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Freshman retention rate highest in five years C harlie H eptas For first time since 2007, the retention rate for the Emporia State fall freshman class is above 90 percent, according to data gathered by Noel-Levitz, a nationally known consultant for

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Emporia schools vote to arm guards C harlie H eptas In a 6-0 vote, the Emporia School Board passed a proposal Jan. 9 to arm the security guards at both the Emporia high school and middle school. The proposal will go into effect Feb. 1. “Most schools have School Resource Officers who are commissioned – they have always carried a gun,” said Andy Koenigs, associate superintendent for personnel for USD 253. “We’re just catching up to the trend.” While the Newtown, Conn. massacre reignited the gun control debate in America, Koenigs said the proposal was not related to the event and that it was part of a larger scale plan for the school district’s crisis plan. “We take the safety of our students and the security of our buildings very seriously, so I’m glad that extra steps are being taken to help us do that more effectively,” said Jared Giffin, assistant principal at Emporia High School. “Along with arming our security officers, a committee of people will be meeting to update our district crisis plans and create a district security plan for our Board of

Lidzy recognized for diversity service S usan W elte Sheryl Lidzy, associate professor of communication and theater, has taught at Emporia State since 2006, and she’s worked with several diverse groups on campus since 2007. In recognition of these efforts and more, she was awarded the Presidential Award for Distinguished Service to Diversity during the December undergraduate commencement ceremony. “I’m very honored to receive this award,” Lidzy said. “I find diversity to be something that’s very important to me, and I think it’s an issue that a lot of people don’t give a lot of attention to.” Ellen Hansen, chair of the social sciences department and professor of geography, who also wrote a three-page nomination letter for Lidzy, said she nominated Lidzy because of her overriding interest in multiculturalism and diversity and her willingness to put effort into


pursuing that interest. “I am working to be a social change agent,” Lidzy said. “The only way to change society is by influencing others through interactions. Therefore, I work with students.” Lidzy said she has been actively involved with many diverse Recognized Student Organizations, including Black Student Union, Black Women’s Network, Sigma Gamma Rho, Zeta Phi Beta and Harmonious Voices of Praise. She has also been a part of the of the Martin Luther King Day celebration planning committee since 2008, according to Hansen’s nomination letter. “Across my life, I have encountered many different individuals and lived in many locations,” Lizy said. “Each of these experiences have influenced me to reach out to others, seeking to embrace diversity.” Hansen said she also nominated

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Sheryl Lidzy was awarded the Presidential Award for Distinguished Service to Diversity during the December undergraduate commencement ceremony. Yohan Kim/The Bulletin

Education to review later this year.” The middle and high schools currently have one guard each who are retired Emporia police officers, and Giffin said the guard at the high school, Jeff Illk, was already their School Resource Officer. Both guards receive yearly training and must meet certification standards with their approved firearms. He said the officers would carry firearms in triple retention holsters, “like what students and patrons see officers wearing at football games when ESU police are present.” Michael Morales, associate professor of physical sciences and father of a senior student at EHS, said that as long as the guards are properly trained, both in their firearms and in the use of them inside schools, he supports the proposal. “I asked (my daughter) what she thought, and she said that she would feel weird…just having guns in school would be weird,” Morales said. Morales said his daughter does see the value in arming guards, and if there were ever an instance of a shooter in the school, she would

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Jeff Illk, security guard at Emporia High, checks the exterior doors every morning to ensure they are inaccessible to the public during school hours. Illk retired from the Emporia Police Department after 28 years of service and has been security at the high school for a little over a year. The policy to allow guards to carry arms in the high school will go into effect Feb. 1. Jennifer Pendarvis/The Bulletin

New Year, Still Here

Apocalypse prediction proves false S usan W elte

Were you concerned about the Mayan apocalypse?

Dec. 21, 2012 has come and gone, and contrary to the Mayan prediction of a possible apocalypse, the world keeps turning. But Dec. 21 was not the first time the world was supposed to end. In fact, Nathaniel Eugene Terrell, chair of the sociology department and associate professor of sociology, said doomsday prophecies can be traced as far back to the Romans, nearly 2,500 years ago. “In our culture, especially American culture, we’ve had it (end of the world predictions) for years,” Terrell said. “It’s embedded in the religious culture that there’s

Erin Fuchs, junior business administration major

Derek Wilson, freshman biology pre-med major

“No, I didn’t even really know that Dec. 21 was, like, a big day that the world was supposed to end until last year around Christmas (in) 2011. I wasn’t worried about it.”

“I was a little because I’m a firm believer in things happening when you say that they can’t happen.”

