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The Newspaper of Lamar University

Vol. 93, No. 11 November 17, 2016

Cultural Festival set for Saturday Tim Collins UP Managing Editor

Lamar University will host the fifth annual International Cultural Festival, Saturday, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Montagne Center. The event is part of LU’s International Education week, which is themed, “Empowering Young People Through International Education.” The event will include videos, displays and presentations alongside an international fashion show, dances, food and music. International Education week is sponsored by the offices of study abroad, international student services, the Reaud Honors College, Phi Beta Delta International Honors Society,

the JoAnne Gray Dishman School of Nursing, the department of English and modern languages, and the office of diversity and inclusion. “The goal of course is to promote global diversity and inclusion and positive intercultural relationship on our campus,” John Bello-Ogunu, vice president of diversity and inclusion, said. “We have always believed that in order for our graduates to be prepared for the world that we live in today, a world of interconnected cultures and interdependent economies, they must be holistically educated such that they are not only wellgrounded in their own domestic cultural heritage but that they also are exposed to cultures of the world.”

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Students perform in the 2014 International Cultural Festival. Bello-Ogunu said the event is meant to expose students to other cultures so that mutual understanding among the student body can increase. “You can begin to under-

stand that although we are different, we are nevertheless the same,” Bello-Ogunu said. “That understanding can only come from not once-in-a-while exposure but regular exposure to

Garden Grows Students stretch green thumbs in community garden Maegan White UP Contributor

While rushing around campus, one may have noticed an

area between the Communications Building and the tennis courts, full of blooming flowers, vegetables and blossoming shrubs. This peaceful place is the

Lamar Community Garden. Student president Bette Paredez said the garden, which began in 2012, is expanding this semester. “We currently have this location by the Student Health Center, but we are getting very close to ground breaking day for a new location out past the dorms,” she said. Paredez said that the garden still has plants left from summer, including peppers, okra and purple sweet potato. “We are also putting in our crops for fall, which include lettuce, carrots, kohlrabi, Swiss chard, turnips, beans and peas, so far,” she said. “We have herbs like sweet basil and lemon basil, mint (and chocolate mint), turmeric, and oregano. There are also fruit trees like apples, pomegranate, loquat, plum, and avocado that haven’t been here long enough to fruit, and some that have, like our figs, pineapple guava bush, peach tree and many citrus like satsuma and the Meyer lemon tree. “We also have a banana tree with a flower, so I’m hoping it will have bananas. There are also many flowers, like zinnia, marigold, gardenia, lantana and I’m trying bluebonnet for the first time. So far I just have little sprouts.” Paredez said there is a part of the garden for decorative trees and perennials, but the main part is for produce which will be donated to SETX Food Bank, Some Other Place and Slow Food Beaumont. As part of campus, the area offers an opportunity to educate the

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Bette Paradez, student president, works in Lamar’s community garden.

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people from all walks of like whether they’re in the classroom or in the residence hall in the cafeteria.” Bello-Ogunu said the event is intended to prepare students for the world outside of their academic careers, in both the job market and the global stage. “Events such as this and a rich study abroad program as well as the various programs that are hosted and sponsored by our office of diversity and inclusion collectively help our students upon graduation to be global ambassadors to the world and to be prepared and ready to function and be successful in a world of many colors,” Bello-Ogunu said. For more information, call 880-8216.

LU hosts Brexit discussion panel Trevier Gonzalez UP Multimedia Editor

On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. Although this was almost half a year ago, the decision was not to be forgotten. As part of International Education Week at Lamar University, the Reaud Administration Building’s Executive Event Room welcomed a panel of professors from around the world Tuesday. While panelists offered their thoughts on the British exit, “Brexit,” comparisons were also made to the United States’ division over their new president-elect, Donald Trump. Waterford Institute of Technology health science professor John Wells said that the motivation for the Brexit referendum was politically-based. “If you actually conducted a survey, EU membership ranked ninth in terms of concerns,” Wells said. “It wasn't the number one concern for people. Wells said what really mattered to people within the UK concentrated on the country’s economy. “It was jobs, then the NHS (National Health Service), then immigration,” Wells said. “The immigration issue was the primary reason people wanted to leave.” According the BBC, LU director of student publications, Andy Coughlan’s hometown of Brighton, England voted to stay within the European Union by 68.6 percent. He said when a country encounters difficulty, said it’s a common response for both people and the media to try to redirect the blame. See BREXIT page 2

