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SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENT PUBLICATION NOVEMBER 2-8, 2011 Student run since 1911
Throwing tradition out the window Amity Downing Arrow Reporter
Nicole Maxﬁeld sits at an antique dining table. Its age shows through deep scratches scored across its much-used surface. She and her family of four use this table often. Maxﬁeld, a senior psychology major at Southeast Missouri State University, works hard at this table every day. She is not just checking over her children’s homework, she is doing her own. Nontraditional college students have experienced a different variety of life than traditional college students. Nontraditional students include those who have children, are married, have gone into the workforce, joined the military or taken an extended break for any reason between high school and college. After graduating from Mineral Area Community College in 1997 with an associate degree in ﬁne arts, Maxﬁeld decided she wanted to take a break from school for a few years to travel and make her own living. She became pregnant with her son Cameron a year later. Maxﬁeld worked odd jobs until an opportunity lead her to Keller Dental Lab in St. Louis where she was a dental technician until 2004 when she had her second child, a daughter named Eryka.
Maxﬁeld was in an abusive relationship with her children’s father from 1998 until the birth of her daughter, when she moved to Cape Girardeau to be closer to her family. It was only a few months later that she met her husband, Brandon Maxﬁeld. In 2007, she took another shot at college, this time at Southeast. “I knew as soon as I was pregnant with Cameron that I wanted to go back to school,” Maxﬁeld said. Her plans were postponed by the birth of her daughter. “I went back a little before she went to kindergarten, but only because Brandon encouraged me,” she said. “He promised me he’d help, and he does. He’s very helpful.” Maxﬁeld decided to pursue a degree in psychology instead of continuing with a ﬁne arts degree. She felt that she needed to move in a different direction, one that didn’t remind her of her previous abusive relationship. After starting a family and rebuilding her conﬁdence, going to school wasn’t as easy as it used to be for Maxﬁeld. “I took it for granted back then,” she said. “I realize now what a privilege it is to be able to go to school.” Attending classes after
Student enrollment by the numbers Nontraditional
2001 - 17.7 % 2010 - 18.2 %
2001 - 82.3% 2010 - 81.8%
Nicole Maxfield relaxs from her busy life by taking care of the plants in her backyard. - Submitted photo nearly a decade without schooling gave Maxﬁeld a new perspective on her classmates. “It’s troublesome sometimes when you hear them complaining about how tired they are,” Maxﬁeld said. “‘You don’t know the meaning of tired’ is what I want to say.” She is not only going to college for herself, but also to be able to provide for her family’s needs now and in the future as they continue their own educations. Maxﬁeld’s dream job is to be a certiﬁed behavioral analyst and eventually get her master’s and doctorate degrees. Having been a victim of abuse, she has developed the ability to notice certain subconscious mannerisms that go unnoticed to most people. Human behavior
has always fascinated her. “It kind of fell into place,” Maxﬁeld said of her major and career choice. “I feel like it’s right.” Being a mother, wife and fulltime student with a part-time job serving at Ruby Tuesday, Maxﬁeld takes all the help she can get from her husband, as well as from 5-Hour Energy drinks. Maxﬁeld reminds herself that all the hard work and sleepless nights are only temporary, and she tends to the jungle of plants in her backyard to relieve stress in the meantime. While working at Ruby Tuesday, Maxﬁeld befriended another non-traditional student of Southeast. Hannah Parent is a senior history major,
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Nuisance No noise tickets issued homecoming weekend Southeast Missouri State Univer-
sity students celebrated this year’s homecoming weekend without violating the city’s new nuisance party ordinance. According to Cape Girardeau police spokesman Darin Hickey, not a single nuisance party ticket was issued during homecoming weekend. The ordinance, which was passed over summer break, targets gatherings of 10 or more people on residential property. Tickets can be issued for a number of behaviors ranging from property damage and littering to indecent exposure and unlawful use of alcohol and other controlled substances. This year’s homecoming was the ﬁrst to be celebrated with the ordinance in place, and both students and city ofﬁcials were waiting to see what effect, if any, the ordinance would have on the spirit of the weekend.
