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State auditor’s review generally positive Southeast Missouri State University received ‘good’ rating but improvements were suggested Dan Fox Editor

The Missouri State Auditor’s Office released an audit of Southeast Missouri State University on Feb. 7 that gave praise overall, but also pointed out a few areas that may need improvement. Since state auditor Thomas A. Schweich took office in January of 2011, the auditor’s office has given one of four ranks to institutions: excellent, good, fair and poor. To get an excellent rating, the auditor’s office cannot find any points of contention with the entity audited. “It’s nigh impossible to be excellent,” deputy state auditor Harry Otto said. “There are very few excellents that we hand out. Last year I think there might have been one or two, and they weren’t for higher education

institutions. There are so many things, so many facets that we always think can be improved on.” Southeast received the good rating, meaning the auditors that looked at the university for over nine months found Southeast to be well managed. Southeast president Dr. Kenneth W. Dobbins said that the audit reflects on the work that the university’s staff and faculty do. “What this says is that our faculty and staff are very conscientious,” Dobbins said. “They do things by regulation and by statute, and they’re proud of what they do.” The findings were broken into a list of 11 categories where the auditors felt Southeast could improve. According to Otto, the audit mostly analyzes management and procedures, as well as the university’s control on the taxpayers’ dollars. In one category, the audit questioned Southeast’s practice of paying the fees charged by credit card companies instead of requiring credit card users to pay for them. Approximately $694,000 in fees was absorbed by the university between 2008 and 2010. “When I came in 1991 we had half a million dollars a year put on credit cards,” Dobbins said. “Right now we have more than $16 million a year put on credit cards. Students and parents are using that method of payment to make ends meet.” Otto said that while the practice

does benefit students who pay with a credit card, the university is still incurring a $694,000 expense; Southeast is short that money, and it has to be made up somewhere. “The university, you might say, eats that charge itself,” Otto said. “Our experience with most other universities is they do charge a convenience to the purchaser whenever they use a credit card. That does cost the university.” The audit also covered expenditures made by the university. Over the course of a three-year period, Southeast spent over $60,000 on employee recognition that the audit said “did not appear reasonable or necessary.” “We take that hard line on every place we go,” Otto said. “We’re just questioning the good sense of spending taxpayer dollars for those kinds of recognitions. Most of the time the institution or the auditee will come back and say we feel that it is a worthy expenditure of money and our people need to be recognized to keep the morale up.” Included in that expense are lapel pins, medallions and rocking chairs for longtime or retiring faculty and staff. In its response to the audit, Southeast stated that recognizing its employees for their work is an “important tradition, a prudent expense and a reasonable way to show our appreciation for service to our university and its students.” “That’s just a benefit to make

sure we reward and thank those who do such a good job for us,” Dobbins said. The audit also found that Southeast has been subsidizing a significant portion of the Southeast Missouri University Foundation’s operating expenses. Although it is tied to Southeast, the foundation can’t be funded by taxpayers’ dollars. “They are separate institutions,” Otto said. “It has to stand alone. It should not receive taxpayer money. In some respects they should be at arm’s length. The foundation should not benefit from its relationship with the university.” In response to this finding, Southeast said in the audit that “we believe that the university has not subsidized the Foundation.” The university did say it would perform a time study, which would look at money spent versus hours worked by employees, to determine how much is being given to the foundation. Other categories included administrative transfers, a comprehensive food policy, employment contracts, closed meeting discussions for the Board of Regents’ meetings, management of Show Me Center receipts and information security. Otto said that Southeast’s response to suggestions made in these categories was overall positive and very receptive. The complete audit is available at

Nine awards available for students and organizations 

The Student Life and Leadership Awards program was established to honor students, student organizations and university professionals who support the intellectual, professional, personal, social and cultural needs of the university and community. The program offers a chance to formally recognize those who contribute to student life. The awards include: •President’s Spirit of Southeast Award •Provost Award •Experiential Learning Award •University Contributor Award •First-Year Student Award •Outstanding Student Organization Award •Outstanding Advisor Award •Civic Engagement Award •Student Life Achievement Recognition Award To nominate a person or organization, visit leadership/awards/form.htm. For more information, visit leadership/awards/index.htm. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. March 9. The award ceremony will be at 5 p.m. April 20, in the University Center Ballrooms.

