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Vol 119 | Issue 18

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Publishing since 1913

Independent Student Newspaper of Sam Houston State University

Ghost tour review, pg. 6

KAT Links For more information about the university’s socia media policy, visit

Soccer makes SLC playoffs, pg. 8

INDEX Viewpoints ...... pg. 2 A&E ................. pg. 6 News ................ pg. 3 Special ............. pg. 7 Special ............. pg. 4 Sports ............... pg. 8 Special ............. pg. 5

Perfect season continues By Zach Birdsong Sports Editor

When the dust had settled and the game was over the Bearkats accomplished their goal: Beat McNeese on Saturday. With a strong offense and dominant defense, the Kats wielded their way to a 3814 win at McNeese, the first since 1999. The team continued its perfect season and improved to 7-0, the first time since 1964, and improved to 4-0 in Southland Conference play. Early in the game the Kats defense shined. On the Cowboys’ first three offensive possessions, the Kats forced and recovered three fumbles. Though the offense was given a short field, they couldn’t capitalize on the first two recoveries as kicker Miguel Antonio missed two field goals. “That was real frustrating to not be able to push it in offensively,” quarterback Brian Bell said. “Unfortunately we had some missed field goals, but offensively we can’t relax and settle for field goals, we’ve got to keep

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PARTY LIKE IT’S 1999. Quarterback Brian Bell, sophomore, completed 5 out of 7 pass attempts during Saturday’s football game against McNeese State University.

attacking. That’s probably going to be our main point of emphasis going into the next few weeks.” On the third fumble, the Kats’ offense was finally able to punch it in for the first touchdown of the day

as Bell ran it for a 7-yard score. Shortly after, Cowboys quarterback Cody Stroud ran it in for a one yard touchdown. The Kats offense responded two minutes later

when running back Tim Flanders ran for a seven yard touchdown that put the Kats up for good, 14-7. The team carried the lead through halftime, and into the first defensive drive of the second half when they

forced the Cowboys to punt. On the next offensive play, Flanders broke through for a 55-yard touchdown run. “At halftime, we said that this was exactly what we were expecting, a 14-7

close game,” Flanders said. “But we came out in the second half with different plays that we haven’t run and then went back to the original plays. Everything — See FOOTBALL, page 8

Social media committee official Free flu shots

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UP IN THE AIR. The university’s social media policy returned to focus as the Social Media Committee began nominating its first committee members, including members of the student body and faculty alike.

By Stephen Green Associate News Editor The Social Media Committee is in the books, according to Kris Ruiz, vice president for marketing and communication. According to an email sent to committee members, the committee’s first task is to “finalize a social media

policy” that they will send through the “appropriate channels.” Members of the committee include representatives from Student Government Association, Faculty Senate, Staff Council and a representative from each of the colleges. It also includes several university vice presidents.

“Strictly” disappoints By McKinzie Brocail Senior Reporter “We thought it was going to be the real Dr. Drew,” three students said as they were leaving early from the “Strictly Sex with Dr. Drew” discussion Thursday evening in the Mafrige Auditorium. Freshman biology major Jesse Johnson, freshman criminal justice major Sarah Plymell and freshman psychology major Ayana McLeod were under the assumption because of the recent group of celebrities that passed through SHSU. “We’ve had Dan Rather and Stedman Graham [on campus this semester], I mean come on, why

Nominees to the council include: chemistry professor Paul Loeffler; Debbie Hatton, chair of the Faculty Senate; business professor Laura Sullivan; education professor Marilyn Rice; music theory professor Kevin Clifton; history professor Kenneth Hendrickson; math professor Linda Zientek; and Steven Perry, SGA

representative. “I don’t personally know any of them, but I trust the people who recommended them,” Ruiz said. “I do look forward to working with all of them.” The email said all changes will be tracked so members can see what is being changed. The email also said that the policy that was written is currently not in effect. “Until the policy is finalized and approved, the only terms and conditions that apply to the use of social media are those posted by the platforms themselves, such as Facebook and Twitter,” Ruiz said in the email. The SHSU Social Media Policy and Procedure Manual was commissioned in December 2010 and released to selected university officials in late August. It sparked controversy among faculty, students and alumni because they said it violates their First Amendment rights. Ruiz said she would like the committee to meet sometime next week.

By Stephen Green Associate News Editor Free flu vaccines will be given to students on Oct. 2526 in the Lowman Student Center in anticipation of the peak flu months. The Student Health Center gives them out every year to faculty, staff and students to keep cases of the flu relatively low throughout the university. Sarah Hanel, health director, said it’s part of the health center’s annual campaign to give back to the university. “It’s one of the ways we contribute to faculty, staff and students and it keeps them healthy,” Hanel said. “We want to try and keep faculty and staff from missing weeks at a time.” The vaccine has been given out for at least the past decade. Last year, Hanel said, approximately 800 students received their vaccine. “It helps prevent the spread,” Hanel said. “It keeps them protected and keeps students and faculty and staff in the classroom.”

