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The Newspaper of Lamar University

Vol. 93, No. 22 April 20, 2017

4th-annual undergraduate Expo set for Friday Sierra Kondos UP contributor

The Office of Undergraduate Research will host the fourth-annual Undergraduate Research Expo. 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday, 2017 Maes, Education and Cherry buildings. “Undergraduate students from all majors are welcome and encouraged to participate.” Kumar Das, OUR director, said. “It has been documented time and again that undergraduate research and creative activity lead to improved academic success, learning com-

prehension, rates of retention and rates of graduation. Moreover, undergraduate researchers are more likely to pursue graduate education. That’s why this is so important to me and the idea of supporting students to grow gave me the idea to start this program at Lamar. “The rich culture of engaging undergraduates in research is indeed the purest form of student learning, an exceptional model of faculty teaching, and a key ingredient in faculty scholarly development. It gives students a sense of empowerment over a body of

knowledge and instills in them the confidence to succeed. It’s becoming a mainstay of effective and quality undergraduate education.” The Office of Undergraduate Research promotes undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activities for all undergraduate students at Lamar. “The event hosts regional and national conferences, provides grant and travel supports, and organize workshops,” Das said. “The expo is the signature event of the program and we wish all participants the best. Keynote speaker will be James


Bruce, LU alumnus and a professor for electrical engineering emeritus at Massachusetts Psychology student, An P. Vo is researching biometric analysis of ego depletion. “In a nut shell, we’re looking at the idea that willpower or cognitive energy is a resource that can be exhausted (ego depletion is the exhaustion element of willpower),” Vo said. “The exact resource is currently unknown, but it exists. Otherwise, we would all be highly motivated to work all See EXPO page 2

LU theatre and dance to present spring dance concert Cassandra Jenkins UP staff writer


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Lamar cheer clinic slated for Saturday Baylee Billiot UP contributor

Two people. A bare stage. And string. One man and one women emerge from the darkness into the spotlight of the University Theatre. The pair are dancers, pulling and tugging against strands of string, falling into, and yet away from each other at the same time. The light fades and all that is left is a body, lying on the floor, weeping in anguish and sadness. Lamar University’s department of theatre and dance will present its spring dance show, ‘Dance Unleashed,’ Friday through Sunday. The performance will include seven pieces and features the Lamar dance team and choreographed work from the professors in the dance department, as well as student dancers and choreographers. Travis Prokop, a dance professor and choreographer, said this year’s performance has a huge variety — from aerial, tap and swing, to contemporary and postmodern work. “The first piece we have is an aerial solo by Rebecca Gonzalez,” Prokop said. “(The routine) is to ‘Man of la Mancha.’ It’s very Spanish inspired — we’re trying to go a little higher tempo with the aerials this year as opposed to last year. Our second piece is by Lamar University’s dance team. I expect some technique and some nice commitment from them. After that, we have our student work.” The student work section was chosen from different groups in Prokop’s applied choreography class. Katelyn Kirk and Shaudae

Lamar University’s cheerleading program offers an opportunity for students to be a part of a motivational team while also serving the community. On Saturday, the cheerleaders will host a recruitment clinic, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in McDonald Gym, located next to the Sheila Umphrey Recreational Sports Center. The fee is $10 for online registration or $15 cash or check on the day of the event. “The Lamar University cheer program is made up of diverse Lamar students that become family,” Allison Williams, cheer coordinator, said. “Our recruitment clinic allows anyone interested in cheering at the collegiate level a chance to be a Lamar Cheerleader for the day.” The clinic is open to all ages. “We run our clinic like we run our practices,” Williams said. “We teach material that will be used during tryouts so it gives everyone an advantage by learning the material ahead of time.” Williams said the clinic is laid back to create a comfortable atmosphere. “The clinic is run by the Lamar coaching staff and current cheerleaders, so everyone can really get a feel for what our program is like,” she said. Da’Quwan Mark, a veteran member of the team, said the

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Lamar to host Earth Day activities Aspen Winn UP contributor

It’s crazy to think that even though planet Earth is our only haven as humans, many of us don’t take care of it, as we should. We leave trash everywhere, cut down our forests, our animals become extinct due to our lack of care and we fill our beaches daily with waste and oil. To help recognize the responsibility we have to our planet, Earth Day was created. Earth Day originated in 1970 to support environmental protection. Activists around the world celebrate the event by planting trees, recycling, carpooling and more. With more than 193 countries participating, the Earth Day Network coordi-

nates the events globally. This year Earth Day will be held April 22, and Lamar University has two weeks of events for students to show their support for environmental causes, running through April 28. Alicen Flosi, LU director of sustainability, said the events will be fun but also educational. “The purpose of Earth Week is to inform students about ways to reduce our impact on the environment so that future generations have the resources they need,” she said. “It also will show ways everyone can eat and live healthily, and take care of their environment by becoming more engaged on campus.” Lamar’s second-annual “Earth Week,” organized by

the department of sustainability, will feature daily events where students can practice and learn about sustainability and also find out about the importance of Earth Day. Students can win up to $750, by entering a fiveminute video in the LU Green Squad Sustainability Video Contest. The deadline to be uploaded onto the LU Green Squad Facebook page is today. A “Social Justice Discussion” event will be held today in 110 Family and Consumer Science building from 6p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, a beach clean up will be held at McFadden Beach. Volunteer UP photo by Aspen Winn

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Members of the LU Green Squad make a recycled bottlecap mosaic of the LU logo


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“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” — George Santayana

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hours will apply and the beach will supply tools and instruction upon arrival. Tuesday, Earth Day will be celebrated at the men’s baseball game at Vincent Beck Stadium against Texas Southern University at 4 p.m. To conclude the celebration, an Arbor Day Celebration and Work Day at the Gardens will



be held 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., beginning at the LU Community Garden and concluding at the South Park Community Garden. “The mission is to strengthen campus initiatives, encourage participation in sustainability efforts, inspire the efficient use of resources, and expand community outreach,”

Flosi said. Lamar’s Green Squad has already placed green recycling bins next to the black trash bins in the hallways, restrooms and classrooms around campus to encourage students to separate what is trash from what can be recycled. “I hope that people are recycling all year long, but we know

that is not the case,” Flosi said. “If you have one week where we are encouraging students to recycle and to take care of their community and campus, then these newly acquired habits can hopefully turn into a lifestyle.” For more information, email at, or visit

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the time without becoming mentally fatigued. Our focus is to examine blood glucose levels and eye dilation in order to tease out the relationships regarding the resource. “We are building a do it yourself research ready eye tracking device that will be mounted on a pair of glasses which will help you measure your cognitive load. Measuring cognitive load or when you’re focusing is equivalent to measuring when you’re spending your willpower. So we will have a device that will give you a look into how much mental energy you have to do your homework, or when the doctor is about to botch your surgery by measuring willpower and ego depletion.” Nursing student, Oxserio Benites is researching HIV and health literacy.