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The Educational Theatre Company shows their stinger pride during a skit for the opening of the General Assembly Tuesday afternoon in Webb Lecture Hall. The skit was a storyline of how ESU began and grew throughout the years. Jenny Pendarvis/The Bulletin

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news Future, optimism focus of spring assembly

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Police Reports Reports given to The Bulletin from ESU Police and Safety Department Jan. 7 Garrett Clark requested to speak with an officer at ESU PD HQ in reference to his bicycle possibly being stolen on campus. Officers assisted Emporia Police Dept. with a call in 900 W 7th Ave. Officers stopped KS 823 DBH in 1700 Industrial Rd. Verbal warning for a defective headlight. Officers assisted Emporia Police Dept. with traffic control at 6th and Neosho St. Officers checked the welfare of occupants of KS 489CSW north of I-35. No problem was found. Officers stopped two bicyclists in Sector 3. Verbal warning for one-way violation. Officer contacted several subjects in Wilson Park and advised of campus policy regarding the use fire in the grills. Jan. 8 Officers stopped FL 499NHJ in 1100 Exchange St. Verbal warning for defective headlight. Officers stopped KS Personalized ‘SWEETE’ in 100 E 12th. Verbal warning for defective headlight. Officer stopped KS 30-Day A158630 in 1200 Highland. Verbal warning for defective headlights in 100 E 12th Ave. Office stopped OH EJA2827 in 100 E. 12th Ave. Verbal warning for defective headlight. Officer assisted Emporia Police Dept. with a call at 13th and Center St. Jan. 9 Officer responded to Brighton Lecture Hall for report of smoke. Smoke was drifting up from tunnel where workers were using a cutting saw. Officer stopped KS 074DVN in 1300 Highland St. Verbal warning for deflective brake light. Officer stopped KS 029CHT in 100 W 12th Ave. Verbal warning for defective headlight. Citation issued for no seat belt. Officer stopped KS 441CSW in 600 State St. Verbal warning for defective tail lights. Officer stopped KS 147FNF in 1300 East St. Verbal warning for defective headlight. Officer stopped KS 108DVK in 1100 Exchange St. Verbal warning for speeding in 100 E 12th Ave. Officer stopped KS 339BWG in 1100 Exchange St. Verbal warning for speeding in 400 E 12th Ave. Officer stopped KS 746DKY in 1300 Merchant St. Verbal warning for defective headlights. Officer stopped KS 400DVJ

Diversity from ...Page 1 Lidzy for her dedication, mentoring ability and incorporation of diversity into the classroom. “I’ve seen her make a difference in students’ lives,” Hansen said. “I guess I see her as a person who is really dedicated to this (multiculturalism and diversity). She never does it as if it’s a burden. She’s always cheerful and dedicated.” Taylor Bullock, senior sociology major, who was also nominated Lidzy for the award, said she has been an adviser, mentor and has even opened up her home, as well as being a good friend to many students. Bullock also said Lidzy is a helping hand who always delivers encouragement and support. “She is an awesome role model,”

Guards from ...Page 1 want the guard to be able to at least respond to the shooter. Morales said that while he supports the arming of the guards, he has also heard of other school districts trying to pass measures that would allow teachers to have guns, and this is too far. He also supports the fact that the school board is working towards reassessing their crisis plans.

at 1829 Merchant St. Verbal warning for a stop sign violation at Merchant St. and I-35. Officer stopped KS 573BPW in 1100 Exchange St. Verbal warning for speeding in 100 E 12th Ave. Citation for no proof of insurance. Officer stopped KS 476AFI at 12th and Union. Verbal warning for speeding in 100 E 12th Ave. Jan. 10 Officers stopped GA BN26240 in 1800 Merchant St. Verbal warning for defective brake light. Officers stopped KS 123FNF in 100 W 13th Ave. Verbal warning for defective head light. Jan. 11 A student contacted officer at the main entrance of Singular/ Trusler Complex. Panic bar on door release was not working properly. Maintenance was contacted. Officer stopped KS UNF561 in 1400 Merchant St. Verbal warning for a stop sign violation at I-35 and Merchant St. Officer stopped KS 397CHT at 10 W 15th Ave. Verbal warning for a stop sign violation at 15th and Wooster Drive. Officer stopped OK CP10KRK at 1100 Commercial St. Verbal warning for a stop light violation at 12th and Commercial St. Officer stopped 756DVK in 1100 Exchange St. Verbal warning for defective head light. Jan. 12 Handicap arm broken on east door of the Bamboo Room of Morse Hall. Jan. 13 Officer stopped KS 305CYA at Lot 5. Verbal warning for a one way violation. Jan. 14 Officer stopped KS 21622 in Sector 8. Verbal warning for a oneway violation in Lot 5. Officer stopped KS 67AJZ in 1200 Market. Verbal warning for a one-way violation. Officer stopped KS 851BJP at 10 E 15th Ave. for a stop sign violations at 1st and Market St. and 15th and Market St. Tiffany Lynn Timmons was taken into custody on a warrant for Failure to Appear through Shawnee Co. and transported to Lyon Co. jail. Jan. 15 Officer stopped OK 602GAU in 1100 Market St. Verbal warning for a defective headlight. Officer stopped KS Personalized “SALIE” in 10 E 12th Ave. Verbal warning for defective headlight. Bullock said. “She is a woman of word, and she demonstrates it through her actions.” Hansen said Lidzy doesn’t just talk about multiculturalism and diversity, but also works with it, and that she admires her for that. “Sheryl’s just a really valuable colleague,” Hansen said. “She’s always just really enthusiastic and dedicated. I think very highly of her in terms of her being a leader and a mentor in diversity on this campus.” One of the most recent projects Lidzy has been involved in is helping ESU become the next host of the Michael Tilford Diversity Conference on Diversity and Multiculturalism. The conference is Kansas’ “big diversity conference,” Hansen said, and will be held Oct. 21-22. Koenigs said the Department of Homeland Security averages the response time to a shooter at five to nine minutes, but that a shooter has usually ceased fire before then. He also said the schools will have to increase their insurance and that training will require some extra money, but the exact figures were unavailable by press time on Wednesday.

