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Students participate and watch the Mudbowl Thursday, Sept. 28. This year’s Mudbowl featured two mudpits, but also included rain. View slideshows at www.theallstate.org.
Phi Alpha Theta earns national award By CODY LEMONS Guest Writer
History was made current recently at APSU. Earlier this month, the APSU chapter of Phi Alpha Theta was awarded “Best Chapter of 2009” by the National Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society. “It is such an honor to have our chapter recognized as Best Chapter by national Phi Alpha Theta,” said Minoa Uffelman, the club’s adviser. “PAT members worked extraordinarily hard.” The award is given nationally to different divisions. APSU is in Division III, which consists of universities with 5,000 to 10,000
“It is such an honor
to have our chapter recognized as Best Chapter by national Phi Alpha Theta.” Minoa Uffelman, Phi Alpha Theta adviser students. Uffelman has been the club’s adviser for the last two years and is now working on her third. “Being the adviser to Phi Alpha Theta is one of the most rewarding positions I’ve ever had,” Uffelman
said. “I work with an incredible group of students. They are smart, dedicated, hard working and fun.” During the time Uffelman has been involved, the club has been made more recognizable on campus. The club has participated in events such as Plant the Campus Red, Homecoming, G.H.O.S.T., intramural sports and Trivia Night at the library. Student Affairs recently named Uffelman “Adviser of the Year” because of the club’s higher recognition on campus. Uffelman said PAT members have been busy this last year. They have prepared and presented papers at the Ohio
Osborn, alumna, releases sci-fi novel, ‘Burnout’ By LIZ HARRISON Guest Writer
Best-selling science fiction author and APSU Alumna Stephanie Osborn released her novel, “Burnout,” in the Tommy Head Atrium of the Sundquist Science Complex Friday, Sept. 25. “I was pleased and honored to be here, to come back to where it all started. This year I have felt completion, and it is so wonderful to be here today,” Osborn said. Osborn had a video trailer set up for her novel at her table along with posters. Allyn Smith, associate professor of astronomy and physics, said he was drawn to the table by the signs, and stayed around to learn about the book. The display and description also caught the eye of APSU student, Kiara Edwards. “It sounds great, really interesting. I looked through it and asked about it, and it sounds like it’s got a lot of the aspects I look for in most of my books—adventure, action, conspiracy,” Edwards said. “It makes you think, What if? It makes you want to go out there and broaden your horizons on this kind of thing, and learn what’s going on.” Osborn worked on “Burnout” for 10 years, writing it in spasms of inspiration.
The book incorporates her personal knowledge as well as her research, and research done alongside her mentor. Osborn holds degrees in physics, mathematics, chemistry and astronomy, with an extensive knowledge of geology and anatomy. She also worked as a payload flight controller, and worked in NASA for 20 years. Osborn has worked with military defense and with the International Space Station, as well as on multiple space shuttle flights. She has also trained astronauts. One of her trainees, Kalpana Chawla, kept in contact with her posttraining and they became friends. “Every time I was in Houston, I’d pop by for a cup of coffee with her,” Osborn said. Chawla passed away in the 2003 Columbia Shuttle disaster. “I had to drop the novel for a long time after that happened,” Osborn said. “Because it was hard. Before that crash, I had described what it would be like in my novel. I felt like I knew too much, like it was my fault. No matter how logically impossible it is, the grief messes with your head.” Osborn’s knowledge of the field let her predict the event with uncanny accuracy. “When I was able to
pick the manuscript back up, I looked over the data investigation for the Columbia Shuttle’s crash. I did not have to change a word,” Osborn said. Jim Woosley, Ph. D. physicist and Heinlein essayist reviewed the novel. “‘Burnout’ is a compelling, impossible-to-put down, first novel in the class of ‘Skylark of Space’or ‘Lifeline.’ It may perhaps be the most realistic view ever published in fiction about what happens behind the scenes at NASA,” Woosley said. Osborn is still writing, working on a novel she wrote with another author, “The Y-Factor,” which will be in print by the end of the year. It is the second in a series. The third book will be out by next summer. Osborn is also planning a sequel to “Burnout,”as well as her own original series. Outside of writing, Osborn tutors students in mathematics and science, and spends time with her husband and her cat, Elrond. She holds an interest in theatrics, bodybuilding, karate and watching polo matches. “Burnout” has been nominated for awards in thriller, science fiction and mystery. It is available for purchase at bookstores. Osborn’s also Web site is www.stephanieosborn.com. F
Valley History Conference, hosted a regional conference with 120 people in attendance, won a Black History Quiz Bowl, organized roundtables with professors to discuss historical articles, held writing workshops open to all APSU students and hosted lectures by prominent historians. The chapter received a certificate from the PAT honoring their distinction, which will be on display in the History Major Student Lounge. The club will also be awarded $250 for books for the library. Michael Ramsey, the club’s 2008-09 president, suggested they purchase two books dealing with the French and Indian War. F
To join the Phi Alpha Theta History Society students must have 12 hours of history and an overall GPA of 3.0. Students must also have a 3.1 GPA in history. For more information on the chapter, contact Minoa Uffelman at 2217704 or at uffelmanm@ apsu.edu
Volleyball Sophomore Ilyanna Hernandez leaps into the air to make a play on the ball. The Lady Govs swept the Eastern Illinois Panthers 3-0, Saturday, Sept. 26, at Lantz Arena. Hernandez had 10 kills in the match.
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Lady Govs undefeated in OVC After a 3-0 sweep of the Eastern Illinois Panthers Saturday, Sept. 26., The Lady Govs are on a four-match winning streak. The last three wins have made the Lady Govs undefeated so far in the Ohio Valley Conference. As of press time, Monday, Sept. 28, they were one of only three teams in the conference still undefeated.
Lady Govs, Stephanie Champine and Sarah Alisaleh both received conference honors this week. Champine was named “Offensive Player of the Week” and Alisaleh was named “Setter of the Week.” See full story and profile of senior Kirstin Distler in Sports page 8.
