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Southeast sells donated house Rachel Weatherford Arrow Reporter

Wooden boards supported the front of the house like crutches for an injured person. The 105-yearold Harrison house, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, sits decaying. Chipped paint lies scattered around the house like flakes of dandruff. And there was no solution in sight. With budgets being slashed right and left, the Cape Girardeau house on Lorimer Street, donated without restrictions by B.W. and Hazel Huhn Harrison upon their deaths in 2004 to Southeast Missouri State University, has been largely ignored and left to its own devices. Unable to funnel the resources into the house necessary to renovate it, the university opted to sell it in June. In order to use the property as a dwelling for offices or for classes, it would have had to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, among other requirements, according to Bill Holland, the executive director of the University Foundation. The cost of restoration to the university far outweighed its value, according to Holland. Jeff Joeckel, an archivist for the National Register of Historic Places, said that just because a house has been listed on the National Register does not mean it can never be sold. As long as there are no federal monies attached to the property, the owner can sell it. Southeast sold the house to private individuals who planned to repair the house and sell it, said Dr. Steven Hoffman, professor of history and coordinator of the Historic Preservation Program at Southeast. “Our strength is analyzing

BRIEFS Academics Announcer Jack Buck honored through scholarship Southeast, in cooperation with

KMOX Radio, will award the KMOX Jack Buck Scholar-Leadership Award in spring of 2012 in memory of Buck, who was a Hall of Fame broadcaster for the St. Louis Cardinals and an employee of KMOX for over 40 years. The scholarship, established a year after Buck’s death in 2003, will be awarded to a high school student from the St. Louis Metro Area or the Metro East area in Illinois. It covers incidental and general fees as well as residence halls fees and a 15 meal-per-week meal plan. Applications are due Dec. 15.

Theatre and Dance Students dance in the streets Students from Southeast’s

The Harrison house, above, was sold by the University Foundation for an undisclosed amount in June. The new owners have since put it back on the market. - Photos by Kelso Hope and documenting historic buildings, not actually doing the carpentry and repairs ourselves,” Hoffman said. “The [University Foundation] asked us for ideas about uses for the building.” Exit Reality of Cape Girardeau handled the sale. The buyers were Mike and Paula Haas and Quinn Strong. The current owners opted to sell the house as well, which is on the housing market for $109,000. “As a matter of Foundation policy we do not disclose the details of financial transactions,” Holland said. The foundation board decided that the best use of

the funds was in the form of scholarships, Holland said. Although the Foundation withheld the amount of money received from the sale of the house and therefore how much the scholarships would be, the general scholarship fund at the River Campus will receive the undisclosed proceeds from the sale, according to Holland. When the scholarships are established, the executive committee selects the students who receive the scholarships. “The proceeds from the sale are going to establish scholarships for the River Campus to help students with their education

costs,” Holland said. “The Harrisons were very supportive of the River Campus.” The scholarships will most likely be in memory of the Harrisons, who donated $800,000 to help create the River Campus, Holland said. The scholarships have not yet been named or distributed, nor have any specific criteria been developed, Holland said. They will eventually be available to students in the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts.

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Department of Theatre and Dance have been selected to perform in “Dancing in the Streets” on Sept. 24 at the Grand Center in downtown St. Louis. Eight students will perform the Spanish jazz piece “Sabor a Mi” under the direction of award-winning choreographer Susan Quinn. This will mark the third year in a row that students in the theatre and dance department have earned this honor.

Entrepreneurship Get inspired over coffee Elizabeth Shelton, the owner of

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Average kills per set by Southeast for the 2011 season. The Redhawks’ opponents average 14.2.


Redhawks resilient despite 3-10 start Southeast volleyball team split its first two conference games Erin Neier Arrow Reporter

