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Robocop Reboot

Our very own JD Roberts offers his opinion to this latest movie rehash.

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2014

HENDERSON STATE UNIVERSITY

VOLUME 107, ISSUE 21

In The Fold

Historian highlights civil rights event Rickey Miller Staff Writer

Most couples are congratulated on their wedding days, but Richard and Mildred Loving were arrested after their wedding in 1958. Dr. Charles Robinson, professor of history and vice provost for diversity at the University of Arkansas, told their story during his lecture at the First Created Equal event in the Garrison Lecture Hall on Thursday. His lecture focused on interracial relationships and the effects that “The Loving Story” had on miscegenation laws and the nation. On June 2, 1958, Richard Loving, a Caucasian man, and his part-African American and part-Cherokee fiancée, Mildred Jeter, journeyed from Virginia to Washington D.C. and got married. The couple then moved back to Virginia where they were arrested and tried for miscegenation. In today’s society, it seems like a simple marriage, but in 1958, it was illegal in 21 states for people of two different races to marry. The couple was sentenced to one year in prison, or they could leave Virginia. They could only return separately or after 25 years. They moved to D.C., but the couple often missed their families and secretly traveled together to their hometown of Caroline County, VA to see them. Mildred received advice from her cousin to write a letter to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. She wrote the letter, but he directed her to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) where Mildred received help from two lawyers: Bernard S. Cohen and Philip J. Hirschkop. These two young men were responsible that the Loving’s case went to the Supreme Court and was over-

turned. The court ruled that the charges were unconstitutional on June 12, 1967, nine years after their conviction. The Loving’s case helped the nation’s relationships and counties today. “In 2010, the US has 25 times more interracial counties than in the 1960’s, according to the 2010 census,” Robinson said. Robinson was first concerned with the miscegenation laws while on the campus of Rice University in 1988. “I went to a predominantly white school where I first ran into miscegenation and its laws on campus, and my conscience wanted to know why people would want to prevent other people from loving each other,” he said. Robinson is an expert on miscegenation in the United States and wrote four books on the subjects of race, equality, and sex and two books on miscegenation. These two books are: “Forsaking All Others: A True Story of Interracial Sex and Revenge in the 1880’s South” and “Dangerous Liaisons: Sex and Love in the Segregated South.” Robinson has been a college teacher for over 19 years and is presently an associate professor of history and the director of the African American studies at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He has been awarded the Fulbright College Master Teacher Award, the Arkansas Alumni Distinguished Teacher Award, and the Student Alumni Board Teacher of the Year Award. He has also been cited for excellence and inducted into the university’s Teaching Academy. In 2006, the Black Students Association honored him with the Lonnie R. Williams Bridging Excellence Award and in January 2008, he was given the Martin

Luther King Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award by the Fayetteville MLK committee. Robinson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history at the University of Houston. He earned a master’s degree in history at Rice University and a doctorate degree in history at the University of Houston, according to the University of Arkansas’s website. Nearly 50 years later, the language used in the Loving’s case is used in gay rights and marriage cases, for example US vs. Windsor in 2013. The cases are different, but the same language says certain people can date but not marry. During a question and answer period, an unidentified Henderson professor asked Dr. Robinson where he thought Americans are today on miscegenation and separation. “I am not sure, because at America’s finest hour, 11:00 a.m. Sunday, we are the most separated,” he said.

An alleged bomb threat was overheard by a patron of a local health club, leading to an investigation. Although there was no official evidence of a plan to blow up the school, Arkadelphia police still took precautions. According to the Daily Siftings Herald, a man at health club overheard a phone conversation with the suspect threatening to “blow up Henderson State University.” The local newspaper also stated that the suspect’s reason was either for receiving a bad grade or failing school. According to the Arkadelphia police report, the complainant, Morocco Arnold, reported the incident and said that he sasid seen the suspect earlier that morning at around 8:00 a.m. in McBrien Hall, although he did not know the suspect. A university spokesperson said there was no “credible evidence” of a bomb threat. If this incident were to have taken place, Henderson’s police would have followed certain procedures to assure everyone’s safety. “Henderson police officers and supervisors have received training in compliance with the National Incident Management System (NIMS). When a serious incident occurs that causes an immediate threat to the campus, the first responders to the scene are usually the

