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Growing campus


River Campus will extend with new building. + ​


Regents approve expansion plans HANNAH PARENT STAFF WRITER

Southeast Missouri State University’s Board of Regents has approved a plan to construct a new residential and academic building at the River Campus. According to Kathy Mangels, vice president of Finance and Administration, the new building will be an L-shaped building running east and west parallel with Morgan Oak Street, and north and south on the same site line as the existing Seminary Building. Mangels said the plan for the proposed building features a choral rehearsal classroom, three sectional music classrooms, storage space for musical instruments and a choral library. The first floor will include a dance studio. The practice dance floor is currently located in Parker gymnasium located on the main campus. When the new building is constructed this will be moved to the River Campus. The floor plan also calls for specialized classroom space needed by the Department of Theatre and Dance for accreditation purposes. Doyle Privett, the president of the Board of Regents, said that when the project was first brought to the board’s attention in December 2012, members were interested in pushing the project further because enrollment in the Earl

and Margie Holland School for Visual and Performing Arts has greatly increased since the River Campus opened its doors in 2007. According to Mangels there has been a 73 percent increase in visual and performing arts majors at Southeast since 2003. There were 293 majors declared in fall 2003. By fall 2012, the number of majors had increased to 508. Privett said that for now the project is still in the planning phase, and the financial decisions will be made during the Board of Regents’ next meeting in February. “We already know we have the academic demand,” Mangels said. “Also, theatre, dance and art students lack the building space needed for accreditation. There are still music classes being held in Brandt, and there is a second dance floor on the main campus. There is not enough space on the River Campus for students to meet their academic needs.” Mangels said that Southeast has deferred students who are interested in enrolling in the Visual and Performing Arts program for lack of space and she feels that the proposed building will alleviate this problem. Mangels said construction of the new building is projected to cost 23.6 million dollars and will include a 120-space parking lot. “The building will be divided into two parts to fit the needs of the growing

An aerial shot of the proposed plans for the new residence hall and academic buildings. Submitted Photo

Visual and Performing Arts Program,” Mangels said. “The first floor will be an academic space for music, theatre and dance. Then the two top floors will be turned into a residence hall.” Mangels said that students in the field of art need a place where they can have access to academic rooms to practice or work on projects and this building will help accommodate this need. Kirsten Pointer, an illustration major at the River Campus said that when she first started the program a couple years ago, the classes were a healthy size. There were about 17 regular students in her drawing class. “Recently classes have gotten much more crowded,” Pointer said, “Some people have to go without easels in painting, and sometimes you have to squeeze into corners. Other places besides studios are crowded, too. The Food Nook and shuttle buses are usually packed when you have time, or need them most. And you can see people trying to stunt their expressions in dance classes because space is running out, which should not be happening.” Mangels said if the project’s funding is approved, it will be supported through bonds and Southeast should expect to gain revenue from the project. Mangels said that if the financial side of the project is approved, the building should be ready for use by the fall 2014 semester. “It’s been great to see so many people with an interest in the arts,” Pointer said, “but if the number of entrants continues to increase at the rate it has over the past couple of years, the River Campus could become overcrowded. Being exposed to new people and new ideas can only increase a student’s academic growth, but if classes become too crowded, it will stunt our college experience.”

BRIEFS New dean Jenkins appointed dean of College of Health and Human Services Dr. Morris Jenkins has been appointed as the dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Southeast. He will report directly to the provost. He will begin on July 1, replacing Dr. Diana Bruns, who has been acting as the interim dean. The College of Health and Human Services has seven departments he will oversee: aerospace studies, communication disorders, criminal justice and sociology, health, human performance and recreation, human environmental studies, nursing and social work. He will oversee both undergraduates and graduates. He was the chair of the College of Health and Human Services, Department of Criminal Justice and Social Services at the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio.

Accreditation Southeast maintains HLC accreditation through 2019 Southeast has retained its accredited status from the Higher Learning Commission. Southeast has received its accreditation for the next seven years until 2019-2020. Accreditation is important for Southeast. It allows Southeast to continue as an institution and provide students with everything necessary for their educations. Southeast received the accreditation after two members were sent to Southeast by the HLC in September for a Quality Checkup Visit, one of the last steps in the Academic Quality Improvement Program. After the September visit, the members sent their recommendations to the HLC Board, which approved Southeast for reaccreditation.

