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Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012
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The county poverty rate has brought concern as organizations look for solutions, and Lions bid farewell to another alumnus.t
The editors take a strong look at different aspects of the university, and how things could be improved for the majority.t
Sodexo brings student a healthy eating option with the farmer’s market, and students trade in their old shirts for new spirit shirts.
A closer look at the Block Party and the Blue and Gold Field Day. And City Froyo has made changes with management.
Get a look at the Universty Playhouse’s upcoming stage production, our summer recaps, and installments of the comics.
Lions put up a good fight against UTSA’s D-1 football team, but come up short, and women’s volleyball is leading the pack.
nick bailey / the east texan John Wolfe and his guitarist entertained audience members during his performance at this year’s Block Party. Wolfe played songs from his reccent album as well as other country classics.
Block Party brings big names Chief Editor Nick Bailey
A survey showed that students preferd the Xbox 360 most at A&M-Commerce. Xbox 360
Playstation 3 Nintendo Wii Staff Reporter Dakota Griffin Students at Texas A&M UniversityCommerce have spoken, and the top gaming console is the Xbox 360. In a survey of over 200 students, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 came out on top with 46 percent of students choosing it as their favorite console. The Sony Playstation 3 came in a close second place with 33 percent, with the Nintendo Wii coming in last with 20 percent of participant preference. When told about these statistics, some students weren’t surprised. “It doesn’t surprise me that the Xbox 360 won,” Raye Maroney said. ”It seems to be everywhere.” Males seemed to prefer the Xbox 360 while the females showed to prefer the Wii, but not everyone picked the major players however. Roughly one percent of students mentioned PC’s and the Nintendo 64. “I’m not much of a video gamer,” Sarah Locke said. “But my boyfriend always seems to be playing the Xbox 360.” When asked about the games that students prefer to play, many students mentioned Call of Duty and The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim. Wii players seemed to favor games that allowed group-play such as Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart Wii.
The Texas A&M University-Commerce campus was abuzz Friday, Sept. 7 with live music and activities at the annual Block Party. Eager students clamored into walking mall between the Rayburn Student Center and the Science Building for free giveaways and activities, as well as live performances from popular artists including John Wolfe and Jeremih. Freshman Karee Turner enjoyed all that the event had to offer, but hoped to see more audience participation. “I think it’s good, the food was good, and the performers are good,” Turner said. “Everybody’s out here mingling. It’s hot, but this is a good way to come and meet people. [The performers] did
well to cater to different audiences.” During the event, guests were entertained by the comedy skits, dance routines, and music features performed by the host of the evening, Xclusive. “I think [the audience] has been really receptive tonight,” Xclusive said. “I feel like they can kind of relate to some of the stuff I’m talking about, and they know some of the songs I play so it doesn’t really feel like I’m performing.” Many students, including Chelsea McCoy enjoyed the host’s performances and many other the other artists as well. “The comedian was really funny,” she said. “John Wolfe is awesome, but there needs to be more to do than just listening to music.” The heat proved to be a factor for both students and performers alike at the party. Lans-
County poverty rate brings worry, options Staff Reporter Joseph Hamrick Eliminating Poverty in Commerce (EPIC) President of the Commerce Chamber of Commerce Ladonna Patterson said that Commerce citizens need to be intentional in helping to end poverty in Commerce. “We can no longer sit and hope it will work itself out,” Patterson said. “We need to be proactive in the lives of the impoverished to end poverty here in Commerce.” At the EPIC meeting in Commerce on Thursday, Sept. 6, she proposed
photo by Joseph Hamrick Maria Garza spoke before the group explaining the importance of proper education as a means to fight poverty.
to work with the National Circles Campaign, an organization she believes has the best solution to ending poverty. “There are four solutions to ending poverty,” Patterson explained. “The first is to teach people how to manage their money. The second is to make sure that everyone is qualified for the workforce. The third is to reinvent the education and economic development here. And the fourth is to fix the bridge people have to cross to get out of poverty.” Patterson said the face of poverty has changed and is no longer what citizens think it looks like. “My family lived below the poverty line and we did not tell anyone we were because of the stigmatism here in America against being poor,” she said. “My brother and I didn’t get jobs in high school so we could have spending money; we got them so we could help support our parents.” She explained that poverty is no longer just a humanitarian issue, but an economic one as well. “Poverty costs all of us,” she said. “Studies have shown that the higher the poverty rate, the lower the tax base, which leads to the higher crime rate.” According to Patterson, it is a vicious cycle. “We know it will destroy us if we do not stop it,” she said. “So we need to find a way to break it.” Currently she is working with the Circle in Longview, Texas to bring a location to Commerce. To start up a Circle location would cost $5,000 and
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downe singer Jon Ricci explained that he and his band members weren’t used to the heat, but pushed through. “We felt good about the performance,” Ricci said. “It’s definitely different, flying down from Boston where it’s 70 degrees, but we gave it as much energy as we could, and we had a great time with the students. I felt like, as the show went on, people started to get more into it, and more interactive. That’s a big success, when you go somewhere where you may not be known and by the end of the show you get everybody.” As the event progressed, many students became less engaged, due to a lack of activities for guests to partake in. Sophomore Lauren Hernandez explained her lack of enthusiasm at the event.
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nick bailey / the east texan The early stages of installing new seating in Ferguson.
FRESH FOOD Chief Editor Nick Bailey
The Rayburn Student Center gave students a taste of fresh fruit and produce with Sodexo offering a new monthly farmer’s market inside the dining area. The fresh goods seemed popular with the public, and Sodexo employees are hoping that the project grows to a bigger space over time. The foods were sold to the public with no mark-up, keeping the price as low as possible for anyone looking for a fresh bite. The farmers market will be open on the first Thursday of each month throughout the semester.
MIND with Nick Bailey
Since I got to college there’s one thing that I’ve heard time and time again: “Dress for success.” Whether I was in a lecture from a guest speaker, listening to professors and faculty members or even at interest meetings the one thing that is consistent is that we – as men in particular – must dress better, but yet very few men heed this message. All too often, we can see men across the campus walking around dressed as if they have no idea what success means. One of the main affronts to this message is sagging pants. Guys walk around campus every day sagging their pants, and half the time they have a belt on, simply as a fashion accessory rather than for its designed purpose. And I know many people will argue the various origins of sagging pants, “Gay men sagged their pants in prison as a sign of availability,” or “It came from the early days when younger siblings got the hand-medowns from their older siblings and they were often too big.” Regardless of the origin, sagging pants is no longer connected to it, and has become nothing more than a visual nuisance. Maybe I’ve just become too old, or maybe I’ve just matured, but I am not a fan of the style. Outside of the rap and entertainment industry, there aren’t many people who have fruitful careers who sag their pants. I can’t recall seeing any lawyers, doctors or politicians walking around with their pants noticeably lower than their underwear. Many people would argue that they wear their pants this way because they find it comfortable and since they’re not at a job they don’t feel the need to “dress up.” In all honesty, I find this mindset to be ridiculous. Some of the best words that resonate with me came from a faculty member here when he said, “Dress for where you want
to be, not where you are.” Granted, if I’m doing physical activity like exercising I’m not going to be in nice pants and dress shoes, but if I’m in a classroom or on campus I think that it’s better to wear clothes that say “I’m trying to make something of myself.” But I digress. One fashion trend that I don’t understand is the obsession with shoes. People go crazy over the latest pair of Jordans and shoes in a wide range of colors, and I just don’t get it. Half the time, people buy them and leave them on display in the packaging because of their collector’s value. If you’re getting financial aid but have money to invest in shoes, then the system has seriously failed. I understand the importance of having nice shoes, but I don’t understand investing in an article of clothing that may have a growing value long after you bought it; it’s a shoe, not a classic car. Now I understand the need for individuality, and I don’t expect the university to put standardized dress in order, but I do think that the university does what it can to help fix this issue. Career Development works with students to teach them how to dress for job interviews and things of that nature, and holds an annual fashion show with examples of interview and business attire. Many organizations also require business attire at informational meetings. If that’s something that we know that organizations, teachers, and future employers look at, then why not instill it within yourself and your wardrobe now? It will make preparing for the professional world much easier. All in all, I think that it’s better to dress like you have something to do. Professors don’t want to see your underwear or your pajamas in their classroom, and it definitely doesn’t make them think you care about being in their class.
