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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Jenifer Rogers/Pine Log Photo Students watch as an evangelist from The Church of Wells preach on the yard.

Controversial evangelist group sparks conversation By John Cleveland Staff Writer The midday walk from the student center to the library is the closest thing to a Times Square experience anyone will find in Nacogdoches. It is here that SFA’s rich diversity is on full display. Students hustle and bustle around the fold-out tables of various campus organizations, giving some groups attention and ignoring others, as is their right. There is one voice, however, that has been impossible to ignore in recent weeks. Evangelicals have been spreading their message in a fashion radically different from what the campus is used to. They are members of The Church of Wells, and they want to spark a revival. The delivery of their message is similar to the old riverside preachers of The Great Awakening. But instead of robes and sandals they wear T-shirts and tennis shoes. They have backpacks on their shoulders and Bibles in their hands. Their diction is archaic, and their tone is loud.

Students prepare for finals next week By Sara Zavorka Staff Writer

It is about that dreaded time once again — that week that is fast approaching, when hair gets torn out, eyes become bloodshot, tempers become infinitesimally short and books become ritualistically utilized for the first time the entire semester, as is the case for some anyway. Dead Week is currently upon us now, which can only mean one thing. Next week, May 6-10, is finals week. Whether one considers themselves to be an astute student or a slacker who puts the “pro” in “procrastination,” very few actually look forward intently to finals week. Five days of studying hectically, taking two-hour long tests that determine an immense part of

Evangelists stand on benches by Surfin’ Steve preaching to passerbys.

They come to the campus with a four-man crew. Jake Gardner, Cory McLaughlin, Sean Morris and Kevin Fessler each take turns addressing the masses while the others have oneon-one chats with anyone interested. “It is to the major tenants of Christianity that we subscribe,” Gardner said. “Jesus calls on us to baptize all nations in the name of the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit. That is the Great Commission.” Reactions to their gospel are mixed. Some students try to drown them out with shouts of “shut up,” some casually walk by, some sit and watch and others engage them in conversation. Clay Brown, a sophomore majoring in secondary education, does not agree with their tactics. “Honestly, their whole religion is a little screwy,” Brown said. “They act like their religion is the only one that counts. SFA is all about unification, and this goes against all of that.” Chris Brown, a senior majoring in economics, was sitting close by as Gardener spoke. “I respect the passion, but they focus too much on sin and repenting,” Brown said. “It’s kind of a scare tactic.” Blair James, a freshman majoring in deaf education, said they were going about it the Evangelist, page 2

Seniors receive commission into United States Army By Katelynn Wiggins Staff Writer Over a dozen SFA seniors will receive their commission into the United States Army as second lieutenants next week. Some will enter the U.S. Army as active duty soldiers, while others will join the Army Reserves or the National Guard. Lt. Col. David Miller explained that ROTC commissions by “mission set” and there are 16 cadets in this year’s set. One cadet received his commission in December; thirteen will receive theirs on Friday, May 10 and two more this summer. “The most sentimental thing to me about the commissioning ceremony is that at the end of it all when I face the audience, I will know that not only am I the first female in my family to join the Army but I will be the first person in my family to be an officer,” Victoria Abu said. The ceremony will be held in the Twilight Ballroom in the student center on Friday, May 10 at 5:00 p.m. Since its inception in 1968, SFA’s ROTC program has provided 562 college-trained offiROTC, page 6

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Katelynn Wiggins/Pine Log Photo Commissioning seniors pose by SFA’s cannon, Ol’ Cotton.

The Pine Log revamps image to better serve campus and community in the coming years By Hannah Cole Editor As the school year comes to a close, students and organizations are already preparing for the fall. With The Pine Log wrapping up the year with the final issue, the new staff is already gearing up for next year and looking forward to exciting changes. Currently the paper is a biweekly publication, which comes out Mondays and Thursdays. Starting next semester, The Pine Log will move to one paper a week, on Wednesdays. The Pine Log also plans to direct more traffic to its website by posting new content on the site twice a week. “We are going to converge the staff as well as the publication,” Pat Spence, student publications director, said. “We are going to try to get everybody trained so they can put together a video story as well as a print story, and those products will be available to students through the website.”

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Moving the paper to a weekly publication will bring more opportunities for current staff and students involved in areas other than print media. Newspapers everywhere are converging to online and video stories. “We are doing this for several reasons,” Spence said. “Number one, we are doing this so that our students are prepared for the changing newspaper industry, and secondly because advertising revenues have dropped. We can no longer support a biweekly paper. It will allow us to be more financially responsible.” Revenue for print publications everywhere has dropped. SFA is not the first to redesign its paper. In an interview with MIT Communications Forum, Dan Kennedy said newspapers started the move to web publications 15 years ago. The Pine Log does not receive money from the University such as student service fees or tuition. All revenue comes from selling advertisements for the paper. The paper’s online presence will also allow for the The Pine Log, page 6

