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Lady Cards defeat SFA to earn first place in SLC Cassandra Jenkins UP managing editor

The Lady Cardinals basketball team is officially one-of-a-kind. The 2017-18 team is 21-6 overall and 16-1 in conference. They extended their record home winning streak to 26 games and are undefeated in the Montagne Center for two years in a row. The Lady Cards were predicted to finish in first place in the Southland Conference preseason poll and they lived up to that prediction, defeating SFA to claim a regular season conference trophy,

Saturday. Head coach Robin Harmony said the team met several of their goals for the year, checking each victory off their list. “We can check off having a tough non-conference schedule,” she said. “We can check off being picked No. 1 coming into pre-season, and sometimes when you’re No. 1 people have a bullseye on you and we still performed and got the championship — that’s another check.” Harmony said playing teams like Baylor, New Mexico and Purdue in pre-season were important to

help the team learn what it was like to play in a different hostile environment. “These games were the ones where we knew we were paying to go play and they whooped us,” she said. “But, I think that playing in front of a big crowd and playing with officials that weren’t our officials really helped our kids grow quick. “Now, we’re 16-1 in conference, with only one more game to play. Then, it’s a matter of going to the See BASKETBALL, page 7

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Junior Moe Kinard hits a three-point shot in Wednesday’s, 90-55, victory over HBU in their last home game of the season.

Women of STEM

Career Fair set for today in Gray Library


Cade Smith UP staff writer

The Center for Career and Professional Development will host its spring career fair, today, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., on the eighth floor of Gray Library. “The spring career fair is open to all majors,” Angie Thomas, associate director of the Center for Career and Professional Development, said. “Students can go to the career fair and look for part-time and full-time jobs, as well as internships with potential employers.” Thomas said the career fair is a great opportunity for freshman and sophomores to build their networking skills without having to look for a job yet. “They can definitely start that whole process of what networking with employers looks like so they won’t be nervous,” she said. “For juniors and seniors, it is a great opportunity to look for internships and full-time positions.” The career fair will have more than 20 employers in attendance, Thomas said. A detailed list can be found at “We have several employers for many different See FAIR, page 2

TECHNOLOGY Olivia Malick UP staff writer

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Women of STEM: 1. Elizabeth Blackwell, physician; 2. Mae Jemison, engineer, physician, astronaut; 3. Shirley Ann Jackson, physicist; 4. Rachel Carson, marine biologist; 5. Gertrude B. Elion, biochemist, pharmacologist; 6. Dorothy Hodgkin, chemist; 7. Katherine Johnson, mathematician; 8. Sally Ride, physicist, astronaut; 9. Ada Lovelace, mathematician; 10. Ruchi Sanghvi, computer engineer; 11. Chien-Shiung Wu, nuclear physicist; 12. Grace Hopper, computer scientist; 13. Jane Goodall, primatologist, anthropologist; 14. Rosalind Franklin, chemist, x-ray crystallographer; 15. Marie Curie, chemist, physicist

Today marks the beginning of Women’s History Month where the contributions of the underserved majority are recognized – after all, women compromise 50.8 percent of the United States population. The National Women’s History Project advocates the achievements of women in every field all across the nation. They tell the stories of women whose work was previously unknown or unrecognized simply because they were women. Females in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields are one of the main focal points in discussing women’s visibility and accomplishments. “(Women) have always been in the sciences, they just haven’t always been out in the forefront, or if they were, you didn’t necessarily know they were females because when they published their papers, they only used their initials,” Ana Christensen, associate professor of biology, said. “Women are being recognized more now, but they’ve always been there.” Recently, there has been a big push to get more women into the STEM fields. These fields usually require higher educations and degrees, which were not always available to women. See WOMEN, page 5

‘Lazy man’s dream’ Aroma app early access available April 19 Shelby Strickland UP editor

The logo for the soon-to-be released Aroma app.

John Tyler, Zebulun Barnett, Darlyn Schneider, Matthew Vaccaro and Dylan Newton all quit their day jobs and have since been working together to create the Aroma Application, which launches May 19. Each man has contributed different skills and hands-on involvement towards creating an app that allows a person to search for a specific food, rather than a restaurant. Most search engines merely provide restaurant options that are

top rated or well-known. “Aroma, in its simplest sense, is a tool,” Vaccaro said. “It is the first ever food-focused search engine. It allows someone to find food versus a restaurant. Instead of looking for a restaurant and trying to figure out if they have what you want, you find what you want and we’ll tell you who has it. “Essentially, it’s a lazy man’s dream.” Vaccaro compares the simplicity of search engines such as Google to the simplicity of the Aroma app. “We don’t have to search

through tons of websites,” Vaccaro said. “Like, even Google makes things way simpler. I feel bad for my grandparents and parents who didn’t have Google. That sucks. But, it is that shortcut, even through Google, that if you had to look for a small place, if they even had a menu, you’d still have to look at that menu to see if they have what you want.” The five friends have spent roughly a year talking through the ideology of the app, and then began molding it into something See APP, page 5


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Writing Center to present Chicago/Turabian style workshops, March 22 in Gray Library Sierra Kondos UP staff writer

College students often find different writing styles overwhelming, making it difficult to discuss their research with clarity. Because research deals with complex ideas, students tend to get bogged down in the language. Jennifer Ravey, director of Lamar’s Writing Center, will offer a pair of workshops to help students learn Chicago style in March. A Chicago/Turabian Notes-Bibliography workshop will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., March 22, on the sixth floor of Gray Library.


