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The Newspaper of Lamar University

Vol. 94, No. 4 October 12, 2017

Homecoming deadlines approaching Caitlin McAlister UP editor

The deadline for Homecoming Court Nominations is Sunday at 11:59 p.m. Nominations must be submitted via OrgSync. “A student must apply for Royal Court,” Brandie Van Zanden, associate director for student involvement, said. “They will have to be sponsored by a student organization — the organization’s

president will submit a nomination through OrgSync. The student organization must also be registered for the Homecoming parade.” Applicants must have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA and be a current student. Sunday is also the deadline to sign up for Powder Puff, an all-female flag football tournament. Each team competing in Powder Puff must consist of at least 14, but no more than 20, players, plus two or three coaches and one team cap-

tain. Captains must attend a rules meeting on Oct. 24 at 5 p.m. in the McDonald Gym classroom. “Powder Puff is a chance for our women to compete in a tournament,” Van Zanden said. “It’s basically sevenon-seven flag football.” The Powder Puff tournament will take place Oct. 29 at 3 p.m., at the intramural fields. The championship match See DEADLINES, page 2

Lamar fall headcount set at 14,516

UP photo by Shane Proctor

Grandma Carrie Boudreaux takes Amber Boudreauxs on her first carousel ride at the Texas Rice Festival in Winnie, Saturday.

A mighty ‘rice’ time Texas Rice Festival held Oct. 4 through Saturday in Winnie Since 1969, the Texas Rice Festival has been held to honor rice farming. This year, the four-day harvest celebration was held Oct. 4 through Saturday in Winnie. More than 100,000 people flood Winnie-Stowell Park annually, and 2017 was no exception. Sponsored by Whataburger, the festival opened Wednesday evening with free admission. Events continued through the weekend with live music, livestock shows, art exhibits and craft shows, antique cars, parades, a horse show, horseshoe tournament, bar-b-que cook-off, rice cooking contest and a carnival.

UP photo by Shane Proctor

UP photo by Ashley Kluge

Esme Lagard, above left, Chynna Lagard and Richeous Robicheaux relax in front of a mural at the Texas Rice Festival in Winnie, Saturday.

The Yoyo was one of the many rides that attracted visitors to the Winnie Rice Festival, Oct. 5 through Sunday.

Lamar University is expected to experience only a slight drop of around 3 percent in enrollment for Fall 2017 due to the effects of Hurricane Harvey on the region, officials said. Using the most comparable data, due to the delayed start date, LU’s enrollment is down about 3.2 percent with 14,516 students enrolled compared to 15,001 in fall 2016. Semester credit hours of 124,086 is also down 3.2 percent from the previous fall when students were enrolled for 128,191 credit hours. After the storm, faculty and staff members and administrators responded swiftly and generously to encourage, accommodate and retain students. Three additional fall semesters, or “Harvey Sessions,” were created with later start dates to give ample time for students to recover from the storm. Registration for fall was extended, late registration fees were waived, a revised academic calendar was developed and implemented and additional resources were provided. Like millions of other Texans, Lamar University students faced mandatory evacuation, loss of electricity, non-potable water, unanticipated recovery costs and the loss of personal possessions. Therefore, the final impact on fall enrollments due to Hurricane Harvey must await the outcomes of additional semester start dates. “We began the fall semester dedicated to providing the outstanding education Lamar University is known for far and wide,” said President Kenneth Evans. “In spite of the setbacks caused by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath, the university weathered the storm well and will continue supporting our students, faculty and staff.” Lamar University delayed the start of the Fall 2017 semester to September 5 by initiating all courses online until they could be transitioned back to campus. Although overall numbers will be down slightly, some See HEADCOUNT, page 2

Gladys City/Boomtown to host Spookfest Sierra Kondos UP staff writer

Monsters, ghosts, ghouls, and witches are some the many spooky characters that will be spotted at the Gladys City Spookfest Oct. 26. Activities will go from 5 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. with trick-or-treating through the Boomtown buildings and fun festivities for all ages. “Traditionally, it has been

one of our best attended events,” Troy Gray, director of Gladys City said. “It’s free, safe and open to the public.” The Greek Community and different student organizations at Lamar University are combining their efforts working to support the event by handing out candy, leading the games and craft projects. “I want the Greek society to look forward to participating every year,” Gray said. “ It is a

good way to interact with the public while doing something fun.” Gray said that each organization volunteering has an opportunity to receive a prize. “There will be three categories to receive one of three $100 gift cards — the most enthusiastic, the most prepared, and the most creative,” he said. “The students who received them last year were very enthusiastic and involved.