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AdHOC displays winning awards SFA’s AdHOC advertising team showcased their awardwinning campaign presentation Wednesday at the Cole Arts Center in downtown Nacogdoches. The presentation won the special judge’s award for “Best Promotion” at this year’s American Advertising Federation’s National Student Adverting Competition for Region Ten in Tulsa, OK. Atalie Walding, Candace Hartsell, Ali Gobernatz, Kim Jenkins, Blake Williams and Berto Ramirez will be presenting the campaign and all 23 SFA students who participated in the creation will be in attendance. The presentation was for the National Student Advertising Competition’s client, Glidden Paint, and is the culmination of two semesters of hard work from art, marketing and mass communication students. The students worked tirelessly combining research, strategy, application, traditional and new media, public AdHOC, page 6



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their overall grade, and all of that amid packing for the summer, is nobody’s idea of even mild enjoyment. The packing includes bidding farewell to close friends and trying to make time to get in some last minute homework, partying, or just simple hangouts in. If stress was not a part of your life before, it surely becomes closer than ever during this week. On the bright side, not everything needs to be quite as hectic as it seems, with the amount of possibilities for places studying may take place. If studying in a dorm room becomes too relaxing or dealing with the roommate becomes overbearing, a number of other options do exist. For example, Lysa Yotter, an education major, says, “I love studying in coffee shops such as Starbucks and Java Jacks. I think it is the atmosphere. Coffee shops are constantly noisy, and the noise is predictable. One more person speaking in a coffee shop will not make a difference above all the other noise. It’s the perfect ‘silence.’” She would prefer the library more if it was a constant and irrevocable silence, but because of it being quiet almost all of the time, even the smallest “random noise will distract” her. Interior merchandising major Daniel Garcia would prefer his studying in the Human Sciences South building (aka Design building) instead, as there is “not an overabundance of people,” and the option to play music is even there, as that helps some to study who cannot effectively while drowning in total silence. Being an advocate of quite studying, Jessica Hernandez, ecology and evolutionary biology major, prefers the library, particularly on the 4th floor, even though “unfortunately it’s overtaken during dead week.” However, her preference is that the “Quiet Zone” would stay the “quiet” zone. Sadly, it is oftentimes a disregarded concept by many who go merely to socialize. Even though the library has been a high traffic destination as a quiet place to study, due to a recent budget cut in 2012, the library has had to cut its ability to remain open past midnight. “I know there are a lot of disappointed students, since we have to turn a lot away. One even came up the other day, asking if we knew of any other good places to study,” says library assistant Randy Zamora, graduating criminal justice major. In opposition to the disappointment of many for extended library hours is Stephen Morman, instrumental conducting graduate student. He assures others that “do[ing] your class work and pay[ing] attention during the whole semester, not just Dead Week and Finals Week” will help save much time, worry and stress from not being able to find a quiet place to cram. In addition to the library, coffee shops, dorm lobbies, dorm rooms, and various miscellaneous locations both on and off campus, the Baker Pattillo Student Center is also an option for potentially quiet studying. “Since Dead Week has begun, I have seen a lot more students spending time in the BPSC, specifically on the second floor of the common area with all the chairs. Not a lot of people know we are open 24/7 over finals week,” said Josh Zuar, night manager of the Student Center and music education major. In the past month, rules pertaining to utilizing rooms within the Student Center have become more strict, as they cannot be used without reservation. However, numerous other locations are available still. Overall, finals week is indeed fast approaching. Find a place to study that has an atmosphere ideal to you, and take advantage of it. Do not allow life to become more hectic than it already is at times. Enjoy the fact that you are near the end, and that much closer to summer. As Daniel Garcia puts it, “Finals make me feel like I finally am hitting closure—closure with every semester” because honestly, “We all want them to end.”

The Crime Log On 4-29-2013 an Officer was dispatched to Lot 46 in reference to a Criminal Mischief. Upon arrival, the Officer made contact with the complainant who advised that between 4-27-2013 and 4-29-2013 his unattended vehicle had been damaged in Lot 46. There are no suspects. On 4-27-2013 an Officer was dispatched to the University Police Department Lobby in reference to a Criminal Mischief. Upon arrival the Officer made contact with the complainant who advised that on 4-27-2013 her unattended vehicle had been damaged in Lot 41. There are no suspects. On 4-27-2013 an Officer stopped a vehicle on Starr Ave in reference to a traffic violation. The Officer discovered the driver to be operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. The subject was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated and transported to the Nacogdoches County Jail without incident. There is one suspect. On 4-27-2013 an Officer observed a suspicious subject on Griffith Blvd. Upon making contact with the suspicious subject, it was determined that the subject was intoxicated to a point of being a danger to himself and others. The subject was arrested for Public Intoxication and Resisting Arrest and transported to the Nacogdoches County Jail without further incident. There is one suspect. On 4-25-2013 an Officer was dispatched to the University Police Department Lobby in reference to a Theft. Upon arrival the Officer made contact with the complainant who advised that between 4-20-2013 and 4-22-2013 his secured bicycle was stolen from the Lumberjack Village bike rack. There are no suspects.