The vaccines are sponsored by the Health Center as a part of their annual campaign to “help the university community.” To receive a vaccine, students must present their BearkatOne Card. Five to 20 percent of the population gets a case of the flu every year, according to the Center for Disease Control. The center recommends that anyone over six-months of age get the vaccine as soon as possible. The center also reports that flu, or complications of the flu, causes between 3,000 and 46,000 deaths per year. The flu season lasts from October to April, when the season usually peaks in February, according to the CDC. The vaccine will include three strains of the flu, including H1N1 (swine flu) due to the pandemic in 2009. It will not be available to employees who are pregnant or nursing. The event is being held in the LSC, Room 320, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Nine-year war comes to close By Stephen Green Associate News Editor

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THE OTHER DR. DREW. Dr. Drew Miller of the Counseling Center (above) lead the discussion, “Strictly Sex with Dr. Drew,” originally thought to be hosted by famous “sexpert” Dr. Drew Pinskey.

wouldn’t it be [the actual] Dr. Drew?” Johnson said. The discussion was hosted by Program Council, and featured Dr. Drew Miller of the university’s — See SEXPERT, page 3

After nine years of war, nearly 4,500 U.S. casualties, and an estimated hundreds of thousands of Iraqi casualties, the Iraq War is coming to an end, President Barack Obama announced on Friday. In the televised announcement, Obama said the United States was unable to reach an agreement with the Iraqi government to extend troop presence beyond the 2011 deadline. “After nearly nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over,” Obama said. “The coming months will be a season of homecomings. Our

Photo courtesy of the White House Flickr page

CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION. President Barack Obama announced Friday the removal of all but 150 troops from Iraq by December 31, effectively bringing an end to an almost nine-year War in Iraq.

troops in Iraq will definitely be home for the holidays.” His plan is to remove all but 150 troops by Dec. 31.

The remaining troops will stay to assist in military services, such as arms trading.

Troops have been stationed in Iraq since the start of the war in March 2003.


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The end of an era: Iraq

Erin Peterson hopes the end of the war will be the beginning of peace It feels like the end of an era. When I walked into the office of The Houstonian Monday afternoon, I realized that the War in Iraq was basically over. There will no longer be troops there to fight, so it at least feels like it’s over. It’s weird. My entire teenage and adult life thus far, ages 13 to 23, has been spent in the shadow of this thing. This unfathomable, terrible thing called war. Except, I was only sort of aware of it. My grandparents always discussed World War II in this very matter-of-fact way that let us grandkids know that they’d never forget that time. It was something that was powerful and horrific and devastating, and everyone felt the repercussions of a nation during wartime. They spoke of rations and this overwhelming desire for the nation to pull together. The patriotism was tremendous, and it’s something everyone still talks about. It’s not like that these days. Instead, this particular war just kind of sat above our heads like this sad, dark, little cloud. It was like Pig-Pen with his cloud of dust. We knew the dust was there, we just didn’t talk about it. It felt rude. It was a war that made people angry to talk about. You never discussed it at parties. After all, who wants to talk about something that everyone else hates? You never talked about it at family gatherings. It seems like every single family in America has

had at least one Twitter than the member overseas televised news or at some point. You the newspaper. You never knew who hear something you might offend, from other people, regardless of your then you go look it stance. up online or turn So we talk on CNN. about it at school The 1940s had the and in class, or radio, newspaper in private with and the picture family members shows (the movies, or friends whose for those of you less stance we already in touch with the Erin Peterson know, or with old terminology). Editor-In-Chief strangers we That’s how news dislike already. traveled. Things have changed in recent We, quite literally, have years, though. everything. We have the entire It’s a little more acceptable to evening news in our pockets. We discuss now. The end is in sight. The can screen CNN’s texts if we so tragic is a lot easier to talk about choose. We can avoid reality, and, when we know it’s about to be over. while it feels good, what feels good Also, unlike during World War isn’t always what’s best. II, we have these great things Maybe this out-of-touchness is called digital cable and the World the reason why nobody talks about Wide Web. It provides a pleasant these things anymore. Maybe we’re distraction from all that other stuff, in a place where we’ve stopped like, you know, the evening news. picking up the wrenches for those Instead, we can watch Jeopardy at war and have now started leaving and Wheel of Fortune while we those problems for other people. wait for our prime time shows, or Then again, maybe, once it’s jump on Facebook and avoid reality really, truly over, we’ll put the pieces altogether while we wait for the back together. DVR to finish recording our show Not to say that we haven’t started of choice so we can skip past the already, because we have. news and commercials alike. Before, people didn’t talk about Unlike 1940s America, we’ve got their problems. Sometimes not even more options. More distractions. If with their own spouses. Now, there we don’t want to watch it, we don’t are more support programs for have to. There’s more to do. veterans than there ever were before. Now, news is more commonly The idea of going to a therapist is a heard through Facebook and lot more approachable, and there’s