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Chartwells and AP dining services support local farms on campus where there are more opportunities for students to make sustainable choices.
“In a nutshell, we decided to participate in this program because it’s a great way to highlight yet another way AP Dining is involved in campus sustainability efforts.” Charlie Partain, Marketing Manager of Chartwells at APSU
A display of local produce used for “It Takes You-Eat Local” week.
By JENELLE GREWELL Assistant News Editor
Chartwells and AP dining services partnered with local farms within an hour’s drive of Clarksville to promote local produce and create awareness of the many health benefits of eating well and buying local in the recent event “It Takes YouEat Local” during the week of Sept. 21-25. The week-long event featured a daily menu item prepared using locally purchased produce directly
from the partner farms. To promote awareness of the benefits of eating local, reasons to eat local were posted around the APSU Café. “In a nutshell, we decided to participate in this program because it’s a great way to highlight yet another way AP Dining is involved in campus sustainability efforts,” said Charlie Partain, marketing manager of Chartwells at APSU. Partain said it could be argued there is nowhere
The farms included in the partnership were Clinest Farms, Howell Farms and Smiley Farms. Yellow and green squash were purchased from the Clinest Farms in Springfield to prepare the stuffed squash and beef stir-fry entrée. The Howell Farms of Bellevue provided heirloom tomatoes to prepare marina for the ravioli marinara and three-cheese tortellini. From Smiley Farms, eggplants were purchased to prepare eggplant parmesan. Partain said local farmers do not use genetically modified seeds or excessive pesticides. “Local farmers also usually appreciate their water and soil quality more than most large-scale farms because it affects their livelihood,” Partain said. Chartwells was able to work closely with the local farms because Chartwells partnered with the local
Buddhist monk wants driver’s license
Buddhist monk, Khenpo Gawang Rinpoche, practices driving on the grounds of the Pho Da Temple. Associated Press
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Buddhist monk reaches a top speed of 5 mph as he maneuvers his 16-year-old Toyota around the grounds of the meditation center in Raleigh. It is a practice excursion to make sure that the monk, Khenpo Gawang Rinpoche, is familiar with the car the next time he takes his driver’s license test. A scholar among Buddhists, he has the equivalent of a doctorate in religion and literature. That means nothing to driver’s license examiners who have flunked him three times on Tennessee’s written driver’s exam. “It’s kind of important to drive, to be independent, but language is a problem,” says Khenpo, who lives about a mile from the meditation center that he founded here two years ago. Like the Dalai Lama, the monk fled Chinese-occupied Tibet to study in India. The Dalai Lama was born to a farm family. The monk was born to yak herders. The monk has studied in group sessions with the Dalai Lama
as his teacher and thinks of him primarily as a religious figure — “the holiest of monks, a good and great teacher.” The monk and his students bought tickets as soon as they became available for the Dalai Lama’s visit to Memphis to accept an International Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum. He later spoke at The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts on “Developing Peace and Harmony.” For the monk, peace and harmony will increase when he finally gets a driver’s license. Students call him “Khenpo,” a title that means teacher. His given name is only one name, Gawang. Rinpoche is another title, recognizing a lineage of revered teachers or mentors. Khenpo, 35, began studying English seriously in 2007 when he decided to open the Memphis center, the Pema Karpo Buddhist Meditation Center. He has learned to use a computer along with Photoshop software and Skype, software that allows him to communicate by live computer video with
other Skype users. But his immersion in English language courses like Rosetta Stone and children’s programming on TV are, so far, no match for the written driver’s exam. “Abbreviations are very bad,” he says. Along with standard fare about lane changes and turn signals, the exams include abbreviations such as “DUI” (driving under the influence) and “BAC” (blood alcohol content). Having his own center was a longtime goal for Khenpo, whose work also includes translating ancient Tibetan texts into English. His dream of a driver’s license also is a longtime goal. As a 10-year-old child, he visited Tibet’s capital, Lhasa, with his father and saw cars for the first time. When they returned to their mountain village, Khenpo and his brothers used frozen yak dung as makeshift wheels to build toy cars. In Buddhist tradition, Khenpo does not worry about his driver’s license failures or fear his next exam. “Sometimes we need to accept our own karma,” he says. F
Freshpoint distributor in Nashville. Freshpoint is North America’s largest produce distributor. Compass Group North America, the parent company of Chartwells, has extended the “It Takes You-Eat Local” campaign to other markets all across the U. S. They want to promote their pledge of encouraging responsible and sustainable practices, to educate customers about sustainability practices, the benefits of eating local produce and how buying local affects our community and wellness. “Buying local produce helps the environment in our community and nationwide,” Partain said. Partain said buying local can cut down on the massive amount of fuel needed to transport produce across the country when people buy locally. “Buying local produce helps support local family farms in our area and allows them to preserve their land as open space instead of it becoming a strip mall or subdivision,” Partain said. Partain said students enjoyed the program. “We even had one student who made his friend try out eggplant parmesan because he worked at the farm that produced it over the last summer break picking eggplants.” Partain said he wants to stress how people should buy local produce and supplies year-round whenever possible. “We chose this week as a way to highlight just one of our efforts to support local commerce and our environment,” Partain said. F
CAMPUS CRIME LOG The APSU crime log includes arrests and dispatch call-ins. As mandated by Tennessee law, the crime log is updated within 48 hours of an incident and available for public inspection any time during normal business hours. • 9:15 a.m., Sept. 2, Eighth Street lot, driving on suspended license • 7:36 a.m., Sept. 3, Burt lot, indecent exposure • 9:41 a.m., Sept. 3, Morgan University Center, theft of property • 1:17 p.m., Sept. 3, Morgan University Center, theft of property • 8:12 p.m., Sept. 4, Killbrew, simple possesion, unlawful drug paraphernalia
• 3:12 p.m., Sept. 8, Rawlins, theft of property • 11:17 p.m., Sept. 8, Eighth and Bailey streets, driving on revoked license • 3:00 p.m., Sept. 18, Morgan University Center, assault • 2:38 p.m., Sept. 19, Marion Street Apartments, vandalism • 9:16 p.m., Sept 23, Foy Rec Center, Theft of Property • 8:11 a.m., Sept. 24, Morgan University Center, theft of Property • 2:15 p.m., Sept. 24, Emerald Hills, Simple Possession, unlawful drug paraphernalia • 7:52 p.m., Sept. 25, Music/Mass Communications, theft of property
To view an interactive map of campus crime, visit www. TheAllState.org.
