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Taylor battles against cancer Sophomore going through chemo, plans to return to ESU in fall S usan W elte editor-in-chief
She almost died last November. But Morgan Taylor, sophomore elementary education major, continues to keep fighting against brain cancer. “I think I’m pretty much the same person. I just try to be the best person I can be,” Taylor said. “Now, I want to help others even more.” In December, Taylor was diagnosed with glioblstoma multiforme, which is a grade IV tumor that comes from cells that “make up supprotive tissues in the brain,” according to the American Brain Tumor Association. The realization that something was medically wrong came last semester. “I knew there was something going wrong because I’ve al-
ways had headaches my whole life, but last year was worse, and I would periodically get them really bad, but I never thought of it as bad,” Taylor said. “I thought it was just typical headaches.” While visiting her boyfriend’s grandparents, Taylor said that his grandmother told her that her eyes looked like they were wandering, and when Taylor would try to reach out for the wall, it felt like she couldn’t grab it in the right way. “This didn’t happen until toward the end…but it was like I was drunk-walking,” Taylor said. “So I was at Walmart once by myself, and it was like all of a sudden I wasn’t in control of my body. I was terrified. That’s when I knew something was really wrong. And so then I just stood there and I was tearing up until I called my mom to talk to me.” One day over fall break, she
got a headache and it never went away. “A lot of times, I would just excuse myself to the bathroom until the pain absolved and I had tears in my eyes,” Taylor said. At first, Taylor tried going to her primary care doctor, but she said the doctor wasn’t very helpful. “Nobody ever believed me,” Taylor said. The pain continued to get more intense and it had traveled to her neck, so finally Taylor called her sister, Stephania Nelson, senior elementary education major, and asked her take her to the emergency room at Fort Riley in Manhattan, Kan. “At that point, I was tired of her feeling bad,” Nelson said. While they were there, the doctor told Taylor and Nelson that he thought they wouldn’t find anything, but corrected himself when he got the results
Dorm room burglarized
Football players target of dorm burglary R ocky R obinson A ce F inch spor ts editor sports writer
The dorm room of two Emporia State football players was burglarized last week, according to campus authorities. Campus police responded to a report of aggravated burglary in the room of Dylan Hall, freshman offensive lineman, and Ty Reasnor, freshman quarterback, at 9:45 p.m. last Thurs-
LEFT: Morgan Taylor, sophomore elementary education major, during the summer of 2013. Morgan said her headaches didn’t get bad until last fall. RIGHT: Taylor on April 29, after moving back to Texas and receiving chemotherapy. PHOTOS COURTESY OF TAYLOR
back from the CT scan. “He came back and was like, ‘Actually, it looks like there is something there,’” Taylor said. “Honestly, I wasn’t freaked out or anything. I was just like, ‘Yeah, I know.’” Taylor’s and Nelson’s parents live in San Antonio, Tex., so they were far away during this time, but luckily, their father had been previously stationed at Fort Riley, so they had several family friends who came to help them. The doctor then decided to
do a CT contrast scan to view the mass more clearly. “After that, he made me get into a wheelchair, even though I had been walking to campus and driving everywhere, and so I was a bit annoyed,” Taylor said. The doctors realized that the mass could be a tumor, and that Taylor would need brain surgery. She was transferred via ambulance to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Nelson rode
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Electric car charger first project of its kind
day. Reasnor reported stolen headphones, and the incident happened between 7:15 p.m. and 8:20 pm. Kent Weiser, athletic director, confirmed that the headphones were stolen and were taken to a pawnshop in Emporia. Chris Hoover, executive officer of Police and Safety, said that no one has been charged with the incident and it is still under investigation. Eric Pruitt, junior center and fellow teammate, declined to comment, saying they are unable to release any information yet. “I don’t know much and I am going to just let the police A station designed to charge electric cars is now available in do their job,” said Garin Hig- the Beach Hall parking lot on the east side of campus. The charging station was implemented on March 26. gins, head football coach.
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An electric car charging station on the Emporia State campus is the first project of its kind between the university and Westar Energy. Since March 26, the charging station has been in operation in the parking lot of the Beach Music Hall on the east side of campus. “Several years ago, we had somebody coming to visit us on campus who said, ‘I have a hybrid car, where do I plug it in to charge?’ We were having to respond, ‘We don’t have anything like that,’ which got the ball rolling on this project,” said Richard Jensen, physical plant utilities manager of University Facilities. The electrical infrastructure was in-
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Seniors celebrate years of hard work, dedication A lec M anley s ta f f w r i t e r
Going out with a week of fun, Emporia State seniors are spending the week participating in events to get pumped up for graduation and to celebrate the four or more years spent to get to this pivotal moment in their lives. “The first event of the week
Ethan Platt, senior art and music major, gets his hands dirty while tiedying a shirt for Senior Week on Monday afternoon at Wilson Park. JENNIFE PENDARVIS | The Bulletin
is the tie-dye barbeque where seniors can come pick up their senior week T-shirt and tie-dye them,” said Emily Vogt, junior elementary education major. The tie-dye event took place on Monday, where approximately 45 seniors came to enjoy some free food, fun with friends and talk about their future plans. “I’m going to try and get
Volunteers of ESU Ambassadors and senior students mingle over pizza and soda and prepare for the tie-dye event held on Monday afternoon at Wilson Park. JENNIFER PENDARVIS | The Bulletin
a job, start paying off student loans, but I’m definitely not going to settle for anything I don’t absolutely enjoy and love doing,” said Benny Bowden, senior digital-audio recording major. A résumé review took place Tuesday, where college students could ask job search questions and make sure they were presenting themselves correctly. “The Breakfast Club” was shown last night in Webb Hall, with free soda and popcorn. The Newberg Senior Banquet will be held from 6-8 p.m. in the KSTC Colonial Ballroom in the Memorial Union tonight, and has a $20 fee. After the banquet, seniors have the chance from 9-11 p.m. to go to Bruff’s Sports Bar and Grill, 2640 W. 18th, for a night of games, prizes and 90s music. “(Seniors) will want to come to that one because they can win all the prizes,” Vogt said. The prizes for that particular day range from a 32” TV to
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The Bulletin | May 1, 2014
Sunflower launches 2014 yearbook After working on the Emporia State yearbook throughout the year, The Sunflower will hold a release party from 6-7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 4 on the Wooster Lake Patio. In addition to launching the yearbook, Ten2One will perform at 6:30 p.m., and those who attend will have the chance to play games and win a gift card. The release party is free and open to anyone.