“Last year I was in the McNair research program and studied how much Lamar students know about HIV,” she said. “I received permission to use a reliable questionnaire from a professor from Brown University called the HIV-KQ18. It is a questionnaire concerning basic HIV information, mainly about transmission, in 18 questions. I also created a demographic form and a confidence question. The students were asked how confident they feel about their knowledge pertaining to HIV.” The more a person can understand what they read, the more confident they feel about the subject and the less they read, the less confident they are, Benites said. “I hope my research will at least inspire others to get

tested for HIV,” she said. “I also hope that more people will learn more about HIV, how it affects one’s life, and decrease the HIV stigma. Senior Baylie Fox is researching hearing aid batteries and how long the wearer should wait after peeling the tab to use them. Hearing aid batteries are different because they are made with zinc and require time to oxidize before being able to be used. “My research isn’t anything groundbreaking, but it will help hearing aid patients avoid having to wait a long time before replacing their batteries, making hearing aids less of a hassle for them,” she said. “By researching this, I am discovering a standard to tell patients on how long to wait before putting their new battery into the hearing aid. I am also getting

experience in research in case I decide to do more in the future.” Students are welcome to attend the Expo even if they did not submit an abstract, Das said. “Come and see what your fellow students are doing and get involved,” he said. “We will offer Office of Undergraduate Research grants for the 201718 academic year very soon (application deadline is Sept. 22). Contact a faculty mentor about your interest and start putting together a proposal. For the 2016-2017 academic year there were 35 winners (30 projects). Each student received up to a $1000 research support and a $500 stipend.” For more information, email or, or call 880-8430.

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spirit program has taught him more than just cheerleading skills. “It has allowed me to gain connections by going out into surrounding areas, spreading positive vibes about Lamar and the program itself,” he said. The spirit program participates in numerous events around the community throughout the year, including festivals, charity events, parades and town meetings.

“The program has allowed me to display and demonstrate characteristics like responsibility, discipline and determination, all which one must possess to be a part of such a prestigious program,” Mark said. The members of the team are split between males and females across different ages and majors. Mark, a senior, said his time on the team was an important time in his life.

“The art of cheerleading allowed me to be myself, all while constructing friendships that built priceless moments that left me smiling at the end of each day,” he said. The group cheer at home and away football games, home men’s and women’s basketball games, post-season tournaments and various community events. Members also receive a scholarship. Being a part of a team like

the Lamar Cheer Team allows students to be a part of something bigger than, Williams said. “As the coordinator, I strive to provide student development opportunities that prepare our cheerleaders for the future,” she said. “Many skills they develop while on the cheer team are transferable to life after college.” For more information, visit, email or call 880-7241.


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Undergraduate Research 4th Annual Conference

Maes, Education and Cherry 11 a.m - 7:30 p.m.

Lamar Opera Theatre

Rothwell Recital Hall

7:30 p.m. through April 23 Dance Unleashed:

Spring Dance Concert

University Theatre

7:30 p.m. through April 23

April 24

Student Lecture - ‘Ghostland: Myth, Mojo, and

Magic’ with Keith Carter

Dishman Lecture Hall 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

April 27

Undergraduate Research

Faculty Talk - Judith Mann

Landes Auditorium

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

May 2

Final Exams Begin

Landes Auditorium 5 p.m.


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‘Buzzy’ Work LU’s Ferle has secret life as Slovenian beekeeper “The honey is sweet, but the bee has a sting.” Or is it, “The honey is sweet, but the brandy has a sting?” Depends on which beekeeper’s honey you are referring to. LU cross country runner Nejc Ferle was once the youngest beekeeper in his home country of Slovenia. “It’s our family tradition,” he said. “We bee keep to get honey to use for honey brandy. It’s better, it’s healthier and more useful. My dad is the number one honey brandy producer in the whole country.” The process of beekeeping is wearing and rigorous, but Ferle learned the ropes well after growing up around a beekeeping father and grandfather. He began at age 14 and now has 40 hives. “When trees and flowers start blooming, the bees start taking the pollen and they put it into wax that is inside the hive,” he said. “They fill the wax with water and pollen and then honey is produced.” One hive can produce up to 60 pounds or more in a good season. Bees fly about 55,000 miles — more than two times around the world — to make just one pound of honey. “Every beehive is on a scale — you can see how much honey has been produced,” Ferle said. “When it reaches around 12 kilos, which is about 25 pounds, you take out the frame with the wax and honey, and you take a blade and remove the wax because the frame is now filled with honey. Next you put these frames in a machine that circles around so just the honey goes out.” Twenty-five pounds seems like quite a lot, but when compared to the number of bees producing the honey, the ratio is significantly disproportionate. “There are from 20,000 to 50,000 bees in one beehive and one queen bee,” Ferle said. “If the queen bee leaves the bee hive, all the bees follow. In Spring, some of the bee queens leave their beehives and all the 40- or 50-thousand bees follow her. You can find them on a tree.

You get a long stick and catch them on a net and put them back in the beehive.” When keeping, especially collecting bees to bring them back to their hives, one must be careful not to be bitten by a bee — or a bear, Ferle said. “About four years ago I went beekeeping with my grandpa,” the kinesiology major said. “A bear destroyed the beehouse a few times. At first we put up a high fence, but next time everything was destroyed because the bear climbed over the fence. “We then put nails in planks and laid them out on the ground. I was doing some work around the beehouse and I stepped on a big nail. I went straight to the hospital. I was caught in my own trap.” The gains outweigh the pains, however. When he was 16, Ferle met the Slovenian president for being the youngest beekeeper in the country. “There was a beekeeping congress,” the now 20-year old said. “I went to all these meetings to learn about beekeeping. They shook my hand and welcomed me as the youngest beekeeper to the country. It was just me and older people so they easily noticed me.” Beekeeping has brought Ferle recognition and experience in other areas of food production as well. He and his father make brandy, in addition to honey, from homegrown apples and pears. “The bees will take the pollen from our very own apple and pear trees — it’s a full circle,” he said. “The brandy we make has between 50- and 60-percent alcohol. The ratio is 50/50 or 45/55 after we mix it. Fifty-five percent brandy and forty-five percent honey. It has to be mixed for two weeks at exactly 36 degrees celsius, which is around body temperature. If you mix it at any higher temperature than this, all the vitamins and minerals in the honey would evaporate.” After the honey crystallizes from sitting, it can be de-crystalized by putting it in the oven at 98 degrees for five or more hours. “We have like 40 or 50 (apple and pear) trees, but sometimes we have to get brandy from other farmers because it’s hard to produce 10,000-plus liters of brandy,” Ferle said. After a few days of mixing the honey and brandy, the sediment goes down to the bottom of the mix. “When the sediment goes down, it’s no longer a mixture,” Ferle said. “You’re left with pure honey brandy above the sediment. After that we separate the honey brandy, bottle it up, label it and sell it.” Ferle said it’s a lot of work, but the end product is high quality. “Our brand is called FerMedica,” he said. “‘Fer’ is the first three letters of my surname and ‘Medica’ actually

