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Pulse 3 Research project connects students with cancer survivors

Sports 8 Baseball teams wins ASC championship

Going the distance Men’s, women’s track teams surge in ASC Andy Taylor Editor in Chief


hen coach Bob Hepler began leading the men’s and women’s track and field teams, he took on a project with little funding and a volunteer coaching staff. Six years later, those teams have become a force in the American Southwest Conference, taking home a championship and a second-place finish in what members of the team are calling the best season in the University’s history. The Patriots proved to be an imposing power in the ASC championship meet, winning nine individual competitions. The men’s team won its first conference title and the women earned their best finish ever with second place. “It feels great to be able to watch a transition from my freshman (and) sophomore years,” said Baylee Talaska, a distance runner who has been on the track team for three years. “Seeing everything pay off really was a boost. I’ve worked the hardest I ever have (last) summer. … To see the girls succeed so well was really neat to watch.” Talaska was part of a women’s team that Hepler said performed better than expected and fought for second place in the championship meet. The pivotal moment came before the last event of the meet. Talaska already had run the 10,000-meter and 1,500-meter races, but Hepler told her the team had an opportunity to earn extra points by entering the 5,000-meter competition. If Talaska, Brittany Brunson, Missy Hebert and Jennifer Cook had enough energy left in the tank, they had a shot at second place and individual allconference honors. “I just thought they were going to be too tired

ASC ACCOLADES Coach of the Year Bob Hepler

Outstanding Track Athlete of the Year Nick Huff

High Point Athlete of the Year Buck Thompson


Connor Benson, Travis Crafton, Nick Huff, Christian Kearney, Matthew Markert, Ford Noack, Buck Thompson, Alexander Wilson, Kealey Gaffney, Chelsea Grigsby, Missy Hebert, Baylee Talaska





Above Left: Runners Mari Rodriguez (right) and Caitlin Butler talk before a race in the ASC championship meet. Left: Baylee Talaska (left) and Christina Rowlands run in the 1,500-meter race at the ASC championship meet. Above: Derek Blain splashes down in the steeplechase in the ASC championship meet on April 26. Top: Ed Palencia prepares to throw the javelin in the championship meet.


May 7, 2013


Graduation ceremonies signal rush for tickets

Commencement events set for Friday, Saturday Terry Britt News Editor

This weekend will mark an important time in the lives of hundreds of University students as they get set to receive their academic degrees during commencement ceremonies. All events will take place at the ONLINE Cowan Center. The grand time See a live webcast of recognition of the commenceand celebration ment ceremonies starts Friday at 3 p.m. with the at ceremony for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, followed by the 6 p.m. ceremony for the College of Arts and Sciences. Ceremonies then resume on Saturday at 10 a.m. for the College of Business and Technology. The College of Education and Psychology and the College of Engineering and Computer Science will be together for the final commencement program at 1 p.m. Commencement ceremony guests must have a ticket to enter the Cowan Center, and the availability of tickets is often a concern for graduating students trying to accommodate family and friends. Essentially, the number of tickets each graduate initially receives is based on the number of graduates taking part in the ceremony, according to Tammie Cooper, an administrative assistant with the College of Nursing undergraduate program. “This semester, we were able to give each student six tickets initially. We then had some extra tickets and were able to give one more to 65 of the undergraduate students,” Cooper said. There had been 195 requests for an extra ticket, she added. “This is the first time we were not able to give the extras to everyone who requested one. We have a large class graduating this semester,” Cooper said. Students graduating from the undergraduate nursing program at the University actually start their big day in the morning with a 10 a.m. pinning ceremony at the Cowan Center. That special event is open to family members. “We ask them (students) to arrive at 9 a.m. for group pictures. The pinning ceremony lasts about an hour, then they usually go to lunch and then come back to get ready for commencement,” Cooper stated. Ticket availability was a bit better for graduating seniors in the College of Business and Technology, where each student was able to receive up to nine tickets, according to Brandy Meadows, administrative associate for the dean of the college. “Each student has been able to get nine tickets for the first two weeks. Then, any tickets left over from that initial allotment




Too soon to tell effect Nursing dean retiring after 31 years of alcohol election Klotz leaves behind ‘legacy’ as educator, leader

Austin Countryman Web Editor The spring semester marked the first time in University history that alcohol has been available in local stores. Despite an increase in on-campus alcohol violations during the past few months, University officials said it’s too soon to tell whether the vote to legalize beer

Misty Butler Staff Writer

and wine in Tyler and Smith County is to blame. The University has a strict no-alcohol policy and has seen a decline in on-campus alcohol offenses in the past few years, according to the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report released in 2012. According to the report, there





In the scorching-hot summer of 1982, Linda Klotz remembers measuring curtains for a nursing skills lab on her first day of work at the University. Thirty-one years later, Klotz is stepping down from her position as dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Klotz’s career started in New Mexico where she received her bachelor’s degree in nursing and she said she fell in love with helping others.

“I have always been interested in health care and medicine and in trying to make a difference in people’s lives,“ Klotz said. “So I went to nursing school and never looked back and loved every minute of it.” She has practiced nursing from the heat of Tucson, Ariz., to the frigid cold of Alaska and in the heart of East Texas. Her first few weeks of teaching in East Texas were a big change from the fast-paced teaching hospital where she worked in Arizona, she said. “I remember my first day as a teacher, students talked a different language. I had no clue


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Farewell Tyler, I’ll see you on the flip side FLYING BY THE SEAT OF MY PANTS DANIELLE HABERLY

In a story, there are static and dynamic characters. Each tie into the plot, whether it is a minor role or one with significance. Some characters make it to the end of the story and some don’t. Think about your story. We’ve all had childhood friends that we were practically attached to. Some of them stick around regardless of where life takes them. Others go on down their path and essentially disappear. I believe these people serve a purpose. They were sent to us in a time of our lives when we needed them. At our age, it is very common to have short-lived friends that move on without grievance. As dynamic individuals, we must learn to let go. We must accept that some people are only in our lives for a moment. I started here at the University with one intention in mind: transfer to Austin. I knew going in

that the people I met here in Tyler were just characters in my story. This kept me at arm’s length from making personal connections. After enrolling at the University again for my sophomore year, I regretted not creating more relationships. I began to let my guard down and realized that I did have people here I would miss when I left. With only a short semester left here, I scrambled to deepen my relationships. But everything comes to an end. Last week, I received a letter that will actively change my life. It told me, in no uncertain terms, that I was going to be a Longhorn in the fall. This letter was more than just recognition of my accomplishments, it meant much more. I did it. I finally got what I’ve been working for. My overwhelming excitement was accompanied by a bittersweet tendency to hold onto the past. I’m not going to lie; I am terrified to move on to a new university. I have established myself here. I don’t have the most friends and I’m not recognizable outside the communication building, but I have a foothold here. Working my way up to opinion editor at the Patriot Talon is something I’m very proud of and reluctant to let go. When I walk into the newsroom, I know that I

will be acknowledged and conversations will be more than awkward small talk. I am going to miss that. It’s hard to be the new kid. I suffer from chronic anxiety, so moving to a new school of such great stature is a huge leap for me. I have to trust that I can be just as efficient and happy somewhere else. Just as all of you are characters in my story, I hope that I was a character in yours. At the very least, if you read my column and didn’t ever actually meet me, I hope to have been a voice in your story. Some people will never know how much they meant to you in your life. Tell them. Morgan Jones, you were the most influential person in my life while I lived here. You dragged me to my first Patriot Talon meeting my freshman year and I never looked back. You are the reason I am here and I owe you for a majority of my success in journalism. I appreciate you immensely. Victor Texcucano is also an important character. Oh, how I’ve enjoyed our playful banter. Thank you for helping through page design and photo assignments. I will never forget spending time with Andy Taylor at our newspaper Christmas party this year. Among the many hilarious

Take advantage of every opportunity THE WAY I SEE IT


When I enrolled in the University four years ago, I didn’t know the name of the student newspaper. When I think back to that time, I can’t help but heave a sigh of relief that I walked into the newsroom to apply for a position on staff near the end of my freshman year. The Patriot Talon gave me what I was missing from college — a solid group of friends, a reason to get more involved on campus and motivation to work harder. As I write this column, I am one week away from graduating and leaving the Talon behind. Rather than wax nostalgic about how much I’ll miss working here, I’d like to take this final opportunity to emphasize that everything you do in college matters. Everything. The people you meet, the classes you take and the organizations you join will shape your future in a way you can’t imagine until it happens. I’ve spent the past few weeks interviewing for various jobs, and if there’s anything that each employer had in common, it’s the desire for experience. With a full-time course schedule, it’s tough to find a job that will give you meaningful training and skills — both of which you will need to stand out among other applicants. But you don’t have to have an internship or a job that fits your major to get experience. Don’t get me wrong — it helps. But when employers asked about my strengths or how I handle pressure, I often thought back to (infamous) group projects and those weeks near the end of every semester when it seems like there is too much to do and too little time.