Panelists John Wells, left, Andy Coughlan and Maria Sandovici provide their thoughts on the Brexit vote in the Reaud Administration Building Nov. 15. UP photo by Trevier Gonzalez


The Lamar University department of theatre and dance will present its annual “Fall and Recovery” dance concert, Nov. 18-20 in the University Theatre. Dance major, junior and Beaumont native, Rebekah Gonzales said this year’s concert will feature the first aerial performance, in which dancers suspend from different types of fabrics that hang from the ceiling. “Aerial is definitely the most physically demanding thing I’ve ever tried,” she said. “Combine that with the goal of making the movements fluid and beautiful, and it’s quite the challenge.” Gonzales has only been training in aerial dancing for a few months

in preparation for the show. “Being in the air makes me feel so strong, and really proud of what my body can do,” Gonzales said. “I’m a fairly small person, so it surprises people that I’m able to do some of the tricks I’ve learned on the silk.” She said that aerial dance has increased her strength and endurance, and is quickly becoming one of her favorite styles. “Being in charge of my own body while hanging two stories in the air is an exhilarating and powerful feeling,” Gonzales said. Travis Prokop, assistant professor of dance, will be teaching an aerial dance course in the spring. “It’s not a common art form, which is why it’s so great that Lamar is offering the aerial course,” Gonzales said. “I can’t wait

to see how this beautiful art weaves its way into our university.” Along with the new dance style, the department also brought in a special Lamar alumni guest choreographer. “This year we brought in Havord Trustee,” Golden Wright, department chair, said. “He is a dancer for Carnival Cruise Line and graduated from Lamar.” Dance majors said that Trustee’s style of dance is unique and different than their normal pieces. “Each year we want to bring something different to the audience,” Wright said. “We also want to challenge our students to try new things.” Gonzales said that performing for her department is one of the highlights of every semester.

“I can’t wait to show our LU community the product of our hard work,” Gonzales said. Concert times will be 7:30 p.m., for the Nov.18 and 19 show, and at 2 p.m., for the Nov. 20 show. T i c k e t prices are $15 for general admission, $10 for LU faculty and senior citizens and $7 for Lamar students. Tickets will go on sale Nov. 14 at the University Theatre. For more information, call 8802250, or visit theatreanddance.



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“It's so easy to have a poster that has these things,” Coughlan said. “It's so easy for The Sun’to say, ‘Foreigners Taking Our Jobs.’ It's so much more nuanced to explain to people the reality of the situation, and it tends to be that's the hardest part.” Maria Elena Sandovici, LU associate professor in the department of political science, agreed the fear associated with Brexit came from an economic standpoint. And while there are similarities between the U.S. and the U.K.’s results, they can’t always be compared side by side. “One of the things that I think infuriated a lot of people is that after Brexit, Google analytics showed that the most Googled questions in the United Kingdom were, 'What is Brexit?' 'What is the European Union?’” Sandovici said. “So people went and voted, and they voted


on propaganda or discourse or whatever, but it was an uninformed vote. “At least we can say that on Wednesday morning, the American electorate did not wake up to Google, 'Who is Donald Trump?'” Wells said that the Trump vote was partially motivated by a strong loyalty or degree of tribalism. “We are reverting back to our tribes because of the implications and the effects of globalization and people feeling threatened, and we're reverting back to tribe and defending our little patch,” he said. Wells said the need to “protect our patch,” will return during France’s presidential election in 2017. With Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan, Wells said the U.K. conveyed a similar message when Brexit supporters used terminology like, “tak-

ing our country back.” “This was something that resonated with people,” Wells said. “You can't run slogans without them having some reference to people’s real experience. “Brexit has come to represent something beyond the decision itself.” Whether in the U.K. or U.S., and regardless of which side you fall on politically, Sandovici said we need to believe in young people. “If we are to have hope, I think we can look at the young generation,” she said. “Everyone says bad things about Millennials, (but) Millennials are awesome. They're open-minded — they get it. “You can talk to them about things.” For more information, call the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at 880-8216.