On 4-25-2013 an Officer was dispatched to Lumberjack Landing in reference to a Theft. Upon arrival the Officer made contact with the complainant who advised that on 4-25-2013 his unattended items had been taken from the Lumberjack Landing hallway. The complainant does not wish to pursue criminal charges. There are no suspects. On 4-25-2013 an Officer was dispatched to Steen Hall in reference to a Theft. Upon arrival the Officer made contact with the complainant who advised that on 4-25-2013, her unattended laundry was stolen from the Steen Hall Laundry room. There are no suspects. On 4-25-2013 an Officer was dispatched to the University Police Department Lobby in reference to a Burglary of a Motor Vehicle. Upon arrival the Officer made contact with the complainant who advised that between 4-24-2013 and 4-25-2013 his toolbox was stolen from the truck bed of his unsecured vehicle in Lot 42. The complainant does not wish to pursue criminal charges. There are no suspects. On 4-25-2013 an Officer was dispatched to University Police Department in reference to a Theft. Upon arrival the Officer made contact with the complainant who advised that between 4-24-2013 and 4-25-2013 her unattended laundry was stolen from the Hall 14 Laundry room. There are no suspects. On 4-24-2013 an Officer was dispatched to Lumberjack Village reference to a drug complaint. Upon arrival the Officer made contact with a subject who was found to be in possession of marijuana in a residence at Lumberjack Village. There is one suspect.

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SFA senior Bianca Rodriguez releases first RnB mix tape By Kayla Borens Contributing Writer SFA senior Bianca Rodriguez has given a new meaning to the word, “Solitude,” releasing her first solo mix tape on Feb. 26. On the tape, titled “Solitude,” the RnB newcomer serenades her listeners with an ode to music and free expression. “I started the project June 2012 with S F A alumn u s Marcus “ M e m o ” Rosendoll. I had no direction, no plan or anything,” Rodriguez explained. “I started working on the project relentlessly with John Jackson, (a sound recording technology) major. He was extremely easy to work with; he was just as dedicated as I was about putting out a solid project.” The project invites listeners to ease into her mellow, soft vocals as she describes her personal journey through a period of isolation, freedom, and creativity through nine lyrical song tracks. With the help of John Jackson, Rodriguez attempts to bring back the soulful tunes of RnB by following in the footsteps of Dallas native Erykah Badu,

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Pine Log editor enjoys the ride and says goodbye C ollege. It has always been this glorified word in my mind. From the moment I entered junior high, I could not wait for the day I left for college. I considered graduating early just to go earlier. It’s funny how things work out. I didn’t graduate early from high school. In fact, I took Hannah enough dual credit to graduate a year early Cole from college. When I first figured this out, Editor-In-Chief I cried. After trying to find a way to delay the inevitable and stay in college another year, I accepted my fate and filed for an August graduation. I have always planned out my life—college, employment, marriage, family and . . . growing up. I currently have no plans for after graduation— no job, no marriage and definitely no growing up in sight. What will I be doing next fall? Heck if I know! And ironically, I could not be more excited or at peace about graduation. As I reminisce about my time in school throughout the years, I can’t help but think how fast life flies by. I remember watching my oldest brother going off to school thinking, “Wow! I can’t wait to be that old.” Now, a few months from college graduation and I am asking myself, “When am I going to feel grown up?” I feel like a kid at camp.  Every day I wake up in my house here at college wondering why my parents are allowing me to play “house.” After all, I am just a kid.  Not only did they let me live alone four hours

away, they also allowed me to run off to New York City for an internship last summer and are putting me on a plane to Brazil for a month at the end of May. Why would they let a “kid” do this? Last thing I remember, I was a young freshman who had no clue what she was doing, and now I’m slowly being forced to move on, and I am finally ready to do so. College didn’t disappointment me. Friendships come and go as you grow and mature, but those memories can never be taken away. Some people told me that your friends change throughout college, and the people you hung out with freshman year wouldn’t be the same people you hung out with at the end of college. I was blessed to have met people who were my best friends for most of the three years I was here. I thank those friends for the best college experience I could have imagined: late night study sessions, building bunk beds at 2 a.m., road tripping to College Station to go dancing, searching in the middle of the woods for friends, venturing out for pizza in the middle of a sleet storm and creating the best looking costumes for parties. My dad always teases me that I did college like him— enjoyed the experience more than the classes. I can’t deny the fact that I am more of a social person than a scholastic person, but an education has always been important to me. I studied hard but played harder. SFA gave me the opportunities to excel not only in the classroom, but outside the classroom as well in SFA’s many organizations and extracurricular activities. Although I had assumed from the time I was born that Texas A&M was the school for me, I am thankful I chose SFA. I have been able to be a member of the Student Activities Association, serve as a student director for The Big Event and as the editor of our school newspaper. My SFA experience allowed me to be a part of many different organizations, affording me diversity both socially and culturally. A large part of my college experience has been my years at The Pine Log. I applied at The Pine Log with no intentions of making it a big part of my college life. However, The Pine