How you respond to those challenges speaks to your character, and facing them like a champ will go a long way. Professors make great references, and they notice students who work hard. The honor societies and volunteer groups you join also will help you fill out a strong resume. Take advantage of every opportunity you get and don’t turn down a new project just because it seems like a lot of work. Whether it’s serving on the homecoming committee or planning an event, the experience might give you an anecdote you can share with a potential boss. Taking on more work means you’ll have to manage your time wisely, but that’s a skill you need anyway. It’s important to note though that being successful in college isn’t just about the things you do — it’s also about the people you meet. The adage that “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” is cliché, but it’s also true. The friends you meet in college will one day be your colleagues. Developing good relationships in school will serve you well in your career. I’ve been fortunate to meet a lot of incredible people at the University and through the Patriot Talon. My first editor in chief, Kamren Scott, showed confidence in me that I never saw in myself. Her support made me stick around, even when the ink from her purple pen covered the first drafts I turned in each issue. And Lea Rittenhouse, the next editor in chief I worked with, stood strong when the Talon faced incredible adversity last year. I’m proud of the staff we built together. Jake Waddingham started working here when I did, and after focusing on other projects for a year, he returned to the staff when I became editor in chief. He’s probably the most consistent and reliable person I know, and his work on our sports section is invaluable. Victor Texcucano has been my right hand as editor. He’s grown into an incredible photographer, writer and all-

around asset for the Patriot Talon. The same goes for Morgan Jones, who will serve as the next editor in chief after I graduate later this week. I know she will thrive and take the Talon to places it’s never been before. She’s talented and determined, but most importantly, she genuinely cares about the students we represent. I could go on about my wonderful staff and editors. Lauren Barnes, Danielle Haberly, Andrea Caldwell, Austin Countryman, Terry Britt — you all have worked so hard to make the Talon what it is today. In addition to the students, our staff has benefitted from advisers who kept us motivated and helped us navigate the complicated and unpredictable world of journalism. I first worked with Vanessa Curry, who taught me to write and forced me to ask the tough questions. Bonnie Davis, the Talon’s current business coordinator, provided guidance and support as she led us through a very tumultuous time. And finally, Kevin Dilley brought new life to our newsroom when he became adviser last year. I can’t say enough about his commitment to helping us reach our potential. It’s unsettling to think about stepping away from the Patriot Talon and all of the people who have become a part of who I am. The newsroom for years has felt like a second home. Leaving it behind will be one of the most difficult experiences of my life. And yet, I’m excited. The day after I graduate, I will pack up and move to Dallas with my fiancée. The next Monday, I’ll start a career as marketing and communications coordinator for KERA Public Media for North Texas. Finding a new job I’m passionate about softens the blow of leaving the Talon, but nothing can replace my time here or the friends I’ve made. I can only hope the next chapter of my life is as memorable as this one has been.

A few notes on patience, perseverance HALCYON DAYS TERRY BRITT

Many years ago, I thought my walk in the Cowan Center on Friday evening would be a special but distant memory by this point in my life. I also thought it would have been about 400 miles northeast of Tyler. But if there is any kernel of wisdom I can offer my fellow college graduates at the University, it is this: No matter where you go from here, expect the unexpected to occasionally skew the nice, neat line you have drawn on your life map. There is one primary reason behind it: Life isn’t fair. And because of that, you have to develop the ability to look beyond setbacks, failings and unexpected changes and see the opportunities to develop patience and perseverance. Doing so could lead to rewards far greater than the ones you hoped to attain in the first place. Some of you reading this were still years from being born when I originally started college at what was then known as Memphis State University in Tennessee. I had drawn my neat, straight line from point A to point B, looking at graduating with a bachelor’s degree in four years and moving on to a solid career in newspaper journalism.

But there is a well-known adage about the best-laid plans and mine certainly went astray. I did not finish college because I ran out of funding and could not maintain good grades alongside a full-time job, and my journalism career never hit expected heights, either. Through it all, I came face-to-face with a lot of reminders that life isn’t fair, in jobs, relationships and most everything else. Learning to develop patience with myself and others went a long a way in getting me past such situations in a positive fashion. Patience, sadly, has become a lost art in our 21st-century world of instant, on-demand and easy everything. My parents, though, instilled in me a belief that nothing good, certainly nothing worth having, comes to a person quickly or easily. Holding to that belief has allowed me to keep calm in the most trying of circumstances in the past three decades, and given me the incentive to strive for better things instead of taking the quick and easy offer of the moment. Perseverance is another quality my parents exhibited. They had little choice for the most part, raising three boys on a very limited combined income that dropped lower when my father ruptured his side at his weekend job at a lumberyard, and then suffered a complete nervous breakdown six months after surgery. They plugged along, getting to their feet every time life knocked

them down, and that included two house fires, periods of unemployment, a prolonged union strike at my mother’s workplace and ongoing health issues for both of them. Some of that “never give up” spirit found its way into me, and I never gave up on the desire to eventually finish my bachelor’s degree at UTTyler. Having to commute nearly an hour every day and hang on to a demanding job made things difficult, but in pushing back every time the strain pushed on me, something very unexpected happened. I quickly became the excellent college student I wanted to be so many years ago. I earned a big scholarship, a high grade point average, a great result on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and the notice of about 20 graduate schools nationwide. In two short years, I have gone from just wanting to finish a bachelor’s degree to wanting to pursue a master’s and a doctorate. I think I’ve got the patience and perseverance to do it, and I have my mom and dad to thank for that. One thing I had always looked forward to was the sight of both of them sitting in the audience, smiling from ear to ear as I walked across the stage to receive my college diploma, whenever and wherever I eventually earned it, but life isn’t fair. This column and my graduation are dedicated to the memory of John Edward Britt (1926-1999) and Ella Faye Britt (1941-2005).



ASSOCIATE EDITORS Managing: Victor Texcucano Managing: Morgan Jones News: Terry Britt Sports: Jake Waddingham Opinion: Danielle Haberly A&E: Lauren Barnes Web: Austin Countryman STAFF MEMBERS Antwanise Jackson, Bryan Savens, Crysta Hernandez, Rhiannon Holmes, Stephanie Long, Samantha Copus, Daniel Cebula, Misty Butler, Nizia Alam MANAGERS Advertising: Andrea Caldwell Circulation: Elise Follett ADVISER: Kevin Dilley BUSINESS COORDINATOR: Bonnie Davis

anecdotes I could spill about our editor in chief, the level of professionalism he exhibits is what I admire most. The recommendation letter he wrote for me and sent to Austin, I believe, was a huge factor that influenced my acceptance. I can’t thank you enough for everything you have done for me. Kevin Dilley, you are by far the best adviser this paper could have ever asked for. You encourage us to reach for greatness and stretch boundaries. You’ve taught me so much not only from traditional instruction, but by setting an example through your actions as an honest, caring man. I will miss you all. I know your stories will continue on with new characters, as will mine, but I will never forget you. If you are graduating or transferring, I wish you the best of luck in all your future endeavors. If you are staying at the University, I encourage you to keep your protective shields down and appreciate the time you have with these people. All of us will move on eventually, with or without the characters in our current chapter. Embrace change, crave the new and be excited by unknown possibilities. If you’re ever in Austin, hit me up. See you on the flip side, Tyler.