HSUPD. Typically, HSUPD and APD respond and work together to manage the incident. Depending on the nature of the incident, other departments and other local or federal agencies could also be involved in responding to the incident,” Henderson’s annual security and safety reports say. Policies also outline how the chief of police, Johnny Campbell, and President Glendell Jones would manage the threat. “The chief of police and office of the president will without delay and, taking into account the safety of the community, determine the content of the notification and first responders, compromise the efforts to assist a victim or to contain, and respond to or otherwise mitigate the emergency,” administrative office files and Henderson immediate threat policies say. If a student made a threat toward the school, he or she would be penalized for it. “There are to two types of penalties that can be imposed—criminal and school based,” Campbell said. “Criminal penalties would depend on what the individual is convicted of and schoolrelated penalties will depend on the outcome of a student justice hearing.” Criminal penalties can range from time in prison to probation. According to one federal law, anyone who calls or emails a false bomb threat may face up to ten years in prison. An-

Check out Hunter Lively’s coverage of nen’s basketball from last week as well as his coverage of the Lady Reddies’ heartbreaking OT loss Saturday afternoon.

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Portrait unveiling

*photo by Ryan Klare

HONORED Betty Gentry accompanied President Jones to unveil a portrait of her late husband, Dr. William Gentry, who co-founded Henderson’s Honors College.

Empty threat prompts student to call police Staff reports The Oracle

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other federal law dealing with hoaxes provides for a sentence of a maximum of five years in prison. Although there was no evidence of a bomb, students can still take caution. “If there was a bomb threat to take place on campus, then I would go home until officials say it’s safe to return back to campus,” Ayanna Willis, freshman psychology major, said. Some students feel unprepared for how to deal with a threat. “I would panic and freak out and wouldn’t be sure what to do,” Megan Goodwin, freshman radiology major, said. “I think that we should have bomb threat drills at least once a semester so that we know what to do in situations like this.” In cases like this, Henderson’s RAVE alert systems would notify students through texts and emails. “We just installed new sirens, and they were tested Wednesday,” Tonya Smith, executive director of marketing and communications, said. The sirens are going to be implemented every time there is an emergency situation, Smith said. The siren loudspeakers can also give students emergency information. Henderson threat policies encourage students, faculty, and staff members to submit their phone numbers and email addresses to the RAVE alert system to insure their own safety. Reporting by Kiana Waits

Features “Melancholy Play” opened last week to the pleasure of students and faculty. Ashley Smith’s review clues everyone in on the play that has a melancholy cast that makes a peculiar transformation

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Richard Lacefield’s senior exhibit went on display last week. It can be seen on the second floor of the Huie Library until the end of the month.

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Diversions

MiSSiLE’s fractured panels implore students to seek out MiSSiLE comics on the web.

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Find more news and information online at WWW.HSUORACLE.COM Monday

Tuesday

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Wednesday

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Thursday

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Friday

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INDEX Features: 2 | Features: 3 | Opinions: 4 | Diversions: 5 | Sports: 6

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‘RoboCop’ leaves audiences yearning for ‘87 JD Roberts Contributing Editor

Let’s be honest, I’ve ranted and raved about remakes, reboots, reimaginings, retellings and re-stylings way too much in this paper. It is easy to take cheap shots at companies that want to make a quick buck and gain a new franchise by taking great, old stuff and ruining it. Like I’ve said before, not all remakes are bad. Some of them are great. Even one of the greatest movies ever made is technically a remake. That’s right, if you look closely, the first “Star Wars,” is a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s “The Hidden Fortress.” Remakes should take what’s great about a movie and make it better. But when Hollywood takes a classic movie like 1987’s “RoboCop,” and makes it flashy, cool and hollow, that’s a problem. This movie, which is being called “RoboCop,” takes place in the near future, where everyone in America is, to quote Samuel L. Jackson’s character, “robophobic.” OmniCorp is the leading robotics company in the world and is hoping to put their robots on the street for protection. The problem is this thing called the Dreyfus Act, which prevents OmniCorp and CEO Raymond Sellars, played by Michael Keaton, from achieving their goal. Looking for a way to sway the people, Sellars decides to put a man in a machine. He finds his man in Alex Murphy, a policeman who has been critically