WAW hours change for dead, finals weeks In order to help release stress during the home stretch of the semester, the William Allen White Library has extended its hours for dead week, and the duration of finals. Starting Sunday, May 4 and ending Friday, May 16, the entire library will have extended hours, but the Learning Commons will remain open 24/7, as usual. In addition to extended hours the library will host several stress relieving activities, which includes a relaxation station, starting 1 p.m. Sunday, May 4 and ending at noon Friday, May 16 and a chance to win a $75 gift card to the Memorial Union Bookstore. To enter, students just need to swipe their student ID card to enter the library any time after closing for access to the Learning Commons. Sunday, May 11: 7 p.m. - Free pizza in the Learning Commons. Monday, May 12: 3-5 p.m.- Make Your Own Stress Ball, Room 108, Library first floor. 7 p.m.- Relax with Yoga, Library first floor. 7-9 p.m. - Buzzcotti opens extended hours in the Memorial Union. Free subs and popcorn included. Tuesday, May 13: 7 p.m. - Make Your Own Shrinky-Dink Key Chain, sponsored by the Emporia State Student Art Thereapy Organization, room 108, Library first floor. 7-9 p.m. - Buzzcotti open in the Memorial Union with free pizza and popcorn. Wednesday, May 14: 3 p.m.- Relax with Yoga, Library first floor All Day: Free cookies on a Book Cart located throughout the library and Learning Commons.
Participants wanted for Social Olympics The Emporia State Social Challenge group is putting on one last hurrah for students. Registration ends Friday, May 2. The Social Challenge group was put together by sophomore communication major Taylor Weisman. Weisman sought out a group that would help him to be more involved on campus, but then decided that he would go ahead and make one himself. The Social Olympics will consist of volleyball, dodgeball, ultimate frisbee, relays, basketball and a few other games. The event will cost $5 per person, with 80 percent of the proceeds going to support the Special Olympics of Kansas, and the remaining percentage will cover the cost of putting the event together. According to Weisman, this is the second time his group has tried to get this event going, with little success so far. “This is the second year we’re trying it out, and we only got two teams last year. So far we have zero teams,” Weisman said. In order for the event to be a success, Weisman said that they need at least six different teams of people, and those teams can consist of five to 10 individuals. In order to register, pick up a team form at the CSI front desk. Applications can be dropped of at any social challenge table in the Memorial Union or to Weisman.
Corrections In the April 24 issue of The Bulletin, under the article “Search for VP of administration, fiscal affairs continues,” Diana Kuhlmann, associate vice president for fiscal affairs and budget director, was incorrectly identified as Lindsey Bartlett under her photo. Also, in the picture for the softball story “Lady Hornets hitting struggles forces split with SBU,” the player was incorrectly identified as Jamie Stevens. The player’s name is Jacie Stephens, freshman recreationsmajor and catcher.
ASG passes resolution in support of program continuance S teven E dwards s ta f f w r i t e r
Fresh from closing out the election season, Associated Student Government is preparing for the end of the 2013-14 school year. ASG met for their post-election senate meeting on Thursday, April 24. ASG senators voiced their support for the continuance of the athletic training program, which is risking discontinuation and loss of accreditation. Senate Resolution 14011, a resolution in favor of the continuance of the athletic training program, passed unanimously in a roll call vote. “The athletic training education program of Emporia State University plays an integral role in the careers of our student athletes,” said Tyler Huddleston, junior communication and Spanish major and ASG president-elect, in a reading of the resolution. Huddleston, who sponsored the resolution, said the ASG Campus and Community Relations Committee recognizes the 1,200 volunteer hours of clinical education experience required of the students,
and that HPER professors and trainers have provided sufficient evidence for the need for the continuance of the program. “The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education will give ESU a probationary period to meet accreditation standards should the program be continued,” said Joshua Wallace, ASG Campus and Community Relations Committee director and junior communication major. CAATE gives schools with a year to meet the new standards for accreditation, plus an additional year of probationary status to meet the new standards for accreditation. If the program is continued, these provisions will give ESU two years to meet CAATE’s new standards. Senate Bill 14038, a line-item adjustment for The Sunflower, passed 17-0-1, after having been previously vetoed. Racheal Countryman, ASG president and senior communication major, said the bill was vetoed before due to “lack of information concerning the need for a lineitem increase.” Ashley Cahoone, editorin-chief for The Sunflower and senior communication major
with a journalism minor, said the line-item increase was needed to replace a camera that was stolen from The Sunflower office and build funds for Sunflower writers and photographers to attend regional and national conferences. If the line-item increase is approved by the Kansas Board of Regents, the adjustment would increase tuition by $1.78 for full-time students and by 14 cents per hour for part-time students. The fee per full-time student will raise from $11.12 to $12.90. ASG passed Senate Bill 14053 unanimously, officially acknowledging Greeks Advocating the Mature Management of Alcohol’s (GAMMA) official name change to Students Advocating Better Actions (SABA). Kelsey Waller, SABA co-president and junior rehabilitation major, said the reason for the name change is to open up the group to students that do not have any Greek affiliation, and “to start addressing drug abuse in addition to alcohol abuse among students.” The last ASG meeting of the year is at 5:15 p.m. today in the Senate Chamber.
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in the ambulance with her sister. “She called me and told me that she had a mass on her brain and I know I was at my friend’s apartment, and I was trying not to cry on the phone or whatever,” said Jackie Morris, sophomore communication major and Taylor’s former roommate. “I ended up just staying with my friends for a while because it was just, I don’t know, you couldn’t believe that she had something on her brain. It was just really weird.” When the ambulance arrived at Wesley, Nelson said they had already been checked in, so they just got Taylor situated at the hospital. By that time, their mother was already on her way from Texas. “I don’t remember anything from there (Wichita), except for bits and pieces, but I was pretty okay the whole time, like mentally-wise or emotionally…I remember the doctor telling me that it was either a tumor or an infection, but they weren’t really sure,” Taylor said. “I remember just being confused on how an infection could look like that. I was pretty much fine. I was okay with it all.” Taylor said she didn’t “freak out” until one of her sisters joked that they might have to shave her head. But around 5 a.m. on Thurs-
LEFT: Morgan Taylor’s, sophomore elementary education major, tumor as of Nov. 19. RIGHT: On March 25, the only thing left is a cavity where the tumor used to be. PHOTOS COURTESY OF TAYLOR
day, Dec. 19, Taylor’s body shut down while at Wesley. She was scheduled to have surgery at 10 a.m., but ended up having emergency surgery at 7:15 a.m. Taylor said that “all of a sudden it was a ‘Code Blue’” in her hospital room. Although she doesn’t remember it happening, Taylor said her heart rate had shot up to 305, and her nurse tried to hit her in the sternum, but she was unresponsive. “They took me to the nurse station and called the chaplain. After thirteen minutes, her body just quit,” said Donna Taylor, Morgan’s mother. “So they put her on a ventilator. After two
hours on the ventilator, she became stable enough to be taken in for an emergency surgery. Surprisingly, she had no brain damage, or heart damage – she was going to be fine. The doctor told us later on if we hadn’t been in the surgical ICU, Morgan wouldn’t be with us today.” Taylor said they are unsure of what caused the incident – her EKGs, CT scans and sonograms came back normal – but that they are very lucky they got medical help when they did. “It was the hardest thing seeing her like that just because she
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Police Reports Reports from ESU Police and Safety April 23 Officer checked welfare of occupants of vehicle at 12th and Burlingame Rd. Vehicle had run out of fuel. No other problem was found. Officers assisted Emporia Police Dept. with a domestic dispute at 1839 Merchant – The Villas. Subject was advised not to make any contact with other subject. Student Guard admitted a female student to the 2nd floor of WAW Library to retrieve her book bag. Officer checked welfare of a male student at 1326 Highland. Subject was experiencing breathing problems and was transported by ambulance to Newman Regional Health. Officer provided escort from Newman Regional Health to 1326 Highland.
