating the cake that disproves the Banach-Tarski paradox once and for all.

Guest Column: Plug-In to Online Education One of my 2011 highlights is when ESU professors Dr. Harvey Foyle and Dr. Marcus Childress visited South Korea to talk to my students about technology and the future of learning. In 2007, these men helped me renew my passion for learning. Seeing them teach my students face-to-face, half the world away was a cool bookmark in the story of how fast technology and globalization is changing. K en M orrison In 2001, I saw my favorite col- L inton G lobal C ollege D aejeon , S outh K orea lege professor transformed into a temporary robot because he was technologically handcuffed to a high-tech teacher station when teaching a class that was also broadcasted to satellite campuses. The first three classes were brutal. However, by adjusting and communicating, we found a happy balance. Eleven years later, I’m happy to say that I was part of one of the first distance learning projects in Nebraska. I also remember much of the content of that course and apply it today. Mature thinking of students and clear communication among all involved can help improve each course. The “Education Divide” is very real and very scary both in Emporia and globally. It increases divisions of the economic classes. It is important for established educational institutions to continue both research and application to find what works and what does not work in online learning to lessen that gap. I’m thankful for MIT and Stanford allowing anyone in the world to listen to lectures for

free. I love listening to the lectures when riding my bike through beautiful mountains and busy cities in Korea. I love it more when my students tell me that they listened to the same lecture as I did over the weekend...for fun. Please do not compare Emporia State’s online classes to Phoenix Online University. I’m proud of the education I received on-line through Emporia State University. More importantly, I’m also thankful for the continued knowledge I get today from the network of passionate professors and students in our Instructional Design and Technology department. A classmate (Aaron Sumner) was inspired by the highlevel of interactive, salivating knowledge that we were sharing on our Blackboard discussions. He created his own Ning network in 2008 that currently connects 430 students and professionals who continue learning together long after we graduate from ESU. Our connections that we started online through ESU are real, the education is real, and the learning and mentoring never stops. Rather than falling behind because it isn’t perfect yet, lets continue to communicate and innovate so more people can benefit from online learning. Let’s help professors adjust. Let’s look for new ways to adapt. Let’s call out the students and professors who simply aren’t trying. Our online experiences are only as shallow as we choose to make them. Some will be satisfied with cute cats and Wikipedia. Yet, there are some professors in many departments at ESU doing a great job of using technology to give students an enriched learning environment that simply did not exist when I first entered college.

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Letter to the Editor Dear Editor-in-Chief, I’m writing you today in regards to Andrew Potter’s recent editorial, “Knowledge, Unplugged.” I have worked in Higher Education for the entirety of my career, and obtained my MS in IDT from Emporia State through the online program. Mr. Potter’s objections are the dissenting arguments I hear most often in reference to online education. Potter’s reference to “traditional schooling” is outdated. Today’s face-to-face course offerings more closely resemble a two-dimensional environment through the use of an online LMS like Blackboard. Students interact in real time, but they’re also presented the opportunity to engage online. With the proliferation of streaming media, the distance students’ classroom experience is only minimally different than those enrolled in face-to-face classes. Institutions are dedicated to maintaining the availability of their IT infrastructure. The IT budget being second only to that that maintains the physicality of the institution. Therefore, a distance student’s likelihood of encountering technological hurdles is only marginally greater than a student who walks into a classroom to find the projector burned out. Potter’s point about employment is simply false. Employers are far more interested in the accreditation of the institution a prospect attended. At Emporia, the Teacher’s College is accredited by NCATE; the same organization that accredits schools like Ohio State University, Duke University, Stanford and, consequently, the University of Phoenix. Finally, the higher education experience is transforming. As institutions continue to face budget cuts, they are forced to find alternatives to course offerings. Here in North Carolina, the 17 Universities of the UNC system, which includes UNC-Chapel Hill, no longer offer faceto-face courses during the summer term. Students wishing to take a summer course must choose from an online course offering. I would urge Potter to investigate further. Perhaps pick up some of those “books and scientific journals” we online students were expected to read and use his education to research a “tangent (that) leads to discussions that will actually occupy your mind and leave you salivating for more information that interests and educates you.” Sincerely, Elizabeth Ermis ‘09 Instructional Technologist High Point University

