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56 = write-in votes 99.5 = highest

Vice President Michael Rainier

President Jesse Brewer

winning percentage for a candidate (Sarah Simpson, senior senator)

Executive Secretary Kelsie Penick

295 = votes tied

» SENATE WINNERS College of Arts and Letters Zu “Brena” Andring Amanda Blankenship Yoon Pak

College of Business Daniel Anderson Ryan Givens Jane Stevens

College of Behavioral and Health Sciences Jesse Gotcher Ben Sterling Jacob Winters

College of Education Daniel Bunger Lindsey Burris Myleah Gallagher

College of Science and Mathematics Megan Gray Molly Silkowski *Run-off election to be held between Trevor Hartley and Sarah Nimrichter

Sophomore Jessica Dillingham Junior Patrick Grady Senior Sarah Simpson

between Trevor Hartley and Sarah Nimrichter

1,194 = most votes

for a candidate (Michael Rainier, vise president)

1,726 = largest voter

turnout in APSU history

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Brewer elected SGA president » By PHILIP SPARN In the highest voter turnout in school history, APSU students elected the Student Government Association officials they want representing them next year. On Friday, March 30, SGA officers announced this year’s recordbreaking SGA election results to a room full of cheering supporters,

candidates and current SGA representatives. Jesse Brewer, junior History major, was elected to be the next SGA president, winning 52 percent of the votes over Drew Smith, sophomore History major, who came up short, gaining 47 percent of the votes. In last week’s Spring 2012 SGA elections, 1,726 students

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Community rallies, honors Trayvon Martin’s memory » By TIFFANY HALL Students, faculty, staff and alumni from all racial, ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds came together on Thursday, March 29, to honor Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed in Sanford, Fla. last month. Lelann Evans, a junior, started the ceremony by saying he wanted to raise awareness of the awful injustice that happened last month. He proceeded by stating the facts of the case: George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old white man, allegedly shot Martin, a 17-year-old African-American boy. He said this was not an issue of race, but rather an issue of injustice. Evans also noted the importance of directing everyone’s anger, and that the public cannot be responsible for whether or not Zimmerman goes to jail. “In America, you are innocent until proven

guilty. Zimmerman should be heard in the court of law to determine whether or not he is innocent, by a jury of peers. None of us have the right to determine that. That is our constitution,” Evans said. He also said every student on campus had the opportunity to walk across a stage and receive a high school diploma. Evans said Martin will never have that chance. He will also never be able to kiss his mother goodbye as he goes to college, or ever have the chance to experience college, simply because another man took it into his own hands to determine whether or not Martin lived. “Taking another man’s life should always be an injustice. There is no reason that we should ever have to kill somebody,” Evans said. Another speaker, Sarah Key, freshman, took the microphone to show her anger. She believes that Zimmerman committed a crime



Community members gathered in the plaza in memory of Trayvon Martin. SUSIE LIBERATORE | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER


Class bundling offered for freshman classes Health-care reform law sparks strong in fall, child care program expands hours opinions in the community, politicians » By CHRIS COPPEDGE APSU looks to reach out to freshmen and nontraditional students with new class bundling and expanded child care programs available during registration for the Fall 2012 semester. The bundling involves 24 freshman sections of writing classes, history classes and the APSU 1000 course. New students will be guided through this aspect of the registration during summer welcome. “When an incoming freshman books into a bundle, they will also become part of a group of 20 or so other freshman that will be in precisely those same sections with them,” said Tristan Denley, provost. “This creates a synergy between those classes and the faculty involved and a learning community of students.” While the university already provides child

care for students who may also be parents, this too will undergo changes. Beverly Boggs, associate provost for Enrollment Management and Academic Support, explained the current child care center plans to expand its hours for parents registered for courses that hold classes after 5 p.m. “The plan is for the registration in these evening classes to trigger an e-mail that contains the enrollment form the center currently uses,” Boggs said. “We hope this will allow greater flexibility for parents of young children in their class section.” As led by President June Knight, the Nontraditional Student Society seems very pleased with the new arrangement. “We believe this is a great idea because APSU’s goal is to help each student become successful,” Knight said. Knight believes nontraditional students


» By PHILIP SPARN The constant debate surrounding the issue of President Obama’s health-care reform law is again being re-ignited as the Republican presidential primary race narrows and the 2012 elections near. The Supreme Court heard this matter last week and is expected to make its ruling on the law’s constitutionality later this summer. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known as “ObamaCare” by conservatives, has continued to spark controversy, disagreement and support since its passage in 2010. Critics claim that this law expands the constitutional power of the federal government, costs too much and will lead to a government-run health-care system. While advocates of the health-care reform law claim this law reduces health-care costs,

it provides increased access to health care and implements vital patient and consumer protections. The controversy of the law is led primarily by the law’s mandate, which requires everyone to buy health insurance, according to David Kanervo, chair of the Political Science department. “Some see it as big government stepping in and telling them what they have to buy and taking away their free choice,” Kanervo said. Strong critics of the law, which include U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn and U.S. Rep.



