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news Page 3 The MRC has a new program for parents wanting to work out at their facilities. Plus, find out more about what Harp had to say.

Think of the scariest movie monster in film history. If you guessed a tire, read this week’s b-movie column to find out if you were right or terribly wrong.

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Both football and women’s soccer faced Incarnate Word at home this weekend. Read about how the Lions matched up against the Cardinals.

Exclusive Interview with J.J Harp Quarterback reveals why he left, story behind his return Editor Adam Troxtell

Junior quarterback J.J. Harp was nowhere to be found in Kingsville on Oct. 1 when the Lions lost their fourth consecutive game and saw starter Yogi Gallegos leave at halftime with injury, because at the time he, technically, was not part of the team. The Eastern New Mexico transfer had left the Lions during the days leading up to their match-up with the Javelinas in a shocking move that left A&M-Commerce with no choice but to throw on freshman Ryan Lusby when Gallegos went down. Just one day after the loss, Harp was back in Head Coach Guy Morriss’s office and ready to be a Lion once again. In an exclusive interview with The East Texan, Harp said his decision to leave came down to expectations not being met and a feeling of disrespect.

Departing the team Harp said he was left distraught after not being put into a game situation he felt he could handle well when the Lions were losing to Ouachita Baptist on Sept. 22. Since his Eastern New Mexico days, Harp has felt most comfortable in a fast-paced offense he calls “Nascar” and he said their were chances for him to play this system during that game the Lions lost 39-33. “I told everyone that this last game [against Ouachita Baptist] was a great opportunity to throw me in there, run a Nascar offense,” Harp said. “That’s my offense, that’s what I got nominated for the D-II Harlon Hill Award for, and I love doing that. I come here where they’re starting to run that offense, and I’m like ‘Coach, let’s do it. Put me in, let’s go. That’s my thing.’ That didn’t happen then.” After that game, Harp said he sent text messages to Morriss and Offensive Coordinator Dan Lounsbury asking them “Why am I here?” “You may say it’s not the right thing to do, to text people; but,texting is a calm and collected way to have a conversation with somebody,” Harp said. “Instead of me going in there running my mouth, because I’m a hot head.” Harp said he did not get a response, but was hopeful when he went to the team’s Saturday practice. “I was told the week before ‘If we don’t have a change, if we don’t have a win this week or something like that, you’re probably going to get a shot to be the guy,’” he said. “I was like cool, I’m down with that.

I go to practice and nothing’s changed. It just made me mad; it really infuriated me. I don’t understand how we can be complacent with losing and not even think about a change. I expressed my feelings like that to the coaches and the team; their overall mindset was ‘well, I can’t argue with that.’” The team practiced again on Sunday, and Harp decided not to attend. He said some of his teammates asked him why he was not going and whether or not he was simply trying to make a point. “I said I wasn’t going to show up,” he said. “I told that to people coming over before. Linemen, defensive guys, it doesn’t matter; any position you could think of probably came and talked to me about it, because I told everybody ‘I’m done with this stuff.’ I want to play; I’ve got to play. They said ‘Are you just making a point?’ and I said ‘I don’t know if I’m making a point or if this is like, really, I’m not coming back.’” Harp said he heard from various players that on Sunday, Lounsbury addressed the team in a way that appeared negative toward him. “I get told that at the meeting Coach Lounsbury came across as harsh towards me, •See Harp Page 3 Faith wenbourne / the east texan

Online advising system to be ready by spring Opinion Editor Savannah Christian

Kristie card / the east texan Computers located in the Access and Success Center where students can sign up for classes and determine their schedule.

In the upcoming Spring 2012 semester, students will be given the opportunity to schedule their courses through a new program called Degreeworks. University Registrar Paige Bussell offered details on the “much better” advising system. “The Degreeworks program will replace the current degree evaluation program that is currently used through students’ MyLeo accounts,” she said. “It will still be accessible through MyLeo. You will be able to see what courses are needed to complete your degree, perform GPA calculations and plan for future semesters.” There have been complaints during previous semesters about the current advising system, but Bussell said Degreeworks will present a positive change for the students. “The current degree program has been confusing and difficult to main-

tain through the current system,” Bussell said. “The new program will be easier to upgrade and understand.” Junior radio/television major Caitlin Barbee recently transferred to Texas A&M University-Commerce and has not yet adjusted to the advising system. According to Barbee, the problem lies not with the people at the university, but the system. “I haven’t necessarily been advised,” she said. “We were basically sat down in a room and given instructions on how to sign up for classes. I wasn’t really given any idea of what I needed to be signed up for and what order things needed to be in.” Although Barbee has not been regularly advised on how to use the system, she said she is given assistance any time she seeks it. “When I have a question I just ask Dr. [John] Dempsey or Dr. [Tony] Demars,” she said. “They usually tell me what to do. For instance, I was in the wrong class at the beginning of the

year and I went to him and he got it taken care of quickly with just a few emails.” The Degreeworks program will offer a change to the students in areas such as accessibility, navigation and features. “The degree evaluation is designed to be a more user-friendly environment and is much easier to understand,” Bussell said. “The degree evaluations are outlined so that students will know exactly which courses are being used and which courses are still needed to complete their degree. This system is much better as it offers a much easier to read layout and has many more features including a planning tool and GPA calculator.” The system will also serve as a step in the direction to solve the student/ advisor relationship. “Degreeworks also includes a planning tool so that advisors can help plan out a students’ courses in the semesters they need to complete them,” Bussell said.

Jobs come to students at Fall fair Staff Writer Susan Dagenais The 2011 Fall Job Fair, hosted by Career Development, put 22 businesses in one room for the students and alumni of Texas A&M University-Commerce on Oct.4 in an effort to connect attendees with employment opportunities. Many companies expressed positive reactions to applicants they met this year. Although not every company in attendance had immediate openings, most had open positions and a few did onsite interviews. According to Director of Career

Development Tina Boitnott, the event was successful. “Every recruiter that signed up showed, and we had more [students] than we had last year,” she said. “I’m happy about that. We had some faculty come through, which is awesome. I feel we provided an opportunity for our students to find employment and to graduate and be successful. For me, that’s a success.” This year’s job fair had 160 participants, 53 more than last year. According to Boitnott, the turnout was low, especially in this job market. “I would love to see the

lines backed up, down the street, around the corner, and over into the next town,” Boitnott said. “I don’t feel we have reached the students we need to reach. We have 22 companies here who are hiring a myriad of majors. I would just like for our students to know that every opportunity to make a connection with an employer is valuable in this job market. Whether you’re a freshman or graduate student, it’s valuable and to take advantage of every opportunity presented to you.” Although the Fall Job Fair was publicized and grew this

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david grote / the east texan Representatives from Geico talk to prospective employees at the Fall Job Fair on Oct. 4. Geico was one of 22 companies available for students and alumni to talk to about future job opportunities.

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Columnist: ‘It’s OK to go to class without any makeup’ Opinion Editor Savannah Christian I am currently in a state of mind that is housed somewhere in between slight confusion and utter dismay. The root of this unpleasant state I am in stems from a series of related experiences I had just yesterday. Let me fill you in: I woke up way past my intended time and was rushing around my apartment trying to get ready enough to get to work. I put on some decent looking clothes and headed to work for what I thought would be a regular

day. But, as my day wore on I noticed more and more odd questions coming my way. I was asked if I was “doing alright,” if I was sick or if something was wrong. Initially, I answered the questions sort of confusedly, but by the end of the day I realized people were asking me these things because I looked different. You see, in my hurried morning, I decided not to put on any makeup. I honestly thought nothing of the matter. I simply didn’t have the time to deal with it. I mean, what would you do: skip work to put on your makeup or just say

forget about it? (If you sided with the first option, you have a serious addiction.) Luckily, I have what has been referred to as a “strong personality” and these comments don’t personally hurt or offend me. However, I know several women who would be affected by such talk. In light of that, people should probably consider the bigger picture before opening their mouths. The things that you say when you think you are being cute or funny could really ruin someone’s self-esteem, not that you care. So, to the “man” who

thought I looked “ill,” stop talking. I know that was the first time you had seen me without make up on, but no, I am not dying or anything of the sort. It was oh so thoughtful of you to be concerned. Actually, I am quite amazed at myself for having made it this far into the school year before going to class with the “I might

have just rolled out of bed” look. I just really didn’t feel like taking the time to paint on a new face this morning, and I quite like the one I was given, so I thought I would sport it for a change. It is people like you who have instilled insecurities in women, young and old, about their appearance. Women seem to feel as though it is expected or necessary for them to put on makeup and flawlessly fix themselves every day and you are to blame. Unfortunately for you, you popped off to the wrong girl, one who isn’t timid or insecure. I mean it when I say that I couldn’t care less what you think about my physique, style or overall image. There is only one person in this world worth impressing to

me, and he happens to appreciate my sick-looking face. However, just because it does not hurt me does not mean that you can prance around and sarcastically ridicule me with your underhanded comments. I can only hope that someday you have a run in with someone like me somewhere other than a classroom so that she can equally embarrass you with her reply. I am sincerely trying to help you stop digging your own grave, so to speak. Think before you speak and do not ask another woman if she is ill unless she is coughing or throwing up or displays some other symptom of being obviously ill. Follow that rule of thumb and you just might find a girlfriend or even a wife. Miracles happen every day.