CAMPUSVOICE What are your summer plans?

Walking around campus carrying creatures and freaking people out.”

»Jennifer Motes Junior art major

I’ll learn how to fly airplanes in flight training, and cruising in my ‘72 Corvette.”

»Brandon Richardson

Junior history major

I plan on working at my parents’ restaurant and interning to be an analyst.”

»Tag Lynn

Senior math major

I’m going to be making art, throwing some mud and getting ready for my senior exhibition.”

»Jason Bennett

Senior art major

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Strengthening the against cancer fight

May 7, 2013



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Senior kinesiology major Ashley Lovely and student assistant Zach Holley assist a cancer survivor and research participant as her personal trainers under the direction of professor Dr. Joyce Ballard (right).

University research trains survivors to sustain health Carol Scott Contributing Writer Fourteen community members who meet in the Herrington Patriot Center to work out have one life-changing thing in common — they survived cancer. They are research participants working with the University two times a week for eight weeks during the spring. Their ages ranged from 52 to 91. They had varying types of cancer and side effects of cancer treatment such as fatigue, distress, depression and pain. Research participant Judy Patterson has CML leukemia, a treatable but not curable disease. She expects to take chemotherapy for the rest of her life. The project has helped her with the side effects of weight gain and joint pain. “I come out to exercise and I leave ready to take on the world,” Patterson said. University professors Dr. Barbara Haas and Dr. Joyce Ballard conducted the research project to study the effect and the benefit that exercise training would have on cancer survivors. The project was an eight-week study. The class met every Tuesday and Thursday starting the last week of February and continuing until May. They met at the HPC gym for 65-minute sessions. University kinesiology students worked as personal trainers for each of the participants. This gave every participant a guided and monitored exercise program and gave the students an opportunity to get valuable practical experience in the care of cancer survivors. Patterson appreciated that her trainer encouraged her to do as much as she could but also said to stop when she was tired. “Just to have a free personal trainer ... is wonderful,” Patterson said. “We are all just so excited to be here.” The students prepared for the research class, which included completing the required CPR training. They learned to perform the testing to measure their clients’ progress and went through the tests themselves as well. Testing also provided a standard to follow. Medical oncologists from local cancer treatment centers had to approve the survivors before they would be eligible to participate in the class. The results of the research program, authored by Haas and Ballard, will be submitted to a college journal. The University research program included measuring the activities of daily living using functional tests. The ability to perform normal daily activities was assessed before and after the research program to see if the exercise training helped the survivors get over the effects of cancer treatment. The tests measured aerobic fitness, leg and arm strength, gait mobility, arm and shoulder flexibility, and upper and lower-leg flexibility. These tests related to the survivors’ quality of life and demonstrated their ability to live independently. Blood pressure and heart rates were measured at the beginning and end of every class session. Patterson said she needed the balance portion of the regimen the most. After working with the weight machines and then walking, she would work on her balance by standing on a beam and sitting on a ball. She also had to scale a wall up and down with a ball at her back. Every time, she got better at it. Physical activities have played an important role in preventing cancer. Ramping up

activity also decreased the rate of cancer reoccurring, increased the cancer survival rate and improved the quality of life after cancer treatment. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network suggested everyone “exercise for life.” For some survivors, fatigue is mild and temporary, but for others it can last for months after treatment and makes going about daily activities difficult, according to NIH Senior Health. After testing, the survivor group was divided into three levels of ability. Group one had no injuries or added health concerns and could do most of the exercise. Group two had additional health problems such as diabetes and they were assigned a lighter regimen. Group three needed help getting into the building due to significant health problems. One person came in using a walker and another couldn’t walk six minutes without sitting down to rest, but their progress steadily increased as the program continued, Ballard said. “The participant with the walker is actually standing during warm-up now,” Ballard said. “All of them are very upbeat and doing well.” TALON»COURTESY PHOTO Each session consisted of four types of exercise — resistive, aerobics, weights and bal- Kinesiology students pose with cancer survivor clients who participated in an eight-week exercise research program using resistive, aerobic and balance training under the direction of Dr. ance. Aerobics included warm-ups and a choice Joyce Ballard. between a stationary bicycle, treadmill or walking the track. The three groups rotated among the four types of exercise. was to achieve a comfort level that wouldn’t showed that survivor Delores Schmiege’s panSenior kinesiology student Jessica Hammon wear the clients out or cause weakness the day creatic cancer had gone into remission. She participated in the program, but she also had after training. considered exercise to be part of her treatment experience helping her grandmother, a cancer Students adjusted the weights according to and had attended another exercise program, survivor. She made a pulley system that her the clients’ progress. but it didn’t have the weights she needed to grandmother could use “Those are some strong work on her weaker upper body. to get her mobility back. women,” senior kinesiolo“The upper body ones are not my favorite, Slowly increasing her gy student Marco Mimbela but that’s what I need,” Schmiege said. “I inrange of motion helped said. “It seems like every crease the weights every time, except for one Hammon’s grandmother week they increase by 10 machine I have not.” overcome the flexibility pounds.” Dr. Sarah McKenzie has had two different issues that came with the Mimbela has worked out types of cancer, colon cancer and breast canscarring complications for nine years, so he has a cer. She said she was a “well-known couch from cancer surgery. lot of experience with the potato.” She had little energy and had fatigue “Cancer is really hard weight machines and could after physical activity. to go through,” Hammake sure the survivors “I couldn’t get my housework done,” McKmon said. “Exercise just used them correctly. enzie said. “I couldn’t do my dishes.” a little bit before and He wanted to get into As a result of the exercise, she started feelafter treatment helps a physical therapy because he ing stronger and better and looked forward lot.” had experienced a lot of into the final test at the end of the program that Hammon’s favorite juries himself and knew the would reflect her overall improvement. part of the program was benefit of receiving therapy She said she appreciated the encouragement seeing her client build first hand. Helping other her personal trainer gave her to increase her up her strength and get people in the same way exercises and weights. excited about doing would be a satisfying occuAt the same time, she said she trusted the two miles on the stapation, he said. perception her personal trainer had when it aptionary bike. Her hard Mimbela plans to get his peared she might be pushing a little too hard. work impressed Hammaster’s degree at the UniAs of January 2012, there are about 13.7 mon, especially when versity. million cancer survivors in the United States. she increased to doing “This class does really This represents about 4 percent of the populatwo repetitions of everyhelp the people that come tion, according to The National Cancer Instithing. through here,” Mimbela tute. “She really makes me said. “At the end, exercise Oncologists agree that one of the best things Ashley Lovely, senior look good,” Hammon gives them a boost of encancer survivors can do to remain healthy is to said. “It’s exciting.” get regular exercise, according to The Nationkinesiology major ergy.” During the sessions, University senior Ashal Comprehensive Cancer Network. the kinesiology students ley Lovely’s client tested “Exercise is the only thing that helps with monitored the survivors’ into the third group with the overwhelming fatigue,” Ballard said. heart rates, made sure the most problems, but had As an extra perk and side benefit, the projthey warmed up sufficiently, used the maamazing motivation, she said. ect provided a close-knit support group for chines and other exercises properly and that One weight machine, or “contraption,” as each of the survivors. they followed the routine correctly. the client called it, gave her a lot of difficulties They were able to talk about their challeng“Most of these women had never even seen to begin with. After a while, she would slip es and share their victories with each other a weight machine,” Ballard said. right into it. and with their personal trainers, who took any During the first session, the kinesiology “It’s a great opportunity,” Lovely said. concerns to Ballard. students tested their clients to see how much “We’re getting experience that can’t be They also got to know each other’s personal weight they could handle on a machine. learned in a classroom, working with someone trainer. If they could handle 100 pounds, they were and learning with them.” “It’s like a family now,” Patterson said. “I assigned a 60-pound weight limit. The goal After two years of treatment, a CAT scan would love to have (the program) again.”