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Despite past troubles, coach and players are confident that they will see improvement Erin Neier Arrow Staff Writer

Southeast Missouri State University women’s tennis coach Mark Elliott is optimistic that the 2012 team will be the most successful team that he has coached in his five years at the school. “I think it would just be great if we could really make him proud this season because I guess he hasn’t had the best of records with his teams,” sophomore tennis player Elizabeth Nyenwe said. “But we’re definitely getting better, and hopefully we will be able to give him more to be proud of.” In his first season coaching at Southeast, Elliott’s team had a record of 11-14, making that his most successful Southeast team. During his time at Southeast he has compiled a record of 22-81. Elliott said that in the past the team has been unable to fill all of its scholarships due to his program’s lack of success. He also said that players have had problems with their fitness levels and lost players due to injuries. “We’ve got the best team that I believe we’ve had since I’ve been here,” Elliott said. “We’ve got a

Laura Garcia, who is one of three members on the team not from the United Kingdom, practices on Friday, Feb. 17. - Photo by Nathan Hamilton healthy team for a change. Usually in the past with the small number that we can afford for tennis, we’ve had some injuries that have hurt our ability to compete. We’re just trying to stay healthy so we’ve got six good players who participate in all our matches.” Elliott said that the team’s

fitness level is going to be important this year and that in its first two matches the Redhawks weren’t as tired as their opponents. “Two days a week we do weight training and then we go two or three days a week to the pool and do water fitness,” Elliot said. “We’re being helped by one of

the young ladies from the soccer team who is rehabilitating and she knows the water fitness really well, so she comes out and helps us out. She’s been fantastic.” The team is 0-2 this season, with a 5-1 loss against Arkansas State and a 4-3 loss against Central Arkansas. “We’re playing some pretty good teams,” Elliott said. “I’ve tried to get the good teams to play against so we can really see how good we are going to be this year. We just played two that were completely funded by full scholarships. That means they’ve got eight players that have full scholarships and we don’t quite have that many. We’ve got about six, so we’re close. I was pretty pleased. Against Arkansas we won our first match ever that we’ve ever played against them.” The Redhawks return Nyenwe, Nikole Novikova, Laura Garcia and Lauren Schaper, and added newcomers Jessica Courtnell, Melissa Martin and Heather Robinson. Nyenwe was ranked fourth in the preseason list of top 10 OVC players, while Novikova was ranked 10th. “I have to win a few matches, not only in singles but doubles as well,” Novikova said. “I’ve been on the team for two years so I have a better idea of what to expect, and it’ll definitely help if I can get out of the singles pool and get us a couple of points.” Southeast will travel to Peoria, Ill. to face South Dakota at 1 p.m. Feb. 25 and Bradley at 2 p.m. Feb. 26.

We’ve got the best team that I believe we’ve had since I’ve been here. Mark Elliott

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BRIEFS Southeast Baseball Redhawks get swept to begin season  The Southeast baseball team

was swept by Dallas Baptist in a three-game series to begin the 2012 season. The Redhawks lost 7-6 and 3-2 in a doubleheader on Friday and lost 3-1 on Saturday in a game that was shortened to five innings due to weather conditions. OVC preseason player of the year Trenton Moses picked up four hits and one RBI in the series. The team will host Indiana UniversityPurdue University Fort Wayne at 3 p.m. Friday at Capaha Field for the first game of a three-game series.

Southeast Men’s Basketball Redhawks lose BracketBuster game  The Southeast men’s basketball

team lost its ESPN BracketBuster game at the Southland Conference-leading McNeese State on Saturday. Guard Nick Niemczyk led Southeast in scoring with 18 points and shot 50 percent from the field in the 74-61 loss. Southeast will conclude its regular season on the road Thursday at Jacksonville State and on Saturday at Austin Peay. The team is in third place in the OVC with a 9-5 conference record.

Local fighters to be on display at A.C. Brase Arena Spencer Michelson Arrow Staff Writer

Mixed martial arts is not boxing. The only similarity between the two is that each opponent punches one another. MMA fighters can use different martial arts techniques that allow for a fighter to both kick and punch. Fighters can also force submissions, which allow a fighter to pin an opponent to the ground for a designated amount of time to win. The fights take place in an octagonal cage instead of a four-sided ring. The A.C. Brase Arena will host the Devastation Fight Night, a mixed martial arts event, on Feb. 25. “This is the sixth year we have been in Cape,” Devastation Fight Club promoter Paul Farwiq said. “There’s going to be four [fight nights] this year.” Devastation Fight Night is on Feb. 25, and there will also be fights on May 4, Sept. 29 and Dec. 1. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the Feb. 25 event, and the fights will start at 8 p.m. There will be 13 amateur-level fights that will be three rounds long, with each round lasting three minutes. “The fight scene has really