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SOUTHEAST WOMEN’S SOCCER WON ITS FOURTH OVC TITLE
Defender Hayley Abbot scored at the 52:54 mark in Sunday’s game against Tennessee Tech. Southeast won 3-0. - Photo by Kelso Hope
Redhawks will host OVC tournament starting Thursday at Houck Stadium Spencer Michelson Arrow Reporter
The Southeast Missouri State women’s soccer clinched the Ohio Valley Conference title in record-breaking style Friday. The Redhawks defeated the Jacksonville State Gamecocks to clinch their ﬁrst Ohio Valley Conference regular-season title since the 2007 season. Senior forward Jessie Crabtree gave the Redhawks the lead 26 seconds into the ﬁrst half with her ﬁrst of two goals in a 3-0 win. The goal was the fastest score in Southeast women’s soccer history, eclipsing the
previous record of 29 seconds. “It was pretty great, especially with everyone,” Crabtree said of the record-breaking goal. “We pressured, the forwards pressured, everyone was pushing up. The cross was a ball that you pray for as a forward, and all I did was put my head on it.” Erin Shulman logged her ﬁrst minutes of play since spraining an ankle in a 4-0 win against Southern Illinois UniversityEdwardsville on Oct. 2. Shulman, a true freshman forward, leads the team with nine goals in 13 games played. “It was a little rough the ﬁrst half, then got a little better in the
second half,” Shulman said of her return. “It was good to get back on the ﬁeld and be with the team.” Both Crabtree and Shulman were excited about earning their ﬁrst OVC title. “It’s one of those feelings that it’s real and you’re in the moment and you don’t realize it’s actually happening,” Crabtree said. Shulman hopes this season translates into more wins in the future. “It’s a good feeling because maybe next year we will be keep doing better,” Shulman said. Heather Nelson has been Southeast’s coach for all four of the program’s OVC titles in
its 12-year history. Southeast previously won the OVC regularseason in 2001, 2002 and 2007. “I think there’s a lot of similarities,” Nelson said, comparing the 2011 team with the previous three title teams. “Whenever we’ve been this successful, team chemistry has been in play. … We are also a very talented team, a very ﬁt team and a very mature team.” Shulman and Crabtree also believe that team chemistry has been a big part of the winning season. “I think that the chemistry we have on the team is that we all work very well together and play very well,” Shulman said. “Overall, we just have a lot of talent.” Crabtree added that the camaraderie and family environment helped the team win this season. Nelson said there are still improvements that can be made to help better the team, including playing better set pieces and cleaning up miscues. Clinching the OVC title means that Southeast will host the OVC tournament at Houck Stadium, an advantage according to Nelson. The tournament will take place Nov. 3-6 and the winner gains a berth to the NCAA tournament. Southeast’s ﬁrst game is Friday at 7 p.m. Southeast will play the winner of Murray State vs. Morehead State, which takes place at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
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Stephanie Palmer attempts a corner kick during Sunday’s game. - Photo by Kelso Hope
We pressured, the forwards pressured, everyone was pushing up. The cross was a ball that you pray for as a forward, and all I did was put my head on it. Jessie Crabtree
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SPIKING with enthusiasm SOUTHEAST’S CLUB VOLLEYBALL WOMEN PLAY FOR LOVE OF THE GAME
BRIEFS Southeast Cross Country Teams third at OVC meet Southeast men’s and women’s
cross country teams each placed third Saturday at the 2011 OVC Championships. Nate Shipley placed third overall for the men with a time of 25:20. Rebekah Lawson was the women’s highest ﬁnisher in sixth place with a time of 18:29.
Southeast Football Redhawks suffer road loss The Southeast football team fell
to 2-6 in 2011 with Saturday’s 38-30 loss at OVC foe UT Martin. Quarterback Matt Scheible led the Redhawks’ offense with 200 passing yards and three passing touchdowns. Southeast will begin a three-game home stretch to end its season at 1 p.m. Saturday against Central Methodist.
Southeast Volleyball Team now 6-1 at home The Southeast women’s volley-
ball team defeated UT Martin 3-1 at Houck Field House on Saturday to improve its record to 9-6 in the OVC and 11-15 overall. The team will play its ﬁnal regular season road games on Friday and Saturday at Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky, respectively.
Megan Richter Arrow Reporter
In 2005, Kathryn Waymenn started the women’s club volleyball team at Southeast Missouri State University. Over the past seven years, the club has grown to 23 girls who compete for the love of the game. “We have two teams of eight,” senior team member Kristin Wedemeier said. “There are also about seven other girls who are in the club but do not travel with us to our tournaments.” This semester the two teams will compete in four tournaments in Missouri and Illinois. They are funded by membership dues, fundraisers and allocations from the school. Next year they plan to raise money by helping the university’s volleyball team at home games with scorekeeping and line judging, Wedemeier said. Because it is a tournamentoriented team, Wedemeier said the girls on the traveling team become more focused and serious on the road. That doesn’t mean that practices can’t be fun, though. “We have a great time and usually end up laughing through most of the practice at our errors, just acting goofy,” Wedemeier said. “It’s a fun time, and we always try to be positive.” Wedemeier joined as a freshman because she was looking for an activity to get involved with and club volleyball sounded like an activity she would enjoy. She played one year of high school volleyball and said she wouldn’t compare the club volleyball team
Southeast’s club volleyball team participated in a tournament at the University of Missouri last year. - Photo submitted by Rachel Hofmann
at Southeast to a high school team. “This club is more like playing on a club team rather than for the actual high school because we only play in tournaments like clubs do,” Wedemeier said. Another reason the club volleyball team is different from a high school team and the university team is that there is no coach. There is a president and vice president who are in charge of the team,
lead practices and schedule tournaments. Celeste Shupe is president and Wedemeier serves as vice president. “We try to help each other out as much as possible,” Wedemeier said. “The girls understand that if we try to help or correct them, it is to help them grow as a player not to criticize them. Most of the time coaching is taken with an open mind. They know that in order for us to
improve as a team, we need to help each other become better.” With practices twice a week and four tournaments, the team spends a lot of time together. “I have met some of my best friends through this club,” Wedemeier said. “It’s a fun time, and we always try to be positive. All the girls tend to have a good attitude, which makes all the paperwork, meetings, ect. all worth it.”