Log silently and slowly began to define me. My adviser, Pat Spence, taught me it was OK to mess up and learn from my mistakes. The lessons I have learned working as a student editor with Pat have prepared me for after college more than any class I have taken. This opportunity is one that could never be replaced. The SFA experience has blessed me beyond my dreams. If you are completing your first year here, don’t waste your time contemplating getting involved and becoming a true Lumberjack – just do it! It won’t be long until you too are wondering where college went. Take advantage of all that SFA offers. You won’t regret making Nac-A-Nowhere your home. Enjoy it. It doesn’t last forever, but remember why you are here in the first place: an education not only in the classroom but outside the walls as well. As I leave college, I thank my advisers for having faith in me, my professors for challenging me to do more, my friends for unbelievable memories, my family for always being there with encouraging words and my boyfriend for making the last couple months of college unforgettable. The thought that this is my last issue as the editor of The Pine Log is both bittersweet and surreal. Although I will be leaving memories and many friends here, the college chapter of my life is closing, and my unknown future excites and awaits me. Philippians 3:12-14 “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (NKJV)

Hannah Cole is a senior double major in Spanish and journalism and is the editor-in-chief for The Pine Log.

What I loved about SFA... graduation edition “The best parts about my four years here at SFA have been both the invaluable friendships I’ve forged and the academic opportunities I’ve been given.” — Bryce Biffle “As my parting words, I would like to say that I love the Lumberjack Marching Band.” — Christopher Haney “What I loved over the past four years was my SFA family. I love that I can drive down the road and see an SFA sticker on someone’s car and know that they know how to throw up an axe or that they know what “Axe ‘em Jacks” means. I love this school. I’m going to miss it so much, but I’ll always remember that these four years were the best of my life, and I’ll always bleed purple and white.” — Nathaniel Blakely “From everything I have gained here, I am definitely going to miss the brothers of Beta Gamma Omega the most.” — Christopher Phillips Want your fellow Lumberjacks to know what you love about SFA? Send an e-mail to and tell us what you value about your University. Axes up to everyone who’s graduating next week. Thank you for your contribution to your school and your community. We wish you the best in the future and hope you find a job you love. Once a Lumberjack, always a Lumberjack.

Axes down to the library no longer having extended hours during these last two weeks of school. With the library closed and everyone taking up the study rooms across campus, the rest of us are left scrounging for a place to study for finals.

Axes up to professors and faculty/staff advisers. Without your help and guidance, the college experience would have been a lot harder. As we leave, we thank you for all of your help.

Stone Fort editor says goodbye to SFA family and friends


aying goodbye is not something I’m good at, but since there are fewer than 10 days left until I can call myself an alumna of Stephen F. Austin State University, I think I should start practicing now. I can’t believe that four years have flown by so quickly, and it’s an unbelievably weird to think that when I pack up my things next week I won’t just be moving to the next place in Nac. Although I am ecstatic to start the next part of my life (whatever that may be), I can’t help but feel some nostalgia for my college years. I had a typical freshman experience: I moved to Nacogdoches not knowing a soul, and I was terrified that I wouldn’t make friends here. I vividly remember Jessica my first weekend of college: It was Labor Day weekend, and the entire campus essentially shut down. Layfield The dining halls were closed, and even the student center was locked. I probably called my mom 20 times Yearbook Editor that weekend, in tears and begging her to come pick me up. I made it through that weekend though, and the very next week I decided to join some sort of organization, just so I would know people. I went to the Involvement Center that Monday, got advised that week and got involved in organizations the week after that. I could have never imagined that that experience would have essentially ended up defining my college career. I have had the honor of being a member of several organizations over the years, and I am

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so proud to call myself an alumna of each of them. It’s true when they say that every experience you have is a blessing, because it leads to the next one, and then the one after that. Before this year, I have never really had a lot of experience with student publications. I had had a few stories published in The Pine Log from class, but I didn’t ever consider making it a big part of my life until the Student Publications adviser Pat Spence, talked to me about applying for the yearbook. I spent that next week looking at previous yearbooks, and on whim decided to apply for yearbook editor. I can honestly say that I have never looked back. Being the Stone Fort yearbook editor has been one of the best parts of my college career. The long nights, the stress and the uncertainty have been absolutely worth it. The experience I’ve gotten this year will more than prepare me for the next part of my life, whatever that will be. Speaking of what I’ll be doing after graduation, I’ll be honest: I have no clue. But that’s part of the excitement for me. I love that I have so many possibilities open to me after college, and I don’t feel nearly as anxious about not knowing what I’ll be doing as I thought I would. I truly feel like I have received a quality education here, and I know that I will be successful, once I figure out what I’m doing. Someone asked me this week what my advice to future students would be, and I think it’s the same as many of my fellow seniors: Find your niche. Whether you join an academic organization, a Greek organization, a Student Affairs organization, or even Student Publications, just make sure you join something. It will ensure your experience here is something you are proud to tell your children about. Jessica Layfield is a senior Spanish and journalism major and is the Stone Fort yearbook editor-in-chief and the copy editor of The Pine Log.

