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Students speak out against hazing Kiana Waits Staff Writer

Hazing is any action or situation created intentionally that causes embarrassment. The members of Alpha Phi Alpha and Alpha Kappa Alpha came together to stand against it. On Tuesday, Feb. 4, the “Chill out Hazing” program was held in Garrison in the banquet room. Brandon Randle, member of Phi Beta Sigma, was the speaker of the program. In his presentation, his main goals were to define hazing, explore the impact culture on hazing, understand responsibilities at every level, and begin the process of eliminating hazing. “Hazing is not right in shape or form of fashion,” Randle said. Research indicates that hazing continues for a variety of reasons including social purposes. “Some students feel that in order to feel like they have accomplished or earned something that they should go through this process when joining a Greek organization,” Ayanna Willis, freshman psychology major, said. Fifty-two percent of students felt closer to the organization after being hazed while the other percent thought otherwise. “I don’t think that anyone should be hazed physically or mentally in order to feel closer to an organization,” Willis said.

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THEY MADE ME Brandon Randle spoke at an event aimed to prevent hazing in organizations.

Hazing is illegal in most states. However, there are still bystanders that may see or watch a hazing incident occur and not report it. “Hazing should be reported and ended immediately,” Ariel Carter, member of Zeta Phi Beta, said. Hazing occurs everyday in the U.S.,

and organizations such as Hazing Prevention try their best to prevent it. Hundreds of people have shared their stories on how both physical and mental hazing has changed their lives. “I was so excited when I first decided to pledge a sorority in the spring of 2006,” an anonymous source said. “However, soon my pledging experience changed, and the sisters of the sorority became unfriendly and verbally abusive. The sisters told us that it was tradition and that nothing would change.” Hazing has taken a national toll on people all over the United States. Even parents find hazing unacceptable. “As a parent, I wonder why kids haze. I am sure that my children would not want to be hazed nor haze others,” Dr. Susan Lipkins, a concerned parent, said. This is their third year to host the “Chill out Hazing” program, and the members of AKA and APA plan to continue this event annually. “Hazing is not appropriate and this program brings light to it,” Olandrea Dunn, the Alpha Kappa Alpha president, said. After the program, different sororities and fraternities shared their views on hazing. “Hazing is wrong and you shouldn’t make someone do something against their will,” Jarvis Todd, member of Alpha Phi Alpha, said. “We have a zero tolerance for hazing,” Destiny White, member of Delta Sigma Theta, said. “This includes mental, emotional, and physical hazing.”

Provost weighs in at faculty senate meeting Dax Guilliams Staff Writer

At the senate meeting on Wednesday, senators, the president, and the vice president expressed concern to expand communication with each other and with students in the classroom. Members also expressed their concern about engaging students in more creative ways in order to increase the graduation rate. “I think we are really going to have some great opportunities to engage students,” President Glen Jones said. Jones sat in with the senate mem-

Snow Day at HSU

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HOLD ON TIGHT Two local boys came to Carpenter-Haygood Stadium after the snowy weather this weekend to sled down the northeast slope. Temperatures have been below freezing throughout the last week. More snow is expected to hit today and tomorrow.

bers and, though not ordinary for senate meetings, was allowed to speak first on issues he wished to address. Jones began his discussion with his opinion that he wants the senate to become a shared government so that he and the senate members will communicate more with one another for the overall benefit of the school. Increasing the amount of communication is among many of his ideas, not only for the benefit of himself and the senators, but also for the benefit of each and every student. Jones wants the senators to come up with new decisions on how to improve the school both academically and nonacademically. “I don’t think there’s such thing as too much communication,” Dr. Steve Adkison, VPAA, said. “When I’m in the classroom, I think there’s no greater accomplishment than communication with students.” Adkison sat in with the senate along with Jones. Starting July 1, Adkison will be the acting provost. After Jones expressed his concerns with expanding communication across campus, Adkison explained his own concerns. Adkison expressed with great detail how much he wants to work with the senators in all fields for the benefit of the school, mostly by attending more of the meetings. His biggest concern, along with the increase of communication, is to increase the graduation rate of students. Not only does Adkison wish to increase the graduation rate for the financial benefit of the school but so that