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Today in history: 1147 – Seljuk Turks completely annihilate German crusaders under Conrad III at the Battle of Dorylaeum. 1760 – George III becomes King of Great Britain. 1938 – The Archbishop of Dubuque, Francis J. L. Beckman, denounces swing music as “a degenerated musical system... turned loose to gnaw away at the moral fiber of young people”, warning that it leads down a “primrose path to hell”. 1940 – Benjamin O. Davis, Sr. is named the first African American general in the United States Army. 1962 – Cuban missile crisis: Adlai Stevenson shows photos at the UN proving Soviet missiles are installed in Cuba. 1962 – Nelson Mandela is sentenced to five years in prison. 1971 – The United Nations seated the People’s Republic of China and expelled the Republic of China. 1995 – A commuter train slams into a school bus in Fox River Grove, Illinois, killing seven students. 2004 – Fidel Castro, Cuba’s President, announces that transactions using the American Dollar will be banned.

a support group for everything imaginable, cancer, veterans, abuse, addiction, and everything in between. People have fallen back into religion, looking for an answer for everything else that we humans seem to mess up on a daily basis. There’s been a return to the arts, also common during wartime. The 60’s and 70’s saw it too, especially in music. Don’t believe me? Go online. People are writing now more than ever. Everyone has a blog these days. Still don’t? Check YouTube. Thousands are trying to make their way as a singer or musician. We’re all desperately clinging to the things we don’t say. When we do say them, it’s big and loud. Recently, Texas saw the execution of a man who went on a rampage after 9/11, killing those he didn’t understand because he couldn’t fathom the atrocities that he had just witnessed on the news. Granted, his actions were completely horrific and unjustified, but I remember the footage too. If I close my eyes today, I could picture it. Easily. After all, it played for days and days, and it still makes an occasional appearance. Watching people fling themselves out of what was once one of the tallest buildings in the entire world was something most of us couldn’t comprehend. So here’s to putting it all behind us, once and for all. Goodbye to one war, hello to the beginnings of peace. After all, we’ve got more problems than just that.

Liberté, égalité, fraternité! Stephen Green finds parallels between the

French Revolution and the Libyan uprising M o b s stormed the Bastille on July 14, 1790 at the height of the French Revolutionary fervor. The Rousseauian ideals that fed the mob fires Stephen Green Associate News Editor spurred on the hate of absolute monarchy, like King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette used. The fall of Libya’s leader, Muammar Gaddafi, is a massive step forward for the Libyan people and their quest for democracy. But without being careful, the Libyan people can fall into the same pitfalls as the French, i.e. the rise of Napoleon’s dictatorship. If this was a play, Gaddafi would be playing the role of Maximilien Robespierre, leader of the French Revolution in its heyday. Gaddafi led a rebellion against then King Idris I, establishing a Republic. It’s eerily similar to Robespierre’s role in the creation of the French rebellion and postrebellion government. Caught up in the actions of the fever of a new government, the French mobs let Robespierre take control and become the very governmental body that he sought to destroy. Aptly enough, he was executed by the same guillotine he used to knock-off aristocrats. Finally, the golden gun turned on Gaddafi. The people whom he supposedly took power to protect are the ones who ended his life. Ironically, he was allegedly hiding in a sewer pipe when he was captured. He died in the same way he treated his constituents: like a rat. The Libyan people are now free to carry on their goals of a democratic state, as they deserve. After 42 years of oppressive and aristocratic rule, they have the power to shape their own Constitution.

But is this too much power? The French mobs had no idea what they were dealing with. After the fall of Robespierre, the French were at war with, let’s face it, the known world. A national French hero took control: We call him Napoleon Bonaparte. We all know how that ends and the significant effects the fall of the French empire had on its economy. Currently, Mustafa Abdul Jalil has taken control as chairman of the National Transitional Council of the also newly formed, Libyan Republic. Not saying that he will take extreme control of the government, but the Libyans need to stay on the look out for their Napoleon, or face much worse. All of the volatile Middle Eastern regions should take heed. Start small, maybe with a presidential, prime minister-like position to build a foundation. I would even say an extremely limited monarchy would work. In any case, it’s essential to stay focused. I know it sounds bad of me to say stop celebrating and get to work….but they need to stop celebrating and get to work. The American Revolution sets the standards for that. Ok, so the Articles of Confederation didn’t work, but we found out what didn’t work and took steps to fix it. Libyans, like the American revolutionaries, need to stay with the ideals they started the rebellion with and not falter. People deserve a free country where thought, expression and economies can grow to whatever heights they wish. They need to pay attention to history, so it won’t repeat itself. I’m rooting for the people of the Middle East and North Africa. It’s about time to see people treated like they should be: free thinking members of society. It’s about time to see those people realize that too. Long live democratic ideals. Long live the revolution, or as Libyans would say:

Correction: The credit for the Strictly Sex photo should have been George Mattingly.