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Dr. Linda Bobo, program director for SFA’s graduate athletic training program, saved a man’s life with CPR in January. This was the first time she had used CPR in a real life-or-death situation.

Athletic trainers save man at stoplight By Kasi Dickerson Features Editor


n unexpected lunch detour in Allen, Texas, brought athletic trainers Linda Bobo of SFA and Amanda Benson of Troy University in Alabama to the middle of a crisis. As they sat at an intersection with grumbling stomachs, they watched the rhythmic lights signal traffic. It was a rainy day, and they were lost on their quest for food. Suddenly, a loud thump alarmed the women. The Suburban in front of them had hit the car in front of it. As drivers emerged with shouts and questions, the trainers decided to try and get around the accident. Once parallel to the suburban, Bobo and Benson noticed the distressed passengers. While parking in an adjacent lot, the women noticed the Suburban lurch forward and ram the other car toward the intersection. “At that time, we were very alarmed. We immediately hopped out of my car and ran over to the scene,” Bobo said. “Dr. Benson hopped into car one and instantly threw its emergency break on so it wouldn’t move forward.” Seat-belted into the driver’s seat of the Suburban was an unconscious 53 year-old Mark Paxton. His wife, Sonja, was outside the car when she noticed a change in Mark’s complexion. “I was walking around the car just in time to see his color change, him take a big gasp for air and pass out,” Sonja said. “When he passed out, his foot slammed on the accelerator, and the car was pushing the car in front of us. I was just panicking and trying to get the Suburban stopped.” Bobo quickly jumped into the Paxton’s car, told Sonja she was CPR certified and began questioning her. “I jumped in and asked what happened. Sonja said, ‘I think he is having a heart attack.’ I asked the standard questions— Was he on any medications? Are you aware of any medical history he has?,” Bobo said. “About the time we were doing the interview, Mark turned purple and his eyes rolled back and he was gone. I don’t even remember my friend Amanda hopping in the car, but somehow I instinctively said, ‘Amanda we

have to do CPR.’” Pushing back Mark’s seat, Bobo began doing chest compressions while Benson gave the rescue breaths. “In the first round, Mark kind of sat up, gurgled, and we thought he was coming to, but then his eyes rolled back again and he turned purple and blue,” Bobo said. After about two CPR cycles, Sonja recruited a man from the street to help get Mark out of the car and on the ground for a better CPR position. “We continued doing chest compressions and CPR cycles. When Mark started coming to, EMS pulled up,” Bobo said. “The timing was amazing. He was breathing and alive, so we rolled him into recovery position. The paramedics came and took over.” Bobo and Benson had revived Mark in about three to four minutes. “There was definitely divine intervention going on that day. Literally when we finished doing everything and EMS had put Mr. Paxton in the ambulance, there was a deluge. Had it been raining while we were doing all of this, I don’t know if it would have gone as smoothly or succinctly as it had,” Bobo said. “My thought is if you didn’t believe in God before that day, you had to have after the experience we had.” Mark says he doesn’t remember much, but when he woke up he was staring at a paramedic hovering over him. “When I regained consciousness I didn’t remember anything. So I’m looking up and there is a paramedic standing over me. I said, ‘What happened? Did I have a heart attack or something?’ He [the paramedic] said, ‘You had a cardiac arrest,’” Mark said. “I didn’t have any pain or lingering problems. I felt like I did before I went unconscious. I said, ‘I feel fine now so do you guys want to just let me out?’ The paramedic said, ‘Sir, you are the luckiest man in the world, you’re not going anywhere; you are going to the hospital.’ I started smiling and realized then how fortunate I was.” Mark had suffered a cardiac arrest. His family has no history of heart problems, and his wife Sonja says this was very unexpected. Mark’s hospital visit lasted a couple of days and he ended up having triple bypass surgery. “As people started telling me about these two amazing women who saved my life it became more clear that I was the luckiest man in the world. It was better than winning the lottery,” Mark said. “It was amazing

thinking I was laying there dead, and their immediate concern and taking charge to revive me, saved me.” Sonja agrees that Bobo and Benson were instrumental in saving Mark. “The two women jumped in and took control. The way they handled the situation helped me stay calm and collected. They knew what to do, how to do it and saved his life. They didn’t hesitate,” Sonja said. “Mark is thankful for every day he has. Doctors told me without those two ladies he probably wouldn’t be here. They were like angels come to be here. Many take CPR for granted, but you never know when it is your day to save someone’s life. I would strongly encourage everyone to be CPR certified.” Bobo and Benson are required to do annual CPR training with their students. “I’m thankful for all the years of training. I think I have been doing CPR since sixth grade. Although training is mundane and rote, there is a reason and a rhyme behind it because when an occurrence does happen it is just second nature to you.” Immediately after saving Mark’s life, Bobo and Benson returned to their National Athletic Trainers Association Educators conference in Addison, Texas. Since they were not part of the accident, they were not involved in the police report and assumed Mark survived after leaving in the ambulance. However, after many phones calls and research, Bobo was able to contact Mark and gain closure. While they have not met in person, they have talked on the phone and hope to one day meet. “It is my good blessing that Dr. Bobo and Dr. Benson were there. It was a remarkable day,” Mark said. “Through the grace of God they were at the traffic stop and behind me. Who knows what would have happened: I probably would have died.” Since the accident both trainers have used this situation as an example in their classes. Bobo is in her 11th year at SFA working as the program director for the graduate athletic training program. “Part of our profession is you try to take home lessons to your students. It was very natural for Amanda and I to go back and talk to our students and say ‘Life does not happen like the book tells you.’ A lot of the things we were doing on Mark just didn’t happen like a textbook,” Bobo said. “As a certified athletic trainer you never really know what’s going to happen. It is part of our