students will benefit financially as well. Adkison understands that if students are to graduate in less time, it will allow them to earn their degree without having to pay as much money. Once Adkison finished explaining his concerns and ideas, over half of the senators brought up new ways that they could help their departments and their students. Dr. Jones, Dr. Adkison, and the senators all discussed new ideas of helping students achieve academic success and ways to go about implementing them as soon as possible. Several senate members agreed that the most important thing they could do is create ways for new students to join and to keep them in school. Though no final decisions were made, many ideas were brought up and all of them were for the general benefit of students. It was agreed that communication is the biggest factor in continuing the success of the school. When Dr. Jones and Dr. Adkison left the meeting, the senators discussed pros and cons for letting Dr. Adkison attend and speak at more of their meetings. Many senators agreed that letting him do so would be very beneficial to the senate as long as the lines of communication were always open and new ideas could keep surfacing. The senators will try communicating with the president and vice president to help as many students achieve academic success as possible and have those students pay as little money as possible while doing so.


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Female athletes at Henderson and Arkadelphia High gathered together on Feb. 4 to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day. This has been a tradition for 28 years at HSU.

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Several members of HSU’s media team who cover sports reporting traveled to Nashville, Tenn. last Friday for a special training camp hosted by the College Media Association. Hunter Lively, a senior mass media major, gives his first person account of how the trip helped him improve his skills.

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Concert honors president and Dr. Sommer Ashley Smith Staff Writer

On the evening of Feb. 4, the 14th annual President’s Concert was held in the Russell Fine Arts Harwood Recital Hall. Members of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra performed with a few students who had to audition in order to play in the concert. To start out the night, Dr. Jim Buckner introduced Dr. Glendell Jones, the president of Henderson and the guest of honor. Jones then gave a speech about Dr. Maralyn Sommer, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. Sommer will officially be retiring June 30 this year after a faithful 24 years at Henderson. While giving his speech, Jones made a special announcement: “As of 2:30 this afternoon, the President’s Concert has been fully endowed. It is also going to be called the Dr. Maralyn Sommer President’s Concert Endowment Fund.” Sommer started the President’s Concert Fund in 2000. The first concert was such a success that it is now an annual event at Henderson. “It’s been 24 outstanding years at Henderson,” Sommer said when introduced to speak in front of the crowd. “One of my most proud moments is the President’s Concert, and it is the pride and joy of my 24 years here.” The performance began with “Overture to Der Schauspieldirektor (The Impresario), K. 486” by Mozart.

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HAIL TO THE CHIEF Matt Walker, a senior music major, sang along to the music at the President’s Concert. The president took this opportunity to honor Dr. Maralyn Sommer. Following that song, “Parto, parto” from “La Clemenza di Tito K. 621” was performed. Matthew Walker, a senior music performance major, sang along with the symphony and student instrumentalists. Other songs included part of a “Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra” which was called “Finale” by Launy Grøndahl. Elijah Sullivan, a junior music education major, played his trombone.

“The practice started last semester,” Sullivan said when asked about preparation for the concert. “We’ve put in well over 100 hours of practice time.” “Concerto No. 23 in A major” by Mozart followed a brief intermission in which Hunter Mabery, sophomore music performance major, performed on the piano. The final song of the night was “Andante spianato et Grande Polonaise Brillante” by Chopin.

Orlando Riveros, junior music performance major, played on the piano. “The students did an outstanding job tonight,” Marissa DeFoor, freshman marketing major, said. “I don’t usually listen to this kind of music but I really enjoyed it tonight.” DeFoot wasn’t the only student to appreciate the concert. “I know how hard it is to be a music major,” Caleb Williams, mass media major, said. “I tried that last semester and could not do it. These students really outdid themselves.” Other Henderson students played in the performance, and each student had to audition. The concert was used as a way of showcasing ehat are believed to be the most talented students at Henderson in the music department. Sommer saw the need to showcase the talent Henderson possesses when she began the President’s Concert. “It is a treat to watch students perform at such a high level for this event,” Sommer wrote in an email. “The President’s Concert has lived up to my vision from the very first concert fourteen years ago.” Although Sommer will be retiring this year, Henderson will continue to have a special place in her heart. “There has never been a single day where I got up in the morning and not wanted to come to Henderson,” Sommer said as she spoke in front of the crowd. “I knew the day I walked onto this campus I was meant to be here.”