April 24 Officer contacted male subject in reference to a burglary case. Three male subjects reported aggravated burglaries and thefts from North Twin Towers Room 307. These incidents occurred on 4-24-14 between 0715 and 0820 hours. Report taken. Female student reported two subjects looking into vehicle windows in Sector 7. Officer made contact with the subjects and advised to stop. Female faulty member reported a duck in Union Square. The duck flew off upon officer’s arrival. Officer followed up with cases 2014-C-023, 2014-C-024 and 2014-C-025. Officer assisted Emporia Police Dept. with a missing
child in 800 Grove. April 25 Officer retrieved property from 625 Commercial associated with an aggravated burglary case. Officer assisted Emporia Police Dept. with serving an arrest warrant at 136 W 12th. Female subject requested officer check the welfare of a student in Northeast Morse Room 120. The student was taken to Counseling Services. Officer assisted Emporia Police Dept. with a car stop at 1501 Sylvan. April 26 Officer checked the welfare of occupants of KS 835AOR north of I-35 near the compound. No problem was found.
Officers contacted suspicious subjects east of HPER building. No problem was found. Officer checked the welfare of the occupants of KS 042GMC at King Lake. Subjects left after being contacted. April 27 Officer stopped KS 427BPZ in 100 Merchant. Verbal warning for a traffic light violation. April 28 Female subject reported her vehicle had been burgled in Sector 7. This event occurred 04-27-14 or earlier on 04-28-14. Report taken. Residential Life staff requested officers check the welfare of a male student in Central Morse Hall Room 161. Officer took report of a
non-injury accident involving KS 963DSI and KS 316AEC in Sector 6. King Hall zones 71, 73, 74,75 and 82 Fire Trouble. A fog machine set off the alarms. April 29 Subject reported sighting flames in the wires of a utility pole at the southwest corner of the Earl Center. Contacted Emporia Fire Dept. The city contacted Westar. Officer responded to King Hall in reference to a report of criminal damage to the vending machines. This equipment is owned by Classic Vending. This offense occurred between 4-15-14 and 4-29-14. Report taken. Officer provided escort for a female student from ESU PD HQ to Free Parking.
The Bulletin | May 1, 2014
Storms forecast: 43 years and counting S usan W elte editor-in-chief
He’s related to Ralph Waldo Emerson and one of the Salem witches, has a scar from being bitten by a piranha and he once found mountain lion tracks while walking to school. He met her at the University of Wyoming, and proposed four months after they started seeing each other. Together, they may be Emporia State’s most interesting couple, and they’ve been working here for 43 years. Mel Storm, interim chair of the English department and professor of English, and Donna Storm, clinical supervisor of student teaching, first met in a transcendentalism class while in graduate school. “She was there because she had an American studies fellowship and had to take the class,” Mel Storm said. “I was there because Emerson is part of my family.” In fact, Ralph Waldo Emerson is his great-great-greatgreat uncle, and his great-great grandfather was tutored by Henry David Thoreau. “I do have a deep connection with transcendentalism,” Mel Storm joked. Mel and Donna Storm were wed in the 1966, and moved to Emporia in 1971, when they both got jobs at ESU. For Mel Storm, the English department needed someone to teach Old
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stalled last fall, but Jensen said it took awhile to get all the components and agreements in place. Shaina Hoffman, sophomore rehabilitation services and Spanish major, received a 2008 Toyota Prius as a gift from her grand-
English and History of the English Language. “It may seem odd to some, but I love teaching History of the English Language,” Mel Storm said. “I love the HEL class. It’s a good thing I do, because I have literally taught it once or twice a year every year since 1971.” Mel Storm said he loves working with language, history and literature, and in the HEL class, he gets to work with all of those aspects. Throughout the years, he has been honored as a Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professor and a Xi Phi Outstanding Faculty Member. He has spent a third of his years at ESU serving on Faculty Senate in one capacity or another – and he used to be the president. Donna Storm also snagged a job at the university in 1971, supervising student teachers, which is what she still does today. “I had taught English at Urbana High School in Illinois and had worked with a number of student teachers and I thought that was something that I wanted to continue doing, so I decided to apply for the job and I got it,” she said. Being able to get paid to read books and work with highlyeducated colleagues has been a plus for Mel Storm. “It has been rewarding,” he said. “Emporia State has been a very good home for me, or I wouldn’t have stayed this long. My profession being what it is and my colleagues and students
being what they are, I have never been bored for a minute.” Donna Storm said they have stayed at the university for so long because they feel like a part of the Emporia community and have a desire to promote ESU. “I think that Emporia State offers an opportunity for oneon-one – smaller classes and more interaction between professors and students,” she said. The couple enjoys visiting Council Grove Lake, gardening and reading. Their latest project has been trying to grow or-
chids. But traveling is a particularly fond hobby for them. Mel Storm said he couldn’t even count the number of countries the pair has been to. “It would seriously take a bit of sitting down and counting to see how many,” he said. “We try to travel whenever we have to opportunity. We’ve become particularly fond of Africa – east Africa and southern Africa. We love Europe. We really love Italy.” As for leaving the university any time soon, Mel Storm
said that’s not an option. The English department had three faculty members resign on the same day to take other jobs elsewhere, will be losing two senior faculty members due to retirement, has two faculty going on sabbatical next year and two faculty members on half-time research grants. He said there’s “a lot of work to be done.” “Right now, I’m just figuring out how to make sure the classes get taught, and, as they say, make sure that the lights stay on,” Mel Storm said.
parents. Her car is a hybrid, so it’s half electric and half fuel. “It’s perfect for driving back and forth from Wichita to Emporia on less than a tank of gas,” Hoffman said. The installation of the charging station was free for ESU, since Westar was also looking to work on the project.
“We’re the first ones Westar has done this with, so we’re also like their test-run,” Jensen said. University Facilities, however, is still installing a parking meter at the charging station. It will cost a quarter for one full charge per vehicle, which typically takes about four hours. “It should be self-sustaining,
basically, when we have all the pieces together,” Jensen said. The university doesn’t just want to stop at one charging station, however. They are looking into adding two more on campus in the coming months. Additional parking meters would cost the university anywhere between $1,600 and $3,000 each.
“I think, as a campus, we’re looking to try to be more sustainable on some of the things we’re doing,” Jensen said. “Most of our campus vehicles are electric. We do see that this is something that is going to be more prevalent on campus.”