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Foreign students struggle in USA Community Editor Gizem Baydar
he language barrier is one of the biggest challenges that international students face during their time in the United States. A majority of the students had a formal, high-quality language education prior to their arrival to the United States. Lack of fluency and the daily lingo being different than their formal English education are their main barriers to communicating precisely. I believe that in their homeland, students do not have enough opportunities to speak and improve their fluency. I have had a hard time with the language barrier-and I still do-since I started living in the United States. When I first moved here, I couldn’t
speak English fluently, and some of the phrases I was uttering were not making sense to my friend. Despite this problem, I was able to build great friendships in less than a year thanks to the student body of A&M-Commerce. It is great seeing my local peers excited about getting to know the international student population. International students may seem hesitant in comparison to other students. They tend to spend time with students from similar backgrounds. I believe responsibility belongs to American students to go introduce themselves to the internationals in a gracious way to make them feel more comfortable and welcomed during the time they will be spending far from home. The behavior towards the international students is the best way to show the hospitality since they are trying to understand the American culture. I think the American students should build up the bridge between the
Parking lot problems Managing Editor Keyania Campbell
h e r e ’s nothing s c e n i c , peaceful, ceremonia l, or attractive about a parking lot, yet, the university has a plethora of them, including a brand new one in place where Cowling Hall once stood. Not only are they annoying to walk through, they make the university look more like a community college or shopping center than a place where college students live, work, and study. People aren’t proud to show visitors rows of cars on concrete, nor do they represent facets of university life and scholarship. They also look deserted and sad on weekends, much like a community college campus. Rather than building out, I think that the university would do better to build up. Instead of having multiple parking lots scattered all over the campus, it would be wiser to build a few parking garages is the major areas - next to the Rayburn student center for example. These would allow for better parking for everyone, including visitors. I understand the need for
parking, especially for faculty, staff, and commuters. We’ve had a heavy influx of new students that need a place to park also, along with the upperclassman who aren’t new to fighting over a spot. I’m not saying we have to make it impossible to park. I’m saying that lots shouldn’t be placed right in the middle of an area of campus that many people walk in, or would take the opportunity to walk in if the option were available. The convenience of having cars right outside every building on campus comes with a price. It takes away from community and is counterproductive toward sustainability. Students who live on campus will drive to locations that are a 10 minute walk away, even in moderate weather. Not only does this reverse the work of the already struggling environmental awareness issue in Texas, it also denies us the opportunity to converse on the sidewalk and participate in outdoor activities together. We could (and very well should) fix this ourselves, but the implications of driving to class aren’t so apparent when they don’t affect any single person directly. It’s up to the administration to push us in that direction and positively affect the culture of A&M-Commerce.
Letter to the Editor Special Contributor Frustrated Student I am a student here on campus and I just wanted to commend The East Texan for their article they posted for the “On My Mind” column by Nick Bailey. I believe that it was very true and he tackled an issue that a lot of the athletes are wanting to ignore. I completely agree with everything he said. Does the university not know that our science program is doing cancer research, or that our music program is literally travelling around the globe, with invitations to New York and the choir is going to BR AZIL of all places? Not to forget our theater programs and art programs. If the university does know, yet they still
shower the athletic department with money, it shows you where their priorities are. As Nick said, the university keeps fueling money into a currently broken athletic department and a lot of athletes get too comfortable when their entire education is paid for. If I was an athlete and I had my schooling covered I don’t think I would be half as motivated to do what needed to get done on the field, court or the track. You have to work for what you get; they offer scholarships because they want you to deliver, not to maintain mediocrity. That’s what’s on my mind and if the athletic department is not thinking about this, just know that everyone else on campus is....
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international students, starting off with questions to get to know them, and get them to talk about themselves. I think that the more international students speak English, the more their communication skills improve. I’m used to getting random questions about my country, how I ended up in Commerce, what is the meaning of my name and so forth. It’s making me happy that people around me trying to get to know my background and eager to learn the culture. Aside from the questions to obtain information about my country and the culture, what cracks me up the most is the absurd questions such as ‘are there turkeys running around in Turkey?’ or ‘do you guys eat a lot of turkey in Turkey? I can feel the sarcasm. Icebreaker questions provide friendly environments unless they exceed the limits of the international students’ morals even if the aim was humor.
Editorial: University can’t handle growth This year seems to be a time for change for Texas A&M University-Commerce, and with that change comes growth, but is the university prepared to handle that growth. Residential Living and Learning has almost reached maximum capacity this year, and that number only reflects a fraction of the student population. Having 12,000 students is a great thing for the university, but are we capable of handling that load? In the past five years we’ve faced a teacher shortage, a lack of adequate facilities, and multiple changes within the administration. The university has done well to adjust with these problems, but as it continues to grow, our concern is that the old fixes won’t work anymore. This university has some departments with as few as three professors, but while many of our instructors are highly skilled in their respec-
tive fields, expecting them to be able to adequately instruct hundreds of students is an unfair burden. Rather than spending big bucks to bring in record numbers of students, use more of those funds to cultivate and facilitate those students who are already here. We believe that this university needs more housing options for all students – not just the freshmen and sophomores – and more instructors to help accommodate the growth that is taking place. In the long-term picture, the students who are here today will be more inclined to give back to the university when they’re alumni if they can look back and remember getting a strong education from professors who weren’t swamped with students rather than getting free shirts. Free gifts are nice, and do serve a great purpose, but let’s not lose focus on what’s important.