‘Awkward Moment’ turns into awkward hour and a half JD Roberts Contributing Editor

Imagine this conversation between Hollywood executives. Guy 1: We need a great movie idea that will get guys to take their girlfriends to see it around Valentine’s Day. Guy 2: Maybe we could have a romance movie disguised as an action movie. Guy 1: Been there. Guy 2: What about a romance about time travel. Guys love time travel. Guy 1: Done that. Actually, we’ve done that a few times. Guy 2: I got it. What about a chick flick, but instead of woman as the main characters lets have three really cool and good looking guys be the focus. Guy 1: It’s gold! These aren’t the exact words that came out of the mouth of studio executives when talking about “That Awkward Moment,” but it’s probably pretty close. As January ends and February begins, the movies start leaving the horrendous phase and move on to mediocre. That is exactly what “That Awkward Moment” is: mediocre. The story revolves around three friends. Jason, played by Zac Efron, Daniel, played by Miles Teller, and Mikey, played by Michael B. Jordan. After Mikey discovers that his wife is cheating on him and wants a divorce, Jason and Daniel decided to

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AWKWARDLY PREDICTABLE Zac Efron, as Jason, and Imogen Poots, as Ellie, are just two of the characters that failed to draw a satisfying reaction as they shared a moment on screen. Miles Teller, as Daniel, and Mackenzie Davis, as Chelsea, also contributed to the failure of this haphazard rom-com. help get back out into the wild world of dating or at least the one of picking up women. The three make a pact to not date exclusively, but this proves to be difficult. Jason begins falling for a girl he meets in a bar while Daniel begins secretly dating one of his best friends. Meanwhile, Mikey ignores what the guys say and tries to rekindle the love between he and his wife. While each tried to hide their feelings and relationships, it becomes harder and harder to keep the pact and stay friends.

The problem with this movie isn’t that it’s bad, because it’s not. What’s wrong with this movie is that it’s just sort of there. There’s nothing new to see. Everything that happens in the movie can be predicted in the first 10 minutes. Granted, it is a genre piece, but that shouldn’t matter. The story is interesting enough that the writers should have been able to shake things up a bit and give audiences a fresh take on this cookie-cutter genre. It’s not like they are treading into new territory. Just last year a movie called “About Time,” came out. That was a fantastic romantic comedy. It was funny, heartwarming and heartbreaking, all at the same time. The actors are fine, but they feel wasted on a script that tried to play it safe. While many hate Efron, he’s not a bad actor. That being said, he needs to choose better roles, but that doesn’t make him Tommy Wiseau. Teller and Jordan both have bright futures, but they feel underused here, especially Jordan.

“That Awkward Moment,” is just lazy storytelling trying to look different because it’s about guys instead of girls. In reality it ends up being the same lame romantic comedy it tried so hard to avoid. It would have been awesome to see a movie that showed how guys really are. Not to mention how they deal with their relationships and the relationships of those around them. You have to wonder if “That Awkward Moment” is exactly what they experienced when they found out the movie was nothing special. Or it could have gone something like this: Guy 1: So what are we gonna call this thing? Guy 2: What about “New Girl?” Guy 1: Huh? Isn’t that a television show? Guy 2: Oh yeah. Guy 1: What’s something all the kids are into these days? Like what’s a saying they like? Guy 2: How about YOLO? Guy 1: No. Guy 2: I got it! That awkward moment! Guy 1: That’s gold!


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Senior art show discusses the sanctity of life J. Scott Mckinnon Staff Writer

Art can be a powerful way to discuss difficult subjects. For senior art education major Amanda Langley, “Two Hearts, Two Souls” is a way to express her feelings on the sanctity of life through experimental printmaking and sculpture. A reception for the exhibition was held on the second floor of Huie Library last Tuesday, and Langley spoke about her deep connection to people wanting to get abortions. Her father and older sister are the product of parents who considered abortion. “I love my sister so much, and obviously I wouldn’t even be here without my father,” Langley said. That love was a huge inspiration for her. Langley also found inspiration from her church where there were several premature births among members. Langley said that seeing how small the babies were and connecting with both mothers and babies motivated her to get started. Turning these ideas into art proved a difficult challenge. “To say you have a concept and actually turning that concept into artwork are very different things,” Langley said. However, her concept had been done many times before. Those pre-