It’s a great opportunity. We’re getting experience that can’t be learned in a classroom, working with someone and learning with them.”





were 10 arrests and seven judicial referrals for alcohol-related offenses in 2011. This is a decline from 22 arrests and 29 judicial referrals in 2009. With the passage of two propositions in the November election, beer and wine has become available locally for off-premises consumption. An increase in alcohol violations on campus in the past year has been a topic of discussion among University administrators who are evaluating the cause. “Before the law went into effect, we’ve seen increases in alcohol violations,” University Police Chief Mike Medders said. “But that’s not unusual.” Violations have increased this year, which may reflect the legalization of alcohol. However, it also could mean campus police and RAs in Ornelas Residence Hall and the on-campus apartments are being more diligent. “Sometimes it’s the result of us being able to do our job better,” he said. “The RAs may be doing a better job of keeping tabs on it.” Resident assistants are assigned to areas within their residence hall and monitor about 32 to 36 students. “The resident assistants in housing do safety inspections,” Medders said. “If they go in and they see beer cans everywhere or they see bottles of vodka, they’re automatically going to file a case against that student.” Medders said it’s too soon to tell whether the fact more students have been caught with alcohol is related to the availability of beer and wine. “A lot of times you’ll think, well it’s more violations,” Medders said. “It’s not necessarily more violations, it’s just more violations being discovered.” Medders said the fluctuation in the amount of violations on campus seems to vary in cycles. “We will have one year where we will have a lot of alcohol violations,” Medders said. “And all of a sudden it will drop down the next year when

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We want our students to be safe. We don’t want our students to be impaired coming and going. It puts the whole University community in danger.”

»Mike Medders

University Police Chief people get smarter and they realize that we enforce heavy.” Ultimately, statistics a few years from now will be able to determine whether or not the alcohol sales have had an effect. “We may be able to look back a year from now and be able to say, ‘Hey, that was a huge thing, that really affected us,’” Medders said. “But it’s too early to tell now if that’s going to be a huge factor.” Campus policies are standard for all students, meaning even those who are of legal age to consume and possess alcohol are not allowed to have it on campus. “A lot of these (on-campus) apartments have four people living in them. People come and go all the time,” Medders said. “If alcohol is available and it’s in that refrigerator, it’s available to anyone that is there.” Medders and his department are working toward preventing violations of the school’s policy. “We are working with student affairs and we’re discussing the issues,” Medders said. “If there’s anything we can do to be proactive to keep this from happening, we’re going to.”


David Hill, director of residence life and judicial affairs, supervises the professional staff in housing and cosupervises the student staff. He oversees all on-campus housing facilities, including Patriot Village Apartments, University Pines Apartments and Ornelas Residence Hall.


are available starting (Monday) on a first-come, first-serve basis,” Meadows explained. “That is a little higher allocation of tickets than last semester. Between seven to nine tickets per student is our average, I would say,” she added. For each commencement ceremony, the doors to the Cowan Center will open one hour before

“Since they are all located on campus, students are not permitted to possess or consume alcohol on the premises,” Hill said. “You can’t possess containers, you’re not permitted to be intoxicated on campus, but at the end of the day, it’s possession of alcohol.” A resident caught in possession on campus will face a written warning, community service and an alcohol education program. “Those can shift around depending on some specifics,” Hill said. “If there’s 20 people having a big party in the apartment, the resident of the apartment will probably get probation and closer to 15 to 20 hours of community service.” Other factors in an incident can increase the charges against residents. “If they harass the staff members, if they’re found with other policy violations, they’re really disruptive or there’s drug paraphernalia, that can make it considerably more serious,” Hill said. Within judicial affairs, Hill does not make a distinction between minors and those of legal age when dealing with alcohol-related incidents. “I don’t distinguish between minor in possession or not, University Police does,” he said. “If someone of age is present where there’s minors consuming, they can actually be cited for providing the alcohol to minors, which can be considerably more serious.” Hill said there has been an increase in incidents involving alcohol on campus this year compared to previous years.

the start time and graduating students are asked to arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony in order to line up. The preparations generally run very smoothly because of the large number of faculty who offer assistance, Meadows said. “We have so many faculty members on board with the commencement ceremony to help get them lined up and in place, and it always seems to run pretty well,” she added. “I think they (faculty) enjoy and appreciate watching their students walk at graduation and seeing the awards they have earned through the years with their honor cords and pins. “It is a culmination of their hard work,”


There were recurring disruptive parties at University Pines about eight years ago, he said. Residents and students were given citations and some were suspended. “I think word kind of spread,” Hill said. “The following year, people that had been there the previous year were still around to say, ‘No, seriously, bad idea. You don’t want to do this.’ Those people are gone now.”


Ona Tolliver, assistant vice president for student affairs and dean of students, said there was discussion regarding the alcohol propositions in fall 2012 before the vote was cast. “We spent some time talking about what impact it would have, and whether we were at a point where the institution should look at alcohol on campus,” Tolliver said. But with time, the sale of alcohol will be old news and will be a normal occurrence, she said. “Eventually it will just be the norm,” Tolliver said. “I think at some point it will just level off.” With the new alcohol sales, she said students are encouraged even more to educate themselves about the effects of drinking. “We have our wellness programs that are available for our students to help educate them on good decision making,” Tolliver said. “We encourage our students to participate in them even without it being a part of the judicial process.” Samantha Dwight, health education specialist in the student health and wellness department at the University educates students about alcohol awareness. “Harm and risk reduction is what we’re founded around,” Dwight said. “At the center of what we’re doing is how to help a friend.” Dwight said she informs students of the 911 Lifeline Law that Texas adopted in 2011. “Even if you are a minor and your friend is possibly passed out, you’re not sure if they may have alcohol poisoning or not, they are encouraged to call 911,” Dwight said. The 911 Lifeline Law states that a person under 21 won’t be charged by

Meadows said. For those unable to obtain a ticket to commencement, the University offers first-come, first-served seating in FAC (Cowan Center) 1009 where a video broadcast of the event can be viewed. Those unable to come to the event in person can watch a live video stream, the link to which will be on the University website home page (, of each commencement ceremony both days. Delk Photography will be at each ceremony to take pictures and students may order photographs. Students wishing to have a photo made before the ceremony are asked to arrive at least one hour in advance.


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police for possessing or consuming alcohol if the person calls 911 to report the possibility of alcohol poisoning. ”You won’t be charged if you’re the first person to call, if you stay on the line and when authorities get there, you cooperate,” Dwight said.


Along with the student health and wellness department, a new support program called Students for Recovery is in the process of being established at the University. This program is designed as a welcoming environment to help students cope with life struggles. The program would be a way to gain support for recovery with issues such as, but not limited to, drug abuse, alcohol abuse or abusive relationships. The student health and wellness program expects to establish the support group through student services by the end of the fall semester. The University of Texas at Austin is home of the Center for Students in Recovery, which leads the nation in collegiate recovery movements. According to a news release from The University of Texas System Board of Regents, the board approved the establishment of Collegiate Recovery Centers at other UT System academic institutions. The University is one of the first three institutions to acquire this new program, along with UT San Antonio and UT Dallas. “So what we wanted to do was provide a support system for students who either come with issues or students who develop issues that don’t feel that they can identify with anyone else who is dealing with that particular challenge,” Tolliver said. With the current education and new program in the future, campus police are continuing their normal duties to try and prevent alcohol from being on campus, for the safety of students. “I don’t encourage anyone under age to drink but they certainly don’t need to drink on this campus, (because) it’s just going to cause them more misery than it’s worth in the long run,” Medders said. “We want our students to be safe. We don’t want our students to be impaired coming and going. It puts the whole University community in danger.”