President Michael Shonrock acknowledges ESU’s 150 years of success as an institution during the General Assembly Tuesday afternoon. The presentation was titled, “Laying the Tracks,” and referred to ESU’s optimistic future prospects. Jenny Pendarvis/The Bulletin

R ocky R obinson President Michael Shonrock and various other speakers gave an hour long address at Monday’s General Assembly, which was titled “Laying the Tracks.” Shonrock referred to Emporia State is the “educational engine that could.” This marks his first full year as president. “As I think about this year, 2013 is a new beginning for Emporia State University,” Shonrock said. “All of us have those wonderful ideas for resolutions. I thought about my physical well-being and said I would eat healthier and exercise more. I drove by the work out place yesterday and felt good about it.” A crowd of more than 450 students, faculty, staff and community members gathered in Webb Hall for the presentation. The program started with a sketch from the Educational Theatre Company entitled “Imagine:

Now and Forever.” The comedic sketch gave a short history of the university while covering common student issues like navigating Blackboard and the lack of parking on campus. Emporia Mayor Bobbi Mlynar also spoke for a short time, focusing on the relationship between the town and ESU. “Emporia’s strengths and successes are tied so very closely to ESU’s strengths and successes,” Mlynar said. “It’s time for less talk and more action. We’d like to create a Black and Gold district for more businesses that address student needs.” Brooke Schmidt, president of Associated Student Government, and Kevin Rabas, faculty president and codirector of creative writing, were also among the speakers to take the stage before Shonrock. “We have created an agenda full of opportunities for students to speak their voice about our wonderful campus,” Schmidt said. “This is a very big

semester for Emporia State, being our 150th (year), so I would like all of our faculty, staff and administration to be able to celebrate that with our campus and community.” In Shonrock’s address, he referenced Von Ghega’s project of building a railroad through the Alps connecting Vienna Austria and Venice Italy before a train that could make the journey existed. “This is our opportunity to literally plan for the future,” Shonrock said. “In my mind as I walk across campus, as I see all your smiling faces, I picture in my mind how things will be, where those opportunities will be, where those structures will be.” Shonrock also referenced Peter B. Kyne’s book, “The Go-Getter,” saying ESU needs to strive for that impossible project to push us forward, which he renamed the “Gold Vase.” Those in attendance were sent home with a copy of the book, along with a 150th year commemorative pin.

Adaptive ed. students awarded scholarships

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Fourteen Emporia State graduate students in the adaptive special education program received over $22,000 in scholarships for the 2012-2013 school year. The ESU special education department announced the list of scholarship recipients Dec. 12, 2012. “The recipients of the adaptive special education scholarship are chosen based on academic merit and professionalism,” said Susan Anderson, assistant professor of adaptive special education. The recipients of the scholarship this year are Jennifer Bartholomew, Jason Crawford, Martie Helm, Denise Hogan, Jacob Larson, Shannon McDonald, Angela Murray-Brent, Arrah NielsenMassimini, Tonya Nyman, Angela Pennock, Cheri Quanstrom, Amber Rea, Julie Reiter and Phyllis

Schaeffer. “Students in the program aim to eventually instruct students with mild to moderate mental and/ or physical disabilities,” Anderson said. The adaptive special education program contains courses that provide students within the program with “descriptions and applications of methods and strategies for teaching students with mild and moderate disabilities in need of an adapted curriculum,” according to ESU’s website. Students participate in a variety of activities to demonstrate the skills to meet the academic and behavioral needs of learners in elementary through secondary levels. Students learn “educational programming techniques, implementation and evaluation of appropriate interventions in a variety of roles.” “Adaptive special education scholarship applicants are required

provide a list of professional activities and memberships they are involved in for the purpose of enriching their teaching career,” said Jerald Liss, assistant professor of special education. “Applicants must have a grade of A or B on all courses in their plan of study.” Liss said applicants must also provide two professional references and describe their “immediate and long-term professional goals in adaptive special education” in 300 to 500 words. “The scholarships are funded through generous donations made to the ESU adaptive special education program,” said Matt Seimears, associate chair and associate professor of elementary education, early childhood and special education. Adaptive special education scholarship applications for the 2013-2014 school year are due in April; the scholarships are allotted for the next school year.

Illinois mom gets probation in child-binding case LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A suburban Chicago woman was sentenced Wednesday to one year of probation after two of her children were found bound and blindfolded in a Walmart parking lot in Kansas. Deborah Gomez, 43, and her husband, Adolfo Gomez, 52, of

Northlake, Ill., have been in custody since they were arrested June 13. Police found two of their children, ages 5 and 7, bound by their hands and feet in a Walmart parking lot in Lawrence. Three other children, ages 12, 13 and 15, were inside the family’s vehicle unrestrained.