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participated and voted for the next academic year’s SGA senators and executive officers. Brewer pointed out his past experiences as an SGA senator and his current seat as the Executive Secretary and many other positions at APSU have been a great opportunity to build important relationships and to develop the qualities that will help him as the next SGA president. “My experiences here at APSU have given me a learning opportunity but they have also helped me make strong connections between the faculty, staff, administration and the students,” Brewer said. “With the experience and connections I will bring to the table as the next SGA president, we should be able to get a lot of things done for the students here at APSU next year.” Brewer suggested he is going to utilize social media to help ensure students’ voices are heard. “Reaching out to the students and getting their feedback is going to be



and that he should have to pay. “I am angry that a child born in the United States was killed in cold blood and there is nothing happening about this,” Key said. She also said she was angry because Martin’s alleged murderer will walk free. She is sad for Martin’s mother and father and sad for all of the people that took the time to get to know him. “I am saddened by the tastes, smells and experiences he will never have. I am saddened by all of the goals that he will never meet,” Key said. Key said she does not understand how she can have a future, while Martin’s was taken away from him. She believes Zimmerman did not see anything about Martin, just his skin, and that is what led to Zimmerman


Stephen Fincher, R-Tenn., believe this law should be completely repealed, if the court does not rule it unconstitutional first. “It is imperative that the Supreme Court repeal ‘ObamaCare’ in order to ensure Americans of their constitutional rights and liberties,” Fincher stated in a press release. According to Blackburn, the law is filled with unworkable levels of bureaucracy and puts federal bureaucrats in charge of the health insurance market. “ObamaCare will devastate Americans’ health care system while it increases the federal deficit,” Blackburn said. “Under Obamacare, we’re losing our choices while the costs of health care are on the rise … We simply can’t afford a forced health-care plan that doesn’t work, raises taxes and many Americans believe to be unconstitutional.” Kristen Hershey, assistant professor of Nursing and former emergency room nurse, believes the health-care reform law does a good job of focusing on preventive care and ensuring everybody has equal access to health care. “The new law will help keep people without health insurance from showing up


my number one focus as the next SGA president,” Brewer said. The SGA executive secretary elections were close too as Kelsie Penick, sophomore Special Education major, won the executive secretary seat with 54 percent of the votes over Zachary Gillman, who gained 45 percent of the votes. “This election process gave me an opportunity to meet a lot of students, hear their ideas and learn what they want to see out of their SGA next year,” Penick said. “As SGA executive secretary, I will work to make sure that the students know their SGA senators and the senators know the students as well as their ideas.” The next SGA vice president was elected with an overwhelming majority as Michael Rainier, a sophomore Business Finance major, won 98 percent of the votes. Rainier pointed out that as vice president, he will focus on helping SGA senators work together and with the students. Most SGA senate seats were also elected in last week’s election as well, with 14 senators being selected to represent the College of Arts and

Letters, College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, College of Business, College of Education and the College of Science and Mathematics. Within the next week there will be a runoff election to decide the third senator for the College of Science and Mathematics, as Trevor Hartley and Sarah Nimrichter tied for third

allegedly shooting him. She also emphasized this was not a black versus white issue or Caucasian versus Latino. According to Key, Martin was just a child with his whole future in front of him. She said she thought America would be beyond shooting one another and beyond killing children. One of the note cards written by students was read out loud by Terrance Myatt, a senior: “Black hoodie, iced tea, skittles, black … am I next?” “I have that can of tea here, and I have that bag of skittles here because these are the weapons that a young man was armed with the night that he was brutally murdered and shot down,” said Wanda McMoore, APSU alumni. McMoore said each student on campus has the potential to be an influential voice in the public and

other people’s lives. She said it is very important everyone has the right to their own opinion, but everyone should stand by the facts. She ended her speech by putting her hood on, held up the bag of skittles and tea, and said, “Let go of any subconscious prejudices that you may have, and put yourself in Trayvon’s hoodie and all you have is a bag of skittles and iced tea.” Then the 911 calls from Zimmerman and an eye witness were played for everyone to hear. The last speaker, a U.S. veteran of nearly 20 years, Turner McCullen stood up. He explained he had walked the streets of many countries and that he was never once looked at as a suspicious person. He said he was so ashamed to know he fought for the freedom of the United States.

at the emergency room with catastrophic ailments or conditions which could have been prevented or diagnosed earlier if they had access to a physician and preventive care,” Hershey said. “Preventive care and equal access to health care can improve people’s health and help save a lot of money as well. This keeps hospitals, premium owners and tax payers from footing the bill for those who show up at the emergency room without insurance but needing emergency care.” Clarksville Women for Obama, a local group of Obama supporters focused on women’s issues, held an open community forum on Saturday, March 31, to raise awareness for the laws benefits at a local restaurant, Singleton’s on Fort Campbell Boulevard. The forum focused on clearing up misconceptions about Obamacare and informing others about the health-care reform law’s benefits, according to Wanda McMoore, the event’s organizer and critical care nurse. Supporters of the law, including McMoore, spoke at the forum about the Affordable Care Act’s benefits and what would be at stake if the law were to be repealed or ruled unconstitutional. “I am worried about the law being overturned because that could mean all of the ground gained for equal healthcare