vious works always focused on negative things. Langely wanted to show the positive side through people that lived and are celebrated. According to Langley’s artist statement, “Kay and Jane” is a series based on the accounts of two women that were advised to terminate their pregnancies. Both chose not to and now have adult children. She also found inspiration in a Bible passage found in Ezekiel 37. Tylesia Gentry, a junior digital arts major, appreciated that touch. “I love her technique and I really like the inclusion of the Bible verses,” Gentry said. In the work, Langley incorporates the imagery of lace. She chose this to reflect what she calls “the inherently feminine nature in the sanctity of life.” She sees lace as a reminder of the pressure that society puts on women to fit a mold. She wants people to see a celebration of life and living through the lace imagery. Upon entering the student gallery, the show’s title takes center stage. “Two Hearts, Two Souls” is a lifesized sculpture of a woman embracing her pregnant stomach, covered with pictures of children, women, and families. There is also a handwritten letter describing the woman’s decision to not have an abortion. This letter, placed on the stomach of the pregnant figure, is one detail that Langley used to create a powerful

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A SPECIAL BOND Amanda Langley, a senior art major, unveiled her senior project portraying her view of the sanctity of life in the student gallery in Huie library last Tuesday. image. Langley also feels that having a large 3-D sculpture would be more impactful than a picture.Every piece was a true labor of love for Langley and that labor didn’t go unnoticed. “It all feels so personal and intimate and every detail feels so significant,” Hassana Tadi, a senior digital arts major, said. “Everything has a place.” Langley said that she was appreciative of Emily Gerhold, an assistant professor of art history.

“She was a huge supporter throughout the process and really helped me get my message out,” she said. Currently, Langley is teaching art at an elementary school in her hometown of Texarkana. After graduating, she knows that she wants to continue teaching art. While Langley loves working with all ages of students, she feels that she has a real calling to work with teens and preteens.

Brittney Humphrey takes home Miss HSU crown

They voiced their side of the cause. The following swimsuit competition consisted of swimsuit designs ranging from stylish to provocative. A majority of the contestants paired a fashionable color of rather high heels along with their swimsuit. In the talent section of the competition, contestants performed a variety of dancing, singing, or playing of songs that they had selected. Olivia Green, a junior early childhood

education major, received an incredibly warm response to her emphatic performance of the monologue, “I Can’t Read”. A vast selection of colors werebe seen drifting across the stage during the evening gown competition as each contestant had the opportunity to twirl left and right and from the bottom to the top of the stage while displaying her gown. What do contestants gain from

participating in the Miss HSU Pageant? “I think a lot of our contestants will agree that they get a lot of interview skills, and they gain a lot of confidence from competing,” Mrs. Anna Espinoza, the pageant supervisor, said. Miss HSU 2013 Kendreka Myles, Miss Arkansas 2013 Amy Crain, Tanner Oglesby and Connor Rayburn treated the audience to performances during breaks in the competition. The surprise “award” of the night involved Ricki Rebollar, a senior education major, who was named “Mr. Arkansas” during one of the breaks. Miss Arkansas 2013 bestowed Rebollar with a red cape branded with the title. Contestants also won individual awards during the night. Brittney Humphrey won the swimsuit and interview awards, Sarah Williams won the Academic Success award. Kelsie Jefferson won the people’s choice award, and Olivia Green won the spirit of Miss HSU award. Alyson Morrison won the Miss Congeniality award. Jordan Arivett won the overall Alpha award, and Kourtney Kellar won the overall talent award. Brittney Humphrey is taking her new role very seriously. “I plan to take the next 365 days as Miss Henderson and do all that I can,” she said.

The Spanish table is an opportunity for students to get better at speaking the language not only through verbal practice, but through hearing the language spoken in a conversational manner. Dunn said she’s not here to correct student’s grammar, she simply acts like a mediator and helps students when they need it. “I want students to open up and lose their fear of trying,” Dunn said. Dunn not only wants to inspire students to have confidence in themselves, but she wants them to discover the skills they have and to show them how little effort it takes to speak the language. Dunn also has another motive behind the Spanish table. Dunn believes that through speaking Spanish, students will also become more culturally aware of the hardships that face many Latino immigrants. Another purpose behind this event is to end racism through

education. “She’s a very dedicated teacher,” former attorney, Henry Morgan said. “She gives us a chance to converse. It’s been very helpful.” Morgan first heard about the Spanish table in Dunn’s class and was very interested. Dunn began speaking Spanish in high school as part of a language requirement, however over the years she fell in love with the language. Before teaching at Henderson, she taught Spanish to public service personnel. These individuals include police officers, first responders, and 911 operators. “I love it when students get excited about Spanish!” said Dunn, “It really makes my day.” Dunn hopes that the Spanish table will open up doors for students. She finds it fun to share her experience with others. “To inspire others in what we do is the best thing.” said Dunn.