Basic CPR Components • Circulation- This method, known as hands-only CPR, is where you do at least 100 chest compressions per minute. If you are untrained perform only handson CPR. • Airway- When performing CPR you need to clear the victim’s airway. CPR classes teach proper techniques for clearing airways. • Breathing- This step includes mouth-to-mouth or mouth-to-nose resuscitation. Special training is recommended before attempting. ~ Source: Discovery Fit and Health, CPR: What You Need to Know

profession to always be trained and ready for it. That’s one of the joys of our profession. The bizarre thing of our situation was this wasn’t on the job. We were about to go eat. So what a lot of people tell me is: ‘You didn’t have to do that.’ I beg to differ. As an athletic trainer it is in our soul to help people. I don’t think any athletic trainer would have reacted differently.” Bobo has nominated Benson for the Presidential American Red Cross Life Saving award. Benson has also put in Bobo’s name for her governing body, The American Heart Association. Both awards are a year-long process; therefore, they do not know the results yet. Sometimes one wrong turn can have a major impact on someone’s life. On Jan. 12, Bobo and Benson found themselves behind a stoplight and in a life-changing situation. “I think it is amazing. There are days when you wake up and say: ‘What is my purpose? Why am I here?’” Bobo said. “If this is the one event you could tie it to, then I would be very proud to say ‘I was there for Mark Paxton that day to help save his life.’”


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from page 1 relations and promotions, budgets and evaluation to create the award winning campaign. Admission is free and the entire community is welcome. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. The AdHoc team was sponsored by Ed and Gwen Cole, Nelson Rusche College of Business, Tipton Ford, Robert & Judy Fisher, Mark and Stephanie Davis, Remnant Ministries, Inc., Urgent Health Solutions (Lufkin), Aldon Marble Manufacturing Company (Longview), Hotel Fredonia and the Bike Shop.

Courtesy Photo The SFASU Chapter of Society for Advancement of Management (SAM) team won first place in the 2013 SAM Case Competition, March 23, in Arlington, Virginia. The competition this year was based on a strategic analysis of Netflix. The team members included Leanna Davis, Ja’Mesa Dixon, Jami Miller, and Amber Walker. In addition to winning the 2013 case competition, the SFASU_SAM Chapter won first place in the large chapter division of the Campus Chapter Performance Program which recognizes growth, activity, and service by the chapter. Leanna Davis, Kaitlyn Georgette and Jaclyn Georgette were recognized as Outstanding Regional SAM members. Kaitlyn and Jaclyn were also honored as Outstanding National SAM members. Chapter advisers Mrs. Cathy Henderson and Dr. Robert Crocker were recognized as Outstanding Chapter Advisers. Team travel was made possible through an award from the Lavoy Moore Above and Beyond Challenge along with contributions from President Dr. Baker Pattillo’s office and from the Dean of the Rusche’ College of Business. Team members Left to Right are Miller, Dixon, and Walker (Management majors) and Davis (General Business).

The Pine Log, from page 1 paper to sell ads not only for the print paper but also for the online site. “I think there will be a lot of great opportunities to get more people’s stories and photos published,” Kasi Dickerson, senior journalism major and new Pine Log editor, said. “We want more student interaction with the paper. We plan to work on getting a more dynamic design to get more hands on the paper as well as boosting our online presence.” The changes to the paper will also create job opportunities for The Pine Log. The new positions include online content manager, social media manager and graphic designer for online and print media. “I think this is going to be a good move both for the University and the community,” Spence said. “We will continue to encourage the University and community to submit ideas and opinions via the website.” Dickerson has previous experience as a college newspaper editor at The Flare at Kilgore College. She also has hands-on experience working with video and photo stories as well as voice recordings. The Pine Log has also decided to change its look. Jay Carr, graphics director for the Houston Chronicle and previous Pine Log editorial cartoonist, created the new logo for the paper this semester. He used the face of Stephen F. Austin from a photo published on the last page of the 1991 Stone Fort yearbook. The photo was taken by Robert Seale another former Pine Logger who is now a professional freelance photographer and recipient of the Alumni Association’s Outstanding Young Alumnus award. The Pine Log has extended the deadline to applyfor the fall staff to 5.m. Friday. If you are interested in joining The Pine Log staff, you can pick up an application on the second floor of the BPSC in the Student Publications office.