The workshop is ideal for students studying art, history, theatre and dance. A Chicago/Turabian AuthorDate workshop, designed specifically for engineering students, will follow at 3 p.m. “These workshops aim to teach the purpose of academic style guides, the conventions of discipline-specific writing, and the formatting specifics of each style,” she said. “In short, you’ll learn everything from how to create your title page to why we need these style guides in the first place.” Ravey said the workshops were created because so many students and faculty are

concerned with the elements of different style guides, yet so few students have been introduced to the various style guides necessary for their disciplines. “Style is more than documenting sources, though of course that’s important, so we also discuss document format and style decisions, such as when to use acronyms and when to use spelled out numbers versus numerals,” she said. “Any student not able to attend the workshops can visit the Writing Center at our library location on the first floor, right next to STARS Tutoring Center or in the Morris Hall dorm location. All of our

consultants receive training in the various styles, and we also keep copies of the style guides in the Writing Center for student use. “We hope to make this aspect of the writing process simpler for students and to equip them with the tools they need to use the appropriate style well. Writing Center uses Prezi presentations — all of which are available on our website, under resources and links to introduce students to MLA, APA, and Chicago/Turabian, which is actually two styles in one.” For more information, visit

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majors like business, criminal justice and engineering,” she said. “Most of the employers are on the criminal justice side, but it is open to all majors.” Companies attending the fair will include Sherwin-Williams, Jason’s Deli and Walgreens. “We will have many employers at the fair including the Austin Police Department, Edward Jones Investments, Scallon Controls and ResCare,” Thomas said. “The fair runs the whole gamut as far as companies go.” Students and alumni are encouraged to bring their résumés and wear business casual attire to increase the likelihood of landing a job, Thomas said. “We have had several students land jobs in the past because they attended the career fair,” she said. “Those students have also come back to the fair and recruited students for their companies.” For more information, visit the Center for Career and Professional Development in 102 Galloway Business Building.


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March 5

REDtalks: Streamlining Math for an Efficient Graduation Gray Library, 6th floor 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

March 5

Phi Beta Delta Women’s History Month presentations: Sanaz Alasti and Yasuko Sato Wayne Reaud Admin. Building, Room 102 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

March 6

“Play While You Can” Campaign: Impaired Dodge-Ball Behind food truck near Gray Library 10 a.m. to 1 p.m

March 9

NSF and NIH Grant Workshop Room 113, Center for Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship 8 a.m. to 4 p.m

March 20

REDtalks presents: The Art of Embracing Disability 702 Gray Library 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

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Winner, winner, chicken dinner Freshman Alpha Chi Omega member Macie Williams celebrates by showing off her sauce-stained fingers after winning the wing eating contest during Greek Week, Tuesday, in the Sheila Umpherey Recreational Center.

March 21

MLA Workshop Gray Library, 6th floor 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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HARD STEPPING Step Afrika! brings lively dance to LU The dance troupe Step Afrika! performed a few scenes from their Broadway show “From Maine to Madagascar,” Feb. 22, in the University Theatre. The performers gave information on step, a tap dance hybrid, as well its roots in American colleges across the country. The first part of the performance covered a group dance and introduced the crowd to step, a tap-dance hybrid, as well as some background information on the dance form which originated in African American fraternities and sororities. That was followed by a boys vs. girls step-off during which they tapped, jumped, and rolled against each other. Next, the troupe brought up volunteers from the audience to learn some simple step moves. Step Afrika! then dressed as Zulu Warriors with shields, spears and traditional clothing, with a drumming drum in the background which set the tone for the entire act. The performance closed out with a skit that integrated rubber boots and stepping to end the performance on a funny and cheerful note. For more, visit,

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LU to host impaired dodgeball safety campaign Vy Nguyen UP staff writer

The Texas Department of Transportation will bring its “Plan While You Can” impaired driving campaign, to Lamar University, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, behind Gray Library near the food truck. “TxDOT does certain programs that look out for the safety of communities,” LUPD corporal Jarrod Samford said. With spring break coming up, LUPD will team with TxDOT to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving. “The ‘Plan While You Can’ impaired driving campaign is about education and urging drivers to plan ahead for a sober drive,” Sarah Dupre, public information officer for TxDOT Beaumont, said. The event will include an interactive dodgeball game. “Participants step up to a video screen mounted on a box truck and try to avoid incoming dodgeballs,” Dupre said. “The longer you play, the more drinks are added to the screen, and the slower your on-screen avatar responds to your movements. The game lasts approximately 75 seconds, and as your avatar is hit by

the dodgeballs, you experience how drinking can slow your reaction times.” The “drinks” slow the avatar’s system to replicate how one is impaired in real life, Samford said. “It’s good fun, but it also teaches you that impairment is the real thing,” he said. “Even if you’re under the level of .08, which is the legal requirement, you’re still intoxicated. Even one drink slows you down.” TxDOT’s number one goal is safety, especially on the roadways, Dupre said. “Too many fellow Texans are dying or being seriously injured on our roadways due to drinking and driving,” she said. “Alcoholrelated crashes are 100 percent preventable.” More than 1,000 people are killed in alcohol-related crashes every year in Texas. Drunk-drivers also face legal consequences. “If you’re caught drunk in the driver’s seat, .08 (blood alcohol content) or higher, you can also face DWI criminal penalties,” according to the TxDOT website. The cost of a DWI alone is about $17,000, and offenders can spend up to six months in jail, lose their driver’s license, and more.