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SQUIRREL Squirrel Yoga Club FREE CLUB OFFERS STUDENT-LED EXERCISE
Students unwind with innovative exercise Ryan Marx Arrow Reporter
Improved respiration, greater ﬂexibility, enhanced brain function, weight loss and decreased stress — these are only a few of the beneﬁts yoga has to one’s body, mind and spirit. Though Southeast Missouri State University’s Recreation Services offer a yoga group ﬁtness program, students have created a yoga club where members can regularly practice this popular exercise. On Monday, Oct. 10, the Squirrel Squirrel Yoga Club held its ﬁrst informational meeting and planned times to hold sessions. The club hasn’t ofﬁcially set certain dates, but plans to meet two to four times per week. So far the club offers free yoga classes to members. “I joined Squirrel Squirrel because I felt like I was missing something in my workout,” freshman and computer networking student Aaron Miller said. “Running and lifting wasn’t enough.” Miller said yoga is a full body workout but most people only see it as stretching. While practicing yoga last summer outside, a small group of
You can do more than just yoga with this club. Jared Jinkerson Southeast students decided they wanted to create an on-campus club. Senior exercise science student Jared Jinkerson, who became president of the yoga club, has been leading group exercise for the past two years. Jinkerson decided he wanted to take the club a step further and provide yoga education and classes. “I thought, once we’re a club, we can rent out rooms, get people registered, we can do a lot more with it,” Jinkerson said. According to Jinkerson, the club will not charge membership dues. The club provides members with affordability compared to prices at Southeast HealthPoint Plaza, which charges $80 for 10 classes and the Source-Yoga ’n more who charge $115 for 10 regular sessions. Jinkerson said the club is a great place to start for those who have no
Squirrel Squirrel Yoga Club hopes to reach 40 members by December. - Photo by Kelo Hope experience with the exercise. “You can do more than just yoga with this club,” Jinkerson said. “We want members to grow with this club.” “I never really could get into it by myself,” freshman nursing student Lindsay Hetisimer said. “But having the group setting means all the difference to me.” Hetisimer joined the yoga club to gain more knowledge and ﬂexibility while decreasing stress and meeting new people.
As for the club’s unique name, Jinkerson explained that it was adopted during a yoga session outside one morning when the group noticed several squirrels prancing around. “We were just gooﬁng around doing a bunch of squirrel poses, and then we were like, ‘We should call it the Squirrel Squirrel Yoga Club,’” Jinkerson said. The club has 25 members, but Jinkerson’s goal is to reach 40 by the end of the semester. Although
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no weekly yoga session schedule has been set, Jinkerson is trying to ﬁnd what time works best with members. Classes range from 30 minutes to an hour. “We want to offer members to meet ﬁve days a week at three different times,” Jinkerson said. More and more yoga sessions are being scheduled as membership increases. For additional information visit the Squirrel Squirrel Yoga Club page on Facebook.
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HEADLEY Grange begins writing music CAPE GIRARDEAU-BASED BAND CONSIDERS ITSELF BLUESEY SOUTHERN ROCK
Local band expands scope
SEMO events Author Reading: Heidi Durrow
Tuesday, Nov. 1 7 p.m. GLENN AUDITORIUM, CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO New York Times Best-selling author Heidi Durrow will read from her novel, “The Girl Who Fell from the Sky.”“The Girl Who Fell from the Sky” is the winner of the Bellwether Prize, awarded for issues of social justice and has become a national book club favorite.
d’Ann de Simone Art Exhibit
Tuesday, Nov. 1 1 - 5 p.m. RIVER CAMPUS ART GALLERY, SEMINARY BUILDING ROOM 106, CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO “d’Ann de Simone” opens Oct. 24. d’Ann de Simone, professor of art at Michigan State University, holds degrees from Rhode Island School of Design, Brown University and University of Massachusetts. Her collaged prints combine a variety of handmade pieces, digitally produced prints and found elements, and reflect her increasing anxiety over the state of American culture, its impact on the global environment, other cultures and species.
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Headley Grange is working on their second album in between traveling. - Submitted photo
Tuesday, Nov. 1 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. ROSEMARY BERKEL AND HARRY L. CRISP II MUSEUM, RIVER CAMPUS, CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO This unique exhibition space is devoted to the work of artists within 150 miles of Cape Girardeau.
Guest Artist & Faculty Recitals Wednesday, Nov. 2 7:30 p.m. ROBERT F. AND GERTRUDE L. SHUCK MUSIC RECITAL HALL, RIVER CAMPUS, CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO Patrick Rafferty, Guitar
Kent Library Athenaeum Event-Fatal Encounters: Responding to Royal Death and Epidemic Disease in 17th Century Puebla, Mexico
Wednesday, Nov. 2 12 - 1 p.m. SADIE’S PLACE, KENT LIBRARY, CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO This presentation explores how Spanish, Native
American and mixed-heritage residents of the Puebla region of Mexico responded to death during the 17th century. Historical documents illuminate beliefs regarding death and dying in Catholic colonial Mexico. Documents highlight how groups: the church, city council and the family, among others worked to understand, contextualize and control events that might be called “fatal encounters,” and the experience of death in 17th century Puebla.
‘What was the Faith of George Washington and Does it Matter?’ lecture Thursday, Nov. 3 7 p.m. ROSE THEATRE, CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO George Washington’s faith will be the topic of a lecture to be presented by Dr. Peter Lillback at Southeast Missouri State University. The event is open to the public and sponsored by Stan and Debbie Crader of Jackson, Don and Saundra Crader of Marble Hill, the Department of History, the College of Liberal Arts and the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.