Corrections The e-mail address that was listed in the article published Wednesday, Sept. 23, was incorrect. The correct e-mail address for SGA is firstname.lastname@example.org according to their Web site www.apsu.edu/sga/.
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Boob tube blues Nicole June
Everyone must travel through the UC at some point or another, and typically every day while on campus. Everyone also must eat, and therefore make a trip to the delicious food court. Everyone in the food court must watch 12 televisions while they eat. No, that last one definitely isn’t necessary. This semester, I noticed when walking into the UC 12 shiny new flat screens had been added. That’s right, 12. They hang in side-by-side pairs in one approximately 40 foot section of space. Convenient,
isn’t it? Wrong. These TVs are completely unnecessary. If you were to survey the room you would see no one is even watching them. Even if you had some desire to watch the same music videos over and over, it wouldn’t matter because you can’t hear them anyway. Nothing educational or pertinent to students is played on these flat screens. Not everything must be academic, but if they aren’t serving a good purpose, they seem like a waste of time and one other very important thing: money. I Googled around for awhile and eventually landed on www.toptenreviews.com. It gave a listing of 10 of the top brands and their average prices. I didn’t measure the TVs because for once in my life I wasn’t tall enough. So I’m emphasizing that this is just
an estimate. Back to business. The most expensive brand listed costs $4,299. That’s a little hefty. The cheapest brand was $829. Better, but still not cheap. I got out my handy-dandy calculator and figured out the average cost for the listed televisions is $2,443.90. Let’s assume (yes, I know what they say) APSU went in for the mediocre. That means 12 of them would cost $29,326. I don’t think I know any college students have $29,326 in pocket change. I also don’t know many college students with even one flat screen TV, not including the one at their parents’ house. I do, however, know plenty who struggle to pay their tuition, especially now the prices have gone up. I also know many students who work two jobs on top of
Advice: Dwonna know what I think? Dwonna Goldstone Guest Writer
Dear Dwonna: I am an English major who is scheduled to graduate from APSU in December. Not only am I stressed about what I’m going to do after I graduate (Do I pursue an MFA? Teach abroad? Stay at the Peay for an MA in English?), but I’m also in a class with someone I absolutely do not get along with. This student seems to think that he knows more than the professor, and he does not take the professor’s assignments very seriously. I don’t want to get in a shouting match with this person, but I don’t know how to make him see the errors of his way. What should I do? Signed, “About to Go Off at the Peay” Dear “About to Go Off at the Peay”: I understand how difficult it is to be in a class with someone with whom you have a conflict. When I was an undergraduate at the University of Iowa, I often sat in class with students I thought were only trying to brown nose the professor, and it got on my nerves. But, alas, this isn’t about me, is it? Rather than going off on him in the middle of the class, have you thought about speaking with him outside of class? Maybe you two could meet for coffee at Blondie’s or Einstein’s, and you could discuss with him— calmly, of course—why you’re so irritated with his in-class comments. Did you ever think that maybe he’s irritated with you? In either case, talk to the student so that the two of you can come to some understanding that will allow you to co-exist in the classroom peacefully. This way you will both be in a position to appreciate what you’re supposed to learn in the class without getting on each other’s nerves. Dear Dwonna: My best drinking buddy is getting married
at a Nazarene Church. Because the reception is going to be there also, they are not going to serve alcohol. I’m a 21-year-old male who is enjoying being able to drink legally, and I don’t think my best drinking buddy should be holding his reception in a place where I can’t drink. Should I not go to the wedding, or should I show up with a flask in my pocket? Signed, Travis Dear Travis: Weddings are not just places where you get to get drunk, Travis. You’re supposed to be at the wedding to show your support for the couple, not to imbibe. Even though you’re sad that your days with your drinking buddy are coming to an end, be respectful of his and his fiancée’s wishes and leave the flask at home. Maybe if you’re really lucky, you’ll meet a new drinking buddy at the wedding.
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school to survive. My question is this: how does the appropriation of funds work? It seems odd that a university would spend so much money on lunchtime “entertainment.” There are far more important and useful things that kind of
money can be spent on. Perhaps more potted plants to block off stoops in designated smoking areas would be a good investment. Speaking of which, if I get one more e-mail about designated smoking areas, I may have to — well, go smoke, I guess. F
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The best thing I’ve heard in a while was on my favorite show NBC Nightly News: Iran is building nuclear weapons. Potentially. Just outside the city of Qom, Iran, officials uncovered a plant that was “inconsistent with a peaceful program” buried in a mountain about 100 miles from Tehran. In the words of Stephen Colbert, Barack Obama put Iran “on notice.” The report I saw revealed
were part of terror plots with undercover agents and got busted. Honestly, you don’t need to be doing all of this crazy blow-stuff-up business, and then, don’t plot with undercover agents. Not sure who is or isn’t a suit? Be on the safe side and stay out of trouble. The swine flu vaccine is officially available in a nose spray, and only a nose spray until they get the shot together. As far as my news watching statistic gathering tells me, 91 percent of colleges in the U.S. are reporting cases of the H1N1 influenza strain. I know they have improved, and I’m not trying to scare anyone off of it, but remember the last time there were swine flu shots? People
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“I support the freedom of speech, but I believe that certain people do more to hurt their cause.” —Ryan Boyd, senior English major
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“If they’re trying to convert people, it seems like it would make more sense if they preached a message of love, instead of bigotry and hate.” —Joy Blair, sophomore music liberal studies major
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“I believe the evangelists should ask permission before coming to campus so they can be scheduled and not take everyone by surprise.” —Courtney Gill, freshman mathematics major
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“There is a point where freedom of speech goes into freedom of personal space. When they berate somebody it just turns you off. They should listen.” —Amber Gaulden, senior theater major
This week in ridiculous: nuke plants to ejections that the plant uncovered could have produced one or two nuclear weapons a year. Though Obama was briefed with this information in his official transition, it was not made public until now because it had “moved to a dangerous stage.” The next big story I just thought was the terror plot that got busted up. The guy, Najibullah Zazi, bought a bunch of hair chemicals and his excuse to the clerk at the store was he had “a lot of girlfriends.” Really? If all you have to say is some stupid, awkward comment about your non-existent girlfriend, you more than deserve to be caught. Not to mention to two other geniuses recently who
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Dear Dwonna: Because I pay to attend APSU, I feel like I should get a close parking spot and professors should have to park far away. What do you think? Signed, “Frustrated in the Parking Lot” Dear “Frustrated”: That’s a lovely theory you have. Unfortunately, that is not how things work around here. At the University of Texas, we used to joke that a parking pass was simply a “license to hunt for a parking spot.” It’s the same there here at the Peay. My suggestion would be to (1) find a place on or near campus; (2) carpool or ask someone to drop you off; (3) take public transportation (which is free with your student ID); or (4) get to campus early. Or, you can park in faculty parking for $25 a day. Finally, professors get to park close to campus because that’s just the way it is.