Life would be easier if society were slighly ‘gayer’ Letter to the Editor

Entertainment Editor Chancellor Mills Ever since our former editor James Golden Bright IV left the paper last Spring, there has been a hole that has needed filling – in a few different ways. Aside from the hole that his absence has left in all of our hearts, there was also the hole of Entertainment Editor that had to be filled. That’s where

I stepped in. Another hole was one that James Golden Bright IV filled so well that I wasn’t sure if we could find a replacement. What I’m referring to is James Golden Bright IV’s standing as the gayest straight guy on staff. Although I will never live up to his stature, I have been promoted to this position of gayest straight guy on staff of The East Texan this year. As is customary, it is the duty of the gayest straight guy on staff to write at least one “gay” article this semester. So, this is mine. I was recently watching an episode of “Conan” when Glenn Howerton of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” came on the show and was talking about something he called “The Gay Spectrum.” What he was referring to is that some people can fall on one end of the spectrum and be completely flamingly homosexual or fall at the other end, making them unquestionably, indisputably

heterosexual. What he said next is what caught me a bit offguard – simply because it was just so obvious that I hadn’t even thought about it. What he said was that, while some people fall at one end of the spectrum and some fall at the other, most everybody else falls somewhere in the middle, making them only a few degrees “off-gay.” I was baffled at the clarity of this statement, because, for the most part, it is absolutely true. I’m a prime example. So is James Golden Bright IV. We both love the ladies, but are also one or two drunken experiments away from joining the other team. Some people would think that us being a few degrees “off-gay” would be a bad thing, but once I started to think about it, I came to the conclusion that everyone should be just a little bit gayer. Think about it. Once you get out of high school or college, you never see a sad homosexual, do you?

Nope. And what relationships do you see lasting longer? That’s right. Gay ones. From what I see, it has to do with the fact gays are kind of like their own race of people who don’t date outside that race. The way I think about it is that, if the person you are dating has all the same “equipment” as you, you are going to be forced to build a relationship based more on compatibility and chemistry. Also, if more people in the world (especially the South) were a littler gayer, homophobia could be completely eradicated. It’s a lot more difficult to ridicule a gay guy if you’ve just come from seeing your best friend – to whom your parting words were “Love you, buddy.” Plus, I think it would just be nicer for the gay-straight guys if we could play with a cute puppy or get flowers for our girlfriends without a homophobic bystander suggesting that I [fellate] a [piece of male genitalia].

To All, I am concerned with the goals and visions of the university’s administration, especially those of Residential Life. Upon reading the East Texan’s article “Family Housing Units to Be Demolished for New Hall” I found myself angry and confused in regards to the administration’s lack of planning in their decision to demolish the halls. There is no doubt there is a need for new housing in that area, nor is there any doubt as to the explosive growth of our student population. However, to put our families on the streets should not have been part of the “extremely difficult” (Koch) decision Res Life had to make. There should have been a plan for these families before the decision was made to demolish family housing. It is not as if we all could not predict the eventual demolition of these buildings.

It seems this is yet more evidence that we students have subjected ourselves to a business concerned with money and numbers more than the education of its students. Of course the new hall should be built for our new surge in the younger population; there are more of them and they’re easier to cheat out of their money. The decision, it seems, was pretty easy to make: who is going to give us more money? Out with the poor families. Oh, no worries however, the university still “has an obligation to [families] to get [them their] degree[s]” (Hendrix). After all we’re more concerned with the trade of your money for a paper with our name on it than we are with you becoming an enlightened human being. We can’t measure enlightenment, but we sure can measure the number of handshakes! Deeply Concerned, Marc

Editorial: A&M-Commerce new advising system a step in the right direction for Student Access and Success As upperclassmen that have found academic advising over the past few years increasingly more difficult, we feel the introduction of Degreeworks cannot come soon enough. Since the opening of the Student Access and Success Center on campus, the advising system has become, we feel, so confusing and convoluted, that any students who are not freshmen or transfers can get off track

on their degree plans far too easily. The current degree evaluation system available on MyLeo is adequate, but hardly a substitute as a hand to hold when sifting through the various course options available to students. Degreeworks appears to be a huge step forward in bringing all students up to speed, instead of leaving out certain classifications when it comes to true student advising. We are extremely

happy to see the university take steps forward in any of its initiatives, but this is perhaps one of the most important when it comes to students as a whole. From what we have heard, it has the ability to give academic advising all on its own, with features that calculate GPAs and can set a student’s schedule out for years in advance. What we cannot still understand is why this was not brought out sooner. Perhaps


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it is the case that the technology is only now available, and we would understand that. But, the university put itself in a situation where academic advising would be riddled with gaping holes without any way to fill them. In the future, we hope decisions to make any drastic changes to the way our university works is preceded by more thought into what it might mean for the university and its students as a whole.


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Harp rejoins familiar Lions football team Continued from Page 1... and that’s all I’m going to say about it,” Harp said. “I didn’t like it, didn’t think I should put up with that. A couple of things that were said and repeated to me, maybe they weren’t right. I hope they weren’t right; I want to say they’re not. But, hearing them from more than five, ten and fifteen people, same thing, it’s going to change your mindset. I told coach I’m done; I’m going to take my talent and muster up a career somewhere else, maybe baseball. He said [to] go see Coach Morriss to get it resolved.” Morriss talked to Harp about his decision, and told him that he was always in a position to start, but Harp had made up his mind and signed out of the team before what turned out to be a significant weekend in the saga. “I went and talked to Coach Morriss a bit last week, and he said ‘Is this what you want to do?’ and I said ‘Nope, not at all,’” Harp said. “I’ve never quit anything my entire life; it’s one of the hardest things to do ever. This was probably one of the hardest things I’ve had to do in my entire life.’ He said ‘Well, you’re one play away.’ And, of course, that one play was this weekend.”

Coaches called Harp Harp said he began listening to the A&M-Kingsville game at around halftime, right before Gallegos picked up the injury. At that moment, he received text messages from friends about how he should have waited before leaving the team. “Something told me to turn the game on my phone, and five seconds later I get texts from all over the world saying ‘look what happened, you should have stayed,’” Harp said. “I said the


Harp drops back for a pass during the Lions’ 2322 loss to Incarnate Word last Saturday.

one thing I have to tell you all is, these texts and these phone calls about coming back and my thought process about coming back, this would not have happened if you guys had won this game or if number six was still healthy. I guess the situation is how it is, I’m going to handle the situation the best way I know how: I prayed about it.” The next day, Harp said he received a call from Coach Andrew Raiden about meeting Morriss and Lounsberry. When Harp asked what about, Raiden suggested Harp knew full and well what the conversation would be over. “[Morriss] said ‘Are you ready to play?’ and I said ‘Yes sir, I’m ready to ball,’” Harp said. “He said all this stuff about we don’t want to have any boiling water; they want it all under the table and let’s put it all in the past. I said ‘I’m down for that.’ He said that’s the only way it was going to work. I shook their

hands and went out.” Morriss said he knows the team is behind Harp as he takes the starting quarterback role. “I believe the team is 100% behind him, and I don’t think that was ever an issue, to be quite honest,” Morriss said. Morriss also said the team was fortunate to have an option of two similar quarterbacks that can fit into the offensive system. “He’s going to fit into what we want him to do,” Morriss said. “It’s not like Yogi was a perfect fit and J.J. was the step-child. J.J.’s been working all spring, summer, camp to learn the offense and to be a fit, so to speak. We’ve said all along we can win with either one of them, so we’re very blessed to have two good quarterbacks. A lot of people struggle with that; with injuries, flunk out, or people leave. Quarterbacks were born to transfer. We feel like either one of them can do the job.” Harp said he thinks he can help the team toward achieving a goal that has now become even more imperative: getting wins. He said his knowledge of the team and his belief that the team is all in one frame of mind. “We all have one thing on our mind, and that’s getting the first win of the season,” Harp said. “There’s nothing about we didn’t want to win before; just, certain things happen and certain things happen and more certain things happen, and it all leads to one thing. I’ve known everybody on this team for a good year-and-a-half now. I’ve spent the whole summer with them, we’ve grinded it out; all the stuff that goes into a team. I just think we’re all excited now that we’re going to have the opportunity to finish out the season strong and turn it around.”