Mel Storm, interim chair of the English department and professor of English, and Donna Storm, clinical supervisor of student teaching, have been married since 1966 and have both been working at Emporia State since 1971. WILL AUSTIN | The Bulletin
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Recreation students host free tournaments
Ace Mayze, freshman health promotion major, fishes a stray frisbee out of a pond Friday, April 25 at Jones Youth Recreation Park. Mayze and and his friends participated in a disc golf tournament organized by students in a sports management class. WILL AUSTIN | The Bulletin Ace Mayze, freshman health promotion major, closes in on a target during a disc golf tournament Friday, April 25 at Jones Youth Recreation Park. The event was free and exclusively for Emporia State students, faculty and staff. WILL AUSTIN | The Bulletin
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Last Friday’s sunny weather was perfect for spending the afternoon outdoors. Even though it was windy, participants of Emporia State Recreation Service’s intramural disc golf tournament weren’t stopped. This year, Whitney Slater, assistant director of Recreation Services, had her sports management class organize the disc golf and table tennis tournaments. Half of the class did one, and half of the class did the other. Part of the goal of the class is to learn how to plan a tournament. The students who put together the tournaments found that there was quite a bit to do in order to prepare. “We had to send out the
flyers and everything, had to make sure the park was open, you know, promote people and all that kind of stuff,” said Mitchell Foote, sophomore recreation major and one of the event’s organizers. “It was all a good project.” They agreed that promoting the tournament might have been the hardest part. “We had to come up with a marketing plan, how we were going to attack campus pretty much and let everyone know about it,” said Sarah Bender, sophomore recreation major and another one of the event’s organizers. Bender said they posted flyers around campus, made a BuzzIn announcement, had a table in the Memorial Union and used social media to get the word out. The disc golf tournament had more than 30 participants, which was an improvement from last year’s 10. It ended up
being split into two divisions – one for the large amount of football players who participated and a regular division, including a men’s portion and a women’s portion. Held on the west course of Jones Youth Recreation Park, the course included 18 holes, taking players roughly two hours to complete. The women’s division only had two participants, and Natalie Hoernig, senior psychology major, claimed the championship title, only having played disc golf once or twice before. “Today was really hard because of the wind, so that didn’t help,” Hoernig said. Winning the men’s division in just 50 strokes was Casey Atchison, junior recreation major. The champions each received an “intramural champion” t-shirt. The table tennis tournament will be held at 6 p.m. today in the Student Recreation Center.
The Bulletin | May 1, 2014
Max-a-Million STAFF EDITORIAL
Our adviser is a badass. Max McCoy, associate professor of journalism and adviser to The Bulletin, was not only named the 2013 Distinguished Adviser for Four-Year Newspapers by the College Media Association, but he also has helped us get through a tough year of transition, with a change in editors and a complete redesign, as well as a switch in printers. And we’re eternally grateful for that. He’s the author of the “Indiana Jones” series, has
been interviewed for the History channel and won the Spur award, not once, but twice, from the Western Writers of America. He answers our senseless questions on production night, like if he would rather be a cat or a dog, but also helps us learn how to be professional in this field of study. He listens to us when we are at our wit’s end, and knows that we don’t mind him when he gets “barky.” But mainly, we learn from him through his professionalism. Max refuses to cri-
tique stories that he has been a source in, even after they are already published. We’ve been in tough situations with reporting before, and he has talked us through it. He is a true journalist and doesn’t give up – on us or on stories. While he may put up a tough front, and some may even call him intimidating, those that work closely with him at the newspaper know that he is simply a friend, a mentor and a role model. We owe our success to him. So thank you, Max. You’re truly one in a million. DONOVAN ELROD | The Bulletin
The Opinion Garden
R achel M arshall Opinion Writer
Your opinion doesn’t matter. That’s what people tend to think or what others will say to people that try to voice their opinion.
Society is constantly evolving and developing. Sometimes ideas, rules and traditions are made that people think might be good at the time, but might have to be challenged later on. It is a good thing to talk, brainstorm and have a collective view. Someone else might actually have a valuable piece to a puzzle. You just have to speak up though for it to be known. Some opinions may not exactly change the world overnight, but they are like little tiny seeds that can be planted and blossom into something beautiful. With this opinion column, I have been able to plant my own seeds and I’ve even gotten to
see them be watered by others. I ran into an alum a couple days after my Barbie article was published and she said she was going to repaint her nails for the meeting she was going to, but decided to keep the glitter nail polish instead – because of what I wrote. I’ve also been thanked by alums that now work for other colleges because my GDI article started conversations with their students. Voicing opinions can be scary and having them published in print for anyone to read is even scarier. Not everyone is going to like your opinion or have the same views. I have experienced negativity and flack for a couple of my pieces,
Georgia Making a Bang I’m counting down the days before we have another public massacre on our hands. The great state of Georgia has just passed a law allowing licensed gun carriers to be packing heat in bars, churches and even school districts. Of course, leaders of the churches and schools will have to allow it, as well. Have we learned nothing about the dangers of firearms in the hands of the public? Have we already forgotten about the innocents that were murdered at Sandy Hook, Columbine and the surplus of other shootings that transpired around this freedom-obsessed country? This new gun law spits in the faces of those who were lost in these tragedies and their families. Allowing people to walk around in public places, like schools, with a firearm is the definition of idiocy. Schools are meant to be
a safe place for children and others to learn, not a place for them to worry about if their stressed to the limit teacher is carrying a damn colt in his belt. I’m sure those who support and cheer for the new law claim it as a “Second Amendment victory” and a triumph against gun control, but they’re not thinking about what could happen if some lunatic whips his piece out after having a few in a bar and begins lighting the place up. What’s going to stop that from happening? There were laws to prevent that, but they’ve seemed to be tossed out the window along with the state’s common sense. The argument that “Guns keep people safe, guns don’t kill people, people kill people” is the lyric of a fool and should receive no attention from anyone with an intelligence above that of a household bucket. Guns are dangerous,
W estin B rown Opinion Writer
Facebook is the number one method of social networking in the world, with Twitter close behind. Even though we enjoy the luxury of staying connected with everyone and everything, how do we determine if the information we post is too much? There is an increasingly great amount of personal comments and posts on the site that are crude, vile
lives. It’s important to know the latest news and current events, but opinion articles make you think, question and evaluate an array of things such as beliefs and values. It also can provide inspiration or be an important reminder. I hope I have been able to inspire and make you think. I’m thankful I’ve been able to say it is okay if you are single now, remind people of the beauty of poetry and get people thinking about diversity and labels. Be brave and sprinkle your seeds. You never know what kind of garden may grow.
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though some choose to ignore that fact. This ignorant country of ours and the denizens who inhabit it need to halt the passing of ridiculous, unsafe, biased laws before we have another tragedy. Stop this obsession with weapons and focus on more important matters, like the expansion of education – something Georgia apparently has a shortage of.