The winners of the SGA election were announced Friday, March 30. The executive council and senate seats were voted on by the student body in the largest voter turnout in APSU history. A total of 1,726 votes were cast by the student body. The freshmen and graduate seats will be voted in the fall. BRANDON CAUTHEN | STAFF PHOTOGRAPRER


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‘ObamaCare’ will devastate Americans’ health care system while it increases the federal deficit.” — U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.

access, preventive care and patient protections will be lost,” McMoore said. McMoore pointed out young Americans less than 26 years old, women, the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions or critical illnesses all benefit the most from the new health-care reform law. “This law helps ensure that everyone has equal access to health care and preventive care,” McMoore said. “This law will ensure that individuals aren’t denied coverage for pre-existing conditions or life-time caps on insurance plans … All of this will be taken away if the law is repealed or overturned.” The Supreme Court is not expected to make their ruling on the law until late June. TAS

place with 295 votes, according to SGA. The results for the sophomore, junior and senior class senator elections were also announced. The freshmen and graduate seats will be elected in the fall according to the SGA’s website at TAS

He said he feels like he has to fear for his grandchild the same way that his grandparents feared for him nearly 40 years ago. “America is supposed to be the land of dreams for us all. I gave my life and health to this country, and I am upset that young black men are being targeted because they are young black men walking someplace that any other person has the right to walk on,” McCullen said. One student, Kyle Donald, said he was shocked to know Zimmerman has not been put in jail. “I cannot believe that Zimmerman is still in the public. He killed someone and should be in jail,” Donald said. “Tomorrow, when you wake up to go to your 8 o’clock class and you don’t want to, be motivated, because Trayvon Martin will never get the chance to experience an 8 o’clock class,” Evans said. TAS


with families want to feel the university will allow them to fulfill both their student and parental roles. “We hear from many nontraditional students that when their children are sick, or their babysitter situation doesn’t work out, that some of the professors do not excuse that absence,” Knight said. “If APSU is willing to alleviate that pressure for the nontraditional students, then NTSS fully supports it.” “I think it’s a great idea to group students together,” said Paul Storms. “It’s the kind of thing that can help people make friends from the start.” Others disagree. “It smells too much like high school, and I came to college to get away from that,” said Tyler Swanberg. Freshman Alex Arnold said he wouldn’t have taken the option even if it had been available for his registration last year. “When you have an overpopulated campus like this, it’s harder to get that sense of community between students,” he said. The bundling and child care programs were created by the university’s team whom participated in the Tennessee College Completion Academy forum during 2011’s fall semester, Denley said. The Tennessee Report website notes in a press release the Completion Academy is “a state-level simulation of the national academies developed by Complete College America, a national organization committed to increasing U.S. college completion.” TAS

PERSPECTIVES CDC ads clear air for smokers ,,


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Words cannot describe the feelings to see someone lose not one leg, but both due to the effects smoking.”

I’ve been surrounded by smoking all my life, yet have never partaken in smoking myself. My dad was a heavy smoker for many years, but last Christmas he offered the greatest Christmas present one could give to his family — to stop smoking entirely. He did this by free will, and with the aid of patches, managed to stop 30 years of smoking over the course of about five weeks. It’s not easy by any means. Many people have tried to stop and succeed for a few weeks, but then something stressful occurs in their lives and start smoking again. Many of my friends are smokers and when we hang out, to avoid being isolated from the group, I’m hit with secondhand smoke. Yes, it does bother me because I know the dangers of smoking, but to stand away from them while they are smoking is simply awkward everyone. It’s practically impossible to avoid someone smoking. As I walk to class in the morning, I see at least five people smoking right outside the campus walls. This is primarily because of the new legislation SGA passed last year, the Campus Smoking Policy, which prohibits “smoking in all University buildings, grounds and state-owned vehicles unless exceptions are stated in this policy. “Regardless of whether classes are in session, this policy prohibits smoking in all buildings, grounds and state-owned vehicles 24 hours a day, year round.” Otherwise, there would be smokers campus-wide. Though