*Photo courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn Mayer

ROBOPHOBIA The latest failed reboot to come out of Hollywood features a subpar ‘RoboCop.’ The character that thrilled audiences in 1987 failed to grow better with time in 2014. injured in an explosion. Once he is up and operational, Murphy is trained as RoboCop, but it seems that his humanity is getting in the way of programming. This is fixed with a few quick strokes of the keys, and now Murphy is completely emotionless. The only thing that remains is the shell of the man that use to be there. Now Murphy must deal with the struggle between his humanity and his programming before he loses ev-

*Photo courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn Mayer

erything, including himself. This movie isn’t all bad. The acting is pretty good, but that’s easy to say when you have great actors in the cast. Keaton is good but underused. Jackson embraces his fun side and creates a great caricature. The best actor in the cast has to be Gary Oldman who plays the doctor behind Murphy’s transformation. His character is the most interesting, and even though his development is all over the place, you find yourself wanting to see more of him. Joel Kinnaman is no Peter Weller. He doesn’t even come close, but his performance isn’t terrible. He is just another good-looking face who is supposed to draw in a younger demographic. While most of the effects looked good, some of them looked unfinished. A movie that cost 130 million dollars to make shouldn’t have this problem, especially a movie that relies so heavily on them. The whole movie felt rushed. They’ve been trying to do this movie

since 2005, but it feels like they tried to make and release it as quickly as possible. The worse part of this movie is how empty it feels. What made the original so great was the grittiness and the satire that Paul Verhoeven injected into the film. Even though the movie was cheesy and the violence was over the top, it said something. This version of “RoboCop,” is nothing but flashy effects, big names and poor storytelling. It’s as if they took the original and did the same thing they did to Alex Murphy. They took away the life and spirit of the movie and left us with a 130 million dollar shell. If you want to see a film with a lot of effects and cool action, with some classic one-liners forced into the dialogue, then by all means go see this movie. If you want protect the sanctity of the classic, then just stay home and pop in your copy of the bloodsquib festival known as “RoboCop.” Now that’s something I’d buy for a dollar.

Senior show mixes pottery and photography Kenison Holmes Staff Writer

Brick and mortar walls, a raven, knurled trees, confusion and an internal struggle­—this is what some might see when they visit Richard Lacefield’s senior exhibition at the Huie Library this month. The display is exhibited on the library’s second floor façade. Richard Lacefield, a senior in graphics art, is completing his right of passage by displaying his works in the library. He has combined old and new with his mix media artworks, photography and handspun pottery. The technological convergence of art media comes from Richard’s start at Henderson. He enrolled to become a graphics art professional but found interest in ceramics during his sophomore year. Richard incorporates digital imagery decals and stonework in his art by using a blue glaze and a rust color left by the decals. His utilitarian pottery has a white glaze allowing the natural colors of the stone to come through. All the stone tiles in the art are handmade, dried, and then fired in a kiln with a glazing. Lacefield applies a digital image decal, and the stonework is put back into a kiln for another bake. During this firing, all plastic remnants of the decal are