Artists Southern storytellers to visit Southeast Donald Davis and Dolores Hydock, two comedic storytellers, will perform at the River Campus at 7 p.m. Friday in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall. Tickets are $12 and are available at the River Campus Box Office by calling 573-651-2265 or online at

Theatre ‘A Chorus Line’ arrives at Bedell Southeast will perform “A Chorus Line” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall. The play, a Tony Award-winning musical that received a Pultizer Prize for Drama in 1976, is about 17 dancers who are auditioning for a role on Broadway. Tickets are $49. Tickets can be purchased at the River Campus Box Office or online.

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BRIEFS Men’s Basketball Redhawks on three-game losing streak The Southeast Missouri State University men’s basketball team has lost three straight games to Ohio Valley Conference opponents. The Redhawks lost to Murray State, Belmont and Tennessee State by scores of 74-66, 107-72 and 81-69, respectively. Three Southeast players scored in double digits in their loss against Murray State. A.J. Jones led the Redhawks with 20 points, Tyler Stone finished with 16 and Corey Wilford scored 15. Murray State’s Isaiah Canaan led all scorers with 28 points. Against OVC East opponent Belmont, Stone led the Redhawks with 18 points. Belmont’s Ian Clark and Trevor Noack led all scorers with 30 points apiece. Four Redhawks scored in double figures against Tennessee State. Wilford finished with 15, Nino Johnson had 14, and Nick Niemczyk and Marland Smith each scored 13 points. Tennessee State’s Kellen Thornton led all scorers with 28 points. Southeast is 10-9 overall and 2-3 in OVC play. The Redhawks are in second place in the OVC West Division. The Redhawks’ next games will be against Morehead State and Tennessee Tech at 7 p.m. Thursday and Saturday at the Show Me Center.

Women’s Basketball Redhawks on three-game winning streak The Southeast Missouri State University women’s basketball team is on a three-game winning streak. The Redhawks defeated Austin Peay, Murray State and St. Louis University by scores of 71-57, 70-58 and 59-52, respectively. Against Austin Peay Jordan Hunter led all scorers with 21 points. Brittany Harriel had a season-high 19 points. Bailie Roberts had a career-high 22 points to lead all scorers against Murray State. Hunter led the Redhawks against St. Louis University with 14 points. Roberts reached double digits for the fifth game in a row with 19 points. Southeast has an overall record of 8-8 and is 2-1 in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Redhawks are in second place in the OVC West Division standings. Southeast’s next game is against UT Martin at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Show Me Center.

Taylor Westrick starts her bar routine at the gymnastics meet and greet that was held Friday at Houck Field House. Photo by Nathan Hamilton

Gymnastics team focuses on increasing scores ERIN NEIER EDITOR

The Southeast Missouri State University gymnastics team members have one goal they’re striving for this season: qualify to compete as a team at the NCAA Regional Championship. “We’ve been focusing on a lot of these little things that will then ultimately increase our scores, which is then what gets us into postseason competition,” Southeast gymnastics coach Kristi Ewasko said. “We’ve added some more difficulty into our routines. Routines that didn’t get added difficulty, we’ve made more consistent.” Some of the “little things” the team members have focused on are sticking their landings and hitting handstands on the uneven bars. Ewasko believes the team has the ability to score a team total in the mid194 to high-195 range in each meet and that those scores could be enough to get to regionals. “Granted, we can’t always control the scores,” Ewasko said. “So if our team goes out, we’re hitting our routines the best that we have, like we do in training, then that’s what we’re going to be proud of.” In Division I gymnastics teams are ranked by a regional qualifying score. This score is found by taking each team’s six highest scores and averaging the second through fifth highest scores. Only three of these scores can