New York Artists Equity Association: Recent Gifts
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Headley Grange made the jump from per-
forming cover songs to writing their own music two years ago. With one CD done and another in progress, the band is taking to the road and growing its fan base with every stop. Originally known as Midnight Heroez, the Cape Girardeau-based band is made up of Lamar Holdiness on vocals and guitar, Kenny Fisher on bass, Derrick Shipp on guitar and Scot Kluesner on drums. “We all came from different musical backgrounds and had originally been in different bands,” Kluesner said. “We had a few different projects that we did together that included a metal band, an acoustic project and the bar scene, which was Midnight Heroez.” Playing in Headley Grange is the members’ passion, but it is not yet able to support them completely. Holdiness, the lead singer, is a carpenter, Kluesner is an electrician, Shipp works at National Asset Recovery Services in Cape Girardeau and Fisher works at New Waves Communications in Sikeston. They are working toward making the band their full-time job. “We all have day jobs, but getting our band to its full potential is our No. 1 priority,” Holdiness said. The band’s ﬁrst album was titled Trumble Hill and included 10 songs. They have close to seven new songs written as of right now and are preparing to go back into the studio soon. The release of their second album is scheduled for the winter of 2012. Headley Grange has played shows at several Cape Girardeau venues, including Pitters Café and Lounge, Rude Dog Pub and Buckner Brewing Co. The band has also traveled to other cities such as Nashville and Chicago. “It is a lot of fun going out of town for shows,” Kluesner said. “We get to play in places we haven’t been to, and we get to meet new people.” The band travels in a 15-passenger van that the members sometimes sleep in if they don’t know anyone in town who they can stay with. “We are used to living out of a van and being broke, so that is why we do a lot of home shows to raise money for traveling,” Holdiness said. “By the time we get back from traveling our van reeks of old bags of fast food and feet.”
By the time we get back from traveling our van reeks of old bags of fast food and feet.
Friday, Nov. 4 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ROSEMARY BERKEL AND HARRY L. CRISP II MUSEUM, RIVER CAMPUS CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO An exhibition, “New York Artists Equity Association: Recent Gifts” opens Nov. 1 in the museum. More than 50 artists working in various media will be exhibited. The exhibit will remain on display through Jan. 29.
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Lamar Holdiness Headley Grange considers itself to be a bluesy southern rock group, but uses a variety of different sounds to satisfy various musical tastes. “We know that our audience has different tastes in music, and so while we may have a speciﬁc genre, that is not all they will hear from us when they hear us play live,” Kluesner said. “That is something we enjoy doing.” Being able to travel and share their music in other cities has been an accomplishment in itself, and recently they got even more good news. “We got a booking agent now, which is very exciting and helpful with our touring aspect,” Holdiness said. “And we just recently got accepted into the Missouri Blues Association.” When it comes to playing live, the band members like to show the crowd a good time. They love every moment of performing and really show their fans that they are just guys who love doing what they do. “We really put a lot into our shows, and we just hope our fans get the energy and seriousness that we put in from watching us,” Holdiness said. To listen to the band’s music and to get a touring schedule, visit its Facebook page at facebook.com/pages/Headley-Grange.
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ATHLETE makes a comeback DISABLED SOUTHEAST STUDENT TRAINS FOR 2016 PARALYMPICS
Zachary Young’s life changed when he was paralyzed.
It changed again when he became a triathlete.
Jordan Hale Arrow Reporter
At any given moment, a person’s whole life can change. Some change for the better while others aren’t so fortunate. Zachary Young’s life was changed on Oct. 15, 2005. “I was on my way to work one morning on my motorcycle when a lady failed to yield to the right of way and I hit her,” Young said. Young was left paralyzed from the waist down. Young, who is from Jackson, Mo., was a BMX competitor as a teenager and received ﬁrst place in the national competition at the age of 14. Young went to college in Orlando, Fla., where he found a job that he loved working on boats. After his life changing accident, he couldn’t do the job anymore, and the life he knew made a complete 180. “When I had my wreck, it switched things up for me,” Young said. “I was like ‘what am I going to do now?’” Six years after his accident, Young is now a 28-yearold student at Southeast Missouri State University and is doing things he never thought he would be doing. The city of Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department held a triathlon event on Sept. 10 that consisted of a 700meter swim, a 15-mile bike ride and a four-mile run. The event, which was challenging enough for a person in perfect condition, seemed improbable for a disabled person. But Young signed up, competed and ﬁnished the race in just over two hours with only a little over a month of training. “My only goal was just to ﬁnish,” Young said. The passion and drive showed by Young to compete in an event like this gives others inspiration. “Seeing him compete in the race despite his setbacks and seeing how he pushed himself all the way to the ﬁnish made me think there is no reason why I shouldn’t be able to push myself to accomplish something that I want,” said Southeast student Brian Gregory, who was working at the triathlon. “It was motivational for me to see him compete the way he did,” Assistant director of Recreation Services Eric Redinger, who is Young’s friend, also participated in the triathlon on Sept. 10. As Redinger even put on his Facebook status, the best part of his day was seeing Young compete. “It’s one of those things that you get emotional when you see it,” Redinger said. “He’s a very inspiring person, just by nature. You see someone like Zach who unfortunately had a motorcycle accident and lost the use of his lower body, and he didn’t just give up, he
Being physically fit in a wheelchair just makes everything easier, everyday tasks like getting around this campus are much easier. Zach Young doesn’t feel sorry for himself.” Young always has had support from his family and friends. His mother Bonnie Young said at ﬁrst she wasn’t sure that her son would be able to compete in these events but after actually seeing him do it, she realized he could and it now eases her mind. “I’m so proud of him,” Bonnie Young said. “It makes me want to change my life when I see him active when he could be doing nothing. It encourages me to do things.” Less than a month after competing in his ﬁrst triathlon Young signed up for the RecPlex Triathlon that took place Oct. 2 in St. Peters, Mo. He ﬁnished second in the men’s division for ages 26-39. “My driving force behind all of this is my faith,” Young said. “That is a big deal to me. Since I accepted God in my life he has led me in the direction of sports.” Oct. 15 marked six years since his accident. Young went out to celebrate in honor of how far he has come since then. “This year has probably been the best year and it’s mostly because of sports,” Young said. His family and friends have noticed the impact that this new venture into sports has had on him. “This journey has had its ups and downs deﬁnitely,” Bonnie Young said. “Going to school and doing these triathlons gives him a positive mood. He doesn’t limit himself because of his situation. He’s more
independent now, it’s almost like he doesn’t need me anymore.” Young is able to do a lot of things on his own now and does not have to regularly see a doctor like he did when his accident ﬁrst occurred. He credits this to eating healthy and working out. “Being physically ﬁt in a wheel chair just makes everything easier, everyday tasks like getting around this campus are much easier,” Young said. Redinger says that Young is a very nice guy, but when he is in the rec center working out, he’s all business. “I feel very blessed and fortunate to know Zach and to be able to witness his accomplishments,” Redinger said. “It just makes you realize how fortunate you are. No matter how bad you think things might be in your life, there are a lot of other people overcoming things you’ll never have to experience.” Young has his eyes set on the 2016 Paralympics, which will feature events like archery, judo, triathlons and much more. “I have six years to train,” Young said. “I can do a lot in six years.”
