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The Newspaper of Lamar University

Vol. 94, No. 13 January 25, 2018

Women stretch home win streak to 22 Barrs leads nation in steals as Lady Cards top SHSU in SLC action Cassandra Jenkins UP managing editor

The Lamar University women’s basketball team continued to accomplish the impossible as they set several records, Saturday, in a 91-44 victory over Sam Houston in Southland Conference action. The Lady Cardinals took down the Lady Bearkats at the Montagne Center to defend their nest in their 22nd-straight home victory. “It’s been a year and a half now that we have defended our home court,” head coach Robin Harmony said. “We say that this is our nest and we want to defend the nest. That is what we hang our hat on — defense. “People are going to try to come in here and play their best game against us to take that record away. We have to take it one game at a time and make sure that we have pride and we don’t let anyone sneak up on us.” Harmony said besides defending the nest, the team also needs to focus on winning road

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Lamar’s Chastadie Barrs takes on an SHSU defender in Saturday’s 91-44 Southland Conference victory in the Montagne Center. Barrs leads the nation in total steals and average steals a game. games. “We’re 6-1 in conference and everything that we’ve done up until now is to prepare ourselves for conference play,” she said. “We lost one on the road,

Cooper’s REDtalk to discuss time management Sierra Kondos UP staff writer

College students often find time management to be a challenge. REDtalks will hold a time management presentation, Wednesday, on the sixth floor of Gray Library. The speaker will be Speech and Hearing major, Meagan Cooper. “Students find managing time as stressful because they aren’t putting things into perspective,” Cooper said. “They also do not use time managing systems like agendas, calendars or helpful apps on their phones. The students can look forward to a 45-minute power point presentation and a structured chart that I will show the students how to apply to their everyday lives.” This REDtalk will provide students with time management tactics to help them adapt to the college setting and excel academically. For more information visit www.

but we’re still in the thick of where we want to be for conference. We just can’t drop another game.” Harmony said a tough preseason schedule has helped the

team in preparing for games on the road. “We played three DCS opponents on the road,” she said. “We travelled a lot and that prepared us for the beginning of

our conference where four out of five games were all road games. So that got us ready for that schedule. It all worked out. See BASKETBALL, page 7

Cupcakes on campus Entrepreneur Johnny Earle to present at LU lecture series Olivia Malick UP staff writer

Entrepreneur Johnny Earle, better known by his brand name Johnny Cupcakes, will appear at the Lamar University Academic Lecture Series, Wednesday, in the University Theatre at 12:30 p.m. The College of Business is hosting the event free of charge, and Johnny will be selling limited LU inspired T-shirts after the event. Earle gained his entrepreneurial spirit from watching his parents commute to and from work, inspiring him to start his own business to have more free time to spend with his loved ones instead of being stuck in traffic. Earle founded 16 different businesses before the age of 16, from lemonade stands to performing magic. After graduating high school, Earle formed a hardcore metal ban with his friends, On Broken Wings, and his friends inspired his future business.

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Entrepreneur Johnny Earl, also known as “Johnny Cupcakes” will present his lecture, Wednesday in the University Theatre at 12:30 p.m.

“My friends used to give me nicknames because anything goes with Johnny, like “Johnny Come-Lately,” when I was late for work,” Earle said. “But “Johnny Cupcakes” is the one that stuck.” As a joke, Earle decided to make a Tshirt with the now famous insignia of a cupcake and crossbones, and began wearing the shirt in public where it garnered attention from passers-by. “I started selling the T-shirts out of my trunk, and when I went on tour with

my band, people all over the country would purchase them,” Earle said. “Guys thought they were funny and girls thought they were cute.” Eventually, Earle said, he could not keep up with the amount of orders he was receiving. “Slowly, but steadily a cult following was brewing so much that my entire house became filled with orders to be shipped internationally,” he said. “My See CUPCAKES, page 2

Utley to lecture about Texas historic commission Cade Smith UP staff writer

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Dan Utley, former Texas Historical Commission Chief Historian, will present “Humor in Aluminum: Twisted Tales from the Texas Historical Marker Files,” at 5 p.m., Monday, on the eighth floor of the Gray Library. The lecture will highlight the Official Texas Historical Marker Program. A reception and book signing will be held prior to the talk. Utley has written several books, including  “History Along the Way,” “History Ahead,”  and  “Faded Glory,” that focus on the broader significance of local history.