picked up since I’ve been having fights [in Cape Girardeau],” Farwiq said. “There wasn’t one gym in MMA, now there are five or six.” Justin Murphy, an MMA fighter taking part in the event, has enjoyed the sport since he was a kid and watched it with his friends. Now the 28-yearold takes part in the sport that he idealized as a kid. “It was never big enough for it to be something to learn around here, it wasn’t easily accessible,” Murphy said. “You would have to move to a big city. But now since it’s grown so much and gotten so big, it’s more accessible.” Murphy has been training as an MMA fighter since last February. He decided to drop his weight from 230 to 205 pounds for his fight. Murphy said that it is not uncommon in MMA that fighters decide to drop or gain weight in order to qualify for as many fights as possible. Amateur level MMA fighters want to fight as often as possible to try to become a professional fighter. “At an amateur level, people tend to take on more fights anyway because they want to be seen and get their records higher,” Murphy said. According to Murphy, the worse part about training is the dieting he has to go through. He eats five or six small meals per day. “I like to eat all the stuff everyone else likes to eat … I like cake, I like greasy hamburgers and pizza and all that stuff just as much as anybody else,” Murphy said.

Devastation Fight Night is scheduled for May 4, Sept. 29 and Dec. 1. - Photo illustration by Kelso Hope Murphy also likes stepping into the cage due to the respect among fighters. “This is a mutual thing, me and the other guy know what we are going to do, we agreed upon it. Whenever we are done, what’s beautiful about this, is half the time we hug and give a ‘Hey thanks, good job,’” Murphy said. “It stays in the ring.” The AC Brase Arena is located at 410 Kiwanis Drive. For tickets and more information call 573-339-6440.

The fight scene has really picked up since I’ve been having fights. Paul Farwiq

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HIGH school students showcase art ARTISTS CAN WIN SCHOLARSHIPS FOR THEIR WORK Ashley Books Arrow Staff Writer

Students from various high schools in southern Illinois and southeast Missouri have been working for several weeks to create their pieces for the 34th Annual High School Art Exhibition. The exhibit in the Rosemary Berkel & Harry L. Crisp II Museum at the River Campus includes artwork in various forms, including sculpture, ceramics, photography, printmaking, mixed media, drawing, fibers or painting. Contestant Heather Gillock chose to do a drawing of herself at a young age, which took her approximately a week to finish. “I was looking through old pictures in my family’s photo album, and I saw this picture,” Gillock said. “I thought it would be a really good picture to do because that was one thing I used to do when I was little was pull Kleenexes out of a tissue box.” High school student Brooke Baugher went through a longer and more tedious process to finish her fiber piece, which involved working one to two hours every day for four to five weeks. “You had to wax a piece of white fabric, throw it in a dye, wax over the color you wanted to keep, put it in more dye and then when the waxing and coloring process was done, you had to iron out the wax,” Baugher said. Kassie Schlatweiler used her own emotions to create a drawing of a woman being grabbed in different directions by multiple hands. “At the time I was going

Above: Artists, students, teachers and parents examine the exhibit in the Crisp Museum. Right: Kassie Schlatweiler used her feelings of being pulled in different directions as inspiration for her painting. - Photos by Paul Stokes (above) and Dan Fox (right)

through a, for lack of a better term, desperate part of my life, and I kind of felt like I was being pulled in a bunch of different directions,” Schlatweiler said. “I thought, what better way to express that than to put multiple hands around a picture.” Artists were not the only ones hard at work for this exhibit. Juror Terrance Thomure spent time reviewing submitted pieces and deciding what artwork would go in the show. “Each artist brings their feelings and ideas to their work, which must be combined with technical proficiency in the use of their selected medium,” Thomure said in his juror statement. “My process for selecting the works for the exhibit begins with observing the work and looking for skillful use of the medium combined with creativity and a sense of good composition. I also try to

find diversity in each category.” Southeast art instructor Carol Horst and a team of Southeast art students also have spent time preparing for the exhibit. “The art education students helped with all aspects of the exhibit,” Horst said. “They collected and documented the incoming artworks, assisted the juror in the jurying process, assisted in the installation of the exhibit and assisted with the opening reception.” After all the preparation, the exhibit opened with a reception on Feb. 12. Contestants used that time to show their work to their families and award winners were announced. Ashley Cusick won featured artist for her clay sculpture. She recieved a scholarship to attend an art academy workshop in a medium of her choice during the summer.

“I didn’t even know about it until I got the award, but all the workshops look really cool,” Cusick said. “All of them kind of benefit to what I like to do as a hobby.” Baugher won the award for best in show, which awarded her a $1,000 scholarship to study art at Southeast. “I had been thinking about double majoring in art, so the scholarship is sort of like the topper on the cake,” Baugher said.