means ‘honey brandy’ in Slovenia. The ‘c’ is pronounced like ‘ts.’” The brandy costs between 13 and 18 euros, depending on the store. FerMedica products are all around Europe. However, they have not yet made their way to America. “This is my dad’s primary job. Maybe it will be mine too. I’ll open a factory in America,” Ferle said. “Hopefully, I’m as creative as my father,” Ferle said “‘Lets try to do a honey brandy with chilli,’ my dad will say. We’ve done it. We have honey with dried fruits, nuts and many other things. A lot of tourists are from other cultures that don’t drink alcohol at all so we offer other products that suit them.” With all the honey that Ferle and his family use for their products, they still see the importance of leaving some for the bees. “Honey is actually something that bees produce to eat themselves,” he said. “They make it during the summer to eat in the winter. When you take the food away from them, you have to give them sugar or leave them half the honey at least so they can eat. If you take all of the honey then you’re taking all of their food and they’ll die.” Bees, on average, live around two years. Because of their long life expectancy, Ferle and his father do not get new bees, but rather wait on the queen bee to hatch eggs. If the queen bee dies, however, all the other bees will fly away and die as well. “There is a parasite called Varroa destructor that killed, and still kills, many bees,” he said. “Three or four years ago, a lot of bees in Slovenia died because of pesticides that were used to protect against bugs. When bees went to take pollen they poisoned themselves. Twenty percent of bees died. If all the bees died, all of humanity would be extinct in four years.” Slovenians use the word “umreti” when people or bees die. When all other animals die, they use the word “poginiti.” Bees are the only animal regarded as like humans. “Bees are more important than most people would expect,” Ferle said. “They’re part of what’s keeping us alive — not to mention, the honey brandy is unbeatable. “It’s better to drink honey brandy than it is to put honey on bread. The honey is sweet, but the brandy has a sting.”


Nejc Ferle, left with his beehive in Slovenia where he and his family make FerMedica brand honey brandy.

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DANCE from page 1 Leftwich combined on a dance. “Our piece this year is called ‘No String Attached,’” Kirk said. “It’s open for interpretation, but in my opinion it kind of plays with the idea of a romantic relationship, or any relationship, and how there is always strings attached in some way.” The pair manipulated the ideas of aerials and contemporary dance to inspire their piece, which includes several connecting fragments of string. “I think for the main character, in my mind, she represents a woman that is constantly stuck in a cycle,” Leftwich said. “A lot of women are stuck in that cycle of getting into these types of relationships and situations with people who they are more invested in than the other person — that’s kind of how I see it. It’s a repeating thing for her and I think that’s why there is an angry part at the end, because it’s like, ‘Once again, I’ve done this to myself. I knew not to go there and I did anyway.’” The first half of the show ends with a performance choreographed by adjunct professor Brixey Blankenship. “It’s about love having no colors,” Prokop said. “Kind of being color blind when it comes to who you love, love has no bounds and those kinds of things.” The second half of the program will begin with a dance choreographed by the chair of the department, Golden Wright. “All I know for this piece is that there is going to be a wall of fog,” Prokop said. “I’m sure it’s going to be dance-with-technology oriented.”

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Dancers rehearse for LU theatre and dance’s ‘Dance Unleashed’ in the University Theatre. Prokop’s piece is a 15minute work divided into four sections, called ‘Rough, Holy, Deadly, Immediate.’ Prokop said his piece is a collaboration with Cherie Acosta, LU costume designer, inspired by the book “Hidden Beauty, Exploring the Aesthetics of Medical Science” by Norman Baker and Christine IacobuzioDanahue. “She found this book where they photographed disease, but on a cellular level,” Prokop said. “She wrote the author and asked if we could use some of his pictures. What she did was take these pictures, put fabric on them and turned

them into dresses. The piece kind of came about what it feels like, to feel like you have an illness, sort of like a hypochondriac. The second part is a duet with a man and a woman, and it’s kind of supposed to be about her being diagnosed with an illness and he plays the doctor role. “The third section is where the girls wear the dresses and are somehow living with this disease and trying to find ways to cope. Our last section employs a nine-foot skirt where the dancer walks up stage and to her death. Basically, we kind of played with the idea that we put a stigma on people who are diagnosed

with a terminal illness and almost treat them as handicapped, when they are trying their best to live handicapable. We also played with the idea of pretty versus ugly, and you’ll see that in the dance.” The concert ends with a high-energy closer by instructor Lou Arrington. The performance includes a 19-piece band with tap, swing and jazz. Prokop said the concert is a family-friendly event that shows the refinedness of Lamar and the development of the dance department within the college. “What I love about this year’s concert, is that every

semester our choreographers content is getting richer,” he said. “We’re starting to transition into a very nice harmonious marriage of art and entertainment. I would say, last year showed more variety and this year shows Lamar in a more refined and polished way. We finally know who we are as a dance department now.” Prokop said that overall, he hopes the audience connects with the dancers on stage and enjoys the work that has gone into the performance. “My hope, always, from viewing dance is that they are inspired and motivated, or that they get a

clearer look to who they are on the inside,” he said. “It’s going to be entertaining. It’s going to make you cry, it’s going to make you laugh, and make you do all things dance concerts are meant to do. “We want people to walk away from it knowing that we are doing really good work up here, we’re progressing and we won’t stop until we’re all celebrities.” Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee on Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $7 for students, $10 for faculty, staff and senior citizens, and $15 for general admission.

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Remembering history preserves future’s path Caitlin McAlister UP Staff Writer

As a history major, I’ve had a few people dismiss my area of study. People have told me that history is boring, or questioned why I chose it, their words betraying a “Who cares?” attitude.