“In his lecture, he will explain some of the challenges of maintaining one of the nation’s most successful public history endeavors,” Mary Scheer, director of the Lamar Center for History and Culture of Southeast Texas and the Upper Gulf Coast, said. “In his books he often utilizes historical marker stories, many of them humorous, as a springboard for new perspectives on the past that reach far beyond the roadside interpretations.” The Texas Historical Commission is the state agency for historic preservation. It saves the real places that tell the real stories of Texas, Scheer said.

The staff consults with citizens and organizations to preserve Texas history through its architectural, archeological and cultural landmarks. The agency also is recognized nationally for its preservation programs. “The Texas State Legislature established the agency in 1953 as the Texas State Historical Survey Committee with the task to identify important historic sites across the state,” Scheer said. “The state legislature later changed the agency’s name to the Texas Historical Commission in 1973, and along with the name change came more proSee LECTURE, page 2


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“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language, and next year’s words await another voice.” — T.S. Eliot


Students experience natural forces

January 26

Entrepreneur’s Journey Archer, room 108 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

January 27

West-Orange Stark students learn about natural forces with hands on activities following a screening of the JASON Project, a 45-minute, science-oriented educational video, Friday, in the Center for Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship. JASON was started by the discoverer of the Titanic, Bob Ballard, to get students interested in and excited about science.

Alumni Party Montagne Center, 1st floor 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

January 29

Humor in Aluminum Gray Library, 8th floor 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

January 31

REDtalks: Time Management Gray Library, 6th floor 2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

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whole family became involved, my mom and sister helped fulfill orders while my dad created a storage space in the attic. After hiring friends to help out, the only logical thing to do next was to open a retail store. Johnny Cupcakes is branded as the “world’s first T-shirt bakery,” because from the outside, it looks normal. But when people go inside, instead of being able to order pastries, they can order Tshirts. “I wanted the store to be an unforgettable experience,” he said. “My dad and I transformed my first store location into an old fashioned bakery where I displayed Tshirts in vintage, industrial refrigerators and on baking racks. I even made it smell like frosting. The aesthetic was so con-


vincing that people actually thought they were in a bakery.” Pursuing the T-shirt industry as a career was risky Earle said. He credits his success to his roots and loyal customers. “A food themed clothing brand was weird to many people, but weird is good,” Earle said. “Weird gets people talking. The design caused curiosity and conversation amongst strangers and they bought into it.” As his inside joke became a multi-million dollar business, the company garnered widespread media attention from publications such as Forbes, NPR, BusinessWeek, INC Magazine, Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and more. The brand has also caught the attention of celebrities like Nas, John Stamos and Spike Lee.

“I’ve always taken my advertising budget and put it into building unique experiences through our products, packaging, events and retail environments,” Earle said. “By doing this, people end up doing the advertising for us through word of mouth.” In his talk, Earle will give tips on how to start a business, how to find the creative spirit to drive people to new ideas, and how to create brand loyalty between consumers and the brand itself. “More than anything, I want people to know that they are capable of starting a business from nothing,” he said. “Just do what makes you happy.” For more information, contact the College Business at 880-7804 or on the web at

has important benefits, but it can also result in some interesting exchanges among the various parties involved,” Scheer said. “One of the reasons for the program’s phenomenal success is that the Texas process begins at the county level. In effect, the counties tell the state

what they believe is significant enough to record for the public.” A student lecture will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Landes Auditorium in the Galloway Business Building. For more information, call 880-8518, or email

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tective powers, an expanded leadership role and broader educational responsibilities.” The Official Texas Historical Marker Program boasts more than 17,000 markers, far more than any other state. “It is an important partnership that


The University Press can be read online at Advertising rates can be found on the site, along with practically all information that a person might be looking for.