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Though Schlatweiler did not receive an award for her piece, she felt she benefitted from entering the show. “I think it will put me out there,” Schlatweiler said. “I would like to do something with art because I do have a passion for it, so hopefully people will see that in some of my work.” The 34th Annual High School Art Exhibition will be on display until March 11 in the Crisp Museum.


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Eating disorder awareness University Counseling Services will educate on eating disorders Andrew Tyahla Arrow Reporter


Eating Disorders Awareness Week will be Feb. 27 to March 3 at Southeast Missouri State University. The week will involve various events to provide education on eating disorders and how they can be treated. It is run by a joint effort between Health and Human Services, University Counseling Services and the Student Dietetic Association. “Eating disorders are prevalent on college campuses and usually highly secretive,” Linda Vogelsang, counselor at Southeast, said. “So the need for information and education is great.” The first of the events is an expert panel on the subject of eating disorders at 5 p.m. Feb. 28 in Crisp Hall 125. Vogelsang and Theresa Chesnut, lead eating disorder therapist at Castlewood Treatment Center, will discuss how disorders can be prevented and treated, as well as how to intervene. Some of the topics include if eating disorders are inheritable and if anyone can develop one. A panel on recovery from disorders will start at 6 p.m. Feb. 28 in Crisp 125. Individuals who have dealt with eating disorders will discuss their experiences and how they cope with them in the present. Afterward, Vogelsang will facilitate a question and answer period. Some of the questions that frequently come up are when the speakers recognized

their problems and what is the hardest part of recovery. “The recovery panel is my favorite event because it offers hope and understanding for those people suffering with an eating disorder,” Vogelsang said. Southeast professor of psychology Dr. Shawn Guiling, will present the documentary “America the Beautiful,” which addresses the American pursuit of being thin and considered beautiful at noon Feb. 29 in Crisp 125. Guiling will also lead a discussion of the film and answer any questions. Tori Vanpool, a counselor at Southeast, will lead a discussion on body image, what shapes it and what can be done to keep it positive at 5 p.m. March 1 in Crisp 125. “A lot of the main discussion will be about what body image actually is,” Vanpool said. “There are a lot of outside factors. The media heavily influences the way we view ourselves.” The week will conclude with a 5K run/walk at 7:30 a.m. March 3 at Capaha Park Shelter No.1 to support the National Eating Disorders Awareness Committee. Students wishing to participate may sign up at www. University Counseling Services will offer anonymous eating disorder screenings for 30 minutes prior to and after each event. Screenings will also be available from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 27 in the Student Recreation Center-North. The screening tool was researched

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The Pajama Game

Eating disorders are prevalent on college campuses and usually highly secretive. Linda Vogelsang

and published by the National Eating Disorders Association. “Basically, it asks a whole range of questions,” Vanpool said. “Some of the questions pertain to actual food intake, exercise level, eating habits, whether you’re overeating or restricting eating. Really, it covers a broad range of behaviors and we tabulate the results and calculate a score. That tells us if someone needs a referral, maybe for services, maybe a suggestion of some sort of eating disorder concern going on.”

Wednesday, Feb. 22 7:30 p.m. Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall, Cape Girardeau, MO. The dangers of a workplace romance are explored to hysterical effect in this Tony Awardwinning romantic musical comedy. Conditions at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory are anything but peaceful as sparks fly between new superintendent Sid Sorokin and Babe Williams, leader of the union grievance committee.

Cape Girardeau, MO. The 34th Annual High School Art Exhibition, “Exhibiting Excellence,” will open Feb. 12. This exhibit will showcase the artistic talent of junior and senior high school students from southern Illinois and southeast Missouri. This exhibit will run through March 11.

Open Mic

Wednesday, Feb. 22 9 p.m. Pitter’s Cafe and Lounge, Cape Girardeau, MO. Pitter’s Cafe and Lounge hosts an open mic night every Wednesday.

Flutist and Composer Ian Clarke

Thursday, Feb. 23 7:30 p.m. Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall, Cape Girardeau, MO. Ian Clarke, one of the leading player/

composers in the flute world, will perform in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

Kent Library Athenaeum Event—I am a Woman: A 21st Century Perspective of Sojourner Truth’s Ain’t I a Woman Speech

Wednesday, Feb. 22 Noon - 1 p.m. Sadie’s Place, Kent Library, Cape Girardeau, MO. This is a poignant look at how society and gender biases still plague all women. In this talk, Dr. Hill-Carter will look at the six themes that are eloquently spoken at the 1800s Akron’s Women’s Convention. Those themes are religion, politics, women’s issues, education, independence and self-concept/image.

