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The students’ voice since 1901 • Vol. 111 No. 4 • Thursday, September 8, 2011 • Check us out online.


10 Years Later...


Students indifferent to news of bin Laden’s death

Photo Illustration by Jon Coffey/The Bulletin

B rooke S chultz After the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, the United States faced challenging times of decision-making and mourning. The U.S. invaded Iraq and Afghanistan, entering a War on Terror that is still raging today. “Nineteen men with box cutters completely changed the course of history – to the detriment of the United States,” said Phil Kelly, professor of social sciences. Kelly said when Osama bin Laden, the former leader, now dead, of al-Quai-

da, launched an attack on America, it cost the terror organization roughly half a million dollars to carry out the plan. But Kelly said America has spent up to three trillion dollars in order to maintain this war, and that he feels the U.S. is weaker as a result. “I think Afghanistan was logical,” Kelly said. But after 10 years of fighting, Kelly said he doesn’t see any reason for the U.S. to remain in either Iraq or Afghanistan and that it is time for the U.S. to leave. “I don’t think (bin Laden) imagined that he would be that successful,” Kelly said. “We played into his hands.”

Veteran alums reflect on 9/11 C harlie H eptas For Steve Harmon, director of external relations at Flint Hills Technical College, Emporia State alum and active sergeant for the National Guard, the attack on the Twin Towers was an unforgettable moment. “I was director of the Butler Community College Foundation in Kansas,” Harmon said. “While meeting with a donor, our receptionist walked in and told us about the first tower being hit. The donor and I kept visiting until the second tower was hit. After that we stopped all work, took care of our families and filled up our gas tanks.” But Harmon said that his first thought was on security missions for the military, not deployment or war. Harmon said he felt that the military changed their focus rapidly, going from fighting in the time of the Cold War to dealing with insurgency, stability and security, while at home the U.S. had to deal with deployment on a much larger scale. “Our families and employers went from losing their spouses, relatives and employees two weeks a year to up to 18 months at a time,” Harmon said. “It has been a burden born by our entire society in an effort to make sure we never again have another 9/11.” Harmon graduated from ESU with a master’s in instructional design and technology in 2008, as well as receiving his bach-

But bin Laden was assassinated this past year when the U.S. invaded Pakistan on a secret mission. A group of Navy SEALs, as well as four helicopters, entered his compound in Abbottabad and conducted a 40-minute operation to assassinate the terrorist who had led the attacks on 9/11. After the mission, bin Laden was buried at sea, according to the National Public Radio’s website. “I could really care less if Osama bin Laden was killed,” said Sheldon Patton, junior social science major. “There’s no point in killing Americans to find him. Two wrongs don’t make a right.” Ashley Hanson, freshmen elementary

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Students, faculty face tighter flying rules post 9/11 M egan N olan

First Sergeant Steve Harmon (right) poses for a photo with his team’s interpreter, “John,” and First Sergeant Gary Barnes. Harmon served his most recent tour as a combat adviser in Afghanistan. Photo Courtesy of Steve Harmon

elor’s and another master’s degree in 1993 and 1996, respectively. He has served in the military for a total of 24 years, including three years in the Army as well as 21 years in the Kansas National Guard. He is currently First Sergeant of the HHC 2nd Combined Arms Battalion 137th Infantry for the Kan-

sas Army National Guard. Cory Cannon, another ESU alum and Iraq veteran, was a student on campus when the attacks on 9/11 took place. He was working as an announcer for an Emporia radio station.

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The events of 9/11 forever changed the way Americans travel. “I remember driving to the airport (in New York) about a week before 9/11 and my MOORE wife pointing out how nice the Twin Towers looked,” said Mel Storm, professor of English. Storm said he has been traveling by air for years and has been to about 25 different countries. But even 10 years after 9/11, some things will never be the same when it comes to flying. Storm said that he remembers about a month after the attacks, a guest speaker for the English department asked to borrow nail clippers because he was not allowed to bring his own on the plane. Mariah Newton, sophomore social studies education major, went to Europe last summer and said she was not

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Emporia organizations strive to honor veterans L uke B ohannon

Photo courtesy of American Fallen Warrior Foundation

As the tenth anniversary of the attacks on 9/11 nears, various groups in Emporia look to honor not only those who lost their lives, but also the soldiers who fought and are still fighting overseas in the War on Terror. “It’s a more somber anniversary, so there’s not a lot of pomp and circumstance,” said Casey Woods, director of Emporia Main Street, “but there are some people doing some small but significant things to honor the memory of those lost on 9/11.” Woods said different groups in the community are holding events to honor the victims of the attacks as well as the soldiers who continue to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. The group Muslims for Life will hold a blood drive on Sept. 10. Patriot Riders, a motorcycle club whose members attend funerals of servicemen and women, will ride through different areas in Emporia to honor different military branches as well as citizens who lost their lives during the attack.

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Zumba record not broken Emporia State did not break the world record for largest Zumba class last Thursday night. The goal was 1,500 participants. But 1,036 people gathered at Welch Stadium to take part in the attempt to set a Guinness World Record. ESU fell short just 187 participants of the current world record, 1,223, held by the University of Texas’ School of Public Health in Brownsville, Texas. On its national website, Zumba is defined as “an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning, dance fitness-party that’s moving millions of people toward joy and health.”

Women’s Week to build self-esteem Women’s Week will be comprised of multiple events taking place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. the week of Sept. 12 in the Memorial Union. The Panhellenic Association will have a table set up in the union everyday with various activities, and each day will represent a separate letter in B.U.I.L.D. At 8p.m. on Tuesday selfesteem and self-defense workshop called “Build Yourself ”in Webb 2 Lecture Hall.

Great American Flea Market looking for vendors

Emporia Main Street will host the Great American Flea Market from 7a.m. - 4p.m., Sept. 10 on Commercial Street, between the 3rd and 12th blocks. The event offers vendors the opportunity to sell their goods. Participants must complete a form and pay a $25 registration. Main Street is looking for merchandise vendors, food vendors and entertainers for the event, which is open to the public.