Censor Yourself and unacceptable for public viewing. What most people don’t seem to realize is that the age requirement for site membership is 13. Do you really want your child to find out how much Mommy really hates Daddy? Or how that once best friend whom you now refer to as a b**** stole your boyfriend away? I think not! A great deal of these nasty remarks and comments are things that most people would not dare say to another in person, teaching younger people to deal with their problems indirectly by being uncivil and disrespectful. Facebook, since its inception has caused a great many problems for employees at all levels in our society, many losing their life’s work or dream job over a post that took 15 seconds to write. Censor yourself and practice professionalism in all that you
but I’ve tried to turn it into a positive learning experience of how to be brave, speak up and be criticized. I’m thankful I was able to have this opportunity to be an opinion columnist for The Bulletin, because not only have I been able to do something I love (write), but I’ve also learned the value an opinion can have. My writing has become stronger, my values have been challenged and my skin has become thicker because of it. The opinion section is special and I believe it’s important to have in newspapers and our
do. This isn’t an attack on the individual’s right to free speech, but it does prove to be important to keep a clean Facebook page, free of material that could be used to damage a successful reputation. Facebook may keep us connected, but it can also be used to divide. What you post about one may be construed to define all who see your status and believe me when I say it is harder for a thousand people to forgive than one. As a college student, one should be able to disagree and give an opinion without using slander to make a point. Besides, how are you achieving any kind of resolution by complaining? Approach the source of the problem directly and fix it. Don’t wash your dirty laundry in public – you might just add to your list of problems, and in the process, tarnish your reputation.
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The Bulletin | May 1, 2014
Arbor Day celebration promotes campus beautification E mma A nderson copy editor
Kelsey Porter, freshman nursing major, draws her hand on a giant ribbon at the Arbor Day Festival April 25 on the Hornets Nest Deck. This was Emporia State’s second annual Arbor Day Festival, put on by the ESU Community Hornets. NICHOLAS SUMNER | The Bulletin
To celebrate Arbor Day, Emporia State received a very special award. “For the first time, Emporia State University has been awarded a national recognition award from the Arbor Day Foundation known as Tree Campus USA,” said Victoria Harmon, junior accounting major and Community Hornets coordinator. “This is a national recognition for any two to four-year accredited university that completes an application that’s five core, five steps. One includes an Arbor Day celebration that is focused on tree care and environmental friendliness.” The celebration occurred last Friday on the Hornets Nest Deck outside of the Memorial Union. President Michael Shonrock attended to complete the ceremonial plating of the plaque. Another part of being Tree Campus USA was completing a campus tree care plan, which included plans such as pruning, the removal of trees and planting of trees. These plans were carried out after Friday’s ceremony with the help of volunteers, who donated about an hour of their
Bike cops might return to ESU R ocky R obinson spor ts editor
Due to a staff shortage, police officers on bicycles have been absent from campus for over 10 years. But recently, a few officers have hit the pedals in an attempt to slowly bring back the bike program. “I think it is a really good thing and I like the idea of the bike,” said Chris Hoover, executive officer of Police and Safety. “Police biking is about being in the public and being seen. You can see things that are going on that you couldn’t see in a patrol car.” Jerry Cook, police corporal, has already spent several shifts
this year on the bike and has expressed interest in bringing back the program. Due to a recent promotion, Cook is in training in Minnesota but Hoover said there is a good chance students will see more bike patrol on campus. With only nine full-time members, Hoover explained he would always make sure at least one squad car would be on patrol at all times, but would deploy the bikes when they would have extra hands or if the occasion called for it. “Any time that we have contacted them, they show up in just a couple minutes, so I don’t think it would help response time, but I do think it would save a lot of money on gas and it would be
more interactive with students,” said Amanda Miller, senior communication major and Resident Assistant. Hoover said not only would it save money on gas, but he thinks the bike patrol would be more approachable for students. “Most students are afraid of a car with lights on it,” said Derrick Kendrick, sophomore business major. “A person on a bike is a lot less intimidating than a squad car, and I think students are more likely to talk to a cop on a bike.” The four members of the forces that have expressed interest in this course have the option of getting certified by the International Police Mountain Biking Association, which is available in Emporia. Hoover said the only downfall to getting certification is that it would leave them shorthanded while they were going through training. “I think a lot of it during that certification is not a 100 percent necessary to do bike patrol, but there is a lot of stuff in that program that an officer could use,” Hoover said. “They will do things like take them out to the range that could help on and off the bike,” Hoover said. Hoover said they would only break out the bikes when weather permits or during events such as football games. Michael Shonrock, president, has expressed support to Hoover about the program and has told him they will work on funding to get the station another bike.
time to help with the project. “I think students get to feel like they left their mark,” Harmon said. “They contributed back to what the university actually looks like…Especially international students, they really love it.” There were 152 volunteers who registered, but several came after registration, so it is estimated that there were around 175. Volunteers received a free frozen yogurt at Orange Leaf, and the first 150 received a free T-shirt. “(I want to volunteer) because I killed a tree writing a research paper this week,” said Emily Giffin, freshman health promotion major and a former staff writer for The Bulletin. Volunteers helped to complete projects in eight different zones, such as planting perennials, bushes and grasses, as well as planting one large tree near Roosevelt Hall. “They’ll be going all over campus, so from anywhere from down by Visser all the way off campus to the Earl Center,” said Alex Hull, junior recreation major and Community Hornets coordinator. “It’s a campus beautification project…it’s just making the campus a more beautiful place.”
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was unresponsive,” Nelson said. On Nov. 25, Taylor moved back to San Antonio, Tex. with her family to get more treatment. “I almost died on the day of my surgery, and so I think after that I didn’t really have a choice,” Taylor said. “It was kind of decided for me.” In early December, Taylor found out that the mass was cancerous from a phone call from her primary care doctor before she visited the San Antonio Military Medical Center. “I didn’t think anything of it,” Taylor said. “I feel dumb thinking about it now, but that was just my attitude then.” At first, the doctor there told her that the mass on her brain was a grade III mass. It was anaplastic astrocytoma. “I kind of knew that it would be a higher grade,” Taylor said. “I just had a feeling going into it, so I wasn’t too shocked.” The doctor told her family that they needed to meet with a neurosurgeon and that she would need another surgery. “My dad said, ‘All right, could we do it after Christmas?’ They were trying to give me a nice Christmas since Thanksgiving was all crazy,” Taylor said. “But then my mom said, ‘How about tomorrow?’” So on Dec. 18, Taylor had another surgery, which was a total growth recession, where the medical team attempted to remove the rest of the tumor. She said it was “easy,” and she was out of the hospital two days after the surgery. But on Dec. 30, the doctor
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According to an article from The Wichita Eagle, Westar in Wichita installed a free, public electric car charging station in 2011. Jensen said Westar is envisioning that charging stations along the highway will be introduced as hybrid and electric vehicles become more popular. Hoffman said she enjoys her hybrid car because it’s “cute,” high-quality, and she feels safe and comfortable diving it. “I like that I don’t have to worry about getting gas all of the time,” Hoffman said. “When just driving around Emporia, I typically only need gas once a month.” The additional parking meters, if the university decides to purchase them, will be up and running on campus either in the summer or the fall of this year.