be home meets. The teams are then ranked by their average, and the top 36 teams automatically receive a bid to an NCAA regional championship. Since the program moved to Division I, Southeast has competed at regionals six times: in 1992, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2006 and 2008. Two Southeast gymnasts competed at the regional level last season in individual events. Senior Taylor Westrick competed on balance beam and junior Megan Fosnow competed in the all-around. Westrick scored a career-high 9.900 on balance beam, which gave her the opportunity to compete at the NCAA Women’s Gymnastic Championship in Duluth, Ga. She is the only Southeast gymnast that has competed at the championship since Southeast moved to Division I in 1992. She scored a 9.850 on the balance beam and finished 28th out of 85 gymnasts. “I’m going into this year not really thinking about my expectations towards postseason, but more of, ‘I need to go up there and do all that I can do and do my best on each event so that our team can get further this year,’” Westrick said. “So that our team can actually go to regionals this year, and I’m focusing more on putting it toward the team aspect.” Ewasko said that Westrick will compete in at least two events this season, possibly three, or the all-around. All-around competitors compete in each of the four events: balance beam, vault, uneven bars and floor.

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“Emma Garrett will continue to be strong on vault and floor,” Ewasko said. “She actually has a new vault that we’ll be looking to showcase a little bit later this season that we’re excited about. “We have a freshman that will definitely be strong for us, and her name is Taylor Penzien. She’s looking to be a possible all-arounder for us as well.” Southeast also has a new assistant coach, Sarah Shire, who is the balance beam coach. Shire was a four-time all-American during her three years at the University of Missouri. She was also a member of the 2010 Missouri gymnastics team that finished 12th at the NCAA National Championships. “She brings a lot of energy to practices — she’ll bring a lot of energy to the competitions — and between herself and myself we have really meshed well,” Ewasko said. “We are on the exact same page, we have a great vision as to where this team can go and we’re willing to put in all the work and effort to get them there.” The Redhawks’ first meet of the season will be against Lindenwood University at 6 p.m. Friday in St. Charles, Mo. “We have to start out strong,” Westrick said. “We have to start off ready and confident so that we hit our routines because as long as we hit our routines this year, our scores will be there, and I’m guessing we’re going to win a lot more because we’re looking really good.”


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Mike Rokicki, hall director of Merick Hall, works out on the treadmill at the Student Recreation Center-North. Photo by Nathan Hamilton

Hall director getting fit in the new year, hopes to inspire others with blog ERIN NEIER EDITOR

Five mornings a week Mike Rokicki wakes up at 5:30, heads off to the Student Recreation Center-North and works toward his goal of being healthier. The Merick Hall director swims three days a week and does other types of cardio two days a week. He has started to incorporate weight-lifting, too. Last May, Rokicki decided he wanted to lose weight for his wedding, which was in October, and he lost 25 lbs. “After the wedding I said, ‘Let’s keep this going,’” Rokicki said. “I just kind of want to be healthier longterm and watch the weight, watch what I eat. I’m just trying to be healthier longterm and ensure myself a long, healthy life.” Rokicki has lost about 32 pounds so far and doesn’t plan on stopping. He hopes to lose about 80 lbs. and reach his goal weight of 210 lbs. Rokicki sets smaller goals for himself, too, and when he weighs in on Saturdays and finds that he’s accomplished one of them “he celebrates in some way, shape or form,” his wife, Gloria Rokicki said. “When he weighs himself on Saturdays and finds that he’s lost weight he’s just over the moon — like it’s hilarious,” Gloria Rokicki said. Gloria Rokicki is impressed with her husband’s dedication to wake up in the mornings and work out. “I don’t think I’ve had any challenges where I don’t think I can do this anymore,” Mike Rokicki said. “It’s been more of sometimes I get up at 5:30, and I’m like, ‘Ugh, maybe I need a little extra sleep.’ But having to fight that voice that says, ‘No, sleep in a little later,’ that’s been more of a problem than just hitting a rut and wanting to throw in the towel, so to speak.” Another problem he has faced is finding healthy alternatives on campus. Some of