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My favorites are the ones who just come right out and say it: “I hate history.” There is one day coming up, however, that demonstrates the importance of history, and those who study it. Monday, April 24 — the 27th of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar — is Yom HaShoah, known in English as Holocaust Remembrance Day. It is a holiday dedicated to remembering the lives and deaths of the six million people who were coldly and systematically murdered by the Nazi regime, simply because they happened to be Jewish. The date commemorates one of the Holocaust’s most famous instances of resistance, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, when Jewish fighters attempted to stop the Nazis from deporting the ghetto’s remain-

ing population to the Treblinka Extermination Camp. There are, sadly, people who deny that these horrible events even happened — an opinion that flies in the face of an overwhelming amount of historical evidence – mountains of documents from the Nazi bureaucracy, containing grim numbers of those they imprisoned or killed, as well as the hundreds of thousands of survivors who bore witness to the awful truth over the years. As time dwindles the now-elderly survivors’ numbers, it is important their stories are preserved and the historians who collect and study their testimonies recognize the vital nature of what they have to say. Even the most impressive historical proof means nothing if

people don’t remember it. Many who have heard the phrase “never again” don’t realize that it has happened again and again, that the Holocaust was not the first genocide, and by far not the last. In the last 100 years, there have been several of these crimes against humanity, all over the world, in Cambodia, Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia. Sometimes this failure to remember has emboldened those who have gone on to commit atrocities themselves. Adolf Hitler once asked rhetorically, “Who remembers the Armenians?” — a group that had been the target of a genocide in what is now Turkey during World War I. Hitler believed that his “Final Solution” — the extermination of the entire Jewish pop-

ulation of Europe — would be forgotten after just a couple of generations. The world cannot afford the consequences of proving him right. The responsibility of those living in the present, then, is to be the heirs of those memories — to learn from history, to take the lessons that it has to teach us to heart and, in light of those lessons, to recognize that we cannot tolerate hate and the mistreatment of our fellow human beings that it breeds. The study of history empowers society to prevent these types of injustices from happening, and to speak up against them when they do. So whatever you think of history, whatever grade you made in the class, don’t dismiss it. The future needs the past.

Traveling broadens experience, acceptance

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” Although originally made as a joke to a friend, Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken” allows for a multiplicity of meanings. The more obvious one is a traveler has a decision to make when he comes to a fork in the road. Americans come to a sim-


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ilar fork in the road when choosing between venturing off the beaten path or staying within the comfort of the States. More frequently than not, we choose the latter when it comes to traveling. I’m not referring to those with the desire for adventure yet lack the ability to do so. I refer to those who pridefully uphold the United States as the greatest country on earth without having ever stepped foot outside of American soil. Why don’t more Americans travel internationally? Reasons — better yet, excuses — I’ve heard, vary from concerns regarding safety to not having the funds to fearing a language barrier. I’m constantly asked, “How do you travel as often and as far as you do as a college student?” I won’t say it doesn’t require sacrifice. It absolutely does. I have to give up doing certain things I

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would love to do in exchange for travel. But it’s not the sacrifice many would think. Seeing another country doesn’t have to entail staying at a five-star resort in Bimini while being served cocktails around the clock. As nice as that would be, naturally, it would be expensive. That’s where traveling smart comes into play. Choose your destination and travel during the off-season. Have an idea of what you want to do and keep your eye on flights and hostels. Even a luxurious vacation to Bimini is more than doable with websites like Airbnb, Homeaway, TripAdvisor, Booking, Skyscanner or Kayak. Living like a local is the best way to travel. Visit markets, read blogs and do your research on how to get the most out of your experience without paying an arm and a leg.

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Living like a local does not coincide with danger. I’ve met people who fear leaving the country due to terrorism, war and rumors they see on the news. The problem? The majority of what Americans are shown from international news are the terrorism and wars, yet the United States is the most dangerous country in the world. We have more prisoners, more school shootings, more traffic accidents, yet we’re thriving. Granted, that doesn’t justify traveling recklessly to the unreached areas of Africa alone because “anywhere is safer than the States,” but don’t let danger keep you from experiencing a new culture and people. If you refrain from doing things out of fear can you truly say you have lived? It isn’t always physical danger that people fear. Some worry about the language barrier. I have friends that have precon-

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ceived negative ideas of people from other countries strictly based on the fact that they cannot understand their language. Little do they realize English is the universal language, so they’re well equipped for simple conversation at the very least. If anything, learning a few phrases to get around is easy when you have a translator right in your pocket. Fear of travel boils down to comfort and, unfortunately, ignorance. I asked six people to tell me their favorite country and they all chose America. We live in an American bubble. We live in a country of convenience, and I am by no means complaining. America has so much to offer. But when we’d rather be comfortable than inconvenienced for the sake of growth, we’ll reach the end of road most often traveled and then the American dream will be dead.

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‘CHiPs’ is cinematic highway to Hell REVIEW Marrissa Bonner UP contributor

“CHiPs?” More like “chirps,” because that is exactly what I heard at the movie theater, crickets. “CHiPs” is a movie remake of the TV show that first aired in 1977, a show my grandfather watched about California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers who solve cases. It wasn’t the greatest show back then, and sitting in that dark, cold, buttery popcorn-filled movie theater, it is even worse. Dax Shepard, who wrote the screenplay, plays Jon Baker, a

once aspiring police officer turned Los Angeles Highway Patrol officer who is trying to put his marriage back together. He is ridiculously pleased with finally making it on to the force after multiple tries, and takes pride in wearing his brandspanking new brown uniform — so much so that he never takes it off. Ticket happy and with siren overbearing, he even tickets a robbery victim for not having license plates on her new car. Baker is partnered up with Frank “Ponch” Poncherello, played by Michael Peña, an arrogant, undercover FBI agent who is trying to find a crooked cop within the department.

Peña is cocky, angry and not the “traditional” type of partner one would think of. He also has an obsession with women in yoga pants — each time he sees one, he crashes his bike. Yep, that’s the type of humor we are dealing with. Ponch tries to keep Jon out of his investigation, but, big surprise, ends up needing his help. The movie is horrible. It telegraphs its plot twists big time, the humor is child-like and it didn’t keep my attention. The best thing about the movie is it is relatively short, at just an hour and 41 minutes, so one doesn’t waste a whole evening.

The script was so unoriginal that one can easily guess what is next. I could not figure out if the script that was terrible or if the actors in this supposed comedyaction were making it terrible. And where was the action? OK, so, one or two cars blow up, but it wasn’t thrilling. And it was not funny. Some parts did make me giggle, such as when Ponch gets slapped in the face by Jon’s junk — which in itself tells you the level of the humor. The acting is like bad barbeque — overdone and dry. As a crime-based movie, “CHiPs” doesn’t do anyone any justice. “CHiPs” is rated R.