The Southeast Missouri State University women’s volleyball team lost five consecutive games to start the season before picking up two wins in the Indiana University Tournament. But coach Julie Folliard has confidence that with her team’s effort, its season will be a success. She praised her players for their work ethic and continuing perseverance. “The girls will never let the ball drop without one of them falling to the floor for it,” Folliard said. With a record of 3-10, the team is off to a rough start, but it is 1-1 in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Redhawks won their conference opener on Friday against Eastern Illinois in straight games but then lost in straight games to SIU Edwardsville on Saturday. “I think that by us playing close with so many good teams definitely shows our potential,” Folliard said. “We’re struggling as far as our record goes, but we’ve definitely lost some close matches by two or three points and those would give us the win.” Folliard is not the only one that thinks the team can improve on how it started the season. “We’ve played some big teams so far in preseason, and we’ve played well against them,” sophomore middle blocker Emily Coon said. “It makes me excited for the season and what’s to come.” Coon also said that the team has been changing minor details during practices and that it is taking practices and games “a little more serious.” Senior outside hitter Paige Dossey feels that the team knows what to expect now after having gone 0-4 in the Memphis Invitational. The team was swept in three games against Georgia State and Arkansas-Little Rock. It won one game in a match against Memphis and Alabama A&M. “I think the first tournament was a little rough for us because we had expectations a little bit higher, but I think we’ve done really well at staying positive and staying motivated to work and get better,” Dossey said. Coon knows that the girls need to continue to believe in themselves and enjoy the game. “When we have fun we’re unstoppable,” Coon said. Dossey and Coon both acknowledged Folliard’s positive attitude and involvement with the players. “She’s very involved with all of us as a whole,” Coon said.

Senior middle blocker Holly Reynolds attempts a spike during Saturday’s OVC game at SIU Edwardsville. – Photo by Kelso Hope

Coach is very competitive just like the rest of us, but she is the most positive coach I’ve ever had. She somehow finds a way to see the positives in things.

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Emily Coon and Paige Dossey attempt to block an SIUE attack. – Photo by Kelso Hope

“She gets into practices and games with us completely.” “Coach is very competitive just like the rest of us, but she is the most positive coach I’ve ever had,” Dossey said. “She somehow finds a way to see the positives in things.” The team is averaging 15.6 digs per set, which is the fifth best in the OVC. They also have 67 total blocks. During practices, it has worked on maintaining these skills and improving its attack when on offense. Southeast has been averaging 2.5 less kills per game than its opponents. Folliard explained that the team needs to become better at

finishing games. During matches with Evansville and IllinoisChicago the team lost in five games. In the match against the Illinois-Chicago the team had two chances to win the third game, but dropped the game by losing three points in row. Southeast has not started out every match strong. In losses against Arkansas State, University of Illinois-Chicago, Arizona and Georgia State the team got behind early and was unable to catch back up. “Fortunately, we’re good at working our way back up, but we need to become a team that starts strong from point one,” Dossey said.


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BRIEFS Southeast Football OVC opener on Sept. 24 The Southeast football team lost

59-0 at Purdue on Saturday. The Redhawks were outgained 627-153 in total offensive yards in their first game against a school from the Big Ten Conference. The team will play its first OVC game of the season on Sept. 24 at Tennessee Tech.

Southeast Volleyball Three games at home The Southeast women’s

volleyball team began OVC play over the weekend. On Friday, the Redhawks swept Eastern Illinois then lost to SIU Edwardsville in straight games on Saturday. The team’s home opener is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday against Murray State. It continues the home stand on Friday against Jacksonville State and Saturday against Tennessee Tech.

Southeast Soccer Game with Murray State on Friday The Southeast women’s soccer

team tied with Saint Louis University on Friday. The Redhawks had eight shots on goal to SLU’s three, but neither team was able to score. The team will play its first OVC games on Friday at Austin Peay and Sunday at Murray State.

Spencer Michelson Arrow Reporter

The commencement of the fall semester brings with it Southeast Missouri State University’s intramural sports leagues, including Ultimate Frisbee. Ultimate Frisbee is similar to football and soccer. Players score points by catching the Frisbee in an end zone, like a wide receiver catching the football for a touchdown. The game is free flowing like soccer. For example when the defense intercepts the disc, play continues. There are two leagues this year, co-recreational and men’s. Usually the men’s league is split into two distinct divisions: Greeks in one division and nonGreeks in the other division. Due to a lack of participation, both Greek teams and nonGreek teams have been placed into a single division. John McLain, captain of Catholic Campus Ministry team in the co-recreational league, looks forward to the upcoming season. “I think it will be fun,” McLain said. “We might not be as good as other teams, but by the end of the season we hope to be better.” This is McLain’s first year playing Ultimate Frisbee in a competitive league. While attending a retreat for freshmen with Catholic Campus Ministry, McLain and his friends played Ultimate Frisbee together. “We played for fun at the retreat and looked at information into the league for when we came back to school,” McLain said.

