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Southeast designs Greek accreditation process ANDREA GILS COPY EDITOR

Southeast Missouri State University is implementing a new mandatory Greek accreditation process to better evaluate and monitor organizations on campus. Greek chapters have a national accreditation process that assures national standards are followed, but Southeast officials are only given detailed information about sororities or fraternities if a chapter applies for a President’s Award given to one or two outstanding student organizations each year. Because of this, director of Residence Life Bruce Skinner, former assistant director of fraternities and sororities Teena Reasoner and Michele Irby, the director of Campus Life and Event Services, designed a new mandatory accreditation process last year to ensure that chapters meet Southeast’s standards, according to Christine Loy, the interim assistant director of fraternities and sororities. Skinner, Loy and Irby will assess the standards on a score-based system. The standards include academic achievement, chapter operations and management and philanthropy and service, among others things. All 18 Greek chapters must show they meet at least the minimum standards each year to earn acceditation. Loy said the new accreditation process will give Southeast a snapshot of how Greeks organizations are doing and can motivate Greeks to apply for awards. Accredited chapters will receive the awards, but Loy said she did not want to speculate as to which type of awards there will be since it depends on the kind and amount of information the applicants submit. According to Loy, Reasoner developed the idea of the new accreditation process last year with Irby before Loy took over the accreditation process and informed Greek organizations’ presidents about the new process at the beginning of the fall semester. The deadline for fraternities and sororities to submit the application with information pertaining to 2012 was set for Jan. 30, but

Areas of evaluation for the accreditation process Academic achievement Chapter operations and management Membership education and development Recruitment and sustainability Philanthropy and service Stakeholder relationships Risk management multiple Greek leaders said they knew little about the process last week. Amber Cason, a sophomore majoring in mass media and history, is the new president of Alpha Chi Omega. Cason, who has been in office just two weeks, said she had little information about the new accreditation process. “I haven’t talked to anybody from the head of Southeast Greek organizations about accreditation,” Cason said. “Everything I’ve heard has been kind of word of mouth, that might happen, might not, so honestly I don’t know. But I feel that they won’t be outrageous standards that we won’t be able to meet.” Cason added that she has talked about the new accreditation process with her sorority’s executive board but, since she had not heard from Loy, did not announce it to the other members. “When someone comes to me and says ‘This is what we are doing’, then I’ll be happy to announce it to my chapter,” Cason said. Loy said accreditation will be especially helpful during recruitment, when students interested in joining a sorority or fraternity will see some organizations are accredited and some are not, inclining them to apply for those accredited. She also said that the reputation of non-accredited organizations could be hurt. Cason didn’t agree that accreditation will affect Greek organizations’ reputations. “I think the people of an organization

make the reputation,” Casen said. Cason said that having academics as part of the accreditation is important to her, and her chapter takes pride in having a good academic standing within her own chapter and within the university. Cason agreed that the new accreditation would affect recruitment because when it comes to any organization or program, if a program is accredited, it is good and people want to be involved in it. “I don’t think the end result will be negative,” Cason said. “Some organizations might realize that they are not as organized or doing as much as they thought they were. But I feel accreditation would help them reach their potential, help them get more organized and help them realize the things they need to do. … It might show some problems within the organization, but I think it would definitely help.” Alpha Xi Delta president Jamie Teague said in an email that her chapter would be in favor of applying for accreditation, although she also said she was not very aware of the process. “I think the new accreditation process is a good thing because [it] exemplifies the Greek system and shows others that we really are a strong community on campus,” Teague said. “It’s not just having fun,” Loy said. “It shows at levels we’ve got at stake, and how they’re doing, make sure they’re doing what they should be doing.”

BRIEFS Director Southeast still is searching for a director of Recreation Services The search for a new director of Recreation Services has not yet begun, according to Dr. Bruce Skinner, assistant vice president for Student Success and the director of the Office of Residence Life. Troy Vaughn, director of Recreation Services for seven and a half years, resigned from his position on Aug. 31, 2012, which left the department of Recreation Services without a director last year. Mike Buck stepped in as interim director on Sept. 3. “It has been very rewarding for me,” Buck said. “I have enjoyed every second of it. We have a great staff, both professional and student, who have made the transition a very smooth one.” Skinner said typically searches to fill positions in Student Affairs, which includes Student Recreation Services, begin in mid to late spring. Once a position is available, Skinner said a hiring committee is selected that is made up of a variety of faculty, staff and students. Read the full story at southeastArrow. com.

Chartwells Subway opens on campus Jan. 25 Subway opened on Jan. 25 in Scully Building. Students can use their meals plans to buy Subway. “We Proudly Brew” also opened on Jan. 25 in Scully Building and students can use their meal plans and flex dollars to purchase Starbucks coffee served at “We Proudly Brew.”

Donate Faculty hosts blood drive Feb. 13 Members of the CTS Council, Professional Staff Council and Faculty Senate are organizing a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 13 in the University Center’s Ballroom B. Anyone can give blood. People can schedule an appointment by visiting or contact Marge Phillips at 573-651-2460 or

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BRIEFS Men’s Basketball Redhawks lose two consecutive games The Southeast Missouri State University men’s basketball team lost to Ohio Valley Conference opponents SIU Edwardsville and Eastern Illinois on Thursday and Saturday, respectively. The Redhawks lost 80-77 to SIU Edwardsville. Southeast’s leading scorer was senior guard Corey Wilford with 21 points. Senior guard Marland Smith added 15 points, junior guard A.J. Jones finished with 12 and junior forward Tyler Stone had 11 points. Eastern Illinois defeated Southeast 78-72 in overtime. Wilford led the Redhawks with 20 points, Jones added 13 points and Stone finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Smith scored 14 points and was 4-of-9 on 3-point shots. He is currently in second on the list of Southeast all-time 3-pointers made with 216. The Redhawks have a record of 11-12 and 3-6 in the OVC. Southeast’s next game is against Eastern Kentucky at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Show Me Center.