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The Texas Department of Transportation’s “Plan While You Can” impaired driving campaign will bring its interactive dodgeball program to Lamar, March 6. “(TxDOT) has a website where you can set up a designated driver if you don’t have one on hand,” Samford said. “There are lots of numbers that you can call if you are intoxicated. You have better options than getting behind the wheel. “It’s not only affecting (dri-

vers) — hurting themselves — but it also affects other people on the road as well. “‘Plan While You Can’ is a good, interactive thing to show everyone in the community, including students and faculty, and allow them to be involved.” Dupre said that everyone

should avoid drinking and driving. “With so many safe alternatives, there is no reason to drink and drive, risking a DWI or worse,” she said. For more information, visit, or call 880-7750.

Rio Frio Fest offers spring break activities Cade Smith UP staff writer

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Students looking for a cheap option for a spring break trip can find a variety of activities, games, food and concerts at the Rio Frio Fest, in Concan, March 14-18. “Rio Frio Fest is the ultimate five-day spring break music festival in the Hill Country river region of Uvalde county,” Annabell McNew, executive director for the Texas Hill Country river region, said in an email interview. “This will be our 12th year since the Rio Frio Fest started, and it has been held in Concan for the past

seven years.” McNew said the festival is a cheaper option than going to a theme park or taking an out-of-state trip. “It’s the perfect option for college students looking to disconnect from their busy lives and de-stress from school,” she said. “Students will get the biggest bang for their buck by attending the festival. We will have lots of options to choose from for everyone of all ages.” Activities include live concerts, washer tournaments, wild hog sack racing, giant Jenga and sand volleyball. “Spring breakers can float down the crystal-clear Frio

River in an inner tube, experience an authentic Texas crawfish boil, play giant Twister and more,” McNew said. “Spring breakers can also go outside and enjoy one of Texas’ most beautiful areas with hiking and fishing available.” This year’s concert lineup features Hill Country and Americana music with performances by William Clark Green, Wade Bowen, Koe Wetzel and more. Rio Frio Fest has a wide selection of food trucks with everything from BBQ to funnel cakes and local restaurants. The “Big Crawfish Boil”

will kick off at 11:30 a.m., March 15, at Joe Jimmy’s Cantina. At 11 a.m., March 16, there will be a fish fry at Frio County Resort. McNew said attendees are not permitted to bring in outside food, alcohol, coolers or pets. Lawn chairs and blankets are permitted in designated areas. Single day tickets are $20, and three-day passes are available for $50 while supplies last. Tickets are free for children under 12, with adult supervision. To buy tickets, go to for a list of events and concerts.

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they thought would be obtainable. “We really want to support our community, and the way we get to do that is through this application,” Vaccaro said. “We actually highlight the places that don’t get the right attention or go unseen because of bigger corporations. Being able to give them light allows people to find these new places — even forgotten places.” Vaccaro said the best thing about Aroma is that the app pushes people to go to momand-pop shops, and money gets pushed throughout the community. “You get to support your community while gorging yourself,” he said. “It’s a win-win.” Schneider said the app is unlike any other app he has seen. “I forget so many good places that we have, little holein-the-wall places, that are amazing,” he said. “When we drive around doing our PR stuff, we’ll turn a corner and be like, ‘What about this place?’ and someone else is like, ‘Oh, my god, I forgot about this place. How did I forget about


this place?’ and I’ll cycle back to that. And we’re going to fix that because we know all of the places. We’re going to remind you of all of the places, all of the time. “The other point that I think it really solves is that everlong, ‘Honey, what do you want to eat?’ ‘I don’t know, where do you want to go?’ ‘Well, let’s go to Cheddar’s, I guess,’ ‘What do they have?’ ‘I don’t remember.’” Schneider said that of saying where you want to go, say what you want. “And we’ll tell you where to go get it,” he said. “That, for me, is the big win.” Early access of the app will be available April 19. To get access, sign up at early-access. The Aroma team said they encourage feedback to those signing up for early access to help make the final launch more polished. The Aroma launch party will be held May 19 at Neches Brewery. For more information contact, or visit their Instagram @aromaapp.

Suga's, located in downtown Beaumont, offers a chicken and waffles grilled cheese. The plate is garnished with fresh fruit and mint. This photo was taken in preparation for the launch of the Aroma app and will be featured for the restaurant Suga's.