P a w s D ow n

“Paws UP” to football’s first win at McNeese state since 1999. We are now ranked 6th in the nation.

“Paws DOWN” to SamNet. Everyone is tired of constantly having to sign in on their iPads and iPhones.

“Paws UP” to bowling and volleyball for their wins this weekend! “SIDE Paw” to soccer’s mixed result weekend. But, we are excited to cheer them on in the SLC Tournament.

Letter to the Student Body Dear Sam Houston Students, Staff and Faculty and Alumni: The Houstonian would not survive were it not for the continued involvement and dedication of the SHSU student body. We welcome all column submissions and letters to the editor. If at any time you feel the need to express an opinion, please do not hesitate to email your thoughts or drop by our office in the Dan Rather communications building. We look forward to hearing from you and thank you as always for your continued support of the Houstonian. Karmen C. King Viewpoints Editor

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Texting while speaking...NBD right? By McKinzie Brocial Senior Reporter SMH OR NBD? TXT TLK If you can read that and understand it, the social media and texting craze of abbreviations and acronyms has become a part of your life, possibly even a part of your real life conversations. It seems that girls have more of a tendency to use texting lingo in common conversation than guys. “I use them all the time, especially ‘JK,’ ‘LOL,’ ‘LMFAO,’ and ‘WTF’,” Trish Watson, a senior communications studies major, said. “I use them around my friends and family; my mom’s always like, ‘What are you talking about?’” Guys typically either don’t use texting jargon when they speak at all, or they use it in a comical sense. “I say ‘BRB’ sometimes,” Tyler Dinwiddie, a kinesiology sophomore major, said. “It’s not serious, it’s to be funny.” Some people say them to get a rise out of others. “I use texting lingo all the time. ‘JK,’ I really don’t,” Alejandro Kuenzle, a 2011 alumnus, said. “If I do, it is usually with my 13 and 16-year-old sisters. I’ll say ‘JK,’ ‘BRB’ and ‘LOL,’ usually to make them mad. It’s fun for me. With my parents it’s the same thing. It’s never serious.” The most common acronym students tend to say out loud is “JK.” It is used to after a joke or when someone says something slightly insulting to lessen

the blow. “JK” can also be used after somebody says something, and realizes what they’ve said is incorrect. Students who don’t regularly use texting jargon are sometimes influenced by their peers. “I’ll say ‘JK’ or ‘LOL’

when I’m with a certain friend because she says them,” Cora Countryman, a junior geology major, said. “Normally, I don’t say them out loud though.” Other students find that the say them aloud under certain circumstances. “If I’m in a rush to get

General Election:

counseling center, not celebrity “sexpert” Dr. Drew Pinsky. “I even told my mom about it. I was excited to see Dr. Drew, I was a bit disappointed it wasn’t him,” Plymell said. Miller talked about various relationship and sex topics. He answered questions from the audience and from a “mystery box” filled with anonymously authored questions written by students prior to the presentation. The program started at 6 p.m. and within an hour the crowd of approximately 100 Bearkats had dropped by nearly half. A group of girls walked out of the auditorium before it was over. All three freshmen, Amber Pillow, nursing; Meagan Ramstrom, nursing; and Rachel Isbell, food science, said the discussion “was alright.” “We wouldn’t have come if we had known it wasn’t the real Dr. Drew,” Pillow said. “When we walked in, we were confused. We had no clue; we waited awhile for

professional setting or when talking to respectable people,” Kuenzle said. “I wouldn’t use them during an interview or in front of an employer,” Watson said.

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it’s not proper language or grammar,” James Brown, a senior business management major, said. The one thing all students seem to agree on, guys and girls alike, regarding texting idioms is that there is a time and place for them. “I’d never do it in a

LOL, SMILEY FACE. Trey Songz took on the new lingo in his song “LOL Smiley Face” recorded in 2009. Male students said they only use that language when they are making fun of women or trying or trying to be annoying. Women seem to use it more. The one thing all students seem to agree on, guys and girls alike, regarding texting idioms is that there is a time and place for them.

