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RAM PAGE This Week

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Administration prepares initiatives for retention

Friday, August 28, 2009

• Vol. 76 No. 1

Opinion p. 5

Features p. 4

Eoff transitions into new role as Honors Program Director

News Briefs on Page 2

Angelo State vs. Texas A&M - Commerce Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009 - 6 p.m San Angelo Stadium - San Angelo

Editorial: Get involved in campus politics

Non-Traditional Students help feed San Angelo’s hungry

Students catch a breath before the new semester By Lara Johnson Managing Editor Fireworks usually bring in the New Year, but kicking off the new school year at ASU calls for a full

weekend of festivities. Senior Roger Quintana’s favorite part of the weekend was magician, Derek Hughes, who performed for students on Friday night. But the

weekend was far more than simple card tricks and magic. “Students are able to

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By Sarah Smith Contributing Writer

“This is going to be a very, very complex year,” President Dr. Joseph C. Rallo said at the August 20 faculty meeting. Interim Provost and Vice President of Strategy, Planning and Policy, Dr. James Limbaugh, announced 25 different initiatives ASU will undergo to improve recruitment and retention. Many of these initiatives are aimed at increasing the student population to the Texas Techrecommended 10,000 student mark. They include a plan to better tie admissions and SOAR to processes leading up to the first day of class and beyond. “I think creating an integrated program of admissions,

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Photo by Kimberley Parker Freshmen Cyril Lewis and Randall Thomas get “re-energized” at the oxygen bar, one of the many activities available to students at Rambunctious Weekend.

STUFF IT

By Morgan Thibeault Contributing Writer

The Angelo State volleyball team started the 2009 season on Thursday, by competing against New Mexico Highlands. The match-up began what coaches and players hope to be an award-winning season. Last year the team pushed its way into postseason play for the first time in four years, but this year’s squad plans to advance further.

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Photo by Kimberley Parker Senior Alaina Sivells (left) and Freshman Emily Booth rise above the net to block an opponent’s shot.

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Rambelles hopeful for a great start to the season

Grant awarded to research cure for AIDS

By Sara Irvin Staff Writer

Dr. John Osterhout, head of the Angelo State University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has recently been awarded a $312,151 grant by the National Institute of Health to conduct research in hopes to fins a cure for AIDS. The grant, which is for two years of research, has been designated R21, which according to the NIH’s web site is specific to “high risk/high reward” projects that are “exploratory, novel studies that break new ground or extend previous discoveries toward new directions or applications.” The research is high risk in that something in the unforeseen future may cause failure, Osterhout said. Alternatively, a cure for HIV could be discovered. Osterhout’s project is titled “Development of Therapeutics to Eliminate HIV.” He aims to develop Trojan Horse Inhibitors (THIs) to eliminate the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)

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Int’l students enjoy a taste of Texas By Lara Johnson Managing Editor

Kyle Best’s first impression of Texas was the heat. “It’s hot— very hot, but it’s lovely,” he said. The Northern Irish student is attending ASU for a year studying International Management. “The campus is very different from those in the UK,” he said. “It’s lovely and the people are very outgoing and very friendly.” Sunday afternoon, before classes began Monday, Best attended the International Texas Party at Knickerbocker Ranch. International students were invited along with their host families to experience a little bit of Texas culture. Students spent time relaxing, enjoying brisket and Texas sidedishes and for some of them – their first chance to play a game

Photo by Kimberley Parker Kyle Best from Ireland fills his plate at the International Texas Party.

Weekend Weather Partly cloudy Fri. Hi 93, Lo 66 Sat. Hi 93, Lo 67 Sun. Hi 94, Lo 68

Photo by Kimberley Parker Valarie Kuripko from Russia enjoys a Texas meal Sunday at Knickerbocker Ranch. of washers. The afternoon not only gave the students a taste of Texas, but also welcomed them to San Angelo. In the 1980s, a student from Bahrain attended Angelo State University. He arrived at the airport, 18 years old and had no idea what he was stepping in to; there was no one to welcome him, no one to show him ‘the ropes.’ When Barbara Rallo heard his story almost ten years ago, she knew his first impression of Texas should have been much different. “Through these last 9 years, I see the difference it makes to have emails flowing back and forth between a ‘family’ who is waiting here to meet you and the student they have been matched with,” Rallo said. After hearing this student’s story, Rallo has set up the host home program and is now the coordinator. She works to communicate between international students and their ‘adoptive’ family.