Deborah Gomez pleaded no contest last month to three counts of child endangerment. Adolfo Gomez, who also pleaded no contest to two counts of felony child abuse and three misdemeanor counts of child endangerment, is scheduled to be sentenced in Feb. 8.

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Keeping students enrolled at Emporia State is one of the explicit goals of President Michael Shonrock. It is no easy task. One of the most widely-known facts about ESU, and indeed many universities in Kansas, is the lagging enrollment and retention rates. The obvious importance of retention to any school cannot be overstated. So when our correspondent Lew Sanborne from Noel-Levitz, a nationally known consultant for college recruitment and retention of students originally contracted in 2009 and re-contracted in 2012, presented his findings on our efforts to retain students Jan. 8 in the Preston Family Room in Memorial Union, one would expect it to be considered a pretty big deal. But to the chagrin of The Bulletin staff, many of the students for whom these results are relevant were still on break and nowhere near for the meeting.

reasonable assumption that Emporia is perceived as boring, lacking many of the amenities and attractions that other college towns flaunt. That is exactly why the students who stay at Emporia, who evoke the actual value of this great university, should not be ignored in ESU’s plan to attract students. We should be involved in the discussion of strategy. This shaky ground can be solidified by students who are willing to speak to our school’s strengths in earnest, not as scripted commercials on area television stations. It begins with opening a dialogue with students, sharing comprehensive plans with all students (even non-Associated Student Government students) and participating in an institution-wide pep-rally of sorts to keep coming the steady stream of future Hornets. The retention meeting could have facilitated much of this if only it had been available to all of us.

To be fair, the presentation had a decent turn out of faculty and staff, and there was a Buzz-In announcement Jan. 4 regarding the meeting as well, but what good is a mass email if its recipients are miles away and unable to attend? The presentation showcased an increase in retention. The freshman class showed a nearly 92 percent retention rate in the fall. Hallelujah! Not surprisingly, undecided majors were one of the groups at greatest risk for dropping out. With all of the data provided at this meeting, we are still left asking, “Why not make students aware of their participation in retention? Why is it entirely up to faculty, staff and administration to engage this problem?” Students are the lynchpin to social experience, which is something the quantitative analysis did not take into consideration in any exacting detail. One can make a

The American Specter of Violence Quite literally, schools have become a battle ground, not just over the direction of education policy, but the very safety of our children. With this historically new development comes the Emporia School Board’s decision to allow armed guards on school property come Feb. 1. The shootings in Connecticut in December highlighted an increasing political tension over gun safety and control, brought on by desperate gunmen in recent years. For better or worse, Emporia schools are fanning the fire. It’s not clear yet what deterrent effect the addition of armed guards at schools will have. What is clear, however, is that Emporians perceive a need for protection that warrants the use of deadly force. The reaction is understandable. A school should be a place of safety, where parents can leave their children in the hands of responsible professionals with a reasonable expectation that no harm will come to their young ones. This, sadly, seems a distant memory. The gun ownership debate took center stage shortly after the

fulfilled due to other factors in our lives. These goals end up making us feel good for about three weeks before it all comes crashing down. Perhaps this is the greatest destructive force in obtaining a new, better you. We form these ambitions while subconsciously knowing we will never complete them, and then we give up on them soon after. Our culture tells us these resolutions are made to be broken, and thus our instinct leads us down a path of apathy, eventually bringing us to ask why we should create them at all. Rather, we should use these postholiday vacuums to analyze our lives and create resolutions when our time is completely full of stressors, such as during the middle of the semesters The best time to accurately weigh how well we can accomplish a new lifestyle is when we have three research papers due, not when our biggest concern is Netflix. It is only at this juncture that the idea of losing 10 pounds by the beginning of May

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Newtown shootings, but we shouldn’t forget that this wasn’t the first or last of this type of violence. Towns like Aurora and institutions like Columbine High School in Colorado carry with them memories not easily forgotten or reconciled. Have we come at all closer since then to understanding what really occurred and what the social and political implication of these murders is? The truth is that violence in schools is more common than once thought. The proverbial image of a South Chicago high school capped at its entrance with metal detectors is not without factual merit. Places of poverty, where education has either been conceptually abandoned or displaced, have been sites of violence for generations. But we don’t hear about those murders much anymore. The stakes for popular attention were raised and it took 26 deaths at an elementary school to refocus our attention. Violence is so dramatic and so baseless that our reaction is only to prevent it. But to garner political leverage from a particular act is to

M att C ook erase the multitude of tragedies that struck before without notice. We need not forget Connecticut, nor forgo the grief it wrenches from us, but we must also pursue the problem of violence in schools with an understanding that peace has evaded Americans in all classes, races and ethnicities for decades.

Resolve This One of my favorite activities during the winter months is to try and create a rough estimate of the number of resolution-droppers between January and February, and then determine if I am correct based on the number of people who slowly dwindle out from our Student Recreation Center. The concept of a New Year’s resolution has plagued us for years, and we have never created an adequate solution to even the most basic problem they create. Perhaps the largest problem is that resolutions are always created around a time that is typically less stressful - right after our major holidays. This problem even becomes embedded in our own definition of New Year’s resolutions. As soon as we state our new goals, others know it is only a few weeks before we give up on them entirely. We all ride the euphoric feeling of being done with holiday stresses and then create outlandish goals that can never be

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A ndrew P otter doesn’t seem all that impossible anymore. Of course, if we actually create meaningful resolutions, then I will have to give up my counting game and actually work toward losing some of the holiday weight I gained thanks to pumpkin pie.