Housing needs help Campus Editor Josh Stoltenberg
t is a wellknown fact that A & M Commerce does not have the facilities to accommodate 12,000 students. That is why we have been constantly building new residence halls for the past two years. While this is a step in the right direction in solving this problem, only a few of the students will be able to reap the benefits of these new buildings, those students being current freshmen and future freshmen and sophomores. What about the juniors and seniors, the upperclassmen? Well, after they are done battling for the apartments at better GPA can live in Prairie Crossing, but that’s not giving much space and restricting those eligible for the space too. So that leaves, in order of desirability, West Halls, Smith Hall and Berry Hall as the only re-
maining choices for on-campus housing for juniors and seniors. You can call me picky if you want, but I don’t think those options are all that great. Especially not when us upperclassmen have to sit by and watch these nice new residence halls being built for freshmen and sophomores. Some of these students haven’t even paid a dime to the university yet. Meanwhile, those of us who have spent two and three and maybe even four years worth of tuition, books, food, housing costs, etc. are left with the bottom-tier housing options. Some might say to this “well, a lot of the juniors and seniors move to off-campus housing anyway.” That’s true, but maybe they would stay in the residence halls if they had a bigger variety of and better options. The university already locks freshman into living on campus for two years, why not let them stay in Whitley and Smith and Berry and reward those of us who have been loyal to the university for so many years with better housing?
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Poverty issues persist Speaking up about HIV requires the approval of the Commerce City Council. “Money is a big issue in this city,” she said. “Right now the money just is not there because the tax base is not there. It is going to take the entire community to solve this issue.” Maria Garza, coordinator of the Commerce Community Plaza (CCP), said her organization is doing its part to end poverty in Commerce and Hunt County. “We are striving to make a difference in people’s lives so they can make a difference in their communities,” Garza explained. “And we are having a great response from the His-
panic community so far.” Garza said that CCP is working in joint effort with the No Child Left Behind Act and both Commerce High School and Texas A&M UniversityCommerce, to offer GED and ESL classes for those who need it. “Education is an important tool to use in the fight against poverty,” she said. “We have 35 people in our current GED class and plan on graduating 20 people in October to go out to the community prepared to work and give.” Luz Olivo, a current student in the ESL class, said that the CCP is helping both her
and her children succeed, and she plans on going back into business administration when she graduates. “I used to be the Manager of a bank when we lived in Mexico,” she said. “I am grateful for the opportunity to succeed here in America.” According to Garza, it will take continued donations and volunteers to help the CCP aid more Commerce citizens in finding sustainable jobs. “Use your gifts, use your talents to help others,” she said. “I am very pleased to live here in Commerce where we have many people who use their gifts to help others.”
Chief Editor Nick Bailey This year, the Campus Activities Board (CAB) has decided to take an active role in sex education by bringing in guest speaker Lolisa Gibson for their event, “Does HIV Look Like Me” on Sept. 26. “CAB is proud to host dynamic speaker Lolisa Gibson in her presentation titled, ‘Does HIV Look Like Me,’” Garcia said. “Lolisa will share her experience of being diagnosed H.I.V. positive” Gibson was diagnosed with HIV at age 17 and discovered that she was born with the virus. Since then, she has traveled the world raising awareness of the virus, and how people can be safe. This year, Gibson brings her messages to Texas A&M University-Commerce, and Graduate Assistant of Student Activities Crystal Garcia think it will be a positive experience for students. “Through this event, we hope that students develop a stronger understanding of what it means to be HIV positive,” Garcia said. “We would also like our students to gain a commitment to increasing HIV awareness and treating
courtesy of Hopevoice.org Lolisa Gibson has made a mission of education people on HIV and its affects.
individuals who are HIV positive with dignity and respect.” Gibson has traveled the world sharing her story and has made countless public appearances and media features including Ebony, MTV NEWS, and CNN. She has also been the subject of national HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns like the Campaign to End AIDS and Greater
Than AIDS. Gibson has also published a memoir titled “The Way I See It,” and launched her own publishing company. Although HIV is not directly a large issue on the A&M-Commerce campus, CAB believes that sexual safety is always important. “HIV is an important issue everywhere, which is why awareness is so critical,”
Notable alumnus passes Chief Editor Nick Bailey Surrounded by family and friends who loved him, Texas A&M University-Commerce alumnus Waymon Jerry Hyde of Dallas, Texas died August 30, at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital following a heart attack at age 78. Jerry was born on December 23, 1933, in
I Experience to shape students Campus Editor Josh Stoltenberg A select few ambitious students will get the chance to sharpen their leadership skills this fall at the I Experience convention. The I Experience is a two-day leadership retreat where students are taken off-campus to learn more about themselves and develop their leadership skills. “It is having the students learn who they are as a person, what are their values, what do they stand for,” Danielle Davis, Assistant Director for Leadership Engagement and Development, said. “It’s an opportunity for students to get off campus, and its an opportunity be exposed to leadership for students who have not gotten that opportunity before.” “This is the second year [for I Experience] which I’m kind of excited about that,” Davis continued. “Last year it was really successful so the students asked for it to come back again.” “We opened [the application period] up the first day of school and we have 82 applications and I can only take 90 students, so that means the word is travelling really fast and students are enjoying it,” Davis exclaimed. So far the I Experience has been both an enjoyable and rewarding trip for those students who have participated in it. “The I Experience taught me about myself. What as a leader can you do for yourself, how can you help yourself become a better leader,” sophomore Keniesha Caldwell said. “If anyone is an aspiring leader, the I Experience is very good. It’s fun, you get a lot of things out of it, you con-
nect with a lot of other students on campus that you wouldn’t have otherwise.” This year, students will be going to a hotel in Garland where they will spend the next two days building their leadership skills by participating in a plethora of activities. One such activity, the reflection stations, is a place for students to relax with an activity they enjoy while reflecting on themselves and what their strengths as a person are. “Some people are good at drawing, so I want them to draw about what they are good at,” Davis explained. “If you don’t like drawing, we have yoga. If you don’t like yoga, what about playing with Play-Doh or Legos?” Students will also spend time getting to know one another and what they do on campus and in life, as well as taking an assessment, called the Emotional Social Competence Inventory, which helps students learn about their emotional intelligence. “If I’m a student and I’m angry, why am I angry? Am I angry at you because you spilled something on my shirt, or am I angry at because back home my mom is sick and I cant do anything about it? It’s trying to evaluate why the student is really upset,” Davis said. Davis said she did not want to go into too much detail because she did not want to ruin the trip, but did say that students will be getting another surprise this year similar to when they went to Shenanigans last year. “Typically you always hear about students being ‘talked at’, here its all about experience,” Davis said.
Courtesy of Hyde Danforth & Co.