they have to do is show up. A work session schedule is posted on the Facebook and Orgsync pages with dates and times. “Anyone can just come to a meeting,” she said. “We give a tour at the beginning of each and provide all the supplies you need — and refreshments, too. You don’t have to worry about missing meetings. If you can’t make one, because it’s a volunteer thing, just come whenever you can.”

UP photo by Hannah LeTulle

Students tend Lamar’s community garden.

‘Fall and Recovery’ Fall Dance Concert

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

November 19

A Cappella Choir and Grand Chorus Concert

St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Symphony of Southeast Texas "Triumphant Tchaikovsky"

Julie Rogers Theatre 7:30 p.m.

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community on gardening, Paredez said. “Anyone who comes has an opportunity to learn techniques for growing their own food and also about where their food comes from before it gets to that store shelf,” she said. “We also are trying to add some beauty and variety to campus, and have a relaxing place for students to take a break.” Paredez said anyone can volunteer — all

November 18-20

Students are able to get community service hours for attending sessions. “There is a student organization part of the garden, also,” Paredez said. “Once you come to enough meetings to know what you’re doing, you can start getting assignments outside of regular sessions and become more involved like that.” The student club has elections for new officers scheduled for the end of the semester,” Paredez said. “We need all new officers that will be over the current area and the new one, so they’ll have a great opportunity for leadership experience,” she said. “Students just need to attend at least any two meetings in October to be nominated.” Paredez said that the most rewarding part of being involved with the Lamar Community Garden is watching the transformation of nature. “I like seeing the plants go from tiny seeds to flowers and fruit — a little handful of dust becomes green leaves and lunch,” she said. “It’s just amazing to watch that process.” To get involved, visit the Lamar Community Garden’s Orgsync or Facebook page, or email

November 22

David J. Beck Fellowship Award Ceremony

Gray Library, 8th Floor 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

November 24-25 Thanksgiving

All day

November 25December 10 ‘The Happy Elf’

Beaumont Community Players 7:30 p.m., 2 p.m. matinee

December 2

Wayne A. Reaud Building Dedication

Reaud Bldg.

4 p.m. - 5 p.m.



UNIVERSITY PRESS November 17, 2016 Story package by Shelby Strickland, UP contributor

1,237 steps to heaven View from top of thailand’s ‘tiger CaVe temple’ worth hard Climb

Krabi, thailand — wat tham suea, which translates as tiger Cave temple, is one of the most sacred buddhist sites in thailand. located just northeast of Krabi, to reach the top of the 278-meter-high temple, visitors must climb 1,237 stairs, most of which are 30 cm. (12 inches) high and significantly narrow in width. the temple was built in 1975 when a Vipassana monk, Jumnean seelasettho, went to meditate in a cave within the mountain that the temple sits upon. during his meditation, seelasettho noticed tigers roaming around the cave. any normal person would have fled for the stairs immediately (or jumped off the side of the mountain seeing as that is potentially safer). however, seelasettho stayed and named the temple wat tham suea.

the name also derives from discovery of tiger paw prints on the cave walls, and the bulge of the cave resembles a tiger’s paw. in a short-lived act of bravery, i decided to take on this immaculate piece of history. after countless warnings and my rebuttal of them all, i took a bus to the bottom of tiger Cave temple and began my ascent. before entering temple grounds, visitors must cover their shoulders and no shorts are allowed for girls. a sheet-like piece of fabric is available for purchase for those who do not meet the dress code requirements. having just visited emerald pool, another thai attraction, i was wearing shorts so i paid 20 baht to wrap myself in a sheet that would make my journey to the top immensely more difficult. at the foot of the temple, visi-

tors see a sign that warns them of the amount of stairs they will soon climb. a marker every 100 or so steps gives a boost of motivation, as they allow visitors to see what they have accomplished thus far — but they are also convenient for medical teams to know where to pick those up whose hearts fail or legs give out. while warning signs essentially foretell death, there is no sign for the monkeys that roam the grounds. stay away from the monkeys! (i learned this the hard way). they pull hair and steal personal items, and mothers are known to bite anyone who gets in-between them and their babies — that’s what happened to me. after hiking 184 steps upward, the real journey begins. monks reside in this area. if hiking at the right time, monks can