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ROTC, from page 1 cers for the U.S. Army. “Thecommissioningceremonyistheformalaccoladeelevatingonetoanofficercommissioned byCongressandtheAmericanpeopletodefendtheConstitution,”AndrewLigonsaid.Theceremony will include the cadet’s oath of office, pinning of the second lieutenant bars, and guest speaker, Brig.Gen.OrlandoSalinas,DeputyAssistantAdjutantGeneraloftheTexasArmyNationalGuardand the Deputy Commanding General of the U.S. Army South. “The key points from the oath are that the cadets are saying against all things they will support and defend the constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” Miller said. He pointed out that the United States is one of the only countries where officers in the military are charged with defending the people against their own government, should the need arise. “I feel that this ceremony is a way of my Lt. Col. saying that he trusts that I am capable of leading America’s soldiers and that he has faith that I will live and perform my duties with honor,” Lekandra Griffin said. There will be a reception following the ceremony to celebrate the newly commissioned second lieutenants. “I will miss the memories and friends I made from day one,” Andrew Hirsch said. “The things I learned at SFA will be the backbone of my future leadership of soldiers.” ROTCprogramsacrossthenationproduce5,250officersfortheU.S.Armyeachyear,accordingto Miller. There are 273 Universities nationwide with ROTC programs. The 13 seniors who will receive their commission next week will spend the next eight years serving their country in the U.S. Army. Victoria Oniawu Abu is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science and will attend Medical Service Officer Basic Course in July. Cody Thomas Gilham is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Spatial Science and will attend Field Artillery Officer Basic Course in July. LekandraSharneaGriffinisgraduatingwithaBachelorofArtsinCriminalJusticeandwillattend Military Police Officer Basic Course in December. Andrew Hirsch is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and will attend Quartermaster Officer Basic Course in October. Christian King is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and will attend Medical Service Officer Basic Course later this year. Kyle King is graduating as a Distinguished Military Graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition and will attend Armor Officer Basic Course in September. NaderKobtyisgraduatingwithaBachelorofArtsinHistoryandwillattendtheCorpsofEngineers

Officer Basic Course later this year. AndrewLigonisgraduatingwithaBachelorofArtsinHistoryandwillattendArmorOfficerBasic Course in March. Charles Edward Maraggia is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement and will attend Signal Corps Officer Basic Course in August. EthanMartinisgraduatingwithaBachelorofArtsinCriminalJusticeandwillattendOrdinance Officer Basic Course later this year. MandelynnSanjiWalkerisgraduatingwithaBachelorofScienceinNursingandwillattendNurse Officer Basic Course later this year. Corry Michael Wiggins is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and will attend Quartermaster Basic Officer Course next July. Daniel Bailey Wilson is graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business and will attend Quartermaster Officer Basic Course in August.





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Dozier goes yard but SFA falls to UALR in extras Sam Vogel hit a walk-off RBI double in the bottom of the 10th inning to score Chris Burk and Arkansas-Little Rock handed SFA its fourth consecutive loss, 6-5, on Tuesday at Gary Hogan Field. Of SFA’s last four losses (23-22), three have come by a single run, including Tuesday’s when the Jacks stranded 13 men on base. It is the second win this season for UALR (22-22) over the Jacks, after a 10-4 win in Nacogdoches on March 26. Once again the Lumberjacks out-hit their opponent, also for the fourth straight game, 12-11, led by a 3-for-4 night from leadoff man Zach Benson, who reached base four times and ended up just a triple short of the cycle. Junior shortstop Hunter Dozier reached base three times on a pair of walks and a solo home run in the fifth inning, his 12th of the year. Mackenzie Handel and Brett Thornell had a pair of hits as well. Garrett Powell was the losing pitcher for SFA, falling to 2-2 on the year after allowing the winning run in the 10th on a hit and a leadoff walk. He was the fourth of four SFA pitchers to see the hill, relieving Cory Maltz who struck out four batters in 3.0 shutout innings of relief through the ninth. Blake Rhodes struck out three and allowed a run in

2.0 innings, while starter Cody Priest allowed four runs in 4.0 innings with a pair of strikeouts. Tyler Buckley earned the win for UALR, going to 1-1 and retiring all six hitters he faced in 2.0 innings of relief. He was one of six Trojan pitchers to be used on the night. It only took the Lumberjacks three pitches to stake itself to a 1-0 lead as Benson began his night with a solo home run to lead off the game off of UALR starter Ethan Schlechte. But the Trojans got the run back in the bottom half of the inning when Ben Crumpton scored on a double-play ball off the bat of Blake Johnson. One inning later Benson gave the lead right back to SFA with a two-out RBI double that plated Jackson Hood all the way from first base. Priest responded by keeping UALR off the board in the bottom of the second, but was not so fortunate in the third, surrendering a three-run home run to Burk that put the Trojans up 4-2. Dozier got one of those runs back in the fifth, leading off the inning with his 12th home run of the year to trim the lead to 4-3; however, once again the Trojans had an answer of their own, pushing the lead back to 5-3 on a solo home run from cleanup man John Clark in the bottom half of the inning.