One of three Sigma Phi Epsilon teams played Delta Chi at Intramural Field 1 on Sept. 15. Sigma Phi Epsilon won the game 10-6. – Photo by Will Hughes McLain’s goals for the season include having fun and getting better. There are eight teams in the co-recreational league, four of which will make the playoffs at the end of the season. To make the playoffs, not only is a team’s record taken into consideration, but also sportsmanship. Jacob Siedle, captain of Sigma Tau Gamma’s team, likes the seriousness of the men’s league. “There is more competition [compared to the co-recreational league],” Siedle said. “With the guys, it gets a lot more serious.”

Siedle did not start playing Ultimate Frisbee until he came to Southeast. “I wish I played in high school,” Siedle said. “It’s a fun sport.” Sigma Tau Gamma won the Greek league last year. Siedle believes the combination of the men’s league and the Greek league is good because now there are enough teams to form a league. Since the revamped men’s league only has four confirmed teams, all four will make the playoffs unless one of the teams does not get enough sportsmanship points.

McLain plays to have fun, but there are some other incentives to play as well. The $25 entry fee per team is perfect for any student’s budget. “It’s not as expensive as other [leagues],” McLain said, referring to the other intramural leagues that Southeast offers during the fall. “That helps for poor college kids like us.” The season includes four regular-season games and the playoffs, running from Sept. 12 to 30. More information about intramural sports can be found at

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The actors of “Into the Woods” stumble on stage as a giant shakes the theatre walls. - Photo by Kelso Hope

‘Into the Woods’ first performance There’s a lot to learn from ‘Into of season Elizabeth Fritch Arts & Entertainment Editor

It is a story about everyone’s favorite fairy tale characters, such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, the Big Bad Wolf and Jack and the Beanstalk. But any thoughts about a perfect Disney ending need to be put on hold. The musical “Into the Woods” is based entirely on Brothers Grimm fairy tales where the endings are not what you would expect. Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance will bring James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s fractured fairy tale “Into the Woods” to life when it opens the 2011-2012 season in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at the River Campus. The cast list includes an ambivalent Cinderella, a bloodthirsty Little Red Riding Hood, a Prince Charming with a roving eye and a witch who raps. Many other characters will be found onstage, including the baker and the baker’s wife, two characters created by Lapine and Sondheim. “This show is fabulously an ensemble show,” director Amy Fritsche said. “Every single person goes into the woods. Every single person has an experience in the woods, and almost every single person is changed by their experience that happens to them.” The Tony award-winning musical ties together several familiar Brothers Grimm fairy tales into an original plot. The

the Woods,’ and I hope that Cape can grasp that message that’s coming from our show because that’s what we are doing it for. Hannah Moore

characters’ wishes are granted at the end of Act 1 to make it a traditional comedy, but Act 2 takes on the essence of a Brothers Grimm fairy tale where the story is dark and tragedies occur. “The characters are so complex and nothing is as it seems,” Fritsche said. “It’s like life. You have to be careful what you do and be careful how you go about it because consequences happen.” The music and lyrics were written by Sondheim. According to Fritsche, Sondheim thinks musicals should convey lessons, and many lessons can be learned while watching this show. “There’s a lot to learn from ‘Into the Woods,’ and I hope that Cape can grasp that message that’s coming from our show because that’s what we are doing it for,” said Hannah Moore, a

senior musical theatre major who plays the witch. “Our theatre department loves this show because we can tell people a story, and we can give back with what we do on stage.” According to the faculty, cast and crew of the musical, the rush of a five-week preparation period has been a lot to handle, but the music has been the most complicated part of the process. “Sondheim is a musical genius,” Fritsche said. “If there is one person who I would equate to Shakespeare in the musical theatre world, it is Sondheim.” Freshman musical theatre major Olivia Lynn plays Rapunzel. In addition to the intimidation of being the only freshman female in the cast, she also believes the music is a huge task. “He [Sondheim] has the most beautiful and intricate pieces,” Lynn said, “but to put them together in this amount of time is difficult, and to perfect them and get them with characterization and passion behind it, as well as getting the notes and the rhythms, it’s very intimidating.” According to Fritsche, “Into the Woods” lacks a lot of dancing because typically Sondheim and choreographers don’t seem to mix. Choreographer Hilary Peterson said her biggest challenge is finding where she can enhance the work and add choreography where it may not have originally been intended. “The show, although it doesn’t have as much dance as other [musicals] might, it’s still a great show, so you still should check it out for the singing aspect of it,” Peterson said. “The singing and all the other production elements that go into it are going to make this a great show.” Moore said that there are many reasons why the community

Cast members memorize their lines while rehearsing. - Photo by Kelso Hope

should come enjoy the show. “It’s a fun show,” Moore said. “It’s scary, it’s happy, it’s sad, it’s fun and there are always emotions. It’s just like a roller coaster. It’s just as good as going to see any movie, and it’s also really fun to come see the local talent and support our school.”