February 1

Collage Concert University Theatre 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

February 2

Google News Lab Communications, 103 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

February 8

A Dinner and Conversation Gray Library, 8th floor 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

February 8 - 10 The Vertical Hour Studio Theatre 7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

February 13

REDtalks: Gaining Global Competence Galloway, Landes Auditorium 3 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

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Slow days, Slovenian waves

BLED, Slovenia — It is every bit as enchanting in real life as it is in photographs. Sitting in the northwestern part of the country with an area of only 72 miles and a population of just over 6,000, Lake Bled is Slovenia’s most popular tourist destination. The lake is emerald-green, and smack-dab in the middle sits a church on an islet. Circling the lake is the town of Bled. A medieval castle sits

atop a rocky cliff, alongside some of the highest peaks of the Julian Alps. Bled is wonderful to visit during the mid-summer months where watersports, biking and canyoning are all possibilities. However, to beat the tourist scene, visiting the town during the winter months is just as ideal. Coffee shops and restaurants sit along the lakeside where visitors can snuggle up

with a cup of joe, or try Bled’s famous luscious Cream Cake. If one is feeling up to it, the hike to the highest point is serene as birds sing and the church bell rings in the distance. The view from the top is irreplaceable as visitors will be left in awe after getting a panoramic view of the entire lake and surrounding mountains, all in the little town of Bled.

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Predicting year’s musical high notes As an avid music critic in my spare time, I enjoy predicting who will win at the Grammy Awards in the same way other people enjoy predicting the Super Bowl outcome. I look at the

awards show’s history and follow the trends that it has set in awarding artists, whether they have deserved it or not. May the 60th annual Grammy Awards be no different.

ALBUM OF THE YEAR Nominees: “Awaken, My Love!”— Childish Gambino “4:44” — Jay-Z “Damn”— Kendrick Lamar “Melodrama”— Lorde “24K Magic”— Bruno Mars

The 2018 Grammys will be a Jay-Z v. Kendrick Lamar battle, receiving eight and seven nominations, respectively. Both albums garnered critical acclaim, and I wouldn’t be upset if Jay-Z did win, however, Kendrick is long overdue for his AOTY win. He should’ve won in 2016 but lost to Taylor Swift. I think it’s about time the Academy makes it up to him. Aside from that, “Damn” was a damn good album. Kendrick’s work has always been stellar and unique and this album only backs that up. Incredible writing and production make for an emotional showcase that blends 90s rap with a modern day finesse. What will win: “4:44” What should win: “Damn”

RECORD OF THE YEAR “Redbone”— Childish Gambino “Despacito”— Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber “The Story of O.J.”— Jay-Z “Humble”— Kendrick Lamar “24K Magic”— Bruno Mars

“Despacito” dominated the airwaves in 2017, topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a record-tying 16 weeks. It’s catchy and fun, and a great song to dance to — a clear winner for ROTY. But “Redbone” deserves it. 2017 was the year of Donald Glover (a.k.a. Childish Gambino), and rightfully so. When I first heard “Redbone” on the radio, I was mesmerized— I hadn’t heard anything quite like it. It’s unforgettable. What will win: “Despacito” What should win: “Redbone”



Song of the Year seems to follow the trend of awarding the most obvious popular song, so “Despacito” fits the bill, but “1-800-2738255” is an emotional, heart-wrenching song about struggling with, and overcoming depression. The title is the number for the Suicide Prevention Hotline, and after a tear-jerking performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, it was clear that the song meant something to a lot of people. It would be a good opportunity for the Grammys to give the award to a song that touches hearts.

Don’t get me wrong, I like Alessia Cara, but I enjoy Khalid’s music more. Alessia Cara has slowly become a leading lady on the music charts and shows great talent and merit for a woman of only 21, but Khalid is the underdog. At 19, he’s relatively new to the music scene, but by the sound of his album “American Teen,” he’s not going anywhere.