Police Reports

Reports given to The Bulletin from ESU Police and Safety Department August 31 Officer stopped KS 042DBG in 100 E 10th block. Citation was issued for driving with an expired tag. Student requested to speak with an officer at ESU PD HQ. The case was referred to Emporia Police Dept. Student reported damage to bicycle on the bike rack between Plumb Hall and Science Hall. Officer provided escort from WAW Library to 138 W 12th St. Officer assisted Emporia Police Dept. with a fight call in the vicinity of 12th and Cottonwood – The Dugout. September 1 Officer assisted in moving a stalled vehicle between Butcher Education Center and Cremer Hall. Officer assisted KS 666DBH in Lot 9. Vehicle would not start and was placed on the “Do Not Ticket” list. Officer assisted Emporia Police Dept. with a car stop at 12th and Sylvan. Officer assisted Lyon Co. deputy with a car stop and suspicious person on I-35, southbound. Officer assisted Emporia Police Dept. in searching for a suspicious person in the vicinity of 1400 Exchange and 1400 Highland. September 2 Jason Fortmiller reported a non-injury accident involving KS SCD068 and KS 86049 in Sector 3. Officer stopped KS 231ARM and KS 793BTZ in Sector 5. Citations were issued for speeding on 1800 Highland. Officer stopped KS 791DVK at 1800 Highland. Verbal warning was issued driving without headlights in 1800 Merchant. Officer assisted Emporia Police Dept. with a car stop at 15th and Walnut. Officer assisted Emporia Police Dept. with a subject at 10th and Exchange. Officer assisted Emporia Police Dept. with a car stop at 15th and Merchant. Septmeber 3 Officer stopped KS WDA259 at Exchange and Turner Rd. Citation was issued for no registration or insurance at 12th and Market. Officer stopped KS WXU826 with Kan. trailer UIY291 at 12th and Merchant. Verbal warning for no tail lights on trailer at same location. Officer stopped KS 821EEY at 18th and Highland. Verbal warning was issued for a one-way violation in Sector 7. Officer stopped KS RQN013 at 18th and Merchant. Verbal warning was issued for defective headlight at same location. September 4 ESU Police Department headquarters received a call from the Blue Light Emergency telephone at King Hall. No response to answer. Officer found no caller and no problem. Officer stopped KS 080CXH in 1500 Market. Verbal warning was issued for a one-way violation in same location. Officer contacted skateboarders in Lot 3 and advised of campus policy. Officer assisted Emporia Police Dept. with a fight call in 1200 Sylvan – The Dug Out. September 5 Officer issued a parking citation to a vehicle parked illegally in Sector 7. David Roark reported a parking problem at ESU Apt. Complex-1201 Triplett Dr. Handled by Officer. WAW Library zones 55 and 56 Burglary in Rooms 212 and 213-Dean’s Office. Human error by Custodial staff. September 6 Officer assisted Emporia Police Dept. with a possible house fire at 1102 Mechanic. Officer stopped KS WRA209 at 12th and Mechanic. Verbal warning was issued for a stop sign violation at 12th and Highland.


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Published grad credits writing program S imone C osper Caleb Ross, English alumnus and published author, credits Emporia State faculty for his success in the literary world. “I think I can attribute everything to professor Amy Webb,” Ross said. “She was an amazing professor and she showed me what writing can do beyond just a story to tell, that the pages do more than show words.” Webb, English professor and co-director of the creative writing program, said she met Ross in an introductory creative writing class at ESU and continued to work with him on different projects. “Ross was the kind of student who was always writing,” Webb said. “He was engaged, he had a lot of faith in whatever he was doing, and he was open to learning experiences – he was willing to go on the journey.” Ross will read from his original fiction tonight at 7 p.m. in Plumb Hall 303. The event is sponsored by the creative writing program, ESU Performing Arts Board, ESU Special Events Board, Quivira and Sigma Tau Delta. “I write literary fiction,” Ross said, “which is a catch-all term for fiction that is more about the words and the language rather than the plot…I attended a lot of readings when I was a student at ESU – from a student’s perspective, it was inspiring to meet people doing what it was that I wanted to do.” Some of Ross’ work, including “Charactered Pieces,” a short story chapbook, and his novel “Stranger Will,” is available online at or at Barnes and Noble bookstores. “(We) wanted to bring a recent, successful alumni to show students what they are capable of, if they apply what they’ve learned and move forward with intelligence and ambition,” said Kevin Rabas, associate professor of English and co-director of creative writing. “Caleb is a good example of this.”

Photo courtesy of Caleb Ross

Ross took a creative writing class from Rabas in 2005 and attended the Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference. “Caleb is intelligent, witty and he has an amiable personality,” said Rabas, “He’s a joy to talk to and his writing glimmers with that intelligence and wit.” Ross’ also has two upcoming books – “I Didn’t Mean to be Kevin” and “As a Machine and Parts.”

RULES... from page 1 allowed to bring home some fruit preserves she had purchased there. With increasing security restrictions on airlines, it may seem as if some travellers would rather stop flying altogether. But this is not the case, according to Dwight Moore, associate professor of biology. Moore has been taking students abroad since 1992. In those 18 years, he has had close to 200 students travel outside the United States with him. “We mainly travel to two places – the Bahamas and Mexico, but we drive to Mexico,” Moore said. “More parents aren’t letting their kids go to Mexico because of the drug cartel than flying on an airplane to the Bahamas.”

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Knives and bombs often come to mind when considering items that would be banned on airlines, but other forbidden items such as sporting gear may be less obvious. Tennis rackets, dumbbells and golf clubs are all banned, as is chlorine for pools and spas, spray paint, certain batteries, gel candles, gel shoe insoles and snow globes, according to the Transportation Security Administration’s website. Although TSA has tightened security since 9/11, their website offers ideas on how to make check-in and boarding go more smoothly. They recommend packing neatly so scanners and officials can quickly see the entire contents of your carry-on. They also suggest that passengers place their larger electronic items in their checked luggage. Flyers should dress appropriately by avoiding metal jewelry, coats or jackets and by wearing easy-to-remove shoes.