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something out, I’ll say ‘OMG’ to interrupt so I don’t forget what I want to say,” Brandy McLaughlin, a freshman Forensic Chemistry major, said. Some students frown upon it. “I never use it in real life, only in texting because

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Dr. Drew [Pinskey] to walk on stage before realizing [he wasn’t the speaker],” Ramstrom said. The promotional signs and ads for the “Strictly Sex with Dr. Drew” event have the location, date, time and sponsor written, along with the name of the event surrounded by alluring and provocative images. “The signs around campus look like something from MTV, they didn’t say anywhere that it wasn’t the real Dr. Drew. I didn’t see any fine print,” Isbell said. Miller talked about various relationship and sex topics. He answered questions from the audience and from a “mystery box” filled with anonymously authored questions written by students before the presentation began. While multiple students expressed their dispiritedness, others’ interests were piqued by the nature of the presentation. “The sex talk was good, [Miller] showed us a lot of respect as college students. He didn’t keep anything back,” Lester Liburd, senior criminal justice major said. One student spoke of how the discussion was better than she expected. “It wasn’t a lecture with

a PowerPoint, like I thought it was going to be. It wasn’t classic,” Takayla Jackson, sophomore criminal justice major said. Other than the expectation of seeing the famous Dr. Drew, numerous students said they attended to get extra credit for their classes. Students didn’t doubt that Miller knew what he was talking about, but many expected to find the TV personality speaking to them and answering their questions. McLeod seemed to sum up the majority of student’s views who left early by saying, “The topic was intriguing, but I wanted to see Dr. Drew [Pinskey.]”

University has leaks, city still under water restrictions By Karmen King Viewpoints Editor

Two broken sprinkler heads gushed water 10 feet into the air outside of Austin Hall early Thursday morning. It’s not known how the sprinklers broke; however, it resulted in a geyser of water during a time when the City of Huntsville is under mandatory water restrictions. The water restrictions ban the unattended sprinkling of landscape shrubs and grass. While the university was watering during the appropriate time and day these broken sprinkler heads flooded the lawn, resulting in pools and drenching the sidewalks surrounding the sprinklers. The city went into water shortage conditions early in the summer. Once there are 10.6 million gallons of water used for 10 consective days, residents enter Stage 2, involuntary water restriction conditions.

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IN THE AIR. Austin Hall, was drenched by an impromptu gusher early Thursday morning. The city is still under Stage 2 water shortage conditions that include mandatory water restrictions. At the time, the university was watering their grass at the correct time of day. Several apartment complexes are also facing the same issue.

Carol Reed, Huntsville public utilities director, said that most people will conform and deal with the problem effectively. “We believe that if the public is informed and understands the restrictions

in place, compliance will be achieved,” Reed said. “We’re asking people to be good neighbors. We have no desire to issue citations unless we have willful noncompliance.

University Police Department Update October 20, 2011 An officer was dispatched to the 800 block of Bowers Boulevard at 9:08 a.m. in reference to a suspicious person. Upon arrival into the area, the vehicle could not be located. A short time later the vehicle was pulled over by the Huntsville Police Department. The driver was identified as a male resident of Trinity, Texas. The driver was issued a criminal trespass warning for all SHSU property.

An officer was also dispatched to the University Heights Baptist Church, located at 2400 Sycamore Avenue, at 9:48 a.m. in reference to a theft report. Complainant reported that her black bag was stolen from the Lowman Student Center. The bag contained numerous personal information including financial instruments.

Arts & Entertainment

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Paranormal Activity...for real

By George Mattingly

Arts & Entertainment Editor

While most of the nation was out watching the latest installment of the Paranormal Activity movies, members of The Houstonian staff decided to go experience the paranormal for ourselves. On Friday night we loaded up and met the tour guides of Historical Huntsville Ghost Tours at Sam Houston’s grave. It is the only guided ghost tour in Huntsville, and believe me, this makes a huge difference. The tour guides/ proprietors, David and Karen Rice, are extremely friendly and immediately tried to put one of our more skittish editors at ease before the tour began. Before entering the graveyard we were given a temperature detector and a proximity detector to help us locate the ghosts. The temperature reader is useful for checking the temperature of a person after ghostly contact. They also recommended we download the Ghost Radar app on iTunes. This

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CEMETERY OF ORBS: The first stop in the Huntsville Ghost Tours is a graveyard which was home to not only graves but several ghostly orbs captured only though the camcra.

app has a radar to detect disturbances in the electromagnetic flow and a sensor that picks up words from the other side. There is a free version of the app and a $0.99 one that I have been having fun with ever since. In fact, just yesterday, I encountered a very chatty

ghost in AB4 and a lot of ghosts in Lee Drain who didn’t have much to say. Back to the tour. We entered Oakwood Cemetery and began our journey into the history of Huntsville. Karen and David do a wonderful job on relaying

the chilling tales of the various areas within the cemetery, which I am not allowed to reveal so that everyone can enjoy the tour later. Several times I personally felt a tingling, indicating an otherworldly presence and interim A&E