(Top) Zachary Young rides through Cape Girardeau on his specially crafted hand-petal bike during the Tour De Cape. - Photo by Kelso Hope
(Right) Participants line up to begin the swimming portion of the Trail of Tears Triathlon. - Submitted photo
(Top) In the first stage of the Coors Light Triathlon, participants swim 700 meters. - Submitted photo
(Bottom) Zachary Young finishes the running portion of the triathlon. - Submitted photo
mass media minor and newlywed. Although she and Maxﬁeld have grown from completely different circumstances, the two have bonded over their similar stories. Parent ﬁrst attended Southeast during the fall 2006 semester, fresh out of high school. She took one semester off when her son Syd was born and returned to school in the fall of 2007. Going back to school was different with a child. Parent was forced to deal with the loss of her social life after the birth of her son and her re-enrollment in college. Parent said she felt “a lot more tired. I put aside much of a social life trying to ﬁnd a balance.” She became more introverted, concentrating on her schoolwork and new family and wondering what people would think of her. Parent was scared that she would be judged for being a single mother. She eventually found a balance with the help of her mother and father, who encouraged her to be social. She said that if it wasn’t for them she never would have met, and then married her husband, Joey Parent. “Eventually it kind of gave me an edge because I felt like, you know, wow I’m doing something that a lot of people can’t do,” Parent said. “I’m doing well in school, I’m getting good grades and raising a child, keeping socializing to a minimum, but still having a social life.” Raising and spending time with her son has always been a big part of Parent’s life. She is a very involved mother, always ready with countless silly stories and pictures of their lives together. “I’ve still managed to keep a good bond with my son — he wants to go to school, he wants to go to kindergarten, he wants to learn,” Parent said. Parent’s passion is history and her dream job is to research and write for historical documentaries. She would like to continue her education after earning her bachelor’s degree, but ﬁrst she hopes to ﬁnd a job to support her family while her husband has his turn as a Southeast student. Parent conﬁded that she often deals with stress in her everyday life, such as scheduling conﬂicts, ﬁguring out who is going to pick up Syd and determining how she and her husband are going to ﬁnd the money pay for new tires, along with their other bills. To relax, she loves to exercise and ride her bike and said sometimes just having a good cry is necessary. “When life throws you difﬁculties, you can either let them get you down, or use it as a bouncing-off point,” Parent said. Parent had to grow up faster than most and realizes that the maturity she’s developed is helpful. She credits her success with her schooling, marriage and parenting to her ability to ultimately ﬁnding a balance. It is one of the most important things she’s learned throughout her nontraditional education. “I feel like I’m a better person, more intelligent, more accomplished than I would’ve been had I been a reckless 19-year-old going to school without a kid,” she said. “I think that I may not have done so well, I may not have had an understanding of responsibility, but I do now. “I guess I also learned that I am not alone,” Parent said. “There are a lot of people doing the same thing I’m doing.”
8 ARROW • week of Nov. 2 - 8, 2011
NIKKI Edwards reminisces SOUTHEAST DEFENDER HAS STARTED EVERY GAME SINCE JOINING SOUTHEAST’S SOCCER TEAM LaShell Eikerenkoetter Arrow Reporter
ikki Edwards is a senior defender on the Southeast Missouri State University women’s soccer team. Edwards has started every match of her career. She is majoring in business management. Edwards gave insight on her time at Southeast.
How would you describe your sports career at Southeast? Edwards: I would describe my sports career here at SEMO as being a lot of fun. I think one of the most rewarding things about it is how far we have come. We didn’t do very well my freshman year coming in, so it’s kind of nice coming into my senior year having such a good season this year. It has been a lot of fun, though.
What is your favorite memory on the field? Edwards: My favorite memory on the ﬁeld would probably be last year when we played UT Martin. We had to tie the game to clinch second place in the conference and if we did that we would have gotten a bye in the tournament. So I just remember going into overtime — we were all really pumped up and coach gave a very inspiring speech to us. We ended up coming out [of] the game with a tie so we ﬁnished the season in second place, and it was a really exciting game.
What would you say was your most difficult game? Edwards: The hardest game I played in my career here was in my junior year. We played
University of South Florida. They were a really good team, and I know they ended up going to the NCAA tournament that year and doing really well in it. They had a lot of really talented players, and it was really cool to play a team like that, but it was extremely tiresome.
How has the program developed since your freshman year? Edwards: The program has developed a lot since my freshman year. When I came in we didn’t have a successful year. We had a lot of young players, and I kind of looked at it as a development year. So, when I compare then to now, we are in ﬁrst place and we have a really good chance of clinching the OVC title and going to the tournament. So it’s very rewarding when I think of how far we’ve come, and I’m proud of all the girls that have been through it all and have gotten where we are.