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Regents press for transferrable general education credits B rooke S chultz General education courses could soon become transferrable across the board for Kansas regents schools. According to an article written for Education Frontlines by John Schrock, professor of biology, Kansas Board of Regents Chair Ed McKechnie requested “uniform numbering and naming of all general education courses across Kansas,” in an August KBOR meeting. But some are concerned that the quality of general education at universities and community or technical colleges is not always the same.

“If it doesn’t transfer, it doesn’t transfer for a reason - it’s your education.” -John Schrock, professor of biology “Putting a name and a number on it doesn’t make it equal,” Schrock said. Schrock said as of now, many students at community colleges and technical schools have difficulty transferring course credits to universities because courses are not considered equivalent to those taught at four-year universities. Schrock said the problem with certain classes not transferring to universities is that courses at technical and community colleges are often less challenging than their equivalent university courses. He said some students do not receive as high quality an education.

In his article, Schrock states that some of the issues with nonequivalent courses include no prerequisites, the use of cheaper textbooks known as “baby” books and unqualified faculty. With these different standards, credits cannot be transferred to a school that does meet a university’s specific criteria. “The Board of Regents office is not policing (the quality of education) at all,” Schrock said. But Vanessa Lamoreaux, associate director of communications for KBOR, said the regents have a different view. “The Board of Regents is not actually promoting any kind of standardization,” said Lamoreaux. “It’s creating a transferable core, which is making sure courses are equivalent across the board. It doesn’t have anything to do with standardization.” Lamoreaux said the smooth transfer of credits could take place between institutions and that community colleges and technical schools’ general education courses would amount to the same quality as a university general education course. “I think (the transferable core) would be good,” said Candice Price, junior communications major. “I haven’t had any troubles because I haven’t had to transfer any credits yet, but I plan to this summer. (This plan would) make it easier for me as a student.” Schrock said the most important factor is the quality of the teaching faculty. Qualifications for higher education teachers originally included having a master’s degree and 24 hours of teaching experience. Eventually, the hours of experience were then lowered to 18, Schrock said. Schrock said when it comes to graduating no one wants to be left with a watered down degree, but many students will flock to classes that are cheap and easy. “If it doesn’t transfer, it doesn’t transfer for a reason,” Schrock said. “It’s your education.”

Muslim students stand trial for speech disruption SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The Muslim students stood up to shout last year at the Israeli ambassador, halting for 20 minutes his talk on U.S.-Israel relations to a California university audience — a protest that left several students facing charges and has evolved into a broader legal tussle over whose free-speech rights were violated. Opening statements were scheduled Wednesday in the trial of 10 students on misdemeanor charges of conspiring to disturb a meeting and disturbing a meeting for interrupting Ambassador Michael Oren’s speech at the University of California, Irvine in February 2010. Students claim they had a right to protest. But Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas contends that right ended when it infringed on the wishes of hundreds of members of the public who had come to hear Oren. The case has generated an impassioned debate about free speech and raised questions about prosecutorial discretion as some members of the public — including some who disapproved of the Muslim students’ actions — say student protests are nothing new and the case is a colossal waste of taxpayers’ money. The students, many who have since graduated from college, say they are being singled out because they are Muslim and that similar protests on other college campuses didn’t elicit criminal charges. “This is selective punishment,” said Kifah Shah, a spokeswoman for a campaign of community activists in support of the defendants. “At this point, it is not just about these 10 students anymore. It is about every single one of us and about whether our right to freedom of speech is going to be upheld.”

Professor John Schrock is one of several professors fighting for higher standards of general education across the state. Schrock has taught at Emporia State since 1986. Megan Gartner/The Bulletin

ESB Financial offers musical rewards T ianhai J iang ESB Financial is now offering digital music downloads from iTunes and as a reward program to Emporia students signing up for a Kasasa Tunes checking account. “I really like it,” said Makenzie Harder, sophomore undecided major, who signed up for the account this summer. “When I got the first $25, I used it to buy songs, and then I get $5 a month. It’s just like I can pay for whatever songs I want.”

The bank rewards Kasasa Tunes account holders with $5 in digital downloads and up to $20 in national ATM fee refunds every month, with no monthly service fees and no minimum balance required. A principal $25 in digital downloads is rewarded for signing up. “Account holders can use their downloads to get music, television shows, movies, iPhone or iPad applications and anything else available on iTunes or on,” said Jody Steinberger, director of Kasasa at BancVue. “These days consumers

Photo illustration Megan Gartner/The Bulletin.

NEWS... from page 1 education major, said she was indifferent to the news of bin Laden’s death. “I feel kind of bad about celebrating someone’s death,” Hanson said. As for Kelly, he said feels that the decision to enter into a war in Afghanistan was valid and so was the as-

can purchase just about anything online through, like textbooks or new clothes for the new year. The options are practically limitless.” But students should notice that a minimum of 12 debit card transactions and receiving eStatements are still required to qualify for each monthly cycle. “Kasasa Tunes is a free checking account,” said Jennifer Brothers, a personal banker at ESB Financial. “So even if you didn’t get your 12 debit card transactions or didn’t sign up for your eStatement, it’s still a free account. There’s never any charges on it, or any maintenance fees or anything like that. If the account holders can’t meet the qualifications in a given month, they will be eligible the following month for the benefits.” Kasasa Tunes, along with Kasasa Cash and Kasasa Saver, is part of the Kasasa brand. ESB Financial launched Kasasa Cash and Kasasa Saver in June 2010, and Kasasa Tunes two months later and new this semester they added the Amazon. com downloads in addition to the iTunes downloads. “Kasasa Tunes is designed for consumers with a passion for music and media,” Steinberger said. “We discovered a segment of banking consumers that are interested in discovery, excitement and experiences. So we developed Kasasa Tunes to engage these consumers with rewards they really care about.” The bank offers account holders the ability to sign up for Kasasa tunes in person or on their website,

sassination of bin Laden. “I think eventually we had to (assassinate bin Laden),” Kelly said. “I think burying him at sea was the right thing to do too.” It has been ten years since two planes crashed into the Twin Towers in New York. Now, Kelly said his hope is that the U.S. can withdraw its troops in the near future.