I believe this has helped those who do not smoke avoid secondhand smoke, all one has to do is leave campus to smoke, and unfortunately, that’s right outside the walls. Tennessee is one of a few states that took the initiative a bit further. According to the Tennessee Department of Health, “beginning October 1, 2007, Tennesseans were able to breathe smoke free at numerous restaurants, hotels, and many other establishments as a result of the Tennessee NonSmokers Protection Act. On June 11, 2007, Governor Phil Bredesen signed the Act into law, which makes it illegal to smoke in most places where people work.” However, this still excludes all bars and some restaurants in Tennessee. Other states have full smoking bans throughout the entire state. In fact, about half of the United States either already has or plans to pass a smoke free law. Again, this is fantastic, but it’s still not enough. This brings me to my overall point. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued a campaign called “Tips From Former Smokers,” which is intended to educate smokers through stories and graphics from ex-smokers who have suffered severe and permanent health consequences because of their use of tobacco products. According to CNN, “the campaign includes eight television ads (one in Spanish), seven radio spots in 30- and 60-second versions, seven print ads and five

billboard and bus stop ads.” The campaign is the first time the CDC has run a paid, inclusive national anti-tobacco advertising effort attempting to target avid smokers but also showing the dangers of smoking to young adults from adopting the habit. I’ve seen some of the video ads which have been put out and each is quite scary to say the least. Words cannot describe the feelings to see someone lose not one leg, but both due to the effects of smoking. I believe that’s the idea though, to scare smoking out of someone who currently smokes and, even more so, to stop someone who wants to start. I hope I’m not the only one who thinks it’s about time someone put out graphically provocative ads to stop smokers. It is unfortunate campaigns have to be issued to heighten awareness. The statistics alone would make me want to quit if I smoked. I read smoking a single cigarette decreases your life by seven minutes, but according to the British Medical Journal, that number has increased to almost 11 minutes. With the average smoker consuming over 5,700 cigarettes a year, that quickly adds up. My dad started smoking when he was 20 and he’s now 52. I don’t think it’s necessary to do the math to show how proud I am of my dad for quitting. I hope the CDC’s “Tips From Former Smokers” campaign makes the difference and reaches out to smokers, young and old. Live your life; all of it. TAS

LETTER TO THE EDITOR  KATHLEEN DEHRING It is spring here in Tennessee and APSU, with all of its flowers exploding with color and beauty, is unequaled, in my opinion, by the several other schools I have seen on my travels around the south. Yet, for two days running in the free speech zone, there has been some real ugliness — the mangled baby pictures and pamphlets cheerfully handed out by smiling women, who support the pro-life agenda. I understand in order to have free speech in a democracy, all speech must be heard. I will never ask for anyone’s removal from the free speech zone for exercising their speech rights as a citizen of the United States, even though I might think their rhetoric is flawed or invalid. However, the medical wastegrade billboards show the results of what could have been a dilation and curettage or an abortion, (who can tell how old these pictures are), and those

are two different procedures. I for one have had a few miscarriages and appreciated the availability of the “D and C” procedure to move on from a lost pregnancy and heal. Having spent 18 years in the medical field — some of which was in labor and delivery — I asked just where the pictures came from. After all, if I am rendered unable to eat lunch, I want to know who went trolling for D and C pictures or if there was even a Hippa consent for some woman’s medical procedure to be on display. No answers were given. On day two, the pamphlet ladies were spread out so far, leaving one was in my path outside Harned Hall, extending a pamphlet to me. The young lady said, as I refused, “I just want you to have literature.” I truly get free speech is possibly speech I may not like, but as APSU is a public institution, can it not be kept strictly in the Free Speech Zone? Is the message this group needs

to share so weak and diluted they need pictures of gore to make someone stop and listen? Where is the counterpoint to this? Who will be there to argue for the raped, incest survivors and medical crisis intervention patients? Where are the people who will stand up and say women are not chattel and do not require a government to stand in as a parent to tell us what’s best for our bodies? I applaud a campus that makes a boundary space for this; I am asking why it seems to be one sided? It seems to be only ministers with loud speakers or pro-life advocates with spatter pictures that would feel at home in a horror show in our Free Speech Zone. Women, now is the time to have your free speech and tell people their belief systems are fine in their own lives and homes. It is time you also use that Free Speech Zone to talk about your rights not only as a woman but a human being. TAS