GRADUATION STATS Below is the number of graduation candidates by college: College of Arts and Sciences: 193 College of Business and Technology: 168 College of Engineering and Computer Science: 108 College of Education and Psychology: 164 College of Nursing and Health Sciences: 260

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and they didn’t even hesitate,” Hepler said. “Here it was 90-degree heat and 20-plus mile-anhour winds and they stepped up.” Talaska finished second in the conference in her final race as a Patriot as she and the other runners helped the team to the best performance in its history. “They were willing to endure a lot of pain, because it was pretty ugly to watch,” Hepler said. “They just tried so hard but they did well.” Earlier in the day, the women set school records for the 4X400-meter relay and the 4X100-meter relay. Caitlin Butler also set a school record in the 400-meter dash, and Kealey Gaffney became only the second woman in school history to win an individual event for the Patriots with her victory in the 100-meter hurdles. Gaffney, Hebert, Talaska and Chelsea Grigsby each earned all-conference honors for their performances. They joined a men’s track and field team that Hepler said was poised and determined to lead the ASC. McMurry University, the team that for years finished just ahead of the Patriots, left the


what they were talking about. ... They eventually taught me to speak East Texan.” Klotz said. “I absolutely feel like an East Texan now.” She said one of her greatest pleasures of being in Tyler is watching it grow into such a progressive medical center. Klotz was the fifth faculty member to be hired with the University and has seen many changes in her time here. She said one of her first tasks was writing the baccalaureate program for nursing. “The University only had a degree completion program so that students with an associate (degree) could come back to get their baccalaureate in nursing,” she said. “I was in charge of creating the program so students could start from day one getting their (Bachelor’s of Science in nursing).”




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conference last year. The move signaled a renewed competition for the ASC’s top spot, and the Patriots proceeded to take charge in all aspects of the conference. Expectations consistently have been high for the distance runners, but it was the throwers whom Hepler said proved most impressive this spring. “Much to the chagrin of my distance runners, the throwers are the stars of the team,” he said. Senior Buck Thompson led the way, winning the discus, shot put and hammer throw events. Graduate student Ed Palencia took the top spot in the javelin throw, besting teammate Travis Crafton, who finished second, by 9 meters. “I’ve gone through the bad and the good, (and) the really good right now,” said Palencia, who has been on the track and field team for five of the six years it has existed. “I have a pretty good understanding of what we all went through with McMurry for a couple years only coming in second place. It was good to finally get conference champions.” But while the throwers are getting more attention than in previous years, the men’s distance runners proved dominant as well, winning five individuals events. In the 3000-meter steeplechase, Patriots Nick Huff, Matthew Markert and

Derek Blain finished first, second and third, respectively. Runner Ford Noack, who won the 800-meter race, is hoping to join Thompson and Palencia in national competition beginning May 23. Hepler said the throwers have the opportunity to compete for the University’s first track and field national title. Noack can compete as well if he can qualify based on his performance at the Incarnate Word meet in San Antonio on Sunday. Hepler said it is the last possible day to qualify. Watching the Patriots compete at the national level is the next step for the track and field program, and he said it’s a testament to the students and the coaches. Before the start of this year, Emily Krizmanic was hired as the first paid coach. But Steve Sims, R.J. Cowan, Chris Stonestreet and Natalie Hanson still volunteer their time to help take the team to the next level. Given the progress made in recent years, Hepler said his goal is for the University to be viewed as, “if not the premier team in the South, one of the top Division III track and field programs in the entire South. “Hopefully our good performance this year will put us over the hump and (it) will take us to the next level,” he added. “We’re excited about the future.”

The program grew to full accreditation in 1984 after the first students graduated. “We added new faculty, we grew classes, we grew programs — we just grew,” Klotz said. She said she credits the success of the nursing programs to support from the administration and community. Klotz also said she is proud of all her students throughout the years. “It was such a family feeling with the first group of students because they work so closely with faculty to build it and they want it to be good,” she said. “I have to respect the blood, sweat and tears these students put into their work. And they do so well, I see them everywhere I go. It’s wonderful walking into a doctor’s office and seeing my students because I know the quality of education they have.” Sandra Petersen, an associate professor at the University and a former student of Klotz, said the retiring dean was a great mentor and motivator. “Dr. Klotz in her calm, quite

strength reached out to me to let me know she believed in me and that yes, I could do it,” Petersen said. “In fact, it was this ongoing mentorship that caused me to consider and accept a faculty position in the FNP program at UT Tyler last year. When I look back on my academic path, Dr. Klotz will always be considered one of those beacons who helped keep me from crashing by the wayside. I will always be indebted and thankful that she took time to make a difference for me.” Danice Greer, assistant professor of nursing, said Klotz has been the anchor for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. “From the day I met her, she encouraged me and made me feel like I could be a great nurse, leader and educator,” Greer said. “She has a calm, warming smile that relaxes you when you are in her presence. She makes the day so bright. I am proud to call her a friend and colleague. The College of Nursing will never be the same without her.”

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Noises Off May 10-19

Shake Rattle & Roll

Tyler offers affordable activities during break

June 15-16

Footloose July 11-28

Story by Lauren Barnes Photos by Victor Texcucano

LIBERTY HALL The Last Picture Show

Gallery Main Street

May 9 @ 7 p.m.

Gallery Main Street was established in 2009 as a division of the city of Tyler’s Main Street Department, which encourages economic development and promotes growth of the arts and culture in downtown Tyler. Gallery Main Street features exhibits, which change every four to six weeks. Each exhibit features the work of local artists, and is selected through a juried process according to the current gallery theme.

Red River

May 16 @ 7 p.m.

David Berkeley in concert May 17 @ 8 p.m.


May 23 @ 7 p.m.

Dazed and Confused

Liberty Hall

May 30 @ 7 p.m.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind June 6 @ 7 p.m.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory June 8 @ 3 p.m.

Star Trek II

June 13 @ 7 p.m.

Second Annual Comedy Festival June 14-15


June 20 @ 7 p.m.


June 27 @ 7 p.m.

The Goonies July 13

Reckless Kelly in concert July 25

The Actor’s Preparatory Exchange puts on performances throughout the year. From March 21 to 23, APEX performed “The 39 Steps” at Liberty Hall.

Cost: Free Location: 110 W. Erwin St. Contact: 903-593-6905

Tyler Museum of Art The Tyler Museum of Art is nestled next to the Tyler Junior College Campus. The Junior League of Tyler opened the museum in 1971. Their mission is to enrich the lives of East Texas citizens and visitors through the collection, preservation, study, exhibition, interpretation and celebration of the visual arts. The museum contains two major exhibition galleries, a library, classroom, café and gift shop. Cost: Students $5 Location:1300 South Mahon Ave. Contact: 903-595-1001

24-Hour emergency maintenance Convenient to UT Tyler and TJC One and two bedroom floor plans Cardio room On-site courtesy officer Clothes care center Picnic area

(903) 593-9796 2601 SSE Loop 323 Tyler, Texas 75701

After Tyler’s main source of revenue switched from peaches to roses, a group got together to celebrate the rose in 1933. Since then, that celebration has grown into the Texas Rose Festival. The Rose Museum, located at the Rose Garden, is open year-round and celebrates the history of the Texas Rose Festival. It has an exhibit that changes every three months and displays the over-the-top costumes from the festival. Cost: $3.50 for adults Location: 420 Rose Park Drive Contact: 903 597-3130 Theatre 20 @ Potter Place

Liberty Hall originally opened in 1936 as one of the main movie theaters downtown and remained a bustling theater until it closed in the 1980s. In 2005, the East Texas Symphony Orchestra Association approached the city with the idea to buy and revitalize the theater. This fit perfectly into part of the Tyler 21 Plan, designed to revitalize the art and culture of downtown Tyler, said Anne Payne, Liberty Hall manager. Instead of the theater just being used for the ETSOA, it is used as a theater for all performing arts. Liberty Hall shows classic movies every Thursday night and holds events such as comedy shows, music concerts and live theater. The Second Annual Comedy Festival will be June 14 and 15. Cost: Varies by event Location: 103 E. Erwin St. Contact: 903-595-7274

Rose Museum

The basement of the Energy Center Building has become the unlikely home to Tyler’s newest arts venue. The Actor’s Preparatory Exchange is offering something new to Tyler in the form of professional acting classes and an intimate theater. Theatre 20 @ Potter Place holds 49 people. This summer, they have a number of must-see performances lined up. The comedy “A Resounding Tinkle” will kick off May 24, 25, 31 and June 1. “The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged)” is a farce in which three male actors portray all the roles written by Shakespeare and will be performed June 21, 22, 28 and 29. “Loesser and More,” an original musical, will be July 19, 20, 26 and 27.