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“Into the Woods” will begin at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 through Oct. 1 and also at 2 p.m. on Oct. 2. Tickets are $3 with a Southeast I.D. and range from $17 to $20 for the general public. They can be purchased from the River Campus box office or from any MetroTix outlet.

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Band coming to campus Brittany Tedder Arrow Reporter

The River Campus Touring Series is kicking off its 2011-2012 season with the jazzy and upbeat Cab Calloway Orchestra. Cabell (Cab) Calloway was a blues singer in the 1920s who became famous leading his jazz orchestras at the Cotton Club, a nightclub in Harlem, N.Y. that was in business during the prohibition. “He was one of the most influential musicians of his time,” assistant director of the River Campus Robert Cerchio said. “He had a style that was unique.” According to Cerchio, The Cab Calloway Orchestra was a big band like the Glenn Miller Orchestra, which had over twenty members. Calloway appeared in “The

Cincinnati Kid,” “Hello Dolly!” and a music video with Janet Jackson. “Cab Calloway had a featured part in ‘The Blues Brothers,’” Cerchio said about the 1980 movie that tells the story of two brothers putting a blues band back together. “In the movie, Calloway performed one of his signature songs, Minnie the Moocher.” Calloway died in 1994. In 1995, he was inducted into the International Jazz Hall of Fame. The Cab Calloway Orchestra will be directed by Calloway’s grandson, Calloway Brooks. Calloway’s style of music continues to entertain audiences. “When you have an orchestra named after the person even though they aren’t with them any more, you still have their music,” Cerchio said.

The orchestra generally plays in the style and music of Cab Calloway, but will also do newer works according to Cerchio. Cerchio believes students will see this show as a way to expand their musical horizons. “It’s a lot of fun, it’s great music and it’s a style students are not familiar with,” Cerchio said. “If all you do is go through life only going to concerts of stuff you know, you’re going to lead an awful boring life.” Cab Calloway Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7, in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall. For the public, tickets for the first balcony are $34. The second balcony seats cost $28. Student tickets are halfprice with a Southeast ID.

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public. An exhibition of 50 Edo period prints reveals an intimate history of Japanese print collecting in the southern United States from the early 20th century. Works encompass themes of beautiful women, actors, and the theater, landscapes, narrative scenes and the decorative. Artists represented include Hiroshige, Hokusai, Utagawa, and other important printmakers of the Edo period.

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The Floating World: Ukiyo-e Prints from the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art The River Campus held an open house on Sept. 17 to celebrate its fifth anniversary. It was also used as a tool to bring the community in to see what the students and faculty have to offer. Stage combat, seen in the above photo, was one of many performances showcased on Saturday. – Photo by Will Hughes



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Sunday, Sept. 25 3 p.m. RIVER CAMPUS: ROBERT F. AND GERTRUDE L. SHUCK MUSIC RECITAL HALL CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO The Department of Music will present a number of guest artists and faculty recitals throughout the 2011-2012 season. All performances will be held in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall.

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Event to educate about sexual assault resources

ISLAMIC Center home for Muslims and a source of help

Jacqueline Irigoyen Arrow Reporter

When a person is a victim of sexual assault, they go through investigations, police reports and examinations, in which they may have to leave their clothes behind for evidence and tests. What most don’t know are the resources available to victims after all that is done. Southeast Missouri Network Against Sexual Violence, located in Doctors’ Park in Cape Girardeau, along with VICTORY — Violence Information Counseling Treatment Outreach Rights And You— located in the University Center, are both programs that provide help such as counseling to sexual assault victims. To show that these resources are available, they are holding the event called “Rock Against Rape.” According to statistics from the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, more commonly referred to as RAINN, 44 percent of rape victims are under the age of 18 and 80 percent are under the age of 30. Each year there are about 213,000 victims of sexual assault. Every two minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted, and 60 percent of sexual assaults are not reported to the police. “Rock Against Rape” is being held on Sept. 22, which is known as RAINN Day. This day marks RAINN’S annual campaign devoted to raising awareness and educating individuals against sexual violence on college campuses. “While there is no surefire way to prevent a sexual assault, there are some simple steps students can take to reduce their risk,” RAINN spokesperson Katherine Hull said. “It’s also critical that in the event of a sexual assault, students are equipped and informed about what to do.” According to the latest statistics from Southeast’s Department of Public Safety, in 2009 there was one forcible sexual assault on Southeast’s campus and one in a university residential facility. “Sexual violence happens every day to women of all ages and backgrounds,”