burned away. What is left is a permanent image of the decal in the stonework. The process of completing one of the works takes over a week. To keep the process moving, Lacefield would tackle the digital imagery while the stonework baked. The collection of art takes on a depressive form and shows images of futile escape, relinquishment, disorientation and a scream for answers. What might stick out to the viewer is the common symbol of a raven in many of the pieces on display. “The raven is a symbol of depression, and I wanted to use it to unify the exhibit,” Lacefield said. The title of the exhibit is “Melancholy,” which is a feeling of sadness. “The work shows different aspects of the effects of clinical depression that differ and with individuals who suffer from depression,” Lacefield said. “I wanted to display all of these aspects in my exhibit.” Anyone who visits is welcome to sign and leave a message for the artist in a book located in the façade. “This was a fascinating show, filled with interest technique. I love the clay pictures,” someone had written in the book. Many other students and faculty have visited the exhibition, often finding the specific piece titled “Melancholy” as a favorite. The piece consists of a decal of a twisted tree baked in the stonework of tile. There are many other wonderful pieces to view like one titled “Free-

*Photo courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn Mayer

EYES HAVE IT A close-up photo of Richard Lacefield’s art in his ‘Melancholy’ show gives a glimpse into the mind of the digital art major. The senior exhibition is on display in the library. dom.” “The clay tiles have a feeling of a brick wall, and the image translates escaping from a hole in the wall,” Beverly Buys, photography professor, said. “The colors are simple but strong. I feel it fits the subject.” The art on display is for sale, and many have already been sold but will remain on display until the exhibition is over. If anyone is interested in purchasing any of the artwork, they may contact Lacefield via email to reserve the piece. His email can be

located through the student directory. Lacefield will soon be graduating. He is undecided as to furthering his education but has plans to move to a more central location in Arkansas where he can open a studio. He also has a passion for music and would like the opportunity to give it a try as well. “We’ll see what happens and go from there,” he said. He is keeping his options open and continuing a positive outlook for whatever may come in his future.


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‘Melancholy Play’ proves an exciting farce Ashley Smith Staff Writer

It is not often that one sees a play where people turn into almonds. On the evening of Feb. 20, that is exactly what happened in Arkansas Hall Studio Theater where students from Henderson State’s theater department debuted “Melancholy Play” by Sarah Ruhl. Not many people knew what to expect when they first walked into the theater. Window frames were strung from the ceiling, and a chair, a chaise and a table sat upon the stage. White, fluffy clouds were painted against a blue sky in the background. The title did not indicate anything except maybe the mood of the play. The audience was in for a pleasant surprise. Set in present day Illinois, the play focuses on a young girl named Tilly, a bank teller played by Sarah Miller who attends therapy because she always feels melancholy. Her therapist is a heavily accented and humorous Lorenz, played by Jason Lane Moore. Frank, played by CJ Bernard, is Tilly’s tailor and love interest. Later in the play, Tilly befriends a nurse named Joan, played by Anna Brantley, and a beauty shop owner called Frances who is played by Jordan Sereal. All of the characters fall in love with Tilly while she is sad and question her when she becomes happy. Frances even turns into an almond, because she becomes so melancholy.

*Photos by Jeffery Gilmore

AND THE INFINITE SADNESS CJ Bernard, Anthony McBride and Jordan Sereal appeared in press photos wearing their characters’ costumes. The play follows Tilly, played by Sarah Miller (below), as she travels around spreading her melancholy to a hairdresser, a therapist, a nurse and a tailor. The play is showing tonight, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Arkansas Hall Studio Theater. A prominent message throughout the play involves the way people glamorize sadness and love the people who are sad. Although the plot is serious, certain aspects of the play, such as overdramatic acting and witty lines, are facetious. Some of the jokes and references made throughout the performance are difficult to understand, but the

audience had many laugh-out-loud moments. A lot of the play is very abstract. “I thought the concept was hard to follow,” Rachel Smith, a sophomore accounting major, saiid. “I’m wondering what the almond really meant. The actors did a really good job. The play was just hard to completely understand.” Most students agreed with this