the options he has found are whole-wheat bagels and whole-wheat sandwiches from the Skylight Terrace in the University Center. “Since I get a meal plan, and the options on campus aren’t the best for you, it’s trying to find that balance of getting a meal, especially when campus food is open, and thinking, ‘How is this going to affect my diet?’ I try not to let it affect my diet too much.” He recently started a blog about his weightloss experiences at rokickiweightlossbattle. So far he has written posts about his reasons for wanting to be healthier and how discovering his passion for swimming has helped him. He decided to blog after thinking about New Year’s resolutions and thought maybe his story would inspire others. “Because let’s be honest, in our country weight is something we as a society struggle with,” Mike Rokicki said about why he blogs. “So I figure if I can inspire one person even to start fighting their own weight battle then I’ve done my job.” Rokicki said that if people want to be healthier it is easier to just start right away. “Just go and do it and find what feels right for you,” Mike Rokicki said. “For me it’s swimming. For some other people it might be biking or walking. It might be that they just need to find that one thing that they really enjoy and kind of go with it.” He also said that he wouldn’t make major diet changes right away. “Oh, and don’t pay too much attention to what the weight scale says,” Mike Rokicki said. “If the weight scale doesn’t show that you lost a few pounds, then that’s OK. Just keep pushing. One bad weigh-in doesn’t make a bad diet — it just is one bad weigh-in.” “I definitely feel more energy, I feel a lot better. I’ve lost four inches on my waist so I’ve been able to get some new clothes for myself. I just feel a lot better,” Mike Rokicki said. “I don’t huff and puff as much going upstairs. I just generally feel good.”

The Student Aquatic Center where Mike Rokicki swims is located at the Student Recreation Center-North. Photo by Nathan Hamilton

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SUOR ANGELICA & DIDO AENEAS The Department of Music is presenting two one-act operas. Both will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 and at 3 p.m. Jan 20 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall.+​



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From left, members of Guy Morgan include Dustin Woods on bass and vocals, Sean Kenney on drums and vocals and Nate Comer on guitar and vocals. Southeast Missourian Photo

Local band releases second album WHITNEY LAW ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR

The Cape Girardeau-based band Guy Morgan and the FT Crew has released its second album of fast-paced punk music. “Not Punk Enough” features 11 new tracks from the band, which is made up of Nate Comer, aka “Partee Nate,” on guitar and vocals, Dustin Woods on bass and vocals and Sean Kenney on drums and vocals. The album was released Dec. 21 at a show at Cape Girardeau’s Pitters Café and Lounge, which Comer said is like the band’s home. “Probably two weeks prior to the show, [we] started putting everything out there on the Internet and people were able to listen to the songs online,” Comer said. “Then once we had the show we’ve just been selling it on the streets, online, every which way we can.” Guy Morgan has built a strong fan base in Cape Girardeau since it was formed by Comer and Woods in 2007 when they did a one-off gig for fun and realized that they wanted to turn their music into something full time. “The one thing that’s important to us is that Cape is our home base,” Comer said. “We play out of town quite a bit, so we’re part of the St. Louis music scene, too, but for us, Cape is a good home base because Pitters lets us schedule and run shows whenever we want. We’ve got a really good fan base here in town, everybody comes to all the shows, lots of people come out, so it’s been good to be loved in the town where we play because that’s not always the case.” Drummer and Southeast graduate Sean Kenney said he describes the band’s style as punk and roll. “We play punk music no doubt about it, but we also have an old school rock and roll,” Kenney said. “Music is the only thing that makes complete sense to me, and it’s the only thing I’ve ever been any good at.” Comer said that the crowd gets wild at their