I would love to see them prepare their own games and crafts for this event so they can take ownership and do something fun for the people. We try to do different things related to our buildings, For example, in the dentists building, there is ‘Shave a Balloon,’ it’s messy but it works.” A South Park resident and blacksmith, Rob Flurry, will be

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A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of men and women. -Gloria Steinem


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Majors, Minors and More! McDonald Gym 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

October 13

Women’s Soccer vs. Incarnate Word LU Soccer Complex 7 p.m.


October 15

Women’s Soccer vs. Abilene Christian LU Soccer Complex 1 p.m.

Beaumont firefighters and EMTs simulated removing a crash victim from a car after using the jaws of life, Saturday, at the Fire Museum of Texas in downtown Beaumont. The demonstration was part of Fire Prevention and Family Safety Festival.

Deadline for Homecoming Court Nominations 11:59 p.m.

October 17

Volleyball vs. New Orleans McDonald Gym 7 p.m.

October 18

REDtalks: “Speak to Engage” with Rachel Dubois Mary and John Gray Library, Room 702 2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

UP photos by Victoria Seeton

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showcasing his blacksmithing skills at the event for the third year in a row. “I run the Blacksmith shop five days a week. I have been here five years, but I worked the shop back in the ’90s as well. I will be making knives.” Gladys City will be a great, safe place to bring the kids to celebrate Halloween. For safety reasons, adults are asked not to wear masks. Spindletop/Gladys City Boomtown, a replica of the boomtown that grew up around the Spindletop oil fields in the early 1900s, is located on US 69 at Jimmy Simmons Boulevard in Beaumont.


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will be at 8 p.m., Oct. 31, in Provost Umphrey Stadium. The deadline for the spirit boards contest, in which student organizations can decorate a four-foot by eight-foot piece of plywood in a way that represents both Homecoming and their specific organization, is also Sunday. The deadline for Homecoming parade is also approaching. Student organizations and academic departments wishing to be in the parade must sign up by the week before Homecoming, which is Nov. 4. Organizations must either walk, ride in an open vehicle such

as a truck or convertible, or have a float. This year’s Homecoming events will also include three escape rooms, Van Zanden said. Students will have the opportunity to sign up for times for the escape rooms Oct. 23 through Oct. 27. The escape rooms will be open from noon to 4 p.m. on Oct. 31 at the Sheila Umphrey Recreational Sport Center’s racquetball courts. “Everything is on OrgSync that they need to sign up for, and all of the requirements are on the OrgSync forms,” Van Zanden said.

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areas still grew or remained steady. Occupancy in the university’s residence halls, Cardinal Village, is at an all-time high, transfer student enrollment rose, the incoming freshmen class is among some of the best prepared students to date based on average SAT and ACT scores, while this fall’s undergraduate

student enrollment of 10,287 was virtually tied with 2016 numbers. The University is proud of the individual and organized effort by numerous students and employees to assist those in need, both on campus and off, officials said. These efforts will continue for months to come partially facilitated by

the Harvey Heroes, a community service internship available to all students. Registration is continuing for Fall 2017 special Harvey Sessions. Applications for spring, summer and Fall 2018 are being accepted. For more information and important dates, visit

Volleyball vs. Nicholls McDonald Gym 7 p.m.

October 21

Volleyball vs. McNeese McDonald Gym 1 p.m.

October 23

Guest Lecture: “Deep Water: The Story of Beaumont and its Port” with David Falloure Landes Auditorium, Galloway Business Building 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

October 26

REDtalks: “Breaking Down Barriers” with Caitlin Duerler Mary and John Gray Library, Room 702 2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

CALL FOR ENTRIES The Art Studio, Inc. is encouraging artists to create works for

‘SOUND/IN-SIGHT’ an open invitational show inspired by a pair of original compositions by Lamar University music majors


Submissions will be accepted in person

noon to 5 p.m., Oct. 31-Nov. 2 at The Art Studio, Inc., 720 Franklin in downtown Beaumont.