What will you miss the most about playing soccer in college? Edwards: I will miss absolutely everything about playing college soccer. I will miss, for sure the most, how competitive it is. And I love being in season. I mean you eat, live, sleep soccer and everything is just soccer and I love it, so I will deﬁnitely miss it.
What kind of relationship do you have with your coach? Edwards: We have a really good relationship with our coach; both our coach [Heather Nelson] and [assistant coach] Paul [Nelson].
Nikki Edwards has played 5,834 minutes in her soccer career at Southeast. -Photo by Kelso Hope
One of my favorite things about them is they are so dedicated. They really do a good job of taking care of us and one of the main reasons I came to SEMO is because when I came on my tour I really liked Coach Paul, and that hasn’t changed.
What are you planning to do after you graduate? Edwards: When I graduate, I am going to go back home to Canada and I would like to continue playing soccer, but I need to start working and kind of getting my life on track, so I’ll be looking for a
job and getting into the real world.
What does it feel like starting every game of your career? Edwards: It means a lot to have started every game here at SEMO. I obviously wanted to go to school and play. I’m here to play soccer so where I wanted to be was on the ﬁeld, so it does mean a lot that I got to start every game.
If you could go back would you change anything? Edwards: If I could go back I wouldn’t change anything here.
I’ve really enjoyed my experience here at Southeast and, no, I really wouldn’t change anything. It has been a rewarding experience, and I am going to be really sad to leave.
Do you have any last words to leave with your team? Edwards: I would just say to all the girls how proud I am of them, of how hard they work day in and day out and it’s been so much fun playing with them. To coach and Paul, I thank you for making my experience really fun and enjoyable. Also, I’m excited to win the OVC because we are going to.
What was your favorite part of the World Series?
Madison Rau: “Deﬁnitely the end of the sixth game where they were tied for like three innings straight. It was a real nail-biter for that game.”
William Groeller: “My favorite part was seeing the joy of David Freese after he hit the home run in Game 6. He looked like a little kid.”
Logan Young: “My favorite part was
definitely Game 6 just because it was so back and forth and it was so tense and it was just crazy. I loved it.”
Justin Hotop: “Game 6 when David Freese hit the home run.”
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PITTERS Café & Lounge VENUE’S MISSION REMAINS THE SAME AFTER SEVERAL FACELIFTS Amity Downing Arrow Reporter
Tucked away in an unassuming row of old storefronts along Broadway there sits an old building with history living within its walls. The front half of the building was a jazz bar in the 1920s and there was a speakeasy in its basement during Prohibition. During the Cold War era, the building was rebuilt by World War II veterans to withstand any possible attack. Today, this building is living up to its legacy by housing Pitters Café and Lounge, Cape Girardeau’s newest up-and-coming music venue. Pitters has been family-owned and run for many years, offering different names and services. It was named after Pitter Seabaugh, the mother of J.J. and Timexx Seabaugh, who are responsible for booking bands and bringing in crowds Wednesday through Saturday nights. The familyowned business went through quite a journey to reach the point where it stands today. Originally, it was Cherokee Trails, a souvenir shop. Later, the upstairs became the Enchanted Forest, which was also a music venue. The Mississippi Mudhouse was next, serving primarily as a short-lived coffee shop. The name was changed, the full bar was stocked and Pitters was established two years later, serving food, drinks—both alcoholic and non—as well as entertainment. The Seabaughs are a family that thrives on music. They have been playing music since the early ‘80s when Timexx and J.J.’s father was a promoter who helped advertise for and book bands. “We actually, as children, learned how to exploit bands long before we ever learned how to be in them,” Timexx said. The family holds countless connections to other band members, friends, family and promoters for musicians. These connections help when booking bands, but booking a full show can still be difﬁcult, according to Timexx. Pitters usually opens at 8 p.m., but on nights when the brothers can’t arrange a show the doors remain closed. “It’s not only booking the headlining band, but then ﬁnding a local act who can open for that band who’s similar in genre and will pull people in,” Timexx said. “We pride ourselves on the acts that we choose, and we pay a lot of money to get them here.” Joey Parent is one of those local acts. The singer/songwriter plays acoustic guitar and harmonica. Parent has played at Pitters a couple times in the past and was booked to open for a band out of Kansas City on Oct. 15. Pitters is the only music venue in Cape Girardeau that has their own in-house sound system and equipment, J.J. said. Parent said that having this setup is what helps to make Pitters an ideal music venue. “They’ve got a good sound system in there. They’ve got a sound deck up there, they’ve got someone controlling the sound and they’ve got monitors, speakers—they’ve got a good setup,” Parent said. “It’s nice to show up and setup your instruments and plug into
someone who has their own microphone and everything.” Timexx said having their own equipment makes it easier for the bands to set up and play, and it helps with attracting and booking bands. “We’re able to get some of the bands we have because of house gear,” Timexx said. “They don’t have to come in and spend three hours setting up the PA, and then playing the show and then three hours tearing it down.” Connections and a great sound system aren’t the only things that draw bands in. They host an open mic night every Wednesday for everyone from big name bands to comedians to never-before-seen artists. Parent often goes to Pitters on Wednesday nights. Sometimes, he doesn’t even get his guitar out of his car. He goes to listen to the unique artists. “Most of the time I go in there and I just kind of watch,” Parent said. Open mic nights are a big hit for the venue. Timexx said it is a great way for young musicians to showcase their abilities and also grow into better musicians. He joked that the only way for a comedian to know if he’s funny is to get up on stage and see if he gets laughed at, or thrown out. “We have seen several bands that kind of come about because of our Wednesday night open jams,” Timexx said. “We have a lot of bands that are now big Cape bands playing all over who started here as teenagers upstairs in the [Enchanted] Forest.” Southeast student Nick Shedd has seen shows at the Enchanted Forest, as well Mississippi Mudhouse and Pitters. Shedd said he thinks it’s a cool venue with an atmosphere that allows original artists to perform and grow. He mentioned the local band Isabella, who used to play at the Enchanted Forest, as an example. “Pitters is the only venue in Cape that is consistently trying to book original bands,” Shedd said. “To me, Cape Girardeau’s music scene is more cover artists because there is no outlet for the original artists, aside from Pitters.” The main focus of Pitters is to bring in great bands that will pack the house. Pitters opens its doors to all sorts of original artists, from cajun to reggae to death metal. “We really like being an all-