Women’s Basketball Redhawks on four-game losing streak The Southeast Missouri State University women’s basketball team has lost four consecutive games, including a 70-64 loss to Morehead State and an 82-62 loss to Eastern Illinois. The Redhawks led 33-29 at halftime against Morehead State, but the Eagles shot 61.9 percent in the second half to gain a lead. Senior guard Bailie Roberts led Southeast with 20 points, freshman guard Kara Wright finished with 14 and sophomore guard Allyson Bradshaw added 12. Junior forward Patricia Mack had a game-high nine rebounds. Roberts also led the Redhawks with 14 points against Eastern Illinois and senior forward Brittany Harriel added 13. Mack and junior guard Jordan Hunter each had 10 points. Southeast’s record is 8-12 and 2-5 in the OVC. The Redhawks face Eastern Kentucky at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Show Me Center.

Gymnastics Redhawks win home opener over Centenary The Southeast Missouri State University gymnastics team defeated Centenary 193.700-189.150 Friday at Houck Field House. Juniors Taryn Vanderpool and Megan Fosnow finished first and second in the all-around competition with scores of 38.950 and 38.925, respectively. Fosnow also finished first in the vault competition with a score of 9.750. Vanderpool won the uneven bar competition with a score of 9.800. The Redhawks face Northern Illinois at 5 p.m. Friday in Dekalb, Ill.

Softball team uses preseason poll for motivation MARISSA FAWCETT STAFF WRITER

The preseason poll for the Ohio Valley Conference ranked the Southeast Missouri State University softball team fifth out of six teams in its division, but Southeast coach Lana Richmond thinks this lower ranking will not be a determinant of the team’s season. “I like preseason polls because it’s other people gambling on what your team is going to do,” Richmond said. “I think they can be fun. The kids look at them. I’m sure they get ticked off when they get put at the bottom — which they were — and it’s always a challenge. “Then again if you’re picked near the top, then I have to present a challenge to them because then it’s a challenge to prove where you’re at. If you’re picked near the bottom you have to prove that you don’t belong there. I’m glad there are preseason polls because it’s a challenge — it makes you either protect it or deny it.” The Redhawks finished with a 25-30 record last season, including a 13-16 conference record. The team lost four position players and three pitchers. “Well we always miss our seniors,” Richmond said. “When they graduate, it’s the end of the cycle of their career and they know the landscape really well. By landscapes, I mean, is they know the ins and outs of playing Division I ball and the physical demands along with the classroom demands. They know their coaching staff, they

“If you’re picked near the bottom you have to prove that you don’t belong there. I’m glad there are preseason polls because it’s a challenge — it makes you either protect it or deny it.” Lana Richmond know their opponents, so that’s the landscape and that’s a veteran.” The Redhawks have added new players to the roster this year. Joining the team this year are pitcher Lauren Reinagel, infielders Savannah Carpenter, Elysia Mesa and Summer Burger, outfielders Kelsey Gass, Alexis Anderson and Sarah Lindsie Heifner, catcher Chelsea Smith and pitcher and designated player Hannah Clemons. Richmond said multiple freshman will receive playing time this season. “Well, as far as how we prepare the freshman, a lot of that preparedness takes place in the fall,” Richmond said. “The fall season served as that vehicle for them as ‘Welcome, you’re playing with the big girls.’” Richmond looks to seniors like Taylor Cowan, a pitcher and utility player, to be a leader for the new players. Last year, Cowan held a .343 batting average and led the team with a .470 slugging percentage.

Taylor Cowan takes batting practice on Thursday in Houck Field House. Photo by Nathan Hamilton Cowan realizes the need to be a team player and said she will play wherever the coaches tell her to play in order for the team to win. “Since it’s my senior season, the last time I’ll play competitively, I want to go out with a bang,” Cowan said. Richmond said she couldn’t narrow down the strengths of the team to just one area. “It’s going to be a little bit of everything working together because to be successful at our sport, you’ve got to play great defense, you have to have pitchers that can hit locations and throw strikes and you’ve got to have hitters who can deliver the timely hit and also be able to move a runner with a short game and be aggressive and take some chances,” Richmond said. “And not be afraid to take risks.” To strengthen the Redhawks’ hitting and defense in the outfield, assistant coach Stephanie Mata, a former Southeast softball player, was added to the coaching staff as well as assistant coach Stephanie Willis to focus on pitching, infield and outfield. Mata and Willis are replacing former assistant coaches Killian Roessner and Hallie Blackney, who left the team last year. “Obviously, I’m excited to see what they can do,” Mata said. “Being a spring sport, it’s a lot of build up. There’s so much potential here and I think we’ll develop it.” The coaches set other important expectations and rules for the team at the first practice. “The very first meeting you have to sit down, you have to set the landscape of your program about your rules, regulations, meet your new teammates and everything is new,” Richmond said. “There is one thing that I insist on. We