The show will open Nov. 4

To hear the music, visit All media accepted


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Take ownership of the ‘F-word’ True feminism more complex than rights for women; it’s equal rights for all

Feminism is a term that was created in the 1880s, but came into mainstream media in the mid-1900s. If you’ve ever read the news or been on the internet, you’ve heard this word. What is feminism, though? Everyone seems to have a different definition, depending on their gender, race, sexual orientation, religion and so on. The Oxford English Dictionary defines feminism as, “The advocacy of women’s rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes.” But in reality, it’s much more complex than that. There’s a common misconception that feminism is only for women, due to the fact the word’s prefix “fem” correlates with “feminine,” a word to describe traditionally womanly features. In its truest definition, feminism is supposed to fight for the equality of everyone. Feminism is not about giving women more rights than men. It’s about equal opportunities. America is long overdue in giving its minorities equal rights. There is quite a bit of controversy that comes with feminism. It’s often reduced to a stereotype of crazy women who complain too much, and, by modern standards, lacks credibility because in mainstream media, feminism has become the token of “white feminists.” I know what you’re thinking,


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“What does that mean?” “White feminism” is the most general level of feminism, focusing on female empowerment (sisterhood) and preaching about the pay gap, but it leaves minorities behind. Not all white people who are feminists are “white feminists,” but a lot of people miss the mark on just what feminism is. Women generally earn 80 cents for every dollar earned by a man. What is often neglected about this statistic, however, is that black women are paid 65 cents to a man’s dollar and Hispanic women are paid 59 cents to a man’s dollar. This makes people of color distrust feminism at first glance, because it does not represent them. White men undeniably have the upper hand in society, but there are also issues they face that need to be addressed. For instance, white men are more prone to depression than any other race or gender. We should start addressing the mental health issues in America, and not leave anyone out when confronting the situation. We need to address our past in order to have a prosperous future. There’s nothing wrong with admitting your privilege, in fact, it helps bring attention to inequalities in America and around the world. Feminism isn’t just about men and women. There is a significant breakdown of levels between races, orientations,


You have a voice — use it! There are many political issues in our country on a federal governmental scale, as well as politics within our own area. Of course, it is nearly impossible to come to an agreement on everything due to society’s numerous, varying opinions, but many of the issues that we’re presented with can be more thoroughly understood by doing a bit of research, or simply asking questions. What encourages change? A problem. How do we go about encouraging change? Our voices. In America, we have more than enough facets to assure that our opinion is heard — online forums, social media, and even classrooms. When we are tolerant of others’ and the opinions they voice, we will receive the same tolerance. We should be taking advantage of these means of being heard, and share what we have to say and what we think in a respectful and appropriate manner. We will never come to a point where everyone agrees on the details or takes the same political stances, but it is possible to come to a point where we peacefully disagree and still hold each other to the same esteem. We all have a voice, and using our voice is the leading way to help those around us understand why we think the way we do, and reassure others that they are being heard and that what they’re saying matters. Most importantly, we can use our own voices to encourage others to use theirs and understand their opinions without being rash or disrespectful. We can use our voices to be the change that our country, and our own city, have been waiting to see. Editor.............................................Caitlin McAlister Managing Editor........................Shelby Strickland Sports Editor ...................................Cassie Jenkins Staff ..................................................Noah Dawlearn .......................Keiosha Addison, Antonio Del Rio ........................................Olivia Malick, Matt Beadle .............Cade Smith, Olivia Malick, Karisa Norfleet ...............................Hannah LeTulle, Shane Proctor Business Manager..........................Taylor Phillips Advertising Assistants........................Jason Tran .......................................................Gabbie Smith Advisors Andy Coughlan and Stephan Malick Member of Texas Intercollegiate Press Association

genders, and socioeconomic classes. So what is real feminism? There’s no such thing as a “fake feminist,” because those who don’t fight for equality for everyone aren’t feminists: they’re just misusing a label to further their own cause. The term has lost its true meaning in today’s society. It’s overused, and people are tired of hearing the word, especially because of its negative connotation. True feminists believe in equal opportunities for everyone. This includes giving women and children access to