Editor George Mattingly captured several mysterious orbs in photographs. The creepiest thing about this section of the tour happened as we were leaving. Near a grave close to the exit, my ghost radar came up with the word ‘balloon’ which went perfectly with the story. Due to the restrictions at our next stop, a certain local prison, we were unable to take any pictures or use any of our ghost detecting equipment. However, while major TV networks like A&E have been denied permission to film at the site, Historical Huntsville Ghost Tours is the only tour that is allowed to stop and stay this close to the prison. Karen and David told many stories here, some well known and some relayed to them by guards walking by that had such a vividness you could almost see what had happened. The third and final stop was at the Prisoner’s Cemetery. Due to the flimsy structure of the graves, we weren’t allowed to do much exploring at this stop. However, the stories

were just as chilling and David played a touching tribute to the unmarked graves. Even more frightening, as we were leaving the site, my ghost radar spoke the word “leave” to us which only made our exit that much more hasty. Overall, I would rate Historical Huntsville Ghost Tours a 5 out of 5 stars. The stories are well researched and Karen and David do all they can to continue digging up more information on our local ghosts. They recommended a new book by Dr. Beverly Irby, Haunted Huntsville, that delves even deeper into Huntsville’s rich, chilling history. Haunted Huntsville is for sale at the Wynne Home. Tours are on Thursday and Friday nights year round by reservation only. To make reservations for your own ghost tour, call 936-436-2222 or email them at orders@ I guarantee you won’t regret it!

“Issac’s Storm” explores Third supernatural thriller history to reveal future outscares predecessors

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HURRICANE HISTORY: Author Erik Larson explores the history of a hurricane that hit Galveston in 1900 in “Issac’s Storm” featured in the Read to Succeed Program.

By Conor Hyde

contributing Reporter

The wee hour of dawn is disturbed by rolling clouds stirred by the wooden spoons of devils. Tidal waves are invading coastal homes, hugging the floor boards of cozy living rooms. A massacre is hiding on the horizon. The Galveston hurricane of 1900 came ashore the morning of September 8, 1900; heedless residents are caught within a mosh of tidal surges, splintered wood, and spewing homes. Erik Larson assumes the perspective of Isaac Cline in his account Isaac’s Storm. Larson’s daring hindsight of the Galveston storm and ability to command historical fiction bred a striking, yet inspiring tale of Galveston’s

history and the bravery of Isaac Cline. Hailing from Freeport, Long Island, Larson’s knowledge of hurricanes and their awesome power is aplenty after surviving them as a child. He developed an addiction to the sound of rain and the shadows of dark clouds brewing in the sky. Larson’s interest in the 1900 hurricane ignited an obligation within himself to bring “the greatest hurricane in American history” to the public. This obligation to inform his readers of this doozie, if you will, of a hurricane, ultimately distinguishes Texan fortitude. Larson’s dedication to the hindsight of the hurricane brings light the impact the destruction of 1900 has done to Galveston’s past and

future. In our contemporary society of morning indulgences of coffee and afternoon headaches of traffic, the most notable impact is the seawall protecting coastal neighborhoods from tidal surges. But Larson expresses sympathy for Galveston. He believes that the hurricane hindered the development of Galveston, prohibiting it to embellish into another New Orleans or San Francisco. Though Galveston may have been hindered, the 1900 storm awakened a more cautious look to the ocean’s horizon. Through Isaac Cline, Larson expresses his personal concern with the evolution of hurricane preparation. Though Larson seems to undermine the success Galveston has become throughout the century, his self interjection within Isaac Cline seems to embody the preparation taken to combat Hurricane Ike in 2008. Galveston’s open wounds suffered from Ike spilled memories from a century before. Though we as a community heeded the mistakes of yesterday’s past, our devastation was not a cancer. It was merely a scab picked to bleed. Isaac Cline’s ambition to forewarn the citizens of Galveston in 1900 originated a century forgone to help our quilted community stitch another wound together in our patches of withstanding history.

By George Mattingly

Arts & Entertainment Editor

This past weekend I went to see the highly anticipated Paranormal Activity 3 and despite being scared out of my wits of what kind of things were going to jump out of the screen at me next, I enjoyed the thrill of it all. This movie features new footage that goes back in time to 1988 to uncover the origin of the paranormal activity that haunts sisters Kristi and Katie in the previous movies. The story finds them as little girls living with their mother Julie and her boyfriend Dennis. When Kristi begins to speak of her imaginary friend she calls Toby, Dennis and Julie begin to notice strange incidents happening in their house. After Dennis sets up cameras throughout the house to find out what is causing the mysterious incidents, they grow more violent and dangerous. As he begins to make discoveries about what is happening to his family, they get more than they bargained for. This movie succeeded in being more frightening than the first two and managed to answer many of the questions lingering in the minds of viewers. It finally gave an identity to the evil that has plagued the characters and viewers in the previous films. The most disturbing part of the movie was the fact that Kristi and Katie are put

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UNREAL EARNINGS: The third installment of Paranormal Activity opened on Friday earning $53 million in its opening weekend.