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Garritano provides diverse musical experience S teven E dwards Classical, Romantic era and contemporary music filled Heath Recital Hall on Friday as Andrea Garritano, soprano and music department faculty, and Tara Laudie, pianist, performed for the Emporia community. Garritano said the performance pieces varied in vocal difficulty. “The aria and songbook favorites were a mixture of pieces that vocal music students may or may not be able to sing,” said Garritano. “I was trying to go for more of a mixed repertoire.” Garritano and Laudie said they enjoyed performing the selection of songs they chose, and they had a great performance. Garritano said she specifically enjoyed being able to perform a diverse set of music as opposed to only classical or Romantic era pieces. “It was a treat to be able to collaborate with her on this,” Laudie said. The performance was followed by a reception in the rotunda in Plumb Hall. Many of the attendees were music students. “I really enjoyed the pieces she performed tonight,” said senior music major Boram Shin. “The Schubert piece (“Gretchen am Spinnrade”) was my favorite of them all.” Garritano and Laudie performed fifteen pieces, each one differing in language, musical tone, lyrical imagery, vocal range and time period. The performance started with four pieces by Mozart – “Das Veilchen,” “Abendempfindung,” “Als Luise die Briefe ihres ungetreuen Liebhabers verbrannte,” and “E Susanna non vien Done sono” from “Le Nozze di Figaro.” The duo then performed “Deh, pietoso, oh Addolorata” and “Perduta ho la

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Andrea Garritano, soprano and music instructor, begins the night with works from Mozart. Garritano sang after recovering from losing her voice just a week earlier. Jenny Pendarvis/The Bulletin

pace” by Giuseppe Verdi, followed by “Gretchen am Spinnrade” by Franz Schubert. After a brief intermission, Garritano and Laudie performed “Ain’t it a Pretty Night” by opera composer Carlisle Floyd and “I Never Saw a Moor” by Richard Pearson Thomas. This was followed by four songs by Samuel

Barber – “The Daisies,” “Sure on this Shining Night,” “St. Ita’s Vision” and “Promiscuity.” The performance ended with “Sweet Suffolk Owl” and “Waterbird” by Richard Hundley. The ESU music department has numerous events planned for the spring and will present a jazz festival and concert from 7 a.m.

to 5 p.m. on Valentine’s Day in Albert Taylor Hall. The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. The music department will also present a wind ensemble performance at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 21 in Albert Taylor Hall. A complete listing of spring ESU music events can be found at music.

Broadway dancers illuminate Granada stage S teven E dwards Families and students flocked to the Granada Theater on Saturday for a light show performance of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling” and Aesop’s fable “The Tortoise and the Hare.” The show was presented by the Emporia Arts Council and was produced by the Corbian Visual Arts and Dance & Lightwire Theater. “I’ve never seen a light show like that before. I thought it was really different and creative,” said attendee Alan Ryan. “You could tell they put a lot of effort into it.” The Corbian Visual Arts and Dance & Lightwire Theater has a 10-member cast, two of which are the show’s creators Ian Carney and Corbin Popp. The group uses costumes, stage sets and puppets fitted with battery operated electroluminescent wires called “EL wires,” which eliminate the need for stage lighting or even power outlets. Carney and Popp said the theater group started after the two met while dancing in the Broadway show “Movin’ Out,” and began utilizing the new technology to create their show, along with a new form of puppetry. The Corbian Visual Arts and Dance & Lightwire Theater began performing their own renditions of the “The Ugly