LU Association of Black Journalists seeks recruits Milton Holmes II UP contributor

Lamar University’s Association of Black Journalists is seeking recruits for the fall 2017 semester. The group is designed to bring communication majors together and enable them to network with professionals in their field. LUABJ offers an opportunity for students to make contacts that will help them after they graduate, Ja’Tianna Mingo, LUABJ president,

said. The group is going through a rejuvenation after a period of inactivity and Mingo said that she is excited to be part of its growth and development. “The association is going to guarantee each of our members not only job exposure but incentives as well,” she said. “The members will receive two shirts, one in the fall semester and another in the spring. The organization will also be hosting numerous student events in which everyone who is a

part of LUABJ will be granted free entry.” The group is open to all students, regardless of race. “Though black is in the organization’s name, we are not turning away any interested members at all, regardless of race or major,” Mingo said. “Our goal is to become a networking outlet for the students and encourage them to be a part of something that will be a great résumé enhancer.” The association already had

a positive outcome for some of those involved. Charles Carter III, LUABJ vice president, said that being a member of the group has already yielded benefits. “Before joining this committee, I applied for this internship with ESPN in Houston, and was told to give them until the summer time to hear whether or not I received the positon,” he said. “After becoming a part of LUABJ, I decided to call back and check my application status. I also

informed them that I had joined a group at my university which deals with journalism. Shortly after I was told that I had been selected for the interview portion of the process. “It just seems as though they needed to hear that I was getting experience in some shape or form.” LUABJ meets every Monday at 5 p.m. in 113 Communication Building. For more information, visit the LUABJ OrgSync page.

‘Relentless’ offers biblical studies Ja’Tianna Mingo UP contributor

“Relentless” is a new Christian organization founded Nov. 3, 2016 on Lamar University campus by Michael Mitchell and Brionna Clark. The organization was created so students on campus can learn more about Christ and use it in their everyday college life. “Our goal is to reach out to Lamar University students

and make the university a better place by reaching out to students to learn more about Christ,” Brionna Clark, vice president of Relentless, said. “We have a different approach from most churches. We deliver the word differently. We teach instead of preach, we take the word and apply it to life as a college student.” Bible study is hosted every Thursday at 7:30 p.m in the Lucas building 119. Lessons

are taught by Michael Mitchell, Brooklyn Williams, and occasional speakers. The studies are open to all religions. The organization is sponsored by four restaurants. Chick-fil-a, Subway, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Pizza Hut. One of the four restaurants provides food every Thursday. Aside from learning about Christ in bible study, they also play games and offer gift cards giveaways.

Michael Mitchell, president of Relentless and Lamar student said their new series, “Don’t Sleep On Me” motivate students. “To not be held by people overlooking them,” Mitchell said. “How God will never overlook you and he will always recognize your value.” Mitchell said he wants newcomers to understand that he can relate to others outside of the organization. The organization partner-

ships with “LU Cru,” and Antioch Ghurch in Beaumont, where they invites students to come to the 11:45 services. Bus transportation is provided for students who reside within Cardinal Village. Food will be provided exclusively for Lamar University students. To cover travel fees and a T-shirt, dues to join are $20. For more information, visit the Relentless Orgsync page, or call (281) 299-5873.

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LU’s Gary Brice to host book signing, Wednesday Morgan Gotte UP contributor

Gary Brice, Lamar University instructor of math, will host a presentation and book signing for “The Birds, Their Carols Raise.” The event will take place in the Executive Event Center at LU’s Wayne A. Reaud Building, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday. “This book is a four- to fivemonth snapshot of life in 1960,”

Brice said. “It is from the perspective of a nine-year-old boy so it has that innocent approach. This is a story of two families, one white and one black, who live half a mile apart going through the same stuff in 1960.” The book is subtitled “A fictional tribute to a place of warm memories in a time of violent change.” Brice will give a 15- to 20minute presentation, followed

by a Q&A. Brice will then sign copies of his book. The event will have an informal atmosphere with informal attire, Brice said. Brice said he is honored to share something very personal with people, including current and past students. This is Brice’s first published novel. “I think people will laugh out loud and be moved to tears on multiple occasions,” he said.

“There is a lot of intense emotion in my book, everything from great shame to great regret, and young love that I think people will enjoy looking back on.” The event is free and open to the public. The book will be on sale for $14 or at a student price of $12. For more information, call 880-8799, or email gbrice@

Lamar selected for Carnegie Project on education doctorate

Lamar University will join in the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate, its board of directors announced recently. LU and 21 other new graduate schools of education join more than 80 members of the consortium in the important work of redesigning professional practice preparation in education for the improvement of PK-20 education and the organizations that support it. “This is a great opportunity for Lamar University’s doctoral program in educational leadership to be involved, through a consortium, in the design and redesign of Ed.D. programs across the country in developing guiding principles for program development,” Robert

Spina, dean of the College of Education and Human Development, said. “This is cutting edge work in transforming the professional Ed.D. degree for individuals in leadership positions.” LU’s doctoral program in educational leadership went online in 2011 and has grown steadily. Today, there are around 300 applications for about 45 openings in the next cohort, Kaye Shelton, associate professor of educational leadership and director of the Center for Doctoral Studies in the College of Education and Human Development, said. “In 2013-14, the doctoral faculty sat down to figure a way to keep the program relevant,”

Shelton, who holds a Ph.D. in educational leadership from the University of NebraskaLincoln and whose dissertation examined the administration of online education programs, said. “So we started looking at the global aspect. “As a faculty, we spent many hours individually, on retreats and in lots of meetings going through and working on our curriculum to change it to a global mindset.” Now, students earn the Ed.D. with a concentration in global educational leadership. “We’re still working on the dissertation to make it very relevant to students by ensuring it is applicable to real-world problems,” Shelton said.

The majority of LU’s students are not going to become college faculty members, but are going right back into the field, Shelton said. “We are committed to continually improving the program and making sure that it is meeting the needs of these education practitioners,” she said. “Being a member of CPED provides us with resources and access to other programs where the walls of competition are lowered as we sit down at the same table and talk about issues together.” CPED institution members and their faculty engage in a model of professional development to learn from and with each other the best ways

to design professional preparation. New members were chosen through an application process and evaluated by a CPED committee composed of faculty members of current CPED institutions. Based on the application and support materials provided by each prospective member institution, CPED anticipates that adding these institutions to the consortium will add an immense value and push CPED’s collective work even farther. CPED hosts bi-annual convenings in June and October at member institutions. LU will be invited to attend the next CPED Convening at the University of Pittsburgh, June 12-14.