While the Spanish table was created to mainly assist the needs of students, Dunn hopes that other faculty as well as heritage speakers will come by and join the table. Dunn feels that students and faculty hearing native speakers of the language will be a very valuable experience. This is the first time that the Spanish table has been officially up and running at Henderson and has met three times, all of which have seen a good turnout. Students limit themselves to speaking Spanish when talking with Dunn and one another. Dunn chose the Garrison Center dining area because she feels that in louder environments students tend to open up and relax their speech. The Spanish table will be meeting every Wednesday during the semester. Even students who speak no Spanish are encouraged to stop by and share this unique experience.

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Through the flash and glamor of the Miss HSU pageant, only one contestant could wear the crown. By the end of the night, the crown rested on the head of Brittney Humphrey who emerged from the crowd of 15 contestants as Miss HSU 2014. “It’s an amazing accomplishment. I did not expect it at all,” she said. Kendreka Myles, Miss HSU 2013, crowned Humphrey who will now prepare for the Miss Arkansas Pageant this summer. Kourtney Kellar of Argyle, Texas was the first runner-up followed by second runner-up Jordan Arivett of Langley, Ark. Alyson Morrison of Springdale was third runner-up, and Kelsie Jefferson of El Dorado was fourth runner-up. The night consisted of an onstage Q&A, swimsuit, talent, and evening gown competitions as well as an interview worth 25 percent of the total that took place earlier in the day. All of which accounted for a portion of each contestants final score. After a brief presentation of the contestants, each answered a single question on their chosen platform or cause. The platform for each is the notion they feel most strongly about.

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THERE SHE IS, MISS HSU Brittney Humphrey was crowned Miss HSU out of 15 contestants by Kendreka Myles, Miss HSU 2013, and Miss Arkansas, Amy Crain, last Thursday evening.

Spanish table welcomes all to practice Spanish Zachary Burnett Staff Writer

Translation: Come one, come all! This is the message that the Spanish table wants to send to students and faculty alike. Assistant professor of Spanish, doctor Maryjane Dunn, has set up the Spanish table in the Garrison center dining area. She meets with students every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with the goal to assist students seeking to learn the language or to improve their speaking skills. Dunn, who has been teaching Spanish at Henderson for two years, got the inspiration for the table from her students who were seeking a more personal approach to learning. “This is not a classroom situation,” Dunn said, “it’s a chance to practice speaking the language in a natural way.”


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HSU sports reporters venture to media training camp Hunter Lively Guest Columnist

Zing! Zing! Zing! My alarm clock buzzed on the dresser as I reached aimlessly out of a sound sleep to shut it off. It was time to get up and get ready for one of the biggest trips of my life. Zachary Noga, HTV and the Pulse’s sports director, picked me up from Whispering Oaks Apartment Complex at 3:30 a.m. Friday night after both of us only got around an hour and a half of sleep. We were headed to Nashville, Tenn. for the College Media Association Sports Reporting Training Camp held at Vanderbilt University. I won’t lie. The nerves were starting to set in since I had never flown before this trip. We boarded the plane in Little Rock after passing through security checks and were in the air within the next hour. The flight wasn’t as bad as I was expecting. I think it helped that I had my favorite artist, Andy Mineo, blaring through my headphones. We arrived in Nashville at 10 a.m. After two flights, we were exhausted. There was no time for sleep, however, because we still had to check into the hotel and eat lunch. We checked in and, lucky for us, were able to find some great Mexican food close to the hotel and conference. Registration opened at 1 p.m., and of course, we showed up around noon to check things out. The conference was held at the John Seigenthaler Center on campus where we soon met up with the third member of the crew, Kaitlyn Kitchens, the HSU Oracle sports editor.