“We have no idea what is going on in these students’ lives when they arrive. Is their country in turmoil? Are their parents in danger,” she said. “They are so far from home, and we have so much love to give here – so it is just a great opportunity for everyone to be blessed.”

“They are so far from home, and we have so much love to give here – so it is just a great opportunity for everyone to be blessed.”

—Barbara Rallo Host Home coordinator

Students attending ASU are from countries including Germany, Bulgaria, Ireland and Russia. “When these students leave, they have seen a great representation of our country, and they have experienced our happy and very different Texas culture,” Rallo said.


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Eoff named as Honors program director Sara Irvin Staff Writer When the previous Honors Program Director Dr. Nick Flynn stepped down from the position to return to teaching, Dr. Shirley Eoff was up for the challenge of filling the spot, and for good reason. Eoff, who has taught the Honors U.S. History course since the program’s start in 2002, graduated from an interdisciplinary honors program in the social sciences. “I credit the training I received in the honors program for much of my intellectual and personal growth during my college days,” Eoff said. “I really enjoyed working with the Honors Program staff and with the students during the spring semester. So when the opportunity arose to apply for the permanent position, I decided to apply.” Senior Stacy Lee, who is beginning her fourth year with the program, was excited when she heard Eoff had been asked to be the Honors Program’s new director. “She’s a very good teacher, and she’s a very good person in

general, and I know she has what’s best for us in mind, for now and for the future,” Lee said. Lee admitted that she originally wondered if Eoff’s busy schedule would allow for the time and effort required of the position, but such concerns were quickly allayed. “I think so far she’s doing a great job,” Lee said. “She’s really stayed on top of things, and she really knows what she’s doing.” Lee said that Eoff is enthusiastic about making some necessary changes within the program. These changes, Dr. Eoff said, are necessary to accommodate the growth of the program. “This year, we have 74 returning students and 73 new students coming into the program,” Eoff said. She also cited as cause for modification to the program new opportunities arising from ASU’s association with the Texas Tech University System. “We are discussing a number of possibilities that would let us share resources, provide reciprocal opportunities for special

lectureships and really benefit both programs.” Senior Randy Edwards is beginning his third year with the program. He said there’s been an increasing trend of diversity in the incoming members. We’ve been getting a lot more students who are already involved in other activities such as sororities and fraternities, Edwards said. Lee agreed, saying she feels it’s important for them not to feel they have room in their lives for academia alone. Of the transition between directors, Edwards said he’s noticed a very visible presence of Eoff, who was glad to hear it. “I want to be a very visible presence, and I have an open door policy,” she said. “I want to be involved and that I ultimately have to take responsibility for the decisions that are made… [however] I like to think that in dealing with the student mentors and HSA officers that I act more as a facilitator, helping them to evaluate different options and come to sound judgments.”

Freshman Greg Jaynes (left) and sophomore Greg Johnson shave balloons at the Rams for Christ “Freshman Flop” obstacle course Monday. The weekly, four-week activity hopes to help freshman open up and transition to college life. Photo by Tim Hernandez

Friday, August 28, 2009

News Briefs Concealed handguns not to be allowed The handgun legislation that would have allowed concealed handgun license holders to bring their guns on campus passed tentatively through the Senate in late May. The bill, however, did not make it into the 2009 Texas Legislature meeting. The guns-on-campus measure was offered by a senator who said he wanted to give Texas students protection against mass shootings. According to Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R – San Antonio, the goal of the legislation was to make college campuses a safer place by giving persons on the campus the ability to protect themselves. Tuition and fees increase The Texas Tech University System approved tuition and fees for all the system’s schools at a Board of Regents meeting June 29. Tuition and fees have increased by 13.44 percent. The maximum amount of increase is $363.50 for ASU students carrying a 15 credit-hour load. Including fees, ASU students now pay $3,068 for a 15-hour load, up from $2,705 a year ago. Nursing students receive opportunities The Department of Nursing is admitting a second nursing class in Spring 2010. This year, the department is admitting students twice a year and will start a new class in the Fall and Spring. In the past, the Associate in Applied Science in Nursing (AASN) or Nursing Program would only admit students once a year and start a new class in the fall. Admission information including application due dates, required pre-requisite courses, ACT/ SAT scores, and Immunization requirements can be found on the Department of Nursing website, www.angelo.edu/dept/nursing or by calling Annalisa Santiago in the Department of Nursing at 325-942-2224.