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Death is No Cause for Celebration When the Twin Towers fell on 9/11, people across the world celebrated the attack on American soil. While Americans mourned, they no doubt wondered how others could possibly be so brash as to revel in such a tragic loss of life. But when bin Laden was confirmed dead this year, Americans rejoiced in the streets. During this time of vast, political divide in the United State, with Republicans and Democrats unable to agree on anything and liberals and conservatives at each other’s throats, were Americans hungry for something to make them feel like they were still on the same team? We were so caught up in arguing with each other that we were losing that bald eagle, apple pie sense of nation. Then out of the blue, Osama bin Laden, the United States’ mortal enemy, was gone in a moment. Many may have felt like this was a true victory for America – like our country had finally accomplished something great, like it had proven, once and for all, that the U.S. is the best country and all who disagree will be wiped off the face of the Earth. We can recall the images from

the news broadcasts – children running around with sparklers, men in cowboy hats draping themselves in American flags, people chanting “USA” and hugging each other. Crowds of strangers banded together to relish an enormous sense of national pride. People had truly pulled out all the stops to make sure the world could hear their cries of joy. Such enthusiastic pomp begged the question – had people completely forgotten how it felt to be on the other side of the situation? We at the Bulletin believe this behavior was not acceptable. Although many Americans may think that justice was served that day, this was no excuse to act like a bloodthirsty mob – or even a boastful winner. We had not accomplished something, as trivial as to winning a soccer game. A human life had been lost, something that should have been handled with the utmost sobriety. The Bulletin does not debate whether justice was served in the killing of bin Laden. He was the cause of countless deaths, both American and foreign. For Americans, his face was evil incarnate – how could we not have felt somewhat relieved by his death?

Cartoon by Ellen Weiss

However, there is no getting around the fact that our behavior was off-color. When our enemies suffer losses, we should remain composed. Any egotistical, insensitive or otherwise crass behavior should be avoided. If certain Americans still feel they lack the

Stop Living in Ignorance I was 9 years old, visiting the dentist for my yearly checkup, when the Twin Towers fell on Sept. 11, 2001. My grandmother called my mom’s cell phone to tell her that two planes had struck the buildings in New York. I remember at the time, all I could think about was the spelling test I was missing to get my teeth cleaned – my child mind was incapable of understanding what had happened or forming my own opinion. A month later, the public school system taught me that the attack had been carried out by an Islamic military group called alQaida. Eventually, between school and my ultra-conservative, extended family, I was hooked into assuming that every follower of Islam hated America and wanted to carry out more attacks similar to 9/11. I was living in fear and ignorance, as was the rest of the United States. It wasn’t until high school, when I actually began to study the Islamic religion as a whole, that I began to form my own opinion on al-Qaida and the attacks on the Twin Towers. Fortunately, I had a current events teacher who taught me the truth about Islam and its followers. For the first time, I was taught that the group behind the 9/11 attacks were extremists. They did not represent the average Muslim citizen, just as Fred Phelps of Westboro Baptist Church does not represent the average Christian. I also learned that Islam is composed of two different sects – Sunni and Shia or Shiite – which differ in some in a few basic principles. I learned why Muslims believe what they believe, I learned the Five Pillars and I came to understand the most misconstrued word in the world – jihad. With this life-changing new knowledge, I found myself at constant odds with my small-minded relatives (not my immediate family) at our family Thanksgivings and Christmases. The so-called “War on Terror” is not appropriate holiday banter, especially when the conversation participants know so little about the topic. Although I am by no means an expert on Islam, I feel confident in saying that I probably know more about this religion than a large portion of the American people, and to me, this is a sad real-

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K enzie T empleton ity. Whenever the opportunity presents itself, I encourage those around me to learn about Islam, instead of making a rash judgment based on false hearsay. Emporia State is a cultural melting pot. We have students from all over the world, with different heritages, life experiences and religions. And yes, believe it or not, our campus is teeming with followers of Islam – some were born and raised in the United States, others are international students. These students are not hostile. They are not part of some big Muslim conspiracy to bring down the United States. Talk to them. Approach them as a friend. Want to know about Islam? Ask a fellow Muslim student about her religion because I’m sure she’s just itching to tell you the truth. It’s been 10 years since 9/11. Isn’t it time we stop living in ignorance?

Finish What Was Started On March 19, 2003, the United States, United Kingdom and forces from Australia and Poland began Operation Iraqi Freedom. The goal was to topple Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq and disarm the country of any nuclear, chemical or biological weapons and to fight terrorism. The United Nations approved this mission. Ten years after 9/11, the U.S. is still not out of Iraq or Afghanistan. In fact, since President Obama has taken office, the number of troops in Afghanistan has actually increased. Even with troop withdrawals and the promise of a full removal of troops, there is still no end in sight for the occupying forces involved in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. We have to withdraw our troops from Iraq. Not just our “combat troops,” but all of them. While our country sits on the brink of economic break down, the cost of the war ratchets up continually from 1.25 trillion dollars (as of press time). According to, the war has cost Emporia and its citizens almost $58 million alone. That amount breaks down to 27,975 years of groceries for one individual. If the trade off for fighting a war is that every person in Emporia could get groceries for a year, that’s a leap I’m willing to take. Outside of the fiscal woes of our country, the cost of life is simply too high for an engagement in which we have been fighting for 10 years. Approximately 6,111 U.S. troops have been killed-in-action since the beginning of Iraqi Freedom. This doesn’t include civilian loss of life as well as casualties suffered by the Iraqi and Afghani people. With this number sure to only rise as we continue our involvement in the area, how can we justify keeping our troops there? I will say again, we must withdraw. The costs have outweighed the work the military has done overseas. The argument against a complete troop withdrawal and for a removal of only the “combat troops” is that Iraq is unstable and not ready to stand without the support of our military.

inspiration to feel patriotic, all they need to do is reflect on the fact that we live in a beautiful country. We have rights. We have freedoms. We can vote for our leaders. We can pursue happiness. It shouldn’t take a death to remind us of how lucky we are to have each other.