Tyler Civic Theatre The Tyler Civic Theatre has survived World War II and its building burning down. However, the show must go on and it has overcome these challenges. The theater has grown since originating in 1927. They now call the Braithwaite Theatre home. Student actors are educated in all aspects of play production in classes for preschoolers through adults. They are kicking off the summer with “Noises Off” May 10 to 19. The nationally recognized 50s and 60s singing group Shake Rattle & Roll will take the stage June 15 to 16. The famous musical “Footloose” will be performed July 11 to 28. Location: 400 Rose Park Drive Cost: 903-592-0561

Cost: Varies by event Location: 719 W. Front St. Ste. 20 Contact: 903-740-5387

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McClendon House The picturesque, Victorian-era McClendon House sits on the corner of Vine and Houston and its history dates back to 1878. The two-acre plot was a wedding gift to Judge M.H. Bonner’s daughter, Mattie, and her new husband Harrison Whitaker. When Mattie passed away, her youngest sister, Annie, purchased the house with her husband, Sidney McClendon, and they raised their nine children there. The house became vacant in 1979. The McClendon House now operates as a museum with the original family furnishings and memorabilia. Cost: $7 Adults Location: 806 W. Houston St. Contact: 903 592-3533

Goodman-LeGrand Museum The stately white columns, historic charm and 9-acre park make the Goodman-LeGrand Museum an unforgettable icon in downtown Tyler. When the last family member, Sally LeGrand, died in 1939, it marked four generations to live and die in the house. The home was donated to the city of Tyler when Sally passed away under the stipulation that it would be used as a museum and park for the city that she loved. The museum has been maintained with the original furnishing and artifacts from the previous owners. The home now functions as a museum and park. Cost: Free Location: 624 N. Broadway Ave. Contact: 903-531-1286

Historic Aviation Memorial Museum The Historic Aviation Memorial Museum is a nonprofit corporation opened in 1985 as a place to permanently display both active and historic aircraft and aviation memorabilia. The museum sits on the grounds of Tyler Pounds Regional Airport. The museum sponsors historical aviation programs and displays for civic organizations and schools. According to its website, the museum serves to recognize aviation pioneers of the past, as well as being a tribute to those who served their country in the military through aviation. The museum’s Exhibit Hall houses a multimedia theater room, library and a collection of aviation memorabilia spanning the 20th Century. Cost: $5 Location: 150 Airport Drive Cost: 903-526-1945

APEX Performance Classes Along with weekly events, the Actor’s Preparatory Exchange holds weekly acting classes. Felicity Enas teaches stage acting every Thursday night. The class is continuous, instead of a series. That way she can accommodate all levels of experience. Enas said acting classes also are beneficial for those that don’t want to be professional actors because they help build confidence for anyone looking to be in front of the public. Olivia Hardt teaches on camera acting Tuesday nights. The class is ongoing, so anyone is welcome to attend. Chris Abraham teaches an improv class every Monday night. Taking a class, even if it’s out of your comfort zone, could be fun and beneficial for anyone planning to take a career path where they speak in front of others. Location: 719 W. Front St. Ste. 20 Contact: 903-740-5387

Smith County Historical Society Few Tyler residents would expect the city to have ties to Andrew Carnegie, the famous American steel industrialist. Carnegie believed that all cities should have a free public library and a meeting hall. He donated $15,000 to the city of Tyler and the Carnegie Public Library was opened in 1904. The building now is being leased to the Smith County Historical Society. The society restored the building, while preserving historic integrity, and it currently is a museum and archival library, operating as the Carnegie Historic Center. The museum displays artifacts that reflect the historic, social, economic and political culture of Smith County. The archival library contains historic artifacts such as newspapers, school records, city directories, photographs, maps and rare books. Cost: Free Location: 125 S. College Ave. Contact: 903-592-5993

Tyler’s only zoo began in 1937 when David King Caldwell opened the Child Development Laboratory in his home. It was a huge hit and soon grew to host a variety of animals across many buildings. In 1953, Caldwell Zoo opened in the site where it lies today. Spread across 85 acres of land, the zoo has more than 2,000 animals from across the globe. There are lions, elephants and giraffes from the African savanna and mountain lions, bald eagles and bison from North America. The zoo holds anteaters and squirrel monkeys from South America, as well as a multitude of birds in its Wild Bird Walkabout. Trips to the North American Heptarium and the African Aquarium also also a must. Cost: Adults 13 to 54, $10.50 Location: 2203 Martin Luther King Blvd. Contact: 903-593-0121


The Great Gatsby May 10

Rated PG-13

Fast & Furious 6 May 24

Rated PG-13

The Hangover Part III May 24 Rated R

The Internship June 7

Rated N/A

This is the End June 12 Rated R

World War Z June 21

Rated PG-13

The Lone Ranger July 13

Rated TBA



Pinot’s Palette Pinot’s Palette has branched out to Tyler and is offering something unique by stepping outside the box of traditional art lessons, offering a BYOB painting studio. Pinot’s Palette provides the instructors and art supplies but encourages customers 21 and older to bring cocktails and snacks. Their mission is to create a fun, relaxing environment where no prior art skills are needed. Being a part of the Pinot’s Palette franchise, the instructors have access to a master library, which has more than 300 pieces of art from which to choose. However, the instructors are encouraged to create their own art to instruct to the class. Cost: $35-$45 Location: 322 E Southeast Loop 323 #156 Contact: 903-561-2773

Brookshire’s World of Wildlife Museum and Country Store Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Brookshire opened Brookshire’s World Of Wildlife Museum in 1975. The couple embarked on a number of African safaris in the late 1960s and sought to bring the unique African wildlife to Texas. In recognition of their lifelong interest, they established the museum to show wildlife in their natural habitat. The museum is an educational adventure that displays more than 450 animals from many regions around the world, with an emphasis on Africa and North America. Each year, more than 40,000 visitors tour the museum. Cost: Free Location:1600 W SW Loop 323 Contact: 903-534-2169

Elysium August 9

Rated TBA


Fitz & the Tantrums Today

“More Than Just A Dream”

She & Him Today

“Volume 3”

Vampire Weekend Today

“Modern Vampires Of The City”

Daft Punk May 21

“Random Access Memories”

Eisley May 23


Jimmy Eat World June 11


Sigur Rós June 18


Empire of the Sun June 18

“Ice On The Dune”



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The Patriot seniors hoist up the American Southwest Conference championship trophy after defeating Louisiana College 10-4 on Sunday afternoon at Irwin Field.


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Taking it to the next level Patriots win third ASC title in program history Jake Waddingham Sports Editor During the University’s last meeting with the Wildcats of Louisiana College, the Patriots clinched the American Southwest Conference East Division title, but dropped the final two games of the regular season. On championship Sunday, the Patriots redeemed the series loss and picked up their first ASC tournament title since 2010. It is the third title in the program’s history. “We worked so hard all year long, to get to celebrate that is a really, really rewarding feeling,” head coach Chris Bertrand said. “It’s hard to find the words for such a special feeling.” The Patriots defeated the Wildcats 10-4 in the ASC championship game Sunday afternoon at Irwin Field. To start the game, the Patriots strung together four hits and two runs, forcing the Wildcats to switch pitchers before recording their first out. Senior Issac Tijerina drove in the first run with a single to left and T.J. Martin followed with another single to score Jeff Kosta. In the second, Tijerina picked up another RBI single. After a fielder’s choice, the Patriots increased their lead to 5-0. “When we smelled blood in the water, we wanted to attack,” Bertrand said. La. College responded in the bottom of the fourth with a three-run blast.