reaction. “I thought the play was good and full of meaning. It showed a connection between people.” Garrett Polston, freshman engineering major, said. The majority of the audience seemed to enjoy the play without completely understanding it. The confusion was probably caused by the multiple almond references and the juxtaposition of the serious plot with the comical lines. “Melancholy Play” ended strangely with the actors holding hands and spinning in a circle in an attempt to save Frances from being an almond. Then, suddenly, the figure in the background throughout the play came alive, and the audience learned his name was Julian, played by Anthony McBride. The actors received a well-deserved standing ovation at the end of the play. All of them played their parts perfectly and delivered their lines brilliantly. William Henshaw, professor of theatre arts, was the director of the play. The play will run through Feb. 28, every night at 7:30 p.m. and lasts about an hour and a half without an intermission. It provides a collection of jokes for everyone and abstract references for deep thinkers. Overall, the play is very entertaining and worth a watch.

City Year offers a chance to help U.S. public schools Dax Guilliams Staff Writer

Do you want to make money while helping others? City Year, a program that recently came to campus, is offering such an opportunity for those willing to join. City Year is a non-profit organization developed to unite students of various backgrounds for a year of full-time service helping students continue their studies and graduate high school. City Year has its members attend schools around the country to engage in one-on-one service and provide whatever help the students may need. “It helps benefit the community, and it helps you benefit yourself,” Lucas Sepaugh, freshman music education major, said. “You get the satisfaction of helping others while strengthening your studies.” In 1988, Harvard Law School students Michael Brown and Alan

Khazei believed that students providing community service could make a difference to the nation. They founded City Year with the belief that people truly can make a difference in the lives of others. The program’s main focus is combating the national dropout crisis. Their ultimate goal is to make sure that high school students reach the 10th grade on time. By providing extra help to public schools, City Year plans to assist students with attendance, behavior and excellence in math and English courses. They want to give students the opportunity to improve their performance over the course of just a few years. Since the organization was founded, City Year’s members have completed over twenty million service hours and have aided over one million children. Upon completing their service, members will receive a scholarship worth over five thousand dollars. The organization also provides child-

care coverage to those who qualify. Members will receive a stipend to help with living expenses during their time with the program. The stipend is based on the location where they will be working. “Nothing means more to me than providing New York’s children with the tools they need to succeed in the classroom and in life, and no organization has done a better job of helping me achieve this goal than City Year,” Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City, wrote on City Year‘s official website. New York City is just one of the few places in the country that has received City Year’s help. The organization currently serves in over 20 cities across the nation and also in Johannesburg, South Africa and London, England. “We are one of the few datadriven, non-profit organizations in the country,” Mary Hampo, regional recruitment director for City Year, said. Hampo arrived on campus last week to talk to students who were

interested in the program. Over fifty students spoke with Hampo, which left a serious impression on her. “I’ve never had this popular of a response on a campus,” she said. Due to the large interest in the organization, City Year will be returning to Henderson later in the semester. If students are interested in signing up, they can speak with Hampo when she returns to the campus or visit the organization’s website, www. cityyear.org, for more information. The website provides information about the organization’s goals, jobs and benefits that students can receive. City Year also has a Facebook page, Twitter account, blog and YouTube channel that can all be accessed from the main page of their website. There are many ways students can give help to others and make extra money for their studies, and City Year provides both. There are over two thousand positions to fill and it can provide an unforgettable experience.


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Climate change deniers come with a cost Reg Henry Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Startling news on the climate change front: The climate is changing, yes, but so is the way of getting the word out to those who don’t go outdoors much. It seems that a retired billionaire investor is making plans to spend as much as $100 million on attack ads during the 2014 election season, seeking to pressure politicians of various stripes to enact climate change legislation. Or so says The New York Times, which identifies nature’s benefactor as Tom Steyer, a Democrat and founder of one of the world’s most successful hedge funds. This month, he reportedly gathered two dozen rich, environmentally minded folks to his ranch in Pescadero, Calif., where prime grassfed beef are raised, to seek their financial contributions for a campaign described as “hard edge.” Some critics will seize on the fact that cattle are notoriously flatulent, thus contributing to methane gas in the global atmosphere as well as making life uncomfortable for the