C harlie H eptas But the Iraqi people have to eventually stand on their own. Every country is susceptible to violence caused by sudden change, but the continued military presence in Iraq has not stopped violence from occurring. Fear cannot dictate our actions as a country or we will stagnate in these areas and our troops will never be withdrawn. Obama made the issue of troop withdrawal a primary focus of his 2008 election campaign, but he did not follow through. The deadline continues to be pushed back for a full troop withdrawal, much like the deadline for our nation’s debt. The only way to achieve a full troop withdrawal is to seta deadline and stick to it. Our leader needs to show a strong commitment to finishing what was started 10 years ago.

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Senior photography student opens art display T ianhai J iang For senior art photography major Andrew Dorpinghaus, opening an art gallery during his last year at Emporia State is a kind of farewell to his alma mater. Last Friday night, about 30 friends, family and students attended Dorpinghaus’ senior art show in the Gilson Gallery in King Hall. The show will run until Sept. 16. “I started taking photos when my (high school) yearbook teacher gave me a 35 millimeter camera, and said ‘go take pictures,’” Dorpinghaus said. “That was back in 2000.” Dorpinghaus has a total of 17 photos on display, all for sale ranging from $20-800. Yueshu Ding, junior education major, said her favorite photo was “Rainforest,” a 188 by 30 inch picture taken at the Wichita Zoo, priced at $800. “I can’t really understand the meaning of the pictures…,” said Yueshu Ding, junior education major, “but I still think it’s a good work. I (would) have to work for a long time to achieve this level.” The photo took Dorpinghaus two full days to edit and “stitch” together. He said he deleted it after it was complete so he would never be able to do it again. Larry Schwarm, professor of art, said

the senior exhibitions have been a tradition in the department for 10 years and they are a hit with students and faculty. “There are six or seven exhibits each semester,” Schwarm said, “and most exhibitions last about two weeks. It is an opportunity for the artist to show their best work.” Dorpinghaus said that the opportunity showed him how much effort goes into an art opening. “It is a very good thing that (ESU) does,” Dorpinghaus said. “I would encourage any art student, or any student that is in the art area, to have a senior show, because it’s just a good thing to learn and to understand. Without doing it, you won’t be able to know what you have to do.” Before enrolling in the art program at ESU, Dorpinghaus worked as a photojournalist. With over a decade of experience, he said his display in Gilson Gallery shows both the work he did before coming to ESU as well as the photos he has taken as a student. “Andrew has a passion for photography,” said Dorpinghaus’ wife, Stephanie, “and as much as he loves photography, I also love that he shares his love with other people, like in this gallery opening.” She said she was excited to see her husband finally realize his dream.

Senior art photography major Andrew Dorphinghaus shows his favorite piece, “Snowfall at Arrowhead,” during his art exhibit last Friday evening in King Hall. Dorphinghaus’ work consisted of a wide variety of photographs that are available for viewing until Sept. 16. Julie Thephachan/The Bulletin

“We (did) all of the administrative stuff – all the printing, the pricing, the budget work, by ourselves, in a month,” Stephanie Dorpinghaus said. “It was very intense, but we got it done. This was the first big event

for us.” The Gilson Gallery is open 10 a.m. -3 p.m., Monday - Friday. To purchase a photo, email Andrew at

Hollywood alum gives insight to stardom at Pflaum lecture K haili S carbrough

Katie Keane, ESU alumnus and Hollywood actress, discusses her acting career Tuesday night in Frederickson Theatre in Roosevelt Hall during the annual Pflaum Lecture. Keane graduated from ESU with a BFA in 1996. Chris Franklin/The Bulletin

HONOR... from page 1 Emporia State is also working to honor veterans of the current War on Terror as well as veterans of previous wars. Currently, there is no site on campus honoring studentsw whos lives have been lost in the line of duty, but there are plans for a memorial plaque in the atrium addition to the Memorial Union, said Roger Heineken, administrative officer for the union. “When we have our final, grand opening, there’s an intent to honor the current conflicts that have yet to be recognized,” Heineken said. “We hope that will be in place before homecoming this fall.” Heineken said the plaques are meant not only to honor the students who have lost their lives, but any who serve. Thomas Sidor, freshman pre-physical therapy major and United States Marine, said he was excited about the idea of honoring the military, as well as those who lost their lives on 9/11. “Honoring the people we lost that day is really important and also just supporting our war efforts overseas – it’s a big deal,” Sidor said. “It’s awesome just knowing people are there supporting us. It’s a great feeling knowing that we got that support back home.” An organization called the American Fallen Warrior Memorial Foundation is currently working to create a memorial to honor soldiers who’ve lost their lives in wars from the Gulf War to present times. The memorial will be built in Kansas and Emporia is in the running as a possible location.

When Katie Keane, this year’s Pflaum speaker, graduated from Emporia State, her goal was to become an actress. Her lecture Tuesday night in R.Q. Frederickson Theatre in Roosevelt Hall focused on what it takes to make it or break it in Hollywood. “It takes persistence, passion and courage in this career,” Keane said in her speech, “nothing else can take the place of that.” But Keane said the business of acting is a tough business to break into. She said she did not want to “sugarcoat” it, she wanted to be honest about how hard it is to be a working actor in Hollywood. “Just keep acting,” Keane said, “(this business) is a continual test of your desire to be an actor.” The lecture began with an introduction by Jim Ryan, professor of communications and theater, followed by a compilation of short clips of Keane’s work, including pilots that never aired. “We are very, very proud of this alum,” Ryan said. Keane said she was grateful for the opportunity to speak as a Pflaum lecturer. She also said returning to ESU has helped put things in perspective. “I really needed this,” Keane said. “I think it’s really helpful as a working actor to come back and see how far you’ve come… I can’t imagine doing anything else but this.”

Keane said the biggest struggle that she faced in becoming an actress was what she called the “acting paradox,” which is going into an audition well-trained and pretending like its the first time. Keane also shared some of the obstacles of being a beginning actress in Los Angeles – nerves, bad agents and “slightly talented lucky people” – that she had to overcome until she got her first part in a commercial for Jack-in-the-Box. “You are in charge of protecting your performance,” Keane said. “That is what it means to be a versatile actor, to give your best no matter what the circumstance.” The key, according to Keane, to overcoming these obstacles is confidence in one’s self and abilities. She also said that she had to learn not to be so polite. “That desire to please gets in the way of you as an artist,” Keane said. Keane also offered some tips on doing well in auditions and did a mock-audition with students that volunteered at the end of her performance. Her biggest tip – do not let challenges affect the performance. “It’s really nice to hear advice from a professional,” said Cara Lohkamp, junior theatre major. “It’s possible.” The Pflaum Memorial Lecture, held annually to honor the memory of George R.R. Pflam, is presented by the department of communication and theater and is supported by the Performing Arts Board, according to ESU’s website.