McKinney, Texas. He spent his childhood in Wagner, Texas and graduated from Bland High School at age of 16. Hyde moved to Greenville, Texas and attended Texas A&M University – Commerce (formerly known as East Texas State Teachers College) and earned a B.B.A. in general business in 1954. Hyde voluntarily joined the military and served as Personnel Specialist Third Class in the United States Army from 1954 until 1956, during which time he was stationed in Korea. After receiving an honorable discharge, Hyde returned to A&M–Commerce and earned an M.B.A. in human resources management in 1958. Hyde remained very active with A&M-Commerce for many years, first serving as a graduate assistant and many years later as an alumni board member, which honored him with the organization’s distinguished Gold Blazer Award. In 1973 he founded Hyde Danforth & Co., one of America’s leading management consulting firms specializing in executive search, retained legal search, career transition, and related human resources consulting matters. Previously, Jerry was the manager of human resources consulting for KPMG Peat Marwick and served as manager of Preferred Business Services, a Chicago-based service company, as well as personnel officer for a Republic National Life. He began his professional career as a high school principal and girls basketball coach at Bland High School. Hyde was an Accredited Personnel Diplomat and was recognized as a “Top Career Maker” in all three editions of John Sibbald’s The Career Makers. In lieu of flowers, Jerry’s family suggested making a donation in his memory to Meals on Wheels.
New business offers online sales Chief Editor Nick Bailey Online entrepreneurship is changing the way many individuals do business, allowing for new and innovative methods of business. Earlier this year, the online market saw the emergence of a new company. Kitsy Lane, a new online fashion technology company is focused on social commerce and community, offering a direct-selling platform, allowing individuals to sell personally selected merchandise to their consumers.
Kitsy Lane allows individuals to create an online storefront, and stock their virtual store with jewelry and accessories from a master catalog of over 700 stylist-selected pieces hand-picked from emerging designers and on-trend house brands. The catalog will continually change creating opportunities to make new products available. With a nod to the traditional brick-and-mortar experience, Boutique Owners can give shoppers one-on-one attention by sending personalized product recommendations through email, Facebook,
Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr. Customers can also share their own favorite picks across all social networks including connecting to Facebook and posting their favorites or sharing recommendations, providing more business building tool for the Boutique Owner. “Kitsy Lane offers a new avenue and do-able business opportunity for thousands of women to become social entrepreneurs and grow online profitable businesses doing something they love,” Jeannette McClennan, Chief Marketing Officer said.
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Blastin’ blue and gold
Shirt swap boosts school spirit Chief Editor Nick Bailey
NICK BAILEY / THE EAST TEXAN Students enjoy a variety of fresh produce from which to choose at the farmers market.
Farmers market produces Chief Editor Nick Bailey Healthy eating habits may become more popular on the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus as Sodexo introduces a farmer’s market to the Rayburn Student Center. The food court featured a spread of fresh produce for students to purchase, including pears, plums, bell peppers, and other items as well. “I brought all of the products in from our provider,” Sodexo Executive Chef Solon Pietila said. “This is not a Texas group, but next time we’re going to use local Texans as much as possible. This time is just a test run.” Pricing was a major point for Pietila, as he wanted to make sure that students were able to get the lowest price possible for the produce. “I brought it in and I charge exactly what I paid for it,” he said. “I’m not making any mark-up on this.”
Pietila, along with other members of the Sodexo staff brought this project along as a means of offering A&M-Commerce fresh produce at a fair price. “I worked on this with the marketing person, and it was her idea,” Pietila said. “She loves farmers markets and so do I, and we thought the students would love to have a decent cost of produce and not have to run across the highway to go to Wal-Mart to get produce.” A&M-Commerce students took notice quickly, and many think that it is a step in the right direction from Sodexo. Freshman Heather Braudaway believes that offering fruits and vegetables at a fair price will help students make better eating choices. “It’s a good way of getting [students] to eat healthier,” Braudaway said. “People generally eat unhealthy because it’s cheaper. I’d love to eat fresh produce; the only problem is that it’s hard to find it at a rea-
sonable price for a college student working minimum wage. Now that the school is providing that, I feel like I can benefit from it.” With Sept. 6 being the beginning of this produce project, Pietila plans to operate similar to real farmers markets. “It’ll happen every first Thursday of the month,” he explained. “We have comment cards so people can send comments in to Sodexo about suggestions about things they want to see, to make it more like a real farmer’s market.” Pietila went on to explain that while the project is still growing, he hopes to get the public involved. “If it gets big enough and we’re able to go outside with it because there’s not enough room in here anymore then we’d open up to crafts and people that want to get involved and sell their [products] at a decent rate – it’s all students.”
Students looking to upgrade their wardrobe for free had the opportunity recently at the Lions Roar annual shirt swap. The twoday event allows students to trade in their shirts from other schools for new shirts featuring the Texas A&M University-Commerce colors. The event comes to A&MCommerce again this year to continue the tradition of offering students a chance to get more school spirit without having to pay any money. Assistant Director of Marketing and New Media, Lisa Martinez explained that the program came from humble beginnings. “In the beginning, we had a problem that we had so many t-shirts left over from lots of
events and we also saw incorrectly branded and other university shirts walking around on campus,” Martinez said. “We actually adopted this t-shirt swap from another university, tweaked it to our needs, and it went over amazingly.” Over the two days, over 250 students crowded the atrium of the Rayburn Student Center to get their new school apparel. “They were turning in other university apparel that they used to wear on campus for our blue and gold shirts,” Martinez said. “They turned in old, incorrectly branded shirts for these new shirts.” While supplies were limited at this event, the staff urged students to bring in as many shirts as they could. “If you have more than one other university shirt, we want to
make sure that we get those out of your hands,” Martinez explained. “We have some students that will come up and say, ‘Can I get two? I have two TCU shirts and I want to get one for myself and one for my dad too.’ We’re happy to get something for your parents too, because the more other university apparel we get in, the more blue and gold we’re putting out.” Martinez went on to explain some of the differences of this Lions Roar event, in comparison to others that also offer t-shirts. She believes that this event has a different atmosphere. “The great thing about it is that it’s a swap, so there’s no lines that have to be formed,” “It’s a different laid back feeling, other than you’re waiting in line to get a giveaway, but here it’s all open. We let students grab the shirt, and make sure it’s good for them.”
NICK BAILEY / THE EAST TEXAN Toye Harris exchanged her old high school shirt for a new A&M-Commerce shirt to show her school spirit.
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Students enjoy Block Party “When we got here it just seemed kind of dead,” Hernandez said. “I’m not the biggest fan of country music. It’s not my favorite, but I don’t know who he is thought. That’s partially why I don’t care to listen to him. But outside of the stage, there really isn’t much to do to keep people occupied.” Despite these complaints, many guests stayed at the party to see the headlining performnce from R&B singer Jeremih. During his performance, Jeremih entertained the audience with select tracks from his earlier albums as well as new songs from his recent mixtape, “Late Nights with Jeremih.” “I just released my very f i r s t m i xt a p e in my entire life,” Jeremih said. “I usually do a lot of records off my two albums that I
have out, but just knowing that I released that and a couple spots of people knew some of the records that I was doing, it just felt good. This wasn’t even out in stores, and people are listening out to for what I’ve got.” Jeremih’s performance had a rough start with equipment malfunctions including errors with the microphones and the main computer being blown off stage. “Other than the audio issues I think it was a dope show,” Jeremih said. “Texas A&M-Commerce had a lot of energy, and it was a good show overall.” Looking back at the night, Jeremih was pleased with the night overall, but he continues to strive for better. “At the end of the day, I always feel like I could have done better to make people move or say a could more things, but this is all practice,” Jeremih explained. “For me not to have released an album in two years and still be able to rock those same songs is like the test of time and the power of music.” One of the highlights of Jeremih’s performance came when he brought an A&MCommerce student on stage to sing her a song for her birthday. “I don’t bring someone on stage every time I perform,” he said. “I felt it tonight. It was outside, it was sexy, and the weather was decent. Tonight, the girl’s name was Taylor, and she said, ‘my boyfriend is over there,’ so I couldn’t do as much, but it was cool.”