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poor cowboys downwind. Indeed, some naturalists believe that “moo” is a cow expression meaning, “Sorry, I stepped on a frog.” But I don’t think the world needs to be free from cattle in order to be saved, if sensible choices are made in finding alternative energy supplies. Besides, are cattle any more flatulent than politicians? I think not. Certainly, there is plenty of bull in Congress. The report of hardedged attack ads is what concerns me. I am not one for ads with any kind of a political message. When I sit down in front of the TV, it is be entertained. It is not to be lectured by groups with unlikely names (Americans for Better Mannered Cattle, say) who are funded by whoknows-who to further an agenda of who-knows-what. Of course, a person like myself would not be the target of ads taking legislators to task for doing nothing on climate change. I am not a lawmaker (we are all blessed) and I believe in climate change because I must regularly shovel my driveway in a region that has received much more snow than usual this year. Even as I shovel, California is in the grip of a terrible drought, while

in England storms have brought devastating floods that have caused cases of mold on stiff upper lips as they form the desperate words, “I say, it is horridly wet today.” In Australia, where it is summer, the weather recently was so hot that thousands of bats fell from the sky. (Apparently they couldn’t fly and fan themselves at the same time.) At the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, antiperspirants had to be put on the tennis balls so they wouldn’t sweat. (The players were on their own.) I exaggerate somewhat, but there is a popping kernel of truth in these observations. As even Little Nellie and her dog know, extreme weather is the new normal now. Unfortunately, many Americans were away the day the teacher taught the difference between weather and climate. They see more snow outside, they think the whole world is getting colder. They don’t understand that extreme weather (hot or cold) is one of the predicted symptoms of climate change, even as the greenhouse world grows hotter. This is what the scientific community gets for calling it global warming for years; true enough but a

hard PR sell for someone with icicles up his nose. Still, there are worse things than having poor PR skills. Unfortunately, scientists are accused of those things, too. Why do climate-deniers hate and mistrust scientists so much? My theory (unscientific) is that someone in a white coat gave the deniers a shot when they were young after saying, “This may hurt a little” and then it hurt a lot. Whatever it was, I seriously wonder if hard-core deniers will ever be moved by an ad campaign (hard-edged or otherwise) to see the evidence of their own eyes without their ideological blinkers on. I don’t like to second-guess a billionaire, but if I had millions to spend I’d just a hire a team of large people to go out and start hitting deniers over the head with two-byfours (don’t worry, no chance of hurting their brains) until they realize something is happening. Instead, the job will be left to hard-edged Mother Nature, who will try to get their attention with hundred-year hurricanes, droughts, blizzards, floods, snowfalls, heat waves and, with luck, a biblical plague of boils. That might do it if nothing else will.


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DIVERSIONS

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SPORTS

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Men’s basketball results from last week Hunter Lively Staff writer

HSU VS. Harding After a postponed game with Harding due to a scoreboard malfunction, the Reddies were busy last week. Three games in six days is no easy task, but luckily each one was at home at Duke Wells Center. Charles Wesley, a freshman guard from Cedar Hill, Texas, proved to be the go-to-guy for the Reddies during the stretch as he scored a career high 22 points against Harding University last Monday. Wesley’s previous high was 11 against Harding earlier in the season when the Reddies travelled to Searcy and played them on their home court. Harding came into the game notorious for their three-point shooting, having made 16 in their previous game against Southwestern Oklahoma. The Reddies stood tall, however, as HSU jumped out to ten point lead at half with Wesley pouring in 12 first half points. “We knew it would be a tough game from start to finish,” Wesley said. “The team has come closer together as a family with all the adversity this year.” The Reddies also had big games from Reggie Murphy, Kevin Kozan, and Bryan Umoro, all three pitching in double-digit scoring efforts. As the second half progressed, Harding started heating up from the three-point line and clawed its way back into the game as their guard Weston Jameson connected on four of six three-pointers. As regulation came to a close, the Reddies were hanging on to a three point lead with just seconds remaining, but Harding’s John Hudson banked in a three as time expired to tie the game and send it to overtime. Five points apiece in the overtime period from Wesley and senior guard Melvin Haynes, combined with solid defense, propelled the Reddies to their seventh conference win of the season. “I’m proud of how the younger guys played tonight,” Doug Nichols, head coach, said. “Our guys were able to fight through the pressure late and get the win. We needed to win a close game after losing so many one possession games this year.”