J.J. Harp (1) and Kevin Bevans (11) talk offensive strategy on the sideline.

Background on J.J. Harp Editor Adam Troxtell Junior J.J. Harp transferred to A&M-Commerce from Eastern New Mexico University where his on field performances earned him a nomination for the Harlon Hill Trophy, which is given to the most outstanding Division II player. He set an all divisions-NCAA record for most pass attempts and most pass completions in a single game. He came to A&MCommercec in Fall 2010, but had to sit out a year for eligibility reasons. Harp said he saw a great opportunity. “What sold me was I could

come in here, probably lead this team to victory, and I saw the opportunity to learn the pro-style offense,” Harp said. When Yogi Gallegos transferred to A&M-Commerce from TCU, Harp said he saw the opportunity to compete against and learn from someone that had spent time under former TCU and now NFL quarterback Andy Dalton. “I wanted to learn from him and I knew that I had done some things that he probably hadn’t done before,” Harp said. “So, I wanted to share my knowledge with him, just trade back and forth. I think it worked out for the best, we both pushed each other really hard through camp.”

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A student receives career advice from an A&M-Commerce booth at the 2011 Fall Job Fair in the Rayburn Student Center.

year, concerns are getting the companies to return and the job fair’s continued growth . The Career Development Job Fairs require a professional dress code to attend, but with the low turnout, much of that was forgone. “We put this out in emails to faculty and staff, we target departments and faculty that we know the companies are here looking for their major specifically,” Boitnott said. “We do all of the leg work. The day of the event comes and I don’t know what happens, but we don’t always see the faculty support. It’s a catch-22; if we don’t have the students, alumni, and community coming through, the companies will not come back because we did not have the volume. Having such a low volume today, if we turned [unprofessionally dressed attendees] away, it would have been even less.” Cooper Terry, District Manager for Fastenal, has been coming to the Fall and Spring Job Fairs for 10 years. Terry gives the job fair growth credit to Boitnott, but feels some of the most successful job fairs come from those with

strong support from instructors. “Career Development has new leadership, Tina Boitnott,” Terry said. “She is doing a lot of the right things and it will just take a little time to get to where it needs to be. The universities I go to that have a successful turn out from the student population have strong support from the professors. They get them engaged in thinking about career opportunities.” Innovations First International also made its first appearance at the Fall Job Fair. The Greenville-based company was represented by Associate Creative Director Brandon Adams. By the end of the event Adams found three prospective students and one he felt would be an asset and already has scheduled a follow-up interview. He looks forward to returning to future job fairs at A&M-Commerce. “We do everything from robotics to toy manufacturing with robotics in mind, as well as packaging and design,” Adams said. “We are looking to open a few new brands and so we are looking to staff up in that direction.” Aside from current students, there were also many alumni in attendance.

Micheal Davis accompanied his 2004 A&M-Commerce alumna wife, Kelly Davis, to the event. “She is looking for work and I got laid off a couple weeks ago, so I’m in the same boat with her,” Micheal Davis said. Nathan Ritchey, political science junior at A&M-Commerce, visited with 18 of the 22 companies. According to Ritchey, even if the company didn’t have anything to offer him, he gathered information for friends who might find it useful. He also made sure to revisit some of the companies to leave a lasting impression and make sure they remembered not only his name, but his face with it. “I got more than I was expecting,” Ritchey said. “I was speaking to the Edward Jones table and I can meet with him on my portfolio when I get out of college and be able to start building that up to be financially secure. I scheduled some meetings with [local businesses] so they could help me understand what kinds of fields there are in the computer science field, so when I graduate I know an idea of what I can do with my degree plan and go out in the world and get a job.”

Campus rec offers childcare program Staff Writer Jordan Wright As part of the Parent Camp program, Morris Recreation Center is offering to watch children for parents that want to work out in the facility. Parent Camp allows local parents to get in a workout using MRC equipment while professional counselors watch their children. The Parent Camp program started on Sept. 13 and is held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays of every week. It is separated into two 90-minute sessions that are held from 5-6:30 p.m. and 6:30-8 p.m. “It started this semester, but this is something that we’ve been trying to do probably four or five semesters prior,” Associate Director of Intramural and Club Sports Jerome Osborne said. “We’ve been trying to figure out the staffing and the model that would enable faculty, staff, students and as well as community members to come onto campus to work out and to have a safe and productive environment for their children.”

In regards to finding a productive model, the MRC has adopted one similar to that of the Parent Camp from the summer. “We ended up mimicking the Parent Camp from our summer camp, and we took our camp counselors and they’re the ones that oversee the children,” Osborne said. “They get to read or get help with their homework while their parents go and work out for 90 minutes or take a group fitness class.” The service is open not only to students, but also university faculty and residents of Commerce, Sulphur Springs, Greenville and other neighboring areas. All children from ages 4-17 are eligible for the program. The charge for the service is a $4 per session and per child for Commerce students and $8 for community members. The MRC also makes the punch pass an available option to those that register for the program. “They’re like our day punch passes for adults” Osborne said. “Rather than pay session by session, every 15th you only pay $20.”

One of the counselors, Makenzie Brooke Ellyson, has been working with the program for about four weeks now and said the qualifications for counselors are very specific. “Mainly you have to work well with kids” Ellyson said. “It helps if you’ve worked with kids in the past.” Osborne has been pleased with the success of the program thus far and hopes to continue to watch it succeed in the future. “All of the kids that we’ve had have all come out just ecstatic and happy about our staff and the time that they’ve had with us” Osborne said. “This is probably the best program that I’ve been a part of and we greatly need participation to keep it afloat.” This opinion is also shared by student Haley Mull, who helped Osborne conceive the process by which the program would operate. “I know a lot of students on campus that are nontraditional students and parents, and the more word that gets out, the more popular it will become,” Mull said.

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The MRC is now offering a chance for parents to get a 90 minute workout at the facility while their children are being taken care of by professional counselors. The program is part of Parent Camp, which started on Sept. 13.

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Students, community come together for a ‘Night Out’ with entertainment Staff Writer Keyania Campbell

event also met campus police officers and participated in the festivities. The A&M-Commerce “I’d say it was geared University Police Departmore toward families than ment partnered with Comstudents, but it was definitemerce Police Department ly fun” sophomore Brittany to bring local community Mack said. “The helicopter members and students its landing was really cool, annual National Night Out the weather is good, and on Oct. 5. it’s always a great opportuThe event had multiple nity to meet the emergency attractions including a personnel and people in the dunk tank, petting zoo, and community.” displays of multiple emerThe night ended with a gency vehicles. A&M-Comfinale by Doctor Doctor and merce sociology professor a thank you to all the sponDr. William Thompson’s sors and guests. band, Doctor Doctor, also “This was just reprovided live music. Kristen Kelly / THE EAST TEXAN ally good” junior Avery “My kids are having a Members of the community came out during Commerce’s annual National Night Floyd said. “When you Out, and were able to enjoy family-friendly attractions like the petting zoo. blast. I bring them here evtake a look at all these ery year” Commerce resipeople out here, you see communities since its inception in 1984 dent Kristen Ross said. “It’s good fam- by the Nation Association of Town nothing but positive energy ily entertainment for free.” Watch as a promotion for anti-crime and community.” A&M-Commerce’s Residence Hall efforts. Also referred to as America’s Association was pleased to help with Night Out Against Crime, the event the event this year. boasted over 15,500 neighborhoods “We brought the bounce house and participating this year alone. One of the the popcorn machine, and helped set program’s goals is to get community up. We also served food and drinks” members to meet each other and get to RHA Vice President of Administration know local law enforcement. and Finance Anusha Goud said. “We’re “I like getting my kids out to see also doing the petting zoo over there, the police like they’re regular peoand we’ll be tearing down afterward. ple, so when they see them, they will This was a great opportunity for us.” trust them” Commerce resident Mark Kristen Kelly / THE EAST TEXAN National Night Out, celebrated all Campbell said. Doctor Doctor entertained the audience with live over the country, has been a staple in A&M-Commerce students at the music on Wednesday.