“Despacito”— Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber “4:44”— Jay-Z “Issues”— Julia Michaels “1-800-273-8255”— Logic featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid “That’s What I Like”— Bruno Mars

What will win: “Despacito” What should win: “1-800-273-8255”

Alessia Cara Khalid Lil Uzi Vert Julia Michaels SZA

Who will win: Alessia Cara Who should win: Khalid

BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM “Kaleidoscope EP”— Coldplay “Lust for Life”— Lana Del Rey “Evolve”— Imagine Dragons “Rainbow”— Kesha “Joanne”— Lady Gaga “÷”— Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran is a Grammy darling and it would make perfect sense to give him this award. “÷” is a good album but it isn’t special. “Rainbow” is special. It’s an album that tells a story of trauma, heartbreak, redemption and acceptance with a classic Kesha flair. I’m not just rooting for her because of what she went through— this album is a gem with many songs that showcase a previously unseen side to a performer who people used to regard as trashy. What will win: “÷” What should win: “Rainbow”


BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE “Love So Soft”— Kelly Clarkson “Praying”— Kesha “Million Reasons”— Lady Gaga “What About Us”— Pink “Shape of You”— Ed Sheeran

“Praying” was Kesha’s comeback after a long, defeating trial against music producer Dr. Luke, who Kesha alleges abused her in a multitude of ways. Anyone who heard the song could tell that she was releasing a lot of emotion, and she did it in an anthemic, poignant way that sticks with you long after the song is over. Kesha deserves this. Kesha has earned this. What will win: “Shape of You” What should win: “Praying”

“Bounce Back”— Big Sean “Bodak Yellow”— Cardi B “4:44”— Jay-Z “Humble”— Kendrick Lamar “Bad and Boujee”— Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert

Jay-Z’s response to Beyonce’s “Lemonade” was quite spectacular. The latter let everyone know on her 2016 album about her husband’s betrayal, and it was a media sensation. Everyone wanted to know what was going on between the ultimate power couple. But on his album “4:44,” Jay-Z got to say his piece. He got to apologize, explain and beg for forgiveness. The theme of the album is articulated in its titular track and the vulnerability is palpable. What will win: “4:44” What should win: “4:44”

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UPsports briefs CROSS COUNTRY The Lamar University cross country program placed three senior student-athletes on the Southland Conference AllAcademic team that was announced Dec. 5. Freddie Gasbarri of the LU men’s team was a first-team selection, while Cormac Kelly of the LU men’s team and Evelyn Chavez of the LU women’s squad were second-team choices. Gasbarri, the 2016 Southland Conference Men’s Student-Athlete of the Year for cross country, has a 4.0 GPA in engineering science. Gasbarri helped the Cardinals win their fifth straight Southland Conference men’s cross-country title by placing 11th at the conference championships. Kelly has a 3.6 GPA in business administration. He placed seventh at the SLC championships. Chavez, the 2016 Southland Conference Women’s CrossCountry Runner of the Year, finished eighth at this year’s SLC meet. She has a 3.297 GPA in nursing. MEN’S TENNIS The home portion of the 2018 schedule did not get off to the start that the youthful Lamar University men's tennis team wanted, Friday, falling to Denver, 6-1, on a cold, windy afternoon at the Thompson Family Tennis Center. The loss drops Big Red to 0-3 on the season, with all three of its losses to start the year coming against teams who participated in the 2018 NCAA Championships. The doubles point came down to the second match of the afternoon. After the Pioneers picked up a 6-3 victory on court No. 1, they only needed to take one of the final two matches for the point. The other two matches were close with neither team able to gain a sizeable cushion. The Cardinals' duo of senior Benny Schweizer and freshman Nicolas Mayr grabbed a lead late,

6-5, on court No. 2, but the match was halted when freshmen Roy Stepanov and Carlos Paton Canal were edged out by Denver's Wyatt Lovera and Fernandez Del Valle on court three. Opening the singles competition down a point, the Cardinals tried to battle their way back from the early deficit but Denver struck first in singles play. The Pioneers grabbed a straight-sets victory on court No. 5 to take a two-point lead, 2-0. Unfortunately, court No. 4 was the next one off as Denver's Sean Huynh rallied from an opening set loss to defeat Mayr, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, to lock up the team match. Denver closed out the scoring with victories on courts one and six respectively. The Cardinals matches against Praire View A&M Saturday were cancelled due to inclement weather. They resume their normal schedule Saturday when they take on Rice in Houston, at noon. WOMEN’S TENNIS Lamar University's women's tennis team put up a strong performance Sunday, at Houston but came up short, 5-1, at the Lifetime Fitness Club at the Galleria. The match time and venue were moved from the original schedule due to weather, and the two teams elected to start with singles competition first and play doubles only if necessary. The Cardinals (0-2) scored a point from Milena Belianovich at No. 6 singles in a hard fought three-set match. The Cougars got on the scoreboard first with a victory at No. 3 singles when LU's Amelie Vossgaetter was forced to retire from the match. UH added to its advantage with a straight-set victory at No. 2 singles. Houston tacked on another point at No. 4 singles to take a 3-0 lead needing just one more victory to take the team