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a vacuum. Senior Week was organized by Emily Vogt, Ashley Lucas and Nikki Metz, who is the ESU Ambassadors adviser. Planning started as soon as June of last year. “It’s been a lot of preparing, for sure,” Vogt said. According to Lashae Castel, senior communication major, the week will be a great ending to a wonderful college career. “It’s a great university, and I’m glad I’ve gotten to spend some time here,” Castel said. gave the Taylors news that they did not want to hear. The mass was not a grade III, but a grade IV tumor called glioblastoma multiforme – a more severe tumor. “I was pretty devastated,” Taylor said. “I was trying to keep my cool, but I was sitting there and I was fighting back tears.” She said she could tell her father was trying to hold it together during their meeting with the doctor. He already knew about the severity of it because he works in the San Antonio Military Medical, one floor down. “He was tearing up, and we were all going into the elevator and he just broke down,” Taylor said. “That was the hardest thing I’ve ever seen. It was okay for me, it was just hard to see my parents go through it. That is the hardest thing about this whole thing – I can handle it, but I hate seeing my family and everyone I care about watching me go through it.” The fact that Taylor had to move back to Texas for the remainder of the school year has been tough for Morris. “I felt I haven’t been the best friend that I could be because I’m not there,” Morris said. “But she’s had a lot of support from the campus. It’s been hard for me because she was there every day for a year, and now she’s gone.” Now, Taylor is going through chemotherapy, and enjoys her time at home reading, watching TV and running errands with her mom. She also took a spring break trip to Emporia to visit Nelson. During that time, she was initiated into the sorority Sigma Sigma Sigma. “This past year has brought me and my three sisters together,” Nelson said. “I would say that we’re all pretty close.” Taylor plans to move back to Emporia in July, and will continue pursuing her undergraduate degree in the fall of 2014. “She’s doing very well now,” Nelson said. Taylor will move into her old apartment with Nelson for the fall semester, and will then move into the sorority house in the spring of 2015. “I think that we’re all just trying to focus on the positives,” Nelson said. “It’s really easy to get wrapped up in the negatives.”
Students seek stress relief for finals
Adam Perkins, junior physical education and health education major, stayed up until 3 a.m. Monday, working on a final project for his Music Appreciation. With finals week right around the corner, many students are forced to spend long nights in the library studying or working on final projects.
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Sweat rests on your brow. You close your eyes thinking that it will help you concentrate, but it doesn’t seem to be working. This test is a dragon and your pencil is the sword by which you will slay it. That is what you are thinking as you try to distract yourself from the thoughts of potentially failing. Finals are coming. “Finals get so stressful because many professors dump a lot of work on you at the end of the semester restricting proper studying time,” said Brittney Baker, senior secondary education major. Finals may be stressful, but there are ways to combat that anxiety felt when thinking about that final exam. For students at ESU, the most popular ways to relieve the stress of finals are exercis-
ing at the Student Recreation Center, listening to music or playing a game, baking some tasty treats and studying gradually, instead of all at once. The number one suggestion was sleeping. “I play the violin, so I usually practice more because it takes my mind off of things,” said Charmetra Walker, junior elementary education major. While not stressing too much over an exam is a key to success, so is preparation. Taking proper and thorough notes in class can help prepare a student for the final exam, as well as asking frequent questions about the subject or the test itself. “I try to spread my studying out, do bits and pieces of it at a time, so I don’t get overloaded,” said Ashlyn Simmons, junior elementary education major.
Studying, of course, is important to getting a good grade on a final, but the way a student manages his or her time when studying is also vital. Cramming the night before a final tends to not work out as well as studying for a little bit at a time for a couple days. “Finals are easier if a professor provides a study guide,” Baker said. “Study guides are a student’s savior.” Once finals are over and all the students return home for a while, the celebration begins. “Sometimes I burn my papers if I don’t feel like I need them anymore,” Simmons said. My friend and I will make a bonfire for them.” For a complete list of the finals schedule, visit Emporia. edu, type in “finals schedule” in the search bar, and click on “Syllabus Attachment.”
The Bulletin | May 1, 2014
HEALTHY HORNETS BY GREG FARRIS
CrossFit Crowd Whether you think CrossFit is awesome or worse than Lady Gaga’s music, there’s no doubt it has had an immense impact in the past few years. The trendy form of exercise was established in 2000, but didn’t reach the mainstream until several years later. The sport has now officially blown up, with the 2013 winner receiving $275,000, the games airing on ESPN and athletes receiving numerous sponsorships. With this success, even averages Joes are now trying it. Unlike traditional cardio or strength training, CrossFit is hard to place in a box. By combining endurance and strength their motto is “constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movement.” Let’s break that down. The variety is broad like no other exercise program. Olympic lifting, bodyweight exercises, kettle bells, swimming, running, rowing, jumping and gymnastics are just a short list of what a workout could include. Having many options keeps excitement high, but it also opens doors for injury. It’s important to always start slow and never do movements you aren’t comfortable with. This is especially true with Olympic lifting. If you haven’t been taught these movements by a qualified coach, you have no business doing them. “High-intensity” is no joke, with most CrossFit workouts being an all-out effort. For example, the workout for April 25 on Crossfit.com was 135 pound clean and jerks for 50 reps, in as little time as
possible. If you’re just starting off CrossFit, it’s idiotic to start there. First, learn the proper form of all movements and have the necessary mobility to complete them. Once you feel comfortable, add weight and intensity, but never get caught up in what others are doing. Focus on personal progression. Lastly, functional movement is arguably the best part of CrossFit. Many gym-goers are lost. This means they do the easy stuff like curls and crunches, but these exercises do little to improve physiques. By incorporating several fullbody movements, CrossFit can induce some serious changes. I can’t caution enough about learning to properly prepare yourself for both the movements and intensity. Many beginners try to skim by with mediocre form and push the intensity too soon. That doesn’t make CrossFit bad. You just have to either find the right coach or use your damn brain. You wouldn’t max out your first day squatting, and you wouldn’t run till you collapsed on your first day training for a 5k. Don’t go all out starting CrossFit. Generally, trainers either love or hate CrossFit, but I’m somewhere in the middle. It’s not the best option if you’re looking to maximize either strength or endurance, but who cares? The average person doesn’t care about their squat max or mile time. They want to be pretty strong, pretty fast, have fun and obtain a good physique. CrossFit has the ability to do just that, if it’s done correctly.
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The Bulletin | May 1, 2014
iPad Air requirement for elementary education majors
Starting in the fall, elementary education majors at Emporia State will be required to buy iPads for their major. The implementation was issued by Hornet Connected Living. KATHRYN MARTIN | The Bulletin
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Starting in the fall, every Emporia State elementary education student who has completed 30 credit hours and is not entering Block 3 (student teaching) will be required to get an iPad Air WiFi, 32 GB
tablet. According to the FAQ document at Emporia.edu , this new implementation has been issued by Hornet Connected Learning, which is a “tablet-based learning initiative to prepare Emporia State elementary education students to teach effectively with evolving technology.”