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ended up paralyzed and in most cases they were stuck that way. If you need to get your shot, please get it and don’t come to class and get the rest of us sick. If that’s too hard, you’d better hope I don’t get it from you or I’ll call you out right here on this page. Saturday, Sept. 26, marked Ichiro’s first ejection in his major league career. Most people know he is a mild mannered player who rarely argues about anything. For those of you who don’t know, the strike zone is usually over the plate, not to the left of it, like the pitch the umpire called a strike, not a ball, as it clearly was. Ichiro proceeded to draw a line in the dirt where the ball
crossed and he got tossed. Manager Don Wakamatsu hurried from the dugout to grab his All-Star to pull him back. This has been quite a year for No. 51 but this is probably the least expected record he has broken. Bank of America and several of its competitors decided to cut back on over draft fees. The best part, they announced they won’t rearrange transactions to hit you with more fees. This is possibly the most ridiculous thing I heard all week. I knew I didn’t deserve those extra hits on my account this summer. Again in the words of Colbert, Bank of America, “You’re on notice.” F
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APSU student stumbles upon dream job By JACKIE MOSLEY Assistant Features Editor
Dawn Danielson helps care for a goose during a “typical” work day at her co-op for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Dawn Danielson has one semester left of her senior year. She was due to graduate with a degree in biology this December. However, Danielson chose to postpone her graduation until May because of an opportunity she heard about from a professor during an in-class lecture. “I was sitting in animal physiology one day and Dr. Pitts read an announcement that had been forwarded to him about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers co-op program for Ranger Trainees,” Danielson said. “I thought it was worth a shot.” After a series of applications and interviews, Danielson was awarded a coveted co-op through the Army Corps of Engineers this fall. According to APSU Office of Public Relations this co-op is very similar to an internship, and requires Danielson to do hands-on work as a park ranger at Cheatham Lake. The only catch to Danielson’s unique opportunity was that she had to take this semester off. “It was one of the requirements of being in the co-op program,” Danielson said. “The whole reason I began going to college was to have a career doing something that I love.” Postponing graduation was a sacrifice Danielson was willing to make, considering she accepted a full time position within the Corps Nashville District after she graduates. “My original plans after graduation were actually to go into either some kind of wildlife based job or research,” Danielson said. “With this job, I get a little of both.” Danielson’s co-op experience consists of a very different work environment each day. She does daily patrols of the
recreation areas around Cheatham Lake and helps promote water safety. She conducts plant and animal surveys and assesses the condition of different habitats around the lake area. Her work day is anything but typical. “One day we may be patrolling or talking to campers, and the next day we may be out in the field surveying, tying trees or preparing for an event,” Danielson said. “This job has so many different aspects to it. Which is one of the things that I love about it so much.” Danielson feels that her experiences at APSU have successfully prepared her for this co-op and her future job. “I feel that the education that I received at APSU has prepared me for the nature of work that I am doing as a park ranger,” Danielson said. “I attribute this to the high standards of the professors in the biology department.” A number of students each semester have the opportunity to participate in internships and introductory programs in their field of study. Danielson is one of the grateful students who has an opportunity to make a career from her co-op. She encourages other students to search for programs like this. “A lot of opportunities can lead to full time employment in the end,” Danielson said. If Danielson could stress one thing to other college seniors who are not quite sure what they will do with their degrees, it would be to take advantage of the opportunities presented frequently on campus. “If I had not paid attention to the announcement that day, I wouldn’t be doing what I am doing now,” Danielson said. “I am truly blessed that this has turned out the way it has for me. ”F
APSU Professor releases second book in two years By CHASITY WEBB Guest Writer
Being a professor is a difficult job. Try being a full time professor and an author. That is exactly what Chinyere OgbonnaMcGruder, associate professor of public management and criminal justice, is accomplishing. Ogbonna-McGruder’s second book, “Voices from the Inside: Case Studies from a Tennessee Women’s Prison,” was released earlier this month. This is her second book released in two years and the second book she has written since teaching at APSU. Before becoming a non-fiction author, Ogbonna-McGruder wrote many articles pertaining to public health and criminal justice. Ogbonna-McGruder said she wanted to write a book that pertained to her field, criminal justic, that could help people understand the American legal system and get another perspective of women in jail. The book takes a look into the history of addiction and then continues to tell
dozens of stories of women who have been incarcerated. Ogbonna-McGruder said she also wanted to show some people get involved in crime and sent to jail simply because they do not really care, while there are others that get pulled into the lifestyle. When comparing her previous book, “TennCare and Disproportionate Share Hospitals in Tennessee,” she said that, “The TennCare book, the first book I wrote after coming to Austin Peay, is very technical. I mean, you know you look at the data and information. I think it’s a very interesting book. “It’s very technical and it’s more geared towards university students and policy makers. This book, while it has definitely a lot of academic complement, I still think that any individual that is interested in knowing about incarceration rates can buy the book and read it. People asked me about buying the book prior to the publication date because they wanted to read the stories of the women. I think if nothing else, [they
would] be able to understand the stories of the women.” When asked about balancing teaching and writing, Ogbonna-McGruder said, “It’s hard because I actually teach nine different preparations every year, so that is pretty tough. But what I do, what I usually do, is I try to get in my research during the summer break. I teach Internet classes in Summer I. Then I dive back into my research. So I get the book done then. Then when the semester starts I usually teach and advise during the day and then try as much as possible to work late at night. Sometimes I usually stay up until 2 or 3 at night working on my research.” Ogbonna-McGruder relies a lot on her students help with her writing. Whether they help her come up with ideas for the book or help conduct interviews, they are always helping. Copies of “Voices from the Inside: Case Studies from a Tennessee Women’s Prison,” are available online and in bookstores. F
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Ogbonna-McGruder, assosicate professor of public management and criminal justice released her second book in September.