Dan Fox Editor

Every Friday around 5:30 p.m., the inconspicuous tan building on Northwest End Boulevard bustles with activity. People move this way and that, carrying containers filled with spaghetti, tuna sandwiches and bags of potato chips. Some of these containers are loaded into cars to be distributed in surrounding neighborhoods, and some are left sitting on long tables inside, waiting for hungry local families to pick them up. These boxes of food are being stuffed and dispersed by members of the Islamic Center of Cape Girardeau as well as students in the Muslim Student Association at Southeast Missouri State University for their Feed the Hungry program. Until 1999, Muslims in Cape Girardeau had to be flexible with where they prayed and gathered. With no mosque in town, they were forced to rent places to hold their prayer services. They jumped from rooms at the university to churches to apartment buildings until finally buying the center 12 years ago. At first it was simply a constant place to perform their daily prayers, but soon became a hub of activity and support, and not just for the Muslim community. Dr. Ahmed Sheikh, who oversees much of the center’s charity work, said there were several Muslim families in the area that could not afford school supplies for their children. “So we bought school bags for those children,” Sheikh said. “But what about the other children in the community who didn’t have school bags?” After supplying students with basic school necessities, Sheikh realized they could do the same thing for hungry familiesboth within and outside of the Muslim community. “There are families that need food, but there are only a few Muslim families that were hungry,” Sheikh said. “Most of the needy people are not Muslim.” According to Sheikh, the best blessings from God are delivered in two forms: spiritual and material. Spiritual blessings come in the form of guidance, and material blessings are worldly means of sustenance. “Our responsibility is not only to benefit from these, but to share them with the people,” Sheikh said. “The Quran taught us that you are not a true believer if you sleep on a full stomach and your neighbor sleeps hungry.” This central Muslim belief was the inspiration for the center’s Feed the Hungry initiative. On Oct. 1, 2010, the center held a Friday service to discuss hunger and why feeding the hungry is important. Sheikh, who was leading the service, asked for volunteers to join him and help distribute food. “We went out into the community and distributed 17 meals that day,” Sheikh said. “That was a humble beginning, and we decided to continue it from that point on.” Within the first month of the program’s start, the center

handed out over 600 meals. Now volunteers distribute 60 to 75 boxed meals to Cape Girardeau households, every Friday. “We don’t do it for prestige,” said MSA member Haneen Wadi. “A characteristic of a good Muslim is that they care about their neighbor.” It wasn’t a smooth process getting the Feed the Hungry program off the ground. Sheikh said that initially the members of the center were told that “people would not want food from you because you are Muslim,” or because their food would be too different for local people’s tastes, even though most of the food was spaghetti cooked at a local nursing home. These are a few examples of the many misconceptions that exist about Islam and its believers, according to Southeast education professor Tahsin Khalid. “[People] think we have a different god because we use the term Allah,” Khalid said. “The only difference is a difference of language. If you are Christian

and you grew up in the Middle East, you would call him Allah.” Khalid said another mistaken belief about Islam concerns the treatment of women in Muslim culture. For example, many nonMuslims see Islamic women covered from head to toe in clothing as a sign of oppression. Khalid said that is a choice of modesty left up to the women. “My wife does it because she is following the Virgin Mary,” Khalid said. When it comes to violence against women, he believes “no religion would teach violence against women, the elderly or people who cannot defend themselves.” While tension between Muslims and the communities they live in have risen in the last decade, Khalid said there have been very few examples of that in Cape Girardeau. “We have had a very positive reaction and interaction with people,” Khalid said. “We had only one negative incident where

somebody got drunk and threw rocks into the Islamic Center.” Otherwise, the relationship that the center has with its community is a strong one, according to Khalid. Open houses held at the center have a strong turnout, and Khalid said the center has participated in several interfaith activities with local churches, including holding a service on Sept. 11. “Two years ago a local church had a program on Islam,” Khalid said. “They had a six-week program they asked us to participate in.” Khalid, who is also the imam, or leader of the prayer services, said the center participated in relief efforts in Joplin after the traumatic tornado struck in May and also held programs for the victims of the Haiti earthquake and the tsunami that hit Indonesia in 2004. “It’s a misconception that Islam teaches followers to be enemies with others,” Khalid said. “Islam teaches us to be nice to everyone – to always be honest, to be truthful.”