Tourists climb the 278-meter high 1,237 steps to the top of the Wat Tham Suea, or Tiger Cave Temple, in Krabi, Thailand. When they arrive at the top, they may pray or simply take in the view.

be seen outside of the temple in prayer or mediation. the hike up is treacherous. Your legs begin to cramp around 400 steps, the sweat begins dripping down your back around 500, and by 700 you are hanging on to the guardrail because if you let go your legs may collapse from underneath you, leaving you to plummet down the concrete steps. in many parts of the temple one can see skeletons. i’m still unsure if these were from former monks, or those who were unable to make the ascent. i drank all of my water but it did not appear to be working. i was sweating as much as i was drinking, so much so that i took my covering off and used it as a sweat towel. sorry, buddha. when reaching the top, i, along with many other tourists, collapsed on to the floor next to

a large, golden buddha statue. Contrary to popular belief, this was not a form of prayer or respect. after catching my breath, i looked over the side of the temple and lost my breath again. on a clear day, much of Krabi can be seen from the shrine at top of the temple. mountains cover most of the land around the tham sua region. the view is breathtaking and unlike any other in thailand. the expedition to the top of tiger Cave temple is certainly not an easy one. Visitors should be well prepared for what they will undergo, but once you make it to the top, 278 meters high, and allow the wind to hit you in the face, the sweat dries, you catch your breath and the only thing that matters is the view that’s in front of you. Until it’s time to come down.

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Scheer receives ETHA fellowship Caitlin McAlister UP Staff Writer

Mary L. Scheer, Lamar University history department chair, has been appointed a fellow of the East Texas Historical Association. The fellowship is the highest honor that the organization awards to its members. “It was a surprise,” Scheer said. “I really wasn’t expecting it. Of course, anybody would be honored, and humbled, too, because it’s recognition by your peers.” Scheer, who also acts as the

director for Lamar’s Center for History and Culture of Southeast Texas, said that the fellowship is a recognition of scholarly achievement. “It’s an honorary recognition,” she said. “You are a fellow for life. “You can’t apply for it. You can’t lobby for it. If you do, you’re not considered. What they do is, they look at your body of work at the organization, so it has to be self-evident to other people.” The East Texas Historical Association is an academic organization dedicated to the

study of East Texas and its history and culture, based in Nacogdoches, at Stephen F. Austin State University. The organization only has 20 fellows at any given time. Scheer’s induction occurred during the association’s three-day long annual meeting, on Oct. 14. Scheer specializes in Texas history and women’s history. She is the author of four books, with a fifth to be released next year, as well as a number of articles. In 2004, Scheer was a Fulbright scholar at the Univer-

A Cappella Choir, Grand Chorus concert set for Saturday Ethan Berwick UP Contributor

Lamar University’s A Cappella Choir and Grand Chorus will perform a free concert, 5:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m., Saturday, at the St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica. “For this concert, there will be a total of 48 performers — 26 of these performers are in the a cappella choir,” James Han, director of choral activities, said. “The a cappella choir is a top auditioning choir comprised of mostly music majors with outstanding singing careers. The grand chorus is open to everyone. This is a choir for music majors, non-music majors and staff members. “Our a cappella choir will present complicated