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talk about it in the fall — we talk about it just about every day. Our first rule is to be a good teammate. Our second rule is to be a better teammate. It takes awhile for them to gel, to get to know each other, but that’s been part of the fall [season] that you do. The most successful teams I’ve had have had good chemistry.” Richmond said that over her 31-season career what keeps her going is not whether her teams were successful or not, but having the ability to guide her players in learning life lessons through sports and watching them shape into mature adults as they get closer to facing the real world. “I always said I raise other people’s kids, but I do it through sport and, you know, looking back I can’t remember scores of games or who did what, but I sure remember if someone graduated, if someone got the job, if someone made lifelong friends, if they learned accountability and responsibility through my demands along the way,” Richmond said. With just over a week until the first game of the season on Feb. 7 against Jackson State University, the softball team is preparing by practicing indoors and, when weather permits, outdoors. The team’s first tournament, the Mardi Gras Classic, is from Feb. 8-10 in Monroe, La. The first 24 games of the season are non-conference games and Richmond said the team will play its hardest to prepare for conference play. “We’ve been very successful at the Mardi Gras playing our games,” Richmond said. “That’s the goal. We have 24 games and we’re going to play every one of them.”


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The Spring Break Challenge is a six-week group fitness program at the Student Recreation Center-North. Photo by Nathan Hamilton

New six-week program offered to get in shape for spring break CODY KOHM ARROW REPORTER

The Spring Break Challenge is a new group fitness class beginning soon at the Student Recreation Center-North. The idea behind this class is to help students get into shape before spring break. Christine Paige is the creator of the class and is also in charge of managing it. “We wanted to have a class specifically for getting in shape before spring break for both men and women,” Paige said. The Spring Break Challenge is a six-week

program that will take place at 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Annie Wolpers is one of the group fitness instructors for the Spring Break Challenge. “We will have varying workouts such as full-body toning, cardio and circuit workouts just to name a few,” Wolpers said. Both Wolpers and Paige said that attendance of fitness classes tends to pick up before spring break and die back down after the break. This class will give students a taste of group fitness, and Wolpers and Paige both hope students will return from break and continue with other group fitness classes. Paige wanted to make sure that they

attracted both men and women, which means they will have workouts for both.

“We wanted to have a class specifically for getting in shape before spring break for both men and women.” Christine Paige “Strength training will also be included as a workout to help attract men to the program as well,” Paige said.

The Spring Break Challenge begins Feb. 18 and will end on March 13. The class costs $25. This includes the cost of the T-shirt students will receive at the end of the program. The T-shirt will be a symbol of completing the Spring Break Challenge. The class size will vary depending on how many enroll, but according to Paige there is plenty of room at the Student Recreation Center-North. “We can fit around 80 people in the studio, and if need be, we can always move to the gym,” Paige said. Anyone interested in enrolling in the Spring Break Challenge can do so at the front desk of the Student Recreation Center-North.

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Faculty Choice exhibit displays Emily Denlinger’s art in the River Campus Art Gallery. Photo by Lauren Fox

Art professor Emily Denlinger exhibits digital photography in art gallery CALANDRA JONES-JACKSON ARROW REPORTER

This year’s Faculty Choice showcase will feature assistant professor of digital art Emily Denlinger’s photography in an exhibit entitled Intergalactic Explorer Code. Faculty Choice is an event featuring the creative works of professors in the art department. According to Kristin Powers Nowlin, professor of art, Faculty Choice is an annual event in which members of the art department who are chosen have a choice to feature their own works, curate a show or invite visiting artists. “It’s a good opportunity for us to put up a whole body of work at once,” Nowlin said. “Faculty members are chosen alphabetically.” Intergalactic Explorer Code is a display of Denlinger’s digital photography.

“This series of images was inspired by pulp fiction novel covers of the early 1900s, Sci-Fi movies of the 60s and 70s and corporate motivational posters,” Denlinger said. “In addition, I explore the notion of gender in a lot of my work. For the last few years I have been experimenting with the standard of play and art making that would have been more socially accepted if I had been born a boy.” Denlinger has worked on similar themes for three years. Most of the research for her current project has taken place over the last year and a half. “I photographed the work towards the end of 2012 and a little bit in 2013,” Denlinger said. Those who come to see the exhibit are encouraged to interpret the meaning of the art for themselves. “There is no one thing I want people to walk away with,” Denlinger said. “Different people will read different things into the work based on their own past experiences. I do not like to

ruin the viewersʼ interpretation by telling them what to think.” In addition to the display there will be a reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the River Campus Art Gallery in room 106 of the Seminary Building. The reception is held so that those who attend are able to ask questions about the exhibition and get a chance to meet Denlinger. Food will be provided and will be associated with this year’s exhibit. “All the food that we’re going to have at the reception will be essentially what astronauts eat when they’re in space,” Nowlin said. According to Nowlin, the turnout for this event in the past has been anywhere from 200-300 and for the reception they are expecting 70-120. The exhibit will be on display in the art gallery Jan. 28 – Feb. 15. It is free and open to students and the community.