Exhibiting Excellence

Wednesday, Feb. 22 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum,

Great Outdoors Sports Show Friday, Feb. 24 5 - 9 p.m. Show Me Center, Cape Girardeau, MO. KGMO 100.7 is sponsoring this show. There will be a wide variety of exhibitors for the sports/outdoors enthusiast. Admission is $5; children 6 and under are free.

‘Grab Your Balls’ dodgeball tournament

Sunday, Feb. 26 2 p.m. Student Recreation Center North, Cape Girardeau, MO. The American Cancer Society is seeking dedicated dodgeball teams for the upcoming “Grab Your Balls” dodgeball tournament put on by Colleges Against Cancer of Southeast Missouri State University. Students are seeking community support in creating awareness for prostate cancer.

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Learning from South Korea’s classrooms and culture Savanna Maue Arrow Staff Writer


iding on the back of an elephant through the mountains of Thailand is not an opportunity many Americans will ever experience, but Southeast Missouri State University junior Rebecca Kehe did just that during her international trip that began in the summer of 2010. Kehe developed an interest in traveling to East Asia after her first year of school at Southeast. She went to the International Education Services office to ask about taking a semester to study abroad somewhere in Asia. Kehe enrolled at Soonchunhyang University in Asan, South Korea, in August of 2010. She attended school there until December of 2011. SCH allows students from Southeast to take courses for credit at the university while still paying normal tuition for Southeast. Kehe also received a scholarship to cover the cost of airfare, room and board and provide $120 a week for food

and other living expenses. “This made it a lot more affordable to study abroad, and it gave me the opportunity to use other scholarship or financial-aid money that I had to travel,” Kehe said. She lived in an apartmentstyle dormitory on campus with 11 Korean students. They lived two to a bedroom and shared a common living space. The bathrooms were different from those in the United States because the showers didn’t have walls to separate the shower from the rest of the bathroom. The water just runs down the tile wall and floor and into a central drain. “But it’s really easy to clean,” Kehe said. “You just turn the shower head on and spray everything down.” Kehe’s roommates were fluent in English writing and grammar but lacked some basic conversation skills. Kehe often had conversations with students to help them become more comfortable orally expressing themselves. She spent an hour a week with

about 15 different Korean students helping them improve their English and answering questions they had about the United States. In return she brought questions to them ranging from her Korean classes to how to order a simple meal. “Every day was a learning experience,” Kehe said. “You would be like ‘How can I order my food?’ You would ask a Korean friend and they would tell you, then you would know how to order your food. It was just a constant uphill battle, but I liked it because I was constantly challenged.” South Korean meals consist of many different types of rice and soups, and a lot of dishes have red chili pepper in them. “I didn’t really like red chili pepper when I first came there, but then when I was faced with every single soup being bright red from chili peppers and every vegetable being covered in chili pepper paste, you kind of have to learn to like it,” Kehe said. Some popular American foods, such as KFC, Baskin Robbins, McDonalds and pizza,

were also available in Korea. But even with those Kehe still had to get used to a few things. “College students in Korea loved pizza,” Kehe said. “And they would be excited to eat it with me to remind me of home, but their pizza in relation to ours was very different. They would put squid, shrimp, sweet potatoes and corn as their toppings. It was definitely something you had to get used to.” Kehe observed an extreme commitment to perfection in academics and appearance while so closely living with students in South Korea. Studying for their future is one of the most stressful times in a young South Korean’s life. Kehe knew a student who would study from 6 a.m. to midnight for her college level entrance test. This singular test decides the student’s college and ultimately the course of their life. “If you bomb the test you had to wait a whole year to take it again. They do allow that, but you have to set your whole life back a year. It’s so stressful,” Kehe said. Suicide rates escalate as the test date draws nearer, and Kehe was

unfortunate enough to experience the death of a fellow student. This particular student jumped from the top story of her building. “She was in the dorm across the street from me, but I didn’t hear or see anything till my friends called me and said ‘Don’t go outside right now, they’re cleaning up the student’,” Kehe said. “You know this girl who committed suicide must have been suicidal for a very long time,” Kehe said. “Her friends would spend their time around the clock watching her. At the time she jumped one of her friends had gone down to get her dinner and had only been gone a few minutes. It’s just shocking how much pressure is put on students to perform well in school and basically be perfect.” Because perfection is such an important trait in Korean culture, admittance of suicidal thoughts or eating disorders is nearly unheard of. It is common to ignore the issue or deal with it privately. “The whole concept that everyone must be perfect and everyone must strive for that perfection is so ingrained in