Healthcare bill small sacrifice for Americans Health insurance is something every American should have. In some cases it can be hard to obtain health insurance, who really  RONNIESIA and wants to pay those medical REED bills on their own? In March 2010, President Obama’s healthcare reform bill was passed by Congress. The Affordable Care Act has become the center of controversy between Democrats and Republicans. As students, it can be hard to take care of ourselves, especially when you think of things like paying for insurance. With this healthcare act, children can be insured through their parents until 26. According to, the plan for this act is to put individuals in control of their insurance by making it a requirement for health insurance companies to accept anybody, even people with pre-existing medical conditions. Think of the people who are sick and cannot get insurance because of it. That isn’t fair to them; those who are ill should be treated just as people who are not. The problem Republicans are having with this bill is the mandate which requires all Americans to have health insurance by 2014. According to, Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich have vowed to repeal the law, saying the federal government is exceeding its authority. The law will be going to court with 26 states opposing it. “These issues are really central to whether the federal government can regulate anything it wants to, or whether there are some things that only the state governments can regulate,” Paul Clement, a lawyer who opposes the bill, said. As Americans, none of us want to feel as though we can be controlled by our government, but there are some cases where it is better for the government to come in and regulate. If it were not for this bill, some of us would have to continue taking the risk of becoming sick with no insurance and no coverage in unexpected situations. Those who are already sick would have to continue suffering with no help. When people who are uninsured have high medical bills that are not paid, insurance rates go up. With everyone having insurance, it will keep rates equal and fair. According to, those who violate the mandate will have to pay a $700 fine. According to President Obama, “Unless everybody does their part, many of the insurance reforms we seek — especially requiring insurance companies to cover preexisting conditions — just can’t be achieved.” According to, if the mandate is struck down, the court will consider going on with the bill without the mandate being a part of it. This will basically make the bill unnecessary because cancelling the mandate cancels the main goal of making insurance more accessible and affordable to everyone. The overall focus of the reform bill is to help people get access to better healthcare. People do not realize this because they are more focused on the small picture and not wanting to be under the control of the government. If this is an example of the government controlling the people, it is a small one because it is helping them. In the long run, the ACA will benefit lots of people financially and medically. TAS




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Nontraditional students face unique hardships » By BRIAN BIGELOW

Nontraditional students face unique challenges in their pursuit of higher education, often balancing work and family with homework and classes. There are many reasons why people don’t immediately attend college after graduating from high school — marriage, kids, money, the military and the list goes on. Some never graduated from high school in the first place, but decide to get their GED and return to school to reach their potential, better their lives and expand their opportunities. “I always knew I was smart and I could do better than driving a school bus,” said June Knight, graduate student in the Corporate Communications program. “Then, when my last child became a senior, I said, ‘I’m going back to school. This is my time.’” After getting married at 16 and dropping out of high school, Knight got her GED and after raising three children, decided to go back to school after almost 20 years. She became the first person in her family to graduate from college with a bachelor’s degree. “My family is uneducated, so I didn’t have support. I had to fight for it on my own,” Knight said. Knight is also the president and founder of the Non-Traditional Student Society at APSU and had a hand in introducing the nontraditional student honors society, Alpha Sigma Lambda, to the campus. Another nontraditional student is Alissa Peek, 41. A junior Public Relations major, Peek returned to school nearly 20 years after graduating from high school, getting married and having two children. “I didn’t want to waste my parents’ money. I wasn’t good at high school. I didn’t think I would be good at college. I didn’t give myself a chance,” Peek said.

Lucas Freeze shakes hands with Rivers and Spires festival director Doug Barber after learning his design was selected for the 2013 festival. SUSAN LIBERTADORE | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Rivers and Spires selects APSU student’s design » By TIFFANY COMER


very year the Clarksville Economic Development Council holds a contest for the Rivers and Spires yearly poster. This year, the council decided they wanted more students involved, which led to an APSU Design Center class composing and submitting entries for the 2013 Rivers and Spires festival. Student Lucas Freeze’s design was ultimately selected. In early January, representatives of the festival met with the students and pitched their ideas of what they wanted captured in the final piece of artwork. Students of the class were each given the task of coming up with concepts for the poster, which would be edited and reviewed before the final submissions. Once final drafts of the projects were completed, they were placed in the Trahern Building Gallery in late February. “Working with the Design Center students was a new process for us this year, and it has worked out very well. We were very pleased with the quality of work we received and are looking forward to pursuing this project with them again next year,” said festival director Doug Barber. The Development Council came to APSU on Tuesday, March 27, to announce and congratulate the winner of the 2013 poster design contest. Barber told the students before announcing the winner, “We went back and forth between several pieces because we were pleased with all the work. You all have incredible talent and we didn’t want to make a hasty decision.” He said elements could have been taken from all of this year’s designs, because the submissions were just that good. Class members who submitted artwork were Theresa Biermann, Lucas Freeze, Steven Lafferty, Susan Liberatore, Briana MacArthur, Oscar Quintanilla and Danielle Spoon. When Freeze’s name was called, he was speechless and didn’t seem



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The opportunities are there for them as long as they take advantage...” — Roy Lane, nontraditional student

She left her job as a master barber and first got an associate’s degree at Nashville State Community College, then went on to pursue her bachelor’s at APSU. “I’m the only one of my siblings that has gone to college,” Peek said. “The thing that’s hard is balancing. Trying to get this college degree and keeping my family in check and making sure they’re taken care of, it’s really hard.” Knight and Peek both sought assistance when they returned to school. Peek sought remedial mathematics instruction through an adult learning center. Roy Lane, 40, a junior Biology major, enlisted in the Air Force and served for four years after high school, then got married and raised a family. When his employer of 16 years began downsizing a few years ago, Lane was offered a buy-out program that would help pay for him to return to school. He took the opportunity to enroll in college to pursue his interest in the sciences, with the goal to someday become a teacher. Lane encourages older adults to go back to school and earn a degree. “I would just tell them to not be afraid,” Lane said. “The opportunities are there for them as long as they take advantage of it. The biggest thing with older students is a fear of going back to school, but there are plenty of resources on campus for all students.” TAS