wrong with being a doctor or a physician, treating people, but there are a whole host of other scientists doing research on the disorders and the treatments and everything else. I think people ought to be a little more aware of those roles in science as well.” Lei said she found her love for chemistry in China, where she was born and raised. “When I was in high school in China, I chose chemistry because I thought I was good at it,” she said. “In China, you get to choose from, like, four majors and it is very hard to switch majors, unlike here where it is easy.” Lei, who has worked at Lamar for almost 10 years, said that she became a professor because she loved doing research with her students as well as the teaching environment the chemistry department provides her. “No matter if you are male or female, or if you want to be a

physician or a high school teacher, chemistry is something that is doable,” she said. “I tell students all the time that (this field) is a good option for them, and that they will always find a job.” Christensen said she has loved biology, specifically marine biology, since she was nine-years old. “I went walking on the beach after a big storm had come and washed up a lot of things on the shore,” she said. “I asked my dad so many questions and he answered them, and then the next day he said, ‘Here,’ and handed me a book on marine biology — and that’s what I’ve done ever since.” Christensen has worked at Lamar for 18 years, and said she became a professor to share her love for the oceans and its inhabitants with like-minded students. “I like the interactions I get with students,” she said. “I want

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“In the chemistry department, it seems like student and facultywise, we have more females than males,” Xiangyang Lei, interim chair of the chemistry and biochemistry department, said. “When I was in college, I had a chemistry class with 30 students and there were only six females — but it is different now.” Christensen said that the advertisement of women in STEM fields is helpful overall, because young girls will be able to see everything that is offered to them. “If women show interest in science, they should be encouraged to go into science,” she said. “Many girls growing up may not necessarily be aware that science is open to them, and (that there are) other things in science besides medicine. “When many people hear biology, they think, ‘Oh, you want to be a doctor,’ and there’s so much more than that. There’s nothing

them to be excited by marine biology as much as I am. I want them, and everyone, to understand how important the oceans are.” There have been debates in society as to whether or not months like Women’s History Month or Black History Month are necessary, but Lei and Christensen said that for the time being, these special months are crucial. “They help to bring focus to things that have traditionally not received as much attention in society,” Christensen said. “Hopefully, 10 or 20 years down the road, we won’t necessarily have to have a female history month or a Black History Month, etc. — that we will have done enough in our society, that people recognize that we no longer have to put labels on all these various things and we can just celebrate history in general, or science in general.”



Women’s History Month origins International Women’s Day was first recognized on March 8, 1911, and Women’s History Month was first observed in 1978, with President Jimmy Carter writing the week into law in February 1980. The month of March was dedicated in 1988, with a Presidential proclamation occurring every year since.


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UPsports briefs BASEBALL Lamar University (3-6) kept things close early, allowing no earned runs through the first four innings, but Tulane (4-3) pulled away late in a 7-1 win over the Cardinals, Tuesday, in New Orleans. The Green Wave struck first on an error in the bottom of the third, then scored one run apiece in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings before putting three across in the eighth to put the game away. Lamar's lone run came in the top of the eighth inning. Mitch Andrews drew a fourpitch walk while pinch-hitting for Payton Robertson, and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Andrews was then pinch ran for by Phil Ingram, who advanced to third on a wild pitch. A balk by the pitcher scored Ingram. On Friday, in a doubleheader that featured two pitchers’ duels, LU (3-3) emerged unscathed by Hofstra University (0-2), allowing no earned runs in two wins over the Pride, Friday, in Vincent-Beck Stadium. The Cardinals outscored Hofstra 5-1 in 18 innings of play, in the first two games of the tournament, however, they could not hold on to that victory, Saturday. With a combined six runs scored in two games pitchers ruled once again. The Cardinals held a 1-0 lead through eight innings of the third game only to fall 3-2 in extra innings. The Pride took a 1-0 lead in game four in seven-innings, throwing out a runner at home to prevent extra innings. LU’s Jack Dallas, AbeRee Hiebert, and Kristjan Storrie blazed through 30 Hofstra batters in the series finale, combining for five strikeouts, five hits, and just one earned run — but that run proved to be the difference with Hofstra pitcher Seamus Brazill going toe-to-toe with the Cardinal battery. The Pride’s 6’ 9” starter threw a complete-game no-hitter, striking out five while allowing four walks and beaning one. The only offense of the game came in the top of the fifth inning. Hofstra’s Austin Gauthier singled to left, then stole second immediately after LU junior pitcher Hiebert relieved Dallas. Hofstra senior, Steven Foster drew a walk, and both base runners advanced on a ground out to Hiebert by Mikey Riesner. An intentional walk of Vito Friscia loaded the bases, and a sac fly by Teddy Cillis scored Gauthier. Had it not been for LU’s

outfielder Cole Secrest’s stellar diving catch in center field, the hit by Cillis could have easily cleared the bases. Instead, a line out by Rob Weissheier ended the inning with Hofstra leading 1-0. "We had an opportunity to score on Sunday with that same play and we didn't take advantage of it," head coach Will Davis said. "Give Hofstra credit. They were waiting for that play and made the throw. But I thought that the send by (hitting coach Scott) Hatten was the best opportunity to score. You're certainly not going to wait around for another hit. If we'd caught them napping or pulled'em off the base it would be an easy run that would have tied the game and we'd still be playing, but these things happen." LU will return home for a non-conference weekend series against UT-Rio Grande Valley. First pitch is set for 6 p.m., Friday, at Vincent-Beck Stadium.

