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Building for the future Castle Heights prepares for Fall opening

» 3 baseball players drafted SEE PAGE 9

» Springfield campus opens SEE PAGE 3


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THE GRAND OPENING for the Castle Heights residence hall is set for Thursday, Aug. 11, at 10 a.m. Photo by PATRICK ARMSTRONG | EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Castle Heights ‘90 percent done’ inside

Cross, Killebrew, Rawlins scheduled for demolition during the first week of August Managing Editor

APSU’s newest — and most modern — residence hall is on track for it’s Aug. 11 grand opening at 10 a.m. Joe Mills, director of Dining Services and Housing/Residence Life said the grand opening is available to the APSU and Clarksville community. Check-in for new students will be Thursday, Aug. 25. Mills said the grand opening there will feature a tour, refreshments and a small ceremony. The Castle Heights dormitory will have 416 new beds with double occupancy and the whole first floor will be a common area. The project is being completed by Rentenbach Contractors and cost about $25.5 million. As of press time, the remaining work

needed to be done to Castle Heights is outside work such as sidewalks, finishing parking lots and seeding, Mills said. “A lot of the stuff on the inside is probably 90 percent done,” he said. Phase Two Housing will replace Cross, Killebrew and Rawlins, which are scheduled to come down the first week of August and will be down by the time the Fall semester starts. “The bids are out to contractors [for Phase Two Housing] to see what the price is going to be to build those three buildings and we should have that price in a couple of weeks,” Mills said. The new dormitory from Phase Two Housing will have 425 new beds. Mills said the decision as to which classification of students that will be housed in the Phase Two Housing has not been decided yet. “We are leaning towards going to upper class because we have enough buildings for



One of the downsides of being the fastest growing university in Tennessee is that you run out of space.” — President Tim Hall, Nov. 2, 2009

freshmen and we have to make sure that we keep the proper stock of rooms campus wide.” Construction began in November 2009 after a groundbreaking ceremony in a grassy plot of land across the street from Marion Street lot and next to Castle Heights lot. “One of the downsides of being the fastest growing university in Tennessee is that you run out of space,” said APSU President Timothy Hall at the groundbreaking ceremony. At that time, campus housing

was 98 percent occupied for the Fall 2009 semester and the university was getting ready to celebrate having 10,000 students. “Unfortunately, this space is not going to be the space that adds to what we are doing, but we need this space to help take down our older units and provide more current and up-to-date facilities for our students,” Hall said. Mills said the double occupancy will allow for students to meet new people. He said it is a goal to get freshmen involved in the university because the sooner they get connected, the sooner they will be successful. “We are really happy with the changes done to campus housing. It’s going to be a nice change and it will give students the opportunity to live in some new housing and put us ahead of some other people in the state,” Mills said. TAS


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Highland Crest opens to serve Springfield community

SEVERAL DIGNITARIES FROM Tennessee Board of Regents, APSU, Volunteer State Community College and Robertson County celebrate the opening of the new Highland Crest campus on June 22 in Springfield. Photo by BETH LIGGETT | APSU PUBLIC RELATIONS AND MARKETING

APSU will offer professional studies, criminal justice while Vol State offers general studies, developmental classes By BRIAN BIGELOW News Editor

Students in Robertson County have a new opportunity for continuing their education through APSU. On Wednesday, June 22, APSU and Volunteer State Community College opened the new, shared, Highland Crest campus in Springfield, Tenn. The campus will offer bachelor’s degrees and upper-division courses through APSU in professional studies and criminal justice with a concentration in homeland security. Vol State will offer general studies and developmental classes at the site. “A student will be able to complete their whole degree at [the Highland Crest campus],” said Tristan Denley, APSU Provost. “Over time, we hope to offer other degrees there as well.” The new Highland Crest campus is currently enrolling students for the Fall 2011 semester. “This is a wonderful new opportunity,” Denley said. “We are very excited to be able to offer

» SCAN to follow our Facebook or search for “@TheAllState” classes to students in Springfield and Robertson County.” “We think [the Highland Crest campus] has great potential,” said Jim Hiett, Vol State assistant vice president of Academic Affairs. “It is an underserved geographic area.” APSU will offer a total of six eightweek classes during the Fall I and Fall II semesters and will increase course offerings in future semesters to accommodate students as they move through their degree program as well as new students. Vol State will be offering 55 classes at Highland Crest in Fall 2011 and hopes to enroll as many as 500 students at the new campus this fall, said Julia McGee, APSU director of Extended and Distance Education. Vol State initially projected its enrollment at Highland Crest to be around 150 students during each of

the first two semesters at the campus, but has already exceeded that number through pre-registration, Hiett said. The Highland Crest campus consists of a single building which contains a science lab, two computer labs, a “learning support” classroom, an interactive television (ITV) classroom and five general use classrooms. There will also be a library and bookstore at the campus and student support services such as financial aid and faculty advising. The Highland Crest building can hold up to 252 students at a time, but can accommodate many more each day because of class scheduling. The learning support classroom at Highland Crest will be used to offer developmental courses through Vol State to pinpoint deficiencies and provide individual instruction to get students caught up in subjects like math, reading and writing. The ITV classroom will offer real-time, two-way teleconferencing capabilities where instructors can remotely teach a class on the new

campus while simultaneously teaching in-person at one of APSU’s other campuses. ITV teachers would rotate their presence among the campuses. This could be used to make lowenrollment classes more economically viable, thereby increasing availability of some course offerings. TAS

» The Austin Peay Guarantee Vol State is one of four community colleges that participate in a dual admission agreement with APSU called the “Austin Peay Guarantee.” This agreement allows students admitted to these community colleges to move seamlessly from their associate’s degree at the community college level to a bachelor’s degree program at APSU without having to reapply for admissions. Since 2010, students with less than 30 credit hours admitted into Vol State, Nashville State, Columbia State or Hopkinsville community colleges can choose to simultaneously enroll in APSU. The agreements grew out of a desire to encourage qualified, dedicated students to continue their education at APSU, and facilitate the transition from those community colleges that were responsible for the greatest number of students transferring to APSU for their bachelor’s degrees said Ryan Forsythe, director of Admissions.