Crosswalk receives new upgrades, students still not safe from traffic Staff Editor Leah Allen A new laser mechanism wa s i n st a l le d ea rl ier i n the semester for the crosswalk in front of Whitley Hall crossing Highway 11, but the new device has not shown itself to be much of an improvement. The installation of the laser has discouraged students from pressing the button, and the laser has not shown to be 100 percent effective in setting off the warning lights every time. When it does, the lights are often delayed. “By the time it’s off they’re already in the street,” said Whitley Hall Director Chase Lindquist. Whitley resident Myisha Turner feels that even the button for the crosswalk can be dangerous. She rarely relies on the laser by itself and always pushes the button when walking across. Turner can recall two incidents this year alone where pedestrians got hit from cars not stopping.

“When we push t he button, we expect them to stop,” said Turner “It depends on the driver. As pedestrians, we do our part.” While st udents do not always take part in pushing the but ton before crossing and the lasers sometimes fail to sense the movement, there are also times JESSICA MARTIN/ THE EAST TEXAN when cars drive t h r o u g h t h e Multiple students have to use this crosswalk each day to get to and from classes on campus. flashing lights increase the amount of jay been trying to come up with either avoiding having to stop walker pedestrians who do ways to get students to push abruptly or not taking notice of not want to wait for the light the button,” said Lindquist. the lights. to change. Turner and Da- With that method students To many students, the “saf- vis suggest that police stay will cross without relying est” time to walk across is posted near the crosswalk solely on the laser to detect at night. That is because the and ticket drivers who drive them every time and maybe lights are bright enough and on through when the lights give the students a second to actually catch the attention of are flashing. make sure all cars are stopthe drivers better. The current resolution for ping like they should. The Lindquist suggests that now is to better encourage the lights will at least be almost there could be a stoplight students to be safe. “We have certain to go off every time. put in place, but that may

Window becomes shattered end in Whitley Hall love story, one injured Staff Writer Leeana Gentry The broken window at Whitley Hall is the result of an angry boyfriend. On Friday, September 23, at approximately 10 p.m. one of the windows on the North side of the building was smashed by Dale Oliver. He was infuriated with a fellow student, according to the police report. “He was standing outside the Student Center with his friends when he noticed one of his suite mates, Dillon Layne, was flirting with his girlfriend,” according to a University Police Department incident

report. To avoid confrontation, Oliver started walking to Whitley Hall. He went in the lobby and was still agitated over the situation when he proceeded to throw down his backpack and hit the wall near a pool table. “He was approached by a resident assistant, Eduardo Sneed, who asked what was wrong and told him to calm down,” according to the report. Oliver told Sneed he was just angry and went outside, but returned to the lobby a few minutes later. When he came back, two of his friends Kara Montoya and Shayla Brown tried to calm him

down and comfort him. Oliver said he was still angry, but didn’t want to fight Layne. “Instead of hitting him I turned a r o u n d a n d h i t t h e w i n d o w, ” Oliver said. Oliver received lacerations to his right elbow and left arm. First aid was applied by the resident assistants Eduardo Sneed, Elizabeth Nye and Jerrod Tynes while the custodian Michael Taylor temporarily repaired the window and put caution tape around the area of the incident. Dale was taken to Hunt Regional Community Hospital where he had his cuts stitched. Montoya and Brown returned him to Whitley Hall from the hospital. Punishment for Oliver’s actions is still unknown. “The process is not finished, meetings are still be held,” Director of Residential Life Dennis Koch said. The w i ndow was permanently repaired on October 4th.

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Cole Leonard / the east texan The SGA board welcomes two new members as two others submit their resignation.

SGA breaks even, considers more in mentor programs Staff Writer Cole Leonard SGA’s agenda to fill vacant seats took a hit at the start of the meeting with the resignation of two senators. Over the past few weeks the student organization has been vocal about increasing its recruitment efforts in order to reach its maximum potential of 30 senators; however, scheduling conflicts and health issues forced two truant members to relinquish their positions. President Adr ia Green nominated two prospective members to the organization, and both were approved in a closed-session vote, adding two new senators to SGA. Jocelynn Young was among the nominees and addressed the members. “I want to help my peers and help make this a better campus,” Young said. The meeting was also highlighted by a second consecutive week of higher student attendance at SGA sessions. Ma ny i n at tenda nce addressed the members and stated their ambitions to join the organization and become more involved on campus. In recent sessions, senators have expressed frustration over the many vacant seats. Attending a minimum of two meetings qualifies a candidate to apply for the student senate. Single-father and student, August Williams, took advantage of the general student input forum offered during the session. He spoke of his concerns regarding the controversial cessation of family housing and the implications it has for students in his position. “You can imagine my dismay,” Williams said, “with the frightening nature of moving off-campus into less affordable housing.” SGA responded t hat they were aware of the situation. His complaint follows a growing discontent among students in his position who feel violated and discarded by t he administration’s decision to end family housing. After a brief response to student concerns, the SGA floor was opened for a lengthy discussion regarding name

placards at meetings. Senators discussed the necessity for new title plates to display at meetings and debated over the correct approach to take in ordering them. Disagreements over what names and titles to be placed on placards triggered an extension for floor discussion and the issue was eventually referred to the Internal Affairs committee for further inquiry. Senator Coby Ma rc u m brought forth an initiative to create a new temporary committee for environmental awareness on campus. The proposed committee would look into recycle programs, solar panels and ecofriendly products offered by the university. His proposal met with some resistance by other members. “Recycling is something they are doing already but the key components are still being determined,” Senator Sarah Cunningham said. SGA rules state that ad-hoc committees can only be established by the organization’s president, and Green will now provide a decision in a future meeting. After the meeting, Senator Wahaj Mandavia answered student questions regarding the SGA’s movement toward developing the mentor program. The success of the program in the College of Education and Human Services has sparked interest from the SGA in expanding its service to students campus-wide. “The issue with advising now is that there is a gap bet ween sophomore a nd junior degree counseling,” Mandavia said. Upper-level students have complained that faculty advisors are overloaded with their own work and not able to perform strong advising roles that students need to plan their schedule. Senator Mandavia believes that expansion of the mentor program to all of the colleges on campus will provide students an alternative to faculty advising via schedule counseling from trained university staff. He states that the initiative is “in an exploratory phase right now but it’s been shown to be very successful.”

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Lifeline law protects intoxicated minors Staff Writer Cole Leonard

STOCK PHOTO: REDDSCUPS.COM.AU Students under the legal drinking age now have immunity from charges of minor in consumption and possession if they have to contact emergency services.