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affordable healthcare, family planning for both men and women (paternity and maternity leave), and, ultimately, an unbiased society. There are so many elements that factor in to feminism — it isn’t skin deep. We should do research and listen to people’s suggestions, instead of assuming that they’re complaining. We need feminism because future generations deserve to have an equal chance at prospering without their race, gender, or any other identifier holding them back. It’s time to move forward. With every year that passes, our society should be

progressing — it’s the only option. Feminism is beneficial for everyone. It allows us to be what we want, believe what we want, and live how we want without judgment. What’s so wrong with advocating equality? If you prefer to label yourself an egalitarian or oppose labels altogether, that’s fine. Just remember, at the end of the day, change is going to come. You can either ignore the inequalities and become part of the problem, or you can jump in front of the situation and contribute to a meaningful movement.

Buffering... Buffering... Today’s students require updated technology It’s a scenario we students have all faced — you’re on your way to class when you realize you forgot to print out an assignment. You dart into the library to print it out, rushing to get it done as quickly as possible. You sit down, log into a computer, tapping your foot in impatience, and finally hit print. You then go to the print queue, log in again, hit print again, and then wait patiently in line at the counter for your documents to print — and that’s assuming that the printer actually spits them out correctly, and that the poor student assistant at the counter doesn’t have to tell you to repeat the whole sordid process again. By this point, you are quite possibly late for class, and fuming, once again, at how unnecessarily complicated technology — or the


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lack of it — has made life at Lamar. In the above scenario, everything between walking into the library and waiting at the counter could have been streamlined by wireless printing. With that, one could simply print the assignment from one’s laptop, or even one’s phone. The problem? Our library doesn’t have it. This is not the only area in which Lamar’s technology is, sadly, lacking, as any student who has ever tried to log onto the university’s wi-fi will tell you. This is a particularly frustrating problem for students, especially since the university removed all internet access from the dorms except the school’s wi-fi — even to the point of banning on-campus residents from bringing their own routers. In fact, the two problems are actually related — you can’t have wireless printing without a quality wi-fi connection, so the slow speed and lack of signal strength with the university’s wi-fi is actually impeding the library from being able to even consider wireless printing as a realistic solution. I’m not saying Lamar needs to constantly keep up with the latest technology — that, I know, would likely be prohibitively expensive and time-consuming, not to men-

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tion involve a lot of logistical headaches and confusion. I am saying Lamar needs to ensure that the basic technological needs of its students are met, especially if it is going to leave them with few other options. Whether we like it or not, our digital-driven society has made technology a necessity for college students. More and more of the content students have to have for classes — including assignments, research materials, even entire textbooks — is now on the internet. Lamar has made an effort in recent years to offer more online classes — one facet of its effort to make LU a more attractive college option. The effect of these changes on the day-to-day lives of students is very real. Some professors don’t even hand out hard copies of their syllabi or course calendars anymore, and one of my professors uploads all of his class content and assignments on Blackboard — meaning that I would literally fail his class without reliable internet access. If Lamar truly wants to be a cutting-edge, top-notch university, then it needs to make sure that its students have access to the tools they need to succeed academically — including technology. The opinions that appear in editorials are the official views of the University Press student management as determined by the UP Student Editorial Board. Opinions expressed elsewhere on this page are the views of the writers only and are not necessarily those of the University Press student management. Student opinions are not necessarily those of the university administration. ©University Press 2017

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Nobel Prizes 2017


The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young for their “discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm.” The three worked together to expound upon the idea of a human, animal or plant bodyclock or, in other words, explain how living things adapt their biological rhythm so that it is in sync with the rotations the earth makes around the sun. In 1994, Young discovered another clock gene called “time-


The Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne “for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves.” LIGO, or Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, is a method of observing small ripples in space-time caused by the energy given off by large cosmic events. LIGO works by reflecting lasers off of mirrors at the end of long tunnels, allowing scientists to detect any change in the beams caused by gravitational waves hitting Earth. LIGO first detected gravitational waves in 2015, though the phenomenon was predicted by Albert Einstein as part of his



Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young

less,” and later, another gene called “doubletime.” Upon further discovery of molecular components that work together to stabilize and control our


Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne

General Theory of Relativity in 1916. “They’ve measured three (gravity waves),” Philip Cole, LU physics department chair, said. “A billion years ago two black holes collided, radiating three solar masses (worth of energy) through space. The universe is expanding and contracting all the time.”