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that causes AIDS. Osterhout plans to resume working on the project as soon as his department receives the bacteria specimens used to develop the protein molecules from the University of Arizona, where he began this research. Sophomore Diana Barbee, upon hearing of the grant, was excited about the potential outcome of the research. While a cure for HIV would obviously be great for everyone, Barbee said, an advance could also be a great opportunity for ASU to get the attention of the scientific and medical communities. “I’m sure it would raise ASU’s standing,” she said. “Hopefully he’ll have a breakthrough.”


Campus News Freshmen feel the love from Initiatives for increased student retention continue university president and students page 3

Friday, August 28, 2009

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SOAR, first year experience, avdvising and tutoring is the first step,” Limbaugh said. “Looking at how much we provide students assistance from the very beginning is probably one of the most important things we can do right now.” Recruitment and retention are two words ASU faculty, staff and students are likely to hear a lot of in the plan. These are areas Limbaugh feels students can help ASU achieve its goals. “Almost half our freshman class leaves every year and we need to understand why,” Limbaugh said. “A good way to understand why is asking what have been your experiences. What services do you think we need to provide to help these students? I think that’s one of the biggest things students can help us with.” Limbaugh also emphasized the challenge that comes with trying to instill a sense of urgency in the university about the need for growth. “Change occurs only when the critical mass of an organization understands the urgency and embrace it personally,” Limbaugh said. “Until

everyone understands that we all have a part to play in continuing to have ASU be the kind of institution it’s been for 81 years now, we won’t accomplish this.” Limbaugh also said the reason growth is essential for ASU at this “critical moment” is the fund balance administrators had been using to supplement particular programs has run out. This year’s tuition increase covered the difference for this term. “If we say that we want to be a school of six thousand, okay that’s great. But then we have to start making decisions. How do we begin to live within the budget of 6,000 students?” Limbaugh said. In his presentation, Limbaugh emphasized to faculty that no one would be exempt from being called to help recruiting and retention. “I think the collective message is it’s everybody’s job,” tenured professor, Dr. Shirley Eoff said. “Because spending from the state legislature continues to decline, we’ve got to grow. I think we have to see this as an opportunity to send our message out.”

Initiatives to improve ASU

1. Recruitment/Retention 2. Hill Country Expansion 3. Academic Master Plan 4. Programs of Distinction 5. Professional Achievement Awards Clinical Achievement Awards 6. Campus Communication 7. Dual-credit program/policy 8. Distance Education Program/ Policy 9. Summer Policies/Procedures 10. Academic Program Review Process 11. Instructional Enhancement Fee 12. SOAR/FYE Initiative 13. Academic Advising Initiative 14. Tutoring Center 15. SACS Monitoring Response

(student learning assessment) 16. Quality Enhancement Plan (SACS) 17. Accreditations: College Accreditations: SACS (2013) 18. CUPA Salary Study 19. Center for Security Studies 20. Enrollment Management Search 21. Center for Community Wellness, Engagement, & Development (WED) 22. Academic Policies 23. Graduate Studies 24. Enrollment Management Plan 25. Retention Plan *26. Overload compensation *27. Hispanic Serving Institution *=Recently added to list