Emporia in running to house new veteran memorial Kansas will be home to a new memorial honoring veterans of American wars since 1990. Although a site has not yet been chosen, Emporia is currently in the running to have the memorial built within city limits. The American Fallen Warrior Foundation is the group working to secure Emporia as the birthplace of the memorial. According to the group’s official mission statement, they also want to educate people about the sacrifices made by servicemen and women. The main concept is based around the gold service star, which represents a soldier who has lost their life during service. The designer of the memorial is Norman Schwartz of Plantation, Fla. Schwartz has been a designer for many projects including city halls, libraries, schools and the Miami Federal Court House. The American Fallen Warrior Foundation is currently attempting to raise funds for the new memorial through various fundraisers like benefit concerts, silent auctions and the “IGaveMyCoins” campaign. Go to for more information.


Across 1. Hip adjective 6. Da ___, Vietnam 10. Protrudes 14. Linger longer 15. Cupid alias 16. Sneaker brand 17. They may be swaying 20. Itch 21. Second largest city in Nicaragua 22. Illegal Cubans? 23. Educational grant 24. Charm believed to carry a magic spell 25. Olympics sticker 28. It can be a stretch 30. Verbal white flag 34. Some desserts in 36-Across 36. Capital of Italia 38. Actor Chaney 39. They may be swaying 42. Not wet, in some product names 43. Informed of 44. Beautiful idyllic place 45. Like a road runner 47. Present prefix 49. Massachusetts’s motto start 50. Made like dough 52. Exude 54. Going nowhere 57. Made a web 58. Walker with little experience 61. They may be swaying 64. Appliance that could be Dutch

Aries Working with children can be difficult. Especially if they’re grown ups.

Taurus In your art, there are no right or wrong answers. Create something just for yourself.

Gemini Treat yourself like royalty this week. Wear a crown and carry a scepter. Boss people around. Be overthrown.

Cancer Measure twice and cut once this week. You have no room for mistakes. You barely have room for dessert.

Too True


65. ‘’I’ve Got ___ in Kalamazoo’’ 66. City near Syracuse 67. For fear that 68. Fuzzy fruit 69. Charlie Chan portrayer Down 1. ‘’The ___-Bitsy Spider’’ 2. Curtain fabric 3. Cast material? 4. Verb with thou 5. Emulate Lance Armstrong 6. Seaport southeast of 36-Across 7. Exiled Ugandan 8. Standard introduction? 9. ___-Roman wrestling 10. Special language 11. Iris locale 12. Management stratum 13. Lip 18. Rowdy sort 19. Baja town 23. Bell sound 24. Word with swing or ring 25. Treble clef sequence 26. Unit of wisdom 27. ‘’Dallas’’ Miss 29. Michael Keaton film 31. Unarmed, to a police officer 32. Houseful in Britain?

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Found-footage film should’ve stayed lost

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33. Come next 35. Bring into the open 37. Harshest sentence 40. Sioux speakers 41. Computer technology website 46. Off course 48. Himalayan denizen


51. Word with sauce or house 53. Suggestion box data 54. Target of fawning 55. ‘’Scream’’ star Campbell 56. Beame and Saperstein

Horoscopes Leo Beautiful weather will uplift your spirits like a helium balloon.

Virgo Go outside and charge yourself in the sun. Be Birdman.

libra Sometimes rodents take up residence in places they shouldn’t. If you don’t feel like you belong where you are, I recommend leaving voluntarily before you are kicked out of your nest.

Scorpio Something very lucky will happen to you this week. You deserve it.

57. Clarinetist Artie 58. Work hard 59. Back then 60. Ruler opposed by the Bolsheviks 62. Technique used to create movie effects 63. Midori on the ice

Sagittarius Go down an unbeaten path. Don’t beat your eggs. Then beat it. Just beat it. Woo!

capricorn Try not to think of your friends as “us” and everyone else as “them.” Every person has the potential to be your friend. Don’t push them away. Or push them.

aquarius Water cleanses the body, inside and out. This means that you need to put down the beer and take a shower.

pisces If there is a fire burning within you, telling you to do something, go find a preacher because you may be possessed.

Following the tradition of “Paranormal Activity,” “Cloverfield,” and “The Blair Witch Project,” “Apollo 18” takes a tired-out genre and tries to make it interesting again by telling it through “found footage.” But this film, the first American feature of director Gonzalo LopezGallego, doesn’t quite deliver the chills, thrills or outright terror that it promises. While it wasn’t a massive disappointment, there have certainly been better debuts in previous years. “Apollo 18” follows the crew of the supposedly cancelled Apollo 18 lunar mission in 1974. Two astronauts land on the moon to place detectors to warn the United States of Soviet missile attacks. However, when the crew goes out to place the sensors, they come across a dead Soviet cosmonaut and a blood-soaked lunar lander. Naturally when they try to ask why there happens to be a dead man on the moon, the government gets dodgy and tells them to keep focused on the mission. Things start to go downhill from there when something begins to menace the astronauts and their mission. The true disappointment lies with producer Timur Bekmambetov, whose past credits include “Wanted” and “9”, both of which had a much higher quality level. I was hoping that with Bekmambetov involved, “Apollo 18” would at the very least be an interesting film, but no such luck. The main problem was that unlike “Paranormal Activity” or “The Blair Witch Project”, it wasn’t made on a shoe-string budget, but it still feels like it was. I didn’t really have any problem with the grainy camera style, after all that’s the whole idea behind the film. It was the fact that this was nothing more than another dime-a-dozen alien thriller, albeit shot in a slightly more inventive style. All grumbling aside, “Apollo 18” isn’t a total wash. While it didn’t offer up much in the category of suspense or subtle horror, it still had a few genuinely good “jump” moments. One challenge of using a camera that is also a part of the story is hinting at events without having the characters realize exactly what’s going on. Here that is accomplished with a fair amount of success. One interesting tidbit about this movie is that NASA actually felt the need to release a message to the public telling them that the events shown aren’t real, despite the fact that the main characters are actors with careers that stretch back for years. But hey, I’m sure NASA didn’t have anything better to do.