through hell even as innocent little girls. It made the reality of the story stronger for me because it shows that evil shows no mercy, something that is frightening to think about. As in the previous films, the use of simple home video cameras pulls the audience into the story because it does not feature any intricate camera angles, panning or zoom as in other thrillers. Instead, the cameras are still-standing in the rooms and face the characters except for a basic panning camera in the living room and kitchen. Although it is basic, it works well. With this simple use if the camera, the audience is able to see a ghostly figure standing in one room with the babysitter in the other room reading a magazine in one moment, COLLEGE SKI & BOARD WEEK breckenridge

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and in the very next moment, see the ghostly figure standing directly behind the babysitter. The effect of it was shocking and provided some of the scariest moments that made me jump in my seat. However, the movie still left me with other questions in the end. Seeing as this is the third installment, it answered a lot, but not enough for me. While I feel that another movie is inevitable that would draw audiences, including me, I would warn movie-makers against milking the idea until it gets old. It is a problem that faces many horror movie series like the Scream and Saw when movie makers drag the idea on for so long that it loses excitement and originality. My hope is that they will finally wrap up the story with the next one. I would give this movie a B+ for its new twist in the plot, originality and frightening reality of the paranormal activity but lack of total information to make sense of everything.


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Kats tame Lions, win in three

By Cheval John Sports Reporter

The volleyball team got a much needed victory as they defeated Southeastern Louisiana Lions in straight sets on Saturday. With the win the team improves to 7-3 in conference play and 13-10 overall. The Kats came out strong in the first set by scoring the first three out of four points to make it 3-1. The Lions scored the next two points to tie it up at 3. The Bearkats would explode for nine straight points that made the score 13-3. They went on to win the set by the score of 25-15. The second set was a different story as the Lions scored the first 4 out of 5 points to take a 4-1 lead. The Kats scored four unanswered points to make it 5-4 on an attacking error by junior middle blocker Courtney Donald and on kills by Kim Black, Carli Kolbe and sophomore outside hitter Kelli Stewart to make it 5-4. The Lions tied it at 5 on the next play on a kill by Donald. The Kats scored the next 7 out of 9 points to make it 12-7. The Lions responded by scoring five straight unanswered points to tie it at 12. After each team got a point, the Kats responded by scoring 12 straight points and took the second set 25-13. The Lions opened the third set by scoring the first 3 out of 4 points which

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GETTING TO IT. Senior Kim Black goes up to hit the ball against Texas State. The Kats would lose the match in three sets. Over the weekend the Kats beat Southeastern Louisiana in three sets, 25-15, 25-13 and 25-19. With the win the Kats improved to 7-3 in Southland Conference play and 13-10 overall.

made it 3-1. The Bearkats scored 4 straight points to lead it 5-3 on an attacking error by the Lions, a service ace by Loving and on kills by Kolbe and Black. The Lions answered with two points of their own to even the score at 5. The Bearkats scored the next four points to lead it by the score of 9-5 on three service aces by Kolbe and a kill by

Black. They would go on to win the set by the score of 25-19 and take the match. Senior outside hitter Kolbe led the Kats with 18 kills, five digs, three aces and two blocks. “Carli was a key player for us today,” senior middle blocker Kim Black said. “We couldn’t get it done without her, so it was good to see her come out.”

and cleared it off,” head coach Tom Brown said. “It was definitely important that we didn’t have to play another overtime game.” The Bearkats had played four games in seven days, including two overtime games last weekend. Although happy with the win, Brown said he believes the Bearkats could have played better, but fatigue may have affected their level of play. The win secured a spot in the Southland Conference Tournament for the Bearkats. On Sunday, against Southeastern Louisiana, after nearly 90 minutes of play and overtime looming, Tricia Mallory had the best chance for the Bearkats to score. She faced too many defenders however and missed the opportunity, sending the game to overtime. In the first overtime period, the Bearkats had several chances to score,

but could not capitalize on any. In the second overtime period, in the 107th minute, the Lions finally put a ball in the back of the net. The golden goal ended the Bearkats’ three game win streak. “I think we had the better play today,” Brown said. “But you could tell we had to play our third game in five days. Our legs definitely got tired. Normally we are a pretty fit team.” The Bearkats play their last regular season game on Friday against SFA. The Lumberjacks are first place in the Southland Conference and on an eleven game win streak. They have allowed no goals in conference play and have scored 31. “It’s not going to be an easy place to go play,” Brown said. “We’ll give the girls some time to get their legs back under them and make sure that we’re ready to go compete as hard as we can.”