NICK BAILEY / THE EAST TEXAN (Top) Josh Roy and Colby Franklin entertain with a dance off, Jeremih performes for a student (middle), and fans cheer him on (bottom).
Veteran comes to Commerce for college Entertainment Editor Jordan Wright
After serving in the military and living his life beyond academics for ten years, Radio and Television major Jesus Flores returned to school approximately two years ago with ambitions of following his dream of entering the field of Sports Newscasting. “Finally decided to come back to school about two and a half years ago,” Flores said. “I started in the Fall of 2010 after I served ten years in the Marine Corps.” A full-time student, Flores has taken advantage of the benefits that he has earned in the Marine Corps in order to continue his schooling without having to worry about paying for it. He is currently married and supporting a five month old son and cites them as one of his sources of inspiration. Flores claims that his attraction to A&M-Commerce stems from the fact that his sister graduated from the university when he was looking
for schools to attend. “She came here, she got her Bachelor’s degree in education, she became a teacher,” Flores said. “She says, Commerce has a Radio/TV department and that’s probably the closest you’re going to find to home.” Flores ultimately decided to settle on attending A&MCommerce over University of Texas because UT’s Radio/ Television department did not attract him in the same manner that A&M-Commerce’s did. Furthermore he cites a meeting with Dr. John Mark Dempsey as having “swayed me to come over here.” Although he initially hoped to become an actual newscaster of sports on radio or television, Flores now hopes to more explore the production aspect of his field, claiming a sense of satisfaction in putting productions together. “I find it so much more fulfilling to be able to put the entire thing together and see the results of it,” Flores said. “I’d rather the big picture be my product.”
Blue & Gold Field Day Staff Reporter Morgan Gallant
to meet new people. President Dan Jones was unable to attend the event. His The annual Blue and wife expressed her husband’s Gold Field Day was held last undoubted disappointment at Wednesday at the President’s missing the event. house. The field day featured “This is Mr. Jones favorite palm trees that guests could event and he will definitely climb, volleyball, watermelon be here next year,” Mrs. Jones eating contest, a dunk tank and said. “I like this event because many other activities. it is campus wide and it is As the evening went on, great to meet people. A lot students learned to play new of organizations stay within games, and it became evident each other and do events they were enjoying themselves. with each other, and it is The food provided, which good to have everyone come included nachos and a taco out and mingle.” stand, was also a big hit with The most popular event was the students. Many students the dunk tank, where students came out to get a break from had the chance to dunk school, while still others did so a police officer. Several students expressed their enjoyment of the watermelon eating contest. The winner of the contest, Kim O’Brien, also received a towel for her victory. Another activity students seemed to enjoy was racing each other in climbing up the palm trees. One student who was able to reach the top was Kira Kohlbach. “It was very hard, I was happy they had something different to do than the typical field day stuff,” Kohlbach said. Photo courtesy of MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS
Jordan Wright / The East Texan Flores spends much of his time working on writing for his blog at rantsports.com
He claims to be off to a very good start in achieving the career in sports broadcasting that he is seeking. As a requirement of a Social Media course that he has taken last semester, Flores was required to maintain a blog of any topic of his choice. Choosing to write about sports, Flores claims that the blog, titled DFW Sports Flo, grew into a success that eventually led to his employment with an online sports publication. “Initially I started my blog for my class in social media, so I created a blog and started
putting out work,” Flores said. “Then this guy sends me an email one day and says hey, would you be interested in writing for rantsports.com? So I said, yeah absolutely.” Flores believes that the experience of writing for rantsports.com has been crucial and highly beneficial to learning his craft. He claims that “as I go along, I’m picking up pointers from journalists,” and that he can learn more about the “visual and interactive side of things, which has definitely been helping me out a lot.”
City Froyo finds fresh face with Hennigan Staff Reporter Alexandra Burks City Froyo is undergoing some changes for the better. Michelle Hennigan has stepped up as the new manager for the local establishment and taking steps to bring more attention to the store and downtown Commerce. Froyo has been open since August 2011, but people eleven miles away had never heard of Froyo before according to Hennigan. The first change she has made to the store is longer business days. Froyo used to be open from 1 - 10 p.m. but now is open from 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. “The store opened after the lunch rush before,” Hennigan said. “Now we are opened during lunch break for the people who work around [Commerce].” An employee of Froyo who started working three weeks after it originally opened likes the changes. “It is nice to have a manager who is always around and making sure produce gets brought in and everything comes in on time,” the employee said. “Opening
up early gives us a chance to make sure everything is set up and ready to go.” Now that Froyo will be open until late, it gives a chance for people to get yogurt after work, as well as a late-night hangout. Inside of Froyo there are comfortable chairs, games to play with friends such as Jenga, as well as free Wi-Fi to customers. Brionna Minde, a junior at A&M-Commerce, is among the students who like the new changes. “Since Froyo has free Wi-Fi, I usually go in there when I am finishing up homework. Even if I don’t get anything to eat, it’s a good place to hang out and meet up with friends.” Aside from extending the business hours, Hennigan is trying to emphasize a good atmosphere where people can come together. Hennigan is working on holding special events in the store, starting with hosting a local alternative rock group named Never Blu on Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m. With the new hours, promotion, and special events, Froyo has a firm stand in the square of downtown Commerce.