The Texas Legislature passed a law giving underage drinkers limited immunity from alcohol charges. The 911 Lifeline Law became effective on Sept. 1 to help prevent unnecessary deaths due to minors being afraid to call for medical assistance when there is a fear of alcohol poisoning. The new legislation states that the minor who calls for assistance will be immune to charges if they stay on the scene with the victim and cooperate with medical personnel and law enforcement officials. Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission administrator Alan Steen sent out a letter to over 75 Texas colleges and universities. “The fear of getting in trouble, coupled with a lack of knowledge of the signs of alcohol poisoning, has led to the death of several students in Austin, around Texas, and across the country,” Steen said in the letter. He hopes that growing awareness of this new law and further education will help students make the right decision in these situations. Lt. Jason Bone of the Texas A&M University-Commerce Police De-

partment is aware of the newly ing to Lt. Bone. He supplements the passed legislation and hopes that strictness of the law by explaining it will help reduce instances where that if a minor was convicted of an underage drinking related deaths alcohol offense they would be reoccur. He recognizes that student quired to take an alcohol awareness mindset regarding underage drink- class. Law enforcement believes ing charges makes minors hesitant that this forced education will let to alert authorities for fear of aca- the minor understand the consedemic and legal consequences. quences of underage drinking and “I have literally seen in the mid- also inform them of the dangers of dle of the night where a drunken alcohol abuse. student was left in the grass be“Currently, if a minor is charged cause his friends didn’t want to get with an alcohol-related offense, in trouble,” Bone said. “People die they will be fined a $150 -$200 dolfrom this and this law is supposed lar ticket and will be reported to to help reduce these problems.” the administration,” Lt. Bone said, Alex Sheppard, an on-campus “The goal of this is not for punitive fresh ma n, action but to was asked “People die from this and make sure whether or the student not the 911 this law is supposed to help doesn’t have Lifeline law reduce these problems.” a problem or was shared issue with with resialcohol. My dents under 21. “We’ve never been main concern is someone dying of told anything about this but I think alcohol poisoning…know what to it needs to be told,” Sheppard said. look for, do it responsibly, and know “[I would] stay to help out a friend.” the danger signs.” Two RA’s asked were unaware of With the legislation being a step the law and refused to comment on towards saving lives, Lt. Bonehopes the matter. that the new legislation will prevent Prior to the law being passed the further unnecessary deaths and state of Texas, pushed by the TABC that students with alcohol problems held a zero tolerance policy accord- get the help they need.

Nursing program to start next Fall Staff Writer Nikki Schmidlen

Texas A&M UniversityCommerce will be starting a new Nursing Program in the fall of 2012. The program’s main location will be south of the Sam Rayburn Student Center. A&M-Commerce will adopt the curriculum of A&M-Corpus Christi to offer students a Bachelors in Science and Nursing. There are ten A&M-Commerce students taking online courses through A&M-Corpus Christi this semester. “This program has been a process that has been in the works for about two years,” Dean of the College of Education and Human Services, Dr. Brent Mangus said. “A friend of mine who is an Associate Dean at Oregon State, and their planning process is at the total of five years, it is not uncommon for it to take two to five years.” Students will be able to practice on simulation mannequins. In another room there will a computer that will operate the mannequin and can make it have a fever, bleed, and create heart irregularities. They currently have one adult and a baby, but the department plans to

receive a child and a pregnant woman that will actually go through labor. “We are in the process of setting up our own skills lab,” Dr. Gail Johnson, associate dean in the COEHS said. “There will be one big room that will be like a small hospital which will have hospital beds, blood pressure equipment, specialized medical sinks so they have room to wash hands and all the basics…[The manikins] are so detailed that the eye lids will become puffed, the eyes can dilate, and the baby wiggles its arms.” There are speakers in the manikins’ ears that when a student or faculty member is standing around them, the person running the computer can hear everything that they are saying, similar to a patient hearing their nurses. There is no set grade point average needed to start the nursing program. One recommendation from the National Nursing Board, and A&M-Corpus Christi, is that A&M-Commerce take excellent students, because any program that does not have 80 percent of their students pass the National Nursing Board on the first try will automatically be put on probation. In the event of pro-

bationary status, the board gives the program a year to change the curriculum and enhance the students’ skills so they can pass. “That is why GPA is so important because they want students that can excel,” Johnson said. “Research will show that good GPA predicts good testing.” The program has already started working with hospitals in Greenville, Rockwall, Rowlett, and Paris where students will be doing their clinicals. “We have to go through our University [the A&M sys-

tem],” said Mangus. “Then it becomes kind of tricky because we would need the Texas Board of Nursing’s approval, and The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approval. Those accrue almost simultaneously but not. One comes before the other, and it becomes a timing issue.” The program is already through the Board of Regions and now all that is left is getting the Board of Nursing’s approval and the Coordinating Board approval. Those two come within days of each other.


Counseling Corner Stress can lead to depression Special Contributor Rick McCraw Sometimes stress builds up in our lives and overwhelms our ability to cope. You may have lost someone you love, had a baby, or been too busy for too long. Ongoing stress like coping on a low income, facing rising debt, or feeling lonely and isolated can lead to depression. The effects can be debilitating and will affect your studies if left untreated. Is it just the blues? Maybe, but it may still be useful for you to have a depression screening if you’re unsure. At the Counseling Center we encourage you to get assistance before little problems become big ones. This may prevent disruption of your stud-

ies and your symptoms developing into full blown depression. The Counseling Center will administer depression screenings during the Disability Awareness and Resources Fair on Thursday, October 13 in the RSC Ballrooms from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. These free screenings are offered each year as part of National Depression Screening Day which is held each October in conjunction with Mental Health Awareness Week. The screenings also include bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and post traumatic stress disorder. If the screening suggests that you seek help, please contact the Counseling Center in the Halladay Student Services building, or call 903-886-5145.

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The program will be housed in a new building across from the SRSC.

Students weigh in on candidate issues Staff Writer Brandon Walker With the 2012 Presidential election slowly coming around, the students and faculty of Texas A&M University Commerce already have their own ideas and opinions about the issues that need to be fixed or completely redone. During Barack Obama’s term as President healthcare was a major topic that was discussed and updated. Some students on campus feel that more can be done to improve health care, and that the government isn’t doing enough or doesn’t care enough to fix the problem. “I have seen the health care system become a wreck through my own eyes.” Melissa Knous who is a tutor in the writing lab said “Last year my grandmother was really sick and we had to take her to the hospital. While we were at the hospital my grandmother was almost not admitted because [her] Medicare package was now cut because of the new health care plan. We got her admitted into the hospital but we had to spend money out of our own pockets to do so.” But even though the health care plan is a big issue, faculty and staff members have a lot to worry about also. During the GOP Debate on Sept. 22

in Orlando Florida Presidential Candidate Rick Perry, Governor of Texas stated that he would accept having 47% of the education system cut back. That statement raised the eyebrows of many teachers and instructors all over the United States. “This just shows you how much appreciation teachers receive now days,” graduate student Jeff Stirls said. “That is the reason why teachers all over the U.S are leaving their teaching jobs behind them and look for other professions. The government is beginning to labor teachers as “public babysitters” which downgrades teachers and also proves that the government feels that school isn’t that important if they feel that cutting 47% of the education system would benefit us.” Stirls believes that this election could be one of the most important there has ever been because of the change that is needed now. Americans have criticized Obama for not keeping his word and not doing all the things he said he would do. While campaigning for the Presidency, he promised he would bring troops home in 16 months, he said he would sign the Freedom of Choice Act which would of legalized abortions, and he also said that he would install the 4,000 college credit law which would

make college affordable to all students. Many students have become uninterested in this year’s campaign after seeing the lack of change one individual has been able to make. The government is discussing the possibility of completely cutting out the Pell grant that is giving to college students all over the United States. This subject has students wondering what kind of education our youth will have when they become of age. Jonathan Fields a student who receives the Pell grant said “ I know it won’t affect me now but, I know it will hurt kids like my little brothers because the kids that want to go to school won’t be able to because the money they would of received has been taken away. Financial Aid has begun to decrease due to the amount of money needed in the government due to their massive debt, which means that college may not be an option for many college students. With all of these issues needed to be worked out, students and faculty have already begun to form their own opinions on who would be a better fit for the Presidency. While some people feel that Barack Obama deserves another chance to make his promises reality, others feel that another change is needed so that the economy can have a better chance of survival.