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John Legend performed five songs at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Dinner on Jan. 23. Photo by Whitney Law

Legend entertains more than 1,300 WHITNEY LAW ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR

John Legend filled the Show Me Center with more than 1,300 students, faculty and community members who were there for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Dinner on Jan. 23. The night began with a speech from Legend on education and opportunity and ended with many from the crowd singing along as he performed his award-winning music. Legend, who is a nine-time Grammy Award winner as well as philanthropist, used these two aspects of his career throughout the night to honor King and to continue what was important to him, Legend said. Legend said King is one of his top five non-musical influences along with Bill Gates, President Barack Obama, Magic Johnson and teachers and educators who make it a mission to challenge the status quo of education reform. Legend said many times how important of an opportunity education is and that it is a power that students should not take for granted. “The more you learn, the more you think about, the more ideas you have about what kind of change you want to see in the world and what kind of change you want to be a part of,� Legend said. Throughout the speech, Legend often addressed college students and reminded them that college is a time to “cultivate your ability to think.� Legend listed many startling statistics about drop-out rates in the United States and said they are a call to action. He said something needs to be done about the broken education system in the United States. Legend spoke of his organization, called the Show Me Campaign, that is working to fight poverty and the lack of opportunity that children in poverty face. Legend founded Show Me Campaign in 2007 after writing the song “Show Me� in 2006 for his album “Once Again.� Legend said that the song is a prayer that addresses the question

of why there is so much suffering in the world for people who do not deserve it. “The more I lived with this song, the more I thought about ‘Well what can you do to make the world better, to alleviate some of that suffering,’� Legend said. “If you see people living in extreme poverty, what are you going to do about it, and so I founded our organization around that principle, let’s not just talk about it, show me what are you going to do.� Legend said that the Show Me Campaign and his goal is to help end the cycle of poverty by educating the children whose problem is that they have the wrong zip code and to see that they also get to have quality teachers and quality schools. He said without education, doors of opportunity will remain closed. “When you’re poor all kinds of things aren’t easy for you, all kinds of things are difficult, all kinds of things are obstacles in the way of you succeeding, particularly one that handicaps so many people living in poverty is that they don’t have access to quality education,� Legend said. Southeast Missouri State University freshman and Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority member Margux Bereuter said that she agreed with Legend’s stance on the state of education in America. “It’s sad when so much of the drop-out rate is from such a small number of the schools,� Bereuter said. “However, my favorite part was definitely singing with Legend at the end with my Sigma sisters.� After Legend spoke, he performed five songs and many students in the crowd sang along to songs that were both hits from his mainstream albums and his album “Wake Up,� which was focused on social and political issues. Legend said that his music career and philanthropic career inform and intersect each other and he displayed that on the stage to end the celebration event. “The more and more I was speaking to young people and getting involved in these issues, the more and more I wanted to do something musically that reflected what I was doing politically and philanthropically,�



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Christine Loy is the interim assistant director for fraternities and sororities. Photo by Nathan Hamilton

Residence Life adds Greek Life director position J.C. REEVES ARROW REPORTER

Southeast Missouri State University is looking for a new person to advise the students that are involved in fraternities and sororities. The director of Greek Life position is a completely new position that will replace the soon-to-be defunct position of assistant director for fraternities and sororities, which currently has an interim filling the position. The former assistant director of fraternities and sororities, Teena Reasoner, left the position to pursue a Ph.D. “I think that Teena was really great,” said Megan Keesee, a member of Alpha Delta Pi. “Everyone’s going to miss her.” Southeast is conducting a nationwide search to fill the position and has received resumes from all over the country, according to Dr. Bruce Skinner, the assistant vice president for Student Success and director of Residence Life. The director of Greek Life will have many responsibilities. He or she will serve as an adviser

for the 18 Greek organizations at Southeast, which are composed of approximately 1,000 students. “They do everything from how to do intake, recruitment and rush, to how to put on events, how to plan them, risk management and appropriate use of alcohol,” Skinner said. “They are a fulltime employee.” The director will also be responsible for managing budgets, attending adviser conferences, monitoring scholastic performance and conducting antihazing policy programs. The director of Greek Life position will not be a branch of the department of Campus Life and Events Services, as the current assistant director for fraternities and sororities position is. It will be a stand-alone director position that serves on the Student Success Council. “They will have a better idea of what’s going on, on campus,” Skinner said. “And better be able to share with the rest of campus, this is what’s going on in the Greek world.” Christine Loy is currently serving as an interim assistant director for

fraternities and sororities. Loy is also the hall director for Greek Life. “Christine was one of the first people to come to mind, who had experience with Greek students, when it came to filling the role,” Skinner said. “I think that a new director can do just as many great things as [Reasoner],” Keesee said. “As long as they have our interests in mind, I think that they will do a lot of great things for us.” As far as improvements to be made, Keesee said she thinks the new director should coordinate more events that require the different chapters to work together with each other, rather than just having events such as Greek Week, where the chapters compete against each other. Skinner said that the Office of Residence Life has begun going through the resumes of the potential job candidates. Phone interviews will be conducted within the next couple of weeks and campus interviews will be conducted in mid to late February. The position is expected to be filled by Greek Week in April, Skinner said.