Counseling Corner Student Veterans: Women and Men in Transition Special Contributor Nick Patras Texas A & M UniversityCommerce like countless other institutions of higher learning across the United States is home to women and men who are actively in the process of transition from military service to civilian life. Nearing 600 in number on our campus, these veterans make up a unique student population, one that is often referred to as an invisible minority. The formula the military uses to create these soldiers is one that stripped them of their individual identities; pushed them to their limits physically, mentally, and emotionally; and built them up with a new identity, based on obedience to authority and loyalty to their fellow soldiers. Arriving on the college campus often provides a strong contrast to life as they knew it while serving their country. A casual conversation by Counseling Center staff counselors Fred Fuentes and Nick Patras, both veterans, led to further brainstorming sessions about the need for specific outreach to student veterans. From those informal conversations in the spring 2012 semester, the Vet2Vet group was formed. The idea was to host informal groups outside the Counseling Center to lessen any stigma about veterans seeking help or services. Another important aspect of the group was that it was veteran-led. Anyone who has served in the military knows that vets communicate with each other differently, and it was important for the group to be led by counselors who understood that unique language and way of expressing ones thoughts and feelings. Three pilot groups were held in late March and early April of 2012. From those experiences and feedback, the Counseling Center is committed to providing ongoing groups on campus, typically held in the Veteran’s Lounge on the third floor of the Ferguson building, with the express purpose of providing an outlet for veterans to express their concerns, challenges, as well as sharing their successes with their university studies. A brief review of history shows that colleges and universities have been involved in educating the armed forces personnel and more recently veterans, since the passage of the first Morrill Act in 1862. Since 1973, the military has been an all volunteer force, and the reliance on National Guard and Reserve units has led to multiple activations and deployments, leading to individuals re-entering college to simultaneously be students, veterans, and
armed forces members. This creates an opportunity, and in the opinion of this writer, an obligation to serve the women and men who bravely defended our country. Veterans, as well as active duty military personnel may be dealing with a host of issues that include substance abuse, post-traumatic symptomology, physical pain, problems with intimate relationships, existential issues, grief/loss, disability, and identity issues. Every branch of the military has a similar slogan of “we take care of our own.” Once detached from active duty units, veterans may feel the loss of connection for their way of life as military personnel and of the traditions of taking care of each other. As a veteran who happens to be a professional counselor, I have the training as well as the knowledge of military life to meet veterans on their own turf (the veteran’s lounge) and the understanding to speak the language. The veteran’s lounge and the Vet2Vet group format can provide a point of connection for our veterans. The Vet2Vet group can serve as a place where support for their transition from warrior to student, adjustment to campus life, and help for achieving academic goals is seamless. The Vet2Vet group allows each member to get the support they need while making it possible, by their very presence in the group, to be in a supportive role for another vet. It continues the military tradition of helping a fellow soldier while providing the kind of environment where it is ok to ask for the help you need. Student veterans may be dealing with strong feelings as a result of recent service in a combat or war zone. They may feel sad, angry, scared or numb and these isolated or clusters of feelings are called “combat stress.” While unlikely, combat stress can lead to depression, alcohol or drug use, or feelings of irritation or anger that doesn’t go away or may be out of proportion to a given situation. Having the Vet2Vet group provides a welcoming place for veterans to come and talk about what they are feeling or experiencing. More often, veterans need to connect with other veterans, not for help with severe issues but because of a lack of understanding by fellow students or faculty and staff. In the very near future, look for information about the group schedule for the Vet2Vet group for Fall 2012. If you are a veteran of any age, or if you have a family member who is a student veteran, tell them about the group or put them in touch with the Counseling Center staff.
HealthWatch Recognize transition for what it is. Life after military service is going to be different.
Accept that adjustment to civilian life may take some time. As a vet, you may have witnessed horrific events and it will
take time and support to resolve some of these issues. Reach out. Life in the military is about being a part of a well functioning team. Make sure you find and keep connections with a few close friends on campus. Recognize when things are out of control. If you are experiencing challenges with dealing with thoughts, feelings or unwanted behaviors, reach out to a friend and seek professional help if needed. Celebrate. As a vet, you sacrificed a period of your life to serve your country. Being a soldier is a noble calling and you can and should celebrate your service.
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Fromage du Jour Playhouse to present ‘Proof ’ next month, A weekly look at film cheese
Hanners to return to the stage in leade role Entertainment Editor Jordan Wright
The Texas A&M University-Commerce University Playhouse will be producing David Auburn’s Tony Award-winning play “Proof ” for the Fall 2012 semester. Directed by A&M-Commerce Theatre professor and playwright Jim Anderson, the production will star Piper Bardwell, transferring theatre majors Cynthia Beene, Sri Chilukuri, and former Mass Media, Communication and Theatre Department Head John Hanners in his first acting role in 50 years. The casting call went out early in the semester and auditions for the three open roles were on Tuesday, Sept. 4. Anderson selected this play out of a love for its fascinating premise after coming upon a student proposal for it.
“It’s an interesting little play, it’s part ghost story, part love story and part higher mathematics,” Anderson said. “It’s a beautiful play. It’s funny, it’s witty, and there are even poignant moments where you get a lump in your throat.” Premiering Off-Broadway in 2000, “Proof ” tells the story of Catherine, the daughter of a recently deceased mathematics genius and professor at the University of Chicago, who fears she may have inherited some of his mental instabilities. Anderson was vocal in expressing his pleasure to be able to work with Dr. Hanners. “Dr. Hanners is a fantastic actor but because of his duties as department head, none of our current students have ever had a chance to see him and it’s been really interesting watching the students watching him during auditions,” Anderson said. “They would hold
their breath and sit at the edge of their seat and when he would finish, they would just cheer. It was a really good experience.” Junior Cynthia Beene has also expressed excitement for the show. Newly transferred from North Lake College in Irving, Texas, this production will be Beene’s first with the University Playhouse of A&M-Commerce and she will be playing Catherine in the play. “I saw the play announced several months ago when they announced this season and I actually went to go read the play right then from the library,” Beene said. “I really liked it. It was really good and I was really excited even back then.” The University Playhouse’s production of “Proof ” is currently scheduled to make its debut on Tuesday, Oct. 9 and will continue to play until Saturday Oct. 13 at 8 PM and Sunday, Oct. 14 at 3 PM.
MYONVIDEO.COM “The Howling: Reborn” is an embarrassment of a film that barely gets by on moderate ammounts of unintentional comedy
Entertainment Editor Jordan Wright As a werewolf enthusiast, the 1981 horror film “The Howling” holds a very special place in my heart. Despite a handful of admittedly hokey moments, the film is, for all intents and purposes, the last good mainstream werewolf movie put out by Hollywood. It was fun, creepy, and actually had something to say about the animalistic tendencies of human nature. “The Howling” is furthermore one of the most infamous examples of a series being beaten into the ground by terrible sequel after terrible sequel, most of which were direct to video releases. Therefore, you can imagine my dread upon the discovery that the series was getting a continuity reboot in the form of “The Howling: Reborn.” However even having entering with the low expectations set by a series that has the spine to name one of its films “Stirba: Werewolf Bitch,” I am still attempting to recover from the utter shock at what is easily the most boring atrocity that my tenure on Fromage Du Jour has ever driven me to. “The Howling: Reborn” follows the “plot” of high school loser Will Kidman as he goes through his last few days of school, coming to terms with his potentially newfound lycanthropy. His daily trials and tribulations including surviving the school bullies that seem to have a sudden deadly interest in him, getting the girl he likes to notice him through his stalker-esque tendencies of watching and drawing her at a distance and trying to survive until graduation all within the span of one day. If the above synopsis sounds unenthusiastic, than allow me to sum up the loosely-tied-together events of “The Howling: Reborn” in a significantly more concise manner. A kid goes to school, then goes to a party, then goes to school and goes about his day, thinking he’s a werewolf for no logically dis-
cernable reason. There is a lot of laughably and painfully bad material to cover in this film. The actors give performances that the “Twilight” cast would laugh off. The dialogue teeters on going full retard in its sheer cliché and stupidity so often that I’ll be thanking god for the rest of my days that I somehow didn’t suffer some sort of aneurism from watching the movie in its entirety. The soundtrack is bloated with some of the most god awful, manufactured, and commercialized rock and alternative music that I have heard associated with a film in quite some time, complete with an acoustic raping of Blue Oyster Cult’s “Don’t Fear The Reaper” that brought me to tears of pain and the less that is said about the horrendous special effects on the werewolves themselves, which are seen for a grand baffling total of less than 20 minutes in an hour and a half long feature and somehow look more harmless than Anthrocon furries, the better Letting go of all of those issues however, “The Howling: Reborn’s ” biggest problem, as you could probably discern from the synopsis, is that it is just plain boring. Nothing happens in this movie. Nothing at all. It’s like watching Peter Parker go through an entire day of school for an hour and a half, only to start experimenting with his spider powers five minutes before the credits hit, with no discussion of seeing him become a superhero, whatsoever. The entire plot of this film could have been told in less than a half hour and yet, it is stretched to a 90 minute runtime. The experience of watching this film is like watching a cut of “Twilight” about werewolves that wasn’t good enough to make theatrical distribution. Let that thought marinate in your heads for a while; a version of “Twilight” so bad, it didn’t receive the silver screen treatment.