Duckling” and “The Tortoise and the Hare” shows last month, but these classics are not the group’s first set of shows. Over the last couple years, the group has performed in cities all over the Americas and Europe with a different show called “Darwin the Dinosaur: A Glow in the Dark Adventure for All Ages.” The light show tells the story of Professor Henslow, a famous scientist with magical powers, and his creation Darwin the Dinosaur. The character of Professor Henslow creates a heart for Darwin in order to transform him from a predatory beast into a loving creature. Darwin and the professor are walking around outdoors when Darwin gets distracted by a group of fireflies and ends up meeting other creatures in the wild. When Darwin meets a vicious red dinosaur named Brutus who threatens to harm the professor, Darwin has to make a life changing decision that helps him discover the meaning of true love. The group has put the production of “Darwin the Dinosaur” on hiatus while they focus on their other performances, which will be touring the United States and Canada until the end of May. Carney and Popp said the group will resume worldwide performances in September, starting with a show in New Orleans on Sept. 2.

Members from the Emporia community consider purchasing a duckling for a souvenir before the performance starts. “The Ugly Duckling” and “The Tortoise and The Hare” were performed on the Granada stage on Saturday. Yo Han Kim/The Bulletin

Google installing fast Internet service in KCK KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Google plans to begin construction Monday on its long-awaited super-speed Internet service in Kansas City, Kan. Kevin Lo, the Google executive heading up the project, announced the start of construction on the company›s Google Fiber Blog, according to The Kansas City Star. Google said it would install the fiber

infrastructure first and then connect Google Fiber into homes across Kansas City. “We’ve measured utility poles; we›ve studied maps and surveyed neighborhoods; we›ve come up with a comprehensive set of detailed engineering plans; and we›ve eaten way too much barbecue. Now, starting today, we›re ready to lay fiber,” Lo’s blog post read.

Terror and chills abound in James Watkins’ new film, “The Woman in Black.” Classic techniques of horror are used to terrifying effect as we see Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) menaced by the eponymous woman in black. Stealthy noises in the night, a glimpse of a shadow out of the corner of your eye, toys and rocking chairs that move on their own and flashes of images right in front of your face that will cause you to jump in your seat. Kipps is a young lawyer who is sent to find documents left behind by the late occupant of Eel Marsh, a decrepit mansion located on a spit of land only reachable by a thin winding road that is so low that it disappears when the tide comes in. The locals are unwilling to help him in this endeavor and try to force him to leave. However, Kipps cannot fail this job because it is his last chance at the firm he is employed at, and he has a young son, Joseph (Misha Handley), to support. But he finds that the house comes with more than just a mountain of old papers. The grounds are haunted by the spirits of a woman shrouded in black and several young children, all of whom do their best to threaten Kipps. He soon discovers the legend of the woman and that she is, in fact, responsible for the deaths of the children in the village, a form of revenge for the loss of her son. The mansion itself is a triumph of supernatural proportions with its crumbling façade and shadowy corridors. Watkins has helped create a masterful atmosphere for this style of ghost story. The hallways in the mansion are long and end in shadows. The rooms provide countless hiding places for shadowy specters, and each win dow becomes a portal into horror. This film’s greatest strength lies in the brilliant sound work. The visuals on their own aren’t all that scary, but the atmosphere generated by the sound of a children’s toy turning on by itself echoing through a huge mansion is palpable. Screams and bangs are used expertly to create tons of “jump” moments throughout the film. Everything from a malfunctioning faucet to a ghostly shriek is used to keep the audience on their toes. The one issue I had with this movie was Daniel Radcliffe. It’s not that he’s a bad actor, and it’s not even that I can only think of him as being Harry Potter. It’s because he looks and sounds entirely too young to be the father of a fouryear-old. Definitely check out “The Woman in Black” in theaters, where you can get the full experience of the eerie visuals, the horrifying sounds and the supernatural mastery that is Eel Marsh Manor.