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meet other students,” Quintana said. “They also learn about what’s going on on-campus and are able to get involved. We had a good turnout this year—there were a lot of people involved.” Rambunctious Weekend is a three-day event welcoming students—old and new—to the campus of ASU. The weekend includes entertainers, inflatable rides and mud-football. There was even a trolley to take students downtown, showcasing the Down Town Art Walk, a community effort to showcase San Angelo art, and the downtown area. Saturday, students and families were encouraged to visit San Angelo venues and attractions. The Railroad Museum of San Angelo even provided free admission to ASU students and parents, said Nolen Mears, executive director of student life and coordinator for the Rambunctious Committee. The three-day welcoming festivities, however, have taken a year of preparations. “UCPC has been involved from the beginning,” said Gary Stackhouse, University Center Program Council president. “We take care of all the entertainment aspects of the events. We bring in the artists, the inflatables, the game-show, the magician and all that stuff.” Originally, Ram-

Photo by Kimberley Parker President Dr. Joseph C. Rallo helps Rick Brown, father of junior Ashley Brown, move in his daughter to Robert Massie Hall. Ashley is a soccer recruit from Harlan, Iowa. bunctious Weekend was known as ‘FishBlast,’ and has served a lot of different purposes, said Rick Greig, director of student involvement. “Back in the day, freshman used to register last. As a student involvement staff, we wanted to get the freshman integrated and we started to provide several activities,” he said. “That process has gone on.” Now, the weekend is a time of activities and events for freshman and returning students. The name Rambunctious Weekend seemed appropriate because of the emphasis on the ram and also because “rambunctious” means

‘filled with unbridled excitement,’ Mears said. “That is the feeling we are looking to achieve for the weekend.” The total cost for the weekend is $50,000 - $60,000 with most of the money going toward food and paying professional entertainers, he said. Greig said when Joseph C. Rallo came on board as ASU’s president he said Rallo wanted to see the weekend present some ‘wow.’ “So what does ‘wow’ look like,” Greig said. “Inflatables and food and entertainers—it’s taken on a life of its own.”


Features

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Students ‘serve’ as helping hands By Amanda Razani Features Editor Looking out the window, members of the Non-Traditional Student Association see a large line of people standing by the door, eager to eat. An aromatic smell of chicken soup has filled the kitchen. It is time to open the doors and begin serving food to those in need. “For many of these individuals, this is their only meal for the day,” said Cliff Nelson, president of NTSO On the second Saturday of every month, NTSO members volunteer at the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, located on the corner of 18th Street and Martin Luther King Blvd. Around five members volunteer each time to bring food, prepare a well-balanced meal and serve people in the community. The NTSO has participated in the program since April 2009.

Nelson’s neighbors were the board of directors for the soup kitchen. After talking with them, Nelson made the suggestion to volunteer time as an organization to the members of NTSO. They quickly embraced the idea. After the organization spoke to another director of the soup kitchen, they were informed that the kitchen needed volunteers on the second Saturday of every month. Since then, NTSO continues to volunteer on that day, even during school breaks. There are about thirty members in the organization, ages 24 years of age or older. Some are married, have children, take care of a family member or commute at least 35 miles to the university. “It is a good feeling, knowing we have helped out others,” Nelson said. “When we see people far less fortunate than we are, it puts our own problems in a

The Daily Bread Soup Kitchen is open Monday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers are welcome. For more information, call 653-9028. much better perspective.” Peggy Mathias, Lori Garrahan and April-Oden Cortez, all members of NTSO served plates of food and bowls of steaming soup to the needy people that have filed inside. People from all walks of life enter the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen. Anyone who feels they need a good meal can eat here, Nelson said. Suddenly, a little boy yells, “Burritos are my favorite, yeah!” Garrahan and Mathias smile. “One time I had a girl tell me that my soup rocked her world,” Garrahan said. “It is actions like that that make me want to keep volunteering.”