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was. It basically ripped about one another. But they all got shifted exhalf the roof off that building. On the actly the other way and all just crammed TOTAL NUMBER top floor there in Harvill, you could right up against one another. Every one OF TORNADOES -4:35,THISactually YEAR IS STAFF REPORT to the National Weather stand in those rooms, look up StormReady of them certification got turned. Thereprovide weredata probPrinted April 27 think 1,583 Service. and see the stars. ably 25 cars that parked right there. To provide the APSU and “We also have a hazardous weather er the I remember one ofofthe craziest things When the whole thing got over with, I The month April is known for its surrounding communities with plan that includes trained weather as not I saw. There was a piece of think the spotters, thing”ILittle think high winds and thunderstorms which improved safety and preparation said. ALERT were» RAVE board thatcanwas stuck in about all the time cause damage to both the APSU for all types of emergencies, APSU As part of the is certification, weather VISITthe WWW. surrounding communities. was certified Wednesday, March radioswhen were purchased side ofandMusic Mass the 30, fact that we and installed it wasGETRAVE.COM has taken steps towards through the nationwide community in the MUC and residence halls, a Comm. ThatAPSU was crazy, got everybody evacuTO REGISTER FOR providing safety and aid to both preparedness program StormReady. hydrometeorological weather station noisejust stuck communities. right in the ated out was of installed housing, TEXT MESSAGE “The certification means we have on the roof of the have ANDbrick. EMAIL we anhad noShasteen student in-and campus police To provide safety, APSU is now a 24-hour warning location and building wasn’tEMERGENCY I think I was one of the juries. StormReady certified and to aid emergency operations center,” said Lt. were trained on how to manage the re noNOTIFICATION those affected the weather the Carl Little, Public Safety supervisor. very first people on by camThe oneprogram. thing that ALERTS e no pus. What was Geographic Information From the emergency operations Another really kind System was thankful wascomponent the of the Center has developed a cell phone center, APSU can monitor local StormReady certification is there of weird was Joe Mills, director of that driving fact that community it happened application to expedite damage weather conditions, issue severe preparedness. “We will up, when Iassessment. came off Riv- Housing and about in in the theNational Weather weather warnings and forecasts and 4:20 participate Residence Lif e ily si- erside Dr. and came up morning. If it hap-

“I think I was one of the very first people on campus.”

Service’s public awareness program by hosting community seminars and training for the greater Clarksville area,” Little said. “We [will also] participate with the Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency in hosting emergency exercises.” The certification lasts two years and can be updated after. To maintain it, APSU must pass annual inspections by the National Weather Service. After four years, APSU must complete the certification process again to maintain standards.


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Library remodeled, plans for Starbucks addition STAFF REPORT Printed April 20

The Woodward Library has experienced both aesthetic and functional remodels this past semester. Joe Weber, director of Library Services, said before the Spring semester, the library was repainted and carpeted and over Spring Break all new library furniture, tables and chairs were added. Weber said study areas were added for up to eight people as well as some for two and some for students studying by themselves. Before the spring semester, Weber said, the restrooms on the main floor were remodeled and remodeling to the other restrooms are being planned. The main-floor restrooms received new tile, furnishings, sinks, toilets, dividers and doors. Ariel Campbell, junior Biology major, said she likes the absence of the walls between the computers. “I feel it is easier to talk to other people.” “Positive feedback [we have received] is that it looks a lot nicer in here and a lot more inviting,” Weber said. Hyunjyn Yon, senior English major, said the colors are also brighter. Weber said there are plans to put a Starbucks in the library because all of the companies bidding for the Dining Services contract are offering to work with Starbucks. “I think that [offering Starbucks] is a good service we can offer students even though the MUC is right across the quad,” Weber said. “We are open longer hours than Einstein’s are and we are hoping a coffee shop will be open closer to our hours. Plus, if you are here in the evenings you really don’t want to run across to Einstein’s to get a cup of coffee and come back here.” Yon said she always wondered why

OVER WINTER BREAK, the Woodward Library was repainted and carpeted and new furniture, tables and chairs were added over spring break. FILE PHOTO

» SCAN to “Like”our acebook Facebook page there was not a Starbucks in the school’s library. “I [am] an exchange student and in every library we have [a] Starbucks.” Weber said he has also heard from students and library staff that it is quieter. “I think this is because even though you are still close together when working on computers, when you are sitting at a table there is more space and [there are] barricades between the space.” Weber said another change is the big carols that were used for the quiet zone in the back corner of the main floor have replaced the old carols in the basement. Ten other carols were added and all the carols are close to electrical outlets. “So, any students who are looking for a quieter place from the dull roar that is usually going on the main floor can find a place downstairs,” Weber said.

BEFORE THE CHANGES, there were about 30 tables and now there are 20 with the same amount of seating. Photo by MATEEN SIDIQ | SENIOR STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Weber said the metal structures underneath the new desks are meant to hold the computer. He said since the structures were back ordered they were not installed in time to move the computers to them before students came back from spring break. “We decided to just [move the computers to the structures] at the end

of the semester,” Weber said. He said the structures swivel so the computers can move to help reach USB ports and for the comfort of the user. Another complaint Weber has heard people say is that there are fewer tables. While there are fewer tables, Weber said there is more space — up to eight people — at each table. TAS


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The Panhellenic Council reached a mutual decision to bring the sorority Alpha Gamma Delta to campus in the Fall 2011. The recommendation to bring the sorority to campus was presented by the Extension Committee on Tuesday, Match 15. Alpha Gamma Delta

was chosen over of Kappa Delta and Alpha Omicron Pi, the other two sororities who presented extension bids to APSU at the end of February and the beginning of March. Brianna Lombardozzi, director of Greek Life, said it was also decided to bring Alpha Omicron Pi to campus in Fall 2014 if the numbers at APSU continue to increase.” TAS