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T ianhai J iang When Joe Yanik, professor and chair of the math department, received a national award last summer in Kentucky, he thought it was just a joke. “When one of our friends congratulated us on winning an award, we just looked at him, and we didn’t know what he was talking about,” said Betsy Yanik, math professor and Joe’s wife. “We began to take it seriously when two or three more people congratulated him. It was really funny because he found out about the award so unofficially.” Yanik was awarded a certificate for meritorious service from the Mathematical Association of America during the 2012 Joint Mathematics Meeting in Boston, Mass. “I felt very humbled because there was some very prestigious people who were getting awards in the ceremony,” Yanik said. Yanik has been an active member of the Kansas Section for more than 20 years and has served as secretary-treasurer since 2006. “Dr. Yanik is most deserving of the award,” said Cynthia

Woodburn, webmaster and former chair of the MAA Kansas Section and professor at Pittsburg State. “Dr. Yanik has a long and exemplary record of contributions to MAA in general and the Kansas Section in particular. Whenever a question comes up, Joe is always the first one I contact, and he is always helpful in a timely manner.” MAA is the largest professional society focused on mathematics accessible at the undergraduate level. It began in 1894 with the “American Mathematical Monthly” publication. This award is presented for service at the national level or to a section of the group since 1983, according to MAA’s website. “The association helps us to keep current,” Yanik said. “We compare notes with faculty from other universities, and it’s nice to have students get to know what’s going on for the profession.” Brian Hollenbeck, associate professor of math, won the MAA teaching award last year, and ESU students won first place both individually and as a team in the MAA Kansas section problem-solving competition two years ago.

Joe Yanik presents his certificate for meritorious service awarded to him by the Mathematical Association of America last month. Yanik has been teaching a class this semester at Butler Community College in El Dorado for distance learning students. Jenny Pendarvis/The Bulletin

Foundation search committee meets for first time K haili S carbrough The ESU Foundation, a nonprofit fundraising corporation for the university, kicked off the search for a new president and CEO on Friday at the Sauder Alumni Center with an informational presentation. Afterwards the search committee met for the first time face-to-face. “We want to be as transparent as possible in this process,” said Russell Everhart, committee president and alumni representative. “I think it’s important that with the candidate we choose, we need to make sure they can follow and lead through the strategic plan with this group of folks and lead the ESU Foundation into the future.” There is no concrete timetable for the search’s progression, but Gwen Larson, assistant director of marketing and media relations, said they have gotten some applications and the review of them will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. “It allows (the committee) to take as long as they will need to get the right person,” Larson said. The committee consists of several board members, alumni, trustees, and community representative as well as ESU associate professor John Rich, ESU vice-president Jim Meyer and ASG vice-president Jennifer

Stephen Williams, ESU Foundation trustee, analyzes the foundation’s strategic plan. The foundation presidential search committee meeting was held last Friday in Sauder Alumni Center. Lingzi Su/The Bulletin

Cheray. “I am thrilled to bring together a diverse set of individuals who have one, united commitment to our university,” said Lana Oleen, Board Chair Executive Committee and Finance Committee. Larson said the committee’s leadership statement, which is a booklet that contains information on ESU, the community and the foundation itself, is available on the foundation’s website. It also contains a list of qualifications and traits the committee is looking for in a president as well as a list of duties and responsibilities of the president. “One of the things that the foundation is working hard on right now is increasing

scholarships,” Larson said. She said that the foundation board is engaged in offering more scholarships at higher amounts of money and that are renewable for a longer time. “The beauty of scholarships is that they don’t have to be paid back,” Larson said. “They truly are a gift to the students.” Along with their leadership statement, the committee also gave an outline of their strategic plan, which encompasses their goals and expectations for the foundation this year. The plan states that the main purpose of the foundation is to help and promote the development of ESU and the education and welfare of its students, faculty, staff and alumni.