Black finished the match with nine kills, six digs and one block and Loving contributed with 35 assists, three kills, four aces, six digs and a block. “Kim has elevated her game in the last month and a half, and is getting better every day,” head coach Brenda Gray said. On the defensive end, junior defensive specialist/

libero Jamie Haas led the Bearkats with 13 digs while junior outside hitter Kaylee Hawkins followed with 10 digs, five kills and two aces. With the loss, the Lions are now 0-10 in conference play and 4-23 overall with Dollison, leading them with seven kills, five blocks and an ace. The Bearkats’ next matches are on the road as

they face the University of Texas at Arlington Mavericks on Thursday and Texas State University Bobcats on Saturday. It will be the last time that the Bearkats will face both the Mavericks and the Bobcats as they will play in the Western Athletic Conference next year. Game time is at 7 p.m. for both matches.

Soccer has mixed weekend, SLC tournament bound ByAmy Turek

Contributing Reporter

The Bearkats split home conference games with a 1-0 win against Nicholls State and a 1-0 loss to Southeastern Louisiana, this past weekend. After a scoreless first half on Friday against Nicholls State, Tricia Mallory scored the lone goal of the game when she dribbled past the defender to put the ball in the back of the net in the 56th minute. Just two minutes later, goalkeeper Michelle McCullough came off her line, leaving the goal wide open with Nicholls’ Melissa Pestalozzi inside the box with the ball. Amanda Biega made a winning save when she cleared Pestalozzi’s shot off the line. “[Pestalozzi] had worked hard to get behind and create that chance so we were glad that Amanda [Biega] worked hard and got back

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HUSTLE. Junior Paige Rodriguez goes for the ball against the University of Central Arkansas. The Kats would win the game, 3-1. This past weekend they played two games. Friday, the Kats won 1-0 against Nicholls State, and Sunday the team lost with the same score to Southeastern Louisiana.

Bowling starts 2-0, roll past Jacks By Derek Martin

Contributing Reporter

The Lady Bearkats bowling team continued their dominance over the Stephen F. Austin Lady Jacks this past Saturday. The two match sweep, which took place at the International Bowling Training and Research Center in Arlington, gives the Bearkats an 8-0 all-time record against their arch rival. In the opening match, a traditional team game, the Bearkats out-dueled the Lady Jacks 977-887. Transfer Michelle Secours, a junior, led the Bearkats with 234 total pins and sophomore Neishka Cardona rolled a 227. Adding to the team totals for the Lady Kats were senior Dayna Galganski with a 181, freshman Elise Bolton with a 173 and senior Lisa MacAllister scoring a 162. “Neishka and Michelle really showed poise during

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STRIKING A POSE. The Bearkat women’s bowling team poses after beating SFA this past weekend.

the latter half of the match and contributed some serious numbers and shots when needed,” head coach Brad Hagen said. “The team as a whole did an amazing job all-around of getting this first win under their belt.” The second match featured six Baker sets, each of the five bowling two frames within the set, and also resulted in a win for the Bearkats 1182-1056.

“I was proud of how the girls communicated, paid attention to what the lanes were doing, and worked together as one unit,” Hagen said. “During the Baker sets, I truly saw the team that could be a contender. We grinded shots out, we were smart, and we remained focused on the goal.” The bigger goal for the Lady Bearkats this season is returning to the NCAA

tournament and bringing home some hardware. Hagen added, “We have a team that has a lot of depth, experience, and heart. If we can continue expressing those items as priorities and utilizing our strengths, then I believe a lot of good things will once again come out of this season.” Next up for the Lady Kats is the Greater Ozark Invitational in Springfield, MO, Oct. 28-30.

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just worked.” Flanders finished the game with 162 yards rushing and two touchdowns as well as one reception for 50 yards that came off a shovel pass from Bell. The Kats special teams got involved in the scoring as wide receiver Torrance Williams was able to block a punt and defensive back Robert Shaw picked up the ball in the endzone for a touchdown. “We’ve been around long enough that we can make adjustments from the sideline,” head coach Willie Fritz said. “Torrance just did a super job of blocking the kick. That was a good play.” On the next offensive series, Bell found wide receiver Trey Diller open for 41-yard touchdown pass and the rout was on. t the end of the third quarter the team was up 35-7. Kicker Craig Alaniz, who replaced Antonio, made a 33-yard field

goal in the fourth quarter, simultaneously ending the scoring for the Kats. The Cowboys added one touchdown late in the fourth quarter when Stroud hit wide receiver DeVionte’ Edmonson for a 32-yard touchdown pass. “That kind of hurt us, because we try to keep teams as low as possible,” said defensive back Darnell Taylor who finished with two sacks and forced a fumble. “We’re trying to keep them to no points if we can. Stuff like that happens, and we just have to keep going and keep pushing.” The win came on McNeese’s homecoming and the crowd was intense the whole game. “This felt real good, especially on their homecoming,” Flanders said. “We knew all week this was going to be a good game and a hard game. This is great for us. Everything took care of itself.” Next for the Kats is Lamar (3-4, 1-2 in SLC). Kickoff for the game is scheduled at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

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