Panama Canal cruise announced for LU alumni, friends

Lamar University invites alumni and friends to participate in an 11-night cruise aboard the Azamara Quest exploring beaches, rainforests, and the Panama Canal, Jan. 415. “This is truly a once-in-alifetime kind of a trip,” Shannon Copeland, director of Alumni Affairs and Advancement Services, said. “Alumni will not only experience the beautiful scenery, the unique culture of these countries, and the luxury of the Azamara Quest, but they will also connect with fellow LU alumni

and friends,” she said. Embarking in Miami, the Azamara Quest will sail to Cartagena, a vibrant colonial Columbian port city and UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring ornate churches, the Palace of the Inquisition, and other historical sites. Next is the culturally diverse Panama City, where LU alumnus and CEO of the Panama Canal Authority Jorge Quijano will offer a private tour of the canal and lunch at the Governor’s House. The cruise will make its final stop in Costa Rica to experience three destinations: Golfito, the

gateway to Corcovado National Park; Quepos, known for sport fishing, the Damas Estuary and the Manuel Antonio National Park; and Puntarenas, an oldtime port town with renowned beaches. “Our travel partner, AHI, really takes the worry out of international travel. They work with local experts and professional tour guides to make sure that every detail is worked out and all travelers have a wonderful experience,” Copeland said. The Azamara Quest is a boutique ship that offers premium amenities as well as fine dining

and optional shore excursions. Early reservation is encouraged as space is limited and some stateroom categories are already wait-listed. The Cardinal Adventures program was established in 2010 as a way to encourage lifelong learning and to provide alumni and friends of the university opportunities to engage with each other. Each trip has a strong educational component as well as experienced travel service from LU’s travel partner, AHI Travel. AHI Travel is a premier operator of personalized group

travel programs in North America. The first travel company to develop tours exclusively for college and university alumni, AHI serves educated individual travelers and their families as well as members of alumni associations and professional groups. All of AHI's programs feature a strong educational component and the goal of providing experiences that foster a deeper understanding of diverse cultures and nature. For more information, visit or the Office of Alumni Affairs at



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LU Opera to present Puccini Caitlin McAlister UP Staff Writer

The Lamar Opera Theatre will perform two operas, “Suor Angelica” and “Le Villi,” Friday through Sunday. The two short operas are by Giacomo Puccini. “(Suor Angelica) is longing for her son,” Geralyn Harper, Houston senior, said. “She hasn’t seen him since she had to give him up. He should be seven now, but she doesn’t really know what’s going on with him. She’s (in a convent) on punishment for having a child out of wedlock — she wasn’t supposed to do that.” Katrina Kelly, Houston junior, said that Suor Angelica does not fit in with the rest of the nuns. “Suor Angelica is from a formal background — she doesn’t have a typical background that a lot of the nuns have, so she’s kind of set apart from a lot of the sisters in the convent,” she said. “I don’t want to give too much away about her background or what happens in the convent, but the plot centers around her.” Kelly plays Sister Genevieve in “Suor Angelica.” “She’s the sister that’s very happy and wants the best for everybody,” Kelly said. “She’s kind of your typical best friend, and is always helping everybody out the best that she can.” Harper, who plays Sister Osmina, has performed with the Lamar Opera Theatre for five years. “I am the nursing sister,” Harper said. “I play the troublemaker first, and then I play the kind of caring type of sister.” The operas are in Italian and Kelly said that is the most challenging aspect of the opera. “I not only have to translate my role, but I have to translate everything else that’s going on around me because I have to react to everything,” she said. Brea Marshall, Houston junior, plays the female lead, Anna, in “Le Villi.” “The story is about a girl and a boy who fall in love and they’re to be engaged,” Marshall said. “However, Roberto, who is her fiancé, has to go to Mainz to retrieve an inheritance. On the way, he’s entranced by a siren, so he’s gone for much longer than he had intended.”

This is Kelly’s debut with Lamar Opera Theatre. “This is really my first experience with opera,” she said. “The people I’ve met are very talented. This is a very exciting experience.” Puccini is perhaps most famous for his 1904 opera “Madama Butterfly.” Morgan Buie, Gardner, Kan., senior, said the two operas represent different periods in Puccini’s career. “‘Le Villi’ was at the beginning of Puccini’s composing lifetime, and ‘Suor Angelica’ was at the end of his composing lifetime,” Buie, who plays Suor Angelica’s aunt, said. “Between the two shows, you can really see how he wrote at the beginning of his career as opposed to how he wrote at the end of his career. In ‘Suor Angelica,’ the way that it’s composed, the way that the music flows, is completely different from ‘Le Villi.’” Buie said students who are not familiar with opera should check it out. “It would be amazing to have all the support that we can,” she said. “Even if you don’t know what opera is or you think it’s something weird, come and see, because it’s not as weird as people might think.” Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10. For more information, call 880-8144.

Lamar Opera Theatre cast, bottom left, rehearses the opening scenes of “Le Villi,” Tuesday. Brea Marshall is the female lead.

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SPORTS Intramural Sports All Scores and Standings


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as updated on Sunday, April 13 4 on 4 Flag Football Standings Men’s League Division 1 Mon/Wed TEAM W-L-T Grandma’s Boys 4-1-0 Ball Szn 4-1-0 Sigma Phi Epsilon 3-2-0 A.A.M.P 2-3-0 Alpha Tau Omega 1-4-0 Lights out 0-5-0 Division 2 Tue/Thur TEAM W-L-T Touchdown Factory 4-0-0 The Foursome 2-0-0 G.R.I.T.S. 3-1-0 The Ghosts 1-2-0 Kappa Alpha Order 0-3-0 Sigma Nu 0-4-0 8 on 8 Cricket League Results Congrats to our Champions Maratha Warriors. Championship Match Results from April 8 Maratha Warriors 46 Cardinals 18

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Defense shines in annual spring football scrimmage Elisabeth Tatum UP contributor

The first spring camp under new Lamar football head coach Mike Schultz has come and gone, concluding with the annual Red and White game. The Cardinals took the field at Provost Umphrey Stadium Friday morning for their Spring Scrimmage. “We’re not where we want to be and we have a long way to go,” Schultz said. “But, we are taking the steps in the right direction.” Schultz is implementing an up-tempo and ‘in-your-face’ style of play that is the polar opposite of the relaxed and much slower style preferred by former coach Ray Woodard. All three quarterbacks had time behind center, with several running backs having opportunities to be in the spotlight. “I’ve been trying to change the culture a bit to fit a style that suits our players and

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Running back Markell Hawthorne faces-off against the Lamar defense before scoring a touchdown in the spring scrimmage, Friday, at Porovost Umphrey Stadium.