Woodward Library seeks improvements through focus groups
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Library staff meet to discuss the focus group questions that will be asked in order to improve the library and its facilities.
By TANGELIA CANNON Features Editor
In a library built in 1967 and renovated in 1986, it is expected there will be issues. Yet how deep are the
issues and how can they be resolved? This is the question the library staff proposes to the students, staff and faculty of APSU. During the LibQUAL+ Survey the
library posted in the spring, students were asked about their likes and dislikes of the library and what improvements could be made. The majority of the results addressed the library staff and service, the availablility of resources, technology and the building itself. “Overwhelmingly, people commented that the building needs attention,” said Joe Weber, director of Library Services. “People indicated that they want space for group and individual study, better noise control and a more consistent temperature. One person commented ‘The library is way too small for the ‘fastest-growing university in the state.’” Although there are no current plans for a new building, Weber said, “We are doing the best we can to make the best use of this building.” Some improvements that have already been put in place are the vending machines in the downstairs lobby, as well as the improved A-Z list of library periodicals. The library also plans to add five new
computers to the InfoCommons this fall, and hire a new staff person in order to extend the hours of operations on Saturdays. In order to solve issues students have addressed, the library has decided to put together focus groups. These focus groups will be open to all APSU students, faculty and staff, and facilitated by non-librarian staff from across campus in order to ensure objectivity and open dialogue to find effective solutions. “Focus groups will meet sometime in late October to early November to learn more detailed information about how the campus community feels about our Library’s services, programs, resources and space, and to see how we can best address these issues,” said Christina Chester-Fangman, assistant professor and instruction librarian. To join the focus groups, visit the library homepage at www.library.apsu. edu. “We want to hear what people have to say,” Weber said. F
‘Saturday Night Live’ starts new season with the F-bomb Associated Press
NEW YORK — “Saturday Night Live” has started the season with a bang, or, more precisely, an F-bomb. Newcomer Jenny Slate let the dreaded word slip during a parody of a talk show by biker women. Called “Biker Chick Chat,” the sketch was laden with tough talk from its participants, played by Slate, Kristen Wiig and guest host Megan Fox. But the most objectionable word was substituted, with rapid-fire comic
frequency, with an inoffensive stand-in for that vulgarity. Then, midway through the sketch, Slate slipped and said the word she meant to avoid. “You know what? You stood up for yourself,” she declared, “and I (expletive) love you for that.” She puffed her cheeks, perhaps realizing her error, but the sketch continued with no interruption or further flubs. Slate is an actress and comedian who
this summer appeared on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” and is perhaps best-known as half of the comedy duo Gabe and Jenny — until her memorable “SNL” debut last weekend. NBC declined to comment on the incident, other than to say the word had been restored to the intended “freakin’” for the show’s replays in western time zones. The sketch aired live at about 12:40 a.m. Eastern, well after prime time, when use of expletives can be punished by the FCC.
It wasn’t the first time this particular word had been heard on “SNL.” Cast member Charles Rocket made the slip in 1981. But less than two weeks ago, a veteran New York City news anchor created a sensation by accidentally dropping an F-bomb during a newscast while bantering with the weatherman. The clip was soon an Internet favorite. Ernie Anastos of Fox affiliate WNYW apologized on the air the next night. F
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APSU offers physical education program for homeschoolers By ERIN UPSHAW Guest Writer
Gym class is often students’ favorite class of the day. It’s a chance to get out of the classroom and spend some time playing games like dodge ball and soccer with their friends. However, most students who are homeschooled miss out on this experience. They lack the company of a classroom full of students, and their parents don’t exactly have a gymnasium in the back yard for their private to use. However, APSU has been hostin a physical education class for home-
school students ages four to 14 years old. The students of HHP 3210 (methods and materials for teaching elementary education), are under the instruction of Marcy Maurer. Maurer’s students are interested in teaching physical education at an elementary, middle or high school level. Maurer said, “We want the Austin Peay students to be able to experience what it’s like to teach students activities and work on class management skills.” The focus is skill-based learning, not recreational like soccer or basketball leagues that are offered in the community.