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Benny Schweizer gets ready to serve the ball in a match against Denver, Friday at the Thompson Family Tennis Center.

decision. LU tried to fight back at No. 1 singles as sophomore Jasmin Buchta forced a three-setter. Buchta defeated Houston's Tsveta Dimitorva, 6-2, in the opening set, but Dimitrova battled back to win the second set by the same score. Unfortunately, Buchta came up short in the second set with a 6-3 decision. The Cougars took the victory on court five before LU cracked the scoreboard at the No. 6 spot. Belianovich won her opening set over Houston's Ana Glumac, 6-4, to take all the momentum into the second set. Belianovich came up short in the second but battled right back in the super tiebreak to post a 10-7 decision for the victory.

The Cardinals return to action Feb. 10 when they host Alcorn State in a doubleheader. The first match will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by the second match at 1 p.m.

TRACK AND FIELD Repeating a formula that has led to finishes near the top of the Southland Conference for the past two seasons, Lamar University once again opened its indoor season, Friday, at the Ted Nelson Invitational in College Station. This season the team finished eighth on the women’s side and 11th on the men’s. Several Cardinals claimed personal bests — including 11 freshmen — and a handful ended the day with top five

finishes. The women’s team totaled 32 points, and the men’s team racked up 23.5. Thai Williams ran a 7.68 in the prelims of the 60-meter, then improved upon that mark with a 7.61 in the finale for a second-place finish and fourth in the long jump. Brian O’Bonna from Brampton, Ontario, Canada, ran a 7.28 in the 60-meter, and turned in a 14.85m in the triple jump. Matthew Arnold ran a personal-best 4:12.8 in the mile, the best time in the meet. The women’s 4x400 team of Taeylor Roquemore, Trashauna Hardy, Migle Muraskaite, and Megan Menifree ran a 3:55.80, a full six seconds better than their performance in the 2017 version of the Ted Nelson Invite. In addition to her debut in the relay, Muraskaite also wowed in the individual 400. She ran a 57.93, a full 1.5 seconds better than her previous record. She finished sixth individually. Katy Whiteoak, also a freshman, set a personal best in the women’s mile. She ran a time of 5:13.72, which was the second-best time in the meet. On the men’s side Satchel Smith, a freshman, finished just .03 seconds behind O’Bonna in the 60-meter, running a time of 7.31. He ran a 23.00 in the 200 meters. Talon Tilley ran an 8.67 in the 60-meter hurdles, and Dawson Chumley and Ju’Vonta Conston competed well in the men’s high jump, finishing eighth and 10th, respectively. Arnold won the men’s mile and Cormac Kelly came in fourth in the men’s 3,000-meters on the men’s side, and for the women Williams took second in the 60-meters and fourth in the long jump, Whiteoak took second in the women’s mile, and Dominique Taylor came in fourth in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.62.

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Cards beat SHSU 84-77 in SLC Cassandra Jenkins UP managing editor