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‘Real Steel’ delivers fun, robot action Fromage du Jour Staff Writer Jordan Wright

From the first second of the trailer of “Real Steel” one typically knows what to expect. For all the Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots jokes that can be made however, the important question that should be asked of any movie is whether or not it entertains. My answer is that it does indeed, provided your expectations are set appropriately. “Real Steel” features Hugh Jackman as washed up boxer Charlie Kenton, who has moved on to control Robots in the futuristic sport of Robot Boxing. Charlie finds himself deep in debt after losing his last two robots in illegal fights for cash, threatening his financial security. After his son Max played by Dakota Goyo, finds and fixes an old sparring bot, designed to take heavy hits and keep operating, Charlie sees it as his opportunity to get out of debt. “Real Steel” can be called a lot of things but original is not one of them. The story is essentially “Rocky” with a robot. The father and son bond over their robot’s rise to the top of the professional World Robot Boxing league while coming across every other underdog cliché you can think of. Although there are points in which the movie tries to hint that Atom, the refurbished sparring robot that they’re using to compete, may have a level of self-aware artificial intelligence, this potential plot thread ultimately leads nowhere, reinforcing that this is a by the numbers underdog story. I can however compliment the cast

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Centering around former boxer Charlie Kenton (played by aussie Hugh Jackman) and the world of robot boxing, “Real Steel” amounts to little more than “Rocky” with robots, according to reviewer Jordan Wright.

for their solid performances. The chemistry between the cast, particularly Jackman and Goyo, is solid and Jackman plays up the dead-beat father and washed-up has-been so well that you almost love to hate him until he makes his predictable turnaround. For a film that doesn’t exactly try to stretch itself on story, it’s nice to know that a decent effort at least went into its execution. The true reason to watch “Real Steel” is the robot-on-robot action, which does not disappoint in the slightest. The animatronics and CG effects used for the Robots are top notch and every blow is cringe inducingly powerful. The robots are far from stationary either. They don’t just stand still and

take hits but duck, bob and weave, jump and generally perform as any human boxer would in the ring. Although the fights themselves involving Atom are ultimately predictable in terms of outcome, watching the robots in action does, if nothing else, make for a fun afternoon. “Real Steel” isn’t a great movie by any means; far from it. It makes the choice to play it safe at every possible corner. However, through solid acting and fun action, the film does succeed in being solid popcorn entertainment. It may be Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots the movie but Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots is fun so I don’t see much to complain about.


Reviewer Jordan Wright commends the makers of the video game, “Rage,” for helping him live out his “Mad Max” fantasy through gameplay.

‘Rage’ changes perceptions of ‘post-apocalyptic’ gameplay Staff Writer Jordan Wright It seems today that you can never talk about the inevitable apocalypse without having a sense of gloom attached to the topic. Ever since the 90s, perception of the end of the world has been more in line with “Terminator” than “Mad Max.” I remember the time when hypothesizing about the theoretical end of the world was fun. With that in mind, I would like to thank the developers of “Rage” immensely for reminding me of how cool facing the end of the world can be. Set in a dystopian future in which an asteroid strikes Earth, wiping out most of civilization as we know it, “Rage” places the player in the shoes of a survivor aboard the Ark, a facility in which several human beings were placed in cryogenic stasis to protect them from their impending doom. The Ark survivor is awakened to the current state of the world, a giant bandit ridden wasteland in which everybody must

look out for themselves first. The ensuing story of “Rage” ultimately amounts to fetch quests and assassinations that take the player all over the wasteland. Although the story is not as good as it could be, the locales that the game takes you to are what seal the deal. Traversing bandit hideouts, riding your dune buggy through the expanse of the desert with raiders firing at you and defending towns and people from mutant attacks are all fun. The very responsive controls, simple interface, and intelligent enemy AI further play a hand in maximizing the fun of the game, making it simple to understand but not too easy. Graphically, “Rage” is one of the most gorgeous games that I have seen in my life. The first look you get of the wasteland as you walk out of the Ark is simply stunning, only improving from there once you begin exploring. Despite the fact that the vast majority of the game takes place in a desert-like landscape, it’s hard to really get lost in the game thanks to the

sheer amount of detail put into every land mark in the game. For the first time, I was actually able to get a feel of where I was in the in-game world by simply looking at the geography of my location. For all the fun of the game play, “Rage” is undoubtedly a technological milestone in terms of graphical capabilities. The game does have its share of flaws, however. The multiplayer of the game in particular is lacking. The Road Rage modes, while repetitive, do offer a fair bit of fun. But the Legends of the Wasteland mode specifically feels like more of an afterthought. The mode pits players together in point-gathering challenges that feel derivative of better multiplayer games. Overall, despite its lack of compelling multiplayer or narrative, I have to give “Rage” a high recommendation. It has satisfied the “Mad Max” fantasy that I have had for years and, if nothing else, has delivered one of the most memorable settings that I have seen in a video game in recent history.

Feature film offers students real world experience Staff Writer Josh Stoltenberg

RTV students are being offered the opportunity to earn Internet Movie Database credit for working on a movie being shot in the area. The movie, which is called “The Merchant,” is a western horror film set in 1895. The movie will be doing shoots in Gilmer, TX on Oct. 15-23, and Nov. 2-10, and in Sulphur Springs, TX on Oct. 24 and Nov. 1. Kari Kramer, who is the Second Assistant Director for The Merchant, is a graduate of Texas A&M University-Commerce and is looking to help out some RTV students from her

alma mater. “In order for students to earn IMDb credit we’re looking for them to do 2 things. We need people to help set the crew, help with lighting and sound etc. and we are looking for students to work at least 2 days on the movie.” Students at the university are excited for the opportunity to get to work on the set of a feature film. “I would love to work on a movie like that. I make short videos for class, and I’d really love to be a professional videographer one day,” says Cooper Welch, an RTV major at A&M Commerce. While working on a movie sounds exciting, students also understand that

the chance they are being given to earn IMDB credit is important to helping them advance their knowledge in the field and to get themselves some real world experience. “IMDB credit would be amazing because it’s a great way to get yourself out there,” says Welch. Some additional duties the students may be asked to perform are gophering, where the students will be asked to get another roll of tape, and gripping, which is grabbing cords and keeping them and other things out of the way. Some of the shoots are day shoots, and some of the shoots are night shoots. Most of the shoots will last around 6 hours.


According to reviewer Jordan Wright, “Rubber” takes the cake for being the most angermaking film in “Fromage du Jour” history.

‘Rubber’ tries, fails to become smart comedy Staff Writer Jordan Wright Throughout the lifespan of this column, I have seen movies that have been funny, fun, boring, and just flat out stupid. In viewing “Rubber” however, I have found a true first for this column; a movie that is pretentious. Competently shot with a decent set of performances from its actor, “Rubber” may not have the worst production of all B-movies that I’ve seen but it definitely takes the cake for making me the angriest. Set in a California desert, “Rubber” is about a tire with psychic powers that comes to life and terrorizes the citizens of a local resort. While the tire goes about its rampage, asking itself whether or not it is a living being, the police officer hunting it must assure the audiences watching that the problem presented by the tire will be dealt with in as exciting a fashion as possible. I have not exaggerated any of the plot summary above; this is actually the story of the movie. Under the guise of an art film, the movie tries to be a celebration of nonsense, with the character of the police officer breaking the fourth wall in order to ask the audience a series of unrelated and nonsensical questions that he claims to all have the same answer, “no reason”. I see and understand what the movie was trying to accomplish and, had it succeeded, I would have called it not only a success but one of the freshest films that I’ve seen in year. Where “Rub-

ber” falls flat however is that it takes nearly no steps whatsoever to accomplish what it sets out to do. What ensues is an hour and 20 minutes of a man staring at the camera while a tire rolls aimlessly across the desert, occasionally staring down somebody to make their head explode. This sounds far funnier than it actually is, as the grand majority of the film, which features a nearly nonexistent musical score, is spent on long stretches of silence which mean nothing. The movie clearly believes that being aware of how little reason exists in the film is all that it needs to do in order to accomplish its goals. This idea of subverting expectations in order to make a statement proves to be ineffective however, as the minutes upon minutes spent simply watching a tire roll through the desert bores fast. What really gets under my skin however is that the premise of the movie is perfect to convey what the filmmakers were trying to get across but it just falls flat far too often. The film tries desperately to be smart but never once does anything to impact the audience. The result is a meta comedy on absurdity in film that isn’t insightful, ironic, or even funny. The only thing saving this one from the dreaded Nega-Shatner received by only one film so far is that tid bits towards the end were successful in getting a hard laugh or two out of me. With that said, I award “Rubber” no points and may God have mercy on its soul.

Verdict: Zero Shatners

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hotshot 1600

The number of non-offensive touchdowns scored by A&M-C over the last three games

Career digs for MSU’s Kiara Jordan, the 2nd player in school history to reach that plateau


Lion setter Neal nabs weekly LSC honor


A&M-Commerce sophomore Jordan Neal was named Setter of the Week by the Lone Star Conference.