Lucas Freeze’s winning Rivers and Spires poster design. SUSAN LIBERTADORE | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

to believe he was the winner. He told the staff it had been a pleasure designing with them. After the announcement, Barber presented the APSU Design Center, as well as Freeze, with a check for the winning design. Freeze said the inspiration for the design just came to him, and that he “wanted to do something imaginative and different from years past.” This year’s Rivers and Spires festival will be Thursday, April 19 through Saturday, April 21 in downtown Clarksville, and the festival may see more student-designed posters in future years. According to Barber, “We were very pleased with the quality of work we received and are looking forward to pursuing this project with them again next year.” TAS

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Conor gets ‘spring’ in his step at the Clarksville Greenway  By CONOR SCRUTON

Conor takes advantage of some afternoon cloudiness to go for a cool run at the Clarksville Greenway. BRITTNEY SPARN | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

In my travels this week, I possibly had the most fun of any of my columns this semester. It wasn’t because I learned of a new part of Clarksville, but rather because I enjoy going to the Clarksville Greenway that much. With spring officially arriving, I figured it was about time to explore ways to get fresh air around Clarksville. I come from a family of distance runners, and my sister has been telling me about the Greenway for years. When I finally got out there, I definitely wasn’t disappointed, and I’m sure any outdoor enthusiast will feel the same. The Clarksville Greenway is located at the end of Pollard Road, off Peacher’s Mill Road, making for roughly a 10-minute drive from the APSU campus. The trail is currently about 4.5 miles from end to end, and is being extended. The path is wide enough to accommodate all patrons, and the asphalt allows for a “trail run” feel without the uneven terrain. Even in hotter weather, the majority of the path is shaded all hours of the day, making it a refreshing place to exercise or just go for a casual walk. There are bench swings at some of the more scenic

spots, which are perfect for stopping and relaxing for a while. While you’ll find mostly pedestrians at the Greenway, the trail is also very pet and bike friendly. The Greenway’s entrance appears in the middle of the trail; to the left, there are about two miles of fairly flat path where you’ll find most families and casual walkers. The path to the right is 2.6 miles long and usually less crowded. If you choose this route, be ready to battle a few serious hills on your way. Even for an experienced runner, the steep grades on this side of the Greenway can be tough at the end of a long workout, and bikers may want to dismount completely and walk some stretches. The Greenway is hardly a well-kept secret. It’s a popular family spot, and on really nice days you may have to park on the side of the road because it’s so crowded. Nonetheless, even at its busiest times, the Greenway has always been wide open for me. Just be sure you are courteous to other patrons and follow the rules of the park. Park guidelines and other info can be found at cityofclarksville. com/parks&rec, and on signs at the Greenway. If you still haven’t gotten around to that New Years’ resolution, now is the perfect time of year to go get some exercise. TAS

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Lady Govs win series over Eastern Kentucky De Castro’s home run helps the Lady Govs win their second straight OVC series, improving in the OVC standings to 6-9  By DANIEL NEWTON

After splitting a double-header on Saturday, March 31, against Eastern Kentucky, the Lady Govs were able to take the series on Sunday with a 3-2 win. Saturday’s games were split with Eastern Kentucky winning the first, 3-2, and the Lady Govs winning the second, 8-5. The first game went into the bottom of the sixth inning tied, 2-2, when Eastern Kentucky’s Larkyn Wood hit a solo home run, giving Eastern Kentucky the eventual winning run. In the second game, the Lady Govs capitalized on five Eastern Kentucky errors, jumping out to a 6-1 lead and never relinquishing it. On Sunday, April 1, the Lady Govs took the series with a 3-2 victory. The game looked grim in the beginning when Eastern Kentucky’s Kate Tackett smashed a two-run home run to give EKU a 2-0 lead in the first inning. However, the Lady Govs held strong by not surrendering another run throughout the match.

The Lady Govs were able to plate a run in the third inning, cutting into the deficit. The score remained this way until the fifth inning, when sophomore Lauren de Castro, who had struggled earlier in the game, showed why she is a star, hitting a towering two-run home run to give the Lady Govs a 3-2 lead, which they held on to for the rest of the game. The Lady Govs will look to keep up their success when they host UT Martin in a double header on Wednesday, April 4, at Cheryl Holt Field. TAS

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Kentucky defeats Kansas, earns 8th NCAA national title  By TRENT SINGER

John Calipari’s victory over Kansas avenges his 2008 loss to the Jayhawks as head coach of the Memphis Tigers. ASSOCIATED PRESS