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Playing music was more than a stimulating hobby for applied flute and university studies professor Paul Thompson at Southeast Missouri State University. It was a way of life. However, Thompson recently was struck with a condition that has put an abrupt halt on his music career. Thompson was diagnosed with focal dystonia, which is a condition affecting a group of muscles that causes an undesirable irritation and/or twisting of the muscles. In Thompson’s case focal dystonia has affected his left hand, which he uses frequently for his flute playing. According to the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, “Dystonia affects men, women, and children of all ages and backgrounds. Estimates suggest that no fewer than 300,000 people in North America are affected.” “Basically your fingers stop working,” Thompson said. “For a year or two I was very troubled with the left finger. It was like you just think ‘Well I’m being lazy, or just getting older, or it’s bad technique.’ But it got worse and worse and worse. So it comes to the point where right now I’m going to have to take sort of a break from playing.” According to Thompson, there’s a medical procedure of receiving botox injections, which he is willing to pursue this summer. “I’m not too happy about it,” Thompson said. “If I was 10 years older than I am, or getting close to retirement, I don’t know, I feel like I’m a little bit too young for this to happen. So we’ll see. I’m hopeful that the botox will be the solution.” Thompson was scheduled to be included in the upcoming faculty concert series but has decided to step back and take a break from his playing. “It [focal dystonia] makes practicing much more difficult,” Thompson said. “Because you spend a lot of time doing really boring things, like long tones and double tongue exercises. Even doing regular scales right now isn’t really practical.” Thompson can’t play duets as much as he used to and said demonstrating something to one of his students is becoming frustrating. Thompson grew up in a town south of Manchester, England, called Altrincham and started playing the flute when he was 11 years old. He came to Southeast in 1991 with his wife, Sara Edgerton, who is the director of orchestra and applied low strings. Thompson has taught for 30 years and has been playing for about 40 years. He has taught around 30 different courses at Southeast, from University Studies courses like “Britain and the Brits” to different styles of jazz appreciation.

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Elementary student Piper Underwood reads with mentor Southeast student Alicia Glenn at Clippard Elementary on Monday. Photo by Lauren Fox

Students tutor at schools around Cape Girardeau RACHEL WEATHERFORD MANAGING EDITOR

Ashley Robinson remembers the day she returned to her volunteer tutoring after winter break. The little girl she had been working with rushed toward her and wrapped her arms around her, telling her how much she missed her. She was excited to read with Robinson and was proud that she hadn’t forgotten how to read over break. “She is the sweetest little girl,” Robinson said. “She’d give me a hug everyday.” Robinson, a nursing major at Southeast Missouri State University, is one of the students who volunteers to tutor children in one of the five elementary schools around Cape Girardeau through the Read to Succeed program. She works with her student four days a week, Monday through Thursday. “It’s so rewarding for me as a tutor because you get to see them struggle at the beginning but progress, and soon they’re flying through the books and can’t wait to get their next certification,” Robinson said. The tutors reward the children when they complete a set, or level, of reading books. “We give them a certificate, a bookmark and a pencil so they can be proud of their achievement,” Robinson said. “And we announce it to all the kids in the room where we’re tutoring, and they all clap for them so they can feel proud of themselves for accomplishing a set.” Each session is usually 30 minutes long. The children read through sets of books, with each set having about 30 books. The tutors read through each book twice with their children to ensure that the children are learning to read and understand. The “looking back” section is a series of questions that appears at the end of some books. The “looking back” section tests children’s knowledge of what they just read, and the children read to another tutor or coordinator to make sure the children aren’t cheating and are learning to read. The “coming

attraction” section gives children a chance to see some words or sounds they will learn in the next book or set. The sets get more challenging as the children progress. The children get to play games after they complete a book, such as tic-tac-toe, where they have to spell out words. The tutors also play games like Hangman with the children. “Some of the kids love reading. They like to hurry up and get through the books because of the games,” said Danielle Means, a volunteer and junior pre-business major at Southeast. “Others are stubborn and don’t want to read with you at first. The more you go, the more they open up.” Robinson got involved in Read to Succeed after a friend told her about the program. She was already involved in her church preschool choir in Jackson, Mo., and knew she wanted to participate since she already was interested in teaching kids. “I like trying to have an impact on children’s lives and trying to see them grow and learn more,” Robinson said. Read to Succeed started a couple years ago at two elementary schools, said Monique Johnson, the program director of Read to Succeed, which is a program through the United Way of Southeast Missouri. Johnson said the program grew with a grant from Grace Women’s Council and an Americorp grant. “It expanded to all five schools this year,” Johnson said. Volunteers tutor at all five elementary schools in Cape Girardeau, which are Jefferson, Clippard, Alma Schrader, Blanchard and Franklin. “It’s a structured academic program,” Johnson said. “There are eight sets of books. Set four or five is usually where we get to because we only work with kindergarten and first grade.” Johnson said she meets with interested candidates, who also have to go through a criminal abuse background before they can begin tutoring, which is required by the elementary schools. She looks for volunteers who will be able to commit for the whole semester, from January to April, at least once a

week, but volunteers can tutor more. Means got involved because her mother volunteers and told her about the program. After Means met with Johnson, she knew she had to get involved. Her favorite memory is of Toby, a little boy at Blanchard. Means said he had trouble pronouncing one certain word, and she worked with him every time they came across the word. “I said, ‘You know the word sound it out, you can do it.’ I don’t know how many sessions it took him, but he sounded it out, and not just that one time, but every time we came across that word,” Means said. “The day he actually was able to read the word, he was just so happy his eyes lit up. He was so proud of himself, and you could tell how genuinely happy he was to sound out the word.”