4 on 4 Volleyball Standings CoRec League TEAM W-L-T Meteorites 3-0-0 ZTA and ATO 3-0-0 Shh It’s a secret 2-1-0 SigDelt/ADPi 2-1-0 I’d Hit That 1-2-0 Bam 1-2-0 Gold Diggers 0-3-0 Take This L 0-3-0 Men’s League TEAM W-L-T Kappa Alpha Order 1-0-0 Sigma Phi Epsilon 1-0-0 Razorblades 1-0-0 Sigma Nu 1-0-0 How I Set Your Mother 1-1-0 Sigma Phi Delta 1-1-0 Alpha Tau Omega 0-1-0 Fantastic Four 0-3-0

Men’s League Division 1 TEAM Alpha Tau Omega A.A.M.P Sigma Nu Kappa Alpha Order Division 2 TEAM Sigma Phi Delta Big Kicks SigEp Kickaholics 0-3-0 Co-Rec League TEAM W-L-T AXO and ATO 1-0-0 KADPi 0-1-0 Lethal Strikers 0-0-0

coaches better,” Schultz said. LU quarterbacks completed 20 of 33 passes for 195 yards, and two interceptions. Andrew Allen, upcoming senior, completed nine of his 15 passes for 88 yards, but also had the two interceptions of the scrimmage. Junior Blake McKenzie completed eight of 13 passes with 85 yards. Sophomore Adam Morse completed three of five passes for 22 yards, and rushed for 40 yards on four carries, the highest amount of rushing yards on the team. “Our quarterbacks understand the speed and tempo which we want to play at,” Schultz said. “Just understanding that is a big deal and they’re doing a good job with it.” Transfer players also had their first opportunity to take the LU field. Texas A&M transfer James White carried the ball five

The Cardinal baseball team hosted five home games last week, defeating New Orleans and Grambling before completing a Southland Conference sweep over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 6-4, Saturday, at Vincent-Beck Stadium. The Islanders began the game with a quick home run by junior Jackson Owens over left field. His run went unanswered as the pitchers battled it out for the next two innings, both teams going three up and three down. The Cardinals hit their hot spot in the third inning, gaining four runs. Infielder Grant DeVore hit a double and was soon followed by outfielders Cutter McDowell and Reid Russell after an error and a walk. The bases were loaded when sophomore Robin Adames stepped up to the plate and received another walk to bring in DeVore and tie the score 1-1. A single by senior infielder Trey Silvers brought in McDowell to take the lead 2-1. The Lamar line-up next brought up power hitter Chad Flesichman who reached first base on a fielder’s choice. A throw from third to second recorded LU’s first out and

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Racquetball Singles - Men Champion - Rajeswar Babu Ramesh

Women’s League TEAM Alpha Chi Zeta Tau Alpha Sets On The Beach how bow dah Bubba Chubbs Ace 0-1-0 Kickball Standings 

Baseball sweeps 5 games at home

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SpoRT CLubS Club Archery Cody Sahualla competed in the Traditional Bowhunters of Texas (TBOT) Texas 3-D shoot.  He placed 3rd place out of 200 shooters and was awarded a  belt buckle in his category of recurve open. Seven members of the club are traveling to compete in the 2017 South-Central Region Outdoor Collegiate Championships at the University of Texas in Austin, on April 29. Club basketball Houston Club Sport Basketball Conference (HCSBC) Playoffs Men 4/7/17 Home game. Lamar men’s club was the No. 1 seed from their pool and hosted Rice University in the quarterfinals. They won by a score of 68-51 and moved on to the Semifinals. 4/9/17 Semi Finals vs Prairie View A&M at Texas Southern University. Lamar Men’s Club beat PC A&M 56-48 in overtime to move on to the Championship. 4/9/17 Championship vs Lonestar College - Kingwood at Texas Southern University. The men’s club lost a close match in overtime to the defending HCSBC champions by a score of 51-48. Women 4/9/17 Semi Finals vs Prairie View A&M at Texas Southern University. The women’s club were the 4th seed in the tournament and faced 1st seed Prairie View A&M. LU women’s club lost a close game 5251 in overtime.  Tournament All Tournament Both clubs had players selected to the HCSBC All Tournament Team Men Connor Sullivan Jamal North Women Jasmine Collins Both Clubs will compete in the NIRSA Championship Series National Basketball Tournament, April 21-23, at The Ohio State University. 100’s of universities from all over the nation will be there. Club Tennis 4/8/17 Lamar Club had three players compete in the Lonestar College Cy Fair Singles Invitational. Priscilla Garza won both brackets, she played in A & B. Tyler Hansford played and lost in the quarterfinal, and Benjamin Hackney made the finals but came up short losing 4-6, but placing 2nd in the B bracket.

Joey Frenchwood UP contributor

It all happened so fast, Sable Hankins didn’t even realize what was happening. On the morning of Feb. 13, the Lamar University softball shortstop was on her way to practice when her life almost ended. “I was exiting off of Martin Luther King Parkway, from Port Arthur, and I’m driving around 55 miles per hour, where I then notice there was something in the road,” Hankin said. “I try to maneuver around it which caused my car to jump the curb. As I tried to get back onto the road my steering wheel locked. “Without control of my steering wheel, I had no control of my car. I then flipped over three lanes and the median (and) finally I flipped over two more lanes and landed onto another car. “ Hankins said her first concern was not for herself, but for the person whose car she landed on. “I honestly didn’t feel any pain, I was more concerned of the chances that I may have killed somebody in the result of me landing on the hood of their car,” she said. “I didn’t feel anything at all, initially, but I had glass all over my body, especially my feet. “At the hospital they had to take the glass out of my skin, one by one, which was brutal.” Hankins had a C1 cervical fracture. “If I would have broken my cervix, I would have been paralyzed,” she said. “The doctor told me that I was extremely lucky that my injuries weren’t more severe. “The doctor initially told me that there was a chance that I would never play softball again — this is what worried me

most, because softball, in a way, has been my life. I can’t really imagine my life without softball.” Hankins was in a neck brace for three weeks and said the most frustrating part was not being able to play the sport she loves. “The rehab was pretty gruesome,” she said. “ The recovery process was hard because there was no actual way to rehab my spine because I fractured the top half of it, and no one wanted to release me because they couldn’t tell if I was severely injured. “I felt fine and could move fluently, but somehow I had a fractured spine and no one could explain how I was able to move.” During rehab, Hankins said she continually called doctors and athletic trainers, trying to do whatever she could to get back onto the field. “What I was waiting for was my bone scan results, this is what decided my softball fate,” she said. “I called the doctor’s See SOFTBALL page 10

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Sable Hankins, top, leads the Lady Cardinals in home runs since recovering from injuries received in a car wreck, above, Feb. 13.

Card win weekend series vs. UCA Lamar University's Shelby Henderson singled up the middle with one out in the bottom of the seventh to spoil the no-hit bid of Central Arkansas pitcher Kayla Gomness as the Cardinals dropped a 2-0 decision to the visiting Bears in Southland Conference softball game, Saturday. LU pitcher Ciara Luna threw a onehitter in a 2-0 LU win. Saturday was another pitcher's duel as the Bears salvaged the final game of the series after being swept by the Lady Cardinals in Friday's doubleheader. The Lady Cards (22-21, 12-6 SLC) return to SLC play to face McNeese in Lake Charles for another three game set beginning Friday.