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SGA senators passed Resolution 8 by a 17-0 vote with six abstaining Wednesday, March 16. The Resolution impacts Tennessee State House Bill HB 2014 and “supports current state policy prohibiting the possession of firearms on campus and strongly opposes any legislation that would later the current policy.” HB 2014 was submitted

Thursday, Feb. 17, and has not yet been is passed. The bill summary states it “authorizes fulltime faculty and staff at any public postsecondary institution in Tennessee, who are not otherwise prohibited by law, to carry handguns at all times on the premises of the public institution where they are employed.” In order for faculty and staff to carry guns they must complete at least eight

hours of firearm training or already have a valid handgun permit. The University Policy Committee presented SGA President Kenny

Kennedy with the bill for

SGA senators to discuss. “The issue here is it’s a way to get SGA or APSU to have a side on the issue. From my research, there are not a lot of universities doing this. APSU would be one of the first universities to take a side,” Kennedy said. Contrary to the established process of passing a resolution, SGA had to vote on the issue that day to be one of the first universities to take a stance. Under Robert’s Rules of Order, to pass a resolution





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The average price for a gallon of gasoline in Tennessee is $3.38 as of press time on Monday, March 21; a month ago, the average price for a gallon of gasoline was $3.02, jumping the price for a gallon of gas up by $.345. The cheapest place to get gas is the Quick Stop Food Mart at the corner of North 2nd Street and Forbes Avenue, the closest gasoline station to campus, at a price of $3.29 a gallon. Michael Hamlet, director of Human Resources, said employees of APSU may receive reimbursement for travel related to conducting business on behalf of the university. “This may include reimbursement for mileage if the employee uses their personal vehicle for travel. This would not include travel related to one’s normal commute to work.” The current rate for mileage reimbursement is 46

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Theresa Sponseller, junior chemistry and Pre-Dental major, has a 30-minute drive to school from her home in Woodlawn. She said it cost her $60 to fill up her vehicle the last time she bought gas. “I definitely don’t eat out as much and when I can, I bring my work stuff with me. But because I have a dog, that’s not very often because

she needs out in between school and work,” she said. Another commuter student, Brooklyn Singleton, a sophomore Health and Human Performance major, said her drive to school from her home off Tiny Town Road is 13 miles. The last time she purchased gas it cost her around $44 to fill her vehicle. She said

the rising gas prices are something she does not really pay too much attention to. “They are getting up there, but the way I see it is I’m going to pay the money so I can drive,” Singleton said. “I wont be eating out as much, but other than that everything will probably stay the same.”

By BRIAN BIGELOW According to Browder, over basis for each homecoming Assistant News Editor 100 flights bearing returning ceremony APSU is invited to soldiers are scheduled from participate in. A group of three APSU now through the end of Originally, six volunteers staff and faculty members summer. from APSU were scheduled did their part to welcome “We have had almost 80 to attend the homecoming home soldiers returning faculty and staff members ceremony Thursday, but at from deployment Thursday, volunteer to participate,” the last minute the number Feb. 17, at Fort Campbell. said Carol Clark, executive was reduced to three because GRAPHIC BY DAVID HOERNLEN Faculty and staff members assistant to APSU President a company not affiliated helped by preparing and Timothy Hall. with one of the nine teams Sponseller serving said therefreshments rising for APSU staff and faculty sponsored the flight and the gas prices do the notfamilies change waiting to be also welcomed a returning additional volunteers were her plans for reunited how she will with their soldiers. flight scheduled to arrive at no longer needed. attend school next “Thsemester. e best part of the 10 minutes after midnight on Flights come in on “I’ve tried online classes and experience is seeing the Thursday, Feb. 3. Thursday’s weekends, weekdays, the they’re not forfamilies me, butget that together with flight was scheduled to arrive middle of the night or during would be a great theiralternative soldiers,” said Dewey at 9:50 a.m. the day and the volunteers for a lot of people whose Browder, a Vietnam War Browder and Clark are the are ready to meet each one commute is long. ” and professor in veteran two organizers responsible arrive three hours ahead of To see current gas and prices history philosophy. “It for APSU’s involvement in time to prepare refreshments of Clarksville,truly visit iswww. a joyous occasion.” Fort Campbell homecoming for the waiting families. TAS Volunteering at Fort ceremonies. Browder was On Thursday, a crowd Campbell homecoming one of the three volunteers to of families waited in a large ceremonies is an opportunity attend the Thursday, Feb. 17, auditorium where APSU’s to thank the soldiers for their ceremony. volunteers manned the service, Browder said. Locally, there are nine concessions table along with This is the first year APSU teams of volunteers a group of volunteers from had a team of volunteers that attend the soldiers’ Charter Communications. He said, however, thatevents, the though at these homecomings. One team is Approximately 20 minutes possibility of Browder Gadhafi using has volunteered assigned to each incoming before the plane carrying the surrogates to before. launch a flight. soldiers arrived, the waiting terrorist attack on the U.S. APSU will send volunteers Up to six people families were escorted to a BRIAN BIGELOW | ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR or Europe is “a tovery, othervery Fort Campbell from the pool of APSU fenced-in area outside the Family members take photographs and show emotions as legitimate concern. ” homecoming ceremonies volunteers are selected on soldiers exit the plane during the Thursday, Feb. 17, Fort He said thethroughout U.S. alreadythe is year. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 a first-come, first-serve Campbell homecoming. taking a smaller role in the mission. Whereas about 50 percent of the approximately 60 air missions flown on Sunday, March 20, were by U.S. pilots, the “overwhelming”Staff Reports multiple times over the past year for to democracy, and only a dogged “APSU’s three new male cheerleaders share were by non-U.S. pilots late reporting in the campus crime reporter with a strong sense of eager for season,” “Roy Acuff: the on Monday, March he Staff21, members from The All State log and the late submission of the purpose would take it on.” legacy behind the music man” and said. TAS recently attended the 25th annual annual campus crime report. David Hoernlen, graphic designer, “Take a step back in time.” The