JET SET... from page 1 diversity, bring their knowledge about culture and ways of thinking that we don’t have here…the partnerships are not about tuition – they are about academic sharing.” Lee came from a Sunlin College partnership in South Korea and pays in-state tuition. She said that in-state tuition is more affordable for international students, although some do pay out-of-state costs. ESU’s student population was comprised of 8.7 percent international students last fall, the third highest percentage at regents universities. Fort Hays State had the highest percentage of international students – about 32 percent – and Wichita State’s was 12 percent. When Oladipo Olaonipekun, sophomore computer information systems major from Nigeria, first came to ESU, he said he hoped to have two or three fellow Nigerians he could get to know. “At least you can kind of feel more relaxed and comfortable,” Olaonipekun said, “but when I got here, I was the only Nigerian I knew for a while.” Imbeau said international recruitment is following the current national trend in which China,

India and South Korea are the top three countries sending the most students to the U.S. “If you have a heavy concentration of students from China or South Korea on campus, then the cultures of those areas are what those students bring with them, then that sort of becomes more predominant on your campus,” said Lynn Hobson, associate vice president of student life. “So the more you can have students from all around the world, whether it’s South America, Africa or Europe as well as India, South Korea and China, the broader the experience everybody can have learning from each other.” International students with an F or J visa are also required by KBOR to have health insurance, according to Imbeau, which would be $1,081 for the ESU approved and recommended UnitedHealthcare Insurance Plan for 2011-2012 school year. All international students at ESU are required to demonstrate English proficiency, according to ESU’s website. So they may need to take classes in the Intensive English Program to prepare for academic courses, which is $1,898 per course for out-of-state students, and $1,048 for in-state students.

George Brett falsely advertises necklaces IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Lawyers are seeking class-action status for a lawsuit that claims Hall of Fame slugger George Brett has been falsely advertising necklaces and bracelets as being able to help improve health and sports performance. A lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Des Moines claims Spokane Valley, Wash.-based Brett Bros. Sports International Inc. has falsely claimed its Ionic Necklaces help customers relieve pain in the neck, shoulders and upper back, recover from sports fatigue and improve focus. The company has also falsely claimed its bracelets, which include two roller magnets, would relieve wrist, hand and elbow pain, the

lawsuit said. Brett, who was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 1999 after a 21-year career with the Kansas City Royals, has been president of the company since 2001 and appears in its advertisements. The claims appeared on the company›s website from 2008 to 2010, and still appear on the packaging of the products and on the websites of its distributors, according to the lawsuit. “Most consumers, when reading these claims, and seeing the products endorsed by a high-profile baseball player, assume that these products have the health benefits that are marketed and advertised and that

scientifically significant research supports statements made by Brett Bros., when in fact that is not the case,” reads the lawsuit, which alleges the company has violated the state Consumer Frauds Act and been unjustly enriched. The lawsuit says an Iowa man, Seth Thompson of Adel, bought one of the necklaces for $30 at the College World Series in Omaha last year after reading Brett›s endorsement of them. He hoped the product would reduce stress and fatigue and boost his energy and concentration, but none of those benefits were realized, rendering the product “useless to him,” the lawsuit says.

Junior business administration major Hyeon Tae Leon and biology graduate Youn Shim Park, both from South Korea, head home after a day of classes Wednesday afternoon. Yo Han Kim/The Bulletin

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GIVE encourages students to explore Emporia K haili S carbrough When students want to help others and get involved, they can turn to GIVE – Getting Involved Volunteering in Emporia, which is a branch of Community Hornets. The group kicked off the new semester Monday in the Veterans Hall of Honor. “(GIVE) is a program that encourages both domestic and international students to learn more about what volunteering really is in America and to explore, especially the Emporia community,” said Jasmine Greene, GIVE coordinator and junior psychology major. “There is so much to do in Emporia, volunteer wise and fun wise, if you know where to look.” Greene said that GIVE is mainly about creating a sense of community. This year Greene said that she is shaking things up by focusing on one central issue in Emporia and then doing a semester long project for groups of students. Students in GIVE are required to do one service project per month as well as attend Monday meetings. “The plan for the semester is to get as many volunteer events as possible, to really encourage students to meet other students