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project coordinator for VICTORY Sylvia Edgar said. “It can happen to your sister, your friend, your girlfriend or your daughter. College women are four times more likely to be sexually assaulted than the general population.” Misti Stanfield, a nurse for the Southeast Missouri Network Against Sexual Violence, said that even though showing that these resources are available is the main point of the event, she hopes people who attend will get much more out of it. “We will be talking a lot about this at the event,” Stanfield said, “but we want to make sure the people are aware of their surroundings when they go out, and if the community sees something that doesn’t look safe or that may not be a good situation, that they will do something about it and help.” At the event, sponsors from VICTORY and SMNASV will talk about sexual assault and the resources available to victims. The entertainment portion will follow. Hull said that after students are educated about these acts of violence, she hopes they utilize RAINN’s recovery resources, such as a pair of sweatpants and a sweatshirt for victims who have to leave their clothes behind and a confidential hotline to call. “It’s never too late to get help following a sexual assault — whether the attack took place last week or years ago, the National Sexual Assault Hotlines are available to provide victims and survivors with the help that they deserve to recover,” Hull said. As a cover charge for the event, VICTORY is asking for $3 or a donation of sweatpants and sweatshirts for women who have gone through sexual violence. Books for children who have been removed from houses due to contamination from methamphetamine will also be collected. Mike Renick and Tune Squad will perform at “Rock Against Rape,” which begins at 6:30 p.m. at Bel Air Grill on Spanish Street in downtown Cape Girardeau.

(Top) Volunteers prepare and distribute food to residents at the Islamic Center of Cape Girardeau (Above) Members of the center gather at the Friday afternoon prayer service. (Left) 5:30 p.m. each Friday, volunteers from the center box foods for delivery to residents that can’t reach the Islamic Center by themselves. – Photos by Dan Fox

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Nutty professors headline latest show Sean Nelson Arrow Reporter


ebbie Barnhouse is president of the River City Players Community Theatre’s board of directors as well as part-time director and producer for some of the club’s plays. She has been a member of the group since 1998. In 2001 she retired her performing role to focus on directing. The group’s latest production, “Academia Nuts,” is in the middle of its run. It will be performed Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Port Cape Girardeau Restaurant and Lounge on North Water Street.

What is your motivation when developing the River City Players productions? Barnhouse: Well, you basically start off with nothing but a script, and then when you’re done you get to sit back and see the amazing show you created. I like seeing stuff happening before my eyes. It’s kind of like when you sew – you start off with almost nothing and when you’re done you have this deep sense of accomplishment.

What would you like the audience to feel when they leave a River City Players production? Barnhouse: I would basically like them to say, “Ah, that was a pleasant experience.” What surprises me about people

afterwards is that people will come up to me and seem to have been clueless about their own community theatre, but also are thrilled to experience a nice show like this where normally they would have to travel to somewhere like St. Louis or Memphis.

Why did you make the switch from acting to directing? Barnhouse: Well, I guess basically because I wanted to try directing after acting, and I never went back. I’d rather be behind the scenes within the River City Players. There is a bylaw in the River City Players that you must be an assistant director before you can be a director. In 2001, I assistant directed “Driving for Miss Daisy” and enjoyed it so much that I wanted to direct myself.

What was the first show that you personally directed? Barnhouse: I first directed “A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody.” That show is when I learned that you don’t want a large cast. A big cast in a small area, like Port Cape, is too much. That particular show had 10 cast members and that was too large.

As the president, what role do you play within the River City Players? Barnhouse: I have to preside over our monthly board meetings, and I have to answer any questions

CONTACT KEYWESTGAL@HOTMAIL.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION Debbie Barnhouse behind the scenes at a 2010 River City Players production. – Southeast Missourian file photo that anyone may have, or do interviews like I’m doing with you. My main role is to continuously get our name out there so people will realize that there is and has been a community theatre in Cape Girardeau. I am also in charge of keeping businesses, as well as customers and patrons up to date.

How has your latest show, “Academia Nuts,” been received? Barnhouse: We’ve received an enthusiastic review in the Southeast Missourian. It was an excellent job by the cast and was well enjoyed by

the audience. We have been rehearsing since July for this.

What was your favorite moment of “Academia Nuts” so far? Barnhouse: My favorite moment was watching one of the actors have to carry an average, regularsized door all over the little bitty stage. He made himself disappear by moving the door over to the wall with a hook on it, and then hooks himself up by his clothes. Then the door is put down and he disappears, I laughed hysterically. It was awesome watching him perfect his prop usage.