*Photo by Kristine Moore

GET A STOP Henderson State’s Kevin Kozan guards against Harding. The Reddies won 91-88 in the make-up game that was previously canceled due to a broken scoreboard.

Henderson State

VS. Southwestern Oklahoma State

On Thursday night, the Reddies faced the visiting Bulldogs from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Coming into the game, the Bulldogs were ranked 2nd in the GAC standings with an 11-5 record. The first half was a defensive battle as the Reddies clung to a 30-27 lead at half with Deoirvay Johnson totaling nine points and Taylor Smith eight. HSU’s lead got as large as nine points as they led 51-42 with 12 minutes remaining. However, Southwestern would answer with a 12-2 run and tied the game at 53 with seven minutes to play. The teams traded buckets on almost every possession from this point, and with less than a minute remaining, Murphy slammed home a dunk to put the Reddies up 62-60. Gary Inglett was fouled on SWOSU’s next possession and made both of his free throw attempts sending the game into overtime. Both teams struggled shooting the ball in overtime as neither team could

muster more than five points. Wesley came up big again as his running jumper in the lane tied the game at 66 and sent the game into a second overtime. The Reddie shooting woes continued in the second overtime as SWOSU went on a 9-0 run thanks to clutch free throw shooting down the stretch. The Bulldogs tough defense in the closing minutes proved too tough for the Reddies to overcome as Southwestern came out on top 79-74.

Henderson State

VS. Northwestern Oklahoma State

On Saturday, the Reddies faced the Rangers of Northwestern Oklahoma State University. It was senior day at Wells Gymnasium as Johnson and Haynes were honored for their time at HSU between the women’s and men’s games. Haynes got off to a hot start connecting on back-to-back three-pointers in the first three minutes of the game to give HSU an early 8-6 lead. After picking up two quick fouls, Haynes was forced to sit most of the half, but Johnson stepped up and pro-

vided 12 first half points for the Reddies. Murphy also contributed eight first half points. Henderson led at the break, 47-35. Northwestern would start the second half on a 15-3 run tying the game at 50 with 16 minutes remaining. The next four minutes saw four different lead changes. Umoro , Johnson, and Ryan Yeates got hot offensively, and all three hit jumpers after that span to give the Reddies a 61-56 lead. NWOSU climbed right back in, though, as Adrian Motley converted an “and one” opportunity closing the Reddie lead to just two points. The Rangers regained a two point lead as their center Bruce Wright scored four straight points pushing them ahead 63-61. Wright would lead the Rangers in scoring on the night with 29 points, also collecting 10 boards. After pushing the lead out to eight, the Rangers maintained the lead throughout the remainder of the second half. The Reddies pulled it as close as two at the 4:32 mark but couldn’t get enough stops down the stretch to make a comeback. NWOSU won 9177. The Reddies were outscored 56 to 30 in the second half and were outrebounded 42-27 in the game. “We’ll be in here Sunday on our off day, getting shots up,” Johnson said. “We’ve gotta look past this game, prepare and get ready for Thursday’s game against OBU.” Johnson also commented on his time here at Henderson. “I’ve grown a lot in the past three years, on and off the court,” he said. “I wanted to come in this year and make sure I was the best teammate I could be by helping the younger guys out.” Johnson led HSU with 16 points and pulled down five boards. Taylor Smith contributed 11 points, and Murphy and Haynes each had 10. The Reddies finished the week with a 1-2 record, moving their overall record to 11-15 and 7-11 in the GAC. They will travel across the street on Thursday for the second game of the Southern Bancorp “Battle of the Ravine” and face the OBU Tigers. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m against the Tigers.