Sohyung Kim, freshman English major, writes her name down under her favorite color to join a GIVE team during the group meeting Tuesday evening. GIVE is a student organization, which stands for Getting Involved in Volunteering in Emporia. Julie Thephachan/The Bulletin

on campus, and to really get involved and explore Emporia,” Greene said. At the end of the semester GIVE students will present their semester long project ideas and Greene hopes the students are passionate enough to launch the

idea themselves. For international students, she hopes they will have an idea that they can start within their home countries. “I think that any form of involvement and volunteering in itself has advantages beyond anything measurable,” Greene

said. “GIVE itself is really great for those that want to really explore the culture of Emporia. There is a lot going on that even living here for years people don’t know about.” According to Greene, out of GIVE’s 22 members, only four

are domestic students. She said that she thinks people assume that because they are from here they know everything about Emporia. “I get saddened by people who just assume there is nothing left to learn about Emporia because there is so much out there,” Greene said. “GIVE means more than helping someone for a few hours,” said Chelsea Hunter, junior psychology major and GIVE member. “It means becoming more a part of the community, both on and off campus.” Hunter said that volunteering is more than just the usual things people do like highway clean up or helping in an after school program. She says it is vital to becoming a well-rounded person and that GIVE has helped her to see that. “I think it is a wonderful opportunity to get more people involved on campus,” said Katie Tessaro, sophomore nursing major. Membership in GIVE has already closed for the semester, but students who want to get involved and volunteer are welcome to join in the events as a non-member. Membership will open back up at the beginning of the fall semester.

Bail rules should keep Sandusky inside home STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors asked Tuesday to have Jerry Sandusky kept indoors as part of his bail conditions, citing complaints that the former Penn State assistant football coach was seen outside and watching children in a schoolyard from the back porch of his home, where he remains under house arrest while awaiting trial on child molestation charges. The state attorney general›s office argued in a court filing that Sandusky›s bail conditions should be revised so that he is not allowed outside except to seek medical treatment. Prosecutors said they opposed Sandusky›s request to be allowed contact with his grandchildren as he awaits trial on 52 child sex-abuse charges. «Several individuals from the adjacent elementary school have expressed concerns for the safety of children at their school and the adjacent neighborhood,» prosecutors wrote. «Such concerns will only mushroom if defendant is permitted to roam at will outside his house.» Defense attorney Joe Amendola issued a statement late Tuesday that said safety concerns in Sandusky›s neighborhood were totally unfounded, and that he has complied with all bail conditions. «Sadly, some individuals apparently want him incarcerated even before he has an opportunity to present his defense and prove his innocence in court,» Amendola said. The allegation Sandusky was watching children was outlined in an exhibit attached to the filing, a memo from a state investigator to a county probation officer that said a teacher and intern had reported concern for the children›s safety. «They advised the neighbor that yesterday they had the children outside for recess as it was a warmer day, and that they both witnessed Mr. Sandusky on his rear house deck watching the children play,» investigator Anthony Sassano wrote on Jan. 26.

Sandusky›s two-story home at the end of a dead-end street has a black and orange «No Trespassing» sign staked near the base of the driveway, while the two properties directly adjacent to his home have white signs supporting the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. Neighbor Jody Harrington said he has seen Sandusky walking his dog and on his back porch nearly daily, and at times when children are playing on the Lemont Elementary playground. He said he has expressed concerns informally with other neighbors, the school principal and police, and told his children to avoid Sandusky. «Because of due process, we have to sit and wait. But that waiting process, it›s painful. It›s hard,» he said. «The best way to describe it is I feel very violated.» Amendola said Sandusky has left his home only rarely since early December, for medical and legal purposes, and to help his wife clear snow from the driveway. «Jerry can›t open his front door to let his dog, Bo, out without someone contacting law enforcement authorities to report his whereabouts,» Amendola said. The prosecution filing regarding bail said Sandusky›s son›s ex-wife «strenuously objects» to her three minor children having any contact with him, and that prosecutors believe Sandusky was fortunate to be granted bail. «The commonwealth believes that (the) defendant should be in jail,» prosecutors wrote. «He has been granted the privilege of being confined in his own home, which is spacious and private and where he can eat food of his own preference and sleep in his own bed at night. House arrest is not meant to be a house party.» That court document, and several motions filed late Monday by Sandusky›s lawyer, come ahead of a court hearing Friday regarding his bail modification request.