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English education student describes publishing process Rachel Weatherford Arrow Reporter

Southeast Missouri State University junior Theresa Nienaber decided to self-publish her debut novel, “The Price of Life,” with the help of Smashwords, a distribution company. “There are no main protagonists,” Nienaber said. “No one is really good in this book. You just pick one to support.” She said she was inspired to write by her grandmother, who had her reading authors like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle when she was 5 and 6. Nienaber, a 21-year-old English education major, published her first book entitled “The Price of Life,” in July 2011. Nienaber said that the book took her about a year to write. By the time of publication the novel was 390 pages and over 100,000 words. “The Price of Life” is about a corrupt politician, Kristopher, who makes a deal with Lucien, a necromancer, a person who conjures the dead. Together they raise an undead army but cannot get along. Lucien then goes on a quest to find a mysterious compound. Nienaber said that when she decided to publish the book, she first took the traditional routes, but, like many first-time authors, realized that the avenues to publication were limited. “They [publishing companies] want you to have a sales history,” Nienaber said. Self-publishing became the alternative. “I thought, ‘why not?’” Nienaber said. And so the work of publishing “The Price of Life” began. While she was on a chat board during the summer she heard about Smashwords, which accepts first time authors and does not charge for their services. “The only charge was time,” Nienaber said. The authors do all the work, including formatting, cover art, editing and writing. They can hire a designer for the cover art. The writer then submits the finished product to the publisher. Nienaber spent most of her time formatting, and opted to do her own art. “It’s a huge time commitment,” Nienaber said. “You begin to hate your book – until you get it in your hands and you think, ‘I did this.’” Smashwords distributed the novel to online stores, such as Barnes and Noble, Amazon and Kobo. “Apple is the fastest,” Raylene Belcher, client services representative for

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There are no main protagonists. No one is really good in this book. You just pick one to support. Theresa Nienaber

Smashwords, said. “Kobo is backlogged so expect delays.” Nienaber’s e-book sold 2,500 copies in the first month. As a promotion for her novel, Nienaber’s e-book is free on Amazon until the end of September. “Besides the enjoyment of seeing your work in print, publishing your writing can be an impressive addition to your resumé that will help set you apart from other job applicants,” Southeast Missouri State University Press Publisher Susan Swartwout said. In addition to padding her resumé, Nienaber thinks it will also help her future teaching career. “It’s inspirational,” Nienaber said. “Now I can look at my future students and say, ‘You can do this,’ when we talk about topics like this or if they ask questions about getting published.” Nienaber can be found on Facebook, as well as on her websites, and

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Letter to the editor What does diVersity mean to you and hoW does southeast liVe up to that ideal?

Campus embraces differences Cassondra Lenoir Journalism Student

Ă&#x201A;When asked, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What does diversity mean

to me?â&#x20AC;? so many thoughts come to mind. I guess to sum it all up in one short phrase, I would have to state a quote I made up one day that so perfectly expresses my feelings about this subject: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Diversity is the end point of someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s norm and the beginning of anotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s difference.â&#x20AC;? I believe that diversity within any setting is definitely essential, but more specifically, I feel that it is a necessity in college. A college campus opens the door to the entire world without traveling anywhere else. Diversity is very important and needed to help one develop personally and professionally. It expands worldliness. College might be the first time someone has the opportunity to have real interaction with people from diverse groups. It broadens the horizons of those who may not have experienced certain things within their own life or culture, and it not only sheds new light on different lifestyles, but it also opens the door for new experiences. Diversity prepares students for future career success. Successful performance in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s diverse workforce requires sensitivity to human differences and the ability to relate to people from different cultural backgrounds. It is all the components that makes a person believe, act and think differently from the next. Here at Southeast Missouri State University, I believe multiple students have taken different measures to bring not only a piece of themselves and their cultures to this campus, but diversity also. Personally speaking within the black community, organizations such as ABC (Association of Black Collegians)