“The LIGO experiment is a great revolution in observing celestial phenomenon purely through detecting gravity waves,” Justin McCollum, physics department laboratory coordinator, said, adding that LIGO allows scientists to “observe phenomena that wouldn’t emit much electromagnetic radiation.” “These waves can travel billions of light-years.”

Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson

ously seen, which is decisive for both the basic understanding of life’s chemistry and for the development of pharmaceuticals. Electron microscopes were long believed to only be suitable for imaging dead matter, because the powerful electron beam destroys biological material. But in 1990, Henderson used an electron microscope to

generate a three-dimensional image of a protein at atomic resolution. Joachim Frank made the technology generally applicable. Jacques Dubochet added water to electron microscopy. Liquid water evaporates in the electron microscope’s vacuum, which makes the biomolecules collapse.

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attracted the inmates in his book club. “After I talked about the movie, the inmates started passing Ishiguro around,” Doiron said. “Obviously, when someone wins a big prize like the Booker or the Nobel, people pay more attention to whatever the winner says or does or watches or listens to. I guarantee the inmates in my book club will be asking me for more Ishiguro in the months to come.”

The Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the 2017 Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons. Through binding international agreements, the international community has previously adopted prohibitions against land mines, cluster munitions and biological and chemical weapons. Nuclear weapons have not yet been made the object of a sim-

ilar international legal prohibition. ICAN. a coalition of non-governmental organizations from around 100 different countries around the globe, has helped to fill this legal gap. The coalition has been a driving force in prevailing upon the world’s nations to pledge to cooperate with all relevant stakeholders in efforts to stigmatize, prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons. ICAN has been the leading civil society actor in the endeavor to achieve a prohibition of nuclear weapons under international law.

The Nobel Prize was awarded to Richard H. Thaler “for his contributions to behavioral economics.” Thaler has incorporated psychologically realistic assumptions into analyses of economic decision-making. By exploring the consequences of limited rationality, social preferences, and lack of self-control, he has shown how these human traits systematically affect individual decisions as well as market outcomes. Thaler developed the theory of mental accounting, explaining how people simplify financial decisionmaking by creating separate accounts in their minds, focusing on the narrow impact of each individual deci-

sion rather than its overall effect. He showed how consumers’ fairness concerns may stop firms from raising prices in periods of high demand, but not in times of rising costs.


The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017 is awarded to Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson for the development of cryo-electron microscopy, which both simplifies and improves the imaging of biomolecules. A picture is a key to understanding. However, biochemical maps have long been filled with blank spaces because the available technology has had difficulty generating images of much of life’s molecular machinery. Cryo-electron microscopy changes all of this. Researchers can now freeze biomolecules mid-movement and visualise processes they have never previ-

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body’s timeclocks, Hall, Rosbash and Young brought us one step closer to understanding why our bodies function the way they do.

British-Japanese author Kazuo Ishiguro was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, Oct.5. One of Ishiguro’s best-known novels is “The Remains of the Day,” a post-World War II novel told in first person by a butler named Stevens. “Remains” is one of the most highly regarded post-war novels of all time. “Someone donated a copy of “Remains of the Day” to my prison book club a year or so ago,” LU English and modern languages instructor Jesse Doiron, Jr. said. “The inmate who ended up with it was a bit befuddled by the Japanese name on a British novel. He tried to get some of the other inmates to read it but had no taker, at least, not until I brought up a Canadian film — ‘The Saddest Music in the World.’ Ishiguro wrote the original screenplay.” Doiron says that Ishiguro’s sometimes offbeat, dark and weird writing