However, Will Allen added the insurance runs with a double into leftcenter, increasing the lead to 10-3. The Wildcats would only manage one more run in the seventh. Tijerina earned the ASC tournament’s Most Valuable Player award, batting .429 for the weekend with six hits and five RBIs. Martin, designated hitter Kevan House and pitchers Jack Barkley and Tye Weber joined Tijerina on the AllTournament team. Barkley earned the win for the Patriots, pitching five innings. Jake Beam came in for the relief effort, fanning two batters in four innings of work. “At the start of the year, the pitching was carrying the team,” Barkley said. “It has reversed in the middle of the season and our hitting has picked up our pitching. Now we are both peaking at just the right time.” Bertrand said the key to the Patriots success in the tournament was aggressive base running. “We were able to use our aggressiveness to get runners in scoring position, to take an extra base, to grab some energy and momentum,” Bertrand said. “I really think that was the difference in the offense.” This is Bertrand’s first season as head coach for the University. He said the coaching staff inherited a winning baseball program, but it was their goal to take the program to the pinnacle of baseball, the World Series. Bertrand said no matter the opponent, the focus will be on continuing to play Patriot-style baseball.



Top: The entire baseball team dog piles to celebrate the ASC championship victory over Louisiana College on Sunday afternoon. Above Left: Jeff Kosta collides with the Concordia-Texas third baseman during a rundown in Friday night’s first-round game. Above Right: Senior Will Allen throws to first to complete a double play against Texas Lutheran on Saturday evening.

Tennis teams fall in ASC finals Jake Waddingham Sports Editor The men’s and women’s streak of five-straight American Southwest Conference titles came to an end after the University of Texas at Dallas swept the team titles on April 28. On the men’s side, the Patriots entered the tournament shorthanded. Their No. 1 in singles, Ryan Ybarra, could not compete due to a foot injury. “ We d e cided to change all the doubles; we r e a l l y w e n t RYAN YBARRA with experience,” head coach Chris Bizot said. “We really haven’t been as consistent at the bottom of our lineup as we have in the past.” The Comets swept the University in doubles, 8-6, 8-3, 8-4, setting the stage for a potential comeback similar to the Patriots previous ASC title over Mississippi College. Ramon Martinez picked up an early win in singles along with Daniel Brown’s win to close the gap to 3-2. UTD’s Dustin Foster sealed the Comets first ever ASC title in No. 3 singles, 5-2. “When you lose a guy like (Ybarra), the other team is going


Check out to see which teams and individuals will be representing the University in the postseason. to have more energy and they are really going to believe they have a good chance,” Bizot said. Despite not playing in the tournament, Ybarra was named the 2013 ASC East Division Player of the Year. He was 14-2 in No.1 singles. Ybarra and Brown were named All-ASC No. 1 doubles. Brown also was named All-ASC for No. 2 singles and the East Division Newcomer of the Year. Martinez, Kevin Singer, Ryan Spencer and Edward Timponi also earned All-Conference honors in singles action. In doubles, No. 2 Singer and Spencer and No 3. John Ward and Jon Karsten teamed up for AllConference honors. Spencer was the ASC East Division Sportsmanship Player of the Year. The Patriot men finish the season with a 21-5 record. They recorded key victories against Pomona-Pitzer, Whitman and Carnegie Mellon in nonconference action. The team was ranked as high as No. 9 in the nation during the season. In individual action, Bizot believes Ybarra and Brown are in pretty good shape to represent the team in singles and doubles. Ybarra is still day-to-day working to rehab his foot injury. “He is going to get back on the

court this week and see how he feels and then go from there,” Bizot said. WOMEN In a similar scenario as the men’s team, the Patriot women had to shuffle their lineup to compensate for injuries. Texas-Dallas took an early 2-1 in doubles action. No. 3 doubles partners Emily Evans and Nicole Musngi earned the win for the University, 8-6. “On Sunday we had a lot of chances,” Bizot said. “The girls really put it out there and r e - HALEY ALBRO ally played well.” Haley Albro earned the only singles victory, defeating Megan Tan 6-0, 6-2. “They did everything they could, just came up a little short,” Bizot said. “I was really pleased with their tournament how they played.” Musngi and Albro were put on the All-Tournment team. Bizot was named the ASC East Coach of the Year for the sixth time in his career.

Softball prepares to host regionals Jake Waddingham Sports Editor After a second place finish in the American Southwest Conference tournament in Farmers Branch, Texas, the Patriots shift their attention to hosting the regional tournament at UT Tyler Ballpark. The University is one of 62 schools represented in the national tournament that is divided up into eight regional sites across the country. The double-elimination tournament kicks off May 9 for the eightteam sites and May 10 for the sixteam sites. This is the third year in a row the University has been selected to host. The Patriots were given an atlarge bid after failing to earn an automatic qualifier by winning the ASC tournament. Only 19 teams are awarded atlarge bids. Two independent institutions receive bids and the rest of the postseason spots go to conference champions. No. 10 East Texas Baptist University defeated the Patriots 6-2 in the ASC title game. The Tigers opened the game with a three-run blast by Sara Clements in the bottom of the first. Senior Brittany Batten drove in the team’s two runs with a home run in the fifth.

Batten went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the Patriots and was named to the All-Tournament team. Ashley Endsley and Kelsie Batten also made the All-Tournament team. “We learned that we are beatable and that we have a lot of things to work on,” Endsley said. “We need to get better to accomplish the things we want.” The Patriots ended the regular season with a 41-4 record. All season, the University has been ranked in the national polls. The team currently sits No. 5, dropping three spots after the loss to ETBU. Senior Joey Cronin said the team will have to make game-time adjustments to be successful at the regional level. Cronin recently was named the East Division Player of the Year after hitting .472, blasting eight home runs and an ASC-record 24 doubles. “We have to be really willing to make adjustments hitting-wise,” Cronin said. “We are just going to try to take it one game at a time.” The eight regional champions advance to the World Series, hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire from May 17 to 21. The University will host the 2014 National Finals. It will be the first time the championships will be held in Texas.

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SCORE BOARD BASEBALL ASC First Round April 26 @Home

UT Tyler Hardin Simmons

10 0

April 27 @Home

UT Tyler Hardin Simmons

11 10

ASC Championship Round May 3 @Home

UT Tyler Concordia

7 4

May 4 @Home

UT Tyler Texas Lutheran

11 3

May 5 @Home

UT Tyler Louisiana Coll.

10 4

ASC Championships April 25 @Farmers Branch

UT Tyler Concordia

6 0


6 0


April 27 @Farmers Branch


9 10 9 3

2 6

UT Tyler Men Mississippi Coll.

5 2

TENNIS ASC Championships April 27 @Belton

April 28 @Belton

UT Tyler Men UT Dallas

2 5

April 26 @Belton

UT Tyler Women 5 Concordia 1 April 27 @Belton

UT Tyler Women 5 UMHB 1 April 28 @Belton



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MVP Tijerina fuels Patriot offense in championship Patriot Profile will feature a different outstanding Patriot each issue, chosen by the Patriot Talon sports staff. Athlete: Issac Tijerina Age: 21 Major: Kinesiology Hometown: San Antonio, Texas Tijerina batted .429 during the ASC tournament and totalled six hits, five RBIs and four runs scored. He was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. The conference title is the third in history of the program.

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Joey Cronin is a utility player. Besides filling in for the University’s softball team at third base before moving to right field, the All-American excels in the classroom as a kinesiology major and music minor. “I wanted to go somewhere that was good at softball, obviously, but I was also interested in doing music,” Cronin said. Cronin got her start on the diamond when a friend invited her to tryout for a summer team. The duo played together on summer teams and all through high school out before Cronin deciding to go JOEY CRONIN to the University to continue her softball career. She also was accepted into the honors program. “I don’t think I realized how much of a blessing it would be to move here,” Cronin said. “I have learned a lot about myself, definitely my faith has been tested and I would say it has been strengthened.” In 2010, Cronin was named an National Fastpitch Coaches Association

First Team All-American. The freshman led the team in average, .405, home runs, 13, and started 46 games in her first season. Her teammate and now assistant coach Whitney Wylie was also an AllAmerican that season. Cronin said having a former teammate as a current coach is a challenge but also a blessing. “You have to switch your relationship,” Cronin said. “It has been tough, but it has been worth it.” Her sophomore season, she was named to the All-West Region team and made first-team All-ASC. Battling back from injury, Cronin still had a strong junior year and was named an All-American for the second time. This season Cronin blasted her first grand slam and set the record for hits in a career with 207. “Holding these records is great, but the main goal for myself and the rest of the team is winning the World Series,” Cronin said. She also set the all-time single-season doubles record with 24. She locked up the ASC batting title with a .472 average and 67 hits this season. “It has definitely been quite a ride,” Cronin said. “We have yet to have a year where we won the whole thing

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Q: How was the team able to dominate the conference tournament? We wanted to make sure we came out early, came out strong and send a message. I believe we

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Q: What were your goals for your senior year? From day one, conference championship was our first goal, then go to regional, win that and we want to do something UT Tyler has never done before and go to the World Series.