and BSU (Black Student Union) have been established in hopes of giving a voice to minorities. Although â&#x20AC;&#x153;blackâ&#x20AC;? is included in both titles of these organizations, they are open to all and actually include members of different ethnicities. Although I am involved in culturally specific organizations, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m also involved and passionate about organizations, events, programs, etc. that are geared more toward bringing us as a people together as one. An organization with a sole focus to inform and teach on this very broad subject is DPE (Diversity Peer Educators). Within this organization, we demonstrate that diversity is the very essence of who we are and why we are on this earth. DPEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s purpose is to provide students with insight into campus life and help destroy the stereotypes and discrimination that separate cultures, beliefs and races. Their goal is to educate about diversity and help our society become more open and accepting. It also stresses that we should utilize diversity to learn to work together despite our differing views and ways of life. I am also employed through the office of Residence Life as a resident assistant. In this position I also play an important role in spreading the importance of diversity because I am able to touch so many at once. SEMO is a very diverse campus compared to others within the state, and I am happy that I decided to attend here because it has really helped me come out of my shell in the diversity realm and open my eyes to others. I truly believe despite the many differences that make us diverse, we are all still one in the same. Yes, we may all come from different backgrounds and cultures and have a variety of colors, shapes and sizes, but we are still one race in my eyes and that is the human race!

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Learning assistance programs Help aVailable for students from tHeir first day on campus to tHeir last

nationally certified tutorial program aids southeast Elizabeth Fritch Arts & Entertainment Editor


The tutoring program at Southeast Missouri State University provides free learning assistance to all Southeast students from the time they are freshmen until they complete their doctoral work. University Tutorial Services is nationally certified through the College Reading and Learning Association and has held this certification since 2001. The tutors, who officially are called learning assistants, are students who have received a B or higher in the course they are tutoring and hold a 3.0 GPA in their major. Learning Assistance Programs, which includes University Tutorial Services, provide services to Southeast students to enhance both academic and personal enrichment skills through a holistic approach. Tutoring in most classes, open lab tutoring for highly requested classes and supplemental instructions are all available. “A lot of the services we provide through Learning Assistance Programs are voluntary and involuntary,” said Valdis Zalite, the director of Student Support Services. “We work with the students that are on academic probation, but we also provide assistance to the students who voluntarily want to get the assistance.”

According to Zalite, around 350 to 400 students request tutoring each semester out of more than 11,000 students that are enrolled. University Tutorial Services has received approximately 200 requests this semester and that number will continue to rise, primarily around the eighth week of the semester and toward the end of the semester due to midterms and finals. “The average amount continues to increase, which is helpful for us because over the past couple of years our services have improved,” Zalite said. “And with the improvement in services, we’ve had an increase in requests. Obviously, those things are tied together.” Freshman nursing major Juliana Baumann signed up before the academic year even began because passing anatomy and physiology is a requirement for her major, and she had heard it was a difficult course. She said the services are definitely helping. “I like it one-on-one because the class is a lecture class, so it’s huge,” Baumann said. “I can ask them whatever questions I have, and I feel more comfortable.” Sophomore pharmacy major Demetria Wright is being tutored in Spanish, chemistry and college algebra. “I know that I would not do the classes by myself,” Wright said. “I actually need the extra push

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More information about the services By Phone: 573-651-2273 Online: and the extra help, and there will be some times when I can’t understand anything and the tutor is always right there to help me.” Wright did say she has found a small setback with the program. She has begun improving in Spanish and college algebra, but chemistry is still causing her a few problems. “I think it’s just the way he’s trying to teach or he’s trying to help,” Wright said. “He’s not comfortable or maybe I’m asking too hard of questions that he may not be able to answer right away.” Wright said that her learning assistant is a first-year tutor, so that may be part of the problem. However, sophomore applied mathematics major James

Reinholdt started tutoring at the beginning of this semester and he hasn’t encountered the same communication problem that Wright has. He has found a different problem with the services. “The only other possible downside doesn’t come so much from the program, but it comes from when people don’t quite understand that we’re not here to help you do your homework, but rather to help you understand how to do your homework,” Reinholdt said. Senior biomedical science major Jared Frisby has been employed as a learning assistant for about a year and says that sometimes he runs into the same predicament.

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“Sometimes students expect me to do the work for them, but I never give them the information,” Frisby said. “I try to make it to where they understand it, and then they can enjoy it.” Both Reinholdt and Frisby find that this problem is a minor issue, and they both really enjoy working for the program. “My overall goal is to help people study better or develop better studying skills,” Frisby said. “Everyone has a little procrastination problem and my goal is to break that mold. Study a little bit, and then understand the material instead of waiting until the last minute and then not understanding it at all.” According to Zalite, mathematics-related courses, anatomy and physiology and chemistry are predominately the courses being tutored. The services are not just limited to those courses, however, and students with classes in any department can get help in one way or another. “If we do not have a learning assistant that provides assistance with the course requested, we do make referrals to additional resources as applicable,” Zalite said. “Additionally, we recommend that the student speak with his or her professor, develop a small study group if they can and we also review their notes.”

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