New Year, New Beginnings "And now let us welcome the new year, full of things that never were." - Rainer Maria Rilke "The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life." -Steve Jobs "There are some things one can only achieve by a deliberate leap in the opposite direction." -Franz Kafka

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Dibbles targets crowd ‘under 80’ at Granada “A good looking guy in a flannel shirt and tight jeans doesn’t hurt ticket sales.” – Bryan Williams

S usan W elte Granger Smith, country music star, posted his first music parody video as his alter-ego Earl Dibbles Jr., a self-proclaimed “country boy,” to YouTube seven months ago. Since then, the video has become a success with nearly 1.7 million views. Smith will perform 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Granada Theatre, 807 Commercial St. “I was so excited when I found out he’s coming to Emporia because you don’t hear of many people coming here,” said Kelsey Carr, freshman nursing major. “They usually play in the bigger surrounding cities. I’ve always been a fan and love his music.” Bryan Williams, director of the Granada, said part of the reason they decided to bring Smith and his band to Emporia was to attract a younger crowd. He said for “anyone under 80,” Smith is one of the bigger acts they will have had perform. “Country music isn’t something I know a lot about, but he seems like he’s one of those up and coming guys,” Williams said. “He’s good looking. A good looking guy in a flannel shirt and tight jeans doesn’t hurt ticket sales. And he can sing, which doesn’t hurt, either.” Williams asked eight local high schools, including Emporia High School, to help draw a younger crowd by selling tickets. Each school will receive a percentage of the profit from the tickets they sell. The school

Granger Smith, a.k.a. Earl Dibbles Jr., a self-proclaimed “country boy,” will perform at the Granada Theatre at 7 p.m. Jan. 23. Tickets in advance are $5 for students and $10 for adults. Tickets at the door will be $10 for students and $15 for adults. Courtesy Photo of Granger

that sells the most tickets will win their own concert by Smith. “I’ve asked that the money go to the arts,” Williams said. “I want them to buy instruments...not football helmets.” Smith will release his second album April 16, according to Demonstrated in his Earl Dibbles Jr. videos, “mixed bag has proven more of (Smith’s)

style,” as stated on the website. “I’ve taken a unique path, which has been partly unplanned, but very rewarding,” Smith said in an interview on the website. Tickets in advance are $5 for students and $10 for adults. Tickets at the door will be $10 for students and $15 for adults. Williams said the Granada has been trying to make it affordable and give college students

something they may not have had in the past couple years. “College is stressful. You’ve got to have something fun to do,” Williams said. “If there’s not a lot of fun stuff to do, (students) are just going to want to get in their car and go home for the weekend.” The next scheduled event is standup comedian James Johann, who will perform at 8 p.m. Jan. 26.

Rec center launches campus health initiative S teve E dwards Students, faculty and staff are registering for the Healthy Hornet Fitness Challenge, a six-week campus-wide health program that promotes healthy lifestyles. The recreation center will offer classes specialized for those participating. “We do this every spring semester, but this year we’ve added a lot to the program,” said Whitney Runer, assistant director of Recreation Services. Runer said this year’s challenge will focus on more than the diet and exercise aspects of a healthy lifestyle. She said the program also encourages students to practice healthy sleep habits and to “take time for themselves.” “In past years, the Healthy Hornet Fitness Challenge has been more physical (focused),” said Mike Wise, director of Recreation Services. “There is an added focus on mental wellness this year.” Yoga and Zumba are among the wide range of fitness classes that will be offered at the Recreational Center during the program, as well as pool classes such as Aqua-Blast cardio and aquatic yoga. Runer said participants can earn points for attending these classes and will have a chance to win prizes. “The program is designed so that each week participants earn points by completing fitness goals,” Runer said.

“Participants can spend points to win prizes, such as T-shirts, pedometers and track bags.” Students, faculty and staff can register as a team or individually, but this year, there is a bigger push to get more teams involved. “We try to encourage more people to form teams for the motivational purpose,” Runer said. “Individuals are welcome to register, though. There are separate prize incentives for individuals and teams.” Runer said after the Fitness Challenge, students are invited to keep attending the classes for the rest of the spring semester. Runer said some classes would be scheduled later for faculty and staff to participate in. “We are offering free membership for faculty and staff for the duration of the Fitness Challenge,” Runer said. “As always, admission is free for students.” Runer said the recreation center has also received new cardio and weight training equipment that will be used in some of the classes. Steve Huntsinger, personal training and fitness supervisor, said the equipment includes new treadmills, elliptical machines and a “cable weight machine with touch screen settings for different workouts.” The Healthy Hornet Fitness Challenge will run from Jan. 28 through March 8. Registration ends Jan. 28.