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eventually to the capital, Tripoli, said Gen. Carter Ham, head of U.S. Africa Command. “With the growing capabilities of the coalition, I anticipate the no-fly zone will soon extend to Brega, Misurata, and then to Tripoli,” he told Pentagon reporters in a video conference from his headquarters in Germany. He said that would cover “about 1,000 kilometers, so it’s a pretty wide area.” In the midday news

conference, Ham said that been attacked. over the The strikes previous 24 followed a hours, U.S. and weekend of British forces punishing air launched 12 attacks aimed Air attacks have Tomahawk preventing succeeded in stopping at land attack Moammar regime ground forces Gadhafi’s missiles, targeting forces from from advancing to regime killing Benghazi.” command-and- Gen. Carter Ham, head of civilians control facilities, the U.S. Africa Command seeking his a missile ouster. facility, and a “Air attacks re-attacking an air defense have succeeded in stopping site which had previously regime ground forces from



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WASHINGTON (AP) — International forces continued air strikes against Libya on Monday, March 21, moving to expand the UN-approved no-fly zone after turning back government troops near the eastern rebel strong of Benghazi, the U.S. commander in the region said. A coalition of nations was trying to extend the zone southward and westward, theall all


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advancing to Benghazi, and we are now seeing ground forces moving southward from Benghazi,” Ham said. “Through a variety of reports, we know that regime ground forces that were in the vicinity of Benghazi now possess little will or capability to resume offensive operations.” Ham said he has little indication of the whereabouts of Ghadafi, and that locating or attacking him is not a mission of the coalition military forces.


The All State places at Southeast Journalism Conference

Southeast Journalism Conference in Troy, Ala. Feb. 17-19. Three staff members earned recognition as “Best of the South” for work they produced during the past year. Patrick Armstrong, editor-in-

theallstateonline chief, earned first place in “Best

Public Service Journalism” for his series on campus police violating the federal Clery Act mandate


Credit card solicitation not allowed on campus By CIDNIE SYDNEYBREWINGTON

APSU faculty, staff help with

cents per mile. “Our mileage reimbursement rate mirrors the mileage rate set by the Federal General Services Administration (GSA) which is adjusted periodically,” Hamlet said. Variables such as an increase in the price of gas have triggered changes in the mileage reimbursement in the past. Commuter student

From this series, campus police now makes the campus crime log available online for public inspection. The judge, Relley French from the St. Petersburg Times said, “Classic public service journalism that held campus police accountable for maintaining proper public records. This is painstaking work is essential the

earned fifth place in “Best News Graphic Designer” for graphics from Sept. 8, 15 and Oct. 13. The judge, Kelly Kelleher from said, “Capable of clear, creative, easy to follow graphics.” Cidnie Sydney-Brewington, staff writer, earned ninth place for “Best Feature Writer” for her story’s

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APSU has a solicitation policy in which Credit Card solicitation is not allowed. Andy Keen, director of University Facilities said, “We do not allow any credit card companies on campus and when we hear that they have set up somewhere on campus, we shut them down and issue a trespass warrant.” The University of Tennessee at Knoxville Alumni Association has been in contract with Chase Credit Card Company since 1998. In 2000 and 2003, the contract was amended to include the whole university; the current contract expires in 2012. As part of the contract, Chase has the right to solicit alumni, faculty, staff and students. If asked for mailing lists, the university must comply. These lists include names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses. To counter thisBIGELOW By BRIAN solicitationAssistant to college News Editor students, the Credit Student Card Th Acte of 2009,Government Association has2010 proposed effective Feb. 22, legislation hasnew made it moreto increase access students have diffithe cult for credit to companies their representatives by card to mandating each senator solicit to students on serve one hour each week in college campuses. the SGA office. The act does SGA hasnot alsoallow recently students under the to their approved changes agebylaws of 21 to to update obtain and simplify their attendance a credit card unless rules forparent senate or meetings. they have “I think these are guardian approval andgood improvements to our current co-signers. guiding documents, Also, marketers are ” said Kenny Kennedy, SGA no longer granted president. access to mailing Senate Resolution 11 lists, cannotall give free serve proposes senators merchandise toscheduled, those one regularly who sign up for a card advertised hour in the and cannot solicit within 1,000 feet of the campus border. From 1998-2012, “the University By CIDNIE SYDNEYwill receive a total BREWINGTON of $26 millionStaff in Writer average annual increments $1.8 and Diningof Services million. This money the Dining Request for Proposal Committee is used primarily to recently evaluated bids from fund scholarships Chartwells and andAramark, alumni-funded Sodexoinfor a new contract projects support because Chartwells’ current of the University, ” contract ends Thursday, wrote Hank Dye, vice June 30. The newly selected president ofsPublic company’ contract will andbegin Government Friday, July 1. Relations at UT Knoxville, in a FOR THE statement concerning LATEST the Chase contract.

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{ } For 10 years, the Women’s and Gender Studies program have been producing “The Vagina Monologues.” More than 400 students have participated and raised over $15,000 for several Clarksville offices. SEE FEATURES, PAGE 5

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make sure national standards are upheld. “Then they can be established as a PIKE. Nothing is guaranteed, everything is earned,” said President of the Eta Tau Alumni Association, Luke Yaeger. Forty years worth of alumni are backing the re-colonization by forming committees to raise money and organize. “The alumni

are ready and active. We’ve been running and gunning ever since,” said Bill Gregoricus, first president of the fraternity before it became a chapter. Contrary to rumors, the Eta Tau Chapter was not suspended by the national organization in January 2010. The alumni closed the chapter themselves with the full intention of

senate Resolutions 9 and 10. “I just wanted to clean up the SGA bylaws to make the policy more straightforward.” “These pieces of legislation ... should help correct any issues in the attendance policy we’ve had in the past,” Kennedy said. “While serving on the SGA internal affairs committee, I noticed the ambiguity in SGA’s guiding documents regarding senators’ attendance policy. The wording of the documents made it difficult to understand the policies,” Harris said. There will no longer be automatically excused absences for SGA members CONTINUED ON PAGE 3