For the second year in a row the Lamar University men’s basketball team beat the Sam Houston Bearkats in overtime, Saturday, in the Montagne Center. “Sam Houston is always a tough opponent,” head coach Tic Price said. “Their kids work hard, they play hard and they are very tough. I think our kids really challenged the challenge on Saturday. They didn’t fold. They showed some mental toughness, some physical toughness. Hopefully, we can build some momentum from a comeback win, like the way we did.” A significant game changer Saturday was junior Nick Garth, Price said. “Nick Garth is one of the most prolific shooters in our conference,” he said. “I’m never surprised when he steps up and makes shots. He gets in the gym and puts in that extra time to have nights like that. It couldn’t have come at a better time of him having his career high in three-points, as a junior. That speaks volumes about his offensive ability. I’m hoping we can get a lot more great moments from Nick Garth. He’s got a bright future.” Before building to their thrilling home victory, the Cardinals rolled through preseason beating out-of-state teams like Coastal Carolina and Tulsa before heading into their Southland Conference season. The Cards battled through their first six games of conference play, defeating Houston Baptist, Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Incarnate Word, but losing to New Orleans, Central Arkansas and Southeastern Louisiana all within a single digit scores. “We’ve had our highs and lows, but I think overall we’re growing as a team,” Price said. “We’ve lost some very close games that we should have won, but we’re learning from it. It’s a toughness battle once you get into conference play, and since this team is still finding their way somewhat, I think it’s helped us from a maturity standpoint.” The LU lineup posts similar stats as last year’s team at 12-8 overall and 4-3 in conference, but Price said the team is still growing. “We’ve been battle tested from


a year ago,” he said. “We haven’t been together like most teams have for four years. We’ve been together only a year now, maybe year and a half.” Despite the team’s youth, Price said he has been pleased with the start of the conference season so far. “Obviously, I want to be at the top when the dust settles,” he said. “When you’re in a conference race, the teams that show that they can overcome adversity are normally the teams that get to the top. That is what the challenge has been — to overcome a setback, to overcome the challenge to get to the top.” Price said the team has the offensive potential to score, but they are still working on the defensive side of the game. “We’ve got to get more defensive-minded, get some more moxy on both ends of the court,” he said. “The court is made not just for offense, but for defense, too. We’ve got to bring some toughness when it comes to offense and have the defensive discipline to make stops more consistently.” As the season progresses, Price said one thing he has noticed is the difference in competition this year.

“It’s the same teams, but they are rebuilding, they’ve got different personnel, some have different systems,” he said. “Take for instance Nicholls. Nobody really thought that they would be as successful as they are. Here they are sitting at first place now.” Despite an impressive comeback victory over Sam Houston, Price said the team is still trying to create an identity. “For every game, there is a new riddle to be solved. Last year, I thought our guys overachieved. This year, we’re still working on being the best we can be.” Price said he has high hopes for the rest of the season. “I’m hoping we can win the regular season, that’s the whole goal,” he said. “This has been a real strange season because of all the parody in the conference. When you play, you can’t take anyone lightly. Every team is coming to fight, and we’re all fighting for the same thing – the championship. Only the strong survive. What I’m hoping for this team is to cut down some nets and raise up a championship trophy.” Lamar will continue their climb towards in a fight against rivals McNeese State at the Montagne Center, Saturday, at 4:30 p.m.

UP photos by Matt Beadle Joey Frenchwood (above) and Nick Garth (below) challenge SHSU defenders in a thrilling overtime game against the Bearkats.

69 studentathletes make Honor Roll

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We stayed healthy. We got good experience and that put us in the position we are now.” Overall, Harmony said the team is in a better situation than last year. “We have more talent and our bench is deeper,” she said. “We’re healthy. This is where we want to be. We’re still fresh. We have a combination of players that we can play if someone is hurt. Last year’s team we had our starters, and if the starters didn’t play well, we struggled. Now, if a starter doesn’t play well, we can pull them out and put somebody else in and they can take it from there.” Besides breaking school records as a team, Harmony said there have been several individual players breaking national records, as well. “Chastadie (Barrs) broke the conference record in steals and also broke our school record,” she said. “She is going to shatter the conference record by the time she is done. We have a lot of other records that I don’t even know. We have national records whether it’s in steals, double-doubles or turnovers.” Barrs holds LU’s and the Southland Conference’s record for steals with 379. She is second in the nation with 3 triple-doubles and continues to lead the nation in steals this season averaging 6.71 per a game. Barrs was also named the Southland Conference player of the week. Harmony said her hope for the season is for the team to stay healthy, to keep on winning and to make it to the conference tournament.

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LU’s Baileigh O’Dell, left, drives during Saturday’s win over SHSU in the Montagne Center.

The Lady Cards played Nicholls State on the road, Wednesday. Result was unavailable at press time.

They return home Saturday to host McNeese State in a men’s-women doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.