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shows. “It’s a fun-type band, so it’s not a stand there and look cool kind of thing,” Comer said. “Everybody comes out, has a lot to drink and dances around and expect people singing all the words, having a good time. Our songs are easy to get to know. [There is] a lot of ruckus activity, people jumping on stage and crowd surfing.” Guy Morgan plans to go on tour during spring break or over the summer. The band’s next show will be at the punk fest Stay Retarded at Lemmons in St. Louis Jan. 25-26 with other bands from their label Throwing Things Records. The band released their first album “Raised Up Right” on their own and recorded “Not Punk Enough” with the help of their label at Echo Echo Studios in Scott City, Mo. Comer described “Not Punk Enough” as faster than their first album, with more intricate guitar riffs. Comer said he comes up with the music and guitar riffs, but they arrange the music and make decisions about things like tempo and time changes as a band. “Our music is pop punk, which if you were to throw a band name in there it would All and Screeching Weasel, which is famous pop punk bands,” Comer said. “One thing about punk rock is that it’s always been fast. We play fast music, but also because it’s pop punk it’s really melodic, but a big part of our sound is 80’s music in general from 80’s pop to hair metal to punk rock. So everything is rock’n’roll-based. So lots of guitar work and bass work.” Guy Morgan’s music can be purchased and downloaded through their Facebook page and their profile on “Punk music is who we are,” Comer said. “It’s what we do, and through punk rock we have met amazing people all over the country and tons of different towns. At this point, it’s all I know how to do.”


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Family-friendly comedic storytellers Donald Davis and Dolores Hydock will speak at 7 p.m. Friday in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall.+​



John Legend Submitted Photo

John Legend to be speaker at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. dinner WHITNEY LAW ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR

The speaker at the first Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Dinner was the man of honor’s son Martin Luther III in 2006. Since then, speakers have included the author of “The Pursuit of Happyness,” and the coaches of “Remember the Titans.” This year’s keynote speaker is John Legend, a nine-time Grammy Award-winning recording artist and one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. Aside from Legend’s musical accomplishments, which include three consecutive albums that reached No. 1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop charts and selling more than 3 million copies worldwide of his album “Get Lifted,” Legend has left a mark on society through his philanthropy. “I really wanted a speaker, I think all of us kind of agreed, on having a speaker this year that not only would be entertaining but also would be relatable to students,” said Brandi Brooks, co-chair of the committee that

chooses the speaker. “I just think this is such an important event here to not only celebrate the life and the legacy of Dr. King but also to bring it all kind of together for students. … Mr. Legend has really gotten some excellent credentials as far as education’s concerned, he does a lot of community service.” The list of Legend’s philanthropic accomplishments are extensive and include such awards as the CARE Humanitarian Award for Global Change in 2009, the 2009 Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award from Africare and the 2010 BET Humanitarian of the Year Award. Legend launched the Show Me Campaign, which encourages the use of education to fight poverty, in 2007. He sits on the boards of the Education Equality Project, Teach for America, Stand for Children and the Harlem Village Academies and co-chairs the Harlem Village Academies’ National Leadership board. Mass communications professor Dr. Tamara Zellars Buck said she attends the event every year but will attend the event with

her mother, who appreciates work toward improving education, this year. “I attend it every year, but my mom was excited,” Buck said. “She’s an educator, which makes me a teacher’s kid, but she was really interested because John Legend’s politics are really about the need to effectively reform the education system. He’s been a big advocate for how kids learn and where they learn and investing in education, so she’s interested in that, but we’re both fans of his music.” Brooks said she is proud of the fact that all tickets are free for students, including dinner tickets when they are available, and that balcony tickets are also available for only the speaking event. She said she wanted students who had night classes or other obligations during the time of the dinner to be able to attend, and the balcony tickets have a later arrival time. “If you’ve never attended before hopefully you can expect to get a really good meal,” Brooks said. “You can also expect to not necessarily be entertained, but to have some thought-provoking conversation and that’s

really always our goal with this event is to not only let it be a time for the community to come together but to think about what the event really truly does mean. It isn’t just for us to come and have a great time, while that’s all well and good, it is also there for us to really truly think about how far we’ve come and how far we have to go.” Dinner tickets cost $18 and balcony with no dinner tickets cost $10 for the general public. Tables with eight seats cost $130. Sponsors could purchase tables at the platinum, gold, silver and bronze levels that include various extra benefits such as recognition at the dinner and a VIP reception with Legend. As of Friday only one table was available, and Brooks said tickets are selling faster than ever. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Dinner will take place at 6 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Show Me Center. Students can register for tickets by contacting Elizabeth Maldonado at 573-651-2524 or Speaker-only tickets can be claimed at

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Things graduation


anticipated. Whether this is your first semester or your last, experience your campus and your town with

3. 4.