Early McCartney musings are discovered in Liverpool, England
LAS VEGAS — Comedian Dane Cook, rock band Daughtry, and musicians Tim McGraw and Brian McKnight were headlining a benefit concert Saturday night, Sept. 26 at the Wynn Las Vegas hotelcasino to provide funding for the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy. Agassi said this year’s first class of high school graduates from the public charter school he backs gives those who support
Paul McCartney is responsible for writing most of the Beatle’s memorable songs.
books — by Liverpool’s Lord Mayor. “I can just recall Paul being nervous and getting this book token from the mayor,” his brother Mike told the Sunday Times. With bandmate John Lennon, McCartney was responsible for writing most of the Beatles’ memorable songs. The queen knighted him in 1997, making him Sir Paul. F
four groups by age. From there, the classes participate in many different basic-skill activities, such as throwing and catching and playing soccer, basketball and volleyball. Some activities are exclusively for certain age groups, such as the rhythmic activities with the younger age groups, while some are for all ages, such as soccer, throwing and catching. Classes start Wednesday, Oct. 7, and will continue for six weeks, ending Monday, Nov. 9. Registration for the classes starts at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, in the Dunn Center, Room 282. The cost of the class is $10 per student. F
Daughtry, McGraw headline show for Agassi school, fundraiser in Las Vegas Associated Press
LONDON — A discovery in a Liverpool library has revealed that Paul McCartney’s talent for writing was winning him prizes when he was just 10 — though for an essay about the queen, rather than a hit song. A British researcher said he found an essay written — in very tidy, curling script — by the future Beatle for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Kevin Roach said Sunday, Sept. 27, that he found the work in records at Liverpool’s Central Library. Roach said the writing is “advanced — you would say it was written by someone who was older than 10 years old, more like 14 or 15.” “It’s unique in its own right. It shows his handwriting at that age and shows how Paul was thinking at the time,” said Roach, who is working on a book about the McCartney family history. According to excerpts published in the Sunday Times, McCartney — who gave his age as 10 years 10 months — contrasted violence which occurred on the coronation day of William the Conqueror with the day celebrating “our lovely young queen.” “No rioting nor killing will take place because present day royalty rules with affection rather than force,” the essay says. McCartney won the under-11 age category of the essay competition, and was given a prize — a gift certificate for
While these programs focus on a single sport, and are often very competitive, the skill-based learning program focuses more on a wide range of activities and sports, as well as focusing more on camaraderie than competitiveness. The program, hosted by APSU, is the only educational, or skill-based, program in the community, and “This has been a big success for the home-school students to be in a structured physical education class,” Maurer said. “The feedback has been very positive.” In order to meet the needs of every student, those enrolled are divided up in to
Chris Daughtry and Tim McGraw perform during the benefit concert.
the academy a reason to celebrate and justify their mission. “We’ve lived in really fat times over a lot of these years, and these times are definitely different, but with that being said it’s still a great opportunity to raise a lot of resources and also celebrate,” the tennis star told The Associated Press. Agassi, who is hosting the concert, said the school is an example of what education could be in Nevada and elsewhere if schools get proper funding and full support from parents. “It’s not a mystery — we haven’t cured cancer over here. We’re plugging away at implementing the best practices that work,” the eight-time Grand Slam champion said. That includes longer school days, mandated parent participation and volunteering, and teaching flexibility, Agassi said. The K-12 school with about 600 students graduated its first seniors this year, and all of them moved on to higher education. The school opened in 2001 with funding from the Andre Agassi Foundation, which has raised $75 million through the concerts since 1994 and has used other fundraisers to support the school for low-income students. When the school started, the concert proceeds made up 95 percent of the school’s budget, but today they represent less than half of overall fundraising for the school, Agassi said. Tickets for the show cost at least $3,500 per pair. F
Polanski arrested in Zurich after 31-year exile Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — The surprise arrest of Polanski at the Zurich airport, detention at the hands of Swiss authorities, and a high-profile extradition process that could take weeks or months. The irony is that for Roman Polanski, the acclaimed director accused of child rape three decades ago, the ordeal could add up to one thing: his freedom. Polanski’s arrest as he arrived in Switzerland for a film festival honor could potentially spur on his legal team’s recent motion to dismiss the case, which a judge halted because the director failed to appear in court. But it could also elevate his case into an international ordeal — involving the governments of Switzerland, France and the United States — and potentially complicate his possible extradition to the U.S. “The big issue is whether it would have been better for him to negotiate a surrender when he had the chance,” Loyola University law professor Laurie Levenson said. “Now it has become an international incident and the district attorney may be under pressure not to negotiate a sweetheart deal. They’ve gone to all this trouble of getting Switzerland involved. It could make it harder on him.” Nevertheless, some believe the arrest of the 76-year-old Academy Award winner could lead to a resolution of the case that has haunted him since 1977. “I think he will finally get his day in court,” criminal defense attorney Steve Cron said, “and there’s a good chance his case will be dismissed or the sentence will be commuted to time served.” Meanwhile, Poland and France intend to make a joint appeal to Switzerland and the United States to have Polanski released from his detention, Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski told the Polish news agency PAP. Sikorski said he and French counterpart Bernard Kouchner also plan to ask Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to offer Polanski clemency. “The good news for him is he’s been living under a cloud all these years wondering who would swoop in and arrest him,” Cron said. “Now he can get this thing finally worked out.” Polanski, the director of such classic films as “Chinatown” and “Rosemary’s Baby,” fled the U.S. for France in 1978, a year after pleading guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl, but before he was formally sentenced. France has no extradition treaty with the U.S., and while he traveled throughout Europe, he avoided arrest in part because of lax policies on apprehending foreign
fugitives. But in recent years, many countries have gradually tightened their efforts to find suspects abroad and extradite them. It’s also not clear how hard authorities was searching for him. The Swiss Justice Ministry said in a statement that U.S. authorities have sought Polanski’s arrest around the world since 2005, although he has been a fugitive much longer. “There was a valid arrest request and we knew when he was coming,” Swiss Justice Ministry spokesman Guido Balmer told The Associated Press. He rejected the idea that politics may have played a part in the action. Previous attempts to nab Polanski when he left France were thwarted because authorities didn’t learn of his travel soon enough — or Polanski didn’t make the trip, said William Sorukas, chief of the U.S. Marshals Service’s domestic investigations branch. “This is not the first time we have done this over the years,” said Sandi Gibbons, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office. She said warrants had been sent out whenever rumors circulated that he would be traveling to a country outside France. In this case, the honor for Polanski’s work proved to be his downfall, Gibbons said. “It was publicized on the Internet that he was going to be at the Zurich Film Festival,” Gibbons said. “They were selling tickets online.” Justice Minister Eveline WidmerSchlumpf said the director will remain in Zurich until the conclusion of the extradition proceedings. The United States now has 60 days to file a formal request for Polanski’s transfer, she said. A U.S. Justice Department spokeswoman in Washington declined to comment on the case Sunday. Polanski’s French lawyer, Georges Kiejman, told France-Inter radio that it was “too early to know” if Polanski would be extradited. “For now we are trying to have the arrest warrant lifted in Zurich,” he said. Polanski’s long-running legal saga gained new momentum late last year with the release of an HBO documentary, “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired,” which claimed misconduct by the nowdeceased judge who handled 1977 case and reneged on a plea deal. With the new evidence presented in the film, Polanski sent a team of lawyers to court in Los Angeles seeking dismissal of the charges. But despite acknowledging “substantial misconduct,” a judge ruled that Polanski would have to appear in person to pursue his motion. Polanski’s lawyers said he decided not to risk arrest on a fugitive warrant, and planned instead never to set foot in the United States. F
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Govs fall early to Panthers, 20-30
Devon Robinson Sports Editor
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Govs quarterback Gary Orr plants his foot with ball in hand to make a play. Orr threw one touchdown and one interception against EIU.