SOFTBALL The Lamar University Lady Cardinals staged one of their most improbable wins since bringing softball back to LU in 2013 as they rallied from a 9-2 sixth-inning deficit for a 10-9 win in eight innings over Alabama A&M, Saturday, at the Cardinal Classic in the LU softball complex. The Lady Cardinals (7-6) are 4-0 after winning two games earlier in the day. LU posted a 2-0 win over Binghamton, as LU starting pitcher Taylor Gruell picked up her first career win before facing Alabama A&M in the last game of the series. In the finale, the Lady Cardinals jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first without the benefit of a hit, taking advantage of four walks and an error. Alabama A&M replied with three runs in the second, fourth and sixth innings to build what seemed to be an insurmountable lead. The Lady Cards, however, had different plans, pounding out five hits to score five runs in the bottom of the sixth to make it 9-7. LU freshman Kendall Talley had a two-run triple and junior Paige Holmes added a one-run three-bagger to give the Lady Cardinals hope. Lamar cut the lead to 9-8 with one out in the seventh on a Taylor Davis ground out. LU was down to its final out when the Lady Cardinals caught a break. Holmes popped up for what seemed to be the final out of the game, but the ball somehow eluded the glove of the Alabama A&M

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Senior Jace Campbell started the four-game series against Hofstra, Friday, in a game that shutout the Pride, 2-1, in Vincent-Beck Stadium. The Cardinals finished the series 7-5 overall. shortstop allowing Talley to come across with the tying run. Alabama A&M failed to score in the top of the eighth. Pitcher Laura Napoli (3-3), who got the win in relief was aided by a beautiful throw from Holmes at first base on an attempted sacrifice to retire the runner at third. With the international tie-breaker rule in effect in extra innings, the Lady Cardinals started the bottom of the eighth with infielder Shelby Hughston on second base. She didn’t stay there long, as the Lady Bulldogs mishandled Kelly Meeuwsen’s bunt, throwing it into right field, easily allowing Hughston to score. Napoli picked up the win with 4 1/3 innings of relief. She allowed five hits and three runs. She walked four and struck out

two. The Lady Cards finished 4-0, with Napoli earning two wins and picking up two saves. The marathon game saw the teams combined for 24 walks and 29 runners left on base in a contest that lasted 2 hours, 59 minutes. Sunday’s scheduled games were canceled due to rain and were not rescheduled. Softball returned to action, Wednesday to host Louisiana Tech. Scores were unavailable at print time. LU will star in a five-game series, Friday through Sunday, in Starkville, Miss. taking on Mercer, Mississippi State and Alcorn State. First pitch is set for Friday at 1 p.m. against Mercer.




Intramural Sports All Scores and Standings as updated on Monday.

LU men’s basketball clinches a spot in SLC tourney Cassandra Jenkins UP managing editor

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Champions ZTATo TEAM ZTATO HSA The 100

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Men’s League Division 1 TEAM Alpha Tau Omega Sigep Sigma Phi Delta

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Division 2 TEAM Pi Kappa Alpha Sigma Nu Knights of Columbus

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Res Hall League

Champions Campbell Hall TEAM Campbell Hall Morris Hall HOMIES Combs Hall Monroe Mavericks

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The Lamar University men’s basketball team has made it a long way. The 2017-18 team battled past a tough preseason, defeating teams like Tulsa and Coastal Carolina, before bursting into conference play and taking wins in the first two games. They fought against Sam Houston to defend their home court and steal the victory against the BearKats, 8477. They handed SFA their only loss in Nacogdoches, overwhelming the Lumberjacks 71-66, Saturday, to make it to the Southland Conference Tournament for the second year in a row. The team stands at 11-6 in conference and 19-11 overall as they head into their last game of the season, Saturday. “I really haven’t done anything with this team, except prepare them for the next encounter,” head coach Tic Price said. “Every game is a new riddle to be solved. Every team has their different styles, their different personalities, different strengths and weaknesses. So, our preparations have been game specific.” Price said he has been pleased with the team’s improvement from the beginning of the year to now. “We’re executing right now probably better than we have all year,” he said. “Defensively, we have improved as well. We just have to continue to sustain our effort and our concentration, but they certainly have improved each day and through every game. We’ve gotten better. “Even when we’ve had our disappointing losses, we’ve gone back to the drawing board, looked at tape, gotten back out on the court and made those adjustments. Our players have been very coachable. They have embraced the fact that we have an opportunity to do something special. “Have we had dis-

Price said the team has a good balance and has grown together. “On any given night, we’ve had a different guy stepping up — you can’t just key in on one guy,” he said. “That’s what I’ve seen. Our team has been very unselfish, they share the basketball. They’ve got good camaraderie and the bench goes nuts when a player has some success. They really have a genuine love for each other. I think we’ve grown to be less like a team and more like a family, and the willingness to compete has made this team what it is today.” Price said the season hasn’t had a defining moment but has been a gradual improvement game in and game out. “The season is still in progress, so we’re still hunting desperately for a championship,” he said. “That’s why I took

appointing losses? Of course, we have. We’ve had games where we felt like we beat ourselves more than our opponents have beat us, but we’ve had the willingness to bounce back, and that’s what I think has been so special — it shows a lot of character, even through the ups and downs.”