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Sizzlin’ in the Sun International Bacon Fest 2017 celebrates pork The smell of sizzling bacon hits one’s nostrils well before entering the gates. Grandma’s Boys Lemonade hosted the fifth annual Bacon Fest 2017, Saturday, in Houston’s Sports Creek Bar. The event featured Texan restaurants, bands and businesses to celebrate all things bacon and pork related. Bacon Fest staffer Drew Harris said the event drew nearly 4,000 festival goers who enjoyed eats from local food trucks, as well as booths from Houston-area restaurants. “It was a great turn out — I didn’t think it’d be that busy.” Luan Nguyen, part owner and chef of Casian King food truck, said. Casian King served BLTs with crab meat, an item created specifically for the festival, and kimchi fries, their signature dish. Jodi Bouttakoth, owner of Sticky Rice food truck, said the festival was her first event since launching her blue and brown stickered vehicle. “We’re new, but I’ve met a lot of nice people and even had some return customers just today,” she said. “Our bacon-inspired food item was a traditional fried rice topped with bacon and garlic.” The festival held a people’s choice contest to see which food truck or restaurant attendees enjoyed the most. The winner was Buttz Food truck, a converted bus with a gray paint job and a picture of a pig on the side. “We operate all over Houston,” owner Garret Blinn said. “We go to office buildings, we’ve been catering a lot, we’ve even gone as far south as Galveston.” Buttz food truck serves pulled pork sandwiches as their signature dish, but in keeping with the bacon theme, Blinn created a new dish. “We’re serving BLTs, but the lettuce was substituted with arugela and we’re using fried green tomatoes,” he said. “We also have bacon butter fries with jalapenos. We initially made it by accident but the customers love it.” Bacon Fest also featured booths where businesses sold non-bacon products. “We’re mostly online right now, but I love it at the festival.” Nicki Praisewater, co-founder and co-owner of Lone Star Honey, said. “We have our Fiery Sweet Mesquite Honey. It’s really good on pork and that’s perfect for the occasion.” Praisewater said the most fun part of the job is talking with people and hearing what they have to say. Bill Kelly was a first time Bacon Fest attendee. “I wasn’t sure what to expect,” Kelly said, adding that he enjoyed the football truck, where attendees could take pictures with a Vince Lombardi Super Bowl trophy. Harris said he has been working the festival for three years. “I love it — I get to make people smile with bacon,” he said.

Competitors race to finish a pound of bacon quickest at International Bacon Fest in Houston, Oct 7.

Buttz food truck employees prepare their bacon themed dish at Bacon Fest.

Photos by Noah Dawlearn • Text by Sir Phillip Poitier-Jones

Paula Foster servers out fire crackers, her bacon-themed dish, at Bacon Fest.

Ben Decarlo holds out his signature bacon-themed sauce. Youngsters chow down during a watermelon eating contest at Bacon Fest in Houston.

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UPsports briefs MEN’S BASKETBALL Lamar University’s senior forward Colton Weisbrod has been named 2017 Preseason First-Team All-Southland Conference, the league office announced Tuesday. Weisbrod started every game for the Cardinals in 2016-17, leading the team in scoring 16 times and rebounds 20 times. He garnered SLC Player of the Week honors in December, following a three-game stretch that saw him average 27 points and more than 11 rebounds. WOMEN’S BASKETBALL The Lamar University Cardinals dominated the preseason AllSouthland Conference women's basketball team, with three firstteam selections the SLC office announced, Monday. Representing the Cardinals are guards Chastadie Barrs and Moe Kinard, along with post player Kiandra Bowers.

Roy Stepanov practices at the Thomas Family Tennis Center, Monday, as the team prepares to move to the ITA Regional Championships, Oct. 19-23.