The iPad will cost approximately $700 to $800 in addition to the year’s tuition, and can be paid for at full price in one semester or split between the fall and spring semesters. The Emporia State Budget and Tuition Committee has approved the inclusion of this fee, but is still waiting for ap-
proval by the Kansas Board of Regents, according to Elizabeth Dobler, professor of elementary education. Paige Hardiman, senior elementary education major, said the requirement is very unfortunate for people that just got new technology. She just received a Windows surface for Christmas, and will not be able to use this for next year. The reason for using an iPad, instead of other tablets or laptops, is because instruction time will not be lost to adapting lessons to a variety of generations and brands of tablets. The FAQ on ESU’s website stated that it is statistically more likely that graduates will enter classrooms already using iPads, so it was the best option. “We have two methods classes in Block Two, so we don’t technically need the ebooks and everything because we’re just going to have a couple classes, and a lot of our schools will provide iPads or technology or whatever they have at that particular school,” Hardiman said. “I’m not huge on technology, but if I’m now going to be learning with them, then I will use it more in my classroom.” Along with changes for students, professors in elemen-
tary education, mathematics, art, music, physical education and instructional design and technology are now preparing to adapt this to their subject matter. “Since January and through the summer, twentyfour faculty members in the elementary education program are participating in intense training provided by Apple,” Dobler said. “All of these faculty members will have received an iPad Air and a MacBook Air and are learning ways to create content and digital textbook materials to use in their courses.” The iPads will be available through Hornet Connected Learning on Launch Days in August 2014, or on the first day of classes in the fall semester. “I think I understand why they want to do it, and I think that it’s true that technology is becoming a huge part of everyone’s lives especially for future generations, as well,” said Sage Thompson, junior elementary education major. “However, I don’t think the way they’re going about this is appropriate. I think letting us know with two months of school left wasn’t a very good idea because none of us knew this was going to happen, literally, for the next school year.”
What’s Happening this Summer? May June July
Travis Tritt 7:30 p.m. May 8 The Granada
Flat Lands Cruzier Car Show May 10 Emporia Main Street
P-Funky w/ Bernie Worrell Orchestra 8 p.m. May 10 The Granada
Dirty Kanza Bicycle Race 5-11:55 p.m. May 31 Emporia Main Street
Rockfest May 31 Liberty Memorial Kansas City, KS
D-Day + 70 years June 6-7 Eisenhower Presidential Library Abilene, KS
Blithe Spirit June 11-14 ESU Summer Theater
Hard Rockin’ Blues Moreland & Arbuckle Cassie Taylor June 13 The Granada
Nunsense June 25-28 ESU Summer Theater
Country Stampede June 26-29 Manhattan, KS
Too Many Cooks July 9-12 ESU Summer Theater
80’s Metal/Power Ballad Band Dead Metal Society HAIRBALL Show July 19 at The Granada
Boat Race 1 p.m. July 19 Jones Aquatic Center
The Arkansaw Bear July 23-26 ESU Summer Theater
Vans Warped Tour July 31 Bonner Springs, KS
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Emporia businesses sponsor summer activities S teven E dwards s ta f f w r i t e r
Students staying in Emporia who are looking for inexpensive activities to do over the summer are in luck. Many local businesses are
hosting events this summer that fit those criteria. Emporia Main Street, The Granada Theatre and ESU Summer Theatre are all hosting inexpensive – and some free – events for students. Dynamic Discs, 912 Commercial Street, is hosting a block
party for the Glass Blown Open at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 3 on the 800 and 900 blocks of Commercial Street. Students that will be in Emporia after the end of the spring semester can also catch the Dirty Kanza block party at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 31 in the same location. The Granada Theatre, 807 Commercial Street, is hosting many summer events, such as the P-Funk Finals Party next weekend, with a screening of 1994 college comedy “P.C.U.” at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 9. Admission for the screening is $2. Following the screening of “P.C.U.,” the Granada Theatre will host a funk and R&B concert featuring The Bernie Worrell Orchestra at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 10. Kenji Bolden, senior music major, will be opening for The Bernie Worrell Orchestra. Admission for students to the concert is $5 in advance and
$10 at the door with student ID. Students that purchase a ticket for the concert in advance also get free admission to the screening of “P.C.U.” The Granada Theatre is also hosting several free events this summer, including a concert featuring country musician Ricky Fugitt on May 16, the Fast Times 80’s Dance Party on June 20 and another concert featuring acoustic folk duo Ali Holder and Christy Hays on July 25. The Granada Theatre is also hosting The Rockin’ Blues Show featuring Moreland & Arbuckle with Cassie Taylor on June 13 and 80’s metal tribute band Dead Metal Society on July 19. Admission to both events is $10. ESU Summer Theatre runs four shows every summer season. “Students that are looking for something cheap over the summer will probably find something they will enjoy dur-
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ing the summer theater season,” said Erin Mullane, theater alumni. “Blithe Spirit,” the first show of the theater department’s 60th summer season, premieres June 11 and will run through June 14. Jim Bartruff, theater director, said “Blithe Spirit” is a revival from ESU Summer Theatre’s inaugural season in 1955. Other shows being produced during the summer season will be musical comedy “Nunsence,” running June 2528; the farce “Too Many Cooks,” running July 9-12 and the Aurand Harris family classic, “The Arkansaw Bear,” running July 23-26. Admission for all four shows is $5 for students with a student ID. Students looking to find fun things to do outside of Emporia this summer can find inexpensive entertainment in other areas of Kansas, as well. Hank Osterhout, local musician and senior interdisciplinary studies major, hosted the Tunesdays open mic events at The Bottleneck in Lawrence every Tuesday night in March and April. The Tunesdays open mics have begun to build steam, drawing in many Kansas musicians. Osterhout said Tunesdays will pick back up on Tuesday, May 20 and he plans to continue the event through the summer. The admission for the Tunesdays open mic shows is $3 and the doors open at 8 p.m.