that everybody can be healthy. We’re going to take it one game at a time and, hopefully, it will be a real story with confetti flying over our heads at the end of it — that’s what the whole goal is about.” Junior Nick Garth said he feels confident about the season and the tournament. “This season has been a success,” he said. “We had a couple games we let go in conference play, but we had strong nonconference season. This has been a joy to play with these guys. We want to get our seniors some rings before they leave, cut some nets and hold up a trophy — so we’re not done yet.” But for six LU players, the tournament will be the last opportunity to set foot on a basketball court. For seniors James Harrison, Colton Weisbrod, Torey Noel, Zjori Bosha, Da’Shawn Robinson and Joey Frenchwood, the SLC tournament is their last chance at a ring. “It’s really been touching losing these seniors,” Price said. “These guys have been like my sons in a lot of ways. They came to Lamar probably when it wasn’t popular to play at Lamar and they took a chance on a program that was struggling — they trusted me. “I get kind of emotional when I think about them leaving our program. I think all of them will get their degrees and have a good future and I’ll miss all of them. “I have fond memories, funny moments and sad moments with them. When they walk across that stage to get their degree there will be mixed emotions. But, I’m hoping they’ll leave a better person and have grown as men since Colton Weisbrod they came into this program.” Frenchwood said the experience has been this job. That’s why our surreal and he players signed up to is ready to leave it all on the come here. This place court. has had a culture change. “I’m going to miss the guys more than I When we took over, this am the basketball,” he said. “I’m going to program was at rock bottom miss the relationships, the road trips, the three years ago. For us to have laughs and the coaches. There’s a lot about grown with this program, it has college basketball that I’m going to miss, been something special. But, but, hopefully, we can go out and get a until we raise a championship trochampionship before we leave.” phy and cut down some nets, we’ve Lamar will play their final regular-seastill got work to do.” son game against rival McNeese State in Price said his expectation for the Lake Charles, La., Saturday at 3:30 p.m. tournament is to finally raise a champiThe outcome of the game will determine onship trophy. whether LU will receive a first-round bye “I hope, going into the tournain the tournament. ment, we are hitting on all cylinTo keep updated on the Southland Conders,” he said. “I hope we’re ference tournament bracket visit southpeaking at the right time and

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championship, so that’s where we are right now. We won the trophy on Saturday, beating SFA in Nacogdoches, so we beat them twice this year. Between them and us, we are probably the best two teams in the conference, so that was a good win for us.” Harmony said her hopes for the SLC tournament are to breeze through the first two games and move on to the NCAA tournament. “We want to come out on Saturday (March 10) and win that semi-final game and get to the championship game,” she said. “Once we get to that game, then it’s really up to the kids. Are they going to have enough grit to win one more game and go to the NCAA tournament?” Harmony said she is expecting to face two teams that will bring their all, in order to take LU’s 13-game win streak away from them. “Whoever comes to play us, know that we haven’t lost in our building in two years,” she said. “We have a 26-win streak going and other teams want to mess that up. They want to beat us in our house. They brought their best game against us no matter what. “I don’t think it will be any different in the tournament. I think our kids have the most talent in our conference and the most ability, but then it’s all about mentality. Will they play big games when it’s time to play big games?”

For three senior players, the SLC and NCAA tournaments represent their last chance to win more rings and they are expected to come out and play their best game, Harmony said. “Kiandra Bowers is a fifthyear senior, which we thought we lost her last year, so it was just a bonus to get her back another year,” she said. “(DeA’ngela) Mathis was a junior college All-American when she came to us. Last year, she got some playing time but didn’t really play well, but this year she’s playing like an All-American. Baileigh O’Dell came in as a freshman, so she’s really the only four-year player we have, because Bowers already graduated as far as I’m concerned. Baileigh had a great career and she’s pretty much our sixth man coming off the bench.” Harmony said she is really depending on some of her best players to come prepared to play next week. “We talk about primetime players, they show up in big games,” she said. “DeA’ngela Mathis, Chastadie Barrs, Kiandra Bowers, and Moe Kinard are prime time players. So, if they show up and do what they can do, we should be fine.” After travelling to McNeese, Saturday, for their last conference game, the women’s team will travel to Katy, March 10, to play in the SLC semi-final game at 1 p.m. To keep updated with the tournament bracket visit

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Senior Kiandra Bowers rebounds the ball in a 90-55 victory over the HBU Lady Huskies in their last home game of the season, Feb. 21.



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Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name” Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread” Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out” Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour” Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”


Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water” Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards” Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya” Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird” Meryl Streep, “The Post”


Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk” Jordan Peele, “Get Out” Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird” Paul Thomas Anderson, “Phantom Thread” Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”


“Call Me By Your Name” is a beautiful film about love, curiosity and life. Elio, played by the stunning Timothée Chalamet, is a 17-year old boy who is learning who he is. Oliver, played by Armie Hammer, is a research assistant staying at the family’s Italian home to study with Elio’s father. As the summer progresses, the two fall madly in love in this beautiful romance. Their love is timid at first, but soon blossoms into undeniable feelings. Following Elio and Oliver’s journey through Italy gives one a


deep yearning to grab a bike, ride through beautiful cobblestone streets and fall in love all over again. This film should win Best Picture because it is everything one wants in an Oscar-nominated film. It’s got love, curiosity, wonderment and deep seeded beauty. It’s not just another typical comingof-age, gay movie, but one that depicts a true emotional journey. It’s sensual and seductive, leaving one’s eyes glued to the screen and your heart breaking. — Cassandra Jenkins


Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project” Woody Harrelson, “Three Billboards” Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water” Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World” Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards”