Tennis looks for pairs among young rosters Cassandra Jenkins UP sports editor

Inexperienced, but talented. That is the theme of both the Lamar men’s and women’s tennis squads this fall. The university’s men’s tennis team started their non-conference with four freshmen. “You can’t always have a junior, senior laden team in college athletics,” men’s head coach, Scott Shankles said. “We just happen to have four seniors graduate last year. Now we have four new guys in the fold. They are talented, hungry, smart and dedicated. It’s going to take time, like it did for the seniors. But, I think, what will really help us is that we have good leadership at the top.” The men return only five players, sophomore Brock Lauer, juniors Lukas Grubelnig and Sebastian Santibanez and seniors Logan Powell and Benny Schweizer. “They are doing a really good job of leading by example,” Shankles said. “We have some good solid returning players that have been very beneficial to the young guys. It’s just having the upper classmen hand down a little bit of wisdom and then have the younger guys experience that for themselves.” Shankles said his biggest challenge is finding good doubles pairings before the Southland Conference starts in January. “We’re trying to find new partnerships for this particular season,” he said. “I’ve changed a lot of partnerships thus far. Compared to the last two or three years, we’ve kept the same partnerships because Sophomore Sanja Jolic

those guys have grown up together, but in time, those guys will get more experience and we will be able to hammer down what those doubles teams will be.” Shankles said because of the newcomers the team has flip-flopped. “The last few years we have had really strong doubles teams, but because we have a young roster, they are still learning how we play doubles,” he said. “That’s a big learning curve for those guys. But the bright spot in singles is that we’ve competed well against common opponents, as well as national opponents. We haven’t won every single one, which is OK. In the fall, we are just looking to get a lot of matches in so we can get some experience.” Across the court, the women’s team faces similar problems. The women’s team consists of six freshmen, two sophomores, a junior and senior. “Most of these young ladies come in and don’t know how to play doubles,” head coach, David Wong said. “We are focusing a lot on doubles and trying to pair up the right combination, making different changes and playing different teams and pairings to find the right mix. The two best players might not make the best doubles so we need to find the right mix with those eight girls. “Singles is getting better. Our first real tournament was in Lafayette. The result was horrible, but the performance was good. Now moving forward, a week later, we just played in New Orleans. The result was way better and the performance is getting better. We are moving in the right direction as the girls keep buying into the philosophy we are trying to instill in them. The fall is about getting to know the players, their

Volleyball rallies to beat SLU Cassandra Jenkins UP sports editor

Lamar University’s women’s volleyball team bounced back from dropping the first set to win a 3-1 match (25-13, 22-25, 21-25, 15-25) over Southeastern Louisiana, in McDonald Gym, Tuesday. Sophomore Dannisha House hit the first dig of the night, but SLU pulled ahead doubling LU’s score at 12-6 and 20-10, eventually pulling away to take the set 25-13. “We have a really bad habit of spending the first 20 minutes of the match deciding who we are going to be today,” head coach Alan Edwards said. “We talked about it during the break — the first set was a throw away. Once we settled in and played a little bit in the second set, I started to feel pretty good about it.” Lamar returned in the second set ready to defend the home court. Outside hitter Ivette Dim set the team up with the first point. The Lady Cards started the second strongly by pulling ahead of the Lady Lions 6-4. SLU wasn’t going down without a fight as they struggled to re-tie the score at 8-8 and eventually regain the lead at 20-19. Both teams fought hard to finish the set, but

strengths, their weaknesses and to get them into better shape before we start the spring season.” Wong said this is the best recruiting class he has had in 19 years of coaching. “There are no weaknesses,” he said. “I think this is the first year that I have coached that this is a very cohesive team, there is no drama. It’s been a real pleasure to work with these young ladies.” Shankles said despite their youth, the men have had a good start overall. “We have played three events,” he said. “We started off at the Islander Open and did really well. We had the winner of the single’s draw, Benny Schweizer, who took care of his opponents. I think he won five matches in that particular event. We had another player, Sebastian Santibanez, go to the semifinals. “We also had a good consolation advancement by our younger guys — Carlos Paton won the consolation draw. We did well that tournament.” Shankles took two players, Schweizer and Santibanez, to the ITA All-American event in Tulsa, Okla., before the team played in the SLC Fall Classic in New Orleans. “Unfortunately, that wasn’t a good tournament for us at all,” he said. “We underperformed in singles and in doubles. We got washed out in day two so we didn’t get to see how we would have c0me back, but, all in all, we’re a little more than halfway through the fall season and we have some areas we need to work on, and some bright spots that we are looking forward to continuing to see.” Shankles said the work ethic of this year’s team has been tremendous. “Some of our positives, is our team’s ability to work hard in practice and not be afraid to make mistakes, to get better for the long run,” he said. “That’s a very strong message we have been sending to our players — don’t be afraid to make mistakes as long as we learn from them.” Wong said every opponent is challenging, but he has faith that the Lady Cardinals will be a great team. See TENNIS, page 8