By ANTHONY SHINGLER Assistant Sports Editor
Early mistakes doomed APSU in the 30-20 loss to No. 24 Eastern Illinois Saturday, Sept. 26, in the Ohio Valley Conference home opener at Governor Stadium. With the win, Eastern Illinois is off to a 4-0 overall start, 2-0 in the conference, their best since 1996. Conversely, APSU falls to 1-3, 0-1 OVC. APSU is 8-29 in conference openers. “We didn’t come out and play the first half, and it was the same thing from last week,” said APSU head coach Rick Christophel. In the first quarter, APSU had one punt blocked and a 10-yard punt downed at the APSU 29-yard-line. Taking advantage of great field position, the Panthers led 21-0 before APSU could get
any offense brewing or even record a first down. After an Eastern Illinois three and out that forced a punt, APSU took over with 7:16 left in the first half at their own 32-yard line. The Govs marched the ball down the field 68 yards on eight plays to get on the scoreboard. Terrance Holt jolted from 13 yards out to cut lead 21-7 for one of his two touchdowns on the night. Eastern Illinois tacked on a field goal to take a 24-7 lead at half. “Our offense put our defense in some bad situations, I thought our defense played pretty decent from the first quarter on,” Christophel said. The Govs defense turned up the heat by holding Eastern Illinois to a three and out again in the second half. The Govs went on the field
with a seven play, 48 yard drive. Holt’s second score of the night cut the lead to 10, 24-14. “The first half and second half were two different ball games,” Christophel said. The Panthers added a field goal to make the score 27-14 in the fourth quarter. After a fumble by Gary Orr, the Panthers marched down the field and made another field goal to push their lead to 30-14. “At times he played pretty well. Other times he didn’t do what he needed to do and that put us in a bind,” Christophel said. “It was 24-14 I think and we have the ball going in on the 40 yard line, and boom boom boom we make three mistakes.” The Govs got the ball back with one minute left in the contest. They added success
by a score on an Orr threeyard toss and catch to Scott Thomas to cut the lead to 30-20. The Govs failed on the two-point conversion. “He was (finding his rhythm) and that’s why I kept going with him because he was throwing the ball in the right places on those crucial drives,” Christophel said. The Govs attempted an onside kick, but did not recover it. The Govs produced 251 yards offense. The Panthers averaged 425 yards in the previous three games. However, against the Govs they were held to 243 yards of total offense. “There’s no reason we can’t play like that every game,” Christophel said. “You’re going to make some mistakes, but play hard and play aggressive.” F
Dear Diary, Oh, I bet you guys were expecting Marlon Scott to come in this week and give his little two cents. Well, I will have you know I was the winner this week and you will not be seeing “Mister Marlon’s” article. Giving credit where it’s due, each of our teams had difficulty defeating our opponents this week. My assistant, Anthony, didn’t do as well as he has in previous weeks. Marlon’s team had an abysmal showing and ended up getting smoked by the Bulhas by nearly 100 points. Marlon really needs to consider trading something or someone or his record of making it to the playoffs might end sooner than he would want. Speaking of trading, my weakest wide receiver, Torry Holt, needs to be put on the bench. He really isn’t scoring enough for my taste or even catching the ball for that matter. My other two receivers, Randy Moss and Reggie Wayne, definitely live up to their highly touted careers. Both receivers scored more than 20 points for me. My running backs, Reggie Bush and Jamaal Charles, played well. Bush and Charles are both fairly consistent to their teams and scored enough to give me the edge over my opponent. My game ball goes to Peyton Manning. The older Manning tossed four touchdowns in embarassing defeat of the Super Bowl 2009 loser, Arizona Cardinals. His touchdowns led him to scoring over 40 points in the fantasy game. It’s been a good day for fantasy football. What more do I have to ask for? Thankfully, Anthony and Marlon loss, and I won my hard-fought battle against Denver Nation. Hopefully, they both continue to do as bad as they did this past week and I’ll contiune up the board. As I sit and watch my two companions burn before me, I laugh at their misfortune. Walking with his head held high, Devon
Highest Scoring Team: The Aggies Running Back, Jamaal Charles, 16 points Running Back, Reggie Bush, 24.1 points Running Back, Rashard Mendenhall, 0 points Wide Receiver, Torry Holt, 8.70 points Quarterback, Peyton Manning, 49.17 points Wide Receiver, Randy Moss, 21.6 points Tight End, Kevin Boss, 4.7 points Defense, Tennessee Titans, 7 points Kicker, Rob Bironas, 5 points Wide Receiver, Reggie Wayne, 25.6 points
Teammates James Wilson, left, and Matt Patchan (71) look over Florida quarterback Tim Tebow after he was sacked during the second half of their NCAA college football game against Kentucky in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Sept. 26.