Lady Reddies lose 99-97 in overtime Hunter Lively Staff Writer

Henderson State (13-11, 8-10 GAC) took on visiting Northwestern Oklahoma State University (6-18, 6-12 GAC) on Saturday afternoon at Duke Wells Center. After a thrilling overtime victory against Southwestern Oklahoma State on Thursday, the Lady Reddies faced yet another overtime game against NWOSU but came out on the wrong end, losing 99-97. Coming into the game, Aungelique Sledge needed only two three-pointers to set the all-time Henderson State record for most three-pointers made in a season. The Lady Reddies jumped out to an early 18-9 lead as Vanessa Pieper scored four quick points, jumping in front of an errant Lady Ranger pass and taking it the distance for an easy layup with 14 minutes remaining. On the following possession, she drove the right side of the lane for a layup in traffic. After nailing her first three-pointer of the game just three minutes in, Sledge broke the record previously held by Mandy Hill at the 10:05 mark with her second of the game and 71st of the season. This gave the Reddies a 30-18 lead. The Lady Rangers would answer with a 19-2 run, taking a 33-32 lead at the 5:35 mark with sharp shooting from Dierra Gilmore and the inside

presence of Kamera Bozeman. The lead would be pushed out to five before Sledge found Dulincia Keener cutting behind the zone defense for a layup at the 3:37 mark, trimming the lead back to three. At halftime, Northwestern led 4635. Krystal Beachum and Jasmine Settles led the way for the Lady Reddies at the break with eight points apiece. A big second half for Sledge paved the way for a Lady Reddie comeback as her third three-pointer of the game pulled HSU within four at the 16:18 mark. Sledge single-handedly took over and put the Lady Reddies on top 7067 with a pair of steals on back-toback possessions, taking one for a layup and dishing the second to Settles for an easy deuce. The Lady Reddies would turn up the defensive pressure after taking the lead, forcing steals on the next two Lady Ranger possessions and converting both to easy points as Krystal Beachum was on the receiving end of two Sledge assists. NWOSU would hang close, however, as Bozeman continued to use her size to an advantage inside. She led the Lady Rangers in scoring with 33 points. With 27 seconds remaining, Beachum drove the lane and scored from the left block to give the Lady Reddies an 85-84 lead. On the next Lady Ranger possession, Bozeman was fouled on a shot

attempt with only eight seconds on the clock but only made one of her two attempts, tying the game. The Lady Reddies were unable to get a shot off following the missed free throw by Bozeman and would be headed to their second straight overtime game. In the overtime period, Beachum, the team’s lone senior, took over. She tallied eight of the teams 12 points in the extra period. Bozeman fouled out at the 1:21 mark as Keener drove in and attempted a layup. She was able to convert both free throws and give HSU a 9794 lead. NWOSU would answer, tying the game at 97 as Relina Johnson converted an “and one” opportunity.The Lady Reddies came up short on their next possession, and NWOSU called a timeout with 23.5 seconds to play. The Lady Rangers drew up a play for Gilmore to drive the lane, and she connected on a layup with 5.5 seconds, giving NWOSU a 99-97 lead. HSU was unable to come up with an answer, and the Lady Rangers prevailed.Beachum led the Lady Reddies with 33 points, also chipping in 11 rebounds. Sledge had 26 points, hitting six of her 12 attempts from behind the arc, along with four assists and three steals. Settles pitched in 12 points, and Taylor Washington 10. The Lady Reddies travel across the street to play the Lady Tigers of

Ouachita on Thursday in the second part of the Southern Bancorp “Battle of the Ravine.” Tipoff is slated for 5:30 p.m.

*Photo by Ryan Klare

JUMP SHOT Ariana Caffey from Chino Hills, Calif. jumps up to shoot the ball for two in the Thursday game against Southwestern Oklahoma where the Lady Reddies won 101-97.

02/24/14 Issue  

HSU Oracle

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