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Southeast student Ding Wang shares her culture with the students at Altenberg Elementary School. Submitted photo

International students can volunteer in local community KYLE THIES ARROW REPORTER

The International Center at Southeast Missouri State University is providing international students with an opportunity to give back to the community that has taken them in. Suzanne McKinney, the assistant director of International Programming, is coordinating the Show Me the World program that allows Southeast students from different countries to speak to students at local schools. “Typically, international students are pretty open to being involved in community-building projects,” McKinney said. “A lot of them want to share their cultures, and share their backgrounds because so many people don’t understand where they come from or why they do the things they do.” The intention of the program is to bring different cultures from around the world into classrooms and curricula. “Many people really can’t experience facets of the world they may never see, unfortunately, but now they could get to experience it through story, through video, through dance, through food,” McKinney said. The objectives of the Show Me the World program are similar to that of the Cultural Exchange Network’s objectives with their Culture in the Classroom program in the Innovation Center at Southeast. Leslie Corn, director of communications at CENET, said that its Culture in the Classroom program offers the same opportunities to the international students and the community as the Show Me the World program does. According to Corn, the goal of the international students involved in the Culture in the Classroom program is to introduce their home countries to the students at the local schools while “engaging the students in fun interactive activities.” “CENET has a fantastic program, but the main reason that we established one that is almost identical to it is we have a number of requests that come straight to our office. From a programming standpoint, between CENET’s project and ours, we are both limited in the scope of what we each can do,” McKinney said.

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Since there are more international students than either program could reach on their own, McKinney said that providing more opportunities for international involvement in the community will be beneficial to everyone involved. “It was flattering to see that our Culture in the Classroom initiative had been adapted by the international office when they developed their Show Me the World program,” Corn said. “In the past, we have contacted the international office for help recruiting students, and we are delighted to know that international students will now have double the opportunities to give back to the local community.” The International Center and CENET offer their programs as a free service. The programs usually only host events upon request, and both groups encourage interested parties to utilize their services.

“Many people really can’t experience facets of the world they may never see, unfortunately, but now they could get to experience it through story, through video, through dance, through food.” Suzanne McKinney “We want the international students to learn and grow while experiencing the host culture, but we also want that same type of learning to be reciprocated by the residents of the area,” Corn said. “By getting involved in the community, the international students, as well as the local students, receive a reciprocal opportunity to understand one another on a deeper level.” Any international students interested in volunteering are encouraged to do so. For information on the Show Me the World program, contact Suzanne McKinney at For more information on the Culture in the Classroom program, contact CENET at


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Professor of health promotion Jeremy Barnes will speak at the Atheneum series at noon Jan. 30 in Sadie’s Place in Kent Library. His speech is titled “Motivation for Exercise.”+​



Kent Library hours extended to midnight four days a week Students ask for new hours in an online survey last semester ANDREW TYAHLA STAFF WRITER

Kent Library at Southeast Missouri State University has extended its weekday hours of operation. The library used to be open from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Now it will remain open until midnight on those days. “I like the new hours because it allows students with crazy schedules to study at night,” Southeast student Grace Taylor said. The hours were extended in response to an online student survey about library services administered last semester. There were not any questions regarding the hours, but many students requested extended hours in the comment box at the end. “We did not ask about hours at first,” library director David Starrett said. “But the students spoke and we listened.” After talking to the faculty in the library’s circulation department, Starrett met with members of the Student Government Association to discuss the changes and the members agreed that the hours should be extended.

The closing time of midnight was chosen because it is a common deadline for homework assignments. The new hours went into effect on Jan. 14. “Later hours are nice in case I need to find something,” Southeast student John Fox said. “Especially if I don’t remember something until after 10 p.m. I could look for something without rushing.” There was no additional financial cost to extend the hours, Starrett said. There were some logistical issues to work out in order to extend the hours, though. The library needs to have at least one staff member and four student workers in order to remain open at any given time. There must also be a worker in the computer lab during the extra hour the library is open. “We simply shifted the hours for the staff and students to cover the additional hour each night,” Starrett said. “But this means we are shorter on staff and student labor at other times of the day. However, there is no need for additional money or staff for an extra four hours a week.” According to Starrett, the hours may also be extended further in the future, in which case the library will need to hire more workers. “We are looking at our options,” Starrett said. “We will possibly remain open until 1 a.m., maybe additional weekend hours. But right now it is a maybe.” At present time, it is unclear as to how the usage of materials and student traffic at the

New library hours are now in effect. Photo by J.C. Reeves library will be affected by the new hours. “The new hours have only been in place for one week,” Starrett said. “And the first week of

the semester’s volume is light anyway. We will monitor gate counts and lab usage to see how much the additional hour is used.”

Southeast hires career advisers Advisers will assist with connections between faculty and students CAMERON JEFFERY ARROW REPORTER

Southeast Missouri State University hired two new career advisers whose goal is to interact with faculty and staff members of the university and make the transition to their new responsibilities smooth for all individuals in need.