music venue,” Timexx. “You may hit ﬁve different styles of music in the course of a week, here. It just depends who we book. But we like having continuously different music.” According to Timexx, Cape has a good music scene because it is a halfway point directly between St. Louis and Memphis, creating a great pit stop for touring bands. Location is key and plays a huge part in drawing in not only bands, but an audience as well. Timexx said Pitters’ location keeps them from getting lost in the wandering bar crowd of Main and Spanish Streets. “People who are coming here are strictly coming here because they want entertainment,” Timexx said. “They’re here to see the
bands, they don’t complain about paying ﬁve to 20 bucks at the door. They come here because they want to see a show and it keeps them from having to drive all the way to St. Louis.” Timexx said Pitters hopes to compete with the bigger venues located in St. Louis, like Pop’s and The Pageant. The owners are thinking of remodeling soon by expanding the bar to three times its current size and breaking down walls to make the stage bigger and allow more room for an audience. “They’ve made a big step, it seems like recently, from all local stuff to starting to get bigger bands—they have more of a reason to get that [expansion] going,” Parent said. The Seabaugh family is always looking for unique ways to get more business and attract more people. From hosting “Crappy Movie Night” on Tuesdays,to booking a pirate-themed band, complete with pirate instruments, songs and attire. As long as the ideas don’t stop coming, the bands don’t stop either. Pitters hosted an ‘80s Night on Oct. 22, featuring ‘80s cover band the Bone Queens. Kill Devil Hill, featuring Vinny Appice, former drummer of Black Sabbath and Dio, will play Nov. 5. “They’re deﬁnitely focusing their energy on getting bands in there, keeping it growing, keeping it interesting,” Parent said. And they love every minute
We pride ourselves on the acts that we choose, and we pay a lot of money to get them here. Timexx Seabaugh of it. When they’re not touring with their own bands, J.J. and Timexx are at Pitters booking bands, working sound and eating their mom’s homemade specialty Cherokee Salad in the café. The Seabaughs have put a lot of work into their business in hopes to provide Cape, the “undiscovered music city” as Timexx coined it, a venue with great music potential and awesome entertainment. For further information and show listings, go to Pitters Café and Lounge on Facebook.
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11 ARROW • week of Nov. 2 - 8, 2011
POINT and counterpoint CLASS REGISTRATION BEGINS AT SOUTHEAST
What do you think about Southeast advising and the class registration process? Chair: Preparation is the key
Student: Process is inefﬁcient
Dr. Tammy Baldwin
Mass Media Department Chair
Political Science Major
Two students I advised in the past are on my mind right now. One was a young man who graduated in the mid-1980s who came to advising empty-handed, sat down and said, “Tell me what I need to do to get out of here.” The other one graduated in 2009 and came to our appointment with her degree audit, a color-coded chart she used to track her progress through all of the requirements for her degree, a tentative schedule of courses and a few alternate courses in case her ﬁrst choices were unavailable. After our session, she emailed me her color-coded chart to share with other advisees if I thought it might be helpful. I remember these two so well only because of their wildly different approaches to their academic preparation. Most advisees over the years have fallen somewhere between these two extremes, and most, thank goodness, have been active participants in the process. However, I’ve advised some students in the past who could have avoided frustrations had they been a bit more engaged. With them in mind, I offer the following unsolicited advice from an adviser’s perspective: Follow whatever process your department uses and get advised and get your Alternate PIN Number ASAP. Do this before your priority registration date (found at http://www.semo. edu/pdf/Registrar_PriorityRegistrationDatesSpring01_2011. pdf ), and enroll for classes the ﬁrst minute you can. This maximizes your chances of getting the schedule you want. Own this process and know more about your degree and your progress in it than anyone else in the world. Bring relevant materials with you in a folder marked “My Degree,” including a list of questions you need to ask. Take notes on what you hear. Follow through and pay for your classes by the university’s deadline for payment. Students are often strangely surprised when their schedule for the upcoming semester is cancelled when they fail to make a payment on time. Someone else will snap up your seat the instant it shows up as available. Too bad for you. Do not procrastinate. The university is making huge efforts to be ﬁscally responsible, and ensuring that the classes offered are sufﬁciently enrolled is one of these efforts. If an undergraduate class fails to have 15 students enrolled in it, it runs the risk of being cancelled. Often there are plenty of students who intended to enroll in a course but just hadn’t gotten around to it. Big mistake. Tough decisions about cancelling low-enrolled courses are made by department chairs well in advance of the beginning of a semester, and students have been disappointed when a class they need has been dropped from the schedule. Don’t be the person who caused this. Use the boatload of resources available to you. Find out if your department uses a waiting-list system for full classes, and if it does, monitor it regularly. DegreeWorks, available through Banner, allows you try on possible majors or minors to see what you’d need to complete them. Each college’s advising center has devoted and highly trained personnel ready to assist. The Registrar’s Ofﬁce provides critically important information about all kinds of things, such as transfer credit conversion, commencement and graduation, to name a few. Career Linkages has information not only about CL 001-004 requirements, but also about internships, the job search and interviewing, among other topics. Use all of the resources available — they exist to help you.