Services last five years with an opportunity to renew one year at a time for up to 10 years. As part of the bid, each company proposed changes and improvements to Dining Services after gathering student body input through surveys and questionnaires. Under these changes, Aramark would replace Austin’s Diner with a Subway, open a Moe’s Southwestern Grill and Burger Studio in theall all

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Faculty and staff * Disabled Meacham Cross, Hand Village, Killebrew, Rawlins and Miller Sevier and Blount Harvill Commuter, Emerald Hills and Two Rivers * Visitor or 30 minutes MATEEN SIDIQ | SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER

Members ofEmerald a flash mobHills including staff and students break into dance at Rivers & Spires on Franklin Street at 4:20 p.m. on andAPSU Twofaculty, Rivers Saturday, April 16.

* Red and green parking areas are open parking from 4 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Friday, the weekends and holidays.

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To appeal a parking citation visit the Public Safety website. Filling out an appeal does not excuse one from paying the fine. If appeal is granted, account will be credited.

Faculty, staff and students participate in a flash mob on Franklin Street during the last day of Rivers & Spires.

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Assistant News Editor SGA senate votes on how many absences are allowed before a senator is summoned to InternalLife. Affairs, at the Wednesday, March 30 meeting. It was decided three absences was the maximum. “For Fall 2010, 33 percent

Almost 5 percent of APSU of new members were students are members of a classified as a sophomore or fraternity or sorority. higher based on their earned APSU is home to 10 credit hours.” fraternities and six sororities, In general, fraternities and not including greek-lettered sororities receive the most the MUC; replace Austin’ s opening a Starbucks academic organizations on in new recruits during the fall and expand Diner withcampus. a Woodward Library. semester. seating to “We would The university does Johnny Rockets, Each fraternity and like to see the Recruitment numbers MUC 110. a Denny’ssorority or ” to drop during the fall isproposed governedchanges by a happen, tend not pay for these Chartwells a Food oncouncil and said Cecil Wilson, overseen by assistant from around 150 new Greek would replace changes.” Demand, aopen directornational of Housing/ members to 50 during the corresponding Austin’s a Residence Life and Dining — Cecil Wilson, assistant a Mein Bowl, organization. These include spring. Diner with Sub Connection Services.(PC), director of Housing/ the Pan-Hellenic According to the fraternity Denny’s All and a TacoInterfraternity Bell “Th e university Residence Life and (IFC), and does and sorority academic Nighter, in the MUC not pay for the changes. Dining Services National Pan-Hellenic reports for each semester, add Zona and changing All that goes through the (NPHC) councils. there have been more female Mexicano the Sundquist contractor,”Mills said. “Most [new students and Mondo Subs in the kiosk to a Zest. “Thmembers] e changes we willundergraduate see enrolled in APSU during MUC and open a Subway Among the bids, all are freshmen nextfor fallIFC willand be a progressive PC organizations, butcampus”. TASevery semester since spring in the MMC. Sodexo would three companies proposed change for most NPHC organizations 2007, sometimes exceeding traditionally do not take the number of male students students classified by credit by more than a thousand. hours as freshmen,” said But there have been more Brianna Lombardozzi, the fraternity members than

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sorority members for the past six semesters. Some fraternities and sororities are looking to establish, or re-establish, chapters at APSU.

“Phi Gamma Delta will colonize in spring 2012 and Pi Kappa Alpha will re-colonize in spring 2014,” Lombardozzi said. “For [the Panhellenic Council],

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By CIDNIE SYDNEYto a plastic covering to BREWINGTON humidify the damaged area Staff Writer and pump the excess water into bins. The front halves of “This is about a two week two of the Foy Fitness process. And there is [still] and Recreation Center’s three inches of water under basketball courts are the floor,” Davenport said. currently out of commission “After [the two weeks], all due to water damage. On of the wood has to come Thursday, March 24, at a out. That’s three layers and 9 p.m. intramural indoor cement. The repairs should soccer match, a kicked soccer be done by the end of June if ball hit a sprinkler. we are lucky.” GRAPHIC BY BRIAN BIGELOW | ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR “It basically burst a The estimated repair costs pipe. And [the sprinkler] will start at $125,000. we aredoesn’t currently reviewing ” have had soccer turn off until the of March. “We organizations and one”will reserve is empty, said David Pi Kappa gamesAlpha in the was gym for four colonize in fall 2011. Four of the suspended 2010, Davenport, director years in and this before is the first sororities present thehappened, spring ” Foywill Fitness andto Recreationthe beginning time thisofhas campus for review the endabout semester, owing moneyinterim to Center. In 40atminutes, saidfor Anne Perrault, of February [or] beginning chapter. 600 gallons of reserve waterthe national coordinator of TAS Facilities, emptied onto the wooden but to prevent a second floors of the front ends of occurrence, there has been courts B and C. talk of using softer soccer Because the water balls during games. expanded and buckled Activities still continue the wood, humidifiers and despite the damage. Because pumps have been attached the water damaged the front




“Order! Your time is over to speak!” said Luke Collier, Student Government Association vice president, while banging the gavel as more than 20 student smokers loudly left the Wednesday, April 13, SGA meeting. The students were there to speak about the proposed smoking policy changes. The students felt they were not informed about the smoking policy subcommittee that created the revision. “If you’ve had a subcommittee, at what time were any of the smokers polled? At what time were we told that there was a meeting that we could come and voice our opinions?” said one of the students. “Many of us are handicapped. To put us all the way out on the other side is not going to be possible. These are issues that you did not take into effect and nor have any of us been polled.” Collier said the smoking policy subcommittee has been featured in The All State along with what the possible outcomes could be and placed in the meeting minutes online. One of the smokers then said, “In none of those [Gov Says] emails was it said that there is going to be a meeting concerning a change in [the smoking] policy. You might want to be there.”