Yes, there’s a club for that. The Bass Anglers club might not be the club for you, but join an organization. If you can’t find anything that catches your eye, at least peruse the names of the clubs on campus. There is something for everyone from anime to the Squirrel Squirrel Yoga Club .

Think thrifty Flip this paper over, and get to saving. We all complain about being broke in college, so use every coupon on our Save Page.

Go to Kent Library, and check out an actual book. For a real challenge, go beyond the new releases on the first floor and head up to the stacks on the fourth floor. Yes, they do still exist.

Take your breath away Run up cardiac hill. Stand at the top, breathe heavy and have a side stitch. All Southeast students should experience this pain at least once.


You don’t have to be a hipster to enjoy art on campus. Attend a show at the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall and be surprised at how much talent there is on campus.

Go fish

Kick it old school

Some nights you just have to forget about sleep and the comforts of your warm bed and tough it out. Pull an all-nighter at least once before you have to become a responsible college graduate.

this bucket list of things to do before graduation.

Shop on Main Street and Broadway. They are full of great shops, many more than you’ll find in West Park Mall. Shops like Philanthropy are hidden treasures.

Pardon this shameless plug, but this publication is good stuff, so try reading it cover to cover. If you hate it, let us know. We’re open to suggestions.

Eat Greek food at Zoi’s Gyros on Broadway to get a Greek experience separate from fraternities and sororities.

realizing that college goes by much more quickly than


Read me now

12. Forget sleeping 13.

ate in May. For some others, it might be a time to start

Ditch the mall


If your experience with music in Cape Girardeau consists only of putting on your headphones between classes, you’re doing it wrong. Go downtown and listen to some local bands and artists who are doing big things.


This semester will be the last for those who will gradu-




The start of 2013 means more than just a new year.

Discover your artsy side


to do


Listen local

15. Reenact Lady and the Tramp 16.


Let’s be honest, none of us are planning to look worse on the beach for Spring Break 2013. Go to both the North and South Recreational Centers on campus at least once, and get to work on that beach body.

Order the dirty fries at Burritoville or anything else from this local legend of a restaurant.

Think outside the box

Or not. But check out local Italian restaurant Bella Italia for good pizza with friends or a romantic date night.

You’re an agriculture major taking a sewing class? Why not? Broaden your horizons and take a class that interests you that is outside of your major.

Go to at least one sporting event. You don’t have to paint your face and lose your voice for a week to enjoy watching your fellow Redhawks.

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The gum tree at the top of Cardiac Hill is kind of disgusting, but if you’re going to venture up that dreaded slope, you might as well stick your chewed gum next to everyone else’s.

Work it

Get dirty

6. Get Rowdy 7.

Be gross

Kassie Gentry completes items on the Southeast bucket list. Photo by Nathan Hamilton


Get out of here! Visit at least one of Cape Girardeau’s many parks or trails. Even if you think a walk from Dempster to Scully is too long, you can play frisbee golf, run, stroll or just sit and enjoy the prettier side of Cape Girardeau.


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Southeast faculty, staff and students can attend group fitness classes at the Student Recreation Center-North for free from 5-8 p.m. Monday through Friday until Jan. 25.+​


Southeast student plans to attend pharmacy school at U of A SAVANNA MAUE ONLINE EDITOR

Jeremy Hanner is a senior at Southeast Missouri State University who is involved in three different Greek organizations and has maintained multiple on-campus jobs while studying biology. He plans to graduate in the spring and continue his education to become a pharmacist.

into community practice and working at a pharmacy in a rural area someday. However, UAMS is also one of the select few pharmacy schools in the country that can train you to become a nuclear pharmacist. The school also has connections to competitive residency programs. I plan to explore all my options once I begin taking classes there.

Q: How do you think Southeast Q: When are you graduating and what prepared you for is your major/minor? graduate school? Do you feel prepared? A: I am graduating this spring. My major is microbiology, cellular and molecular biology and biotechnology — it’s a super long title under the biology options. My minor is chemistry.