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Ram Jam spreads football fever Alumni Association and SGA put new spin on tailgating

By Amanda Razani ning this year’s Ram Features Editor Jam events. Lopez, a senator for Government Food, entertainment Student and camaraderie is what works for the Alumni students find at Ram Association to help plan Ram Jam. Jam. “The free food is the Ram Jam debuts its 2009 season this Satur- best part, and it is fun,” day at the LeGrand Cen- Lopez said. This year, the Ram ter, where students and members of the commu- Jam will host an ASU’s nity can attend the pre- Got Talent contest for students. football celebration. The winners will reFor the first time, the Student Government is ceive cash prizes. “The Ram Jam is one working with the Alumni Association in plan- of Angelo State’s few

Photo by Tim Hernandez Roscoe, the ASU mascot, encourages students to show school spirit at Ram Jam.

lasting traditions so it should be cherished,” Lopez said. Students are encouraged to tailgate at each event. “When we moved to the LeGrand Center, we wanted to enhance the spirit of our community. We felt that the Ram Jam would be a way to pull the community together before games,” said Sande Harrison, director of the Alumni Association. The tradition of tailgating dates back to 1869, with football fans showing up early in wagons. The tradition still continues – fans celebrate before the game begins to show their support. The Ram Jam enhances the time honored tradition of tailgating with giveaways, music, food and contests. Many sponsors help with the event as well, including Kington & Properties and Texas Roadhouse. Mary Larson, the coordinator for the event said the Alumni Association has been hosting the Ram Jam since 2003. “I like the fact that it brings the students

to the Alumni Center,” Larson said. “We want students to feel comfortable at the center. We like to stay con nected to students even after they graduate.

What: Ram Jam Cost: Free When: 4 p.m Where: ASU LeGrand Alumni and Vistor’s Center 1620 University Avenue FMI: 942-2122

for movie times visit www.cinemark.com

Downtown Movie Night

Cost: Free Friday’s showing: Michael When: 8:45 p.m. Bring your own chair Where: Downtown San Angelo, in the parking lot between the Cactus hotel and Miss Hattie’s Cafe

L.A. Raceway and Sport Track Races Cost:$8 for adults, $6 for children When: Sat. Aug. 29; Gate opens at 6:30 p.m., race starts at 8 p.m. Where: 3613 FM 2105

ASU Football

Rams vs. Texas A&M Commerce Cost: Free for ASU Students with ID Where: San Angelo Stadium When: 6 p.m. Sat. Aug. 29


Staff Editorial

The Ram Page encourages student involvement in campus politics When you put money into a vending machine and push a button, you expect a product to come out. What if you insert one dollar and only get half the candy bar; or it spits out a Reese’s when you ask for a Snicker’s? It’s disappointing and frustrating when your money is wasted. Ever feel like the money you spent on college is like that? ASU’s more than 6,000 students pay thousands of dollars of tuition and fees per semester to help support services on campus. Library fee: $67.50. Athletic fee: $25. Student service fee: $235. The big one is the technology services fee, which is $300 per semester. Do students know where their money is going? Do they even care? Do they notice that they pay $500 for something they may never see, either because they don’t leave their dorm room or they just don’t know these services are available? Though it saw an increase in tuition and fees this year, ASU is and has always been a relatively affordable institution for students. The problem continues to be that students complain about how expensive college is but then don’t stop to think about what their money is doing for them or the campus. Students may not realize that they have power at a university and can influence decisions about campus life. Through various sources like the Student Government Association, Student Life office and Multicultural Center, students can get involved in the groups and organizations they and others help to fund. Lobby the president, Dr. Joseph C. Rallo, if you want to see something on campus. Chances are it’s already here or on its way. Explore the campus and what it’s got to offer. Go to SGA meetings and get plugged in to student organizations, campus ministries or even ROTC. Shouldn’t you get what you paid for?

Words from the web

asurampage.com Comments on: Legislation ‘shoots’ for handguns on campus May 1, 2009 Daniel Thornton posted 7/14/09 @ 5:11 PM CST “I like the fact we are given our rights to carry a concield wepons is good but its kinda scary knowing anyone could be carrying a gun and not know the intention.” Allyson Wood posted 7/15/09 @ 1:36 PM CST I understand there is a right to bear arms, and that there are those who wish to prevent something like VA Tech here in San Angelo. Would adding more guns have changed the outcome of the VA Tech shooting? And does an eight or ten hour course properly educate you in how to deal with the high stress situation of a campus shooting?