“I was looking for any hire at a position that I could commute to and knew that I wanted to seek a position at another university, and SEMO has a great connection with SIU students.” Kathleen Crawford The hiring of C.J. Yerington and Kathleen Crawford will bring new relationship connections with student and faculty around the entire campus, which includes but is not limited to in-class presentations and informing different sections of campus about the purpose of the Career Linkages office. Yerington received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wartburg College in

Iowa and his Master of Arts degree in mental health counseling from the University of Northern Iowa. His main objective as a career adviser is to provide a sense of security for future and current students at Southeast. “I have a significant other who has recently accepted a career opportunity with the university. After having conversations with her and others that have interned here for their master’s they spoke pretty finely of the university and their experience. And I knew in my transition that this would be a university I would be interesting in working for,” said Yerington when asked about what attracted him to Southeast. Crawford received her bachelor’s in mathematics education and Master of Arts in educational psychology with an emphasis in school counseling from the University of Southern Illinois-Carbondale in December. Her main objective as a career adviser is to accept the referrals members of the advising office receive from other departments, such as the Collaborative Advisement Center, and help the students who are uncertain about their declaration of major or have plans of changing their major. “I was looking for any hire at a position that I could commute to and knew that I wanted to seek a position at another university, and SEMO has a great connection with SIU students,” said Crawford when asked about what attracted her to Southeast. Crawford can be contacted via email at and Yerington at By phone they can be contacted by calling the Collaborative Advising Center at 573-651-2883.

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Admission counselor travels throughout state for Southeast SAVANNA MAUE ONLINE EDITOR

Southeast Missouri State University alumna Lauren McNamara graduated in 2011 with a degree in news broadcasting and a minor in Spanish. McNamara has worked with Southeast students ever since. She is one of eight admission counselors for the university and works with all the private schools in the St. Louis area as well as schools in the metro Illinois area and all of northern Missouri.

Q: How did you get started becoming an admission counselor?

A: It was actually never a job that I had ever thought about, but I guess it was the summer after I graduated from Southeast. My current boss Debbie Below encouraged me to apply because I hadn’t found a job, and it wasn’t anything that I really knew about so I applied, got an interview and the more I found out about it the more I liked about it because it involved a lot of public relations, which is the kind of career that I want to get someday. And you know, I love Southeast, so what better position could I have than selling the school?

Q: Do you use your major/ minor at all with the position you have now?

A: Well it’s funny you mention that, midway through my broadcasting/film major I realized I didn’t really want a career in that, so I took a lot of public relations classes and I did have enough to triple major by time I graduated, so I tried to take as many classes as I could. So those classes, yeah, I definitely used, not so much my film major but as far as Spanish students, anytime we have a Hispanic student apply at this school I kind of talk with them and see if they have any questions, so I kind of use my Spanish as well.

Q: How do you attract students to Southeast, and what are some techniques or things you tell them? A: The biggest thing is probably the personal experience that students tend to have at the university. There’s a lot of schools where you are kind of more of a number, and so high school students get that personalized attention in high school so it’s really comforting for them to hear that

they are still going to have those class sizes of 20 to 30 students. And they don’t have the teacher aide, they have the professor teaching the classes. Really more than anything other than that when they come on campus for a visit they experience that, they experience students reaching out to them while they are on their visit.

Q: Is there anything specific you show them while you are giving them a tour?

A: There is the recreation center, that’s a huge sell for Southeast. They always get really excited when we tell them there is a Starbucks on campus, and then a lot of them are interested in the residence halls, in Merick the rooms that overlook the football fields. That’s really cool for them, and they do love the recreation center mostly.

Q: Are there any other techniques that we missed?

A: We send a lot of personalized emails, and I think that is something that our office focuses on more, in terms of when students email us we get back to them right away. They’re not emailing our office they are emailing us individually so even on the weekends, I have a cellphone that I have my email on, and students could email me at 10 o’clock at night and I could get back to them that night or maybe right away the next morning. So it’s the fact that they hear immediately back from us rather than waiting if they email us Friday at 10:30 and having to wait until Monday.

Q: What questions do you get most often from prospective students?

A: Oh, that’s a good one. Well how big is the school, what is there to do, do we have different activities that range from sororities to athletics to intramural sports to a student newspaper. And a lot of them ask what’s there to do in Cape Girardeau.

Q: What do you tell them there is to do in Cape Girardeau?

A: Downtown, the riverfront, I always talk about that because that is something unique we have. A lot of college towns have the mall, they have restaurants, but they

Lauren McNamara Submitted Photo don’t have that unique riverfront with the fun restaurants and the bars and the grills.

Q: How long do you stay in touch with students after they agree to come here?

A: If they continue on with the enrollment process up until they come to SEMO, I send them emails through opening weekend. So I am working with students until they are settled into their dorm room. I have students who I recruited last year they are still sending me questions like how to get into classes, or where can they find this service, so I talk to students who are midway through their freshman year now.

Q: How many students do you take care of at one time?

A: Let’s see here, I just checked my numbers yesterday, and I had 900 applicants. So, yeah, over the course of the year I will have 900 applicants. Actually right now I have 500, that was last year’s numbers. But yeah, students who are just interested in the university who haven’t applied you could probably add, like, 500 to that.

there a table set up or what is the process? A: You know that’s funny because I always assumed every school just has a visitor table like my high school used to, so I went into my first visit thinking I would be set up outside the cafeteria, and I walk in and I had to give a 40-minute presentation. And I had no clue that’s what I signed up for. So it really varies from school to school. Most are, you may have two students or 50 and they come in there, and we go through the application process and talk to them about different things about the university, tell them our personal stories. But then you go to another school and you are set up outside the cafeteria.

Q: What’s the best part?

A: The best part is the nice mix of being in the office yet still having four months out of the year where you are on the road. So for those four months I live in a hotel. I am going to different schools every day, seeing different people, and the thing that makes it the most joyful is helping students through the confusing college experience. So when you can help a student and make sure they are comfortable with their decision it is very rewarding.