and very advanced chorus settings of the 21st century. The grand chorus will perform four of the 21st-century masterpieces, while the a cappella choir will perform another five masterpieces.” Han, who will conduct the concert, said this year’s theme has a holiday-centered energy. “Many of the song selections emphasize that God came to the earth as a human,” he said. “We are celebrating this. With ‘Stars’ as our theme, the songs will focus on the light of the stars.” Han said the visual beauty of St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica adds to the acoustic quality of the concert. “There are not many Basilicas in our nation,”

he said. “We are blessed to have this beautiful Basilica only five minutes away from Lamar. It is the most vocal-friendly venue around. The acoustic aspects of this church are absolutely beautiful — even the cathedral itself is such a visual beauty. “This is just another reason to come to the event and experience this true beauty.” Han said he is excited for the finale, “Stars” by Eriks Esenvalds, which will be performed by the a cappella choir. “(It is) accompanied by using 18 wine glasses filled with water to create extraordinary sounds — I am sure everyone will be amazed,” he said. For more information, call 880-8144, or visit

sity of Potsdam in Germany. Scheer said that she hopes that her receipt of the fellowship will have a positive impact on the history department. “You hope that some of your accomplishments, especially in scholarship, will benefit students in the classroom,” she said. “You can pass on that knowledge you’ve gained to the students. “Maybe it will encourage students to continue their own research along that same path that they might want to go on as well.”

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Cardinals blow out HP in opener Cassandra Jenkins UP Contributor

Lamar University’s men’s basketball team opened their season against Howard Payne, Friday at the Montagne Center. The Cardinals started off their season strong with a 90-47 win over the Yellow Jackets. “Tonight it was a game of our guys protecting our home court,” head coach Tic Price said. “They came out with a lot of energy. I thought we did a good job of sharing the basketball and we played very unselfish. I thought we had good balance going.” Returning sophomore, Josh Nzeakor, started the game off with a quick layup, soon followed by another from junior Joey Frenchwood. The Yellow Jackets put up a score of their own after rebounding a missed three-point from LU guard Marcus Owens. Back to back layups by Nzeakor and junior Colton Weisbrod put the score 8-2, three minutes into the first half. “I thought Josh Nzeakor was outstanding, as well as Colton Weisbrod,” Price said. “Those two guys give us a really good one two punch in the paint.” The pair continued to attack the basket offensively and defensively throughout the night.

Nzeakor led the team in scoring with a personal career-high of 20 points, along with three offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound. Weisbrod was not far behind with 15 points and with two offensive and six defensive rebounds. Another major player of the game was sophomore guard Nick Garth. Garth put up a total of 14 points, 12 coming from the 3point line. Defensively the Cards put the Yellow Jackets in a tough position and forced them to turn the ball over 26 times. “I do like the fact that we took care of the basketball,” Price said. “We forced over 28 turnovers or something like that, so I was pleased with that area. We had good, aggressive defense, but we have to establish a solid mindset when it comes to finishing the defense off with the rebound.” The Cardinals trailed behind HPU in offensive rebounds by three. HPU’s major rebounders were Beaumont natives Rickey Guillory who had eight and Randall Khyce with three. LU ended the first half with a 31-point lead over the Yellow Jackets, where they would stay for the remainder of the game. HPU attempted to close the gap midway through the second

Saturday’s game against UTSA will be broadcast locally on ESPN3, and on radio at KLVI-560 quarter, but was quickly stopped again by LU’s defensive pressure adding six more steals to end the game with 15. Lamar shot only nine points in the final 8:43 in the game, but it was still enough to push them to a 43-point victory. “I think that it (a 43-point win) gives our kids some confidence to go on the road and play in a hostile environment,” Price said. “It beats losing and then going on the road to play two very good basketballs teams in Oregon State, as well as Fresno State. Hopefully it gives us a psychological boost going into a hostile environment. But, we still have some areas to clean up, it’s still early and we’re certainly not playing the kind of basketball I know we are capable of.” Lamar played Oregon State, Wednesday. Results were unavailable at press time. But the Cardinals will play at Fresno State, Saturday, before returning home Tuesday to host the University of San Antonio.

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LU junior forward Josh Nzeakor dunks during the Cardinals season-opening 90-47 win over Howard Payne, Friday, in the Montagne Center.