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glad Lady Hornets pounce Bearcats Pierce to be back

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The Lady Hornets continued their winning streak against the Southwest Baptist Bearcats last night in White Auditorium. The Hornets won 70-57. Despite the win, the team struggled throughout the game. “ We did not play very smart,” said Jory Collins, head coach. “We played really good on some stretches, and then we had some mental mistakes.” Emporia won the tip starting the game, getting the ball inside to allow freshman forward Sarah Wood to score a bucket. Senior guard Heather Robben added seven quick buckets to the board, draining a deep three. At 14:52, the Hornets were leading the Bearcats 11-5. Emporia took on Southwest Baptist with multiple defenses ranging from man-to-man, halfcourt trap and a press. Multiple players were scoring, and freshman forward Kathryn Flott drove the lane for points as junior guard Rachel Hanf nailed a three. Emporia spread the floor out, dribbling around the perimeter and making it easier to penetrate to the basket. Robben contributed 12 points in the first half as she swished another deep three from beyond the arc. The Hornets continuously drove the ball, causing

the Bearcats to commit many fouls. Stopping the easy buckets underneath, Emporia lead at half over Southwest Baptist, 40-28. “A good start gets our confidence up and gets us out on the attack and ready to go,” Wood said. Wood gained the first basket of the second half for the Hornets, ending the game with 12 points. Emporia pushed the ball up the court, outrunning the Bearcats. During a timeout at 14:33, the Hornets lead 49-33. Sophomore guard Rheanna Egli continued to add points to the board as well as Robben. Egli drove the lanes making more layups to add points. “Our defense is good,” Egli said. “Our offense is here and there, but that is something we are working on and getting figured out. As teams we are thinking we have nothing to lose.” With about six minutes left in the game, the Hornets lead 61-47. The Bearcats pulled the lead within 10 points with three minutes left in the game. Robben was put on the free throw line multiple times as she was five for five on the line within the last 50 seconds of the game, ending as leading scorer with 28 points. T he Lady Hornets will take on Missouri Southern at 5:30 p.m. on at home.

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Sophomore guard Haley Parker shoots a jump shot for the Lady Hornets. The Hornets defeated the Bearcats, 70-57, last night at White Auditorium. Yo Han Kim/The Bulletin

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Freshman forward Justin Ikhide goes for a layup against Southwestern Baptist last night. The Hornets lost to the Bearcats 65-77 at White Auditorium. Yo Han Kim/The Bulletin

The Hornets took on the Southwest Baptist Bearcats last night in the White Auditorium downtown for the 43rd time. Emporia lost to the Bearcats, 6577. “At the end of the day we did not have the same intensity,” said Shaun Vandiver, head coach. Emporia won the tipoff getting the Hornets off to a good start. Senior forward and center Troy Pierce got the first two points of the game. Putting the Hornets in the lead 5-3, junior Chris Sights nailed a deep three, and Pierce backed his way in the lane for another bucket. The Hornets came out with smiles, as they were playing together as a team and encouraging each other on the court. The crowd erupted in cheer in the first half when ESU defense caused the Bearcats to take a shot clock violation.

Senior guard Tola Lawal stole the ball going coast to coast for two points, along with another bucket and a free throw. Lawal ended the game with 15 points of his own. But the movement on the offensive end started losing momentum. With about five minutes left in the half, the Bearcats took the lead by five points. Tola continued to add points on the board along with Pierce, and although the Hornets started playing with more urgency towards the end of the half, they still went into the locker room trailing 29-31. “It was tough without Taylor out there,” Vandiver said. The Hornets started the second half with the ball trying to make a run on the Bearcats. Senior forward Christian Simmons slammed the ball in the basket, pumping up the team with his dunk. Senior Antonio DiMaria drained his second three of the game, pulling the Hornets back within two points. Simmons took

over the paint for the Hornets as he made two more buckets along with one free throw, ending the game with seven points. With about seven minutes left in the game, Pierce made two bucket, boosting the score to 49-56. “We did not execute our game plan like Coach (Vandiver) told us to,” Pierce said. “We have a lot of things to get better at and we just need to fix those things.” Lawal and Pierce continued to add points for Emporia, Pierce ending the game as leading scorer with 16 points and three rebounds. Sights buried a three to pull ESU within 10 points. The Hornets lost steam as the time wound down, ultimately falling to the Bearcats. “I am happy with our work ethic, but I am not happy with our results,” Simmons said. “Never lose hope. We go into every game with the mindset that we are going to win.” ESU will face Missouri Southern on at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 11 at home.