SFA left the bases loaded in the sixth, but put together a game-tying, two-out rally in its half of the seventh. The Jacks had the bases empty with two down, but a single from Mackenzie Handel was followed by double from Jordan Camel, setting the stage for Jackson Hood, who singled to right field to plate a pair and tie the game at 5-5. Maltz put up a scoreless frame in the bottom of the inning, and the SFA offense once again went to work in the top of the eighth, loading the bases on a single from Thornell and walks to Dozier and Ricardo Sanchez; however, the Trojans quickly killed the rally when Max Lamantia hit into an inning-ending double play. SFA went down in order in the top of the ninth, and a strikeout-caught stealing double play ended UALR ninth and sent the game into extra innings; however, after the Jacks went quietly in the top half, a leadoff walk to Burk set up the Trojan offense. Then, after a sacrifice bunt moved him into scoring position, Parma doubled to left field and brought in Burk for the walk-off win for UALR. The Jacks will try and put an end to its four-game skid on Friday when it opens up a three-game series at home vs Northwestern State. First pitch on Friday is set for 6:30 p.m. from Jaycees Field.

Editor’s final words McLeroy, Pugh both deemed Jordan Boyd Sports Editor

All-Southland Conference

First off, I want to just say thank you. Thank you to my wonderful staff that I have had the pleasure of working with. Thank you to my friends and family that have supported me throughout my tenure at SFA. Thank you to the wonderful people that I have met here in Nacogdoches. Thank you Pat Spence, James Dixon and Ben Rikard for helping me every step of the way. And lastly, but absolutely the most important part of my whole experience: thank you, the reader, for listening to my voice as your sports editor for the past year and a half. I am so lucky to have had the opportunity to service such a great student body through my writing. As I look toward graduation, it makes me emotional to think about the experiences I’ve had here at SFA, from covering one of the best, down-to-earth athletes in Lauren Smith to covering one of the most successful and historic years that the men’s basketball program has had this past year. Every step of the way has been phenomenal. I’m truly blessed to have had such an incredible ride and to have a voice for you, SFA. So my final words as sports editor here are simply: Thank You.

Senior Mitchell McLeroy and sophomore Blake Pugh have been named to the 2013 All-Southland Conference teams, league officials announced Monday afternoon. McLeroy garnered first-team honors, while Pugh was named to the league’s second team. A three-time All-Southland Conference selection, McLeroy is earning his second consecutive firstteam honor. McLeroy finished second in the conference a 73.00 stroke average over the course of the season. He recorded two individual titles this season, and had six top-10 finishes. McLeroy posted one of the best rounds of his career with he fired a seven-under 65 in the second round of the SFA Crown Classic. He finished the tournament carding a 10-under

The Best in Business The Nelson Rusche College of Business congratulates the following on their induction into

Beta Gamma Sigma for 2013 Juniors

Jessica Gilligan Casey Hawkins Charlynne Heydon Shanel Jackson Wayvalon Johnson Abdul Lakhani Kendall Lehart William Reese Aaron Thomas Sarah Thompson Justin Wright


Nicole Blackwood Ashlyn Brackin Brian Cook Maegan Cunningham Kathryn Dineen Jourdan Dukes Christopher Garrett Jaclyn Georgette Kaitlyn Georgette Todd Laird Jessica Layman Christina Milburn Jami Miller Lace Montgomery Nicole Pantoja Minxiu Ping Donna Rocka Rachel Roberts Samantha Roberts Matthew St. John Hannah Swinney

par 206 to win the event. McLeroy played in all but one tournament during the season, and recorded the team’s lowest score in all but one of those tournaments. He finished the regular season recording 13 rounds of par, or better, golf. Pugh recorded second-team honors after a season that saw him record the team’s second-lowest stroke average. He finished the year with a 74.52 average in 29 rounds of golf. The Southlake, Texas sophomore was the team’s lowest scorer at the 2013 Southland Conference Championships when he rebounded from an opening round 82 to shoot five over in the final two rounds and finish tied for 12th. Pugh finished the season with nine rounds of par, or Courtesy Photo/SFA Athletics Mitchell McLeroy better, golf and four top-10 finishes.

Please join us at noon on Friday, May 3 for the presentation ceremony.


Anthony Pittman Kristan Smith


Jessica Barrett Melanie Beckenbach Maria Fuguet Fernandez


Ms. Judith Biss Dr. Todd Brown Dr. Kyle Post Dr. Elton Scifres

Chapter Honoree Barry E. Nelson

Invitations were mailed to students eligible to participate in the Big Dip. Please RSVP by May 2 online at Questions? Call the Alumni office at 468-3407

Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a baccalaureate or post-baccalaureate (master’s) program at a school accredited by AACSB International.



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