The Foy Fitness and Recreation Center basketball courts undergo repairs after water damage.

halves of courts B and C, there is still access to the back halves. But for the time being, all intramural activities are held on court A. With two courts out of commission, user numbers have decreased, but despite the loss in numbers, theall

“people have been pretty understanding, especially once they see the courts,” Perrault said. The damage also affects future events. There is uncertainty as to whether summer camps usually housed at the Foy will take place there. TAS

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In the Wednesday, Feb. 23 and Wednesday, March 16, meeting minutes, a brief summary of the smoking policy changes were mentioned but the complete policy was not posted on the SGA website. SGA President Kenny Kennedy said the first 10 minutes of an SGA meeting are reserved for anyone to come and voice their opinions and that the meetings are open. “To be quite honest ... the students have already spoken,” Kennedy said. Another smoker said with injured veterans here, they cannot walk clear across campus and then make it to classes with 10 minutes in between. “It’s not fair to make us go all the way over there when [non smokers] can just walk to your classes.” Collier said if this had been taken to poll, then this would probably be a smoke free campus because there are a lot more non-smokers than smokers. “We get a lot more complaints from nonsmokers than we do smokers,” Collier said. “We did keep you guys in mind. We did have feelings that your voices should be heard by giving you guys the outside of campus opposed to completely banning it or making you smoke in your car.” Multiple smokers then said their time at the meeting was useless and they have no voice despite CONTINUED ON PAGE 3

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we are not dead.” “[We want to] silence [the rumor], reorganize, and come back strong,” the first president of the established Eta Tau Chapter, Tom Mik said. TAS



Dining Services evaluates bids from Aramark, Chartwells, Sodexo “We have a recommendation, but we are not going to release it until the contract is signed,” said Joe Mills, director of Housing/Residence Life and Dining Services. Requests for bids began Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010 and bids were due Friday, Jan. 7. Proposals and bids were made by Aramark and Sodexo while Chartwells placed a rebid. Contracts with Dining

re-colonization. “Closing the chapter was a strategic decision that the [Eta Tau] Alumni Association made. We decided that a temporary discontinuance of operations was in the best long term interest,” Yaeger said. “It’s good to have a lay-off. It gets rid of the stigmas. [It’s] a fresh start,” Parker said. “Even though we are silent,

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Starting in the fall, students in the city of Springfield and Robertson County will have a closer option if they attend APSU or Vol State with the opening of a new learning center. Julia McGee, interim dean for Extended and Distance Education said the city of Springfield and Robertson County asked APSU for a learning center. Classes will be offered in the fall on eight week schedules. According to McGee, there will be two fall I classes and four fall II classes and the center will offer bachelor degrees in professional studies and criminal justice/homeland security. An assessment survey was conducted in 2007 and sent to the Tennessee Board of


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BREWINGTON contact for the Eta Tau Staff Writer Alumni Association, explained the reason for the Alumni of the Eta Tau debt as “a numbers game.” Chapter of the Pi Kappa “House numbers got Alpha Fraternity (PIKE) plan so small and the debt was to re-colonize by Spring 2014 getting too big. They are after their chapter was closed good guys; there are not in January 2010 due to an enough of them,” Parker said. accumulation of $7,286.12 To re-colonize means in debt to the national before the Eta Tau chapter headquarters. can re-establish, they must Gregory Parker, mediaGREWELL go through a trial period to By JENELLE

SGA proposes, pass legislation that will affect senators SGA office. The legislation stated, the amendment is intended to increase the visibility and availability of senate members to their constituents. If passed, the amendment will take effect Friday, May 6, after commencement ceremonies and will remain in effect in perpetuity. SGA senate Resolutions 9 and 10 were passed on Wednesday, March 30. These pieces of legislation intend to simplify and update the SGA senate meeting attendance policies by eliminating outdated and confusing rules from the SGA’s guiding documents. “There is not an existing attendance problem in [the] senate,” said Aubrey Harris, SGA senator and author of

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The library has experienced both aesthetic and functional remodels this past semester. Joe Weber, director of Library Services, said over the winter break the library was repainted and carpeted and over spring break all the new library furniture, tables and chairs were added. Weber said study areas were added for up to eight people as well as some for two and some for students studying by themselves. Over winter break, Weber said, the restrooms on the main floor were remodeled and remodels to the other restrooms are being planned. The restrooms received new tile, furnishings, sinks, toilets, dividers and doors. Ariel Campbell, junior Biology major, said she feels as if the new desks for the computers are smaller than before. “They are cute desks, but I don’t remember not having so much room before,” Campbell said.


Hyunjyn Yon, senior English major, said she agrees with Campbell. “I feel that there is no room for putting stuff on desk with the computer.” She said she also notices some computers do not work. Campbell said she likes the absence of the walls between the computers. “I feel it is easier to talk to other people.” “Positive feedback [we have received] is that it looks a lot nicer in here and a lot more inviting,” Weber said. Yon said she feels as if the colors are brighter than before. Weber said there are plans to put a Starbucks in the library because all of the companies bidding for the Dining Services contract are offering to work with Starbucks. “I think that [offering Starbucks] is a good service we can offer students even though the MUC is right across the quad,” Weber said. “We are open longer hours than Einstein’s are CONTINUED ON PAGE 3


The All State celebrates 80 years of covering APSU STAFF REPORT Printed Jan. 26

From the time it opened its doors as Austin Peay Normal School in September 1929, until it evolved into Austin Peay State College and now features President Tim Hall, often spotted walking across campus graciously waving to newcomers, APSU has a long, storied history. Intertwined in the roots of the history of APSU and telling a lot of those stories is the student newspaper, The All State. This year, TAS is celebrating its 80th anniversary. To celebrate, TAS is publishing an ongoing series describing the history of the student newspaper. From its infancy as a four-page bi-weekly paper to its current multimedia weekly incarnation, the series has highlighted the paper’s

evolution as well as the people responsible for keeping it coming off the presses for 80 years. While the value of a student newspaper may be debated, it is rare to find a university without one because, ultimately, the purpose of student publications is to serve. They serve not only as a source of information, but also as a voice for students, faculty, staff and alumni. TAS has been serving this purpose for APSU since 1930. The first issue, then simply called “All State,” was published Wednesday, Nov. 26, 1930. It was sponsored by Felix G. Woodward and Louise Jackson. The first editor-in-chief was Malvin Utleye. He led a small staff that included sports and joke editors, two class reporters, three associate editors, two assistant sports editors, feature writers, an exchange editor, business manager and circulation manager.