the culture that people are afraid to go get help if they needed it,” Kehe said. Living with so many other girls, Kehe saw how hard it was for them to struggle for perfection. “I was having a pretty big issue with one of my Korean friends last semester,” Kehe said. “She had broken up with her boyfriend because he had said that she was ugly, and she thought she was ugly because she was fat. “This girl weighed 100 pounds and she thought that she needed to lose 10 pounds. She had another friend who was considered curvy in Korea, but by American standards would be considered a normal weight. But, because she was Korean, she thought she was so big that she would never find a husband.” Kehe described the situation as being “really sad,” and recalled saying “Girl, you need to go to America. You will find some American who loves your curves.” During the summer and winter breaks Kehe travelled all over Asia. She visited the Beijing palace where Chinese kings resided for almost 2000 years

and saw Tiananmen Square and the resting place of Chairmen Mao. She backpacked and rode elephants through the mountains of Thailand, experienced Thai and Burmese cultures and visited an elephant sanctuary. During the holidays Kehe celebrated the new year in Japan and rode on trains that reached speeds of up to 120 miles per hour. She toured Hong Kong, Bangkok and Taiwan and visited the Demilitarized Zone between the two Koreas, which she found particularly interesting. Kehe said along the border between North and South Korea there were huge satellites that blocked phone, television, Internet and all other outside communication between the two. North Korea is a communist country and South Korea is a republic, so the two severed all civilian communication years ago. “It’s so sophisticated the amount of thought that goes behind making sure their people don’t know anything,” Kehe said. “It’s kind of evil in a way.” On the last week of Kehe’s stay in South Korea a monumental

event occurred in North Korea – their leader Kim Jong Il died. “People were kind of nervous in a way,” Kehe said. “They were very anxious about it. The president didn’t issue any kind of statement about it, and everyone was just very cautious of what was going to happen next.” Her time in Asia helped Kehe develop a new perspective on life. She described her trip as “a very eye-opening experience.” “I was also very surprised how open people were,” Kehe said. “Like when I met this girl from Indonesia — I had thought that their Muslim culture would make them very conservative, but then I discovered that this friend was more open and outgoing than all those assumptions. She was more liberal in that way, in her thoughts, than I was. “I had met people from different countries who I had had pre-conceived notions about, like their country and what the people were like,” Kehe said. “After interacting with them and learning all these things about them it changed a lot of my ideas. I learned to keep my eyes open.”

Rebecca Kehe studied abroad in South Korea for 16 months. While in Asia, she visited Japan, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Beijing, Taiwan, Thailand and the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea. - Photos courtesy of Rebecca Kehe

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Faculty member Jason Lipe talks social media Privacy issues regarding Facebook and other popular social media sites will be focus of presentation Callie Leitterman Arrow Reporter


cademic Support Centers regularly sponsors college success and financial responsibility seminars. These seminars focus on enhancing the academic achievement and education attainment of all students. They have programs and services for unrepresented populations and academically at-risk students. Jason Lipe, the associate director of programs and technology at Recreation Services, will present the “Keeping Your Digital Footprint Clean” seminar at noon on Feb. 29 in the University Center Redhawks Room. The seminar will discuss what information students should and shouldn’t share on social media sites, as well as inform about privacy settings on these sites. Lipe thinks it is important for every student to use these sites with responsibility, since their future might rest upon how they use them. Seminars like this one are offered at noon every Wednesday in the UC Redhawks Room. Students can refer to the portal for updates on the different topics of the seminars.

What does the title “Keeping Your Digital Footprint Clean” mean? Lipe: Since so many students use social media, they need to keep their brand clean, making sure they represent themselves in a positive manner. Such things like

Even though their settings might be set to private, their information can still be accessed. Jason Lipe

Students should be careful about what they post on Facebook and other social media sites. not posting any inappropriate pictures and put anything that would deteriorate their character on the website would describe ways to keep their sites clean.

Why would you suggest a student attend this seminar? Lipe: Students need to understand the privacy settings on particular sites. Even though their settings might be set to private, their information can still be accessed. The organizations that run the sites, their settings change on an ongoing basis, which may make the information public while students are unaware of it. Students seeking out for jobs or admission to a particular university don’t realize that they do look into the social media to determine if they will hire or accept a student.

What main points will you discuss at the seminar? Lipe: Some students might not know what kind of pictures is

inappropriate, so there will be elaboration on which ones are. Things that should not be on a student’s website that could harm their character will be discussed, as well as the positive things about social media, like how to market your brand.