Q: Do you lecture, or is

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Student plans to utilize $3,000 scholarship to study in Japan Hinkle will implement email pen pal system as service project for her scholarship requirement RACHEL WEATHERFORD MANAGING EDITOR

September Hinkle heard about a scholarship at the beginning of the fall semester, got online, filled out a scholarship application, hit send and then forgot about it. A few months later, around finals time, she opened up her email and found out she had received the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, which would provide funds for her to study abroad.

“I’m very grateful for the scholarship. It was a very pleasant surprise, and I am glad to be a part of it. It’ll be a different experience actually getting to interact with people from Japan.” September Hinkle She chose Japan. “You have to apply before the semester you are leaving [to study abroad],” Hinkle said in a phone interview. “I was so involved in everything I was doing I actually forgot about it. Then I received the email about it and I was surprised.” “It was a very pleasant surprise after all the tests and studying,” Hinkle said.

Hinkle is a senior studying secondary English education at Southeast Missouri State University with plans to be a high school teacher. She already has received her associate of arts in teaching from Mineral Area College and is interested in getting her master’s degree in the future. She is currently student teaching for the first half of the semester at Central R-3 in Park Hills, Mo., and will spend the second half of the semester teaching English in Tokyo, Japan, thanks to her scholarship. The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a competitive national scholarship that gives students scholarships up to $5,000. Students who apply for and receive the scholarship must be a U.S. undergraduate student at a two-or four-year university, must be receiving a federal Pell Grant and must use it to study abroad. The scholarship is given out by the Institute of International Education. Students can find the scholarship and apply online by searching for “Gilman” online at iie. org. Hinkle received $3,000 and will use the scholarship to student-teach at Columbia International School in Tokyo from March 1 to May 24. She will teach English as a second language and expects to work with ninth and 10th graders. In her free time, she will see some of the sights in Japan, like the Imperial Palace and the Hanami celebration, which is a national flower viewing festival held when the cherry blossoms are blooming. Hinkle had to plan a service project to receive the scholarship. She decided to start an email pen pal system between 10 to 15 students in Missouri and students she selects in Japan after she returns. “It would be cool to do a letter pen pal thing, but I think it would be a little more difficult than doing email,” Hinkle

September Hinkle Submitted photo said. Hinkle wanted to teach abroad, wanted to visit Japan and expected to have to take out a large amount of student loans in order to go abroad this semester. Now that she has received the scholarship, she doesn’t have to take out any. “I’m very grateful for the scholarship. It was a very pleasant surprise, and I am glad to be a part of it,” Hinkle said.

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What is your favorite social media website and why? J.C. Reeves

Tumblr! It’s an interesting site to go on if you want to kill some time. Lots of different fandoms, and funny posts to share with others.

Elizabeth Fritch

Pinterest! I’m on it all the time getting new recipes, workout routines, and fitness tips. There’s always a ton of interesting stuff on there!

Tina Eaton

StumbleUpon is awesome for finding and bookmarking interesting websites that match your interests.

Damian Kaizer

I reluctantly joined Facebook a few years ago because of its “Group” function. When I joined the student organization Anime Party, it was a fantastic way to keep in touch with all of my newfound friends. These days you will rarely find me not connected to Facebook in some way through my computer or on my mobile phone.

Online editor Savanna Maue snapped this picture of the frozen fountain in front of Kent Library last week. For more cool photos or interesting information follow the Arrow on Twitter @southeastArrow. ​

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Gabrielle Baffoni will play clarinet with Matt Yount playing on the piano at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at the River Campus.+​

THE importance of Black History Month


Q: What is the significance of Black History Month to you?


Black History Month represents a time for the collective reflection of who we are as a people of color and how we have contributed to a nation of color. This point of reflection is often overwhelming and humbling as I recall the chronological facts that exist between then and now of Black America and a nation of color. Black History Month is a time of reconciliation and an acknowledgement of resilience. Perhaps the greatest reconciliation is that of definition and expectation. In character, I am both defined and limited by definition. In life experience, I have a portfolio of messages and experiences that have led to definitions of who I am and what I can

achieve as a man of color. Each year and during Black History Month I am challenged to re-evaluate the old definitions and expectations to determine their relevance to the man I am today and the totality of my life contributions. These definitions and contributions are critical because they, in part, add to the collective history (both written and unwritten) of the black experience. The resilience that African-American people experienced over the course of a few centuries is perhaps the greatest display of what is the best of us. As we continue to learn more from the mistakes and the obstacles that we overcome, I believe this is also true of the greatest nation on Earth, which is stronger and more resilient because it has demonstrated the ability to self-examine the moral dilemma of its time and self-correct as a nation.



Black History simply means to me a legacy of men and women who worked hard for equality and freedom in America. It means to me that these people didn’t want to settle for the normal but wanted to stand up for what they believed in and what was right. Some lessons that I have learned personally is that regardless of any situation you are in, if you feel justice is not being served or you wasn’t treated in the manner of respect, you have to stand up and be heard! I

have learned to not respond to ignorance with ignorance, for when one does this they are only submitting themselves to the public stereotype of their race, culture and heritage. More and more each day I am being taught that we have come a long way in our fight for equality, but we have much longer to go. Electing President Barack Obama was a huge milestone but in retrospective is only a step into where we will be heading to in the future. Black History reminds us of all of the people who made a way for not only African-American people but those of all races. Although Black History is acknowledged the month of February it lives deep within us yearlong. Free at last!


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