Q: Where are you going to graduate school? Did you apply to a lot of different schools or was this where you wanted to go to continue pharmacy? A: Next year I’ll be attending the University of Arkansas for medical sciences, College of Pharmacy. I applied to several other schools during the process, too, including East Tennessee State University, Drake University and the University of Oklahoma. The University of Arkansas was my first choice though, as it’s a really great program.

Q: Where do you want to go, what do you want to do, who do you want to work with when you graduate grad school? A: I’m not exactly sure what I want to do with my pharmacy education. I’ve often thought about heading

A: I feel like SEMO has prepared me very well for pharmacy school. I’ve had a lot of excellent classes and great professors over the years. I know that I’ll be able to handle any science classes I encounter in the future. I had great advisers to give advice during the application process, too. SEMO also gave me the opportunity to explore other areas of study. I think this was important because now I’m confident that pharmacy is the right path for me. Had I jumped in too soon, I might have spent the rest of my life wondering “What if?”

Q: What was the process for applying to grad school? How long of a process is it?

A: The process of applying to pharmacy school was quite long and intense. It really began about a year ago when I took the PCAT. This is a test required for entrance into many pharmacy schools. Then, during the end of the school year, I began asking some professors if they could write me letters of recommendation. Next, I took a few months during the summer to fill out my general application. Once fall arrived, I had two interviews in October: one at East Tennessee State University and one at the University of Arkansas. I went to both schools to interview, and ended up getting accepted to my first choice

of Arkansas. So overall, the process took close to a year to simply apply.

Q: What would you say you are going to miss most and least about Southeast? A: The thing I’ll miss most about Southeast is the friendly atmosphere. It seems like wherever I go on campus, people are always happy and willing to help. It’s also nice to walk down the hall to class and have professors simply say ‘Hello.’ The thing I’ll miss least about Southeast is the parking. If there is one thing that has frustrated me over the years, it’s parking. With the university constantly growing, we always seem to be running short on spaces.

Q: Were you a part of any groups, organizations, or greek activities while an undergrad?

A: As an undergrad I was involved in organizations like Beta Beta Beta, Phi Eta Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi.

Q: Were you a resident assistant or have you had a job while in school? A: I’ve never done anything like that, but I have held several jobs while in school. I’ve worked at the River Campus museum, as well as the admissions office as a student ambassador.

Q: What do you think are some of the most important experiences to have while at Southeast?

A: I think one important experience to have at SEMO is to take a class for fun, one that is completely unrelated to your major. As silly as it sounds, I think people often forget that they come to college to learn. A lot of us try and sign up for those “easy A” classes or just something random to fill in a schedule. But

Jeremy Hanner Submitted Photo it’s a nice experience to take a class simply for the pursuit of knowledge.

Q: Is there anything you wish you would have done? A: I know it would have been tough already balancing classes and two jobs, but sometimes I wish I would have been more involved in student government. I think it would have been neat to help with student issues and funding.

Q: What do you recommend other students cross off their “bucket list” before they graduate?

other students should cross off their “bucket list” before they graduate. First, I think you have to try and eat at every place on campus. It won’t be long before you start missing all those food choices. Another important item on the list can be attending homecoming or some other big sports game. These experiences are just fun because you get to cheer with all your friends and see a lot of the Southeast alumni. Finally, one more checkpoint for the list is to attend a random meeting or presentation. It might be a new club or a guest speaker. But just once you should go to expose yourself to something new. There are many more items I would have on a bucket list, but as long as you’re making memories, you’re doing it right.

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What are you looking forward to accomplishing this semester?

Logan Campbell Getting general education out of the way and starting toward a Bachelor of Science.

Dan Terry Trying to raise my GPA up from a 3.4 and being able to balance social and academic life.

Jessica Bolhafner Getting everything done in Mallory Olwig A 4.0 GPA and getting an classes on time. internship.