Sport Shorts Women basketball beat Track athletes qualify for NCAA championships #10 Northeastern State In a battle of top 25 teams, 22-ranked Emporia State defeated 10-ranked Northeastern State, 52-42, on Saturday afternoon in White Auditorium. The win moves the Lady Hornets to 7-4 against top 10 teams in White Auditorium alltime. Heather Robben led all scorers with 16 points while Kelsey Balcom added a double-double with 10 points and a career high 12 rebounds. Sarah Wood pulled down a career high nine rebounds. ESU out-rebounded NSU 51-26 on the night.

Katie Mona turned in the second best time in the nation this season in the 800 meter when she ran a lightning 2:10.75. Andrew Etheridge broke eight seconds to win the 60 meter hurdles consolation finals. His time of 7.96 is an automatic qualifier and ranks fifth in the nation. Gannon Mack also turned in a provisional qualifier, running 8.16 to place fourth in the 60 meter hurdles consolation finals. Cody Miller moved into third in the MIAA with a time of 1:57.33 to finish 17th overall. Dwayne Wall moved up to fourth in the MIAA rankings in the triple jump. His mark of 46-10.25 (14.28 meter) was good enough for eighth in the competition in Nebraska.

Softball picked second in MIAA preseason poll The defending MIAA regular season champion Emporia State softball team has been tabbed for second in the 2012 MIAA Preseason Coaches Poll. The Hornets have won either the MIAA regular season or post season tournament championship in each of the last eight seasons. ESU returns five players from last year’s 42-16 team that earned All-MIAA status. Jessica Brewer was a first-team selection, Amanda Self, Karley Schmelzer and Taylor Reichard all earned second team honors, and Jennifer Heerey was an honorable mention pick.

Emporia native and sports psychology major Troy Pierce returned home after playing basketball at Charleston Southern University in South Carolina. “Being out there wasn’t the best situation for me,” Pierce said. “I wanted to come back home. My mom hadn’t seen me play in a really long time, and I wanted her to see me play again.” The 6’6” senior has also played at Butler County Community College, where he averaged 9.9 points per game and an average of 5.4 rebounds, which helped them win the Region VI championship and the Jayhawk Conference championship. “I know a lot of people say it, but my work ethic is what I bring to the team,” Pierce said. “I just work as hard as I can every single time, I am out there to give it my all.” Shaun Vandiver, head coach, said Pierce is one of hardest-working members on the team. “He has the passion and work ethic with drive and determination that I haven’t seen in a lot of players,” Vandiver said. “He just brings it everyday, all day. He is a great young man, hardworking driven and honest.” Vandiver said Pierce also takes his role as a senior seriously and sees himself as a leader. Pierce was an AllCentennial League Defensive team member at Emporia High. He also played football and participated in track in high school. “I know a lot of people here, and it’s nice to see all the familiar faces,” Pierce said. “It’s a great community that supports its athletes. I also like it here better because of the fact that we are together as a team and, coach V (Vandiver) is a great guy and is the type of person that helps us with more than just basketball. He tries to keep us in order and teach us the right thing to do.” After graduation Pierce said he plans to get an internship as a sports psychologist so he can stay around basketball. “He is a good guy and great ball player,” said Ace Finch, manager and freshman history major. “He comes to work hard every day and is going to make a good man and be successful no matter where his career takes him.” Pierce said the team has worked hard in practice and has high hopes for the rest of the season.


Feb. 9, 2012 issue  

The Feb. 9, 2012 issue of The Bulletin.

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