This small group created the template for an 80-year tradition. The front page was all text, divided into five columns. One of the first stories was about its own creation headlined “All State” Staff Named. The first line of the story asked, “What would the world do without gossip?” In the editorial section of the paper, a question some still ask 80 years later was answered. In an age of Posts, Tribunes, Times and Chronicles, where did the name “All State” come from? A contest allowing people to submit names for the newspaper was held. The dean of the school at the time, Halbert Harvill, submitted the winning name. As the 80-year old editorial explains, “The inherent rightness of ‘All State,’ as a name for the school organ of the Austin Peay Normal School, should

be apparent, we believe, to anyone acquainted with the purpose for which the normal school was established. “The unique function of the institution is the training of elementary teachers for the rural schools of Tennessee ... Thus, for a paper which heralds the activities of an institution which serves all the state, what name more fitting could there be than ‘All State.’” The title stayed for 36 years. The two words over an outline of the state of Tennessee served as the flag of the newspaper during that time. “The” was added in 1966 as part of a new flag design. Mildred Woods was the editor-in-chief at the time. TAS has graced the top of the printed edition of the APSU student newspaper since then accompanying many flag changes and even medium changes such as, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. TAS


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Baseball wins 4th OVC championship STAFF REPORT Printed June 2011

After being ranked seventh in preseason predictions and two rough years riddled with injuries, good things came to the Bat Govs on Saturday, May 28. They upset Jacksonville State, 7-3 to become the 2011 Ohio Valley Conference Champions. This is the third time the Govs have won both the regular season and the tournament. They won in 1996 and 2007, and their fourth tournament win overall. “This is definitely something that never gets old — I can tell you

that. It never gets old winning these championships,” said head coach Gary McClure. The Govs advanced to the NCAA Atlanta Regional and played against No. 1 seed Georgia Tech. The Bat Govs upset them with a 2-1 victory Friday, June 3. Their next opponent was No. 3 seed Mississippi State. The Govs were defeated 2-8 Saturday, June 4. In the elimination game Sunday, June 5, the Yellow Jackets ended the No. 4 seed Govs (34-24) postseason run with a 12-2 win. TAS

FRESHMAN TATIANA ARIZA dribbles the ball around the Valparaiso defender Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010. FILE PHOTO

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2010 squad rebounds to nearly qualify for NCAA tourney STAFF REPORT

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A first in 19 years ... Lady Govs volleyball capture OVC championship STAFF REPORT

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For the first time in 19 years, the Lady Govs Volleyball team captured the Ohio Valley Conference championship Nov. 20, 2010. It was just the second time in the program’s history and followed a remarkable regular season marked with its ups and downs. The Lady Govs entered the OVC Tournament with the second seed and were given a bye in

the first round. In their semifinal match they easily defeated Tennessee Tech 3-1, and geared up for a rubber match against regular season champion Morehead State. APSU capped the match victory with a 5-2 run. Morehead State lost in the championship match for the second consecutive year. In the first round of the 2010 NCAA Volleyball Championship, they travelled to Champaign, Ill., Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010 to face the eighth-ranked Fighting Illini. Despite their best efforts, the Lady Govs could not put together the pieces to defeat Illinois. TAS

If this were a movie, the Lady Govs soccer team would have won. Like all classic sports movies, this team won only one game last season would have walked into Jayne Stadium, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010 dressed in their white uniforms (because they are the good guys) and battled the bigger, better and meaner Morehead Lady Eagles who beat them earlier this season in an epic championship game. The score would have remained 1-1 until the last second of the game. Then, a Lady Gov player who has not scored a goal all year would have closed her eyes and kicked the ball just past the outstretched fingers of the diving goalkeeper. But this is not a movie and the reality is the Lady Govs walked into Jayne Stadium Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010 in their black uniforms, played in the OVC Championship final and lost 2-1. Although the reality does not make a great sports movie, it does make history. The 2010 Lady Govs soccer team were one step away from an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. No team in the

» SCAN to “Like”our Facebook page or search for “The All State” program’s history has ever made it to the NCAA tournament. Since the program’s start in 2002, only two other teams have played in the OVC tournament. This is the only team to make it to the championship game. In addition, it was done after a season with the program’s second-worst record (1-1314), making this the biggest turnaround in program history as well. “Of course, getting to this level in the conference is our goal every year,” said head coach Kelley Guth. “The accomplishment to reach the championship game this year after last season being chosen to finish ninth in the conference is a tribute to our team and our girls.” The 2010 Lady Govs soccer team is the winningest team in the programs history with a 15-6-1 record.



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RYNE HARPER PITCHES against UT Martin in the first of a threegame series May 20. Harper was drafted by the Atlanta Braves.

JEREMY DOBBS PITCHES against UT Martin in the first of a three game series May 20. Dobbs was drafted by the Seattle Mariners. All photos by CIDNIE SYDNEYBREWINGTON | SENIOR STAFF WRITER

JACK SNODGRASS ON the mound during the second game against UT Martin in a three-game series on May 20. Snodgrass was drafted by the San Francisco Giants.