In the summer of 2009, similar to a baby being ejected from the womb, I was thrown into the unfamiliar, intimidating environment known as college. The feeling of helplessness was never greater than when being herded into a computer lab and forced to pick classes at my First STEP Orientation. I was given a sheet of paper and told “go.” Aside from the one elderly woman shufﬂing around between 50 of us, I was alone. I relied on luck, neighbors and a paper saying that I had to take a few certain classes. Two hours later I was both physically and mentally more exhausted than I could ever remember. This was my ﬁrst time, and what I was hoping to be my last time ever, to pick classes online. Unfortunately this mass confusion happens not only once, but twice a year. Twice a year we are forced to ﬁnd our adviser hiding somewhere on campus to get a little four-digit code, and to have them ask you awkwardly, “Am I your adviser?” In fact, I can’t remember ever hearing one person say, “I just had a great meeting with my adviser,” or, “Wow, that was really helpful,” while not joking. After completing the journey to ﬁnd their code, students have the task of enrolling in their classes online. This is where students’ true colors show. Some plan out what classes they want before they even go on this journey. Others wake up the morning of, asking their roommate, “When do we pick classes?” I personally would love to be the student that sets up their classes weeks in advance, but I cannot. I am a sophomore with a last name starting with “W.” SEMO has some pattern they use that has A-M pick ﬁrst fall semester and then N-Z pick ﬁrst the spring semester. Sounds fair right? Well somehow I always get to pick last with this system. This means that I will not get into some classes until possibly my senior year. This includes, most importantly, classes that are needed for my major. And in my department, some classes are offered only once a year. This creates frustration for numerous students. Overall I believe that SEMO’s process enrolling for classes should be reﬁned.
In fact, I can’t remember ever hearing one person say, ‘I just had a great meeting with my adviser,’ or, ‘Wow, that was really helpful,’ while not joking.
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ENDOWMENT named for former professor MASS MEDIA DEPARTMENT TO BENEFIT FROM $90,000 DONATION Tina Eaton Managing Editor
A poet, a professor, a philosopher and a personality, Herb Taylor’s legacy continues to live through the Herb and Peggy Taylor Endowment for Excellence in Media Communications thanks to the dedication of a former student. Taylor, who died in 2004, was a professor at Southeast Missouri State University from 1975 to 1990. He taught Introduction to Broadcasting, Survey of Mass Communication and Radio Practicum. He also served as the ﬁrst station manager at Southeast’s listener-supported radio station KRCU when he helped launch it in 1976. Taylor knew Walter Cronkite and was asked to appear before the U.S. Senate to share his opinion on cable television’s affect on America. Along with fellow media professional Fred Wyman, he started one of the earliest national access television stations. In his 20s he also appeared in commercials and talk shows and as different characters on live television during its earlier years. Jim Riley, Taylor’s former student and founder of the Taylor Endowment, remembers the media expert fondly. “My ﬁrst semester, I remember one of my earliest experiences, walking down the hall and seeing a handwritten note that said ‘To the best of my knowledge and belief this station will sign on March 19, 1976,’ and I hardly got out of the Harold O. Grauel Building after that,” Riley said. Riley worked at KRCU during his years at Southeast and
developed a close connection with Taylor. The two became close friends, and Riley calls Taylor one of his biggest mentors. “I hope most people ﬁnd themselves attracted to a certain instructor or set of classes and they’re inspired by it and can hardly get enough of it,” Riley said. “I hope that happens to everybody in college, it certainly happened to me.” Riley went into college undecided about what to study. He said Taylor’s passion, commitment to the development of media and a mutual love for the Beatles attracted him to the professor and eventually communication as a career path. Around 1981, the two went into business together. They, along with Clint Hasse and Scott Reese, founded Red Letter Communications, Inc. Riley now serves as CEO at the marketing company, Hasse and Reese left to pursue other ventures. He enjoys the freedom of working in every medium and with a wide range of customers, from local to national, selling anything from outdoor power equipment to education. In honor of Taylor’s contributions to mass communication, Riley developed the idea behind the Taylor Endowment. According to Angela Wilson, Director of Development for the College of Liberal Arts at the Southeast Missouri University Foundation, there is almost $90,000 in the fund thanks to the support of the Riley family and Taylor’s close associates. “We coordinate and
collaborate with the donor and the department of mass media to implement the different aspects of the endowment, as well as acquiring additional support to grow the endowment with the goal of assisting as many students as possible with scholarships, career mentoring and professional networking,” Wilson said. “We are so appreciative of Jim Riley and his family for all they are doing to support our Southeast students.” The foundation hopes to grow the fund to $200,000 through contributions from Southeast alumni, former mass communication students and those who were impacted by Taylor. The money will go toward students in the mass media department, backing scholarships and internships as well as providing students with networking and mentoring opportunities. The Taylor Endowment was launched Oct. 22 and money may be awarded as soon as the spring 2012 semester. Along with the endowment comes the Herb and Peggy Taylor Memorial Lecture Series, the ﬁrst of which will be at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 30 in Rose Theatre. Riley will be the ﬁrst speaker. “He really inﬂuenced a lot of lives for the better, whether they pursued careers in media or not, and I think that’s what college is about,” Riley said. “He was very inclusive. He always found room to include people from any background and he inspired people and he encouraged them, so that’s the legacy we’re trying to perpetuate.”
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