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set a good tone. We just took advantage of the opportunities they gave us.

Q: What does it feel like to be named MVP? It is the best feeling in the world right now. I just need to thank all my teammates for that, I wouldn’t be here without them. I love UT Tyler, I love this program and I am just so blessed to be here.

Q: What is your mentality in the batters box? I just want to go up there and have a clear mind. Being in the three-hole, you are only going to get so many pitches and you’ve got to take advantage of those pitches. I felt really confident today and I just really wanted to put my team in good situations.

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and I think we have the team to it.” After being named the 2013 Student-Athlete of the Year, Cronin said catching the first pitch from her dad on Military Appreciation Day was one of the most memorable moments. “We have played catch thousands of times, so it was really neat to do it on that kind of stage,” Cronin said. MALE STUDENT ATHLETE Being a student-athlete is a balance between hard work in the classroom and hard work in the field or court. Jake Waddingham, a track and field athlete, was recognized for mastering this balance as he was named Male Student Athlete of the Year during the Annual 2013 Student-Athlete Award Luncheon March 30. Waddingham was chosen out of a pool of three male athletes, which included Matt Sheppard and Ryan Spencer, who play baseball and tennis, respectively. Waddingham won the award as a track and field athlete. Last year, he was nominated as a cross country athlete, but did not win. “I did not (expect to win this year). Es- JAKE WADDINGHAM pecially being nominated the year before, I just considered it an honor to be kind of recognized,” he said. “But there’s so many great student-athletes on campus that have achieved so much more in sports than I have. I just felt honored to even be recognized. To win was a huge surprise.” Waddingham won the award after lettering in cross country and track and field with a current grade point

average of 3.88. “It’s always been a personal goal of mine to challenge myself in the classroom,” he said. “It’s always been important to me to do really well in school, and athletics has just been an outlet for me.” He also spoke about what it takes to excel as a student athlete. “Being a student-athlete is a combination of time management, dedication and passion,” he said. You’ve got to love what you’re doing, in the classroom and the court or the field – whatever your sport is, to make it work.” Waddingham, who graduates at the end of this semester with a double major in political science and journalism, said it often was challenging schedule-wise, but it came down to a systematic balance. “You just have to be able to balance getting your homework done, doing it well, and then setting apart extra time to make sure you’re training properly, have proper nutrition, and putting it all together to have both decent final products.“ Waddingham has been competing for the University since the fall of 2010. Before that, he was excelling for Southwest Community College in Creston, Iowa, where he competed in nationals during his sophomore year and won Male Athlete of the Year, as well as Male Scholar Athlete of the Year. In addition to his athletic and scholarly accomplishments, Waddingham also garnered several awards during his tenure as sports editor of the Patriot Talon, including second place in on-site sports photography and second place in sports feature writing at the 2013 Texas Intercollegiate Press Association annual conference.



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May 7, 2013


Medical bills take toll on uninsured students Carol Scott Contributing Writer


Amanda DeLong fell to the floor and crawled to call for help. Her back had seized up and it felt like her legs had disconnected from the rest of her body. She’d had back problems off and on, but this was the worst pain she had experienced in her entire life. DeLong, a junior at the University, had no medical insurance. She’s not alone. The University Health Clinic had 1,066 patients visit during the fall of 2012. Of those, 959 paid for their medical bills out of their own pockets. “That means they did not use private health insurance or a government health insurance program such as Medicaid, but paid for the medical visit themselves,” said Toni Moore, a media specialist in the office of public affairs at UT Health Northeast. Even with DeLong’s friends helping to support her upper body,

Do you have health insurance? Let us know by taking our poll at getting down the stairs from her upstairs apartment caused more pain than she thought she could handle. She asked her friends to call an ambulance. “I wanted to either die or be rescued,” DeLong said. “But my friends reminded me that an ambulance ride would cost about $800.” Instead, they took her to the University Health Clinic. The visit was free but an X-ray cost $75 and the pain-killer shot cost $20. The doctor recommended she go to the emergency room at The University of Texas Health Northeast. At the hospital, a financial services representative came in while DeLong lay in the hospital bed

and asked if she had insurance. It would cost $100 to see the doctor. Between the clinic, the hospital and the pharmacy, she spent close to $300 from her savings in one day. Missing a week of work and school compounded the cost. “Medical bills can make student loans look like chump change,” DeLong said. Also without insurance, Belen Casillas, a sophomore at Tyler Junior College, delayed going to the doctor with a bout of food poisoning. By the time she felt she couldn’t put off getting medical care any longer, she was dehydrated and it was the weekend. She went to Tyler Urgent Care, where the doctors did not run tests but listened to her symptoms and prescribed antibiotics. The visit set her back $90 plus the cost of the high-powered antibiotics. “It was really hard to add that to my budget,” Casillas said. Even the healthiest students


University recognized for affordable online program Staff Reports The University is among the top 25 affordable Texas colleges and universities offering online courses, according to data published by two online organizations. Independent partners and analyzed data such as student-to-teacher ratio, in-state and out-ofstate tuition, campus setting and program breadth, according to a news release. “UT Tyler is committed to providing opportunities for students to take courses to fit their learning styles and their lifestyles,” Dr. Alisa White, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, said in the release. “Our faculty strives to offer the best learning experience

ONLINE See the complete list of the Top 25 Online Colleges in Texas at in all course formats.” This is the first year the organizations assembled such a group. To view the complete list, visit www.onlineschools University students can choose online classes along with on-campus courses, or enter degree programs that can be completed entirely online. “Students enter college with a lot of experience with technology,” White said in the release. “They expect to use technology to enhance

their academic experience and to allow them some flexibility as they work toward their degrees.” For more information about online programs, visit online-programs/index.php. is a nonprofit organization that builds free, open source tools with the goal of increasing accessibility to education and information through the use of new technologies. State provides educational tools to libraries, high schools and career centers nationwide. strives to provide Texans with information about alternative post-secondary educational options, as well as information and advice regarding career choices in the state.

could find themselves in need of medical care. Avoiding the unexpected expense of medical bills poses the risk of the problem getting worse and costing even more. Exploring the affordable medical options before the need presents itself could help. The University Health Clinic offers services at a reduced rate or free in some cases. It also offers pharmacy services. For a list of medical services and costs, check the clinic’s website. “Students currently pay a medical service fee, which provides assistance through the Health Clinic,” said Ona Tolliver, assistant vice president for student affairs. As DeLong experienced, the clinic does not offer emergency or urgent-care services and recommends students go to an ER in those cases. And it is not open on the weekends. Casillas chose Tyler Urgent Care because it was open on Saturday

and treated minor emergencies. It also can cost less than an ER visit at a major hospital. There are other options as well. Bethesda Health Clinic of Tyler offers primary care, dental services and nutritional education to anyone who works a minimum of 20 hours a week. Bethesda has various specialists such as a chiropractor, a gynecologist and an orthopedic doctor that comes in once a month. Visits are charged according to a sliding-scale fee of between $10 and $30. Students need to call for an appointment to register so they’re in the system before the medical need occurs. Even at reduced rates, medical costs could set students back financially. DeLong and Casillas had key factors in their favor when their emergencies hit — DeLong had savings, Casillas had money to work with and both chose the most cost-effective services they knew of at the time.

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