The Bulletin | October 29, 2015
Speaker at Hayes Lecture encourages students to never give up Gwen Alexander S arah S poon s ta f f w r i t e r
“An Ordinary Life of Extraordinary Experiences,” was Hornet alumnus and founder of 10Fold, Susan Thomas’ lecture at the Hayes Lecture Series on Oct. 22. Thomas graduated from Emporia State in 1986 with a BS in psychology. Since then she has created her own business. “The best way to get me to do something is to tell me I can’t,” Thomas said. “I’ve continued this phrase throughout my life. Just tell me I can’t so I can prove you wrong.” Thomas, from Newton, Kansas, spoke about how every student “has a shot to be great.” Thomas says she wasn’t a 4.0 student and she had to get student loans to pay for college. “Success is 60 percent attitude, plus 20 percent skills, plus 20 percent hard work,” Thomas said. This is what inspired Thomas to start 10Fold, a marketing and public relations agency. She was working 60 hours a week trying to make her business succeed when she was diagnosed with stage 2 Breast Cancer. “I decided that not only was I not going to step away from my company, but I was going to use the chemotherapy time to reflect on my company and see what I could improve,” Thomas said. “I’m inspired by
adversity.” Thomas encouraged students to find their purpose and passion and to make a plan to accomplish the goal. “There are going to be setbacks,” Thomas said. “There are going to be real set backs that make you want to give up. Don’t mistake a setback as a personal failure.” Thomas tried to motivate students to not focus on the negatives of the setback, but to focus on what they did succeed at. “I came to hear Susan’s lecture to be motivated more in life,” said Cody Filbert, freshman business major. “Hearing her has helped me view my dreams of working at a nonprofit in the future. Also, (I came) for the scholarship opportunity.” Students that came to the Hayes Lecture had an opportunity to win a $1,000 scholarship. They had to attend the lecture and write essays over what they heard. “I came because she is a former ESU tennis player and psychology major like me,” said Lori Ahuja, freshman psychology major. “Also for the scholarship opportunity. Susan’s continuous determination is very inspiring towards me. Some students were offered extra credit if they attended the lecture series. “Honestly, I came for the extra credit in a class,” said Brian-
paid full salary while on leave A riel C ooley editor-in-chief
Susan Thomas, founder, CEO and president of 10Fold Communications, speaks at the fifth annual Hays Lecture series last Thursday in Webb Hall. Thomas graduated from Emporia State University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and went on to earn her masters degree in industrial/ organization psychology at the University of Tulsa in 1986. TIFFANI WILLIFORD| The Bulletin
na Cobb, freshman elementary education major. “I didn’t know what it was even about, but I am so glad I came. It helped me realize that through struggle, you can achieve success with the right attitude and hard work.”
The lecture was followed by a brief Q&A segment. Sam and Janine Hayes, as well as Susan Thomas, were presented with gifts and flowers as a thank you for hosting the event and speaking.
Ghost hunter student says there’s good, bad energy
Z ach P almer j u n i o r s e c o n d a r y p s yc h o lo g y e d u c at i o n m a j o r
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A mysterious woman’s silhouette in a photo taken on a spring break trip sparked Zach Palmer’s interest in ghost hunting. “We ended up taking this one picture that still to this day gives me chills every time I see it,” Palmer, junior secondary psychology education major, said. “At first you think it’s like a doll or something, but when you look closer, the picture frame goes straight through her.” The photo was taken at Crescent Hotel, an alleged haunted hotel, in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, by Palmer and his friends before a haunted tour while they were sitting in the cafe at
Police Reports Reports from ESU Police and Safety Oct. 21 Officer stopped KS 894AVR in Sector 7. Verbal warning for a one-way violation in same location. Oct. 22 A male student reported a cat in a tree on Kellogg Circle. Officer could not convince the cat to come out of the tree. Officer assisted Emporia Police Dept. with a check welfare call at 12th and Merchant.
the hotel. They didn’t realize the silhouette until after they had gotten home. “I do believe that through death, we do have a certain energy within us that travels somewhere on earth, sometimes back home to where your house once was or somewhere behind, who knows, where emotional trauma happened,” Palmer said. “That spiritual energy sometimes doesn’t leave a certain location and it’ll just keep repeating its life over and over, kind of like a limbo.” Before transfering to ESU, Palmer attended Johnson County Community College, where he was involved with a paranormal group called Supernatural Anthropology and Paranormal Club. “I have about five legitimate investigations under my belt right now,” Palmer said. Within that group, they went to a professional to debunk the photo from the Crescent Hotel, but no explanation has been found yet. A typical night ghost hunting begins around 8 or 9 p.m. with setup and staking out a location. Generally, the group would go to museums or hotels, but never personal homes, cemeteries or abandoned mental hospitals.