As the 2012 NCAA tournament came to its ultimate end, the Kentucky Wildcats defeated the Kansas Jayhawks, 67-59, in New Orleans on Monday, April 2. Kentucky sophomore Doron Lamb ended the game with 22 points, while freshman Anthony Davis contributed six points and 16 rebounds. Despite 19 points from senior Tyshawn Taylor and 18 points from junior Thomas Robinson, the Jayhawks struggled throughout the game against Kentucky’s defense inside the paint. In the first half, the Wildcats showed their dominance by grabbing 19 defensive rebounds, while the Jayhawks came away

with 10. Kentucky ended the half with the three top scorers, as Lamb scored 12 points, freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 11 points, and freshman Marquis Teague scored nine points. Despite heading into halftime scoreless, Davis led all players in rebounds with nine, while contributing three blocks during the period. Kansas struggled to score against Kentucky’s stifling defense, shooting 33 percent from the field in the first half. Robinson and Taylor each scored eight points during the period for the Jayhawks. On the other hand, Kentucky managed to end the half shooting 53 percent as the team ended the half with a 14-point lead, 41-27. In the second half, the Wildcats continued to dominate on both sides of the ball.

Davis scored his first field goal of the game with just over five minutes remaining, but Kansas began to show life against Kentucky’s defense. Shortly following Davis’s field goal, Tyshawn Taylor made his first three-pointer of the tournament, following it up with a three-point play that cut the Kentucky lead to nine points. After trailing by as many as 18 points in the first half, the Jayhawks were able to cut the deficit to five points with 1:37 remaining in the game, trailing Kentucky 57-62. However, the Wildcats responded by consistent free-throw shooting to close the game and ultimately win the title, 67-59. The victory shows the Wildcats’ return as an elite basketball program and is the university’s eighth all-time national title. TAS

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#GOBATGOVS OVC BASEBALL STANDINGS Austin Peay Eastern Ky. Tennessee Tech Jacksonville St. Morehead St. Eastern Illinois SIUE UT Martin Murray St. Southeast Mo.

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6-0 (18-10) 4-2 (12-15) 4-2 (12-15) 4-2 (10-17) 3-3 (15-13) 3-3 (11-14) 2-4 (13-14) 2-4 (8-19) 1-5 (14-15) 1-5 (8-21)

OVC SOFTBALL STANDINGS UT Martin Jacksonville St. Eastern Ky. Murray St. Tennessee Tech Eastern Illinois Southeast Mo. Austin Peay SIUE Morehead St. Tennessee St.


13-2 (24-12) 10-5 (16-19) 7-5 (15-18) 7-5 (12-11) 8-7 (14-19) 5-6 (15-15) 6-8 (13-20) 6-9 (12-17) 4-7 (12-20) 4-10 (10-19) 3-9 (10-21)

With a 6-0 record in Ohio Valley Conference play, the Bat Govs sweep UT Martin to match last year’s longest win streak of seven games

UPCOMING HOME SPORTS SCHEDULE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4 Softball - 5 & 7 p.m. APSU vs. UT Martin FRIDAY, APRIL 6 Men’s Tennis - 2 p.m. APSU vs. Tennessee St. Women’s Tennis - 2 p.m. APSU vs. Tennessee St. SATURDAY, APRIL 7 Track and Field - All Day APSU Invitational Men’s Tennis - 2 p.m. APSU vs. Jacksonville St. Women’s Tennis - 2 p.m. APSU vs. Jacksonville St. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11 Baseball - 6 p.m. APSU vs. MTSU

After being named the last-minute starting pitcher, junior Casey Delgado held UT Martin scoreless for seven innings, as the Bat Govs won, 4-0, on Saturday, March 31. The victory marks the first shutout by the team since 2010. JOSH VAUGHN | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER


FRIDAY, APRIL 13 Baseball - 6 p.m. APSU vs. Murray State SATURDAY, APRIL 14 Baseball - 2 p.m. APSU vs. Murray State Softball - 1 and 3 p.m. APSU vs. Southeast Missouri SUNDAY, APRIL 15 Baseball - 1 p.m. APSU vs. Murray State Softball - 1 p.m. APSU vs. Southeast Missouri

The Bat Govs kept their Ohio Valley Conference record perfect this weekend, Friday, March 30, through Sunday, April 1, taking three games from UT Martin. The team won all three games by four or more runs, totaling six home runs for the series and earning their first shutout since 2010. Earlier in the week on Tuesday, March 27, they had no trouble defeating Alabama A&M as they went on to win, 19-4. The Bat Govs opened the series against the Skyhawks with a 10-2 win

on Friday, March 30. Behind sophomore Rolando Gautier’s grand-slam in the fourth, the Bat Govs were able to jump out to a 4-2 lead before tacking on six more runs throughout the game, overcoming offensive and defensive struggles in the first few innings. The Bat Govs’ pitching staff allowed only four hits on the day, as starter sophomore Ryan Quick pitched 7.1 innings and struck out a career-high nine batters, giving up only one hit after a rocky first inning that netted the Skyhawks both of their runs and three of their four hits. Saturday’s game proved to be a classic pitching duel. Skyhawks starter

Willie Frederick held the Bat Govs’ line-up hitless through four innings, retiring the first 10 batters in order. The Bat Govs finally put some runs on the board in the fifth and sixth innings, and the pitchers took it from there. Junior starter Casey Delgado threw seven shut-out innings, allowing only five hits while striking out a career high seven batters. The Bat Govs completed the series sweep on Sunday, April 1, behind a strong offensive performance. Trailing 8-6 heading into the bottom of the fifth, the Bat Govs scored five runs in the inning and never looked back.