two forced errors by SLU sealed the set for the Lady Cards. Tied at one set each, House set the Lady Cards up for another win in the third set. Lamar took an early lead and never looked back as they finished 25-21. The last set was no contest as Lamar’s confidence shot up to finish the set 2515 and the match 3-1. “We were five aces and four errors in serving, but they just had some girls who could serve really well,” Edwards said. “I think we were really good on the outside tonight. Murielle Hlavac hit .258. Thomas hit .342 and made really good decisions, which is something with haven’t done. “It’s also really good to see someone like Bre’Ala Box come around and start to have real input into what we are doing on the right side. She had a monstrous block at the end of the third set that really tipped what they we’re trying to do. All in all, it was a really good night.” Junior Tomar Thomas led Lamar in kills with 16, followed by Dim with 12. Amy Hollowell led the squad in digs with 17 . As a team, Lamar had 7.5 total blocks, 56 kills, 60 digs and an attack UP photos by Cassie Jenkins percentage of .284. The Lady Cardinals play Texas A&M-Corpus LU senior Haley Morton serves the ball in a 31 win over SLU, Tuesday, in McDonald Gym. Christi, tonight, at 7 p.m.

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Study abroad under a global tent

Catalina Castillion, above left, assistant director of the office of undergraduate research, and junior Amorette Fernandez discuss next summer’s trip to Seville, Spain, during the Study Abroad Fair, Wednesday. The event was held on the Brooks-Shivers Dining Hall lawn. Students were able to get information about the study opportunities offered by the program. Senior Nicholas Treybig, left, picks up fliers for the study abroad trip to Paris next summer.


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“All of them are really good,” he said. “They can all beat anyone on any given day, and that’s the beauty of this team. It would be a challenge for me to find out who is the best one.” Returning player Jasmine Buchta has really stepped up as a leader to the young team, Wong said. “She has improved dramatically from last year to this year,” he said. “For her to be a No. 1 player right now, and showing some leadership, is huge for the newcomers. All my freshmen are very solid players. They seem to be very

coachable, which is huge. They look at your eyes when you talk to them. They are very focused and committed. “I see big things for this team. Even though they are young, they are very mature, in the sense that they are accepting changes to get better. They are taking the challenge to get better.” Wong said one thing he hopes to teach the girls, is how to do deal with adversity, “Anyone can play tennis, but not everyone can compete,” he said. “How to keep composure, stay focused, stay determined and be committed to the team,

to the university and to the athletic program.” Shankles said the next tournament in College Station will be the most challenging for the team. “The ITA All-American is the first national tournament in the season,” he said. “Most teams from across the country bring players to this event so you are always going to come up against somebody tough. Our upcoming ITA Regional Championship tournament, hosted by Texas A&M, has all Division I schools in the state of Texas. They bring all their players and, because we are in

an incredibly tough region, generally we have five teams in the top 20 in the national rankings, making for a steep hill to climb in that event.” After breaching that gap, Shankles said he wants to invite the community to come watch the team at its only home match this fall, Nov. 3-5. “We encourage the community to come out the first weekend of November for the Ron Westbrooks Invitational,” he said. “There are going to be some good teams out there. Tyler Junior College is coming out. We’ve got UTSA, a couple of guys from Rice University,

Prairie View A&M and, of course, us. It’s going to be a real fun weekend and it will be a good opportunity for people to watch the young team play.” The women’s team will hit Pensacola to play in the West Florida Invitational this weekend. The team will not have a home match until February. Wong said he hopes the team will receive some support in the spring. “They come from different countries and we have 10 girls who could really use some support, so I want to invite everyone to come out and support the team.”

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