Lamar golf legend Dawn Coe-Jones dies at 56 The Lamar University women’s golf family lost one of its greatest members this weekend as Dawn Coe-Jones passed away at the age of 56. Coe-Jones, who earned first-team All-America status at LU in 1983, won the Canadian Amateur that year before embarking on a successful professional career, competing in the LPGA from 1984 through 2008. The native of Campbell Rover, British Columbia, won three times on the pro tour and amassed more than $3 million in earnings. Known for her ever-present smile, quick-witted zingers and giving spirit, Coe-Jones was diagnosed in mid-March with dedifferentiated chondrosarcoma, an aggressive bone cancer, that required full knee and partial tibia replacement surgery, according to the Legends Tour. “I was deeply and abruptly saddened to hear the news about Dawn,” LU women’s golf coach Jessica Steward said. “Not because she was such a prominent alumna, but because she was a tremendous person. She seems to have touched everyone she met, and we are forever grateful for the mark she left on our women’s golf program.” Coe Jones was inducted into the Lamar University Athletics Department Hall of Honor in 1995 and the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 2003. Retired LPGA player Gail Graham, a fellow Canadian, first met Coe-Jones her freshman year at LU and described her close friend as a reluctant leader. “We called her ‘The Chief,’” Graham said. “She didn’t want to be the spokesperson, but she let us know what she wanted to do.” Coe-Jones is survived by her husband James Edward Jones, and son, Jimmy Jones, 21, who is a member of the golf team at the University of South Florida. Memorial service and funeral arrangements are pending.

Dawn Coe-Jones

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LU sophomore Zae Giles returns a kick for a touchdown during the Cardinals 35-28 loss to Incarnate Word University, Saturday, at Provost Umphrey Stadium.

Special teams excel but LU drops home finale 35-28 Elisabeth Tatum UP contributor

Lamar University special teams outperformed the offense Saturday night, scoring a trio of touchdowns, but they could not overcome two late Incarnate Word scores as the Cardinals recorded their fourth-straight loss, 35-28 at Provost Umphrey Stadium in front of a crowd of only 5,566. “That may have been the best special teams play of any game I’ve ever been a part of,” head coach Ray Woodard said. “We did so much with our special teams tonight that you feel we wasted a good effort by not doing enough in other phases of the game. This is a bittersweet night.” The game looked like it would be an offensive slugfest from the opening kick as both schools scored touchdowns within the game’s first 71 seconds. Sophomore receiver Zae Giles  returned the opening kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown, but they were the only points of the first half for Lamar. Freshman quarterback Adam Morse completed 25-of44 passes for 162 yards and a touchdown in his second career start. Giles brought in 10 recep-

tions for 51 yards. After Giles’ return, UIW’s Trent Brittain threw a 65-yard touchdown to tie the game at seven only 57 seconds later. It was a slow game after that, with neither team scoring until the third quarter. At the start of the third quarter, Lamar and UIW went three-and-out and were forced to punt. LU’s senior cornerback Brendan Langley fielded the punt on his own 10 and returned it 90 yards to score the Cardinals’ first returned punt for a touchdown this season, giving the Cards a seven-point advantage with 13:11 left in the third quarter. Lamar quickly lost their lead when UIW got the ball back and quickly moved down the field, ending with a 35 yard pass from Taylor Laird to Marquis Lawson with 8:27 remaining, to tie at 14. The Cards turned the ball over once again, giving UIW their opportunity to take their first lead of the game with a 30yard touchdown pass from Brittain to Jordan Hicks, making the score 21-14 with 1:41 left in the third. UIW’s defense got a stop on the next series, forcing the Cards to once again punt the ball from the 33. Special teams