“The Shape of Water” is visually impecable, and the story is a fantastic fantasy. It centers around the mute, orphaned Elisa Esposito, played by Sally Hawkins, who works as a janitor at a government lab where she falls in love with the man of her dreams. The only problem is, he’s a mysterious scaly creature and is the lab’s classified secret. Elisa recruited a gang of misfits; a gay man and struggling artist, a black coworker and a scientist with a secret, to rescue the merman. Director, Guillermo del Toro, who is up for best director certainly knows his way around fantasy, with his previous films such as Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy. He tells the story of a great forbidden love in a way like never before. While this movie may not be for everyone, with 13 nominations “The Shape of Water” is obviously doing something right. — Gabbie Smith

SUPPORTING ACTRESS Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound” Allison Janney, “I, Tonya” Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread” Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird” Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”


“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is a dark, heartwrenching story of loss and grief directed by Martin McDonagh. The cast is led by Frances McDormand who plays Mildred Hayes, a smalltown mother who is grieving the loss of her daughter, who was raped and murdered. Seven months after her death, the cops, portrayed by Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell, are no


Phantom Thread, directed by Paul Anderson, is a romance based in post-war London in the 1950’s. Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) is an esteemed and meticulous fashion designer who works in the heart of London and has a very set routine, designing for royalty and celebrities of the city. Woodcock lives the single life, meeting as many women as possible, until he meets Alma, (Vicky Criepes) who becomes his muse and falls in love, but his life style makes loving him difficult. It should win best picture because Anderson does a great job convincing the eye that you are in fact in London during the 50’s and the acting from Day-Lewis is so convincing it’s hard to recognize the very famous actor while he is in this role. The performance from Day-Lewis and just good acting in general from the entire cast is reason enough for this to win the Oscar. — Caleb Adams

closer to an arrest. Mildred, puts up the titled billboards calling out the police. The movie keeps the viewer on the edge of their seats with suspense and plot twists. Rockwell’s Officer Dixon and Mildred end up unlikely allies as the hunt for Mildred’s daughter’s killer heats up. The ensemble cast is amazing, but McDormand leads the way with her unapologetic take on the grieving

mother who wants vengeance. Woody Harrelson impresses as the thoughtful sheriff. Rockwell gives one hell of a performance as a mother’s-boy, racist cop, who makes the audience completely loathe him possibly more than the killer. Audiences will laugh, cry, and mourn with the characters as if they knew them. — Sierra Kondos



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for ‘Oscar’ Editor’s note: The University Press staff have many differing opinions, and this Oscar season is no different. Our writers choose which film they think should win Best Picture, and if you’ve seen any of the nominations, their reasoning shouldn’t surprise you.


THE DARKEST HOUR “The Darkest Hour” is a thrilling film that captures the actions of the British Parliament and Winston Churchill in his first three weeks as Prime Minister. Churchill’s biggest decision comes when he must decide whether to fight Adolt Hitler’s German forces, or enter into peace negotiations. This film is an astounding example of the finest acting and best directing. Gary Oldman, who plays Churchill, is truly captivating. The picture is phenomenal and it keeps you on the edge of your seat, which, in my opinion, is an accomplishment for a history film. I could watch “The Darkest Hour” over and over again and still be moved by Churchill’s speech to “fight them on the beaches — to never surrender.” This film deserves Best Picture because it is riveting, nail-biting and a true illustration of what film can be. — Cassandra Jenkins


In “The Post,” The Washington Post aims to catch up with the New York Times who has published the “Pentagon Papers” regarding the Vietnam War that had remained a secret for over three decades. With Meryl Streep as the leading actress, this is a good enough reason for the Post to win Best Picture. And even further than that, we’re talking about she and Tom Hanks representing characters in a politically relevant film. The focus on freedom of the press in the film is timely beyond belief. Not to mention the additional focus on women empowerment. When I saw the movie in theatres there were moments when I literally stood up and shouted in excitement at something Streep’s character, Katharine, said. Powerful and unapologetic — a woman who fully steps into her role — that’s admirable. Katharine is the first female publisher of an American newspaper and the woman knows her worth. She is confident, collected and decisive. That, in and of itself, is notable enough to make “The Post” a frontrunner for Best Picture. — Shelby Strickland

“Get Out” deserves Best Picture not only for the fact that it’s a skillfully made horror film, but it highlights the accuracy of modern-day racism. All hell breaks loose when, Rose, played by Allison Williams, takes her first African American boyfriend, Chris, played by Daniel Kaluuya, to meet her claiming-to-beprogressive white parents, for the first time. The film is filled with bold moves made by director, Jordan Peele, to target the issue of racism. Peele’s title for the film is filled with ambiguity keeping the audience intrigued from the beginning. “Get out” as in, black people are not welcomed in this country? “Get out” as in, while they still can? Further, the film questions progress in America by invoking racism and smartly places it in a cinematic format instead of a documentary format. — Vy Nguyen


“Lady Bird” is a loose autobiographical film written and directed by Greta Gerwig. The movie is a coming of age comedy/drama about a girl’s senior year of high school. Saoirse Ronan plays the film’s lead, artsy Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson. The movie is set in Sacramento, Ca., a place Lady Bird hates and is desperately trying to get out of. The movie does a great job of showing the dysfunctional and complex relationship that a mother and daughter can have. In the films opening, Lady Bird throws herself out of her mothers moving car to avoid the nagging from her mom. The audience gets to see both characters struggle in different ways. While Lady Bird is going through relationship struggles, trying to do well in school and keeping a part time job, we see the mother struggle financially and try to keep the house together. They both are at each others throats quite a bit in the movie. Ronan does an amazing job as Lady Bird. The audience is rooting for “Lady Bird” to go off on her own and be the person she wants to be. In the history of the Oscars only one woman has won best director. “Lady Bird” should win and shatter the Oscars glass ceiling. — Konnor Segura


Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” is a retelling of the events that occured during World War Two. Overpowered by the Nazis and pushed out to the beach, British soldiers have no choice but evacuate Dunkirk by sea. The problem is that every chance the soldiers get to leave the beach, their boats are destroyed by German planes and U-boats. The twist is that help comes from an unlikely ally — civilians in boats. The movie switches from different perspectives and time differences throughout the film. Through this approach, we are introduced to a well selected cast which includes, Tom Hardy, Harry

Styles, and Cillian Murphy. The cast does an excellent job in their portrayal of the various characters which include soldiers, an admiral, pilots and civilians. There is not a lot of dialogue in the film, but if you know anything about WWII, you will be able to keep up. However, the action and visual effects, which were my favorite parts of the movie, are so stunning that you’ll be too busy on the edge of your seat to even need dialogue. The visuals, solid cast and story is why “Dunkirk” should win best picture. — Antonio Del Rio

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Walter Siefford “The Ballad of Cicero” at High Street Gallery Antonio Del Rio UP contributor

Walter Siefford may seem like an average hard-working American, however, the fulltime paramedic is also an artist. The Pueblo, Colo. native has produced sculptures, paintings and collages that are definite eyebrow raisers featuring human skulls, organs and even a peculiar puppet named Cicero. High Street Gallery will present “The Ballad of Cicero,” and exhibition of Siefford’s work, March 9 at 7 p.m. The gallery is located in Victoria House, 2110 Victoria St. in Beaumont. Entry is free and is on display for one night only. “The meaning of my work is up to interpretation,” Siefford said. “I like to think that people look at my art and attach it to something genuine to them. I don’t want to ever tell someone how to feel, but instead give them something that takes them down their own unique path of thought. “The upcoming show in Beaumont is a look directly into my heart and my mind. I hope it can allow people to see the beauty of my world, but also the darker narrative that resides in us all. The purpose of my art changes depending on what I see around me.” Siefford said he has mixed

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feelings about the show. “I’m taking my foot off the brake and going all out,” he said. “I have kept a lot of the pieces secret from everyone, and I have gone through the complete range of emotions recently. I think this exhibition will show, even those closest to me, aspects of my personality that they don’t know exist. I know that this will not be a normal art show and I am genuinely excited to see the reaction of the viewers. “I hope people will see that we all struggle and we all succeed. I hope it inspires them to look at how we view each other, and maybe take a second to understand those around them — to see that just because someone pulls the strings, it does not mean that they themselves are not pulled around by what is unseen.” Siefford said his favorite piece is a depiction of depression. “I am tired of mental illness being hidden and locked away as if it is some depraved secret,” he said. “We all love. We all know loss, and we all know depression in different volumes. I hope at least one person looks at it and says, ‘Hey that guy gets it,’ and if for even one second they don’t feel alone, then my show is an absolute success.” Siefford said he does not consider himself to be an artistic genius, but he creates what he enjoys or what moves him. “I know some will find it interesting, but some will not, and I am looking forward to interacting with both,” he said. “This show will be a journey. You will be introduced to my puppet friend, Cicero, but be warned, there will be no singing crickets, no upbeat dance numbers and definitely no lying induced rhinoplasty. I also have to say that no matter how dark things seem at times, there is always a light. You are loved.” The self-taught artist said he always dabbled with art but began creating “true” art four

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years ago as a way to relieve stress. “My grandmother was a big influence to me as a kid as she was always crafting and creating beautiful things,” he said. “I have learned from friends who have not only influenced me, but have also shown me what true strength and resilience is. Also, at this moment, Johnny Cash is an inspiration. He was the master of finding darkness in the light and light within the darkness.” Siefford said that finding inspiration is a slow and difficult process. “I have to wait until the mood/idea slaps me in the face,” he said. “I lack the ability to spontaneously create — I have to be impacted by some-

thing to get motivated. The art that I create, I love it and hate it. I love having a piece that shows people the world as I see it, but I hate it because I tend to get so engulfed in my art that I have to sacrifice personal connections with some great people. I’m only now realizing that I have to find a balance between my art and my relationships. “In fact, I know I’ll be taking a break from visual art to work on rebuilding some of the things I’ve torn apart. I also plan on seeing more of the country and working on music.” Olivia Busceme, High Street Gallery director, said she saw Siefford’s work in several groups, which led to his solo show.

“What’s impressive about his work is how prolific he is about creating pieces simply because he is compelled to, but also how much detail and emotion goes into each one,” she said. “I saw one of his series about the seven deadly sins in his showing at The Music Studio last year and he gave me a little backstory about his impending “Ballad Of Cicero,” which was very intriguing. “The way he approaches difficult but relatable subjects allows his work to speak to viewers while sometimes also disgusting them, which I think is a perfect thing for art to do.” For more information, visit Walter Siefford on Instagram, his Facebook page, or Victoria House on Facebook.

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