Student Rec Center Hours Mon. - Thurs. 6:30 am - 11 pm Fri. 6:30 am - 8 pm Sat. 1 pm - 5 pm Sun. 3 pm - 7pm Katie Lebeda, junior information systems major, works out on one of the new exercise machines in the recreation center. The new equipment arrived in time for the upcoming Healthy Hornet Fitness Challenge. Jordan Storrer/The Bulletin


Tips to Stick to Your Health Goals

It’s that time of year again: gyms are packed, and motivation is high. ‘Tis the season for change! But between classes, work and everything else that takes time and energy, it can be easy to let those resolutions for a healthier you slip away. Here are some tips to help you achieve your health goals, which can be ever so elusive for many: 1. Have a goal, not a resolution. Let’s be real; “I want to get in shape,” is not a goal. It’s boring, non-specific and not going to get

you anywhere. When you start saving money for a new car, do you say, “I want to save money?” No! You have the exact make, model and color picked out. Health and fitness goals should be the same. Be it specific. If losing weight is your aim, set incremental goals. Give yourself a deadline. Start small to build confidence and then start swinging for the fences. 2. Form a plan. Have a workout routine in place. You’re much more likely to skip out on gym time when you’re winging it than

G reg F arris if you know exactly what you need to do. Something as small as a 12-week program including resistance training and cardio workouts can be a great motivator and takes away the guesswork. (Men’s Health is a great resource to find quick, effective, workouts, regardless your level of fitness, such as the “The Busy Man’s Workout,” a fully body dumbbell routine.)

3. Make it fun. There are literally hundreds of different ways to exercise and improve your diet. If you don’t enjoy running, don’t run. If you’re a beginner, don’t be afraid to try new things. We have an array of classes available for free at the recreation center on campus. I’ll never forget the first time I tried yoga; I thought it was strange going in, but now it’s part of my weekly routine. Also, find a workout buddy to provide accountability and motivation. 4. Pump your brakes. It’s important to understand that results will not come overnight. A diet “cleanse” or excessive exercise is going to be inferior to long-term adherence. Start out slow. Make exercise a habit, then increase intensity. Don’t attempt to cut out

all vices of your diet at once. Ditch soda for a few weeks, increase your vegetable intake for a few weeks, and, before you know it, in a few months you’ll have a completely new and healthy diet. 5. Just stick to it. It’s time for some honesty. Improving one’s health isn’t easy, but it isn’t walkingup-the-Plumb-Hall-stairs hard, either. There will be days when you want skip a workout or eat an endless amount of Oreos, but take it one day at a time. Understanding every workout and diet change is one step closer to your goal. Incorporating change each day makes the successive day easier. If you see me around campus this year, don’t be afraid to flag me down and ask a question or share your success. Let’s do this!

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Shalyssa Mitchell, senior interdisciplinary studies major, observes artwork by Kate Seredy in the “Illustrating the Holidays” exhibit in White Library. The exhibit will be shown through Jan. 25. Jenny Pendarvis/The Bulletin

R ocky R obinson A collection of manuscripts, published books, photographs and original artwork sent to publisher May Massee are on exhibit in the recently reopened Special Collection of Archives in the William Allen White Library. The exhibit is titled “Illustrating the Holidays.” “We have almost 32,000 pieces that are in the Massee collection,

featuring 309 artists,” said Ashley Todd-Diaz, curator for the Special Collections and Archives. “Right now, the exhibit is focusing on holiday greeting cards sent to May Massee as well, as holiday and winter themed books.” Recently reopened this fall after being closed for the last four years, the collection of archives was chosen for the Massee collection for its central location and the presence of the

Teachers College on campus, even though Massee had no connections with Emporia. Massee was a publisher in New York City who specialized in children’s books. “Massee was essentially one of the founders of children’s publishing,” Todd-Diaz said. “Up until that point, they weren’t focusing on publishing children’s books, so she really showed people that children’s books were just as important as adult books.” Massee worked for Viking publishing and is best known for books such as “Pippi Longstocking,” “Madeline and the Gypsies,” and “Make way for the Ducklings,” according to ESU’s website, all of which are featured in the exhibit. Artists such as Elmer Hader, Robert Lawsome and Boris Artzybasheff are also featured. “I think it is a good concept, the archives, but I don’t think people know much about them,” said Dalton Whaley, sophomore wildlife biology major. “They are useful, but I think they could do a better job of advertising it, especially when there is an event like this.” This is the third exhibit the archives collection has featured and there are plans to put new exhibits up every nine weeks. According to the archives brochure, they have almost 50,000 documents of the recorded history of Emporia and Lyon County that are available for student access. “We are the institutional memory for the university,” Todd-Diaz said. “We keep track of the history. We collect all of the records and publications, photographs, video and anything that would deal with the history of the university that researchers would be interested in down the road.” The exhibit opened Dec. 18 and will stay up until Jan. 25. It is open to the public until 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Abortion opponent seeks to shield jail visits WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An anti-abortion activist accused of sending a threatening letter to a Wichita doctor training to offer abortions asked a federal court on Wednesday to forbid the government from prying into her jailhouse ministry with the man convicted of killing Dr. George Tiller. Angel Dillard argues in a court filing that the information sought by the government about her inmate ministry to Scott Roeder and other inmates is protected by the clergy-communicant privilege and the First Amendment. She is seeking a protective order barring disclosure of the information. The dustup comes in a lawsuit the Justice Department filed against Dillard last year under a federal law aimed at protecting access to reproductive services. The government has accused Dillard of sending a threatening letter to Dr. Mila Means, who was training to offer abortion services after Tiller’s 2009 shooting death. “A dangerous precedent would be set if the Department of Justice is allowed to conduct wholesale inquiry into clergy-communicant