Jordan Neal’s impact on the A&M-Commerce volleyball squad is huge, and Lone Star Conference officials are beginning to take notice. Neal, a sophomore setter for the Lions, was named LSC Setter of the Week after huge performances during a stretch that included two tournament wins in Denton. The Joshua High School standout finished with 160 assists (11.43 per set) during the Texas Woman’s Holiday Inn & Suites Invitational tournament on Oct. 1, helping the Lions finish 2-2 during the event. Neal had 45 assists against Arkansas Tech, which tied a season-high at the time. She

also had 12 digs against both Arkansas-Monticello and Southeastern Oklahoma, finishing the tournament with 13 kills, 37 digs and six blocks to go with her enormous assist total in the tournament. In the Lions’ next match, at home against Dallas Baptist, Neal fell one assist short of tying a career-high but managed a season-best total of 56 assists in a 3-2 win over the Patriots. Last weekend she tallied 31 assists, three kills and six digs in a 3-0 loss at 14thranked West Texas A&M, and 38 assists to go with five kills in a 3-0 sweep of Eastern New Mexico.

lscstandings Team LSC Overall West Texas A&M 10-1 19-2 Angelo State 9-1 20-2 Tarleton State 7-2 13-8 Abilene Christian 5-4 11-10 Texas Woman’s 5-5 7-12 Incarnate Word 5-6 9-9 Midwestern State 4-6 12-7 Cameron 4-6 10-8 A&M-Kingsville 4-7 10-8 A&M-Commerce 2-8 6-11 Eastern NM 1-10 4-15

Individual Leaders Kills Player Kelle Carver, CAM Jennie Hutt, ACU Adrienne Lawson, CAM Rachel Robertson, TAMUC Viktorija Jablonska, TWU Ashley Davis, WTAMU Flynn Harrell, TSU Amber Durand, ENMU

Avg./S 3.97 3.79 3.56 3.54 3.33 3.31 3.28 3.20

Assists Player


Lacy Hayes, WTAMU Alex Woolsey, ASU Jenna Risoli, CAM Jordan Neal, TAMUC Haley Rhodes, ACU Kennedi Catano, ENMU

11.07 10.98 10.44 9.81 9.00 7.94

Points Player


Rachel Robertson, TAMUC Kelle Carver, CAM Jennie Hutt, ACU Adrienne Lawson, CAM Viktorija Jablonska, TWU Flynn Harrell, TSU

4.38 4.30 4.17 3.99 3.66 3.65

Digs Player


Kiara Jordan, MSU Lauren Beville, WTAMU Julisa Ocasio, CAM Ali Insell, TAMUK Lydia Werchan, IWU Kelsie Edwards, ACU

6.17 5.07 4.89 4.84 4.76 4.67


ASU keeper claims two clean sheets lscstandings

Team Abilene Christian A&M-Commerce Angelo State Midwestern St. West Texas A&M Incarnate Word Eastern NM Texas Woman’s

LSC Overall 7-0-1 11-0-1 4-3-2 6-5-2 4-3-2 5-6-2 4-3-1 6-3-2 3-4-1 6-5-1 2-4-3 4-4-4 2-3-3 4-5-3 1-7-1 1-9-3

This Week’s Games Oct. 14 *Midwestern St. @ Angelo St. *Texas Woman’s @ Eastern NM *Abilene Chr. @ Incarnate Word *A&M-C @ West Texas A&M Oct. 16

Individual Leaders Points Player Andrea Carpenter, ACU Brionna Minde, A&M-C Kelsey Hill, MSU Lesley Briggs, WTAMU Brandie DeBacker, ASU Jade Bell, TAMUC

Goals Player Andrea Carpenter, ACU Brandie DeBacker, ASU Brionna Minde, TAMUC Lesley Briggs, WTAMU Jade Bell, TAMUC

Assists Player Kelsey Hill, MSU Lindsay Pritchard, MSU Sam Johnson, IWU Leslie Briggs, WTAMU Jade Bell, TAMUC

Total 25 19 18 18 18 16

Total 11 8 8 7 6

Total 6 4 4 4 4

*Midwestern @ Incarnate Word *A&M-C @ Eastern NM *Abilene Chr. @ Angelo St. *Texas Woman’s @ West Texas *– LSC matches

Saves Player Beatrice Soto, TWU Randi Hafele, TAMUC Victoria Puentes, IWU Sierra Cardenas, ENMU Morgan Harrison, ASU

Total 79 69 58 51 43

On the strength of some fine defensive play, Angelo State’s women jumped from fifth into a tie for second in the LSC soccer standings in just a week’s time. A large portion of the credit goes to ASU’s freshman goal keeper, Morgan Harrison, who logged 310 minutes between the posts, recording a pair of shutouts as the Rambelles played into double overtime twice during the past week. Harrison, a former Grapevine standout, had six saves in a scoreless double overtime draw on the road against Incarnate Word, and made four saves in a 1-1 match against West Texas A&M that also saw two overtime periods. She concluded the week with a shutout as Angelo State blanked Eastern New

Mexico, 3-0. Her performance made her the obvious choice for Goalkeeper of the Week in the LSC. Harrison’s teammate, Megan Schaffer, was named Defensive Player of the Week after helping the defense surrender just one goal over the 310-minute span last week. Angelo State made a huge jump in the LSC standings, now tied with A&M-Commerce for second with 14 points and a 4-3-2 conference record. The Rambelles will host Midwestern State on Friday before a huge showdown against LSC-leader Abilene Christian on Sunday. ACU is unbeaten in conference play at 7-0-1 and is 11-0-1 overall this season.


Samantha Huston (7) battles for possession with an Angelo State player during the Lions 5-1 victory in Commerce last Friday.


Mustangs, Buffs stay unbeaten in LSC play Both Midwestern State and West Texas A&M continued their winning ways last weekend to remain atop the Lone Star Conference standings at the midway point of the season. The Mustangs (5-0 overall, 4-0 LSC) pummeled Tarleton State in a 44-13 win, rushing for 308 yards as a team, dropping the Texans to 1-3 in conference play and 1-5 overall. Jimmy Pipkin led MSU with 155 yards and a touchdown covering 83 yards. Brandon Kelsey passed for 142 yards and rushed for 56 more, helping the Mustangs overcome a 13-7 deficit and score 34 unanswered points to end the game. Keidrick Jackson scored twice for MSU, giving him an LSC-best 10 rushing scores on the year. Courtney Vaughn paced the Texans with 90 yards on 26 carries. Meanwhile, West Texas A&M celebrated homecoming with a 19-7 win over Angelo State. The Buffaloes improved to 4-1 overall and 4-0 in LSC play with their seventh consecutive homecoming vic-


Team LSC Overall Midwestern State 4-0 5-0 West Texas A&M 4-0 4-1 Abilene Christian 3-0 4-1 Incarnate Word 2-2 2-4 A&M-Kingsville 1-2 3-3 Eastern NM 1-3 2-4 Tarleton State 1-3 1-5 Angelo State 0-3 3-3 A&M-Commerce 0-3 0-5

tory and sixth straight win over the Rams. West Texas A&M was outgained by a 327-252 margin, but led the entire game and kept Angelo State (3-3 overall, 0-3 LSC) off the scoreboard until the final eight seconds of the game. Other scores from the LSC include:

This Week’s Games Eastern NM @ NW Missouri West Texas A&M @ Abilene Chr. Midwestern St. @ Angelo St. A&M-C @ Tarleton St. A&M-K @ Incarnate Word

Abilene Christian 36, Eastern New Mexico 7 The 10th-ranked Abilene Christian Wildcats gave up an early touchdown Saturday but scored the final 36 points of the game, throttling Eastern New Mexico, 36-7. The Wildcats (4-1 overall, 3-0 LSC) rode the arm of Mitchell Gale, who passed for 295 yards and three touchdowns. The Greyhounds entered the game with the 4th-best passing offense in Division II while the Wildcats ranked 148 out of 150 teams in pass defense. But ACU held quarterback Wesley Wood to just 192 yards and one score through the air.