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Flentje makes speech on president search at Faculty Senate

Provost Tes Mehring speaks during the Faculty Senate Meeting as First Vice President Kevin Rabas and President Kevin Johnson listen carefully. The meeting was held at Webb 2 Lecture Hall on Tuesday afternoon. Jenny Pendarvis/The Bulletin

R ocky R obinson The Kansas Board of Regents and the search for Emporia State’s next president were the main topics of interim President

H. Edward Flentje’s special address at the Faculty Senate meeting last Tuesday in Webb 2 Lecture Hall. “I think they just wanted to see this masked man who had shown up in July,” Flentje said. “It was just an introductory

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meeting – the tough questions will probably come later.” In a one-on-one meeting with Flentje, KBOR discussed Emporia State’s relationships with external constituents, an issue that is of concern in the search for a new president. Flentje said the regents expressed great interest in ESU. Flentje also said the regents have moved quickly in hiring consultants, issuing a recruitment profile and taking applications in an attempt to fill his temporary position. A smooth, trouble-free transition to new leadership is his plan until a new president is appointed. The regents will begin looking at applications in October. “Emporia State University’s next president will demonstrate outstanding leadership ability, successful administrative experience preferably in higher education, energy, the capacity to embrace new ideas and innovation, fund-raising ability, and the interpersonal and communication skills to build and maintain strong, effective relationships with a broad range of constituents critical to the university’s success,” according to ESU’s website. The election for secondary vice president was also discussed. The secondary vice president is a four-year commitment, which gains responsibili-

ties each year. Johnson said leaders of the Faculty Senate give faculty a voice in university affairs and also represent the faculty to the KBOR. Flentje, a member of Wichita State’s Faculty Senate, said it is an important role to represent the faculty who usually hold diverse opinions. Sheryl Lidzy and Heidi Hamilton are the two candidates running for the position, and they appeared at a forum last week. Faculty President Kevin Johnson said he was impressed with both candidates, saying either one would be great for the job. “You want someone who wants to become involved in the campus, someone who wants to have that position of representing the faculty,” Johnson said, “letting the faculties concerns be heard and passing information back to the Faculty Senate. Like a lot of things, we look for people who want to do it.” Johnson said the process of promoting a second vice president each year makes them pay closer attention and is a great way to learn what is expected of the president, while getting a good idea of the roles of each senate committee. Voting for the position of secondary vice president is a weeklong affair and the new Vice President will be announced next Monday at 5 p.m.

VETERAN... from page 1 “I interviewed the manager of the Emporia Municipal Airport, several individuals on campus and at Walmart,” Cannon said. “While at Walmart, in the middle of the interview, my unit called me up to alert me that we had been placed on standby. After the interview I filed my report at the station then packed up my equipment and reported to my unit. A couple of hours later my unit stood down and went back to normal status.” Cannon served two tours in Iraq in 2005-07 and again in 2010-2011. In his first tour, he was “a platoon leader of a convoy escort team who helped the soldiers and Iraqis provide safe passage of food, water, fuel and building materials all across Iraq.” During his second tour, he was part of the “staff for the Senior Logistics Commands in the Iraq Area of Responsibility.” David Jones, senior software engineer at DST Systems and 1994 ESU alum, remembers watching the attacks on TV. “I was at my parents’ house in Emporia,” Jones said. “I was in town to participate in the ESU Career Day with my company that morning. It was quite a shock to watch the horror unfold on TV.” Jones served in the Navy from 1988-1994 as a data system technician. He said he felt that the attacks, much like the one on Pearl Harbor, “stole the country’s innocence.” “Three things in my career made me successful – my faith and family, my military service and the opportunities given to me by the faculty and staff I met and continue to stay friends with from ESU,” Harmon said. Harmon said he encourages students to stay in touch with ESU and the alumni office after graduation.

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Hornets come out on top against Hawks C helsie S laughter The Hornets volleyball team won their first game of the season last night in White Auditorium against the Rockhurst University Hawks. “With this being the first official home game, I know the girls had some nerves,” said head coach Bing Xu. Competing for the first time at home this season, the Hornets came out fired up against the Hawks. The Hornets and Hawks went back and forth on the score board in the first set. Xu called the first timeout when ESU was down 11-14. Outside hitter Maggie McGovern attacked hard, putting up some big hits for the Hawks, forcing Xu to call the Hornets, second timeout when the score was 16-21. With the Hornets fighting back hard, Hawks head coach Tracy Rietzke was forced to take two consecutive timeouts when the score was 21-24 and 22-24. The Hawks earned the last point, ending the set with a score of 22-25 over the Hornets. Starting the second set, the Hornets scored the first point, showing they were ready for revenge. Sophomore Morgan Buckner came out strong attacking with some big hits and blocks. Assisting Buckner was freshman Carly Spicer who went to the nets strong, killing the ball multiple times. The Hawks took a timeout, being down 22-13 to try to make a run on the Hornets. With a total of five team blocks, the Hornets shut down the Hawks hitting to take the second set 25-15. The third set started off a little shaky for the Hornets, as they got down early. With Hornets outside hitter sophomore Paige Vanderpool stepping up and showing some big hits, the Hornets stayed on top to take the third set 25-18. “Paige stepped up but everyone must contribute,” Xu said. Getting a career high in kills and digs, Vanderpool got the first spike in the fourth set to help the Hornets get on top. The Hornets stayed up as Vanderpool continued her streak of kills, frustrating the Hawks, defense. Coming back, the Hawks tied the score at 22-22, forcing Xu to call a timeout. Losing momentum, the

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Sophomore outside hitter Paige Vanderpool spikes the ball Wednesday night at White Auditorium. Emporia State won their game against Rockhurst. Jon Coffey/ The Bulletin.