The game saw all nine starters record a hit, as well as a strong pitching performance over the last five innings, allowing only two hits and holding the Skyhawks scoreless after the fourth inning. The Bat Govs are currently on a seven-game winning streak and are 6-0 in conference play. They look to continue their success when they host soon-tobe conference rival Belmont on Wednesday, April 3 at Raymond C. Hand Park. They travel to Charleston, Illinois on Friday, April 5, through Sunday, April 7, to play Eastern Illinois in a three-game conference series. TAS

FRIDAY, APRIL 27 Track and Field - All Day Showdown on the Cumberland Baseball - 6 p.m. APSU vs. Jacksonville State SATURDAY, APRIL 28 Baseball - 2 p.m. APSU vs. Jacksonville State Softball - 1 and 3 p.m. APSU vs. Jacksonville State SUNDAY, APRIL 29 Baseball - 1 p.m. APSU vs. Jacksonville State Softball - 1 p.m. APSU vs. Jacksonville State TUESDAY, MAY 8 Baseball - 6 p.m. APSU vs. Lipscomb FRIDAY, MAY 11 Baseball - 6 p.m. APSU vs. Morehead St.

Left: Junior Cody Hudson’s lone hit on Friday, March 30, was a fifth-inning triple as the Bat Govs secured their first victory of the series against the Skyhawks, 10-2. Right: An 8th-inning home run from senior Tyler Childress propelled the Bat Govs to a great start against UT Martin. JOSH VAUGHN | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

SATURDAY, MAY 12 Baseball - 2 p.m. APSU vs. Morehead St. SUNDAY, MAY 13 Baseball - 1 p.m. APSU vs. Morehead St.


Lady Govs tennis split OVC matches The Lady Govs tennis team defeated Eastern Illinois with ease, but fell in a close match to Murray State  By DANIEL NEWTON



1.) N.Y. Rangers 2.) Boston 3.) Florida 4.) Pittsburgh 5.) Philadelphia 6.) New Jersey 7.) Ottawa 8.) Washington

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9.) Buffalo 10.) Winnipeg 11.) Tampa Bay 12.) Carolina 13.) Toronto 14.) N.Y. Islanders 15.) Montreal

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1.) Vancouver 2.) St. Louis 3.) Los Angeles 4.) Detroit 5.) Nashville 6.) Chicago 7.) Phoenix 8.) San Jose

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9.) Dallas 10.) Colorado 11.) Calgary 12.) Minnesota 13.) Anaheim 14.) Edmonton 15.) Columbus

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The APSU women’s tennis team split two matches during the week to Ohio Valley Conference opponents Eastern Illinois and Murray State. Hosting both matches at home, the Lady Govs defeated Eastern Illinois on Tuesday, March 27, 5-2. The Lady Govs fell to the visiting Murray State Racers on Thursday, March 29, 3-4, in a contest that came down to the final matches to determine the winner. Splitting the two games during the week left the Lady Govs with a 6-12 overall record, while still maintaining a winning 3-2 record in OVC play. The Lady Govs have four remaining OVC games before heading into the OVC tournament on Friday, April 20, in Nashville. Thursday’s match saw the Lady Govs and Racers go back and forth the whole match, with the visiting Racers pulling out a close victory in the end. Despite winning the doubles matches, the Lady Govs were unable to pull out the team win, the first time it has failed to do so this season when

Senior Vanja Tomic and freshman Alison Carre continue to be a great tandem at No. 1 doubles, winning eight of their last 11 matches. They will play Tennessee State this weekend on Friday, April 6. NICOLA TIPPY | SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER

taking the doubles points. The Lady Govs continued to receive great production from No. 1 senior Vanja Tomic and No. 3 freshman Alison Carre. Tomic won her singles match, 6-1, 6-2, on Thursday, while Carre won her singles match, 6-2, 6-3. Both players improved to 5-0 in OVC play, and they were able to win

No. 1 doubles together, 8-5. No. 2 doubles team of freshman Ornella Di Salvo and sophomore Andra Cornea convincingly won their fourth consecutive match together, 8-0. The Lady Govs look to improve their OVC record when they host Tennessee State on Friday, April 6, and Jacksonville State on Saturday, April 7, at the APSU Tennis Courts. TAS

Freshman Alison Carre has won four consecutive matches at No. 3 singles, including a victory over Murray State on Thursday, March 29. NICOLA TIPPY | SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER

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