The Bulletin | May 1, 2014
ESU softball cleans up fields after games A ce F inch sports writer
When Julie LemMaire, head softball coach, came to Emporia State, she knew that not only would maintaining a winning program be important, but she and her team would also have to maintain their own field. This year, the team has
had a stellar season. They just cinched a conference championship and are currently ranked thirteenth in the country in Division II. They have been nearly unbeatable at Trusler Sports Complex with a 14-2 record. “I’ve only been at Division II and played at Division II myself, and it’s just one of those things you have to do at
this level,” LeMaire said. “At this level, a lot of times your athletic department is smaller and doesn’t have as many positions and so the maintenance crew for Trusler is also the maintenance crew at the university.” LeMaire said that the main reason the softball team has to do their own fieldwork is due to the hours that they practice
and play games. “They’re (the maintenance crew) the people that do all the work around the university and their hours are limited and they aren’t anywhere around the hours we play, so they are gone by three o’clock and we’re playing at seven. So at this level, you have jobs to do,” LeMaire said. LeMaire said she’s lucky
Taylor Zordel, junior infielder, and Madison Rich, junior infielder, rake the infield after playing 17 innings earlier this season. The softball team is responsible for maintaining their playing fields, even after games. ROCKY ROBINSON | The Bulletin
with the players she has had, especially the ones she has now. “Win or lose you still have to do the same jobs and while it’s not an ideal situation to deal with after a loss it still has to get done,” LeMaire said. While the team has enjoyed great success on the field, both this season and in years past. Some of the team says that you need a good team chemistry to be successful and that comes from the hard work put in after the games raking the fields. “I feel like it gives our team a sense of pride and ownership to work on our field. It is also an experience you can’t learn in the classroom, it brings our team closer together and our coach knows we will do whatever needs to be done to play on our field,” said Jacie Stephens, freshman recreation major and catcher. The upperclassmen said it’s all a part of playing ESU softball. “After you lose, it’s annoying and it would be nice if there were people to do it, but it’s just part of the game,” Stephens said. “It’s a daily occurrence, anyway, so you get use to it after a while. It’s new to the freshmen.” So whether it be due to a great coaching staff, talented players or the team chemistry that comes from taking care of their field, this team is willing to do whatever it takes for their teammates, coaches and the name on the front of their jerseys.
Sports Shorts Hornet baseball takes series 3-1
Emporia State track tactful at Drake Relays
Emporia State baseball played Lindenwood University this weekend in St. Charles, Mo. They took the series 3-1. The Hornets started strong with a 7-0 victory in the first game on Friday. Levi Parker, junior infielder, led off with a double, and then made it to third on a bunt single from Justin Harris, junior outfielder. Parker scored off a hit from Dean Long, junior infielder, and Harris made it home on a sac fly from Toby Cornejo, senior infielder, putting ESU up 2-0 after the first. The Hornets were ahead 4-0 in the fourth when Long hit a three-run homer to put the Hornets up 7-0. Lindenwood was unable to answer. Shawn Talkington, junior pitcher, had a three-hit shut out with six strikeouts and two walks. The Hornets had a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning of the nightcap, until the Lions put up two runs in the bottom of the third. ESU scored two more in the top of the fourth off of a two run double from Harris and added another two in the fifth. Lindenwood scored again in the bottom of the seventh, making it 6-3. The Lions had the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth with no outs, but Higgins got a fly out and a double play to end the game 6-3. ESU took the first game of the double header on Saturday 1-0. The only run of the game wasn’t scored until the top of the seventh, when Jordan Hodges, junior infielder, hit a double and then scored off a single from Harris. Dakota KcKaskle, senior pitcher, threw a three hit shutout, and didn’t allow any hits in his last 6.0 innings. He retired the last 12 batters he faced. ESU lost their only game of the series 2-0 in the nightcap. This is only the third time the Hornets have been shut out this year. After this series win, the Hornets have secured home field for the MIAA Tournament Opening Round Series, where they will play Washburn University May 1-3.
Emporia State track and field competed in the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa this past weekend. The men’s 4x100-meter relay, made up of freshmen A.J. West, Duke Tibbs, Brady Huckabay, and junior Ryan Dickson, ran a 41.84 seconds on Friday, winning their heat and advancing to the finals on Saturday. Morgan Flowers, freshman; Peyton Weiss, junior; Nikki Wetstein, senior, and Carmen King, junior, just missed the finals in the women’s 4x100-meter relay, running a 47.73 seconds and finishing ninth. Dickson, sophomore Aston Proctor, sophomore Jordan Smith, and Tibbs placed 13th in the men’s 4x400-meter relay after running their best time of the season at 3:15.86. The women’s 4x400-meter relay was disqualified after dropping the baton on the first hand off. Weiss placed 23rd in the long jump with a jump of 5.38m. Wetstein placed 27th in the women’s 100m hurdles with a time of 14.30. Alaina Fairbanks, senior, competed in the pole vault at the Kip Janvrin Open in Indianola, Iowa. She placed eighth, after clearing 3.52m. Maggie Wilson, junior, also competed in the pole vault at the Bill Williams/Bob Laptad Invitational in Joplin, Mo., clearing 3.50m and finishing second. The men’s 4x100 -meter relay placed third in the finals on Saturday, after running 40.96 seconds. Briar Ploude, senior, competed in the men’s high jump, clearing 2.03m and placing 21st overall. ESU will compete in the MIAA Championships in Jefferson City, Mo. May 2-4.
ESU smashes Lincoln to win MIAA title To say that the Emporia State softball squad lit up Lincoln last Saturday would be an understatement. The Lady Hornets run-ruled the Blue Tigers in five innings being ahead by more than eight runs both games. The first game ended with a score of 15-3, while the second game was just a bit closer at 13-4. The first game started quickly for the Lady Hornets as they tacked on three runs in the top half of the first frame thanks to a Jessica Gragg, junior infielder, home run that brought around Taylor Zordel, junior infielder and Stephanie Goodwin, junior outfielder. The next at bat for ESU saw an astonishing 10 runs cross the plate on just five hits making it 13-0 after only an inning and a half. Game two started just as quickly as ESU had two runs in the top half of the first, thanks to four hits. They would score again in the top of the third, due to by a home run from Kaitlyn Caston, junior pitcher. In the fifth, they added another nine runs on 10 hits and two errors, essentially ending the game as it would be called due to run rule in the next half. The Lady Hornets captured their eighth MIAA championship and will face Northeastern Oklahoma in Overland Park on May 1 in the first round of the MIAA tournament.
Tennis rounds out season Women’s tennis went 1-2 this weekend in Springfield, Mo., placing fourth in the MIAA Conference Tournament, while the men’s team ended up 0-2. The Lady Hornets got their win on Friday against the University of Central Oklahoma with the final score 5-1. They swept the doubles, with Tawni Griffey, freshman, and Nicole Jara, senior, winning 8-0 at #1 and juniors Jenny Gerhardt and Taylor Smith taking #2 8-2. Somer Schmidt, senior, got the win at #5 singles, allowing ESU to clinch the victory. The Hornets played against University of Nebraska at Kearney and Lindenwood University on Friday, losing both duals 5-1. The doubles team of freshman Diego Prudencio and Keenan Smith, sophomore, got ESU’s only two wins of the weekend. The Lady Hornets lost to Northeastern State University 5-1 in the semifinals on Saturday. Schmidt and Amy Fugit, freshman, got the only win for ESU, taking #3 doubles 8-5. The Lady Hornets fell to Nebraska Kearney 5-4 on Sunday in the closest dual of the tournament. They went up 2-1 after doubles, with wins from Jara and Tawni Griffey, freshman, at #1 and Schmidt and Fugit at #3. Jara got the win at #1 singles, followed by Griffey at #2. The Lopers were able to take wins at #3 and #4. The final two matches had to be moved inside due to weather conditions, and Nebraska Kearney was able to win at both #5 and #6.