A total of 69 Lamar University student-athletes were named to the Southland Conference Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll for the fall semester, the SLC office announced Wednesday. Fourteen of those student-athletes maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA during the semester. To be nominated for the Commissioner's Honor Roll, student-athletes must record a 3.0 grade-point average during the semester when their respective sport is in its championship season, and be eligible to play during that season. The fall honor roll consists of student-athletes from men's and women's cross country, football, women's soccer and women's volleyball. The LU football team led the way in the fall with 33 student-athletes on the honor roll, followed by the Southland Conference champion women's soccer team with 17. The Southland Conference champion men's cross country team had seven student-athletes on the list, as did the LU women's volleyball team. The LU women's cross country team had five student-athletes named to the honor roll. The football and women's volleyball teams each boast of four student-athletes with a 4.0 GPA. The women's soccer team had three student-athletes with a 4.0 GPA. Men's cross country saw two of its student-athletes earn a 4.0 GPA, while the women's cross country squad had one student-athlete post a 4.0.

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Distinguished Faculty nominations sought

Lamar University is seeking nominations for the 2018 honoree in the Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series, sponsored by ExxonMobil. LU faculty, staff, students, alumni, and retired faculty and staff are invited to nominate outstanding teacher/ scholars for the award, which is now in its 32nd year. Given that this honor is one that supports the Regents’ Professor application, no one may repeat this honor. Feb. 28 is the deadline for nominations. Previous honorees are not eligible.

The honor supports the prestigious Regents’ Professor application, and includes a $3,000 stipend. The 2018 recipient will be announced in May at a meeting of the Faculty Senate. During the fall semester, on a date to be announced, the honoree will present a lecture to the Lamar Community and university guests in the University Theatre. The text of the lecture will be published and posted to the Faculty Senate website. Copies will be sent to the library at each institution in Texas State Uni-

versity System and to other universities throughout the United States. Each nominee must be a fulltime faculty member at Lamar University “who clearly expresses the university ideal of searching for knowledge through critical inquiry on his or her own discipline, and who supports and appreciates critical inquiry in the other disciplines of the university,” according to selection guidelines. Nominees must have completed one year of service and be currently teaching at least

nine credit hours. The DFL committee that selects the lecturer is composed of faculty members and representatives from the student body, staff, administration, alumni and faculty retirees. The entire university and general community are invited to nominate prospective lecturers, and the committee selects the honoree based on the professor’s proposed topic and on his/her professional background and recognized teaching/presentation skills.

Nominees may nominate themselves, but nominations must be submitted Dorothy Sisk, co-chair, Distinguished Faculty Lecture Award Committee, by email Additional information is available by phone at 880-2316. The committee strongly encourages previous nominees for the lecture to consider submitting again to the selection committee. Many previous recipients of the award were faculty who were nominated multiple times before receiving the honor.

LU’s Clark receives citation from Hollandar piano award Jacob Clark of Beaumont, an assistant professor in the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music at Lamar University, has received a Special Judges' Citation for "Excellence in Unusual Repertoire" from The American Prize Lorin Hollander Award in Piano contest, in the professional concerto division. The recognition follows his performance of the Hartley Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Wind Ensemble. Clark was selected from applications reviewed this past fall from across the United States. The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit, competitions unique in scope and structure, designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States based on submitted recordings. Founded in 2009, the American Prize is awarded annually in many areas of the performing arts. The American Prize Lorin Hollander Award celebrates the artistry of one of the greatest pianists of his generation. Hollander has appeared as guest soloist with virtually every major symphony orchestra in the world and is a veteran of more than 2,500 performances across the globe. The American Prize is delighted to share the legacy of this legendary artist through the re-naming of the award for Piano Concerto Performance in his honor. For more about the life and career of Lorin Hollander, please visit

Path to sunshine

UP photo by Gabbie Smith

Lamar University students take advantage of the newly-finished path through the Quad, Jan. 24, to sit in the sunshine or simply take a quick route to class. The area has been blocked off for a year to facilitate renovation and construction of the Setzer Student Center . The SSC is scheduled to re-open at the end of February. Work continues in order to finish landscaping the area.

University Press January 25, 2018  

The award-winning student newspaper of Lamar University

University Press January 25, 2018  

The award-winning student newspaper of Lamar University