counseling under the guise of civil discovery,” Dillard’s attorney wrote. “The mere threat, alone, of a few such breaches of confidence would cause significant harm to ministerial efforts in jail and prison settings in general.” The government has argued that Dillard identified herself on prison logs as a friend to Roeder, rather than minister. The Justice Department also contended the ministerial privilege does not apply in this case because there is no evidence Dillard is an ordained minister. It also argued that even if she qualified as a clergyperson, she and the inmates she visited must have been aware conversations or writings are likely monitored. Dillard wrote in an affidavit filed Wednesday that she felt God had called her to reach out to Roeder, and said she signed in at the first meeting as a ministry visitor. Roeder eventually became a friend, she said, but the foremost purpose of every communication was to minister to him. “At no time in my jail ministry did I engage in or plan unlawful criminal acts, nor did I communi-

cate with inmates to that end,” she wrote. Among the visits with Roeder was one Dillard made together with the Rev. Michael Bray, an Ohio activist and author of “A Time to Kill.” His book defends the use of lethal force to protect the unborn. Bray spent four years in prison in connection with the destruction of several abortion clinics in the Washington, D.C., area. Bray recently recounted in a phone interview with The Associated Press — and wrote in his online blog — about a visit he made with Dillard to see Roeder during which they affirmed directly to Roeder that what he did was good and right, and that killing Tiller saved the lives of innocent children. “There was no condemnation from God for his deed, we told him. On the contrary, there would be nothing but commendation on a job well done,” Bray wrote of that visit. “We all bore witness to these words and assured him that in the face of damnation by the court, he was in fact right and the rulers of Kansas were wrong.”

Retention from ...Page 1 college recruitment and retention of students. Lew Sanborne, associate vice president of Noel-Levitz, presented his findings at an open forum Jan. 8 in the Preston Family Room. “ We are making some great progress,” said Jim Williams, vice president of student affairs. “Right now, in the freshman class that we recruited, all things as they are… we’re sitting at 91.9 percent retention of the students that started with us this fall, so our efforts and our focus on these things are paying off,” The forum highlighted a two and a half year process during which Sanborne gathered data, met with faculty, students and staff to discuss what could be done to improve retention rates and set up models for predicting student retention. Over the course of eight visits beginning in 2009, he identified the groups of freshmen at greatest risk of dropout and updated the student satisfaction and college student inventory. The college student inventory assesses concerns freshmen have about their academic futures. These allow advisers to properly identify students who may need extra assistance. Advising was a central point in the presentation, as it is a strength at ESU but also needs improvement professionally. Early identification of students at risk for dropout is also an area that needs improvement, and the

Apocalypse from ...Page 1 going to be an end time, so when someone in a religious (group) says it’s going to happen, they believe it and buy into it.” Terrell said there were reports of people trying to flock to a city in France because it was supposed to be the “only place left” if the world ended Dec. 21, and one man even gave away $200,000 of his savings to secure a spot. But Terrell said he and his family went about the day just as any other, which included attending and celebrating his son’s graduation from the police academy, and that it was a “good thing we didn’t do anything stupid, like give away all of our money.” Students like Derek Wilson, freshman biology pre-med major, also treated the day as regular. “There weren’t any special, last minute things I wanted to do,” Wilson said. “I try to live every day as if it were my last.” Predicting the end of the world is a bit like starting a diet, Terrell said. Several days before the diet starts, a person eats as much junk food as he or she can in order to hold themselves over

goal is to adjust the survey to meet those early identification needs. “Retention is perceived as everybody’s business because every contact with a student is fateful and has an opportunity to impact them,” Sanborne said. Williams said that while ESU’s yearly retention rate, which falls between 68 and 72 percent, is within the national average for institutions similar to ESU, the goal is to continue to improve. Williams also said he was pleased with how the faculty, staff and administration had pulled together to work with the consultant and begin implementing the strategies for retention. The effects of the study have already begun changing the marketing strategy, said Gwen Larson, assistant director of Media Relations. Larson said the results show the university needs to focus marketing efforts less on rural areas and more on cities such as Kansas City, Topeka and Wichita. Marvin Harrell, professor of mathematics, computer sciences and economics, said that while he appreciated all of the data given, he wished the presentation had been more focused on specific changes the institution will be making, rather than the vaguer categories. The consultation process cost the university $206,000 plus fees. The full contract with Noellevitz can be accessed as a PDF file on The Bulletin’s website, during the diet. In times of end of the world prophecies, some people try to have to have as much fun as they can or complete their bucket list before the end. But the diet doesn’t last that long, and the world doesn’t end, and pretty soon a new diet is started and a new apocalypse date surfaces. “I’m a true believer in terms of Christianity,” Terrell said. “No one knows (when the end will come). If you’re not prepared, then, yeah, be afraid.” Terrell said making predictions is simply human nature and that part of the obsession comes from just wanting to know “when all of this will end.” “I guess it’s something to get all stirred up about and something to talk about,” said Erin Fuchs, junior business administration major. “Everyone knows about it…it’s just a unified theme.” As the cycle continues, a new date is set for the world to end on Jan. 1, 2017. “I’d say, eventually, there’s going to come a time when the world will end,” Wilson said. “I don’t know if it can necessarily be predicted.”