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Lady Govs continue OVC streak, 4-0
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Juniors Sarah Alisaleh and Jessica Mollman leap to defend a kill. Mollman, with 11 kills, led the 53 kill defeat of the Tennessee State Tigers Thursday, Sept. 18.
By ANTHONY SHINGLER Assistant Sports Editor
The Lady Govs volleyball team remained undefeated in Ohio Valley Conference play with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-18) win at Eastern Illinois, Saturday, Sept. 26, at Lantz Arena. The Lady Govs, who are riding a four match-winning streak improve to 9-4, 3-0 OVC, while Eastern Illinois drops to 7-10, 1-4 OVC. The Lady Govs are in three-way tie for first place with Jacksonville State and Morehead State. During the first set, there were eight
lead changes and 13 ties in the first 38 points of the opening frame. With a tie at 19-19, the Lady Govs scored in succession from Kirstin Distler and an error from Eastern Illinois to jump out to a 21-19 lead. The Lady Govs built a 24-20 lead on a pair of kills from Stephanie Champine. They would win the set 25-21. The second set was a replica of the first set, exchanging leads six times and tying the score 14 times. The Lady Govs would not get a lead of more than three during the set. Eastern Illinois used two errors made by the Lady Govs to cut the lead 22-21. Ilyanna
Hernandez led a 4-1 run by the Lady Govs to win the second set, 25-23. The Lady Govs scored the first seven points in the third set to lead 7-0. Kills from Champine, Taylor Skinner and Jessica Mollman helped support the Lady Govs offense. Eastern Illinois hacked at the Lady Govs lead, narrowing the score down to 17-15. The Lady Govs would go on a 8-3 run to close the match out 25-18 to win their third conference match. “Today’s match was a good example of doing whatever it takes to win,” according to Lady Govs head coach Mike Johnson’s post game interview with
Sports Information. “Our serve receive was very good and our outside hitters were excellent. Champine and Hernandez both put up some big numbers.” The Lady Govs were lead by Stephanie Champine’s 20 kills. It was her second 20-kill effort this season. Also, Hernandez chipped in 10 kills, and Skinner helped out the cause with seven kills. The Lady Govs converted for 44 kills in the victory. The Lady Govs continue OVC action Friday, Oct. 2, for a three-match home stint with a 7 p.m. tipoff against Tennessee Tech. F
Lady Govs drop two, remain winless in OVC By JORDON CHAFFIN Guest Writer
LOIS JONES | senior photographer
Senior defender/midfielder Hannah Jones pivots for a kick in the game versus EKU Sunday, Sept. 27.
The Lady Govs soccer team opened their Ohio Valley Conference schedule this weekend at home against Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky. The Lady Govs lost the match Friday, Sept. 25, against Morehead State 2-1 and tied Eastern Kentucky 0-0, Sunday, Sept. 27. Lady Govs seemed to have luck on their side early on as Monique Wong scored a goal only 28 seconds into the game leading 1-0. The Lady Govs appeared to hold off the offensive flurry from Morehead State, until just under ten minutes were remaining in regulation, when Eagles’ forward Devan Jordan slipped a shot past APSU goalkeeper, Carley
Newman, tying the score 1-1. The Lady Govs, who were playing with only 12 players, gave up the winning goal to Morehead State in the 88th minute. Morehead State led in shots (12-8), corner kicks (6-5), and also in fouls (11-10). APSU led in saves (6-3). “I hope the loss will affect them,” Lady Govs soccer coach, Kelley Guth said. “We have to learn to play for ninety minutes, play consistently, and take pride in maintaining a lead.” Sunday, Sept. 27, the Lady Govs played host to Eastern Kentucky and held on to a 0-0 tie. EKU dominated offensive side of the field with 20 shots, and nine of them were on goal. The Lady Govs goalkeeper Carley Newman saved all
nine of the shots on goal to secure the tie. The Lady Govs struggled offensively, taking three shots, and one of those coming on goal, saved by EKU’s Stephanie Lynch. Both teams conceded two corner kicks, while committing eleven fouls each. The Lady Govs fell to 1-8-2 overall, 0-1-1 in the conference standings after this weekends conference home openers. The Lady Govs will begin a four match road trip starting Friday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. as the Lady Govs face Southeast Missouri State University. APSU then travel to face Eastern Illinois Sunday, Oct. 4, at 2:30 p. m. Drawing near of the OVC regular season, the Lady Govs face Jacksoville State in Jacksonsville, Ala. on Friday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. F Senior Kirstin Distler makes a dig in the game versus UT-Martin Saturday, October 4. Distler and fellow senior Stephanie Champine are close friends and lead their team on the court.
Distler speaks on leadership By DEVON ROBINSON Sports Editor
Lady Gov volleyball player, Kirstin Distler, comes into her senior season with goals to bring her team to new heights. Distler posts 96 kills so far this season. The All State: What do you do to get motivated? Kirstin Distler: I get motivated by getting my team ready to play. I am an extremely driven person. So doing well and team winning are my motivation. TAS: What have you worked on to get prepared for this season? KD: We all worked very hard this summer in
preparation for this season. Since this is my senior season, I think I trained twice as hard to have a great season. Our team works twice as hard to accomplish all our goals. TAS: When did you first start playing volleyball and what poised you to play? KD: I started playing volleyball when I was in the third grade and then started playing travel ball when I was 11. TAS: Is there any teammate you feel particularly close to and why? KD: I feel very close to all my teammates and we are all very close. Stephanie Champine is my roommate
as well as another senior. We are very close, she knows the most about me, and we share many of the same goals. TAS: What are you goals for the team and for yourself? KD: My goals for the team are to win the Ohio Valley Conference regular season as well as the OVC tournament. I want to make it to the NCAA tourney for my last year. A team goal that we focus on all the time is to get better each time we step on the court. My personal goals are to help the team in anyway that I can and to be a great leader for our team. F
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