Verdict: One half Shatner
Bottom Line: This film descends into Nega Shat territory so fast, that it actually bounces back up above zero based on sheer unintended comedic value.
DLEGEEK.COM “Fall of Cybertron” is an excellent Transformers experience and a great addition to the franchise for consumers.
‘Fall of Cybertron’ offers breathtaking action experience Entertainment Editor Jordan Wright
If you are not a fan of “Transformers,” forget everything that you know about the franchise. High Moon Studio’s “Fall of Cybertron” is simply a brilliant game on its own merits and a possible contender for best action game of the year. If you are a fan however, this will undoubtedly be the clos-
est thing to heaven on Earth. Set immediately after the events of the previous game, “War For Cybertron,” Fall of Cybertron” follows the Autobots attempt to leave their home world in search of a new planed to take shelter, while the Decepticons plot to take them out and subsequently end the war while they make their retreat. High Moon Studios proves
to listen to their critics as the writing and gameplay are superb and massive improvements over the previous entry. The writing focuses on the tragic aspect of a civilization fighting to protect its continuity, humanizing a very alien conflict while still giving it a very impressive cinematic scope. Meanwhile, the addition of swapping out your firing hand makes shooting from cover much easier
in terms of gameplay and the wider variety of playable characters prevents repetition from truly sinking in, along with much greater multiplayer variety. “Fall of Cybertron” accomplishes what Michael Bay failed to do in five years with nearly $550 million. It tells a smart, cinematic, and entertaining Transformers story with stellar action.
Jordan Wright’s summer hitlist The Avengers: The culmination of one of the most ambitious film projects ever conceived succeeds on all fronts so incredibly well that I saw it three times in theaters before it left. It’s fun, it’s humorous, it has heart, and it raises the bar for big budget blockbusters.
The Dark Knight Rises: Christopher Nolan fails to disappoint as he sends his interpretation of Batman out with a bang. Nolan’s direction and the incredible performances of the cast push the grand finale of “The Dark Knight” trilogy well into must see territory.
Prometheus: Smart science-fiction is always a welcome sight. I appreciate the gorgeous cinematography and incredible performances but getting me to actually think while I’m watching is what has cemented this one an upcoming slot in my DVD collection.
Second season for ‘Suits’ delivers for fans Chief Editor Nick Bailey
USA Network proved to have another powerful season of “Suits” in store for viewers over the summer. The legal drama picks up right where it left off,
in the midst of a power struggle between the old and new regimes. The acting this season seems to have improved, though in the case of Louis Litt (played by Rick Hoffman), I feel that the writers underestimate the
character’s intelligence, often giving him a much weaker demeanor than he deserves. In some episodes he’s barely above a bumbling clod, while in others his aggressive manor creates a level of intensity that can pull you in deep.
Watching this season has been a serious journey of twists and turns, pulling the heart and mind every which way. This show allows intellectuals a time to relax the mind a bit, and gives others something to really make them think. By Arielle McMahon
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Lions fall short for second week, 27-16 D-1 football too much for A&M-Commerce Sports Editor Ridges Munnerlyn
The Lions of Texas A&M University-Commerce made history this past Saturday afternoon traveling to the Alamodome to take on the Division I Roadrunners of University of Texas in San Antonio (UTSA). The Roadrunners advanced their record to 2-0 with a victory over Texas A&M Un iver sit y- Com merc e, 27-16 in front of 30,416 fans at the Alamodome. During the first half, UTSA sophomore running back David Glascoe II rushed for 58 yards and found his way to the end-
zone twice and UTSA was able to build a big lead early in the game. After one quarter, UTSA lead the Lions 10-0 behind a 34-yard field goal from Sean Ianno and an 8-yard pass from junior quarterback Eric Soza to Kenny Harrison. That series capped off a 13-play, 71-yard drive that ate almost seven minutes off the clock. The Lions were finally able to get on board after Jacob O’Neill was able to connect on a 21-yard field goal attempt at the end of a 14-play, 73-yard march down the field. After a one yard rush around the left side, UTSA was able to con-
corner with Ridges Munnerlyn
Just like any other typical university, the main sports that people pay and serve their most attention to mostly basketball, football, and track. I could be wrong, but I have a general assumption that students and faculty and maybe even some people in the community only acquire and entitle themselves to those three main sports because of preference or favoritism towards specific sports. Considering that there are many other sports here at Texas A&M University-Commerce, I feel that if you call yourself a “Lion Fan”, that means being a true fan and supporter of all athletic teams here at A&MCommerce. I’m not talking about attending every single home game and following behind a sport that you normally wouldn’t follow, but why not be a fan and be aware of what’s going with our sports and different accomplishments that teams and different individuals accomplish. I think in relevance to the golf team, people totally blow the fact and are unaware that we have a golf team here on campus. Given the name and only a select few individuals that play on each side, people don’t know who the golfers are or what they do and people just don’t care. Golf is one of those sports here at A&M-Commerce that students ignore due to several reasons. But, what people don’t realize is how strong our golf teams are at the university and that they compete at a high level. You would never know that our teams finished at a respectively high rate in conference and tournaments last season under head coach Louie Bledsoe. The A&M- Commerce men and women’s golf teams seasons are just underway. Head golf coach Louie Bledsoe is in his eighth year as head coach for the Lions. The golf teams here at A&MCommerce have had a
successful past couple of seasons bringing in state champion golfers and primetime golfers who have stood out and had a breakout season since beginning their career at A&M- Commerce. Chris Leasor, junior member on the men’s side, broke out his freshman year taking home the individual tournament title in the Lion Fall Invitational as he did the same in his sophomore year. Marcus Sanna, junior, also placed a mark finishing with the first place title in the California Baptist Spring Break Collegiate tournament that was held back in April. There are also top golfers on the women’s side. Chantry McMahan, junior, continued to add to her impressive resume, recording five top-10 finishes and an additional top 20 on the year, being named a second team All Lone Star Conference selection. Sara Diaz, the junior standout compiled her best season as a Lion. She ranked second on the team meanwhile having five top-20 finishes on the year. Given these notes, I’d advise the student body to be more well-rounded and not to blow off every single athletic team at this university. Being accumulated to just a select few sports is fine too, but I would think of it as knowing what’s going with our athletic programs and the direction they’re heading towards as the respective season goes along. I personally don’t have the biggest interest in golf myself. Ever since working with The East Texan, I have talked and met with different people. It’s interesting getting to learn and know about a specific sport that I haven’t had an interest in unless Tiger Woods is on the screen. Unless you venture out and expand your surroundings, you never what or who you may run into getting familiar with not only sports but all the other programs here on campus.