Individual Leaders Passing Player


Aaron Wingfield runs past an Incarnate Word player on his way to a 71-yard interception return touchdown during Saturday’s 23-22 loss to the Cardinals.

Lindenwood 41, A&M-Kingsville 35 Texas A&M-Kingsville stepped out of conference play Saturday, erasing an early 20-point deficit to take the lead before eventually falling to Lindenwood, 41-35. The Lions took advantage of early Javelina mistakes

and raced out to a three-score lead, but fell behind by a 2120 count at halftime. A&M-Kingsville (3-3 overall, 1-2 LSC) had a chance to win the game after Lindenwood missed a field goal with 2:18 to play, but after driving the ball down to the Lions 1-yard line, the Javelinas were unable to punch it

in on 4th and goal, giving Lindenwood the win. Therman McGowan led the Lions with 90 rushing yards and 104 yards receiving with a touchdown. John Uribe tossed three scores to Andrew Hemlick. Daniel Ramirez passed for a career-high 341 yards in a losing effort.

Yds TD

Wesley Wood, ENMU Mitchell Gale, ACU Nick Stephens, TSU Blake Hamblin, ASU D. Vaughan, WTAMU

1697 1610 1478 1443 1387

Rushing Player

Yds TD

Receiving Player

Yds TD

Woodson, TAMUK Trent Rios, IWU Tristan Carter, ASU Keidrick Jackson, MSU Lester Bush, MSU

C. Rhodes, TSU Rob Armstrong, TAMUK B. Golden, WTAMU Darian Dale, ENMU C.J. Akins, ASU

Tackles Player

471 452 384 374 346

12 12 8 9 11

4 6 4 10 7

530 530 448 426 420

2 8 3 3 2


M. Wadley, TSU Cory Whitfield, TAMUC Aguilar, TAMUK Juan Asencio, IWU Da. Jackson, TSU

72 51 50 49 44

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sports Heartbreaker

Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011



Freshmen Samantha Hutson earned two assists in match against Angelo State tht led to a 5-1 win Oct. 7. The Lions continued the weekend with a 3-0 victory over Incarnate Word Oct. 9.

3-0 win puts Lions second in LSC

Editor Adam Troxtell


Lions senior defensive back Isreal Hughes grabs ahold of the Cardinals’ game-leading wide reciever Jacob Love for a stop.

IWU field goal sends Lions to first 0-5 start since 1926 Assistant Sports Editor Cliff Gibson The A&M-Commerce Lions had victory in their grasp Saturday night, but instead had to settle for something much more bitter. Thomas Rebold booted a 23-yard field goal with 1:20 to play, giving Incarnate Word a 23-22 win and handing the Lions their first 0-5 start since 1926. After falling behind 20-0, the Lions (0-5 overall, 0-3 LSC) battled back to take a 22-20 lead with 11:21 left in the game. But A&M-Commerce left a couple of points on the field, failing on two PAT attempts that could have spelled the difference between a much-needed win and a gut-wrenching defeat. “We can’t make a routine play,” Head Coach Guy Morriss said. “We botched two snaps… it’s the story of our life. We just can’t make a play.” Incarnate Word (2-4 overall, 2-2 LSC) took advantage of mistakes by the Lions early in the contest to cruise out to a 20-0 lead with 10:46 left in the first half, scoring less than a minute into the contest when Juan Asencio blocked a punt by Cameron Frosch and returned it one yard for a touchdown. Rebold added the PAT for a 7-0 Cardinals lead. Making his first start for the Lions, quarterback J.J. Harp was picked off on the next series, which led to a 60-yard connection between Paden Lynch and Jacob Love, making it 13-0 just six minutes into the game. Early in the second quarter, Lynch found the end zone again, passing to Colton Palmer from 10 yards out. Rebold made it 20-0 with his kick, and at that point it appeared the Lions were in for a long night. “We’re playing a lot of young players, but its time to grow up as far as I’m concerned,” Morriss said. “We dropped some balls and couldn’t push anybody off the ball. It’s a whole team thing right now.” The Lions managed to get on the board late in the first half on a 25-yard field goal from Jacob O’Neil, and the score stood at 20-3 as the teams hit the break.

Once the teams returned for the second half, they looked totally different. The Cardinals could not move the ball while the Lions started producing and taking advantage of big opportunities. Midway through the third quarter, Dre Dunbar picked off Lynch and returned it 71 yards for a score. But, the Lions had to settle for six points after a bad exchange that turned a PAT attempt into a failed conversion. On the last play of the third period, the Lions dialed up another big play. Marcus Graham blocked the Cardinals’ punt and Aaron Wingfield scooped the ball up, returning it 32 yards for a touchdown. O’Neil hit the PAT to make it a 20-16 game entering the final frame. The next time the Lions took possession, Graham stepped up again, dashing through the IWU defense for a 41-yard touchdown to make it 22-20. Another failed exchange on the PAT left it a two-point game. The Cardinals appeared to be cooked at that point, but Harp’s third interception of the night pumped new life into the Incarnate Word offense. Starting from the Lions 46, the

Cardinals drove 40 yards in nine plays to set up Rebold for the game-winner with just 80 seconds left in regulation. The Lions were able to move the ball past midfield, but ran out of time as another late-game rally fell short. Harp passed for 250 yards, but completed just 25-of-45 passes and had three interceptions. Taylor Fore and Kevin Bevans each hauled in seven catches, with Fore leading the team with 89 yards. Graham rushed for 54 yards on nine carries to lead the Lions. Lynch led the Cardinals, passing for 178 yards and two scores along with two interceptions. Trent Rios had a game-high 66 yards rushing and Love made six grabs for 141 yards. Cory Whitfield led all defenders with a game-high 13 tackles, Danny Mason added nine and Dre Dunbar had six to go with his interception. Mason also intercepted a pass. The Lions will travel to Stephenville this week to face Tarleton State at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Texans are 1-5 this season and 1-3 in LSC play. A&M-Commerce will return home Oct. 22 for its homecoming game against Angelo State.

Three second half goals saw A&MCommerce women’s soccer exact revenge against Incarnate Word on Sunday, Oct. 9. The Lions, who now take second place in the Lone Star Conference with a 6-5-2 overall record, ended a five-game losing streak versus Incarnate Word 3-0. A&M-Commerce broke the deadlock five minutes into the second half through freshman Jade Bell. The England-native caught up with a lofted ball forward from sophomore Elle DeFreitas to get a oneon-one chance with the goalkeeper. Bell composed herself and coolly finished into the lower-left corner of the net. A collision between sophomore Brionna Minde and UIW goalkeeper Victoria Puentes proved to have a big impact on the Lions’ second goal. Bell provided the through pass for Minde, who was able to easily shoot the ball into a wide-open net. Puentes was clearly still struggling from the injury she suffered when running into Minde and was substituted off immediately following the goal. Senior Jordan McCarty provided the third and decisive goal of the match. Bell started the attacking move by holding off her defender and passing the ball back to freshman Cadie Annett who then sent it through the gaping hole in the Cardinal defense to McCarty. With the hard work done, all McCarty had to do was shoot it past replacement goalkeeper Leslie Smith for the 3-0 lead.

McCarty has only recently returned to action following a knee injury she said still gives her trouble on occasion. “I feel a lot better,” she said. “I’m still not 100 percent, which is discouraging, but this is as good as it’s probably going to get. I feel like I’m getting back in the rhythm, getting back with the chemistry of the team. As a team we work really well together. What it takes is just individual battles. We just have to keep winning them.” Head Coach Neil Piper was visibly joyous about seeing such a performance from his team against an opposition that has proved difficult in the past and for the second match in a row after a 5-1 rout of Angelo State the previous Friday. “We’re playing great,” Piper said. “We’re passing, we’re talking. The biggest difference, though, is our defense and midfield are winning 50-50 tackles and challenging for headers, and that’s something we weren’t doing the past few weeks. Although we’re playing nice offensive soccer, defensively we were too soft. Now, these last two games, we really stepped it up.” Lions senior Evan Stanberry played some of the second half through a shoulder injury. Piper said he likes having players like Stanberry that give that extra bit of effort. “It’s good, because you know you are at least going to have a player who wants to win at all costs, and that’s good for the younger kids to see what it takes to win. It’s not always going to be pretty. Today was definitely not a pretty win, but I felt like there was only going to be one winner.”


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