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Quick to Adapt ‘Youngster’ stands out among team, league

Merissa Quick, sophomore crime and delinquency studies major and forward for the Lady Hornets basketball team, established herself as a contender on the court in her freshman season. Now, she is looking to build upon that success. Photo Courtesy of ESU Athletics

S hane J ackson

Many freshmen have a hard enough time adapting to college life out of high school without throwing the additional title of college athlete into the mix. But Merissa Quick, sophomore crime and delinquency studies major, not only made the transition successfully, she also did so exception-

ally well, according to her coach and teammates. The 6’3’’ forward for the Lady Hornets basketball team from Cheney stood tall amongst a highlytalented squad last season, even just as a freshman. “We graduated all of our posts, so we brought her in, and she brought in some size and athleticism right away,” said Head Coach Jory Collins. “Even as a freshman, she controlled the paint very well.”

According to the Emporia State Athletics webpage, Quick was an All-State First Team KBCA Class 4A selection and led the Cheney Cardinals to an undefeated state championship season as a high school junior. “She was actually recruited by more schools for volleyball, which is where a lot of her athleticism comes from,” Collins said. Quick erupted onto the college sports scene in her second career game with the Lady Hornets, leading the way 16 points in a 71-50 victory. She finished last season as the third leading scorer with 10.7 points a game, and led the way in rebounds with an average of 6.9 a game. The Lady Hornets rounded out the season with a 23-9 record. Quick started 29 of the 32 games and is determined to use last season’s experience to help her become even more of a driving force on the court in her sophomore year. “I knew starting was a realistic goal, and it was a solid year for me, but I am ready to improve,” Quick said. “I still have a lot to prove…I am commanding more double teams now, being the second tallest player in the league, which is forcing me to work even harder.” Despite the double teams, Quick is still a dominating presence on the court. So far this season, she has averaged 10.2 points and six rebounds a game, with a team high 27 blocks off of just 20 minutes a game. “My ultimate goal for my career is not only to win a championship, but to be one of the best players at our level,” Quick said. The Lady Hornets will take on Missouri Western State at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at White Auditorium in Emporia.

“My ultimate goal for my career is not only to win a championship, but to be one of the best players at our level.” – Merissa Quick

Hornets dominate track at Wichita S hane J ackson The two-day meet at the Wichita State Herm Wilson Invitational last Wednesday and Thursday was a success for the Emporia State track and field team. The men walked away with a second place finish. The women not only secured a second place finish, but they also had a school record. “I think this was the best we have ever done at a Wichita meet,” said Head Coach Steven Blocker. “Coming off a three-week break, you never know what you are going to get.” Andrew Etheridge, junior hurdler and sprinter, won the 60 meter hurdles with a provisional qualifying time of 8.00 seconds. Derwin Hall, senior sprinter, ran 6.90 seconds in the 60 meter dash and placed fourth. Dwayne Hall, senior jumper, placed second in the triple jump, and Lucas San Martin, senior thrower, placed second in the shotput. Marqueita Marisette, senior sprinter, placed second in the 200 meter dash with a fourth best in the nation time of 25.25 seconds. Jackie Jacobs, senior sprinter, finished third in the same race with a time of 25.69 seconds. Misty Lowe, junior thrower, crushed the competition with a shot put of 12.89 meters and landed first place. Carmen King, sophomore jumper and sprinter, finished second in long jump with 5.49 meter jump.

Dominique Staats, freshman sprinter, finished second in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:24 minutes. “Personally, it went well,” Staats, a psychology major, said. “As a team, we did pretty well, also. It’s hard to come off of a break and have a meet right away, but we made it through and did some good work.” Maggie Wilson, sophomore pole vaulter, had her personal best in pole vault with a mark of 11-11.75. She is currently ranked 12th in the nation and was also named the MIAA Women’s Field Athlete of the Week. “We did really well, but just like any sport, it’s not how you start; it is how you finish,” Blocker said. Briar Ploude, senior history major and high jumper, received the MIAA Men’s Field Athlete of the Week award, winning the high jump with a mark of 7-00.25. Ploude has the nation’s best jump of the season of 7-02.50 and is automatically qualified for nationals. “Well, it wasn’t really what I wanted in terms of height,” Ploude said. “I wanted to get up around 7’2” again for the second meet in a row, but I can’t complain with starting a season off over 7’ twice… hopefully, all the work we put in as a team over the first semester can help us push through the season and really show up at the big meets, where we need it.” The Hornets take the track again tomorrow at the University of Central Missouri Invitational in Warrensburg, Mo.

Briar Ploude, senior history major and high jumper, received the MIAA Men’s Field Athlete of the Week award, winning the high jump with a mark of 7-00.25. Photo Courtesy of ESU Athletics

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