vert a 17-yard interception return by Franky Anaya into points to increase the lead. That was the team’s fifth straight score off turnovers this season. UTSA had a 24-3 halftime advantager over the Lions. A&M- Commerce finally scored its first touchdown of the afternoon when quarterback Deric Davis connected with junior wide out Garrett Smith for a 61-yard pass downfield with just under eight minutes left in the third quarter. The twopoint conversion attempt was no good, but the Lions were able to add on another touchdown on a 5-yard pass in the middle from
Davis to Tevin Godfrey for the second time this season on the first play on the final quarter to cut the deficit to 11, 27-16. The Roadr u n ners’ defense held A&MCommerce to a pair of threeand-outs and then Eric also picked off a Davis pass with under two minutes remaining in game play to put a lid on the victory. The A&M- Commerce Lions will travel to Arlington tonight to take on Lone Star Conference r iva l M i dwe s t e r n State in the Lone Star Football Festival. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Staff Reporter Jordan Davis
is used to limit the running start kicking teams have during the play. The NCAA reports that injuries during kickoffs occur more often than they do in other phases of the game. The one rule that has made a spectacle over the first week of the college football season, is when a player loses a helmet during play, after the play the player(s) must report to the sideline and must sit out for at least one down play. This one rule in particular has caused many arguments from highly known football programs, and players. “The rules never affected me or my team,” Lion’s sophomore receiver Tevin Godfrey said. “We play by rules and any new additions to the rules of the game we adapt to.” Some players feel as if the NCAA is making the game of football “softer”.
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NCAA looks out for players safety The National Collegiate At h let ic Associat ion (NCAA) is back but with some new rules that have had people across the country talking about how the rules has affected college football as a whole. The NCAA are looking out for the safety of the players, but some feel as if they are making the rules to the point where they are taking the game of football away. Many players have voiced their opinions about the new rules. Some of the rules include a new spot for kickoff. Instead of being on the 30-yard line, the ball is now being kicked off at the 35-yard line. The kicking team players must be no more than 5 yards from the 35 at the kick, this new rule
Another rule in question is players blocking below the waist. This tactic is allowed only by offensive players in the tackle box at the snap of the ball for those who are not in motion. All other players are prohibited from blocking below the waist with a few exceptions. “For me personally, I feel that the new rules has taken some fun out of the game of football,” Lion’s senior cornerback Marlon Terrell said. “I understand the NCAA is trying to look out for the safety of the players, but from a player’s view, I would want the NCAA to lighten up on things, after all football is a tough sport.” The NCAA has been in news all over the country for the new rules, and many coaches have exposed an opinion on the new rules as well.
“The game of football has changed tremendously from the new rules,” Lion’s head football coach Guy Morris said. “With all of the head injuries, and other injuries that have happened over the years, I understand why the NCAA enforced these new rules.” Last week, the Lion’s experienced a taste of the new rules in their game against Southeastern Oklahoma State. Israel Hughes’s punt return sparked the Lion crowd but immediately was turned around due to the touchdown being called back for showboating to a defender. “Unsportsmanlike conduct has to be enforced in today’s game,” coach Morris added. “We are playing the greatest team game which is football, and it is not right for one player to take away from that.”
Cross Country aims for best Staff Reporter Jordan Click
The Lions men and women’s cross country teams look to put their running skills to the test as they make a trip to Joplin, Missouri for the Missouri Southern Stampede on Sept. 15. When asked about the teams approach this year, Kendall Christmas, who is a member of the women’s team responded with her personal view on the upcoming season. “Well with our women’s program, we have a very young team that mainly consists of freshmen and sophomores. We have a full team this year unlike we did last year and I think that we have a lot of talent and we can be really competitive in our conference and region this year. With the men’s team, we have a more matured and experienced team and they have a lot of potential to make it very far as well this season,” Christmas said. The first meet was the Memphis Brooke Twilight Invitational and the cross-country teams did relatively well with the women’s
placing 15th out of 21 and the men placed 10th out of 21. The second meet, which was originally scheduled for Sept. 8, was cancelled due for undisclosed reasons. Christmas gave her comments about the first meet, “I think the first meet went well but there are definitely some areas for improvement and I think that as we go forward with the season, we will see a big improvement as everyone is getting into running shape,” Christmas said. As both teams prepare for their upcoming meet, Christmas voices her opinion on how much success the Lions will have competing against a large number of schools. “ I think that we will see some good teams and have some good competition. I think that we have an advantage with last weekend off. We are going to have an opportunity to put up some fast times and get a good idea of where we are at this point in the season.” Christmas said. The Lions will participate in the Missouri Southern Stampede scheduled on Saturday, Sept. 15 in Joplin, Missouri.
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Intramurals bring league changes Campus Editor Josh Stoltenberg Texas A&M UniversityCommerce’s intramural sports leagues have undergone a substantial overhaul in preparation for this year’s seasons. In order to increase enjoyment for students and bolster participation, each intramural sport has been split into two separate leagues. The “Blue Division”, which is for more casual players, and the “Gold Division”, which is for the more serious players. “Blue Division is for lessskilled players seeking fun and recreation,” Assistant Director of Intramural Sports and Sports Clubs Kari Osborne said. “Players in this division are people
who want to participate in a less intense, competitive environment. They want an activity to do and they want to have fun.” “Gold Division is for skilled players that are seeking to play at a high level of competition against other skilled players,” Osborne continued. Students are able to choose whichever league they want, but they may not play the same sport in both the blue and gold division. The registration process for intramural sports has also changed. The university now uses the website IMleagues.com for student sign-ups and several other things. Athletes will be able to create a player profile, choose which sport and divi-
sion they want to compete in, and post a description of themselves to the university’s free-agent listing. Once posted, team captains will be able to view free agent profiles and get in contact with them. Free agents also have the option to view registered teams and contact team captains about playing for them if the team has an open slot. Another useful feature of registering with IMleagues. com is the communication power of the website. “If you’re registered to play and we have a rainout, it will send everybody that plays that night an email as well as a text update if the player has registered their cell phone number to receive them,” Osborne said.
This will work to solve problems that in the past have made it difficult to relay information to athletes promptly and caused confusion concerning schedule changes. The website will also display a myriad of team statistics for each team in each sport so that players can go online and see how well their teams are doing compared to others. Soccer and flag football will also be played on newly reconstructed fields at Cain Sports Complex this year. Osborne hopes that playing these sports on separate fields will help drastically improve playing conditions and athletes’ experience.