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The conference was only open to 250 students from across the nation, so we all knew how blessed we were to be there. ESPN’s senior baseball writer Buster Olney kicked things off with his class called “Mastering Multimedia Sports Coverage.” Olney is one of the most respected and wellknown writers in all of professional

first pitch during game three.” One of the main things Olney said he does each morning is wake up and make a list of projects he wants to finish, short and long term. I feel like this was one of the most helpful sessions of the entire conference, and what’s better than getting slapped with it immediately? The attention grabber, if you will.

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sports, so just being in his presence was enlightening. “You’ve got to be more wellrounded in every area of your profession nowadays,” Olney said. “Social media, blogs, and podcasts are the way to go in today’s society.” He also described the 2001 World Series between the New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks as one of his most memorable moments, mainly because it was right after the 9/11 attack. “It was amazing to see George Bush get out there and throw the

Next up was what I felt was the second best session, taught by the “Voice of the Tennessee Titans,” Mike Keith. I really latched on and took note of what this guy had to say, simply because most of it applied to me, since I’m going to be sideline reporting at HSU football games for the next two years, and he’s one of the best in the business. “Capitalize on your opportunities,” he said. “Be in the right place at the right time, and make yourself available.”

He also mentioned, “If you can’t write, you can’t work in broadcasting.” This was one of the biggest quotes I took from Keith, because after taking broadcast journalism last semester, I know how important writing is in the media world today. Some of the other featured writers and radio broadcasters who taught classes were Tyler Kepner, national baseball writer for the New York Times, Lee Jenkins, Sports Illustrated senior writer, Mitch Light, Athlon Sports Magazine editor, and Bill Hill, editor. Each session I attended (five total) brought something new that I was able to pile on top of what I had learned in previous sessions. I believe what I learned at this conference will make a vital impact in my writing/broadcasting skills in the future, and hopefully I made some connections for when I’m looking for a job later on. After the conference ended Saturday around 2:30 p.m., Noga and I went to the Vanderbilt/Arkansas basketball game, and what a game it was. Arkansas hadn’t won a road game all season but was able to come into Memorial Gymnasium and steal an exciting two-point victory, thanks to Michael Qualls clutch three-pointer with just seconds remaining. What a weekend. Our plane left for home Sunday at 11 a.m. As I sat on the plane watching Nashville fade away, I knew I was leaving with a new sense of confidence about my writing and broadcasting. I’m ready to come back to Henderson State and make a difference. It doesn’t matter if the school I’m from is D1, D2, or JUCO. The greatest will stand out regardless of the circumstances.


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AHS and HSU join to celebrate women’s sports Kiana Waits Staff Writer

On National Girls and Women in Sports Day, athletes and coaches, along with the Lady Reddies of HSU and the Lady Badgers of Arkadelphia High School, gathered together in honor of this special day celebrating women in sports. In 1974, tennis legend Billie Jean King founded the Women’s Sports Foundation dedicated to the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity. NGWSD started in 1987 as a single event in the nation’s capital to honor Olympic volleyball star Flo Hyman. It has grown into a nationwide celebration in all fifty states. On Tuesday, February 4, the 28th annual National Girls and Women Sports Day was held at Henderson in the Garrison Lecture Hall. Cherie Buckley, a licensed master social worker, was invited as the pro*Photo by Jeff GIlmore gram’s guest speaker. Buckley gradu- JOINING TOGETHER Sarah Gipson gets ready to run against ated from Arkadelphia High School Cameron University during the Hurry Up Classic. as a three-time All-State volleyball selection. During the program, Buckley said parent.” She became a Lady Reddie for that she grew up as a shy child but Henderson has been celebrating Henderson’s volleyball team and was later found an interest in sports. National Girls and Women in Sports inducted into the HSU Sports Hall of “Sports allowed me to do things Day since 1990. Honor in 1993. that I didn’t allow myself to do,” “Every year we try to get grad She transferred to the University Buckley said. “Sports also taught me speakers to speak at the programs,” of Arkansas in Little Rock to get her leadership skills, dedication, hard Rhonda Thigpen, head volleyball bachelor’s and master’s degrees in so- work, and even how to be a better coach and FCA director, said. “We cial work.