Why do you think this topic is important? Lipe: A lot of people don’t use or know about the features on the sites, like Facebook. It is important for students to get the do’s and don’t’s of using the sites.

If a student cannot attend the seminar, is there anything they can do to still get the information? Lipe: I will record the seminar so students can listen to it. I also am using a powerpoint that I will make available to students. Students can contact me at 573-986-7391 or by email

Social media sites like Twitter present a danger of overexposing personal information for unwary people.

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Austin Bell: “I don’t like that they’ve put so much emphasis on her death when we don’t even give the ones who fight for our country a fraction of that attention.”

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Roman Leontiev is the Russian orchestra’s conductor. The selections will include famous compositions by Tschaikowski, Glazunov and Rachmaninoff. - Submitted photo

also works with many genres of music and has received widespread popularity. Dr. Sarah Edgerton, the director of the Southeast Missouri University Orchestra, said she is excited about the event and that it will benefit her students in the music department. “The students will be able to learn a lot from seeing and hearing a Russian orchestra,” Edgerton said. “Each country

has its own style, and it will be interesting to hear their style. They will be playing wonderful music by great composers.” The Cape Girardeau community can take part in this cultural experience along with all students at Southeast, not only those in the music department. “Because of Southeast’s commitment to present the absolute best of the performing arts, the entire community we

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serve will have an opportunity to see and hear, in their own backyard, a stellar orchestra for which they would normally have to travel hours,” Cerchio said. In addition to the Tschaikowski St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, the Golden Dragon Acrobats and the Moscow Festival Ballet will perform at the River Campus this semester. “It shows that SEMO is becoming a center for arts,”

Edgerton said. “It will be appealing to everyone.” The Tschaikowski St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at the River Campus. Depending on seating, tickets are $39 or $45 for the general public and student tickets can be purchased for half price. Tickets are available at the River Campus box office or online at


After performing in some of the premier performing arts centers from New York to Florida, the historic Tschaikowski St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra is bringing its music to Southeast Missouri State University. “Each year we bring in world-class arts performances — everything from Broadway musicals to international cultural groups to ballet and, of course, symphonies,” said Bob Cerchio, assistant director of the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts. “Like all world-class orchestras, this ensemble tours throughout the world, not just the U.S., and we were fortunate to be able to secure this date on an already-established tour.” The Russian orchestra’s conductor is Roman Leontiev, and its performance at Southeast will include selections from famous composers such as Tschaikowski, Glazunov and Rachmaninoff. The group was founded following World War II and has been performing around the world ever since. “Longevity certainly speaks to the value of a symphony,” Cerchio said. “But more important is the quality of their performances and that they have been able to maintain and improve upon that quality over that longevity.” The orchestra’s repertoire includes music ranging from early Baroque composers such as Vivaldi, Bach and Handel to more contemporary compositions from the late 20th century. It

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Proposition 8 ruling ramifications Two students say that the ruling was a step in the right direction


How important do you think the Proposition 8 ruling in California was? Proposition 8 was a California law banning gay marriage that was overturned recently by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

I can’t wait for the day I can legally marry the man of my dreams and call myself his husband.

James Francis President of the Gay/Straight Alliance at Southeast


Proposition 8 was a huge obstacle for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. We had won marriage equality in California, and it was a pivotal moment. Then all of our hard work, our hopes and our dreams were crushed with the passing of Proposition 8. It banned same-sex marriage where it was just legalized, and it set our cause back a few years. Recently, a glimmer of hope was found. A 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional and that it was just there to hinder the rights of the LGBT community. That, to me, is the best news I have received in a long time. I believe that, yes, the ruling was a great first step, but it isn’t the end. The Supreme Court must still agree on a ruling as well before Proposition 8 is completely gone. If the Supreme Court rules in favor of Proposition 8 then we would be forced to return to the drawing board. However, I have my thoughts that this ruling is the first of many to come. There are even states right now, all across the nation, that are starting to vote on same-sex marriage. I believe that one day any LGBT couple will be able to get married freely. I want to

However, what the ruling did do that I think is important, especially if this decision goes to the Supreme Court ... is that it upheld that the word “marriage” could and should be applied to same-sex unions.