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Opinions

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Cool Breeze by Jeremy Deweber

President’s Corner

Change is imminent in future

Welcome back! For students new to campus or for our returning students, a lot has happened over the summer. In July, ASU was named to Princeton Review’s “List of the 371 Best Colleges” for 2010. This nationally prominent rating affirms the value of your degree, but will also help us to achieve our enrollment goal to reach 10,000 students. We also placed canoes and kayaks at the Lake House, to expand the recreational opportunities available to all students, faculty and staff. Finally, the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents gave final approval to build the new student recreation center, as well as the ‘information commons’ in the library. Joining these projects will be a new recreation mall between the Junell Center and the Massie’s to include volleyball and basketball courts as well as a new running track. The activities associated with Rambunctious Weekend are also supportive of how we should all approach the next year. As we keep repeating, one of our major goals is to increase the size of our student population to 10,000 students. While academic opportunities, great facilities and a caring faculty and staff are essential to achieve that goal, it is as important to view ASU as a residential campus. A residential campus provides the types of amenities, from dining to intramurals, to keep students engaged and active. An engaged student is more likely to stay at ASU and to graduate. So Rambunctious Weekend is really just the beginning of all of our efforts to grow ASU to new heights, while building on our great traditions of the past. It is a winning combination. Finally, and for those of you who saw the last spring issue of the Rampage, I was married on June 20. Barbara is a ’77 graduate of ASU in art and is a watercolor artist from San Angelo. She also is active in many aspects of campus and alumni life. We will be on campus frequently starting with Rambunctious Weekend and hope to personally welcome as many of you as possible to the new year. Sincerely, Joseph C. Rallo President

Letter from the editor

Engage while you still can By Leah Cooper Editor-in-chief College is the time in your life when you can completely loose yourself then find a better person in the end. You meet your husbands and wives, friends and enemies here. You go back to your hometown and people notice a difference. Of course, this remarkable change of character can only occur if you want it to. So try something new while you’re at ASU. Take a belly-dancing class. Join a club. Change your major a couple of times. Write a column or letter for the Ram Page and get it published! Some of these may not be realistic for you. But the latter could be a possibility. If you like to write or if there is something in the Ram Page that inspires you to write a letter to me about it, go for it. Get involved and e-mail me your ideas and letters to the editor. Columns can be about any subject under the sun, but preferably something relating to students. New Look Returning students may have noticed changes in our design. Our paper is physically smaller so we hope

to utilize our space more wisely. Our goals: Get the campus talking, create positive changes on campus, and make it a must-read, go-to spot for news and entertainment. We also want to hear more feedback from you, the students, on what you want to read in the Ram Page. If we aren’t covering what you think is important, make us aware of this. Otherwise, your complaints will go unheard and change will occur less rapidly. The Ram Page is made up of paid student journalists who have lived through most of the same experiences as you. They have concerns as students just as you do. This means our staff really cares about what their peers think about their work. Remember, they are doing something that could help with their career. It’s not just a part-time job. So let us know what you think. We’re journalists; we can take the criticisms as well as compliments.

How did you pay for college this year?

Sidewalk Survey

Friday August 28, 2009

“Some financial aid, and I received a scholarship from the Daniels Fund, which paid for everything.” Toni Burdine sophomore

“Financial aid, and I had to blackmail a few people.” David Castellon sophomore

“I’m forcing my parents to pay for all of it.” Trevor Sparks sophomore

“Financial aid, government, football scholarship, and I broke my piggy bank.” Sebastian Lafaele junior

“A scholarship between Germany and ASU and my parents have to pay the rest.” Anne Merschner senior

“Grants, scholarships, loans, and a lot of perseverance and hard work.” Koa Balanay junior

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Sports

Friday August 28, 2009

Carr, Rams upbeat heading into opener By Michael Whitson Sports Editor Coach Dale Carr had high expectations for his football team last year but after junior Quarterback Josh Neiswander suffered a season-ending injury in the opening game, those expectations took a hit. “After coaching 20 years, that was the biggest single player loss I have ever experienced,” Carr said. “The disparity between him and the younger quarterbacks we had was so great; it’s hard to even measure.Professionally, it was the most challenging year I have ever experienced.” Neiswander was off to a great start in the season opener, completing 18 of 25 passes, for 218 yards and a pair of touchdowns before he suffered a broken leg in the fourth quarter against Texas State. The Rams would go on to lose that game 21-14 and finish the season a disappointing 3-8. After missing out on a full season, Neiswander has fully recovered and looks forward to leading the Rams on the gridiron. “It’s been a long time coming,” Neiswander said. “I have been looking forward to this for a long time. I feel actually stronger than I was before and I am ready to play. “We’ve worked really hard as a