Oct. 23 Student reported the theft of her purse from Plumb Hall. Student reported the return of her purse previously reported stolen without the valuables. Officer assisted Emporia Police Dept. with a juvenile case at 302 S East. Oct. 24 Officer stopped KS 60 day tag A953663 in 10 W 12th. Verbal warning for defective tail lights. Oct. 25 Officer stopped KS 439FCA in 1400 Merchant. Verbal warning for defective brake light. Officer stopped KS 647DVP at 1800 Merchant. Verbal warning for a stop
“More so for respect for those who were there,” Palmer said. “Those are typically where people go to rest, so don’t want to disturb that.” The investigation will usually begin around 10 p.m. and they will separate into groups of two to three people. It’s a lot of waiting time, and going through all of the evidence can also be time-consuming afterward. The eeriest experience Palmer has with ghost hunting was at Brown Mansion in Coffeyville, Kansas. By using a flashlight, he said that responses were given via yes or no questions to determine it was Charlie, a servant who worked at the mansion. “We were in Charlie’s room, and we asked if anyone was here and the flashlight turned on,” Palmer said. “We asked if anyone was there, if they could please turn off the flashlight so we could ask another question, and so the flashlight turned off. We asked, then, if this was Charlie, and the flashlight lit up really, really bright.” Schweitzer Hotel in Hill City, Kansas is an unbelievably active supernatural area, according to Linda Clarke, a paranormal investigator who gave a presentation with the Kansas Paranormal Research Society sign violation at I-35 and Merchant. Officer stopped IA 253 at 1100 Cottonwood. Verbal warning for driving without headlights in 1200 Market. Officer stopped D2158D at 1800 Merchant. Verbal warning for driving without highlights in 1400 Merchant. Officer assisted Lyon Co. Sheriff’s deputy with a car stop on I-35 at mm128. Officer stopped KS 005GMD in 1400 Merchant. Verbal warning for a defective headlight. Oct. 27 Ambulance responded to Central Morse Hall Room 359 for a breathing problem. Student was transported by ambulance to Newman Regional Health.
on Tuesday. “A friend and I were doing some things upstairs and we had a toy truck, and it just kept going off,” she said. “This group was communicating with a little boy who died. He liked knives. You can find all kinds of things out just by talking to them.” Ouija boards are one method of contacting the spiritual world that Palmer said he won’t mess with anymore, due to previous experiences. The fact that stores place them in the toy section is “horrifying,” he said. “The Ouija board is dangerous because it’s like a door, and when you start to use it you unlock the door as you using it,” Palmer said. “When you’re done, you close the door, but you don’t ever get to lock it up again.” Being a psychology major, Palmer said he believes 90 percent of all paranormal activity is mental. “There is a lot of it that we mentally attribute to paranormal stuff,” Palmer said. “The goal isn’t to say, in proof, ‘Oh, hey, here’s a ghost.’ The goal is to mainly make people see safe, debunk things that they think are truly scary. That 10 percent that is not mental is spiritual energy.”
School of Library and Information Management dean, Gwen Alexander is being paid her full $121,259 salary while on administrative leave, according to Emporia State administrators. Alexander was placed on administrative leave in September, following accusations of racism by assistant professor Melvin Hale, who has since filed a federal lawsuit. ESU administrators would neither confirm nor deny that Alexander was on administrative leave as a result of the allegations, which stem from an April incident in SLIM. “I am on administrative leave pending resolution of a confidential personnel matter,” Alexander said in an email to The Bulletin on Oct. 6. “All parties have been requested to honor the confidential nature of this issue, so it would be inappropriate for me to comment at this time.” A racial epitaph was allegedly written on a notebook left on Angelica Hale’s, former assistant to the dean of SLIM, office in April. After being told of the incident by Hale and her husband, Alexander allegedly did nothing. An internal investigation followed the alleged incident. The university found that no hate crime occurred. Alexander also announced her retirement, effective at the end of June. Alexander is on paid administrative leave until she completes some “administratively defined expectations to improve the working environment within SLIM,” according to Jacqueline Vietti, interim president. On Oct. 8, Gary Wyatt, associate provost and interim dean of SLIM, said Alexander was expected to return “soon.” Vietti also said that Alexander was nearing the completion of the expectations she was given on Oct. 6. However, Alexander has not returned and Vietti said a date for the return has not been set. “Beyond that, the university is unable to comment since this is a personal matter,” Vietti said. Judy Anderson, executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action and Title IX Coordinator, said she was unable to comment about Alexander’s return. Alexander declined to comment regarding her return to ESU.
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