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UPsports briefs MEN’S GOLF Lamar University’s Zander Gous tied for third place to lead the Cardinals to a second-place finish at the Longhorn Shootout, Saturday, in Austin. Gous shot a 1-over-par 72 in the morning round before carding a 4-under-par 67 at the UT Golf Club and finished with 3-under 139 for 36 holes. All six LU golfers had better scores in the afternoon round. The Cardinals had a 374 in the morning before rebounding with a 362 to finish at 26-overpar. LU Cardinals Mans Berglund tied for sixth, Cody Banach tied for 10th and Sam Dumez tied for 14th. Charlie Flowers also had rounds of 78 and 77 to place 20th  at 13-over-par 155, one stroke ahead of teammate Eason Wang, who tied for 21st at 14-overpar 156 after rounds of 83 and 73. “We played a solid second round, which is something we have been struggling with all year,” Mudd said. “It was great to see them play so well in the second round.” BASEBALL Cutter McDowell had a special game at the plate with two home runs, but back-to-back long balls in the second inning sparked LSU's offense as the Tigers downed the Lamar University baseball team 10-4, Tuesday, at Alex Box Stadium in non-conference action in Baton Rouge, La. McDowell popped a first pitch home run, his second leadoff bomb of the season, and put the Cardinals (22-16) up 1-0, but the Tigers (26-12) responded in the second inning with back-to-back blasts from Nick Coomes and Josh Smith that put them up 3-1. McDowell uncorked his second home run in the third inning, which led off the frame. In the fourth, Bryndan Arredondo led off with a double down the left field line to get in position for Chad Fleischman's bomb to left field. McDowell's homer was the third overall, and Fleischman's was his fourth. The Tigers drew it back to a three-one lead in the


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office every day, three times a day, because every day I missed hurt our team.” After waiting a week for the scan results, Hankins received a call from the doctor while she was traveling to support the team. “But they can’t give me the results unless it was in person — this was problem because we were in Waco, playing at Baylor University,” she said. When she returned to Beaumont, she went to

fifth when Antoine Duplantis hit a sinking line drive into center field with Coomes in scoring position. Coomes reached on walk and took second on a single from Beau Jordan. They poured it on with three more in the seventh and took a commanding 10-4 lead. MEN’S TENNIS The Lamar University men’s tennis team will host a Senior Day Alumni Match, Saturday, beginning at 1 p.m. from the Thompson Family Tennis Center. LU will honor its four seniors — Michael Feucht, Jeandre Hoogenboezem, Juuso Laitinen and Nikita Lis — prior to the match, and then will step on the court to take on the LU alumni. The Cardinals four seniors will leave as one of the best classes to ever wear the Red and White. The LU Class of 2017 has posted a 60-36 (.625) record during their career, including an 18-6 (.750) Southland Conference mark. The Cards have produced a 26-6 (.813) record at home during the past four seasons. Over the course of the past two seasons, the Cardinals have posted a perfect record in conference play (9-0), as well as a perfect home record (14-0). In addition to the number of wins they’ve posted in their four years, the Cardinals ended a 40-year drought last season by winning their first conference title since the 1976 season. The Cardinals have one more regular-season match remaining before the start of the Southland Conference Championships. LU will travel to rival Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Friday. WOMEN’S TENNIS LU senior Anna Spengler, came back from an opening-set loss, to defeat New Orleans’ Anja Luethi at No. 2 singles for the fourth and deciding point of the day. The Cardinals finished with a 4-3 decision over UNO in Louisiana, The Cardinals (16-7/8-3 SLC) close the regular season winning three consecutive matches and guaranteeing themselves at least the three seed in the Southland Conference tournament, beginning Friday, April 28, at the Beaumont Municipal Tennis Complex. Admission to the match is free. Compiled by Cassandra Jenkins the hospital on her own. “(It) ended up perfect because I was healthy enough to play,” she said. “Instantly, after that doctor’s appointment, I ran directly to the softball field, (and) I started at shortstop.” Since her return, Hankins has made quite an impact. She is leading the team in home runs, and is batting a team-high .400 in Southland Conference play. “Life is what you make it,” she said. “You must take advantage of your opportunities while living every day like it’s your last — because you never know what the next day holds.”


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times for 49 yards, ending with a nine-yard rush for a touchdown on his fifth carry. The Cards’ other touchdown came from a one-yard carry by redshirt freshman Markell Hawthorne, who finished the game with four carries for 23 yards. Lamar’s defense outshined the offense, especially in the first half, picking off two passes and forcing three fumbles. The defense kept the offense off the score board until late in the scrimmage. Junior defensive back Rodney Randle delivered the biggest hit of the scrimmage on the second play of the game. The defense forced five


turnovers, batting away passes and making stops behind the line of scrimmage. Sophomore Shyler Staton led the D with three tackles and an interception. Senior Jaylon Bowden had a team-high four tackles. Sophomore Tariq Gordon finished the scrimmage with two tackles and two pass breakups and senior Manesseh Miles had two tackles, including a sack. The offense looked tired after just the first half with the new style of play, but the defense looked much improved from the 2016 season. The Cards have four more months for Schultz to get them in shape for regular season, which begins Sept. 2 at North Texas.

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sent Silvers back to the dugout, but not before Russell reached home and tacked another point onto the scoreboard. The final run of the inning came after freshman Payton Robertson hit a line drive to left field, giving Adames enough time to reach home plate and end the frame 4-1. The Islanders attempted to catch up to LU in the fifth inning when an RBI by infielder Luke Marbach allowed his teammate at third to cut the score to a tworun lead. The Cards scored two more runs in the bottom of the fifth to keep ahead of the Islanders. A double by freshman Cole Coker brought in Silvers from third and Robertson reached on a fielder’s choice, allowing Coker to complete his run around the bases. Texas A&M Corpus-Christi attempted to close the gap once more in the seventh inning with two runs of their own, but they couldn’t rally enough in the last two innings to gain the lead after Tanner Driskill substituted for

LU starting pitcher Jace Campbell. Campbell walked off the field facing 25 batters on 87 pitches, giving up no walks and only one earned run. “I felt good,” Campbell said. “My fast ball was working, and I got to try my secondary stuff and keep them off balance. Late in the game I started to give them a couple hits, but for the most part I felt good and I felt like I gave my hitters a chance to go for it.” The Cardinals swept the Islanders after a 4-2 win Thursday’s first game, and an 8-2 victory in Friday’s middle game. “It feels good to take another sweep,” second baseman Coker said. “It feels really good, especially on a beautiful day like this — it doesn’t get better than that.” LU travelled to Louisiana to play LSU, Tuesday. Score was unavailable at time of printing. The Cardinals hope for another sweep when they return to SLC play and face Abilene Christian in Abilene, Friday through Sunday.

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