Dobbs, Harper, Snodgrass drafted after NCAA tournament By CIDNIE SYDNEY-BREWINGTON Senior Staff Writer

Following a conference title and a thrilling run in the NCAA tournament, three APSU pitchers have even more to celebrate. Jeremy Dobbs, Ryne Harper and Jack Snodgrass were drafted to the Seattle Mariners, Atlanta Braves and San Francisco Giants, respectively, at the end of the 20102011 season. As of late June, all three players signed their professional contracts and have been placed on their minor league teams. Dobbs, picked by the Mariners in the 33rd round, was placed on the Pulaski Mariners in the Rookie Appalachian League in Virginia. The Ownesboro, Ky. native

turned down an offer by the Baltimore Orioles out of high school because he felt the college experience was important. In his last season at APSU, Dobbs went on to win the 2011 OVC Pitcher of the Year award and was named to the OVC AllTournament team. He finished this season with a record of 9-3, a 3.59 ERA and 87 strikeouts. Harper, picked by Braves in 37th round, was placed on the Braves’ Gulf Coast League in Florida and got his first win in late June. Harper had even more to celebrate after the draft because the Braves have been his favorite baseball team since he was a child. Harper, a Clarksville native, finished his last season with a record of 6-2, a 4.62 ERA and 59 strikeouts and was selected to the

2011 OVC All-Tournament team. Jack Snodgrass, chosen in the 27th round by the Giants, was placed on the SalemKeizer Volcanoes in the Class A Shortseason Northwest League in Oregon and has made three professional appearances. The Bowling Green, Ky. native spent a fifth season at APSU after a shoulder injury forced him to sit out the 2009-2010 season. But Snodgrass came back strong this season as he logged a career-high 11 strikeouts in the second game of the OVC Tournament against Jacksonville State May 27, for which he won the 2011 OVC Most Valuable Player award. He was also named to the OVC AllTournament team. Snodgrass also started in the opening game of the NCAA

» SCAN to see our website or visit tournament against Georgia Tech June 3, in which APSU won 2-1 and finished the season with a record of 4-6, a 3.50 ERA and 67 strikeouts. The three players are 27th, 28th and 29th players drafted from APSU’s program. Dobbs is the second player to be drafted to the Mariners after Shawn Kelley in 2007; Harper is the third to be drafted to the Braves after Greg Tubbs in 1984 and Thomas Coates in 1991; and Snodgrass is the second to be drafted to the Giants after Ben Willshire in 2007. TAS

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Damage Mitigation and Recovery Kit (DMARK) The GIS Center, in conjunction with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, received the Southeast Regional Research Initiative $400,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Security to improve DMARK, a damage assessment cell phone application. Currently, damage is assessed with a paper and pencil process. A preliminary damage assessment form is filled out, transcribed, compiled and then reviewed before relief aid can be requested. “DMARK puts all of that on a smartphone. It expedites data compilation and gets rid of paper and pencil,” said Mike Wilson, manager of the GIS Center. Expedited damage

assessment gets relief aid to damaged areas as quickly as possible. The GIS Center and Oak Ridge National Laboratory co-designed the initial prototype of the app two years ago and completed the prototype early April 2010. One month later, the Monday after the May flooding, Montgomery County decided to use the app for damage assessment and mapping. “[After that] we thought the project was dead, but in about November [of 2010], it came back to life. We did a presentation for FEMA Region 4. And after Christmas, we found out there was a second round of funding,” said Wilson. The funding ends Friday, Sept. 30, and Wilson hopes to have a second working prototype for Android, iPhone and possibly Blackberry. After conducting a survey and talking with local damage assessment agencies to assess their needs, the second prototype will

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feature customizable assessment forms, continued connectivity for electronically sending messages, improved reporting and extraction of data and more mapping info. The GIS Center presented the improved damage assessment app at

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Netflix-like program suggests classes to students STAFF REPORT Printed April 27

Many students are actively trying to prepare their Fall 2011 schedules and this year, APSU has added something new to the registration process. The addition of the Course Recommendation System has been gaining recognition across the country. The recommendation system is designed to work in the same way Netflix or Amazon does when making suggestions about a purchase or a recently viewed video that encourages other similar items to be bought or viewed. The new system is part of the



From 2007-09, the teams had won one conference game. This team won four. Although the play of the six savvy seniors on the team — Monique Wong, Carley Newman, Mary Beth Burchett, Samantha Northrup, Michelle Johnson and Hannah

commitment to students’ success at APSU. “The system combines hundreds of thousands of past students’ grades with a particular student’s transcript to make individualized course recommendations,” said Tristan Denley, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs. The recommendations apply directly to a student’s program of study and the strongest recommendations are courses that are essential for a student to graduate. The system also predicts which courses a student will be most successful in. The new system is able to share information with faculty to

Jones — was essential to the team’s success and will be missed next year, fans of the team have to be, there is considerable excitement about the program’s future with freshmen like Natalia and Tatiana Ariza. “We have laid a foundation here. This year has been remarkable. The team has accomplished so much. I am so proud of them and we are only going to get better from here,” Guth said. TAS

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help with the advisement process and to help students move through their academic process. Denley, in part with President Tim Hall’s goal to focus on students retention and success, are responsible for the recommendation system. Denley has been designing the underlying configurations to make it work. After Denley created a preliminary model, he began working with Robb Betts, Mark Jarrell, John Lander and Anna Murray, all from the university’s Office of Information Technology, last fall to code and implement the tool, turning it into a functional web system. While only being launched at the beginning of the advising process,

the new software has been gaining recognition already and was recently featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education, a Washington, D.C. based weekly publication for college and university faculty members and administrators in its April 10, issue. Many students have already started to enjoy the advantages of the new software, such as sophomore psychology major, Daniel Smallen. “I think it’s cool, although it’s weird that it says I will perform well in nursing classes without me being in nursing school yet,” Smallen said. “I don’t think it will replace having an adviser, but it is still nice to have.” TAS

Walking the line THE FIRST GRADUATING CLASS from the Chemical Engineering Technology program received their Associates in Applied Sciences degress on Friday, May 6. FILE PHOTO

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