Hornets lost this set 24-26 making the score 2-2. “The players cannot doubt themselves,” Xu said, “if they make mistakes they must be aggressive ones. “ Coming out strong in the fifth match, the Hornets were up 8-3. Staying focused, the Hornets pulled out the win over the Hawks 15-6. “I feel like the girls showed character in the fifth set and stepped up to the task,” Xu said. Not only did Vanderpool have a ca-

reer high in kills and digs, but 26 marks the most kills in rally scoring in ESU volleyball history. “It really starts with the pass,” Vanderpool said. “If the pass is good and the set is good that is what opens up the middle for me. It takes all the players. It comes with the team and I could not have done it without them.” The Lady Hornets are preparing for their next games in the UCM Tournament on September 10th in Warrensburg, Mo.

Senior decks out Hornet defense

Senior psychology major Jessica Decker keeps a close eye on the ball at soccer practice Tuesday. Decker has played for Emporia State since her freshman year. Jenny Pendarvis/The Bulletin.

B randon S chneeberger Much like any sport, the defensive intensity a team brings to the game is a determining factor of their success. This year, the Emporia State

Changing the landscape of Hornet football

soccer team will have the confidence and experience in the form of senior defender Jessica Decker. “She’s special,” said head coach Bryan Sailer. “She’s always in the right spot, always in the right position. Her leadership has been great. I mean she saves us a lot of times. She anchors our defense. She mentally understands where to be and how to play the game.” Decker, a psychology major, began playing soccer at an early age along with other sports, but eventually stuck to soccer and volleyball at Emporia High School. Though volleyball was of high interest for her, she decided to continue in soccer as she earned first team All-League, All-Region and AllState honors her senior year. “Pretty much the whole time growing up I knew I wanted to play soccer further than just high school,” Decker said. “I love volleyball, but it would be hard to play two sports in college. One sport was enough for me.” After high school, Decker contemplated attending Washburn University in Topeka before finally making the commitment to ESU. “I looked at Washburn,” Decker said. “I was pretty dead set on going there, but then I knew a lot of the players that were older than me here at ESU, and I just liked them so much more that I came here, and being home was a little bit easier.”

Though this year will not be Decker’s first season, she is accepting a leadership role due to the defense starting three freshman defenders along with her. Despite the newcomers, the Hornet defense allowed only two goals in last weekend’s tournament, thanks in large part to Decker’s leadership. “I think she leads by example more than anything, and if our players follow her example then we’re in good shape,” Sailer said, “she’s adapted well to it. She likes being a mentor in a sense. She likes that role, and she’s very good at it.” After receiving an honorable mention her freshman season, Decker earned second team All-MIAA honors her past two seasons as a Hornet. That type of experience will be pivotal this year for the ESU defense – an area of the team in which she believes the Hornets have strength. “Defensively, we’re not looking bad,” Decker said. “In our last tournament we held each team to one goal. So we’re looking pretty solid in the back even though we have three freshmen.” Junior psychology major Ashley Hill recognizes Decker’s improvement as a leader on the defensive end of the field. “(She’s improved) mainly as a leader,” Hill said. “She came out not only action wise, but vocally she’s gotten better at leading the team. She helps (the freshmen) when they have questions, and she just leads them and keeps the back sturdy.”

The Emporia State football team opened up its regular season against rival Fort Hays State. The Hornets lost 17-27, falling short in a close contest. Although ESU led by a score of 17-7 in the third quarter, they failed to finish off the Tigers in the fourth quarter. Even though the Hornets lost the season opener, the team proved they will be a force to reckon with in the league. But in last week’s game, the Hornets did not capitalize when it was needed most. The team committed three turnovers in the fourth quarter, which is the most crucial point in the game. This not only allowed the Tigers to stay close, but it eventually cost the Hornets a game to a conference opponent. To quote arguably the greatest coach in the history of football, Vince Lombardi, “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get back up.” This is just one step in a long season for the Hornets. This team, under the guidance of coach Higgins, will be very successful and will not let this one game deter them from their overall goals. ESU showed many signs of improvement from last season. The team out gained the Tigers in total yards 512-416. They also showed quick strike capability with a 64-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. This is reason enough for ESU fans to be optimistic for this season. “The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling,” Lombardi said, “but in rising again after you fall.” All teams will falter at some point during the season. The Hornets have stumbled early on, but have plenty of room to improve. The road will not get any easier for the Hornets with the next opponent being the Pittsburg State Gorillas. The Gorillas accumulated a 6-6 record last season. However, one of those loses was to ESU, the final score being 17-14. Pittsburg State won their first game of the season over a good Missouri Western team 34-7. This game will prove to be a good challenge for the Hornets. The Hornets will need to show their mental toughness, their ability to move forward and their capacity to learn from their mistakes. The next game will start at 7 p.m., Sept. 10, in Pittsburg.

Sport Shorts Volleyball goes 4-1 in Florida Hornet Soccer ties one, loses This weekend, the Emporia State volleyball team traveled to Boca Raton, Fla. to compete in the Lynn Tournament. A series of sweeps highlighted the weekend for the Hornets as they swept the first four teams they competed against, going 3-0 in each match. In the streak, ESU defeated Kentucky State, Alderson Broaddus, Post and Minnesota-Crookston. Sophomore hitter Paige Vanderpool carried the Hornets offensively as she tallied 34 kills in the four matches and a double-double in the match against Minnesota-Crookston. The Hornets fell against Lynn on the last day of the tournament in the five game series.

The Emporia State soccer team took on two teams this weekend in Ada, Okla. On Sept. 2, the Hornets faced off against Southwestern Oklahoma State. Although the Hornets fell down early in the game, they earned a score in the 88th minute of play as senior defender, Jessica Decker, set up freshman midfielder, Mallory Walden, for the tying goal. The Hornets had 10 total shots on goal, which is something they were unable to do last season. In their second game, the Hornets again found themselves down early as East Central scored in the fifth minute. ESU was unable to come up with the equalizer and fell 1-0. The Hornets will play their home opener this Thursday against Northeastern Oklahoma State at 4 p.m. on the ESU Pitch.

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