be able to marry the person I love, and right now I can’t just because I am different. I could move to a state that currently allows same-sex marriage, but I shouldn’t have to. It is my dream to one day have a huge wedding and invite my whole family to see me marry the man I love. I just wish I wouldn’t have to worry about same-sex marriage being banned again. It will always be a struggle, and we may not always win. The passing of Proposition 8 is a prime example. It could happen in other states, however then the federal ruling could also happen and change it. This ruling may only be a small step, but it is a step in the right direction. It is a step toward a better future for our country, a future that won’t be won easily, but this ruling restores my faith in humanity. The ruling restores my faith that when given the opportunity we human beings will help one another out. Even here in Missouri we are fighting for same-sex marriage and other LGBT-related causes. We are even seeing some wins such as domestic partnership registries in some municipalities of St. Louis and in Columbia. Like I said, the world is changing, and to me it is changing for the better. There will always be people against same-sex marriage, but as we have seen, that can change. I can’t wait for the day I can legally marry the man of my dreams and call myself his husband.

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When the courts in California ruled Prop 8 unconstitutional, I believe it was a step in the right direction for marriage equality in this country, but I think it was a very small step. The thing to remember is that the ruling just found the proposition itself unconstitutional, it did not rule on whether or not same-sex couples had the right to marry. In fact, the judges made a note of pointing out that fact in their ruling. However, what the ruling did do that I think is important, especially if this decision goes to the Supreme Court and they rule the same way, is that it upheld that the word “marriage” could and should be applied to same-sex unions. And I think that is very important. One of the biggest sticking points in the gay marriage debate is the right to call the union between members of the same sex

“marriage.” There are some states that ban marriage between gays and lesbians but allow civil unions. If this case is indicative of how things in the debate will play out years down the line, it is a good decision to look to when moving forward. The part that makes me happiest and gives me hope is that these judges, in the ruling, pointed out that making gays and lesbians call what they have a civil union while every straight couple gets to call it a marriage shows a societal bias against members of the LGBT community and that violates the Equal Protection Cause of the 14th Amendment. I really don’t want to belittle this ruling because it is a nice show of support toward the gay and lesbian community, but it is not a huge victory and there are many battles to be fought and a seemingly never ending maze of ballots and court rulings before true equality exists in this country. The Prop 8 ruling was just one small step in the right direction. But on the road to equality, even one small step gets us moving.

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Southeast Missouri State University’s Recreation Services will host a smoking cessation program to help those who are struggling to overcome an addiction to smoking and nicotine. Each semester the program reaches out to motivate students across the Southeast campus that are ready to quit smoking. Dr. Takeshi Fujii, the assistant director of Recreation Services, will educate individuals on the harmful affects of smoking as well as enlighten them on new ways of sustaining a healthier lifestyle. According to the American Lung Association website, 392,000 people die every year from tobacco-caused disease, making it the leading cause of preventable death, while 50,000 people die due to exposure to secondhand smoke. The American Lung Association website also says that the freedom from smoking program has been ranked the most effective smoking cessation program, and 60 percent of participants have reported that they have quit smoking by the end of their last session. “We started offering the program as we moved to a restricted smoking campus as part of wellness program offerings for those who are interested in quitting,” Fujii said. “As a part of the Smoking Policies and Procedures Committee, I also think it is essential to provide the Southeast community with resources that help them

The smoking cessation program helps wean smokers into a smoke-free lifestyle through an eight-week program. - Photo illustration by Kelso Hope end on a positive note and lead a healthy lifestyle.” The smoking cessation program will be a small-group setting so that each individual can get the attention they need. Participants will have support of their peers who are going through the same cycle at the same time. The curriculum will include information about different nicotine products such as types of nasal sprays, gum, nicotine patches and other smoking cessation medications. Eating a well-balanced diet and

drinking plenty of water will also be a topic in the agenda for the program. Ways of reducing stress to better the individual’s mood and energy levels will be demonstrated in class as well. “I would like people who are interested in quitting their tobacco use to participate in this program because it will provide great educational information, resources and support,” Fujii said. As a joint effort in the smoking cessation program, staff from SoutheastHEALTH will be utilized to help develop a plan of action

for individuals that need help in managing their cravings and strengthening their goals by becoming smoke-free. “Change can be difficult, but any change always starts with a small step,” Fujii said. As individuals keep attending classes without smoking, withdrawal symptoms and desires for a smoke may occur. The smoking cessation program tries to counteract this by offering counseling and lectures about taming people’s behaviors so that they don’t control them

psychologically and physically. The smoking cessation program will start at 12:15 p.m. March 1. Each weekly session will be held on Thursday and will last until April 19. Classes will be held at the Student Recreation Center - North Room 107. The program will be free to Southeast faculty, staff and students. Visit to get more information about the American Lung Association’s objective and what the smoking cessation program is about.

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