team to get ready in the off season,” he said. “I think we are all fired up and ready to play.” Adding a little fuel to the motivation the Rams have been picked to finish sixth in the Lone Star Conference’s South Division. The sole returning All-LSC selection from last season, junior Defensive Lineman Cody Smith, feels his team can use that fuel as they start the 2009 campaign. “When people start thinking you are not good as a team, it gets you ready to prove something,” Smith said. “If we were picked to finish first, it wouldn’t give us as much to fight for.” The Rams begin that fight at 6 p.m. on Saturday at San Angelo Stadium, as they host the Texas A&M Commerce Lions. The two teams have split their last ten meetings, with Texas A&M Commerce winning the last two meetings, each contest being decided by three points. “This is one of the top defenses in the conference, so it’s going to be a challenge,” Carr said. “I think our offense ought to be able to put up more points than they have the past couple of years. And if we can play them defensively as well as we have, it should be a good outcome.”

Photo by Kimberley Parker Junior quarterback Josh Neiswander (8) is healthy and ready to lead the Rams into the 2009 Season.

’Belles set sights on championship tournament Continued from page 1

Second-year Head Coach Chuck Waddington set a goal of reaching the NCAA Division II Championship Tournament. “We are in one of the toughest regions in the country,” Waddington said. “Our schedule is geared toward earning a berth in the (NCAA D-II) tournament.” The schedule will keep the young team busy with Invitationals and outof-state competition, Waddington said. “We have 10 freshmen (out of 17),” freshman outside hitter Claire Chomout said. “So, we are expecting to learn quickly and play smart.” Six girls are vying for an outside hitter position: junior Sara Sietsma,

sophomores Cara Turney and Kayla Smith as well as freshmen Caroline Cleveland, Alisa Meredith and Chomout. Turney played libero last year but switched to outside hitter in the spring season. Chomout enters 2009 play with an advantage, having graduated high school in December to spend last spring practicing with the team. Cleveland and Meredith began practicing with ASU this fall. Senior Adrienne Taylor will start as the opposite hitter; last season, she started all 34 matches. Freshmen Katie Coleman and Kelsey Cairo will follow Taylor’s example in the opposite hitter position. Returning to her libero spot from

Photo by Kimberley Parker Senior Skylar Searles battles a Hardin Simmons defender for the ball at Monday’s scrimmage. The ’Belles open the season today in Denver.

two seasons ago is senior Kimber Duncan, who will also act as an outside hitter. Several freshmen and second team all-conference selection senior Alaina Sivells will play as middle blockers. Junior Alex Allard and freshman Alex Woolsey will compete to be setter. Allard previously attended Laredo Community College where she earned second team All American as a freshman and preseason All American the next year. Woolsey helped take her high school team to consecutive top five finishes at the national championships. ASU’s toughest opponent is West Texas A&M, the top-ranked team in the Lone Star Conference.

Abilene Christian, Tarleton State, Midwestern State and Texas Woman’s will also be teams to beat. The Rambelles are ranked sixth in the LSC as of July 30, but players remain determined to win. “Listening extremely well and working hard outside of practice will be key to become the champions we intend to be,” Chomout said. The ‘Belles will continue play in the Angelo Retina/ASU Invitational this weekend. Friday, they will play St. Edward’s at 6 p.m. in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena. Saturday, they take on Southern Arkansas at 9 a.m. and Incarnate Word at 3 p.m. at the same location.

Weekend Sports Calendar

FOOTBALL

RAMS vs. Texas A&M Commerce San Angelo Stadium Saturday, 6 p.m.

VOLLEYBALL ’BELLES host Angelo Retina ASU Invitational Today & Saturday

SOCCER

’BELLES vs. Regis Denver, Colorado Today, 6 p.m.

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