stepped up again as senior Juan Carranco’s punt ricocheted off of UIW’s Lawson and was recovered by Big Red. Morse took full advantage of the opportunity and found sophomore receiver DeWan Thompson over the middle for a 26-yard touchdown to even the score. Incarnate Word were forced to punt again and Langley returned his second punt of the night for a touchdown, from 75yards out with 10:08 left in the game, giving Lamar their final lead of the contest, 28-21. The Big Red defense couldn’t hold, allowing UIW running back Dorland Fields to score two touchdowns on Incarnate Word’s next two drives to take a seven-point advantage with 2:48 remaining in the game. Morse took the ball back and it looked as if the Cards’ offense had one more chance, but after consecutive incomplete passes, Morse fumbled and LU lost their opportunity. Brendan Langley was named Southland Conference Special Team player of the week for his performance. The Cardinals close out the season Saturday at McNeese, looking to end its four-game losing streak. Kickoff against the Cowboys is 6 p.m., at Cowboy Stadium in Lake Charles,

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Five-set loss ends LU volleyball season

Up 2-0 at the break, all Lamar University volleyball needed was one more set win to lock a spot in the Southland Conference Tournament. But Incarnate Word flipped the switch at the intermission to down the hometown Cardinals 3-2 (25-21, 37-35, 20-25, 23-25, 11-15) at McDonald Gym in league action Saturday afternoon. The loss Saturday and Southeastern Louisiana’s win over New Orleans eliminated the Cardinals from tournament contention. The Cardinals tied the first set at 14-14 with a kill from Chelsea Grant, which started a quick fourpoint run by Lamar. With Grant serving, Amy Hollowell popped two kills and Hollowell and Tomar Thomas teamed up for a block to make it 17-14. Incarnate Word took a timeout. Out of the timeout, Emily Waller put down two kills with Dannisha House pushing one through between them. Murielle Hlavac hit into a block to make it 18-17, but Madison Williams served one into the net to make it a two-point lead again. House put up a block to make it 20-17, but hit into an error im-

mediately after. She responded with a kill followed by ones from Williams and Grant. Hollowell and Parish put up a block that made it 23-19 when UIW called its second timeout. Parish finished the match with seven blocks and Hollowell had nine, both were career highs. Autumn Lockley cut it to 23-20 with a kill, but Hollowell responded with her own. Lockely put down another kill but Grant ended the set with a kill from Haley Morton. The second set was a thriller, despite the Cardinals’ eight-point lead early. UIW eventually battled back to tie it at 20-20 and even took a 23-22 lead. From there, both teams went back-and-forth all the way into the 30s. Eventually Lamar pulled out the set with a block from Hollowell and an attack error by Incarnate Word’s Bryaunea Hall. UIW jumped out to a big lead in the third set after the break to cut the match lead to 2-1 and rallied from a 17-10 deficit with an 82 run to gain control of the fourth. Grant finished her career with 1,100 kills after she had 18 against

Senior Chelsea Grant spikes the ball during the Lady Cardinals 3-2 seasonending loss to Incarnate Word, Saturday, in McDonald Gym.

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Lady Cardinals Lauren Stahlman, in white, and Nicole Parish go for the ball during Saturday’s 3-2 loss to Incarnate Word. Incarnate Word with a .222 attack mark. She served up one ace, four digs and a block. She’ll finish 18th all-time in the LU record books. Carlyn Stella came off the bench for a double-double, her second of the season, after 12 kills and 16 digs. Both setters for Lamar had double-doubles in the contest as well, the first time each recorded one in a single match. Morton finished with 27 assists and 16 digs and Ashley Ellis had 25 assists and 14 digs. With Ellis’ match made her the 11th member of Lamar’s 2,000-assist club and first since Alex Morford jumped in during the 2012 season. Parish finished her night with eight kills followed by seven each from Hollowell and Thomas. As a team, Lamar hit for a .142 mark and had 63 kills, three aces and 15.5 blocks - it’s second-most since it had 16.0 against Southeastern Louisiana in the league opener. Incarnate Word had as many errors in the contest, but notched 72 kills and had a .186 hitting percentage. Lockley claimed the match lead with 21 kills and was trailed by 18 from Hall. Sierra Moses had the lead with 32 assists and Williams had 28. Lockley tied Claudia HerJunior Haley Morton dives to try and save a point during Saturday’s game. nandez with 20 digs.

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