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Former Cape Girardeau mayor elected to board HANNAH PARENT STAFF WRITER

Gov. Jay Nixon recently appointed former Cape Girardeau mayor Jay Knutson to a six-year term on the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents, the board has also elected board member Doyle Privett as its new president. Nixon appointed Jay Knutson to the board on Jan 3 to replace former board member James Limbaugh, whose term expired Jan 1. Knutson was the mayor of Cape Girardeau from 2002 until 2010. Knutson played a role in rallying support for the River Campus that was built in 2007. “At the time the River Campus required both funding from the university and the city of Cape,” Knutson said. “Some people took issue with city funds going into a university project. I worked closely with [university president] Dr. [Kenneth W.] Dobbins to make it happen. I feel the River Campus ended up being a true asset to our city. It was through this experience I developed a true respect for Southeast. I saw the tremendous impact Southeast had on the Cape community. I look forward to working with the board to further improve the campus.” Privett officially became the President of the Board of Regents Dec. 31, 2012. He succeeded  Donald Bedell, who had been president since 2006 . Bedell will still remain a member of the board. Dobbins said that this is Privett’s third

appointment to the Board of Regents and he has always been supportive of the university. “We are looking forward to him lea-

“It’s an honor to be elected board president. Bedell was an excellent president and devoted much time and knowledge to the university. I also hope to help make Southeast an even better place to attend college.” Doyle Privett ding the Board of Regents,” Dobbins said. “He has always provided excellent guidance to the region, making sure our university continues a record of high academic quality and affordability.” Privett has been a member of the Board of Regents from 1995 until 2004 and was most recently appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon in 2009. Privett is from Kennett, Mo., and graduated with an accounting degree from Southeast in 1973. He is also part of the advisory committee for Southeast’s Regional Campus in Kennett.

The Southeast Missouri State Board of Regents is a governing body in charge of approving policies, hiring the university president and approving raises and setting the university’s budget. The board is comprised of six members who are usually alumni, and a non-voting student representative. The office of the president is elected by the members every year. “It’s an honor to be elected board president,” Privett said. “Bedell was an excellent president and devoted much time and knowledge to the university. I also hope to help make Southeast an even better place to attend college.” Privett said the board has plans to use $90 million in approved bond money for projects across campus this semester. One of the projects included in this funding is a new residence hall between the Show Me Center and the Polytechnic Building, which should be completed by fall 2013. Privett also said that the board is looking forward to the reopening of Academic Hall on campus, which has been under renovation since the spring semester of 2012. “Southeast provides an excellent education,” Privett said. “We have great professors. We are the only four-year university that serves all of Southeast Missouri from St. Louis to the bootheel with a quality education at an affordable price. ”

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What is your New Year’s resolution?

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My New Year’s Resolution is to strike fear in the hearts and minds of those around me.

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I resolve to get 100 followers. For those who are resolving to be more helpful, awesome or cool, follow me!

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I am not one to make New Year’s resolutions because I am one to fail miserably at them. However, I do still believe that it is noble to at least attempt bettering oneself rather than starting off each new year even more cynical than the last. That is why I have a long list of things that I hope to have accomplished by this time next year. I hope to make the Arrow better with every single issue. This publication means so much to me, and I hope always to be able to convey my passion for it. I hope that I can keep my 4.0 GPA, which I come within about one tenth of a percentage of losing almost every semester, it seems. I am also determined to stop procrastinating, but I said that five semesters ago, so I should probably try to get around to that. Speaking of procrastinating, I resolve to actually sleep this semester. More than anything, though, I want to be grateful and positive about my life. I am so glad to have the opportunity to have the jobs that I have and be able to get an education. Trying to improve in these areas is a way for me to show my gratitude for what I have. I want to always be growing as an individual. In 2012 I spent a lot of time reading literary works from some of the greats in classic American literature, and F. Scott Fitzgerald became an inspiration and hero of mine. The following quote reflects the positive attitude with which I choose to face 2013.

Whitney Law Photo by Nathan Hamilton “For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.” This won’t be easy. I am sure, every once in a while, I will still stay up all night writing articles and papers last minute that won’t be my best work. I resolve to wake up that next morning, put a straw in my pot of coffee and “have the strength to start all over again.”

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