do plan to host another program next year.” Many of the girls were inspired by the program and are looking forward to the next one. “This program gave me a sense of closure that I’m not alone and that it can become complicated to balance sports and school,” Katrina Goulbourne, Henderson volleyball player, said. “This is definitely a program that I will come back to.” Today’s sports have become even more difficult for girls and women. They are now expected to go above and beyond to achieve their goals and set standards for our future generation of girls and women in sports. “Sport is crucial to girls and women for the psychological, physiological and sociological benefits that come from participating,” Angela Hucles, two-time Olympic gold medalist in soccer, said. “Sports shaped me into the person I am today and I am enthusiastic about participating in the 28th National Girls & Women in Sports Day in order to pave the way for continued opportunities for girls and women to participate in sport.” After 24 years of Henderson celebrating this special day, it has made a great impact on girls and women in sports. “I feel that I have made an impact on girls and women in sports by achieving my goals and showing them that can do it,” Buckley said.

Softball wins to Central Missouri in Hurry Up Classic Troy Mitchell Sports Information

Henderson State scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to beat Central Missouri 4-3 on Friday at the Hurry Up Classic in Arkadelphia, Ark. Trailing 3-0 after the Jennies scored two runs in the top of the inning, Ashlyn White led off the inning with a home run to right field to begin the comeback. Kailey Johnson continued things for Henderson with her second hit of the game, a base hit to center field. Morgan South then reached on an error with Johnson advancing to third on the play.  With one out, Keirsten Seahorn flied out to right field to score Johnson while advancing South to second.

Alicia Zack tied the game at 3-3 when she laced a double to left center field to score South. After Zack advanced to third on a wild pitch, Kayla Williams dropped down a bunt single to plate Zack and put Henderson on top 4-3.  Central Missouri mounted a threat in the seventh-inning getting back-toback two-out singles by Braylyn Bivens and Ali Jo Rogers. Rogers broke for second on the play with Bivens attempting score. However, HSU catcher Amber Klug made a great play at the plate to apply the tag to Bivens and end the game.  Hannah Bender entered the game in relief of Cagen Medlock to pick up the win. Medlock, however, re-entered the game in the seventh to pick up the save. In game two, Missouri Western pitcher Jackie Bishop struck

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IN THE CLUTCH Ashlyn White pitched yesterday against Cameron where the Lady Reddies won 12-7 in the Hurry Up Classic after two games were cancelled due to weather.

Reddies fall to SNU in OT Troy Mitchell Sports Information

Southern Nazarene outscored Henderson State 7-0 in the final 1:22 of overtime to beat the Reddies 86-82 on Thursday in Bethany, Okla. After Kevin Kozan gave Henderson State an 82-79 lead with a threepoint field goal at the 1:22 mark, SNU forced two key turnovers with CJ Smith scoring six of his game-high 39 points in the final 82 seconds to give the Crimson Storm the win. It was a game that featured 14 ties and 21 lead changes with neither team having more than a six-point lead. Henderson State, 10-12 overall and 6-8 in the Great American Conference, took a 38-34 lead into the locker room at the half. Southern Nazarene held a 72-70 with 31 seconds left in regulation after Quan Conner hit a three-point

field goal. Taylor Smith then forced the game into overtime with a short jumper with 19 seconds remaining. In overtime, the Crimson Storm built a three-point lead midway through the extra period, but Melvin Haynes and Kozan hit back-to-back three-point field goals to put the Reddies back on top. However, it was the final points that Henderson would score. Smith ended the game with 23 points to lead the Reddies while Reggie Murphy scored 18 points with Melvin Haynes having 13. Henderson State finished the game shooting 47 percent from the field making 29-of-62 shots. Henderson State returns to the court next Thursday as the Reddies play host to Harding. Tip-off set for 7:30 at the Duke Wells Center.

out nine Lady Reddie batters and allowed five hits as the Griffons beat Henderson State 5-1. Henderson’s lone run came in the third inning on a solo home run by Tricia Hock.  Johnson went 3-for-6 on the afternoon to lead the Henderson State offense while Klug, White, Zack, and

Hock all had two hits each. Henderson State will next play a pair of games on Saturday with the Lady Reddies facing Lincoln University. The games will start at 9 a.m. followed by a 3 p.m. start against Cameron at Dee White Field in Arkadelphia, Ark.

02/10/14 Issue  

HSU Oracle

02/10/14 Issue  

HSU Oracle